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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2007 :  22:27:03  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Pet?" Apple said her name quietly as she threw off the quilt. "Are you all right?" She pulled the chair back over beside the bed, not wanting to shift Pet by sitting on the bed. "What can I do for you?"

"I need to move, I'm not comfortable here," Pet told her partner. Apple did her best to ease her discomfort. She looked at her for a long time before she asked her next question.

"Do you need any morphine?" Pet searched Apple's face, then told her no. "Can I ask you something personal?" Apple nodded at Pet's inquiry.

"Your brother, how did he do it? Quit the morphine?" Apple sat back in the chair, looking at Pet.

She started talking, looking at the coat hook on the back of the door, "He had to give it up all at once. It was in a hospital, back in DC." She looked at Pet again. "It took a very long time, and he thought he would die," she told her matter of factly.

"Just how long did it take, Deb?" she grimaced in pain.

Apple was moving back to the chaise lounge then turned to look at Pet as she answered her, "Two to three days after the last dose intense withdrawal starts, and the symptoms are not pretty. This can last up to a week, the withdrawal phase. Longer if you are really addicted."

She stopped, remembering, then sitting down on the chaise, she continued, "Kent was in the hospital for a month. Atalie, that's his wife, stayed with him as much as possible. They didn't have the boys yet, they had been married just a few months." She smiled widely at Pet, "For better or worse, Atalie really believes that!" she laughed.

Pet stared at Apple for a minute or two, the pain contracting in her back even though she had been drugged for the surgery. Apple could see the pain in Pet's eyes.

"I can help you, if you want. You can't do it yourself." Pet stared at Apple for a long while after she made the offer. Finally she nodded, and Apple replied, "All right. We will begin in a few days, after the swelling from your surgery has gone down, and the pain has lessened."

Pet nodded again, not sure that she wanted to be beholden to the deb, or anyone.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2007 :  10:25:01  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Jeremy had been with Lou for most of the evening, in a more private dining area, plying her with drinks, compliments, and kisses. Finally he escorted her to her room, after the floor show was over, and bid her good night. Her laced whiskey would take effect almost immediately, so he wanted to get her there so she wouldn't be found passed out in her own establishment.

He put Louella on her bed, then left after covering her with a blanket. He knocked on Apple's door to find that she was next door with Pet, and Kit was sleeping soundly. He and Artemus decided to try to find James, who had been gone for a long while.

When they got to Lou's locked office, Arte produced his lock pick and the two were inside in seconds. Looking around quickly Jeremy saw the trap door to the basement in a corner. He and Arte lifted the door, then with guns drawn they descended the stairs into the anteroom.

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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2007 :  15:17:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet stared at the wall long after Apple had fallen back asleep. She was thinking about the way things had turned out so far on this mission and she was slowly shaking her head.

You knew this would happen! Now you’re in a position where you have no choice, Pet but to accept the help these people are willing to offer you. You knew this would eventually happen and it has. So now you have no choice but to learn to deal with it. You are a strong person, Pet, but Apple is right…you can’t do this on your own. Just accept that fact and get on with what you know needs to be done.

It was starting she could feel it. But she wouldn’t say anything not yet. Pet had dealt with pain most of her life this was nothing new there was just more of it. She would try and deal with it in her normal fashion as long as she could before asking for the help she knew would be freely given no matter how badly Pet didn’t want to have to need it.

Pet was trying to contain her moans as she had missed her last dose of morphine and didn’t want to ask for any. Apple stirred and sat up, looking over to her partner. She rose and went to the bed.

“It’s too early to start this, Pet. You must continue with your usual dosage of morphine until your back is better. You’d never survive the withdrawl process. Your back would tear apart when the seizures start.”

Apple got a packet of powder and mixed it in a glass and helped Pet drink. She noted the sweating and slight tremors and hoped they caught it in time.

