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?


The Cosmos:
{Heather looks at Genja} I’m not complaining, Sire. I am perfectly happy with my herd. Seth was only there because you said we had to have two.
The Universe:
{Genja sits back and scratches behind the scaly ear of the creature next to him} I said the *maximum* was two. But we shall be addressing that as well. Apparently some of you are so ineffective that you can’t even manage two and others of you can’t settle for two.
The Universe:
{Dominic smiles} I am sure some of us are just too much vampire for a mere two humans to handle.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Genja, quietly and respectfully} Sire, if it pleases you..I think the issue is the newer vampires don’t understand how to manage a herd.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Kendra} And you are right. {looks at the others} Chloe was greedy and she took more than she could handle. And others who were stronger and more experienced stepped in and culled back her herd, taking from her what they wanted for themselves. A vampire who cannot hold on to their herd, does not deserve to keep that which they have lost. This is the way of it. This is how we do things. This is how vampires establish, take and defend territory in the absence of bordered domains. This is how status is gained and lost. My question, then, is when the fuck did my court become so fucking weak?
The Universe:
{Alexei moves closer to the throne room so they can actually see what’s going on without being seen}
The Cosmos:
{Nix moves closer with him}
The Cosmos:
{Peyton shakes her head} We are not weak, sire.
The Universe:
{Genja looks to Peyton and Heather} In taking what you have from Chloe, you have demonstrated that you, at least, are not. That you have not grown apathetic.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Peyton} In fact, I’m rather proud of you for doing it.
The Cosmos:
{Peyton nods} Thank you, Sire.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at the others} Selection and maintenance of individual herds is not an issue that should have to be addressed by the court. You have fallen in line a little too nicely. So much so that your fangs have become dull from lack of use. You have your limitations set. We’ve had the selections. I don’t believe that there are none of you that covet what belongs to your neighbors.
The Universe:
{Sorrow smiles, listening, whispers to Ren} He’s disappointed that we’re playing too nicely. He expected us to make our selections and then begin lying, stealing or trading among ourselves.
The Cosmos:
{Renee whispers} Which seems to be happening with some of the women.
The Universe:
{Sorrow nods, whispers} Which pleases him.
The Cosmos:
{Renee softly} It would seem to me that if he wanted that kind of Drama *he* would have assigned herds.
The Universe:
{Genja drums his fingers} That said.. I am lifting the limitations.
The Universe:
{Sorrow whispers} It’s not about the drama. It’s about showing strength and ruthlessness.
The Universe:
{Sorrow smiles at Ren, whispers} And in some cases, creativity.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Chloe} I admire the way in which you walked into the dungeon and took what you wanted despite the rules. I admire the way Sorrow worked around the rules and took what *he* wanted without actually violating them.
The Cosmos:
{Renee nods} Still.. he assigns and people start wanting what’s not theirs they start to go after it and things happen. {quietly} If he’d assigned me to Sebastian and you decided you wanted me.. what would you have done?
The Universe:
{Sorrow whispers} If he’d “assigned”, we probably would’ve been less inclined because *he* decreed who belonged to who.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Genja, blinks} Thank you, Sire.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} It’s nothing less than what I myself would’ve done.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Chloe, smiles, whispers} Nicely done.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles at Damien, whispers} Thank you.
The Universe:
{Genja turns his attention back to the court} As I was saying. I’m lifting the limitations. You may take and keep what you have the strength to take and keep.
The Universe:
{Glen whispers to Hannah} Which is the way he should’ve done it in the first place.
The Cosmos:
{Heather smiles} As long as they aren’t revenant.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Heather} In fact.. in regards to the created ghouls.. perhaps we should apply the same rule to them since I saw a definite lack of territorial defense when they were being claimed by other vampires. If you sit idly by while another vampire claims your ghoul, you have lost said ghoul.
The Cosmos:
{Heather nods} Thank you Sire. {smiles wickedly}
The Universe:
{Genja nods, looks at Viktor} Speaking of vampires behaving like vampires… you should be counted among them for your own rather.. aggressive yet subtle acquisition.
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at Genja, Genja smiles at Lucien} It’s not every day someone snatches something out from under Lucien and gets away with it.
The Cosmos:
{Emily looks at Viktor and smiles}
The Universe:
{Viktor looks at Em, smiles, to Genja} Thank you, Sire.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Do I need to clarify anything I’ve just said?
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shakes her head} No, Sire. {quietly} I would like to tell you I am taking what we discussed the other night under serious advisement.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Kendra, looks at the court} The next issue… the next time someone knocks on the door of my private quarters in the wee hours of the morning with an “issue” or a “situation”, their hand will be flesh-crafted to their forehead.
