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Ben Wade ([personal profile] almosthonorable) wrote2009-01-26 02:52 am
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[[ pre-dawn, milliways, upstairs ]]

whitetextiswhite

[ the lonely light of morning ]


He's blinking in the darkness, already upright and swinging his legs over the side of the bed before he knows why.

Then the rapping -- light but insistent -- registers.

"Hold on just a minute, gotta -- "

He yanks on his pants and pulls his undershirt over his head, then pads to the door barefoot.

"The hell's the -- "

He's squinting, running his free hand through his impressive case of bed-head.

" -- Kate?"
ikissdhimbck: (Killer - Blood on my hands - Innocence g)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 08:04 am (UTC)(link)
Her eyes are downcast, and from the looks of things, if she wasn't holding onto the door frame for support, she might just lose her footing.

She draws in a rattling breath.

And looks up.

(Even cleaned up she's still a mess.)


"Ben. I need you to teach me to shoot a six."
ikissdhimbck: (Killer - Blood on my hands - Innocence g)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 08:21 am (UTC)(link)
She swallows dryly, shaking her head.

"I-I don't know how, I... I can shoot. I just never... Never handled a..."

She makes a motion with her hand, holding it the way she might hold a handgun, pointer finger poised over an invisible trigger.

She focuses on him, eyes desperately searching his out.

"I can-can fire a rifle. Let me... let me go git the one from the stables an' I'll show you. I know how, it's just... I need you to help me. With a-with-with a six."
ikissdhimbck: (Surprised Unhappy)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 08:32 am (UTC)(link)
She doesn't move for a moment or two.

Her gaze seems to come unfocused again.

But, eventually, she nods, small and sharp and shaky, and lets Ben lead her to an armchair in the corner of his room.
ikissdhimbck: (Surprised Unhappy)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 08:44 am (UTC)(link)
She shakes her head in much the same manner as before, looking tense.

"No."

She only has one thing on her mind.

"Ben," she begins again, dragging a hand through her hair. "Please. I... I need you to do this for me."
ikissdhimbck: (Looking down Feeling Red)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 08:55 am (UTC)(link)
She bites her lip, taking a few steadying breaths.

She doesn't want to tell this story.

"Y-you 'member that friend back in Green Lake I was tellin' you about?" she murmurs, voice hitching.

"The one keepin' an eye out for me?"
ikissdhimbck: (Tears on poetry)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 09:00 am (UTC)(link)






"He was killed today."
ikissdhimbck: (Crying Broken Crushed - Let you down)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 09:18 am (UTC)(link)
Her face twists in an ugly expression as she tries to hold back the tears.

She shakes her head.

"It was my fault," she chokes, voice catching somewhere high in her throat.

Her tiny hands are two white-knuckled fists on either side of her legs.
ikissdhimbck: (Crying Broken Crushed - Let you down)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 04:50 pm (UTC)(link)
"We was... I was... Ben, they burned my schoolhouse."

She holds his gaze, trying to get her emotions under control.

"Everything... the sheriff said he was gonna hang him. S-so I... I tried to... We were rowin' across the lake when they caught up with us and he just... he..."

She shakes her head again, pawing numbly at the bloody side of her blouse.
ikissdhimbck: (Looking down Feeling Red)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 11:13 pm (UTC)(link)
Her eyes are earthward, and for a long time she doesn't respond.

Then she shakes her head, slowly.


"It isn't mine."
ikissdhimbck: (Crying in schoolhouse)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-26 11:55 pm (UTC)(link)
"No..."

She's starting to feel frustrated. Why is this so hard?

"It was Trout. He saw us and... he's the one who ruined the school, and the sheriff wouldn't come..."

She swallows thickly.

"He shot him. Took his boat out and... I was right there, Ben, and I couldn't... he was just so much stronger..."

She knows she isn't making much sense, but her brain is still shrouded with fog from the events of her day.
ikissdhimbck: (Looking down Feeling Red)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-27 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
She nods.

"If it weren't for that god damned motorboat, we would have made it."
ikissdhimbck: (Surprised Unhappy)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-27 01:23 am (UTC)(link)
Her brow creases.






At length, she looks up, blue eyes catching blue.





"Because it's against the law for a negro to kiss a white woman."
ikissdhimbck: (Crying in schoolhouse)

[personal profile] ikissdhimbck 2009-01-27 03:52 am (UTC)(link)
Something subtle flickers across her features, her eyes widening ever-so-slightly in hopefulness.

"An' you'll show me? You'll teach me what you know about shootin'?" she murmurs.

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