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1 As the world falls down on Sat Jul 23, 2016 6:29 pm

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"Oh come on... You really expect me to believe that?" The young woman shook her head and continued to clean the glass she was holding. "So let me get this right, the guy smashed a fist clean through your window, while you were driving, and tried to take a chunk clean out of you?" She clarified, a dark eyebrow raised in amusement. "Seriously, Jackson, if that were even a little true, why are you here in my bar and not squealing to the cops like a good little citizen?"
"Cleo! Come on!" The man who had been addressed at Jackson wailed. "I'm in shock here! Some guy tries to chow down on me, and you're not even a little worried for my well being? That's cold... Even for you!"
Cleo smiled and gently set the glass down before leaning her elbows on the bar to come face to face with Jackson, the waves of her dyed silver hair slipping over her shoulders. The bar owner always wore matt red lipstick and lots of black eyeliner around her pale blue eyes. The hint of her natural hair colour was the slice of ebony in the side of her blunt cut bangs that stopped just above her eyebrows.
The young woman often did this, stared people down until they simply cracked and told her what she wanted to know. But Jackson wasn't changing his story, which bothered her more than it should.

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121 Re: As the world falls down on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:05 pm

Ben was scowling at Shelly, and the rather unpleasant picture she painted for him. "If you get out there, Haley, you're going to to attract every one of... whatever those things are."

"Actually, I think that's exactly how the male of the species work." Cleo remarked, the edges of her full lips curled into the slightest of smiles. "Females are there for your pleasure and amusement, right? Why should we want for any other life?"

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122 Re: As the world falls down on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:22 pm

"Maybe they're just rioters?" Haley asked, though she was already motioning he boost her up. "Vigilante justice in the streets...maybe they're mad about something?" She suggested, glad to once again be in his arms. Even if it was for only a short moment as he lifted her up, she was sure it would probably be one of the last times. 

"Male, Female, who cares? They should all die." Jacob snarled, trying to decide how he wanted to get down to his motorcycle. "I had a friend once tell me, you can't count on anyone but yourself."

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123 Re: As the world falls down on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:26 pm

Ben's fingers lingered against Haley's hips as he lifted her up before squeezing her bottom as she crawled through the window. He was smiling to himself as he did it, reminded of the times they would be in a similar situation as they cleaned the buttering around their house.

"Smart friend." Cleo replied, kicking at the rusted metal ladder that was possibly the fire escape, many years ago, as she attempted to loosen it.

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124 Re: As the world falls down on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:33 pm

"You can't have it both ways." Shelly said as she watched Ben. "She's not your type. If she gets any sweeter I think we're both going to need insulin." She wrapped her arms around herself and shook her head. "Where did you pick her up? She call the sheriff to save her from a snake in her yard? Good god." 

"No. A fucking stupid one. But she was right about one thing." Jacob muttered. "After meeting her I never wanted to trust even a dog....Well one little worm wriggled out." He added, watching Haley pull out of the tiny window. He found himself wondering how he'd even gotten in there to begin with if she was having so much trouble.

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125 Re: As the world falls down on Mon Aug 01, 2016 11:37 pm

"I knew I was never at risk of catching something from Haley." Ben snorted, again unable to look at Shelly.

Cleo ceased her kicking, now simply gripping the top of the rusted ladder and staring out into the night. Jacob's words again sounded too familiar. "Why would you trust a total stranger anyway?" She asked, knowing Haley wouldn't get far without help.

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126 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:40 am

"Oh my god. She did call you to save her from something. Seriously?  What was it? A vicious neighborhood dog? A snake? A cat in a tree!" Shelly burst out laughing. "It was the cat wasn't it? Ben, you're pitiful! Can't even tell someone to save their own damn cat."

"Why even watch? In the end you're going to leave her to get torn to shreds so stop wasting time." Jacob grunted. He was suddenly too tired to do more than sit on the roof and close his dark eyes. Just a few minutes wouldn't hurt anything....

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127 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:03 pm

Ben was smiling as Shelly spat her venom at him; she was jealous. "Actually, her cat was stolen and shot by some teenagers, I found and rescued him. Town hero, and she rewarded me with cake and sex." He replied. "Not that I ever expected you to bake, but she's just better than you at everything." He out a lot of emphasis on that last word.

Jacob would have fallen asleep for longer than he realised. Cleo had left him on the rooftop to go after Haley herself. She owed this woman Shelly's life.

