Gabi chuckled wryly. "True, but let me worry about tony huh?" She looked at the floor for a second before changing the subject. "So Crash, what sort of place is it?"
Max nodded silently, opening the door and leading the way back to Gabi's car, "Nothin' fancy, just a hang out. It's real laid back."
She smiled a little wistfully, missing the days when she could kick-it at Crash without having to worry that someone might recognize her.
"I recognize that look, it's the 'wasn't life so much easier when...' look, and I imagine it was." Gabi said gently. "And now I have to ask, who are you, and what do you want with Tony? I've decided I'm taking the risk, now I need to know why I'm doing it."
"I was wondering when you were gonna get around to asking that," Max smiled faintly, then gave a small shrug, "I work with Eyes Only. You're doing it to stop a bunch of real bad guys from hurting innocent young women. You're doing it to get free."
Gabi grinned fairly genuinely, "Ahh the great voice on the TV screen, fine, I can cope with that." She hit the button on her keys which allowed access to the car, and nodded to Max to get in as she opened the drivers side door, calling "You'll have to direct me again, I don't get out in the real world so much these days."
Climbing into the car, Max gave a nod, "Start heading back the way we came..."
Tilting her head to one side, Max angled a quizzical smile at Gabi, "Just outta curiosity, why'd ya think I was doing it?"
Gabi smiled tightly.
"The whole time, I've known Tony, people have been trying to take him out, gangsters, cops, politicians, and they all tried to get to me...but no-one has ever told me that they'll be there if I needed them before."
"Everybody's got an agenda, huh?" Max's smile was faint and wry. She nodded to the side street they were approaching, "You wanna take this right."
Gabi nodded and took the turn.
"I remember life ya know? Before Tony, when I wasn't anything special. I miss it."
"I sorta know the feeling," Max remarked quietly, looking out the window. Given what she was, she couldn't really say she knew what it was like to be normal, but for a while there, she'd had her anonymity, and now that the truth of her identity had been exposed to the world, she missed it.
Turning her gaze back on Gabriella, she studied the woman for a moment, her face illuminated in staccato flashes by the streetlights they were driving past, "How did you end up with Tony, anyway?" She gave a small shrug, then added, "Maybe it's just 'cause I know what a creep he is, but he doesn't exactly seem like a real good catch, y'know?"
Gabi swallowed and fixed her attention all the more firmly on the road, before speaking, her tone grim.
"It wasn't a choice, he wanted me and my little sister wanted him, he made it clear to me that if he didn't get what he wanted from me, he would take it from my sister instead, and break her in the proccess, taking the rest of my family along for the ride...so he got what he wanted."
"He's not gonna be in any position to be makin' demands much longer, I can tell you that," Max spoke with quiet resolve. She nodded to the intersection they were approaching, where Crash was situated, "Well girl, this is my stop, right here."
Gabi stopped the car, and handed Max a card with her 'phone number on it.
"He won't get a word from me about this."
Taking the card, Max slipped it into her purse.
"I know. Follow this road to the end, and turn right, it'll get you back to Zambalita," She opened the door, setting one foot on the ground, then turned back, touching Gabi's arm, compassion in her gaze, "Gabi - take care okay? And call me, if you need anything, even just to talk. Anytime."
With that, she stepped out of the car, closing the door behind her.
Gabi raised her hand in a wave, and drove off on the specified route, not much looking forward to her return to the club, but at least just this once, she was going to catch his mood for a reason.