October 25

The Air Around Me Still Feels Like a Cage

The Cosmos:
{The girls watch, softly, whispering “Who’s that?, Who’s she?, Where’d she come from? Wow. and various other comments}
The Universe:
{the men look over, several looking surprised, a few jaws even dropping, a few eyebrows arching and some just smiling as a whispered chorus of “whoa”, “fuck me” and even one or two “how does a guy get *that* number?’ are interspersed among “who the fuck is that”}
The Universe:
{Genja, however, remains expressionless as he watches the pair enter and move to stand before him after Jace, Sebastian, Jenna and Heather have moved back to their places among the other vampires}
The Universe:
{Lucien whispers to Ciara} Well. *She* cleaned up nicely.
The Universe:
{even Edward is momentarily surprised}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix keeps her eyes forward, Amber eyes locking on Steely grey}
The Cosmos:
{Ciara softly} Yes she did.
The Universe:
{Alexei bows slightly before Genja} Your highness, may I present Phoenix DeSaetan.
The Universe:
{Genja nods to Alexei without taking his eyes off her} Thank you, Alexei.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix dips into a very low and graceful curtsy, which she holds}
The Universe:
{Genja takes a long drag of his cigarette, exhales} You may rise.
The Universe:
{Genja glances at Ava and rolls his eyes at the ridiculous formality of his response}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix rises and quietly} Thank you Your Majesty.
The Universe:
{Genja looks back at her} I am already aware of who you are and how you came to be here. The court, however, is not. So if you would be so kind as to introduce yourself to them.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix turns to face the group, in a clear but soft spoken voice} I am Phoenix De Saetan. I was a member of the previous family.
The Universe:
{murmurs break out among the crowd}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix continues in the same voice} As a punishment I was staked the night I was turned and placed in a crypt, where I remained for just under fifty years.
The Universe:
{Dominic whispers to Kat} Remind me to torment some souls.
The Universe:
{Damien watches the new girl} What’d you do?
The Cosmos:
{Kat nods and whispers} Oh.. I will.
The Universe:
{Dominic looks at her, whispers} The spies that failed to report this to me.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Damien} I ate three children immediately after being turned and three of the men that tried to stop me}
The Cosmos:
{Gasps echo through the room From the women, Sang blinks}
The Universe:
{Damien arches a brow, Glen smirks} Too bad we don’t have any kids. You could eat them, too.
The Universe:
{Dominic nods in agreement with Glen} Seriously.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix swings her gaze to Glen, shoots him a look and a mental spear}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix shakes her head} Those children were part of my family.

