Breakfast P.2 - Extra Cafe

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As she ate her bowl of fruit, Moon wondered how she had come to be sat at the busiest table in the Extra Cafe. Letting the others talk around her, Moon concentrated quietly on her meal until she heard a familiar voice. One that, for some reason, made her heart leap a little. Joy? Anxiety? She could not really tell. Looking up quickly, she saw Danni standing at the table with a broad smile on her face.

Moon looked back down at her bowl as she listened to Danni babbling about the presents for Ryan's kids, as everyone called them. When she tapered off, Moon darted her eyes up to look directly at Danni - who was looking right back at her. Feeling her ears go instantly warm, Moon gave a small, blink-and-you'll-miss-it smile at the genial girl, before looking away.

As she did so she saw Bray, sitting with his baby son. His expression was blank but Moon followed his line of sight over to the counter - where Amber stood - and back again. It was then that Moon could see the warmth in his eyes, a far cry from the dark and troubled depths she had seen in them when they had first met.
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Breakfast P.1: Extra Cafe: Trudy and Mouse

"Good Morning Mouse," Trudy was a bit more chipper than she had been when she'd woken up, glad now to see someone show up for breakfast. She had begun to think that no one was going to wake up this morning, and that all of this food would be wasted. At least they had refridgeration, so the fruit could last a bit longer, but still, for her to get out of bed and leave her warm Eco man behind so she could do this and then have no one show up, yeah, it would be disheartening. "I hope you are very hungry this morning, it doesn't seem like anyone else is going to have breakfast with us," she smiled and winked as if to prove it was just a joke, but somewhere, deep down, she was worried. Why wasn't anyone awake?

"So you've seen Salene and Ryan then? And they're waking up?" That was good to know, and Cloe had Brady so that meant that Cloe was awake, and maybe Ved too. Well that was better than nothing, that was for sure. "Thank you for telling me about Brady Mouse, did you sleep well?"

Trudy transferred all of the cut up fruit into one big bowl, mixing it carefully with her clean hands before taking it to set on the end of the counter, where the buffet lines usually were. She washed her hands, knowing that Tai-San wouldn't be able to set the table and she'd have to do it herself. "Say Mouse, do you want to help me set the table? Tai-San can't help this morning, I just need you to get the pitchers of water and juice for each table, can you do that?"
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The Hospital: Slade/Patch/Tai-San/Ruby

[Continued from HERE]

Slade could tell the Doc was burbling nervously, and that he probably didn't meant to cause Slade to worry, however a couple of things the Doc said did make alarm bells go off in his head. The fact that the kid said he would try something new after lunch if she hadn't woken by then.... hearing that made Slade's blood begin to boil and he fought hard to resist the urge to grab the Doc by his shirt and demand he try something new now. However, Slade was slightly appeased as he heard that apparently Ruby had come through the worst of it now. He wasn't sure how much of that to believe, but the kid seemed earnest. However, that could just be well disguised fear over Slade doing something irrational. Slade still felt like hitting something out of frustration, mostly feeling frustrated as there was nothing at all that he could do for Ruby now, and her health lay in the hands of the Mall Rats. He knew though that it would be harsh to take it out on the doctor, and simply nodded in response to what the Doc was saying.

Slade turned his attention to Ruby once more as the Doc went off to scour what looked like medical books. She looked peaceful, in fact you would think she was sleeping if it wasn't for the traces of smoke on her skin and clothes and in her hair. It annoyed him that no one had bothered to even clean her up a little. Some use all these volunteers were. "Hey kid." He called over to the Doc. "You got any clean water in here? And a face cloth?" If nobody else was going to clean her up, then Slade could at least get rid of the smoke from her face. It would be the very least he could do while he waited so desperately for her to wake up.
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The Shower Room: Danni

Danni left her room, with a fresh change of clothes and a towel. She felt in desperate need of a shower, not only cos she felt her hair was beginning to get a little greasy, but she also saw it as some sort of cleansing activity, maybe washing away all the tension she had been experiencing lately.

Glad that no one else was around the shower area, Danni chose her shower, the furthest from the door, and removed her clothes, placing them in a neat pile away from where they would get splashed. She turned on the water, waiting for a few seconds for it to heat up, then placed herself under the flow of water.

