Desire of the Deep

005 Desire of the Deep (TBC)

[Phoebe doesn\’t know why Dante wants to go shopping, but she\’s pretty sure it\’s because Crystal STOLE her apartment. How is a person supposed to draw with a slavegirl gushing over her demon prince!] -06:08 Jan 24
[Dante isn\’t feeling too well but the day will be over soon!] -06:13 Jan 24
Dante: *Dante reached up to pet Giri perched on his head again!* You have so many shops in one place. *He tilted his head at the giant map of the mall they were standing in front of!* -06:14 Jan 24
Phoebe: *Trying not to yaaaaawn… damn did it anyway! She had been up really early to get some panels done. Her editor said Desire of the Deep was hitting it big, with a fanbase way larger than all her other series combined. Now she had to draw twice as much AND handle chasing demon princes around the town! On the brightside, it meant they could buy anything today!* Shopping for the lazy! Everything all clustered together so you don’t have to drive all over town. Are we getting you new clothes? -06:15 Jan 24
Dante: *He looked down at the clothes he wore now. Thanks to all the fighting he did and running around, these were his last decent pair of pants and shirt!* At this rate, I’ll have to go back to wearing the clothes I first arrived in. -06:18 Jan 24

Oh no, yawning! Giri made a huge YYYAAAWWWNN! … Then he blinked once and then blinked again in cute puppy astonishment!

Phoebe: I’m about ready to just let you run around in undwear and save the cash! *Hey, it wouldn’t be a bad sight…! Ahem. Phoebe grabbed his arm to tug him down the big open hall.* On the bright side, you can try on a lot of things and I can do some sketches for the manga panels. The editor is extending how many books I can do. -06:22 Jan 24
Dante: *He found himself being pulled along!* Congratulations. Now you can run the stories you want to. *He slid a bit to the side and pulled Phoebe along with him to avoid an oncoming stroller!* -06:28 Jan 24
Phoebe: *And Dante saves a baby! …there’s an idea for a chapter!* Uh huh. Which is pretty much going to be everything you’re actually doing. Since the story spilled in to the real world, I might as well have that happen in the series too. -06:29 Jan 24
Dante: You can write Thanatos back to the Deep and see if that works to send him back. -06:33 Jan 24
Phoebe: *Phoebe grinned.* If that worked, you’d both be back where you belong already. *She pointed up at a store and led him inside. This store was with all those fancysmancy rich boy clothes. Like the ones that drive ferrari and have their own yatchtts! She was definitely going to have fun!* -06:35 Jan 24
Dante: *Dante was looking at the clothes he passed by!* … Phoebe, I don’t think these clothes will stand up to the abuse. -06:55 Jan 24
Phoebe: I don’t think ANYthing can stand up to the abuse you put it through! I don’t enough jump in swinging swords around, and you’ve got half of my clothes a mess too! *No, there weren’t Dante-style at all… but it made for very attractive sketches when you had the real deal!* -06:57 Jan 24
Dante: I apologized for that. I didn’t know the snake woman was going to regurgitate her food and spit it at us. -07:02 Jan 24
Phoebe: I’m going to have to change my name from Guardian Spirit to Guardian Shield. *Phoebe stopped near a rack, tapping her chin when she spotted some leather! Leather pants on Dante? That might actually look really nice! She snatched up a pair to hold against him and check the sizing.* -07:05 Jan 24
Dante: *He noticed her sizing him up for something but he glanced over his shoulder to try and get a better look.* What are you looking at? -07:10 Jan 24
Phoebe: I am trying to decide if leather pants are both functional and good looking. We’ll have to get a dressing room! -07:12 Jan 24

Meanwhile nearby there was another couple shopping! ..Well, the male was shopping. His girlfriend was currently gapping over in Dante’s direction with a surprised (and all too interested!) expression!

Giri made another yawn and stretched, parting Dante’s hair with his large paws! Nothing interesting here to see or be aware of! He showed his tiny white canines and curled up in Dante’s hair!

CLICK! That girl now had a cellphone up and was taking a picture! That guy looked EXACTLY like the big poster over at the bookstore!

Phoebe: You’re making this feel so exciting, Giri. *She muttered at the yawning pup. Phoebe picked up a few things and… blink! Hey, she didn’t like the look of that lady staring over here. Worse, her boyfriend just noticed and was looking mad!* …okay, Phoebe-sense tingling! To the dressing room! *She grabbed Dante’s hand to pull him off towards the doors in the back!* -07:22 Jan 24

The only reply was Giri’s snores!

Too bad! But that’s okay, the girl was already forwarding the few pics she got to all of her friends. They SO had to see! Her boyfriend was getting huffy, though! What was so great about THAT guy, he didn’t see nothin’ special!

[Phoebe was ushering Dante in to a fitting room before picture-snapping girls got any ideas!] -01:10 Jan 26
[Dante is being pushed into the dressing room!] -01:21 Jan 26
Dante: *He blinked and quickly found himself behind the dressing room door!* Is everything okay, Phoebe? -01:25 Jan 26
Phoebe: *Safe! …Not that there was any danger, but Phoebe was begining to get a little paranoid, when Dante was concerned. Wait! Forgot Giri! Phoebe slipped herself in the fitting room to take the pup off Dante’s head.* It’s fine. I just forget how much attention you attract sometime. -01:28 Jan 26
[Phoebe is in Dante\’s fitting room! ….but only to get Giri!] -02:18 Jan 29
[Dante isn\’t too happy about the leather pants!] -02:18 Jan 29
Dante: *Dante stretched the fabric.* It’s awfully tight. *And it looked a lot like the type of thing the Psycho Queen enjoyed wearing!* -02:19 Jan 29

Dante: testing

Giri yawned and lifted his head to look at Phoebe with a drowsy look on his face!

Phoebe: We’re not actually going to buy them, just have you try them on. *With Giri siezed, Phoebe was turning to peek out the fitting room door and make sure no one was lurking out there. Like that chick with the cellphone!* -02:22 Jan 29

The puppy didn’t put up a fight when Phoebe grabbed him. Now he was yawning one last time and looking around!

Dante: Maybe I should save this … leather … for later and try the others on first. What do you like to say, save the best for last? -02:23 Jan 29
Phoebe: *She cast a look over her shoulder, and smirked!* Scared of pants? Never thought I’d see that. Try them whatever order you like, I’m still going to get the sketches. -02:25 Jan 29
Dante: *More like he preferred clothes that let him breathe. Tight clothes only got in your way when you were in a fight. But she’d said she just needed the sketches so as long as something didn’t attack in the next five or ten minutes, he’d survive. He began to strip and donned the leather pants! … Eck, they really were tight …* -02:27 Jan 29
Phoebe: *Phoebe made sure to keep her eyes peeking outside the fitting room while he was changing. No reason to watch, no matter how tempting! …Course he sounded like he was being murdered by something with all the fussing he made. When she turned to peek she… couldn’t help but start snickering!* -02:29 Jan 29
Dante: *That laugh did not help his ego. He turned and began peeling the leather off of him.* -02:38 Jan 29
Phoebe: *Snickercough!* …Sorry! …just! Sorry. *Ahem! That had to be the wrong size or cut, but there was no way he’d try another. Not after she had to go snickering and not with that look on his face!* …okay, to make it up to you, you can pick out some clothes for me to try on too. -02:43 Jan 29
[Dante is never going to wear leather pants again!] -11:36 Jan 30
[Phoebe was attempting to apologise for snickering, by offering to let Dante dress her up! Totally opposite from her usual thoughts!] -11:37 Jan 30
Dante: *Dante thought it was an interesting idea!* Don’t you need me to model the rest of these for your sketches? *He was moving back into the dressing room to try and pry these pants off!* -11:39 Jan 30
Phoebe: I don’t need you to… but I think for the evening I’ll spare you anymore torment. It could be Dress-Up-Phoebe day instead. *Which, she has to admit, is a lot safer with Dante than with Crystal. Crystal’s dressup days were way more dangerous than leather pants!* -11:42 Jan 30
Dante: *He grinned as he stepped out, back in his normal clothes! And able to breathe!* You’re so very kind, Lady Phoebe. Let’s go then. -11:45 Jan 30
Phoebe: *With Giri in her hands, and giving him a good pat, she was leading the way to exit the men’s clothing store. That chick with the phone nowhere to be seen! Good!* Pick a story, any store, and my there’s a lot to choose from. -11:50 Jan 30
Dante: *He stopped and looked around. There really were a lot of shops to choose from and it was easy to tell which one sold men’s clothes and which one sold women’s clothes. He started walking in one direction and stopped right in front … of a sexy adult clothing store!* How about this? *The store was called "Sensually Yours" and in the window were a few female mannequins wearing outfits parents probably shielded their children’s eyes from when they passed.* -11:53 Jan 30
Phoebe: *There was a slight twitch at the corner of her mouth. Maybe he would be as bad as Crystal! …but she did tell him anywhere, and he did squeeze in to those impossibly tiny leather pants!* Uuuhm, if this is the one you want! There might be something wearable in there somewhere. I think. -11:56 Jan 30
Dante: *He did love to tease and he didn’t bother to hide the look on his face either! A smug, playful grin!* That’s the spirit! Let’s go! *He took her by one hand and led her inside!* Things are a lot more mild here than I first thought. *He said, looking at all the clothing on the racks and browsing through even the matching shoes they had up against the wall.* -12:04 Jan 30
Phoebe: *That look on his face, if that’s the way he wanted to play, she was totally going to model the hell out of whatever he picked out! She hoisted Giri on her shoulder with her free hand.* I don’t think they can have a really dirty store right in the mall. There’s one a few blocks down the street though. *…of which she didn’t need to share her knowledge of! * -12:07 Jan 30
Dante: *He laughed softly at the mention of the ‘other store’ and grinned wickedly.* Is there now? *He plucked out a few outfits for her.* Hm. -12:20 Jan 30
Phoebe: No, what were we talking about again? *A quick subject change! Phoebe pretended like she wasn’t trying to inspect what he was picking up, while examining a pair of shoes. That was the one cool thing in here, there was great shoes!* -12:24 Jan 30
Dante: *He was still wearing that grin. He’d let her off easy now and not press her. He held up the bright red teddy, one of the pieces he’d picked up.* What do you know. It looks like a perfect fit. *How he said that with a straight face would be anyone’s guess.* -12:29 Jan 30
Phoebe: For someone that doesn’t know a lot about clothing sizes, you’re sure good at sizing someone up! *Red! That thing was screaming sexy bed vixen! She was trying to match that straight face.* Gonna add any shoes with that? -12:32 Jan 30

Some casual shoppers passing by the shop happen to glance their way and do a double-take when they spot Dante!

Dante: *Dante smiled at the comment of being able to size someone up. Then he was looking around for some matching shoes.* You mean shoes you can actually walk in. *Some of these looked like they could snag and then trip someone on just about anything!* -12:54 Jan 30
Phoebe: Hey, those shoes aren’t made for walking. They’re made for looking all hot and sexy and not being able to run away. *At least that’s what she figured for the really weird platforms with crazy heels! She caught a glance of people peeking, and just in case looked around the store for any possible escape routes.* -12:58 Jan 30

The store’s lighting was kept dim, probably to keep up with the mood. One could only imagine what they kept in the back of the store!

Dante: Ah, point taken. *He picked up two boxes and showed them to Phoebe! One was a pair of red stilleto heels with straps over the ankles! The other was a pair of thigh-high red leather boots with wicked heels!* -01:08 Jan 30
Phoebe: *She loved the strappy heels! …maybe not the boots though! It was with a wry grin that she replaced Giri on Dante’s head, then took the teddy and shoes from him.* Okay, you just stay right there and if anything weird happens, you just start screaming. -01:13 Jan 30
Dante: *He looked up at Giri perched on his head now.* Weird as in what you think is weird or weird as in weirder than I’m used to? -01:14 Jan 30
Phoebe: *She actually had to stop and think about it!* …Uh… My kind of weird! I think… *And it was with a thoughtful look she disappeared in to one of the fitting rooms. What WAS her weird versus Dante’s weird?! Screaming half naked fangirls, or screaming blood thirsty monsters…?* -01:16 Jan 30

Giri yawned and curled up on Dante’s head. It was much more comfortable this way!

Phoebe: *Taking off her clothes and switching in to that red teddy was quick work. She chose the strappy heels first over the boots. They were just cooler! Course, it took her several moments of scowling at her reflection in the mirror, fluffing up her hair and trying a few practice poses before she gave up trying to make a serious sexy face. Sexy Face was just not her look! Phoebe settled for bouncing out of the dressing room, with one of the over-exagerated Crystal poses!* Ta-dah! -01:28 Jan 30

As she posed Giri went flying head over heels past her and landed in a pile of her clothes!

Dante: *Dante was standing in front of the dressing room stall with his back to her and glanced over his shoulder. He smiled.* Hmm … Very nice. *He looked her up and down and summoned his sword in time to slice up a gelatin tentacle-thing!* -02:07 Jan 30
Phoebe: … *Phoebe dropped her arms, her face blank as could be.* …. I thought I said scream if something weird happens. -02:07 Jan 30

A mass of purple transparent gelatin about the size of a man hissed in pain and drew back! There was already a few objects floating inside of it, like one half of a pair of boots, an iron pole, and a mannequin!

Dante: You said if it was something you considered weird. This is something I would consider weird. *He flung a lightning ball at the gelatin but it had already moved and disappeared toward the back of the store!* -02:11 Jan 30

Giri came scurrying out of the dressing room … with Phoebe’s bra on his head! “Arf arf!”

Phoebe: Next time we’ll go with just weird in general! You can’t get in to these sort of things at the ma- FREEZE DOG! *She interupted her own sentence to point at Giri! There was no way she was gonna chase him while wearing this nonsense, but she’ll be damned if her bra got lost at the mall!* -02:14 Jan 30

Giri stopped! But only because the bra had fallen over his eyes and now he was trying to get it off by snagging it with his teeth and pulling at it! “Warf! Wahrrff!”

Phoebe: Don’t chew it…! *Argh! Trying to walk gracefully, and not look like a mad half naked woman wasn’t easy! Not when you had to stay out of the way of a geletin-thing and trying to snatch up a bra-chewing dog! But that didn’t stop her from trying to snatch it back from the pup!* -02:18 Jan 30
Dante: *It was hard not to at least smile at the scene of Phoebe heading to Giri and reclaiming her bra. But he had to turn away to look for the gelatin monster.* I guess it’s gone for now. *But he still had his sword!* -02:19 Jan 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe held her bra behind her back after giving Giri a good glare. …but a more concerned look about that monster just getting away!* It just ran off? …that’s not exactly good! -02:26 Jan 30
Dante: *He gave her a small grin.* Welcome to my life. Giri, time to sniff out the gelatin monster. -02:32 Jan 30

Giri, now bra-free, shook himself and was floating back to Dante. He began sniffing at the large purple gelatin spot where the monster had been standing just minutes ago. Then he was following that thick trail that led away from the spot and to the back of the store.

Phoebe: I don’t know if I should go change my clothes, or if that’ll just be asking for a dirty hentai scene. *She at least leaned down to pull off those shoes. If she was going to help kick something’s ass, she needed to be able to run!* -02:35 Jan 30

It just might have been a dirty hentai scene! The back of the store was where they kept their sex toys, like the blow up dolls and the vibrators! … And boy where there a lot of toys! The trail led around the aisles as if the gelatin monster had been looking for something. An object in particular or just a way out?

Phoebe: *There was that Hulk200 that Crystal was talking about… man, for that price, she was better off trying to pounce Thanatos! With a cough and trying to pretend they weren’t in the Psycho Queen’s version of heaven, Phoebe snooped to see if there was a hidden storage room or bent back there!* Of all the stores to have a squishie monster! -02:49 Jan 30
Dante: *Dante was glancing around to look out for that monster and for anyone else in the store! Phoebe would never let him hear the end of it if there were other people around!* -02:52 Jan 30

There were sections of the wall and shelves where things were missing, smeared with goo! Giri stopped in front of a store marked EMPLOYEES ONLY and began to bark! This is where the trail disappeared to!

Phoebe: *Phoebe poked at some of the goo and made a face! But she turned at Giri’s bark and frowned at the door.* If you run in quick, Giri and I can block the door so it doesn’t try to get out. -02:56 Jan 30
Desire of the Deep


Desire of the Deep holiday fun Christmas special! :D UNFINISHED

[Phoebe has a weakness for sappy feel-good holiday movies.] -10:47 Dec 06
[Dante and Giri were on the couch besides Phoebe … and had dozed off during the movie!] -10:51 Dec 06

Giri was making cute puppy noises as he slept! Snoring and occassional growls, legs kicking out and messing up Dante’s hair as he lay on top his head!

Phoebe: *Such a cute ending…! Phoebe did love happy endings with these sickenly cute romantic holiday movies! ..Of course, it was cheesy as hell and she could draw way better stories, but.. It was a guilty pleasure. Phoebe blinked at the snoring Giri and apparently sleeping Dante. Aww…!* -10:55 Dec 06
Dante: *Dante’s chin was resting on his chest, his hands were folded over his stomach and his legs stretched out, crossed at the ankles on the table! The fact that there were still demons out to kill him and he’d fought a few of them last night might have contributed to him dozing off now!* -10:56 Dec 06

Giri let out a rather large bark for such a small puppy and rolled off of Dante’s head! But instead of falling, he was floating in the air, kicking and growling and floating out of the living room!

Phoebe: *…Okay, there was no getting used to a floating puppy! Sometimes she wasn’t sure if she should tie him to a table or not! For now, she pulled a blanket off the sofa to drop over Dante.* -11:00 Dec 06
Dante: Hm? *He lifted his head when he felt the blanket on him and smiled at Phoebe.* I’m sorry, I fell asleep during your movie, didn’t I? -11:01 Dec 06
Phoebe: I don’t expect any guy to stay awake through those movies. Especially one that stays out slaying monsters all night. -11:02 Dec 06
Dante: *A soft laugh!* I’d still like to make it up to you. *He was thoughtful for a moment.* A walk with Giri. -11:06 Dec 06
Phoebe: Hmm… I guess a walk is decent compensation. Some fresh air would be nice. *Shoes! and um… clothes! She was going to need something warm to wear outside. Phoebe wandered to the bedroom, blinking again at the floating Giri!* -11:10 Dec 06
Dante: *Dante tilted his head back to see an upside down Phoebe cast an odd look somewhere. He turned his head to see what was so interesting and blinked! Giri was floating right for the balcony’s sliding doors! He rolled over, landing with his feet tucked under him on the couch and sprinted to grab Giri a split second before the puppy collided with the glass! He grinned at the puppy in his arms and started waking him up with scratches under his chin and tummy.* -11:13 Dec 06
Phoebe: Maybe we should feed him heavier food. *Like rocks? She’d hate to see him burp up flaming rocks! Phoebe opened up her closet and was throwing off pajamas for a nice warm sweater and a decent pair of pants. And socks! Fuzzy socks!* -11:15 Dec 06
Dante: *He smiled.* He’d probably eat it, too. Brood of Cerberus pups aren’t picky eaters. -11:21 Dec 06
Phoebe: Brood of… *Nevermind! Phoebe so didn’t need to know the bloodlines of a demon puppy! *Phoebe plopped on to the bed as she tugged on a pair of shoes.* So where will we be walking to today? The park? -11:24 Dec 06
Dante: *He nodded and turned as a groggy Giri sat up, licking his chops and casting the world a lazy look.* Hmm hmm. And then you can explain to me how this Saint Nicholas guy is related to this Nativity thing you told me about earlier. -11:26 Dec 06
Phoebe: Uh… *Phoebe gave a peculiar look… She kept forgetting this wasn’t exactly Dante’s world!* He really isn’t related at all. They kinda mashed up some holidays to make Christmas. *Coat! She grabbed her coat and shrugged it on before giving a halfassed pose.* Ready! -11:28 Dec 06

Giri was stretching, butt in the air when Phoebe walked out! He barked a greeting to her and looked ready to take on the world!

Phoebe: Good mor.. hmm, Evening, Giri. Are you ready for a walk in the frigid air and chasing crows? -11:37 Dec 06
Dante: *He smiled.* Let’s go, Giri. Your mission object is to walk, chase, and protect the fair Lady Phoebe from any rascals that wish to cause mischief. -11:45 Dec 06

Giri barked at that!

Phoebe: Lady Phoebe. *She was trying to found, it was getting harder and harder to insist she didn’t get some goofy girly enjoyment out of it.* Alright then, let’s go then Priiince Dante and Sir Giri. -11:47 Dec 06
Dante: *Dante smiled and set Giri on his head, stopping only long enough to fetch the coat off of its place on a hook near the door. Then it was a ride down in the elevator.* Do you like winter? -11:55 Dec 06
Phoebe: I like the snow and the season. Everything kind of glitters after it’s been snowing. *Phoebe stuffed her hands in her pocket, rocking on her heels.* -11:57 Dec 06
Dante: *Once they were outside, he stopped to crouch down and run a finger through the snow.* Your snow is more … pure compared to snow in the Deep. My snow is gray. The humans call it ash. -12:01 Dec 07
Phoebe: Er… well, it doesn’t snow very often in the Deep. …if ever. *Swamps, jungles and volcanos… she never did draw wintery scenes about the Deep. Wasn’t there at least one or two really high mountains? Hmm.. While he was crouching, she scooped up some snow and made a nice ball. Dante should experience a little bit of winter!* Hey! *Phoebe chucked the snowball at him when he looked… and took off running down the sidewalk!* -12:06 Dec 07
Dante: Ooff! *He shut his eyes as something white and COLD splattered against his cheek! He brushed it off as Giri took off floating and running after Phoebe and followed suit, after scooping up some of the snow!* -12:10 Dec 07
Phoebe: *She chanced a look over her shoulder, and then had to make a sharp turn before she ran in to some old lady! And a quick tilt to scoop up more snow for another snowball and fling it over her shoulder!* -12:14 Dec 07

Giri was still floating but at least the old woman didn’t see him! She was too busy ducking her head in case a snowball came at her!

Dante: *Dante dodged that second snowball and then hurled his at her a few seconds later!* -12:22 Dec 07
Phoebe: *A duck behind a street light to avoid the snowball! But there was the park, where she hopped over one of the small shrubs for a big snowmound. Lots of ammunition there!* You’re getting a little slow, Dante! Too many eggrolls, you think?! -12:27 Dec 07
Dante: *He smirked, grabbed another handful of snow as he ran, formed it into a ball and threw another! Just as quickly he was picking up more snow and chucking another snow ball at her!* -12:30 Dec 07
Phoebe: *Crap! He didn’t have to sling an arsenal at her! Phoebe hopped over a snow drift, ducking to safety and making up several balls before he got close enough!* That it? I think Crystal can throw better than that! -12:35 Dec 07
Dante: *He smiled, scooping up another to hurl at her!* Of course not. *He had no intention on stopping until he had her lying on her back in the snow and he was right on top of her.* -12:36 Dec 07
Phoebe: *Close enough! She popped a head up long enough to see where he was and flung several of the snowballs at him! ….and a couple at Giri too for good measure!* -12:40 Dec 07

Giri was barking up a storm–only to be pelted by that last snowball and ending up tumbling to the ground!

Phoebe: Ach, Giri! You’re supposed to dodge flying projectiles! *Wait, Dante! Redirecting throwing!* -12:52 Dec 07
Dante: *He crouched down when she shot those snowballs at him and then tucked his legs under him! Then he was jumping from one side to another, zigzagging in erratic movements and somehow finding the time to scoop up, form, and throw snowballs of his own at her!* -12:54 Dec 07
Phoebe: Hey! This- You-! *Grrr! She tried getting clever and predicting where he was going to zigzag next, but he was figuring out what she was figuring out! ..Plus she had to dodge!* You’re cheating! *That’s it… Phoebe made on really BIG snowball!* -12:57 Dec 07

Giri shook the snow off and began barking!

Dante: *He only grinned wickedly and waited until the last minute to dodge that really big snowball! Then he was jumping into the air only to pounce on Phoebe, hands around her wrists and straddling her!* -01:08 Dec 07
Phoebe: *PLOOF! Followed by a high pitched squeal! Fresh snow was COLD! And he was damned heavy when he wanted to be!* uh…! Cheating cheating-face cheater! -01:10 Dec 07
Dante: *He smiled and leaned forward, and kissed her instead!* -01:16 Dec 07
Phoebe: *Mrrrph! Oh no he didn’t! She wasn’t going to be placated with sexy-damned kisses this time! Phoebe was going to stand – er.. lay firm! Including a smirk while trying to wiggle out from under him and flick him with the snow!* -01:21 Dec 07
Dante: *He chuckled softly as he lifted his head and she flicked snow at him. But then he was standing and it was Giri’s turn to jump on top of Phoebe!* -01:24 Dec 07
Phoebe: *Ooph! Giri was less easy to resist… You just can’t NOT cuddle and pet a cute floppy eared puppy!* Okay, okay! I give up! Phoebe’s snow tower has been captured. -01:26 Dec 07

Giri barked at that! Ha, take THAT! He scampered off of Phoebe and was floating again until he was level with Dante’s cheek which he started to lick!

Phoebe: *She would mind liking Dante’s cheek tooOOOKAY, she’s getting up off the ground now, and dusting all the snow off her clothes! …and out of her hair!* Did you ever take prisoners in the Deep, or were you always the one captured? *Phoebe cast him a wicked smirk. If one could call any of that captured!* -01:46 Dec 07
Dante: *He chuckled softly.* You would know the answer to that question more than anyone in this world, Phoebe. *He scratched Giri under the neck until Giri was lifting his head to give him better access.* -01:47 Dec 07
Phoebe: Hmm, I suppose I do. *Very nonchalant, she wander around Dante… he was busy with Giri, she’d ger her moment to sic her revenge on him in just a second. For now…* Do you miss life in the Deep? -01:51 Dec 07
Dante: *He blinked and placed Giri back on his head.* Sometimes. But in the Deep, I was half-demon to humans and half-human to demons. I never fit anywhere and I found out that I wasn’t the type to be a hermit. At least here, everyone just thinks I’m human. Odd eyes and hair maybe. But still human. -01:56 Dec 07
Phoebe: Still a bit of dodging the Psycho Queen, crazy females, and fighting with your brother, though. *Phoebe swept some snow off a shrub in to her hand… just enough so it wouldn’t melt right away!* -02:00 Dec 07
Dante: A bit. *He looked at Phoebe.* I don’t think I can stay here for much longer though. -02:01 Dec 07
Phoebe: No, I don’t suppose you could. I did promise to get you back home… *Dangit, she would keep her promise, but now she was starting to not like it at all. Phoebe frowned.* -02:04 Dec 07
Dante: *He gave a sheepish grin.* You were … going to tell me more about this tradition of yours, leaving out milk and cookies. -02:16 Dec 07
Phoebe: *A change of subject, that was a good idea!* You’re supposed to leave them out for Santa as a thank you for bringing presents. *She blew those bits of snow out of her hand, reaching for his to take him through the park.* …if you’re a kid, anyway. Crystal and I just eat the cookies ourselves now. -02:21 Dec 07
Dante: So … the adults here don’t believe in him but children do. If adults feel that way, why do they not just tell the children that there is no Santa? *It seemed like the adults were setting the children up for some big disappointment down the road when they could simply spare them the pain. -02:27 Dec 07
Phoebe: Er.. well… I guess it’s the magic of it! Magic isn’t supposed to exist here, so those little stories give kids something nice and happy to look forward to until they hit those miserable teenage years where life sucks. *Of course, she was a rotton kid that refused to believe Santa wasn’t real… and here she is walking in the park with a half demon Prince. Haha, Mom!* -02:31 Dec 07
Dante: Hm. Like the Tooth Fairy and the Easter Bunny you mentioned before? -02:36 Dec 07
Phoebe: Yeah.. all a little different, and… pretty much make no sense whatever. But, I guess some historians say that stuff is based on old traditions and legends etcetera. I guess some of it might have been real at one time or another. *Phoebe leaned to rest her head on his arm as they walked. He was always so nice and warm!* -02:41 Dec 07
Dante: And this Sandman you mention, that he throws sand in your eyes to make you sleep. Is he the God of Dreams in this world? -02:53 Dec 07
Phoebe: *That made Phoebe pause! The first thing she thought of was that scary movie where he was killing people!* I don’t really know much about him. But I’m pretty sure he’s just myth like all of the others. -02:57 Dec 07
Dante: *He nodded.* Phoebe, do you ever wonder what your life would be like if you had never become the Guardian Spirit? -03:11 Dec 07
Phoebe: Somehow I think I would still be fighting with Ms. Nadine everyday. *She glanced up at him and squeezed his hand. There were those days it was ral hell… like monsters even she was afraid of. But other days…* I’m glad I am, anyway. It’s worth it. -03:14 Dec 07
Dante: *She had caught him by surprise! His expression said as much!* … Really? There are times that I … try to think about how you feel being caught up in all of this. I see how other humans live their lives compared to how you have to live yours. -03:16 Dec 07
Phoebe: Yes, normal human lives.. doing homework, getting desk jobs, marrying dudes that pay more for their stereos than their cars… I think I will take on the Deep any day of the week. *He didn’t have to look so surprised… she only complained when he and Thanatos got too flashy in those fights!* You don’t have to worry about me, Dante. -03:22 Dec 07
Dante: *A sheepish grin!* Yes, I’ve seen you in action. I’ve never known any woman jump on Thanatos in the middle of a fight, much less touch him without him giving his permission. -03:23 Dec 07
Phoebe: Thanatos isn’t so scary.. or all that bad, if he’d just… I don’t know, get some sense bashed in to his uppity brain. *Phoebe really wasn’t sure what she was going to do with Thanatos… he was making things so much harder..! But at least Dante was grinning now, and that was enough for her to cast a wide smirk.* Completely useless when girls aren’t screaming your name for help, huh? -03:27 Dec 07
Dante: Something I am working at, I assure you. *He said with a grin.* -03:57 Dec 07
Phoebe: *Phoebe flicked a hand at his hair to shake out some stray snowflakes.* So then, what Christmas traditions have I left out? We covered Santa, cookies, and presents. -03:59 Dec 07
Dante: Stockings and decorating this Christmas tree Crystal keeps talking of. -04:03 Dec 07
Phoebe: ..tree! Argh..! I forgot to get a tree! *Taking his hand, she had to speed through the park!* The tree is probably some symbol of fertility and I have no ideas what stockings are for, but they make really awesome decorations, and it’s my turn to get the tree and Crystal is going to kill me. -04:05 Dec 07
Dante: *He blinked and followed after her!* Crystal spoke of a tree twelve feet tall. Are all Christmas trees that lare? -04:06 Dec 07
Dante: *large -04:06 Dec 07
Phoebe: No, and ours won’t be either. She tried that last year and we couldn’t get the thing in my apartment. We had to put it on the balcony, and it barely even fit there either. *Treeplace was… That way! She cast a grin at Dante.* I think one about your height will do. You get to help me carry it back. -04:11 Dec 07
Dante: *He smiled.* Yes, ma’am. It’ll be me and Giri’s first Christmas tree. -04:18 Dec 07
Phoebe: Then we’ll make it really awesome. You can pick out this year’s new ornaments too, and we’ll get a Santa hat… and maybe some of those nice gingerbread cookies from the bakery. …Damn, I wish I had a fireplace. *Which had been her favorite daydreaming lately… With it being so cold and snowy, Dante and even Giri with a warm blanket in front of a fireplace would be dreamy!* -04:21 Dec 07
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[Phoebe and Dante are going to get a Christmas tree!] -10:57 Dec 10
[Dante is curious about these christmas trees] -11:04 Dec 10
Dante: These Christmas trees. You use any tree you like from anywhere in the city? -11:05 Dec 10
Phoebe: Naw, not here in the city. They bring in trees at some.. uh.. dealer place or store! If we lived outside of the city and had our own land, maybe then we could chop down our own tree. *The thought of someone trying to steal one of the city’s trees made her snicker. -11:06 Dec 10
Dante: *He nodded. These Christmas trees were sounding more and more intriguing.* Crystal said you use bright lights to decorate trees. But she said the two of you once set your tree on fire. -11:08 Dec 10
Phoebe: Er, yeah. We were trying to do one of the old school trees, where you use candles instead of lights and that.. kind of back fired! *There it was! That …tree-guy who always brought in trees every year! She took Dante through the fence, eyeing the different kind of firs and trying to decide which one would look the best for this year.* -11:10 Dec 10
Dante: *As Phoebe eyed the trees, Dante reached out and touched the leaves. He sniffed the air and then leaned forward to sniff the leaves a bit more.* -11:19 Dec 10

Smelling the leaves looked like fun! Giri leaned forward to sniff … a bigger SNIFF … and then sneezed!

Phoebe: *Phoebe turned to blink, and bite back a smirk. Sniffing trees was weird… but cute! Definitely cute!* They’re all different kinds of evergreen trees. Some of them are nicer than others though. I like the ones with the thick leaves and deep color. *Man, she reeeaally wanted that fireplace. If her parents were gone, she could have totally stolen their house for a weekend!* -11:22 Dec 10
Dante: *Dante looked up when Giri sneezed and scratched under the pup’s neck.* But they … all look the same. -11:27 Dec 10
Phoebe: …they do not! THIS one *She pointed!* is a frosted green with medium foilage coverage. THAT one is emerald and thick. And that one over there is going to be the last tree in the lot. *Look the same… Ha! Luckily Dante wasn’t picking out the tree. For now, she took a hand to measure Dante’s height and compared it with some of the trees.* -11:30 Dec 10
Dante: *He blinked and looked at each of the trees she was examining. If he looked real closely, he could tell the differences she was describing.* Sorry. -11:44 Dec 10
Phoebe: *That look on his face! Phoebe sighed, moving to give him a kiss on the cheek.* Don’t be. You’re a monster slayer, and I’m a neurotic detail obssessed maniac. Help me pick on, it’s going to be your tree too. -11:46 Dec 10
Dante: *He grinned sheepishly.* For the sake of your sanity, I think it’s better I let you pick. Or I’m going to pick that one. *And he pointed his thumb over his shoulder at the one she’d pegged as the tree which would be the last one in the lot.* -11:51 Dec 10
Phoebe: Hmm. We’ll take that one then. It probably just needs a little love. *Lots of love, maybe. But if he was going to point at that tree, she’d make it work! It’d be like the Dante of trees! Phoebe found one of the dealers and even worked out a good price for the tree. Nice little discount, even better!* … of course now you have to carry the tree home. -11:54 Dec 10
Dante: *He was still wearing that sheepish grin.* As you will, Lady Phoebe. *He took Giri off of his head and put him on the ground.* Sorry, Giri, but you’ll have to walk it while I carry the tree. -12:03 Dec 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe made sure the branches were tied up nice and secure so no one would get flying tree limbs to the face. He still had that look though! How was she going to do something about it?* Hey, have I given you gingerbread cookies, yet? -12:14 Dec 11

Giri ran around Dante’s legs and tripped over his ears, only to get up, shake himself and start running again!

Dante: *He glanced at her.* Gingerbread cookies? No. But Crystal was showing me a cooking show where they made all kinds of sweets. A drink called Moon and Stars and gingerbread cookies. -12:17 Dec 11
Phoebe: When we get home and set up the tree, we’ll try to make some. *Phoebe paused.* …trying being the key word. I’m not all that great at cooking… I think I set cereal on fire once. *Phoebe leaned and captured Giri before he set off a domino effect of knocked over trees!* -12:19 Dec 11
Dante: *Dante smiled.* It’s sure to be fun. And we could always talk Crystal into making a whole bunch for Thanatos and then eating them before he arrives. -12:48 Dec 11
Phoebe: She would kill us! …or else let Thanatos kill us while she’s making more. *There! He was smiling. Better! Phoebe made sure he had the tree and that he could still see where he was going. She gave Giri a good petting. …and gave a sly grin.* I don’t think I’ve told you about mistletoe. -12:51 Dec 11

Giri barked and wagged his tail but other than that, stayed still!

Dante: Heh heh. Yeah, probably … Mistletoe? What’s that? -12:53 Dec 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe scratched behind Giri’s ears, casting Dante a wide grin.* It’s the perfect excuse to sneak kisses. You hang it on the ceiling or over doorways. A little plant. If someone is standing under it, you’re supposed to kiss them.. Although I can’t remember if it’s cause they’ll get bad luck if you don’t, or if they’ll never find a mate, or something. -12:58 Dec 11
Dante: *He laughed softly.* What does this little plant look like? -01:01 Dec 11
Phoebe: Like um… *Phoebe glanced around as they walked down the street… there had to be some around there somewhere. Ahaha! She pointed at a shop doorway, where a little bunch was hanging with a red bow and some bells.* Like that. Easy to spot. …I think Crystal ends up covering her entire apartment with the stuff. …now that I think about it, she might sneak some in mine now too. *Yep, Thanatos was going to get smothered!* -01:04 Dec 11
[Phoebe just explained mistletoe, and is pretty sure Crystal is at home explaining it to Thanatos the \”hard\” way.] -06:28 Dec 24
[Dante is carrying the tree on his shoulder with an awfully cute puppy on his head!] -06:31 Dec 24

Dante: testing

Dante: *Dante nodded.* It’s too bad this Christmas of yours happens only once a year. You have such fun things you do. -06:33 Dec 24
Phoebe: Yeah, but then it wouldn’t be as special. That’s what makes them so great. *Now they had the tree, all they needed to do was pick up some food and then it was back home and out of the snow! She was pretty sure snow had snuck it’s way in to her underwear by now.* We’ll shortcut back throught the park! -06:36 Dec 24
Dante: *He nodded. With any luck, Crystal wouldn’t have cooked all the good stuff for Thanatos and left them nothing.* Phoebe … why don’t you spend Christmas with your parents? I’m sure they miss your company, if nothing else. -06:38 Dec 24
Phoebe: I did think about going over there and stealing their food. They’re going out to a party. Mom gave me this whole disturbing speach about Holiday Hookups and I think her Christmas wish is grandchildren. *There was no way she was letting Dante spend too much time with her parents!* -06:42 Dec 24
Dante: *He smiled slightly at that. Grandchildren. Perhaps in their own way, they wished Phoebe to be taken care of and thought children of her own were the answer. He mused over that thought as hey were passing by the park fountain, frozen solid, of course, when he suddenly paused! He glanced around.* -06:47 Dec 24

Giri lifted his head, curled up on top of Dante’s hair. He sniffed the air and let out a growling-warning bark as if demanding someone (or something) to identify itself!

Phoebe: *That pup was a demon all right, howling like that STILL startled her, especially when she didn’t know it was coming!* I’m not getting a monster free day today am I? *Even as she said it, she was glancing around for a stick. Sticks were good weapons.* -06:49 Dec 24
Dante: *Dante looked at Phoebe and he smiled slightly.* I guess not. *He looked around the park again.* But I’m having a hard time pinning down the location. It’s like the demon is all around us. -06:58 Dec 24

Giri was sniffing the air still but he seemed to be having a tough time sorting the demon out, too!

Phoebe: It may be really fast. Or flying. *She glanced up just in case and took a look at the trees. Just branches and snow. Nothing weird or out of place.* We ought to find it before going home, though. I don’t want to see a Christmas massacre on the news. -07:02 Dec 24

Giri suddenly took off for the trees in front of them!

Dante: Giri! *He sprinted after the puppy, tree still on his shoulder! He didn’t want anything happening to the tree! Phoebe wanted a Christmas tree and he really liked this one!* -07:11 Dec 24
Phoebe: Hey…! We can set the tree down somewhere! *The poor thing looked sad enough as it was without getting in to a demon battle! Phoebe was on their heels, though, only stopping long enough to grab herself a decent looking stick when she nearly tripped over one!* -07:14 Dec 24
Dante: *Dante finally slowed down after awhile and looked around. It was beginning to snow again, lightly. He finally stopped. That puppy was very fast when he wanted to be. He looked around for a bit longer before taking the tree off his shoulder and leaning it against a large oak.* -07:26 Dec 24
Phoebe: *It was too cold to be running! All this frosty air made her lungs hurt! She had to stop and lean over to catch her breath.* Blasted… Giri…! Runs… too fast! -07:30 Dec 24
Dante: *Dante turned to where Phoebe was catching her breath.* … Phoebe. *He was looking past her, or rather at the object she was leaning against … a male human ice statue! -07:33 Dec 24
Phoebe: Hmm? GAH..! *She snatched her hand back and hopped to the side. Phoebe might have thought it was a holiday ice sculpter, but normally they aren’t screaming in horror and looking terrified!* …I’d say we’re in the right spot. *She poked it with a finger… frozen solid. How the hell was she supposed to melt this guy?!* …Okay, you look for demon and I’ll see if there’s any more of these guys. -07:37 Dec 24
Dante: *He glanced around. He’d have to find Giri if he wanted any chance of finding the demon. A frozen ice statue meant they were dealing with an ice demon and since snow and ice were an ice demon’s domain … the park was dangerous territory.* Giri! *He put his fingers to his lips, whistled … and waited!* -08:23 Dec 24
Phoebe: *Snow everywhere, spotted frozen people around the trees on the path wasn’t too easy. So far she had counted at least three dudes, all with that same horrified expression! She stopped and blinked at one of them. His pants were around his knees!* Christ, YOU were caught at a bad moment, weren’tcha? -08:28 Dec 24

It was easy to pick up a pattern besides everyone having been taken by surprise! They were all men!

There was a soft giggle behind Phoebe! “Hehe. Do you like my ice statues? I made them myself.” When Phoebe turned, there was a little girl, long black hair and eyes hidden by her bangs, dressed in a long white kimono that looked several sizes too big.

Phoebe: …You’re awfully small to be collected a harem of man popcicles. *Demon kid…? This was new! Not something she dreamed up, that was fore sure!* I don’t like them, as a matter of fact. You need to unfreeze them. -08:44 Dec 24
Phoebe: * collecting! -08:44 Dec 24

“But I like collecting them. They’re so fun.” The little girl smiled a bit wickedly now. “There’s two more statues I need to collect. Very special statues. If you hand them over, I’ll be a good girl and unfreeze the others.”

Phoebe: *Yeah, it was just her luck that the kid wanted some Demon Princes for her collection! Phoebe rest one hand on her hips and pointed her stick at the girl.* Nope! I don’t do trades. So you’re going to unfreeze the humans or I’m going to vanquish you the old fashioned way, and beat you with this stick. -08:50 Dec 24

The girl’s lips pulled back to show sharp fangs. “Hehe. What a shame.” The wind began to pick up, it began to snow even harder! It was becoming hard to see the girl now. “I guess I’ll have to freeze you too.”

Phoebe: Sure, let’s do it the hard way! I didn’t have somewhere warm to be, no! *Phoebe shielded her face from flying snow, but the little brat wasn’t about to get away so quick! She ducked lower to the ground and was off swinging the stick at her!* -08:56 Dec 24

The girl didn’t retreat, whether that was a good thing or a bad thing. But she thrust her arm forward and Phoebe felt a mighty blast of cold wind, so cold she might find herself growing numb! It didn’t help that pieces of snow and dirt were being kicked up and thrown by Phoebe, thanks to the wind.

Phoebe: *Okay, so the brat was a smidge strong! Phoebe lift an arm up to shield her face from wind burn and flying dirty snow, but it was just so damned cold!* ….Okay, maybe we can make a deal! Gingerbread men and I don’t hit you with the stick! -09:08 Dec 24

at, not by XD

“Give me the Demon Princes!” the girl ordered. She waved her arm in front of her now and several icicles dropped off of the trees, big, foot long ones, and went flying at Phoebe!

Dante: *Dante was suddenly beside Phoebe! He picked her up, crouched low, and jumped away! He stopped on a boulder in a small clearing several feet away and turned to the direction they had come from.* -09:17 Dec 24

The girl shrieked as Phoebe was rescued! Her icicles embedded themselves in one of the trees!

Phoebe: *She was freezing! Blinking up at Dante with a slight frown.* She’s an uppity little brat with a man fetish. It’s not a good idea to get close to her. *Guh..! She could barely flex her fingers!* -09:23 Dec 24
Dante: *He nodded slightly to hear he was listening to her, although his eyes were still on the trees around them.* I need to get you somewhere safe, somewhere warm. -09:32 Dec 24
Phoebe: Are we going to have that conversation again, where I explain I am the Guardian and you are the one that gets rescued? *Warm sounded like a great idea, but leaving Dante alone with a man collector was just asking for trouble!* What we need is a big net and a cordless blow dryer! -09:34 Dec 24
Dante: *He flashed her a sheepish grin.* My apologies, fair lady. *He glanced around again.* I need to find Giri. He’s missing. -10:47 Dec 24

“I’ll give you your beloved pet back. If you be a good boy and become my ice statue,” the girl’s voice echoed around them.

Phoebe: *Errrrg her teeth were chattering! She had to stick her tongue between them so she didn’t crack them! ….at least until the brat chimed in!* You’re actually going to hold a puppy hostage?! Have you not gone to demon school yet? -10:49 Dec 24

“We can do this the easy way or the hard way. But I would hurry if I were you … The human already looks like she’s had quite enough of my … special treatment.”

Phoebe: I’m cold not dead. Put me down and give me something to hit her with! Like a torch or some fireballs! *No better way to beat a frigid bitch than with some fire! Munchkin or not!* -11:11 Dec 24
Dante: *Dante was about to put her down when he suddenly jumped up and landed a few feet away! The boulder was frozen solid! Then he was dashing into the trees and hid behind one. He put Phoebe down.* … I would give you a torch or fireballs but I’m afraid I have none. And it’s hard to track her precise location unless … *He met her eyes.* Unless I lure her out of hiding. -11:37 Dec 24
Phoebe: No. I don’t like that idea. Mostly because you’re a man and prone to getting in trouble! I can’t protect you from demons if you’re busy being bait! -11:40 Dec 24
Dante: Unless you can lure her into a volcano, we won’t have much luck getting her out otherwise. Giri would be able to but who knows where she’s keeping him–if she has him at all. -11:45 Dec 24
Phoebe: *Grr! She hated it when he was right! He did it far too often! Scowling and looking none too happy about it, she finally nodded.* Okay! But I’m not hiding and waiting. I’m going too. -11:46 Dec 24
Dante: *Dante stood and looked around.* Alright. Hand over Giri and I’ll give myself up. -11:51 Dec 24

The wind suddenly died down and the snow stopped falling! There was the little girl a dozen feet in front of them. “It’s good you have more sense than your girlfriend. Now be a good little man and–”

Dante: Wait. You have to hand Giri over first. Or I’ll put up a fight and it’s not going to be pretty. *And he was dead serious about it, too!* -11:52 Dec 24
Phoebe: *It was still freaking cold, but a cross Phoebe was more wary on keeping an eye on that brat and grabbing Giri when she needed to! Next time they go out, she was going to buy a gun!* -11:56 Dec 24
[Phoebe is keeping an eye on Dante while watching the Icebrat and trying to spy for Giri! ] -10:56 Dec 25
[Dante is keeping an eye on the girl and figuring out where Giri is!] -11:08 Dec 25
Phoebe: *AH HA! A new stick! Phoebe snatched it up off the ground quick, tugging some yarn out of her scarf. When you didn’t have a weapon, you just needed to MAKE a weapon!* We’re waiting, shorty! The pup, or no handsome demon princes for you! -11:11 Dec 25

The ice demon decided she wasn’t in a position to be demanded with! She summoned a wicked cold wind again, complete with snow and dirt and rocks at Dante and Phoebe!

Dante: Return my puppy. *Dante swung his arm toward the ice demon while one arm shielded his face. A chunk of earth broke off in front of him and flew straight at the demon, undeterred by the wind!* -11:18 Dec 25
Phoebe: *Phoebe let out much cursing, and turned her back to the wind! It was hard enough fussing with yarn and a stick without her fingers getting number! Tying the yarn at one end of the stick, she bent it in a half crescent to tie the other end! One handmade bow! Now she just needed some arrows!* -11:19 Dec 25

She cut her attack short to freeze the rock! It dropped down in front of her but when she finally flung it out of her way, Dante was nowhere to be seen!

Dante: *Dante had jumped up and was coming down, sword above his head! He was going to cleave the girl in half because no one kidnapped Giri, threatened Phoebe, and cut his time with Phoebe short!* -11:33 Dec 25

The girl was too busy looking around. She shrieked as his sword sliced off her arm, then touched his chest with her other hand as it glowed blue. The blast shot Dante several feet away and when he began to stand, he found his feet up were rapidly freezing! In no time at all, he was frozen from the elbows down, his arms to his sides!

Phoebe: *Another st- God damnit! EVen when she was muttering it under her breath, she was darting across the snow and skidding to a slippery stop in front of Dante! She pulled back the string of her bow – without an arrow! That didn’t stop her from looking like she meant it though.* That’s enough! Back off and give me the pup, or I’ll shoot! -11:42 Dec 25

“Get out of my way, human,” the demon girl said, smirking. The arm that Dante cut off turned into little pieces of snow that was blown into the air and swirled around her shoulder to form the arm again.

Dante: *He glanced around. His sword was several feet away but he couldn’t channel his spells to call it to him and Phoebe wasn’t allowed to touch it. As long as his arms were frozen to his sides and immobile, he couldn’t channel his magic at all. That was when he looked at Phoebe and the makeshift bow she’d made.* -11:46 Dec 25

“Hmph.” A snort. “Shoot? Shoot what?”

Dante: *He smirked.* She’s going to shoot arrows of flame at you. -11:48 Dec 25

The girl blinked, surprised for a brief moment before composing herself. “You’re bluffing!” she growled! “She can’t do that!”

Phoebe: You’re annoyingly persistant! *She stepped backwards until she was close enough to mumble over her shoulder at Dante.* I can only bullshit for so long you know! *Flame arrows, that’d work! …if she had a torch! But she aimed anyway!* -11:49 Dec 25
Dante: *He was still smirking!* Really? Are you willing to bet on that, little girl? *He lowered his head and tilted it to the side so the girl couldn’t see his lips move as he whispered back to Phoebe.* I can’t channel my magic, but I can still cast it. I’m not sure how receptive to it you’ll be, but I think you can channel my magic for me. -11:52 Dec 25
Phoebe: That’s… a little strange, but I’m all for making her crispy. Try it. *…that meant no more pretending to aim, but aiming for real. Taking those archery glasses when she was obssessed with Lord of the Rings doesn’t seem so dumb anymore!* Just say when! -11:55 Dec 25
Dante: *Dante was concentrating now. The magic was still there but transferring it to Phoebe took a bit longer. Phoebe may have felt a surge of warmth from somewhere, as if there was a small fire spreading through her from the inside out.* I’m ready. We’re short on time but you’re able to fire three arrows of pure flame at will. Just pull your bowstring back and imagine a real arrow there. The fire won’t harm you. -12:06 Dec 26

“Enough of this!” The girl waved her arm and several large icicles formed and went flying for Phoebe!

Phoebe: *That felt weird! Like taking a few shots of vodka on an empty stomach! Without giving the demon girl any warning, Phoebe aimed, pulled back and fired one, then a second one quickly after!* -12:10 Dec 26

The girl didn’t see those arrows of fire coming but she certainly felt it! One was enough to make her stagger back and the icicles themselves melted into water as the arrows passed by them! The first arrow shot into her stomach and she clutched it! She was groaning in agony! So much pain, so much … heat! The second found its way to her chest and she screamed, head thrown back as she began to melt! She fought to control herself! “No … it can’t … I won’t . ..”

Phoebe: *Phoebe pulled the third and held it!* You wanna keep screwing around with me now? I’ll let you escape if you drop the ice and give back Giri! Otherwise… nice and crispy. *She couldn’t believe that actually worked. And she had no problem letting loose the last arrow!* -12:20 Dec 26
[Phoebe mean serious business! … She happens to like that puppy and demon prince!] -10:38 Dec 26
[Dante is one very frozen half Demon-Prince!] -10:39 Dec 26

“I can’t …” She was on her hands and knees, fighting to maintain her melting body. “I won’t be … DIE!” she shouted! One last ditch effort, she attempted to trap Phoebe in a whirlwind of cold wind and sharp hard pieces of ice to scratch and distract her!

