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 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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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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September 13

Life of My Own Part 10

Boys:
[meanwhile, Lucien approaches Genja with Chloe while Edward is introducing him to Taryn]
Girls:
[Taryn looks up at Genja, quietly] It’s an honor to meet you.. sir.
Boys:
[Genja nods to Taryn] It’s nice to meet you. [looks at Edward] Why is thing taking so *fucking* long?
Boys:
[Lucien interrupts] Possibly because humans are running around randomly staking vampires.
Girls:
[Chloe stops and looks at Lucien] Yes.. there’s that.
Girls:
[Taryn looks at Edward and moves over beside him out of the way]
Boys:
[Edward looks at Taryn, smiles, whispers] *Now* would be a good time to go unless you want to hear what’s going on.
Girls:
[Taryn softly] If you do. [smiles] I am curious.
Boys:
[Genja looks at Lucien] I understand that was taken care of.
Boys:
[Edward nods, moves out of the way so they can listen and be forgotten at the same time]
Boys:
[Lucien nods] Yes. By my *brother*. We have some concerns about that, actually.
Girls:
[Chloe shakes her head] Damien wasn’t the only one staked. And he’s already let her out.

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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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August 22

Procession of the Damned

Boys: 
[in other parts of the castle, Alexei takes Lia and Bree to get cleaned up while Genja heads back upstairs with Ava and Eden to oversee Em]
Girls: 
[Ava looks at Genja, smiles] That was interesting.
Boys: 
[Genja looks at Ava, smiles] Liked that?
Girls: 
[Ava nods]I totally did. [smiles] Wow.
Girls: 
[Eden looks at Genja] Intense.
Boys: 
[Genja nods] I like Sorrow. He has a way with getting what he wants subtly.
Girls: 
[Ava nods] I noticed that. And he was just matter of fact about it all.

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June 3

A Lonely Speaker in a Conversation

Boys:
<Loch, David, Taryn, Saige, Seth and Siobhan sit at a table in the diner waiting on their food while Ethan, Sang, Akhiro, Ren, Tristan and Nikki sit at the one across the aisle from them>
Boys:
<Samuel sits at a completely different table with Bree to see what happens, the other South Sider’s sit with them having been filled in on the previous night’s implosion>

Girls:
<Sang glances over at the other table then back at Ethan, smiles> I can’t believe they were in the parking lot *so* long.
Boys:
<Ethan smiles> 3 hours and 45 minutes.

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