Lily gets talked in to helping Hannah ask Conrad on a date.
Leon argues with Ciara about Victor.
Brutus wagged his tail, tongue hanging out! He barked a couple of times! He definitely thought she had been!
Hannah: Hi Conrad! *Smiled and waved Hannah, with her best of smiles and cutest of blinks!*
Hannah: Just peachy. Lily invited me over, isn’t that right? *She elbowed Lily gently, it was so hard to contain giggling!*
Hannah: Jeeze, you’re as bad as Lily! *Not detered at all, she grabbed on to Conrad’s arm… and captured Lily’s to lead the way off to Lily’s place! The faster they get there, the faster OPERATION DATE was in to play!* I bet you’re always doing heroic and exciting things aren’t you? It’s reeeeaally awesome.
Hannah: Ooooh, really? I love horses. I bet we have lots of other things in common, too. What about music?
Brutus ran up to catch them and walked next to Lily!
Hannah: Yeah! Time off for a little fun! You’re always so serious, Conrad! I bet you’re toooons of fun when you’re not working.
Uh-oh! That was Lily’s cell!
Leon: Hey, Lily! How’s it going?
Leon: A friend? *He paused.* Uh … Is this a guy? *He sounded uncertain. Could it be her mother was somewhere close by?*
Hannah: We could GRAB a guy on the way! I know this really cute Italian…! *Hannah chimed in!*
Ciara: What’s this about guy? *Ciara Grey might have had internal radar about these sort of things… appearing behind Leon looking suspicious!*
Leon: *Wolfish grin as he held the phone and turned to face Ciara.* Cissy! No. Not a guy at all. She. Lily specifically says ‘she’. *He looked ready to bolt out the door with the phone in hand!*
Ciara: I’d hope so. *With wolfy grins, it was so hard to tell if he were up to something or not… But for the moment she returned to her chair and book, casting Leon the occasional look!*
Leon: *Still wearing his trademark wolfy grin!* Now, Cissy, you know you can’t be screening Lily every moment of her life. *Into the phone, he said * Sure thing. Talk to you later, Lily. *He hung the phone up.* So, Cissy, what should we have for lunch?
Hannah: *With Lily hanging up the phone, she broke in to a wide grin with Shades in sight!* So everything is a go, right? Hey look, there’s Shades! I can’t believe you live in such a cool place! I bet you get your own huge suite room, huh, Conrad?
Ciara: Fried wolf’s tail and a side of wolfy ribs? *Ciara replied, not looking up from her book!* …and I don’t screen her entire life. I just intend to screen boys.
Hannah: I would love to go out for milkshakes. *Hannah agreed and hinted, hoping maybe he’d ask her out first!*
Hannah: *Hannah batted her eyelashes at him with a practice flirt and bumped him with her shoulder.* Are you offering to make me one? I bet you make the best milkshakes.
DING! Top floor! The penthouse suite!
Brutus was the first one out! Woof woof, he went!
Ciara: FREEZE! *Ciara was up and out of her chair as soon as she heard that elevator!* The least you can do is introduce your friend… who is not a boy.
Hannah: *Hannah stopped, forcing Lily to stop too! …and stared in wide-eyed amazement at the blond! Ciara Grey wasn’t a movie star, but she was surely the most talked about person in the city! Right along with that Anthony Carnatelli guy!* Wow… Hi! I’m Hannah! I go to school with Lily, and Lily is going to help me with boy stuff. *She cast a great big grin over at Conrad!*
Leon: *He was just finishing up stuff in the kitchen when he heard the elevator and Cissy. He nearly crashed into Conrad who had just walked into the kitchen.* Oh hey. What are you doing in here?
Ciara: *…If that wasn’t the most blatant display of “I want THAT boy”, then she didn’t know what was.* I see that we have a specific boy in mind already.
Hannah: Is it really that obvious? *Of course she knew it was, she was trying hard to make sure Conrad got the hint!* Maybe you can give me a hand! Lily said Conrad hasn’t even had any off time, and I just know he’s way too shy to ask for time to go on a date.
Leon: *Blinked and stared at Conrad for a very long time! … Then he burst out laughing!* Oh, this is a classic! The boy who stood up against the likes of Michael and Anthony Carnatelli is intimidated by a member of the female species. *He clapped him on the back.*
Ciara: You might be right… *Ciara mused over the thought… Keeping Lily safe was a top priority and the fact Conrad took it seriously and hadn’t bail earned her respect. …But he was also a young man and young men needed to go out and do things besides slay demons and sleep on her couch. …She might say the same for Lily, but that was an entirely different situation!* …I believe you’ll have to be a bit more direct with Conrad.
