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Horns (The Order, Bk.1)
Writer Lunassandra Hughes
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Lunassandra Hughes
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Lia stood leaning against a grimy brick wall. The back of the alley where she stayed was surprisingly clean and covered in a charmed tarp. The handy charm kept any from hearing any sound from within the home she had built for herself beneath its crinkled blue folds. copyright protection33PENANAUUi1IpeRTu

Under her makeshift tent lay all she owned of unimportance (as things of importance were kept far more hidden), not that she owned much. All her life she had lived a certain way. copyright protection33PENANAQTthY2Yn3e

Nomadic.copyright protection33PENANAAThwq4HnDd

Since the day she had first taken human form in this life she had moved from land to land, sticking close to the wilderness. Towns were full of ‘decent people’ who would not abide her presence, nor would they fraternize with anyone they referred to as ‘gypsies’, after all.copyright protection33PENANAbx7tzQTOIM

This city was relatively small. So small that she didn’t even bother destroying it. But that didn’t mean she couldn’t have some fun. No, just the occasional shock em’, fry em’ sort of thing. The last grunt’s screams had a damn near melody. Deck the halls? No… Yankee Doodle? No...wait! Jaws!copyright protection33PENANAiyGMQEOO1S

Lia walked back to the tent and grabbed her things that she would need then proceeded to light the alley way ablaze, the putrid stench filling the air and making her scrunch up her nose in disgust.copyright protection33PENANA3CLk9cpQz2

A smile soon bloomed on her lips as she thought of the warehouse district’s wayward demonic inhabitants that she had used to play games with her. And what fun she had! But they had grown boring and rather troublesome. Therefore they had outlived their uses. copyright protection33PENANA3KAbe917XJ

Pity.copyright protection33PENANAUgiB28gRXi

Still smiling to herself, Lia blinked out of the small city in eastern europe to Maedbell, Connecticut.copyright protection33PENANAJ0Uuk3GJUg


Lia sat on a cold brick doorstep in a back alley, bored. The male vampire she had been torturing hadn’t lasted long. The sad thing? It was supposedly a warrior, a high ranking one supposedly within a rogue band if you could even label such a weak creature a warrior of all things. She had squeezed all the information he had out of him fairly easily. He had been a pussy, the only really interesting thing he kept secret, or tried to anyway was a location of a gate.copyright protection33PENANAMY0m9ewbmu

Gates were the doors to other realms, dimensions, etc… This one was apparently a gate to an underworld of sorts where rogue bands of vampires met to scheme and shit. copyright protection33PENANAUhKdSMl8Ei

When she was told this information, Lia thought back to the twenties when she had decided to keep a spy in the burgeoning Order. Under a guise of course- gods knew she had too many enemies to risk revealing her movements- she had compelled a member of their group to unknowingly smuggle information on their workings to her.copyright protection33PENANAqnjlSDpznj

She had made damn sure he would never remember her, nor would he know just how he was being used.copyright protection33PENANAPaiPxr43Cq

The Gate was close, too close to their current home. The vampires of this world were so ignorant, it was almost funny, almost. Not quite.copyright protection33PENANAxxIiKA56JJ

They had no knowledge of races beside a few select ones- nor did they know how there were countless subspecies to each race. It was pretty sad, actually. Other immortal races could be good allies, but most of them were strict and kept out of the businesses of races who were unaware of them. A ‘if they don’t know about us, we don’t want to work with them’ policy.copyright protection33PENANAo96HvYlUxJ

Lia was a supernatural mixing pot for the preternatural community. A mix of vampire, witch, and kitsune, she travelled not only out of boredom but because she had acquired many enemies over her time. Her Kit was almost all dead, all except for her twin brother and herself, of course. Though she had not heard from him in far too long…copyright protection33PENANAenTwcqXhuA

Other Kit’s would automatically attempt to kill her, but Kits tend to stick to their own realm. One per, you could say.copyright protection33PENANAI18qkS0pYJ

Sighing, Lia stood and blinked to an alleyway behind a club she had taken to frequenting- a vampire owned nightclub that she chose to get wasted at to abate the apathy that toyed with her existence.copyright protection33PENANA8nTf5oerjM

Walking up out of the alley’s shadows, she slid off her trench coat and with a wave it dispersed into shadows, leaving her clad in a cropped navy halter top and a short a-line leather skirt that put her legs on display. She caught a glance of herself in a neighboring shattered mirror- her long almost white blonde hair was kept partially up and out of her face, a navy ribbon pulling some of her hair up into a ponytail- the rich color making her milky skin glow. Her eyes were the darkest of violets, lined by thick kohl lines, curling up at the corner into cat eyes. Her lipstick was near black tonight, but in daylight could be considered a rich red.copyright protection33PENANAax933lu1DY

Walking past the long wait line up to the bouncer, she flirted ceaselessly until she was allowed in, bringing a collective groan from those in line.copyright protection33PENANABl0JLkCMJB

Lia smiled at the charmed bouncer and flitted inside.copyright protection33PENANAvSZp84Omv7

Stepping within the club, it was clear to see that tonight it was bustling with energy. copyright protection33PENANA8FEhJHDdJg

Going to the bar, she ordered a scotch and made her way to the VIP balcony, flirting occasionally with the grinding humans and the rare vampire who came up to ask who she was. Spotting an open booth that would keep her discreetly shadowed out of immediate sight, but not too far from the Order’s reserved table, she quickly sat down, eyes scanning the gyrating crowd. copyright protection33PENANAbkCc4nwH9g

By the time the Order’s warriors had made their entrance she was on her second scotch and in the middle of a drinking contest with a rich frat boy.copyright protection33PENANAjF9i4hmSDS