The Universe:
{Genja smirks} With their fingers positioned in an L shape.
The Universe:
{Sebastian looks at Heather, smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Eden lets a bubble of laughter escape before she can contain it, blinks} I apologize, Sir.
The Universe:
{various boys resist the urge to laugh too)
The Cosmos:
{Heather glances at Sebastian, smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Eden leans in and whispers to Genja} Lucien seems to have forgotten he has a herd.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Eden} If you need to see me, you will see Ava and she will determine if the situation warrants my immediate attention or if it can wait. If it can wait, she will give you an appointment or we can have these nightly court sessions. {starts to say something else, blinks, bursts out laughing} Oh, Lucien. You take arrogance and disinterest to a whole new level.
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles} I do what I can.
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks at Genja, quietly} If it pleases you sire I would like to have an office with set hours.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Ava} And I see no reason why you should not have it.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} Thank you sire.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Genja, quietly} May I speak please.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Eden}
The Cosmos:
{Eden in a barely audible voice} Aren’t the humans and ghouls supposed to be talking to Alexei if they need you?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Eden, quietly} I was just getting to that.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles, still softly} I apologize.. I thought you were saying everyone should see Ava if they needed to see you.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Which I will be clarifying. And whatever isn’t clear may be addressed at the end of this little clusterfuck when I open the floor for that purpose.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks down} I’m sorry, sir.
The Universe:
{Genja nods, looks at the others} This is the way the court works. I.. the king.. say what I have to say and everyone else keeps their lips together. When I am finished, I will open the floor and that is when individual concerns will be addressed.
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head and moves away from Genja}
The Universe:
{Genja glances at Eden, looks back at the others, clenches his jaw because *now* it looks like he’s saying it because Eden pointed it out} And the way the hierarchy works is this.. when the sun is up, humans answer to ghouls and ghouls answer to Alexei. When the sun is down, vampires are responsible for their ghouls and humans. There should never be a reason a human or ghoul should need to see *me*. Any problems they have should be directed to the vampire’s ghoul if they have one or their specific vampire if they do not. If they do need my direct involvement for some reason, they will see Alexei and *he* will be the one in their cases to determine if the issue requires my immediate attention. In fact… the only time the humans need to be in the throne room at.all is when a court is in session that specifically requires them to be present which should be very rare.
The Universe:
{the various boys nod in acknowledgment, Lucien shakes his head, mutters} How is this *not* common knowledge?
The Cosmos:
{Eden closes her eyes when she sees his jaw clench, Ava watches Eden closely, gives a minute shake of her head when Eden opens her eyes}
The Cosmos:
{The girls nod as well, Izzy whispers to Ethan very softly} I’m very okay with that.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods, whispers} You and me both. At least the ghouls won’t eat us.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Heather} Next issue. Jace will need to feed. Do we have enough humans to support him?
The Cosmos:
{Heather nods} There are several unclaimed females that I am aware of.
The Universe:
{Genja nods, to Jenna} And your stance on the issue?
The Cosmos:
{Jenna looks at Heather then at Genja} I would like to speak to Jace please. If it pleases the court.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} As you wish.
The Universe:
{Jace looks at Jenna}
The Cosmos:
{Jenna looks at Jace, walks over to him and pulls him to the side where there is no one standing and whispers softly to him} How do you feel about it?
The Universe:
{Jace looks at Jenna, quietly} I’m gonna miss bein’ able to sit around and get fucked up with the guys, but… probably not as much as missin’ Heather.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna smiles} Then I won’t oppose it. Even though in light of what he just said.. I probably should.
The Universe:
{Jace looks at her curiously} Which part?
The Cosmos:
{Jenna quietly} Fighting for what’s yours.
The Universe:
{Jace smiles, quietly} Kinda late to start now, isn’t it?
The Cosmos:
{Jenna nods and smiles} I never really thought of you as mine anyway. You know. I didn’t ghoul you for myself.
The Universe:
{Jace nods} Yeah. And that’s another good reason to do this.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna looks at him, softly} It is. All right. {smiles} Let’s do it.
The Universe:
{Jace nods} All right.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna kisses his cheek, smiles} It’s been an experience.
The Universe:
{Jace smiles, nods} You can say that again.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna takes his hand} I know I haven’t been the best…{smiles} Dom.. but if you ever need anything at all Jace I’m here.
The Universe:
{Jace nods} I appreciate that.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna smiles} And that’s as squishy as I’m getting. If you want It would be an honor to turn you.
The Universe:
{Jace smiles} Sebastian’s gonna do it. I might even get his shape shifting power.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna smiles and nods} All right then. Let’s tell them I have no qualms.
