Writer Notes: Who took all these pictures today? This girl, that’s who! Yay! Chapter 40, achievement unlocked 😀
Warnings: purposely misquoting a famous quote, teasing, MAGIC, deception…disgrace…switching scenes, awkward moments, and introductions.
“Just because you killed the human girl like I asked, doesn’t mean you’ve proven yourself, Penelope.” Julianna explained. “Now be good and quiet in your spell trap.”
“This is ludicrous!” Penelope shouted. “I killed my friend for what? To be bound in this prison!”
“So you still say the humans are your friends?” Seamus rolled his eyes. “Mother’s right. She’s not ready for our takeover.”
“We must be quick. Harry’s power won’t last much longer and I believe they have Victoria held in a similar trap as Penelope. The Greenbrookes are very good.”
“Well, let’s put it to the test to see who’s better.”
“How can you not know about your own family?” Gabriel asked. “Aren’t you even a little curious?”
“He’s not cared before.” Vaiden huffed. “He hasn’t changed.”
“See?” Latimere gestured. “You are the pawn, Gregoral. You are a tool Julianna is using. She doesn’t care about you or any deals you’ve made with her. As long as she gets what she wants, nothing else matters.”
“Not even your life or the lives of my family.” Vaiden added.
“How do I know this is not just one of your tricks?” Gregory asked. “I know you, vampire. You cannot be trusted. You grab a hold of any opportunity and weasel your way out. I am smarter than that. I will not be tricked!”
“You’ve tricked yourself into believing this fairy tale.” Latimere said. “What lies has Julianna told you? What has she promised you? To help you complete your work? It is dismal, Gregoral, you must know this by now?”
“Be silent!” the necromancer growled. “Nothing is absolute. I will prevail!”
“You poor unfortunate soul.” Latimere shook his head. “Are you blind, deaf, and dumb? How can you be so stubborn that you’ve chosen work over family? That you’ve allowed yourself wrapped in this insanity?”
“You will come to understand before the end.”
“I won’t.” Vaiden hissed. “My daughter needs me!”
“Your granddaughter, Gregoral! She’s out there. Julianna has her trapped in another realm!”
“This again?” Gregory shook his head. “Give it up. I’m not listening to your tricks.”
“Well, if you open those eyes perhaps you’ll see the truth.” he gestured at the mirror. “It will only take a glance. The resemblance is uncanny!”
“I will not.”
“Then you prove worthy to be her fool.”
“Tisk, tisk,” Julianna lauhged. “You shouldn’t play with people, Mr. Greenbrooke. It makes them not believe you.”
“Then is he telling the truth?” Gregory asked.
“Always go with your gut, my love.” she smiled. “Do vampires ever tell the truth?”
“You’ve got to be kidding me!” Vaiden snapped. “I’m the one who started: never trust vampires! And I’m saying he’s telling the truth!”
“I won’t help, Vaiden.” Latimere said. “He’s living in a fairy tale. I wouldn’t doubt she has created it with a spell.”
“He’s right.” Gabriel agreed. “He won’t realize it until the end and it’ll be too late.”
“Now Julianna, or should I call you Julia?” he snickered.
“How long did that take you to figure out?” she looked behind him. “Oh, the mirror. You recognized it.”
“This vendetta of yours is ridiculous. If you are indeed a reincarnation and acting as her vessel, you have the power, Julianna. Fight her.” Latimere explained. “Julia destroyed her life, not me.”
“Is that how you see it?” she rolled her eyes. “Julia was a fair queen, beautiful, and loved until you came along.”
“What lies has she told you? Does she claim I killed her husband and Felicia? She did those things. She created her own destruction.”
“I will hear nothing more!” she shouted.
“Then you are just as blind, deaf, and dumb as your fool!”
“Stop!” Gregory roared. “What are you doing!”
“Killing him!” she snapped. “He has lived too long and poisoned this world. We must be rid of him!”
“But that’s not the plan…”
He was interrupted by Latimere’s laughter. “You stupid witch, you thought this little trap could hold me. I’m older than all of you combined! You couldn’t really believe this would work?”
“Well, he’s got a point.” Vaiden mused.
“Ok, but not right now.”
“No! He’s getting away!”
“What in the world?” Dahlia backed away from the mirror. “Is that thing glowing?”
“No, no, no!” Julia screamed. “How is he coming here?”
“After them, you fools!”
“And where has Lacarra ran off to?” Harry Coristor asked.
“She’ll be back.”
“She’s left you pretty vulnerable. Latimere has left High Tower defenseless.” he said. “What happens when Julianna storms in? What are you going to do?”
“I suppose I’ll start with a quick snap of your neck.” Zarah replied. “Then rip your heart out with my own hands. How does that sound?”
“They will fail.” he frowned. “Vaiden couldn’t fight her. How will you?”
“With extreme prejudice.”
“You mean: thank you, Latimere for risking your life to save me.” he smirked. “You are welcome. Now please get off me.”
“Memo to me, maim you after this is all over.” Vaiden hissed.
“Wait,” Gabriel squinted. “Which one?”
“This isn’t over.” Latimere said. “I can still feel traces of Julianna’s power. She will cross over. We need to prepare.”
“Yeah, as soon as my head stops spinning…”
“Did he teleport you all here?”
Gabriel blinked at her.
“Brother, you know better than that. What about…”
“We have not the time for nagging, dear sister.” Latimere huffed. “Is Mr. Coristor still in the main hall?”
“We haven’t been introduced.” she smiled at Gabriel. “I am Lacarra Greenbrooke.”
“He’s Gabriel Steel.” Vaiden said. “He just forgets his manners sometimes.”
“It’s probably just from the magic.” she replied. “Why don’t we get you all cleaned up before the big fight?”
“Gabriel?” Vaiden sighed. “Hey, didn’t you say she couldn’t hold High Tower? That she wasn’t strong enough to fight the likes of Julianna’s forces? Because quote, no one’s that good?”
Lacarra grinned. “We should definitely test that theory in my private wrestling ring.”
“Yeah, you should definitely go for it.” Vaiden laughed. “He could sure blow off some steam. ”
Gabriel cringed. “He’s just joking.”
Lacarra looked him open and down. “Well, I certainly hope not.”