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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 : Death & New Life : The Needed Chemicals Pt.5

“Your thoughts, Kazeishi?” Lucifer smirked once Raziel had left the hall. “He’s a beautifully talented creator, but miserable company.”

“He was alive? I couldn’t tell.” Kazeishi laughed. She had expected another vibrant demon; as full of life and emotion as the others she had met, but Raziel had a face that was more like stone than her own skin. “His friends were interesting at least.”

“I imagine that means you are not eager to join the Keepers family.” Lucifer laughed. “Not that I can fault you for the decision. The man is wretched.”

“Raziel is downright delightful compared to some people.” Maefyl offered his insight with a sharp tone and a grin. “You want to call your paste white trio so we can get this started?”

“You were early.” Kage hissed. “Stop being a pest.”

Maefyl just flipped him off and Vale giggled behind Vikarr and Eliza. Kage was furious and was through tolerating the disrespect of lesser creatures, before anyone could even react he was already wiping the blood from his blade and returning to Lucifer and the others at the throne.

“Was that necessary?” Gabriel sighed and prepared to intervene.

“Vale!” Eliza saw the bisected and withering remains of her friend and screamed. She burst into tears as Vikarr pulled her into his arms.

“How dare you, Viper.” Vikarr scowled at him.

“A lesson for all these useless toys of yours to keep their place.” Kage turned and gave them a vicious smile before he glanced aside at the horror on Bishops face. “They will not speak out of turn or disrespect their Masters.”

“You murdered an innocent child for an innocent reaction.” Vikarr snapped at him. Eliza still wailed in his arms and he was glad she was otherwise holding her tongue. “She meant no harm. I have done you no harm. How dare you destroy one of my creations so thoughtlessly?”

“If you mean to challenge me, Jester…” Kage lifted his blade and held it toward Vikarr. “I’ll be glad to widen that grin of yours.”

“Mala.” Donovan whispered and nudged his weeping angel into action as he stepped carefully in front of Kage’s long katana. He inhaled deeply and hoped he was not about to make matters worse. Mala had shifted to Vikarr and put a sleep over Eliza and started to quietly plead with his friend to let Vale’s death be the last for the day.

“Brave fool.” Kage withdrew his blade and laughed. The loyalty in Nihil was impressive and useful. He could not afford damaging an asset in Tsuriai over his irritation with Vikarr. He returned to Lucifer’s side and rested his fingertips on the arm of the throne. “I’ll compensate you for the loss, Vikarr.”

“You can hardly hope to compensate for a life, Viper.” Vikarr chuckled as he held his sleeping Eliza in his arms and his relieved friends stood at his sides. “But I hold you responsible for the tears on my lovely Eliza’s cheeks. It will be interesting to see you try and make up for that.”

“You okay, boss?” Donovan touched Vikarr’s back hoping to give him a sense of confidence and support but noticed his own hand shaking.

“I am furious.” Vikarr laughed and headed for the Council hall. “Let’s get this over with.”

“Lilith, my love.” Lucifer grinned. “Take the others inside. Maefyl, stay.”

“Come along.” Lilith hopped up and gestured for Myrt and Caleb. “You as well, Kiki.”

Kiki waved excitedly at the other fairies in the company of the demons that followed Lilith into the large chamber and tried to get one last peek as the doors closed behind them.

“Should I be concerned?” Gabriel stopped inside the door.

“Not at all.” Lilith assured him. “At least not about them. Our concerns will be discussed around this table and you need to address your dream weavers.”

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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 : Looking Forward Pt.2 (18+)

“Where were we?” Maefyl turned back to Gabriel and almost lost control of himself. With his concerns fading Gabriel’s expression had softened and the smile that sat on his lips was so subtle anyone else would have missed it. With his eyes barely open as if he were sitting at his desk thinking Gabriel had the untouchable allure that had driven Maefyl mad for centuries. When Gabriel didn’t answer Maefyl awkwardly tilted his head into Gabriel’s line of sight. “Were you finished talking?”