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 - 07/29/2007 :  18:26:24  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
M/Jim saw Jim make his way to the press room. That's when he saw his chance. As Jim began investigating, M/Jim jumped him. The fight continued all of the printing press room. Since the room sounds were muffled,nobody could hear what was going on. Prince Anthony came down and saw the two Jims but how could he tell who was who?

Finally he yelled the code word, that only the fake Jim would know.
P Anthony'Diamond are in the rough.'
M/Jim'Diamonds are forever.'

Between Anthony and M/Jim, they finally subdued the real Jim. M/Jim chloroformed him and he was out.

Anthony'Now, you can begin your new role.'
M/Jim'Were are you taking him?'
Anthony'There's a shack outside of town that we've been using for the virus. He's going to get it again and no antidote this time. How are you going to explain your appearance to the two agents you've already had contact with?'
M/Jim'That the fake Jim was with Pidge and Bess.'

M/Jim helped Anothony put the real Jim in a wagon, tying him down, Anthony took him to the shack outside of town.

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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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2007 :  19:04:41  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
M/Jim made his way out of the press room. Before Anthony took the real Jim away, M/Jim changed clothes with the real one. He already looked like he'd been in a fight, so his explanation would make since.

Jeremy and Artie had become concerned about Jim. They went looking for him and ran into him at the door leading to the basement.

Artie'Jim, what happened to you and what did you find?'
M/Jim'The main thing I found down there was me.'
Jeremy'James can you be a little more specific.'
M/Jim'Yes, I went down there and they've created a look-a-like me to infilter in our group. A fake Jim has been in Captain's Rock with Bess and Pidge. He brought Bess here and some prince brought Pidge here. The stage that Bess and the fake me were on had a wreck. Bess suffered a concussion and is over at the church. Pidge has contracted the virus and is over at the church also. I was able to get that out of him before they took him away.'
Jeremey'You've already turned him over?'
M/Jim'Yes I have, how is everybody, how's Pet and Kit?'
Artie'Doing better, we need to check on Bess and Pidge.'
M/Jim headed for the door.
Artie'James, take it easy, I'll go check on them.'
Artie left to go check Bess and Pidge.

M/Jim smiled to himself. Thanks to that diamond potion he'd invented some years back he could make himself invisible. Now he could infilterate completely.


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 - 07/29/2007 :  21:21:42  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artie stopped by Kit’s room to check on her and she told him Apple was still in Pet’s room. Kit told Artie she could go check on Pet but Artie told her to get some rest he would as he needed to talk to Apple.

He peeked into Pet’s room and Apple was sitting in the chair by her bed. He went in and told Apple someone had to get Pidge and Bess here with everyone else and he was going to get them and bring them back. Apple agreed and told Artie that since Pet was sleeping she would return to her room in case Lou came up to check on her.

Artie headed out to rent a buckboard. As soon as they left, Pet threw back the blankets and pulled her legs over the edge. She pushed herself out of the bed and bit back the groans as she made her way across the room to the wardrobe.

Getting dressed was a chore but Pet accomplished it with as little moaning and groaning as possible so Apple wouldn’t hear her in the next room. She slowly made her way to the door and down the back stairs. She knew a short cut to the livery and while Artie was talking to the livery owner she snuck to the back of the buckboard and slid in. When she laid down and pulled a blanket over her she let out a moan, causing Artie to look around, seeing nothing he climbed in the buckboard and pulled away.

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 - 07/29/2007 :  21:23:09  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
When Pet guessed enough time had passed and Artie was too far from town to turn back she tossed the blanket back and pulled herself into a sitting position. Biting her tongue, to keep from screaming, Pet pushed herself to her knees. Reaching over she tapped him on the shoulder.

“GREAT BALLS OF ST. ELMOS FIRE! What are you trying to do give me a heart attack?” Artie shouts as he pulls the horses to stop. Then he does a double take.

“Hey! Just what ARE you doing here? You should be in bed NOT a buckboard are you crazy? I ought to turn this buckboard around and take you right back.”

