|posted on 29-Sep-2001 12:29:56 AM|
|Okay, remember this? Yeah, I kinda forgot about it for a bit, too. Anyhow, parts 1 through 15 are on the repost board. Just to warn you guys, there is a rape scene (flashback/dream type thing) in this part. It's not too graphic, but it's a little more so than the last one. Anyway, sorry this took like, what, two months? I'll try not to let that happen again, as long as you guys do your part and FEEDBACK!|
“Has she called yet?” Max asked. “And has Kyle checked in?”
“Not since you asked five minutes ago.” Tess replied.
“Tess.” Liz said sharply. “No, Max. Nothing yet.”
“Where the hell are they?” Max groaned. “Damn it, you know what? I’ll bet Kyle took her somewhere. I should have known that he would take advantage of her-”
“Max! Will you listen to yourself?” Liz interrupted. “I know how upset you are about this, and I’m upset, too. But do you think that getting paranoid and suspicious of our friends is going to help Jacinda? What she needs right now is for us to be calm, and strong for her.”
Max nodded. “I know, I know. It’s just...I’ve always been so worried about something happening to someone I love, but...you know, getting kidnapped by evil aliens, or getting captured by the government. Not something like this, something...”
“Human?” Liz finished, gently wrapping her arms around him. “I know, compared with what we’re used to, things like this seem less terrible...almost mundane. Until they actually happen.”
“Right.” Max said, holding her close. “I just can’t stop thinking about her, out there...probably scared, upset...”
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“No, I am dead serious.” Jacinda laughed. “Isaboob actually thought she got pregnant from a friggin’ dream! I mean, alien or not, come on! A dream?”
“Yeah, I’ve always thought that Isabel was, well...special.” Kyle admitted. “But, uh, speaking of...pregnant...I know that you really don’t want to talk about the whole...incident, but I really think that you need to see a doctor-”
“No, I don’t.” Jacinda interrupted. “First of all, I can’t. Do you have any idea how risky that would be? And second, there’s no way I could be pregnant. I took care of...everything...” She waved her hand over her abdomen.
“Okay, good.” Kyle said, looking away. He suddenly felt uncomfortable, like he was intruding.
“So...” Jacinda said after a brief, awkward silence. “We were discussing what an idiot Isabel is.”
“Yeah, she can be a little flaky sometimes.” Kyle said. “But you seem to really dislike her, not just think she’s stupid.”
“I have my reasons.” Jacinda said quickly, looking down and nervously fingering the hem of her skirt.
“Such as...?” Kyle asked. He didn’t want to pry, but he was genuinely curious. Sure, Isabel could be a pain sometimes, but Jacinda seemed to have some real, deep hatred of her sister. “I mean, you don’t have to tell me if you don’t want to. I was just wondering...”
“No, it’s okay.” Jacinda said. “You already know that in our past lives, when Max and I ruled Antar together, Isabel, or Vilandra, betrayed us because she was in love with Ki’var.”
“Right, I remember that.” Kyle said.
Jacinda continued, looking straight ahead, her eyes focusing on something far away. “There was a general of our army named Kiner, a great warrior and a great man. We were lovers, I even concieved a daughter by him. We would have been married. But Tess...Avari convinced Vilandra to join with Ki’var, and overthrow us. The first thing they did to weaken us was to lead Kiner into a trap, and he was killed.”
Kyle was at a loss. “That’s...”
“It gets worse.” Jacinda said. “Of course, I was devastated by Kiner’s death, nearly destroyed by it. I had never wanted to fall in love with anyone, but of course there was no way I could have stopped myself. He was so perfect for me, and losing him tore me to pieces. But I forced myself to move on, for the sake of my child. Kiner’s child. But Avari and Vilandra continued to betray us, and we continued to get weaker. And one night, as I was giving birth to my daughter, the palace came under attack, and we were forced to flee while I was in labor. Before the night was over, all of us were picked off and murdered, one by one. My daughter died with me, still unborn.”
“Wow.” Kyle said. “Wow, okay, I can see why you’re pissed at her. But it sounds like Tess was even worse, and you’re...well, nice to her when she’s in the room, at least.”
“Ever hear the expression ‘keep your friends close, and your enemies closer?’” Jacinda asked. “Isabel is my sister. I’m stuck with the bitch. Whether I like it or not she’s, gonna be around. But I have to make sure that I know what’s going on with Tess.”
“Makes sense.” Kyle agreed.
“Yeah, I’m sorry.” Jacinda sighed. “I’ve just been sitting here bad-mouthing your girlfriend. I mean, you’re a great guy. If you care about her, she must have some good points.”