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128 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 1:56 pm

"I'll bet you got sex out of that prude." Shelly muttered, staring hard at a hole in the wall. "It probably took her a good six months to open those legs to you. You probably had to train her what you like. Does she know that you like to use your handcuffs?"

Haley was searching everywhere for a door to get into the basement. The fire was spreading to consume the bar. She was terrified she was not going to be able to save the man she loved.

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129 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 2:44 pm

"Handcuffs were her idea." Ben replied with a grin. "She was so much fun it was like I hadn't been able to breathe before I met her."

Cleo seemed to appear from nowhere and press Haley to the wall of the building, a hand over her mouth as a creature that looked bigger than the rest passed them by.

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130 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 5:22 pm

Shelly turned to look at him, her eyes sad. It was there in everything he did. Even the way he talked about her. "You're in love with her." She said matter of factually. "So...when's the wedding?" She didn't really want to know, she just hoped her question was digging into a hole. "Or are you too afraid to ask her?" 

Haley's azure eyes went wide and she took in several big breaths, trying to keep herself from screaming. That thing was not human. It looked like something about of a horror movie. This was not supposed to be happening.

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131 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:13 pm

"She already said yes, why else do you think she drove all the way out here when I came to fix yet another of your messes?" Ben replied with a snort.

Cleo waited until it had passed before she removed her hand. "Follow me." She breathed, gesturing in the direction they needed to go. "You're lucky, you know that? On the way here I saw that thing rip a man's arms off."

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132 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:22 pm

"You're a terrible liar." Shelly told him as she got up to look through the hole the tiny woman had climbed through. "I heard her telling you she was packing your things. Something must have happened after we got disconnected. Did you break up with her? Just to come here?" She didn't say anything but there was a strange set of glowing green eyes staring back at her. Panicking now wouldn't help either of them. 

Haley shook her head though she followed Cleo. "As soon as we've freed your friend and Ben we need to find a way to call someone else. We have to get out of here." She said firmly. "What happened to the man you were with...the biker?"

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133 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 6:38 pm

Ben didn't say anything more right away. He should have known Shelly always saw right through his innocent lies. Afterall... they weren't nearly as rotten as hers. "I didn't break up with her, I just assumed she would break up with me." He finally confessed.

Cleo simply shrugged as she pulled open the heavy basement doors. "Passed out dreaming of all the women he hates, probably."

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134 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:05 pm

"So you just left her in the middle of sex to run play hero with me and you thought..." Shelly couldn't help but laugh. "I heard her say something about packing your things. Don't lie to me, Benny, you said something to her to make her think it was over." She was the only one that had ever called him that it was a serious thing when she did. 

"He was hurt, you know." Haley said. "You think maybe he was bitten like your friend?" She followed the other woman, hearing the soft sound of voices in the distance.

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135 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:10 pm

"Who said we were in the middle of sex?" Ben asked rather defensively. "And you know what, Shelly... It's none of your damn business anyway!"

"Too bad for him then." Cleo replied, covering her mouth when the smoke got a little thicker.

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136 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:18 pm

"That's what I thought." Shelly purred, glad she was finally getting under his skin. "So is that why she is packing your shit? Cause you pulled out?" Her dark blue eyes were sparkling. "Oh my god...was it the first time?" She couldn't help the snort of laughter. "Geez, Benny, you are so pathetically predictable." 

Haley coughed, not thinking to cover her mouth. She was listening to laughter. Once again she found herself wondering what they were talking about. Things never changed. It was no wonder he'd come running back. They just fell right back into one another's arms like it was nothing.

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137 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:30 pm

The hurt in Ben's eyes made it clear Shelly had hit the nail on the head. He simply looked away, wishing he had been on the other side when the roof caved in.

"I wouldn't worry so much." Cleo was rather good at observing people. "After what Shelly did, Ben would be an idiot to take her back."

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138 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:42 pm

"What were you thinking?" Shelly asked, crossing one lean leg over the other. "And now you're no better than I am. You know what it's like to hurt someone on purpose. But the question is...why? Are you afraid of her?" 

"You don't know Ben. All he does is talk about her." Haley said softly. "He still worships the ground she walks on. One phone call and he's tearing out of my life like he'd been waiting for it all along." She sniffed. "I'm not very smart I guess."

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139 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 7:47 pm

"We're hardly the same." Ben replied, ashamed when his gaze drifted to those smooth legs he enjoyed wrapped around him. "I didn't whore myself out to a bar full of bikers just to get away from her."