The sensation of the hot water falling on her head and soaking her through felt wonderful. She felt revived and almost herself again. Of course, her feelings for Moon were never far from the back of her mind, but she was determined that today would be a new day, and that she wouldn't behave foolshly around her, and that she would be as much of herself as she could be. There was no way Moon would ever feel at ease with Danni if Danni herself was a bumbling bag of nerves, that much was true. Plus, there were important things going on today, namely the trial of the kid who had committed murder. She had a couple of ideas for potential sentences to pass, but she wasn't sure how viable they would be, nor how much of a deterent from killing someone again.

Once Danni felt suitably scrubbed up, she got out of the shower and turned off the water. She put on her clean top, trousers and jacket, and headed back to her room to sort her laundry, then head off for breakfast.
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Lex: leaving the hospital, heading toward the kitchen

Lex groggily left the hospital and wandered out into the lower level of the Mall. He wasn't exactly sure where Siva was, but he was almost positive that she would be seriously pissed off. He had no idea where to even begin with her. How in the world would he explain that he had fallen asleep in the hospital so he could be near Tai San if anything changed with her condition..and then to practically refer to her as his love? He thought about patrolling for a minute, which he casually tossed aside. He could barely make sense of the random thoughts that seemed to race through his mind. Maybe he should find some that he thought of it, he was kind of hungry. Lex wasn't sure who was making breakfast, but he felt so drained by this whole ordeal that he could just about eat anything.

As Lex headed toward the stairs he could feel himself getting a bit dizzy. He shook his head, as if to shake the feeling away. He could barely deal with what he was going through, let alone recognize the fact that he was actually scared about how he would explain things to Siva. Did she really have that much power over him? Lex sat down on the edge of the stairs and let his head fall into his hands. What was happening to him, he was supposed to be the strong unfeeling one. In what seemed to be only seconds, he jerked his head away from his hands and stood up. Get ahold of yourself!! You aren't controlled by women, you control them! This is no big deal, you can handle it! Lex repeated his self fulfilling matras over and over until he started feeling a bit more like himself.

He began to chuckle as he approached the top of the stairs, "hmph..women, that's the last time that will ever happen to 'ol Lex! As he headed toward the kitchen to check out what was on the agenda for breakfast he quickly looked over his shoulder to make sure Siva was nowhere in sight.
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Trudy:Kitchen:Preparing Breakfast

After Hawk had come up from the Hospital Trudy had been slightly relieved, ok she'd been a lot relieved, thanking Dee for all of her help in cleaning the Cafes, telling her it looked perfect and not to bother with cleaning anymore that night. Taking Hawk's hand, Trudy had led Hawk to bed, checking on Brady before slipping into her pajamas and snuggling up to him in bed.

The next morning, Trudy kissed Hawk awake, checking on Brady, wondering how Tai-San was. She didn't dress but simply wrapped herself in a robe, heading into the kitchen to begin making breakfast. She wasn't overly happy, but having spent the night with Hawk, reassured that Tai-San would live if she woke up, well Trudy wasn't bouncing with her every step, but she was a lot more relaxed than she would have been otherwise.

Picking up a bag of apples, the few bunches of bananas, and a package of raisins, Trudy began cutting them up and tossing them together in a big bowl, it would take a bit of time to finish, but Trudy liked the busy work at least, and helping to feed her Tribe for the last time helped to give her a sense of purpose, and it would always be something to remember while she was away. She didn't look forward to telling the rest of the Tribe today, but in someways she wanted to scream it from the roof tops; she was going to be with the man she loved, and her daughter was finally going to have that Daddy she'd always longed for Brady to have.


The hospital: Slade/Ruby/Tai San/Lex

Slade woke up with an almighty cough. He felt like his chest was on fire, and that he had to cough it out. Coughing away, and letting his lungs rattle in their cage, his eyes started to slowly adjust to where he was. As he had first woken he hadn’t remembered what exactly had happened, nor where exactly he was. However, as his chest eased and his eyes came into focus he saw Ruby in the bed next to him, her face still blackened with smoke. The memories of the day before came back, flooding suddenly; the struggle to find Ruby in the saloon, dragging her body from the burning building, and the tiring and difficult journey bringing her to the mall. Remembering the events of the day before, Slade felt his chest swell with overwhelming worry and concern for Ruby.

