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farewell
by stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
at March 25th, 2006 (03:20 pm)

Walking away from Zero, they all felt like eyes were boring into the backs of the necks. Not true of course. But the feeling was hard to shake as they made their way casually through the party crowd to the Rogue access portals. They blended well enough; well, everybody except for Barrier but even she didn't attract that much comment as they slipped through. Pocket D served all sorts.

They were just stepping onto the edge of the dance floor when the music skipped a beat. The dancers lost their step but quickly regained it.

Rooster glanced up at the speakers, high above his head. “Bad omen?” he asked. No one replied. If it was an omen, nobody wanted to acknowledge it.

A moment later, it happened again. The song skipped, once, twice and then stopped. Silence flooded in across the club as the dancers stumbled to an awkward halt. The murmur of voices became louder and a few people jeered at the sound booth. Glancing back they could see DJ Zero gesturing angrily at someone. Bar security was already making its way across the floor. Over the active equipment an argument could be heard: sound technicians shouting at someone. A click shot out over the speaker system like a bullet and now the argument was amplified, projected through the club on every speaker.

“Get your hands off that, you idiot!” one of the sound techs shouted. There was the sound of a struggle. The crowd grew restless, everyone staring around at each other. Were they supposed to do something?

Another sounded like he was in pain. “Security,” he said weakly. The sounds of the struggle got louder, and something must have brushed against the microphone.

A third voice came over the system. “I jus’ need ta— papa yo, let go a me!” the voice said, interrupted only by the continued fight for the microphone. There was a low thud, the sound of a man collapsing. Then silence for a moment. And then, over the system: “Tara? I know yuh here, gyul. Yuh bes’ not tink yuh doin’ dis wit’out sayin’ nothin’.”

The assembled students looked at each other in confusion save for one. It was Stasis Kiss who turned towards the booth, flushing hotly. Embarrassed and yet… something else, too. Infuriating boy. She'd left him sleeping, he shouldn't be here. She almost turned away, to move everyone to the portals but instead she found herself raising a traitor hand to wave towards the booth.

“Over here! Jai!” She felt dozens of people look at her. She tried very hard not to care.

“Tara!” came his reply loudly over the speakers. The sounds of his footsteps faded away from the microphone. One of the sound techs cursed, shockingly loud over the silence and then the music finally resumed. After just a few seconds it was as if nothing had ever happened. People lost interest in the scuffle, the voices. The dancers turned back to their partners and started grooving again.

Stasis watched him vault from one side of the club to the other, his feet only clearing Zero’s head by inches. The DJ scowled but went back to his own world by the time Jai landed in front of them. In front of her. He looked at each of the assembled students in turn. “Wat yuh tink, goin’ off wit’out me?”

“Ginga,” Barrier said, stepping forward. “We need a small group. And no offense, but we have Rooster here to cover our asses and he can take care of himself. You can't. This isn’t a field trip.”

Jai frowned. It was obvious he didn't want to understand. “Yuh goin’ aftuh Miss O’Sull’van.” The students nodded. He thought about it a moment then smiled sideways, turning his head to Stasis. “Dat why yuh snuck out on me? Yuh tink I wouldn’ let yuh go?”

Stasis nodded, feeling unaccountably guilty. She shook off the feeling almost angrily. “Jai, you would have followed me. Ayuh, you did follow me!” She punched him in the shoulder.

Rooster caught Ginga’s eye with a look. “Will you tell her that it’s suicide to go without her med-badge?” He looked scared, exasperated. “She won’t listen to us.”

Jai turned back to Tara but she was already talking, her hands raising in slim placation. “No, Jai. Don’t. Zero wouldn’t let us go without a trade. It had to happen. And there’s no way I’m staying behind.”

She expected a fight, a comment about a silly sometimey gyul and an argument and her shoulders were already tensing for it. But he just smiled and nodded. “Fuh certain. I trus' yuh know wat yuh doin'.”

Stasis blinked. She had won without a fight? The world was going to stand on its head in a minute.

The carib boy regarded the assembled students. “Yuh gon’ be careful, yeh? Good luck, being da gyul back ta school safe.” Barrier gave him a thumbs up and smile. Jade just nodded, his attention elsewhere as Arrow Wraith shifted his impatient weight, one hand tight to his quiver. Any acknowledgement was contained only in his eyes.

Jai turned and looked at Stasis. Then she felt her cool hands surrounded by his, held tight. “An’ yuh gon’ be especially careful, neh?” She looked down at him from that slight distance and nodded.

"Ah. Fuhget dis." That was all the warning she had as he shifted closer, his dark eyes intent. Then his lips were on hers, warm and sweet.

She felt panic for a moment but she didn't, couldn’t pull away. Jai, this was Jai. She'd pulled away once and nearly broken something between them.