The Universe:
{Glen stumbles back, clutching his head and swearing in Italian}
The Universe:
{Edward steps toward Phoenix, alarmed} Are you stupid?
The Cosmos:
{Hannah grabs Glen} Are you all right?
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Edward, blinks} I didn’t.. mean to.
The Universe:
{Dominic arches a brow at Glen’s reaction, looks at Phoenix} He wasn’t talking about *those* long dead and longer relevant children and if you did that and do it to me or anyone else, I will rip your fucking soul right out of your body where you stand.
The Universe:
{Genja stands and walks to the edge of the dais, the alien next to him rising to his feet and swinging his head in the direction of Genja’s attention}
The Universe:
{Edward arches a brow} You didn’t *mean* to?
The Universe:
{Alexei puts a hand on Phoenix’s arm, looks at Genja} She has not learned her powers, Sire. She was staked immediately upon her change as she has said.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at his humans, Ryan looks at Sorrow, obviously concerned}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Edward, then at Genja, quietly} I didn’t shoot it on purpose, sire. I didn’t even know I *could* do that.
The Universe:
{Genja crosses his arms over his chest} Intentional or not, such an act could be considered an act of war or, at the very least, a declaration of hostilities.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Ciara as he takes Taryn’s hand}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix quietly} I’m not hostile. I’m a little more emotional right now…
The Cosmos:
{Ciara looks at Edward}
The Cosmos:
{Taryn moves closer to Edward}
The Universe:
{Edward shakes his head, whispers to Taryn} *That* was an accident. I wonder if Ciara still thinks she’s equipped.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn whispers} Probably.
The Cosmos:
{Ciara moves closer to Lucien}
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Of course, you are. You’re a woman who’s been through an unimaginably horrific ordeal. {looks at her} And I am a man with a kingdom to protect from hormonal outbursts. Glen will stand down because you are, in fact, a childe and the fact is that if we didn’t tend towards curiosity more than is good for us, any number of nasty things would’ve happened to you in the ten seconds we’ve been discussing this. On the one hand, I’m inclined to tel you what those things are. On the other.. there’s no better teacher than experience.
The Universe:
{Lucien takes Ciara’s hand}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix nods} Yes your highness. {looks over at Glen, quietly, bows her head} I apologize for hurting you, Your Imminence.
The Universe:
{and suddenly, the lights in the room dim as the shadows thicken and move away from their center around Glen and Sorrow, moving instead over the walls and along the ceiling, the shadows ahead of the wave taking on the shapes of twisted humanoid forms that appear to be crawling over the walls, the edges of the room are plunged into darkness with only the light from the chandelier in the center casting a limited glow, illuminating the faces of the vampires standing around the perimeter garishly as one looks with a flashlight held under their chins}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Alexei, whispers} My Grandfather? He’s *here*? {starts to tremble violently}
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Phoenix, looks over at Sorrow, arches a brow}
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Glen, whispers} Nice.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Sorrow, arches a brow} That’s.. not me.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Glen, then at Kendra} You don’t think?
The Universe:
{Sorrow arches a brow back, he and Glen turn their heads slowly in Ryan’s direction who’s standing there looking somewhat irritated}
The Cosmos:
{Devon takes Ryan’s hand, as does Renee who’s standing on the between Ryan and Sorrow}
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Ryan with a hint of disbelief, to Hannah} Fuck me. The kid’s got talent.
The Universe:
{Sorrow, quietly} Breathe, Ryan.
The Universe:
{Ryan takes a breath and the shadows expand slightly before contracting again}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Yeah he does.
The Universe:
{Glen looks over at Nix, whispers to Hannah} And look at her. She’s terrified.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix closes her eyes and wrapping herself in a psychic sheild that’s visible to the others only as a faint glow around her}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods, softly} She is.. and fear could make her react badly, Glen.
The Universe:
{Sorrow smiles proudly, whispers to Ren} Even Morose couldn’t do that.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah, whispers} It’s also a chink in her armor, baby. What’d she say? Somethin’ about grandpa?
The Cosmos:
{Renee smiles, whispers} I’m very impressed. {squeezes Ryan’s hand}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah softly} “My Grandfather? He’s *here*?” So grandpere had shadows and she’s terrified.. but what’s the glow?
The Universe:
{Ryan breathes again, squeezing Devon and Ren’s hand, the shadows receding as his breathing normalizes, looks over at Phoenix} I didn’t know I could that, either. How about we *don’t* accidentally learn what else we’re capable of?
The Universe:
{Glen whispers} Somethin’ psychic like what she did to me. {nods toward Edward} That’s *his* area. And Damien’s. Maybe even Dom’s.
The Universe:
{Sorrow whispers to Ren} I wonder if I had a kid I didn’t know about.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks over at Ryan and nods, leaving the shield in place, looks at Alexei}
The Cosmos:
{Renee smiles} He’s about the right age.
The Cosmos:
{Ciara whispers to Lucien} I can’t see her aura.. she’s blocked me.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Nix, looks over at Genja, quietly} It is obvious she needs guidance and training, Sire.
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at Ciara, whispers} You may be out of your league here.
The Cosmos:
{Ciara softly} I think so.
The Universe:
{Genja arches a brow} Oh, she needs something all right. And if she isn’t careful, she’s going to end up with a shadowy spike through her face or her soul bound into a fetish in Dominic’s trophy case. Or.. she could find herself at the center of one of Seth’s infernos. If they don’t all happen to her at the same time. And they very well could.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Genja, still shaking} Your Majesty.. Please forgive me.