“There isn’t time and we are too far from town anyway.” Pet reasoned with him, Artie just glared at her.

Artie pulls the buckboard to a stop in front of the church and orders Pet to stay put while he goes inside and gets their fellow agents. He returns shortly with Pidge and a bag containing some medications. He hands the medications to Pet and gently places Pidge in the back of the buckboard.

He goes back inside and comes back with Bess and he placed her in the buckboard along side Pidge. After making sure they were secured he climbed in the front and took the reins from Pet and headed back to Thorntonville. The trip back was mostly quite, Artie glaring at Pet’s occasional groans, hisses and winces. Pet did her best to avoid his eyes.

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 - 07/29/2007 :  21:48:23  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Arte pulled up in front of the hotel down the street from the Diamond Tiger. Bess and Pidge were awake, but groggy. He left them with Pet and ran across to get Apple at the Diamond Tiger.

Apple has dressed quickly and come to the hotel with Arte. When she sees Pet sitting in the buckboard she stops short, then shakes her head and proceeds into the hotel with Artemus. Explaining the situation to the hotel clerk is a chore, but soon Pidgeon and Bess are ensconced in a room and a maid is paid extra to sit with them during the remainder of the night.

When the two agents reappear outside Pet is leaning against the side of the buckboard, trying to ease the pain. Apple climbs in beside her while Arte drives the team to the back entrance of the Diamond Tiger.

"Just what were you thinking, leaving your bed?" Apple asks quietly. Pet steals a glance at her expecting to see anger burning there, but instead she looks concerned. Pet doesn't know how to react to this.

"Deb, what do you care?" she finally chokes out.

Arte clears his throat. "She has the right to ask, she is your partner."

Pet remains silent the rest of the way to her room, and Arte discreetly leaves the room while Apple helps her into night clothes. After Pet is dressed Apple lets Artemus back in the room so that he can help get Pet back into the bed.

"Will you tell me now, why you did this Pet? This behavior is self destructive." Apple asks as she takes a seat in the chair next to the bed.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2007 :  22:07:31  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet does not know how to take the nice and quiet approach Apple and Artie are showing her. She stares at them long and hard and carefully chooses her words before speaking.

“I overheard your conversation before Mr. Gordon left and with all the ring activity at night I knew it wouldn’t be safe for him to venture out on his own. With me in the buckboard they would think twice about stopping him.” Pet looked at them imploringly, hoping one of them would yell or scream at her.

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 - 07/29/2007 :  22:36:10  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Artemus tells Pet to call him Arte, then looks from Apple to Pet and sits back quietly. He is going to let the partners each figure the other out on their own.

"Pet, that I can understand, and I can understand that you want to keep working. However, you have just had surgery and you could have really been hurt."

Pet looked at her hands, instead of at either of them. Finally she spoke, "I thought I was doing the right thing, and yes, I did want to keep working." She looks over at Arte, "And I can't call any of you by name, because that would mean that we all would be closer than I want to be with any of you." Arte puts his hand up and nods his head at her, acknowledging her feelings on the subject.

Apple however does not let this go. "You do have to let us help, Pet. That is what this team is for, not individuals running amok, but a team that works together and takes care of each other."

"It doesn’t matter what I’ve done here on this assignment, I just don’t feel friendships are in the cards for me." Pet says, equally as quiet as Apple has been.

Artemus speaks up, "Well then, it is time for a different dealer in this card game."
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 07/29/2007 :  22:39:07  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artemus speaks up, "Well then, it is time for a different dealer in this card game."

I’ve been watching you ever since you joined this team and I think I’m a pretty fair judge of character. Grant was right, you do need this team and what you can learn from it.”

Pet just sat there continuing to stare at her hands so he continued.

“You have no idea of how to be part of a team because you’ve been a loner for too long. Yet that is exactly what you need right now. To be part of a team, to have others there for you and for you to be there for others.” Pet looked at him with trepidation.

