It was all started in the living room of the Rook Family Mansion. Everyone was gathered around Ben and Blonko, who were dressed in their fine clothing, Ben in his green, silk, button up shirt with bone buttons, and dress pants. Rook was dressed in his long sleeved, blue sweater with a white skull painted on the front, and his Capri pants, torn and clawed at with them both seated on the couch.
"Happy 13th Anniversary!" Vanessa proclaimed, wearing gold scorpion bracelets, a blood red dress with black spider-web stitching on it.
She handed a gift to Ben, who accepted it.
"Thank you, Vanessa." Ben thanked her, as he unwrapped the gift.
He opened it. And revealed a sexy looking black negligee, which he held up with a appeasing look.
"Oh, Vanessa, how lovely." Ben chuckled lightly.
Khyber, holding a tray with bottle of Ghoul Sprool Wine, looked in Vanessa's direction with a amused smile.
"Actually, it's more of a present for Blonko." Vanessa said winking at Ben.
Ben grinned slyly, as he looked to Rook, who frowned in confusion.
"Well, I would not mind wearing it. But it doesn't seem to be in my size." Rook said confused.
"Blonko." Ben said looking down at the negligee pointedly.
Blonko's eyes widened a bit, but he grins luridly with a pleased expression, rubbing his hand over Ben's leg.
"Thank you, Ma'jun." Rook said to his godmother.
Ben put away the gift, as he and Rook kissed sweetly, the family watching. With all holding a glass of a blood red substance, not necessarily wine.
Bailey, Renoir, Ergho and Devlin sat around the coffee table made of Amber Ogia resin, watching as Rook and Ben smooched.
Despite it being their parents, Ren and Bailey were happy to see their parents smooching.
"Look at those two, Lovebirds." Rook Brillig proclaimed. "They are still as deeply in love as the day the two of them met."
Vanessa, Argit, Rook Da, Rook Bralla, Rook Shar and the others all nod.
"Mother, Father, how did you two meet?" Renoir asked.
Blonko's sisters giggled with a shudder, as if remember something particularly unpleasant, Rook Da looked awkward, coughing into his fist as Bralla shuts one eye, but looks at her husband with the other. Ester looks at Argit as he snickers, and Rook Brillig grimaces like he had a bad taste in his mouth.
"Please, Renoir. There are some things a delicate child such as yourself are better off NOT knowing." Vanessa said as she shifted in her seat.
"Your Ma'jun is right, there are some things that can scar a person for life." Rook said to his son.
"But we've already been exposed to Peppa Pig, Paw Patrol, Katy Perry and Donald Trump." Ergho spoke up.
The other kids nod, as the others grimace at the characters referenced by Ergho.
"What could be worse then that?" Bailey asked her Dad and Papa.
"The children do have a point," Grandpa Max points out.
Ben and Rook look at each other, and sighed as they decided it was better to tell the truth.
"Shall we?" Ben asked Rook with a smile.
"Well, for starters..." Blonko began after a heavy sigh. "I wasn't supposed to marry your Father."
The other Rooks, and Blonko's twins gasped in shock at his use of a contraction.
"I was supposed to marry his Cousin..." He gives Gwen a glance, who cringes at the reminder. "Jennifer Nocturne." Blonk looks away awkwardly, as if he confessed something truly heinous.
Bailey, Devlin, Renoir and Ergho turn to each other in shock and horror.
"AUNT JENNIFER!?" They shout in exclamation.
Ben chuckled at their disgusted reactions.
"I'll never forget the first day we met, Blonko." Ben said lovingly to his husband. "The sky was blue, the sun was shining, the birds were singing."
Blonko took a deep breath, as if preparing to take a major leap.
"I knew we were in for trouble." Blonko stated in worry.
Thirteen years ago
We travel back in time to the hallowed halls of the Rook Manor, where a young Rook Blonko is show in the entertainment room. He's shown wearing a bulky coat, a scarf, and polishing his proto-tool.
Up from behind comes his Ma'jun, the woman who was in charge of his mother's well being, and helping to raise the children when they were born, Essa Stonewedge, or her Earth name, Vanessa Masters.
She was holding a glass bottle with a blue liquid in it.
She was dressed in a long, dark purple Gothic-themed dress, a large blood red sun hat, long mauve gloves and a belt with a diamond skull on the front. She was accompanied by Rook's eldest Sister, Shar, who was wearing a typical female revonnaghander outfit.
Vanessa walks up to Rook Blonko, and hands him the bottle.
"Here, try this for your cold, swee'ja. It'll eat right through your sinuses." Vanessa said.
Despite the contraction, Rook accepted the bottle happily, as he did look very pale and under the weather.
"Thank you, Ma'jun." Rook said. He then threw back the bottle, and guzzled every last drop of the stuff.
"I do not understand, brother." Shar said. "You never get sick."
Vanessa rubbed his shoulder comfortingly.
"Oh, it's probably just 'nerves'." Vanessa said soothingly.
"After all, it is not every day, that a young revonnaghnader meets his bride to be, for the very first time. "Shar said.
Rook's eyes widened in alarm, and he turned with a hopefully, charming smile.
"I have an idea! Instead of this arranged marriage with Jennifer," Rook said waving the hand with the bottle around. "Why don't I go out on my own, find someone and fall madly in love?"
Shar gasped as Vanessa gave him a amused look.
"Brother! If our parents heard you speaking in such a way, and in contractions too!" Shar scolded.
"Oh, now, where's the fun in all that?" Vanessa laughed as she took the bottle from Rook.
"Brother, you know that arranged marriages are a Rook Family tradition," Shar said with a frown. "I am to be expected to marry someone our parents pick out, we have been doing it for centuries. And there has not been a divorce yet."
Rook turned with a look of non-acceptance.
"Just a few untimely deaths." Rook muttered.
"Most of them mine." Vanessa giggled sheepishly.
Shar heard Blonko, and looked angry, but Vanessa put a hand against her chest, and turned Blonko around to face her.
"Blonko, Darling, you don't need to be so uneasy." Vanessa said. "Your parents sent you here with me and your sister to accompany you, until your parents arrived. And oversee the preparations for the whole ceremony, trust me."
She pats his cheek with a warm smile.
"I always know what's best for my Swee'ja's." Vanessa cooed.
Rook smiled a little, before his eyes became hazy, and he fell sideways onto the floor. Shar screamed as she crouched down near her brother in alarm. Vanessa frowning she brought the glass bottle up to her nose, sniffing it, before her face paled in alarm.
"Strychnine!" Vanessa gasped.
Some time later, in the main hall. A large wooden crate was shown in the main hall, standing next to it was the tall imposing figure of Khyber, the family Butler and Vanessa's adopted child.
"Special Delivery." Khyber drowned out in his raspy voice.
Vanessa, Rook and Shar approached, followed by a giant humanoid porcupine/opossum. He came up to Rook's waist. He had big yellow eyes and black quills for hair. He wore an orange, zipped up jacket with yellow accents, as well as orange and yellow shorts. And had piercings in his ear.
This was Argit, a distant cousin of the Rook's.
"Oh great, maybe it's that super power quill cleaner I ordered?" Argit asked hopefully.
