Title: Saving Lives - Chapter 1: Death Brings Us Together
Author: Jezebel Jai-Braxlin
Summary: Just after his childhood friend and boss die, hutch ended up dead too, leaving his friends behind. Their old friend, Jezebel, who they haven't seen for years attends the funeral. That stirs things for Phin.
Disclaimer: I don't own anything but this plot and my OC.
Chapter 1: Death Brings Us Together
"This blows me." Phineas said as he stepped out of his sisters van.
"A lot of things blow you, they're just hardly ever human." His sister October Retorted.
"Ooo, and the voodoo mistress takes another swing, but it's a hit and a miss. You're forgetting about Jezebel."
October stopped walking and smacked him.
"How can you even talk about her like that after what happened?"
"Last time I checked, it wasn't any of your business!"
They walked inside and up to the casket. October put her hand over her mouth, her eyes welling with tears. Phin looked at his sister and did a double take. He wrapped his arms around her and squeezed.
"I can't believe he's dead." October whispered as she peeked at the casket. "Do you think what he was saying about the video game was true?"
Phin let her go and walked over to the wall, leaning his forehead on his arm. He drummed his fingers on the wall as October took a step towards him.
"Phin, I'm sorry. I know how angry that makes y-"
"October, it's just a god damn video game. All right? Hutch didn't die from the game, OK?"
"What do I have to do to prove it to you? Play the fucking game all alone?"
"NO! Please don't! Hutch was alone. Don't play by yourself." She cried silently, hugging herself.
Phin sighed, guilt ebbing his anger.
"I'm sorry. Look, he probably died from the stress of his best friend and boss dieing within two nights."
"It wasn't suicide, I know that much." She retorted bitterly.
Their friend Swink paused as he entered the room, noticing the defensive postures and angry air.
"Are you guys alright? Well. Stupid question. But what's wrong?"
October wiped her eyes "I'm fine."
She stormed out of the room. Swink approached Phin and paused before him, then continued to the coffin. After a moment, Phin joined him.
"Hey man, how you holding up?" Phin was not in his normal sarcastic mood.
Swink leaned on the coffin.
"Better then you guys, apparently. Did you know Jezebel's here?"
"What? Really? Shit."
"Why? What's wrong?"
"I don't know, man. It's just weird... Shit! Speak of the devil." Phin turned so he was facing away from the approaching girl.
Jezebel arrived up the aisle.
"Hi Swink." She sniffled, giving him a hug before turning subconsciously to Phin.
"Hi- oh... Hi Phin."
She stepped back and looked at the floor.
"Have you seen October yet?" He asked her awkwardly.
"Ya, I saw her on the way in. How are you?"
"Fuck if I even know anymore."
Phin turned without another word and exited the church.
"He's mellowed out a lot." Jezebel said after a moment.
"Na, it's just the stress. He'll be back to normal soon, I hope. You wanna do something, for old time's sake?"
"It'd be great do something with the group... But I don't know if I should."
Swink raised his eyebrow. "Why shouldn't you?"
She bit her lip as she considered her answer. "Well, it's been so long and... I don't know that we all get along anymore..."
"PFFFF! As much as that lowbrow would like it to be, it's not all about him. We all miss you. I know Hutch did."
"He did?" She smiled as she looked towards the coffin. "Well I guess... It has been too long since I've seen everyone..."
They passed a few more moments in silence before Phineas walked back in.
"We're having a video game fest with some of Hutch's games. You in?" He directed at Swink.
"Well, I was going to hang out with Jezebel for awhile..." His eyes went from Phin to Jez, appraising their expressions.
"...She can come too. I guess..." Phin said after a pause. Everyone shifted awkwardly.
"No no, that's alright" Jezebel put her hands up in a defensive posture. "I don't want to intrude, if you guys wanted a private function..."
"Don't be ridiculous!" Swink said as he pushed her toward the exit. "Hutch would have wanted us all together!" Phin trailed slowly behind them, smiling in spite of himself.
It was silent all the way back to October's cafe. When they arrived in the upstairs loft, Phin stood awkwardly by the door. "I guess I'll hook up the game."
"Nice place!" Jezebel stared around. There were a few cream colored couches, and one gray one. A big poster hung on the wall behind them. October Smiled.
"Thanks. A lot has changed since...the last time I saw you. We'll have to rent this place out again now that Hutch... Well, anyways, this was Hutch's."
"Everything's still hooked up from his last game." Phin said, changing the subject. "The tech nerd just needs to test the lan."
He sat next to Swink and sprawled across his lap.
"Don't touch me, Jerkwad. Get off!"
"Jerkwad? That doesn't even mean anything?"
"I've said it before and a million times-"
Phin finished for him. "'Profanity is for the feeble minded'. Sorry, not sorry, dick-baster."
Swink finally upended him on the floor as everyone else sat down and grabbed their controllers.
"What game are we playing?" Jezebel smiled as Phin rolled to his feet and took his place next to Swink.
"Just a couple of his old games, plus the last one he played. It's called 'Stay Alive'. We're going to play it in the name of Hutch!" Phin raised his fist, before pressing all the buttons on his controller frantically. Swink rolled his eyes as he leaned forward to turn on the tower.
October made a face at the name of the last game, but when Jezebel caught her eye, she smiled reassuringly.
"TO HUTCH", they all cried. The television clicked as it turned on.
A/N: Just a starter chapter to get the move on.