He slowly swung his body round, letting his legs drop to the floor, noting that he hadn’t even bothered to take his boots off to sleep. He remembered staying up as late as he possibly could, wanting to see Ruby wake up, say something, do anything to prove that she was going to be okay, but his tiredness must have gotten the better of him, and Ruby must be in worse shape than the Mall Rats had said. That Eco guy had said that Ruby’s condition would improve, that it wasn’t too serious, but here she was, still unconscious. Slade looked across the room and that other girl, the one the so called doctor had been making a fuss over was still knocked out. Hell, if the Mall Rats couldn’t even look after themselves, then how on earth could they ever look after Ruby? Slade was now seriously beginning to regret bringing Ruby here. If this was the end of the road for Ruby… Slade would never forgive himself.

Slade slowly lifted his body up to stand, and felt an ache in his muscles. Yesterday must have taken more out of him than he had thought, but he wouldn’t complain about it. His problems were secondary in comparison to Ruby’s. He shuffled, exhausted, to the side of Ruby’s bed, brushing a stray hair from her forehead, his brow furrowed in concern for his…. For his what? Before now his relationship with Ruby had been intense but relatively uncomplicated, but now… only now he was thinking of what hole would be in his life if Ruby was gone.

He took her hand, gently stroking the back of it with his thumb. “Hey.” He said, his voice slightly shaky, but refusing to break down. “You gotta wake up Ruby.” He said, trying to gently coax her. “We’re in the city now, and there’s gotta be some new crosswords for you to do.” Slade felt his voice going again, and stopped and momentarily held his breath until he felt in control again. “Come on Ruby… wake up.” He didn’t know what good it would do talking to her, but he figured it was worth a go. If he could reach a part of her that was still listening, maybe, just maybe she would come around.

Brady: AWAKE!: to Mouse's Room

Having been awake for about ten minutes now, Brady was sat in her bed playing with her dolls, talking to them, watching as they talked to each other (helping them talk of course!), talked to a sudden imaginary friend who had materialized for today, someone named "Kweetin", she was chattering happily. It was obvious she was completely unaware of anything, of the baby sleeping in the cot in the other part of the room, of what had happened after she'd gone to bed, of anything. Brady was just happy, bright and cheerful for the morning, and telling anything that she could give a voice about moving back "home". She was beyond excited to go back to the Eco's, she LOVED the Mall Rats, but...but she loved the Eco's too. Everyone would simply understand that.

Ten minutes of talking to Kweetin (and fighting with him about how long a walk it was), and to Lily and Bear and Melissa the baby doll, and Brady was bored. Hopping down off of the bed, Brady opted to take Bear and told Kweetin, quite sassily, to just stay here and pout then, before leaving her room. Where could she go? She was still in her pajamas, she wasn't allowed downstairs alone, or into the Office Complex, but it was simple to her, she knew EXACTLY where she wanted to go, and she padded across the quiet floor of the corridor straight for Mouse's room.

Walking into the room, Bear clutched in her left arm, right thumb comfortingly in her mouth, Brady came right over and hopped up on the bed, bouncing a little. Pulling her thumb from her mouth, Brady laid down next to Mouse and did what she did best, poking her in the cheek before not so quietly saying, "AWAKE! It's awake time now Mouse, awake!"
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OOC:Breakfast/Morning Time :: Scene Wrapping :: New Slade Owner

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And on that note, _slade_ now has his permanent owner, not a new gamer, but a new owner, so wo0t to his new owner!!

Last but not least, the Day 18 schedule, just incase anyone needs help figuring out what they're doing. If you need to add to it, comment. It's subject to change as the day progresses, but you'll be reminded of that. The Track is not currently up to date per the day roll, but you bet your bippy I'll be changin it when I've had some sleep and my brain is on function again. Yay!
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The Balcony: Danni, Moon

[OOC: Continued from HERE.]

Moon smiled at Danni's response to her question, and was relieved at the tangible change in the atmosphere. With Danni suddenly a lot closer to her, and the sound of the rain filling her ears, Moon settled into the conversational silence that had arisen. Her mind was unusually quiet, and it drifted idly until Danni spoke again.

"Yes..." Moon replied softly, pausing momentarily to reflect on her evening. "Dinner was very good, Luke tells me that Alice made the meal. She is obviously a very good cook," said Moon appreciatively - good cooking was not lost on her. Once again the comment that she had made to Luke about the Mallrats eating well came to mind, and she smiled, mostly to herself.

"You should have been there... have you eaten?" Moon's expression turned to mild worry, but then she looked away. Silly Moon! It was none of her business, and Danni was perfectly capable of looking after herself. Suddenly awkward, Moon stepped away from Danni and looked out into the night. She reached out her hand into the rain, watching the raindrops splash wetly in her palm.
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