Evangeline takes Vlamerias to see Oracle. They help Caroline teach Dark a lesson. Dark gets angry about getting compared to Gabriel and rants it out with Vlamerias. He and Caroline compromise. Evangeline suggests to Gabriel that they get her a wedding ring.
Vlamerias: *She yawned and stirred! This was a very comfortable place to sleep and she had never slept with others before! She opened her eyes and looked down to where her Glaër and his Bright Lady’s fingers were linked with each other.* How cute!
Evangeline: *A soft mumbling at the devil’s voice… it was far too soon to be waking, and it was so comfortable here! Drats! But she was hungry, and there was so ignoring that.* …what time is it, Meri?
Vlamerias: *She was puzzled!* Time to eat, Bright Lady! *She didn’t know anything about clocks or watches or how humans told time on the mortal plane!*
Vlamerias: Yay! *She jumped off the bed!* Did you and my Glaër have fun last night, Bright Lady? *She danced around the room!* Warrior Lady said you would not be done until morning if you were doing things right! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She stopped dancing and had a thoughtful look on her face!* Um … I don’t know. I asked her if she thought you and my Glaër were done. And that’s when she told me, my Glaër would not be done until morning if he was doing it right. She said I could come and play with my Glaër‘s Doppleganger if you and my Glaër ever need to be alone again. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She smiled!* Okay! *She was thoughtful again as she sat on the edge of the bed!* Warrior Lady saw me in my human form and said it would be amusing. She said something about an Oracle and rumors. Does that mean she likes my human form? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She blinked and looked at a strand of her hair!* … Glaër? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She smiled and clapped!* Yay! *Both her Glaër and the Bright Lady approved! She jumped up and twined her fingers together!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Oh! I can tell you about the adventure the Warrior Lady and the Doppleganger had while I was away! *She followed after Evangeline.* What is breakfast? And how do you make it? Is it a spell? Oh! It must be a summons! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She was in awe of all the things Evangeline had in her kitchen! First meal of the day. Cooking. Not magic. Got it. She ran a hand over the counter and stared at the faucet.* Oohh … So shiny. *She looked up when Evangeline passed by her.* After my Glaër dismissed me, I went following the Warrior Lady and the Doppleganger’s scent. Why does the Doppleganger smell so much like my Glaër? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: A bowl! I know what a bowl is! *She began searching through the cabinets, only to climb on top of the counter and open one of the cupboards hanging over it. She retried a bowl for Evangeline and handed it to her!* He is very funny! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: So romantic! *She giggled as she hopped off of the counter.* What is Oracle, Bright Lady? Is it a prophet or a seer like you? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Oh! That must be fun! *She watched Evangeline get what she needed.* So after I left you and my Glaër, I followed their scent to where it disappeared. Poof! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She blinked and nodded. Watching the Bright Lady was so fascinating!* There were were traces of magic but they were real faint. So I tie them together so I could know where they went. *She nodded.* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *-the second were -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She beamed! … and then blinked!* Um … what are muffins? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She was thoughtful as she quickly went through the cupboards in search of the metal pan with six holes!* Um … Meat and lots of other meat. Father loves variety. He says as the Devil King it is his privilege. Is this it …? *She returned to Evangeline’s side and placed her hand on a metal pan with six holes!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Yay! *She beamed! She scratched her head.* Can we get more of those um, meaty things I ate last night? While I was searching for the Warrior Lady and the Doppleganger, I smelled something delicious and followed the scent. It was in a big gray box with wheels and a human saw me and ran. So I ate everything that was in the box. Little meaty things and some soft non-meaty cushions. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Yes, Bright Lady. *She watched as Evangeline turned on the stove.* So … Oh! After I ate, I went back to the place and traced the spell to the location! And then I used my own magic to boost the spell and poofed! over there, too! Devils call it “piggyback” but I’ve never met a piggyback before. Is it a large creature you slay whenever you wish to teleport? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She blinked.* The mortal plane is so complicated! No swallowing dogs … *She repeated, just to make sure she remembered that one! Things you weren’t supposed to do were often the most important! She studied Evangeline!* Bright Lady, how does it feel to be bound to my Glaër? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: How romantic! He must feel the same way! *She paused.* But it is hard to tell. I try to hear his thoughts but he is silent. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She pouted!* Oh puu … How can I be a good familiar if I can’t hear his thoughts? *She mumbled as she sat on the counter with her legs over the edge!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She blinked and nodded.* Okay, Bright Lady! Um … You do not look like the type to cause trouble. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: That sounds like my older sister, Veshra. Father often said she must be part angel to attract the type of trouble she did. Angels and devils aren’t supposed to mix but Father says it happens. Light and darkness are opposites but they attract each other, too. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She closed her eyes as she smelled that! She leaned forward!* Mmmm! Oh they do! *She licked her lips as she watched Evangeline take them out.* You mean like you and my Glaër? You two are opposites and yet you are attracted to each other, yes? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She giggled as she leaned over the muffins and blew on them!* Many would disagree with you, Bright Lady. Devils rarely bother with vampires but souls have long memories. *She picked one up!* How warm! Why do you not eat one, Bright Lady? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Thank you, Bright Lady! *She giggled as she cradled that muffin in her hands!* It takes an angel to see the light in the darkest corner. Glaër reminds me a lot of what Valravn must have been like. Or seemed to be like. -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She swallowed that muffin whole! And reached for another one!* Thisff iffff goood! *She said, bits of muffins flying out as she tried to speak!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She blinked and quickly closed her mouth to swallow! When the muffin in her mouth was gone, she grinned.* Yes, Bright Lady. *Now she took smaller bites.* These are delicious! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She chomped on another muffin! These were divine! CHOMP! So good! CHOMP!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *The muffins were gone and Vlamerias was a content little devil! She grinned and hopped to her feet to join Evangeline!* Ready, Bright Lady! Are we going to your Oracle now? -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Yay! *She took Eavngeline’s hand and held onto it tightly–but not too tightly! As they walked, she squinted at the bright light and it took her awhile to adjust!* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She was in awe! Her eyes were wide and she stared at all the people and the non-people! She was smelling things she never smelled back home! Oh, and there was magic, too! It made her tingle as they walked up to the buildings!* -Gabriel
Everyone was glad to see Evangeline back! … But who was the girl with her? They greeted her and waved but whispers started when people noticed how the girl looked so much like her and Gabriel! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Oohhh … *She was trying to absorb so much that she didn’t have much time for questions! But she managed to put a couple in there!* So I can cast magic and stuff? -Gabriel
There was one of the teachers! Roger! He waved. “Hey Evangeline! Uh … Who’s your guest?” -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *She grinned!* Yay! *She blinked up at the human male.* She’s my mommy! Oohh … Who are the giant furry things? *She spotted a couple of weres in the corner! Both were in hybrid form and mock fighting.* -Gabriel
Vlamerias: Weres! *They looked very warm!* Oh, can I eat them? I hear they are tough like jerky. What is jerky? And why would weres have keys and sticks? -Gabriel
Roger looked shocked! Awh man, he just had to tell someone! He was called away to help one of his students and said goodbye to Evangeline and Meri before he disappeared! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: No eating dogs. No eating weres. *She nodded.* Oh! What’s that shiny thing? *She urged Evangeline to the wall where the trainers kept the weapons they practiced with! Most of them were wooden versions of swords, axes, a hammer or two and such! But there were also the real deal! Swords, daggers, hammers, you name it! They rarely ever used these! -Gabriel
Vlamerias: *Her eyes were wide! She reached out and touched the blade of an axe closest to her! It was cold and smooth but she could see her reflection!* Will you show me? My Glaër must be a great teacher! No one uses weapons back home unless their souls are absorbed into them or they just want to be flashy.
“Evangeline! You’re alive! Thank god, we all thought Gabriel was going to wreck the shit out o- What the hell!” It was Taylor! He was one of the first hunters to get involved in Gabriel’s classes, and now he was staring down at Vlamerias like she was some sort of.. drug induced vision! “Uh… what a cute little girl…?”
