October 25

Run Away Before I Know

The Universe:
{Loch walks over, grabs a chair and drags it to the middle of the room, turns it around so the back is facing Eden, sits on the chair backwards, crosses his arms over the chair back} We decide we were movin’ practice here or somethin’?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} No. {pushes her hair off her face as she ends the song} I like it here and the acoustics are good for the violin.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy whispers to Ethan} It’s freezing up here.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Right. So.. I guess we’ll just have to move all the instruments up here then.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods to Izzy}
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} There’s not room.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at him} How did you find me anyway?
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} Gps. Why? You hidin’ or somethin’?
The Cosmos:
{Eden mutters} Shit. {Nods} Sorta.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Yeah, it’s kinda fuckin’ obvious. Problem is, it makes you a liar.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at her} It also makes you a coward.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} I didn’t have you pegged for either.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at him, frowns} I’m not.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Except you just said you’re hidin’. Who hides if not cowards? You said you were still gonna be hangin’ out with us. But you’re not in the music room. You’re here. So. That makes you a coward and a liar.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at him} I’m here because… {shakes her head, looks over his head at the others} I didn’t think I was going to be very good company.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at her} Well, I guess I missed the fine print because I don’t remember readin’ “must be good company” in the contract.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} I also don’t remember there bein’ conditions on friendship.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks down} Guess that depends on the friends.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} I guess so. Let me see the violin.
The Cosmos:
{Eden hands him the violin}
The Universe:
{Loch takes the violin, stands and walks over to Akhiro, hands it to him} So, you think for some fucked up reason I can’t figure out that you and Ethan aren’t friends anymore so therefore, the rest of us aren’t either. {walks back toward her, kicking the chair out of the way} That about right?
The Cosmos:
{Eden flinches when he kicks the chair} I never said that Ethan and I aren’t friends.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} But you think it. {stops in front of her, looks at her} I love you and I love your ideas and I will listen to your creative input til the day the sun crashes into the earth and wipes us all out, but you are *not* makin’ decisions for us. You ready to go?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} I’m not making decisions for you, Loch. {looks up at him} I’m not even *really* making my own anymore.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at her} So who is? Because I don’t see anyone forcin’ you to be here right now but you.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks away from him, shakes her head, the muscle in her jaw clenches}
The Universe:
{Loch nods} That’s what I thought. You see the people in this room right now? You know why we’re here? We *could* be in the music room right now doin’ what we do best and love most, but we’re not. We’re *here*. Why, Eden? Because apparently, you’re more important than even *that*. So I don’t know who wrote whatever book you read on what it means to be friends, but it was bullshit. *This* is what bein’ friends is. And the people standin’ here are your friends. And we’re not leavin’ without you and if I have to pick you up and carry you out, that’s what I’m gonna do. And I’m gonna carry your ass to the music room, chain you to that piano like I said I would and *then*, I’m gonna call the king and tell him myself where you are, what I did and why. And “why” is gonna
The Universe:
be “because she lied to me but I didn’t lie to her and she made me prove it.”
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at him} I *didn’t* lie to you. {swallows, softly almost a whisper} I hurt Ethan. {blinks then squeezes her eyes shut}
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} You *upset* Ethan. Most of which was Ethan’s own doing.
The Universe:
{Loch, quietly} Sometimes friends hurt each other. It happens. And we apologize, get over it and get back to bein’ friends. And Ethan’s standin’ here right now with the rest of us because he really wants to get back to that.
The Universe:
{Ethan lets go of Izzy’s hand, walks over and stands next to Loch} Yeah, he really does.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Ethan} You can stop talkin’ in third person now.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Loch, furrows his brow} Yeah, I really can. Wow. *That’s* annoying.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks over at Ethan, quietly} I’m sorry..
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden} I know. We already did that part. So.. my question is, if we already did that part.. why are we still here?
