“One of the remains I claimed for you.” Raziel explained as he took Galik into the cells below the Circle. A young woman cowered in the corner of the small dark room. “I know you felt denied. Enjoy.”
Galik hugged Raziel and kissed his neck before he skipped to the corner and crouched in front of the woman.
“I just want to go home.” She cried as she saw him up close and scrambled against the wall to try and distance herself from the silvery white eyes that looked her over. When he smiled she reached up and clawed at Galik’s face.
“It scratched me, Lord Raziel.” Galik pouted as his wounds closed.
“Then remove its claws.” Raziel suggested and watch as Galik took hold of one of her fingernails and tore it out. Her piercing screams echoing against the walls of the empty cell as Galik grinned and pulled out each nail to see the faces she made. As Galik slowly tortured the woman to death Raziel watched and they had quiet conversations between her screams.
“Lord Raziel, what is a girlfriend?” Galik was gnawing on skin he had torn from the woman’s face as he poked at the wound.
“A mortal concept.” Raziel explained as he watched Galik kick aside the corpse. “A lover one is committed to in an honorary fashion. Something mortals seem to do before they wed.”
“I’ve broken it.” Galik wiped the blood from his face and smiled at Raziel. “Can I have one?”
“You’ve had lovers, Galik.” Raziel cleaned the rest of the blood from Galik. “You broke those too.”
“Not a girlfriend.” Galik pointed out playfully. “Can I?”
“It’s a wasteful concept.” Raziel explained as he returned them to his office. “If you want the girl, take her.”
“I don’t just want to play with her, Lord Raziel.” Galik sat on the floor scowling at Raziel’s feet. It may be the first time Raziel had denied him anything at all. “I want to keep her.”
“Don’t pout, Galik.” Raziel crouched beside his creation and took his chin in his hand. “If you wish to do this the complicated way, you have my permission, but I can offer little advice on it. I am disappointed you would commit to someone other than myself, but if it is what you desire I wont deny you.”
“You are my only Master, Lord Raziel.” Galik’s eyes glossed with tears and he tried to put Van out of his mind. The last thing he ever wanted was to offend Raziel. “I’m sorry.”
“We have work to do.” Raziel stood. “Come.”
Galik rose to his feet and walked beside Raziel as he made his way down the hall to the door of their new colleague. The door opened for Raziel as he approached.
“Join us.” Raziel stood in the doorway as he looked at the flustered vampire sitting behind the desk. “It is important we establish presence and that we learn to work together.”
“Right.” Brig stood and sat the computer on the desk. “Maybe you can tell me what it is I’m supposed to be doing.”
“You’ve decorated.” Galik noticed the vast difference between his office and the ones he and Raziel had left untouched.
“Maefyl did that.” Brig shook his head. “It’s not bad I guess. Where are we going?”
“Lucifer told the residents the Circle would be more available.” Raziel explained. “We are going to make ourselves available. He has asked we make an effort to establish rapport with those we are meant to protect.”
“Sounds good.” Brig smiled. “Raziel and Galik right? You drink?”
“We do.” Raziel told him and offered a correction. “It’s Lord Raziel. I am not common, don’t speak to me as if I am.”
“Lord Raziel, then.” Brig looked to the darker skinned demon. “And you?”
“Galik is fine.” Galik pulled the phone from his pocket and sighed before putting it back.
“Lead the way, vampire.” Raziel stood aside. “You are more familiar with Vex.”
“Might not want to call me that in public.” Brig suggested and remembered to keep his tone respectful. “I’m going to have a hard enough time playing one of you, Lord Raziel. If we intend to fix things in Vex it’s probably not the best idea to panic anyone with talk of vampires.”
“Brig then.” Raziel agreed.