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Reiji Santiago

I am a gentleman, make no mistake.. However, I am a Vampire. Sadism is in my nature, Darling.

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a character in “Castillo de la Muerte”, as played by Stiles

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"Stay out of my room if you're wise. Though if you're brave, please, I challenge you to be foolish."

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Image■ Name: Reiji Santiago

■ Sexuality: Asexual

■ Race: Vampire

■ Age: Appears 20, real age unknown

■ Height: 5'11''

■ Weight: 160

■ Personality traits: Generally, Reiji is Disinterested, fatigued, inattentive, and a tad irritable. Though when faced with a challenge, he's quite energetic and competitive. He hates to lose, and does everything in his power to prevent doing so.

Image■ Skills: He's a skilled writer and has wrote several books. Mostly under different aliases throughout the years. He's skilled in making different kinds of poisons and toxins and loves testing them out on those he hates.

■ Phobias / Fears: Falling in love - Reiji doesn't want to fall for anyone, he finds love to be a weakness he can't afford too much more of. Lakes - He's terrified of deep water, despite being a vampire, Reiji cannot swim. Losing his family - His family, despite exiling him several times, are the only ones to understand and truly care for him. Losing them would drive him truly insane.

■ Bad Habits / Vices: Pushing other's limits, Testing boundaries, Not taking 'no' for an answer, Smoking,

■ Quirks: He's constantly toying with his glasses or random objects.

■ Best Qualities: Loyal, Gentlemanly & Respectful if he likes you, Sincere, and Determined

■ Worst Qualities: He's jealous.. especially of Castiel, Arrogant, Bossy, Lazy, and impulsive

■ Crush: To be announced.


Image■ Sexual Background: Reiji has been with a handful of girls over the years. He's quite picky and doesn't bed just anyone. Being a man whom is quite difficult to understand, he doesn't attract many women.

■Other Important Details:

-He views Castiel as a rival, despite claiming to "Hate that guy." When push comes to shove, Reiji loves his brother, and would do anything to protect him. Despite caring about him, Reiji doesn't allow himself to show it and detests him because he views Castiel as his superior.

-NO ONE is allowed in his room.

-He hates being woke up.

- If you break one of his rules, he becomes immeasurably violent.

So begins...

Reiji Santiago's Story

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Character Portrait: Katerina Rosario Character Portrait: Reiji Santiago
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Reiji's carriage finally approached the Santiago estate. His eyes followed the details of the Castle, nostalgia coursing through him. He grew up there as a boy with his brothers.. It had been several decades since he last wandered the halls of his home. He was banished from the house, something about killing the help.. It was all trivial anyhow. They were just humans. He had a knack for forgetting his indiscretions over time. His books and real life tended to mold together. As a result he wasn't fully aware of reality anymore. Though it wasn't like he cared to take the time to sort reality from his fiction. It was too troublesome at the end of the day. Besides, Reiji was pleased with his lifestyle, that's all that mattered in the dark haired male's mind. As they reach the gates, Reiji opened the carriage, jumping out of the mobile vehicle, "Thank you, Raphael, I can walk from here." And he flicked a gold piece over his shoulder, the currency falling into the human's lap. He appreciated the gardens, their beauty was withstanding the rainy weather quite nicely. Demetri was the cause of their perseverance no doubt.

He made sure to keep out of sight, noticing that some sort of gathering was taking place at the estate tonight. Lovely. This will make for a dramatic entrance indeed. He thought to himself rather amused. He couldn't wait to see the look on Castiel's face when he made his return public. It'll be amusing to see how you handle my return, brother. He gave a swift jump before he landed on his bedroom's balcony. It was exactly as he left it, most likely because there was too much stuff aliening the floor. No one could possibly get around the room to clean it. It was unknown as to how Reiji himself got around in the cluttered mess. He tapped the window, the sheet of glass popping out of place. It certainly would have broken, had the vampire failed to catch the long sheet. He slipped past the gap between the wooden door and where the glass used to be before replacing it gently. No one knew of it's flaw except him, another perk of being as disorganized as he was. Castiel couldn't walk into his room, let alone examine it's flaws after he left. It was the perfect secret entrance. He looked around his room, frowning as he realized he'd have to start all over with his unattended herbs. Though that meant little to him currently. He had a maid to find, whilst also keeping himself hidden from his brothers. He had a present for his new maid. He'd witnessed her arrival, having spied on the castle for nearly two weeks. He chose now to make his appearance, when everyone's guard was down. His little sister had even returned. No one would be looking for him to return.

He shoved his door open, closing it quietly behind him. Holding a white and pink gift box under his arm. He sniffed the air, finding her scent before stealthily making his way through the halls. He had to hide behind a set of curtains to avoid the help, more than thankful that the sun had already fallen. He snuck past them however, opening Katerina's bedroom quickly. He tossed the box upon her sleeping form, "Put this on girl. You serve me now. If I hear any complaints, even one, I'll end you." He warned her, before turning his back on her. He didn't take into account she was probably still half asleep, but he wasn't the kind of man who cared about someone else's shortcomings, "I will find you during the party. For now, all you need to know is my name is Reiji Santiago." With that, the dark haired man disappeared again, awaiting the right moment to announce his return. He gave his maid no explanation, he deemed her unworthy and insignificant. Soon my brothers.. Very soon I will shake up everything you've worked towards with these girls. He'd left a dress, masquerade mask and a pair of heels for his maid, so he could find her easier within the crowd.

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Katerina’s groaned slightly as the door was opened. ”I’m sorry, I’m sorry. I only need a-…” She paused and tried to blink her eyes open to see who it was, only to find a man she’d never see before demanding her to get dressed. It was usually Angelo demanding why she wasn’t dressed and at his side already so that he could keep an eye on her, or Olivia fearfully waking her up so she wouldn’t get in trouble. Kat had been having a hard time with the changed sleep schedule.

”Kat.” She muttered when he simply called her girl and sat up to open the box. She looked at him and waited before he left to roll her eyes. Pink.. He wants me in pink… Just lovely. She groaned and flopped back against her pillows, where her slender arms covered her face. Just a little while longer…

When she found no peace to sleep, the female got up, wrapping the fur blanket around herself to keep covered as she opened the box more fully now, brushing her hand against the fabric. At least she didn’t have to wear that annoyingly itchy maid suit anymore. Before dressing, she went across the hall to the bathing room she shared with the other girls and washed her hair and her face, cleaning herself up to be presentable. The cool water felt good against her skin, and she basked in it for just a moment before she went back to her room to dress.

Katerina was never comfortable dressing up – it always made her feel out of place, but she did slip on the dress and place the mask to hide her features. She wasn’t sure what to make of the man, but so far she didn’t like him. She’d rather go back to following Angelo around like a lost puppy. At least he ignored her.

Grabbing her shoes, she fixed herself up, simply flipped her hair to the side to be out of her face and headed for the ball room. Or where she thought it would be. The home was big, and the tour she was given had mostly been forgotten – except for the important places, such as Angelo’s room, their library and their kitchen. Her bare feet padded softly though the halls as she hummed a gentle tune, her slender fingers scratching at the back of her neck before she heard all the commotion and headed for the groups of people.

Her eyes scanned the room for Castiel, wanting to give him a little something for just handing her around as if she was a doll, she refusing that she belonged to anyone but herself. She gave up quickly and just sat on the stair case. Subconsciously, her hand covered her healing wound on her neck, hiding her scar. It would have been nice if the stupid dress would have had sleeves or something. Katerina could already tell this was going to be a long night – already wanting to go back to her room so that she could read some of the books she had ‘borrowed’ from their library, the ones she had hidden under her bed.



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There was a strange feeling of security when she felt his arm wrap around her waist. It was the same feeling she got when he went to support her after he fed in case she felt weak. It brought a smile to her face and allowed her body to rest against his as they swayed. ”Bold? Perhaps. I knew what you were when I was brought here. I spent the night in the street yelling out for your kind. Maybe I’m just not as afraid as I should be.” She murmured, knowing that she didn’t have to speak up so that he could hear her through the noise of the crowd. As for the part of him not being shy, maybe she shouldn’t be either. Her eyes stared at his lips – could this be the chance that she was waiting for to taste him?

A laughing squeal left her lips when all of a sudden the room was upside down, her head falling back as she let out a pleasant laugh. The laugh didn’t waver when he brought her up, and she shook her head to his question. “Of course I didn’t. You’re too much of a gentleman to drop me… And if you did, I’d have to second guess those abilities of yours..” She cooed, a lightness in her step as he lead her. This night had turned out better than she could have hoped for.

Katerina watched him, watched the worry on his face gather, and then disappear before he worried about her. After he kissed her forehead, she let his hand go and wrapped her arms around his neck and let her head fall to his shoulder, her fingers lightly playing with the hair that tickled them. His promise made her smile, but she attempted to hide the joy that it gave her. Kat didn’t want to seem too eager, but that feeling disappeared as she felt a lump in her throat the jealousy she saw in his face. Was that for her?

That was when she finally felt her heart flutter, and she quietly cleared her throat to calm herself. Was the jealousy meant for her, or was it about whatever that was on his mind? There was a part of her that wanted to calm his fears and his worries. He deserved to have a good time. “The dress? Oh, Reiji gave it to me. I assumed he was part of the family since he had the same last name, but I haven’t seen him around. When I asked Anise, she didn’t know either.” Her head leaned back so that she could see his face, trying to look through his mask to read his expression. ”I can’t say that he is all that pleasant to wake up to….”



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Character Portrait: Tanzy McNeal Character Portrait: Anise Delopar Character Portrait: Bishop J. Santiago Character Portrait: Reiji Santiago
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Watching the table where Castiel sat as Anise tried to approach him, Tanzy gasped in shock when he vanished before her eyes. Could vampires actually move that fast? He couldn't just dissappear, so that had to be it. It was scary to think they were so powerful and skilled. But more to the point, where had he gone off to? Was he ok? He seemed almost distracted before. Well, he had drank from her just before the ball, so he should be physically ok, she reasoned. In any case, she knew how annoyed the master of the house would be if he knew how many 'tedious questions' she wished to ask. Deciding she would only confuse herself further and get in his way if she tried to solve this sudden mystery, Tanzy settled herself on seeking out Anise's company.

As she tried to find the girl in the crowd again-she was just there- ah, there she was, Tanzy gulped as she saw someone else had found her friend first. Bishop had intercepted her, and he seemed in a decent enough mood, earning a sigh of relief from the maid as she saw him smile at the dark-haired girl. So far Anise looked ok, and Bishop showed no sign of hurting her. Well, Tanzy suppossed she could talk to Anise as soon as she was free. In the meantime, she'd watch the festivities, maybe get herself something to drink. It was so strange, she felt very out of place.
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Just as he smelled the dogs, Bishop also noticed a familiar smell, and soon a familiar voice. He could hardly believe his ears, but it was most definately him A headache waiting to happen as far as he was concerned. Reiji.

Bishop cared for his family, and he would do anything to help his brothers, as he knew they'd do for him. That being said, Reiji was just good at pissing him off. The older male seemed intent on making himself known and on messing with other's things, especially Castiel's. If he wasn't family, Bishop would almost consider trying to kill the older vampire. For a guy who could be so uninterested and lazy, when Reiji found something to amuse himself, he was a pest. Always seeing how far he could push his brothers. Well, Bishop could care less that he was here, so long as he didn't go touching anything that belonged to him. Keeping his hand on Anise's shoulder, he muttered softly to her.
"Don't wander outside. I know you won't run away or any such thing, but tonight, keep in the estate and stay away from anyone calling himself Reiji."
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Tanzy couldn't help but overhear snippets of conversation, and at one point she swore she heard the name 'Reiji Santiago' being said. Santiago? Was there another relative of the brother's here at the ball? If there was such a person, she wondered if they would be just as intimidating as the other members of the household. Looking around the room for the maids as she lost herself in her thoughts, Tanzy's eye caught sight of a dark haired male approaching the newest maid, only to place a hand on her shoulder. Did he know Kat? Who of the guests invited to a vampire's mansion would know any of the maids?

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Character Portrait: Demetri Santiago Character Portrait: Tanzy McNeal Character Portrait: Anise Delopar Character Portrait: Bishop J. Santiago Character Portrait: Katerina Rosario Character Portrait: Mirabelle Santiago Character Portrait: Reiji Santiago
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(OOC: I apologize it isn't beautiful, I've just been quite busy lately! I won't continue this I promise.)

"My abilities? What if I were to say I was the weakest vampire in existence?" He replied smugly. He ran a hand through his hair quickly, fixing the mess begging to happen upon his head without missing a beat, "Although I'd catch you if I was, I am a gentleman before I am a vampire after all." He chuckled, agreeing with the pale haired woman. He noticed the music beginning to hush, and saw a familiar face roaming the ballroom. Reiji.. Why are you here..?

He smiled as she grew closer, enjoying the enticing scent of her perfume mixed with the blood. He would have shivered as a human, but a smirk simply grew on his face at her touch. Playing with his hair brought him much needed tranquility, though it wasn't the time or place for shivers and clouded judgement. He kept his eyes on the familiar man, frowning a bit as he danced with his compainion. The music stopped just as she spoke, and his fears were verified in Katerina's voice.

“The dress? Oh, Reiji gave it to me. I assumed he was part of the family since he had the same last name, but I haven’t seen him around. When I asked Anise, she didn’t know either.”

Demetri sighed, "I feared it would be Reiji.. Don't trust a word he says. Castiel shunned him for a reason. He is incapable of compassion or love, and he's a disaster with feet." Demetri growled angrily. The last time he had seen Reiji, the two of them were fighting. Reiji had killed one of Castiel's human lovers and Demetri punched him in anger. It resulted in them rolling down a hill, fighting for hours before they'd returned home to Castiel's sentence of banishment from their homeland.

"He's not that pleasant to grow up with either.." He remembered their mother constantly begged the twins to be more like Reiji and Castiel. They were tormented about studying and being proper. He hated being compared to his elder brother. He's not even blood related.. The red head thought in a pissed tone. Sure Demetri grew up to be a fine gentleman, but he still wanted to be nothing like his brothers.. he enjoyed himself and Bishop for who they truly were, not who they were 'supposed to be'.

"Of course brother." He hissed to the elder male, "I hate to make a departure, but I've got to find someone." He gave Katerina an apologetic smile before disappearing in the blink of an eye. He followed the smell of the blood, which led him down a dark hallway and into the wine cellar. He made his way down the steps until he saw a dead body dangling from the ceiling. There was Olivia hanging, bloody and ripped apart. He went wide eyed, and had he not been accustomed to carnage, he would have possibly lost his earlier snack to the floor.

He quickly cut her down, noticing blood across the room, pooling toward him. There lied what was left of Alice, the pieces were so unidentifiable, the familiar scent of her body was the only identifying factor... and her boots. His fangs were showing, eyes glowing a bright red. Whoever did this is going to pay dearly. He quickly reappeared, with blood on his hands, but no one really seemed to notice as far as guests went.

He scanned the room for the remaining maids, appearing next to Tanzy once his eyes spotted her, "We have to gather with Bishop, Anise, and Mirabelle. Alice and Olivia are dead and I've not seen Castiel or Angelo in nearly an hour." He whispered, voice cracking in his panic. He ushered her through the crowd toward Bishop, forgetting there was blood on his hands as he nervously dragged her along.

"Brother, we have a serious problem."

Tanzy couldn't help but overhear snippets of conversation, and at one point she swore she heard the name 'Reiji Santiago' being said. Santiago? Was there another relative of the brother's here at the ball? If there was such a person, she wondered if they would be just as intimidating as the other members of the household. Looking around the room for the maids as she lost herself in her thoughts, Tanzy's eye caught sight of a dark haired male approaching the newest maid, only to place a hand on her shoulder. Did he know Kat? Who of the guests invited to a vampire's mansion would know any of the maids?

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Character Portrait: Anise Delopar Character Portrait: Bishop J. Santiago Character Portrait: Katerina Rosario Character Portrait: Mirabelle Santiago Character Portrait: Reiji Santiago
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“Careful brother. Don’t get too attached now.” Mirabelle purred playfully and then looked over Anise, watching her stutter with her words, making Mira smirk. “Master Bishop?” Mira couldn’t have helped herself from laughing, though she did cover her mouth to try to muffle the sound and calm herself. “My apologies, brother. It just sounds so foreign.” She said as she folded her hands in front of her, looking around the room as she gathered herself.

Mirabelle nodded in agreement as she looked around. “I thought I smelled them as people came in, but I couldn’t place it to stop it. We’ll just have to be careful.” She said with a sigh. This night was supposed to be fun, not a night that they have to protect their home. Mira glanced over her shoulder when she heard the voice of a man she hadn’t seen since she was a child – Reiji. She was surprised she could even recognize it. If not for the familiar sound of his voice, she would have never known it was him.

Mirabelle didn’t hate him – she had no idea why Bishop was telling Anise to stay away from him. What had she missed? With a shrug of her shoulders, she said her fair wells to the two of them and then headed over to Reiji as she watched Demetri vanish. She looked at Kat, pulling her eye brows together as if asking where he went, only to get an answer of uncertainty back.

“Reiji.” She said softly with a warm smile, and then greeted Kat. “How have you been after all this time?” She asked curiously, glancing over her shoulder to see if she could spot the rest of her family or a wolf. When she didn’t find what she was looking for, she gave the two in front of her, her full attention.

Her nose flared as she two smelt blood, but she didn’t think much of it. Perhaps it was just Kat. Though if it was, wouldn’t it be stronger? It wasn’t just one scent, but a few. That’s when she thought about it – thought about why Bishop told Anise to stay away. ”Brother? Did you do that?” She asked. Mirabelle had her own share of killing the help, but she did get rid of the evidence – or more so made Shuu get rid of it.


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Katerina listened to Demetri’s warning about Reiji, nodding as she began to pull away. She finished the dance with her hands lightly on his shoulders, ready to let him leave and do as he wanted before until she heard that familiar voice. If Reiji was that bad, why would Demetri just leave her alone with him?

”Mmmm.” Was all that she said in response to Reiji’s apology, glancing up at him. She listened to the two of them talk, gracefully letting her shoulder drop to remove Reiji’s hand from her skin. In turn, she turned to face him, grabbed the outside of her dress and bowed to him, giving him an inviting smile.

”Reiji.” She greeted before she started chewing on the inside of her lip. He was sent to watch over her? ”Sent here just for me? Don’t I feel special.” She muttered, a hint of sarcasm left in her voice. ”Pleased to be in your service. What do you wish me to address you by?” Kat asked, bowing once more and taking on the role that Castiel had taught her. She still had a hard time accepting the fact that she was to serve, but she did as she was taught just like Mirabelle had advised she do.

There was a relief when the blonde joined them. With the warning and the feelings she got from the man beside her, she was happy to have some company. She didn’t know what it would be like to be alone with Reiji, and she didn’t necessary want to find out.



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ImageReiji held an amused grin the entire time Demetri responded to him. He removed his mask, "Hasta luego.. Demetri." He waved with a toothy grin. He was obviously amused by the chaos, making himself much easier to blame for the catastrophe. Though Reiji wasn't afraid of being accused, half of his life he took the fall for others, he was such a troublemaker that if something terrible were to happen those around him immediately assumed Reiji to be the root of their despair. He held no ill will, he quite enjoyed his infamous reputation. It kept things interesting, "Well he's quite rude, dampening the festivities if you ask me." Reiji chuckled. His voice was much deeper than his younger brothers, yet calm and relaxing like a taste of honey. Everything about him invited you in, but his personality mixed with his intentions spoke otherwise. He was a stereotypical vampire through and through on the outside. A monster. Though whether there is more to the man than meets the eye is unknown, for he always kept himself on a tighter leash then even his eldest brother Castiel. Reiji took pride in his control over himself. He'd never fallen in love, not even once. He'd never cared for anything as far as anyone knew, and he was immeasurably selfish. His weakness was well hidden aside from his physical weakness as all vampires possess. All emotional weakness was locked away behind many many iron doors.

Though his eyes did widen at the sight of Mirabelle, but only in shock. Afterward he returned to his arrogant, calm expressionless face, "Belle." He smirked, wrapping his arms around his sister, however to quickly draw back. Reiji trusted no one, loved no one. Or so he wished everyone to believe. With as many enemies as he held, any sign of weakness put everyone he cared for in danger. He was willing to pay the price, distance himself emotionally from everyone he loved in order to protect him from his awful decisions and everyone he ever wronged, "There is a face I never expected to see again." He smirked, eyeing his baby sister. Although I'm adopted.. she still welcomes me with such warmth. Warmth only a woman possesses.. Though I assume she doesn't know that minor detail.. I doubt Castiel spoke much of me.. Else she'd be posing more interesting questions..

"Here and there. You of all people should know I hate sitting still. Also there is the fact our dear elder brother banished me from our home, but that's not important.. What's important is we've got a case of stray mutts on our hands. I thought mother taught us far better than to allow dogs into our home. They belong outside." He spoke of Castiel almost as bitterly as he spoke of the werewolves. He obviously held resentment toward the Head of Castillo de la Muerte.

He could smell the blood but ignored the scent, until an amusing question crossed his sister's lips. He closed his eyes with a chuckle, brushing his long black hair out of his eyes with a sadistic smile, "Oh I wish I had.. they smell quite lovely." He laughed a second time before regaining his composure, the glimmer in his eyes quite animalistic. He was always a glutton. He fed far more than required, but Mirabelle wasn't around to witness his careless and selfish behavior as a vampire...yet.

”Brother? Did you do that?

"No. Sister, you wound me." He replied feigning pain as he gripped at his chest above his unbeating heart, "It wasn't me. The dogs are after us I assume. They're from the pack we drove from these lands.. Scratch that, the pack mother and father drove from these lands." He closed his eyes, crinkling his nose as he thought of them. He'd ignored Kat until his eyes landed on her, having heard every one of her questions, finding time to finally answer them.

"I apologize for ignoring you. I heard every word, but lives are more important than curiosity I suppose. I could care less what happens to you lot.. but my family seems to have grown attached to their pets.." He brushed hair behind Katerina's ear. His touch was gentle, but entirely different than Demetri's. His eyes were bored and uninterested. His intentions behind his touch meaningless aside from his attempt to fake a gentlemanly air. Of course he lived by a code as all men do, but his was quite more flexible than most. Not to mention, how was Kat supposed to know of the rules he'd set for himself since they'd spent less than half an hour together and Reiji wasn't offering any useful information about himself up willingly.

"Yes I was sent here specifically for you, mostly as punishment for your crime of exposing us to humans. We had to kill quite a few dozens to reverse your damage." He licked his lips, "Reiji is fine. Lord Santiago. Whichever you prefer.. but nothing else." He warned her, "I am a man of strict rules, and any who break them will suffer... dire consequences. You may ask my sister about what happens to those who fail to play my games properly." He whispered in the sweetest voice he could muster, despite the malice of his words.

"You needn't be so worried. You're suppossed to enjoy yourself after all." Bishop assured his little wench, "The dark haired one over there, that's Reiji. Without the mask he has glasses." explained Bishop in a bored tone, tilting his head to indicate Reiji's position. Quite cute, you're trying to protect her from me.. Dear brother.. Don't you realize I always get what I want? Need I use her to remind you? Though his attention switched to Demetri. He was always fond of the twins, despite his need to repeatedly remind him that he was their elder brother, that he could, and would, take anything he wanted from them whenever he deemed fit.

"What's happened? Are you harmed?" Bishop asked softly, "Mirabelle, I believe we need to keep your pets close to us at all times.." Reiji warned, "Unless we finally agree they're a liability.. then I'd gladly dispose of them for those who haven't the heart." He grinned with excitement.

"I believe this calls for a meeting my dear siblings... bring your pets if you so desire.. but we've got an extermination job to do." He spoke for all his siblings to hear, "As for our vampiric guests, enjoy yourself. Feed at your leisure while we're gone.. but please erase their memories as you're done. Any casualities will be dealt with by the offending party. Do I make myself clear?" He asked his final question with malice, and the guests with vampiric blood spoke not a word. Reiji's name held nearly as much power as Castiel, but for far darker reasons.

With that, Reiji pressed on, dragging Katerina by the wrist keeping mind to grab the one that wasn't injured. His grip wasn't tight, but he wasn't giving her the option of lingering around. He led her into the drawing room, awaiting his siblings and their respective pets to join.

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Tanzy somehow managed to draw any attention to herself, not that she complained in the slightest. Around all of these vampires, she was rather wary, unsure if they were reasonable or threatening. She figured it would be best to play it safe. The young woman found herself shifting nervously, biting the inside of her cheek, and feeling the rising compulsion to tidy anything, wipe the serving bowl as a drop of it's contents dropped on the side. Oh this was pathetic, perhaps she should dance after all. Glancing around, Tanzy decided to try and ask Castiel if he'd like to dance. She was most used to him, and well, she didn't exactly know any of the guests. If he said no, that would be the end of it.

After only about two minutes of trying to find her particular master, Tanzy was approached by Demetri, earning a slightly stiffer posture. She still felt the uneasy feeling around him, but his words were enough to banish any such thoughts for the time being. Olivia and Alice...dead? Face going white, Tanzy was tugged along wordlessly as she felt a growing worry as he mentioned the two eldest being unaccounted for as well. Surely the vampires were ok...

Demetri stopped before his brother and Anise, though the older maid was in a bit of a shock, trying to fathom how the two maids had been killed. She had seen them not two hours earlier! Tanzy merely listened to the twins, wishing she could have an idea of what was bothering them. Even Demetri didn't seem his usual cheery self, and that in itself was a bit creepy. Just as they all seemed to be gathered in one area of the parlour, another pair of individuals passed. Katerina..and the dark haired male she had seen earlier? Who was he?

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ImageDemetri shook his head, "I'm fine. I think someone is killing our guests.. I haven't found our brothers. I'm certain that it's safe to assume we're under attack. Our home is being attacked by the werewolves. They've finally ventured inside our walls and wish to take what is ours by birthright." He replied in an overly calm voice. His eyes spoke differently however. He was panicking, afraid. Afraid for the lives of his family, for the girl he was growing affectionate for. For everyone he ever held dear.

The red haired male eyed Tanzy and Anise, before speaking lower than they could hear, "They've killed Alice.. and.." His eyes softened as he leaned into his twin, releasing Tanzy's hand for the moment to embrace his brother, "Olivia.. she's...gone. They hung her in the wine cellar." He whispered to his brother, embracing him tightly, attempting to soothe the wild card. Reiji was unpredictable, but he was in control of his actions. When enraged, Bishop acted without thinking. He wasn't losing his family that just became reunited. He'd go to hell and back before he'd allow anyone to get away with harming a single person in the castle again.


”Brother? Did you do that?

I nearly forgot... Mirabelle grew up far from the dangers of these oversized dogs.. He mentally whispered to himself as he overheard Mirabelle and Reiji's conversation. Shaking his head as their sister suspected their estranged brother. He went to reply, but it seemed that Reiji had it covered. "Oh I wish I had.. they smell quite lovely." He gritted his teeth at the elder man's response. I won't allow you to touch a single one of them if I can help it, brother. He held resentment toward Reiji, but far less than Castiel or Angelo did.

He wanted to sink his teeth into his brother, begin a brawl right in the middle of the parlor, but that wasn't Demetri. Demetri enjoyed finer life and etiquette. He wasn't about to start a riot in the middle of a party. The vampire counsel would be infuriated. The family would be properly punished. A punishment from the counsel wasn't something to take lightly. There were always agonizing. Short, but memorable.

"No. Sister, you wound me."

Is it possible to wound that stone heart of yours? Sometimes I wonder if you've got one at all. Demetri softly growled at his thoughts, not realizing his distaste for his brother became vocalized. He clenched his fists, the purest form of rage coursing through his veins. Don't speak of mother and father like that. Even I, a bastard son loved them both deeply.

