Chapter 1: Chapter 1
Four walls in the room, boxing her inside a space no bigger than a storage closet. Garnet counted the walls 5 times, because she was tired of counting bullets. Six black gun cases with her red and blue insignia sat lined up on the steel table in front of her, next to them the aforementioned-bullets. She leaned back in her chair and took a drag of the Marlboro cigarette she had between her lips, blowing out smoke that curled upwards and met thick clouds of dust that have long since made their place there. Footsteps echoed out in the hallway behind the door in front of her; small, light footsteps with the distinct ‘click’ of a heel from a dress shoe. Garnet watched with disinterest. The door opened and in stepped her client. Behind her thin form, she could see two of her men, both armed, both ready for a fight. The door shut. An angular face and thin lips with a sharp (‘goblin’, Garnet later found how to describe it) nose that the light glinted off of. Her blonde hair was in fringes that curved about her ears and swept across her neck, the look of someone that Garnet would have slept with in highschool and spent the rest of the year trying to get rid of her. Her client looked at her with dull blue eyes.
“For display. The rest are in the trucks.” Her voice rumbled through the room, loud enough to echo back as deep and british as it was when it left her lips. Garnet stood from her chair. Her head almost hit the hanging light fixture above her for the third time. She made a mental note to have it torn out and have a mounted one installed instead.
Her client stared down at the cases, toying with the cuff-links of her dress shirt. Scrutinized the emblem. Being as prissy and irritating as Garnet imagined her to be when she first heard her too-pitched-too-squawky voice over the phone. She crossed her arms and frowned at her client.
“Are you buying the cases or the gun?”
How cute, her client was glaring at her. Garnet smirked and reached for the middle case, blowing out another puff of smoke as she undid the clasps and pulled the lid back. Inside the cushioned foam lied the first of her products.
“AK-47, classic, real Hollywood if you ask me. Modified with a detachable stock, a scope, a pointer, right there is a suppressor you can attach,” she pointed to it, moulded in the foam next to the modified gun’s barrel. “Oh, and the serial number’s sanded off. We have 64 in the truck at the moment.” Garnet moved to the next one and unhooked the lid. “Basic 9mm, serial numbers gone, high capacity magazine, a detachable sight, suppressor.” To the next one. ‘Click’ as she undid the case. “Sawn-off shotgun. Shockwave model. Same deal with the serial number, sights, has a stock too if you want to get fancy with it.”
Her client did not look like she wanted to get fancy. Yes, even in spite of the fancy black suit, trousers and shoes.
“This one is a snub-nose .357. Modified grip and a sight, suppressor, no serial number. You getting the pattern here?” Garnet said. She grinned and blew out another puff, and a bit of ash fell from the end of the cigarette to fall onto the table. “Illegal modifications, untraceable, everything you asked for,” she unhooked the rest of the of the cases. Her eagle and her remington sat in them. She pointed at them in order from the snub-nose to the remington.
“45, 23, 64, 37, 78. We can talk about fulfilling the rest of your order once we get this settled.”
“Have they been tested?” Her client finally spoke up, clasping her hands behind her. Garnet hummed, brushing a hand over her chin.
“I wonder if I tested the guns that I personally use and sell.”
Her client scowled.
“We agreed on forty grand for the first order, did you bring it?”
“Where?” Garnet sat back in her chair. It groaned with the weight.
“Your guards seized it.”
Garnet hummed again. Cupped a hand over her lips, “bring it in!”
Not a second the later the door opened and one of her men walked in with a duffle bag in his meaty hand.
“Counted. All there.”
“Put it on the table,” she ordered him, and he obeyed. Garnet sat further back, tipping her chair backwards, balancing herself with her foot.
“I’m happy you understand our methods, most aren’t too trusting when it comes to us wanting to check the bags first. Usually because there is something in them,” she gestured to the gun tucked into the holster wrapped around her waist. “That’s when this comes in handy.” Garnet shot a smile at the guard. “Leave us please.” He left. She tipped herself back and forth in the chair., using her toes to rock her. “Do we have a deal, or do you need to pull out a magnifying glass and inspect it some more?”
“We have a deal,” her head snapped up, those dull blue eyes completely focused on her. The prissy bitch crossed her arms behind her back again. “Do we take the trucks?”
“We have movers that will follow you to unload. Complete discretion on your location guaranteed. If you don’t trust it, then shoot them when they’re done and we’ll find some more people who want to put food on the table,” Garnet allowed the chair to drop with a thud. “When do you want the rest of your order?”
“Soon as possible.”
“Will you have the money?” Garnet asked. Her client scowled, probably the only facial expression she knew how to make.
“Good. We’re done here then.” Garnet stood up with a hand out. Her client looked at it as if it were diseased. Then slowly she raised a dainty hand and placed it in hers. And Garnet took the opportunity to grab tight, tight enough that she could feel her fingers folding and her client started to wince. Her lips curled up in an unfriendly grin.
“Influential crime boss or not, no one crosses me. Keep things friendly and professional and we’ll get along just fine. Understood?”
Lips pulled back in a snarl, the prissy bitch nodded her head and yanked her hand out of her grip, letting her hand drop to her side, perhaps to hide the red marks blooming on the pasty white skin. Grin still plastered on her face, Garnet sat back down and crossed her arms.
“Understood.” She snapped. She mirrored Garnet’s action and looked at the cases. “I’ll wipe that shitty emblem off.”
“Hey, that’s a quality seal of approval you’re looking at there.” She said.
“We’ll see about quality soon enough.” Her client muttered, then she turned and she tried to be off but the door didn’t open for her. It wouldn’t open without the secret password (‘Hey, open the fucking door!) Garnet’s grin stretched wider as her client/prissy bitch turned back and looked at her with a dull (the ‘I’m-trying-to-be-aloof-to-look-cool-and-scary’ look, she liked to call it) look. A hand strayed to chest, near her coat pocket of her black suit.
“I like having names for my files. You feeling more codename or I’m-not-scared-of-nutin’ real name?”
“White Crane.” Prissy bitch spat, moving her hand away from her chest.
“Oooh, a colour and an animal. How original. You choose a bird because of that beak of yours?”
“Open the fucking door.” Almost, she missed the ‘hey!’ Garnet called out the corrected version of the password and the door opened up, allowing White Crane to leave. Her shoulders dropped then and Garnet breathed out smoke, fingers twitching against her tense biceps. The low humming of the light fixture and smell of smoke filled in the absence of White Crane’s presence in the room. Garnet’s vision start to tunnel as she stared off into space, head racing with a million thoughts all at once.
Not a minute after, the door swung open again and her ‘advisor’-long time friend Jasper who had good advice more often than not and grounded her in her ideas- came in with a trudge in her step, the cane she had doing her no good. She tucked it under her arm and used the door to lean on instead, her masculine face strained with discomfort and exertion.
“Successful, I’m assuming?” She was eyeing the bag on the table with greedy amber eyes.
“Yeah. Start writing tabs on her, and I want to know what she uses these for and whether or not she talks to any competitors.” Garnet said, her tone far more serious than what it was before with White Crane.
“She’s the head of a criminal organization, what could you possibly want to know about her?” Jasper asked.
“Everything you can dig up.” Her grin and smile wasn’t on her face anymore either, instead a frown that pulled her normally full lips into a thin line. “All the essentials and any fun facts.”
“There won’t be a lot to find, if you’re in her type of position you’ve obviously learnt how to hide your tracks.”
“Find it.” And her word was final on that. Garnet stood up and unzipped the black duffle bag, pulling the flaps open. The money was in bundles. She flipped through a stack of them to get an accurate count and compared one to another to make sure they were the same size. After that, she grabbed out ten and handed them over to Jasper. “Rest comes after we fill in the order.”
Jasper didn’t respond, too busy marveling over what she already had so much of. Garnet zipped her bag back up and tried taking a drag of her cigarette, but it long since burned out. She opened her mouth and let it drop to the table, then popped another one from the pack in her pocket and placed it between her lips, striking a match to light it. She took a long drag, feeling the burn in her throat and lungs, and let it release through her nose, clouding the already-dusty air with grey smoke. She puffed it several times. “Get our treasurer up here to get the bag.”
Jasper nodded. Placed the cane back on the ground and hobbled away, wincing and letting out small grunts with every step. Garnet watched her silently until she was gone. Then she took the cigarette between her index and middle finger and flicked the ash off onto the table. A piece of it fell on one of the black curls of her hair, starting to smoke it, but a puff of clean air from Garnet’s lips put out the flame before it could think to become a problem. She shut each case with a firm ‘snap’ and locked it, flicked the ash off her cigarette and took a drag that burnt it down to the end.
White Crane likes to know who she's dealing with.
The screech of tyre against asphalt did nothing to mask the wail of the sirens tailing after the truck. A sharp turn jerked Lapis to the side, and poor, small, 41kg Aquamarine flew off her feet and slammed into the wall of the truck, a duffle bag hitting only a few spots away from her head. Gasping and in utter shock, she fell to her hands and knees, bobbed hair falling about her face and her suit’s tie scraping the metal floor.
“Fucking hell! Give me a damn concussion, why don’t you?!”
Their escape driver, Marty, was a damn lunatic of the highest degree. While he drove well and knew how to escape a few stubborn cops, he had almost no care for whatever payload he was taking along with him. As a result, most casualties came from being inside the truck rather than the standoffs with the police; exhibit A being Aquamarine’s now bruised back.
Lapis stayed quiet, as she always did, toying with the papers in her hand and glancing back every now and then to the twin doors that led to the outside. The sirens were still close, but there weren’t as many. She hoped they would escape soon, the inside of the truck was sweltering and the back of her dress shirt was stuck to her skin with sweat. Several duffle bags shuffled to the back of the truck as it braked, a few of which spilling its contents of cash, to which Aquamarine bent down and started to pack it back in, muttering to herself incoherently. Lapis ignored that though, thumbing through the stack she had in her gloved hands; Manila folders and papers and coded documents, a flash drive or two, and a few discs. Her shaggy, shittily dyed blue hair covered over her eyes-each of her attempts to clear her vision had been thwarted by another sharp turn of Marty’s- keeping her from seeing all the words, but still she got the gist of what was written within the first few documents. Another turn made her sway, and vaulted Aquamarine away from the bags and onto her back.
“Shut up,” she finally spoke. Aquamarine listened well and did so. Good. She was losing concentration.
It took several more sharp turns and sudden brakes, but the sirens faded off, and when they did Marty pulled over and Lapis and Aquamarine got out of the truck to screw on a new license plate and place a few advertisement stickers for a cleaning service on the sides. To really sell it, they posted a phone number to a real service on the back (because friends help rep friends businesses, criminals or not.) Afterwards, it was a matter of getting back in and driving back to base, which took another hour.
By the time they were out. Lapis’s dress shirt was plastered to her torso, as well as her hair to her face. Aquamarine was worse off, leaving small droplets on the ground as she walked off with two bags in hand. Lapis didn’t follow through, turning to face Marty, who had climbed out through the passenger seat. They were in an empty parking garage, all entrances and exits closed off by metal shutters. Several large concrete columns lined the way to the broken lifts and hell’s staircase (appropriately named because if you wanted to get anywhere in base, you have to take them and each floor is separated by four flights. The lifts haven’t been fixed because each time a repairman came someone decided to get their v-card borrowed for the hour. This happened 12 times.) and the pavement that made up the floor hadn’t been redone in years, tyre markings and foot prints almost on every inch of the surface. Above Lapis’s head was a sign labelled in bold font “DROP-OFF”.
Marty kicked the door shut and leaned back, scowling at her as he ran a hand through his thinning blond hair. The look was bad on him, because it brought out already-exaggerated wrinkles even more and made his curved nose hook enough to allow Lapis to see that he never bothered to trim. She didn’t give a reaction to it, though; she’s seen grosser.
“Thanks for the lift, Marty.”
Marty grunted and reached into his jacket’s pocket, pulling out a cigar and lighting it. To show his appreciation, he took one long drag and blew it in her face. Lapis only blinked, eyes turning half-lidded, then she hooked him then and there, sending him sprawling to the floor and clutching his jaw like it would fixed the crack she put in it.
Little did Marty know, Lapis’s half lidded eyes was the famous “I’m going to lay you out now” look.
“Our total amount was probably in the hundred thousand range, maybe a little less,” Aquamarine explained to White Crane. She barely looked like she was listening, rotating a snub-nose in her hand, back and forth as she checked every groove and every opening- save the barrel, she wasn’t an idiot.
“Did the equipment hold up?” She asked, not caring at all about the money. She set the revolver down on her wooden desk and sat up straight in her leather office chair, looking at Aquamarine.
“Quite well, actually. Not a malfunction or a single jam.”
“And the documents?”
“Lapis has them.”
“Good,” White Crane picked up the gun again and stared it down some more. “Sort out your cuts with your team. Tell Lapis to bring in the forms when she can,” her dismissal was an undertone. Aquamarine walked off, understanding it after years of working with her. When the door to her office room shut, White Crane leaned back and let out a long sigh, rubbing her temples to ward off the forming headache. Her computer beckoned for her to get back to work, but the lights dancing against the wall parallel to window called for her distraction. She did get distracted for a bit, staring off into space, but soon enough she broke out of her trance and decided to get to work. Pulled up on her layered proxy browser were several tabs, one for ‘email’, one for a contact, and another on the arms dealer she had seen only a few nights ago. Her tracks were hidden well, but White Crane had far too much experience to let that stop her, and after an hour of diligent work, she eventually found a site on youth records with states and names redacted for privacy, but her picture was far too recognizable. A large black afro full of tight curls, the angular structure of her face, the rounded, mousy nose, full lips, deep umber skin, and the hint of a tattoo on her neck all matched who she saw the other day, save for the youth in her features and the mismatched blue and brown eyes and arched eyebrows that were covered by a large visor during their meeting. Listed under her picture were the court cases issued, the officers who responded to the calls, her age, and underneath all of that was a very, very long list.
Assault and Battery
Grand Theft Auto
Assault and Battery
Assault and Battery
Assault and Battery
Aggravated Assault and Battery
Assault and Battery
Minor in Possession
Assault and Battery
From what White Crane could gather, the arms dealer liked to fight a lot. She might be wrong though. In reality, what interested her most was that her age was listed as 17, which means either she fell off crime completely after her last charge of assault (obviously not), or she finally learned how to cover her tracks. Either way, White Crane continued to dig, keeping the youth records in a folder and trying every keyword she could. If she could get a location or a name, then everything else would be a piece of cake. She worked for six hours before Lapis came in to drop off the documents, and that diverted her attention to reading the banking statements, the list of transactions, client records, employee records, vault and safe codes, security detail and the bank’s architectural design. White Crane highlighted the points of interest; names of certain clients and the security. The whole real reason she ordered the robbery; the money was just a cover-up. When she finished reading over the papers, she filed them away in her desk and stood up from her chair, cracking her lower back and pulling her phone from her pocket. Remembering numbers was one of her fortes, so it didn’t take more than a second to dial one in.
A familiar accented voice, “Hello?”
“I’ll be there tomorrow.”
The line clicked.
The line clicked and Garnet snapped her flip phone shut and pulled out a cigarette, lighting it and puffing it several times. Her feet were up on her coffee table, each time she shifted it shifted with her, two of the legs loosened from when she fucked her last fling on it some nights ago. Her living room was quaint, with the oval shaped coffee table and the small, two-seater beige cloth couch she was seated on behind it. Only two feet away from the table was a wooden stand and a box tv turned to the news, but muted. A red rug underneath it all covered the hardwood floors. Quaint, but never described as attractive, and Garnet has made an interior designer cry with her choices in decoration before. It was smokey in the room, thanks to the cigarette she had between her lips and the many more she had before in this exact same spot. Ash dropped and fluttered down on the couch, which she brushed away, leaving a black streak across the fabric. Garnet opened her flip phone again and speed dialed. It rang once.