Vlamerias: *She giggled and clapped!* Yay! *She stopped when she realized something.* You’re not going to be hurt, are you? *She asked Evangeline! She knew enough about weapons to know there was always a risk of the people using them could get hurt! And anyone who hurt the Bright Lady was going to regret it!*
“Meri? Is she your sister…?” he was still staring, and hadn’t quite resgistered what Evangeline had said… up until she was swinging a sword at his head! He ducked! “Whoa! Whoa! I don’t think this is such a good idea!”
Vlamerias: *To be honest, when she mentioned the Bright Lady showing her … she had not thought she would acquire a partner to do so! On the other hand, she wasn’t being sloppy and she seemed to be controlling the blade …* She’s my mommy!
Taylor was was still trying to wrap Meri around his head! He stumbled backwards, having to grab himself a sword just to keep Evangeline from swiping his knees off. When the hell did she learn how to do that?! “Uh…! Evangeline, really!” Side step! “I don’t think this is a good idea!” Dodge! “…When did you learn THAT?!” She was a novice, but it was still surprising!
“R-right… You’re welcome. … I think.” Mommy?! Doing it for real?! He snatched the sword from Evangeline quick, looking back and forth from Evangeline to Meri! …Someone around here had to know what this was about! He escaped!
Vlamerias: *By now, she was watching the two like a hawk! Better than a hawk, which would fare badly for Taylor! She suddenly relaxed and bounced over to Evangeline!* You were wonderful! *And she didn’t get hurt! That was even better!*
Vlamerias: Oohhh! *Her eyes went wide!* Did they threaten him? Were they going to betray him and he found out about it? Can I have their souls?
Vlamerias: Oohhh … *So they weren’t dead! That meant she couldn’t have their souls! And she couldn’t remember if she was allowed to have souls or not!* Um … Am I allowed to have souls?
The Infirmary! The doctors there were still nervous as they were the same ones Leon had fended off while Evangeline put Gabriel back together!
Vlamerias: *She peered inside!* Why is everyone lying down? *She sniffed the air! This room was different!*
“Evangeline!” It was another hunter, Casey! He walked up to her and put his arm around her! He wasn’t like those other morons who were so afraid of Gabriel they could barely look at Evangeline! He put his arm around her shoulder!
Vlamerias: *Her eyes narrowed into slits and flashed! A wiggle of fingers, then pointing a finger at the mortal stupid enough to touch the Bright Lady! A simple spell to lift him in the air, roll him around and then drop him flat on his back!* No touching my mommy! *She growled and kicked him in the ribs! Then she slapped his hands for good measure!*
Casey groaned! “What the hell just happened?!” he asked as he sat up, holding his head! That had been one hell of a ride! He glanced around! Nah, it couldn’t have been Gabriel! … Could it?
Vlamerias: One of my Father’s souls always said when a human male puts his arm around you and he’s not your husband but you’re married to him … then something something something … and um, no good can come of it! *She was still glaring at Casey but at least she didn’t move to attack him again when Evangeline pulled her away! She looked up at Evangeline.* I swore to protect you from trouble. *She pointed at Casey!* And that is trouble.
Vlamerias: *She thought that made no sense. Wasn’t the Bright Lady contradicting herself? The hunters protected people from evil but wouldn’t that mean they’d have to be dangerous? The mortal plane is confusing! She glared at the hunter when he didn’t reply at first!* … Are you?
Casey blinked up at Evangeline and the girl before he got to his feet! Did he just get dropped by a kid?! “Uh … No. Not at all.” Wait, he couldn’t have … It must have been Gabriel!
Oh crap! So the girl had gotten the drop on him after all! “Don’t worry about it … Uh, is she your sister?” He scratched his head and looked at the girl! She looked like Evangeline but those eyes …
Vlamerias: *She beamed proudly!* She’s my mommy! And as long as you don’t touch her, I won’t touch you. That means no physically touching her and no being responsible, directly or indirectly, for someone else or something else touching her. *She nodded.*
Vlamerias: *This might get more complicated than she first figured!* My Glaër said your safety comes first. And enemies like Malsuada are tricky and very sneaky.
This was Casey’s cue to scram! He backed away slowly …!
Speaking of evil and tricky… flying in to the room was a bat! A nice round black bat that landed neatly on Evangeline’s shoulder. “The angel has returned unscathed? Did you come to your senses and let that old demonic hag take Caroline away?
Vlamerias: *She was thoughtful for a moment. They would need to figure something out or she would fail in her duty … And she took her duty seriously! She took one look at the bat and hissed!* Off of my mommy, human! *Evangeline could sense she was about to launch another spell!*
“BLARGH!” Alistair said back at the demon! He knew one when he smelled one! Luckily, the angel spared him and captured the hideous little thing! “What’s this nonsense about Mommy?! Hail, beautiful lady, you’ve not sired a child with another and broken my loving heart!”
Vlamerias: *She was still hissing but as she could not launch a spell or a physical attack without harming Evangeline, she would have to bide her time and wait for an opportunity! The Bright Lady’s safety came first!* He is a nuisance, Glaëria. Let me kill him.
Alistair snorted, giving the little demon child a big toothy hiss of his own! “Bah! Caroline is a heartless wench. She holds no candle to one as sweet and lovely as you! Let go of that creature, grace me with a kiss and let us run away to an island!”
Vlamerias: *She huffed and wore a frown that looked very much like Evangeline’s!* I prefer the Doppleganger to this mortal. At least he’s funny. *She stuck her tongue at Alistair quickly and continued to keep an eye on him!* Glaëria is giving me a tour of Oracle. Be gone, foul one whose stench reaches to hell itself.
For a bat, Alistair sure looked disgusted! And it wasn’t at Vlamerias backhanded insult either! With a flap he hopped off her shoulder to escape! “Prefer that idiotic welp! Foul stench! MARRIED with a SPAWN! Outrageous…!” he complained as he left!
Vlamerias: *She growled and stuck her tongue at the bat! Then she grinned up at Evangeline!* You are very happy to say that, Glaëria! Did he court you for a very long time before life-bonding?
Caroline: …Why was Alistair flying off cursing vampires? *A sudden appearance! Evangeline had Vlamerias… that answered the question.* Good afternoon, My Lady. Little Demon.
Vlamerias: Warrior Lady! *She had her arms around Evangeline before she fell! The Bright Lady had quite a grip on her!* Is it true that the flying human is under your care?
Vlamerias: *Not that she thought the Bright Lady a liar but it was hard to believe!*
Dark: *He grumbled as he stood up and dusted himself off!* Damnit, I told you to warn me about that! *He growled. If she wasn’t dropping them into places, he was suffering from the vertigo of moving from one place to another so swiftly!*
Caroline: Alistair is under my care, yes. You are welcome to give him a little trouble if you like. Just try not to hurt. *Caroline found herself smirking again. The wee demon really did look like Evangeline’s daughter. The sight was very sweet.* I hope Vlameries didn’t return home too soon. You deserved a nice wedding night.
Vlamerias: *She beamed!* She said to tell you it was wonderful! She and my Glaër were very tired when I came back! And then she was hungry when she woke up … and I think she was sore …
Dark: *He was clapping his hands over his ears and tuning them out! He even started singing as he marched up and down the hall!*
Caroline: *Caroline clasped her hands behind her back and rocked on her feet. Vlamerias nearly made her life!* Had I known I’d be attending a wedding, I might have spoken with you both and given some helpful advice. But I’m glad he managed to figure it out. *She paused when Dark started singing!* …Somehow I doubt Dark is ever going to learn the finer aspects of sex.
Vlamerias: *She watched Dark march up and down the hall!* I did not know the Doppleganger had such a voice! *Fortunately, she was so distracted by Dark’s singing that she wasn’t paying any attention to the conversation about sex!* Can my Glaër sing like that, too?
