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PostSubject: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:07 am

Cecelia was exhausted. It had been nearly three weeks since her dad had been grabbed from their apartment, three weeks since her birthday. And she'd barely eaten or rested in all that time, terrified of what would happen if she did. Her dad had always protected her and kept her safe, and now he was gone. The girl kept a tight hold on her pistol (a birthday present from her father) and a picture of him taken on one of their vacations as she shambled up and down streets.

Cecelia stumbled over a can and fell heavily to her knees, already starting to doze off. She struggled to stay awake and get up, but the pull of sleep was becoming too much for the girl.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:55 am

Hogarth was tired. No scratch that, he was exhausted. But that was nothing new. He was always exhausted, had been for the past year. But his body had grown used to being constantly exhausted, late nights from working with little sleep and waking up early for school. It was a lot for an eleven year old to take. But he didn't have much choice in the matter.

His mother had been depressed and sick during all this time, hardly ever leaving from bed and so unresponsive. Someone had to work to make sure the bills were still getting paid and food still brought home. True perhaps it should have been him, since he was just a kid. But there was no one else to do it.

With a yawn, he rode his bike down the street from his last job for the night, the cold night breeze helping to keep him awake. He was moving on auto pilot mostly, knowing the route too well from many a night travelling in addition to his photographic memory. I think I'll have a little late night snack before bed. he thought as he rode down a side street. And check on Mom too of course. The brunette cut through an alleyway, a short cut he often used, while keeping his blue eyes open for any sign of a jumper. One couldn't be too careful this time of night. Or anytime really in this city.

The sound of something metal falling caught his ears and Hogarth hit the breaks of his bike just as he got out of the alley. Looking around, he spotted a girl n her knees next to a fallen trash can. To anyone else, they probably would have ignored her and moved on, the city a cold and mistrustful place. But Hogarth had been raised better. And so, with only a bit of hesitance, got off his bike and made his way over.

"Hey you ok?" he asked, coming up behind her as he looked worriedly down at her.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:10 am

Cecelia's tired brain went wide awake when someone spoke up behind her and she fell onto her side trying to simultaneously get up and turn around. "Oww..." She muttered unhappily before turning to face the person who had spoken warily. It was just another kid. Cecelia blinked and scrubbed at her eyes. She'd cried a lot the past few weeks, so she wasn't going to cry now!

"No, I most certainly am not okay! But I don't know what else to do and I'm too scared to find a place to sleep" She hadn't meant for that to come out, but she was just so tired it was hard to not say whatever came into her head. Besides, the kid seemed genuinely sympathetic and Cecelia hadn't talked to anyone really for three weeks. "My dad was taken away by gangsters and I was chased out of our apartment, and now I can't go back and I don't know where he is" She struggled to her feet, dusting herself off. "Maybe you've seen him?" Cecelia offered the boy the crumpled photograph of her and her father. She really had nothing to lose at this point.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 12:33 pm

When the girl fell down, Hogarth jump and took a few steps forward on auto pilot with his hands reached out as if to catch her even though there was no way he could. When she looked up at him, he noticed the tried look in her eyes and it almost looked like he had been crying, even moreo so when she scrubbed at her eyes. Did something bad happen to her? he wondered before blinking at her upset voice when she told him that no she was not ok.

He had no idea what was going on, but she was clearly upset and desperate. Brows furrowed together as he tried to think what could have gotten her like this. Though there were too many options in a city like this one. Too many bad people doing bad things. It was enough to break anyone down.

A fact that was proven right when the girl confessed her tale, looking like she just needed someone to listen to her woes after everything she had been put through. And so he listened, blue eyes widening when he heard her father had been kidnapped and she was left homeless and all alone. It made him feel for her, it really did. After all, just a year ago he lost his father to a cross fire shooting between the gangs. he could relate somewhat.

When she stood up to show him a picture, asking if he had seen the man, Hogarth noticed the pistole that was also held tight in her grip. He felt his body freeze for a moment, worried eyes looking at it before he nervously looked at the photo. "Um..." It was a little hard to see in the darkness of the night, even with the bit of light the street lamps provided. But as his eyes focused on it, he began to take in the details of the photo and his mind began racing of all the people he had ever seen.