“Get the location ready again and move the trucks there.”
“Thank you.” She hung up and threw the phone to the other side of the couch, resting her elbow on the arm and her cheek on her palm, puffing out another cloud of smoke. She set her feet down and tapped her heels against the floor, face twisting into a frown, accentuating wrinkles she liked to pretend she didn’t have. Let this be their last meeting, and maybe she could relax; dealing with the mob always made her jumpy. She flicked the ash off her cigarette and blew out several rings, and when that cigarette burnt out she went ahead and lit another.
White Crane and Garnet arrange a deal.
Title changed because I was sober enough to come up with a better one.
The second meeting was set up the same way. One closet-sized room, one metal table, one chair, one lighting fixture, and a haze of smoke floating around the ceiling. The door’s lock clicked after White Crane stepped in, looking sharp in a white suit and black tie, like she was going to a wedding rather than completing a deal with an arms dealer. Her arms were behind her back, her shoulders and head poised, dull blue eyes looking down at the arms dealer like she were beneath her. At the moment, she was, sitting in the chair cut her height in half, but when the arms dealer stood to shake her hand that changed in mere seconds.
“Pleased to make your acquaintance, White-“ the arms dealer couldn’t help a snort, “White Crane”
White Crane stared at her hand, making no move to grasp it. She rolled her shoulders back and let out a sigh as she leveled the arms dealer with a strict gaze.
“Are your trucks ready?”
“Yes. I must say that I’m flattered you trusted me enough to send my drivers back in one piece.”
“There was no need to kill them. We brought them to a checkpoint,” White Crane shared that information with no concern of what the arms dealer could garner out of it.
“Smart woman, just how I like them.”
“You like them unwilling too, correct?” Her mind was on the sexual assault charge, labeled clear on her youth record. She saw the way the arms dealer faltered, lips twitching, lit cigarette drooping almost close enough to burn her chin.
“What do you know?”
The arms dealer wasn’t lacking in her own smarts either.
“Everything you partook in at the age of 17 and younger.”
“Ah, so nothing at all?”
White Crane frowned.
The arms dealer grinned and took the cigarette from her mouth, blowing out a large cloud of smoke and throwing the cigarette to the side, still having half a stick left to it. “Good try.” She mocked her. “Where’s my money?”
“Your guards. Again.”
With a smirk she cupped her mouth and called, and not a moment later the door was opened, the bag was dropped and the guard made his way out. The arms dealer unzipped it and gave it a quick check even though the guard confirmed the amount; White Crane had a feeling it was meant to be patronizing.
The arms dealer leaned back up and tried to take a drag of her cigarette, only to be reminded that she discarded it in a show of power earlier.
“Don’t try me.”
She watched as she became serious, and White Crane started to smirk.
“Do I make you nervous?”
There was a pause.
The smoking, the inability to keep herself still, how tense her shoulders were. White Crane watched in amusement as the arms dealer’s expression flickered as she tried to come up with a retort, only to fall predictably short.
“I scare you, don’t I?”
“Shit doesn’t scare me.”
“Really now?” White Crane’s voice dropped lower. “Stop reaching for your gun then.”
Her hand was straying to that little safety blanket of hers, and when called out it stopped its path and instead returned to her side. The arms dealer lips were tight, shaded eyes focused on White Crane’s. She could see the flex of her muscles as they tensed and untensed.
“You want your guns or not?”
“I want a name and a contract first.”
The arms dealer stared blank.
“Contract.” She stated rather than asked.
“I need a steadier supply than putting orders in every month. You deal in arms, and I need them. I want your word that you can provide for a set amount of time until I can get a better hold in that area of business.”
“You just admitted to wanting to become my competition.”
“Against me there won’t be a competition. At least try to make and save up money before everyone starts buying from us instead.” White Crane rolled her shoulders back and held her head up high, smirk drawing further along her face at the glower on the arms dealer’s face.
“What did I say about fucking with me?”
“I’m being friendly, aren’t I not? And wanting to set up a contract is as professional as you can get.”
The arms dealer’s lips were starting to draw away, baring teeth yellowed from years of smoking. Then she became neutral again. She stood up straight and pulled off her glasses to clean them on the fabric of her shirt.
“Take your money and fuck off somewhere else.”
“What, no negotiation? How un-,”
The table almost flipped over with how quickly the arms dealer vaulted over it. A glock with its serial sanded off brandished itself underneath her chin. The arms dealer’s forearm, twice as large as her own, pressed up against her throat, adding pressure that made it hard to breath. White Crane’s back ached from its hard slam against the wall behind her. The constant assault and battery charges made even more sense now: the arms dealer had a temper.
“You dumb cunt,” she seethed out “do you need me to repeat myself? Don’t fuck with me.” That manhandling forearm pressed tighter against White Crane’s throat, stealing away the breath she tried to draw in. White Crane’s hand strayed to her own gun, the very snub-nosed revolver she was sold weeks ago. The arms dealer loomed over her, teeth bared, darkness in her look even with the shades covering her eyes. White Crane almost wanted to scoff. She pulled her piece out and jammed the barrel onto the arms dealer chest.
“I’ll ask you kindly to get off me. Don’t make me repeat myself.”
The arms dealer didn’t back off. White Crane couldn’t help the surprise that reigned through her. Still, she was planning on keeping with her threat, so she clicked the hammer of the revolver back and almost pulled the trigger when the arms dealer backed off her, stuffing her gun back into its holster. Then, to her ultimate shock, she held out that same hand in offering.
“Garnet.” Was all she said. White Crane looked at that hand, scrunched her nose. She took it and the grip tightened, but it was nothing like the near crush she did the first time. “We’re going to negotiate on my terms only.”
An hour past midnight and they had a deal that neither were too happy about. Rates of 12% that doubled with each year the contract was in effect, and weekly shipments that would force twice the workload and twice the smuggling and straw purchases in order to fulfill the orders. Garnet took a seat afterwards and lit a cigarette, not even savoring it, smoking it right to the butt in an impressive show of her lung capacity before she released the smoke as she talked.
“Then we have a deal.”
“It appears so. We’ll be working closely with each other for now on, Garnet.”
“I’m fucking soaked just thinking about being in a room with you again.” Garnet sneered, smoke billowing out the sides of her mouth, fading into wisps as the last of it escaped. White Crane’s eyes burned from the sheer amount in the room. She raised her hands up and started to fix her cufflinks.
“Good to know. We’re done here.”
Garnet sneered again, twisted her head to look behind Pearl.
“Hey, open the fucking door.”
The door opened. White Crane gave a bow of her head and she turned and left. The guards flanked her sides down the hallway and staircases until they came into the large loading dock. There the trucks waited, their drivers sitting around either smoking, playing on their phones, or taking a nap against the wall. White Crane rolled her eyes at the sight, then she spoke in a snap of her voice that made all in the bay come to attention, whether they knew who she was or not.
Garnet fished out the stacks, lining them up on the table while Jasper continued to talk.
“Mexico will be no problem, but trying to smuggle more out of anywhere else will be a challenge.”
Garnet curled her lip, setting a stack down with a ‘thump.’
“What about Iraq? Is that mercenary group still down there?”
‘They are, but our last dealing put heat on them, they won’t be able to get anything for us without anyone suspecting.”
The curse was punctuated with the sound of the bag zipping up. She rubbed at her nose and looked up at Jasper, who’s expression was shielded from anything other than thoughtfulness. She was leaning on her cane, injured leg jutting out away from her side. Her shaggy blonde hair was in a ponytail high up on her head, exposing the scarring on her cheeks it usually hid.
“What about our operations in Brazil? Honduras?”
“They’ve been lying low for a while, we might be able to get things set up again.”
“Do it then.”
“Aye, aye, captain.” Jasper gave a mock salute, then she stared at the stacks that Garnet had laid out on the table. “That all for me?”
“Depends on whether or not we need to grant an advance to those operations.” Still, she pushed the money out in offering and Jasper wasted no time situating herself on the cane again and hobbling over to check it out.
“Good thing White Crow pays well.”
“Crane. And yes she does; managed to get her to agree 12%”
“Nice.” Jasper was running her thumb through a stack. “Personally, I would have gone for 15%”
“You deal with her next time then.” Garnet almost snapped. She clutched for her pack and flicked it open, only to find it empty. Her sigh shook as she dropped it to the table and instead starting tapping her foot to the ground in a tune only she knew.
“Go and get the treasurer up here, after that send everyone home. I want to get to bed.”
“Gotcha,” Jasper left the stack she was playing with on the table and took several long, labored moments to turn around on her cane, letting out a soft groan as she started her slow walk to the door. Garnet watched her, face neutral. When she was gone from view, she pressed two pointer fingers to her chest, adding gentle pressure where the barrel had been pressed against her. The phantom feeling of it still lingered. Garnet couldn’t remember the last time she had a gun pointed at her. She rubbed at the spot with a frown and leaned up, popping her spine several times as she stepped around the table and left for the door. Down the hallway of offices she walked; she could hear the laughing and jeering of some of her employees in several of the rooms. When she arrived downstairs to the loading dock, all the trucks were gone. Near the east wall of the building sat a sleek black car, which Garnet beelined towards, fishing her keys from her pocket and unlocking it with a quiet chirp .
Garnet gets a unfortunate phone call from her new 'partner'
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Clacking keys and the glow of a blue monitor. Garnet sat hunched forward in her office seat, continuing to type away on the contact she had pulled up on her proxy browser. It was nearing 3:00, and her eyes were starting to droop with sleep, but she was so close to being done that she didn’t want to stop until she was. Her left foot tapped a tune that mimicked the theme song of a tv show she watched not too long ago, thumping loud against the vinyl flooring. Her office was smaller than her living room, cramped, even with a white wood desk, a computer tower, and a black netted office chair being the only things that occupied the room. Garnet, the giant 6’5 human that she was, hated being in the room, because it felt as though the walls were trapping her in after a while.
She hit send on her contact and powered off the computer, leaned back in her chair to rub at her burning eyes. Her shades were off in her bedroom, for once allowing her brown and blue eyes to be bared, and the long scar that carved straight through her left eyebrow and ran up to the center of her forehead. Two pointer fingers rubbed at it, and the sting of a phantom pain shot through her forehead, making Garnet wince, dropping her hand. The creaking of the chair’s wheels as she pushed back from the desk. Garnet made for her bedroom.
On the foot of the bed sat a dark lump. Garnet walked towards it and ran her hand along it, raising the fur up, rousing the dog from its sleep. It stretched its paws out and yawned, licked her palm right afterwards in greeting.
“What did I say about going to sleep without me?”
The dog offered no apologies, only stretching further out along the bed and shutting his eyes. Endearing as all hell (Something he did since Garnet first found him, over four years ago, that to this day still served to melt her heart.) She undressed herself to her pants and laid in the bed, covering herself with the comforter and shutting her tired eyes. Words and numbers floated around in her vision and in her ears, still reminiscent of the conversation she just had, but soon it bled away into fragments of a dream as she began to fall asleep.
Her phone ringing and a stream of sunshine cutting through the window straight across her eyes woke her up. Garnet sat up, looked for her phone, found it sitting atop its charger plugged into the outlet. When she looked at the contact it was unknown, and that made her frown as she swiped the call and lifted the speaker to her ear.
“That’s no way to greet someone.”
Snooty high-pitched voice. White Crane.
“The fuck do you want?”
“For you to be a little less rude, for one. And also a few questions answered.”
“Use google like everyone else,” she tired of the conversation quickly, and thought about hanging up then and there, when White Crane said something that chilled her blood.
“Google doesn’t have information on you, as you are aware. That’s why I called the direct source to ask whether or not you knew that your doctor doesn’t keep his records well hidden.”
Garnet clutched the phone hard enough to turn her knuckles white. The dog at the foot of her bed must have sensed her distress, because he rose up and rumbled towards her, licking at the arm outside of the covers.
“Garnet Morrison, blood type O positive, born 7 th of December, 1980, prescriptions for anti-anxiety medication, 6’5, weighs 96.6 kg-,”
“What are you angling for?” Garnet’s jaw clicked with every word with how hard she was clenching it. Her arm shook with the effort it took to not dash the phone against the wall.
“Angling for? Nothing, nothing at all. I just wanted you to know that your doctor doesn’t keep his records well under wraps. A clear violation of HIPAA; I would report him if I were you.”
Garnet started to pet her dog, using it as a way to calm herself from the anger coursing through her. The dog, unaware of the true turmoil, pushed his head up into the hand, starting to pant and wag his tail.
“You have no idea-“
“I’m very aware of what I’m doing, Garnet. If you want to talk about it, then give me a call tomorrow. I’m a very busy woman.”
The sound of the call ending. A surge of anger left her phone sailing through the air after she threw it, startling the dog away from her. Like it was a game of fetch, he bolted towards it as it hit the floor with a loud crack. Garnet pressed her palms to her face and let out a growl that was almost inhumane.
White Crane hung up the phone with a satisfied smirk on her face, leaning back in her chair, the casualness behind the action fitting with her choice of attire that day, a blue dress shirt with sleeves that came down to her elbows and a pair of black slacks. She set the flip phone on her desk and rolled her neck, popping it twice. She kept her head lolled to the side, reading the information pulled up on her laptop, everything about the arms dealer. Almost everything. There were still a few missing pieces that she needed to find.
“A criminal with an anxiety disorder, not something you read every day,” White Crane muttered to herself, popping her fingers with her palms. Garnet has proven to be quite the interesting person day by day, and trying to find more of her was a puzzle that she was eager to complete. A smirk drew across her lips as she pulled up her contact and typed out a message.
Within twenty minutes the person she asked for came in, white coat and brown khakis and greying black hair that complemented her brown skin well. She was looking at her watch, not at White Crane, and from experience she knew that it was about to be an earful she would receive.
“I need to be at work in se-”
“Focus on paying off your debt to me, then you can go to work, doctor,” White Crane leaned back in her chair and watched as the doctor struggled with her next words. After a solid 3 seconds, she continued for her.
“I have a new patient for you, she’ll be unwilling at first, but she’ll come to like you.”
“A patient,” the doctor deadpanned. White Crane nodded.
“She won’t be too bad, nothing like the last few and certainly no one as annoying as Marty. She’s just a little bit more wired than the average human and that requires medication. I’ll have her signed up to your plan within the week.”
“And this couldn’t be-”
White Crane rolled her eyes at the same time her wrist rolled upwards, flashing the snub-nose she had tucked in her slacks. The doctor didn’t flinch, as she learned not to after years of being threatened with the gun, but she did know, and with that she bowed her head, uttered a “I understand, ma’am,” and then left the office with only the noise of her footsteps tailing her. White Crane smirked again and set the gun on her desk, loving the power she had over poor Dr. Maheswaran. Her fault for deciding to take that bit of help so many years ago. White Crane’s debts were never forgotten, only forgiven once they were paid off (And Doctor Maheswaran was a long, long way from paying off what she owed.)
She toyed with the revolver, rolling it over in her palms and examining every marking, every imperfection, the sanded marks of the serial number that had been done away with. A very nice quality gun, otherwise, and White Crane’s ever-growing curiosity on finding out exactly where the guns were imported from increased.
The ringing of her flip phone drew her attention, and she looked at the phone with amusement, already seeing the contact number on its small screen. A smirk drew across her face. She let it ring, ring, ring, until finally the call dropped and her office was enveloped in silence for less than second before it began to ring again.
“Simple instructions. Call tomorrow,” White Crane muttered to herself.
She leaned back in her chair and put her feet up.
“Damn that cunt,” Garnet growled out between her teeth. The dog was laying in her lap now, panting, enjoying the feeling of his ear being scratched by her unconcious hand. Garnet dialed the number again, let it ring and ring until it went to an automated message, and she growled and resisted the urge to throw the already-cracked phone again. Instead, with a shaking hand, she placed it on the mattress and busied both of her hands on the dogs head, earning even more panting and a wet tongue brushing over her palm.
