October 4

If I Could I’d Sit This Out

The Universe:
{Morose glances back over his shoulder, smiles, looks at Saige} Sorry for subjecting to the parental units longer than necessary.
The Cosmos:
{Saige shakes her head} It’s all right, Morose. They’re much cooler than mine were.
The Universe:
{Morose nods} Vampires and ghouls tend to make more open minded parents.
The Cosmos:
{Saige looks at him} I can only imagine.
The Universe:
{Morose looks at her} Yeah, probably not, but… anyway… you seem a little off balance. What’s wrong?
The Cosmos:
{Saige shakes her head, puts a smile on her face} Nothing. I was just thinking about what you said.
The Universe:
{Morose shakes his head} Don’t think about it too hard. It’s just an opinion and you know what they say about opinions.
The Cosmos:
{Saige nods} I do.. but it’s true.

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October 4

I Can’t Wait for You to Shut Me Up

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Cameron and Hayden are sneaking out of the throne room and running down the hall back toward the kitchen}
The Cosmos:
{Hayden looks at Cameron} Well I’ve reached my porn quota for the day.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden bursts out laughing}
The Universe:
{Cameron laughs} Hey. All *I* wanted you to do was make me a sandwich. {smiles} It could’ve been *much* worse.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden laughs harder, gasping out her words} You were supposed to make me one…. Yeah.. it could have been the king we saw.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles again} Or I could have lost control and jumped *you*.
The Universe:
{Cameron, still smiling, nods} Yeah, I was. Come on. {heads toward the kitchen, laughs again} Shit. I never woulda heard the end of that one.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden grins} I don’t know.. You probably would’ve.
The Universe:
{Cameron looks at her, smiles} Babe. *Everyone* in the music room is givin’ me shit about us and how we’re gonna end up fucking.

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September 21

Try to See Things My Way

The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles over her shoulder at Brennan} Oh yeah? You’ll have to tell me about that.
The Universe:
{Brennan smiles wickedly} I would *much* rather show you.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden looks ahead again} We can talk about that too.
The Universe:
{Brennan arches a brow} That’s a conversation I might actually listen to.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles wickedly} So much for not pissing off the vampire.
The Universe:
{Brennan smiles} I haven’t *done* anything yet.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden laughs} No.. but the yet tells me you will.
The Universe:
{Brennan nods} I never was real good at that being good thing. However, she *did* say other girls were something we could talk about, too.
The Universe:
{Brennan sighs} I have a feeling me and Peyton are gonna be doing a *lot* of talking.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden nods} That’s a good thing. Peyton’s cool. As long as you talk to her *before*. You know?
The Universe:
{Brennan looks at Hayden} I’ll have to keep that in mind. What about shit you didn’t see coming?
The Universe:
{Brennan smiles} Because there’s a *lot* of shit that happens to me that I never saw coming.
The Universe:
{Brennan smiles more broadly} I’m really just a victim of circumstance.

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September 19

New Mornin’, New Day

The Universe:
{Seth and Jace sit at the ghoul table with Alexei who has just finished the rounds}
The Cosmos:
{Mia, Siobhan and Aubrey sit with the other Ghouls, Mia} I wonder how Dom faired with his princess.
The Universe:
{Aiden sits at a table by himself because he prefers it that way with a plate of food in front of him that he’s neglecting in favor of a cup of black coffee, he’s up earlier than most of the other humans out of habit}
The Universe:
{Seth takes a sip of his coffee} He probably didn’t have time to fare shit considering how late it was before everyone finished choosing. And he was one of the last ones.
The Cosmos:
{Siobhan laughs} You should have seen what Mia did to her though. Well what we did to her.
The Universe:
{David walks in and grabs a plate, heads over and sits across from Aiden, looks over at him} You’d think you’d be happier *out* of the cell.
The Universe:
{Aiden raises his eyes to him, flips him off slowly and deliberately}
The Universe:
{David half smiles} Mornin’ to you too, Sunshine.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn walks in takes a plate and goes to an empty table after filling it with healthy foods from the buffet}
The Universe:
{Aiden smirks} Haven’t you had enough? {takes a sip of his coffee, his eyes moving from David to take in the room}
The Universe:
{David shrugs} Smoke a joint or somethin’. It’s not like you gotta worry about droppin’ the soap around *here*.
The Cosmos:
{Sang bounces in, grabs coffee and a plate, looks around and goes over to the table with Aiden and David, smiles} Morning.
The Universe:
{Brennan walks in and looks around as he heads to the buffet wit Tristan next to him}
The Universe:
{Aiden and David look at Sang, Aiden arches a brow, looks back at David} You’ve gotta be kiddin’ me.
The Universe:
{David smiles at Sang} He’s not a mornin’ person, apparently.
The Universe:
{Brennan smiles, nods toward Sang as he nudges Tristan, whispers “dat ass”}