“I still have to question whether I am awake on occasion.” Gabriel leaned to kiss Maefyl and they both managed to restrain themselves and Maefyl wiped his gloss from Gabriel’s lips before he laughed. “Is that amusing?”

“Only because I was just thinking about how crazy it made me to want you.” Maefyl hugged his angel tightly. “We’re awake. You ready to answer a few of my questions?”

“I said I would.” Gabriel slid his hands under Maefyl’s shirt and up his back. He smiled and bit Maefyl’s ear. “I didn’t say I wouldn’t try to distract you.”

“As long as I’m the only one you are distracting.” Maefyl took a fistful of Gabriel’s hair and licked up his neck. “I don’t ever want to see Samael leaning over you again.”

“I don’t return his flirting, Maefyl.” Gabriel pushed Maefyl to the bed and pinned his arms. “He was not leaning over me. I would never allow it. I need you to remember that as strong as you’ve become, you are not going to win in a fight against the two of them. I tolerate their incessant begging for my attention because it is simpler and safer than risking an attack on you. Don’t taunt them, don’t tempt them, don’t give them any reason to break the fragile truce sitting on Council provides. And don’t you ever again accuse me of giving my love and affection to anyone but you.”

“Oh, it’s going to be one of those nights again.” Sanguine fluttered to the headboard and smiled as she sat to watch them. Maefyl met Gabriel’s kiss with equal passion and delight. He had pushed just hard enough to drive Gabriel to take him. Sanguine loved watching the way they played with each other. Even on the more frenzied unions like this one they took such care with each others needs. It was beautiful.

“That’s what sex is?” Vafera whispered to Gory as she watched Gabriel and Maefyl. Like all fairies she was born with knowledge and concepts, she had a grasp of affection and love as her race understood it but seeing the intimate love of other races was a shock. “Do they do this a lot?”

“They are in love.” Gory nodded.

“He’s bleeding.” Vafera jumped up to help and Gory grabbed her by the foot.

“Maefyl is a vampire.” Gory explained in a hush. “That’s normal.”

“Shhh.” Sanguine was still fawning over the sight of Maefyl from the headboard and didn’t want their ‘guest’ interrupting. She giggled when Maefyl suddenly reached back and clutched the headboard on either side of her.

“Fuck.” Maefyl laughed when he heard his phone. “I don’t care who it is, if you stop right now I’m not speaking to you for a month.”

“Gory, would you.” Gabriel leaned in to tease Maefyl as he grabbed his hips tighter. “And you can’t go a week without me.”

“Hello, You’ve reached Maefyl’s phone.” Gory giggled as she stepped on the speaker button. “He is making all that noise you can probably hear. Something I can help you with?”

“That isn’t noise.” Vikarr laughed. “That is music and I applaud Gabriel’s skill as a conductor.”

“I don’t think they were as amused by that as you were.” Gory shook her head. “What did you want?”

“I do apologize for the timing.” Vikarr continued. “News spread quickly and my succubi were enraged by what took place in Itami. Luckily they are clever creatures and put their fury to practical use and doubled their efforts. Seven more of the torturous distribution centers have been located and most of the network that supplies them has been weeded out and named. I am sending the information to Asura and to you, but I wanted to make you aware of a change. It has been difficult even for my pretties to find some information. It was as if each rung on the ladder was ignorant of the next. I believe that cloud is beginning to lift. If my succubi are learning more, both you and the Keeper…”

“Thanks Vikarr.” Maefyl managed to gasp out his gratitude before Gabriel kissed him.

“I think that’s about all you’re going to get out of him for now, Vikarr.” Gory giggled. “Say hi to everybody for me.”

“Give those beautiful Master’s of yours a little lick for me.” Vikarr cackled as he hung up.

“You have a message on here from Raziel as well.” Gory moved through the screens with her toes to read it. “He says Farren was in Vex and seemed disoriented.”

