November 10

Politics

The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Hannah} It’s called a risk and life is about taking them. You can’t protect people from themselves and you can’t.. falling in love is a risk. Falling in love hurts. {looks at Kendra and promptly shuts up}
The Universe:
{Glen and Damien look over at Kendra, Glen shakes his head} Alexei seems to be kinda.. falling into.. the new vampire.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra smiles} Good for him. {looks at the others} Okay.. so why aren’t we happy for him?
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} Because we’re worried that she’s dangerous and they think he’d lie for her and put the rest of us at risk.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} We don’t think he *would*. We think it’s a possibility.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra arches a brow} Seriously? {looks at Glen} You too?
The Universe:
{Gabe smirks} And I’m telling you it’s not. {looks at Kendra} Glen’s pissed because of what she did in the throne room.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Kendra} I think pussy makes men stupid and hers is apparently good enough that he wants to ask the king to give him to her.
The Universe:
{Gabe rolls his eyes} While he continues to serve the vampires. Plural. He’s not giving up his day job.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Kendra} He just wants to be with her exclusively. He doesn’t want to be the house whore anymore.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Glen then at Gabe} Look.. Alexei is as steadfast as they come. Every one of the vampires knows that or we wouldn’t let him into our rooms every. day. He’s not wishy washy or flighty. {nods to Gabe} which he’s been for a while. It’s got to be trying, we all know he loves us, and we put our lives in his hands every day. The only difference now is he’s fucking someone you don’t trust. He does, if he’s asking Genja for that. And if we fully trust him then we should trust his judgment on *this* as well.
The Universe:
{Gabe takes a breath, nods} Exactly.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Kendra and starts to Say something, Kendra gives Hannah a look that says, “Don’t”, and Hannah blinks and looks at Glen}
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} Christ.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her} It’s like they just suddenly forgot who they were talking about, yanno? And he’s telling her shit that.. oh, by the way, we’re spying on them… that none of us even knew about him. And we spend every day with him. Did you know he had a sadistic dominatrix as his last.. vampire?
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} She’s got a *huge* point.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shakes her head} I didn’t.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} Exactly. None of us did.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks back at Kendra, Kendra shakes her head again} This is Alexei and everything that you know because of that bugging is *none* of your business. {looks at Damien} You’d lose your shit if someone did that to you.
The Universe:
{Damien sighs} And another huge point.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra turns her gaze on Glen} And *you* would strangle someone if they did it to you.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Kendra} And? It’s fuckin’ politics, babe. It’s how the game is played. And I’m gonna keep playin’ it with her til I get what I’m after.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Glen} And when you get another sudden headache you’ll deserve it.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods to Glen} And I’m fine with that as long as it stays contained and doesn’t take Alexei down in the process.
The Universe:
{Glen arches a brow} I’ve got another one right now.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Glen} Sucks. I want you all to think about something…We’ve taken these humans in, knowing very little about them. They are living in our apartments and some in our beds. We are our most vulnerable when we sleep, and yet they are there. And we did it because they moved us in some way. We were attracted to them. They’re dangerous to us then and *that’s* not any different than what Alexei has with Phoenix.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} Yeah. I’m gonna deserve the headache I get for retaliating against the one I *didn’t* deserve. Flawless logic there, babe. {looks at Kendra} The difference is none of *them* have attacked any of us with next to no provocation.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Damien} Silver has a hit man living with her. Are you worried about her? Aaron who I’m not entirely sure is stable. Yeah.. what about Simone? *She* did and now she’s one of us.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Kendra} And *this* is only different from Simone in that she’s already a vampire and she doesn’t actually need a weapon or to move to deal one of us damage. There was a fucking *huge* uproar over Simone because she staked me and Chloe. Well.. Phoenix attacked Glen *and* let’s not forget what she did to Ciara from a distance and without even knowing who she was or what she looked like. Where’s the uproar over that?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} All we’re *actually* doing right now is knowledge gathering so we have a better idea of what we’re actually dealing with.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Kendra} Actually.. Aaron is a violent psychotic who murdered his abusive sister and shoved her body inside a dead cow.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Damien} Then gather the information but don’t turn it into a witch hunt.
