Thursday, November 3, 2011
Chapter 27: Trouble Move from Me
"Okay, well, thanks," Tearney laughs, "Aiden's waiting for you inside." Kanoa goes in, and Tearney heads out for her evening of ghost hunting.
"I talked to my contact in the Valley," Kanoa says, "She's willing to do it. But you have to do something for her."
"Of course," Aiden says, "Anything it takes."
"Yeah if I had a wife like yours, I might work for love. But I'm in this for money. So, just make sure I get a cut."
"I'll pay you, don't worry," Aiden assures him, avoiding any discussion about Kanoa's wife or his mistresses.
"You went back to Sunset Valley to nick this?" Tearney asks "When? And isn't that a huge risk going back there?"
"I didn't steal it myself," Aiden admits, "Someone in Sunset Valley did a favor me, and I did a favor for them."
"Do I want to ask what favor you did?" Tearney laughs.
"No," Aiden says, "Just know that I did it for you."
"Baby, Bedlington owns my ass. She knows who we are, knows we're on the run. If I cross her, she could just turn us in, easy as that. But you don't have to worry about me, I was raised in this business, my father was a master thief. And this town is a small time operation compared to what we were involved in back home. I'll be okay, I promise."
"Honey, you better keep an eye on that man of yours," Gracie Loveland purrs, "Or someone is likely to snatch him away from you, tasty as he is."
"Yeah, 'sweetheart', do as your man says," Gracie sneers.
Stupid bitch, Aiden thnks, it could have ended there. But she had to say something to escalate it.
"I don't give a shit about her," Aiden says through clenched teeth, "I don't want you getting hurt, or getting picked up for public brawling. Now, c'mon, we're going home." Aiden takes her arm in a firm grasp and leads her back out to his truck. She fumes silently at his side for the short ride back to their house.
Once they are inside and the babysitter has left, Tearney lets loose. "How dare you intervene in my fights? How dare you tell me what to do, like I'm a child?" she shouts.
"Tea, it was getting out of hand. I had to step in," he explains, his voice level.
Her hands flex instinctively, balling into fists. Her anger has made her irrational, and there's no reasoning with her in this state. "You want to hit me?"" he asks, his voice gentle, conveying to threat, "Go ahead, I can take it. Take it out on me."
He braces himself; for a moment it looks as though she's going to punch him. But after a minute's struggle with herself, her hands unclench and hot tears fall from her eyes. "I don't want to hit you," she sobs raggedly, "I love you."
"I try so hard to control it," she sobs against his chest, "But I can't. I feel so awful."
"I know it's had for you," he whispers, soothing, "You fight it all the time, and sometimes you're going to slip. Don't be hard on yourself, you do your best. And I'll always be here to pull you out when you get in too deep."
Aiden's breath comes out in a laugh, "I've only ever wanted one woman, Tea. And I think I just heard her tell me she loves me."
Tearney blushes, "I do love you, Aiden," she says, "You're the only thing more important to me than myself."
The whole town believes the couple already married, so their wedding is just a private exchange of vows, and just like that, the lie they've ben living becomes the truth.
They've kissed many times before, but their first kiss as husband and wife is better than all he others put together.
"Tell me you love me. I want to hear it again."
"I love you," she answers.
Fight #2 down.
I got the cobra statuette from buy debug. Normally I like to acquire these things through the game. But I'm not planning to travel unless I roll Adventurer (and maybe not even for that), so I'm not going to get access to any of these special goodies otherwise. And, it doesn't bring any special benefit to the family to have one treasure placed in the house, so I allowed it. I'm just sad that the Chinese Zodiac figures, the large jade ones, aren't available in buy debug. I love those most of all.
Posted by yangthecat at 5:54 AM