October 25

The Air Around Me Still Feels Like a Cage

The Universe:
{Genja shakes his head} That wouldn’t make much sense, would it?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} I suppose not. In that case, Gabriel and I have something we need to discuss with you privately when you have the time.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} When we’re done here, we’ll go to the office.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods again} Thank you, Sire.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Ava} I’m half tempted to declare an orgy. {looks at the alien crouched next to him}
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} Eden will be sorry she missed it.
The Universe:
{Genja nods, looks back at Ava} It would seem she needs my attention more than I need an orgy. {stands and looks at the others} Five seconds is all you have before I leave and declare tonight’s session over.
The Cosmos:
{Ava quietly} I know what her deal is.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at Ava} Yes. She pissed me off and she knows it.
The Cosmos:
{The girls watch Genja}
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Which I’m thinking she did on purpose.
The Universe:
{Genja arches a brow} Why would she do it on purpose? Particularly when last night went so well.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shrugs} Because even negative attention is better than none at all. She’s trying to keep your eyes on her.
The Universe:
{Genja walks over to Ava, whispers so only she can hear him} Is she really so desperate for my attention that she needs it even in the middle of court, which, by the way, I’m relatively certain she knows isn’t my favorite event to begin with?
The Cosmos:
{Ava whispers} I don’t know.. {shakes her head} It’s also possible she sensed your frustration with them and decided to give you…an outlet.
The Universe:
{Genja shakes his head} Well, I need to know if that’s what she was trying to do because if it is, I have no intention of taking out my frustration with court on her.

The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Those are the only two reasons I can come up with why she’d do that, Genja.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Well I guess I’m going to go find out.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} As you wish. I’ll use the time to find a suitable office space and set it up.
The Universe:
{Genja nods, sighs, looks at her, quietly} Or perhaps she wanted to make sure I didn’t spend tonight with you.
The Universe:
{the human boys filter out slowly except the band who look for a reason to linger and see what they can hear about Eden}
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} It’s all right. I understand that she needs more of your attention right now.
The Cosmos:
{The girls slip out}
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} Perhaps. But I’m really not in the mood for childish antics and drama. I’m not going to reward or encourage bad behavior by giving her the negative attention. I’m not going to spend the night fighting with her or angry with her or anything that goes with it. What I’m going to do is ignore it. And when I talk to her, I will be telling her that if she wants my attention, she has only to request it like.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} There’s also every chance she won’t come home until she is summoned back.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Well, this should prove interesting then.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} Because you aren’t going to summon her?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} Exactly. She isn’t a child anymore, Ava. It’s time she stopped acting like one.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} I understand that.. I should let you know that she and Aaron got into it this morning at Breakfast. And then she and Ethan did too this afternoon.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Neither of which, I’m sure, did anything to help her mood.
The Cosmos:
{Ava quietly} She told the band about her…past.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} I’m assuming it was something particularly traumatic.

The Cosmos:
{Ava shrugs} She didn’t tell me.. Only that Ethan said he saw her as a little sister and she launched into it.. You’d have to ask someone that was there.

