Leon has been guarding over Evangeline and Gabriel for near three days while Evangeline tried to piece his mind together. Gabriel wakes up confused and angry (at himself). He takes Evangeline to a “safe place”. Ciara gets pissed off at Leon for putting himself in needlessly dangerous situations. She finally admits that she loves him and she’s afraid that they might not get their happy life if they don’t do something about it NOW. A marriage proposal!
Once again there were doctors showing up trying to get in that room. This time they brought armed guards! “Enough is enough! You have to stand aside!”
Being the third day in a row they’ve tried to do something about the Carnatelli and his Seer, this time they just couldn’t let Leon bully them! “N-Now, Mr. Santos, it’s been days already. At this rate, you’re going to be guarding corpses! …Carl, go inside and fetch Ms. Clark!”
Carl was twice the size of Leon and armed to the teeth. And he looked horrified at the idea! “…Uh, me? Are you sure…? Can’t we just…. Wait?”
The head doctor GLARED, pointing his finger for those hunters to enter the room! It was their DUTY!
A nurse scurried to one of the doctors’ sides! She wants to know what to tell Ms Grey who is on the phone and looking for “her wolf”! And they all know who she’s talking about!
Man. This job sucked. Carl pulled his guns along with a couple of the hunters, they kept them pointed at Leon.
The Doctor coughed! “Tell Ms. Grey that Mr. Santos will there soon enough! …You better leave, Mr. Santos!”
The nurse nodded and quickly scurried away to tell Ms Grey!
“Mr. Santos, we’re all really going to regret this, but it’s a doctors duty!” he explained, signalling those hunters to storm in a restrain Leon!
No one wanted to be Leon’s new bone, but… they stormed in guns and all! Pushing in to the room and TRYING to grab ahold of him with some cuffs! If not… someone was going to have to fire the tranq guns!
… Someone’s cell phone suddenly started to ring! It was an odd ringtone, too! Duran Duran’s “Hungry Like The Wolf”!
Ciara: What the hell are you doing. You said “I’ll be back soon.” and it’s been DAYS. Forever. I am NOT saving dinner for you anymore! *Ciara was sitting at her desk, rather annoyed! What were those noises?*
Gabriel: *He might have taken her hand … but he still hadn’t stirred!*
While Leon was distracted with a good dozen of Oracle’s finest hunters, those doctors managed to weasel their way inside! One was snatching up Evangeline quickly, while another was checking on Gabriel’s vitals. The intention was to make sure the Carnatelli never woke up again!
Gabriel: *As soon as that hunter touched Evangeline, Gabriel’s arm shot up to grab the hunter’s wrist and TWIST until Evangeline was released! Lips pulled back to reveal the fangs and dark gray eyes opened and flashed red in warning!*
Ciara: Why are you in th- ….Damnit! You’re doing another favor for Evangeline, aren’t you! Can’t she do her own crazy stunts without you getting involved too! I swear to god, I’m to ki- *The phone cut off. Sounded like Ciara hung up on him!*
No one know if they should open fire, let go of Evangeline or just run away screaming and hope they didn’t die! They opted for NOT letting her loose, as no one knew for sure whether or not the vampire was still evil! “Uh…! There is no reason to panic! We’re just putting her in another room! …Someone shoot him!”
Gabriel: *He was already on his feet and he looked pissed enough to kill! (If looks could kill, they’d probably all be dead by now!) They’d made sure he didn’t have any weapons when he came in but he suddenly had those fingertip claws on one hand and his gun in the other! He was still glaring at them when Evangeline threw her arms around his neck!*
It was a little late for calming down! It was hard for people to forget the carnage that came out of Gabriel those few months, and everyone was sure Evangeline had simply gone mad with grief! Leon or not, they were ready to shoot everyone just to get rid of Gabriel!
Ciara: ENOUGH! *Ciara shouted appearing in the doorway, looking only a smidge less angry than Gabriel. This was not the kind of scene she wanted to walk down to, and those morons were pointing guns at HER wolf.* Put your god damned guns down, and answer his question, Evangeline.
Gabriel: *He broke away from glaring to look down at Evangeline and the glare softened. It was subtle but it was there, that self-control reining in the anger. It took nearly several moments, however, but he finally looked calm enough not to start killing everyone in this room.* … For all the good and all the evil, I have done.
Ciara: Wonderful. No someone can spread the joyous news that Evangeline is some kind of miracle working goddess. …THAT WASN’T A JOKE. GET OUT. *Ciara stepped aside, pointing a finger for the door, staring down every damned one of those hunters and doctors and daring them to disobey!* …and send a NURSE to take care of Evangeline.
