"Mia, the banshee broke out of prison last night, my guess is that Ivy went to go kick her ass alone." I was speeding down the highway when I found the most curious looking thing in the world. A motionless leather clad woman with black hair, being appraised by three men.
I jerked the car wheel, entering the parking lot, I stopped my car taking out my keys in a quick fashion. I put my keys in my pocket, as I attached myself to a ley-line, if they have even looked at her wrong, so help me goddess I was going to break more than 'just a few' bone. Heads were going to roll, my eyes sighted on the men, one was laughing as he held her hips.
I didn't ask questions, I didn't demand why, I did the only thing I could possibly think of at the moment. I marched up to the one holding her hips, he looked like a lumber-jack redneck asshole, my hands found his head. I threw the whole line into his body, he quickly seized and dropped to the ground unconscious. All of his friends had taken a few steps back, I sneered at them showing my pearly white teeth.
"Get your friend and go!" I yelled at them, I didn't realized I was still holding on to the ley-line until electric looking sparks hit the pavement and singed it, turning the blacktop even darker. They darted forth retrieved their friend, and left flying in the direct opposite direction from me. I heard a weak whisper, I barely made out the sound to be my name, I turned directly on heel dropping all of the energy.
I knelt beside her, afraid I was too late, afraid I was going to lose someone else close to me... again. 'No!' I heard my voice echo in the confounds of my mind. I felt beside myself, I felt like someone else was continuing out my actions for me. I tapped a line, and thrusted it into my muscles, so I could carry her to the car. The door wasn't open so I had to prop her into a leaning sort of pose to get it open. I carefully settled her into the car, fastening a seat belt around her. I went back for her purse, knowing she would want me to, 'She's going to need her cell phone when she gets better, she's going to need her bank cards... What if she isn't okay this time?'
I silenced the maddening questions in my mind, when I typed R into Ivy's cell phone, I scrolled down to Ryan Cormel. I hit the talk button, and focused on a now panting Ivy, my hand moved to help her get her bangs out of her face. "Ivy, darling. I know your anxious for tonight, but I'm not prepared yet, just another hour my pet." His voice resonated suggestivly, damn I hated his voice at the moment.
"Ryan, we have a situation. Ivy is injured, she went to capture and detain Mia Harbor alone, and is now hurt." I heard a growl in the background.
He took a few moments to collect himself, "Where are you? I will send people to 'help' her out of her broken state. No better yet, you will come to the bridge, we first had an incident like this. And Rachel, you and I need to have a very serious discussion. Good day!" He basically yelled into the phone, before I heard a sharp click of the phone cutting off. I winced, and started the car heading to the bridge, I pulled out of the parking lot speeding.
I put on my hazard brakes before stopping by where the other cars were located.I stopped and put my car in park. I ran full speed to the passenger door after I stumbled out of the car, I picked up Ivy, her arms loosely wrapped around my neck. Ryan stepped out of the car, "Rachel, give her to us." His hand reached out.
"I'm coming with her." I stated, he raised and eyebrow, Ivy tried to protest. My eyes caught hers, and she stopped talking, it was as if the back of her throat just went dry.
Ryan smiled showing fang, "No I like this new development, I want this to be Rachel's punishment for allowing you to be hurt. I want her to show her how cruel it is for you." I was holding back tears, her head pressed gently against me settling into my shoulder. He opened the car door, and I placed her in the middle of the backseat. I sat directly to the right of her, fearing that this was beyond repair.
"Rachel?" I heard her rasp my name, my attention was all hers as I took her hands, "Rachel, I have an I-pod, please... I don't want you to hear, please." She was near tears, I found her purse, I hadn't even realized I was carrying it. Rummaging through her bag I found the music player, I turned up Nirvana until I could have sworn my ears were bleeding. I looked over to where Ivy was and she was tearing into a tall,blond,skinny man. I saw his mouth move in what had to be a moan, I closed my eyes, and soothingly traced invisible patterns on her back.
