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The ride from Maine via Kobie and portkeys wasn't exactly uncomfortable, but she DID let the Three Thousand drive since she was more worried about Kitt than what was going on on the roads.

As he pulled through the gates onto the large property, Hattie looked up and out the windshield briefly, then leaned over to run her fingers through Kitt's hair. "We're home, Kitt. We'll figure something out here."

She jumped out at the front door and let Kobie take him to the garage, going inside and asking for the butler and the gardener. If she could, she was going to avoid lifting Kitt into the house by herself. Not because she couldn't, but because she was fairly certain that she'd draw more talk NOT asking help than if she did.

Once he was settled on the bed, she thanked the staff and shut the bedroom doors. Then, she stood there and stared at the prone body of her husband.

Date: 2009-02-21 12:58 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
It was the cavalier way he said 'eventually' that really pissed her off. She stood there and blinked at him for almost a full minute, trying to think of something intelligent to say. In the end, she came up with, "Eventually?"

Date: 2009-02-21 01:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"Yes, eventually." He emphasized the word for good measure. "As it didn't seem as though you wanted me to come back. You certainly did a good job of pushing me out the door. At the very first opportunity you made sure to remind me of my past indiscretions, didn't you? Indiscretions that had 'supposedly'," - he raised his hands to make air quotes around the words - "been forgiven." He shook his head. "I know what I did. Thank you for that reminder, though. I might have forgotten otherwise."

Date: 2009-02-21 02:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Didn't seem-? Because people never have fights. Kitt, you're not supposed to STAY gone. You're not even supposed to GO. Just-"

She made a disgusted sound. "What are you even talking about? 'Indiscretions'? I don't even know what you mean."

Date: 2009-02-21 07:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He looked away. "I've never been involved in an argument such as this before." He sighed, glanced at her, then began picking at an imaginary stray thread on the coverlet.

"You said that I didn't know my wife or my home. How else was I supposed to interpret that?"

Date: 2009-02-21 07:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
Her eyes narrowed. "You mean after you said if you felt like remembering where you lived?" She nodded once. "You're absolutely right. What could I have possibly read wrong in that?"

Shaking her head, she moved across the room toward the door. "You're the one that swore I wasn't here for three days once. That's all I was saying. But you're right, Kitt. It was long past and I shouldn't have ever brought it up again. You should be able to come and go as you please. Stay gone as long as you want. Don't call. Why should I care?"

Date: 2009-02-21 08:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"After YOU made a snarky remark telling me to remember!" He was shaking his head now, gritting his teeth and trying to remain calm. "Swore? Swore? So you think I'm lying to you about that? Using it as some sort of excuse?" He threw the covers off, swinging his legs off the bed. "Indeed. Why should you care? I was only planning on going for a drive. You're the one who made sure I didn't WANT to come back."

Date: 2009-02-21 08:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I wouldn't know, remember? I wasn't HERE." And then, "I made sure? I made sure you didn't want to come back?" She almost laughed, and DID smile. "You have to be joking. If you want to go, Kitt? Go." She waved her hands at him. "Go. No one's stopping you. If I had known that you wanted to stay gone, then I wouldn't have bothered looking for you."

The look she gave him was pure ice. "Just go." She took three steps toward the door and rephrased it. "Oh, wait. This is all yours, Mr. Knight Industries. I'll go," was what she snapped before she yanked the door open.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:16 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"So of course I made up the whole thing, because I'm just that delusional!"

He leaped off the bed and grabbed her arm, spinning her around to face him. The look in his eyes was venomous. "No one's stopping me? You're my driver. If you'd found me you could have ordered me to return. I didn't want to come back. Not to someone who doesn't believe me, who doesn't trust me, who thinks nothing of dredging up past wrongs and throwing them in my face. If I want to get away, I have to disappear."

