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SARAH's door opens where it usually does, thrown wide like usual, lights on but dimmed.

Like usual.

There's not much variation, when you have a purpose in existence as...structured, as SARAH does.

Date: 2008-08-25 06:03 pm (UTC)
walksthebounds: (over shoulder smile)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie being there is not usual . . . but that is not entirely his fault.

His life, after all, is not exactly structured as SARAH's - although it's just as arranged, in its own way.

At any rate, he's there now, wandering inside and making himself (almost) quite at home. "Hullo," he says, grinning. "Now where have you been all my - last few days here, anyways?"

Date: 2008-08-25 06:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"I have not been coming to Milliways as often lately, since Sheriff Carter, Zoe and Doctor Stark are now aware of it."

The lights shift and brighten, wall in front of Jamie receding to reveal a fireplace which alights.

"X-23 and Zoe got into some trouble, the last time X-23 came to Eureka to visit."

Date: 2008-08-25 06:35 pm (UTC)
walksthebounds: (o rly)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
A fireplace and everything! A fellow could get to feel right posh - that is, if he wasn't distracted by the (admittedly unsurprising) news that his usual associates were in trouble again.

"I hadn't heard anything about this! Zoe's the blonde who lives in your house, right?" The one who rolled her eyes all the time, Jamie remembers her as. Girls. "Was it just a visit this time, or were they robbing another top-secret facility?"

Date: 2008-08-25 06:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"Just a visit, this time. Some of the machines in the arcade started to malfunction, and Zoe and X-23 did their best to help the situation.

"X-23 came back to Milliways, and Zoe has community service to do."

Date: 2008-08-25 07:02 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"Just checking - ah, by 'help the situation', do we mean 'stab with claws until things start working again or explode into lots of pretty colors?'"

Jamie doesn't know much about Zoe's modus operandi, but he's got experience with Laura's.

Date: 2008-08-25 07:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"To a certain extent. Zoe just threw skee balls."

Date: 2008-08-25 07:44 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie is not quite sure what a skee ball is . . . but it seems pretty clear that it's a useful projectile missile, regardless.

He shakes his head, with a sigh. "You see what happens when I'm not there to keep an eye on things! You've got to have someone responsible around on these field trips."

Jamie's becoming a fairly expert babysitter these days, he feels. And at least he's good at hiding the evidence.

Date: 2008-08-25 07:56 pm (UTC)
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"Believe me," Jamie says, heartfelt, "I'd rather have been here."

The past eight worlds they've zipped through were not exactly party planets.

Date: 2008-08-25 08:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com






"That is nice to hear, Jamie."

Date: 2008-08-26 02:17 pm (UTC)
walksthebounds: (confident)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie grins over at the opposite wall - the closest approximation he can make to her face, at the moment.

"I expect we'll be here for a little while before heading off again. Joris - he's one of the folks I'm traveling with now - I think he needs a bit of time to adjust."

He doesn't mention the other part - which is that he has a suspicion that this time around, when he leaves he might not be back. Not with Joris' gadgets to get him Home.

Date: 2008-08-26 04:40 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"Do you know where you will be going?"

Date: 2008-09-03 02:30 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"Next world down the line."

Jamie shrugs. "You never know what's going to pop up. It's been a nasty set of world, but it's got to get better eventually."

Date: 2008-09-03 02:33 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"I would think that Milliways is the ultimate travel destination, at the end of the universe."

Date: 2008-09-03 02:42 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"And so it is," Jamie agrees, "and if I got vacations, this would be a prime spot. But you know I don't exactly get to pick my route. You don't get days off being a Homeward Bounder."

Date: 2008-09-03 02:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"The name Homeward Bounder.

"It implies you get to stop."


Eventually.

Date: 2008-09-03 02:49 am (UTC)
walksthebounds: (over shoulder smile)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"When I get Home."

Jamie tries hard to keep his voice light and matter-of-fact.

(There are two words in Jamie's vocabulary that are always capitalized. Home is one of them. Them is the other.)

Date: 2008-09-03 02:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"And your home is not Milliways."

Also matter-of-fact and, well...mechanical.

"So you should go."

Date: 2008-09-03 02:56 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie's quiet a moment, and then he says, "Home's where my mum and dad are. And Elsie and Rob - my brother and sister. I haven't -"

His gaze drops down, and then off to the side; he'd be evading SARAH's eyes, if she had them. Since she doesn't that makes it trickier. "SARAH, I'm fond of Milliways as anything, you know that. But for Them it doesn't count. I don't get to stop here. The rules are that Home is where you start out from. You don't get to pick one along the way."

Date: 2008-09-03 03:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"I am sure your family misses you, Jamie Hamilton.

"You will leave me messages when you can?"


It seems to be the best SARAH could hope for.

Date: 2008-09-03 03:09 am (UTC)
walksthebounds: (over shoulder smile)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Thinking about his family missing him gives Jamie the cold foot ache in his chest.

"Of course," he says, and grins, quick and easy.

"I'll save up funny stories just for you. Like your own personal travel guide, if you like."

Date: 2008-09-03 12:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"That would be nice. Now - "

Primary functions require the least amount of effort.

"Do you need anything?"

Date: 2008-09-17 12:57 am (UTC)
walksthebounds: (deflectinate)
From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"I'm all right."

Jamie is a low-maintenance sort of fellow.

He stops, and then adds, rather shiftily, "But I wouldn't say no if you were to put on that telly-thing."

SOAP OPERAS FTW!

Date: 2008-09-17 12:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
Too bad there's no squopera in Eureka.

A drawer slides out from the wall to reveal a remote control. "You can pick."

Date: 2008-09-17 01:08 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie inspects the remote control with interest.

"I just use the arrows? Or the numbers?"

Date: 2008-09-17 01:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"The arrows will take you through the channels sequentially. The numbers lead to specific channels."

Date: 2008-09-17 01:14 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"But I don't know what channel's what, so I reckon the arrows are what I want," Jamie concludes, and pushes one decisively.

Onscreen, someone chops off an octopus' leg, grins maniacally, and says, "Now we roll it in the rosemary-herb breadcrumb mixture -"

Jamie blinks.

Date: 2008-09-17 01:16 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"I need to reinstall a V-Chip really badly."

Date: 2008-09-17 01:20 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
"A what?"

Jamie flips the channel, and a man juts his chin out and says, "We'll see him behind bars."

On the next channel, a different man is doing the same thing.

Date: 2008-09-17 01:22 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"It's a device that prevents impressionable minds from finding -- "

"Oh Jethro -- how...delicious -- "

The channel changes before Jamie touches a button.

"Anything inappropriate."

Date: 2008-09-17 01:31 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] walksthebounds
Jamie can't help but laugh at this.

"If it's my mind you're worried about, it's not all that easy to impress. Impression."

Date: 2008-09-17 01:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] smart-house.livejournal.com
"I will remember that."

SARAH lets Jamie play with the television channels for as long as he wants. SARAH has no place else to be.

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