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.


The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I see and because no one comes down here? {looks at him} We’ll just have to make it a point to let everyone know he’s here.
The Universe:
{Aaron smiles from his seat on the bunk in his old cell, gets up and walks over to the bars, looks into the hallway as Lia and Ro step into view} That’s what I like about you, Ro. You don’t coddle.
The Universe:
{Ro nods to Lia, looks over at Aaron, his eyes moving over the bars} Well, I see you’ve even closed the door. Nice touch. Now.. explain to me *why*.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Aaron} Hi, Aaron.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia, blatantly ignores her greeting, to Ro} Because it’s more.. honest.
The Cosmos:
{Lia blinks and looks at Ro, then back at Aaron} How is it more honest?
The Universe:
{Aaron shrugs} Because upstairs, they give us nice little rooms with nice little doors and the illusion of freedom, when in fact, what we really are are prisoners. It feels like a vacation, but you can go home from vacations.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Okay.. I can see that.. Do you want to go home?
The Universe:
{Ro walks over to the cell, looks at Aaron, Aaron shrugs} Not particularly, no. I mean, at least here the only screaming we hear at night are the virgins being.. deflowered.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} And here in your cell, you can mostly keep them out.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} And those are done. So no more screaming. {smiles} When we were down here it felt safe for me. Even though I was in a..cell..I knew that whatever was out there couldn’t get in.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods, looks at Ro} There are *vampires* upstairs. A whole castle full of bloodsuckers and Renfields. Do *you* want to be cowering in your own feces snatching little insects as they scurry across the floor, Ro? I might be crazy, but at least I’m functional.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I haven’t seen any “Renfields”, Aaron.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} And you probably haven’t seen the alien either.
The Universe:
{Ro arches a brow} Alien?
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Aaron} What alien?
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} The one I saw in the hallway really late last night. It walked.. no.. shambled.. right past our door a little before dawn. It looks and smells like something out of Predator Vs. Alien.
The Universe:
{Ro shakes his head} Okay, Aaron… while it’s true that we *are* in a castle filled with.. bloodsuckers and Renfields… I think the alien thing is a little unbelievable even in *this* situation.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro, then back to Aaron} No I haven’t seen it, yet.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods to Lia} You will. {looks at Ro} Why? Why are aliens less believable than vampires?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I don’t know. I guess my suspension of disbelief draws the line at extra terrestrials.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Ro, whispers} That’s exactly what they want.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks back at Ro} But that doesn’t mean we won’t. I also have to think that in light of everything else we’ve seen aliens aren’t that far off the mark too. But think I’m also the one that thinks it’s rather conceited of us to think that *we* are the only intelligent life in all the universes. {shrugs} I’ve always felt that way. {looks at Aaron}So maybe.. but how does being down here make it honest, Aaron? You’ve seen it. It’s very possible someone upstairs has too and *they* don’t want to say anything because {looks back at Ro} they’re thinking no one will believe them.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} My refusal to believe has nothing to do with questioning Aaron’s sanity and *everything* to do with holding onto mine.
The Universe:
{Aaron sighs} The alien is a separate issue from the cell.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods to Ro} I can understand that. {smiles} An extremely open mind helps with that. Or maybe it’s just easy acceptance. I’m not sure. {looks back at Aaron} Okay so let’s talk about the cell, honestly for a few minutes.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} We’ve done that.
The Cosmos:
{Lia shakes her head} So you’re down here because it’s more honest and there’s vampires and ghouls upstairs. But there’s also some…freedom up there.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Sure. You’re free to take a piss whenever you want. You’re free to eat your meals.. oh wait.. they have a schedule for that and it’s all very fucking institutional, isn’t it? They *run* this place like an asylum. The only thing they aren’t doing is lining us up for our daily meds.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} I’m relatively certain the closest you’ve been to an asylum is visiting someone.
The Cosmos:
{Lia shakes her head} I volunteered in one for a while. It wasn’t pretty and yes.. I couldn’t handle it. {tilts her head} And you’re right it is kind of like that.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} The only difference between an asylum and here is we can go outside whenever we want.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} And the lack of group therapy.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Ro} And the lack of crazies, but.. *but*.. they even have a resident shrink. Hello.
