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Ben Wade ([personal profile] almosthonorable) wrote2009-12-08 10:04 pm
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[[ benson, arizona ]]

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[ honor among thieves ]


It's less than a day's ride from Tombstone to Benson; the town itself isn't much to speak of, but it's growing -- all thanks to the Southern Pacific.

Ben dismounts and ties up Gabriel, then steps over to offer a hand to Saffron.

(She's already attracting appreciative stares from passersby squinting in the afternoon sun.)

The train carrying the payroll they're after won't roll in for another hour; they've got time to canvass and prepare.
yosafbridge: (corner.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 03:19 am (UTC)(link)
Her gaze narrows in the sun's glare, and she peers out at the scenery before them, taking the offered hand to hop down.

(Don't think she didn't catch sight of those stares, either.)

"Something tells me I should've worn a wig," she murmurs.

The color of her hair, among other things, can occasionally be a distraction.
yosafbridge: (conversation.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 03:46 am (UTC)(link)
"Still got the hat," she points out.

And just to further emphasize her words, she takes a pause to perch it on top of her head, red curls escaping underneath.

"Any particular destination in mind?" she murmurs, resting her hand against the inside of his forearm.
yosafbridge: (distance.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 04:20 am (UTC)(link)
"That would be all manner of unwise," she agrees, her eyes darting to follow where his nod indicates.

Her free hand absently picks up the side of the long skirt she's in (which hide a pair of men's trousers and an impressive set of riding boots) as they walk, and she does her best to hide a scoff.

"I never much cared for these," Saffron adds. "Too much fabric."
yosafbridge: (innocence.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 04:36 am (UTC)(link)
Despite her mild discomfort, she's not about to do anything in the way of complaining.

It's just not her style - unless, of course, she's playing the innocent and helpless card.

"Shameless flatterer," she counters. "And my legs'll be just fine, thank you for asking."

Her voice takes on a softer lilt as they pass others walking in the opposite direction. She smiles sweetly at them.
yosafbridge: (corner.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 04:52 am (UTC)(link)
She takes it in: the change in his demeanor as they pass those walking. It's interesting, seeing the way he deals with his notoriety play out firsthand, and she notes it with a brief smirk.

"I wouldn't say no to a little liquid courage."

The phrase itself carries no literal meaning for her; really, the closer they get to the eleventh hour, the more she can feel her excitement rippling through her, her body practically humming with newfound energy.
yosafbridge: (coy.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-09 05:03 am (UTC)(link)
"Suppose water will have to do for now," she teases back, skirt swishing around her ankles while the heels of her boots thud against the wood under her feet.

She peers under the brim of her hat at the other patrons - dustied, hunching over a drink or an empty glass, depending.
yosafbridge: (red.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 07:43 pm (UTC)(link)
Glances or no, she's also sizing up their surroundings before offering an appreciative look to the bartender for the water.

"We're a punctual pair," she agrees, slyness in her gaze as she hides her own smirk with a slow sip from her glass.

A few beats, and she swivels her hips outward, head turning to follow eventually.
yosafbridge: (shy.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 08:00 pm (UTC)(link)
She's made sure to make note of everyone whose gaze passes over them more than a handful of times.

This one's almost predictable in his movements.

Saffron keeps her expression wide-eyed, unexpecting. She forces a polite enough smile when the man turns to her.

"Seems a right shame," he mutters. "Girl as pretty as you keepin' this sort of company."

"Well," she answers, "he may not be much to look at, but he's got a charming personality."
yosafbridge: (innocence.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 08:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"That's smart," she says, pale fingers resting against the side of her glass.

"People have a habit of spreading some very nasty lies."

But something tells her the ones about Ben have their grain of truth.

Slowly, she finishes her water, leaving a faint red outline of her lips on the rim.
yosafbridge: (corner.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 08:24 pm (UTC)(link)
She won't balk at the name, either. She's had lots of practice in the art of not reacting; sometimes even a simple twitch can give away years.

"And why would we? We're not in the habit of putting ourselves in trouble's way, are we?"

It's uttered in a soft manner, and the look she gives Ben is sweet enough to give any grown man a mean toothache.
yosafbridge: (corner.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 08:52 pm (UTC)(link)
She inclines her head briefly in response, managing to keep a straight face right up until a good few heartbeats after they're left alone again.

Then, she laughs, the sound every bit sincere but not at all feigned, unlike earlier.

"Remind me to ask you about some of those stories later," she whispers to Ben.
yosafbridge: (coy.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-12 09:13 pm (UTC)(link)
"I don't know," she says, shaking her head slowly.

"Something tells me it would make a good bedtime story."
yosafbridge: (red.)

[personal profile] yosafbridge 2009-12-13 03:31 am (UTC)(link)
"I've been waiting on you," she teases.

She's keeping herself propped up over the bar; now, she pushes her weight off and away, heading back towards the entrance with a glance cast over her shoulder for the staring.

"Boys," she murmurs, tipping her hat.

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