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TCOL : Breaking The Ghost : Faith

“Now then.” Lucifer turned to his friends and their companions, but more than any he spoke to Gabriel and Maefyl. They impatience and uncertainty from the two of them was more troublesome than any threat Sachiel could make and with strange new allies standing amongst them they would all want questions answered he simply did not have the time for. “I will answer the questions behind those inquisitive glares another time. For now I am asking you all for blind faith. Ria and the others are here to help. Trust them. Trust me.”

“What’s faif?” Neka blinked up at Bishop and tugged at his hand. He only sighed and looked to Kage fearful of answering a question that fell under parenting.

“Faith is believing in someone when you have no logical reason to.” Brig interrupting before Kage could put some awful slant on such a simple concept.. “Lucifer wants us to trust these friends we’ve never met, to give them a chance because he trusts them.”

“Neka doesn’t have to be blind for that.” Neka crinkled up her nose. “Neka trusts Daddy and Lucifer. Neka likes their friends.”

“I….” Brig smiled. “I have no way to argue that. You win, doll face.”

“Beaten by the logic of a child.” Demise sighed. “Brig, you are impossibly soft.”

“Maefyl?” Lucifer waited for an answer from his uncommonly silent son who had been listening to most of the exchanges with his eyes closed in an almost haunting serenity.

“Let’s see what your friends are made of.” Maefyl smirked as he flicked his cigarette and drew his blades. “I want those fucking angels out of my way. Sachiel is mine.”

“His aura is terrifying.” Threa whispered behind Ria.

“It’s magnificent.” Ria replied and reached back to tussle her hair. “It isn’t as if you haven’t seen an aura like this before.”

“Both of you should mind your voices.” Lucifer spoke to their minds and cast a cold glance that stiffened the both of them.

“With your permission, Lucifer.” Ria bowed to the Dark Lord. “We would all benefit from the use of…”

“For this alone.” Lucifer cut him off coldly. “Don’t think for a moment that I can’t rip the privilege out of you.”

“Of course, Dark One.” Ria rose and took Threa to join the others. The kneeled together and began a strange chant that sent them into a trance like state as their bodies started to change. Their skin taking lustrous and deepening tones, some almost translucent until they were almost completely constructed of the elements they had dominance over. When they spoke again it was in perfect unison.

‘We open ourselves to the strength of the Sleepers of Eden. Creator, unleash your wrath through your servants.’

The Djinn screamed in what seemed like agony and vanished. For a moment there was silence, but before the onlookers could respond to what they had seen and heard they felt a tingling in the air and a soft rain fell over them that made Presia laugh and resume her song with a renewed vibrance. An enormous beast covered in flames leapt over them and jumped off the cliffs edge into Sachiel’s army, followed by an immense eel like dragon that seemed to create it’s own river as it moved. Sachiel’s curse began to echo through the ranks of her soldiers as the demigods smashed through them.

Lucifer and his Council stood at the cliffs edge as their companions rushed to watch the fray. They saw dozens of Sachiel’s angel’s struggling to free themselves from arms of stone reaching from the ground. Eden itself fighting the trespassers on it’s sacred soil. So many of the frightening aerial warriors were now flightless as well, ice crusted their wings, fire singed their feathers and the wind itself refused to carry them. They had no means of escape, they were disoriented and bewildered by often unseen attackers but they fought on singling their hymns and hiding Sachiel as she darted through them spreading more of her hatred.

“That’s only four, Lucifer.” Eidolon remembered those they had locked away and that his guide through the storm had not been among those who went to fight below. “Where are the other two?”

“We are flattered to be remembered.” Child-like voices in perfect unison. When Eidolon turned to see her the girl bowed. “We are one now. We were ever so lonely apart. We are Li’da.”

“Lovely.” Eidolon bowed his head slightly.

“We do not require your flattery.” Li’da smiled. “We are uninterested.”

“Kyaa!” Kaneko raged at the calm demeanor of the insult and would have been clawing at the girls face had she not found herself in Eidolon’s arms instead. “Master Eidolon isn’t interested either you creepy….”

Eidolon kissed her to keep the insult from becoming worse.

“Your friends have already joined the fray.” Li’da remarked as if she were completely unaffected by the conversation.

“Nyaa!” Kaneko licked up Eidolon’s face and wriggled free. When she saw the others fighting. “Let’s go!”

“Go.” Karla kissed Eidolon sweetly. “I’ll be here cheering you on.”

“I am to keep them safe.” Li’da gave Eidolon a quick nod and watched him take his more capable bride over the edge into the battle below.

“Not so close to the edge, Neka. Please.” Bishop pleaded with his excited owner as she hopped around watching the slaughter. He was as bothered by her putting herself in danger at the edge of the cliff as he was by having to drag Farren and his daughter closer to seeing what could be the end of family. Though neither of them seemed all that bothered by the idea. They had just been sitting quietly looking at each other since they met like they were having a conversation without words. “Are you two okay?”

“It’s cute how much you worry about everyone.” Vafera fluttered on his shoulder. “I like you, Bishop.”

“I can’t help it.” He sighed.

“Neka wants to see better.” Neka jumped onto Bishop and climbed into this arms for a better view. “There’s Daddy!”

“That’s fucking crazy!” Van exclaimed as she saw the spectacle that had caught Neka’s attention. Kage and Vikarr had unified in an attack through a wave of attackers, spiraling through them so perfectly that the force created a whirlwind of blood.

