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 15

And I’m Still Here to Explain

The Universe:
{Meanwhile, Seth carries Aubrey into his room where Loch, Akhiro and Van are gathered around the tv sorting through porn movies, Seth looks at Aubrey as he drops her onto her feet} You know where the bathroom is. {walks over and sits with the others}
The Universe:
{Loch looks at Seth} Any clue why Heather summoned Bree?
The Universe:
{Seth shakes his head} No. She was gone when I got there.
The Universe:
{Ethan walks out of the bathroom, texting Brennan on the new cell about how they’re sorting through Van’s porn and he should bring Peyton to check it out, looks over hearing the voices, smiles at Aubrey} Oh, hey, Aubrey.

The Cosmos:
{Aubrey looks at Seth} Yeah I can find it, {shrugs} I’m not *that* drunk. {Aubrey smiles at Ethan} Hey Ethan. {looks at Loch} Heather summoned Bree to take David back to the apartment, get him showered and put him to bed.
The Universe:
{Loch nods} Thanks, babe. I’ll text her and let her know where I went.
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey nods} Cool. He was making noises about her joining him.
The Universe:
{Ethan looks at Aubrey, smiles} Trying to get rid of him?
The Cosmos:
{Aubrey shakes her head} No. I’m not. Just sayin’. {looks over at Seth}

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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 24

When You Think the Road is Going Nowhere

The Universe:
{Glen looks at Hannah} Don’t even *think* about goin’ anywhere right now.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah closes the door, looks over at Glen} I’m not.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} Good. Because you’re not fuckin’ anyone.
The Universe:
{Glen sits back down, rakes his hand through his hair} This was gonna be one *long* ass night.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him, smiles} First of all I had no intention of fucking anyone but you. Secondly, her porn star wants you out of the picture just as much as she wants me out and frankly I want her out. And thirdly… Van knows something you don’t about her but isn’t spilling because he promised her he wouldn’t.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} I know what you want. Sit down. I’ll get to the rest of it in a minute. Did you see the way she was sitting?
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} Yes.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} *That* was pretty much what the rest of the night was gonna be. Just.. that.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah blinks} Okay.. I thought it was because of the shoes.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} Shit. Maybe it was.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} Because she couldn’t just take them off.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} I don’t even know who she was that last ten or twenty minutes.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Baby, I tried a pair of those *once*. Decided that for all their expense there was no way in *hell* I was going to wear them. {shakes her head} She was a woman fighting for something she might already realize is gone.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} She told me she was walkin’ away, Hannah.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him} Did you stop her?
The Universe:
{Glen stands, walks over to her, takes her hand, reaches past her and locks the door, pulls her back over to the couch} She didn’t leave, but.. she didn’t say she was stayin’ either. Not til near the end.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him} Did you want her to go?
The Universe:
{Glen sits, pulling her down next to him, looks at her} I need to sort this shit because I’m not even sure what the hell was goin’ on through half of it and the second half I was too focused on you runnin’ off.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him} Glen.. stop and think about what you just said.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} Here’s what I know.. I was ready to hunt your ass down and kill someone when she *did* leave and when they decided they were takin’ her home, I was fuckin’ relieved.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah quietly} Then don’t you think it might be time to give it up?
The Universe:
{Glen takes her hand, leans back, lays his head back on the couch} I don’t know. I think she wants to, though.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah quietly} I give a fuck what She wants. I want to know what *you* want.
The Universe:
{Glen rolls his head toward her} Listen to me, Hannah. When I asked her if she wanted and wanted *on* her boys like she said I did you, she tried avoiding the question. When it *looked* like things were gonna be all right… she didn’t smile until she said Van’s name. She tried, failed, but when she started talkin’ about Van, she had no problem with it. If things were resolved, she would’ve been smilin’ about it. Shit is not resolved.
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} And right now, beyond that, all I can really think about is you.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him} I’m here baby. And I’m not goin’ *anywhere*. I’m yours.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at her} I mean it. You’re not fuckin’ *anyone*.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Not even you?
The Universe:
{Glen smirks} Don’t be cute.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks at him} Do you think I’d be fighting this hard if I wanted to be someplace else?
The Universe:
{Glen shakes his head} I was thinkin’ about your newly ghouled libido. {looks at her} You don’t have to fight, baby. I think even the screamin’s over at this point.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} My newly ghouled libido is being taken care of my my old and crumbly vampire. And until you’re sure I’m gonna keep fightin’.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah leans into him quietly} She might class you up .. but I’ll make you famous.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles, reaches over and brushes her hair from her eyes} I’m gonna say this once because it’s not somethin’ we need to keep rehashing. I love Kendra. She’s my best friend and a million other things and I hate what’s happening, but I didn’t lie to her. I told her the truth about you. The only thing I didn’t tell her, she really didn’t need to know. I don’t think I could’ve given if you up if she’d called my bluff on that.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles} Baby…I know you love her and all that. I wouldn’t have let you give me up.
The Universe:
{Glen nods, squeezes her hand, quietly} The thing is…. I think I could love you like that, too.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah looks into his eyes, crawls into his lap and takes her face in his hands, quietly} You will and I’ll love you back. And Kendra will still be your best friend. {smiles} And who knows maybe she’ll get Van. Because he’s got it bad for her.
The Universe:
{Glen wraps his arms around her, smiles, quietly} Yeah, I think that was kind of obvious when he got mouthy with me.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles, slips her hands around his neck} Baby you think I was out there throwing what happened around for shits and giggles? I was gathering information. And Sometimes you have to give something to get something. I know you know that.
The Universe:
{Glen nods} And I bet he was doin’ the same shit.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah nods} He probably was. And I was okay with that risk. I still am. Right down to taking your jacket, it was all calculated to get certain responses. Me walking back in when I did. The thing is.. he didn’t get anything from me that I didn’t want him to have.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles} And you can tell me all about what you did want him to have *after* you fuck me.
The Cosmos:
{Hannah smiles playfully} But daddy, I thought I wasn’t allowed to fuck *anyone*.
The Universe:
{Glen smiles, growls, showing just a hint of fang}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah grins} Oh my what big teeth you have. {pulls her hair over one shoulder baring her throat to him}
The Universe:
{Glen moves a hand to her throat and rests it there, rubbing his thumb over the skin, quietly} I’ll always have your back, baby. Always. {leans forward and buries his fangs in her}
The Cosmos:
{Hannah moans and falls into the sensations of the bite}

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September 23

Heartless

The Universe:
{Glen answers the door after a second, looking like he just got out of the shower, smiles seeing Kendra} Hey.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra forces a smile} Hey. Is Hannah here?
The Universe:
{Glen nods} Yeah. You need her for something?
The Universe:
{Glen opens the door wider} Come on in.
The Cosmos:
{Kendra walks in} I think you might want to be aware of the fact that she’s giving lessons on force feeding vampires…or more aptly forcing them to feed.
The Universe:
{Glen looks at Kendra, glances at Hannah and then back to Kendra} Why the hell would she do that?
The Universe:
{Van walks in behind Kendra}
The Universe:
{Glen close the door and walks over to the seating area where he picks up his cigarette out of the ashtray and hits it}

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