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at the floor} I don’t want to get you in trouble with Genja any of you.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} *Genja* said you could keep them.
The Universe:
{Loch and Ethan look at each other, Ethan sighs} Yeah. About that… {looks at Eden} We.. already kinda talked to him.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Ava, arches a brow} Seriously?
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Yeah. And I know how it sounds.. but it’s Genja. {As if that explains everything}
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles} It sounds like he’s talking about pets.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} Or strays.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Eden} Don’t make me make Bree hug you again.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} He understands that you are protective and that you won’t do anything to hurt her. {looks at Akhiro} Which might be how he sees it.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Loch} I hate you.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} I hate you, too.
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} She’s not hugging me again. {smirks} She can poke *you* in the back with her chest.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles again} Baby, she can poke me *anywhere* with her chest.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} And does. Routinely.
The Cosmos:
{Eden sighs} I didn’t want to know that.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} Revenge is sweet.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles more easily, starts to say something, frowns} Um.. speaking of that.. we got cornered in the ballroom by your king who wanted to know what happened earlier and ended up telling him the kind of major parts while Loch managed to impressively leave out the *really* questionable parts.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} Yes. In a room *full* of vampires and ghouls, Loch looks at Genja and says “So.. we were talking about guys going down on girls and kissing them after”.
The Universe:
{David smiles} Because apparently, what happens in the music room does *not* stay in the music room.
The Cosmos:
{Eden blinks} Oh shit. {sighs} If he was angry before.. he’s gonna be *pissed* now. {Eden looks at Loch} Jesus.. That’s.. {blinks} Okay.. he couldn’t have been *that* angry about it.. you still have a mouth.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} He didn’t seem all that pissed to me.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} He did tell us to get out before he decided we weren’t the boy scouts we seem to be.
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles} I consider that a win, actually.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Me either. {texts Genja “she thinks you’re angry at her found her in one of the unused towers.” }
The Cosmos:
{Saige nods} I’m just glad he didn’t sic that *thing* on you all.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Saige} And we will *totally* get to talking about *that* but *that’s* going to take *all* night and at least one bottle.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Really we don’t have to.. Nightmares.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Eden} The point is, we also told him about what you told us. But I skimmed over the details. And we didn’t want you to be surprised if he brings it up.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods, looks at Eden} And by “skimmed over the details” what he means is did not go into them at *all*.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods, quietly} Did you .. about the..{looks at Ethan, smiles, and looks back at Loch} Thank you.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} We kinda had to, but I said as little as possible.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} And Loch did it because, yanno, I was too busy praying.
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} Thanks you guys.
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs} No problem. He wanted to know what was going on with you. He and Ava had this whole long discussion about it.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ava, who nods} And now I have to go give him a report and tell him how Loch, gave the angel back her wings. {grins at Loch}
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ava, blinks, then at Loch}
The Universe:
{Loch smiles at Ava} Yeah, yeah.
The Cosmos:
{Ava laughs and slips out to go report back to Genja} I’ll see you all later.
The Universe:
{Loch looks back at Eden} So, we’re talkin’ about doin’ bi-weekly balls and we got one we’re plannin’ on called “Wonderland” with Sang as the Red Queen. *But*.. we’re also gonna talk about doin’ one for Genja with you and Ava in cages in devil and angel wings respectively.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} Bye, Ava.
The Universe:
{the other boys say goodbye}
The Universe:
{the boys look at Loch, Tristan laughs} Sang as the Red Queen?
The Cosmos:
{The girls wave and say bye as Ava leaves}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Tristan} Well, yeah. {smirks} She’s the right height.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} With a big head.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} Big swollen head.
The Universe:
{David laughs} We talkin’ about Sang or Gabe’s prick when she’s around?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at David, smiles} Oh, no. You didn’t see him and Chloe.

