blue_ajah: (dark eyes aes sedai)
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[After this.]

When she returns from Milliways, Moiraine does not stay in the apartment for any longer than it takes to cross the room and walk out the front door. Two minutes later, she is gliding down the street at a brisk pace.

All things considered, it does not take her that long to reach the sheriff's station. Lucy blinks in surprise upon seeing her.

"Hi Moiraine -- are you looking for Sheriff Truman? I mean, probably you are, since this is the sheriff's station and all, and you haven't come by just to visit before, but I don't think he's here, or at least he wasn't here before, unless of course he came back while I was making another pot of coffee and is here now, in which case he is here, and if he is here, he'd be back in his office--"

"No, thank you, Ms. Moran-- Lucy," the Aes Sedai amends hastily, as Lucy opens her mouth again. "As it happens, I am seeking Dale Cooper; do you know where he might be found at present?"

"Well, he might be here too, except I don't think he is, unless--"

"Do you have some means of locating him?"

Mere moments later, the dispatch radio crackles to life.

"...Agent Cooper?"

Date: 2009-05-14 03:12 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (intent and outside)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
He's in an armchair in the Bookhouse. He hears his name.

He crosses the room and picks up the handset. "Cooper here."

"Agent Cooper, Moiraine is here. She's asking for you. I asked her if she wanted to see the sheriff since this is the sheriff's station but she said she was looking for you, and you aren't here, and neither is Sheriff Truman -- "

"Lucy, tell Moiraine I'll be there in five minutes." He's already reaching for his coat, hanging neatly from a rack of antlers mounted to the wall for that purpose.

Date: 2009-05-14 03:33 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (i've got a theory)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
"Agent Cooper, Moiraine says to tell you that she'll meet you at the park, and I guess it's the upper part, not the lower part, because the upper part's prettier, but it's not a very big park so if she's not there she might be in the lower part."

"Thanks, Lucy." He grabs his keys off the table -- not that the park is driving distance by any means, but rather that if Moiraine is looking for him, and it's important enough that she'd come to the station, he wants wheels. Just in case.

He doesn't spray gravel in pulling out of the Bookhouse lot, and it's not even close, but it's possibly a good thing that nobody else is driving by.

Date: 2009-05-14 03:46 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (i went to the woods because...)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
He doesn't trouble to keep his footsteps quiet as he approaches. Still, he's approaching over grass -- there's not much noise to make.

Cooper rests a hand on the back of the bench before he circles around, and takes a seat.

Quiet: "Hello, Moiraine."

Date: 2009-05-14 03:53 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (my nerves are bad tonight)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
He's noticed.

"You haven't," Cooper says simply.

He's noticed, and he'll wait to comment on it until he has a better grasp on the situation; he doesn't like it. It's too like the early days, after her return.

It makes him think of bad news.

Date: 2009-05-14 04:01 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (i'll see you again in twenty-five years)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
Bad news, Cooper thinks.

"Almost," he says, with a very small smile.

Date: 2009-05-14 04:18 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (through the darkness of futures past)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
Cooper sits up very straight.

"Then -- "

He knows it: Moiraine can't go home. And yet --

" -- what you did -- "

And yet.

"It paid off."

It was worth it, he doesn't say.

Date: 2009-05-14 04:38 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (all-nighter)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
If the battle was that big -- and Cooper realizes quite easily that he can't fathom what a battle that large, for all the marbles, would look like -- it's a miracle Lan survived.

He scans the note.

Quietly, without looking up: "How many lost?"

Date: 2009-05-14 04:58 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (intent and outside)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
"He doesn't sound optimistic." Cooper holds out the note. "Moiraine."

Date: 2009-05-14 05:09 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (intent and outside)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
He must phrase this carefully, in order to get an answer that isn't a deflection.

Cooper takes his time.

"How do you feel about hearing this?"

Date: 2009-05-16 03:52 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (intent and outside)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
"Certainly." Cooper says this quietly, while nodding. "How do you feel about being here, with all of that going on?"

Date: 2009-05-16 04:08 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (my nerves are bad tonight)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
Dale Cooper takes in a long breath, and lets it out, slowly, looking away. Prana, he thinks. Pranayama. Mind as the blank page.

"It matters to me."

He says this with a faint, faraway smile; his eyes are on the gazebo in the center of Upper Twin Park, and the pond beyond.

"It might matter to you, to have someone who -- knows what this means, not just for where you came from, but for you. Especially because you can never return."

Date: 2009-05-16 04:39 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (shut your eyes & you'll burst into flam)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
"You're not."

He's not guessing why she called: he doesn't have to. There isn't anyone else -- Harry, certainly, Harry who is steadfast and kind and ruthlessly creative; Harry who works best when you can meet him on his own level.

This goes a little beyond the pale.

Milliways presents its own challenges. Its own temptations.

Cooper exhales again, and straightens, feeling the wood press against his back. "Do you want to talk about it more?"

Date: 2009-05-16 04:50 am (UTC)
tibetanmethod: (intent and outside)
From: [personal profile] tibetanmethod
"Why didn't you stay in Milliways?"

The question is out before he's thought about it too much.

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