“For the love of rainbows, Vivi.” Eliza shook her head. “Who are you showing off for?”

“My guess is you.” Kiki laughed from the top of Eliza’s head. “He seems to adore you.”

“He fucking better.” Eliza smirked as she watched him shake blood from his speckled wings and noticed he had abandoned shoes to utilize his creepy features in battle. “See. I told you he had weird feet, Baldy. Baldy?”

“I can’t see Myrt.” Caleb was digging his fingers into Donovan’s arm as he scanned the calamity below for his beloved.

“He’s one of the twins?” Brig pointed off in the distance and watched the panic melt away as Caleb and Donovan watched their angels with pride and relief, but he could still see the sting Donovan felt from being left behind. He understood it all too well. “Cheer up, cupcake. They left us up here because they are good at this.”

“And you are not.” Li’da finished the thought coldly. “You would have been a liability.”

“Yea.” Brig frowned. “Thanks, doll face.”

“You are in trouble like my mother.” Evadia spoke suddenly with her eyes welling as she started to put things together. “They won’t let us stay together will they?”

“Evadia.” Farren held her fingers softly in his and told himself the truth was best no matter how painful. There had been enough lies. “I offered them my life in exchange for yours and in recompense for the damage I’ve done. They were kind to let us meet. Even if only once.”

“No.” Bishop slapped the back of Farren’s head. “They could have killed you and they didn’t. Don’t sit there and tell your kid you won’t see her again.”

“I won’t fill her head with lies.” Farren scowled at Bishop; angry at the boy for the first time since they had met.

“I would never tell you to lie to her.” Bishop crouched down to talk to the girl still holding Neka and smiled. “I would never lie to a kid. I just don’t see the point in smashing hope. I mean look at this mess. We are sitting here in the middle of a war, but you just met your Father. There is a girl over there singing because she believes in the ones fighting. Believes this will end. I have to believe it too. That guy she is holding saved my life today, and I plan on thanking him.”

“He might…” Evadia glanced back and stopped herself. She suddenly understood what he meant. When Neka had asked earlier about faith she had nearly chuckled at the simple explanation Brig had given, but she was getting a nearly identical lesson in hope from Bishop. Believing in a chance no matter how small. Evadia smiled at her father. “We’re going to be okay.”

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TCOL : Eden : Children In Eden Pt.3

“You are seriously scary, doll face.” Brig laughed and helped Karla to her feet while he watched Kaneko lick blood from her hands. She had massacred dozens of angels while they searched for her sister, only stopping when the winds forced them to slow their pace. “I guess the hubby needed sugar and spice.”

“Nyaa.” Kaneko giggled. “Karla smashed a guys face once.”

“Don’t tell people that, Kaneko.” Karla scolded. “I didn’t mean to.”

“Wow.” Brig shook his head and looked over their options. Slim tunnels cut through the otherwise impassable winds. “So which way.”

“Oww.” Karla rubbed her arm where something struck her and looked for an assailant.

“Who’s there?” Kaneko growled when she heard what sounded like sighing. “Kyaa! Come out and play with Kaneko!”

“What the shit…” Brig felt a nudging at his foot and crouched to inspect what seemed like nothing but a pile of stones. Cid and Tali started flapping wildly on his back when the pebbles moved around his fingers. “Settle down, you two.”

“It’s a spirit.” Demise offered as she fluttered down to his hand. “Came to help out?”

The stones jittered and a path formed through one of the tunnels. Large stepping stones at the entrance to guide them and smaller ahead.

“So we go that way?” Karla leaned close.

“Yes, girl.” The air sighed. “She will guide you.”

“Where is Kaneko’s sister?” Kaneko growled at the more talkative wind. “Kaneko is not following the rocks until she finds Neka.”

“Kagami’s other kitten seems to be in good hands.” The wind laughed. “Hurry along and you’ll see them both.”

“Quiet rocks and talking windstorms.” Brig shook his head and gave the stones under his fingers a gentle pat before he stood. “Lead the way, doll… uh… yea.”

“You okay?” Demise crawled up his sleeve. “You handled that pretty well. Outside of talking too much and embarrassing yourself. ”

“Thanks, doll face.” Brig followed close behind Eidolon’s brides afraid that they would be followed. Cid and Tali had proven themselves useful for defense and made spectacular lookouts, so he preferred to keep his eyes forward while they watched everywhere else. Demise was also lending a hand when needed and Brig realized more and more how far removed he was in potential from the company he kept. “I just felt like I could trust it… her.”

As they walked the stones behind them vanished and the tunnel closed behind them. More stones appeared to lead them and the violent storm opened a path to let them pass unscathed. Brig felt it when he touched the stones. The cool surface that emanated an indescribable warmth. A feeling deeper than words, like the blissful moments of silence being held in a compassionate embrace. The spirit had given no words but it asked to be trusted and offered protection. Brig accepted.

“There are so many now.” Karla hugged Kaneko’s arms as she watched uncountable angels trying to fight against the winds only to be knocked violently back into the garden. “How can they beat so many?”

“Trust Master Eidolon.” Kaneko purred. “He squishes even better than Kaneko.”

“Besides.” Samael stepped into their path as he interrupted. “He will have help.”

“Kaneko.” Shiroi’s eyes welled at the sight of her still alive and well. “You’re okay.”

“Hmmph.” Karla sneered.

