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properpolice ([personal profile] properpolice) wrote in [community profile] milliways_bar2012-07-09 02:25 pm

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So the front door opens. That isn't new.

A woman walks in, dressed to spend a few hours in the pub. This also isn't new.

She stops stock-still just inside the doorway, her eyes wide before she slaps her hands over her own mouth to keep from screaming. Some things just aren't done.

And yeah, that's just a tiny bit new.
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 09:40 pm (UTC)(link)
Gene's only come down for a bit of space, and also to get a sneaky pint in. He never expected to see...well, any of them. So he goes a bit white, and stops dead ten yards away.

He's dressed casually too. Jeans and an old black rugby shirt. Probably looks like shit, but he's never one to worry about that.

'Shaz.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 09:51 pm (UTC)(link)
She's wearing...he looks over her clothes. Was she wearing...?

He can't remember. And her tone of voice - well, she was sometimes a bit pointed with him. It might not mean what he's afraid it means.


'...how are you?'

Probably a stupid thing to say. If she's from...before, then she'll be suspicious. He hasn't asked how she is since she got stabbed two years ago.
the_gene_genie: (Ashes 3x08 - Alone in Street)

[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:01 pm (UTC)(link)
Shit.

She's from after.

Or maybe not? It would be bad, very bad, to jump to the wrong conclusion here. But her tone of voice says a lot.

He puts his pint down on the nearest table, and tries to remember how it feels like to be a DCI.

'What's out there?'

He nods towards the door.

'Where've you come in from?'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:14 pm (UTC)(link)
'Oh,' he says, softly, and looks at his feet.

He's still wearing his snakeskin cowboy boots. Couldn't be without them. And he takes a deep breath, shoves his hands in his pockets, and forces himself to meet her eye.

He wants to ask where the lads are. At the same time, he can't know what goes on in that pub. Not just that he doesn't want to. He can't.




'You'd better come an' have a drink.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:20 pm (UTC)(link)
He tilts his head, and tries to ignore the stab through his chest. She's looking at him like...he doesn't know what. But it doesn't feel good.

Like any of this feels good.

'Yeah.'

But if she wants to run away, he's hardly going to blame her.
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:33 pm (UTC)(link)
He nods once, picks up his pint and walks to the bar.

'Give her whatever she wants,' he mutters to it as he sits, because the least he can do is stand her a drink.

This is kind of excruciating. He wants to default to DCI mode, but how the hell is he supposed to pull that off convincingly? It wasn't too bad that last day, but that was a few days ago now, and the truth has hit pretty hard.

Something neutral then, maybe.

'You didn' expect to come here, I take it?'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:44 pm (UTC)(link)
His heart sinks further. He thought that this had been accepted. But then, there wasn't much time to process, let alone allow any explanations.

'No.'

He's as tactful as he can be, but he's not really known for tact.

'No, it doesn' mean that.'

He can understand the unwillingness to say it. And tries to crack a smile.

'But this one's nothing t'do with me, I'm sure you'll be glad to know.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 10:56 pm (UTC)(link)
'If I set the pay rates, I'd be livin' in Spain by now, Granger.'

He wishes. Only not.




'You don' have to call me that, y'know. If you don' want to.'

He says it quietly, looking at his pint. He doesn't want her to feel like she has to, given everything.
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 11:15 pm (UTC)(link)
He looks at her sideways. And then his face might just split into a bit of a grin, and he sits a bit straighter.

'Not knocked over the head.'

She's a good lass. He's always said so.



'So, you're goin' to stay for a bit? It's not that bad.'

He toys with his glass a bit, then has a drink.

'Alex is here too.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 11:26 pm (UTC)(link)
He's been aware of the rumours for ages, and has purposefully done nothing to discourage them. He seems to remember having a notion that if she heard them too, it might push her towards seeing what was right there for the noticing. Doesn't matter now.

'I haven' seen him either. Or Ray.'

The question hovers, and he tries to think of a way to ask without being told much.

'You didn' see them in...there?'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 11:35 pm (UTC)(link)
'Shouldn' worry about it.'

If he acts like it's normal, it will be, right?

'The beer's not that good, and Nelson's a cheeky bastard.'

He nudges her lightly with his arm.

'An' it's not goin' anywhere.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 11:50 pm (UTC)(link)
Not joking in the least. That is something he would never joke about.

Besides, he doesn't have the power to remove the gateway to Up There. Heaven. Whatever you want to call it. All of that is out of his control.

'Yeah.'

He has a drink.

'For what it's worth, I'm sorry you found out the way you did. Keats-'

He stops, because he doesn't know the details of how they were told. But it should have been him that did it.

'- he didn' have the right.'
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[personal profile] the_gene_genie 2012-07-09 11:58 pm (UTC)(link)
He blinks.

'...what're you on about?'

Punishment?

'Why would he punish you for listenin' to him? He wanted you to listen to him.'

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