Phoebe: *So much for trying to be merciful! Who knew ice could hurt so damned much! Phoebe adjusted her aim again, only tilting her face away and close her eyes before she let loose that final arrow!* -10:43 Dec 26

Even through all the wind and ice, Phoebe and Dante could hear the sharp wail that erupted from the ice demon! The wind and ice slowly died down and when it disappeared entirely, only the demon’s kimono remained. Even that turned into snow and disappeared on a soft breeze …

Dante: *The ice surrounding him suddenly disappeared and he fell forward. He was panting for breath with his legs tucked under him but he managed to tilt his head up at Phoebe and give her a small smile.* Guardian, indeed. -10:49 Dec 26
Phoebe: I told you not to go and get yourself captured. *She knelt down with him trying to keep that cranky expression instead of the worried one. Who knew the after-effects of being frozen!* Are you okay? You’re not like paralyzied or frost bitten or anything? -10:52 Dec 26
Dante: *His small smile turned sheepish.* I will be … incapcitated for some time. This means no monster-hunting for a couple of days. *He moved his legs out from under him and then moved to stand. But as soon as he was, he reached out to lean against a tree.* Giri. We have to find Giri. *He looked around, put his two fingers to his lips and whistled again.* -11:01 Dec 26
Phoebe: We should get warm. You stay there. *Phoebe moved away just enough to make sure those other guys in the park had unfroze… There were some very confused, shuffled dudes, high-tailing it away! Good. Now for Giri!* Giiiiriiii! -11:04 Dec 26
Dante: *Dante watched her disappear and looked at his sword as it lay there. He didn’t bother stretching his arm to it. The sword was there one moment and in his free hand the next before it disappeared to wherever it went when he wasn’t wielding it.* -11:06 Dec 26

As Phoebe went walking through the park, calling for the puppy, she heard some whining coming from behind a fallen log.

Phoebe: It’s okay, Giri, no more demon wenches with ice fetishes! *Phoebe leaned and looked carefully before stepping over to the other side of the log!* -11:09 Dec 26

Giri was lying, curled up in a ball. He lifted his head when Phoebe approached and sniffed her hand as she reached out for him, just to be sure!

Phoebe: Just Phoebe. Nothing to worry about now. *Poor fuzzbucket. Furr doesn’t help much with ice. She scooped up the puppy and stuffed him under her jacket and shirt to keep him warm. …and hissed! Cold, cold, cold! She trotted back to Dante with her frosty little bundle!* I have Giri! -11:12 Dec 26

Giri whined as Phoebe picked him up and even after she had him tucked away, he shifted a bit to burrow even deeper. He had his head down when they got to Dante.

Dante: *He nodded.* Thank you, Phoebe. I guess we better get home. *He started away from the tree only to remember something and change direction.* We need to get our tree. -11:21 Dec 26
Phoebe: *Cold puppy paws and cold puppy nose! She hadn’t thought she could get any more chilled, but then again, she hadn’t been frozen solid either!* Definitely not going to forget the tree after all of that. *Phoebe eyed him. He was stiff, and no way could he fit in her shirt. She opted for taking one of his arms and curling it around her shoulders. At least he could lean on her.* I should be able to carry it. -11:25 Dec 26
Dante: You’ve dealt with enough already. *He smiled.* But I am sure you can take on the world. I could cast the tree back to your apartment but I’m afraid Crystal will throw it out before we get there. -11:28 Dec 26
Phoebe: No… No I think she’ll look at it funny and then wait specifically to ask what I was thinking. Casting it there is a good idea! *Thankfully finding the tree was easy – it was the only one bundled up there leaning against another tree! * -11:31 Dec 26
Dante: *He was laughing softly, only to shiver and he let out a breath.* This will be the last year she will send you out to get a tree. *The tree was there one moment and then was gone the next.* But the tree is in better condition than me or Giri. *Leaning on Phoebe, he started for the apartment.* -11:37 Dec 26
Phoebe: I can’t let you out of my sight for a minute. *Thanatos never got in to as much trouble, and that man probably insulted everyone he talked to! When they finally shuffled out of the park, Phoebe took the opportunity to cheat and flag down a passing taxi at the street. It was one of the rare occasions they came in handy! They got home twice as fast, so when they arrived it only took moments to usher Dante in to the apartment and make sure the tree wasn’t lodged in her ceiling or anything!* All right, all wet clothes come off. Immediatrely. *She was already trying to shrug off her jacket, wild shuffling the furry pup under her shirt!* -11:42 Dec 26

Crystal: There you three are! I was worried sick when you didn’t return your calls and–Oh, right, the Psycho Queen still has it … *Her voice trailed off as she admitted it. Then it came on strong again when she regained her self-righteous fury!* But don’t think this excuses you for–for–that! *She pointed to where the bundled up tree was leaning against the recliner!* What in the name of all that is chocolate made you pick that!

Phoebe: It was lonely? I bet once it’s all fluffed out it’ll look just fine. Ah.. Here! Use your Crystal-cutness and warm up this pup! *Phoebe pulled Giri out from under her shirt and handed the poor thing over to Crystal. The woman needed something to keep her distracted!* Some crazy kid-demon tried to freeze us to death. *Not having to balance a pup anymore, she moving to help Dante out of his clothes.* -11:57 Dec 26

Crystal: *Crystal suddenly found her hands full–literally! But she took the duty to care for one fluffy and oh so adorable pup to heart!* You poor thing! *She was disappearing into the bathroom to grab a towel to wrap him up in and then walked out to sit on the couch and start warming him up!*

Dante: *Dante was having some difficulty getting his clothes off and had only managed to get one arm out of his jacket before Phoebe helped. In no time at all, he was down to the boxers Phoebe had said he should wear–if only for some extra warmth!* May I take everything off? *He said with a grin, although he was still shivering.* -12:00 Dec 27
Phoebe: Not in here! *And let Crystal get a naked Dante show? No way! Phoebe ushered him to the bedroom and closed the door behind him. …And closed her eyes!* Okay, NOW you can take "everything" off. *She hopped to take off her shoes. Her clothes were all wet now too, something warm and dry would be divine!* You should get under the covers. -12:03 Dec 27

Crystal: *… Which left a pouting Crystal!* Spoiled sports. *She mumbled as she warmed that puppy up!* Can you believe the nerve of those two? Or … just Phoebe’s nerve. Just because she has a big crush on him … *But she was real quiet so Phoebe wouldn’t hear!*

Dante: *He laughed softly.* Yes, my lady. *Off those boxers went and under the covers he was gone! He was shivering and he moved those sheets over most of his face and all of his body!* -12:06 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Once she heard him moving in to bed, it was safe to open her eyes again! Phoebe was tugging off the rest of her clothes – thinking to step behind a closet door before SHE was giving an inpromptu strip show!* Are you warm enough? I can get another blanket. Or maybe turn up the heat. Hmm… what was that thing that survival show said about getting warm…? -12:13 Dec 27
Dante: *His voice was a little muffled as he now had his entire head under the blanket.* Both, perhaps? -12:21 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Boy, when she had him back in top condition, he was not going to hear the end of getting in trouble! Phoebe pulled a long shirt over her head before grabbing a blanket out of the closet and moving over to the bed. She fluffed it out and arranged it neatly, before scooting herself in bed and under the covers too.* Come here then, I think it was body heat that works the best. -12:25 Dec 27
Dante: *A soft laugh but he didn’t turn to her!* You’re not just saying that to tease me, are you? -12:28 Dec 27
Phoebe: Nearly frozen to death and you think I’m teasing! You know, I could have Crystal come in here and warm you up instead if you like. *She’d never do it! But he didn’t need to know that. …Although she might have told him to keep some of his clothes on before having him hop in bed. That made sneaking an arm around him a little awkward. And he was freezing!* -12:33 Dec 27
Dante: *He smiled against the pillow.* I appreciat the gesture, Phoebe. But I know you don’t like to get close to me unless you have to. -12:35 Dec 27
Dante: *appreciate -12:38 Dec 27
Phoebe: That’s so stupid. *She muttered, tucking her chin on his shoulder.* You do realized it’s cause I have no self control whatsoever and once I start touching I can’t stop, right? You have enough woman trying to molest you. -12:39 Dec 27
Dante: No self-control? *He turned his head slightly to glance at her face and he snorted.* You appear to be doing quite well. -12:41 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Phoebe didn’t know if she wanted to laugh, hit him with a pillow or kiss him!* You were half frozen to death, what kinda girl is gonna pounce somebody after that? I have to get you warm first, then I can think about you naked. …Er. Or not think about nakedness. …or something. -12:46 Dec 27
Dante: *He chuckled softly, turned to her slightly enough to kiss her forehead without straining himself.* You have your work cut out for you. -12:49 Dec 27
Phoebe: We’re not using you as bait again, just so you know. *That was better… now to get more comfortably warm! He was still really cold to touch. She slid one of her legs over his and snuck the other one under!* Directing your spells was a little weird. Have you done that before? -12:53 Dec 27
Dante: Nope. *He shivered again and he let out a breath.* … You’ll think I’m weird. But it was in a song I heard a long time ago. -01:04 Dec 27
Phoebe: *All that shivvering, she scooted as close as she could until she found herself nuzzling his neck.* Spellcasting in a song? What did it say? -01:06 Dec 27
Dante: "When power lacks the channeling bend, The Guardian for you, she’ll send." Now that I think about it, I think it was a lullaby. -01:23 Dec 27
Phoebe: Strange lullabys in the Deep. Was it your mother that sang it to you? -01:25 Dec 27
Dante: I think it was … I remember it was a woman’s voice. *He smiled slightly.* Nathe didn’t have much of a singing voice, that’s for sure. He once compared it to a cat crying to the moon at night. For the longest time, I didn’t even know what a cat was. We don’t have them in the Deep. -01:27 Dec 27
Phoebe: Cats are notorious dimensional travelers with picky prefferences. Probably didn’t like the Deep. *He was warming up now, which was good! She snuck a hand up to fuss with a bit of his hair.* Are you feeling better now? -01:31 Dec 27
Dante: Nathe said cats wouldn’t like anywhere they weren’t worshipped in some way or another. *He said with another smile.* Yes, thank you. -01:33 Dec 27
Phoebe: He sounds like my granddad. I dunno if he hated cats or was jealous of them. *She leaned to kiss his cheek. Dante always smiled so nice, and his hair was – ….was things she shouldn’t think about. Cats! Evil cats! Better topic!* -01:36 Dec 27
Dante: Maybe that’s why Nathe took to Giri so well. He said a demon puppy would be far better company. -01:45 Dec 27
Phoebe: It helps that Giri is adorable and has floppy ears. *Much like the pup’s owner, you just couldn’t NOT cuddle Giri! He made a nice fuzzy footwarmer. Phoebe shifted, debating if she should fetch them something warm to drink or just stay here for the rest of the night. ..Crystal could handle setting up the tree!* -01:53 Dec 27
Dante: *That made him laugh softly.* It took me awhile to get used to him floating all over the place. Playing hide and seek was never boring. -01:59 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Yeah, she was so staying in bed! Phoebe curled up and rest her head on his shoulder.* I didn’t have any real pets when I was little. A lot of pretend ones, though. -02:01 Dec 27
Dante: You have an amazing imagination. I don’t think channeling would have worked if you didn’t have a gift for it. -02:06 Dec 27
Phoebe: If it hadn’t I would have beaten the hell out of her with the stick. No freezes my demon prince and puppy and gets away with it. *And beat her was an understatement. Would have stabbed her good too!* -02:08 Dec 27
Dante: *He smiled a bit.* There is always that method. *His body was less numb now but with it came the tiny needles as sensation seeped into his joints.* -02:19 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Phoebe leaned up on an elbow to frown down at him.* You’re getting twitchy, are you sure you’re okay? I can probably get a cab to take us to the hospital. -02:22 Dec 27
Dante: *He kissed her cheek.* I don’t need a hospital. And I doubt they’d know what to do with a half-demon, half-human. I’m just getting warm, that’s all. -02:33 Dec 27
Phoebe: You should move around and get your blood flowingnot that you’re warmer. …and don’t think that’s gonna stop me from taking you to a hospital. -02:35 Dec 27
Dante: *He smiled.* But I’m comfortable here. Just a little while longer in bed? -02:37 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Aw… how can a man be cute and sexy at the same time?! It should be illegal!* All right, but you still need to move around a bit. Hrmph. I suppose that’d be easier if I weren’t holding you still. *Smooth Phoebe! She shifted to untangle her legs from his.* -02:39 Dec 27
Dante: How about around Christmas? *He said as Phoebe was untangling her legs.* -02:43 Dec 27
Phoebe: *She paused to give him a confused blink.* Move around at Christmas or me holding you still? -02:45 Dec 27
Dante: Move around after Christmas. *He gave her a sheepish expression.* -02:47 Dec 27
Phoebe: You can’t stay in bed that long. I’ll settle for toe wiggling, though. *With a half grin she leaned down to kiss his cheek!* -02:50 Dec 27
Dante: Toe wiggling as the lady suggests. *Dante smiled.* And some finger wiggling as well. *And he started to wiggle his toes and his fingers.* -03:01 Dec 27
Phoebe: *It was hard to keep a straight face, he had to make it look and sound ridiculous! To stop herself from snicker, she dipped her head to rest against his shoulder. …didn’t help!* Okay…! Less wiggling and more actual limb moving! -03:06 Dec 27
[Dante is wearing a perfectly innocent expression!] -07:24 Dec 27
Dante: But I am moving my limbs. *He protested, blinking once, twice. But to show he meant it, he didn’t just wiggle his toes and his fingers. He made small flapping motions with his arms as if he was flying and did kicking motions with his legs.* See? -07:26 Dec 27
[Phoebe was trying not to laugh at Dante, but he wasn\’t making it easy!] -07:27 Dec 27
Phoebe: Yes, I see! *She let him do it for a moment before she pinned his arms to keep them from flapping around!* All right, that -07:28 Dec 27
Phoebe: That’s enough of that! -07:29 Dec 27
Dante: As my lady commands. *He turned to lie on his back and look up at Phoebe, a smile on his face.* See, nice and limber. *He kissed her lips gently.* You look pretty warm yourself. -07:30 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Warm yes! Didn’t help getting fuzzie warm tingles either. She shifted again to let him ago and lay herself back down again.* For nearly getting frozen too, yeah. *She brushed his hair away from his face again.* -07:34 Dec 27
Dante: I’ll have to call you Lady Phoebe, slayer of ice demons, from now on. *The thought amused him and the smile on his face said so.* -07:36 Dec 27
Phoebe: Okay, Dante, Dude in Distress. *She cast him a wide smirk. Yeah, she definitely wasn’t going to let him forget it!* -07:38 Dec 27
Dante: *His smile turned sheepish.* I guess I deserved that one. But it worked, didn’t it? -07:39 Dec 27
Phoebe: I’ll have to remember it next time you end up captured. Do you want to go set up the tree with me, or is your Christmas Wish to stay in bed until New Years? -07:40 Dec 27
Dante: *He was thoughtful.* You’re close. My Christmas wish is to stay in bed until New Years with you. -08:00 Dec 27
Phoebe: You’ll get hungry. *Phoebe was going to pretend that her face wasn’t probably turning red, and that hearing it didn’t make her want to have his Christmas wish come true!* That’s probably a week without anything decent to eat. -08:03 Dec 27
Dante: *His smile turned wicked.* Oh, there’d be plenty to eat, I promise you. *Then he kissed her cheek.* Or I could cast us some food, too. -08:04 Dec 27
Phoebe: Could you? *Drats! Now he had her considering it!* …hmm… And what about shower time? -08:07 Dec 27
Dante: *A soft laugh.* Hm, I guess showers would be an exception. Nice, long, hot showers or steaming, scented baths. -08:10 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Phoebe grinned, tilting to nuzzle her face against his shoulder and hide it!* And a whole week in bed and bathing, wouldn’t we get bored? -08:12 Dec 27
Dante: Bored. Not a chance. *He said, matter of factly.* It’d probably go by so fast you won’t even realize it. -08:20 Dec 27
Phoebe: Really? What are we going to do for a while week, then? *Shameless teasing, that’s what she was doing! And she knew better, but… but spending a week with Dante really did sound like a good Christmas wish!* -08:23 Dec 27
Dante: You mean besides rolling around the bed, having fun and enjoying each other’s company? *He was smiling and now it was his turn to brush the hair out of her eyes.* -08:25 Dec 27
Phoebe: I do think you need the exercise. *…and since they were going to stay in bed forever, there was nothing wrong with her curling her leg back over his!* Hmm. Christmas wish, granted! -08:29 Dec 27
Dante: You are far too kind. *Dante said with a grin, slipping his arms around her.* -08:42 Dec 27
Phoebe: *A week alone with Dante and doing nothing but this? Definitely her Christmas wish too! Phoebe shifted to rest her face at his neck and breathed deep. He always smelled so divine, and with his arms around her it was nice and cozy. A guilty pleasure!* Crystal is probably going to have some protesting though. Hmm.. and Thanatos. -08:45 Dec 27
Dante: *He smiled.* We can worry about them later, yes? *He was nuzzling her neck now, kissing it. It wasn’t often he got to do these sort of things with Phoebe and he wanted to make every moment count.* -08:57 Dec 27
Phoebe: That’s um… that sounds like a good plan. *Curling her toes and sighing, she was trying very hard not to take advantage of the situation and run her hands over him. …Well, maybe against his chest to make sure his heart was still beating and that he was good and toasty!* -09:02 Dec 27
Dante: *Dante couldn’t help but nuzzle her neck. Her skin was smooth and she smelled of that bath wash she liked to use.* Phoebe …? -09:21 Dec 27
Phoebe: Uh huh? *She tilted just a bit so she could glance at him. That messy hair was asking her to run her fingers through it!* -09:23 Dec 27
Dante: *He smiled.* Don’t you think you’d be more comfortable without the shirt on? -09:28 Dec 27
Phoebe: That sounds suspiciousaly like you’re trying to sneak my clothes off. *Noo, don’t grin at that Phoebe! Clothes were the last line of defense and protecting a demon prince from evil girl pouncing!* -09:33 Dec 27
Dante: Hm … Me? *He asked, nuzzling and kissing her neck, then he was moving to nibble on her ear.* -09:36 Dec 27
Phoebe: *Oooh… He knew the fatal weapon by now, and it was a struggle to decide if she should dodge or let him nibble. There was even a soft mrrph from her indecision.* hmm.. I suppose it’s better for staying warm when there’s no clothes in the way. -09:41 Dec 27
Dante: Exactly and it’s very important we stay warm. We wouldn’t want a half-human half-demon prince to freeze. *He was stroking her sides now and moving his kisses to kiss her cheek.* -09:48 Dec 27
Phoebe: No, that would be pretty bad. *Grinning softly, she tilted just a bit… and cast a frown.* You’ll have to close your eyes. -09:53 Dec 27

Desire of the Deep

004 Desire of the Deep (TBC)

Finding Dante so much harder to resist! Thoughts about the Book! The Teenage Demon at the Bookshop. Finding Giri the demonpup! Meeting Phoebe’s mom. Realizing Phoebe may have seen Dante’s mother before. UNFINISHED

Morning came without the annoying blare of an alarm clock. There would be no classes today! The weather outside was chilly, with cloudy skies and a touch of fog in some areas. -Phoebe

Dante: *It was very comfortable in bed! He had his arms wrapped around someone very soft and warm, his face in the crook of her neck and his leg between hers!* -03:41 Nov 29

Crystal: *She was still sleeping soundly! That spell hadn’t worn off yet!*

Phoebe: *There was nothing better than a cold day and a warm bed. Especially when there was no classes! And her blanket smelled so much like Dante that it- Wait, that WAS Dante! Phebe vaguely remembered those insane sleeping arrangements. …Well, as long as everyone was sleeping, getting to pet his hair wouldn’t be so bad. He really did smell so good!* -03:44 Nov 29
Dante: *Dante murmured something in his sleep but he didn’t wake up. He liked this warmth very much and it smelled so good, too. He didn’t want to wake up just yet!* -03:46 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Soft and shiny, so easy to curl his hair arond her fingers! Now if she didn’t have bed guests she could totally – Dang! Now she was thinking like Crystal. She was going to have to force herself out of bed. …in a minute.* -03:51 Nov 29
Dante: *He was silent as he continued to sleep! Nice and peaceful and warm! he hadn’t slept this well in ages!* -03:54 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Get uuuup, Phoebe! There is mom’s to rescue and prince’s to please! …in a totally non-dirty way! Sigh! Okay, she was getting up. …if she could figure out how without waking anyone. Phoebe squirmed a bit to take Dante’s arm and attempt to move him.* -03:58 Nov 29

Crystal: *And just as Phoebe was beginning to squirm and ease Dante’s arm off of her … Crystal turned over and started to snuggle her!*

Phoebe: *Sonofa! Hissing Phoebe! Normally, she’d just shove Cryssie off her. But doing that would shove her ON Thanatos and wake people up! …Phoebe shifted to slowly tuuuurn Cryssie back the other direction so she’d snuggle the cranky demon!* -04:06 Nov 29

Crystal: *Crystal yawned but then turned in the direction Phoebe nudged her to and snuggled the cranky demon prince! It looked like the sleep spell was finally wearing off!*

Dante: *While Phoebe was moving Crystal, Dante yawned and stretched, pulling away from Phoebe. Then he got off the bed and went into the bathroom!* -04:14 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Thank god! Jeeze… Now for …aaawww! Damn! Phoebe sat up on her elbows, casting a scowling pout at Dante’s back. Then she glared at Crystal. …and sighed! No more petting!* -04:16 Nov 29
Dante: *Dante ended up being in the bathroom for awhile and when he came out, Phoebe instantly found out why! He had been showering and now all he wore was a towel around his waist and he was drying his hair with another towel!* -04:19 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Phoebe had been sitting and pouting for some time before rolling out of bed to brush her hair. When Dante stepped out she blinked, dropped her brush and fumbled to catch it before it hit something! Dangit, like she hadn’t already seen him naked before!* Grrph- Morning. -04:21 Nov 29
Dante: *He smiled, and it looked twice as wicked as it usually did when he had clothes on!* Morning, Phoebe. *He walked over to her and kissed her forehead.* Last night was the best sleep I’ve had in a long time. -04:25 Nov 29
Phoebe: Was it? I didn’t think having you precariously perched on the edge would be all that comfortable. *That smile… she’d so love to draw him like that! Especially minus one towel. …of which she had to place her hands behind her back before she was touching things she wasn’t supposed to.* -04:27 Nov 29
[Dante logged out of the chat.] -((11:50 Nov 29))
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[Phoebe was drooling. …er uh.. Talking to Dante!] -10:16 Nov 29
[Dante is looking oh so hot with just a towel around his waist!] -10:23 Nov 29
Dante: *There was that smirk on Dante’s face!* Perhaps next time you should lie down on top of me and there would be more room on the bed. -10:25 Nov 29
Phoebe: *That sounded like great idea! ….Phoebe coughed!* I think we’ll go with the less people in bed approach. I am going to shower before Cryssie wakes u and molests Thanatos, now.. swish! Move! *Before she did the moving, by snatching a towel!* -10:31 Nov 29
Dante: *He chuckled softly.* I’m moving, I’m moving … *But as he walked away, he took that towel off his waist and walked over to the closet where Phoebe had put some of the clothes she’d bought!* -10:34 Nov 29
Phoebe: *She at at least refrained from turning her head fast enough to give her whiplash, but it didn’t stop her from crashing in to the doorway with her shoulder! Durr! Muttering all sorts of curse words, she closed herself up in the bathroom quick! If he wanted her to accomplish anything he was going to have to stop being naked…. forever!* Argh! Stupid Dante! -10:37 Nov 29
Dante: *The door closed! He turned his head over his shoulder and smiled wickedly before fetching some clothes! He began to wonder how long she’d keep this up.* -10:39 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Phoebe was going to take a COLD COLD COLD shower! It was freezing, unpleasant and exactly what she needed! She washed up in record time – to realize she didn’t bring any clothes in here. That’s right, Phoebe, make it easier to pounce a man!* …. damnit. *Wrapping up in a towel, she peeked out the door to see if she could sneak by without catching Dante.* -10:47 Nov 29
Dante: *Fortunately for Phoebe, Dante was nowhere to be seen! Thanatos was gone as well and Crystal was snuggling up with one of the pillows!* -10:51 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Phew! A man’s virtue has been saved! Phoebe hopped on in to her room and to shuffle through the closet for something decent.* Hey Crysssie. It’s wakie wakie time. -10:55 Nov 29

Crystal: *Crystal murmured something in her sleep and giggled! Which could only mean whatever she said was something very naughty indeed!*

Phoebe: wanna stick what where…? *Phoebe paused for a second to blink at Crystal.* Cryssie! Bah… Maybe you don’t want to babysit a demon prince today. Matching panties and bra… but that means she WANTS someone to see them! Better go for plain old cotton in black! Nice and boring, won’t show those off. Pair of corduroy pants, because it’s hard to pounce in those and a plain long sleeve shirt with no buttons for her to pop off like a stripper! There!* ….Man! It’s sad that I have to dress myself to avoid jumping on a guy! Are you awake yet, Cryssie? *Phoebe dug around for her shoes.* -11:02 Nov 29

Crystal: *Nope! Crystal was still snoring away! And now she was rubbing her cheek up against the pillow! She must have been having one hell of a dream!*

Phoebe: *That must have been one hell of a spell Dante put on her. …or one hell of a dream!* Hmm. Fine, fine, sleep late! *Phoebe tugged on her shoes, took a second to run the blow dryer through her hair and left to grab herself a hot cup of coffee!* -11:09 Nov 29

Thanatos was still nowhere to be seen! Dante was looking out the balcony again, dressed in a jeans, a t-shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it and the lapels up!

Phoebe: *No Thanatos. Not to worry though… Phoebe popped a cup of water in the microwave, and leaned against one of the corners so she could peer at Dante without him catching her. She and Crystal were genius at picking out clothes! Looked like it was cold outside today, that’s make combing the city tricky…* -11:19 Nov 29

Crystal: *Crystal had finally woken up and looked around! No one here! She took this moment to go take a shower and remembered to pick out some clothes from the duffle bag she’d brought!*

Dante: *The wind blew Dante’s hair around but he didn’t seem to mind the cold! There was enough sun out to highlight all the colors in his hair! He was either deep in thought or he hadn’t sensed someone watching him because he didn’t turn!* -11:31 Nov 29
Phoebe: *amn,always so picture perfect. And thinking serious… she needed to get this story moving. Phoebe snatched her cup out of the microwave and dropped in some instant coffee with cream and sugar before stepping out on the balcony to join him.* So I was thinking, while we are out getting supplies for my book, we could be inspecting people for.. uh… Signs of the Deep? I guess there might be something about people that’d set them apart for humans of this realm. -11:34 Nov 29
Dante: *He turned his head as she approached and then looked out to the parking lot!* That makes sense. But the longer they’ve been away from the Deep, the harder it would be to tell whether they were from the Deep or from this world. Humans from the Deep would know about magic and demons but it’s hard to tell the pretenders from the real thing. *He didn’t frown but he did look serious.* Maybe … there would be … magic on them. -11:39 Nov 29
Phoebe: I guess it’s kind of like a magicy dog hunt, or something. …Would be easier if the book was already existing, though. In the Deep we would have gotten it first and then used the spells in it. *Nothing here was happening in order though, or like she expected it to! Phoebe handed him her cup of coffee after taking a sip.* It’s possible though. You’re here, so it has to be. -11:44 Nov 29
Dante: So we start scouring every bookstore, library, and market place in the city? -11:47 Nov 29
Phoebe: Yeah. This city isn’t as big as the Deep, so maybe it won’t be as difficult. *A huge world filled with demons, monsters, and having to travel through icky terrain? Yeah, the city should be easier even if there IS a million people in it! …and some monsters.* We have Crystal to help, so that’s a bonus. Someone can go with her and someone can go with me. -11:49 Nov 29
Dante: Are you sure the book will look how you say it will look? *When she looked at him, he explained.* The book I found in the Psycho Queen’s library was different than the one Phaedra showed me. The only way I recognized it was the fact it just looked familiar and when I saw it, I had to touch it, to open it and see what secrets were inside. -11:51 Nov 29
Phoebe: Uh… *There was a question! She was sure a few days ago, but now…* I don’t… know. I’m going to make it myself, so it’ll look the way I design it. But… I guess the book could have already existed too. …and if it did we’d have to hunt IT down. I think. ….You realize you just made this twice as complicated! -11:56 Nov 29
Dante: My apologies, Phoebe. *And he genuinely looked sorry!* I want to get everything out in the open so we don’t second guess ourselves and pass over something that might be important later on. Perhaps if we just scour the city and look for anything suspicious or anything that might look like it’s from the Deep? -11:58 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Aw, damn… he didn’t have to make that look. She brushed a few stands of hair out of his face.* That’s what we’ll do. We can probably count on stuff coming right at us too… stories always fall in to place. -12:02 Nov 30
Dante: *He smiled.* Let’s get going then. *He paused.* But we’re going to have to find Thanatos. He left again. -12:05 Nov 30
Phoebe: I’m seriously going to give him a collar with a GPS unit on it. *Phoebe stepped back inside, drinking her coffee real quick. She just had to alert Crystal!* Cryssie! Are you awake yet? Dante and I have to leave and I need to you wait here for Thanatos! -12:07 Nov 30

Crystal: *Crystal walked out of the bedroom, drying her hair!* He disappeared AGAIN?! Ooh, that man! He’s lucky he’s so hot or I’d just … just … do something!

Phoebe: Do want…? Chain him to a bed? Might let you do that anyway. *Phoebe grabbed her coat to put on, making sure she had her keys.* We’re going go looking for him, but if you could stay here until we send him back that’d be sweet. We have to split up today and look for stuff like seems like it belongs in the Deep. You know the manga pretty good, right? -12:12 Nov 30

Crystal: *Crystal grinned!* Do I know it …? P, I’m your biggest fan, remember! I have every detail down flat! *She cast a wicked glance at Dante!* Every, dirty, wicked little detail, that is! *She laughed at the expression on Phoebe’s face!* And the other not-so-naughty stuff, too!

Dante: *Dante smiled at Crystal’s teasing and kissed Crystal’s cheek.* If we find Thanatos, I will do my best to send him running back to you. *He said before walking out.* -12:17 Nov 30
Phoebe: Let’s not remind Dante what I do for a living… *Jeeeeze, bigmouthed frog. She waved one last time at Crystal before following Dante out the door. It was going to be a long day of searching!* -12:19 Nov 30
Dante: *Dante waited for Phoebe in the hall.* Where would you like to start? -12:54 Nov 30
Phoebe: I guess we can start with downtown where the most people are and move out from there. Good and systematic. *She took his hand to lead him for the elevators. Phoebe had a map in her head, and if they did it right, they could go through a good chunk of the city in a day! Even faster when Thanatos and Crystal were helping!* Occasionally taking breaks for food and for supplies. -12:56 Nov 30
Dante: *He nodded and followed after her.* This has nothing to do with the quest but I’m curious to know where Thanatos keeps disappearing to. -01:11 Nov 30
Phoebe: Probably trying to find a way to get back to the Deep, ..and without our help. *He was stubborn and wanted as little contact with Dante as possible… and with her too! She almost took offense to it, but she wasn’t exactly a shining example of good human behavior!* …which is why I am SO getting a tracking thing to stick on him. *Down the elevator and leaving the apartment building. She’ll just… keep Dante’s hand for now so he doesn’t get lost. Yeah!* -01:14 Nov 30
Dante: If you don’t mind me asking … how did you and Crystal become friends? You two seem to come from different backgrounds. She told me about her dad and about how he runs a business. -01:37 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe suddenly grinned wide.* I met her in high school. My parents liked to move us around, but they finally decided we could stay in one place long enough for me to finish school. I was going through a dorky artist-in-the-corner phase, so I didn’t actually talk to anyone until… uh… well. It’s stupid. -01:42 Nov 30
Dante: You … drew a sketch of Crystal, perhaps? *He asked, curious. Whatever it was, she had quite a story. He could tell it from the look on her face.* -01:49 Nov 30
Phoebe: No, no, even better. She was having a fight with some of her friends, a bunch of girls that weren’t better than a bunch of bitches anyway totally complaing about Cryssie wanting to take design classes instead of Cheerleading, and I guess it kinda pissed me off. So… I thought I would do the heroic thing and rescue the damsel. And uh… kind of dramaized it a bit. *She had a sheepish grin and shrugged her shoulders.* I slayed them with condiments and took off with Crystal before the teachers showed up. -01:55 Nov 30
Dante: *He could easily imagine that and he chuckled softly.* Ah, I see. And then what happened? -02:04 Nov 30
Phoebe: We spend the rest of High School being rowdy, flamboyant and utterly weird. I think she’s a bad influence! -02:09 Nov 30
Dante: Is she now? So … if not for her, you wouldn’t have drawn dirty manga? -02:10 Nov 30
Phoebe: Or any manga for that matter. My dad was trying to get me to go in to computers, but Cryssie was always rambling about how it was going to be making oodles off doing something she loved and I wanted to do it too. *Phoebe was grinning again.* She’s a pain in the ass, but she’s probably the most awesome person in the world. -02:15 Nov 30
Phoebe: *going to be sweet (making oodles!) -02:16 Nov 30
Dante: When did you get … inspiration for the Deep manga? *He asked. He was curious about that as well, especially with everything happening and the fact that wherever they were going to start, they hadn’t reached just yet!* -02:36 Nov 30
Phoebe: Hmm… The Deep is my newest one… uhm.. *Think think, when did she start plotting?* About a year or so ago. Summer before I started my new classes. Crystal and I were shopping in downtown and I picked up some books about demons and magic for ideas. *Phoebe frowned for a moment… Not that she thought about it, that day was pretty weird..* -02:43 Nov 30
Dante: *There was an odd look on her face now!* Did something bad happen in the book shop? -02:45 Nov 30
Phoebe: Not bad, just wierd. I didn’t really think anything of it at the time. *Now though..! She had his hand again and was suddenly turning down the street! She knew where to start looking first!* A book at the shop totally tried to eletrocute me and the cashier. -02:49 Nov 30
Dante: A book? It was a magic book? -02:51 Nov 30
Phoebe: Don’t know what kind it was, I was just sliding it out of the way at the counter and bzzzt! it got zappy. Like static. *At least that’s what she shrugged it off as… getting static shocked happened all the time. Couldn’t go to the store in the winter without getting electrocuted everytime she touched a metal shelf!* Could have been the book! -02:56 Nov 30
Dante: Do you remember anything else about it? -03:00 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe shook her head and sighed.* Not really, no… pretty average leather bound book. The shop is right down the street though. *She pointed at the Bookstore sign they were approaching.* -03:03 Nov 30
Dante: *He looked up at the bookstore sign she pointed to and when they walked in, he looked around. Shelves. Books. But the shop seemed empty today. Business must have been slow.* -03:05 Nov 30

At the cashier desk was some teenager, popping bubblegum and reading a magazine. She looked up only when the door open, muttered a “Hey” and went back to reading.

Phoebe: *Wasn’t the same cashier, but it’s not like she expected it to be, she stopped at the counter to take a look at the books there. Flipping them open and brushing through the pages.* … Do you have any titles here called “Tome of Ancient Arts”? Or maybe something similar? -03:09 Nov 30

She shrugged! “Dunno. …Check the history section?” Pointing a finger, she vaguely gestured to some of the shelves in the back.

Phoebe: Thaaaanks. *Nothing like helpful employees. Phoebe headed for the back to start searching over the shelves.* God, I hope they didn’t sell the damned thing. -03:14 Nov 30
Dante: *Dante wandered through the book aisles but stayed close to Phoebe! He ran his finger across the spines, not looking for the titles but for that tingling feeling, waiting for something to catch his eye.* -03:23 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Touching, touching and looking… nothing shocked her. …Well, except for this magazine someone had hidden back here! Who the hell wants to see naked old men?! Eeyeech!* Iiiiick! Would rather get attacked by monsters! *She muttered to herself, moving to the next shelf.* -03:28 Nov 30
Dante: Okay. So you brought up the option that it might have been bought. Do you remember the other people who were in the store at the time? -03:30 Nov 30
Phoebe: It was a slow day like today. Just me and Crystal and the cashier. *She leaned to peer around the shelf at the current cashier.* And it wasn’t her. The lady was actually competent and helpful. -03:34 Nov 30
Dante: And Crystal would certainly not have paid it any mind … What about the cashier? Did she mention the book at all? You said it tried to shock both of you. -03:36 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe gave it some thought before she shrugged.* She was just as surprised as I was. She just kinda- *Phoebe paused blinking at him a second… then smacked her forhead!* I am the biggest idiot! -03:39 Nov 30
Dante: *He turned to look at her.* Hm? -03:45 Nov 30

KSSSHINK! Before Phoebe could say a word a long spear wizzed between them, getting stuck in the shelf! At the front of the store, there was that teen cashier. She was still popping bubbles, but now she had a few more of those spears in her hand. “What were you sayin’ again?”

Dante: *Dante pulled that spear out and stood between Phoebe and the cashier. He smirked.* Hm? *He replied.* -03:53 Nov 30
Phoebe: On the bright side, now I know I’m right. *Crazy teenager demons? It figures!* -03:55 Nov 30

“Not you hot stuff! Something about a SHE I think?” Pop! She blew another bubble, suddenly dashing forward and throwing out another spear!

Dante: She? She who? *He was spinning that spear in front of him so fast, only to suddenly stop and lean to the side, knocking that spear at the last minute! It flew somewhere into the Mystery section! Then he threw that spear back at her and swung his arm through thin air! The books in the shelf around him flew out and at the demon!* -03:59 Nov 30
Phoebe: *This was her cue to get the hell out of the way! Phoebe ducked to the side and rounded the corner behind some of the other shelves!* -04:01 Nov 30

The girl jumped up in a fluid motion, seemed walk on the flying books as she passed over them! “A book and a girl, is that what you’re after, Demon Prince?” Switching the spears in her hands she was dropping down to leap on top of Dante and stab him through!

Dante: *A snort!* You’re not my type. *Dante rolled out of the way and then he was sprinting for the end of the aisle! When she landed, he dropped the shelf right on top of her.* -04:08 Nov 30

SPLAT! There was a startled scream and bit of shouting… and those spears stabbing out through the shelf! “Not that easy, old guy!” She was lifting up that shelf, and now throwing it right back at Dante!

Dante: *Dante summoned his sword and sliced that shelf in half! Then he was dashing toward her, sword at an angle!* Someone sounds like she’s up past her bed time. *He smirked.* -04:12 Nov 30
Phoebe: Okay, I’m pretty sure I write you better one liners than that! *He did enjoy a fight… that left Phoebe sneaking over to the back and slipping in to the employees lounge! She was going to dig through the files and find the employee records!* -04:14 Nov 30

“My bad, dude! Are you like, needing your pain meds?” The girl was leaping up again, slinging several of her spears at Dante at once! Then spinning to the side to send a few flying at that human!

Dante: Duck! *He yelled to Phoebe as he threw his sword at her, the sword knocked the spears out of their line of flight, causing them to fly in opposite directions and away from Phoebe! The sword embedded itself into the wall which left Dante defenseless and despite dodging most of those spears, one went through his shoulder! He slammed against the wall and pulled the spear in his shoulder out.* And she says I’m the one with the bad one liners. *He muttered.* -04:21 Nov 30
[Dante logged out of the chat.] -((05:54 Nov 30))
[Phoebe has timed out.] -05:54 Nov 30
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[Dante stopped those spears but ended up taking a spear in the shoulder!] -07:55 Nov 30
[Phoebe ducked like she was supposed to! ..But now she\’s mad!] -07:55 Nov 30
Dante: *He smirked, one hand over the wound which was already beginning to heal. He still couldn’t use the arm, though.* Not bad. I don’t suppose you’ll tell me who you work for and make it easy on yourself. -07:58 Nov 30

Meanwhile, something was running, bumping into people, slipping through the crowd. Fortunately, there were relatively few people out thanks to the weather! One guy cursed and spun around but he didn’t see anyone behind him. And he missed the small bundle of fur that streaked past him, short legs kicking frantically in the air!

“Awww, maybe we can chat at the movies!” Oop, but first, the book keeper! Having a fresh spear in hand, she was turning around on a heel to dash after Phoebe!

Phoebe: *Phoebe scoffed! Stupid Dante getting himself speared. Phoebe almost snatched his sword, but instead grabbed up one of the spears off the floor in a hand when the crazy bubble blowing freak came at her. Phoebe didn’t even bother to step out of the way – not until last minute where she just twisted on her feet and swung a fist to collide with the girl’s face!* -08:03 Nov 30

THUD! The girl had been moving so fast (and expecting the human to try and stab her) that getting socked caught her by surprise! She fell backwards hitting the floor… and started wailing! “MY TOOOOTH! YOU KNOCKED OUT ONE OF MY TEETH!”

Dante: *Dante was running for Phoebe and skidded to a stop when he reached her! Out came the silver chain and then he was binding the demon girl with it! Despite the chain looking so short and frail, it managed to grow so long they were able to bind her wrists together, her arms to her side and still have enough left over to bind her legs together.* -08:06 Nov 30
Phoebe: Ow! Fuck! *The wench’s head must have been made out of bowling balls! Phoebe was pretty sure she heard the bones in her hand cracking on content! And if she shook it, it only hurt worse!* Aaargh… what are you made of, cement?! -08:07 Nov 30
Dante: *He flashed a sheepish grin.* And you say I have a hard head. *He reclined his head to the office door.* You better start looking. -08:08 Nov 30

Stilling wailing about her teeth, it took her a minute to realize she had been captured. She spit out her wad of gum at Dante! “Wow, if you wanted to play some games, like you could ask me out first, old guy!”

Phoebe: *Phoebe resisted the urge to boot the girl in the face. Still trying to flew her fingers, she stepped in to the back office looking for the filing cabinets. Unlike the front part of the store, everything back here looked like nothing had been touched in months!* -08:13 Nov 30
Dante: *He smirked.* You’re not my type. *He moved his hand off his shoulder and began to rotate the shoulder. It hurt slightly but other than that, it was doing well.* How long have you been working here? -08:15 Nov 30

The man glanced around suspiciously but then shrugged it off and kept walking. By that time, the little bundle of fur was further down the street, long ears flying in the wind behind it like a scarf!

The girl just grinned. “WORK? Ha!” She shifted, and to explain suddenly the looks of the shop changed! An illusion was dropped, and everything looked dusty, dirty and covered in cobwebs. No one had been working there for a long long time!

Dante: I see. But that means you haven’t been here long. *He smirked.* Unless that face of yours is an illusion of yours, too. *Young demons couldn’t hold illusions like this for very long and to hold it while fighting him required additional help.* Who sent you. -08:23 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe nearly tripped over a chair getting to the cabinets, but once she did, she had it open and pulling out the employee files. Phoebe frowned! The place hadn’t been open since last summer… it must have closed not long after she and Crystal were there!* -08:24 Nov 30

“A little for this dude a little for that dude… Just watching the shop!” she stopped again to spit out some blood, and pouted! That was another tooth! “GRRRR! Stupid human! Just you wait until these chains are off! I’m gonna stomp you like a cheerleader!”

Phoebe: you’re gonna pull my hair and ruin my reputation? *Phoebe popped out of the back with some folders in her hand, and looking curiously at the now dusty shop! Some sort of trap for whomever came looking for the book?* I have what we’ll need. ..What do we do with her? -08:31 Nov 30

Just before Dante could reply, smoke clouded the bookshop, so thick it made it hard for even Dante to see! When it finally cleared, the girl was gone and the chain was left on the floor!

Dante: *He looked around but couldn’t see anything! He held his breath and looked around for Phoebe! With the smoke clearing, he ran out of the shop but the girl and her rescuer was long gone!* -08:37 Nov 30
Dante: *were gone -08:39 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Coughcough! Using the folders to fan smoke away, but when it was gone there was just the chains on the floor and Dante standing at the door looking for their escapee.* That answers that questions. *She coughed again, leaning to scoop up the chain from the floor.* -08:41 Nov 30

The chain grew short and small again to its original size!

Dante: *Dante turned to Phoebe and waited for her by the door.* Are you alright? -08:42 Nov 30
Phoebe: Probably cracked my bones on someone’s skull and have lung poisoning, but doing great! *Phoebe tucked the folders under her arm, so she could check his shoulder with her free hand.. the free hand she could move anyway!* More holes in your clothes. I’m going to have to take up sewing. -08:45 Nov 30
Dante: *He smiled and dipped his head to her ear.* I’d repair it with magic but a beautiful woman warned me away from using it unless absolutely necessary. -08:47 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe grinned. …and had to wipe the grin off her face before it got worse!* We better stop somewhere away from the store incase there’s some more spies here. Maybe get some ice for my hand. -08:49 Nov 30

The ball of fur went barreling past the book shop Dante and Phoebe were at and tried to skid to a stop! Only to end up bumping into a trash can, overturning it on top of the little creature!

Dante: *Dante raised his head and smiled. Then he noticed something rushing past them and make a loud CRASH! Thinking it might be one of those spies, he ran out and to the overturned trash can! He crouched down beside it and slowly lifted it up!* -08:51 Nov 30
Phoebe: *What the hell..! Phoebe was on his feet, stopping just behind Dante to lean and take a look. Whatever it was it couldn’t be big. …not that small things couldn’t end up being brain eating monsters.* -08:53 Nov 30

The edge of the trash can slowly lifted up … The creature’s nose was the first thing they saw. Small and black. It sniffed the air, moved left and right, right to left … It sniffed the air right in front of it and then retreated!

Dante: *He tilted his head at the small nose but it retreated just as he was about to touch it! He lifted the edge a little higher.* Come on out, whatever you are. *He lowered his head to try and get a peek.* -08:55 Nov 30
Phoebe: …I think it’s a dog. *Looked like a dog nose. Phoebe shifted to rest on her knees on the ground. Probably scared itself to death running in to a trash can and hovering over it wouldn’t help.* -08:58 Nov 30

Just when Dante and Phoebe were drawing closer and the edge was much higher than it was at first, a small streak of brown and black shot out from the trash can and began licking at Dante’s face! It was a small puppy with short legs, a big head, long flat ears and a short tail. It had a long tongue and it had dark brown eyes! It looked a lot like an ordinary dog except this dog was floating in the air!

Dante: *Huh? He knew these licks! He opened one eye and then turned his head! He laughed and scratched the puppy’s head!* -09:02 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe blinked! A man and his puppy… Awww.. that was gross. All that slobber! But Dante laughed, and that was a dream anyday!* …I guess you have a friend. -09:04 Nov 30

The puppy stopped licking his cheek for awhile to bark and hop around in the air! Its tail was wagging really hard!

Dante: And not just any friend. Phoebe, meet Giri. Giri, Phoebe. Giri is short for Girianth the IV. I didn’t name him Nathe said the name is tradition. -09:21 Nov 30
Phoebe: I don’t remember anything about puppies in the story. *He was cute though, in a flippy eared sort of way. …But that floating! That was going to get them in trouble! Phoebe rest a hand on his soft fuzzy back to ease him back down to the ground.* Giri the puppy! I suppose this means we’re going to have another bed guest? -09:25 Nov 30

Giri turned its head around to nip at Phoebe’s wrist as she nudged him down to the ground! But then he began chasing his own tail and then he tripped on his ears! He shook himself out of it and looked up at Phoebe and Dante with those big puppy eyes!

Dante: No? *He asked when Phoebe admitted not knowing about Giri.* Hm. *He bent to pick Giri up and hold him in the crook of one arm.* I guess so. On the bright side, it could be a lot worst. Thanatos has that small dragon of his back in the Deep. -09:51 Nov 30
Phoebe: Yeah, a dragon getting loose might definitely be worse. *Dante and a puppy… why did that give her totally goofy daydreams about warm fires, cider and snuggling on cold days! Jeeze! At least that throbbing of her hand brought her back to her senses. Scowling at her knuckles, she nodded her head towards the sidewalk.* Let’s stop at the park so we can look through these papers. It’s the files for all the people that were working at the bookstore when me and Cryssie stopped there. -09:55 Nov 30
Dante: Okay. But let’s get that ice pack on the way. *As if he didn’t look cute enough with the puppy, he set Giri on top of his head who lay there as if he was king of the world!* -10:00 Nov 30

It wasn’t the same as floating but Giri could get used to this!

Phoebe: Yeah. *That took some balancing… ugh! Too much cute! She was going to pull a Crystal and pass out! Phoebe did the wise thing and turned, to lead the way down the street. There was probably a corner store around here somewhere! On the brightside, Giri was a perfect shield for Dante! She wouldn’t dare knock the pup off to steal kisses now! Yeah! Phoebe smirked wide!* -10:03 Nov 30
Dante: *Dante followed behind Phoebe and occassionally reached up to scratch the puppy under the chin and make sure he was still there! Giri meant well but the pup had a tendency to wander off, disappearing without a trace sometimes! And then there was the problem of him escaping from any type of restraint, be it enchanted or an ordinary leash!* -10:10 Nov 30
Phoebe: *There it was! Corner store… Phoebe stepped inside, and totally pretended she wasn’t with a guy with a puppy on his head! She stepped down the ilses to look for what she needed, ice, maybe a bandage.. puppy snacks?* …What does a demon puppy eat, anyway? -10:15 Nov 30
Dante: Basically any kind of meat. Giri’s not a picky eater. -10:22 Nov 30

“SWEETIE! What a surprise!” Before any comments could be made some grabbed Phoebe by the shoulders to spin her around and kiss her cheeks! An older woman wearing some frilly dress and her hair in braids.

Phoebe: Tne he- ACK!! *She was under attack…! By, no! Anyone but her…!* M-mom…! *Quick, where was the nearest exit!* -10:26 Nov 30
Dante: *Dante picked up a box of doggy treats and shook it. They were shaped like real bones but they didn’t look anything like the real thing. Giri was as puzzled as his master was. Both of them had their heads tilted at the box although Giri managed to stay on Dante’s head.* -10:27 Nov 30

The older woman just laughed! “What’s that look sweetie, are you up to something again?” Looking Phoebe over, she tut-tutted and her hand, but found herself taking a look at the man behind her! “Phoebe sweetie, didn’t I tell you not to hit your boyfriends?”

Dante: *He blinked and both he and Giri looked at the woman!* … Boyfriends? -10:29 Nov 30
Phoebe: It was a girl I hit, and aren’t you supposed to be in bermuda with Dad..? *Oh man, don’t let her talk to Dante!* You know, we’re so busy so we better get going..! -10:30 Nov 30

“Boyfriends, yes! Mind you, she insists none of them are. But I know how college girls are these days with all of the sex and orgies.” The woman smiled, offering a hand to Dante. She was wearing far too many rings for those fingers and lots of bracelets. “I’m Rain MacAllister, Phoebe’s mother. Don’t be alarmed by my sweetie, if she hits you, you can just call me up and tattle!”

Dante: *He put the box of treats away to pick Giri off of his head. The puppy’s tail was beginning to wag and he was certain Giri was just waiting for a chance to pounce on someone.* -10:33 Nov 30
Dante: It’s a … pleasure to meet you. *Dante took notice of the rings and bracelets, if only because they were so shiny! He shook her hand firmly and then stepped back. Don’t touch the shiny things, don’t touch the shiny things …* Phoebe’s been very good actually. She’s helping me with a … family matter. -10:35 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Jeeze, hit one guy that seriously deserved it and her mother was forever going to tell everyone she was a man-abuser.* Mom. Mom… Bermuda? -10:36 Nov 30

“Oh, your Dad doesn’t take to the ocean it seems. Couldn’t even look at it without wanting to barf. So we’re home early!” Mrs. Rain was all smiles for Dante! “You are SUCH a handsome devil! A dog lover too? Have you gotten her in to bed yet? She looks wound up tighter than a clock. If you give her a little wine she’ll calm down, but goodness, stay away from hard liquor. She has that mean streak like her father.”

Dante: *Dante smiled.* You mean the one where she starts cursing at things and threatening to do things that should never be done to an inanimate object? -10:41 Nov 30
Phoebe: I would love to stand here and talk about my sex life and drinking habits, but I need some ICE. *Damned Mom all to hell! She loved the woman, but Dante was soooo not the man she wanted her mother to meet! Or was it the other way around? Phoebe sneaked over to the frozen foods.* -10:43 Nov 30

“That’s the one yes! You ARE a clever thing, aren’t you! I was starting to think Phoebe preffered woman, you know, always being with Crystal, but I just knew she’s got my appetite for hot men in there somewhere. Did you know she writes porn? That is the mark of a liberated woman, not controlled by a man’s image of what women should be!” Mrs. Rain seemed to enjoy talking, and even moved her hands alot while doing so. She jingled with her bracelets! “Sweetie, try those ice cream bags! You get something cold AND something sweet!”

Dante: She does great work. Do you and Mr. MacAllister live around here? -10:51 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe clonked her head on the freezer door… but did end up grabbing icecream!* I’m starting to think they don’t live far enough! -10:53 Nov 30

Mrs. Rain just smiled, casting Dante a flirty look. “On the other side of town, but this shop has the best creampuffs. Oh! Phoebe, sweetie, why don’t your father and I come over for dinner this evening? I would love to get to know your newest boyfriend, and your father misses you.”

