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.


The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} I can understand that. And because her brother was six years older than she is it adds a whole new dimension to it. {quietly} What can I do to help?
The Universe:
{Ethan blinks} Six? {shakes his head} Fuck. It amazes me how I can usually be so non-offensive but then can turn around and say something so *completely* fucked up like that. {looks at her} And the things is I totally lied to her. I mean, I really *don’t* see her as a sister in any way, shape or form. {shakes his head} I don’t know. I don’t know if anyone can help. Thank god Tristan shut me up when he did, though.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy quietly} You dig her.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} We’re *friends*. I dig her like that.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles at him} Babe.. you don’t have to convince me.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} That makes you way easier than *everyone* else I know.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} So let’s convince them.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles again} You’ve got an idea I’m really going to like, don’t you?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shrugs} I hope it won’t be too.. out there.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} I was thinking maybe something like, I don’t know, pretend we’re dating or something. Maybe without the pretending part.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Because, I *really* wouldn’t want to *lie* to anyone.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy laughs} Great minds.. I was thinking the same thing. Only in my mind it went a little differently.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles again} Tell me.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I was thinking we’d pretend and then just kind of forget we were pretending.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} That’s good, but.. I’m actually kind of partial to skipping the whole pretending thing and just actually kind of doing it for real.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at him} I am too because it means we aren’t lying and well.. things get messed up quickly lines get blurred and bad things happen.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her, smiles} And there’s also the whole thing where I really just want to get to know you because I want on you.
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs, still smiling} But I get that that’s *totally* secondary.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and laughs} Now see.. I *never* would have guessed *that*.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her, smiles} Oh, I know. The whole.. relationship based on attraction thing is *so* last week.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Yeah.. there is that.. but there’s also the fact that I keep hearing about you wanting t be a serial one nighter for a while.
The Universe:
{Ethan blinks} You actually *heard* about that? {blinks again} Oh, wow. Loch was totally right. He is *never* going to let me hear the end of it.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} So you tell them that it started and ended with me.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} I like that. It sounds *way* better than “I actually meant it for all of ten seconds when I said it.”
The Cosmos:
{Izzy grins} Or you can tell them that you were going to and just couldn’t get me off your mind.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her, smiles again} I like that one better.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks over at him} It’s not that hard once you get it all where it’s supposed to be. {smiles} So.. what do you want to know?
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs} Everything.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Wait…
The Cosmos:
{Izzy laughs} That’s gonna …{stops and looks at him}
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} First.. tell me how it is you *didn’t* end up talking to Akhiro.
The Universe:
{Ethan frowns} Well.. talking.. about dating.. Akhiro.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I don’t know.. the last guy I dated was.. more.. uh…dominant. He had rules and stuff. And don’t get me wrong.. I loved him and was in love with him…but I guess we grew apart.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} So… what does that mean? One of you lost interest in that aspect of the relationship or something?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} I guess I didn’t need it. But it was something he did need. We were still really good friends.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her, smiles} And the Shibari thing?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Have you ever seen it done?
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} I’ve seen it, as in pictures online, but I never actually saw it being *done*. {smiles} When *that* subject came up, though, I would’ve bet money you were going to end up hanging out with Akhiro.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} It’s very interesting and intricate. I lived the sub lifestyle for a while.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} I wonder if I should be intimidated by that.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shakes her head} No.. you really shouldn’t. I did it because I wanted to. I mean if you want to try your hand at it go for it. I can help you.. if you don’t.. that’s great too.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} In case you haven’t noticed, I’m not the most dominant of guys. Unlike Van and Bren, I kind of just have flashes here and there and the occasional… session.. with a couple of my ex’s, but as a day to day, constant state of being, it’s not really me.

The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I’m good with that really. I can go either way, Ethan. My ex and I, he had certain…rules I had to follow. Some I still do because well they’re just common sense. Others I don’t because they aren’t feasible in day to day life.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} So which ones do you follow?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at him} I try not to use profane language except in the bedroom or when I’m not in mixed company. And I also try to wear things that feel good.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods again} Okay, I can see that.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} That first one sounds like Van. He’s always uber polite, or tries to be.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I don’t wear easy access clothing all the time and I wear underwear. {nods} I noticed that the other day with Saige.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her, smiles} I can’t promise that *I* will always wear underwear.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy laughs} Oh.. I don’t wear it all the time.. but when I’m not at home I do.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles again} Define home?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} My apartment… or yours.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles, starts to say something, frowns} Mine is actually more like Chloe’s. Who’s with Gabe and informed us she won’t be feeding from us unless Gabe can’t for some reason. {looks at her} She also told us last night that we could see other people.
The Universe:
{Ethan thinks} Actually.. I don’t think she came back from Gabe’s last night.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Which was actually going to be my next question.. If your vampire had any rules.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy blinks} Shit.
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} She’s really just trying to find her way around it right now. She said we’re her guinea pigs. {looks at her} What’s up?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at him} Lucien originally picked me for his herd well me and {frowns} Nikki I think.. but then he kind of forgot about us and we were put in our own places.. so I’m not sure if we’re free or not.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} I guess we better find out, then. Just to be on the safe side.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} We could ask Alexei. He would know.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} *That* sounds like a plan. It avoids all kinds of… hours of obsessing and the possibility of mildly freaking out.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} Yes it does. I have no idea where to start though.. maybe the kitchen?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Maybe. He left with Siobhan saying something about having to feed his puppy though.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and smiles} So his apartment.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Do we know which one that is?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Somewhere with the ghouls? We can ask someone.. I’m sure we’ll run into someone around.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Worse case, we can stand in their hallway and just scream for him.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy laughs} Yes we can.. {takes his hand} And the sooner the better.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles, goes with her} That’s what I was thinking.
The Cosmos:
{a few minutes later they hit the ghoul’s hall}
The Universe:
{Ethan pulls out his phone as they’re walking when he feels it vibrate, checks the message from Eden, arches a brow, bursts out laughing} Oh, no way. {shows Izzy the picture}

