October 25

Run Away Before I Know

 
The Universe:
{meanwhile, Ethan stops walking and round on Loch} Really? *Really*? You tell the *King* we’re talking about.. *that*?
The Universe:
{Loch smirks, doesn’t even slow his step as he heads for the music room} And what were *you* gonna tell him, Ethan, that *didn’t* start with “uh.. well, I want on your woman but it’s bad idea so friend zoning myself was my grand plan”? {shakes his head} You’re friendzoned now, mother fucker. Now let’s go find her and try and let her know what we just told the king.
The Universe:
{Tristan looks at Ethan} You were totally going to say something about how you told her she was like a sister to you for all very right reasons but *not* reasons you want the king to know.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles at Ethan} Today, you’ve been your own worst enemy damn near every step of the way.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Only where that’s concerned.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} It’s just one of those days were *almost* everything that can go wrong, has.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} I’ve had days like that.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} I don’t *usually*, but fuck, when it rains.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Tomorrow it has to be better.

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October 25

The Air Around Me Still Feels Like a Cage

The Universe:
{inside the throne room, the entire domain is in attendance. Genja sits on the throne with a posture that says he couldn’t be more bored with the whole thing if he tried, his herd gathered around the throne}
The Universe:
{the humans stay in the background close to their particular vampires}
The Universe:
{Lucien stands next to the throne as an advisor would}
The Universe:
{the other vampires stand in a semi circle before the dais with a large empty space before them in the center of which stands Jace, Heather and Jenna}
The Universe:
{Sorrow and Glen both stand near each other equally contributing shadows to the affect of coalescing darkness gathered so thickly around them that they seem to be projecting it themselves rather than gathering it to them}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy stands next to Ethan, Nikki stands near Akhiro, Nay stands off alone with Joey, and Camille, Lia stands near Ro, The other girls are near their vampires with the exception of Ciara who is watching everyone from her vantage point near Lucien}
The Universe:
{Seth waits on the edge of the throne room at the archway waiting for Alexei to arrive with his charge, Morose stands near Sorrow}
The Cosmos:
{Siobhan watches from her place with the other ghouls most of whom followed direction and dressed accordingly, including Aubrey who while in jeans is in a nice pair of black jeans}
The Universe:
{Genja drums his fingers on the arm of the throne, to Jenna} Before we address the issue of Jace, there is something else we must address. {looks around at the vampires gathered} The revenants do not belong to any individual vampire. They belong to the kingdom. Therefore, it is not acceptable for them to be part of herd. Nor is it acceptable for a vampire to take another’s created ghoul for their own use. You will be giving them back.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Dominic} You *especially* need to take your ghoul back under your wing.
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey looks from Damien to Sebastian}
The Universe:
{Dominic smiles, nods} Of course, Sire.

The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles at Dominic}

The Universe:
{add in.. standing on one side of the throne is the alien like creature Aaron saw the night before}
The Universe:
{only he’s crouched so his head is not higher than the king’s}
The Universe:
{and all the vampires seem to not even notice him}
The Cosmos:
{Lia whispers to Ro} You *are* seeing that right?
The Universe:
{Ro nods slowly, Aaron looks at them with a self satisfied smile} Told you.
The Universe:
{Ro whispers to Aaron} I will never doubt you again.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods}
The Universe:
{Genja continues} I’m not sure who it was that started with the idea that it was all right to fill your herds with the ghouls, as I’m relatively certain that only the king as that authority. Particularly since the revenants belong to the realm and *I* am the realm. And the others have vampires that have every right to demand blood of those that took it upon themselves to feed from their ghouls.
The Universe:
{Genja sits forward} In essence.. if you have taken a revenant into your herd, you have taken liberties with what is mine.
The Universe:
{some of the boys shift their weight nervously between feet, some who haven’t made us of the revenants even do a quick mental inventory to make sure they aren’t guilty)
The Cosmos:
{Heather and Jenna look at Genja, Jenna fidgets knowing she hasn’t fed off Alexei but still had him in her herd, Heather looks at Genja} Then maybe we need more males in the stock, sire. {glances at Chloe} Or some shouldn’t have been so…greedy.
The Universe:
{Sorrow smiles} We get confused, sometimes, Sire, because we are *all* yours. The lines tend to blur.
The Cosmos:
{Heather looks at Sorrow} And then there’s that.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Sorrow} As usual, you make a good point. {looks at Heather} You complain of a lack of men in the stock but you wait for me to rule on whether one of said men.. *not* a revenant… can be turned?