"Mirabelle, I believe we need to keep your pets close to us at all times.." Reiji warned. At least we can agree on one thing. Demetri thought, releasing his pale fist's grip. Though he rolled his eyes at the following statment, "Unless we finally agree they're a liability.. then I'd gladly dispose of them for those who haven't the heart." Demetri could practically taste the excitement in his brother's tone. You never change do you, Reiji?

"Aye, I do believe it does require a gathering.." Demetri responded loud enough even for the humans to hear, [color=#FF4000]"I enjoy a good wolf hunt as much as the next.." His eyes were dark, vengeful and full of hatred. Demetri was out for blood, and refused to stop until he made every last wolf pay for what they've done. I promised I'd protect her.. I promised I wouldn't let anything happen.. I failed her.. Guilt for failing Alice was beginning to sink in. It was taking it's toll on his judgement.

"No one inform Anise or the other girls of Alice's death.. It'd crush the shy one for sure. We can't worry our little doves now can we dearies?" He chucked in a depressed tone only in a vampire's line of hearing, trying to keep his sense of humor even in the thickest of issues. He gave Tanzy an apologetic smile before leading her along. He couldn't dare look at Anise, she resembled Alice far too much. Far more than he resembled his own twin brother. At least he's showing some signs of responsibility as acting head of house in Castiel's place.. Demetri thought in a mental grumble.

"We should have a meeting as Reiji suggested.. Come brother." He gave Bishop a weak smile, not expecting much. He'd just informed him of Olivia's death after all. He wasn't looking for much from his twin at the moment, "We've got to protect those that remain.."

As he brought her along, Demetri smiled weakly, "I've a secret Tanzy... The other girls are dead... and we can't find Castiel.. so in the meantime you're under my protection and Mirabelle's.. You cannot tell Anise.. " He replied in a sad tone, gently squeezing her hand and leading her along to the drawing room, "Keep everything you've heard from Katerina and Anise. I don't wish for anyone to be alarmed.. and it's not our place to inform her. Leave that to Bishop." He grinned, "She's not ours. She's got no one now.. losing a twin is the worst sort of pain I could ever imagine.."

As they entered, Demetri smiled to Katerina, "A promise is a promise... I told you I'd be back, love." He approached her giving her a tight hug, "He didn't do anything to hurt you did he? Anything unwanted?"

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ImageHe doesn't seem to appreciate her humor.. What does she mean attached..? I highly doubt Bishop is attached to someone like me.. I always catch him eyeing Olivia when she's around.. He fancies her and I fancy Derrick.. Anise reassured herself. The thought of someone like Bishop caring about her was entirely unfathomable. She blushed a bit, inwardly glaring at Mirabelle. I can't help he wishes to be called Master. It's not my choice of words.. She turned her gaze away, for respect's sake. She was growing quite irritated with today's festivities. She gripped the locket around her neck, smiling to herself. I can do this.. we can do this.

Werewolves..? She thought curiously, wondering what 'be careful' meant. Would they put a stop to them? Were werewolves as manlike as vampires? She felt her head swirl around the topic of the supernatural, wondering just how many mythical creatures were far more than just that, a myth. Mirabelle seemed to grow distracted and Anise took the moment to stick her tongue out as she turned her head. Mother isn't getting paid for me to listen to you. She thought in a pouting sort of manner, perhaps due to her quick ingestion of alcohol. She was behaving rather recklessly compared to her typical self, but not entirely out of character. Shee was still soft spoken, still quiet and relatively polite.

"Goodbye Mi'lady." Anise bowed, hands holding her dress out to aid making the movement easier. She rose shorly after, looking up to Bishop once more, "Why does your sister think you're attached to me.. Master Bishop?" She asked loud enough to be heard. She awaited his answer, not apologizing, not even second guessing her question. Just a look of utter curiosity shown upon her face.

His attention seemed to return to her shortly after his sister's departure, a weary smile greeting his own. She took a drink from her new glass, the previous one already taking it's effects. She nodded, "It's.. I'll try.." she replied with embarrassed soft laughter, caressing the back of her neck with a gloved hand, "I've never been to a party before.." She replied, nodding once more as he pointed out Reiji. She raised an eyebrow, noticing that he held no traits of his other siblings. Maybe he was just an oddball..? She didn't linger on Reiji though, her eyes returning to Bishop, "I'll steer clear." She assured him, taking another sip, "You don't seem to be enjoying yourself sir.. i-if you'd like we could-" However she was quickly cut off from her embarrassing proposal. I can't believe I was about to ask Bishop to dance...

Demetri saved the day as he approached the two of them, Tanzy in tow. His hands were covered in blood, the unmistakable red wasn't a shade she'd ever forget. Her mother introduced it to Anise, burnt it into her brain forever. She had a scar to carry with her to the grave. Someone was hurt... or worse. She felt a knot in her throat and as she noticed her own twin's absence had been far too long, she grew antsy. Alice.. Where are you? Here eyes darted around nervously, searching for her twin, mentally begging anyone who'd listen, praying her sister was alright.

Demetri didn't look harmed, but she understood Bishop's concern. She stood quietly, still scanning the room for her own twin. She was growing more terrified every second she couldn't find Alice. She was growing dizzy, panicking. Alice.. please tell me you're alright.. please tell me you didn't anger anyone..

She noticed Tanzy's look of fear and confusion. She smiled weakly, trying to hide the fact she was terrified as well, though she was certain that to the vampire's her heart was racing a thousand miles a minute. At the moment Anise felt like she was alone. In the crowded room, Anise felt like no one else was around. She felt so helpless and hopeless. Alice was always her strength, and she needed her now. She needed to see her sister was alive. Demetri had blood on his hands. Someone else's.

"Who's blood is that..?" She asked, looking to his shoes, "Who is hurt..?" she asked, asking no one in particular. She didn't care as long as she got answers. Demetri ignored her however, speaking about some sort of meeting. Then werewolves again. Did werewolves kill someone? Who? She could feel pain in her chest as she grew more and more anxious. She was at the verge of an anxiety attack.

Bishop and Tanzy left them and she turned to Bishop desperately, "Who's hurt? Can you tell? Is Alice okay?" Her breath was hitching, body shaking. She placed her glass down, giving Bishop a pleading look, "I can't leave without my sister. I-I have to find her!" she was on the verge of tears, though she was trying to be strong. She was falling apart, barely holding the pieces together. She turned to walk away to find Alice, seeing as she couldn't hear Reiji's warning to split up.

"I'm sorry but I can't abandon her. I must do this." She whispered, "Alice!" She called out desparately, though it wasn't exceptionally loud in the crowd.

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ImageBelle. Now that was a name she hadn’t heard in a long time – the nickname that only Reiji called her. Everyone else simply called her Mira, or Mirabelle when she was in trouble. The female vampire eagerly returned his hug, giving his slender frame an extra tight squeeze before he released her. It was only then her relaxed, subdued expression turned curious, finding out that Cassie had banished their brother. Why would he do that? Family was everything to him.

Mirabelle eyed her brother. They may not have been blood, but Reiji was still her family, and she loved him like she loved every one of them. Had any of them known her past, they may not look at her the same, and she was one to give not only second chances, but hundreds. Mirabelle tended to be more forgiving than anyone should be.

Instead of asking questions that were meant for later, she simply looked back to Katerina, watching the way Reiji was with her. He didn’t seem to act much different around her than he did Kat. His touches were bored, and words empty. It was only when she was lucky that she would get a taste of love from her brother – just as she did moments before. Even if Reiji did put of a front, the hug was more than just her amusement. Mirabelle may have been famous for all the hugs she loved to give and receive, but she could always tell the difference between hugs of family affection and ones just for show.

With a soft sigh at her brother’s words, she shrugged her bare shoulders gracefully, folding her hands in the folds of her deep red dress. ”I’m afraid it may be too late for mine. Poor soul must have been attracted to the wolves. I told him to leave a body there, but I bet he stayed. What a shame that I never did get to taste him.”



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Katerina nodded lightly when he gave her the rules, giving him a light smile to know that he wouldn’t have to worry about her. When he moved to touch her hair, his cold fingers made her close her eyes, but she neither accepted or denied his touch. Her body grew eerily still when he said they had to kill dozens of other people because of her. She could feel her heart stop beating in her chest, as her breath burned her throat, tears threatening to sting her eyes. She didn’t move, she didn’t breathe.

Such innocent people. And it’s my fault.

The sudden yank on her arm made her walk forward. She didn't fight against him, or try to wretch her arm free. She simply followed him, still in shock of all the harm and pain she caused, all for selfish reasons.



It was then that Mirabelle finally registered Demetri’s words. Had she been in the conversation and not ease dropping, she may have reacted differently, but all she did was sigh. Sure, Mirabelle was sad that young lives were lost for no other reasons than blood lust, but the female didn’t know the other women of the house. She barely knew their names and who they belonged to, but she had no attachment to them. Even the loss of Shuu, who had been hers, wasn’t enough to evoke a deep sadness within her. Maybe it was just because she was getting her family back – that was most important to her. She looked over Anise with sad eyes – she knew what it was like to lose family. She knew what it was like to lose her entire family, but it was done now and there was nothing else either of them could do. Only some were lucky enough to be brought back from the dead.

Mirabelle was no innocent when it came to these matters, and the fact that two of her brothers were missing made her uneasy. Had they been like Demetri and enjoyed festivities such as this and had been missing, she may have been more worried. She shifted her weight between her feet, the heels she had been wearing making her feet begin to ache. A meeting. Just what we need. We can get everyone together and accounted for. Oh Cassie, where are you?




Katerina’s entire form tensed when she felt Demetri’s arms around her. She bit harshly on the inside of her lip and hugged him back, using everything in her power to keep it together. Her face fell against his shoulder and she clung onto him for a little longer than she should have, before she pulled away to face him. ”I’ll be alright.” She said, reaching her hand up to smooth away the worry lines from his lips. ”What is it that bothers you? She asked, pulling at the strings of her mask so that it would fall away from her face, looking over him. Her warm touch grabbed at his arm, pulling his hand from behind her, turning it over to see his palm.

Had he not been so worried, she would have thought that he would have been feeding. ”I know we are supposed to be staying the others, but let me clean you up first… Otherwise you’ll frighten them.

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Demetri's words confirmed his suspicions that something was wrong. The news didn't come any easier having suspected it. If anything, the building tension made it far worse. Dead...his twin's pet and sweet Olivia. Bishop had actually liked her, Olivia being the only other maid he found to his tastes. And two of his brothers missing? That was unforgivable, unfathomable. Despite Demetri's attempts at acting normal and composed, Bishop knew his twin was feeling just as threatened and distressed as he was. Only his anger surpassed Demetri, Bishop feeling his fists clench into tight balls of fury. Someone was going to die tonight. He'd destroy every damn mutt in a hundred miles! His brother's lust for blood was matched by his own rage, Demetri's embrace the only thing keeping him in the margin of sanity. It was only seeing his brother alive and well that kept him from killing all the people in the castle in an effort to eradicate the vermin infesting it. It was fortunate his brother could actually keep his head in such a situation, Bishop's control even more unstable than a hungry Demetri.

Despite finding Reiji to be an obnoxious pest, the redhead couldn't argue with his suggestion of a meeting. At least he had some brains in his head. Hugging his brother before he could leave, the barely soothed Bishop tried to repay the favor, knowing the broken promise to the little tart his brother had as a maid would gnaw at his gentlemanly twin. He doubted he would be much comfort this night, but he would team up with his brother and make sure every last dog was torn to bloody pieces.

"Thank you brother..." he whispered in a pained voice, releasing his twin to look at Anise. Anise..this wasn't going to go over well. The fragile human looked like she'd crumple from worry and break at the slightest disturbance. Face impassive in a barely controlled mask, Bishop reached over to bring her along to the drawing room after his brother. Anise just happened to move as he did so, the trembling female questioning him desperately. She was looking to him for help, needing to know where her sister was. For once, Bishop felt a rare stirring of actual empathy for the girl. Losing her beloved sister. He couldn't stand the tart, but he couldn't even begin to imagine losing Demetri. It was too painful and sickening to even contemplate the possibility. What would be the kindest way to deal with this?

Not getting any answers from him, Bishop found himself chasing a teary-eyed Anise, the girl leaving the safety of her master to find her sister. Even though it was apparent something was very wrong, she'd brave a castle full of vampires and filthy mutts to find her family. He had to give her credit.

Regardless, he wasn't going to let her go. Grabbing her wrist, Bishop shook his head, pulling the distressed human back towards the drawing room, ignoring her protests.

He had to tell her, he could feel her resisting his hold. "Come with me. Do not run off into danger, you will do so in vain. There is no helping her now!" Bishop was blunt, deciding that to lie would be to give her false hope. Nothing was crueler than giving someone hope and then yanking it away from them.

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Tanzy barely heard the brothers talking, the maid glancing around for any sign of the others who were absent. The young woman couldn't recall the last time she felt so uneasy. Tanzy did her best to not look at Anise, knowing the pain and sympathy in her own eyes would betray the secret Demetri just told her. Face pale and mood smothered by the turn of events, Tanzy didn't bother to protest Demetri's hand tugging her along. For once he wasn't quite so creepy and suspicious in her mind, noticing with a hint of guilt he was even giving her hand a reassuring squeeze. The gesture was not unwelcome, anxiety bubbling inside. Perhaps she could learn to be more comfortable around the male.

Being released upon entering the drawing room, Tanzy respectfully bowed her head and nodded to Demetri, agreeing to not tell. She paled only noticeably as he reaffirmed that two of her fellow maids were dead and Castiel and his Angelo were missing. Castiel missing? She had just seen him...and the girls. A chill went down her spine. Tanzy began to fidget, pacing in her unease before she even realized she was doing it. And just who was that dark haired male sitting in the drawing room waiting for everyone to gather?

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Image"We should have a meeting as Reiji suggested.. Come brother. We've got to protect those that remain.."

Fine words coming from a man who has no idea what we're up against, where they are, who they are, what they want, or whom they've already claimed as victims.. Reiji sighed, replacing his mask with his iconic pair of glasses, adjusting them on his nose with his middle and index fingers. He sighed, realizing his brothers were merely acting out of remorse and compassion, but it wasn't the time to mourn servants. Mirabelle was at least close to his level on the matter. She seemed to understand a calm mind was needed for the tasks to come.

"I've a secret Tanzy... The other girls are dead... and we can't find Castiel.. so in the meantime you're under my protection and Mirabelle's.. You cannot tell Anise.. "

How cute, sharing secrets with the humans to make them feel special, aren't we the gentleman Demetri. He thought to himself in cruel amusement. Most vampires overheard by accident, but Reiji tapped into his brother's conversations for his own gain. He enjoyed mocking their weaknesses. He enjoyed tormenting them to no end. It made his existence slightly easier to accept.

When Demetri and a pink haired girl entered the room, Reiji quirked a curious brow, bowing politely before approaching, kneeling before her. After a second he gazed up with crimson eyes, a smirk across his thin lips as he took her hand into his own gently before kissing her hand, his soft lips barely grazing the skin, "I believe we've yet to make acquaintance.. I'm Reiji Santiago, the other brother and acting head of house until we locate Castiel or Angelo.."

"A promise is a promise... I told you I'd be back, love." He approached her giving her a tight hug, "He didn't do anything to hurt you did he? Anything unwanted?"

He stood shortly after introducing himself to Tanzy, glancing over his shoulder, "Do you really think so low of me, brother?" He asked in a feigned wounded tone. Though he dropped it immediately. He smirked to Demetri and Katerina, quirking an eyebrow, "Taking a interest in her?" He inquired, obviously finding entertainment in his brother's blossoming relationship with Katerina. Then he ushered them off, "Demetri will hear the announcement in the next room, go ahead and wash him up. He can relay the message to you I suppose." He replied, his hand gesture shooing his maid absentmindedly. He wasn't really interested in their romance aside from the irony that she was his, not Demetri's to claim. He'd have fun playing with their connection after everyone was safe.

"She is right you know. You might frighten poor Anise.. go wash up Demetri. It's an order as acting head of the house.." He smirked to his baby brother, "I'm sure you have no complaints.."

He waited for Mirabelle and Bishop to enter the room before continuing, seeing as Bishop seemed to be having a bit of trouble with his own wench. She's cute, but she's starting to get annoying, Bishop.. Why aren't you ripping her apart? He questioned slightly irritated in his mind. You were always more like me.. Are you honestly falling for humans these days? He rubbed his temples, beginning his business and game plan once everyone was inside.

"Since we do not know who is threatening our home, or what they want we're going to have to play things safe. We're all well aware that we've lost two, and possibly a third human life tonight. Although I have no regard for the help, my brothers have taken a liking to you...so I propose a strategy of our own.." He informed the group, taking a pause for it to sink in thus far, "Everyone sticks to a buddy. One vampire to each human. You are never to part, no matter what. I am going to look for Angelo... Then Castiel.. Bishop, you'll be leading tonight's dinner party. I may be acting head of house, but during my absence you are the next in line.. and I cannot lead the festivities and search for our brothers."

He finally opened his eyes after he spoke, "Also. Everyone keep an eye out for anyone suspicious. Humans and Vampires. We all live here, it's our home and anyone who values their life will take part in protecting it tonight... Is that clear? Any questions or input to add on to this plan?"

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Tanzy didn't get to pace much, the dark haired male in question now in glasses instead of his mask, and approaching her no less. The maid's anxiety was momentarily replaced by utter surprise and confusion. True, she had been curious as to who the man was, but she did not expect a greeting such as this. Her cheeks burned a light pink, eyes riveted to the male as she tried to contemplate just how and why he was treating her like a sophisticated, high class lady. It was something she wasn't used to at all. "Oh, um..P-pleasure to meet you..." she managed lamely, all sorts of questions brimming in her head as he stood and turned his attention to his siblings and the other maids.

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Bishop kept a sturdy hold on his maid's wrist, not letting her run off any further. He doubted he was much help or comfort to the young woman, but there were even bigger things to worry about. Perhaps her friends would better soothe her? In any case, he had told her, the rest was up to her to handle. He couldn't help her handle the news.

Bishop noticed with a glare the older Santiago's irritation with him, his only response to give him a cold stare and mentally tell him to shove off. His maid was obedient, hard-working, and was a convenient snack he hadn't yet had the opportunity to taste. He liked to keep track of investments, or in this case, his possesions. There was no crime in it, and she suited him well enough.

Soon the meeting began, and while the older vampire was calm and perfectly reasonable and logical in his ideas, Bishop didn't much care for the commanding he did. And to be expected to act as a host while the others go hunting? Hell no.
"And why should I be the one to lead the festivities? Surely as head you should do so while Demetri and I look for Angelo and Castiel? We are perfectly capable of eradicating scum if we see it, brother." he argued with a growl, arms folded across his chest. Bishop wanted blood, and he wasn't about to party with a bunch of lesser mortals and vampires when he could be destroying the vermin infesting his home.

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Tanzy swallowed hard, listening to Reiji formulate a plan. Despite his obvious lack of concern for the maids, he was at least looking after them in a sense. Still, even Castiel wasn't this dominating of his brothers as far as she could tell. It felt odd to look at the man as a replacement head of the house, even temporarily.

"Excuse me sire, I mean no disrespect. But, perhaps I should go and look for the master of the house? I have some ideas as to where he might have gone off to, if his usual patterns are any indication." Tanzy spoke up, daring to approach Reiji.
She looked down, speaking softer. "You may not think much of us maids sire, but please show them kindness, they work hard. Besides, they aren't used to such disturbances."

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ImageAnise lost herself in the pandemonium of the current events, she was dizzy, sickened, and terror stricken. She couldn't see her sister anywhere, hadn't heard from her since they arrived at the ball. How am I supposed to have fun without Alice?! She's all I've got left.. If I lose her.. She was near tears as she looked through the crowd, but she felt a sudden yank at her wrist, it helped her submerge from the madness, but only enough to breathe, something she'd been neglecting to do in her panic. She wanted to fight it, attempted, but realized it was Bishop whom reclaimed her. She was about to plead with him, beg for him to allow her to find her sister, but his eyes, his tone, his hardhearted words, it all confirmed her horrible gut feeling. Alice is..Alice is..dead.. Her fighting ceased to exist as the realization became solid in her consciousness. I'm all alone.. She could see where she was going, where Bishop was leading her, even felt the movement, but honestly she felt like she wasn't a part of the picture anymore. None of it felt real. She didn't want it to be. She couldn't accept she was alone in this world.

Alice.. why'd you leave me? It's all my fault.. I told her if she found a way out we'd leave.. we'd be happy together.. she went off on her own because of me. She found her body trembling involuntarily. She didn't speak the entire way to the drawing room, she didn't have anything to say. She was already in tears. They finally fell from her tear ducts at the confirmation. Had it not been for Bishop's hold, she'd of collapsed in despair already.

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Demetri smiled a bit as she indulged in his comfort, allowing himself to enjoy hers for the moment as well. It was longer than a casual hug, but how he wished it lasted longer. Bishop and Katerina were the only things keeping him together at the moment and he nodded happily as she voiced that she wasn't harmed, "That's good. I'm glad you're okay." He closed his eyes at her reassuring touch, letting out a silent breath through his nose. A woman's touch was comforting, but this was something a bit more than just that, "I made a promise to protect one of them and I failed her." He whispered aloud, "I didn't think.. maybe that was the problem, I wasn't thinking about our unknown guests.. It was foolish..." He was speaking half to her and half scolding himself. Had she not grabbed his arm, he most certainly would have found himself pacing across the room, "Do you really think so low of me, brother?" Reiji asked him in his narcissistic tone as always, mocking him any chance he got, "Of course I do, brother."

”I know we are supposed to be staying the others, but let me clean you up first… Otherwise you’ll frighten them."

"I.. I'm not sure if we've the time for that.." He began to protest, worrying about saving lives rather than his appearance as a brooding and dangerous villain, "She is right you know. You might frighten poor Anise.. go wash up Demetri. It's an order as acting head of the house.." He smirked to his baby brother, "I'm sure you have no complaints.." but after Reiji and Katerina both insisted, Demetri found himself caving in. "I can't say I do.." He glared to his bossy elder brother. Before it started further conflict, he strode off into the next room, ushering for Katerina to follow him. He would have been more gentlemanly about it, but he was still in shock, far too upset for formalities. He'd seen his brother and his own favorite maids slaughtered like animals.

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"Since we do not know who is threatening our home, or what they want we're going to have to play things safe. We're all well aware that we've lost two, and possibly a third human life tonight. Although I have no regard for the help, my brothers have taken a liking to you...so I propose a strategy of our own.."

She heard the words, obviously from Reiji, seeing as she didn't recognize the voice. Castiel's missing too..? She feel herself floating away at sea figuratively, mostly everything she ever believed in. It felt like she had no control of her body, like she wasn't even inside it anymore. The events felt so distant.. everyone seemed so calm and uncaring.

"And why should I be the one to lead the festivities? Surely as head you should do so while Demetri and I look for Angelo and Castiel? We are perfectly capable of eradicating scum if we see it, brother."

"Perhaps he's right.. I mean.. both of you, in part" She voiced out cynically about Bishop and Reiji to the group. They weren't in the wrong for wanting to wander their home and destroy the threat. Her voice was serious, without a stutter. She was certain with her opinion. What did she have to lose if they were angry with her? She'd already lost everything she held dear, the tears clining to her eyelashes were proof. In her defense aside from the ones she refused, the tears begging Anise to let them fall down her pale cheeks, she was composed again for the most part.

"Perhaps.. we're simply a liability." She referred to herself, Tanzy, and Katerina, "Without us.. you could be searching for your brothers. There wouldn't be a need for this. No one should be denied their revenge if they can grasp it."

She realized Bishop was still enforcing his firm grip, but she looked around the room to assess everyone's expressions, "We all know how this ends. Family comes first to practically anyone.. and what better way to destroy a family than to make them choose between humanity and loyalty?" she replied bitterly, "Alice and Oliva were pawns. To draw out Castiel and Angelo.. we're pawns to distract you from saving them... My father was in the military. Alice may have been more informed, but I'm not a complete imbecile when it comes to tactics.." her voice was void of hope, along with her eyes. Her purple orbs were desolate, she wasn't joking. She practically agreed it was more realistic to allow the maids to die, mostly because it was the move she'd of made for Alice if the roles were reversed.

"They're going to make you choose between us and the longer you take, the less likely you'll be to find your brothers alive.. Every second is precious in war."

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Bishop found no comfort in Anise's words. Her tearstained face was now cold, empty, even more desolate than her fearfulness of him. This was absurd! The male growled low in his throat. She was a smart thing, but he wasn't about to let some flea ridden mutts keep him from helping his family and keeping his food! His grip tightened slightly on Anise's wrist, forcing her to look at him as his eyes narrowed. These intruders were an enemy to be wary of, but he dared not show them fear!

"You forget, you are human, my brothers are not so easily killed as that! You stand no chance as you are, and you defy our measures? You are brave and foolish, and while it may be more challenging, I have no intention of giving up anything that is mine. And why should I? This house is our birthright, my siblings are my family, and as weak as you humans are, you're convenient and useful. This is war, but we are not bound to your human standards of war."

Bishop released Anise, pushing her towards Tanzy.

As soon as his brother returned from cleaning himself, Bishop paced the room, fury in his eyes. Facing Reiji, he fumed. "If you think I'm going to just sit on my ass and be chaperone at a party- -where at least half of the people there I could care less for, while flea bitten, filthy, honorless mutts run around and slaughter our family and the work and try to take over our home, then you are as foolish as those motherless dogs are, brother." With this, the male stepped back, allowing Reiji to be in control, but not dictate that he do nothing. He had no interest in starting a fight with his brother, obnoxious he may be, but he wasn't about to just obey only because he said so, especially in such a matter as this.

Bishop turned towards Tanzy, indicating his maid.

"look after mine, she is in need of comfort." he instructed, turning back to face his family.

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Mirabelle had joined them in the drawing room, where she took root on a chair and tossed her legs over the arm. Her dress was spread out, almost consuming both her and the chair. She had a calmness about her, an aura that didn’t show panic or fear. She knew very well how to hide it; in the past she would have been beaten for such emotions. She was quite, listening to what the men and the maid had to say. She knew her brothers were strong and she was trying to go over every possibility of what – if she must think of the worst – these wolves could have done to take them down.

”Divide and conquer… We know there are wolves here – one pack. Which means that they are strong together, but without the full moon in the sky, they aren’t as strong as they need to be – to take us on as a whole. They’re waiting until that moon is risen. They’re dwindling us down so that when it’s time to strike, we’re easy prey. This may be our home, but the best thing that we may be able to do is retreat.” She knew that her brothers wouldn’t go for that, but she had to put it out there. ”Either that or we stick the girls out there for bait. Anise doesn’t seem like she’d mind.” Mirabelle’s words may have been a little more cruel than she intended, but she had no attachment to anyone in the room except for her family.

”Or Kat. We all know that Deme likes her, it was obvious when they were dancing together. Who else would have seen that? What if get Kat ‘alone’ and see who follows her. Who’s waiting. Then we beat them at their own game. Mirabelle finally sat up, folding her legs neatly in front of her with her hands resting in her lap. In her mind, she was frantically trying to go over in her head where Castiel could have gone off to. Both he and Angelo never did like parties and tried to skip out early when they were younger. Does that mean they knew the boys’ patterns?

”Cas and Angelo are gone. We all know this was probably the last place they wanted to be. That means that this pack knows your patterns. Don’t rule out anyone that you know. Isn’t there a saying that has something to do with keeping your enemies closer than your friends?” Her nervous habit started to kick in and she began to pick at her nails before she reached up to brush her fingers through her hair, keeping her hands busy. She kept glancing to the door, waiting for when Deme and Kat would join them again. She didn’t like the idea of splitting up, and leaving was beginning to sound more and more appealing.


