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Emma didn't know what day it was, and honestly, she didn't care. She just wanted to sleep and read, and maybe sleep some more.


Jack Priest

"You are going to tell me what you got from Needful Things, and you are going to tell me now, and then we're going to destroy it. And then you're going to the clinic."

Jack was not in a particularly patient mood after a week of this nonsense.

Emma Grace Frost
Professional Liar

Emma propped herself up on her elbows, blinking at him in confusion as she came awake. "Who what now?" she asked. "I don't know what you're talking about."

Emma you are a lying liar who liiiiiiies.

Jack Priest
Frustrated Boyfriend

"Your heartbeat changes when you lie," Jack told her. "It already sounds wrong, anyhow, with how sick you are."

He sat at the edge of the bed, drumming his hands on his thighs restlessly. "There's a shopkeeper in town who's a demon," he explained. "He sells cursed things. They steal souls. Cause symptoms a lot like yours. So whatever you bought, it's stealing your soul bit by bit and soon you'll be dead because you were too proud and stupid to let me help you."

Emma Frost

"Ha ha, it's not April Fool for another week, Jack," Emma sighed, before getting interrupted by another fit of coughing. "I'm a psychic, remember? I'd think I'd notice if someone was stealing my soul."

Jack Priest

Jack almost snarled, the animal in him very close to the surface. "Maybe soul is the wrong word. I'm no wizard, and no psychic. The point is, you're sick, and the thing is making you that way."

He began pulling at the blankets around Emma, trying to uncover anything she might be hiding.

"If the last five years mean anything to you, you won't lie to me about it again."

Emma Frost

Emma flinched back from the anger, almost automatically pulling the blanket closer to her for comfort. "No thing is making me sick!" she protested, shaking slightly from the suddenness of everything. "Occam's razor, Jack. Viruses and bacteria mutate so fast, it's astonishing that they haven't found a way around the mutant genome before now. I'll be fine!"

Thing is, she actually believed it.

Jack Priest

Jack kept rummaging around the blankets, though he wasn't finding anything unusual. He made himself stop before he frightened Emma any worse, and took a step back.

"Humor me," he said, kindly as he could manage. "Did you buy something from Gaunt?"

Emma Frost

"No," she said, sniffling. "I did not."

"I persuaded him to return stolen property."

Jack Priest

"But you took something from the store," Jack ascertained. "Did you by chance give him something in exchange for said stolen property, or did he hand it over out of the goodness of his demonic little heart?"

Emma Frost

"Names," she said, bored with this already. "Involving the Troopers was going to take too much time and I didn't want them pawing at it and asking questions."

Jack Priest

"Fantastic. Completely understandable," Jack sighed. "The point is, you gave him something -- whether you saw him as payment or not -- and my guess is that's enough to make it count as 'buying.'"

He rubbed the bridge of his nose. "What is it that you're willing to die over? And I promise I'm not being melodramatic. I've seen what this is doing to people. You aren't going to get better on your own."


Emma Frost

"It can't be cursed or whatever, I'm the one that had it made," Emma said, shaking her head. "It's custom, impossible to fake. How would that even work?"

Yes, focus on that, Emma, not what he's actually saying.

Jack "So Done with this Shit, Emma," Priest

"You're asking technical questions and I'm telling you you might die," Jack pointed out. "How does that make sense? Do you really want to prove a point more than you want to live?"

Emma "Not Telling" Frost

"None of what you're saying makes sense!" she retorted, frustrated. "'Oh, Emma, the new shopkeep is stealing the souls of people on the island and killing them even though that's a terrible business model and does not have long-term sustainability!'"

It was business, Jack. BUSINESS. Emma was a creature who understood Capitalism and Logic, not magic. "It would make sense to siphon off a bit at a time, get the maximum amount of trades and information possible out of one person, and then salt and burn behind you. Killing someone like me after one 'trade' doesn't make sense, because I have more to offer. If I gave him names for C--"

Emma clamped down and glared at him, biting her lip to keep from bursting into tears. Stupid werewolf detective boys giving her sad faces.



[OOC: Preplayed with the beautifully brilliant [livejournal.com profile] bitten_notshy. To be continued in comments!]

Date: 2015-03-28 03:13 am (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] smarter than he lets on)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"C--" Jack repeated, screwing up his face, and then made the connection. "Christian. Candy said you were asking about him. Did Gaunt have something that was his?"

He'd kept up his brisk tone to stop his heart from breaking, but those sad eyes were going gentler. He knew how much Emma loved and missed her brother.

"Anyhow," he said more softly, "I know it's not logical, but the islad never is. Listen to our minds, Emma. You'll see the fear and sickness Gaunt is spreading."

Date: 2015-03-28 04:08 pm (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] important information)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"Candy was afraid for you," Jack answered. "The same as I am."

Date: 2015-03-29 11:56 am (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] distinctly intrigued)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"It wasn't your fault," Jack said, first. "What were you, 13? 14? You were a child, Emma. Blame your horrid father if you have to blame someone."

On a more practical point, he added, "I understand. Could you photograph it? So at least you'd know it existed, even if you couldn't hold the thing in your hands anymore?"

Date: 2015-03-29 11:31 pm (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] smarter than he lets on)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"I don't know, cariƱa," Jack said, reaching to try to rub her back. "I wish I did, but I don't. I'm sorry."

Date: 2015-03-30 01:22 am (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neg] I have no idea what to say)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"If you think he would have wanted me to, I'd like that," Jack told her, hand making circles on her back. "We can do whatever you need."

He drew a deep breath. "And then you should take it outside and light it on fire."

Date: 2015-03-31 01:18 pm (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] listening closely)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
Jack flinched at her flinch -- he hadn't meant to bring up bad memories, but that's exactly what he did.

"I'm so sorry," he said quietly. "I doubt it's real, if that's any comfort. How would Gaunt even get it? It's all just a clever trap to make you weak like this."

Never mind the wolf. Jack could have torn Gaunt's throat out with his human teeth.
Edited Date: 2015-03-31 01:18 pm (UTC)

Date: 2015-03-31 04:29 pm (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neu] distinctly intrigued)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
"He faked the handwriting, too," Jack reminded her. "Maybe it's not faking so much as copying. Or maybe he's making you think the puzzle lock is exactly the same, even if it isn't. I hate to point out the obvious, but this is very dark magic."

Date: 2015-03-31 05:21 pm (UTC)
bitten_notshy: ([neg] this is very concerning)
From: [personal profile] bitten_notshy
Jack ran a finger over the face of the Emma in the photograph. "I think you should take a chance and keep a copy of at least that much," he admitted. "Just -- don't tell anyone, and give it up if the copy makes you sick."

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