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Home Truths
« on: April 06, 2009, 06:57:11 AM »
(continued from \'Hidden Past, Unknown Future\')

The ride home was silent but fairly comfortable from Kerr\'s perspective.  He was busy wondering where he should start and supposing it should be the beginning - but how was he to politely put that Declan had screwed Ben over and that Kerr still didn\'t know all the details of what went on?  Truthfully, was the only way he could think to go.

When they arrived, they got the computer out of the car and Kerr asked Ben where he wanted to go to talk, not caring if he wanted to be in his bedroom setting up the computer while he sat on the bed and talked, or whether his fledgling would prefer a more tumultuous setting, such as the beach.  The where didn\'t matter, just the what.

Kerr took off his jacket and shoes once they were in the house, dropping them in the front doorway and quietly following Ben to the nominated destination.  He found a seat once they were there and crossed his left leg over his right, playing with the naked foot atop his knee while he still worked to gather his thoughts.

"Let me begin by saying I never found out the full truth about what happened when Declan took you," he prefaced solemnly.  "I only know that it was horrific, that he subjected you to a great deal of mental torture, that he humiliated and trained you to do what he wanted - including having sex with him, on the premise that he would sire you."  He looked at Ben with a deep and honest sorrow in his eyes.

"I never came to take you away - I was too scared of what might happen if I did - so I stood outside his house night after night and watched it for signs of you, hoping there would be a night when he left you alone so that I could make mental contact with you.  It never happened when I was there, though, he rarely left you alone, if ever.  You were his prisoner for over four months."  He waited and watched, wondering if Ben would call a halt here, if this was already too much for him to bear.

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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2009, 07:20:45 AM »
Ben didn\'t want to talk in a house he didn\'t recognise, and the night was as calm as he was, with only the softest breeze.  Usually the cliffhouse attracted the wind, being as high as it was, which meant below there would be almost no wind, he figured, and likely the ocean would be soft and soothing.

Once the boxed computer and the smaller boxes of its attachments (monitor, keyboard, mouse, printer, scanner) were placed gently on the floor inside Ben\'s room, the pair of them went outside and down the narrow stairs cut into the cliffside onto the beach proper.  There was a bench on the private beach where Kerr sat first, getting comfortable as Ben joined him.  Ben was perched forward rather than leaning back, his shoulders hunched a little with his fingers curled around the bench seat edge.

He stared at the ocean while Kerr began to talk, remembering Declan\'s face clearly because it hadn\'t been that long ago to him.  The short platform-boot wearing redhead hadn\'t given him good vibes, despite taking him out of the room to talk him out of fainting (and Ben still couldn\'t figure that one out) before issuing his punishment of cutting into his back.  He still remembered tipping the armchair between them, before being talked into just letting Declan cut him or he would face much worse.  Oh yes, he could imagine that vampire abusing his power over him, keeping him until he got bored with him.  If he\'d never talked about it with Kerr except to be generally vague, the specifics must\'ve been bad.

He nodded for it was his nature to acknowledge the words spoken when there was a pause.  He didn\'t say anything because he wanted Kerr to continue.  Enough had been said about Declan for Ben to understand the nature of it.  Over four months.  Then what?  If Kerr took longer than a minute to continue, Ben would look at him, otherwise the ocean was more appealing to stare at, with its relaxing pattern of white-noise waves.
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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2009, 07:29:50 AM »
When it seemed all was being digested well, Kerr gladly left the subject of Declan behind and moved on.  "Mandy was whipped as her punishment and she had enormous welts on her back from the whip that she needed help with.  I wasn\'t allowed to heal her wounds as it was mostly my punishment to watch her suffer, so I took her to my place for the duration.  She was upset about you and it was very awkward, because I told her how much I cared about both of you... " his voice drifted off and he looked out over the waves also, thinking back.

"I think it had already started, even then - my affection for you.  I had Mandy, but you... I had no idea what was happening to you and it... ballooned in my head, causing me to focus on you over her.  She struck up a friendship with Sawyl and he healed her wounds.  She left, telling me that she had to do some thinking about us - given that she\'d told me she was in love with me and I\'d told her she was very special to me... but so were you and I didn\'t feel the same way.  To be honest... I was glad she was healed and that she left, even though I was a bit guilty about it.  It meant I had more time to worry and obsess about you, and hang around Declan\'s house, hoping," he said with a wry laugh, turning his head to smile at Ben, needing to guage how this information had been taken.

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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2009, 08:01:37 AM »
As Ben interpreted, Mandy had professed her love and Kerr hadn\'t returned the sentiment, causing her to be embarrassed and leave to think on the matter.  Likely that had caused them to break up, for if it had been Ben in Mandy\'s position, he would\'ve avoided Kerr like the plague after being so humiliated.  It was scary and adventurous to declare love, and it had gone sour for her.  He felt bad for Mandy then; it hadn\'t been her fault Kerr was distracted, and neither was it Ben\'s.

He remembered being very attracted to Kerr, he still was he felt, for Kerr\'s appearance physically appealed to him, as well as the fact he\'d been given the time of day.  It was just very hard to focus on that with Jack hanging around.  If it had been just he and Ben, he thought they could\'ve dealt with the memory loss a lot better.  To live with a double, who was hanging off Kerr at every opportunity - well, it dampened Ben\'s magnetism to Kerr like a water dampens a fire.  It was practically doused.

He remained silent, letting Kerr tell him more of the story, but he was glad to know about Mandy.  Kerr hadn\'t left her story hanging.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2009, 11:26:27 AM »
"While you were locked away and just before Mandy left, there was another complication; I was at Risk one night and picked up a stray.  Literally.  He was a filthy, scruffy wolf Shifter by the name of Tag, who had no home, no food and no money.  He was scrounging at Risk, so I cleaned him up and took him to the Oligarchy for them to deal with him.  As it happened, they gave him to me to look after."
 
The bitter twist to Kerr\'s lips at this stage came from a place that Ben would likely never understand, but he couldn\'t fight it.
 
"He lived with us for a while - slept with me because Sawyl drank from him and terrified him, so I needed to protect him.  His English was pretty terrible, but it was enough for him to eventually follow Mandy\'s scent and seduce her into sleeping with him - he used to bathe her scent off him before he came to bed," he laughed, though there was no humour in teh short bark of noise that came from his lips.
 
