Mjaum was looking around when he saw a pair of familiar violet eyes. "StarrlaRai! What brings you out here?" Starrla looked at Mjaum, and crept towards him silently. "Dun’t say mah name!" She hissed quietly. Mjaum blinked. "All right then….umm….are you in any sort of trouble?" Starrla laughed cockily. "’Ell Oi should thin’ so! Oi jus’ killed one of th’ more influent’al toms in th’ pack o’ strays, an’ Oi need a place ta hide out fer a bit. Could I per’aps live wit’ ya fer a while?" Mjaum frowned disapprovingly. "Starrla, killing a cat isn’t such a good thing to do…..who was it?" Starrla grinned cruelly at the memory of dealing death’s hand. "Macavay" she hissed quietly. Mjaum was silent for a moment, then nodded at her. "I trust he deserved it?" Starrla nodded "Oh yes…E’s been deservin’ it fer a while…." Mjaum took in the dried blood still stuck to her fur, and the gashes on her chest that marred the beautiful black and gold fur that she sported, and growled under his breath. "Well then…..you can live with me if Lec doesn’t have a problem with it….if she does, I’ll help you find a place." Starrla smiled slightly "Thanks Mjaum." Mjaum smiled. "It’s the least I can do…..you left me in the perfect place at the perfect time, and I found my life mate. I owe you everything…." Starrla shook her head and followed him inside the box.
Electra took in the sight of her tom with a stunning gold and black queen, who had apparently seen better times, with only a little surprise. "Well…..are you going to introduce me to your friend, my dear?" Mjaum blushed slightly at the ironic tone in Lec’s voice and cleared his throat. "Lec, this is Starrla, she is the one who helped me escape from Selerity and Macavay." Electra’s sardonic smile faded into a more sincere one, and she stood up and took Starrla’s paw in her own. "I’m very glad to meet you…..We owe you so much for getting him out of there." Starrla coughed and looked at the floor. "T’was nuthin’. Oi jus’ dun loike seein’ cats get punished fer sommat that ain’t their fault." Electra nodded and took Mjaum’s paw in her own, and invited them all to sit down.
:Where is he? He was supposed to be here hours ago!! Oh Heaviside…maybe something happened to him….maybe someone found out about us….:
Dema let her thoughts go on like that for another hour or so, until she gave herself a firm mental slap. :Enough of that…..I’m sure he’s fine….he can take care of himself.: She looked at the moon, and sighed. It was time to go back, or else she would be missed. "Goodnight Jonny…wherever you are." Dema plodded back to the fortress….her heart heavy.
TWO MONTHS LATER.
Finally when the moon was at it’s highest peak of the night, Agsded started the ritual….first he called the darkest thunderclouds to come and cover the moon…..who’s pure light would ruin everything. He let the torrential rain pour down, thunder crashing every few seconds. Then he grabbed a tiny kitten from a cage in the corner of the room. The kitten was blind and deaf, and was mewling piteously. Agsded had taken the young kitten from its home when the mother was out hunting. He unsheathed his claws and neatly sliced the kitten’s head off, and licked up the blood that spilled down his paw. Next he took the headless body, and dripped blood all over Macavay’s body, and then finally into his mouth. He then invoked the dark powers that he had been born with…..his black eyes seemed to swallow up any light that dared interfere, the dark pools of nothingness….those windows to his soulless body.
He could feel the malignant presence of Macavay and smiled evilly, and called Macavay to his body.….blood dripping down his chin. He sensed Macavay’s spirit examine his body, before settling into it…..a feeling of pleasure at the certain changes that had been made.
Agsded bent over the body, and kissed Macavay, tasting the blood of the kitten that was everywhere. Macavay opened his eyes slowly, and looked up at the evilness that had resurrected him. He smiled cruelly…..a smile not unlike the one that was on Agsded’s face, and sat up slowly, feeling EVERY part of his body awaken…..Agsded pushed Macavay back down, and got on top of him, letting him know, EXACTLY who was master.
Zarquen looked down at his mother, from his perch high atop her head. "I got ya." He said quietly, but with satisfaction. Bomba sighed and grinned ever so slightly. "You sure did…now come on….time for dinner." Zar jumped off of her head and trotted alongside her. "Yes mum."
Allen tickled Jonny behind the ears, and looked out the window. "Yeah….I know how you feel….I miss Jake." Jake was Allen’s old boyfriend, before he had been forced to move, because of job circumstances. "Before you know it, we’ll be back in London, and I’ll be on ‘Cats’. I’ll be the best Skimbleshanks the New London Theatre has ever seen!"
Jonny didn’t doubt that at all, but was hungry and wanted his dinner. "rrrrowt." Allen smiled down at Jonny. "I’m glad you believe in me." Jonny grinned to himself, and let Allen think that, that was encouragement. Jonny took his accustomed position on Allen’s shoulders, and pointed his head towards the kitchen.
