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    i can't believe i need help from YOU :: hadley

    Post by Amerie Lux on Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:20 pm

    Amerie was in Earalas. After her first time here several months ago, she had hoped that she would never have to come back. But here she was, knocking on Hadley Sterling's front door.

    Hadley had, in Amerie's first few weeks of being an overloridian, really screwed her over. She'd never forgiven him since then, and had done everything she could to not have to deal with him because she didn't feel she could trust him. Why would someone purposely try to sabotage Solas? It wasn't like he had just effected Amerie herself--all of her eilemaiden had suffered.

    But something was more important, today. Amerie had done a little research and had found that Luka's father, the mayor of Dahlin, was a settled Earalas. This of course meant that he was just out of Amerie's grasp.

    So, despite her distrust of Hadley, she had come to ask for help. She either wanted him to punish Mr. Snow, or she wanted permission to do it herself.

    Anyway, she was there.

    Knock, knock, knock.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Sun Sep 14, 2014 10:57 pm

    In all honesty, Hadley hadn't thought of Amerie Lux or what he had said to her their first (and up until now, only) meeting since--since--well, he couldn't remember exactly when, but it was definitely before getting attacked. That seemed like a different lifetime now. Since then he hadn't spared her a thought until someone informed him of a letter that she had sent, indicating that she was coming to Earalas to talk about something or other.

    Great. Back when they had met, he'd done his old habit of fucking with clio for no reason and given her some purposefully bad advice just to see what would happen. He wondered how that was going to come back to bite him in the ass. Nila kept asking him if he was actually feeling guilty about it, and he ignored her every time.

    Anyways, he was in his bedroom being bored, bored, bored as usual as when there was a quiet knock at the door and Doorman's voice floated in, "Sir, the overloridian of Solas is here. I brought her to your office."

    Ugh.

    He walked out into the hallway, hand along the wall, until he got to his office where Amerie apparently was. "Hey," he said, not sure how else to greet someone he thoroughly fucked over the last time they'd met with each other. He wondered what kind of face she was making at him.

    "You can sit if you want," he said automatically, even though for all he knew she already was, as he made his way over to his own chair by the desk. Exactly where he always left it. "Soooooo. You wanted to meet about...something?"
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:08 am

    Amerie was sitting in a chair, waiting quietly for Hadley to come see her. She wondered if he would have that same fake niceness, or if he would know to drop the act.

    Douche wrote:"Hey. You can sit if you want."

    Amerie turned to look at the door, which she hadn't heard open. Why would he tell her to sit down when she already was?

    Whatever Amerie was expecting, it was not for Hadley to walk in an almost straight, his hands slightly held out in front of him as he walked to his desk. When he finally got to his desk, she watched as his hands felt around before he finally sat.

    Douche wrote:"Soooooo. You wanted to meet about...something?"

    "I, um, yes. Hi, by the way," Amerie stuttered. Why did she always get so nervous when she was around other overloridians? She wished that Aran was here to make her feel more confident. But of course Aran couldn't know what Amerie was going to be speaking to Hadley about. Sigh.

    "I came here to talk to you about Ramsay Snow," she said, composing herself. "The mayor of Dahlin. He's an Earalas."
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:22 am

    Huh. She didn't sound mad at all. Her tone of voice wasn't even cold, which surprised him. If not outright anger he'd expected at least a cool tone, after what he'd done. She just sounded nervous, though, not unlike when they first met, if he was remembering correctly. He tried to picture her in his head. She'd been a scared young girl, small and cute, with a hummingbird daemon.

    When she told him why she was here, his brow furrowed. "Alright, what about him?" he asked. Whatever eilemaiden the mayor was, Earalas and Dahlin didn't really have too much to do with each other. Maybe this mayor had gotten himself into some trouble of the legal sort. That was the only thing Hadley could think of that would require him to get involved.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:27 am

    Amerie listened to Hadley talk, watching as he stared in her general direction. He wasn't focusing on her, though. His eyes were looking slightly to her left.

    "Well..." Amerie went on to tell Hadley all that she knew about the evil man that beat his children for not being perfect. She kept glancing at Hadley and then looking away when she realized he still wasn't looking at her. Had he gone blind in the last six months? Amerie didn't have much time to think about it though, because her tangent on Luka was more important. Luka hadn't told her much, but whatever he had told her, Amerie now repeated for the Earalas overloridian. She felt sick as she explained, but hoped that if she put a lot of emotion into it, Hadley would do the right thing. Besides what she had experienced first hand with him, Tamar had told her other awful things, as well. She just hoped that he wouldn't see a way to flip the situation into some sort of game.

    Amerie wanted Ramsay detained and in jail, stripped of power, and made to wish he could ever be as good as his "insect" son.