The Universe:
{Gabe blinks} And he’s also MPD which we think Nix could be a major candidate for.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Gabe} So we find out. By letting Edward talk to her.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} Edward’s not getting anywhere near her til we have a viable defense plan.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Kendra} And that’s not me making that decision.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra nods} Which I understand.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah, mouths “ex-girlfriends”}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods and mouths, “Seriously”}
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe and smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Kendra, her hostility showing} It’s not a witch hunt, Kendra. It never was. Edward and Damien have to deal with her as do Alexei. You can sit on your pillar of piousness and look down at the rest of us and think we’re wrong for what we’re doing but *when* she does something or something happens.. You’re gonna be the one that looks retarded.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Hannah, quietly} And what do you think you’re *all* going to look like to Alexei when he catches you in whatever lie you tell to try and trip him up? What kind of damage do you think *that* will do? When he realizes the vampires and other ghouls he’s devoted his entire being too think so little of him?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} It will do damage we can’t afford.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra growls at Hannah, quietly, the shadows swelling} Do *not* talk to me like I’m some kind of child. If you do it again I’ll gag you permanently. {looks at Gabe} It will do the kind of damage that we can’t come back from. And *all* of us will suffer for it.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods to Kendra} And if *Alexei* can be doubted so easily.. what does that mean for the rest of us?
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks at Damien} Thus the damage begins. {Looks at Gabe} I don’t think anyone truly doubts Alexei, they don’t trust her and she’s in the unique position to be able to control people and *we* don’t know how far that control extends. She could be manipulating him even now.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Kendra} I get that. But I also get that assuming he’d so easily fall for it is kind of fucking insulting. How do we know he’s not manipulating her? We don’t know anything until we *talk* to him but they want to be all fucking sleazy about it and try and catch him in a lie, Kendra. Does that sound right to you?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head and summons Alexei} All right. Stop.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shakes her head} No.. it doesn’t. Let me get the pitch forks and torches. {looks at Damien}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe takes his hand, looks at Damien}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah seethes over the way Kendra spoke to her}
The Cosmos:
{Sang watches, and whispers} Discord in the ranks.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Kendra} Enough. We’re going to talk to him and we’re going to do it without it looking like a trial and maybe he’s even had the chance to fuck her before we drag him into this which.. {looks at the others} Is the only thing we’ve actually been waiting on. Particularly because she seems to be the first vampire he’s actually *wanted* to fuck. Because believe it or not, I was actually thinking about that and *not* wanting to pull him away from that.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} So now we just need to get somewhere where we’ll seem a little less.. confrontational.. when he gets to us.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah glares at Kendra}
The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} The music room? {frowns} No too many people.. how about the library?
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} The big bad wolf might be there fucking Little Red Riding Hood. The game room? At least most of us’ll look like we actually just ran into each other.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Damien} How about *you* talk to him or Kendra or both while the rest of us pretend we’re just there killing time? That’ll look even *less* confrontational.
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods} Yes.. or the kitchen because the humans and ghouls were hungry?
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} That’s perfect. {looks at Gabe: We can do that too. {starts for the kitchen} Let’s get there before he gets here.
The Universe:
{Glen takes Hannah’s hand and steps into the shadows}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at Glen, when they step into the shadows}
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah, whispers} I’m not lookin’ to crucify Alexei, but pussy *does* make men do fucked up shit. {smiles} Look what it did to me.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Oh.. I know…{quietly} So *if* he leaves her behind.. we go get her?
The Universe:
{Glen nods} Damn right we do.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} *This* is why I love you.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles} Right back atcha, baby. We’ll watch from the shadows so he doesn’t see us leave. If he’s alone, we’ll step our happy asses to where we need to be and I’ll do what I do best.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} Torture her?
The Universe:
{Glen nods} They wanna see what she can do, we’re gonna see what she can do. You only live once.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Oh I can’t wait for this.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles, shadow steps to the kitchen}
The Universe:
{Gabe walks with Chloe behind Damien and Sang as they head to the kitchen}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe quietly} I’m sorry.. I didn’t know you felt so…strongly.
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} Guess we just have different views about this.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at him} Gabe.. I understand where you are coming from. I just don’t want to see anyone get hurt.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} That’s.. very altruistic of you.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head} Is that how you really feel?
