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The Little Things

Maefyl had a few hours to kill while Shiroi dutifully attended to her paperwork and he ignored his own. He had settled on the couch in an old t-shirt and a simple black skirt that fell just below his knees and moved his bare toes to the music that poured into the room from the old stereo he loved so much. The light from the television casting eerie shadows in the room as he played his video games. Sanguine stood on his fingers as they moved swiftly across the buttons and cheered him on as he fought the monsters on the screen.

“Go get that one!” She yelled over the music as she jumped excitedly and watched as he smashed the deformed critter with a crowbar. She fluttered her wings as she cheered. “SQUISH!”

“Squish?” Maefyl laughed, amazed at her amusement in his hobbies. He gave a quick wave to the door when it opened and Gabriel stepped inside.

“Busy as ever I see,” Gabriel mused as he walked to the stereo and turned it down a bit. “How can you even hear yourself think?”

“Wasn’t really doing a lot of thinking,” Maefyl explained as Gabriel sat beside him shaking his head disapprovingly. “What?”

“I thought we were past this phase.” Gabriel sighed as he tugged the edge of Maefyl’s skirt.

“Eww,” Gory focused on the screen as she walked to Gabriel’s knee and watched the game with Sanguine. “What is that?”

“About to be very squished.” Maefyl laughed as he killed the monster before responding to Gabriel’s disapproval. “And maybe you are past it. I’m comfortable.”

“Watch Gory,” Sanguine shouted as she eagerly awaited the next kill on the screen, “The head will come off and go running around!”

“Neat!” Gory watched closely and clapped with glee at the strange head crawling around until Maefyl made that go ‘squish’ as well.

“The two of you shouldn’t encourage him,” Gabriel sighed and attempted to pull Maefyl’s attention from the screen. “Any chance you can change and join me for lunch?”

“Lunch?” Maefyl paused the game and the fairies booed at him. He turned to Gabriel to point out the ridiculous nature of the request. “Tell me, Gabriel. Why would I go to lunch?”

“A walk then,” Gabriel had only wanted the company. He knew the vampire would be terribly bored sitting in front of empty dishes at a cafe and suggested an alternative. “I just need to get out of my office, I thought maybe you would join me.”

“You are out of your office.” Maefyl returned to his game smiling.

“Should I take that as a ‘No’?” Gabriel asked.

“That depends,” Maefyl answered as he watched the screen intently. “Does the walk require me to change as well?”

“You are so impossible.” Gabriel sighed and grabbed Maefyl’s boots from the floor. He sat them by the vampires legs. “No, I will let you embarrass me.”

“Deal.” Maefyl sat the controller aside and pulled on his boots Sanguine tugged on the laces as he tied them. He wandered to the mirror to check his eyeliner before he headed for the door. “Ready?”

“To go out, yes.” Gabriel stood beside him for a moment shaking his head at his awkward friend while Gory reclaimed her place in his front pocket of Gabriel’s perfect grey suit. “For the embarrassment, no.”

“But he’s so cute,” Sanguine giggled as she took her place on Maefyl’s shoulder as they headed out the door.

“See,” Maefyl slid his arm playfully through Gabriel’s. “I’m cute.”

Gabriel laughed and gently tugged his arm away straightening the sleeve at his wrist as they wandered through the courtyard. He continued to cast glances at Maefyl as they walked. He had never minded the make up or the feminine way about the vampire. He even found it charming, but he still didn’t like the clothes. Maybe it was the sloppy way Maefyl went about coordinating his more feminine outfits. He was always so well put together until he decided to wear these things.

“Does it really bother you?” Maefyl asked as he noticed Gabriel trying to hide the frown. He sighed and let the skirt lengthen around his legs, the fabric wrapped around them forming black jeans as he walked. “For fuck sake, Gabriel. It’s just clothes.”

“It makes a mess of you,” Gabriel explained. He hadn’t wanted this to turn into an argument and he was well used to the stares of disapproval when Maefyl decided to dress this way. He just hoped the times of ill fitting attire had passed. “Why such a creature would wear things that hardly flatter him is beyond my comprehension.”

“You do look better this way,” Sanguine whispered.

“Okay, I get it.” Maefyl pouted. “You know I was just fine on the couch, I really don’t need this from you two.”

“Then go home, Maefyl.” Gabriel sighed. “It was not my intent to offend you. I wanted company, not a fight.”