Leon: *Blinked, interested about this little tidbit of news!* What’s this? *He stepped away from Conrad to open the door a crack and get a look at her.* Hm. Is she the one?
Leon: *Turned around and let the door close.* I don’t know. She seems nice enough. What’s the problem?
Ciara: *Ciara smiled, and for once it wasn’t sarcastic or wicked!* Dating is healthy… granted, I might be a little…picky… about things, but I don’t see why Conrad can’t go out with girls.
Hannah: *Hannah jumped up and down for a moment and clapped her hands!* Awesome! See Lily, I told you it wouldn’t be a problem! Should I just go ask him out then? Oh, oh… maybe it would go better as a double date, what do you think, Ms. Grey? I can totally call up one of my guy friends for Lily!
Ciara: …Why don’t we worry about Conrad and see about finding Lily a nice young man later. I’ll tell him to get lost for the evening, and you can… pounce. *That she smirked about.*
Leon: *Walked out of the kitchen!* … Now who’s pouncing on whom? Sorry to interrupt. You must be Hannah, Lily’s classmate. My name is Leon. It’s nice to meet you. *He stopped beside Ciara, giving Cissy a wolfish grin.*
Hannah: It’s a pleasure! Lily has told me a lot about you, you’re Ms. Grey’s boyfriend, right? * Hannah leaned to glance at the kitchen door.* Conrad is coming back?
Ciara: …He is not my boyfriend. *Quietly, she moved towards the kitchen. She’d heard out Conrad so the girl could catch her fish. …Then it was time to have that ‘talk’ with Lily.*
Leon: *He looked at Hannah and grinned, a nice, normal grin.* I’m still trying to get Cissy out on another date. *He winked at Cissy before she disappeared.*
Hannah: *Hannah giggled!* You make it sound like I was asking YOU on the date. I’m not exactly shy, but it’s sooo much easier when you get friends to help.
Ciara: …I hope you’re not turning her down because you think you need to revolve your entire life around Lily. *Ciara asked as she stepped in to the kitchen… She eyed him carefully.*
Ciara: I can understand how that might be a problem. *Hrmm… Giving advice on this sort of topic was not something she ever expected to do… Ciara leaned against the counter as she crossed her arms.* It’s really unpleasant to spend your entire life focused on one very evil thing.
Ciara: …I can’t believe I’m going to say this but… You can’t stay with Lily twenty four hours a day. We all want Lily safe, but not at the cost of enjoying your life. I think after all you’ve been through that you deserve a chance to live your life just as much as she does. That includes friends and girlfriends.
Ciara: She’s adorable and clearly infatuated with you. Is she not your type? *Ciara couldn’t help the smirk… Reguardless of whether or not he liked the girl, it might still do him some good to go out on a bad date just for the experience of it! …A perhaps she was wicked!*
Last time on Vampyres… Hannah talked Lily in to helping her ask Conrad on a date! Lily begrudgingly obliged… Conrad cnfessed to Leon that he didn’t want to ask Hannah out and then was cornered by Ciara… who was actually being helpful instead of terrorizing! For once!
Ciara: Maybe without Lily there for you to hide behind, you can get to know Hannah better. I’m sure she’s not as bad as she seems. *…Actually, the girl looked far too perky for her own good. But, this was something the boy needed to try.*
Leon: *He laughed softly and patted Conrad on the shoulder!* You do need to get out of here for awhile. As charming as Cissy is for company, you need to try something new. *Then he winked and put a finger up.* At least … just this once. Then if you don’t like it, you can always say you gave it a try.
Hannah: *Practically clinging to Lily in a death grip of a hug off in Lily’s room, Hannah was actually nervous!* What if he says no when I ask him out? Wait, do you have any perfume? Lady Style Magazine says a man can’t resist a girl that smells heavenly.
Leon: *He was still wearing that wolfish grin when he stepped behind Conrad and basically pushed him back out of the kitchen! He looked over at Ciara and blinked innocently!* … What?
Ciara: You do realize that if he doesn’t run screaming for that girl, he’s going to be miserable all night. Right?
Hannah: You’re a genius! Ack, my bad! *Hannah let go, prancing over to the mirror to fluff out her hair a bit and practice her best alluring ‘come hither’ face.* Okay, so I’ll just… ask him out. I bet your mom totally jazzed me up!
Leon: *Leon folded his arms and his wolfish grin turned a bit sheepish!* Er … Well … It’s a chance we gotta take.