"What really made me hate him, though, was the fact that, as soon as you got away from Declan, you came to me.  Tag answered the door, you wanted to know who he was, he told you he was my pet, you assumed I\'d moved on from you, you gave him your key and left.  I didn\'t find out about it until I found the key in his bedside drawer and he remembered you\'d come to the house and left looking unhappy but he thought nothing of it.  It was the same night I found out he was sleeping with Mandy.  I threw him out and started looking for you, but it had been weeks, by then and I couldn\'t find you in a city this large, when you thought I\'d given up hoping for you and so you were trying to move on, in kind."
 
He looked at Ben, the horror of that time - the high emotions, the panic, the longing - echoed in his eyes as he relived them.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2009, 11:46:00 AM »
Ben turned to face Kerr when Kerr spoke about looking for Ben in a large city.  There was no blood bond to help him, Ben had been mortal and therefore unconnected to Kerr.  It made sense that once released from Declan he\'d sought out Kerr, it sounded like something he\'d do.  He would\'ve lost his job and home thanks to Declan\'s nabbing of him.  He would\'ve just disappeared one night, with nobody really to miss him.  Kerr would\'ve been his only connection and therefore a person to visit and a place to go.  He struggled with the fact Kerr said he\'d turned his back to that just because Tag had called himself a pet,

Pet...
you would\'ve thought
vampire pet
you would\'ve thought Kerr started drinking from
someone else


but then the realisation dawned on him and he believed.  Yes, that all sounded like him.  He knew himself to know what he would think and feel.  He had no idea about what he\'d been through with Declan, but he would never have given in to the redhead (he thought, incorrectly) and pinned his hopes on release.

"Did you find me at Risk?" he guessed, for it made sense to him, with nothing other than his car to live in, that he would\'ve plunged onward to be sired.  He would\'ve tried again to find someone open to siring him.  If it hadn\'t been for Declan being the Oligarch of Vampires, he would\'ve thought to approach them for permission first (as the rules had been revealed to him during the trial).  Because there was him as his tormentor, Ben would\'ve needed to find a potential sire first, to stand by his side and stop him from being taken again (not that Declan would likely have use for a prisoner he\'d already released once, but if what Kerr had been implying was even half true, the guy would\'ve got a kick out of toying with Ben).
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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2009, 04:37:39 PM »
"Sadly, no," Kerr said quietly, looking forlornly at Ben - despite the ironic little smile he couldn\'t help maintaining.  "The next time I saw you was at the Oligarchy chambers again.  I\'d managed to miss you at Risk, somehow, and didn\'t see you for a very long time.  I was frantic, looking for you and needing to find you; I suspected everyone of knowing where you were and hiding you from me - everyone except Tag, of course, whom I believed perfectly innocent... I was in a dark, desperate place and my lowest point came when I... I had sex with Sawyl, just so he could be distracted long enough for me to properly search his mind and be sure he hadn\'t done anything to you," he admitted with a few gulps.

Although the words were difficult to say, they had to come out, for they laid the groundwork of all that followed, and much was explained by that one act.  He\'d never been proud of it, though, had known it was wrong to do no matter what the reasoning behind it, and was braced for Ben\'s renewed disgust now.  It was likely to be the first of many such outbreaks.

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2009, 08:41:37 PM »
Ben blinked a long, slow blink upon hearing the last confession and shook his head.  Though the movement was slight it was likely very obvious to a sire who was carefully watching his reaction.  The last time Ben remembered seeing Sawyl was when he\'d dressed up in his little boy in overalls outfit.  It was messed up.

He couldn\'t stop the expression of disgust that made its way on his face.  He could feel it growing there, his lip curling, his teeth gritting, his eyebrows dancing between a frown and horror.

Sawyl is not a little kid

Centuries old, yes.  The mind of an adult, yes.  A long term relationship between him and Kerr, yes.  He should\'ve looked like an old man.  Yes.

But he fucking well looks like a little kid.

"I can\'t listen to any more," Ben said, sounding a lot calmer than he felt.  He wanted to remain seated as he was, he really did, but he couldn\'t.  He got up and walked further up the beach, away from Kerr.  There was only so much of a distance he could go before the beach ended between tide and cliff-face, but he wanted to be away from Kerr.  He was hugging himself, like he could warm himself up with body heat he no longer had.

How did we end up together?
How did I look past that
What brought us together?
So far it\'s a tragic story
Ben, did you really expect anything different?
Your life has always been a tragedy
I don\'t want to be a victim
Oh, but you are, you are, you\'re one right now


He huffed, unsure about how he was supposed to get over this, how he was supposed to move on.  He was fluctuating between extremes; he had to leave Kerr because of Jack, he had to stay and see this through, he shouldn\'t seek out the past, he should face his past.  Now he had Kerr admitting that he\'d had sex with someone to search his mind in case Sawyl knew about Ben\'s whereabouts?  It sounded naive and farfetched.
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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2009, 09:07:49 PM »
"You were the same the first time you found out," Kerr told the ocean resignedly, staring out at it dreamily, wishing he didn\'t have to bear these blows twice.  What had he ever done in his lifetime to deserve such pain that he should have to bear it not once, but twice?

"You thought I was making excuses.  I tell you what sort of place I was in, though... and how desperate I was.  To find you."  At the last, he turned his stare to Ben again, and there was a lot more heat in it this time; a bit of resentment, a lot of defiance and even more hurt.  This all hurt.  Again.

His lips twisted as he regarded Ben sadly and a wave of helplessness came over him that was so strong, he couldn\'t help but blurt out his next words.  "You got over it, after a while.  After all the est of the shit we went through.  But that won\'t happen again, will it?  It\'s never going to be that way again and... you\'ll never feel for me again what you once felt, will you?" he asked, and was unsurprised to feel the extra coldness of tears trailing down his cheeks.

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« Reply #9 on: April 06, 2009, 09:47:08 PM »
At the question, it struck a chord that resonated so deeply in Ben that he spun around and stormed back.

"I don\'t even know how I feel about myself, how am I supposed to know how I feel about you?" Ben shot back with sincerity.  "There\'s this Jack guy who looks like me and talks like me and every chance he gets he\'s all over you.  Why are you pining for what we had when you have it with him?" Ben motioned with his arms, gesturing towards the house but because it was so high up his arm movements didn\'t look much like anything except flinging wildly.  "It hasn\'t even been a week, Kerr, how does someone love someone in a week?  How can you ask me about how I feel when I\'ve barely known you for two?  I\'m sorry this happened to you, I\'m sorry this happened to me, but I\'m only in a bad place because you\'re putting me here."

