"Aren't we buying a little much for our short stay?" Mira asked as they entered yet another furniture shop. Jamie shook her head.
"Hmmm....no a house sells better properly staged. Plus its not like I don't have the money. Its time I enjoyed a bit of it." Mira snorted. "Bull. You always have a plan. You never do anything without one. Even movie night, there's always a hint of your next adventure or our next job.
Where's the hint in this one?" Jamie stopped in front of an ottoman and quickly tugged her into the nearby bathroom. "You mean other then your sister?" Jamie seethed, with an angry look on her face. Mira paled, swallowed and returned.
"Mom...we both know calm heads are better then crazy ones. I love her but she's not dumb. We just have to be listening and waiting for her signal." Jamie whistled and folded her arms.
"Wow that's unlike you. I just hope you're right." Mira shook her head, her body involuntarily taking to shivering as tears rolled down her all too proud cheeks. "I'm barely holding it together." Her body folded to its knees and went into, for the first time in years a panic attack. Memories of her rotting childhood and those places little better that she had begged to be apart of raiding with the family when mom....Jamie had discovered that worse then the pit of hell shit-hole had had babies all over the world. "Oh god mom we have to get her out of there! We have too!" Jamie held her daughter up as she fell to pieces for the next few moments. "You have my word we'll get her out. Sam's found the one place that's open for Voro's kind of business. Now I-not you are going to walk it. You two will be close enough if I should need assistance." Which made Mira snort a bit of laughter. "When have you ever needed help?" Jamie laughed. "Hmmm....maybe when I can't reach my favorite cookies. You always make sure to put them so high. But seriously this is my home town, the only one I have left.So I..." There was a sudden knock at the door. "Ah is every thing o.k.?" Lips voice quarried at the door. Jamie rolled her eyes. "Boy's. " She grumbled, Mira snorted and eased up to her feet again. Stumbling to the sink she washed her face and pinked her cheeks. "What were you going to say, Mom?" Jamie smoothed her child's back and crystal tears dropped down into the sink. "Oh damn!" She said softly as she caught one of them. The other....Mira looked into the crystal and saw a memory. The fire raged, mom-Jamie was lite up like some avenging demon. Martin, young and in love with his protector watched to the side as if ensuring none had escaped the blaze. Suddenly it plumed into water and drained down the sink. "You destroyed it all...." Mira turned to her mother. "You weren't supposed to have known, I haven't cried memory tears since before I was came here. I don't regret my actions only that so many had already been lost to such a place. I'm sorry." Mira hugged her hard. "There is nothing to be sorry for. I was always afraid to go anywhere near that place. Always thought it would make my attacks more a regular thing. What is it these days?" Jamie took out her phone and punched up the address. "I turned it into a rent-a-dog place. Its run by the local VFW and a vet. They help with the p.t.s.d cases, old folk's homes, a few get adopted. The vet is paid by me to tie up the family tree, so to say with the pups. More of a non-profit. Do you like it?" Mira hugged her softer."Yes of course I do.But what were you going to say before this?" Jamie smirked and raised an eyebrow. "I want to take out the trash this time. Please-pretty please." Lips having had enough of waiting barged into the bathroom.
"Say yes already will you." Mira sighed heavily.
"I guess it couldn't hurt. As long as we're close by,outside not inside some bar trying to hook up." Mira gave her brother in arms her usual, I'll beat you to death with your own 3rd leg, look. "Ah....of course. All business. No play. Got it. So when are we doing this?" Lips said as he dragged the two of them out of the restroom by the hand. Jamie smiled broadly. "Tomorrow. Tonight we have some new friends to meet for dinner at their house. He lives up stairs from the clinic we passed when we bought the house." Mira rolled her eyes. " Please tell me its not that boy from the super convenience store." Both her companions gave her the ewe face. " Well that's a relief. So you're interested in a boy you just met? Hmmm...." Lips gasped in shock. "Mom?" Jamie rolled her eyes. " Oh please I'm so old compared to him I'd be invisible particles even to Rory's microscopes."