Dante: *He smiled and distracted Giri with a squeaky ball! Giri barked everytime he made the ball squeak!* Mrs MacAllister, I’d like you to meet Giri. Giri, Mrs MacAllister, Phoebe’s mother. *Giri barked when the ball squeaked again.* -11:00 Nov 30
Phoebe: No way! I’ve got – we – It’s a really bad time for guests right now, Mom! Maybe next weekend. You’ll tell Dad I love him more than you, right? *God only knew what she’d say about her having two guys staying with her.. and brothers too! She didn’t want to know how her mom could twist that!* -11:00 Nov 30

“He’s such a little doll.” Mrs. Rain gave the puppy a good petting and some kissies. “Don’t worry sweetie, we’ll be dropping by soon anyway. If we catch you doing anything fun, I’ll try to remind your father it’s healthy for girls your age!”

Phoebe: You’re so mean to Dad. *Phoebe leaned to kiss her mom on the cheek, and then without trying to be subtle was moving to shove her down the isle.* No go! Get! Maybe I want some alone time with my boyfriend! Shoo! -11:06 Nov 30

“Oooh! I see, I see! It was nice to meet you, Boyfriend! We should be seeing you soon, I hope!” Mrs. Rain laughed loudly, clicking her heels on the isle as she disappeared behind one!

Dante: *He and Giri watched as Phoebe moved her mother away from them.* … Boyfriend. -11:08 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe stared at the woman until she was sure that she’d be gone and back to shopping. Then with a relieved sighed returned back to Dante and the pup.* …so that was my scary Mom. -11:09 Nov 30
Dante: Hm … And your father is also like that? -11:10 Nov 30
Phoebe: No, surprisingly enough my Dad is the total opposite. She’ll start yapping and he’ll be forty shades of red. I don’t think nerds know what they’re getting when they hook up with hot chicks. *Sigh and a shrug!* I have ice cream for my hand. *She pointed at the squeaky ball.* Should we get that for Giri? -11:12 Nov 30
Dante: Sure. If you don’t mind. *He squeezed the ball to make it squeak and Giri barked on cue!* He seems to enjoy it *He moved it closer to Giri who sniffed it and then barked!* -11:20 Nov 30
Phoebe: *Phoebe half smiled, nodding. After grabbing some bandages too (and making sure they stayed far far away from her mother) it was a snap to pay for everything and escape the store before her mom wanted to offer them a ride home! Outside she was gonna take his hand and tug him off for the park, but had to scowl and not being able to wrap her fingers around his. Foiled!* DAmned this hurts… why’d I have to use my drawing hand! -11:29 Nov 30
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[Phoebe is pretend that she didn\’t break her hand, that the puppy isn\’t cute and that Dante isn\’t hot! …And it\’s not working!] -01:13 Dec 03
[Dante attracted even more attention with that cute puppy on his head!] -01:14 Dec 03

“What a cute puppy!” said one woman as they passed by!

Dante: *Dante smiled and Giri barked!* Thank you. *He looked at Phoebe.* Why did you never mention your parents live so close to you? -01:16 Dec 03
Phoebe: *At least she isn’t jealous over cute puppies! Phoebe balanced that bag of ice cream bites on her hand… after she opened it up to steal one!* Because my mom would be a total wacko. …kind of like today! -01:18 Dec 03
Dante: If that’s what she’s like on a normal day, I wouldn’t want to see her while she’s having a bad day. -01:20 Dec 03
Phoebe: *Phoebe grinned.* Not much different. She’s alil touchy feely once she knows you better, and it’s hard to tell when she’s in a bad mood. I’m afraid she’s gonna drop by at random now, though… -01:22 Dec 03
Dante: I hope it’s at a time when Thanatos isn’t there. *He squeezed the squeaky ball at Giri to get the puppy’s attention.* -01:23 Dec 03
Phoebe: I hope it’s when NONE of us is there. Demon Princes aren’t exactly easy to explain to your parents. *HA, there’s that fountain! Phoebe plopped on the edge to sit, setting those files down just under her leg so the wind wouldn’t catch them. She fussed with trying to open the bandage package.* Speak of parents, what I was trying to say before that gum-popping loon showed up is that I think the cashier that day might have been your mother. -01:27 Dec 03
Dante: *Dante reached over to take the bandage out of Phoebe’s hand and open it for her. He gestured for her to hold up her hand for him, bandage ready.* So chances are, she left the bookstore as soon as possible. I’ve always wondered if she might have found someone, started a new family here, forgotten about the old, the one she left behind. -01:32 Dec 03
Phoebe: I doubt she forgot. I don’t think anyone could you. *Phoebe didn’t look so happy about offering up her hand.. it hurt damnit! But she did… using the other to offer an icecream bite to the puppy on his head.* -01:34 Dec 03
Dante: *He smiled.* Thanks. *He looked thoughtful as he bandaged her firmly yet gently.* That was a big fear of mine growing up. Nathe told me almost the exact same thing. But I always figured he was just saying that. -01:38 Dec 03

Giri sniffed the ice cream at first and then promptly ate it! Phoebe probably felt sharp puppy teeth nibble on her fingers followed by doggy saliva!

Phoebe: *Phoebe yanked her fingers back quick before the puppy went chomping on anything else. It was also hard not to go OW, HURT, PAIN with getting her hand bandaged! So much for pain tolorance!* He was probably ridiculously intelligent and always right. ..At least about her. I mean, if she charmed a Demon King I don’t think she would take off without good reason to. -01:42 Dec 03
Dante: Do you … do you remember what she looked like? My mother. *He felt silly asking her something like that but all he had to remember her by was a locket and a few pieces of memory he wasn’t sure was real or make believe.* -01:47 Dec 03

Giri licked his chops after that satisfying treat and sat down to scratch the back of his ear with his back leg!

Phoebe: *That expression made her want to pet him! He needed to stop!* Uh huh.. well. I remembered her eyes the most. This color. *Lifting her hand she cupped his cheek, brushing her thumb under that one light brown, almost golden eye!* -01:52 Dec 03
Dante: *Dante smiled. He liked Phoebe’s touch. It was warm, soft, pleasant.* Thank you. *That solved the question of what color her eyes were and although he looked like he was about to ask her something else, he refrained.* Is your hand feeling any better? *He asked instead!* -01:56 Dec 03
Phoebe: Drawing and doing homework is going to be a real pain in the ass. …I don’t think I’ll be punching anymore demons. *Better. Now he didn’t look quite so sad. So she could brush the hair from his face that puppy kept knocking around!* -01:59 Dec 03
Dante: *He smiled.* I’ll be happy if I can just protect you from danger. *Now that he mentioned it, he blinked, his smile disappearing.* I wonder is Svaral is behind that girl at the shop or someone working with him. He’s the only one I can think of who gains anything from finding my mother. -02:02 Dec 03
Phoebe: I’m supposed to be the Guardian Spirit here, so I’ll worry about the protecting. We can’t assume it’s -not- him, chances are it is.. even if it’s just some minion pulling the strings. There is always a few minions. *Which will be such a pain in the ass… Maybe it was about time she got herself a real weapon!* -02:05 Dec 03
Dante: I understand, my Lady. *He said, smiling and bowing his head slightly.* My deepest apologies. *Then he was leaning forward and kissing her gently on the lips.* -02:10 Dec 03
Phoebe: *He always snuck up on her! She intend to tilt backwards, but it was far more pleasant to lean in to him and kiss him back. He deserved it, just this once!* -02:16 Dec 03
Desire of the Deep

003 Desire of the Deep

Trying to convince Crystal there will be no Dante pouncing! Late for class with Ms. Nadine. Ms. Nadine IS the Pyscho Queen and starts the day off with a hostage! Failed attempt to blackmail Dante again. Crystal uses a weedwhacker! Brief nap. Dante’s locket! A fight with Thanatos followed by a truce. Getting Dante a magic masker. The scary laughing Demon who lies! Awkward dinner and sleeping arrangements!

A long restful night followed by a quiet mornings… at least until the alarm clock went off. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP. BEEP.
Phoebe: *Phoebe was sleeping deep! The first… dozen times clock went off, she didn’t hear it. But then the damned thing was getting annoying! But instead of rollng over and hitting snooze like a normal person, she grooowwled reaching for a blanket, a pillow… anything! to pull over her head!* -07:27 Nov 11
Dante: *Dante yawned and wanted to go back to sleep–but that noise! If his mentor had had one of these damned machines, no doubt he would have succeeded in making Dante rise in time to eat breakfast. He rolled over to grab the infernal thing but ended up rolling out of bed altogether! Oooff!* -07:33 Nov 11
… Then there was that loud knocking on the door! “Phoebe! OOHh Phoebe! Come on, you sexy minx! Who did you sneak away with last night? Huh? Huh?”
Phoebe: *Under attack! Battle stations! Man the lasers! Phoebe sat up quick! ….only to fall back with a loud groan! Ooooh, major headache! …Oh man, who did she sneak away with?! It was a very relieved Phoebe who inched to peer over the edge of the bed and find Dante confused on the floor! Relief! Phoebe turned off that stupid alarm.* -07:38 Nov 11
Dante: *He sat up and rubbed his head when someone stopped the noise. He opened one eye and smiled at Phoebe.* Good morning. -07:48 Nov 11

Crystal: *She huffed when the door didn’t open and Phoebe didn’t answer her! She started knocking again!* Come on, P! Don’t leave your oh-so-favorite-and-most-awesome-best-friend-in-the-world in the dark here!

Phoebe: Hi. *There was a smile that could make any morning instantly better! ….well almost. Her head was still throbbing and she was having vague memories of some very stupid-Phoebe moments she really didn’t want to recall. …Crystal banging on the front door didn’t help.* …stop it, woman! *Phoebe rolled out of bed.. apparently still dressed and with her shoes on. She pulled those off as she stumbled to unlock the door and let Crystal in.* Just sssshhhhh. -07:52 Nov 11

Crystal: *Crystal’s wide-open grin turned into a pout when she realized Phoebe still had the dress from last night on!* … Awhh … So no hottie action last night?

Phoebe: *Phoebe rubbed her head, snatching Crystal’s arm and dragging her inside before closing the door and leaning on it. Hottie action? Did she…. No! Whew! Point to Phoebe for coming to her senses. …at the last minute.* NO, thank god! Why do you let me get away with these stupid ideas, anyway?! You I’m like some kind crazy bimbo! -07:58 Nov 11

Crystal: *She was used to being dragged into Phoebe’s apartment on a moment’s notice! She giggled.* But you wanted to get it out of your system, didn’t you? And that guy you ran off with was bad-boy-hot. Not as gorgeous as Dante or Thanatos, of course, but you see my point!

Phoebe: He was also bad-boy-pissed when I told him he wasn’t doing it for me. *Man, she remembered that too… what an jackass! If she saw him again, she was going to sock him in the balls!* New party rule, no more Phoebe drinking. -08:02 Nov 11

Crystal: *Her jaw dropped!* … You didn’t! Oh, Phoebe! Why did you do that?!

Phoebe: Well, he wasn’t! What should I have said? Take a rain check? *Grr, she had a killer headache! Phoebe shuffled to dig a bottle of aspirin out of a drawer.* It just wasn’t nice at all. I kept thinking about Dante…. distracting. -08:11 Nov 11

Crystal: *She blinked!* Well … I guess I can hardly blame you. *She waved a hand.* This is Dante, after all. But … that guy was an easy lay for you. *She sighed.* Oh well … And then what happened?

Phoebe: Stuff. I don’t want to talk about it. A drain covered tried to eat my shoe though… I think I was yelling at rocks. *Finding her bottle she shook out three of the things and shuffled for the kitchen to get some water.* -08:16 Nov 11
Dante: *Dante yawned but instead of going into the kitchen, he went into the bathroom to shower!* -08:18 Nov 11

Crystal: *She raised an eyebrow and looked at Phoebe!* Hmm hmm … *She heard the shower in the bathroom turn on and she smiled wickedly.* So, if you left Mr. Bad Boy at the party, who’s taking a shower, hm? Perhaps another male you picked up on your way, yelling at rocks and watching your shoe get eaten by drains.

Phoebe: *Phoebe nearly choked on the pills she was trying to swallow! After a moment of coughing, she pointed towards the bathroom!* That’s Dante…! Christ, Chryssie! No, jeeze… He rescued my shoe and brought me home. ….Nothing happened! *She made sure to add! She might have talked him in to stay in bed with her, which was… kind of embarrassing, but nothing else… And that was actually, really really sweet…. and not helping!* -08:22 Nov 11

Crystal: *She stomped her foot and crossed her arms!* Oh, Phoebe, you’re no fun sometimes! You have Dante, a totally hot guy living with you and you haven’t pounced on him yet! … Why?!

Phoebe: *Sheepish, Phoebe inched past Cryssie to head back for her room and dig out some fresh clothes.* You wouldn’t get it! It’s like… You know how famous people always worry that people only like them cause they’re famous? It’s almost like that, but more of a “You like me cause I want you to like me and not because you ACTUALLY like me.” -08:29 Nov 11

Crystal: *She stared hard at Phoebe and followed her!* So … you want Dante to be with you because he wants you … Damnit, Phoebe, you make it sound like you put a spell on him to make him attracted to you!

Phoebe: *Phoebe was dragging clothes out of the closet and paused.* …I might have! You know that movie where the little girl makes a spell for her perfect husband? I bet it could be JUST like that. Only instead of a spell, it’s a hentai manga where I torment him mercilessly! -08:34 Nov 11

Crystal: … I think you’ve been drawing too much of your manga. Dante isn’t one of your manga characters come to life! If he wants to, it’s because he genuinely wants to. Why must you make things so complicated!

Crystal: *you, not to

Phoebe: I’m not making it complicated! I just think it’s a bad idea for me to take advatage of a guy who is in a new …country… and is naturally awesome and affectionate! And sweet and cute and…. urg… *Phoebe fell face first in to bed.* I’m in trouble. -08:39 Nov 11

Crystal: *Crystal stood beside Phoebe’s bed, arms crossed.* Hmm hmm. In more ways than one … *She picked up the clock and showed it to Phoebe.* You do know what time it is, right?

Phoebe: Time to give up my smutty ways and join the nearest convent…? -08:42 Nov 11

Crystal: *She snickered!* You … Smutty?! That’s rich, Phoebe.

Phoebe: …I draw naked people everyday, that’s not smutty? *Phoebe leaned up to snatch the clock out of Crystal’s hand and-* HOLY CRAP! The hag is going to kill me! *Phoebe all but fell out of the bed scrambling to change her clothes as quick as possible! There was no time for a bath!* -08:46 Nov 11

Crystal: … I don’t know what you’d do without me, P. *She shook her head with a sigh.* Tell her you need your cell phone back!

Dante: *He had just finished taking a bath and now he wore shoes, jeans, and a t-shirt under a jacket. He was sitting in the kitchen when someone put a cap on his head! He turned!* -08:49 Nov 11
Phoebe: You have to take care of Dante for me while I’m at class! I can’t take him back to Ms. Nadine’s! *Phoebe hopped in to a pair of pants and jumped in to a pair of shoes… she’d just have to wear the dress as a shirt! Arggh…! She attempted to smooth out her hair.* -08:49 Nov 11

Crystal: *Crystal smiled.* Hey, cutie. You might want to cover that gorgeous hair of yours, considering what a few little birds told me during the party. You know, about you, Phoebe, Ms Nadine, and Thanatos. *She winked.*

Dante: *He smiled back.* My thanks, Crystal. *He watched Phoebe rushing around.* I will see you after class then. -08:51 Nov 11

Crystal: Fine, fine … But you owe me you know! Although I’m surprised that uptight prune knows what a man is … *She mumbled.*

Phoebe: *Crap! She needed something to take in as her homework! ..Um, um… Ah ha! She dug out one of the smaller canvases from her desk and stuffed it in to a portfolio.* I know, I know… and see if you can find Thanatos! He’s escaped again. *Snatching her keys,there was a kiss on the cheek for Crystal and… eek! Almost a kiss a Dante! Phoebe caught herself quick before dashing out the door!* -08:53 Nov 11

Crystal: *She waved and watched as Phoebe nearly kissed Dante on the cheek! Hehe. She was never going to let her live this one down!* So … *She said with a grin as she turned back to Dante!* You … hungry? We can get a bite to eat on our way to the campus.

Campus life was as same as always. But when Phoebe arrived to what was supposed to be a full classroom… no one was there! No students, not even the lights were on. The whole building was dark.
Dante: The campus? But isn’t it a bad idea to go there? *He was hungry though!* -08:57 Nov 11
Phoebe: …If Crystal just pranked me again I’m going to…*Phoebe dug around in her portfolio as she head down the hall. Nope. right day, right time… There WAS supposed to be class today. She couldn’t be THAT late, could she?* Helloooo? *Phoebe let herself in to the class.* -08:59 Nov 11
No notes on the door saying that class had been rescheduled or moved. The actual room was darker than normal though. All the windows had been blacked out, not letting even a bit of light in.
Phoebe: Great. Just great. *Phoebe tried the light switch… no good. But.. AH HA! There was her phone! Right on Ms. Nadine’s desk and lit up with the time! Hohoho, take this Ms. Nadine! Phoebe hopped over to the desk and snatched it up!* -09:02 Nov 11

Crystal: *She smiled!* Dante, Phoebe’s not the only one with a few errands to run. I have to go to the library. We’ll be far away from Ms Nadine’s class. *Then she took his arm and led him out of the apartment and out of the building! They stopped at a hot dog stand to grab some hot dogs, don’t forget the chili and the relish!*

SMACK! As soon as she tried to grab it, something slapped her hand! The classroom door closed with a loud slam, leaving the room pitch black dark except for the glow of Phoebe’s phone!
Phoebe: Ow! What the hell! *Phoebe had snatched her hand back to rub it! It’s like she got thwapped with a switch or something!* That’s MY phone. What’s with all the spooky atmosphere anyway? ….. am I talking to myself again? -09:07 Nov 11
Dante: *He let Crystal do the ordering and when she told him to try her chili-relish hot dog, he nearly choked on it! But he managed to swallow his piece and settled for a hot dog with only ketchup and a little of mustard! The hot dog was small but very satisfying!* And … they’re not made of real dogs. -09:08 Nov 11

Crystal: *Crystal giggled.* Nope. They’re made of … something else but definitely not dogs. *She purchased a couple of sodas.* So, how do you like America anyways? It must be a real big change from Romania.

A slight chuckle in the dark. “Ms. MacAllister, you’re late. Again. I don’t believe you’re taking my class seriously enough.” It was Ms. Nadine. But there was no way to see her in the dark.
Dante: *He blinked* Romania? *Then he remembered that’s where Phoebe had told Crystal he and Thanatos were from.* … Yes. Very different but … very nice, too. -09:10 Nov 11
Phoebe: Yeeeah… uh. My alarm died and… uh.. I brought in my homework. *Wow. Phoebe had always thought the woman was a freak and perfect inspiration for the Psycho Queen, but this was… a little disturbing even for her.* So did we move the class today? -09:11 Nov 11
“Today will be a private lesson.” Smack! Smack! Somewhere in the dark Ms. Nadine was hitting something in the palm of her hand. “You’ve been a difficult student. Yet, yesterday you finally did something noteworthy. I had no idea your work could be so… revealing!”
Phoebe: Huh? *Wait, because she can draw people naked or what? Damn.. she was totally going to drop this class. Phoebe inched to grab her phone again.* You know, I think this class isn’t quite what I’m looking for. -09:17 Nov 11

Crystal: Hmm hmm … *Then she grinned!* And Phoebe … Do you think she’s … very nice, too?

Dante: … Of course. *He gave a firm nod.* She’s kind, she’s responsible, mature … She’s a very beautiful woman. -09:19 Nov 11

Crystal: Hmm hmm. *She seemed to be taking his words into consideration.* Is there … someone waiting for you back at Romania?

Dante: *He chuckled softly.* There are quite a few people waiting for me back home. Some … mean better intentions than others. *He added.* -09:21 Nov 11
SMACK! Another slap on the hand. But this time Ms. Nadine picked up the phone. Her face could be seen by it’s light as she smiled down at it. She looked as flawlessly neat and perfect as always. In her hand was a riding crop used for horses. “No? I find it interesting that you would say that. Being the artist for… The Psycho Queen.” Ms. Nadine smiled ever nicer at the look on Phoebe’s face! “Desire of the Deep quite the graphic novel. So many interesting characters.”

Crystal: *At first Crystal had thought he meant there were women back at home for him, girlfriends, maybe even a fiancee or a wife! But when he said that last part, she blinked and studied him thoughtfully as they walked onto the campus and to the library!* … Better intentions than others? What does that mean?

Phoebe: *Out of all the people in the universe to find out her little secret, Ms. Nadine was the LAST person she wanted to know! No wonder the old hag was freaking out!* ….holy crap, Ms. Nadine, I am sorry. REALLY sorry, but you know how we artists are like really crazy and put people in to things, and you know I so didn’t think it’d actually turn out like it is… You’re not going to sue me are you?! *Quick! Find the window and jump out like a ninja! Phoebe scooted behind one of the easels!* -09:23 Nov 11
Dante: *He blinked! Damn, he had said too much!* I am … not well liked by a lot of people. *He gave a small shrug.* But before you start pitying me, in my defense, I’ve come to accept it. That’s how my life is. I’m … different and no matter what, I’ll always be that way. -09:27 Nov 11
“No. I am not going to sue you. There are better uses for… someone like you.” As Ms. Nadine turned, she was flipping open Phoebe’s phone and looking through the phone book at her numbers. That was when something wrapped around Phoebe’s legs and tugged HARD! They were wrapping around her to keep her still as Ms. Nadine smiled and clicked Dial on Crystal’s number!

Crystal: *She took the opportunity to grab his arm and walk closer!* Oh, Dante! That sounds … horrible! *She was so focused on Dante’s sad story, she didn’t even realize they had just past the library!*

Dante: *Dante smiled and stopped to turn to her. He tilted her chin so her face met his and he smirked.* Crystal, it could be a lot worst. I count myself fortunate in many ways. For example, I am spending time with a lovely, charming woman such as yourself. -09:30 Nov 11
Phoebe: *A startled scream followed by another OW when she hit the ground! At first she thought she was about to get beaten to death by a crazy dominatrix’s whip but… the things wrapping around her were… vines! Vinelings! …nightmare! This was so a drunken nightmare!* -09:30 Nov 11
Ring, ring! Ring! Ms. Nadine waited patiently as Crystal’s phone rang, moving across the room to rest a heeled foot on the struggling Phoebe. “Oh dear. Your friend Crystal is not answering. …Do you think that Dante is romancing her?”

Crystal: *Oh. My. God. She nearly melted! The way he looked at her, the purr in his voice …! She didn’t even hear the ring of her phone!*

Dante: *He blinked. He heard the phone! He tilted his head at Crystal.* Crystal …? Crystal … -09:38 Nov 11
Phoebe: I think you’ve been popping crazy pills this morning and really need to see a psychiatrist! *Oooph! Now she had a heel digging in to her rib, by a crazy teacher! Good girl Crystal! Ignore the phone! Ignore it!* -09:39 Nov 11

Crystal: *She was smiling but she didn’t know she was! All she knew was that she was falling into Dante’s sexy multi-colored gaze!* … Hm?

Dante: *He waved a hand in front of her face but she kept gazing at him! Was there something wrong …?* Crystal … I think your … phone is ringing. -09:40 Nov 11

Crystal: My … phone …? *She was still looking helplessly up at him but her free hand moved into her pocket.* Mm … Hello …? *She asked in a dreamy voice when she put the phone to her ear and pressed the button that said “TALK.”*

“Hmm… Oh dear. If I can’t contact your friends, I’ll just have to settle for you, won’t I?” Oh! There was the little blonde’s voice on the other end. Ms. Nadine’s tone changed immediately. “Is this Crystal? Ms. MacAllistar is having problems-” Ooop! Before Phoebe could scream, she made sure those Vinelings silenced her! “Problems, with her painting. Would you happen to know where her model is?”
Dante: *Crystal blinked! Having to think for a moment made her snap out of her daze!* Her … model …? Uh, which one …? *She looked at the phone and then put it next to her ear again.* Ms Nadine? Where is Phoebe. -09:48 Nov 11

Crystal: *Crystal blinked! Having to think for a moment made her snap out of her daze!* Her … model …? Uh, which one …? *She looked at the phone and then put it next to her ear again.* Ms Nadine? Where is Phoebe.

“Ms. MacAllister is right here, of course, she is on phone restriction for disrupting class yesterday. …But I wouldn’t get in the way of a student needing her model. I believe his name is Dante?”
Phoebe: *GGgrrrrrmph! Crazy! Stupid! Psycho Queen! She knew it..! Knew her teacher was a villain in disguise! Phoebe squirmed again, Crystal knew better than to let Dante come here right?! Don’t do it Cryssie! Protect the men!* -09:52 Nov 11
Dante: *He raised an eyebrow and was listening intently to Crystal. He was giving her that “what’s going on?” look.* -09:52 Nov 11

Crystal: *Lie! She had to lie! Teachers talking to a friend of a student’s on a cell phone … That spelled trouble!* He’s … he’s not here. I sent him to go get … ice cream. He won’t be back for another ten minutes.

“Oh, that is too. Bad. He’s not there, Ms. MacAllister.” Ms. Nadine leaned to tell Phoebe on the floor. “Well, if you would do Phoebe a favor, do let her model know that she will be…tied up.. in class until I am satisfied. Thank you, sweetie.”

Crystal: *Meanwhile Crystal was mouthing something to Dante! Something along the lines of “Ms Nadine is on the phone” but before he could snatch it from her, she was already turning away.* Of course, Ms Nadine. I know what … what if I brought one of Phoebe’s other art pieces of Dante for her, is that okay?

“No, no. I’m afraid it must be the real thing. The necessities for art is very specific. Thank you anyway.” Beep~! Ms. Nadine hung up, flip the phone closed with a smirk. “I am so sorry. It looks like you and I are going to be having lessons on our own until that delicious little Demon Prince gets the message.”

Crystal: *She blinked as the phone CLICKED meaning Ms Nadine had hung up and groaned.* We are in such trouble … *She turned back to Dante.* She says she and Phoebe will be in class until her model–you–come to her. *She suddenly reached out to grab his arm as he started walking away!* Wait! You can’t go!

Phoebe: *Yay! Crystal came through! ….oh hell. This was uh… awkward! Phoebe moved until she could get her mouth free again to talk!* …isn’t there a dozen other more interesting students?! -10:05 Nov 11
Dante: Phoebe is being held captive by that witch. I will not stand for it. *He was saying as he began dragging Crystal with him. He finally stopped. He wasn’t eager to go running into what was obviously a trap but what choice did he have if he wanted Phoebe safe?* -10:05 Nov 11
Ms. Nadine moved away, allowing her Vinelings to release Phoebe… but only long enough for the girl to get to her feet, before they snapped out to drag her against one of the room pillars! “No, there isn’t. Not students that write the words of the Deep and are acquainted with my dearest friend! Isn’t it amazing the power books can have?” Still pitch dark, Phoebe’s phone disappeared in to Ms. Nadine’s pocket. She tapped her riding crop against Phoebe’s cheek. “For now, I would like to be entertained.”
Phoebe: Enter…entertained? *That didn’t sound fun. Worse, it sounded really creepy… especially when put in to the context of the Psycho Queen’s favorite passtimes, and what usually happens to poor kidnapped girls in dirty manga! Aw crap, how the hell did she end up being the kidnapped girl?! That was Crystal’s role!!* I think we should go out to dinner first! You know what they say about rushing in to things…! -10:11 Nov 11

Crystal: Because if you do … you’re going to get both you and Phoebe into trouble! And then she’ll be mad as hell at you! She entrusted you to me to keep you safe, don’t you see?

Dante: What I see is a friend, a very good friend, being forced to do something she would rather not do. Crystal, please. You do not know what this woman is capable of– -10:13 Nov 11

Crystal: Seeing as how you only met her once, I can’t understand how you would know so much about her! Dante! *Blast, he was still dragging her! Boy, he was strong, and those muscles of his … Hm. Even under his shirt, she could see them rippling …*

Dante: I … know someone very much like Nadine. They may seem harmless and perfectly normal at first but it’s just a ruse, a game they like to play. And when you find out just what kind of people they are, it’s too late to do much of anything. *He was still walking! They were … almost there, weren’t they? He stopped. He couldn’t remember.* Please, Crystal. You have to show me where the class is. I have a bad feeling about this. -10:18 Nov 11
Ms. Nadine wasn’t all that interested in listening now. With Phoebe secured tightly to the pillar by her sweet little Vinelings, Ms. Nadine was taking the opportunity to touch and feel her current prize! “What a lovely dress. As dark is this room, but him… this would look better.” Brushing Phoebe’s hair back, Ms. Nadine slowly tugged the sleeves down to expose her shoulders. “So pretty. Nice skin shouldn’t be all covered like this. This is why the best art is done in the nude.”
Dante: *She sighed and huffed. Damnit, she hated it when other people were right!* Fine … I’ll show you. *She released his arm but put her hands on her hips.* But you better have a plan or else the next place I’m showing you to is a broom closet. Understand? -10:22 Nov 11

Crystal: *She sighed and huffed. Damnit, she hated it when other people were right!* Fine … I’ll show you. *She released his arm but put her hands on her hips.* But you better have a plan or else the next place I’m showing you to is a broom closet. Understand?

Dante: *He grinned and nodded.* I understand. And I have a plan. -10:23 Nov 11
Phoebe: *This was really, really uncomfortable! Phoebe tried to tilt and squirm out of reach, but she was very solidly kept in place. …suddenly pissed off bad-boys didn’t seem so bad anymore!* Can, uh… can you not.. touchy all, please? I have.. um…. swine flu! -10:24 Nov 11
And that was how, several minutes later, there was a knock on Ms Nadine’s classroom door …
Ms. Nadine was so amused with her captive! She was jus about to lean in and show the pretty girl something special when there was a knock. “Hmm. Don’t say a word, sweetling.” Still pitch black dark, Ms. Nadine crossed the room and moved to answer the door! “Yes?”

Crystal: *Crystal smiled. She had a box in her hand, a small white box with red ribbons and a bow.* Ms Nadine, hello. Is Phoebe still here? I brought Dante just like she wanted.

Phoebe: *Crystal! Phoebe opened her mouth to shout, and once again was stopped by Vinelings! Stupid things! Why did she even draw them! mmrrph!* -10:28 Nov 11
“She just stepped out to grab some lunch.” Ms. Nadine made sure no light fell in to the classroom… and blocked the way so the woman couldn’t step inside. “And where is this Dante?”

Crystal: *She blinked!* She went to lunch. I guess I’ll go find her then. Dante told me to give this box personally to Phoebe. *She turned to go!*

“Did he? Are you sure you can’t leave it right here? Ms. MacAllister should be back any moment, and I’m sure she would like to have it.”

Crystal: *She looked unsure of herself.* Hm … Well, I guess. I don’t want to miss her and I’m sure she’ll be right back. *She reluctantly handed the box to Ms Nadine but pulled back at the last minute.* Please promise me you won’t open it. Dante specifically told me only Phoebe should open it. He said it’s a real special surprise for her.

Phoebe: “Of course. I will take very good care of it.” Ms. Nadine flashed a prim little smile, a vision of teacherly innocence. -10:39 Nov 11
“Of course. I will take very good care of it.” Ms. Nadine flashed a prim little smile, a vision of teacherly innocence.

Crystal: OOhh … okay. *She handed the box to Ms Nadine but the card fell off of the box and onto the floor, further into the room!*

“Thank you, sweetie.” Ms. Nadine wasted no time in slamming the door, eyeing the little boxed prize! “My pretty, you have a present! But oh, the tricks demons do weave. I do suppose if I opened it, it would be something nasty indeed.” She brought it over to Phoebe tohave a look, even if the girl couldn’t see in the dark! “Would you like to open it, pretty? I know I would.”

Crystal: *She blinked at the closed door and knocked on it.* Ms Nadine? Ms Nadine …

Phoebe: Mmrrph. mmrh.. GRRPPH! *Cursing at the Psycho Queen! She hoped that box DID blow up in her face! Why did Crystal have to come here?!* -10:57 Nov 11
“Speechless? Silly girl.” Ms. Nadine completely ignored the one at the door. If the woman kept knocking, she’d just invite her in for a snack for the Vinelings. For now, she was standing oh so close to Phoebe and sloooowly pulling the ribbons off the box.
With the ribbons gone, nothing happened ….. at least not yet!
Ms. Nadine leaned closer still, sounding oh so suggestive. “It is so excited to unwrap things.” Ribbon off, she popped the top of the box to lift it up… and of course away from her face incase it did choose to explode!
… And the box was … empty! How anti-climatic!
“Empty.” Ms. Nadine dropped the box and kicked it across the floor. Oh, he thought he was so clever. “A distraction. No matter. Where were we, pretty? I believe your Demon Prince will be a little bit longer.”
Dante: … A bit longer, I think not. *Dante said, standing right there with the tip of his sword aimed at Nadine’s back.* Let her go. -11:09 Nov 11
Ms. Nadine didn’t move a muscle. “There you are! You are so very late. I was going to start without you. Did you want to…. stick you sword in me?” She half purred it out, giving a small laugh to herself!
Dante: Release Phoebe. *Was all he said! He hadn’t come to make small talk with her!* -11:15 Nov 11
“No. I don’t believe I will. Late to my class, back talking to the teacher… this is all very serious. She needs to be punished properly. Unless…”
Dante: *Dante clenched his teeth. He didn’t like where this was going.* Unless. -11:18 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Unless? Hell no! Grrrrrph! Phoebe was squirming again! She wasn’t going to be used as a bargaining tool so the Psycho Queen could get her hands all over Dante!* mmrrrph!! Grrphh, Drrph!! -11:19 Nov 11
Ms. Nadine reached out a hand to slap over the squirming Phoebe’s covered mouth. Sshhh! “Unless you want to take her punishment for her. I might just let you both walk away.”
Dante: *He growled and got into a defensive stance.* And if I’d much rather fight you and slice you in two. -11:23 Nov 11
“Oh. Then I’ll do this.” Ms. Nadine dashed away in the darkness, the slip of a whip being heard! At a whistling, those Vinelings wrapped around Phoebe curled up tighter and tighter, trying to squeeze her to death! “I don’t mind when they’re dead, you know… It’s just a little less fun when they don’t scream.”

Crystal: *Outside, there was the sound of Crystal knocking again!* Phoebe! Dante! Anyone home?!

Dante: *Dante’s eyes narrowed into slits.* Tell me, why are you so interested in me that you’d do this to one of your own students. -11:31 Nov 11
Phoebe: *That’s just gro-ACK! Now she couldn’t breathe! Not even to squeak in pain! ..hated this teacher.. so much!* -11:32 Nov 11

Crystal: I know you two are in there! And that creepy chick, Ms Nadine! *Kick kick! People were so stubborn!*

“Oh, don’t worry, Demon Prince. Phaedra of the Deep is no use to anyone dead.” ….The big mouth in the hall was SUCH a distraction. Being found out would not do. Very suddenly, those Vinelings released, and the darkness was eerily quiet!

Crystal: *at the door

Dante: Crystal, now! *He yelled, running for Phoebe!* -11:35 Nov 11

Crystal: *Weed whacker in hand, she pulled that string real tight! (Thank God, she had a dad who loved to use these things!) The roar of the engine as it whirrled and the blades going so fast, they were a blur filled the hall outside!*

Phoebe: *Slipping to the floor, and very out of breath…it took Phoebe to realize that she was loose and… wait, he had some sort of plan with Crystal?!* -11:37 Nov 11
The door of the room had flung open, and vines were start to creep out… until there was the weedwacker! No matter the universe, Vinelings seemed to know their death when they saw it! They were shrieking back in to the darkness!
Dante: *Dante grabbed Phoebe and dashed for the window, the closest way out!* Close your eyes. *He told her just before he jumped out, glass showering to the ground beneath them! He landed neatly on the ground and was already moving to hide behind a corner. Then he put his two fingers to his lips to whistle!* -11:41 Nov 11

Crystal: Heh. Expecting some blonde haired damsel in distress, were you? Not today! *She slashed at those vines and was slowly backing away from the class room! When she heard that whistle, she dropped the weed whacker and sprinted to the meeting spot Dante had chosen!*

Crystal: *dropped the weed whacker after turning it off, of course

Phoebe: *Close her e- As soon as he was jumping, she did as she was told! Not surprising it resulted with a broken window in what probably looked -really- awesome. After a moment, she finally took a peek to see a grinning Crystal!* …. well you don’t have to be grinning about it! It’s not that awesome! -11:44 Nov 11

Crystal: *She smirked and folded her arms, tapping her foot.* Now … why does your art teacher have a thing for riding crops and what the hell were with the vines!

Dante: *He was still holding Phoebe.* Distance between us and her first. Talk on the way. *He started walking very fast.* -11:48 Nov 11
Phoebe: I told you she was a psycho. …Didn’t really think she was that psycho. *Eeeww, disgusted creepy crawling feeling! Phoebe fussed to fix her clothes and there was NO way she was ever going back to this class! She didn’t care if she failed college all together!* You were supposed to keep Dante safe. -11:48 Nov 11

Crystal: Now, see. I was keeping your hottie boyfriend safe but he insisted on saving the day. It was so sweet. How could I not help him somehow? Especially with that plan of his.

Phoebe: I can’t believe you gave Crystal a weapon! She could have fainted and sliced her own head off! *And though she was complaining, Phoebe was hiding her face against his shoulder. She was really glad he DID come to get her. …although carrying her off was a little unnecessary!* -11:52 Nov 11

Crystal: *She blinked!* It’s not a weapon! *She protested before Dante could say something!* It’s a gardening tool. And I’ll have you know it’s the only one he trusted me with after I assured him of my knowledge and confidence in handling a weed-whacker. It’s about time Daddy’s hobby proved useful for something.

Dante: *He chuckled softly.* If it’s any consolation, she didn’t believe she would need the weed whacker when I told her what the plan was. -11:59 Nov 11
Phoebe: I think allowing the two of you to plot is dangerous. *Amused Phoebe? Just a little!* …aw damn! That whore still has my phone! How does she even remember to keep it?! What does she need a cellphone for! -12:02 Nov 12
Dante: I’m more worried about her knowing so much. *He confessed.* She called me Demon Prince and you, Phaedra of the Deep. Not to mention, she did control those vines much like the Psycho Queen is fond of. -12:04 Nov 12

Crystal: Whooa … Wait a minute. Demon Prince. Phaedra of the Deep. Psycho Queen … Are you telling me those people are real? The people in your manga?!

Phoebe: She’s read the published novels.. but. Phaedra isn’t in those, so… *She blinked up at Dante with a frown… and then cast a sheepish look at Crystal!* Um… ….Surprise? -12:06 Nov 12

Crystal: *She blinked and her eyes grow wide!* I cannot–Then that means–And you said–But really, I–*She was so busy ranting, she was walking far ahead of them!*

Dante: *He glanced at Phoebe.* Do you think she will go after Thanatos? -12:08 Nov 12
Phoebe: Hey…! Don’t wander off! Bad things happen to cute blondes! *..and bad things happen to Phaedra too. Suddenly, Phoebe wasn’t so amused! Chewing on her lip, she blinked at Dante again.* The Psycho Queen is a problem… but she isn’t the problem. -12:10 Nov 12
Dante: She is a serious problem, but she’s one of many. So which problem is the largest? -12:11 Nov 12

Crystal: *She didn’t seem to hear Phoebe but she did slow down! She finally stopped and waited for the other two to catch up to her!*

Phoebe: Ancient demon… *How does she explain without saying too much, or without freaking people out? …and now she wasn’t so sure if she knew the real information or not! Her own teacher was turning out to be the actual Psycho Queen!* Svaral. …he doesn’t thing the Deep is the way it should be. Your family is in the way of that. -12:18 Nov 12
Dante: THE Svaral? The one who roamed the Deep for eons, unchallenged in power who suddenly disappeared at the peak of his rule? *It couldn’t be. That demon was only a bad bedtime story to make bad demons behave.* -12:20 Nov 12
Phoebe: Yes. *oooh, why did she have to feel like it was her fault for bringing damnation on the Deep and causing all this trouble for Dante! Her and her great ideas for novels!* Sometimes ancient demons wake up and… he… he’s not very happy. Or nice. …really not nice. In fact, I decided I wouldn’t put him in the story arcs are all because it was too dark and violent, and not the kind of stories I feel comfortable with! -12:23 Nov 12
Dante: Phoebe … *He rubbed his temples but finally had to pull the cap off and ruffle his hair a bit. It was starting to make him prespire. He looked at her.* Is he the one hiding my mother? -12:25 Nov 12
Phoebe: *She shook her head slowly.* No. …But I should really get you back to find her before he does. She’s very special. -12:27 Nov 12
Dante: *He glanced away.* If Svaral is involved … we need to find Thanatos and tell him. -12:30 Nov 12
Phoebe: Kind of like I’ve been suggesting the past two days. *Leave it to a man to suddenly think it’s a good idea when you tell them the bad news! Men were men in any universe!* Do you know how to find him, the same way he finds you? -12:33 Nov 12
Dante: It’s … a little more complicated than how he does it. *He said, looking back at her.* He’s a full demon so it comes naturally. I’ll need a quiet spot and, depending on whether he’s shielding himself or not, it may take awhile. -12:35 Nov 12
Phoebe: Then we better get home. I’d like to wash off the feeling of pawsy Crazy Lady, anyway. -12:37 Nov 12
Dante: *Dante nodded and they headed back to her apartment with Crystal in tow!* -12:44 Nov 12
Dante: *Dante nodded and they headed back to her apartment with Crystal in tow!* -12:44 Nov 12
The apartment was the same as always! …except. No, must be nothing. It looked normal and everything was in it’s place. -Phoebe
Phoebe: *Phoebe had let them all inside, and… everything looked normal. That weird feeling of being violated had to come from those creepy crawlies from the Psycho Nadine! Phoebe wasted no time in heading for the bathroom!* -12:48 Nov 12

Crystal: *Crystal decided she needed to lie down! So, she went into Phoebe’s room to sleep on the bed!* I need a nap …

Phoebe: You didn’t get hurt or anything did you? *Phoebe was undressing and wrapping herself in a robe, before she leaning over a plopping Crystal.* I’ll not be in the bath long, do you want me to let you sleep? -12:55 Nov 12

Crystal: *Crystal looked up at her and smiled a little.* I didn’t get hurt. It’s just … really overwhelming to think all this time … your manga characters were coming to life!

Phoebe: Yeah. …let’s just hope it’s only the Deep. If anyone from Suger Honey Faeries is real, I’m jumping off the building. *Pulling the covers up over Crystal, Phoebe grabbed her clothes and a towel to take with her to the shower.* -01:03 Nov 12

Crystal: *Crystal laughed and took a deep breath as Phoebe disappeared into the bathroom with a towel! She closed her eyes.*

Dante: *In the meantime, Dante had decided he probably needed to rest his eyes just a tad bit. There was a lot to think about. This quest. His mother. Thanatos. His father. And now this ancient demon.* -01:06 Nov 12
Phoebe: *Stepping in to shower, Phoebe ran the water as hot as she could get it without killing herself! SO much better. She was having to pull little pieces of… she wasn’t even sure what it was stuck in her hair. On the brightside she got a bit distracted with thinking about Dante in the shower, so zoning out to daydream made a good tempory distration while she washed out her hair.* -01:08 Nov 12

Crystal: *Phoebe’s bed sure was comfortable! It didn’t matter that she hadn’t had time to fix it before she had to run off to class–and end up in a trap! Looking back, she couldn’t help but muse that it was like they were living out some fantasy story!*

Phoebe: *It was weird to think her own shampoo smelled like Dante. …or at least, smelled better on Dante. By the time Phoebe stepped out of the shower she was feeling much better. Drying her hair with the towel before wrapping it around herself, she tip toed out of the bathroom to sneak across the living room and get a soda out of the kitchen. * -01:17 Nov 12
Dante: *Unfortunately, Dante ended up falling asleep, too! Taking on rescue missions after only eating a couple of hot dogs sure took a lot out of you!* -01:19 Nov 12
Phoebe: *Passed out. No wonder it was so quiet. Phoebe detoured on her way back from the kitchen, setting down her soda so she could lean over Dante. He was asleep, so he wouldn’t notice. Phoebe brushed a soft kiss against his cheek.* Thank you for saving me. -01:24 Nov 12
With Dante and Crystal asleep, Phoebe now had some quiet time to herself!
Phoebe: *Quiet time for Phoebe the first time in two days! After getting dressed, she plopped down at her drawing desk. The first thing she needed to do was prepare making the Book. She looked around for all of her notes, sketches and everything that’d be useful!* -01:30 Nov 12
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[Phoebe was going through her notes while everyone had a nice nap. …except… she accidentally fell asleep at her desk again while doodling pictures of Dante making faces at Thanatos!] -10:00 Nov 12
Phoebe: *With a pencil loose in hand, Phoebe had her head resting on an arm, sleeping away. ..and dreaming! Everything a mixed up blur. Dancing eggrolls, hungry demons, cute boys, and scary things. Don’t worry. You did not create this world, only the role you play in it. Guardian spirit was a noble choice… Guardian Spirit to eggrolls. It was a shame she had to eat them!* -10:15 Nov 12
[Dante was sleeping very soundly on the sofa while Crystal was snoozing away on the bed!] -10:18 Nov 12
Dante: *He woke up to his stomach growling and feeling a little light headed! He rubbed his temples a bit as he lay there, staring up at the ceiling. Thanatos. He had to find Thanatos but … he really didn’t want to.* -10:19 Nov 12

Crystal: *Crystal snored in her sleep!* Hmm … Cute … Hottie … Zzzz … *She turned over on her side and hugged a pillow tightly!* Mmm … Soft …

Phoebe: *Haha eggrolls! Now you’re mi- Damnit Crystal! She found them first! Angry Phoebe slammed her fist down on the desk, the resulting noise startling herself awake! Phoebe blinked sleepily at her desk.* Huwah..? -10:24 Nov 12
Dante: *From inside his pocket, Dante pulled out a beautiful golden locket, oval with four jewels in the four spots of the cardinal directions.* Red … for courage … blue … for faith … white … for purity … green … for life. *He ran his thumb over the cover, saying the line from memory. When you opened the cover, a tune began to play and there were pictures inside. But he was content to just stare at the cover.* -10:27 Nov 12
Phoebe: *Damn, she had dozed off. There went her idea of being productive. Phoebe leaned to glance at the clock. …yep, napped most of the day. Glancing over her shoulder, it seemed Thanatos didn’t return on his own either. But Dante was awake… and looking serious! Phoebe got up from her desk to move and sit on the floor next to Dante on the sofa.* Nice nap? -10:30 Nov 12
Dante: *He closed his fingers around the locket and smiled slightly.* Very nice, thank you. How did you do with the Book? -10:33 Nov 12
Phoebe: I can’t find some of my notes, but that’s okay. I can make it from memory. *She moved to turn around and open his fingers off the locket.* What’s this? -10:34 Nov 12
Dante: *His fingers were reluctant to open. He didn’t like to share this. It was personal … but his fingers opened for her to see the locket.* … I wish I knew. I just know it’s very important to me. I once fought off a group of bigger boys to keep it safe. -10:44 Nov 12
Phoebe: *It was pretty.. and… not something she had ever drew! Which made for a very curious Phoebe! She tilted his hand to see it better.* It’s really unique, isn’t it. …I guess you’ll find out what it is soon enough. You always do. -10:47 Nov 12
Dante: *He sighed softly but was still smiling.* Unfortunately when I do, it’s at a very bad moment for me. *He reached up to brush some strands out of her line of vision and behind her ear.* Would you like to lie down with me? -10:49 Nov 12
Phoebe: *Yes! ..No! Bad Phoebe! but, even a demon prince needed comfort now and then! With that as an excuse, Phoebe moved to climb up on the sofa with him.* This world is a little different from the Deep, though. …Plus I have weapons. -10:52 Nov 12
Dante: *Dante moved over for her and slipped his arms around her waist.* Weapons along the lines of your great wit and sparkling sense of humor? -11:18 Nov 12
Phoebe: I was thinking more like my kendo stick and beating the hell out of somebody. *Besides… her wit and humor tended to get her in more trouble than out of it! Phoebe settled, resting her head at his shoulder so she could annoy herself by trying not to nuzzle against his neck. This was definitely taking advantage of him!* -11:21 Nov 12
Dante: *He placed his head on top of hers and closed his eyes.* Your kendo stick and your spirit for fighting are welcome additions. Is Desire of the Deep your only creation? -11:29 Nov 12
Phoebe: *This was deliciously comfortable. She’d purr if she could get away with it.* Not really no. I’ve done a lot of series.. some.. uh.. more embarrassing than others. -11:31 Nov 12
Dante: *He smiled.* More embarassing than drawing naked pictures of sex? -11:33 Nov 12
Phoebe: *She stiffend before slowing turned her head to hide her face at his shoulder* Nothing embarrassing about naked sexy pictures… but maybe some of the stories and characters are. -11:36 Nov 12
Dante: Hm? Perhaps you do not mind sharing? I am most curious about these other creations of yours. -11:52 Nov 12
Phoebe: *Blink! Phoebe sat up to eye him for a second.* Do you? I mean, I don’t mind, but… uh… Well, it’s mostly mushy girly romance stuff with needless drama and pretty pictures. -11:54 Nov 12
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[Phoebe isn\’t so sure Dante actually wants to see mushy romantic hentai manga! …wait, weren\’t they supposed to be doing something?] -02:26 Nov 14
[Dante is relaxing a bit before the hard work gets done!] -02:30 Nov 14
Dante: *He smiled and kissed her forehead.* Hm. On second thought, perhaps it is better if we leave that for another time. -02:31 Nov 14
Phoebe: I’d hate to feed another person’s addiction to manga. *Phoebe grinned. It was nice when he smiled. So.. er… wait! Thanatos!* …and we’re forgetting about your brother. We can’t leave him out on his own. -02:35 Nov 14
Dante: *A smirk!* Not even for a little while more? -02:36 Nov 14
Phoebe: How about we bring him home and then you can forget about him, hmm? *What a wicked look! Boy, she’d like to kiss it right of-.. Oooh, Phoebe rolled off the sofa before it was too late!* -02:41 Nov 14
Dante: *Dante smiled as she escaped but then that smile disappeared!* … I will return soon. *He was headed for the door!* -02:42 Nov 14

Crystal: *She had finally gotten out of bed! She paused at the doorway and yawned, stretching!* So … what did I miss? *She saw Dante heading out!* Oh, are we going to get something to eat already? That’s awesome because I’m starving!

Phoebe: Wait, wait… you’re going to trot out in to the big world by yourself without protection?! *And by protection, she meant herself and Crystal to tackle women and fend off evil! Fangirls were tricky!* -02:45 Nov 14
Dante: *He stopped and glanced over his shoulder.* Actually, this is the part where I get Thanatos by challenging him to a fight. Unless you know something we can bribe him with. -02:47 Nov 14

Crystal: *She perked up at the mention of Thanatos!* Ooh … How about chocolate? No one can resist chocolate!

Phoebe: *She had the brief thought of hanging Crystal over a vat of melted chocolate, but that probably wouldn’t do it for Thanatos!*… I guess not. But what if something and I’m not there to save you? That’s a serious problem. -02:51 Nov 14
Dante: *Now he turned completely to face her.* I don’t want to put you or Crystal in danger. You know how Thanatos feels about humans. But I cannot stop you if you truly wish to come. -02:53 Nov 14
Phoebe: I do, yes. Besides, what’s he going to do? Glare at me to death? *She turned to point at Crystal.* You could order some dinner while we’re gone, though! Pizza, or thai, or… something good! -02:55 Nov 14

Crystal: *Crystal pouted a bit!* But I want to see Thanatos again … Can’t I come?

