It Helps Her on Her WayFOUR
"She goes running for the shelter of a mother's little helper
And it helps her on her way, gets her through her busy day" Rolling Stones
I woke up with Sasha barking excitedly. I had gone to my parents' house after closing the bar. The day before had been harrowing and my dad would want details of why his friend thought I was bad luck. Besides it was the holiday season, delicious baked goods were to be had from my mother's kitchen.
It was about noon when I rolled out of bed. In the kitchen my dad was reading a book and my mom was nowhere to be seen. “Tim called. He didn't really need to call. Your name is in the Tribune again.” My dad said all this without looking up. “Tim said he'd call this afternoon. Despite your stellar first day, you still have a job there.” I slid in across from my dad. He put his book down. “Your mother is at the store buying a fifty pound roast or something else that'll keep her busy cooking for a while.”
My mom a
Shipping up to BostonONEShipping up to Boston1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I climbed up the topsails
I lost my leg
I'm shipping up to Boston" - Dropkick Murphys
I both loved and hate Halloween. I love Halloween because I also love candy, pumpkin flavored things, and dressing up as a Viking warrior. I once pillaged my schoolyard for other kids' candy. My principal took away my ax until I went into middle school.
I hated Halloween because I was a witch. And ever since Others came out to the world I had to deal with stupid questions on Halloween. Oh and Halloween was the one day demons got to walk around above ground without being summoned.
Every year demons picked a spot and met. They had rules. No hurting anyone without being asked. I had heard one or two disturbing tales of sex acts gone wrong, but it had been a stupid person's fault, not the demons. Since becoming demon marked I had missed the meeting in Madrid, the one in Hong Kong, and the one in Branson, MO, among others. I missed that one on purpose. I did make the one in the Twin Cities, the
Something StrangeFOURSomething Strange1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Boys and girls of every age
Wouldn't you like to see something strange?" - Danny Elfman
I hated wigs, so I had spent the last two hours putting in wash-out black dye. I even tried to tame my curls with a flat iron. When that failed I decided to not take my hat off for the whole time. All will fear the wrath of Genghis Khan.
The demon party was being held in an old warehouse on the outskirts of town. Megan wouldn't come and she was working overtime to convince David to stay home and hand out Wicca pamphlets to trick or treaters. Lucky for me David spent hours on his Spartan armor. It was around nine o'clock when we got to the party. A lot of party goers would be like David, completely oblivious to the demons, thinking it was a witch gathering, and just looking for a good party.
The place was in full swing when we walked in. Lots of sexy kittens, nurses, fighter pilots, and one guy dressed in a red jumpsuit carrying a tricycle. "Menstrual cycle," he said when he caught me st
I can't get no ReliefTHREEI can't get no Relief1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"There's too much confusion,
I can't get no relief." - Jimi Hendrix
I woke up before the rest of the house and went for a walk. I grew up in and around Chicago. The skyline has never been far from me and I didn't like to travel far outside the area. It felt weird not to be able to down the road on a clear morning and see the Sears Tower. Instead I was treated to a view of the Atlantic. From the House of the Seven Gables I could look across the harbor. I smelled the sea air and crinkled my nose.
Filled with a sense of home sickness I turned back and walked for Megan's house. About a block away from her house I lit up a cigarette. Nicotine would help me through the ordeal. Once I was inside I was greeted with the smell of cooking onions.
In the kitchen Megan was at work making something sauteed vegetable concoction. I could hear the shower running, so there was some relief that I wouldn't be caught alone with her for too long.
"Dragyn said you smell atrocious. You're not sti
Bound to Take Your LifeFIVEBound to Take Your Life1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life" - CCR
Sean was shaking me awake around three in the morning. I swatted at his face, mumbling for him to go away. Sure it was his bed and I had invaded it with Sasha, but it was sleepy time.
“Samantha, get up!” His panicked voice was what finally pulled me up from the warm embrace of sleep. “Did you hear anything?”
I sat up, rubbing my eyes. I turned on the light on the nightstand. My eyes screamed to be closed, so I put my hand over my face. “What?”
“Did you hear anything?” I blinked. Sean looked haggard. He pulled me into a hug, squeezing me tight.
“Sasha was crying about an hour ago, but she stopped after a few minutes after she jumped into bed.” Sean hadn't come home from work yet, so I broke his rule and let the little dog onto the bed.
“Come see this.” Sean took me by the hand.
I normally didn't have any interest in the front door to his
A Slight RespiteSEANA Slight Respite1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
Samantha Dunmore didn't have any experience with Others when the BSB hired her. I was skeptical before I met her. I was hired and put into management position right away for being a werewolf and a Benson and I looked over every file of hires they gave me. Most of them were Others or had experience. She didn't. She was hired because her undergrad internships recommended her highly and she was magna cum laude. A good GPA and social work experience with a rehab facility was not something that prepared people for working with Others.