The Universe:
{Ro blinks} Shit. They really do, don’t they?
The Cosmos:
{Lia shrugs} I still feel safer here then I did out there. And maybe that makes me crazy, but I do think some of the others feel the same way.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} Well.. if it *does* make us crazy, then that makes the similarities to an asylum even more appropriate, but.. honestly, seeing what we’ve seen and considering where we are, I’m re-evaluating what constitutes “crazy”.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} And then there’s *that*.
The Universe:
{Ro furrows his brow} And following that logic and the bit about honesty.. I have to wonder now if *asylums* aren’t more honest.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Ro} They lock up crazies because they think they’re dangerous to society. The truth is, in a lot of cases, society is dangerous to us.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} And I would imagine moreso considering that asylums are run in accordance with socially accepted standards.
The Universe:
{Ro shrugs} And how can anyone who isn’t mentally ill themselves or close to someone who is really understand the mentally ill to treat them? Good intentions just make things worse when there’s no real understanding behind them.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks between Ro and Aaron}
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} We have the interns wander through with their little text books and you can see them looking at us and trying to diagnose us. And every new thing they learn, they think is applicable. “Oh, today I learned about manic depression, let me run off the list of symptoms and compare them to your chart. Oh, yes, that’s exactly what you are.” But the chart says schizophrenic. But they ignore that because they haven’t learned it yet so they don’t realize until their sanctioned little book tells them that symptoms overlap between conditions. Do you have any idea how many schizo’s have been diagnosed and treated with the wrong condition? {whispers} Some of them even *die* from it. They do it on purpose to the really dangerous ones. The ones that can see their
The Universe:
little aliens wandering the halls after everyone’s gone to bed.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles at Lia} Did I mention he likes conspiracies? Not that I can blame him.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles at Ro} No.. but I can see that.. but I can also tell you he’s not all that wrong. At least not from a hospital stand point. {looks at Aaron} Have you ever heard of STD?

The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} Sexually transmitted diseases?
The Cosmos:
{Lia shakes her head} No.. Scheduled to Die. When my grandmother was in the hospital for a minor surgery she refused to sign a DNR. She was old and honestly not in very good health…so rather than resuscitate her, they put that in her chart. I overheard one of the Doctors talking to her nurse telling them that if something went wrong it was “okay because she was STD”. Because I also did some volunteer work there I asked another doctor about it and he told me what it meant and why they do it.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} It means they don’t waste their time, energy or resources beating a dead horse.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Exactly. But.. until I heard it I never realized there was such a thing or that *doctors* had that power to decide when someone was going to die like that.
The Universe:
{Aaron shakes his head} But we’re not talking about that.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} No.. you’re right.. and the point I was trying to make is.. there are reasons for most conspiracy theories. {looks at Aaron} And I wonder if that’s part of what happens in asylums.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} They don’t care about the crazies. They don’t want to *fix* anyone. They want to stick them somewhere they can’t scare the “normals”, dope them up so they’re all but catatonic and conform like nice little sheeple and if a few come up missing, oh, well.. whoops.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} And you’re doing the same thing to yourself. Putting yourself down here away from the {does the air quotes} “normals”. Here’s something though.. I’m betting most of us up there aren’t really as “normal” as we seem.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} Seriously, Aaron. Things are a little different now. *Now* the shared delusion is the new normal. At least here, everyone *believes* you because they know it to be true.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Except for the alien.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} And I have no doubt we’ll be seeing the alien sooner rather than later.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Me too.
The Universe:
{Ro shrugs} Just because I don’t believe it’s an alien, doesn’t mean I don’t believe it exists. I mean, we have a vampire everyone thought was a werewolf.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} So why not a vampire that appears to be an alien?
