[OOM: Olau]

May. 2nd, 2012 11:37 pm
mnt_raph: (Dom Utoh)
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It wasn't long after Raph ran into AlannaAlan that he made his excuses and made a bee-line for Tortall.
Timelines were in danger.
People he loved were in danger.
Abigail was in danger.

His heart felt as though it was going to burst through his chest as he headed for the front door, his Security badge firmly in hand.

What if...
What if Alan was proof that the door had reset?
What if time had gone backwards?
What if it was like everything he'd lived there just ceased to exist?
All of it, rewritten in some great cosmic do-over?

He opens the door to a familiar scene, and for a split second Raph allows himself to hope.
The Tortoise. The same as always, as it's been for at least three generations now.
Raph walks around the tavern, rather than go straight through the front door, to the place where Abigail'd be hanging up the day's washing to dry in the noon sun.

There, holding a basket of clothes pins is a little girl no older than six, with her blonde hair in one long braid down her back.

"...oh no."

Date: 2012-05-03 09:36 pm (UTC)
becareful_boyo: (Default)
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The little girl is singing a tune Raph knows. Thomas is fond of it, as is Abigail.

They often sing it as they do their chores.

"Eeeearly one morning, as the sun was rising..."

Her voice is clear, rich, accented in a familiar way: Olau born and bred.

She turns when she hears someone approaching and gives the man a sunny smile. She's a pretty girl, a favorite of the locals.

Just inside the kitchens Abigail stops scrubbing a pot, resting her soapy hands in the water, and watches Dulcie greet Raph. Mithros, but it's good to see the man.

His expression is a mite disturbing, however. Whatever has happened now to make him look that constipated?

Date: 2012-05-08 02:53 pm (UTC)
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Dulcie stares at Raph like he's nuts. Her fingers fish through the clothespins in her basket, selecting one, and she looks in danger of pinning it on his nose.

"Should I?"

There's only one man he could be, though. It's the large, bald head.

"Mayhap. I've heard stories."

Like how Abigail broke a chair over his head. That was funny.

"You'll be wantin' dinner and a rest?"

Abigail grins. He'll be getting very little rest, if she has her way.

Date: 2012-05-09 12:25 am (UTC)
becareful_boyo: (A rare quiet)
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Dulcie remains expressionless. She doesn't care what the man does, if he's not staying here.

"Suit yourself, then. Fair journey."

She turns back to her task and resumes humming.

Abigail dries her hands, frowning at Raph. When is he going to come inside?

Date: 2012-05-09 12:58 pm (UTC)
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Abigail doesn't hear that part, though Dulcie does. "Abigail," she murmurs to herself. The man must be drunk. She cuts her eyes toward the kitchens and is glad to see the woman herself take a step outside, hands on her hips.

"And where do you think you're goin', then?" the real Abigail demands.

Date: 2012-05-09 05:31 pm (UTC)
becareful_boyo: (Bzuh?)
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"Boy-o?" Abigail says softly, more to herself than him.

This is strange.

And worrisome.

Abigail drops her dish towel and hurries to Raph, peering up at him with concern.

"Did somethin' happen?"

Date: 2012-05-09 09:16 pm (UTC)
becareful_boyo: (Huh)
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Stunned, Abigail gives as good as she gets, wrapping her arms around him.


"What?" She pulls back a little, trying to get a look at his face.

"She what? I'm right here, Raph. Not goin' anywhere."

Date: 2012-05-13 12:12 am (UTC)
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"Oh."


Oh, you great big, soft-hearted lug.

Abigail's expression softens. She kisses him because she can't not, as all her reassuring words stick in her throat.

Date: 2012-05-16 10:45 pm (UTC)
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"Aye," she agrees, with feeling.

Someone clears her throat.

Someone small.

"Abigail? I'm done here."

Abigail kisses Raph again, waving a hand at Dulcie behind his back.

"I'll just be on my way, then."





"Aren't you wantin' some air?" asks Dulcie, craning her neck to watch them as she walks away.

Date: 2012-05-19 04:16 pm (UTC)
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Abigail pulls back with eyebrows raised.

"You done somethin' that requires kickin'?" she asks.

It's good to check.

Date: 2012-05-21 01:09 am (UTC)
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She smacks the back of his head.

Which proves she is definitely Abigail, in case there was any lingering confusion.

"Guess that means you'll be gettin' a good kick at dawn each day of the week."

The idea doesn't seem to bother her even a little.

"Now what were you goin' on about? The Lioness appeared as a child?"

Date: 2012-05-23 03:27 pm (UTC)
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Abigail blinks.

It takes her brain a moment to catch up.

"I'm bettin' that was the point?" she hazards. "How is that possible? Goddess alive, how'd you keep your face straight?"

Date: 2012-05-24 04:49 pm (UTC)
becareful_boyo: (Bzuh?)
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"Just like that?" Abigail wonders, eyes wide. "What'd Mike do?"

Knowing Mike as she does, Abigail thinks Mike would have had a harder time concealing his reaction than Raph.

Date: 2012-06-21 01:41 am (UTC)
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"Uh huh."

Abigail is absolutely not considering what it might take to actually surprise Mike nowadays. Not at all.

"You told Lady Stomps-around-a-lot herself yet?" she asks, a wheedling tone creeping into her voice.

It says: Please let me be there when you do, Raph!

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