November 3

I Can’t Destroy What Isn’t There

The Universe:
{back in the throne room }
The Cosmos:
{Hayden stands there, jaw dropped}
The Cosmos:
{Renee looks at Sorrow, softly} Do you want us to go too?
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ren, starts to say something when Gabe looks over at Alexei} Um.. we really need Genja back because we have that thing to talk to him about.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks over at Gabe and Alexei, then to the new vampire, quietly to Ren} Yes. Out of sight, out of mind and all that.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods to Gabe} I will inform him. {pulls out his phone and texts Genja}
The Cosmos:
{Renee nods all right, still softly} I need to talk to you…when you have a chance. {looks at Devon} Come on.. we’ll go back to the apartment. {Devon nods and looks at Ryan}
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ren} We’ll be back as soon as is physically possible. {whispers} I’m not really a fan of these gatherings anyway.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Devon, whispers} I’ll let you know what’s going on.
The Cosmos:
{Renee nods and Devon smiles at Ryan and nods too takes Renee’s hand and they slip out of the room}
The Universe:
{Sorrow watches them go} I wonder what she wants to talk about.
The Universe:
{Ryan shrugs} Probably her dead husband.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ryan, arches a brow} She has a dead husband? Why didn’t I know this?
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at him} You were dead when the conversation took place.
The Universe:
{Sorrow sighs} Damn. {shakes his head} I *hate* the sun.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Taryn, quietly} You should go. When Genja says “the humans”, he means all of them.
The Universe:
{Damien walks over to Edward and Taryn with Sang}
The Cosmos:
{Taryn nods and looks at Sang, then back at Edward} We’ll meet you back at the apartment? {indicating Sang too}
The Universe:
{Edward nods to Taryn} That’ll be good.
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Sang} This *shouldn’t* take too long. Genja isn’t really big on these things.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn nods, Sang nods too and *they* hurry out}
The Universe:
{Genja walks back into the throne room with the alien like creature} Let’s try to make this quick.
The Universe:
{Alexei and Gabe wait until all the humans are gone before approaching Genja, Gabe pulling out a thick stack of print outs, Gabe} We have a little issue where one of the flock isn’t what they seem.
The Universe:
{Genja takes the papers} You say that as though it’s unusual for someone to seem to be something they’re not. {looks through the papers} What am I looking at?
The Universe:
{Dom looks at Hayden, whispers} This should be good.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden quietly} It always is.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix watches}
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at Genja} You’re looking at Roland Harpers bank statements.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} He is one of Silver’s humans.
The Universe:
{Genja looks at them, motions Silver over} And why are these interesting?
The Cosmos:
{Silver walks over to Genja, looks at him questioningly}
The Universe:
{Gabe shrugs} They’re not if you don’t know what you’re looking for. In fact, they’re perfectly fucking boring at first and even second glance. But when you find a small, extremely expensive armory hidden away in a corporate banker’s attic, you look a little more closely.
The Cosmos:
{Silver looks at Gabe and blinks}
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Due to the nature of the weapons and they’re components and accessories, coupled with the bank statements.. {Gabe interrupts} The interesting stuff is what’s circled in red. {Alexei continues} It would appear that we have unwittingly taken an assassin into the flock.
The Cosmos:
{Silver looks at at Alexei} Are you *sure*?
The Universe:
{Sorrow arches a brow, looks at Ryan whose not even attempting to hide his shock.
The Cosmos:
{Heather shakes her head} Fuck me. That *is* interesting.
The Universe:
{Alexei looks at Silver} As certain as we can be without… {Gabe looks at Silver} Silencers, a sniper rifle, a garrote, duct tape, several semi-automatic handguns, a box of trash bags, fishing line, a pair of gloves, a drop cloth.. with red spatters on it, by the way and last I heard Roland was *not* an artist. Did I mention the laser sighting on the rifle? The list goes on. If the cops saw it sitting on his front seat, they’d arrest him just on the *possibility* alone. Add to that the staggering sums of cash being shuffled around.. yeah, we’re pretty sure. But we’re not *certain*. I mean, hit men don’t exactly label their deposits with details of their crimes.
The Universe:
{Dominic smiles} I *love* assassins.
The Cosmos:
{Silver smiles slowly} Nice.
The Universe:
{Gabe arches a brow, Alexei smiles and shakes his head}
The Universe:
{Genja smiles at Silver, handing the paperwork back to Gabe}
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah, smiles} How glad are you that you don’t qualify as one of the humans anymore?
The Cosmos:
{Silver shrugs} What. Kendra got the Dom.. I got the assassin.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Oh you will *never* know.
The Universe:
{Genja smiles again, to Silver} I’d say you got the better end of the deal.
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey and Hayden look at each other}
The Cosmos:
{Silver smiles} Fuck yes I did.
The Universe:
{Genja looks around the room at the mixture of awe and surprise} Well, ladies and gentlemen. It seems there is a killer among us.
The Universe:
{Viktor smiles} Whatever will we do?
The Cosmos:
{Heather smirks} See who he kills first.