“See, that’s what I’m talking about that look…I know what was missing. You want this and you know you need it but for some reason you don’t feel you deserve it but Pet…if anyone deserves to have friends it’s you. You always give and give and never take.”

“Well, now is the time to take. Take everything we have to offer and more. Just say the word and it’s yours. We are all here for you.”

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 - 07/29/2007 :  22:43:17  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Arte is right Pet, about all of it. We are all here for you, so accept it." Apple tucked the blankets around Pet and then escorted Artemus out of the room and down the back stairs, leaving Pet alone with her thoughts.

~Apple~
The Apple of Artemus Gordon's eye
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  04:57:30  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Pidge was shaking and sweating from the virus. The maid, Catherine became very concerned. Bess woke to the commotion and told Catherine to watch Pidge. She was going to find the others and get an antidote for Pidge. Even though Artie had gotten medicine, Bess felt Pidge might need something else. She dressed quickly and went in search of her fellow agents. She was having to take it slow due to the pounding headache and dizziness. But slowly she was making process.

Artie had found M/Jim and told him that they had gotten Bess and Pidge and where they were. M/Jim went to the hotel to check on them, but also to get the story straight about the "fake" Jim.

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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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  07:14:46  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
M/Jim encounter Bess in the hallway.

M/Jim'We need to talk.'
Bess'About what?'
M/Jim'I understand you've been with me a few days.'
Bess'Yes, you came up to me at the dance and ruined my investigation with the duke.'
M/Jim'That wasn't me, it was a fake double. Somebody created a fake double of me to infilterate our group.'
Bess'You mean I was with him the whole time.'
M/Jim'Yes, did he do anything or say anything?'
Bess'Listen, I'm tired of laying down and someone is watching Pidge, lets go downstairs and discuss this.'

They headed down the stairs to the pastry shop in the lobby.

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 - 07/30/2007 :  10:00:49  Show Profile  Reply with Quote

Kit went to check on Pet and slowly opened the door, and queitly walked in she quietly walked in and went to pet Locking the door behind her.
"How are you feeling?"

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  10:34:44  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
After they got Pidge settled with the meds and Catherine agreeing to sit with her. M/Jim and Bess headed down to the pastry shop.

They sat down at a table and ordered coffee. M/Jim offered Bess something to eat, but she just shook her head.

Bess'No thanks Jim, my head still hurts very badly.'
M/Jim'Yes you do have a pretty good bruise there, what happened?'
Bess explained the story to what she thought was the real Jim. He explained for the last few days the one she'd dealt with had been a "fake" Jim.
Bess'You know I thought it was weird that he came in and disrupted my investigation with the duke.'
M/Jim'Well we've got him now.'
Bess'What do you want me to do now?'
M/Jim'Keep an eye on Pidge and Pet and also Kit. Apple has been running around taking care of them and being undercover. Come on I'll walk you over there.'

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 - 07/30/2007 :  10:44:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"About as well as can be expected, I guess." Pet told her tiredly. "Can't sleep because of the pain and not being able to move but whatever it'll go away soon enough."

"Well, it's too soon to start your withdrawl from the morphine," Kit handed Pet a glass of water with a packet of powder mixed in, "so drink this." When Pet didn't reach for the glass Kit grabbed her hand and shoved the glass into it.

"Pet, just drink it. This is your doctor talking NOT your friend. As your doctor I can tell you I've seen this before. You will wait until I give you the okay...in your current condition you woulnd't survive the first 6 hours." Pet just looked at her and put the glass to her lips and downed the contents.

"All right you win...for now. You have your bag with you, what's up with that?" Pet nodded to the bag Kit held in her hands.

"With Pidge and Bess back in town I think I'll go stay over at the hotel with them. It's safer that way." Kit turned to leave then turned back to her stubborn friend.

