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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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25th-Jul-2009 11:00 pm
Hearth







Doodle dreamcatcher by shadowwolf13 of Catch a Dream.

This 5-inch hoop is wrapped in caramel thread for Doodle's hair and webbed in aqua for his eyes. A crystal hangs from the center for his preference for quartz crystal. His art supplies are scattered over the webbing and his name formed from wire and sits at the top of the web. An aqua thread is provided for hanging.

Click here to bid!

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Later, Doodle reflected that he should have known something was up. Something beyond Crystal’s now-normal erratic behavior and flatline post-meth, post-partum depression. She’d been slinking around Hathaway House for weeks, alternately avoiding baby Kaylin and holding her close, not letting anyone else touch her. The whole house was in a state of perpetual mild alert. Hypervigilance. Ready to jump in if anything happened, and making sure Kaylin was okay.

So Doodle was actually relieved when the knock on his door turned out to be Crystal, lugging Kaylin in one of those carseat baby carriers, diaper bag slung over her other shoulder. “Can you watch her?” Crystal asked. Abrupt. No hello. Her voice was hoarse, crackly, and her energy crackled around her like solar flares around an eclipse. She got that from Kellen, that eclipse.

Doodle nodded, of course, opening the door further. Crystal hauled the carrier in and set it on the cleanest spot of his table, dumped the diaper bag on the floor. She squatted down and stroked the baby’s hand. Just once. “I have to do something,” she said, and he never knew if she was talking to him or Kaylin.

Doodle shrugged anyway, picking up scattered tubes of paint and getting them out of the baby’s reach. He eyed Crystal furtively. Shaking a little, but she didn’t vibrate like she would if she were high. She hadn’t since she got back from the desert - stayed clean for the pregnancy. “It’s cool. You go do your thing. I’ll take care of her.”

She stood and looked at him, and there was something in her eyes, in her expression, that hadn’t been there in ages. Maybe not since her first month in Vegas. She looked young again. Young. Lost. Broken. And he itched to draw her like that - but she turned away, headed for the door. “Thanks. I - I gotta go. I’m sorry.”

“It’s okay,” he replied to a closing door.

Huh.

He squatted down as she had, stroked the baby’s hand. She was sleeping, but grabbed his finger reflexively. He smiled and sat beside her, grabbing a nearby sketchbook and pencil; he fumbled it open with his free hand and began to sketch chubby infant cheeks, a nimbus of soft golden hair, the sweep of eyelashes, the dimpled elbows.

He spent a few hours like that. Freed himself from Kaylin’s grasp after a bit and drew her from more of a distance. Drew Crystal in the doorway. Drew til his hand tightened; wincing, he worked it back and forth, fist and flex, until he heard the baby starting to fuss. Smiling, he popped the lock and lifted the baby, settling her warm little self against his shoulder to jiggle her -

And saw a slip of paper on the back of the carrier. Plain white, folded four times.

Notarized.

Giving him custody of Kaylin.

He didn’t remember the rest of that night very well - panic set in. Shock. Disbelief. He ran down to Martin. Couldn’t find Griffin or Axis. Martin drafted Petra and Arthur to go look for Crystal, helped Doodle figure out how to manage for the night… dragged the crib up from Anthony’s apartment, where Crystal had been staying. No clues there - Crystal hadn’t taken anything.

Just gone.

He should have known.

Days later, when he flipped back through that sketchbook and saw the picture of Crystal leaving…

He’d drawn her wearing the charred remains of Kellen’s jacket.
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Elayna came home with "remember pin for voodoo baby" scrawled on her arm.

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Rocky Horror Peep Show.



Cat Tori curled up on Human Tory's bag. Yes, she has thumbs.
Comments 
26th-Jul-2009 03:05 am (UTC)
Hi, Tori. And hi, y'all! I've been catching up (got home earlier this hour from Trek in the Park). More commentage awaits! And maybe a nap, to be ready for the middle of the night.

Keep up the good work, y'all.
26th-Jul-2009 03:05 am (UTC) - Monitor Tina
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Just popping in to say hi and see how things are going!

I love Rocky Horror. The peep show is so cute.
26th-Jul-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
Thumb kitty! :loves:

Apropos of approximately nothing, because this is the first post from you that comes up on my flist, I just wanted to say that I love to see what you do with fairy tales. What would it take to get you to consider revisiting The Juniper Tree and/or One Eye, Two Eyes, Three Eyes?
26th-Jul-2009 03:25 am (UTC)
Hm. E-mail me that! And a link to the latter, because I'm not familiar with it.

I want to do Jorinda & Joringel and The Robber Bridegroom....
26th-Jul-2009 03:36 am (UTC)
You have mail. With links. And possibly some fangirling.

I can see you doing wonders with The Robber Bridegroom. I'm going to have to reread that and Jorinda & Joringel, too.
26th-Jul-2009 03:24 am (UTC)
I tried personal-messaging this to folks, but I think I may have screwed it up, so reprinting here: Hi! I'm sending the following message to anyone doing Blogathon tonight: I'm reinstating the Hat of Destiny! If you need an idea for a Blogathon post, ping me on AIM or e-mail me, and I will randomly select a topic from the list I started making up while bored off my ass at work. All topics are list headings, stuff like "Top 10 Songs to Get Drunk To" or "Top 10 Things Not to Feed Your Cat" (10 items is preferred, but you can do more or less than 10 as necessary, at your discretion).

(Do pass this on to the rest of the folks at Team Venture! Hi, all!)
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