“She does.” Kyle said. “I mean...she’s just...great, you know? She’s special.”
“So, we’re back to ‘special.’” Jacinda laughed.
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Tess flopped down in a booth and sighed dramatically. When Max and Liz didn’t seem to notice, she sighed again, louder this time.
“Problem, Tess?” Liz asked, rolling her eyes.
“Kyle.” Tess said, drumming her fingers on the table. “He seems so...distracted. Like he’s always thinking about something else. Or...someone else.”
Max and Liz exchanged looks and tried not to laugh.
“It’s not funny!” Tess whined.
“Actually, no offense, but coming from you...” Liz sighed. “It kinda is.”
Tess scowled. “I’m not asking for sympathy from you guys.”
“That’s good.” Max said. “Because you’re not going to get any.”
“And that bitter taste in your mouth?” Liz added. “That’s your own medicine.”
“You guys are spending way too much time with Jacinda.” Tess said.
“That reminds me.” Max said, reaching for his cell phone.
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Jacinda sighed and reached for the ringing phone in her purse. “Max again. I guess I should probably answer it this time.”
“You really should.” Kyle told her. “He’s really worried about you.”
“Where the hell are you?” Max asked.
“Uh...” Jacinda put her hand over the phone and turned to Kyle. “Yeah, sounds real worried to me. Where are we?”
“I don’t...somewhere between Texas and Colorado.” Kyle replied.
“We’re not sure.” Jacinda said into the phone. “But we’re heading back now.”
“Who’s ‘we?’ Is Kyle with you? Let me talk to him.” Max said firmly.
Jacinda handed the phone to Kyle. “He wants to talk to you.”
“Okay...” Kyle said nervously. “Uh, hey, Evans. What’s up? Uh-huh. Uh-huh. Right. Yeah. Okay.” He turned off the phone and gave it back to Jacinda. “He really does love you, you know that?”
“He sounded so mad.” Jacinda sighed, leaning against the head rest.
Kyle nodded. “He is mad. Furious. But not at you. He’s mad at what’s happened to you. That he wasn’t able to protect you.”
“How could he have protected me?” Jacinda asked. “He wasn’t there, and he had no way of knowing what would happen.”
“Try telling him that.” Kyle scoffed. “I have. Many, many times.”
“So, why is he so upset?”
“That’s just the way he is.” Kyle explained. “It’s the way a lot of people are. Something like this happens to someone they care about, and they just lose it. They can’t think about it rationally. So, they just blame themselves.”
“Well, that’s just stupid.” Jacinda fumed. “I mean, humans are stupid. And...aliens who grew up around humans. Stupid.” She sighed and looked out the window. “It’s not his fault. It’s mine.”
Kyle immediately pulled the car over to the side of the road and turned off the engine. “Don’t you ever...ever let me hear you say that.” He demanded, turning to face Jacinda. “What he did to you is no one’s fault but his own. I don’t care how drunk you were, or what you’d been doing all night, you told him no, and he ignored you completely.”
Jacinda looked at him for a moment, then buried her face in her hands and started to sob.
“Oh, shit...Jacey...” Kyle said helplessly. He reached out and touched her hand gently. “I’m sorry...I didn’t mean to go off on you like that. It’s just that I can’t stand what he did to you, and hearing you say that it’s your fault-”
“No, it’s not that.” Jacinda interrupted, wiping her eyes and taking a deep breath. “I just...forget it, let’s just go.”
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Max, Liz, Michael, and Maria were waiting outside the Crashdown when Kyle and Jacinda arrived. As soon as the car stopped, Liz and Maria rushed over to the passenger side and pulled Jacinda out.
“Are you okay?” Maria asked frantically, hugging Jacinda.
“Yeah, I’m fine.” Jacinda replied, stunned. “I was at the quarry, that’s all.”
“She just needed some time to think, she’s okay.” Kyle added. He decided this probably wasn’t the best time to mention that she had been talking about jumping into the quarry when he’d found her.
“Are you sure you’re all right?” Max asked, hugging his sister.
“I’m getting less all right every time someone asks me if I’m all right.” Jacinda replied. “I was freaked out, okay? Kyle found me and managed to talk me down, and I said I needed to get away for a while.”
Max nodded and hugged her again. Then he turned to Kyle. “Thanks.”
Kyle shrugged. “Yeah, it’s...it’s no problem.” He glanced at Maria. “You should get her home. It’s getting cold and she doesn’t have a coat.”
Tess and Isabel came outside at that moment.
“Oh my God, Jacey!” Isabel gasped. She rushed to embrace her sister. “Are you okay?”