“Kaneko is always okay.” Kaneko just walked ahead with Karla to avoid screaming. “Are you coming, Brig?”

“Welak Isa, nepu.” Samael took Shiroi’s face in his hands and gave her a quick kiss before he pushed away the coming tears. “De danbol sesa zan ba sekni zekusi’tach.”

“Kono.” Shiroi tried to look away.

“Hak ‘kono’.” Samael held a finger in front of her. “Nepu. Baat.”

“Tek, Kaleka Samael.” Shiroi inhaled deeply and kissed his finger just before he darted away shouting.

“Sekni jer.” Samael narrowly snatched Eidolons brides out of harms way as attacking angels broke through protective winds and went for what they assumed were the weakest targets. Instead they met with a crushing blow from Samael’s tail and his blade relieved them of their heads.

“Let go.” Karla slapped at Samael’s arm.

“You are so very welcome.” Samael sat the girls to their feet.

“Maybe if you spoke in Tsuri you wouldn’t have had to grab them.” Brig pushed past Samael to check on Kaneko and Karla. Angry that he could do nothing to protect them. “Of course you get off on touching other people’s things.”

“Do you truly want to stir things up again, boy?” Samael offered his arm to Shiroi before resuming their hike. “It’s been a while since your last visit and I’m certain I have a nice box to keep you in when I’m otherwise occupied.”

“Leave it alone.” Eternity advised as she saw Brig’s temper flare at the sound of Shiroi’s laughter. She was surprised to see it was Kaneko that drew her blades first. “Both of you. If our guide will let them keep a bit of distance between us…”

“Gathering you all together is entertaining.” The wind giggled as it strengthened its protection. “And I apologize for that momentary lapse. This is somewhat of a new trick, but no more will get through.”

“How far are we going?” Brig pulled the hair over his face as he wiped his eyes.

“Nearly there.” Samael called back to them. He could smell the air ahead of them opening up into Eden. He could smell Gabriel. He could hear the wailing of hundreds of angels. “I do hope you’ve saved your strength, children.”

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TCOL : Eden : A Silent Garden Pt.1

“My head feels funny.” Karla stumbled as they took their first steps into Eden and Eidolon steadied her as he took in the situation. She was not alone in her plight, they were all being touched by the haze of Sachiel’s magic. The weakest among them were struck nearly blind by it, clinging to their loves fearful that they had actually lost sight and taking comfort in the assurance that it was only a trick.

“If there was any doubt before now, it can be put to rest.” Eidolon sighed. Sachiel had often been called on to manipulate the minds of humans and more susceptible creatures for her god. She had a remarkable talent for creating suggestive thoughts and planting ideas then erasing any hint that she had been there. “None but the Ghost have this much sway.”

“Iehovah’s phantom is only a pest, Eidolon.” Lucifer chuckled. “You give her far too much credit and the small army we have brought boasts far greater talents.”

“I guess that’s where you come in, you pretty thing.” Nei kissed Presia’s fingers and smiled at her. It was clear why Lucifer had summoned the most talented of the Sirens. The skill of Presia’s song could manipulate the mind, but she could also counter the spells of others that did the same. She could protect the minds of her companions from the cloud of fear and confusion Sachiel was trying to hide behind.

“Eden lend me your strength.” Presia spoke to the garden and gathered the wealth of assistance it gave. It seemed even Eden itself was eager to have the trespassers expelled and was going to lend its aid to their cause. She fueled her gifts with the power of the nature around her and breathed deeply before beginning a song that melted away the dark clouds in the minds of the others. As she sang and their senses returned some of them turned their attention to her aria and her smile made her song even warmer.

“That’s pretty handy.” Azazel giggled.

“The Siren will render some of Sachiel’s magic useless.” Kage cautioned them against overconfidence. “Still it is best for most of you to keep your distance, this distraction was a small taste of her capabilities.”

“You can all have fun discussing bullshit.” Maefyl leapt into the air drawing his swords as he shouted his intentions. He was not going to wait a second longer to do what he came to do. “I’m ending this.”

“Not going to run after him?” Lucifer smirked at Gabriel.

“No.” Gabriel would know if Maefyl needed him and they had already discussed the need for discretion in Eden. “I’ll be staying very close to you during this battle, Lucy.”

“Should I be wounded or flattered?” Lucifer laughed.

“You should be grateful.” Gabriel smiled and drew a sword and scythe from the chaos as his attire shifted to the robes he had long ago abandoned. Crimson and white draped around him and his hair fell loose. “I could have stayed at home.”

“Volbaken.” Azrael bit his lip as he stared at Gabriel. “IsaAnku saba supani parakibi.”

“Daddy?” Asura walked up to Gabriel as he folded his wings to his back. She smiled like a child suddenly and leapt against him in an excited embrace. “You look amazing!”

“Flap, Flap!” Neka squealed and bit her tongue as she concentrated on trying to make wings of her own and instead became a winged kitten and flapped in front of Kage blinking. “Neka did it wrong.”

“You did beautifully.” Kage patted her head and glared past her at Bishop. “You have no hope of keeping up with me. Keep her close and stay with my daughter, Kaneko.”

“Kyaa! That’s not fair!” Kaneko hissed. “He is going to slow Kaneko down!”

“I was going to do that anyway.” Karla tugged Kaneko’s tail. “But I’ll make sure to keep everybody out of your way.”