Soon after she was done with that one, he moved to trade places with the man in the passenger seat. Smoothly swapping she started to drain the second one. He bucked and moaned, tears no longer threatened to spill over the brim of my eyes, I felt numb. I skipped this song, Nirvana wasn't doing it for me today, I hit a song that entirely made sense of the situation.
Ivy pulled away from him, clearly stronger than she had been, just minutes ago. Her gaze returned mine, her fingers raised and moved toward me, hesitantly. I quickly, grabbed her hand in mine, pulling her towards me. She collapsed against me, her arms encircled me, she pressed her face against the crook of my shoulder and cried. I took out one of my head phones and placed it in her ear. I rocked her as she spilled her heart for me, I clutched her close. Whispering lies, telling her ever thing would be ok.
Look at me, what a useless individual indeed.
I awoke with a start, "Ivy, your hands are freezing." She shivered against me, clutching me close. I felt her warm skin, in contrast over her frozen hands, she sighed. She was sweating, I touched her cheek, she was burning up, I pressed my hand to her forehead, once again, on fire.
"Rachel, I really don't feel well. I'm so cold, hold me, keep me warm." I watched her shiver, and sneeze, 'She is so adorable.' I snapped myself out of my thoughts and wrapped my arms around her, squeezing her tightly. She laid her forehead on my shoulder, she clutched at me, sending a familiar warm heat throughout my body straight between my legs. I smiled, and nuzzled her neck, I ran my hands up and down her well muscled back in an attempt to sooth her.
A fit of coughs took her, I sighed and sat up. "Rache? Rachel, whats wrong?" Her worry was thick in her voice, as she sat up and wrapped her arms around my waist kissing my shoulder. I turned to face her, I smiled dismissing her worry almost instantly, my hands gently pushed her back down onto the bed.
"You need to eat something, I'm sure you could also use some medicine, and some water." She nodded, I smiled at her and kissed her on the forehead, I covered her up in the blanket, she smiled back at me thankfully when I told her I would be back in a minuite. I ran out to the kitchen to make her some soup to eat, I brought her some of her cold medicine. I took all of that in for her to start on, I went back out to the kitchen for her glass of water, 'She said sh was cold.' I dashed into my room, and pulled my comfortor and blanket.
I had her settled into bed with everything I thought she would need, she finished her soup, and drank her nasty medicine. When she was entirly finished with her water, I took all the plates and containers away from her, setting them on the bedside table. Her sweaty form settled under the covers as I finished putting the empty dishes away, I turned back to look at her, she gave me a weak smile, I cuckled slightly I reached out and touched her forehead. She sighed at the touch of my hand, her fingers wrapped around my wrist holding me in place. I continued to do as she wished, she asked me to lay next to her I obeyed, she asked me to take everything off once again I complied, she wanted to cuddle why not?
She was softly snoozing as I trailed my fingers over her burning flesh, I felt her body twitch when I found particularly sensitive nerves. I had tried to sleep, but once again found myself unable to keep the worry out of my head, so here I lie in my lover's embrace, 'Hmm, can I really call her my lover, we haven't gone quite that far yet. Hmm, I wonder if thats what she conciders us. Oh Shit, it's Saturday tomarrow, Damn It!' Ivy must have felt my frustration, because she forced me out of my thoughts when she stirred and rolled over hugging a pillow. 'My pillow' I tought as I realized that it had been the one I had slept on. I fondly smiled to myself, I laid there for a second watching her sleep, watching her breath. A sneeze hit me, 'Oh no! Why is he calling me? Maybe I'm just being paranoid, maybe I just got hit with some dust and it's nothing more than that' I mused silently to myself, another sneeze shoke the bed, 'Nope, I have to get into the kitchen, Now.'