Caroline: My lady, I doubt anyone can learn well without actually [i]doing[/i] it. *Caroline had heard him singing to tune her out so often… now it was amusing to tease him just to hear him do it!*
Caroline: My lady, I doubt anyone can learn well without actually doing it. *Caroline had heard him singing to tune her out so often… now it was amusing to tease him just to hear him do it!*
Dark: *He didn’t dare stop singing or marching or take his hands off his ears just to be safe! He was going to keep doing this until he absolutely, positively knew they were done! Like when Caroline walked away from Evangeline and tapped him on the shoulder which would mean they were going off somewhere!*
Caroline: I find the though of my lady not being able to sing very hard to believe. *Caroline allowed the shift in subject… Evangeline handled teasing with grace, and it wasn’t as funny as watching Dark march up and down the halls.*
Vlamerias: I will ask him to sing sometime! Perhaps when I have done something good!* Warrior Lady, everyone is so surprised about the Bright Lady being here! I think it is good that you and my Glaër rescued her and brought her back.
Dark: *He stopped when a couple of hunters stopped walking out of the room and into the hall to stare at him! He growled, hands still over his ears.* What are you looking at? *They stammered something and turned right around! He kept glaring at them until they were gone and he went back to marching and singing!*
Caroline: *She stopped grinning at Dark’s marching long enough to cast Meri a smirk!* I doubt they are surprised about Evangeline’s return, but more at your arrival. I can hear whispering now about a little grey-eyed daughter.
Vlamerias: *A bright grin!* The Bright Lady said I can help her with classes! But then I upset her when I tossed a human male on his back and kicked him for touching her.
Dark: *He finally decided just to see if it was safe or not and joined them!*
Vlamerias: *She blinked!* I have not been with him long. Have I picked up something already? *She looked at her hands and turned them around. She didn’t feel any different.*
Caroline: *…That she laughed at! For all the reasons that it was so amusing! Attacking people simply for touching the woman was the cherry on the cake!* I see. Vlamerias, my lady is kind and many people like to show their affection for her. When she is uncomfortable, then you can throw people and kick them.
Dark: Damnit, every time we come here people mistake me for Gabriel! *He muttered! He looked at his shirt!* I am not wearing black, I am not scowling, and I most certainly don’t have a pair of guns or some cursed sword or some of those fingertip claws!
Vlamerias: OOhhh! I see! That makes things a little simple! … But I told the Bright Lady that enemies like Malsuada are sneaky and tricky! Devils don’t outright attack unless forced to.
Caroline: That is true. But you don’t want to hurt innocents, either. Be watchful, but not paranoid. You will learn to see the differences between a friendly face or someone meaning harm. *Caroline tilted her head to glance at Dark.* …I’m not sure I’d like to see his hair any longer. He’d look like a woman. Or like he was trying to mimic me. That’d just be disturbing.
Dark: *He frowned. Looking like a woman or imitating Caroline … Disturbing indeed!* At this rate, I’ll have to dye my hair or something so at least people would know right away.
Vlamerias: Hm. Watchful but not paranoid. *She grew silent while thinking over Caroline’s words.*
Caroline: Dye your hair, hmm? *Reaching out, she flicked her fingers at his hair… mumbling a spell under her breath. There was only a slight tingle of the magic and a shift of color! …Now to see if he even realized it, or could figure out how to fix it. …The man still hadn’t even warded himself again spells properly!*
Dark: *A shiver ran down his spine! He glanced around! He could sense when magic was cast on him but he had the damnest time trying to pinpoint where it was cast unless it was obvious!* Huh? What’d you do? *He glanced over his shoulder. Nothing. Feet. Nothing. Then he remembered his idea about dying his hair and looked up!* What the hell!
Caroline: You didn’t mention a color. Pink stands out, don’t you think? I doubt anyone would mistake you for Gabriel now.
Vlamerias: *She was roused from her thoughts to look up at Dark! … And she giggled!*
Dark: *He growled and tried to get the color out of his hair by ruffling it!* They’ll just mistake me for a damn fruitcake! Change it back, Caroline! *He pulled his jacket off to pull over his head and even tied the sleeves under his chin so the jacket would stay in place!*
Caroline: I won’t. You’ll have to do it yourself. With all that power and potential, there isn’t any reason you can’t. *Caroline was trying to keep her business-serious teaching expression… But he tied his jacket over his head and she broke out in a wide smirk.* …That isn’t helping.
Dark: *He growled! Caroline knew how he felt about using magic!* Helping, who? You or me? *He muttered, looking around for a corner to hide until Caroline came to her senses or … damn it all, until he figured out how to undo this!*
Caroline: Vlamerias, would you like to help me with Dark’s other lesson? He needs to be reminded about paying attention and not getting himself ambushed.
Vlamerias: *She beamed!* Yay! I would! I would! *She paused.* But … no touching his soul, yes?
Dark: *He found a corner in one of the smaller empty classrooms and huddled there, trying to figure it out! He hated using magic! This was frickin’ nuts! What the hell was she thinking?!*
Caroline: Definitely no taking his soul. The object is teaching him how to protect his soul. *Grinning again, she really shouldn’t take so much pleasure in lessons like this. But it was always rewarding when he figured it out and learned something!* You can come and help as well, my lady. He is always confused by your methods.
Vlamerias: *She paused when Caroline invited Evangeline to join but then held her tongue! The Warrior Lady had sworn to protect the Bright Lady so she would not put her in harm’s way!* Yay! Um … What are beanbags? *She thought they would be using spells for this lesson.*
Dark: *He secured the jacket around his head, muttering something under his breath about “madness” and “women”! What spell had she used? And what were the chances that it was one of those quick, five minute-long spells?*
Caroline: *Meanwhile… Caroline vanished! She was going to take a much more subtle approach. When she landed, she was quietly sitting on one of the rafters high above the room. …He still had that jacket over his head and looked the fool!*
Dark: *Knowing how cruel Caroline could be, this spell might be permament–and waterproof!* Damnit all … *He growled. What was it with Carnatellis and needing blood for magic anyways?* Anthony’s a real bastard, that’s for sure. *He grumbled, oblivious to being watched!*
Vlamerias: Oh okay! *She went with the Bright Lady and her eyes went wide at the squishy things that fit in your hand! She picked one up and squealed!* How fascinating! *She began gathering up as many of the beanbags as she could in her arms! If they were going to throw these at the Doppleganger, they would need a lot!*
Caroline: *Anthony Carnatelli was not the one she expected him to be cursing at! …He didn’t even look like he was trying to figure out the spell. Was he just growling about how evil she was?*
Dark: Blood. What the hell! *He muttered!* “Our power lies in blood. To cast magic, you need either yours or another’s.” *He echoed Gabriel’s earlier words back when he was first training. He was pretty sure he still had the bruises from those training sessions, too!* I can do this. I’m not afraid. Nothing wrong with magic … except maybe getting your head blown off when a simple spell backfires. *He bit his finger and pressed it to get the blood.*
Vlamerias: *She grinned and quickly nodded! She was forced to drop an armful of beanbags to the floor just so she could get ready to throw one!*
Vlamerias: *She giggled and followed suit! Toss! Toss! Toss! Oh, this was fun! Much more fun than trailing after other devils trying to backstab and outdo each other!*
Dark: Okay, let’s see … So you–*Thud! Thud! Thud! He turned thwack! Beanbags! Awh man, and it was Evangeline and Gabriel’s demon!* Hey, cut it out! *He growled, only successfully dodging the next three beanbags but getting hit by the others!*
Caroline: *Caroline leaned on the rafter, and sighed! It was so easy to see those two coming… He never payed attention. She waited a bit longer still!*
Vlamerias: *And toss and toss and toss!* Come, Doppleganger! Defend yourself and break the spell!
