Leon is trying to talk Ciara out of her last date with Anthony Carnatelli, but she is determined to make this moment count and kill him. She promises Leon that she won’t get herself killed, and tries to reassure Lily. Ciara leaves before she caves in and cancels the date. Leon and Lily had no intentions of letting Ciara go off without backup and intend to follow.
Ciara greets Anthony downstairs, and skillfully manages conversation with him in the limo to the charity event. She keeps finding herself distracted with thoughts of Leon and Lily, and forces herself to focus on the task at hand. Hoping to end it quick before even arriving at the event, she talks Anthony in to kissing her. She’s wearing her poison lipgloss, and even though she doesn’t expect it to kill him, it would hopefully knock him out so she could finish the deed. It looks like it worked, but when she prepares to stab him, he grabs her wrist – having faked it. Anthony officially reveals he’s just been playing with her the whole time. Ciara tries several times to gt him, but he easily evades. Finally when she pulls her gun on him, he makes a subtle mention that he knows who took her daughter Lily. Before getting her answer, the limo arrives at the charity event and Anthony steps out.
At the charity event, Ciara plays the perfect date, biding her time until she can try killing him again, cursing herself for falling for his stupid distraction tactics. When Anthony excuses himself from the party, Ciara follows, stomping in to his office and flat out shooting at him. When she’s forced to reload, he comes after her bringing up what happened to Lily again. Ciara says she doesn’t want to know as he smashes her gun, and she takes out a knife instead. Anthony alludes that he has some responsibility in Lily’s disappearance. Ciara hesitates, not being able to help herself from wanting to know. Anthony states that he made two powerful beings, both which Lily has met, and one she knows more ‘intimately’ than the other. Having been disturbed at the thought, Ciara conceded to his victory, intending to walk out and return to her daughter before it was too late.
Meanwhile, Leon, Lily and Conrad are disguised as catering help trying to keep an eye on her. Lily thought she saw someone she never wanted to see again but… When both Anthony and Ciara left the room, Leon bolted after them first, then Conrad and Lily tried to follow. Somehow Leon and Conrad went missing but Lily found the door was trying to listen to the conversation. Michael appeared behind her, Leon in one hand and Conrad in the other. Too frightened to hardly mutter a word, Lily backed away. Suddenly Gabriel came crashing in to Michael right through the office doors, and flinging him at Anthony. Gabriel tries to kill both Michael and Anthony!
Ciara was going to run, but upon seeing Gabriel and then Michael, and suddenly realizing what Anthony meant… she was going to stay and try to kill all three of them! Leon managed to grab her over his shoulder, running off with her, Lily and Conrad to safety. Ciara is spitting mad and taking it out on Leon.
- Anthony displays a love for taunting Ms. Grey, but by the end of the night is done with the game.
- Ciara’s stubbornness nearly gets her killed. She learns about Michael & Gabriel.
- Leon is equally as stubborn. He found a way to get Gabriel’s help.
Conrad: *Was sitting in the living room with Lily who wanted to know what her mother was wearing for the night!* He’s been in there an awful long time. Should we check if he’s still alive?
Lily: I’m pretty sure he knows when to run away by now. *Antsy. Lily didn’t want her to go at all, but she did promise it would be the last time and she wouldn’t sleep with him. Mother never broke her promises. Still.. she wished Leon would lock her in the closet!*
Conrad: *It was plain to see Lily was anxious!* You’re dying to follow her and see how everything goes, aren’t you?
Lily: Guilty. I have this really great idea of burning the whole place down and Leon dragging her out.
Conrad: Well, no matter what happens, I’m right behind you. Er, not in the odd, uncomfortable way, of course. *He quickly added before he looked up in the direction of Ciara’s room.* I feel sorry for Leon.
Lily: *Slumping on the sofa with a pillow, she frowned.* I like Leon. I wasn’t sure I would, but she had talked about him so much before I had ever met him, it’s kinda like I knew him already. …Or is that kind of weird?
