Sunday, October 30, 2011

1.5 - Criminal

Malinda loves moths and butterflies. How wonderful would it be to be able to fly away into the sky? She heard a story once that moths were really just the souls of children who died in their sleep. They came back as moths to keep other children safe in the night. Could this moth be the soul of a child?

David’s family moved into the town proper and live only a block from the park where she caught her moth. So she rushes over to show David her find and tell him the story. 

... She isn’t the only one visiting today.

Naturally curious, Malinda decides to ask Grim if the story of moths being souls is true. He laughs at her curiosity and speaks so she alone can hear him. "Moths carry souls, yes, but not of the deceased. They are the souls of fae youth who ventured to this plane and were trapped here when the worlds were sealed."

Malinda doesn't understand everything he's saying but the spark of creativity is lit and she can't wait to go home and write down all these ideas!

David is furious when he gets home and finds his grandfather dead and his best friend talking to Grim.

“Woooah. David, your grandpa was old. It was his time! We can’t just live forever, y’know! Then the world would become overpopulated and EVERYONE would die! Think about it!”

David does and soon enough these little geniuses are talking about rising population numbers and over crowding. Malinda expresses a shiver of worry so David pulls her in for a hug. He even ignores the disapproving stare his father is sending him while he does it.

Nagina tried to steal Nadira’s bunk. Nadira uses the closest weapon she has. A pillow.

Nagina won’t give in without a fight.

Jakelene just ignores the screams coming from behind her. 
“If there’s blood be sure to clean it up before your dad gets home.”

Birthday time!

Um so... Watcher’s in love. I swear I actually just MC’d a baby for Reina and Thaddaeus and then aged her into toddler when I started Neverglade. Never looked at her through CAS. I’m impressed.

David’s aged up as well.

They meet at the local pool and he asks her to hang out with him. Not a date, just two friends going out for dinner and a movie together. 

Aarun meanwhile has been working on a case that involves something about tomatos. Shipments have been going missing so local thief, Sheridan Enmity is a good person to ask for information. Unfortunately he needs a bribe.

“Sapphire.” Sheridan tells him.
Sheridan shakes his head. “Nope. The little one. David. He’s got a job at the grocery store so he’s been helping with the caper. Trying to make a name for himself early or something.”

For the cash, Sheridan even points him in the direction of the local diner where he passed David on a date with a cute little girl. Aarun heads over there, takes one look at the couple and inwardly groans. No matter what he does, this is going to suck for him.

“David, I don't remember Linda telling me she was hanging out with a Sapphire today.” 
The young blond turns around as Malinda looks at the ground. “I’m sorry sir, I didn’t realize she needed to have permission to hang out with her friends.”
Aarun glares. “No. But she does need my permission to hang out with a criminal.”

David doesn’t say anything to that but does head towards his car. He pauses at the property line and looks back at his friend. “I’ll see you in class, Linda. Unless your uncle has something against homework now too.”

Aarun sighs when he sees the tears in Malinda’s eyes. “Hunny, he’s a criminal just like his father. I don't want-”
“My father is a criminal too.” She reminds him. 
“But you’re not following in his footsteps by stealing from an employer.”
“His family is different than ours.” She answers softly. “David wants to get out of his life, but his dad won’t let him. He’s a genius and he wants to help people. Think about that before you turn him into the police. Please.”

Later that night he dusts the grocery store for prints and finds David’s prints in a number of places they shouldn’t be. It would be so easy to stop this rising criminal before he learns to cover his tracks... but Malinda’s sad eyes won’t leave him alone. Could he really put a kid fresh out of childhood behind bars? 
No. He decides at last. He wouldn’t be able to live with himself. He’ll let David go this time, and pray that the kid will smarten up sooner rather than later.

Won’t lie. I’ve had Britney Spears’ “Criminal” stuck in my head all week. It’s pretty much the theme song for Malinda’s story arc. Don’t think that’s too much of a spoiler. It’s pretty clear that she and David want to be together.


  1. Malinda is beautiful! And I love her new 'do! Since Malinda is going to be the help for your next generation (you said that, right? Or am I making it up?), I assume her relationship with David doesn't work out... *tear* They're so cute together.

    Also, the conversation between Aarun and David was great. Totally something a dad (or in this case, a guardian) would say in that situation. ; )

  2. Malinda did grow up very pretty. :D