Open Your Eyes

This is a song “by” Lily Grey for a private Oracle plotline. It reflects the thoughts and feelings she has about her mother Ciara’s relationship with Leon.

She’s going through the motions.
Another witty phrase or an ice cold gaze.
She says she doesn’t care, that we’re getting no where
And it’s another rainy night alone…

Open your eyes, girl. Life isn’t what it was before.
Open your eyes, see what’s right there in front of you.
Before it’s too late and he walks out that door…

He walks in with a smile,
That devil may care walk in his steps.
He doesn’t want to say he cares, that it’ll get him nowhere
And it’s another rainy night alone…

Open your eyes, boy. Life isn’t the same as before.
Open your eyes, see what’s happening to you.
Before it’s too late and she walks out that door…
Make up your mind, before you lose it all…

Why can’t you talk like you used to?
That schoolyard familiarity, secret words and valentines
Don’t say it’s uninvited, that you’re scared or frightened
It doesn’t have to be another rainy night alone…

Open your eyes, and make up your mind.
Open your eyes, don’t be so blind to the world
It’s who you need, who you love
Make up your mind, no more rainy nights… alone.
Before your heart walks out the door.


Something to Think About

Early morning classes were not Lily’s favorite, but she supposed the subject of study made it difficult to get a room at better hours. Practical Alchemy wasn’t exactly a ‘normal’ class by the usual standards and it was not something she expected to sign up for… But she didn’t expect the University of Towsen to be so weird either. In fact, it seemed to be so similar to what her mother was trying to accomplish with Oracle, that Lily almost expected to find a secret military, a weapons vault, or perhaps even hordes of undead.

She hadn’t found anything like that yet, but so many odd things happened at Towsen that there was bound to be something.

That something wasn’t in Practical Alchemy this morning, though. Lily sat on a stool fussing with a formula on the table while Eugene was trying to convince her to join his ‘club’.

“We’ll give you your own plasma pack AND Harold will show you the ghost traps!” he said peeking up from behind the table with his best begging expression. Lily though he looked a bit like Leon when he was begging her mother for more steaks.

“It’s not a good idea. ..and I really don’t know anything about ghosts.” she replied, crushing up a bit of the powder to mix in the… stuff… they were working on. How was this practical?

“Sure you do! You and Conrad were in the library that day Priss was taken away by those weird guys in the battle gear! We’ve seen you looking in to everything. You have to join, you just have to!”

Lily opened her mouth to refuse again when a pair of arms pounced her from behind! Powder scattered all over the table as the girlish voice behind her giggled. “Sorry I’m late! How is my favorite super heroine of all time? And where’s Conrad? I didn’t see him in the hall when I snuck in.” Coppery red hair and brown eyes hopped on to the stool next to Lily. Her name was Hannah and she was that very unfortunate girl Michael tried to grab in the courtyard that day. Since then she seemed to think Lily and Conrad were her heroes and Lily couldn’t seem to convince her otherwise. She was still surprised Hannah bounced back so quickly from the experience.

“Getting breakfast, most likely. We had to wake up so early to get here on time.” Lily responded, handing her the bowl she had been working on and was now trying to sweep up the spilled powder.

“Hannah!” Eugene popped up from behind the table, suddenly standing straight as a board and looking a bit pale. It took him a moment to clear his throat and smooth out his expression to speak again. “C-could you tell Lily that she should join the Paranormal Investigations club?”

Hannah blinked, taking a moment to debate on whether or not she thought it was a good idea. “Well… I do think it would be a good idea. You and Conrad saved me from that monster and I hate to admit it, but crazy stuff always seems to happened here at Towsen. It’s gotten a lot worse lately too. Hey! I’ll join too! We’d be like… ghost busters!”

With that Eugene broke in to a big smile, leaning forward on the table looking nearly smitten! “Exactly! You’re a beautiful genius Hannah!” His grin suddenly disappeared as he realized what he said out loud and started backing away quickly. “I – I mean. Just think about it!” Coughing as he bumped in to the table behind him, Eugene and his lab partner scurried back to their own table.

