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151 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:02 am

"Your name can't be more marred than it is with that monster roaming at large," I scowl, my insides churning in disgust at the thought of their father wanting to keep the man around. "What he did to Ljuba-," my whole body shakes as I draw in an unsteady breath to calm myself. "I don't care that he's your father's first born. When a dog is defective and dangerous, you put it down."

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152 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:10 am

"You think I don't know that?" I hiss through gritted teeth, scowling as I prop my head in my hand, elbow propped against the door as I stare aimlessly out the window.

"Marcus Gatz is mad. Wilson knows it, I know it. The entire bleeding continent knows it." I practically growl the words, rubbing at my temples angrily. "He's pleased that we once ruled with fear, that Wesley helps drum it up in the wastes. 

"I couldn't possibly agree with you more, so you can stop with the vitriol."

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153 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:15 am

"It's not vitriol," I scowl as I rest against the door, some of the tension easing from my chest as it becomes more apparent that she doesn't seem to share her brother or her father's taste for senseless violence. It's comfort enough that I feel a little better about being more honest with her. "This is me telling you... Wesley Gatz is going to die."

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154 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:10 pm

"Then I have to ask - what's he done to you?" I ask, doing what I can to keep my tone even so as not to set him off again. "You mentioned the woman, Ljuba-" I take care to pronounce her name correctly, nearly stumbling over it. "And his violence for women... Is she one of his?"

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155 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:19 pm

"If by one of his you mean one of the women he raped and mutilated, then yes," it makes me sick to say the words, and then to think that she's just one of many... my stomach threatens to heave again as I lean forward to hover over the bag nauseously.

"He did it to her sister, too," I say quietly, more to keep the vomit in rather than out. "She died. Ljuba was so torn up, physically and emotionally, she refused to talk after it happened. It took months after meeting her for her to speak to me even a little - I'd just sit with her and carry on a conversation by myself until she eventually accepted that I wasn't going away. It took another four years for her to allow me to touch even her arm in passing, and another two after that for her to let me touch her face so I could finally see what he had done to her."

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156 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:40 pm

My jaw tightens as I listen, my posture tense and uncomfortable as I look back at him tiredly. I've been faced with the aftermath of Wesley's release before, but it never got easier to hear it now matter how often I did.

"So that's why your husband beckoned us to his estate?" I ask, "To taunt you with us."

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157 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:47 pm

"I can't imagine any other reason," I scowl. "He thinks the people North of the Capitol are savages unworthy of anyone's time. He's so sure there is no wealth or civility or entertainment to be found among the majority of people just struggling to survive in the environment there. The way he spoke, I was honestly shocked to travel there and see that anyone lived in houses. I just thought they all slept in gutters and make-shift tents, surrounded by their own waste and frozen bodies."

The panic has slowly started to subside, my chest only aching now from the strain I'd placed on it going after Richard.

"I'm sorry he dragged you into all of this," I sigh. "And I'm sorry I was so quick to judge you based on the actions of your brother."

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158 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 8:51 pm

"None of this is your fault." I shrug, sighing heavily as I rest my head back against the window.

"It'll be morning before we get to Soltera. If there's anywhere in between you'd like to be dropped, tell the driver." I say, gesturing towards the front. "You're not our prisoner, you can leave whenever."

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159 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:07 pm

"I will," I nod, already mentally mapping the route they would need to take to get to Soltera from here in a day. "You said you knew first hand when I mentioned what Wesley is capable of..? May I ask about that?"

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160 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:11 pm

I practically grit my teeth as he asks, my every muscle tensing as I run my fingers through my hair. 

"Your friend isn't the only one to lose a loved one to his hand." I respond coolly, inhaling sharply as I try to subtly wipe at my eyes. "He should've been dealt with years ago."

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161 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:13 pm

"What did he do to this person?" I ask carefully, my hands going to search my pockets absently.

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162 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:15 pm

"They lost a child." I respond simply.

