Since some wanted angst and some didn’t I decided to make an alternate version, the beginnings are the same but where the agnst came in the original, its swapped for something else in this version, Please enjoy! Orignal fic here http://classy.freeforums.org/totalcox-a-romeo-and-juliet-story-7-panic-and-lynx-special-t168-30.html
“Husky! Please listen to me” Jesse yelled, desperation dripping from his words
“Im listening Jesse!” Husky replied, stopping his pacing “It’s a lot to ask, you must understand this”
“I do, I do, but please Husky, your the only one I can trust enough to do this”
Jesse sighed, he knew what he wanted, he knew what he came here for…Husky was his friend, he had to help them….He just had to, Jesse sat down, resting his head in his hands and allowing his thoughts to fill the empty spaces.
Yes they may have only known each other for a few weeks…Yes it was a big commitment, Yes it would change everything….But he was okay with that, as long as he could wake up every morning and see John, sleeping next to him, smiling like he does…as long as he could talk to the Brit, for hours on end…To hear his voice, the sultry british tones that he yearned to hear each day… As long as he could hold John close, and tell him that nothing could come between them….Then Jesse would be okay,
But he knew things just wern’t that simple….Some people are either intolerant or simply stupid, they dont see what he see’s when he looks at John, they see competition…They see an enemy…But Jesse, Jesse see’s love…He see’s compassion, he see’s that twinkle in the eye that is almost unnoticeble, the twinkle that tells him exactly what he’s thinking, He see’s a friend, someone who’s always there for him, someone who helped him realise who he was..Who he was meant to be, Without John… Jesse was just another lovestruck man, blending in with the sea of faces. but with John…Jesse was special, he was a cloud floating higher than the others, a butterfly with the largest wings, an eagle with the wind on it’s back, and a home to belong to,
That is why he wanted to do this, To show John the extent of his caring… He knew people wouldn’t aproove, “Let them Judge…” Jesse said scornfully “Let them tell me Im wrong, let them tell me I shouldn’t love who I love, let them tell me that they know whats best, let them get angry, let them tell me every single reason why this is wrong” He spat on the ground, Husky sighed, turning to look at him
“Look…Jesse, I understand, really I do..And Im happy for you..But do you honestly expect this to work?”
“Yes..No..Maybe…I dont know, But I do know what feels right Husky, and this is it” Jesse said, looking up. “I know it sounds stupid, and crazy…But I cant imagine it being other way…I cant imagine my life without him by my side, I cant imagine spending the rest of my time with anyone but him. Without him by my side Im nothing….Husky?”
“Yeah?” Husky said, running his hand through his hair
“Have you ever felt something, so strong for someone…That you would always want to be there for them when they need you…You yearn for the moments you spend together, no matter how breif… You cry when they cry, just their laugh can warm you, just their smile can make you shiver” Jesse said, his eyes watering only slightly.
“I…I cant say I have” Husky said, defeated “Look, I love you both…It would be my honour to perfom the wedding ceremony, If he says yes that is”
Jesse looked up, grinning like a child on christmas day, but then his face fell “But…I thought, you know…The church and…And well people like me, didn’t exactly get on very well”
Much to Jesse’s suprise Husky laughed “Dont worry about that, I wouldn’t read to much into that if I were you, cant go a single day without people twisting our words”
Jesse grinned again, he had experiance of that exact situation… All he had to do now is ask John……
“Dodger just shut up, It’s not happening!” John yelled, switching of the T.V to face her
“No, You shut up!” Dodger growled, her voice raising for the first time that day “It’s not your choice, and it’s not mine either! The fans have decided that you and Genna are going to get married in three weeks, wether you like it or not…It’s happening”
“No, It’s not. I dont love her Dodger, I never will, why is that so damn hard to understand!”
