The Jones Book: Home going


Daddy’s breathes came in graspy and shallow. I counted them in my head as his heart monitor was starting to give out.

Damn him.

I had told him to get the damn device put in his chest. Why? Why? Why couldn’t he ever listen to me on it? Damnable pride.

John Henry Jones didn’t answer to no one not even the daughter that had care for him, paid his bills and gambling debts and cooked his meals.. Damn him and his male pride and….

He looked at me. I went over to his bed and took his hand. He stared at me narrowing his eyes. I knew his thoughts.

“I promise. I’ll get the book to the Seed. I won’t let you down.”

His face relaxed. He smiled at me as he died. The doctors and nurses pushed me away. I picked up the old giant leather book from my chair. I backed away as the doctors tried to save him. My phone vibrated in my pocket. That was Chad. I had to go.

I stayed though. Until, it was finally over. They left the room quietly and covered his face. This was it. The paper was already signed. Daddy would get cremation and have his ashes buried next to my mother’s grave..It was over.

No. I still had one more favor to do for my Daddy. One more job that had to get done. Then I was done and on my own.

I turned to go but then stopped. Damn him. He couldn’t leave me nothing but a job to do for him. I wasn’t even allowed to look inside the book.

I looked back at him and went over to his body. His face was frozen with that same happy expression. I looked under his shirt and took the necklace that had the ring.

Leave it girl. Don’t you dare take it when I’m gone. It’s bad luck.

I heard his Warnings in my head from days before when I asked him if I could have it. He had shook his head stiffly and made me promise not to take it. He said it wasn’t right for a woman to have a ring from his thieving days. He said the ring was cursed. But, he never took it off or got rid of it. He always had it sense before I could remember.

I looked at the inscription inside the gold band. JJ x LB.

I knew JJ was Daddy so whoever LB was had to be my mother. If not I was going to find out. I took the necklace from him. I turned to leave and froze.

Chad Whett stood in the door way in a black hoodie two gold chains and black jeans. He stared at me knowing the promise I had made to my Daddy. I put the necklace on and raised my chin at him. “You got something to say shorty?”

Chad smiled. “I’m just waiting for you to come on. We got a flight to catch.”

“Your not-“

“Save it. You’re already losing it. Can’t let that happen. It would effect our business together. Let’s go.” He said and looked at my father. “See you, John.” He said turning and walking away.

I turned back to Daddy picking up the book before I leaned down and kissed his cheek. “Sorry. But, you should have expected it from me. I am your daughter.”

I turned and walked quickly out of the room.

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 18 Heart

I woke up several hours later, hungry and feeling a sense of my balance return though that consent cloud of darkness seemed to shade my thoughts in depression. I noticed my old pj’s on my body and the scent of lavender in my old room.


I started to get up and heard foot steps coming from the stairs up to my room. I tried to raise and fell back on my bed. Damn. I was still too tired and hungry. Xenia came into the room dressed in a white robe and smelling freeze from the shower.

She had a tray of a plate of beacon and eggs with a pancakes breakfast in her right hand a glass of juice in the other. She gave me a look. “Time for breakfast. Good morning.”

“You can’t stay.” I said.

Xenia ignored my comment as she came to sit on the bed next to me. She pasted the tray to me. I took it picked up thr knife and fork. I started in on the breakfast.

Xenia sat quietly staring at me while I ate in silence until I was done and then finished it off with the tall drink. The taste and freshness of the drink cleared my dark mood instantly making me realize it was again that special drink.

I downed the drink in one go and then set the tray and drink aside on the bed to face off against Xenia. Her robe was half open a bit revealing her naked breasts. I fixed back to cover her so that I wouldn’t get distracted.

“What’s your plan here?” I asked.

Xenia shook her head. “No plan. No games. I’m taking care of you. Don’t over think it. Your brothers are all out and about handling something. Zadok’s down stairs with several other tribesmen until they get back.”

I frowned. “Get back from where? Doing what? The Deltas are supposed to be doing the work now.”

“They didn’t bother to explain it to me. They just said they’re hunting for someone.”