Hannah: Yes! Right now! I’m going to do it! *Making her best super hero pose, Hannah got up her courage and swung open Lily’s door on her mission to catch herself a Hottie!*
Ciara: *Ciara couldn’t repress a grin as she moved to make herself a quick cup of coffee. Better to leave that girl to her man-chasing without adults in the way.* Makes me wonder… have you had enough experience with others girls? I mean… having a love-puppy with a psychic and all… *At least by now she had decided that it wasn’t Leon’s puppy, and that silly psychic was infatuated with a vampire. …But it didn’t stop her from teasing.*
Leon: *He opened the door a crack, peered out of it and watched Conrad prepping himself. There was a wistful look in his eyes, almost sad.* In the long run of things, I guess I haven’t. But I’ve had a lot of time to think and dream …
Hannah: Conrad! *There he was, out in the hall looking just as gorgeous as can be! Like one of those super hot army guys! Ooh or that guy from that cool supernatural show, Haunted! Hannah was giving her best super cute smile.* I was wondering, as long as you’re not doing anything tonight… Would you like to go out?
Ciara: *Ciara wasn’t expecting a serious answer. She poured a little sugar and creamer in to her cup.* Dreaming usually ends with being disappointed with what you get… or don’t get. *She paused…. thinking about what she finally settled on when she gave up dreaming.* …Not that reality turns out much better.
Hannah: Really? Aiiee!! *Such a loud squeal of delight, that surely even three floors down could hear her! Hannah bounced to give Conrad a hug and kiss his cheek before she released and dashed back to Lily’s room to spread the news!* Guess what, guess what!
Leon: *He glanced back up at Ciara, gave a grin.* I’m not so sure. Some dreams never die.
Ciara: Says the wolf that’s only been on a date with a wicked witch. *…And it sounded like Hannah got her date too! Ciara scooted around the corner towards the door so she could spy too!*
Hannah: *Hannah only needed pushing as far as the hall before she was excitedly grabbing Conrad’s hands and beaming with grins!* Let’s go for milkshakes! And I know this totally great drive in that’s only a few blocks from here. A movie under the stars is so romantic! *Hannah was already pulling him for the elevators waving to Lily and giving her the ‘Good Job!’ wink over her shoulder!*
Ciara: *Ciara made sure to get out of the way of the door as her daughter came marching in. …THERE was an expression she hadn’t seen in quite some time!* So… I see that Hannah caught her fish. *A casual comment as she moved to a stool next to the counter.*
Hannah: * She did move quick! Hannah wasn’t shy!* You have your guns with you even now right? I bet it’s pretty exciting being a bodyguard!
Leon: *He moved away from the door when Lily came in and watched as she looked in the fridge.*
Hannah: So much like a knight, you know! Rescuing damsels, fighting monsters… All you need is a princess! *Of course she leaned to bump against him with a flirty bat of her eyes!*
Ciara: I think the wolf ate the last piece. He might make you more if you pout enough. *Let’s see… Now, will she bring up the topic of getting Lily to meet nice, handsome… appropriate… men, or behave.* Are you feeling alright?
Leon: Here. Let me help you with that, Lily. It’s the least I can do. *He helped pull out the rest of the ingredients.* I can also make some cookies if you’d like.
Ciara: ~I~ wasn’t, but now that you mention boys… I don’t see why you shouldn’t try dating yourself. You wouldn’t have to stay at home being envious of your friends going out.
Hannah: Oh please! Busy is an understatement! I could never do what you and Lily do! I think about that monster and I start shaking all over again. *Thinking about it gave her the willies, so she quickly made sure to think about how amazing Conrad was during that rescue!*
Ciara: If that’s a promise, I’ll just flip through my little black book right now. *Ciara slid out of her chair with a smirk! She was wise enough not to press the jealousy issue… But trying to get Lily out and doing something besides hang out with the hunter was a challenge.* I could have a date by this weekend. *She said as she and her mug exited the kitchen!*
Hannah: *Oh! He was interested in learning more about her! That was encouraging!* I’m majoring in Theater, so after college I’m going straight out to L.A. to be an actress! Although I think Imight settle for being a super model and designing my own fashion lines! But it’s not nearly as interesting as talking about you, though. Are you always going to be a bodyguard?
Leon: *He blinked!* … Wait a minute, Cissy! *But she was gone! He closed his eyes and sighed.* Sometimes I wonder why I bother … *He scratched his head and gave a wolfish grin.* If you see it around, let me know. *He joked.*
Hannah: You know, when you’re not working with Lily anymore you could always come and be my bodyguard!