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro, smiles} We have *vampires*.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles at Lia} And Renfields.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I dare you to call Aubrey that.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} This is why I like Ro. He has a way of telling you you’re completely batshit but not necessarily wrong.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} Oh, I totally think you’re batshit. But I also think you’re a product of your environment. {smiles} I also know you’re Silver’s favorite little lunatic.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles at Aaron} There’s also that. I mean… I’ve only seen Silver a few times.. but I don’t want to see her get angry. I have a feeling *bad* things happen.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} Oh, I don’t think she’d get angry that he was down here. I think she’d move in with him until he was annoyed enough that he moved back upstairs.
The Cosmos:
{Lia laughs} And make you move down here too?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Oh, definitely. I can be rather annoying in my own right.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I haven’t seen that yet.
The Universe:
{Aaron rolls his eyes} You don’t live with him.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} And apparently, neither do you currently.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles at Aaron} No I don’t. But it seems to me like your choices might be rather limited. {grins} And since I don’t belong to a vampire…{walks over to the empty cell next to his} I might just decide to move down here too.
The Universe:
{Aaron arches a brow, looks at Ro} Where do they find these people?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Come home and I promise to protect you from the bleeding hearts, the do gooders and to not let them try and fix you. I will also protect you from their attempts to draw you out. {grins} And especially Eden.
The Universe:
{Aaron shakes his head} *She* is annoying.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Ro} And she thought she was being cute when she was just being retarded.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} And I’ll keep Camille off you.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I know. She *was* rather transparent in her attempts to pretend she *meant* to draw you in.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} I don’t care about Camille. I’m just not going to a *fetish* ball.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro} She was. {pulls out her vibrating phone and looks at the picture, shows it to Ro, looks at Aaron} She’s busy fixing David, right now. Eden… is…trying to get her balance. Give her a chance she’s not *really* that bad.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Roland, his body and expression changing slightly so that he seems a little more relaxed, his voice taking on a slightly lower, smoother tone} You know, Roland, people only notice I’m missing when you draw attention to it. Maybe you should stop doing that.
The Universe:
{Roland smiles, pulls out his cigarettes, offers Aaron one} I could, but… it wouldn’t be nearly as interesting. What’s your theme song?
The Universe:
{Aaron takes the cigarette and lights it with the lighter Ro offers him, hands it back to him through the bars, looks at Ro, arches a brow} Theme song?
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro, confused, because of the change}
The Universe:
{Ro nods, lights a cigarette for himself} Christopher says that everyone has a theme song. One song in particular that they feel really just.. fits them. What’s yours?
The Universe:
{Aaron furrows his brow} Your brother’s weak.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} But he’s stronger than you are. Answer the question.
The Cosmos:
{Lia blinks, but watches the guys intently}
The Universe:
{Aaron shrugs} Pink Floyd. No he isn’t. Nobody Home.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} He also says that the song we choose as our theme song says much about us. Nobody Home… three minutes and twenty four seconds.. doesn’t mean “the lights are on but nobody’s home” as would probably be the first thing people who weren’t intimately familiar with the lyrics would think. It’s notable for the line “When I try to get through, on the telephone to you, there will be nobody home.”
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} Oh.. and also “When I’m a good dog, they sometimes throw me a bone”.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} “I’ve got amazing powers of observation” and “I’ve got a strong urge to fly but I’ve got nowhere to fly to.”
The Universe:
{Aaron arches a brow} You’re seriously going to analyze me through my song choices?
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods, softly} It’s a song about someone who’s very alone…
The Universe:
{Ro nods to Lia, looks back at Aaron} Yes, actually, I am. Because I really don’t care about “fixing” you. And I understand that supposedly broken people often fear being “fixed” above all else. I just want you to be able to co-exist. In fact, I think it’s arrogant to assume people need “fixing” when what most people really need the most is simple understanding.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I don’t know.. I always thought “fixing” people actually broke them more.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} So.. *you’re* a bleeding heart. What’s *your* theme song?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} And I think you’re right. Normal tends to be relative. Also.. Aaron isn’t actually schizophrenic as he has been diagnosed. He is actually MPD. The voices in his head are actually his. {looks at Aaron} Me Vs. Maradona Vs. Elvis.
