November 3

The Killer in Me is the Killer in You

The Universe:
{Gabe looks over at them} Though.. I *do* also feel kinda like a shit for spying on *Alexei*.
The Universe:
{Damien nods} Yeah, we all do.
The Cosmos:
{The girls watch Gabe}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles at Glen} So how *hot* was that video?
The Universe:
{Glen looks over at Chloe, smiles} Babe. {looks at Sang} Show her?
The Cosmos:
{Sang nods and smiles wickedly and replays the video}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe watches, blinks} Wow.. It’s like Blair Witch Porn.

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November 3

Whither in Denial

(2:59:04 AM) The Universe:
{Edward and Damien walk into the tower, Damien’s shaking his head, Edward looks at Taryn and Sang} Ro’s a hit man.
(2:59:40 AM) The Cosmos:
{Taryn looks up and blinks} No way. {Sang smiles} Awesome.

(3:00:03 AM) The Universe:
{Edward nods} I swear it’s true.
(3:00:20 AM) The Universe:
{Damien nods} Silver’s taking him to tell Christopher before someone else beats him to it.
(3:01:27 AM) The Cosmos:
{Taryn shakes her head} Holy fuck.
(3:01:52 AM) The Cosmos:
{Sang bounds up into Damien’s arms} That’s gonna be a hell of a convo.
(3:01:55 AM) The Universe:
{Edward nods, walks over and sits next to Taryn} And Damien volunteered us.. oh, you were still there for that.
(3:02:19 AM) The Cosmos:
{Taryn nods} To help with…{frowns} Phoenix?
(3:02:33 AM) The Universe:
{Damien smiles, wraps his arms around Sang, picking her up and carrying her over to a chair, sits, pulling her into his lap, nods to Taryn} Yeah, her.
(3:02:58 AM) The Universe:
{Edward nods to Taryn} We don’t trust her. This way, we can get a better idea of what she’s *really* up to.
(3:03:11 AM) The Universe:
{Damien nods again} And just how much she *does* know.

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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 11

She Wouldn’t Spit On Me If I Was On Fire

The Universe:
{a few minutes later, they walk into the music room, Loch lights a cigarette now that they’re away from the puppies and goes straight for the Jamison}
The Universe:
{David and Aubrey are layin’ on the couch in between bouts}
The Universe:
{Ethan walks over to the couch and smiles} Put some fucking clothes on. You’ve got company.
The Cosmos:
{Bree shakes her head} I don’t know David can stay naked.
The Universe:
{David grabs his lighter off the table, throws it at Ethan} Fuck off.
The Universe:
{Loch takes a drag of his cigarette, follows it with a shot, hands Bree the bottle} Come on, man. We’re gonna practice.
The Cosmos:
{Chloe walks in sans pig tails, looking more grown up in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt, with sneakers, looks at Bree, then at David and Aubrey, arches her brow}

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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 22

They’re Cool But Twice as Crazy

(9:31:36 PM) The Universe:
{meanwhile, back inside Kendra’s suite}

(9:47:19 PM) The Cosmos:
{Kendra walks back in, looks at Van and Akhiro} I miss anything important? {heads over to the couches}
(9:47:42 PM) The Universe:
{Van shakes his head} Not yet.
(9:48:01 PM) The Universe:
{Akhiro looks at Kendra as she walks over} I think we were waiting on you.
(9:48:44 PM) The Cosmos:
{Kendra nods, looks at Peyton} So what are you going to do?
(9:49:07 PM) The Universe:
{Tristan stands next to Peyton, listening}

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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 13

