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 21

If I Seem to Be Confused, I Didn’t Mean to Be With You

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Ethan walks down the hall with Izzy just before all this, to Izzy} I care about Eden a lot, but.. we’re just friends and friends is all we’re ever going to be.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy looks over at Ethan} Because she’s the king’s?
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} Well, yeah. {rolls his eyes} *And* because someone mentioned that I’m just.. six years older than her which doesn’t mean much ten years from now, but when you consider she graduated high school last year… it’s makes things kinda.. weird.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at her} But yeah.. my primary concern is keeping our faces attached.

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October 21

If It’s Love You’re Lookin’ For, I Can Give a Little More

The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at David} Music or sleep.
The Universe:
{David looks at Camille, smiles} You gonna watch me while I do that, too?
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods and smiles} Yes actually I am.
The Cosmos:
{Bree whispers to Loch} She takes him to her room we can search for hidden bottles.
The Universe:
{David smiles wickedly} You gonna sleep *with* me?
The Universe:
{Loch nods to Bree, whispers} When’s he had time to stash any? He was too drunk last night and didn’t even know where he lived.
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head} Nope. Not until you don’t smell like a distillery.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} True.
The Universe:
{David looks at her for a second, nods} Right. Kinda thought the shower I took this mornin’ took care of that. {pulls his drumsticks out of his back pocket} That’s all right, though, because I wasn’t plannin’ on goin’ back to bed anyway.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at David} You ready to go? We can fuck around til everyone else gets there.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} The shower didn’t take care of the four cups you had this morning.
The Universe:
{David nods, twirls one of the sticks through his fingers} Let’s do it.
The Universe:
{David stands, looks at Camille} Yeah, well..neither did you.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden} I’ll see you later?
The Cosmos:
{Camille arches her brow} No I didn’t and that was my bad.. .I’m doing what I can *now*.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan} Yeah.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy smiles} I’m gonna go see who’s trucks got here.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Izzy, smiles} Keep me informed. I’m going to get David to his drum set so he can remember why he gets up every morning.
The Cosmos:
{Izzy nods and smiles} I totally will.
The Cosmos:
{Camille stands, As do Izzy and Nikki, Nikki to Izzy} I’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Ethan grabs David by the shoulder, smiles at Camille} Breakfast was really good, thank you. He’ll thank you later. {pulls David toward the door}
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Ethan and nods} I’ll be in, in a few.
The Cosmos:
{Emily goes to the kitchen as Izzy and Nikki head out}
The Universe:
{Brennan and Van watch Ethan drag David out}
The Cosmos:
{Camille shakes her head, mutters something in Italian}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Camille} You’re not expectin’ it to be easy, are ya?
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch, pushes her hair behind one ear} No. I’m not. But I intend to fight him every step of the way if I have to.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} I’ll be there with you. My dad was an alchy.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} Had a brother that was. He ended up hating me. {softly} He also ended up dead.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} My old man ended up dead, too.
The Cosmos:
{Camille looks at Loch} I’m sorry.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} It happens. And I really don’t need sympathy, so don’t worry about givin’ it to me.
The Cosmos:
{Camille nods} It wasn’t… {shakes her head} Yeah..okay.. anyway.. I’m going to head to the music room and make sure he hates me enough.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles} We’ll come with you.
The Universe:
{Loch shrugs} He can spread the hate around.
The Cosmos:
{Bree nods} Yes we will. {Camille smiles} Let’s do it then. {heads for the door}
The Universe:
{Loch follows Bree}

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October 21

If You’re Somewhere Out There Passed Out on the Floor

The Cosmos:
{Mia looks at Jace} Wonder who had *that*?
The Universe:
{Alexei walks back to his seat. sits down, whispers to Mia} Aiden, Samuel and Roland.
The Universe:
{Jace looks at Alexei, arches a brow, whispers} Aiden and Samuel I can see, but *Ro*?
The Cosmos:
{Mia blinks, whispers} Ro…Seriously?
The Universe:
{Alexei nods, whispers} Gabriel is going back over his bank records. The collections are vastly different. Aiden and Samuel have primarily hand guns. Roland, however, has a slightly more vast array including but not limited to Katanas.
The Universe:
{Alexei whispers} Aiden and Samuel also do not have silencers or padded cases for their weapons.