Dark: *He growled! Caroline had to be kidding! … Then again, this was Caroline and she was always ready to give him a lesson! He huffed, even while he was being pelted by beanbags! Ultimately, he had to remember this was Gabriel’s Seer and his demon. He wasn’t too keen on Gabriel but he was less enthralled by the prospect of being punished by the vampire or Caroline! He ducked behind the desk after turning it over on its side! Break the spell first!* Black. Black. Change my hair back to black!
Vlamerias: Oh! A wall! *She exclaimed! Clutching some bean bags to her body, she sneaked out, keeping low to the ground so she could get to that desk and pelt him better!*
Caroline: *Close, he was close to breaking the spell… but not quite. The little demon was sure having fun, though. Caroline moved in the rafters, sneaking closer!*
Vlamerias: *She peeked over the desk! There he was! And then she sneaked to one side and began throwing!*
Dark: Black. Black. Come on! *Thud! Thwack! One of the beanbags knocked the jacket over his face! Another knocked it completely off! His hair shimmered and then it was suddenly black! He saw a movement from the corner of his eye and swiftly moved, around the other side of the desk, dodging the demon’s beanbags! He gathered up a few beanbags of his own and threw them at Evangeline who he could see better!*
Dark: *His triumph was short-lived! He still had to take care of the demon! She was still pelting bean bags at him but missing! He sneaked to where she was and pounced!*
Caroline: *Evangeline took that hit far too soon! But Dark managed to undo the spell, and that was good! Caroline lurked longer still waiting to see if he could catch the demon… That should prove near impossible!*
Vlamerias: *But Vlamerias wasn’t there! Instead there were a few bean bags on the floor! Bean bags came from behind to pelt him! Boy, was she fast!*
Dark: *He whirled around and pounced again! He was sure to get her this time!*
Vlamerias: *Again, no luck! Something small was standing on his back! She giggled!* You are funny, Doppleganger. *She felt his body tense and jumped off before he could turn and capture her! She landed neatly on one of the desk’s legs! She wiggled her fingers at Dark in what might have been a wave–but she was actually launching a handful of beanbags at him instead!*
Dark: *Two of the beanbags came flying at him at the same time but he dodged those! He jumped back avoid the next one and was forced to roll away from the one after that! And he evaded the others!* Ha! Take that demon!
Vlamerias: *She giggled and waved her fingers in that wave again! She wasn’t out of ammo for long! Another handful of bean bags rose from the ground and these flew much quicker! As soon as Dark dodged one, another was already on its way!*
Caroline: *A faint smirk. Now, to make things harder on him. Mumbling a spell under her breath, she summoned a shadowy form in the room. It was nothing more than a puppet, but it was creepy looking! With that, she had it attacking Dark!*
Dark: *He blinked! What the crap! He dodged, rolled, sidestepped, but when he got the bright idea to launch a few beanbags back at Vlamerias, he felt something behind him and rolled out of the way of the shadow-creature! This had Caroline’s signature all over it!* Damnit, Caroline! *He got to his feet but ducked a swing and rolled again!*
Vlamerias: *Oh, this was fun! She was momentarily distracted from throwing beanbags at the Doppleganger!*
Caroline: *Impressive! She didn’t expect him to be able to dodge, being so distracted with Vlamerias. Puppeting the shadow, it was much more direct about trying to hit him!* Stop me if you can, Dark. I think the beast might devour the poor helpless woman and her innocent child before you do.
Dark: *A miscalculation on how far he should step back and he narrowly missed having his neck sliced! Instead he received a cut across the chin and the shadow had barely touched him!* Damnit, Caroline! This thing has blades! *He growled! She really was nuts!*
Caroline: Just be yourself, Evangeline. *Her shadow puppet did not leave room for mistakes! It was slicing again, trying to circle around!* You have power, Dark. And there are weapons. In a moment I am going to get bored toying with you, and devour those poor women. Just imagine how her husband would feel!
Vlamerias: *Oh, this was her cue! She returned to Evangeline’s side! She couldn’t be away from the Bright Lady when danger lurked and her Glaër was not here!* Please, Doppleganger, protect my Bright Lady!
Dark: *He swiped his knuckles across the cut in his chin!* Fair enough. I was through with playing anyways. *He grabbed a chair and tried to use that to block!* Levis! *And then he summoned a “blade” of light while the shadow was distracted!*
Caroline: *Smirking, she pulled her shadow in to attack again! While she… She dropped down to the ground behind Vlamerias and Evangeline. Caroline scooped up the little devil!* I have the child! Little girl, you shall be delicious. *Another smirk!*
Vlamerias: *Instead of panicking or becoming dramatic, she blinked and licked her arm!* I’m all salty. *She looked at her other arm.* Maybe my other arm is not so salty! *She licked that one, too!* Nope. Salty, too.
Dark: *He huffed.* Man, you gotta be kidding me. *He moved to lunge the “blade” through the shadow after sidestepping! Then he was running for Caroline and the demon!*
Vlamerias: *She blinked!* Oh. Warrior Lady said I will be delicious but I don’t think I will. Do you think I should tell her or let her find out on her own?
Caroline: I am not actually going to eat you, youngling. *Low, her shadow beast had been defeated! But she still had a little girl! Caroline held her safely and didn’t move until Dark was nearly in grabbing distance! Then she stepped aside!* Too late! I have eaten the little girl. A salty little girl. I can only imagine her mother will taste as good. *She wasn’t going to let him run by without an attack, though. Caroline had her ‘stick’ which was nothing more than a long yardstick and promptly tried to swat him with it!*
Dark: *His “blade” of light wouldn’t help him very much! He let it disappear and used a chair instead! He attempted to knock the yard stick out of her hand!* You’ll probably have indigestion at this point.
Caroline: *Caroline set the devil down quickly. She trust her stick between the legs and the back of the chair, and used her strenght to wretch it out of his hands!* What a weak vampire. Your blood will paint the walls of my demon castle. How could you possibly defeat me?
Vlamerias: *She was enjoying this! She nodded, eyes on the two of them!* This is fun!
Dark: I wouldn’t talk until this vampire is down and out. *He dropped to the ground, grabbed some dirt in one hand, and lashed out with his feet for the back of Caroline’s legs!*
Caroline: *The moment her swept her feet, she flipped backwards in a smooth fluid motion, using her hands to brace the ground! Back on her feet again, she swung her stick down at his hand!*
Dark: *He dropped on his back, grabbed for her stick with one hand and the other hand he moved to throw dust in her face!*
Vlamerias: *She was fascinated!* Are your lessons like these, Bright Lady? *It hadn’t occured to her yet that if they were, she would have her work cut out for her!*
Vlamerias: That is wise! *She turned and suddenly hugged Evangeline!* I will not have to punish too many people then!
Caroline: *Christ! He managed to catch her by surprise with playing dirty! And it burned! But Caroline was not taken that easy! With her eyes squeezed shut, she didn’t release her stick – only kicked out her foot to catch him in the side!*
Dark: *He clenched his teeth as her foot connected! But he grabbed her foot and twisted so he could bring her down!*
Vlamerias: *She was thoughtful* Um … The Warrior Lady said to go after the people who make you uncomfortable. So … that is what I will do! I will leave the punishing to my Glaër! *But that didn’t mean she was going to let someone touch the Bright Lady!*
Caroline: *Caroline tried to stay solid and immovable, but he was finally figuring out his strength! She was forced to drop to the ground… but not without taking her other foot and trying to kick it downwards for his chest!*
Dark: *He saw her foot coming down and rolled out of the way, then he was on his feet! He grabbed a piece of broken chair leg and poised it over her chest! He was panting hard!*
Caroline: *Caroline moved until she was on her knees… she still couldn’t see! …And she had no desire to let him have a win without working for it! She pulled her ribbons from her pocket and through them at him!*
Vlamerias: *She giggled! Bean bags against the Warrior Lady’s ribbons! That was funny! She was fascinated by the battle!*
Evangeline: *Holding Meri, staying for Dark’s training was always interesting. His aura might have been near identical to Gabriel, but how he did things was so different!*
Evangeline: Oh, she only needs a little water, she’ll be okay! *The lesson couldn’t be over so soon, no one had won! Evangeline finally stood, picking up Meri with her!*
Vlamerias: *She blinked as she was picked up!* They are done already? But throwing beanbags and sneaking around was fun!
