November 10

Politics

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Damien nods in agreement with Sang’s statement about Taryn, Gabriel smirks} Shit. I thought *I* was gonna cry.
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods} Seriously.. she was all quivering bottom lip and everything.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Sang} You guys are *too* sensitive.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} Seriously. *Everyone* around here just about has a sob story.
The Cosmos:
{Sang shrugs} I don’t. {smiles at Glen} Do you?


The Universe:
{Damien looks at Glen} Dude… my sob story.. I was born the bastard son to a rich asshole by a crack whore and he took me away from her and when he found out I existed. I thought it was pretty shitty when I was growing up but *now*, I realize how lucky I was, asshole or not.
The Universe:
{Glen nods to Damien, looks at Sang} I said just about. My childhood was actually pretty decent til I got turned and ate my family. *All* of them.
The Universe:
{Gabe smiles} Shit. Worst thing I can complain about is I was practically out of high school before I got laid.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles at Gabe} Babe.. *I* almost made it out.
The Universe:
{Gabe smiles at Chloe} Only because we weren’t in school together.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles} Yes.. If only I’d been raised where you were.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} At the same time.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Glen} So how’s a guy with such a decent childhood get so jaded and cynical?
The Universe:
{Glen shrugs} Human women.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles} Seriously.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles} So, what? You turned Hannah so you didn’t have to break your stringently anti-human code?
The Universe:
{Glen nods, smiles at Hannah} Totally.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Glen, smiles} Which is why I’m not human anymore.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} Exactly.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} Yes. Because that nullifies *everything*.
The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} I don’t even know.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles} Hannah gets it so you don’t need to.
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Glen} We aren’t all the same Glen.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Yes I do.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Sang} And yet.. you all say the exact same shit.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at the others} So…I figure tomorrow, I’ll grab my recorder while Phoenix is dead and stick a bug in her room instead if you guys want to keep monitoring her.
The Universe:
{Gabe shrugs} I do, however, draw the line at bugging Alexei’s room.
The Universe:
{Glen nods to Gabe} Go for it. The more we know and all that.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} Seriously. Especially where *she’s* concerned.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} I’m on it. Want a video feed in there, too?
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien, questioningly}
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} What is it, baby?
The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} I’m just wondering if video feed is necessary..
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Sang} I was thinking just in the main room at most. Not like.. in her bedroom or anything.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles} Yeah, because she won’t fuck in the main room or anything and we’ve totally seen enough of that.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Glen} Uh… after “ribbed for his pleasure” I think I’m pretty much done with all things sexual where she’s concerned.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah shakes her head} I never took you for squeamish… any of you.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Hannah} You consider not being interested in fucking a woman who’s been mutilated on the inside by a sadistic pedophile “squeamish”? Because.. I kind of consider it…healthy.
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods in agreement with Damien} Totally.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} And.. I don’t know.. “compassionate” springs to mind.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Damien} Please you wouldn’t even know if she didn’t tell *him*. And if you start treating her differently because you know she’s going to know something’s up and probably think *Alexei* told you guys.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} Alexei’s not fucking her because he doesn’t care. Alexei’s fucking her because he accepts her as she is and he’s not about to let her think otherwise. {looks at Hannah} She’s not gonna know shit about if we’re treating her differently or not because we haven’t really had the chance to treat her like anything at all yet. And the only way *I’m* gonna be treating her is as if ‘am not interested in fucking her which is not actually a change.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} I’m saying if you start looking at her with pity in your eyes…{Shakes her head and looks at Glen}
The Universe:
{Glen nods to Hannah, Damien shakes his head} I’ve never “pitied” anyone. If *she* starts walking around crying to us all about it, I’m going to tell her what I’d tell anyone throwing themselves a pity party and that’s.. get over it and focus on *now*.
The Universe:
{Gabe smiles, shakes his head, looks at Chloe, whispers} Make sure I don’t look at her like that.

