Simon whispered to them nervously, "So, am I the only one who isn't armed? Seriously, I tried, but I couldn't get anything decent on such short notice."
Leo leaned in and whispered, "There's a lining in this beard where I hid two guns. So you're covered." They walked to a table and sat. "What's the plan?" asked X. "We wait until Leo can spot the guys that are responsible, then we move."
"Cool, lying low. Anything but shooting villains sounds good to me." Simon tried outrageously to look like a gangster--sneering dramatically, talking in a New York accent, and pantomiming smoking a cigar.
Erin sighed. "I'll go along with this little act, but not when your doing-" she gestured at his appearence, "-that."
Simon held up his hands, as if to say "What?", but then reverted back to his everyday posture. He was a little peeved at Erin's response to his little act--he had to do something to get his mind off things.
Leo nudged Erin and tilted his head in the direction of the door. "There's one of the guys." She and X looked over and stared. He was a behemoth, all muscles and height. He may have even been seven feet tall! And he barely fit into his tux. His head was shaven clean, and it shone when the light hit it just right. The mountain made his way up to the bar. "Okay, let's go, X." she whispered. They stood and walked towards the bar. "I need a glass of your best Pinot." ordered X. "And I want a gin and tonic." added Erin. She looked over at the mountain and winked. "Hey there, handsome."
Simon had to clutch his mouth to hold back a burst of laughter. Erin's complete 180 took him by surprise and he couldn't hold it back. Leo shot him a hard look, and he quickly swallowed his laughter. INstead, he drummed his fingers nervously on the table, waiting to see what happened next.
The meat mountain looked at Erin and smiled. "Hey, gorgeous. What's your name?" She batted her eyelashes. "Cheri, but my friends call me Cherry. What's your name?" He chuckled. "Jim. Cherry's a cute name for a cute girl." Erin grinned. "Aern't you sweet~♥"
X walked over and whispered, "I don't laugh easily, but I almost did a spit take watching that." Leo whispered back, "Are you sure that's the same chick we came in with?!"
SImon had to refrain himself from gagging himself. It was all so corny, but it seemed to him like the meat mountain (or Jim) was being serious. I guess in a place like this, things like that are actually normal. Go figure.
As she wooed Mount Meat, one thought kept flitting through Erin's mind: I really want to use this gun on myself. Her act was so sugary sweet that she felt like she was getting a cavity. "Why don't we go talk in the ally?" she suggested, "For some privacy." Jim smirked. "Sure, let's go." As he turned his back on her, she gestured for the others to come.
X waited a few minutes, then stood and followed. When she was out of eyesight, she pulled out a taser. In the ally, Mt. Meat was trying to put the moves on 'Cherry'. "Baby, the light of the moon makes you look hotter." 'Cherry' was trying not to hit him in the boys and look charmed. "My, how sweet! But you might wanna look behind you." Just as she said that, X tazered him. He fell to the ground and twitched. She then reached into her purse and pulled out a syringe. "Tranquilizer." she said, injecting him with it. Soon, he was snoring and drooling. "Okay, I came in a van, so I'll pull it around and we can load him up. Sound good?" Erin nodded. I'll get the boys to help. She went back inside and said. "I need your help, so follow me."
Simon gaped at the scene before him. He knew X was dangerous, but seeing her in action was something else entirely. If he made one wrong move, it was now a proven fact that he could be unconscious in a van in five minutes flat. Better not make any wrong moves, he thought. He followed her cautiously, making a conscious effort not to say anything that might bother her.
X grabbed her keys out of her purse and headed for the van. "So that happened." remarked Leo. Erin snickered. "I wanted to that for a while now. I'm gonna sit in the back with him and tazer him everytime he wakes up!" The van backed into the ally. Everyone grabbed a limb. "Hey, Simon, can you get that other leg?"
SImon did as he was told immediately. It was inhumane, cruel, and fairly disgusting, but he followed through without a moment's hesitation. "What now? Are we taking him back to Erin's place?"
"No, we take him to a hideout so that way we won't have guys sniffin' 'round here, y'know?" replied X. "Plus, it's kinda hard to sneak this unconsious behemouth into my apartment." added Erin. X and Leo jumped into the front seat before anyone could call dibs. "Looks like you're in the back with me." said Erin, hopping into the back.
Simon was relieved that he didn't have to sit by X, gladly taking the back with Erin. "Wow, can't believe I'm going to a real secret hideout!" He said softly, almost feeling like a little kid on one of his make-believe adventures.
Erin chuckled softly. "Yeah, here we go." she said as the van began to move. As they rode along, she asked, "Hey, did you ever read super-hero comics when you were a kid?"
"Read? No. Memrozied, obsessed over, and, occasionally, imitaed? Without a doubt. They were my whole life when I was a kid. This almost feels nostalgic, like going to my "secret fort" in the backyard..." Simon's eyes lost focus, looking off into the distance as he recalled distant memories...
Erin nodded. "I read the more vintage versions my dad had. I especially like Batman, with his reasons of why he does what he does. I like Superman, too, but Batman's stories just stuck with me." She smiled lightly and added, "Plus I wanted a super cool Batcave. I lived off of Batman and Creepy comics, Torpedo ice pops, and Cheerwine."