justdidntseeit: (time here all but means nothing)
Kate Warner ([personal profile] justdidntseeit) wrote2009-09-12 04:28 pm

[[ milliways, upstairs ]]

[ that house of cards is gonna fall ]
With Boo tucked in bed for the night, Kate's curled on the couch, hardly reading a dog-eared paperback, while Bill works on a jigsaw puzzle at the kitchen table. On the TV screen, the PONG! console plays a silent game against itself.

As she turns another page, Kate absently brings a hand to her face. The swelling's much better than yesterday, but the bruise is ugly, an eggplant splotch marring her cheek just below her eye.

It's quiet in the suite; the knock surprises them both. Kate stiffens, and her eyes flick to Bill. She's trying to reassure herself that it's a friend on the other side of the door, or someone coming by to check on Boo, but her triphammering heart belies the notion.
wheelsy_sheriff: (door frame)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-12 08:56 pm (UTC)(link)
He hasn't made much progress on the puzzle since starting; none of the pieces stand out to him and he's spent most of the time just shuffling them around.

The knock on the door snaps his head up and he looks from it to Kate, who's looking at him. Trying to tell himself it's someone they know and not Ramon, he pushes back his chair and stands.

Opening the door a crack and looking out he has a quick flash of relief at seeing Katherine, before the feeling turns to concern.

"Kate, hey."

He'd like to think she was just here to visit, but somehow he doubts that.
ikissdhimbck: (Surprised Cowgirl)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 02:45 am (UTC)(link)
She's a little surprised to see Bill answering the door, since her intent had been so very focused on talking to Kate. Her eyes are still round when she licks her lips and glances around Bill (a hard feat to accomplish, when the man is a full foot taller than she is).

"She all right?"

It's really all she needs to say in order to let Bill know that she's been talking to Ramon, and she now knows what happened the other day. Given how stiff her stance is, though, this isn't just a visit to make sure Kate's all right.

She wants answers.
wheelsy_sheriff: (planes)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 05:05 am (UTC)(link)
"She -- "

He looks back at Kate then steps out of the doorway to let Katherine in.

He scans the hall quickly before closing and locking the door behind her.
ikissdhimbck: (Femme Fatale)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 05:13 am (UTC)(link)
Her attention immediately snaps to Kate when she speaks, and she's barely willing to wait for Bill to move aside before she takes two quick strides into the room. Her eyes are on the bruised flesh under Kate's eye.

"God have mercy," she mutters, placing a hand on Kate's shoulder.

At length, her eyes snap back to the other woman's eyes. Concern is restraining her fury for the moment, but it's undeniably there, waiting for its chance to rage.

"He hit you anywhere else?"
wheelsy_sheriff: (doesn't mean a thing)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 05:34 am (UTC)(link)
His jaw tightens and the fingers of one hand curl into his palm.

He looks at Katherine, scanning her quickly for any injury, realizing the same thing Kate has and waiting for the answer to her question.
ikissdhimbck: (Repulsed)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 05:39 am (UTC)(link)
"Don't worry 'bout me," she mutters, letting her eyes stray back to Kate's horrendous wound. "I'm still breathin', which is all that really matters.

"Y'sure he didn't do anythin' else? Way he was talkin', I was expectin' your nose t'be broken. Y'seen a doctor? Or anythin'?"
wheelsy_sheriff: (cut)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 05:53 am (UTC)(link)
"He still downstairs?" Bill asks, and he can't hold the edge to his voice in-check.
ikissdhimbck: (Surprised Cowgirl)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 05:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Weren't expecting him to--?

Her wide-eyed gaze flips from Kate to Bill and back again, before she shakes her head a little to clear the astonishment from her mind. She gestures for the sitting area and nods, silently telling Kate to go sit herself down and she'll follow.

"I don't rightly know," she mutters in answer to Bill. "All I know is he didn't follow me up here, which was all I really cared 'bout."

