November 3

I Might Like You Better, Baby

The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Alexei, smiles} Was it as bad as I think it was?
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her as they start for the door} It really was as boring and I will not lie. What happened with Glen was damaging.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix shakes her head, softly} I don’t know what happened there.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} How do I fix it?
The Universe:
{Alexei shakes his head} You will have to show them you are not a threat. {looks at her} And you must listen to Damien and Edward. Because if it *was* an accident, in a way that makes you even more dangerous than if it wasn’t.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} I will. {looks down} Do you believe me?
The Universe:
{Alexei gives her a long look, nods} I do.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} Thank you…That means a lot. {looks at him} Some things I have control over. Like I can move into people’s minds, most of the time they don’t know I’m there.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} Like Edward, with their dreams.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} I think so. I can do it while they’re awake though.. and it’s like I can see what they’re seeing.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} Have you done it to any of us?
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him for a moment} Not so much like that. When I first woke up there was someone in the crypts and I was trying to get their attention so I just brushed against them.. and fell in. I was pushed out pretty fast before I saw anything though.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Rarely does anyone go down there since the humans were released. Though, Roland did say Aaron had moved back down there so perhaps it was him. Though, I would think if you’d entered the mind of.. someone such as him.. it would be a more notable experience.
The Cosmos:
{Nix shakes her head} This was someone quiet and peaceful.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} I felt like I was being gently escorted away.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} Could you determine gender?
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} I’m pretty sure it was a man.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Then it sounds as though it may have been Edward. He is the most gentle as far as the vampires go.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} He is also one of the few that would be able to deny you access.
The Cosmos:
{Nix tightens her hold on his arm} It would make sense. I didn’t force my way in or anything..
The Universe:
{Alexei furrows his brow, quietly} What’s wrong, Bella?
The Cosmos:
{Nix shakes her head} I’ve just broken so many of our…rules since waking.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} And we will rectify your missteps. It is to be expected, after all.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} When you questioned Damien about the notebooks, in his response and what followed, did you see what I told you about the kind of man he is?