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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 17

So Take Your Medicine

The Cosmos:
{Nay laughs} Babe.. it’s not all it’s cracked up to be.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra looks over at Van and closes the laptop}
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} Nothing usually is, but it was probably a hell of a lot less boring than some night courses at the community college.
The Universe:
{Van walks over to Kendra, sits next to her, looks at her}
The Universe:
{Van, quietly} Tell me what I did and how to fix it.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra shakes her head, smiles, softly} You didn’t do anything, baby.

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October 16

You Got a Social Disease

The Cosmos:
{Bree looks over and smiles at Loch}
The Universe:
{Ethan stops abruptly at the end, smiles at Loch} Hi.
The Universe:
{Loch smiles the most fake smile of all time at Ethan} *Hi*. {walks over to Bree, places a hand on the back of her neck and kisses her, looks at Ethan} My girlfriend is not available to help you start your one night stand binge.
The Universe:
{Ethan cracks up}
The Cosmos:
{Bree looks up at Loch} I didn’t mean it like that.. just that music draws the girls in.
The Universe:
{Loch eyes Ethan a second longer, looks at Bree} Not lately. Well, it hasn’t been real good for it so far tonight, anyway.
The Universe:
{Ethan smiles at Bree} And by that, he means it didn’t draw *you* in earlier.
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Ethan} I was talkin’ about when the only people that dropped by were Chloe, Summer, Kendra, Van and Akhiro.

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October 4

We Don’t Believe in Filler, Baby

The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden, whispers} Yep. Something totally going on there.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan, totally, looks over at Damien} What’s up with Chloe and Gables?
The Universe:
{Damien looks at Eden} I’m not really sure. I know they hooked up a while ago, but I don’t really know the details.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} Damn.
The Universe:
{Damien smiles} What? Damn because I don’t know the details or damn because you forgot you belong to the king and he’s cute?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} Both. {Smiles} and Ethan was curious.
The Universe:
{Ethan laughs, nods} Yeah. That’s totally it.
The Universe:
{ Sorrow smiles, listening} I know Chloe and Gabe have a lot of sexual tension between them that was *not* resolved by hooking up.
The Universe:
{Edward nods} He still wants on her enough that he did *not* want her to hear about whatever he was doing today.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Edward} *Who* he was doing today. Saige made a play for him pretending she was computer stupid.
The Universe:
{Ethan nods} And he pretended to believe it and dragged her off to his room.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Sorrow, then over at Edward} Seriously? He all but fucked her at Breakfast. Yeah that. It was obvious as fuck.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at Eden} He all but fucked Saige at breakfast?
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Eden} And he’s a ghoul, too. Don’t we all all but but fuck everyone everywhere we are as it is?

The Cosmos:
{Eden nods and sighs} I guess.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ryan, smiles} When you’re a ghoul and you have actual feelings for someone, all that excess sexual energy finds a focus.
The Universe:
{Sorrow shrugs} You’ll still fuck anyone, but you actually have a first *choice* about who that is.
The Cosmos:
{Renee looks at Devon, then back to Ryan, and finally looks at Sorrow} I think it’s that way for anyone who has feelings for another. IF that person isn’t available.
The Universe:
{Sorrow nods to Renee} It is. You just have *more* of it to deal with as a ghoul than the average person.
The Cosmos:
{Devon looks at Ryan, smiles}
The Cosmos:
{Renee nods} I can only imagine.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at Devon, smiles} I can see it.
The Cosmos:
{Eden looks at Ethan} Now I feel like shit.
The Universe:
{Sorrow nods} And that’s really the epitome of what a ghoul is. They’re just *more* human than human. More *everything*.
The Cosmos:
{Devon smiles brighter} Me too.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Eden, smiles} Why?
The Cosmos:
{Eden shrugs} For giving him shit.
The Universe:
{Ryan gives Devon a long look, leans closer and whispers} I *feel* a lot more than I did before.
The Universe:
{Ethan shakes his head} I don’t. They barely even spoke to each other before we started that. Now they’re out in the hall alone talking.
The Cosmos:
{Eden nods} True.
The Cosmos:
{Devon quietly, whispers} We should talk about that.
The Universe:
{Ryan nods} Okay.
The Cosmos:
{Devon smiles} If you want to that is.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at her, smiles} I do, actually.
The Cosmos:
{Devon nods} Okay.. We can go into the hall if you want.
The Universe:
{Ryan looks at her, takes her hand, looks at Sorrow} We’ll be back in a minute. We’re going to the kitchen for more.. chips.
The Universe:
{Sorrow looks at Ryan, smiles} Go ahead. If we’re not here when you get back, we’ll probably be back in the suite.
The Universe:
{Ryan nods} All right. {heads out with Devon, passing Chloe as she comes back in and heads toward the kitchen}

