Hostile TakeoverChapter title:
Playing with PuppiesSpoilers:
Takes place in Dansce MacbraRatings:
V. D. Implied ICharacters/Pairings:
Kale, Trever, Alec are mine. Lan, Orion, Maddy, and Kev are my friend canadianevil
who's letting me borrow them. The stupid ones? are LKHNotes:
This started as an RP between mah friend and I. I started this when I started going through Macabra ... and yes.
The twins lounged lazily on the couch, Trever laying on top of Kale, taking a bit of a break from their work. Orion watched them and then the others in the room. Kev had been convinced to let Alec play video games with him. The two of them were playing some sort of bloody game where they were trying to kill each other. It kept them occupied, which was the entire point. For while Kev had his uses, planning and plotting were not one of them And they needed to make sure he didn't go out hunting. As for Alec? A fledgling his age wouldn't survive the night in a strange city.
"You know," Lan said, looking up from the list of Masters coming to the party, "We haven't talked to Augustus yet."
"Augustus?" Kale asked. "Why him? Isn't he all mindfucked by Blake?"
Smiling Lan looked over at Orion. "Because our exalted leader could probably undo the mindfuck."
He looked over at Lan. "You are presuming that he wants it to be undone."
"From what we heard, Jean-Claude and Anita raped him in front of his people and the Cape Cod contingent," Trever said thoughtfully. "That would be utterly humiliating ... at least to us. And to be beholden to them would weaken his position with the other Masters."
"Especially if he ended up like a puppy." Kale glanced over at Alec as he said that. For about four years Alec lived as Orion's puppy, utterly devoted to him. Orion liked calling his human servants "puppy" because of the way they fawned over him and did what he wanted like an eager dog. The others adopted this term without even noticing they did. Orion found this amusing.
"Exactly." Lan smiled at this.
"It doesn't hurt to try. It would show good intentions and our willingness to help," Maddy added. She sat on the far side of the room, away from the two gamers. She didn't approve of the game, even if she understood the necessity of it.
Orion let his gaze wander as he considered the idea. It was a good one. And if anything it would give them information on exactly what the arduer could do. "Set up a meeting," he said finally. At those words, the twins rolled off the couch and walked off to the back room, Trever pulling out his cell phone. The meeting would be arranged quickly and within the next day.
"How would you like to play this, then?" Lan asked, sitting on the couch the twins had just vacated. "It's likely what Augustus knows, Anita will know. If only to gain her favor."
"I think we should keep up the confusion," Kale said as he came back in, Trever following him. They sat at the table, flicking open their laptops to search for a hook to bring Augustus to them. Never show your hand, Orion learned over the years.
"And we could always add one more twist," Lan added. He looked over to Alec and Kev. "Alec, come here."
"But I'm winning!"
Grudgingly Alec walked over to Lan, giving him the stink eye. He sat down at Lan's feet like a puppet whose strings got cut and gazed up at him. "Yes, sir?" Orion hid a smile at that. He trained Alec very well as his puppy and still stuck. He thought it nice to have such an obedient fledgling. Even if said fledgling was completely nuts.
Lan reached down and stroked Alec's hair. "Do you remember being Orion's puppy?"
Alec's eyes flickered to Orion, and he could see just beneath the surface of his look that longing to be his puppy again. The hint of worship in his eyes. Orion had been his god. His life. His reason for living. It would go away eventually, as he matured. But for now, it lingered like a gnawing hunger.
"Do you think you could do it again, when we have Augustine over?"
"Yes," he said without hesitation.
Smiling, Lan looked at Orion triumphantly. "See?" Orion smiled back, just a quirk of the lips. Yes, he did see. And he liked it very much.
Augustine did not expect a vampire's greeting from Orion. He knew from past association, that Orion did not care for such things. When they had first met, back in the 1850's he'd been shocked at how Orion ran his kiss -or court as he called it. Still they had an amenable relationship. Right off, Orion told him that he had no interest in taking over the city. He just wanted to live there with his people and as long as Augustine didn't bother him, he wouldn't rip him into tiny shreds. He could still remember Orion saying that, perfectly practical, with not even a hint of humor. It caused chills to run down Augustine's spine because he knew that Orion could do it. He'd heard stories about it. He left Orion alone, and after about a hundred years, Orion left taking his court with him.
Now that they were both in the same city it seemed only natural for them to reconnect. Especially since Augustine knew Orion moved to Los Angeles and taken over.
Giving him a firm handshake, Orion led him into the hotel room. "I'm glad you could make it."
"How could I not? It would be rude to refuse an invitation from an old friend."
"Of course it would!" He gestured out at the people in the room. "Let me introduce you. This is Lan and Maddy. Over at the table are Kale and Trever."
Augustine interrupted him. "The princes of Los Angeles?" He'd thought that Orion killed them. That's how a master became a master of the city. But there they were, the twin red heads were unmistakable.
"We merged courts," one of them said.
"It seemed practical at the time," the other added.
"Better for business."
"I see. Though I can't understand how come you would submit yourselves to him so easily. So... willingly," he said carefully.
The twins shrugged. "Business." Kale repeated.
He held his tongue. Any sort of disapproval might cause bad things to happen. Four thousand years of annoyed vampires would cause very bad things to happen. Instead he took a moment to look around the room, noting the typical high standard penthouse. And then noting the two vampires on the floor playing video games.
As if noticing his glance, Orion said, "The red head is Kev and the other one is Alec. They're not involved in the business." His voice and tone completely dismissed them as unimportant. For now, Auggie decided to ignore them as well. At least pretend to.
"And how have you been enjoying St. Louis and the Ballet?" Auggie asked, curious to hear their report on the so called drama that Merlin and his troupe caused. If they even noticed it.
"Oh, we left just after the beginning," Lan said off-handedly. "Went and saw Mozart's Magic Flute instead."
"Alec attacked the first violinist!" Kev called out cheerfully from the floor, clearly indicating that he wasn't as absorbed in the game as he appeared to be.
Pressing his lips together, Lan said, "Yes, he was a bad puppy."
"Puppy?" Auggie repeated. Vaguely, he remembered that Orion called his human servants 'puppy'. But Alec was a vampire. Wasn't he?
"Yes, puppy," Orion agreed. "Alec, come here." Eagerly, Auggie noticed, Alec went over to Orion's side where he was pulled into the Master vampire's lap to be petted. He felt the twin's gazes and he looked over at them with a raised questioning eyebrow.
"It's amazing," Trever said, "How that initial bond between sire and fledgling is so strong, isn't it?"
"But at least it goes away. Unlike other bonds." Kale smiled toothily at him.
Auggie shifted, knowing what they meant. Even now he could feel the arduer pulling at him, making him want to go and prostrate himself at Anita's feet, do anything she or Jean-Claude wanted just to feel it again. The puppy devotion was nothing compared to what he felt. He looked at Orion, but the icy blue eyed vampire looked like a statue, giving nothing away. Not even a hint of affection to the boy in his lap who he petted absently.
"I knew what I was getting into," he said trying to shrug it off.
Lan gave him a meditative look. "I wouldn't think one such as yourself would willingly give himself into slavery. But..." his voice trailed off.
They were up to something. They were going to offer him something, Auggie realized. "But?" he prompted.
"There are ways to fix it."
"How?" Lan smiled at him, sending a chill down his spine. He had a feeling that this might cost him almost as much as his deals with Anita and Jean-Claude, after all being beholden to Orion was a dangerous thing.