Phoebe: We’re bringing him right back here, you’ll see him again. …plus you’ll have dinner waiting for him so he’ll be slightly less mad about coming back! -02:58 Nov 14

Crystal: *She huffed and crossed her arms! Damn Phoebe when she was making perfect sense!* .. Oh okay. I’ll go order us some dinner. *And then she was marching off to the phone and the phone book!*

Dante: *Dante was heading out the door!* I need somewhere with a lot of space and few humans to interfere. The roof is too small and we cannot use the parking lot. -03:02 Nov 14
Phoebe: Just pretend you’re the adorable slave girl preparing everything for her Master the hottie demon prince’s return! *And how she said that with a straight face will never be known! Phoebe grabbed her keys to stuff in her pocket before following Dante.* There’s a big park space in the downtown area, a huge water fountain and some benches. It’s getting late so not many people will be out right now. -03:04 Nov 14
Dante: *He nodded.* It will have to do. I’ll seal the area so we won’t attract attention. *He stopped as if something had come to him but then he seemed to make up his mind and kept going!* How far away is the park? And in what direction? -03:08 Nov 14
Phoebe: *Trying to map out the streets in her head, she didn’t point the direction until they had stepped out of the elevator on the bottom floor.* That way. A couple of blocks straight. Which is probably the only good thing about this neighborhood! -03:11 Nov 14
Dante: Hm. *He looked in the direction she had pointed and then he was picking her up and running for the park! He didn’t even pause at the curb for busy traffic! He jumped over the people waiting for the crosswalk light to change, landed on a passing car! Then he was jumping onto the next car and over the people waiting at the other side, to land neatly behind them and already running!* -03:14 Nov 14
Phoebe: *Okay, so yelping like a girl wasn’t all that suave, but getting scooped up and bouncing around like this wasn’t cool! Phoebe threw her arms around his neck and reminded herself he wouldn’t drop her!* Can’t you warn me first?! -03:16 Nov 14
Dante: *He looked down at her and gave her a sideways grin.* I am at your command, my lady. *But he did slow down as they approached the park and then he finally put her down once they were in the park area. He looked around.* We’re still too close. *And he started hiking further in.* -03:19 Nov 14
Phoebe: *What a rush! But that might have been less of the sudden running and more the fault of totally cute grinning. With a huff to herself, she followed close behind, keeping an eye out for… anything unusual. She wasn’t really sure what to keep an eye for, but nothing the past few days fell in to the realm of normal.* I guess it takes oodles of concentration for using demon senses. -03:22 Nov 14
Dante: *Dante finally stopped and looked around. There were no humans around other than Phoebe and it was quiet here, no sound of human traffic, their cars, or even animals.* Stay here. If you wander outside of the perimeter, you’ll be stuck outside. *Then he disappeared through the bushes. After backtracking a bit, he stopped and drew a symbol into the dirt. Then he turned to the left, started walking again, after awhile, he stopped and drew a second symbol. He repeated this cycle until he had drawn four symbols in the dirt in a circle. Then he returned to Phoebe’s side and summoned his sword.* If you wish to hide now would be a good time. -03:25 Nov 14
Phoebe: *Phoebe had stayed put, watching curiously as he moved around… It was one thing to draw this kind of stuff, but a whole different story to see it done for real. ..wait, hide?* …Do I need to? *A fight between Dante and Thanatos… yeah, she should probably move somewhere out of the way!* ….yeah. I’ll be over there! *She pointed towards a fountain, one safe and sound but closeby. And sat herself down on the edge where she could still peer around and see.* -03:29 Nov 14
Dante: *He watched as she went to hide and made a note not to let Thanatos get anywhere near that fountain. He closed his eyes and held the sword securely in both hands. He started saying something but said it so softly it was impossible to hear. But the air began to tingle and then it seemed to actually come alive with energy! The symbols Dante had drawn earlier began to glow a bright light! Dante’s spell created a force field around the area, making it look normal to the outside world. Wind blew his hair up, out of his face!* I am Dante von Arikmos, second in line to the Demon Crown, son of the Demon King. I challenge Thanatos leo Maximus, the Crown Prince, to a duel. -03:37 Nov 14
Phoebe: *Crystal was going to kill her for making her miss this! ….but then Crystal would probably try to glomp someone in the middle of a fight too! Phoebe shifted, turning so she could sit crosslegged on the edge and watch without having to crane her neck. ….man… she could be sketching this! Why didn’t she think of that?!* -03:41 Nov 14
At first nothing happened and the wind died down but suddenly Thanatos was standing several feet in front of Dante.

Thanatos: *Thanatos didn’t look pleased at seeing Dante again but his halberd appeared in his hand.* So you finally came to your senses to die by my hand. Fitting.

Dante: I challenged you because I know you couldn’t resist taking it. I summoned you for an entirely different reason. -03:43 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He raised a hand and large, sharp chunks of rock broke out from the ground, hovered in the air! He gestured and they flew straight at Dante!*

Phoebe: *It figured that Thanatos wouldn’t listen right off the bat. Phoebe raised her hands up to shout about rocks, but caught herself! Dante’s been in a dozen fights, he doesn’t need her pointing out the obvious!* -03:45 Nov 14
Dante: *Dante ran forward and sliced through those rocks as easily as if they were paper! The sword was a lot sharper and stronger than Phoebe had first thought it was! One rock, two rocks, three rocks reduced to pieces of dirt!* -03:46 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He was already readying himself into a defensive stance with his halberd. He was going to enjoy this …*

Dante: *As soon as those rocks were done with, he was moving to slice Thanatos into two!* -03:48 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He had predicted Dante to do that so when Dante’s slice came he blocked it and the two were in a stalemate!*

Dante: … Svaral. Does that name ring a bell? -03:49 Nov 14
Phoebe: *Anything that could slice rocks in half could shishkabob a person. For a second she had covered her eyes, but of course she couldn’t NOT look. This would be the most awesome scene in the manga, ever!* -03:50 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow.* What does he have to do with any of this? *To break the stalemate, he swung the halberd up, causing Dante’s blade to slide down and leaving him open!*

Dante: *As soon as he saw the halberd swing up and his blade go down, Dante rolled out of the way and landed in a crouch, barely avoiding the halberd coming down to cleave him in two! He responded by casting an ice spell, surrounding Thanatos’ feet in ice!* The spirit has spoken. He’s awake and he’s pissed. -03:53 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He smirked as a simple fireball melted the ice and then six appeared in the air in front of him! He launched those at Dante with a wave of his hand!* Is that so …? The spirit. That little human you sought shelter with? You honestly believe that.

Dante: I believe what I’ve seen. She explains why things haven’t seemed quite the same … why things are different in the Deep. *He froze the first ball and sent it hurling it back as a ball of ice that smothered the others!* So you’re going to pretend like Svaral isn’t a big threat. -03:55 Nov 14

Thanatos: Svaral is a big threat. Provided he was real in the first place. He’s just a demon child’s fairy tale. You’ve been clinging to your mother’s memory too long, little boy.

Phoebe: *How the hell are they doing that! The spells! Phoebe shifted to crawl around the edge of the front to get a more frontside seat. Not chanted spells… maybe it was natural magic? In the blood? …damned, maybe she should have taken science!* -03:58 Nov 14
Dante: *That proved to be the wrong thing to say! Dante held the sword at an angle!* … Never mention my mother. *He charged forward but at the last minute, he let his sword’s point drag across the dirt and then he was slashing upward for Thanatos’ face!* -04:01 Nov 14

Thanatos: *Thanatos blocked the slash with the butt of his halberd and then he was moving to slice Dante in half!*

Dante: *He actually did a flip over the halberd! And then his elbow shot up to connect with Thanatos’ jaw!* -04:02 Nov 14

Thanatos: *The elbow hit squarely, forcing him back a couple of steps! He lost his grip on the halberd but then he was summoning it back to his hand!*

Dante: *He saw the halberd moving at the corner of his eye and put his foot down on it! Then he was holding the sword’s hilt in one hand and swinging for Thanatos!* -04:02 Nov 14

Thanatos: *Thanatos stepped backwards to dodge the blade’s edge, then he was dropping to the ground to lash out and swing his feet for Dante’s ankles!*

Dante: *Dante landed on the ground on his back with a THUD! But then he got back to his feet by just swinging his legs up in the air and then rolling up as he swung his feet down, just like in the movies!* -04:05 Nov 14

Thanatos: *Dante got up just in time, too, because that was when Thanatos’ halberd–which had been under Dante when he fell–returned to Thanatos’ hand! He moved to try running the curved blade of his weapon into Dante’s chest!*

Dante: *Dante deflected the curved blade and then forced it away from him!* Are you willing to bet the life of your sire on a demon child’s fairy tale then? -04:08 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He swung the butt end of the halberd at Dante and then followed it up with a thrust to his chest with the same end.*

Phoebe: *Ach! Jeeze! He was really going to try and kill him at this rate! She might have to intervene! Phoebe moved to her, standing on the found, just incase she had to run and pounce.* -04:10 Nov 14
Dante: *He blocked the swing with the halberd, then jumped back to avoid the thrust! He glanced to the side and found they were getting closer to the fountain! … On second thought maybe the fountain was a good idea in the first place!* You’re stuck here until a quest is done. And, unfortunately for you, it involves finding my mother. You might hate humans but this world is full of them and the more you act like a bastard, the more time you’re going to spend here. -04:13 Nov 14

Thanatos: … *That made him pause!*

Dante: You might not be fond of Phoebe or Crystal but Phoebe can help you get home. You said so yourself, the Demon King is in trouble and he’s going to need you back there if he’s going to keep his throne. -04:13 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He had said as much … He was still silent though!*

Dante: *He glanced off to the side.* Look, I don’t like you and you don’t like me. But you want to get home and I want to find my mother. So I’m asking you … Will you help me find my mother before Svaral does? -04:17 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He actually looked surprised! Demon child’s fairy tale or not, Svaral appeared to be a real threat to the half-breed!* I … I will help you find your mother. But only because I want to return to my world. It has nothing to do with you or the human who bore you.

Dante: Of course. As soon as we find her, we’ll send your sorry ass back to the Deep. Then you can go back to kissing the Old Man’s. -04:18 Nov 14

Thanatos: *His word was his bond but he didn’t let the halberd disappear just yet!* You should mind your manners, half-breed.

Phoebe: Yes! Story arc accomplished! *One little dance on the fountain! She was so going to draw it out, just like that! Moment for moment! …and yet, there that demon prince was not putting away his weapon. She WOULD pounce on him again if she had to!* -04:21 Nov 14
Dante: I’ll mind them when you’re worthy of it. *Dante replied.* -04:23 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He smirked.* We’re not through yet. You challenged me to a duel. It’s not over until one of us draws the other’s blood.

Phoebe: Dante.. hey… Wait a minute! You’ve just made a truce, you can’t go slicing each other to pieces! *Phoebe hopped off the fountain. Leave it to men to forget what the important things were.* -04:25 Nov 14
Dante: *He smirked back.* Actually, this duel’s been over for awhile now. -04:30 Nov 14

Thanatos: … Prove it.

Phoebe: *Phoebe blinked, suspiciously eyeing the both of them as she stuffed her hands in her back pocket. Prove it, indeed!* -04:39 Nov 14
Dante: *Dante tapped the spot right under the neck, still smirking.* You should practice on those reflexes of yours, old man. -04:41 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He gave Dante a suspicious look but touched the spot. When his fingers moved away, he found dark demon blood on them! Then he remembered … … he was holding the sword’s hilt in one hand and swinging for Thanatos! Thanatos stepped backwards to dodge the blade’s edge … but it seemed he hadn’t dodged quite enough!* I see. *Now the halberd disappeared.* The duel is over.

Phoebe: *Guh! She didn’t know if she were impressed by the sheer badassery of it, or alarmed that they were just swinging around weapons so sharp that you could cut a slice in someone without them even feeling it! His whole head could have been chopped off!* …now I don’t know if I should ever leave the two of you alone… -04:44 Nov 14
Dante: *The sword disappeared. He turned to Phoebe and smiled.* Mission accomplished. I’ll be right back. *He disappeared to go to the four symbols he’d drawn and erase them to deactivate the force field. He just hoped no one had noticed the magic and that the traces would disappear quickly.* -04:48 Nov 14

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at Phoebe!* I understand what use you are but what use is the other human.

Phoebe: Crystal? She is a loyal and endearing friend. ..and if you’re nice to her she’ll do anything you ask her to. She’s getting dinner for you right now, even. -04:50 Nov 14

Thanatos: Hm. *He seemed to think about that one until Dante returned and he raised an eyebrow.* Make sure the traces of your magic don’t linger for very long.

Dante: I can’t help how long the traces stay behind. *Then he turned to Phoebe.* Phoebe, do you know any reputable magic shops? I need an item that can cloak magic, particularly mine, and prevent traces of magic from occuring. -04:55 Nov 14
Phoebe: …I’m really not the best judge on which of the occult shops here are reputable. But we can try them all and see what works, I guess? *Luckily she had those candy credit cards and a nice little income from.. well.. Dante’ stories!* -04:57 Nov 14
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[Dante asked Phoebe if she knew of a shop that sold magical items!] -01:27 Nov 15
[Phoebe wonders if Dante realizes she\’s not the authority on magic in the city!] -01:28 Nov 15
Phoebe: …we might have to go through a lot of shops to see if they’re actually anything useful in them. -01:30 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He crossed his arms.* Let’s start looking.

Dante: *Dante smirked. Had Thanatos just said what he thought he had?* As in “we”? -01:32 Nov 15

Thanatos: … Now that we’re at a truce, it would only stifle my chances of returning home if you attracted the wrong kind of attention.

Phoebe: *Taunt the Demon Prince! Good idea! With a small cough, Phoebe took Thanatos’ hand to lead the way in the right direction.* Uh huh… speaking of attention, I wanted to say I was sorry for last night. -01:34 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at Phoebe.* And you would be apologizing for what exactly … abandoning me not once but twice in the space of a few hours or leaving me with that blonde-haired woman.

Phoebe: First of all, Crystal kidnapped you. Second, I am apologising for you surrounded by humans at that party. I was… uh… a little mad and liquor is a bad idea… *Did Crystal molest him already?* -01:37 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He was studying her long and hard as if doing so would somehow make her easier to understand.* … I see. I accept your apology. *Dante had said she was the spirit. But what could have possibly made him think this woman was a fit candidate?*

Phoebe: *Wow, she had expected he’d be more of a pain in the ass about it than this… surprising! Phoebe grinned.* You might try talking to people more often, you could get more apologies that way. -01:42 Nov 15

Thanatos: To each his own.

Phoebe: Yes, so. Occult shop, magic shop,… I’m not so sure anything here is going to be useful. Most of the people that say they can cast spells are actually just manics. *Leaving the park, she was heading them towards the downtown area where all the shops were!* -01:49 Nov 15
Dante: *Meanwhile Dante was following behind, hands clasped behind his head. Just by looking at him you wouldn’t have figured him to have just been fighting tooth and sword with the guy in front of him! A normal–but hot–guy out for a stroll!* -01:50 Nov 15

Thanatos: You live here. Surely you have some connections to what might be the best, competent place to fetch such an item.

Phoebe: Magic doesn’t exist in this world, at least, it’s not supposed to. So magic shops are usually filled with wackos. *It didn’t help she was one of those wackos that liked to check them out, but at least her excuse was looking for cool inspirational things for her manga! She cast a look over her shoulder to make sure Dante was close by.* -01:53 Nov 15

Thanatos: How you mortals get anything done is a miracle unto itself. Be that as it may, magic does exit and “wackos” or no, we will have to find one with people who know what they are dealing in.

Thanatos: *exist

Phoebe: Easier said than done. *And for their first experience with magicalwannbes in the human world, here they were arriving at Madam Fanny’s Rainbow Fantasy! Taking Thanatos inside there was the jingle of bells, the smell of ginger and pretty glittering things all over the place. Crystal loved this shop!* -01:58 Nov 15
Madam Fanny’s Rainbow Fantasy was the best shop in town for stones, mystical items and faerie enchantments! Madam Fanny herself looked a thousand years old, but was dressed in a youthful and inappropriate peasant shirt, rainbow skirt and fairy wings on her back! “Oh! Customers!” -Phoebe

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at Phoebe.* … I will add this to the list of the reasons I despise humans.

And strangely enough, Dante was nowhere to be found in the shop!
Phoebe: Thanks for lumping in all us awful humans in to the same boat, there, your highness. *…She’s lost Dante! …well, at least she’s not toooo worried about him escaping. That’s why she was holding on to Thanatos!* -02:03 Nov 15
Prancing in little ballerina slippers, the cheerful old lady hopped around her counter, motioning her hands fluidly around the room. “What are you looking for today? A love potion? Crystals to inspire new children? A gift?” -Phoebe

Thanatos: *He was giving the old woman quite the royal, arrogant look! … A love potion, the nerve!*

Phoebe: *Phoebe instantly let go of Thanatos’ hands!* No, god! Jeeze… What do you have that like… hides magical energy? -02:08 Nov 15
“Hide magical energies? No, no, no! That won’t do! When one has the gift they should share it with the wooorld!” she even twirled as she said it, but was bouncing over to the counter that had rows of different colored stones and a few in special carvings. “But I DO have all sorts of things. Are you sure you don’t need a love potion? I can see a spark between you two!” -Phoebe

Thanatos: … *That’s all he needed to hear!* Next. *And then he was turning and walking out of the shop.*

Phoebe: Imagine that! A spark between me and my brother! I guess we really are from Alabama. *Whoop! There went Thanatos! With a sigh, she shrugged her shoulders at the woman and followed him out.* I TOLD you. -02:11 Nov 15

Thanatos: Indeed. And do you know any other way to keep a half-breed’s magic from lingering for all the magical world to see? You fail to realize that anyone who knows what to look for can pick him out in a heartbeat. … That includes that art teacher of yours.

Phoebe: *…Phoebe hadn’t thought of that. Before she was only worried about random demons and beasties popping out. But if Ms. Nadine is REALLY the Psycho Queen, what was she supposed to DO about that?! ..guh! That woman knows where she lives!* ….this is a lot more complicated than I thought it would be. -02:16 Nov 15

Thanatos: Demons and humans have a specific signature to their magic. One demon’s magical signature is generally the same as another’s with a subtle difference here and there. Half-breeds such as Dante possess a different magical signature altogether, determined by how many parts of them are human and how many parts are demon or whatever they may be.

Phoebe: I don’t need the details explained, but thanks. *Phoebe turned around to look for Dante, but started on down the sidewalk. At least if she got worried, she could get Thanatos to track him down!* Maybe we should stop using the magic all together. Unless it’s really, really important. If it’s so easy to track the both of you down, and Ms. Nadine already knows where I live as it is. -02:22 Nov 15

Thanatos: You needed it more than you realize … *He was thoughtful for a moment.* Indeed. But it would still be a wise move to get such an item in case. Even in the face of caution, one must be prepared.

Phoebe: We’re lookin’, but I don’t know how useful human shops are going to be. *Speaking of which, she checked for oncoming cars before leading the way across the street.* This would be easier if we were in the Deep. I know what supposed to happen there. -02:27 Nov 15

Thanatos: Human shops, no. It’s time we sought out a demon shop somewhere in the city.

Phoebe: …you’re kidding right? -02:38 Nov 15

Thanatos: If human shops do not have what we seek, it stands to reason a demon shop would.

Phoebe: And you’re saying there’s actually demon shops here and not just crazy people trying to pretend they’re demon? *Not that she didn’t believe Thanatos could find other demons, but she was still finding it hard to believe that stuff like that could have been here the entire time without people noticing. ….then again her teacher has been a crazy man molester in another universe and she was only just now finding that out…* …and you know how to find them? Cause I sure don’t. -02:41 Nov 15

Thanatos: *Thanatos raised an eyebrow at her.* You are the spirit, are you not? Refugees from the Deep have been crossing over into Earth for some years now. In fact, it was a group of humans from Earth who spawned the humans in the Deep centuries ago.

Phoebe: I didn’t know that. *…now Phoebe was confused! She drew this world and the people in it, but they definitely had lives of their own… and so much more than she had ever plotted up! Uugh, this was making her head hurt! Phoebe rest her hands on her head.* Okay! Before I explode in to questions, find us a demon shop… and where ever Dante has gotten off to. -02:49 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He tilted his head slightly at her.* Is that an order or a request.

Phoebe: A request. I would never dare boss a demon prince. *Of course, she said it with a wide wicked grin, suggestion she damn well would if she had to! It was for his own good.* -02:53 Nov 15

Thanatos: Hm. That fills me with so much confidence. *He said dryly, clearly not believing her.* Dante is currently in that shop. *He turned and pointed back the way they’d come.* You should fetch him before he runs off with another human woman.

Phoebe: *Another woman… grr… Clearly that hit a sore spot, and she cast him a scowl. Not that she minded! …er well, not that she had any control over Dante! If he wanted to run off with some lady off the steet..! Phoebe dashed down the sidewalk anyway, all but falling through the front door as she entered the shop!* -02:59 Nov 15
Dante: *The shop Dante had wandered into was a butcher shop! There were a few women shopping for meat and he was telling them something which made them giggle! The butcher was nowhere to be seen but he was probably in the back, cutting something up! He happened to look up as the door opened.* Phoebe, hello. Did you know humans kill animals and then bring them miles away to be sliced and sold? -03:03 Nov 15
One of the women giggled! “You act like you’ve never been to a butcher shop before. Where are you from?”
Phoebe: …Uh… Yeah? *How cute! Phoebe almost smiled buuut… She coughed.* Um, why are you in here, exactly…? -03:04 Nov 15
Dante: *He blinked as if that was the oddest question in the world!* I was following you and Thanatos but then I saw all the meat cuts in the window. I decided to investigate while you and Thanatos were talking with each other. *He took one last look at the meat before he walked over to Phoebe.* Thank you, ladies. Have a good day. *He turned and smiled at the women still standing at the counter.* -03:07 Nov 15
The women all smiled back and waved. “Bye.” “See you later.” “Toodles.”
Phoebe: *See, he was just curious! Why’d Thanatos have to go and harass her like that?! …not that she should have fallen for it! It was a grumbling Phoebe stepping outside.* -03:10 Nov 15
Dante: So, are we giving up on finding something to cloak my magic? -03:13 Nov 15
Phoebe: No, Thanatos says we need to find a demon shop. …I just needed to make sure you were somewhere safe and out of trouble first. *She cast a look over her shoulder towards the butcher shop… run off with another human, indeed…* -03:15 Nov 15
Dante: *Dante smiled and suddenly kissed Phoebe’s cheek when she turned her head back from giving that butcher shop a last look!* Thanks. It’s been awhile since anyone’s cared about my welfare. -03:18 Nov 15
Phoebe: *She was SO not turning red! Jeeze, he made it sound like it was a miracle or something.* It’s not that big of a deal! I just don’t want you getting kidnapped or molested or something. -03:23 Nov 15
Dante: *He was still smiling.* I still think it’s nice. *He looked up as they came to Thanatos.* -03:27 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He was waiting for them but once they reached him, he started walking again! It looked like he’d found the location of a demon shop because he kept walking two blocks, turned right, then left, and a few more blocks after that!*

Phoebe: *Following Thanatos to their doom…! That was a better thing to focus on, instead of stealing looks at Dante while he was smiling like that. A demon shop could be… just about anything! Probably perfectly normal looking, since anything else would catch the attention of curious humans. …unless it was totally masked by magic and was indeed something strange. Phoebe really had no idea what to expect of things now!* -03:30 Nov 15

Thanatos: … And that was how, a few minutes later, they found themselves in the downtown district in front of a night club!

… And that was how, a few minutes later, they found themselves in the downtown district in front of a night club! -Phoebe
Phoebe: *Phoebe was going to crack a joke about Thanatos and parties, but after yesterday she wisely kept it to herself! She was pretty curious though, she and Crystal had been here before! Never looked like anything weird!* -03:43 Nov 15

Thanatos: *There was a strange symbol over the name “Club 149” and it took awhile before anyone answered the knocking he made on the door.*

The door opened a crack. “We’re closed,” a guy told them and closed it!

Thanatos: … *Or the guy tried to close it! Thanatos was quick to put his foot in the door! When the guy looked from his foot to his face, glaring, he raised an eyebrow.* We’re not here for the music. I need to barter for something, an item for a favor.

The guy was silent for awhile and seemed to be thinking it over! “I’ll be right back.” And this time Thanatos let the door close!
Dante: *Dante smirked.* So how long until you bring up your name and title, Your Highness? -03:47 Nov 15
Phoebe: … I feel like the Mafia. Are we going to break someone’s fingers if they don’t cooporate? -03:48 Nov 15

Thanatos: Is that also how you humans do such deals in this world?

Thanatos: *He wisely ignored Dante’s remark!*

Dante: Demons don’t accept currency. If you want something, you have to give them something they want in exchange. -03:50 Nov 15
Phoebe: No. ….well, it’s how some people do deals here. The bad ones. …I hope they like credit cards. *Phoebe didn’t have anything else worth trading at the moment. Good thing they didn’t bring Crystal!* -03:51 Nov 15
The door opened, a lot wider this time! The guy on the other side was the bouncer, tall, broad, he looked Greek! The last time Phoebe and Crystal had come here, Crystal had tried so very hard to get his number but in vain! He threw his thumb over his shoulder! “This way.” And then he was stepping back to let them in.

Thanatos: *Thanatos walked in first, followed by Dante and Phoebe! He looked around as the door closed behind them and was securely locked!*

Phoebe: *Greek guy! Crystal pouted for days getting shot down by this one. There was always something hot about the foreign ones. ….apparently he was way more foreign than they thought! Phoebe was looking around for whole different reasons!* -03:58 Nov 15
Nothing looked different from the last time! Except the chairs were upside down on the tables and everything was so quiet and dark! As they headed across the dance floor, there was someone sitting on the edge of the stage. A small man in a dark red suit. “So, Dimitri tells me, you’re looking to barter, an item for a favor. Depending on the item, I may have you want. Or I may not.” That made the man burst out laughing. Apparently he thought he was very funny.
*from the last time Phoebe and Crystal had been here

Thanatos: *Thanatos stopped several feet away from the small man!* We’re looking for an item that cloaks magic, specifically a half-breed’s magic. Half-human. Half-demon.

Phoebe: *Yeah, this was exactly like in Mafia movies where the mob guys gave guns or money for doing jobs for them! Phoebe found herself feeling a little awkward with it. …the only thing she ever made deals for was with Crystal! Drawings for Food* -04:05 Nov 15
The man gripped the edge of the stage and rocked his crossed ankles as he thought! “Hmm … I might, I might. But an item like that, such power, such rarity … Hm. It would have to be a verrrryy good favor for me … or several good favors.” He burst out laughing again. Oh yeah, he was definitely a comedian!

Thanatos: First, I need to be certain you have such an item. I do not give out favors lightly.

Phoebe: *Phoebe leaned closer to Dante to whisper.* …why is it so funny…? He’s kinda giving me the creeps. -04:09 Nov 15
Dante: *He whispered back to her.* I don’t know. I’ve never met a demon who laughed so much before unless he was torturing someone. -04:13 Nov 15
Phoebe: Maybe he’s on drugs. *Torturing? Naw, he must be on heroine or something! Nothing is that funny!* -04:16 Nov 15
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[Phoebe is a little weirded out. But hey, Thanatos is handling this! Can\’t go wrong, right?] -02:31 Nov 15
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The man grinned! “Fair enough, fair enough!” He hopped off of the stage and gestured. “Come then! Let’s go and … check out the goods!” And then he burst out laughing again.

Thanatos: *Thanatos turned to Dante and Phoebe.* You two, stay here. If the item is as good as it should be, we will be out of here soon enough. *And then he followed the demon behind the stage!

Phoebe: *…she could imagine the ways it could go wrong, but they’re all involving tons of guns and a guy in a pinstripe suit yelling in Italian! And this laughing guy was so not fitting the image!* …good, so didn’t want to follow that guy in there. -02:43 Nov 15
Dante: *He looked around. The man who had let them in was nowhere to be seen.* It may take awhile. I don’t know how demon shops function here in the human world. -02:50 Nov 15
The man led Thanatos to a door and knocked on it a few times! The door opened and the man gestured Thanatos inside! “So you want an item, an item that cloaks magic … special magic …” He was rubbing his hands together. “That’s quite an item you desire. Quite an item indeed!” He burst out laughing again.

Thanatos: It is. Provided you have what I seek. *The room they were in was small, dimly lit and although someone had opened the door, he or she or it was nowhere to be seen.*

“It’s been quite awhile since I last had a demon customer or someone who knew enough. I was beginning to think my shop was getting worn and rusty. Not many people to cater to … or cater.” Another round of laughing.
Phoebe: This is really weird. I don’t like standing and waiting while shady business is conducted elsewhere! *Call her paranoid, but… she had a right to be! Plus, she wasn’t the one doing all the business, and she hate, hate, hated not being the one calling the shots!* -02:52 Nov 15
Dante: *He smirked.* In that case, I’m all for eavesdropping. Thanatos said to stay here … but he didn’t say for how long we had to stay. -02:54 Nov 15
Phoebe: *That was just asking for trouble. …but it was better than standing here waiting for something to happen!* Yeah! Lets do that! ….you first! -02:55 Nov 15

Thanatos: *Thanatos watched as the man went to the back of the small room. to a picture hanging there. It was a small portrait but there was a demon painted on it. He was small, blue skin and small horns with wings. His knees were bent and his feet were large. He wore only a loincloth and a belt across his chest. He guessed it to be the demon form of the man in front of him.*

The man looked at the picture and sighed softly. “Ah, memories. But I fled here with a few others … and you know how the gates work. They’re never in the same place twice.” He burst out laughing. “But that’s chaos for you. Chaos, sweet chaos!” And then he grabbed the frame and twisted it slightly! The frame activated a trap door that slid open in the wall next to it! The man gestured Thanatos inside! Now they were in a short corridor that broke off into steps that led down!

Thanatos: *He waited for the man to lead him and then followed!*

The steps led down to what looked like a dead end. “My shop has many things … many things indeed! But years ago, I found it hard to keep in touch with other demons and more … interesting customers! So, we devised a place for our devices far away from human law.”

Thanatos: I see. *He folded his arms.* And this is my concern, how.

That made the man laugh! “Ohohoho, a sense of humor, of dedication! I like that!” He leaned in close as if telling a secret. “So tell me, young one, what brings you to the human world? Running from a jealous husband, perhaps, or just decided to explore the places beyond the Deep?”

Thanatos: *He suddenly grabbed the man by the throat and slammed him against the wall.* I care little for your opinion or to tell you the adventures of my life. My patience is short. Show me your wares or I will take my business elsewhere.

Dante: *Dante smiled.* Of course. *He headed for the back of the stage but the door there was guarded by the bouncer.* Open the door, please. -03:05 Nov 15
The bouncer folded his arms. “I have orders to keep everyone out. If you’re not with the boss when he goes to his shop, you stay here until business is done.”
Phoebe: What if we want to look at stuff too? Like, for our own reasons! That would be a decent reason to let us in right? -03:07 Nov 15
Dante: Wouldn’t it be worth the risk if we were to get some things of our own? Your boss would come off with a few more extra favors. -03:11 Nov 15

The man only laughed. “Yes, yes! Of course!” Thanatos put him down and then he dusted himself off. He whispered something to the wall and another door opened! The room they came to was much bigger and there were wares of all sorts on the tables! No shelves, even the books were stacked up on a table and there was everything from maps to jars and trinkets everywhere! The light from the ceiling cast everything in a red-orange glow!

The bouncer thought about it for a moment. He finally stepped to the side and knocked on the door! The door opened and he threw his thumb over his shoulder!
Dante: Thank you. *Dante took Phoebe’s hand and went in first. They came into the small, dimly lit room Thanatos and the man had come through and found the trap door still open with the picture still slanted to one side.* -03:17 Nov 15
Phoebe: …so if we do actually leave with something, what do buy at demon places? *She could make up some crazy stuff for a demon shop, but now she was questioning what was just her own thoughts and what was reality! She held on to Dante’s hand, blinking at the weird picture.* -03:18 Nov 15
Dante: It actually depends on the demon but generally it’s a whole bunch of things. Most demons can’t resist hoarding things away only for them to realize years later, they have no room for more stuff so they start selling things. *He looked back at Phoebe and grinned.* Who knows, we might even find you a love potion. *He turned to peer through the trap door and started leading Phoebe down the corridor and down the steps.* -03:21 Nov 15

The man weaved through the tables toward the back where a glass display sat filled with jewelry of all shapes, sizes, colors and materials! There were glass jewelry, gold jewelry, silver, and some others that had no human names! He rubbed his hands together as he stood behind the display. “Hmm hmm …”

Thanatos: *Thanatos followed him to the back and didn’t bother browsing. He watched the demon examine his wares.*

Phoebe: What do I need a love potion for? I can get all the love I want. *Of course, that was out of her mouth before she realized exactly what she said. …and it was to late, so she was just gonna have to deal with it!* Anyways, I’d totally find a weapon or something more useful. -03:26 Nov 15
Dante: *He smiled slightly.* My apologies, fair one. We may end up meeting that love of yours, seeing as how Thanatos and I are spending so much time with you. -03:28 Nov 15
Phoebe: Yes, I’m totally going to introduce you to all of my pretend boyfriends. You’ll find them in my manga. *Phoebe gave him a wickedly cheeky grin.* -03:32 Nov 15
They find the door still open and Thanatos and the demon are, at first, nowhere to be seen! But there are all of those items on the table!
Dante: *That made him pause and he laughed softly.* Is that the Deep manga or are you referring to the romantic hentai fairy one? -03:33 Nov 15
Phoebe: I would never date a fairy. *Phoebe was looking around now, spying at things, but so not letting him go just in case.* -03:35 Nov 15

Thanatos: *He heard Dante and Phoebe!* … I told you to stay. What are you doing.

Phoebe: *Caught! So much for eavesdropping! Phoebe tried to pull one of Crystal’s pitiful looks!* …. we were scared? -03:47 Nov 15
Dante: *Dante grinned.* Window shopping. What’s the harm of examining a few trinkets? -04:13 Nov 15
Phoebe: *She blinked at Dante and sighed… He really didn’t know the art of following the leader and giving the sad face. … Then again he liked rufling Thanatos’ feathers!* -04:17 Nov 15

“Here we are!” The man had finally chosen a trinket out of the display! It looked like a simple coin with a hole in the center where someone had slipped a strip of leather to make it a necklace. There was some writing on it and it was thick, about an inch thick and looked made of gold. But when he turned it one way, it suddeny looked made of silver! “A powerful trinket. Simple looking yes but very powerful … very potent.” And then he burst out laughing.

Thanatos: *Thanatos turned his attention to the demon to examine the trinket.* It looks old but we will need to give it a test first.

Phoebe: *Seriously, was she the only one that noticed how that guy would just… laugh for no reason?! She actually found that more disturbing that wastedemons! Phoebe took a step behind Dante before she started making faces.* -04:24 Nov 15

“Of course, of course … Test away!” He started to laugh again. Then, the demon scratched his chin. “Eh but I have a rule against letting merchandise out of the shop until a certain … barter has been made.” He rubbed his hands together.

Thanatos: What a coincidence. Because I don’t barter until I know the item is genuine. Of course, there is the problem of having to return to fix up something because an item turned out to be enchanted so that it would only work in the shop.

The demon grinned. “Hm. How about collateral then? I let you take the item out of the shop for a test and I get to keep something of yours until you return … I’ll even be so kind as to take … that human girl with you off your hands.” He started to laugh.

Thanatos: Hm. *Was he honestly considering it?!*

Phoebe: …I’m not staying here by myself without some sort of weapon. *Like.. a gun. Or some earplugs! He didn’t have to look like he was comtemplating it though!* -04:34 Nov 15
Dante: I have another idea. How about the demon goes with us to give it a test. *Dante paused.* Unless the demon is afraid to see a test run firsthand. -04:35 Nov 15

Thanatos: *Thanatos looked at the demon.* He has a point. Come.

The demon’s eyes actually grew wide! “Outside?! In broad daylight?! But the humans … the humans … they … they’re everywhere!” And he started laughing again!

Thanatos: If you wish to barter, you have no choice in the matter. *And he started heading out!*

Phoebe: It’s like we’re… flesh eating mosquitoes or something! *Of course, it was hard being offended when even while he was freaked out he was laughing!* -04:42 Nov 15
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[Phoebe was saved from having to stay alone with a creepy laughing demon. Dante is officially her hero!] -12:11 Nov 17
[Dante definitely doesn\’t trust this demon!] -12:18 Nov 17
Phoebe: Let’s just get the testing of this thing over with, please! *Outside or inside, she didn’t care! It was easy for Thanatos to be all badass about it, he could glare someone to death!* -12:21 Nov 17

Thanatos: It will be quick. *He said as he made for the door!*

The demon was still cracking up hysterically! He was laughing so hard, he fell over and began rolling on the floor!

Dante: *Dante glanced at Thanatos’ back.* Unless you’re going to tie him up, we’ll have to roll him up the stairs and out the door. -12:26 Nov 17
Phoebe: *Nightmares. She was going to have nightmares about that guy. She’d never gt near a clown again, and forget watching the Joker!* …I’m all for gagging him too. -12:26 Nov 17
Dante: You head up with Thanatos. I’ll find something to bind him and follow. *He replied as he started looking on the tables for something to use. Snow globes, a horse shoe, a few gold coins …* -12:29 Nov 17
Phoebe: Hmm. Okay. *Phoebe wasn’t keen on leaving Dante, but… all that laughing was going to melt her brains! She was quickly on Thanatos’ heels to follow him out!* -12:33 Nov 17

Thanatos: *Thanatos didn’t stop until they were back in the night club. He turned to Dimitri still standing there.* We are taking your boss to test out an item we would like to barter for.

Dimitri was looking behind Thanatos for his boss but instead he saw Phoebe. He gave Thanatos a sideways glance but Thanatos didn’t look like the type to argue with so he didn’t say anything!
Phoebe: *Phoebe shoved her hands in her pockets, blinking back at the…well, she guessed he was confused, guard. Dante dragging up the lunatic was probably going to look weird.* -12:38 Nov 17

The demon was still rolling around, trying to suck in a breath while laughing insanely when Dante stood over him! He was laughing so hard, he was crying! Dante stretched the silver chain and crouched down to start binding him.

Thanatos: *He turned and waited for Dante and the demon to appear, all the while holding the amulet up and examining it!*

Phoebe: Were you really going to leave me here with that loon? *She eyed Thanatos. He had no like for humans at all, but he couldn’t be that wicked!* -12:46 Nov 17

Thanatos: *He glanced at Phoebe as he lowered the amulet.* … No. If you truly are the spirit, I may need you to send me home. And even if you are not, I am certain Dante would not follow through with the truce if something were to happen to you.

Phoebe: *She was going to say that wasn’t true… But then again, she could so see Dante get mad as hell at Thanatos if she weren’t there to break up the fight.* I am going to get you home. Just so we’re clear. Guardian spirit or not. -12:51 Nov 17
Dante: *Dante appeared with the demon bound, silent (gagged!), but shaking with laughter over his shoulder.* Next time you want to drag someone out, Thanatos, how about you carry the bastard yourself. -12:53 Nov 17

Thanatos: We’re going to need … *He looked at Dimitri.* You. Can you sense when magic is being cast? And are you skilled enough to know the differences between each race’s magic.

Dimitri didn’t know what to think and it still showed plainly on his face! But his brow furrowed when Thanatos asked him those questions. “Yes and no.”
Phoebe: *Phoebe couldn’t help but grin in Dante’s general direction. There was just something awesome about him carrying around a psycho – And now she was thinking like Crystal. Shifting on her feet, she focused on the task at hand! Testing stuff!* -12:59 Nov 17

Thanatos: *Thanatos ignored Dante’s remark and pointed.* Put him down somewhere. We’ll do the test here since he feels so strongly about going outside. You. *He pointed to Dimitri.* Go behind the curtain, close your eyes and cover your ears.

Phoebe: You don’t think he’d have the club rigged up to? *There was a severe disadvantage to only being human. She never thought that would be an issue before!* -01:18 Nov 17
Dante: She has a point. *He replied, not having moved from the spot he was standing at. He could’ve been ignoring Thanatos’ orders for a variety of reasons. He looked at Dimitri.* So, why does your boss not like the idea of going outside while it’s still daytime? -01:21 Nov 17
“Long story. The boss hasn’t gone out for years. Me and the other guys come and go for him or things get sent to him.”
Dante: How about you give us the abridged version then? We’re not getting any younger here and it’s really important we test out this toy of his. -01:28 Nov 17
Phoebe: *Phoebe kept the joke about his laughing being like a dinner bell for hungry demons to herself. ….She was pretty curious as to why, anyway! He wasn’t a vampire and didn’t look all that nocturnal!* -01:29 Nov 17
“He uh, when he first came, he had a fight with someone. Everytime he tells the story, the ‘someone’ is different so we don’t know if it was human, demon or what. But the boss hasn’t set foot out of the club since.” He shrugged.

Thanatos: … That is it? *Thanatos crossed his arms.*

Phoebe: Just… “someone”? That could be anyone. ..That could be some hobo off the street. *Now Mister Giggles was seemingly slightly less dsturbing, a bit more like a big wussy. …Well, just barely.* -01:51 Nov 17
Dante: That may be it but that doesn’t help. Maybe if we stick to the alley out back and don’t parade him through the city. -01:52 Nov 17

Thanatos: Or he could just be lying. *But he turned to Dimitri and ordered him to take them to the alley at the back of the club. The bouncer quickly obliged!*

Phoebe: …I hate to volunteer to helped crazy people, but if we did parade him around and found out what he’s so scared of, he could owe US a favor. *Liberating a demon from a phobia? Good deeds made for successful alliances!* -01:55 Nov 17
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[Phoebe doesn\’t like cackling demons. …It doesn\’t look like Thanatos does either!] -10:53 Nov 28
Phoebe: *Once they were outside in the back alley behind the club, Phoebe had her hands in her pockets again and trying not to twitch! Maybe that demon’s special power was melting brains with giggles? Truely horrifying!* -10:54 Nov 28
[Dante considered Phoebe\’s idea to find out what the demon was so afraid of.] -10:54 Nov 28
Dante: I have a feeling it may be a question of whom he is afraid of, not what. *He still had the demon over his shoulder as they walked out.* -10:55 Nov 28

Thanatos: *Thanatos glanced at the two of them as if to say, “Do I look like a therapist?”* Let us get this done quickly. Put him down.

Phoebe: Quickly is good, he gives me the heebie jeebies. *Phoebe took a few back steps out of the way, mostly so she’d get a good running start if she needed to leap and tackle the guy.* How do you test these sort of things, anyway? -10:57 Nov 28
Dante: *Dante smirked and gave him a mocking half bow.* Of course, Your Majesty. Would you like me to tidy him up next? Or shine your boots? Tch. *But he did as he was instructed and put the demon down.* -10:59 Nov 28

Thanatos: *He ignored Dante’s sarcasm and threw him the amulet.* Start. *He crossed his arms.* All Dante has to do is cast a spell while holding the item. If his magic can be sensed while in possession of it, the item is a fake. *He looked at the bound demon.* I will be cross.

The demon found something Thanatos said funny because he was shaking and rolling around at Dante’s feet!

Phoebe: *Cross would be an understatement. She sketched a scene where Thanatos got so pissed off, he threw a guy halfway across the deep! …And the damned guy just kept on laughing. SHE was about to throw him somewhere. Phoebe pulled her hands out of her pockets to cover her ears.* -11:01 Nov 28
Dante: *Dante caught the amulet while Thanatos turned around! He held it one hand–only to turn the bound demon into a dark blue rabbit with red eyes who was still bound with the silver chain!* -11:06 Nov 28
Phoebe: *Even being a bunny couldn’t make that guy cute. Phoebe at least dropped her hands.* So, how was that? Tinglie magic senses a no-go? -11:09 Nov 28

Thanatos: *Thanatos tapped his fingers against his forearm.* I could sense that. *He turned to the rabbit.* Your amulet can’t even disguise a low level spell. *His halberd appeared as he started walking to it.*

The spell wore off and the demon’s eyes grew wide and locked onto the halberd! He was giggling all over again, in fact he was rolling halfway out of the alley!

Dante: So much for that idea. *He jumped up and landed behind the demon, putting one foot on him to keep him from leaving the alley.* -11:11 Nov 28
Phoebe: He’s got some balls trying to con a Demon Prince, unless it’s some kooky trap thing going on. *That could be likely… but so far, there didn’t seem to be any danger. …for them, anyway! That demon was in trouble!* -11:12 Nov 28
Dante: He might not have known it didn’t work. *He shrugged. But then he noticed the demon stopped laughing when Thanatos approached. His eyes hadn’t left that halberd since Thanatos summoned it.* -11:14 Nov 28
Phoebe: No one sells that sort of merchandise without making sure it works first. This world or another. *She eyed Thanatos, chewing on her lip for a second.* Are you going to kill the guy? -11:16 Nov 28
Dante: You can’t kill every demon who tries to trick you. You’re going to run out of subjects that way. -11:18 Nov 28

Thanatos: I did not say anything about killing. But I do intend on being compensated for having wasted my time with this trash.

Phoebe: *Quick! Something to pacify the demon prince before he commits a murder and gets them arrested!* Uh… Favors! I’d say he owes us some favors, don’t you think? Having someone here that knows about the Deep for us to come to later would be useful in the future. …Right? -11:20 Nov 28

Thanatos: *He had that halberd held at an angle and ready to strike! But he paused and looked thoughtful for a moment.* I suppose.

Dante: *Dante bent to tug on that silver chain but didn’t release the demon.* How about it then, a favor later on for sparing your life. If you don’t agree to that, Thanatos can just hack you off now and we’ll be on our way. -11:25 Nov 28

The demon’s eyes were even wider but he quickly nodded! He giggled a bit but stifled it and nodded again!

Phoebe: Deal’s done then. Maybe our new friend can find us an amulet that works tonight, and we can go home. It’s getting late and I don’t know how much longer Crystal will sit still. *Crystal was getting dinner for them, and if she didn’t bring back on Thanatos as promised, she was gonna get about fifty text messages – on the phone that damned Psycho still had! Grr.* -11:28 Nov 28

Thanatos: *His halberd disappeared.* I will meet you back at your apartment. *And then he was walking out of the alley, leaving Dante and Phoebe with the bound demon!*

Dante: *He pulled the silver chain a bit harder and the chain released the demon, reverting back to a small short necklace. He put it in his pocket.* -11:34 Nov 28

When Dante tried to give the amulet back, the demon giggled and shook his head! “You–you–Keep I–” And then he burst out giggling!

Phoebe: Hey wa- Damnit. *Great, one demon prince running loose alone in the city. …bah, he can handle himself, right? Huffing to herself, she blinked at that cackling demon. aarrgh… she was going to get a laugh phobia!* Fine, then! We keep it! Going home now! *She grabbed Dante’s arm to tug him away!* -11:36 Nov 28
Dante: *Dante only had time to blink before Phoebe was dragging him out of the alley. He put the amulet into his pocket.* I guess that means no magic for awhile. -11:37 Nov 28
Phoebe: For a night or two. Unless something happens. …So I guess no frivolous usage of magic unless life threateningly necessary. *She made sure they were well out of cackling ear shot before she relaxed her pace and chilled out! There!* Luckily, there’s things we can do in the meantime. -11:42 Nov 28
Dante: *He smiled.* Now you sound like my mentor. He was one of the few in the Deep who did not like magic. -11:57 Nov 28
Phoebe: … didn’t that make it harder to teach you things? *His mentor was one of the few things she really never plotted out… And it was pretty weird, considering she had like. a million details fleshed out, except the one guy Dante spent the most time with! She didn’t even know what his name was!* Who is your mentor anyway? A human or a demon? -11:59 Nov 28
Dante: It made it tougher for me to learn to do things but I managed. His name was Nathe. I could never tell whether he was a human or a demon. I always figured he was like me, half of both. *And belonging to neither, but he kept that part to himself.* -12:04 Nov 29
Phoebe: I guess that would make sense. Being found by someone that could teach you. *That’s how stories usually went, anyway. Giving it some thought, they were just about home… and she was going to have to explain to Crystal why Thanatos wasn’t with them!* What happened to him exactly? He isn’t around at all for the start of my manga, is it the same for the real Deep? -12:07 Nov 29
Dante: I … don’t know. I woke up one morning and he was gone. It’s like he never existed. It was the day after I summoned my sword. He was proud of me. When he went missing, I started searching for him and eventually I ran into the old man. -12:11 Nov 29
Phoebe: People have this seriously weird habit of vanishing from the Deep. *It was like… a reoccuring theme. Was it cause they ended up in her world? But… how many of them were leaving on purpose and how many were accidents! Aaargh! Plotting these things out for her stories was fun, but with real people this was killing her brains!* Eh… I think we’ll focus on one person at a time. I know I can help you find your mother, after that maybe we can find him too. -12:16 Nov 29
Dante: *Dante nodded. It sounded like a good idea.* Of course, it’s going to be tough. My mother may or may not have been well-known in the Deep but she could be virtually anyone in this world. -12:17 Nov 29
Phoebe: Chances are, she’s in the city. That’s just how things work. *City wide search? Would be hard! But if she could a damned story, she could act the thing out! Might as well BE Phaedra of the Deep! Meanwhile, she was taking him in the apartment building and taking the dreaded ride up the elevator. She told Crystal to be demon-prince slave girl, and now she was missing one!* -12:25 Nov 29
Dante: *He was silent up the elevator. While Phoebe’s mind was on Crystal, his was on his mother. He wondered a lot of things about her.* -12:29 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Thanatos SAID he would be back. She’d just keep Crystal distracted so she could get started on pages for the book. Phoebe mapped out her plans for the evening, plus what they’d need to do first thing in the morning to go Mommy-Hunting as she stepped out of the elevator, and was quietly peeking in the front door. …No signs of Crystal yet! Sneak, sneaky!* -12:35 Nov 29

Crystal: THERE YOU ARE! *Crystal exclaimed from right behind Phoebe! In one hand she was holding a platter with food on it! Her other hand was on her hip!* What took you guys so long? I was beginning to think we’d eat before you got back!

Phoebe: *Phoebe froze! Aw damn! How did Crystal always hear her! She turned and blinked at the platter.* We? …what’s with the platter? -12:38 Nov 29

Crystal: Of course, silly! *Big GRIN!* I don’t know how you did it but you brought Thanatos back! *She said as she was walking into the living room where Thanatos was eating some eggrolls!* Here we go! *She smiled sweetly and put the platter full of sandwiches down on the table in front of Thanatos!*

Phoebe: *Here already. That was goo- …Hey! Phoebe rest her hands on hips and frowned.* Oh, I get it! Too good to walk home with the human! No that’s not totally insulting! *She shook a fist at Thanatos! …and stole one of the sandwhiches. The table setting looked ridiculously fancy. Crystal took this way too seriously!* -12:42 Nov 29

Thanatos: *He glanced at Phoebe and Dante!* I was beginning to think you two had gone for a … date, as you humans call it. *He picked up one of the sandwiches and bit into it.* Hm.

Dante: *He closed and locked the door behind him, then joined them! He picked up one of Thanatos’ sandwiches as well and ate one!* This is very good, Crystal. Thank you. -12:43 Nov 29

Crystal: *Crystal was just so happy to have Thanatos back that she didn’t mind everyone eating up the sandwiches she had made JUST for Thanatos! She beamed at Dante!* Thank you! I didn’t know what Thanatos liked so I made a variety! Tuna, egg salad, turkey, and some roast beef!

Phoebe: Great, the Demon Prince is a match maker. Didn’t know you were so romantic. *Phoebe stuck her tongue out at Thanatos. Date. Hmph. …not that it sound liked bad a bad idea, BUT STILL. More important things to do than think about deliciously awesome things she could do alone with Dante!* -12:45 Nov 29
Phoebe: *sounded like a bad idea! ahem! -12:46 Nov 29

Thanatos: *Thanatos just glanced at Phoebe and kept eating his sandwich! It was not his fault humans–especially her–were so sensitive!* I want to drink some red wine with this.

Crystal: *That was her cue! She giggled!* I’ll get it … Master! *And she scurried into the kitchen without bothering to ask what the other two wanted to drink!*

Dante: She is taking rather well to this demon master and slave idea you gave her. *Dante remarked, eating another sandwich. He sat down on the recliner, close to the table.* -12:49 Nov 29
Phoebe: It’s pretty sad that I know exatly what Cryssie likes. *At least she could mark appeasing Crystal off her to-do list. Now it was working on the book and putting Demon Princes to bed… speaking of which!* We have to talk about sleeping arrangements! Both of you have to get decent sleep incase all hell breaks loose, so there’s no sleeping on the floor or the sofa. …So… uh.. I have to put you both in the bed without killing each other. -12:51 Nov 29
Dante: I am *not* sleeping in the same bed he is, truce or not. *He reached for another sandwich!* -12:52 Nov 29
Phoebe: You HAVE to sleep in a bed. We can just build a wall of pillows and blankets between you. …It’s not like it isn’t big enough! *Phoebe loved her bed! So worth the splurge to have something big and fluffy for rolling around and sleeping. She snatched another sandwich for herself.. Dang, what did Cryssie do, make the best sammiches only for hot men?!* -12:55 Nov 29

Crystal: *As if on cue, Crystal appeared with a bottle of red wine she just opened and a wine glass! She apparently found the time to get some extra things while Dante and Phoebe were gone! Now she poured wine for Thanatos and giggled!* I’ll sleep between them. I’m much more comfty to sleep beside than pillows!

