[size10[center Angel Wings is a very successful company, so successful its has been merging with other large companies so that they can make a profit themselves. But what a lot of people don't know is what the company actually do. They are in fact a black market company which owns most of the government, so they can get away with in fact almost anything.]]
[size10[center The only problem is it's not your standard black market its a market for creatures you only read about in story books. Angels, demons, goblins, vampires werewolves, you name it that creature exists.]]
[size10[center The person who runs this organisation is someone simply known as Sam, no one else knows much about him apart from his family, people don't ask questions to his orders, they do as they are told , they fear and admire him but he is really who he seems?]]
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As Emica talked, Sam's frown deepened some. So far it appeared she didn't remember much, which was pretty convenient for him, but it also appeared she might remember things later which could be sort of problematic. Day one of working with Sam and there was already a close call like this; he was going to have to be more cautious about the dual nature of himself and his company. At the moment, a blow to the head could very well explain away anything of the supernatural variety she [i thinks] she might have seen... But anymore of these mishaps and he might have to find a new CFO.
When inquired about Drusilla, Sam puts up a pacifying hand. [b “Dru is fine. Fortunately she was wearing her seat-belt so she wasn't injured.”] He lied. [b “She's just relaxing in her office before going home. I'll have her get you a new phone as I'm sure yours is ruined. And in an impound lot.”] There seemed to be a lot of ground for him to cover, but with Drusilla being the only one Emica could speak to about the incident, they really only had to keep their stories straight. In the mean time, Sam would have to devise a way to make Morgana pay for these transgression. Not only did she cause undo harm to Emica, he had a reputation to uphold and wouldn't take this laying down.
Planning becomes sort of second nature to an immortal. You can become so engrossed with it, especially having lived as long as Sam has. Thirty years? A mere blink of an eye, but more than enough time to hatch something truly dastardly. However, before Sam became fully enamoured with his Mind Palace, Emica mentions the bracelet and Sam's head quickly turns in her direction. And despite the turn of the event that had happened, Emica assured him that she had a good time, which... made him smile slightly. [i 'Humans,'] He thought. [i 'Such strange beings.']
[b “I'm glad you enjoyed yourself despite the circumstances. Thank you for being a pleasant guest.”] Sam says before approaching Emica. He places a hand over hers and gives it a gentle squeeze. [b “I would also like you to keep the bracelet. It puts my mind at rest knowing that its with you.”] There's another small smile then. [b “Why don't you take tomorrow off. Rest and recuperate. There are things I need to do in the meantime, so feel free to find yourself something to do. I'll keep in touch.”]
[size13 As Emica had called out to Sam she was relieved to see that it was actually him and let out a sigh of relief, for the first time in ages. She smiled gratefully as he helped her up. Rubbing the top of her head she winced a little, looking down Emica noticed some blood on her fingers, great she must have re-opened the cut when she banged her head across the floor.]
[size13 Knowing it was dark Emica took the opportunity to wipe the blood onto the robe so as Sam wouldn't be able to see. Turning her attention to Sam she smiled] [size13[b "Thank you S-- uh Mr. Natas"]] [size13 quickly saving herself from the embarrassment of in-formalities she quickly corrected herself, although forgetting herself she was practically shouting his name only a few moments ago.]
[size13 Snapping out of her own thoughts she quickly looked around for a light switch. Seconds later her fingers running across the wall finally came to the switch, which she immediately flicked on, she needed to be able to see Sam was okay before asking any questions. She turned around to face Sam and now he could see her bruises far more clearly. Emica reached for her bag as she pulled out a tissue dabbing the back of her head to clear the blood up, she didn't fancy having to take another shower and scrubbing her head again.]
[size13 Emica made her way back over to Sam as he explained what had happened to her. She looked down and paused for a few moments deep in thought, then she shook her head about needing the hospital] [size13[b "No that won't be necessary Mr. Natas its a few simple scrapes and bruises, also I would not want to draw anymore attention to you or myself if I did go to the hospital, however if you could point me in the direction of a first aid kit, I will be sure to clean myself up."]]
[size13 Emica smiled at him and nodded, she didn't want to cause Sam anymore trouble than she had already, so the best thing would be to clear herself up and keep any visible wounds or marks covered from suspecting eyes. As Sam asked her if she remembered anything, she looked down and frowned trying to remember.]
[size13[b "To be honest I can't really remember much, It's only just come back to me that the limo flipped over, which would explain the bruises and this cut on my head"]] [size13 Emica let out a nervous laugh before she continued,] [size13[b "there was something else as well... But... No it's no good I can't remember at the moment but I'm sure as soon as this throbbing in my head goes and I've had some rest it will come back to me...]]
[size13 Pausing for a few seconds she quickly remembered Drusilla and that she had been in the limo at the time it had flipped over, she also remembered Drusilla was protecting her from someone, or something but Emica couldn't fully remember so she didn't see the point in telling Sam, he would either think her crazy or delusional.] [size13[b "By the way how is Drusilla doing? Is she okay? Is she at the hospital!?"]] [size13 Worried about her new friend Drusilla she bit on her lip, then a thought hit her, her mobile, for some reason she wanted to find it, she quickly made her way over to her now dirty clutch bag and rummaged around but there was no sign of her phone.]
[size13 Letting out a sigh she leaned back] [size13[b "ahh that was practically a brand new phone, all my contacts"]] [size13 closing the bag once more she made he way back over to Sam, there was a slight pause as she looked down at the bracelet still on her wrist, Emica smiled and looked up,] [size13[b Oh Mr. Natas thank you for this bracelet it went with my dress beautifully, you have excellent taste in jewellery, however it must have been very expensive I will return it to you."]]
[size13 Emica couldn't help but smile, she didn't want to return the bracelet as it had been the first thing Sam had given her, but it must have only been given to her to wear for tonight so she understood completely for him to want it back.] [size13[b "Oh and Mr. Natas although the night didn't go quite as planned I had a lot of fun, thank you for inviting me and your friend Amon, he was an excellent host."]] [size13 Emica let out a little giggle and looked up into Sam's eyes once more, waiting for him to tell her what was going to happen next.]
When Sam returned the two to HQ, he landed on the large balcony, and the second his foot touched the cement, his armour began to recede and evaporate in to steam. Soon enough he was back to looking like Sam Natas, just wish a few of those glowing cracks in his skin, but those soon began to seal themselves shut.
Quickly Sam brings Emica in to her new bedroom and places her on the bed, discreetly leaving and heading for his office which happened to be on the floor just below the apartment. He didn't know if he had to take Emica to the hospital at this point, but he decided he would play it by ear as he began doing lots of damage control. He called a few of his contacts in the local government and then further, making sure none of that footage went viral, and then went further on to contact his Public Relations to make sure Drusilla did her job, which she did. The Press would be kept out of this and anyone sniffing around would be told off, paid off, or terminated...
Sam was just about to make another call when, [+green “I did what you asked.”] And Sam looks up to see Drusilla, her face back to the one she usually wears and holding the tripod bag. She approaches his desk and slams the bag on to desk, knocking a few things off of it. Sam doesn't flinch. [+green “What the Hell is this?”]
Sam puts his hands in a steeple and rests his elbows on the desk as if Drusilla wasn't in his face. His expression was impassive and business-like. [b “I assume you looked inside?”] He states more than asks.
[+green “You're goddamn right I did.”]
[b “Then why are you asking me silly questions?”] And that seemed to infuriate her more.
[+green “I wanted to see what you almost got Emica and I killed over.”] And Sam gently takes the bag, opens it, and then looks at it through the top as if to make sure it was still there. He knew it was there, he could [i feel] it. [+green “Why even bother with that thing? Its useless to you; only a human can wield it.”]
Sam's eye snap up to Drusilla's face, his usual grey irises turning a glowing yellow. Drusilla takes a sharp few steps back from him, as if he was going to attack her. [b “You overstep, Drusilla. Do not forget where your place in both this company and the demon world is.”] His eyes narrow and glow dangerously more. [b “League's below me.”] And although shaking, Drusilla manages a nod and Sam motions towards the door to which Drusilla promptly exits. Now with that taken care of, Sam opens swings open a painting on his wall, unlocks the safe behind it and places the bag in the sage. He would come back for it later, but for the moment he wanted to see how Emica was doing. It hadn't been long since he put her in to bed, and h doubted she would be awake, but for some reason he wanted to make sure her condition didn't worsen.
Soon enough he was back in the apartment and although the lights were out, he could see in the dark. And much to his surprise, Emica came careening towards him. He forgot that human's couldn't see in the dark, so when she ran in to him ad landed on the floor he was a little surprised, but quickly recovers.
[b “Its me.”] Sam says, crouching down to help the woman up. [b “You were in a car accident and I brought you back here. Do you need to go to the hospital?”] And then the other important question. [b “Do you remember anything?”] She had hit her head, so there was the possibility that she didn't... But there was also the very real possibility that she [i did] remember. If she did, then this wasn't how he wanted her to find out. Truthfully, he didn't want her to find out; Sam has had close human relations before and they never found out about his secret... But he didn't have to worry about such grand displays by Legion on Morgana's behalf. She never retaliated like this before, so Sam must have really hit a nerve. Perhaps he should pay her a visit sometime soon or return the favour, but for the moment he needed to make sure Emica was alright. There were currently no loose ends that needed to be tied up.