“I don’t think they are listening.” Vafera stood on her hands for a better different point of view. “It looks sort of complicated.”

“Would you shush.” Sanguine insisted. As much because she didn’t want to see the intimacy end as because Vafera’s high pitched voice kept interrupting her own daydreams.

“De kosh sekni malika.” Gabriel sat up on his feet and let his fingertips caress their way down Maefyl’s torso. “Sesa’tach sek kofret besek saba mave paraki vat onsa paskazuku.”

“I would hope it’s more than my body you love.” Maefyl winked at him before he reached for his cigarettes. “I know I look good, but I want you to respect me in the morning.”

“I would have had to respect you to begin with.” Gabriel pinched Maefyl’s side. “I suppose you want to run after Farren now?”

“I’m just going to check in with Raziel.” Maefyl exhaled and waved at the smoke to clear it away. “The message was vague and there is no point in chasing him. He shows up when we shut down their torture chambers. I’m not wasting time wandering aimlessly. Don’t forget that at the heart of this is Lucy shaking the board. He wants the Council working together.”

“So we regroup and focus.” Sanguine fluttered to Maefyl’s bare shoulder and rubbed against the warm skin of his neck.

“If Vikarr and Raziel are right, the mess in Tsuriai will be swept up quickly.” Maefyl stroked Sanguine with his fingers. “Recovery for some is going to take a lot longer than what I could help with, but Itami still survived and I doubt Lucifer will endure another attack on the Garden.”

“Why?” Gory sneered. “He’s already let so many suffer to prove how right he is. He let our sisters in Itami die. The nether race be tortured and killed. Dragons slaughtered for sport. He is not above letting others suffer.”

“Gory, I’m not going to tell you that what he did is right, or forgivable, or even justifiable. It is however already done and now we have to look forward and if learning how to sustain his magic to protect the Gardens myself will keep the rest of you safe I will figure it out. But trust me when I say he had his reasons and I don’t think he ever meant for it to go this far. I know he has no way to feel your loss or express enough regret to satisfy the hurt you feel, but he does hurt and he does regret what happened.” Maefyl wasn’t sure how else to explain without using himself as an example. “I had no real idea how deeply he suffered the simplest offense against nature until I tried to do a fraction of what he does without effort. When he let a district of souls fall in the Realm of the blessed to teach me that lesson I was already in so much pain, I got the point but bearing the weight without knowing how is nothing compared to letting it be a part of you.”

“I know.” Gory pouted and carried Maefyl’s phone to him. “I’m just angry. We aren’t like other races. Aside from the pixies which are frail and useless in the grand scheme of things to begin with, Vafera and Blondie are the only two fairies born in hundreds of years. Both of them through miracles you worked. Unless you plan on being a very active creator we will soon be more endangered then the dodo and the Black Pegasus.”

“We’ll do what we can.” Gabriel offered his hand to Gory and held her to his chest once she slid into his palm. He gave Maefyl an understanding smile. He had felt the pain, but the clarity Maefyl had found was astounding. Gabriel had been frightened of Maefyl growing too quickly, of chaos overwhelming him or this new magic, the light of his own father swallowing everything there was of the one he loved; instead Maefyl did as he had always done. He made the magic his own, he bent the strength to suit him and wore his pain as a reminder not to take what he gained for granted. He was still young, prone to fits of rage and let his emotions get the better of him so often, but Maefyl was more humble than ever despite the fact he was easily now on par with most Watchers and could likely best most of them. Gabriel squeezed Maefyl’s hand around the phone. “Go ahead and ask Raziel what you need to.”

“It won’t change anything.” Maefyl decided to send Raziel a message instead of calling to prevent awkward moments like the one Vikarr had created. Raziel’s reply came quickly and just as Maefyl had expected Raziel had not seen Farren himself. Through the thoughts of the child that did he surmised that Farren had been unexpectedly delivered to Vex and was prompt in getting away from the Watchers he knew were hunting him. “I told you there wouldn’t be a point in going.”