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Image"You are a liability, though whether or not my brother's could commit to sacrificing you lot worries me. If we're going to do it, No one can change their mind afterwards." He replied, pinching at his temples irritatedly, "If we cannot agree we can't even fathom that course of action. It would lead to utter chaos." He chuckled. I care about my siblings too much to allow them to lay their life on the line for a mere human.. If we must keep the pets, it can't be helped. Though the fact they'd grown attached to the vermin was rather infuriating in his honest opinion, not to mention disgusting.

"We all know how this ends. Family comes first to practically anyone.. and what better way to destroy a family than to make them choose between humanity and loyalty? They're going to make you choose between us and the longer you take, the less likely you'll be to find your brothers alive.. Every second is precious in war."

"Well aren't you rather smart for an inferior being.." Reiji examined Anise, smirking to himself. He noticed she seemed rather torn up, bringing him to the conclusion that she was one of the twins, the one who survived the attack. He didn't want to imagine her pain, so he returned his eyes to his siblings, ignoring the girl for his own well being, "She has a point, though I doubt any of you have the nerve to sacrifice your new toys." He hissed under his breath, "So what do you suggest?"

"If you think I'm going to just sit on my ass and be chaperone at a party- -where at least half of the people there I could care less for, while flea bitten, filthy, honorless mutts run around and slaughter our family and the work and try to take over our home, then you are as foolish as those motherless dogs are, brother."

"Alright, then we ignore our guests.. I'm not a people person, I'd rip half the room in half within thirty minutes. I don't want a human's repulsive gaze upon me a moment longer than I have to. These wolves are far worse, I'd rather we dispose of them quickly." Then he glared at Bishop, a warning look toward the younger male, "Albeit I realize it's childish to fight at such a moment.. but the next time you refer to me as foolish, indirect or otherwise, I'll be forced to remind you that I'm older and therefore much stronger than you, little brother." It had obviously hit a nerve that Bishop referred to him as foolish, and his eyes were glowing in a neon fashion, the only indication of his growing fury, "I nearly rivaled Angelo if you recall." The last words were hissed, before Reiji returned to the more stressing matter, straightening out his suit like a bird smoothing it's feathers.

"Divide and conquer… We know there are wolves here – one pack. Which means that they are strong together, but without the full moon in the sky, they aren’t as strong as they need to be – to take us on as a whole. They’re waiting until that moon is risen. They’re dwindling us down so that when it’s time to strike, we’re easy prey. This may be our home, but the best thing that we may be able to do is retreat.”

"I agree Belle, the best thing we could do is to flee our home, but men are prideful creatures. Human or otherwise.. Even as Vampires we feel the need to stand our ground and fight for what is ours.. regardless of how barbarically and injustly our ancestors claimed it.. This is our home. The only place we have ever truly felt comfortable enough to call home.. We cannot abandon it without a fight." He sighed, accepting that even he found a bitter taste in his mouth at the mere thought of retreating.

”Don’t let them make me a distraction. If I die tonight, then fate finally caught up to me. Don’t make my mistake – make sure you put your family first."

It seems the help at least understand the severity of this situation. Reiji thought, pouring himself a glass of scotch before looking to his brother Demetri, "She's right you know.. Casualties are likely tonight if we decide to stay and see this battle through.. We can't be ignorant enough to believe we're all making it out of here alive. Say your piece because tonight will definitely be some of our last."

”Or Kat. We all know that Deme likes her, it was obvious when they were dancing together. Who else would have seen that? What if get Kat ‘alone’ and see who follows her. Who’s waiting. Then we beat them at their own game. Cas and Angelo are gone. We all know this was probably the last place they wanted to be. That means that this pack knows your patterns. Don’t rule out anyone that you know. Isn’t there a saying that has something to do with keeping your enemies closer than your friends?”


"There's a plan. Let's send her out and see how things play out. She's obviously willing and we cannot rule anyone out easily. As long as we're a step ahead, then the enemy won't realize what hit them. We'll execute the plan in ten minutes. Everyone get your mushy feelings out on the table. Anything you want to say because this is war and there is always blood spilt on either side. Remember.. A werewolf bite is fatal to Vampires.. even a scratch could make one fall ill for a few weeks.. Humans could be turned if bitten as well, so everyone needs to be on their guard.."

Then he walked over to Tanzy, placing a silver knife into her hands, "Hide this in your dress. If something attacks you, do not hesitate to stab them. Wolves have a fatal reaction to silver." Then he handed a second to Katerina, hoping she'd take the same advice.

"Look after mine, she is in need of comfort." he instructed, turning back to face his family.

"Everyone arm yourselves with as much silver as possible. We can't use our fangs in this battle." Reiji warned everyone. He knew a lot about werewolves, even dated one at a point in his life. Their blood and their bite was fatal for a vampire. He was more than a little bit nervous, but his expression was blank, forever resting in a calm exterior. He finally took a drink from his scotch, downing the contents in one swift drink.

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He kept his gaze low as Katerina spoke to him, his lips quivering as he thought of Alice, every fiber of his being wished to storm out and rip those mutts apart for the torture they put her through. The rips in her body, their mangled corpse.. everything about it pointed to a slow, agonizing death. They toyed with her, enjoyed her suffering, and for that, he was determined to make them pay. For every scream they brought from Alice, they'd scream ten times more. For every tear that came to her face, they'd cry oceans. For every moment of pain they caused they'd suffer longer. If I cannot do this for her, what kind of man am I? He smiled a bit up to the girl, thankful to have a soothing voice at a time like this, his angry emerald eyes peering up at her, "Thanks for cleaning me up, deary." He laughed exhaustedly, "I suppose you've got a point.. but I've never broken a promise before." He added, feeling the anguish overcome him, "It's not in me to fail." He wasn't really lying. Demetri never failed at anything he did, though possibly due to the fact he never attempted anything he thought he wasn't able to accomplish.

”Don’t let them make me a distraction. If I die tonight, then fate finally caught up to me. Don’t make my mistake – make sure you put your family first."

The words cut into him like a thousand knives, but he gave her a weak smile, "If that's what you wish.. I will not let you become a distraction, but I'm not throwing you out to the dogs either.." He replied, stroking her hair and standing before her. He cupped her chin in his hand, smiling at her apologetically, "I'm truly sorry for this..." He whispered under his breath as he stared down at her, "But.. you know, for a depressed man to return to his feet, the thing he needs most is a kiss from a cute girl..." And without any further warning, he leaned in and gently met Katerina's lips with his own. The kiss was simple, gentle and sweet, but definitely something Demetri had to get out of his system. He only allowed it to last a few seconds, withdrawing and returning to the drawing room with the rest of his siblings, leaving her to compose herself before returning as well.

"Perhaps.. we're simply a liability. Without us.. you could be searching for your brothers. There wouldn't be a need for this. No one should be denied their revenge if they can grasp it."

"You are a liability, though whether or not my brother's could commit to sacrificing you lot worries me. If we're going to do it, No one can change their mind afterwards."

Demetri's eyes widened as Anise mentioned the maids were simply a burden on their effort toward protecting their home. Although it meant the task would be reasonably more complex, Demetri didn't exactly consider them to be a nuisance. He enjoyed their company and after all this time they were like family to him.. Some even closer than family. His eyes darted to Katerina for a moment, smiling weakly to himself. He was beginning to feel more towards her than he was comfortable with. I cannot develop these feelings for her at a time like this.. it's too risky.. He tried to tell himself, though he knew better than anyone that the heart played by it's own rules.

"If we cannot agree we can't even fathom that course of action. It would lead to utter chaos."

"Well we cannot agree." Demetri chimed in, smirking happily to himself, feeling much better after his little chat with Katerina, "I for one will not kill any of these girls for the sake of my own life." He responded flatly, leaving no doubt in his tone. He was serious for once, although his voice contradicted the moment, "We'll just have to be careful as we fight and protect them."

"We all know how this ends. Family comes first to practically anyone.. and what better way to destroy a family than to make them choose between humanity and loyalty? They're going to make you choose between us and the longer you take, the less likely you'll be to find your brothers alive.. Every second is precious in war."

"Well aren't you rather smart for an inferior being.. She has a point, though I doubt any of you have the nerve to sacrifice your new toys. So what do you suggest?"

"No, I'm not ready to surrender these precious little doves, so we're just going to have to play by a new set of rules, dearies." He added to the conversation, unwilling to accept slaughtering innocent girls for their own sake. He caressed Katerina's hair softly, kissing her on the top of her head, " I suggest bait." He added, but didn't get to lay out his plan due to Bishop's angry interruption.

"If you think I'm going to just sit on my ass and be chaperone at a party- -where at least half of the people there I could care less for, while flea bitten, filthy, honorless mutts run around and slaughter our family and the work and try to take over our home, then you are as foolish as those motherless dogs are, brother."

Demetri's eyes softened, biting on his bottom lip, "We all understand your reasoning Bishop, but you've got to calm down. They want our anger to blind us, for us to make mistakes. We've got to go at this with a level head or we stand no chance in hell at a victory tonight." He calmly cooed to his brother, "Get what I'm saying, Deary?" He gave his warmest smile, messing up his hair awkwardly. Demetri didn't like to get in this situation often, but he'd play the role of peacemaker if it kept his brother alive.

"She's right you know.. Casualties are likely tonight if we decide to stay and see this battle through.. We can't be ignorant enough to believe we're all making it out of here alive. Say your piece because tonight will definitely be some of our last."

Demetri nodded, closing his eyes, "Be a dear and pour me a glass of that, brother." He replied to Reiji ushering toward the scotch, then he opened his eyes, staring into the other man's, tension obvious between the two. Neither spoke for a moment, until Demetri chose to break their mutual silence, "Of course I understand.. I've fought in a few myself." He replied, eyes widening at Mirabelle's suggestion.

”Or Kat. We all know that Deme likes her, it was obvious when they were dancing together. Who else would have seen that? What if get Kat ‘alone’ and see who follows her. Who’s waiting. Then we beat them at their own game. Cas and Angelo are gone. We all know this was probably the last place they wanted to be. That means that this pack knows your patterns. Don’t rule out anyone that you know. Isn’t there a saying that has something to do with keeping your enemies closer than your friends?”

"Sister, are you mad? When I mentioned a distraction I meant someone more durable like ourselves. Humans cannot fend for themselves against the supernatural, not untrained humans at the very least!" He could barely believe the words coming from his sibling's mouths. It was like the entire room aside from himself and Bishop had lost their minds. He was left speechless as he watched Reiji arm Tanzy and Katerina as she entered the room, and as he explained the risks of an injury sustained by a werewolf. I cannot believe we are even considering this madness.. At least he didn't give Anise a weapon.. She'd likely turn the blade on herself in this state..

"Hide this in your dress. If something attacks you, do not hesitate to stab them. Wolves have a fatal reaction to silver. Everyone arm yourselves with as much silver as possible. We can't use our fangs in this battle."

Demetri sighed to himself, "If we must do this... can we at least be as careful as possible? We don't need further casualties.." He retorted in an irritated tone. It was obvious that being ignored was getting to him, but he finally caved to the plain of using Katerina. He then approached Tanzy, leaning down and whispering in her ear, "Avoid provoking Reiji.. He's far more temperamental than Castiel and Bishop combined. Even the slightest argument could be your last if he has no use for you."

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Anise swallowed as she felt Bishop's grip strangling her arm as he clenched his hand around it. Normally she'd of cried out, tried to free herself from the pain, but she took it with as much grace as she could manage. Her eyes flinching and her uncomfortable shifting the only indication that she was in pain. She knew she angered him, but her mind was solely on Alice. She wanted the monsters that killed her twin to suffer, regardless of the price. If her dying made it possible, she'd gladly lay her life on the line for her revenge to become tangible.

"Castiel and Angelo are missing.. Castiel always handles any form of insolence swiftly and degradingly.. If he wasn't in trouble don't you think we'd of least have seen him by now!?" She snapped, not particularly at Bishop alone, but more to all the siblings. Then she blinked afterwards, bringing her fingers to her lips. She was baffled. She didn't realize she'd studied Castiel's patterns so painstakingly. It was then that she was starting to understand. She had a crush on Castiel. Despite his cruelty toward her sister, despite the fear he instilled in her, she had feelings for him. A crush was the only reason she could provide herself with. Why else would she have noticed so much about a man she was rarely around?

"I wasn't calling you weak, any of you.. I'm just saying that they're going to attack your weaknesses. Love. Vengeance. Forgiveness. Loyalty... Anything you're scared of, anything you hold dear.. you can bet will be used against you... That's what I was saying." She mumbled, being a bit more open, though considering her situation, shyness wasn't in her current priorities. The sensor on Anise's mouth was malfunctioning at the moment, everything she was thinking coming out crystal clear for the first time since she arrived, possibly even the first time ever..

Though when she was pushed, Anise looked to Tanzy, smiling weakly at the other girl, looking to her wrist, "You've got blood on your arm.. are you alright..?" She asked worried, tilting her head and reaching for the pink haired girl's arm to examine it. She didn't realize it was the blood Demetri's hand once was coated in.

Then Reiji complimented her, sort of.. Well not really. He seemed to agree with her, bringing a smile to her face. She couldn't help but be a little delighted that at least one person wasn't insulting her and fundamentally calling her a moron. Though it kind of irritated her that he referred to them as 'toys' and 'pets' all the time. Just where are humans on the list of importance to this family? Are we before or after dogs and cats? She thought infuriated. The only person whose blood ran cold that seemed to care about Alice's untimely demise seemed to be Demetri. Though she felt wrathful toward him, considering he'd vowed to protect her sister with his life. Why aren't you dead as well then!? Coward.. Her eyes were clouded with loathing and pain, but she was too restless to even consider calming down, too heartbroken to allow it. Accepting Alice's death felt like the worst sort of betrayal.

If you don't like the people at the party, why were you telling me to have a good time? She thought with a challenging brow. Though she decided it was best to stick with silence at this point, she'd angered her master enough and she wasn't feeling like causing more conflict, especially if they could kill the person who murdered her sister. The less she distracted them the better... right? Werewolves killed her sister, but for what purpose?

"If you think I'm going to just sit on my ass and be chaperone at a party- -where at least half of the people there I could care less for, while flea bitten, filthy, honorless mutts run around and slaughter our family and the work and try to take over our home, then you are as foolish as those motherless dogs are, brother."

"We all understand your reasoning Bishop, but you've got to calm down. They want our anger to blind us, for us to make mistakes. We've got to go at this with a level head or we stand no chance in hell at a victory tonight."

Well we're all angry, scared, and confused. They've got what they wanted, that much is certain.. She thought to herself as Demetri voiced his concerns to soothe his volcanic brother. She didn't want Tanzy to comfort her. She didn't want comfort. How could she relax knowing she was alone in the world? No one could ever replace the hole Alice left in her life. No one could understand the pain of losing a twin, none of them at least..

"She's right you know.. Casualties are likely tonight if we decide to stay and see this battle through.. We can't be ignorant enough to believe we're all making it out of here alive. Say your piece because tonight will definitely be some of our last."

"So we say whatever we want everyone to know in case we die tonight..?" she asked, unsure of this tradition, but going along with it anyhow, "I'm happy to have served at Castillo de la Muerte... It's been far more pleasant than home aside from.." She grew silent as she thought about Alice, eyes glued to the marble floor. She wasn't ready to come to terms with it yet, it was honestly ripping her apart inside. She wasn't sure if she'd ever be able to say it.

"Be a dear and pour me a glass of that, brother. Of course I understand.. I've fought in a few myself."

Demetri only drinks wine.. Anise thought to herself more than a little shocked by his choice of beverage. She decided against saying something, craving a drink herself after the news she'd received, though she doubted she'd be allowed alcohol in her mental state. They'd definitely forbid it.

”Or we stick the girls out there for bait. Anise doesn’t seem like she’d mind.” Mirabelle’s words may have been a little more cruel than she intended, but she had no attachment to anyone in the room except for her family.

Anise blinked a bit at Katerina's words, as a second came to terms with her idea. She didn't mind actually, but she knew that Bishop and Demetri were too fond of their service to allow them a quick death, an escape from their servitude. She merely nodded in her agreement, careful not to feed the fire. She'd crossed Bishop enough already. Anymore and he'd surely do something reckless.

”Or Kat. We all know that Deme likes her, it was obvious when they were dancing together. Who else would have seen that? What if get Kat ‘alone’ and see who follows her. Who’s waiting. Then we beat them at their own game. Cas and Angelo are gone. We all know this was probably the last place they wanted to be. That means that this pack knows your patterns. Don’t rule out anyone that you know. Isn’t there a saying that has something to do with keeping your enemies closer than your friends?”

Her second plan seemed logical in her mind as well, but Demetri had obvious arguments toward the idea. He was affectionate for the girl, he found the bodies... there was no way he'd want Kat to waltz into the fire on her own. Though it didn't seem like he had much of a choice what with everyone beginning to agree on that course of action. These people are cruel... It makes you wonder if they're even people anymore.. The only one who seems to hold a shred of humanity is Demetri..and Castiel.. but something tells me Castiel is in grave danger... She was growing antsy worrying about the blonde, shifting where she stood. Why aren't we doing something already..?

"Hide this in your dress. If something attacks you, do not hesitate to stab them. Wolves have a fatal reaction to silver. Everyone arm yourselves with as much silver as possible. We can't use our fangs in this battle."

"If we must do this... can we at least be as careful as possible? We don't need further casualties.."

She wasn't given a weapon, which only brought a weak smile to her face. Great. They don't trust me. I'm seen as a threat to myself.. As much as I'd love to die and join Alice.. I doubt I have it in me to kill myself.. She scoffed, but in the back of her mind the idea wasn't as far fetched as she led herself to believe. She'd at least attempt it if it got so bad.. Keeping her unarmed was for the best in the end.

Though Bishop hit a nerve as he turned towards Tanzy, indicating to Anise, "Look after mine, she is in need of comfort." he advised the rose haired girl, turning back to face the other Santiago siblings.

"I don't need it. Focus on what you'll have to do soon. They're still people in the end. Ending a life is far worse on the soul than grieving over one is if you're ill prepared for it.. " She retreated to a couch, letting her hair down and leaning her head on the arm of the chair, staring off into space. Alice..

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Tanzy's world was spinning around her, the realization that the estate was under some form of attack, two dead maids already. Missing Castiel and Angelo. The vampires discussing how to proceed. Her heart hammered in her chest as they considered fleeing versus fighting, and what to do about her and the other maids. Bait, the sister wanted them to be bait.

Even more surprising to the young woman was the stark change in Anise, her painfully calm demeanor. Her matter of fact, depressing words. Her rationalizing that all of the maids were simply baggage complicating things. But even so, Tanzy didn't think they were any less entitled to life. And thinking of Anise giving up and resigning herself to more pain and suffering was almost heartbreaking, the older female feeling a sick twisting of nerves in her gut. She held Anise as Bishop practically tossed the dark haired girl at her. She would have continued, but Anise seemed determined to not let anyone baby her. Admirable, but Tanzy wanted to be of comfort. Instead she was asking if Tanzy was alright. Tanzy nodded mutely as she watched Anise in concern and then surprise. The poor girl just lost her sister, and yet she was logical, to the point, and painfully composed. Tanzy couldn't imagine maintaining such calm, however bitter, should something happen to her family.

Her family. That's right, Anise was like a sister to her. And the maids here had become her second family, just as important as her own siblings and parents. They were in danger, and Tanzy ran down a flood of 'what-if's' in her mind. What if this was avoidable, what if she had led the girls out after getting ready?

The newest Santiago suddenly interrupted the rushing torrent of thoughts, placing a silver knife into her hands, the weight registering and confirming this nightmare was real. Too real. She was speechless as she looked upon the knife, jumping slightly as Demetri came close to whisper in her ear. His words were enough to make his eyes go wide in shock. More tempermental than Bishop and Castiel combined?! Was that even possible? But the man didn't seem as irate so far.

Forcing herself to pay attention, Tanzy paled as the group started to agree one by one that Katerina should be bait. Kat? Tanzy wasn't particularly close to the girl, but to think the younger sibling figures, the other maids, would be used as bait- it was not something that sat well with her.

"I'll...I'll do it. I'll be the bait!" she announced, looking up and forcing her words not to waver. She couldn't get her body to stop trembling at the thought, her gut coiled in fear. She couldn't listen to it, the girls had more life to live. She had to look after her family no matter what, even her second family.

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When Kat felt his hands in her hair, her eyes closed. She savored the feeling. It wasn’t until he said that he was sorry, was when she looked up at him, only to find his lips against hers a moment later. Her eyes closed and her hand reached up to rest against his cheek, lightly kissing him back. The moment ended before she knew it, and then he was gone. Katerina’s index fingers lightly touched her bottom lip and she smiled after him, trailing along to join the rest in the next room.

Arriving, she found out that they would send her out to bring out the wolves. They must have been listening to her in the next room, and suddenly her cheeks flushed, feeling like she had an audience in their personal moment. Kat wasn’t like that long. She calmed herself quickly, and took a seat, listening to the others.




“Sister, are you mad?” Demetri spoke. Mirabelle stood up from her seat and nearly stomped her foot.

“Am I mad? Mad?” She snapped, her calm demeanor slowly fading. “Castiel and Angelo are gone. We know that if they weren’t dead, that they would have been the first ones in this room to protect our home.” Her sadness that Cassie was gone just turned into anger. She was supposed to dance with him tonight – and to think that he died still hating himself because of her broke her heart a thousand times over. Mira wasn’t going to turn into Anise. She wasn’t so willing to just give up like that. The fact that she still had family here though, made all the difference.

She listened to Kat. She didn’t have to say a word, but Mirabelle knew that that woman was falling for her brother and that her brother was afraid to feel the same. Belle got up and walked over to Kat and she took the females hands in her, watching as the human gripped the weapon to show that she was ready.

“Reiji. Let me do it.” She said, looking from the female to Demetri, watching as Deme reluctantly agreed to do this. At least he still had on his shoulders. “Let me go out there. I’m sure they know where our brothers are, and they’ll know that one of us will be looking for them. If these wolves know you, then they know that I’ve been gone and willing to do anything just to be with family again. Let me look for them as they look for me. I’m not sucidial. I’m going to make them watch me as I rip their hearts out and shove them down their throats.” She stated as she pushed Kat towards her brother. “You better do what you want to do now, because you may not have a choice later…”




Kat felt like her heart had stopped beating. Felt like Mirabelle could see right through her. At her words, she looked over to Demetri. Swallowing hard, and taking a step forward with the help of Mira’s nudge, she took another two large steps, threw her arms around Demetri’s shoulders and then kissed him like she meant it. In that moment, she didn’t care that they were in a room full of people – they didn’t matter anymore. The only thing that mattered was doing what she wanted to do, because if something happened to either of them, she didn’t want to spend her time regretting what she didn’t do.

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Bishop glared right back, glad that Reiji at least was willing to let him ignore the guests. While Bishop felt a certain smugness in getting what he wanted and pissing off Reiji in the process, he felt himself twitch in annoyance as well, more than just one nerve hit as the elder Santiago boasted of not only his superiority, but of the pets being easily replaced. Sure, they weren't hard to replace, but why go through the trouble? He hadn't even gotten to enjoy his yet, so he wasn't about to toss something without using it at the very least. "Don't patronize me for not letting go of what is mine. I have that right, and I most certainly am not giving it up to filthy mongrels.." Bishop corrected angrily, stopping at Anise's outburst. It was surprising to say the least, and he turned to her with a hawkish gaze, a warning look in his eyes.

Demetri chimed in perfectly as always, working his magic to soothe away the overwhelming fury brewing inside. Bishop was grateful, but it didn't change the fact he loathed it when his brothers were right and he was not. Twitching and clenching his fists, Bishop slowly simmered down to a growl and indignant, irritable scowl. Damn his brother being right! If he weren't so angry, he'd be sulking. Bishop said not a word for a moment, letting out a soft hiss as Demetri placated him to a manageable level. "Hn...yeah, I get." he grumbled through grit teeth.

Bishop made no argument against using Kat as bait, though he found himself feeling just the teensiest bit bad for his brother. Poor sap seemed to have developed a liking for the wench. He twitched as she kissed his brother, almost ready to growl at her. His brother should be the one choosing to kiss, not the wench deciding she was worth a kiss.

It was only as they began to prepare and arm themselves that Bishop returned his attention to Anise, her bitter expression catching his expression. Well, she needed to defend herself too.

"You're quite bold. Very well, I'll make sure you have a weapon to protect yourself." Bishop decided, taking Anise's chin, he looked her straight in the eye. "I expect you to be alive when we finish cleaning out the trash. Do not allow yourself to be alone. Am I understood?" Bishop only released her after giving a last firm look.

He had to admit, Anise was being very strong, stronger than he'd be should he be in her situation. He'd never admit it, but he had to give her credit and admire her ability to keep herself collected. He could see the sorrow, but she was not losing herself to it, she was somehow maintaining some sort of calm. She hadn't collapsed into an uncontrollable sadness or hatred as he would.

"I was not fond of her, but I'm sorry for you. Use your strength to survive, and I will provide a means for you to avenge her death." Bishop whispered into her ear, just loud enough to be heard. He was careful to keep his tone level and aloof, but he was surprised he meant it.

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Anise had been aware of her pushing her luck, she just didn't mind that much that she was walking on thin ice. What was the use of dancing with the devil if there was nothing left at stake? There were no consequences if she misbehaved. Alice was the only leverage against Anise. She only valued her life because she was reunited with her twin sister. If she spoke her mind before she'd risk Alice's life or her own, which would separate them again.. She was still in shock. She truly believed if they crossed their t's and dotted their i's they'd be okay. She never imagined she'd lose Alice while playing by the rules. It almost made her feel guilty for denying her twin's request to escape. It felt like karma was biting her in the ass. She couldn't believe it. It was like fate was punishing her for trying to thrive in these conditions. Like she wasn't meant to. I wonder if things would have turned out differently if I fled with her.. She thought to herself on her new perch, not really noticing the activities around her.

She didn't realize Demetri calming the raging bull known as Bishop. She didn't notice any of the conversation after she'd fled to her sanctuary. She wasn't sure about anything anymore. She definitely wasn't confident that they'd survive tonight. She'd accepted that she was going to die, she would welcome it. It would mean that she'd be once again reunited with Alice. If dying was the price she'd die a thousand times.

"I'll...I'll do it. I'll be the bait!"

She vaguely noticed that Kat, Mira, and Tanzy all three offered to step forth as bait, though she really didn't see the point. If they killed Castiel and Angelo, then they weren't standing at very good odds of winning against the wolves. They were incredibly strong if they'd already killed the two eldest sons.. Anise wasn't getting her hopes up like the rest. She wasn't feeling the battle cries and the festivities made her want to throw up. Everyone was so confident in their abilities, explaining how they'd make the enemy pay.
Anise had far better ideas.. simply no means to complete them.

She noticed Bishop's irritation as Kat kissed Demetri. She closed her eyes, feeling her own irritation growing in her belly. She wanted to snap at him, to slap him. Alice just died.. he vowed himself to her and now he was kissing Katerina just like that? It was enraging to say the least. Was Alice nothing to him? She just rolled her eyes, adjusting her chin to the arm of the chair in cold disbelief.

She'd nearly fallen asleep as she let her thought's engulf her, not even realizing her eyes had closed until Bishop approached and addressed her directly. Her amethyst eyes fluttered open, shifting to the male before her, "I always was. I just held it back for Alice." She replied in a soft tone, "Someone had to be responsible and get her out of trouble.."