“Just shut up and walk.” Maefyl stuck his hands in his pockets and walked quietly beside his friend a while. Gory and Sanguine chatted on about the people they passed by and eventually Maefyl relaxed as he thought things over. It was after all ‘just clothes.’

“Still upset with me?” Gabriel asked as he noticed Maefyl had stopped scowling at him.

“No,” Maefyl admitted. “Have I ever been able to stay upset with you? Just don’t give me shit about the make-up and I will stop with the clothes.”

“Agreed.” Gabriel smiled at the small victory. He was not about to admit to the vampire that the gloss and eyeliner did not bother him in the least. As feminine as Maefyl was it actually looked good on him.

“And I am starving.” Maefyl had realized that lately his thirst came faster and stronger. Any length of time he spent around humans made him ravenous very quickly and he had started to eye up a potential meal as they walked. “Mind waiting?”

“Just wait,” Gabriel took his arm and pulled him into a shop filled with the soft pleasant aroma of old books. Aside from the clerk at the desk who seemed unaffected by their arrival it was blessedly empty. He led Maefyl to the back to be out of sight as he pulled up his sleeve and made his quiet  offer. “You have been getting worse.”

Maefyl took the offer and quenched the thirst on his friends blood. The rich taste of Gabriel a far better alternative to human blood, and held the benefit of not requiring a life be taken. When he had enough he leaned back against a bookcase and stared at the floor. So Gabriel had noticed as well.

“It’s not by choice,” Maefyl told him in a whisper. “Trust me, I’m not thrilled with the situation.”

“I know that.” Gabriel offered a solution. “I bleed well enough, and if it spares you the regret of taking more lives than necessary just come to me when you need to.”

“You sure about that?” Maefyl looked up and grinned at the generous offer.

“If it helps.” Gabriel smiled knowing it would.

“You had lunch after all!” Gory giggled from Gabriel’s pocket.

“So it seems,” Maefyl added as he laughed.

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A Quick Bite…

Echo made her way down the crowded thoroughfare with her thoughts on the errands she had set out to accomplish. It was a lovely day, the sun warming her skin as she walked through the sea of people. She smiled as she walked, listening to the music that poured from her headphones as it set her pace.

She stopped suddenly when her shoulder caught the arm of a passing man. He steadied her on her feet as he voiced his apology.

“Sorry,” he said simply as he smiled, “I blame him for distracting me.”

Gabriel waved a short greeting as he silently accepted responsibility.

“No worries,” Echo answered quickly as she was distracted herself by the cold hand on her arm and the demonic eyes that looked down at her. As his fingers fell away she excused herself without a word and went back to her confident stride down the sidewalk, not noticing that the man had excused himself from the company of his friend and followed a few paces behind her in the crowd.

She was about to duck into a building on the corner when she felt the cold hand again. The fingers folded tightly across her mouth and prevented her from screaming as she found herself pulled easily into a nearby alley. As he turned her and lifted her back against the brick, the vampire frowned slightly at her horror. It was unlike him to choose anyone so randomly and it had merely been her misfortune to cross him at a moment when the thirst left him irrational. He regretted acting on it now as he realized the woman hardly deserved to part with life in such a way.

Echo’s mind raced and she pushed against the assault with all her might, frustrated with the ease in which he held her there. As he took her neck in his hands and brought his teeth to her throat she felt a single tear fall from her face.

Maefyl in his guilt made his feeding as painless as possible, using enough magic into his touch to numb the girls pain and make her passing peaceful.

She barely felt the pierce of the creatures kiss as she felt herself slipping away slowly. Her thoughts faded and her struggling ceased as her limbs fell beside her. As her last breath left her she embraced her final thoughts. There was no anger left in her mind for the assault, no fear and no pain. She slipped from life and the vampires grasp with only her loving family filling the last moments of conscious thought.

“I am truly sorry,” Maefyl healed the wound at her throat as he cleaned himself up and folded her arms over her. As he left the alley he nearly wept. He had experienced her final thoughts as he took her life. He cursed at himself for his mindless decision to destroy someone so innocent and the family he had undoubtedly destroyed as a result.

As he rejoined Gabriel in the crowd he did so silently. Knowing he would never be able make up for what he had just done.

Later that week, Maefyl did something he rarely even considered. He stood quietly behind the people gathered at Echo’s grave trying to find the courage to approach. When he finally did he could barely lift his gaze, pained by the loss on the faces of her loving children and husband.

“I’m sorry,” Maefyl handed her widowed spouse the envelope that would ensure they would all live well. Maefyl felt ashamed to offer so little, the life he was providing was a pale substitute for the years of love and memories he had deprived them all.

