lady_bols: (s1 drunk crashed out w gene)
There's a knock at the door.  Someone is politely, quietly knocking on her door.  It can't be Gene then.  He always uses his fist, even at 3am in the morning.  She opens one eye, and realizes, she's not in the flat above Luigi's.

For one, Gene is behind her.  And completely starkers, pressed against her from nape to knee, snoring quietly in her ear.  A grin spreads across her face, and she stretches, not quite willing to leave the comfort of the bed yet.

'Just leave it there, we'll get it in a minute.  Thanks.'  She hopes whoever is out there can hear her voice, because she's not going to shout and wake him.  She also makes a mental note to tip the rat very well when he brings dinner.

It's impossible to move much at all without waking him.  So she gives him another moment, content just to enjoy the feel of lying in his arms.
lady_bols: (s3 modern listening)
She slept, and dreamt of fields of verdant green shrouded by the grey English sky.  A bell tolled in the distance, and in the mist, she could see ranks of her fellow officers, solemn in their black dress uniforms.  In their midst, six figures carried something heavy on their shoulders.  She can see the line of the casket, but it takes a moment for her to register what it is.  

There's a hole in the ground, clean edges, the mound of earth beside the grave covered with faux turf to hide the truth of it.  She can smell lilies and her favourite, white roses.  Evan has his arm around Mols shoulders, and her face looks so still.  She's been crying, Alex can tell.  But she's put a brave face on.

He's right, she knows.  She's strong, and resourceful.  She's going to be all right.  She is.

(I'm happy, hope you're happy too.)


But it doesn't keep her from missing her daughter.  And it hurts.  Like nothing she's ever experienced.  A part of her knows she should look away, but she can't.  She watches as they lower the casket into the ground, listens as the pipes play, a haunting melody that puts voice to the ache in her heart.  It feels like a final goodbye, and she struggles to stay there as long as she can.

But there's another reality she belongs to now, softly snoring in bed next to her.  She opens her eyes, feeling the tears on her cheeks, and drinks in the sight of him.  His hair is mussed, and when he's asleep, she can see the outlines of that young man's face beneath the surface.  She thinks of Betty, and gently brushes a lock of his hair back from his face, tucking it behind his ear.

Betty knows what it's like to lose a child.  Two of them, even.  God, she hopes this place will afford her the chance to meet the woman again.  Anything is possible, here, isn't it?

Aren't they both proof of that?
lady_bols: (s3 modern profile)
He'd returned from his smoke break, and they'd returned to the room together, bottle of wine and glasses in hand.  Neither one of them seemed to inclined to stay and be social, at least not yet.  Fatigue and that same vague uncertainty about where they stood with one another seemed to overshadow everything else.

She slipped her shoes off first thing inside the door, preferring to enjoy the soft rugs beneath her feet.  The wine and glasses are deposited on the coffee table and she disappears into the bathroom. 

When she emerges, she takes a few moments to tidy up.  Or at least to go through the motions.  It seems that while they were out, housekeeping made the beds and folded their clothes.  They even took away the tea and biscuits, which was a shame, because they hadn't even got through half the stack.

She makes her way to the windows and draws the curtains back, trying to get some light in the room.  Even the pale Scottish summer sun is better than nothing.

No luck.  It's pissing down out there.

She sighs, and leans on her hands, looking out over the scene.  It's a beautiful view, even in the rain. 
lady_bols: (s1 distraught)
[ cont'd from here ]

She dreams, fitfully. The same anguish plays itself out on her face, and at one point, she calls out. His name, desperate and pleading, as if willing him back from the edge of some precipice.
lady_bols: (s3 modern listening)
A saloon bar.  That's what he'd told her.  They have a saloon bar, a place for proper ladies to sit, and eat and drink without having to be disturbed by the smoke and coarse language of men.   Somewhere there's a juke box playing, and she can hear laughter.  There are people here, people she should know.  And somehow she knows, it's just gone quitting time.  Nothing to worry about here.  Molly is safe, and in the land of the living.  She'll heal, in time.  That little truth is small comfort to Alex.  

The other truth is no comfort at all.  But it's real and for once, she doesn't have any questions.  It's hard, but simple fact that she, Alex, is no longer among them.  The living.  She's here now, where the atmosphere is warm, welcoming, and she should be ready to take her place among the contented souls of the dead.

And yet... )

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