“Nyaa.” Kaneko licked Karla’s nose and smiled up at Eidolon. “Are you going to run off, Master Eidolon?”

“I am.” Eidolon squeezed them both to him and kissed them each softly. As long as Presia’s song kept their minds protected, Kaneko was clear enough to look after them and they would likely be in the company of others while Zakesalek saw to the worst of Eden’s pests. “Don’t get into too much trouble. Eternity will stay with you.”

“Come along, Falcon.” Kage hissed. “We have angels to slaughter.”

Kage and Eidolon vanished into the quiet forests of Eden to begin clearing the Garden of nuisances. There was an eerie silence in the once life filled branches, even as they felled several of Sachiel’s guardians there was barely a sound beyond the haunting beauty of Presia’s song.

“What a waste.” Kage hissed. “All these ridiculous lessers scattered everywhere. A useless display of power.”

“One that we are using to our advantage.” Eidolon laughed. As they cleared the Garden of Choirs they absorbed each of them and strengthened themselves, each one giving them power they intended to unleash on Sachiel. “What she has used so carelessly will be used against her. Can I ask you something, Viper?”

“If it is about that damned boy…” Kage hissed.

“Sounds like it will be a long conversation.” Eidolon grinned. He crushed a Throne to the ground just as Lilith arrived beside him and gave him a strange nod he interpreted as a request for his departure. When Kage gave him a quick glance and sighed; Eidolon decided to go off on his own and leave the two of them to work. “It can wait.”

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TCOL : Eden : Those Who Will Stand At The Gates Pt.2

“Bret deseka vonek na Eden, baat?” Azrael tapped his foot impatiently.

 “Palak, Azrael.” Gabriel waved off the eagerness of the Wyrms to destroy and stepped toward Lucifer. “I have one last concern. I asked that you stay behind, Lucy. Hanseka. We helped you close the gates for a reason.”

 “I’m not going anywhere, Gabby.” Lucifer had decided to honor Gabriel’s request… in part. They all felt the trembling as Lucifer started the massive undertaking. Hell shook, but it was not a threatening tremor but a warm pulse of energy. “I won’t have to.”

 “I don’t like this, Vivi.” Eliza clung to Vikarr as if he could stop the shaking himself.

 “Myrt…” Caleb clutched his husbands sleeve and trembled as Myrt pulled him into his arm and drew a lance from the air, ready to protect him. He didn’t say a word but smiled when he saw his brother similarly standing as guardian to Donovan.

 “Is this really a time for games?” Eidolon held his brides in his protective embrace and noticed that Neka’s pet had nearly enveloped her in an embrace of his own. “We came ready to fight for you. Stop this.”

 “Show some faith, Falcon.” Kage grinned.

 Lucifer laughed as his magic completed and he gloated over his success. All of Golod watched him; Asura and Bezer giggling over what they were sure was going to be another argument. Raziel’s puppets stood silently at his side, so intent on making their Master proud that it didn’t even seem to occur to them to be afraid. Nei just fawned over Presia and yawned mockingly over Lucifer’s spell. Vikarr smiled at his worried bride and assured her there was nothing that would harm her. The lot of them were truly remarkable.

 “Done showing off?” Maefyl clapped slowly and laughed. “Now tell the class what you did.”

 “Remodeling.” Lucifer grinned.

 “You’ve brought Eden into Hell?” Raziel stroked Galik’s back. The most eager of his puppets to indulge in the coming fight was growing more impatient.

 “More specifically into my estate.” Lucifer grinned. He could feel the astonishment of the entire realm stroking his ego. Outside his estate they would marvel at the swell of power without ever knowing what had caused the realm to nearly double in size. They would simply see the superficial growth of Lucifer’s castle and know he had once again grown stronger. Once again done remarkable things. “Lilith does love her gardens. Who would like to help rid it of some vermin?”

“I just can’t go a day without saving the world.” Maefyl tightened his ponytail and jumped onto Gabriel’s back. “Stop looking so agitated. You knew he was going to do something obnoxious.”

 “This is not merely obnoxious.” Gabriel stepped up to Lucifer’s throne and rested his fingers against the arm. “Lucy, are the gates contained?”

 “Of course.” Lucy nodded. “I wouldn’t bring Eden only to let those nuisances run about making a mess of my home. Until we’ve destroyed them there is no way out of Eden.”

 “And then?” Gabriel asked quietly.

 “One thing at a time, Gabby.” Lucy stood in front of him and smiled. “Let’s get on with this.”

This is not an end… The gates will open.

 

Presia’s momentary augury brought an eerie quiet to the room and troubling questions they were trying to avoid finally ate away at Maefyl’s patience.

 “Why gates?” Maefyl kissed Gabriel’s face in an effort to calm him. “You said Eden was your home.”

 “And it was.” Gabriel rested his hands over Maefyl’s wrists. “It is also largely inaccessible.”

 “More accurately, locked away.” Raziel explained. “To protect the magic there from itself and our own abuses.”

 “What magic could you possibly not control, Razzy?” Van giggled.

 “Not all magic wants to obey the ones who call on it.” Vikarr smiled at her and Van stepped behind Raziel for comfort. Vikarr was saddened that she was still unwilling to accept him as family, but in no way wanted to push her. “You were fortunate that the magic in you embraced you as it did.”

 “Don’t harass the girl, Vikarr. Even you could not understand this magic.” Eidolon tried to explain further when he realized Karla was waiting so eagerly for an answer. “This magic was more than just beyond us as young Watchers.”

