October 25

Bury All Your Secrets In My Skin

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Edward and Alexei walk into the area where Phoenix is waiting}
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix keeps her eyes on the dogs as she stands again}
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her, quietly} The dogs aren’t for you. They’re to help clean up the mess. Phoenix, this is Alexei. He’s going to be caring for you now. Alexei is the head of our household staff and a Revenant. Alexei, this is Phoenix DeSaetan.
The Universe:
{Alexei smiles, bows slightly } It is nice to meet you.

The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks over at Edward while he speaks} Thank you, Edward. {looks at Alexei} It’s an honor to meet you, Alexei. {looks at her hands} I’d offer you a hand, but….{shakes her head}
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} I understand. We will take care of that. I will be taking you somewhere so that you may clean up and we will find you something appropriate to wear. I understand you are one of the former residents. I can take you to your former room.

 

The Cosmos:  {Phoenix quietly} My former room was off the servant’s quarters. {looks at them} The small room at the back. The larger apartments were relegated to the vampires and the families. I hadn’t…proven myself yet.
The Universe:
{Alexei nods} Well.. then I am afraid it is no longer available. We will have to put you somewhere more appropriate. The ghouls reside in the servant’s quarters.
The Universe:
{Edward looks at her} I’m going to leave you now, but I’ll see you again in the throne room.
The Cosmos:
{Phoenix looks at Edward} Thank you. For everything.
The Universe:
{Edward smiles} You’re welcome. I’ll see you soon. {heads out of the room}

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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 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 11

She Says She Loves Me, But I Know She’s a Liar

The Cosmos:
{Heather fixes her skirt and her hair, laces her shirt back up and looks at Seth} What are you doing Seth?
The Universe:
{Seth puts himself back together} We’re talking about Bree now, right?
The Cosmos:
{Heather nods} Yeah. You know I love you.. but Christ.. Movin’ her in.. it’s *her* all over again.
The Universe:
{Seth walks over to Heather} Don’t give me shit, babe. Pat me on the back and tell me what a good boy I am for not proposing.
The Universe:
{Seth looks at her} I mean, that’s progress at least, right?
The Cosmos:
{Heather smiles} Yeah it’s progress.. but Jesus.. there’s a castle full of women you *haven’t* even seen yet and you’re movin’ in Bree. The king’s reject?
The Universe:
{Seth shakes his head} Now that’s just uncalled for.

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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

If I Could I’d Sit This Out

The Universe:
{Morose glances back over his shoulder, smiles, looks at Saige} Sorry for subjecting to the parental units longer than necessary.
The Cosmos:
{Saige shakes her head} It’s all right, Morose. They’re much cooler than mine were.
The Universe:
{Morose nods} Vampires and ghouls tend to make more open minded parents.
The Cosmos:
{Saige looks at him} I can only imagine.
The Universe:
{Morose looks at her} Yeah, probably not, but… anyway… you seem a little off balance. What’s wrong?
The Cosmos:
{Saige shakes her head, puts a smile on her face} Nothing. I was just thinking about what you said.
The Universe:
{Morose shakes his head} Don’t think about it too hard. It’s just an opinion and you know what they say about opinions.
The Cosmos:
{Saige nods} I do.. but it’s true.

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October 4

I Can’t Wait for You to Shut Me Up

The Universe:
{meanwhile, Cameron and Hayden are sneaking out of the throne room and running down the hall back toward the kitchen}
The Cosmos:
{Hayden looks at Cameron} Well I’ve reached my porn quota for the day.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden bursts out laughing}
The Universe:
{Cameron laughs} Hey. All *I* wanted you to do was make me a sandwich. {smiles} It could’ve been *much* worse.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden laughs harder, gasping out her words} You were supposed to make me one…. Yeah.. it could have been the king we saw.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden smiles again} Or I could have lost control and jumped *you*.
The Universe:
{Cameron, still smiling, nods} Yeah, I was. Come on. {heads toward the kitchen, laughs again} Shit. I never woulda heard the end of that one.
The Cosmos:
{Hayden grins} I don’t know.. You probably would’ve.
The Universe:
{Cameron looks at her, smiles} Babe. *Everyone* in the music room is givin’ me shit about us and how we’re gonna end up fucking.

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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 18

Something In The Air

Simone went with Alexei to a room somewhere in the castle.  She didn’t get a suite of rooms and that was okay with her.  She didn’t want special treatment or consideration.  She knew she’d have to earn that.  She’d had to earn everything she ever had.  One thing she did realize was that this was not a bad thing.  Alexei let her into the room, which thankfully had its own bath, and then excused himself to find clothes and other necessary items for her.  He’d explained to her that her body was dead and she wouldn’t need certain items she had in the past.  She found soaps and other necessities in the bathroom, along with clean towels.  She took a shower first, cleaning off the caked blood from her body and hair.  She then ran a bath, dumped in some oils and climbed in.  She laid her head on the back of the tub and stayed that way for a long while thinking.