"Better yet, let's hope it's a wedding present." Vanessa said. "We could use some new vats."
They looked over the crate, and Shar pointed to the large sticker on the side.
"Hmmm. Fragile." She read out loud.
The crate then shook violently, as if something, or someone was inside. The group looked at each other, as it shook and fell over onto it's side.
Rook, Vanessa, Argit and Khyber looked at each other, and grinned psychotically. Rook pulled out his proto-tool, which turned into a orange, energy chainsaw, Vanessa a axe, Khyber his deadly knives, and Argit a crowbar. They proceeded to let loose on the crate, bashing, hacking, slashing and carving it up. The wooden pieces went flying, Shar backing up with her hands up to shield her eyes.
Eventually, the crate was destroyed, falling to pieces off the person who was trapped inside.
It was a young boy of about 11 years old, pale skin, bags under his eyes, he had red eyes and white hair, he was wearing a red and black shirt and pants, he stood up with a small frown, dusting himself off.
Vanessa smiled, rushing over to hug the small boy with a smile. The boy was Albedo, formerly a Galvan alien, he'd been killed, and then revived as a baby human that Vanessa adopted. But he still retained his vast intelligence and condescending attitude at times.
"Mother, please, I am glad to see you too. But no need for theatrics." Albedo then yelped when she tweaked his ear.
"Ah, Albedo, back in time for my wedding." Rook smiled, glad to see his adopted relation.
"Blonko, you almost cut my arm off back there." Albedo said with a frown. "Better luck next time."
They smile with wicked glee.
"I see you got a new crate." Rook Shar states as she walked over.
"Isn't it a beauty?" Albedo said with a proud smile. "It is made from the cheapest pine available."
He yelps as Vanessa reaches behind him, and pulls a large splinter out of his behind.
"So it splinters easily, then?" She asked rhetorically.
"Ooooh." Argit exclaimed with a jealous shudder. "That must've hurt!"
"So, how are things at MIT?" Vanessa asked her boy.
"Mother, MIT was Three Universities ago," Albedo said in bored exasperation. "Remember? They expelled me for blowing up the chemistry department."
Vanessa made a face of disgruntlement.
"Oh that!" She waves it off disparagingly. "Some places will kick you out for anything"
Albedo let out a scoff disgust.
"Tell me about it." Albedo huffed.
"Albedo, let us go outside and celebrate your return, while the night is still damp." Rook proclaimed.
Albedo smiled, and walked out with Shar and Khyber following, but Rook holds back to grab Argit's axe. He lifts and hurls it through the air, and a loud thunk is heard.
"Ahahaha! Nice aim!" Albedo complimented.
Rook smiled, following after them, as Vanessa shakes her head in fond exasperation.
The boys were in the family mini-golf course, and before a windmill with Blonko up to tee, he had his golf club down. He swung the club back, and hurled it at the windmill, which sparked wildly, the club tangled around the center of the spinning fans of the windmill.
"Nice aim." Argit proclaimed.
"Next time, you might want to try hitting the ball." Albedo said.
"Sorry, it's all this talk about marriage," Rook said passing by a small table with more clubs on it, picking one. "It's throwing off my game."
"Well, if you are having second talks, maybe you should talk to Mother." Albedo said. "Or with your own parental units."
Rook swung at another golf ball, and let go of the club, causing it to behead a card-board cut out of a sweet shepherdess.
Albedo goes up to have his swing at the golf ball.
"I've tried! My parents insist that we must connect our family blood to the Tennysons," Rook stated. "And my Ma'jun and Tennyson Matriarch Tennyson have been planning this, since they were little ones, playing with matches."
"When Dinosaurs walked the Earth." Argit snickered.
Albedo swung, hit the golf ball off a tombstone, hit Argit on the side of his head, and it hit the golf flag, and it landed in the golf hole.
"Ah, a fine shot, ALbedo." Khyber praised.
Argit rubbed his head with a groan.
"Yeah, really good one..." Argit groaned.
Rook looked thoughtful, as he twiddled with his golf club.
"You know, Jennifer is coming with her two cousins," Rook said with a small smile. "Maybe you and one of them would get along, and we could make this a double wedding!"
Albedo looked up Rook incredulous, as did Argit, and Khyber growled protectively.
"Blonko, despite my superior mind, I am still a young child of ELEVEN." Albedo points out.
Rook blinks, and hits himself hard on the head with his own club.
"Oh Bralla Dah, yes, I keep forgetting this is your age now, physically." Rook said mortified.
Khyber growls in agreement, and heads off into the Mansion.
"What about the spiny one?" Albedo asked pointing to Argit.
"No way, I like girls, and I'm a bachelor for life!" Argit stated.
"Well, even if I was of the right age, Blonko." Albedo states. "I wouldn't do it. I promised my Mother, and the Doctors at the Asylum I would never reproduce."
Rook sighed, placing his golf ball down onto his tee.
"Oh well. I guess I will have to make the best of it." Rook sighed. "But maybe Jennifer will not be as bad as I think."
He swung, and missed as Albedo and Argit ducked, causing the golf-club to go flying, spinning through the air.
"Fore?" Rook said sheepishly.
Back in the house, Khyber strolled up to Vanessa and Shar, as they set up a table with various refreshments, large pot of toadstool tea and other such goodies.
"Ladies fingers, for the ladies." Khyber said holding out the tray for Vanessa to examine.
"Oh, Khyber, I do hope Jennifer likes Rook." Vanessa sighed. "And vice a versa."
Khyber nods with a growl.
A window shattering caught their attention, Vanessa spun around as something shot past her, and hit Khyber. It was Rook's golf club, now tied around his thick neck.
"Well, if she likes him, she will have to like golfing. "Shar joked.
"Oh, I like what the boys have done with the window." Vanessa said as she put the cockroaches that were scurrying away onto the crackers.
A fog horn sound alerted them to someone at the front door.
"That is them now!" Shar proclaimed.
"BLONKO, COME ON!!" Vanessa shouts loudly, startling Shar.
"What is it, Ma'jun?"
Blonko, Argit and Albedo suddenly appearing startled the both of them.
"It is time to meet your new bride, Brother!" Shar said excitedly.
"Easy on the excitement, Shar. We don't want her to run off seeing how crazy the family is." Vanessa said sarcastically.
Everyone proceeded to the main hall, Rook following with a frown, his hands in his pockets.
"This is so exciting!" Vanessa said in contrast to what she said earlier to Shar.
She stood in the center of the Hall, with the boys and Shar on the other side, watching as Khyber approached the door. Argit nudged Rook, who frowned in despondency. Khyber opened the door, and a woman strolled on in with a wide smile. Tall, blonde, middle-aged eccentric with awry, Marlene Dietrich-like hair and dressed in a lumpy knee-length dress adorned with feather trim.
"We're here!" The woman proclaimed, striking a pose, right arm up into the air.
Vanessa held out her arms in welcome, a big smile on her face, as the joy of seeing her old friend overcame her, as did the terrifying laughter that echoed throughout the house from the woman's lips.
"Vanessa!" The woman hurried over to the Sorceress.
