Like Clockwork

March 14, 2015:

Bobby, Samantha and Wanda all meet to catch up. Wanda mentions that the clockwork men are still out there.

Coffee Joe's

Coffee Joe's is one of the favored hangouts in Salem Center for those from a certain school up the road.

Characters

NPCs: None.

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Mood Music: None.


Fade In…

Bobby has stopped in Salem Center to check in on a few people. He doesn't often go to the Institute itself (it's kind of out of the way) but he likes to keep an eye on folks. New York hasn't seemed to entirely agree with Wanda so he's asked her to come meet him in Salem Center at one of the coffee shops there and - since he knows how to get ahold of Nyx - asked her to come as well.

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Wanda isn't used to clean streets and the streets aren't used to her. The little township reminds her of home - especially the way that people glare at her. This time it's because of her state of dress. At home it would also be because she's a gypsy. She finds the cafe easy enough - she's lucky like that - and waves through the window at Bobby. Even pressing her face against the glass to leave marks. Warily she slips inside, trying to avoid the staff as she makes her way to his table.

***

Samantha isn't too terribly far behind Wanda. She carried a hoodie for herself tucked under her arm and flew out here very quickly. She touched down in a fairly secluded part of the town, tossed on her hoodie, carefully, and made her way into town. Her left arm is in a sling, which explains the careful nature of her dressing.

Sam ducks into the coffee shop and looks around then follows Wanda towards the table.

***

Bobby himself is moving a bit… stiffly. Like someone recovering from something. He waves Wanda over and then Sam when she comes in. "Hey you two." The ice nerd smiles at his friends. "Have a seat. Can I get you guys anything?" Sam's arm in particular gets a look. "You okay? Need to go see your doc friend or…" He leaves it there for the moment. It's not like he can talk the way he's careful with his left arm.

"Good to see you both though. How's everything going?" Rough for at least two of them, he thinks.

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"Nyx!" Wanda greets loudly at seeing her friend. She gives her a hug…injury ignored. "It's been ages" she frowns, "I thought you didn't like me anymore. But I saw Bobby a couple of days ago!" She sits down at the table. "Do you love Bobby?" she asks Nyx casually before looking at the man in question. "Did you hurt yourself?" she asks, tilting her head to one side and pouting for a moment. "Can I have a tea please? The clocks are still ticking." That last must be a reply to how she is.

***

Samantha blushes at the hug and the loud NYX like that… well hell. Still she hugs Scarlet back and laughs "Uhm.. no Ive just been busy and havent randomly run into you… it isn't like I can call you… is it?" she ponders unsure if Scarlet has a phone.

To Bobby Sam shrugs and winces "I really should…. that Dark Superman blew a chunk out of my shoulder. It.. was… really wierd and disgusting.. but.. it's healed up sort of.. still weak…. but the skin is back over it…"

***

"That's good." Bobby also slightly blushes. Wanda had asked him the same question about Nyx (also in a cafe). It, honestly, seems like an odd thing to ask. But hey, Wanda is Wanda and if she asks the occasional really strange question, she's still good people. "Healed back up, did it? Yeah, maybe take you down to Pepper's doc or… Angelo, if it comes to it. That's for later though." He rolls his left shoulder once. He knows about getting shot in the shoulder.

"Clocks are still ticking? Uh oh. You mean like those clockwork men?"

***

Wanda nods to Bobby's question before looking at Nyx's shoulder. "You hurt yourself? You should have said." The fact that Nyx's arm is in a sling must be seen as a fashion statement by the redhead. "Dark Superman?" Wanda considers the name and then shrugs. "You should see a doctor…or a fortune teller. They will let you know if it will heal okay." She opens a packet of sugar off the table and pours it into her mouth. "The clockwork men are sleeping" she notes back to Bobby. "And soon the alarm will go off." A pause. "What is this town?"

***

Sam frowns "Well.. we should probably hit the snooze button on that…. I would like to punch some clockwork monsters…." she sighs "Dark Superman.. Kryptonian like Superman but with a goatee and evil as far as I can tell… I don't think he is actually like a superman clone or anything.. just the press calls him that…. also yes I should see a doctor… or at least Mr. Wilson…." she sighs. "It's Salem Center.. up in West Chester.. didn't you take the train?"

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"Small town not far from the place I said I'd take you, Wanda." Bobby clarifies. "Clockwork men…." The ice nerd strokes his chin in thought. "They're dangerous aren't they. And we're going to have to handle them." He figured that much. Might be some folks who can come to help though. And if not, well he and Nyx and Wanda have handled it all so far.