 “It took the six of us to seal the damn things away.” Samael laughed.

 “Vasun Lucifer seta ise benus kenun.” Azrael added as he covered his eyes feigning fear. “De seta kowaksi.”

 “It was an experiment.” Lucifer shrugged. “I think it went beautifully.”

 “This is not a laughing matter, Lucy.” Gabriel snapped at him. “The gates remain locked.”

 “The seals stay, Gabby.” Lucifer grinned. “At least for now. There are other concerns and I have no desire to make an enemy of you over this.”

 “We are going to talk about this later.” Maefyl whispered as he slid to his feet and lit a cigarette. “For now can we do what we came to do?”

 “For once we are in complete agreement, Half-breed.” Kage felt the familiar flutter of Kagemusha’s wings as she whispered her encouragement and praise. “My Lord Lucifer, we have trespassers to remove from Lilith’s newest garden…”

 “Come along then.” Lucifer was waiting suddenly by the door in the back of the hall. “What are you all waiting for?”

 “This should be interesting.” Azazel purred as he walked proudly beside Nikolai until Nei nearly knocked him over on his way toward Bishop. Azazel hissed and clawed toward the vampire but found himself holding a small bouquet of wildflowers and accepting the warm smile Presia offered in apology as she looked back at him. “Fucking weirdos.”

 “Let it go, my pet.” Nikolai snatched the flowers from Azazel’s hand and tossed them to the ground as they walked. “I want you focused. Keep each other safe.”

 “We will, Master Nikolai.” Bezer assured him as she took his hand.

 “At last this Council is living up to expectations.” Lucifer led them inside with a twisted sense of confidence in his dragons and their beloved treasures. In tragedy they were always at their best. “You’ve earned some time to play. Let the games begin.”

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TCOL : Connections : Lovably Rebellious

“Yep.” Brig hung up and sat his phone on the desk before he smirked and muttered to himself. The conversation with E had been brief, and he imagined many of the acquaintances he had made were having similar discussions. “Already working on it.”

“You realize I can hear each of your thoughts.” Raziel looked over the edge of his tablet at the devious grins of his puppets. “This is not a decision I can change.”

“It’s also not one we are going to listen to, Razzy.” Van rested her fists on her hips and clicked the stick of her lollipop across her smile. “We aren’t going to sit this out. You promised you would keep us with you.”

“Lord Raziel, please don’t be angry.” Galik smiled. “We only want to help.”

“You can not.” Raziel sat the tablet on the desk. “You heard what was said, the Council is to go alone. Zakesalek are to go alone.”

“Since when do you listen to Lucifer?” Demise protested. “The way I remember it, Kage only spouted off reasons why no one would help.”

“I assure you Lady Demise.” Raziel clarified. “Zakesalek do not want crowds in Eden. It is still sacred in their memories.”

“We’re just a crowd now?” Brig scoffed. “Fuck you, cupcake. You are cut off.”

“Yea, really. Talk about a bloody mood killer.” Shana leaned on Brig’s arm to help enforce the boycott. “I may take a vow of chastity.”

“While that is an amusing attempt to bait me.” Raziel said calmly and folded his hands on the desk in front of him. “I will take each of you as I please. Your willingness no longer has bearing.”

“Charming.” Shana grimaced.

“He was joking.” Brig grinned and hugged her. Raziel had been cold, but if he had been angry Brig would have known.

“How can you tell?” Shana rubbed her face on Brig’s shoulder as he laughed. “It’s not bloody funny, anyway.”

“Twisted sense of humor aside; this isn’t a request, Raziel.” Brig fumbled with a pack of cigarettes as he held Shana. “None of us want to sit around worrying again. We’re going with you. We don’t care about the fucking risks and we don’t give a fuck who it pisses off. If you are walking through fire, we are burning with you.”

“Yea!” Frikk shouted. “And we’re going, too!”

“All of us!” Tali agreed as she helped light Brig’s cigarette.

“We love you, Razzy.” Van leaned over and hugged him awkwardly. “You can be mad later. Just let us go with you.”

“Alright, puppets.” Raziel stroked Van’s hair as he closed his eyes. They all rushed to join in the awkward embrace and he was overcome with a sense of peace surrounded by the things he loved. “Afterward, I’ll be restringing all of you. You have all become very unruly.”

“Kinky fuck.” Brig sat up on the desk to finish his cigarette. “You just want to tie people up.”

“Starting with you, puppet.” Raziel teased and wrapped his arms around Galik as his most perfect creation crawled into his lap. “Hello, my Galik.”

“I love you, Lord Raziel.” Galik smiled. “You can tie me up.”

“Oh goodie.” Van pushed Brig and Shana toward the door. “It’s playtime.”

“So much for together in all things.” Demise laughed.

“There are just some things I am very okay with being left out of, doll face.” Brig took Shana and the ‘kids’ to relax while the others indulged in their own version of relaxing. None of them were sure what to expect in Eden, but for now they could rest easy knowing whatever awaited they would face it together.

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TCOL : Death & New Life : The Needed Chemicals Pt.3

“This is not cruelty, Maefyl.” Lilith insisted as she reclaimed her place on Lucifer’s lap and sulked.

“May I suggest we handle more prudent matters?” Gabriel looked at the boy sadly. “I don’t mean to make light of your situation, young man. We are however having somewhat of a crisis that my old friends seem to have forgotten.”