I remember the day I met her, the day she started as a lowly intern for the BSB. She had tried to tame her hair with a bun, but it poked out and her bangs frizzed around her face. When she thought no one was watching she obsessively tried to straighten the mess. She was in a business skirt and matching blazer, a light pink underneath. She was cute and absolutely terrified. Of course she kept her cool inwardly, but I could smell the fear coming off
No Reason to Put Up a FightTHREENo Reason to Put Up a Fight1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I can't see no reason to put up a fight
I'm living for giving the devil his due" - Blue Oyster Cult
Mr. Harris was locked in his office with Joseph and CJ for about two hours. I sat awkwardly trying to figure out why they had dragged me with them. It took me about fifteen minutes to tell Mr. Harris what about happened. He nodded, called Mrs. Goldberg and left a message, and dismissed me to talk to CJ and Joseph.
I texted Sean asking if he'd come and get me. The answer was a resounding no. So I sat, elbows on my knees, staring into space. The receptionist, Ethel, seemed to be taking a nap at her desk. I was hoping she would like to play solitaire, too bad. Finally CJ emerged.
“We're waiting for Mrs. Goldberg to come in. We want you,” she pointed her finger at my nose. “To tell her what happened.”
I looked out the window of the office. It was about four and so the sun had already almost finished its descent in the sky. Winter was a good time to be a
A Year and a DayOur marriage had been arranged by our lord. It was my right to hit her when she disobeyed. But I found Mary didn't disobey, not once. In our first year of marriage I never raised my hand to her.A Year and a Day3 years ago in Short Stories More Like This
One night, some weeks after our first child was born, she made a remark against my mother. My mother! Mary called her a wench and a slut. She claimed she made my father a cuckold. My mother was as close to a living saint as anyone good get. His Holiness Pope Boniface VIII wasn't more pious than my dear, dead mother.
I remember so clearly. The wind was blowing from our fields, bringing the icy rain into our house. Asleep in his crib set close to the hearth our son slept. Our little straw mattress was in the corner. Our one bedroom home had done well for us in the past. I remember how small it seemed then, when I struck her.
Mary recoiled, picking up our baby to use him as a shield should I wish to strike her again. I told her she best not speak against my family again or I'd make her smart, baby
A Pleasant Interlude 3JOSEPHA Pleasant Interlude 31 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
I grew up in Ohio. I went to college in Boston and went into the ROTC program. Somehow my time in the Army made me very desirable to the BSB. Though I had prior experience with Others before the president was bit.
I dated a witch in high school. She broke my heart. In college I dated a werefox. She shedded all over my dorm and marked some of my sweaters during a full moon. She also broke my heart. While training for the BSB I met Angie, or as she was known in her Boston days, Katera. I was smart enough not to date her. I just slept with her.
But unlike the Others I'd been with before this one continued to hang around. Vampires didn't really cling to people. They were monsters with no feelings and little care for how humans did things. Still, Angie, despite being old as hell, didn't have the typical monster vibe. She wasn't a cuddly bunny or anything, but she wasn't interested in my blood. Not after the first time at least. I let her bite me once and she told me I ate too
The Things That I Will DoONEThe Things That I Will Do1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"See how I'll leave, with every piece of you
Don't underestimate the things that I will do" - Adele
I enjoyed living the unstructured life of a bartender. During the time I was at the BSB I had liked the work, I had a social work bachelor's degree for God's sake. However, I was unaware how confining it was. Then I took a job at Bridget's bar. I could have showed up naked and been fine. It wasn't my career of choice, but it was good for now.
It was a busy Thursday night. Bridget's and my brawl almost two months ago had drummed up serious business. Everyone wanted to see the women who fought off vampires. We never mentioned the help we had from the vampire, Angie Winter. It was best if no one knew about her.
I poured out a Blue Moon from the tap and slid it to the guy in the Cubs hat. "I heard you clawed one guy's eyes out!" He waited enthusiastically for a response.
"I keep them in the back." I waved the person behind him forward.
No one wanted to read the newspaper. The tria
Shattered Like a GlassSEVENShattered Like a Glass1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Memories of our greatest times lay shattered like a glass.
You're trying to entrap me with the way you speak to me." - The Tossers
I never really thought of myself as a nasty person, but I was getting ready to kill Eugene. I made meatloaf, he whined. We took Sasha for a quick walk around the block, he whined. I tried to take a quick bathroom break, he whined at the door. I was currently trying to settle on a TV show, but he was whining.
