“I suppose you aren’t the worst choice for this.” Maefyl admitted. Brig may have become a little flamboyant over the centuries, but he had managed to behave with enough restraint to keep Maefyl from regretting the decision to let him live.
“Lesser of two evils.” Brig sat on the floor in front of the counter and watched Maefyl sending messages on his phone and occasionally grinning at whatever replies he received.
“How so?” Maefyl asked without looking up from the screen.
“Only other vampire in Vex that isn’t a complete fuck up is a woman.” Brig laughed. “Women in power are scary.”
“Hey!” Sanguine protested the insult as Maefyl chuckled at his phone.
“Who are you talking to that has you so giddy?” Brig asked as he looked up at the vampire, still wondering what had happened to change him.
“My daughter.” Maefyl answered before he crouched in front of Brig to question him about Lucifer’s offer. “Do you plan on taking the job?”
“I have no idea.” Brig couldn’t help but ask about the changes. He took Maefyl’s arm. “What happened to you anyway? What is all of this?”
“That would take a lot of explaining.” Maefyl shook his head. “Most of it I don’t care to share with you. Sorry.”
“Whatever.” Brig looked away offended. “Not like we’re friends right, I’m just the lucky one you let go.”
“Does the girl know what you are?” Maefyl heard footsteps above them and knew she would be wandering downstairs and putting an end to the discussion.
“ShaSha?” Brig laughed. “No.”
“Keep it that way.” Maefyl told him. “If you take Lucy up on his offer, you need to play the part.”
“Gee thanks.” Brig scoffed at the insult and changed the subject when he heard the steps creaking. “So where is the guy you always hang around with? I don’t think I’ve ever seen you without him.”
“Gabriel?” Maefyl smiled as Shana wandered over yawning, the need to answer the question was erased as Brig’s attention was taken by the girl’s arrival.
“You guys are still here?” Shana stretched her arms above her and kicked Brig in the knee as he looked at her bare stomach. “Don’t you ever stop?”
“Nope.” Brig grinned at her and she rolled her eyes as she waved at Sanguine. He bit his tongue and tried not to shout at her refusal to even look at him.
“I hate to kick you out.” Shana laid her hand on Maefyl’s arm. “But thanks to Brig I need to go find another job.”
“I should go anyway.” Maefyl patted her hand. “Thanks for the company.”
“I need to go see about a job, too.” Brig scowled at Maefyl. He was furious at him for the way he seemed to hold Shana’s attention. He had always accepted reluctantly that he could not win her over, but only because it seemed like no one else could either. Seeing someone else touch her, seeing her laugh and smile as she talked to Maefyl made Brig realize how much he really wanted her. As he stood up in front of them he took one of Shana’s long braids and twisted it around his hand. “I think I’ve decided on what I want in exchange.”
“Don’t.” Maefyl glared at him as he made his silent call for Gabriel.
Shana looked between them confused and pulled her braid away from Brig. The appearance of the demon she recognized from Maefyl’s photos made her jump against Maefyl.
“Problem?” Gabriel ran his fingers through Maefyl’s hair as he looked over the others. “Brig?”
“Gabriel, take the girl.” Maefyl stared at Brig. “Let her crash with you until I make sure there isn’t a problem.”
“What?” Shana looked at him in shock. “Why? I can’t go anywhere. I have to…”
“You will need to explain this to me, Maefyl.” Gabriel sighed as he shifted behind Shana and disappeared with her.
“Real slick.” Brig grinned. “We’ll see what the boss has to say about it.”
“Until then she deserves a bit of peace.” Maefyl grabbed Brig and took them both outside to the street before he let him go. His candidacy for the Circle made it a bad idea to attack him, but he could at least ensure the girl a few days without Brig harassing her. He walked away as Brig stared at his back. “I have things to do.”
“She’s mine.” Brig shouted after him. “You can’t just hide her away.”
“Well that got weird.” Sanguine remarked from Maefyl’s shoulder as he ignored the shouting behind him. “You always manage to end up in the middle of things. Where are we off to?”
“He mentioned another vampire in Vex.” Maefyl told her. If there was another candidate for the Circle it may alleviate the problem before they dismantled the existing Circle. “We’re going to go say hello.”