“I have a name. Skylark. Inform this peasant mutant whom he is speaking with.” The lady said midly.
My father turned in his seat and facing young Styx. “Her name’s lady Mary Little. She is my elfin wife of a sort and also my book keeper and manager of my affairs.”
Styx shook his head. “Mary is a proper Edo lady’s name. She’s a dark elf pure blood.”
“Mary Little is her name…..in the public. I have no idea what her real name is because according to their beliefs Mary’s hold power over her people. It’s close enough to the truth though.”
“But she has power over you though. Is that it?”
Lord Skylark shrugged. “My child is in her. It is what it is. My child will not be an orphan or live as we did. Be respectful.” He said simple.
Styx frowned but said nothing more. He studied the beautiful elf on the other seat facing him. “My apologies Mum. I am Styx Shade. I meant no disrespect to you. It’s my street up bringing and such. Sense your married to my brother that would make you my elder sister in-law.”
Miss Little held up her hand. “Skylark has no family. You-” She paused looking between them and frowned. She fixed her gaze on Lord Skylark. “Skylark. Who is this boy to you?”
“He was raised for a time by Mother Fin.” He said.
“He will not be an heir to your holdings. No matter what legal agreements stand between you two or otherwise.” Miss Little said with a calm assurance.
“I am his teacher. Styx is going to be my disciple. Once inducted into the guild he will make his way on his own. He has a gift. I wish to nurture.”
Miss Little snorted and caught Styx staring at her in confusion. She looked at him pointedly. “What are you confused about boy? You are a boy in fact. How old are seventeen summers at the most?”
Styx shook his head. “Seventeen and a half fall days Mum. Again, I apologize for my low born behavior. It’s just a habit and experiences I have had.”
Daddy’s breathes came in graspy and shallow. I counted them in my head as his heart monitor was starting to give out.
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.”
“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 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.”
I reclined in bed next to my girl while she delt out the cards in bed between us. Twila’s breasts where un covered as she smoked her thin cigar and frowned in concentration.
“There. Let’s play.” Twilla said smoothly picking up her five cards.
I took up my four cards and studied my hand. I wasn’t surprised by the arrangement. It was what I could expect from Twilla when we played the game.
A modified Ace of clubs with the sword and cross symbol on the card, King of Hearts, 10 of Diamonds and a wild joker. It was a image of family.” I said and put down the 10 of diamonds.
Twilla put down a card. It was a Jack of Diamonds. “Hmm. Interesting. He’s your match up. The one coming for you to take your crown to your sword.”
“He hasn’t come at me yet. Why?”
Twilla shrugged. “Don’t know. I don’t see the future just patterns. Next card.”
I put down the Ace of Spades. “Whose coming for him?”
Twilla put down a Ace of Diamonds. “He’s looking to trade up. He had a lot distractions for his rival.” Shee said softly. “He’s calling you in a bit.”
I put down the King of Hearts. “The man after Heart already attacked him twice. The day Momma died and making his woman leave. What diamond is he?”
Twilla smiled. “You get the pattern.” She said and put down the King of Diamonds.
“Shit.” I said. “Their all from the same family. Wait.” I said and put down the Joker. “Whoses left?”
Twilla put down the second Joker on the bed. She leaned back shuffling the rest of the cards in her hand. “Hmm. I have no idea what the fuck this person is. Becareful. I think this person is insane.”
Damn. I looked at her as she played with the cards. “The Deltas. What can you tell me about them?”
Twilla frowned and then put four cards down before setting the cards down. She laid a card below two cards and set two cards to the side.
I pointed at the two cards. “Who are these?”
Twilla smiled. “Vince and his lady.” She said.
I turned them over. It was A king and Queen of Spades. “I didn’t know Vince was married.”
Twilla giggled. “Neither does he, yet. No. I’m not seeing the future. He’s betrothed.”
I snorted and turned over the other cards and froze. The regular Ace of Spades and the King of Spades. Hmm. “So Vince isn’t the strongest of the family? It’s his brother Pete?”
Twilla shrugged. “Try not to think of it in terms of strongest. What is different about their cards and yours. What do you notice?” She asked.
I noticed it quickly. “The Deltas are of the same suit. They’re high rated and their united. What does that say about my brothers and I? There’s nothing the same about me and my brothers. How the fuck are we going to win?
Twilla stared at me. She turned over my cards. The sword and cross symbol was on the back of them. I frowned. I took the other cards they were all ordinary red back designs.
I whistled. “Shit. It’s scary how you do that girl. You coming back to my place.”
Twilla grinned. “You mean your room at your Momma’s house.”