“I’ll just stay out of the way then.” Bishop smiled and stepped back from the well dressed gentleman as his strange friend draped himself over his shoulders. “Someone just show me where ‘out of the way’ is.”

“We certainly attract the smart asses.” Sanguine laughed. “What’s your name shaggy?”

“Bishop.” He smirked at Maefyl. “Are you wearing make up?”

“Kid.” Donovan couldn’t help himself. He laughed when he saw Maefyl’s expression. Just the little hint of mischief hiding underneath the practiced smirk. “Just don’t. Trust me.”

“Why are you all here so early?” Lucifer lifted Lilith as he stood and headed for the doors to the Council hall. “If you insist on interrupting my precious family moments, at least be productive.”

“Family moments?” Maefyl chuckled. “And I wasn’t invited?”

“They are here because I called for them.” Eidolon sat his brides to their feet beside him as he retracted his wings. “At least some of them are. I was not expecting so many, I had hoped to only share this with those involved.”

“Share what?” Lucifer leaned against the door grinning. “Which of these early arrivals can I hold against you?”

“Nyaa!” Kaneko bounded across the room and embraced Kage and Neka. “Kaneko is allowed to be early.”

“Always.” Lilith agreed lovingly before she urged Eidolon on. “Please continue, Falcon.”

“It should wait.” Eidolon sighed. “It is a family matter.”

“The matters of Lucifer’s family have been quite entertaining thus far.” Vikarr cackled as he broke his silence. “By all means, give us an encore.”

“I think he might mean yours.” Eliza felt her ears getting hot as she looked up at Vikarr. She expected panic but he only winked and gave her his playful smile. “I did ask him if you had family.”

“I’m certain he intends to answer that for you, lovely.” Vikarr lifted her chin with his fingers and bent to kiss her nose before looking over her at Eidolon. “Don’t you, Falcon?”

“You had an impressive bloodline, Jester.” Eidolon nodded and Karla squeezed herself tightly against him. “Your child carried a wealth of you with her and passed it into a heritage that spanned centuries.”

“Natural mages….” Maefyl laughed as he took in the whole journey through Karla’s mind.. “You lecherous morons introduced magic into the human race yourselves. Hate them so damn much you have to fuck any unfortunate enough to wander alone?”

“Don’t speak that way in front of my child.” Kage hissed.

“Excuse the fuck out of me.” Maefyl glared at him. “ You’re the one that keeps dragging her along like she can’t breathe if she’s ten feet from you. Taking her to bed, too?”

“Not another word.” Gabriel whispered. He watched his tears hit the stone under his feet and endured the pain as Maefyl fell on his knees beside him in agony. He saw Lucifer’s sneakers inches from him and clenched his teeth when he saw Lucifer’s hand on Maefyl’s hair.

“That’s enough, Gabby.” Lucifer sighed and twisted his fingers in Maefyl’s hair as he crouched in front of him. “Ready to apologize?”

“Sorry, Neka.” Maefyl smiled as the pain Gabriel scolded him with faded. It had been for his own benefit. He was going too far. Gabriel reigning him in quickly prevented a far more vicious scolding from the friend and Father who looked at him now with a smile that burned as badly as the collar stung his veins. Maefyl grinned back at his Father and whispered. “Have a new favorite?”

“Never.” Lucifer winked and pulled Maefyl up by the shoulder of his shirt before he pushed him into Gabriel’s arms. “Despite your behavior, I love you.”

“Such a tender hand you take with your children.” Vikarr laughed.

“Would you have done any better?” Eidolon scolded him coldly. “The task I undertook for your bride is testament to your own skills as a father. You abandoned your own child.”

“I’m suddenly grateful we can’t have children.” Donovan muttered.

“It does seem troublesome.” Mala agreed quietly.

“This is all just fantastic.” Myrt interrupted loudly. “But if there is a point to me being here can someone get to it?”

“Silence angel.” Kage hissed. “Your tongue has no business wagging here.”

“Leave him alone, Kage.” Gabriel remained still with his arm wrapped around Maefyl in a voiceless apology. “We called them here.”

“I need no help from traitorous angels.” Kage held Neka to him as he glared daggers at Gabriel. “I trust them no more than this Farren your horsemen raised.”

“Excuse my impertinence, Lord Viper.” Vikarr stepped forward and in front of Eliza to protect her from any retort. “Mala has long served Nihil. He has my trust and I assume Lucifer’s. Don’t speak ill of him. Myrt I have only known briefly, but he came at my request and the Council’s call…”

“With another painted vampire at his neck.” Kage smirked. “Trying to impress the Lord of your race, are you?”

“Hey!” Maefyl laughed. “Don’t drag me back into this.”

“You find this amusing, Half-breed?” Kage sat Neka beside the throne and turned toward Maefyl as he clutched his blade and drew it from it’s sheath. “Perhaps I should take my role as step-father more seriously.”

“Let go, Gabriel.” Maefyl shrugged out of his embrace and tugged at the grip on his arm. Chaos flooded the floor at their feet and choked the air with its sickly sweet scent as Maefyl drew his swords. “This is long overdue.”

“Galik.” Raziel stepped away from his loves and was nearly crippled but their desperation. Their concern for him, their love, so intense it burned. “Look after the others”

“Yes, Lord Raziel.” Galik grabbed Brig by the back of his shirt when he moved to stop Raziel from protecting Maefyl. “Leave him alone.”

