CV 207For a few moments, I just stood where he'd left me and stared at the wall, imagining all the ways I could have actually done that right. I could have apologized, for an appetizer. I would've even meant it. That would not have worked, though. No one believed me when I apologized, whether it was me or just the image I portrayed.I was used to feeling like this, it happened a lot. Less so recently, but I'd been working too much to have time to destroy other people's liveser, attempt a relationship. It was so much harder to care about somebody who actually wanted me around. Maybe something was terribly wrong with me. Probably something was terribly wrong with me.With visions of vodka dancing in my head, I almost went into the pubbut then my brain kicked me in the backseat and I turned around to lean on the wall. I really needed to get a shirt.I stuffed my hands in my pock
CV 206Breathe. That would be a good start Armand, focus on inhaling and exhaling, then you can worry about walking in a straight line rather than zigzagging down the pavement. I was so angry I felt drunk. And obviously not the good kind of drunk.
trust me to take it there. The one place it would be far too stupid and dangerous for anyone in their right mind to take it. Sure enough, there was a pub across the street. I battled with myself for the few seconds in which my will was still functional, then made a sharp turn and started across the street. I slipped a bit in a puddle near the sidewalk and for once was glad I wasn't wearing shoes.
would they let me in without shoes?
Probably not. I reached down and maneuvered my pajamas a tad lower on my hips so they'd cover my feet a bit. Ugh. It worked well enough.I was about to go in when someone hollered across the street, "Armand, wait!"I turned around to see Ambroise rushing across the street, started forward when a taxi ha
Am 71"Well," Mikey began, "the time to worry about is now, the nighttime. If you feel he isn't sufficiently protected in this house
" he looked around the homey living room as if surveying a stronghold. "I'd be honored to offer the safety of my home, we can place as many guards and enchantments as needed around his room. Though of course
that means that if the Creature hasn't yet taken notice of your family, the probability that it will is more than doubled. I really can't tell you which choice is the right one." He fell silent, looking from Abbot to Abbot."I should go
" the slightly quavering voice of Eric suddenly spoke up, "It knows about me, I can tell, I can feel it.""Then it's best you come with me." Mikey got to his feet. He gave the Abbots a sad smile, "I'm sorry
she tried to keep it at bay as long as she could
but Audrey's always had a bad habit of choosing friends who harm each other. One of the things that makes her such a good diplomat.""Please
Am 70It was a good thing I'd left the living room bugs active, or Jake and I wouldn't have heard Nat's dad and his doomsaying. I leapt to my feet and practically flew down the stairs, I don't think I actually stepped on more than three of them. Jake followed right behind me, although I doubt he knew exactly why I was running down to the living room, I'm sure he had an idea, and I was not going to let him stop me.All of the adults looked up at me in surprise, and Dad started to say something. I cut him off in a burst of agitated words. "I'll abdicate! If I refuse Grandmother, she'll kick us out of the clan and then Eric won't be a prince anymore!!" We'd spent enough time in the demon world to know all about evil things, and even if Eric ran away from the human world, as long as he matched this prophecy, he'd be in danger. And the demon world was more welcoming to Creatures of all creeds no matter how dark their pur
AM 69There was no easy way to go about this, Mikey realized, looking up at the concerned face of Mr. Abbot. Mrs. Abbot was beside him looking tired and red eyed, Mikey made a point of meeting her hurt and intense gaze. "My sister told me about you, she's been telling me about you for years. How brave you are
I'm afraid I'm going to have to call upon that bravery tonight, for you to hear what I have to tell you."The Abbots looked at each other, then Lyra said carefully, "
We're ready.""Aud Rose lied to you tonight. She couldn't bring herself to tell you the things I'm about to because she cares for you too much, precisely the reason she has stayed away all these years.
Do you remember her friend Gy?""The incubus." Lyra said suddenly, "The one she went out with before Cayn
he was at Van and Cayn's wedding
"Mikey nodded, "Aud and Gy have been friends for a very long time
ever since something happened to them both when they were very little, one of the resu
AM 68One thing I had never let my parents find out about me was that I never slept long if I cried myself to sleep. They were already feeling awful, and they needed to go off and be alone, I didn't want to make them come back and hold me more.
Which is exactly what Mom would have done if she'd known that I was sitting on my recently cleared desk and using levitation magic to keep things that I was throwing from hitting anything. It was a good way to let out my frustration, it took a lot of concentration and helped me forget what a dumbass I was.I heard the door open, and nearly lost my control over the baseball I'd just tossed at the window. Luckily for me, a too-powerful 'push' moving it away from the window and towards me made it whack me in the stomach. It didn't hurt too much, and I decided I'd take it as a punch I'd deserved from Aulma. Although what she'd said hurt more than the baseball.My head was hurting from
AM 67I watched the queen of Lojier step regally into the kitchen, then sag back against the door in defeat, putting her face in her hands. Her whole frame began to shake, and for the first time in my life I saw my Mama cry for real
no few silent tears at a funeral, this was a sobbing and wrenching I didn't know she was capable of.Still, I couldn't bring myself to run to her; I was mad. I'd hidden near the doors and listened to every word, and I didn't understand a thing. "You lied to them!"Mama looked up, her face wet and red and completely and utterly miserable. "You eavesdropped." She said, her voice was hoarse and surprisingly soft."It doesnt matter, you lied to them! And now
" I realized with a horrible sinking feeling, "I might never see Jake again!""No, no, honey
" she got slowly to her feet, as if intending to come over and hug me, but she didn't. "This won't change a thing between you and Jake, I promise.""That's not the point! Why did you lie to them?!" I
AM 66Sixteen years may not be a long life, or even a long time, but in all that time I had never seen my mother so hurt. She was actually crying, something she had never ever done in front of me, or anyone other than maybe Dad. Nat's arm around my shoulders was all that was keeping me from murdering Mr. Ointmen, but even that couldn't keep me from drawing up blueprints for a torture machine in my head, really fucking detailed ones."I'm sorry." Mom's voice sounded so small, I was surprised it was even audible. "You see, Mr. Ointmen, back then, and until now, we were all under the impression that Aud had been our friend. I'm sure that if we had known that we were merely needy and ungrateful burdens stealing her time and energy, we would have left long before she did."No one said anything, they were probably still stunned by Mom's tears, and still reeling from everything that was happening. Then she reached into her purse and
Am 65The silence thundered around the table, everyone seemed to be frozen stiff, and Aud Rose was staring down at her plate, a strange and sad smile on her face. Even after Eric ran out of the room no one spoke a word. It looked like Aunt Lyra was trying to, but she couldn't manage. Dad's eyes were shut gently and his head was hung, as if he was asleep or something.Just when I was thinking of screaming at all of them like Eric had done, Aud Rose looked up suddenly, smiling, her eyes just a tad too shiny, "Everyone ready for the next course? I'm just gonna go make sure-" she started to get up, but Nat's dad, of all people, cut her off. "Audrey, why don't you just tell them the truth?"She actually blushed, very very slightly. "This isn't the time or the place to talk about these-""Please, Mama
" Lilth said softly, I could see from where I sat she was clutching Jake a little fearfully. "Just tell them what you told me."Aud Rose sighed and sat back down, the miserable smile seeming to