34. Bonding, original chapter posted 3/3/07
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*Abbey and Paulo sit at the lunch table. Paulo has a cocky grin, sharing some kind of story.*
Paulo: Okay, and so I says to her, I says--
*Abbey folds his arms, looking sullen.*
*Abbey looks up, concerned.*
Abbey: She’s missing again today. Am I the only one who ever notices?
Paulo: I didn’t say THAT.
Mike: You mean Daisy? Maybe she has extra work to do.
*Mike shrugs uncertainly. Lucy, sitting beside him, rests her head on her hand with her eyes closed.*
*Abbey clenches his fists in frustration and shakes his head.*
Abbey: No! She doesn’t! I know it!
*Paulo looks at Abbey, unimpressed.*
Paulo: What are you, her obsessive stalker?
*Abbey turns to Paulo angrily.*
Abbey: I’d rather be obsessive than apathetic LIKE YOU!!
*Paulo looks taken aback.*
*Abbey puts a fist on the table, scowling derisively.*
Abbey: Oh, sorry. Am I not making sense? Allow me to speak YOUR language!
*Abbey raises his hands dramatically, doing a poor impression of Paulo.*
Abbey: You just.. don’t give a damn about that hoe!
*Paulo stares at Abbey in stunned silence.*
*Paulo lunges at Abbey, shaking his fist.*
Paulo: What the hell are you getting at?!
*Abbey crosses his arms, looking irritated. McCain passes in the background.*
McCain: He’s calling you a hormonal imbecile.
*McCain walks off, leaving Paulo and Abbey stunned.*
*Paulo shouts after McCain.*
Paulo: SHUT IT, MCCAIN!
*Abbey sticks his hand up in the hair, vindicated.*
Abbey: Thank you!
Lucy: She’s hanging with that older kid.
*Mike looks to her, surprised.*
*Tess, Paulo and Abbey lean forward, curious to hear more.*
Tess: Older kid?!
*Tess looks fearful.*
Tess: The black and white one?!
Lucy: The guy in the coat, yeah. Why? You know him?
*Abbey listens, looking deeply concerned.*
Tess: I.. I.. just don’t trust him, alright?
Lucy: He was a little weird..
*Tess crosses her arms.*
Tess: I hope she knows what she’s getting into..
*Paulo notices Abbey, who’s scowling.*
*Abbey’s claws scrape deep marks into the table.*
Tess: I just worry he’s going to use her.
Mike: Relax, Tess..
*Paulo looks bewildered, sweat dripping off his face.*
Paulo: .. um, Abbey?
*The sun shines outside.*
Mike: She can take care of herself. She won’t do anything stupid.. she’s pretty responsible like that.
Tess: That’s true, Mike..
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