There was certainly familiarity of the man in the picture. But not within the past few weeks. In fact... "I think I saw him a month ago at one of my jobs." he said at last, his voice a bit saddened that it had been so long ago. "But, not since then..." He gazed sympathetically at her before glancing down worriedly once more at the gun. "You're not going to shoot me are you?"
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 1:04 pm

Cecelia stared at him. "A month ago? not anytime sooner?" This was really disappointing and her heart sank to her shoes. It was frustrating that she'd found someone who'd seen her dad, but not recently. Cecelia didn't notice Hogarth sending looks at her gun until he asked her explicitly if she was going to shoot him. She shook her head and gripped it tighter. "Not unless you try anything, but I don't think you will" She'd used up a few of the bullets in the chamber on that, actually.

Cecelia tucked the gun into the band of her dress to show no ill will towards Hogarth, though it was within reach so she could easily grab it again if he did try to attack her. "I'm Cecelia" She yawned despite her best efforts to keep it in, and debated whether or not she should walk away and find a place to catch a few minutes of light sleep, or continue talking to the boy in front of her. "My dad's name is James. James Riddick. Um...what sort of job did you see him at?"
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:33 pm

The brunette gave a small shake of his head, frowning a little that he couldn't be of more help to her. But it had indeed been that long ago that he ever saw the guy. He recalled him looking kind of angry as well, as if something had pissed him off. But that was it. Hogarth had moved to a different area to take care of some duties and didn't see the man ever again. I wonder why he was angry. Did it have to do with the gangs and why he disappeared?

Before he could dwell on that fact, the girl took his attention once again by claiming she wouldn't shoot so long as he didn't try anything and put it away within the band of her dress. Which looked like it was very pretty once, only to be covered in dirt and grime for who knew how long. The girl, who now that Hogarth realized it was a little bit taller -and possibly older- than him, introduced herself as Cecelia. "Uh nice to meet ya. I'm Hogarth."

Seeing her yawn caused him to yawn and he mentally cursed at how contagious those were. He didn't want to feel the exhaustion kick in just yet. He needed to get home first. Might have to skip the snack and go straight on checking on Mom then bed. he thought but then dismissed it. Nah, I'll just munch on a twinkie. Pretty sure we still have some left. but he'd have to go grocery shopping at the end of the week.

At Cecilia's question, he blinked before thinking back to that night with his finger resting against his temple. "It was... at a bar table... in the casino. Fifteen minutes passed midnight, right after I got done with my break. He looked mad, but not the kind of mad people got when they were having a loosing streak. Like something was bugging him. But I had to get back to work and didn't see him again." Blue eyes blinked again and his hand fell down to his side before focusing back onto the girl. "That's about it. Sorry."

Hogarth hesitated for a moment then, a thoughtful frown on his lips as he debated over an idea that came to mind. Cecelia clearly needed a place to stay for the night, and he couldn't in all good consciousness let the poor girl go off on her own.. It was against everything he believed in and what his dad had taught him. Though common sense suggested it was a bad idea... still-

"Do- do you want to stay at my house?" he asked, a little uneasy in case she took it the wrong way. "I live just down the street and um... it's not exactly safe to be wandering around this time of night. Gun or no gun."
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 8:58 pm

Cecelia smiled slightly at Hogarth and nodded her head, to tired to curtsy or shake his hand. "Nice to meet you, Hogarth, I'm sure" She was becoming more certain that it was a pleasure to meet him, really. He seemed like a genuinely nice kid, and seemed like he cared, at least a little, so it was nice to meet him.

Cecelia looked at him a bit surprised as he recounted where he had seen her dad. She knew he went gambling sometimes, but she hadn't been aware he'd gone that night. "Goodness! You remember all that?" It was hard, but Cecelia forced herself to try and remember what had been going on that week. "That was...when he'd started getting some phone calls at the house and told me not to answer them unless I was sure I knew who it was..." That probably had something to do with the night he was taken. She frowned and sighed. "Thank you, Hogarth. It's something, at the very least"

The girl stared at him and bit her lip, snagging a piece of her hair around a finger as she thought about his offer. One one hand he'd been very nice and hadn't tried anything and had even helped a little with her dad, and she really needed a shower and food and a nice long nap. On the other hand, you couldn't trust many people in this city, she didn't know him very well, and quite possibly the people who'd gone after her dad were after her, too. Still though, what did she have to lose?