"Then why were you with him?" Cleo asked, as though it were just that simple.

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140 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:21 pm

"No." Shelly leaned forward, folding those legs beneath her until she was all but face to face with Ben. "You came running back to one whore." She breathed, her lips brushing his. "I missed you, Benny." She told him, her hands resting on his shoulders. 

Haley smiled wistfully and then shrugged. "He's good to me. Even if I know he wishes I were someone else. Not to mention I love him. He's the kind of man I've always dreamed of. He's strong, funny, smart, brave, and handsome...should I keep going?" She asked, watching Cleo pull a key out her impossibly tight pants.

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141 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:27 pm

This time Ben didn't pull away. He was kissing Shelly, for the moment forgetting just how well she had stomped all over his heart. She always tasted like sugar glazed cherries; sweet enough to know it wasn't good for you.

Cleo clearly didn't agree with this kind of sentiment as she unlocked the door. "So basically, what you;re saying is..." She paused to swing open the heavy door. "You can't be happy without a man?"

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142 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:37 pm

Haley didn't answer. She was looking at something over Cleo's shoulder. For several moments she stood where she was, unable to force her body to move. Ben was sliding his hands beneath Shelly's shirt and the long legged woman was wrapping them around his waist. 
Her stomach twisted and she wanted to throw up. She blinked several times and turned her back on the scene, her chest heaving as she fought for control of her emotions. She shouldn't have come. What in the hell had she been thinking?

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143 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:40 pm

Cleo groaned and rubbed at the spot between her eyebrows that was throbbing. "Well it sure didn't take you long!" She growled, rolling her eyes when she saw that Shelly had managed to get Ben's pants unfastened too. "Seriously, Shell! The bar is burning down and people are fucking eating each other out there!"

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144 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:44 pm

Shelly lifted her head, giving her friend a wicked smile. It was a lot like the cat that had gotten the cream. "Obviously the sheriff is in here...trying to keep me safe." She purred, patting Ben's chest. "Chill out, Cleo. Everything is fine." She didn't move. She was well aware her former competition had seen everything. The tiny woman was staring hard into the darkness of the hallway, her back straight as an arrow.

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145 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:48 pm

Cleo shook her head, the disappointment clear in her cobalt eyes. Cleo acted tough, cold even, but in truth she was probably more like Haley than she was her beautiful blonde haired friend. "Get your shit together. It isn't safe here anymore, we need to get out of town." She told Shelly quietly before following Haley. Cleo had expected this of Shelly, but Ben? He was supposed to be a good guy.

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146 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:54 pm

"My windshield is busted but the car should still work fine." Haley said, her voice bordering on cracking. She still stared straight ahead. "My purse is back there in the room. Maybe your friend can pick it up." 
Shelly got to her feet and held a hand out for Ben, wondering why he seemed so strangely quiet. "You ready, sheriff?"

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147 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 8:57 pm

Shelly had seemed to have truly broken Ben with what had just happened. He was a nice guy, a good guy. One moment and all that had been shattered. The sheriff was the one to pick up Haley's purse however, refusing the hand Shelly offered him.
"I know you don't want to hear it, but stick with them." Cleo told Haley. "I'll meet you guys at the car, I just have to pick up some trash."

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148 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:06 pm

Haley nodded, feeling more and more like the worthless kitten being passed between empathetic strangers. She stood in the open doorway where Cleo left her, staring at the darkness. Her chest hurt. She should have stayed home and rested. She was going to miss Raymondville's annual flea market in the morning and she was supposed to sell lemonade. 

Jascob was down by his motorcycle when Cleo returned. He muttered several different things about this head and his insides, tossing out things from the side bags in a rage that wasn't a quiet one.

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149 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:12 pm

Ben ignored Shelly now to join Haley, offering out her purse. He didn't know what to say. He knew exactly how she must be feeling, as he had been where she stood.

"We know each other, don't we?" Cleo asked from behind Jacob. "And I don't mean from the bar..."

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150 Re: As the world falls down on Tue Aug 02, 2016 9:19 pm

Haley took her purse, careful not let her fingers touch his. "Mrs. McKane is going to have a fit when I don't show up." She said softly. "I left all those lemons just sitting on the counter. Buster is probably having a hay day with them." 

"Where's my bag?" Jacob didn't answer her question. He was furious. So much so that his whole body was shaking. "What did you do with my bag?!" He demanded. "Give it back or I swear I'll break your neck!"

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