by K. Ray
| Scene 1 - PreVegas Hospital
Madison Jacobson lay in a hospital bed slowly shaking her head. Around her were the other members of her family, and her friends. Taylor Beck was twenty years old, a few days shy of twenty-one, an even six-foot tall with the build of a ___. She had sparkling green eyes that brought out slight red highlights in her (brown) hair that just as often as not was pulled into a tight ponytail. Vincent Tyler was just over six-foot, exactly six-three if he stood straight, which he didn't make a habit of. He was slouched against the far wall, one booted foot bent behind him, pressed against it. (modded from "The Collectors" ch.7)
"I cannot go to Vegas with you, Tay." Madison said.
"Of course you can. You're being discharged as soon as the doctor comes back in. It's just a minor fracture."
"You've had worse," Vincent said.
"That's not the point. My mom will NOT let me go to Vegas."
"It's your birthday Saturday and you're turning 21. Vegas is a rite of passage. Please tell me you don't care what your mother thinks about your travel plans."
Madison frowned, "She worries."
"Come on! It'll be fun. What about you, Vinny? You coming?"
"I can't. I'm working this weekend. As your birthday present, Madison, I'll gladly donate the gas money for your trip. Take lots of pictures and I'll celebrate with you later."
"I'll come if you come." Madison said.
"Can't, little sis. I already flaked my fair share of weekends."
"Maddie, you're going!" Taylor said. "I already booked us a hotel."
Madison laughed. "Of course you did. Fine! Call the doctor in here. I guess I've got some packing to do."