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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2007 :  22:58:15  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Apple saw Artemus walk into the saloon and sit down with Jeremy. Oh wonderful...another person who will keep this information until it serves a purpose. She and the other girls danced their hearts out, but Apple felt self conscious in front of Artemus. Jeremy was fine, he blushed when he saw her costumes, but Artemus was grinning heartily.

When the performance was over Apple and the other girls curtsied and waved at the crowd, smiling prettily. The other girls headed out into the crowd, and Apple joined her uncle and his friend.

"Uncle Sol, who is your friend?" she turned and dimpled at Artemus as her uncle introduced them.

"This is my niece, Fleur. Fleur this is Mr. Gordon." Arte took her hand in his and kissed it.

"Is this a private party or can anyone join?”" James surprised them all with his smirky comment.

Apple kept to her character and dimpled at James as well. He followed Arte's lead and kissed her hand as well. "Gentlemen, I have urgent business that requires your attention in the alley." The look on his face tells them that it is indeed urgent.

"It's Pet, isn't it?" Jim looks at her and nods. "Is it her injury, or is it the morphine?" Arte's jaw drops, then he snaps it shut.

"Well THAT does explain a lot." Arte looks at the other agents. Jim says, "There is more than one." He looks at his partner and the two of them leave quickly.

Apple tells Lucky Louella that she is heading back to the dressing room, but she follows her colleagues into the alley.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2007 :  23:15:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The door to the alley opens and Jim, Jeremy and Artie burst though followed shortly by Apple. They all stop and stare as they see Pet sitting unsteadily in the saddle, trying to support Kit, who is sliding off her horse. Artie rushes forward and catches her before she falls to the ground.

Kit moans and begins to come around as Artie drops to his knees and hold her. Kit opens her eyes to find him staring at her, concern on his face. She looks at him confused.

“What are you doing out of bed?”

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/27/2007 :  23:33:49  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Before Arte can answer Kitana, she puts her hand to her head and passes out. Arte looks frantically at Apple.

Apple turns to her partner and asks her, "Are you getting off that horse or what?" She is angry because of the morphine, and Pet can hear it in her voice. Jim turns at the tone in Apple's voice.What brought that on?

Pet looks at Apple with eyes filled with pain, "Deb, it's not what you think..." Apple's face softens when she realizes what must be happening. "It's the bullet." The men look at each other, then at Apple. In unison they ask, "What bullet?"

Pet is focused on Apple alone, "I can't get off the horse."

Apple swears under her breath. "Gentlemen," she looks at the other agents, "we have a problem. She's paralyzed. We need to get them upstairs." She directed them up the back stairs to the room where Pet had been staying, next to her own.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  00:13:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim and Jeremy placed a somewhat disgruntled Pet on her bed. She insisted on being propped up on pillows. Pet asked for whiskey and Jim got the bottle and a glass and he poured her a glass. She took the offered liquid and down it quickly. Jim’s look told Pet he wasn’t willing to wait any longer for an explanation.

“How is Kit?” Pet asked.

“It looks like a flesh wound but she’s passed out from exhaustion. Apple and Artie are with her in the next room.” Jeremy told her as he put another pillow behind her.

Jim takes a seat next to the bed and looks at her with concern.

“How did this happen, Pet? What is all this talk about drugs and bullets?” Jim asked kindly.

Pet tells them the story about saving Grant and taking a bullet meant for him, causing them to stare open mouthed at her.

“Kit says it needs to come out immediately…but I’m not ready for the possible consequences.” Pet whispered the last comment.

“Well, it looks like the choice is no longer yours,” Jim sympathized with her.

“Do you want me to go get the doctor? Are you in pain now?” Jeremy asked.

“No, we can’t risk it. I know he’d treat me because I’m a member of security. We can’t risk them finding out about Mr. Gordon or Kit or you for that matter, Mr. West.” Pet leaned back on the pillows, exhausted.

“Why don’t you get some rest, Pet? You look terrible. Jim can stay here with you and I’ll go next door with Artie and Kit. Apple has to get back to the stage before she’s missed.” Jeremy told her as he squeezed her arm reassuringly.

As Jeremy prepares to leave the room he tells Jim to lock the door behind him. Now that I have a captive audience it would be a good time to have that conversation with Pet about her past.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  00:31:26  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jeremy knocked on Apple's door, and she let him in. There was no change in Kit, she was still sleeping. Arte had bandaged the graze on her head, now he was sitting next to the bed watching her sleep.