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her} Look.. I see it as a vampire/ghoul difference more than anything.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} I see. {softly} Look.. I love Alexei and I am very much aware of what he does and has done. Hell, I *was* the new vampire once, Gabe. and I wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for him and his care. You *know* that.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} But.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head} No buts.. I guess I just got caught in the…intrigue.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks down} You’re angry.
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} No. I’m disillusioned.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe softly} I’m sorry.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her, quietly} It was hell for me not being with you. Not really knowing where things stood between us. But I can’t imagine not having that. Not having… *something* with you even if I didn’t quite know what it was.
The Universe:
{Gabe takes a breath} *I* never had to take care of any of the new vampires. I’ve never had to feed them or fuck them or any of the other shit that goes with it. I *couldn’t* do that.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} I know.. and you won’t have to. I didn’t like not being with you either. I worried about you. {smiles} Then I heard about your.. accepting sexual favors for tech support and …{ looks at him} It pissed me off. And *Saige*.. {shrugs} I wanted to eat her.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} The thing is.. every time a female vampire shows up, we just kind of go.. “oh.. a new vampire. Hand her off to Alexei. He’ll take care of her” wink, wink, nudge, nudge. {looks at her} And he does it and he’s good at it and I’ve never heard a single complaint come out of his mouth ever. Tonight.. is the first time I’ve ever heard anything even remotely like a complaint from him and the fucked up thing is, Chlo, that it *never* occurred to me.. to any of us.. that he might *not* actually enjoy it.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods, quietly} I thought he did.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her} And as a man, he probably did at first. For a while. But, it also never occurred to me that he might actually *want* more and that he may have actually resigned himself to forever alone status because of it. It never occurred to me until tonight that he might actually be *lonely*. And that’s what made me start thinking about us and how *I* felt when we weren’t together. And how the whole Saige thing was kind of fucking surreal, actually, because it happened but it doesn’t really seem real to me.
The Universe:
{Gabe breathes} But the worst part.. is that it never occurred to me that he might’ve done it so the rest of us didn’t have to deal with it.

The Cosmos:
{Chloe tilts her head} So maybe.. it’s all surreal to him too? {quietly} Gabe. He might enjoy it because it’s part of who he is. What’s ingrained.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her} It’s a job, Chlo. He enjoys it like hookers and porn stars enjoy it.
The Universe:
{Gabe whispers} He doesn’t even get to choose the ones he wants or is attracted to.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} Well that’s going to change I think.
The Universe:
{Gabe stops walking, turns to her, looks at her pointedly, whispers} He might not have wanted to fuck *you*, Chlo. Or Simone.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head, softly} He didn’t fuck me, Gabe. He fed me. He took care of me. I was too.. scared to take care of myself. He showed me that I was safe here.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} He might not have. In fact he probably didn’t.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} Okay, fine. But everyone thinks he did because it’s expected. Now think about this. He might not have found *any* of them attractive or wanted them. *That* would be why women don’t affect him like other men. Because he’s so fucking desensitized to gorgeous women and sex that.. yanno.. he’s got special needs now or something.
The Universe:
{Gabe starts walking again} Forget it. I just.. I just can’t imagine being with all those women with zero chance of *being* with anyone. Knowing that every single encounter was just…
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe, quietly} empty. I get what you’re saying Gabe. I do. I just am not sure what can be done *now*.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her} Nothing *needs* to be done, Chlo. It’s already being done. That’s kind of the point. *That’s* why I feel so strongly about it. How cruel would it be if we interfered in that and completely fucked it for them? If the vampires decide he can’t be with her… that wouldn’t just be selfish and wrong… it’d be cruel.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head} That won’t happen.. Damien won’t let it.. I won’t let it.
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} I just don’t want to see him so close to something he probably never believed would happen just to have the vampires who he’s given his life to, to rip it away from him.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at their hands} I understand, baby…
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her, quietly} How can you be sure you won’t let it? You were defending it, Chlo. When everyone was standing there talking about “protecting him from her” what did you think that meant? If he does lie for her.. what do you think will happen? If he does, and the vampires, you, realize he’s been “compromised”.. what do you think will happen?
