Everything Remains The Same


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Scene Title Everything Remains The Same
Synopsis Magnes heads straight for Abigail once he's touched down back in the states. Abigail's not pleased that he's beelined straight for her and talking Adam this and Adam that. It ends with Magnes leaving and Abby annoyed. Everything does indeed stay the same.
Date May 22, 2009

Village Renaissance Building - Abigail & Alexander's Apartment

An average middle class apartment, it's populated with decidedly not middle class furniture. A solitary red suede couch occupies the immediate living room, with a battered coffee table and side tables as it's companion. A decent sized TV sits on a cupboard with a stereo, DVD player. The kitchen sports a relic from the 70's, with matching chairs that still seem to be in decent condition. The two bedrooms off the hall are distinguishable from the other, one bearing a gold cross nailed above the door, the other not.

In the corner of the living room is an ornate cage on a bird stand, a blue budgie within it's depths. In another corner is a massive cat tree house, and often occupied by a black cat with a red suede collar. It looks barely lived in, like the owners are not yet investing their effort quite yet to move in.

When Magnes left Japan, he didn't bother changing his clothes from the fight, he just packed his bags and hopped on the Nakamuras' private jet. Now, 12+ hours later, in tattered clothes and no pole where his ripped apart holster is, he's knocking on Abby's door. He hasn't seen himself on the news yet, he has no idea anyone in America even knows about the fight, and oddly enough, he is completely without injury despite his clothing. A slight body and hair change, but he's still Magnes.

A Magnes J Varlane ringing up. This hour of the night. Abby had been settling in, getting ready for bed when the phone had rung, someone saying that Magnes was wishing to come up. So at the door, toothbrush in hand and PJ's on, Abigail stood, waiting when the knock came. The Toothbrush still in her hand as she stands on the other side, taking in the sight. "You know.. my momma would have a fit if I ever showed up at anyone's house dressed like such Magnes J Varlane"

"I'm sorry, Abby. I just, I needed to see someone." Magnes says, sounding quite serious, looking very down and very unlike himself. He just seems to have had an ordeal. "I can't go back to that empty house right now, can I please come in?"

"Come in Magnes. It's after curfew and I don't want you arrested. You can spend the night in Al's room" The red head offers. "He has some clothes that might fit you, you need a shower. There's fresh towels out, I'll make you something hot to drink" She offers, shuffling to the side to let him in. Worry and concern on her face. "Japan didn't go so well?"

Magnes walks in, peeling his tattered shirt off, a bit too distracted to worry about modesty at the moment. "Adam killed Hiro's father, not sure when, but it was recent, because I just met Mister Kaito a few days ago. Kimiko says he'll leave them alone now, his grudge was against their father." Of course, this doesn't seem to offer him much comfort as he takes a seat on the floor, not wanting to get her couch dirty. "Then I had a fight with one of Adam's men and we destroyed the Shibuya crosswalk."

Wow. Way to drop a bomb there Magnes. Since he seems to be stripping down in front of her, Abigail turns away, toothbrush in hand. "Adam Monroe? So he'll be back soon?"

Magnes sits his tattered shirt in a small pile next to him, but of course isn't going to take his pants off in front of her, so he just waits for now. "I don't know, but he's a kidnapper. Kidnapped me and Kimiko. He let her go, then let me go. I think he healed me somehow, I don't have any scars or the bruises from my training. If he comes back, he's my problem. Kimiko said he may have killed Hiro too, but we don't know for sure, we can't find him."

Ohhhh, she'll be able to find him. But Hiro. Kimiko? Must be Hiro's sister. "There's towels, and a robe in the bathroom Magnes" Reminding him, even as her back stays firmly facing him. "If he did this to Hiro and to Mr. Nakamura, what makes you think you can stop him Magnes?"

"Hiro didn't have his normal powers, he could barely figure his new one out. And I'm not even sure if his father has them at all." Magnes explains, his tone still serious as he starts to walk to the bathroom. "But I have my powers, I know how to use them, well, the ones that matter anyway. Adam is a regenerator, and even though I won't kill anyone, there's still one way to deal with a regenerator." Looking back at her with a sternly focused expression, an expression he's never shown her before, or even had at all before. "I'm not so naive as to think that nothing can go wrong, but that person has put me and Kimiko through so much crap in so few days, I'm not just gonna leave him up to whatever local terrorist organization thinks he's their problem."

Not that she can see the look cause she's staring at her door still, but it's a good thing Magnes can't see her face. "You can't do it alone Magnes. Maybe you should go talk to the folks of Phoenix" She suggests, carefully.

"Aren't they all terrorists and stuff?" Magnes asks, staring at her with a more concerned look now. "And Abby, I'm sorry for getting all serious like this, I've just had a hard few days. Between making sure a crazy guy didn't kill a street full of people, and all the other stuff I just told you…" He shakes his head and just sighs. "I'm sorry, I'm not gonna go and get myself killed or anything, I just… needed to vent. I have to figure out what I'm gonna do without Hiro around."

Aren't they all terrorists. "Magnes, now you are being naive. I'll leave a message for Teo or Helena to talk to you, or Cat. Someone. Since they know Mr. Nakamura, Hiro that is. Just, for now, you look like you need a shower and rest and I've have a very long day at work" She shuffles out of view, towards the kitchen. 'you need anything to eat or drink?"