"You need to get back to work, Fleur, Louella will be thinking you are doing those private parties that got me punched in the jaw." Arte eyed the pair as Jeremy spoke to Apple.

"Punched in the jaw? Private parties? This I need to hear." Apple turned to look at him, "Another time, Artemus, another time.

"Escort me down, Uncle Sol? Just in case I run into trouble over disappearing up here," she smiles at Jeremy softly, then turns to Artemus. "There is a pitcher of fresh water here, Arte. Take good care of her. I will return later."

Jeremy and Apple leave her room, Jeremy taking her backstage to begin the show. He sees Louella, corners her and tells her about Pet being drunk, so he and Fleur had helped her to her room. He kisses her a few times, making nice to her, and she giggles.
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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  05:36:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kit was in a deep sleep forced her on by lack of it and no food for several days.
Artemus was doing as he was told when Kit begain to mumble
"What do you mean court martialed" The man in her dream stared hard at her hate in his eyes.
"I will see you hung for this, My son would still be alive had he a real Dr."
"Sir, I did what I could no one could have saved him, And I am a real doctor."
"No you are not you are just a woman.. you put hundreds of men's lives in danger and you are responsible for the deaths of those who died. Take her away"
"NO!" Kit was struggling with the forces in her dream and Artemus shook her gently.
"kitana" She didn't wake up but she calmed and drifted back into deep sleep.

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  10:52:38  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Lucky Louella headed into the back room of her establishment, wondering if Sol was to be trusted. He was sure a cutie, but he and his niece had disappeared with couple of handsome gentlemen for a time. She hoped that Sol had learned his lesson from Pet. Louella had noticed the bruise that was blossoming on his jaw, but that didn't mean that a private party off the clock had not been arranged for Fleur and those two men.

When she reached her private office she took a key from her cleavage and inserted it into the lock. Closing the door behind her and relocking the door she turned to face the man who had been waiting for her.

"How is the operation progressing, Phil?" her bad english disappearing as she spoke.

"With any luck, we will have the money distributed by the end of the month. Are you sure you won't change your mind about laundering it through the Tiger?" Phil questioned his business partner.

"I will not risk the Tiger. I have worked too hard to build a clean reputation in this area...well at least as clean as it can be in this line of work!" She laughed heartily, as did Phil, at her joke.

"Let's go downstairs and check the workers with the presses. I want to make sure that there are no problems down there. I have a full house tonight, and a couple of private parties, so I need to be around."

Lifting the trap door to the press room hidden in the cellar of the Diamond Tiger, Phil and Louella descend into an anteroom, then Phil produced a key to the door at the far end of the room. As they approach the sounds of machinery are growing louder.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  11:33:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet asked Jim to check if there were anymore envelopes on the table and he found one, which she poured into her whiskey. His concern grew when he watched her down another drink after that.

“Should you be drinking with that stuff?” Jim asked.

“Probably not but it’s the only thing that works,” Pet sighed, getting that far away look in her eyes.

“Do you feel like talking? I’ll leave you alone if you’d rather sleep.” Jim gave her the option. Pet knew she would have to have this conversation sooner or later so she shook her head.

“Sleep will be some time in coming. You have something on your mind? Care to get it off, Mr. West?” Pet looked at him.

“If you got that bullet in your back doing something heroic why not put it in your file?”

“Not my style. They wanted to give me a medal and junk…I didn’t do anything special, just helped someone out when they needed it.” Pet shrugged and winced.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  11:34:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
“Just what is your style? You are about as unorthodox an agent as I have ever seen. Yet Grant seems to think the Service needs you.”

“I don’t really have any style. I adapt as needed. I will admit to being a loner and liking it. You don’t form attachments that way and there’s nothing to interfere with doing your job.” Jim knew there was so much more to this agent than she was allowing them to see.

“There’s nothing about you before the Service in any file I have access to. What can be so terrible that Grant is willing to block it even from your superiors?” Jim really wanted to know.

“Life, Mr. West. Not everyone leads the life of Deb. Money, houses, carriages…not everyone sees the rainbow side of life. Some of us see life as it really is…the dark side of life.” Pet stared ahead, eyes not focused on anything.

“The dark side? I’m not following you?” Jim prodded, hoping to get her to open up.