Lily rolled her eyes at Eugene, flipping the pages of her book to get back on track with their project again. “I really wish you wouldn’t make such a big deal about that. We really didn’t do anything special.”

Hannah shook her head as she organized the ingredients on the table. “You’re waaaay too modest. Everyone else was running and screaming, but you both came out to save me. He was calling for YOU after all. That had to be horrifying! I thought you had a bodyguard because of crazy stalkers or reporters or something, not vicious monsters! And I knoooow you said you didn’t kill him yourselves, but it’s still totally amazing!” she sighed dreamily! “Bonus points that Conrad so gorgeous and you get to hang out with him all the time. He doesn’t have a girlfriend does he? Do you think I can ask him out on his next off day?”

“Off day…?” Lily was so busy trying to tune out all the mentioning about Michael that it took her a moment to realized Hannah changed the subject. “He hasn’t really had an off day. He’s never asked for one.”

A gasp! “Oh my god, really? Lily, jeeze! He’s got to have friends and stuff. You’re the boss, you’re supposed to tell him when to go! It’s not like he can hang around you forever. I mean don’t YOU want be alone sometimes or do something without some guy always following you around? …Besides, I really really want to ask him out of a date, so you’ve gotta give him a day off!”

Lily paused and frowned. She never really thought about any of that before. She sort of assumed Conrad was always going to be around. But, that couldn’t be fair… “I suppose he really does need time off…” she started slowly.

“Aie! Awesome! What about this weekend? Do you think he’ll say yes? Oh, don’t look so grim. We could totally have a double date if you want! I can find you a date an- Bad idea, huh? You’re right, it’s time to cut the cord and get some time for yourself.” Hannah stopped and looked over at Eugene. “You could always join Eugene’s club.”

Lily laughed at that, giving Hannah a slight grin. “He might pass out if I said yes. We’ll be studying Practical First Aid instead…” Both girls snickered.


The Doll Escapes

She tapped her head against the wall as she looked up at the ceiling. Tap. Tap. Tap. Her arms were wrapped around her knees and he folds of the white dress. She hated white… but they all had their colors or special things they had to wear. She was always in white. Maybe she was an angel. Or maybe he just liked the contrast her blood made on the fabric.

A long shrieking scream pierced the silence and she glanced at the door. Goodbye Selene.

“It should have been you.” hissed a soft voice across the room. Long blond pony tale in a red and black Gothic Lolita dress. Out of all of them here, she looked the most like a real doll. She was glaring at Lily with glittery blue eyes. “You’ve been here the longest. It should’ve been you.”

Lily turned away, unable to reply. She didn’t disagree. Selene had only been there for a couple months and he was already bored with her. Why was she still here? Was it because she didn’t die in the first few weeks like most of the girls? There was always new girls. If they didn’t die from abuse or suicide, eventually he just got bored with them. So why after all this time was she even still alive? …and why did she even bother to think about it anymore?

The door suddenly crashed in, two figures crashing to the ground in a fierce struggle! Several girls screamed as they fought on the floor. Finally a shot rang out, the vampire was hit in the chest! But at the same time his fist shot up, ramming a knife right through the underside of the other man’s chin in to his skull. Both bodies fell still.

Several moments went by before Lily was scrambling across the floor snatching up one of the guns from the fallen hunter’s belt. A hand clamped over her wrist. “Don’t you dare! Don’t you dare leave!” said the blond angrily.

“I’m not going to just stay here.” Lily replied, ripping her arm from her grasp.

“You’re his favorite!” she howled, jumping at Lily again to grab away the gun. “You’re never leaving! I won’t let you!” Trying desperately to ripped the gun from Lily’s hand, she was even trying to break fingers!

Lily wasn’t going to let go! She twisted and fought, shoving the girl back! The girl leaped for her again, sending both of them hurdling in to the wall. The gun went off! Both girls slid slowly to the floor. The pretty blue eyed blond fell away, a bloody hole in her chest.

The gun was shaking in her hand as she stared down at the girl, then glanced up at the others. “Don’t just stay…” Lifting herself to her feet, Lily slipped out the door and escaped in to the hall.