[+blue “A movie shoot?”] She asks, trying to look over the police officer's shoulder. They had police tape in the way and they were trying to move everyone along. The cleanup of 'the scene' had happened faster than when a natural disaster strikes and something didn't seem right about it.
“That's what I said, Miss Noble. And we already issued a statement to the Press so you don't have to be here anymore.” Oh but she did. Celine Noble was an investigative journalist for The Capitol Sentinel and had won [i two] Pulitzer's for her columns. She was insatiable and when she smelled something fishy, she would dig her teeth in to it and would never let go. And something definitely smelt fishy here at this 'movie scene'.
[+blue “Sure, sure, can I just... Get... a...”] Every time she tried to take a look passed the officer, he would bend in her way. But she did get a glimpse of something being picked up by the cleanup crew. A license plate! And she recognized it.
Something that wasn't exactly known about Celine was she had a photographic memory and it has helped with every single one of her articles. And earlier she was stuck at the gala hosted by the philanthropist Amon, who she was currently investigating. However, the license plate in question belonged to Sam Natas' limosine; she had taken a quick peek at it when he first arrived and it looked like it had paid off. This couldn't be a movie shoot. Why would a billionaire be at a gala and then have his car crashed right after? It didn't make any sense! But that was part of her job; making sense of evidence that didn't make sense.
Celine backs away from the cop with her hands up in mock surrender. [+blue “Alright, you win. I'll go.”] And just as quickly as she came she left. It looked like both Amon [i and] Sam Natas needed some looking in to. She just needed a place to start.
[size13 Flashing images began to run through Emica's head, images that would only happen in stories or dreams, no not dreams... nightmares. Emica was alone in the dark, she couldn't even see her own hands in front of her and all she could hear was her own heart pounding so loud she thought it would burst. Looking around at what seemed to feel like an eternity thinking she would never be able to wake up, if she wasn't awake already she saw a faint light in the distance. Feeling some sense of relief she began walking quickly to the light almost running desperate to reach it she stretched her arm out hoping to get there that little bit sooner.]
[size13 As Emica closed in the distance between herself and the bright light a figure appeared in front of her, a familiar warm figure she knew well. Looking up slowly she smiled it was Sam and he was placing his hand out to her. Emica's smile grew wider as she gently placed her hand in his like she did earlier in which only seemed like moments ago.]
[size13 There was another flash as she only caught a glimpse of a wing and suddenly felt a gust of wind as though she was flying, she could feel the warmth on Sam's chest as she closed her eyes relaxing before looking up and her eyes widened in horror, as she looked up she saw Sam's face, but it wasn't the Sam she knew, his face... was cracked and his eyes... were different...]
[size13 Hearing a loud screech Emica suddenly shot up covered in sweat, she looked down and her hands were shaking, heavily breathing she looked around and thought she was alone, but the lighting in the apartment wasn't great. Pulling the sheets off of her she looked down and was still in her dress from the gala except for now it was slightly torn and she had dirt on her skin and dress.]
[size13 Emica stood up a little too quickly and she suddenly felt a sharp pain to the back of her head. Sitting back down Emica placed her hand gently and winced, either she had banged her head on something or she had, had too much to drink. Standing up once more slower this time, the only thing she wanted to do was to get out of this dress and have a shower to calm her nerves and get rid of this cold sweat.]
[size13 Making her way to the bathroom she unzipped the side of her dress dropping it to the floor and taking the what seemed to be never ending pins out of her hair and placing them on the side, she removed all of her jewellery all but one and that was the one Sam had given to her that night, holding it to her chest she smiled before turning the shower on and stepping inside.]
[size13 As the hot water began to run down her body she began to notice bruising on her legs and arms, Emica frowned running her fingers over them lightly] [size13[b "where on earth did these come from? Or more importantly what on earth happened at the gala? Did I drink too much?"]]
[size13 Gently running her fingers through her hair biting her lip as the pain on her head grew worse, feeling lightly she noticed a cut, nothing too major but enough to hurt her, she could also feel a little bit of dried blood which she needed to get out, Emica quickly rubbed her hair biting her lip harder to help her get through the pain, sending her vision funny she stopped and turned off the shower.]
[size13 Stepping out and slipping on a bath robe, she walked over to the mirror which was now unclear due to the steam, running her hand over it to make the image clearer she looked at herself in the mirror. Emica looked exhausted and she was pale to the point she looked as though she had seen a ghost. She now began to notice some more bruises on her arms and ribs, which caused her even more confusion.]
[size13 As Emica continued to stare at herself in the mirror trying to think figure what on earth could have happened to her tonight to be covered in so many bruises and how did she end up back at the apartment, the last thing she remembers is going with Drusilla to the limo....]
[size13[b "The limo!"]] [size13 Emica shouted out and ran out of the bathroom and across the bedroom.] [size13[b "Drusilla! Sam! Where are you?!"]] [size13 Not even realising she had shouted out his first name and frankly didn't care she felt a shock of terror had run through her that something terrible had happened to them. Emica hadn't noticed she was still in her bath robe as she ran towards the stairs, as the lights were still off she couldn't see very much and she ran into someone, she fell backwards hitting her head off the floor once more.]
[size13[b "Shit!"]] [size13 Emica rarely ever cursed but being in the amount of pain she was with her head she thought this once she could let it slip, looking up she could see a figure, but couldn't quite make out the face, she squinted] [size13[b "Sam?..."]]
Sam ran up a winding staircase to the roof, and once he was there, he made a powerful leap to an apartment building, scaling the walls with his fingers before reaching the stop. He then jumped to a taller building and and perched on the corner of a ledge, looking down in to the streets. Almost as if planned, Sam's limo careened around a corner in to view, two of Legion holding on to the vehicle while a small force chased after it. A few ran through the streets, and a few jumped from building to building to try and get a height advantage. It looked like Legion was pulling out all the stops to try and bait him by endangering Emica, but they still had to go through Drusilla first... And Sam wasn't going to remain idle for very much longer.
Before he even said anything, Sam turned his head to see Amon approaching from behind. Instead of the immaculately tailored suit he was wearing earlier, he adorned flexible looking pants, some kind of leather tribal sash, and painted on a few ritualistic markings on his chest, shoulders, and face. His feet and hands were bare, but he also wore leather bracers.
“I didn't have enough time for my armour. I assumed you would've wanted me to join you as soon as possible.”
[b “Your instincts are impeccable, Amon.”] Sam says with a frown as his phone begins to buzz. Luckily enough, his phone didn't get hit when he was stabbed, but he quickly pulls it out to see it was Emica calling. His frown turns in to a sneer and he quickly puts it back in to his jacket pocket. He didn't have to answer it; the both of them could hear screams from here. With a grunt, Sam turns around and places his palm on Amon's chest. Soon enough it glows and there's a glowing hand print on the werewolf's chest. He lets out a roar and his eyes turn the same colour. [b “You now have some of my power. Transform and take out the Legions hanging back for an ambush. I'll handle the rest.”]
With a nod, Amon lets out another roar, and quickly transforms in front of Sam's very eyes. He grows a few feet taller and his frame grows wider, and suddenly a thick fur bursts forth on his body as well as his face and jaw elongating. His fingers turn to claws and his feet turn to razor sharp paws. The hand print and his eyes still blazed, and now in front of Sam was Amon, the Werewolf. He lets out a small grunt and then leaps from the building... Now it was Sam's turn.
Sam's skin cracks all over and the molten metal from before covers his body, thickening before turning in to what appeared to be demonic armour. A face plate with the visage of an impassive demon adorned his face, grey and black armour covered his body, increasing his height and muscle tone. There was suddenly a slight glow of hellish energy on his back, and with a burst of black feathers, a single black angel wing appeared on his right shoulder-blade before folding in and resting limply on his shoulder like a cape.
He flexes his clawed hands before dropping the tripod bag he had and then jumps from the building. He hits the streets below, shattering the cement and then breaks off in to a dash, easily capable of keeping up with the Legion of demons.
Amon swiftly began taking out the ones that were hanging back to hit the flipped limo, and with a mighty leap, Sam jumps over the fray and on to the limo, quickly plucking the Legion trying to crawl in to the ripped open side. By the throat, he brings it up to his face level, the hard demonic plate about his face contorting slightly with rage.
“The Accuser!” This Legion bellows before its essence is absorbed and it turns to dust with a harsh shriek. Soon enough, Sam turns as a Legion lunges for him, taking it in a similar fashion and destroying it, before leaping from the car again to slamming down in front of the vehicle. They gang up on him, but in his demonic form, he is more than capable of taking them on. He rips through them savagely, enjoying the fact that he could cut-loose a little. And soon there were only two remaining, the rest surrounding the area had been picked off by the demonically empowered werewolf who subsequently runs off to avoid being spotted.
“Its been a long time since we've seen your demon form. Why do you not take it?” One of the Legion's asks as the two remaining circle him like hungry sharks.
“We know this is not your true face, Samael The Accuser.” The other Legion says and Sam scowls from beyond the face plate. They remembered this was not his true power and were digging a little too much for his liking. “Show us!”
