mnt_mike: (Afterglow)
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Before Mike retreated to his favorite "basking" spot out by the Lake, he left a note for Sallie with Bar.

Sallie,

Pop outside when you get this. There's a break in the rain that's just too good to pass up.

- Mike


Included with the note is a crudely drawn map to the aforementioned basking spot.

Date: 2009-09-02 04:52 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (teacher!face)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie, by fate or happenstance or needing to find where she put the canned peaches in her pantry, ends up in the bar about fifteen minutes later.

Another five (would've been less if the map had been clearer) and Sallie is approaching that spot the X marked.

"Wèi, Mike."

Date: 2009-09-02 04:56 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"Well enough. Took a left at the bags of rice in my cupboard and here I am. Got your note, obviously." She holds up the map in Mike's scrawl.

"Not that I care in particular, but why did you want to meet out here?"

Date: 2009-09-02 05:00 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (considering)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"Whatever puts air through your engine. Scoot over."

Sallie gathers the bottom of her aproned skirt in one hand, tucking it to one side as she sits on the end of the rock furthest away from the water.

"So. I've been thinking about it."

Date: 2009-09-02 05:07 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (contemplative)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"You and the bar are connected," Sallie fumbles. "I don't get how, and I need you to explain to me if you can what that would be like with me involved in that too."

Is Mike going to be in Sallie's head now? Can Sallie even deal with that? Mike may look human but he's not. Sallie is. There's a difference there.

Date: 2009-09-02 05:14 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"Do the best you can with it."

Date: 2009-09-02 05:32 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"And you 'n Bernard were Barmen at the same time. Was it different when there was another one o' you? Like...could you hear him too?"

Date: 2009-09-02 05:46 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (considering)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie raises her eyebrows at that.

Did she really want Mike in her head?



"Is this your decision or Bar's?"

Date: 2009-09-02 05:51 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (fist)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
An easy one, too.

"It's always the women, Mike. That explains why we're meeting out here."

Date: 2009-09-02 05:58 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"Just a little."

Sallie exhales audibly, readjusting the skirt hem still in her hands.

"I don't want to do it if she's goin' to take issue with me."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:02 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
That is a concern.

"Once you're in, you're in for good, is what you're saying."

But her expression clears as Sallie shakes her head. Bernard did leave, eventually.

Date: 2009-09-02 06:08 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Okay. That is kind of comprehensible.

"Why me? I get why you might've had your eye on findin' another Barman so you can leave and all, but..."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:11 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (wheat)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie opens her mouth to retort with -- well, almost anything and everything. Too old? No, she runs her own business at home with (she thinks) just as much fervor as ever. Too female? Ha. No. Too human? There've been human barmen before.

She closes her mouth again. Sallie's thinking.

Finally: "I'm not giving up my land at home."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:15 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
"And give you the freedom to leave."

Don't think Sallie hasn't factored that in too.

Date: 2009-09-02 06:20 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (stop and smell the flowers)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie never would have noticed.








"I'm nervous about it, but...yes."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:24 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (fist)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie holds up a finger quickly, sounding for all the world like a scolding mother.

"If Bar is okay with me, and so long as I can still maintain work on my land. That is very important for me and I can't lose that."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:26 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (dame in a skirt)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Hrumph.

"We're going to have another ninja versus pirate argument at some point, aren't we."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:31 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (stop and smell the flowers)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Whatever, Mike. She can totally take you.

"How will this work? Getting Bar's approval, I mean to say."

Date: 2009-09-02 06:34 pm (UTC)
realmrsreynolds: (Default)
From: [personal profile] realmrsreynolds
Sallie stands.

"C'mon then. I ain't getting any younger."

Sallie starts walking back to the bar without waiting to see if Mike follows her.

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