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 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 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 13

Stuck in the Middle With You

The Universe:
{while Loch is exploring Bree’s body and piercings, Tristan and Christopher are in the music room playing with Ethan and a very wasted David}
The Cosmos:
{Chloe watches the boys play. Heather sits next to her on the couch listening, Aubrey dances around}
The Universe:
{Ethan sings and plays lead while Christopher backs him on the rhythm, David plays like tomorrow’s never gonna come}

“No” is a dirty word,
Never gonna say it first,
“No” is just a thought that never crosses my mind.
Maybe in the parking lot,
Better bring your friend along,
Better off together than just one at a time.

The Cosmos:
{Chloe smiles listening}

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October 7

I’m a Failure By Design

This is a lesson in procrastination.
I kill myself because I’m so frustrated.
Every single second that I put it off 
Means another lonely night I got to race the clock.

 

Gabe left the kitchen and headed back to his room.  Inside, he went into the bedroom and looked at the girl laying on his bed.  Chloe had made it as far as this section of the castle before the sun had put her down and Alexei hadn’t wanted to risk moving her any farther than necessary because he couldn’t account for every last sunbeam in the halls.  Instead, he decided to put her in the windowless room that Gabe used as his bedroom in his suite.  Looking at her now, laying there, Gabe was really glad he’d decided to clean.  He shook his head, walked over and took a seat on the edge of the bed next to her.  He took her hand in his and brushed her hair from her eyes.  Quietly, he said, “Chlo?  Don’t do that again, okay?  Next time, just go to your room and summon me there.  I mean, I know you’re kind of on a tight schedule so it’s not like I’m gonna take it personally if you don’t make it before the sun comes up, so just…”  Gabe shook his head and kissed the back of her hand.  He was practically whispering when he spoke again.  “You could’ve killed yourself and I don’t want that, so next time, just don’t do it.”

He let go of her hand and crawled over her so he could lay next to her.  In the glow of a monitor, he told her about breakfast and what he did to Jace and about Morose’s return.  He told her about Saige, Ro and Van and finally he rolled onto his side, facing her so he could study her face until he fell asleep.

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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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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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