Dante: How many people would fit on your bed? -01:03 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Snort! It MIGHT have been a good idea to let Crystal be a buffer, but then none of them would get any sleep!* Three, maybe. If you want some inappropriate Cryssie snuggling and no sleep, you could take her with you. -01:05 Nov 29
Dante: Actually I believe four would fit on the bed. Thanatos and I could take the sides and the girls between us. It’d be tight but at least everyone could sleep without waking up to a fight in the middle of the night. -01:07 Nov 29
Phoebe: Snuggles, Dante! ..a lot! With no discretion! *She pointed at Cryssie, just incase he didn’t catch it the first time! You don’t have sleepovers without finding out your girlfriend’s bad sleeping habits!* -01:10 Nov 29
Dante: *He smirked.* And that’s why Thanatos will be on one side, followed by Crystal, you, and me on the opposite side. I wouldn’t want to break apart a wonderful pair like those two. -01:12 Nov 29

Crystal: AAAIEEE! That’s a wonderful idea! *She clamped onto Thanatos’ free arm and was clinging so very tightly!*

Phoebe: … okay, but if she tries snuggling ME, no one is allowed to cry when I start flinging pillows. *At least with Thanatos, she’ll be clinging elsewhere… but… poor Thanatos!* I’ll guess I’ll make the bed while the slavegirl fawns over the Master. *Darn Dante and his ideas! Phoebe stole one last sammich before scooting off to the bedroom.* -01:16 Nov 29
Dante: *He grabbed another sandwich! This was delicious! … And since Thanatos had his hands full with Crystal, he swiped the bottle of wine to drink from it!* -01:18 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Fluffing pillows.. there wasn’t enough pillows! …Thanatos was probably going to BE a pillow! At least that had her smirking while she rearranged the blankets, shook those crumbs out she kept getting everywhere and since she was there, changed in to some pajamas. When she returned, she flicked a hairband at Crystal!* Braid your hair before you take the master to bed! I’m going to work on the book. -01:22 Nov 29

Crystal: *Crystal giggled and picked up the hairband that had landed in her lap!* Yay! *She planted a kiss on Thanatos’ cheek and scurried into the bathroom!*

Thanatos: … I despise you. *He said, then took a sip of his wine.*

Dante: *A smirk.* The feeling is mutual. -01:28 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Blink. That was… random of them. …Then again it really wasn’t. Phoebe grinned, at least holding back a laugh as she dropped in to the chair at her desk. With a few papers collected, she was drawing some quick outlines and… yawning!* -01:30 Nov 29

Crystal: *Meanwhile Crystal was dancing around, humming to herself! Oh, it was a good thing she had packed some clothes in case she really did get a chance to sleep over! She was so sure Phoebe was going to kick her out and keep those two hot hunks to herself!*

Thanatos: *Thanatos stood after a few minutes. He went into Phoebe’s bedroom and lay down. With any luck, he’d be out in no time and be unconscious when that woman was finally done preparing for sleep. That is, if she had sleep in mind.*

Phoebe: *Off to bed before she could tell him to wear something more comfortable… then again, Thanatos might want his clothes for Crystal-protection! She sighed to herself, drawing up a design for the front cover of the book.* You should put on something comfortable to sleep in, since cranky-face isn’t. -01:38 Nov 29
Dante: *He smirked.* You do realize the most comfortable way for me to sleep is without clothes. -01:41 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Her pencil paused. That DID sound comfortable! Maybe if- No, no, no. Bad Phoebe.* …that uh… That might get a little awkward sharing the bed with people and all. -01:42 Nov 29
Dante: *He clasped his hands behind his head as he sat back in the recliner and put his feet on the table.* It’d only be awkward because Thanatos is there. -01:44 Nov 29
Phoebe: I bet you’d like having a couple of girls to snuggle, wouldn’t you! *Argh! Jealous streak again! She loved Cryssie but she didn’t want to share with her and.. and, hell, she shouldn’t have her hands on Dante anyway! Phoebe scoffed, switching papers to draw out her ideas for travel between universes!* -01:48 Nov 29
Dante: *Dante yawned and stretched in reply. He was going to close his eyes for a bit and give Crystal sometime alone with Thanatos. And it had nothing to do with the fact that this was a very easy way to mess around with Thanatos.* -01:51 Nov 29
Phoebe: *She moved to glare over her shoulder… but… it was so hard to glare when he looked so comfortable, and had his hair falling in his face like that. …and that look on his face like he was up to something wicked! Her eyes shifted to the door and- Dang! She should have hopped in bed first! What if it was now a danger-zone in there?! Phoebe clonked her head on her desk and groaned!* No sleep tonight. Soooo not sleeping tonight. -01:54 Nov 29
Dante: If Thanatos doesn’t run out, cursing, maybe Crystal would have tied him up and thrown him into the closet. -02:01 Nov 29
Phoebe: More like tied him to MY bed and promising to be a good slave for Master! *She glared over her shoulder again.* Neither of us are going to get to sleep. -02:03 Nov 29
Dante: *A grin!* What if I told you Crystal is sound asleep by now? -02:05 Nov 29
Phoebe: I’m not sure if I’d believe you… *Cryssie was so excited, there was no way she’d pass out this early!* -02:06 Nov 29
Dante: … And if I told you I might have used a small sleeping spell on her designed to last eight hours from the minute she lies down on your bed? -02:08 Nov 29
Phoebe: I’d say that was pretty devious of you, but might possibly make up for your totally weird idea! *Phoebe dropped her pencil, getting up from her chair so she could move and peeeeek around the corner in to her room.* -02:11 Nov 29

Crystal: *Sure enough, there was Crystal! Clinging to Thanatos stubbornly, yes but sleeping soundly as well!*

Thanatos: *Meanwhile Thanatos had given up trying to disengage himself from her and was lying down with his eyes closed!*

Phoebe: *She turned around, trying not to look relieved.* You escape a beating this time. She’s asleep. We should get to bed too… -02:16 Nov 29
Dante: *Dante was standing, that grin on his face.* I didn’t think Crystal would be the type to let us sleep on her own. And I think she’s had quite the day, don’t you? *He followed her.* -02:18 Nov 29
Phoebe: That’s the understatement of the century! *Phoebe tiptoed in the room… Cryssie was magically knocked out, but not Thanatos… she paused every time the floor squeeked until she crawl slowly in to bed.* Take your clothes off! *She whispered quietly… and then smacked her own forehead when she realized how BAD that sounded!* -02:23 Nov 29

Thanatos: *He opened his eyes and raised an eyebrow at her.*

Dante: *He smirked as he slipped his jacket off, which was the only thing he was about to take off.* -02:26 Nov 29
Phoebe: It’s not what I meant! *She hissed at Thanatos. Grumblng she inched under the covers until she pulled them up over her head. Hey, the ONE time she wasn’t thinking dirty! Jeeze!* -02:28 Nov 29

Thanatos: *He watched her pull the covers over her head and then turned on his side, away from them to sleep in peace!*

Dante: *Dante moved into the bed after Phoebe and ended up laying on his side, facing her.* Goodnight, everyone. -02:31 Nov 29
Phoebe: *Forced to come out from under the covers so she could breathe, she sighed and settled.* Goodnight Dante. ….Thanatos. -02:34 Nov 29
Desire of the Deep

002 Almost Too Good to Resist

Crystal takes the demon princes, and looses them! Ghali demons and enchanted college people. Taking two magical onyx staffs. Meeting Ms. Nadine and her blackmailing! Trying to resist Dante! Attempting to retrieve cellphone. Dante being serious. Getting drunk at the party, and jealous stunts backfiring! Taken home by Dante.

A long and restful sleep later, Phoebe woke up to the sound of her alarm clock going off! BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP!

Phoebe: *Christ, the damned thing was all in the way in the bedroom, why was it so damned loud! She pulled her arms over her head!* -10:27 Aug 02

BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP! On the fridge door, tagged by a fridge magnet, was a short note from Crystal that said “P, took the guys to school with me. Enjoy your rest. -Cryssie.”

Phoebe: … OH HELL! *Phoebe was jumping up and rolling in to the floor the moment she realized all that crap that was swimming in her head wasn’t just some weird dream! She stumbled to the bedroom first and there wasn’t a man in sight! She killed the alarm and tore in to the living room! No demon princes! The kitchen! Just a great big mess and – * … Noooo! Cryssie how could you DO this me?! -10:32 Aug 02

Crystal: *Meanwhile she was having her hands full, keeping all the girls off of Dante and Thanatos while eating up the attention!* Yeah, isn’t he to die for?! I think they both are! I’ve always been partial to bleach blondes but he is just too fine!

Phoebe: *Snatching the note off the fridge, she fell on to the floor with an overdramatized flop! Cryssie and two demons princes running around the university without any sort of damage control! Aaargh..! She crawled across the floor to head for the shower. Maybe it wouldn’t be so bad. Just look at the classes, kiss a few girls… They were all capable adults with sense, right?* -10:37 Aug 02

Thanatos: This was a fool’s request. *He muttered under his breath. Then he was turning and walking away–only to get mobbed by girls and a few of the older women!*

Phoebe: *In fact, once Phoebe managed to take a quick shower and pull one some fresh clothes, she was sure it was all just fine! This was reality. Girls didn’t -really- attack men like that. Unless they’re named Cryssie and chasing after rock stars. A couple of cosplayers is nothing!* -10:39 Aug 02
Dante: *Dante smiled at the girls and when he inclined his head and the sun hit his hair just right … the girls swooned!* -10:41 Aug 02
Phoebe: *Phoebe totally had everything under control! A new day, a chill pill, and good plan! She pulled on her jacket and made sure to lock up the apartment on her way out. …unless there was a hostile monster attack. …No, no. They were fine. She was just a few minutes away from the school!* -10:44 Aug 02

Crystal: Now, now, girls, be nice! *She quickly caught one arm around Thanatos’ and one arm around Dante’s!* They’re visitors and we wouldn’t want to scare them away, would we? *There was a soft murmur of agreement.* Good. Then settle down while I grab some visitor passes for these hotties!

And the first person Phoebe found while wandering around campus was Crystal, carrying the visitor passes and walking out of the administrator’s office!

Phoebe: Cryssie! *Sweet Relief! So much so, that she was going to forgive her friend for kidnapping just this once!* Why didn’t you wake me up?! -10:52 Aug 02

Phoebe! Glad to see you! You were sleeping so well, I didn’t want to wake you! You had such a long day after all!

Crystal: Phoebe! Glad to see you! You were sleeping so well, I didn’t want to wake you! You had such a long day after all!

Phoebe: I guess I was pretty tired after all that nonsense. *Phoebe glanced around.* ….Something is missing here, Cryssie. -10:54 Aug 02

Crystal: What are you talking about? Everything is just–*She looked around.* … Fine. Hm. The guys were here just a moment ago …

Phoebe: *Phoebe was’t going to panic. She totally HAD this. It could be handle!* We’ll just look for the bodies of fainting girls. They couldn’t have gotten far. -11:03 Aug 02

Crystal: Okay! You go um … that way and I’ll go um … this way! *She pointed in two different directions and shot off in hot pursuit!*

Phoebe: *She wasn’t going to pull out her hair and start screaming! Phoebe marched in the other direction, keeping an eye out for crazy women, monsters, and more than likely Dante or Thanatos getting in to something stupid!* Daaaaante! You flirty jackass! …Thaaaaanatos! Pain in the ass demon prince! -11:16 Aug 02

There was a crowd of people just off to the side! Of course, it was impossible to see what they were all looking at from so far away!

Phoebe: *Please don’t be a dead body, please don’t be a dead body…! Phoebe inched over as quick as she could, nudging past people to catch and look!* -11:23 Aug 02
[Phoebe is praying there\’s not dead bodies at school. How the hell is she supposed to explain that?] -02:06 Nov 05
PM From: Phoebe: To: Phoebe grfg -02:06 Nov 05
[Dante could be anywhere on campus which may or may not be the least of Phoebe\’s worries!] -02:06 Nov 05

Thanatos: testing!

LAST TIME ON DESIRE OF THE DEEP… Crystal took a pair of demon brothers to the College. Then LOST them!

Thanatos: *Thanatos was standing under a tree with his arms crossed, looking extremely bored and somewhat indifferent of the women milling around him like lost sheep! Fortunately, they had the good sense not to get to close or touch him but they were still hanging around, sighing and giggling!*

Crystal: Oohh Dante! Thannatos! Where arreee yyoouuu? *Risking the chance that she might sound as weird as she probably looked, Crystal was in hot pursuit of the wandering hotties! She stopped and huffed!* Phoebe is never going to let me live this down …

Phoebe: *Phoebe had just spied that crowd, and was nudging her way through women when…!* Thank god! It’s just you! *Putting on the serious face, she was shooing people away.* All right! Back off! There’s nothing to see here, just a man with shiny hair! Go do your homework or something. Don’t you have classes to attend?! -02:10 Nov 05

The women sighed and groaned! But they were enjoying the new hottie on campus! … But the girl was right! They started to drift away but not without getting long last looks at Thanatos … and a few pics on their cellphones!

Thanatos: *He opened his eyes and glanced at Phoebe with his usual self-righteous expression on his face!* Just me. You humans know so little about how to treat royalty.

Phoebe: *Phew! One demon prince down. The one she hadn’t semi-trained yet. ….but he also wasn’t the one that’d run off having frivolous sex with women in broom closets either. Phoebe blinked at Thanatos.* Yeah, yeah. Unless you want to end up molested by horny college girls, don’t run off by yourself. Now where’s Dante? -02:15 Nov 05

Thanatos: *Thanatos raised an eyebrow. He looked ready to give her another smart answer but appeared to decide against it at the last moment.* … I have no idea. When that human girl dragged us here, he left the moment she turned her back. *He closed his eyes again.* … I cannot find him. *Ah, that was right. As a full-fledged demon, Thanatos could “sense” anyone with a trace of demon blood in their veins within a wide radius.*

Phoebe: …can’t find him? *No, no, no, Thanatos should be able to find him right? Resting her hands on her head, she willed herself not to freak out. It’s okay. Maybe he was back where he belong. Or, or..!* Maybe your power doesn’t work here. ..No wait, you can still summon up your demony. … Shit! What if’s dead somewhere! He could have been eaten alive or kidnapped by some old woman and flown off to India as a harem love slave! *What she need was a leash. …With that though in mind, she was hooking her apartment keys to Thanatos and pulling him along!* We need to find him. And kill Crystal. ….Before my class starts! -02:22 Nov 05

Thanatos: *Thanatos’ eyes narrowed slightly but he didn’t budge.* Woman, release me from this … leash. *When Phoebe gave him a “You’re crazy!” look, he raised an eyebrow again.* If you take the leash off, I will promise not to leave your side … until we find your human companion and the half-breed.

Phoebe: And then you’ll take off, right? Forget it! Promise you won’t ditch unless there’s an emergency or I tell you to run away and I’ll let you loose. -02:28 Nov 05

Thanatos: … You have my word as the Crown Prince. I will not leave your side unless there is an emergency or you ask me to run away.

Phoebe: Okay. That’s better. *Phoebe unhooked him. And why not? He might be a demon, but Thanatos’ word was his honor! ….Of course, that’s a problem when he swears to kill Dante, but they can work around that later. Stuffing her keys back in her pocket she was walking again.* Are you sure you can’t find him anywhere? I mean… realistically speaking, he couldn’t have gotten too far. -02:32 Nov 05

Thanatos: *Thanatos rubbed his wrist.* I did not say I could not find him anywhere. It is simply a matter of checking which source is Dante.

Phoebe: Oh. Jeeze why didn’t you s- …what. *Which source? Unless some asshat broke open the seal on hell, that meant WHAT exactly?!* Great. Super! Just nice! -02:43 Nov 05

Speaking of demons, there was a loud scream coming from somewhere across campus! It could be anything, but… chances were…!

Thanatos: *He was studying her like a cat would a gecko on the other side of the window. Of course, Thanatos being who he was, he wasn’t the type to run to see if there was a damsel in distress he could rescue!*

Phoebe: *What were the chances that the college football team was just harassing some of the science geeks? ….She could ignore it and hope the cops showed up… Or she’d do the stupid thing and go save people. Yep, stupid it was!* Uuugh, I’m going to have to buy a gun! *Phoebe started off towards the sceaming!* -02:49 Nov 05

Thanatos: … I cannot wait to return to my world. *Thanatos said to himself as Phoebe went running off. Then, because he had promised after all, he ran after her!*

Once reaching the source of the screams, maybe it WAS football players! ….Nope, at a second look, it turned out that it was actually zombies in football uniforms! Something had sucked all the smarts out of them and now they were witlessly attacking people!

Phoebe: *Nooo! Arrgh! Sucking the brains out of students?! They barely had any as it was! Somewhere around here was the source…* …Damn, damn, damn! Where is it. A Ghali demon! er… maybe more than one. *Phoebe ducked a swinging arm when one of those zombie footballers spied her!* -02:56 Nov 05

Uuunnngg! Those footballers only care about one thing – Squeezing the sense out of people! And that wasn’t too impressive. Standing on the roof of a building was a couple of Ghali demons, all dark blue skin and long red robes. Arguing over their current choice in zombie. What they needed was something with REAL power! Wait, was that a Demon Prince? Ooooh! Their choices suddenly improved!

Thanatos: *He stopped behind of Phoebe and was already summoning his weapon. A halberd with a white staff, an axe on one side and a curved blade on the other!* … There are two. *He looked around and spotted them.* There you are. *He remembered just in time his promise to stay by Phoebe’s side before he ran off!*

Phoebe: Okay, we kill the demons and return every thing back to normal. This should be easy for a Demon Prince, yeah? *Phoebe cast him a wicked grin – just for a second, because dodging bigass footballers required paying attention!* -03:05 Nov 05

One of the Ghali demons jumped down from the building. He was waving a big onyx scepter! All of the zombified footballers in the area suddenly lurched and stopped. They were setting their sights on Thanatos! Like trained professionals, they lined up and started charging for a tackle!

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at her.* Hmph. *Easy, indeed. He would show her. He swung the halberd down and struck the ground, causing a lash of energy to rise up and go barreling through the front line, right down the middle! As soon as the energy was released, he had the halberd at an angle, at his side and was running for the demons!*

Dante: *middle of the football players -03:10 Nov 05
Phoebe: WITHOUT KILLING ANY HUMANS! *He hadn’t yet, but she made sure he know! Phoebe made a sudden dodge to the side a footballer went running past. …She needed something good to knock some sense in to them! Ah ha! She went running for one of the buildings where the Landscaper still had a hose pipe hooked up!* -03:12 Nov 05

Those footballers toppled over like bowling pins, but they were real quick to get back to their feet. Their attentions were all focused in on charging Thanatos again, blocking his way to the demon on the ground. The other demon still on the roof of the building was now hopping across to others, trying to position himself on the other side of the demon prince!

Crystal: *She just happened to be in the area looking for Dante and chanced upon …! She screamed!* What happened to the football players?! … Oohh, Thanatos is so hot!

Phoebe: Don’t get close to any of them! They’re handsy! *Phoebe skidded to a halt at the faucet spout, making sure the hose was on good and tight before she twisted on the water.* -03:21 Nov 05

Thanatos: *He stopped as they recovered and charged! Then he was swinging his halberd over his head around and around and around! He generated so much wind and dirt, there was a strong tornado around him!*

Crystal: *Crystal, of course, took that the wrong way!* Oohh … Really? I’ve been trying to get into DJ’s jock strap all year!

Phoebe: Not the fun kind of handsy, Cryssie! *Dashing back with the hose in tow, she aimed and fired at some of those footballers! …at least Cryssie would get a good wet man show!* -03:23 Nov 05

The tornado of wind was a good deterant for the footballers! When they tried to charge, the force kept them at bay! But they were so intent on going after the Demon Prince, that none of them seemed to care about the spray of water. By now the second Ghali demon had jumped down from the buildings and he too was raising his onyx scepter! The two demons were now trying to cast their zombie magic on the demon prince!

Someone was tapping the second Ghali demon on the shoulder! “… Mind if I cut in?”

Thanatos: *He cut off the tornado and jumped over the football players to charge for that first Ghali demon, then he was taking a swing for it!*

The spell was interupted to find… a second demon prince! This was even BETTER! While the first demon was dodging an attack, the second was swinging around his scepter! The footballers stood unsure for a moment, before they turned their zombie attentions to new targets! Anyone in the area that was dumb enough to stick around! …Like Crystal!

Thanatos: *Thanatos charged again and attempted to cleave the demon in half, then he was moving the halberd’s staff for the demon’s legs to sweep him off his feet!*

Crystal: *Crystal screamed! … And then she was running to hide behind Phoebe!* Eep! Savemesavemesaveme!

Dante: *Dante stepped back to dodge that swing and then was doing a roundhouse kick to get the scepter out of the demon’s grasp!* -03:33 Nov 05
Phoebe: Hey, hey! *With Crystal hiding behind her, NOW those footballers were paying attention! Only her hosing them down wasn’t stopping them from charging like line backers often did!* Fffffuuu- Hide behind something more solid, woman! -03:34 Nov 05

Those Ghali demon were fast, they had to be! The first had jumped backwards, waving it’s scepter to begin casting it’s zombie spell. The second was spinning out of the way, noting how his own scepter glowed and started his spell as well! The spell was kicking in fast, trying to bend the wills of those demon princes to their own purposes! Meanwhile, those footballers had lined up and as expected, despite the water charged forward for a tackle!

Crystal: *She was standing with her hands on her hips and huffed!* … Gee, thanks a lot, Phoebe. I’m so going to remember this. *Then she screamed and went running off!* Savemesavemesaveme …!

Crystal: *She was in such a panic that she was headed right for the demon Dante was fighting!*

Phoebe: Don’t get me at me, I’m just they’re they ca– OOMPH!*THUDSPLATTER! Just as she was TRYING to tell Crystal, soft bodies get tackled! And she just did! Hitting the ground and having the air rushed out of her!* -03:39 Nov 05
Phoebe: *mad at! -03:39 Nov 05

The last thing the second Ghali demon was expecting was a human woman to come crashing in to him! His spell casting on Dante was cutshort as he turned around fast to grab at the human to use as another weapon!

Thanatos: *He charged, swung the halberd’s axe at the demon, and then he was swinging the halberd back, this time to thrust the curved blade into the demon’s chest!*

Dante: *Dante seized the moment to tackle the demon just as it was turning to grab Crystal!* -03:43 Nov 05

GURK! The first ghali demon managed to avoid the first move, but the second caught him in the chest! Oozing dark dark green liquid, his body crumbled! The second hadn’t even laid a finger on the human woman before he went crashing down. But not without a fight! He whiped out a golden knife, slashing it wildly while trying to revive his spell!

Thanatos: *Thanatos looked down at the pile of red robes, and then he seemed to notice the green blood on the blade. He picked up the robes to wipe it clean.*

Dante: *The blade caught him with a slash near the shoulder but it wasn’t deep. He quickly recovered and started wrestling the demon for the knife, so he could stab him with it instead!* -03:49 Nov 05

The demon had a good grip on his weapon! But finding the demon prince a strong opponant, he was shifting to crack him over the head with his scepter!

Meanwhile, half of the footballers seemed to have regained there sense, but the other half were now charging their way towards that second demon, to help tackle the Demon Prince!

“uuuhhng, what happened. Uh, hey Pheebs…?” A footballer woke up finding himself on top of one not so happy looking Phoebe. This wasn’t the first time he woke up on top of a pissed off looking girl!

Thanatos: *He glanced over at the remaining zombies and his halberd disappeared. But now he was casting a spell in demon tongue to freeze the zombies in place with ice!*

Phoebe: Just. Get. Off. *Phoebe growled through her teeth. The jerk was too heavy for her to shove off, and this wasn’t exactly comfortable!* -03:54 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante was now wrestling the demon for his scepter and his knife! Then he was moving his knee and pressing it down on the demon’s body!* -03:56 Nov 05

Footballers were stopped in their tracks before they got close enough to tackle the other demon prince! This was unfortunate for the Ghali demon, for knee on his chest was crushing the air out of him! His scepter must have been more important, as he lost grip on the knife in trying to make sure he didn’t lose the scepter!

That footballer was up and off of Phoebe in a flash! Taking a look around, he didn’t like what he was seeing. So like any brave sportmans, he was taking off running like a few of his team mates!

Dante: *He didn’t stop trying to wrestle that scepter out of the demon’s grasp. But he did thrust that knife down when the demon lost his grip on it!* -04:01 Nov 05

Sputter! The knife fell right at his throat! Spraying out streams of the goopy green blood before the ghali demon jerked and collapsed! His zombie spell fell short, dissipating along with his life!

Phoebe: *Maaan, getting tackled by a quarterback hurt! Phoebe was rolling until she could crawl up to her feet. Then she was stumbling back to the faucet to cut off the water to the hosepipe. On the bright side, this time Crystal hadn’t fainted!* -04:05 Nov 05
Dante: *He was standing up, scepter and knife in hand, to walk to the closest place to wash the blood off! Which just happened to be the one Phoebe was at!* -04:08 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe made a face when she finally caught sight of him! All that green goopey stuff… Ew! It didn’t look near as gross on paper! She held out spray nozel for him to take.* You just got a hole in another shirt. It’s not a bad wound is it? Do I need to take you to a hospital? *…she wasn’t sure how she would explain Dante to them, but she’d figure something out!* -04:11 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante reclined his head to her when she gave him the spray nozzle and rinsed himself off. He finally looked down at the shallow slash he had.* I will … heal. *He looked her over, in a purely concerned sense, of course!* And you …? -04:15 Nov 05
Phoebe: I’m going to hurt worse later when bruises set in. *She did check the back of her head and was reliefed her skull wasn’t cracked open. But she did have an annoyingly burning scrape on her arm. She shouldn’t have told Crystal to move, she would have had a softer landing!* On the bright side, no one is dead. -04:18 Nov 05
Dante: *He grinned wickedly, which looked even more wicked when you took into account the top half of him was soaking wet, his hair was wet and his shirt was clinging to him!* You have two exceptions, fair one. -04:20 Nov 05
Phoebe: They don’t count. They deader they are, the better! *What a nice picture! All wicked and wet and… Phoebe! Common sense calling!* Hmm! Hell! I have a class! *Phoebe nearly took off running, but paused to point at those still frozen footballers!* Whoa, okay! These guys can’t stay like this! -04:22 Nov 05

Thanatos: *Thanatos was still standing next to the pile of red robes but now he had the demon’s scepter in one hand. The frozen spell was lifted!*

There were now a lot of very confused football players standing around and scratching their heads! …back to practice? back to practice!

Phoebe: Great, now I can go to cl…class. hrm. *Still pausing, Phoebe didn’t think leaving the Demon Princes with Crystal was going to work. She already lost them once, and Phoebe reeeaaally needed to not worry about what they’re doing.* …All right, you guys have to come to class with me! It’s just an art class, so there shouldn’t be any problems. … I think. -04:28 Nov 05

Crystal: *Thinking of Crystal, she had finally found somewhere nice and safe to take refuge! … The garbage dumpster, just outside the library!*

Dante and Thanatos glanced at each other! It’d be far too easy for them to get into another fight, even though they’d just saved each other’s lives moments ago!*

Phoebe: Don’t EVEN think about it…! *And now Crystal was out of sight! Phoebe dug out her phone to send Crystal a text message, beckoning for those Demon Princes to follow her as she scooted off for the Art building!* -04:33 Nov 05

… With that point shot across, Thanatos and Dante followed Phoebe to the Art building! Fortunately for them, most everyone was already in class. Or unfortunately for Phoebe.

Lots of stares had turned to the ones just entering the room. The teacher had just got finished saying her nude model wasn’t going to make it today, and now here were some fine specimens! “Mz. MacAllister, you’re la- OH! We have guests!”

Dante: *Dante stopped when all eyes turned to the trio and he happened to see … no, it couldn’t be!* -04:40 Nov 05
Phoebe: Sorry Ms. Nadine but I… was… uh. *Oh shit! She forget to tell them that Ms. Nadine was the inspiration for the Psycho Queen! This was going to be awkward!* I uh.. uh… Foreign exchange program…! -04:42 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine was dressed prim and proper, in a white blouse and black skirt. Her hair was tied nearly in a bun and there was a bright hot pink scarf tied around her neck. With silvery blond hair, and what normally was a very serious expression, personality wise, she was nothing like the famed Psycho Queen. But right this moment… she was VERY interested in the new quests. “Welcome, welcome! Models no doubt. You know, we really need a stand in for today’s model. Would one of you gentleman like to volunteer…?

Thanatos: *As usual, he had his arms crossed and his head down slightly. He most definitely was not the type to volunteer for anything!*

Crystal: *Meanwhile Crystal text back to Phoebe about where she had been hiding and … that she needed to take a bath right away! But she’d see Phoebe and her hotties later!*

Phoebe: *Phoebe cast a look down at her phone message.. Abandoned by Crystal! Blast. This class wouldn’t be much trouble… unless one of these demons got naked!* I bet someone in class would love to volunteer, right?! -04:48 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante was still trying to figure out if this was truly the Psycho Queen (just in disguise) or perhaps just someone who looked amazingly like her!* -04:48 Nov 05

Every single female (and even a couple of dudes) shook their heads. Ms. Nadine wasn’t about to let a gift from god get away though. She was smiling ever sweet as she moved to take Dante gently by the elbow. “Come now, don’t be shy. You’ll make a fine model. All you have to do is take off those clothes and stand right there on that podium in the center of the room. All of our artists,” she motioned a hand at Phoebe and the rest of the class, “will have to paint you. Doesn’t that sound fun?”

Phoebe: *Phoebe could paint Dante naked in a million different ways… she really, really didn’t need him standing right there watching her do it!* It’s.. uh, not… polite to ask strangers to pose for nudes? *Phoebe caught Dante’s other arm to whisper in his ear.* She’s not the Psycho Queen, she’s just a teacher, you really don’t have to do anything she says. -04:54 Nov 05
Dante: *By now that slash had healed itself right up, but there would be a scar for at least a few more hours. He patted the teacher’s arm gently! So that was it … There was a load off of his mind!* Madame, I must … decline. I am merely … escorting Miss Phoebe for … a few days. -04:56 Nov 05

All of the faces in the room looked so heartbroken! Several people went “aaaaww” and many of them were even pouting! “Escorting? How old fashioned. Well, then, what about your?” she turned to Thanatos! “We need a model for today’s lesson.”

Phoebe: *Escorting Miss Phoebe? Even she thought that sounded weird. But at least it was better than Being Held Hostage by Miss Phoebe or Being Babysitted By Miss Phoebe. She opened her mouth to rescue Thanatos… but that man was so stubborn, he’d probably decline anyway!* -05:01 Nov 05

Thanatos: *His only reply was a snort!*

Ms. Nadine didn’t look offended, but rather looked soooo apologetic. “Too bad. It seems you’re going to fail today’s class, Ms. MacAllister. Bringing in models that don’t model, knowing that we’re desperately needing one today. That is unacceptable.”

Dante: *… That did not sound good.* Madame, I will make a deal with you. *When she turned her head, he continued.* If I model for you this once, you will never ask me to model again. *Thanatos was on his own!* -05:07 Nov 05
Phoebe: Are you freaking kidding me?! How was I supposed to know your model would drop! *ARGH! See, THIS is why Ms. Nadine was the Psycho Queen! She always got so uppity over something stupid! What a bi- Phoebe blinked at Dante.* You don’t have to volunteer! -05:08 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine smiled. “That is a reasonable deal. One time only. Please, remove your clothes and step up on the podium.” The teacher cast a triumphant smile at Phoebe, while many ladies in the back were giving a happy squeal!

Dante: *He looked at Phoebe. He didn’t want her to fail the class but he couldn’t outright tell her that as the teacher would no doubt use it as an excuse to force him to do this again.* -05:09 Nov 05

Thanatos: … He obviously does not wish you to fail this … class.

Phoebe: He isn’t responsible for my grades, and doesn’t have to do it if he doesn’t want to. *Phoebe was trying to stress that, but damned if no one was getting the damned point! And those shameless fangirls were just happy to some nakedness! Doesn’t anyone have integrity!* -05:12 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante would have to ask Phoebe later just how sure she was that this teacher wasn’t the Psycho Queen! He undressed as he walked to the podium and by the time he had gotten there, his clothes were at the bottom of the podium and he was completely naked!* -05:13 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine was oh so appreciative of today’s model! Most appreciative indeed! He was WAY better than the one she hired from that agency! “If everyone would take their brushes, I would like everyone to go for realism. Every curve of form, and angle of the body. Leave out no details. That includes you, Ms. MacAllister! Stop your scowling and start painting. You two ladies, stop giggling.” There was much giggling in the room. Any sense of professionalism those artists might have had seemed to be out the window today!

Phoebe: *Like hell. She was going to refuse to do it! Phoebe had stalked to her easel with her arms crossed to stare at the canvas. She refused to paint an unwilling model! ….but if he was doing it to keep her from failing and she failed anyway it’d all be for nothing. …Fuck! Stupid Dante!* -05:19 Nov 05

Crystal: *Crystal was just taking a bath now! That bus ride had been a real killer! She texted Phoebe to see what was happening!*

Phoebe: *Texting Crystal was a good way to vent! She made sure to relay exactly what happened and how she’s going to kill Dante for it when class was over! Blackmail should never be tolorated! …with that done, she at least started on her sketch, tilting to peer around the canvas to scowl at Dante.* -05:26 Nov 05

Thanatos: *Thanatos, in the meantime, was standing behind Phoebe, leaning against the wall with his arms crossed again!*

Crystal: *When Crystal found out what was happening, she was outraged! … And she texted Phoebe about her anger! Injustice should be tolerated either! Especially since she deserved a look at an utterly naked Dante more than anyone in that class!*

Dante: *should not be -05:31 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Headsmack! Leave it to Crystal to be way more concerned with missing the nakedness than the Psycho Queen totally taking advantage! …Phoebe made sure to text that at least Crystal got kisses!* -05:34 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine inched behind Phoebe inspecting what had been done so far by her artists, to find THIS one texting away on a cellphone. She snatched it right out of Phoebe’s hands to read the message! “Kisses from our model! Pay attention to your work, Ms. MacAllister, or you will be failing this class anyway!”

Phoebe: *As the woman was walking away Phoebe had picked up one of the paint canisters to throw at her..! But quickly put it back down before she turned around again. GRRR. She almost wished the woman WAS the Psycho Queen, then she wouldn’t fail for tackling the teacher. It was back to her sketch! Where instead of giving that devil-may-care smile Dante always had, she gave him a good serious expression.* -05:37 Nov 05

Crystal: *Crystal huffed! Damn, Phoebe was probably ogling over those hotties even as she vented here, in her shower! She refused to stand for this any longer! She stalked out of her tub to get dressed and head back to the college campus! Hell hath no fury like a fangirl scorned!*

Speaking of oggling fangirls, some finished their project a lot sooner than others and one was sneaking her way in to give Dante a poke. “Hello! I’m Darla!” Teehee! The guy was soooo cute!

Phoebe: Go back to your chair, Darla, before I feed you some of this paint thinner! *Okay, it was one thing for Dante to get stared at, but it was a whole different story if people were going to go touching him! She was supposed to be protecting him from creepy women!* -05:43 Nov 05
Dante: *He smiled.* Hello, my name is Dante. It’s nice to meet you. -05:43 Nov 05

Darla stuck her tongue out at Phoebe! “Dante, what a cool name! How about you and me go out for dinner?”

Phoebe: I’m. Not. Kidding..! *Picking up a few of her brushes, she made sure to toss a couple at Darla! Especially when the stupid girl dodged!* -05:46 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine didn’t miss a beat with the sudden disturbance. But instead of shooing away Darla (who was only genuinly curious about dinner with the model!) she was grabbing Phoebe by the arm and escorting her to the door. “That’s enough of disturbing my class, Ms. MacAllister. I expect to see a finished work by next week. Good day!” SLAM! After shoving her out in the hall, she made sure to slam the door behind her and drop the shades!

“Wow, Phoebe is totally freaking out today. …Anyway, yeah! About dinner, cutie? It’s my treat!”

Dante: *That was rude and uncalled for. He stood up and bowed to Darla.* My apologies but I have to get home now. Thank you. *Then he was picking up his clothes and he left the room with Thanatos having gone after Phoebe already!* -05:50 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe was SO MAD. Just… SO MAD that she was still standing in the hallway trying to decided if she were going to stomp back in there and tell Ms. Nadine she could take her class and shove it, throw Darla out the classroom window, or pull a Crystal and just pass out for the hell of it! Did everyone really have to act like maniacs over Dante!* -05:52 Nov 05

Thanatos: *He was standing to the side again, watching Phoebe.*

Dante: *Dante walked out of the class and as soon as the door had closed, his clothes appeared on him. He ran his fingers through his hair.* -05:59 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Why did it always feel like Thanatos was watching and putting away details for later?* I’m sorry. I should have warned you about Ms. Nadine. I tend to get thrown out of her class a lot. -06:03 Nov 05

In the class there were many disappointed people! Oh well, back to work!

Dante: *Dante smiled.* You can make it up to me by buying me more of those eggrolls. -06:05 Nov 05
Phoebe: You just had to stand naked in a room of drooling girls and all you want is eggrolls? *It was hard to stand there raging when he was so…. non-angry! But then, Dante was never one to have fits of crankyness. That was all Thanatos!* -06:08 Nov 05
Dante: Hm. How about … all the eggrolls I can eat with that sauce you got with them? -06:11 Nov 05
Phoebe: *She blinked. …but finally grinned.* Fine, egg rolls for dinner. *She turned to leave, eying Thanatos carefully on the way. He was taking that promise he made seriously. She might have worded it too literally.* Next time I have this class, I’m leaving you both at home. Or with Crystal. -06:14 Nov 05
Dante: How often do you have classes? *He asked as he walked beside her. Thanatos, on the other hand, walked behind them.* -06:16 Nov 05
Phoebe: Every couple days. Sometimes it’s just one class and sometimes it’s a few in a row. So most of the time I’m at home working on the manga. *It was pretty much all she did, except for when she and Cryssie ran out to a club or hit a party for some fun.* -06:19 Nov 05

Crystal: *As they walked outside, Crystal came running toward them! She stopped just as she reached them, bent forward on her knees, and took a breath! When she finally stood up, her face was red!* … Okay. Now where– *She pouted!* Awh, you put your clothes back on!

Phoebe: … did you run all of the way back here just to see Dante naked? -06:30 Nov 05

Crystal: … Maybe. *She huffed.*

Phoebe: Haven’t you already seen Dante naked? -06:34 Nov 05

Crystal: *She blinked.* Just the picture you drew. How is that anything like the real life Dante right here?

Phoebe: It’s exactly the same! *It really wasn’t. But in the mean time…!* We’re going home now and ordering some food. Why don’t you ask him instead of trying to ambush people naked! Do we have to take you back to that support group? -06:37 Nov 05
Dante: … Support group? -06:38 Nov 05

Crystal: *She balled her fists to her sides!* Don’t you dare! They made us sit in a circle and tell our life stories! I was pretty sure I died several times of boredom through a single meeting!

Phoebe: Crystal has an addiction… and if she doesn’t want more boring life stories from weirdos, she’ll do something like swing by a party! -06:41 Nov 05
Phoebe: *do something normal like! -06:42 Nov 05

Crystal: *She suddenly clasped her hands together and gave Phoebe a very pitiful look!* You’re not going to let me go by myself, would you? A girl shouldn’t go to a party alone. It’s so dangerous!

Phoebe: *Not the pitiful Cryssie look! It was so hard to say no to that!* I would but… *She subtly pointed a finger towards Dante and behind her at Thanatos.* I can’t leave them alone at home. -06:45 Nov 05

Crystal: *She wasn’t going to back down! She would be firm and not waiver in her pitiful Cryssie look!* You could … always bring them? Nothing like hot dates to really heat things up. Ignore the pun …

Phoebe: *If things heated up any more for Cryssie, she’d explode!* I don’t know if that’s such a good idea! Everytime I take one of them somewhere, something bad happens! And you know those parties are just filled with drunk topless bimbos. -06:48 Nov 05

Crystal: *That forced Crystal to pout! The idea of having to share Dante and Thanatos with anyone–er, besides Phoebe of course! That was just preposterous!* … That’s true.

Phoebe: *Argh pouting too! A break to just dance around would be kind of nice…!* I guess if you like.. held on to them all night they might not get kidnapped by women… -06:54 Nov 05

Crystal: *She clapped and smiled wide!* Yay! Let’s go! *She moved to grab Phoebe’s hand and whisk her away!*

Dante: *He cleared his throat.* Eggrolls. Sauce. All you can eat. -06:58 Nov 05
Phoebe: Now?! Uh…! I did promise Dante I would buy him eggrolls! *Wow! He was totally going to remind her about it too? Cute…!* -07:00 Nov 05
Dante: Half-human, half-demon princes also get hungry. And I did just fight a Ghali demon. *If they didn’t go right now, he was tempted to throw Phoebe over his shoulder and kidnap her!* -07:04 Nov 05
Phoebe: Er, well.. Uh… Maybe we can just me you at the party, Cryssie? If you tell me which one. I suppose it’d be safe to leave you alone with Thanatos… -07:07 Nov 05

Crystal: *Her face lit up–for a moment there she looked ready to frown!* Oohh … Thanatos?! Really?! Yay! Let’s see … Samantha Halls is having a party down at her parent’s place. You know the one, down on the corner of Maine and Trent! Her folks are away for the entire weekend! It’s going to be a pool party, an indoor party, an outside party! Party everywhere!

Thanatos: … You must be jesting.

Phoebe: Would you rather spend a nice afternoon alone with Dante, oh great Demon Prince? -07:15 Nov 05

Thanatos: *His reply was to take Crystal’s hand and go walking off!*

Crystal: *She didn’t stop him but she did turn slightly to wave!* See you two later! Don’t forget to come!

Phoebe: *Phoebe didn’t expect that to work as well as it did. He reaaaally didn’t want to get stuck with Dante.* Okay! Now you and I are going home and I’m ordering food. I’d rather not deal with any more giant squids… -07:18 Nov 05
Dante: *He grinned.* We would make a cook’s day, no doubt. *He bowed.* If I may escort you to your magnificent abode, fair lady. *He took her hand and kissed the back.* -07:24 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Damn! He was so good at that! When most guys tried it, they looked like morons, but Dante pulled it off so flawlessly! She pointed with her other hand, at least trying not to act all dumb about it.* You uh… really don’t have to do all that, you know. -07:26 Nov 05
Dante: Ah but I enjoy doing it with you. *Dante grinned as he stood up, wrapped an arm around her waist and pulled her toward him while still holding the hand he’d kissed.* … Of course there are other things I enjoy doing with you as well. -07:27 Nov 05
Phoebe: Uh huh? *So nice..! Wait! Senses! Use them! Clearing her throat, Phoebe attempted to be as impassive as possible. Dante always did this. This was perfectly normal, non-awesome behavior.* I think you enjoy far too many things, sometimes! -07:30 Nov 05
Dante: And I think you enjoy far too little things. *Then he was kissing her nice and long!* -07:31 Nov 05
Phoebe: *She does not! But that retort was lost when he had to go kissing her! And this time she couldn’t even kickstart her inner dialogue to start screaming about it. Just a soft sigh and trying so hard not to kiss him back!* -07:35 Nov 05
Dante: *He was kissing her and stroking her side and he was nice and firm to lean into!* -07:37 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Kissing him back wouldn’t really hurt. Nor would tilting her head so she could nip at his lips, or sneaking her arm at his back when she leaned against him!* -07:41 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante was tilting his head slightly to one side to deepen the kiss and brushing his tongue against her mouth. He held her tighter and found himself smiling.* -07:44 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Oh wow.. it had taken him all of three seconds to have her weak at the knees! A soft sound slipped as he held her close. She even inched up on her toes so she could curl her other arm around his neck!* -07:48 Nov 05
Dante: *After awhile, he had to break the kiss to take a breath but then he went right back to kissing! He was stroking her back now with one hand, while holding the back of her head with the other!* -07:51 Nov 05
Phoebe: *It was so wrong that she didn’t step back when she had the chance! But she just didn’t want to! His touch was sensational and it was all too easy to forget where they were as she matched those kisses!* -07:56 Nov 05
Dante: *He was enjoying the smell, the taste of her, the feel of her skin. She was soft and warm. He broke the kiss again to nibble on her lips, kiss her cheek, her jaw, all the way down to her neck where he nuzzled and kissed her even more.* -08:01 Nov 05
Phoebe: *This was so out of control! But felt so divine. His breath against her neck tickled, making her laugh softly… but ooh… weren’t they supposed to be doing something?* I thought… you were hungry? *Absolutely breathless, she suppose if he left go, she’d slid to to the ground!* -08:07 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante nibbled on her neck.* Hmm hmm. Famished. *He was kissing his way up again and this time he began nibbling on her ear.* -08:09 Nov 05
Phoebe: This doesn’t exactly…! *She very nearly collapsed all over again! Willpower, Phoebe! Somewhere! Don’t let ear nibbling be a weakness!* …dun exactly… fix that? -08:12 Nov 05
Dante: No but like I said … *He lifted his head to cup her cheek with one hand as he looked down into her eyes.* I enjoy it. Are you …? *His lips were so very close to hers, brushing against them with every word he spoke!* -08:14 Nov 05
Phoebe: You might it very hard to be rational… *All she had to do was tilt up on her toes again. Just looking at him sent shivvers up her spine! Phoebe had to squeeze her eyes shut!* -08:16 Nov 05
Phoebe: *make it! -08:17 Nov 05
Dante: *And that was when Dante closed his mouth on hers and kissed her long and hard again! It was such a rough kiss that it may have made Phoebe’s lips ache but his tongue swept over her mouth gently!* -08:19 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe gave a soft growl… or maybe it was a purr! …well, she was trying to protest, but protests were short lived with a sweep of his tongue! She was trying not to pounce him right here in the street, but he really was asking for it! She stole a few more kisses before attempting to lean back!* -08:22 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante smiled and kissed her back but when she leaned away, he lifted his head.* I will take that as dessert, fair lady. -08:25 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe wasn’t sure if he meant just now, or as a promise for later! Either way she was just trying to stop her head from setting and regain some control over herself! It was harder than she’d thought it would be to disentangle herself from him. Having to catch her breath while needlessly readjusting her shirt and smoothing her hair back.* You’re unbelievably good at making me forget…. just about everything. -08:30 Nov 05
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[Phoebe has a weakness to nibbling. Is there a prescription for that?] -09:52 Nov 05
[Dante is famished … for Phoebe!] -09:54 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante begins stroking her back again and nibbling her lips.* You taste divine, fair one. And I cannot be blamed that I find you irresistable. -09:56 Nov 05
Phoebe: *It was going to look just as crazy swatting at him like he had cooties, so she was at least trying to lean back to safety!* Uh huh…!, I mean, that well, that’s what I draw, so obviously! ….Dinner? -09:58 Nov 05
Dante: *He smiled but lifted his head and didn’t press her.* Indeed and I will, of course, enjoy your company. *He offered her his arm.* Fair lady, to your apartment then? -10:04 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe took his arm, but with wary caution! If she wasn’t careful, she was going to pull a Crystal and drag him to an alley somewhere. When WAS the last time she had some good se- Er! Back to the apartment!* Yeah. I guess we can take a few minutes to go over my notes too… Hopefully Crystal isn’t do anything weird to your brother. -10:07 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante smirked.* Perhaps she can pull his halberd out of his ass. I have a theory that’s where it goes when he doesn’t need it. -10:10 Nov 05
Phoebe: He keeps staring me down like he’s trying to steal my secrets. *Thanatos in person seemed a lot safer in person than Dante (she wasn’t at risk of making out with him!) but, he was always silent and thinking. She wasn’t quite sure if he was going to try something weird – and how that might backfire here in real life! In the meantime she was holding Dante’s hand!* …hey where did those scepters go? -10:13 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante blinked.* Damn it. *He looked back.* It must be in your art class. At least … I’m sure I left the one I had and the knife there. I don’t know what Thanatos might have done with his. *He started back for Ms Nadine’s room.* -10:19 Nov 05
Phoebe: She still has my cellphone too. Wait-! *She caught his arm to stop him.* If you go back, she’s going to pitch a fit about you leaving and I can’t go back without finished homework or she’s going to wail at me about failure. -10:21 Nov 05
Dante: *He stopped.* We cannot leave either object there. Ghali demon magic does not stop when the demon dies, rather it infects the life of those who touch it. -10:34 Nov 05
Phoebe: I know that, but this is an entirely different universe all together. I mean, things can’t possibly work the same way here. *…okay, now she was probably lying to herself. There were demon princes, monsters, and magic… There was no way life was going to be that easy! Phoebe groaned and started walking back for the art building.* Maybe we can sneak in without her noticing. -10:36 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante nodded and followed after her.* Your art teacher. She … was the inspiration for the Psycho Queen. -10:39 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe refrained from giving a guilty expression.* You know what they say, art imitates life and all that. She’s just weird and has this whole… secret idenity thing about her. *She grumbled under her breath.* I thought it was fitting at the time. -10:46 Nov 05
Dante: Hm. I see. *And somehow Phoebe could tell he was thinking about the “adventures”–or more to the point, trials–he had experienced with the Psycho Queen.* She appears to have a personal agenda against you. -10:59 Nov 05
Phoebe: A few little disgreements about art and suddenly I’m the worst student ever. *Oh, it was so hard not to cringe at his expression! No artist would torment their characters with their moodiness if they knew he’d jump out and become real! When they reached the art building and stepped inside, she was trying to quietly peeked through the shades of the door.* -11:04 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante glanced down the hall and listened for any noises. The last thing they needed was someone to appear and ask too many questions. Phoebe had said to keep things quiet but how quiet could you keep things when demons infected college students who attacked everyone?* I can use magic. *He suggested although there was something odd about that teacher of hers that made him doubtful of using it in front of her.* -11:07 Nov 05

In the class, everything was going as normal. People were still working on their paints but were having to do so from memory! …Of course some managed to snap some cellphone shots, so that helped! Ms. Nadine was walking around keeping an eye on things, while.. right there on her desk was the Onyx Scepter as well as the Golden Knife! -Phoebe

Phoebe: The stuff is on her desk and everything looks pretty normal. So we just need to get Ms. Nadine out of the room long enough to get it back. *She’d pull the fire alarm, but these days you could get arrested for that!* -11:10 Nov 05
Dante: *He moved to join her at the door and peered inside through the shades, too!* Hm. And get the other students out of the class as well … *He suddenly grinned.* Perhaps something of a small furry nature can help us. -11:12 Nov 05
Phoebe: I guess we could steal some rats out of the science lab, but they always get so pissed off about that. *She eyed him carefully.* Unless you’re going to casting magic all willynilly? -11:14 Nov 05
Dante: Perish the thought, my love. This is magic with a purpose. *He looked around.* I just need an object to transmutate. *He wandered off and disappeared around the corner. When he returned, he was carrying … a mop! He crouched down and undid the mop head from the handle. Then he held his hand over the mop, closed his eyes and whispered a few words. At first nothing happened but as he opened his eyes and they waited, the mop began to shake and … jump!* -11:18 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Guh! Okay, just a little magic! You’ve seen worse the past few days! …Phoebe inched out of the way- when she paused long to think my love?! before shaking her head!* Gotta be small enough to fit under the door. -11:19 Nov 05
Dante: *It probably didn’t help that he’d said “my love” in that purr-like voice of his, all soft and sexy! He closed his eyes again and touched the mop. The mop head suddenly flattened into a thin piece of gray paper. He moved it under the door with a wave of his hand. Once the “paper” was through, it “popped!” back into a jumping mophead and began tearing through the class, upsetting easels and canvas and people! It was so quick that it was impossible to catch.* You may wish to step to the side and away from the door. *He cautioned, doing just that!* -11:22 Nov 05

Suddenly there was several loud girly screams! The few male students that weren’t also freaking out over a rat were trying to scramble for the thing, but it was just uncatchable! Ms. Nadine was trying to shout for everyone to stay calm, but many students were already bolting for the door! -Phoebe

Phoebe: *Phoebe was trying to peek in through the window still, but dashed out of the way quick when she say people coming! It was just a RAT, but at least the spell was proving to be effective!* -11:25 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante was forced to hide a smirk, which he did by turning away! The mop head was dashing around everything and for something so quick, it easily evaded all attempts to catch it! It even went so far as to latch onto Ms Nadine’s legs only for it to go flying into some paint when she kicked it away from her!* -11:27 Nov 05

