October 25

Run Away Before I Know

 
The Universe:
{meanwhile, Ethan stops walking and round on Loch} Really? *Really*? You tell the *King* we’re talking about.. *that*?
The Universe:
{Loch smirks, doesn’t even slow his step as he heads for the music room} And what were *you* gonna tell him, Ethan, that *didn’t* start with “uh.. well, I want on your woman but it’s bad idea so friend zoning myself was my grand plan”? {shakes his head} You’re friendzoned now, mother fucker. Now let’s go find her and try and let her know what we just told the king.
The Universe:
{Tristan looks at Ethan} You were totally going to say something about how you told her she was like a sister to you for all very right reasons but *not* reasons you want the king to know.
The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles at Ethan} Today, you’ve been your own worst enemy damn near every step of the way.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} Only where that’s concerned.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} It’s just one of those days were *almost* everything that can go wrong, has.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods} I’ve had days like that.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} I don’t *usually*, but fuck, when it rains.
The Cosmos:
{Saige smiles} Tomorrow it has to be better.

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October 21

If It’s Love You’re Lookin’ For, I Can Give a Little More

The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at David} Music or sleep.
The Universe:
{David looks at Camille, smiles} You gonna watch me while I do that, too?
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods and smiles} Yes actually I am.
The Cosmos:
{Bree whispers to Loch} She takes him to her room we can search for hidden bottles.
The Universe:
{David smiles wickedly} You gonna sleep *with* me?
The Universe:
{Loch nods to Bree, whispers} When’s he had time to stash any? He was too drunk last night and didn’t even know where he lived.
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head} Nope. Not until you don’t smell like a distillery.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} True.
The Universe:
{David looks at her for a second, nods} Right. Kinda thought the shower I took this mornin’ took care of that. {pulls his drumsticks out of his back pocket} That’s all right, though, because I wasn’t plannin’ on goin’ back to bed anyway.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at David} You ready to go? We can fuck around til everyone else gets there.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} The shower didn’t take care of the four cups you had this morning.
The Universe:
{David nods, twirls one of the sticks through his fingers} Let’s do it.
The Universe:
{David stands, looks at Camille} Yeah, well..neither did you.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden} I’ll see you later?
The Cosmos:
{Camille arches her brow} No I didn’t and that was my bad.. .I’m doing what I can *now*.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan} Yeah.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I’m gonna go see who’s trucks got here.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} Keep me informed. I’m going to get David to his drum set so he can remember why he gets up every morning.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and smiles} I totally will.
The Cosmos:
{Camille stands, As do Izzy and Nikki, Nikki to Izzy} I’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Ethan grabs David by the shoulder, smiles at Camille} Breakfast was really good, thank you. He’ll thank you later. {pulls David toward the door}
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Ethan and nods} I’ll be in, in a few.
The Cosmos:
{Emily goes to the kitchen as Izzy and Nikki head out}
The Universe:
{Brennan and Van watch Ethan drag David out}
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head, mutters something in Italian}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Camille} You’re not expectin’ it to be easy, are ya?
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch, pushes her hair behind one ear} No. I’m not. But I intend to fight him every step of the way if I have to.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} I’ll be there with you. My dad was an alchy.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} Had a brother that was. He ended up hating me. {softly} He also ended up dead.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} My old man ended up dead, too.
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch} I’m sorry.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} It happens. And I really don’t need sympathy, so don’t worry about givin’ it to me.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} It wasn’t… {shakes her head} Yeah..okay.. anyway.. I’m going to head to the music room and make sure he hates me enough.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} We’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} He can spread the hate around.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Yes we will. {Camille smiles} Let’s do it then. {heads for the door}
The Universe:
{Loch follows Bree}

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October 21

If You’re Somewhere Out There Passed Out on the Floor

The Cosmos:
{Mia looks at Jace} Wonder who had *that*?
The Universe:
{Alexei walks back to his seat. sits down, whispers to Mia} Aiden, Samuel and Roland.
The Universe:
{Jace looks at Alexei, arches a brow, whispers} Aiden and Samuel I can see, but *Ro*?
The Cosmos:
{Mia blinks, whispers} Ro…Seriously?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods, whispers} Gabriel is going back over his bank records. The collections are vastly different. Aiden and Samuel have primarily hand guns. Roland, however, has a slightly more vast array including but not limited to Katanas.
The Universe:
{Alexei whispers} Aiden and Samuel also do not have silencers or padded cases for their weapons.

