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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2008 :  08:31:53  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Pidge..." Apple started as Bess sat down next to Pidgeon on the step of the Wanderer's platform. "We have to make these arrangements." Apple fidgeted as she stood on the depot platform. She couldn't really meet the eye of either one of them.

"Why of course we do, Apple," Pidge looked struck by Apple's attitude. She and Bess glanced at each other, then followed as Apple strode off toward town.
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Pidgeon
SS novice field agent

2666 Posts

Posted - 01/17/2008 :  08:55:50  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge pulls Bess over to the side to talk with her.

"Bess, I need something to tide me over. Got any chocolate on ya?"

"No, Pidge. Hardly." She looks her over and says, "Come on. I have a little medicine you can take that will take the edge off for you."

"Good, then lead me to it."

"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 - 01/17/2008 :  10:38:58  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge follows Bess to her room where Bess digs into her luggage. She pulls out a bottle with a label saying "Dr. Hatfield's All-Purpose Tonic." She pours a small amount for Pidge and hands it to her to drink.

"Down the hatch, Pidge."

"What is this stuff?"

"It's medicine, Pidge. Dr. Hatfield's All-Purpose Tonic. I got it back in the last town we were in. Kind of a side deal. Suppose to calm nerves, reduce stress, soothe aches and pains. Here. Take the whole bottle. I have another for emergencies."

Pidge downs the drink and picks up the bottle to examine.

Bess sits down and peers outside. "You know, Pidge. You ought to play the music for Kit's funeral." She continues to look outside as she speaks. "Pidge. You owe it to her. We all owe it to her. Play the music."

Bess turns towards Pidge for her response. Pidge sighs and nods her head, tears flowing down her cheeks.

"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 - 01/17/2008 :  20:06:04  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess put her hand on Pidge's shoulder.

"Come on Pidge, we need to go the funeral parlor to make arrangements,
Apple's going with us."

All three headed for the funeral parlor. As they stepped inside, Bess made a mental note to herself as soon as they had finished the arrangements, she was going to arrange a telegram for Kit's family.

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 - 01/17/2008 :  20:20:11  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pidge remembers to pick up the bottle of tonic as they left. She tucks it inside her bag, stops to smooth her hair and her dress in front of the mirror and dabs her face with a clean handkerchief.

"Coming." She calls out in response to Bess and closes the door behind her.

"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 - 01/18/2008 :  11:21:20  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
As Bess stepped in the funeral parlor, the blood drained out of her face. She stumbled, accidently running into Pidge.

"Bess, what is the matter with you?" Pidge asked.
"Pidge, you and Apple take of these arrangements, I'm going to send a telegram to Kit's family." Bess replied.

Bess headed for the telegraph office.

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 - 01/18/2008 :  18:45:01  Show Profile  Visit blacksheepbrat64's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess looked over the message to give to the telegraph clerk.

KITANA MONTGOMERY PRESUMED DEAD STOP ARRANGEMENTS ARE BEING MADE STOP
PLEASE CONTACT THIS TELEGRAPH OFFICE IMMEDIATELY CONCERNING THIS MATTER STOP

Bess knew little about Kit's family but hoped she'd get an answer. She headed back over to the funeral parlor to help Apple and Pidge with the rest of the arrangements. As she stepped into the funeral parlor, that cold panic feeling hit her again.

'Come on Bess shake this off' She said to herself 'Keep yourself straight for 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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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  09:18:38  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
At the telegraph office a message comes in and the operator hands its off to a delivery boy the young man heads towards a train parked off the main line He knocked on the back door of the varnish car and waited. A woman who was obviously very tired and handed her the message Pet tiped the boy and closing the door sat down to read the message.

NO ONE HERE KNOWS A KITANA MONTGOMERY STOP PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT AGAIN STOP

Pet knew she had to let the others know that none of Kit's family would bother comming.

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

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  10:18:20  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet sent the acknowledgement and sat staring at the paper before her. HOW could they do that? How can her family deny she even existed let alone ignore her passing? Sure Kit's done some things they might not have approved of but the woman's daed for pitty's sake! The very least they could do is come pay respects to her. Pet slammed her fist down on the desk and crumpled the message. She threw it across the room and again slammed her fist onto the desk just as Artie, Jeremy and Jim entered the parlor.