He let her go, shaking with anger. "You have a cruel streak that doesn't become you, Miss Jackson." So saying, he pushed past her, stomping off down the hall.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Did I say you made it up? No. I said I WASN'T HERE." She stomped after him, refusing to rub her arm where he'd grabbed it. "If being your driver means that I have to be your babysitter? Kitt, no. ORDERED YOU? You don't have to come back. I'm telling you right now that you don't have to come back at all."

She stopped at the top of the stairs and looked at him. Her voice was calm, she wasn't shouting. She crossed her arms lightly over her chest, partially to calm herself and partially to give an appearance of calm. "I'm cruel and you feel like you have to disappear." She shook her head. "Go, Kitt. No one will look for you. I'll leave Kobie here for you if you need him."

So saying, she turned and walked back to their bedroom, trying not to think about the scene they were making.

Date: 2009-02-21 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"I didn't have to tell you anything of what happened while you were gone, and yet I did. I didn't expect you to be happy, but I NEVER suspected that you were lying when you said you forgave me. We both know how that's gone, don't we?" He smiled, a cruel smile of his own. "Don't worry, Hattie. From now on, there is only one child in this house. I expect Kobie will be more than eager to take on the challenge of helping me to re-write my own programming." He paused. "That is, of course, unless YOU have any objections. After all, when I've tried to make similar decisions for myself in the past they've been roundly vetoed by you. I'm assuming by your words that I now have your permission."

Date: 2009-02-21 08:39 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I wasn't lying, Kitt, I was angry. I didn't expect you to leave for days without calling in retaliation-"

Her eyebrows went up and her mouth fell open. "Only one child? Are you serious? Is that what this is about? You think I've held you back? I've VETOED something?" She shook her head and held up her hands, refusing to let him see her cry. "Do what you want. You are so far gone anymore, I don't even-"

Date: 2009-02-21 08:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"So angry that you had to make sure I'd never forget how badly I'd hurt you? And you're the one speaking of retaliation? YOU must be the one joking now, Hattie." He'd stopped on the stairs, turning to stare at her, anger and hurt but mostly calm fury smoldering behind his eyes.

"Don't even what?" He snorted in a mockery of amusement. "You can't tell me that you've already forgotten what a liability I am. How you won't ALLOW me to break my programming for YOU. If that's your concern, there's no need to worry. I'm not doing this for you. I'm doing it for me."

Date: 2009-02-21 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"I woke up and you were holding divorce papers. It's not something I'm going to forget and maybe I shouldn't have thrown it in your face or whatever, but really? Driving off for two days without a single word? That's not a little extreme?"

Staring at him, she saw his fury and shook her head. "You want to kill people." She looked to the side and then nodded. "Okay, fine. You want to rewrite your programming so you can go and KILL PEOPLE, go for it. Knock yourself out. I'm sure that's exactly what Michael and Bonnie would have wanted for you. Go for it." Her voice had risen again. "I'm sure you'll be SO much happier with yourself once you've blown someone away. Have fun with that."

Date: 2009-02-21 09:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He threw his hands in the air, frustrated and angry and disgusted and confused. "YES. Because YOU were gone, and the person who was HERE was not my WIFE and I had no RIGHT to have her BOUND to ME." Really, he'd explained that until he was blue in the face and it seemed to make no difference, she never seemed to understand. "Is it? I've never argued like this before. Is it?" He'd already told her why he did THAT too. Did she just not listen?

She just... she had no idea. Just. None. No, he didn't WANT to kill anyone. He didn't even really want that option. But he was so... ANGRY, angry with her for taking that decision away from him, and then for all intents and purposes calling him a liability after she'd done so. He was angry at her for thinking he'd allow someone to kill her without his being able to do ANYTHING about it. For honestly believing that nonsense. For not trusting him to be able to keep her or Gideon safe. She wouldn't put her life in his hands, after telling him she wouldn't allow him to change. It just... the whole thing gave him a headache, made him sick in the pit of his stomach. He was coming up blank with ways to explain to her what his intentions were. It was childish, it was petty, and it was the only thing he could think of to say. "I will."