“A little advice, Mac, never make a deal with a mob boss.”
Mac stared up at her with big brown eyes. He licked his muzzle and then began panting again, blowing hot air across her face. Garnet smiled and scratched him some more. “Good boy. Sorry for getting mad earlier.”
He laid his head in her lap. With a more relaxed sigh Garnet reached for her phone again and selected a different contact from her list. To her relief, it only had to ring once before the receiver picked up.
“I got a stalker,” Garnet said to Jasper. She heard a chuckle, the sound of sipping.
“Good for you.”
The chuckling stopped. Garnet continued, “She found my medical file and got an unnerving amount of information on me.”
“No, thankfully. Though I assume it won’t be long before she pulls that one out of somewhere.”
She could hear shuffling, a grunt, the sound of a cane thumping against the floor. Probably Jasper moving to do her standard ‘look out the window while contemplating something’ act she had a habit of.
“Well, unfortunately, I’m going have have to spoil you with some more bad news. The guy we had down in Brazil settled down. Kid’s cute, but obviously that means we need to find a new smuggler because he doesn’t want to put them in danger.”
Garnet processed the information. Refused the urge to swear and throw her phone again. Remember Mac, still lying there happy to see her happy. She breathed out and starting rubbing his ear again, earning the thump of his tail hitting the bed.
“Damn it. Have you-?”
“Already on it. I’m using the money we set aside for advance for the search and as an incentive. It can take a few weeks though.” Jasper coughed away from the phone and leaned back into it “On the brightside, guy didn’t ask for a parental leave.”
(There was a time, some years ago, when an operative in New Jersey did exactly that, asking for 20,000 thousand dollars. Twins by his word, no woman to be seen because she dumped them and left. Garnet happened to be in town at that time and paid him a visit to give the money herself, sympathetic of his unfortunate situation. First red flag was his apparent nervousness once he saw her at the door, second one was no twins or baby stuff in sight. Third was a competitor at his back porch smoking a cigar, waiting quite irritably for his business partner to come back to the conversation.
Needless to say, the industry was down a smuggler and a dealer after a few short minutes.)
“Heh, yeah, least there’s that. Put aside 10 from my account anyway and wire it to him. A little gift from me.”
“Okay. Back to White Crane though, what’s the plan?”
“Plan,” Garnet repeated, and she leaned back against the headrest of her bed. She wanted a cigarette. “None, She’ll be willing to talk tomorrow and I’ll see what I can gather from that.”
“What, no swearing to kill her and her family?”
“No, that’s there. Just first I want to see how many pockets of information she found so I know what to get rid of.”
Jasper laughed and Garnet smiled. After a few more short words, they bid each other goodbye and the line went dead. With that, the creeping reality of her situation came back to her, and Garnet started to pet Mac a little harder, tangling her fingers into his fur and taking slow, measured breaths.
Tomorrow. She’ll have her answers tomorrow. Until then, she can just fantasise about killing White Crane.
Garnet goes to meet White crane.
“For the last time,
get the fuck down!
Lapis crashed the butt of her shotgun against the hostage’s head, crumbling him to the floor. He clutched at his wounds and moaned, and a well aimed kick at his stomach took his breath away. It was all it took for her not to shoot him then and there. Lapis distracted herself by glancing to her partner instead.
“How’s it coming?”
Peridot sat kneeled on the asphalt, still fixing the charge against the doors of the truck. Behind her, an armed man lied dead, his blood still splattered on the side of her mask. The only thing Lapis could see of her was her bright green eyes and hints of her pale skin through the eyeslots. Her hands worked at the wiring and the buttons with ease, muscle memory from what she had done hundreds of times before. Lapis turned her attention back down to the hostage.
“You really picked a bad time and place, man.”
“Fuggoff,” he groaned out, then shouted when she stamped her boot back onto his stomach. Her eyes trailed side to side, watching for any incoming cars or pedestrians. So far, they’ve been lucky, but she knew that their luck could run out in a matter of moments. It’s happened before (5 times in fact. 3 of those times in succession) In an alleyway too wide for its own good, Marty sat parked, either smoking a cigar or flipping through the latest edition of whatever porn magazine he liked to spank to. That was a small comfort, but still her mind was racing with the idea of being caught, and she found herself having to resist shouting at Peridot to hurry up.
“There,” Peridot stepped from the ground and brushed off her trousers, picked up her gun. “Let’s go.”
Lapis nodded, delivering one last kick to the hostage and swooping down to take his cellphone before running off with Peridot. Not one for petty crimes, she ‘dropped’ (slammed) the phone down onto the pavement, smirking at the sound of the crack that indicated that the hostage would have trouble reporting the crime he witnessed. The alleyway was dank despite the hot and dry summer they’ve been having, and it stunk of garbage and rotten cardboard from the rubbish bins lining up the wall. Lapis had to jump over a fallen bin to avoid it, landed in papers that squished and stuck to her boots. Peridot was smaller and thus faster than her, reaching the repainted-black van before Lapis did, vaulting straight into the passenger seat.
“Fuck me!” Lapis panted out, huffing as she changed her course for the back seat instead. She opened the door up and got in, sighing as she sat down on the cloth seats, too relieved to not be standing or running that she didn’t even care about the amount of DNA Marty probably spilled back here on a daily basis. Peridot was fiddling with the device that controlled the charge, corner of her lips quirked, mask off and resting on her lap.
“Think that guy got away yet?” She asked
Lapis offered a shrug, “He better fucking hope he did.”
Peridot grinned, and with an exclamation of ‘Boom!’ she set the device off. They were far enough that the ‘boom’ was more of a ‘poh’ than anything. But still Peridot was watching the small orange light in the distance with rapt attention. Scowling, Marty switched the van into gear and peeled out of the alley way, back down to the street where they ran from. Flaming pieces of metal lay scattered around the street, and a quick glance at a limp form on the other side of standing flat told them that the guy didn’t get away. Not her problem. She was more focused on the armoured truck, almost intact save for destroyed doors on the boot, several metal pallets inside, stacks of money inside them. Marty flung the car around and quickly reversed so the back of their van was almost touching the truck. Peridot sprang out immediately, but Lapis hung back to say:
“Listen to the radio, let us know if they call a squad”
Marty grunted, for once not having anything sarcastic to say as he reclined in chair and switched the radio to a police channel. Lapis hopped out of the car, boots hitting the asphalt, racing to the truck. She hopped on and the back sagged down with her weight. Peridot was already yanking a pallet away from the others, dislodged it and wheeled it down to the van's doors. It opened for her, a mechanism that had been installed a while ago activated by Marty on the inside. Lapis felt grateful for that; taking time to open that thing wasted precious seconds.
They managed to get 4 in there before the explosive had been called in, and Peridot and Lapis escaped into the car and Marty slammed on the pedal, speeding off, the van slower with the payload, but still fast enough to get away from the scene. It wasn’t until they were on main street that a squadron of cop cars flew past them, masking the night’s sky and dark buildings with the red and blue light of their sirens. A collective breath was held as the cars passed by, then released as they continued onto their route, not paying any mind to the black van with a ‘Kiki’s Delivery Service’ sticker slapped onto the side. Lapis sagged in her seat, reaching to pull her mask off, wiped sweat from her brow.
“That was close.”
“But we got it!”
Peridot twisted in her seat to grin at her, showing off slightly crooked teeth, a nose that upturned to the sky, platinum blonde hair that almost framed her face in a shape of a triangle, freckles that spattered her cheeks like whatever being in the sky took a paint brush wet with tan and flicked it at her (“Let’s get a little bit of this going on- oh fuck, too much. Way too much.”) Between her height and her face, the only thing that had Lapis believing that she wasn’t a child was the fact that she had seen her ID before, her date of birth listed at 1987.
“Didn’t notice,” Lapis deadpanned, and Peridot’s expression soured, her lips puckering into a pout as she twisted to face forward again. Marty kept both hands on the wheel, eyes straight ahead, oddly devoid of any scathing comments towards them or the situation they were just in. Lapis almost felt inclined to ask what was wrong, but then she remembered that she didn’t care. Street lamps and road signs passed them in quick succession, only the occasional car crossing their path as well. Soon enough, they came to a large parking garage, and Marty pulled the van into there.
Parked beneath the ‘Drop Off’ sign, Peridot and Lapis left the air-conditioned van and out into the hot garage, already beginning to sweat as they opened the van doors and started pulling the pallets out. Marty got out with them, didn’t offer to help as he walked to a pillar to lean on it and pull out a cigar.
Lapis eyed him from the corner of her eye, a frown on her lips, tugging the last pallet out and narrowly missing her foot with the wheel of it.
Garnet flicked her cigarette butt out the window and returned her hand to her phone as she texted Jasper an update, her knee steering the car back and forth. It was early as fuck, not a car in sight, and she left the house ten minutes early, but still she was almost late as every single damn stoplight in the entire city decided to turn red before she can get passed it. And though she was sitting there, driving with her knee, texting, and had a still-cold beer in the cupholder, Garnet didn’t want to mess with running a red light. 7 tickets was enough for even a hardened criminal to learn their lesson. The charges were cleared, and the judge who listened to her case was very dead, (How wrong of you to assume it was because of her. Shame.) but still fines and court was something Garnet wanted to leave in the past. She dropped her phone into her lap and took a swig of the beer, feeling the American piss-water slide down her throat in a way that alcohol should not slide down. A low growl escaped her as she slammed the beer back in the cupholder. She needed to import better shit.
Her destination was in clear view a few minutes later, and she pulled into the lot of the construction site. Pallets of wood, paint buckets and bags of cement scattered around, nails and drywall dust lying on the floor. The lot was reserved for a new restaurant that hadn’t been built in years. As of now the building was still only a beige square, with long windows covered in papers and tape. Garnet scowled at the sight, chugged her beer and threw it onto the ground as she stomped towards the doors of the site. At the first try, it didn’t unlock, but a kick fixed that in a matter of moments. She strode inside, hand always at her side, fingers teasing the grip of her gun.
Garnet turned, expression dark, lips pulled back in a snarl. White Crane sat on top of a pallet, dressed in black. A suit, a dress shirt, slacks, dress shoes, a tie. Like she going to a business meeting for some overly gothic-company. Trying far too hard even for them. The smell of a perfume wafted into Garnet’s nose, vanilla and carnation, so thick it was almost sickening. Still, Garnet held her expression true, did not falter even with the overly powerful smell.
“We work on my time. Not yours.”
“Really now?” White Crane appeared to have the talent of raising a single eyebrow. A smirk drew across her lips as she leaned back against the pallet and crossed her legs over one another. “Are we alone?”
“I’m no coward.”
“Same here,” White Crane agreed. She let out a yawn, covering her mouth with a dainty hand. “Let's get to it, go ahead and tell me what you want to say.”
“Why are you stalking me?” Garnet growled out.
“Stalking?” She pretended to look offended. “I’m only acquiring information, nothing more-”
“Save me the bullshit and tell me what you’re angling for. If you think I have anyone you can blackmail me with, then you are mistaken.”
That infuriating smirk drew up on her lips again and she leaned further back, crossing her arms over one another. White Crane offered no reply, letting silence overtake the conversation. Attempting to make it ask the questions for her. Garnet didn’t follow it, an adept in the same trick.
“I’m not angling for anything, Garnet. I’m just a woman who likes to do her research.”
“You’re a fucking snake.”
A gasp, and a hand to her chest. “Touchy!” She leaned forward, pressing a fist under her chin as her eyes turned half-lidded. “Can you fault me for being interested in you?”
“You aren’t my type,” Garnet spat. White Crane grinned.
“Right, you like them unwilling.”
Her eyes narrowed, expression turning darker by the moment, and she reached a hand up to her neck, rubbing it. White Crane turned her gaze to the hand, once again showing off her amazing talent of being able to lift a single eyebrow.
“What’s its meaning?” She asked.
“What?” Garnet dropped her hand from her neck.
Garnet clicked her tongue, turning her gaze away, “First off, I hope you know how fucking annoying it is for someone to ask about the meaning of a tattoo. Half my tattoos don’t mean shit.”
Pearl said nothing. This time Garnet fell for the tactic and answered the question hanging in the air.
“Tattoos look badass, I always wanted one. I went to prison for the second time my senior year and some forty-year old was offering to brand one in the needle and ink method. Asked her for one, she declined three times because she said I would regret it. Threatened her, she said she would only do it somewhere not noticeable. Told her to lick my cunt and do it on my neck. She did it, and now twenty years later I fucking hate the thing.”
White Crane gave it a closer look. Deciding to indulge her, Garnet moved some of her curls aside and inclined her neck, allowing her to see what had been branded on her skin permanently. Twirling, intricate patterns of smoke, a light grey shaded various shades of black, spelt the word ‘HOME from underneath her ear and across her jugular. White Crane pursed her lips.
“At least she was an artist. Very nice line work, even for a needle and ink method. I’ve employed people that had shittier designs.”
Garnet couldn’t help the small amount of surprise that surged through her, and she touched her fingers to her neck, feeling where the tattoo had scarred her skin. She wondered what White Crane was playing at. She dropped her hand, clenched her fist and hardened her expression.
“I’m glad that you didn’t let me see you yesterday, because I had every intention of killing you. I still do now, but instead I’ll try my luck on asking you stop stalking me. We are business partners, anything you need to know about me that doesn’t have to do with my business is information you don’t need to know. If I find out you dug up anything more, then I’ll put you in a hole 6 feet deep and two feet wide, and you’ll take that information with you.”
White Crane reeled back, hands flying to her chest, “Scary!”
And like that, Garnet’s flaring temper finally reached the boiling point, and in a second she had crossed the room, wrapped a hand around Pearl’s neck, and slammed her back to the pallet. Not one for repeating her mistakes, her other hand whisked into her suit, groping around her breast until she found the snub-nose and threw it away from them. Her hand finished the hold on her throat. All of this done in a matter of seconds.
For once, White Crane looked scared, the state clear in her eyes, but her face was a careful mask. Her mouth was open, taking in steady breaths even as Garnet bared herself on her, squeezing harder, intending to kill. Standing at 5’8, It would be impossible for White Crane to reach down and steal the gun from her waistband, and she made sure to keep her hips arched away to further lessen that chance. Her lips moved, her voice a wheeze, broken syllables escaping through with great effort. Even then, it still wasn’t understandable. Garnet didn’t care enough to decipher it. White Crane’s face was turning purple, eyes going bloodshot, her pulse thrumming wildly beneath Garnet’s palm. She pressed harder, harder.
Then she let go.
White Crane coughed, and Garnet grabbed her by her suit jacket and pulled her close to her face. White Crane was light, lighter than she expected. Garnet had her almost completely off the ground, only her toes touching it.
“If I didn’t make myself clear before-” She waited for her to stop coughing. “Then I hope I made myself clear now. You can act smug, and throw your little sarcastic quips around all you like, but not to me. I’m not one of your slaves. I’m not one of your debtors. I’m not afraid of you, or your little organization. Send a person after me for whatever petty revenge you want, and I’ll kill them. Speak ill to me again, and I’ll bury you. The only reason I didn’t kill you now is because I like the taste of your money. Am I clear?” Garnet’s growl was low, a whisper. Her face was almost touching White Crane’s, her back bent in order to do so. Her curls fell around her face, shielding them. Anyone who might have happened to be passing by would probably think they were indulging in something rather than her threatening to kill the woman in her arms.
White Crane’s eyes were twinkling with something Garnet couldn’t pinpoint. Her hands were clenched around her own, and they gave a small squeeze. White Crane took in another breath, let out one last cough, then she gave a nod.