The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Instead of the big head you could always accent her ass.
The Universe:
{the boys crack up, Akhiro grins at Tristan} “Dat ass”.
The Cosmos:
{Saige looks at Tristan, arches a brow as she smiles} Oh *really*?
The Universe:
{Tristan laughs, shakes his head} Just leave “dat ass”… {blinks} Oh, we totally should do that.
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles at Saige} Her ass has nothing on your legs.
The Universe:
{Akhiro cracks up} Yes! Let’s do it just so we can get everyone to walk around all night going “dat ass” when she walks by.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Give her one of those fake bustle asses? {looks at Tristan}
The Cosmos:
{Saige leans in and whispers} The better to wrap around you with.
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles, nods, whispers back} And that ass is pretty damn fine too.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} It’s all yours baby.

The Universe:
{Tristan smiles, wraps his arms around her and rests his hands on her ass, looks at the others} Yeah, so it’s *fucking* cold in here.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} It is. {Eden nods and shivers} Yeah. {Saige snuggles against Tristan running her hands up the back of his shirt}
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Tristan and Saige, smiles} You don’t look cold to me.
The Cosmos:
{Bree looks at Eden}Why?
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles at Saige} I’m warming up very quickly.
The Cosmos:
{Saige nods} Me too…
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} Let’s the sound out.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Eden, smiles} Well, now let’s go let some sound out of the music room and shake these foundations.
The Universe:
{David smiles} And everyone in ’em.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods, and smiles} See if we can’t shake loose another vampire?
The Universe:
{Loch laughs} Shit. {smiles} You think we did that?
The Universe:
{David smirks} Shit. With our luck, we’d shake loose another vampire and it’d be her boyfriend.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} And every other man in the castle would *hate* us.
The Universe:
{David nods to Akhiro} No shit.
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} From what I heard she got Ciara down in the crypts had her ready to slice her wrist when Edward heard her screaming and stopped her.
The Universe:
{Loch blinks} Shit.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} Seriously.
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at David} you could end up fucking her and not knowing if you did it because you wanted to or if you did it because *She* wanted you too.
The Universe:
{David looks at Cam, smiles} That’d be a problem for some guys?
The Cosmos:
{Camille shrugs} I don’t know.

The Universe:
{David smiles} That already happens to me, sometimes, baby. Only it’s I don’t know if I wanted to or the alcohol did it.
The Universe:
{Loch starts for the door} Dude.. I’ve woken up next to some girls that left *no* doubt it was the alcohol.
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} Oh hell yeah. Some of the dude’s I’ve woke up to have been scary.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles and nods} Totally.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods sagely} Even *I’ve* done it. Which is mostly why I stopped drinking.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} I’ve had one or two but not *near* as many as Bren.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks back at Akhiro} That bad?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Ethan, smiles} Yeah.. but look at who he’s got *now*.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki smiles at Akhiro} Let me guess Brunettes.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Eden and Izzy} I once woke up next to an Asian girl in Chinatown who didn’t speak English and whose father was in the Yakuza. *She* was gorgeous, however. Still… it was the last time I drank that much.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods in agreement with Izzy} Because he was sober. {smiles at Akhiro} Yakuza? Ouch.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Akhiro} Isn’t that like a Gang or mob or something?
The Universe:
{Akhiro smirks} Fuck that. I liked him. *She* was Asian. {nods to Eden} Like the Japanese mafia. Very scary people.
The Cosmos:
{Eden blinks} Damn.
The Universe:
{Tristan laughs} Wait. You stopped drinking because you woke up next to a gorgeous Asian girl?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shakes her head} Wait.. {nods in agreement with Tristan}
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods, heads for the door} Because I’m so far South of Asian.. {stops and looks at them} Her family wanted a nice traditional Asian boy for her. Ask me my last name. Go ahead. Ask.
The Cosmos:
{Eden look at Akhiro} What’s your last name?
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at them} White. My name is Akhiro *White*.
The Universe:
{the boys crack up}
The Cosmos:
{Eden bursts out laughing, Saige blurts} You’re shitting me. {Izzy smiles} Seriously? {Nikki blinks and smiles playfully} Well then I guess I’m done here.
The Universe:
{Akhiro crosses his arms over his chest} Seriously. The only Japanese I know is “domo arigato” and I didn’t even learn that from the cultural classes my parents made me go to. I learned *that* off the radio and it was *ages* before I even knew what it meant. And math? Not if I can help it. I like *some* Japanese food but that’s about as Japanese as I get. It’s ridiculous how white I am. And I’m strangely okay with it.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} I’m sorry.. I just *never*… {blinks} And I don’t even know *why* I didn’t. At the school I was at there was an Asian girl there who was probably the smartest person in the school.. failed classes intentionally, and shunned all things Asian. Not just Chinese like her ancestry but Asian.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods to Eden} Because it’s *always* a race thing. She probably did it because she resented her ancestry and everything that was expected of her because of the shape of her eyes. And when you’re Asian, people automatically seem to think you live in Chinatown and came over on the boat.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} But *you* did come over on the boat.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smirks} I was two months old and I came by plane, thank you.