“War is not the only dark side to life, Mr. West. And war is not only fought on a battlefield. There is a war going on out there everyday. People are fighting to survive…fighting just to find something to eat or a dry place to sleep.” Pet paused eyes leveled in a haunted stare at Jim.

“There are things in my background I am not proud of. Things that are better left unsaid, unwritten and better off forgotten. I can not change my past but I’ll be damned if I’m going to let some paper pushing muckity mucks dissect it for their own pleasure.” Jim could see Pet was beginning to get agitated.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  11:35:57  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
“What landed you in the stockade?” Jim thought he would try a different track.

“Believe it or not,” Pet chuckled, “I got into a fight at a Captain’s ball. Some frilly laced Deb’s were making fun of one of the other girl’s. She couldn’t afford the nice dress, the fancy gloves or the hairdo. I don’t like seeing anyone being picked on.”

“That wouldn’t get your sent to the stockade for 20 years.” Jim pushed, Pet glared at him, how had he found THAT out?

“True, but if you solve the problem with the use of a little high explosive THAT does get you the stockade.” Pet rolled her eyes.

“High explosive?”

“I had some on me and well they ticked me off so I threw some into the party. You put a hole in one little building and you get the stockade.”

“Mr. West, do not take offense but I know what you are doing. I am among other things a very private person. I believe this conversation is over unless you have questions that will no pry.” Pet glared at him.

“The conversation is over when I say it’s over, Pet. But I will respect your right to privacy for the moment. If it interferes with the mission all bets are off.” Jim glared back.

“But I do have one question. Why the titles? Ever since you got here it’s been Mr. West, Mr. Gordon and Mr. Pike. We do have first names you know.” Jim tried his famous smile on her.

“You are my superiors and whether or not I respect the person I do respect the position.”

“What do you mean by that? You don’t have respect for us?” Jim was getting agitated.

“I didn’t say that, Mr. West, since I’ve been assigned to this team I have developed a high respect for the members of the team, well most of them anyway,” Pet winked at Jim.

“Then why do you behave in the way you do?” Jim demanded.

“Simple, Mr. West. If you are all nice and sweet you make friends. Eventually you will lost those friends. I will not let that happen again.”

Pet leaned back and closed her eyes signaling that the conversation was over…for now.

“Something you seem willing to overlook, Pet, is that this team is different. We live and work together and we trust each other. We are there for one another, and whether or not you like it, this team is a unit and it will operate like one.”

“Whatever you say, sir,” Pet spat at him, “I have never failed to do what is expected of me nor do I intend to start now.”

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  12:21:23  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The music stopped. Apple stared out into the crowd, breathing heavy, sweating, and smiling the big bright showgirl smile. Her right arm was thrust into the air her left on her hip. She and the other dancers kept the stance for just another moment, then curtsied and waved.

As she descended from the stage several male hands were reaching into the crowd of dancers, trying to gain their attention. Glasses of wine, brandy, and whiskey, along with cigarettes were being offered for the attentions of the ladies.

Apple accepted a cigarette and glass of wine from a man in uniform and took his arm as he led her back to his table. She made small talk with him and some of his friends, and the drinks were coming to the table by the trayful. Another couple of the girls that 'Fleur' had made friends with joined the cheerful group.

Apple looked around for her uncle. She could not leave the floor again so soon, especially since she was not at the level of hostessing to do so yet. No that was to be next week, but not if she could help it...but she hadn't thought that far ahead.

Gosh, where was Jeremy? She wanted to know how Kit and Pet were faring. She looked up toward the hallway where her room was located, but she didn't see Jeremy up there. Her pensive mood was interrupted by a certain marine sitting to her right, though he was not the boy who escorted her from the stage.

"Why do you work here?" the corporal asked her. Apple smiles at him sweetly. "I just do what I am told, that's all."

Suddenly she sees Jeremy across the room motioning her over to him, and she excuses herself to the young marine. "I need to see my uncle, I'm sorry."

"Uncle Sol..." she starts as she reaches him, but he stops her.

"The press is here. In a basement accessible through Lou's office." Jeremy whispers to her. Apple stares at him incredulously.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  12:41:10  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"How do you know that?" Apples asks as Jeremy steered her to a quiet corner.

"I followed Lou to her office and watched her unlock her door, enter then relock it. I heard voices so I investigated." he wiggled his eyebrows at her. "You know, doing my real job?"

"What did they say?" Apple ignored his comment.