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 14 Heart

Diamond’s words hit hard. I was regretful for all I had said to the Deltas and knew I would have to apologize to him later. I looked at the front of the house to see.

Xenia’s Ruby Red BMW 2018 X1 in the parking lot of the house. Holy shit.

“Who the fuck car is parked at the godsdamn house?” Ace asked.

“Fucking bitch. What the fuck is it doing here?” Joe said from the back seat. “What the fuck is she doing back? She ain’t staying. She left. I told that bitch she stays gone.” Joe said pointly.

Ace looked back at me. “You want me to handle her.”

“No. She’s my wife.. and I got to tell Xenia that we’re getting a divorce.” I said.

Ace sighed. But, he said nothing. He didn’t look confident in at all. I looked around to similar experiences on my brothers faces. “I’ll tell her to leave.”

The van stopped at the curb. I opened the side door and got out. The front door opened and Xena came out. She walked out dressed in a expensive white suit that hugged her tall cuvry 6’2 body. Her face was strikingly beautiful as always. her platinum blond hair was flowed down her shoulders and back.. She had a openly gentle expression on her face which let me know she was far from calm or relaxed.

My head hurt. Ace tapped my arm. I looked back to see him holding a silver flask to me. “It’ll help for your headaches.” He said reading my mind.

I took it opened the cap and downed it. I felt better at cool taste of the refined water. I offered back to him. Ace shook his head. “No. It’s yours. Al will fill you up with a batch when you need it.”

“You look like shit. When did you start drinking?” Xenia said.

I looked up to see her a few feet away from me now. I had to look up at her. “It’s medicine. What are you doing here. You said you were going back to Florida to visit your parents. What happened?” I said and put the flask away in my suit jacket.

Xenia frowned glancing at the van and my family all watching us. “Can we talk alone?”

“No. Here’s good. Listen. This isn’t going to work out between us. Listen to me first, please.” I said seeing her about to get into it. She closed her mouth. “I got a lot to deal with right now. I got to manage my Momma’s estate and a shit ton work and tribal duties now. I don’t think your up for any of that so. Let’s get a divorce okay. You can have the condo and whatever is in our joint account and go our separate ways.” I said staring at her.

Xenia stared at me. “I thought your family didn’t believe in divorce? Your mother was against the notion as well as I recall.”

I shook my head. “She’s gone and you’ve proven that-“

“I want to talk privately.” Xenia insisted now. “I already know how your brothers feel about me. I can’t change that. I’m a female. I’m sorry I’m not a strong man as they are or a strong a woman as your mother.”

I frowned at her and closed the door to the van. I waved her over to side and started walking. We got far enough away I turned to her. “What’s your game? I know your up to something.” I asked taking out the flask opening it and taking a shot.

She grabbed it and sniffed the inside and froze. “This is sweet water with a hint of sage. Did Big Al ask Edo’s blessing on it? It won’t last. Al isn’t a doctor or a cleric. He still would have missed an element in the mixture.” She said.

I took the flask back and closed it putting it away. She studied me closely now. I shook my head. “Stop doing that. What happened? I wasn’t expecting you to come back. Did your father say something to you? Did the hospital call you back?”

Xenia studied me. I felt her eyes taking me in as a patient. I shook my head. “Stop it. I’m fine.” I said knowing it was lie now.

“No your not.” She said calmly. “I talked to my Dad. I told him what happened. He started asking questions. Questions I couldn’t answer, about you, about the effects of what you saw were having on your mind and did I have you checked out for curses and poison.” She said stared at me. “You’ve been cursed. Haven’t you?”

I smiled. “Arnold is a brilliant man but he’s a even better tribesmen. Thanks for coming back to check on me. But, I meant what I said. We’re getting a divorce.” I said.

Xenia stared at me. “I’m not going anywhere. How long have you been awake? Heart. Your wearing the same clothes you had on sense that night. You haven’t even shaved or washed your ass. This is more then morning. You’ve been cursed and possibly poisoned.”

I glared at her. “Alright. I’ll just wash up and get a check up at the hospital tomorrow morning. You need to leave. This isn’t your-“

Xenia’s eyes lite with that magical light. She reached for me before I realized what she was doing. “Sleep

I feel into darkness and knew nothing.