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October 21

Go On and Do What You Wanna Do

The Universe:
{Ryan sits at a table with Ren and Devon}
The Universe:
{Samuel, Aiden, Brennan and David sit together}
The Universe:
{Jace sits at the ghoul table with Morose, Alexei and Seth}
The Universe:
{and Gabe}
The Universe:
{Van sits with Akhiro, Ro, Pope and Constantine}
The Universe:
{Tristan sits with Ethan, Cameron, Christopher and Conrad}
The Cosmos:
{Taryn walks in and sits at her usual table}
The Cosmos:
{Sang sits with Akhiro and Van along with Kat and Nikki}
The Universe:
{David, Aiden, Conrad, Jace, Christopher and Samuel have already hit the morning joint along with any girls that would}
The Cosmos:
{Izzy sits at the same table with Tristan and Ethan}
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey and Shay, sit at the same table as Samuel}
The Cosmos:
{Camille sits with Joey and Lia}
The Cosmos:
{Renee looks at Devon and then at Ryan, quietly} I’m widowed not divorced and my husband was killed doing one of his daredevil stunts. He was BASE jumping and his cord snapped.

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October 17

So Take Your Medicine

The Cosmos:
{Nay laughs} Babe.. it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks over at Van and closes the laptop}
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Nothing usually is, but it was probably a hell of a lot less boring than some night courses at the community college.
The Universe:
{Van walks over to Kendra, sits next to her, looks at her}
The Universe:
{Van, quietly} Tell me what I did and how to fix it.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shakes her head, smiles, softly} You didn’t do anything, baby.

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October 16

You Got a Social Disease

The Cosmos:
{Bree looks over and smiles at Loch}
The Universe:
{Ethan stops abruptly at the end, smiles at Loch} Hi.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles the most fake smile of all time at Ethan} *Hi*. {walks over to Bree, places a hand on the back of her neck and kisses her, looks at Ethan} My girlfriend is not available to help you start your one night stand binge.
The Universe:
{Ethan cracks up}
The Cosmos:
{Bree looks up at Loch} I didn’t mean it like that.. just that music draws the girls in.
The Universe:
{Loch eyes Ethan a second longer, looks at Bree} Not lately. Well, it hasn’t been real good for it so far tonight, anyway.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles at Bree} And by that, he means it didn’t draw *you* in earlier.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Ethan} I was talkin’ about when the only people that dropped by were Chloe, Summer, Kendra, Van and Akhiro.

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October 15

And I’m Still Here to Explain

The Universe:
{Meanwhile, Seth carries Aubrey into his room where Loch, Akhiro and Van are gathered around the tv sorting through porn movies, Seth looks at Aubrey as he drops her onto her feet} You know where the bathroom is. {walks over and sits with the others}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Seth} Any clue why Heather summoned Bree?
The Universe:
{Seth shakes his head} No. She was gone when I got there.
The Universe:
{Ethan walks out of the bathroom, texting Brennan on the new cell about how they’re sorting through Van’s porn and he should bring Peyton to check it out, looks over hearing the voices, smiles at Aubrey} Oh, hey, Aubrey.

