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Libtery's Child Day Five



I walked into the plant room and turned to my left, which is where the corner she liked to stand in was. There was a round window that stood over head, and the light from it fell onto as she sat on the small stool she liked to sit at. The stool meant she had to sit up strait, or maybe she just liked sitting up like what with her breasts pushing out like that. The skirt she was wearing had a long slit up the side that showed me her legs, which were strong and shapely things. She turned her golden blond coifed head towards me and smiled the smile that was insured by Lloyd’s for twenty million dollars. The sharp blue of her eyes sparkled like snow on a sunny January morning.

“Hello Jack.” She said simply, and I could feel my legs want to go limp.

Her accent was so slight, that you would have to know that Liberty came from France to recognize what the accent was. She exaggerated her accent when she was doing a show, but at home she might as well have just been a normal mid-western girl who had the looks of a goddess on earth. Her slightest movements were enough to make me want to go crawl up in her lap, which is what had caused me so much trouble.

“Hi Liberty.” I said looking down at her bare legs, which didn’t need anything so prosaic as a pair of stockings to look alluring. She noticed me looking at her legs, and twitched it the edge of it to expose both knees instead of just one. “You wore that skirt again.”

“I forgot you were coming.” She said, pulling the skirt back to where it had been a moment ago.

“No you didn’t.” I said.

“No I didn’t.” She looked down at my shoes and then pushed the golden blonde hair back. “I haven’t seen you in a while and I know it’s your favorite.”

“You’re not that worried about Columbia are you?”

“You wore the black suit you know I like.” She said. “So let’s not pretend shall we?”

“What’s going on then?” I asked.

“Did you see those notes?” She asked, and I held up the envelope, which caused her to roll her eyes. “He’s been cutting those stupid things out of magazines himself.”

“The major’s been making these notes?”

“They look like the cover of a mystery novel.” She said. “Who would really make something that stupid? Of course he did it, why do you think we’ve been able to keep it out of the newspapers?”

“Where is she then?”

“I don’t know.” She said shaking her head. “But she’s spent weekends away before, she’s just spending another one away. She is an adult you know, what ever her father says.”

“So, there’s nothing to worry about?”

“Oh, there’s a lot to worry about.” She said leaning back and fixing her eyes on me. “My husband is insane, my eldest daughter is behaving like a little firecracker, and I haven’t had any fun in over a year.”

“No?” I asked, taking a few steps towards her.

“No.” She said turning her knees to me.

“What a terribly sad story.” My fingers reached out and touched her left knee with the tip of my finger. “What do you want me to do about this?”

“Oh, lots of things.” She said smiling at me. “Mostly though, I’d like you to find her and bring her home for me.”

“But you think she’s okay?”

“I need her brought home so we can explain to that stupid old man that she’s not being kidnapped every ten minutes.” She nearly spat the words out.

“Okay.” I nodded. “I can probably do that, where has she been hanging out lately?”

“She was supposed to be with some friends that night, but she never really showed up.”

“Not what I asked.” I said.

“She’s been spending a lot of time at the Flower Bed, hanging out with Tiger.” Liberty said, shifting those beautiful blue eyes to the floor. “She just goes there to hang out, she likes spending time with them. Rose and Daisy wouldn’t let her do anything, you know that.”

“Sure.” I nodded sagely and then lied to a woman I loved. “I know that they wouldn’t let her do anything.”

“She’s not a bad girl.” The woman I had once loved so deeply it kept me up at night said. “She’s just going through a stage of adjustment.”

“I’ll get her back.” I said tapping the envelope against my leg. “You think the Fed and locals are really working on this?”

“Not really.” She said shaking that beautiful blonde coifed head. “I explained it to them, but Tom is so very important and they all have to look like their making and effort. It’s really not a big deal you know?”

She was lying to me, like she always did. If I counted up all the times I knew she was lying to me, I’d probably have to double or triple that number to get the number of times she’d actually lied to me. A woman like that can make a man paranoid, and I didn’t really need the extra help.

“I understand I think.” I said to her. If she was going to lie I could do it too. “I’ll get her back for you, all in tact and stuff.”

“Thank you.” She stood up and walked towards me. She put her arms around me and pressed her lips against mine.

I wanted to pull away from her, to not take advantage of her. She was a married woman whose child was missing. Her breasts felt firm against my chest her body was strong and supple, just like I remembered. While her tongue slipped into my mouth, I couldn’t help but think of Columbia naked and handcuffed to a pipe in the basement. I tried to pull away from the kiss a little, but she pushed herself back onto me pressing her body tight against mine.