The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Damien} All right..
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods to Gabe} I’ll do my best.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} No one’s gonna start lookin’ at her like anything because one, we are not gonna out ourselves *or* throw Alexei under a bus he wasn’t even on and two, because I give a shit what happened to her *before*. I care about what *she’s* about *now*.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at them} No one else needs to know about this and *we* have kinda fuckin’ vital information now. She’s a major MPD candidate. The only other person that should probably hear about that is the king.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} Which you have to go through Ava to get to.. or Alexei.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles at Hannah} The vampires go through Ava. The humans and ghouls go through Alexei.
The Universe:
{Glen shrugs} And for this, obviously, Ava’s the better choice. On the upside, tellin’ her I need to see the king does not require me to disclose what exactly I have to say to him just possibly what it’s about. Only enough for her to determine if it’s an emergency and if I see her tonight, I can tell her it can wait til tomorrow night and leave it at that.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods and smiles} Yes you can. Can it wait until tomorrow night..given her..proclivity to procure food while she’s incapacitated. {frowns} So if she was able to do that.. why’d she wait until *now*?
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah} And then there’s that.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Hannah} We don’t know she wasn’t trying. Perfecting the technique through trial and error. Or just waiting for someone vulnerable and open enough.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods to Damien} How would she know beyond no one coming?
The Universe:
{Gabe frowns} Or weak enough?
The Universe:
{Damien nods to Gabe, looks at Hannah} Well, she’s obviously aware enough of being in someone’s head.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} She said something about getting into someone’s who was male and “gently escorted her out”. Alexei thought she meant Edward.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Gabe, arches a brow} Wow. If that happened, his defenses are pretty damn good for him to not even realize it. I mean.. he definitely would’ve told me if no one else if that happened and he *was* aware of it.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe quietly} She said she’d “touched” a lot of us.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Chloe} That’s nice. Does that count as “bad touching” or “inappropriate touching”? You’d think the victim of a pedophile vampire wouldn’t be so eager to reach out and stroke someone. More importantly, though, I’m more interested in what that actually means. As in.. how much does *she* actually know about *us* that we’re not even aware of?
The Universe:
{Gabe blinks, bursts out laughing} You are *the* most irreverent jackass ever. Is *nothing* sacred to you?
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Gabe} I’m a priest turned vampire. Sacred went out the window a long time ago.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe} I got the feeling that it was more of a bump. She said she fell into someone.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah laughs} So she’s meandering along the psychic highway and tripped?
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe, smiles} She does have the weirdest way of describing shit.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah, smiles} Is that like accidentally fucking someone? I tripped and fell on his cock?
The Universe:
{Gabe laughs} Wait.. so.. she was meandering along the psychic highway, tripped and fell into someone while reaching out and inappropriately stroking each of us? Is there nothing you can’t make sound like the plot of a bad sci fi porn movie?
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} She does.. webs and falling and shit like that.. it makes me wonder if she really isn’t *that* inexperienced with it.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Chloe] Yeah, we keep hearing that.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smirks at Chloe} Are you *really* that naïve? Really?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} I’d rather overestimate her than underestimate her and to be perfectly honest.. she’s got Edward totally wigged out.

The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Hannah} I’m not being naïve. I’m just wondering. I’m not going to underestimate her. {narrows her eyes at Hannah} Especially considering I know what *I* can do.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Chloe} All right, tell me this and be brutally honest. Do you really think what I *said* deserved a response like that?
The Universe:
{Glen smirks} And keep in mind the children she ate were also probably being victimized by grandpa.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods, quietly} Boys *and* girls.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head at Glen} No, I don’t. I also remember what it was like for me learning that shit. {looks at Damien} You had to help me get control of it too. And I still sometimes have an issue with it if I’m *really* pushed.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} That’s exactly my point right there, though. And probably Damien’s and Edward’s too. What I said wasn’t pushing it at.all. Let alone *really* pushing it. So… I’m kind of inclined to believe it was an intentional demonstration she didn’t have the balls to stand behind once she realized people had issues with it.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} There it is. *That* is the elephant in the room.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} She didn’t take responsibility for it.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} That isn’t even close to what I said. What I said is.. she did that shit on purpose to make an example of someone. “This is what I can do, do you wanna fuck with me?”. And probably with the expectation that everyone would be all “ohmygod, she’s so scary, we should kiss her ass or she might do it to one of us”.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} And *not* Edward asking her if she was insane and the chorus of warning leveled in her direction from Dom and whoever else.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} And I’m bettin’ she didn’t even realize it was a bad idea *until* Edward said that.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} Okay so let’s look at this from the other side. She’s in a situation where she’s already feeling…out of kilter, and coming from where she came from and what she’s dealing with in the whole totally different decade, thing. I’m in no way saying what she did was right or even not an accident. I think it’s shitty that she did it and shittier that she claimed accident if it wasn’t but *we* don’t know and we aren’t going to unless we talk to her, and possibly even Alexei.
The Universe:
{Gabe, quietly} What’s the point of talking to her if we’re not going to believe her or Alexei if we’re just going to disregard what *he* says because he’s fucking her?
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at him} Because we decided that Alexei doesn’t trust arbitrarily and just because he’s fucking her doesn’t mean he won’t tell us the truth. You know or at least his feelings on it and since we know at least *something* {shrugs} We might even be able to tell if he will in fact lie for her.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe} How will we know if he’ll lie for her if we don’t know what the lies *are*?
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shrugs} We ask him something we *do* know the answer to.