No one thought it was a joke! They scrambled out like rabbits! This WAS news. All of Oracle would hear about it by morning!
Ciara: *For all of her anger, and all of the trouble thier entire twisted ordeal had been… It was touching. And not something someone should be privvy to.* …Come with me, wolf. You are in so much trouble, not even a fluffy tail will save you now.
Gabriel: *He watched them leave. He wouldn’t have hesitated to kill anyone who had taken a chance and fired on him. He wouldn’t have died but still … Despite what had happened, he was still warring against the evil inclinations he possessed. Somewhere, that human side of him resided, but it was still buried under those months under Mother’s control.*
Ciara: I was fine when SHE wanted to go on her suicidal quest of hunting him down and all… But YOU! Trigger happy hunters and mad a vampire! You’re an idiot! *Out of the room and down the hall, she finally stopped to turn around and sock him in the shoulder!*
Ciara: He’ll make up for it. No doubt for the next five hundred years. But there would have been no making up for killing you. *She blinked… putting on the sudden haughty look!* Only I’M allowed to kill you, and frankly I just might!
Gabriel: *He looked at her face.* … Here? *He didn’t like the idea. Oracle was no longer a safe place for him. Nowhere was safe. He would either be hunted because of the good he’d done or because of the evil. The only safe places would be the ones he’d set up but he’d have to move those as well.*
Ciara: Yes, stupid! *Ciara hit him again, that haughty look fading back to anger again!* All of Oracle could get shot up, just so long as you’re not anyway! Don’t! *Smack!* You! *Swat!* Have! *Hit!* Any! *Smack!* Sense! *Shove! ..on the bright side, she wasn’t giving him a REAL beating!*
Gabriel: *But that wasn’t enough for him. He trusted her. She was the only one he felt he could trust. Especially with Valravn gone. It was just … He was too paranoid, too suspicious. No one in Oracle owed him anything and that time under Mother’s control was still fresh in their minds.*
Ciara: How! You can’t if you’re dead! *She nearly gave him a good kick before she restrained herself.* There’s nearly nothing in the world that means more to me than you, so if you’re going to join secret crazy Evangeline-gabriel adventures without telling me and takng me I’m gonna… I’m just… Ugh! *Ciara stomped down the hall again…! Didn’t he understand how easy it was to loose someone and how it could happen again..!*
Gabriel: *He closed his eyes as she brushed her fingers against his cheek. She knew him better than anyone else. But still … instinct told him not to rest here. “For all the good and all the evil, I have done,” he’d said. But right now, all he could think of was the evil.*
Ciara: *Ciara stopped and her scowling might have softened just a bit.* I’m not a total heartless bitch. I have no problem with helping them. *She pointed behind her down the hall back towards the room.* What if that was us. It could have been us.
Gabriel: *She had no idea how much he wanted to do that, to rest here and not have to fear for his life or hers. But he couldn’t. He would have to face reality.* … Not here. *He replied. It was amazing and a little alarming how soothing her touch was. He had been somewhere very lonely, very dark for what felt like centuries. And his time as a human? It had been brief but he had still been isolated, still lost. The villagers had meant well but for all their acceptance, they had not really cared about him. Only Evangeline, the woman he’d hurt most of all. And yet she still touched him and smiled at him as if he was the hero she believed he was.*
Ciara: That’s not entiely what I meant. *Ciara couldn’t find the words she needed to explain and the frustration was only giving her the thought to sock him and shove him out the nearest window.* What if something happens to one of us before you and I… nevermind. *Ciara sighed, pushing him to move.* I’ll worry about it later.
Ciara: *Ciara stopped suddenly, looking rather stiff before her body relaxed.* …That is the worst proposal I have ever heard.
Gabriel: *He shook his head. Shades was only slightly better than Oracle at this point. No, he couldn’t risk there either. His gun and claws gone, he wrapped his arm around her waist. One arm remained free in case he needed to fight. It was reflex. One moment they were at Oracle and the next, they were elsewhere. It was definitely nowhere Evangeline had ever been but Gabriel’s familiar wards were there, stronger than any other place he’d taken her to. He stepped back, picked her up, without a word, and placed her on a hammock. At first it was chilly but there was the sound of a fire going after Gabriel left her side.*
Ciara: *Tilting her head back to look at the ceiling, she almost smirked.* Marriage proposal, stupid wolf. But seeing as you are a wolf and have no sense, I might forgive you.
Gabriel: …Here. *He ran his hand along the hammock, covered her hand with his.* I do not see the sense in lying in a net.
Ciara: *Turning around slowly, she gave him an impassive, questioning look.* Were you just playing?
Ciara: *Briefly looking exasperated and then scowling, she huffed!* Yes. Were you playing or were you serious..?