"Okay...lead the way, Hogarth" If it was somewhere weird and scary, she could always shoot him and run away. This thought comforted her a lot more than it would have a few weeks ago.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 10:03 pm

At Cecelia's astonishment to his recollection, Hogarth gave a bashful smile and rubbed the back of his head. "Heh um yeah." he admitted as he then tucked his hands into his pants pockets. "I've got uh photographic memory. Remember everything... which comes in handy in school." Yes, indeed it did. Without it he was sure he wouldn't be doing nearly so well as he was. The downside was the bigger and dumber kids likeds picking on him for being a 'smarty pants'.

It wasn't even that he was smart. He just remembered everything and did the work. If everyone else did the work they'd at least not be failing. It was that simple.

But that was a thought for another time. As Cecelia was talking to him again, mentioning about phone calls and other suspicious signs before her father's taking. Information he stored away in case of further use. Not that it was a hard thing to do, everything was stored in that mind of his. "glad to be of some help." he said, smiling a little when she thanked him.

Then there was silence as the blonde girl thought over his offer. Hogarth found himself shifting form one foot to the other as he waited, pulling his coat a little tighter around himself when a breeze blew by. When she actually accepted his offer, he half expected her to not take it given the fact he was a stranger, he nodded his head and walked back towards his bike.

"Ok, just follow me." he said as he picked the bike back and up and walked it down the street. It really wasn't too far away form where he lived, the nice little house at the end of the block. The porch light was left on, done by Hogarth so he could see where he was going when he came home, and illuminated the path after he opened the gate. He rolled his bike down the little cement pathway, stopping short at the garage and taking out a key from his pocket and unlocking the padlock that kept it shut.

He opened it up and rolled his bike beside the never used car, resting onto its kickstand before going back out to close and lock the door once more. With that task done, he made his way to the porch and unlocked the front door. "Come on. But keep quiet, Mom's probably sleeping." he said as he opened the door, stepping into his home. The entryway was filled with family pictures, ones Hogarth didn't look at much anymore since everything happened. He placed the keys down into a little bowl near the door way before taking off his shoes and moving further inside.

"Kitchen's this way if you're hungry." he said, moving towards the direction he pointed before stepping into the kitchen itself. The brunette was quick to head for the cupboards and searched around for the twinkie box. Upon finding it, he grinned and pulled out one of them with the plans to eat it up. "You can help yourself to whatever."
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Fri Jun 20, 2014 11:42 pm

Cecelia grinned at him. "Really? That's so neat! It must come in handy a lot more situations than school. Like, you would always remember someone's birthday" It would be very useful to remember everything like that. He must do very school, if it 'came in handy'. The thought of school made her frown again. She'd actually sort of liked school, but it was too dangerous to go back at the moment. Maybe later she could go back but certainly not right now.

Cecelia followed behind Hogarth silently, looking in awe at the house that he wheeled his bike to. It was a little more homely, but a little bit bigger looking than the one she'd shared with her dad. "I like your house" She complimented and nodded at his warning to keep quiet. So, he lived with his mom? That must be nice. Cecelia didn't remember her mother. But her dad told her she looked a lot like her mother, so she pretended sometimes her mom looked at her through the mirror, just to make sure she was alright.

When Hogarth took off his shoes, Cecelia did as well, sighing happily as she was able to take them off finally. She was going to have to get new ones, she'd done a lot of walking and running recently. Cecelia followed eagerly to the kitchen and put her hands softly together in a quiet word of thanks before she explored and came up with a soup can unopened. Her stomach growled as she gripped the can tightly and she looked over at Hogarth. "Where's your can opener?" She whispered softly, still mindful that she might wake up Hogarth's mom.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Sat Jun 21, 2014 11:40 am

"Uh yeah.. I guess so." Was Hogarth's response to observation of it being handy in more than just school. It was true, remembering people's birthdays or dates in general was a breeze. It made work easy because he could recall his duties and knew where everything went. And generally he knew his way around and didn't have to get lost. With the exception of laces he hadn't been to yet.

