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    and i thought i had family problems :: axel, spenser

    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Aug 13, 2017 4:06 pm

    Poppy laid on the brick partition wall outside of Bentley's, a bar she had just been dancing in with her friends. The cool night air felt so good after being in that sweaty stuffy room and, though the sky was spinning a little as she looked up, she felt totally alive.

    Sansa sat as a little raccoon on the cobble stoned sidewalk, leaning slightly against the wall. The world was spinning for her too. I thought Mal was following us out? she asked her clio.

    Poppy shrugged. "I think she was gonna get another drink first," she answered aloud, not caring if anyone overheard. "I'm not drunk yet--maybe I should have gotten another drink, too."

    Not drunk? Sansa thought. It was going to be a long night.


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    Post by Axel Lovison on Sun Aug 13, 2017 7:51 pm

    Axel had decided to take Poppy up on her offer to meet her out at the bars. He'd only met her once, but she seemed like she'd be a fun clio to hang out with. At some point before they'd parted ways she'd mentioned Bentley's, so that's where he was headed. He hadn't mentioned his meeting with Poppy to anyone, thinking it might make things awkward since there was clearly a weird dynamic going on with this family.

    He spotted her before he even got into the bar. She was on her own, laying on a brick wall outside the building. "Hey, Poppy," he called, walking over. Was she already drunk or something? And her daemon--wait. "Wait. Are you unsettled?" Her daemon had definitely not been a raccoon at the coffee shop. He had just assumed she was settled because of, you know, her going out to the bars and stuff.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:01 pm

    Poppy propped herself up on her elbows when she heard her name being called. "Axel-Poppy!" she greeted with a smile, swinging her legs over so she was sitting on the wall instead of laying. "Wasn't sure if you were gonna show."

    Axel-Poppy wrote:Wait. Are you unsettled?

    Poppy shrugged, her movements a little exaggerated because of her tipsy-ness. "Depends who's asking."
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:10 pm

    Axel raised an eyebrow. She was definitely already drunk. "Well if you were settled I would have offered to buy you a drink, but..." he said lightheartedly, trailing off with a shrug and a smile. He wasn't about to judge her for drinking, that would be pretty hypocritical of a guy who started drinking at thirteen. But he also wasn't about to buy alcohol for an unsettled kid and get arrested here at MV.

    He looked up at the Bentley's sign. "So is this where all the little teeny-boppers go to drink?"

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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:36 pm

    Poppy lifted a shoulder in a shrug. "Guess I'll have to buy my own," she said with a smile.

    The smile dissipated moments later when Axel indicated she was a "teeny-bopper". She gasped and left her mouth open for a second in a faux-offended look. "I'm not sure I've ever been called that before, but it seems like an insult. And here I was, coming out to have a good time."

    Poppy slid off the wall and walked over to Axel just as some dude with a million tattoos walked up and stood between them. She raised her eyebrows and stopped short, a little affronted at the rudeness. What the hell?
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:56 pm

    "Aw, I'm just teasing," Axel said as Poppy slid off the wall and walked over to him. "I--"

    He stopped abruptly when he happened to glance past her at the clio walking up the street behind her, who until now he hadn't paid any attention to. But as they got closer and he realized who it was, he could practically feel the color drain from his face.

    Fuck fuck fuck what the FUCK is he doing here?

    Spenser walked right up and stopped in between them, looking Axel directly in the eyes. What. The. Fuck. Had Spenser fucking tailed him here or something? It had been over half a year since he'd last seen his half-brother. Fuuuuuuuck was his dad here too? "What do you want?" he asked in a low voice, glaring. He didn't want there to be a scene in front of Poppy, but he knew that if Spenser wanted to cause a scene, he would cause a scene.
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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:42 pm

    Spenser and his father had been in Martha's Vineyard for the weekend, scoping out the island, and getting any information they could about the most recent job was offered to them. Apparently the woman their most recent client was holding captive had family that lived on this island, so the father-son duo was hoping to get whatever they could.