[b [i “Enough chatter, Legion!”]] He shouts, swiping in front of him. Energy comes out from the swipe and extinguishes one of the Legions. In a blur of movement, Sam is suddenly in front of the last Legion and disintegrates his arm and part of his torso with a hellish punch. He kicks the creature over and places his armoured foot on its throat. [b [i “You have never been worthy of my full might, Legion. None of you have! I suggest you slither back to your true-body and tell him that I will be making a house call. You and Morgana have nowhere you can hide from me.”]] And with that, he reaches down, grabs the creature by the throat and throws it over one of the buildings.
[+green “Sam!”] A voice calls and Sam urns around to look at the flipped vehicle. It was on its side, the ripped open door facing the sky. He approaches the vehicle and Drusilla climbs out the top. She was still wearing her dress, but half of her face was blue, the front of her hair went black, and her irises were yellow while her sclera were black. Did her ears elongate a little too? Before he could inspect further, she was suddenly fully human again, but her face wasn't the usual one she wore. [+green “Help a girl out, would you?”] And Sam nods, coming towards the car, grips the frame, and slowly brings it back down on to all of its wheels. Inside he could see Emica unconscious and Sam scowls under the face plate. [+green “A hundred more years?”] Drusilla asks with a roll of her eyes.
[b [i “No, you did well. I will bring Emica back to headquarters, in the mean time...”]] He turns to look over his shoulder to see there was a bit of a crowd. All of them were gawking, but some were filming with their phones and taking pictures. What a mess. He couldn't reveal his face, nor could he let them see Emica. They were lucky this was late at night and there weren't as many people. [b [i “Contact Public Relations; I don't want to see this story on the news. Make up anything possible so it gets buried. I also need you to retrieve an item for me, I'll sen dyou the details shortly. I will be bringing our CFO back to headquarters.”]] He reaches in to the limo, plucks Emica from it making sure to keep her close to him so the crowd couldn't see, and spreads his singular wing. Another one made of energy appears on the other side and he quickly takes flight, flying off in to the night sky and back to AngelWings to put Emica to bed. Hopefully she'd just think this was all a terrible nightmare.
[size13 Emica looks intently trying to make out the conversation between Drusilla and Sam, she frowned knowing something was up, why wasn't Sam coming over to her? Just as Emica was about to stand up and make her way over to the two, Drusilla returned looking up at her slightly confused she stood up and Drusilla helped her to her feet. Emica opened her mouth to ask if everything was okay but Drusilla beat her to it. Feeling a little relieved everything was okay and Sam just needed her back at the office Emica let out a sigh of relief, followed by a smile to Drusilla.]
[size13[b "Oh? Well that's a relief for a second there I thought something was the matter... But if that's what Mr. Natas' has instructed then I shall return immediately,"]] [size13 she looked at Drusilla who gave her a comforting smile and then suddenly she found herself being pulled by Drusilla, which surprised Emica, someone as so petite looking as Drusilla could have so much strength behind her. She couldn't help but giggle to herself though as she watched Drusilla grabbing as many snacks as possible, she could only think] [size13[i typical Drusilla.]]
[size13 Emica looked around the room and noticed some of the guests were beginning to leave but could only put it down to they either had work to do, weren't the party type of people or well just plain tired. Lost in her train of thought Emica didn't even realise how quickly they had made it outside and were making their way to the limo. Looking behind her shoulder she felt rude for not being able to say goodbye to Amon and thank him for being a wonderful host. Turning her attention back to Drusilla she gathered she wouldn't let her even if she wanted to. Emica glanced down at Drusilla squeezing her hand which made her think back to the beginning of the night when Sam gently took hers in his and put the bracelet on her wrist. Sam was so gentle compared to Drusilla who was so eager which caused her to smile. They were so different but equally important to her.]
[size13 As they step into the limo and before they have chance to sit down the vehicle speeds off in a hurry causing Drusilla to throw her food everywhere and topple on Emica also causing her to lose balance and the two fall backwards onto the seats. Shocked at what had happened Emica opened her eyes to see hers and Drusilla's face inches from each other, now usually this kind of thing never bothered Emica but Drusilla was a very beautiful woman so Emica couldn't help herself and blush ever so slightly at how close they were. Emica looked to the side trying to hide her face, why wasn't she moving, it felt like an eternity of Drusilla lying on top of her before they were interrupted by a loud thud coming from the roof of the limo.]
[size13 Emica jumped startled] [size13[b "what the hell was that?!"]] [size13 She looked up at Drusilla for an answer but there was none, instead Drusilla simply got up followed by a shriek. Surprised as to the noise that come out of Drusilla's mouth Emica looked to where she was looking.]
[size13 Her eyes widened in horror as she looked at the scratch marks at the side] [size13[i s-scratch marks?!...From what?!"]] [size13 Emica didn't know what to do or say she just sat on the bottom of the limo staring into nothing, however it's not before long she was brought back to her senses by more loud bangs coming from the top. Emica turned to look at Drusilla who was now poking her head out of the window, horrified Emica quickly pulled her back into the limo] [size13[b What are you doing Drusilla! That's dangerous! You don't know who or what is out there!]] [size13 Emica took a deep breath and continued,] [size13[b "but now that you've had a look did you see what was out there? Are we being attacked by someone?"]]
[size13 Drusilla fell back landing on her bum as she was surprised at the telling off Emica was giving her, she frowned slightly followed by a sigh, if only Emica knew what she was but then again Emica would probably laugh at her or say she was insane so she just smiled and apologised for upsetting her. When Emica asked if she saw anything, Drusilla saw as clear as day what was attacking them but thought better than to tell the truth, she just shook her head.] [size13[+green "I'm sorry Miss Kioko but I didn't it's far too dark out there, but we need to return to the company as soon as possible and get you to safety".]]
[size13 As the two were being thrown from one end of the limo to the next Emica began to get dizzy, what on earth was happening? Rummaging through her bag she pulled out her phone and decided to ring Sam and tell him what was happening and what he would instruct her to do next. Emica scrolled up until she came to the name 'Mr. Natas' and pressed call, she placed the phone to her ear and was relieved when she heard the internal ring.]
[size13 As she was waiting for him to pick up the window suddenly smashed smashed sending shards of glass everywhere, before Emica could react she was covered by Drusilla] [size13[+Green "GET DOWN!"]] [size13 This caused Emica to throw her phone under one of the chairs. Once Drusilla had moved Emica could feel the wind blowing her hair and covering most of her eyesight, she looked around desperately for her phone and saw the light from the screen under one of the seats. Emica bent down and stretched her arm out trying to grab her phone, but it was just out of reach.]
[size13 Leaning closer something caught her attention from the corner of her eye, turning her head to see what it was Emica was in disbelief there in front of the window was... she couldn't even describe exactly what, but the first thing that came to her head was a gargoyle and it was looking right back at her... grinning. A chill ran up her spine as her eyes widened in horror, she would have crawled back but there was nowhere to crawl to! Instead all she could do was scream a blood curdling scream completely forgetting all about her cell phone now and whether or not Sam had answered.]
[size13 Her scream seemed to please the creature, it looked like it had enjoyment from seeing her terrified out of her mind. She had only seem something like this in story tales it was impossible for something like this to exist. The creature stared at her smiling revealing its long fingers and like tearing a piece of paper it ripped the door from the limo and all Emica could do was to watch in horror.]
[size13 Drusilla looked at Emica as she screamed and looked to the door which was no longer there] [size13[+green "shit! This is bad, humans can't process things well.]] [size13 Knowing Sam would kill her if she didn't protect Emica she moved in front of her revealing some of her true form but not enough for Emica to see only the gargoyle. Drusilla frowned glaring at the creature, her main goal at this point was to protect Emica at all costs.]
[size13 Emica looked confused as Drusilla stood in front of her protecting her] [size13[b "Drusilla are you crazy! You'll be killed get away!]] [size13 But it was no good Drusilla wasn't listening the two were just staring at each other as though they were waiting for the other to make the first move. As the creature was about to lunge at Drusilla the limo made an extremely sharp turn in fact too sharp as it flipped onto its side sending the creature flying backwards and the two girls to the side. Emica fell backwards smacking the back of her head off the remaining door knocking herself out in the process and landing next to her cell phone...]
Amon came down the stairs first in a casual manner, but didn't make eye contact with anyone and quickly walked through the party and back inside to the main foyer without a word. Sam was not far behind, quickly descending the steps, a tripod bag slung over his shoulder, and his eyes peeled for Emica and Drusilla. However, it seemed Drusilla spotted him first and intercepted him, telling him about what events had transpired out here. He blows out a sigh of relief.
[b “We have a situation, and I need you to get Emica out of here as quickly and as discreetly as possible.”] Drusilla gives him a quick once over and then swiftly moves to block him more from Emica's sight. Now that she looked, there were gashes and cuts in his suit, and one of his hands and the side of his face was cracking like porcelain with magma seething in the cracks. It was good he was far enough away for him to appear as normal to the human. [b “Its Legion.”]
[h3 Moments earlier...]
Amon lead Sam through a series of corridors until they were finally in what appeared to be an auditorium. The lights were low, the seats were flipped down, and in front of the stage was three men, one in the centre holding a tripod bag. Sam stops a few feet away looking at the men and then quickly looks at Amon.
