Lysandra stood in front of the
masses. “We are taught as Catholics that death is nothing but a transition.”
Lysandra wasn’t sure she still believed in God after what she had seen in the
war, but it was a comfort to her siblings, family, and friends. She stood
before them in the church, her parents caskets laid out side by side, one with
a flag, one with enough flowers to make a garden jealous. She swallowed, “we
are taught that there is life after death. We are taught about life eternal. We
are taught that once these mortal hearts beat their final beat that we are
raised into the afterlife. Where our souls are cleansed in purgatory, then we
ascend into heaven. It is hard to remember these teachings today. It is easy to
say these words; but to live them is harder to do, when our souls are in this
hearts and souls are grieving. It feels as if the ground has fallen out from
underneath us. There isn’t a single person here that is not affected by this
grief, though in varies degrees.
parents, Nero and Tia, they touched so many lives. One who never met them can
tell that just by the fact the church cannot hold all of us. So many people
from so many walks of life, there was nobody that my parents wouldn’t help.”
Lysandra paused, so many thoughts into her own head. Especially if it was good publicity. After all, mother would not accept
anything but obedience and following the pat set for them for her children.’
She looked at the words she had written. She wrote them in a moment of pain and
hate for her parents for leaving her. For making her do this, for making her
siblings hurt. Once she wrote them that first night when she couldn’t sleep,
she went numb. She coughed to cover the pause.
am not going to stand here and say everything will be alright. Because right
now, it is not for any of us. What I will state is that they believed in life
after death. That we will see them again someday. It is so easy to say this,
but I know the pain in my soul, and it is hard to not want the world to stop
turning with you. Because it feels like the world stopped that night and we
tilted as it went to a dead stop from the sixty-six thousand miles an hour it
was traveling around the sun.
So, the full re-write of Praying (pending title change) is going on this month. I apologize for the lack of posts (if any of you actually read this). As for Halloween Part II I have most of them written fully, and those not written they are outlined. I will be typing them up in December, as well as typing up the rest of Insomnia Cafe!
Here is an excerpt from Praying (All Rights Reserved)
“School is boring. Do you think I
can test out?” Lucius asked.
you really want to? I mean doesn’t that girl of yours still go to school?”
Aurelia is only 16 and a junior. And she plans to go to some chef school right
America or overseas?” Lysandra hummed as she pulled out ingredients to cook
She wants to be classically trained as well as street trained.” He rolled his
eyes as he hopped up on the counter. “You could have become a chef if you
wanted you know? You are good. And you know what those people on television are
talking about in those cooking competitions. You even go out and try to find
all those ingredients to try your own version. Do you really want politics or
is it just so programed into you?”
really do want to go into politics. There are a lot of things need to be
changed. Civil Rights have taken a back seat and society screams and cries but
nobody is willing to do anything about it. The only way to change any of it is
to do so from the inside. Don’t you think the rights and freedoms I fought for
when I was in the military deserve to be fought for in our own government?”
It is just you like to cook and bake and stuff too.”
chuckled. “I also like musical instruments, languages, art, and writing. But
those are hobbies. I have made the choice to dedicate my life to the public.
Maybe after I retire from the political scene I will publish all those stories
I wrote. Or maybe I will have a mid-life crisis and go and start up a rock
band.” She laughed as she tossed a cut up piece of pepper at Lucius.
laughed. “I would pay to see that.You
in a rock band!” He laughed again as he tossed the pepper back at her.
It could happen! I mean, I play a mean guitar, and my voice isn’t half bad.”
conservative, Captain Lysandra T Tiburtinus gives up her life goal in stunning
display of a midlife crisis, details at ten!” He said in an announcer voice.
“Tiburtinus has punked out her hair, dumped a conservative boyfriend for a
female lover, and has started up the next big female rock duo!” Lucius laughed.
“I can see the trending hash tags and the news stations going gaga over it
now!” He fell back laughing.
laughed. “I am not that conservative.” She stopped and thought about things.
“Shit, I really did toe the line mom had me walk. I am even registered as a
Republican!” She dropped the spatula that she had been using as she made this
revelation. “Holy Hell Hounds!” She blinked and looked at her brother. “Do you
think I would have been disowned if I hadn’t toed that line?”
signed. “No, dad loved you. Adored you. You were his princess, so like him. He
was the most liberal Republican I knew.Perhaps it is time to revamp the party. Sure you are pro second
amendment, but you are for decent gun control. And sure you are pro-life
personally, but you also support people’s right to choose. Choose to educate
them and use abortion as a last option for the woman’s mental health. You are
very much what the face of the revamping of the Republican Party should be.
