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04 December 2009 @ 07:28 pm
027 Fight  
Title: Darkness Overwhelming
Fandom: Mystic Force
Pairing: N/A
Rating: 15
Disclaimer: Not mine.
Summary/Warnings: Somewhere, all wishes come true. The new arrival causes friction in the group.
Word Count: 476 / 52 682
Author's notes: My table is here.





027 Fight

“I’m going to kill her,” Nick said grimly.

“No, you’re not,” Maddie told him. “You’re going to let Xander deal with it.”

“I’d be happy to, but he isn’t. He’s just letting her get away with it.”

“She always did have him wrapped around her finger.”

“If it was just—you know, how she is with me—but she’s upset Clare, Vida’s ready to kill her…she’s even upset Chip, and I didn’t think that was possible.”

“Well, she’s known us a while. She knows a lot about us.” Maddie looked down at her hands. “That was low, though.”

“I said something as nasty to Xander, but I was sorry.”

“You talked about Zoe because you were angry. She talked about Chip’s parents because she wanted to hurt him. There’s a difference.”

“He has to do something. This small a space, we can’t be fighting, Maddie.”

“I know,” Maddie agreed.

Across the room, Zoe’s voice rose angrily. “I am!”

“No, you’re not,” Xander said more quietly.

Nick grimaced; they all automatically kept their voices down inside. Even without the security aspect, it was the only form of privacy they had.

“I had more freedom in the gang!” Zoe yelled.

“You had more danger in the gang,” Xander answered levelly. “You’re not going outside.”

Nick glanced back as movement caught his eye; Vida had woken and was sitting up behind Maddie. Clare, just beyond her, was ignoring the entire altercation.

“I wish I’d never found you,” Zoe spat, low and dangerous. Xander flinched, lowering his head, and he kept it down when she launched herself at him, screaming and hitting any part of him she could reach.

Nick scrambled to his feet, but he was too late. The door to the kitchen burst open, and Chip took in the scene in one glance. Catching Zoe’s shoulder he hauled her around; she managed to hit him once before he slapped her across the face.

The screams cut off and she stared at him, one hand pressed against her cheek. Xander looked up, reaching out to touch her shoulder; Zoe shoved him away, trying to stand, but Chip was too close and she couldn’t get past him.

“Someone will hear you,” Chip announced. His voice was suspiciously calm, but Nick could see his hands shaking from across the room.

Zoe was very quiet. When Xander touched her shoulder again she didn’t react, sitting passively while he hugged her.

Chip moved, pushing jerkily to his feet. Vida slipped out of her blankets, moving past him to go take up the watch, and he sat down next to Maddie, trembling.

As though the movement were her trigger, Zoe suddenly spoke. She wasn’t yelling, but in the silence of the room her voice was very clear and absolutely flat.

“I hate you.”

Xander shuddered, but he didn’t let go of her. “I know.”