Jacinda gritted her teeth and pushed Isabel away. “Less than I was when I got here. Come on, Maria, let’s go.”
“Yeah, good to see you’re not lying in a ditch or something.” Tess said, yawning. “Come on, Kyle, I’m tired. Let’s go.” She waited for a moment. “Now, Kyle!”
“Be right there, babe.” Kyle said. “Later, guys.”
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Jacinda recoiled in disgust as Shawn reached for her again, trying to push him away from her. She thrashed and failed, hitting and kicking him frantically, but he was too strong. A sharp pain registered in her brain as he struck her, but that was nothing compared to the pain she felt seconds later.
He wrapped one of his hands in her hair, forcing her head down, and held his other arm across her chest, pinning her to the bed. She tried to scream, but he removed his hand from her hair and covered her mouth. Jacinda cringed and sqeezed her eyes shut, trying to block it all out. She could block out the strong smell of alcohol on Shawn’s breath, whatever vulgar nonsense he was grunting in her ear, but she couldn’t block out his weight on top of her, and the pain he was causing her. It felt like he was being tearing her apart inside. But the more she struggled, the more he pressed her into the bed and and hit her. Jacinda cried out in pain against his hand.
“You shut up.” Shawn growled, digging his hand into her throat. “Shut up or you won’t make it out of this room alive.”
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Maria was awakened by cries coming from the cot beside her bed. Instantly, she was out of bed and shaking Jacinda.
“Jacey, come on, wake up!” She pleaded.
“No!” Jacinda screamed. Her eyes snapped open and she looked around frantically.
“It’s okay, it was just a dream.” Maria said soothingly, stroking her friend’s hair gently. She kept her voice soft, praying that her mother wouldn’t wake up. The girls had already agreed that they wouldn’t tell Amy what her nephew had done. She would insist on going to the police, and that simply wasn’t an option.
“It hurts...” Jacinda whispered. “I can’t make it stop hurting.”
“I know, I know it hurts.” Maria sighed. She helped Jacinda sit up and put her arms around her. “It’s gonna hurt for a long time. It’s going to hurt all of us. I mean, he’s my cousin, and we were getting along really well. But now...what he’s done to you...I’m never going to be able to forget that, or forgive it.”
“No, I mean it literally hurts.” Jacinda sobbed. “I’ve tried to heal it, but I can’t make it stop...”
“We’ll take care of it.” Maria promised. In the dim light, she could see the bruises and lacerations on Jacinda’s face, neck, and shoulders, no longer covered by the makeup she had worn during the day. “Tomorrow, we’ll have Isabel take a look at those.”
“Okay.” Jacinda said, yawning in spite of herself.
“Try to get some sleep.” Maria suggested. She gave her friend a hug, then climbed back into her bed. Jacinda was asleep within a few minutes, but Maria stayed awake for a long time, watching her and praying that at least in sleep, Jacinda would be able to find some peace.
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|posted on 29-Sep-2001 10:33:04 AM|
|Just bumping this up so I can get a little more feedback. Yeah, I know. I'm shameless.|
|posted on 29-Sep-2001 10:05:19 PM|
About time for a new part Jez!!
This part was kinda serious, but I liked it.
Yeah, yeah. You try writing all this heavy stuff in a timely fashion. There's no room for humor here!
Ya know I'm just joshin'...
|posted on 30-Sep-2001 5:35:03 PM|
How could that happen? What about her powers? She's more advanced than the rest, why didn't she use them? Well now what? If she not going to charge him with rape, then the group should set him up to take the fall for a crime. Maybe possesion of drugs, breaking and entering...something that would get him sent to prison for a few years. After all he is on probatation, just got out of "juvie". Time for payback!!!BIG TIME.
Okay, I KNOW I've been replying to every single post, but I feel compelled to explain a few things here, since a few people have been asking me a) Why Jacinda wasn't able to use her powers against Shawn, and B) How the gang is going to get him for what he did. Well, the answer to question A is simple enough. She was drunk, she didn't know how to handle that, or what was happening. Question B is a little harder to answer. But basically, they're not really going to do anything to him. I know that really sucks, but the thing is, sometimes stuff like this happens, and there's really nothing anyone can do, or someone DOES do something, but the person gets away with it anyway, and you've just gotta deal with it and move on.
Sorry to ramble on and on like that, but I thought that those questions deserved answers.
Edited by - JezzyDP on 10/01/2001 21:38:41
Edited by - JezzyDP on 10/02/2001 18:24:07
|posted on 1-Oct-2001 7:06:31 PM|
I have to disagree with you, rape is not just stuff that sometimes happens. It is a serious crime and a very personel violation of the women involved and needs to be treated as such. Someone who does this to another person at least deserves to go to jail and at the most, deserves to have a few body parts removed. I really think you should reconsider having him get caught for something else. Also, I can't believe that Max, Michael and Kyle would let it go either.