Away from the bigot, white, rich, racist, hatful men and towards a new definition
of conservative values, while being a decent human being.” He smirked then,
“after all, you are the furthest from that description. You have been fighting
for equal rights since grade school. And right under mom’s nose using the
explanation it was good for your future political career.”
rolled her eyes, “yes, because it wasn’t the truth.” The sarcasm would hit even
the most oblivious person over the head.
laughed and popped a half cooked pepper in his mouth. “True, yes, but you
always stood up for the little guy. You literally grew up to be Captain
America!” He about fell over laughing.
faked disgust, “Blasphemy!” She put a hand on her chest. “IRON MAN FOR LIFE!”
laughed. “Face it! You grew up to be Captain F’ing America! Quite literally,
thought about it and shook her head as she put the chicken and steaks in their
perspective pans. “I don’t know. Cap was way moral. Tony totally is human. He
understands masks and the need for them. He understands working the system, and
not fighting it. For Cap everything is black and white. Tony saw grey.”
so you are a human version of Cap, but you always looked out for the little
guys. Always. If you didn’t you wouldn’t have half the medals you do.”
Triggers: Murder, Sex, Blood, Curses, It is a Halloween Story
into Griffin sleeping with that woman hurt me. I may have been a bit rash in my
curse. However, I didn’t anticipate it curing myself as well. The last hundred
plus years we have been living in this cycle of living for twenty years and
then reborn and murdered. But for some reason I can never forgive him. He tells
me every time he was being disowned to marry me. That he was drunk and thought
it was me. So why do I always use him? Abuse him? Curse him? Never forgive him?
Why never forgive him and free us both? Why can’t we stop this cycle of
reincarnation and murder? He spends the first five years of my new life as a
damn ugly bird and I am spoiled and loved. And then as I continue to grow up he
lives his life. But he always lives with the fact I cursed him and he killed
me. Maybe this time will be different… Then again most likely not. How is it we
can’t walk away from each other? After all we are soulless monsters, and how
can someone without a soul love?’
“Flora…” The name fell off Draco’s
lips in a sigh. It was 2021 and he had the next thirteen years to live his
life, then two years to win the woman who cursed him. Why did he still love her
so? He found her diary this time. He always thought that she got her memories
when he told her. But this diary he found in her old things, that Bo had
collected for him, proved she always knew. Always. He felt a fury boil in his
blood. He took a deep breath. She was six. She was six. He had to keep telling
himself. And he may be a monster but he didn’t hurt kids. Even a witch. He took
another breath. Nothing he could do. He sighed. They were still in Grand Rapids
Prairie, Bo and Beth had adopted a pair of twins four years ago. Frank and
Lucas still were connected at the hip as they raised Frank’s daughter Sophie, who
was now five, oddly enough she had been born of werewolf so Lucas had taken her
in as pack heiress. Sam, even had a gal now. SAM! A brain eating zombie! Maybe
it was time to move on. Take the fact he would be a bird for five years then he
could live his life for fifteen years. It was time to move on once and for all.
He felt a flash of cold as he thought those words.
Flora looked up from the book her
new parents had given her. A shiver went down her back. What was that? Did it
have something to do with Draco? He would be human once more. She frowned. She
moved over to the phone and rank Bo’s number. “Bo?”
“Flora. Are you going to drop this
con you don’t remember from the moment you turn five?” Bo drawled over the
Flora sighed. “I felt something.
Draco, he is… He is still among us, yes?”
Bo sighed. “Yes, Flora. He just had
me set him up as a student, he is going to finish his degree and do something
for these fifteen years. I think you felt his final acceptance of your curse.”
“He is moving on?” Something in her
“I believe so. He is actually
Flora slammed down the phone. “Screw
this.” She moved quickly to her room. “A quick potion and I will be aged to
twenty. I will confront him. He wasn’t ever supposed to give into his punishment!
He wasn’t supposed to move on! He is mine!” She screamed as she gathered
everything and with a quick slit of the throats of her ‘parents’ she
Draco was actually trying to pay
attention in his class, but was just so bored. He was three hundred thirty five
years old. He was friends with Vincent Van Gogh! He partied with some of the
best musicians. He was a hit Musician! He sighed, he missed the eighties and
classic rock, and for sure being able to tour with a band. Hell, he missed the
swinging twenties! He missed the hippies, the rebels! He let out a loud sigh;
he just missed the past period. But he was moving on, he had to for his own
sanity. He couldn’t love Flora anymore. It was toxic. He couldn’t hold on to
the only one he ever loved. He may have had his fair share of sex, but only
Flora ever held his heart. Even a soulless being like him could feel love.
After all he was once a mortal with a soul. He sighed again.
A girl next to him smiled. “You
“have done all this before.” He
waved his hand toward the professor. “The class just didn’t’ transfer.” Draco
smoothly lied. He looked at her. The opposite of Flora, Tall, blonde,
blue-eyed. “Draco.” He held out a hand.
She smiled and took his hand. “Jane.”
“Pleased to meet you, Jane. Want to
go and get a coffee?” He gave her a charming smile.
