October 25

Run Away Before I Know

The Universe:
{in the music room, Loch sits in a chair, throwing a racquetball ball against the wall wondering what’s taking so long}
The Universe:
{the other boys sit around}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy’s at the bar making drinks, Saige sits near Tristan, Nikki looks at Akhiro} I wonder what’s going on. {Bree nods} I was just going to ask that.
The Universe:
{Ethan walks into the room, smiles} So… Eden pissed off Genja with something at the big meeting. She’s going to go smooth that out, then she’ll be back.
The Universe:
{Loch tosses the ball over to Ethan who catches it, Loch} Is she *really* comin’ this time?
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Totally.
The Cosmos:
{Saige looks at Ethan} How do you know?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Saige} What do you mean how do I know? She just promised me. That’s how I know.
The Universe:
{Loch shakes his head} So is everything good now? She done with all the mopey whiny shit?
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Seriously.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods to Loch} Everything’s sorted. Don’t sweat it.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} Cool.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles, walks over to the bar} She’s *way* happier now and friend zones are intact.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles, quietly} And you’re okay with that?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy} I’m totally okay with that.
The Universe:
{Loch whispers to Bree} Because he’d tell the girl he’s seeing if he wasn’t.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Oh seriously.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at him, her eyes searching his for a moment before she smiles again} All right. {leans over and kisses him}
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles, kisses her back}
The Universe:
{Loch watches them, whispers to Bree} She’s probably better for him anyway.
The Cosmos:
{Bree whispers} Totally. At least she’s not 18.
The Universe:
{Loch nods, whispers} Or all moody and shit.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods and smiles} Babe.. my moods were terrible at her age.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles at Bree} Most are at that age. Problem is Ethan’s the kinda guy who instead of tellin’ her to get over herself will end up bein’ all moody with her.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Totally. which would be bad for him. And Izzy seems pretty even.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Exactly what I mean.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles teasingly} Now *I* could handle Eden.
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} Right by chaining her to the piano. Which I would *love* to see you do.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles broadly} I have no doubt it’ll happen. {blinks, cracks up}
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} What?
The Universe:
{Loch leans over, grinning, and whispers to Bree} Could you see *David* and Eden?
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} OH hell… no.. that’s just *Wrong* on so many levels. {looks at him} whispers. I’m not sure who’d eat who alive there.
The Universe:
{Loch laughs, whispers} Talk about a match made in hell.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods still smiling} Seriously. They’d bring the castle down around them.
The Universe:
{Loch laughs again, nods} No shit. {looks over the others} You guys about ready to get off your asses and get warmed up?
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} Hell yes.
The Universe:
{the boys nod, David gets up and heads for the drums} Let’s do it.
The Cosmos:
{The girls move to the front of the room near the stage and Izzy brings drinks over to everyone including David who get something that tastes like it has alcohol but doesn’t}
The Universe:
{Loch smiles, stands and cracks his knuckles} Then let’s get on it. {heads over to his guitar}
The Universe:
{Akhiro stops, blinks, looks at the others} Okay, so in all the excitement, I forgot to tell you guys that apparently, Kendra wants to ghoul me and Van. I just found out at the meeting, but Van seemed to already know.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Akhiro, blinks} *Van*? And he *knew*?
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Ethan} He didn’t say anything to you?
The Universe:
{Ethan sighs} No.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Ethan} Maybe because he hasn’t made a decision yet.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy} That’s kind of a really big thing, though, for him to keep to himself whether he’s made a decision or not.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Ethan} I don’t think that’s why, actually.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Akhiro}
The Universe:
{Akhiro shakes his head} He didn’t even tell *me* about it and they were talking about me, too. I think it’s more like.. he’s just kind of holding on to it for as long as he can before it’s out there for everyone.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki looks at Akhiro} Would you?
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Nikki} Keep it to myself?
The Cosmos:
{Nikki shakes her head} Do it?
The Universe:
{Akhiro shakes his head} I don’t know. I haven’t had time to think about it. Especially with everything that’s been going on with Eden and *just* finding out during the meeting.
The Universe:
{Akhiro furrows his brow} I’m not even sure I have a choice. Apparently, the king’s the one that brought it up to Kendra first.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki frowns} Oh.. wow. That’s.. I don’t even know.. flattering and scary at the same time.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods to Nikki} It’s also *more* than a lifetime commitment. And I love Kendra, but Van is like.. all but *in* love with her, you know? It’s like she’s the center of his everything.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Which I have never seen *any* woman do to him. I mean, I’ve seen him focused, but this borders fixated.
The Universe:
{Ethan frowns} And I totally don’t mean that like he’s a stalker.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki smiles} We know.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at him} Do you think it’s the bite. I mean I haven’t been bitten but I’ve heard its.. wow.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Izzy} Honestly? No. I don’t. I think it’s much more than that. Like they just.. resonate.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} Kendra has this kind of.. vulnerability. And class from hell.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} And she’s smokin’.
The Universe:
{the boys all nod in agreement}
The Cosmos:
{The girls nod, Bree smiles} She does have an air about her.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods to Bree} She really does. And when they’re together, neither one of them is omgsoserious. You know? And Van’s pretty serious usually.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} I think so.. they can have fun together.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods} But she seems to kind of keep him at a distance a little.
The Cosmos:
{Saige looks at Akhiro} Why do you think that is?
The Universe:
{Akhiro shakes his head} I don’t have any idea.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Saige} But I think he feels it and tries to pull back when she does it.
The Cosmos:
{Bree shrugs} Maybe she doesn’t want him to think he’s not rebound.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shakes her head} I think it’s probably because she doesn’t want to leave Akhiro out or make him feel like she doesn’t need him.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods to Izzy} I think she might be scared, too. But honestly, sometimes I kind of feel like I’m intruding. Particularly if she *is* pushing him away because of me. I don’t want to be the reason either of them is miserable, you know?
The Universe:
{Akhiro shrugs} I’ve also got *this* going on. The band thing. So it’s not like *I* feel left out.
The Cosmos:
{Bree shrugs} Tell her that. {smiles} Or give her a reason to think you’re okay.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Bree} I’m pretty sure I haven’t given her a reason to think I’m not.
The Cosmos:
{Bree shakes her head} Not what I meant.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki shakes her head} She’s saying let her see you with the girls.
The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Nikki, looks back at Bree} Because…. I’m not okay if I’m not surrounded by women? Most of the people I’ve known that make it a point to be seen with members of the opposite sex, particularly en masse, are actually the exact opposite of okay.