Warm regards


four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 13 Diamond

Holy shit.

Joe and I sat in the back. He was still pissed off and glancing at Nina’s head. This idiot was obsessed with getting her now. If Ace hadn’t acted fast we would have a fucking problem on our hands we didn’t need.

“What are the horsemen?”

I stared out the window as we neared the house stopping to let a Max Freeman walk across the street with his dog and his white cane taping the street. He must be getting off work early today. I looked to my right and saw a female in a pink skirt and black leather jacket with a nice ass bent over at her parents’ black door as she picked up her keys. Twilla James still had my jacket. She straightened up opened the door and turned to close it catching me staring at her. She gave me that playful grin and raised her eye brows. I nodded. She zipped down the jacket a bit giving me a preview for later before she gave me a wink and closed the door. I was getting me some of that tonight for sure.

“Yo. Are listening to me or just looking at ass?”

I turned back to Joe.. “The horsemen is a fortornity of brothers that hold to oaths of loyalty and bound by traditions that date back two centuries ago. Once you are in. You ride with the brothers for life. Why you ask?”

Joe stared at me as the van started moving. “Have you ever met Vince before today?”

“No I haven’t but he’s a horsemen so I already what he is and what code he’s down for. Why you ask?”

Joe stared at him. “How did you know he was your fortornity brother? He seems like a real one but he was a bit to friendly.” He said calling into question the character of pledge brother on the low.

“He’s one of my elder brothers that wears the symbol of the horsemen but more to the point I know a horseman by how he fights and how treats my family. That man was giving you the game and fucking offered to sponsor you into the horsemen. He wasn’t doing that to be nice or because we hired him. He did that shit for me because he’s down with the code. Real talk.. You didn’t even noticed how nobody has yet to mention payment for their services. It was just a handshake and promise between Ace and the Elder Delta.” I said.

Joe stared at me. “What? Well I mean. Elder Delta will probably talk to Ace about it later if he hasn’t already.”

“The senior Mr. Delta didn’t mention money and I don’t expect he will.” Stacy said calmly. “My father has done probono work for his fortornity brothers. Fortornities as old as the horsemen have a unspoken code among their own. They don’t mention money between brothers in need of help. It’s dishonorable.”

“Shit.” Ace said and turned to Zadok who was driving. “You sent them a payment to hear out our case?”

Zadok was silent. “No. I just contacted them yesterday. They flew out here from the Lone the Star region to see us personally. They aren’t a small firm. It was a surprise to me that they personally met us..”

Ace shook his head. “I’ll have to figure out away too-“

“No.” I said. “Their doing it for me. So we’ll return the favor when they need help but I’ll try to talk to Vince about convincing his grandfather to let us foot the costs legal wise that will come up.” I said and looked at Joe. “You got a chance to be tutored by an elder horseman in becoming a professional asset to the tribe and sponsorship into my fortornity. That’s everything Momma and Daddy wanted for you. But, don’t do it for them, me or the tribe. Do it to make something of yourself. Vince wouldn’t have offered sponsorship if he didn’t see greatness in you. We are careful and selective about who we let in because the code of loyalty and honor ain’t no joke.. If you down for it, good. If not don’t waste his time on whether or not he’s on the real. He’s a horsemen. We ain’t about that corny shit. We mean what we say and we ride together for life. You feel me?”

Joe nodded. “Yeah. I hear ya Bro. I’m down.”

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 12 Ace

I caught Vince and Joe have a long conversation out the corner of my eye for a couple hours until Vince went home and it was time for us all head on home. Diamond was fake snoring.

He came awake soon enough when Vince rolled out the door and I walked over with Stacy. Joe looked at me and I could still see it in his eyes. Nina looked me. Hmm. I got a good look at her now and I was remembering Andrew’s words from before about him not harming innocents or children.

Joe wanted her for sure but something was off I looked at Stacy noding over to Nina. She nodded. Stacy walked over to the booth taking Nina’s hand and dragged her away from Joe who was frowning between her and me.