Leon: *He looked up from beginning to mix those ingredients for Lily’s cake.* Hm? *He was silent for a moment.* She hasn’t been that bad … yet. *He said after awhile.*
Hannah: *Where as Hannah was out on the street with Conrad, on a real date! …and suggestion he could totally be HER bodyguard! She even batted her eyelashes at him, super sweet!*
Conrad: *He grinned sheepishly!* So uh … nice weather we’re having … *Awkward! Very awkward! Wasn’t there some manual for guys who got ambushed into a date on the spot?*
Hannah: Teehee! You don’t have to be shy with me, Conrad! We’ve known each other for a little bit, right? *She pounced to capture his arm and cling!* You’ve had to been out on dates before, right?
Conrad: Dates …? Um … No. I’ve been pretty busy with work. I don’t mind the work at all. Busy stuff you know. *Ack, she had his arm! He cleared his throat and kept walking. Where were they going anyways?*
Hannah: Yeah I can see where following Lily around is soooo busy! *Hannah tugged his arm, she seemed to know exactly where they were going!* I mean, you’re not going to work for her forever, right? How long do these sort of missiosn last, anyway? A few months before you’re on a new one?
Conrad: *Conrad blinked and was silent for awhile.* Uh … Lily’s case is a special one. I mean, it’s tough being a heiress’ daughter and she’s been through a lot. I guess … my next mission is … when she decides she doesn’t need me anymore.
Hannah: *Hannah stared at him for a minute! Special case? Man, the look on his face!* …Don’t tell me you totally have the hots for Lily!
Conrad: *Bright flush of the cheeks!* What! No, that’s–that’s totally inappropriate. She’s Ciara Grey’s daughter. One day, she’ll have all that money and marry some guy who attended some Ivy League college just so he’d have something to brag about.
Hannah: Oh my god! You DO! Hahaha! That’s so cute! *Hannah released his arm long enough to give him a big hug!* Look at you blushing! I swear, you’re some kind of dolt huh!
Conrad: *That made him blush even more!* It’s not like anyone’s ever mentioned that before … And I’d appreciate it if you didn’t mention it anywhere Ms Grey could eavesdrop. *He couldn’t begin to imagine what she’d do to him … impale him with one of her swords, no doubt. And that was if he was lucky!*
Hannah: Are you kidding?! You can’t just have a big crush on someone and not tell them! *Hannah stopped in her tracks! Ideas! Brilliant Ideas!* Well this changes the entire plan for tonight. I was going to take you to the movie theatre and make out with you in the back row, but we totally can’t do that now.
Conrad: *He blinked! And blinked again! He opened his mouth to say something but hearing Hannah confess her original plans–that left him speechless!* Oh no. If I admit I have a crush on Lily, Ms Grey will fire me or transfer me. It’s not appropriate for a bodyguard to have a crush on the woman he’s supposed to be guarding.
Hannah: You kidding? It’s romantic and super awesome! It’s like romance movie gold! I bet you’re totally blowing her mother way out of proportion. She look super helpful to me. No one is gonna stand in the way of blooming desire and lustful passion! …You’re not like, shy in the sack are you? You know, making out, second base and beyond?
Conrad: *Conrad coughed!* Sheesh, you’re not much for subtlety, are you?
Hannah: When it comes to the affairs of the heart, you can’t just sit around waiting! You gotta take a woman in your arms and kiss her stupid! *And from the looks of her, she meant every word! She stared at him again before she finally rolled her eyes and grabbed his arm.* Come on! We’re going on Dating 101. I am going to turn you in to the perfect man, so when you ask out Lily you won’t look like a total moron.
Conrad: *Awh man, she was right! And although a part of him was jumping for joy, another part wasn’t so sure!* She’s my best friend. It’d just make things more awkward and–you’re not listening to me, are you.
Hannah: Sure I am! She’s your best friend, and you think that making out with her will ruin it! Ha! Not if you know how to do it right! *Hannah dragged him off until they were at one of the small park areas and plopped him down on a bench. She plopped herself right next to him.* You gotta put the moves on her! So… sneak your arm around me pretending like you’re streching. It’s a classic!
Conrad: *Conrad blinked at her as if she was nuts.* Wait a minute. I’ve seen those scenes in the movies. The guy tries that on a girl and the girl turns around and either slaps him or pushes his arm off. I can live without the shame.
Hannah: Ugh! You gotta put the moves on her somehow! You got any better ideas, smartass? You haven’t even told her you like her, yet! …you haven’t kissed on ANY girls have you.