You're absolutely right about rape not just being something that happens. What I was trying to say is that I know VERY well that while ANY form of sexual abuse or assault is a truly horrific things, sometimes it is also, unfortunately, a truly horrific thing that people get away with, as unfair and painful as that is, and the victim has to find some other way to move on with their life.
Once again, sorry to rant, but I just wanted to clarify that much.
Edited by - JezzyDP on 10/05/2001 15:31:07
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|posted on 25-Oct-2001 9:49:07 PM|
|Wahoo! It didn't take me two months this time! This is a cause for celebration! And you know how we celebrate, right? We feedback!|
“Maria?” Kyle called, knocking on the door to the guest bedroom.
“Come on in.” Maria replied.
“Hey, your mom said you were up here.” Kyle said, opening the door. “What are you doing?”
“I’m moving some of my crap in here.” Maria explained. “This morning at breakfast, Mom suggested that now that Shawn’s finally left, we should move Jacinda in here. Naturally, Jacey just about choked to death on her Cheerios at that idea, so I jumped in and told Mom that Jacey could have my room, and I’d just move in here for now.” She turned around and started pulling the covers off the bed, then gasped.
“What’s wrong?” Kyle asked.
Maria took a deep breath, trying to regain her composure. “I guess we’ll have to...burn these.” She stepped aside so Kyle could see the bloodstains on the sheet. When she had found Jacinda the previous morning, she had only seen a few small spots of blood. Now, seeing the crimson streaks and pools, she began to realize the extent of what her cousin had done to her friend.
“I know...” Kyle said. “I saw it.”
“What do you mean, you saw it?” Maria asked.
“I had this dream...this nightmare, last night.” Kyle explained. “I was standing in this room, watching him...it was completely brutal, and there was nothing I could do to stop it...”
“Oh my God...” Maria said. She gestured aimlessly at the blood stains, then buried her face in her hands. “That came from my friend...my cousin did that to her...”
“If I ever see that guy again...” Kyle muttered. “I don’t care what Jacey says...I swear...”
“You’re not going to see him again.” Maria wiped her eyes and sighed. “He’s probably in Mexico by now. He may be stupid, but he’s not stupid enough to show his face around here for a long time...if ever.” She ripped the sheets off of the bed quickly and threw them into a corner. “Why don’t you...you know, go see Jacey? She’s in our...her room. I bet she’d be happy to see you.”
“Yeah. Yeah, I’ll do that.” Kyle said. He started to leave, then turned back to Maria and gave her a hug. “This wasn’t...you know...you couldn’t have stopped it.”
“I know.” Maria said sadly. “That’s the problem.”
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“Who is it?” Jacinda replied.
“It’s Kyle, can I come in?”
“Uh...no, not right now.” Jacinda said after a moment.
Kyle shrugged. “Okay, sure. So...I’ll see you around.” He turned around and ran right into Maria. “Ah! Jesus! Do you have to do that?”
“My name’s not Jesus.” Maria said. “And get your ass back in there and talk to her.”
“Why me?” Kyle asked.
“Because she’ll talk to you.” Maria told him. “Don’t ask me why, for some insane reason she’s taken a shine to you. You don’t have to talk to her about what happened, you can talk to her about whatever. Just...talk to her!” She opened the bedroom door, shoved Kyle inside, and slammed the door. Jacinda was lying on her bed, reading a magazine.
“Uh...hi.” Kyle said. “Maria needs to go take her medication, and...oh, hi Isabel. Didn’t see you there.”
“Yeah, if only I didn’t, either.” Jacinda sighed, casting a disdainful glance at her sister. “Don’t worry, Isabore was just leaving. Through the door this time, you freak.”
“Whatever.” Isabel said. “Good luck.” She muttered to Kyle as she brushed past him.
“I heard that.” Jacinda snapped. “Anyway, feel free to let the door hit you on your ass, which is looking especially large and lopsided today, incidentally.”
Isabel made an indignant noise as she turned to face her sister. She stood there for a moment, then turned to leave again.
Trying to cast a glance at her rear as she did so.
“Ah, the dangers of cloning.” Jacinda said after Isabel was gone. “One in five turns out to be a superficial, snot-brained bint.” She thought for a moment. “At least...more so than the other four.”
“What was she doing here?” Kyle asked, sitting on the floor uncomfortably.
“She wanted to ‘talk.’” Jacinda snorted. “Doesn’t that require knowing polysyalbic words?”
