November 10

Tie Me Up Before You Go

The Universe:
{Damien and Alexei look over at the girls, Damien looks at Sang} Find somewhere to sit quietly.
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods, walks over to the couch and sits on one end, blinks when she sees Van and Kendra}
The Universe:
{Alexei walks over to Phoenix, moves behind her, quietly near her ear} Damien would like to speak to you. You will move to the center of the room and kneel in the appropriate position so that he may do so. And you will answer his questions truthfully. Do you understand?
The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Van questioningly}
The Universe:
{Van looks at Sang, quietly but firmly} You don’t have permission to look me in the eye.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} Yes…I understand. {moves to the center of the room and assumes the position}
The Cosmos:
{Sang blinks drops her eyes}
The Universe:
{Damien looks over at Sang} While we’re here, there are rules you will follow. You are not to make contact with any of the men unless you are told to do so. You will keep your eyes to the floor and you will not speak until you are spoken to. And when you are spoken to, you will respond as concisely as possible. Are we clear?
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods, softly} Yes sir.
The Universe:
{Alexei follows Nix over, touches her shoulder, quietly} Good girl.
The Universe:
{Damien hides a smile at Sang’s response, walks over to Alexei and Nix and stands in front of her, looks her over, critically eying her form}
The Cosmos:
{Nix is kneeling her knees very wide her arms together at the elbows hands clasped fingers laced, her chest is out and her head is down}
The Universe:
{Damien nods his approval to Alexei, Alexei looks at Nix} You will look Damien in the eye when he is speaking to you so that he can see that you are telling the truth.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} Yes sir… I will look Damien in the eye when he speaks to me.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods again, his hand still on her shoulder, looks over at Damien} She is ready to answer your questions.
The Universe:
{Damien stands with his feet apart and his hands clasped behind his back, looks down at Nix} What was your status within the former regime?
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks up into Damien’s eyes} I had no status. Other than being the great great Granddaughter of the king.. which didn’t mean much. {softly} We were all related to him somehow.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} And how is it that you were lacking?
The Universe:
{Damien watches her} If a question isn’t clear, you may ask for clarification.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} Yes sir I will ask for clarification if I don’t understand. I was lacking in every way.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} Be more specific. And tell me who was responsible for making that determination.
The Cosmos:
{Nix softly} The king made that determination sir. {looks down, then quickly back up into Damien’s green orbs}
The Cosmos:
{Sang moves off the couch and on to the floor feeling like she shouldn’t be the only female on a couch, listens}
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shifts soundlessly, moving some of her weight off her knee caps}
The Universe:
{Damien walks over to the rack on the wall and peruses the implements of punishment} I’m waiting for you to be specific. {picks the riding crop and walks back over, hands it to Alexei}
The Universe:
{Alexei takes the crop and moves behind her, delivers a quick whack to her ass that’s louder and more surprising than painful} You will answer promptly.
The Cosmos:
{Nix flinches and gasps and answers quickly} I wasn’t enough…Never enough…good enough, pretty enough, {softly} Tight enough, big enough, loose enough.. I was a girl and that alone made me a disappointment to grandfather.
The Universe:
{Van bites his tongue, Damien looks at her} Your grandfather sounds like a piece of shit.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} He was my king.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} And now he’s a dead king. Why did you attack Glen?
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} It was wrong of me to do that. I should have had better control of myself.
The Universe:
{Alexei delivers another similar whack} That was not the question.
The Cosmos:
{Nix closes her eyes, flinches, again, reopens them, quietly} I was nervous and scared, overwhelmed. I was even a little angry.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at her} Why where you angry?
The Cosmos:
{Nix keeps her eyes on Damien’s} I was angry because of the way I was feeling and then his comment about the children. {swallows} It struck me as…disrespectful.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} He isn’t obligated to treat you with a lack of respect. You haven’t earned it from him.
The Cosmos:
{Nix nods} Yes sir, I know.
The Universe:
{Van looks at Damien} I would like clarification about why a submissive of no rank who has been told repeatedly that she is unworthy of consideration in every possible way felt she had the right to punish someone who was clearly her superior for any reason, let alone respect she’s been conditioned to believe she doesn’t have any right to.
The Universe:
{Damien nods to Van, looks at Nix} I’d like you to clarify that, too.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} I don’t.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} No. You don’t. And yet you did. Why?
The Cosmos:
{Nix softly} I didn’t know I could *do* that until it happened.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} How *did* you do that?
The Cosmos:
{Nix looks at him} I followed his thread. I was angry…I wasn’t trying to hurt him.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} I need a little more than “followed his thread”. Did you visualize the attack?
The Cosmos:
{Nix shakes her head} No. I didn’t do anything different then I normally do when I’m trying to see someone’s feelings. {quietly} The only thing different was I was..unsettled.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} What do you normally do?
The Cosmos:
{Nix softly} It depends on if I’ve been there before. If I have I follow their web. If not I send out a thread and follow it. Where ever it attaches is where I go.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} I can show you.
The Universe:
{Damien shakes his head} You can show me tomorrow night when we start your training. In the meantime, I want you to take note of the fact that Van said you were “conditioned to believe”. Not that it was true or that he believes it is. We will come back to that later.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} Yes sir, thank you sir.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} Now tell me about Ciara. How were you able to control her?
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} That’s done by a series of suggestions.

The Universe:
{Damien nods} But you obviously had to suppress her free will.
The Cosmos:
{Nix shakes her head} I didn’t. She wasn’t going to open a vein. She didn’t start screaming until I gave her the images of my punishment and what I’d learned from it.
The Universe:
{Damien watches for a second} If she wasn’t going to open a vein, why the knife?
The Universe:
{Damien summons Ciara}
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} It was in the crypt with me. I just wanted her to prick her finger. Just a little to start healing.
The Universe:
{Damien gives her an incredulous look} What did you learn from your punishment?
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly, closes her eyes and drops her head} That I need to control myself. That I’m not necessarily bad because of what I did {raises her eyes to his again, tears welling in them} but I am forgettable and not worth the blood that was spilled to create me.
The Universe:
{Alexei shakes his head, Damien nods} That remains to be seen. How could you not know what smelling the blood would do to you? What it would make *you* do? You lived with vampires nearly a hundred years.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} Or vampires never went hungry, or if they did we never saw them that way. Not starving.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} Give me one good reason why I should believe anything that you’ve told me. One good reason to believe you’re not a threat to us or our humans and ghouls.
The Cosmos:
{Nix quietly} Because I am capable of learning from my mistakes. What happened with Glen and Ciara will *not* happen again.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} We’re waiting for Ciara. {looks at Alexei} Is there anything you want to ask her?
The Universe:
{Alexei shakes his head} I have no questions, no.
The Universe:
{Damien looks over at Van} Bring Kendra.
The Universe:
{Van nods, looks down at Kendra} Stand.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra stands gracefully}
The Universe:
{Van places his free hand against the small of her back} Come. {guides her over to Damien}
The Cosmos:
{Kendra moves where she’s guided}
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Kendra} Do you have any questions for her?
The Cosmos:
{Kendra keeps her eyes down} No sir.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} Go sit with Sang. {looks over at Sang} Do *you* have any questions for her?
The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} I don’t.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra walks over and sits next to Sang on the floor, both girls kneeling now}

The Cosmos:
{Ciara walks in and blinks}

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