“This one isn’t labeled.” Gory held up the shiny disk to scold Maefyl for his lack of organizational skills. They had spent a cozy morning in Osore listening to dozens of selections from an archaic collection on electronic devices that should be long buried if his magic had not kept them thriving. They all enjoyed days like these, time they made to set aside problems and appreciate each other even if just for a few hours. Gory was curious about the mystery disc. “What’s on it?”
“No idea. Just put it in.” Maefyl was barely listening to the music anyway. He had agreed to keep the volume down since Gabriel decided to stay in and play. Ever since he convinced Gabriel to start playing video games they had a friendly rivalry that demanded his focus at the moment. He doubted the music would make a difference. He nudged Gabriel’s arm “If I didn’t know better I would say you have been playing without me.”
“He’s too busy doing your job.” Gory teased as she kicked the play button.
“Oh no!” Sanguine feigned panic over the first notes. “Turn it off before he starts singing!”
It was too late. Maefyl had tossed the controllers onto the couch and moved the coffee table aside. Gabriel laughed as Maefyl pulled him to his feet smiling.
“I don’t know what it is that makes me love you so.” Maefyl led Gabriel in a silly dance across the carpet as he sang. “I only know I never want to let you go…”
Miles away in Golod Maefyl’s love of old music lived in his daughter who was sharing it with those she loved more than anything. Bezer giggled as Asura playfully shook her hips and tapped them each on the nose as he sang.
“Cause you started something. Oh, can’t you see?” Asura had always been a fan of the silly old love songs Maefyl tortured her with as a child. She never wanted to admit it, but they were charming and made her smile. Now she listened to them all the time to remind her of home and she loved to tease the cubs as she performed and it was fun to make Nikolai blush as she sang for him. She did this often enough that they were starting to love the cheesy old songs just as much. “That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me.”
“It happens to be true.” Azazel sang as he pulled her onto the couch with them. She and the cubs crowded Nikolai and looked up at him and made him flush in unison. “We only want to be with you.”
“It doesn’t matter where you go or what you do.” Lilith sang sweetly from Lucifer’s lap as they marveled over the remarkable coincidence they stumbled upon. As much as Lucifer enjoyed seeing the trouble his friends got up to, he enjoyed these tender moments just as much. “I want to spend each moment of the day with you.”
“You aren’t going to admit this is a beautiful moment?” Lucifer tussled the Viper’s hair as he sat quietly at his feet.
“It is ridiculous.” Kage hissed. “And you promised them privacy.”
“Spoil sport. I’m enjoying this.” Lucifer grinned and joined Lilith in song as Kage rolled his eyes. “Oh, look what has happened with just one kiss.”
“I never knew that I could be in love like this.” Van danced around the room singing along loudly with her headphones on. She knew from their smiles that Raziel and Galik didn’t mind the interruption to their conversation and she was enjoying the silly old music she had snatched from her friends. She spun past them and kissed them each on the cheek as she continued singing. “It’s crazy, but it’s true. I only want to be with you.”
“Is she calling us crazy again?” Galik grinned as he watched her flirty dance around the office.
“We are not the ones singing to music no one remembers.” Raziel answered in his usual even tone as he watched his bride. Her exuberant joy in such simple moments was one of the things that made her so fascinating.
“Classics provided by Maefyl this morning.” Eternity giggled at the music pouring through the speakers as Kaneko shouted her orders to the lessers and prepared to open Feeding Darkness for the day.
“An old favorite if I recall correctly.” Eidolon watched Kaneko tapping her feet as she stood on the bar and looked things over and Karla took a seat at the bar humming to the familiar song.
“Lord Eidolon?” Eternity noticed his sudden silence and the chill to his skin, but quickly realized why when she saw where Karla had decided to sit.
His moment of reflection had nearly stopped his heart, but the flirty nature of the song that played turned the memory of the night they met into a playful moment and he joined Karla at the bar. He hoped she could recall as he did one of the happiest moments of his life.
“You stopped and smiled at me.” Eidolon sang quietly as he sat and handed Karla a pack of cigarettes. “And asked if I cared to dance.”
“I fell into your open arms.” Karla sang her reply as she pushed off of her stool and let him catch her. The distant memory of a previous life was suddenly hers and she loved that he had given it back to her. “And I didn’t stand a chance.”
“Now, listen honey.” Maefyl sang as he pulled Gabriel close by his lapels. “I just want to be beside you every where.”
“As long as we’re together, honey.” Gabriel winked as he sang his reply and made Maefyl smile. “I don’t care.”
“Oh brother.” Sanguine rolled her eyes and poked at Gory. “Now you started something.”
“Oh can’t you see.” Gory tried to sing through her laughter.
“That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me.” Maefyl pulled Gabriel into his arms as he continued his serenade. Everything about these playful moments felt perfect and he couldn’t be happier about Gory finding the mystery disc. He had no way of knowing that his eccentric taste was spreading a strange love across Tsuriai.
“No matter what you do.” Kaneko purred as she pounced along the bar and hugged Eidolon and Karla. “Kaneko wants to be with you.”
Shana had been poking at the keys of her piano to recreate some of the music they listened to in Golod. She had finally gotten a few of them right and was humming along to one when Brig wandered in.
“You stopped and smiled at me and asked if I cared to dance.” Brig sang along softly as he sat a few bags on the couch and fumbled for his cigarettes. “I fell into your open arms and I didn’t stand a chance.”
“You sing?” Shana giggled. “And you know the words? I couldn’t remember them.”
“It’s and old song, but I’m older.” Brig sat beside her. “It’s a cute song. Keep playing I’ll see how much I remember.”
“You have a pretty voice.” Demise sat on the edge of the piano and waited for the performance.
“Don’t pick on me, doll face.” Brig let Shana catch up to where she had left off and realized her he remembered more than he thought he did. “I just want to be beside you every where. As long as we’re together, honey, I don’t care. Cause you started something. Oh, can’t you see? That ever since we met you’ve had a hold on me. No matter what you do, I only want to be with you.”
“I said no matter, no matter what you do.” Maefyl grinned at Gabriel. “I only want to be with you.”
“Now turn it off before we get that buttercup song.” Sanguine demanded and rushed for the stop button.
“Rematch?” Gabriel handed Maefyl his game controller and kissed him.
“Tired of me singing already?” Maefyl laughed as Sanguine and Gory made safer musical selections.
“Never.” Gabriel teased. “I just thought you might want to redeem yourself after that last round.”
“I was distracted.” Maefyl winked at him. “Didn’t count.
“Oh, Look what has happened with just one kiss…” Mala
“I never knew that I could be in love like this…” Vikarr
“It’s crazy, but it’s true…” E
“I only want to be with you…” Donovan
Special Note : Songwriters (Ivor Raymonde / Mike Hawker) as performed by Dusty Springfield.