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September 10

Deliver Me Into My Fate

Now that Damien’s need to punish had been satisfied, he turned his attention to Sang.  That couldn’t have been a pleasant experience for her anymore than it was for him.  He looked over at her, watching her as they walked back to the tower.  He had a good feeling about this one.  A very good feeling.  She wasn’t going to need to be micro-managed and she didn’t seem prone to depression.  She was right when she’d said she had a good head on her shoulders.  She was definitely going to need that.  She was also positive and energetic, not to mention intelligent and he’d have to say even brave.  All that and she was gorgeous, too.  In fact, everything he knew about her so far said she was perfect for him but what intrigued him most was that she felt familiar somehow.  Like they’d known each other before.  He was so comfortable with her, he hadn’t even thought twice about what she’d think about what he was going to do to the girl that staked him.

Glen shook his head and smiled as he dragged Simone to the catacombs.  “He didn’t even bother to get your name.  Typical.”  In the catacombs, he dropped her next to a sarcophagus and pushed the heavy stone lid off.  “All right, whoever the hell you are, let tell me you how this is going to work.”  He lifted her up and put her inside, dropping her right on top of the pile of bones that was the previous resident and hopped up onto the edge.  “You’re here until Damien decides you’ve had enough.  But you’re lucky, cuz he’s one of our less vindictive bastards.”  He drove his heel against the stake, driving it through and into the bones and cushioning beneath her, pinning her there.  “If you somehow manage to dislodge the wood in your chest, you’ll be too weak to get the lid off, which is going to suck for you because I imagine you’re already pretty fucking hungry.  That will only get worse.  But that’s all right, cuz I’m sure Damien will bring you dinner when he gets around to it.  In the meantime, think about this.  What you’re going through right now and will be is what you did to Damien.  Staking us doesn’t kill us, obviously.  All it does is piss us off.  You shouldn’t believe everything you see in the movies.  And if you’d staked me, right now you’d be the keg at one of our parties.  You’d be hanging from a meat hook while we made little cuts all over you and drank from you randomly during the night.  Eventually, you’d die and you’d be grateful when death finally took you.  But not before you went through hell first.  After that, we’d cut off your head and play football with it.”  Glen smiled as he hopped back down, walked over and grabbed the lid, putting it back on the sarcophagus.  He looked in at Simone one last time.  “Happy birthday,” he said as he slid the lid back into place.  That done, he headed back to the dungeon.

Seth left the room thinking about what Heather said to him.  In the hall, he ran into Chloe, Viktor and Em.  He smiled at Chloe.  “I was just looking for you.”  He looked her over.  “And you still manage to look good.”  He looked at Viktor.  “Damien got nailed too, apparently.  Edward, Glen and a few of the girls, not to mention his virgin, were with him and one of them unstaked him.  First thing he did was take care of the problem.  He didn’t even bother to get her name.  He just turned her and staked her and left her to Glen to seal up in the catacombs for a while.”  Viktor nodded.  “Who was she?”  Seth shook his head.  “No idea.  I guess she got out of the cells during the selections.  All I know is she didn’t belong to anyone.  And now I’ve gotta go tell Genja what happened.”  Viktor shook his head.  “He’ll want to get a look at her.  Go ahead, then.  We’ll see you later.”  Seth nodded and headed to the dungeon to see the king.