"We are watching the Food Network, shut your face!" I snatched the remote from him, ready to ram it down his throat.
He grumbled and pouted. Someone knocked at the door and he was suddenly up and running. "Pizza! I ordered it while you were in the bathroom."
"I made meatloaf, why do you need a stupid pizza?" I got up and followed him. Berating him for being an idiot.
He opened the door and there was no pizza. Only one irate Crystal Sanchez with Frank Rossi. If I hadn't already used the bathroom I might have messed my pants. Apparently pack
A Pleasant InterludeAngieA Pleasant Interlude1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"When I hear that trumpet sound I'm gonna rise right out of the ground
Ain't no grave can hold my body down" - Johnny Cash
I love Chicago. Before the president was bitten and became an Other Chicago was a witches' playground. Weres preferred open spaces, Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, places like that. Anywhere they could run, hunt, and shed without too much notice. Vampires loved Europe and Asia. History and old world charm, commonly believed to be the breeding ground for the first vampires.
I came to the city for the first time during the Columbian Exposition for the World's Fair in 1893. I had not felt this way about any place on earth since leaving my motherland. I came and went every few years, loving to see the slaughterhouses turn into skyscrapers. In the 1960s the older man who allowed me to take his blood in exchange for an ear to listen bought me a house. Technically I gave him my money and he made the deal. I loved my little one story house on Nagle. I cont
Within Lies, The TruthI’m the product of scienceWithin Lies, The Truth8 months ago in Free Verse More Like This
The miracle of genetic diversity
An expert in the art of masquerade
Yet the one incapable of obtaining the idea of normalcy
Those similar go about life in a veil of illusions
Going through the mannerisms
Living to the expectations of others
The only way of escape, the unveiling of self
Once unshrouded, the truth surfaces
The reality that many are different
Yet no two are alike
Even amongst my kin, I am singular
Yet the same as those about
While also truly sane
Our burden, one of nature’s tests
Can society overcome its prejudices?
Soon the day will come
Another of humanities obstacles
Will it pass, no one can say
The outcome rests with my kin and others different
He's Been HookedFOURHe's Been Hooked1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Luck and intuition play the cards with Spades to start
And after he's been hooked I'll play the one that's on his heart" - Lady Gaga
Brownies wasn't all I decided to give Sean. However, the grand mistake we made was underestimating the heat. After showering it was almost two. I needed to get my butt over to the bar. I didn't want Eugene to beat me there.
I left Sean with instructions to lock up, lest my roommate, Jason, have my head on a stick. I ran out the door and to the Rav.
The drive to the bar wasn't too far. I rolled in around 2:25. David was already there. He always came in around two to get the bar in presentable condition. Bridget would come in at 4:45 to be prepared for when we officially opened at five. She also stayed until five to balance the books and count the night's haul. My normal hours ranged from when I showed up to when I decided to leave. I'd worked a twelve hour shift once or twice on the weekend and the tip situation was enough to pay my student lo
A Pleasant Interlude 2BRIDGETA Pleasant Interlude 21 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Chicago, Chicago, well there's assholes everywhere
Chicago, Chicago, where you're 15 pints from all your cares" - The Tossers
I hate owing favors. Someone does something nice for you and suddenly you're never allowed to forget it. That's how Angie came into my life. I certainly didn't want her around. I hated vampires. Blood-sucking, emotionless, sacks of crap. They saw themselves as gods just because they can live forever. Asshats.
I was born on the south side of Chicago, the first O'Malley born on US soil. My parents left Northern Ireland when the violence was too much. After five years living near Comiskey Park we relocated to Elmhurst when my father found a job teaching at York High School. That's when my mother started teaching me the finer points to the family trade.
Training for witchcraft began with a mammal picking me. It was a ferret and it became my familiar. My mother loved that her eldest was to become a witch. She was gifted in brewing up potions that work
It's Just a Shame, That's AllTWOIt's Just a Shame, That's All1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Tell me it's black when I know that it's white
always the same, it's just a shame, that's all" - Genesis
I watched enough cop shows to know vomiting on the corpse of Mr. Goldberg was a big no-no. So I ran out of the house and let my lunch reemerge on the bushes out front. After that I called the police, who apparently called the BSB. I suppose when you're divorcing a vampire it makes sense this could be an Other attack. On the other hand I was not on friendly terms with field agents Joseph Cicero or CJ Hawkly.
They had arrested me during the summer and neither were happy letting me off the hook. My boyfriend, Sean, had become friends with Joseph, which made me hating him harder. Sean would bring Joseph to the bar, all chummy. CJ was easier to avoid. She came to the bar only to retrieve Joseph for a case. When I did run into them it was awkward silences and angry looks.