"Just something about laundering money, that it will be distributed by the end of the month, that sort of thing. Then they said something about checking on the presses." Jeremy kept looking around, making sure they were not overheard. "I could hear a door opening, and the slight sound of machines. I assumed that is what it was, the presses."

"Ok, so now we know, and we have help now, too. Have you been upstairs to check on everyone?" Jeremy told her no, but he was on his way there next. He would return and tell her their progress as soon as he could.

"Now go make your uncle proud, Fleur!" he kissed her on the forehead as Mark, the bouncer that had hired Pet, walked by. He like the looks of the new dancer, very much. He smirked as he passed them, and Jeremy noticed. "Keep an eye on him, Fleur, he's a sneaky character. I know that you can handle yourself, but be careful." She nodded and they parted ways.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  12:58:16  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
While Apple went back to work Jeremy headed upstairs to her room to check in with Artemus and Kit. He unlocked the door and went in quietly. Kit was still sleeping, and Artemus was resting his head in his arms on the bed, as he leaned from the chair. He looked up at Jeremy when he entered the room.

"Hey, how was the second show?" he stretched and yawned. Jeremy told him briefly of his discovery in Louella's office, then asked about Kit.

"She is exhausted, she will probably sleep until afternoon tomorrow, at the very least. That bullet grazing her temple didn't help much either." Artemus looks puzzled, "Wonder how she got shot in the first place?"
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  13:58:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim told Pet he would go next door and check on Kit and Artie, and Pet nodded her head. He asked if she needed anything before he left and she told him no. She watched as Jim noiselessly opened the door and slipped out.

He hears Jeremy’s voice and gently taps on the door. Jeremy opens it and let him in. Jim looked at his partner with concern. He knew Artie had been sicker than he was and he was dismayed to see how tired he looked.

“You okay, partner?” Jim asked.

“Yeah, Jim, just a little tired.” Artie replied with a yawn.

“Why don’t you go over to that chaise lounge and get some sleep?” Jim told him, “We can keep an eye on Kit.”

“Yeah, that does sound better than sleeping on this table.” Artie rose and went over to the chaise lounge and was asleep in seconds.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  15:04:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
For the next couple of hours Jeremy and Jim sat quietly discussing what little information they did have and trying to form some sort of plan. Jeremy went into detail about what he and Pet had seen at the shack and what he had heard in Louella’s office. Jim told him what he had been able to learn about the virus and the vaccine for it.

Kit had stirred a few times but never fully wakened and Artie was still snoring softly on the lounge. Jeremy left and returned with some food and water he had managed to sneak into the room.

Jim and Jeremy were quietly eating when they were startled by a crashing sound coming form the next room. They dashed into Pet’s room to find her on the floor, a chair tipped over beside her. The men rushed toward her, their expressions a mixture of concern and anger. Pet returned their looks with one of frustration and disdain. They put her back into her bed, Jeremy tucking the blankets around her tightly.

“What do you think you were trying to do?” Jeremy asked angrily.

“I was just trying to find out if my legs were back to working order yet.” Pet snapped her reply.

“Well, you have your answer.” Jeremy looked at her, noting the pale look to Pet’s face.

“Maybe we should wake Artie,” Jim suggests, “I’d rather not wake Kit just yet, she needs more sleep.”

“What can Mr. Gordon do?” Pet asked.

“He’s a man of many talents…he could tell us if we need to find a way to wake Kit.” Pet just nods her agreement.


Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  15:39:46  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pidge and Prince Anthony had made it to the town. Prince Anthony had told Pidge/Frances he had some business to attend to. Pidge went to the spot where Bess was to meet her and Bess never showed. Worried, she starts walking through the town to see what she could find.

BSB64
"If you want to keep that peaches and cream complexion, you'd better tell us how to open that elevator!"
Jim to Triste in TN Dr. Loveless Died

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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  16:03:21  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeremy quickly goes to Apple’s room and gently wakes Artie. After explaining the situation to him, Artie rose and hurried to Pet’s room. Artie pulls Pet into a sitting position and looks at her back.

“Uh…Jeremy…I think you’d better go get Apple.” The tone in his voice immediately altered the other men.

“There’s a wound back here and there’s fresh blood…a lot of it.” Artie told them puzzled.

“Damnit, it’s the bullet…I’ll go get Apple,” Jeremy said as he rises and heads for the door.

While Artie tries to staunch the flow of blood Jim fills him in on just how Pet was injured. At that point Apple rushes into the room and heads straight for her partner. She takes in the scene and looks at Artie.