Garnet didn’t let go, still staring at White Crane. Beneath the twinkle, there was a flash of something else: Amusement. She was entertaining her. Rage bubbled in her again, but then Garnet took the moment to mull over her words. She said what she had to say, all she had to do now was prove herself. If White Crane decided she wanted to give that opportunity, then she would gladly take it. Pretending to feign innocence, Garnet shoved her back against the pallet and turned, walking towards the restaurant doors. Not glancing back, she stopped a moment to check her pockets. Phone, wallet, keys, gun. White Crane didn’t snatch anything.
Not showing her relief, she walked on, outside into the morning, to her sleek black car. She got in, turned it on, and drove off.
Mac jumped up, paws pattering against her legs as he panted and wagged his tail a mile a minute. Garnet indulged him, scratching him behind the ears and repeatedly saying ‘hi, hi buddy' to him. After a few moments, she gave up and took a seat on the floor, allowing the dog to overwhelm her. It took him two minutes to tire out, and when he did he laid his head in her lap, enjoying her fingers running along his neck, licking them whenever they got close to his mouth. Garnet sat with him a few moments more, afterwards she nudged him off her and stood up, walking over to his water and food bowl and filling them. He busied himself with that. While he did, Garnet went off into her room.
She lied down on her bed, sighed as she took out her cracked phone and texted Jasper, letting her know how about the meeting. (“The date went bad. She was rude, had to tell her off. Don’t want to repeat anything so I’m moving on.”) When the text sent through, Garnet dropped the phone to her stomach and took off her glasses to run her hands over her face, thinking about her interactions with White Crane. Anger surged through her when she remembered the words, the smugness, along with her own smug relief when she choked White Crane.
She thought more on it.
White Crane beneath her, her own hands to her throat, watching as she struggled to breath, those eyes reflecting fear. Garnet’s hand at her breast while she searched for the holster of the gun. Then afterwards being so close their noses almost touched, White Crane’s blue eyes twinkling with an emotion she couldn’t decipher and a hint of amusement.
Not one to lie to herself, Garnet acknowledged the fact that the interaction, and remembering it, made her horny. She chalked it up to the close contact making the urge flare up. There was no attraction there, none at all. With that in mind, Garnet rolled over to her side, choosing not to indulge herself, instead deciding to catch up on the sleep she lost having to go meet White Crane.
A few minutes later Mac nudged the door open with his nose. Spotting his owner on the bed, he padded over and jumped onto it, walking along the bed before falling next to her to curl up at her side. Even being fast asleep, Garnet raised an arm and draped it over him.
A new deal is set up. Garnet receives a call from White Crane
I have a question: how would you feel if I were to post longer chapters? I feel that these are too short sometimes.
The compound was a disgusting mess of trash, tyre rubber, petrol cans, and scrapped car parts. Garnet covered her nose when she stepped out of her car, grimacing at the smell of it. When she walked, her boots crunched and crumbled piles of junk, barely able to lift out of the rubbish because of how deep the pile went. Still, she waded through 10 metres of it until she came to a cleared spot. There stood Jasper, wearing a long black jacket despite the heat, and pants with way too many pockets. She was leaning on her cane, regarded Garnet with a steeled amber gaze, face betraying no expression. Garnet didn’t offer anything either.
“Where’s the sample?”
Jasper shot a pointed look to the left of her. Sat next to her bum leg was a black gun case, the red and blue insignia marked on it. Garnet nodded, scratching her neck, where the tattoo was inked on years ago.
“When will they get here?”
“Soon if they want a fucking deal.”
Soon was ten minutes. The man came with no one, dressed in black like he was trying to intimidate, salt and pepper hair slicked back and black goatee combed neatly. He walked several metres in the circle, stopped several metres away. Jasper leaned down and picked up the case, using her cane to support her.
“This is my boss.” She started off with no introduction. Garnet inclined her head at him. He was short. Like any other man who dealt with her, he straightened up as much as he could, broadened his chest out, attempting to make himself look tougher. It didn’t work. It never did.
“This is a smuggler who has an operation in Brazil, I already gave him half the advance to come down here to meet. The next half will depend on how this meeting goes.”
“It’ll go well.” The man spoke with a heavy accent, Portuguese. Garnet couldn’t help but smile at it. It was always nice to deal with someone who wasn’t American. (Most days, she didn't have a problem with them. It’s just that they talk funny.)
Garnet pointed to the gun case Jasper had in her large hand,“That’s our case. All of our guns come in that case. No differing sizes. The red and blue is our mark, if you receive something that doesn’t have that mark, it gets thrown away and we get notified. On its own, it weighs 5kg, so when you smuggle, we recommend vehicles that can take heavy loads and have a lot of space in them. Too many of our contracts tried taking them in a pickup with the guns in the boot. Imagine their shock when the cars break down from the stress and they get caught by police. Hopefully you can see why I find it necessary to tell you what vehicle to use.”
The man nodded, “They were dumb. I’m not. I’ve been doing this for years.”
“Are you in contact with anyone else?”
“Only drugs, no arms.”
Garnet nodded, crossed her arms across her chest and straightened up to look even taller than she already did. Mimicking the man’s posture.
“You’ll be paid by the month. If you need any earlier payments it’ll need to be discussed and you’ll need a good fucking reason for it. Clear?”
“We’ll be starting you off with 5% of a contact pool for the first month. If we find you to be reliable, that number can be negotiated.”
The man started to frown, but he said nothing otherwise.
“For a little perspective, the second half of your grant is 20,000k. You’ll be making that amount for the first month and any other months if we can’t come to an agreement. All that clear?” Garnet eyed him down, watching how he acted, every little shift of the foot and twitch of his face. But the man nodded.
“Understood. We will be negotiating after the first month.”
“If you prove-”
“I will prove reliable.” He said with no hesitation, no waver in his voice. And he looked her in the eye as he said it too. Very nice. Garnet couldn’t help but give a half smile at that.
Without cue, Jaser threw the case at his feet, already knowing by Garnet’s body language alone what her answer was going to be. Dirt kicked up around the man’s feet as the case landed, and he bent down to pick it up.
“That’s your sample, free of charge. Use that to figure out what equipment you’ll need. When you get back to Brazil, you’ll be contacting Jasper and she’ll get you set up with the first shipment.”
The man nodded. No words. Garnet turned stoic, dropped her arms to her side.
“If you cross us, in anyway I deem it to be crossing, I’ll make you a stain on my hands and nothing else. Understood?”
“Very.” He brought the case under his arm and nodded his head at Jasper, then at Garnet. “I’ll be contacting you within the week.”
He turned and walked off. Garnet waited until he was out of sight to relax her posture, and she scratched at her neck and reached for her pocket, before letting out a silent curse when she remembered that she left her cigarettes in the car. Her foot started to tap.
“Go ahead and wire the advance to his account.”
“Good find too. I have a nice feeling about this guy,” she turned to look at her friend. Jasper was on her phone, scrolling through something, leaning on her cane, not regarding her at all. Silence grew awkward, and Garnet grew nervous, so after a moment or two she bid her friend goodbye and left to her car before she could even say goodbye back. She breathed out hard and took a seat inside, turning it on to get the air conditioning running before the heat got any worse. She yanked her cigarettes from the cupholder and opened them, taking one out, putting it between her lips, and lighting it with a spare match she had lying on the dashboard. She breathed out grey as she leaned back against the seat, closing her eyes and letting her nerves escape along with the smoke.
Her phone rang.
She brought her flip phone for the day, something that she only made outgoing calls with, never having anyone call her on it. So she was apprehensive when she reached for it in her pocket. It came out with some effort (Her pants were really tight) and when she looked at the contact screen, a mixture of rage and anxiety flooded her. She snapped the phone open and pressed it to her ear.
Garnet took a drag of her cigarette, “Why are you calling me?”
“Just wanted to say that your first order came in and I’m very pleased. My compliments to the provider.”
“I am the provider, fuckwit.”
“So much hostility today,” Garnet could hear White Crane’s smirk. “Makes me think you’re a little frustrated about something.”
“Not at all, got touched the other day. Thanks for your concern.” The flip phone was used for the contacts of other ‘varieties’, as well. Garnet curbed her appreciation for American pubs and the pick-up culture surrounding them in favor for staying angry at the bitch on the receiver.
“You really think I won’t honor my word? Not a single thing has been looked up since our little talk. I called to let you know that the shipment came in and that I am satisfied. That is all, nothing else, no hidden language, no hidden motives, no- Oh okay, you caught me. I want to set up another meeting with you.”
The plastic of the phone creaked in her hand as her grip tightened, Garnet ground her teeth, almost crushed the cigarette between her lips. She took a drag and spoke out grey.
“For what? I'm not changing my rates.”
“Hm, coffee, a talk about our new partnership, a few more deals we can set up. The like.”
“Coffee.” Garnet growled, she leaned her seat back, staring up at the ashy roof of the car, blowing smoke from her nose. “You’re trying to take me out on a date.”
“No, I’m trying to have a talk with you over coffee.”
“How fucking cliche, next thing you’ll be telling me you want me to come over and give you head.”
“How rude of you to assume I do that on the second date.” And, she could hear the smirk in her voice. So fucking infuriating. If Garnet was there in person she would have tore it off her face a long time ago.
“Coffee, Saturday, I’ll send you the address. Come there or don’t.”
The line clicked.
To stave off some of her anger, Garnet immediately pulled the phone away from her ear and snapped it in half, tossing it to the passenger seat. She had spares. She smoked the rest of her cigarette and threw it into an ashtray built in on her console, then shifted the car into drive and took off down the street, speeding 40kph over the limit until she had the sense to calm down enough to not get pulled over.
White Cranes heels clicked against the paved ground as she made her way to the armoury, hidden behind a steel reinforced door installed years beforehand. The handle whined as she turned it, and the sound of metal scraping against wood stung her ears as she heaved the door open, showcasing the dim room, filled with racks upon racks of guns, body armor, blunt weapons, with long white folding tables in the center for set up. On those folding tables was the last of her order from Garnet, each stamped with a blue and red insignia.
She walked, traced a finger over the plastic. Blue eyes dull and half-lidded as they looked the case over.
The sound of Lapis’s voice came from behind her, but White Crane didn’t move to face her, instead moved her hand to clasp it behind her with the other.
“Finished that new job you asked for. 10k. I’m not one to tell you your business or anything, but I think we should lie low after this; heat is on bad,” Lapis said, tousling her hand through her blue hair.
White Crane considered her words. Considered the fact that she needed that profit to sustain the deal with Garnet. “We’ll see.”
Robbery, blackmail, extortion, fraud, selling protection, embezzlement, forging, smuggling. A few ways she had employed to keep her profits in green. It had been a hectic few months, with more to come if she couldn’t convince Garnet to set her rates down (or if she couldn’t set up her own arms dealing so that she wouldn’t have to outsource) It was getting more and more frustrating by the day, and White Crane left her office with frequent headaches from it. Lapis stepped in front of her, towards a rack, whistling as she unstrapped her arms and put them in their designated spots. White Crane watched her for a moment, then decided that she wasn’t worth her time and headed out of the armoury.
Later in her office, she attempted to trace the red and blue insignia again. Fire and ice intertwined to create a almost purplish rock formation in the middle. She knew it had to be inspired from somewhere, or commissioned by some artist.
‘She told me not to look up her information,’ White Crane thought with a smirk as she tried to reverse search again. ‘And this isn’t her information, persay.’
She searched away until she came to another dead end, and she repeated the process again until she came to another. Only then did she decided enough was enough and logged out of her computer to take a break. Briefly she scrolled through her personal phone, looking at the address she had marked. It was true that she wanted to meet Garnet for coffee, but not at a coffee shop. Too dangerous. The address lead to a small abandoned storage building that she had long repurposed for holding meetings. Only she had requested for a table and two chairs to be set up, as well as a coffee maker that made good-tasting coffee (She employed her most caffeine-addicted employee to find that one.) Nothing romantic, nothing professional either. Just enough to hopefully make the ever-anxious arms dealer comfortable enough to renegotiate.
Oh, and the pills she ordered from Doctor Maheswaran would help too. A few in her coffee should work well enough.
Garnet and White Crane have a talk that goes unexpected for the former.
Sorry for late chapter. Schedule change. This isn’t much longer than the others but the next will be a bit of a monster if all goes right
Bare black pads covered the floors of the gym, catching the sweat from the various patrons as they worked with the equipment clustered far to close together. The sound of doom metal, air vents and fans running filled the air, occasionally punctured by the grunts or growls of lifters. Garnet sat off in her own corner, a white towel over her shoulder as she scrolled her thumb across her cracked phone, sitting on a bench. Her skin glistened with sweat rolling in drops down her limbs until it added to the puddle forming underneath her. She wore only black shorts and a black sports bra that hugged tight. Eyes bored on her. A part of her liked the attention, another part hated it.
She finished her mindless scrolling and slipped her phone into her pocket, slid across the bench so she laying flat on it. A barbell loaded with two 20.4 kg plates on either side sat on its rack. Garnet shifted herself into position and wrapped her calloused hands around the bar, breathing out, then breathing in and holding it as she took the bar off the rack, muscles bulging and straining, veins pressing up as she brought it down to her chest and brought it up again 6 times, then racked it.
From her side she could hear the sound of footsteps and light thumping. Breathing out, she rolled her head over to look at Jasper.
“Nice job, more than last time.”
Garnet sat up, ran a hand over her sweaty forehead, pushing a few curls that were loose out of her bun away. “How did you know I was going to be here?”
“Lucky guess,” Jasper hissed as she took a seat on the bench, laying her injured leg straight out while the other stayed bent. “You good?”
Somewhat surprised at the question, Garnet looked over, rubbing at her neck. “Yes, why?”
“You’ve been really wired lately. And I mean really wired. Just want to make sure everything is all good in your front, you know? Things been tough,” she flicked some of her hair out of her eyes and looked Garnet straight on. “You deserve a break sometime. I can take over things if you ever need me to.”
She didn’t keep her gaze for long, snorted as she played with her fingers and started to tap her foot. Craving a cigarette. “Not necessary. I’ll be fine, Jasper. I appreciate the concern.”
“You sure? I-” When she reached a hand out for her, she saw how much she tensed, and realized that now was definitely not the time to approach her with this subject. So instead Jasper dropped her hand and with great effort stood up, groaning the entire time. “Alright, Well, the offer is still there. Text me later.”
Still ever so stiff, Garnet replied yes and only that. She watched as Jasper left, making her slow way to the doors. Leaving her behind.
Damn, she really, really wanted a cigarette.
Instead Garnet went back to lifting, finishing her last few sets, wiping the equipment down, then heading over to the pull up bars. Clanking metal followed her as she jumped onto the bars, the 20.4 kg weight she had strapped to her waist swinging as she pulled into a muscle up, then dropped down to begin her pullups. She could only get to ten before she couldn’t get her chin over the bar again, and she dropped onto the floor and unstrapped the weight, sighing as she bent down to pick it up, muscles in her back and arms rippling. She put the weight away, prepared to go for her next round at the treadmills when her phone buzzing caught her attention. She fished the object out of her pocket and looking at the caller id. If she had the ability to, she would have crushed her phone.
Answering it, she didn’t get a chance to speak.
“I hope our meeting wasn’t forgotten.”
“I never planned on going in the first place, dipshit.” Garnet growled out. A laugh on the other line.
“Not a choice to be made. I’m telling you to come.”
“Unless you’re kneeled down with your tongue shoved inside me, you have no business telling me to come. Leave me the fuck alone,” her words caught the attention of a few patrons. A quick glare made them realize that minding their own business was far safer. Garnet started walking, lowering her voice. “It was a choice before.”
“And now it’s not. This is a deal we need to talk about. More money for you.”
That last bit got her attention, but she wasn’t planning on falling for a ploy by White Crane that easily.
“Right,” she almost hung up, but resisted as she headed out of the gym and into the parking lot, looking for her car.