The Universe:
{Glen looks at Chloe} Any suggestions on that?
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods} We could ask if he’s learned anything about her past, because we’re worried about what she did to you and Ciara.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} As long as we don’t forget that lying for her isn’t the same as keeping her secrets.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes nods} But he’ll lie to do that and that’s not really an issue anyway. The question is.. will he lie to cover her ass when it could put the rest of us at risk.
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods}
The Universe:
{Gabe laughs bitterly, shakes his head} So.. we’re questioning and talking about testing his loyalty? {looks at them} Really? After all these years this is how much he’s trusted? He hasn’t earned better than this or proven himself enough by now? Is that what we’re saying because that’s what it sounds like.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Gabe} People will do some shit things to protect the one’s they love, Gabe. Either because they don’t see the danger or aren’t willing to admit it. It’s not testing his loyalty…Not so much as seeing where he *is*, where she’s concerned.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Hannah} Besides semantics, what’s the *actual* difference?
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Gabe} One we can work with the other we can’t?
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} Once you can justify, you mean.
The Universe:
Once-One
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at them} Let me tell you something from the perspective of someone who has spent almost all day every day with him for *years*. There is *nothing* he would not do, give or sacrifice for any one of the vampires. Lust will not blind him to his duty or his responsibilities. His honor will not be compromised by it. He couldn’t lose sight of that if he *tried* because it’s *that* ingrained. And yes, she is a vampire and she falls under that, but that’s not going to change anything. He’ll group her in with all the other vampires. She’ll just be the one he’s most attached to. If anything, I would bet my fucking *life* that if she *was* doing anything dubious, he’d be the one to tell her all the reasons she couldn’t.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} Except he’s going to ask Genja to let her have him.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe} And he will continue to serve the *vampires* as he does now. And yes, I heard what he said about created ghouls and he’s an elitist prick for it, but I don’t really fucking care because I can actually see his point. So.. unless you or one of the other vampires are going to specifically order me to be part of this.. this is where I get off. I’ll plant the bug, but beyond that, I’m done.
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} Jesus Christ, guys. Let the guy fall in love. He’s earned that much. And he shouldn’t be penalized for it. You have *no* idea what it’s like to love a vampire, let alone *all* of you.. and to do what he does day after day with *no* expectations, without asking for even so much as for you to love back. Don’t take this away from him.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe} No one wants to take anything from him Gabe.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe} I’m not naïve. All you guys have to do is decide she’s dangerous and you’ll be all about keeping him away from her. You’re *all* dangerous.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head}
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Gabe quietly} We want him safe too.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Sang} No one is *safe*, Sang. Ever. If it’s not vampires, or crazed cannibal ghouls, it’s the pedo down the street or the masked gunman in the panel van or the sniper on the roof. There is no such thing. And he is not a child. It’s a nice concept, but it’s just not real.
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien, blinks}
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} I am all about finding out everything we need to know about her, but I am *not* gonna turn into the fucking government to do it.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah shakes her head}
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe quietly} We don’t want you to.
The Cosmos:
{Sang softly to Damien as she shakes her head} I don’t even know.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe} This is how it starts, Chlo. Perceive a threat… jump to protect the people from it.. and end with censoring and/or outlawing every fucking thing regarding it.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Gabe} We’re not gonna turn into Communist China, Gabe. Relax.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah shrugs} And her doing something stupid and getting killed isn’t going to hurt Alexei at. all.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra walks up, stops seeing the group} Wow.. it’s a party. What’s happening?



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Posted November 10, 2012 by The Universe in category "Fiction", "Vampires