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Bell Swan Ω "Shell Bell" ([personal profile] she_sells_seashells) wrote2013-01-25 04:24 pm

on a train

Bell turns over the crate to her parents. They believe her about finding it on the beach. They open one can to celebrate, and then Shark very sensibly insists that the rest of it be stored until it is needed.

The next few days, leading up to Tony's victory tour's stop in Four, see her ferretting out her remaining stash and distributing it between her parents and Lynnis's family until it's all gone. They're assuming a ship lost a lot of merchandise at once. Bad weather, one assumes.

She stops replacing her shells by the doors. But she does show up to work, until the day before when she has to leave. Then, she fakes sick enough to stay home, spends the day sleeping, and - at night - is rested enough to execute her plan.

Dear Mom and Dad.

I'm going for Atlantis. It's okay! I have a plan! I'll come back and get you when I can and then we can all live there. Please tell Mr. Carrasen I'm sorry about the canoe. I'll bring him a new one after I get there! I love you! It's going to be great!

- Shell Bell

...the idea, after all, is to instantly convince them that she is dead. That she is too foolish and unprepared to have any chance. That there is no point in worrying about her any further, and they should move directly to grieving - certainly not wasting time looking for her or reporting her as a missing person. The fact that she's not swiping any of the cans and only one water container - is not even bringing a fishing rod - is another clue, of course.

Shell Bell wears her nice dress - it'll attract less attention in the town than work clothes, on a Victory Tour day where everyone's supposed to celebrate, and the town in question is big enough that her mere unfamiliarity won't catch her out immediately. She packs one more practical change of clothes, sticks her stick in her hair, and puts one salty roll in her pocket to eat at around midnight and a few strips of dried salmon to nibble on as necessary through the walk. She's also wearing the less remarkable-looking of the two protective amulets she traded for during her stay in Milliways. It looks like a lump of white glass - it could even pass for sea glass. The other stuff she obtained is waiting for her in her room in the bar.

She melts the lock on the canoe shed and buries it deep in the sand. She drags out a canoe. Briefly, she considers actually canoeing to the next town up, but while she knows how to row like any District Four resident does, she's worried about being noticed on her way in, and it'll be easier to avoid that if she's not in the place where all the actual industry goes on, namely the shore. She pushes it out to sea regretfully. Saltwater spatters her dress, but it dries as she goes.

She talks to her recorder in the dark silence.

And just before dawn peeps over the ocean, she's picked her way through the sleeping town to the train station and she's pretending to be a premature, eager celebrator.
ferratus: At a distance, walking. (⑻ step inside)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 12:53 am (UTC)(link)
The train pulls into the station far earlier than the itinerary would indicate, and Tony gets off it with a minimum of fanfare, bringing only Sherlock. He's been doing this the whole tour, because of course no one in the Districts is going to hear about him doing it at the previous stop. And he likes the quiet; it gives him time to gear up before all the speeches. Since he's been exquisitely well-behaved the whole time and is the quintessential crowd-pleaser, not to mention perfectly punctual, the crew are happy to indulge this little quirk.

Of course, no power on Earth will possess anyone but Sherlock and the train operator to be up this early.
ferratus: Quasi-innocent. (⑷ maybe a little)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:04 am (UTC)(link)
Tony grins and waves back, because he's Tony Stark and that is how he works.
sicaria: Smiling slightly. (⑸ smiling as she falls)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:05 am (UTC)(link)
Sherlock smiles indulgently and takes a few steps away from Tony to scan the area.

The coast, so to speak, is clear. She beckons Bell onto the train.
Edited 2013-01-26 01:06 (UTC)
sicaria: Serious, intent. (⑿ you know it is my choice)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:12 am (UTC)(link)
"Good morning," she murmurs back, and leads Bell through the silent train to her room. After some initial shuffling, Sherlock has ended up with the back half of the very last compartment, Tony with the front half of same. Everyone else on the train is no end of pleased that this means they can sometimes go hours without seeing her, if she stays back there with the door shut.
ferratus: Thoughtful or uncertain. (⑼ debatably)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:14 am (UTC)(link)
Tony follows.

"Okay, so brilliant plan," he says, opening the door between Sherlock's room and his.

"...Would have been to tuck you away in Milliways and come get you when we get home, but apparently today is not my day. I'll try again in a few hours."
ferratus: Quasi-innocent. (⑷ maybe a little)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:16 am (UTC)(link)
"Pretty much," he agrees.
sicaria: Reaching for something. (⑽ just a touch)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:18 am (UTC)(link)
Despite the fact that she had no influence on the decor, the space is still very... Sherlock. Pretty in an understated way, but ultimately functional.

One thing she did do, however, is close the steel shutters on every window. They have been closed the entire trip. She can't sleep somewhere with a transparent window; everyone who knows her knows that.
sicaria: Sitting on a log. (⑻ who sits by herself)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:22 am (UTC)(link)
"Here," says Sherlock. "I have discouraged the rest of them from ever entering my room under any circumstances."
sicaria: Dressed up. (⑺ primarily innocence)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:28 am (UTC)(link)
"Well," Sherlock says thoughtfully. "That is... interesting."
ferratus: Shirtless, hands clasped. (⑺ get this show on the road)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:29 am (UTC)(link)
"I better get out there," says Tony. "Gotta do the early morning routine. Sherry, you coming?"
sicaria: Looking over shoulder. (⑹ look what the cat dragged in)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:30 am (UTC)(link)
"When do I not?" she says, smiles over her shoulder at Bella, and follows him out.

The door, once closed behind her, looks comfortingly solid from this side. That is an illusion, but it's a nice one, isn't it?
ferratus: Smiling uncertainly. (⑶ not sure you caught that)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:38 am (UTC)(link)
And there's Tony, soon enough: expressing his heartfelt condolences for Four's tributes, whom he remembers by name, and then making the crowd laugh twice and flirting with an old lady in the front row.
ferratus: Giggling. (⑴ ehehehehe)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:47 am (UTC)(link)
He makes it look effortless. Spontaneous. Sincere.

It isn't really.
sicaria: Reaching for something. (⑽ just a touch)

[personal profile] sicaria 2013-01-26 01:47 am (UTC)(link)

Eventually, the show is over and Sherlock returns to her room.
ferratus: Thoughtful or dubious. (⑽ it's never that simple)

[personal profile] ferratus 2013-01-26 01:59 am (UTC)(link)
"Yep," says Tony, and opens the door to his room, and gives it an annoyed look, and walks back through it and closes it again.

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