Later that night Draco stood outside
on the deck, smoking a cigarette, looking out into the dark, focusing on
nothing. Jane was naked and sprawled out in his bed. He took another drag when
he heard her voice.
“Well, Griffin, at least your taste
hasn’t approved.” She drawled.
“Flora.” He flicked his cigarette away.
“Not shocked?” She frowned.
“You messed up. I got one of your
dairies. You remember and can age yourself, it seems.”
Flora smiled. “I felt you accept the
curse. I felt you give up.”
“You don’t love me, Flora.” He
offered her a smoke.
She took the cigarette. “I do. I
loved you so much as to give up my soul to curse you!” She lite the smoke and
conjured a seat. “I do still love you.”
“Then why this/” Draco asked as he
knelt in front of her. “Why do this to both of us? We are monsters, yes, no
denying that fact, but we were once mortal, we do love. What is in the remnants
of our souls, those pieces of soul still inside of us, they allow us to love.
We could be together Flora. Forever. All you have to do is cancel the curse.”
Flora broke down. “Then you would
become mortal again!” She cried out.
Draco took her hands. “There are
many ways to stop that. You are the strongest witch I know. There is a way to
modify the curse so I ain’t a damn bird for five years.”
Flora looked at him. “I don’t know,
Griffin. I barely know what I did to curse us to begin with all those centuries
Draco looked at her. “How about
this? You remove the curse and then curse me with immortality?”
Flora frowned and winkled her nose. “That
could work, but the timing would have to be perfect and we would need a blood sacrifice.”
Draco looked into his bedroom where
his naked conquest laid. “What about her?” He nodded his head toward Jane.
Flora sneered towards the naked
blonde. ‘She will work as the catalyst to release you from your curse. We need
another to curse you again.”
Draco nodded. “Give me two hours;
there is Jo’s bar she can help get another sacrifice. I work there as a bartender
to give the illusion of being a poor college kid. And the free whiskey is
Flora rolled her eyes. “You always
did like your drink, Griffin.”
“Draco. I have to go by Draco, for
“Fine. I will try and remember. Now
go get me a blood sacrifice.” She took his head in her hands and kissed him for
the first time since she cursed him over three centuries prior.
Draco broke the kiss. He went and
moved into the room, and put on a shirt, pants, and shoes, he kissed her head
Flora sneered at the naked woman. “That
bed will have to be burnt with the slut.” She sneered at the body, using a
spell to keep the woman asleep.
Draco got to the bar. “Jo, there any
Jo raised an eyebrow but tilted her
head toward a group of drunken sorority girls. Draco nodded his thanks and
slide over to them with a few pitchers of beer.
An hour later he had two girls on
his arms and headed back toward his apartment. The curse would soon be over,
and he would finally have Flora back in his heart.
Flora had the alter set up with the
black and red candles, the woman was naked and awake, trying to get free. He walked
in then; Flora rolled her eyes as she knocked the two sluts out with a spell. “Two?”
“Eh, can’t say no to twins.” He
Flora hit him over the head with a
piece of parchment. “Clean off. It is time to do this. Lay under the alter
after you tie the other two up.”
“Yes Mistress!” Draco mock saluted.
He striped the women and tied them down and then laid under the alter.
Flora moved over to them and started
to chant, a reversal spell, as she cut the throat of Jane. The blood ran down the
alter, mixing with the spices and herbs she had laid out with the candles,
mixing with the wax, and ran down and over Draco, as the blood washed away the
curse he became visible once more. He gasped as he felt the curse lift, as heat
spread through his body. He felt his mortal heart start beating once more! He
gasped and gulped the air into his now living lungs.
Flora saw this and changed her chant
into a new curse, and slit the throats of the twins, allowing their life blood
to flow and run down over Draco and into his mouth, giving to him the magic and
life of their souls.
Draco had no choice but to swallow the
blood, to accept their life force, to accept the curse given to him, he felt as
the curse changed, as his heart slowed once more, as his soul once more became
tattered remains of a mortal soul. But as he flicked between visibility and
invisibility he felt the ability to control this curse. Allowing him to never
be a bird again. Allow him, most important of all, to be immortal. He laid
there as the blood soaked into his very being, he allowed it to disappear into
He only stood once he felt no more
blood. He smirked and grabbed Flora to him and kissed her hard. “Marry me, my
flower.” He demanded.
“Of course, my Griffin.” She kissed
him and dragged him into the guest bedroom.
The next morning Draco stood on the
deck in a robe, smoking a cigarette, calling Tony as Flora took the master
bedroom’s bed and burned it out back. He smiled as he rolled her eyes at her
obvious glee to cast the bodies and bed on fire. But he was happy.
Extremely happy. Today started a new
chapter in his undead life. The best chapters he had a feeling. He reached up
and wiped a drop of blood off his cheek, he sucked it off his finger. He
smirked, yes, a new undead life, with the love of his life…