Stacy took Nina off aside to talk while Diamond and Joe came up beside me. Joe looked over at Stacy talking quietly to Nina soft enough so that we couldn’t hear them. Joe looked back at me.

“What’s wrong? You feel something bad about that chicka?” Joe said.

Diamond said nothing just looked at me. I shook my head. “Wait a bit. So what you planning on doing with this girl?” I asked Joe directly.

Joe frowned st me. “Having a bit of fun and throwing her aside for the next shorty same as always. Why you asking. It isn’t like I didn’t learn it from you and Diamond.”

I stared at Joe. “There are limits to who you can fuck with and when I will roll and fold your ass over for touching a girl that’s a virgin. She’s apart of my tribe now. Under your and my protection now. If your going to fuck with her for fun let her know that. So that she doesn’t fall in love with you.” I told him straight up.

Joe and Diamond laughed in my face. I glanced over at Stacy to see them talking but I noticed her body language. She was getting pissed. Damn it.

“Bro. You sounding like a female.” Diamond said. “That woman is a full grown woman same as Joe. Let em have some fun. It’s their business.”

Joe grinned at me. “You should get a handle on your female, she’s-“

I looked at Joe. He froze as did Diamond. I stared at Joe. “All I’m asking you to be is careful. Nina is looking at you like your some fucking God. It ain’t no seduction with her. She will go along with anything you say. You don’t fuck with females like that. Their the ones that raise your damn kids and look at you as the Lord of the fucking world. If you have a problem with Stacy..well we can discuss it outside or in a ring. Otherwise watch your fucking mouth. Nobody controls me.”

“Ace?” Stacy said coming over and looking at me frowning. She put a hand to my cheek. Nina was at her side and she held her hand still

“Are you alright?” She asked in concern.

I smiled removed her hand. “I’m fine. So what are we doing?””

Stacy frowned at Diamond and Joe. Both looked like embarrassed boys. “Nina doesn’t have a place to stay and she needs your protection. Is it okay she stay at the house?”

“Hell that’s fine with me she can sleep with me?” Joe said with a charming grin. He wasn’t joking.

Stacy stared at him. “Your twenty, right?” She said.

“Aw shit.” Diamond pulled Joe away from being close to Nina. Joe frowned at him.

“What the fuck is your-“

“Shut the fuck up and listen.” Diamond said quickly. “You ain’t going nowhere near Nina until you finish college and get a fucking job. I’ll put in a word with Vince and he’ll get you an internship at his firm.”

Joe was staring between us as it slowly dawned on him. He looked at Nina was staring at him with moon eyes. “How old are you?”

“I’m of age in my people’s race and I am legal to consort with in this state.” She said evading the question.

Joe stared at her. “How old are you?”

“Sixteen… human years.” She said tightly.

“Holy shit.” Joe took a bigger step away from her. He stared at her. “Are you a virgin?” He asked stupidly.

Nina blushed. “That’s private and don’t understand why you are asking me that.”

I looked Joe. I did a double take. I saw it in his eyes. “Zadok.”

“Yes. My Lord.”

“Take my woman and Nina to the van and wait a bit. I have to talk to my brother.”

The three of them went while Diamond and I faced off against Joe. He was looking alarmed now.

“What? I’m not going to-“

“Three years. Four at the most.” I said. “Go to college and get a job. Momma didn’t raise us to be making kids with out some support for our females and kids. You ain’t ready to support nobody and she’s to submissive to go along with it.”

“Okay. Okay. I got you. I can get some somewhere else.” He said lying his ass off. “Stop looking at me like that.”

Diamond glared at him. “Keep your dick away from her. We got to find Momma’s killers and settle it first. We don’t need you fucking around making babies with that girl.”

“Damn. I feel good.” Heart said as he came awake and straighted he looked at us. “What’s going on?”

“Nina is sixteen and a virgin.” I said.

Heart frowned looked at the situation and looked at Joe. He stared at him. “Joe. Come on man.”

“I ain’t going to touch her. I don’t want her.” Joe lied.

