AM 112FINALLY! At last, it was what my parents called 'a decent hour', which meant that I could jump onto the foot of their bed and wake up.
After I made sure that the door wasn't locked. It wasn't, so I ran in and hopped onto the bed.Dad 'garrumphed' and Ma laughed a little, but she sounded really tired. Gah. I should have waited longer. I should have let them sleep 'til noon. They looked exhausted. "Ah, good morning," I said, in English, might as well start to get used to doing that right away, "Can we go see everybody now? Or
uh, do you want to sleep more
?"I crawled in between them and snuggled with Ma a bit, waiting for an answer. Apparently Dad had fallen back asleep, because he was snoring and chewing on his pillow, mumbling softly. "We can go now, if you want," Ma said, stroking my hair. "I'm sorry that not many of us could go to the ai
AM 111Yay he didn't snore! I grinned down at my sleeping little Jake, he was hugging the pillow with his arms and legs, the blanket was only barely clinging to the side of his hip and he seemed to be humming
something Hawaiian? I thought I could actually make out the word 'Aloha'
I looked over at Izzy who was leaning on the doorframe and raising an eyebrow at me, "He seems
.""Oh shut up. He's a lot more fun conscious." I shot over my shoulder, then leaned down to kiss Jake's nose, and I nuzzled his cheek. He giggled softly without opening his eyes and reached out to pull me into the bed with him, "G'mrnn
"I had to bite down hard on the shriek of laughter that was trying to escape me, but instead I snuggled him, "Good morning, Fairy Prince
""Don't ever call me that
" he mumbled, and kissed the top of my head. He kicked the pillow out of the way and wrapped his legs around me, I almost cried out in happiness. This was so much fun! I'd never bee
AM 110Oh god. Someone just kill me. Somehow
My right eye was horrendously swollen, and Duncan was dragging me to the ice barrel to take care of it. It was hard not to moan piteously. This kind of thing had never happened to me before! And why around him?! God god god.I wanted a cigarette, dammit.Chances were that Duncan was one of those annoyingly health-conscious friends who would give me a lecture if I brought up the subject. Damn.When we got to the barrel, he took off his shirt and wrapped some ice up in it, then handed me the swaddled icepack thing. I sighed and thanked him."No problem. How're you feeling?""
can I answer that question after I kill myself? Or suffer an amnesia-inducing blow to the head?""Hey, if that didn't give you amnesia, then nothing will."If I had been a more violent person, I might have broken his toes.
AM 109When it was finally possible to swallow without it hurting, and I could hear something other than my own heart pounding in my head, I finally turned to Cordy. "I'm still alive
. Go me
"She laughed and gave a little cheer, then turned away from the road for a second to give me a real slit-eyed smile that made everything feel at least seventy five percent better. "You are a mountain among men."I sighed, "Nice change from a mouse among lions
""Oh, they're not that bad.""Liar. I don't think I've ever been so terrified in my entire life. Or more humiliated. Gah. You're lucky I love you.""I know
" she giggled.I loosened up a bit, sitting back. Then I froze again. My fingers had loosened around the
articles Bonito had shoved into my hands at the last minute, and I could feel his rough voice shuddering through my body again, "Okay man, you use these, or you die. That simple."I slowly let my eyes drift down to my hand and swallowed hard, again."What are you loo
AM 108All of the adults had come in and woken up Mai and me early that morning, and we'd all gone to get Takuya together. Most of us had been so tired that we'd fallen asleep in the car, and Uncle Patrick and Uncle Christian couldn't even go. Technically, they were both halfling princes too, although I suspected that the reason for worrying about them was only the high state of paranoia that everyone was in. Anyway, Aunt Erika had come, and she'd brought Karolina.Now Takuya was at home with his parents, sleeping off the jet lag and probably having weird nightmares while he dealt with what was happening. Coming here in the middle of everything must have been awful for him. Mai had tried to go home with him, but he'd insisted that she stay near Adamright after they had a long conversation in rapid Japanese. The danger of the prophecy was probably the only reason that Takuya hadn't threatened to kill Adam."These people we
AM 107I woke up feeling absolutely wonderful, I leapt out of bed and splashed cold water from the basin on my face and hair, grinning at myself in the mirror.Last night had been the best night of my life, and I couldn't wait to see Cordy at the breakfast table, or maybe I could meet her in the hall, or maybe she was already awake, bouncing around her room like a maniac
like me.Probably not, she was too composed for that. She was perfect. I sat down in front of my vanity table and mooned for a bit; she really was perfect. And not because she worked so hard to be
she just was. I sighed. I didn't deserve her
but she'd forgiven me for Adam
and for being an idiot
. I rested my chin on my fist staring at myself in the mirror. It hurt a bit since I still couldn't stop grinning. I loved her. Gaaaah.It was seven thirty. Would she be up yet? Maybe
would it be alright if I went and knocked on her door? No
it was against absolutely every rule of prop
AM 106Part of me wanted to laugh, because no one could possibly look dignified wading around in waist-high water. Not even my dad. This guy was trying, though, and his voice helped. He had thick black hair that was irritatingly well-coifed, and didn't look as if he had ever needed a comb in his entire life. As if that weren't enough to make me want to glare at him until he combusted, he was also sneering at me. His sharp down-turned nose made him look like a bird, and his jaw made him look like he'd eaten a boulder. I probably should have felt guilty for secretly feeling superior because of my cute pug nose. And double haha! Because it wasn't tiny, either.He wasn't much taller than me, but he was, and I was gladwhen people were mad at me and shorter than me, I had to slouch twice as much, or just sit down. I was not tall enough to be able to sit down in a public bath and not drown
CV 221Given that this was Van's house, even though it was only recently so, I was not surprised to find that there were tons of fancy plates and platters. Almost no silverware though. At least, no clean silverware. Therefore, I had given Dice dishwashing duty so he would not complain about being left out of the dinner preparations. He probably wouldn't have complained anyway, but I knew he wouldn't decline since he'd get to be with Emily some more. So adorable, those two.Thinking about them made me wonder if Roman was done being stupid yet. He'd been so nervous lately, and acting almost like a commitment-phobe. I wanted to hit him, but I understood his idiotic behavior a little too well. Unfortunately, while he could hole up in our room and get over it a few pathetic head-wall bumps at a time, I had to be social and keep everyone together.Oh well. I had put Emily to work slicing vegetables wh
CV 220Van had taken Adam down to the living room, so mine and Dominiques room was empty. Her duffle bag was gone, as well as all the little thing shed kept strewn around the room.I was sitting at the window
moping, I know. If the door had had a lock on it I would have taken out the dress shed bought me and looked at it
maybe even put it on. My pathetic-ness meter was in the red zone, there was no doubt about it.I sighed, depression rolling in like a tidal wave. This was all pointless, anyway. Id have to go back to school soon, if I wasnt expelled, and Dominique would have to go back to France. Who were we kidding? This was just a short term joke.
Even if we kept in touch
Dominique was fun, and smart, and beautiful. Why would she want to stay true to a gangly redhead hundreds and hundreds of miles away? Shed forget about me the moment the crossed the Channel.When she was here it was easy to imagine everything would work itself out