I shrugged. “Yeah. So your staying with me?”
“I’m staying with you. Answer your phone.”
I frowned and then it rang on the nightstand to my right. I rolled my eyes at her as I picked it up.
What is the essence of the man? No. That sounds stupid. My father said it best in this fashion.
“If I had one fault regarding Styx is the man being to damn clingy with the few friends he has and to damn steam cycle mad.” – Lord Ethan Skylark, May 6th, 1863.
My father meant of course that Lord Shade didn’t engage in the sport of wrenching and gambling as a past time as my father had occasion to do.
Lord Shade has always been a man of proticular tastes. Sense his youth he prefers beer, horses and stream cycle racing. Most importantly he has always preferred the company of a select few chosen intimates of a small circle. The exclusion of whores being his chief concern. Not from a moralistic point of view but a more practical sense. Lord Shade has little trust for people outside his circle.
Lady Shade said it as follows.. “Styx has never encountered a whore that hasn’t tried to remove his natural endowment or been a chief element in him almost losing his life.”
Now…We come to a brief account from Lord Ethan Skylark on meeting, trainning and the first cases my father and Lord Shade went on. I will tell their tales leaving no detail out as I have seen it but for certain events of private information of clients still in Lord Shade’s books.
Now. Their meeting began some eighteen years ago in a private club of Lords at the tail end of a poker game my father was losing….on purpose.
We rolled out the van as the Amazon bitch picked up Heart and carried him to the house. Ace got in her way first.
“What the fuck are you doing?” Ace said.
“He’s need to sleep asshole. He’s been up for almost seventy-two hours straight and his body has been cursed. He needs to sleep for at least twelve hours, now open the fucking door.” She said shoving past him.
Ace cursed and hurried to open the door while the bitch carried him inside. What the fuck was this? The bitch carried Heart open stairs to his room and placed him on his bed. She took off her suit jacket and started undressing Heart’s body.
“He slept when Ace came and then he just had nap when we gave him the refined water. Your-“
The bitch just waved her hand at me. “Shut the fuck up. I don’t want to hear it. You should have gotten him to wash up and change his clothes. He hasn’t been asleep for more then twelve hours straight. Taking a nap here and there isn’t enough. He still needs to heal and rest his mind.” She said and paused to look at me.
“I couldn’t handle it. It was Momma’s birthday and I forgot to take her out like I promised and all I could do is cry. We don’t even have a fucking body to bury. Your a tough asshole. Nothing can shake you. I’ll grant you that. I’m a woman. I’m sorry I failed your big dick test.”
“Fuck you bitch. I didn’t tell you to leave. He needed you. You left us when it counted. Fuck you and get the hell out.” I said barking at her.
The bitch grimanced but shook her head. “I’m not going anywhere. It will take time to find out what curse whoever put on him and then I have to see if they feed him poison as well. I’m staying. So get the fuck over yourself. I’m his wife. I have to take care of him. I fucked up either forgive me or accept I’m not going anywhere. I need a basin, sponge and hot water to clean him up. I left my medic bag in my car. I need it.” She said and turned away from us to undressing Heart in bed.
Ace turned to me. “Go get her bag. She’s staying.”
Ace stared at me. “Heart needs medical and spiritual help. If she’s going to stay here and help in that I don’t care for what reason. We’ll use her for that alone and nothing more.” He said and turned to Xenia. “You proved that aren’t strong enough to be in this family. I ain’t forgiving shit. You want to stay and take care of your husband that’s what you’re supposed to do. It isn’t the same anymore with us. Don’t involve yourself or opinion in my family business and I don’t want to hear that opinion coming from Heart’s lips. You following me?”
Xenia nodded. “I’ll keep out of your way. I just want to take care of my husband.” She said.
Diamond sighed and walked out. I followed him. “Diamond. Bro. We can’t-“
“Go get her medical bag from the damn car. I’m going to go see a friend.” He said heading out the door. I followed him out to the car.
“Your going to get some ass. We need to talk Ace into getting this bitch out here.”
Diamond ignored me and went to the car opened the passenger door and got her bulky black bag. He shoved it into my arms. “It’s done. Fuck your feelings on it. Xenia is a doctor and 4th degree Cleric. Heart needs the medical treatment. It will save us time and money to let her stay and help him. He’s in a bad way right now. Let your feelings about go and think. Take her the bag and watch her. I’m going to see my friend. I’ll be back later tonight.” He said walked away.
“Hurry up with my bag.” Xena called from inside the house.”
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“
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?”
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…..in 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.”
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.”
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.