The Universe:
{Aaron arches a brow} Your theme song is a song about date rape?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I know, right? It doesn’t really make sense to me either. However, five minutes and nineteen seconds, it *is* notable for such lyrics as “as you fall for every empty word I say”.
The Cosmos:
{Lia listens to Ro, looks at him}
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Well, you *do* talk an awful lot.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} And most of what I say is meaningless.
The Cosmos:
{Lia leans against the bars of the cell listening to them, obviously thinking}
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} But the song is about a predator. It’s about someone who… {furrows his brow, mentally analyzing the song}
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} My favorite line is “my tongue will taste of gin and malicious intent”. It’s rather poetic actually.
The Universe:
{Aaron shifts his eyes to Ro} And they’re scared that we know All the crimes they’ll commit
The Universe:
{Ro smiles again, quotes}

Brass buttons on your coat hold the cold
In the shape of a heart that they cut out of stone
You’re using all your looks that you’ve thrown from the start
If you let me have my way I swear I’ll tear you apart

The Cosmos:
{Lia whispers} I’ve got desperate desires and unadmirable plans {as the song comes to her}
The Universe:
{Ro takes a drag, shrugs} You know I’ve spent my entire life using my talent for languages to protect my brother and myself. Usually, in the most polite way I possibly can and with the most regard for social etiquette. It really comes rather naturally to me, now. I’ve made an art form out of controlling my impulses and knee jerk reactions. In fact, I probably couldn’t react violently to a situation now if I wanted to. {looks at Aaron} But everyone needs an outlet.
The Universe:
{Aaron smiles slowly} Everyone needs to get violent now and then.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} Of course. It’s part of our natures.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro} So what do you do?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} I kill people.
The Cosmos:
{Lia blinks and tries to cover her surprise} Oh.. well.. I guess that’s one way.
The Universe:
{Aaron’s eyes gleam, smiles} Oh, Roland. You bad, bad boy.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} It’s quite.. liberating actually. And I get paid extremely well for it.
The Cosmos:
{Lia quietly} A hired … a contract killer?
The Universe:
{Ro shrugs} And really the only reason I’m saying anything about it now is because in a couple of hours, Gabriel will probably have relatively solid evidence of my.. moonlighting. {looks at Lia} Yes, actually. In fact, the armory that seems to have unsettled Gabriel so much is mine.
The Universe:
(Ro smiles) I just don’t think he’d be as.. surprised.. by Aiden’s or Samuel’s and I doubt theirs are as impressive.

The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Aaron} Can I pick ’em or what? {smiles at Ro} Oh Nat would be so *proud*.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} Really? You’re going to judge when we live with *vampires* who are serial killers by definition?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} I’m sensing some sarcasm there.
The Universe:
{Ro nods to Aaron} And I do have the saving grace that I don’t eat my victims. I also receive no sexual gratification from the act.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles at Aaron} I’m absolutely *not* judging. {looks at Ro} No she would be. Because I *always* *always* end up with the good boy, the nice guy the guy that would run in a bar fight. {frowns} Well except for the last guy I dated.. but she sorta set us up.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} But you hate your sister, so I would think that the last thing you would want is her approval.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia closely} Wait.. you actually *like* this, don’t you?
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles wickedly} Oh it’s not her approval…
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} So it’s more of a.. slap in the face.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks over at Aaron and nods, looks at Ro} Totally.. because her bad guys are the one’s like Aiden and Samuel.
The Universe:
{Aaron smiles geniunely as he gets it} Right. And you get the *assassin*.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron} Well.. assassins *are* much cooler than.. you know. Roughnecks.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} That remains to be seen. But yes. She’s one of those girls that comes home beat up *with* the guy that did it and suddenly she’s in love.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Definitely.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia} That would be her low self esteem at work. I have never raised my hand to a woman in anger in my life. That doesn’t mean, however, that I wouldn’t kill one if the price was right, though I do tend to take those particular contracts on a case by case basis. For example, I would have no qualms accepting a contract on your sister.