Her tone wasn't sharp or disrespectful, just disinterested. She however sat up, brushing the dress off and straightening out the wrinkles. It was wonderful, despite the horrible events that happened. She wasn't going to disrespect the dress just because someone wronged her, even though their actions would require lengthy revenge. She wasn't planning on a slow death for the person who killed her sister, "I'm not interested in protecting myself. I want revenge. I want to learn how to fight back if we survive this." She told him rather frankly, "I'm tired of being vulnerable and stumbling over my own feet. Being afraid of my own shadow is annoying.." Her voice was cracking, a sign of her composure. She was forcing herself to be strong. She wanted to break down, like before, the time they admitted their true nature. She wanted to collapse. She wanted to cry.. but she wasn't allowing herself the privileged to be weak. She wasn't granting anyone the satisfaction of seeing her that frail ever again, "But I understand. I can't make this right if I'm dead. I don't want them to die slowly. Alice didn't.." She nodded her head. No one explained how Alice had died to Anise.. How'd she know? Twins were so curious, though Bishop and Demetri probably understood that better than anyone else in the room. Her hands would have been shaking, had it not been for her subtle reminder. She was stroking her left arm. Even though no one could see it, due to her uniform or the gloves she'd received to go with the dress.. but any time she was afraid, any time she had to be strong, she remembered what her mother put her through. She wasn't about to break down... not until Alice was the last thing that her killer seen. Perhaps she wasn't Alice.. but she was close enough. She'd make her twin's murder scream.. beg to die..

Then Bishop said something quite surprising, something that Anise never expected to hear, "I was not fond of her, but I'm sorry for you. Use your strength to survive, and I will provide a means for you to avenge her death." Bishop whispered his words into her ear, tickling the skin as he uttered the sentence just loud enough to be heard. She withdrew, averting her gaze. Although his tone was indifferent, she nodded, chewing nervously at her bottom lip. Her face felt hot, but she assumed it was the alcohol she consumed earlier. Definitely the alcohol.. She told herself before standing. She had nothing else to say or do.. Her crush was possibly dead, along with her sister.. She had no other piece.. nothing else to get off her chest at this point.

"Let's see what we can do then, shall we?" She asked everyone, a small smirk on her face. For a moment, it almost resembled Alice's mischievous grin.

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Demetri poured his own glass, growing impatient waiting on Reiji. He took the scotch down with a single gulp, sighing to himself as the alcohol satisfied his hunger. He walked over to his twin, squeezing his shoulder, "We're not going to let them win.. We're going to get our revenge.. Just keep your wits about you. We're weaker separated." He warned him, and everyone else in the room, "We may be vampires, but their bite is toxic to our kind. We need to be careful. We cannot allow them to single us out either." He smiled to his family, "We've got to stick together or tonight shall be our last night.. and I'm not willing to die tonight.."

He knew he'd scared Tanzy previously, but it was for her own good. The poor girl needed to realize what the situation was.. and as far as he was concerned Reiji was as dangerous to the maids as the wolves. At least the wolves didn't give a false sense of safety though. He also noticed her discomfort with the plan but he paid it little mind. It wasn't the maids who got to choose and decide. In the end, Reiji would decide who became the bait. It was unavoidable.

"As noble as you are, It is up to Reiji who is bait. He's the acting head of house... So all final decisions are his.." He mumbled the last part. Reiji being in charge obviously didn't sit right with Demetri. Though how could they possibly know that Reiji murdered Castiel's first love in front of them? How could they know he was exiled because he was a heartless madman? He hadn't the time to break it to them and he wasn't about to instill even more fear in the frightened girls. He wasn't cruel enough to shatter their hope.

"I understand but we have to be reasonable. We can't drop everything. Castiel was the one who made this arrangement. It was his idea. He picked these girls out... Aside from Katerina.. They all had something he liked in them. Don't be so quick to throw these girls to the lions. They're one of the only things we have left in Castiel's memory if he is truly gone... And Angelo.. He was growing accustomed to them.. He was becoming social with them. They're more good for our family alive rather than dead." He snapped back. Then he rubbed his eyes, sighing softly, "I'm not just saying this because of my feelings.. I'm saying this because I've seen a change in all of us since they've arrived. We need them."

"I think Kat is the best plan however. If one of us leave they will be expecting a fight.. We can attempt an ambush if we send out a human. Kat is the newest to our house of orphans.. She's the one they'd know the least about. It's our best chance." He whispered, although the plan didn't sit right with him, he couldn't deny it was their best shot at success.

He blinked confused as Kat was pushed toward him, eyes glaring at his sister. It was embarrassing that they were acting like children in the school yard at a time like this, but he understood the reasoning. If one of them died tonight, they needed to get everything off their chests, "I'm not saying you won't have a chance to exact your revenge sister.. just not as the bait.. I think Reiji can agree with that.." He rubbed the back of his neck, not having really expected a crowd. He didn't exactly like the public to be aware of his affectionate business, so for once he even blushed. He wasn't shocked by the kiss planted on him, but rather he smiled into it as he placed his arm around Katerina's waist, bringing her in closer, the other arm around her upper back, fingers laced in her hair as he returned her kiss. His touch was gentle enough, although passionate. He remained tasteful in his actions, only continuing the kiss for about a minute, lingering in her embrace as he broke the contact between their lips, removing his hand from her hair to caress her cheek, "Just in case one of us die tonight.. know that I fancy you.. and not in a way one fancies nice things.. I truly would be faithful to you.. possibly give you the world one day if you asked.. but we'll have to see.. we haven't had enough time to develop as things stand... but I wanted to let you know where my feelings have started to lead to.."

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"Send Kat as the bait as originally planned. We need to stick to our first agreed idea. They tend to be the best, well, nine times out of ten." He smiled to the room before adjusting his glasses and straightening out his suit. He then gave everyone a final glance before making his exit, "Stay together and be safe... I was one of the last to arrive so I'm likely to be less known about.. I am going to do a quick lap around the perimeter." He turned the the group, quietly informing only the vampires in the room with his soft tone. (Mirabelle, Bishop, and Demetri) He was growing more and more irritated by the moment as he was forced to play the role of responsibility. Sure he'd always wanted it, but detective really wasn't his strong suit and that's what his siblings needed at the moment.. a strategist and a detective. Sure they had good ideas, but they needed to be implemented with the utmost delicacy the siblings could supply if they wanted to live to see tomorrow. " I need to see if anyone is acting suspicious in the ballroom after our departure and give our guests an excuse for our extended absence.. Go ahead and send Kat out the front gate. Leave the remaining maids nearby but make it seem like we're releasing them to spare their lives from this catastrophe. If we show we care about them... At least a few beta mutts will attack, a loyal dog will do anything to please the Alpha.. So there will be a taste of revenge for you guys in the meantime.." Reiji added smirking to himself and making his exit, reapplying his mask as he removed his glasses.

Then he spoke loud enough for the maids to hear, "Au revoir.." He stated in his usual teasing tone. Though he was speaking in french instead of Spanish, suggesting he was multilingual. He apparently knew at least three separate languages: English, French, and Spanish. Reiji spent a lot of time away from his family, at least he stated so in the ballroom. Just what did he spend his time on during his exile? He left no room for questions as he closed the door, leaving his trust in his siblings to execute his orders. Reiji stalked back into the ballroom, clapping his hands loudly to hush the room, "Ladies and Gentleman, I assure you that everything is under control. We've been switching out the maids, so things have been a little hectic.. Eat, Drink, Dance.. Enjoy the party and my family will return to greet everyone quite shortly." He assured the crowd.

"Santiago wealth is abundant and ever-flowing.. Indulge in your senses, forget your worries and above all else, enjoy our home for a night as much as we do." And he bowed to the roaring crowd. They were obviously disappointed at first, having expected the eldest, but Castiel was not a stranger to a majority of the crowd, most of them knew the unsocial man was of very few words. Not many people would complain about the chipper and illusory Reiji taking the stage instead. Then he decided to up the stakes, "To make amends for our absence.. Whichever lady finds my two cleverly hidden white roses will be kissed by both of my younger brothers, Bishop and Demetri. I pray the benefits be in favor of a lovely enchantress tonight." He chuckled before bowing a final time, waving his arm elegantly at the band to continue playing their music. He stepped down, making his way around the room in a casual, harmonious manner, not wishing to breed further suspicion in the guests.

He made sure to eye every single guest, dissecting every aspect of each person he interacted with or otherwise came into his line of vision. He took note of their stance, grace, facial expressions, scents, anything that could link to tidbits of their inner workings. He planned to unwrap as much of his current company as possible in his lap around the ballroom. He made sure to dance when approached and to occasionally offer to dance with random women. He chatted small talk about business with fellow aristocrats of vampire blood, and he kept himself as professional as possible on the outside, while doing his real task inside his mind. It wasn't like he was ill suited for this job, he was a lot like whomever was behind these murders. Merciless torture, cruelty, manipulative natures, and narcissistic tendencies, Reiji and the murder had quite a bit of mutual interests in their resume. He just had to debunk someone exactly like him, which as he knew could take even a professionals years if not decades to catch someone of this caliber. It's almost like we're playing a game of chess. All the same pieces just a matter of whom possesses the greater mind. Perhaps the most dangerous game of chess I've played in my entire life, mortal and eternal accounted for.. Consider this me making my counter move..

The black haired Santiago was incredibly charismatic when he chose, and he was distracting the innocent audience whilst his siblings created the bait. Hopefully they'd keep one wolf alive long enough for torture.. They had to find the identity of the Alpha.. He shook it off, accepting that it was out of his hands. He had to remain present for a few more minutes.

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The female vampire didn’t argue when she was told not to go out, which was fine with her. No complaints or arguments followed. Kat was the best idea, but Mirabelle was hoping she could save Demetri from heartbreak if anything were to go wrong. She watched him hold the girl, watched as Katerina rested on his chest as she prepared herself for what they were about to do.




Katerina had a ball in her stomach, one that was clenched so hard she thought she would fall to her knees. She rested against the man that she had grown accustomed to, even in such a short time. There was a dreaded feeling in the back of her head, one that was telling her that she wasn’t going to make it out alive. As Reiji left, Katerina took a seat in a chair, folded her hands in her lap and bowed her head in a silent prayer. She asked for protection, for forgiveness. Kat prayed to her father, telling him that she was sorry for what she was going to do. She killed innocent people in her own selfishness, and now it was going to be made right.

She wasn’t going to make it out of this alive, and she would have been foolish to believe otherwise. These wolves had no sense of mortality, no sense of compassion, and for her to believe that they would hesitate the moment one got close to her gave false hope.

Shaking hands unfolded themselves and smoothed out the pink fabric that covered her body. She picked lightly at hem before she gathered up the same strength that put her out on the street the night she was determined to prove the existence of vampires. She gave an apologetic look to Demetri before she looked at Mirabelle and Bishop, waiting for her instructions. She tried not to look at the other maids, afraid she would lose her nerve.




Mirabelle took Kat and brought her close. She made sure the silver weapon was tucked safely from view, but still accessible for the human. “Now, you are going to gather your jacket from your room and your coin purse. We are going to send you out to the front gate. I need you to be calm when we walk through the ballroom, and when we get outside I want you to walk quickly towards the gate. We will get their attention when we get you through the crowd, and they will act when they feel like they are going to lose you.” Mirabelle spoke to the girl, watching as she did her best to keep herself calm.

Belle looked over at Demetri, then to Bishop and then to Anise and Tanzy. “Demetri, you’ll probably be the best one to send her off. There was no missing your dance.” She said and then moved to join Tanzy, placing her hands on the young girls face. She brought her gaze to meet her own and then took a deep breath in, releasing it slowly, doing the process once more for Tanzy to follow suit.

“I’m going to need you to calm yourself a little bit. We don’t need your panic to give us away.” She said lightly, moving her hand from the girl’s face to her shoulders, steadying her. “When this is over, you and I are going to look for Cassie. I’d assume you know where he would be, since you’ve been with him for how long. Okay?”

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While he hid it well, Bishop felt tense and on edge, a combination of anger, impatience, and unease alternating inside. Bishop's usual smirk had long since dissappeared. More than usual, he welcomed his brother's reassuring squeeze of the shoulder, nodding in appreciation at his twin. He knew Demetri would understand even if he said nothing, the other male able to read his emotions better than anyone. Likewise, Bishop shared in the grudging acceptance of Reiji as acting head of the house, and his mixed feelings on the man in question. It was also obvious to him even without the declaration that Demetri fancied Kat. Bishop didn't quite agree with his brother's taste, but it was probably better that way.

His interest seemed to be on the bottle of scotch, his expression one of dismay. Too bad it wasn't a nice bottle of wine instead. While Demetri could stomach the alchohol, Bishop didn't care for the stuff. Anise's voice brought his attention back to her, her words registering with a growing interest. He made no interruptions as she explained her feelings, and as she finally posed the question to the occupants of the room, he finally smiled, a devilish grin meeting her own, eyes alight. He clapped twice in applause, pleased with his little dove.

"Excellent! Good, use your strength! Make those filthy dogs pay. Revel in their agony. Send them to the depths of hell. Watch as they fall to the ground at your feet and beg for mercy. Show them what happens when they meddle in your affairs and take what is yours. Let your plots of revenge send them cowering as you watch them get slaughtered like pigs!" Bishop grinned like a madman, chuckling as he egged his maid on. He would enjoy killing them, and as a present, he'd bring her the one responsible for her sister's death so she could have a taste of the satisfaction he was sure to have.

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Tanzy nodded, deciding that there was no more use arguing the point. Besides, she was sure no one really wanted to do it, herself included, but it had to be done. Looking sympathetically over at Kat, she was aware of the maid's careful attempts to avoid eye contact. Was she resentful or upset that she was the one chosen? Tanzy wasn't close with the girl, but she wished her well.

After watching Reiji leave, the eldest maid prepared to ask anyone if they needed anything, only to have her cheeks held by the Santiago sister. Tensing slightly at the unexpected contact, Tanzy looked questioningly at Mirabelle as she was instructed to take deep, calming breaths. She followed suit, brows furrowing slightly at the blonde's words. Panic? She was scared, most definately, but she would hardly call herself panicking. She hadn't broken down into hysterics or started screaming, and she hand't been acting erratically. Needless to say, she was mildly insulted, biting her lip in agitation. Regardless, she made no objection, nodding in understanding before answering the mistress.

"He would most likely be in his study. It is where he goes to be alone, hence his strict rules that no one enter without his permission."

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Reiji found himself escaping the mansion through the back door, picking up little Katerina's voice from the opposite side of the building, "Dante!" She screeched, obviously in pain, injured no doubt. He made his way towards the scene, bumping into an injured blonde, before spinning around and grabbing her by the throat, "Sorry love, didn't your precious Dante ever tell you it's dangerous for a woman to roam the streets alone..?" He asked, cooing in her ear, breathing on her neck menacingly, taunting Annabel, "I'm going to let my family rip you limb from limb.. and if you move.. I'll open you up and see just how much healing a werewolf's body can do.. I'll find out what parts you can live without.. I promise you it'll be much slower.." He gripped on her throat tightly, verifying he had no qualms killing a woman, "So I highly suggest you give them their vengeance.." Then his eyes fell on the knife in the blonde's gut, just as she attempted to claw into his arm, "Bad dog.." And he twisted the knife around in her belly agonizingly slow. Her voice could be heard by vampire and human ears alike as the dark haired Santiago tortured her.

"Bishop, Mira, don't let her get away!" This made Reiji smirk. He closed his eyes, continuing to harm the female wolf to subdue her until his angry siblings arrival. He knew there would be a lot of anger they wished to release and who was he to deny them their fill of violence for all this bitch has done? He pretended to pull the knife out, only to jab it in deeper. "I'm sorry... I.. I can't do anything for you.. you've been scratched... I-I can't turn you.. You'll be okay.. you might turn..." Demetri's concerned voice was actually making Reiji sick, it was like he was being forced to witness a bad play, tied to the seat with no choice but to watch the boring events. Though he just did his best to ignore his sapppy younger brother. I always did prefer Bishop and Angelo.. He thought to himself with a silent chuckle, keeping a firm grip on Annabel, with her arms held tightly behind her back now to avoid any deadly attacks.

"We got his name.. Mirabelle and Bishop will kill that blonde mutt for what she did to you..." Reiji sighed to himself in contentment as Demetri grew quiet. He left me out.. How perceptive of you Demetri.. I guess this means that she's dead. Finally some peace and quiet. He was starting to babble on like a love-struck teenager. Pathetic. Reiji rolled his eyes, smirking again. He knew he should have been disappointed, Katerina was his maid after all, but he just shrugged his shoulders. Maids could always be replaced. It was nothing to him if the ivory haired girl was dead.. just more work. They'd have to bury her.

"Belle, Bishop, are you going to make me hold this vile smelling dog all day!?" He called out, dragging Annabel carelessly to meet them half way, the impatient man growing irritated by all the waiting. He wanted to see the light escape her eyes and he wanted to see it now. He didn't care about brutalizing her, werewolf or not. Reiji could see no real need to be gentler to females than males. Food was food, enemies were enemies. They stood equal in his eyes.

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Katerina looked up at him, her hand coming up to grab a hold of his shirt, her fingers curling around the collar as she clung to him. She tried to tell him that she would be alright, but she couldn’t. She tried to tell him again that she loved him, afraid that he didn’t hear her and he wouldn’t know.

There was a kind of peace before death. A peace where the pain stops.. where time stops. A peace in where the world stops moving for just a moment. It's silent. She saw Demetri look at her with fear and regret in his eyes. She watched him wish that there was something he could do to save her, and all she wanted was to quiet him and tell him that everything was going to alright. She wanted him to know that she did this for him - so that he could be safe and protect his family. Kat hoped now that she would be forgiven and that she would be remembered. For what ever comes after death, Katerina would always belong to the man that held her and now her only wish was that he would remember her, and he would move on. She didn't wanted to be mourned. All Katerina wanted was for Demetri to move past this and love again. To find happiness again. There were stories that she wanted to tell him, and stories of his life that she wanted to hear. If only she could have just another day with him.. another single moment....

Suddenly her shaking stopped and she looked up at him one last time before her eyes finally closed, and her heart stopped beating.


Mirabelle’s heart broke for her brother. She could hear him, hear his distress. They should have never left Kat out there alone, realizing now that these wolves weren’t looking to play with their prey. They were on a mission, not a hunting trip. She kept close to the other two girls, sighing the slightest bit of relief as she heard Reiji.

“Always on top, Brother.” She spoke to him with a slight smirk and then wrinkled her nose in his direction, trying to keep her mood light, but all she wanted to do was run out there and comfort her brother. She wanted to hold Demetri and tell him that everything will be alright, but she couldn’t. She had no idea if he’d ever loved another, and one never heals quickly when love is involved. ”Get her to speak and tell you where Dante is. If we find him, we can find Cas and Angie." She said, looking over her shoulder to look at Anise and Tanzy. There weren’t too far from her grasp, and she knew that Bishop wouldn’t leave Anise.

Mirabelle kept her weapon hidden, considering they still had guests in the room who were completely oblivious to what was going on outside. “Reiji, what do we do? We can’t hunt them out. Not without making the group of us weaker, and we can’t let them inside. There are innocents in there. People that don’t need to know that our home has been invaded…” Mirabelle wasn’t much of a fighter. She could hold her own, sure, but she would have rather left to either come back with help or better tactics. Father never taught her how to fight, only mother taught her how to prepare meat and cook dinner for the men. She was taught to be polite and to stay out of the way, and yelled out when she was barefoot outside to rough house with her brothers.

Her family life may have been a century ago, but she still didn’t know what she needed to survive. She had more of an instinct to clean and heal wounds, than she did to kill another person, but she needed to be strong. Mirabelle needed to find what she had when she got away, when she first turned. Thinking of Cassie allowed her to do that – she was going to do all that she needed to do to protect her family, including the last two girls that her family cared about. She was growing to like them, but they wouldn’t be Kat.

Mirabelle shifted angrily on her feet as she looked in her brother’s direction, impatiently. She looked at Bishop, looking to see if he would protect them before she stomped off to meet her older brother, grabbing the blonde by the hair. She tore her head back as her brother held her and snapped in her ear.

”You sure as hell better tell me where they are, or so help me god you will never find the mercy of a peaceful death. I just got my family back, and there is no way that I will let you or your pack take them from me again." Mirabelle used her strength and kicked the girl in the knee, breaking her leg and making her fall from her brother’s grasp. ”I am not afraid of you…" Mira growled and picked up one of the girl's hands in a death grip, watching as Annabel tried to change, but couldn’t do so from the silver lodged in her gut. ”I swear I will rip every claw from your fingers, and every tooth out of your head if you don’t start talking!"

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Reaching the body of the newest maid just seconds after Demetri, Bishop froze, amazed by his brother's distress. Sure, he knew the other would be upset and was far more friendly than he himself was, but Bishop hadn't realized just how much Demetri liked the human already. Were he not feeling sorry for his twin, he'd find the scene almost disturbing. He certainly didn't understand his brother's taste.

He opened his mouth to remind his brother of the situation, deciding he'd have to play the mean role this time and tell his brother to grieve later. He never got the chance, Reiji's shout meeting his sensitive ears with ease, the redhead turning in the direction of the voice. Reiji found one, an important one it sounded like. Bishop was ready to kill them all.

He barely took a step when he looked back, seein Demetri lower his head and hold Katerina close. Mental alarms went off in his mind as he saw Demetri's crouched, prone figure. It was as Bishop feared: his twin would feel bad and allow himself emotion, and even though they were in the middle of a fight, he was distraught and occupied by grief. No way would Demetri be able to effectively protect himself like this. Damn it all!

As Mirabelle ran off to heed Reiji's summon, it sealed his decision in his mind. No way was he leaving his brother in such a dangerous position like this.

"No way in hell am I letting you die here Demetri! Dammit, I'm gonna kick your ass for this later!" he snapped, standing protectively by his twin. He looked up as he heard and smelled the approaching wolves, cursing under his breath. Drawing a silver blade, he mercilessly stabbed the first werewolf in the gut, followed by a slice to the neck. The second headed for Demetri, earning his wrath as well with a mighty blow to the head, Bishop using his strength to ram the knife blade into the creature's skull as though a hammer nailed in a stake. The howls of pain were music to his ears.

The other presence made him spin, eyes widening as he realized they were going for the maids, one of which was his personal little human he had yet to taste. He moved as though to attack, but to his surprise, instinct kicked in for the older maid to stab the ile mutt just in time. Well, at least she and his little pet weren't completely useless.

"Don't wander off! Get over here!" he snapped at the girls, not wanting to make his job any harder. Looking after his brother was one thing, but add two humans, and it was going to be a pain. But then again, they were worth something, and he did promise to let Anise have her revenge.

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Reiji was surprised when Mirabelle was the only one to meet him, but he gripped Annabel's throat roughly as he met his blonde little sister, "Nice to see you're in one piece, Belle." He smiled, almost a gentle expression, but it still looked wicked on the dark haired man's face. It just seemed impossible for Reiji to fully open his heart to anyone, especially in a public setting..

He kept his mouth shut otherwise, allowing his baby sister to do the talking. He'd chased her down, helped form the plan, gave the speech to the crowd in the dining hall.. He felt he should take some much needed mental rest before continuing their crusade. He smirked a bit at the struggling wolf, but closed his eyes to allow his mentality a small cool down. He noticed Annabel was still reluctant, so he held one arm painfully high upon her back while releasing the other, "Let's break a few fingers and see if the little wolf will loosen her lips a bit, sister." He chuckled, returning to his cruel and sadistic self. She already was screaming, he was on the verge of breaking her arm, while ripping it out of socket as well.

"No way in hell am I letting you die here Demetri! Dammit, I'm gonna kick your ass for this later!"

He could hear Bishop's angry words toward Demetri, realizing that his brother was mourning the loss of that wretched wench. It caused his nose to crinkle, but he chose to ignore his younger brothers for the time being. If they chose to throw themselves into the line of danger then so be it. Separating meant they could be ambushed easier.. and right now they needed information, not a rescue mission. He jerked her arm higher up, causing her to wail in agony, "Talk.. we don't have to kill you to get our revenge. Torture is far more relieving anyhow.." He hissed, "I can have a new test subject.. I've been meaning to try out my new wolfsbane concoction.." He warned, feeling her start to tremble in his hold, just as she felt Mirabelle was about to begin her own torture, the young wolf finally caved in, "Library! He followed Castiel and Angelo to some sort of library... A study I think... That's all I know!" She responded with tearfilled eyes.

Then he looked to his sister, a smirk on his face, "Let's wait for Demetri and Bishop.. We'll show her what happens when you mess with family.." Then he got an idea, "Actually I'm not patient enough, let's go to them. We got what we came for... We have to find Dante and end this... The rest will scatter like cockroaches once we dispose of Dante anyhow.." He grinned, nearly ear to ear. Reiji enjoyed violence, more than perhaps the twins if that was at all possible.

"Don't wander off! Get over here!"

He had just came upon the scene to watch Anise's little battle with the wolf, clapping afterwards. His red eyes scanned each of them, "Demetri, that's quite enough. We've given you time to mourn. Now get up! A man isn't allowed to cry this long, especially a Santiago. Didn't you learn anything from Edward?" He snapped at his brother, but mentioned their father's name so casually, though it was to be expected of the adopted, he wasn't Reiji's true father so it came more natural to him. Besides.. Reiji and Edward Santiago weren't on the best of terms. He hated Reiji, who was their mother's favorite next to Mirabelle. Their father preferred Castiel.. Angelo and the twins had been left out to dry by both of their parents. Their mother chose Reiji because of the twins being from their father's affair with a woman he met in the village.. She never truly accepted them as sons, Reiji was her revenge child. She adopted him and treated him lavishly, while ignoring the young red haired toddlers entirely. Their childhoods weren't perfect.. but for Reiji to bring it up... He was growing irritated with the amorous redheaded vampire.

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Most of the events were muffled to Demetri, though he did hear some of what happened after Kat's death. He heard screaming, growling, the sound of injured wolves. Then the events became clearer. "A-anise!" He heard Tanzy's concerned voice reaching out to her fellow maid, worry filling the young delicate girl's voice, fearful for her fellow human. She lost so much yet she was still fighting on even when none of the odds stood in her favor..

"I'm fine Tanzy, don't worry." Anise replied, even after losing her twin sister the shy, easily frightened maid still trudged on. She had nothing else to live for aside of avenging her sister, but she still was moving on, refusing to give up and lie down. He was the only one giving up and shutting down. He then heard his brother, eyes widening at Bishop's voice. He still had a reason to live on, he had to protect his brother, his baby sister, and as much as he hated him, Reiji was still like family.

"No way in hell am I letting you die here Demetri! Dammit, I'm gonna kick your ass for this later!"

He could hear Anise voicing her concern for him, causing him to grit his teeth. He wasn't so weak that he needed a human's sympathy! He was disgusted with what he'd become. He was lying there like a broken bottle, spewing all sorts of gooey emotions out.

"Let's wait for Demetri and Bishop.. We'll show her what happens when you mess with family.. Actually I'm not patient enough, let's go to them. We got what we came for... We have to find Dante and end this... The rest will scatter like cockroaches once we dispose of Dante anyhow.." He heard his brother, Reiji comment to Mirabelle. He was trying to regain his composure, wiping his tear stained face as Bishop shouted for the maids to keep closer to the small group.

"Don't wander off! Get over here!"

"We better hurry... we don't want to make him angry." He heard her warn the other girl, if it wasn't under the current circumstances he'd of laughed and called her out for such a comment. Though he was still heartbroken over the loss of Kat. He could still feel her cold in his arms. He still wanted to hold the young woman, apologize for not keeping her close.

"Library! He followed Castiel and Angelo to some sort of library... A study I think... That's all I know!" Annabel admitted, but for what reason Demetri was baffled. He was still going in and out due to the shock of losing Katerina.

"No!" The voice tore him from the destructive thoughts again, another wolf attacked, and this time it was after Anise judging by the horrified voice. She apparently killed the beast, because the pained sound of a canine followed soon after and he could still hear the dark haired girl's heartbeat pounding in her chest..

