if it makes you happy

Lux brought Anthony along with her to see how Cher was doing at the facility where she was getting care 24/7 about her blindness and how to cope in the real world.

"I miss you," Lux said as soon as they came in to her room filled with flowers. Lux had brought along some sunflowers. Cher's favorites. "Looks as if someone has beaten me to the flower department."

"Oh, everyday more flowers." Cher smiled. "All sorts of roses."

"From who?" Anthony looked at Cher who seemed to be doing well on her own, in spite of the strangeness of her eyes.

"Leon, of course." She beamed.

"He's been here?" Lux looked at Anthony who just shrugged.

"Yes," she almost giggled.

"What are you not telling us?" Lux glared at Cher even though it did no good. Cher sat there at the edge of her be hanging on to the edge.

"That he makes me happy." She told them.

"I can't get ahold of him," Lux said. "He's been gone for weeks now. What has he told you?"

"We really don't talk about him much," Cher sighed. "But he's amazing."

"I don't think we need to know how amazing he is," Anthony whispered in Lux's ear.

Lux just looked back at Anthony and whispered. "I wonder what he's up too?"

"He says he's going to take me away from here, the first chance he gets," Cher said. Lux could tell from her silly smiled that Cher believed it too.


what she came for

When Anthony awoke, he saw Lux hard brought him tea. He was ravished indeed.

"How long have I been out?" He sighed as he sat up on his pillows in bed.

"Believe me, you've had a really good long sleep." She smiled setting next to him, handing his tea over as she loving brushed her fingers through his hair. For a moment, he thought he might be her baby the way she was around him. He couldn't help but grin.

"That long, aye?"

"I went to see Drex and Jo." She told him.

"Johanna?" Anthony sipped his tea.

"They haven't seen Jonah." She pressed her lips as if she thought the worst. "Leon never came back. I think he's done something to him."

"How dreadful." That was all Anthony could say of it.

"I just thought Leon would help with Cher, you know." Lux shrugged.

"And how is she?" He was in no hurry to finish his tea. Not even get dressed, especially as he looked over at Lux. Her hand was on his chest and her head edging his shoulder.

"She's gone off to a quality living facility. Rehabilitation, you know." Lux just nodded

"Already?" Anthony winced.

"Well, I can work fast when I have a phone at my fingertips." She kissed him then as if she couldn't wait a second longer.

"How true." He did believe she could be a miracle worker on occasion. "So you're saying, we are alone?"

"Precisely," she breathed in his ear. "All this time travel. I'm so worried it'll take a toll on you."

"Well, we can't have that, now can we?" Her arms were wrapped around him. He struggled to put the cup on the night stand. He'd hardly drank half a cup. It sloshed to the night stand as he turned and he kissed her lips then.

Of course, Anthony couldn't be sure if this was a lovely start of the day or the night. He stared into Lux's eyes. He knew then how it should be. No word of his past of Johanna to be spoken. After-all, Lux's hands were already on him, and he was certain now she was completely ravished when her lips met his and she kissed his chest, reaching for exactly what she'd came for.


what now

Lux was up early looking at her watch. Naturally, Anthony was sleeping soundly and Cher was still resting too.

"Where is he?" No Leon, where had he gone off too? He said he was going out for a walk, but he never returned. Where could he be?

She decided to just go up to Jonah's. Someone had to be there. Possibly, she should have waited, but she couldn't. She wanted to get to the bottom of this with Jonah. Naturally, he wasn't there, just Drex and of course, Johanna.

Johanna gave her that bewildered look of hers. Lux wasn't buying it though. Something was up, she wasn't sure what. Perhaps Johanna hadn't been completely honest. She was in a rather large housecoat of some sort. Wasn't she suppose to be all sexy for her Drex? Lux imagined. Was there something she didn't want anyone to know. Possibly, even Drex.

"Well, we're back with Cher," Lux informed them. "But she can't see. She's blind.'

"Blind?" Drex blinked, a bit shocked. "How did that happen?"

"I'm not sure. She was a beggar of some sort on the street. It was horrible."

Drex just nodded as he brought Lux tea.

"You all made it back, didn't you?" Johanna questioned. "Anthony came back, right?"

Lux held her breath for a moment. "Yes," she finally said. "He's back. Back for good, I suppose." Lux wanted to put the time travel behind them. They needed to think of their future together. "Cher would have never gone there if it hadn't been for Jonah." She grimaced then.

"I know, I feel just awful about this, what can we do?" Drex then said.

