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02 April 2018 @ 04:54 pm
_External Relations_ part 6  

Sergeant Gallup sent a smirk his direction. “Your native girlfriend was out all night, last night.”

Jack stepped up closer to the old battleax. “She is not my girlfriend. She is here for a special project, and she can go wherever she likes, whenever she likes. Got that?”

She stepped back, looking shocked. “Just kid . . . Yessir.”

He looked beyond her, where Arrow was stepping out the door, yawning.

“Did you get what you needed last night?” Good lord, she’s practically glowing, and sexy? Oh hell yes. Surprised it took me this long to notice . . . or is it a spell? Is she trying to control me? But even braced and resisting, his mouth went dry as she ran her finger down her neck, no chain to be seen.

“Yes. Now I need to practice.”

“Right. Come on.” He turned and got back in the gyp. “I know just the place.”

Off the grounds of the camp, he turned north. The ground rose, and the soil thinned, with rock outcrops and finally a broad rock shelf.

“No one comes out here. So you can practice in private.”

She nodded, squinted at him. “How many hair color spells did you drink? I think your hair follicles just gave up altogether.”

“What!”

“Well, you were brown haired, so I’ll just kill the black, red, and blonde spells. Don’t worry, it’ll grow back.” She waved a hand his direction.

He leaped back.

“You’re too emotional, right now. Go away so I can concentrate. Come back in, oh, five hours should be more than enough.”

***

Jack leaned back in an attitude of relaxation, watching Arrow as she studied the gate to Earth.

From a distance. She said he was still too emotional just now to be comfortable around.

Emotional? He ran his hand over his scalp and tried to imagine he was feeling stubble. She says my hair will grow back, but she never told me it was going to fall out in the first place.

He caught Lieutenant Higgin's eye and shrugged. "It's my own damn fault for testing magic potions."

"I'm sure it'll grow back, sir. And the new clothes look good."

Damn ass kissing toady. "I just hope I've quit growing. I'm wearing my winter boots, and they're pinching a bit. Who'd have thought a potion to make you taller would also make your feet grow?"

The Lieutenant bit his lip. "Well, it's not really magic. I'd guess it must regress the growth plates of the bones a tad so they have a bit of a growth spurt. So everything gets bigger." He sounded a bit wistful.

Jack wasn't about to mention the potion that would cure the boy of his insecurities. He ran a hand over his head again. "Sounds logical." He huffed out an irritated breath, as Arrow stood up and walked back to them.

She tried for three days, and couldn’t open a gate up on the rocks.

Arrow looked irritated. "I see how they are made, now. I probably could make one. But I don't know where it would go."

“Can you close a gate?”

“I know how that’s supposed to work. I’ve never actually done it.”

But how do we test that? Damn the Oners, I should never have listened to them.

Maybe a little extra inducement?

“Once you can make gates, perhaps you can go back to that Earth and rescue your mother?” Jack blinked at her stiffened back and narrowed eyes. What did I say wrong? “I suppose you’re used to being wild and free. Do this one job for us and . . .” He broke off at her bared teeth.

“Free? Around my mother? Ha! You don’t know abuse and neglect until you’ve seen a witch at work. When I walked into the prison and was separated from my mother . . . then I was free.” Glare. “Everything I do to regain power, everything I do for you, is so I can stay as far away from my mother as possible!”

Jack jerked back from the roiling mix of searing hatred and icy fear in the girl’s eyes . . . pouring off her like a visible wave. He swallowed. “Sorry. Yes, I’ll be very careful to not bring you to anyone notice . . . not that she’ll get out for years.”

 
 
 
ekuah on April 2nd, 2018 11:13 pm (UTC)
Suggestion:
Maybe you could mention the really deplorable sides of Teri. Just to remint the readers.

“Free? Around my mother? Ha! You don’t know abuse and neglect until you’ve seen a witch at work.
"She did test new spells and genetic modifications on us girls, me included, sometimes on toddlers or even before birth.
"When I walked into the prison and was separated from my mother . . . then I was free.” Glare. “Everything I do to regain power, everything I do for you, is so I can stay as far away from my mother as possible!”

Edited at 2018-04-02 11:14 pm (UTC)
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2018 11:35 pm (UTC)
RE: Suggestion:
Nah. I like the suspended with him not understanding.

That italics bit about Arrow working on gates for three days and the paragraphs around it feels a bit awkward and confusing timewise.
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2018 11:38 pm (UTC)
I feel like a fan of Charles Dickens waiting for the next instalment of O!iver Twist. I do enjoy your work.
(Anonymous) on April 2nd, 2018 11:40 pm (UTC)
I thought Teri was dead?
matapampamuphoff on April 3rd, 2018 02:59 am (UTC)
I killed her in the first draft, that you guys read, but I think she was captured in the final version of _Embassy_. I'll check on that.
(Anonymous) on April 3rd, 2018 06:02 am (UTC)
Captured - Teri rants at Q when Q visits the cells at Disco HQ.

--TheOtherSean
(Anonymous) on April 3rd, 2018 06:58 am (UTC)
"When I walked into the prison and was separated from my mother . . ."
Was Arrow in prison, or just depowered and let loose on another world because she was so young?

I wonder what spells were cast on Arrow. Dagger got some strange hair out of it. How old is Arrow now, after all the fast and slow bubbles? How much real world time has she had. If you want to mention Teri's abuse, you can show all that.

Why do I think Teri will show up in this with plans for Arrow? Because it's Arrow's worst nightmare?
matapampamuphoff on April 3rd, 2018 06:30 pm (UTC)
She was in prison, appeared to be at least 18 and so was treated as an adult. Her young age, and good behavior in prison got her out earliy, but the witches were much less obviously taking part in the worst aspects of the robbery, and they will all be getting out sooner than the men, with their mid-robbery rape spree.