Darker Than Black: Chapter 3It was almost dusk by the time that Zia arrived at the clock tower; she parked the car in the back since she knew that was the easiest way to get into the clock tower without drawing attention to herself or the unconscious Keni that she was helping out of the car. She half-dragged him to the door and, after fumbling with it for a few moments, opened it; she practically carried him up the seemingly endless stairway to the top of the tower.
She rapped smartly on the door to the main living area of the clock tower dwelling; she heard the floor creaking as Jack approached the door. When Jack opened the door, he gasped in shock at the sight of Keni covered in blood and Zia who was also covered in Keni's blood; he took the young teen from her and carried him over to the bed.
"What happened?" he asked after he laid Keni down on the bed and walked over to Zia to make sure she wasn't hurt. "You're not hurt, are you?"
"No, I'm fine. A little sore, but otherwise unharmed. A demon showed up at the
Darker Than Black: Chapter 2"Anyway," Keni said in a chipper tone, seeming to have forgotten how upset he'd been earlier, "I figured we could hit that new clothing store here and then head down to the food court and go to Baskin Robbins because it has been so long since I've had ice cream from there. Then we can go to Hot Topic since it's on that floor and then we'll see what we feel like doing after that "
Zia smiled and kept in step with her friend, happy that he was feeling a bit better. "Glad to see you're feeling better, hun."
"Yeah," Keni said, grinning. "It feels good to finally let it all out and talk to someone who believes me. Hell, it feels good to just get out of the clock tower and do some shopping without having Jack hovering over me."
"What's it like living in a clock tower?" Zia asked as they walked into an upscale clothing store.
Keni shrugged. "Kinda cool, I guess. I mean, it's a roof over my head and a floor beneath my feet. It does get pretty cold, though, and drafty in the winter; even s
Darker Than Black: Chapter 1Jack sighed as he stared out the clock face at the rising sun over the city skyline; dawn from the clock tower was quite beautiful especially since he had someone to share his home with. He glanced over at the lump of blankets on the bed, a smile lighting his pewter eyes; the teenager that was curled up under the blankets was his beloved and had finally moved in with him a month ago after their meeting in the bookstore. That had been the day that Keni had discovered that he was an Apostle, a demon-slayer, though he hadn't believed Jack at first about anything--including Jack being a demon--until he'd seen Jack's wings and been attacked by three rather large demons on his way to a local sleazy motel where he'd been staying. Of course, he hadn't really had anywhere else to go since he'd come out of the closet and been thrown out of his home because his parents didn't accept his choice; this was fine, though, because Jack was just happy to have his beloved close to him.
"Come on, my love,
Shades of Gray: Chapter 6"I'm telling you there is no way that that kid can get that good after just killing four demons," Crispin said, sipping a glass of wine. "He's just not normal "
"He is normal," Fai insisted, stroking Smokewing's feathers. "Well, maybe not by normal peoples standards, but by our standards, he's just as normal as the rest of us."
"He's not normal, period," Crispin insisted. "The kid is weird. He's too talented, too good "
"I'm amazed you're even acknowledging that he's good," Elias responded, reaching for a sandwich before his hand was slapped away by Malachi. "I would think that you would refuse to acknowledge him since you hate him so much."
"I don't hate him," Crispin answered, successfully stealing a sandwich. "I just don't tolerate him very well because he just reminds me so much of every other little whore that I've had to perform an autopsy on and I hate whores."
"Give him a break," Malachi said sounding annoyed. "He's had a rough life; you can tell that much just b
Shades of Gray: Chapter 5Dean returned to his room and sighed, sitting down on the bed; he rested his head in his hands, trying to calm himself down after that skirmish. He had almost lost control of himself; he'd been so caught off guard by Malachi's sudden attack that he'd almost killed him. He only fought when in a situation that warranted it and a skirmish amongst allies was not a situation in which he needed to fight to the death; he needed to work on control, work on keeping himself from killing someone while training, especially since training with Malachi and possibly the others seemed like it would become a common thing.
"Keep it together," he muttered to himself. "Don't lose your cool; don't let yourself lose control. Don't kill anyone they're your allies "
"You know," Remy said, leaning in the doorway, "talking to yourself is considered a sign of insanity." When he looked at her, she smiled and laughed before saying, "So, congratulations, you fit right in here."
"Why are you spying on me?"
Shades of Gray: Chapter 4"D-Doc--!" Elias shouted out in pain as the older male's gun connected with his collarbone.
"Be quiet," Malachi said coldly, continuing to pistol-whip the teen. "Focus on your ability and make me stop."
"I c-can't--!" he yelped out before gasping as he was hit in the side of the head, the blow disorienting him. He staggered back a few steps, trying to regain his focus before he lost this little battle; he regained his vision just in time to see the gun pointed directly at his head and see the bullet explode from the gun.
He shut his eyes, expecting this to be the last thing he ever saw; upon waiting a moment and realizing that he wasn't dead, he opened his eyes to see the bullet frozen in midair mere inches from his face. He glanced at Malachi who was smiling that irritating, I-knew-you-had-it-in-you look; the older man walked over and plucked the bullet from the shield that had been created.
"It took you long enough," Malachi said as he flicked the bullet away. "You need to learn how