2007-05-06: The Emergency Babysitter


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Summary: Benjamin Winters plays the part of Texas Tina in this episode of desperation.

Date It Happened: May 6th, 2007

The Emergency Babysitter

The streets of New York and Benjamin's accounting firm

After abandoning the house, cutting through the small yard and onto a back street, Jessica makes haste with Micah in tow. Alarms still sound in the background, but gradually fade as they gain distance. They can't go back to the house for awhile — not when it's under watch, not when Elle might stir and feel the urge to electrocute things. No, Jessica's going to watch and wait.

But she can't do it with Micah at her side. It's not safe.

So she gets out the phone.

PHONE: You dial the number 283-1227. It begins to ring.

PHONE: The other end answers, "Hello?"

PHONE: Jessica says, "Benjamin?" Niki? She sounds out of breath.

PHONE: Benjamin blinks some, not expecting to get a call from Niki, or for her to sound out of breath. "Oh hey Niki! I haven't heard from you in awhile. I hope you're alright!"

PHONE: Niki, or rather Jessica, unbeknownst to Benjamin, cuts to the chase. In the background, there's the sound of traffic — not unusual for New York, to be sure. "I'm fine— look, I have a favour to ask." It's Niki's voice she's using, even if it's a little curt; she's in a hurry, there's no doubt. "I know it's early and short notice, but I didn't know who else to call." And, honestly, it's true.

PHONE: Benjamin really has no clue. Sounds like Niki, must be Niki! He can be heard tapping at a keyboard, given he's at work. "Uh, sure, I'll be glad to help you out. What do you need?"

PHONE: "Niki" says, "I— I need somewhere to take Micah."

PHONE: Benjamin stops working abruptly as Niki gets to the favor. "Take him? Like where? For an outing or something…?" Although Niki's tone doesn't suggest this is a fun taking somewhere.

PHONE: Niki must be holding the phone away from her for a moment, as her voice becomes distant and muffled as she responds to what sounds like 'Mom…?' in the background. "No. Somewhere inside," Jessica, playing the part of Niki she knows so well, tells Benjamin. "D.L. is out and Micah's cousin is at work. I have to leave for a few hours." Saying more would worry Micah all the more, so she just resorts to, "I'm really sorry, but I wouldn't be asking if I really didn't need it. Please, Benjamin."

PHONE: Benjamin falls silent for a few moments as he debates. He is a model employee, and really the only time off he's had in ages was for that 'sick' business.. and Niki is a friend who needs his help.. "Okay. Uh.. do you want to bring him to my office.. or should I meet you somewhere?"

PHONE: Jessica pauses. This is less than ideal. "Where do you work?"

PHONE: Benjamin gives the name and address of his building. In a rather nice neighborhood.. close to Central Park. "… Tell you what, nevermind, I'll take some personal time. Where should I meet you?" Ben's really too nice. He should have 'SUCKER' tattooed on his forehead.

PHONE: Jessica says, "I'll meet you there."

PHONE: Benjamin says, "Okay, that's not a problem. I'll be waiting down in the lobby."

PHONE: You end your current call.

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