    By the time she was done talking, her voice had risen in pitch and had sped up. It tended to do that when she got really passionate about something.


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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:39 am

    When Hadley had first thought "legal trouble," he had been thinking along the lines of the typical white-collar crimes one would expect from a rich mayor. Money laundering, bribery, that sort of thing. Or maybe like, drugs or something, that was always a possibility (he would know). Far down on his list of possibilities, probably close to last, would have been beating his own kids bloody.

    Amerie's frantic, high-pitched rant might have been humorous if she wasn't talking about, y'know, child abuse. This was pretty fucking huge. Like, political scandal huge. "Does the son know you're doing this?" he asked.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:47 am

    "Er, well, not exactly," Amerie said, a little miffed that that had been Hadley's only response. Luka had been beaten his entire life and that was all Hadley wanted to know? Did it even matter if Luka knew? Luka had no say in this.

    Well, they're his parents, Caviar reminded her gently. Which was true, Amerie supposed, but if Luka couldn't stop himself from going back, Amerie was afraid that he would try to stop her from helping. And that just wasn't going to fly.

    "But it doesn't matter. If you need someone to testify, I can get someone for you."

    Caleb, Luka's younger brother. Luka had only mentioned him briefly, but he had given enough away that Amerie knew that Caleb had cut off ties with their parents. If Hadley really needed someone to give testimony, that's who Amerie would go for.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:04 am

    If he needed someone to testify, like that was some kind of afterthought. "Amerie, do you understand what's going to happen here?" he asked carefully. He didn't really want to offend her, since he was actually trying to be professional this time, but he had a feeling that this whole thing was a total knee-jerk reaction from her that she hadn't put much real thought into.

    "When we accuse the mayor of Dahlin of beating his kids, it's gonna be kind of a big deal," he explained. "Like, front-page news, public shock and outrage type deal. And if the son doesn't back us up, it would not be good for us."

    Sure, they (aka he) had the right to throw the mayor in jail tomorrow if they (he) wanted to. And yeah, he agreed that the guy completely deserved it. Hell, he deserved worse. But, if he was going to get himself involved in a political scandal, he was going to make sure he came out of it with his own public image intact.

    "So yeah, I need someone to testify," he concluded.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 7:52 am

    Disappointment ran like ice through Amerie's veins. She wanted action now. And if there needed to be a trial...that was more time for Luka to try to stop her.

    Technically you don't know that he even will, Caviar said. It was true that Luka kept returning to Dahlin, but that didn't mean he wouldn't let Hadley convict them if given the chance. Maybe that would give him the means of escape he hadn't known he needed.

    "Well I'll get him for you," Amerie said a little defensively. Hadn't she just said that? Couldn't Hadley have just said yeah, that would be good instead of trying to make her feel like an idiot? Which she didn't, by the way. She just felt angry. Not necessarily at Hadley, but at the world. The man had gotten away with beating his sons for years. She wanted him in jail and she wanted it now. In fact, if Ramsay had been a settled Solas, he would already be there.

    Now she would have to tell Luka. After she found Caleb. Because she still wasn't sure how Luka would react, but Amerie was almost positive she would have Caleb on her side. Mostly because she had to have faith in something. It probably would have scared her, needing to place so much hope on someone she had never met, had she not had so much anger adrenaline rushing through her.

    "And then what do we need to do?"
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Mon Sep 15, 2014 10:34 am

    Hadley leaned back in his chair, thinking. This was a mess, but at least it wasn't a mess he had caused for once. It was actually a little exciting, after being pretty much out of commission for so long, to be involved in this. Not to mention, after dealing with certain clio who thought he wasn't even competent enough to sign his own name, it was nice to be trusted with something so big. Even if it was by someone who had no other choice (not to mention a perfectly valid reason not to trust him.)

    "Let's see," he said thoughtfully. "Well I guess I should probably ask who this clio is you're getting." Another kid? Other family member? "But whoever it is, once they accuse him I can have him arrested. And who knows, maybe he'll confess and there won't need to be a trial."

    He could tell Amerie wanted this guy punished right away and wasn't happy about drawing it out. He'd agree with her if it was just some random guy, but the fact that it was the mayor meant that they had to do things the "right" way. Just one of those little advantages to being rich and powerful. Unfortunately for the mayor, someone even more rich and powerful had caught him.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:42 pm

    "A brother," Amerie said. "His name is Caleb Snow." She paused, trying to see if she knew anything else about Caleb, other than that he was younger than Luka by a few years. "I think he goes to Redfern."

    She didn't know him, but he would definitely want to testify against his parents, wouldn't he? Amerie prayed silently to the Gods that he would. He had to.