When they had reached his house, he gave a tired smile at her compliment. "Thanks." It was nice to know he did a good enough job keeping the place in order. It certainly wasn't easy, on top of everything else he did. Vacuuming, laundry, dishes, cleaning surfaces it all had to be done. he sometimes wondered how his parents did it on top of work back in the day.

With a yawn, he opened up the twinkie wrapper and pulled out the unhealthy spongecake treat. He was about to take a bite when he heard Cecelia ask about a can opener. "Oh um..." he got off the counter that he had been sitting upon, having gotten on top of it to reach the cupboards, and made his way to a drawer near the fridge. After a little bit of digging, he pulled it out and brought it over to the girl. "Here. And uh bowls are over..." With well memorized moments, he went to a cupboard that kept the bowls and pulled one out. Setting it down on the counter top he went to another one to get a cup.

"You might want to start with water, but we do have milk and orange juice and soda in the fridge."
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Sat Jun 21, 2014 10:32 pm

Cecelia took the can opener and paused. "Oh, right, I can use a bowl and heat it up right now, can't I?" It was surprising how quickly one got used to just dumping food into your mouth without bothering for a spoon or bowl or anything. She took the bowl gratefully and opened the can to pour the soup into it. She nodded. "A big glass of water is all I want right now, but thank you" she set down her bowl and accepted the cup he offered before going to his sink and pouring herself a glass. She drank it all quickly and greedily before looking over at Hogarth sheepishly. "Sorry! I haven't had a lot of water today. Um...can I use the microwave, or would that wake up your mom?" She didn't want to explain to someone she didn't know why she was in her house with her son in the middle of the night. That would be horrible.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Sun Jun 22, 2014 1:25 pm

Hogarth blinked at Cecelia's question -or was it more of an observing statement?- as she noticed the bowl he took out. "Uh... yeah?" he responded, his voice somewhat a question before his brain finally registered her reaction. How long had she been roaming the streets that she would almost forget that she could use things like bowls?

Brown eyes couldn't help but follow her as she took the glass with a polite thank you and filled it up with water, bis mind attempting to unravel the new found mystery that came with this girl he allowed into his home.

He was only half surprised by how quickly she drank the water, watching with amazement as she chugged it down like she was in a contest or something. At her embarrassed apology, Hogarth quickly shook his head before smiling at her. "No big deal. Though you might want to slow down so you don't get a stomach ache. Or hiccups." Neither were particularly fun.

At her question about the microwave, he nodded. "Yeah it's fine. That won't wake Mom." She was always asleep when he brought in her soup, so he assumed it didn't wake her. Speaking of, I'll need to check on her. he thought as he finally bit into his twinkie. Munching away on the sponge cake snack, he moved towards another drawer and took out a spoon for Cecelia whenever she was ready for it.

I'm also going to need to set up a place for her to sleep. I could put an air mattress in the baby's room... ah but then I'll have to dig it out of the old camping stuff in the garage. This late at night that would be too much of a hassle. I could give her my room for the night and take the couch myself. He would just have to make extra sure he got up for school.
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PostSubject: Re: A place to stay   Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:36 pm

"I've been on the streets about a month" she said quietly to his 'uh, yea' comment. "Bowls are a luxury" Cecelia giggled. "I thought drinking water was a cure for hiccups" she joked, but nodded and drank the second glass of water she filled much more slowly. Cecelia nodded thoughtfully. Her dad had been an extremely light sleeper, and those sorts of noises woke him right up. A parent who was such a deep sleeper was an interesting idea. Of course, now she had to wonder why her dad was a light sleeper...

Cecelia placed the soup in the microwave and heated it for the specified time, watching it go round and round in the microwave. She was very hungry. When it beeped she took it out quickly and gratefully took the spoon Hogarth offered her. She sat down at his table and began eating, trying not to eat too quickly and give herself a stomach ache. "Thank you for letting me come home with you. Um...if I'm spending the night, I can take the couch" No need for him to do anything for her, a couch and a blanket would be great right now.
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