Evangeline: We’ll get to do these kinds of things everyday, Meri! Next time, we’ll even have a whole group of people to play with!
Vlamerias: *That pleased her a lot as the little devil clapped her hands!* I am famished! May we eat now, Bright Lady? I smell something delicious! I hope I can eat it!
Evangeline: As long as you aren’t smelling someone alive, I think we can go eat! *Evangeline smiled as she headed for the door.* Good luck, Dark! If you manage to defeat Caroline, you can join us in the cafeteria!
Gabriel: *He was waiting outside in the hall.* I trust you two enjoyed yourselves. *He said to Evangeline and Vlamerias.*
Vlamerias: *She grinned!* Glaër! Hello! The Bright Lady is lots of fun! She says we can eat as long as I am not smelling someone alive!
Evangeline: Helping Dark’s lessons is always a pleasure! *Evangeline sat Vlamerias down on her feet.* Will you come with us for lunch?
Gabriel: *He brushed his hand over Vlamerias’ hair.* Yes, eating something that is not alive would be a start. *Then he nodded at Evangeline.* Of course. Interestingly enough, I have heard whispers of a gray-eyed offspring. *He smirked.*
Evangeline: Meri has called me mommy all day. I don’t mind, but she’s confused the daylights out of a few hunters!
Vlamerias: *She blinked!* Is that bad, Glaër?
Gabriel: *He crouched down so they were eye to eye and brushed a hand over her head again.* No. It simply means it will take awhile for them to be used to you. *He stood.* You realize, in a way, you are her mother.
Evangeline: *There was no reason to blush about it, but she did! It brought up thoughts about having his children… and though now was not the best time to have them, it was still a thought that gave her warm fuzzy daydreams about the future!* I am not so sure about mother, but it’s been so nice to have her here today.
Gabriel: *He smirked as they walked, making their way to the cafeteria.*
Vlamerias: Oh, Glaër! Warrior Lady is pleased that you and the Bright Lady enjoyed yourselves last night! She said that if you two ever need time alone again, I can go play with your Doppleganger!
Evangeline: *Catching Gabriel’s hand, Evangeline at least managed to refrain from blushing a second time, only giving a mildy exasperated sigh!* Caroline is teaching Meri things she is far too young to know, I think!
Vlamerias: *She was skipping along beside Evangeline first, and then Gabriel, and then Evangeline again! She giggled!* Warrior Lady said that if you were doing it right, you would not be done until morning. Then she said she doubted anyone can learn to do it right without actually doing it. Then Bright Lady said there are books and tapes and stuff. And you can learn just by watching!
Evangeline: *Evangeline had to lean and hide her face against Gabriel’s arm. She wasn’t sure if it was from embarrassment or because she so much wanted to laugh at Meri blurting things out so bluntly!* If Caroline had been with Gabriel, then she might’ve known!
Gabriel: *He did something unexpected! He leaned his head toward Evangeline and he kissed her cheek.* I enjoyed myself last night. *He whispered in her ear.*
Evangeline: *Evangeline grinned, giggling softly as she squeezed his hand.* You’ll stay again with me tonight, won’t you?
Gabriel: I did promise, Seer. And I still have time to make up for.
Vlamerias: *She entered the cafeteria and looked around with wide eyes!* Oh, how fascinating! *She stood still and looked around!* Hmm! *She sniffed the air and licked her lips!* I hope that is not something alive!
Evangeline: Time and many missed dates! *Evangeline cast Gabriel another grin before releasing him to capture Meri before she accidentally ate something inedible! She pulled the devil towards the buffet and gave her a tray.* The things in the pans and under glass are edible. You can try everything, if you like!
Vlamerias: *She blinked at the tray, studied it, then she sniffed it and chewed on the corner!*
Evangeline: …yet, the trays and the dishes are not edible. *Evangeline said quickly, pulling the tray from Meri’s mouth gently.* That is what you carry the food with!
Vlamerias: *She blinked as Evangeline pulled the tray out of her mouth and smiled brightly.* Okay, Glaëria! *She moved closer to the buffet where she became fascinated by the mashed potatoes and steamed rice!*
Evangeline: How about a spoon of everything? Then you can see what you like and what you’re not so fond off. *Evangeline herself had a problem with peas and didn’t care how good a pot pie boasted to be, peas didn’t belong! Setting a plate on Meri’s tray, she let the girl grab what she was attracted to… and was mindful to stop her from running off with entire platters or trying to stuff whole legs of meat in her mouth!*
Vlamerias: *She grinned brightly! She loved that idea and she loved to try everything … which meant, she loved to eat everything! Except the spinach and the cauliflower! She put as much as she could on her plate and realized she didn’t have any room for any more food! She reached for another plate!*
Evangeline: Let’s start with the first plate and then go back for seconds. I’m not sure I want to scare all the hunters in Oracle with an expoding devil! *Evangeline took the second plate though, serving herself a few things that she was more than likely going to allow Meri to steal off her plate! Finally she led the girl to one of the tables and had her sit.*
Vlamerias: *Those hunters might think Vlamerias was going to eat them out of headquarters and cafeteria! She giggled! An exploding devil sounded like a fun sight to see! She sat down beside Evangeline and stuffed a butter roll into her mouth!* MMmm!!
Speaking of hunters, there was not an unconfused stare in the whole cafeteria! By now, rumors had spread all over the place. But no one actually expected to see a little brown haired girl with grey eyes! And definitely not with Gabriel standing right there to make the comparisons to!
Vlamerias: *She swallowed that butter roll whole and then chewed on a piece of steak!* Hmmm … *She really loved this one! The juices flowed down her chin!*
Evangeline: *Evangeline was more than ready for lunch, as she slid in to a chair. She made sure to slide silverware and napkins across the table towards Meri.* Human food is nice, isn’t it? I can’t imagine anything tasting better!
Gabriel: *Ah yes, devils had quite the appetite! It was fortunate there were lots of food, considering that weres also had an appetite! He stopped Vlamerias from chewing on the silverware.* Fork. Spoon. Butterknife. Knife. *He pointed to each.* Spoon is for liquid. *He demonstrated by scooping up some of the gravy on Meri’s plate with it!* Fork is for the harder food. *He stabbed her second piece of steak with it.* Knife is to cut things. *He showed her how to use it on the same piece of steak.* And a butterknife is used to do this. *He buttered some mashed potatoes on the steak.* It is recommended you do not eat the silverware. When in doubt, remember this end goes into the food. The other end you hold. *And he showed her that, too!*
Evangeline: *Pausing with a roll, Evangeline looked curious.* …She can’t actually eat the silverware, can see? Even for a devil, she’s awfully small.
Vlamerias: *She looked up and blinked at Gabriel! She wanted to know, too!*
Gabriel: *He smirked.* She may try to and she may succeed in eating it. Devils are tenacious when they wish to be. However, you are right. She is small and attempting to do so would damage her teeth and digestive system.
Evangeline: Hmm. Then we’ll make sure to only eat nice, non-harmless, or toxic foods. Okay Meri?
Vlamerias: *A bright grin!* Yes, Glaëria. *She tried using the fork this time, by grabbing it by the handle and chewing on the steak around it!*
Gabriel Carnatelli, the scariest person in Oracle had been showing a little girl how to use table manners! There was nothing more disturbing than that!
Vlamerias: *She opened her mouth to speak until she remembered what Evangeline had said about not talking with your mouth full! She swallowed–and then she spoke!* Warrior Lady and Doppleganger aren’t here yet. Do you think they are well?
Evangeline: *Tilting her head as if she were listening for something, she blinked!* It’s only training, so they’ll be just fine. I think.
Gabriel: … Dark should count himself fortunate.