“You dont need to love her!” Dodger yelled, slamming her hand down on the table, instantly regretting it when she saw John wince slightly “Look…” She said in a calmer tone “I know this isn’t an ideal situation, but if you dont do this, were both in serious trouble”
“I dont care” John growled, spitting on the floor, his voice filled with hate, with rage.
“You should do, you know what your fans are like John”
“I dont care about them either” John retorted, looking back at the blank T.V screen
Dodger sighed, feeling her anger beginning to rise again, “John..Listen to me, sooner or later your going to have to say yes…They will kill you, you realise this right?” Dodger said, remaining calm
John didn’t reply, he just stared at the empty screen.
Dodger frowned, standing up arubtly “Some day John, Your going to need to grow the hell up, Love isn’t real, it doesn’t exist, it’s just a word people use to make others seem special. But nobody’s special John, no matter how much they are told they are loved, their not. Love is a pathetic excuse for affection, the sooner you realise this, the sooner you can understand why things happen the way they do!” She stormed from the room, slamming the door behind her.
John sat where he was, chanelling his anger to clutching his glass, he set it down on the table, standing up calmly, he wasn’t angry…He was mad, so mad he didn’t know what to do, who to go to.
Jesse was the first who came to mind, he had to talk to him…He had to see him.
John swore loudly, punching the wall that stood directly in front of him, leaving a rather large fist sized dent in the wall, peices of wall and dried paint fell to the floor as John retracted his fist, his knuckles bleeding slightly from the impact.
“Umm…John?” Came a male voice from the door
“WHAT?!” he yelled, spinning around to face the voice, feeling slightly guilty when he saw Myndflame standing in the doorway, looking shocked at John’s outburst “Oh sorry…” He said, backing away from the wall, “Whats up?” John asked, stuffing his hands into his pockets
“Well, I heard you and Dodger fighting and-“
“And you think she’s right too?” John interrupted, looking at Myndflame, he was taken slightly aback by Myndflames grin, his eyes sparkling
“Nope” He said happily “Quite the opposite actually”
“Huh?” John said, confused
“I think you should be with Jesse, the way you two act around each other..It’s adorable really”
“What? How did….How do you know about…” John spluttered
“Dude, Im paid to look after you, I know everything….Everything” Myndflame said, raising his eyebrow
John went slightly red, he didn’t like people looking into his private life, but as long as it was Myndflame, he guessed it was okay…
Panic grinned, beaming at the crew that had gathered around her as she replayed the conversation between Jesse and Husky again and again
“This is fantastic!” Berry said, rubbing her hands together with glee
“Most adorable thing I’ve ever seen” Indie agreed, her eyes glued to the large screen
“This may just be the greatest idea we have ever had” Panic concluded, nodding her head “But…” she said, her tone changing to one of sorrow, the crew looked up. “It’s not all sunshine and rainbows..” She played the conversation between John and Dodger, the crew cried out in outbursts
“This is terrible!”
“We cant let this happen!”
“We have to do something!”
“Cant we stop them?!”
“No…” Panic said, sinking back into her chair “We cant do anything about it without giving away our plans..”
“But if we dont do anything, John will get married and there wont be a Jesse and John!” one member protested,
Panc sighed “This situation is out of our control, we just have to hope and pray Jesse’s man enough to do something”
The crew fell silent as they turned their heads back to the large screen, each of them wishing…Hoping that Jesse acted before it was too late
Jesse walked down the street, whistling as he went, he was so preoccupied that he didn’t even remark on the group of women that seemed to be following him, seemingly arguing about who could build up the courage to ask him to join them,
“Jesse!” a voice called across the street, Jesse looked up, spotting Trish waving madly at him, he smiled back, cursing under his breath, this really wasn’t what he needed right now, sullenly he crossed the street leaving behind the gaggle of girls who were now eyeing Trish with annoyance, pouting and folding their arms.
Trish grinned, nudging Jesse as she noticed the group of girls “Seems like you’ve got admirers” she remarked.
Jesse nodded, not bothering to turn around, he just wanted to get to where John was staying..