“And your other search?” Gabriel had let Gory sob quietly against him without embarrassing her by drawing attention to the tears she felt on his skin. He was relieved that as he spoke she crawled up his fingers and fluttered her wings with a smile.

“Lucy is supposed to narrow it down, Farren is cornering himself.” Maefyl gently ran the back of his pinky down Gory’s face before he tapped the headboard. “These two sweethearts are going to sit back here and you…”

Maefyl sat up and smiled at Gabriel as he pulled his arms around him. He didn’t have a chance to finish teasing Gabriel, his angel pulled him into a kiss and offered his bite to begin their dark kiss. The taste of each other only heightened desire and feeling Gabriel’s hand in his hair and pulling against his back made him put bloodlust on hold long enough to make a sultry demand. “Take me, kevas.”

“My beautiful mess.” Gabriel wiped the blood from Maefyl’s lips and hung his head as the phone rang beside them. If it had been any other name on the screen he would have thrown it to the floor and blissfully obliged Maefyl’s request, but he answered as Maefyl laid against his chest and they both laughed at their luck. “Hello, Asura.”

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TCOL : Death & New Life : Looking Forward Pt.1

“Finally.” Maefyl jumped onto the bed and stretched out. He smiled over at Gabriel and hugged a few pillows in front of him. “Don’t look so disappointed. I’m just glad to be home.”

 “So am I.” Gabriel walked to the bed and sat on the edge of it to unlace Maefyl’s boots. “You can rest.”

 “I might get offended if you don’t jump on me.” Maefyl pushed up to his elbows and looked back at Gabriel. “I’m okay, Gabriel.”

 “I’ll jump on you.” Sanguine crawled up Maefyl’s hair and hopped up and down on his head.

 “I doubt that is what he had in mind.” Gory laughed and stroked Gabriel’s neck compassionately before she took Vafera by her hand and fluttered to the nightstand. She watched him toss Maefyl’s boots to the floor and hoped whatever was keeping him so quiet would pass quickly.

 “Are you really okay, Maefyl?” Sanguine sat suddenly and pouted. He came through the ordeal like he always did, but Gabriel’s expression since had been miserable. She could only assume he was feeling something in Maefyl that she couldn’t.

 “I said I’m okay.” Maefyl collapsed into the pillow and screamed before he rolled over and sat up laughing. “You both worry too much.”

 “Forgive us both for caring when you are in pain.” Gabriel grabbed his violin and set it under his chin. As he started to play he changed the subject, he knew Maefyl was determined to conquer Lucifer’s new challenge and the pain was little more than a dull ache now. There were more immediate concerns that needed to be dealt with and Gabriel had given Maefyl his word he would tell him everything. He smiled at Maefyl to set a better tone for the conversation. “I don’t even know where to begin with so many issues vying for attention. I have promised you answers and intend to give them to you, but I need a few from you. The simplest of which may actually frighten me the most. All of this new strength…”

 “Is a little overwhelming.” Maefyl pulled out a cigarette and lit it before he made himself comfortable again. “I don’t know what to do with all of it. I can honestly tell you I am doing better with it than I expected, but I have never been so fucking scared of my own temper. I am sorry as fuck that you have to share the hurt, Gabriel. I kept Itami without argument because I thought something else to focus on would help.”

 “Power has made you more rational.” Gabriel grinned as he drew his bow across the strings and filled the room with a sweet sound. “Not it’s normal effect.”

 “I really wish that was the case.” Maefyl smirked. “I’m still the same fuck up. I am not however an idiot. I know I’m a fuck up, so I am going out of my way to minimize the damage.”

 “You have to get into some trouble.” Sanguine pulled at Maefyl’s hair and wiped tears from her face. “I’ll get bored.”

 “There should be enough trouble to keep you entertained without Maefyl’s unique flair, Sanguine.” Gabriel sighed and laid his violin beside the bed. He stroked Maefyl’s ankle and smiled. “I’m proud of you.”