“Can you remove a bullet? That thing has to come out now, or we’ll lose her.” Apple asked Artie.

“That depends…do you have any idea where the bullet is?” He asked.

“No, I don’t know exactly where it is located just that it is near her spine,” at which Artie’s eyes widened.

“Whoa, no way could I even attempt this.” Artie whistled.

“That tears it then, we have to wake Kit and she can walk you thorough it.” Jim told them.

“She hasn’t had enough sleep to attempt this herself and she won’t like it but she’ll just have to talk you through it. And Apple can you assist Artie?” Jim waited for her reply and Apple nodded.

“I’ll go wake Kit, Apple can you please keep pressure on the wound?” Without bothering to wipe his hands Artie immediately heads for the other room and Kit.

Artie approached the bed and sat next to the sleeping Kit. He gently shook her and Kit started awake like a striking rattlesnake. Seeing the blood on his hands, she immediately slipped into doctor mode.

“What happened to you?” She sat upright quickly and grabbed his hands, looking for a wound.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  16:04:25  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
“It’s Pet,” Kit’s eyes locked with Artie’s and he could see the worry written there.

“How much blood?” Kit asks as she pushes him out of the way so she can get out of bed.

“A lot…too much. It’s everywhere.” Artie whispers.

“Damn!” Kit swears as she rises and heads for the door.

When she reaches for the doorknob Artie’s hand closes over hers, preventing her from opening the door. Kit turns her head to him, glaring at him.

“Kit, I’ll be doing the operation…you’ll have to talk me through it.” Artie looks at her with sympathy in his eyes.

“Who in blazes came up with that blast of stupidity?” She shouted.

“Shh…no one is supposed to know we are here. It was Jim’s idea because you’ve only had a few hours sleep.” He follows her to the next room.

They enter the room and all heads turn toward the door. Pet shifts to speak to Kit and instead topples forward. Apple puts her arm around her and asks for help. Jeremy jumps up and grabs Pet and helps Apple hold her steady.

Kit rushes over and pulls Pet’s shirt up and examines the wound. The bullet hole had opened.

Agents! Ya can't live with them. And Admin takes a rather dim view to ya blowing em up.
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  16:05:08  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
M/Jim made his way back to town and saw the group at the Diamond Tiger. Certain they would stay there for awhile, he went to check on Bess.

As he made his way to the church, he ran into Pidge.

Pidge'What happened to you and Bess?'
M/Jim'We had an accident and Bess is staying at the hospital they set up at the church.'
Pidge'Is Bess ok? What on earth happened?'
M/Jim'The stage hit some rocks and the stage turned over a few times it knocked out Bess cold. She came to, but didn't look good so I brought her to the church.'

M/Jim began to notice that Pidge was turning pale and sweating.
M/Jim'Pidge, are you ok?'
Pidge'Yes, I think so.'
But as Pidge said it, she passed out and her body was shaking and sweating. Pidge had the virus. M/Jim picked her up and took her to the church.

M/Jim brought Pidge in. He knew Kit wasn't there, but another doctor was.

Doctor'Another one, Mr. West?'
M/Jim'Yes, this is Pidge she's another agent with the secret service, she's been investigating the counterfeit ring also, looks like she had some of that money.'

The doctor and M/Jim laid Pidge on a vacant cot. Bess heard the commotion and woke up. Bess quickly got off the cot and made her way toward Pidge. Her head was still fuzzy and still hurt very badly.

Bess'What's happened to Pidge? Did that Anthony do something to her?'
M/Jim'No, I think its the virus, like what is spreading through the town and what Artie had.'

Bess'Oh no, doctor have you got something to give her?'
Doctor'Yes, let me give it to her and she'll sleep for awhile, as for you missy, get back to bed.'
M/Jim took Bess and helped her back to the cot.
M/Jim'I'll got inform the others about Pidge.'

As he left the church, he was seeing the perfect way get the real Jim out of the way and take his place.


BSB64
"If you want to keep that peaches and cream complexion, you'd better tell us how to open that elevator!"
Jim to Triste in TN Dr. Loveless Died

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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  16:35:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kit looked dead at Jim. "You are my supiror officer so I will listen to you but if he slips and parlizes her or worse kills her I will be at the gallows because I will kill right where you stand. This is stupid but we don't have time to argue. Put her down here and for hevan's sake stop moving her."