They stared open mouthed wondering what had finally set off some kind of emotions in their fellow agent. Jeremy saw the crumpled paper and retreived it. After reading it he passed it to Jim and Artie who quickly scanned its contents then turned to look at Pet.

She was standing in the now open door to the platform, staring off into the distance.

"Pet you can't do that." Artie told her somberly, getting odd looks from Jim and Jeremy.

"Why not?" Came the stoic reply.

"It's not right, Mr....Artemus." Pet said fire burning her words.

"Because you have friends now. Your fellow agents are here to help you. We can and we will help you through this. And besides the doctor won't clear you to ride for some time yet. You wouldn't want me to ride Little Boy to find you would you?" Artie tried to add humor to get her to smile.

Pet turned to him and stared at him for a long silent moment before allowing herself to almost smile.

"That I'd like to see. That horse only allows one rider. Anyone else gets a quick trip to the ground."

"Has anyone seen the other ladies? I know Apple said something about handling arrangements..." Pet let her sentence trail off.

"Come to think of it no we haven't." Jeremy said.

"Jim amybe we should go find them I'd bet they are at the funeral home." Jim and Jeremy quietly took their leave, leaving Artie there to try and patch things up with Pet and perhaps figure her out.

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

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  11:38:30  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim and Jeremy made it to the funeral home and walked in Jim noticed Bess and the other ladies He and Jeremy explained that Kit's family would not be comming to the funeral and he asked if there was anythig he and Jeremy needed to do?

Meanwhile back at the train Artie manged to get Pet to at least set down "Kit wouldn't want you killing yourself over her famlies recation to the news."

Pet looked at him knowig he was right but hating every minute of it.

"Pet, we know how you feel, let us help"


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

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  11:52:28  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"You only think you know." Pet spoke softly.

"Then tell me." Pet fidgeted in her seat, this conversation was going in a direction she was most uncomfortable with.

"Mr....Artemus, this is why I don't let my emotions get the better of mr or at least I try not to. I lost the greatest friend I ever had...losing Kit is almost as bad. That is why I don't make friends and don't want any."

Artie didn't know what to say to allay her fears. He put his hand on hers and stared at her for a moment.

"Well, just know that there are people who care about you. We are here to listen to anything you want to say. Just next time don't say it with your fists, huh?" He smiled at her and she returned the smile halfheartedly.

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

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:10:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Apple nodded no that they didn't need any help and Jeremy looked at Bess "When will the araigements be ready?"

Jim spoke "Pet is getting more worked up by the moment and I know the doctor is gonna want to give her something."

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

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:30:06  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Apple looked sharply at Jim. "I don't think so. She really can't have anything." She turned to Bess and Pidge, "Can you ladies handle the rest of the arrangements without me? I am going to talk to Pet."

Without waiting for an answer Apple was out the door. As fast as she could walk without flat out running Apple headed toward the train. Her partner needed her, whether she would admit it or not, and Apple was going to be there for her.
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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:49:41  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Jim looked at Bess "I ment some sleeping powder."

He looked at the others he really was no good with his feelings and he had no idea how to help these ladies not only had Kit been a fellow class mate but also a friend.

Jeremy spoke "What can we do to help move this along I think it will do everyone a world of good not to drag this out we have alot that needs to be said and done and its time that we greve properly i think."

He stood silent wondering if the shoes were gonna fly...

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

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  12:56:24  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Artemus was sitting on the settee while Pet stared at a map of the territory that was usually hidden behind cabinet doors when Apple burst through the door of the parlor car, breathless. Her eyes went directly to Pet, who hadn't turned around, then to Arte. He motioned her over. She softly closed the door and went over to the settee.

"Blossom, have a seat. Calm down," Arte said quietly as he took her hand and pulled her down. She turned to look again at her partner who had not moved but kept staring at the map.

"Jim says the doctor wants her to be medicated. Is that true? Arte, she shouldn't have medication..." Arte shushed her.