He snapped his mouth shut then, for too much had come out.  It was Kerr making everything confusing, it was Kerr blurring the lines between history and present.  Maybe Ben was better off leaving the city altogether, starting fresh, as a fledgling, getting away from everyone who thought they knew him, getting away from the Oligarchy, Declan, Kerr and Jack.  It sounded like a pipe dream, but he knew it could be a reality.
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« Reply #10 on: April 06, 2009, 10:06:10 PM »
"No, no," Kerr argued - not angrily, but more in the manner of someone who is afraid and worried about being misconstrued, his hands describing eloquent and appealing shapes in the air, "I don\'t  mean it - well, okay, no, I see where you\'re... I," he gave up the argument before it had really begun, though, his shoulders slumping and his gaze dropping to the leg he was still fiddling with.

"You\'re right.  I don\'t expect you to love me, though.  I just... wondered if you even liked me still... and that sounds really juvenile," he scoffed at himself, shaking his head and feeling embarrassed now.  "I\'m not chasing you because I have anything with him.  He\'s not you, you\'re completely different people and the only thing about you that he has are your memories and your looks.  He\'s not you and never will be."  The more he said, the quieter his voice got; more wistful, even.

"I barely like the guy... though I feel kind of responsible for him.  I suppose it\'s what you feel for me," he guessed, looking up at Ben with the same wry, resigned look upon his face.

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« Reply #11 on: April 06, 2009, 10:22:07 PM »
Ben was mute after his outburst, feeling suddenly childish and exaggerated.  Why had he blown his top like that?  It was just another example of the ridiculous situation he was in.  He was acting out of his normal range of behaviours, so couldn\'t Kerr see that?

He sat heavily on the bench beside Kerr and was silent for a long moment before he finally sighed and leant back, his hands falling limply between his legs.

"Tell me the rest," he said.
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« Reply #12 on: April 07, 2009, 12:53:33 AM »
Kerr looked suspiciously at Ben for a few moments, many arguments arising in his head, the urge to call it quits for the night strong.  Oddly, the desire to back out of this conversation had a lot to do with his own humiliation that he\'d not only prostrated himself at Ben\'s feet, but also sold Jack down the river to get there.

Really, he was sure he liked Jack... and he would learn to like him a hell of a lot more, if Ben could never see his way clear to liking him again.

secrets, secrets
in a spider\'s lair
spinning secrets
speak... if you dare

I should really keep my mouth shut more often.

Impulsively, he reached over to where Ben\'s hands were and took the closest in his, attempting to pull it back to sit on his denim-clad thigh.  His expression was sincere and worried as he peered at Ben.  "The rest only gets worse... are you sure you\'re ready for it?"  He searched Ben\'s eyes as he waited for his answer but he knew that he would be pushed on even before the words came; it was there, in the eerie silvery depths for him to plainly see.

What was worse than Ben\'s resolute bracing to hear the rest, though, was seeing what he thought were very likely plans; plans for denial, plans for escape... justifications and ways he would think about whatever he was going to hear, so that it would be bearable.  Reasons for him to push things one way instead of just letting them be.  Ben seemed to be wanting ammunition and it scared the shit out of Kerr to wonder what that ammunition would be used for.

He swallowed, gnawing on his tongue stud for a while longer and, before he\'d even properly decided that he would, he continued his story, heading into the heart of Hell.

"Alright.  Well, the next time I saw you was when I went to the Oligarchy to tell them I\'d sent Tag packing.  You were there with the vampire you\'d chosen to sire you.  His name is Arles," he explained sombrely, inadvertently using the present tense as he continued to look into Ben\'s eyes.

"You\'d met him at Risk, asked him to sire you, had gone to live with him.  I\'m not sure if you were lovers or not at that stage; I think you were.  Anyway, the night you and Arles came to the Oligarchy to get permission for your siring, I was there just before you and Halen asked me to stay for some reason.  He reunited us.  I made it clear that things between Tag and I had been platonic and you saw where the mix-up had occurred.  You were given a letter proclaiming you could choose any sire you wantd; two nights later, you came to the mansion.  At the memory of the reunion, Kerr couldn\'t help but smile and give Ben\'s hand a squeeze.  His accent thickened suddenly, as the reverence of the memory affected his emotions.

"Oh, it was grand.  We lay on my bed and held each other and you got me to admit that I loved you and wanted to sire you but I couldn\'t do it, because of Sawyl and the twins.  I didn\'t want you infect by them.  You understood but you were determined to have me be your sire so you came up with a compromise; I share the siring with Arles.  That night, we went back to arles\' beach house and we two sired you, in Arles\' bed."  Finally, his quiet words fell to a whisper and then petered out altogether as he revealed the biggest secret he\'d concealed from Ben since his re-emergence almost a week before.  He had two sires... and one of them he had absolutely no clue about whatsoever.

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« Reply #13 on: April 07, 2009, 08:14:47 AM »
Ben\'s mouth fell open and he stared at Kerr in frowning surprise.  He\'d heard the name Arles out of Ichabod\'s mouth not long ago, but had thought he was connected to Ichabod or Kerr somehow, not to him.  Now he was being told he had a blood bond with a complete stranger, someone who Kerr had thought it best to not reveal to him until now.

Ben took his hand back from Kerr and stared ahead at the ocean in order to digest this new piece of information.  When he\'d been at the hotel in the desert, he\'d discovered that he was vampire.  Kerr had admitted he was Ben\'s sire.  Had there ever been a clue that there was another sire?  He thought hard but he couldn\'t remember anything about that night apart from staring at himself in the mirror and being angry at Kerr for telling him things he didn\'t understand.  Kerr could\'ve told him then, he didn\'t remember.

"I don\'t feel a blood bond with anyone else," he said cautiously, opening up his senses and only getting Kerr\'s vibes - mind, he was sitting right beside him.  Shouldn\'t he have a connection to his other sire though, no matter where he was, no matter how faint?  What had happened?  Was Kerr going to tell him Arles had been destroyed?  This was a vampire who\'d sired him, who Kerr was stating Ben had slept with, who wasn\'t around anymore.
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« Reply #14 on: April 07, 2009, 11:29:42 AM »
"You felt guilty about Arles.  I was too stupid to simply agree to sire you alone like we both wanted, so we convinced Arles to include me.  He did it, for you.  Afterwards, you lived with Arles but, although he\'s older than me, he wasn\'t well-trained, so you came to me for training.  Of course, before that happened, Sawyl flew into a rage over me siring you, attacked Arles and you in your home and then tried to kill me with an axe.  The twins saved me," he said, sounding serious but fairly irreverant (considering the news he\'d just imparted), since it had all happened so long ago.
 