"Verdona!" Vanessa cried out, hugging her tightly.
"Oh, I love the new body-suit you got!" Vanessa complimented her best friend.
"Oh, thank you." Verdona said gesturing her hands over her face like a picture frame. "I didn't want to overshadow the bride, so I picked something 'subdued.'"
Argit leaned over to harshly whisper to Rook.
Shar reached over to smack his arm. "Shush!"
A fairly overweight man in his fifties came in after Verdona, he wore a white shirt, covered by a red buttoned-up Hawaiian shirt with a floral design. He had grey hair and blue pants, as well as brown shoes.
"Hey, no hug for me?" The man called out with a teasing grin.
"Oh, Max Tennyson, you old codger!" Vanessa giggled, coming over to hug him, kissing both his cheeks.
"I see that your still radiant as ever, V." Max teased with a smile.
"And you still haven't been frightened away by Verdona," Vanessa giggled. "I knew you were lionhearted."
"No, that's Kitty." Max teased.
That got a strange expression from Shar, Rook, Argit and Albedo.
"Where's Jennifer?" Vanessa asked.
"Right behind me." Max pointed out.
A beautiful young woman with long, blonde hair entered the Masnion. She wore a purple cutaway dress shirt with black at the center. In addition, she donned silver ring bracelets and a crescent moon necklace.
She turned to Kyber with a patronizing smile.
"My bags are in the car, and please, careful muchi with the Guchi!" She said waving a finger at Khyber.
The others balked at her behavior, Albedo narrowing his eyes at her condescending attitude, and Khyber growled lightly in anger.
Jennifer walked forward a bit, thou a huff of anger was heard from the door halted her steps.
"Jennifer, you can't just order people around, especially since we don't even know if they're servants!"
It was a beautiful young woman, tall, green eyes, red hair which reached down to her waist. She wore a white shirt under a dark blue sweater, black stockings under a black mini skirt, and black high heels. Her hair had also grown longer and was down to her waist.
Several suitcases and such floated behind her with a faint pink aura. Jennifer wrinkled her nose at the other girl, but didn't say anything.
"Sorry about that," The girl said to Khyber. "The I'm Gwendolyn Tennyson, but my friends call me Gwen."
Khyber nods, smiling faintly, as he does take some suitcases.
"We brought Gwen along, to be maid of honor." Verdona explains to Vanessa.
"You remember Gwen, she's my son Frank's daughter?" Max asked.
"Oh, of course." Vanessa stretched out her hands with a big smile. "Welcome, Dear. And I see you inherited the spark from your Grandmother."
Gwen smiled, coming over, followed by the luggage, and accepted a hug and kiss on the cheek from Vanessa.
"Thanks. I had been studying at Witch-haven and already graduated," Gwen grins beaming. "I'm already in my third year at the Sorcerer's Academy."
"That is very impressive." Vanessa praised. "These are the rest of the family, My Godson Blonko, we call him Rook, his sister Shar, my adopted son Albedo and Argit...our....well, we're not sure HOW he's related."
"Oh, well, hello." Gwen greeted.
"Hello." The all said, already liking this member of the Tennyson clan better then Jennifer.
Jennifer huffed, and strolled over toward the others, as Shar walked over to Gwen, greeting her more personally.
"Hi there!" Argit said holding out his hand with a grin.
"I don't think so..." Jennifer cringed in disgust.
Rook's face took on a more bland tone, clearly not enthused by her presence.
"Well, you must be Blonko!" Jennifer said with a enthusiastic grin.
"I'm Argit..." Rook said in fear. Argit reacts to that annoyed.
"I'm Argit!" Argit said stomping off.
Albedo sighed, as he walked over to his mother, who was still chatting with Verdona, Max, Gwen and Shar.
Jennifer walked up closer to Rook, and slapped his arm.
"Well, aren't you the comedian." Jennifer held out her hand to him. "I'm Jennifer!"
"Nice to meet you..." Rook said as he mustered up the strength to kiss the back of her hand.
"Uh-oh.." Max called out, looking around. "I lost one."
"One 'what'?" Shar asked.
"Grandchild! My Grandson isn't here." Max said in alarm.
Suddenly, a massive roar shook the entire Mansion, earning reactions from everyone else.
"What was THAT?" Rook asked with a excited grin for the first time.
That earned looks from the others, Vanessa looking around for the source of the roar, as Max smiled out of fondness, Gwen shook her head with giggle and Verdona sighed like this was a common occurrence.
"Oh, that's just my cousins cat," Jennifer leaned over with a weirded out expression. "He likes things with 'Claws'."
"Oh, then he'll get on well with the family." Albedo joked.
"We brought Ben along to be the Best Man." Max explains to Vanessa. "Plus, we had to bring Kitty, since we couldn't leave it at home."
"It's not easy finding Panuncian Sitter's these days." Argit exclaimed with a nod.
Soon a figure appeared in the doorway, struggling with a chain that stretched out of sight from the side of the door.
"Come on, Kitty. Come on!" The figure called out, only for the chain to snap. "Oh! You're so stubborn!"
Rook’s heart skipped a beat as his eyes beheld a breathtaking sight.
A young man, barely out of his teens, with a head full of chocolate brown locks, two radiant and eerie green eyes that almost seemed to glow with mischief, and smooth, supple skin. He was dressed in a green and black stripped shirt and tight, tight brown cargo pants that showed off his shapely form.
“Ben…” Rook said, testing the name on his lips and finding the sensation most pleasant. “I imagine that’s short for ‘Benjamin’.”
Ben smiled every so sweetly. “And you would be…so dreadfully, woefully wrong. It’s actually short for Bendikkas.” Ben’s smile almost seemed to turn predatory as he announced with a touch of a Baltic accent, “Bendikkas Kirila Tennyson.”
Rook’s heart leapt into his throat, frightened and aroused simultaneously by this creature before him. Quickly, he pulled himself together and replied, “Malonu susitikti su jumis, Bendikkas. A great pleasure, indeed.”
Rook then made to reach out and take Ben’s hand.
Unfortunately for Rook, Jennifer quickly intercepted and flipped Rook onto his back.
“Bet you didn’t know I was a Judo champ,” Jennifer bragged, looking down at Rook with an arrogant smile.
“No,” Rook groaned, “but then again, I didn’t know I had a slipped disk either.”
“Not only is Jennifer a black-belt,” Verdona praised, “she was student-body president, head of the Glee Club, and class caterer! A real joiner!”
As Verdona spoke, Jennifer practically preened herself with both Gwen and Ben side-eyed her with matching looks of disdain.
“What about you, Bendikkas? Are you a joiner too?” Rook asked.
Ben got a far-away, gleeful look in his eyes as he answered, “When socializing with others, it’s best not to put glass in their tea. Cyanide is more effective.” Grinning, Ben leaned down, offering Rook a hand, and helped him back to his feet.
Rook snorted in amusement. “A fair point.”
“Now, Bendikkas,” Verdona lectured as she walked over, “no one wants to hear about your anti-social tendencies. In fact, Bendikkas refused to even go to school. If it weren’t for my husband’s kind and noble heart, this poor boy would be little more than a dark and dreary dullard. If only I could rid the boy of the first two, he might be on even footing with Jennifer.”