Conrad: Uh … no … *Conrad said slowly. Hannah was the last person he expected to be telling these sort of things to!*
Hannah: Oh man, you’re really behind! Okay, uh… quicky and dirty lessons! No tongue on the first kiss! As little slobber as possible, um… Don’t go grabbing boobs either, that’s not romantic at all. Oh! And make sure you brushed your teeth and didn’t eat anything that smells. ….Sex, though that’s gonna be a hard lesson. *Hannah was tapping her chin as she thought about that one.*
Conrad: *At the mention of sex, Conrad was up on his feet and beginning to walk away! Now things were getting real personal!*
Hannah: *It took her a minute to realize he was escaping! Hannah hopped up and was dashing after him!* Wait a sec! What I say?! That’s not a touchy subject is it?!
Lily: We do that all the time now, though. *She took the glass and took a sip, frowning down at the contents.* Mom always acts weird after you guys do stuff now.
Conrad: Let’s uh… leave the sex part out of this, please. *Sure he had a crush on Lily but he wasn’t looking to “get her in the sack” so to speak! That was just wrong!*
Hannah: *Wow! Guy had issues! Or maybe Lily did? That got her imagination working all sorts of ways!* Ooooh. Okay. I get it. I know exactly what you need then!
Conrad: *Conrad blinked and looked at Hannah, finally stopping. He really shouldn’t ask but on the other hand …* What’s that?
Hannah: Hannah’s Guide to Subtle and Cute Testing the Waters Flirting! Guaranteed not to cross any lines, spook friends, or fail miserably! And it’s really simple too. You can even try it tonight.
Conrad: *Hm. That didn’t sound too bad … Yet. And his face said as much.* Um … Okay. I’ll give it a try then. How do you start …?
Hannah: Sweet! It’s really easy so listen carefully… you… try to hold hands and cuddle on the couch! Tada! *Hannah even waved her hands along with the tada!* Never fails! You watch tv at home and scoot closer until you get a nice cuddle. If it’s all awkward, girl’s just get up and pretend to go get a snack then sit in a different seat!
Conrad: *Wow, that wasn’t as bad as he’d figured it’d be!* And … that’s it?
Hannah: Yeah! And you just try that a couple times until it’s normal. Girls don’t cuddle with friends. *Hannah gave him a bright grin.* And I should know! I am the top authority on dating.
Conrad: *Conrad coughed politely.* This was … not the way I intended on someone finding out about my crush … *Hell, he hadn’t intended on ANYONE finding out about that!*
Hannah: *Hannah pointed and laughed!* Haha! You totally just admitted it! God, it’s not such a big deal! It’s just dating. You know, she spent days trying to convince me not to ask you out, so I bet she’s super jealous!
Lily: Mom says you were super jealous of him and always trying to get rid of him. *Lily grinned behind her stolen cookie.*
Conrad: *His face turned red again!* If she’s super jealous, she has a funny way of showing it …
Hannah: I did kind of make her help hook us up. God, I bet she’s as dumb as you are! She never checks out guys with me, but I know she’s not in to chicks cause she raves up and down about that english band Forsaken. Oh, we better get back before it’s late! Come on! *Hannah grabbed his arm and was dragging him down the street again.*
Conrad: *He blinked but he didn’t have time to talk, let alone get his bearings! Hannah suddenly had his arm and was pulling him down the street. And boy, was she strong!*
Ciara: *There was a tone she hadn’t heard in a while! And here Ciara was in her room going through her phonebook for suitable dates. Why was it so hard to find a decent date?!* …Shush! You sound like a yapping pup!
Hannah: *Hannah made sure to squeeze in a few more tips about snuggling on their way to the hotel. Like how to give soft touches, and hugs, and sneaky kisses! So when they were back at Shades and returning to the Grey Suite, she was grinning like a chesire cat!* Hellooo~! Lily! …. wow, is that her dad bellowing back there?
Ciara: Were you listening to me on the phone again? *Ciara looked unconcerned and went back to browsing her phone book. Without smirking. Like she wanted to.* He might be in town soon and wanted to see me.
Conrad: *The cuddling tip where you scoot next to a girl … that one Conrad could handle. The others she told him along the way … left him wondering but he made sure not to let her see the look on his face. He grinned sheepishly at Lily and coughed politely.*
Hannah: Yeah it was super fun! God, but you were right, I don’t think we can date – uh, no offence Conrad! *Hannah leaned across the counter and whispered loud.* He talks about you too much, super turn off!