“Sam, please, I wasn't about to leave this relic by itself for anyone to take. Several of my men were killed transporting it here. I made sure it was protected so it could be passed seamlessly in to your hands.”
[b “Fair enough.”] Sam finally said and approached the men. He holds out his hand and the man with the bag hands it over. The demon businessman quickly unscrews the cap, looks in, and then grins, screwing the cap back on. He could feel the relics power, but he still wanted to see it for himself before he concluded his business. [b “Now that that's out of the way, we-”] And then suddenly [i pain].
If Sam hadn't lived as long as he had, he'd have described this as 'pain like nothing else he's felt before', but alas he has. It was a blade, and it ripped through his suit, his torso, and pierced out to the front of his chest. Very little blood spilled, the angry wound glowing like red hot metal, but it did still cause him to shout in pain and drop to a knee, the holy magic slowly draining his powers.
Just when he felt like he could push through it, the blade was pulled out and then stabbed in to his back again. He snarls savagely and turns his head to see his attacker. He had assumed it was Amon, but once he craned his neck to look, he could see the werewolf was just as surprised as he was. His eyes then pan to the smiling expression of his attacker. It wasn't someone he had not recognized, but once his grey eyes turned sharply to yellow, he could view his demonic energy. The indiscriminately handsome man's form shifted to that of a smirking gargoyle-like demon.
[b “Damon.”] Or better known as 'Legion', a collection of nearly infinite amounts of demons. [b “Its been a long time.”] It twisted the blade in his back and more of Sam's power was taken.
“Not long enough, old friend. But after this, it will be an eternity.” He began pushing the blade further in to Sam's body, and just when he felt like all of his power was going to drain away, the pressure on the blade was suddenly absent. He didn't even look before he reached back and ripped the blade from his body, his powers no longer being suppressed and drained, and quickly swelled.
On Legion's back was Amon, both arms wrapped around the demon's throat. Legion thrashed wildly trying to get Amon off, but it bought Sam enough time to act. The other two men pulled similar swords that Legion had brandished and set upon Sam. His right hand glows like magma, his skin cracking and what appeared to be molten metal leaked from the cracks. It quickly formed in to a solid demonic gauntlet with claws, and he turns, swinging his arm. The claws ripped through the two men and they burst in to ash. Quickly he turns just in time to see Amon thrown from Legion's back and hit a wall with enough force to crack the concrete.
Sam immediately springs in to action, grabbing hold of Legion from behind the head with his demonic arm, and slams the monster in to the ground. Part of Sam's face cracked as he snarled at the demon who began to struggle under his might. Sam's powers might've been drained, but he was far more powerful that just one of Legion. [b “Who sent you!”] His voice was different, almost modulated to the point of being unrecognizable. He digs his claws in to the back of the demon's head and rubs his face in to the ground. [b “Tell me!”]
“You know who, Sam. You don't need to ask.” The creature seemed amused. “And there's nothing you can do to me. I am Legion, and I am [i many].” And the demon begins to laugh, and Sam shouts, draining the power from the monster and turning it to dust. It didn't give him a lot of energy for this was only one of them, but it did give him a certain satisfaction to wipe him from the face of this plane.
The gauntlet on Sam's arm quickly turns molten again and recedes back in to the cracks of the skin on his hand, and as it does he takes a knee. “I thought he was going to kill you for a second.” Amon says, approaching Sam and readjusts his tie. Sam gives him a hard look and scowls.
[b “Why didn't you transform? You would've been of a lot more use that way.”]
Amon shrugs at him. “This is tailored, man. And I don't have unlimited money like you do.” He helps Sam to his feet. “I think his last little message to you was a warning. There's definitely more of him around here; I can smell him.”
[b “Then I think its about time I leave. He's after me, but he isn't opposed to using other's as bait or shields; he'll go after Emica if she's here so I must evacuate her.”] He slings the bag over his shoulder. [b “If you could give me an extra hand it would be most appreciated.”]
“I'll go slip in to something a little less expensive then.”
[+green “That's a name I haven't heard in a while.”] Drusilla says with a frown and Sam nods. Legion being here would make things complicated, especially if he was after Sam and/or Emica. The demon was unabashed when it came to revealing itself to the public... But that was usually because he left no survivors. But why was he here all of a sudden..?
[+green “This is Morgan retaliating isn't it?”]
[b “I believe so. Now do as I command.”] And Drusilla frowns and then sticks her tongue out at Sam before departing back to Emica. She sits back down beside the woman and takes her hand in hers, trying to help her up. [+green “Apparently the meeting went well with Sam and Amon, but he needs you back at the office to...”] Bloody Hell, to [i what]? [+green “Go over some of the details? Apparently there might be some kind of discrepancy in the account and he can't completely close the deal until its been looked over.”] She looks back to see Sam had vanished from sight and strangely so had some of the other guests. Including Morgan Glastonbury.
Drusilla was a lot stronger than she appeared and drags Emica through the party, snatching up some h'orderves on the way as well. They quickly plow back through the castle and out a side door where a limousine is waiting for them. Once inside, the car takes off in a rush, Drusilla not having enough time to sit down, spilling all of her snacks on the floor and landing unceremoniously on top of Emica. She props herself up a little bit, inches from the human woman's face and smiles fiendishly. Being this close was almost too tempting for the succubus; what would a little taste be to Sam?
However, before she could do anything, there was a [i thud!] on the roof of the car, before claws began to scratch through the metal. Drusilla let out a shriek and there was another [i thud!] and then another and then another! The car swerves but stays on the road and when Drusilla finally rights herself to look out the window, she saw what was attacking the car: a gargoyle-like demon. [i Many] of them. With Legion revealing himself this early in the game, it meant he was coming for Emica.
And he was playing for keeps.
[size13 Emica couldn't help but smile trying to hold in the giggle as Sam dropped his cufflink on the floor, for a split second she thought the outfit may have been a little too revealing but the thought was very quickly proved wrong as Sam complimented her. Emica's cheeks flushed bright red at his comment of her looking remarkable, she turned away to hide her face placing one hand gently on her cheek] [size13[b "Thank you Sam...]] [size13 Saying it ever so quietly followed by a smile.]
[size13 She looks to the side showing Sam her face again as she notices he has poked his elbow out giving just the right amount of room for Emica to place her hand around his arm. With a slight blush once more she gently places her hand on his arm and smiles, she was a little surprised at how muscular he actually was, for some reason Emica wasn't it expecting it which caused her to smile once more. He must obviously keep fit, but seeing as he comes from such a well known company he must need to look after himself. They exit the penthouse and make the same trip to the elevator and down to the first floor to the entrance of the building, Emica looked out the front and noticed a limousine parked waiting for Sam, for the first time tonight this didn't surprise Emica at all, she would think nothing less of Sam travelling in style.]
[size13 As they stepped into the limo and Emica is sat next to Sam they are quickly joined by Drusilla who looks stunning in her royal blue also tight fitting dress with royal blue satin stilettos, Emica looks shocked at how well and truly beautiful Drusilla looks, it makes her blonde hair and green eyes stand out even more.] [size13[b "You look beautiful Drusilla, I think the attention maybe more on you tonight than myself"]] [size13 Emica giggled as Drusilla looked slightly surprised at the comment and smiled [size13[+Green "I doubt that very much Miss Kioko you will have everyone's attention tonight, but thank you very much for the compliment, you look as gorgeous as ever yourself."]] [size13 This statement in its own caused Emica to blush slightly as she never really thought of herself as being pretty but someone as stunning as Drusilla complimenting her and calling her 'gorgeous' gave Emica that little confidence boost she needed for tonight.]
[size13 Her train of thought was soon interrupted as she felt a hand on hers, she looked down as Sam placed a bracelet on her wrist, noticing how gentle he was holding her hand Emica blushed and she could feel her heart racing, she feared it was beating so loud Sam would be able to hear it himself, although she had touched his hand before, she wasn't expecting him to touch hers anytime soon. Trying to calm herself down she looked at the beautiful bracelet which was now on her wrist. It had beautiful red gems on it and she noticed they looked familiar, she looked at Sam's hand which had now let go of hers and noticed the cufflinks he was wearing which caused her to smile, they were the same which caused her heart to give a little thump once more.]
[size13 It wasn't too long before the limousine had stopped and they were outside a very large building and a very beautiful building at that, it was like a castle from fairy tale, Emica's eyes twinkled under the night sky, she'd never seen anything this beautiful, well in real life anyway, she was lost for words. Once more as they step out of the limo Emica wraps her hand around Sam's arm, they step onto a carpet as they are greeted by flashing from cameras once more, which bought back memories from this morning, so much had happened since she woke up this morning, it was like she was still living a dream, scared to wake up and realise there was no one there, no Sam...]
[size13 Giving his arm a little squeeze they made their way into the building ignoring the bombardment of questions people were asking them, she glanced up at Sam who was completely unfazed by everything but that was to be expected, this was probably his life on a day to day basis. As they stepped into foyer, Emica admires the modern display inside, she looks at Sam who has two glasses of champagne in which one he is holding out to her, Emica smiles and takes the champagne glass and has a sip, it was delicious, she laughs at Dusilla's comment as she helps herself to a glass of champagne.]