When the message from Chloe came, Sorrow was in the middle of a small orgy in his massive bed with Ren, Ryan and Devon who’d come in from the kitchen and joined them.  He left the other three to their own devices telling them he’d be back and slipped out to find out what was going on.  He ran into Seth outside his door and got the update from him then went with him to the dungeons.  Meanwhile, Alexei who was busy with the king’s girls hastily ushered them to their room and locked them in, telling them just that there was trouble in the castle and he was locking the door for their own protection, that he’d be back as soon as he knew it was safe.  He ran to the dungeon, arriving in time to find Seth and Sorrow talking quietly to Genja whom they’d pulled aside.

Alexei walked over to the king, Sorrow and Seth just as Seth was telling Genja what happened.  He frowned hearing the news.  Genja shook his head and whispered, “She’ll find out soon enough how fortunate she was that it was Damien who reached her first.”  Sorrow smiled.  “You would’ve probably done the exact same thing to her,” Sorrow whispered.  Genja nodded.  “Perhaps. Though, I doubt I would’ve turned her first.”  Alexei nodded and whispered.  “You would’ve at least made her a ghoul so she could endure the agony a bit longer than the average human before expiring.”  Genja nodded again.  “Tell the others everything’s been taken care of and to go back to whatever they were doing.”  Seth and Alexei nodded and headed off to do just that.

Jace stood near the cells, leaning against a wall and watching the discussion near the doorway.  When the group dispersed, he turned his attention to Mia and whispered, “I can’t wait til this is over.  I’m bored as shit and that..” he said, nodding toward Genja and the others, “looks like it’s hella more interesting than this.”

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August 20

Something Wicked

Boys: 
[Alexei carries Eden into Genja’s room and sets her on her feet, locks the door behind him, looks back at her] Now go sit *down*.
Girls: 
[Eden shakes her head] I *don’t* want to be in here, Alexei. *Really*. [Puts her hands on her hips and clenches her jaw, and almost growls] And I’m sure *he* doesn’t want me here.
Boys: 
[Alexei looks back at her pointedly] He can *hear* you.
Girls: 
[Eden frowns] *He* can deal. If he’d told me himself what to expect..I wouldn’t have lost. my. shit.
Boys: 
[Alexei arches a brow] *This* is why he did it to you. [takes her by the shoulders, turns her around and pushes her forward] Now *go*.
Girls: 
[Eden walks over and stands by the chair crossing her arms over her chest]

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August 19

Telling Tales

Emily made her way back through the vampires giving them the days gossip.  She told Lucien in great detail what Genja had done to Eden and the ensuing drama that had occurred.  She did the same for Sorrow, embellishing the details and giving long descriptions of the younger girl’s facial expressions, reactions and body posture.  As she told the story, she swore she could feel the shadows moving around her like a light show.  Emily smiled, “At least you’re listening.”  She moved through the others rooms making sure to tell them she was there and what she was doing.  For most she stood near the bed.  With Lucien, Sorrow and Edward she perched on the side of the bed.  For Edward she spoke very quietly, and when she touched him it was with the most gentle of caresses.  She was barely able to tear herself away from them when it was time.  They all looked so incredibly young and beautiful.  They all had stories.  Emily wanted to learn the stories, wanted to feel the emotions as they were told.  She was utterly intrigued by them and if asked to choose she didn’t think she’d be able to.

