July 07, 2001

WAR: Ravenettes: Party all night long
by Claudia

Place: The Raven Party
Time: A little after midnight

The party at the Raven was in full swing and everybody seemed to be enjoying themselves. Swiping an unruly strand of hair off her face, Claudia decided to take a break from dancing and headed towards the bar.

"Ginger ale, please."

"Sure I can't get you something stronger?" Miklos asked her, winking. "How 'bout a shot of tequila?"

Smiling, Claudia shook her head. She never should have told him about her infamous tequila experiment; he was having way too much fun at her expense. "No, thanks. The ginger ale's just fine."

Grinning, Miklos placed a tall, icy glass in front her. "Enjoy."

Tasting her drink, Claudia climbed on a stool to give her poor legs a break. She'd been dancing all night long and she deserved a breather. If she was going to have trouble walking tomorrow she'd blame it on Teresa; she was a great DJ and it was simply *impossible* to sit still to the music she played. Still, glancing towards the dance floor, Claudia supposed she had it easy. Poor Alex looked like he could really use a break. Since Jason had informed them that unless he got a direct order from Janette he would not be gracing the floor, all the Ravenettes had turned to Alex. And he'd been fulfilling his duty admirably; there wasn't a single Ravenette he hadn't danced with, and the night was still young.

"Having fun?" Kimmer appeared next to Claudia.

"Is the Pope Catholic?" Claudia grinned and nodded towards the crowd. "Can we throw a party, or can we throw a party?"

"Yep, I think we did it again." Kimmer smiled proudly. The Raven party was always an Event with a capital E. It took a lot of work and planning to put it all together but in the end it was always worth it.

Kimmer's thoughts were interrupted by her rumbling stomach, reminding her that she'd been too busy to eat all evening. "I'm starving. Wanna go grab a bite?"

"Sure." Claudia hopped down from her stool. "Oh, and remind me to try Mindi's Red Velvet Cake later. I heard someone say it's to die for."

And the party went on....

Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: Party all night long
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 11:09:17 +0300
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WAR: Ravenettes: Beginning to gather again.
by Kaiya [Huntressia/RavenetteX].

Day: Saturday July 7th;
Next afternoon after the Raven party.

Kaiya wandered around the back ways of the Raven, in search of her fellow Raven/ettes. She'd woken up about an hour ago, and now she was bored. Short attention span had always been a problem for her. She'd dropped in on Lorna to see how her fellow Raven/ette was feeling this morning and to check if she needed anything. She hadn't. So Kaiya had started wandering again. She'd debated calling someone, but the time zone changes made it awkward. Instead she'd set up her laptop on one of Janette's generously provided phone lines and downloaded her email.

"Forwards ... junk mail ... forwards ... oooh, mail from Daxia, mail from Rhianna. Forwards, junk mail, junk mail ... *more* junk! How do these people /find/me!"

... had been the basis of her email checking. She hated AOL. And she swore someone was signing her email address up to junk lists. If she ever found that to be true ... oh, the trouble she would cause. Giving up on her mail she'd headed for the bar. Someone was bound to be up by now, she couldn't be the only one. She spotted Miklos there, a glass of the house special in his hand. The Raven was quiet since it was only afternoon.

"Kaika," he smiled at her. "Want a drink? One of those nice cocktails I make for you? The ones you seemed to enjoy /so/ much last night." Kaiya winced. She'd drank quite a few of those last night. Not enough to render her drunk, but she'd been mellow, definitely. The party had been a hit. Raven parties usually were, she suspected, though as a War Newbie, she had nothing to compare it to but rumors.

"Hmm, go on then Miklos," she smiled back at him, hopping up onto a stool. Her usual attire of black merged nicely with the Raven's decor. She tapped the large heels of her black boots against the chair leg idly, watching Miklos expertly create. He made this lovely cocktail -- she had no idea what was in it, all she knew was it was potent, fruity, came in a slender fluted glass and looked pretty. "You enjoyed the party last night?" she asked, accepting the nameless drink with another slight smile.