    The two had split up, and now Spenser was walking the bustling streets of MV's bar and night club scene, watching all of the drunken students stumbling around like idiots. Sometimes Spenser liked getting drunk, but only when he knew he'd be able to stay in control and sharp, otherwise he tried to avoid the stuff. Tonight was no exception, however when he spotted a familiar face, he smirked and picked up the pace. Maybe he would partake tonight.

    It had been a real long time since Spenser had seen his older half brother, and he couldn't believe how perfectly his timing fell into place. Axel was talking to an attractive blonde girl who was way out of his league, maybe it was time for little brother to intervene.

    When he reached the two conversing clio, he stepped right in-between the two of them, and glared down at his brother. Spenser was only three inches taller than Axel, but he never let his brother forget that.

    Axel wrote:"What do you want?"

    Spenser held his glare for a few more seconds before he suddenly smiled. "Is that any way to greet your long lost younger brother?" He turned and threw his muscled arm across Axel's shoulders. "Who's your beautiful friend, Ax?"
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:56 pm

    Poppy watched in tipsy bewilderment as the color drained from Axel's face. It wasn't until the tattooed newcomer put an arm around Axel's shoulders and called himself Axel's younger brother that Poppy was able to see the resemblance between the two. The biggest difference was that tattoo man gave Poppy the creeps--and it wasn't the tattoos that were doing the creeping.

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    Post by Axel Lovison on Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:04 pm

    Axel tensed up as Spenser put his arm around him. He wanted to tell Spenser to leave Poppy the fuck alone, but he knew if he did that, it would just make Spenser act even more aggressive towards her in order to provoke him. He felt bad that Poppy had the misfortune to be here for this. "It doesn't matter. She was just leaving," he said pointedly, hoping Poppy would get the hint. He could handle his half-brother, he'd done it before, but he didn't want Poppy to get mixed up with his stupid fucking games.
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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:34 pm

    "Aaw," Spenser whined, sounding over dramatically disappointed. "But the night is still so young!" He put his brother into a tight headlock and squeezed three times before letting go and holding out his hand to the pretty young girl before him.

    "The name's Spenser," he told her. "But you can call me Spensey."

    He had this smirk on his face that most girls swooned over, but this one wasn't buying it. Smart chick. Presumably, she didn't take his hand and he pulled it back and threw his hands up in the air in a truce.

    "Okay, okay," he said, shrugging. "I get it, I ruined your date."

    Cold bitch.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Sun Aug 13, 2017 11:50 pm

    Poppy's eyes narrowed as she worked through the scene in front of her. Who the hell did this Spensey guy think he was? He was physically intimidating, and Poppy got the feeling that Spenser not only knew this but was also used to using it to his advantage.

    Axel thinks we should leave, Sansa reminded her. We should listen.

    But it didn't feel right, leaving Axel alone with this guy, even if he was his brother. Axel was obviously uncomfortable. "You did," she lied in response, ignoring both Axel and Sansa's warnings and hoping that it would make Spenser back off. "But I'll forgive you if you leave so we can enjoy the rest of it."
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:16 am

    Axel struggled against Spenser when he pulled him into a headlock, and then shoved him away when he finally let him go. He fucking hated Spenser and everything about him. Not helping the situation was Poppy, who wasn't getting the hint and leaving. She didn't realize that her presence alone would probably just encourage Spenser.

    "No, we can just go somewhere else," he said in a forced tone of voice, taking Poppy's hand and starting to lead her away. "Enjoy the rest of your night, Spenser."
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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Mon Aug 14, 2017 9:34 am

    Oh, they thought they were going to get away that easily?

    How cute.

    "Wait," he called, catching up to them easily with his long legs. "Don't let me ruin your evening!"

    Spenser side stepped around them so that he was suddenly in their path, blocking them from going any further. He began to gesture with his hands a lot while he talked, hoping to look more convincing.

    "How about we just go in that bar together," he suggested. "Then split up while we're inside! Eh?"