“Yes, right. You like the taste of my money, don’t you?”
“I like not seeing you even more,” opening her car door, she hissed at the burning leather seats. She was quick to put her keys into the ignition and twist them getting the air conditioner started. Shuffling her hand into the doors pocket, she found her pack of Marlboro’s and yanked a cigarette out, holding the phone between her shoulder and her ear.
“Still, I want you to come.”
“Desperate much?” Lit her cigarette and took a long drag, feeling her nerves calm. “How many times do I need to tell you to fuck-” The line went dead. Garnet glanced at her phone and scoffed, tossing it to the passenger seat. She hesitated before shifting the car into reverse though, glancing at the phone. A sigh. Picking up her phone, she found the text that had been sent a while back to it, after she blocked White Crane on her disposables. The address wasn’t too far from where she was now. She looked down at herself, wearing shorts and a sports bra only.
“Fuck it, if she wants me that bad then she can deal with this.”
She reversed out of her spot and began to drive, heading for the listed address.
It could easily be described as a larger-than-average storage shed more than anything. The inside was all plain aged wood paneling and blocked rafters. The table was a simple white fold out that dominated the center of the storage, with a metal chair on either side of it. Directly in the center was her coffee pot, and White Crane was working on making the coffee when she heard the door behind her open.
“Glad to see you could join-” Her mouth went very dry at the sight of the arms dealer, shirtless, revealing hardened muscle, scars, and inked tattoos, some old, some newer. Garnet scoffed at her reaction as she circled around the table, but even in the low lighting of the shed, she could see a hint of red on her cheeks.
“I take it you never seen a woman shirtless before,” a statement more than a question as she took her seat. White Crane shook herself out of it and started on the coffee again. Careful to make sure that everything was in view of her, from the pouring of the bottled waters into the pot, to the inside of the coffee packet while she spooned in a few scoops into the maker. She wanted to make sure that the arms dealer’s nerves were soothed. And she knew that it could be done by allowing her to see everything was doing.
“Not one with a six pack.”
The grounds, the water, untampered.
“How do you take yours?”
“With two sugars.”
“I only have the packets.”
Garnet sneered. “Whatever. That’s fine.”
But not the sugar, nor the creamer.
Two valiums were dissolved in the creamer. And one was grounded into powder and added to each sugar packet that were later resealed. She took those two out of the pile she had near the maker, shaking them. A few silent minutes between them, and when the coffee was made she poured her cup first and then Garnet’s, adding the sugars in. Made sure it was in her view. It would be a while before the pills soothed her nerves for her, after all.
White Crane passed the coffee over and took a sip of her own, not taking her eyes off Garnet as she studied it, checking the handle and the bottom of the cup. Then taking a sip.
White Crane smirked into her cup.
“So, the deal I wanted to set up-”
“Gets me more money.”
“Yes,” White Crane leaned her elbows on the table. A casual gesture, paired with her casual attire, in hopes to make this a casual meeting. The sleeves of her white formal blouse ruffled to her elbows as she leaned further forward. “I’m sure the prospect excited you, seeing as you came here in pyjamas.”
Garnet grunted, sipped her coffee. “Workout clothes. I decided you weren’t special enough for me to change.”
“Am I not? A pity,” White Crane couldn’t help but roam her eyes over the arms dealer’s shoulders and arms. Her shoulders were like boulders, biceps the almost size of a baseball, a vein jutting against her skin to trail to the pit of her elbow and disappear. With each movement of her finger she could see a muscle move in her forearm; White Crane almost gave a nod of approval, but she stopped herself before she could.
She could see Garnet getting uncomfortable- shifting around and trying to wrap her arms around herself. White Crane pretended to be interested in the coffee packet.
“I assume that you are more of a fan of tea in England.”
White Crane shifted her eyes towards her, raising her eyebrow. “England? You come from there?”
Garnet sneered and sat back, taking a large sip of coffee. “I’m from Scotland, dick.”
“Ah. The accent threw me off.”
Garnet only shrugged and sipped her coffee again. “What’s this deal you want to discuss?”
“I want to increase my orders. I need more than what you are providing now,’ she saw her frown. “Or would that be a problem?”
“You’re already stretching me with the shipments you want now. Your offer better be fucking high.”
“How many marks do you have on your side? I’ll match that.”
Trailing across her obliges were small tally marks, 6 rows of them. White Crane saw the muscles ripple as Garnet lifted her arm up to look at them.
“49,” Her gaze turned back to her. “You’re going to match that?”
White Crane scoffed, “That’s all?”
A grin stretched ear to ear across her face. “No, that’s when I stopped caring to count.” She dropped her arm. “49,000 still isn’t double though.”
“Give me another price then,” White Crane had to resist a smile when she saw Garnet finish off her coffee and eye the pot, contemplating another cup. She gestured to it with her hand. “Care for another?”
Twenty minutes of discussion and they breached a new deal, with the number given beforehand doubled with the same rates as the last deal. White Crane didn’t fret about it though. This wasn’t the deal she was looking to make, after all. A smirk drew across her lips when she saw Garnet’s eyes droop again, her head lolling down. She snapped out of it, wide-eyed, hands moving to grab the table. She reached for her coffee cup and drank from it.
“Apologies, didn’t get a lot of sleep last night,’ clearing her throat, Garnet finished off her cup. “Are we done here?”
“I’m very curious, you know-” White Crane leaned back and crossed her arms. “How did you get into this business anyway?”
There was a blank look in Garnet’s eyes, one that told that the drugs had taken effect some time ago. She waited with almost-bated breath to see whether or not they did their work in loosening her tongue.
“Don’t really remember,” Garnet’s chair creaked as she leaned back. She tried to grab her cup but her coordination was off and she knocked it over instead, stared at it with mild shock.
“Nah- uh, no. Hm-m,” Garnet tried for her cup again even though it was empty. Through her eyes White Crane could see some bits of consciousness peeking through. It wouldn’t be long before she figured out what was done to her.
“What got you into crime in the first place?”
“Agh, everyone’sh shtory,” she was beginning to slur, “piece of shut parentsh who took out their prablems on me sho I took them out on evryone el-“ Garnet stopped talking, blinking as she stared down at her cup. “You drugged me.”
“I did?” White Crane pretended to look surprised. “I thought you said you were tired?”
“You-“ Garnet knocked the chair away from her, getting up on wobbly feet. She braced herself along the table as she circled around it, murder in her eyes and lips twisted into a hideous snarl. But White Crane wasn’t intimidated. Her legs wobbled too much and her chest already heaved with exerted breaths. She sat back and admired the arms dealer’s impressive body instead. By time she got near her, her energy was spent, and Garnet fell to her knees, one arm still up on the table in her attempt to keep herself from falling all the way down.
“Not so tough now, huh?” adding insult to the injury. White Crane stood up and cracked her knuckles, pushing her chair in and fixing her dress shirt and trouser. Garnet sat on her knees, glaring up at her while attempting to fight off the drowsiness.
A kick to her chest sent her falling over and gasping for breath, hands flailing to catch herself on the floor. White Crane getting on top of her didn’t help her lack of air, and her seizing her hands and cuffing them with a pair of handcuffs she had hidden in her trousers didn’t help her throw her off.
White Crane ran her hands up and down Garnet’s stomach, feeling the muscles tense under her touch. Smirked at the trace of fear in the arms dealer’s eyes.
“You seem tired, love. Shall we get you to a bed?”
As if on cue, the door opened and three of her men walked in, trailing behind White Crane. She stood up and backed away, allowing them to grab the arms dealer, who thrashed and struck out with her legs as best as she could. A well aimed kick knocked the front teeth out of one, and an elbow gave another a black eye, but try as she might the guards got Garnet under control and carried her out, with White Crane trailing right behind her.
“I wouldn’t worry if I were you,’ she spoke out. Garnet twisted her head back to glare at her. “You won’t be harmed, I just want some more questions answered, and a renegotiation.”
Tried as she might to speak, Garnet’s tongue felt too fat for her mouth, unconscious creeping up on her more and more and darkening her vision even as she tried to keep her eyes open. The last thing the arms dealer saw was White Crane’s smiling face as she traveled a hand up her shorts and stroked it across her thigh.
Garnet wakes up in a strange place.
I introduced a flashback in this chapter. I mean to sprinkle more throughout, but if it was unwanted then I'd appreciate feedback.
The subtle sting of rope grinding against her wrists is what woke Garnet up. Her eyes cracked open halfway and looked around for Mac, then opened fully as it dawned on her that she was bound by the wrists and her feet. Pulling, they didn’t budge. The room was small and all grey cement, but there were wooden bracings lining up the ceiling. A basement.
“What the fuck?!” Garnet tugged at her bindings again but failed to loosen them. The chair she sat in rattled back and forth with her struggle. A small part of her was aware that she had been given a shirt that was a tad too big for her and her shorts were still secured on her lower half, so even with the fleeting memories of White Crane being touchy with her before she passed out, Garnet felt somewhat relieved that she wasn’t toyed with.
The door behind her swung open. Tried as she might to look back, Garnet was stuck with rising anxiety as she heard the click of shoes against the cement floor.
“Glad to see you’re awake.”
Garnet bared her teeth, “White Crane.”
“That’s my name.” She circled around into her vision. She wore a white suit and dress pants with a black dress shirt underneath her suits jacket. “I’ll promise you that this will be quick, then you can go home.”
“Of fucking course you’ll let me go. You’re going to shoot me right after I give you what you want.”
“If I wanted you to give me what I wanted, I’d have you strapped to a bed, not a chair in the basement,” White Crane said with a tone of boredom that contrasted with her sentence. She examined her nails. “Let’s just talk about you. What kind of dog is he?”
Alarms rang in her head and Garnet’s eyes bugged out. Letting out a yell she strained in her chair, trying to go for White Crane. “You leave him alone!”
“Relax” she backed away with her hands up, “I’m not touching him. You just kept talking about him in your sleep.” White Crane stood silent for a moment, then added: “I like dogs.”
“You like making shit plans too, because I’m not saying shit. This kidnapping effort was a waste.”
“It could be.” Back to examining her nails like the pretentious prick she was. “But this is a lot more fun than waiting for you to spill anything. I could relax you if that would help.”
“Relax me? The fuck do you-?” Realization dawned on Garnet and she glowered. “You’re toying with me.”
“‘Course I am,” White Crane finally paid her some attention rather than her nails. “That’s the fun part of this. Now, I asked you a question.”
“Fuck your questions and fuck you, you stupid fucking cunt.”
White Crane came closer and rested her hands on Garnet thighs, leaning forward with a small smirk on her lips.
“No one here is going to hurt you, Garnet. I just want some answers.” Reached into her pocket, she grabbed out a pack of Marlboros, flipped the package open and pulled a cigarette free. Held it out to Garnet in silence. It took a moment of consideration, but she cracked eventually and craned her neck forward, taking the cigarette between her lips. White Crane lit it for her. The first puff of smoke Garnet blew directly into her face, but she didn’t flinch one bit, instead depositing the pack into her suit’s pocket and leaning forward again. “What kind of dog?”
Garnet took another drag and smirked, “The kind people tell their kids not to pet ‘cause they think he’ll rip them limb from limb. He won’t though, he’s a sweetheart.” Another drag. “You have a knack for learning absolutely useless information, don’t you?”
“What about your parents? You made a mention of them, they weren’t-”
Garnet almost cracked her head against White Crane’s if it weren't for her jumping away in the nick of time. The look in her eyes was nothing short of murderous and the veins in her arms stood out against her skin as she gripped the chair, straining towards her. Bad memories and feelings swirled instead her, all of them being redirected into anger towards this prissy bitch.
“Sore subject?” A smirk on her fuck-ugly face.
“I’ll slit your throat ear to fucking ear if you talk about them again.”
“You have to wonder what a parent did to make their child hate them so much, or what they did to make them such an awful person even in their early life.” White Crane folded her hands underneath her chin and pretended to lean up on a table. “You prove to be more and more intrig-”
“ Shut the fuck up! ”
The tone is what shocked White Crane, not so much the yell. Beneath the obvious rage and anger was no small hint of anguish. Her face, still twisted with the murderous intent, looked pained beneath it. Whether White Crane felt pity or not, it didn’t show. She clasped her hands behind her back and stood straighter.
“That’s not the normal reaction from you. Granted, the swearing and the threats to kill me are, but you seem almost sad. Feel robbed of a life you could have had? Regrets? Or maybe you truly loved them despite what they have done to you, whatever it might be?”
(Oh, if looks could kill at that moment than White Crane would be a pile of ash inside her squeaky-clean dress shoes)
“I will kill you.”
“You’re all talk, and talk is cheap, Garnet. If you want I can send in a debtor in here and you can make of an example of them. It could help calm your nerves too.”
“I’d rather you.”
“Then you can add that 50th mark on your side,” White Crane inclined her neck, popping it. Garnet breathed in, pulling the cigarette down to ashes at the butt and then letting out a large stream of smoke from her nose.
“You’re not that important to me.”
(Most of the marks weren’t. It was sentimentalism that had long disappeared.)
“How many, really? You said 49 is when you stopped counting.” White Crane bobbed back and forth on her heels in an expression of casualness they may have meant to relax Garnet in a way. It didn’t.
“Lost track after 147.”
White Crane whistled. “A lot for one woman.”
“At least 20 of them were people exactly like you, the ones who didn’t know how to keep to themselves, shut the fuck up, and work with me.”
“Truly, you frighten me.” White Crane started to approach again, leaned forward and pressed her palms on her thighs, close to her hips and far too close to her privates. “Truly.” Her eyes flickered down then back up.
“Flattered you want to fuck me, but I’m afraid I’ll catch something,” Garnet responded to the brief eye contact. Her nerves shot past the ceiling when White Crane leaned forward and her hands moved closer.
“Where are your contacts based?” Her voice was breathy in a way that was unfamiliar. Those hands started to rub, and Garnet could feel her body start to respond to the attention. Traitor.
“In my ass. Fuck you.”
“Guess I’ll look there first.” Eyes half-lidded, a lazy smirk on her face. Garnet tried reeling back, but to no avail.
“What are you playing at?”
“Where are they based?”
“Fucking me won’t get me to talk, sorry to disapp oint!” Her low voice went up a few notches when White Crane gave a hard press of her thumb against the middle of her shorts, directly onto where most of her sensitivities were focused. White Crane was watching her face with interest, seeing as it morphed from expression to expression, until finally morphed into one of pure anger.
“Get your fucking hands off me.”
White Crane scoffed, but she did as asked and let go of Garnet stepping back to cross them behind her back.
“You won’t be let go for a while if you continue being this difficult,” she said. The arms dealer sneered at her.
“Not wanting to get violated by some bird-looking motherfucker isn’t being difficult, cunt. The moment I’m out of these ropes-”
“You’re going to kill me, I got the message a while ago,” White Crane waved off the threat as if it were nothing. “If you’re not going to talk, then I will leave you be. I hope you don’t mind the dark too much.” Without waiting for an answer she circled around Garnet towards the door, and the latter couldn’t help but flinch when she heard it slam shut and the lights flickered off. Without her meaning to her breathing became a little harsher and her hands flexed into fists and out again. She didn’t mind the dark at all, but the effects of the valium were starting to wear off and she didn’t have her medication (that she had been neglecting to take for a few weeks now) with her.
Oh, this was going to be a long, long night.
20 years ago, on her 18th birthday, Garnet ran from home.
She had planned to do it for a while, to the point of keeping a detailed journal of her plans since she was 16. That journal had been left behind, because it was unnecessary weight. All she had was what she was wearing and what was in her bag. Oh, and a bottle of her mother’s favourite vodka. One last fuck you to her.