Conrad: Nah. It makes sense. *He folded up the newspaper he’d been reading and placed it back on the coffee table.* He’s a pretty cool guy. Do you think he’s going to want to follow your mom around, too?
Lily: Yeah. I think he will… I just have to make sure I can go too. …Am I banned from having guns now, or are you going to let me have one?
Conrad: Heh heh … Well, to tell you the truth, I’d feel a lot better if you had a gun. *He grinned sheepishly.* Hey, I’m a hunter. I’m trained to be paranoid.
Lily: *Lily blinked slowly. There was no such expression on her face! She was a blank slate! She did frown.* Where are your weapons? How are you supposed to run in high heeled shoes?
Conrad: We’ll stay nice and toasty up here, Ms Grey. *He nodded.*
Lily: I guess. Be careful, mama. *She turned away to cross her arms around her pillow, scowling still!*
Down below, Anthony’s limo was waiting outside and Anthony was waiting in the lobby!
Lily: *Lily waited patiently until the elevator was down several floors before she hopped up off the sofa to follow Leon!* Are you really just going to stay here, while she walks right in to a death trap?
At first nothing and then. “Not yet. Ms Grey just arrived at the lobby. We”
*We’ll keep you posted.”
Lily: Great! *She followed behind him, every intention of going herself!*
Anthony: *Wearing an armani tuxedo! He smiled and kissed the back of Ciara’s hand!* And you look even more breathtaking, Ms Grey. *He offered her his arm.* Shall we?
Lily: I’m going with you to make sure she doesn’t get in to any trouble.
Lily: How much trouble am I going to get in to with a werewolf and a bodyguard? She’s the one on a date with a master vampire!
Anthony: *A soft chuckle and then he led her into the limo! In no time they were off!*
Before Leon could reply, something came over the comm-link! “Hey, Leon. They’re leaving!”
Lily: *Victory! She kept on his heels!* How are we going to sneak in to the party? Are we going to grab her out when he turns his back? Or will we just wait and jump out of a closet if there’s trouble? Do you have any weapons at all, or are you going to rip off his face with your teeth?
Conrad: Anthony’s security is pretty tight. It’d be almost impossible to get in!
“Have fun, Mr. Santos. Hello, Ms Grey,” the valet greeted.
Lily: *Lily clapped her hands!* You’re a genius!
Anthony: *Soft chuckle again!* You certainly do know your way around a party, Ms Grey. But yes, that is the plan. Why? Am I stealing you away from something more important? *He teased.*
Lily: Serving drinks and holding trays? that should be easy enough to do. … I think.
Anthony: *A small smile.* Why, Ms Grey, whatever could you have planned?
Anthony: *Another soft chuckle!* The bribe, you say? I assume this … bribe … to be something along the lines of … a dinner? *He was obviously toying around with the idea.*
Conrad: *In the back!* So … what is the plan about Ms Grey again?
Lily: Unnoticable spying, right? If she knows we’re there she’ll be pissed.
Lily: Like who? Another hunter like Conrad? …Or some moron from Oracle, cause if that’s the case we might as well count him as a goner already.
Anthony: *Soft chuckle!* Hm … And lunch and a show, if I remember correctly. Perhaps a hint for the hint?
Conrad: *Looked a little embarassed.* None taken.
Anthony: *Smiled and cupped her cheek!* What a splendid idea, Ms Grey. *And he leaned forward and kissed her! Slowly, ever so slowly …*
Anthony: *Kissing and kissing … He suddenly pulled back! He began to cough and held his throat! He fell back against the limo and gasped for breath.* What …? *Cough!*
Of course, Leon could only go so fast, especially in this traffic! However, it beat walking!
Anthony: *Still coughing and gasping for breath! He shook his head.* It … it … *And then his eyes rolled back in his head and he blacked out!*
Anthony: *His hand came out of nowhere to grab her wrist! A simple flick and the knife dropped! He opened his eyes and chuckled softly.* Well, well, well … it’s about time you made your move. *He sat up, still holding Ciara’s wrist tightly!* I was beginning to get tired of waiting.