“This is bullshit.” Brig rushed forward letting his shirt tear and remain in Galik’s hand as he held Van and Shana. Brig reached Raziel as he spread threads of protection around them, but instead of clinging to Raziel and begging him to be reasonable he pulled his knives and took advantage of being inside of the barrier. He drove the daggers into Maefyl’s stomach and back as he screamed his discontent. “Stop putting him at risk, you son of a bitch!”

“Bad move, kid.” Maefyl grabbed Brig and shifted them away as Lucifer‘s blade cracked the floor where they had been standing.

“He meant to protect me.” Raziel followed as Lucifer slowly closed the gap between himself and Maefyl. “Lucifer, your husband provoked this.”

“I’ll tell you only once to back away, Raziel.” Lucifer heard another step follow him and spun to kick Raziel in the chest. He grinned as Raziel hit the wall and watched the panic in Vex’s deranged family as Galik helped his Master to his feet. “Who will pull their strings if I have to put an end to you?”

“I just wanted you to leave him out of it.” Brig saw Kage fall in step beside Lucifer and his fingers shook on Maefyl’s sleeve. Maefyl had him backed to the wall, but stood to defend him against Lucifer. “I’m sorry.”

“It’s not me you need to apologize to.” Maefyl pulled one of Brig’s knives from his gut and healed the wound. As he handed it over his shoulder he laughed. “Would you mind?”

“What?” Brig hadn’t realized in his panic that his right hand still held the knife in Maefyl’s back. He withdrew it and let it drop to the floor as Lucifer stopped in front of them. “I’m sorry. Maefyl, I don’t want him hurt.”

“Your heroics required insulting my bride and attacking my son?” Lucifer punched the wall beside them and watched the broken stone cut Brig’s face as it shattered. “I’m disappointed, Brig.”

“I didn’t…” Brig stared at his coming end burning in the eyes of the Dark Lord and realized it was his mouth that had caused the trouble and not the blood on his hands. “Mistress Lilith, forgive me. Shana, Raziel… I love you.”

Brig closed his eyes and waited, but it wasn’t his scream of pain that ended the silence. It was the quiet laughter of voices singing. As Brig opened his eyes he slid down the wall in relief as the attention he had attracted was now on Lucifer’s throne and the child that occupied it.

“…climbed up the water spout. Down came the rain and washed the spider out.” Bishop sat in front of the throne distracting a little girl from a room full of violence. Demon or not she was just a little girl.

“Out came the sun and dried up all the rain.” Neka sang along the words he had quickly taught her and tried to mimic the silly little gestures depicting the brave spiders efforts. She sat on the throne smiling as her finger spider climbed up her arm. “And the itsy bitsy spider climbed up the spout again…”

A room filled with ancient creatures watched in amazement as Bishop smiled at her demands to sing it again. Each of them was touched by the scene for different reasons, they could see the happiness, feel it dancing in the air between them, but only Maefyl and Raziel could see the purity in it. The child like joy of making friends and the sweet sentiment behind Bishops motivation to protect a child.

“What is it you think you are doing?” Kage stepped beside the boy.

“Singing?” Bishop sighed. “It was getting a bit deep in here for a kid.”

“My daughter is well equipped to handle these situations.” Kage spoke softly as he praised the girl that still swung her feet carelessly to a song that had ended.

“Doesn’t mean she should have to.” Bishop muttered as he accepted defeat. He pushed himself to his feet and turned to give the girl’s father a polite bow. “I’ll get out of the way.”

“I doubt it.” Kage grabbed Bishop by his throat as he stood and left and endless ring of blackened chaos wrapped around the boys neck. As he let go he left a braided cord of black that ran through his fingers as he stepped toward Neka. When he kneeled in front of his daughter, Kage wrapped the cord gently around her wrist a few times and let her grab the end in her hand. “This will be your responsibility. I want nothing to do with it.”

“Thank you, Daddy!” Neka hugged him tightly and let him lift her into his arm. “Neka will take good care of him.”

“This is not a gift from me alone. Be sure to thank Lilith.” Kage looked down at the dumbfounded youth. “Tch, I should make it clear now that you are not to speak to me unless I say otherwise.”

“Guess the bad name was an omen.” Bishop grabbed his new leash and shook his head as he muttered to himself.

“At least he’s funny.” Maefyl laughed and pulled a relieved Brig off the floor. “You okay?”

“Sorry I stabbed you.” Brig grabbed his second knife and wiped it on his pants. “What exactly is funny about that situation?”

“His name is Rex.” Raziel shifted quickly to retrieve Brig and bring him back to Shana and the others. “I believe my Lord was making a jest about its commonality as a name for canine companions.”

“That’s worse than yours, Brig.” Van giggled as she wiped the last of her tears away.

“Laugh it up, cunt.” Brig held Shana close and let her cry against his shoulder as he returned Van’s jabs at his unfortunate naming.

“Quiet, puppets.” Raziel insisted and took Brig’s jaw in his fingers. “You will be punished.”

“I know.” Brig sighed. As long as they were all together. As long as Raziel was there to make the threat. It was worth it.

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TCOL : Death & New Life : The Needed Chemicals Pt. 2

“Why are we leaving so early?” Van complained as she tugged on her second sneaker. “It’s not as if you like talking to any of them.”