She walked down the alleys and streets, listening to cars as they drove by, occasionally taking a swig of her vodka until the world titled back and forth and she was starting to stumble around. When it got too bad, she took a seat on the curb and continued drinking, glaring at the few pedestrians who walked by her and any cars that honked. Garnet didn’t know where she was going, and even in her drunken state she didn’t know if this was a good idea. Another sip of the vodka and she remembered then that she had yet to take her pills.
Garnet wasn’t dumb enough to take them now, she knew that the alcohol had to wear off first, so instead she relied on the alcohol doing its job to calm her, and she would worry about the pills when she was sober. She took another swig of the bottle, sighing to herself, popping the cap back on.
Way later into the night, at least 02:00 judging by the moon’s position, Garnet got up and stumbled towards the nearest convenience store. She had no money on her, because she didn't plan to use any of it. The weight of the knife on her hip felt a bit heavier now.
The store was brightly lit and crammed with shelves and fridges to the point where walkways were barely two feet in width, and for someone of Garnet’s height, that made maneuvering a problem as she walked through the snack aisle, loaded with various colourful bags and boxes. Through a small gap in the shelves, Garnet spotted the check out. A small counter with a register on top of it, and a woman with the thickest blonde hair and the biggest muscles she had ever seen sitting back reading a book. Garnet frowned at that, felt the knife at her hip.
Several minutes later she approached the checkout area and threw the snacks on the counter.
“Bag ‘em.” 20 years ago, her accent was so thick that usually only natives could understand her. Judging by the confused look, the cashier was not native (her being hammered probably didn’t help, though).
“Uh, repeat that?” American. Great.
“I said bag the fucking things,” and Garnet whipped the knife out and vaulted over the counter. The woman happened to be taller than her, but didn’t stop her from getting up close and personal pressing the tip of the knife to her chest. “Don’t make me repeat myself.”
“Woah, calm the fuck down, there’s no need for this. If you’re that hungry just take it and go.”
“I want a bag.”
“Not an environmentally friendly person, huh?” The cashier reached for a bag beneath the counter and opened it, stuffing the various snack items in there. “Where did you come from?”
“None of your fucking business,” Garnet pressed the knife harder. “Shut the fuck up and bag a few notes in there while you’re at it.”
“Sure, whatever man.” She opened up the register and pulled the tray out, emptying it into the bag with the snacks. “Name’s Jasper, by the way.”
“I don’t give a fuck.” Garnet snatched the bag from her hand and stepped back, throwing herself over the counter and heading for the exit.
“Just thought you should know since I’ll be testifying against you. There are cameras in here you know.”
Garnet paused, hand touching her face, her glasses were on, thankfully, but in her drunken state she had forgotten to cover her face. Her teeth clicked together and she turned around, glaring at Jasper.
“You seem like the type of person who isn’t afraid to get her hands dirty.”
“What, you want me to fuck you? Eat your pussy out to keep myself out of jail?” Garnet growled out, “I’m no-”
“Calm the fuck down. I’m giving you an offer. You look like you need a little work and I have some for you if you’re willing.” Jasper stepped around the counter, taking off her work shirt and setting it down on the face of it. She stretched her arms above her head, flexing her muscles, straining them against the plain white shirt she was wearing.
Garnet took a moment to consider the offer. She really didn’t plan on going to jail so soon again, but Jasper also wasn’t someone she wanted to trust, especially since she looked like she could snap her like a twig. Her hand twitched, almost dropping the knife, prompting her so squeeze it tighter as she approached Jasper. She stopped just two feet away.
“What kind of work?”
“Smuggling kind. I move drugs around. Prescriptions for the most part, cocaine and meth for smaller, fun parts. Basically I have contacts in places, they get the stuff and stuff it in teddy bears or bananas or whatever is easier to move, and I send a pick up guy to go get it. Think you can handle that? It’ll get you more money than what was in that register.”
“There’s a catch.” Garnet said dully.
“Nah, there isn’t. I just have a soft spot for young people down on their luck,” Jasper crossed her massive tree stumps for arms across her chest and leaned against the counter, crossing her leg over the other as well. “So, whatcha you think?”
Garnet bit back a sarcastic comment and gave it some thought. Money sounded good, and she would need a lot of it if she wanted to get an apartment anytime soon. She could crash at her friend’s for a while, but she knew that their kindness would run out sooner than later. Guess she would need to take a gamble (and Garnet hated gambling because she always lost in the end.) Huffing, She tucked the knife into her pants and slung the bag over her shoulder.
“Alright, where am I going?”
Jasper grinned. Stuck out her hand.
“Welcome to the business.”
White Crane woke her up by shaking the arms dealer’s shoulder, had to jumped back when her head cracked up and almost hit the bottom of her chin. She looked frantic, as if she had a bad dream, but when she saw her that franticness turned to anger that made White Crane roll her eyes.
“I swear, you are a broken record.”
“Go? I will, after you answer a few questions. Cooperation really is the key here.”
“I’m not answering shit.”
“Then I hope you don’t mind ropes too much.” White Crane looked at her nails, hiding her displeasure with Garnet. She saw her grin out of the corner of her eye.
“Oh I don’t mind ropes at all. It’s just you that makes me uncomfortable, “ Garnet sneered. White Crane smirked and looked up from her hand.
“So you would prefer someone else to interrogate you?” She asked, knowing full well what Garnet actually meant.
“No.” Predictable. White Crane clasped her hands behind her back and started to circle around the char she was bound to, looking her over, ignoring the impatience welling up within her. She knew that this one would take a bit of time, she was prepared for it. No need to mistakes trying to rush something.
“I don’t plan keeping you here for long, Garnet. You’ll want to get out of here at some point, no?” She asked.
“You can keep me here until I die, because I’m not saying anything to you,” The once-more predictable response.
“Not even for a kiss?” White crane lowered her voice.
“Disgusting. I like to keep myself clean, White whore,” the chair rattled as Garnet moved around in it, the legs wobbling.
(The legs wobbling?)
White Crane stopped her circling and eyed the chair with a furrowed brow. That small distraction was enough.
(Oh yes, it was a long night. Garnet’s biceps and forearms ached from her constant pulling and testing of the ropes, trying to find that one sweet spot that loosened the knot. Once she found it, it was more slight tugs and movements for hours on end just to get it loose enough to slip her hands in and out. Unfortunately for White Crane, Garnet was in ropes more times than she cared to count, and performed this maneuver a good number of times as well.
It pays to be kinky, sometimes.)
Garnet launched out of the chair, hands free from her bounds and wrapping around White Crane’s thin neck. She squeezed hard and pushed her back against the concrete wall, baring all her weight. Digging in her fingers hard enough to cut the pale white skin with her nails.
“I always keep good on my word, you know? If I say I’m going to kill someone, I mean it.” She tightened her grip, watched as White Crane alternated between trying to pull her hands off or trying to reach for the gun in her suit pocket. Her face was turning a lovely shade of red, then slowly going a deeper shade as she lost oxygen. Her eyes turned bloodshot as the vessels burst. Garnet grinned, squeezing harder, thinking about how much she was going to enjoy getting that 50th mark on her side.
White Crane tapped on her shoulder, first weakly, then a lot harder, as if she were tapping out. Like that would work. Garnet squeezed until her hand dropped from her shoulder and White Crane went limp.
All it would take is a little more squeezing to fully do the job, but as Garnet reached her hands out to do it, she hesitated. Looked at White Crane’s face more closely. Retracted her arms.
Face a careful mask of nothingness. Garnet leaned back up, turned around, and headed for the door, opening it (how dumb of her to leave it unlocked) and clicking it behind her quietly as she left.
A new encounter.
Hello. Very sorry for long wait friends, I needed to prepare for holidays and be with family. enjoy the chapter please
Garnet growled, digging her fingers into the woman’s hair and pushing her in further, moving the phone closer to her ear.
“I don’t know why I didn’t kill her, I just couldn’t bring myself to do it.” She brought the phone away to mutter out a curse and a small encouragement as her tongue ran across her clit in just the right way. She tugged at the woman’s hair, panting, bringing the phone back to her ear.
“-more problems than if you just killed the bitch,” Jasper said. Garnet sighed, rolled her neck, popping it several times.
“I couldn’t do it.”
“I’ve seen you kill a woman who you called a friend before and not even shed a tear about it. What the fuck is different about White Crane of all people?”
“I. Don’t. Know.” Garnet’s temper was starting to flare up. She brought the phone away from her again to grunt as a tongue poked into her entrance. She rolled her hips up, let out another grunt as it slid in and out of her at a tempered place. Warmth and tightness was growing in the pit of her belly, strong thighs starting to clamp around the head between her legs. Mac whined and scratched at the door of her office. Garnet fought hard against the compulsion to go and let him out and apologize to him for locking him away.
“Well, choking out a mob boss isn’t going to be forgotten so easily. I’ll call you to let you know if there are henchmen trying to knock down my door,” Jasper spat out.
“Letting me off so soon?” Garnet pulled the phone away to let out a soft moan and whisper encouragement, pulled it back to her ear a second after.
“My leg is fucked, but my ears aren’t. Tell her to be more quiet when you’re taking a call,” then she hung up without leaving room for another word. Garnet barked out a laugh and closed her flip phone, letting it rest on the arm of her chair so she can grab at the woman’s silky hair with both of her hands.
Afterwards, her apartment smelled of sex and she smoked a cigarette in bed like a shitty comic book character, her fling asleep at her side. Usually she kicked them out afterwards, or they let themselves out, but Garnet decided that she would be nice this time. She waited until she finished off her cigarette to get up, swinging her bare legs over the bed. Lines and lines of scars marked up her thighs, tattoos lacing around or over them. Frowning, like she always did at the sight of them, Garnet rubbed a hand along her thigh, dull sensation sparking across the limb, then stood up.
She stretched her arms over her head, feeling a satisfying burn in her shoulders and stomach, walking down her dark hallway, heading for the office. From the bottom of the door, she could see Mac’s nose sticking out, flaring as he sniffed her out. She heard more whining, and she could have sworn she felt her heart cracked as she rushed for the door and opened it. Leaned down to greet the dog who had already forgotten who had locked him in their in favor for greeting his owner. He licked at her face wildly. Forgiving her for locking him up in a matter of seconds, all because he saw her face. Garnet scratched him behind the ears in the spot that made his leg kick up and down, cooing at him and telling him what a good boy he was and apologizing in between for locking him in the room.
It ended with the dog laying down in her lap, starting to fall asleep. Though the arms dealer was usually against moving the dog when he was sleeping, she decided to pick him up so she could head into the room and set him on his dog bed, since hers was taken. Setting him down and tucking a blanket over him, Garnet stood up. Walked to her bed only for her disposable to start ringing, drawing her attention and making her stiffen. It was well into the night, so whoever was calling was either important, or-
Garnet picked up the phone, checked the ID only to not recognize it. Lead settling into her stomach, she flipped the phone open and pressed it to her ear.
“I see you finally learned how to answer a phone correctly.” White Crane’s voice was calm, no trace of joking or taunting. The calmness scared her.
“Didn’t know who it would be this time.”
“A neat trick you pulled the other day, Might I ask you to share some of your secrets with me? For next time, that is.”
Garnet took a seat in her bed, hand moving to fist into the fabric. In the corner of the room Mac’s head raised, his ears raising as he looked at her, big brown eyes glistening. “Just let yourself get tied up more often and you’ll learn the ropes.” (Even in her state of anxiety, Garnet couldn’t resist the opportunity to make that joke.)
“Do you ever sleep?”
“Busy people never sleep, and I am a very busy woman,” White Crane replied to the inquiry. Garnet could hear the sound of typing, most likely from a laptop judging by how subdued the sounds were. A part of her tried telling her that she was looking up her location as they spoke, but another told her that she was doing nothing more but unrelated work.
“Why did you call me?” She asked.
“Why didn’t you kill me? You had a golden opportunity to, my dear Garnet,” White Crane threw a question right back at her, the smirk clear in her voice alone. Even after almost being killed, she was still an insufferable prick like always. That was starting to calm Garnet, enough that she felt comfortable enough to swing her legs over onto the bed and lay down.
“I don’t know.”
“You don’t?” She sounded surprised. “Well, I was hoping for a list of all my redeeming qualities.”
“Not anytime soon. We still have a deal. Your second shipment came through all accounted for, by the way. I’m very impressed with your work.”
What the hell was she playing at? All the compliments and the nonchalant chatter about her near death experience was wearing on Garnet’s nerves again. There was something hidden in her words, she was sure of it. Garnet was terrible with hidden meanings, though. SHe could lay there and pick apart her words for hours, but it wouldn’t beat just being blunt.
“What do you want, White Crane?”
Her grip on the phone tightened. “What?”
“Pearl.” Nonchalant again. Garnet could almost picture her looking at her nails while she said it. She gave out her name like it was nothing, or like Garnet wouldn’t use it against her in any way. Her lips parted as she tried to think of a way to reply to that, but she couldn't come up with anything, so instead Garnet stayed silent, still gripping the phone tight. She wanted a cigarette.
“So shocking, isn’t it? I’m touched that I have that effect on you. “ Pearl said, laughed right afterwards. “Perhaps I should have called at an earlier time when you are more awake. You might think you're dreaming at the moment.”
“You never answered my question.” Maybe she was trying to divert her attention elsewhere.
“I called you because I wanted to hear your voice. And I’m quite bored sitting here in my office.”
“Are you trying to use me as a booty call?”
“No, I’m using you as a ‘I’m-bored-sitting-here-in-my-office’ call.” Pearl said. The typing at her laptop finished and Garnet could hear a chair creak. “What are you wearing?”
Garnet looked down at her naked body, “Pyjamas.”
“You should come see me.”
“I thought you said that I wasn’t a booty call? And what the hell makes you think I’ll trust you enough to see you after the stunt you pulled not even several days ago.” Garnet growled out. She could hear her infuriating chuckle.
The line went dead, and a few seconds after her phone blipped with an incoming text message, one stating an address that wasn’t too far from her house. Garnet stared at it for a moment, then looked over to the woman sleeping in her bed. Hadn’t stirred one bit. Though she didn’t trust that she wouldn’t wake up at some point during the night, notice that her fuck was gone, and start rooting through her stuff. So Garnet leaned over and started shaking her shoulder, and she let out a small ‘what?’ and tried slapping her hand away.
“C’mon, get up, you got to go. I’ll drive you home.”
The woman checked her phone. “It’s 3:00.” she slurred out.
“Business calls. Either you get ready in two minutes and I’ll drive you home, or you’re walking. Make a choice.”
Predictably, she was ready in a minute-thirty.
Garnet nursed a whisky as she drove, ignoring the complaints of her fuck and how that she could ‘potentially get them killed’ or ‘pulled over’ (Like she cared.) Every time she complained it prompted Garnet to take a swig, until she dropped her off an hour later at her house.
And so, Garnet was quite drunk when she got to the address.
By sheer luck she managed to pull into the parkway without hitting any bins or the light poles around it, and even by more luck she managed to get out of the car and walk up to the door without tripping and falling. The house was typical for a suburban neighborhood; all uniform with neatly cut lawns and cars not a penny under 100k sitting in the driveways. Garnet was fairly certain that had it been in the middle of the day rather than the night, she would have already had several people looking at her through their living room blinds with a phone in their hands, the police on the other line.
Garnet knocked several times, wobbling on her feet, used the door to brace herself afterwards as she let out a suppressed burp that tasted like fire. The world tilted back and forth and her stomach flipped with it. For a moment she wished that she didn’t have an iron stomach, because vomiting on White Crane would make her fucking year.
The door opened, White Crane--Ugh, Pearl. She needed to remember that-- standing there in the most casual attire she had seen her in, a red turtleneck sweater and black jeans. Garnet raised an eyebrow.
“I see why you prefixed your name with ‘white’.” Garnet slurred out. To her embarrassment, her normally subdued accent came out full-fucking Scot (Oh, the joys of alcohol!)
Pearl looked amused, barking out a small laugh, “Pardon?”