Her husband watched as the stranger walked away. He was unconcerned with what he was sure was another somber message of condolences he held in his hand, he returned to his grief as others came to shake his hand and smile sadly at his loss.

Maefyl turned one last time and bowed his head sadly to offer his final apologies to the casket.

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Slow Day

Eternity was amusing herself by stringing together paper clips in long strings and hanging them from the ceiling of Eidolons office like silvery vines. She would swing between them, singing to herself as she went, about how boring the day was. There would be a Circle meeting that evening so the chance of going out and doing anything of interest to her was slim.

Eidolon was paging through a book and would glance up at her antics here and there and smile. She was usually very calm and reserved, but as all fairies are she was also spontaneous and given to fits of silliness like this. He was glad to see her playing again, she had been grieving as he had over the losses of the previous years events. They were both finally beginning to accept things and move on. As he read on he listened to her amusing songs about being stuck inside on such a nice day.

“It’s warm and bright out there,” the fairy twittered as she swung from her paper clips, “but it’s just as fun in here in the dark with Eidolon doing nothing at all. If the sun goes out and i never see it again, I will make him build me a new one.”

“You are going to clean that up when you are finished,” Eidolon smirked while he listened to the clicking metal vines as she fluttered about the room. There were several hours until he would have to drag himself to the meeting, and he wasn’t doing anything particularly important. He knew she would refuse the offer if he sent her out on her own, Eternity had been ever vigilant of his moods and refused to leave him alone to ‘mope about in the dark’.

“Maybe,” she teased. “And maybe i like the new decor.”

Eidolon closed the book leaving it on the desk as he stood up to admire her handy work. Multiple lengths of tiny metal strings covered most of the room at this point all clicking madly as she swung between them. “And maybe if you straighten up this mess we’ll take a walk.”

She jumped at the chance and started a delightful dance of magic. Each of her strings broke apart and swirled around the room as she led them in a march to the desk. She jumped from clip to clip on her toes her magic making her shimmer as she moved. The room was filled with a dance of light and paper clips, Eidolon watched her spectacle and smiled. Fairies were such a joy to watch. Things that could be done so simply in the blink of an eye when left to a fairy became a display of elegance, instead of letting the magic simply do it’s work they put such flare into the spells they used so easily. The beauty of something so simple as cleaning up a mornings boredom was enough to inspire awe and respect for power he often took for granted. As the last of the small metal clips landed in the cup on the desk the spell began to fade, the twinkling light of her dust dissolving into the air leaving it charged with a subtle energy only noticeable to those like herself and Eidolon who were so in sync with magic themselves. Any normal creature who happened upon this room would just experience the effects in ways they would never understand, a sense of calm may take hold of them, or happiness. The effect left behind would greatly depend on the mood of the fairy during her casting. And Eternity was overjoyed with the prospect of a few hours outside in the sun. She rushed to Eidolon excited.

“What would you like to do, then?” He asked as they headed out the office door. His mood souring slightly as he caught site of Kage on the stairs heading up to his own office. He gave a slight nod of acknowledgement and then chose to ignore the unpleasantness of the demons presence.

“Just walking is fine,” Eternity admitted. She was just glad to be leaving the confines of the office for a few hours in the sun, but as she didn’t want to waste the opportunity of his offer, “Or we could go get sweets and picnic in the park!”

“Anything you like,” He tapped his shoulder to offer her a perch there which she took, wrapping her legs beneath her gracefully as she made herself comfortable. He was glad of her constant companionship. Comforted by her voice and warmth. Without her presence and the growing friendship with Gabriel, the last year would have been unbearable. She so often catered to his moods, his work, his schedule without complaint or expectation of anything in return. He owed it to her to indulge her whims on occasion.

“Then i want lots of chocolate,” She grinned as they made their way outside. She soaked in the warmth and light of the midday sun as it washed over them and breathed in deeply her first fresh air of the day. The smell of some local cafe caught her attention, “And whatever that is! It smells delicious!”

After locating and purchasing her growing list of snacks Eidolon walked to the park and let her rummage through paper packages and start to eat. He found himself a patch of grass beside her and sat quietly, entertained by her over indulgence. It was a lovely day. The sun warm but not overbearing, the soft breeze that passed every so often carrying a soft flowery bouquet from the trees that were reaching their first bloom of the season. He reached over Eternity to take a piece from the pile of bacon she had insisted on and the slapped at his hands playfully.

