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Once again, Charlie is set up to train Natalie. He's got the mats and the bottled water. He also has a jump rope. And today he's dressed in a basic karate outfit, with a white belt.

While he waits for Natalie to arrive, he sits on the grass and meditates.

Date: 2008-08-11 03:21 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
Natalie trots over to him, wearing a tank top and loose athletic shorts. When she sees that he's meditating, she just sits down nearby and watches the lake and the surrounding scenery.

--What is that blob in the distance? Nothing to worry about, surely. Not with Charlie here.

Date: 2008-08-11 03:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
Charlie opens his eyes and smiles. "Good morning," he says cheerfully. He's glad to see her, and also, she looks really good in that outfit. "How are yu today?"

Date: 2008-08-11 03:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"I'm not bad at all," she says with a smile. "How are you, this lovely morning?"

[ooc: I'm switching between like, three accounts, so if I screw up and post with the FSM account, I'm sorry.]

Date: 2008-08-11 03:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"Calm. Collected. And yes, it is lovely today. Not the kind of day I saw as often as I'd like when I was out of the world." He rises to his feet in a very fluid motion.

Date: 2008-08-11 03:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
She stands, too, a lot less fluidly, but with no trouble.

"--Charlie?" she asks, after a moment. She's looking over his shoulder with a strange expression on her face.

Date: 2008-08-11 03:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
He sees that expression. "Um, is something wrong?"

Date: 2008-08-11 03:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"--Is that a blob of... dough, covered in pink and white flowers?" she asks him, pointing. She looks... kind of incredulous.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:01 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"Yes, yes it is." He turns around to look. "I think that's the good blob of dough. There's an evil one, too." He feels silly just saying it. "The woman who made the blobs tried to explain things. There was some kind of baking accident. I think. Something involving magic and water from the Thames River in London. The blobs are harmless, though the evil one is aggressive.

"I fought the evil one last week. I can't say it was on the list of great epic battles." Charlie is acting all unflappable. And maybe he is.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"Evil bread dough." She ponders this. "Okay. I'm sure stranger things have happened here. Like a living woman flirting with a dead man." She grins at him.

"Was the lady who made them a baker by trade? And what was her name?"

Date: 2008-08-11 04:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
He was pretty sure she is flirting, but it never hurts to have confirmation. (After all, some people wouldn't be so fast to flirt with a dead man.)

"Actually, I think she was a super-hero. She called herself Rachel Grey, but she was wearing spandex and was a flying telepath. Maybe she's not a very good super-hero?" Oh, how little he knows.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
It's easy to forget that Charlie's dead. Especially when he looks so good in that karate outfit.

"Strange," she murmurs. "Perhaps she's just gaining control of her powers, or something."

Date: 2008-08-11 04:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"We didn't get to talk so I couldn't tell. At least she made sure I knew what was going on." Which doesn't entirely fill him with relief. Even if he's not worried.

"Do you want to investigate further, or shall we get busy?"

Date: 2008-08-11 04:15 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"I'd like to investigate now, and then work out afterwards, if it's okay with you!" She grins.

She also tries to hide the fact that she'd love to work out by getting busy with him. He used a poor choice of words, perhaps.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
Yes, he did, but sometimes Charlie can be single-minded.

"You are a woman after my own heart. But if it turns out that we're being led into a trap, would you mind if I took the lead?"

Date: 2008-08-11 04:22 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
She grins at him. "I'm curious, not foolish. Of course I wouldn't mind."

Date: 2008-08-11 04:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
He takes Natalie's hand gently but firmly and starts walking. "Does your boss let you help him on cases?"

Date: 2008-08-11 04:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
She walks with him, happily. She gets lost in her thoughts for a moment.

"Hm? Sometimes! It's not like he can go without me." She smiles over at him. "Mr. Monk really is brilliant, though."

Date: 2008-08-11 04:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"The sort of detective who can look at a bank vault and tell you what the crooks ate for breakfast?" They inch closer, the blob not entirely paying them any mind.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
She nods at him, her eyes on the blob. It looks... well... blobbish, doing what blobs do.

"He's pretty incredible."

Date: 2008-08-11 04:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"Or she. Or it. Probably it.

"You've never seen anything otherworldly before, have you?" He guides them to about two feet away, the blob looking oddly pleasant with all those flowers.

Date: 2008-08-11 04:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
She shakes her head. "Plenty of grisly murders. Nothing like this."

It kind of smells good, too. Like flowers on a bright spring day.

Date: 2008-08-11 05:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"I've seen a lot of grisly things. But they don't compare with the weird." He waits and sees if this blob will come any closer.

Date: 2008-08-11 05:24 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"I'm tired of grisly," she admits. "I don't want to lose my faith in humanity."

The blob is just exploring its surroundings. Eventually, it would make its way closer to where Charlie and Natalie stand.

Date: 2008-08-11 05:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] 52-dropoff.livejournal.com
"Do you want to know a secret? I came close to losing that faith more than once. And humanity...well, selected humans...found ways to surprise me. Sometimes." He watches the blob get closer. He also keeps holding Natalie's hand.

Date: 2008-08-11 05:29 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] frustrated-asst.livejournal.com
"It's those few people who manage to stay good despite it all that keep me from going crazy, I think," she admits. And then she squeezes Charlie's hand, watching the blob come closer.

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