July 19, 2001

Au Revoir
by Claudia

Place: The Raven
Time: Thursday evening, July 19, 2001

The war was over and everything and everyone had returned back to normal. Well, as normal as it ever got where Forever Knight characters and their faction members were concerned.

It had been a busy two weeks, as usual, but Claudia knew that once she got back home to Helsinki she'd miss all the craziness, and her friends. It would be a while before she'd get to see all her fellow Raven/ettes again. Not to mention Janette and Miklos. Alma, too, but somehow Claudia didn't mind that quite as much. She usually tried to steer away from the blond's way if at all possible. Alma's sense of humour was somewhat -- unique, not to mention quite possibly hazardous to one's health. No, even with Janette keeping tabs on the Raven's dwellers it didn't hurt to be careful.

Sighing lightly, Claudia walked over to the bar. "Could I have a ginger ale, please, with lots of ice?"

Placing the drink in front of her, Miklos gave her a questioning look. "Why such a long face, Claudia?"

"Just one more hour and I'll have to leave for the airport." Resting her elbows on the bar, Claudia gave another sigh. "I'm gonna miss all you guys."

"Ah, but there'll be another war and then, you will be back again." Miklos smiled at her.

"I know, and I do kinda miss my family." Returning his smile, Claudia took a sip from her drink. "Mmm, this is exactly what I needed. I just finished packing all my stuff and it was a lot of hard work to get it all fit my luggage."

Taking a look around the Raven Claudia slowly finished her drink. "Have you seen Janette this evening?" she then asked, turning back to Miklos.

The bartender's eyes caught something behind her back and he gave a short nod.

Turning around, Claudia found herself eye to eye with the Dark Lady herself.

"Is something amiss, Claudia?" Janette asked, tilting her heard.

"No, not at all." Claudia gave her a reassuring smile. "I-- I just wanted to thank you before I left, for the plane tickets and for letting us stay here at the Raven again."

"You are very welcome." Janette nodded graciously. "I hope you have enjoyed your stay."

"I always do." Then, smoothing down her midnight blue dress, Claudia got down from the bar stool. "Well, I guess I should go and check my room once more, just to make sure I didn't forget anything."

"Your plane leaves in three hours, n'est-ce pas?" Janette asked. At Claudia's nodded confirmation, she went on, "I have arranged a chauffeur to take you to the airport. He'll be picking up your luggage in half an hour."

"Thank you, Mademoiselle." Claudia smiled in gratitude, and in relief; she'd been dreading trying to carry all her stuff by herself.

"Au revoir."

- fin -

Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: Au Revoir
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 23:04:35 +0300
From: "dce" dce [at] dlc.fi
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Farewell to Arms
By Jason Cebalo

Time: Thursday Evening
Place: N&N Pack H.Q.

The Nick and Nat Pack B.B.Q. was just begining, when Eva heard a knock at the door. She opened the door and was surprised to see Jason standing there.

"Don't worry," began Jason,

"There are no Ravennettes sneaking around the back to plant stuff and I'm not here to debate Nick's love life. I just wanted to say goodbye."

Eva looked a little sceptical, but she motioned Jason to come in. She showed him around the theartre before leading him out the back, where the B.B.Q. was just begiining.

Eva introduced Jason to several of the N&N Packers. Jason shook hands and introduced himeself.

"So," remarked Grace, "You're the one responsible for poor Eva spending time in prison."

"Yeah, and I have to say, thanks for letting me of so lightly. Between that and what I said Natalie, I think cookie dough through my hair and clothes constitutes a fairly mild punishment.

"Seriously, though, this has been my first war and you guys were a lot of fun to war against and, well, I just wanted to say thanks, and I'll see you next time."

"Look," said Susan, why don't you stay, for a bit, we've got a B.B.Q. going.

"Thanks," replied Jason, "But I've got to get back to the Raven, finsh saying my goodbyes there."

"Well, it was good to meet you," said Eva, as she lead Jason out.

"Thanks," replied Jason, shaking her hand, "You to."

Jason smiled and headed back to the Raven, his first War had defininatly been good.

