Title: Saving Lives – Chapter 3: Bleach Blond Strikes Back

Author: Jezebel Jai-Braxlin

Summary: Guess who's back :(

Disclaimer: I only own some plot and my OC

Chapter 3: Bleach Blond Strikes Back

There was a knock at the door. Everyone stayed put. Swink sighed.

"Don't all jump up at once!" He paused the game, and answered the door. "Hey Abby."

Abigail walked in and sauntered to the couch. This didn't go unnoticed by Phin.

"Sup mama."

"Not much. How about you hot stuff?"

"Whoa, feisty! I miss this."

Abby sat down next to Phin and put her hand on his knee. October glowered at them. Abby leaned close to Phin's ear.

"I missed you" she whispered.

Jezebel's face went red as she tried not to watch the exchange, her lips trembling slightly. October eyed her friend with concern before glaring at Abigail again. She made up her mind and stood with her arms crossed.

"Abigail, can I see you outside for a minute?"

Abby put her hand on her chest in mock surprise.

"Oh, October! I'm honored!" She said, sounding mockingly sweet. "But in the future, call me Abby, k? Be back in a sec babe." She waved to Phin.

On the balcony, October rounded on the fake blonde.

"So, what? A week and you've already moved on? You guys were engaged for Christ's sake!"

"Oh, October. It's touching that you care so much about your brother, but I think you should lay off. Really, I do. Hutch is dead, and I'm moving on. That's all."

"You see that girl in there?" October said, pointing to Jezebel.

"Yeah. Miss mope, what about her?"

"She and Phin. They were together once. Two years ago."

"So? Your point is?"

"My point is that she still likes him. And he won't admit it, but he still likes her. They were really good for each other."

"Oh, I didn't know." Abby bit her lip.

"Now do you see why I care so much?" asked October.

Abby nodded.

"Too bad I don't care, or I might've felt guilty."

Abby got up and went back inside. A shocked October followed. Phin looked up.

"Sup guys. We gonna deal Abby in, or what?"

October glared. "Whatever."

Abby signed in.

"Phin, come find me. I can't get out of the cemetery." Abby whined.

"I'm on it."

Phin and Abby's characters joined up. October nudged him subtly.

"Hey Phin. Don't you think you should find Jezebel?"

He looked at Jezebel's screen.

"Why? She's closer to you. You get her."

Jezebel paused the game and stood. She looked around, swaying uncomfortably, doing everything she could to avoid looking at Phin. "Hey you guys... I, um.. think I'll... cut out early tonight."

"What? No... Can't you stay?" Swink paused and scooted to the end of the couch.

"We were gonna make a night of it, sweetie, are you sure?" October looked from her to Swink.

Jez glanced quickly at Phin, then started to the door. "Yeah... Um..." She paused behind the couch and gave an apologetic look to October. "I'll call you later, I'm in town for a bit"

October kicked Phin and gave him a meaningful look.

"OW!. Oh. Jezebel wait!"

She'd closed the door.

"Excuse me!" He said quickly brushed off Abby's hands as a stumbled to the door. "Jezebel?"

He ran out after her. October smirked at a dower Abby.

"Told you so!"


Phin shut the door and ran down the hall.

"Jezebel wait, that's not what I meant."

Jez stopped and turned around. She was still trying not to cry.

"What, that you didn't want me here? You got that message across pretty well. You should have just said so. Go play with... he's the one who was enaged to Hutch, right?"

"Yeah..."He rubbed the back of his neck. "It's complicated.."

"And that seems ok to you? He's gone a week and she want's you now?"

"What, Abby? She's not...She's just a friend."

Jezebel snorted. "You don't need to explain anything to me, we're not together anymore, remember?"

A tear finally broke the surface, then another.

"It's not cheating, Phin. It's ok. You can do whatever you want. You shouldn't have to deal with me. I don't own you. We're not an 'us'."

"That's..." Phin began.

"Not what you want, is it..." Jezebel finished.


He looked at the floor.

"Yeah..." she whispered. "Me neither."

She walked down the stairs. Phin turned and walked back inside. He sat down next to Abby. She put her arm around his shoulder and her knee on his lap.

"Ah, poor baby. Did that mean old lady hurt you?"

Phin pushed her knee off and stood.

"I think you should go."

Abby stood and smoothed her skirt.

"Alright baby. Call me."

She left, after glaring at October's 'I-told-you-so' smirk.

As soon a the door closed, October knocked a pillow to the ground. "I don't want her here. She wasn't good enough for Hutch and she's proved it."

"Not now." Swink whispered.

October looked at her brother and was surprised to see him lsot in thought for once.

"I'm going for a drive. I'll be back soon." He said after awhile, grabbing his coat. He walked out the door before anyone could stop him.

"Well that went well..." Swink said.

October picked up the phone. Swink stared in confusion.

"Who are you calling?"

"Jezebel. She needs to come back. Maybe I can catch her before she gets too far."

"She's probably only a block away, it hasn't been too long."

It rang once, twice.


"Jezebel, please come back. My brothers not here anymore."

"I don't know… October, I just want to be alone right now, k. First Hutch... and... I need to get my emotions under check. I didn't expect this."

"I don't think that's such a good idea sweetie. Just come back, I'll fix some drinks, we'll relax... No more blonde bitch!"

"Yeah, ok. I guess you're right. And as long as she's gone!" There was almost a mile in her voice. "I'll be there in a few, I'm barely down the street. Is Phin there? I thought I just saw his car..."

"Yeah he left. It'll just be you me and Swink. See you soon?"

"See you in a sec."


October set the phone down. Swink stared at her. "You're really worried about her, aren't you?"

"Yeah. I just don't want her to go into that dark place she was in last year."

Swink nodded.

"I don't think the game helped much."

"What was with that creepy warning, anyways?" October shuddered.

"Yeah, we're all going to die. OOOO!" Swink joked.

October laughed nervously. They shivered. The room darkened.


"It's probably just a cloud..." reasoned Swink.

"You know," said October, "some people believe that when you get chills like that, someone just walked over your grave."

"That's creepy."

They shivered again.


They jumped. October got up and looked through the peephole.

"Its just Jezebel." She breathed.

She opened the door.

"What do you mean, 'Just Jezebel'? Anyways, did you guys feel a chill just now?"

"It's probably just a cloud blocking the sun." Swink shrugged.

"There aren't any windows in the hall..." October trailed off.

They stood in silence. Swink spoke first.

"Who wants to go out for lunch?"

"Yeah..." October agreed. "Let me get my coat, you two start walking."

They closed the door. A slow breeze rustled her hair. October walked over to the window and shut it. She grabbed her jacket. The game controller buzzed and another breeze tingled her skin. She turned. Both windows were closed. She ran out the door.

A/N: OOOOOOO! Let's see what happens next! Let me know what you think!