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Companion to Fortress of Solitude in the Sky.~*~*~
“You really don’t think B can get Max off of there in less than twenty minutes?” Faith asked the other Transgenic, who was standing next to her. He shrugged and looked up to the top of the tower.
“Hell, if I know Max, it would take an apocalypse to get her off of there if she’s not in the mood,” Alec replied. He winced as Faith’s hand connected sharply with the back of his head. “Hey! What the hell was that about?”
“We don’t joke about things like that,” Faith told him. “With the luck B and I have, something like that will probably happen because you said that. Murphy’s Law and shit like that. It’s on the list of things not to do, along with using the ‘w’ word, inviting people inside, and letting Xander near the big books. We try not to tempt fate when we can.”
“What the hell are you talking about? Wasn’t the Pulse an apocalypse enough?” Alec asked her, slightly incredulously. “And what’s the ‘w’ word?”
“You have no idea, kid,” Faith snorted. “And the Pulse is what happens when the Big Bads get too smart for their own good. They start thinking they can use modern day shit and it all blows up in their faces. And the ‘w’ word is ‘wish.’ It’s one of those things.”
She could see Alec’s face trying to process what she just said. Deciding to take pity on the boy, she shoved him a little.
“Try not to think about it,” she told him. “And besides, you do anything to hurt my girl, you won’t live to see the next Apocalypse.”
“I’d be more afraid of her hurting me,” Alec muttered, distracted from trying to puzzle out Faith’s earlier statements. “I’m her favorite punching bag, and ‘your girl’ can hit.”
“You and I both know that’s not what I’m talking about.” Alec turned to look at her, his gaze serious.
“You say you know about Max, and you honestly believe that there’s something between us?” Alec asked her. “Let me fill you in on a few details...”
“We know about what Manticore did to her,” Faith interrupted him, her face stony. “Eyes Only’s not the only hacker worth his weight. Between Red and lil’ D, we managed to get a pretty good picture of all the fun things Manticore was up to. And I wouldn’t be sold on the forbidden love thing lasting. Just ask B about Angel if you want any more proof.”
“OK, whatever the hell you’re on, it’s pretty damn good,” Alec scoffed at her, turning back to look at the Needle. Faith noted silently that he had never denied feeling anything for Max. Before she could think about it any more, she spied movement on top of the building.
“Best get ready to pay up,” she told Alec. “B’s got the girl and is heading down.” She smiled at the sound of Alec cursing under his breath. She’d learned long ago never to underestimate B when money was on the line. Girl just hated to lose.