Subject: [WarRavens11] War: Ravennettes: Farewell to arms (1/1)
Date: Fri, 20 Jul 2001 09:34:12 +1000
From: "Jason Cebalo" catholic_socialist [at] hotmail.com
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Letting Loose!
by Molly & Kimmer

takes place at the Raven Night Club at War's End

"It's ... gonna be ... GREAT!"

"Yes," Mindi nodded, and kept on nodding. "I've got the... hair! ... for it!".

Kimmer looked from Molly to Mindi, and back again. The two were obviously under the influence of the Raven's well-stocked bar, but not terribly so. At least Molly still had the coordination necessary to work with Mindi's long blue-black hair--although, she reflected, a true Ravenette could do hair blindfolded. She watched as Molly made a careful part along the back of Mindi's head, clipped the top portion of hair up, and started braiding the bottom. "Ah," she said, "BrunnenG, huh?".

"Yuppers," said Molly. "Got a, um, a foundation for it from the beauty supply store..for the bun-part thingie".

"Cool! Oh, by the way, how drunk are you?". Kimmer asked.

"Not drunk," Molly grinned, "just got a buzz on. Never get drunk; don't like it".

"Well, good, because I've called one last meeting".

"Meeting?" Mindi perked up. "Party!".

"No, honey," Kimmer told the EverReady Ravenette. "It's about the next War. We're all a little disappointed that we didn't get to really let loose this time, so I thought we could brainstorm and come up with some ideas for next time".

"Cool." Molly had a mouthful of bobby pins; she took them out and handed them to Bill to hold in his snout. "I wanna do the DPs next time. I don't get a chance to talk to Cousin Mary as much as I'd like, but--she's a bud! a chum! an evil genius of comedy!".

Kimmer nodded and got out her laptop. She got everything set up and started to make notes. "Yes, Cousin Mary is pretty evil. and funny. You know, she didn't play in this War, but I will add that to my notes. We want Cousin Mary to play in the next War. I have to tell you, in her absence, the DPs still did their faction proud. It was a pleasure to war with Anne, Anita, Wolfy, and the rest of their pack".

Molly and Mindi started coming up with other suggestions, while Molly did Mindi's hair. Kimmer put her hand up and said, "Whoa, whoa...let's wait till the others get here. I need a drink". Kimmer looked at Molly's glass and said, "What are you drinking, by the way?".

"Hard cider".

Thinking that sounded cool and refreshing, Kimmer asked Miklos for one. He freshened Molly's while setting Kimmer's down a safe distance from the laptop. "Thanks, Miklos," she said, trying not to think about how long it would be again before the Raven bartender poured her a drink.

Molly finished arranging Mindi's hair in the style of their favorite dead assassin, even pulling down a long forelock to drape artfully over one cheekbone. She opened up her makeup case next and asked, "Do you want me to white out your face first, or just draw the tattoo?".

"No paleface! Us golden-skinned people have to stick together!" Mindi replied adamantly. Since Mindi was Asian and Molly's heritage had given her skin a distinctly yellow cast, they grinned at each other.

Kimmer was admiring the job Molly did on Mindi, when Chanda, LeeAnn, Teresa, Lorna, Alex, Kaiya, Jason, Claudia and Time came into the bar. The last hurrah was upon them. First, though, some business.

"Okay, guys, can I have your attention?" Kimmer asked, and the milling about stopped. "Go ahead and get some drinks, pull up a seat, get comfortable, we need to discuss a little business before we get some serious drinking in here. I want you all to get your drinks and sit down and think about what you want to do in the next War".

The Ravenettes sat down and thought about things. LeeAnn said she wanted to do more pranks next war, and there was an unaminous consensus that more pranks were definitely needed.

"You know what I would like to see?" Kimmer asked to the room in general. "I would like to see a War taking place in winter instead of summer. The last two wars were in summer, and we have a Ravenette that missed both wars because she only has computer access at her college. I think we should have a war like in February, when more college-bound FK fans can play. Sure, whenever you have a war, it is inevitable that the time will be bad for someone. But it shouldn't be the same 'someones' every war".

A murmur of agreement arose thru the ranks. Soon the Ravenettes were spouting out ideas, some doable, some very clever, some very silly, and as always, mayhem ensued. Kimmer typed furiously away on her laptop, trying to keep up with them all.