"When you came to visit me... we grew closer.  You felt worse and worse about Arles but you didn\'t end it.  When we... when everything was resolved, though, and we were finally together, you and I... worked Arles out of you, as much as possible.  You and I regularly drank from one another, especially while one of us was feeding on a mortal and that, combined with Arles eventually getting the hint and moving away, has dulled your connection to him.  His older blood made you stronger, though," Kerr finished, sounding proud of this fact - because he was.  They\'d taken the best of Arles and though Kerr believed Ben had never properly resolved things with his other sire - or even told him goodbye properly - they were grateful for all that he\'d done.

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« Reply #15 on: April 07, 2009, 03:00:18 PM »
Ben listened to the story about Arles and was emotionally detached from it.  How could he feel guilt or shame about someone he didn\'t even know?  Arles sounded like he\'d been used by Ben; a means to an end.  Really, Ben hadn\'t planned on getting involved with any of the vampires he asked to sire him, but in the back of his mind he\'d known that starting some kind of sexual relationship would heighten his chances of being sired.  Hearing about Arles had him doubting what he\'d originally felt for Kerr, coming onto him the way he had.

Ben looked at Kerr steadily now, wanting to know if there was still the attraction.  Looking at the dark Irishman seated beside him, he felt the familiar physical reaction bubbling in him - yes, he was attracted to Kerr, it was simply a secondary thing now.

"He was the rebound guy," Ben figured out, for wasn\'t Arles the one he got together with after thinking Kerr had moved on?  Funny, how his detachment could help him analyse Kerr\'s story.  It didn\'t feel real though, it felt like Kerr was talking about a character in a book he\'d read.  There was nothing personal in it, even though it was all about Ben.  "So we ended up together, after him?" Ben guessed, though he guessed wrong.
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« Reply #16 on: April 07, 2009, 05:25:09 PM »
Oh, the urge to simply agree was strong. It would be so much easier to simply say, "Yes, Ben, after that, we got together and we lived happily ever after - until you got the urge to go slice and dice some folks, of course. Then it all fell apart." But he couldn\'t and it really sucked; again, his shoulders slumped defeatedly, despite lifting somewhat through the discussing of some slightly more upbeat things.
 
"No," he shook his head sadly, getting up because the urge to pace was too strong to deny. It wasn\'t a rapid striding back and forth in front of his fledgling, though, it was a slow and thoughtful stepping whereby he curled his toes into the sand on each of the three steps he took to walk the length of the bench, before he dawdled around and scrunched his way back, hands in his pockets and deep in thought. "It just got messier," he admitted, deciding to see how much he could get through without looking up at Ben to distract him.
 
"I was pressuring you to make a decision between Arles and I; you didn\'t want to. You felt obligated to him and you were still pretty mad at me for having anything to do with Sawyl in the first place, so I think part of you was holding back because you didn\'t fully trust that he and I and the twins were done with. I, on the other hand, was getting impatient and the more I saw you, the more I wanted you. I didn\'t know how good we\'d be together and, truthfully, I was getting really frustrated - sexually," he admitted, with a wry laugh that didn\'t lift his gaze from his sandpile pathway.
 
"I did something stupid. I went to Risk horny and I met Ichabod there. I hadn\'t seen him since the night you drank from him and I had some apologising to do because I\'d Dominated him to submit to you. He was upset because his latest fling - Lazarus, the vampire that took over the city years ago," he interrupted himself, his gaze flashing towards Ben just to check he was still listening at the dropping of such a significant name, "was ignoring him. Was, in fact, off in one of the back rooms with someone else, leaving Ichabod feeling like shit." He paused on a pivot, gnawing on his tongue stud as he thought about that night and his earlier reunion with the mortal, then his feet set off and his words followed.
 
"I took him home. As it happened, that was the night you\'d decided to move on with me and you walked in on Ichabod and I in bed together, right when you\'d decided it should be you and me there. You were horrified - naturally - and left, despite me going after you. It was the final straw for you. You couldn\'t see your way out of the messes we kept getting ourselves into, the fighting, the miscommunications - you decided that the love just wasn\'t worth it and you would quit." Again, he was minimally silent as he turned and began walking back, but he still didn\'t look up and he didn\'t stop talking, because he hadn\'t been interrupted.
 
"A few nights later you came to me and told me you were leaving, bowing out, it was over. I was devastated but you were beyond everything. You left Arles, left me and dropped out of contact with both of us. Neither of us thought it would last as long as it did, but you were a very determined man and you were lost again, to both Arles and I. I was so very sorry," he admitted forlornly, pacing and falling quiet, wondering if he would be questioned now, sort of hoping he would be, but continuing anyway.
 
"When Lazarus found out Ichabod had cheated on him he was furious. He went to the Oligarchy and had him made my pet, before he delivered him to my door - literally. Ichabod was hysterical, so of course I let him stay. I had nothing and he was a comfort. We didn\'t sleep together again, though," he stated and frowned a little at himself, wondering why he\'d said that. Ben hadn\'t asked, yet he\'d felt the need to justify himself... with a slight shake of his head, he went on.
 
"Lazarus got revenge on me by finding you. He promised to teach you to close your heart to me. You stayed with him to forget me, forget love, to learn to survive for thousands of years with your sanity intact, because you felt you were losing it, with the way you and I were tearing at each other. You moved in with Lazarus, slept with him once and began the process of distancing yourself from humanity." His voice was cold now, and at last he came to a stop, facing Ben with an impassive expression on his face, unable - even now - to communicate the full horror of what he\'d learned of Ben and Lazarus\' time together.
 
"One night, I found the two of you, in an alley behind Risk. You were sitting on a dumpster - studying one of your lessons, I suppose - calmly observing him fuck a corpse, a boy he\'d just drained and started raping slightly before he died. Lazarus\' survival philosophy 101: kill them, fuck them - in that order if you wish - and move on without them touching your heart. That\'s his way of staying safe. That\'s how he\'s survived two thousand years on this world; by not giving a shit." His eyelids were heavy as he observed Ben, wondering what this iteration of his fledgling thought of what that one had done.
 
"I fought him for you and I knocked him down hard. He\'s got no mental training to speak of. You didn\'t seem too worried by the thought of leaving him there in that alley, actually - he would\'ve stayed there until the sun came up and so would the great Ancient one, Lazarus, have perished - but I, stupidly, insisted we take him to safety. I drove the two of you back to your place, we left him in his bed and I took you back to the apartment with me. We got together after that," he explained, still standing with his hands in his pockets and watching Ben dispassionately.
 