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June 15

Drifters

While in D.C., Lucien and Jenna decided they’d head home from there, leaving Dominic and Roland the message so they’d know not to expect them back.  Dominic, Izzy, Alexei and Anya decided to head to New York Friday morning for the weekend taking a rain check on the dinner invitation from Ro and Em until next week when they’d be back in the Falls.  Ro and Em decided to stay until Saturday so they could watch the band and spend as much time as they could with Christopher and Ciara before they had to get back to life as they knew it.

Aiden, Ava, Silver and Conrad took a road trip South to Richmond to visit King’s Dominion and Busch Gardens Williamsburg on Friday and Saturday respectively, after which they planned to take a train home and stop off at Hershey’s Park in Pennsylvania.  Genja and Kendra spent the weekend looking at cabins in the area, returning home only after they’d found one and begun negotiations to purchase.

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June 6

I Call You Butterfly (part 2?)

Hayden woke with a hangover from hell.  She made her way to the bathroom and popped two aspirin shook her head wincing and muttered.  “Closing the barn door after the horse got out again.  You’d think I’d’ve learned.”  She had a busy day and couldn’t afford to be lazy.  She showered and dressed and after leaving the house wondered exactly how she was going to manage here.  Taking over the business had never been something she’d seriously thought about even though her dad had said it enough.  She drove to the lawyer’s were she would officially become the proud owner of a construction company, after signing a boatload of papers.  She spent a better part of the morning going over the papers and signing her name at the bottom.  They also took care of the property and financial things as well.  When she was done, not only was she the sole owner of the company and the responsibility that came with it, she was also financially flush and wouldn’t have to worry again about money.  Her Mother’s trust would see to that.  The business was sound financially as well.  Daddy had at least left her in a good place, the lawyers said.  The only bills he owed on were the current month’s and *that* they said was almost unheard of.  When she left the offices, she realized she was hungry, starving actually.  She stopped into the diner on the way to a job site.  Her four-wheel pickup sat outside the place letting everyone know she was there.  “So much for keeping a low profile,” She thought.

 

Izzy woke from her nap and quietly extricated herself from Dom’s arms she wanted to be dressed before he woke up.  She’d taken great care with what she was going to wear for the evening.  They were going clubbing after all  and Anya had helped her pick out the perfect outfit.  After showering and dressing, Anya came to help her with her hair and makeup.  When all was said and done Izzy didn’t even recognize herself.  Anya left and Izzy gently woke Dominic, in a manner that most married men do not see.

 

Elsewhere in the hotel Emily was dressing for the Dinner theater.  She and Ro had made good use of the time they’d had.  Emily showered and dressed in a knee-length black leather, form-fitting skirt, black knee boots with heels, a red silk blouse and an under-bust bustier that had red embroidery.  She’d pulled her hair into a messy ponytail, and did her makeup, opting for the rather subdued with the red lips that Roland so liked, she’d discovered that the red in the lipstick exactly matched the red in her outfit, once dressed she went to the living area to wait for Roland. While she waited she thought about the rift between the locals.

 

Ciara wasn’t sure how to dress for a dinner theater.  She’d borrowed something from Bree that might be appropriate, and got dressed, all the while wondering if she was at all comfortable in said outfit.  It was the most conservative thing she’d been able to find.  She knew she’d hurt Alexei and was truly sorry for the way she’d done it.  She hadn’t been oblivious to the pained look in his eyes when he’d driven away.  She had loved him, did love him.  She just was in love with Christopher, and Alexei was in love with Anya.  If the truth be told there was no way for them to work.  She knew that now and hated that she thought that.  When she’d seem him that morning he looked relaxed and satisfied, and with Anya on his arm had barely even registered she was there.  She was grateful for that much at least.  She looked over at Christopher and smiled as he came out of the small bathroom, “Did the shower curtain stick to you too?”

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