The Universe:
{Jace nods} All right.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna heads back over to her place}
The Universe:
{Jace walks over to his between Sebastian and Heather}
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Jenna} Well?
The Cosmos:
{Jenna smiles at Genja} I have no qualms. Especially since when he was ghouled it was not for me.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Then it will be done a week from tonight to give the ghouls time to make the necessary adjustments in responsibilities and scheduling.
The Cosmos:
{Heather nods} As you wish, Sire.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at the others} And just to be sure everyone is aware… there are to be no ghouls created or vampires sired without the express permission of the court. In the future, such vampires will be destroyed, regardless of reason, and the sire severely punished. Ghouls will be removed from said vampire and the vampire punished. The ratio here is a very delicate thing and I will not have it jeopardized.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Genja, blinks}
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Kendra} We already have an understanding that is not affected by this ruling.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra nods} Yes sire. {glances at Van and Akhiro}
The Universe:
{Akhiro whispers to Kendra} I can understand it. Ghouls aren’t technically human and it requires the shedding of vampire blood.
The Universe:
{Van nods, whispers} I would expect anything that required vampire blood to be sanctioned, if for no other reason than out of concern for the safety of the vampires.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra nods, softly} Exactly, however his ruling allows me to change both of you. {Kendra nods again to Van} It does as vampire blood can be addicting.
The Universe:
{Akhiro whispers} How does it allow you to change both of us?

The Cosmos:
{Kendra quietly, whispers} When I spoke to him it was about both of you.
The Universe:
{Akhiro arches a brow} I see.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra whispers} He approved oh my choices and I told him I was thinking about changing you.

The Universe:
{Genja thinks for a second} We have one more very important matter to attend but before we get to that, I am opening the floor to address that which we’ve already covered.
The Universe:
{Genja wipe alien goo on his pants and lights a cigarette} So.. speak if you have something to say.
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles} I’d just like to say that suddenly I feel like a real vampire again.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Lucien and arches her brow}
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles at Eden}
The Universe:
{Glen whispers to Hannah} Do we have anything to say?
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles sweetly} Yet you only have one in your herd?
The Cosmos:
{Hannah shakes her head, whispers} What *is* that thing?
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles broadly} Rumor has it I have three, actually. Would you like to increase my numbers?
The Universe:
{Glen smiles, whispers} That thing is Daniel.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} Oh.. well that makes it better. Genja’s named it. Great.
The Universe:
{Genja glances at Daniel} I forgot to mention that my.. friend here.. will be guarding my door should anyone decide to ignore my previous decree about disturbing me.
The Universe:
{Glen laughs, nods} We’ll go with that.
The Cosmos:
{Eden tilts her head} I think my king might have something to say about that.
The Universe:
{Lucien nods} Your king who decreed that we can take what we have the strength to. Notice he didn’t say “unless it’s mine”. Do you know why that is?
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien} *I* won’t be knocking on his door. I’m brave but that looks like something out of Alien vs. Predator.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Lucien} Because you *can’t* take what’s mine. If you could.. *you’d* be king.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods, and smiles} Exactly what I was going to say.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles, whispers} And he smells worse.
The Universe:
{Lucien nods}
The Cosmos:
{Sang shudders} Ew.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles at Lucien} Who are your other three, Lucien?
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles} I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you.
The Universe:
{Sorrow laughs, shakes his head, quietly to Ren} He cares so little or he’s so sure of himself he doesn’t even know their names.
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} Again, Master might have something to say about that. {shrugs} I was just wondering if you knew.
The Universe:
{Genja looks over the court} We have other more important business so does anyone have anything actually *relevant* to add to the discussion?
The Universe:
{the men just kind of glance around at the others}
The Cosmos:
{The girls look around, while Eden smiles knowingly, Ciara whispers to Lucien} Izzy and Nikki.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} I will assume that to be a no. We will open the floor again one more time before we close, but for now, let’s move on to what is probably the single most important issue of the night.
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at Eden, smiles smugly} Not that I have to prove myself to a child, but.. Nikki and Izzy.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Lucien like *really?*}
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at Alexei}
The Cosmos:
{Eden arches a brow at Lucien}
The Universe:
{Alexei whispers to Nix} It is our turn. I will introduce you to the king and the court.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} And suddenly I’m nervous again.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} But perhaps you see a little more than shapes now.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} Yes I do.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Then let us get this over with. {places a hand to her lower back and guides her into the throne room}
The Cosmos:
{Nix pulls her shoulders back, raises her head, her amber eyes face forward as she allows Alexei to guide her into the room}



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