"Lazarus wasn\'t happy I\'d bested him, though, and he made a short but meaningful reappearance in our lives a short while after that. He\'d invaded the Oligarchy, had killed Halen and assumed power as Luminary.  Next, he came to the apartment, to our home, where he had the balls to bribe me - well, threatened me with your death if I didn\'t see the light and comply with his wishes - to become an Oligarch for Vampires." Calmly, he reached a hand up and lifted his hair away from his neck to reveal the dragon tattoo in all its glory. "And so I am."

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« Reply #17 on: April 08, 2009, 06:32:13 AM »
Ben listened to the tale which followed a pattern he couldn\'t deny.  Everything was bad, everything was tainted.  Everything out of Kerr\'s mouth was tragic and dramatic.  Were there no good moments?  Was there no happiness in any of that?  He looked up at Kerr when there was a small pause, enough to draw his gaze to the tattoo that Kerr showed him, and he didn\'t feel surprised by it.  He started analysing his own reaction, or lack thereof, thinking about why he wasn\'t feeling much of anything.  Was he in shock?  He didn\'t think so.  He felt pretty normal.

There was a big pause now, indicating that Kerr had finished speaking.  Really?  He was going to end on that?  Why would he say so much about so many bad things, and not tell Ben about anything good that happened?  And Halen, he was dead, Ben didn\'t particularly feel anything either way about that, because the leader of the Oligarchy had began him on this merry-go-round.  Lazarus now, someone who was Ancient, he could see the appeal of it, but a necrophiliac vampire was enough to disgust him.  Kerr had found him watching Lazarus rape someone?  It didn\'t sound right.  In fact, most of it didn\'t sound right.

"Is that it?" he asked, wondering if Kerr had more bad news for him.  He sounded pretty calm, even bored, to his own ears.  Oh, he was far from bored, but right now there were no pressing emotions.  Ben had always been pegged as a \'chilling\' kind of guy by a lot of people who\'d met him, but if they\'d got to know him better, they would\'ve known he was the kind to keep everything inside.  He looked calm, he sounded calm, and this was one of those rare times that within himself he was calm.  Like Kerr correctly believed, Ben was gathering this information to him for ammuniition - but even Ben didn\'t know what he was going to use it for.

He was leaning forward on the bench again, his forearms on his legs and his hands hanging loose between his knees.  He was peering up at Kerr in front of him, an unimpressed expression upon Ben\'s face.
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« Reply #18 on: April 08, 2009, 07:02:11 AM »
Kerr blinked, feeling uneasy and instinctively knowing that things were worse when Ben didn\'t react emotionally.  It had been exactly this way the time before he\'d gone to Lazarus, to attempt to gouge Kerr forcibly from his heart for good.  Calm didn\'t bode well for the two of them and it crawled along Kerr\'s skin in a way that made him want to take back all the truths he\'d revealed and spin a fancier, prettier tale that would enchant Ben.

Enchant him to what?
Stay.  This is what he\'s like before he leaves.  I want him to stay with me.
Why?
I don\'t...
He\'s not in love with you, he\'s not the same as the one
you love and he looks at you like you\'re an alien.  He doesn\'t even like you!
But...
Why fight it?  It\'s a fairy tale to him and there\'s no happy ending, no obligations-
There
was a happy ending, fuckit!  Then the fucking mark took over!
Well, tell him... he may even hear you.


The sire stood there regarding his fledgling with an expression that was mingled terror and hopelessness upon his face.  Was it really to be this way?  His hand fell slowly from his neck and his tongue sluggishly tapped the stud buried in it against his teeth.  There were so many low points between them, why did this have to be another one, how was that fair?

And quite suddenly, he realised it wasn\'t and it didn\'t have to be.  He was galvanised into action without preamble, stepping over to Ben and grasping him by the upper arms, forcing his ambivalent body to its feet and looking him intently in the eye.

"No, that\'s not it," he said urgently.  "We found peace.  I had to work for the Oligarchy and you began to be influenced by the mark enough to torment Ichabod until the two of you were hauled in front of me at work and I had to lie to let the two of you off - and then I left you until you convinced me there was something wrong with you and we started investigating, which led to the necklace and to Jack - but in between we were happy!" he insisted almost frantically.

"We went to Europe and we were in love.  We went to the manor house I grew up in, made love every night, slept in my parent\'s bed and traced my family history.  We bummed around London, laughed madly when a security guard caught us walking around Stonehenge, kissed the Blarney Stone, drank from drunk Irishmen until we were stumbling, giddy messes that could barely stand up long enough to get our clothes off.  We went to my castle in Scotland and promised each other we\'d go back again this year, to Italy and France!" he declared, swallowing the lump in his throat that formed when he talked about all the good things.

That was why he\'d stuck to talking about the bad stuff, he realised now; because talking about what he lost broke his heart and it was clearly on display for Ben to see, the rawest of his loss and despair.

"We came back and we just... were together.  Sure, I had work and you wanted to learn to hunt alone but here was love.  I was so stupid for you I got your name tattooed all over me because you weren\'t interested in marriage or wearing my ring and I loved you like I\'ve never loved anything or anyone in my life," he whispered, the emotions getting the better of him and his eyes clouding with tears that remained unshed as yet.  "We laughed and we had each other for almost a year and it was all fucking worth it," he ground out through teeth gritted together in an effort for him to hold himself together.

"That wasn\'t it - not by a long shot," he continued after another forceful swallow - though a tear escaped because of it.  "There was everything that\'s gone, that I mourn, that I didn\'t want to burden you with because I understand it\'s too much for you, and it makes me ache to think about it anyway because it was so good when it was all resolved and it terrifies me to know I\'ll never find that again, if I can\'t convince you to hold on until it gets easier - because I swear it does!" he insisted, the tears falling now and thinking he sounded a bit like a babbling fool, trying to convince Ben that he was worth hanging in there for.  Surely this wasn\'t the way to do it - dignified and calm waiting had been his plan, not this emotional wreckage he was slobbering all over his beloved - a man who couldn\'t remember any of this and likely didn\'t care, either, because it was all his now.  All the pain and the joy was his alone to bear.

Abruptly, he pressed his lips together and let go of Ben\'s arms, his hands somehow finding their way to his cheeks, to cup his face instead.  He looked at his fledgling in an agony of longing, his cheeks as wet with tears as the wind had allowed them to be and the corners of his mouth twitching as it attempted a reassuring smile.  Reining himself in was difficult, but he had to do it... and then he gave up altogether.  "I\'m sorry you missed it," he said solemnly and the smile broke through of its own accord, "because it was fabulous.  And there was this."  With these words, he leaned forward and kissed Ben for all that he was worth.