Anthony: *Dropped her hand to grab her wrist and twist it again so that she fell on the floor! He straddled her back and leaned forward to whisper in her ear!* Why, Ms Grey, were you this much fun for your three husbands? Let’s see … what were their names … Matthew … Charles … and Sterling. I am so flattered you would give it up to me so soon.
Anthony: *ankle, I mean … grabbed her ankle <_<;;
Anthony: Such spirit … *He avoided the slash and settled back down in his seat. He straightened his suit.* Now if only you made this much of an effort to find your daughter as you did to seduce and kill vampires … *He said casually.*
Anthony: *Amazingly, he managed to scoot forward in the seat just a bit, enough to pull his leg out and catch Ciara in the gut, stopping the charge!* Would you like to know where your daughter has been all this time? Would you like to hear the reason why the thought of being with a Carnatelli disgusts and infuriates her?
Anthony: *Studied his nails and looked bored.* Oh, now why spoil such a great surprise. It really is such delicious news, though. I mean, like mother … like daughter. *He reached forward and plucked that knife out of her hand!*
Anthony: *Mm. Nice, perfect nails.* You have such a sweet daughter, beautiful and intelligent. It was only a matter of time before she caught someone’s notice. You know what they say, not everyone on the internet is a nice person. And unfortunately for her, she found someone who is not very nice … at all.
Anthony: *Smirked a bit.* Hm … Why–*He looked up and chuckled softly as the limo slowed and finally stopped.* Well, what do you know … we’re here. If you would excuse me, Ms Grey. *He nodded to her and then climbed out of the limo! The paparazzi were swarming the front of the skyscraper but Anthony put on his best smile!*
Conrad: Come on, Lily. *Was waiting outside of the bathroom for Lily to get into her uniform!* Leon said we have to get out there as soon as possible. *He just hoped she hid that gun he gave her rather well.*
Anthony: *Offered her his arm, smirking all the while! He made no sign to hide the fact he was enjoying this!* No … not yet. *And then he was walking into the skyscraper, forcing her to decide to either get dragged or stomp away and let the paparazzi have a field day with her. Either way, he didn’t quite give a damn!*
Lily: *Lily stepped out of the bathroom, if she still had that gun it was out of sight!* Alright, alright, I’m ready!
Conrad: *Dressed in that uniform Raphael gave him! He handed her one of the large silver trays filled with glasses of champagne!*
Lily: *It took a little bit of balancing, and she wasn’t so sure she still wouldn’t drop that tray… but Lily had it! A slow breath!* All ready?
Anthony: *Chuckled softly as they past through the door, approached the crowd to mingle!* You can … as they say … take a number. Why hello, Mr. Johnson. Thank you for coming to the charity event. I believe you are acquainted with Ms Grey. She was so kind as to accompany me this evening.
Conrad: *Had been practicing with his own tray of champagne while Lily was dressing!* Yep. Let’s go spy on your mother. *He started for the party and opened the door for her.*
“Why hello, Ms Grey! How are you this evening?” Mr. Johnson asked.
Much mingling and only a few hours later …
Anthony: *Suddenly let go of Ciara’s arm!* It has been a wonderful evening, Ms Grey, but I have a bit of business to attend to. *He bowed.* If you would excuse me … *And then he was suddenly walking away! And into his private office!*
Anthony’s office was HUGE! At least half the size of a football field with an entire wall made of glass covered with huge curtains! There were potted plants and shelves of books! There was even a small waterfall trickling against the wall over there! Ciara found Anthony at his desk with his back turned to her!
Meanwhile, Lily just caught a glimpse of an all-too-familiar and not-welcome-at-all face!
Conrad: *Paused beside Lily!* Are you alright …? You look like you’ve seen a ghost.