    And how are you going to tell Luka about this? Caviar asked. Just going to hit him with the news after the fact? Oh, PS, you're invited to this hearing?

    Amerie hadn't thought about that yet. She'd figure it out after she'd settled this with Hadley.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Mon Sep 15, 2014 1:52 pm

    Ameroo wrote:"I think he goes to Redfern."

    "You think he goes to Redfern?" Hadley repeated, eyebrows raised. He was right, Amerie hadn't thought this through at all. "Do you even actually know him?"

    Honestly it didn't matter. He wasn't gonna authorize the mayor's arrest until after the younger brother's accusation, so if Amerie was wrong and he wasn't actually going to do it, Hadley wasn't losing anything. She seemed pretty sure that the brother would accuse, but Hadley wasn't so sure himself. Who would ever want it plastered all over the news that their father beat the shit out of them? Unless the brother ended up thinking it was worth it for the revenge, or something.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Mon Sep 15, 2014 2:04 pm

    Amerie narrowed her eyes at Hadley. She stood up. "I'll be back tomorrow with him," she told Hadley, unable to keep the shortness out of her voice. "Have your paperwork ready."

    Hadley could try to be difficult, but Amerie wanted this thing done as quickly as possible. Which meant she was going to Martha's Vineyard. Right now. Amerie crossed the room without another word and left the office, for once not caring how rude and unprofessional she was acting.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Tue Sep 16, 2014 11:28 pm

    Wow. Once-nervous little Amerie was actually bossing him around now. She'd definitely gotten a lot bolder in the last six months. He started to reply, wanting to ask her if she was really going to go all the way to Martha's Vineyard and back in a single night, but the sound of retreating footsteps told him that Amerie was already leaving. Oh well. He turned to his desk, thinking of what an interesting turn of events this had turned out to be.

    The next day, he still wasn't entirely sure if Amerie had been serious about coming back so soon or not, but he figured he might as well get all the shit ready anyways. It was really just one major document that needed to be typed up and signed. He decided he wanted to type up that document himself, which as usual took longer than if he just got someone else to do it, but he was managing with Nila there to stop and tell him whenever he made a typo. He was still at the typewriter, having had to start over a few times, when Doorman knocked at his office door, telling him that Amerie had in fact returned.

    Shit. Well, she was just gonna have to wait, then. He was almost done anyways, so he told Doorman that he might as well bring her in here now.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:36 am

    Amerie returned to Earalas the next day, after travelling back and forth to Redfern, where Caleb Snow was currently attending. It was the first time that Amerie had been to Martha's Vineyard, but she hadn't had time to actually do any looking around.

    As an overloridian, Amerie had free access to the records at the school, so finding Caleb didn't prove to be too difficult. Surprisingly, talking to Caleb didn't prove to be that difficult, either. She'd expected at least a little dissonance from him, but Caleb had immediately helpful, readily sharing anything Amerie needed. It was almost as if he were excited for this to be happening.

    Amerie supposed this was a normal response to the news that someone who had abused you for years was going to be arrested, but after dealing with Luka she hadn't been sure what to expect.

    After talking with him, Amerie had rented an apartment on the island, staying until the morning. Early the next day both she and Caleb had flown by balloon to Earalas, where Amerie had tracked down the police station. Caleb had spent the afternoon giving his report to the police while Amerie listened.

    Now the two (at Caleb's insistence) were back at Hadley's estate. One, so that Amerie could show Hadley that she had followed through, and two, because she wanted to make absolutely sure that Hadley would follow through with his own side of the bargain.

    "Hello, Hadley," Amerie said as she and Caleb walked into the overloridian's office.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Wed Sep 17, 2014 12:47 am

    "Hi," Hadley replied distractedly, focusing on finishing up the document. Once Nila, who was sitting on his shoulder, assured him that the final page was error-free, he took it from the typewriter and set it off to the side of his desk in the same general area he'd put the other pages.

    Nila hopped off his shoulder and onto the desk as he spun his chair around so that he was facing the direction Amerie's voice had come from. "Your trip was successful, I'm assuming?" he asked. He figured she wouldn't have bothered coming back if it hadn't been. Well good, he was actually glad she had come back. He was looking forward to the uproar this arrest was going to cause.
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    Post by Amerie Lux on Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:03 am

    "Obviously," Amerie said irritably before realizing that Hadley wouldn't have been able to see Caleb, himself. Her face turned a little red, but she continued. "We spent the last few hours with your police force filling out paperwork. But I thought I'd swing by and drop them off to you personally." She didn't bother adding because I don't trust you, but her clipped tone made it apparent.

    "And by the way, this is Caleb," she said, gesturing, though Hadley wouldn't benefit, to her left where Caleb stood.