Gabriel: *He grew silent as he watched her there. He couldn’t understand. How could he crave someone’s touch, someone’s company so much? He was a four hundred year old vampire. He’d dealt with betrayal, loneliness, sacrifice. And yet … He closed his eyes at her words. They meant so much to him. She meant so much to him. But for her safety, he would have to give her up.*
Ciara: *Wolfy smile and all. It didn’t matter that she had already know, and likely known since the dawn of time… but it was different to hear it out loud and serious.* …then we should. No more time wasting. I don’t.. want to end up like so many tragedies and miss out on something good. *Ha…! Hearing herself say it outloud was different too. But after the Gate and Gabriel’s madness, she just… wanted her chance before it was too late!*
Gabriel: *He studied her lying there and decided he would give her up later. He would be selfish this once and enjoy having her with him. No, the hammock had been a bad idea. It had actually been … He stopped that thought there and looked at the fireplace. He had never been one for luxury so this cabin was void of much except the fireplace, the hammock, a couple of high-backed leather chairs, some food storage, and a large bear rug. He suddenly picked her up and placed her on the rug, then left to get the pillows from the hammock so she would be comfortable.*
Ciara: *Ciara actually looked surprised, eying him questioningly for a moment.* …the last time you went looking for a ring for me, you were lost in the attic for five hours…
Gabriel: *Even he had to smile.* Forgive me. *He said softly, although what he was apologizing for was anyone’s guess. He moved to his knees and then lay on his side beside her.*
Ciara: And watch you bare your teeth at poor jewelrys? Not a chance. *Ciara moved to wrap her arms around his waist and smirked!* You’ll have to do it the old fashioned way, while I plan a real wedding where the guests are not-… Actually I suppose the guests are still going to be faeries, witches, and dragons… But now there’s going to be vampires and wolves too. We might just be mad.
Ciara: *Ciara supposed there would be plenty of other perks as well, as she grinned! It was like a weight being lifted, not worrying about pretenses and just… being together!* Keep in mind, I’ll bite you if you get out of line.
Gabriel: *He took the hand she brushed over his mouth and kissed the palm. Here, it was peaceful. Safe. For this brief moment of time, he would forget about the rest of the world, and most importantly, his sins.* As a human, I stood a better chance of being with you. But it was as a human I was farthest away from you.
Ciara: *To her credit she didn’t yelp, but she did jump and promptly gave him her best scowl… as obviously fake as it was!* Good wolves don’t bite. *…That was a lot harder to say with a straight face than she thought it would be.*
Gabriel: *He went silent, thoughtful for a few moments as he pulled her a little closer, if only so he could feel her warm body, the beat of her heart.* Being a human was not for me. I realize that now.
Ciara: I don’t think you want to be a bad wolf, cooties. You know what I do to bad wolves! *Oh the wicked grin she gave! Flashing her teeth even! One doesn’t babysit werepups and deal with clans without picking up nice ferocious habits!*
Ciara: I seem to recall telling you I wouldn’t take advantage of an innocent wolf… But since you’re a bad one, I think exceptions can be made. *Flirting with Leon for real… this was very fun! More fun that anyone else, that’s for sure!*
Gabriel: *How could he tell her he just wanted to lose himself in her? She didn’t make him feel like a monster. She never had. She wanted him for him, not because he was a powerful vampire. But thanks to Mother, he wasn’t quite sure if he was just a vampire anymore or an entirely different breed of monster.*
Ciara: *That was… that was so awful, the only thing she could do was laugh and try not to laugh so hard that she hiccuped!* Don’t you… don’t you ever say something so wrong like that again! I’m going to have nightmares!
Gabriel: … How have … things been …? *He finally asked.*
Ciara: No… it was.. pretty bad. *She tried to say between snickering. Oh, she could show him Sexy Red, but she’d probably make him cry!*
Gabriel: *He wanted to ask better for who but kept that thought to himself. He would just enjoy this peace, while it lasted, enjoy her.*
Ciara: … A 3. It could have been worse, but not by much. *Ciara smirked again, taking his hands to drag him down the hall.* You owe me dinner at home now that you’re not babysitting.
Gabriel: *He closed his eyes when she did that and turned his head slightly to kiss her mouth. He remembered how she’d tasted, how she’d felt when he’d kissed her. Divine.*
Ciara: How about no, no, and especially no. You don’t ruin good ice cream with steak. I think… brussel sprouts. Salad. Carrots.
Ciara: I may be nice and let you have steak salad. …And I don’t mean the kind that is all steak and no lettuce. *To stop by her office first to get a note posted more officially about Gabriel. Rumors were going to be insane…!*