“Holy shit.” Heart said getting up. He waved his hand. “Just send her away. She’s not our responsibility.”

“She is.” I told him. “She’s fairy kind. She made a magical contract to be in our service in whatever needs we require and she has no place to go so she’s staying at the house until I can figure the shit out.”

Heart grimanced and looked at Joe. “Damn. Come on man. You only need to wait two years. You know how Momma wasn’t down with you making babies you didn’t have a job to feed them with.”

“Alright godsdamn it. I won’t touch her for two years. I promise.”

“…and you won’t get her pregnant until you have a fucking job.” I added.

Joe looked pissed off. “Alright. Alright damn it to hell. I won’t get her pregnant until I have a damn job. Get the fuck off my ass. You fucking judgemental assholes. Let’s go home.”

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 11 Joe

Rage and vengeance.

I tasted it on my tongue as I stared at Heart’s kind face as he slept in a booth at the bar. He smiled knowing he was safe and among his people and safety. The refined water had done a trick of putting Heart at peace to sleep finally. But, he would have to keep taking it to free his mind from the spell that was in his body and clouded his mind.

Two of the Deltas had left and only Vince remained. He sat quietly sitting with Diamond in the booth. Diamond was slupped over the table as he tried to drink himself under the table. Ace was talking with Zadok at the bar making plans about finding a doctor or holyman to help Heart get through the shit. Ace didn’t drink anything and went straight into action once Heart fell asleep.. Telling Elder Delta to connect the proper authorities and begin the procedures. His lady never left his side or said much. Stacy only spoke when Ace asked her opinion issues he wasn’t sure about legally. All I could think about was not being there the night it happened.

To save Heart from being mind fucked. To save Momma from those bastards touching her. They fucked with my family for money and power. The shadows. That’s what Momma called them. That’s what elder Delta said the assassins were. It was all cap. Fake ass pretend boggy men that didn’t have the balls to come at men in the light like men. I just needed a name. I had to play it smart and the fuckers couldn’t see me coming until I rolled up their asses or fuck with my mind with their magic crap.

I looked at Nina. She sat next to me staring at nothing crying silently. I picked up a napkin and wiped her face. She jumped but relaxed when she saw it was me. She took the napkin and blushed at my direct stare looking away.

“Thank you my Lord.” She said too sweetly.

I had a mind to make her mean but not now. I needed information. I turned to Vince who was busy watching Diamond and frowning in thought.

“What kind are you?”

Vince turned to while Diamond’s head was down. He frowned. “I’m sorry. Could you please expound upon your question a little so I’ll know the full context.”

I frowned at his speech and manners. I wondered if that too was a mask. “We were all froze up when that witch was talking you were able to move inspite of him using magic. You said his magic couldn’t work on you. Why is that?”

Vince smiled and shrugged his broad shoulders. “It’s a host of reasons, Lord Holmes. My family is mixed with a uniquely tallented bevy of people. But, it also has to do with my training as a counselor of magical law and critical thinking and logic courses I studied in school. So you noticed I was the only one besides yourself not under the witch’s spell?”

Vince was smooth and tipped his drink to his lips watching me. I glanced at Diamond. His head was down and eyes closed. I could hear him dozing a little. I looked over at the bar to see him busy. I turned back to Vince to see him watching me closely.

I nodded my head. “Yeah. I couldn’t do much good in my position. You learned how to fight witches like that in school?”

Vince again shrugged. “Yeah and I’ve had special trainning from private tutors sense I came of age. If your interested in magical martial law you should think about going to school for it. I’m willing to help tutor you in what I know and help give you tips in taking the entrance exams.”

I blinked caught off guard by the offer. I hadn’t thought at all of going to college and I hadn’t had an idea of what I wanted to do. But, seeing how he handled the witch got me interested but for other reasons. “Yeah. I am interested. I would be honored if you could teach me some things. But, what was that shit with the wand? Why couldn’t Diamond touch it?”