Rook could clearly see the disapproval on Max’s face as well as the hidden fury in Gwen’s. Ben however seemed to be shrinking into himself; wilting like a poisoned flower. This certainly would not do! But before he could speak one word, Jennifer snatched him by the arm and dragged him off.
“Blah, blah, blah! Let’s stop talking about little Benny-boo, and start talking about our wedding! Come on, Rock!”
“It’s Rook,” Rook grumbled.
As Jennifer led Rook away by the arm, Ben watched them leave with a saddened expression, the others walking over, and Shar was frowning in confusion.
"I do not understand, you said Ben was almost a dark, dreary, dullard, and that if you got rid of the first two he would be equal to Jennifer." Shar said to Verdona. "So, you are saying Jennifer is a dullard?" Shar asked in confusion.
Verdona opened her mouth, and frowned in distress, as she realized her slip up. Ben had a evil smirk, and Gwen giggled in glee.
In the living room, Jennifer had Rook holding up a mirror to admire herself, smoothing down her hair with a smile. Shar, Albedo and Argit watched from one of the couches.
"Perfect!" She took the mirror from Rook and put it in her purse.
"So, what do you want to do now?" Jennifer asked Rook.
"Go into a coma?" Rook said sincerely.
"OH!" Jennifer smacked his shoulder with a nerve racking giggle. "You are SUCH a kidder!"
She took Rook's hand, and had him come over to sit with her on the love seat.
"Guess what?" Jennifer cooed. "I have a surprise for you!"
Rook squirmed uncomfortably, and leaned back from Jennifer. Albedo looked annoyed, as he fiddled with a circuit he was working on.
"Your leaving?" Albedo asked annoyed.
Jennifer turned to sneer at Albedo.
"I can't believe we BOTH grew up with such 'odd ball' relatives." Jennifer huffed.
"Technically, he is my Ma'jun's adopted son." Rook said.
"Your melon-juice?" Jennifer asked in confusion.
"Ma'jun, it is what our people refer to Vanessa." Shar added in helpfully. "It is the woman who is selected by the husband to watch over, assist and protect the wife, and later be nanny and Godmother to the children born, watching them as the parents tend to the Amber Oogia field."
"Oh, well, why bother with that, when we can just hire someone as easily," Jennifer said dismissively. "And we CERTAINLY won't be doing any 'tending to the fields.'"
This earned a jerk from Rook and Shar.
"But...there will be some, when we tend to the fields on the trips we take to Revonnah." Rook said.
"What? Who says we're gonna be visiting some hick planet?" Jennifer said in disgust.
"That 'HICK PLANET' is our home, and where me and Blonko were born." Shar said with a heavy frown.
"Sure, sure, but he won't be going back there." Jennifer dismissed, earning shocked expressions from the boys and Shar.
"Oooooh! Someone is gonna get 'murdered.'" Argit whispered to Albedo.
"My money is on the blond." Albedo said scowling.
"BUT OF COURSE I WILL BE RETURNING TO REVONNAH!" Rook said loudly, earning a startled reaction from Jennifer.
"And speaking of places near and dear, where is your Cousin...Bendikkas" ROok clarified.
"Oh, who knows, probably off feeding his terroraunchula's." Jennifer said, letting the subject get changed.
Jennifer leaned forward, and slid her fingers over Rook's eyelids. "Close your eyes."
She said excitedly, earning eye rolls from the others.
"Sure, with the way she looks, who wouldn't?" Shar grumbled unheard by the other her poor grammar.
Jennifer pulled out sample swatches from under the couch, holding them up.
"Now open them!" Jennifer stated proudly. Rook opened his eyes, and stared at cloth.
"It's nice....what is it?" Rook asked oblivious.
"Hello!" Jennifer rudely knocked him on the head. "Fabric swatches?"
"'Fabric Swatches' What for?" Rook asked in confusion.
"If she knocks on his head like that again..." Shar growled, as Argit patted her repeatedly on the shoulder.
"Easy, don't want to get blood stain on those fabric swatches." Argit said.
"I'm redecorating this house!" Jennifer stated.
THAT got reactions from everyone, even the suit of armor and severed boars head over the fireplace.
"From 'TOP' to 'BOTTOM.'" Jennifer declared.
"Why!?" Rook asked in horror.
"This junky old furniture is SO depressing!" Jennifer said in disgust. "And the lightning in here makes everyone look so 'ghoulish.'"
"I know, it took us years to get it this way," Rook said. "When I was studying at the local plumber academy, and during winter visits here to Ma'jun."
The others smile, and nod.
"Alas, it seems that ghoulish effect doesn't seem to work on you." Albedo said eyeing Jennifer in distaste.
"Anyway, I figured we could replace these drab curtains with a velvet purple and paint the walls a nice eggshell." Jennifer continued.
Albedo stood up with a growl, throwing down his circuit onto the floor with a loud smash, but Shar held him back and instead walked over to Jennifer herself.
"Listen..." Shar cut off Jenniger, and held back something nasty. "Future-Sister, but I do not agree with your ideas of what you plan for this house!"
Jennifer scowled, and stood up and grabbing Shar by the arm, strolled her on out of the room.
"Excuse me, but are you late to TILL the soil, or something, Farmer-Girl!?" Jennifer hissed into Shar's ear.
Shar spun around to glare at Jennifer, who just casually strolled back into the living room.
"Brother! I will be helping Ma'jun prepare dinner," Shar shoots daggers into the back of Jennifer's head. "Before something UNFORTUNATE should happen."
Rook looked stunned, as Shar strolled out of sight, but Jennifer just continued like nothing had happened.
"Now, I really think we could get more light in here," Jennifer gestured to a wall. "If we simply knocked out this wall!"
Argit and Albedo chocked in horror, as Rook had his jaw hanging in disbelief.
"Who do you think you are, ordering changes to my Mother's house!?" Albedo snapped finally at Jennifer.
"More light!? The next thing you know, you're going to want to put in..." Argit gestured wildly in anger and disgust. "WALL TO WALL CARPETING!!"
Jennifer didn't seem bothered, in fact she looked grateful as her memory was jogged.
"Oh, that reminds me! The carpet people should be here any minute to give me a estimate!" Jennifer said with a smile.
"Now, what do you think, pile of shag?" Jennifer asked Rook.
Albedo turned, his red eyes seemingly burning with fire, as a low growl rumbled up his throat. Him and Argit got in close to Rook, staring at him in outrage.
"Blonko Rook, do something...." Him and Argit jerk on his arms up to his feet. "NOW!!"
Rook sighed, and with a nod he went over to Jennifer, who was examining the room, possibly coming up with more ways to 'Improve' the place. Rook put his hand firmly on her shoulder, and frowned at Jennifer.
"Jennifer, I am afraid I will have to put my foot down," Rook said causing Jennifer to stiffen. "I agree with Albedo and Argit, this house is fi-aaaah!!"
Rook yelled when Jennifer grabbed his hand in a crushing grip, and turning around she flipped Blonko over her shoulder, and through the air. And he landed on the floor with a resounding crash.