"I'll be right across the street if you need me and I'll be sneaking up the back stairs to check on you. And don't think this discussion is over because it's NOT. I am very angry wtih you, Pet, but you do need your rest so the yelling will wait." Kit winked at Pet as she turned and left the room, heading for Bess nad Pidge across the street.

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 - 07/30/2007 :  10:50:00  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess and M/Jim made their way to the brothel. M/Jim kept looking at Bess in the moonlight. She was his beloved and would always be. And he couldn't tell her. Once he got rid of all of her other agents, she'd be his.


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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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  10:56:54  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess and M/Jim ran into Kit in the street.

Bess'Come on with me, Kit, you need more rest and I need you to check on Pidge. We've got a room and you can stay with us.'
M/Jim'That's a good idea, both of you can keep an eye on Pidge and Pet.'
Bess'How is Pet?'
Kit'A little better.'
Bess'Jim, we're headed back over here, if anything is needed, you can find us there.'

M/Jim headed back for the Diamond Tiger and Bess and Kit headed to the hotel.

Kit noticed that Bess was still pale.
Kit'Are you sure you're ok?'
Bess'Of course, come on.'

When they got to the room, Kit woke up Pidge and gave her another dose of meds. Bess volunteered for the first watch of the two. Bess sat in the rocker as the two went back to sleep.


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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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  16:00:13  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Apple awoke in her own bed, finally, around 10 o'clock the next morning. It had been a long day, and a long night. She new that she would be needed at rehearsal soon, so she quickly freshened up, dressed, and cursed the dancing boots that she was going to have to wear again.

Entering the kitchen of the Diamond Tiger, she is surprised to find a rather large group of girls still sitting around with Lucky Lou. She makes herself a cup of tea while Lou is telling the girls that they need to be careful of men trying to sneak up the back stairs at odd times of the day and night, because of what happened to Pet, the new security woman who is staying in the room next to Fleur's.

Louella looks up and sees Fleur (nee Apple) standing there. "How is she honey? Will she be comin' back to work soon?" Apple shook her head, "No, I'm afraid that her back was hurt real bad. She took a tumble down those stairs, I'll tell ya'!" The other dancers gasped. One of them spoke up, "Did they guys get away?"

Apple told her that they had, and that Louella was right, they would need to stick close together, and not go anywhere alone.
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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

2666 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  16:55:54  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Meanwhile, Pidge's fever starts rising. She starts to perspire and hallucinate. Her head moves back and forth and she starts to groan. She thinks that she is back fighting an unknown assailant. He is trying to break in to a high cabinet meeting. She is working her way through the back stairs when a fire has started. She's yelling, "Everyone out. Fire!! Fire!!" but no one hears her. The smoke is getting thick and she's having difficulty breathing.

"Have to get to the main room where the cabinet officials are." She thinks to herself but the smoke is getting thick.

She is worried about getting the people out but at the same time trying to fend off a possible attacker.

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

2666 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  17:01:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge mumbles a few incoherent words and cries out every once in a while.

Her voice is crackling and she thinks it's due to the smoke. Smoke everywhere (she thinks). Burning her throat, her eyes. Her clothes stick to her. Why can't they hear her? Why aren't they leaving? And will she find them before the assailant does?

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
1798 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  19:14:04  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
While Pidge was having her high fevers and hallucinations, Bess was right there with her. Bess also knew Kit needed rest as well, so as soon as another night terror hit, Bess was at Pidge's side. Thankfully Kit remained asleep and Pidge's feverish terrors only lasted for a few minutes at a time.

Pidge had just had one and Bess had woken her up, gave her her meds and made her drink water. Bess also found a clean nightgown for Pidge and helped her put it on. She got Pidge settled again and Kit stirred. Bess gently pushed Kit back down on the bed and told her to go back to sleep. Before Kit went back to sleep, she asked Bess a question.

Kit'I finally remember you, you were the teenage runaway nurse who helped me.'
Bess'Yes, its good to see you again. Now I know what to do, just rest.'
Kit nodded and fell back asleep, but not before asking Bess to check on Pet. Bess assured her she would in a bit.

