[Archer gets a bad feeling when she mentions Crowe being close with the Genesis member… And his hunches are usually right. That was confirmed when Lea describes the Genesis woman he had problems with. Sighing, he takes out his phone and brings up a photo of Sibyl Tayeb.] Is this her? [He wonders if Tec would get mad at him for doing this… Soon he shrugs it off. Charles never said anything to him not to speak of Sibyl.]
(She nods as she looks at the picture) Yes, that’s her. Do you have her name? (he looks up from the phone screen to him. Having her name would make it so much easier to track her). Can you send that picture to me, Archer? (she asks, since it would be useful to have her photo as well in case she used aliases).
Please, (The word leaves him immediately after realizing he can’t get through to her.) Just trust me. This is one Genesis you don’t have to worry about anymore. (His eyebrows knit at her question, feeling a mixture of bafflement and slightly offended.) Don’t be ridiculous. If I knew who she was going to attack, I would have set something up to keep my kind and her out of harm’s way. (Charles stands his ground even when he hears the well-known passionate temper in her voice.) She was sent to die, Lea. She wasn’t going to win.
(She looks at him with a frown) How can you be so sure, huh? Don’t be so naive, Charlie, she could so easily be playing you, winning your trust may as well be what she’s been after all this time you two have been getting close. Did you consider that? (she raises an eyebrow as she makes her point. It wouldn’t be the first case of someone playing pretend to convince an enemy that they were harmless). So your little friend didn’t tell you she was going to attack one of us? That’s one trustworthy friend you got yourself (she comments with irony). Then I failed, I should have killed her then…
[Archer recalls hearing that from… somewhere he can’t care less. He didn’t know where it was but he heard it. He raises a brow, staring at her with his glassy eyes.] Have you talked to Te- Charles Crowe? When I had trouble identifying someone he… well, helped. He’s useful. [Then he blurts out,] Describe her. I may have her on my list.
(She chuckles bitterly) I have, but Crowe is of no use for this. As it turns out he’s warmed up to the Genesis bitch and “won’t let me kill her” (she says mockingly, more or less quoting Charlie’s words in from the discussion they had earlier). Female, in her early twenties. Thin, more or less tall, she must be about 1.70 or 1.75. Auburn hair. Foreign look.
[Archer walks past the door of the room, hears someone cursing. Usually he would have ignored it but he instinctively looks into the room, and meets the eyes with Lea who just looked up. He blinks slowly, wondering if it would be considered as rudeness if he just walks away now.] …Why are you cursing?
(She meets Archer’s eyes as he passes by) It’s about the Genesis attack (she speaks, tiredly reclining into her chair as her uninjured hand runs through her hair. The whole council knew about the fight she’d had with a Genesis member so he was likely to know what she was talking about). I want to find her…. There’s no trace of that woman, I’ve searched and there’s nothing.
(When she starts walking away, Charles instantly takes steps forward to follow her.) I can’t have you do that. (He says firmly. He halts his following when Lea finally faces him again.) Yes, I know her well enough to assure you that she won’t be coming after you. I will personally see to it. Trust me with that, and, I will trust that you will not pursue her. (Charles stares confidently at her, determinedly in convincing her not to hunt down Sibyl. – Though he does hide his anxiety over not succeeding.) After I realized this vengeance act won’t get us anywhere. Proving the Genesis that we are not as bad as they make us seem is a lot more effective.
I’m not asking for your permission, Charlie. I’ll act upon it and there’s nothing you can do to keep me from doing it (she retorts equally firmly. A frown forms on her brow when he admits that he actually does know this killer well enough) You knew this woman would attack me? (she makes a pause) And if you didn’t how can you even trust her after what she’s done? (at this point her voice had raised a bit, her well-known passionate temper making its entrance. She completely ignores his last statement, her mind still working around the fact that one of her own, a carrier, had befriended a woman that almost killed her, an event that perhaps could have been avoided if he had warned her).
(she exclaims with exasperation, throwing some papers off the desk. Her wrist ached a bit, because she’d used her injured hand to push those things aside. Resting her elbows on the table, she buries her hand through her hair for a moment, taking a deep breath to calm down. There was nothing, no trace whatsoever about the woman who had attacked her).
