Max arrived at Lex's place about 15 minutes after she hung up.
She knocked at the door, then caught the basketball that came bouncing out of the stairwell.
Eden answered the door, usual practice at home transmitting easily to Seattle.
"Hey, you were after Allie?"
"Allie?" Max glanced at the woman, then grinned at the 8 year old boy who peeked out at her from the stairwell. She bounced the ball back to him, and gave a little wave then turned her attention back to the brunette who'd answered the door, "Uh, yeah... Eden, right?"
Eden flashed a quick grin and nodded.
"Alexis, put the guitar down, and get your butt out to get that tat' fixed...and it's not the same person as yesterday it's...?"
She looked questioningly at the other woman.
"I'm Max, nice to meetcha," She offered Eden her hand with a friendly smile, then peered past her into the apartment, "I thought I heard music."
Edens smile widened, as she stepped aside to let Max into the apartment. "We bought our gear, my girl's just getting reacquainted."
The apartment was cluttered, full to bursting with various instruments and electrical parphernalia
Lex glanced up from the acoustic guitar she was playing a spirited flamenco refrain on and smiled at her friends.
"Hey Max, I see you've met Eden, and this is Jax."
She motioned to a young man fiddling with a large amp, who rose and offered Max his hand.
"Hey Lexiegirl," Max smiled and gripped Jax's hand briefly, "Nice to meetcha Jax."
"No kidding," Max's eyebrow rose as she took in all the paraphernalia, "Looks like you guys are planning on stayin' a while?"
"The little woman misses her girl and I'm fairly sure she missed us too. The sound just ain't right without Red behind the wheel."
Eden let out a sound of protest.
"I am no little woman of yours, manchild...Ignore him 'bout everything but the sound, and we're not living here. I'm sure Lex has better uses for her bed than letting us sleep in it!" Eden grinned wickedly "We just don't have anywhere to keep all this stuff, and don't let him convince you he can fix that busted amp."
Eden laughed and pretended to dodge as Jax reached out to grab for her.
"Shut up Eds" Lex snapped quickly "Max didn't we have somewhere to be, leave the old marrieds to fix the mess they made of my apartment!"
She laid the guitar aside and stood.
"Sounds like a plan to me," Max moved back toward the door, stepping over an instrument case gracefully, "C'mon, I know a place in this sector with a laser, woulda been easier to do this at night, but we'd better get this taken care of sooner rather than later."
"Catch you guys later," Max gave a little wave to Eden and Jax, and stepped out into the corridor to wait for Lex.
Lex glanced behind her for a second, shooting a glare at her friends and yelling "Be good" as she shut the door.
She turned to Max "I didn't know that that they were coming." She shrugged apologetically.
"I have missed them though...so, where we goin'?
"No big dealio, they're your family," Max shrugged with a smile, leading the way downstairs, "I figured we'd sneak into Metro Medical, use their equipment, means we don't have to risk another sector check."
She went outside and climbed onto the back of her bike, "Get on."
"That works." Lex climbed onto the bike. "Ya know I always liked a good bike, and this, is a damn good bike! So, when'd they start checking people for codes? I only got trouble today, and it's a good job they aren't as sure as they think they are about what they're looking for, because, beating cops always causes trouble."
"First I heard about it was last night, and yeah, you got lucky this time," Max started the bike, the engine snarling quietly as it gunned to life, "Hold on."
She peeled away from the curb and around the corner, a series of back streets getting them to Metro Medical within minutes. Parking the bike, Max climbed off, "Now for the fun bit. C'mon, I'm thinkin' our best bet is to get in through the staff carpark."
"Cool, if I'd have had a little more time I'd have had Jax throw us together a couple staff ID tags, but hindsight is a wonderful thing right?" Lex joked, becoming wary. "I'm not great with hospitals, never knew why, daughter of a doctor and all that jazz, but then I suppose none of us are, huh?"
"Me either," Max slipped into the dark cavern of the staff carpark as the door rolled up for an emerging car. She headed for the elevator, and pressed the button to take them down. "Add to that I got arrested for stealing Tryptophan from here once. Still, it's not exactly like we've got a whole lotta options," Emerging in the basement, she headed for the laundry, "We're just gonna havta make do..."
She rummaged through a hamper of clean laundry, handing Lex a set of pale blue scrubs, "Put these on."
Finding a set for herself, she slipped them on over her clothes.
Lex slid into the scrubs and lifted her head, straightening her shoulders.
"Bring on the lazer then girl."
Max reached out, tucking the edge of Lex's top out of sight beneath the scrubs, "Alright, you're good. C'mon..."
Slipping out of the laundry, she led the way to the stairwell and up to the 3rd floor, a series of back passageways leading to a wing of private medical consulting rooms.
"First of all, we're gonna havta make sure the doctor is out," Max murmured to Lex, standing outside the rooms of a dermatologist, "And then we're gonna havta find a way to get past the secretary. You got any ideas, girl?"
At this Lex flashed a quick grin. "I'm pretty sure I do." She tilted her head to read the name on the consulting room door, before stepping straight to the receptionist.
"Hi, we're here from the Elsden Trust Hospital in New York, we're supposed to be meeting a Dr Treger here, we have a patient in common you see."
She gestured to the scrubs.
The receptionist glared at Lex.
"Dr Treger is not in the building as far as I'm aware."
Lex put on her perplexed face. "Oh, dear, well, if she's not here yet, we can just step into the consulting space and wait, I know she wanted a session alone with our patient, to form her own opinion of the type of procedure we intend to use." She didn't wait for a response, passing a glance over her shoulder at the smoldering receptionist. "Thanks, if you could just buzz the office so we can be ready when she gets here."
"I'm afraid you must be mistaken, Dr..." The receptionist paused to glance down, looking for and failing to find Lex's I.D. tag, "I'm sorry, I didn't catch your name. Or the name of your patient for that matter," She added superciliously, arching an eyebrow. She didn't notice Max slipping behind her, "In anycase, you couldn't have an appointment with Dr. Treger today, as she not in on Fridays and even if she were-"
She broke off as Max's fingers found the pressure points below her ears on both sides of her neck, and slumped, rendered unconscious by the touch. Max caught the woman, lowering her into her seat behind the desk.
"I dunno, catchin' Z's on the job, kinda unprofessional if you ask me..." Max remarked with a droll shake of her head. She opened the receptionists drawer and found a ring of keys, tossing them to Lex, and slipping out from behind the desk, "We'd better move fast, she probably won't be out real long."
"OK, so your way works better" Lex admitted quickly, before following Max to the office.
"I dunno," Max smirked wryly, "Your way coulda worked, but I'm kinda thinkin' the receptionist might have some bulldog DNA."
Max shut the door behind them and flicked on the lights, heading over to the machine, she gestured for Lex to get up on the table, "You ever had your barcode removed before, girl?"
"Never with a laser." Lex responded, grimacing at an old memory as she hopped up on to the table. "And as for the receptionist, my way could've worked, but yours? Way more satisfying!"
"Can't argue with that," Max flashed a grin at Lex, then became more serious as she picked up the laser, adjusting the knobs and dials on the machine to the frequency she required, "Well I not gonna lie, this is gonna burn."
Max went to work on Lex's barcode, "So, what were the other methods of removal you tried?"
"I tried acid burning once, and I've had it cut out a time of two, in desperate times, all not pleasant, so hey, this is just a new way!" Lex answered, in mock carefree tones.