Bess had dozed off in the rocker when she heard the knocking. She jumped up quickly to answer so it wouldn't wake up the other two women. Bess opened the door the find M/Jim standing there as well as Jeremy.

Jeremy'Bess have you had any rest?'
Bess'I don't need rest, I'm fine.'
As Bess said those words the began spinning. The exhuastion plus the concussion was taking its toll.

M/Jim grabbed Bess before she fell.
M/Jim'That's it, you're going to eat and go to bed. You still have that concussion. There is a room next to this one with an ajoining door. Jeremy has volunteered to watch over all of you for awhile.'

Bess was too tired to argue. She let M/Jim lead her out of the room and Jeremy sat down in the rocker watching over Pidge and Kit.

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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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

2666 Posts

Posted - 07/30/2007 :  19:26:14  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge rested comfortably for awhile until the meds started wearing off again. Her fever spiked and she started crying and calling for help. "Fire! There's fire. Everyone out. Please. Everyone. Can't you hear me? You have to get out!!"

Jeremy leaned forward and grabbed a cloth and soaked it in water. He pushed her back down onto her bed and placed the damp cloth on her feverish forehead. Her eyes flutter open a little and she sees a figure there. "Why aren't you going? Can you help me get to the President and his cabinet?"

Jeremy wipes her face with the cloth and tells her that they are safe and out of the building. "Thank God. You got them out ok?"

"Yes, Pidge. You saved them." He takes the cloth and soaks it in water again and washes down her face, her neck and her arms. Her skin is still hot to the touch but this seems to make her feel better.

He's worried about her. These hallucinations are severe and bother him. He can't quite put his finger on it but there's something familiar about a fire and the cabinet. Can't be. He would have known about something that important. A fire concerning the President and his cabinet? Every agent would have been notified. He shakes his head. Must be nothing more than the feverish hallucinations of a sick agent.

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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Pidgeon
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Posted - 07/30/2007 :  19:32:59  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge's fever breaks due to Jeremy's care and she finally sleeps. Jeremy leans back in his chair and looks at her and Kit. Two totally different personalities. Two totally different agents. Yet, they both hold pieces to the puzzle that make up this team. He muses over this thought. Each agent brings something different to the table. Different talents. Different perspectives. Alone they can't accomplish much but together...

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
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Posted - 07/30/2007 :  19:36:12  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The real Jim West woke up in a dark cellar. There were no windows and he was tied down by chains. One on each arm and one on each leg. He kept moving to see if he still had any of his toys so he could cut through the chains, but whoever had kidnapped him had gotten everything. Then it happened. He started shaking, sweating, and overcome with nausea. A figure entered the room. He could here the voice but couldn't see who it was.

Male Voice'Well Mr. West, we've got you and your agent group has no idea, because be have the perfect double in your place. He's already passed the test with flying colors. I do hate the discomfort you are experiencing, as you see you have the virus again. And the consequences as we know are deadly if its untreated.'

Jim tried to move but couldn't. Due to the sudden spiked fever, he passed out.

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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blacksheepbrat64
SS novice field agent

USA
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Posted - 07/30/2007 :  19:45:14  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess and M/Jim made their way into the Diamond Tiger. Bess and M/Jim went to Pet's room to check on her. Bess made Jim go outside the door because he seemed to be irritating Pet.

Bess cleaned out Pet's wound and rebandaged it. She also made sure Pet still had meds. Bess told her she'd be back later to check on her.

They made contact with Apple letting her know about Pet's condition. M/Jim walked Bess back to the hotel. As she laid down on the bed, he had Jeremy bring her a plate of food.

M/Jim'I hate to do this, but I'm ordering you to eat.'
Bess ate a few mouthfuls but her headache was making her nauseated. She finally told M/Jim and Jeremy just to leave her alone for a few hours and she'd be find. Bess soon drifted off to sleep.