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October 25

Bury All Your Secrets In My Skin

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Edward and Alexei walk into the area where Phoenix is waiting}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix keeps her eyes on the dogs as she stands again}
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her, quietly} The dogs aren’t for you. They’re to help clean up the mess. Phoenix, this is Alexei. He’s going to be caring for you now. Alexei is the head of our household staff and a Revenant. Alexei, this is Phoenix DeSaetan.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, bows slightly } It is nice to meet you.

The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks over at Edward while he speaks} Thank you, Edward. {looks at Alexei} It’s an honor to meet you, Alexei. {looks at her hands} I’d offer you a hand, but….{shakes her head}
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} I understand. We will take care of that. I will be taking you somewhere so that you may clean up and we will find you something appropriate to wear. I understand you are one of the former residents. I can take you to your former room.

 

The Cosmos:  {Phoenix quietly} My former room was off the servant’s quarters. {looks at them} The small room at the back. The larger apartments were relegated to the vampires and the families. I hadn’t…proven myself yet.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Well.. then I am afraid it is no longer available. We will have to put you somewhere more appropriate. The ghouls reside in the servant’s quarters.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her} I’m going to leave you now, but I’ll see you again in the throne room.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Edward} Thank you. For everything.
The Universe:
{Edward smiles} You’re welcome. I’ll see you soon. {heads out of the room}

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October 23

What’s the Worst That I Can Say

The Cosmos:
{Taryn sits in the living room a book in her lap her distraction evident by the fact that the book is upside down}
The Universe:
{Edward comes out of his room a bit after sundown and after regaining his focus, rakes a hand through his hair that does move now, straightening it as he looks over at Taryn, smiles, walks over, turns the book over} It might make more sense like this.

The Cosmos:
{Taryn looks up at him smiles} Oh right. Morning.
The Universe:
{Edward sits next to her, leans over and kisses her, smiles again} Morning.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn kisses him back} Did you rest well?
The Universe:
{Edward frowns} It’s not really resting so much as being paralyzed.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn blinks, looks down} Sorry…
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her} You get used to it. It’s not a sensitive subject or anything. {smiles} I probably should’ve just said yes.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn shakes her head} No.. You shouldn’t have. {quietly} I want to know.. the truth.. when I ask something like that or how you are.
The Universe:
{Edward nods} All right. {looks at her} What about you? How are you feeling tonight?
The Cosmos:
{Taryn smiles} I’m good. I had an interesting conversation with Alexei and Jace.

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October 22

Waiting For This Moment to Arise


Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free

Time moved differently for her, it was one of the first things she noticed after “punishment” was levied.  Yes, she still felt the pull of the sun, more so since waking from her torpor.  They’d staked her and buried her upside down in one of the old sarcophagi not even bothering to remove the previous occupant’s remains.  She’d spent decades listening to the sounds around her.  Eons, it seemed, while seconds stretched into minutes, minutes to hours, hours became days and days turned into months.  For a while, she contented herself by listening to the sounds around her, mourners burying their dead, the occasional illicit tryst.  Even that had stopped eventually.  She’d tried keeping track of the days, but lost track.  When her people moved on, they left her.  Staked in the dungeon and forgotten, most likely.  Lost in her own private hell of remembering she’d even forgotten until a few weeks ago when she woke to the sounds of people, humans living in her castle again.  Then the smell had reached her…Not humans vampires.  Then humans came later.