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October 23

What’s the Worst That I Can Say

The Cosmos:
{Taryn sits in the living room a book in her lap her distraction evident by the fact that the book is upside down}
The Universe:
{Edward comes out of his room a bit after sundown and after regaining his focus, rakes a hand through his hair that does move now, straightening it as he looks over at Taryn, smiles, walks over, turns the book over} It might make more sense like this.

The Cosmos:
{Taryn looks up at him smiles} Oh right. Morning.
The Universe:
{Edward sits next to her, leans over and kisses her, smiles again} Morning.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn kisses him back} Did you rest well?
The Universe:
{Edward frowns} It’s not really resting so much as being paralyzed.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn blinks, looks down} Sorry…
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her} You get used to it. It’s not a sensitive subject or anything. {smiles} I probably should’ve just said yes.
The Cosmos:
{Taryn shakes her head} No.. You shouldn’t have. {quietly} I want to know.. the truth.. when I ask something like that or how you are.
The Universe:
{Edward nods} All right. {looks at her} What about you? How are you feeling tonight?
The Cosmos:
{Taryn smiles} I’m good. I had an interesting conversation with Alexei and Jace.

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October 22

Waiting For This Moment to Arise


Blackbird singing in the dead of night

Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise
Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
all your life
you were only waiting for this moment to be free

Time moved differently for her, it was one of the first things she noticed after “punishment” was levied.  Yes, she still felt the pull of the sun, more so since waking from her torpor.  They’d staked her and buried her upside down in one of the old sarcophagi not even bothering to remove the previous occupant’s remains.  She’d spent decades listening to the sounds around her.  Eons, it seemed, while seconds stretched into minutes, minutes to hours, hours became days and days turned into months.  For a while, she contented herself by listening to the sounds around her, mourners burying their dead, the occasional illicit tryst.  Even that had stopped eventually.  She’d tried keeping track of the days, but lost track.  When her people moved on, they left her.  Staked in the dungeon and forgotten, most likely.  Lost in her own private hell of remembering she’d even forgotten until a few weeks ago when she woke to the sounds of people, humans living in her castle again.  Then the smell had reached her…Not humans vampires.  Then humans came later.

She let her mind go, pushing it out as far as she dared.  As far as her weakened state would allow.  Which was further then she’d expected considering the state she was in.  The visions came in snippets, a vignette, seen through the eyes of others.  A woman in a cage here, a man there, a vampire feeding, she wasn’t sure if these were memories or if they were happening as she saw them.  The disjointed thoughts left her mind  a wasteland at times while other’s left her feeling peaceful and serene.  It was easier to make connections while the other person slept, though she didn’t always have that luxury.  Humans were the easiest, human children easier than that.  The vampires were the hardest for her to make the connection with.  It took time finding the strand on the complex web that lead to them and once found they didn’t always go straight there.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird singing in the dead of night
Take these broken wings and learn to fly
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to arise

