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"The round ones." I slur, wiping my mouth. I notice a tie on my arm and I try to get it undone. But quickly my numbness turns to searing pain and shivers, and I crumple, rocking and holding my knees. "Nonono...." I groan, fully out of the high now.
"Mayor Rushfield," she greeted, trying to maintain control over her fear. "It's good to see you again."
"Ah, my darling Louise. Always nice to see a friend of Eddie's," he drawled, his hand curling around her arm.
"W-Why is Eddie here, sir?" she questioned, stubmling over her words.
"Well, m'dear, he wanted to see you. He's just in that room, and he has an interesting story to tell....a story about a friend of yours beating him up," he hissed.
"Eddie almost killed him with that ratty old car of his because he was drinking," she growled. "He didn't do anything that wasn't provoked by Eddie."
"Yes, well I also have some interesting news for you. You see, the warden of the juvenile prison...he mentioned an escape a few weeks back...and showed me a mugshot of the escapee. She looked remarkably similar to you, without all those nasty scars. I'd hate for me to have to turn you in..." He had a nasty smile on his face, and Lou gulped.This was not going to end well.
"Shh.",Ace mumbles as she grabs him gently by his arm and leads him into a chair. "Close your eyes and don't think about anything." She walks over to the bar and asks for a water with no ice in it. She comes back within two minutes and places it infront of Dudley,"Drink it, it will cleanse you." She realizes that she sounds like on of the priests at church, but that's what she used to give her dad after he had a bad batch of something.
Dudley: It takes me about a half hour to stop writhing, but after having the same thing last for three weeks, it's not that bad. "Thanks." I gulp. I'm shaking, tears in my eyes. "I ran into my dealer. I tried.... I tried so hard.... He wouldn't leave me be. Tied off my arm and when I tried to push him away he stuck me.... I was his biggest customer...." I blubber. "So sorry..."
"It's not your fault, Dud.",Ace says, thanking God that it comes out as Dud and not as Dad. "He shouldn't have done that to you." She hands him a napkin so he can dry off his tears.
"You really shouldn't turn me in," she gasped, feeling a blade against the back of her neck, pushing her forward into the room. Eddie grinned at her.
"And why not, sweets? You gonna kill me if I try?" His voice was sickly sweet, reeking of, no surprise, more alcohol.
"Yes, why not, Louise? Why shouldn't I turn you in? You've caused me nothing but trouble, you know," the mayor informed her. "All your under-the-table bets, and you caused quite a commotion at that convenient store a couple of days ago." She winced when he mentioned that.
"I don't see why any of this has to do with you," she muttered. The blade pressed hard enough to draw blood as she was pushed into a chair, and only released its pressure when Eddie straddled her.
"Remember this, honey? You liked it last time," he whispered, brushing her hair away from her face.
She spat on him. "Get off of me," she hissed, "before I knee your jewels so hard they come out your mouth." She grinned with malic, hoping it would convince him to extract himself. It worked. He leapt off of her, a grimace on his face.
"She isn't worth the trouble, uncle," Eddie complained. That gripe about his jewels seemed to rub him the wrong way."Hm. You may be right. But we'll be keeping tabs on you, dear," the Mayor said with a smile. "Don't think you're off our radar...ever." With a wave of his hand, she was carted off and through to the back door, where she was promptly pushed out.
"Pathetic thing is, I was so close to wanting him to." I clench my fists. "Lou's gone, isn't she?"
"Yes, she is.",Ace told him truthfully, Dudley couldn't be stabbed in the back twice tonight,"I don't know where though."
She stumbled down the street, unsure of where she was. Disgust radiated off of her. He touched me, and now my skin boils, she thought savagely. She needed to get back. She'd gone to get information, and all she knew now was that she was being watched by everyone she despised. She made her way back to the bar, unsure what she would find when she got back.
I'm still on the floor in a dignified ball when Lou returns. She looks rough. I pull myself up, feeling woozy. "You okay?"
She was about to rant, when she saw the state he was in. "Considerably better than you," she exclaimed, rushing to his side. She looked up at Ace, who looked just as concerned. "What happened, Dudley?" she whispered.
"I asked you first." I counter, not exactly keen on telling her about my relapse, coerced as it was.
She growled in frustration. "Went to the mayor's office to ask questions, was sexually harrassed and threatened, got kicked out and came here." She raised an eyebrow. "Your turn."
I glare at her. "Got cornered by my dealer and he jabbed me with a needle. I got high."
She rocked back on her heels for a moment, just staring at him. "Are you going to be okay?" she asked, her voice soft but her eyes hard and calculating. She placed a hand on his cheek, tilting his head so she could see his eyes better. "Do you need me to take care of him?"
I grit my teeth. "I'm fine. Wasn't much of a hit - lasted about 15 minutes. I think I'm over the withdrawals too. I'm worried about you. Sure you're okay?"
She turned away, standing up and walking towards a wall. "No, I'm not. But then again, I never am, am I?" she countered, a bitter smile on her face. "The mayor was quick to assure me that if I did anything he didn't like, I'd be turned into the authorities." She shuddered, imagining the other unimplied threats from Eddie.
"You know what? That's enough." I grab my gun and walk outside. ((brb))
She followed him. "What are you going to do? Dudley?" She grabbed his shoulder, not caring at the moment if she was hurting him or not.
Ace follows outside with Lou, because she refuses to be left alone in the bar. Dudley looks like he's going to do something really stupid that he's going to regret, and that's not the best thing to do when he's coming down from a high.