“Heya guys!” two voices cried in unison, Jesse moaned in discontent as Aveynne and Chiib caught up with them
“Just my luck” he thought as the group dragged him away from the street.
“Anyone seen Crendor?” Trish said, scanning her surroundings for the familiar face
“No…I havn’t seen him in a while actually” Chiib admitted, shrugging.
Crendor yawned, he still had a mountain of editing to do, at this rate it would take all weekend. Sighing to himself he decided to take a break, grabbing a soda from the fridge he went to stand over by the window, watching people carry out their daily routines below him
He did have a plan for today…He wanted to find Dodger, someone had told him that she knew something about Jesse, and he wasn’t going to let her use that knowledge against him, a loud knocking snapped him out of his mudane thoughts as he creaked the door open, two women stood in the door frame wearing….Top hats?
“Odd…” Crendor thought, waiting for one of the women to speak.
“Hello!” one of them said cheerfully
The other nodded her head, her blonde hair falling over her eyes.
“Umm…Hi, sorry who are you?” Crendor said, his voice shaking…Was this some kind of T.V show?
The two girls looked at each other, they whispered something that was inaudible;
“Shall we tell them who we are?” the first asked
“We cant give away our position, remember?” the second said
“Well he’s not going to remember us anyway, not if this works at least”
“I guess that makes sense…”
The girls turned back to face Crendor, who seemed even more confused than before
“My name is Bethy, nice to meet you” the first said, tipping her hat in respect
Jessarae” The second informed, smiling dangerously, putting Crendor at more unease, Jessarae nodded at Bethy, turning back to smile sweetly at the man, with one fluid moment Bethy had shot a Tranq dart into Crendors neck, he almost instantly fell to the floor in a sleeping lump.
“Well…That was easier than I thought it would be” Jessarae reflected, looking at the crumpled heap on the floor
“Yeah…Oh well, less trouble for us to deal with then eh?” Bethy concluded, helping Jessarae pick up the man and carry him to the awaiting car in the driveway
Panic smiled as the two girls walked in, they saluted before approaching her chair,
“Operation getthemanwhomayormaynotcausesomekindofprobleminourplanssomehowbasedonthelogicwehaveonthesituation is a success Captain!”
“Good” Panic thought, deciding that they needed some kind of method to create better operation names “Is he in containment?”
“Yes Ma’am, and awaiting questioning”
Panic nodded, waiting until the women had bowed out of the room, she then left aswell, closing the doors behind her as she glided down the hallway, smirking as various crew members saluted her in her passing
“It’s good to have power…” She thought to herself, approaching a door on the right hand side of the corridor, the words ‘Containment Centre’ were printed neatly on the side, inside people in lab coats ran to and fro, with test tubes and lockets of hair clutched in their fists.
“Ah Captain!” one voice cried out, removing their lab goggles and wafting smoke out of her face
“Indie” Panic said with a hint of suprise “What are you doing in this department?”
“Excellent question Ma’am” she replied, removing her gloves “You see I finished all the assigned work and I heard they were bringing subject 25B in today, thought they might need some help” she said shrugging
Panic smiled “Ah, so where is subject 25B being held”
“Down the corridor and to the left, you cant miss it” Indie’s voice reassured, she saluted the Captain before being dragged of to help stabalize one of the many machines that ran the place.
Panic walked down the corridor, Indie was right..It was impssible to miss, large black letters were printed against the white wall ‘SUBJECT 25B, STAFF MEMBERS ONLY’ She smirked lightly before twisting the door handle, inside were two rooms, seperated by a wall of glass and a door. The glass was specially designed so that you could see out of them, but you cant see in from the inside, peering through the glass Panic spotted Crendor on the chair in the middle of the room, seemingly still asleep, pressing a few buttons she activated the speakers inside of the room
“Afternoon” Panics voice rang through it
Crendor jolted awake, looking for the source of the voice
“Wait a minute…” he said, glancing around “Where the fuck am I now?”
