November 10

Tie Me Up Before You Go

The Universe:
{The walls and ceiling are a deep, dark bur-gundy, giving a womb-like effect to the spacious room, and the floor is old, old varnished wood. There is a large wooden cross like an X fastened to the wall facing the door. It’s made of high-polished mahogany, and there are restraining cuffs on each corner. Above it is an expansive iron grid suspended from the ceiling, eight-foot square at least, and from it hang all manner of ropes, chains, and glinting shackles. By the door, two long, polished, ornately carved poles, like spindles from a banister but longer, hang like curtain rods across the wall. From them swing a startling assortment of paddles, whips, riding crops, and funny-looking feathery implements.

In the far corner is an oxblood leather padded bench, and fixed to the wall beside it is a wooden, polished rack that looks like a pool or billiard cue holder, but on closer inspection, it holds canes of varying lengths and widths. There’s a stout six-foot-long table in the opposite corner – polished wood with intricately carved legs – and two matching stools underneath. }

There are karabiners all over the ceiling at odd intervals.

E L James (2011-08-18T07:30:04+00:00). Fifty Shades of Grey (Kindle Location 1643). Kindle Edition. }
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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 10

Stay With Me Tonight

The Universe:
{Morose laughs, snuggles the puppy, smiles down at it} Don’t worry. She’ll be back. If not for you, then when she realizes she summoned Shay who’s going to follow her to wherever she goes. {starts feeding the puppy} And if not for *that* then when she realizes she gave *me* a puppy to feed and that there are women *everywhere* who’ll get all weak in the knees over us.
The Universe:
{Christopher laughs} Oh, that’s perfect. {grins} Mix tapes have nothing on puppies.
The Universe:
{Morose nods} Yeah. She just made it even *easier* for me to get laid.
The Cosmos:
{Mia runs back in} Baxter.. his name’s Baxter… {bolts again}
The Universe:
{the boys laugh, Tristan yells out the door} You leave him with Morose his new name is “Pussy Magnet”!
The Universe:
{the boys crack up}

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October 9

I am Torn to Do What I Have to

The Universe:
{meanwhile in Genja’s room}
The Universe:
{Genja reaches over and places a hand on Eden’s knee as he pushes himself into a sitting position}
The Cosmos:
{Eden startles and scrambles to her feet, quietly} I’m sorry sir…
The Universe:
{Genja looks over at her} Why are you sorry?
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at him} For falling asleep in your bed and intruding on your privacy at all.
The Universe:
{Genja shakes his head} It’s fine. I don’t mind it, really.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} But since you’ve brought it up.. what’s wrong?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shakes her head} Nothing.. I just wanted to get to talk to you before.. my.. watchdog.
The Universe:
{Genja smiles} Watchdog? I assume you mean Ava. What is she going to tell me that you felt you should explain first?
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks over at him} That I was flirting with the guys in the band.. specifically Loch and Ethan.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at her} To what end?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shook her head} No end. It was just… we were playing together and everyone said that the song Ethan and I were singing we couldn’t ever sing again because there was no way people wouldn’t believe we weren’t fucking if we did. {softly} Ethan and Loch both know that I belong to you and they won’t do anything because of that. I mean they won’t even be alone with me. and neither will Mia for that matter so apparently it goes through everyone. Oh and Van and Roland went off on Saige at breakfast.