The Universe:
{Genja looks over at the band} How about I just ask Ethan.
The Universe:
{Ethan blinks, whispers to Loch} Shit.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks at Ethan, tightens her hand on his}
The Universe:
{David whispers} This is what we get for stickin’ around.
The Universe:
{Genja motions Ethan to the dais} Come here.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, whispers} Seriously? A guy can’t even get into an *argument* with one of his women?
The Cosmos:
{Izzy softly} He may just want to know what happened. He doesn’t seem angry.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods, whispers} Do we actually know what angry looks like on him, or, I don’t know, if he even has more than one emotion? {heads over to Genja before he finds out the answer to that question}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy watches him}
The Universe:
{Loch walks over with him, David rolls his eyes and shakes his head, heads over with Akhiro and Tristan who stand behind Loch and Ethan}
The Universe:
{Genja watches them walk over, whispers to Ava} I see they come in a package.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles, quietly} They’re protective of each other and her.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy and the “band wives” lean against the wall}
The Universe:
{Genja arches a brow, quietly} *And* her? {nods} I see. {descends the steps of the dais to the second last step, looks at Ethan} Tell me about the “thing” you got into with Eden wherein you felt it necessary to tell her you thought of her as a sister.
The Universe:
{Ethan arches a brow} Oh.. no. No, no. We’re not going to make it sound sordid or something because it totally was *not* how *that* makes it sound. I only said that because she was talking about… {blinks realizing what they were talking about, glances around the room, sighs} Shit.
The Universe:
{Loch puts his arm around Ethan’s shoulders and his free hand on his hip} It’s like this… we were talkin’ about guys goin’ down on girls and kissin’ ’em after and how some girls just don’t think about it.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy blinks and shakes her head} Oh *that* can’t help.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} But its’ the truth.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Loch for a second, looks at Genja} And *she* said something about not thinking about it and *I* immediately went “oh,god, she’s talking about the king” and flailed under the weight of.. yeah, I just really didn’t want mental images of.. yanno.. *you*… doing.. *that*.
The Universe:
{David looks at Ethan and Loch like even *he* wouldn’t turn this into *this* much of a clusterfuck}
The Universe:
{Genja doesn’t say anything for a second, looks at Ava} They are a freight train.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} And *none* of us wanted mental images of one of your women.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy walks over} Basically we were *all* sitting around talking about it and Eden said something and Ethan fired back that he didn’t see her that way. Eden got offended and He said that he saw her more as a sister.
The Universe:
{Ethan breathes} And especially that. {nods to Izzy, looks at Genja} Which was really the only thing I could think of that wouldn’t be weird.
The Universe:
{David smirks} Until she went and *totally* made it weird.
The Universe:
{David looks at Ethan} And I mean like freak show weird.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Yeah, totally. Because apparently, I’m not sure it’s cool to tell *other* people this but.. her brother who is the *exact* same age I am had.. some not very brotherly intentions.
The Universe:
{Akhiro nods, looks at Genja} And the clusterfuck ensued. {Loch interrupts} During the course of which, I threatened to chain her to the piano to keep her from runnin’ off on us because she said she was just filler and we didn’t need her around anymore.
The Cosmos:
{Ava blinks}
The Universe:
{Genja listens, nods} I see. {looks at Ava} They’re nothing if not brutally honest.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Seriously.
The Universe:
{Genja looks back at them} And what was her response to being chained to a piano?
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} She was all about how her king would have my ass.
The Universe:
{Genja smirks} That would depend largely upon what she was wearing or not wearing at the time and where *you* were in proximity to her.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles easily} I’ve got *one* woman and that’s more than I can handle. I am *not* lookin’ to add one of yours to my collection.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles}
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Make sure that applies to all of you. And go away before I decide I’m not entirely convinced you’re such boy scouts.
The Universe:
{the boys nod, Ethan heads straight over to Izzy, grabs her hand and makes for the exit with the rest of the band not far behind}
The Cosmos:
{The girls go with the boys}
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles at Genja} I think you scared them.
The Universe:
{Genja watches them go, to Ava} Good. {looks at her} She can keep them.
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks at him} The band? I don’t think she was planning on giving them up.
The Universe:
{Genja smiles} If I’d found them chaining her to their piano, she wouldn’t have a choice.
The Cosmos:
{Ava blinks} You’d’ve given her to them?
The Universe:
{Genja arches a brow} Hell, no. I’d find something creative to do with their entrails.
The Universe:
{Genja smirks} Dry their intestines and string her violin and the piano with them.
The Cosmos:
{Ava blinks} Wow.. okay. {quietly} Guess you want to keep her. But you’re letting them live because they *didn’t* chain her and they were honest?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} I’m letting them live because they didn’t do anything wrong and because they obviously care very much about her.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} They do. Very much. She said Akhiro got all pissy when she said that about being filler.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} It’s obvious. But it also begs the question.. regardless of the issue of her brother’s… issues… why would a good friend saying that be upsetting to a girl? *Especially* a girl who’s brother was a complete shit?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} You’d think she’d like hearing that someone that cared about her and she obviously cares about who *isn’t* like her brother thought of her as a little sister. In a healthy manner, you know?
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Unless she wasn’t sure… what a healthy brother sister relationship was. I mean, unless him saying that to her gave her the impression he wanted on her.
The Universe:
{Genja shakes his head} She’s smarter than that. Or at least, I believe she is. And if that *is* what she thought as opposed to “yay! The brother I always wanted and didn’t have” after years of watching healthy sibling relationships in the media and among her friends… well.. then him saying it totally backfired.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shakes her head} I don’t know, Genja. You’ll have to as her.
The Universe:
{Genja frowns} Wait.. no. That doesn’t make sense either. She gets freaked out thinking he means he wants on her because he thinks of her as a sister when he’s telling her “don’t talk about sex with the king because I think of you as a sister”? {looks at her} Regardless, she’s not stupid.
The Universe:
{Genja lights another cigarette} The first thing I’m going to ask her is just how much of an attention whore is she.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Right. She’s not stupid. But she does get emo.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Apparently.
The Cosmos:
{Ava walks over to him} What are you going to do?
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} I’m not going to join her on the emotional rollercoaster.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Which makes perfect sense..
The Universe:
{Genja watches her for a second, quietly} So tell me what *you* think I should do.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shakes her head} I don’t even know. I know how I would have been handled. But I’m not sure that will work here. This is a somewhat delicate situation I’m thinking. Too much and she ends up hating you not enough and she’ll think you don’t want her.
The Cosmos:
{Ava softly} Which seems to be the theme of her day.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} People not wanting her?
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Thinking that.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Which is exactly what doesn’t make any sense.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shakes her head} Unless it’s all tied in together and there’s a trigger.
The Universe:
{Genja shakes his head} The only thing even remotely resembling “I don’t want you” that *anyone* has said to her today is what Ethan said. Everyone else has been screaming how badly they do. {looks at her} So. Either this whole thing is about Ethan or she’s doing it for attention.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} Unless the specific *day* means something to her.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shrugs} OR she’s having a bad day *or* she’s PMSing. In which case watch out because you heard what Lucien said.
The Universe:
{Genja takes a long drag of his cigarette, nods} So why don’t you go find out which it is and then let me know if it’s even worth my time. {looks at her} Because if it’s the *day*, then I will talk to her tomorrow when the day is over and maybe she can be less.. emotional. And if she’s being an attention whore, I can reward her by not rewarding her and refusing to respond to the attention seeking behavior. And if it’s PMS, we can give her a fucking bottle of Midol and if she’s just having a bad day, she can go to the kitchen and drown herself in a cup of hot chocolate.
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks at him, nods} I’ll try to find her.
The Universe:
{Genja nods} Thank you.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} As you wish. { Heads out of the room}
The Universe:
{Genja watches her go, shakes his head, looks at the others} Court is over. {heads out of the room and towards his with the alien thing following}

 



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