“Oh, I’ve missed you.” She whispered after she finally broke away for breath. He fingers ruffled the short black hair at the back of my head.

“I’ve got to go and find your daughter.” I said, trying not to let my voice catch in my throat.

“I just wanted to kiss you again.” She said hugging me. “I just wanted you to respond again.”

“Well, I’ve responded now, haven’t I?” I asked.

“Yes.” She smiled up at me.

“I’ve got to go now.”

“Okay.” She nodded slowly as I pulled away from her.

I didn’t turn my back on her, I walked away from her and stopped just before I hit the door. I had to take my eyes off her to reach for the handle, but I figured I was far enough away that if I looked away I wouldn’t get immediately jumped. It was only a moment, but she took six steps before I got my eyes back on her. She smiled at me taking another delicate step towards me, I twisted the door knob and yanked the door open, leaning towards her as I did. She leaned towards me and I couldn’t help myself but to kiss her again. It probably wasn’t a good idea, to keep starting this affair up every time I saw her, but I just couldn’t help it.

I walked out of the room and was relieved to see that the hallway was empty. I walked down the long hall alone, and eventually came to the front hall and saw Bendis standing alone by the grandfather clock reading the newspaper. His eyes glanced over the paper and saw me, and then folded it under his arm in one motion.

“Mister Collier.” Bendis said with a nod.

“Bendis.” I said passing him by.

“Will you need anything?” Bendis asked

“Not yet.” I said. “I’ll call when I need something.”

He walked out a head of me and opened the door for me, which let the heat of summer slap me in the face. I walked out into the humidity, which was like stepping into an oven. It was too damn hot, too damn humid, and just too much bull. I walked down the stairs and pulled my suit jacket off as I opened the door to my little car. I tossed it into the back seat and sat down in the seat, closing the door behind me. I turned the car on to get the air conditioning on as quickly as possible. I would have to call ahead if I was going to go to The Flowerbed, they didn’t like it if you showed up without an appointment.

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sdaisyk
Jun. 26th, 2007 01:44 pm (UTC)
Again with the "I have no idea" response for this installment.

Next time you update scores can you explain the scoring? Does the first person to mention something get 2, everyone else 1 or 2 if you explain it, 1 if you get the gist? Different references worth more points? Or is it simply arbitrary?
greyweirdo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
You get no points for this!
hollygrahm
Jun. 26th, 2007 11:52 pm (UTC)
LC Day Five -- Holly's Guesses
- Liberty is, of course, Lady Liberty. "Her accent was so slight, that you would have to know that Liberty came from France to recognize what the accent was."

- The Flower Bed refers to Through the Looking Glass. I thought perhaps Tiger Lily was a reference to the character in Peter Pan, but then you revealed that her name was Carol. Carol... Lewis Carroll... got it. Anyway, there's a Daisy and a Rose in TTLG, but not in PP. So Looking Glass it is.
greyweirdo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 02:04 am (UTC)
Re: LC Day Five -- Holly's Guesses
Liberty is, of course, Lady Liberty
One

The Flower Bed refers to Through the Looking Glass. I thought perhaps Tiger Lily was a reference to the character in Peter Pan, but then you revealed that her name was Carol. Carol... Lewis Carroll... got it. Anyway, there's a Daisy and a Rose in TTLG, but not in PP. So Looking Glass it is.
One for the flowers, one for the very obvious reference to Carroll and half a point for looking up Peter Pan because it shows you're working!

3.5 for the day
silveradept
Jul. 6th, 2007 08:58 pm (UTC)
Might it be that the insured smile is a bit of a jab at an earlier news story about Jennifer Lopez supposedly insuring her butt for quite a bit of money? And nevermind the Lloyd's actually does insure celebrity body parts here and there...

I'm wondering whether Bendis and Jensen are slightly changed names. Jensen could have been an homage to Benson, who was a rather deadpan but funny butler... although that doesn't mean much for Bendis, unless there's a second joke hiding there somewhere.
greyweirdo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 02:13 am (UTC)
And nevermind the Lloyd's actually does insure celebrity body parts here and there...
You were closer with that one. There was an actress who had her smile insured for that much in the last century. I'll give you a point for it.

The other guess is a no though.
sdaisyk
Aug. 13th, 2007 04:28 pm (UTC)
Lady Freedom

Tiger (lily), Rose, Daisy - "Garden of Live Flowers" Alice through the Looking Glass
greyweirdo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
2 points
ciarrainic
Aug. 13th, 2007 11:51 pm (UTC)
Day five:
Could Liberty also be called “Lady Liberty” as in the Statue of Liberty?
greyweirdo
Sep. 2nd, 2007 02:14 am (UTC)
1 point
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