The Universe:
{Ro shrugs} That said.. children are a definite deal breaker.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} I’d put one on her if she were still an issue. And unless she shows up here she’s not. I love her because she’s my sister but I hate what she’s done to me in the past and to herself. Does that make any sense? {shakes her head} You wouldn’t kill a kid or you wouldn’t kill a woman with kids?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} It makes sense, yes. I refuse to kill children or animals. Women depends on whether the contract is justified. People don’t usually take out contracts on good people. At least not the people I work for. If she warrants a killing, chances are I’d be doing her children a favor.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} That’s true. {looks at them, smiles} So I guess I’m not what I seem either.
The Universe:
{Aaron arches a brow} How so?
The Cosmos:
{Lia shrugs} Most people don’t see past the *nice* girl.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I can relate to that. How nice can you be, though, considering you just learned I’m actually an assassin and yet you’re still standing here and rather enjoying that particular revelation?
The Universe:
{Aaron smiles} *I’m* enjoying it. I’m enjoying the shit out of it.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro} I’ve had years to cultivate the bad, and a very good role model. Keeping it under wraps was easy.
The Universe:
{Ro arches a brow, smiles} Well… apparently, I can pick them too.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Am I sensing some sarcasm?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles again} Absolutely not.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles genuinely and sweetly} And I’m good with that.
The Universe:
{Aaron laughs suddenly} I can’t *wait* to see the look on Silver’s face. {smiles} You’re going to tell her, right?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles at Lia a second longer, looks at Aaron} Yes, let’s talk about that. I’m going to need you, I think. I have a feeling they’re going to be making some kind of announcement or something later tonight at which point everyone will find out. Christopher… he’s not the one hiding in a cell, by the way.. doesn’t know and I have no idea how he’ll take it but I don’t expect well and I do, in fact, expect quite a bit of moral outrage among our peers.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Not to mention some good old fashioned fear and loathing.
The Universe:
{Roland nods} Exactly.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Ro} And I’m not hiding.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} That’s exactly what you’re doing. So keep that in mind the next time you call my brother weak.
The Universe:
{Aaron smiles} He says with an underlying threat and unspoken suggestion that I not forget he’s an assassin as well.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} You really are a genius. And that isn’t sarcasm either.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} He does it so well. {blinks and bursts out laughing}
The Universe:
{the boys look at Lia, Ro smiles} What is it?
The Cosmos:
{Lia still laughing} Saige.. at breakfast.. yesterday.. when she got all shitty. Her reaction when she finds out.
The Universe:
{the boys laugh, Aaron smiles} *This* is worth going upstairs for.

The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Totally.. I can see it now.. {Laughs again}
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Well, maybe she’ll realize you should treat everyone with respect. If for no other reason than because you can never tell who will garrote you in your sleep.
The Universe:
{Aaron cracks up}
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Oh hell…{holds her sides} I do have to say though.. Tristan seems to be good for her.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} He does.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro for a long moment}
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Lia}
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles}
The Universe:
{Ro smiles when she does} What are you thinking?
The Cosmos:
{Lia shakes her head} All the things I can learn.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles wickedly} All the things I could show you.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Yes.
The Universe:
{Aaron rolls his eyes, opens the cell door and walks out} I’ll see you at dinner. And yes, I’m moving back upstairs. But *only* because rooming with an assassin can only add to my coolness factor and.. potentially my creep factor.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at Aaron, smiles} And because you wouldn’t miss the fallout for the world.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Aaron smiles} And you don’t want *me* moving in next to you.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Exactly. To both of you.
The Universe:
{Aaron looks at Lia} Though you have more potential than you did a few minutes ago when you were trying to be all Miss Understanding and Oh So Helpful and shit.
The Cosmos:
{Lia shrugs} *That’s * just part of who I am.
The Universe:
{Aaron nods} Good for you.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I’ll try to keep it under control around you.
The Universe:
{Aaron heads for the stairs} You do that and I might actually be nice to you.
The Cosmos:
{Lia watches him then looks at Ro}
The Universe:
{Ro watches him go, whispers to Lia} Aaron was found walking along a back road in a nearly catatonic state covered with blood.