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« Reply #19 on: April 08, 2009, 07:19:38 AM »
Ben\'s eyes widened as Kerr hauled him up.  He could feel the tension in his body because the movement had been so hostile.  He thought he was going to be shaken like a doll by an angry child, but that didn\'t happen.  Kerr told him a tale of a European vacation, describing things that Ben had wanted to do, that he would\'ve done with someone to influence him, things that he would\'ve been ecstatic for the opportunity for.

Tattoos?  Ben\'s interest was piqued by this information, that Kerr would mark his body with Ben\'s name.  It was something Ben wanted to see, figuring that could help him understand the depth of their love - though Kerr\'s words were beginning to help him achieve that.

Could he have grown to love Kerr in three years after all that?  It seemed now, through Kerr\'s eyes, that they always came together, regardless of what bad things happened between them and around them, they always came together.  Ben could always look at it like that, and the romantic inside of him desperately wanted to accept it as truth.

He didn\'t like seeing Kerr cry, the type of tears shown him this closely were the kind that pulled on his heart.  Ben wasn\'t a cold, unfeeling person, or the kind that could shut himself off (no matter how hard he tried).  He was sympathetic to the plight of others, and now, with Kerr in his face and telling him how much they loved each other and now he\'d lost it because of Ben losing his memory of it... it struck an empathic chord in Ben.

The kiss came at the right time.  He saw Kerr close in - quickly, too - and knew what was about to come next.  His eyelids fluttered closed (because he\'d never been able to kiss with eyes open) and he accepted what Kerr gave, not taking very long to respond back, remembering the kiss he\'d initiated in Kerr\'s bed about two weeks ago.  Two weeks, three years, those time differences could be one and the same to Ben.  His hands lifted and pressed on Kerr\'s chest - not pushing him away, not exactly, though it was a barrier between them.  This kiss, led up to like a fairytale of true love, had also come after a story of evil.  To believe the good, Ben also had to believe the bad, and it was hard enough on him to eventually break the kiss by lowering his head, pressing his forehead against Kerr\'s chest.

He didn\'t know what to say.  His lips were tingling and he could taste Kerr on them.  He stroked them with his tongue a few times to try and hold onto the memory of the kiss but he wasn\'t game to return to the real thing just yet.
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« Reply #20 on: April 08, 2009, 07:34:36 AM »
"I\'m sorry," Kerr said again, allowing Ben to lean against his chest. He rested his head upon the back of Ben\'s and wrapped his arms about him, rubbing his back lightly as calm returned to his own body. He felt drained, exhausted, gutted. He\'d vented and given everything he had to give and he had no idea whether it would be enough. He was smart enough to know that he wouldn\'t even find out right now, things didn\'t work like that. His story couldn\'t magically make Ben remember these things, like he was an amnesiac who simply needed guidance; the memories were gone. They were in a mind where he couldn\'t even steal them back, too, because Jack was entirely blocked to him in that way - that was the worst of it.
 
And so they stood, for as long as was necessary, until there was calm again - questions, yes, but calm enough to continue on - and Kerr lifted his head, uncurled his arms so that his left remained at Ben\'s hip but used the fingers of his right hand to press beneath Ben\'s chin, silently requesting he look up at him. "I am sorry, you know. And I completely understand your need to... to get away and ignore all this shit. You didn\'t live it, you don\'t own it, you can\'t handle it. I love you enough to give you what you want, what you feel is best. If you need to go away for a while or forever... I can take it. Just don\'t," he had to stop long enough to swallow and steel himself a little, for the saying of these things, "just don\'t lose contact with me, okay? I am your sire and I\'ll always love you. I want to protect you. If you need to be protected from me... it\'s harder, but I understand," he said wryly, a little laugh coming with the words.
 
"Jack is a poor substitute for you, but he has your memory of love for me and I can make do with him, if that\'s what you prefer I do. I\'d be alright, I don\'t want you feeling like you\'re caged here or trapped or have no options or anything, okay?" he asked anxiously, dropping the hand supporting Ben\'s chin and re-linking his hands at his back again. "If you love something, set it free, right? I\'ve thought that with you before but it\'s true; I love you, I set you free. You are free, now that you know it all, to continue as you wish." He fell quiet, wanting no answers, but knowing that Ben was on the brink, simply because of how calm he\'d been.  All he really needed right now was an acknowledgment that he\'d been heard and his message had been understood: Just don\'t leave me entirely, keep in touch.

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« Reply #21 on: April 08, 2009, 06:12:31 PM »
Ben listened to Kerr, knowing what he was saying but he didn\'t feel ready to make any decisions about anything.  Stay or go, he was still swinging wildly between these two options.  If he stayed, he would try and regain a relationship with Kerr, though he\'d keep Kerr at arm\'s length enough to have a chance to build things slow and steady.  If he went, well, he\'d really go.  He couldn\'t imagine staying in a city with his three year history haunting him - especially when he had connections to the Oligarchy; connections that he didn\'t remember and might come and bite him on the ass.

"I can\'t make promises to you," Ben told him quietly.  "I don\'t know how I feel yet, because I\'ve only just heard all of this and none of it seems real.  It\'s like you\'re a million miles down a road I\'m only just stepping on, and there\'s a hundred different paths to choose still facing me."  He wanted to say more but held back, feeling like anything he said wouldn\'t be worded correctly and might be misinterpreted.  He didn\'t want to knock Kerr down after saying something so heavily emotional, but he didn\'t want to get his hopes up either.
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« Reply #22 on: April 08, 2009, 06:34:58 PM »
"Yeah, I know," Kerr said, his smile turning wistful and sad, because he\'d known it would be this way... yet there was still a kernel of hope inside him that wouldn\'t be swayed from believing he\'d be told good news straight away.  "Make me no promises, I\'ll tell you no lies," he quipped, gently kissing Ben\'s lips once more (briefly) before pulling away.

"You want me to leave you alone now?" the sire offered, knowing that Ben would likely want time to digest all that he\'d learned - he might even wish to go on up to the house and begin recording his feelings and thoughts or the details of what he\'d learned on his new computer.  It wasn\'t really the time to launch into a heavy session of mental training, either... just floating about and digesting seemed the way to go (which gave Kerr an idea).

"I\'m going to go for a swim," he announced decisively, glancing over his shoulder at the water behind him.  Yes, floating and thinking sounded nice - though there wasn\'t a lot of floating that happened with undead bodies that didn\'t hold amounts of oxygen inside them for just such a purpose, but a paddle would be good and refreshing, he thought.  Also, by saying what he intended to do, he figured he was putting no pressure on Ben to stay so he\'d feel free to do his own thing.