"It's all right. Sleeping powders...and it was only a possibility if she didn't calm down some, and she has. I think that she really needs to talk to someone, though she will fight it." He looked at her with his familiar soft smile gracing his face. "Apple, partners look out for each other, and I know that Pet will confide in you," He kissed her forehead as he stood. "How could she not?" He winked at Apple, then left her alone with Pet.
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  13:06:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Pet waited until Artie had left the room before she turned to face her partner. This sure as hell won't be easy, Pet thought as she took in her partner's appearance.

"Deb...uh...Apple, I will be fine. Don't need any powders. But you...you don't look like the Deb." Pet settled uneasily on the setter beside her.

"Pet, are you all right?" Apple asked concerned.

"I'm fine, Deb. But you are not. Something's been bothering you for a while now. Why don't you tell me what it is? Maybe I can help." Pet prodded hoping she was doing the right thing and in the right manner.

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 - 01/20/2008 :  13:18:47  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Apple was astonished. Pet was showing concern, and ACTING on it. Then it occurred to her that perhaps Pet was trying to diminish any focus on her own pain.

"Pet, you're sure..." she hesitated, not sure how to begin. "You're sure that you don't need the powders?"

Pet was unperturbed. Apple was being herself, so be it. "No Deb, I don't. I can handle myself. Now out with it."

Apple licked her lips as she looked down at her hands in her lap. Pet was right, Apple had been holding in her emotions. Kit's disappearance and the searching, and now her death pronouncement had started to take a toll on her.

"I've told you about my brother Kent before, Pet."

"Yep. Addicted to morphine. You told me."

"And I must have told you that he almost died, right?"

"I believe that you did, yes," Pet waited expectantly.

"Well it's just that those memories have come flooding back, is all," Apple looked up at Pet, "Now your turn. How is this affecting you?"
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Artiespet
SS senior field agent

USA
5113 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  13:32:43  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
"Not so fast, Deb. One thing I have learned in my life is that if something affects you this badly you need to get it out somehow. You've never dealt with how you felt about your brother because he turned around he made it." Apple looked at her shocked that Pet would or even could figure out so emotional an issue. When she didn't reply Pet continued.

"Deb you have to stop blaming yourself." At Apple's shocked look Pet knew she was on the right track so she pressed on.

"You can't be everything to everyone. It just can't be. Trust me I know what's going through your mind. You can only be the Deb...be who you are the caring individual everyone knows you to be. It's not your fault your brother couldn't handle things and chose drugs. Just like it isn't your fault..." Pet stopped not wanting to bring herself back to the forefront of their conversation.

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

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  14:29:02  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artie felt bad leaving Apple with Pet but knew she would do better than he could have done. He walked past the funeral parlor and straight to the saloon he ordered a drink. He silently toasted Kit and ordered another one his memory had come back and he remembered Loveless shooting Kit and he was unable to do anything he blamed himself even though he could have done nothing, Kit had been in his charge after being paired up with him on the mission and he had let her down. It was never easy losing an agent but to watch one die and not be able.... Stop it Artemus he thought and took another drink he then ordered a beer and moved to a table in the back. He knew Jim would find him when he was needed right now he needed to deal and this was a good way to do it.


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

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  16:46:38  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"Just like it isn't my fault that you won't talk to anyone about what is bothering you," Apple countered. Pet eyed her, then shook her head, a small grin playing across her mouth.

"Deb, am I gonna have to like you?"

"I'm afraid so, partner."

"Well then if that's the case, I need a drink. Make that 20," Apple rolled her eyes at Pet's sarcasm. "Care to join me at the saloon?" Apple laughed and the two women left the railcar and started off to the saloon.

Pet pushed the swinging doors and entered the smoky room with Apple right behind her. Apple noticed Artemus in the back corner and nudged Pet. They joined him when he waved them over.
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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  16:55:32  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Artemus really wanted to be alone but he was a gentleman after all he stood when the two joined him and he ordered a round of drinks "What brings you two ladies here?" He asked as he sat down the saloon girl brought over the drinks and Artemus asked her to bring a bottle she came back and he paid for it tipping her well.


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

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/20/2008 :  19:50:38  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
"You aren't the only one who needs a drink Artemus," Pet glared at him.