 “If you knew how badly I just wanted to destroy things you wouldn’t be.” Maefyl looked away ashamed. “This isn’t easy. I walk past people so vile I want to rip them to shreds and I have to remind myself that I shouldn’t even know the secrets I’m hearing. That we’re supposed to protect them. I look at the faces of angels that insulted me for ages and know I could tear them apart now, but I fight it.”

 “Maefyl, you aren’t alone with such troubles.” Gabriel smiled. “All those with strength have a crisis of heart when deciding how to use it. No one expects your every thought to be free of anger. If you knew how often I thought of dismembering the men and women who approached you, or the young men who make lurid comments as Asura walks by… We all fantasize about ridding ourselves of annoyances and rivals in brutal ways. It is in having the power to do so and choosing not to that is the more impressive strength.”

 “We already know you suck at being a villain.” Sanguine added giggling and fluttered down to kiss Maefyl’s nose. “You don’t have that evil laugh.”

 “I’ll take lessons from Kage.” Maefyl shrugged and sat up in front of Gabriel. “Are you less worried?”

 “Somewhat.” Gabriel unbuttoned his collar. “It wasn’t my only concern and you should feed.”

 “I bite you right now and the conversation is over.” Maefyl moved closer and wrapped his legs around Gabriel as he buttoned his collar. “I want you too much right now. So if we’re talking, just talk.”

 “What do you expect from this search from Iesu?” Gabriel laid his fingers against Maefyl’s face. “If we find the soul.”

 “Put it back where it belongs I guess.” Maefyl was generally glad he was denied the contents of Gabriel’s mind, but he would have liked some clue as to what made him ask. “I wasn’t aware there were other options.”

 “There aren’t any that would be kind.” Gabriel kissed Maefyl’s face. “I wanted to warn you of that ahead of time.”

 “Meaning what exactly?” Maefyl laughed softly and grabbed Gabriel’s sides.

 “Meaning you have a tendency to follow your heart even when it is not the best option.” Gabriel explained as kindly as he could. “A soul that mad can not be saved. The best we can do is put it back in the safety and care of the realm it has spent most of its existence in. I know you have a certain attachment to the boy he once was, but there is no real hope of befriending his ghost.”

 “I’m just trying to do what’s right.” Maefyl sighed. “I didn’t really know him to begin with. I just watched him suffer.”

 “You tried.” Gabriel smiled. “You weren’t permitted to do more. I was not intending to open old wounds, I am trying to prevent new ones.”

 “I got it, Gabriel.” Maefyl rested his head on Gabriel’s shoulder. “I can’t keep ghost Jesus as a pet.”

 “Speaking of pets.” Sanguine poked at Maefyl’s neck. “What are you doing with that other girl?”

 “What girl?” Maefyl raised an eyebrow as he sat up.

 “The glow worm.” Sanguine flew in front of him scowling as she pointed at Vafera. “You can’t make me pretty cake flowers and then bring another girl home. That’s just bad manners.”

 “She’s a guest, Sany.” Maefyl laughed and cupped his fingers around his jealous friend. He loved how she flapped her wings through his fingers and flushed when he kissed her face. “My shoulder is all yours.”

 “Pockets, too.” Sanguine grinned and pointed at him to make her demands. “Any visitors need my permission.”

 “Deal.” Maefyl sat her back on her privileged perch and turned to look at Vafera sitting bashfully with Gory. “Don’t mind, Sany. I spoil her.”

 “It’s okay.” Vafera’s blush made her skin brighten. “I want to find my own shoulder to sit on.”

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TCOL : Death & New Life : The Guardians Of Itami Pt.3

Outside Maefyl and Lucifer flew over Itami in a sad relief. The Gardens had been saved, renewed, even improved in some ways; but there were creatures mourning the loss of those taken before the Guardians arrived. The residents of Itami helped the land claim the fallen and waited for word from their protectors that they would not have to suffer such torments again.