Pleased with himself, Kerr gave Ben the most natural smile he\'d managed to conjure all night and pulled his shirt over his head.  He dropped it on the sand negligently, then began working on undoing his jeans.

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« Reply #23 on: April 10, 2009, 07:38:15 AM »
Ben wasn\'t feeling up to a swim, even though swimming in the ocean was an appealing thing.  He didn\'t respond when Kerr asked him if he wanted to be left alone, undecisive.  Kerr made the decision for him anyway, with the swim thing, so Ben looked back up the cliffside at the house as he replied.

"I\'ll be in my room," he said, taking one last glance at Kerr before going up the stairs, trying to concentrate on each step instead of on his thoughts which were whirling at a million miles a second.  He wanted to set up his computer and write all his thoughts down, but he didn\'t think he\'d be quick enough plugging everything in and loading everything on, so he was firstly going to take out one of his journals and write in it while everything was fresh, before he got to the computer.  As it turned out, if left alone, he would only be finished with his writing a little over two hours later.
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« Reply #24 on: April 10, 2009, 04:13:06 PM »
Kerr nodded when told Ben would be in his room then stripped the last of his clothes off as his fledgling walked away.  He walked into the relatively gentle waves slowly, wanting to embrace being naked beneath the moon and surrounded by the natural power of the water.  His own thoughts kept this from happening completely but once he lay on his back and managed to obtain the water\'s undulating surface it got better.  Water filled his ears and frequently splashed up his nose or over his face but he ignored it as he floated and stare at the white disc riding the sky, emptying his mind as best he could.

He lost track of time in this way, got caught in a rip and floated much farther out to sea than he should\'ve, so was forced to allow himself to drop down into the black depths to the ocean floor to simply walk back.  That was an eerie experience and he found himself frequently disconcerted by marine life swimming past on its own course, close enough to tail-lash or sting him to no effect (beyond the fright).

An hour and a half later he emerged from the ocean\'s clutches and shook his head vigourously to dislodge the salt water from his ears and nose.  He flicked his arms and legs a few times to dry off, not liking the way the salt stuck to his skin, then gathered his clothes in a bundle under his arm to climb the cliff staircase.  When he got to the top, Kerr went directly to his bathroom, not sensing that Jack was home yet and feeling the low-pulse awareness in the back of his brain that told him Ben was thinking very hard and fast (and should not be disturbed).

After a brief shower - during which he washed the salt water out of his hair also - he pulled on a pair of loose, knee-length denim shorts and headed downstairs to wait for Jack to get home.  He finger combed his wet locks as he went, annoyed by the way droplets of water fell on his bare shoulders and pondering going back to dry it off a bit more carefully but deciding against it.  He also pondered cutting his hair off entirely, but wasn\'t quite that annoyed yet.

He checked his mobile to see if his mortal charge had called while he was swimming then settled down on the couch in the sitting room to read.  He\'d left his latest book on the coffee table and it was pleasant sitting in the large room with one of the doors open to blow fresh air on him, long legs sprawled out behind him as he rested on his right elbow.  Reading kept his mind off wondering what Ben was doing and if he would have any follow-up questions once he\'d processed everything he\'d been told.  Plus, he would be easily found there on the couch, by whomever sought him out first.

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« Reply #25 on: April 18, 2009, 08:00:29 AM »
Jack was back home not long after, while Kerr sat reading and Ben lay writing.  He\'d had a most curious time with Samuel and Hannah, with Samuel tutoring the pair of them about what Jack really was and all the things that had happened in the past, why the ritual was incomplete and Jack had only a small portion of memory.  Kerr hadn\'t played any part in the lessons other than being the device to have caused many things to go wrong.  Hannah learned that the form Jack had taken over was a homosexual man, though Jack\'s usual attraction had brought him together with her.  Samuel had put such a romantic spin on the whole ordeal (which really had been nothing other than sexual release after many dormant years) that her eyes went starry and she accepted that Jack was in a position that he couldn\'t really consummate anything with her.  Jack\'s respect for Samuel had grown tenfold in this story-telling session, for he\'d managed to give Jack every option while losing no ground.

Of course he had kisses for Hannah, and she didn\'t seem to notice his heart wasn\'t really in it.  Kerr was his dominant memory, all he knew was his love for him.  However, they had to position Hannah where she would be willing and honoured to bear the mark to bring Jack back (should any evils befall him), so she could pass it on to a male of her choosing who would be the sacrificial in the ritual.  Oh, she knew it all now, she was excited about it, and though she declared much love for him and what he looked like now, Jack suspected that the wheels were turning in her mind.

He sought Kerr out now, for some normality.  Every time he met with Samuel (and this usually included Hannah, but not always), there was always a feeling of surreality.  He was worshipped, tutored, adored, waited on.  It fed his ego and he hadn\'t even discovered the powers Samuel declared he could tap into, yet.  He also thought of the witch - how he would like to visit her and learn of the earth magic she no doubt had access to.  She would be a good place to start.  He found Kerr on the sofa, reading, and pounced on him with barely a hello.  No doubt Kerr would\'ve sensed him coming, though he doubted the vampire would know he was going to get a lap full of energetic mortal youth.

"I\'m back," Jack told him unnecessarily.
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« Reply #26 on: April 18, 2009, 12:06:53 PM »
Kerr laughed and scooped Jack down so that he was laying along him and could look up at him.  The couch cushions were broad enough to accommodate this because Kerr was still laying on his right side and Jack - even flat on his back - was not a broad or unwelcome intruder.

He took a moment to shuffle his right shoulder forward (taking Jack\'s head for a short slide across the couch, for it was laying on his bicep) and place his book on the coffee table before he pulled back into position and cuddled around Jack with both arms and a leg.

"I\'m sorry about earlier," he said worriedly, succumbing to the need to apologise more because of what he\'d said to Ben, rather than feeling any blame for their earlier disagreements (though there was some, he knew).  Calling a person who made you feel loved and really very happy a \'poor substitute\' for another encouraged a great deal of guilt and embarrassment when that person was faced again, he suddenly found. "I hope your time in the city cleared your head?"

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« Reply #27 on: April 19, 2009, 06:42:14 AM »
He\'d initially left to go shopping, and so Kerr thought he had, though the lack of purchases should\'ve told him better.  Jack didn\'t like doing things alone so he\'d gone to the penthouse to get Samuel (and Hannah, if she was back from her night\'s work at the circus), but had been waylaid by something completely different.  The shopping trip had entirely left his head upon being greeted with such eagerness on Samuel\'s part - apparently he\'d dropped in at a perfect time.