[size13 Suddenly a very tall handsome gentleman makes his way over to the three of them, Emica looks at Sam slightly confused but then smiles realising the two know each other. Emica giggles slightly to herself as Sam is suddenly picked up by the gentleman named Amon and squeezed, Emica couldn't help but giggle because she gave Amon guts for suddenly picking Sam up, he may be the only one in this world that would do something so bold. Smiling as Sam straightens himself out, she turns her attention to Amon as Sam formally introduces, just as she is about to bow Amon takes her hand in his which causes her to blush at his forwardness and kisses her hand.]
[size13[b "It's a pleasure to meet you Amon."]] [size13 Amon takes her hand and begins leading her upstairs, knowing Drusilla and Sam would be behind her she need not bother to look behind her, Amon leads them to a platform to take in the beauty of the room and Emica smiles nodding] [size13[b "I will be sure to Amon, thank you."]]
[size13 She looks at Sam as he states him and Amon need to talk business and instructs for her to show Drusilla a good time. Much to Drusillas delight as she practically jumps on Emica causing her to laugh, she was like a child in some way especially when Sam shot her a look as though he was telling Drusilla to behave herself.] [size13[b "Of course Mr. Natas, see you later"]] [size13 Emica waves to both Sam and Amon as they leave their company.]
[Size13 When Drusilla suggested they go and try the food Amon recommended Emica nodded,] [size13[b "why not, he did say we should after all"]] [size13 Emica smiled giving a playful wink as the two linked arms and made their way over to the table. Emica was a little surprised at how quickly Drusilla ate, she must have been very hungry. Her thoughts were soon interrupted as a salmon crostini is placed right in front of her mouth, with a slight smile Emica opens her mouth and taking the food from Drusilla's hand.]
[size13 Drusilla looked very surprised at how Emica ate the food from her hand, it caused her to blush as she felt Emica's soft lips on her fingers, she smiled to herself understanding now as to why Sam had taken such a liking to her. She was a very unique human indeed...]
[size13 Emica moaned as she swallowed the food] [size13[b "my goodness both you and Amon were right, they are simply devine!"]]
[size13 Suddenly the two were interrupted by a third unfamiliar voice. Emica turned her attention the the two people in front of her. A very beautiful young powerful looking woman and an equally handsome gentleman. Emica glanced out the corner of her eye to Drusilla who seemed very different around this woman, which gave Emica an uncomfortable feeling from somewhere, but still she remained professional she would make up her own mind of her opinion on this woman.]]
[size13 As the woman turned her attention to Emica she smiled, looking down at the hand now in front of her Emica gently placed her hand in the woman's who was now introducing herself as Morgan Glastonbury, Emica knew instantly now who she was, apart from being in the papers as a very successful businesswoman it was the last name that piqued Emica's interest.] [size13[b "Ah it's a pleasure to meet you, me and Lucille were very close at school, we would tell each other everything, its a shame we couldn't keep in contact more",]] [size13 Emica noticed that Morgan was interested in the bracelet that Sam had put on her earlier. Not giving it much thought Emica smiled] [size13[b "yes he did, it's very beautiful, I haven't really seen anything like it before"]]
[size13 Emica noticed the uncomfortable look on Morgan's face and not long after she bid farewell to Emica and said she would hope to see more of her in the future. Breathing a sigh of relief Emica stepped back a little leaning on Drusilla, she was exhausted for some reason speaking to Morgan made her feel very nervous. Drusilla took notice and lead Emica over to some seats, the two sat down as she smiled at Emica.] [size13[+Green "Are we doing okay? I know it's always daunting meeting Morgan Glastonbury for the first time, a lot of people always feel the same way, it will get easier over time. But prepare yourself Morgan and Sam are rivals in the business world so don't be too surprised if you see a lot of Morgan recently."]] [size13 Emica sighed as she grabbed another glass of champagne as the waiter walked past, she took a swig and breathed out trying to relax herself] [size13[b "thank you Drusilla you've been a great help in keeping me company tonight, I wonder why she was so interested in the bracelet? But now that I think about it her necklace did look very similar in colour, but that could be just pure coincidence."]]
[size13 Drusilla beginning to look uncomfortable at what Emica was saying she scanned the room for Sam, just as she was about to give up she noticed Amon coming downstairs not long after followed by Sam, with some relief Drusilla stood up telling Emica she would be right back. She quickly walked over to Sam looking stern,] [size13[+Green "Sam we have a problem... Morgan introduced herself to Emica, she also took notice in that bracelet you put on her. I would go and speak to Emica she feels a little... exhausted you might say. I'll wait here to give you two some space."]]
[size13 Emica looked around to see where Drusilla had quickly walked off to, but suddenly she smiled and felt somewhat relieved to see Sam, she knew she could relax a little now well for a while a least...]
When Emica departed, Sam gave her another small smile before turning to look over the city again. It was the vision of control, and control he had. He had government officials in his back pocket, men and women in powerful places eating out of his hand, and even had the local law enforcement at his beck and call. He had come a long way from when he first came to the human world; a very long way. The countless battles in the shadows, learning how to control his power in this alien world. He always had control over himself and not the world, but now it has seemed to have flipped.
[b “Is this an omen?”] He asks himself as he looks out over the city he ruled from the shadows. There were very few people who could challenge him on his mountain top, but with what he just did, perhaps it was time his worthy adversaries made their moves. It has been centuries after all.
With that in mind, Sam gets back to work; mostly just signing papers, quickly glancing over the stock market, and purchasing suitable business and contact/contracting feeble minded individuals. By the time he was done, it was almost evening and it was about time he got dressed for the gala. It didn't take him very long as he dressed in a tailored black suit, red dress shirt, and black tie. He was looking back over the city as the sun began to set, fixing red-gem cufflinks to his sleeves when Emica had appeared back in the penthouse. He absently turned around, having trouble with the cufflink on his right sleeve. When he looks up to see Emica, the cufflink slips from his hand at the sight of her. There was that strange pounding in his chest again.
[b “Yes, it, uhh, was tailored.”] Sam manages to say, bending over to pick up the cufflink and manages to fasten to his sleeve this time. [b “You look remarkable, Emica. Everyone at tonight's gala will surely be impressed by you.”] He tells her and then juts out his elbow for her to take and, as per usual, leads her through the building til they reach a limousine waiting for them out front. Before they take off, they are joined by Drusilla and Sam fixes on to Emica's wrist a bracelet with the same kind of gems as his cufflinks. The car ride to the gala is fairly short, and when they arrive, it appears to be at the city's pride and joy. A small castle-like fortress that acted as a banquet hall and restaurant for the elite.
When they exit the car, they are led out on to a red carpet, many people with cameras and such line the sides only kept in check by a hanging velvet rope. They bombard them with flash photography and questions about this and that, but much like you see on television, Sam walks uninhibited almost like they weren't there. Inside the actual castle, the foyer appears to be a lot more modern and they are greeted by a bellhop who offers them drinks and h'orderves, to which Sam takes two glasses of champagne, handing one to Emica.
[+green “Oh, don't mind me.”] Drusilla says jokingly, taking her own glass of champagne. Sam grins slightly at her. He was about to say something when...
“Ahhh, Sam Natas, so glad you could join us.” A man in a dark tailored suit says, and comes to greet them. Unlike Sam, this man was built with lots of muscle, in his late thirties to early forties, had a beard, black hair that greyed slightly at the sides, and a small scar going through his up lip.
[b “Amon.”] Sam greets with a nod. The two shake hands, but the man Amon pulls him in to an embrace which seems to make Sam appear slightly uncomfortable. Once he's released, he brushes his chest off quickly and then motions to Emica. [b “This is Emica Kioko, the new CFO of Angelwings.”] And Amon doesn't waste any time, taking the girls hand and planting a small kiss on the back of it.
“A pleasure to make your acquaintance Emica. Please, allow me to show you where the party is.” And without much warning, he takes her arm much like Sam did earlier and begins to lead her up the stairs of the foyer. Sam and Drusilla exchange looks before quickly following behind.
Amon leads them up the large foyer stairs and outside on to an elevated platform. The area was decorated for the occasion, lined with tables full of h'orderves, alcohol, ice sculptures, and even a temporary fountain in the centre of a wolf and a man locked in combat.
[+green “A little gauche, don't you think?”] Drusilla comments and Sam nods his head slightly.
Once it seems Amon was satisfied with their positioning in the party, he lets go of Emica, bowing to her slightly with a smile. “Please, drink, enjoy! Make sure to try the salmon crostini, they are to die for!”
[b “Yes, yes, I'm sure they are.”] Sam finally chimes in. He seemed a little impatient. [b “But you and I have business that needs to be attended. Emica, would you please show Drusilla a good time while I finish up with Amon?”]
[+green “Oh, that sounds like fun!”] Drusilla says and quickly latches herself to Emica's arm. Sam shoots her a look that the succubus would recognize as [i 'if I regret this, so will you'] and her grip on the human's arm gets a little more slack. Clearly she was hungry and Emica was one of the only humans here. And human's tasted much better than any other being to demonic beings.
He smiles tightly at Emica. [b “Forgive me, I will only be a moment.”] And with that, him and Amon walk back inside the castle.