Vince sat back sitting his beer down. “Magic words, spells are dangerous enough if your mind hasn’t been trained well in advance against submitting to it’s influence but I have also trained my body and will against it’s effects as well when handling their weapons. Touching their crap can also pull you into a deeper connection to be influenced and controlled. There’s a lot of trainning that goes into what I do. But, it all comes down to your mind. Not everyone is cut out for it. But, if your interest and mind are strong. I’m happy to start a spark to your knowledge.”

I nodded. “If Diamond had let that bitch leave here would you have hunted him down and killed him?”

Vince smiled slowly. “The gentleman that Diamond executed violated the region King’s law and as an officer and Lord in magical law I took an oath as did my brother and grandfather to terminate anyone that uses magic to influence people into illegal contracts or murder. Using magic too control or violate people is an amoral violation. That’s why it’s illegal.. I have performed the duty once before within the realm of the magical law. As I told the gentleman. I would see him later. I meant it.” He said calmly. “So are you still interested in me tutoring you for the entrance exams for the fall season coming up? It’s very fulfilling career as a magical lawyer.”

“Yeah. I am.”

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 9 Diamond

The little Shorty that worked for Lords of Delta set up the meeting at Big Al’s spot down town. Al was tribe so that put me somewhat at ease. I was still on edge. I had weird feeling about her and Joe as we drove over to the spot in Zadok’s van. It was a tight fit and she was damn near sitting on Joe’s lap and nobody said anything. It was normal.

I didn’t sense any danger from her anymore but I got a worse feeling. Fuck it. I would save it for later. We got to the bar and Ace got out first at the corner to meet three hulking dark brown brothers in grey suits. None of them looked like they came from the old northern country but they had the hulking bodies and sharp looks of Northmen. Dark eyes. Shark noses and direct dominant stares.. I studied them as we got out.

They were all related to the elder who looked in to his sixty’s but was in shape though his two Jr’s were two inches taller then him. He smiled when he saw Ace held out his hand to him. Ace took the measure of the elder and grasped his hand in a firm shake.

“Lord Ace Holmes. I am Andrew Von Delta. The men behind me are my grandsons and members of my firm. To my right. My partner Pete Don Delta and to my left an associate of the firm Vince Draco Delta. We have come here to offer you help in the business affairs of magical law of vengeance.” He said and let go of Ace’s hand.

Ace nodded and looked over to me. I stepped up. Ace nodded. “We are a little green in regard to magical laws and such from the old country. This is the region King’s lands after all so. We do have one important pressing question though.”

Andrew jerked his head to the right down the corner. His grandsons moved fast and damn near knocking Ace and I aside as they guarded their grandfather by instinct. Andrew held up hand. “Yeah. Could we speak inside Mr. Holmes in your tribe’s domain away from the public eyes.”

“Yeah. Of course.” Ace said reaching for the door. He grasped it and opened it.

The Deltas just looked at Ace. He frowned but led the way inside. The Deltas were the last ones inside. Andrew smiled again and was all charm as was his grandsons. It was all a mask though. It was their civilization masks.

“So you had an important pressing question, Lord Holmes.” Andrew said addressing Ace. “Please speak your mind.”

Ace nodded seeing the masks. “I have two questions now. One. Why did you send the girl that is my blood enemy to us? Two. What the hell are you guys? You sound like lawyers but you act and look like something else.”

Andrew laughed. “Well in regards to Miss Gannon. It was advised by one of the associates in the firm Miss Gannon would be necessary in representing the firm and she holds certain elements to strengthening your case. In regards to our appearances and behavior you will have to indulge our certain old school behaviors it is a genetic throwback to our ancestors former profession.”

“What profession was that?” Ace asked though I already had a guess.

Andrew smiled. “Counselors and champions of military negotiations and delegations.” He said smoothly.

Ace glanced at me getting the subtext of that bullshit. Joe looked confused but Heart looked alarmed but thankfully said nothing. So they were basically mercenaries in Brokes Brothers suits. That was the best fucking news I’ve heard all fucking day.

Vince moved turning to the door as someone came inside. I saw a grey Double H Pinned on his right breast suit jacket. The fuck? How the fuck did I miss that. Vince was staring at the man. His sibling put a hand to his shoulder that Vince shook off.