Conrad: *It was a struggle not to say something but he settled for scratching his temple and trying to remember Hannah had the best intentions–at least he think she did.*
Ciara: Probably because I actually LIKE him and that’s what friends do when they come in to town? It isn’t my fault you have some sort of jealous vendetta against him. *Now she cast him the smirk. If his tail were out, she bet it would be bristling and puffy!*
Hannah: Naaaaw, I’m kinda tired, actually! Plus I totally have gobs of homework to do. You guys have fun! I’ll see you at school! *Hannah waved at Lily, and as she turned around gave Conrad the YOU GO BOY thumbs up of approval.* Ciao! *She practically skipped out of the suite!*
Conrad: *When he saw that thumbs up sign, he just about turned several shades of red! But he managed to control himself.* Yeah, the uh date didn’t go very far … *He mumbled and then he saw the cookie tower.* Wow, that’s a lot of ice cream.
Ciara: *Ciara rolled her eyes and tossed the phonebook on the nightstand. This was getting ridiculous.* Aren’t you getting a little overboard? I’ve known him just as long as you have, and not once has he ever done anything remotely “evil”. Stupid maybe, but not evil.
Conrad: *Conrad grinned sheepishly.* Would you believe we didn’t even make it into an ice cream shop? I guess I’m just a bad date. Thanks. *He took the spoon she offered him. Who could resist freshly baked cookies and ice cream?*
Conrad: *Conrad blinked and swallowed his ice cream before he replied.* I … wouldn’t know. We … didn’t kiss. *He got another spoonful of ice cream.* So, what is Leon upset about?
Ciara: What exactly do you think he’s going to do? Catch you with a tail and pull it off? You’re pitching a fit over nothing. …Christ’s sake sit down and quite wearing a hole in my carpet. *It was quite different to see a full grown Leon being pissy about Vincent. …She’d have thought he’d have grown out of it by now.*
Ciara: He didn’t even know you were here when he called. He wanted to see me, and frankly I wouldn’t mind seeing him again either. I don’t think we’ve chatted since high school. …If you don’t like it, you can stay here!
Conrad: I never thought I’d see the day Leon got real pissed off about someone. So um … want to go out and have some pizza?
Conrad: *He grinned.* Is that a challenge?
Ciara: What the fuck just happened?! *He had never flipped out like that before! …and freaking walked out too! She snorted, slipping on her shoes before stalking out of the suite herself. She was either going to hunt him down, or go rant at his Father. It was probably his fault, anyway.*
Conrad: *He laughed.* I am not worthy to take on such a champion. Okay, pizza tomorrow. But I didn’t get something to eat yet. That’s not fair.
Ciara: *Lost the wolf. Why’d he have to be such a pain in the ass anyway! She ran her hands through her hair. What she ought to do is invite Victor over just to spite!* Damned wolf. Who am I supposed to rant at when you’re running off! …. I’m telling.
There wasn’t a sign of Leon anywhere! He might have gone for a brisk walk or gone to Oracle–there were so many places he could be!
Conrad: Waste not, want not as Aunt Marigold liked to say. *He went over to heat up the left overs.*
Ciara: *She was going to need a tracking collar on that wolf. That’s probably what Gabriel used on Evangeline. Would come in handy. …well… Ciara would stop by Oracle and speaking to that vampire and his psychic, and then she’ll harass Wulfric. Leon isn’t allowed to run off like this, for all she knew he could be hunting down Victor and- ….No, he wouldn’t do that would he?*
Conrad: She did most of the talking … *He admitted.* I was trying not to get run over or walk into something. *He grinned sheepishly and then realized how stupid he looked, so the sheepish grin went. While he was waiting for the food to heat up in the microwave, he helped her clean up by washing the dishes.*
Back at Oracle, everything looked the same it always did–at least no one had burned it down or destroyed the entire headquarters somehow. Thank goodness! Evangeline was, of course, teaching a class and Gabriel couldn’t be far away.
Evangeline: So, you see, you never try to grab ghosts with your bare hands. Some of them are really slim- Good Evening Ms. Grey! You look… like you need something? *Evangeline thought Ms. Grey looked ready to murder something, and only hope she wasn’t mad at her again!*
Ciara: I am looking for my wolf. He’s being exceptionally stupid tonight and I’d like to find him before he ends up on the news for murder.
Ciara: ….and why the hell is Jameson dressed in a sheet and covered in Jello?
Evangeline: I didn’t have a ghost for the lesson. Would you like Gabriel to find him, or should I end the class for tonight? *Leon never wanted to murder people, he must be upset! Evangeline considered!*
Ciara: Call up your damned vampire. I need someone that can actually hold down a wolf, not get devoured by one. *Though she did not fail to notice the room of sad-faces that class was not to be cancelled.*
Conrad: *He was going to look straight at the dishes in case he started turning red or grinning stupidly.* Well, she asked about my career goals and stuff. It’s not like I could say “I want to be a hunter my entire life.” *He stopped washing his dishes for a moment.* Hm. An entire life of fighting evil … I never really thought about that until now.