    Caleb nodded at Hadley, "Nice to meet you."

    Amerie slipped the papers onto Hadley's desk. "This is everything the police had Caleb fill out, along with a transcript of his testimony." She figured Nila would read it to him or something, since none of it was in braille.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:29 am

    Amerie's voice was so short and snippy that Hadley almost thought he might not have recognized her in a different context. It was like night and day from her usual shy stammer. Oh well, it wasn't like she didn't have plenty of reason to be cold towards him.

    Amerie wrote:"And by the way, this is Caleb,"

    Caleb wrote:"Nice to meet you."

    That made Hadley pause for a second in surprise. He'd had no idea Amerie had anybody with her. When she said she was going to "be back with him" he figured she just meant back in Earalas, not that she was actually going to bring him to his house. What the hell? Was this her way of making sure he actually followed through or something? How unnecessary.

    "Oh, nice to meet you too," he said after a brief moment.

    He didn't even have to ask Nila to check out the papers for him, she was already doing it and telling him that everything looked accurate and in order. All that was left was for him to sign the document he'd just typed up and Mr. Asshole Mayor would be in jail this time tomorrow. "You sure this is what you want?" he asked Caleb, turning back to his desk and feeling around for a pen. "This is going to be all over the newspapers you know."

    Personally he didn't really care about any of that, but he didn't want this Caleb kid to change his mind and recant or something when the story hit the public.
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    Post by Caleb Snow on Thu Sep 18, 2014 1:49 am

    Caleb laughed lightly. "Are you kidding me?" he asked. "I've been waiting for this for years. I just didn't know how to do it."

    It had been shocking when Overloridian Lux, who preferred to be called Amerie, had showed up and pulled him out of class, but as soon as she'd explained why she was there, Caleb's world had been turned upside down. In a good way, of course. His parents were going to pay for what they'd done to him and Luka. His father at least. It was like Ahtnamas.

    Caleb watched as Overloridian Sterling grabbed a pen and felt for the bottom of the paper. This was really happening. He would never have to fear going back to Dahlin ever again. He didn't care about the publicity it was sure to attract. He'd never cared about public appearances--not like Luka, anyway--and had long ago given up the hope of being perfect.

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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Thu Sep 18, 2014 11:36 am

    "Alright then," Hadley replied. He briefly wondered how the other brother, who didn't actually know any of this was going on, was going to react. Oh well, that was Amerie's problem to deal with, not his. He held his pen over the paper near the bottom. Here? he asked Nila, who responded by gently nudging his hand a little to the left so that it was positioned where he needed to sign. He scribbled down his signature and then held it up over his shoulder for Amerie to see that he had actually done it.

    Once he sent this in, Mayor Asshole would be arrested almost immediately. He'd probably fight it, Hadley was sure of that, but maybe the threat of spending a few years in Nabakza would get him to confess. Whatever, it'd be in someone elses' hands by then. Hadley would just get to sit back and enjoy the ensuing shitstorm that this was gonna cause.
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    Post by Caleb Snow on Fri Sep 19, 2014 4:52 pm

    "That's it?" Caleb asked, staring at the paper that the overloridian was holding up.

    "Well, now he's going to be arrested and sent to trial," Amerie told him, looking away from the paper and to Caleb. "Which means you and I are going to talk to a certain brother of yours." She hadn't wanted to mention anything to Luka before the fact, in case he tried to stop her. But now that the deed was done, she wanted to talk with him before this hit newsstands across Amelia.

    Caleb nodded. He and Luka didn't see eye to eye on the issue of their parents, but he agreed with Overloridian Lux on his right to know. Besides, it wasn't like Luka was ever going to be able to go back there again. He wouldn't be able to make the same stupid decision he'd been making for years anymore. Caleb was actually glad he'd get to be there for the conversation. To see how Luka took it.

    "Overloridian," Caleb said to Hadley. "Thank you, my man. For doing this." It wasn't as though he'd done much, but still. He would have shaken his hand, but he wasn't sure how to let let him know his hand was out. Ah well.
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    Post by Hadley Sterling on Fri Sep 19, 2014 10:38 pm

    Amerie wrote:"Well, now he's going to be arrested and sent to trial,"

    "Unless he confesses," Hadley added offhandedly.

    Caleb wrote:"Overloridian," Caleb said to Hadley. "Thank you, my man. For doing this."

    Hadley put on his best charismatic leader smile and turned around to face Caleb and Amerie again. "I'm happy to help," he said, sticking out his hand for Caleb to shake. And he really was, but maybe not for the most noble of reasons. He was more happy to be doing something interesting than in, y'know, justice and whatnot.

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