"If you have nothing else to do, perhaps you could at least cheer her up. Let her know you're glad she's back." Lux suggested.

"I'll do that," Drex nodded.

"Yes, we'll come around when we can." Johanna grabbed Drex's hand as if he couldn't be too far from her grasp.

"Very well," Lux backed away ready to leave. "Do you know where Jonah might be by chance?"

They both shook their heads.

Lux remained even lipped. Perhaps Leon had done something to Jonah, but what? She bit her bottom lip then wondering where they could possibly be.


up and down

It wasn't until they were back into the world they came from that they could actually figure out what was going on with Cher, but it was true. She was blind.

"Who would have done such a thing?" The thought of it made him sick. Jonah should have to pay for this.

Of course, both Leon and Lux got her cleaned up and settled with lots of chicken noodle soup.

"It was awful." Seemed to be all Cher could manage. "She didn't like me, you know."

"Who?" Anthony could only imagine one person.

"Jonah's mother. I'm not sure why we had to go there, really. It was like an experiment, I guess. And then I got lost and..and there were these people who thought were going to help me. Said I could work for them. I just didn't know-" Cher started to cry then. "We'll my eyes ever be better? Can they be repaired."

"We'll, get you to the doctor as soon as possible." Lux assured her. "I'll do whatever I can to help you."

Cher just nodded.

Anthony didn't know if there was a way to get to the bottom of this.


in the dark

"Cher!" Leon called for her, but he got a dismal response. Instead she shouted out about the posies she had with her.

It was then when he got closer he saw what had happened. It was the fact that she couldn't see him. She'd been blinded.

Leon winced.

"Cher its me," Leon said. "Leon, I've come to take you home."

"Leon?" She almost smiled, but it was as if she couldn't be certain. She almost stumbled then, but he caught her.

"We've come to take you home." He told her.

She almost crumbled into tears then. Of course, it didn't help to have a copper approaching him. All Leon could think to do was run with her to the nearest alley and get back to another world.

Thankfully, Anthony stepped in and told the copper they'd been searching for his sister, and he believed him.

Leon sighed then. Somehow, he hoped he'd see his own bed soon, and he'd find a way to take care of Cher.


the possibility

Anthony wasn't all that thrilled about meat pies. Last time he'd seen Fleet street had been rather ugly.

"I wish I could spare any of you," Anthony winced as they neared the barber shop and of course Mrs. Lovett's meat pies. "There was a tragedy here, you know. I thought I could trust the man who lived up there." He pointed to the barber shop. "But he was reeking havoc on his customers, evidently. Didn't know of his dark past really. It was quite bloody, indeed."

"Anthony, it doesn't matter now." Lux looked into his eyes so sweetly, "Cher's so close. She has to be near the establishment."

So they hurried. Ran in fact, hoping to spot her, but of course, there was no one. Quite a dreary looking place in fact.

"Perhaps she's been nabbed when they saw the cell phone." Leon mentioned.

"Possibly." Really, Anthony could see much hadn't changed. Mrs. Lovett's was boarded up. "We should have forced Jonah to come, you know. Made him find her for us."

"Obviously, we can't just go back now." Lux insisted. "We've made it this far."

It was then Anthony saw the girl in the distance selling flowers. It was hard to say if she were familiar or not. She looked quite pale and pitiful and her face was so smudged with ash and soot that it was true..she was just a beggar.

"Come on." Maybe there luck had changed. Maybe Cher was here after all.


a chance perhaps

The phone number went through. No busy signal. No one came on to tell her it couldn't get through. She could here it go through. Lux waited. Another go. Then another.

"God, pick up," she whispered.

Anthony took a listen then. It was going through. Now if only Cher would pick up.

Finally a very weak, "hullo. hullo...."

"Cher!" Lux's eyes lit.

Leon looked around to see if a copper would be on a witch hunt with them if he found the device.

"Who's this?"

"Its Lux. Where are you?"

"I'm not sure. My-my battery is going."

"Just tell me something. Are you near any business. A fountain. The park. Something!" Lux looked around as if they might spot her instantly. Of course, she was no where.

"Meat pies." Cher sounded breathless.


"Meat pies."

And then nothing.

"I don't know what to make of it?" Lux looked to Anthony who didn't look too promising with his stare.

"I have a few idea." He sighed taking her hand then. "We'll have to hurry. Hopefully, she'll be by the barber shop." They had to move quickly then. Time was ticking.