Evangeline: You’re all bristlie, Caroline. Was it that bad? *Evangeline thought the way Caroline worried over he charges very sweet… All of the trouble they may be, Caroline never complained about them!* …You didn’t tie him up somewhere again, did you?
Vlamerias: Hello, Warrior Lady! *She looked around for Dark but then she stuffed some slices of pineapple into her mouth and couldn’t speak for awhile as she chewed!*
Vlamerias: *She swallowed.* Does that mean we get to throw more beanbags at him, Warrior Lady?
Evangeline: You could try getting in trouble and making him save you instead for a change! You’ve always be there to help him, he might miss you if you died!
Gabriel: … I have another idea. Vlamerias.
Evangeline: You worry too much about him. Give him a chance and you’ll see. *She tilted her head at Gabriel.* You’re not going to drop him in a volcano are you..?
Vlamerias: *That tone! She had a feeling this meant her first–or was it second?–official job! She swallowed her food and looked up at him.* Yes, Glaër?
Gabriel: You will see. *He promised. He turned back to the devil.* Find the Dark … and listen. Talk sparingly and only if necessary. Your goal is to listen to whatever he tells you and whatever he does, keep between you and him. Return when he is ready to come back to Oracle or when he stalks off.
Gabriel: *-the (Dark)
Vlamerias: *She blinked and nodded!* Yes, Glaër! *It would be a snap to locate the Doppleganger! He was so very much like her Glaër, scent and aura-wise at least! She POOFED! and reappeared on the roof where she shifted to her devil form and flew in the direction of the Doppleganger’s scent!*
Someone walked up to Dark, dressed in dark clothes and smelling like he hadn’t washed in ages! “Hey, buddy. Got some change?”
Evangeline: Someone was thinking about volcanos. *Evangeline would wait to see what Gabriel had in mind, though she still thought her idea was good too! Not just for Dark, but for Caroline who needed to learn to trust him! Maybe if she were scary enough, she’d hold Caroline hostage… Shrugging at her own thoughts, she ate her lunch!*
Gabriel: *He looked out the window!* Tell me. What is the one type of creature who asks for nothing but whom you will give everything for? One so innocent and pure, it becomes the most hunted of all prey.
“You gotta have a wallet. Everyone’s gotta wallet,” the guy pointed out. He didn’t move at all!
A blur of the man’s hand! A knife! “Give me your wallet or I’ll slit your throat,” he threatened! He had to be a few inches shorter than Dark, much more thin, a lot of facial hair and beady eyes.
Vlamerias: Doppleganger, I have found you! *A familiar voice called out! The last voice he had expected to hear–besides maybe Anthony himself! Vlamerias, in her devil form landed on the bench but when she saw the human, she quickly changed to her human form. She couldn’t let humans see her real form! They weren’t supposed to know devils existed!*
Evangeline: *Evangeline was going to say puppies. But children was a better answer! The question was curious, so she rest her chin in her hand to listen.*
Gabriel: *He looked at Caroline.* Indeed. And I have always found children to have a more listening and attentive ear than most.
Vlamerias: *She blinked and sat down on the bench instead!* Glaër told me to listen, not watch. *She covered her eyes.* I will close my eyes and wait.
Vlamerias: *She kept her eyes closed, although she did cheat a few times and peek! She found herself fascinated by what the Doppleganger was doing! Glaër said to talk sparingly but … she just had to know!* Doppleganger, what are you doing …?
Vlamerias: … To you. *She said.* May I open my eyes now? *She asked, although she peeked and closed her eyes again!*
Vlamerias: *She tilted her head.* What is a first?
Evangeline: Ranting solves lots of things! You might try it, Caroline. Sometimes you are far too nice. *Evangeline didn’t seem to notice the irony of the statement, as she happily devoured a few grapes she stole from Meri’s overfilled plate.*
Vlamerias: *She blinked.* Are you not him? The Bright Lady said you are a direct clone.
Vlamerias: *She hopped off of the bench and slipped her hand into his.* I am sorry, Dopple–Dark.
Vlamerias: *To his surprise, she actually nodded.* At home, I wasn’t allowed to do much of anything. My one wish was to come to the mortal plane because of all the stories I heard from my father’s souls. So when the Infamous One came for his Bright Lady, I knew this was my chance and I asked to bond to him so I could come. I do not regret coming here, not yet at least. I may in the future. But I will never regret taking my chance. Father says we must all carve our own paths but to do so, we must first want to carve it.
Vlamerias: *She blinked … and then put a finger to her lips.* Um … If that helps you then … okay! *She said with a grin!*
Evangeline: *Evangeline looked surprised when she blinked!* Are you that worried about his life? You might tell him you’ll be upset if dies.
Vlamerias: *She was thoughtful and opened her mouth to say it would be up to her Glaër but then thought better of it. She smiled and nodded.* Hmm hmm. Does that mean you will return to Oracle now?
Gabriel: … Everything will be fine.
Vlamerias: Yay! Ice cream! *She grinned–then she blinked!* … What is ice cream?
Evangeline: *Leaning to rest her head against Gabriel’s arm, she grinned.* That’s a relief! Otherwise, I thought we might put Caroline on a sleeping spell and then drop her off at the leylines!
Vlamerias: *When they walked into the ice cream parlor, she was drawn to all the colorful ice cream! She pointed to each and every one of them!* Can I have this one …? And this one …? *She paused at the cup holding napkins.* Can I eat this …?
Gabriel: Something, I myself wonder. However, I am not letting her go to the leylines from this point forward.
Vlamerias: Why is that …? *She asked just before she tried swallowing any entire scoop! … Her eyes suddenly went wide and the ice cream would have dropped to the ground if Dark hadn’t caught it in time!*
Vlamerias: *She shivered!* Oh, how fascinating! *Fortunately, Dark showed her how to properly eat the ice cream, in this case, licking, and taking only small bites!* Mmm! Delicious!
Evangeline: …But there’s so many nice stones at the leylines! *Bother! She might sneak there on her own, but she wouldn’t dare go without Gabriel!* …Could I tie her to the train tracks like in old western movies?
Gabriel: You will stop. Tie her to the train tracks and I am allowed to throw hunters out the windows at my leisure.
Evangeline: You couldn’t cut yourself loose if you were asleep… And me tying up Caroline is not the same as you throwing hunters out windows, and you know it! You’re just looking for an excuse to get away with it! *Gabriel was sneaky, and she wagged a finger at him!*
Gabriel: On the contrary, it would satisfy the same means. You wish to motivate Dark and I wish to motivate the hunters.
Vlamerias: *Oh, this ice cream was delicious! And she found out the brown crispy thing it was in was very good too!* Mmm! Thank you, Dark! *She skipped ahead of him, stopped and curtseyed before skipping again!*
Evangeline: They can’t be motivated if all of their bones are broken. You leave those hunters alone. …Oh! And you’ll have to tell Meri the same! She attacked Casey just for putting his arm around me!
Gabriel: Eighty percent of their bones is not all of their bones. They will still be able to chew and turn their heads from side to side without aching.
Evangeline: If we run out of hunters because you’ve broken them all, I’ll have to take over some of their missions. *And she meant it too! The missions were important business and couldn’t go neglected!*
Gabriel: … I would not have to resort to such measures if they were motivated in the first place. After the first four or five hunters, they should get the message and you will not have to take over some of their missions.
Vlamerias: *She put her hand in his and squeezed!* Do not worry! The Warrior Lady just wants to help you! Come, talk to her! *And she started pulling him along! He would either come or she’d end up falling over!*
Vlamerias: *He wouldn’t move anymore!* I’ll be right back! *She released his hand and walked across the cafeteria, to grab Caroline’s hand!* Come, Warrior Lady, you must talk to Dark! Or um … he must talk to you!
Evangeline: Sacrificing hunters just to teach a lesson is a terrible idea! *Evangeline paused briefly to grin at Meri’s return, but turned her frown to Gabriel again!*
Gabriel: It is not sacrificing if they are still alive. And how is that different from what you intend to do with Caroline?