Date: 2009-02-21 09:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"No right to have her bound to you, but you did WHAT to her in OUR BED and-" Hattie was so sick of yelling and arguing. They were going in circles and nothing was being solved. Nothing was being answered. It was getting repetitious. "It doesn't matter. It's over. I should never have brought it up. I'm..." She was going to cry. "Sorry."

He had no idea what he was getting himself into, what he wanted from her. She just wanted HER Kitt: the one she knew wouldn't let anything happen to her on Earth. She didn't need to go anywhere or do anything out in space to have it proved to her that he'd take care of her. And now... now he was leaving or SHE was leaving and she just wanted it all to be over. All of it.

She heard him. The words slid through her and made her feel even more sick to her stomach, if that were possible. And when she lifted her head, all the anger was gone. It was just sadness and sickness and finality when she looked him in the eye and repeated what he'd said two days earlier. "Goodbye, Kitt."

Date: 2009-02-21 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"I wanted her to love me the way I thought you did." Because it WAS her, just... something. His voice was flat, betraying no hint of emotion. If he allowed it in, it would overwhelm him.

He nodded, finally breaking eye contact, feeling utterly defeated.

Date: 2009-02-21 09:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"She was stupid if she didn't love you at all."

It was all Hattie could manage before she just knew she was going to cry, so she turned her back on Kitt and moved in a very swift manner back toward their bedroom. Once there, she shut the door (but did not slam it), and grabbed a pillow off the bed on her way to the chair she always sat in.

Too late (as in, as she was burying her face in it to cry) did she realize that the pillow she grabbed was Kitt's.

Date: 2009-02-21 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He slumped down to sit on the stairs, rubbing a hand down his face, then cupped his chin in the same hand, resting his elbow on his knee and staring out into space.

Date: 2009-02-21 09:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
For her part, Hattie was clutching the pillow to her chest, trying to keep from crying too loudly. Finally, she stood and pulled a different bag out of the closet and began to pack.

When it was full, she walked into the hall and chucked it toward the stairs before heading into Gideon's room to pack for him, too.

Date: 2009-02-21 09:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
It hit him in the back, knocking him off-balance so that he had to catch himself before he tumbled down the stairs. He didn't say anything. He knew what she was doing. Instead, he carried the bag back up the stairs to their bedroom and began to unpack it. If she was going to leave, fine. She'd have to re-pack. And while she was doing that, he'd unpack Gideon's things, because he knew that if she left, she was taking the baby.

Maybe he'd just go ahead and pack HIS things, too, while he was at it.

Date: 2009-02-21 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
Hattie was in the middle of packing Gideon's bag when she remembered that she'd left the diaper bag downstairs. Plus, his favorite blanket was in their bedroom.

She went back across the hall to their room and stopped short when she saw Kitt putting her shirts back in the dresser. "What are you DOING?"

Date: 2009-02-21 10:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
"You and Gideon belong here." He started swapping out her shirts for his. "With Kobie. He can protect you. I already have a place to go, so I will be the one to leave."

Date: 2009-02-21 10:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"Clearly I can't be trusted with the super-secret cars around here," she snapped, reaching to take her bag back from him. "Give me that. Besides, where are YOU going to go? That shack in Maine?"

Date: 2009-02-21 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ki2k.insanejournal.com
He snatched it away from her grasp, staring at her. "What are you talking about?" He shook his head. "Kobie's not a liability. And if you must know, yes, I'm going to my shack, as you call it, in Maine. If that's all right with you, of course."

Date: 2009-02-21 10:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] hattie_notqueen.insanejournal.com
"No. No, it's not okay with me. Kobie is not my-" She glared at him. "You're right. He's not a liability. But Kitt? Here? On EARTH? Right up until fifteen seconds ago, there wasn't anyone I trusted to keep me safe more than you."

She let go of the bag and curled her hands into fists. "Not. Even. Cam."

Then she spun on her heel and headed for the door.

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