That fear was there in the kiss, desire. She felt as frozen as her ice in that moment, something unknown and frightening moving under her heart.

Tentatively his hands moved from hers to slide up her arms. His touch sent electricity through her as hands paused on her shoulders, the fingers of one hand curling around the back of her neck to find purchase in her close-cropped hair.

It occurred to her that at some point, he had stopped kissing her. The reason was that her eyes had closed somewhere and she was kissing him back, almost defiantly. Just like Jai to do this where she couldn't possibly run away.

Then Barrier whistled through her teeth. That ended it; Stasis pulled away and blinked, turning to uncertainly face Barrier and the others. Her heart was pounding so hard it felt like it was going to tear itself out of her chest. Couldn't seem to stop the crooked grin on her face though, no matter what that said about her, no matter what it meant. Infuriating, wonderful boy.

She expected Jade’s face to look different. But instead he looked far away, inscrutable and for not the first time she wasn't sure what that meant either. Barrier tapped her foot but her answering grin was unmistakable, Detective echoing the look. He winked at her from his advantage of greater height. It was Arrow Wraith though that looked like he was in pain, not meeting her eyes.

She remembered then, like a flash out of a movie, Kris and Arrow in an embrace that she'd tried so hard not to see. No, she thought, the smile finally slipping from her face. There's no time for this. Kris.

Barrier finally spoke, breaking the tension. “Saddle up, people.” They nodded. “Time’s a wastin'.”

Walking up to the portal was like walking up to the eye of God. The lazy colors were nauseating so of course they didn't look, staring instead at each other. This was it. Jade put his hand to the mechanism, using Zero's key to unlock its function. The glow brightened, casting uncertain colors on their faces.

“Tara,” Ginga said. She turned and looked at him, almost too shy to meet his eyes. But his face was serious. Stern, even. “Fight,” he said simply. “Win.”

Her breath caught in her throat. Those words. She managed to nod.

Fight. Win.

Ginga just watched as they stepped though the portal. Jade was first without even a backward glance, his eyes reflecting crazy colors from the moving surface. Then Barrier, Arrow. Detective went next, his black form settling smoothly into the nexus energy. It flared for him as it hadn't for anyone else, a spark of attraction.

Looking at Jai, Stasis stepped back into the portal. Even as she felt the energies winding themselves into her hair, tugging at her shoulders she saw him do a strange thing: he put one of his hands to his opposite shoulder and smiled.

She mimicked the motion, thinking maybe it was some Caribbean thing. Her fingers came to rest on something smooth and hard. She looked down at her shoulder as the world began to swirl, the portal drawing them far away.

Jai had pinned his med-badge to her.

Comments

Posted by: jai_marchan (jai_marchan)
Posted at: March 25th, 2006 11:39 pm (UTC)

hello?

i attempt this foolish thing.

check one. check one.

Posted by: stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
Posted at: March 25th, 2006 11:40 pm (UTC)

you .. made it. my freaking god.

/jumps jai.

Posted by: jai_marchan (jai_marchan)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 09:18 pm (UTC)
trouble posting

uhh. i do not seem to be able to edit the "farewell" thread.

Posted by: Karlof VonMandrake (vonmandrake)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 09:28 pm (UTC)
Re: trouble posting

Ja. Edits of the posts can be done by no one other than the person who wrote the original. I suggest creating a new entry by clicking "userinfo" in the box on the right side of the screen, then selecting the pencil icon for "Post to project_kris"

Posted by: stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 10:02 pm (UTC)
Re: trouble posting

ho ho! so that is the problem.

i assumed having admin status would permit anybody to alter anything.

sorry jai! after i read the farewell thingie, i'll let you create your own, since you're driving that one

Posted by: Karlof VonMandrake (vonmandrake)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 10:09 pm (UTC)
Re: trouble posting

I must apologize also, this actually the first time I have attempted something like this with this software.

Posted by: stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 10:18 pm (UTC)

no worries and in fact, now that we know that is the case, once amendments have been made by one writer (such as me), jai can cut and paste a new thread if he or anyone else wants to make changes.

Posted by: jai_marchan (jai_marchan)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 11:55 pm (UTC)
Good edit

Nicely edited, Stasis.

I'll steal it back probably for a couple last things.

/grin

Posted by: stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
Posted at: March 26th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Good edit

let me know, and i will delete my draft after you have posted yours.

make me giggle again and i'll whump you.

Posted by: jai_marchan (jai_marchan)
Posted at: March 27th, 2006 07:53 pm (UTC)
Re: Good edit

Don't worry. Just little things. I'm not sure Jai would say anything before he leaned in. Stuff like that.

Still letting it swirl a bit.

Posted by: stasiskiss (stasiskiss)
Posted at: March 27th, 2006 08:02 pm (UTC)
Re: Good edit

i would like to reply to this comment but you know .. i can't.

i await your edits with equinamity.

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