The Cosmos:
{Lia whispers} Did you find out what happened?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} Not much farther down the road was a dead cow, also covered with blood. Stuffed inside the dead cow was his sister’s mutilated body. Inside his house, much *farther* down the road, his bedroom was also covered in blood. *His* bedroom, *her* blood.
The Universe:
{Ro takes a long drag} Oh.. and they were both naked.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} She was also his twin.
The Cosmos:
{Lia arches her brow} Shit.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} And from my understanding, she was always the more dominant personality in their relationship. You see… I took the liberty of.. perusing.. the data Gabriel obtained on him while he was “away” last night.
The Cosmos:
{Lia quietly} So you could get to know the guy you were sharing a vampire with?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} Something like that. Christopher entrusted me with watching over him and that’s what I intend to do. The more information I have, the better I can do that. I’m also insatiably curious by nature and really just wanted to know what his story was.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} So he’s MPD with violent tendencies. And that shift I noticed wasn’t just him relaxing?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} Aaron has two personalities that are documented so far. Aaron and Patrick. There is also video of some of his therapy sessions. It’s very interesting to watch, actually. Patrick is the one who ran from Camille today.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} So how do we know which we’re dealing with and What are the differences in the personality?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Aaron is the one who called Christopher weak.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at him} Oh.. and which is dominant.. or the main personality.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Aaron smokes. Does Patrick?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} Patrick would be dominant. Aaron splintered to deal with the repeated abuse Patrick suffered at his sister’s hands. No, Patrick doesn’t smoke. He also, apparently, wears glasses, though I haven’t actually seen him do that yet. I’m assuming he lost them on his way here or perhaps didn’t have them at the time.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} And Aaron is the one that got into the fight? Patrick’s the one that wants nametags?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Yes. Exactly. Also.. Patrick enjoys chess and Aaron says it’s for pussies.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods and smiles} And he thinks no one notices him. Okay.. So maybe we should find or get him some glasses?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} Actually, I suspect he will have his glasses when they bring his belongings.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Because it was Aaron they picked up.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} It would seem so, yes. What’s interesting is that for all their observing, I don’t think even they know what they’re really dealing with there. I mean, I’m sure they know *now*, with Gabe digging up medical records and all, but I would think if they were aware before that, they really probably would’ve just left him in the asylum.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at Ro} He’s better off here though isn’t he?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} You know.. I think he actually might be.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} What about Christopher is he better here?
The Universe:
{Ro shakes his head} I don’t know. I mean… he’s *very* much into Summer, but.. I’m not sure what he’s going to do when my secret comes out.
The Cosmos:
{Lia frowns} Okay..so what if we talk to him first.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} He’s working right now and I’m not entirely sure I want to. They might decide against making it public knowledge.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} And maybe we can head *that* off by talking to Alexei.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} But do we want to?
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} That is entirely up to you.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I’m inclined to see what happens. After all, Christopher would probably never believe it if *I* told him, anyway.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} True… Hell I’m not sure I would have if you just came out and said it, you know?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} So.. let’s just deal with it as it comes.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} All right. {smiles}
The Universe:
{Ro takes her hand and heads toward the stairs} So… where would you like to eat?
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at him} Outside? Maybe the garden? {smiles} Would you really teach me?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} You have to understand. I’m not a murderer. There’s a difference between “murderer” or “serial killer” and “assassin”. And I do prefer “assassin” to “contract killer” or “hired gun” or whatever else. Particularly because there are numerous ways to kill people and I’m very skilled at all of them. I do find guns to be one of the less elegant methods, so I tend to avoid just shooting people when I can. I particularly enjoy assignments that require me to get up close and personal with the target and facilitate some type of relationship. In other words, what I do is an art form.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} So.. if you’re asking me if I’ll teach you the *art* of killing.. then yes, I’m sure I can see my way to that.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} I understand that. {looks at him} That’s what I’m asking.. not because I see myself ever using it.. but because it’s interesting as *fuck*.
The Universe:
{Ro arches a brow} Is it, now?