"Oh, er yeah. Got shot by Purifiers in M-Town. It healed but… in a way that kind of worries me…" Let's just not talk about how he broke his ribs.

***

"Train?" Wanda replies to Sam before her brow furrows in concentration. "I must have…mustn't I?" She doesn't seem to know how she got here but then she shrugs it off as not being important. "The place where my brother is?" she asks Bobby, narrowing her eyes at him. "The kidnappers? Are you one of the kidnappers?" The forefinger of her right hand subconsciously starts to draw glowing red shapes above the table surface before her head snaps around towards Nyx and she starts to giggle, "Goatees are funny. So are goatmen."

***

Sam reaches out and puts her hand over Wanda's pressing it softly to the table now that she is distracted. "Goats are definitely really funny…. Goatmen though I dont think I've ever met…?" she cocks her head a bit.

***

"I'll pass on the goatmen." Then Wanda's pointing that glowing red light at him again and… yeah that's all kinds of frightening. Fortunately she gets distracted real fast but it's enough for Bobby to shoot a meaningful look at Nyx.

***

The red sigils dissipate with Nyx's touch and Wanda seems to be in a good mood again. Or at least less paranoid. "I can take you to meet goatmen" she offers to Nyx though Bobby gets a frown for not wanting to go. Her left eyebrow quirks upwards. "Why am I here? It is hard to hide here."

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Nyx squeezes gently on Wanda's hand and smiles "I think it was because Bobby thought it would be a nice place for coffee and a snack Wanda." bright smile. "Where are the goatmen?"

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Bobby blinks. "Wait. There's actual goatmen?" After a moment's thought he's not sure why this surprises him. He's a guy who can make ice ex-nilho and Wanda can alter reality and Nyx is… slowly becoming something else. And there are clockwork men. So of course there are goatmen. "And are they a problem like the clock-men?" He adds to Nyx' question.

***

Wanda shakes her head to Bobby's question. "Only if you are a pretty girl" she smiles sweetly. "They think they are Pan. The annoying ones at least. They live in my home country so I cannot take you to see them." Her smile becomes a frown. "I cannot go home." A glance around before she steals some sugar from another table…where people are sitting. They give her an odd look and mumble in shock to each other. "It is a nice place" she nods in agreement with Nyx before looking out the window. "But things always attack us in nice places."

***

Nyx gives the coffee shop and out the window an odd look. "Well lets hope it is just a quiet renunion where we can have something… Id like a burger though." iron rich meat really "Maybe we should go get takeout and go somewhere quieter to talk?"

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"Sure, we can do that." Bobby says, placing the order for two burgers (he's seen Nyx eat) with double meat, a tall hot tea for Wanda and a club for himself. To go. "Well I'm glad they're not here. I'd be safe. You two might have issues though." He shakes his head. Goatmen. Honestly. "Why is it you can't go home, Wanda?"

***

"Because there are people after me" Wanda replies in a whisper. "After me and Pietro. They promised to help us but they only wanted to cut us up. Lots of people promise to help but they are liars. They only want to hurt us." the fingers start wriggling again and red sigils start to form in the air above the table. "They made me kill our mother."

***

Nyx risks hand and limb but she places her hand comforting on Wanda's pressing it gently to the table again. "I'm sorry about that.. let's get out of sight then right?" she smiles and shrugs a touch, wincing as she moves her shoulder.

***

Bobby also winces as he and Nyx are inadvertently threatened with angry geometry again. This time though he gives the wait staff a 'hurry it up' signal. One they seem to get. Perhaps it's all the times the X-ers have been around. The food appears and the ice nerd gathers it up and tilts his head to the other two. "Come on. Let's go for a walk. Plenty of quiet spots around here." The worry in his eyes and voice are probably pretty easily caught.

***

Wanda seems lost in a trance for a long while and only when people actually start moving does she wake from it. "Are we leaving?" she smiles at the others, oblivious to the death and destruction that she almost unleashed. Standing up she gives the others a nod of understanding. "People don't like me in their store. I understand." With that she heads for the door, red energy trailing her as she walks, before it dissipates with a crackle.

***

Nyx is perhaps less worried than Bobby, but she is a lot more invulnerable than Bobby. She lets Bobby get the food and she gets the door with her good arm and ushers them outside. "We can have a picnic!" she suggests helpfully.

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