“I think so, yeah.” Kyle chuckled. “Anyway...uh, how are you?”
“I’m all right.” Jacinda said, a little too quickly and quietly.
“You’re lying.” Kyle observed.
Jacinda threw aside the magazine she had been flipping through and turned toward the wall. “So what if I am?”
“So, I want to know the truth.” Kyle replied.
“Fine!” Jacinda snapped, turning back to him. Her lip was trembling, and her eyes were shining with unshed tears. “I’m losing my mind, all right? He’s here, in this room. Not a minute goes by that I don’t smell him, all sweat and alcohol and cheap aftershave. I feel him constantly, holding me down and hurting me, taking something from me that can only be taken once. And I hear him, telling me that he wanted me since we met, and if I had just let him have what he wanted from me then, this never would have happened. And I’m angry, I’m angry as hell! Angry at him for what he did, angry at myself for not realizing what he was doing until it was too late to stop him, and then for not stopping him anyway. And I’m angry that there’s nothing I can do to him now, because he’s hundreds of miles away by now, and it’s too late.” She was crying now, sobs shaking her entire body. “It’s just too late...”
“Jacey...oh my God...” Kyle said after a minute.
“Don’t!” Jacinda pleaded. “Don’t say anything, please. Just...don’t leave.” She reached out and grabbed Kyle’s hand. “Don’t leave me.”
“I won’t.” Kyle promised. He pulled a chair up to the bed and sat down, without letting go of her hand for a second.
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About an hour later, Maria quietly opened the bedroom door and peeked in.
“I mean, I don’t exactly have a great track record.” Kyle was saying. “My mom left when I was a little kid, and later ended up in a mental institution. Liz dumped me on my ass for Max, and now Tess either ignores me or tries to run my entire life.”
“Hey, that is totally not you, okay?” Jacinda said. “No freaking way. Your mom? Hello? She was a whack job way before you came along. And it was pretty much predetermined that she and Max where gonna be together in this life, just like in the last one, so there was nothing you could do there. And as for Tess...you know how I feel about her, let’s not get into that again. So, basically, everyone else sucks, not you.”
“Now that’s what I call good pyschiatry.” Maria spoke up. “Sorry to interupt the session, but I’ve gotta get to work. You guys all right?”
“Yeah, we’re fine.” Kyle said. He quickly corrected himself. “I mean, I am. Jacinda?”
“Better.” Jacinda said with a slight smile.
“Good.” Maria said. “Okay, well, call me if you need anything. See you later, Kyle.”
“Yeah, later.” Kyle replied
“Bye, Maria.” Jacinda said. As soon as Maria was gone, she turned back to Kyle. “I’m not really sure what to say right now, other than...well, thank you. I mean, for not letting me lie. I wasn’t okay...I’m still not. But I’m a little better now that I’ve admitted that.”
Kyle nodded. “Good. Just...admit it to the others once in a while, okay? They really care about you. And they’re really worried.”
“I know.” Jacinda sighed. “I’ll try, I promise.”
“I know you will.” Kyle told her. “Anyway, I gotta get going. Hey, you wanna come over later? The three of us could rent a movie, hang out.”
“Sounds cool.” Jacinda replied. “So, I’ll see you then.”
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“Kyle, you look out the window one more time, I’m gonna throw you through it.” Tess groaned. “Look, she’s not gonna be here. Can we start the movie already?”
“She’ll be here.” Kyle insisted.
“Jesus, would you please relax?” Tess whined. “Look, she got raped. It happened, and she needs to work through that. You can’t just talk to her for an hour and then assume that she’s ‘fixed.’”
“I know that I can help her.” Kyle said stubbornly. “You watch, she’ll be here...now! Okay...now!”
“That’s it, I’m starting the movie.” Tess sighed.
“Now!” Kyle paused and waited for a moment. “Now!”
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“Would you shut up?” Tess snapped, throwing a pillow at Kyle’s head.
Kyle batted the pillow away. “Now!”
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“Okay, well, that didn’t totally suck.” Tess said. She turned off the movie and pressed the rewind button on the remote. “I’m going to bed.”
“Okay then.” Tess sighed. She gave Kyle a kiss on the cheek.
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“For the love of God, Kyle, would you go to bed already?” Jim yelled from his room. “You’re keeping me awake!”
After a minute, Kyle finally lay down on the couch and pulled a blanket over him. ‘Where the hell is she? She said she’d be here...why didn’t she call? And why the hell can’t I stop thinking about her? I just totally ignored Tess all night. My girlfriend. The person I am supposed to be in love with.’
‘What is wrong with me?’
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