She doesn't sit, despite the invitation. Her focus is on Kate, as the pale concern in her eyes is slowly melting away to reveal a more frustrated hue.
wheelsy_sheriff: (doesn't mean a thing)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 08:38 pm (UTC)(link)
He looks down at Kate, then at her hand on his arm.

Working his throat, he pulls in a slow breath and sits down, turning his attention back to Katherine.
ikissdhimbck: (Disgusted)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 08:54 pm (UTC)(link)
"If he don't, I will," Kate mutters, without really thinking about what she's saying.

It was hard enough keeping her hand stilled during her conversation with Ramon; a feat she can only attribute to her need to satisfy her confusion over what happened with Kate Warner, and Esfir's earlier advice to gain better control over herself. But the desire for recompense had been there the whole time.


"The hell were you thinkin', Kate?" she asks, her voice a dull hiss -- not so much accusatory as it is terrified.
wheelsy_sheriff: (somethin' wrong)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
He gives Katherine a sharp look, but he's not ready to talk about what's going to happen next. He wants details on the situation, first.

"What did he say?"
ikissdhimbck: (Explain)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 09:18 pm (UTC)(link)
He can be sure that they will be talking about what happens next, eventually. But details are very important right now.

She rubs her brow tiredly, thinking back to the start of her conversation with the terrorist.

"His usual pleasant threats an' demands," she mutters, sucking in a deep, calming breath. She returns her focus to Kate. "It's what you said I'm most interested in right now."
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[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 10:04 pm (UTC)(link)
Bill bites back a comment about Ramon and focuses on what's going on right now.

As Kate speaks he reaches his hand over and lightly brushes her thigh with his fingertips. He knows she's sorry, and she was just trying to help, things just turned out badly.

"What happened with you two?" He asks, looking at Katherine and hoping at least part of Kate's story held. Mostly the part where the two of them aren't anything more than friends.
ikissdhimbck: (Eyes could steal your soul)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 10:26 pm (UTC)(link)
"A note would'a helped," she snaps, pinching the bridge of her nose.

She shakes her head and then slowly begins to pace, each footfall going heel-to-toe in a deliberate motion.

"He didn't believe you, in case you was wonderin'," she adds, giving Kate steely eyes over her shoulder as she moves.

Beat.

"But he may have believed me. I can't be sure yet."

She turns her attention to Bill, but doesn't stop moving. She needs something to work out her pent up frustrations.

"She's in this, now. I dunno what happened, or why y'couldn't stop her, but Ramon's breathin' hellfire now. Talkin' 'bout killin' you--" She jerks her chin in Kate's direction. "I did what I could. I told 'im you was tellin' the truth, Kate, and that I was the one who snuck into Bill's room and took the gun, but goddamnit, I didn't have no warnin'. Maybe I was quick enough, maybe I wasn't. S'hard t'tell with a man like him."
wheelsy_sheriff: (yeah well...)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-13 11:03 pm (UTC)(link)
"That sonuvabitch."

Bill is focused on Ramon, and then he sees what's happening between the two women in the room.

"Hey, we all done what we thought was right in this."
ikissdhimbck: (Eyes could steal your soul)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-09-13 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
She slows to a stop, her eyes riveted on Kate's.

"I know that," she murmurs, her voice low and tremulous. "Don't you think for a moment I've come anywhere near forgettin' what my part in all this has been. I never wanted anyone else gettin' dragged in, least of all you, Kate."

She had caught the way Kate's eyes flicked to Boo's closed door. Her heart twists at the memory of the last time she was in there.

Her voice drops even lower, but no less intense.

"You two got a little one dependin' on you. What's she gonna do if you're both in danger?"

Tears bristle in the corners of her eyes.
wheelsy_sheriff: (I'm telling you)

[personal profile] wheelsy_sheriff 2009-09-14 01:46 am (UTC)(link)
"Nothin' is happenin' t'you or Boo," Bill says fiercely, eyes on Kate.

He might have failed before, but he isn't going to let that happen again.

"We're just gonna have to find some way t'deal with him, since givin' the gun back didn't fix anything."

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