"Demetri, that's quite enough. We've given you time to mourn. Now get up! A man isn't allowed to cry this long, especially a Santiago. Didn't you learn anything from Edward?"

At the mention of his father, Demetri stood, emerald eyes glaring at the eldest before growling in a feral manner. He wasn't pleased. He may have been a bastard ignored by his own father, but he wasn't about to let Reiji, of all people, talk about his father. Reiji wasn't technically family, and had no right to tell him anything about Edward Santiago as far as he was concerned. He was tempted to lunge at the eldest, but seeing the blonde in his arms changed the red haired man's mind. He instantly redirected his anger toward Annabel. He instantly walked over, grabbing her by the arm and jerking, ripping the beta's arm clean off in front of everyone.

"Is this what you want Reiji!?" He snapped at the eldest, slinging the arm across the field as Annabel screamed in agony from the lost limb, "Rip her apart, make her scream, frankly I don't give a damn, let's just kill these disgusting abominations and get it over with!" He snapped afterwards.

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”Nice to see you’re in one piece, Belle.” She was greeted, and that made her own devilish smirk play against pale pink lips. Her older brother brought out a different side of her. With him, she felt more grown up – more like a woman that had a past that made her who she was. With Castiel, she still felt like the little girl that needed his comfort. She had begun to get antsy again when thinking about him with a need to leave and start the search on her own, but they were all her brothers and she wasn’t about to abandon them.

The female flinched at Reiji’s words to Demetri. She reached out for his free hand and tried to tug him back as if she was trying to tell him to lay off, but she didn’t say a word. The mention of their father put Mirabelle in a silent state, letting go of her adopted brother. The family always seemed to be divided and it was then when Reiji spoke their father’s name that she felt the slightest bit of resentment. As if he didn’t want to be a part of the family. She could remember all the memories of her childhood with him.. Remember the nights when he refused her because he didn’t like anyone in his room, though he would send her away with affection just to make her happy.

The screams that left the wolf’s mouth snapped her out of her thoughts just in time to watch Demetri tear the limb right off her body. Mirabelle quickly covered her mouth and her nose and looked away. Even if she was a creature that fed off the blood of innocents just to sustain her own life, the scene was more gruesome than she wanted it to be. Breaking a few fingers, a knee or two she could handle. Hell, she could do it herself, but the full removal of a limb was slightly too much for her.

”We should go and get inside. I think the time we have is crucial and we need to find Cassie and Angelo.” She looked to the two girls, wondering how scarred they would be from this before she looked at Bishop, then Demetri, and then Reiji feeling as if she was missing something extremely important from her time away. Everything was just happening so quickly and she wanted it to be over so that things could go back to normal and she could have her life back.

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Bishop turned back to face the maids as Anise cried out in alarm. For a second, he thought he'd have to go over and get rid of the mutt aiming for her, but to his pleasant surprise, she managed to react quickly and stab the bitch in time, getting her crimson dress all bloody. In spite of the situation, the vampire found the image of a blood-covered Anise to be aesthetically pleasing. It also stirred up what he thought was sated hunger. Well, he was definately going to have to remedy this as soon as they finished cleaning the filth from their home.

Frowning as his maid ran up, he nevertheless shook his head at her apology. "It's fine. You did well." Tilting her chin up for a second, he leaned closer to speak in her ear. "By the way...you are correct in assuming it is unwise to anger me. You're managing just fine, I expect you to continue to impress." Bishop released the ebony-haired girl, regarding her with a thoughtful look. She had definately been attacked and faced with danger before. No way would she react as instinctively if she had never seen conflict. He had little time to dwell on it, seeing Reiji and Mirabelle approach with their prey. Still intact to his disgust. He stepped up behind Demetri, glaring venemously at Reiji as he insulted and berated his twin. A growl met the words, snapping back angrily.

"You have some nerve to speak as you do, brother. What right do you have to talk to us about our father? Don't forget, you were let into this family, we can kick you out if we truly wanted to."

Bishop placed a hand on his brother's shoulder, squeezing it shoulder in comfort. As much as he didn't understand his brother's interest in the deceased Kat, he respected the fact his brother was just generally nicer and more feeling towards others. It was part of why he was so well liked.

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Reiji knew he was currently the bad guy in the, well, currently field, but he knew it was necessary. Demetri's grief was immobilizing him, turning him weak. If they wanted their brother back in one piece the only way he saw it happening was if he could feel something other than his pain. If anger was the only solution than Reiji would gladly tug at a few thin lines and step on a few toes to keep his family in one piece. He always did as he pleased anyhow, he had no reputation to sacrifice. Most everyone standing there hated or would come to hate him at some point. He gave Mirabelle a brief look, his eyes apologetic but he showed no other sign of emotion. He cast it away as quickly as it came, as if it had never happened in the first place. Someone had to be strong, make the hard decisions, do anything that had to be done to save their home. If he had to be the family villain, he was more than prepared. He didn't spend decades in solitude to lose his entire family in a single night after all. Reiji tensed as his brother angrily approached, he prepared to counter if needed, but once he realized Demetri's intentions he allowed the scene to play out. He needed to be angry, he needed his adrenaline rushing through him. He needed to rely on his instincts instead of his emotions if their plan was to succeed.

"Is this what you want Reiji!?" He snapped at the eldest who never lost the annoyingly pleasant grin on his face as the youngest brother slung the woman's arm across the field. Annabel screamed in agony from the lost limb but it changed nothing in Reiji's sadistic behavior, "Rip her apart, make her scream, frankly I don't give a damn, let's just kill these disgusting abominations and get it over with!"

The screams made the man laugh, smirking at his younger brother's capability for violence, "That's the Demetri I know and love! That's exactly what I wanted! Bravo!" He called out enthusiastically, "That's the man I need by my side if we plan to enact our revenge on these savages!" He added, a fire in his eyes as he grew more and more excited. He was worried for his brothers, but to Reiji there was nothing more invigorating than a good slaughter. He never felt more alive than when he was bathed in another's blood, "Didn't mean to bother you princess.." He spoke to Mirabelle, half teasing and half truthful. His red eyes scanned the three women before he continued his attempt at mending his ungentlemanly actions, "Next time we'll be more discreet... It's been a while since I've held the company of women." It wasn't a lie, Reiji often locked himself away for weeks at a time before he'd venture out to feed. He wasn't exactly a social person, even as a child, "Forgive me. I am a gentleman, but never forget we're vampires at nature, sister. Violence is a key component in our nature. At times we must embrace it and not a single person here has been sheltered from tonight's bloodshed." He also let his gaze fall on the maids, "I'm not fond of you, but I do apologize." He offered, which seemed to be sincere, though it was hard to tell. Even his family was kept at a fair distance, like he was scared they'd literally rip his heart out at the first sign of his guard lowering.

”We should go and get inside. I think the time we have is crucial and we need to find Cassie and Angelo.”

"Mother and Father were killed by these animals... I'm sure they'd of gotten around to informing you sometime or another..." He finally told Mirabelle, quite aware that now wasn't the time or place to reveal such an enormous shock, "I thought you had the right to know why Demetri felt the need to rip an arm clean from a woman's shoulder." He spoke loud enough for everyone to hear, including Anise and Tanzy. Reiji wasn't above instigating, and half his reason of returning was to stir up a little drama at his family home.. Now he'd get to see just what kind of woman his little sister had turned out to be. With the information that this specific pack had killed her parents, he couldn't wait to see what she'd respond with. Anger? Sadness perhaps? Intrigue me, Belle. You know I bore easily..

As he ushered for everyone to follow him across the yard, "Let's enter through the back.. it's close to Castiel's study.. Hopefully Dante won't see us coming... and hopefully Castiel has given him full Santiago hospitality.." He then remembered something that Bishop had said to him a bit earlier during his enthusiasm, deciding it was now time to put his baby brother back into his defiant place.


--Minor Flashback to earlier--

"You have some nerve to speak as you do, brother. What right do you have to talk to us about our father? Don't forget, you were let into this family, we can kick you out if we truly wanted to."

--End Flashback moment--


"Referring to earlier.. Nice threat, but you can't." Reiji chuckled in amusement, "I've got father's will.. and it says were something to happen to Angelo and Castiel, I become head of house." He replied, turning to face Bishop, a cocky grin on the elder male's face as he continued explaining, "Mother you see... didn't want the house going to Edward's bastards. She did get some say in the line of succession before she died.. So it is you who should watch their tongue, Brother. There are those you care for that are far more... vulnerable.." He taunted with a smirk as he referred to the twin redheads. He wasn't bitter toward the two, just reminding his younger brother that he didn't hold a proper place in the home either. Honestly the three siblings following him were his favorites, namely Bishop. He always loved an underdog.

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Tanzy felt a sigh of relief escape her lungs as Anise's voice assured her that she was ok. Ignoring the blood and the pained howls of the werewolves falling prey to the Santiago household, she nodded mutely to her fellow maid as they headed towards the twins, observing safety in numbers. Anise's cry renewed Tanzy's alarm, the female watching in horror and helplessness. To her amazement and immense relief, Anise proved herself quick-thinking and strong in the face of what would normally be certain death. However, something about Anise's reaction saddened the older female. Anise almost seemed as though she had been in a situation like this before. Had found herself faced with death.

Turning at the sound of approaching footsteps, Tanzy lowered the now bloddied knife she held as she caught sight of Reiji and Mirabelle. They both seemed unharmed, and she noticed with some apprehension they had dragged along a hostage. Perhaps it would help? Any such feeble hope was dashed as she saw the brothers argue, and they made it clear this was just another enemy to dispose of without mercy. The scream echoed in her brain as Demetri tore the arm from the restrained female. Tanzy had never really felt quite comfortable around the twin, but now, seeing him react so violently and so easily, she felt almost sick. Castiel was intimidating, but his brothers struck her as unpredictable and terrifying.

Tanzy jumped at Reiji's laugh, wide eyes turned to him now as he applauded Demetri. This was insane...How could they laugh at this? Sure, she suspected they wouldn't be terribly upset, maybe they wouldn't even care. She hadn't expected such brutality to actually amuse the vampires. She had been under the blissful delusion that they did what they had to, and what nature and survival dictated. She had surmised that vampires enjoyed their playing and their meals, but never did she suspect that pain was what was fun for them. For a moment, the human wondered if she'd faint.

Keeping her composure, she managed to snap out of her stunned silence upon hearing Reiji decide they would head to the study. Tentatively, the pale-faced Tanzy raised her hand up at shoulder height to indicate she wished for attention.

"I..I could go in first...I regularly go to m-master Castiel's study when doing my duties. I-I mean, wouldn't it cause more attention to go all at once? If there are enemies...I could...be a distraction so you can go find Master Castiel." she suggested softly.

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Mirabelle caught Reiji’s gaze, caught a look that she wasn’t sure was actually there. She studied him, watched his lips as spoke, his fangs as he grinned. “I find moans of pleasure, as I take their life for mine, much more satisfying than screams. It’s like they are thanking you as you bask in the feeling of their blood on your chin, their warmth for your own.” Mirabelle sighed the slightest bit, letting her tongue flick against the fangs that last tasted Kat. ‘To feel a heart beating as if it was your own, right before it stops.” Mirabelle continued as if she was simply stating old memories that she had missed.

When she found her family, there was a part of her that thought things would go back to normal – as if they weren’t monsters. She thought that she could go back to needing Castiel’s comfort just like the day she left, only to be pushed away. Maybe that was exactly what she needed – she needed to grow up, and tonight was as good night as any.

Belle struggled to keep her cool when she found out the same thing happened so long ago. The same thing that was tearing her family apart now was the same thing that took her mother from her. Mira’s toes curled tightly in her shoes and she took a deep breath through her nose to try to soothe herself, only to regret that action as her head filled with nothing but the scent of wolf – which only made her angrier.

Her eyes darted quickly to Tanzy when she spoke up, and Mirabelle reached out and grabbed her arm, yanking her forward. “You better start walking. And fast.” She demanded with a bit of a snarl. “And if you’re so willing to go in alone and end up with the same fate as Kat, then I will be more than happy to feed you to my brother if that’s what it takes. Now, move!”

Mira had been seeing red. Having been away for so long, there was nothing that she could do to protect her parents. Sure as a woman, that wasn’t her job but that no longer mattered. Belle was a vampire – strength and speed have been given to her, and tonight may have been the night that she would learn her full capabilities. The sadness and compassion she felt for her brother and for Kat only fueled her anger.

Mirabelle did pause and looked to her three brothers, stopping at Reiji. Even if she was being over emotional at the moment, she still looked for their guidance and paused just long enough to wait for Reiji’s input. If going the way that she was going was going to mess things up for them, she would listen to him, but if he didn’t have anything to say, off she went with her fingers curled into fists so tightly that her nails drew blood from her palms.

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Anise could feel Bishop's ravenous gaze on her, causing her to avert her gaze. The expression on his face made her feel uneasy, realizing her days remaining unbitten were numbered. She'd been lucky up until now, though it seemed her luck was fading fast. She quietly cleared her throat, shifting her weight uncomfortably, she stood in front of him awaiting the next directions. They had the woman who attacked Katerina, so she wasn't sure what their next step was going to be. Things were going better than she expected, despite Katerina's death. She imagined the plan to be a literal blood bath. She'd lost her trail of thought as he broke the touch barrier, causing the maid to close her eyes nervously. He's.. He's going to.. R-right now?! She panicked, tensing up. As Bishop grew closer, she felt the suspense roll her stomach in knots. She began feeling nauseous.

"It's fine. You did well. By the way...you are correct in assuming it is unwise to anger me. You're managing just fine, I expect you to continue to impress."

She calmed as he let go of her, moving next to Tanzy once again. She felt more comfortable with her fellow maid, the next events reminding her just how dangerous the owners of Castillo de la Muerte were. She saw Demetri rip Annabel's arm from her body with one swift tug. She would have thrown up, had the gore been something new. She remembered picking glass out of her arm stitching the wound.. Blood and breaking bones were nothing she hadn't seen and heard before. She flinched at Bishop's anger, getting nervous and glaring knives into Reiji's skull. He was only making her job harder. If he angered Bishop he'd only be that much rougher with her. She'd escaped his wrath with grace currently, but she didn't want to be on the receiving end of his cruelty and physical strength. One scar was enough in her opinion. She didn't wish to add more to her pale skin.

"You have some nerve to speak as you do, brother. What right do you have to talk to us about our father? Don't forget, you were let into this family, we can kick you out if we truly wanted to."

Reiji's adopted? She thought surprised, though she almost kicked herself for not realizing it before. He looked nothing like the rest of the family, though as she looked to the twins, she realized they held no resemblence either. It was dropped almost as quickly as it was thrown in the air, surprise engulfing the ebony haired maid. I wonder why Reiji didn't retaliate..? He seems to have quite the temper as well..

"Didn't mean to bother you princess.."

Reiji's halfhearted response almost made Anise scoff. How was he so aloof about a woman's arm getting torn off? Werewolf or not, it had to be agonizing.. Her screams told enough of the pain to more than frighten her, she knew Tanzy was surely frightened as well. Her suspicions were verified as she allowed her amethyst eyes to flicker over to the blossom haired female. She gave the other human a weak smile, wishing she could comfort her. Though she was sure anything she wanted to say would anger at least one Santiago sibling, so she decided to save it for later.

"Forgive me. I am a gentleman, but never forget we're vampires at nature, sister. Violence is a key component in our nature. At times we must embrace it and not a single person here has been sheltered from tonight's bloodshed. I'm not fond of you, but I do apologize."

"It's nothing worth apologizing for.." Anise lied with the best smile she could muster. She left her reply at that, wishing to keep her promise to Bishop. She had no interest in the dangerous dark haired male. He frightened her to no end, every fiber of her being screamed at her to flee.

"Mother and Father were killed by these animals... I'm sure they'd of gotten around to informing you sometime or another..."

Anise's eyes widened in disbelief as Reiji 'accidentally' let out the information of their parent's deaths. How could he do that to Mira at a time like this? She needs a clear head! She'll be enraged for at least the remainder of the night! She thought, wishing she could cross the clearing and punch the dark haired man in the face. She settled with clenching her fist, biting the inside of her cheek as she gave the newest edition a hard glare. She already hated this man with a burning passion, that much she was certain.

"Let's enter through the back.. it's close to Castiel's study.. Hopefully Dante won't see us coming... and hopefully Castiel has given him full Santiago hospitality.." Her anger subsided as Reiji mentioned Castiel, nodding slowly, finding one thing she could agree with him on. I hope he's alright.. she thought, clenching her fists again as she prayed for the blonde vampire's safety.

"Referring to earlier.. Nice threat, but you can't. I've got father's will.. and it says were something to happen to Angelo and Castiel, I become head of house. Mother you see... didn't want the house going to Edward's bastards. She did get some say in the line of succession before she died.. So it is you who should watch their tongue, Brother. There are those you care for that are far more... vulnerable.."

Anise's skin crawled as she felt the malice in Reiji's words. He was threatening her without even offering the courtesy of eye contact. Then she was also dropped with the bomb that Bishop and Demetri were illegitimate. Though the fact that they had red hair while Mira, Castiel, and Angelo all had light hair made sense.. She understood now why Bishop warned her to avoid his brother.. Reiji was the cruelest from what she'd recently gathered.. He didn't bother to hide his animalistic nature.

"I..I could go in first...I regularly go to m-master Castiel's study when doing my duties. I-I mean, wouldn't it cause more attention to go all at once? If there are enemies...I could...be a distraction so you can go find Master Castiel." she suggested softly. Anise went to nudge her and talk her out of the notion, but Mirabelle had already roughly snatched the girl from her reach.

“You better start walking. And fast. And if you’re so willing to go in alone and end up with the same fate as Kat, then I will be more than happy to feed you to my brother if that’s what it takes. Now, move!”

Anise instantly gasped out, looking to Bishop and Demetri for assistance. She couldn't stop Mirabelle on her own.. but she couldn't just let Mira feed Tanzy to Castiel.. Tanzy was her only friend left in the Castle.. Without her fellow maid she'd be lost.. especially after losing her sister.. "I've never asked a single selfish request from you since I first arrived at Castillo de la Muerte... I've apologized for my sister's wrongdoings.. offered to take her place for punishments.. and filled in for her chores she's neglected.. I only beg one thing of you.. Please don't let Tanzy die..?" She finally whispered, switching her gaze to the ground, feeling uncomfortable. She hesitantly followed behind Reiji, Mirabelle, and Tanzy, praying that Demetri and Bishop would accept her plea and help the innocent girl being figuratively drug to the slaughterhouse by their vampiric sister.

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Glaring at Reiji, Bishop growled low in his throat as the elder male proceeded to contradict him with smug satisfaction, seething at there being any truth to his words. Standing beside his twin, Bishop pointed an accusing finger at the smug prick who dared to rub their noses into any superiority, imagined or otherwise. "Are you threatening me brother? Surely you know better..." he hissed through clenched teeth. Aside from this challenge and a disgusted look thrown his sibling's way, he made no move to retaliate or challange him. He was being rudely reminded of why Reiji pissed him off so much. Bishop could respect him to a degree, but he sure as hell didn't care for his company. Castiel at least wassn't an annoying, self-assured and shove-it-in-your-face asshole. Reiji...was definately someone you could classify as an asshole. A well-presented, sophisticated, deceptively charming, and intelligent one perhaps, but an asshole none the less.

Bishop's gaze only returned to his maid as she forced a smile, telling the asshole in question that he needn't apologize. He arched a brow ever so slightly, wondering if she actually thought anyone bought that blatant lie.
An interesting thing his human was, he had to give Castiel credit for that much. Neither Tanzy nor Mirabelle got his attention, save for a mental snarl at Reiji for bombarding their only sister in such a manner with the sudden information about their family. She could be told afterwards. He vaguely wondered what the hell was wrong with the older brother, his less than kind musings interupted by Anise's pleading voice. Pleading? He couldn't recall her doing that before, especially not in regards to a request. Sure, she fretted for her sister, but she never asked for anything.

Regarding the ebony haired girl with an unreadable expression, Bishop suppressed a smirk, allowing her only a curt nod. "Hm. Very well, I'll see if I can indulge you." he remarked with a shrug, only to give Anise a thoughtful look. "Of course, I will eventually have something for you to do for me. Quid pro quo."

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"Referring to earlier.. Nice threat, but you can't. I've got father's will.. and it says were something to happen to Angelo and Castiel, I become head of house. Mother you see... didn't want the house going to Edward's bastards. She did get some say in the line of succession before she died.. So it is you who should watch their tongue, Brother. There are those you care for that are far more... vulnerable.."

Demetri wasn't really interested in the Santiago line of succession, but the mention of their lineage made him snarl. It was none of Reiji's business that he and his twin were bastard children. We've been reminded for centuries, must you stomp an old topic further into the dirt? He thought to himself growing irritated with his sibling's willingness for internal conflict. They were falling straight into the palms of the wolves. None of them could agree on anything at the moment and reasonably weaker if this behavior continued. His eyes widened slightly as Reiji indirectly threatened Anise's well being to provoke Bishop. He finally snapped, "Enough! This is ridiculous! We can't continue these childish games if we wish to find our brother." He finally replied, messing up his usually graceful hair.

"Are you threatening me brother? Surely you know better..."

Bishop as always handled his situation by himself, though Demetri couldn't help his previous outburst. It was like breathing to protect Bishop, regardless of the circumstances. He loved all of his siblings, but Bishop always came first in his mind. He'd die for his brother without a second thought on the matter. He could see the anger in the other flame haired male, giving a reassuring smile, hoping it would pose as some sort of comfort for Bishop. He really had no words to scold Bishop with.. How can I reprimand him for something I also believe?

He merely chuckled at Anise's attempt to lie to Reiji, but did his best to not make a spectacle of the girl's polite attempt. At least someone is attempting to get along with our obnoxious brother.. He thought in an amused manner. He nearly laughed again, but decided it was better to keep his humor to himself considering their current situation. He was following his siblings, debating on whether it would be wise to attempt talking Mirabelle out of baiting yet another one of the help. Even if Castiel was famished.. couldn't he feed from both maids to avoid another pointless casualty? He felt his mood dampening even further as he thought about the deceased. He was the happy one, yet all he wanted to do was sulk in his room and forget this miserable existence.

"I..I could go in first...I regularly go to m-master Castiel's study when doing my duties. I-I mean, wouldn't it cause more attention to go all at once? If there are enemies...I could...be a distraction so you can go find Master Castiel." she suggested softly.

He watched Mirabelle thrust the girl onward, whether willing or not, causing him to frown a little in disapproval. He was all for the survival of his brothers, but not at the cost of someone he'd grown fond of... He'd already lost Katerina... he didn't want to lose Tanzy as well.

“You better start walking. And fast. And if you’re so willing to go in alone and end up with the same fate as Kat, then I will be more than happy to feed you to my brother if that’s what it takes. Now, move!”

Anise's pleading awoke Demetri's more playful curiousity however, causing his eyebrow to quirk in her direction. Well this is an odd turn of events.. Oh, nevermind.. she's pleading for her friend's life.. I could see that coming from her.. He thought with a grin, finding entertainment in her discomfort. Demetri found delight in the simpler things, that much was true, but he still held a dark core like the rest of his siblings. He was still capable of their violence, if not more

"Hm. Very well, I'll see if I can indulge you. Of course, I will eventually have something for you to do for me. Quid pro quo."

Bishop seemed just as amused, causing Demetri's to turn his attention to his brother. Accepting a request so quickly? I wonder.. What is it you're asking of her in return? Is it merely to feed... or something else? He smiled as they made their way inside, following Reiji quietly until they were merely two corridors away from the library.

"I don't agree with sacrificing Tanzy... I love our brother dearly...but he'd never forgive himself for killing her. Albeit her thoroughness can be a bit unnerving at times, he still was fond of her usefulness.." Demetri's voice was stern as he quickly slipped to the front of the group, making sure he couldn't be easily ignored. His speed was nearly beyond comprehension of the human eye. If Tanzy and Anise even blinked they would have missed the motion entirely.

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The sudden grab on her arm elicted a gasp of surprise. While she hadn't really been expecting much of anything after her offer to be the first to enter the study in search of Castiel, Tanzy had not expected the Santiago sister to grab her so fiercely. Nor did she expect such anger. The young mistress had snarled at her before demanding Tanzy go. For a second, the young human stood there staring at the blonde vampire before her. She understood the girl loved her family, and particularly seemed attatched to Castiel. Tanzy even understood that everyone, herself included, probably were in a heightened state of stress this night. However, did Mirabelle have to be such a bitch about it? Tanzy had offered, and she wasn't about to deny the family help.

Her opinion of the young mistress greatly diminished from politely aquainted to mere tolerance and acceptance, Tanzy pulled away with a nod. "Yes M'lady...you needn't growl at me." Tanzy answered simply, not allowing herself to sound argumentative or snarky, simply matter-of-fact. Looking away from Mirabelle, Tanzy walked along with the vampires and Anise, tense and filled with uncertainty. Heart hammering in her chest, she suddenly turned to Anise as the fellow maid pleaded with the vampire brothers to keep her safe. Shock, then a greatful, tender smile lit her face. Such a sweet friend Anise was, and Tanzy truly looked after her like a sister as well. She was even more surprised to hear Bishop agree and Demetri argue against it as well. She still found Demetri creepy, but she could definately appreciate him a bit better. Bowing her head to the brothers in appreciation, she then approached Anise.

"Anise, you really are such a sweetheart. I'm sorry for worrying you." Tanzy moved for a hug, kissing Anise's forehead before turning to head towards Castiel's study. She was anxious to find him, though a part of her wondered if he would be allright. He was undoubtedly strong, but was it possible he had been defeated? Surprisingly, she found herself hoping and praying he was also ok.

Stepping as quietly as she could, Tanzy inched in front of the vampires towards the door. She tried to keep her hand from trembling, but it gave a little shake in spite of her mentally telling her body not to. Thanking the heavens the coast seemed clear for a moment, she took the opportunity to grab the handle and push down, opening it slowly in hopes of keeping from being discovered.

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Reiji, content with the chaos he'd created amongst his siblings, merely grinned at Demetri's attempt to rally them together again. He reminded him of a hatter, urgently attempting to restore his favorite hat to it's former glory. No matter how much Demetri attempted to stitch the family together, it consequently would always fall apart as long as Reiji was around to cut the threads, tearing it apart one thread at a time. This was Reiji's angry existence, his own form of revenge. They all had so much, each was related by some right, except him. He had no blood family, nowhere he truly was welcome. He was an adopted son, lower than a bastard by all rights. He was angry, far beyond consolidation. Nothing any of them could say, could offer, would ever change his mind.

"Enough! This is ridiculous! We can't continue these childish games if we wish to find our brother."

Demetri's words caused the current eldest to shift his weight uncomfortably, yes he wished to defeat Dante, but Castiel and Angelo's well being was the least of his concern. Though he didn't necessarily hate them, they were pieces on the chess board that were in his way.

Mirabelle reacted exactly as he'd wanted, taking her rage out on the pink haired female help, enlarging his grin. He wasn't concerned about either of the petite maids either, whether they lived or died was irrelevant to him, they were merely pawns that weren't necessary for the endgame. He ravished in his little sister's aptitude for violence.

“You better start walking. And fast. And if you’re so willing to go in alone and end up with the same fate as Kat, then I will be more than happy to feed you to my brother if that’s what it takes. Now, move!”

"Anything to ensure Castiel's safety, right love?" He added, taunting Tanzy. His crimson eyes glimmering with malice. He had no intention of letting her throw herself to revive the most important piece on the opposing side, Castiel, as horrible as it sounded was the enemy's Queen in this game. He needed him gone, permanently and no one, not Mirabelle, not Tanzy, and definitely not his bastard brothers would stop him. They'd have to shove a stake in his heart if they wished to end his mission. He wouldn't stop until he took the throne of Castillo de la Muerte.

"Yes M'lady...you needn't growl at me."