The Cosmos:
{Aubrey looks at Seth} Yeah I can find it, {shrugs} I’m not *that* drunk. {Aubrey smiles at Ethan} Hey Ethan. {looks at Loch} Heather summoned Bree to take David back to the apartment, get him showered and put him to bed.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Thanks, babe. I’ll text her and let her know where I went.
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey nods} Cool. He was making noises about her joining him.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Aubrey, smiles} Trying to get rid of him?
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey shakes her head} No. I’m not. Just sayin’. {looks over at Seth}

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October 6

Too Late to Apologize

The Universe:
{Aiden sits at the same table he did the morning before with Samuel, Brennan, David, Loch, Christopher and Conrad}
The Universe:
{Tristan, Akhiro, Van, Ethan, and Ro sit at another table}
The Universe:
{with Constantine and Pope}
The Universe:
{And Cameron}
The Universe:
{Alexei sits with Jace, Gabe who’s on his laptop and Seth}
The Universe:
{Aaron sits near but not really with Aiden’s group}
The Universe:
{David watches Seth eat, whispers to Loch} I wonder if that’s *real* bacon on his plate.
The Cosmos:
{Bree sits with Seth, reaches over and plucks a piece of bacon off his plate, smiles at him}
The Universe:
{Loch glances over, whispers to David} Here’s hopin’.

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October 4

This Is One More Sleepless Night

Van carried Kendra to her bedroom and laid her on the bed. He slipped out of his jacket as he sat next to her on the edge.  He planted his hands on either side of her, leaning in to meet her as she sat up closing the distance between them and wrapped her arm around his neck.  What few walls he’d managed to build between them crumbled as a kiss led to more and more led to morning.

Akhiro slipped in sometime near sunrise and went to bed smiling after stopping for a second at Kendra’s door and listening.  What he heard on the other side wasn’t rough and violent, though he had no doubt it was intense.  He liked Van and Kendra together, the way the interacted, the dynamics between them.  He liked Kendra and thought she was gorgeous, but he knew they’d never have the connection she and Van did.  And he liked Van.  It was hard for him not to.  Van was committed and passionate about it.  He was fearless in his own way and shown a capacity for reason that certain other men in the castle totally failed at.  He could tell Van was driven by his emotions and a sense of right and wrong.  He trusted that Kendra was in good hands and that was what he cared about most.

Brennan and Peyton spent the night laying on the couch talking about everything and nothing.  He liked her.  A lot.  Much more than he expected.  She wasn’t like the women he usually got involved with and he liked that.  In fact, he liked pretty much everything about her.  Especially her sense of humor.  That was something that had been missing from previous women he’d known.  She didn’t have the bitterness some of the others did, the cynicism.  With Peyton, he felt more optimistic.  He didn’t feel like he was on a one way ride destined for a lonely, bitter end.  He didn’t feel like life was an exercise in futility.  For the first time in a long time, he actually looked forward to tomorrow.

When Morose and Saige got to the music room, everyone had disbanded for the night.  He sat for a while and played for Saige, eventually saying goodnight and heading back to his room before the sun rose.  He had a lot to put on paper and knew there would be a lot more after breakfast.  So far, though, he liked the people he’d met, though he tended to like everyone.

Loch left the music room with Heather not long after Saige and Morose.  They fucked around, she fed, then they went to separate bedrooms.  In his room, Loch spent the rest of the night writing, figuring he’d sleep when he was dead and by the time breakfast was ready, he had several new songs sitting on his dresser waiting to be carried to the music room and polished up.  He’d grab them after he ate, take them there and do just that.  Maybe he’d even get Christopher in on it.  He liked Christopher.  He didn’t find himself fan-boi-ing Morose so much, though.  In fact, it wasn’t lost on any of the boys in the music room that Morose was the Golden Boy and the new act they had to follow, particularly given the way the women reacted to him.  Yeah.  And uphill climb just became steeper.  Steeper, more challenging maybe, but not impossible.

