Session6

Cole gives Lacey Ann an apple. She forgets the significance and doesn’t sprinkle him. He asks, and she spends the will and does.
Sid doesn’t get home until 6/7am, after going back to the party.
Gabriel calls Jennifer to come over, moves the TV to his room for privacy. She says she’s shopping at the mall. With Susan and Valerie. He asks if she wants him to come. “Do you want to?” “Do you want me to?” “Sure!” Sid warns him at breakfast, “_Shoe shopping? Could take days.
Arianne makes bacon and toast for Lacey Ann, Sid, Gabriel, and Niobe, all in the townhouse.
Cole finally emerges from his workshop around 12pm-1pm, having finished, Small Leaves and Twilight.
As Sid warns Gabriel on his way out the door, Gabriel reminds him, “I can always say that I have homework if the shopping goes until Sunday.
After shopping for a while, and several pairs of shoes later. The girls are getting a little frustrated with Gabriel for not saying what they want to hear. They see prom dresses. Gabriel offers Applebees to Jennifer.
Sensing his impatience, she asks, “You don’t have anywhere else to be, do you?
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Cole takes Arianne and Lacey Ann to the Goblin Market to give Gabress the gift. The store is very cluttered. Nitch greets them. “Welcome to our House of Oddities. Beauty and Wonder are upstairs. There is nothing for you downstairs.
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Michael invited Jennifer for Italian and headed home. Sid helps him dress: black slacks and a burgundy button up shirt.
Who takes the lead?” Sid asks.
Um. We take turns.” Gabriel explains. “Do I wear cologne?
Sid opens a drawer full. “Are you feeling predatory?
Uh…” Gabriel’s guilty look gives him away, so Sid using one small drop of ‘Snakeskin.’ And Gabriel/Michael goes to meet Jennifer at the Bertucci’s. She’s only fifteen minutes late, wearing a pretty one piece blue dress, her hair is all done.
Wow. You look really nice.” Gabriel manages. She smiles at him.
You look reasonably good.” Is her teasing, measured approval.
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Lacey Ann, Cole, and Arianne return from the Goblin Market with glowing flowers. Lacey Ann bought hers for a song, Cole bought his for a crisp $50.
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Michael is walking with Jennifer and gets bumped into and goes sprawling. It’s Tommy’s friend, Jimmy- a 6 foot tall 225 pound line backer. They argue and Michael makes a fist.
“_Jimmy, Tommy. What are you doing?! You’re ruining my night.”
Awww, is the little runner going to take a swing?
If you keep interrupting my date…” The threat is on the table.
Whatcha gonna do? Run away?
If you don’t leave us alone, I’m going to tell everyone what a jerk you are… and you won’t get a date for the rest of high school!” Jennifer is ticked.
Who’d listen to you? You’re damaged good!” Tommy’s bitterness comes out through his retort. Michael pounces and punches Tommy- breaking his nose. Tommy and his gang hits back, Jimmy gets him in the head. A nearby onlooker calls the cops. Michael slams Tommy onto the ground.
Call. Your. Friends. Off.” Each word is emphasized by a thud. Tommy’s indignant and takes a wild swing. His friends try to rescue him, but miss, so they don’t hit Tommy. Jimmy kicks Michael from behind, kicking him on the ground. Gabriel goes wild and goes for a lethal hamstringing- he rips Jimmy’s leg and calf open. The damage isn’t permanent… yet.
Get. Off. Me.” One friend runs, hearing the cops. One friend helps the screaming Jimmy up. Blood is coming from his leg- how bad it the injury to bleed like that?
Gabriel shouts at Tommy, smacking him down on the ground again, “Are you done yet?” bashing Tommy’s head. Tommy’s slow and concussed. The rent a cop, belly bouncing, comes running towards you. Gabriel’s dog mind evaluates. Threat? No. Jennifer is freaked out by the blood and the fact four guys jumped you… because of her. She rushes to your side, now that you’re not being attacked.
What did you do to them??” The cop demands.
A sullen Michael retorts, “They jumped me.
What. Happened. Here.
These guys called me a slut! And my boyfriend was protecting me!” Jennifer’s help is a little lacking.
Okay. Son. What happened?
They jumped me! I know a little martial arts. They jumped me.
I think we’re going to have to wait for the cops.
Could we just go?
I’m sure we can wait for the cops. You can call your parents from there, if it comes to that.” The rent-a-cop is undeterred. Shortly, the EMT and cops show.
I was taking my girl on a date and they showed up and jumped us!” Gabriel maintains his story.
He’s telling the truth.” Jennifer’s eyes water and she looks up all vulnerable and scared. The cops question the boys and come back.
Did you want to press charges.” Gabriel looses some of his tension- they believed him!
Nah. It’s fine. We’re done.” Jennifer disagrees with him, but the cop wanders off. Dinner is postponed.
I want him punished, he tried to hurt you!” Jennifer protested.
If he says anything, I’ll hit him twice as hard.” Michael reassures her, then walks her home.
First thing Jennifer does is call her friends and update her facebook. “I can’t believe what those boys did!
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Gabriel walks in the door, shirt torn, nose bleeding.
What happened?” The rest of the motley demands.
Tommy and his friends. Jimmy won’t be walking.” Is his brief explaination, then he realizes he needs to clarify, “He kicked me while I was down.
You need to call Ms. Stewart.” Cole looks Gabriel in the eye.
Gabriel calls her, but she doesn’t pick up. Relieved, he leaves a message. “Call me at your earliest convenience.
What are you going to do now?” Cole demands.
I’m going to do my homework.” Gabriel knows the right answer.
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Ms. Stewart calls at midnight. Sid picks up.
Is Gabriel home?
Yes, doing homework now.” Sid answers brightly as he takes a picture of the unusual sight.
On a Saturday?” She knows he’s in trouble, now. Sid sends the picture, then hands the phone to Gabriel.
Anyone in the hospital?” Ms Stewart gets right to the point.
Yes. He kicked me when I was down, I lashed out.
Who was the cop?
He was lazy, he didn’t take mine, I didn’t get his.
She has our police changeling look into it. Lucky for Gabriel, the cop was every bit as lazy and relieved not to do paperwork as Gabriel claimed.
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Gabriel dreams of ripping out throats.

Session6

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