“You live in a white neighborhood, you’re dressed white, and you’re white. White Crane.” Garnet grinned, hiccuped a half a second later. Pearl smirked and stepped back to let her in.
“I was just taking care of business.”
Even with her intoxication, Garnet became aware of a cold in the room as she stepped in, one that made her hair stand on end. She knew the feeling well, and a glance over to Pearl revealed the details she didn’t notice at first. How the sweater was too big on her, how its redness wasn’t its natural color. The red on her hands. Garnet halted where she stood, looking at Pearl, sobering up quite quickly as her gut told her to prepare for a fight.
“Taking back what’s mine.” Pearl ran a thin hand across the teal walls, her smirk turning into an unsettling smile. “They put up a fight, so I took care of it.”
“By yourself?” (By yer’sulf?)
Pearl laughed again. “I can handle myself well.”
“You’re acting like I didn’t almost kill you.”
Pearl reached out towards her, palm up, then moved it over towards a door in the room. She turned and went, and Garnet found herself following without meaning to. There were red fingerprints and marks on the door, the cold feeling amplified in this area. Garnet held her breath as Pearl opened the door.
The couple laid on the bed, their hands crossed over their chests, a bullet hole right between their eyes, still leaking blood that dripped onto already-soaked sheets. Their dresser at the foot of their bed was wide open, clothes strewn about. The scene was… familiar. Frowning, Garnet scratched at her side.
“Clean,” she muttered out. Pearl nodded.
“Surprisingly, considering how much they struggled,” she was looking at destruction in the left part of the room, a lamp lying in pieces and several holes in the wall. White Crane sighed, pulling the turtle neck off, revealing--oh, what a surprise, A dress shirt!-- underneath. She folded it and set it on the bed, but kept her jeans on. Pulled a tie out of her back pocket to tie it around her neck.
Garnet didn’t know if it was from the alcohol, or because she might still be a little frisky from her time with her fuck, but the sight of her so casually fixing her appearance after doing a violent act like that made her just a bit wet. Mentally telling her vagina to behave, Garnet used the dresser to stabilize herself. “Doesn’t your type send goonies out to do the job?”
“They were special enough to earn a personal visit,” Pearl responded, tightening her tie and flipping her collar over the band.
“And what does that make me, the person getting a personal invitation to come see you?”
Pearl didn’t answer. Garnet spotted a smile on those thin lips. Her eyebrows furrowed, “What did you bring me here for?”
“To hear that absolutely adorable accent of yours, for one. For two, I invited you here to make amends,” she turned to face her at last, clasped her hands behind her back and stood proper straight like usual. Sexy Pearl was fading, being replaced with ‘Prissy Bitch White Crane’. Garnet was sure that if her vagina had expectations, they would be ruined.
“I’m sorry for kidnapping you,” Pearl said, nodding her head as though she agreed with her own apology. Garnet couldn’t help but roll her eyes. It didn’t sound sincere at all, and for all she knew this was a plot to kidnap her again. The weight of her gun at her hip told her that she would be prepared, and besides, alcohol didn’t hinder her efficiency one bit.
(Case and point, the time she managed to a bring a one night stand to orgasm three times whilst hammered, and then almost beating her boyfriend to death when he walked in and tried to throw her out. If anything, alcohol helped her with these things)
“Are you now?”
“I are,” Pearl smiled, “My little viking.”
“Vikings are scandinavian, you fuck. And pirates say ‘arr’, not vikings,” She attempted to make her accent less pronounced as she said this, but the focus did nothing but make it thicken. For the first time in a while, she was getting embarrassed over it.
“Do you own a kilt?”
“Fuck you and fuck your shoddy apology.”
“Mmhm, fucking sounds nice,” Pearl reached over and fixed her tie, making it a bit looser. Her hips swayed side to side as she walked up, closing the distance between them from her previous spot near one of the bodies. “Maybe that’s another reason why I brought you here.”
Garnet didn’t react to her. Getting under her skin, trying to twist her head around, that’s all Pearl was doing. Manipulation was an obvious skill of hers. Garnet took a step back and strayed her hand near her hip, lip curling up to show off her displeasure. It didn’t dissuade her from getting close enough that they were almost touching chests. Pearl had to tilt her head up to look Garnet in the eyes (well, shades.)
“I didn't kill you when I had the chance and this is how you act? Trying to get me to kill you again? Ungrateful shite.”She said to Pearl. Inside her head, she told her vagina to calm the fuck down. Stars, whisky made her randy.
Pearl untied her tie, letting it hang on her neck, hands fluttering down to her shirt buttons and undoing the first two, revealing the peak of a white sports bra underneath it. Without her wanting them to, Garnet’s eyes wandered, her body stiffening up when Pearl took another step forward and hooked her tie around her waist, using it to pull her closer.
“Usually that’s a lot sexier when you do it around the neck.” Garnet muttered out.
“Usually my interests are shorter than me,” Pearl quipped back. She pulled a little tighter. “I work with what I have.”
“And you don’t have a lot,” Garnet pushed on her chest, but she didn’t budge, digging her heels into the ground. Is this what she was working for the entire time, trying to fuck her? Garnet expressed that thought out loud, and Pearl laughed and pulled her closer so their chests were touching. Garnet dropped a hand onto her shoulder, the other on her gun, but she didn’t make a move to push her away yet.
“Maybe,” she murmured out, standing on her toes so her lips were almost on hers, just a few inches short. Beckoned her closer by darting her tongue out to wet them.
The air between them was heavy and hot, like there weren’t two corpses sitting only two feet away from them. Garnet wanted to move forward already and close the distance, but the still-sober part of her was telling her was that something was very wrong about this situation and White Crane’s sudden seduction. Expression darkened, Garnet pushed her away. Like the cosmos were laughing at them, she happened to fall onto the bed, and Pearl let out a low laugh.
“Now, they do have a guest room. I’d rather not have my shirt get filthy,” raised an eyebrow. “I’m assuming you’re not a kisser?”
Garnet very much was when she particularly liked the person, but that wasn’t the issue. She turned to leave, intending to go alone, but Pearl got up and followed right after. Like keeping her hands to herself would kill her if she did it for too long, White Crane wrapped her arms around her and unbuckled her belt with swift fingers. Garnet slapped her hands over hers, and Pearl reacted by flipping them over and lacing their fingers together, pressing the side of her face into the arms dealer’s muscular back. Garnet could only manage to blink as she looked down as their interlocked hands.
… Maybe indulging wasn’t a bad idea.
Around her were crates and more crates, some opened, some closed, some with their contents--sleek, black cases-- resting next to them. The rhythmic tapping of her cane against the concrete floor of the warehouse echoed as Jasper strode up and down the aisles, making sure everything looked good. Behind her tailed her inventory person, and he checked off every crate and every gun case, not looking up once from his clipboard if only to check the aisles.
“Got to admit, that guy knows what he is doing.”
She was of course talking about their new smuggler down in Brazil. More than 90% of the warehouse had been cleared out and it had only been a few weeks since they first hired him. And best of all, there hasn’t been one word of complaint from him. Barely any contact either. He got the job done, and he got it done silently. Jasper definitely would bring up raising his rates to Garnet.
Her knee zinged with enough pain to make stumble and curse, and she had to limp over to take a seat on a packed crate huffing. Her inventory stopped walking, looking up at her, not out of concern, but awaiting a new order.
“Continue taking inventory and when you’re done go home and get some rest” Jasper ordered. Her inventory nodded and continued down the aisle without sparing another look at her. A sigh left her lips as she leaned back, stretching her lower back enough to make it pop several times.
This was tiring work, and she really needed to retire sometime soon. Jasper just couldn’t bring herself to do it with Garnet still in the business. Her friend is who convinced her to go bigger with their plans anyway, sweetening the conversation about going international with talk of the amount of money that would come in. And so far, she was entirely correct, but all the micromanaging piled onto the stress that was already there. Rubbing at her knee, Jasper searched in her pocket for her phone. Garnet had sent her a text sometime ago, obviously drunk off her ass, that she was meeting with White Crane. She still hadn’t answer the 3 texts sent in response to it.
“She’s going to get herself killed,” murmuring to only herself. Jasper trusted Garnet to hold her own, but lately she had been biting off more than she could chew and White Crane was an entirely different enemy than she was used to. That, and she happened to be the gender that Garnet swinged towards. And she was decent looking. And Garnet had a habit of thinking with her groin rather than her head when it came to that sort of thing.
Jasper let out a sigh and rubbed at her face.
“I worry too much,” she said to herself, but truth is, Jasper felt like she didn’t worry enough sometimes.
Apparently, more than a few people find themselves concerned with Garnet and White Crane’s dealings.
Sweat ran down the side of Garnet’s face and to her chin, dripped off and landed on Pearl’s forehead. Her back hooked forward, and she tugged at the blonde hair strands wrapped in her fingers, grimacing as a tongue brushed across her overworked clit. Her thighs and hips burned from rocking them, her abodmen ached from the involuntary flexing that came with each orgasm, but she didn’t move a muscle while White Crane continued her work. The room stunk of sex and blood, the mixture of scents something that Garnet has experienced before, and something that managed to only amplify her arousal.
She released the hair and leaned, clawing at the pillows, growling when a tongue slipped inside and ran up against her walls. Fingers dug into the flesh of her hips to keep her steady as she started to cum. The orgasm washed over her warmly and she shuddered through it and didn’t dare to release a moan, rather growling again as she grabbed Pearl’s hair. Seconds after, once her hips stopped their bucking, Pearl let go and Garnet rolled over onto the mess of blankets and pillows beside them, gazing up at the ceiling blankly. White Crane lifted herself onto her elbows and looked at her, making a point to lick off the wet around her lips. Her chin glistened in the low light of the room
“Shut the fuck up,” her accent still came out scottish, but more subdued than last night. White Crane raised an eyebrow.
“Is that an after effect of sex?”
“No, just happens after I have a lot of whisky,” Garnet cleared her throat a few times like it would magically get rid of the accent.
“I must say, after months of fantasising, you certainly exceeded expectations,” Pearl moved closer and laid down next to Garnet, resting a hand over her chest. Like some sort of post-sex scene in a movie. Garnet only didn’t push her away because she was exhausted.
“So is this what you wanted the whole time? Sex?”
“Mmh, does that offend you?”
(Yes, because she wasn’t the first who used her for sex.) “What? With the likes of you? Completely expected,” Garnet said and earned a laugh from the woman laying on her chest. The hand moved over to cup a breast, playing with it, and Garnet watched the action for some time, lips in a tight line. She gripped her wrist.
“We should get out before someone makes a wellness check.”
“Does it matter?” Pearl looked up and smiled at her, blue eyes shining in the light brought in from the early morning sun. Her grip on her breast tightened ever so slightly. “Let them come and find us.”
“Don’t wanna go back to jail, it’s not a nice place,” And her grip on White Crane’s wrist tightened ever so slightly as well. They laid there in silence for a while and soon Garnet realized that she didn’t quite mind having her on top of her chest. But the smell of blood was getting sickening. And her arm was going numb. She made a move to get up and Pearl moved off of her, watching as Garnet rose and dressed herself, admiring each flex of her muscles and piece of skin she saw. By the end of it, she was ready for another round (Round 5, baby!), but White Crane knew she should get dressed and get out as well.
And much like her, Garnet watched while she got dressed, looking over all the scars and slenderness of her form and too feeling ready for another go by the time Pearl fixed up the last button. But the itch she scratched was not one to be scratched again, lest she cut herself open. Garnet, without a word to her, left the room. She saw red footprints on the floor that showed just exactly where they travelled last night. From the wall, to the couch, to the bedroom. Frowning again, Garnet left it behind.
Her car was parked almost completely sideways on the driveway (She had thought it was straight), turning her frown into a smile as she took a seat on the driver’s side and started it up, pulling away from the house and turning down the road. Her bottle of whisky sat on the transmission, one-third of the golden liquid still in it. Garnet picked it up by the neck and killed it.
“Where have you been?! Why didn’t you answer any of my texts?” Following along both Garnet’s and Jasper’s footsteps was the slightly-humorous sound of her cane rapidly tapping along the concrete floor of the warehouse. Garnet didn’t pay her much mind though, going over the accounts and shipment information inside the clipboard she was carrying. It wasn’t much to talk about, but the rise in the numbers pleased her. She flipped through papers as she walked to her office, then took a seat, put her feet up on the table, and lit a cigarette. Took a long drag and breathed out grey.
“Fucked White Crane,” that shut Jasper up quicker than she expected, and Garnet couldn’t help but grin, taking in another drag.
“You… Fucked with her?” The state of confusion was almost nice to see. It wasn’t quite often that Jasper was thrown for a loop like that,
“Nah, fucked her. Her pussy was nice,” she finished the cigarette down and threw it to the side, drawing another out from her pack and lighting it. She stopped from taking a drag when she noticed that Jasper’s face hadn’t dropped from its severe expression. Usually there was some small point of congratulations before she railed on her about sleeping with someone she should not. But now, she was silent and looking at her. And Garnet started to get nervous. She put out her cigarette and took her feet off the table and instead leaned forward on her knees. Looking up at Jasper. At last, she put her head in her hands and let out a long, stressed, sigh.
“She’s got you wrapped around her finger.”
“No, she doesn’t.”
“Does she not?! Garnet, she drugged you, kidnapped you, did who-knows-what to you while you were unconscious! And you go over to her house and have sex with her on her whim.”
“I make my own choices!” She sat up so quick that her chair tipped onto the floor. “I chose to go see her. She makes us money. I’m not going to-”
“Since when were you someone else's bitch just because you get paid?! For fuck’s sake you killed one of our best buyers just because he kept trying to lower rates on you.”
“I’m not someone’s bitch.”
The argument escalated steadily and Jasper was getting red in the face by the end of it. Garnet shouted enough to shake the desk and there was a nice imprint where she punched it a few times.
“Stay away from White Crane. I’m going to call her and tell her that our deals off.”
“What? And lose the money we’re making?! Ruin us?” Garnet threw her arms out, almost as a way of challenging Jasper. But she didn’t take the bait, knowing Garnet was not above fighting a cripple. (A long, long story. Stars, what a long story)
“We’ll find a different buyer! White Crane isn’t the only mob boss around.”
“White Crane is-”
“Different because she licks your pussy? I’ll find you a girlfriend too. It’s about time you settled down with someone for once rather than sleep with any girl that gives you the time of day.”
“I don’t want to find someone,” Garnet crossed her arms and sneered. “Stop trying to make this some sort of dating intervention. We’re dealing with White Crane, I’ll deal business with her how I want, and that’s final! You hear me?! Get the fuck out of here or I’ll break your other knee.”
Jasper scoffed and turned around, muttering choice words to herself as she headed for the door. “Y’know, I’ve never been wrong about these sort of things Garnet. You’re going to regret this and you’ll come crawling back apologizing like you always do. And this time? Maybe I won’t forgive you,” she didn’t allow room for another word, slamming the door behind her. Garnet growled and picked up her chair, sat back in it and re lit her cigarette.
“Dumb fuck. Why did I let myself get stuck with her?” Garnet breathed out and shook her head, staring down at the clipboard. After giving it a second of thought, she smacked the thing aside. It hit the wall and clattered to the floor. Garnet felt somewhat better.
“Y’know, if you’re going to be staying with me, you could at least put pants on.”
Garnet, 18 at this time, sat on Jasper’s couch watching a show, legs spread wide apart. She was covered in sweat, hiding a magazine under a throw pillow, and just from her demeanor it was obvious what she had been doing before she came home. Nonetheless she acted casual, staring at Jasper with a strained grin.
“Nah, pants come off after work. You know how it goes.”
After a week of staying with her--and months of knowing her--, Garnet’s accent was easier to understand, but Jasper still had to take a moment before responding.
“You don’t work. You go to school.”