Life of My Own Part 8

Boys:
[meanwhile, out in the hall, Lucien looks over and down at Sang] So… what is it you wanted to talk to me about?
Girls:
[Sang looks up at Lucien] Damien and Simone. I don’t trust her. She went from “oh my god vampires must kill” to ” Sweet I’m a vampire” way too fast and she’s…well she was talking to Glen and being all repentant and ‘oh my god I killed someone” and everything then Damien walked in and suddenly she was laughing and smiling and acting like it was natural and normal and they were best buds. And I *really* don’t want to be her next victim.
Boys:
[Lucien nods] He totally should’ve killed her. I will stand by that til my dying day.
Boys:
[Lucien lights a cigarette] So what are we thinking? Trying to impress daddy or hot for daddy?
Girls:
[Sang looks ahead] I’m not sure. But either way… I’m not sure Daddy should be part of her equation. I get why he did what he did.
Boys:
[Lucien smirks] Oh, I get why he did it. I just sometimes wish he’d be less.. understanding.. and a bit more.. vindictive. I don’t think any woman that tries to stake one of us should be part of the equation. Unless it’s me in which case if she tried to stake *me* I probably did something to deserve it, but he’s not me and if there’s any vampire walking that doesn’t deserve it, it’s him.
Girls:
[Sang nods] Lucien, I *really* like him. More than I probably should at this point. We were just walking and talking about the .. things. And she came out of nowhere and staked him in the back. [Closes her eyes] I swear I felt it. And all I could think was “What do I do *now*?” [opens her eyes] I’m not prone to violence and I’m not usually cynical and broody.. but this has made me all of those things and I don’t like it. What kind of person stakes someone who looks like Chloe? Christ. She looks 8 you know?
Boys:
[Lucien shakes his head] A very cold one. And it has been my experience that people cold enough to do that don’t suddenly become raging infernos from spending a couple of hours with a piece of wood sticking out of them. [looks at her] Damien is perfect in every way. Far be it for me to say otherwise. However.. his vision is blurred and his instincts are dulled by proximity. He’s the do gooder that keeps trying to help wounded animals no matter many times he’s been bitten. And he hasn’t been bitten enough, been hurt enough. He needs to focus more on what he has that’s working and less on those things he thinks he can *make* work. That’s his weakness. His fatal flaw.
Boys:
[Lucien takes a drag] Damien has amazing instincts and judgment of character. As long as he keeps his distance.
Girls:
[Sang nods] I don’t want her to die. Well I do, but she already did.. [frowns] Damien thought maybe when the king heard what happened and how that he’d remove her from his..care. Because of how she was turned.
Boys:
[Lucien smiles] He did, did he? [looks at her] The thing is, there are rules to turning people. We can’t just run around doing it or we’ll be overrun with vampires and not enough people to feed them. And that’s bad for everyone. This, however, is really more like a prisoner of war scenario. And as such, I definitely think the king will have an opinion on how the fledgling should be handled and by whom. The fact is, she attacked our people. *That* is the bottom line. And at last count, Damien wasn’t on the list of those responsible for punishing crimes against us.
Boys:
[Lucien shrugs] Ultimately, it doesn’t matter who turned her or whether *they* punished her. Her crime matters and people.. victims.. Chloe… deserves her pound of flesh as well.
Boys:
[Lucien looks at her] Damien was trying to protect her out of some misplaced sense of fairness and justice, but is it really justice as it stands? I doubt Chloe would think so.

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September 13

Life of My Own Part 7

Girls:
[Sang smiles seeing Em, looks over at Damien] She’s almost *glowing*. Apparently I’m not the only one who really digs the choice made tonight.

Boys:
[Damien smiles] You should’ve seen them talking to each other earlier. It was like they were the only ones in the room.
Girls:
[Sang smiles] Oh that’s cool. I would have loved to have seen that. I mean I know she was worried about…things. She seems to be a nice girl [grins] but not *too* nice. You know? [looks back over at Damien] Okay I’m just going to say it…your brother’s are *hot*. You are hotter by far but I’m proud to be part of this family.
Boys:
[Damien laughs] Baby…[looks at her, smiling broadly] She checked us out under our sheets when she was making the rounds with Alexei this morning. She’s definitely not *too* nice.
Girls:
[Sang’s mouth falls open, then she bursts out laughing] Good girl. Very good girl.
Boys:
[Damien laughs again] Yeah, you should’ve been there. Viktor snatched her right out from under Lucien, which impressed me. But what impressed me the most was the absolute subtlety with which he did it.
Boys:
[Damien smiles] Before he was turned, he never would’ve even tried.
Girls:
[Sang smiles] So baby brother is grew up and found his confidence?
Boys:
[Damien nods] Something like that, yeah. Or just decided he was done being the baby.

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September 13

Life of My Own Part 6

Girls:
[Sangria nods] Okay. She can borrow some of my clothes.
Boys:
[Glen looks at Damien] You forgot to tell your girl about the dead thing?
Boys:
[Damien looks at Glen, frowns] I don’t remember. I meant to. [smiles] I got kind of distracted though.
Girls:
[Sang looks at Glen] He didn’t but I kind of figured it out.
Boys:
[Damien looks at Sang] I totally meant to tell you about that like.. right off the bat. That was *not* something I wanted you waking up to.
Girls:
[Sang looks over at Damien] It’s cool.. no harm no foul.
Boys:
[Damien shakes his head] It would not have been cool if you woke up and found me dead.
Boys:
[Damien looks at her] Especially after earlier.
Boys:
[Glen smiles] Meanwhile.. Genja didn’t tell *Eden* we’re dead during the day and died when the sun came up while he was *still* fucking her.

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