Argit and Albedo looked down at him in stunned shock.
"Well, I put my foot down..." Rook chocked. "And she put the rest of me down.."
He promptly then passed out to the horror of the men.
Downstairs in the dungeon/kitchen, Shar was with Grandpa Max and Gwen, she had stormed into the room and was promptly greeted with a amused, knowing smile from the two.
"Let me guess. My Granddaughter, Jennifer." Grandpa Max exclaimed, chopping a cleaver down on a lizard to remove it's tail. While the Lizard was still alive.
"No need to guess, I mean...she's just...I mean....UGH!!" Shar rubbed her face. "A contraction. Oh, what would mother and father think of me?"
"Nobody is perfect, Shar." Gwen reassured her, as she peeled what looked like a purple potato. "Despite what Grandma Verdona insists on, or what Jennifer CLAIMS to be."
Gwen put down the peeler, and walked over to Shar, warmly taking her hand in hers, and pulled her over to the counter.
"Here, I was gonna dirty the plates up for dinner," Gwen said. "Aunt V, went off with Grandma to hang out a bit, and keep her out of our hair."
Grandpa Max pulled up a large box, and pulled out new, white, glistening china plate ware.
"I swear, I should sue that store we bought these online from," Max said with a shudder. "They're all so...so clean, and pristine!"
Gwen chuckled, snapping her fingers, she summoned several jar and bowls full of mud, dirt and oil.
"Don't worthy, nothing a little elbow grease and grime won't fix." Gwen said cheerfully. "I learn that from you."
Shar smiled, and unscrewed the jars for Gwen, who reached a hand in to scoop up a wad of brown mud, smacking it against a dish, and rubbing it in.
"You do get along well with your Grandfather, G..." Shar stopped. "I'm sorry, I never got your full name."
"It's Gwendolyn," Gwen said with a warm smile. "My parents weren't like Ben's, well, they're incredibly eccentric, but more...'average'."
"It is a fine name, either way." Shar said.
"Well, to answer your previous statement, Grandpa Max taught me and Ben everything we know," Gwen said as she helped smear mud on the dishes. "Math, Science, Organic Poisoning."
Shar looked impressed, and Max hugged Gwen around the shoulder.
"This little Lady, and our Ben passed their SATS and their Post Mortems ." Max said with a beaming pride.
"I am surprised Madame Verdona did not mention that." Shar asked.
Max sighed in a tired fashion.
"Verdona and I....she's cracked in the head, and I love that best about her," Max grimaced. "But the rest of her is a tad bit..."
"Normal, for our tastes. And Ben has never been the most 'socially acceptable' if you get our meaning." Gwen sighed as centipedes crawled over her fingers.
"If it weren't for Ben's parents and Us, we doubt he'd get any attention at all." Max said slapping a hand down onto a cockroach, scurrying across the table. "Mmm~ Save THAT fella for the soufflé."
"I see your points, if that is how the expression goes.." Shar said.
"Yes, that's how the expression goes." Max chuckled. "Well, Shar, your getting those plates nice and filthy."
Shar looked down, and realized she'd gotten over twenty plates covered in muck during their conversation.
"Well, I do work in the fields, dirt and grubs tend to just cling to me." Shar said with a bashful smile and blush.
"Then you and I are gonna get along just fine." Gwen said as Max chuckled.
Meanwhile in the playroom, aka the Dungeon, Albedo, Argit and Khyber were collected in the room. The two smaller beings circled Khyber, who stared at them in silent observation.
"Khyber, I cannot return to school now and leave Blonko in Jennifer Nocturne's clutches." Albedo said in determination.
"Your right, she's liable to turn him into a 'fine upstanding citizen' the Lunatic!" Argit agreed.
Khyber growled lowly, agreeing with their assessment.
Albedo stuck a light bulb into his mouth, which then began to light up, as a idea struck his cerebral cortex. He tossed the bulb to the floor, shattering it to add it's pieces to the ones already littering the floor, and proceeded to grab a large, glowing green axe.
"Let's get rid of her!" Albedo said with a psychotic grin.
Khyber growled, shaking his head at Albedo with a reproachful look.
"Nah. You know, V. She'll kill us if we ruin her best, ecto-axe." Argit said.
Albedo sighed, and gave the Axe to Khyber, who effortlessly threw it through the air. A loud 'THUNK' and a cat shrieking was heard.
"I know!" Argit said his quill straightening in excitement. "Why don' we scare Nocturne off?"
Albedo's red eyes brightened in glee.
"Yes! We'll convince her this place is a death trap!" Albedo said with a grin. "For a slack-jawed, amoral, road kill relative, con artist you do have good ideas."
Argit frowned as Albedo hurried off.
"Thanks?" Argit said looking up doubtfully at Khyber, who sighed.
In the main hall, they stared up the long, tall stairs, which were covered with black pool balls.
"Then she'll slip on the 8-balls, fall through the trap door," Albedo turns to look up at Khyber with a sick grin. "Into a vat of hydrochloric acid!"
Khyber smirked with a nod, as Argit cackled.
"Oh, brilliant, little one. You know your traps." Khyber praised.
"Ready?" Argit asked them excitedly.
"Yesssss..." Khyber hissed with sadistic glee.
"Jennifer!" Argit called out.
"Oh, Jennifer!" Albedo called out now.
"JENNIFER!!!" Albedo screamed in anger.
Khyber, Argit and Albedo's eyes widened in horror, as Rook came out of the doorway, dressed in a purple blouse, half unbuttoned and dress slacks of the same color.
"If you are looking for Jennifer, she is..." Rook let out a yell of alarm, as he slipped on the balls and landed on the landing of the stairs.
Luckily, the trap door didn't open.
And then it did.
"Ahhhh!!" Rook cried out.
Khyber's eyes widened in alarm and a mighty splash was soon heard from the dungeons, where Rook landed in the large vat.
This startles Max, Gwen and Shar, as they're sawing the legs off a large roach.
"Huh, so that vat wasn't for the Spa Day verdona was planning..." Max said in surprise.
"ROOK! Blonko! Brother! Rook!"
Argit and Albedo hurried over to look down the trap door, and Gwen, Shar and Max hurried over to the large vat.
"Blonko! Are you alright?" Shar asked her brother.
Hissing was heard as Rook reached a hand out to grab the edge of the vat, and pulled himself half way out. Completely nude, even his fur had been burned off by the acid.
"Hey, Rook, nothing like Hydrochloric Acid to soothe your aching muscles, right?" Argit said with a nervous smile.
Rook glared up through the trap door, and spat out some acid from his mouth, which cause Gwen and Shar to jump back with a shriek of surprise.
After that snafu, Argit decided to plan the next trap, while Rook took a chemical bath to get the acid off him. And a potion from Vanessa to regrow his fur.
"There." Argit said pulling a long tripwire tightly at the bottom of the front door. Khyber and Albedo stepped up to him with intrigue in their eyes.
"Now here's how it works," Argit starts to explain. "I tell Jennifer there's a delivery for her at the front gate. She comes running out of the house, trips on the wire, which triggers the rope, drops the sack of flour on her head and knocks her down the steps!"