Someone had to go and shout rabies, which was all it took to make everyone clear right out of the room! No one was going to stay in a room with a rabid rat! After a few moments, it was silent as could be. Not a single person was spotted in the art room! -Phoebe

Phoebe: *Waiting a moment to make sure all was clear she moved to peek around the door frame. No students, no Ms. Nadine. All was clear!* You know, I really didn’t expect that to work so well. You’d think people could get over a little rat. -11:33 Nov 05
Dante: *He smirked.* It is human nature. As my mentor once said: “To make mountains out of mole hills.” *He moved into the class to grab the scepter and the knife! He stowed the knife into the back of his pants but the scepter he had to hold.* -11:37 Nov 05
Phoebe: *Phoebe searched the desk for her phone! Notes, books, boring paperwork, confiscasted food…* Human nature, huh… I can see that. *Grr… her phone wasn’t in here! Where’d the lady put it?* -11:39 Nov 05
Dante: *Dante also began looking around.* … She may have it with her. -11:40 Nov 05

“Turning to a life of crime, Ms. MacAllister?” Ms. Nadine! Where did she come from? There woman was approaching the desk, looking pretty cross with her hands on her hips. -Phoebe

Phoebe: *Caught red handed! What the hell, was she like hiding in a closet or something?!* Uh, I uh… came to get my canvas so I could finish the assignment for you..? And everyone was gone so I just, you know… and stuff. -11:43 Nov 05
Dante: *The mop head had disappeared under Ms Nadine’s desk! He leaned forward to check under it, for the rat, of course.* -11:45 Nov 05

“My DESK is not your canvas, Ms. MacAllister.” The woman moved to stand behind Dante as she crossed her arms. Tilting her head to admire the view. “Confiscated items are not returned until the end of the week. That includes items left behind by models that break contracts. Hand them over.” -Phoebe

Dante: I did not break the contract. I agreed to do the job but you broke it by banishing her from your classroom. -11:49 Nov 05
Phoebe: Yeah! And you can’t take stuff from people that aren’t even students in your class! *She wanted to tack on crazy old hag to the end of the sentence, but the last time she got mouthy, she had to do two weeks worth of extra credit to bring her grade back up!* -11:50 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine didn’t flinch! “Ms. MacAllister was disturbing the classroom and being violent. I don’t allow that kind of behavior in my class. Our agreement was not hinged on her presence, so I believe you owe me about two hours of modeling time.” She even looked smug. -Phoebe

Dante: On the contrary, you made the agreement on the understanding that I was doing it solely for her sake as I did tell you I was escorting her. Hence, her presence is required for me to finish the job. It is in bad taste to intimidate, threaten or belittle those students under your care solely for your own pleasure. -11:57 Nov 05

Ms. Nadine rest a hand at her chest and looked perfectly insulted! “You think I enjoy tormenting my students? Mr dear, Ms. MacAllister has been a problem since day one. I would -never- assume you’d volunteer to rescue my class for the sake of a student that has no respect for it!” -Phoebe

Dante: Art is not a concrete subject. It is expression best defined by those who live it and wish to share it. Art differs for each individual, that is why it continues to grow and evolve. Perhaps it is less a question of her respect for the class and more of your seeking to dominate your students’ expression of art. -12:03 Nov 06
Phoebe: *…You know, she’s standing right here! But that protest died before it came out, leaving her blinking dumbfoundedly at Dante. He just so eloquently said everything that had been screaming at the woman for months in one perfect phrase!* -12:06 Nov 06

“You can not express yourself through art without learning how to be controlled and refined to the rules of it.” Ms. Nadine cast a wide smile. “My dear, if you would like to debate Art History, I would be happy to have discussions with you somewhere more intimate. In the meantime, if those items aren’t returned to my desk and you both out of my classroom in three seconds, I may be forced to call Campus Police about this entire incident. I’m sure getting expelled will be an issue.” -Phoebe

Dante: *Dante didn’t bat an eyelash and his expression didn’t change in the least!* There are no rules to art, Madame. That is a realm best left to those who do not understand what art is and seeks to stifle life as a whole. As for these items, they are leaving with me as leaving it in your unfeeling and artistically challenged care is a fate akin to serving one up for execution. Now, where is Phoebe’s cell phone. -12:13 Nov 06
Phoebe: *Guh, expelled? No way, she wouldn’t be that damned crazy. Phoebe was sure. ….at least until Dante had to reply like that, did he have to taunt the woman! She scooted around the desk to take his arm.* You know, let’s just forget the phone and go. It’s not that big of a deal. -12:16 Nov 06
Dante: *He reclined his head to Phoebe and raised an eyebrow but then he nodded. He walked out of the class with her!* -12:17 Nov 06

Ms. Nadine did frown, but she hadn’t replied, nor did she follow them when they left! She remained where she was, tapping her fingers on her arms and looking thoughtful! …Interesting! -Phoebe

Phoebe: *Phoebe just hoped she wouldn’t make good on that threat to call campus security on them. The last thing she needed was to get expelled from school entirely. This was her career she was working on! Dante having a showdown with Ms. Nadine like she was the real Psycho Queen was so going to bite her in the ass later! Once she got him out of the building altogether she was trying not to swat him.* Did you HAVE to say all that to her? I have to live with this woman for another two years! -12:21 Nov 06
Dante: You could have given me warning of something like that before hand. We have to get your cell phone back. -12:23 Nov 06
Phoebe: She’s my teacher I thought it was pretty obvious. *She could shake him! But, that was unfair… How was he supposed to know how the real world work? He was from a different universe!* You know what, it doesn’t even matter anyway. I don’t need my phone that bad, and we have the scepter and knife. We can go home. -12:26 Nov 06
Dante: That may be so but you still need a way to contact Crystal. *He reminded her as they started walking away from the building!* -12:27 Nov 06
Phoebe: I have a phone at home, so it’s not like I can’t still hunt her down when I need her. *Crystal’s talents included man-watching and bringing food… There wouldn’t be too many emergencies! Once they were leaving campus, and she manged to chill herself out from fears of expulsion and crazy queens, Phoebe had everything mapped out in her back to normal again. Eggrolls. Notes. Party. Flawless!* …why do you know so much about art, anyway? -12:31 Nov 06
Dante: *He blinked at her once or twice and yet he still looked hot as hell!* You sound surprised. Why wouldn’t I know so much about art? -12:33 Nov 06
Phoebe: *He looked surprised that she was surprised! …a circle of surprises! Phoebe shrugged her shoulders.* Well, I don’t know! I never thought of it as something that made your character! You are a slayer, a romancer. You like music and books, pretty girls, and pissing off your brother. -12:37 Nov 06
Dante: *He smirked.* Actually you can thank the Psycho Queen for that. She and I often had discussions about the art she liked to create. But she and my mentor often had differing views about what art meant. For her it was being in control of what you create, in breaking what wouldn’t bend to her will. My mentor believed art was free and natural and should stay that way. -12:40 Nov 06
Phoebe: I don’t know very much about your Mentor… *Phoebe had written a lot of notes for the series. LOTS of them! She knew a million things that Dante probably didn’t… but now, there seemed to be things she had no idea about too! How was THAT supposed to work? Had she not plotted it up yet? Or was it all really real…?* Ugh! This is making my head hurt! -12:43 Nov 06
Dante: *Dante kissed her forehead and brushed some strands of hair out of her eyes.* Dinner first. -12:45 Nov 06
Phoebe: Yes. I as promised. *Damned Dante. If he wasn’t careful she could get used to this! Then how was she supposed to send him back home where he belonged? It’s not like she could hold him hostage in her closet! When they finally reached the apartment, she was snatching up the telephone to call up the Chinese place.* -12:48 Nov 06
Dante: *He yawned and while Phoebe ordered, he made himself comfortable on the couch but not before putting the scepter and the knife on the coffee table!* -12:51 Nov 06
Phoebe: *Dialing, dialing and pacing the floor.* Hey, It’s Phoebe. I want the biggest box of eggrolls you ca- Uh, yes he is still here. No, I don’t want any squid. Jus- What?! Forget it! No! Two of the big boxes, and with the red sauce and the orange sauce. Yes, please. Thank you! *Phoebe hung up the phone and blinked at it for a moment. Those horny old women! What did they think she had here? A manwhore house? Setting it down she rumaged through her papers on the desk.* Okay, dinner will be here in thirty minutes or less! -12:55 Nov 06
Dante: *Dante closed his eyes but heard her moving papers around.* What are you looking for? -12:57 Nov 06
Phoebe: My notes. Again. You’d think they’d just stay in the spot I left them. *She was really going to have to learn to organize better. Phoebe settled for grabbing her sketchbook that had most of the Desire of the Deep content in it… with this she was going to have to try and construct The Key. That book Dante was supposed to found, yet found already!* I’m going to have to make a book… which is going to be complicated, but fun, I suppose. *Bringing it to the sofa she plopped down beside him.* -01:00 Nov 06
Dante: *He opened one eye and then another, moved over to make room for her.* And the purpose of the book is to send me back or help finish this quest? -01:01 Nov 06
Phoebe: Yeah. I guess since you found it too soon and because I publish a different version, it… jumbled up the story or something. So everything has to play out in sequence here, maybe? I don’t know. But logically speaking, you’re gonna need it either way. *Opening up the sketchbook, she flipped through monster designs and random sketches until the found the sketch of the book.* This. It’s Phaedra’s book. -01:04 Nov 06
Dante: *He looked the book over.* Yes, that’s the same one from my dream. Is it the book itself that’s important or what’s in its pages? -01:06 Nov 06
Phoebe: Um… both? It’s supposed to have every spell, magical artifact or knowledge that’s ever existed. All the magic and everything since… forever. Kind of like a living book. *A deep plotline for what would have been the greatest story ever told! It really was a shame she had to cut that arc!* -01:16 Nov 06
Dante: … Like what happened to my mother, how we got separated, why she took the risk of having a half-demon, half-human son. -01:17 Nov 06
Phoebe: *She glanced at him and frowned.* You’ll still get to do that. I just have to make the book and hope it helps. You and Thanatos are supposed to find the book together and help each other accomplish what you want to do. -01:22 Nov 06
Dante: *Dante clasped his hands behind his head.* It’s not going to change. I have no intention on helping him or the old man out. -01:25 Nov 06
Phoebe: Uh huh. Even though you’ll never find your mother without his help? -01:28 Nov 06
Dante: Why. Why should it matter if we work together or not. *He sat up and finally looked at her.* As kids we were different. My mother disappeared and I was pretty much on my own. I drifted, I grew up. Even when the old man found me and introduced me to Thanatos, I took one look at him and realized how different we are. -01:35 Nov 06
Phoebe: Why wouldn’t it matter? Don’t you think it was strange your father threw away every law and tradition to have a kid with a human? It was a big change for the whole world! Of course it was going to mean something later. -01:37 Nov 06
Dante: It’s not strange. It was stupid. Everyone told me everything went into chaos when he did it. They could tell right away, I wasn’t a complete demon, I wasn’t a complete human. -01:46 Nov 06
Phoebe: It wasn’t stupid. It was love. Actual honest to good love, and there’s nothing wrong with anything that comes from that. It’s not going be chaos forever, you know. *Harsh…! That look on his face. Moments that seem so epic and dramatic for a story, suddenly seem like needless torture!* -01:49 Nov 06
Dante: No. Just for the rest of my life or until everyone on my world kills each other off. No one even remembers why demons and humans began fighting in the first place. -01:53 Nov 06
Phoebe: Christ, what do you think big long quests about your past are supposed to be for anyway? The fun of it? Why don’t you try changing the world yourself if you think it sucks so bad? You know, like now when you could actually talk to your brother outside of the demon world where you can’t kill each other? -01:57 Nov 06
Dante: There is the fact he has his halberd stuck in his ass and he’s sworn to kill me. -01:58 Nov 06
Phoebe: I’ll just lick him again if he tries it. That’s what “Phaedra” is for, after all. Demon Princes don’t play well by themselves. *Ugh,… imagine the conversation with Thanatos she was going to have to have. “Hey! You can’t kill your brother. Sorry! Not allowed.”* -02:01 Nov 06
Dante: *He blinked at her and then he smiled slightly.* Yes, you did seem to enjoy licking him when he first arrived. -02:05 Nov 06
Phoebe: Oh Yes. Licking a pissed off Demon Prince is one of my favorite things. *Phoebe glared her best glare. Seriously. The only person that was going to enjoy licking Thanatos was Crystal, and chances are she might be off doing it right now!* -02:11 Nov 06
[Phoebe was just telling Dante yes she SO loved licking Thanatos. Best thing ever. GLARE.] -01:25 Nov 07
[Dante was getting serious about his mission here!] -01:26 Nov 07
Dante: *Dante smiled slightly.* He’s not your type? -01:26 Nov 07
Phoebe: No, he’s too… That’s not the point! I’m just saying I’ll make sure he cooporates. -01:30 Nov 07
Dante: So … you believe I can do this. I can find my mother, bring peace to my world, and not kill Thanatos in the process. -01:32 Nov 07
Phoebe: Yes, with no doubts whatsoever that it will work. I hate tragic endings. *You just don’t take someone as awesome as Dante and then kill him when the series is over. You just don’t do that!* -01:35 Nov 07
Dante: *Dante smiled a little more now and he stood to give her a chaste kiss on the lips. He lifted his head slightly.* Thank you, Phoebe. -01:42 Nov 07
Phoebe: You’re welcome. *Well…! This was different! Phoebe wasn’t sure what to think about it, other than wanting to do something stupid like kiss on him until he quite worrying about it. That was HER job. …Of course, the sudden BZZBZZBZZBZZBZZ at the door signalling dinner had arrived ending those thoughts quick enough. She poked Dante gently in the side as she moved to answer the door.* -01:47 Nov 07

BZZZBZZZBZZZZZZZ! The delivery person was impatient! And when Phoebe opened the door, no wonder. It was one of those old ladies, who wasted no time in trying to peer around Phoebe to see if Dante was in there. “Delivery! Oh hohoho, man is still here!”

Dante: *He chuckled softly when she poked him in the side but stepped out of her way so she could answer the door. He went into the kitchen to get himself some water. There were a lot of things to talk about and do until he could return home. Home. That didn’t sound so easy anymore.* -01:49 Nov 07
Phoebe: Gimmie that. *Phoebe snatched the bag, and dug around in her pockets to pull out some cash.* Stop your snooping, woman! You’re married! -01:51 Nov 07

Hmph! “Married, yes, but old ladies like eye candy too!” The old woman accepted payment, but wasn’t leaving yet. She had fortune cookies! “Cookies for kisses?”

Dante: *Dante overheard the conversation and chuckled softly while he hid behind the fridge and out of sight! Married women, indeed! That hadn’t stopped the women in his world! But Phoebe had warned him about doing those sorts of things here in hers. He decided it was better to stay quiet!* -01:55 Nov 07
Phoebe: Cookies for- Christ. *This was getting ridiculous. She’ll just fix this now! Phoebe took the woman’s chin with her free hand and planted a kiss on her! With a smirk she snatched the cookies!* Cookies for kisses! Toodles, Li! *SLAM! Closed the door on the baffled old woman!* -01:55 Nov 07

There was one flabbergasted old lady out in the hall. Once she came to, she cursed a few loud phrases at the closed door in chinesebefore stomping away!

Dante: *He poked his head out of the kitchen with his trademark smile on his face.* I see someone knows the art of taking advantage of loop holes. Would you like some water, fair one? -01:58 Nov 07
Phoebe: Yeah, well, next time she’ll probably be a lot more specific. *Bringing the bag with her to the kitchen, she nodded at his offer for water. Digging around in the bag, she was stealing a few of the eggrolls. Skipping breakfast and missing lunch sucked, especially when a demon prince worked up your appetite… Which, hardly sounded right when she thought about it – but it’s not like she had the most innocent thoughts anyway!* -02:02 Nov 07
Dante: *So Dante served up some water for the two of them and then he sat down beside her to grab some eggrolls of his own.* Mmm … *He loved eating these things!* -02:04 Nov 07
Phoebe: *Sauce! She pulled that out of the bag, red and orange… Why did they call it duck sauce? And how could Dante possible make eating dinner sound so… delicious! She just had to stop herself from watching so she could return her attention to the sketchbook!* Did you want to see pictures of you and Thanatos? *At least most of the sketchbook ones were safe!* -02:07 Nov 07
Dante: We could always burn his pictures. *When Phoebe gave him that look, he only smiled and leaned forward to lick some sauce off the corner of her lips.* I’m joking. Alright. I’d like to see those pictures. -02:10 Nov 07
Phoebe: *Pounce, pounce, must not pounce! At least she cast him a scowl, opening up the book on the table to flip through the pages to character desire – Design! Character design! Every more quickly skipping over nude sketches!* Here. You and Thanatos looking perfectly non annoyed with each other’s company. -02:13 Nov 07
Dante: *Dante chuckled softly at the way she said it. Then he leaned forward to look at it thoughtfully.* Hm. -02:20 Nov 07
Phoebe: If I were feeling particularly evil I could add bows in his hair, but then I could never show him the sketches without worrying he’d throw me in a dungeon or something. *Rambling, rambling, Phoebe watched his expression! It was work of him after all, and people always reacted weird to seeing themselves in drawings! …not that she was worried about what Dante thought about it.* -02:25 Nov 07
Dante: *He finally sat up and then he smiled at her, lowering his head to kiss her cheek and whisper in her ear!* You are an amazing artist, Phoebe. Thank you. -02:28 Nov 07
Phoebe: I’ve got that look on my face suggesting I want compliments, don’t I? *Of course she did. All artists did. Dante seemed to do it so well though! She forced herself not to grin!* Most of the sketches are pretty safe, but there’s scenes too. Like this, *A few page turns, there was a panel style setup for a scene! He seemed to be having a conversation about Thanatos. .. Hrmph. Well, they just didn’t that didn’t they. Talk about deja vu!* -02:34 Nov 07
Dante: *He raised an eyebrow when she used the word “safe” but Phoebe being the type of woman she was and he being the type of man he was … He could only assume she meant there were naked sketches in that book of hers. He tilted his head slightly at the scene she showed him.* Hm. Interesting. Did you have any idea I would be doing that when you drew this? -02:37 Nov 07
Phoebe: It was going to be on paper set in the Deep, not on my sofa. So no, not really. All of the important scenes or ones that stood out I put in the sketchbook for my notes later. And talking about Thanatos is important, you know? It’s not all drama though! There’s plenty of- Er well, I sketch a lot. -02:42 Nov 07
Dante: *He cupped her cheek and stroked her skin with his fingertips.* Oh yes. I’m certain you sketched a great many things that happened to me in the Deep. *He purred, head down and lips brushing against hers but not quite kissing her, either!* -02:46 Nov 07
Phoebe: That I apologsed for. *Heartless tease! …but it did make her wonder! She tilted back, just out of reach.* You might do things because I drew and make you do them. Don’t you think? -02:50 Nov 07
Dante: Of course I do. *He let her lean back.* But I do the things I do because I enjoy doing them. I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t. -02:52 Nov 07
Phoebe: But what if you enjoy them because I want you to? Er, I mean, because you’re supposed and, the way it was written, and… stuff. *Not only did she have to save him from all the weirdos in the world, she might have to save him from herself too!* -02:55 Nov 07
Dante: … That makes little sense, of course. But, all in all, it could be far worst. -03:16 Nov 07
Phoebe: *Phoebe placed her hand over his mouth.* God, don’t say that! You’re going jinx us, and we’ll have flying spiderbirds flinging in through the windows and monsters crawling out of the floor. -03:20 Nov 07
Dante: You can always tell them where Thanatos is. He enjoys having company over. -03:23 Nov 07
Phoebe: …at the party. Argh! I almost forget! Crystal is going to kill me. …unless she’s so wrapped up with Thanatos she hasn’t noticed yet, but I don’t think we can count on that. *Phoebe snatched one more eggroll before she was near stumbling over Dante to scoot off to her room!* -03:27 Nov 07
Dante: *Dante chuckled softly as he watched her scramble to her phone. He reached over to grab another eggroll and dip it in the sauce.* -03:29 Nov 07

Crystal: *Speaking of Crystal, she was outside the party after having all her text messages unanswered and all her attempts to call forwarded to voice mail! Did Phoebe think she was the only one with problems?!* Come on, Phoebe … Answer the phone … *She muttered. She tapped her foot.* -Dante

Phoebe: *House Phone in hand and in her room, she dialed up Crystal fast, and was scrambling to get undressed so she could change her clothes!* -03:32 Nov 07

Phoebe received a busy signal as Crystal was still trying to call her cell! -Dante

Phoebe: God damned, can’t you stop using your phone for ten minutes!! *Yelling at a Crystal who couldn’t hear her, she stumbled backwards on the bed to tug off her shoes and pants.* -03:36 Nov 07

“Crystal! Crystal, come on! The DJ’s about to start!” someone called from inside the mansion! -Dante

Crystal: *She looked up and back to the redhead who had called her. She waved.* Yeah, I’m coming! *She hung up and dropped the phone into her cute little handbag!* Oh well … Time to party! *She was sure Thanatos would turn up eventually!* -Dante

Phoebe: Crap. I’m in so much trouble! *Unable to get Cryssie, she tossed the phone aside and moved to dig around in her closet. Something to wear to a party! Because she actually intended to have some FUN for an hour or two! There we go! Slinky little black dress that… wait, this was Crystal’s! Oh well, Phoebe’s dress now!* -03:46 Nov 07
Dante: *Dante was in the living room when Phoebe came out. He stood up when he saw her.* You make the dress look lovely. -03:49 Nov 07
Phoebe: *Phoebe flashed him a wicked grin, still hoping on one foot trying to slip on her other shoe.* It’s Cryssie’s. She won’t answer her phone so she’s probably molesting someone. We’ll have to get there quick! -03:53 Nov 07
Dante: If she’s molesting Thanatos, I vote to leave him with her and leave them be. -03:54 Nov 07
Phoebe: Yeah? We’ll find out when we get there then! *Grabbing a jacket and stuffing her keys and wallet in to a pocket, she was leading the way out, not forgetting to lock up behind them!* -03:55 Nov 07

The party was a good walk away, in a very nice rich neighborhood! Big houses, tall fences and huge yards! The mansion in question was on a corner lot and the music was blaring!

Crystal: *She was dancing in the living room, close to the speakers with a few of her girls. The place was so packed that it was all too easy to elbow someone or step on someone’s toes! Oops! Sorry!* -Dante

Phoebe: *Cryssie wasn’t kidding when she said there would be party everywhere! Phoebe stole a drink, a good shot of tequila to suck down before she spied her friend! …and only her friend. There didn’t seem to be a Demon Prince in sight!* Cryssie! *Argh! Too loud! Phoebe weaved through people until she was close enough to speak in Cryssie’s ear!* Where’s Thanatos? -04:07 Nov 07

Crystal: Huh …? Wha …? Sorry, no roast here! *Crystal was still dancing and hadn’t turned from the DJ. Man, he was cute!* -Dante

Phoebe: Thanatos! I don’t see him! *Resisting the urge to shake Crystal, Phoebe looked around again. What were the chances Thanatos had a nice drink and loosened up a bit? ….not very high!* Cryssie, you were supposed to watch him! -04:17 Nov 07

Crystal: Huh … Wha …? *Crystal finally turned and she smiled!* HEY, PHOEBE, YOU’RE HERE! -Dante

Phoebe: *Big Yay fake smile! Before giving Cryssie the classic scowl!* Demon Prince! Where! Now? *She was going to need more tequila!* -04:19 Nov 07

Crystal: *She blinked!* Um … He’s right over … over … HE WAS JUST HERE! -Dante

Phoebe: *That’s when Phoebe grabbed Crystal by she shoulders and shook her! LOST. DEMON. PRINCE. AT. COLLEGE. PARTY. CHAOS! Releasing her friend, Phoebe scooted off to find a table and climbed on top of it so she could scan around and get a better look! Wait, where’d Dante get off to!* -04:23 Nov 07

Crystal: Oowww! PHOEBE! That hurts you know! What’s the big deal anyways? It’s just a party! How much trouble can Thanatos get into?! -Dante

Phoebe: He could be kidnapped! Or locked in a closet somewhere with some slut! *Phoebe nudged Cystal in to the crowd.* Try to find him! *Ah Ha! There was a table! Phoebe slid some cups out of the way so she could climb up! Now she had a good view of the entire room. Oh man… there had to be tons of rooms in this place!* -04:34 Nov 07

People people everyone! Of course, this means people also get a good look up Phoebe’s skirt. “Nice panties, Pheebies!”

Crystal: *She pouted and folded her arms!* That’s impossible … He didn’t even let me lick him earlier … *Locked up in a closet with some whore! The idea of it! Blasted hot gorgeous men!* -Dante

Phoebe: Hey! Shuddup! *She shouted first at that one guy. …Still no sight of Thanatos though. Wait, Crystal tried to lick him? What a copy cat! Phoebe jumped down to go on the hunt! The wiley demon prince was on the loose and it took a skilled huntress to track him down! * -04:45 Nov 07

Crystal: *She happened to glance at Phoebe!* Hey, is that my dress! I’ve been looking everywhere for it! -Dante

Phoebe: Nope! Totally mine! Found it fair and square! *Phoebe flashed an innocent grin! She reached to steal another drink and swallow it quick. That helped! Relaaaaax. Where would an antisocial human hating demon prince run off to? *…Outside! *Phoebe grabbed Cryssie wrist and was pulling her through the people to find the backdoor!* -04:50 Nov 07

Crystal: … Eep! *That was the only thing out of Crystal’s mouth before she jerked after Phoebe!* Where are we–Oops! Sorry! Coming through! Emergency people! -Dante

Phoebe: *She wondered if she could get away with sticking one of those tracking collars on him. ….no, he’d get all offended! Once outside, she was snooping around again! There was the pool, tons more people..and people… and people! Phoebe groaned!* This is impossible! It’s like looking for the prize in a cereal box! -04:56 Nov 07

Crystal: … Maybe we’re not searching far enough. Thanatos refused to go anywhere near anyone in the entire time. *She pouted! That was gratitude for you!* -Dante

Dante: *-in -05:01 Nov 07
Phoebe: Far enough…? Aw damn, who knows where he could be now! He could be on the moon! *Balls! She should have known she could’t have trusted him to go off with Crystal! Phoebe pointed back at the house.* You look inside. I’ll see if he’s wandering around the property outside and brooding! -05:03 Nov 07

Crystal: Yes, ma’am! *And she marched right back into the party! … While she was looking, there was no reason she couldn’t get in a few dance moves, sneak in some words with that DJ … maybe even slip him her phone number!* -Dante

Phoebe: *Man! Crystal had it so easy! She never had to worry about stuff like th-.. Well granted, Phoebe never had to worry about this before either, but dang! After checking the pool to make sure he hadn’t tried to drown himself, Phoebe headed off for the gardens where the music was more like a dull backdrop and there were far less people! Just a few couples trying to get away from the crowd for some alone time. Ack! She covered her as she passed some. So didn’t need to see that!* -05:08 Nov 07

Thanatos: *Thanatos was standing with his arms crossed, his head down and his eyes closed but Phoebe didn’t see him at first because he was hidden in the hedges’ shadow!* … So you decided to come. *He said out loud as she walked past him, still covering her eyes!* -Dante

[Dante is now known as: Thanatos] -05:10 Nov 07
Phoebe: There you are! *She dropped her hand and backtracked till she had him!* You had me totally freaked out for a minute there! Of course I’m here, though, why would I be? -05:13 Nov 07
Phoebe: *wouldn’t! -05:14 Nov 07
Thanatos: You took long enough. When can I return home. *He said instead, not bothering to answer the question.* -05:15 Nov 07
Phoebe: Your home or my home? *… he might not like the answer to either one.* We might be here at the party for a little while, but if you mean back to your own world. I don’t know. I have to make a book first and hope it helps. …though you’ve have to cooporate with Dante for a little while. -05:17 Nov 07

Thanatos: testing -Thanatos

Thanatos: testing -05:20 Nov 07
Thanatos: … *He didn’t reply to that. But he opened his eyes and just stared off into the distance. By the blood of his honored ancestors, he would have no part in cooperating with that demon half-breed.* -05:22 Nov 07
Phoebe: *Phoebe waved her hand in front of his face.* If you don’t, you might not be able to go back home. There’s no reason for you to hate him so much! -05:23 Nov 07
Thanatos: *He gave her a bored expression like an adult with a pesky child.* … He is an insult to demons everywhere. And the fact that my father chose to elevate some whelp off the streets to the second-in-line to the crown is spitting on thousands of years of tradition. -05:26 Nov 07
Phoebe: Don’t you even want to try to know him and see why your father did what he did? You know, curiosity and all that jazz? *Thanatos was going to be stubborn… maybe HE needed a drink!* -05:32 Nov 07
Thanatos: … Mortal. I am the Crown Prince, a full-blooded demon. He is merely a half-blooded whelp. Our kinds do not mix. They should not have mixed. -05:35 Nov 07
Phoebe: Well, it does suck to be you, because it’s happened and now you gotta deal with it. What’s gonna happen when something big a nasty pops up and you need Dante’s help? Being all demon isn’t going to matter. *Balls! Phoebe grabbed his hand and was tugging back to the party.* -05:38 Nov 07
Thanatos: *Thanatos refused to budge.* I am not going back to the party. It is too loud and there are too many humans. -05:40 Nov 07
Phoebe: I can’t leave you out here brooding in the dark! Or would you LIKE to get kidnapped by drunk women? ….and there’s nothing wrong with humans! They’re just like you. -05:43 Nov 07
Thanatos: *He looked about to argue but he was still bound by his promise to her. At least with the other human, he could sneak away, especially since she was none the wiser when something caught her attention. He stopped resisting and let her pull him.* -05:45 Nov 07
Phoebe: Great, now I have to find Dante again. *Back to the party it was, now that she bullied this one! Another shot glass for her, and handed one to Thanatos!* Drink and relax! -05:48 Nov 07

Thanatos: *He just looked at the shot glass and then he sniffed it! He frowned slightly, which was just one corner of his mouth curling down.* … Alcohol. -Thanatos

Phoebe: Yeah! You know… makes stuffy demon princes a lot more fun to be around? You might even want to dance after a few drinks! -06:00 Nov 07
Thanatos: … Perish the thought. And I do not drink. It dulls the senses. -06:01 Nov 07
Phoebe: That’s half the fun of doing it, you know. *Bah, Phoebe took the glass from him and drank it herself. She was a bully, but she wasn’t going force a man to get drunk!* Help me find Dante, so know where you both are! -06:04 Nov 07
Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow when she drank the alcohol down with ease. Even with the distractions–and there were many–he could find Dante. He was the only other “demon” he sensed. (And he used the term “demon” lightly.)* He is upstairs, second floor, east wing, third door to the right. -06:11 Nov 07
Phoebe: The hell is he doin’ up there? *A roll of her eyes and she was turning around to head up the stairs. A few steps up, she could see Crystal dancing in the crowd again making eyes at the DJ. ..At least Crystal was always easy to find! Up the stairs she went, pretending she didn’t nearly miss one of them and almost fall backwards!* -06:14 Nov 07
Thanatos: *Thanatos sighed softly to himself. And then he was following her up the stairs! At least if she fell backwards, she’d fall on top of him!* -06:15 Nov 07

As Phoebe and Thanatos drew closer, there was giggling and girls talking! -Thanatos

Phoebe: *She loved tequila! There was no better way to get your body all flexible, and stop stressing out so bad! She did turn to make sure she still have Thanatos as she marched on down the hall and turned to the east wing. Giggling sounded pretty normal!* -06:18 Nov 07

“Mm … You’re so sexy,” a girl was saying. “No, I want a go at him first,” said another. “No, me. You never share,” said a third! How many chicks were in that room anyways?! -Thanatos

Phoebe: *Phoebe counted the doors. Third to the right. Yep, right door. Dante likely got himself kidnapped again. And it wasn’t even locked when she shoved her way inside! * -06:23 Nov 07
Thanatos: *Thanatos, of course, opted to stay outside!* -06:25 Nov 07

True to Phoebe’s theory, Dante was lying on a rather large bed with at least four girls lying beside him and a couple straddling his legs. It looked like Phoebe had burst in just in time because Dante’s shirt was open and the chicks were naked and half drunk! -Thanatos

Phoebe: *Phoebe stood and blinked for a minute. Seriously?! There was just no leaving him alone! …and why was she even offended? This was so classic Dante!* Okay! So sorry interrupt! …Hey, don’t half of you have boyfriends?! -06:29 Nov 07

Dante: *He cleared his throat and began to shift.* Yes, I should get going. *He stood despite the pouting and the groans and began to fix himself up.* -Thanatos

Phoebe: Tch! Now you try to escape! *Phoebe stepped back in to the hall before walking away. He could throw girls off if he wanted to, but no he did like the attention! And she so knew that, so hey, no big deal! Phoebe found herself another drink.* -06:34 Nov 07

The chicks sat on the bed and pouted! “Just for a little while,” said one. “Our boyfriends don’t have to know,” said another. “It’s not like we’re married!” said someone else! -Thanatos

Phoebe: *Phoebe was in the hall mimicing girls with her hand while drinking from a new glass. She supposed it was scotch! Just wait until those boyfriends find out. Dante’s going to get chased down the street with baseball bats and hockey sticks.* -06:42 Nov 07

Dante: *He stepped out of the room.* I lost you and wandered up here, thinking you had, too.

Phoebe: Nope. I found Thanatos outside being himself in the dark. I’m glad you were, uh, keeping yourself entertained! *Big wide Phoebe smile! Who needs to be mad! It was only half a dozen girls.* -07:14 Nov 07

Dante: *He blinked. She was behaving … oddly. He leaned forward and sniffed.* Hm. You’ve been drinking.

Phoebe: It’s a party. That’s what you do at parties. Besides dancing and making out with girls! Not that I go around making out with girls, but hey if someone else wants to do, who am I to stop them? It is fun! *Phoebe replaced her empty glass with a new one. She SHOULD go dance. That was way better then looking at pouting chicks!* -07:19 Nov 07
[Phoebe can’t be jealous. That’s unrealistic.] -03:09 Nov 10
[Dante had been caught in a room full of drunk women! Now he’s walking out, putting his shirt back on!] -03:09 Nov 10

Thanatos: *He didn’t so much as snicker! He was just leaning against the wall, arms crossed, looking like he didn’t give a damn one way or another! It was common knowledge Dante didn’t know how to control himself or his basic lusts!*

Phoebe: *Phoebe had a fresh glass, and wasn’t frowning at all! This was a party. Parties mean FUN and she was going to have it, damnit.* -03:13 Nov 10

Crystal: *Meanwhile Crystal was getting her groove on and shaking her money maker! Oh yeah, this is what she was talking about!*

Dante: *Dante studied Phoebe and looked her up and down!* Hm. Are you going to join the party? -03:23 Nov 10
Phoebe: I have joined the party. *She shook the glass at him!* Or maybe I’ll dance! Or find a cute boy and a closet somewhere, that seems to be popular tonight! -03:26 Nov 10
Dante: … A closet? *He raised an eyebrow. Humans in this world had some odd traditions. What would anyone be doing in a closet?* -03:33 Nov 10
Phoebe: Or a bedroom filled with six people. More room that way, I suppose. *Aw man, she can’t stand here just subtling complaining at him! It wasn’t his fault he’s covered in women all the time! Phoebe handed him her empty glass, escaping! Thanatos would stay closeby this time, he was the only one she actually had to worry about!* -03:36 Nov 10
Dante: *Dante took the empty glass and watched her escape! … What was the matter with her? He looked at the empty glass and decided she needed some time to herself! So he walked downstairs where he promptly disappeared!* -03:40 Nov 10

Thanatos: *He rolled his eyes. If this was life, he would prefer a quick, clean death to this neverending torture.*

Phoebe: *The smart thing to do was find Crystal and go home! Especially when she found staying upright was a bit of a problem. She crashed in to Thanatos at least twice before she held on to the stair railing to inch downstairs and hunt after Crystal!* Chryyyyssiiiie! -03:45 Nov 10

Thanatos: *Thanatos followed behind, as per his promise, and unfortunately nothing looked like an emergency he could use to escape. He raised an eyebrow at the human woman and spotted her friend farther in the front. They would never get her attention this way.*

Phoebe: *Damned Crystal the Dancing Queen! Phoebe could take her dress off and swing it around her head and no one would notice! She squeezed her way through people, only giving a momentary yelp and a swing of her elbow when someone grabbed her rear (hello, not that drunk, buddy!) until she finnally found and captured Crystal by throwing her arms around her neck!* -03:53 Nov 10

Crystal: *She blinked and turned when someone hugged her from behind!* Oh hey, Phoebe! *But she didn’t stop dancing!*

Phoebe: Chrysssiiiiiie, I’m totally ditzing out and I think Thanatos is going to kill me in my sleep if I don’t take him home soon! *Phoebe was just going to hold on to Crystal whether she’s dancing or not. So Phoebe had to move too just to keep upright!* -03:59 Nov 10

Crystal: *Crystal slowed down!* Wait … Phoebe, you’re … drunk?! *She looked at her friend really hard and realized it was true! Phoebe almost never got drunk!* Tell me you ate something. You know how quickly you get sick when you don’t eat right before you start drinking alcohol!

Phoebe: I had eggrolls with Dante, and I’m not drunk! *She really wasn’t. …on her way there, but she could still see straight and talk like a human being! Phoebe griiiinned and kissed Crystal on the cheek.* You’re so awesome! Do you want to be my girlfriend? -04:06 Nov 10

Crystal: *She smiled a bit sheepishly!* Uh … You know what … how about we go over … uh, here … *She started moving to the edge of the room while putting her arms around Phoebe to keep her steady.* Where is Dante?

Phoebe: Dante is probably making love to the entire pepsquad! *Phoebe nearly growled about it! …and then realized she was and groaned! She threw her arms around Crystal again!* Oh gooood, what was I even expecting?! Might as well call myself Cindy and start stalking people..! -04:46 Nov 10

Crystal: Oh, come on, Phoebe. You’re not that bad. At least … not yet. *She mumbled.* But hey, you got the hots for Dante, too. Everyone does.

Phoebe: Everyone does, everyone ever. And I soooo know better cause I draw him naked like, every day, but what do I do? I get all mushy and stupid and wan-ooh, brandy! *Phoebe released Crystal long enough to confiscate another glass of liquor. At least if she were drunk, there was plenty excuse to be a moron! She’d not remember in the morning!* -04:49 Nov 10

Crystal: … Right. *She glanced behind her.* Thanatos …?

Thanatos: *He glanced away, utterly bored by the fact that he was stuck with them.* Your friend needs to go home and sleep this over else she will do something she will come to regret.

Phoebe: I don’t need sleep. I need.. uh.. SEX! HA! *Phoebe was pointing a finger in the air as if she had just deciphered a long forgotten riddle!* Who can think with hot demon princes around all the time? Totally can get this out of my system! *Phoebe eyed Thanatos for a minute… naw, he was SO not sleazy one night stand material!* -04:57 Nov 10

Crystal: *… She couldn’t possibly have heard right!* You. Sex. With a total stranger?!

And that was when Phoebe spotted the PERFECT guy! He was lurking in the corner with a beer bottle in his hand, looking all scruffy and dirty and like he hadn’t shaved in a week! He wore a leather jacket and jeans and had an unlit cigarette in his mouth. The best part was … she had never seen him before!

Phoebe: Yeah! *Looking completely devious, this was the best idea she ever had! It’s not like she’s never had sex before. Tons of people hooked up at parties, and she was so so soooo tired of trying to keep herself from pouncing on Dante! This was exactly what she needed! Untangling herself from Crystal, she spotted the perfect prey! She always loved that ciggy look!* Bye Cryssie! -05:05 Nov 10

Crystal: … Phoebe! DAMNIT! *She stomped her foot and huffed.* She’s going to hate herself in the morning. *She blinked and looked around.* … Thanatos? Oh boy. *She went to get herself a drink and do some dancing of her own!*

The guy looked really bored with the place. No doubt he was going to leave soon!

Phoebe: *Not if Phoebe had her way! As soon as she reached him, she pounced! Throwing her arms around his neck and grinning. No need for fear or unsureness, she was just fine!* Hiiii. I’m Phoebe. You like girls, doncha? -05:10 Nov 10

The guy smirked. “Yeah, I like girls. Why, do you like guys?”

Phoebe: And I like boys and sex, does that sound good? *Blah blah, who needs flirting! Sometimes the direct approach was better! Man, smirks weren’t too bad…* -05:36 Nov 10

The guy laughed. The direct approach. Man, this chick was wasted but who was he to complain? He put the beer bottle down and the cigarette away to wrap his arms around Phoebe’s waist and kiss her deep and long.

Phoebe: *Finally! Not that she was waiting long but, she was returning that kiss quick enough. …She might be frowning about it… It wasn’t like Dante and the world moving, but it was okay! Whoa, should totally stop thinking while you’re trying to make out with a guy Phoebe, would be more fun!* -05:42 Nov 10

The guy’s hands moved down to grab and squeeze her ass. “Hm. Nice.” He said as he broke the kiss and lowered his head to lick her neck. “Do you like motorcycles too, Phoebe? We can go back to my motel room. Or hell, even shack up in one of these rooms. No one needs to know.”

Phoebe: *Whoa, okay! Handsy! Good thing she wore a dress? She might need a few more drinks!* Uh.. I like motocycles! And there’s like tons of rooms upstairs and stuff. *Phoebe reached to steal another shot to drink down quick!* -05:48 Nov 10

While Phoebe reached over to gulp down another drink, the guy’s hands were moving up and down her back and he was nibbling on her ear as he ground his body against hers.

Phoebe: *Oooh! …not ooh enough. Damnit! Did Dante ruon ear nibbling forever?! Growling, grabbed the guy by the shirt and was dragging him for the stairs! She made sure to grab another glass or two on the way! Clearly she wasn’t smashed enough!* -05:54 Nov 10

The guy was a bit startled but then he was walking behind her, following. As they walked up the stairs, he slapped that ass and couldn’t wait to pull that dress off her hot body. “Man, you’re hot.”

Phoebe: Yeah, I know! *Woo! How romantic! Phoebe had to peek through at least three rooms before she found an empty guest room! Now she had her prey all alone and in the dark!* -06:00 Nov 10

Phoebe closed the door and the guy found himself pushed where he staggered and landed, sitting on the edge of a bed! This chick wanted it bad!

Phoebe: *Any attempt at being cute or sexy totally failed when she tripped and pretty much half tackled him to the bed! Still, she gave a HA of triumph! This was great! Real great! She kissed him!* -06:11 Nov 10

The guy grinned as he eagerly kissed her back! His hands were on her hips and he couldn’t help but squeeze her ass again!

Phoebe: *He tasted like ciggarettes… but then she prolly tasted like booze, so what was the big deal? Grrr! She fussed with trying to get his shirt off and out of the way.* -06:21 Nov 10

There went his shirt! She was so drunk that he had to stop kissing her just so he could help her get it off. But as soon as it was, he was kissing her again and trying to get her out of that dress!

Phoebe: *She really should have been helping him get her clothes off but she caught herself swatting his hands away! Relax! Relaaax… grrr. Phoebe finally sighed, breaking away with a scowl!* This isn’t working! -07:12 Nov 10

The guy didn’t get the hint, though! He grinned. “Don’t worry, sweetie. I’ll make it work.” He leaned forward to start kissing and groping her again.

Phoebe: Yeah, I’m sure. *Phoebe dodged and moved to roll off the bed. So much for being drunk enough to bang a stranger… she never could carry though with it! Now she was going to feel like an idiot all night!* I’m done! -07:21 Nov 10
[Dante logged out of the chat.] -((05:07 Nov 10))
[Phoebe has timed out.] -05:07 Nov 10
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[Phoebe was pretty smashed… but apparently not smashed enough to bang a stranger! Somehow, she would blame Crystal for this!] -12:25 Nov 11
[Dante had left Phoebe alone after she started acting strangely!] -12:30 Nov 11

The guy grinned. “Don’t worry about it.” He was still groping and moving in to kiss her again!

Phoebe: *Another dodge, and Phoebe hopped up!* No, no… that’s plenty enough. You’re jus’ sooo not doin’ it for me! *He really wasn’t. Which was like… adding insult to injury! So much for solving her sexy-problems!* -12:34 Nov 11

The guy refused to take no for an answer! He stood. “So now you’re just going to ditch me after you led me on all this time? Not gonna happen, babe.” He moved for the door to block Phoebe’s way!

Phoebe: Dude, it was like fifteen minutes of making out. I think you’ll live! *Seriously, she was feeling stupid enough. She didn’t want to have a long conversation about it with the guy!* Move, or I’m going to kick your ass. -12:37 Nov 11

That didn’t bother him at all! He was moving to backhand Phoebe!

Phoebe: *Her reaction time was a little slow and she wasn’t exactly graceful, but she stumbled backwards to dodge!* I swear to god, if you don’t get out of the way, I’m going to break your fingers and your balls! -12:41 Nov 11

The guy was moving to tackle her to the bed! He didn’t seem to be thinking at all now!

Phoebe: *Dodging a hand was easy, but dodging a person not so much! Falling backwards on the bed, she latched on to his hand and as promised was trying to break one of his fingers!* -12:45 Nov 11

The man winced! “Damn it, let go of my fingers!”

Phoebe: *Phoebe, gave ’em a good twist, before she let go!* Do you get the hint now? Get lost! -12:54 Nov 11

“Fine, fine …” He shook his fingers. “Uptight bitch,” he growled before he stalked out, leaving Phoebe all alone!

Phoebe: *…she should have broken them! Phoebe sat there for a minute, taking a deep breath and…. really really wishing she could crawl in a hole somewhere! Smooth, move Phoebe! Officially the dumbest person in town!* -01:00 Nov 11

… Meanwhile, down at the party, Crystal was having the time of her life and neither Thanatos or Dante were anywhere to be seen!

Phoebe: *Well, that was it for her! Phoebe stumbled out of the room to fetch Crystal for the third time tonight! …including grabbing another drink to get that taste of ciggies outof her mouth! Gooood, what was she thinking?! That could have ended so bad!* Cryyyysiie! -01:03 Nov 11

Crystal: *She had managed to move her way off of the dance floor and to the DJ’s side. She was even flirting with him and was so very close to getting his number!*

Phoebe: Cryyss…hmm. *Cryssie almost had a number! It was girl code of honor not to ruin boy-napping! Glancing around, there was no Dante. …and no Thanatos either! So much for sticking closeby! urk… though she did kind of ditch them! Groaning to herself Phoebe turned around to head for the door. That was it! She’s going HOME where she’ll crawl in bed and die! Demon Princes can take care of themselves!* -01:10 Nov 11
Dante: *It just so happened that the large tree right outside the front door was where Dante had decided to sit, high up in the branches while he gave Phoebe the room she needed! He was sitting on a branch with one leg out and one leg up, knee bent, back against the trunk with one arm on the raised knee. He was also wearing the clothes he’d worn when he first appeared: boots, pants, jacket open to reveal a white shirt and criss-crossing belts.* -01:13 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe was so busy trying to watch her feet, especially after nearly falling face first down the porch steps, she didn’t see a thing! Not that anything looked normal anyway. Stupid blurry tilting vision. …Damned party! She was never going to party ever again! Phoebe was very carefully trying to walk a straight line down the driveway!* -01:16 Nov 11
Dante: *Dante looked down when he heard someone staggering down the steps and tilted his head slightly at Phoebe! As she made her way down the driveway, he dropped out of the branch and landed neatly on the ground, then began to tail her. She still needed her space but he also knew it would be all too easy for something bad to happen along the way.* -01:19 Nov 11
Phoebe: *If she had her phone, she could leave Crystal a text! Tell Cryssie all about mister can’t-take-no, and how she totally bailed, and where DID Ms. Nadine hide today? Turning on the sidewalk, Phoebe covered her ears with her hands. There was that weeeeird feelng of being stalked, but that was most likely a tipsy paranoia about the dumb guy!* -01:23 Nov 11
Dante: *Sneak sneak sneak! He made sure he wasn’t seen or heard or anything! Of course, it was natural for people to feel eyes at their backs. Dante decided it still wasn’t a good idea to show himself.* -01:25 Nov 11
Phoebe: *After a moment or two of stopping, turning around, and walking in a circle once or twice, Phoebe was satisfied that she was way too drunk to know what she was thinking! Smooth! Not drunk enough to sleep with a stranger, but totally weirded out in the dark! ….then again, there HAS been tons of monsters! Phoebe stepped off the sidewalk to cross the street and nearly hit the ground when the heel of her shoe got stuck in a drain cover.* C’mon!! Give it back! *She is soo not walking home lopsided!* -01:31 Nov 11
Dante: *Perhaps now was a good time to show himself? No. She still needed some room. If she found out he had been following her all this time … She might be more angry. He wondered if she would be angry enough to take him back home. Him and Thanatos. But they needed to do something here first, right? But would that stop her …* -01:37 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe didn’t consider that a woman wrestling with a shoe and yelling at it might look a little insane. But she did consider that it hurts when the shoe pops out and you land on your ass! It might have been funny if the heel weren’t broken. Now she had to take off her other shoe, and was stuck growling everytime she stepped on a rock.* Foul solid beasts of the deep…! Pluck off your minerals and feel you to the waste banshees…! -01:42 Nov 11
Dante: *Now, now would be a good time to step in and attempt to save her some discomfort at the very least. He owed her that much–and he genuinely wanted to help. He cleared his throat as he stepped into the light a few feet away, giving her more than enough time to react to him without having to worry about his reflexes moving him out of the line of danger.* … Phoebe. May I take you home? -01:45 Nov 11
Phoebe: Dante! *Relief to see him alive! Followed by a severe amount of guilt! …wait, why was she guilty?! It’s not like they were dating and she cheated on him! …dangit, now she couldn’t even look at him! Phoebe pointed at the ground.* They killed my shoe. -01:49 Nov 11
Dante: Hm. *He looked down at the drain cover and crouched down to pull on it experimentally.* … It is rather stubborn. *He pulled on it a few times but on the fourth time, it came out with a POP!–and unfortunately the heel broke off! He stood and held up the shoe.* My apologies. I will … make you a new pair. *Before Phoebe could ask what he meant, he used magic to repair the shoe and then made both as good as new! He crouched down again, on one knee and held up the shoe.* May I …? *He gestured for her to raise her foot so he could put her shoe on her foot for her.* -01:53 Nov 11
Phoebe: *How the devil was he going to make make her a- Oh! Blinking, she lift up a foot, having to hold up her arms to try and keep some balance.* Kind of like a real prince. -01:55 Nov 11
Dante: *He gave a soft smile as he slipped her shoe on and made it nice and secure. Then he stood and rubbed the back of his neck.* I … was only following you because I was concerned about you reaching your apartment safely … and … I realize you need your space. -01:57 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Aw man… way to twist the knife there and make her feel worse! Phoebe looked pretty sheepish.* Space is not a problem, really very the opposite. -02:00 Nov 11
Dante: In … that case, perhaps we may have a cup of tea at your apartment? -02:04 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe tugged on her ear, giving it some serious thought!* I don’t know if I can! I’m drunk and attacking people with molesting, and with you I wouldn’t be able to stop myself! -02:07 Nov 11
Dante: *He smirked.* If that will be a problem for you in the morning when you wake up naked under the sheets with me, I will take you back home and leave you until morning. -02:09 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe started walking backwards and shaking her head. He sooo didn’t get it!* I caaan’t take of advantage of you like that, I don’t own you and I can’t claim you, and damned if it wouldn’t be nice but sooo wrong! -02:12 Nov 11
Dante: *He smiled even as he stepped forward, picked her up and started walking back to her apartment.* I am jesting with you, Phoebe. I will take you home and spend the night on the balcony while you will be in bed, asleep. -02:14 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Whooosh! A whole knew meaning to getting swept off her feet! He might have been kidding, but she wasn’t. Phoebe was frowning very seriously.* You can’t sleep on the balcony. -02:17 Nov 11
Dante: I did not say I would be sleeping on the balcony. I just said I would spend the night there. It happens to be my favorite spot. -02:18 Nov 11
Phoebe: You have to sleep. *Phoebe was going to go in to a whole speach about him needing to sleep incase Hell popped out… but she got curious!* Where did you and Thanatos sleep last night? -02:22 Nov 11
Dante: Thanatos slept in your room on the bed. He never came out until Crystal came in the morning. I slept on the floor, right beside you. You never woke up despite all the noise Crystal made when she arrived. -02:27 Nov 11
Phoebe: Demons are a lot of work. I told you not to sleep on the floor. *Phoebe rest her head on his shoulder. Not having to walk was pretty cool! Normally she’d be freaking out about now having her feet on the ground.* -02:31 Nov 11
Dante: Hm. Did you? My memory is rather short or … as my Mentor was fond of putting it, selective. -02:35 Nov 11
Phoebe: Don’t sleep on the floor, Dante. *Selective indeed. ….Phoebe snuck a hand up to mess with his hair. She had a nice few of those few strange color strands in there. Who knew that could transfer over to real life and actually look badass!* I was stupid at the party and I feel bad. -02:40 Nov 11
Dante: *He opened the door to her building and stepped inside, making sure the door was closed firmly before he continued. He didn’t mind her messing up his hair.* Do you want to talk about it? -02:44 Nov 11
Phoebe: I was mad and jealous, and I’m not allowed to be, you know? *How did that color get in there, anyway. Was that a demon a thing…? She just thought it looked neat!* Soooo it’s good to get it out of me, right? Aaannnd I pounced on a guy, but it was all wrong… -02:49 Nov 11
Dante: It’s natural to be mad and jealous sometimes. *He waited for the elevator and then got inside.* -03:05 Nov 11
Phoebe: I don’t own you and if you want to kiss girls or have a crazy party orgy, I shouldn’t stop you! And you can’t stop me either and I could totally do it. But I couldn’t ’cause it was awful and it wasn’t fun, and then he got mad, and do I really look like I can’t kick a guy’s ass at all? *They’re in a box! Wait, this is the elevator! Dante knew the way home already? Man… he was so smart…!* -03:10 Nov 11
[Dante logged out of the chat.] -((03:30 Nov 11))
[Phoebe logged out of the chat.] -((03:35 Nov 11))
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[Phoebe is making drunken confessions to a half demon prince!] -06:38 Nov 11
[Dante is carrying Phoebe as they ride the elevator.] -06:38 Nov 11
Dante: It’s alright. You just need some time to rest and maybe eat something. Maybe even a nice, hot bath. -06:39 Nov 11
Phoebe: Are you mad at me? Gaaw.. Maybe I’m the Psycho Queen and it’s a crazy time traveling twisty epic where I find out I’m my own molesting mother…! *Now she was rambling and throwing her arms around Dante’s neck. What a nightmare!* -06:41 Nov 11
Dante: *The thought of the Psycho Queen didn’t sit well with Dante and it showed plainly on his face for a moment. Then he chuckled softly and kissed Phoebe–chastely–on the lips!* Mad, no. And, at the risk of spoiling your ranting, you are much better to look at than the Psycho Queen. -06:42 Nov 11
Phoebe: I think I have something against blondes. *Did he think she was pretty? Phoebe twitched her feet, and blinked when she realized she was being weird again.* I think she’s a thousand years old and that’s not her real boobs. -06:46 Nov 11

BING! The elevator arrived on the floor, the doors getting stuck before they finally opened! -Phoebe

Dante: *He smiled and waited for the doors to open before he stepped out, still holding her.* There are many tales about the Psycho Queen. There is no way to tell which is true and which is rumor. -06:52 Nov 11
Phoebe: I thought I knew eeeeeverything, cause I made it all up, but now I’m not so sure… *Phoebe yawned, resting her head against his shoulder again. How late was it, anyway?* -06:54 Nov 11
Dante: *Dante didn’t want to disturb her so he used magic to open the door without the key and then stepped inside. He closed the door behind him and then lay her down on her bed in her room.* -07:07 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe had dozed off, but the shifting had her jumping awake again. Grumbling, she captured one of his arms.* You’re going to stay here…? -07:11 Nov 11
Dante: *He stopped just as he was about to leave her.* Do you think that’s wise? I wouldn’t want you to feel guilty in the morning or regret something. -07:13 Nov 11
Phoebe: *Phoebe rubbed her eyes, mumbling a few inaudible things.* There’s monsters all over the place. You shouldn’t be alone…? -07:14 Nov 11
Dante: *Dante smiled and slid under the covers with her. He slipped his arms around her waist as he lay on his side and kissed her cheek.* I promise I’ll keep my clothes on for you, if that will make you feel better. -07:15 Nov 11
Phoebe: Uh huh. *Phoebe curled up with hiim, nice and warm and oh so comfortable! Only seconds to fall fast asleep!* -07:20 Nov 11
Dante: *He nuzzled her neck gently and pulled her closer.* Goodnight … Princess. -07:22 Nov 11
Desire of the Deep

001 Dante Comes to Life

Dante appears in Phoebe’s apartment! Buying Dante clothes and the Wastedemons. Getting Chinese food and the giant squid. Shower hotness! Thanatos appears.