"I'm sorry, I just, no one tells me anything, so I don't know what all these organizations do. I always have to guess." Magnes walks into the bathroom, closing the door and talking from behind it as he undresses. "I could use both, but we can wait 'till morning if you're tired. And um, when all this stuff with Adam is over, can I take you somewhere nice?"

"Why do you want to take me some place nice Magnes and you know what. The stuff with Adam will never be done. A man doesn't live as long as he has and not know how to stay alive, regeneration or not. But maybe Magnes, you need to become a little more educated with the resources available to you, since it seems you intend on being a super hero" She'd turned on her TV and saw what was happening. Some newscast, her jaw tight, watching.

"I want to take you somewhere nice because you deserve it, to get away from all this stress, for at least a day. And you of all people should know that Adam is not God, someone will stop him, even if it isn't me." Magnes sighs again, staring at himself in the mirror, feeling his cheeks. He really has no cuts… "I'm not trying to be a super hero, I just want my friends to be safe and happy. I didn't go to Japan expecting lots of stuff to happen, I just wanted to learn how to fight so I could come back here and not be completely useless if some guy with a knife jumps out."

"So you went to Japan to learn how to protect yourself and me?" She's outside the door, looking in at Magnes, an apple in hand and bathrobe in the other, jaw tight.

"Basically." Magnes says as he reaches for the bathrobe. "I didn't go there to fight, I didn't go there expecting all that… stuff. I just wanted to find Hiro, I wanted to learn how to fight, I wanted to learn how to be a better person. Abby, believe me, after what Hiro showed me in the past, the last thing I wanna do is run around trying to be a super hero." He sighs, staring at the robe, then looks up at her eyes. "Are you disappointed that I got myself into trouble anyway?"

"I'm upset that you kept calling and that every second damned word out of your mouth is "Adam this and Adam that' that's what I am." The Bathrobe is tossed towards him. "I'm disappointed that you showed up at my place without going and taking care of yourself first and instead showing up like some teenager who got in a schoolyard fight and is coming home to mom to complain. Of course I know Adam isn't a good guy. Of course I know that I have to be careful. I'm not blonde" There's a roll of Abby's eyes as she turns, apple put on the counter, heading back for her living room.

"I'm sorry, I could have cleaned myself up first, I wasn't thinking, I just wanted to see you, I didn't know who else to go to and I just wasn't thinking about my clothes." Magnes catches the bathroom, moving to sit on the toilet with the seat down as he continues to talk. "I didn't mean to worry you about Adam, I was just afraid you wouldn't take me seriously, and the longer I stayed there, the scarier of a person he kept turning out to be. I don't want him to hurt you, Abby. I didn't want you to think I was just the immature jealous guy, I needed to make sure you believed me, I…" He pauses, reaching for the apple, then just says, "I should stop making excuses. I'm sorry, Abby, a lot of what I did just wasn't thought through. You told me you don't need bodyguards, and I just went and did it anyway, that was wrong…"

"Yes. you should have Magnes. You should have thought about yourself first instead of thinking about me. Instead of running straight to me thinking that I can't take care of myself. No one thinks I can take care of myself. That I can't think for myself and understand that the immortal lying by omission ass isn't all that great. well newsflash Magnes, i'm not dumb. I have a pretty good set of shoulders upon which my pretty red head sits on. I know Huruma isn't probably that nice a person either, but you also don't know blankety blank about her and how she got to where she is. Ever single action of their probably isn't good, but there is good in them. Another newsflash, you owe Huruma a debt because you were the one she got out of those cages. And a third newsflash, you were beating the ever living Christ out of someone in japan and there was A LOT of damage that I saw on the TV. Hows that for protecting people?"

"Abby, I never said you were dumb or naive or anything like that, I never once thought that about you. I had no way of knowing how much you knew about him, I couldn't know if you'd take my word over his or what. I just didn't know, that's all, I wasn't trying to treat you like you're dumb." Magnes tries to explain, his words soft and very apologetic, with a hint of exhaustion laced into them. "I don't know what you saw on TV, but I tried to make sure no one got hurt in that fight. That man kidnapped Kimiko, and he was trying to kidnap me. I didn't exactly have long to react, I thought they could have been doing anything to her, I thought…"

He takes a deep breath, trying to calm, trying very hard not to get emotional. "I'm not a super hero Abby, I'm not perfect, I tried to do what I thought was the right thing. And I know I owe Huruma, I… I don't have all the answers, I just don't know, alright? I don't know, I'm confused, I'm tired, I know I'm wrong, I just can't deal with you being mad at me on top of everything else." He stands up from the toilet, starting to walk out of the bathroom. "I should go, I'm so stressed out, I just need to lay down." he hazily admits, making his way to the door as he buckles his belt, leaving the tattered shirt behind.

"GO. Don't get caught by the police for curfew. You know my number" Abigail answers, stalking off into the kitchen. "Welcome home though" She calls out from the kitchen. Her fingers tap on the counter top, annoyed, not mad.

"I'll call, Abby. I'm sorry. I don't know what to tell you to make this better, if I did, believe me, I'd say it." Magnes says in defeat, opening the door, but looking back at the kitchen one last time. "They say with great power comes great responsibility, and, I honestly don't think I'm ready for it."

"Just go. Enough of the stupid superhero saying Magnes!" Comes from the kitchen.

"Later, Abby." Magnes leaves, the door closing behind him, sudden regret welling up in the pit of his stomach for coming back, for reasons totally different than he originally feared. Walking down the hall, he says to himself, "Everything's the same."

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