(His head tilts and he gives her a baffled look when she comments on his ‘theory’.) I wouldn’t say perceptive. Perhaps a plausible theory? I’m just going off from familiarity here. We did experience similar scenarios back when we were in Saint Mary’s. What if the Genesis have their very own Hearst? (This conversation is leading farther away from his aim. There hasn’t been any progress at all. He needs to convince Lea to leave Sibyl alone or Charles will lose her. But, with Lea continuing to be persistent, Charles slowly starts to become unnerved.) Yes, she’s on her own with no team, no enhanced healing; she is no longer a threat to you. (He tenses at her question. After a good minute of silent staring, he decides not to deny it.) What if I can promise you that she will no longer be a threat to your family?
(She nods at his words, not really buying that ‘plausible theory’. She suspected he was speaking based on much more than a mere theory). I care very little about what their situation might be or how their leader treats them (she replies rather coldly, but truthfully still. His words and the way he reacted to what she said confirms what she had suspected already: he did know her) I will find her and I will kill her. End of story. Be more careful with the kind of people you befriend, Charlie (she says as she starts walking away). So you know this woman well enough that you are willing to vouch for her? (she comments almost mockingly as she turns around to face him again, a frown adorning her expression) When did you start becoming friends with the enemy?
She wasn’t healing? (He questions, forging his confusion since he already knows that.) That’s strange, don’t you think? I highly doubt a Genesis would be foolish enough to go up against an S gene without the help of whatever makes them heal. Therefore, that leads one to assume that this Genesis was sent out to die. (She seems to be very determined in finishing what Sibyl started. But so is Charles. When Lea brings up the deaths of family, he sighs quietly and bows his head. It’s not that he isn’t sympathetic. It’s just, he’s tired of the whole vengeance defense.) I know. There’s always some justification to kill. So after you do finish the job, what makes you think another one won’t pop up to avenge its comrade? It’s going to be an endless cycle. Besides, I’m fully certain the Genesis have their own way of dealing with failures. She’s probably already dead.
No, she wasn’t. Killing her wouldn’t be that much of a problem now considering last time I saw her she was half-dead already. (An eyebrow raises lightly as he goes on speaking) That’s quite a perceptive theory. Either way she tried to kill me (she comments, her resolve to end that woman didn’t falter. There was something odd about this conversation, like he knew more than he was saying. Charlie somewhat defending a Genesis was a strange thing she that couldn’t simply ignore. There was something more) If your theory is right, and she was sent to die, no one will avenge her. She’s on her own, right? (she says with an indifferent shrug. She stays quiet after that for a moment, before she suddenly asks) You know her? (it sounded more like a statement than a question, really).
Still alive, yes, but with broken limbs and swollen bruises from tip to toe, I’m sure. (He adds at the end. Can’t make her suspect he knows this Genesis, can we now.) You are one of the first to survive a Genesis attack, let alone one of the first to leave them in a worse condition than yourself considering what they can do. I think you can call that a job well done. (Her next words don’t ease his tension.) Mrs. Woodsen, don’t get me wrong. I don’t doubt you will be successful in … Eliminating the threat, but, what if you are not? I don’t think you should worry. In fact, I think you should leave it alone.
(She merely nods after his words) It’s an unfinished job, actually. And this one… she was different, Charlie. She wasn’t healing like all the others. That means she can actually be killed if I get to her (It wasn’t necessary to say she was set on finding that woman and do what she’d failed to the other day). That woman couldn’t even walk properly, and without whatever it is that allowed her to heal before, she’d be a piece of cake. Now’s the perfect chance to search and kill her (she states as her arms are crossed over her back) Those people killed my sister and half of Sebastien’s family, have attacked me twice and have threatened the safety of my husband and my son. Trust me, I do have to worry that she isn’t dead and buried already.
(His brows rise at her comment and he holds back a dry comment of his own.) Oh, I don’t doubt you left them with bigger bruises. .. You did instruct a combat class after all. (He nods along to his own words and casually fixes his glasses before looking back at Lea. The haunted look in her eyes causes him to tense just slightly.) Perhaps you taught that one a lesson. She’s no longer something to worry about now.
I wasn’t really aiming to bruise, I was aiming to break… (she mentions as her eyes travel down to her bandaged wrist). I didn’t. That woman is still alive, so my job isn’t done (she says as she looks back up, misinterpreting why he seemed a little tense) But don’t worry, she won’t be a threat for much longer. I’ll make sure of that.