She felt them closer then they’d been before, hovering outside her tomb.  She could hear them talking.  She pushed her mind into the closest human.  The thoughts made no sense to her.  A staking, a girl being turned, retaliation, another staking, pain, unyielding pain.  She sensed another presence nearby.  Vampire, older than she was.  She knew she’d never get into his mind.  She touched it, just to let him know she was there, and  found his mind open.  She lightly touched his web and found herself slipping through.  She knew she felt her even as gently as she probed.  She could feel herself being pushed out.  She left a thread connected to his web, hoping curiosity would get the better of him.  She’d also left threads connected to the others as well, for varying reasons.  Some so she could visit again, some so she could plant thoughts and others so she could control.  She knew only someone with an open mind could feel her presence, but closed minds were harder to get into and required more effort.  She wandered around the vampires’ dreams as they “slept”, and the humans’ dreams she controlled.  Not so much as they noticed but enough that, she was comfortable.  It gave her something to do during the long hours.  She wandered into a dreamscape and realized it was one of the vampires from the chamber.  She only caught the briefest images, managing to spit a few of her own images at him, before being shoved out.

Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.
Blackbird fly, Blackbird fly
Into the light of the dark black night.

Once back within her own mind she realized several things.  The first was that her vampire friend was probably a lucid dreamer, which might actually work in her favor.  The second, while she was in a bad way she might not have been down nearly as long as she thought.  The third, she hadn’t really lost her sanity.  Fourth, with any luck the new regime would be more…forgiving than the old one.  She had no idea how long they’d been here.  At most 50 years, for that was about how long ago she’d been sentenced to “rot in hell”.  At least as near as she could figure.  Make no mistake it *had* been hell.  The silence after her people had gone had been deafening.  At least for a while they’d remembered her, until one day the web she’d woven had disintegrated.  She’d tried to glide over it, and found herself falling into nothing.  She’d pulled herself back from the gaping maw of insanity, by a single thread, barely holding on.  Now with the new people here there were opportunities.  She ventured into the minds pushing gently searching for the weakest, the strongest, the most open…she learned what she could which wasn’t much but enough.  She deposited thoughts, memories, visions and scenes.  All leading back to her tomb, the wretched hole in the wall.

Black bird singing in the dead of night
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see
All your life
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free
You were only waiting for this moment to be free

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October 13

Desperate Desires and Unadmirable Plans

Lucien and Ciara made their way to town.  They stopped and grabbed what they’d need for the night before heading to the hotel.  He led to her to the Highlander Suite not even bothering to stop at the front desk.  Ciara was amazed and awed by how easily he spent money and commanded the various keepers and bellhops.  He unlocked the door and pulled her inside closing and locking the door behind them.   He moved to turn on the lights and she stood in the middle of the room staring at the large bed.  She turned to speak to him and found him standing directly behind her and gasped.  “You startled me.”  She smiled shyly as he gathered her to him, and scooped her off her feet.  He carried her to the bathroom, where he turned on the water, after setting her on her feet.  He took her face in his hands and kissed her softly.  He broke the kiss as he lifted her shirt from her and tossed it aside, his followed soon after.  He pulled her close again, kissing her with a bit more demand this time.  It was killing him to move so slowly, but he didn’t want to scare her.  She dug her nails into his back urging him closer to her pressing body to body, flesh to flesh.  She tentatively reached between them and undid his pants.  She knew he wouldn’t hurt her as she explored the lines of his body, pushing his pants and underwear over his hips.  She wanted to feel him, to see him.  She needed to touch and taste.  She gasped again at the first sight of his naked arousal.  Ciara whimpered with need and a little fear, even as her hands still roamed his body.  He gritted his teeth with the effort of enduring her hands on him.  As she brushed against his maleness he groaned.  Ciara smiled and reached for him and he caught her small wrist in his large hand, his other quickly divesting her of the rest of her clothing.