 
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Alexei} We don’t have time to babysit and coddle and half the vampires here can barely handle their *food*, let alone a childe who isn’t in control of her psychic tantrums. I’m also not certain we have the bodies to sustain her “dietary needs”. However…
The Universe:
{Alexei moves closer to Nix, whispers} Here it comes.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix turns her amber eyes to the king as she waits}
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Phoenix} I am charging Alexei with your care and feeding. If something random and unpredictable happens to him, you will answer directly to me. In addition, I am giving Alexei leave to care for you as he sees fit and to enlist the help of anyone he feels the need to.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix quietly} Thank you, My Lord. {raises her eyes} It will be an honor to serve in your realm.
The Universe:
{Dominic, drolly} Oh, look. He’s giving Alexei a pet.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Dominic, arches a brow, to Genja} You’re putting a ghoul in charge of her?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Edward} No. I’m putting *Alexei* in charge of her. She is *so* new that even a ghoul is more experienced than she is.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix moves closer to Alexei, Siobhan watches Alexei and Phoenix}
The Universe:
{Genja eyes Edward thoughtfully} However… since you seem concerned… you can always oversee her training.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn looks at Edward}
The Cosmos:
{Ciara looks at Lucien}
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Taryn, sighs, mouths “Of course”}
The Cosmos:
{Sang whispers to Damien} Do you think she’s dangerous?
The Universe:
{Damien whispers} I think she’s full of shit.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn nods}
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien softly} What do you mean?
The Universe:
{Damien crosses his arms, eye-ing Nix and trying to read her aura too, whispers to Sang} I mean I don’t believe she didn’t know she could do that *or* that it was an accident.
The Cosmos:
{Sang quietly} Can you find out?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head, whispers} Not right now. But… {looks over at Genja} Actually, *Sire*, I think Edward and I both will be more than happy to help Alexei with her and oversee her training.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at Alexei, then at Damien and finally at Edward}
The Universe:
{Genja smiles} I think that is a very good idea.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Damien when he speaks, squeezes Taryn’s hand, looks at Genja, nods} Of course, we will. I apologize for being less enthusiastic. I’m still reeling a bit from the unexpected attack on Glen’s brain. {smiles at Glen} In that I can’t believe she was even able to locate it.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Edward, smirks} Laugh it up, emo boy.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix softly} I wasn’t attacking.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix quietly} At least.. I wasn’t trying to attack. {looks at Alexei} That’s *not* how I do it.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Phoenix, whispers} Quiet, Bella. Head up, back straight, and they will believe you more easily if you simply say.. “There is more where that came from for anyone else who wishes to make light of what I did.” Otherwise, the king will judge against you simply for what he considers whining.
The Universe:
{Alexei whispers} They will not respect you if you “accidentally” smack them in the head.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix pulls herself up again, whispers fiercely to Alexei} I do *not* whine. {looks at Edward and Damien, then at Genja}
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, whispers} They will not believe that until you stop.
The Universe:
{Genja watches Phoenix} I assume Alexei has given you a room.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix nods} Yes your highness.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Good. We will be watching you carefully. Not only because of your.. inability to control yourself, but because we don’t know you and because you are a childe and obviously unpredictable. {looks at the others} I’m opening the floor now and this will be the final time tonight, so….
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix quietly} I would like to know to whom I answer.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} Everyone with the exception of the humans because as things stand right now, you do not even have the status afforded to the household ghouls. While I’m aware of your history, I am also aware that your old house is dead and your titles and positions whatever they may been mean nothing to us. You will earn *every* bit of respect and status. As it should be.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix nods} Yes sir. As it should be sir.
The Universe:
{Genja nods}
The Universe:
{Genja walks back over to the throne and sits back down, looks at Ava}
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks at Genja}
The Universe:
{Genja looks back over the incredibly silent room}
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at the others} Well, I think the humans have gawked enough and unless there’s other business concerning them, they can be dismissed.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki looks up at Lucien} I have a question?
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at Nikki} What is it, dear?
The Cosmos:
{Nikki arches her brow at being called dear} Do you have any rules for those of us in your herd yet not in your favor?
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles} Yes. Don’t go getting yourselves killed and try not to embarrass me too badly.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Nikki} Lucien can’t actually *be* embarrassed, so.. your options are much broader than it sounds.
The Universe:
{Lucien whispers to Ciara} Which one is that, anyway?
The Cosmos:
{Nikki nods} Thank you. {Nikki smiles at Damien} Thank you..{grins} So he won’t if I break a few piano benches of my own?
The Cosmos:
{Ciara softly} Nikki.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles genuinely} The more of an uproar about it, the more he’ll appreciate it. He’ll probably even bring in some extras just for the occasion.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki laughs} Cool. {glances at Izzy}
The Universe:
{Lucien looks at Nikki} If you get in trouble, you need to come to me right away so that I can take care of it.
The Universe:
{Dominic smirks} Is that what we’re calling it?
The Cosmos:
{Nikki nods} I don’t plan on getting in trouble, Lucien. But thank you.
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles} Phoenix didn’t plan on doing whatever she did to Glen’s brain, but you see how that worked out for her.
The Cosmos:
{Nikki looks up at Lucien} I don’t have those super powers and unless you’re planning on making me human 2.0 I’m pretty safe from it.
The Universe:
{Lucien smiles broadly because he *knows* he’s going to get in trouble for this} You’re a woman. Pussy and PMS are the only super powers you need.
The Cosmos:
{Ciara blinks} Lucien!
The Cosmos:
{Heather cracks up} Yes!
The Universe:
{Edward blinks, Glen, Dominic and Damien burst out laughing, Viktor smiles and shakes his head, Genja smiles, Seth walks out of the throne room and cracks up, Jace doesn’t even bother leaving the room when *he* cracks up, Cameron grins at Hayden} At least I never said *that* to you.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles} Lucky thing.
The Universe:
{Sorrow smiles and shakes his head} I can’t believe it was *Lucien* that said it and not Glen or Genja.
The Cosmos:
{Jenna looks at Lucien} I cannot *believe* *you* said that.
The Universe:
{Lucien laughs} And I fully expect to wake up with a pointy stick in my chest.
The Cosmos:
{Ciara shakes her head}
The Universe:
{Genja smiles} All right. The humans are hereby dismissed before Lucien does something to get us *all* staked.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles at Genja} Would you like Eden and I to leave too?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Ava, smiles} The two of you are free to stay or go as you please.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} All right. {Eden looks at Genja, softly} Where do you want me to go?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Eden} Wherever you like. I will find you if I need you.
The Cosmos:
{Eden blinks, quietly} Yes sir. {looks down and heads for the door}
The Universe:
{Alexei watches Eden, looks at Genja} And what of me, Sire? If I need to speak with you, am I to see Ava as well?
The Cosmos:
{Eden slips out, of the throne room and heads to other parts of the castle}



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