“Eidolon has asked to speak with me. Show me your pretty face.” Raziel ran his hand under her chin and watched her pout curl into a loving smile as she looked at him. “Much better, puppet. None of this should take very long.”

“Lord Raziel, help me with this.” Galik walked over to them tugging at his tie. He knew his smile gave away his playful need for attention. “Van messed it up.”

“Did not.” Van giggled as Raziel pulled Galik close by the sloppily loosened knot.

“You don’t have to wear this.” Raziel straighten out the mess Galik had made and pulled him close. “You have no reason to impress the Council.”

“We aren’t doing it for them.” Brig sighed as he shook out the front of the suit jacket that made him feel as awkward as Galik felt in the shirt and tie. “We’re just tired of them looking down on you.”

“So we got the boys looking respectable.” Shana grabbed Brig’s arm and smiled as the presented themselves.

“I even wore a whole shirt!” Van grinned as she grabbed the hem of the tiny t-shirt that still fell above her navel despite the fact she hadn’t torn off it’s bottom half.

“We dressed up, too.” Tali smiled over Shana’s shoulder in matching dress. She pointed to Brig’s feet were Cid stood in a suit that matched Brig’s perfectly. “Look how cute! Just like Daddy!”

“We still look better.” Frikk hung on the edge of Van’s skirt in similar fashion as her Master. “Where is Demise?”

“Resting.” Brig laid his hand gingerly over his breast pocket. “This has all been hard on her.”

“On all of us.” Raziel added. “I apologize for rushing you. Eidolon requested an early arrival.”

“No big deal, cupcake.” Brig shrugged. “The rush isn’t what bothers me. It’s the ‘why?’.”

“The Falcon is not one to start unnecessary trouble.” Raziel gathered them all close and kissed each of his puppets tenderly before they departed and seconds later arrived in the entrance hall to Lucifer’s estate. With the doors to the hall open they could hear the shouting inside and as Raziel moved inside they were all a step behind him. It was no surprise to hear Kage and Lucifer shouting, but the subject of the argument brought Raziel to a halt and brought a gasp from a few of his little tribe. Raziel looked him over and only spoke his name when he was satisfied no harm had come to him. “Bishop?”

Bishop only offered a half-hearted smile and a nod to acknowledge them. He was afraid to give the demons any more fuel to make their debate more explosive.

“Excellent.” Kage hissed. Vikarr had already arrived with the dream weavers and the rest of his unnecessary following and Kage would have been agitated enough by Lilith’s ‘gift’ without the humiliating addition of a growing crowd. “Now we have a larger audience to her lunacy.”

“Enough, Kage.” Lucifer laughed. “Her offer is sincere.”

“Do you honestly expect me to condone this?” Kage screamed. “Ke saba shiga. Bulbenu. De bara kabak se.”

“He is a nice boy.” Lilith reasoned. “It will give her perspective.”

“She did want a pet after all.” Lucifer grinned. “What could teach better patience than caring for a human?”

“Aside from the very idea of a living human in this realm being revolting to me, how are we even supposed to deal with one taking residence here?” Kage sneered. “This is not even feasible.”

“My Lord is capable of making accommodations suitable.” Lilith sighed and shifted close to Kage. She laid her hand on Neka’s head as she spoke softly. “Honestly, Kage. This is not an insult. It is a gift. Meant to teach the girl and to give you back some of your time. You are losing focus. He is only a pet, and when she tires of him I will see he is rewarded for his time and taken to a new life far from you.”

Neka had remained quiet, but her eyes were hopeful and her practiced smile grew sadder with each of her Father’s screams. When Kage looked at her now he rested his hand over Lilith’s and sighed. With the other members of Council arriving he wanted to set aside personal affairs.

“I’m not making the decision now.” Kage looked aside at Lucifer. “My Lord, you should have advised her to wait until other matters were settled. This is not the time for this.”

“What do you think?” Neka grabbed Kage by the leg of his pants to pull him along as she approached Bishop on her own. She smiled up at the quiet boy that to her did not seem all that different from some of the other guests that stood about looking troubled. “Are you a feast-ible pet? Neka thinks you might be to big.”

“Feasible, Neka.” Kage corrected as he glared at Bishop with disgust.

“Too big, huh? This help?” Bishop tried to ignore the ice in her father’s eyes and crouched to talk to her as he smiled. “I think that this is up to the grown ups. You and I should probably stay out of it until they make up their mind.”

“In this house the children often behave better than the grown ups.” Maefyl arrived smoking and flicked his ash to the floor as he leaned against Lucifer’s throne. He slowly started to take in the situation but his mouth outran his mind. “What is with the kid?”

“You hardly need to ask.” Kage snapped at him as he snatched Neka into his arms and kicked Bishop back to the floor. “Stay out of this, Half-breed. It is none of your concern.”

“A slave, Lilith?” Maefyl cringed when he grasped the situation. “I thought better of you.”

“Is it slavery if he agrees?” Lucifer grabbed Maefyl by his wrist and pulled him from his arrogant stance. “Don’t insult your Mother.”

“Yes, it is.” Maefyl yanked his arm away. “Haven’t you learned by now that these living gifts you use to placate each others egos never work out well? Someone always gets hurt.”

“Maefyl.” Gabriel sighed as he helped Bishop to his feet. “Pick your battles.”

“You win.” Maefyl shrugged and tussled Neka’s hair on his way past Kage. “Hi kid.”

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