"Humans don't respond well to threats, but I think we all understand your situation, Belle. It hurts to have ones you love keep secrets from you. I'm sure we all have felt that once or twice." He responded, fueling the fire in his sister, careful to not let her anger burn out.

"Hm. Very well, I'll see if I can indulge you. Of course, I will eventually have something for you to do for me. Quid pro quo."

Bishop, you're nearly as much of a sucker for a cute face as Demetri, how do you two let these women wrap their talons around you so easily? Don't you two realize they've no need for their own power, they've got you so blinded, weak.. They're in complete control at the bat of a doe-eyed lash. He shook his head for a second before smiling to Tanzy, "That's it, go on." He urged her, content because he could smell Castiel's blood, a lot of it. Though Angelo's scent overpowered the room. The intensity brought Reiji to the conclusion that the second eldest was undoubtedly dead.

"Anise, you really are such a sweetheart. I'm sorry for worrying you."

Like worrying is the biggest problem we're facing tonight.. He nearly scoffed at the humans way of thinking. They were so stuck on the smaller picture that the rest of their problems simply rode on the sidelines until they mercilessly ran them off the road. Humans were such an easy kill.

"I don't agree with sacrificing Tanzy... I love our brother dearly...but he'd never forgive himself for killing her. Albeit her thoroughness can be a bit unnerving at times, he still was fond of her usefulness.."

Demetri spoke up, causing his eyes to roll, "Well that's a pity because she's already made her choice." He sighed, growing tired of his siblings overgrown ability to care for vermin. He quickly followed behind Tanzy, placing a hand on her shoulder, leaning down and whispering in her ear, "Boo..." he whispered enticingly into her ear before drawing back. He stepped inside, slipping by her with barely an inch between the two of them. He looked around the room, locating Angelo's body and approaching slowly, "Angelo, you poor bastard.." He muttered, feeling a small pang in his chest. He did care for that brother, quite a bit actually, well for his standards anyway. He knelt down, closing Angelo's wide eyes, "You've earned it brother, sleep well.. You've finally escaped this life you've loathed for so long.. But your pain shall not go in vain, it's time for a wolf to die!"

He rose, a skip in his step as he followed another blood trail around the room, and back out the door, "Ah-ha~" He chimed in a too happy way, especially considering one of his brothers were dead, and the other was still missing, only a blood trail that ended a foot in the opposite direction of the one Reiji faced, "This one is Dante's...I'm pretty sure he's the only one who could have bested our brothers.. and thankfully I'm assuming our brother's have injured the pesky Alpha who thought he could exterminate our family.. Time to kill the Beta, she's dying anyhow.."

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The false sensation of a heartbeat swelled in her chest, while adrenalin flooded through her veins when the pink haired female simply dismissed her. Her sanity was still there enough to allow herself control – control that would keep the female maid alive. Mirabelle shifted on her feet and let out a deep breath through flared nostrils when Tanzy apologized for worrying Anise while she walked – walked! – towards the house. They were all moving awfully slow for the situation. Since she had promised earlier in the night that she would be safe, Mirabelle opted not to rush into their home without the rest of her family.

"Humans don't respond well to threats, but I think we all understand your situation, Belle. It hurts to have ones you love keep secrets from you. I'm sure we all have felt that once or twice." Reiji said to her.

“They may not respond to threats, but maybe a little violence will make the situation more… dire.” Mirabelle spoke in a tone that was obviously forced to be calm. With that statement, Mira grabbed a hold of Tanzy’s arm – perhaps a little too rough – and shoved the girl forward. “I said fast, didn’t I?” She snapped and took long strides at a quick pace, her arms extended as she pushed the girl forward and into the home, giving a slight shove as if to tell her to keep moving towards the study. Mirabelle looked at Demetri, finally taking a minute to attempt to calm herself.

“Sacrifice? What if we call it suicide? She did say that she would distract them, didn’t she?” Mirabelle muttered. “I would do it for all of you. It will always be the five of you before anyone else…” Mirabelle said and looked at the three of them that were still together. “If it was my life or hers, I hope that you would choose family. We are, and will always be family. All of us.” Mirabelle watched as Tanzy opened the door, keeping her distance as not to get in the way of the men. She watched Reiji approach the maid and then move inside. She could feel her body tremble, a mix between anger for what was happening to her family, and the fear of what was in that room. The stench that escaped was so strong, she knew that Angelo had to be gone, but what about Cas?

Trying to figure out if she wanted to peek into the room or not, she decided that it wasn’t a sight that she needed to see. It wasn’t something that she needed to remember Angelo by, but where was her other brother? Was he in there without so much blood loss? Broken neck perhaps? She didn’t know anything about this pack and their fighting style. When she didn't hear Reiji say anything about Castiel, she spoke a silent prayer for Angelo, but the sadness off his loss wasn't enough to calm her.

”The Beta? That bitch is mine.” Mirabelle mumbled and kicked off her shoes, leaving them there in the hallway. She lived her life without them, and didn’t need them now. “You find the Alpha. I’ll meet you guys in a little while.” Mirabelle spoke before she vanished. There was so much going through her head – so much anger, sadness and hatred for the werewolf race, that it was really messing with her emotions. She struggled to keep calm. In any other situation, she would have been fine but when it came to her family, she tended to be a little irrational – her actions towards Tanzy as proof.

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Tanzy bit back a cry of disapproval as Mirabelle grabbed her roughly, shoving her forward with another curt order hissed at her. The human's opinion of the blonde girl was dwindiling with each word she said, clenching her teeth as Mirabelle declared her love for her brothers. It would have been well and good in her eyes, had the young mistress not followed it up by emphasizing her brothers that they were a family and she should take priority as family after the brothers. Well, obviously they would help their sister, she needn't make a point of harassing them about what they would naturally be inclined to do. Tanzy ignored Mirabelle, eyes forward as they entered the study.

The sudden sickly sweet scent of blood was almost overwhelming, but the human managed to dismiss it as not of primary concern. Her eyes had only begun to scan the room when a sudden touch and a male voice echoed in her ear.

Startled and wary of an enemy being nearby, Tanzy reacted on auto pilot, spinning around and slapping at the face of the individual who snuck up on her. Missing one Reiji Santiago's by a hair as he passed her by, the human was simultaneously relieved and embarassed. She watched him approach his fallen brother, respectfully closing the eyes and murmuring to the pale Angelo. Were was Castiel though? Despite the mess, it seemed Castiel wasn't here either. Tanzy was at a loss, unsure where else he could be. If he had been killed, would it not make sense to leave his body as evidence and as a crushing blow to morale?

Any further thoughts on the matter were pushed aside as she caught the almost cheerful body language of Reiji as he inspected the room and commented on the scene. As it was with Castiel before, Tanzy's mouth opened up before her brain fully processed her words in the rush of feelings.

"W-What's wrong with you?! You're family is in danger and your brother is dead, and you're prancing about as if this is some glorious battle! H-have you no shame? No respect for the dead? Now might not be a time to mourn, but how can you just skip around and talk of fighting and not where your missing brother could be? Do you even ..."
Tanzy trailed off, eyes wide as saucers as she realized she had let her thoughts and emotions get the better of her. She hadn't chewed her words before saying them, and now she'd pay for it. Once you said something, you couldn't take it back.

"I-I-I...I'm sorry sire. I know there's no excuse for it. I seem to have forgotten my place so easily. Forgive my outburst, it was disrespectful and rude." She could feel the blood drain from her face as she went over her words in her head. Would he punish her family for this? Would he hurt Anise?
Tanzy looked up, trembling as she continued, softer. "I-I'll accept whatever punishment you deem fit...please, just...punish me and don't harm Anise, regardless of how you think of her. Please don't make my family suffer for my mistake." Biting her lip, the human waited for what she was sure would be death, or torture.
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Bishop felt his eyes narrow at Reiji as he contemplated what exactly his brother was thinking about. He knew that look, the one of disgust and distain. If Bishop were to guess, the older male was viewing him as weak. Weak and not worth his attention. Reiji never hid what he thought of humans, so it was easy to figure out why. The red head had half a mind to explain himself. He wasn't some lovesick puppy! His human was interesting, and he still needed her for sustenance. Besides, keeping her happy would make her taste better. Fear was a fun taste. Depression and mourning, hopelessness left a bitter, unpleasant taste, so if keeping Anise's friend alive made her cheerful or sustained some hope, he'd do it.

However, he likewise didn't fancy sounding like he was defending himself, so he kept silent for now, following and nodding in agreement with his twin. They were not going to find Castiel if they carried on as they currently were.

Upon entering the room, he wrinkled his nose and felt the hairs on the back of his neck rise, the stench of death not pleasing as it usually would be. His brother's blood seeped into his nose, almost enough to make him sick. Watching Reiji inspect the room with Tanzy, Bishop felt his hatred of the wolves grow, festering into something vile and ugly as he imagined their demise. They would pay for such atrocities against the Santiago family! He almost felt like saying a prayer for Angelo in his mind, but he couldn't. He hadn't thought like that in a long time. It wasn't right that Castiel wasn't the one telling Angelo good-bye, closing his eyes. Instead, Angelo was being sent off by an intelligent, sadistic prick who was adopted into the family.

Tanzy's outburst earned her a look of surprise, then a glare. Stupid human. Was she trying to get herself killed? Anise might lose her friend at this rate.

"You really thought to question any of us? Mind your tongue, lest someone rip it from you. I already agreed to try and keep you alive as a playmate for my human, but my brother's may not be so forgiving." he growled.

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Dante managed to get himself away from the action, though he knew he had very little time to recover. His wounds weren't quite finished mending themselves, but time was running out. It wasn't long before the remaining siblings would track him down. He'd ensured the death of two, but there was still four more he was determined to vanquish. His job wasn't done. He couldn't die here, bleeding the rug, whimpering like an abused pup. He couldn't help it though, his body's trembling, it was going into shock despite his attempts to stand once more. His mission wasn't over, he couldn't just lie down and wait for his execution.

The dark haired man wiped his forehead, arm drenched in sweat afterwards. He cried out , feeling his ribs agonizingly mending themselves. The pain was nearly unbearable. The crunching noises of his body were grotesque to say the least, to the uninformed eye, it would appear that he was closer to dying than recovering from his wounds. His eyes glimmered a deep magenta as his inner wolf took over, beginning to shift his form. He'd somehow managed to make it halfway across the castle, but he eventually collapsed from the pain. He pulled himself up, feeling his bones morph, crack, and his gums began to bleed profusely as his teeth grew and sharpened themselves. In his wolf form the pain would be diluted, and his healing could progress more copiously.

He knew that Annabel was near death, ontop of his beaten ribcage, he felt every single death of his pack, one of the downsides to being Alpha. He could feel her pain, his shoulders were on fire. Annabel, you've failed me. He thought to himself, screaming out from the entwined pain of his recovery and transformation.

They were coming, and whether or not he was ready, Dante would stand against the Santiago family. There was no turning back, he'd never get a chance like this again and he'd take down as many of the family as he could. It was his destiny to preserve their purity. How a group of souls could remain so clean throughout the centuries baffled him. Sure, none of them were saints, but they were the purest of pure when it came to the vampiric race. Guilt, Love, Compassion, Dedication, they felt so much for beings whom were nonliving. They fascinated Dante endlessly. Ever since the day met them as a boy, he decided he would be the one to destroy them. He would die before he allowed anyone to taint their souls any further. He had to preserve their beauty, and the only way he could do that was to exterminate every last Santiago in the castle. Though he planned to join them soon after. He refused to die unworthy. He had to kill himself before his own soul could be corrupted.

He could hear them in the distance, letting out a howl of excitement. His wolf form shot out of his sanctuary in the darkness, clinging to the shadows as he charged in for battle. He was going to meet them. His wolf senses allowed him to gather information about his situation, One, Two, Three, Four, Five.. Damn you Annabel! You weren't meant to kill one of the siblings! The realization that Mirabelle was missing caused him to mentally curse. He deducted that Annabel only managed to kill one human and blundered by killing Mirabelle as well. He was completely unaware of Mirabelle's survival, enraging him that his plan to acquire them all was forever ruined. He picked up the pace, furiously shooting down the hallway. If she didn't die before him, he'd have that ignorant blonde mutt killed.

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The threat from Bishop made her shudder, but she had little time to think on it. She glanced up at the sound of Reiji's voice as he chuckled, earning a puzzled look. Was he...somehow amused by her instead of mad? She realized in seconds how mistaken such a thought was, inwardly berating herself for not realizing it was the calm before a storm. Not unlike with Castiel, she found herself pinned against a wall, albeit with more force and a fearsome anger instead of hunger. Eyes wide and upturned to look at the vampire as he berated her, Tanzy found her heart was hammering in fear under his cold gaze. Castiel and Bishop never instilled this much fear, and Demetri wasn't capable of making her so on edge, even when she was wary of him. This man was obviously dangerous and unmerciful, the vampire in question going so far as to say he was a sociopath. Face pale, she merely nodded, biting her lip to keep silent as he pulled away. His breath on her ear caused her to visibly shake, this time with dread overpowering the usual shiver such a feeling evoked. Somehow or another, she managed to remain standing, palms against the wall before managing to push herself away from the cold stone.

Demetri's hand on her mouth caused her to jump, eyes darting to him in concern before realizing he was actually trying to keep her from making another mistake, and dare she say- trying to keep her safe? That was certainly kind of him. Maybe she had been a bit too harsh on him in the past. She had always been oddly creeped out by him for reasons even she wasn't fully sure of. Like with Reiji, Tanzy nodded as Demetri cautioned her to watch her mouth. He needn't tell her twice, Reiji was definately someone to be cautious around. Even Castiel wasn't this terrifying. Castiel would probably give her a warning, but she wouldn't be surprised if Reiji killed her for the smallest infraction.

Tanzy only relaxed upon being released, watching as Reiji went to intercept the alpha. She wondered-in her head this time, what on earth was wrong with this man.
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Bishop snarled as Reiji dared to approach and touch his human, stepping forward with a murderous rage in his eyes. He had half a mind to kill him right now. If Reiji bit his human, he'd destroy him. The taunt was met with a feral growl, grabbing Anise and pulling her towards him, hands on her shoulders. "She may smell lovely, but only I can touch. Do not mock me, I will feed when I need to. I have not had a need for sustenance as of yet if you insist on butting into my business. And yes, she is mine. Remember it." Bishop hissed venomously, pushing his human behind him and Demetri.

No sooner had he growled at the human did Reiji pounce, earning an inner curse and a step closer. He saw Demetri would step in as well, and felt satisfied in that. If things looked bad, they'd intervene. He watched as Reiji effectively scared the wits out of the human, her release followed by a warning and a covered mouth from his twin. Demetri was certainly better at conversing with the maids, and people in general, than he was. Reiji's voice once more earned his annoyance, glaring at the sociopathic bastard as he taunted Demetri. "It's been a long time since you've seen us. You've no idea how strong we are now. Besides, Demetri and I fight the same battles if you forgot so quickly." Bishop retorted. Being told he agreed with Reiji was not exactly earning any hospitality. "Don't put words in my mouth. I warned her, and as far as I'm aware, that's usually all it takes to make the human change her behavior. Besides, we don't have time to concern ourselves with the hired help." Bishop shrugged, freezing as he caught scent of the disgusting mutt roaming the halls. That damn dog was going to pay! Eyes filled with hatred as Reiji announced the alpha's presence, he grabbed Anise's wrist as he took off after the older vampire, not about to let Reiji have all the fun. He knew Demetri would follow in stride as well.

"Don't think you get to have him all to yourself Reiji!" Bishop called out, turning to face Anise as he ran to intercept the alpha. "Come! If you want your vengeance, follow me!"

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"Have fun with her, Belle. Be a doll and make her scream once for me, would you?"

"She may smell lovely, but only I can touch. Do not mock me, I will feed when I need to. I have not had a need for sustenance as of yet if you insist on butting into my business. And yes, she is mine. Remember it."

Anise's eyes shifted from Reiji to Bishop, wondering if the two were more alike than they'd like to admit. The dark haired male was taunting her much like Bishop would, breathing up her neck, purposely causing her to tremble in fear, not to mention they both seemed to have tempers and a sense of arrogance.. Perhaps they're just so alike that they can barely stand each other's presence? She noticed that Bishop seemed quite angry with Reiji's sudden interest in her, and he went as far as snatching her up, possessively seizing her, with what felt like no intention of releasing her until he shoved her behind him. She nearly protested, until she understood his reasoning.

"You really thought to question any of us? Mind your tongue, lest someone rip it from you. I already agreed to try and keep you alive as a playmate for my human, but my brother's may not be so forgiving."

Bishop did his best to squash the situation, as promised, but it seemed Reiji had other thoughts in mind. She'd missed his movement entirely, but it seemed he literally teleported from one side of the hall, to being dangerously close to Tanzy. Her heart skipped a beat when she felt her stomach swell up with uncertainty. She was feeling fearful for the fuchsia haired female, so she began to fidget as she waited for Reiji's judgement.

"Love, you really don't know when to keep your mouth shut do you? I say these things because I can. It's not like me pouring my feelings into a fountain will revive Angelo or help us get any closer to finding my brother! So what's the point in meaningless social norms? I am a high functioning Sociopath... I've had enough time in my life to come to terms with it... but I honestly can't bring myself to give a damn about much.."

She stepped forward to speak her mind, but Demetri already forced the other human behind him, offering her his protection, and giving Reiji an icy glare. She let a relieved sigh escape her lips, despite knowing better. I'm glad they're willing to protect her... Although.. I guess I sort of bribed Bishop...

"Shhh, quiet down love. Never offer yourself to a lion. They might just pounce."

Demetri's words made her cringe, comparing themselves to lions, what did that make the two of them? Sheep? She frowned a bit, but accepted the comparison. The truth stung, but it didn't change the fact that it was correct.

"Even Bishop agreed with me... She needs to know her place.."

Anise's blood begin to boil as Reiji continued to ramble on, but she let Bishop speak for himself, seeing as he was highly capable, and quite likely to do so. She had faith that the hotheaded vampire could handle the situation far better than she could.

"Don't put words in my mouth. I warned her, and as far as I'm aware, that's usually all it takes to make the human change her behavior. Besides, we don't have time to concern ourselves with the hired help."

"Ladies and Gentleman.. I present to you... the ALPHA!"

"Don't think you get to have him all to yourself Reiji!" Bishop snapped out in his brother's general direction, turning to face Anise as he ran to intercept the alpha. "Come! If you want your vengeance, follow me!" She looked to the red haired man for a second before nodding, gripping the dagger in her hands tightly before nodding. For Alice.. She thought to herself reassuringly. I've got to avenge my sister.. She reach out and quickly grasped Tanzy's hand, smiling to the other human, "Don't fall behind, we can't afford to lose you. Castillo would collapse to ash without you." She joked, squeezing her friends hand gently to assure herself that she wouldn't lose her in the darkness.

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"It's been a long time since you've seen us. You've no idea how strong we are now. Besides, Demetri and I fight the same battles if you forgot so quickly."

Demetri moved Tanzy behind himself and Bishop again, his greenish-gold eyes glaring at his elder brother. Reiji was getting too cocky, even for his taste. He was known for his ability of not angering as easily as his other siblings, but there Demetri stood in front of the girls with his brother Bishop, fangs flared and ready to dig them into the sadistic prick if the situation called for it. He smirked at Bishop's answer, his eyes daring Reiji to try and strike again. In his current temperament, he was itching for a chance to fight. His brother was as good of an opponent as anyone else. .

"Don't put words in my mouth. I warned her, and as far as I'm aware, that's usually all it takes to make the human change her behavior. Besides, we don't have time to concern ourselves with the hired help."

It was then that Demetri straightened out his clothes, clearing his throat. Perhaps he'd let himself get a little too carried away, but someone had to knock Reiji off his high horse. Living with him would be miserable if they keep bending their will to his commands. He turned to check on Tanzy, smiling a bit, "Are you alright?" The green eyed vampire eyed her for a moment, checking for wounds of any sort before he turned his attention back to the smell of the alpha. It was getting closer. It seemed their fight would be postponed, seeing as Reiji's attention also rerouted to the Alpha. The dark haired man made a rambunctious entrance, which caused the calmer crimson haired male to sigh in disgust. You're so obnoxious... Demetri thought as he followed behind Bishop

"Don't think you get to have him all to yourself Reiji!" Bishop screamed at the older, less patient man. Demetri watched his brother turn to face Anise as he drug her along "Come! If you want your vengeance, follow me!" Demetri nearly chuckled. Not like she has much of a choice, you've got her by the wrist. He smiled to his twin amused as he ran at the Alpha. He witnessed the giant dog bashing it's head into Reiji's side, sending him flying past them and down the hall. Though judging by the dog's strong scent, he was having some trouble with his wounds. Demetri ran straight at Dante, grasping down on his ribs and attempting to crush him while his attention was on Reiji.

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Dante growled as the eldest sibling charged at him. He countered his attempt to attack him, headbutting his side and sending him flying. Though in the process Demetri grasped hold of him and began reminding him of his prior wounds. He howled out in pain, shaking the vampire off and biting into him. Thankfully for Demetri his clothes were baggy enough to save him from Dante's fangs. The man's shirt was ripped to shreds however. The wolf then charged straight for Anise and Tanzy, which considering it was Dante, was highly unusual. He didn't kill anyone aside from Angelo and possibly Castiel with his own hands..paws.. whatever. It wasn't in his profile to kill those he wasn't interested in. What was his angle by attacking them now?

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Reiji hit the wall, coughing as he was blasted through the wall and into the next room. He growled as he pulled himself from the rubble, charging back. He watched Demetri injure the mutt, but it threw him just as easily as it had him. The wolf nearly bit into Demetri, but thankfully his little brother always wore comfortable clothes. The dog missed him by a mere inch or two. Then the wolf turned on the humans. At first it confused him, but he finally understood Dante's motive. They weren't simply distractions, he aimed to injure them in the battle to rid the siblings of a means to heal themselves quickly. The human's blood was important to them. Even if he didn't kill them with his own hands, he was going to make it impossible for them to be fed on without dying. It was strategical. Smart man, Dante.. I think we could have been great friends if you weren't a disgusting mutt..

He smirked a bit, realizing that Bishop had let go of the humans of free will, which almost made him laugh. I bet he's kicking himself in the ass right now. He however stormed toward Dante, I can't let you be the cause of their demise though.. My brothers would never accept me as the head of house if I allowed something like that to happen without trying to do something about it. He was running full speed, practically invisible to the human eye.

He noticed that Bishop seemed shocked, and after everything, quite angry. He hadn't seen the wild card this angry since Edward killed his pet dog when they were children. He would have enjoyed it a bit more if he could have removed himself from the situation and spectate. He however came to a halt when he nearly crashed into Dante. Bishop had a hold on the wolf and wasn't about to let go for anyone.

"What's the matter?! Too much of a pussy to face us now huh mutt?! Not man enough to fight a real opponent. What a pathetic piece of trash, you're lower than dog shit!"

He took this chance to bury his hand into Dante's chest cavity, blood running down his arm and hitting the stone floor. He gripped on the wolf's heart, but didn't crush it. He wanted to let the wolf be in pain, "Didn't you say something about your pet wanting her vengeance? Wouldn't it be the worst shame for an Alpha if he was killed by a human?" He smirked to Bishop. He figured this was one thing they could still agree on as a family. I certainly wouldn't want to die at a human's hand..

He waited for a response, gripping down on the wolf's heart each time it tried to wriggle free from him and the eldest redheaded twin. He let his eyes fall to Tanzy and Anise, the crimson orbs nearly staring into their souls, "Would either of you like a go at him? Revenge is one of the sweetest highs in life.. I would know.." He laughed the last bit, ushering the girls over. Then he frowned, "I wish Mirabelle would hurry... she's missing it.."

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Bishop ignored the howls and the snarls of his prisoner, keeping the wolf's arm and head in a vice-like grip. It pissed him off that this werewolf was cunning and still had this much of a desire to resist in spite of the odds turning against him. It was annoying, and even knowing this alpha was skilled (and by proxy, an entertaining challenge), it was severely diminished by how the mutt violated their home.

He glared down in disgust and hatred at his prey, not flinching in the slightest as Reiji tore his hand through the wolf's chest cavity. He looked about ready to snap at his brother for ending it too quick, but he reconsidered hearing the howls of pain. The wolf wasn't dead, so he could still keep his promise. No matter what any of his family thought of the matter, Bishop despised unkept promises, even if it was one he made with a human.

Reiji finally earned a twisted smirk, Bishop actually able to agree with the older male. Anise could finish the job as he was held helplessly awaiting the sta of the silver blade. Bishop nodded to Reiji, tightening his grip slightly before turning to face Anise. "Excellent idea, brother. Anise!" Bishop grinned maniacally as he gestured his maid over with a nod.
"I promised you a chance at vengeance. Now, take it! Show me what you can do! Let me see your resolve! Make this filthy mutt pay as he begs for mercy!"

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Tanzy found herself speechless, only nodding mutely to Anise and Demetri that she was physically doing perfectly well, even if her nerves were going a bit haywire. She stared in shock as the brothers ran to intercept the oncoming alpha. This was it, this would be where someone was going to get killed.

What she didn't expect was for the werewolf to charge towards her and her ebony haired friend. Tensing up and feeling a surge of fear, Tanzy tried to ready her dagger Reiji had given her, fearing the speed at which the enemy charged. It was to her immense luck and relief that Bishop got in front of them first, his rage palpable as he seized the alpha. Anise had probably themost violent brother as her master.

Blood pooled on the groud as Reiji plunged his hand into the wolf's body, immediately correcting her thought. Nevermind, Reiji was scarier than even a pissed off Bishop. The thought was confirmed in her mind as he offerred to her and her companion to come help hurt the wolf. Reiji was even laughing! Chills ran down her spine as she shook her head. "N-N-No...I...Anise has more right than I to revenge...As does your family..." Tanzy finally managed, her voice feeling dry and face slightly pale. It was one thing to see blood and stab someone or something. Having someone grabbing onto the heart of another with their bare hands was a bit much.

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Anise could barely catch the fight with her human eyes, but she definitely noticed when the Alpha came charging on her and Tanzy. Anise quickly moved in front of her friend and took her best fighting stance, copying her tomboyish sister's posture as best as she could for someone who was typically so timid and harmonious. She clenched the dagger in her hands, swallowing haard as he drew closer. I might die here.. h-he's so fast... Well.. if I don't avenge you Alice.. I-I guess I'll be s-seeing you soon. She let out a deep breath, ready to respond prematurely. If she trusted her eyes she'd surely die.

She was surprised when her knife stabbed nothing more than empty space, eyes widening as she witnessed Bishop shortstop the werewolf a mere foot away from her. It was a little close fort comfort, but it did earn a smile from the dark haired woman. He continued on with rage, causing her smile to fade. He was exhibiting every horrifying stereotype of a vampire she'd ever heard as a child. It was truly bone chilling. If that wasn't bad enough, Reiji hammered his fist inside of Dante, squeezing tauntingly on the poor dog's heart. She would have thrown up, but her hatred toward the man responsible for Alice's murder kept her stomach at peace.

"What's the matter?! Too much of a pussy to face us now huh mutt?! Not man enough to fight a real opponent. What a pathetic piece of trash, you're lower than dog shit!"

"Didn't you say something about your pet wanting her vengeance? Wouldn't it be the worst shame for an Alpha if he was killed by a human? Would either of you like a go at him? Revenge is one of the sweetest highs in life.. I would know.."

Reiji calling her Bishop's pet caused a pout to form on her face, but she brushed it aside as he mentioned her vengeance. Her hand was shaking like a leaf around the blade in her hand, forcing her to tighten her grip for fear of dropping it. I do... it's just.. I've never killed anything before.. As disgusting as he is he's still a man regardless of how I feel, Can I do it? I'm not so sure..