Lily: *There was an awful lot of people here, but as time went by she felt more at ease. All she had to do was give people fresh champagne an take empty glasses. Then she froze and it was a miracle she didn’t drop her tray.* I… no. There’s just a lot of people here.
Anthony: *Didn’t even seem to feel it! He just turned and chuckled softly.* Ah yes. I nearly forgot about you and your little … quest. *He said once she was forced to reload.*
Anthony: It never ceases to amuse me just how often you people use bullets. You have yet to develop the technology necessary to make bullets effective against me. *His body blurred and then he reappeared right in front of Ciara! He went for her throat!*
Anthony: *His arm went for her throat … u_u;;
Anthony: Ah yes … Where were we …? *His body blurred again and he appeared behind her!* I believe we were talking about someone … *He appeared to think about it.* But for the life of me, I cannot think who. Do you, by any chance, remember?
Conrad: *Set his tray down and then Lily’s!* Come on, Lily! Let’s follow! *He was tugging her in the direction Anthony, Ciara, and Leon had disappeared in!*
Anthony: *His hand was a blur as he grabbed her gun and smashed it into a ball!* What a shame … You see, I can take a bit of responsibility for your daughter’s disappearance. A minute one, if you will.
Lily: *Ack… being tugged! Well, she didn’t drag her feet as she followed! It wasn’t Conrad that had her feeling so unsettled… she could have sworn she saw..*
Anthony: *Soft chuckle!* A long time ago, I had an idea. The ultimate goal of any powerful being to create in my own image. I made two. Both of which your daughter is well acquainted with. One more intimately than the other.
They were there! Lily could hear talking! This had to be the place! But … where was Conrad?!
Lily: *Lily glanced around. How did he do that?! It’s not like the place was that big! She turned back to the door to press her ear against it and listen!*
“Listening in on others conversations … I taught you better than that, my pet,” someone said from right beside Lily. “And look who I found on the way here …”
Lily: *…Lily didn’t want to turn around! She really didn’t! But slowly, she did, back pressed against the wall, trying breathe and not panic… that’s what Evangeline said to do!* Michael. Don’t…
Michael: *Smirked! In one hand, he had Conrad’s throat! In the other, Leon’s!* Since you want to save them so much … *He dropped them and moved for her!*
Anthony: *Smirked!* Oh no, we aren’t finished just yet! *His body blurred! He appeared right in front of Ciara and grabbed her wrist to twist it into making her drop the knife!*
The sound of glass shattering! The window between Lily and Michael! There was a blur and someone rushed past Lily! “Ms Grey …” someone murmured just before Michael was grabbed and tackled into the office!
Conrad: *Coughing and gasping for breath! He lifted his head!* Huh …? What … Lily …!
Lily: *Still pressed against the wall, she had her eyes squeezed shut, and she didn’t want to dare to open them!* Gabriel’s here.
Anthony: *Momentarily distracted! The stake missed his heart by a few inches but this was a perfect opportunity for Ciara to run! Especially since they had company!*
Gabriel: *Flung Michael at Anthony! He didn’t wait to see what happened, either! He sprinted forward to swing for Michael and/or Anthony’s heads!*
Conrad: *Was at Lily’s side!* Come on, Lily. I think this would be a good time to leave the party!
Anthony: *Pushed Michael off of him just as Gabriel came running with that sword! He jumped and landed on his desk!* Ah, I was thinking of having a family reunion.