 “This is remarkable.” Nikolai greeted Maefyl with a smile as he landed. He had stood well away from the dragons out of respect and a healthy amount of fear but let Maefyl and Lucifer lead him closer. The Garden had sprang back to life and he watched as creatures wounds healed and howls of agony became cries of relief. “You never cease to amaze me, Maefyl. The things you accomplish make me feel useless.”

 “You aren’t useless.” Maefyl grabbed the edge of Nikolai’s wings. “And I’m not the only one learning new tricks. These are colorful.”

 “A spectrum I am certain will impress his pets.” Raziel interrupted. Nikolai had taken feathered wings, and they were an impressive tribute to those he loved. Pale green feathers that darkened until they led into a thick band of black, exploding into a fiery blend of oranges and reds that ended the grand wings. “I believe they compliment him well.”

 “Could you be more impossible?” Gabriel stepped up to Maefyl and touched his face gently. What Maefyl had done was indeed remarkable, but the pain was fierce and still very present.

 “I could try.” Maefyl put his arms around Gabriel. “It’s hard work though.”

 “We owe you more than we can ever repay, Maefyl.” Fukushu stepped forward and shifted into a humanoid form so she could kneel. “You are more than our Guardian and voice.”

 “Fukushu, don’t.” Maefyl sighed and almost wept as Nikumu followed her example and kneeled beside her. Maefyl crouched and hugged the two of them. “Both of you, please. I love this place. I did what I had to.”

 “Do you think I can’t see your pain, vampire?” Nikumu returned his embrace. “You give of yourself so freely. You are savior to Itami and to me. A fact I will never forget.”

 “If I had been here sooner…” Maefyl squeezed them closer. Their race had once again lost children, as had so many others. He started to weep as he thought of the races that had no hope of rebuilding. “This won’t happen again, Nikumu.”

 “The barriers on the Gardens are being strengthened.” Lucifer gave strength to Maefyl’s promise. “Those protected by them are free as always to come and go, but no ordinary soul will set foot in these Gardens again without escort from those sworn to protect them. Watchers, Guardians and the Council will be admitted, no others.”

 “At this point not all Watchers can be trusted.” Gabriel stroked Maefyl’s hair as he held the dragons in a sad embrace. “Send word to the dragons that protect the Gardens that they should be on guard.”

 “I doubt this type of attack will be repeated.” Raziel offered what reason he could. “Farren seemed to regret the act to begin with, but I don’t believe Itami was chosen at random.”

 “The attack was meant to destroy things dear to us.” Maefyl kissed Fukushu and Nikumu on their cheeks before he stood. “They want us too pissed off to see straight.”

 “They managed to get me pissed off.” Sanguine fluttered her wings. “But I’m as focused as ever.”

 “We lost so many.” Gory whimpered. “There is no way they can ever pay enough for this.”

 “Their loss is greater than any other.” Fukushu agreed sadly. “It is not a race that can recover.”

 “It is not entirely without hope.” Raziel shook his head when Sanguine gave him a look of panic. He stepped closer and pushed aside Maefyl’s hair to reveal his new friend. “There are still miracles yet to happen, and with each one a chance for another.”

 “Hi.” The bluish fairy waved at Raziel.

 “Don’t get too comfortable.” Sanguine looked over at her. “Maefyl is mine. You can’t stay with us.”

 “Fight about it later, Sany.” Maefyl sighed.

 “Leave Itami to recover.” Lucifer suggested. “All of you go home for now. You’ll hear from me shortly.”

 “I should take you back to Golod.” Raziel turned to Nikolai. “We have been gone longer than I anticipated.”

 “I’ve already let them know I am well.” Nikolai patted his pocket. Raziel would have already known he contacted them, which meant he was just as eager to return home. “How long do you think we have until he calls the rest of Council together?”

 “Not long enough.” Gabriel snatched one of Maefyl’s cigarettes and lit it. “Which makes going home and waiting out of the question for us.”