The Cosmos:
{Bree shakes her head at Nikki} No.. that’s not what I was saying. What I was saying was let her see that he doesn’t have a problem with her and Van.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods to Bree} *That’s* easy. I not only don’t have a problem with them, I actually very much ship the hell out of them.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} Well there you go then.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} I still wish you guys had been there the other night in the hallway when he picked her up and carried her back to the apartment. That wa the coolest most awesomely romantic thing I’ve ever seen in real life. Even *Brennan* was like “whoa”.
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} I would have liked to have seen that.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} Oh totally.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Yeah, he told me. *Repeatedly*. He said Peyton was teaching *him* to be romantic or something then he was chasing me down the hall because I was laughing hysterically at the idea of *him* being a romantic.
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} Perfect.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles at Ethan} You should totally hang out with Peyton, though. She’s cool as hell.
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs, nods} Yeah, I’ve heard *that* repeatedly too.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy shrugs} From what I’ve seen she’s pretty awesome.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles at Izzy} She totally handles Bren. *That* makes her awesome by default.

 
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} Because she *handles* your brother she’s awesome.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles at Bree} Oh, totally. You don’t know Bren. I’ve seen him drop the girl he was with and supposedly totally into at the drop of a hat in the middle of a night out with our friends to get with the girl sitting on the other.side.of.him.
The Cosmos:
{Bree blinks} Damn..
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Ethan} How did Peyton handle him?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy} I don’t even *know*. I know that when he and Hayden were fucking around and Peyton summoned him to confront him, he shows up and she just outright asked him something like she totally knew what was going on and that it was true. There was none of the “did you?” or “is this true?” and like.. no fucking hysterics or anything. She was just utterly calm like she was talking about the weather. And he looked at her and my brother who would normally be like “I have *no* idea what you’re talking about” or “who told you that” or whatever, stands there for a minute and then just goes and totally owns up to it.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Nice.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} I know it doesn’t *sound* like an epic event, but if you knew Bren.. you’d understand. And Van was so proud of him, I thought he was going to cry.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Aww..
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs}
The Cosmos:
{Bree looks at Loch}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Bree, smiles} You ready to sing, baby?
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Ready to do something. And Tired of waitin’ on Eden.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} She’s makin’ the big guy happy. That could take *all* night.
The Cosmos:
{Bree laughs} Maybe *he’s* Tying her to a piano.
The Universe:
{Loch laughs and the boys start playing}

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