25 March 2009 @ 11:39 pm
The Beginning of the End, or Winds of Change
This is late, by the standards of when I post relative to [livejournal.com profile] mina_de_malfois. I blame law school.

When the average person is up and humming to him- or herself first thing
in the morning, we all know what that implies. With Judy, of course,
things aren't that simple. So when we met for breakfast at Zorba's and she
had a self-satisfied smile, I figured that things had gone, as they say,
"just as planned."

"Something went right," I observed. She nodded.

"Do you have any idea how hard it is to get everybody lined up for
something like that? When it all comes together, I earn my day of smug."

"Bring you the finest muffins and bagels in all the land?"

"Something like that."

"So, what _was_ the big something that went right this time?"

"Mina."

"I should have guessed."

She nodded. "It has been taking up a remarkable amount of my time and
energy these past few months."

"So what happened?"

"I think I managed to defuse her and the whole Josh Amos/Jen situation."

"Simultaneously?" I joked. Then it hit me. "Wait a second..."

She smirked at me. "Light dawns over Marblehead."

I just shook my head. Look, I'll be the first to admit that I don't think
in straight lines, if there's a corkscrewy path. But Judy...makes my head
hurt.

Whatever. I put it out of my mind as our orders were called. When I was
back, she had clearly moved on.

"What's with Jamie?"

Oh, that was why she called me.

"Worried about him?"

"He has been spending his time of late in...questionable company."

"Yes. Me, you, Nancy, and his mother."

She had to laugh a little, but persisted. "That Warr1or character."

"Intent counts for a lot," was all I would say. "He means well. I don't
think he really knows what he wants, or what he is, but..."

"He means well."

"It's the best I can give you. I'm meeting Jamie for lunch, actually, so
we'll see."

She nodded and we turned to lighter topics.

Once she left, I faced nothing but my, admittedly slightly morbid,
thoughts.

Things were starting to turn into a bona-fide Brandon
Avalanche. Everything was shifting, the center wasn't holding in a way
even G'Kar would be horrified by, and I was the witness, and when I
captured it on film...

I fiercely clamped down on my reference-generating brain for a few
minutes. I needed the quiet.

I'd spent a long time working with the Inner Circle. References aside, I
was the stabilizing figure; and more than once I'd reflected that my being
the sane stable one boded ill for everybody.

But one of the points of consistency we'd always known was the Nancy/Judy
sine wave. That was gone. Things were changing for good this time.

Maybe it was time I changed with them?

Dark thoughts like that filled my morning. I theoretically got some work
done, but I couldn't even tell you what language I was writing in, let
alone what I'd done, when it was time for lunch. I was meeting Jamie at a
restaurant he liked.

No surprise, I got there first. I took a seat at the bar and ordered a
drink while I waited for him to arrive.

He walked in humming to himself.
 
 
Velocity: thoughtful
Soundtrack: When the Wind Changes - Echo's Children - As Good As Any
 
 
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[identity profile] pathology-doc.livejournal.com on March 26th, 2009 10:30 am (UTC)
I'm not sure I like the way this is going. Why do the words "I've got a bad feeling about this" come to mind?

*evil grin*
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[identity profile] jsbowden.livejournal.com on March 26th, 2009 01:08 pm (UTC)
Why am I being brought up in conversation by people who don't even know me...and I haven't spoken to my mother in years, much less hung out with her.
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[identity profile] mina-de-malfois.livejournal.com on March 27th, 2009 10:25 pm (UTC)
This is late by all standards of polite commenting. I blame exhaustion and a tendency to nap at odd points throughout the day. :)

I just bet he walked in humming! *knowing look*
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[identity profile] mosellegreen.livejournal.com on March 27th, 2009 10:47 pm (UTC)
I like! *awaits the next chapter eagerly*
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snorkackcatcher[personal profile] snorkackcatcher on March 27th, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
Nicely done, suggesting what needs to be suggested while allowing wiggle room for anything that may come up on Mina next. :)
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