Evangeline: Hey… I’m not so delicious for wolves! Not that Gabriel admit it specifically, but I am not wolfysnack flavor!
Conrad: Heh. Maybe one day … I mean, you’ll probably be wanting to go out and have a life … Might … settle … down someday … *But Lily wasn’t a normal girl and that’s what he liked about her. But that didn’t mean she wouldn’t want a normal life, right?*
Ciara: Christ. I’ll summon him. *Ciara snatched the weapon off the nearest trainee, reloaded it the way it was supposed to be, cock and aimed at the psychic!* Take a step to the left, Evangeline, so you’ll land on the mat.
Evangeline: *Evangeline stepped to the left, and then she realized-* Are you about to shoot at me? *All the trainees had went silent! That was never a good sign!*
Ciara: Don’t worry, it won’t be lethal. *Honestly, she did enjoy trying to see how far she could get away with it! BANG! BANG! Missed, with four inches to spare. Not bad! Of course, a couple of the trainees had fainted… Babies.*
Evangeline: *A yelp and covering of her ears! She could have sworn she felt those bullets wizzing by!* Ms. Grey, can you.. maybe… not shoot at me!
Gabriel: *Gabriel was suddenly standing between Evangeline and Ciara, his back to Evangeline. And the surprise was, he hadn’t come alone! There was a young male vampire struggling to free himself from Gabriel’s grasp, Gabriel’s arm stretched out to the side! He was too busy struggling for freedom to notice where they were at first–and then he glanced sideways at the classroom! Gabriel threw the vampire without a second glance to the wall, his gun appeared in his now empty hand and he shot the vampire! The vampire hit the wall and then burned into a crisp! Ash was the only thing left and that fell into a pile on the floor.* What do you require now, Ms Grey. *The gun disappeared.*
Ciara: As dramatic of an entrance as always. I want my wolf.
Evangeline: *A relieved sigh! Eventually Ms. Grey would get bored of testing out how Gabriel appears, but she really wished she’d get bored a little bit faster!*
Gabriel: Of course. *He said as if it was the simplest thing in the world.* He can either be brought to you or you to him.
Ciara: My, you are accomidating. Are you so obediant for your psychic too? *Ciara flashed a quick smirk before it disappeared.* Take me where he is. I want to make sure he’s not mauling a friend.
Gabriel: *He smirked and flashed his fangs.* You mistake obedience for pity, Ms Grey. You are distraught without your wolf. *He turned to Evangeline.* It would seem dinner is my treat for the inconvenience.
Evangeline: *Evangeline nodded, not saying a word about Ms. Grey’s wolf dilema!* I’ll return home after class. Try not to torment each other too much!
Ciara: *She was about to show HIM some damned fangs.* Let’s go them, before he’s out too long!
Gabriel: *He opened his hand and a strand of hair fell into his palm. It was long and black. Leon’s hair. Then he took his knife out, cut his arm.* “Nos peto lupus unde is insolitus adveho. “ *There was a pulse of negative energy, the wind whipped around them and then they were gone!*
Leon: *Ciara, Victor … and himself. That left a lot of things to think out and he hadn’t bothered to figure out where he was going. He just kept walking, hands in his pockets, lost in thought. It was a wonder he hadn’t gotten run over or something. At least now, the weres steered clear. Before he’d returned to Cissy, each were he met was suspicious of him or wanted to kill him. He was just so … frustrated. So he hadn’t realized where he was until his feet touched the edge of a lake and he looked around. He’d obviously walked a long way because he was well out of the city and in some forest. Probably north. He stood there and stared into the lake’s surface, looking at his own reflection.*
Gabriel: *They appeared a few yards behind Leon who didn’t seem to have noticed them!*
Ciara: *The first thing she did, after making sure her body was still in one piece, was pick up a small pebble from the ground and chuck it at Leon!*
Leon: … What’d you do that for? *He muttered, still not turning to her. No surprise she found him. He was just surprised it took her so long.*
Ciara: Because you’re dumb and you have cooties. ….Why do you always come here when you get pissy? I had to get the damned vampire to help me.