 “You’re welcome.” Maefyl smirked at Gabriel and claimed another cigarette before he continued. “No it doesn’t. I’m not running all over the place right now. If he is going to host a tea party anyway, we can deal with asking Mala and his brother for help then. As far as the other search goes…”

 “Lucifer tightened his protection on the gardens…” Gabriel smiled. Maefyl had realized Lucifer’s magic would aid in another search. “You’re so clever, Maefyl.”

 “Any one trying to enter any of them that isn’t a Watcher.” Maefyl nodded. “Whether it’s Farren… or a lost soul.”

 “We will no doubt see you soon.” Raziel took Nikolai arm and left one last sentiment before he left Itami behind. “I don’t wish to interfere in such affairs; but if you have need of me in your search for Iesu, call on me.”

 “What will you be doing with the precious new miracle you carry Maefyl?” Nikumu nudged Maefyl with his claw. “With so many lost, she is to be looked after.”

 “Did you pick a name yet?” Hikari fluttered over to greet her new sister and smiled. “You’re so pretty.”

 “No name.” The fairy fluttered over to Hikari and looked at Maefyl. “I want the name of the flower I fell out of. “What are they called?”

 “They don’t have a name, either.” Maefyl winked past them at Gabriel and leaned over to brush the grass at his feet with his fingers. A few shoots pushed their way through the soil and grew quickly; the vines crawled along the ground a short distance to a cluster a trees newly healed and strengthened by the magic Maefyl used to save Itami. As they gently clung to the bark and wrapped their way up the trees Fukushu and Nikumu grinned and Gabriel shifted behind Maefyl and embraced him tightly. As the dark crimson and purple flowers opened Gabriel kissed his face. Maefyl smiled and hugged Gabriel’s arms tighter to him. “What do you think?”

 “You made these?” Gory flew off to inspect them. “These are gorgeous and they smell like cake!”

 “They are beautiful.” Gabriel grinned. “And if you name them after me, I will kill you.”

 “Valak fera.” Maefyl thought of the dark nature of the petals and the way they lit the darkness. The flowers themselves held a potent cure to one of the deadliest blights in creation.

 “Night mercy.” Gabriel nodded. “Appropriate. I wish you would not insist on Zakesel…”

 “Call it respect for my heritage.” Maefyl grinned. “But I’ll go ahead and mess it up for you. Vafera.”

 “It will at least make a better name for your new friend.” Gabriel turned Maefyl to him and kissed him gently.

 “Great.” Sanguine pouted. “She has a name. Can we go now?”

 “Is she coming with us?” Gory returned to Gabriel and settled on his shoulder.

 “No.” Sanguine pouted.

 “Sany.” Maefyl sighed. “Would you please be nice?”

 “Vafera, Do you wish to stay in Itami?” Nikumu asked.

 “Not really.” Vafera smiled up at the dragon. “It’s pretty, but these people are interesting.”

 “You can go be impressed on Gabriel’s shoulder.” Sanguine stuck her tongue out at the unwelcome guest. “This one is taken.”

 “As long as it’s temporary.” Gory smiled. “I don’t mind company, but I’m not any less attached to being Gabriel’s only cricket.”

 “We’ll look after her Nikumu.” Maefyl bowed to the dragons. “Whether she comes back to Itami or finds a companion elsewhere, she will be cared for.”

 “Yay!’ Vafera jumped onto Gabriel’s shoulder and grabbed Gory’s hands. “What is your name? Where is home? Why is everyone so mad? What is cake?”

 “Crap.” Sanguine crawled into Maefyl’s shirt and started mumbling her protests. “Can we just give her to Raziel?”

 “We need to have a long talk Sanguine.” Maefyl heard the faintest whispers in his mind. Thoughts so pure they seemed unreal. They were barely there, but growing. When Sanguine curled against his skin he realized it was the thoughts of the fairies he was starting to hear and he hoped hers would remain as guarded as Gabriel’s.

 “Yes we do.” Sanguine huffed. “And I’m not sharing my snacks with the glow worm.”

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