They were each tall and extremely attractive by present day standards, but each were utterly unique. Each had a different aura about themselves and it was clear by how they held themselves that they held a loyalty to one another that was undying. It was such a rare thing to see in this day and age and a trait that even Lia adored. Lia got the feeling that no matter how long or how creative she fot, it would be a waste of time torturing a single one for information. Pity, she was always ready for a bit of fun.copyright protection33PENANAZMyE3ilHw5

Setting down the empty shot glass, still irritatingly sober with only a pre-buzz, Lia grabbed the hand of a drunk young man. Pulling him into the booth, she rose to her knees and put a knee over his right leg and another over his left. She looked over her shoulder at the frat boys. copyright protection33PENANAYIqAUvYqc7

“Go away children. Mommy’s busy.”copyright protection33PENANAHvMQOR7bJK

Lia blew a kiss as she waved them off. She smiled at the sight of their confusion. They didn’t even recall how they had gotten to the club.copyright protection33PENANA3JwCnAVJir

Turning back to the drunk, she leaned in close to his neck and began to kiss her way down. Placing a kiss over his jugular she whispered in his ear.copyright protection33PENANAOh9eR3KPtW

“You’re getting good at playing human.”copyright protection33PENANAXasJ1gB8rl

Lucas groaned, “Damn, and here I thought I had perfected my impression.”copyright protection33PENANASv4p8sZ3ci

“A little too much if you ask me. But seeing as how my half-sisters so love to wreak havoc on men of all kinds, I knew the signs to look for. Beside, I know enough about you to definitely know it was you and not a human.” Lia smiled, remembering her sisters’ motto: ‘Let’s get so drunk that we don’t get a hangover!’copyright protection33PENANAu1zDgrH0hb

They had yet to achieve such, but that was beside the point.copyright protection33PENANAXempYnGzv8

“Lucas, I’m hungry and you smell like a particularly juicy steak right now. What do you want?”copyright protection33PENANAUoEZNMsNQF

“Lia, can’t a man just visit his favorite cousin once in awhile?”copyright protection33PENANA5lGFZX6GXn

“Well ‘he’ could, but ‘he’ doesn’t unless ‘he’ wants something.”copyright protection33PENANARUBdkAA1a5

He sighed. copyright protection33PENANA95uO4hBx5r

“Cassandra had a vision and in short? She told me that if I didn't tell you she'd cut up something very important and shove it so far up my right nostril that it would pop out my left. She seemed kinda stressed." copyright protection33PENANAcbMTQMQWsO

Lia snickered at the understatement. Her seer cousin certainly needed an outlet, maybe they could bond over Lia's…copyright protection33PENANAkjJWx4w75G

Reaching into his front pant pocket, she withdrew a cell phone and answered on the first ring. copyright protection33PENANAdfLH4QZFo5

"Cassie girl, thanks for sending a snack... No I won't main him permanently... or kill... yes, no scars... Tell me about the vision, doll-face."copyright protection33PENANA7BgUu6Gl38

"I saw a mansion, kind of like the ones you can rent for parties? Anyway, I saw you there in an office, talking. Not sure about what. But you were surrounded by gorgeous, no, glorious MAC trucks. Huge, hot men, what could be better? I know, side-tracked, but they were all just staring at you as if you told them that you had eaten all of their dicks while they were asleep.copyright protection33PENANAansUkZYQ74

"But I digress. Be sure to tell me if it helped! Oh and be a dear and speed up Lucas' transformation? I have a job that requires a full demon." She paused then burst into loud ominous cackles, "See ya Lia-Bia!"copyright protection33PENANAxlkj3o924y

Well that was a witch for you, lucid one moment, mad as a hatter the next. At least she wasn't speaking in riddles again.copyright protection33PENANA7b9o6EuM0y

Lia's teeth grinded together for a moment. "Thanks Bitchy-Witchy, I'll send your pet back intact." With that she hung up the phone.copyright protection33PENANAVaVn5fn46u

Glancing over at the Order’s table where the warriors now sat, Lia smiled. She dissolved the shadows concealing her booth from view, allowing them a near direct view should they glance her way.copyright protection33PENANA8DPtWSS6VW

Bending back down into Lucas’ neck she murmured softly in his ear. copyright protection33PENANAE38OresW1s

“I’m hungry.”37Please respect copyright.PENANAW2DMdrNiwE
He shuddered beneath her, “Then feed.”copyright protection33PENANAuWDpkJFHNM

Lia muttered her thanks beneath her breath and latched onto his jugular. Smooth, rich blood crawled down her throat like the richest of chocolates, the sweetest of wines. Blood of immortals was always the sweetest, But alas, Lucas’ blood was diluted, made impure by his mortal mother. He needed to die to complete his transition to an adult male of his species. Luckily, Lia felt particularly deadly as she drained him.copyright protection33PENANAbWq1pnUitQ

Lifting her head from his neck, Lia smiled, satisfied. copyright protection33PENANAf8TnWkCpgD

She felt the weight of a glare upon her neck and she flicked her own gaze over her shoulder to catch her watcher in the act. copyright protection33PENANASLAwbUfQB3

She was a ghastly sight no doubt- an angel with blood dripping down her face. copyright protection33PENANADNZ3OpqJHU

Shock, confusion, and anger crossed the male’s face. Sliding out of the booth, Lia heard a pleasant thump as Lucas’ form collapsed face first into the table, dead. Or at least for the moment. The change. Death is a rite of passage indeed.copyright protection33PENANAzW2skZNWp4

Still smiling, Lia made direct eye contact with the Vampire King. Fury brewed in his right cerulean eye, the left made entirely of glass.copyright protection33PENANAAiPaO054RG

Dispersing into the shadows, Lia smiled. copyright protection33PENANA7uu7yjwY2d

The game had begun.copyright protection33PENANATBaV4uVSrl

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