"Excellent idea, brother. Anise! I promised you a chance at vengeance. Now, take it! Show me what you can do! Let me see your resolve! Make this filthy mutt pay as he begs for mercy!"

"N-N-No...I...Anise has more right than I to revenge...As does your family..."

Something about the challenge in Bishop's voice hit a nerve inside of Anise, because despite her doubt, her feet moved her closer to her victim. Somewhere between dashing at the humans and being caught, Dante returned to his human form. Good, I wanted to talk to him for a second anyhow.. She let out a soft sigh, glaring at Dante, "My sister was innocent.. She was a human.. Why must you involve us in your private vendettas!?" She shouted at the wolf, anger causing her entire form to shake. This was possibly the loudest that the shy girl had ever been in front of them. Tears began to swell her eyes, "I've...never killed anything before... not even a rabbit.. but now that I've met you, now that I am looking you in the eyes... There is nothing more in this world I'd rather do..." She whispered the last part, staring at the horrible beast. before slamming the blade into Dante's skull. It entered through his right eye socket, considering she was too afraid to aim for his heart. Reiji's hand still resided there and she didn't want him to be collateral damage.

“Is it wrong to want you men to hurry up and finish this? I’m growing famished by the moment…”

"Close your eyes Tanzy.. I don't want you to remember this part of me." She requested, smiling back to her friend before returning her attention to the wolf at hand again, "I'm done, he's dying right now, Lady Santiago." She responded to Mirabelle, realizing she did sort of over-dramatize the entire scenario, but it was for her flesh and blood. She deserved her moment regardless of how long it took.

"Can you really do it? I've been told it was quite pathetic when your sister died... how she screamed.. ran frightened.. Do I frighten you, girl?" Dante spat at the human. He didn't fight the brothers, considering he doubted Anise could find the mentality to finish him off, but just in case he looked to Mirabelle and smirked, "I'm not the only one after your family.. there will be plenty more.. I'm just a lesser evil among the legion to come. So kill me, I've taken two beautiful souls with me tonight. Did anyone ever tell you... your family's souls are so.. magnificent.. "

"Shut up!" With that Anise forced her dagger into the Alpha's skull, she had some difficulty considering she wasn't that physically strong, but inch by inch it dug deeper, earning pained screams from the dark haired werewolf. It was at least two minutes before he grew silent and very limp in the vampire's grasps, perhaps a bit longer even. Blood had splattered on the human's face and chest, but she simply dropped the dagger with a blank expression. It's over.. I've avenged you Alice..

"It's done."

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"Excellent idea, brother. Anise! I promised you a chance at vengeance. Now, take it! Show me what you can do! Let me see your resolve! Make this filthy mutt pay as he begs for mercy!"

Reiji smirked at the comment and denied himself the opportunity to brag aloud. They were working rather well as a team, he wasn't going to ruin it at the moment. All of my ideas are brilliant. You lot just tie your emotions to any adorable hunk of breathing fragile meat. He thought bitterly, for a moment imagining his siblings without their empathy. Though they wouldn't be the same people, the thought was interesting at least.


"N-N-No...I...Anise has more right than I to revenge...As does your family..."

"Right, Wrong.. Worthy, unworthy.. If you spend your whole life worrying about what 'should be' and what shouldn't you'll never truly enjoy it. Indulging in primal emotions can be rather rewarding.. and quite pleasurable.." His eyes scanned Tanzy, his pearly whites flashing as his smirk grew. He had plans for her, not to say he didn't have plans for any human that entered Castillo. Though Anise and Tanzy were so...corruptible. It was almost taunting him to taint the two innocent young ladies. Despite their situation they both maintained an innocence that was deliciously suffocating.

"My sister was innocent.. She was a human.. Why must you involve us in your private vendettas!?"

The ebony haired female brought a quirk to Reiji's equally dark brow, his interest growing as the malice in her voice grew thicker the longer she stared at the mutt. That's it... soak it in.. ravish in it.. He however found himself rather disappointed as she continued. Great.. BlahBlahBlah! She's going to cry now... Boohoo your sister died. Suck it up already!

"I've...never killed anything before... not even a rabbit.. but now that I've met you, now that I am looking you in the eyes... There is nothing more in this world I'd rather do..."

"I'm not the only one after your family.. there will be plenty more.. I'm just a lesser evil among the legion to come. So kill me, I've taken two beautiful souls with me tonight. Did anyone ever tell you... your family's souls are so.. magnificent.. "

Reiji shifted his weight as she drew his interest back in, much like a game of cat and mouse. Don't tease me now.. Are you going to kill him or not? Reiji nearly pouted, but knowing better he kept his face calm and void of emotion. He licked his lips as Dante screamed in agony. The stench of werewolf blood filled the corridor and his smirk grew maniacal. Nice kill.. Not too slow and not too fast.. The right amount of pain.. Good choice.. The sight of the human covered in blood made his eyes flicker with excitement. He understood the carnivorous point now. They were interesting little pets.. not mandatory, but definitely interesting to have around.. Like mice in a cage.

“Is it wrong to want you men to hurry up and finish this? I’m growing famished by the moment…”

"It's done."

"Well it's done sister... and apparently Castiel is dead.. I suppose all that's left now is to end the party and bury our dead... or can we just burn the human corpses with the wolves? That's an awful lot of digging just for pets and mutts.. Only Cassie and Angel deserve graves anyway.." It took him this long to notice Mirabelle finally joined the group and that Demetri was gone, causing him to frown childishly. He knew exactly what Demetri was about to do, which made him quite upset. He wanted to go and wreak havoc with his brother.. but seeing as he didn't even motion for Bishop to come along, Demetri likely already shut off his better thinking. He let the pain and the anger consume him.. I wish I could go to watch it unfold..

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Tanzy watched the scene mutely, her attention diverted from Anise only when Reiji addressed her answer to his offer. She felt her hairs stand on end as she mulled over his words. It was eerie to her that despite how disconcerning his demeanor was, Reiji did actually have valid points. Her features took on a slightly puzzled look upon the vampire's gaze on her, his smirk rooting her to the spot. She tried to fathom why she would be a reason to smirk, but it occurred to her that she might not want to know. She caught herself before she ended up staring, a habit she was prone to when deep in thought about something, especially if what she was trying to puzzle was in her presence. Looking away, she forced her stomach to behave itself by some sheer willpower, the smell of blood beginning to affect her. She didn't have a fear of blood per se, but this was no normal circumstance.

Anise's request earned a sympathetic look, Tanzy hesitating before nodding. She wanted to assure Anise she wouldn't hold this against her in the slightest, but if closing her eyes made Anise feel better, she'd do it. Checking Bishop and Reiji to ensure the currently terrifying visages had a good enough hold to keep the wolf from hurting Anise, Tanzy closed her eyes, cringing at the screams. She thought she had been fully prepared to hear it, but even so, she shuddered. Her imagination did not work in her favor.

Upon the assurance that the deed was done, Tanzy slowly opened her eyes, biting her lip to try and keep from losing what little food was in her stomach at the sight. The eyes made her cringe, seeing a knife plunged into the skull via the eyes making her skin crawl. IT would be hard to clean up the mess without being disturbed by that, she reasoned, hoping she could do it. She didn't presume to think the Santiago family wanted to deal with the remains of those who caused so much suffering this night.

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Bishop didn't even bother to comment on Reiji's response to Tanzy, watching Anise with thinly veiled anticipation. She approached readily, her shaking hands steadying more and more as she released her emotions. He felt a smirk tug at the corners of his lips as she broke her inhibitions, her fears, and told the filthy mutt to his face that there was nothing she'd like more than to kill him. Excellent. His interest, his delight grew even more. The scowl only returned as Dante sneered at them, telling them that two of the Santiago's were dead. Two? Bishop's blood went cold, eyes full of a murderous hatred. It took almost every ounce of willpower to not just snap the neck of the werewolf in his grasp, tear the limbs from his body. Anise's shout and her shoving the silver blade into the eye of the mutt eased his burning hatred and bloodlust enough to regain control. He smirked, his anger and sorrow broken up by a delightful pride and satisfaction from his human.

Only when he was sure the man was dead did Bishop drop the corpse unceremoniously to the ground, giving it a kick for good measure. HE spat in disgust, kicking the bloodied head with his boot. It was finally done. "You did well, Anise."

Bishop turned to face his twin, expression once more bitter as he watched Demetri leave before he could say a word. His brother's pain and bitter resignation was mimicked in himself as well, his only buffer being the human oddly enough. The redhead stared in the direction his brother had gone, Bishop already sure what was happening with his twin. He only wished Demetri hadn't lost his sense enough to go without him. Although, he supposed it shouldn't be a surprise.

Feeling antsy and fighting off a wave of emotions, Bishop grabbed Anise's hand. "Come. I have buisiness with you before I go after my brother." he said, tugging her out of the hall as he spoke.

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(OOC: I will bold and color it all tomorrow.. it's my bedtime!)

Anise went silent after killing Dante. The two vampires dropped him shortly after she finished him off, but his body still remained in plain sight. The lifeless corpse laying on the ground bleeding out was starting to freak her out. She killed the wolf before him, but that was a protective reflex. She intentionally went out to kill Dante and it was having unpredicted side effects on her psyche. She couldn't believe she was actually capable of stone cold murder. He wasn't lunging at her, he wasn't armed.. she just killed him out of revenge, because she wanted to. She enjoyed killing Dante, but that was beginning to dawn on her. She was becoming scared of the person she was becoming. Why did it feel so good? I mean he killed Alice.. but a life is a life.. No life is more valuable than another.. but for some reason it was pleasurable to take that wolf's. The brunette attempted to wipe the blood from her face, neck, and chest, but it only smeared. She couldn't smell the werewolf blood herself, but she assumed it wasn't a pleasant scent to her vampiric company. I bet I smell absolutely putrid. She wanted a bath more than anything easily attainable, but she knew that excusing herself was unlikely, especially since tonight was far from over. There were bodies to collect, blood to clean up, graves to dig and then there was still the fact that she owed Bishop a feeding.

"You did well, Anise."

The words ripped her from her thoughts, causing the dark haired girl to smile. It was a brief, weak gesture, but an attempt all the same, "Thank you Master Santiago." The words came out rather easily, possibly due to the situation. She was still in a great deal of shock. She'd committed murder, nearly died, lost her twin, and was bathed in blood all in the same night. What was meant to be a festive occasion, turned out to be the worst night of her life. It would have been her first proper ball, but it obviously wasn't meant to be. She regretted having fun, she shouldn't have dropped her guard for even a moment.

"He's already said it... Castiel is dead.. Someone needs to go end this fucked up party.."

Anise nodded in agreement, running a hand through her sticky hair. It was coated in a layer of werewolf blood and innards, much like the rest of her body. She wanted nothing more than this 'party' to end. She wanted to put this night far behind her. She wanted to mourn, she wanted to cry, and she wanted to heal. She had a lot in store for her and she wished to get started immediately. She wasn't going to be weak anymore. She had a lot to do, but the change was necessary to survive the year with this family. She wiped her hand on the dress before looking to Bishop again, "I suppose there is no getting these stains out.. but I can try." The first wolf totaled the dress when she'd gutted it.. but it was her or the wolf and the choice was one she'd quickly made.

"Come. I have buisiness with you before I go after my brother."

"Of course, Master Santiago." She let Bishop lead her out of the bloody corridor and toward his room, she remained quiet the entire way before stopping a bit before his room, "Uhm.. If their blood is toxic to your kind.. wouldn't it be dangerous to bite into a human covered in their blood.. Shouldn't I wash up somehow first..?" She was tempted to not mention it at all, it seemed simple enough. If she let him carelessly tear in she could be done with Bishop entirely. She would be free to flee Castillo de la Muerte.. but she owed him her life. He saved her and Tanzy from Dante when he lunged at them and protected them all night.. She wasn't dishonorable enough to rid herself of this life with such a method. She would find another way to escape with Tanzy one day.

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"You did well, Anise."

Reiji smirked to Bishop realizing he was praising the human for the kill. He had to admit that it was a nice choice, but getting attached to the girl would only cause Bishop heartbreak in the end. Humans were fickle, fragile creatures and he only wished his brother would come to understand that before he got hurt.

Reiji noticed his sister's discontentment with him, but he really couldn't be bothered. Castiel was nowhere in sight, and judging by the amount of blood he'd been bitten. If he was bitten, it wouldn't matter if they found him or not. He'd become hysterical and die. It caused a pain in his chest, but overall Castiel's disappearance was the best thing that could have happened to Reiji. He was now in charge of Castillo de la Muerte like he'd always wanted.

"I'm not basing my findings off of Dante or any other mutt we've met tonight.. I saw the blood, the claw marks, Castiel's clothing ripped up on the ground. I'm basing it off logic. He's been bitten and we've got work to do." He replied, rubbing his temples. Now that Castiel was gone, being in charge felt emptier than he'd imagined.

“I refuse to think he’s dead until I see a body. I will not give up as easily as you did.”

"As you wish, I envy your faith. It's something none of us have had in a long time. I wish you luck on your search for Cas, Belle." Reiji smiled wearily at the blonde before turning to Tanzy, "I suppose it's just you and me, love." He chuckled, throwing Dante's broken body over his shoulder as if the blood and guts weren't dripping onto his clothes. He could see it in Bishop's eyes that he'd be departing with sweet little Anise shortly. He ushered for her to follow him, "I'll carry the bodies, you are going to wash up the blood on the floors. I'll dig the graves, you wrap up the bodies to help against the stench. Any questions?"

"Come. I have business with you before I go after my brother."

Reiji smiled a bit, satisfied that his prediction had been correct, "Feed well brother, I'm not sure if tonight is the end of our worries and we need you at full strength." he advised the younger sibling before nodding at them, permission to depart on his behalf. For once Reiji had nothing to say about his brother's choice in action, "Tell me what the scene looks like. I would have enjoyed following Demetri, but I've got a lot to attend to here in Castiel's stead." He sighed, a frown upon his face.

Then he sighed, "Ready to get this done? I'm tired of smelling death and I wish to get my brother buried properly." He sighed, awaiting for Tanzy to begin walking with him.

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Tanzy watched Anise as Bishop praised her and led her away, the older maid wishing she'd had a chance to talk properly with her friend before the vampire instructed her to follow. Waving in a weak attempt at cheerful normality to the retreating Anise, Tanzy hoped the girl would be ok. She hadn't been fed from, and it seemed tonight of all nights would be her first experience with it. She almost wanted to try and convince Bishop to spare her tonight, but she never got the chance. Perhaps he'd be merciful and gentle? She certainly hoped none of his savage behavior would be used when feeding from Anise.

She had little time to continue dwelling on the ebony haired girls fate, Reiji's voice addressing her and demanding her attention. Again with the 'love'. Master Castiel had used the term at some point as well. Tanzy suspected it was a taunt or simply belittling, though she chose to not read into it. The vampires seemed to have various ways of addressing their hired help. What bothered her most was the chuckle coming from Reiji. None of this seemed to particularly bother him, an eerie thought as far as she was concerned. She nevertheless nodded at his instructions, avoiding looking at the head and chest of the now dead werewolf. As expected, she would clean up, though she hadn't expected any help.

Following in silence behind the elder Santiago, Tanzy was surprised to catch him sighing, frowning as well. So the man did feel some distress? But what was enough to make him sigh and rub his temples? It was hard to guess with all of the previous actions and responses to the carnage. Tanzy nodded again, daring to finally speak.
"Y-yes sire. Should I fetch my supplies first?" Tanzy bit her lip, inwardly agreeing with being tired of the death. At least, for all his creepy aura and his apparent sadism, Reiji did seem to have at least some compassion for his family.

"I'm sorry sire...." she murmured softly.

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Reiji paid attention to the maid, smirking a bit as he gathered enough information since they met to make a detailed assumption. She's lethally loyal.. not as brave as most, but she's got a backbone under all of that girly appearance. Not annoyingly defiant, but not sickeningly agreeable. It's a nice combination. I see why Castiel chose her, but it must have been a tough call.. Her and Anise are both so.. intriguing. He wanted to taste both of them. He had to admit he was never good at controlling his greedy impulses. He always caved to temptation in the end. The longer he waited the worse the results became for everyone. As calm and collected as he appeared, he was an animal underneath. He was loaded with feral instinct and an almost insatiable thirst. He was the wicked sibling. Though he could fare longer than Demetri without blood, the results were far more catastrophic. He binges for the thrill of it. He enjoys the euphoria of being 'blood drunk'.

"Don't worry, Bishop has a side he tends to hide from others. If she doesn't struggle he won't hurt her as bad as you'd think..." He reassured her, but had to throw in a taunting ending to his encouragement, "Though if she denies him.. She might need a new throat." He smirked, chuckling to himself. I bet that one has her skin crawling. These women are so easily shaken.. I wonder what their limits are.

"Y-yes sire. Should I fetch my supplies first? I'm sorry sire...."

"Sorry?" He laughed at the quiet girl, taking the moment to pat her head in amusement, "What for..? Our family has more than our fair share of dysfunction.. My only regret is that I didn't spend more time with Angel." He smiled, though it seemed a bit forced. The more he let himself think on the topic without distraction, the more humane his response grew. Though he quickly found such diversions. Oh yes, she mentioned supplies. Angel.. Cas.. Look what you do to my mental function.

"That's quite alright. I'm sure we'll manage with the typical cleaning supplies for now. I don't think it's wise to let you out of my sight tonight. Unless you wish for it to be your last.." His voice was once again prodding at the girl, poking for a reaction. He constantly was searching for a way to push everyone's buttons. No wonder the family voted him off the figurative island.

"Emotions have run high in my siblings... for obvious reasons. Though they typically rely on their feelings far too much. Vampires aren't meant to be so emotional all the time. It's how you wind up in an early grave." He sighed, shaking his head as he pressed on. He occasionally glanced back to make sure Tanzy was still following behind, mostly to remind her he was paying attention. He could honestly just keep track of her by the sound of her heartbeat.. It wasn't bursting out, but her anxiety for the ebony haired girl was definitely speeding it up. "Cruel, but it's how the world works. Plenty of humans die that way far before their actual time. You'd think a few centuries would make them a bit wiser to such facts."

He collected some water and rags on their way through the building. He didn't make eye contact with her once, not until they located Annabel. I guess you had your fun, Mira. Well done He picked up the body, now carrying two deceased wolves. He was walking with ease, though that was to be expected considering what he was. He led her to the front doors, "Be a doll and open that. I've got my hands a bit.. occupied at the moment."

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Tanzy looked up with a start as the vampire addressed her inner concerns about her friend. Was she simply that easy to read, or was he somehow able to hear or decipher what was in her mind? She hoped for the former, knowing her thoughts alone could get her in trouble here. Such worries were rudely shoved aside as he continued, his casual tone contrasting with the dread-inducing thought he brought to mind. Anise could indeed be hurt, and to suggest there was even the slightest chance she could be subjected to Bishop's fierce rage caused a cold shudder to run down her spine. What was worse, was how Reiji seemed to be amused. He was goading her, and making Tanzy squirm. He truly was the worst of the siblings! Bishop was tempermental, but at least had some restraint concerning his maid from what she could tell, actually willing to listen to the ebony haired girl. Castiel was strict and intimidating to a fault, but he was not overtly cruel on a regular basis. In fact, he seemed to be well controlled and at least gave a warning before unleashing his wrath.

Reiji's nonchalance and seemingly amused demeanor was unnerving to say the least. Tanzy bit her lip as he increased her anxiety for her friend. She nearly jumped at the unexpected pat on her head, only to look up at the taller figure in bewilderment. What could he possibly be doing, petting her head like a father his child or a human their pet? It crossed her mind that he could easily be belittling her without words, his laughter earning him a uncertain look.

Tanzy followed without a word, swallowing hard at his eluding to her death should she end up alone. It would be a lie to say the thought didn't frighten her. She chose not to comment, feeling uncomfortable and wary once more. She took the water and rags from Reiji as he picked the items up, listening to him with a surpressed silence. The more he talked, the more she bit her lip and the inside of her cheek, almost enough to draw blood.
Tanzy knew she dared not voice an opinion or even presume he'd care what she thought. Castiel threatened her and made it clear he was to be obeyed. However, as intimidating as her master was, he was clear in his warnings, and so long as she didn't bother him or ask 'tedious questions', she was free to speak, and even excused for the occasional comment or question from time to time. It was fair enough in her opinion, and while she did find him frighteningly powerful and dangerously intriguing in his mysteriousness, she at least was able to relax in his house. After all, Castiel hardly talked to her or even interacted with her at all.

By contrast, Reiji seemed to be deliberately goading her, making seemingly offhand remarks in order to make her squirm. Even worse, Tanzy found his utter lack of remorse and apparent amusement in others fear and pain made her skin crawl. He made it clear he was dangerous, and his threat from before lingered in her mind. He had mentioned being a sociopath. Racking her mind for the proper description of a sociopath, Tanzy went over what little she knew. Her father had mentioned something about such individuals. They couldn't feel some type of emotion...empathy? No, guilt. That was right, sociopaths could not feel guilt or remorse. Was it an act? She doubted it with him. It didn't matter, she wasn't about to ask. She dared not speak and arouse his temper, not willing to see him retaliate in anger. Even worse, if he decided to hurt Anise or her family in retribution for anything he deemed misconduct, she'd never be able to forgive herself or him.

Tanzy simply nodded, opening the door and avoiding looking at the destruction of the corpses. "Of course sire." she murmured, biting back every other thought, every other question that sprang to her mind, furiously 'chewing her words' in her mind and throat, only to swallow them down and force her opinions back down into the recesses of her mind where they belonged.

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"Much appreciated." He responded, carrying the bodies to the far end of the Estate. He dropped the wolf, carrying Angelo several yards away, "We're putting him in the family plot, so we'll save him for last." Reiji informed her, little emotion escaping in his words. He felt the pangs of loss gnawing at him, eating away at his self control, but he had to be strong. He spent years developing his resolve. He had to keep a level head for his family's sake. Otherwise his efforts were for naught. The day finally came when Castiel was no longer present to keep the family shuffling in the proper direction. As the eldest it was up to him to keep his family safe, but despite wanting this for over a century, the shoes seemed to fit a little loose. He wasn't sure he could fill the shoes of his elder brother.

He proceeded in gathering the dead werewolves along the lawn, patrolling the entire grounds for bodies. He made a habit of looking back, checking on the petal haired woman. He wasn't really concerned for her as a person, but it seemed the maids managed to weasel their way into his sibling's hearts. He adjusted his glasses, seeing as they attempted to fall for the umpteenth time. He really despised their frailty, but he deemed himself aesthetically awkward without them.

He noted her silence that extended the entire trip thus far, which caused him to chuckle a bit, "You may speak, just tread lightly. I despise defiance and arrogance. Aside from that, you're safe to converse with me.." His pearly whites shined as the vampire smirked at her, obviously amused by her hesitation and anxiety while in his presence. Heh, I guess they can be a rather interesting pastime.

He picked up the wolves that attacked Anise, Bishop, and Tanzy earlier that night. Blood covered his suit, but somehow it didn't bother him. Even their putrid 'smell' that the siblings complained about didn't seem to phase him. Honestly he seemed to be in deep thought about something, but what was a mystery. Though he led the two of them back to the site, smiling to the girl, "I'll walk you to your room so you can wash up. You can clean the blood tomorrow. The floors in Castillo are stone so it shouldn't matter much... Plus it's the safest time for humans right now what with.. my family's grief..." He ushered for her to follow him again after he dropped the dead bodies into a pile. He led her back inside, this time holding the front door open for her. Once they entered he quietly led her upstairs, licking his lips. He wanted a taste, but he'd save it for later. Despite her blood's sweet scent, the wolf smell all over Tanzy tainted the delectable aroma.

I think I'm going to pick her for myself seeing as Castiel is M.I.A. Reiji's eyes sparkled with mischief, but since his back was to the maid, it went unnoticed. Then he suddenly remembered the guests were still present in the dance hall. He facepalmed, sighing in dread. He really didn't feel up to it, but it was his responsibility to end the horrid party. The guests would be displeased, but the party was definitely cancelled. He just wanted to fall into bed and never leave at this rate. He definitely didn't want to deal with social niceties.

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Still minding her tongue as she followed Reiji, Tanzy waited until he was completely through the door before allowing it to close, nodding in understanding at his explanation. She would certainly expect nothing less than for the deceased brother to be buried properly. Making mental notes as to what she would need to clean and hoping to distract herself with planning her strategy, the voice once more snared her attention. Tanzy glanced up in time to see the pearly white smirk flashed towards her, a stark contrast from the dark clothes, hair, and the bloodied bodies making up the rest of his visage. It was unnerving, and his words even more so despite his assurance she could speak. His manner may be calm and somehow reassuring, but the human couldn't find it in her to relax so easily. After all, she had seen him act so calm, then hiss at her in the study when she foolishly allowed her thoughts free.
Her mouth ran away with her once more, apparently intent on kicking her in the rear.
"Forgive me for saying so sire, but I feel it safest I refrain from speaking in your presence. I have upset you once already." she said softly.

In spite of this, she found herself thanking him as he opened the door, looking torn at his instructions and his offer. Wait until the morning to clean? She was undoubtedly shaken, and certainly tired from the stress of the night. But still, to leave a mess would not make her rest any easier. IT would bother her all night. Even if it didn't, she wanted to wash away the visual reminders of the night's tragic events. Tanzy looked imploringly at Reiji, already beginning to fidget at the thought of leaving something unfinished. "Please sire, I am thankful for your offer to escort me, but surely I should begin the cleaning right away. I-I couldn't just leave it until morning!"

Before she could protest further, the loud, resounding cry from the lady of the house surprised her by calling her name. She was tempted for a second to ignore it, but the distress in the female vampire's voice made Tanzy's stomach lurch in worry.

Without even thinking to see if she was excused, Tanzy ran down as fast as her legs would carry her, nearly tripping on her bloodied gown as she went. It was the fastest she'd ever run yet since working in the estate, and the sight stopped her dead in her tracks. Anise had arrived first, talking to the only remaining female. And Mirabelle holding what looked like a very burned and badly injured male..wait...could it be...

Eyes wide, it took a second for her brain to register who she was seeing, and then to comprehend what was needed. "M-Master Castiel?!" Tanzy cried, body kicking back into gear as she ran towards the cradled man, not unlike years ago she had rushed to help her baby brother, would hurry to her little sisters. Tears were in her eyes from relief. She couldn't fathom why she felt like crying, but the overwhelming relief that there was someone who survived this dreadful night was more than she could hold in.

"Where was he? Shouldn't we take him to his room? What's hap-oh!" Tanzy nearly slapped herself as she caught herself asking what Castiel would undoubtedly call 'tedious' questions. "B-blood..I, Anise is there anything you have to cut my wrist with..." Tanzy felt panic beginning to gnaw at her, trembling as she somehow fought through her racing and scrambling thoughts enough to notice just how fast she needed to act. Mirabelle surely wouldn't have sounded so worried if it weren't serious.

Tanzy whimpered as she bit into her wrist, not biting hard enough the first two times, but finally managing by the third bite to break the skin open just enough for blood to begin dripping out. Wincing, she offered the wrist to the probably dying male.

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(OOC: Sorry... I go to school and it's been very busy for me as of late.. I apologize if the post sucks.. I don't have the time to spruce it up at present..)

"Forgive me for saying so sire, but I feel it safest I refrain from speaking in your presence. I have upset you once already." she said softly.

Reiji couldn't help but chuckle at the girl's uneasy and dedicated behavior, she even went as far as to say she'd clean the mess without even getting rest first. He had to admit he was impressed with the human, but impressed was little more than curiosity. Impressing Reiji didn't give Tanzy any points toward getting treated like a human, rather than a play thing, but it did increase her chances of not being carelessly thrown away by the dark haired man.