When Sam had walked away, Drusilla watched like a hungry predator before levelling her gaze back to Emica. Such a pretty little human, and at a very ripe juicy age. Her energy would be able to sustain her for a while and taste impeccable going down. But as of yet, it didn't seem like Emica was falling under her hypnosis at all. Perhaps it was because of the human's strong work ethic and morals... Not to mention Drusilla had to hold back quite a bit. Sam would [i literally] kill her if she fed on any of the human's in his company... But that's what happens when you lose against Sam, she supposed. She should've wagered against Morgan Glastonbury.
[+green “Why don't we go try that food Amon spoke so highly of.”] It seemed more of a demand as Drusilla laughed and pulled her coworker towards the table. The blonde skims over the contents, and finally when she finds her mark, quickly gobbles down a few. She makes a very melodramatic noise as she swallows and then holds up one for Emica to try, literally right in front of her mouth. [+green “It truly is to die for, Emica. You must try it while its fresh!”] There was a hungry look in her eye.
[+red “Oh Drusilla, always so...”] A cold chill ran down her spine at the voice. [+red “Enthusiastic.”] And Drusilla turns to see a woman. She was tall, had sharp eyes, long brown hair, wore a red dress that hugged her curves in a very pleasing manner, a red gemstone necklace, and had a sort of power about her that was unspoken. She was also accompanied by an indiscriminately handsome man who didn't speak. [i Speak of the Devil.]
[+green “Morgan Glastonbury.”] Sam's ultimate rival since time immemorial. [+green “I didn't know you were going to be here.”] It seemed Drusilla's became slightly more withdrawn with the arrival of this woman. She eyed Drusilla for a moment before turning to look at Emica.
[+red “I didn't plan on making an appearance, but I was curious about Sam's new CFO.”] She holds out her hand to shake Emica's. [+red “Morgan Glastonbury, CEO of Agricultiv Co. I believe you went to school with my daughter Lucille.”] And when their hands met, Morgan's was firm and powerful. Her eyes drifted slightly and once she looked at Emica's wrist, her eyes widened slightly at the sight of the bracelet. [+red “That's a pretty bracelet. Did Sam give that to you?”]
[size13 Emica flashed Sam a smile before turning around and making her way up the winding staircase, she had to hold onto the side as from all the excitement her legs felt at any moment they would give way and cause herself some serious injury. Once at the top Emica was left breathless she didn't think this place could BE anymore beautiful but she was proved wrong, it was absolutely breathtaking, walking up to the window she gently placed her long slender fingers on the glass taking in a better view of the city. Glancing down at her hand she noticed it was shaking, grabbing it with her other hand she gave a gentle squeeze and took one long breath trying to calm herself down.]
[size13 She jumped at the sound of her ringtone going off, she quickly rummaged around in her bag and removed her cell phone, her heart quickly sank as she looked at the caller ID.... It was her mother, with hesitancy she accepted the call and placed the phone to her ear,] [size13[+blue "Hello Emika... We heard the news on the television, we see you'll be working with Mr. Natas in the future..."]] [size13 Emika sighed as her heart began to pound and felt her chest getting tight, she knew this conversation would be the last one.] [size13[b "Hello mother, yes I did, he has been amazing with me, he's also relocated me so I'm closer to the company which will be a big help for things in the future..."]] [Size13 There was a long pause on the phone before her mother spoke] [size13[+blue "Well Emika you know how me and your father feel about this, you have left us with no one to take over the family business once your father decides to retire, you have chosen a stranger over your family and that is unforgivable, so until you decide your family is more important, I don't wish to receive any further information from you. Goodbye.]]
[size13 There was a click on the other end of the phone where her mother had hung up, Emica looked at the phone as she fell down onto her knees, she knew the phone call was coming but she wasn't expecting her mother to be as cold as she was, she couldn't even be proud of her for being successful or even said that she loved her one last time, she knew she would be dead to her family now unless she returned which is something she wasn't prepared to do, she wanted to work alongside Sam and it would open a door to endless possibilities if she stayed by his side.]
[size13 Tears began to pour down her face as she placed her hand on her heart and quietly wept, hunched over she hid her muffles so Sam wouldn't hear her, which caused her to look up at her reflection in the window, she stopped crying and wiped away her tears. She had to get herself together, she needed to be strong if she was going to be working alongside Sam, he needed someone reliable and strong minded not someone who would cry at the small things. Emica stood up and straightened her jacket out as she heard Sam call to her. Emica made her way downstairs as he explained she would need to return to the reception desk, with another smile Emica nodded and left quickly calling behind her as she didn't want Sam to see her red eyes.] [size13[b "Okay Mr. Natas I will be ready on time, see you then".]]
[size13 Emica made her way towards the elevator once more and pressed the button which would take her to the ground floor. A few moments later the doors re-opened and she could see the lady at the desk who had first given her directions, as she made her way over to the desk she could see the receptionist getting a bunch of papers ready and Emica guessed that they were for her to sign her contract.]
[size13 The receptionist looked up and smiled] [size13[+Green "Ah Miss Kioko, Mr. Natas have given me some instructions on paperwork that needs to be signed, he has also instructed me to give you this ID tag which you will need to keep on you at all times when in this facility. Once you have signed the paperwork Mr. Natas has asked me to accompany you to find an outfit for the gala you will be attending with him this evening, so we need to be as quick as possible".]] [size13 Emica nodded to the receptionist listening to her every word as she quickly scribbled her signatures on the lines with a little x on them. Once she was done Emica placed her ID badge into her bag safely and waited for the receptionist to finish up.]
[size13 It didn't take the receptionist very long to get things done and put away, once she was finished she stood up and held her hand out shaking Emica's] [size13[+Green "It's a pleasure to meet you Miss Kioko my name is Drusilla shall we get going, Mr. Natas has told me where he wants me to take you".]] [size13 Emica smiled as they made their way out of the building, there was small chit chat as they made their way to the store Sam wanted her to get her clothes from but it didn't take long to get there.]
[size13 Emica couldn't help but smile as she stood outside the front of the store it looked very expensive but she didn't expect anything less from Sam, he had impeccable taste. As they stepped into the store they were greeted by yet another beautiful young woman in a suit but this lady had stunning red hair.] [size13[+Orange "Hello Drusilla I presume this is Miss Kioko? Right Miss Kioko we don't have much time if you would like to follow me to the fitting rooms I will bring you several dresses for you to try on".]] [size13 Emica was a little taken aback as to how the young woman knew who she was but she guessed as lot of people were going to know who she was now, she had already been in front of the press once today and now she was going to an important gala where more people would want to ask her questions.]
[size13 As she stepped into the fitting rooms it wasn't long before the assistant came in with a gorgeous long black dress, Emica quickly tried it on and smiled, this was perfect not too over the top but perfect for her. They made their way to the checkout and Drusilla didn't even need to pay, all she said was to put it on Mr. Natas' tab. They exited the building and now it was time to get ready.]
[size13 A few hours later Emica had just enough time to get ready, she was instructed to wait in penthouse for Mr. Natas to return, as she stood there waiting patiently she heard the door click as she saw Sam once more. She turned around and smiled, she was in a long black tight fitted dress which showed off all her hourglass figure, it also had a slight plunge neckline revealing her neck and chest, with a long slit on the slide revealing her leg and diamond encrusted black stiletto shoes. Her hair was curled and pushed to the side revealing all of her neck and she had dark red lipstick on, with a plain black clutch bag.] [size13[b "You look very handsome Mr. Natas the suit really fits you well, what do you think of mine?"]]
There was a small tight smile, because Sam did usually now what human's were thinking, whether it was from reading their thoughts or from some predictable behaviour. However, something unpredictable did happen in the form of Emica taking his hand in hers and expressing her gratitude to him... And something [i peculiar] happened to Sam at that moment. Something that he had forgotten was part of this body.
His heart began to [i race]. It was nearly all he could do to keep from quickly removing his hand from hers, but instead all he did was give her another tight smile. His face didn't betray him of his uncomfortable feelings, and once she released him hand, he quickly took a sip of his drink in an effort to give himself something else to do. His hand still felt hot from her touch and his heart continued to race and race further as he began to ponder to meaning of this. Its been a long time since something like this had happened, not since...
[b “Please, take as long as you need.”] He says, interrupting his own thoughts, and motioning towards the staircase. The upper level itself was like its only little apartment in of itself. It had a bedroom that took up a portion of the back wall, again with large windows that viewed the city below, along with a balcony outside above the one from the main level. It had an office, a bathroom, and its only open sitting area with an electronic fire place. The only thing it didn't have was a kitchen, but considering how large the one on the main floor was, it made sense as to why one wouldn't have been installed.
Once she went to go look, Sam wandered over to the far wall, gazing out over the city. It was still early in the day now, and despite the press conference there was still a lot of work to do. But that seemed to be a fleeting thing in his mind. He looks down at his empty hand for a moment, flexing it, before looking back out over the city again, pensively silent. Things were in motion now, and it seemed that as they changed so did he. Perhaps he was getting soft in his advanced age like some others had accused him of; this was the first time he had a human working so closely with him after all. He barely had two conversations with his last CFO... Well, only time could tell on this little gamble he was in committed to.
