For those of you who do not know who Atalanta is, a quick explanation: Atalanta writes My Half of Life. Basically, she has twelve hours of every day to herself. The other twelve belong to The Boss. As you can imagine, this makes things a bit difficult for her. I've e-mailed her some, and I let her know that if she's ever near NYC, I could give her a place to stay. Well, as (I certainly hope) you've already guessed, she did. And we took her in for the day.
I got a call from an unknown number. She doesn't exactly have a cell phone, so she had to borrow one from somewhere. Anyway, she gave me her location and I drove down there to pick her up. That's when I got my first actual look at her.
I still really, really wish my first words to her hadn't been "Wow, you look like shit."
It was a reflexive response. She knew what I meant and agreed. Doesn't make me feel any better, though. She was dirty, disheveled, dead on her feet, and just looked like she was wasting away in general. Her hair was cropped short (she explained that it was more convenient that way), but it was obvious that she had cut it herself. Probably without the help of a mirror at that. She didn't have much on her, either. Just a tank top, running shorts, running shoes, and that one weird briefcase of hers. Asked her some questions in the car on the way back, but I went back to the questions for the interview, so I'll post them then.
She got back, took a shower (I think she spent about an hour in there), and immediately went to sleep. Poe and I picked her up a change or two of clothes (she insisted that we couldn't get her much, as she isn't allowed to keep much) and a few other things while she slept. I've also been checking out that one computer she got. The one that magically appeared in the briefcase. And here's the thing: it's a completely normal laptop. Nothing particularly unusual about it at all. A standard, factory-produced Dell Inspiron 14R. Only thing unusual about it is that it runs Vista, but I guess that's what you expect from a laptop given to you by something like The Boss.
Anyway, I woke her up for an interview a while ago, after which she went back to sleep. It pisses me off that she has to sleep during her half, but at least she's got an actual place to sleep today. Tonight, Poe and I plan on following her around during what she calls "His Half" so that she can find out what exactly happens during that time. She said that it should be his half in about 45 minutes. We'll be posting the interview for your sake and what happens for her sake tomorrow.
Wish us luck. All three of us. Chances are, it's not going to be pretty.
-Don't Shoot The Messenger-