She was well aware of what Damien had given her.  She’d read up on them, everything she could get her hands on she soaked up like a sponge.  She had fully expected to die, and not in the way that she did.  Suicide by Vampire.  She hadn’t been granted that, which gave even further proof of the saying, “Be careful what you wish for”.  So here she was, unable to avenge the death of her family, and unwilling to let it go completely.  She did realize her mistakes:  Her execution was wrong, her timing was bad and she’d planned poorly.  She’d also forgotten one of the most important rules of the game; always have an escape and a back up.  She’d failed there, but never again.  The other thing she’d completely failed at was knowing her enemy.  Perhaps the most important rule of all, and she’d blown it.  She’d sat in that cell and all but lost her shit.

Simone wondered if she really had found a place here.  She doubted it.  Her sire couldn’t bear to see her.  The king had ordered her executed and she’d made some powerful enemies.  She figured she’d be looking over her shoulder for decades if not centuries.  Yes, she’d become that which she hated most, yes she’d made mistakes, but she would learn from those.  Maybe, one thing good will have come from this.  Maybe, ultimately in the long run, if she played her cards right, she’d be stronger, and better equipped to deal with the monsters that ate her family.  She knew without a doubt that these vampires were not the same as those.

The one regret she did have was that she could have taken out a human.  Pure luck was the only thing that had kept that from happening.  If she’d killed Sang, she had no doubt that she wouldn’t be here now.  Sighing heavily, she shifted in the water, marveling in the fact that she couldn’t feel the temperature.  She felt the liquid caressing her skin, enveloping her, but she didn’t know or care if it was hot or cold.  She heard the door open and click closed and knew that Alexei must be back, she climbed out of the tub, wrapping a towel around her as she left the room.  She would feed from Alexei, because her need was that strong.

Meanwhile in another part of the castle, Mia was giving Katiana the royal treatment.  Kat could tell Mia was just as unused to this as she was.  Mia drew the bath, undressed the Gypsy girl and helped her in to the tub.  The women grew even more uncomfortable as it became apparent that that Mia was actually going to bathe her.  Mia cleaned the “princess” as if she was doing it for Genja.  Then leaving Katiana to soak in a fragrant bath Mia went in search of clothing.

Mia found what she was searching for in a large box.  It was a long, paneled multi-colored, circle skirt with yards of material.  The top matched the bright royal purple of the skirt.  It was a midriff with gold coins hanging from the hem, there was a hip scarf of gold mesh with the same gold coins as well.  Mia found two crystal encrusted slave bracelets and a matching choker, which she knew Dominic would appreciate.  Mia ran into Siobhan and convinced her to help.  Siobhan returned to Dom’s chambers with the clothing and accessories.  Katiana climbed from the tub and was wrapped in a towel, lotion was rubbed into her skin and she was prepared.  Siobhan took the time to intricately braid the hair at the crown of the Princess’s head leaving the rest of her ebony waist length hair to tumble free.  Kat fell asleep waiting for Dominic to return.

Most of the other girls took their guys back to their apartments after giving them a tour of the castle, pointing out the common areas.  Upon returning to the rooms, they had time only to settle the men in and give the barest of bare instructions before being claimed by the sun.

Kendra lay on her back after leaving the boys.  She liked them a lot.. Too much even.  She wondered about them: Where did they come from, who were they when the masks came off, what were their likes and dislikes?  She knew she had time to learn everything about them, still she wanted to know it now, and that surprised her.  Their names whispered through her mind.  Yes, she was aware that part of what happened tonight was because of Glen and Hannah.  She wasn’t jealous but did wonder if maybe Glen would soon be among those who preferred a human.  The irony there was staggering.

Her start with the guys had been rocky.  Her thoughts had been scattered, her mind divided between the two situations.  Once she’d fed, she was focused fully on the situation at hand.  Van had seemed almost shell shocked by her revelation, while Akhiro had taken it in stride.  She did wonder what had possessed her to divulge that little pearl of information.  Maybe she was trying to show them she trusted them.. She just didn’t know.  She almost wished she hadn’t told them.  Almost.  She was glad she had.  She wondered what they’d be like with their hands on her, touching her in places where only Glen had.  She’d been asked why now, and though she’d answered generally the specifics were simply that she’d never found anyone she cared to be that intimate with.  The more time she spent with them the more she knew she’d made the right choice.  She’d wanted to ravage Van just as she had Akhiro, but he’d been a first for her.  She’d never had her own herd before, preferring to hunt.  It was something she and Glen had always done together, picking the venue, scoping the prey, discussing it, moving in.  All of it, right up until the feeding.  This was new to her.  She’d been more confident with Akhiro, because of Van’s reaction, because of Akhiro’s as well.  “Ravage me.” He’d said and she had, at least as much as she could with an audience.  And she was glad Van had been there.

Van seemed more concerned with her feelings, with what she was thinking.  Akhiro seemed more in the moment.  Akhiro did, Van thought it through first.  As alike as they were, they were also very different.  She began to feel the familiar pull of the sun making everything heavier, weighing her down, that feeling that the very air was too heavy.  She heard Akhiro’s knock, his words and the door close, and sent a shadow to touch his face, letting him know she knew.

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