Now I was right back where I was a few months ago. CJ and Joseph had gone into the house to investigate wh
Dues in Life to PayONEDues in Life to Pay1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Isn't that the way
Everybody's got the dues in life to pay" - Aerosmith
When something fell off the Rav while I was driving home from the bar and it began to sound like a four-wheeler, my dad set up an interview with his old law partner. I wasn't making enough at the bar to pay for much more than rent and food. My savings was dwindling to pay my student loans. I occasionally borrowed money from my dad, but that was getting old.
My dad's friend had his own firm and he hired me on as process server part-time. I had learned a lot about legal processing from my dad. I had even bothered taking a few pre-law courses before deciding on social work as a major. That helped me get the process server job. It also helped that Mr. Harris pitied me and my current source of income. I'd still be at the bar, but Mr. Harris told me I'd have work at least twice a week. I got appointed by a judge and today I would begin my exciting new career as a process server for Cook County.
Mr. Harris cat
Fire in the DiscoTENFire in the Disco11 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Fire in the taco bell
Fire in the disco
Fire in the gates of hell" - Electric Six
In Joseph's office he was working hard making calls about Joshua. I appreciated the effort. CJ was on my laptop, which she requested I bring for “investigation” purposes. In reality she was playing an MMO and prancing around online. I didn't feel like I was being suitable protected when she was a level one, knife wielding elf.
I hadn't told them about my little adventure earlier. After what Jay said I didn't want to let CJ know. I kept waiting for her to leave. Since I met her she was always eating. It had been like two hours and not once had she gone to stuff her face.
“So, why is this rabbit trying to eat my face?” She asked, leaning back from my laptop.
“They've been cursed by the dread lord...” I stopped myself when Joseph looked at me and raised an eyebrow. “Nevermind.” I walked over to Joseph's desk and sat down on it. I ignored his annoye
Break and Enter HeavenNINEBreak and Enter Heaven11 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"Deny your friends and family
To serve you must betray
Break and enter heaven" - The Tossers
At sunrise I was spirited out of the church by CJ. I kept looking at her, trying not to look obvious. Jay trusted her as an agent of the law, but didn't trust her as a person. I had broken my “no cellphones in the church” rule and called Rena to check CJ's file. She hadn't returned my call yet.
“Like, do I have food on my face?” CJ finally asked.
“No, you just look really tired.” That wasn't true. She look well rested. I wanted to bitch slap her for looking so good.
“Joseph and I cashed in around three in the morning. And I fully intend on going home and finishing that sleep. I suggest you do the same.”
CJ dropped me off at Sean's. I let myself in and was greeted by Sasha who was wagging her whole body to see me. Sean was asleep on the couch in jeans and a hoodie. I dropped my purse on him.
“Gerha,” the the just waking resp
Take it on FaithEIGHTTake it on Faith11 months ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"You take it on faith, you take it to the heart
The waiting is the hardest part" - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
CJ and Joseph deposited me at a Catholic church near the BSB office after an afternoon of them going through files. Just before sunset they took me to the church and left me to continue their work. I was raised Catholic, but was a Chreaster follower now. Going only on Easter and Christmas to appease my mother. It felt weird to be stuck in the church now. Especially one I was going to be in for a long while.
If this had been summer I'd go in at 8:30 pm and be out by 5:30 am. Now, here, in the heart of winter it was only 4:15 pm and the sun wasn't due to rise until 7 am. I couldn't go outside. I was stuck with the old ladies praying their rosaries. At least the priest understood my plight and was obliging enough not to force me into confession. Father Bennett left me in the back, behind the altar, where all the priestly robes were hung.
I slumped down in a chai
Statue of the DemonSIXStatue of the Demon1 year ago in Introductions & Chapters More Like This
"I sometimes find it odd
You've got to climb the statue of the demon to get closer to God!" - Electric Six
I woke up with the sun coming in through the bedroom window at my house. The last thing I remembered was CJ giving me a cup of tea. I turned over and Sean was wide awake, watching me.
“How did we get here?”
“CJ put a sleeping pill in your tea. I didn't know until you fell asleep. She said you needed sleep.” I remembered my burst of hysterics, my face getting hot with embarrassment. I can appreciate why someone would think it was right to drug me.
“Did you sleep any?”
He shook his head. He turned over and moved a stray hair from my face. I curled myself into his body, glad for his warmth. I'd be safe now. Here, in the daylight. Demons couldn't freely walk during daylight hours. Certainly they could be summoned, but to leave the summoning circle was impossible. At night though, if someone summoned one for an attack...
I whimpered into S