“You in the Containment Centre section 5C room 47” Panic informed as if that was all he needed to know
“Oh thats fine then” Crendor said sarcastically “And who are you?”
“I am both friend and enemy, friend because I have no intention of hurting you, and enemy because it may end up that way” Panic said, she liked Crendor and didn’t really want to have to hurt him.
“O….kay?” Crendor said uncertinatly, suprised at how he was perfectly brave when tied up in a room called Containment Centre section 5C room 47 with some woman talking to him through a speaker, but when confronted by two girls on his doorstep he cant seem to handle it. “And what do you want from me?”
“Just to ask a few questions” Panic said, rifling through some papers
“Ask away” Crendor challenged, looking directly at the glass wall, even through he couldn’t see Panic, he guessed thats where she must be
“Excellent…” the voice trailed off and a quaint beeping told Crendor the speakers had been turned off, momentairily he looked confused until he heard the clicking of a door, he looked back to the front of the room and blinked in shock
A tall figure stood infront of him, her top hat crooked slightly to one side, casting the opposing side of her face in shadow, the woman grinned, towering dominnerly over Crendor, all he could see of her face were her eyes, glinting as they reflected the dim light from the lamp on the other side of the room.
“Firstly” The woman began “You are Jesse’s best friend yes?”
“Yes..” Crendor said, confused as to where she was going with this
“How would you describe your relationship with Mr Cox?” Panic said, pouring herself a drink from the table Crendor had previously been unable to notice
“Look…” He said, “If you want to meet Jesse, Im not the person to talk to about it” he said, eyeing the woman with suspicion
Panic laughed crudely “That wont be nessercary” she said “Now answer my question”
“Uhh…I’d say were pretty close”
Panic nodded, turning her back to Crendor to look at the glass wall, she knew someone was on the other side taking notes. “Good..Good…Now, you are ‘enemies’ with Dodger…John, and the rest? Yes?” Panic asked, turning back to look at Crendor
“Yes” Crendor said without hesitation
“Mhmm…And why is that?” Panic asked, raising her eyebrow
“Because…Because…” Crendor said, racking his brain, for whatever reason he couldn’t find an answer
“Because thats just the way it is?” Panic asked, finishing the question for him
“Yeah…” Crendor said, slightly ashamed
“I see” Panic said “Now tell me why you were planning on finding Dodger today?”
“How did…How do you..” Crendor spluttered
“Crendor please, we are the CaF crew…We know everything”
Crendor grunted “Because she was going to do something to Jesse”
“And your sure of this?” Panic asked
“You wanted to protect Jesse, is that right?”
“You were going to use violence..Correct?”
“Are you aware of the theat Aveynne received when starting a fight with Dodger?”
“That applies to you too..” Panic said, putting down her now empty glass
Crendor looked up, “Your going to stop me?” He taunted
“If thats what it takes” Panic said arubtly, taking Crendor by suprise “Either you will end up dead, or be struck from the records permenantly, and sent to live in some insignificant village somewhere”
Crendor gulped, realising that Panic meant what she said “Fine…I’ll be good” he said, looking down at the floor, his voice wavering slightly
“Excellent!” Panic said cheerfully, she wouldn’t have to use violence afterall “Unfortunatly we cant let you leave just yet”
“What do you mean?!” Crendor cried, his head snapping up arubtly, panic in his voice
“I mean I cant let you leave knowing about us…All we need to do is strike out any memory of us”
“But then wouldn’t I forget the whole ‘being good’ thing?” Crendor inquired
“Not exactly, were simply going to replace your memory of us, with someone else who you admire in someway, and would listen too” Panic said, “Oh, and you will be temporairily ‘gone’ meaning no interaction with anyone, youtube will continue without you, so will your friends, dont worry..This will only last for a week or two” she concluded making her way back towards the door
Crendor nodded slowly “Okay..” He said, tugging at the rope that bonded his wrists to the chair
“Are you ready to begin the process?” Panic asked
“If it means I can get the fuck out of here, then bring it on” Crendor said, causing Panic to grin broadly,
The binds on his wrists fell to the floor, Crendor followed Panic out of the room, rubbing his wrists.
