A blood demon is attacking people in Lucius' territory and Orion is trying to help Danielle find it. This scene takes place at The Disappearing Act. (Tegan's Bar.) It is first draft and unedited, enjoy! On Torn Wings is do to release July 2014.
Lucius was crazy if he thought Kass could take on a blood demon, he was going to get the cat killed. A chill went through him as someone walked in. This time of night the only people that came in were vampires looking for a quick meal, but this woman was no vampire.
She wore a silk red gown that clung to her every curve and looked beautiful with her pale skin. Her black hair was piled on top of her head with loose curls falling at her neck, with the skinny straps of the dress, her cleavage was framed perfectly. It threaten to spill from the dress as she swayed towards the bar in her stilettos. Her swirling black eyes bet Orion's.
He took in a sharp breath at the mix of black and red in her eyes. It'd been centuries since he'd seen her, but he would never forget those eyes. "Liara, to what do I owe the pleasure, better yet, how the fuck did you find me?"
Mae took a few steps back towards the phone behind the bar and Liara held her hand up, freezing the vampire in place. "Now, now, blood sucker, I've got nothing against you or your maker. My business is with the Fae, he and I have something to discuss. I won't be causing any harm here, so there's no need to panic. Understood?"
"Yes," the word squeezed out of her throat.
Liara put her hand down and Mae was able to move again, "now, be a dear and make me a strawberry daquary."
Swallowing, the vampire went to make the drink. Orion crossed his arms, "and the answer to my questions?"
"I've always known where you were. Since I'm the one who tore your wings, my magic follows you everywhere. Did you really think that you'd escape me forever?"
He had been hoping. Taking a seat at the bar, he kept his eyes on her. "What do you want?"
"I have a proposal for you. I've been approached by The Circle, and they want my hand as an ally. I can't have that, the Fae stand alone during this war, except for you. You have out right come out as an ally to Lucius."
He raised a brow, "Mae, get me a beer, will ya? This could be a long conversation."
Mae sat the red drink on the bar, eyeing Liara before reaching for a beer. She grumbled as she handed to him.
Liara sat down and wrapped a manicured hand around the stem of the drink. "I want to know why you are allied with him. I've heard the rumors of his cruelty and the tight hold he has over his people. He's not the kind of creature you would follow."
"You threw me out of my kingdom, tore my wings, and left me to die in the middle of vampire territory," he said dryly. "Lucius saved me and I saved his human. What did you expect me to do? Roll over and play dead?"
She took a sip and sent the glass down, smoothing the napkin underneath it. "Might I remind you that I had good reasons for what I did."
"My ass, you did it because you wanted the throne." He snapped. "Now is that all you want? Because my night is already wrong, and I really want to get the hell out of here." And maybe find Dani to sleep with her, his sex drive was out of control tonight and being this close to another Fae of his kind was not helping.
Her hand reached out and her nails gently scrapped against his skin. "I want you to leave Lucius, cut ties, and I will allow you to come home."
Home. The word was foreign to him. It had been too long since he'd seen the hills of the Fae world and the wonderful courts. "You chose a poor time and place to discuss this." He glanced at Mae and then back to Liara* "on his own territory, in front of his own people." He shook his head and moved his hand away from her.
"I have ways of taking out by standards." She laughed and took another sip. "Don't you want to return to the courts?"
He shrugged, "to a place that I'm now an outcast in? The place I haven't seen since...gosh I don't even recall the year." He took a long pull on his beer and sat it down. "Nah, I think I'm good. I'll keep my loyalties where they stand. And you, can go to hell, my queen."
"Fine, if that is the way you want it," she slipped off her her stool and kissed his cheek. "I hope you like the present that I left you. It's a little hard to control, but eventually it'll find it's mark." She waved at Mae, "nice meeting you dear."
Mae just stared at her as she walked out. "What the hell, Orion?"
"You just met the Queen of Blood and Darkness." He sighed, "and survived."
The snarling of a panther outside the door caught his attention, "for now."
Both him and Mae rushed to the door, he threw it open to find Kass backed against it and a huge humanoid figure standing there. It's red leathery skin and giant wings gave it away as a demon. The large eyes and horns on the head were just a bonus and did nothing to distract from the rows of teeth in it's mouth.
"I think I found the blood demon." Orion swallowed, "holy shit he is ugly."
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