“Really? Carrying around coca-bananas isn’t work?”
“Nah, it’s freelance,” Jasper took a seat next to her on the couch. “Hope you washed your hands.”
“‘Course I did. That’s nasty.”
Garnet rested on the arm of the couch and put her feet up on Jasper’s lap. For once, Jasper let her do so, grabbing the magazine out from the pillow and looking it over.
“Playboy, really? Shit porn.”
“I work with what I have,” Garnet scratched at her neck, at the place where her tattoo would end up two months from now.
“You take your meds?” Jasper set the magazine on the coffee table as she spoke.
Garnet chuckled, stretching out along the couch and letting out a satisfied groan as she did so. Unfortunately, Jasper’s patience ran out at that point and her legs were batted off her, leaving Garnet in a less-comfortable position with her feet on the floor and her hips turned. Despite grumbling her displeasure, Garnet brought them back up and didn’t try to rest them on Jasper again.
“Do you have anything else for me?”
“Nah, nothing you would be able to handle. Maybe next week.”
“I haven’t moved anything in a while,” Garnet scratched at that same spot on her neck. “Hope you aren’t cutting me out.”
“Pssh, and get rid of free labour? Nah, you’re still in, just been slow so far.”
“Free labour?” Garnet sat up, glaring at her with mismatched eyes that were for once left uncovered. “You said you’re putting it into an account.”
“I am. It’s only a joke. Finish your homework?”
“You fucking wish you were my mum, don’t you? Yes, it’s finished. I take care of my shit, Jasper.” (Of course, to Jasper, that sounded much more like “Ye feckin' wish ye waur mah mawm, don’t ye? Yes, it’s finished. Ah tak care o’ mah shet, Jasper.” Predictably, it took her a few seconds to figure it out.) There was some sort of offense in her eyes, but it disappeared quickly and Garnet wasn’t concerned over it. She leaned back on the arm of the couch and crossed her own arms over her chest.
“I was just asking. I’m not trying to be anyone,” Jasper didn’t leave much more than that and she got up from the couch and left into a different part of the house. It was only then that Garnet felt a little bad. Truth to be told, Jasper could never try to be her mum, because she was already so much better.
Lapis sat on the man’s corpse, watching as Peridot took her sweet ass time in loading the money into the van and Aquamarine rounded the hostages into the back room. The bank job had gone smoothly, It was a quiet day and right in the middle of everyone else’s working hours, which meant not a lot of activity and not a lot of curious bystanders. It was a shame about the man though, but he tried running so he got what was coming to him. By the time Peridot finished up, the summer heat had already started making his flesh stink, and the flies were gnawing away at his cheeks and arms. Lapis stood up, cracked her neck, called for Aquamarine, and hopped into the back of the van. Joined soon after by the feisty brit, they slammed the doors shut and car kicked into gear. Lapis pulled off her mask of a grinning white face, revealing her more impassive one.
“Clean. Not often it is.”
“I didn’t get to blow up the vault,” Peridot grumbled, pressing her fists underneath her chin. She would be the only person in the world to complain about something whilst sitting on top of a pile of money. Though admittedly, Lapis was hoping to blow up the vault too--it was always a fun occasion-- but fortunately, one of the employees had left the vault wide open, and when they tied him up they found that the man had quite a bit of pocket change on him. The employee would have been great for recruitment with that kind of greed driving him, but he was the one that ended up running.
Aquamarine sat quiet while Peridot and Lapis conversed, going over the details of the job and that parts they could have done better, like it was some sort of high-school assignment. She wanted no part of it, so she just sat counting bills. At some points a question was asked to her, but she ignored it. And soon after Lapis and Peridot ignored her. The van stopped and Marty banged on the side of the vehicle. Lapis grabbed her mask and opened up the doors, stepping out.
“Nice driving, you didn’t kill us,” Lapis said. He only sneered and walked off to smoke or jerk-off or whatever the fuck he did after a job. Lapis paid no mind to him or her partners, going over to grab the rolling rack to bring it over. The three of them loaded it with the money and, after drawing the shortest straw, Peridot walked off grumbling, pulling it behind her to bring it to the treasury. Lapis took a seat in the back of the van.
“White Crane, she seem distracted to you?”
Aquamarine stopped scuffing her shoes across the concrete and glanced up at her, lip quirked to the side.
“Boss doesn’t seem like herself nowadays. You see how she came in today? I had to call her two times to get her attention and then she seemed really… I don’t know, giddy? Like she was happy to be there or something. It’s weird,” Lapis explained, leaning back and crossing her arms. Aquamarine took a seat on the floor. “She’s the leader of an organization that brings in close to a million dollars a day. I would be happy too.”
“Yeah, but it’s weird for her. I dunno know.” Lapis ran her fingers through her blue hair. “Something’s going on, but as long as I’m still getting paid I’m not going to concern myself with it. I’ll just keep an eye on it though,” Lapis said.
“You just said you wouldn’t concern yourself with it,” the brit said and tapped her finger on her knee. Lapis smiled.
“Keeping an eye on it as in making sure it doesn’t cost me my paycheck.”
They both laughed.
Both Pearl and Garnet realize that night meant more to them than they thought it would.
Hello, sorry for lateness. I have a new chapter coming up for helping hand soon and I was focused too much on it. Back to this story now!
Garnet slammed the barbell down onto the mat, her arms wobbling from the force. Using the towel resting across her shoulder, she wiped the sweat off her neck and forehead. Steady pants left her lips and she closed her eyes, taking a small rest, holding the towel to her brow to catch the sweat droplets rolling down from her hairline.
“Y’know, slamming the bar down is pretty rude,” Jasper commented from her spot on a bench, working with a dumbbell in each hand, her leg prompted up on a stool.
“Shut the hell up,” Garnet growled as she pulled the towel from her brow to glare at her companion, who went back to doing her curls, whistling to herself.
“Cool it on the attitude, I’m not the reason White Crane hasn’t called you back after getting your pussy.”
Garnet growled and slammed the barbell down again, whirling around and marching over to Jasper. She made no reaction as Garnet wrenched the dumbell out of her hands and threw it to the ground.
“I don’t need your smart fucking comments,” her voice was as low as a whisper and dangerous. It made Jasper laugh, because after all these years Garnet still thought that she scared her.
(She never has.)
“You were a bit of pussy to her, and damn if you aren’t hurt by that. I can see it in your eyes, Garnet. You’re crushed that she got what she wanted out of you.” Jasper reached passed her to get the dumbell. Started curling it again, so nonchalant and so uncaring of the way she was seething at her, veins bulging from the side of her neck, making the tattoo stand out more than usual. But like she always did, Garnet backed off and grabbed the barbell, working with it at a violent pace. Jasper chuckled.
They finished their workout an hour later and on the way home Garnet smoked cigarette after cigarette, choking the car with smoke. Jasper tried to roll down a window, only to find that they had been locked.
“Bitch.” Jasper said. Garnet didn’t respond, smoking a cigarette down to the butt and tossing it into an over-crowded ashtray. She made a sharp turn to the right, pulling into an unoccupied car park.The warehouse stood tall ahead.
“Get out.” Garnet yanked her keys and shoved open the door, slamming it without waiting for Jasper, already lighting another cigarette. By the time her friend got out out, it was already burnt down halfway and smoke was billowing from her mouth as she breathed out. They said nothing as they walked to the building, and Garnet wasn’t petty enough to walk ahead and leave Jasper in her dust so the walk was awkward with the silence. By the time they reached the door, her cigarette was down to the filter.
“The new shipment came in. Brazil guy already got his share shipped out. Rest is being set up.” Jasper said as she opened the door for her. Inside were crates stacked upon crates, from one wall to the other. Garnet took it all in and frowned.
“What was the cost?”
“Maybe your sugar mommy can pay it off for you.” Jasper said. She ignored the glare thrown at her as she took a few steps forward into the main storage of the warehouse, examining the crates. “Would be nice to have a little money to ourselves for once. We’re always paying costs.”
“That’s how business works. It’ll get good soon, I’ll make sure of it.” Garnet said and fixed her shades so they sat higher on her nose. Trying to mask the uncertainty in her eyes.
“Right after you finish fucking-”
“Are you going to let that go?” Garnet reeled back on her and Jasper cracked a grin, standing up straight. She looked quite posh with the way she held the cane in order to do so.
“Nah, never. It’s especially hilarious that you’re getting ghosted by a mob boss of all people.” Jasper might have been playing with fire at this point, but she couldn’t care less because damn if teasing Garnet wasn’t fun. Especially with how angry she got, including now, where her nostrils were flaring and her hand, balled into a tight fist, was shaking. If Jasper got her lights punched out in the next several seconds… well, that might just cement it as being the most hilarious experience she had in months.
Instead, Garnet unclenched her fist and left the warehouse without a word to her, slamming the door shut on her way. Jasper scoffed and took out her phone, opening it to the notes section so she could go about taking inventory. She would come back in a few moments to scream at her and then get back to work. It always turned out that way.
Pearl sat with Doctor Maheswaran, reading over the notes she had given her, occasionally glancing over the various bottles on the table.
“This… program,” Unspoken: If you could even call it that. “It’ll help her?”
“Yes, it’s the best I can do without drawing any suspicion from my work. And with my limited free time,” there was much emphasis put on that word, but Pearl didn’t care too much about it. The doctor gave up whatever free time she had once she signed into that deal with her. Pearl set the papers down and leaned back in her chair, looking at the various bottles.
“That’s a lot of pills for calming someone down.”
“It’s experimental to see what will work best with her. You don’t take them all at once.” Doctor Maheswaran explained.
Pearl nodded, “She appreciates it greatly. You are dismissed.” Without waiting much longer than a second, Doctor Maheswaran was out of her chair and across the room, taking out her phone as she walked (no doubt to enter into a call with her colleagues.) Pearl packed the bottles into the case they came in and deposited them into her drawer, letting out a deep breath. Her disposable buzzed against her desk and she snatched it up, wondering who in their right mind was calling-
Oh. How interesting.
“Garnet,” Pearl said once she accepted the call, a smirk already making its way onto her face. She leaned forward, elbows on her desk in a casual manner that nobody but the shadows observed from her. “How nice to hear from you.”
It was clear that calling her was an impulsive decision, because Garnet didn’t respond for the next several seconds, and Pearl could hear her form words and cut them off several times. It made her smile even larger and she tapped her fingers along her desk.
“What’s wrong? Need some stress released?” She decided to goad her on. Predictable as always, Garnet’s response was indignant.
“Fuck no, you cunt. I want to know if you’re ready to pick up a shipment.”
(Oh… so obviously not the reason she called her. Pearl wanted to laugh in her face.)
“Depends on what the shipment is and whether or not it refers to what you have in your pants,” Pearl said and once more she had to choke back a laugh at the deep sigh on the other line. Oh how easy it was to toy with the arms dealer, and how rewarding it always turned out to be in the end. Pearl stopped tapping her fingers and instead grabbed her computer’s mouse so she could check her schedule. No harm in allocating some time for a little fun with her favourite Scot.
“It refers to the guns we have and you’re buying, not what’s in my pants. Are you coming to pick it up soon?” Garnet got out through clenched teeth.
“Oh, I suppose I can send some trucks down to go and pick up a shipment.”
“What? Don’t want to come and do a quality inspection? You’re finally trusting that I’m not going to rip you off?” The arms dealer sneered and fell right into the game that Pearl wanted to play. She smirked and cleared off a meeting on her schedule, getting up from her chair.
“Well, if you want me there that badly, perhaps I can make some time for you,” her voice dropped lower, “I bet you’ve been dreaming of me, haven’t you? Imagining what I did to you and what I can do to you again. You want me, Garnet.”
Oh, the silence was so delicious . White Crane was sure she was going love whatever response came out of the arms dealer’s mouth.
“Why are you playing with me like this?”
Well, maybe not that response.
It wasn’t what was said, it was how it was said. Garnet’s voice was small and quiet like it never was, and Pearl blinked twice after she heard it, wondering if it were some sort of trick on her ears. But no, Garnet used that tone and she sounded sincere, and it made Pearl frown, suddenly not so entertained anymore (Why wasn’t she entertained anymore?!)
“Oh, have I offended you?” Pearl played it off, forcing herself to smile again even though she didn’t feel like smiling. Garnet sighed.
“No. I asked you a question,” she insisted and Pearl became bored (‘bored’ meaning uncertain) with the conversation. Using her mouse she scheduled the meeting again and switched off her computer.
“Like you deserve an answer. The trucks will be there within the hour, Garnet. Nice speaking with you, let me know when you get stressed again.” The offer was dry and the only reason why she said it is so she could act like Garnet’s words didn’t make her wonder why she was playing with her. Pearl hung up without waiting for a response and sank back in her chair, hands wiping down her face and an irritated groan leaving her lips. The answer was obvious, wasn’t it? She toyed with her because it was fun. That’s all it was, all it would be. The arms dealer would need to get used to that fact.
Her phone rang again and, after checking it was for actual business, Pearl answered it, and the matter was quickly forgotten.
It was dark by the time that Garnet got home, and Mac was not happy with her, judging by his ‘I'm happy to see you, but I’m not happy with how long it took’ look he was giving her as he enjoyed her half-hearted petting. But Garnet was quiet as she played with him, not even saying hi or encouraging him to roll over. Instead she stared down at him in silence and her hand glided over his back and barely rustled his fur. Mac sensed her distress, because he stopped laying down and instead craned his neck up to lick her.
“‘M sorry Mac.” Garnet said, pushing him away. “Think I’m going to bed early tonight. We’ll have an extra long walk in the morning.”Garnet stood up and walked into her room and she could hear Mac following her. Whining loudly as to get her attention. But Garnet would much rather lie down and sleep off the stress of the day than indulge the dog any longer (a behavior that was completely new to her. There was always time for Mac. Always).
Garnet knew that night didn’t mean anything. So why did it mean something?
Ugh, it doesn’t matter.
Yes it does, why is she so bothered?!
Just another one of White Crane’s mind games. It was a smaller move to win a game that Garnet didn’t even know she was apart of.
But White Crane sounded uncertain too.
And her name is Pearl, not White Crane. Pretending she doesn’t have a name won't make you feel better, Garnet.
Why were you bothered by not being called back and being treated like you were a stress reliever? Don’t you love sex without attachment? You never wanted anything else even though many of your one night stands did.
Garnet pressed her palms to her eyes and let out a growl, shrugging them down and glaring at her ceiling as though it were the barrier holding back all the answers to her problems. Quite frankly, she wouldn’t have minded taking out her anger on it as though that were the case, but instead she rolled over onto her side and hiked her knee up close to her chest and slid one arm under the pillow, looking at the wall instead.
“Just go to sleep and you can figure it out in the morning,” she muttered to herself.
Her body was keen on doing the opposite though, and it was dawn by the time her eyes closed.
Pearl woke up around dawn and slid out of her bed without a moment to spare, dressing out of her night clothes into her normal formal ones and checking her watch: 06:15. Ugh, two minutes later than the time she normally finished dressing at. Way to start off the day. She headed into her bathroom to brush her teeth and hair and apply perfume, and when she finished with that it was forty minutes past the hour. (Don’t ask where most of the time went. What else do you usually do first thing in the morning?)
“Even worse,” She hissed out. And she blamed that entirely on Garnet and how she dreamt about her last night; their night together and the conversation (how short it was!) over the phone the day before. Yep, all her fault. No blame pinned on her. Fucking Garnet.
Ugh, she was being ridiculous and she knew it, but Pearl pushed that from her head as she started on her work. Garnet certainly wasn’t thinking about her, so why should she? More important things called for her attention than some arms dealer she met barely a year ago.
… Important things like the message from Doctor Maheswaran asking her if Garnet started taking the medication and which one she started out with.
Oh this was going to be a long day with everything reminding her of the arms dealer, wasn’t it?