I leaned over to Ivy's resting form and kissed her lightly just below her ear and whispered a quick promise of coming back soon. I ran into the kitchen after I pulled some sweats on, and Ivy's black silk robe, the air pressure changed and Al appeared before me in his green crushed velvet coat. "We have inportant things to talk about, Love." I heard him hit his english accent hard, making his consanants hard and crisp. Ivy's door was now ajar, she was making her way toward us, I sighed, and recommended that she didn't step off of holy ground, and she ignored me telling me if I could be off of holy ground anytime I wanted then so could she.
I growled in frustration, 'This is so not safe!' I took Ivy's hand in mine, Al made a smile that looked almost sweet. "Thank you, Ivy. You just gave me the leverage that I need!" My face paled, when Al growled this, and took Ivy's hand pulling her toward him. Normally she would have been able to evade his grab, but she didn't understand what was going on and she was ill. I clenced my jaw in anger, one of is hands held her windpipe and he could and would crush it in a second if I made any movement.
"Al? I don't know what you want, but if you let her go that will make us both less trigger happy." I stated as calmly as I could, I heard her whimper when he kissed her neck. The hair on the back of my neck bristled, my muscles were tight and I was shaking from my adrenalin rush, he laughed as he saw my reaction.
"Ok Rache, two conditions: The first one, she stays real close to me. The second, I get a knife so you and her can both have a visual representation of how bad things can go right now. Deal?" I nodded, my pulse pounding in my head, fear notting in my stomach. "Go get the knife, be a good bitch." I glared at him, and walked over to the kitchen knives trying to get the smallest one I could find, "No, No, dear I want your ceremonial knife." I growled, and picked it up off of the counter, I strode over to him handing him the knife. He motioned for me to step back, I walked a good six feet away, and he released her telling her not to do anything stupid. I felt a little releaved but not much.
"Rachel, my dear." He said with faked sympathy, he smiled at me he snaked his arm around Ivy's middle, he pressed his body against hers as close as he could get them. he breathed in deep from where his face was hidden by her hair. "She is so pretty, Rachel. She is simply magnificent, a true queen. I aprove, I even hope you can save her I actually like her, Mmm, and she smells so good!" He moaned with intensity, I almost advanced at him by Ivy cried out telling me to stop. I paced making an invisible line that I couldn't cross.
I was fed up, pent up, and pissed off, "Al, what do you want?" He grinned savagly at me, and let Ivy fall to the floor, He smiled and told me to stand still or he will use his superior speed and send Ivy's soul to damn nation. He got close to me and cupped my chin, then stroked my cheek. Hatred burned throughout my body, "I want to make a deal, my itchy witch. Her life, and soul after death, plus the protection of anyone who befriends you, and Ivy's entire family her mother's side and fathers side forever. Plus, Trent and his lackies families will be safe. Ceri's decendants forever as well." I glared, 'Too good to be true.'
"What's the catch? What am I going to have to pay?" He grinned, and eyed me up and down licking his lips. I got the message, my heart stopped he wanted me to decide between saving the demon population or saving my friends. I knew what I would choose, "Al? Give me two weeks, please? I will settle for your deal once Ceri has looked at the paperwork, I want this typed up and I want a copy of the papers." He smiled, a sneer, "I also want to be here for the nine months, and you won't hurt my family either?" My voice sounded defeated to my ears even.
Ivy looked up from the floor fear in her eyes, "No, Rachel, I'm not worth it. No! Don't do this!" I gave her a pained smile, and told her that it would be ok, I out right lied to her. It made my mouth taste like ash, tears streamed down her face. He smiled, "I'll give you a month for your vacation, then you will be mine for two weeks!" He squeeled in delight, he told me he'd bring the paperwork, our contract tomarrow, I nodded numbly as he handed me back my knifel.
Ivy, ran to me once he left, she slapped me, "Why?!" I looked at the floor, tears streamed down my face, "Why? I-I don't understand, I told you not to! I told you I didn't deserve it, none of us do," She whispered, as she held me, she looked at my cheek, and cried even harder. I held her as tight as I could, I needed her more than anything in the universe at that moment, my life was crashing to the ground.