Vlamerias: *She pulled her into the hall outside of the cafeteria!* Now you can talk! I will check on you later! *She skipped away!*
Evangeline: Because my plot is for Caroline and Dark’s own good and doesn’t involved anyone getting their bones broken. I think you just like teasing hunters.
Gabriel: It will not be for their own good if Caroline is run over by the train and Dark is not motivated. Lest you have forgotten, she swore an oath to watch over you and Dark. It is in my best interest she remain whole and able to fulfill that oath.
Vlamerias: *She was at the buffet table, picking grapes and other small tib-bits to eat!*
Evangeline: I wouldn’t let her get run over by a train and neither would Dark… *She said slowly… How she’d make sure, she hadn’t quite thought about. Evangeline huffed!* Then what am I supposed to do about them both? They’re stubborn.
Gabriel: *He studied her for a few minutes.* … Do you trust me?
Evangeline: I do trust you. *Yet she still looked uncertain about not meddling!*
Gabriel: *He took her hand and kissed the back with the Binding Mark.* I have missed you, Evangeline.
Evangeline: Now you have me forever. *She said softly with a smile as she leaned to rest her head against his shoulder.*
Gabriel: Something that makes my years to come seem brighter. *There was some silence as they sat.* They will be fine, Evangeline. You know as well as anyone. Things must run its course. Meddling must be kept to a minimum.
Evangeline: *Blast! He got her with sweetness as a distraction! Evangeline could only pout for a moment, but conceeded.* All right. I’ll try, but you may very well have to keep me close and on a leash.
Gabriel: You forgot, distracted. I believe Vlamerias and I can do that as well. She has done a fine job, fetching Dark back for us.
Evangeline: Meri is wonderfully helpful. She’ll be able to help me with lots of things. *A mischevious grin suggested some of those things might be the meddling he told her not to do… and she wasn’t making any effort to hide it!*
Gabriel: *He raised an eyebrow.* You will be quite the handful for the next century or two, I see. If I catch wind of your meddling, I may meddle on my own.
Evangeline: *Evangeline blinked with a surprised expression!* You wouldn’t dare!
Gabriel: *He smirked and cupped her cheek.* I look forward to spending the rest of my life with you, Evangeline Clark.
Vlamerias: *She hopped back onto her chair, giggling!* The cooking hunters are funny!
Evangeline: *Evangeline brushed her hand over his.* You must like trouble. *She said softly with a smile and tilted her head towards Meri.* …Did you eat all their food, Meri?
Vlamerias: *She giggled!* Um, not all … I left the mushy green stuff and the hard white stuff! *She nodded.*
Gabriel: *He lowered his hand and ran it over Vlamerias’ hair.* Ah yes, Casey, the wayward hunter you protected the Bright Lady from.
Evangeline: Poor Casey. He was so surprised to get hauled up in the air and dropped like that. He was one of the few not afraid to be chatty with me!
Gabriel: … Casey O’Brien. He is the hunter who cornered you and attempted to steal a kiss.
Vlamerias: *She was finishing off her plate and enjoying every bite!*
Evangeline: He’s only done it a few times. Casey is easy to dodge, anyway. He has silly rules about not chasing girls.
Gabriel: *He raised an eyebrow.* I assume people will learn the hard way you are married now.
Evangeline: I hope that doesn’t mean beating up on hunters that ask me on dates. *Evangeline tilted her head…* Maybe I should be Evangeline Carnatelli now?
Gabriel: *He smirked.* That would cause complications. You would attracI would prefer you kept Clark.
Gabriel: *He smirked.* That would cause complications. You would attracI would prefer you kept Clark.
Gabriel: *He smirked.* That would cause complications. You would attract unwelcomed attention. No. I would prefer you kept Clark.
Evangeline: I think it’s a bit too late for unwanted attention. *A smile, but she was taking it under consideration.* You couldn’t be Gabriel Clark. That would be far too strange. Should we get me a ring?
Gabriel: *He smirked.* I meant, human-wise. To the world, Anthony Carnatelli is the only Carnatelli and should there be a human calling herself a Carnatelli as well, that would garner media attention.
Evangeline: *Evangeline made a face!* I absolutely do not want to be mistaken for Anthony’s wife!
Gabriel: *He took her hand and kissed the knuckles. He did not find the idea any more amusing than she did!* If you wish, we could get you a ring. I know a few jewelers. They will find it very amusing that someone has actually agreed to marry me of their own free will.
Evangeline: The binding mark is very special, but a ring will spare poor men from getting picked up and thrown. At least the smart ones. *Evangeline couldn’t help but lean forward and smile wistfully again. Being married to Gabriel was possibly the most amazing thing she’d ever done!*
Gabriel: *He raised an eyebrow.* I will have to find some other reason for the hunters to be picked up and thrown then.
Evangeline: *Laughing, she squeezed his hand.* You’re so very mean. Couldn’t you give them a little break and just squirt them with a water bottle instead?
Gabriel: I have never been much for the ‘soft’ way of things.
Evangeline: *Evangeline tugged him down so she could whisper in his ear.* I am your wife now, so there will never be another man for me. You don’t have to worry.
Gabriel: I worry often, the price of a long life. *He lowered his head to nuzzle her cheek.* I have lost much when I had so little. I can only imagine what a loss it will be when I stand to lose so much more.
Evangeline: You’ll never loose me. At least not to any hunter or man that would try to court me. I have never met anyone as wonderful as you.
Gabriel: I love you, Evangeline Clark. *He said, feeling so very tender to this one human woman.* You have tamed me and I am always yours.
Evangeline: *She leaned to kiss his cheek and smile against it.* You’re not tame at all.. But I love you all the more for it.
Gabriel: *That made him smirk.* This from the woman who calls me compassionate, sweet, and warm. *She fascinated him!*
Evangeline: You can be all of those things and wild too! You’re sweet with me and warm with Meri and compassionate with others! ..and everyone else you throw out windows!
Gabriel: In my defense, it is because you forbade me from pulling a gun on them in the likelihood I would actually shoot them. *He smirked.* But when you say it in that manner, it does sound more appealing than pulling a gun on them.
Evangeline: That wasn’t to give you ideas! *He was wicked about teasing her! Evangeline might have laughed, but sometimes he was serious… and that’s why he was so wicked!* We discussed this. You have to have a good reason before throwing people out windows, or other punishments…
Gabriel: I remember. And I have always had a good reason for doing so.
Evangeline: What is the last good reason for throwing a hunter out the window?
Gabriel: That would depend. Mikey or Carlos …?
Evangeline: …You threw two out at once? *Evaneline frowned!* Tell me both of them?
Gabriel: It was not two at once, per se. Mikey had decided he would teach me a lesson for once and launched an attack. I responded–and he flew out the window. Carlos was unfortunate enough to be nearby and tried to catch Mikey before he flew out the window.
Evangeline: *She blinked. …after a moment she laughed!* Well… that is a good reason and I can allow it.
Gabriel: *A nod!* I always have a good reason–even if it does not seem that way at the time.
Evangeline: *Grinning she nodded her head slowly.* Sometimes you have a legitimate reason. I’ll be the judge of the rest!
Vlamerias: *Having heard the Warrior Lady and Dark, she decided to investigate! She skipped over to Dark!* Hello, Dark! Why is the Warrior Lady dragging you …?
Vlamerias: Oh, sex and incubi! I know an incubus or two but I’m not allowed to um … asso … asso … lasso with them.
Gabriel: *He raised an eyebrow!* And what punishment do I receive if you decide my reason was not legitimate?
Evangeline: *Evangeline had to think about it… There really wasn’t anything that could punish him, and not make her pout!* No good morning kisses?
Vlamerias: Everything is complicated on the mortal plane! I can see why devils only travel here to gain or collect souls!
Gabriel: *He studied her.* Does that include other gestures of affection as well?
Vlamerias: Warrior Lady, what is a harlot? I have asked but no one appears to want to answer.