"Brutal. Simple, and less chance of being reduced to bones but not without its own charm." Albedo compliments.
Meanwhile, Bendikkas was wandering through the house, observing the avant garde and, dare he think it, macabre interior design theme. Entering one of the lounges, Bendikkas hardly noticed Rook, fresh out of his chemical bath and trying to fight off a headache, until he jumped up with a smile and greeted the brunette.
“Blonko! You startled me!” Ben exclaimed with a pleasantly surprised smile before turning away and adding lowly, “I like that.”
Rook grinned at that. He then took notice of what Bendikkas had been examining and said, “I see you’ve discovered cousins Otis and Redding,” referring to the framed picture of two young, conjoined twins.
“Handsome, aren’t they?” Bendikkas commented.
“But they fought like cats and dogs,” Rook said.
“Really?” Bendikkas asked.
“Yes,” Rook answered, “Otis always wanted to work on his tan, but Redding, he hated to go outside unless it was raining.”
“I’m on Redding’s side,” Bendikkas said before turning to Rook, “I love the rain.”
“You do?” Rook asked in pleasant surprise.
Bendikkas nodded his head.
“What about hurricanes, flash floods, and lightning storms?” Rook asked, the final item in his list being punctuated by the sound of lightning.
“Oh, yessss,” Bendikkas hissed, eyes semi-closed as he turned away and allowed his mind to wander to glorious imagery of white-hot bolts of energy streaking across the sky at the speed of light. “The shock of the bolt as it strikes your body. The tingle of your hair standing on end. The feel of electricity as it stops your heart.”
As Bendikkas spoke, Rook felt his heartbeat quicken as he leaned in closer to Ben. In that moment, Rook had never witnessed anything more glorious than this young man waxing (sensual) poetic about lightning. He was so entranced, that the shrill, sing-song call of, “BLO-NKOOOO!” shook him back to the present.
“Oh! There you are!” Jennifer exclaimed as she entered the room. “Now, let’s talk about the honeymoon!”
Rook instantly frowned at having this moment with Bendikkas ruined. What’s more, Jennifer’s mere presence instantly seemed to shut Bendikkas down. The young man almost visibly folded into himself, trying to appear quiet, passive, and demure…everything Rook new Bendikkas was not.
It made him angry.
“Honeymoon?!” Rook growled out in displeasure.
Blonko wasn't the only one displeased, as Vanessa was playing a game of Poker with Verdona, she looked up at Khyber as he set down a tray with glasses full of bubbling, sizzling, red drinks and gasped.
"KHYBER!" Vanessa gasped. "What happened to you!?"
Khyber was shown in a clean cut, pristine white tuxedo, nothing like his old outfit of leather, bloodstains, knife holsters and animals bones.
"Jennifer..." Khyber growled in anger.
"Oh, is that so?" Vanessa huffed. "Well, tell her, that I told you, that she doesn't tell you what to wear. You are your own person, and MY son. Now, get out of that suit young man, before the neighbors see!"
Khyber growled in joy, ripping off his top, exposing his rippling muscles, and hurried off.
"I thought he looked rather nice," Verdona said. "And besides, Jennifer was just making a suggestion, he didn't HAVE to put it on."
Vanessa gave Verdona a stare.
"Verdona, if that girl is anything like you, she won't take 'NO' for a answer, unless someone bloodies her nose. Remember Lance Steel?" Vanessa reminded her friend.
Verdona huffed, puffing her cheeks in annoyance.
"I only said he should put on a nice sweater ten times," Verdona growled shuffling her cards. "And he didn't have to cut off my skin either."
"Well, you got back at him," Vanessa huffed sipping her drink. "That scar on his face sure hasn't faded."
"I WILL NOT GO ON A HONEYMOON WITH YOU, WE ARE GETTING MARRIED, BUT THAT'S IT!! I WILL NOT GIVE INTO YOUR DEMMANDS!! I AM IN CHARGE, NOT YOU!!" A voice bellowed from the adjacent parlor.
Vanessa and Verdona startled, as Gwen and Shar came into the room.
"What was that!?" Verdona asked in alarm.
"I'd say that was Blonko..." Vanessa said holding a hand to her chest.
"But to use contractions!?" Shar gasped. "Our father would wash his mouth out with muroid dung!"
"Dung?" Gwen asked dubiously.
"It would be cleaner then the contractions, he would say." Shar explains.
"I don't believe this, you're refusing me!?" Jennifer shrieked in disbelief.
"You are to be my wife, we are to be married solely because it is an arranged matter, there is NOTHING that says I have to do anything else with you. And I will CERTAINLY not be going on any Honeymoon, nor letting you have the run of the place!"
Rook finished his rant, and is rubbing his forehead as he tried to relieve the stress, and Ben hurried to his side in concern.
"Blonko, you can't mean that!" Ben asked in shock. "I know she's a little much, but Jennifer is my cousin and Family!"
"Well, she is not mine, or we would not be getting married!" Rook huffed, calming down at Ben's touch.
Jennifer looked like she was on the verge of a break down, tears pouring from her face, as mascara ran down her cheeks. And as she smeared them away with her handkerchief, she did look a lot better in Rook's opinion.
"I just...I just...I just..." Jennifer sobbed grossly.
"Hey, Jennifer, there's a delivery for you from Pakmar's House of Vile," Argit corrects himself as he comes into the room. "I mean 'Style.'"
"I'll get it. And tell them to send it back!" Rook shouts.
Rook brushed off Ben, who looks alarmed, Jennifer is still sobbing, and Argit is panicking.
"Bro, no! WAIT!" Argit cried out.
And in the main hall, Gwen and Shar were seen standing next to the table Vanessa and Verdona were at.
"Aunt Verdona, I just wanted to say that I look upon this venture with grim apprehension and gloomy foreboding." Shar said to Verdona.
"What!?" Verdona exclaimed.
"She said 'that this union between Rook and Jennifer isn't a great idea.'" Gwen said.
"Oh...." Verdona said with a frown.
"I have to agree," Vanessa said with a concerned look. "I should've met with Jennifer before hand, and quite frankly...well, that is to say. Maybe we're 'pushing things' a bit."
Everyone jumps when they hear Blonko come into the room before they see him, just chanting the same words.
And is chased by Argit, who's too late as Rook barges out the front door, and slams it shut behind him. Argit spins around, and backs himself up against the door with his arms spread out with a look of mortification, as a loud thud and yell of pain is heard outside.
He then hurriedly gets out of the room, three of the women watching as Verdona just laughs it off.
"Nonsense, Vee. Blonko and Jennifer are PERFECT for each other." Verdona said assured.
"Yeah, if she remembers to take her medicine..." Gwen mumbles.
Before Shar can question that, Rook comes into the room from the front door, covered in flour with a surly expression on his face.
"Ohhhhhhh Arrrrrrgit!" Rook called out with a psychotic grin on his face.
He stalks across the room with a determined look on his face.
In the greenhouse was Bendikkas, who had tended to his cousin the best he could, but eventually, Verdona and Max came to take her away to take a nap, and her pills. To take his mind off it all, Ben was holding gardening shears, and clipping the heads off a bunch of roses.