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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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

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Posted - 07/31/2007 :  05:46:46  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
After leaving Bess, Jeremy and Jim decide to to go back and check on Pidge and Kit. Pidge is now awake with her fever gone. She is still a little weak but glad to see them. Jeremy asks how she is feeling and the two sit quietly for a few minutes to talk about the case and the virus. As they're talking Pidge keeps looking over at Jim a little puzzled. The faux Jim West stands over at the window looking out. He is checking for Prince Anthony but he hasn't shown yet.

The faux Jim casually looks over at the two and sits down at the table. Pulling he newspaper over to him he starts to doodle with the pen. He's trying to be patient but sitting around waiting is not his style.

Finally, he gets up and asks Jeremy if maybe they should leave Pidge and Kit to rest. Pidge grabs Jeremy's hand, uncharacteristically, and asks Jeremy to stay with her. She feels a little better with his company. Jeremy smiles a little puzzled and tells M/Jim to go ahead without him. He would stay with Pidge for a little while longer.

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

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Posted - 07/31/2007 :  05:56:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jeremy pats Pidge's hand after M/Jim leaves and asks her if she's feeling worse.

"No, Jeremy, but I wonder if you noticed anything unusual about Jim lately."

"Jim? (he pauses to think this over). No. Nothing unusual. Why?"

"Doesn't he seem a little taller than usual?"

"Taller?? Pidge, come on. You've been sick. How can you tell from a bed?"

"Jeremy, a few minutes ago he was sitting at that table writing on a newspaper." (Jeremy waits. There has to be more than this).

"Pidge. You're not making any sense."

"Isn't he right-handed? This time he wrote with his left."

Kit sat up on one elbow and peered at them. "I noticed that, too. He did write with his left and unless he's gotten some higher lifts in his shoes, he's taller, too. By maybe as much as an inch."

"Any scene can be more freshly and clearly seen when it is seen upside down." G.K. Chesterton
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
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Posted - 07/31/2007 :  10:42:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet fell into a fitful sleep thinking about what she was facing. She was tossing and turning as much as her body would allow. Pet, your new ‘friends’ aren’t your friends, the apparition told her, I’ve told you time and time again you will never have friends…you don’t deserve friends…if they knew that past you have so carefully hidden do you really think they would still like you? A single tear found its way down her cheek, buried in her hair.

The faces…they were always there…hovering…disembodied faces…swirling around, laughing, jeering taunting. Pet whimpered as the tears began to drop like rain. You never were of any use to anyone…you will never have friends…no one will be able to stand to be around you let alone the sight of you…that voice…oh how she hated that voice. All she wanted to do was silence that voice!

Then the man…the man with no face…he approached her with the candle that seems to hover in mid air. No…no…NO! Get away from me…leave me ALONE! Pet screamed out in her sleep and Apple, hearing the screams in her room where she had just set her tea down, came running into Pet’s room and rushed to her side.

Apple gently shook her partner and pulling her up she slid onto the bed beside Pet. She put her arm around her shoulders and held her in a reassuring hold. Pet kept her eyes closed until the sobbing stopped. Apple talked soothingly and quietly to her, trying to alleviate her fears. Finally Pet quieted and pulled her head up to look at her partner.

“Do you want to talk about it? It might help.” Apple told her.

Not knowing where to start, Pet told her what the dream had been about. Apple sat, her arm still around her, listening. Oh the life you must have led, Apple thought seeing the haunting pain in Pet’s eyes.

“The withdrawl has started, Pet. It will only get worse from here. Perhaps I should go find Kit…” Pet vehemently shook her head.

“Pet, no matter what that voice told you we ARE your friends and we are here for you. Please, you have to let us help.”

“I…don’t know how…how to ask for help.” Pet sounded like a frightened child.

“You just did, Pet. You just did. And that is the first step.” Apple told her.

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