I took a stance beside Vince. The stranger frowned at us and tried to move past us. Vince snarled at him. “Get fuck on bitch. Negotiations are in processing you ain’t fooling nobody. We will inform your parties of our Lords wishes and opening statements. Until then no spying.”

“What we got, Vince.” Andrew asked coldly.

“A spy for the opposition, Mr. Delta. I saw the gentleman a few moments ago walking down the street away from the bar. Mr. Heart Holmes is this gentleman one of your people?”

“I don’t know this fucker. He ain’t a regular here either. Get the fuck on bitch.” Heart said with a edge to his voice. He was close to panicking.

The man still looked confused. “What the hell is this? What is wrong with you people. I just came here to get a drink before I head home.”

“Leave now bitch before you can’t.” I said as the man dropped his keys. He reached down to get them as he reached for something else under his jacket.

Vince was on him first grabbing his wrist and putting his thick forearm against the man’s throat. “Let it go. NOW!” He said and squeezed his wrist.

The man screamed and dropped a red wood stick on the floor. I frowned at it reaching for it.

“Don’t touch it, Mr. Holmes.” Vince said.

I straightened up away from it and then thought about what I was seeing. I looked slowly up at the man Vince was holding back.

“You don’t need these mutant freaks to champion you. We will give you your mothers killers all we want is the sword. Give it to us. Give it to-“

Vince head butted him and I blinked twice as I came out whatever the hell the bitch had done to me. The man looked at Vince in surprise. “You just broke the region King’s law article A_2 forcfully enchanting a contract. Now you can’t leave. I have witnesses to the fact. That’s death.” Vince said with purpose.

“Let him go brother Rider.” I told Vince.

Vince shoved the witch at the door before bending down picking up the stick and braking it with his hands. The witch stared wide eyed and then his face twisted in rage and he spat at Vince speaking some type of hissing language. Vince flipped him off. “Yeah. Fuck you too bitch. That shit don’t work on my kind. I’ll see you though.”

The man turned looking at me. He froze turned to run. I drew my piece and unloaded all of my magazine on his ass until he dropped down to the floor filled with arcane bullets. The witches body glowed from the bullet holes.

“Godsdammit Diamond. You fucking got blood all over my fucking floor. At least you could have taken the fucker outside first.” Big Al said.

I turned to Vince offering him my hand. We shook. “What year you pledged to the horsemen?” I asked him.

Vince smiled. “2002. How about you?”

I smiled. “2016. Thanks for taking our case.”

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Four swords of Katie Holmes Chapter 2 Heart

It was 2 a.m.

I couldn’t sleep again. Every time I closed my eyes I saw my Momma’s shop bathed in blood and seeing her purse on the counter and her slippers on the floor. I sipped on the one beer I allowed myself a day now. I couldn’t allow it to become a weakness. Momma hated drunks and weak willed people. I couldn’t disappoint her. Not now.

I sat in the living room playing a game of solitaire on my mother’s coffee table. I just needed time. Time to think and time wait for this shit to get easier to deal with.

“Hey what the hell you doing?” Ace said.

I looked up and smiled at him. I noticed the female next to him but ignored her as I came to my feet. “Waiting for you. I couldn’t sleep. Diamond and Joe are upstairs sleeping in their old rooms.” I said.

Ace walked over and took me in a hug. I started crying then. “You made it.”

“I’m here. I’m here.” He said and then pulled away looked at my face and wiped a hand down my face to wipe my tears away. “Stacy. Baby could you go get my brother something to eat and give us a minute.”

“Okay.” Stacy said and walked away.

Ace stared at me. “What’s fucking with you?”

“I saw what they did to her at the shop. Joe was with some shortie and missed picking Momma up. She called me down to walk her home. I got to the shop and the door was open. I the place was painted in blood-“

“Holy shit.”

I turned to see both Diamond and Joe in the room pale face. Ace blocked them from my vision. “Go on.”

