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Daily Prompt: Reason

From Inside the Grey House:

“If he’s available, have Charlie watch with you.”

“I can do that. One moment.”

She heard Joseph asking for Charlie’s whereabouts to Orlando but didn’t hear the response. A moment later, Joseph came back on the line.

“He’s being fetched. Is there a reason this needs to happen?”

Natalia liked that he asked this after asking for Charlie. She didn’t have to give Joseph a reason, and only gave him a partial one. “It’s best if people who know me and won’t reveal the fun are watching.”

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Daily Prompt: Choice

From Inside the Grey House:

“I gave him a copy, but this is in notes and shorthand I’m familiar with. After I gave him a copy, he sent Julia to tell me he couldn’t even read the notes. Vincent,” she gave him a terrified look, “I don’t want anyone under my protection to die.”

Vincent’s left hand went to his chin to curl in front of his mouth. He took a good look at Natalia, reassessing his woman, trying not to draw attention to her choice of words. He narrowed his eyes at her, then nodded. “All right, Natalia. Come to bed when you’re done.”

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Daily Prompt: Shared

From Inside the Grey House:

Julia nodded and opened the door for him. The house was in Noe Valley. As with most of San Francisco, the houses were right next to each other. Most homes looked like they shared walls. Long before prices grew out of hand in the area, Anthony purchased three houses right next to each other. He lived in the middle house, and his humans lived in the ones to each side. They built a connecting basement to allow humans to visit without being seen by nosy neighbors. It worked well enough, but Anthony knew at some point, he would need to change things up.

“You’re deep in thought, aren’t you?”

Anthony drew himself out of his thoughts and saw they were in his study. “I suppose. Were you talking to me?”

“I asked if you needed to feed.”

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Daily Prompt: Hospital

From Inside the Grey House:

Natalia led Vincent through the crowd by his tie, enjoying the look in her lover’s eye. She was still walking backwards, but Vincent’s hands were on her waist, guiding her to their destination. They worked out the plan weeks before the party. If she were needed, she would show up dressed to impress, and seduce Vincent, trying to anger Edwin into following them and yelling at them. As they argued, Vincent’s men would take any young humans into the empty storage room for safe keeping. The children would be taken to a hospital at first chance.

As Natalia led her lover to the private corner, Vincent realized the folly of their plan. She was too damn sexy in her black and silver dress. He didn’t want Edwin following and arguing with them; he wanted to screw the hell out of his woman.

As they strolled into the private corner, Vincent wondered again where she had gotten the dress. He had picked one out for her; she left the house earlier this evening wearing it. She had not been carrying anything with her. She must have had the dress at the safe house, or perhaps brought to her. He preferred this one; it was more revealing. And it was velvet. Vincent shook his head, taking a few deep breaths. He was obsessed with her dress.

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Daily Prompt: Enjoy

From Inside the Grey House:

He laughed. “I can’t make it that easy on you. And the longer you’re busy with them, the more time I have.” Edwin paused for a moment. “You and your lot are quite useful. There are so many that I changed, or my people changed without thought. We left them to their own devices, knowing they wouldn’t last very long, and we were right.”

The grin on his face showed how he felt: he felt he was using Vincent. Vincent didn’t care. He let a moment of silence pass then asked the one question he wanted answered above all else.

“I don’t understand something, Edwin. You enjoyed being the Acting Captain for so long, why the change?”

“The humans think Christopher is dead. We haven’t heard from him in years. Why not?”

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Daily Prompt: Wait

From Inside the Grey House:

Vincent was lost in his thoughts. He wanted to question her about the sword, but her words of earlier kept coming back to him. She had called them ‘our men’ and repeated the words he spoke at the beginning of every training session. The words were rattling around in his brain, threatening to start a maelstrom. He kept silent, wanting to wait until they reached the house to say anything. There were some things he liked to keep private.

Once back at the house, Vincent woke Lilly, helping her and Natalia out of the car. Charlie hurried to the trunk before anyone could take the sword. He placed it on the hood of the trunk, not sure of what to do with it. Natalia came over and started to look at it. Joseph came down to the garage to update Vincent on certain matters. They spoke quietly as Natalia examined the sword.

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Daily Prompt: Canvas

From Inside the Grey House:

Natalia pulled some rope out of her backpack as she walked into the bedroom. Charlie was just placing the man on the bed. She walked around the bed, tying Jeffery’s hands and feet to the bed’s metal frame with sections of silk rope. Done, she sat on the bed and pulled out a small black canvas case about the size of a personal organizer. She unzipped the case, exposing various syringes and vials of different shapes.

Charlie stared at the contents, very uncertain of what she was contemplating. Did he trust that she knew what she was doing? Absolutely. Did he really want to watch while she did it? The werewolf had to admit, he wasn’t too sure. Charlie shook his head and waited to see if he had to intervene. He wondered what Vincent would think about all this and realized the vampire probably wouldn’t care, as long as nothing could be traced back to him.

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Daily Prompt: Swinging

From Inside the Grey House:

“And now that’s all you bring to others.”

He said it with conviction. He was certain of what she was. Natalia felt herself regaining control as his attitude smoothed out her anger. Regaining control also showed her his weakness. He kept swinging back with the sword when talking to her. She stopped pacing, drew herself to full height, and brought a seductive smile to her face. “They seem to enjoy it.”

“You blood sucking bitch.”

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Daily Prompt: Paused

From Inside the Grey House:

“Did you expect to be treated differently?”

Natalia paused before answering, pondering the question. When she decided she wanted to join Vincent’s house, she knew how he operated. Knew that she would be killed quickly if she did something to harm his people. She turned the full force of her dark eyes on the vampire. “It would be an insult if you treated me differently. I appreciate that you did not and hope that this means that you feel I’m worthy to be a part of your house.”

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Daily Prompt: Worked

From Inside the Grey House:

Ben turned to Natalia and indicated the couch he had been sitting on. “Care to sit?”

“Thank you. What’s going on with Bethany?”

“Charlie wanted to make sure you knew this, but he’s otherwise engaged at the moment. We had people looking out for her.” His eyes grew kind. “What you did worked. She seems to have, at least for the moment, forgotten about you.”

Natalia hung her head. “Good.” She closed her eyes and took a deep breath, then looked back up to Ben. “How long will she be under surveillance?”

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