The Cosmos:
{Izzy cracks up laughing} Oh.. that’s perfect. {Izzy’s phone vibrates too and she hands him back his phone, then blinks as she checks her phone} I’m an idiot. {texts Alexei asking him to meet them in the ghoul’s hall}
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs} Oh, my god. {smiles broadly} And I’m supposed to be some kind of genius or something.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shakes her head} I can’t believe we did that.
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs, puts his phone away} I can, actually. Because I do shit like that all.the.time.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} On the upside if he has his phone we should find him soon.
The Universe:
{Alexei comes out into the hall, buttoning his shirt, looks at Izzy} Has something happened?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks over at Alexei, to Izzy} Real soon, apparently.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy blinks} Uh.. no.. sorry.. yes.. sort of.. not life threatening…
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} Perhaps you should start at the beginning with full sentences.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles at Alexei} We’d like to start seeing each other and Chloe’s cool with it, but Izzy doesn’t know how Lucien would feel about it and we thought you might know.
The Cosmos:
{IZzy nods} Yes that.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Lucien would be fine with it, but more importantly, from what I understand, Ciara would be even better with it.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Izzy} And it is also my understanding that Lucien is somewhat focused on keeping the smile on her face.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} So it would be okay for Nikki too?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Yes. I am rather certain of it. Who is she interested in?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles and looks at Ethan} Akhiro.
The Universe:
{Ethan arches a brow} No shit?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} I see.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} Yeah. Yoou didn’t notice her doggin’ him?
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} I was kind of paying attention to something else.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Which also means he’ll have to find out about Kendra. {Izzy nods to Ethan} Yes you were. {looks at Alexei} Ethan and Eden had a bit of a…discussion.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Oh, you meant today? Because I was talking about last night.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Izzy} Kendra has already told Van and Akhiro they could see others.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} What were you checking out last night?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods to Alexei, smiles} That’s cool.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} I was noticing that you and Nay both have blond hair and brown eyes, but that you seem much more.. in the moment.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, listening to them} If that is all…
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Thank you Alexei.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods, goes back to his room}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks back at Ethan} I try to be.
The Universe:
{Ethan watches Alexei leave, smiles} Feeding his puppy, my ass. {looks back at Izzy} Yeah, see, so do I.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} There’s no way he was feeding the puppy.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Well, hell, you saw him and Siobhan at breakfast right before they left, right?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} I did. They seemed very…in tune.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} And all but wrapped around each other.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Yes.. very much so.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} It was pretty cool, actually. I was kind of under the impression the only real sex life he had time for was whatever or whoever the vampires threw at him.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} It really seemed that way.. then he started hanging with her more and now they’re almost always together. You know he took Hannah from the virgin cage.
The Universe:
{Ethan blinks} *No*. Seriously? *Hannah* was a virgin?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} Yeah.. *she* asked him to…take care of that for her.
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} Christ. Talk about taking one for the team.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Babe, I’m not sure I wouldn’t have done the same thing faced with that. You know? At least it gave her *some* control over her first time..
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Yeah, but.. can you imagine *that* conversation? “So.. I hear you have a cock, and *I* have this pesky virgin problem and.. you think maybe you and your cock can help me with that?” I mean where’s the foreplay and the roma… {shakes his head} And what the fuck is wrong with me today that my girl keeps showing? {looks at her, smiles} No offense.
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs} Not to mention.. considering the vampires *separated* the virgins.. did he risk pissing them off? And if so… just.. there’s *so* many questions.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy laughs} I know exactly what’s wrong with you that your feminine side keeps rearing it’s pretty little head.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} What’s that?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and grins} You are suffering from a syndrome.
The Universe:
{Ethan arches a brow} What kind of syndrome? And thank you for saying the girl in me is pretty. She appreciates it.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shakes her head} Is very serious but curable and very rare in the male species.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} It sounds like something I should get taken care of right away, doctor.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} You really should and there’s only one way to cure it. It’s called lakkanookie. There are ways to stop the symptoms though.
The Universe:
{Ethan bursts out laughing} Was that the best you could come up with? “Lakkanookie”? {smiles} So, we can treat the symptoms? Damn. There goes the Rocky Horror impression opportunity.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Yes that was the best I could come up with.. I’m sorry I tried.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles more broadly} It’s fine. It works. Let’s just move on to the part where we stop the symptoms. Soon before I start painting my nails.
The Universe:
{Ethan remembers and looks at his black fingernails} Shit. Really? Really.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy bursts out laughing} Eden did that to you didn’t she?

The Universe:
{Ethan sighs} No. {looks at her, smiles} Me and some of the guys got bored. Loch’s are done, too and so are Tristan’s.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Okay..that’s it.. kiss me quick, before you start growing breasts.
The Universe:
{Ethan steps closer to her, grins} That part I might actually like. {kisses her, still grinning}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy still smiling kisses him back her arms moving around his neck}

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Posted October 21, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Vampires