The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} It was forbidden to wander into vampire’s minds Grandfather was the only one allowed into everyone’s mind and no one was allowed to shield him. {nods} I did.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at Alexei} My sub came screaming to the front with him.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} As it tends to do with most women. Even those who consider themselves dominant. But I meant how, once he had established his authority and you responded, he gave you answers which you were seeking. Because he is that kind of man. He wishes no one ill, and when he is offended, it is very easy to make things right with him. And he is forgiving. He does not just speak the words. He means them as well. I cannot even say such a thing about Edward.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles again} I can, however, say such a thing about Genja.
The Cosmos:
{Nix watches him} The fair and just sire…I have to agree with you on that point.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} But Genja has much less tolerance than Damien. So while he is fair and just, he is not.. a nice man.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} But he won’t set you in the sun for an honest mistake.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} He will not. And if it cannot be proven to be intentional… if there is a reasonable alternative, he will usually take it. But usually such alternatives require *someone* to take responsibility.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} Like you did?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} Like I had planned to had he given me the chance. But it is the same outcome, so it does not matter if I volunteered or if he commanded.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks over at him} And Damien and Edward want to keep an eye on me.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Of course. Because you attacked Glen. {looks at her} And Glen will not forget and forgive easily.
The Universe:
{Alexei shakes his head} But Edward has the.. additional.. issue where he witnessed Ciara bent over you ready to open a vein against her will and unable to fight it.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} Had you not attacked Glen, the others might not have come to be suspicious. But since you did.. some that would not, have.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} And I’m willing to work for it. {closes her eyes} She was only supposed to cut her palm.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} I didn’t attack.
The Universe:
{Alexei shakes his head} It does not matter, Bella. And you did attack whether it was intentional or not, it was still an attack. You must take responsibility for it. Whether it was an accident, does not matter. And personal responsibility is Damien’s highest ideal.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} How do I do that?
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her} And you cannot classify it as a defense when it was only words. You start by saying what you did was wrong, even if it was not intentional. But you must understand why it was wrong. Do not try to justify it. Because the right people, when you say “I’m sorry I hurt Glen. I did not intend to. I behaved impulsively and without full knowledge of my abilities.” The right people will then begin justifying it *for* you. It will be they who say “Do not worry about it. Your situation.. blah, blah, blah.”
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} All right I can do that… {Smiles} I’m really glad you’re on my side.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, quietly} I believe we understand each other, Bella, in a way that others cannot.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods, still smiling} I think you are right. {softly} And I think this is just the beginning of something long and…meaningful.
The Universe:
{Alexe nods, smiling again, quietly} I believe it has much potential, yes.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her, quietly} You will be alright, Bella. I will make sure of it.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles at him} I trust you.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} And you must have *someone* you can trust, yes? I cannot imagine what you would be going through right now if you did not.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} If I didn’t I’d probably want to be staked and put back.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks ahead as they walk, quietly} You will find they take the ghouls for granted. Even me. I am not complaining, however. I prefer it that way. {looks at her} Do not say such things. From what you have said and what I have experienced I other courts and domains, the way it is here is nowhere near as bad as it is in those places. And you will see that soon for yourself. Very soon, they will be so busy cannibalizing each other, they will all but forget about you.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks ahead, softly} And you will have me all to yourself?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, shakes his head} That is not how I meant it, but.. I would not complain if such was the case. {looks at her} I do not expect it to be, though.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} Why is that?
The Universe:
{Alexei shrugs} Because I have many responsibilities and the vampires have very few.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} And you take those responsibilities very seriously?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} I do. But I am sure that for a while, most of my time will be spent with you and I will be delegating quite a bit of them to the others. I will not give them the morning routine with the vampires, however. I would let Emily do that as she sometimes does it with me and the vampires are used to her and seem to enjoy her company. {looks at her} I imagine, however, that after some time, you will not need me as much. You learn quickly and you already know much.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} And what if I *want* you.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, quietly} Then you shall have me.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks up at him, softly} And what about you Alexei. What do *you* want?
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her, quietly} Is it not obvious, Bella? I want you. I would prefer that you wanted me and not so much that you needed me. you will always need me or one like me on some level. But “want” is a choice, where “need” is not.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} You already have me.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, nods} I am not often affected by women as I was you. Even Eden could see that this was an unusual situation.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him, quietly her eyes on his} I’ve had needs and wants before most of them not met adequately. But I’ve never had such a visceral response before.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her, quietly} Perhaps I can meet your needs and do so adequately. We will have to talk about them. But not here. Edward can hear much and he can hear from great distances. When he is sleeping, he can hear what is being said the dining room unless one whispers. He can stand at one end of the throne room with a throng of people between him and the other end where a pin, were it dropped, would be audible to him.
The Cosmos:
{Nix blinks} Wow… so where is a safe place to talk?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles} We will talk in the garden. We will be outside. He will be in his tower with Damien and the girls. He will not be listening so much as he will be focused on them.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} The walls really do have ears.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} They do. Quite literally. But in the garden, there are no walls. {smiles again} Only sometimes gardeners. But only when the sun is up.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} A safe place. I always felt safe in the garden.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, nods} I have always enjoyed the gardens very much myself.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him, quietly} Why is that for you?
The Universe:
{Alexei shrugs} Partly because I am a romantic. Partly because they are quiet and peaceful.

The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} All that and romance too. {shakes her head} Are you real?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles and nods} I am Italian.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix smiles} And that explains *everything*.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles broadly} It usually seems to, yes.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at him, smiles coquettishly} I don’t know it’s been a while.. I might have forgotten everything I ever knew.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at her, smiles} I am a very patient man and I will be more than happy to help you regain your memories.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him, grins} Oh I bet you would, baby.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles broadly} Am I so transparent?
The Cosmos:
{Nix laughs} Oh totally.
The Universe:
{Alexei laughs when she does} Then I will have to try harder.
The Cosmos:
{Nix smiles} Why?
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, teasingly} Because if I am so transparent, then you will have *all* the power.
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks up at him, smiling playfully} Oh.. we can’t have that.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods, still smiling} It would be unthinkable. A vampire with the power in a relationship with a ghoul? Who has ever heard of such a thing?
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix laughs} I have a feeling the vampires in this castle don’t have half the power you do.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, whispers} Do not let *them* hear you say that.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix shakes her head, bringing a hand to her heart} Never…bad things would happen.
The Universe:
{Alexei stops at the exterior door, opens it for her, quietly} Some vampires abhor revenants because they cannot control us with the promise of their blood.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix walks through the door} Thank you…{waits for him} Any of those vampires *here*?

The Universe:
{Alexei follows her out} No. They are not as… {thinks} The vampires here tend to judge on a case by case basis.

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Posted November 3, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Vampires