Kit looked at Artie "Ok first you need to take that whiskey and wash your hands."
As he did so Kit cleaned up the wound so he could see Clearer just like a blasted nurse, how dare they treat her this way, Kit was not happy about this at all but she would not let it get in the way if they wanted a man to do this she would talk him through it.

"I need everyone out except for Artie, Apple you need to go back to work so they don't come looking for you and find us here. Pet wont be able to be moved for at least two days and then only by wagon."

They all left "Well are you ready."
Artie nodded, Kit used clorform to kncok pet out and with the morphine and whiskey she should sleep awhile.
"Good and I suggest you calm yourself this is going to be a delecate operation."
He Nodded again."But all t he Blood"
"Alcohal thins the blood I would have rather waited to do this til that stuff was out of her system but no such luck."
"Ok Take that small thing there that looks like an ice pick and insert it into the wound and lightly probe the area. You will know when you have found the bullet. but don't push to hard."

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  17:26:22  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artie takes the instrument from Kit and places it against the wound. Artie pauses, wiping the sweat from his brow this is more than just nerves, Artie thought as he pulled back.

“Kit, I know Jim wanted me to do this but I can’t. It’s not nerves…I think my fever’s back.” She takes the scalpel from his trembling hand.

Artie sinks back into the chair, his hands still trembling and his face pale. He looks at Kit.

“I am of no use to you like this. You’re going to have to do this. Jim will know this was the right decision and Pet would want it this way.” Artie smiled weakly at her.

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kitana
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  17:37:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kit looked at Artie and was going to chew him out when this was done but one patient at a time. She turned to Pet and probed the wound once she found the bullet she took her scalpel and opened the wound a bit more so she could safly eaxtraxct the bullet. She picked up her tweesers and reached in. She dropped the exctracted bullet into the wash basin and it made a thud into the water. using some more alchoal she cleaned out the old wound and stitched it back up. She snickered to herself when she looked back at athe sticking, pet would have a scar that was in the shape of a sheriff badge. She bandaged her friend up and checked her pulse. She turned her sights toward Artemus and pulled a bottle of the medicine from here bag and he looked at her she gave him some and then went to the door.

JIm and Jeremy were outside and Kit smiled "Pet will be fine she will sleep for awhile. Jeremy could you let apple know."

Kit went back to cleaning up the mess as Jim went to Artemus "Nice going Artie."

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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Artiespet
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  17:58:47  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artie looks at Jim through bleary eyes and shakes his head. Jim looks at him quizzically.

“I didn’t do it, Jim. I couldn’t,” Artie told him, “I’m not fully recovered from the virus. I’m sorry, Jim, but I had to let Kit take over.” Jim looked between the two agents.

“Kit, you did this?” he asked.

“Yes, and it’s a good thing I did. Artie was trembling so bad he’d have probably cut her spinal cord.” Jim looked at Kit, a newfound respect for her evident in his eyes.

“Kit, I take back everything I ever thought about women doctors.” Jim extended his hand to her. Kit accepts his hand and smiles, knowing she has won a major victory for women doctors.

“Thank you, Jim, it’s nice to know some men can admit when they are wrong.” She turned her attention to Artie.

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kitana
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  18:10:29  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Kit walked over the Artemus "I suggest you prop your feet up and get some sleep for the night. You stubborn hard headed..." Kit stopped herself and looked at him just shaking her head She looked at Jim "I'll stay and watch these two" She was now worried about Bess and they hadn't seen pidge for awhile. "jim I am worried about Bess and Pidge someone should go check on them."

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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nittanyapple
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  18:28:53  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jeremy approaches Apple who is surrounded by the other dancers backstage. They are getting ready to go on again, for the final show of the evening. He notices that Apple looks worn out. Catching her eye he motions to her to join him.

"Fleur, sweetheart, you need to rest," he says quietly. Fleur looks at him, then around the room. She sees her boss watching her, then she turns back to Jeremy. "I can't right now, Unc. I have work to do." She gives him a quick hug then heads over to Louella.

Lou turns to her newest dancer,"Wow honey, you look rough. You need to fix your make up a little before you go on. These boys too rough on you?" She eyes her clientele.

Apple tells her no. "It's Pet, the bouncer Mark hired the other day. She was injured tonight." Louella looks at her, wide eyed, "What happened to her, Fleur?"