[Phoebe writes naughty manga to please randy fangirls so she can pay for college! :D And it\’s never going to backfire!] -04:35 Jul 22
Phoebe: *And today is like every other weekend with no classes! Draw up the latest panels for her newest smash hit sensation, DESIRE OF THE DEEP. Which, now that she thinks about it, is probably a really weird name. But hey, better than SEXY BASKET BUNNIES. …Now she’s just being weird! Maybe a drink from the soda machine outside will help!* -04:38 Jul 22
[Dante was in the middle of doing what he did best–fighting and flirting at the same time! … Until a storm struck and everything went black!] -04:41 Jul 22

KNOCK! KNOCK! KNOCK! “Phoebe, it’s your favorite classmate and number one fan in the whole wide world!” Crystal sang from the other side of the apartment door!

Phoebe: *This was going to be her greatest series yet! Once her hottie-hot hottie was done with the current plot arc, she was totally going to throw in some sexy b-* Huh? Dang, I was totally on a plot roll! *Phoebe was up and swinging open the door in no time!* Sssshh! What did I tell you about you-know-what? If anyone here finds out, I’ll never hear the end of it! -04:44 Jul 22

The curveaous blonde with the bright blue eyes pouted! She never could understand why Phoebe didn’t bask in the glow of what she did! “But, P! Don’t you think it’s time to share your gift with the world?” she asked as she slipped inside.

Phoebe: No, really no. I draw softcore porn! It’s not like we’re in Japan where everybody is reading hentai. *Oh man, if she were, she’d be like… rich! She was so lucky to find a fanbase here!* Did you bring me any snacks or are you after another sneak peek at my Dante again? *Hee. Dante was going to be the best one yet! Phoebe closed the door and followed her friend!* -04:48 Jul 22

“Um … Both!” Crystal grinned and pulled out the plastic bag she had behind her! “I have chips, pretzels, salsa, a carton of chocolate ice cream, and a six pack of cherry soda! Bu-but-but! Only after I get a sneak peak of Dante!” That man could make ice cream melt any day of the week!

Phoebe: Feh… Oh fine! But give me that bag and promise you won’t faint. *She didn’t allow room for argument, she snatched the quick before bustling over to her work desk. Fumbling through the papers, Phoebe smirked.* Okay! Ready? Ta Da! *Phoebe present a very large concept art drawing of one very naked Dante! She had just finished coloring it in this morning!* -04:54 Jul 22

Crystal’s jaw dropped and she bit her bottom lip just so she wouldn’t drool! “Oh, Phoebe, he is DIVINE!” She stepped closer and clasped her hands together. “He’s delicious, he’s mouth-watering, he’s … Oh God!”

Phoebe: Cryssie, you’re kinda grossing me out here. *Phoebe took a look at the drawing, again. …Yeah, he was pretty damned hot! Her favorite character design to date! She made sure he had all of her favorite things, and he was going to get one hell of a sexy plot!* His hair might be too messy, but the first few pages are coming out great! -05:03 Jul 22

With the way Crystal was acting, it was little wonder Phoebe didn’t trust her enough to leave her in the room alone with her drawings or any of her manga! Suddenly the lights went out and there was a crash of thunder?! “… Phoebe?”

Phoebe: Aw crap. This apartment building totally sucks! Every time there’s a storm it does this! *Phoebe stumbled around looking for her desk again so she could grab a flashlight.* … I didn’t think it was even supposed to rain today! -05:13 Jul 22

As Phoebe looked around for her flashlight, there was a CRASH right in the apartment! Someone had walked into the cupboards! The dishes had fallen!

Crystal turned to Phoebe’s voice but squeaked when she heard the crash! “Oh no! There’s a burglar in the apartment!” She tripped over one of the stools! “Ow!”

Phoebe: Ssshhh! *Oh dang! This is what she gets for living in a cheap neighborhood! Phoebe managed to set down that bag and her drawing… and found that cool wooden kendo sword she bought at the last anime convention. She was going to beat the hell out of any intruders! Phoebe tipped towards towards the kitchen!* -05:18 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante groaned from where he’d fallen! One moment, he was kicking ass and stealing kisses … the next–! He rubbed his head. He was sitting in a corner, propped up against it with dishes surrounding him.* Ugh … My head. *It was just too bad his head wasn’t the only thing that hurt! His entire body ached … and not in the fun way, either! Dante heard footsteps.* Whoever you are, do me a favor and keep the noise down. *That was the last time he took up a drinking challenge with the Psycho Queen!* -05:22 Jul 22
Phoebe: You break in to my place, I bust you head in! That is the rules, buddy! *Yeah, taunting a robber was probably a bad idea, but she was trying to figure out where he was! Was he on the floor? She prodded around in the dark with her stick!* -05:25 Jul 22
Dante: *At the sound of the voice, Dante stopped and looked up. He could see just fine in the dark. He smiled slightly.* You’re as beautiful as your voice, my lady. -05:31 Jul 22
Phoebe: Oh hell, no! There’s not going to be any rapin’ in here! I’m packing about six guns and I’m an ace with a katana! *Man, she should have told Cryssie to go hide somewhere! They always go for the hot blonds first! Phoebe got a good idea where he was hiding though, and took a swing at him with the kendo stick!* -05:33 Jul 22

Crystal was still groaning on the floor. “Phoebe? Phoebe!” On her hands and knees, she started walking in the direction Phoebe had gone!

Dante: *Dante caught the kendo stick.* What a coincidence. My mentor often says the same thing. However, I don’t resort to raping women. In fact, they have a habit of trying to rape me. -05:36 Jul 22
Phoebe: Cryssie, call the cops! *She might have laughed at the guy, but she was busy trying to kick him and take her stick back!* HA! Says the guy who broke in to my apartment! — Give me that! -05:38 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante was nothing if not quick. He kept a firm hold on the stick with one hand while catching her foot when she tried to kick him with the other. Then he pulled her leg up and toward him with the intention of causing her to fall backwards. But he slipped an arm around her back and cushioned her fall so she landed softly on the floor, moving his body over hers to pin it in place.* Sweetling, I don’t even know how I ended up here. *He murmured, hands around her wrists and her own wrists on either side of her head on the floor with his hips firmly against hers.* -05:45 Jul 22

… And that was when the lights turned back on!

“Phoebe, who are you talking to? I can’t see a blasted–” She stopped when the power turned on and she found herself staring at Phoebe and an all too familiar male! “… Oh. My. Gawd.”

Phoebe: *There was an OMPH out of her followed by a growl and her shouting!* Men do not fly in through the- WHAT THE HELL?! *That struggling she was doing suddenly ceased! Leaving one very limp and confused Phoebe! Okay… so she’s got her hot-hottie on top of her. Did she get hit by lightning?* ….Dante. Huh. -05:48 Jul 22
Dante: *One light green eye, and one light brown almost golden eye stared back into Phoebe’s. Dante wore a dark suit over a lean frame that stood 6’3″ and approximately one hundred seventy-five pounds, light tan complexion. His hair was mostly black with blonde, red, white, and something that might have passed as blue strands.* You know my name so introductions should be short. -05:53 Jul 22
Phoebe: Hi, I’m your creator. *Yeah, she was soooo dreaming. Oh man, he was even better looking in person! She didn’t this well! Yeah, the messy hair wasn’t so bad after all! Wait, was this going to be one of those weird sex dreams? Why did Cryssie always end up in those!* -05:56 Jul 22

… Speaking of Crystal, she had fainted dead away!

Dante: Creator? *He raised an eyebrow and gave her a sideways glance.* Hm. The fanatics where I come from swear God is a man. Fortunately, I’ve never taken anything they said seriously. *And he was making no move to get off of her either!* -06:00 Jul 22
Phoebe: *What a voice! Aw! And that way he tilts his head and his hair falls in to his face! This was the best character ever!* Yeah, I didn’t want to write myself as God in the manga. That’s so mary sue. *Okay… this dream was kind of… not doing anything! Talking plot to her own character was weird.* Okay, Phoebe, if this dream isn’t going to get interesting, lets wake up and get back to work! -06:04 Jul 22
Dante: *That made him grin and he leaned forward.* Let me help you wake up, my fair goddess. *He kissed her once softly and then gave her another, longer but just as soft kiss!* -06:11 Jul 22
Phoebe: *Hell yes! This was a good dream! She gave a soft appreciative sigh, and swore that she probably melted in to the floor! If only real boys would kiss this good! Even a dream kiss from Dante was way better than real life. …wait dreams soooo did not feel this good. Now Phoebe was confused.* …you’re way too real. -06:16 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante lifted his head and gave her a cat-like, smug grin.* Real, yes. Although I’m wondering if I’m still alive or if I’ve died and gone to the Elion Fields. *He looked off to the side, at the unconscious Crystal.* I’ll go check on your friend. *He moved off of her and knelt at Crystal’s side to check her pulse.* -06:19 Jul 22
Phoebe: *Ah.. noo! And she was so comfortable! Phoebe retrieved her hands before she was reaching out to him like some smitten fangirl! So, possibly not dreaming and Dante, the half demon sexiest man in existence just broke in to her apartment! Could be a hallucination from…. carbon monoxide!* She, uh… tends to do that everytime she sees. Well… You. Only, normally you’re not real. *Phoebe crawled across the floor to take a look at Cryssie. Out of body experience? She looked over her shoulder. Nope. She’s still in her own body.* -06:23 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante looked up to smile at her. He never flashed his teeth. His smiles were small but always genuine which probably added to his hotness even more.* Lead me to a place I can put her down. *He said as he scooped Crystal up.* Then perhaps you can explain more of this … world of yours. *He certainly wasn’t in his, that’s for sure!* -06:27 Jul 22
Phoebe: *Man, if he kept this up she was going to pass out just like Cryssie!* Uh, yeah. *Phoebe got to her feet and only hestitated for a minute before leading the way across the living to the one single bedroom of the apartment. She pointed to the bed, and for some ridiculous felt the need to snatch up her panties and stuff them in the nearest drawer. Ha ha ha, like he hasn’t seen tons of panties before!* In here she’ll be fine and we can just go …chat… in there. -06:30 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante followed her and didn’t seem to have any trouble lifting Crystal up. Then he placed her on the bed and stood beside Phoebe.* Lead the way, sweetheart. *He even dipped his head to whisper that into her ear!* -06:32 Jul 22
Phoebe: Kay. *Phoebe was grinning like an idiot. She managed to catch a glimpse of herself in the mirror as quickly wiped the look off her face. She led the way back to the living room, and with as much sense as she could muster, rest her hands on her hips and took a second good look at him. …He was SO Dante. So perfect! A good foot taller than her and totally awesome! Phoebe frowned!* …All right. I figured this out. You or some crazy fangirl managed to grab a sneak peek of my first chapters and now we’re playing a big prank on me. So.. you’re an actor? -06:35 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante turned around to look at Phoebe and tilted his head at her again.* An actor? No. Although I have been known to play a few parts, that is not my profession. My name is Dante van Arimos, second in line to the Demon Crown, the half-human bastard of the Demon King himself. -07:04 Jul 22
Dante: *von Arikmos -07:07 Jul 22
Phoebe: How do you know that! I hadn’t even drawn up those pages yet! *Mind reading japanese hentai plot stealing spies? No way… maybe she talked in her sleep? Phoebe remained suspicious! After all, there was -no- way he was real. That would be like… a dream come true!* Okay. What is your favorite thing to have for breakfast! -07:08 Jul 22
Dante: *He smirked.* I never get up in time for breakfast. *He sat down and leaned back in the couch, putting his arms on the back and looking like he owned the place. Even the way he moved wasn’t human. He was graceful and his movements were quick and precise, conserving his energy for when he needed it.* -07:27 Jul 22
Phoebe: Lucky guess! *Oh man! He was good! Too good! He even moved like he was supposed to all smoooooth and sooo not human. Hrm.* Ah HA! You won’t know this one at all! What is the true name of your prized weapon! -07:30 Jul 22
Dante: *Dante glanced away from her and off to the side.* … Not even I know that. The human and the demon factions insist they hold the true name but will only give it to me upon my allegiance to their side. -07:34 Jul 22
Phoebe: …oh hell. *A real live Dante! Right here in her apartment! …And that is when Phoebe fainted dead away! No better than Cryssie!* -07:36 Jul 22
Dante: Hm? *Dante glanced back in time to see the woman’s eyes roll back into her head and then he was off the couch in less than a heartbeat! He caught her before she fell and lifted her up, lying her on the couch he’d just vacated. He stood beside her and chuckled softly to himself. Oh, he could think of more than a few things he could do with her and her friend but … he was not about to be called a rapist in any world. So he settled for brushing the strands of hair out of her face and kissing her forehead.* -07:38 Jul 22
[Phoebe has black hair and brown eyes and draws the hottest manga in the states! Who knew she\’d pass out seeing her own character!] -05:16 Jul 24
[Dante is a half-demon, half-human prince stuck in a strange new world!] -05:29 Jul 24
Phoebe: *It was probably the best way in the world to wake up! …If, well… it wasn’t something that shouldn’t exist in this reality! Phoebe blinked one eye open. Maybe he was just a normal guy, and someone just slipped some heroin in her coke or something!* -05:32 Jul 24
Dante: *Dante had stepped onto the balcony! What a strange new world! He should feel scared and nervous but he was too much an adventuring spirit to feel that! He was leaning on the balcony railling!* -05:37 Jul 24
Dante: *railing -05:39 Jul 24
Phoebe: *Gone! Just a dre- Aie! There he was. No reason to freak out. ….There’s LOTS of reasons to freak out! There was a sexy half demon on her balcony! And where there was sexy half demons, there was everything else too!* Oh man, this is so weird. *Phoebe sat up quick and… cautiously tip toed towards the balcony.* You, uh.. said you don’t know how you got here, right…? -05:39 Jul 24
Dante: *The wind was blowing through his hair. The sun hit his hair just right. He glanced over his shoulder with a slight tilt of his head and nodded.* Correct. I was fighting and suddenly everything went dark. I am still wondeing if this is a dream. -05:43 Jul 24
Dante: *wondering -05:43 Jul 24
Phoebe: I thought so too, but you’re still here. Which is… probably a bad sign. Or a good sign. Depending on if this was totally brought on by a villain looking for revenge, a wish come true, or some sort of cosmic accident. *Who knew watching too much anime would actually come to good use! …so pretty…! Those subtle streaks in his hair reflected the sun! Phoebe squeezed her eyes shut! There was no way she could continue a conversation if she was staring!* Where exactly were you fighting, maybe I figure out there you are in the plot. -05:46 Jul 24
Dante: *Dante turned around to face Phoebe completely and leaned back again.* … The plot? So I’m just a character of yours come to life? -05:49 Jul 24
Phoebe: My most recent and favorite character, probably the best character ever. There is the possibility that you really exist in another world and I’ve just been writing your story? *She frowned a bit sheepishly before opening one eye.* But uh… that’s a lot of, er.. sex going on. -05:56 Jul 24
Dante: *At the mention of sex, he blinked and grinned.* Never a dull moment, fair lady. But if this is your story, you have a wild imagination. -05:59 Jul 24
Phoebe: *Oh god! What could be more embarassing than this?! And that is when she covered her face with her hands.* In a fantasy world, fan service is important! But, er, now that you’re here you absolutly can’t get away with doing…. stuff… all the time. It works differently and, oh hell. What AM I going to do with you?! -06:02 Jul 24
Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly at her again.* Hm. And what would you mean by “stuff”? -06:09 Jul 24
Phoebe: That’s… really hard to explain. *She eyed him again. There was no way she could just keep him in the apartment all the time as her own personal s-COUGH!! No, no, she had to figure out how he got here and send him where he belonged! In the meantime, he would need clothes and food and something to keep him busy besides girls!* …I suppose we can start with normal clothes, just as soon as Cryssie is back with the living. *If Cryssie didn’t flat out faint again. Should she tell Cryssie?!* -06:13 Jul 24
Dante: *Dante looked down at his clothes and compared it to what Phoebe was wearing. But then, his mind shifted to something else entirely like Phoebe’s body under her clothes. He smiled slightly at the thought.* Ah yes, your fragile friend. -06:16 Jul 24
Phoebe: She isn’t fragile, you’re just- *She eyed him, ignoring the fact he was examining her, that’s what he did! He was simply gorgeous, and she wondered if women in this reality were going to pounce him just like in her manga! That was going to be so awkward!* just amazing. You tend to have that affect with girls even on paper. -06:19 Jul 24
Dante: *He grinned then, as if he was the tiniest bit embarassed.* Loved by women but hated by men. Even when I was a child, it was like that, much to the chagrin of my peers. But you probably already know that. *He gave her his slight smile again.* -06:28 Jul 24
Phoebe: If I knew you were going to be real I might have thought it out a little better! *Of course if HE is real, who knows what else from the story is real! What if her Psycho Queen came out? Or the monsters! Or worse!* …Um, are you all of you or are you perfectly normal human here? *Phoebe wasn’t quite sure how to find that out besides just asking. He didn’t look entirely human, but that was probably those totally gorgeous eyes!* -06:32 Jul 24
Dante: *Dante was thoughtful for a moment.* Hm. Let’s see. *He lifted one hand, stretched out in front of him, fingers slightly apart. Then he closed his eyes. For several minutes nothing happened. And then … one very wicked-looking black sword appeared in the air just out of his reach. He opened his eyes and closed his fingers around the sword’s hilt. His prized weapon.* -07:02 Jul 24
Phoebe: *Don’t faint, don’t faint! Yet, she couldn’t hide her startled look!* …as a first rule, we’llmake sure you never do that where people can see you! Or use any powers! … Unless something happens. Ohma, something is bound to happen, I can’t be so lucky to get you and not get a whole host of trouble too! *What if something happens while she’s in class?! Psycho Queen was based off her Art History teacher! Phobe looked disturbed!* -07:07 Jul 24
Dante: *He drew the sword closer and tested the weight. Yes, this was his sword alright. As he was testing the sword, he looked up at the look on Phoebe’s face.* I will … try not to use any of my powers. But it would help if I knew how you acted here. I’m assuming this means, it is considered normal for someone to summon his weapon. -07:14 Jul 24
Dante: *not considered normal -07:16 Jul 24
Phoebe: No one carries around weapons. I totally lied about having six guns and a couple of katanas. Usually life is pretty safe and normal. There’s not any demons or monsters. *The real sword! Almost as awesome as a real Dante! Man, why couldn’t she be a total perv and take advantage? She could totally have super cute House Maid Demon Prince. …that would be an awesome manga! Phoebe smacked her forehead!* -07:20 Jul 24
Dante: *And then as suddenly as he had summoned it, he made the sword disappear.* To answer your earlier question, I was in the swamp. The Psycho Queen challenged me to a drink and I ended up there of all places after passing out. -07:48 Jul 24
Phoebe: *She put on a thoughtful expression.* That’s… just a bit farther than the pages I had just finishing drawing. *Phoebe turned on her heel and dashed over to her drawing table to rifle through her drawings!* -07:49 Jul 24
[Dante was at the balcony again! It seemed to be his favorite spot!] -03:23 Jul 25
[Phoebe is rustling through her art. There has to be answers her somewhere!] -03:24 Jul 25

“Oohhh …” Crystal groaned from the bed and sat up, holding her head. “Phoebe?” She wandered around the apartment and didn’t notice Dante at the balcony! She found Phoebe and leaned against the door frame. “Phoebe, I had. The craziest dream. The lights went out and when they came back on, Dante himself was pinning you to the floor. I mean, can you just imagine how crazy that sounds?”

Phoebe: *Phoebe froze!* Uh, yeah. That is a little crazy. …. What if I told you that there is a real Dante? You wouldn’t pass out again would you? -03:27 Jul 25

Crystal blinked a couple of times and then she pouted. “Don’t be cruel, Phoebe. I got injured … doing something. It’s really bad to play jokes on wounded people.”

Phoebe: No joking. A real Dante! But, maybe you can consider him more like… an exchange student… or something. *…Yeah, she might not be able to tell Cryssie the real truth! She’d die in bliss!* -03:34 Jul 25

Crystal folded her arms and tapped her foot. “So … You really did model the Dante in your manga after someone in real life?” She’d asked Phoebe that question before but her friend had denied having ever met a guy even remotely like Dante in real life. Then again, Dante was hotness incarnate. There was no way a guy in real life could be THAT hot and be straight.

Phoebe: Yes. By total and complete accident, though, I promise! …Don’t look at me that way! If I show you a real Dante, you have to promise not to die on me! -03:41 Jul 25

Crystal blinked. “Uh, Phoebe …” She was talking slowly now. ”

*”You’re scaring me. Please stop.” Or maybe she’d bumped her head harder than she thought and she was still dreaming? She pinched herself but winced and said “Ow!” when she didn’t wake up at all. All she had to show for her trouble was a red spot on her arm where she’d pinched.

Phoebe: Cryssie, I’m not kidding. *Oh hell! Phoebe went ahead and pointed behind the girl towards the balcony. If she passed out again, she’d just throw her back in bed!* -03:44 Jul 25
Dante: Hm? *Dante heard the commotion behind him and it sounded urgent. He glanced over his shoulder, then stood up straight and walked back into the apartment. He stopped in the sliding doorway that led to the balcony and smiled at the two women there. “I see you’re finally awake,” he told Crystal. “My name is Dante von Arikmos. It is a pleasure to meet you.” -03:46 Jul 25

“Phoebe, whatever could be–” she said as she turned in the direction Phoebe was pointing in. She froze and broke off when she saw Dante–and then he spoke! “Oh. My. God.” She didn’t know whether to faint or melt on the floor!

Dante: *He was still smiling at her but then he glanced at Phoebe and the smile didn’t falter.* Did you find what you were looking for? -03:49 Jul 25
Phoebe: Not really, no. But usually in these sort of things, we find out how you got here later after several embarassing disasters. *…oh man, she wasn’t looking forward to that. Phoebe kept an eye on Cryssie.* …don’t faint again Cryssie! Then you can’t take Dante shopping. -03:50 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante had his head tilted slightly at Crystal, looking her up and down with his small smile on his face. “You are not coming, fair lady?” he asked Phoebe. -03:53 Jul 25

“Sh … sho … shopping …?” Crystal repeated. She was imagining him naked already! He was all lean muscle and no fat. Oh God, she really was going to faint! Until Dante called Phoebe … “Fair lady …?” She turned and raised an eyebrow at Phoebe. Her look plainly said “What have you two been doing while I was out?”

Phoebe: Of course I am! Good god, I can’t let you run around town with only Cryssie to prote- We didn’t do anything! *Phoebe nearly shouted at Cryssie’s expression! Okay, NOW her face was read! Despite how deliciously awesome it might be to drag Dante off to her room and keep him there, that would just be… weird! She made him DO things!* …I have to get him normal clothes! -03:57 Jul 25
Dante: *He smirked.* Personally, I like these clothes. *He wore a black jacket over a white shirt open at the neck which was tight enough to cling to his muscled frame but not suffocate him. He also wore black pants, a bit loose, and black boots. Two silver belts crisscrossed over his hips.* They’ve withstood swamp monsters, sea serpents, and that nasty time when Eris had had a little too much to drink. *Of course, only Phoebe knew Eris was a female demon trying to become the next Demon Queen–whether it was through Dante or his older half-brother!* -04:05 Jul 25

“Uh …” Crystal turned back to Phoebe. The expression on her face plainly said Dante had lost her. “Swamp monsters … sea serpents … Eris …?” She blinked. “Where is Dante from exactly?”

Phoebe: I like them too- That’s not the point! In this world, I mean country, that’s um… overdressed. *Damned Dante! He’s gotten booty from everyone – and it was her fault! She blinked at Cryssie with a sheepish expression.* …Romania? You know those strange customs in Europe! *Okay, Phoebe was dashing to grab her shoes and slip them on.* Enough chatter, we’re going out! Maybe I can think of something! -04:12 Jul 25

There was no need to worry about Crystal fainting. Now, she looked ready to pounce on Dante! “Overdressed … Definitely.” Oh God, she was going to melt on the floor and that was just from staring at him! She had delicious thoughts of what would happen if she touched him!

Phoebe: Cryssie! *Okay, Phoebe promptly put herself between Dante and Cryssie. Why did she have to make him so irresistably sexy? Stupid half demon blood!* We are not molesting Dante. Dante gets enough of being molested in Desire of the Deep. And if you can’t keep your hands to yourself, I might have to tie you up and leave you in your apartment! -04:18 Jul 25

Crystal pouted. “PHOEBE! That’s so not fair!” She looked over Phoebe’s head at Dante! “Tell her, Dante! She’s being a total prude!”

Dante: *Dante found this very amusing! But he chuckled softly, tilting his head slightly at them.* As much as I would love to spend the day with the two of you alone here, I must stand with Phoebe. She is, the only one, with a level head on her shoulders here. *He chuckled softly. He certainly didn’t have a level head on his.* -04:21 Jul 25
Phoebe: See, no molesting going on in here. *Alone with Dante, that’d be so swee-Argh! back to reality! Phoebe grabbed Cryssie by the shoulders and turned her around towards the door, marching them out!* We’ll get clothes, maybe some food and try to brainstorm all the ways someone can travel between universes OR how an artist can bring something to life! -04:25 Jul 25

“Fine!” Crystal exclaimed as she was marched out! “But I’m only going along because Dante–Wait a minute, travelling between universes? Artists bringing something to life? Wait, Phoebe, my purse!” she whined as she stepped foot outside of the apartment.

Phoebe: Ugh, wait here! *AFter pushing Cryssie out, she pushed Dante out too! Then it was a quick dash to grab Cryssie’s purse before anything weird happened!* -04:30 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante smiled at Crystal.* A purely whimsical subject, I assure you. I am relying on you to aid me in acquiring new clothes. *He took Crystal’s hand and kissed the knuckles.* -04:32 Jul 25

“Ooohhh …” Crystal actually shuddered and would have melted if it didn’t mean letting go of Dante!

Phoebe: *Purse Acquired! She stepped at… rolled her eyes! Phoebe handed the purse to Cryssie all too roughly! Trying to snap her out of it after all!* Here! Stop drooling. -04:39 Jul 25

Crystal grabbed the purse and shook her head. “Um … Right. Let’s … get going.” She chanced a look at Dante as they walked for the elevator!

Phoebe: *Grrr! She couldn’t possibly be jealous! First of all, Dante wasn’t even real! And secondly… she MADE him! It was just bizzare! A perfect guy on paper wasn’t a perfect guy in real life! She had to get him back where he belonged before women were ripping their clothes off and tackling him on the street! Phoebe crossed her arms and scowled when they stepped in to the elevator.* Maybe I bought something enchanted off eBay. I did get a lot of new toys… -04:45 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante had decided he would try and behave. But of course, there was no guarantee he could behave.* I cannot recall if there was anything special happening at home. There is often a big celebration or a feast of mourning to herald events like a leyline becoming active or a falling star. -04:53 Jul 25
Phoebe: There’s really not anything particular special coming up, or unusual or magical or anything like that. …Maybe if I draw more pages you’ll go back home! *There was an idea! But then… ahem… how was she supposed to draw awesome sexy scenes when he was actually around to look at what she was doing to him?!* …or maybe we can talk to a psychic. -05:01 Jul 25
Dante: A psychic? *He tilted his head slightly at her, turning away from examining the buttons and the lights of the elevator.* -05:09 Jul 25
Phoebe: Psychics might know stuff. Otherwise I’m going to have to keep you forever, and somehow I don’t think that would go over well. *She snuck a glance at him. Keeping him wouldn’t be ~bad~ , but then all the things she wanted to do to him were! Grrr! She’ll have to dress him in a bear suit or something!* -05:13 Jul 25

Crystal giggled. “Hm. If you don’t want to keep him, I’ll keep him, Phoebe!” Of course, she was also thinking of some naughty things to do with Dante!*

Phoebe: *Phoebe bit her tongue before she started howling Dante was hers! Just because she drew him, and made him all awesome and everything she sooo adored, didn’t mean she could throw Cryssie out the elevator and have her dirty naughty way with Dante until next week. Phoebe clonked her head against the doors!* Maybe it’s good idea! -05:18 Jul 25
Dante: As flattering as it is, perhaps I may have a say in who I am staying with. -05:20 Jul 25
Phoebe: Then you can pick! As long as it’s not the first stranger we meet on the street. *Then again, if he were gone he’d not be her problem, but wasn’t he her responbility if she created him…? This was complicated! Normal people shouldn’t have to think about this!* -05:29 Jul 25

“Stay with me, Dante!” Crystal clasped her hands together and was giving him the lost sad, puppy look! “I have cable and high speed internet. Do they have cable and high speed internet in Romania?”

Phoebe: *She tried to imagine Dante on the internet… What if he looked himself up and found fansites? …What if he snooped on her drawing desk and got in to her art papers! Phoebe covered her face with her hands! All that naked concept art! Why’d he have to be her favorite new character to draw?!* -05:35 Jul 25
Dante: *He smiled.* I honestly wouldn’t know. I have never had cable or this high speed internet of yours. No, I will stay with Phoebe. I am certain things will be most interesting with her. *And there was little doubt to what he meant by “interesting” either! Hell, he could even make ordinary words sound naughty!* -05:37 Jul 25
Phoebe: *He had NO idea just how interesting things might get! Phoebe coughed when the elevator door opened and stepped out quick!* That’s settled. Now, where are we going to get his clothes, Cryssie. ..Prefferably as far away from chick shops as we can get! -05:41 Jul 25

Crystal pouted. “Oh, fine. Um … Let’s see. It’s close by, a few blocks down that way.” She pointed. “Gray’s will have to do. It’s either that or the thrift shop, Miss Picky.”

Phoebe: That works! *Phoebe was leading way, looking around warily for anything weird that might pop out to jump them! Normally she might be looking for gangs, or people she wanted to avoid… but if Dante was enchanting the sense out of her and Cryssie, who knew what he could do to average women! Or if anyone followed him in to this dimension!* oh man, I hope he’s the only one here. -05:56 Jul 25
Dante: *He looked at Phoebe with a curious look on his face.* … You are expecting more to appear? -06:02 Jul 25
Phoebe: *She cast a glance at Dante.* When something strange happens, it’s always reasonable to assume it’s not there by itself. So maybe you came with a bunch of villains. …Or maybe there’s already villains and you came to get them? *She didn’t like the sound of that one! Phoebe always tried avoiding putting any avatars of herself in those stories,..except.. recently… But, she was only thinking about it! So that couldn’t be it, no way!* There’s the shop! -06:06 Jul 25
Dante: *from my … home -06:06 Jul 25

The shop took up the ground floor of a two story building and had male mannequins wearing men’s clothes in the window. The shop was empty when they stepped inside, except for the guy reading a magazine behind the register. He didn’t look up when they walked inside.

Phoebe: *Woo! No women. The half-demon prince could try on clothes in peace! …This might actually be fun if she’d quit freaking out about everything! Phoebe took a deep breath and tried to relax!* Okay… so this won’t be too bad. We’ll find clothes you like, and see if they fit. Getting clothes for guys is easy, right? -06:29 Jul 25
Dante: *Villians … villians. That was an amusing thought because he was often called one by demon and humans when it suited them. But it did make him wonder … As they passed the man behind the register, he was looking at Phoebe again but in a purely curious way.* Hm. Are you aware you look familiar to me, somehow? -06:30 Jul 25

“I don’t see why we can’t just have Dante parade naked in your apartment, Phoebe,” Crystal pouted. Although she loved the idea of helping him pick out clothes–and drooling over how hot he looked–she knew she’d be sad when he had to put clothes on.

Phoebe: Impossible. Both impossible! Phaedra is nothing more than doodles and Dante can’t run around town naked! He’ll get arrested! *And if he got arrested, there would be this whole big deal about lack of I.D., illegal immigration… No, No- Let’s think about clothes and no worry!* Nice average clothes. Shoo! Start looking! -06:37 Jul 25

“Fine fine. I’m going, I’m going …” And then Crystal marched off to start looking through the racks for ideal clothing. She popped her head up above the display. “So … what size are you, anyways?”

Dante: *Dante watched Crystal disappear and had just turned back to Phoebe when Crystal’s head popped up.* Hm. *He looked down at himself. He had no idea how to measure things in this new world! Although he didn’t bother to know his sizes in his world, to begin with!* -06:45 Jul 25
Phoebe: Jeeze! *Phoebe took a couple pairs of pants from the rack holding each one against Dante to take a good look.* Try a 30 waist and um… damn. Extra tall. He can try them on. *And model! Eeee! ..Cough! * -06:48 Jul 25
Dante: *He smiled at Phoebe–How could he not the look on her face was very amusing!–and tilted his head slightly.* You have sized up men before. -06:53 Jul 25
Phoebe: I’m an art student. I check out a lot of men. …and women! People! I see a lot of people! *He needed to wipe that smile off his face! But she suspected if he were scowling it’d be just as good looking and she’d pull another Cryssie and faint from glee! She handed him the pants.* They’re going to be your clothes, you should be looking for something you like, anyway. -06:55 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante chuckled softly as he took the pants and looked them over. The material was tough but also looked like it could stretch.* Perhaps. Except I never get to wear clothes for very long before I find myself naked and in need of new ones. -07:01 Jul 25
Phoebe: Yeeeah… I’ll try to make sure no one mauls you here. *No one has to ever think about how their characters feel when you throw them in to things! Phoebe eyed him carefully.* Do you like all the attention? -07:04 Jul 25
Dante: *He looked up and smiled.* It … has its moments. But they enjoy it as do I. So yes, I do like all the attention. *Particularly if it irked his peers, demon or human.* -07:09 Jul 25
Phoebe: *Phoebe turned back to the clothes rack, browsing through the colors.* I was going to put you in a more serious series, I kind of preffered it, but that’s not quite what fans wanted and I always draw stories for them. *At least she felt a little less guilty if he did enjoy himself! He always came out on top – figuratively speaking!* -07:12 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante stepped up behind her and leaned forward over her shoulder.* Hm. You smell delicious. *He turned his head so that he was whispering in her ear.* -07:19 Jul 25
Phoebe: It’s um, just … stuff. *What was she thinking about again..? Hearing his all soft and whispered was divine! …and distracting! Phoebe cleared her throat!* That’s, um, not important. Clothes, we’re looking for clothes. *But she sure wasn’t moving! Cryssie help! Do something weird so she can get mad!* -07:23 Jul 25
Dante: Stuff? *He smiled.* You like that word a lot. Tell me. What else do you like. -07:26 Jul 25
Dante: *He still hadn’t moved his head so he was whispering in her ear.* -07:26 Jul 25
Phoebe: Um. Crayons, penguins, cherry coke… *This! She liked thing a whole lot! She liked him kissing too an- Think! There was no reason to get all flustered. She could totally resist! The man was not that awesome!* Stuff is a good word anyway. What do you like. *Ha. There. She sounded normal and not all gooey and girly.* -07:30 Jul 25
Dante: *Dante chuckled softly.* Night, the ocean, fighting, pissing off my peers … *He nibbled on her earlobe.* And you. I definitely like you. -07:38 Jul 25
Phoebe: Those.. things are pretty nice. *Phoebe closed her eyes and sighed! He was so good at that! Wait- she was forgetting where they were! Be strong, Phoebe! She tilted slightly to the side. No nibbling on Phoebe.* You’re.. just a little confused is all. I’m the author, you have to like me. -07:43 Jul 25
Dante: *He smiled at her.* You don’t know that for sure. I believe one of your earlier theories was that I already existed and you were drawing the story of my life. -07:49 Jul 25

“Sheesh, Phoebe! Hogging him to yourself now!” Crystal exclaimed! She was standing there with her hands on her hips, holding a bunch of clothes in her hands! “Here, try this and this and this and–!” And she handed them one by one to Dante!

Phoebe: *Phoebe cast an apologetic and embarassed look before that gave her the opportunity to get mad like she wanted! Being mad was much easier to control than being hot and bothered!* There’s the dressing rooms back there you can change in. Cryssie and I will wait out here. *If she was writing out his real life, he had one hell of a life! It was probably good she decided against putting Phaedra in the story! She might have ended up in Dante’s world instead!* -07:52 Jul 25

“But I wanted to–” Crystal broke off when she saw the look on Phoebe’s face and pouted. “Never mind …”

Phoebe: *Groooan! Cryssie was BAD!* Maybe you can get him to yourself later! But for pete’s sake, not out in public, and sure as hell not with me in ear shot. ..half a mind to draw you your own sex demon. *She muttered under her breath!* -07:56 Jul 25
[Dante found himself in the dressing room and boy, was he admiring the view of himself in the mirror!] -05:11 Jul 26
[Phoebe was waiting patiently with Crystal, who wasn\’t waiting patiently/] -05:12 Jul 26

“Oh, come on, P! Just a little peek! I know you’re tempted!” It was one thing to see a picture of him, it was quite another to see it in all of its male glory!

Phoebe: I draw Dante naked all the time, I don’t need to see the real thing! *Honestly, she WAS tempted! But she really, really needed to have some self control here! She can’t take advantage of him!* -05:14 Jul 26

“Oohh …” Crystal fumed and pouted but finally sat down and clasped her hands in her lap. Fine. She could control herself, too! For now …

Dante: Ahem. *The door had opened and Dante stood there, barefoot and half naked except for the jeans! Oh yes, perfectly muscled, lean, a scar on his chest and one on his upper arm.* -05:17 Jul 26
Phoebe: *A relieved sigh. Causing a scene in the store with her tackling Cryssie would be weird. Though, she doubted the cashier was even paying attention! She was just about to ask if Dante even knew how to put his damn clothes on when he stepped out!* …you forgot the shirt. *But oooh, she was glad he did… Argh! Eyes! Look at the eyes! Cough!* I guess they fit all right? -05:18 Jul 26
Dante: *Dante smiled. He loved the attention alright so it wasn’t too far to assume he’d forgotten the shirt on purpose!* Indeed. *He tilted his head slightly at Phoebe and chuckled softly.* Would you like a closer look? -05:21 Jul 26

“Would I ever!” Crystal exclaimed and was off that seat like a rocket! She stopped just inches from him. “Oh. My. God.” Oh yeah, definitely drooling.

Phoebe: Ye-No. *Of course Cryssie volunteers! Phoebe crossed her arms and just frowns. Well, if Cryssie wants to drool everywhere, she can!* If this works, we’ll get a few and a couple shirts. -05:25 Jul 26
Dante: *Another of his smiles flashed Phoebe’s way.* As you will, fair lady. Pardon me, Crystal. *He inclined his head in a bow before he turned and disappeared back into the dressing room.* -05:26 Jul 26

“Oh, Phoebe …” Crystal was swooning as she returned to her seat. “You do marvelous work. I mean, it’s like you actually drew him and he came to life. He’s … he’s perfect!”

Phoebe: *COUGH! Cryssie had no idea!!* well…! Perfect on paper yes! But, imagine trying to date him for real! You’ll be fighting women off with sticks. *Another good reason why she decided against giving Dante a long term love interest! He was always going to be surrounded by women, and it’s just too much competition!* I’m going to find him some shirts. Don’t sneak in there and sexual harass him. -05:30 Jul 26

Crystal pouted, telling Phoebe that was EXACTLY what she had in mind! “Oh, fine. But if he comes out here one more time without a shirt on–I’m not responsible for what happens next.”

Phoebe: Then he’s probably asking for it, so pounce away. *Phoebe actually managed to flash a wicked grin! He WOULD be asking for it! She wandered away to snoop through the wracks for acceptable shirts. She dresses him on paper, might as well dress him in real life too. …and since Crystal was the biggest thing to worry about at the moment, things weren’t too bad!* -05:40 Jul 26

While Phoebe browsed a rack, a strange blacked little hand shot out from under the clothes and grabbed on to her shirt!

Dante: *Dante was in the middle of pulling on a shirt Phoebe had found for him when he looked up into the mirror–and found Crystal with her head above the door! He turned and chuckled softly.* Hello. -05:46 Jul 26
Phoebe: …that’s not scary kid. I used to do that all the time. *Jeeze… Even SHE used to hide in the clothes racks and startled people! Hey, what’s all over this kid’s arm? Phoebe pried it off her shirt!* -05:47 Jul 26

Crystal smiled and, of course, she felt no shame in ogling him! “Oh. My. God. You really are perfect.”

With a hissy giggle the ‘kid’ poked it’s head out from behind the clothes! It was completely bald, with pointy ears and yellowy gold eyes. All of it’s skin seemed smeered with sooty stuff and when it grinned, all of it’s teeth were were pointy!

Phoebe: Huh… Wastedemon. *Phoebe blinked in surprise and confusion. …before jerking backwards suddenly and tumbling to the floor!* Wastedemon!! *Aw MAN she hates being right!! Hates it! Their flesh was going to get ripped from their bones!* -05:55 Jul 26
Dante: *He smiled, which was how he always responded to words like that.* My thanks, Crystal. But I could use some–*There was a commotion outside!* -05:57 Jul 26

The little beast cackled! But worse, it wasn’t the only one sniggering! Lots of little of little heads were poking out now! They lept out from their hiding places to swarm the store!

Phoebe: Cryssie! Hide in a box! Dressing room! Out the door! *Always for the blonds! …does she have something against blonds? Wait, keep in the moment! Phoebe kicked a beastie in the face before it jumped on her and scrambled on hands and knees to find a place to hide!* -06:00 Jul 26

Crystal was definitely enjoying the view! But then someone was screaming and it sounded like Phoebe! She jumped off of the stool she was standing on to see Phoebe fighting with something! “Uh … Phoebe?” She couldn’t believe her eyes! Why was Phoebe screaming like that and what was she kicking?

Dante: *Dante stepped out of the dressing room, barefoot and in the jeans and shirt, and looked around.* I believe this is what you referred to as what might have followed me here. *He was telling Phoebe. He looked at Crystal, took her hand and pulled her to him.* You’ll be safer in the dressing room. *Then he was kissing her long and rough!* -06:05 Jul 26

“Safer in the dressing room but wh–!” The last of Crystal’s protests died when he kissed her! She lost all trail of thought and closed her eyes. Damn, he was a fine kisser! Forget fine, he was perfect! She was still swooning and lost in a daze when Dante broke the kiss and closed the door behind her!*

Phoebe: Hey! *…okay, so kissing her was a good idea! Now she’ll be too dazed to run out in the middle of danger! Didn’t mean she liked it!* There’s dozens of them! *One of which she was now shaking off her leg! Get OFF! Oh god don’t BITE her! How would she explain that on her insurance?!* -06:11 Jul 26

The wastedemons enjoyed the sudden thrill of fear in their prey! A couple had already pounced on he startled cashier in the front, while others were latching on to Phoebe’s leg and trying to drag her out from under a counter!

Dante: Come on, little demons. *He stood with his legs slightly apart.* You don’t want them. *He held up one arm and made a long cut in it with one of the knives hidden in his belt. He pressed on the wound and the blood swelled. Because he was only half-human, his blood wasn’t red and it wasn’t the black of demon blood either. It was a dark blue.* Fresh blood. Come and get it. -06:20 Jul 26

Sniff!Sniff! Every head in the place suddenly turned at the scent of blood! Big toothy grins appeared as the beasts released their captives and gravitated towards the delicious smell! Blood was their most favorite meal!

Phoebe: *Dante knew how to handle these situations! …which really didn’t help her feel any less freaked out about a store full of flesh eating demons. Phoebe stayed under the counter, only leaning out to peer and make sure the man didn’t destroy anything!* -06:25 Jul 26
Dante: *Wait … wait … when they got within reach and just before they stopped so they could pounce on him, Dante moved! He jumped forward and tackled one to the ground. With that one stunned, he turned and caught another by the neck only to slam it into its buddy on the ground. He turned and dove at another. They rolled and then he ended up with one demon on top of him which he kicked away! He rolled backwards and landed on his feet, in a crouched position! He summoned his sword just in time to slice three of them up at one time! Then he adjusted his grip so the sword was held with the blade pointing down. He dashed forward to slice more of them up!* -06:26 Jul 26

They were getting slaughtered, but that smell of his blood was just too divine! The wastedemons were in a frenzy trying to leap at him and latch their teeth in to him!

Dante: *Dante smirked. At least his headache had cleared up and he wasn’t suffering from a hangover. Now he could really focus. He slashed and impaled and never stayed still for more than a heartbeat. The little bastards were quick to pounce once they got a lock on your position. Something he had found out the hard way.* -06:35 Jul 26
Phoebe: *He moved so well! …and watching beasts get killed in person was SO much grosser than drawing art! Phoebe ducked backwards to stop watching, especially when something went flying past her spot!* Well, I hope you’re enjoying yourself! I think I’m going to be sick! -06:39 Jul 26

Hiiiiiiiissssss! One by one (and sometimes several at a time!) the wastedemons were killed! Finally when there didn’t seem to be a lunging beast left, the fallen bodies were seeming to melt and ooze away. Leaving only a few strange spots on the floor.

Dante: *Dante stood and smirked, the sword held over one shoulder and the other hand in his pocket. It was the same posture Phoebe often drew him in after a victory.* I enjoyed myself immensely, fair lady. My only regret was that it was over so soon. -06:46 Jul 26
Phoebe: *Over too soon? Not soon enough! She stayed right where she was and scowled!* Don’t say that. There’s probably all kinds of things loose now, which means it’s only going to get worse. *At least Cryssie spent the whole time dazed in the dressing room. She won’t have to explain demons!* -06:48 Jul 26
Dante: *The sword disappeared and Dante moved to crouch down beside her.* The demons are gone now, Phoebe. Are you hurt? *He looked her over again, this time without giving Phoebe the feeling he was picturing her naked.* -06:55 Jul 26
Phoebe: I’m not hurt. I’m scared and freaked out and I don’t belong in stories, I draw them. *Those things weren’t even her scariest critters from Desire of the Deep. If she knew having an imagination was going to kill her, she might have been a Vet instead!* Did you get chewed on? -06:58 Jul 26
Dante: *Dante smiled.* I will survive, fair lady. Now, about purchasing these outfits of mine so we can leave … -07:04 Jul 26

Crystal opened the door and licked her lips. “OH. My. GOD.” She looked like she was in heaven or had been in heaven. Either way, it was probably grossing out Phoebe and making Dante smirk! She had to lean against the doorframe of the dressing room for support.

Phoebe: If that’s your subtle way of telling me to stop cowering under a counter… *Phoebe grumbled, but crawled out warily. Nothing would pop out so soon, but it didn’t hurt to check.* …I guess you can handle Cryssie, while I pay for things. *Phoebe took a minute to move him and snatch the price tags off the ones he was wearing, and confiscated everything else she had picked out! …Not without rolling her eyes at Crystal!* -07:08 Jul 26
Dante: *Dante returned to the dressing room to retrieve his old clothes. He really did like them. As he passed with clothes in his arms, he paused at Crystal and whispered in her ear.* I trust you enjoyed that. *Before he lifted his head, smiled at her, and returned to Phoebe.* -07:14 Jul 26

At the sound of his voice so close to her ear, Crystal’s cheeks grew red and she had to swallow. “Oh, did I ever …” She fanned herself and followed after him.

The cashier at the counter, who had looked uninterested when they came, was then attacked by… creatures… was now taking a good look at his energy drink. He pushed it aside when Phoebe dropped the clothes on the counter, and eyed the three of them suspiciously!

Phoebe: …just don’t even ask. *She muttered at the cashier. Digging in to her pockets, she pulled out one of her credit cards. Her manga sold fairly well, at least enough to occasionally splurge on unexpected things like this. she could always sell the clothes when Dante went back where he belonged. …If Cryssie let him leave! Phoebe was frowning again as she tapped her fingers on the counter!* -07:18 Jul 26

He made quick work of ringing up those purchases and folding them neatly to put in to bags. The sooner these weirdos leave, the better. …And what was that goop all on the floors?!

Dante: *Dante smirked.* Hm. If shopping entails adventures like these, we should go shopping more often. -07:32 Jul 26
Phoebe: It’s my classes I worry about. *She’s going to have to leave Dante at the apartment, but what if something happens? Grrr! Phoebe paid and took the bags, opting to escaping the store as fast as possible!* We’ll grab something for dinner and go hide and home until today blows over! -07:34 Jul 26

Crystal was still trying to get over the kiss! She had this dazed look in her eyes and seemed oblivious to anything and anyone except Dante! “Oh … my … God.”