    He wasn't sure what he was trying to prove here, but it was always fun to mess with his brother. He and Axel didn't see each other that often, but Spenser had tormented his brother on the regular. Plus he could tell that he was intimidating the pretty little blonde girl and he thought it was funny and entertaining, even if she was trying to mask it with a brave face and slightly inebriated brain. Spenser kind of wanted to see how far he could push it before he broke her little charade.

    Spenser tried to look as innocent as possible as he stood in front of the young couple when he said, "Look, obviously you two wanted to go in there," he motioned to the bar when he said 'there', "I had just wanted to catch up with my big brother, ya know?"
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:02 am

    Poppy was letting herself be led away by Axel, still trying to process what was happening, when Spenser quickly stepped in front of them, blocking their path. Up until this point Poppy had been a little creeped out (and more than a little confused), but it wasn't until Spenser stood in their way that goose bumps erupted down her bare arms. Spenser's innocent words sounded like a threat to Poppy, despite his smile.

    "Maybe you should just take me home," she said calmly to Axel. She tried to keep any waryness out of her voice, worried it would provoke Spenser, but wasn't sure if it had worked or not
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Mon Aug 14, 2017 12:25 pm

    Axel could feel raw anger bubbling up inside his chest. This whole trip was supposed to be fun, and it had been going so well. His mom had brought a nice dude, Axel himself had started to make some new friends, he'd gotten to see his aunt and just relax away from home a little bit...but now his fucked up fucking family had to show up to fucking ruin everything.

    He even felt himself get angrier when Poppy asked if he could take her home, because he had literally been trying to get her to leave and go home since Spenser showed up. He knew it wasn't her fault and that she didn't know the full situation, but he was irrationally mad about it all the same. Mostly he was just worried about her.

    His grip on her hand tightened a little bit, not enough to hurt or anything like that, and he stepped forward so that he was somewhat in between her and Spenser. "Listen, just let me take her home, okay?" he said, his voice even more strained than before. "Me and you can catch up later. Wherever you want, whenever you want."

    Maybe the promise of getting Axel alone later would make Spenser leave them alone for now.
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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:00 pm

    Spenser immediately could tell that the girl was definitely intimidated by him, and maybe even a little scared.

    Good.

    Axel wrote:"Listen, just let me take her home, okay?" "Me and you can catch up later. Wherever you want, whenever you want."

    Spenser smirked and took a step forward while placing his hands on his hips. He raised an eyebrow and licked the inside of his bottom lip and got inches away from Axel's face. "Or what?"
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Tue Aug 15, 2017 7:22 pm

    Axel stood his ground and glared right back at Spenser, continuing to shield Poppy from him. "What the fuck do you even want?" he demanded. What was Spenser going to do, just follow them around all night making threatening comments? Would he carry out those threats? He knew Spenser had no qualms about hurting Axel himself, but he was afraid he might do something to Poppy too. She was just an innocent unsettled girl, she shouldn't have to deal with this fucked up mess. She wasn't the one related to a couple of psychos. He wished he had never agreed to meet her here.

    "Do you wanna fight me? Is that it?" Axel definitely didn't want to fight Spenser, but if it would keep him away from Poppy...
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:43 pm

    Poppy was sobering up quickly, watching the altercation between the supposed brothers. Was this Spenser guy really wanting to fight with Axel? Who even did something like that, especially in public? She was about to ask what the hell his problem was when Axel did that for her.

    I think it's best if you just stay quiet, Sansa told her. She'd quietly shifted into a small bird and was sitting on the drain pipe of the bar, keeping all eyes on Spenser and his creepy bird daemon. If Sansa needed to, she was prepared to change into something large, but she thought it would be best to keep Poppy's unsettled status a secret for as long as possible. Just stay calm. Stay focused.

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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:31 pm

    Spenser stared hard at his brother before scoffing and saying, "Like you'd even have a snowball's chance in hell."

    He wasn't looking to fight Axel tonight at all, although he had hoped that his brother was going to try hitting him. It would be led to a very interesting night if the two of them had started a little scuffle right there on the sidewalks of MV's finest bars and night clubs. Honestly, he just wanted his brother to know that he was there, and to remind him who his family was.

    Spenser backed off, but not in a way that showed defeat, but more like a, I'm-going-to-spare-you-tonight, way.

