Read Story: SEASON 1 EPISODE 30
Morons at midnight”
Peace and quiet was overrated.
Victoria was asleep on the only bed of the shîttiest motel I’d ever stayed in. Every inch of it was carpeted in filth and I was pretty sure I’d get hepatitis just by looking at the walls.
Vetresca was arguably the most competitive country in the world.
So if a human country could offer a rodent infested excuse of a house for $8, we could certainly beat them and make it worse.
Just add more insects, blood stains and kill the electricity permanently.
Prime time real estate right there.
Victoria snored, her lips forming a perfect O. For a woman who killed people for a living, she slept like a baby – no saucy dreams, no creepy nightmares, nothing.
Which unfortunately meant, I had no entertainment.
She’d told me what the Archangel had said earlier. I’d wasted a few hours thinking about it and I had no ideas. Yet I couldn’t fall sleep.
Insomnia was amazing like that.
“Happy birthday, Xevi.”
Suddenly, a shadow of a woman was standing by the window, her dark hair reaching her waist, a cheeky smile on her lips.
I looked at Victoria. Still sleeping.
Kiera jumped out the window just as quickly as she’d come in. I swore, watching her land perfectly one storey below, on the balcony.
God help me, I followed her.
“What are you doing here?” I asked as my sister hugged me, almost crushing my bones in the process.
“You’re getting older.” Kiera smiled. “And I’m always up for rubbing that in your face. The birthday party’s theme is the Bronze Age. You’ll fit right in.”
“Good one.” I said, rolling my eyes. “Why aren’t Victoria and you best friends yet?”
“Oh, we’ll have plenty of time for that.” She said, matter-of-fact. “Seeing as she’s going to be my sister-in-law.”
Why in heaven’s name did I come here?
“Excuse me?” I asked, exasperated already.
“Oh, I know you heard me. Or are you actually admitting you’re old enough to have hearing loss?”
I sighed. There was no winning with Kiera.
Unfortunately, the apple didn’t fall too far from the tree.
“I’ll put it simply : you like this chick, I like this chick.” She gave me a silver wrapped box. “You could do a lot worse, by the way.”
“Um, thanks?” I wasn’t sure if I was replying to her gift or her statement. “And no, there’s definitely no “doing ” here.”
Let me just explain the glaring lack of sex in my life to my little sister real quick.
Because I’m just whimsy that way.
Keira gave me an all-knowing smile.
“Some people might say you’re saving yourself for your little crush.”
“Some people would say this is not fücking high school.”
I unwrapped the paper, rolling my eyes.
Briefly, I thought back to Christmas when we were both younger. We’d have an annual ball in the winter and there’d always presents much like this one.
Kiera loved telling me how horrible I was at dancing, and while I hate to admit it, I’d been jealous of good she was.
As I opened the box, I realised that was the only time Kiera ever acted like a princess.
” Do you like it?” She asked, a little hesitant.
It was a small marble carving of a Phoenix in the Royal family’s crest, tied to a silver chain. It wasn’t perfect but that was why I wore it around my neck.
I knew that she’d made it.
“I love it.” I told her, solemnly.
Kiera gave up her titles the year she became a guardian. She had no right to the throne anymore though I knew she’d make one hell of a queen.
“Great.” Kiera smiled sweetly. “Now be a dear and tell me when your wedding is.”
“Tomorrow.” I said, deadbeat. “Excuse me, while I go mail order a bride.”
“The one upstairs is a lot closer.” She suggested.
“Why are you so obsessed with her?” I laughed. “Poor Anna. Bored with her already?”
Oh, did I forget to mention my little sister also happened to be a lesbian with an insanely hot girlfriend of three years?
“Hey, you haven’t been around here in a long time. Maybe I like to switch things up a bit.”
I looked at her in mock horror. Kiera laughed, ruffling my hair.
“How do you even know about her anyway?” She smiled, fondly. “Are you stalking me, brother?”
“It’s part of the job description.” I admitted, pretty much shamelessly. “And also, I’m pretty sure Victoria’s straight.”
Kiera absently played with the safety on her gun. “How about you do your research on that last part instead of the women I fück next time?”
I laughed. “Dear God, I’ve missed you.”
“You mean, you miss getting your äss handed to you?” She said with a straight face. “Yeah, I missed that part too.”
We sat on the railing, one floor above the ground, laughing and talking for hours, just like old times. The moonlight filtered through a cloudy sky and the streets were quiet and deserted.
“Why’d you leave, Xevi?” Kiera asked me, after a while.
“I didn’t need to stay.” I said, simply.
The horrors I’d seen within those castle walls, Kiera never had. My mother and I had made d--n sure of that.
And she’d never know it, but the day she left to the Academy to become a guardian was the day I left to give up my kingdom.
I still remember that sigh of relief when the gates shut close behind me.
“Whatever it was, it’s over now, isn’t it?” Kiera asked me, her deep blue eyes earnest. “So will you stay now?”
“I don’t know if I can.”
I couldn’t lie to her.
” I don’t know if I want to.”
“Who wants that ugly ass chair anyway?” She said, trying to keep things light. “We’ll just buy a real fancy sofa from IKEA and rule this dark and dangerous alley.”
I smiled. “All hail the shîtty motel king.”
My phone rang and both of us laughed.
Danny always did have excellent timing .
“So I may have accidentally, and this is totally by accident, proposed to the younger vampire princess, by
accident . Please note that this was completely out of my control and-”
” Let me guess,” I rolled my eyes. “By accident . ”
I couldn’t believe this guy.
“I’m all for experimenting,” I said, dryly. “But a threesome with twin leeches on your wedding night is a little too risqué, don’t you think?”
“Please stop.” Danny groaned. “Help me out here.” He hesitated. “I- I think I might be in love with her.”
“What do you know about love, Danny?”
He was clearly frustrated. “A lot more than you, for starters.”
“You don’t know anything about her.” I said, simply. “You don’t know what it’s like to hold her or kiss her hair or touch her face. You don’t know if she’ll annoy you so much you want to rip your hair out, but when she’s quiet if you just want to hear her voice again.
“You don’t know if seeing her smile makes you happy or if you’d rather play with your soul than lose her. You don’t know if she’s saving you just as much as you’re saving her.
“And you don’t know if forgetting all that means you’ll lose yourself too.”
“I know that I can learn to love her.” Danny said, quietly.
Kiera was looking at me, an odd expression on her face.
“You sure you were talking to him, Xevi?”
I smiled. “Who else would I be talking to?”
Yourself. A voice in my head said.
You were talking to yourself, you sad, pathetic moron.
And that’s precisely when I heard the soul piercing scream of a woman.
Xavier : “LIKE BECAUSE A SAD PATHETIC MORON ASKED YOU NICELY.” XD