Lily: *Lily nodded slowly, and had to force herself away from the wall!*
Gabriel: *His sword cut into Anthony’s desk! He swung the sword for Anthony’s legs–then suddenly pulled his gun out and shot at something at his left! BANGBANGBANGBANG!*
Michael: *Gabriel’s bullets forced him to stop his attack to protect his beautiful face! The bastard wasn’t going to get another chance to scar him! As soon as Gabriel had to reload, he snarled and pounced for him!*
Anthony: Ignis. *A blast of fire came flying at Gabriel and Michael! Followed by another and another!*
Lily: *Focusing on Leon dragging away her mother kicking and screaming, she was on his heels!*
Gabriel: *Timed it just right! He thrust that sword for Michael’s gut as he came sailing at him! Then he was falling backwards to avoid that first blast of fire!*
Michael: *Felt that sword sink into his body! But he was far from feeling it! Spending all that time in that cursed dimension Gabriel had sealed him in had driven him to obsession! He sailed over Gabriel’s head and hit the ground, skidding with that sword stuck in his gut! When he got up, he pulled the sword out and dropped it! Then he was charging at someone–and he didn’t care who!*
Conrad: *Quickly took up the rear! He kept hearing the sounds of the fighting but he knew better than to stay and spy!*
Anthony: *He charged at Gabriel! His fingers covered in that black glow again! He alternated between slashing at Gabriel and throwing blasts of fire!*
Lily: Hit Leon one more time, and he’s allowed to hit you back! *The only clever thing to do now was… Lily dashed quickly towards something on the wall and… pulled the fire alarm!*
Gabriel: *Met Anthony’s fingers with his sword which sounded like clashing steel! He was careful to avoid the fire and suddenly dropped to the ground and swung his leg for Anthony’s ankles!*
Anthony: *Saw Michael coming at him and stepped back! His fingers of black light and his fire blast were aimed at Michael now!*
The fire alarms went off through the entire building! As per saftey regulations, it was imperative that everyone evacuate the building in a calm and safe manner! Thank you!
Michael: *His body jerked once in mid-air as he got hit with both of Anthony’s attacks! Then he fell and landed on the ground!*
Gabriel: *Spotted Michael’s blood on the floor from the corner of his eye!* Congelo terra! *He called out as Anthony turned his attention back to him! Then he kicked out for Anthony’s gut!*
Suddenly the floor of the office was covered with ice!
Lily: *Finding one of the fire exit doors, she pushed through it and held it open for Leon!* Can we stuff a sock in her mouth?
Anthony: *Fell backwards and landed–on ice! He got to his feet only to slip and fall down again!*
Gabriel: … Where is she? *Anthony might not be used to ice but he sure as hell was. He slid forward and swung for Anthony’s head again!*
Anthony: *Soft chuckle as his body blurred and he reappeared on his desk!* She … she … whoever could you mean.
Lily: *Lily was really, really tempted to try it!* Better let Conrad drive.
Conrad: Heh. *He accepted the keys and got in.* Yes, sir. *Once everyone was in and buckled up, he was driving back to Shades!*
Gabriel: *Ran forward and swung for Anthony’s legs! Then he jumped up and swung for Anthony’s neck!*
Lily: A sucessful rescue, I think. *Despite being incredibly disturbed, and her mother cursing at them from the back seat… it was maybe a tiny bit amusing?*
Anthony: *Stepped back to avoid the swing to his legs but when that swing came for his neck, he merely caught the blade! His other hand was glowing with that black energy and he grabbed for Gabriel’s neck!*
Lily: *Lily stiffened for a moment before forcing herself to relax. Her face was pale… This wasn’t quite how she wanted to tell her.* So you heard about him, mother.
Gabriel: *Let go of the blade and jumped back! He landed neatly on the ground and skidded backwards a bit, ending in a crouch! He pulled out his gun and started to fire! BANGBANGBANGBANG!*
Anthony: *His body blurred and disappeared but he wasn’t entirely gone!* You can have the girl back … after I’m through with her! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA!!! *And then … nothing.*
Lily: Wouldn’t have played sexy fun vampire time? It really doesn’t matter anymore. You’re going to keep your promise, aren’t you?
Gabriel: *Stood and put the gun away. He turned to where Michael was–and found him gone. His eyes narrowed.* Anthony. *There was no way Michael was in any condition to flee on his own. He’d taken the full brunt of Anthony’s blows, one of which Anthony favored if only because he was a sadistic bastard. He retrieved his sword and pulled a small vial out of his jacket with which he scooped up some of Michael’s blood. Then he stood and walked out …*