    "Just heard you were in town is all," he finally said casually. "Was just hoping to run into my dearest brother." He looped his thumbs through the belt loops of his jeans. "Dad's here too, maybe you could pay him a visit, otherwise he'll probably find you."
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Tue Aug 15, 2017 11:59 pm

    Axel only looked at Spenser for a moment, trying not to let the relief that washed over him when Spenser said he didn't wanna fight show on his face. He had to admit, as much as he hated his father too, he wasn't quite as weary about that confrontation. His dad was a dick who did nothing but insult Axel when he was around, but unlike Spenser, at least he didn't usually get violent with him. Most of the time, anyways.

    He wondered if his dad had found his mom yet, and ruined everything for her the way Spenser had ruined everything for Axel.

    "I'm sure he will," was all he said, his voice flat and emotionless.
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Wed Aug 16, 2017 11:17 pm

    Once she was pretty sure Spenser wasn't going to try anything out here in the open, Poppy listened as closely as she could to everything he said, trying to string bits together. The bit of haze left in her mind from her alcohol intake earlier in the evening made it hard to focus too much, though.

    Axel didn't like his father or brother though, that much was obvious. And it was a good thing, if their dad was anything like Spenser.
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    Post by Spenser Reyes on Thu Aug 17, 2017 4:48 pm

    "Well," Spenser said with a shrug. "I best be taking my leave." He took both hands out of his belt loops and playfully, but maybe a little too hard, punched Axel in the arm. "See you around, brother." Then he turned to the blonde girl and smirked before nodding his head and saying, "And I'll see you later," as if it were a promise.

    Spenser stuck his hands back into his pockets, spun on his heel and began whistling a random tune while walking away.

    Gods was it fun to be an asshole.
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Thu Aug 17, 2017 6:26 pm

    After Spenser was out of sight, Axel released Poppy's hand from his vice-grip. His own hands were shaking a little bit. Without saying anything he slowly walked over to the brick wall Poppy had been laying on when he first found her, and sat down against it heavily, shoulders slumped and head down. He kind of wanted to punch the shit out of the brick wall and pretend it was Spenser's face, but he wasn't going to let himself lose it like that in front of Poppy.

    "Sorry," he said to her listlessly, forcing his anger deep down to a place where he couldn't feel it as much. "About him."

    All I wanted to do was fucking go out and have fun. Why does he have to show up? Fucking why?
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    Post by Poppy Selway-Sommers on Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:25 pm

    Spenser wrote:And I'll see you later.

    When Spenser spoke to her that way it felt like a bucket of cold water had been poured down her back. He wasn't just physically intimidating, there was something wrong with this guy. It didn't seem like he was just messing around...something in his easy going voice made Poppy believe he meant what he said.

    It wasn't until Axel released her hand that Poppy realized just how tightly he'd been holding onto it. She was too relieved at Spenser's retreat to flex it right away, too busy trying to steady her heart rate. She stood still and watched as Axel walked away to rest against the brick partition that separated the bars from the street.

    Axel wrote:Sorry. About him.

    When he spoke to her she walked closer and shook her head, "Don't apologize," Poppy told him. She rubbed her bare arms, trying to get of the chill in them that had nothing to do with the temperature. Axel was angry, she could tell (and who wouldn't be?), but his voice was emotionless. She wondered if he was used to this, or if it happened often.

    "Is he always an ass like that?" she asked.
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    Post by Axel Lovison on Thu Aug 17, 2017 9:58 pm

    Axel looked up at Poppy. "No, he's usually worse," he said in the same flat tone. He had fully expected that little reunion with Spenser to turn into a brawl, one that Axel would have come off worse in, as they so often had in the past.

    He shouldn't be dumping any of this on a girl he just met. He let out a long sigh and shook his head. "It doesn't matter," he said, pushing himself back to his feet. It took more effort than it should have, like he was totally drained of energy. "You...want me to walk you home or anything? Or do you wanna go back to your friends in the bar?" She probably wouldn't want anything to do with him from here on out.

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