Phoebe: *She eyed Crystal.* It couldn’t have been that good. *…well, it could, but she didn’t have to look so pleased about it!* -08:02 Jul 26
Dante: *Dante was deep in thought trying to figure out if someone had sent those demons after him or … if they had just been sucked in by whatever had brought him here as well. The streets were empty, almost eerily so. But that could have just been the neighborhood.* -08:24 Jul 26
Phoebe: Anyways, we’ll pick up something from the chinese buffet. It’s always empty this time of day and we won’t have to wait around. I like those little take out boxes too. *She turned her attention from frowning at Cryssie to blinking at Dante. That was an expression she didn’t draw very often! She nearly stepped off the curb staring!* -08:30 Jul 26
Dante: *Just in time, Dante snapped out of his thoughts to put his arm out and stop Phoebe from stepping off of the curb. Then he flashed her a smile.* Where I come from, any road is dangerous no matter what it seems. This chinese buffet sounds appetizing. From which animal did you get the meat? -08:37 Jul 26
Phoebe: *Aiie! Touching Dante! How tingley. At least she didn’t fall on her face. That’d have looked stupid. Sheepishly she replied.* Cows, pigs and chickens. Sometimes shrimps, crabs, lobsters and squid… There’s a lot of different things really. We don’t have any of the big buffalodeer though. -08:43 Jul 26
[Phoebe is going to feed a half-demon prince, go to bed and hope everything is back to normal tomorrow!] -03:42 Jul 31
[Dante had stopped following Phoebe and Crystal to poke at something!] -03:54 Jul 31

Crystal couldn’t stop staring at Dante! Well, her and the twenty or so other women in the restaurant!

Dante: *Dante looked up to see one of the women behind the counter staring at him and smiled.* Hello. *He gave a slight incline of the head.* -03:56 Jul 31
Phoebe: *Phoebe was trying her hardest not to flip those women the finger and tell them to buggar off. After all, how can you NOT stare at Dante? …maybe she needed to stuff his head in to a ski mask!*… Just had over the take out boxes! -03:58 Jul 31

One of the oldies ladies “suddenly” made an appearance with a plate of fortune cookies to offer Dante! “Would you like a fortune cookie? Only two kiss!”

Dante: *Dante smiled and tilted his head at the fortune cookies.* Very well. Two kisses for this fortune cookie of your. -04:10 Jul 31
Phoebe: *Phoebe smacked her forehead! Even little old women!? She confiscated those take out boxes and stalked for the buffet! She had to get them back to the apartment before Dante was having wild crazy sex with strangers!* -04:13 Jul 31

The old lady cackled, slapping Dante on the rear! “Good boy! Take as many as you like, two kiss each! Pucker up!”

Crystal absently followed after Phoebe. She was hungry, too! “Wow, Phoebe. I don’t know where you found him but does he have a brother?”

Phoebe: Yeah, he does. And thank god he’s not here too! *She handed Crystal one of the boxes, she could pick her own dinner!* If anything could be worse than Dante getting mauled, it’d be keeping girls off Thanatos too! -04:17 Jul 31
Dante: *He wasn’t fazed by the ass-slapping at all!* I would not like to spoil my appetite, dear lady. *He took a few fortune cookies and paid for each one with two kisses each!* -04:17 Jul 31

“Mm … Dante and Thanatos. Even their names are hot.” She took one of the boxes and began to fill hers up. “I’d melt into a puddle if I had both of them in the same room with me.”

It was probably the most action the old women had in a long time! With the plate set aside, now she was clinging to Dante! “The Man pays for dinner, yes? I can make arrangements for payment! No money involved!”

Phoebe: I only have the first book out, and there’s already dirty fanfiction on the internet. I knew having brothers was going to hit big, but I didn’t think they’d be that awesome. *A few days ago she was swimming in glee over it. …Now she was worried about how all that attention was going to go wrong! She lifted the lid from one of the soup pots, and blinked.* …are they putting live critters in the soup now? I think this one is still moving. -04:23 Jul 31

Crystal turned her attention back to Phoebe at the mention of live food. “Don’t be silly, P. This is a Chinese restaurant not a Japanese one. They don’t serve live food.”

Dante: *He smiled at her, took her hand, kissed the back of it.* My dear, the pleasure of your company is a payment of its own. -04:27 Jul 31

The soup looked pretty normal. Nothing strange about it at all! Innocent soup!

Now the old ladies of the resteraunt were bickering over who got to keep Dante for the night! After all, he was going to STAY and eat dinner, right?

“See? I think you’re seeing things.” First that thing at the shop and now this. “Maybe you’re overworking your brain again.” She even took the soup ladle and stirred the soup to make her point.

Phoebe: I’m not just seeing things. *Phoebe complained, but as Crystal stirred the soup.. well.. maybe she WAS getting a little paranoid. She half expected something to jump out of the pot, but nothing SHE created would fit in the thing.* You ~like~ my imagination. I didn’t see you complaining about the Pleasant Eve novels! -04:35 Jul 31

At the mention of the novels, Crystal stopped and giggled. “You can’t go wrong with sex and romance. I breathe the stuff.”

Phoebe: Yeah, you really can’t. Though it would have been nice to draw the whole story for Desire of the Deep. *Leaving that soup behind to discuss her novels, she stepped away to set down her boxes and debate between meals! Maybe she should just get a giant box of egg rolls!* -04:43 Jul 31

Snaking out from under the buffet carts, something slowly slithered it’s way around Phoebe’s ankle and YANKED! She hit the floor, while on the other side, another was curling around Crystal’s leg!

Dante: *Dante was talking to each of the women and actually listening to what they had to say!* -04:45 Jul 31

“Damnit, not another roach,” Crystal grumbled and stomped the foot the object was curled around. “You’d think they’d hire a pest control guy every once in awhile …”

Phoebe: Ow! *Phoebe might have thought she slipped, but she wasn’t that lucky! Leave it to Crystal not to notice she was stomping on something bigger than a roach!* … what the hell IS that! *Leaning, she looked under tables.* …Crystal!! Don’t step on that! -04:49 Jul 31

Under the buffet was something big and squishy! And it had loooong arms sneaking upwards in to the many dishes, and one now trying to circle around both of Crystal’s legs!

Phoebe: oh hell!! *Phoebe grabbed on to one of the arms… legs… tentacles?! and PULLED! If Crystal was going to get manhandled by something, it should at least be semi human and not squishy!* -04:57 Jul 31

Stomp. Stomp. “Phoebe, what are you talking–ooffff!!!” Crystal fell to the ground with a thud and when she saw what had her … she screamed!

One of the squishy limbs slapped over Crystal’s mouth, trying to pull her under the buffet, while on the other side it was trying to wretch itself free from Phoebe’s pulling!

Dante: *Dante looked up and the old women and everyone in the restaurant were frozen in place!* -05:11 Jul 31
Phoebe: That’s nice! Real nice! Crystal is so much more edible! *Phoebe managed to fumble for a fork and jabbed the critter under the buffet! It had to be a Swampsquid! Who knew swamp squids were in chinese food!* -05:17 Jul 31

There was a loud SCREEEEEEEEE followed by the sudden releasing of it’s captives! Of course, now it was mad and crawling out from under the buffet. …and it was far, far bigger than it had looked before! It was big enough to stuff several people in the oddly shaped mouth!

Phoebe: *Phoebe jumped to her feet and circled around the buffet to defend Crystal with a fork! …a fork against… that?* …DANTE! Stop flirting and do your job…! -05:21 Jul 31
[Phoebe has timed out.] -05:54 Jul 31
Dante: *Dante smiled and half-bowed.* As my lady commands. *He ran forward and threw a chair into the thing’s mouth, followed by another and another! Then he was moving to Crystal to try and pry her free!* -05:54 Jul 31
[Phoebe is going to kill someone!] -05:56 Jul 31

The old ladies of the resteraunt were taking the site of a big squishy monster pretty well! Although that might be because Grandma has a good recipie for fried squid!

Phoebe: *She was muttering something about Dante being a smart ass, and looking for a more effective weapon! Phoebe settled for grabbing a few forks and pinning one of the limbs to the ground so they could get Crystal loose!* -05:59 Jul 31

Crystal had been just fine–up until seeing that creature! Now she had fainted dead away again! How much was one girl expected to take!

Screeeeee! It might be squishy but getting stabbed with things and chairs thrown at it still hurt! It raised up nearly against the ceiling and opened it’s mouth wiiiiiide! Almost as wide as it’s body as it lunched down to try and swallow all three of them!

Phoebe: *Those dang old ladies could do something more useful than yapping in japanese about Dante’s hotness! Phoebe grabbed Crystal’s shirt and rolled with her under the buffet out of mouth’s reach!* -06:06 Jul 31
Dante: *Dante stood there and looked up as the creature’s mouth opened wide! He spotted Phoebe and Crystal disappearing under the table and jumped back in time to avoid being eaten! He landed a few feet away. Had this creature followed him, too? He had a feeling things would only get more exciting.* Someone is hungry. -06:13 Jul 31
Phoebe: Of course he is! But you’d think he’d want real chinese and leave us alone! *She was casting a murderous glare, at those ladies, but for the time being they had a giant swampsquid to get rid of! And frankly she didn’t care to eat it!* -06:16 Jul 31

Who needed chinese when a half-demon prince was so much more delectable! The beast flung out several of it’s limbs trying to capture the morsel and drag him to his giant mouth!

Dante: *He smirked.* I fear I am *not* on the menu tonight. *He summoned his sword and lashed out while dodging. SLICE SLICE!* -06:31 Jul 31

The swampsquid had different ideas! Even when it’s tentacles were slashed off, the things were wiggling across the ground like snakes and swarming!

Phoebe: *Smooth Phoebe! Just HAD to put the obligatory tentacle monster in the manga! She moved to shake Crystal awake and banged her own head on the bottom of the buffet! That’s it! No more nice Phoebe! She rolled out from under the table and swatted one of those slithering things away!* Someone has to volunteered to be swallowed, you’re just making more! -06:40 Jul 31
Dante: *Phoebe was right! But Dante just flashed a smile.* I’m open to suggestions, fair lady. -06:42 Jul 31
Phoebe: I was hoping we’d just throw an old lady at it and it’d get indigestion. *Phoebe ducked a swinging limb, and hopped out of the way of another to dodge behind Dante.* You won’t get digested, hop in it’s mouth and cut it’s stomach out! -06:46 Jul 31
[Phoebe has timed out.] -07:22 Jul 31
Dante: *Dante looked up at the creature.* And what pray tell, makes me immune to being digested? -07:22 Jul 31
[Phoebe has to explain things!] -07:23 Jul 31
Phoebe: *And here she thought he was going to immediatly go and get himself eaten simply because she told him to. So much for controling Dante in the real world!* You’re half demon! A few seconds in the belly of a beast isn’t going to do much but make a mess. Oh hell, I’ll do it! Gimmie that sword! -07:25 Jul 31
Dante: *He grinned. He’ll give her something alright. He wrapped his arm around her waist and pulled her close, then kissed her deeply!* Mm … *He broke the kiss and lifted his head.* So you *do* taste as good as you smell. *He murmured to her. Then he suddenly released her and ran forward, jumping into the creature’s mouth and travelling straight down to the stomach!* -07:27 Jul 31
Phoebe: *That was.. not.. a sword! Phoebe stood stunned for a minute… before stomping a foot and pointing at the swampsquid!* That is NOT what I asked for! -07:30 Jul 31

It’s what the swampsquid asked for though! A half demon prince is delicious! …but not at all filling! It shot out it’s limbs to wrap around Phoebe and lift her up ready to swallow dessert!

Phoebe: wait, WAIT! I didn’t mean it about being swallowed! …On second thought, yes! Eat me! Well, don’t eat me, just… God damnit! Dante! If you’re dead I’m going to kill you! *She was having the daylights squeezed out of her, and she couldn’t wiggle herself loose! Did he have to go and announce she tasted as good as she smells?! Stupid thing took it serious!* -07:37 Jul 31
Dante: *Down, down … surrounded by liquid and fleshy walls, Dante finally reached the bottom! He pulled back and started to slice! SLICE SLICE SLICE SLICE SLICE!* -07:39 Jul 31

SCREEEEEEEEE!! The swampsquid wasn’t taking kindly to having it’s innards slashed! It flailed it’s limbs and dropped it’s current captive as it started writhing around in pain!

Phoebe: *Huah~! Phoebe dropped to the ground, ungracefully landing on her feet… but at least it was her feet and not her head. Dusting herself off while the beastie screeeched, she prepared to snatch up another fork and finish the job if Dante got himself digested!* -07:47 Jul 31
[Phoebe wasn\’t sure if Dante was getting digested or if this plot was actually working!] -05:34 Aug 01
[Dante was slicing and dicing a very hungry creature!] -05:43 Aug 01

The swampsquid was still writhing around in pain as it’s innards were being sliced to bits!

Dante: *However, he was through with playing around. Now it was time to take care of business! He stopped slashing and pulled the sword back. As odd as it seemed, the blade was engulfed with black fire and then he thrust forward! The sword ran right through the thick skin and then it was travelling upwards, in a rough triangle!* -05:45 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal was slowly coming to and raised her head!* Wha … what am I doing … *She looked around!* Phoebe! *She was going to her friend until she saw …* What the hell is that?! *She looked ready to faint again!*

Nothing works better than frying a squid from the inside out! There was a loud SCREEEE and a sudden SPLATTER as it’s insides went spilling out! The body shudder to the floor in a big squishy heap!

Crystal: *Now THAT was too much! Crystal’s eyes rolled back into her head and she fainted!*

Phoebe: That is… eeww! *She couldn’t draw stuff this… yuck! Ah, but Crystal was awa-! Nevermind. Phoebe smacked her forehead.* Why is my best friend the quintessential damsel! *…But she took a slow turn to eye the big squishy mess.* Dante? -05:50 Aug 01
Dante: *From the sack of flesh and slime that had once been the creature, Dante stood. He was covered in slime but he was in peak condition! His sword was still covered in the black fire but the fire disappeared just before the sword did, too.* It is never a dull moment, this world of yours. *He told Phoebe as he walked up to them.* -05:56 Aug 01
Phoebe: You need a bath. *Groooss! She was going to think twice about these sort of monsters from now on! She eyed him carefully.* Are you okay, at least? Not smothered or burning or why the hell did you kiss me! I asked for your sword! -05:58 Aug 01

Those old ladies that run the place finally peered around the corner. Grandma shouted for the cook to prepare the oil! They were going to have a squid soul special all week long!

[Dante was covered in slime but damn if he didn\’t still look hot and gorgeous!] -07:51 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly at her and then grinned.* So you did. But I believe you know what happens when a pure human or demon tries to wield the blade. As for my welfare, I shall endure. -07:53 Aug 01
Phoebe: *That’s right… the sword was special just for Dante. Then again, she made the damn thing! She cast him a cross look, but it might have been simply because he could even make goo look good!* Endure for now! *Pish! Phoebe moved and grabbed a glass of water from a table, of which she promptly dumped over Crystal’s face!* Crystal! You’re going to get a concussion at this rate! -07:56 Aug 01

Crystal: Puhh! Uhh! *She quickly sat up and looked around, grateful when Phoebe handed her a paper towel!* Gee, P. The next time youw ant to wake me up tell Dante to plant a kiss or two on me. Hey, what happened? What was that … thing who tried to eat me?

Phoebe: I’ll have him do that. *She glanced over her shoulder at the poor chef who looked really, really confused by what the old ladies were dragging him!* …er… Today’s special was a little fresher than expected. -08:02 Aug 01

Speaking of old ladies, the one that got herself a nice batch of kisses from Dante reappeared with a neatly tied sack. “On the house! You bring that nice man back for more kisses! We’ll make better deal!” She handed Phoebe the sack and slapped Dante on the rear again!

Dante: *Dante chuckled softly and helped Crystal to stand. He smiled at the old woman.* Until then. *He took the old woman’s hand–not the one that had slapped his rear–and kissed the knuckles, stroking it gently before he released it.* -08:06 Aug 01
Phoebe: We appreciate the meal, thank you. *Making sweet love to ladies too. That was so cute! ….Incorigable flirt! Snagging Crystal by the hand, she was leading the way out!* Going home now! -08:08 Aug 01
Dante: *He smiled at the old ladies one more time before he followed Phoebe and Crystal out.* -08:17 Aug 01

That little old lady was so in love! She almost didn’t let go of Dante… at least until her husband peered around the corner growling! She waved goodbye!

Phoebe: *Straight home! No detours! No side stops, no talking to people, and not even for that really awesome shoe sale which almost had her pausing for a second to peek in the window. Phoebe stalked her friend and her half demon prince back to the apartment and didn’t sigh a breath of relief until they were inside and she was locking the door behind them!* Whoo… okay. Home without incident. Now Dante takes a shower! A really long shower! -08:20 Aug 01
Dante: Would anyone like to shower with me? *Dante asked with another of his smiles.* -08:30 Aug 01

Crystal: Oh, I’ll shower with you! *Crystal was about to pounce on Dante, anyways! And a shower sounded divine! You never knew what germs were sneaking aroudn those restaurant floors nowadays!*

Phoebe: *Phoebe was leaning over the coffee table to set down the bag of food and those shopping bags when she stood straight and peered over her shoulder. That’d be awesome! She was all rumpled and- no that was a bad idea! There’s no room for Crystal AND her! Grumblegrumble!* No way. Take Crystal if you really need help showering! -08:36 Aug 01
Phoebe: Of course, that means I get dibs on all of the eggrolls. And oh… they added those little sugar puffs too. Can’t garuntee they’ll still be here either. -08:44 Aug 01

Crystal: *That got Crystal’s attention!* NNnoooo! Not the eggrolls or the little sugar puffs! *She sniffled!* Phoebe, you’re so mean! Fine. I’ll stay and guard my snacks away from your greedy hands!

Dante: *Dante smiled.* I understand. *He cupped Crystal’s cheek and kissed her lips gently before she turned to go.* Your eggrolls and sugar puffs are in beautiful hands, Crystal. *And then he was gone, in the direction Phoebe pointed him into!* -08:52 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal was melting when Dante left her to go shower! She clasped her hands to her chest!* Oohh … He really is divine. *She stared at him until he disappeared from sight and then went to join Phoebe.*

Phoebe: *Haha Gotcha, you little blond vixen! Phoebe cast a wicked grin at Crystal.* Are you done slobbering all over my apartment, woman? Here! *She handed Crystal one of the take out boxes and chew on an egg roll herself as she stepped over to her drawing table. Somewhere in here there should be a way to send him back!* -08:56 Aug 01
Dante: *She sighed in that dreamy lovesick way of hers for a moment. Then she took the box from Phoebe and ate an egg roll.* So … whatcha looking for? -08:57 Aug 01

Crystal: *She sighed in that dreamy lovesick way of hers for a moment. Then she took the box from Phoebe and ate an egg roll.* So … whatcha looking for?

Phoebe: My sketchbook and notes about Dante. If he’s.. uh.. visiting, there’s bound to be a way to send him home before anything really bad happens. *Besides being hot and bothered and throwing friends out windows out of compltely inappropriate jealousy! How can anyone be jealous over a guy that kisses every female he meets!* Grrf… Ah, here we go! The character book! -09:02 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal was off of her seat in a flash! She loved to see Phoebe’s character book! The men she drew … Oh man, she was melting already!* Oh, let me see! Let me see!

Phoebe: *…cute! She never could resist showing Crystal! Occasionally she was disturbing, but at least she appreciated it!* Alright, alright! *Phoebe set the book down on the table and opened it up. Most of the first few pages were just scribbled notes and doodles about creatures, items and places, but then she was turning to feature characters. Some already seen in the first volume and others… never mentioned!* This one is the Psycho Queen, she’s not really a villain so much as… crazy. Ah, and here’s Thanatos. I told you about him before. He’s going to come up in the next arc. -09:08 Aug 01
Dante: *At the Psycho Queen, she blinked.* Uh … Isn’t that your Art History teacher …? *Then she saw Thanatos.* Oh my God … I remember him. You said he’s Dante’s older half-brother? The stuck-up, spoiled prince? -09:12 Aug 01
[Dante is now known as: Crystal] -09:15 Aug 01
Crystal: *At the Psycho Queen, she blinked.* Uh … Isn’t that your Art History teacher …? *Then she saw Thanatos.* Oh my God … I remember him. You said he’s Dante’s older half-brother? The stuck-up, spoiled prince? -09:15 Aug 01
Phoebe: *A grin!* Ms. Nadine always struck me as someone that has a crazy alternate personality, so she was perfect. *Phoebe looked thoughtful for a minute.* Not stuck-up as much as… reserved? conservative? Er… just opposite of Dante! Thanatos is all cool and controlled. *And one hell of a hottie, but she still rather fancied Dante more. Grr! She should have made Thanatos the irresistable flirt!* -09:16 Aug 01
Crystal: Haha. You are in such trouble if she finds out about you modelling the Psycho Queen after her … And Thanatos and Dante don’t get along? -09:27 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Man, if Ms Nadine ever saw that manga, she was probably going to get murdered. The uptight old prude.* Nope. Thanatos thinks Dante is some brash and stupid halfling without a thought in his brains, and Dante is usually throwing back insults and telling him to take the stick out of his ass. *…Dante is probably going to kill her too when he finds out he has to work with his brother! Thank god Thanatos isn’t here too!* -09:31 Aug 01
Crystal: *Crystal grinned at Phoebe.* I bet you have them at each other’s throats because of that incest, brotherly love thing you kept finding online. -09:43 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Phoebe painted an innocent look on her face.* Brothers just shouldn’t do that, you know. …besides, it’s way more fun daydreaming about myself and Dante than some guy. -09:45 Aug 01
Crystal: *She laughed.* Of course they don’t. I was wondering. Isn’t it strange that the Demon King named Dante the second in line to the throne, even though he’s human and all? -09:52 Aug 01
Phoebe: No! Oh man, that was the whole story arc I really, really wanted to! Here, *She flipped through the pages again until she found the story notes.* See, the Demon King loved a human woman, but it’s unprecidented. Humans aren’t exactly in favor in that world. Well, he was going to love her anyway and give a big “fuck you” to anyone that didn’t like it, but not long after she had Dante, they both vanished for awhile. I wanted to do this whole epic story about finding his mother being the key to saving the Deep. -09:57 Aug 01
Crystal: *Crystal looked over the notes.* So … which story arc are you doing instead? -10:01 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Phoebe gave a sheepish expression.* …None really. Damsel of the day, occasional pain in the ass monster. A fight or two with Thanatos. I’m a huge freaking sellout. The publisher said they couldn’t run a long series, which sounded like a load of balls to me… but I really can’t argue if I want a paycheck. -10:04 Aug 01
Crystal: *She reached over and gave her a quick hug.* Don’t worry, Pheebs. You’ll be able to do your arc one day and tell anyone who doesn’t like it to go to hell. -10:09 Aug 01
Phoebe: Damn thing probably came alive and has a mind of it’s now. *She muttered with a joking grin – before suddenly looking startled and flipping through the book again!* … it couldn’t possibly! The book can’t even do that! -10:13 Aug 01
Crystal: *Crystal blinked.* What? Hh? What book? Your story book? -10:20 Aug 01
Phoebe: No! …I’ll be right back! *Abandoning the desk, she nearly skidded across the room as she dashed for the bathroom. She didn’t even knock when she stepped inside.* Dante! You didn’t touch any books, did you?! -10:22 Aug 01
[Crystal is now known as: Dante] -10:23 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante drew the curtain back. He’d gotten the hang of the shower quickly and fortunately, neither Phoebe’s soap or her shampoo were what you would call “girly”.* Which books would you be talking about? -10:25 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Whoa naked! Phoebe closed the door behind her as well as her eyes! She can think if she doesn’t look!* da.. th.. Any books! Did you find one by accident, or did the Psycho Queen have one, or anything drop out of the sky…? -10:28 Aug 01
Dante: *He was silent for a moment while he thought, scrubbing his hair. He disappeared behind the curtain to rinse the soap off.* Actually I *did* find a book or rather, it found me. It looked like something a woman in a dream gave me once. She called it The Key. So when I saw it in the Psycho Queen’s library, I assumed it to be the same one. -10:32 Aug 01
Phoebe: Argh! I knew it! his is punishment for favoring money of art! Wait- *She crossed the floor to push open the curtain and eye him.* What woman in a dream? I never wrote anything like that. -10:35 Aug 01
Phoebe: *money over art! -10:35 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante looked down at her.* Black hair, brown eyes. She looked human but I could tell she wasn’t … *He met her eyes.* She looked just like you. -10:45 Aug 01
Phoebe: It’s impossible. I took my- Phaedra’s book out of the story. Are you sure you’re not just confused? Dreams don’t usually make sense anyway. *Craaaap. Maybe if she hit him with her sketch book he’d go back. …his eyes were so sparklie! Argh! Focus!* -10:51 Aug 01
Dante: My mentor often said that about everything in life. One thing is for sure, my lady, and that is The Key in my dreams was the same as the book I found in the Psycho Queen’s library. A place I had never been to nor whose contents I’ve heard of until I stepped foot in there for the Psycho Queen’s challenge. -10:57 Aug 01
Phoebe: But you weren’t supposed to find the book first! Or at all! You probably ripped a hole in the universe the universe! *That was probably stretching things a bit, but it wasn’t helping her think it through! He was supposed to find Phaedra, not Phaedra’s book or.. well… bad stuff! And here it was! She clonked her head against the wall.* How am I suppsed to stuff you back in there! -11:04 Aug 01
Phoebe: *the universe entire! -11:05 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly.* If I knew that, Phoebe, I would be gone already. *Although …* -11:09 Aug 01
Phoebe: I can’t keep you, depsite the temptation. If you that book then the story is still going and you have to do… stuff. *Ah… but should she tell him? What do you do when you know someone’s future? Especially if it involved more than just fooling around with women! Ack, damn! Shouldn’t have glanced down! Look at the ceiling yes!* -11:15 Aug 01
Phoebe: *found that book, arr! -11:17 Aug 01
Dante: What are you not telling me, Phoebe? *When she didn’t reply, he stepped out of the shower and cupped her cheek, urging her face toward his.* What secrets are you keeping from me, fair one? *He murmured, in that tone that sent women into shivers.* -11:17 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Oh sweet hottie jesus! She attempted to put her hands up and swat him away, but he’s all wet and naked and…! She coughed!* It’s uh.. not something.. I should.. the story. It’s the story. *Why did his hair have to look so clean and shiny!* -11:21 Aug 01
Dante: *He smiled then and lowered his head.* I guess we’ll both find out the hard way, won’t he? *He said in that purr of his and then his lips were on hers and he was kissing her again, deep, long and slow.* -11:54 Aug 01
Dante: *we -11:56 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Dante does this to everybody! I should be completely ineffectual. She was immune and this.. this was… One kiss wasn’t going to hurt. And neither was sliding her fingers in to his hair and keeping him for a moment!* -12:00 Aug 01
Phoebe: *it! -12:01 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante smiled against her lips and there was a soft “Mmm” from him. She did taste good. He resisted the urge to wrap his arms around her waist and pull her close and settled on cupping her face instead as he kissed her.* -12:08 Aug 01
Phoebe: *This was so much better than drawing! And she was itching to do more than just nibble on his lips. Maybe just to move her hands down just a bit- wait no! Bad Phoebe! She lift her hands up and away, but had to force herself to turn her head and break the kiss.* Thaaaat is not in the story. -12:14 Aug 01
Dante: *He dipped his head to nibble on her ear.* We are not in the story, are we …? *He purred, stroking her cheeks with his fingertips.* -12:20 Aug 01
Phoebe: Noooo. And that’s exactly.. why you should… stop…? *Okay, that didn’t quite come out as determined as it should have! Neither did that soft pleased sound that wasn’t supposed to escape! Phoebe rest a hand on his shoulder, sure she was going to push him back. …in a minute.* -12:25 Aug 01
Dante: *Encouraged by the soft moan he heard, Dante moved his head lower now to plant kisses down the side of her face, down to her neck. One arm was moving to wrap around her waist, although he hadn’t pulled her against him just yet. A clean, recently showered Dante smelled so very good!* -12:30 Aug 01
Phoebe: *There was nothing better than a freshly showered man, especially when his skin was so warm, and still a bit damp when she moved a hand down his chest. Or that delicious tingling of his breath against her neck and- …wasn’t she in here trying to talk about something important? Dang it!* Dante… -12:34 Aug 01
Dante: *Now both arms were around her waist and she was being pulled against him. He was cradling her in his arms even while his mouth had kissed its way back up and found hers. He made a soft groan just before he covered her mouth and then he was kissing her again, deep and slow.* -12:40 Aug 01
Phoebe: *There went her protesting! Lost somewhere when he kissed her again and stole whatever common sense she had left! Leaning on her toes so she could slide her arm around his neck wasn’t so out of the question anymore, and neither was tilting her head so she could brush her tongue against his mouth. He was some kind of voodoo!* -12:47 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante’s tongue eagerly moved against hers and then he was lifting her up so he could get better access to her mouth. He was groaning softly at the feel of her body against his.* -01:06 Aug 01
Phoebe: *A slight mrrrf escaped her when she was lift up. Talk about getting swept off your feet! And she didn’t even have to rip off his –guaah! Crystal! She growled under her breath as she broke away again!* …dinner! Not this! -01:15 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante lifted his head, tilting it slightly at her again. He bowed it towards her.* As my lady commands. *He looked up as the door opened.* Ah, Crystal. Hello. *He smiled.* -01:20 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal stood there with her hand on the knob, giving them a once over. There was a wicked gleam in her eyes.* Tell me I’m interrupting something.

Phoebe: *It was so hard NOT to look guilty! She probably looked kissed smitten! Phoebe cleared her throat!* …I’ll get your clothes! *She eeeaaased around him, and eeeaaased past Crystal who had that LOOK which meant she was going to get tormented later! Argh! Friends were horrible!* -01:24 Aug 01

Crystal: *She watched Phoebe disappear and turned back to Dante, smiling. As yummy as he looked, she couldn’t let this chance pass up.* I’ll get back to you soon, hottie. *Then she followed after Phoebe!* Oooohh Phooebeee ….

Phoebe: Uh huh…! *Ack! At least not do the high pitched guilty voice! Grrr.. after she spent all day keeping Crystal of Dante! It’s not her fault he’s so damned sexy! …well… it is… but a woman can only resist so long! Phoebe snatched up the eggroll box and stuffed one in her mouth!* Canf talf! eaffing! -01:29 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal appeared, looking as smug and wearing a grin as the Cheshire Cat.* Come on now. I want to hear the juicy details!

Phoebe: *She swallowed and eyed the blond!* Haven’t you already gotten a dozen kisses from him already? Not that we were doing anything! I was just trying to ask him a question! -01:41 Aug 01

Crystal: But the kisses he gives you are different! *Crystal pouted!*

Phoebe: How would you know! You were always unconscious! *And if she were faking it, Phoebe might beat HER with the kendo stick! Of course then she realized she admitted it out loud, dang it!* …not that it matters! He kisses everybody! -01:58 Aug 01

“DDDAANNTTEEEE!!” Someone shouted from outside!

Phoebe: …. we didn’t tell those ladies a the resteraunt his name, did we? *That’d make her night! Some angry husband coming to strangle Dante! Even if he did deserve it!* -02:04 Aug 01

Crystal: I know I didn’t … *She blinked once, twice, and then she was running out into the living room! There was no sign of Dante anywhere! But the balcony door was wide open!*

Phoebe: Please tell me he’s not naked! *Phoebe nearly stumbled after Crystal and ran in to the balcony railing! So who was screaming, then?!* -02:07 Aug 01

The sounds of steel clashing in the parking lot of the apartment building! And two men wielding weapons right out of a sci-fi or fantasy flick! One wore jeans and a t-shirt, barefoot. The other wore finely tailored leather and steel, complete with boots, bracers, leg guards, and a cloak. The first man was Dante. The other was about his height with white blonde hair and piercing lavender eyes!

Phoebe: ….Fuck! Damnit! Bloody stupid..! *She leaned to pick up one of the potted plants to throw at them… but.. chances are they’d just block it!* STOP FIGHTING BEFORE SOMEONE SEES YOU! Are you listening to me?! -02:12 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante snorted and smirked.* Followed me all the way out here, huh? *He sliced for the other man’s neck.* You really don’t have a life. *The man blocked the sword with his own weapon and the two were locked in a game of push and shove.* -02:14 Aug 01

“I have honor. Which is more than you will ever have, you half-blooded bastard. How dare you betray my sire.”

Phoebe: Of course they’re not listening to me. *She glanced at Crystal.. and her boobs! Wait, no. They wouldn’t even stop for breasts!* If you’re gonna pass out, you better step back from the edge. *She muttered, while climbing up on the rails… she was gonna have to jump down there and hit one of them!* -02:17 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal was blinking.* But–who–where–! Awh man … *She held her head and sat down on the lawn chair nearby!*

Dante: Tch. Why the hell would I bother with that old bastard? *Dante growled back, still smirking.* If you’re so high and mighty about it, why aren’t YOU clinging to his leg like you usually do? -02:20 Aug 01
Phoebe: You can say hello to Thanatos in a minute. I just gotta catch him first. *Phoebe balanced carefully. Jumping down was insane, but then so was a half-demon prince fighting his demon prince brother in the parking where someone could call the cops! It was only two floors! She jumped, catching the limb on the nearby tree and dropped to the ground with a roll. Phoebe stood and dust herself off as she stomped towards those stupid men!* -02:22 Aug 01

The two of them broke away and then Thanatos was launching a ball of white fire at Dante!

Dante: *Dante held his sword out, blade facing Thanatos and let the sword take the attack! The fireball hit the blade and instantly sizzled!* You’re getting soft, lizard breath. *He ran forward, sword at an angle.* -02:28 Aug 01
Phoebe: HEY! No fireballs! *Christ, they’d set the neighbor’s cars on fire! …Dante knew how to dodge! Phoebe took the opportunity to run and jump on to Thanatos’ back, wrapping her arms around his neck and legs around his body.* Dante! You stop it! *She pointed at, lunging sword and all!* -02:29 Aug 01

Thanatos: *Thanatos was momentarily distracted by the human woman leaping onto his back! He tried to get her off of him while preparing to counter Dante’s charge!*

Phoebe: *Hell! Phoebe held on tight! Last thing she wanted was to get thrown somewhere! Now that she thought about it, it may have been safer to leap on Dante!* Would you stand still for a minute and stop trying to murder your brother! I swear to god, I’ll bite you! -02:35 Aug 01
Dante: *That brief distraction was all Dante needed to seal the deal! One fatal thrust and it would all be over! He pulled his arm back and slammed it forward–only to stop a split second before it hit Thanatos in the chest. He jumped back before Thanatos took the opportunity to deal damage and landed a few feet away.* Fair lady, I would advise against that. You don’t know where he’s been. -02:35 Aug 01

Thanatos: Human, get off of me. *He ordered, ignoring Dante’s remark.* Have you any idea on whom you are clinging?

Phoebe: Thanatos, Demon Prince of the Deep. Of whom I would love to let loose, if I knew you weren’t immediately going to charge Dante, set things on fire, and land you both in jail. *His voice matched him very well! If she didn’t know him, she might have ran off begging forgiveness!* So, we’re going to go back to my apartment and have dinner. -02:41 Aug 01

Thanatos: *That startled Thanatos and he stood straight.* Who are you, human? And what business have you coming between me and him. *He glared darkly at Dante who just smirked.*

Phoebe: Er… well… *Besides not wanting to see murder and knowing they’d feel bad about it later?* I’m… your guardian spirit? If you kill him, you won’t be able to save the Demon King, and I promise that wouldn’t be the worse that will happen. …Now, if… you could join us upstairs? *Where she can get back to thinking a way out of this mess! Now she HAS both of them! How the hell are they supposed to do their whole quest HERE? Phoebe remained clung!* -02:55 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly at the picture of Phoebe on top of Thanatos.* That is correct. *As long as Phoebe remained on top of Thanatos, he couldn’t attack. Not without harming her.* -03:12 Aug 01

Thanatos: *Thanatos glared at Dante.* And you believe this nonsense? *He glanced over his shoulder at Phobe.* Get off of me, human. Or I will not be responsible for what befalls you.

Phoebe: Forget it. I’m going to be your back-buddy until you promise not to kill Dante. And even then, I intend to stay attached until we have a chat. *Phoebe figures as long as he doesn’t throw her, she’s good! But, she sure as hell isn’t going to trust him, and frankly, she suspects Dante will probably start something too.* Best to jump back up to the balcony in case anyone is spying on us. -03:21 Aug 01

Thanatos: I am the Crown Prince of Demons. What need would I have to hide from commoners, especially human commoners.

Phoebe: *Phoebe groooaned! Arguing with Thanatos would take all night at this rate! So, she tried something drastic! She planted her hand over his mouth, tilted his head back and licked his face! She released his mouth and frowned at him.* For being a pain in the ass, that was the lick of death. If you don’t want some nasty human disease, we better get upstairs so you can wash it off. -03:27 Aug 01

Thanatos: *A look of disgust crossed his face! He quickly wiped it off. How dare a human lick his face like that–like like–!* Get off of me. *He growled, sounding angry now.* I will wash it off once I am free of you.

Phoebe: No! You’ll be a stone dead body out in this street before I jump off! Get up there before I lick you again! *Or strangle him! She wanted to wring his neck! Maybe if he weren’t a stubborn demon from another universe this might have been funny!* Dante didn’t have a damned problem doing it! -03:38 Aug 01
Dante: My welcome was much more pleasant. *He said with a grin. By now the sword had disappeared and he had his arms crossed.* -03:48 Aug 01
Phoebe: I’m pretty sure Thanatos doesn’t want to go kissing any humans. …Unless that’ll get you up on the balcony? *Hopeful Phoebe! Once they were inside, she’d figure it out!* -03:51 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante smirked at the look on Thanatos’ face.* Obviously, he’s too spoiled and hardheaded to realize when he’s being offered hospitality. Going against royal etiquette that states one cannot refuse something offered by another, no matter whether demon or human, unless said royal person has a just reason to refuse such an offer. I suppose the reason in this case would be fear. -03:57 Aug 01

Thanatos: *He clenched his teeth.* Very well. I accept your hospitality. Where is this balcony of yours?

Phoebe: *Phoebe moved one hand to point up to the third floor balcony, where the doors were still wide open, and Crystal was either up there eating her precious egg rolls or sneaking in to the manga!* That one. I promise, I’ll hit Dante for you later. -04:00 Aug 01

Thanatos: *Thanatos looked up at where she pointed.* Do you mind getting off of me now? *He growled.*

Phoebe: …All right, but don’t anyone do something weird. *And that meant for Dante too! She let Thanatos loose and jumped to the ground! Gah.. that’s better! If she really had to cling to him all night, he’d have to take off some of that stuff!* -04:12 Aug 01

Thanatos: *He looked up at the balcony, took a running start … and then jumped on top of a car and sailed through the air! He landed on the balcony railing, back toward Phoebe and Dante and jumped off. He dusted himself off and saw a speechless Crystal there.* Good day.

Phoebe: You couldn’t do that with me on your back?! *She was pretending to not be impressed. Man, she wished she could do that. Now she was going to have to climb that tree or take the elevator. …And she so didn’t want to leave Crystal alone with Thanatos out of sight-range!* -04:21 Aug 01
Dante: *Dante suddenly came up from behind her.* Fair lady … may I …? *Before she could reply, he was picking her up and then following Thanatos’ suit. A running start, jumping on the car, and then flying through the air to land on the balcony railing. He jumped off and placed Phoebe down gently.* -04:24 Aug 01
Phoebe: Guh..! *Dang! She must’ve had her thoughts on her face! …that was kind of fun though! But she wasn’t going to go grinning at Dante and encouraging him any, she was more worried about surrounding Crystal with hot men and the girl exploding!* Crystal, meet Thanatos, Thanatos, Crystal – Let’s go inside! -04:27 Aug 01

Crystal: *She was still speechless and she blinked once, twice.* Th … thanatos … as in … *the* Thanatos …?

Thanatos: *He looked at Crystal.* So you have heard of me. *It wasn’t a question, it was a statement.*

Phoebe: Dante’s brother, yes. *Phoebe was tempted to harass him for all the trouble she gave him. …and apparently couldn’t resist the temptation!* You can sit on him if you want! Someone needs to hold on to him so he doesn’t escape. -04:41 Aug 01

Crystal: *Crystal didn’t need to be told twice! She was up and clinging to Thanatos in no time flat! Her arms were around his neck and he was forced to catch her to risk falling over–or backwards!* Anything I can do to help!

Dante: *He smirked at the sight but quickly ducked back into the apartment.* -04:45 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Heee~! Phoebe cast a wicked grin, but it was brief as she stepped inside and confiscated one of the food boxes and a pair of chopsticks.* I guess it’s reasonable to assume that we’re going to have to do what you were supposed to before I can find a way to send you back and save the Demon King. -04:47 Aug 01

Thanatos: *Thanatos was forced to follow them inside, if only to find a way to rid himself of the human woman clinging to him.*

Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly at her.* Find my mother. -05:07 Aug 01
Phoebe: First we ha- Yes. Find your mother. *She blinked at Dante. That wasn’t something she told him. Was that in his weird dream too? How the hell did he dream about Phaedra! Unless he was dreaming what she was dreaming? Daydream? Plotting? She got lost in the thought trail for a moment before shaking her head back to present date!* You and Thanatos were supposed to find Phaedra, and now it’s kind of done. So, now you’re supposed to be watched over while you get the book. …except it doesn’t exist yet. -05:11 Aug 01

Crystal: You are so dreamy! Hmm … I love your eyes! Are all guys from Romania this hot? *She was asking Thanatos, still gazing up at him all dreamy like.*

Thanatos: *He raised his eyebrow at her.* Romania? I don’t know a place named Romania. Unless that is what you humans call the Demon World now.

Phoebe: YES! Romania! Haha, demon world is the slang these days, right? We don’t want to terrorize the cute adorable human who thinks you have pretty eyes! *Damage control! Err… Maybe they needed to work out the RULES before she started working on that book! She couldn’t have demon princes running around wild!* -05:18 Aug 01

Crystal: Demon World? *She looked back at Phoebe.* Are they fans of your work, too? *Demon World was one of the places in Phoebe’s manga!*

Phoebe: Uh… Yeeeah. Oh! You know that big party coming up at Karen’s? With the costumes and everything? We’re totally going to cosplay! You could be one of the nymphs! *That sounded believable right? At least until Crystal stopped fawning over hotness and starting noticing things!* -05:22 Aug 01

Crystal: Mmm … *Crystal was gazing up into Thanatos’ eyes again.* Yeah … a nymph …

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at her and then unceremoniously dropped her onto the couch.* Send me back, aergios. *He stalked toward Dante.*

Dante: *Dante smirked and that smirk didn’t disappear at Thanatos’ insult. Aergios was the demon word for “less than nothing.”* Of course. I wouldn’t want you to miss a session of kissing your daddy’s ass. Spirits know he’ll be so very displeased. -05:30 Aug 01
Phoebe: *Okay! She stepped in between Thanatos and Dante before someone started swinging something.* He can’t send you back. You’re just going to have to wait it out for now until I can figure it out! Wait it out and NOT kill anybody! -05:32 Aug 01

Thanatos: *He growled.* Disrespectful– *He was holding up his hand to summon his weapon when Phoebe stepped between them. But he wasn’t finished yet.* How dare you insult his Royal Highness. Had it not been for him, you and your mother would have been slaughtered like cattle.

[Dante logged out of the chat.] -((05:47 Aug 01))
[Phoebe logged out of the chat.] -((05:48 Aug 01))
[Chat Cleared by: System::Timeout (A baby panda cries.)] -05:48 Aug 01
[Phoebe is standing between two demon princes, and that\’s probably not a safe place to be when they\’re bickering!] -08:01 Aug 02
[Dante likes nothing more than to get under Thanatos\’ skin!] -08:02 Aug 02

Thanatos: *Thanatos’ eyes narrowed slightly.* I will cut out that organ you call a heart and impale it on a pike somewhere.

Phoebe: How about we save that for another day and you sit on the sofa safe and blood free. *At least Dante has the sense not to start something here, right?* -08:04 Aug 02
Dante: *He grinned and inclined his head to Phoebe.* As the lady commands. Perhaps something to eat? I’m famished. -08:09 Aug 02

Crystal: *She was circling Thanatos and eying his armor.* That thing must be heavy. How do you move with it on? *She even knocked on it to test how dense the plating was.*

Phoebe: *If Dante wasn’t careful she’d start commanding him to do all sorts of th–argh! Now she was thinking like Crystal!* Sit, eat, chat…. be nice. And all will turn out fluffy-happy with rainbows and happy endings. *At least with Crystal prodding Thanatos that will keep him busy. Phoebe confiscated one of the take-out boxes and shuffled over to her drawing table!* Thanatos might be more comfortable without that armor on too! -08:13 Aug 02

Thanatos: I know better than to take off my armor when around an enemy. *He replied, glaring at Dante again.*

Dante: Awh, I’m an enemy. I’m flattered. *Dante said with a smirk.* I couldn’t care less if you wore it or didn’t. -08:18 Aug 02

Crystal: You look even hotter in the armor … I gotta take a picture of this! *Crystal was rummaging around in her purse for her cell and snapping shots of Thanatos!* My girlfriends are going to flip!

Phoebe: Considering you’re going to have to live here for awhile, you might wanna get used to it. *Oh god. Where is she going to put them?! Phoebe ate quick, she was gonna have to rearrange things!* -08:20 Aug 02

Thanatos: *He was eying the cellphone and he snatched it from Crystal. He poked it.* What is this strange device? An object of sorcery perhaps …

Phoebe: Hey, hey! Maybe we shouldn’t be sending pictures of them all across town! Someone… uh.. unpleasant might get them, and hell if I want people tracing it back to here! *She didn’t know what was worse! Fangirls or demons! or… demon fangirls!* -08:28 Aug 02

Crystal: Hey, give that back! *Crystal was too busy trying to get back her property to pay much attention to Phoebe!* Oh, Phoebe, stop worrying so much. Everything will be fine.

Thanatos: *Thanatos lifted it out of Crystal’s grasp and up to the light.* Intriguing. Some of my magic might be able to dissect this strange piece …

Phoebe: You passed out, what, a dozen times today? I should probably be taking you to the hospital for brain damage! *Not worry! Ha! Phoebe had control issues, and this was so far out of control that the universe was going to spin off it’s axis if she didn’t fix it! Huffing, she finished her dinner and tossed it in the nearby trash.* Don’t dissect her phone! I’ll give you something else to play with! -08:33 Aug 02

Crystal: … Magic? Gee, you guys take this roleplay thing seriously, don’t you? *That caused her to stop reaching for her phone and really look at Thanatos.* Hm … *She reached out to pull thanatos’ hair.* Is this your real hair color?

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow.* Of course this is my real hair color, woman. Now quiet before I banish you from this room for your insolence.

Dante: *Dante sat down and opened one of the take out boxes. He had seen Phoebe and Crystal eating these … He picked up an eggroll, sniffed it, and then took a bite.* -08:40 Aug 02
Phoebe: Banishment, that sounds like a good idea! Banishment and sleeping! Don’t you have a class in the morning, Cryssie? I bet you do! Maybe you can bring over some clothes for Thanatos tomorrow! Wouldn’t that be awesome! *Phoebe scooted across the room, jumped up to snatch the phone from Thanatos while he was busy looking Imperial and was now nudging Cryssie towards the door!* -08:41 Aug 02

Crystal: But … Phoebe …! *Phoebe was right, as usual, but Crystal didn’t want to leave the hunk fest so soon!* Maybe I should sleep over … keep you company!

Phoebe: *Phoebe paused long enough to think about it… but if they got in to another fight, that would be way too hard to explain!* Uh, maybe next time! Someone has to watch them while I’m in class, anyway! So you better get some sleep while you can! -08:47 Aug 02

Crystal: *Her face lit up!* Oh, that’s a great idea! *She stopped and turned once she was out of the apartment.* I can–! *SLAM! The door closed and she was left out in the hall.*

Dante: *Dante was still sitting there, eating the eggroll. He wasn’t paying much attention to Thanatos but then, he was good at faking people out.* -08:50 Aug 02
Phoebe: *LOCK! Okay, so she rush Cryssie out a little faster than usual this time! But this was serious business going on here. She’d make it up to Cryssie by doing her homework!* One problem down! *She stalked back across the room to bully Thanatos in to a chair!* You need to sit! And eat. …and take off that armor because there’s no way you sleep in that. -08:51 Aug 02

Thanatos: What I need to do is get back to my proper place and stop the humans from overthrowing my sire. *Thanatos replied, although he did find himself in a chair.*

Phoebe: You will, just as soon as I put a book together and you realize that you and Dante are going on a magical world saving journey. *Yeah, she was giving up on trying to explain things so they made sense. …she couldn’t even make it make sense! So she was looking for those spots to take the armor off him herself!* -08:56 Aug 02

Thanatos: *He raised an eyebrow at Phoebe.* What are you doing …? *Of course, he was suspicious of why she was looking at him like that.*

Phoebe: I’m going to strip you of your armor, since you won’t do it yourself and I just dare to make a scene about it! *She’ll do worse than lick him again! …she can’t think of anything yet, but it’ll be good! She lift one of his arms to go tugging things off!* -09:17 Aug 02
Dante: *He was sitting on a stool, watching and smirking.* It’s pretty amusing, if you ask me. The poor little prince can’t even take off his own armor. Classic. -09:27 Aug 02
Phoebe: Would you like me to stuff something in your mouth and tie you up on the sofa all night? *She glared at Dante over her shoulder before returning her attentions to that armor. It didn’t look this complicated on paper. How DOES he manage to be so light on his feet. The demon stuff?* -09:33 Aug 02
Dante: *Dante grinned.* As long as I am able to do the same to you, fair lady. *And there was no doubt what he had in mind.* -09:35 Aug 02

Thanatos: *Thanatos finally let out a breath.* I will need another change of clothes, woman.

Phoebe: *She opened her mouth to shout something at Dante, but settled for muttering under her breath!* I have clothes. Just.. take that stuff off! *Phoebe released the demon prince from her tugging, so she could go after that shopping bag. They too far off in sizes, so they should fit him fine. It just wouldn’t be quite Thanatos’ style. …she’d fix that tomorrow. Uuugh, tomorrow! She was trudging back with a handful of clothes and looking perfectly mortified!* -09:39 Aug 02

Thanatos: *He stood and took the clothes, casting them a glance as he held them up.* Hm. *The corner of his mouth twitched but then he was walking away and into another room to change.*

Phoebe: …They’ll only for tonight! Don’t get snooty about them! *She shouted at his back! …Phoebe grumbled again and landed face first on the sofa. This was way too much to handle in one day!* …you were so much easier. -09:43 Aug 02
Dante: *He ate another eggroll.* You should sleep, fair lady. -09:45 Aug 02
Phoebe: Can’t. Gotta figure out where to put both of you and I only have one bed. *She curled up with one of the sofa cushions. Before she was just going to stuff Dante in there! He’s too damned tall for the sofa. But she can’t put BOTH of them in the bed, they’d roll over and strangle each other! Get blood all over her sheets!* -09:48 Aug 02
Dante: *Dante tilted his head slightly at her.* You can give him the bed. I can sleep on the floor. -09:53 Aug 02
Phoebe: That’s not fair, and you both have to be decently rested when all hell breaks loose and tries to kill you. Or have hot sex with you. I’m not sure what order it’s gonna be in. *She threw her arm over her face. That was going to be exhausting. …well, at least she can just step out of the way if he gets molested by women! But… argh! Conscience! In the morning she was going to get a water bottle!* -09:56 Aug 02
Dante: *He smirked.* I’m completely prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice … and throw him to the next creature that tries to attack me. -10:01 Aug 02
Phoebe: *She rolled to her side and pointed a finger at him.* No. You need him and he needs you. -10:03 Aug 02
Dante: *He raised an eyebrow.* You are just saying that, fair lady. -10:11 Aug 02
Phoebe: It’s the truth whether either of you like it or not. And I’m not a fair lady! Vicious, angry lady maybe. *And tired too! She was just going to rest her eyes for a minute until that demon prince returned and she had to wrestle both of them in to bed. Possibly tying them down with her shoe laces.* -10:14 Aug 02
Dante: *He smirked.* A very beautiful, very delicious lady … *He corrected with a purr, suddenly on his feet and bending forward to plant a kiss on her lips.* -10:19 Aug 02
Phoebe: …incorrigible half demon. *Phoebe muttered, she was too tired to argue about it and falling asleep to the sound of his voice was awfully nice!* -10:22 Aug 02