She let her mind go, pushing it out as far as she dared.  As far as her weakened state would allow.  Which was further then she’d expected considering the state she was in.  The visions came in snippets, a vignette, seen through the eyes of others.  A woman in a cage here, a man there, a vampire feeding, she wasn’t sure if these were memories or if they were happening as she saw them.  The disjointed thoughts left her mind  a wasteland at times while other’s left her feeling peaceful and serene.  It was easier to make connections while the other person slept, though she didn’t always have that luxury.  Humans were the easiest, human children easier than that.  The vampires were the hardest for her to make the connection with.  It took time finding the strand on the complex web that lead to them and once found they didn’t always go straight there.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

She felt them closer then they’d been before, hovering outside her tomb.  She could hear them talking.  She pushed her mind into the closest human.  The thoughts made no sense to her.  A staking, a girl being turned, retaliation, another staking, pain, unyielding pain.  She sensed another presence nearby.  Vampire, older than she was.  She knew she’d never get into his mind.  She touched it, just to let him know she was there, and  found his mind open.  She lightly touched his web and found herself slipping through.  She knew she felt her even as gently as she probed.  She could feel herself being pushed out.  She left a thread connected to his web, hoping curiosity would get the better of him.  She’d also left threads connected to the others as well, for varying reasons.  Some so she could visit again, some so she could plant thoughts and others so she could control.  She knew only someone with an open mind could feel her presence, but closed minds were harder to get into and required more effort.  She wandered around the vampires’ dreams as they “slept”, and the humans’ dreams she controlled.  Not so much as they noticed but enough that, she was comfortable.  It gave her something to do during the long hours.  She wandered into a dreamscape and realized it was one of the vampires from the chamber.  She only caught the briefest images, managing to spit a few of her own images at him, before being shoved out.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Once back within her own mind she realized several things.  The first was that her vampire friend was probably a lucid dreamer, which might actually work in her favor.  The second, while she was in a bad way she might not have been down nearly as long as she thought.  The third, she hadn’t really lost her sanity.  Fourth, with any luck the new regime would be more…forgiving than the old one.  She had no idea how long they’d been here.  At most 50 years, for that was about how long ago she’d been sentenced to “rot in hell”.  At least as near as she could figure.  Make no mistake it *had* been hell.  The silence after her people had gone had been deafening.  At least for a while they’d remembered her, until one day the web she’d woven had disintegrated.  She’d tried to glide over it, and found herself falling into nothing.  She’d pulled herself back from the gaping maw of insanity, by a single thread, barely holding on.  Now with the new people here there were opportunities.  She ventured into the minds pushing gently searching for the weakest, the strongest, the most open…she learned what she could which wasn’t much but enough.  She deposited thoughts, memories, visions and scenes.  All leading back to her tomb, the wretched hole in the wall.

Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

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October 22

My Tongue Will Taste of Gin and Malicious Intent



The Universe:
{Ro walks into the dungeon with Lia after having exhausted every other area of possibility in the castle}
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro, quietly} Do you think he’d really be back down here?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} Actually, yes, I really do. {heads toward their old cells} In fact, I think it’s exactly the kind of thing he’d do.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks ahead of them} Because it’s familiar?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia, loudly} Because he’s a little fucked up in the head.

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October 21

If I Seem to Be Confused, I Didn’t Mean to Be With You

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Ethan walks down the hall with Izzy just before all this, to Izzy} I care about Eden a lot, but.. we’re just friends and friends is all we’re ever going to be.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks over at Ethan} Because she’s the king’s?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Well, yeah. {rolls his eyes} *And* because someone mentioned that I’m just.. six years older than her which doesn’t mean much ten years from now, but when you consider she graduated high school last year… it’s makes things kinda.. weird.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} But yeah.. my primary concern is keeping our faces attached.