Ben glanced up, and saw Rook coming into the room, hands a little bloody, and a lot calmer then before. He smiled at Bendikkas, his eyes focused on the brunette, who blushes at the attention.
"I hope you don't mind, I found these growing in your garden and noticed they were blossoming." Bendikkas said holding up the three remaining blossoming roses.
"I never knew roses could be so lovely," Blonko exclaimed as Ben smiled at Rook. "Bendikkas..."
"Yes, Blonko?" Bendikkas asked.
"How about a walk?" Rook offered.
A large dorsal fin of a shark, or shark like creature, pierced through the fog rolling across the muddy ground of the backyard. It expanded out for miles it seemed, the cold moonlight of the half moon shining down on them all, the dead trees, the various intrigue gravestones, the creatures hiding in the shadows. Truly, it was a breathtaking sight.
Bendikkas walked out with Rook, the stems of the roses he beheaded held in his hands, truly a glorious sight in Rook's eyes.
"I love cemeteries, their so...Gloomy." Ben said with a happy smile.
"Unfortunately, your Cousin Jennifer doesn't think so," Rook said with a heavy sigh, taking his eyes off Ben briefly. "She wants to build a pool here."
"A pool?" Ben turned with a frown to Rook. "Whatever for?"
"I do not know, to swim in?" Rook asked in confusion.
Ben gave a amused laugh, shaking his head.
"I love Jen dearly, but she does have some strange ideas." Ben admits.
"Why do you..." Rook started to ask, but shook his head when Ben looked at him.
"No, never mind.."
"No, please, what is it?" Bendikkas asked.
"Well, why...why do you act so...withdrawn when she's around?" Rook asked, noticing how Ben becomes sheepish. "I am not trying to offend you, but you act so differently, and I wonder...does she abuse you?"
Bendikkas looked up in alarm.
"Oh no, not at all!" Bendikkas said in alarm. "She wouldn't dare, Grandpa Max and my parents would have her dipped in pickle juice and fed to wild weasels."
Rook smiled at that image, but wiped the smile off when Ben looked at him with sad eyes.
"I do it for her benefit, I have a tendency to become the center of attention," Ben admits. "I mean, despite what Grandma says, everyone laughs and has a great time when they hear what I have to say."
"But Jennifer, she felt ignored, unwanted, and her home life wasn't helping," Bendikkas sighed. "It's gotten to the point, where she tried to do harm to herself, we stopped her of course. And she's getting therapy, but she's still so...sensitive."
"Does that give her the excuse to judo flip me when I disagree with her!?" Rook asked in heated disbelief.
"Oh no!" Ben turned, trying to cover up a laugh. "Has she started doing that again!? I'm afraid it's a side effect of her mood medicine, at least...until you made her cry."
Rook growled, biting his lower lip.
"I understand....she cannot help it due to mental illness, and ordinarly, that would be a welcome relief." Rook sighed heavily.
"But she keeps saying how we're going to do this, and do that, but I just don't WANT to do those things. I don't even want this marriage."
Ben nods in sad acceptance.
"Yeah, and I know it isn't right to make yourself miserable for another persons sake," Bendikkas admits. "But she's such a fragile girl, I try my best not to get her set off."
Ben looked down at his rose stems.
"Still, in spite of it all, I believe she'll make a fine wife." Ben said.
"For someone else perhaps." Rook said bluntly.
Bendikkas looked up, sadden to hear it, but sighed. Rook looked around, rubbing his hands on his pants to get the clinging moisture off.
"Oh please, you may call me 'Ben.' Bendikkas said with a smile.
"Ben...are you engaged to anyone?" Rook asked.
"Me? No..." Rook beams a bright smile. "Well, not yet." And the smile shatters like a broken mirror.
"Grandma is in the process of arranging my marriage to Michael Morningstar," Ben looked at Rook curiously. "Isn't he your Ma'jun's son?"
"DARKSTAR!?" Rook shouts in horror. "A greater rake has never been born! My mother herself loathes and detests him, trust me, Ben. He's all wrong for you!!"
Ben nods, agreeing with Rook's words, since he seemed to be of sound judgment.
"Well, I guess Grandma, or Grandpa haven't met the right man for me yet." Ben said casually.
"Oh, so...you are.." Rook said making a helpless gesture, earning a laugh from Ben.
"Gay as spring time? Yes, Sir." Ben said playfully. "And they're accepting of it. Otherwise, they wouldn't be trying to arrange my marriage to the right guy, who's into guys."
Rook seemed to get impassioned, and looked at Ben hard, the two stopping their walk around in front of the doors to the house.
"Maybe she has and she just doesn't know it." Rook said breathing heavily.
Ben turns to look at Rook startled, and their eyes meet, they seem lost in each others gaze. A powerful magnetism pulling them closer, closer and closer towards each other.
"Blonko...I....your staring at me like a ravenous beast," Ben gasped. "Ready to gorge yourself on my flesh."
He moves to push Blonko away, but Rook grabs at Ben's hand, and stares at it with increasing passionate hunger.
"And I mean to eat up everyone inch of you, my delicious one!" Rook growled.
Ben was stunned, dropping the stems to the ground, and they seemed to create a loud sound when they fall like pots and pans on a tiled floor, but the two are engrossed in each other. And Rook presses Ben's fingers to his own lips, feverishly kissing the digits one by one, causing Ben to moan with passion as Rook's mouth trailed up and over every square inch of Bendikkas hand, and started up Ben's wrist, sucking on the pulse, and dragging his fangs across Ben's skin.
The boy quivered in ecstasy, his eyes shutting as he let the feeling of Rook's mouth bring him such pleasure. So involved were they in each other, that by the time Rook reached Blonko's elbow, they didn't notice Jennifer in a wedding dress, running out of the house and up to the two.
She paused with a horrified gasp, staring at the two in disbelief.
"BLONKO!! BENDIKKAS!!!" Jennifer wailed in angry sorrow.
Blonko and Bendikkas froze, their eyes going wide in surprise. They quickly jumped apart before turning to face Jennifer. Barely doing it fast enough when Verdona and Vanessa came out into the yard after hearing Jennifer.
“Jennifer, it’s not what it looks like!” Bendikkas said.
“It isn’t?” Blonko asked in surprise, before recognizing that nothing had really changed between him and Bendikkas, but for the sake of saving face they had to deny it. “It isn’t,” he stated.
“You see, Jennifer, Blonko was just kissing my arm as practice for when he’s married,” Bendikkas explained, trying to will away the blush that had come to appear on his face.
“That’s right! For when we’re married!” Blonko confirmed.
“MARRIED?!” Jennifer shrieked joyfully, before pushing Bendikkas to the side. “I accept!” She then grabbed Blonko’s head and pulled him into a kiss.
“I hope Blonko’s heart-felt proposal puts your doubts about this union to rest,” Verdona said. “You can see for himself, he really loves Jennifer!”
Verdona let out her high pitched laughter, but Vanessa frowned still unsure.
‘Hardly,’ Blonko thought to himself, forcing himself to go through the motions of being affectionate towards Jennifer without any of the passion he’d shown Bendikkas.