Ichigo had tried to get her address without Keigo knowing."You want to go check out her pad,
don't you?" Ichigo shrugged. "She could probably use a hand unpacking. "Chad said coming to sit next to them in biology class. He was late due to his ap history class. Uryu siting at the next table, leaned over. "Shouldn't we call her first? She may not be home." Keigo batted his eyes dreamily as he thought of Jamie. "Oh yeah, plus she's an American.Tight clothes, big …." His arms started to widen when the teacher plopped his last report onto his desk, with a derivative snort. Before giving out the other 3. "Oh man my parents are going to kill me ! " Keigo said nervously. "Did you study at all ?" Uryu said narrowing his eyes. Keigo sighed.
"I tried to get into Angels 'n' Demons." Ichigo slapped the back of his friend's head. "What the hell is wrong with you?" Keigo rubbed his head.
"Well you've got both Rukia and Orihime." Ichigo's eyes bulged slightly."What do you mean I've got the two of them? We're just friends that's all." Keigo frowned at his friend, Ichigo certainly seemed surprised by the statement. He relaxed and smiled. "Just kidding. They both have better taste." In the end all 4 of them went over to the address. "Wow. You can see almost right through the whole place. Not much privacy." Chad said, the statement making Keigo hug himself tightly. Uryu rolled his eyes. " I doubt that design will be followed all the way up." A moving van came to a halt in front to the house. " Hey kids is this Ms. Jamie's house?" The passenger said as he got out of the van. Ichigo nodded. "We're here to help." The driver nodded his respect. "Sorry kids, if we let you help and any of you got hurt we'd be liable. You could open the door for us and keep an eye out for our feet. Here you can start with this." The man threw Ichigo a package. He opened it and silently read it.
'Dear Ichigo and crew, welcome to my home. Here's the numbers to get the movers in. 3411. Not sure when I'll be home but I'll meet you at 6 at your house. '
Keigo gasped. "You're having her over for dinner! You have to invite me too !" Ichigo sighed."Chad ? Uryu?" Both declined his offer. After the movers began to tear down the crates, the 4 were given the go ahead to leave. "It's 5:30. Ichigo we're going to be late." Keigo jumped anxiously from one foot to the other. "Look you can nearly see the clinic from here." As Ichigo pointed, he saw Jamie wave from the opposite end of the street. He smiled openly and broadly, waving in return. "You really like her don't you Ichigo?" Uryu said softly. Ichigo let his hand down and turned to his entourage. "I don't know how to explain it. She makes me feel at ease. As if no matter what as long as she was there, it would be alright." Keigo became thoughtful."So Rukia's o.k. with her too?"
Rukia studied on the kitchen table.Her mind less on the book in front of her and more on the boy she wasn't supposed to have feelings for. She leaned away from the table and went to the window. Looking at the passing people. Some holding hands others had their hands full of groceries or boxes of items from the nearby shops.Children either clung to their parents or bounced slightly in front of them. While teenagers weaved their way through the crowd thoughtlessly. Why was Ichigo so drawn to Jamie? What did Jamie have that she didn't? Money? Ichigo wasn't like that. She smiled and sighed as she thought about Ichigo's crazy smirk or the 1/2 assed way he smiled when he made fun of her bunnies. Almost as if he enjoyed the pounding. Jamie looked up at the girl in the window. Rukia. Rukia Kuchiki. She looked exactly like her beloved's wife, Jamie rubbed her main heart. "Mom are you alright?" Mira said concerned. "Yeah just sad a little. She looks like his later wife. Funny. The day I return to him is the day he weds another. 3,411 years go by since that day and it's still fresh seeing his descendant." Mira hugged her mother to her side. "Why didn't you fight for him?" Jamie sighed the heavy guilt riding her hard. "I gave him a glory flower.It can only be given by a Gloryflower. It's power is such that if the receiver wears it openly any injury received will be given to the giver of the flower. He gave it to his father for protection after I'd given it to him.....I failed him. His father died. How could I return to him? I didn't get up the guts to go back to him till I was 15 for 3 more days....I arrived at the banquet. So I wished him the kind of toast I would have hoped someone would have made for....us.....2 days later I turned 16 my brother cursed me to the living realm never to age, never to die, never to have a lasting love. My brother Izzy was tops in his wizarding classes.Still I didn't believe it till the first time I had to dig myself out of the grave." Jamie 1/2 smiled and wiped tears from her eyes. "Lets go back up the hill for a moment." Mira hugged her mother to her side as they slipped up the hill again.