"Of course, of course," Artemus lifted his own glass and the trio of agents shared a toast to their friend and colleague. Apple set her glass down and Arte filled it from the bottle he had purchased. Pet noticed this but didn't comment. She too had downed her drink but she didn't think that Apple was still drinking like she had on their last assignment when she had been undercover.

Artemus cleared his throat. "Well ladies, I trust that the two of you discussed what needed to be discussed?" He smiled encouragingly at them. Apple nodded, but neither woman spoke for a moment. Apple finally asked Pet what she knew of Kit that she could share, any memories she had of their coworker.

Pet was uncomfortable sharing personal information about Kit, but she remembered a time when she and Kit had pulled some pranks and started to tell Artemus and Apple about them. She became animated and laughed heartily, which drew the two others in. She was quite the story teller.

The three continued to drink through the late afternoon. James, Jeremy, Pidge, and Bess joined them and finally Artemus ordered dinner for everyone. They enjoyed the company, food, and drinks, and made sure to tell as many stories about Kit as they could remember.
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nittanyapple
SS senior field agent

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 01/31/2008 :  06:49:13  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
The morning of the funeral dawned with clouds on the horizon, rolling in quickly. It would be overcast with a very good possiblity of rain for the funeral.

Jim and Artemus sat at the table, finishing their breakfast and reading the local newspaper. Finally Jim spoke.

"She isn't dead, you know." Arte looked up sharply. Jim met his gaze. Arte nodded.

"I was thinking the same thing, actually, partner. What makes you say so?"

"It isn't like Loveless to not leave a "calling card" when he can," Jim said flatly. Again Arte nodded.

"Just what I was thinking. What do we do about it?"

Jim grinned. "We keep searching...after the funeral of course."

"Of course!" Arte returned his partner's grin. "We must pay our respects first. She'll love the story of her funeral when we find her."

The two agents finished their breakfast then prepared for the day.
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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 02/01/2008 :  12:39:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It had been almost three weeks since Kit came to stay with the Widow and the nightmares had gotten worse. The sleeping powders the Doctor had given her were not working and she hadn't had a full nights sleep since she had been found. The Widow and her family had been very good to her but she would leave soon she had to find out what the dreams meant if anything.
She stepped out onto the porch and it looked like it was going to be a partly cloudy day, it looked like it might rain on the other side of the mountain and if luck had it it would come this way the Widow's garden could use a rain she stood on the porch for awhile and then got to work on her chores she had to earn her keep and it as the least she could do for the widow.

The widow looked out the window at Kit/Lena she knew the young woman would go soon she could see it in her eyes she just prayed that when she did leave that Lena would find what she was looking for.

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

USA
8570 Posts

Posted - 02/06/2008 :  14:31:08  Show Profile  Visit nittanyapple's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Bess and Apple and Pidge paid the waitress for breakfast then started out of the hotel. A clap of thunder sounded and a flash of lightning streaked across the dark sky. The concierge opened an umbrella and led each lady out to the cab waiting to take them to the funeral parlor.

The ladies rode in silence, silently watching the town roll by. Water rolled from rooftops and drained down gutter piping, flooding the once dusty streets. The wheels of the cab made a s*cking sound as they rolled along in the mud, but the mares pulling were quick and sure, keeping the cab moving.

At the funeral parlor the undertaker waited with another umbrella and escorted the ladies inside. There were flowers everywhere, but no casket. Just a photograph of Kitana, taken for her file at the bureau, placed on an easel at the front of the room.

Pidge walked over to the organ to prepare for her musical interlude honoring their friend and fellow agent. Bess and Apple sat down near the front of the room and held a quiet discussion concerning Pet. Would she appear? How would she react if she did?
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kitana
SS novice field agent

1578 Posts

Posted - 02/07/2008 :  18:04:39  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
An young man rode up to the funeral parlor tied his horse and stepped out of the rain he took off his hat and slicker and stepped into the funeral parlor he walked up to the picture of Kit and layed a single flower below it he then took a seat across the isle from the other ladies. He sat quietly and waited for the services to begin.

Jeremy and Jim came in they noticed the young man but said nothing. Jim whispered to Bess "Artemus is supposed to be bringing Pet along." and Jeremy and Jim took thier seats.

Artie, "Come one step closer and I'll misspell your name!"
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