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods, and smiles} To me it is.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I see. So much so that you’ve completely thrown etiquette to the wind.
The Cosmos:
{Lia blinks} Oh.. sorry. But yes. {quietly} I’ve spent the last few years plotting the perfect way to get rid of my sister. *That* was how I knew it was time to get out.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} Most definitely. {looks at her} I would prefer it though if you save the profanity for the bedroom, though, I also don’t mind it when we’re alone. What I’m saying is I would prefer it if you refrained from using it in polite company.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} As you usually do.
The Cosmos:
{Lia quietly} I will. And I do apologize.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I’ve killed people for less.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at him} Suddenly that takes on a whole new meaning. I understand.
The Universe:
{Ro nods solemnly, laughs} Okay, no. I really haven’t. {smiles at her} But I had you going there, didn’t I?
The Cosmos:
{Lia arches a brow, then laughs} Yes you did. {smiles wickedly} Ass.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles broadly} Well, I’m not Hannibal Lechter. I don’t go around killing people for being rude. If I did that, there would be less than half a dozen of us left.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I didn’t think you were. {grins} You are *not* a cannibal.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} Exactly. So, if our co-inhabitants can accept *cannibalism*, they should have no problem with murder for hire.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} Exactly.. though Bree’s liable to fall over on her back for you.
The Universe:
{Ro laughs} And if they do, I’ll just tell them that I kill people so *Seth* can eat. {looks at Lia, arches a brow, smiles} Well, there is that.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Oh.. ew. {looks at him}You *will* make her shower first though right?
The Universe:
{Ro arches a brow} Actually.. I’m rather certain that Loch would have something to say about the situation. So much so that it never actually gets far enough for that to be a concern.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I’m playing with you. I actually think she’s so into Loch that she might not notice beyond the announcement.
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I’m strangely comfortable with that, actually. {smiles} She’s not really my type.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at him as they climb the stairs} So *what* is your type?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles again} I would think that would be obvious considering I seem to be interested in you.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Nice girls?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I prefer women with class and restraint who are ladies in the living room and open to experimentation and much less appropriate behavior in the bedroom. Also, women who are open minded and somewhat traditional.
The Cosmos:
{Lia looks at him} I see.. I guess it’s a good thing I’m open minded and willing to experiment and learn.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} I do see a lot of promise here, yes.
The Cosmos:
{Lia watches him} What kind of experimentation are we talking about?
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I see much more then promise.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her} I like tying women up and doing dirty things to them until they can’t stand it anymore and completely lose control of themselves at which point, I like to bask in the sound of my name echoing off the walls in the wake of their ear shattering screams.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles} And *that* I’m not actually kidding about.
The Cosmos:
{Lia quietly} I didn’t think you were.
The Universe:
{Ro nods, smiles again} I’m sorry. Was that over the top?
The Cosmos:
{Lia shakes her head} Not at all. {looks at him her eyes very dilated} It was…intriguing.
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her, smiles} What I probably should have said is that I’m just as experimental in the bedroom as I am in the kitchen and sometimes the two aren’t mutually exlusive territories and when and if our relationship progresses to the bedroom.. I can promise you that at some point… {smiles again, leans in and whispers} You *will* be screaming my name.
The Cosmos:
{Lia breaths in as he whispers} I think I would like that.
The Universe:
{Ro nods, quietly} As would I. {looks ahead as they emerge onto the main floor} I think the garden would be a lovely place to eat, actually.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} Do you want me to meet you there or do you want to come with me while I make lunch?
The Universe:
{Ro looks at her, smiles} I’ll meet you there.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} All right… anything specific you’d like?
The Universe:
{Ro smiles again} I’m actually very open to whatever you decide on.
The Cosmos:
{Lia smiles} I’m on it. {looks at him} Give me 20 minutes?
The Universe:
{Ro nods} I’ll see you then. {smiles} I’ll bring the wine.
The Cosmos:
{Lia nods} I’ve got the rest. {smiles} Thank you.
The Universe:
{Ro smiles again} Of course.
The Universe:
{Ro heads off to clean up}

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Posted October 22, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Vampires