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October 7

You’re Always Crazy Like That

The Universe:
{Ethan smiles, watches her go, shakes his head, looks at the others} So how’d breakfast end?
The Universe:
{Aiden shakes his head as he rolls} Don’t know. We didn’t stick around til it ended.
The Cosmos:
{Ava watches Eden go arches her brow} It probably ended quietly.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Ava, smiles} She’s good, isn’t she?
The Universe:
{Ethan shrugs} With the violin, I mean.
The Universe:
{Tristan nods} She really is. Loch kind of surprises me with the way he is toward her, though. Like he’s *not* actually trying to fuck her.
The Universe:
{David shakes his head} Just because he’s a whore, doesn’t mean he’s fuckin’ *everyone*.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods to David, looks at Tristan} Whatever else you can say about Loch, you can’t say he’s stupid.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods to Ethan, softly} She *is* good. {looks at Tristan, quietly} She’s really trying to behave.
The Universe:
{Tristan shakes his head} That’s not what I meant. *Obviously* he’s not stupid. But so far, he’s treated *most* of the women he’s talked to like he was trying to fuck them. {looks at Ava, smiles} From where I’m standing, she looks like she’s pulling it off.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} She is.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods and smiles} Genja will be pleased.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks back at Ava} So, at the risk of totally *not* saying this the way I mean it… is it like.. your job to watch her or something?
The Cosmos:
{Ava shrugs} It’s my job to make sure she doesn’t embarrass the king and to teach her by example how to…handle certain situations.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Okay, so.. what’s considered… I don’t know.. proper behavior for her? I mean, like… could she hang out in a guys room… {sighs} That sounded way better in my head.
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks at Ethan, smiles} She probably shouldn’t without permission from Genja. In fact she probably shouldn’t be alone with any guy until she’s finished her…training.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Right. I figured as much, wait, what training?
The Universe:
{Tristan whispers to Saige} Wow. Ethan actually managed to ask what Ava was supposed to be doing without using the word “babysitter”.
The Cosmos:
{Ava shakes her head} You’ll have to ask him that, Ethan. It’s between her and him. I’m just there to more or less be a role model and guide her.
The Cosmos:
{Saige whispers back to Tristan} Seriously. I was thinking the same thing.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} In other words, not my business. Got it. And totally *not* asking the king.
The Universe:
{Tristan smiles, whispers} I’m pretty sure even *I* couldn’t have asked without calling her a babysitter.
The Universe:
{Ethan frowns} You know I was just asking about the room thing because of that whole conversation she and Loch just had about it, right? Not because I want to lure her off to mine or anything.
The Cosmos:
{Ava smiles} I didn’t mean it that way. it’s just {looks around} not something to talk about in…large groups.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods} I know Ethan.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Cool. But..yanno, if it’s not something to talk about in a group, we probably shouldn’t talk about it at all, so.. we’ll go with that.
The Cosmos:
{Ava nods and sighs} And now I’m the killjoy. {shakes her head}
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Ava} No. I just really *don’t* think I want to know what kind of training can’t be talked about in mixed company. Involving the king and..{laughs} well, *anyone*, really.
The Cosmos:
{Ava looks around the room} Right. Okay. Still…

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October 6

I Think I Made it Very Clear

The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} Public area. Would you take me to *your* room?
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Probably not. Would you take me to yours?
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} Yes actually I would.
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs}
The Cosmos:
{Eden smiles} My room is next to the kings and he can hear everything.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles} Yeah, well, mine is next to Chloe and David and Conrad and Conrad is probably the only one anyone might even half way trust.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks over at him} Your room isn’t safe?
The Universe:
{Ethan frowns} Well.. of course it is. I mean.. you’d be safe from *me*, but.. it goes back to that what everyone else would believe thing.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} Yeah.. I know.

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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 1

Don’t You Know I Love It Til It Hurts Me, Baby

(12:13:04 AM) The Universe:
{Seth walks into the throne room with Bree, stops near the door and takes a look around} I have more history here than probably anywhere else.
(12:13:52 AM) The Cosmos:
{Bree looks over at him, smiles, quietly} Tell me, please.
(12:15:38 AM) The Universe:
{Seth nods, points to the throne} Genja was standing there with most of the other vampires close by. {points again} Sorrow was there. {looks at her} I remember where Sorrow was the most clearly because when the fucking lightning started… I had *no* idea vampires could do something *that*.. immense.
(12:16:40 AM) The Cosmos:
{Bree looks at him} He did it inside? {shakes her head} Wow. That’s nuts.
(12:17:29 AM) The Universe:
{Seth nods} Yeah, and I’m grateful as hell he couldn’t actually *aim* it then. But I’m getting ahead of myself. {points to the other side of the room} My sister and wife were standing over there, waiting for me and probably praying.
(12:18:25 AM) The Cosmos:
{Bree looks at him} Your *wife?* You were married? Get. out.
(12:19:02 AM) The Universe:
{Seth nods} I knew her twenty four hours before the big celebration and forty eight hours after that, we were here.