Emily finally finished almost half an hour later than the arranged time.  She went to Ava’s room and found her and Alexei already eating, Emily joined them.  She told Ava about meeting the others and how they looked and smelled, she blushingly told Ava she peeked under the covers of all of them the second time around. Ava smiled and shook her head. Alexei hid his smile behind his glass.  Ava gave Em the scoop on Genja.  Eden woke as Ava was telling Emily how gentle he’d been with her.  Eden looked at Ava like she was high, the recounted *her* night with the Vampire King.  The contrast in the descriptions left Emily slightly confused.  Where Ava used words like caring, thoughtful, kind and even generous.  Eden described him as ruthless, cruel, unyielding, and insatiable.  Ava laughed then. Eden and Emily both looked at Ava questioningly.  Ava shrugged, “Some women *want* insatiable.”  Eden told them in great and graphic detail of the first time he’d taken her..her first time she reminded them, then at Emily’s horrified look, moved on to the other times.  Emily shook her head, “If it was so awful, why did you all but fall apart when you thought you’d killed him?  Why did you break down in tears? I would have been counting my blessings and getting the hell out of there.  You took the time to cover him and close his eyes.”  Eden blinked and looked at Ava who shook her head, “Only you can answer that question, Eden.  All I can do is give you the benefit of my experience, offer you advice and my thoughts on it. What you do with the information is your decision.”  Eden nodded.  Emily smiled, “I’m just wondering who’s going to pick me.”  Ava smiled, “You’ll be chosen by someone who will be careful with you.”  Eden laughed bitterly, “I never dreamed of rainbows and unicorns, but I didn’t expect it to be so.. so.. ”  Eden shook her head, softly, “ugly either.”  Eden burst into tears and fled the room for the bathroom.  Emily looked at Ava, who shook her head, “It’s been rough on her.  She didn’t sleep much and when she did it was fitfully.  When she woke the first time I talked to her some about Genja’s expectations and told her how to behave to win favor.  I just don’t know if she’s going to be able to pull it off.” Ava looked over at Alexei who nodded.

Emily shook her head, “I should start preparing myself as well for…the night ahead.”  Emily swallowed twice.  Ava covered her sister’s hand with her own, “Em.  You’ll be fine.  Relax and consider it an adventure.  The King won’t let anyone hurt you.”  Emily looked at Ava as she stood and headed for the door, speaking softly over her shoulder, “I’m not scared.  I’m excited.”  Emily smiled brightly at Ava, “My first time is going to be with a *vampire*.  How amazing is that?  How incredibly perfect?” Ava didn’t want to point out that Eden’s first time had been with a vampire also, so she simply smiled and nodded as Emily continued, “I’ll let you know who picks me.” Ava laughed and started to speak but Emily was out the door.  Ava turned to Alexei and spoke softly, “She’s terrified.”  Alexei nodded again as Ava stood to go see what she could do for Eden.

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August 19

Masque of Sorrow

Girls: 
[Eden runs at break neck speed down the hall, her panic very evident]
Boys: 
[Alexei walks out of Em’s room and right into Eden’s path]
Girls: 
[Eden slams into him, stumbles back adjusts her path and takes off again muttering an apology]
Girls: 
[Emily watches brow raised]
Boys: 
[Alexei staggers back when Eden runs into him, watches her run off again, smiles broadly, to Em] The king is dead. Long live the king.
Boys: 
[Alexei summons Eden back]

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August 18

His Velvet Blade of Apathy

Girls: 
[Eden stands at the foot of the bed staring at it]
Boys: 
[Genja walks into his suite, closes the door behind him and locks it, walks into the sitting area, taking off his shirt as he goes, drops it over a chair, picks up a pack of cigarettes off the end table and lights one, looks over at her] Massive, isn’t it?
Girls: 
[Eden blinks and turns going to her knees and assuming the position] Yes sir. It is.
Boys: 
[Genja walks over to her, trails a finger over her shoulder, quietly] Good girl.
Girls: 
[Eden twitches when he touches her, squares her shoulders] Thank you, sir.
Boys: 
[Genja, quietly] I can smell your inexperience as easily as I can smell your fear.
Girls: 
[Eden keeps her head bowed, quietly] Yes sir.