The Cosmos:
{Chloe quietly} Because I’ll defend him for *you*. Regardless…you’re right. He deserves better.. more.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods, quietly} If I had to choose between you and everyone else.. I’d have to choose you. Right or wrong.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her, quietly} But I’m not naïve enough to think you’d chose me.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head} Gabriel.. I would absolutely choose you. {looks at him} Don’t you get it. Don’t you get why I’m so concerned about all this at all?
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} Apparently not, so tell me.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe blinks} Because I’m worried about what could happen to *you*. {closes her eyes and opens them slowly} What she could do to you. Christ Gabe.. she gave Glen a migraine by looking at him. What would have happened if it’d been you. She could have exploded your brain or something.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods, quietly} And I get that, but, baby.. sometimes you really *do* catch more flies with honey.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her, quietly} In all this panic and paranoia, not one person has suggested the possible tactic of *befriending* her.

The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at him, blinks} That we know of.. you’re right.
The Universe:
{Gabriel nods, quietly} So maybe it should be considered.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods, and smiles} I’ll do you one better. Why not while Damien and Kendra are talking to Alexei you and I talk to her.. and if she doesn’t come with him we’ll go to her?
The Universe:
{Gabriel smiles} I like that plan a lot better than every other plan I’ve heard so far.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles} So let’s tell Damien that’s what we’re doing. {looks at him} Maybe we’ll even get Sang in on it.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} We can pretend we’re the neighborhood welcome wagon or something.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her, quietly} And who knows? Maybe we’ll find out that was really all she needed all along.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles} Maybe.
The Universe:
{Gabe shrugs} And if we’re wrong.. I’ll take that too, because at least we tried and we’re bound to learn *something* along the way that could be useful.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} True. Come on let’s go grab Damien before Alexei catches up to us.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods and goes with her}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe walks up to Damien} Hey real fast before he gets here… While you’re talking to him Gabe and I are gonna go talk to *her*. Or if she comes were gonna pull her aside. Gabe brought up the fact that in all of this no one has brought up befriending her.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Chloe, nods} Go now and you can keep her from coming with him. Then I’ll be able to talk to him without it looking weird or like we’re trying to get her away from him.
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien} Can I go?
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang for a second, nods} All right.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Chloe} I’m gonna run by my room and scrounge her up a laptop and cell phone.
The Cosmos:
{Sang smiles} Thank you.. I’ll be careful.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles} Good.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe looks at Gabe} All right.
The Universe:
{Gabe smiles} Built in webcam. If I tell her about it and warn her not to leave it on because it’ll be uploaded and she forgets….
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles, arches her brow} Bad Gables.
The Universe:
{Gabe smiles} Smart Gables. It’s not spying and it’s an honest mistake if she forgets to turn off the cam.

The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Damien, smiles} You’re sure you’re okay with me going?
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} True… and it’s *her* mistake.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} I actually trust you to be less offensive than most people, so.. yeah.
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} Exactly. {kisses her} Love you and I’ll meet up with you on the way. {runs off to his room}
The Cosmos:
{Sang smiles, Chloe laughs and watches him go, to Damien} How did I get so…so.. {shakes her head, looks at Damien}
The Universe:
{Damien smiles at Chloe} Lucky?
The Cosmos:
{Hannah whispers to Glen} Oh here we go.. {looks at him} what are we going to do *now*.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods to Damien} Yes. That.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles again} Just being you, babe.
The Universe:
{Glen whispers to Hannah, quietly} We wait. Don’t sweat it. There’s nothin’ we can do tonight that we can’t do tomorrow night.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head, still smiling} My tails don’t bother him.
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Chloe, smiles} We gotta jet if we’re going to catch her.
The Universe:
{Damien laughs} Babe.. he loves your tails. Simply because you do.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods her tails bouncing} Yes he does.. and he’s not like Jace about them either. {looks at Sang}
The Universe:
{Damien nods} I know. {smiles again} Go. Gush to Sang on the way.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe grabs Sang’s hand and pulls her out with her, Sang looks back at Damien, smiles and mouths, “Wow.”}
The Universe:
{Damien laughs, nods, mouths “Oh, I know”, blows her a kiss}
The Cosmos:
{Sang blows him a kiss back, And gets pulled along behind her}



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