“It was to much.. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing.. What they did to her. It wasn’t real it couldn’t be real.. But it was what it was. I lost it and screamed loud enough to woke up the whole damn neighborhood came then and they luckily kept me from going inside.. Somebody called the city guards and mage medics. I came back around when Joe came around and gave the guards my statement. I’ve kept it together barely but your here. We’re all together again. It’s going to be alright.”

Ace stared at me and nodded. “We’re all here. We’re all in this together.” He said.

We gathered around each other. I finally could relax enough to close my eyes and not see it.

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Strange Dreams: Alex part 2

The link to the full story. Oh my God. The story is rich in sci fi and cyberpunk. Amazing. I’m getting somewhere.

Chapter 2

I walked down stairs dressed in my lavender uniform and badge on right breast pocket. My father was at the kitchen table with a virtual room headset on in a meeting. My mother and older sisters were on their devices moderatoring and watching video streaming footage of company’s workers at the office.

The house maid was already clearing away their nutrition bars and milkshake breakfast shakes. I grabbed up two bars and a bottled shake and headed for the door. Flowers opened the door for me.

I turned back to them. “I’m off.” I said.

They waved at me in unison and went back to their jobs. I headed out with Flowers following me. I walked out of the condo into the hallway and took the stairs down to the bottom floor. Flowers followed silently.

I got outside the sunlight had barely risen above the grey and brown towers of the city. On the grey Sky-ways above my head cruisers flew by like birds twisting and turning with ease on the curvy roads.

I sighed and looked away and started down the stairs out of the gate. Flowers followed silently singing that song I liked softly as we flowed in to the herd of workers that had to work outside their apartments for Empiral marks.

Fucking A. Damn I’m loving the world building. Did you hear that sound it’s the sound of a fucking level up boost.

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La Rue The Knight 4h Prologue Beau

Death, pain and regrets

I opened the door to my apartment to see Calvin of all people at my door. I knew by the expression on his face he didn’t know. He just came over for some reason different.

“What’s up?! This is surprising.” I said in a calm voice.

Calvin still flinched at my tone. “Sorry, is something wrong. I came over because I got your present early and I had to give it to you. I couldn’t wait until tomorrow.”

He came over to give me a early birthday gift. Damn. That was Calvin. I shrugged. “I got a bit of sudden bad news. Come in. What’s in the box?” I asked turning walking back inside to sit at my couch.

Calvin frowned but came in and started looking around and then was smiling again in excitement. He sat the box down near my wide screen and started opening it up and took out a record player.

“What. Ah Cal I-” I went silent as he got out a signed record album of Purple Rain.

“Happy Birthday bro. I bet you don’t have one autographed by the legend.” He said not looking at me as he hooked it up and put it.

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I sat back. I closed my eyes as the music came on. My hands still hurt but the pain and person who I beat was distant minor annoying memory.”

“Beau?! Your hands-“

“I found out my Dad died today. He had been killed by husband of woman he was having sex with.” I said.

“You want me to turn it off.” Calvin asked.

I patted the seat next to me. “Sit with me my friend. You just made the day less bitter and strange.”

Calvin was quiet as he came over and sat down with me. He didn’t say anything. He just sat with me and listened.

I finally looked at him to see him as closed nodding to himself. “He’s the best isn’t he?”

Calvin nodded. “Yeah. An amazing artist. Is the whole album like this?”

I smiled. “Yeah. Well at least to me. Though I have to warn you Prince does it saucy.”

Calvin gave me a look. “Even now you can’t stop ridding me on about being a Christian. Can’t you take one day off?”

I shook my head. “Nope. It’s funny to me. Thank you for the birthday gift. I think Rafael would have liked you.”

Calvin looked sad at the mention of him but he shrugged. “Everybody likes me if they have good sense of taste. I’m a likeable guy.”

I nodded in agreement. “A likeable guy and great best friend.” I said.

“About time you realized that.” He said with a warm grin.

I felt it. That feeling I had with Rafael that day we sang together for the first and only time. It was different in this context though. It didn’t feel strange. I just felt right. Calvin was my family now. Probably the only real person that bothered to see me like my grandfather did and the second person I could connect to like my father. It was fitting I lost a friend today, I lost my father for the second time but I gained a brother and a real friend at the same time.

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