(12:19:39 AM) The Cosmos:
{Bree frowns} What happened to her?

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September 22

What Your Love Has Done to Me

(2:37:39 PM) The Universe:
{Van wakes up just in time to shower, dress and grab something to eat before the sun sets, sits across from Akhiro and Sang, amused at the way their sleeping as he finishes a sandwich made from the food brought up for lunch}
(2:38:43 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro wakes up feeling Van’s eyes on him, blinks away the sleep, glances around} Shit. What time is it?
(2:39:01 PM) The Universe:
{Van smiles} About that time.
(2:39:24 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang curls tighter into Akhiro, mutters something and clenches her fist in his shirt}
(2:39:58 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Sang, smiles, quietly} I *really* don’t want to wake her.
(2:40:25 PM) The Universe:
{Van nods} Then I will. {looks at Sang} Sang!
(2:41:02 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Van, arches a brow} Not nice, Van.
(2:41:12 PM) The Universe:
{Van smiles} What? She woke *me* up today.
(2:42:03 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang frowns and growls} Go ‘way. Comfortable. {buries her face in Akhiro’s chest} Too early for school, bro.
(2:42:55 PM) The Universe:
{Van smiles at Sang’s response} Sang! Get up. The vampires are going to be up soon.
(2:44:00 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang’s eyes fly open} Shit! Damien! {looks at Akhiro, smiles sheepishly} Sorry.
(2:44:17 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro smiles} It’s okay.
(2:44:43 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Van, still smiling} Though I think Van enjoyed that entirely too much.
(2:45:13 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Van, frowns} You’re evil.
(2:45:49 PM) The Universe:
{Van looks at Sang, smiles} I’m *adapting*. Eye for an eye is the law of this jungle, right?
(2:46:05 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro laughs}
(2:46:19 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} At least I didn’t *yell* at you.
(2:47:08 PM) The Universe:
{Van nods} True. But I think the yelling balances out the “only two hours of sleep” part rather sufficiently.
(2:47:32 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at him} It was *important*.
(2:47:50 PM) The Universe:
{Van looks at her} So is this.
(2:48:41 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at him, nods} Still I was gentle about waking you up.
(2:50:19 PM) The Universe:
{Van smiles} Two hours of sleep. We can go back and forth all night or you can eat something. You want some coffee?
(2:51:33 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang smiles} True.. and yes food, and I can get the coffee. {Stands}
(2:52:16 PM) The Universe:
{Van shakes his head} Sit. I’ve been awake longer. {stands and walks over to the bar} You might want to straighten your hair and clothes while you’re at it.
(2:52:58 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang frowns but straightens herself} Better?
(2:53:09 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro laughs} Shit. {runs his hand through his hair to straighten it} As long as we don’t look freshly fucked, we’re good.
(2:53:43 PM) The Universe:
{Van looks over at Sang as he makes coffee, smiles} Stunning. No one will ever know you were asleep in Akhiro’s arms.
(2:54:18 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro laughs again} Damn, Van. {smiles} Someone’s feeling better.
(2:54:27 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang shakes her head} Hell they can probably smell that. {looks at Van, blinks} I wasn’t.. we didn’t..
(2:54:49 PM) The Universe:
{Van smiles again, shakes his head} Never crossed my mind.
(2:55:28 PM) The Cosmos:
{Sang looks at Akhiro}

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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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