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The Lady and the Tiger - JLA Watchtower RPG
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The Lady and the Tiger
One of these days, Ben decided, he'd really invest in this whole 'cellphone' thing that had swept the world while he was away training. Most of the time he was out in the field he had a Squad comm, but this wasn't exactly Squad business. And there was a phone in the dojo but he didn't want to be overheard.

Which would explain why he was standing in a fetid phone booth - one of the few of this part of Gotham that had a working phone in it. It would also explain the calling card and the emergency stash of change in case the card ran low. Not to mention being absolutely surrounded by graffiti, most of it highly sexually explicit.

Anyway. He dialed an exceedingly-long series of digits to make the call go through. Hopefully it'd be completely untracable, which would be good as what he was asking for was not something he wanted people like this Oracle person he'd heard of to overhear.

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mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:14 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari had been lounging in her oversized bathtub when the phone rang. She lifted the white and gold handset from it's perch and brought it to her ear, lowering the music blaring on her state-of-the-art cd player by remote control.

"This is Mari."
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"Oh good. I'd hate to think I'd dialed the Shriners." Ben said with amusement. It was good to hear her voice, even over this really crappy Gotham Telecom payphone. "You got a few?" he asked her.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:20 am (UTC) (Link)
"Ben!" Mari's voice brightened considerably when she heard his voice over the phone. "For you, I've got more than a few. What's going on, handsome?"
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:22 am (UTC) (Link)
"Business. I ... need your help with something." he said. "More something you handle than something I do." he confessed. "Can we meet, talk about it?"

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:27 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari listened. Whatever it was, it sounded urgent.

"Did you want to come over to my apartment?" she asked. "I figure it's safer than meeting at Sundollar."
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:29 am (UTC) (Link)
"All right." he said. "If I can avoid your bat infestation I'll be there in maybe twenty. Don't bother getting decent." he said with just a hint of purr in his voice.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:31 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari laughed into the phone. "Hurry up, Tiger. I'll be waiting."
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:34 am (UTC) (Link)
Ben hung up the phone, took a deep breath to get that mental image out of his head, and then set out for his second impossible task of the evening. Getting a cab in the rough parts of Gotham after dark.

Forty minutes later, he paid off his surly-looking Kahndaqi cabbie and walked up to Mari's front door. She always did pick the nice places to live, he noted with amusement. The doorman and the lobby guards had given him the hairy eyeball but let him up all the same.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:36 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari answered the door, having not at all bothered to get decent. She was wearing a thin, body-skimming silk kimono in tones that set her skin on fire, and her Totem hung around her neck as it always did. She gave Ben a sexy, welcoming smile as she opened the door and greeted him with a lingering kiss.

"Took you long enough," she said, stepping aside to let him in. "Can I get you a drink or something?"
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:39 am (UTC) (Link)
"Hey, I'm the downtown boy." he said with a laugh, stepping into her place and letting the door close behind him before greeting her properly. Which, in this case, was a kiss hot enough to curl both their toes.

"Nice robe." he said with a grin. "Real silk, even. I must have been a good boy lately." he jested.



mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:41 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari smiled coyly at Ben as she stepped around him, walking into the kitchen. She motioned for him to follow her.

Once inside, she pulled out a bottle of wine and two glasses, pouring them both a glass. She handed his to him and leaned against the counter.

A waxed, perfectly sculpted leg showed from the slit in the front of her kimono.

"I hope you have been. It sounded like there was trouble on the horizon when you called me, Ben."

Just like that, she was suddenly all business.
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:43 am (UTC) (Link)
"Worse than you know. What can you tell me about one Pam Isley?" he asked, leaving his wineglass untouched. No intoxicants during business time. Very firm rule.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 05:47 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari noticed Ben ignoring his wine glass and padded over to her fridge. She pulled out a bottle of European water and handed it to Ben.

"Pam Isley? As in Doctor Pamela Isley? Poison Ivy?"
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 05:52 am (UTC) (Link)
Ben uncapped the water bottle and took a drink from that. "Yeah. That Pam Isley." he said. "She's loose, Mari. Loose and dangerous. Someone wants to bring her in. I got tasked with the job. But I can't do it solo, babe. Not against her. So ... I need your help." he asked stiffly.

All this time, all this progress, and it was still difficult for him to ask for help.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 06:00 am (UTC) (Link)
"You sure the Bats aren't on this case yet?" Mari asked, taking a deep, long sip of her wine. She knew Ben's issues with asking for help, and so she made no jokes or sly remarks about it. In truth, she was glad that he had seen it fit to ask her for help.

She was flattered.

"Only because the last thing I want is to butt heads with Batman. Other than that? I'm in."
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 06:03 am (UTC) (Link)
"No idea if the Bat's on the case. It's not like I know who he is or how to get a hold of him. PD gets a little pissed when people bum the use of the floodlight." he commented. "I got approached by the GCPD to go after Isley." he said. "Got a chemsuit back at the dojo that'll let me get close without dying of her toxins, but I can't fight in it very well. Too bulky." he grumbled.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 06:07 am (UTC) (Link)
"And so you needed someone who was lithe, slender, and very flexible to help you fight?" Mari asked, her voice dropping a few octaves and going husky. "Tell me, Tiger, is there gonna be a celebration when we're done?"
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 06:09 am (UTC) (Link)
"Well, those are always wonderful traits to have, but I was thinking of someone who was lithe, slender, incredibly flexible, deeply perverted ... wait, strike that last one. Good number of critters got good resistance to plant-based toxins." he said.

"Once we put Isley away, we can talk celebration." he said with some reproach in his voice. Keep you eye on the target and worry about after after.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 06:12 am (UTC) (Link)
Mari's smile twitched. She gulped down the last of her wine and wrapped her arms around Ben's neck, giving him another long, lingering kiss. She pulled away, her nose touching his, and whispered, "Give me a moment to get dressed and then we'll go get your gear and bust Poison Ivy's botanical butt."
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 06:15 am (UTC) (Link)
"Want some help?" he asked with a grin. "Isley's not in Gotham right now anyway so we got a little time. We should get started bright and early tomorrow morning." he told her firmly.

He'd heard it said that Isley could bend any man around her little finger. He thought Isley - skinny little plant-girl that she was - had nothing on Mari.

mari_mccabe From: mari_mccabe Date: February 17th, 2008 06:17 am (UTC) (Link)
He'd better keep thinking that way if he wanted to keep on making with the naughty jokes with Mari.

"In that case," Mari said coyly. "Why don't you spend the night, and we'll get your stuff bright and early tomorrow. You look like you could use the rest anyway."

Not that she intended to rest if he was spending the night.
From: bronze_tiger Date: February 17th, 2008 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Ben picked just that moment to let a big ol' yawn out. "Yeah. Best if we get a good night's sleep, come at things fresh and well-rested tomorrow."

Oh, he was _so_ not getting any sleep tonight.

Oh, the horror. The inhumanity of it all.

The Tiger, belled by the Lady.

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