"Of course," Miklos smiled back, picking up his own glass and joining her. "Raven parties, Kaiya -- as I'm sure you'll realise -- are /always/ enjoyable."

"Always, hmm?" Kaiya teased back.

"Always," another voice joined in. Kaiya and Miklos turned to see Molly heading their way, Bill at her heels. She took a seat at the bar, waving off Miklos's offer of a drink for now. Kaiya slipped off her bar stool to pet the lizard gently. Really, he was so cute.

"Looks like we're all waking up, finally," she commented to Molly. "Which is good, because I'm just about ready for some more ... fun," she smiled with a mischievous glint in her eyes.

Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: Beginning to gather again.
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 17:00:32 -0700
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Idle Hands
by Molly/StormBorn

July 7th, late afternoon
The Raven
Continuation of Beginning to Gather Again

"On second thought," Molly said, "You gotta Genessee Cream Ale, Miklos?"

"Of course."

She took a long swallow and sighed in contentment...made of some of the best water on earth, nothing could compete with a Genny Cream. "Okay, gang, what should we do now?"

Kaiya mulled it over for a moment, then perked up. "Let's take one of Janette's cars and go joyriding!"

"Yeah," Molly agreed with a wicked gleam in her eye, "and let's take a few 'supplies' with us."

"Let's round up the others, then!"

Molly draped Bill around her neck and they set off in tandem, discussing vigorously the question of whether to take the Porsche, the Mercedes or the Jaguar--or heck, all three!

To be continued...

Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: Idle Hands
Date: Sat, 7 Jul 2001 18:51:50 -0000
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WAR: Ravenettes: Driving and Flying
by Claudia

Time: July 7th, set after 'Idle Hands'

The rest of the gang had taken off with the Mercedes and the Jag. Shrugging, LeeAnn and Time looked at each other. "Guess that leaves us the Porsche."

"Come on, ladies, lets see what this beauty can do," Jason said, getting ready to slip behind the wheel.

"Hey, I want to drive one of Janette's cars, too!" Time protested.

"Well, how about you drive her on our way back here," Jason suggested.

"Deal." Time gave him a smile. As long as she got to drive the Porsche some time during the evening she'd be a happy camper. "Come on, Claudia, let's get this show on the road."

"So, Jason, how did you like your first Raven party?" Time asked from the back seat as they drove around downtown Toronto.

Shrugging, Jason grinned a little. "It wasn't exactly what I expected but then, I didn't really know what to expect. In a scale of one to ten I'd say it was a solid fifteen."

"Yeah, I still remember my first party." Claudia smiled. "I thought it was going to be something really decadent, I had some weird s&m images floating at the back of my mind. Either that, or then it was going to be truly formal and I totally expected to end up embarrassing myself by not knowing which fork to use."

Time and LeeAnn glanced at each other and tried to suppress their snickers.

"Yeah, I know." Claudia grinned at them good-naturedly. "Go ahead and laugh. But I was a total war newbie, how was I supposed to know any better?"

"It's okay, Claudia." Time patted her arm. "We've all been newbies once."

"Yeah, it was a great party, but did anyone else think there was something odd going on with Nick and Natalie?" LeeAnn asked, frowning slightly.

Glancing at her, Jason arched his brows in a passable LaCroix imitation. "Isn't there *always* something odd going on with those two?"

"Well, yes." LeeAnn gave him a quick smile before her frown returned. "But I mean more than usual. There was just something really weird about the way they kept acting, it's like they weren't themselves, or something."

"Well, who else would they be?" Claudia piped in from the back seat. "Isn't there a saying that 'if it sounds like a Nick, and if it acts like a Nick, then it's probably --"

"That's just it." LeeAnn turned to look at her friend. "They didn't *sound* like themselves. I'm telling you, there's something freaky going on."

"Well, at least there's nothing 'freaky' going on with Janette," Time commented, satisfied. "If Nick and Nat want to act bizarre, let them. As long as they leave Janette out of it, who cares. Right?"

"Well, I suppose you're right," LeeAnn finally said after a while. "But I think we should keep our eyes and ears open, just in case."