Now he heard an apology from Kerr and thought it unnecessary for not inviting him to go with Kerr and Ben to Risk, mostly because Kerr had explained himself.  He didn\'t know he\'d been condemned twice after leaving Kerr and Ben alone; once for his clothes and the other for not being Ben.

"Mmn," he murmured lightly, not wanting to go into everything said and done with Samuel and Hannah.  That was separate to his time with Kerr, and he wanted to keep it that way.  "You don\'t have to say sorry," he said, then ground his hips against Kerr beneath him.  "You just have to make it up to me," he added with a mischievous look.
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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #28 on: April 19, 2009, 10:45:30 AM »
Kerr merely stared at him for a few moments, thinking.  In truth, he yearned for someone in his bed, but only to hold.  He wanted Jack there this day, but the implication that there\'d be sex, after the emotional Tour de France he\'d just been on, was as alien as Jack sprouting another head from which to send him asides.

"I told Ben everything, tonight," he blurted out quite suddenly, finding he really had been stripped down to raw elements and staccato thinking.  He blinked at Jack, waiting for his reply because it seemed that it would influence the way everything would go from here.  He didn\'t have the energy to predict and shape the outcome ahead of schedule, he could only put his information into play and wait for it to ricochet around until it landed on a consequence.

"We ran into Ichabod at Risk and so Ben asked.  I\'ve told him everything about the last three years.  He\'s... processing it."

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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #29 on: April 19, 2009, 05:11:48 PM »
There was a rather intense flare of jealousy mixed with possessiveness upon being told Kerr had shared such information with Ben.  He squashed his initial reaction (which was to stiffen, and though there was an obvious tension in his body he thought he did quite well at relaxing it away fairly immediately), before raising his eyebrows at Kerr in a questioning gesture.  What happened next? his expression implied, but it was unnecessary for Kerr continued on his own steam, telling him that Ben was processing - whatever that meant.

Those are my memories, he wanted to say.  They were the memories that made him special to Kerr, that connected him to Kerr.  What was he, if Ben had it all?  Ben didn\'t even know him!  Why was Kerr insisting on pursuing that avenue when he had all he did in Jack?  He didn\'t need two in his life, he just needed one.  That one was Jack.  He knew his protest would either fall on deaf ears or cause the vampire to sour.  The last thing he wanted to do was pressure Kerr away from him.  He was smart enough to know Kerr would resent any negative comments about Ben, and devious enough to keep such feelings to himself.  Honestly, he couldn\'t care less about what happened to Ben, as long as he stayed on the training side of Kerr and didn\'t interfere with a relationship that Jack was supposed to have with Kerr.

The easiest thing to do was not to acknowledge Ben at all, for fear of giving the wrong response.

"How\'s Ichabod doing?" he asked, knowing the youth in question.
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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #30 on: April 19, 2009, 11:26:06 PM »
The smile that surfaced was almost relieved but the warmth glinting in his brown eyes showed his thoughts about Ichabod were genuinely good - too good to tell Jack about, of course, but he didn\'t feel he had to hide all of those positive feelings away.  It didn\'t even occur to him that Jack hadn\'t made a comment on Ben knowing everything now.

"He\'s good, actually.  He seems to have sorted his life out somewhat, adjusted to living without Mandy - though we didn\'t really talk about her - and is going away to college soon.  In fact, I don\'t think he\'ll be in the city too much longer but I did have a chance to catch up with him and let him know I wouldn\'t mind seeing him again before he left for good."

The fact that Ichabod was not all that keen to see Jack was obvious to Kerr and so there was no real interest in his news for his charge, he believed, other than saying that he would like to spend some time with the mortal.  Really, he didn\'t have too many from his life in the past three years that he could openly communicate with because all their dealings were past and they could just interact in the moment... in fact, he could only think of two but the less interaction he had with Lazarus, the better.

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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #31 on: April 20, 2009, 06:27:35 AM »
Jack thought about Ichabod while he was being told about him.  The memories he had of the other were of a mixture of emotions, charged with a sexual element.  Ichabod, in many ways, reminded him of Hannah.  It would make sense for them to find a way to get together, the three of them.  Samuel would likely be able to make that happen.  He made a mental note to dabble interference in Ichabod\'s plans via his follower, if only to pursue his greater goals.

There was little left to say about Ichabod, and there was nothing he wanted to say about Ben, so he pursued the last tendril of conversation offered to him.

"I\'m glad he\'s got himself sorted," he said, though it didn\'t really matter how sorted Ichabod was.  He felt that Kerr needed some kind of comment on the youth.  He also suspected (correctly) that Kerr had drunk from him.

"What are your plans for me, then?" he prompted, wanting the conversation directed to the both of them.  With an easy smile and a few caresses of his hands upon Kerr\'s body - one on his side and the other upon his shoulder, as Jack lay - he attempted to steer them to the present.
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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #32 on: April 20, 2009, 07:37:39 AM »
"You?" Kerr drawled thoughtfully, reaching up to toy with the strands of hair over Jack\'s forehead as he looked him over carefully, smiling indulgently.  It seemed as if tiredness helped quell the misgivings he\'d had earlier about Jack, for he was certainly feeling more confident about him now.  Generous, even.

"I thought I might ask you if you would mind sleeping with me for what\'s left of this night and as much as you can stand of the day?  I still think it\'s too soon to push forward with anything other than sleep

until Ben rejects me officially and I know you\'re the one I\'m focussing on

but I\'m very keen to have you to cuddle," he told the mortal he\'d formerly squandered, his eyebrows lifted hopefully.  He believed Jack would jump at any chance to get close to him but didn\'t want to project that arrogance by acting without asking.  Once he had his affirmation, he would take Jack upstairs, strip them both and curl up around him in his bed.

This night would have a happy ending, he was determined.

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Re: Home Truths
« Reply #33 on: April 20, 2009, 07:47:48 AM »
Jack satisfied Kerr\'s ego with a quick acceptance of the suggestion, nuzzling at Kerr\'s collarbone and neck through his grin.  It was easy for him, being with Kerr.  It was easy to be led upstairs, easy to undress while he was being undressed (despite the tightness of his clothes), easy to caress and touch Kerr while it all happened around him and easy to snuggle up to him when they lay beneath the covers.  Jack went to sleep with a smile, held in Kerr\'s arms and his heart soaring because of where he was.  Kerr might\'ve shared his past with Ben, but it was Jack he\'d gone to bed with.
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