“All yours Indie” Panic said, sweeping out of the room.
Indie poked her head round the door and grinned at Crendor
“I was about to take my break, but I have a feeling this will be more fun” She said, guiding Crendor through the twisting passage ways and corridors.
“Are you sure?” Jesse asked, pushing away the pizza box and offering the last slice to Trish “It seems a little extravagant”
“Worth a try, it’s the only option that makes any sense at all” Aveynne said, poking a straw into her drink
Jesse had to admit that she was right, the only logical explanation for Crendor’s dissapearence had to be something to do with Dodger, they had already tried his house, his parents, rang his phone continuously,
“What are we going to do then?” he said, kicking his feet back on to the table, taking a gulp of his own drink
“Were going to go to Dodgers place, duh” Aveynne said “If Crendors not there, we can at least ask her if she had anything to do with this”
“Yeah, Im sure she would be willing to tell you everything” Jesse joked, mimicking Aveynne “Oh Dodger, by the way, did you kidnap our friend?’ ‘Oh yes Aveynne I did! He’s in my basement, I’ll just go get him for you”
The table fell into fits of laughter, if anyone could make a serious issue hilarious, it’s Jesse.
“What are you doing?! Not that window the other window! No, the window to your right! No, No thats your left, Yes! Yes thats the one! Now grab the ledge…Good good Now climb on to that tree, no…thats a bush, I doubt that twig would hold your weight, Yes thats it! Now give me your hand and I’ll pull you up!”
Aveynne and Jesse stood at the top of the house, trying to guide the other two up,
“Well Im sorry I didn’t do this every day of my bleeding life when I was a kid!” Chiib protested, grabbling onto the window ledge,
Jesse and Aveynne exchanged glances, their childhood was certinetly interesting, and seemingly a topic of discussion for Trish and Chiib, Trish clasped Aveynnes’ hand and allowed herself to get pulled up and waited for Chiib to join them
“Now what?” Jesse said in a near whisper
“We drop in through that chimney” Aveynne said, carefull not to loose her footing on the tiles
“Like santa?” Trish asked “Only without the beard, sleigh..Oh and we exist”
“Plus we arn’t giving them toys, were giving them hell” Chiib added, grinning as Jesse rolled his eyes.
Silently, one by one they slid down the chimney, landing softly in the fireplace, they thanked the gods that they had decided to put the fire out for the night,
“This is soooo illegal” Trish moaned, emerging out of the chimney and coughing, shaking soot out of her hair
“Shh!” Aveynne said, spotting Dodger walking out of her room, talking to someone on the phone
“Im sorry about earlier John” she said, loud enough for them to hear every word, she laughed at Johns response, “I know, I know, anyway have a good time out tonight, I promise I wont let the fans bring Genna over till at least tomorrow”
The group sidled back as Dodger leaned on the stairway banister, nodding at whatever it was John was saying “Yup, oh and say hey to Myndflame for me will you? I havn’t seen him yet today…..Huh?…He’s doing what?…” Dodger roared with laughter, making the group downstairs jump slightly
“Thats incredible, I didn’t think he had it in him, well it looks like your going to be looking after him tonight…It probably wouldn’t hurt to ensure he’s going to be…Protected, if you know what I mean” Dodger said, laughing again at John’s response “Well alright, I guess I better go get somethings done, have fun!” Dodger hung up and Jesse heard her slowly descending the stairs,
Jesse looked behind him, swearing under his breath when he realised he was now alone, he didn’t have time to wonder where the others had gone because at that moment Dodger had swung around the corner and screamed unhumanly loud,
“Umm…Hi” Jesse said, rubbing the back of his head nervously
This….This was awkward