Leon: *Because he couldn’t hunt down Victor and rip his throat out, he wanted to say but he kept that thought to himself. He just stayed silent. She wouldn’t understand. She just thought he was nuts because he wanted to kill her little boyfriend.*
Ciara: *Ciara waved her arms over her head, not that he was looking, flipped him the finger, not that he saw, and seriously thought about kicking him in the lake and leaving him there! …But she didn’t. She just stuffed her hands in her pockets and looked at the sky.* Gabriel thinks you’re being unreasonable. He says you should come home with me.
Leon: *Leon scoffed.* Gabriel probably thinks we’re both nuts and wonders why he bothers to help us in the first place.
Ciara: Honestly, Gabriel must like you a lot, because he doesn’t want you running around out here in the middle of the night alone and pissed off. Put his mind to rest and come home.
Leon: … Is that his mind or yours?
Ciara: His mind, my mind, I don’t really know the difference. Ms. Clark says we’re the same anyway. *Ciara scowled. She didn’t like the comparison, but she supposed there were moments…*
Leon: Unlike you, he probably wouldn’t mind me ripping Victor’s throat out. *That’s what it all came down to anyways. Victor.*
Ciara: Damnit. You don’t see me ripping the heads off any woman that comes near you! And believe me, some of them deserve it! He is my friend, I don’t see what the big deal with having a visit when he comes to town is!
Leon: It’s not a matter of being possessive. None of the women who come near me is as bad as Victor is. You’re just biased because he’s your ‘friend’.
Ciara: You don’t have any evidence to even support it! You know, show me some damned proof besides “I don’t like him” and maybe I’d take you seriously. You haven’t even seen him since we were kids!
Leon: I don’t need to see him. I know what he looks like. *He buried his hands into his pockets.* You don’t think I watched the news while I was on the run? Victor does this, Victor does that. Whoop-de-doo. Just throw him a fricken’ parade already.
Ciara: You’re exaggrerating. How is that NOT supposed to sound like jealous rantings of a mad wolf?
Leon: Jealousy … *He finally turned to look at her, his face serious.* You haven’t seen jealousy. But if it’s evidence you want, I’ll give it to you. *He looked past her and walked around her to stand in front of Gabriel.* Gabriel, I need you to take me somewhere. *He pulled something out of his pocket. A newspaper clipping ripped out of a newspaper. There was a picture of two men shaking hands under the headline “Brilliant millionaire strikes deal of a century.” Ciara recognized one of the men as being Victor.*
Ciara: If you’e going to see Victor it’s… completely forbidden! In fact, I don’t think I want you anywhere near him or you’ll wind up in prison somewhere!
Leon: You were the one who said you wanted proof. *He said without turning.* I’ll avoid meeting your boyfriend just so you don’t have to worry about me ripping his throat out. *Not yet, at least …*
Ciara: Boyfriend?! What the hell, Leon! He’s not my damned boyfriend!
Leon: He’s a boy and your friend. That makes him a boyfriend, doesn’t it? *He turned to Gabriel.* Let’s go get that evidence. Ms Grey refuses to believe me until I get it. Apparently my instincts aren’t good enough for her.
Ciara: No, Gabriel is staying right here. After all, he is a boy and my friend, and apparently also my beloved boyfriend!
Gabriel: *Not a single emotion or thought crossed on his face but he took his knife out.* You, Ms Grey, were unwise to chase after your wolf so soon. You will have to learn, even he needs some time away from home. When he is ready, he will return. If he chooses to return. *He cut his arm and cast the spell. There was a pulse of negative energy and the wind whipped around Ciara.* … And I do not take threats to the Seer lightly. *Then she was gone! And she reappeared in her room at the suite!*
Leon: *He blinked! Cissy was gone!* Wait–where–how–? *He looked at Gabriel, speechless!*
Ciara: *…Ciara found herself sent to her room. Like a six year old kid. By a vampire.* YOU SON OF BITCH!
Ciara: son of A ahem.
Ciara: *Fine, she was going to bed. But it wasn’t because HE sent her to her room. It’s because she was tired of dealing with stupid men! She got dressed for bed, snarling the entire time!*
Gabriel: *Gabriel handed the newspaper clipping back to Leon.* When all is said and done, all you have to rely on are your instincts. It is not wise to charge into things without thinking them through. Stay and think for as long as necessary to calm yourself, then return to Ms Grey’s side. *At Leon’s expression, he tilted his head slightly.* Tell me. When you were hungry, when you were beaten, when you were alone, what drove you to continue, in spite of everything.
Conrad: *He wore a sheepish grin and then he blinked.* Check it out. Super blackholes.
Leon: *He stared at Gabriel and then he smiled. He knew the answer to that. It was Cissy. The chance to see her again had kept him going.* Thank you, Gabriel.