She stood before him naked and trembling with need and desire.  His eyes raked over her body.  His hands moved following his eyes, teasing her already taut nerves.  He played her like a delicate instrument, moving her toward the tub as he did.  He stepped into the warm water, pulling her down into the liquid and onto him.  Her eyes flew open wide as he filled her.  She went very still, his hands rested on her slim hips.  She leaned forward and kissed his neck, even as he pushed her hair back over her shoulder, slipping his fangs into her and drinking deeply.  Her hips moved rocking and swirling them to the very edge of the abyss.  He felt her nearing her finish and withdrew, licking the wounds, driving her to a thrashing finish, with his own roaring orgasm following close behind.  She pulled back and looked into his eyes, her blue eyes sparking as she pulled him into a soul rending kiss.

Lucien lifted her from the tub, taking her back to the bedroom where he laid her on the bed and ordered food for her.  While she ate he reassured her.  When she was finished, she came to him more sure of herself and less scared of what she didn’t know.   Round two started and was no less moving for both even if it was less gentle.

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October 13

And I Don’t Know What Else I Can Do

The Cosmos:
{Chloe nods} *Totally*. And I don’t even know *how* he could *do* that.
The Universe:
{Gabe looks at her pointedly} We’re talking about *Seth*. The *cannibal*.. *and*.. former porn actor. Have you *seen* his porn?
The Universe:
{Gabe shakes his head} There’s stuff in there I couldn’t even finish watching.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe shakes her head} I haven’t seen his porn. Still.. Ew. {smiles at Ethan and Conrad as they approach}
The Universe:
{Gabe nods} Totally ew.
The Universe:
{Conrad and Ethan smile, Ethan} What’s up?

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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

The Big Bad Wolf

The Universe:
{Seth looks over} You’re late. Missed the selections.
The Cosmos:
{Bree looks at him, grins} And the virgins.
The Universe:
{Sebastian looks over at them, smiles at Bree, to Seth} We got the ghouls selecting now, too?
The Universe:
{Seth smiles} And the virgins. Not exactly. Bree, this is Sebastian. Sebastian, this is mine.
The Cosmos:
{Hera walks over to Sebastian and puts her front paws on his leg as she stands on her hind feet for attention}
The Cosmos:
{Bree smiles} Nice to meet you.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} And yes I’m his.
The Universe:
{Sebastian turns off the bike, reaches down and pets Hera, smiles at her} Don’t worry. You’re still my favorite bitch. {gets off the bike and walks over to Bree and Seth, smiles at Bree} Good thing I’m not exclusively interested in virgins.

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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 13

Life of My Own Part 11

Boys:
[Genja takes another drag, to Chloe] I understand your anger. But your anger is making you rash.
Girls:
[Chloe nods] You’re right.. I’m going hunting.
Boys:
[Genja nods] All right. Then come and talk to me when you’ve sated some of that hunger which I am sure is not helping your disposition.
Girls:
[Chloe shakes her head] Not hunting because of the hunger.. hunting to get rid of the anger… because if I don’t I’ll kill her.
Boys:
[Genja rolls his eyes] Just go.
Girls:
[Chloe growls] Fine.. I’ll be back in an hour.
Boys:
[Genja looks at Chloe pointedly] Careful.
Girls:
[Chloe turns and walks out]
Boys:
[Genja watches her go, looks at the others] So. I haven’t sentenced her to immediate death so that should satisfy most of you.
Boys:
[Genja shakes his head] So other than meaningless words from the lips of a murderous stranger, give me *one* good reason why death should not be forthcoming.
Girls:
[Ciara shakes her head and looks at Lucien]
Boys:
[Lucien looks at Ciara, quietly] If you have anything to say, now would be the time to say it. This is the closest he’ll get to listening.
Girls:
[Ciara looks at Genja] I think she’s truly repentant. She still grieves the loss of her family, but the anger’s gone.
Boys:
[Genja nods] There is another issue to consider. Specifically, that no one here will *ever* trust her. She will find few, if any, friends here. She will be an outcast even among *us*.
Boys:
[Genja shakes his head] That also means that the rest of us will never rest easy while she walks among us.
Girls:
[Ciara nods]
Boys:
[Edward, quietly] Then banish her.
Boys:
[Edward looks at the others] We don’t *have* to destroy her. But we don’t have to live with her either.

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