a normal person. To Two he was a bundle of nervous tics. Tiny involuntary
muscle movements around his eyes, in the muscles of his right arm.
Id tell you that you dont have much choice.
Baby, I have all the choice in the world. Darren snarled and made his
where the hell Ive been.
Two laughed a bit at that. I have no idea what Ill tell mine, if I see them.
Im not sure I could even face them, after all the shit Ive lied to them about
I met Darren.
Im sure theyd forgive you.
Yeah. Can I forgive myself?
reasoning. What are you going to do, Two? Shoot him?
No. Yes. I dont know. Ill bring a gun. And a knife. A big one.
Oh, good. A big knife. Sam rolled her eyes. What about garlic? A
wooden stake? Maybe some holy water or a cross?
Thats all bullshit. Abraha
anyway, and hed never finish me! I didnt have a choice!
Two was taken aback. Never finish you?
Sam took a step forward. Hes a god, Two. We could be children of God.
You know what its like. Never sick, never weak. How could I not want it?
Not like this, Sa
was beyond her power to do anything more to stop it.
The second occurrence came a week later. Exploring the mansion, she had
come upon a staircase, behind a set of iron doors at the back of Abrahams
The stairs led to depths deeper even than the bas
heroin. Youve got friends. This might be a chance to start a new life.
Two said nothing, just stared, sullen, at the floor.
Sam toyed with another cigarette for a moment, then lit it. She looked
You want me to be honest?
Yes. I can h
Will she fight him?
I dont know.
What if he kills her too?
Two smacked her hand down on the table and looked up at Sam, eyes
flaring. Then he fucking kills us both. Toris probably better off anyway.
was the decision. That was the plan. Kill Tori, Kil
Rhes looked at Two, raised an eyebrow.
Two shrugged. Lets not press it tonight, Rhes, okay? Well talk about it
Okay. You want to crash here, Two? Its late, and the subways will be
running slow. The couch folds out, and weve got a spare bedroom. I k
down onto the plush oriental carpet, and staggered to the entrance to the
basement. She threw Abrahams head down the stairs, then bolted the
door at their top.
The pain in her head and arm were making her dizzy. Two stumbled
forward into the fir
Two smiled at her. Thats more than I expected. Thank you. Now go to
bed, before we get going again.
Sarah and Rhes headed for the stairs. Two began unfolding the couch.
It was late morning when Two awoke, Jake curled at her feet on the foldout
Two smiled and rolled her eyes. No, I didnt even bother.
Its been over an hour since all that shooting, Two, and no ones even
bothered to investigate? Sam had finished counting the money, and was
reclining in Darrens chair, feet on the desk, smoking ano
the clothes unceremoniously on the desk in front of Two. He stood, waiting,
anger like embers at the back of his eyes. Two had her feet up. Tori was
at her side, but she opened one eye and growled low when Darren entered.
glanced at the clot
Two snarled up at the mansion, and again moved forward.
The front entrance was lit. Too dangerous. Too obvious. Two knelt next to
Tori, whispered in her ear.
Tori, I know you can understand me if you try. Please try. Do you know if
theres a back door? A
The drive was miserable, the walk worse. They ditched the car a few miles
from the mansion, and made their way toward the house in a downpour that
wanted to be snow, couldnt quite manage it, and settled for sleet instead.
smoked, walked, saying nothin
goodbye, but she moved resolutely toward the door. At its edge, Two called
The girl turned around, cocked her head, raised her eyebrows. Yeah?
Do you still pray every night?
I stopped. I didnt think God was listening.
Maybe he was.
forehead slowing. She was breathing in deep, slow, steady breaths. Two
gently, and Tori opened her eyes. She sat up, groggy, and looked at Two,
the head on the ground, and broke into tears. Two held her tightly, kissing
face, her hai
before he pees on the floor, Rhes.
Rhes opened the door to the kitchen, and the dog, Jake, came bounding
out, barking and wagging his tail. Tori took a nervous step backward, but
knelt down and cried out the dogs name, throwing her arms wide. Soon,
flying high yet?
Im going to cut the skin from your body in strips. Im going to hang you
upside-down. Keep the blood at your head. Keep you alive. Abrahams
gurgled. He turned to one side and dry heaved, broke into a fit of coughing.
Let me think about that. You dont owe me anything, Sam. Theres money
in the safe. Take it and run. Or stick around. Id be happy to have someone
to, at least for tonight. I have to wait here for a while.
Ill stay. Go take
Goodbye. Good luck.
Two looked over at her, and smiled again. Bye, Sam. Thanks.
Sam waved, turned and disappeared through the door. Two sat, Tori
dozing behind her, and watched as smoke curled up into the darkness, lost
thought, lost in her plans
knees, scrabbling at the ground.
Reaching, searching, her eyes never leaving Abrahams advancing form.
She felt the machetes handle, clasped it, and brought it up in a last,
arc. She swung the heavy blade with all of her strength, screaming praye
The sense of menace was palpable, like a wet cloth that wrapped them,
suffocating. Two felt as if could barely breathe.
They were nearly there when Tori stopped short with a sudden yipping
noise. Two looked up, and at once felt her limbs go weak
naked is going to work for very long in the city.
No, probably not. That reminds me time for Tori to learn about
clothing, I think.
Dont you suppose they tried that already? Sam asked.
Two pondered this, then shrugged. I dont know. Im not sure they ever
until I get back. Trust me, hell do it.
Where are you going? Are you sure?
Yes, Im sure. Im going away for a bit. I have things I have to take care
Who are these people?
Friends. Dont worry about me, kiddo. Get yourself into that cab, and go
She wondered if some night she might awaken to find a vampire hovering
above her, eyes like fire, bringing retribution for Abrahams death.
She wondered if any of it even mattered.
An apartment in SoHo. Fifteenth floor.
One fish Two
The way his mind worked, he was always there, always with me. I didnt
even really notice it, not until he was gone. I feel empty, Sam. Like a part of
died with him. That feelings not going to go away. I can tell you that right
At best, its just go
Two could hear him screaming.
Pain, rage, hate; Two heard the depths of her own soul reflected back at
her in Abrahams voice, and grinned with malice as she ran. She did not
the heroin would kill him, or only slow him down and give her a few
dont really know whats next yet, Sam. Sorry. Right now Im waiting for
come in. I need to see her. If shes still alive.
Shes a friend. One of the few I have. After I talk with her, Christ I
should run. You should go home, and I should run.
Well, technically our hair is now full of body and life, I think. According
to the shampoo bottle, anyway.
Two rolled her eyes. She moved toward the shower, ducked her head
under the water for a moment, then returned to where Tori sat. See? Its
away. Whoah, hey, lets keep the full frontal nudity to a minimum. Toris
Two laughed. Sorry. I used to shower with other girls in this building all
the time. You stop thinking about it. She put on some clothes. Darren had
managed a good guess at bo