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163 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:17 pm

"I don't understand," I frown, trying to extrapolate from the vague piece of information. "They..? How did they lose it?"

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164 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:34 pm

Silence falls over the back of the car as he seems to wait for my response, the pads of my fingers rubbing together absently as I watch the landscape pass outside the window.

"Did you know that there's a point in a pregnancy where should the fetus die, the mother is still expected to carry it to term?" I ask, my tone shifting to one of distant apathy. "She still carries to forty-two weeks. She goes into labor, she has contractions, and when she's done pushing, there's no cries or joy or.... Anything

"My husband couldn't deal with it. He left."

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165 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:39 pm

I'm too shocked to speak for a moment, my chest feeling tight as my face pinches in sympathy for her. "I'm sorry," I finally say, my voice barely above a whisper as I rest my head against the window.

"Do you want him to suffer?" I ask after a moment, my tone more curious than offering. I have no doubt he'll suffer. It would take Ljuba being an incredibly forgiving person for him to die any other way - and even then, I am not that forgiving.

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166 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:48 pm

"Every day, I pray to get the call that he's finally picked a fight he couldn't win." I say with a shrug, clearing my throat as I look over towards him. 

"He'll suffer." I say more firmly, opening the console in the seats between us that houses the small supply of whiskey I keep in the vehicle. It's a vice I've long embraced in the past eight years. I pull out the small crystal tumbler and rest it on my thigh, pulling out the whiskey before filling my glass with ease despite the sway of the car. "Because when I get home, he's being beckoned back to Soltera. To be dealt with once and for all."

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167 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:53 pm

"Wait, no," my eyes widen as I inhale sharply at that. "Ljuba has to face him - he has to know what he did. She has to have her closure on this! She'll never let it go if she doesn't. And if she doesn't face him, I'll never know that it's possible!"

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168 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:56 pm

"Then she can do it in Soltera." I say as I sit back, taking a long drink of whiskey.

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169 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 9:59 pm

"That's where they're going," I breathe tensely. She's not going to like this. "Or are... I have no idea where they are now. We were three days out when Richard summoned me."

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170 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:04 pm

"Even better." I sigh, finishing off the whiskey with one long drink before moving to refill the glass.

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171 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:47 pm

I've been searching my pockets for going on a minute now before I finally remember that I don't have my phone with me. I left it with Ljuba.

"Can I borrow your phone..?" I ask hopefully.

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172 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:54 pm

"Yeah, whatever." I grab the phone from where it'd dropped into the seat beside me, handing it off to him without much thought.

I'm startled as the partition drops part way, Wilson glancing back between us before speaking.

"There's word of a road closure ahead of us," he says, "We're stopping at the next city to get a room for the night. We'll hit Soltera tomorrow afternoon."

I only huff in response, waving towards him my understanding before he closes the partition again, returning us to our silence.

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173 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:58 pm

I only vaguely register what Wilson has said as I grapple with Ellie's phone. It's different than mine - no voice software to guide me, and the face of it is flat without any keys just like Richard's. I feel a little embarrassed as I pass the phone back to her hesitantly and clear my throat.

"I need help," I admit uncomfortably.

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174 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 10:59 pm

Turning to look at him, it takes a moment for me to realize what he's requested before I sigh and nod.

"Right, of course," I frown, closing the console between us before scooting closer to take the phone. "What's the number?"

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175 Re: Trigger Happy Jack II on Tue Mar 22, 2016 11:09 pm

"Um," my mind goes blank, the only number coming to mind immediately being Richard's. And I certainly don't want to call that number. My eyes move sightlessly as I fidget, trying to recall my own number. "Shit," I breathe. "I don't know my number! Richard is the only one who ever called it... and I gave my phone to Ljuba without even thinking to check the number!"

My ears feel hot with embarrassment as I drag my fingers through my hair in frustration.

"Do you know Cael??" I ask hopefully. "He's an Echo. Tall pretty fellow, drives a van... he has a number for people to contact him for jobs..."

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