"There was a couple of guys who were sneaking up the back stairs to the girls rooms. She tried to stop them, then fell backwards down the stairs. I've been checking on her all night." Apple stifles a yawn.

"Well I was wondering why you kept disappearin' on me. Is she going to be all right?" Louella is genuinely concerned for her employees.

Apple nods at her, then excuses herself to go fix her makeup. When she passes Jeremy she quickly tells him that Louella will probably check on pet, to warn the others to skedaddle.
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nittanyapple
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  18:46:43  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jim told Kit not to worry about Bess and Pidge, they were going to find them...suddenly Jeremy is at the door.

He barged in and shut the door. "We have to get this cleaned up and you all need to get out of here. Louella is on her way up here to check on Pet...Apparently Apple told her that she fell down the stairs getting rid of some interlopers." Jim, Arte, and Kit continue to get rid of the bloody evidence of an operation taking place, and Jeremy begins helping them. Once it is gone he instructs them to get into Apple's room, he will stay with the unconscious Pet and divert Louella.

Arte and Jim hurry Kit into Apple's room. Jim and Arte discuss the printing press hidden in the basement of the Tiger, and James decides that he will investigate. He leaves Artemus and Kit, then sneaks out of the window.
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Artiespet
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  19:07:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When Louella knocked on the door she heard a muffled come in in a voice that was no Pet’s. She opened the door and was surprised to find Sol sitting by Pet’s side.

“Sol? What are you doing in here?” She asked.

“Just doing a favor for Fleur,” Jeremy thought fast as Pet’s head moved to one side.

“She told me Pet was hurt protecting my girls and I just wanted to check on her.” Louella approached the bed. Jeremy quickly rose and crossed to her.

“Why don’t we just leave her for a while? She’s asleep finally her back is pretty sore. She’ll be asleep for a while…what do you say we go and get some nice supper and maybe go for a walk?” Jeremy asked her as he wriggled his eyebrows. Anything that will get her out of here, he thought as he pulled her toward the door.

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nittanyapple
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  21:10:31  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
After her show and the frivolity afterward, Apple returned to her room. She found Artemus asleep in the chaise lounge and Kitana in her bed. Sitting in the chair that Artemus had occupied earlier, she unbuttoned the high heeled boots that she had been wearing for what seemed like an entire day. Grabbing her dressing gown and a nightgown she disappeared behind the screen. As she changed she heard Kit moaning a little, so she peeked over the screen at her. A dream. She glanced over at Artemus, and notices that he is awake, but looking away from where she is standing.

"Arte, where is James, and why aren't you asleep?" she asks.

Shifting uncomfortably on the chaise, he sits up as she comes around the screen. He moves over so she can sit next to him. "Jim went to investigate the presses that Jeremy found out about. I hope that he is ok. That was a few hours ago." He takes in her tired face, "How are you holding up dancing? Are you dealing with the profession all right?"

"Just fine, just haven't danced in a long time, not like this. When I was a girl I would dance for hours at a time, never getting tired. I'm too old and the boots are too high!" she laughs quietly, and Arte joins her. "If you don't mind, could you stay here? I want to check on Pet, and I may stay with her. Jeremy is wining and dining Louella to keep her out of our hair."

Arte nods in agreement to her plan. She bids him goodnight after checking on Kit, then goes into Pet's room.
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nittanyapple
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  21:29:56  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Apple entered Pet's room quietly. Her bedside lamp was lit, lending a soft light to the room. Apple stepped over to the bed and looked at her partner. She was pale, and breathing softly. Apple sat in a chair that she pulled over to the bed, then reached for a damp cloth to wipe the sweat from Pet's brow. When she was finished she just watched her for a few minutes, then she looked away, knowing that Pet would hate to wake up and find her staring. Moving the chair to it's original position, she moved to the chaise lounge and pulled a quilt over herself. A few minutes later she was asleep.
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Artiespet
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Posted - 07/28/2007 :  21:36:24  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet cracked one eye open and looked across the room at her partner sleeping softly on the chaise lounge. She turned her head and opened her eyes, watching her for a moment. Pet looked down at her legs, almost afraid to test them.

What if they don’t work? I’ve been an independent person most of my life, how can I turn to others for help? How can I even think about asking anyone for help or accept the help offered? How will I know it’s being offered out of something other than pity?

Pet shifted position to ease the pain in her back and clamped her hand over her mouth so she wouldn’t wake Apple. But Apple heard and was instantly awake and went over to Pet’s bed.

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