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October 21

If It’s Love You’re Lookin’ For, I Can Give a Little More

The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at David} Music or sleep.
The Universe:
{David looks at Camille, smiles} You gonna watch me while I do that, too?
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods and smiles} Yes actually I am.
The Cosmos:
{Bree whispers to Loch} She takes him to her room we can search for hidden bottles.
The Universe:
{David smiles wickedly} You gonna sleep *with* me?
The Universe:
{Loch nods to Bree, whispers} When’s he had time to stash any? He was too drunk last night and didn’t even know where he lived.
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head} Nope. Not until you don’t smell like a distillery.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} True.
The Universe:
{David looks at her for a second, nods} Right. Kinda thought the shower I took this mornin’ took care of that. {pulls his drumsticks out of his back pocket} That’s all right, though, because I wasn’t plannin’ on goin’ back to bed anyway.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at David} You ready to go? We can fuck around til everyone else gets there.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} The shower didn’t take care of the four cups you had this morning.
The Universe:
{David nods, twirls one of the sticks through his fingers} Let’s do it.
The Universe:
{David stands, looks at Camille} Yeah, well..neither did you.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden} I’ll see you later?
The Cosmos:
{Camille arches her brow} No I didn’t and that was my bad.. .I’m doing what I can *now*.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan} Yeah.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I’m gonna go see who’s trucks got here.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} Keep me informed. I’m going to get David to his drum set so he can remember why he gets up every morning.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and smiles} I totally will.
The Cosmos:
{Camille stands, As do Izzy and Nikki, Nikki to Izzy} I’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Ethan grabs David by the shoulder, smiles at Camille} Breakfast was really good, thank you. He’ll thank you later. {pulls David toward the door}
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Ethan and nods} I’ll be in, in a few.
The Cosmos:
{Emily goes to the kitchen as Izzy and Nikki head out}
The Universe:
{Brennan and Van watch Ethan drag David out}
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head, mutters something in Italian}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Camille} You’re not expectin’ it to be easy, are ya?
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch, pushes her hair behind one ear} No. I’m not. But I intend to fight him every step of the way if I have to.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} I’ll be there with you. My dad was an alchy.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} Had a brother that was. He ended up hating me. {softly} He also ended up dead.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} My old man ended up dead, too.
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch} I’m sorry.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} It happens. And I really don’t need sympathy, so don’t worry about givin’ it to me.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} It wasn’t… {shakes her head} Yeah..okay.. anyway.. I’m going to head to the music room and make sure he hates me enough.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} We’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} He can spread the hate around.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Yes we will. {Camille smiles} Let’s do it then. {heads for the door}
The Universe:
{Loch follows Bree}

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October 21

If You’re Somewhere Out There Passed Out on the Floor

The Cosmos:
{Mia looks at Jace} Wonder who had *that*?
The Universe:
{Alexei walks back to his seat. sits down, whispers to Mia} Aiden, Samuel and Roland.
The Universe:
{Jace looks at Alexei, arches a brow, whispers} Aiden and Samuel I can see, but *Ro*?
The Cosmos:
{Mia blinks, whispers} Ro…Seriously?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods, whispers} Gabriel is going back over his bank records. The collections are vastly different. Aiden and Samuel have primarily hand guns. Roland, however, has a slightly more vast array including but not limited to Katanas.
The Universe:
{Alexei whispers} Aiden and Samuel also do not have silencers or padded cases for their weapons.

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October 21

Go On and Do What You Wanna Do

The Universe:
{Ryan sits at a table with Ren and Devon}
The Universe:
{Samuel, Aiden, Brennan and David sit together}
The Universe:
{Jace sits at the ghoul table with Morose, Alexei and Seth}
The Universe:
{and Gabe}
The Universe:
{Van sits with Akhiro, Ro, Pope and Constantine}
The Universe:
{Tristan sits with Ethan, Cameron, Christopher and Conrad}
The Cosmos:
{Taryn walks in and sits at her usual table}
The Cosmos:
{Sang sits with Akhiro and Van along with Kat and Nikki}
The Universe:
{David, Aiden, Conrad, Jace, Christopher and Samuel have already hit the morning joint along with any girls that would}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy sits at the same table with Tristan and Ethan}
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey and Shay, sit at the same table as Samuel}
The Cosmos:
{Camille sits with Joey and Lia}
The Cosmos:
{Renee looks at Devon and then at Ryan, quietly} I’m widowed not divorced and my husband was killed doing one of his daredevil stunts. He was BASE jumping and his cord snapped.

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