I walk into the library and there’s dust and cobwebs covering every surface. “What the hell have they been doing while I was gone?”
I stick my head out the door and yell, “Felice, get your ass in here!”
Felice comes in scowling–a look she seems to reserve for whenever I’m around. “What do you want Hesandra?”
“Clean this shit up, we have guests.”
She sneers, “Clean it yourself, I have training.”
She walks out of the room before I have a chance to say anything…or give her a good throat punch.
“Ballsy little bitch aren’t we?” I yell after her. Her laugh echoes back to me.
Arryn enters giggling, “You didn’t expect her to be meak forever after training with me did you?”
“I didn’t expect you to turn her into an insolent asshole, that’s for sure.”
She shrugs, “She’s more handy in a fight this way. Plus, I had to do something about her mousy ass attitude, or I woulda killed the little wench.”
“Yeah, well, now you can help me clean this mess up.”
She rolls her eyes at me. At me! What the fuck happened to these two over the past month?!
“You do know they can’t actually see anything in this room, right? Or us? So, why does it matter if it’s clean or not?”
“Just shut the fuck up and help me.”
I swear on Lucifer I’m going to end up killing Arryn and Felice one of these days……….Ok, maybe not, but I like to think about it sometimes. Really helps to ease my tension. Anyway, I figured since neither of the so-called “authors” (Yeah right!) of this deserted blog were going to pay it any attention whatsoever for almost 6 months, I’d just jump in and do a little something of my own. If they don’t like it, I really don’t give a shit.
So, I’ve been off with Gosi, trying to keep his ass alive. Why he even bothers to do shit without me I’ll never understand…
…Speak of the devil–not literally, but he’s close.
“Good evening beautiful,” he kisses my cheek as his fingertip trails my jawline.
Instant goosebumps. Fucker.
“I’m busy Gosi.”
“So lovely…yet such a bitch. I only came to tell you that your little witch is doing remarkably well. I don’t know what Arryn put her through while we were gone, but whatever it was made her a little beast.”
“Is that a fact?”
He nods and plops on the chaise lounge in the center of the room.
Gosi snaps his finger and a drink appears in his hand as one appears in front of me. I roll my eyes at him, but smile. He’s the only one in this world that can make me do that still and I hate him for it.
The idiots saunter into the room. Yeah, there’s definitely something off around here.
“How’d it go while we were away?” I ask Arryn.
Felice pipes up, “Obviously it went well, or you would’ve been contacted.”
Gosi chuckles and sips his whiskey. “Quite the tongue she has these days.”
My temper is already at the breaking point and Arryn must sense it because she steps in front of Felice. “Everything was fine Hesa, honestly. She’s doing really well. We’ve been practicing almost 20 hours a day. At first it was draining her like crazy, but over the past couple of weeks she’s been handling it better.”
I sit back and take a sip of whiskey, letting the burn run through me before I speak. “Let me see.”
Felice grins and before I know it, my breath is coming out in frosty puffs and the entire room is covered in a thin layer of ice. Not frost, but ice. Even Arryn has a thin layer all over her body and her eyes shimmer as she grins with pride. Damn, now I’m going to have to admit Felice is doing well.
“Not bad, could be better.”
Felice laughs and pushes Arryn out of her way, “Really Hesa? Gimme a break. That’s unheard of for someone at my stage and you know it, so do me a favor and get the bug out of your ass for five minutes.”
Again, Arryn blocks her from me.
“Get the little bitch out of my sight or I swear I will end her.”
Arryn turns toward Felice, “C’mon before you get us both killed.”
Felice giggles but willingly leaves the room with Arryn just a few steps behind her.
Gosi grins at me and winks, “Told you she’s a little beast.”
“Sweet Lucifer, Gosi, she keeps going like this and I’m not sure what will be able to stop her.”
“You seem a little too excited about that.”
“Not at all. I think it’s better for Arryn if Felice is as strong as possible.”
For the first time, Gosi looks worried. And why not? Arryn’s like a daughter to him, and he has every right to worry. “You mean because of Onyxis?”
“Obviously. What the hell else would scare the shit out of me?”
He walks over to me and turns my chair toward him. Kneeling in front of me he takes my head in his hands. “We will find a way Hesa, I swear to you. She will not drown in darkness.”
I can only stare into his eyes and for the first time in my very long life hope that he’s right, because I don’t see any way to save her from this fate she’s bound to. Hard-ass bitch I may be–courtesy of the evil bastard in front of me–but Arryn is like my baby, my little sister, my closest friend. There’s only one person in this world that knows me better and right now I have to believe he’s right. I have to save her.
And I have no idea how…