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Boys: 
[Genja walks back to the sitting area] Come.
Girls: 
[Eden starts to rise, get half way up, then remember Ava’s response, and drops back to her knees, softly] How shall I approach you, sir.
Boys: 
[Genja smiles] As you would any other. [takes a seat on the divan, looks over at her, takes a drag off his cigarette]
Girls: 
[Eden gets to her feet and walks over to him, and sits on the chair across from the divan]
Boys: 
[Genja looks at her] I didn’t tell you to sit.
Girls: 
[Eden rises] Forgive me, sir.
Boys: 
[Genja nods, sits back, drapes an arm across the back of the divan, crosses his ankle over his knee] You’re a very attractive girl, but I’m sure you already know that.
Girls: 
[Eden nods] Yes sir I do. Thank you sir for noticing.
Boys: 
[Genja looks at her] Do you wear your hair like that because you’re young or it because it makes you look younger?
Girls: 
[Eden shrugs] I wear it like this to keep it from getting tangled when I’m out and about. But I’m not unaware of the benefits of the look.
Boys: 
[Genja smiles] And what, exactly, *are* the benefits?
Girls: 
[Eden keeps her eyes down] Looking younger, which allows me in many instances to watch people without them thinking anything of it. When I adopt this [gives him a vacant stare and tilts her head to the side] look, they often feel very [smiles] comfortable speaking in front of me. Daddy used to use me specifically for that purpose at business dinners.
Boys: 
[Genja nods] And the men who look upon you with unabashed lust in their eyes, followed immediately by the horror and revulsion they feel when the realize you’re young enough to be their daughter and possibly even to put them in prison but they’d gladly fuck you anyway?
Boys: 
[Genja takes another drag] How do you feel about that?
Girls: 
[Eden straightens her head] Most of Daddy’s business associates have or have had in the past, some fling with a much younger girl. One time I went with him on a weekend trip and Mr. Kennedy had a girl a year younger than I was. Daddy brought me to keep her company during the meetings. I thought she was *his* daughter. When I said something about her father, she smiled this incredibly wicked little smile and told me “Oh no, she’d been fucking Mr. Kennedy for Years. [shrugs] When she was in the shower, I checked her driver’s license she was only 16. I swiped it to show Daddy.
Boys: 
[Genja smiles] You didn’t answer my question. I really don’t give a fuck about the 16 year olds your father’s business associates were fucking or your father, either, for that matter. I asked you how it made *you* feel.
Girls: 
[Eden smiles] I felt powerful.
Boys: 
[Genja nods] I thought it might. [smiles] I imagine you’ve consigned a fair number of souls to hell over their unwholesome desire to get inside you.
Girls: 
[Eden looks at him, smiles wickedly] I wasn’t exactly um…blameless in that. There were more times than not I flirted with them. Maybe I even teased some of the younger ones.
Boys: 
[Genja looks at her] You enjoyed their discomfort, though, didn’t you? I can imagine men who were so used to fucking exceptional women that they barely noticed them anymore. And then meeting you.
Girls: 
[Eden nods, softly] I did. It was…as I said..empowering.
Boys: 
[Genja nods] Well. I am a great many things but a paragon of virtue and conscience ridden are not among them. Take off your clothes.
Girls: 
[Eden arches a finely sculpted brow, then blinks, then smiles and slowly, very slowly removes her clothes]

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August 17

Halls of Insurrection

Girls: 
[Ava kneels on the floor in the position, eyes down, while Eden paces having eaten her fill, still going on about how she’s not just *anyone* and why is she here]
Boys: 
[Alexei speaks to Genja quietly outside the door, filling him in on the vast differences in the girls’ behavior, when he finishes, they walk into the room]
Girls: 
[Ava starts to say something when the door opens she clamps her mouth shut]
[ Eden looks over at the men]
Boys: 
[Genja looks over at them as Alexei walks in behind him and shuts the door]
Girls: 
[Eden puts her hands on her hips]
Girls: 
[Ava breathes to the four count and chews her bottom lip]
Boys: 
[Genja walks over to Eden, walks around her, grips her shoulder painfully and pushes her down]
Boys: 
[Alexei stands by the door awaiting instructions]
Girls: 
[Eden goes to her knees, setting her jaw and glares up at him even as tears spring to her eyes from his grip on her shoulder]
Girls: 
[Ava keeps her eyes to the floor]

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