The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} Her last name was Wynn. Spelled W-y-n-n. and she hated it because everyone thought it was N-g-u-y-e-n. When she turned 18 she got married to her high school boyfriend. Whose last name was smith.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods} I was engaged to the whitest girl in town. *Not* because she was that white, but because it worked out that way, but I did originally pursue her because she was so white *and* just happened to be incredibly gorgeous. She was like the poster child for Hitler’s supreme race as far as her appearance went.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} I bet your kids would have been beautifully exotic.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} She would’ve liked hearing that. {shrugs} My parents didn’t want me to be deprived of anything but I think they were secretly relieved the day I said to them “Look.. I love you but all this Asian crap has to stop. I’m not Asian. I’m your son.”
The Cosmos:
{Eden quietly} You probably made their lives.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} I hope so. They made mine.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles almost ruefully} It must have been great growing up like that.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods} My parents were good, they just sometimes tried too hard.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Eden} Stop that.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Loch} No, it must have. {smiles}
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Look at it this way. It’s probably harder for Akhiro to be away from his parents than it is for you to be away from yours *because* they didn’t suck as much as yours did.
The Universe:
{David smirks} Shit. My old man can hang out with Eden’s in a burning building.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} You’re probably right. {looks at David} Hell would be good for my dad.
The Universe:
{David looks at her} Yeah, well.. it’d be *too* good for mine.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Eden} What about your mom?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} Ophelia died when I was 8. Thurston and my brother raised me.
The Universe:
{the boys look at Eden, David arches a brow} “Thurstan” and “Ophelia”?
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} How confused where you growing up? “Am I living a Shakespearean tragedy or am I on Gilligan’s Island?”
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at David and nods} Yes.. who do you think named me Eden. It wasn’t Buffy and Biff.
The Universe:
{David smiles} I was expectin’ somethin’ more like Bathsheba and Ishmael. {looks at the others} Don’t judge. I was raised in the bible belt.
The Cosmos:
{Eden laughs} No the best was when my brother would get angry with Ophelia and Call her Ophy.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} Might have been less… stuffy in my house anyway.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Ethan} I’m inclined to go with Shakespearean tragedy. It’s got all the elements.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Seriously. And people wonder why our generation’s fucked up.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Akhiro and nods} Seriously. I grew up knowing my parents were twisted though.. something always felt *off*.
The Universe:
{Loch walks over stands behind Bree, wraps his arms around her and bites her neck, smiles} *I* am not fucked up. My girlfriend’s got some issues, my friends have a lot of issues but I’m good.
The Universe:
{Ethan takes Izzy’s hand} Meanwhile, we’re all just begging for a case of frostbite. {heads to the door} Let’s get out of here before I lose my fingers.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods and smiles} You guys go ahead I’m going to close this up. I’ll be down in a few.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Eden} Is that the same thing as “I’ve got something to take care of”?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} No.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods} All right. We’ll be in the music room then.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} All right. {smiles} I won’t be too long.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} Good. Because Loch *will* come up here and carry you out.
The Universe:
{Loch nods, takes Bree’s hand and heads for the door} Damn right I will.
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head, still with a smile}
The Universe:
{the boys head out}
The Cosmos:
{Bree whispers to Loch} You know she’s not going to come down right?
The Universe:
{Loch nods} That’s why I’m gonna hang out in the hallway for about five minutes before I go back in there and carry her ass out like Akhiro said.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Loch, quietly} I’ll do it.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles and kisses his cheek} *You* would have made a great big brother. {smiles at Ethan} You too.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles at Bree} Yeah, but there’s *no* way *I’ll* ever tell her she’s like a sister to me. {to Ethan} Text us if you need help.
The Cosmos:
{Eden walks over and starts closing the windows standing on the ledge to reach them}
The Universe:
{Ethan nods, looks at Izzy} We’ll be down in a couple of minutes.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} All right. {smiles} I’ll be there. {heads down the stairs with the others}
The Universe:
{Ethan watches them go, waits til they’re out of sight and goes back into the room, looks over at Eden}

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Posted October 25, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Vampires