Vlamerias: I assume that is not a compliment then … *She was thoughtful.*
Evangeline: Just morning kisses. Everything else is allowable. *…But she had to think twice! It’s not really a punishment if everything else is okay too! She chewed on the corner of her mouth trying to think it over!*
Gabriel: In truth, I am grateful that you saved Caroline’s soul by putting your life on contract and that Malsuada took you to the Devil Underworld.
Vlamerias: *She was thoughtful even more.* I thought not. My sister, Vlessande never had kind words for Varyssa. *She looked over the edge of the roof to where Caroline had thrown Dark over.* Will you forgive Dark now, Warrior Lady?
Evangeline: Really? I thought you might be furious at me for it… She was going to kill Caroline, and I couldn’t think of another way…
Gabriel: I was … for a time. I felt the light of the world go away and realized just how dark things could be without you. But had it not all occured, I would never had had the courage to ask you to become my mate.
Vlamerias: *She turned to look at Caroline.* Do you know many succubi?
Evangeline: *She brushed her fingers against his cheek.* I felt the same when I thought you had died. There didn’t seem to be a reason to keep living anymore. I think I scared everyone.
Gabriel: You came for me twice, Evangeline. I was certain everyone had given up on me.
Evangeline: *Evangeline smiled, leaning to kiss the corner of his mouth.* As long as you live, I would come to find you. You always came to find me.
Vlamerias: *She nodded.* Yes, Warrior Lady. My Glaër would be most grieved and I cannot allow that. I do not wish to know if a life-bond can withstand the magic of a sex demon.
Vlamerias: *She sighed deeply! And when that happened, her Glaër would no doubt, unleash hell upon the mortal plane. She was a young demon and still a fledgeling familiar but the Infamous One was not known for his forgiveness.*
Gabriel: *He reached up to brush his fingers against her cheek.* How could I not …? You are a difficult woman to ignore.
Evangeline: *She grinned!* Even though you tried so hard! Now I can just whisper at you and you to come home. Do you think you can live with that?
Gabriel: *He smirked!* As long as you use discretion and reason. I love you, Evangeline, and I can refuse you only a few things. But I will take lightly to being called away while in the middle of killing, saving, or feeding.
Gabriel: *not (take lightly)
Evangeline: I would not dare to interupt your saving or your feeding. And only occasionally your killing when it’s not as important. I missed you so much… but I can control myself most of the time!
Gabriel: You might become tired of me yet, Seer. *He kissed her mouth gently.* You have the sweetest lips.
Vlamerias: *She blinked!* Oh, you did not fall! How fascinating! *She hopped down to the same ledge he was on!*
Evangeline: I will never tire of you. Not even if I had you every night all to myself for a million years. *He was so sweet… what a bother to still be at Oracle, when she’d like to have him to herself! *
Gabriel: *A slit of the palm as he pulled her to him!* “Crux crucis loginquitas, patefacio via.” *They appeared back at Evangeline’s apartment under the city where he laid her on the bed and lay down beside her.* How is that …?
Evangeline: *The sudden shifting took her by surprise! She finally laughed and through her arms around his neck before she kissed him! He’ll have to be careful treading in her thoughts, she thinks embarrassing things!*
Vlamerias: *Hop! Hop! Hop! Hop!* How fascinating! *She suddenly paused.* Hm. I suppose my Glaër and the Bright Lady need more time alone.
Gabriel: *He kissed her back and wrapped his arms around her waist.* I do not like to pry but that thought was rather foremost on your mind. *He kissed her long and hard. Oh yes, he had missed kissing her like this.*
Vlamerias: Okay! Warrior Lady, why do you keep the annoying little human?
Evangeline: You make it hard not to think about you when you say things so sweet. *She mumbled against him, moving to run her fingers through his hair!*
Gabriel: *He released her mouth to nuzzle her neck and nip her playfully.* Hmm hmm.
Evangeline: *Oh! It always gave her shivvers when he did that! Evangeline tugged at his shirt.* Would you like to take a bath with me? I didn’t have time this morning with Meri.
Vlamerias: If you say so, Warrior Lady. *She looked up at her. The Warrior Lady was older and more experienced with humans.* Warrior Lady, can humans fly …?
Gabriel: *He lifted his head and smirked.* She is a handful. Yes, I will take a bath with you. *And it would be different, too. The first bath as husband and wife.*
Evangeline: Good! I doubt you’ve taken a real bath in forever. They’re so much better than spells. *She kissed him quickly, scooting to the edge of the bed to tug off her boots!*
Vlamerias: Father’s souls. He said he always dreamt he could fly and that’s why he traded his soul. The ability to fly. Humans are odd creatures.
Gabriel: *He smirked and watched as she took off her boots! He went into the bathroom to start the water!*
Evangeline: *With the boots off, she made quick work of pulling off her skirt and throwing her sweater over her head as she followed in to the bathroom. Baths with Gabriel were always warm and relaxing! And it’d been so long!* How long has it been since you’ve had a real bath?
Gabriel: … Awhile. *He said simply. Taking accounts baths was not something he counted as very necessary!*
Evangeline: *She was trying to undo the clip from her hair.* Since you last had a bath with me. I think we’ll have to be in here for hours. *Evangeline teased! Finally getting her clip free, she found the bottle that had all the fun bubbles in it and handed it to him!*
Gabriel: *He took the bottle and raised an eyebrow at it!* Bubbles …?
Evangeline: I like bubbles. It’s made with cognac and oakmoss and.. um.. Something else that’s strange, but not girly. So you won’t smell like flowers or anything silly. *She reserved those bubbles for baths without Gabriel. …if she even take one without him again. She gave that some thought!*
Gabriel: *He poured the bubbles in and swished it around in the water to help make some suds.* You will have to test the water again.
Vlamerias: *She giggled.* It is really fun! *She began to hop up and down again!* I’m so small! I ‘m so small!
Evangeline: *Evangeline moved to sit on the edge of the tub and checked the water. It was nice and hot! Just right!* Perfect! Now you get undressed!
Gabriel: Of course. *He undressed, taking more care with his gun holsters then he did the rest of his clothing! Then he slipped inside and stretched himself in the tub! He lay back with the back of his head against the edge.*
Vlamerias: Oohhh … Do you feed on humans, Dark?
Evangeline: *Evangeline moved away just long enough to quickly brush her hair, before she pulled off the rest of her clothes and crawled in to the tub. So deliciously warm! She sank herself under the water before rising up to wipe the bubbles from her face.*
Vlamerias: So my Glaër must be able to do the same as well! I did not know there were vampires like that!
Gabriel: *He closed his eyes and enjoyed the bath! The Seer had been right. It had been awhile!*
Vlamerias: *She bit her lip and suddenly looked unsure of herself!* I shall spirit my Bright Lady to safety, should I encounter him! *She clasped her hands together.* Oh, if one of them dies, the other dies with him or her. This is bad. There must be something I can do, in case something like that happens. I cannot let my Glaër die and I cannot let his mate die either.
Evangeline: *He could sit and she would wash. Which was so often how it usually was. That including washing him, for he might never do it! She finally tugged his hand to pull him forward so she could wash his hair!*
Gabriel: *He opened his eyes when she pulled on his hand and he smirked. Then he moved forward and offered her his head.*
Evangeline: *Washing his hair was her favorite part..! She made sure to shampoo it well and rub his head so he’d feel much less tense than he usually did. And it was always so soft and smelled so good when she was done! It was impossible not to grin while she was washing!*
Vlamerias: Thank you, Warrior Lady! Thank you, Dark! *And she hugged each of them in turn! Then she began hopping up and down again!*
Gabriel: *He closed his eyes and rubbed his hair against her hands. She had a wonderful touch. A healer’s touch. And if he was a giant cat, he’d be purring by now.*
Evangeline: *A soft giggle! She moved one hand to rub the base of his neck. Soft gentle motions kneading in to his skin.*