Later, Blonko sullenly entered the study where he kept his model train set. Bendikkas stood before it, starring at it morbidly.
Blonko winced. The hurt in Bendikkas’ voice was palpable. And knowing that he was partially to blame for it hurt.
“I suppose I should congratulate you now that your wedding’s official,” Bendikkas continued.
“Oh, that,” Blonko replied just as his model train split in two and began moving in opposite directions. “One train going west. The other, east. Destined never to cross paths again.”
As one, both Blonko and Bendikkas let out a deep, melancholic sigh.
Suddenly, Bendikkas was struck with inspiration. “What if they were to crash head-on?” He then reached over and flipped a switch, causing one half of the train to move in a different direction.
“Rust together for eternity,” Blonko answered, a wistful smile on his face. And then inspiration struck him as well. “Better still! What if they were to go up together in a ball of fire!” He then reached down and a small box with a push-down handle. “Here, you take this,” he said, handing the box to Bendikkas, “and when the two trains reach that bridge…WHAM!”
The two then watched in anticipation as the two segments of the train rushed to meet at the bridge. Blonko placed his hand gently atop Bendikkas’; if they were to do this, they would do it together.
And just as planned, right when the two segments were a split-second from crashing, they pushed the handle down, causing the bridge and the two train segments to explode in a glorious blaze!
As the smoke cleared, Bendikkas, overcome by the passionate display, huskily spoke, “Šis ugnis sunaikino mano sielą!”
“That strange feeling is coming over me again,” Blonko said, turning to face Bendikkas. “Ben, say something in Lithuanian, just one more time?”
Leaning in close, Bendikkas whispered, “Kaip nori.”
Upon hearing those two words, Blonko found himself overcome. Wrapping his arms around Bendikkas he said, “I don’t know what I’m doing, but I can’t help it!”
“I could help it,” Bendikkas replied, haughtily, “but I don’t want to!”
And without hesitation, their lips met in a kiss as fiery and glorious as the fried trains before them.
"Oh, Bendikkas," Blonko moaned. "I've been in love with you since the moment I first laid eyes on you."
Bendikkas gasped at the contraction.
"And I with you!" Bendikkas said swooning.
Argit, Albedo, Gwen and Shar entered the room, gasping at the sight of Ben and Blonko passionately kissing each other. They quickly turn around to leave, Shar looks about ready to step forward and say something, but Gwen forms a mana gag on the revonnaghander girl, and drags her out of the room.
Every few minutes, they keep coming back in to check on the two, and find them still kissing.
It's five hours later, and the two are still kissing, even when the others come back.
"Well, at least this is ALL they've been doing." Gwen said assuringly to Shar.
"Yes, but who knew my brother could make kissing look so....debauched!" Shar gasped.
"Well, as much as the thought of Jennifer finding them like this, and dying on the spot." Albedo said.
Gwen smacked him on the arm for that, as Argit steps forward.
"Blonko, I hate to interrupt. But Verdona and Jennifer are outside in a pink miata." Argit said.
Blonko and Ben's eyes shot open, the both of them pulling apart in alarm.
"What do we do?" Ben asked in alarm.
"Tell them to put it in the garage, before the neighbors see it?" Albedo remarked.
"Wait, I got it!" Blonko said snapping his fingers.
He grinned, pulling a surprised Bendikkas into another passionate kiss. Shar come over and pulls them apart.
"Will you keep your burning passion restrained!?" Shar scolds. "I understand, it's great to have found your Heart's Flame, but still!"
"But, Shar, look at him!" Blonko gestures to Bendikkas adoringly.
Before Shar can retort, a high pitch voice is heard calling out.
"Ohhhhhhhh Blooooooonko! I GOT CHINA PATTERNS!!" Jennifer called out.
Everyone gasped, shuddering in horror.
"Oh no, she's flipped!" Argit exclaimed.
"Run! Run while we still have our sanity....or lack there of!" Albedo said hurriedly.
"Quick, I know just the place!" Rook said.
After that, everyone found themselves in the dungeon of the Mansion.
Shar was passing in front of Rook and Bendikkas, looking resigned.
"What are you two going to do?" Shar looks at them with a small smile. "You are clearly crazy for each other, to coin a earth phrase."
"Yes, clearly, Grandma Verdona picked the wrong cousin to pair with Rook." Gwen sighed.
"I can't come between Rook and Jennifer," Bendikkas said resigned. "I love him, but I love her too. And I don't want to be the reason she's admitted to a mental asylum, or attempts suicide...."
"Again" Ben and Gwen said at the same time.
"I also gave my word I would marry Jennifer." Rook said sorrowfully.
"Curse our family honor!" Shar said devastated. She began swinging a spiked ball on a chain in depressed manner.
"Tragic. Just Tragic."
"In love with one woman." Gwen pipes up. "Promised to another, it's like a greek play, or Shakespeare, or Young and the Restless."
"Shakespeare?" Shar asked confused.
"He is a playwright, he did the play 'Romeo and Juliet." Rook explained.
Shar released the ball, and it slammed into a wall of mana Gwen shot up, shattering the ball to pieces.
"That is it! You can do what Romeo and Juliet did!" Argit said. "What did they do?"
"Why, they committed suicide!" Bendikkas said.
"But....aren't we trying to PREVENT Jennifer from doing that, yet YOU want to do it instead?" Albedo asked confused.
"Yes, it does seem to clash with the idea." Shar said.
"Besides, we love you guys." Gwen said upset. "Life would be no fun without you two around, you can't kill yourselves!"
"Awww. Sister Gwen, you are a true gem." Blonko said hugging Gwen, who blushed with a smile and giggle.
Blonko walked back over to Bendikkas, the two hugging each other closely, looking so sad.
"Oh Blonko, what are we going to do?" Bendikkas asked.
Back to the Present
Everyone watched as Rook and Blonko leaned against each other, cheek to cheek, looking a little downhearted as they recalled their past.
"You didn't REALLY kill yourselves, did you?" Bailey asked in concern.
That got confused, and amused expressions from her parents and the others.
"Here, Bai, have some more paint chips." Devlin said, hoping it would keep her quiet.
"No, my daughter, we did not. But I did come perilously close to marrying Jennifer," Blonko said.
"And I to losing the only man I ever loved." Ben said patting Rook's cheek.
Blonko took Ben's hand in his and kissed the back of it worshipfully.
"Flamara, you could NEVER lose me," Blonko said passionately.
The two were suddenly wrapped up in each others arms, kissing passionately, holding and kissing each other with a passion.
"Come on, Papa, Father, finish the story." Ren pleads.
"I think the rest of the story is gonna have to wait until tomorrow." Vanessa laughed.
"Come along, kids." Grandpa Max said. "Let's go out into the cemetery, and see if we can dig up someone new."
"Okay!" The Kids cried out joyfully.
"I'll go get the shovel." Devlin said.
"I'll get the crowbar." Bailey said.
"I'll get my proto-tool, in case anyone is still alive." Ren said darkly.
And so, everyone left the living room, leaving Ben and Rook to make out, and make love on the couch.
The story to continue, in Part 2 of Bendikkas Romance.