Eventually, the noise died down again. Alex piped up, "So, does everyone have their travel plans made?". Eyes looked around the room. It appeared that Claudia had taken care of business. So had a few others. Laughter broke out when the Ravenettes found out that their leader still didn't have her plans finalized.

"Aw, c'mon you guys, you know how it is! It's important to get here in a timely manner, but I never worry too much about getting out of here again. It's hard to leave....." Kimmer's voice trailed off. She was *not* going to cry. No, she would raise another toast to her Ravenettes and celebrate their faction!



Subject: WAR: Ravenettes: "Letting Loose!"
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 21:45:12 -0600
From: kimmer kimmertom [at] qwest.net
To: forever knight fan fiction list FKFIC-L [at] lists.psu.edu
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Au Revoir Mes Amis!
by Mindi

Mindi sighed, as she surveyed her room at The Raven which had been her home for the past two weeks... It seemed like just the other day she had arrived, unsure of what was happening, wondering just what this War would bring. During the war she had often wondered if she would have the stamina to keep going until the end, sleep deprivation driving her almost batty! But now, looking at the room that was now once again stripped, she sighed..."Just when I was getting the hang of it" she muttered to herself before she carefully put all her luggage neatly by the door.

All in all she reflected it had gone fairly well, her horses had all done well, and all had nice new wardrobes for the ride home. She smiled as she remembered her final victory ride, cantering around the huge indoor arena, rosettes whipping in the wind, Jeanette, Miklos and all her fellow Ravenettes standing there cheering her on. That was something she would never forget. "And" she murmured to herself "I guess I did all right, no one died, no one lynched me..... " She flung herself onto the luxurious bed fighting back a wave of melancholy that threatened to overwhelm her. Suddenly there was a quiet knock on the door....

Sitting up quickly she strode to the door opening it to reveal Miklos. "Miklos?! What's wrong? What happened? Did someone try and stage a last minute attack?" her eyes darted around in wild anticipation.

"non Cheri" he said softly "Everyone was just wondering where you had gotten off to-"

"oh-" Mindi said quietly "Just lost in my thoughts I guess...." she sighed again "Don't be so sad Cherie" Miklos said quickly "Smile! Be happy! You did marvelously at the show! So Impressive! and don't fret, Jeanette has already said you can come back to The Raven at anytime!" Mindi blinked "Really?" she asked "Really" Miklos said firmly "Now come Cherie! Your plane leaves in a few hours, but let's party, and have a good time non? Come, we must make sure everyone goes home with happy memories!" "Right!" Mindi said and quickly re-pinning her hair she gave Miklos a hug and walked out into the bar to say farewell to all her new friends.....

"Thank you My Lady-" she whispered to Jeanette as she handed the dark-haired Ravenette a small box, inside of which were earrings and a new choker, with the stylized Raven logo on them "For you, what better gift for a "Raven" then a Raven N'est Pas?" She hugged her newest Ravenette warmly before saying "Remember Cherie, the door is always open for you-"

Mindi nodded quickly moving to where her friends sat drinking, laughing and talking -Hugging everyone, she smiled as she brought out small packages for everyone, Jeanette and Miklos included. They were opened to reveal a video CD, at everyone's questioning look she shrugged "I downloaded THE DANCE from the FoD's party... I just thought that way we'd all have something to remember this by..." she paused and took a deep breath before saying "And my last gift to all of you is another song..." Everyone looked around waiting for the sounds system to kick in but instead Mindi pulled a small harp from the odd-shaped case she had sitting beside her and began to play:

    "May the road rise up to meet you
     may the wind be always at your call,
     may the (here she grinned-) moon shine cool upon your face now,
     may the rains fall soft upon your fields,
     and until we meet again,
     and until we meet again,
     may the Lady of the Night keep a watch upon us all
     may Mme. Jeanette keep a watch upon us all"

Everyone was grinning as she finished with a flourish. And Mindi smiled..... It had been a great war after all.

Subject: War: Ravennettes: Au Revoir Mes Amis!
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 23:32:55 EDT
From: "Mindi Hughes" Sargonith [at] AOL.COM
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