"Okay, ladies, what's on the agenda for the evening?" Jason asked, pulling up and waited for suggestions.


"Let's go see a movie."

"Sky diving."

"Sky diving?" Jason, LeeAnn and Claudia repeated in tandem.

"Sky diving." Time nodded, looking at them a little shyly.

"Feeling a little suicidal, Time?" Claudia was the first to voice the burning question.

"It's not dangerous." Time flashed a wide smile. "Hundreds of people do it every day."

"A-ha, and how many of them live to tell the tale?" LeeAnn asked, not convinced.

"Come on guys, this is something I've always wanted to try, just to see if I could."

Jason, LeeAnn and Claudia shared a long look. Then, after a what had seemed like a small eternity to Time, they more or less caved in.

"Okay, here's what we're going to do," LeeAnn said. "First, we go shopping. It's getting late and the shops will be closing in no time. Then, we'll find some poor sap whose willing to drop us off the sky, and then, if we're all still alive, we'll go rest our nerves and knees in a theater."

The shopping spree was short but heavy on their respective credit cards. After they had packed everything in to the Porsche's trunk they set out to find someone reputable to take them to the sky.

It was easier said than done but finally the four Raven/ettes found themselves suited up and on a plane.

"I think I changed my mind," Claudia whimpered as she watched the ground getting further and further away.

"Come on, it'll be fun," Time said, trying to breath calmly. "A walk in a park..."

LeeAnn tried to squash the butterflies flapping around in her stomach and looked enviously at Jason. "How can you be so calm? Have you jumped before?"

"Nope. I just reckon there's no reason to be nervous, yet. Plenty of time to do that once I'm out of the plane." Jason grinned, looking almost relaxed.

"Okay, people." Their ramblings were interrupted by the pilot. "Since none of you has any experience jumping we're going to do what is called tandem jumps. That means that each of you will have an instructor to jump with you. They will take care of you, so you can all relax and enjoy the scenery on your way down. Have fun."

Time was the first to go. Her instructor had to use only minimal force to pry her fingers off the doorway before taking the final step into thin air.

Sharing a panicky look, LeeAnn and Claudia gulped.

"Why won't you go next, Jason," LeeAnn suggested, taking a few steps back.

"See you on the ground!" Jason grinned at them just as he and his instructor leapt off.

Claudia and LeeAnn played rock, paper and scissors to decided which of them would get to be the last one to jump. Claudia lost.

"If I won't see you again, it's been great having to know you, LeeAnn." Claudia tried to smile but it came out more like a grimace. "Geronimo!"

LeeAnn looked at the three 'chutes soaring through the air beneath her. "You can do this," she whispered to herself as her instructor made final adjustments to their gear. "Just don't look down."

"Wow! Woohoo! What a RUSH!!" The jump had left Jason with an adrenaline overload.

Time was busy kissing the solid ground beneath her knees and palms. "The next time I have a smart idea, just shoot me. Please."

"It wasn't so bad." Claudia's knees wobbled a little and she dropped down to rest a bit. "I just kept my eyes shut for most of the way."

"It was *amazing*!" LeeAnn was bouncing with excitement. "Let's do it again!"

"No way!" Time and Claudia shook their heads. "Once was more than enough, thank you *very* much."

"Oooh, you're no fun." LeeAnn grinned, her eyes glowing. "Hey, Jason, you wanna go again?"

"Just name the time and the place, LeeAnn, and I'm game."

"Any time you want to, just not tonight." Time got up on her somewhat unsteady feet. "We're going to the movies to rest a bit. And I get to drive. You two are way too hyper to get behind the wheel."

After the movie the four friends went club hopping and had a wicked time at it. It was almost dawn before they got back to the Raven. Barely able to keep their eyes open they slipped in quietly and headed towards the bar.

Jason did the honors and pouring them each a drink, lifted his glass. "To us."

"To the Flying Raven/ettes," LeeAnn said.

Grinning, Claudia gave a small nod. "Geronimo."

"To safe landings." Time giggled.

Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: Driving and Flying
Date: Sun, 8 Jul 2001 12:55:27 +0300
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