She was about to speak more in her defense about desperately needing to clean the castle today, but she was distracted by the same voice as he. Though he doubted she could make out all of his sister's words. Somethings going down. Then he caught the horrid smell of burnt flesh. Apparently one of his brothers didn't heed the morning sun. He sighed to himself and began making his way in the same direction as Tanzy, just not in the same rush.

"M-Master Castiel?!"

It wasn't until she heard Tanzy's voice in the distance that Reiji's slow pace came to a complete halt. He narrowed his eyes in disbelief as he tried to understand how the eldest sibling survived the bite of a werewolf.. Will you ever die?! He thought irritated by Castiel's uncanny ability to avoid death. Though deep down, he had to admit he was relieved. He wasn't sure if he could handle being in charge after all. All these centuries made the job seem appealing, but now that it was actually his.. the cake didn't taste as sweet as it looked through the bakery window.

He arrived at the top of the stairway as Tanzy bit into her wrist, causing his eyes to glow mischievously. He wanted a taste, he wanted to jump right in and sample both of the bleeding humans, but he refrained. He adjusted his glasses, closing his eyes afterwards to calm his hunger. He stopped taking in breaths to avoid temptation, listening in to the conversations to follow. He wasn't needed just yet. It wasn't like there was anything he could do to save Castiel anyway.

"Anise has offered. I'll deal with Bishop. But Tanzy I need you to get warm water, a wash bowl and some cloths. Anise's blood will help him heal, but I'd like to bathe my brother. We need to see how bad the damage is."

"Yes M'lady...."

He could hear the pain in his sister's voice, the shakiness of her tone told him that she was crying, and he could almost hear the trembling of her body. He assumed this was due to her being kidnapped, seeing as she didn't get to spend much of her human life with her family, and so far a good portion of her immortal one. They'd merely had her a couple days and she lost one brother. The thought of losing a second brother must have been emotionally tearing her apart. Though Reiji could only guess. He didn't feel emotions near as deeply as his siblings, so he wasn't exactly sure how she was feeling. Sure he was relieved that Castiel was alive, but he wouldn't have cried over his corpse if he was found dead. Reiji would just pick him up and give him a proper burial with Angelo. He was a bit of a Sociopath in a sense. His emotions were so dull that they were barely there.. but he wasn't truly a proper sociopath, because he felt anger. Reiji's anger was undiluted, possibly even heightened compared to typical vampires.

"Cassie, please wake up. We should get him to his chambers. It'll be better if we can get him off the stone. Where's Reiji?"

"Right here.." He raised his hand, finally making his presence known. It was only when he announced this that he made his descent down the stairs and eventually joining the group. He eyed his sister as she wiped her tears, causing him to sigh. He pulled a handkerchief from his suit and held it out to her, "Here, use this." he replied in a quiet tone. It wasn't exactly gentle, but it wasn't maniacal, so it was a start.

"Sister, do not drain my human completely. He will need more than a normal feeding to recover, so let his maid feed him as well. Surely you can tell he needs plenty of blood? Besides, we have a few bottles of blood for just such an emergency in the cellar."

Reiji turned his gaze to Bishop, eyebrow quirking when his eyes landed on Demetri. A frown finally formed on his face, but it was more of a pout really, "It seems like he had too much fun. I wish he wouldn't have left without us.." He sighed, sounding disappointed. Honestly Reiji hadn't fed once since his arrival, not even from his appointed human. In fact, Demetri got a taste of her... which if he recalled was against Cassie's rules. Therefore he could bend the rules as well.

"Don't overdo it. You were just hours ago my blood meal for the first time." Bishop warned his human.

"Seems like everyone is feeding tonight, myself excluded.." Reiji wasn't as emotionally hurt as he pretended to be, but he was a bit irritated. He wanted his pound of flesh, it wasn't his place to fight this battle. He was 'banished' from Castillo by the dying blonde on the floor. The only reason he returned at all was because the vampire counsel ordered him to do so..

He could smell Anise's blood, and mixed with Tanzy's blood, the room carried a nearly irresistible aroma. He licked his fangs, but stood his ground. He noticed that Bishop's maid was growing rather pale, even for her standards. She was naturally pale to begin with, but she was almost translucent. She doesn't... Then he smirked. She has a crush. This girl has a crush on him.. then the man's eyes landed on Tanzy who was frantically taking over the role of feeding Castiel. Two girls crushing on you.. What will you do, dear brother?

"Wait here brother."

Bishop's words brought Reiji's attention to Demetri, and he walked over to the redhead. He scooped up his younger brother, supporting him rather well for well, the nerdy type. It was always enjoyable seeing people gasp as he showed off unnatural strength for a man of his body type, "I'll help him get to bed." he informed the others, wishing to leave the scene seeing as his bland reaction to Castiel's survival was awkward compared to everyone else's reactions.

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”I won’t let him die if there is something I can do to help.. I promise, Lady Sanitago.” Those words gave Mirabelle a new appreciation towards the female. Even after she had lost everything she had tonight, she was still willing to give what she had for her. Mira gave her free hand another squeeze in thanks and then went back to slowly picking cloth away from his skin, trying to inspect his wounds.

When Tanzy just stood there and then suddenly rushed to help Cassie, her nose wrinkled. Mira grew agitated at the second time Tanzy decided that Mira had no authority and the way her brother spoke to her as if she didn’t understand what it was like to be a vampire. She couldn’t blame him though, considering she was one to act on emotion. The female vampire looked at Tanzy as she tried to feed the unconscious male, anger for her brother and the actions of the night finally surfacing. ”You want to tell me that you care for precious Anise so much, yet you are the one to make her do as I asked after she’s just suffered a greater blood loss than the poor little wrist you decided to gnaw because of your lack of self control and your missing ability to reason?” Mira bit her tongue to keep from saying anything more, but she couldn’t help the last few words that slipped past pale pink lips, ”And she’s the one apologizing to you!” Mira was exhausted and emotionally drained while she had her brother her in arms, his existence very close to diminishing, losing control for the duration of her rant.

Breathing heavily, Mira looked up as Reiji came to her, taking the handkerchief and wiping at her face. The small gesture did a lot to bring Mira back, calming her and it meant a lot to her. Reiji was always distant, and she just wished that it didn't take a trajety like this night to bring them closer together. Growing up, she always looked to Reiji and Castiel. Cas had always care for her, and Reiji always looked out for her, even if he would still deny it to this day. Even then, the small thoughtfulness was enough to wish that they could be kids again.. That she could have that family back.

Mira gently let Castiel’s head rest on the stone so that she could stand up. She watched him go to their drunken brother while Bishop went after Anise. The golden haired girl slipped out of the room and went to check on the other two. A small, calming sigh came through as she looked at what condition the poor girl was left in. ”You really should clean her up and take her to bed. Cassie might be dead if she hadn’t come so quickly.” She murmured and placed her hand on his shoulder. ”Thank you, brother.” Mirabelle said and bowed with what was left of her dress and then moved on to gather the rest of the things she asked for.

Mirabelle put a pot of water on their stove while she gathered the cloths that Anise had begun to get. She quietly thanked them and then moved on to finish and take it to Castiel’s room, moving at a human’s pace as not to spill the water. Once things were in place, she was back to her brother’s side within moments and then looked to the girl. ”Put some pressure on it. I want to get him to his bed. You can finish while I’m bathing him. Mira spoke in a low tone, trying not to be cold to the girl.

"Rei, could you help me then, please?"

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Tanzy looked up at Mira's harsh words, her distaste for the lady Santiago finally showing. Tanzy felt hurt and indignant all in one, fidgeting in agitation before speaking up, her voice cool and clipped.
"I did not bite her and make her give blood. You did. I am aware she was apologizing to me, my lady, though I was asking her why she felt any need to apologize when she doesn't do anything wrong. Miss Anise has gone through enough tonight, losing her sister, fighting to stay alive, being bitten for her first time." Tanzy shook her head, letting out an annoyed sigh. "I offered my blood to Master Castiel because I am his personal maid and food source. I have not suffered as Anise has tonight, so I thought it fitting to do my job and not let her overdo it. She did so anyway, because she has a kind heart and will help you and your family at her own risk. You should be thanking her. Think of me as you will m'lady, punish me if you see fit, but I am not the one who bullies people to do what she wants them to."

Tanzy let out a breath, knowing she'd probably regret speaking so boldly. She couldn't help but feel distaste for the lady vampire, try as she might to be professional. Her attention was thankfully diverted as Reiji approached, the human watching in silence as he handed a handkerchief to his sister. Reiji's lament over being the only one not fed was more than just a tad concerning, wondering if he'd be rash enough to try and bite her or Anise. She certainly hoped not. She watched as he lifted his brother with ease, his strength surprising her, though she wondered why that should be a surprise now. The Santiago's practically oozed power.

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(OOC: WIP. The post is done, but the colors aren't. I'm hungry. HULK SMASH! ;D )


"Very well brother. Let us make haste though, for the sun is almost upon us. A race to beat it if you will."

He didn't remember much after Bishop found him. Just bits and pieces. He remembered racing, though most of it was with Bishop's support. His head was throbbing in pain, something that rarely occurred in vampires. He however wasn't entirely sobered up, even once inside Castillo de la Muerte. He heard screams about Castiel, but he couldn't bring himself to open his eyes. The loud voices mixed with his drunkenness was irritating to say the least. He sat in absolute silence as the events played out. Some of them he was conscious for, others...not so much.

"Wait here brother."

He could feel Bishop propping him against one of the stone walls, and Demetri finally took this moment to bring himself to his feet. Though it wasn't long before Reiji decided to play 'leader' and practically picked him up. The red head silently growled at his older brother, giving him a malicious glare. His green eyes weren't cheerful or mischievous, they were enraged. Thankfully the mud and dried up blood on his clothes all came across as one and the same.. He undoubtedly would have frightened the maids if he'd came in covered in human blood.

"I'll help him get to bed."

"How thoughtful of you, dear brother." Demetri mumbled to Reiji, rolling his emerald eyes at the man. His gaze was angry as ever, a frown forming on his lips, "You just wish to escape before Castiel wakes up.." He hissed, and probably would have already swung at the older vampire had he not been quite as drunk. Though another argument interrupted their own. His eyes shifted to Tanzy and his sister, a red eyebrow quirking. I knew they were at odds, but this is an all out cat fight..

”You want to tell me that you care for precious Anise so much, yet you are the one to make her do as I asked after she’s just suffered a greater blood loss than the poor little wrist you decided to gnaw because of your lack of self control and your missing ability to reason? And she’s the one apologizing to you!”

Demetri smirked at his sister's words. They definitely had to sting the hardworking female's pride, but there was at least a little truth to Mirabelle's anger. Anise had suffered more, but Tanzy was just doing what she felt was right at the moment.. He couldn't blame her for that. Humans have always panicked in the face of conflict.. it is what makes them so different than us.. Then his eyes landed on Mirabelle. Though when it comes to family.. you're a lot like them in that aspect.. Angelo was too.. I bet he died before Castiel got a chance... The rage he must have felt after losing his maid...

"I did not bite her and make her give blood. You did. I am aware she was apologizing to me, my lady, though I was asking her why she felt any need to apologize when she doesn't do anything wrong. Miss Anise has gone through enough tonight, losing her sister, fighting to stay alive, being bitten for her first time. I offered my blood to Master Castiel because I am his personal maid and food source. I have not suffered as Anise has tonight, so I thought it fitting to do my job and not let her overdo it. She did so anyway, because she has a kind heart and will help you and your family at her own risk. You should be thanking her. Think of me as you will m'lady, punish me if you see fit, but I am not the one who bullies people to do what she wants them to."

Demetri then flung Reiji's grip on himself, growing tired of the shouting. It was killing his head, and his buzz on the blood. He walked over to Tanzy, wiping his hands with his handkerchief before placing one over her mouth. He made a 'Shhhh..' sound as he did it, eyes on Mirabelle. He knew in this state, this argument could get ugly. Neither of the females seemed to like each other, and normally he'd let the events take place, but Tanzy had an a major disadvantage. She was human, and Mirabelle was a vampire. That could never end well, "Anise apologized.. if you wish for me to throw my own guess out there because you ARE Castiel's personal maid. She likely felt she was betraying you as much as she was betraying my brother by feeding another. The feeding process can cause a sort of attachment.. She was probably afraid that she was stepping on some toes.." Then his eyes switched to Tanzy, "You're both right in senses, but right now isn't the time. We can discuss punishment later for her rudeness. Though I ask we show her mercy. Castiel was fond of them both, and Tanzy is his maid. He wouldn't want her harmed.."

He smiled to his sister, leaning down and brushing a hand through her hair, "I mean nothing by it, Mira.. You're a strong capable woman.. vampire.. whichever you prefer me to call you at the moment.. Though your love is boundless. When one of us are in danger you lose yourself in the worry... There's nothing wrong with that.. because I'll always be here to keep your feet on the ground... even if I can't quite seem to keep my own footing." He chuckled. Apparently the red head was sobering up... His attitude returned to normal, but his eyes were still feral.. angry.. He was controlling it a lot better, but it was probably for Mirabelle and Tanzy's sake. He never did like fights among the family. Especially in the house.

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Bishop shook his head, dismissing the first apology and telling Anise to drink once more. He looked satisfied as his human accepted his blood readily, the vampire noticing her deteriorating condition. She was pale, cool to the touch, and felt weak in his arms, the human appearing almost dazed. He felt a strange relief at her drinking, glad his human would last him a while yet. Bit by bit, she seemed to be recovering, albeit slowly.

Bishop had calmed a bit from the hunt and from the night's events when Anise dared to mutter a stranger's name in his presence..while he was feeding her and talking as well!
such insolence! And who was this Derrick? Bishop frowned in annoyance as she clutched at a necklace hidden under her clothes. He had half a mind to tear it off, but he had no real reason to, so he tried to restrain his irritation and his natural impulse to destroy when he was angry.

Bishop only looked up as his sister approached, speaking to him and offering her thanks. The redhead nodded,, acknowledging her fully. "You're welcome, sister. If you'll excuse me, I shall tend to my brother and maid." Bishop returned his gaze to Anise, simultaneously impressed and irked. Irked that she was being careless and that she seemed to be thinking about some random human by the sounds of it. He couldn't be completely mad though, her dedication and steadfast efforts to offer her assistance rather admirable and appreciated.

He shook his head at Anise, Not letting her get too far from him in case she stumbled or collapsed. Bishop caught her calling hi
m the wrong term, earning an arched brow. In a normal day, he'd be tempted to poke Anise in the forehead. "I'm master Bishop, remember? Master Santiago is reserved for the head of the house." Bishop stood, leading Anise along even as he heard Demetri snap at Reiji and scold Tanzy. "No, you're pushed yourself too much, you need to rest. If I have to, I will order you to." Following his sibling's voices, he was glad to see his twin slowly sobering.
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Tanzy nearly jumped and let out a squeal as her mouth was once more covered by Demetri's hand, this time the smell of earth and blood permeating her nose despite his hand being wiped clean. The young woman made a mental note to properly thank the vampire for looking after her, especially when she had been stiff and wary of him before. Demetri didn't need to tell her she had been foolish to challenge the lady of the house, but it did make her realize just how powerless she was here. IT was unsettling to say the least. She felt guilt bubble inside, not for Mirabelle, but for how stressed Anise must be and for the fellow human feeling the need to apologize at all, to her or anyone else. Quickly, her thoughts went from guilt to include a sense of embarrassment at the words 'cause a sort of attatchment' Well, it certainly was a close thing, and she had felt extremely vulnerable and shy when being Castiel's food. But surely that was due to the vampire's bite, he had mentioned it would feel rather intoxicating. Even so, the mental image of being bitten and feeling so...unusual was enough to turn her cheeks a light pink. She shook her head, trying to will away the stupid flush. She could respect the head of the house, and she did feel responsible as his maid, but she wasn't ever going to be upset at Anise for helping him! She had no claim over anyone, so if Anise wanted to feed him, that was up to Anise.
Tanzy had no reason to feel insulted, and she felt no ill will or unease at knowing her best friend had rushed to the master's aid. Tanzy hoped she'd have a chance to talk to Anise soon, just to make sure the poor girl didn't feel bad or think Tanzy was upset. Anise was her friend, so she hoped the ebony haired sweetheart would be easily soothed and reassured that nothing she did crossed a line or caused any bad feelings.

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”You want to tell me that you care for precious Anise so much, yet you are the one to make her do as I asked after she’s just suffered a greater blood loss than the poor little wrist you decided to gnaw because of your lack of self control and your missing ability to reason?”

Reiji's eyes twinkled as the chaos finally tumbled out between Mirabelle and Tanzy. It happened once before during the attack, but they were much more open about their feelings toward each other at the moment. First his sister spat her piece, and Reiji ran his tongue across his fangs. He always enjoyed a proper crisis. He could tell a lot of the conflict was due to emotions running high and lack of rest among them, but he said nothing to stop the situation. For once since his arrival there was a bit of conflict and he hadn't stirred it a single bit. He wished to sit back and watch the events play out, regardless of what that meant for the two of them.

"I did not bite her and make her give blood. You did. I am aware she was apologizing to me, my lady, though I was asking her why she felt any need to apologize when she doesn't do anything wrong. Miss Anise has gone through enough tonight, losing her sister, fighting to stay alive, being bitten for her first time." Tanzy shook her head, letting out an annoyed sigh. "I offered my blood to Master Castiel because I am his personal maid and food source. I have not suffered as Anise has tonight, so I thought it fitting to do my job and not let her overdo it. She did so anyway, because she has a kind heart and will help you and your family at her own risk. You should be thanking her. Think of me as you will m'lady, punish me if you see fit, but I am not the one who bullies people to do what she wants them to."

Finally after Tanzy took a moment, allowing Mirabelle's words to sink in, her own look of hatred leaked onto her features. This could get interesting.. He listened in once more, his crimson eyes scanning Tanzy, his supernatural hearing focusing on her heartbeat. She was so worked up.. he could hear her heartbeat as if it's sound was built into his very thoughts. His eyes began to glow as her enraged heartbeat taunted his thirst. He wished to join the conflict, to bite Castiel's maid and drain her dry.. but he had better things in mind for her. It took him a few moments to bring himself back from the cravings, but he kept repeating his plans in his head, soothing himself with the thought that eventually Tanzy would be his maid, whether she liked it or not.

Mirabelle eventually left the room, a pout forming on his features. Where's the fun in that, Belle? He thought disappointed, but decided it was for the best. Tanzy's death would, after all, spoil his plans for her.

”Put some pressure on it. I want to get him to his bed. You can finish while I’m bathing him. Rei, could you help me then, please?"

"I would, but I'm carrying Deme-"


"How thoughtful of you, dear brother. You just wish to escape before Castiel wakes up.."

It was then that his youngest brother ruined his plans of escape by flinging himself from his grasp. His crimson eyes glared at the emerald orbs of his brother before smiling to Mirabelle, "I guess that my hands are free now.. Certainly."

"Anise apologized.. if you wish for me to throw my own guess out there because you ARE Castiel's personal maid. She likely felt she was betraying you as much as she was betraying my brother by feeding another. The feeding process can cause a sort of attachment.. She was probably afraid that she was stepping on some toes.. I mean nothing by it, Mira.. You're a strong capable woman.. vampire.. whichever you prefer me to call you at the moment.. Though your love is boundless. When one of us are in danger you lose yourself in the worry... There's nothing wrong with that.. because I'll always be here to keep your feet on the ground... even if I can't quite seem to keep my own footing."

Reiji clapped at Demetri's speech, but was overall not impressed by it. He moved to Mirabelle and Castiel, grabbing one of his arms and one of his legs, "Ready..? One.. Two.. Three.. Up." And he helped his sister lift Castiel. He then led them to Castiel's quarters, clearing a table swiftly with his arm, not caring what fell to the floor as a result "If I know Castiel he won't want his sheets stained up with blood." Reiji sighed, "Besides, the mess can be cleaned later, right Tanzy?" he smirked at the girl. Though his look was mischievous and teasing, he wasn't being excessively cruel. He was toying with her for the most part. Trying to push her buttons.

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The scent of hundreds fully assaulted Mirabelle’s pale nose as the calmness from slender fingers in her blonde hair rolled over her. She allowed her eyes to close as she took in another deep breath of his aroma, slipping her arms around his waist and bringing her body to the twin’s in a tight embrace. A moment later, she picked her head up and looked at him. ”She speaks as if we don’t know what it’s like to lose family. She dares to tell me that I’ve forced Anise to give him blood. Tanzy allows her jealousy to speak, because it is her that wishes for Castiel’s good graces. It must be her that he favors, because it is he that allows her to live..” Mira spoke calmly, but with bitterness in her words. “A simple thing I asked for, not so much demanded. A simple thing that can be done in moments, but she forces Anise to do it after all the blood she’s willingly given up to help our family, but it seems as if Tanzy all but wants to be his little blood whore.” Her lip curled up the slightest bit as she released her brother, only to look back at the female on the floor.

Mira had lost her patience the moment she found Tanzy disposable. Cassie may have found some way to like her enough to keep her around, but Mira didn’t have the patience he did in times like this. Mira was irrational and emotional – two very dangerous things for a vampire and for Tanzy to talk back to her at a time like this could have been very fatal. Had Mira dared to speak out as Tanzy had, or failed to complete a task the first time she was asked, Mirabelle would have been dead. The missing scars on her immortal body would have given away many secrets and told stories of lifetimes much longer than the lifetime as a vampire. ”I was merely nine when I watched him snap the neck of a woman who asked him to repeat himself.” Mira’s eyes held an angry fire that mirrored Demetri’s, almost as if she was feeding off of his high. Mirabelle stood on the tips of her toes and pulled herself up to his level, whispering against his ear “I will kill her.” She whispered so only the ones with enhanced hearing could hear, but she made no motion to carry out her threat (and won’t ever, but they don’t know that!).

That night, the innocence she was trying to get back was diminishing. She didn’t feel like a little girl under the protection of her brothers, but of a woman ready to kill anything that threatened her home. Mother would be so disappointed in you.. She thought, turning back to face the unconscious male on the floor. The fact that he didn’t look like he was healing was eating on her nerves, wanting to blame Tanzy for not doing enough, but she didn’t say a word.

”Ready..? One.. Two.. Three.. Up..” And together they lifted their brother and took him to his room, sighing when Reiji decided to push everything to the floor when they got there. At least it wouldn’t be her to clean it up. She did her best to make him comfortable on the hard surface, knowing that her elder brother was right. She made her way around and got the bowl she had gathered before and stood at the end of the table, soaking a cloth and starting with his face, wiping away the dirt and blood as carefully as she could. She noticed that his burns were nearly healed but his shoulder just looked worse. Old words from a lost lullaby passed her lips in a quite tune, mocking the way their mother used to sing it to her. It was a song for peace, one meant to soothe, and if she was doing it for Castiel or herself, she'd never know. She knew that he would be more comfortable clean and once she got his face and his neck clean, she started with his hair, combing out as gently as she could.

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Tanzy had thought she could ignore the mistress now, but as Mirabelle's words reached her ears, the human began to shake, feeling a sick tightness in her gut. It was if she had been slapped across the face, and her heart hammered louder, face burning red in humiliation and anger. What was wrong with this woman?! The words echoed in her head...

'...Jealousy"
'..Forces Anise...
'...be his little blood whore'

Following the vampires up the steps, the human felt hot tears of frustration and anger in her eyes, desperately trying to will them away. A shaky breath was the only warning before she could hold it no more, no amount of logic and reasoning enough to keep her from letting the female vampire know what she thought.

"Y...you're horrible! I never assumed myself to...to be anything special! I know am merely his food source. I would never force Anise to do sacrifice herself, she is like a sister to me!" Tanzy shook her head, voice shaking she was so upset. "I understand you love your family, I too wish for nothing more than my family's safety and happiness. I would do anything you and your family ask of me, with no expectation of reward save for not harming Anise and giving any money for my work to my family. What did I ever do to you?!"

Pointing a shaky finger at the vampire, she cursed as a tear fell down her cheek. "Y-you say such despicable, cold-hearted things! A..w-w-whore?! You have no honor for being the lady of the Santiago house..no...you aren't even a lady...I could never call such a vile woman a lady." Tanzy knew she had all but signed her death warrant, waiting for the wrath of the family to befall her. She failed to notice Reiji's careless sweep and the mess he made,watching in numb anger as Mirabelle began to clean.

As she once more offered her blood to his pale lips, she fought a growing dizzyness, feeling light-headed even while frowning at the job of the lady vampire. Even is her weakening state, she could take no more, cringing at the method. She further sealed her demise by snatching the cleaning rags from Mira, shaking her head and blinking away and fatigue.

"You're..doing that wrong! You'll only hurt him and dirty his wounds! You need to..to start from the inside and wash the dirt out..." Despite her anger at Mirabelle, Tanzy was gentle and careful as could be, taking a freshly soaked cloth and starting at the center of each area of damaged skin, at the center of each wound. Taking care never to overlap, she wiped in a circular motion from the center outward, pushing any filth, blood, and dirt away from the deeply damaged tissue. She felt a sense of deja vu as she recalled her father scolding her for scrubbing furiously with a cloth when she was hurt, showing her how she was spreading the dirt and muck around, lingering contaminants still left at the open and exposed skin. She had done it properly with her siblings, and now she was treating him as carefully as her own family. "And working on his hair...you're so foolish to focus on such a thing when his body is so badly hurt..." she mumbled in disbelief, scoffing at the blonde girl.

As she worked, sweat dripped down her face, and she felt the light, woozy feeling grow stronger. Her face looked noticeably paler, hands shaking slightly as she worked, this time from blood loss and the effects of losing large amounts of fluids.

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In the dark vortex of inexplicable unconsciousness, he feels absolutely nothing. There is no more pain, no more turmoil. There is only the oppression emptiness. He quite sure that he’s dead; completely disconnected from the bright, threatening world he’s come to know in a span of an hour. He’s not sure if he should be frightened or just accept his fate. He was too late. There is no turning back. He feels weightless as if he’s not in his own body, and he’s drifting; he’s drifting into the next life. Be it Heaven or Hell, he knows that it’s all over and he doesn’t fight it. And as he ascends towards the soft ethereal glow overhead, something holds him back. Suddenly, he’s able to feel again…and he’s no longer floating away-…no, he’s descending. He’s surrounded by warmth; it’s like velvet rushing through his veins, making his skin tingle. He can’t move, but he feels every drop of it as it slides down his tongue. He wants to moan because he’s never taste something so rich and beautiful in his life. God, it’s borderline sinful how much he wants more of this delectable substance. Slowly, that warm liquid mingles with his own essence and it’s making him stronger, making it possible to feel more. His fingers twitch and his eyeballs roll behind his heavy lids as that warmth rolls through his body and grounds him; it’s his anchor, keeping him from leaving his world and moving on to the next. Soon, he’s able to hear again…and there are so many voices. It’s almost hard to comprehend exactly what is being said, but he makes an effort.

A soft melody, fingers raking through his dirty locks, hands splaying across skin, cold water against tarnish flesh, a woman reprimanding another; he hears and feels it all. He tries to move, tries to communicate, but he’s still so weak. The blood has yet to effect his mobility. His fingers flex, slowly regaining the ability to move.

“Mmm-…” he groans, fighting to speak. Gradually, he opens his eyes. Everything is blurred; a mixture of shapes and colors clashing together in an overwhelming torrent. It makes him dizzy. He blinks once, twice, thrice and the world slowly becomes clear again. His eyes behold a multitude of foreign faces. All of those eyes are on him. He hisses as his wounds fester and he gains control of his muscles. Gingerly, the vampire sits up, supporting himself on his elbows as he skeptically takes in all of those unfamiliar faces. He backs away from them in fear, furrowing his brows and narrowing his eyes in caution.

“W-where am I?” He chokes out, hoarsely as he curls into himself and growling when anyone got too close. “Who the hell are you people?”