Gabe cleaned his room and himself, making himself as presentable as he could, then he sat down and tried to focus on his code.  He knew there was a good chance Chloe wouldn’t make it, given how close it was to Sunrise when Sebastian had shown up, but there was always a possibility.  After a few minutes of staring at his screen and being able to make sense of nothing, he stood and paced his room, thinking about the conversation they’d had.  She’d said she missed him and she’d meant it.  Didn’t she?  Maybe she was just saying it because it was the thing you were supposed to someone who said it to you.  No.  She also said she still wanted on him.  Or… that having a small herd of boys much prettier and cooler than him didn’t mean she didn’t.  Gabe sighed.  They really were cooler and prettier than him.  Gabe looked around his room at the mess of a shrine he’d built to the gods of technology and realized just how insanely and heart crushingly geeky he was.  He shook his head smiling ruefully as he imagined what kind of shrines the musicians had built.  Motherboards, video cards, hard drives and sticks of RAM couldn’t really compete with the empty beer bottles, cigarette packs, roach filled ashtrays, condom filled trashcans, blankets of sheet music and wall mounted guitars of even wannabe rock stars. But no matter how much cooler they might be, he was the one with his finger on the electronic pulse of the castle.  But more than that, no matter how many psuedo rock stars she collected, Gabe knew that none of them would ever feel the way about her he did.  And they’d eventually be gone for one reason or another while he was still there.  So, he could wait.  Because something else he had that they didn’t was one hell of a long lifespan.

Gabe took a breath when he noticed the sky lightening and headed out of his room to the kitchen with his laptop.  He made an insane amount of coffee for one person and sat at one of the dining room tables with it, working on his code remotely while  he waited for the world to wake up and begin shuffling past him.

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October 4

We Don’t Believe in Filler, Baby

The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden, whispers} Yep. Something totally going on there.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan, totally, looks over at Damien} What’s up with Chloe and Gables?
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Eden} I’m not really sure. I know they hooked up a while ago, but I don’t really know the details.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} Damn.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles} What? Damn because I don’t know the details or damn because you forgot you belong to the king and he’s cute?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} Both. {Smiles} and Ethan was curious.
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs, nods} Yeah. That’s totally it.
The Universe:
{ Sorrow smiles, listening} I know Chloe and Gabe have a lot of sexual tension between them that was *not* resolved by hooking up.
The Universe:
{Edward nods} He still wants on her enough that he did *not* want her to hear about whatever he was doing today.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Edward} *Who* he was doing today. Saige made a play for him pretending she was computer stupid.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} And he pretended to believe it and dragged her off to his room.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Sorrow, then over at Edward} Seriously? He all but fucked her at Breakfast. Yeah that. It was obvious as fuck.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Eden} He all but fucked Saige at breakfast?
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Eden} And he’s a ghoul, too. Don’t we all all but but fuck everyone everywhere we are as it is?

The Cosmos:
{Eden nods and sighs} I guess.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ryan, smiles} When you’re a ghoul and you have actual feelings for someone, all that excess sexual energy finds a focus.
The Universe:
{Sorrow shrugs} You’ll still fuck anyone, but you actually have a first *choice* about who that is.
The Cosmos:
{Renee looks at Devon, then back to Ryan, and finally looks at Sorrow} I think it’s that way for anyone who has feelings for another. IF that person isn’t available.
The Universe:
{Sorrow nods to Renee} It is. You just have *more* of it to deal with as a ghoul than the average person.
The Cosmos:
{Devon looks at Ryan, smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Renee nods} I can only imagine.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Devon, smiles} I can see it.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan} Now I feel like shit.
The Universe:
{Sorrow nods} And that’s really the epitome of what a ghoul is. They’re just *more* human than human. More *everything*.
The Cosmos:
{Devon smiles brighter} Me too.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden, smiles} Why?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} For giving him shit.
The Universe:
{Ryan gives Devon a long look, leans closer and whispers} I *feel* a lot more than I did before.
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} I don’t. They barely even spoke to each other before we started that. Now they’re out in the hall alone talking.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} True.
The Cosmos:
{Devon quietly, whispers} We should talk about that.
The Universe:
{Ryan nods} Okay.
The Cosmos:
{Devon smiles} If you want to that is.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at her, smiles} I do, actually.
The Cosmos:
{Devon nods} Okay.. We can go into the hall if you want.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at her, takes her hand, looks at Sorrow} We’ll be back in a minute. We’re going to the kitchen for more.. chips.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ryan, smiles} Go ahead. If we’re not here when you get back, we’ll probably be back in the suite.
The Universe:
{Ryan nods} All right. {heads out with Devon, passing Chloe as she comes back in and heads toward the kitchen}

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