“Aren’t you supposed to ask first?” She said as she swallowed a piece of cake and licked her fingers. She knew of course she wouldn’t finish even half of what he had gotten for her, but was determined to have a taste of all of it.

Eidolon grinned as he ate her snack then found himself laughing as she put on a play of shock at his behavior.

“Oh my,” she gasped, “Such awful manners!”

She quickly went back to her snacks. Taking bits of everything as she swayed happily. She broke apart strips of bacon and smashed them around tiny pieces of cake making herself odd flavored sandwiches. She enjoyed her creations and Eidolons company while they watched the people go by. When she had her fill of snacks Eternity started feeding the remains to the local residents of the park to amuse herself. Ducks and geese crowded around her squawking loudly their thanks at an easy meal and of course demanding more. Squirrels snuck up between them to snatch anything the birds had missed. Eternity giggled as she played with them, playing chase with the squirrels, riding on one such squirrel as she scattered more crumbs for the smaller birds, trying to make all the geese honk in unison, and glad to see Eidolon smiling as she did. Her somber master needed to take a few moments to enjoy himself once in a while.

They spent the afternoon enjoying the weather, watching the passers by, and chatting with one another. Eidolon had made the trip hoping to ease her boredom and frustration but realized that he needed the break as much as she did. In an effort to forget about the things that haunted him he had buried himself in busy work and shut himself off. Gabriel seemed to be the only one who could lure him out for a few hours, and once they parted he was back to his grief. He felt guilty suddenly for what he had put Eternity through.

“I apologize,” He confessed as she chased after a butterfly, suddenly stopping when she heard his words and turning to face him. “I’ve been neglecting you.”

“Nothing to worry about, Eidolon.” She smiled as she came closer and laid her tiny hand on his knee.”I’ve been with you a long time, I know you were hurting and I don’t feel neglected.”

The conversation and their pleasant day was interrupted by the phone vibrating in his pocket. Kage calling with a pointless reminder of the evenings meeting no doubt. But as he sighed and answered, a look of understanding passed between the two of them. He stood as he took the call and with an instant of fast magic cleaned up the mess of the day and gestured for Eternity to follow as he spoke to the caller. She hurried to his shoulder and swayed happily as they walked back to the Circle building.

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Those Left Behind

She wept at the ashes left behind for days. Shaking as she laid her fingers in what remained of her friend and companion and cursing the one who took him away. No one came to mourn with her, she was alone again. Her exhaustion and grief were overwhelming, but she realized her endless watch over his scattered remains would never bring him back to her and that she had to move on without him. She gathered a single tear from her tiny cheek and watched it glisten on her fingertip before she infused it with simple magic and let it fall into his ashes. As the liquid absorbed  a bit of her lost love it flashed a brilliant white and then faded leaving behind a tiny black talon that came to a sharp point that curved and thickened. She picked it up from the ash, turning it over in her tiny hands as tears streamed down her face. Bringing the pointed end to her earlobe she pierced it through and turned it back until the thickest end protruded only slightly from the front of her ear. The pain of it quickly faded but she allowed her blood to infuse the fairy forged metal, one last taste for her lost master.

“I’ll keep you with me always, darling,” The fairy took one last look over the room. Their home. Then she ran her fingers through her short rainbow dyed hair and promised him she wouldn’t cry anymore. She turned and fluttered away, unsure where she would go. Perhaps to the gardens, time away from the cruelty of this world could be just what she needed. She knew the creatures of Itami would welcome her warmly. But none of them would have his smile. Never again would he wink at her, she would no longer sleep on his warm shoulder after he had fed. The thoughts nearly brought her to tears once more when she finally made the leap to Itami. For now she would bask in the warm light that filled these trees and fields and find herself again. Her hatred for those that led him to such an end would wait until her thoughts were clear. She would never forgive them, but in time her need for revenge would fade. It was revenge that had ended his life. She couldn’t bear to let her anger make these decisions for her.

As she felt the heat of Itami’s sun on her skin and a splash of cool mist from the falls nearby she knew she would be here for quite a while. The serenity of the unspoiled gardens would renew her and she could venture out into the world again when it was no longer a constant reminder of her loss, and instead filled with fond memories of their time together.

She flittered into the branches of a tree close to the sweet smelling falls and made herself a comfortable perch in the leaves before allowing herself to fall asleep. She dreamt of happier days that would never come again, but she would carry part of him with her always, a memorial to man she knew better than anyone and would now be immortal in the memories of a fairy.

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