Sam's phone buzzes and he takes it out of his breast pocket, glancing over the caller ID. [b “Yes, Drusilla?”] He answers. It was the pretty blonde receptionist that Emica had passed when she first walked in.
[+green “I'm reminding you of your invitation to the gala tonight.”] He was quiet for a second, and there was a sigh. Dru didn't like her job, but this is what happened when you were a succubus and you lost a bet against Sam. [+green “Amon, the werewolf.”]
[b “Yes, yes, I remember now.”]
[+green “He's on the other line and was asking about Emica.”] That struck him as odd.
[b “Is he now? How interesting. You can tell Amon The Werewolf he can ask her his questions tonight. You can also remind him I'm still waiting on the relics he promised if I purchased that land for the 'wild life preserve'. My [i contract] is quite clear.”]
[+green “Tell him yourself.”] Dru says and Sam makes an impatient sound. It seemed like she was only ever pleasant with people who weren't Sam himself, but that might be because she couldn't feed off of him... Which gave him an idea.
[b “Ms. Kioko is going to need a dress for the gala tonight, and unfortunately I have very limited time on my hands and even more limited knowledge about feminine fashion. I will have you take her to the strip this afternoon and purchase a dress suitable for the event. And I'll still need all your paperwork done this evening, and an access card and ID printed out for Ms. Kioko.”] There was a groan from the other end of the line. [b “Thank you, Drusilla. Keep me informed.”] He then hangs up his phone and places it back in his pocket, turning his head to look over his shoulder.
[b “Emica, I have taken the liberty of making you my plus-one for a black-tie event this evening, I'm sure you don't mind.”] He calls to her. [b “I will have you go downstairs and see my receptionist, Drusilla. She has some paperwork for you to sign; just some formalities and confidentiality agreements, but afterwards the two of you will go in search of a dress to match tonight's event. I would go with you, but I have an errand I must run as well.”]
[size13 Emica smiled at his comment, her heart pounding through her chest eventually began to calm itself but not for too long as Sam asked him to follow her once more which caused it to jump a little. She followed him down the hallways, she looked around and saw no other members of staff on this floor, was he showing her something none of the other employees knew about? But she gathered she would be seeing a lot of confidential things seeing as she would now be working alongside Sam with the company. Emica was still a little bit in shock, the scale hadn't quite kicked in with her yet, she hoped it would take a while because if it hit her all at once she would either faint or cry hysterically from happiness. This was a big step and she knew she would have to put her skills to the ultimate test to prove herself worthy of being the employee Sam expected her to be.]
[size13 Curious as to where he was taking her she opened her mouth but stopped anything from coming out as soon enough she knew what the answer to the question would be. She looked as he pulled what appeared to be a card out of his pocket and scanned it as he stated she would be receiving one of these later today, Emica felt excited at his comment, this must be something special, maybe important documents to the company? What happened next took her completely by surprise.]
[size13 The doors opened and Emica's eyes lit up like a child's on Christmas day, she looked around and saw a beautiful penthouse, with large windows giving a beautiful view of the city. Why was he showing her this? Then she turned her head to look at him and smiled answering his question.] [size13[b "Sam it's beautiful! The view of the city from here is absolutely stunning! I had no idea there was even a penthouse like this in the company"]] [size13 she took a step into the penthouse speechless, she had already seen enough surprises for today and she felt as though this wasn't even the beginning to the surprises, it was like a dream she was living and a very good one at that.]
[size13 They made their way over to the kitchen and she noticed two large thin glasses and a bottle, she was about to decline the offer of alcohol but he beat her two it, she giggled to herself and looked at him,] [size13[b "I swear it's like you know what I'm about to say, you're very intriguing Mr. Natas".]] [size13 She took the glass gently holding it with her fingers as she clinked her glass with his and took a sip, it was very refreshing and she felt like she suddenly had a burst of energy, but that could have been from the adrenaline from earlier.]
[size13 The next statement however would change her life forever, she almost dropped her glass in shock but tightened the grip quickly, she leaned against the bar top as her legs felt like they had instantly become jelly.] [size13[i L-Live with him! Here! I can't even...]] [size13 Now the shock had finally set in, she felt her chest become tight, she shook her head gathering herself together, if she was going to be working for a powerful company she had to keep her emotions under wraps, but somehow she thought she could let her hair down a little with Sam, somehow when they were alone he spoke to her as a person and not a number in his company. Emica placed her glass down gently on the table and took Sam's hand in both of hers and squeezed ever so gently.]
[size13[b "Mr. Natas I can't even begin to express my gratitude for what you have done for me, I don't know how I could even begin to repay you, you have literally changed my life overnight and I would love to move here with you, I must tell you though it has come across as a bit of a shock as so much has happened today, but I believe that this will be the start to an amazing friendship I hope"]] [size13 Emica flashed Sam another beautiful smile, she eventually let go of his hand and took another sip of the grape juice once more.]
[size13 Emica looked around taking in the space of the penthouse once more and looked at the winding staircase, it was beautifully crafted and placed perfectly, looking at all of the furniture, it looked very expensive it would take a lifetime of hard work for Emica to be able to afford something like this. She tucked her hair behind her ear and looked up at Sam twisting her fingers a little] [size13[b "Mr. Natas do you mind if I take a look around? I would love to see upstairs if you don't mind that is of course",]] [size13 Emica bit her lip a little nervous hoping it wasn't some kind of joke and she'd made a fool of herself.]
Sam watched with interest as Emica dealt with the press. Normally he wouldn't do something like this, but certain things needed to happen and keep happening. But for now, the publicity of this event would garner the attention he wanted and the increase in stocks and sales. Plus it would piss off the certain people he wanted to piss off as well; Emica Kioko coming straight out of school to become the world's youngest female CFO in history was no mistake. Nor was selecting her. Her marks were a bonus, but it was really [i who] she want to school with that was the important part to him and his plan.
Soon enough the press conference was over, security escorting the reporters and others out of the building, leaving Emica and Sam alone again. When she thanks him and tells him she won't betray his trust, one side of his mouth turns upward in to a small smile. [b “I would reason that you will not betray my trust, Ms. Kioko and I foresee a very successful career ahead of you.”] He clearly wasn't worried about his quick and radical decision to make her his new CFO.
He beckons her to follow him again, and turns on his heel to begin walking through the hallways again. They get in to an elevator and they take it to the top floor. It requires an access key and Sam touches a keycard to it. [b “You will be issued a company ID later today, but unlike all of my other employees you will have access to this floor.”] And as he says that, the elevator doors open up. Now in front of them is what appeared to be a penthouse apartment. The farthest wall was all windows giving them the view of the city, and the apartment itself was decorated in a very minimalist type of fashion, mostly with white furniture and polished hardwood. There was a living room, a kitchen, a few other rooms around the area with closed doors, and an entrance to a balcony outside.. Off to the side there was a staircase that led to an upper level that dominated part of the ceiling but viewed the lower level.
[b “What do you think?”] He asks as he walks her in to the penthouse. He continues to the kitchen and in the centre is an island bar, and on it rests a fruit bowl and two tall thin glasses with a bottle. He pours the bubbling liquid from the bottle in to both glasses and then approaches Emica again, handing her a glass. [b “It's sparkling grape juice.”] He tells her in case she was worried about drinking on the job. He then touches her glass with his own and leans against a piece of furniture. Sam looks at her intently for a moment before taking a sip from the glass and then looking out the large windows to the city.
[b “Emica, I must warn you I am a man full of surprises, and the surprises aren't going to end now, nor will they at the end of the day.”] He takes another sip from his glass and then turns his attention back to Emica, standing up straight again. [b “I have a proposition for you that might seem radical, but it is mostly to serve as a benefit to both of us. This place,”] He gestures to it in a grandiose sort of fashion. [b “I want you to live here. Close to the action. With me.”] He let that settle for a second, she had a lot coming at her at once today. Human's often needed time to process things, especially if it came to their emotions. [b “You would of course have the upstairs area as your own, so privacy isn't an issue, and we will share down here as a common area together. As you can imagine I would like to get to know you more personally and you would be closer to work this way as well. It will also serve to protect you now that you work for me.”]
To Emica, the bit about 'protection' probably meant against the media or paparazzi, but to the demon in front of her it meant something completely different. He just rattled a cage that no uninvolved mortal could ever possibly think existed. Emica was now a target for those who wanted Sam's company, but in more ways than one... Not to mention he hand picked her for that exact reason, and to rattle a very particular cage. Demon's would be angry and no doubt come for him, but there was an enemy far more formidable to him than an angry beast. Someone as old as him, steeped in the mystical arts, and weaving their way in to history as one of the most powerful people on the planet, rivalling even the likes of Sam with her own company to boot. And her name was,
“Ms. Morganna,” There was barely a knock at the door before it opened. “have you seen the news?” One of her attendants asked. Morganna or 'Morgan' as she went by in the public eye was sitting in her office, sipping on a cup of tea when her attendant intruded. She looks up at the woman with a sharp eye, stopping the attendant dead in her tracks. She gulps before she continues speaking. It must be really important if she was going to keep dispensing with this kind of insolence. “Mr. Natas has just hired a new CFO.”
[+red “Didn't the former CFO retire earlier this year? It was bound to happen, why bother me with this?”]