Zarquen came up next to her, and put his ear against the box too…he looked at her as they listened to the conversation that went on inside the box……. "’Ell….I dun know wot I’mma do, Oi left poor Kiah t’ere all by ‘erself…..well….Aero’s wit ‘er….but….I dun think ‘at they cn’ stand against Selerity….’less Daryn ‘elps em….now Daryn’s a good fighter…" They both blinked as they heard a deep, familiar voice reply to the one with the cockney accent. "That’s besides the point…..how can we get Dema…er…Kiah back in, to see her family without Selerity finding out?" Zarquen frowned
:Dema? Do they mean my sis? The one that went missing a while ago?:
"Aw that’ll be easy….we jus’ gotta get someone ta distract Selerity, woile Dema’s ‘avin words wit’ ‘er mum." There was a pause. Terra bit her lip, and looked over at Zar, and whispered "We gotta tell me mum!" Zarquen nodded, and followed her as she got distracted and attacked a nearby grashopper.
"Tsk tsk, come now baby, you aren’t that eager to get away from me, are you? After all, I have been in the Fireside Layer for the past few months….don’t you think I deserve a treat for managing to get out?" Starrla snarled at him. "You go to hell!" Macavay smiled sardonically. "Haven’t you been listening my dear? I was just there…I’ve no plans to return there anytime soon." Quick as a snake, he sank his fangs into the base of her neck. Starrla cried out in pain, and writhed in his grasp. Macavay smiled evilly, pure evil glinting in his eyes. He licked up the blood that was trailing down her chest, and brought his paws up, and pressed his claws in at the base of her jaw, and watched with satisfaction as the blood dripped down her throat. Starrla moaned softly, about to faint from loss of blood. He pouted a bit, and licked up the blood that was still running down her throat, then threw her at the cat of darkness that had been watching from the shadows.
Agsded caught Starrla easily, and healed the wounds that Macavay had inflicted, and scowled. "Be more careful next time….Then you’ll be able to have more fun with her." Macavay shrugged and replied arrogantly "You get sexual pleasure, and blood power from watching us, why should I do that for you?"
Agsded glared at Macavay with his soulless eyes, and Macavay clutched at his throat, gasping for air. "Because I brought you into this world, and I can take you out." Macavay fell to the ground, coughing and gasping. Agsded threw Starrla into a heap next to the alley’s wall, and teleported himself and Macavay out, let Starrla think what she would when she got home.
Starrla put a paw to her throat "No! He bit me there, and put his teeth there…." She said, pointing out the different spots. Kiahna frowned. "Starrla…there’s nothing there….you’ve not been injured….you’re fine." Starrla felt for the teeth marks, and the claw marks, but could feel nothing. "But….he was there…I saw him…" Kiahna hugged Starrla again. "He’s not here…it was just a horrible nightmare…" Starrla frowned slightly. "But…well….I suppose you’re right…but it was so real!"
Kiah nodded sympathetically. "I know….I know how they can feel real…" Kiah thought back to the dream she had had the other night, about Jonny….holding her in his strong, welcoming, arms…. Kiahna shook herself back to reality "But the point is- It wasn’t real….he’s dead dearie…he can’t hurt you now." Starrla nodded "Thank you…" Dema looked around for Aero, but when she looked back to Starrla she was gone.
Rumpelteazer gulped and herded the two kittens inside. "Insoide, th’ both of ya, Oi wanna talk ta Jerrie bout this." Rumpelteazer sought out her mate, while the kittens played in the living room.
:I suppose that Kiah was right…it was probably just a dream….just a horrible, horrible dream.:
Unfortunately it was not….and she knew that it was not, when a familiar face stepped into her path and cackled maniacally.
Starrla screamed and tried to run away, but found her way blocked by a pure black cat, with dull black eyes that seemed to suck in all light, eyes that were evidence of a lack of soul. Starrla screamed again, and turned around again, only to see that Macavay had come closer.
"My dear, dear, darling Starrla…..how nice of you to show up just where I wanted you." Starrla gulped and tried to back up a bit, but was horrified of the thought of even touching the soulless cat. Macavay grinned an evil grin, one that Starrla knew too well. Quicker than she could imagine, Macavay wrapped his arms around her waist, and kissed her firmly. Starrla could do nothing but sob silently as he began to take her once again….as he had so many times before.
Deep down inside, Starrla knew that she enjoyed it, she enjoyed his strong, skilled body, and she hated herself for it. She knew she would always be his wench. When the time of ecstasy came, she cried out, not with pain, and not with pleasure, but most certainly a mixture of both, and Macavay smiled, and knew that he had her.
To be continued……..