The woman gulps again. “In his place he hired someone named 'Emica Kioko'.” And Morgan turns her to look more fully at her attendant. Her eyes narrowed and her brows furrowed for a second as she thought about this.
[+red “How do I know that name?”] She mostly asked herself, thinking some more.
“She's, uhhh...” Morgan looks up at her a little irritated, having interrupted her thoughts. “She's a former classmate of Lucille.” And at the revelation, the cup of tea on Morgan's desk exploded despite her not touching it. The woman yelped and jumped back, but didn't dare leave the room just yet.
Morgan's hand then formed in to a steeple on to her desk, consciously ignoring the the shards of glass and tea stain on the surface. [+red “So that would make her the youngest female CFO in history.”] It appeared that somehow Sam had discovered her intentions for her own daughter, Lucille, and then took advantage of the time and planning she had been doing for the announcement. Now when Lucille became her new CFO, it would make the news but it wouldn't make the same impact that Sam had just made with Emica. It would look like pure coincidence to the public, but Morgan knew it was a calculated strike by Sam Natas. He was goading her, trying to make her slip up and rattle her cage, but she wouldn't let him. Morgan played the long game and was well aware that revenge was a dish best served cold. Sam on the other hand had the subtlety of a hand grenade.
When she was finally done thinking, her irises had tinged red a little bit and she looks up at the attendant. [+red “Would you please contact Damon for me?”] And the woman turned to leave the room as fast as she could. She stopped when Morgan cleared her throat, slowly turning back to look at her boss. [+red “And would you please fetch me another cup of tea? Much appreciated, dear.”]
[size13 Emica sighed a bored sigh as she looked at the time on her phone, she was still early and she regretted setting out the house as early as she did now. Quickly though her thoughts were interrupted as she heard a male voice call out her name. After almost dropping her phone she blushed from embarrassment as a tall handsome looking gentleman began making his way towards her.]
[size13 A sense of shock ran through her body] [size13[i no way! THE Sam is actually here...right now!]] [size13 Emica felt her stomach turn as the nerves began to get worse.] [size13[i It's okay...keep calm...breathe he's only human after all.]] [size13 Just as she was about to raise her hand to shake his, she quickly stopped herself as he walked past her giving her the instructions to follow him. Quietly walking behind she admired his figure, he was a lot taller than she expected him to be and a lot more handsome, to be honest though she didn't know much about him, no one really did, there was never news articles saying he had done anything bad or embarrassing which was unusual for someone as famous as he was and his family.]
[size13 Emica's train of thought soon came to a halt as Sam began to speak mentioning about her graduating from college and questioning why she didn't want to stay on at her parents business, she frowned a little bringing up the memories of the argument with her parents when she decided not to carry on the family business. She wasn't the least bit surprised how he knew this as most big companies do a check on their employees or soon to be ones.] [size13[b "I decided not to take on my parents business as there was nothing more to it, I graduated college with top marks and I know for a fact my skills wouldn't be put to their limits at home, so I wanted something bigger with more of a challenge".]] [size13 Emica felt as though she was rambling about herself and looked down at her resume feeling rather silly for bringing it along as there was no need for it.]
[size13 Suddenly she could feel him getting closer, his breath on her cheek causing her to blush,] [size13[b "wh--what do you mean?"]] [size13 She felt a slight sense of panic run through her, they were all alone and there was no one else on this floor to her knowledge but what he said next shocked her even more, she didn't even need an interview?! Then what was the point in the interview?]
[size13 Suddenly she felt something open behind her, nearly losing her balance Emiko stepped back to be greeted with many lights flashing, she put her hand in front of her eyes to make out what they were.] [size13[i C...camera's?!]] [size13 Then Sam began to speak once more, Chief Financial Officer?!] [size13[i He can't possibly be speaking about me?!]]
[size13 But reality soon hit her as Sam began to explain to the press that she was going to working along side, she was the perfect fit for the role. Emica felt as though she was going to cry... with happiness she couldn't believe a company as prestigious as this one accepted her! Some girl from the country, it was like a dream!]
[size13 Taking a deep breath Emica gathered herself together and flashed a brilliant smile towards the press as she began to speak.] [size13[b "I can't even begin to explain how I feel right now but I am absolutely thrilled to be working alongside someone as great as Mr. Natas over here, it's a complete dream come true and I will use my skills to give this company whatever it needs. Angel Wings is my future! As for knowing Mr. Natas we haven't known each other long but I owe him a great deal for putting his trust into me and my skills. As for what I plan that will be answered for another time."]]
[size13 The press shouted for more answers, but Emica just bowed and thanked them.]
[size13 After a little while after everything had cooled down and everyone had left Emica turned around to Sam smiling, they were alone.] [size13[b "Thank you so much for giving me this opportunity, I am truly grateful and will not betray your trust!"]]
[size13 Emica bowed in front of him and stood up with a huge beautiful smile spread across her face, her heart pounding from excitement and a twinkle in her eye as she awaited his critique to her very first interview.]
It was never an early start when you literally didn't have to sleep. It felt like one long day, which might be boring to some, but it came as an advantage to [ i him]. With the need for sleep it meant the mortal's inevitably would have to let their guard down. What a cruel misfortune it was to be human. How many companies have fallen to the empire he's built because of the cruel physiological boundaries the human body has. It was truly a wonder the world went around the way it did with how many barrier mortals had and created for themselves... But that might be why [i he] was at the top of the proverbial food chain. A demon among human subjects.
Sam was the heir to Angel Wings Manufacturing. Or at least hat's hat it appeared to be. His father, Leam, had constructed this company seemingly out of thin air in the last several decades. And for the last few years, in his old age and sickness had been paving the way for his mysterious son. Little did they know that Sam was in fact Leam, and his little masquerade was for when he needed to make a stark change in the company. A young handsome boy taking over his father's legacy after he tragically died of an illness he had been fighting for years. People couldn't get enough of it, and that's probably why he won “Man of the Year” in Time magazine last year. And his ratings and stock prices shot up exponentially. But that was only part of his masterfully crafted plan; the surface thoughts. What he [i wanted] people to see. This was really about something much deeper than his winning smile and how many zeroes were in his bank account. It was about control.
What Sam really wanted was control. And he had it now. He had much of the government in his pocket and he could move freely because of it. It made his 'side investments' much easier to manoeuvre without having to answer to a formidable power. Without this level of control, the purchase of that large land mass and turning it in to a “wild life preserve” would've been incredibly difficult... And then turning it in to a preserve for werewolves and keeping people and the authorities out of it would be nearly impossible. But of course Sam wasn't the only one vying for control, nor was Sam the only demon with an agenda. He was fighting on a constant basis with other powers around the world in aa would-be chess match that constantly stalemated.
Of course until now.
[b “Emica Kioko?”] He was suddenly just out of her vision, and seemed to have appeared from around the corner. Sam was a man who appeared to be in his mid-twenties, with a strong jaw, high cheek bones, grey eyes, and medium length ash-brown hair that seemed to be somehow messy and groomed at the same time. At the moment he was wearing a prim and tailor black suit with a red dress shirt underneath. [b “I'm Sam Natas. Pleasure to make your acquaintance, please follow me.”] And he doesn't really give her much of a choice as he begins walking.
It was quiet for a moment as Sam lead Emica through one of the hallways, but soon enough he starts speaking. [b “So, you graduated from college not too long ago and you're already on the market? How fortuitous for me. I definitely would've thought with your education you would be working for your parents business rather than dealing with the likes of me.”] How did he know that? Short answer; he could read surface thoughts among many other things. But it could easily be chocked up to good researching on his company's part. [b “But that is no matter. What you learned in college and those you attended it with are important.”] He stops abruptly and turns on her, now very close to each other, he takes a few steps, backing her in to a closed to and leans down.
[b “I haven't been completely forthright with you, Ms. Kioko.”] His voice was suddenly quiet and gentle as he leaned in closer, the space between them becoming very personal and intimate. [b “You're not here for an interview. I looked at your marks, your attendance, and interview some of your teachers. You're the woman I want...”] He opens the door behind her to reveal a board room. There were many people in it, most of them wearing suits, but some of them in slightly more casual clothes. And there was cameras. Lots and lots of cameras. [b “To be my new Chief Financial Officer. Please beg my pardon for the deception, but I had to make sure you were the correct fit for this company; after all, we only hire the best.”] He places a hand on her shoulder and guides her in to the room, many people standing up and starting to take pictures of the two. He gives them his winning smile and nudges Emica so she will do the same. This wasn't an interview, it was a press conference.
[b “As I had mentioned before,”] Sam pats Emica on the shoulder, addressing the press in front of them. [b “this is my new Chief Financial Officer, Emica Kioko. She's hard working and a perfect candidate for this company. I'm sure my father would be proud of this decision and I know I am more than excited to see how much this company grows with Ms. Kioko.”] With another pat on the shoulder, the press begins bombarding her questions. Like, did she know she was now the youngest female CFO in the world? How did it feel? Was this everything she wanted? What were some of the changes or policies she wanted to implement within the company? How long had she known Sam for?
Sam himself sat back and watched, grinning slightly under a hand scratching at his lip. There was more to this than what meets the eye. There was [i always] more to it with Sam.
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