A Night with the Shadow King
"Cici! Wake up!" I hear someone yell while banging on my door. I groan and pull a pillow over my head, trying to ignore the twenty-one year old boy banging on my door. He only continues to yell and bang on the door until I'm forced to do something about it. I give out another groan as I pull myself off of my bed and drag my feet across the floor to my door. I fling the door open and give Gabe a glare that could kill.
"Who dares awake my slumber?" I growl and he flinches.
"I do, Cici. I need to hear everything. Now," he say, becoming brave.
"This couldn't have waited until I was awake?" I ask irritably.
"Nope. You just went on dates with brothers. We need to talk."
"You had better have a peace offering."
"I made pancakes," he says shyly.
"Fine," I say and we walk to the kitchen. Sitting on the table is a large stack of pancakes, buttered and drenched in syrup. I sit down and chow down on the pancakes, downing them within fifteen minutes, and then wash them down with a large glass of milk. I sigh in delight and slouch in my seat. Gabe looks at me, waiting patiently for me to begin. I sigh and begin to tell of last night, leaving out the part about him telling me that he and his brothers are demon kings. When I'm done he closes his eyes to think, analyzing what I told him.
"This is bad, Cici. This is real bad," he says quietly.
"Both of these brothers clearly like you a lot. You're going to have to ch-"
"There's a third one," I interrupt him. His eyes widen in surprise.
"A third one?! Cici! Who?!"
"Kage, their other brother. I have a date with him tonight..."
He looks at me, mouth gaping open. He moves his mouth to try and talk, but nothing comes out.
"Y-You have three brothers coming after you? What have you done?" he whispers.
"I didn't do anything! They came after me!" I yell. He nods slowly, trying to process what I said. I sigh and stand up, leaving him to think about this nonsense by himself while I go to my room to do my own thinking.
I sit on my bed and stare at my art wall. I look to my three most recent drawings. The first one is the one I drew of Egyn after he was in my dream. The second is the one with Kage standing right inside a cave. The third is one I drew of Amaimon. He's sitting on a tree branch, legs crossed and one hand leaning on the branch while the other holds a lollipop to his mouth. These three boys are demons, I think to myself in awe. Sure, I had known that they were different but I didn't think they would be demons. I sigh and fall back on my bed, staring at the ceiling.
"What am I going to do?" I ask myself, playing with the locket that is constantly around my neck. It's a habit to touch and play with it when I'm thinking. I've had it for a long time, as long as I can remember. Although, I can't remember how I got it. I look at my clock, pulling myself out of my thoughts. It's almost noon, I wonder what time Kage is coming to get me. As if on cue, my phone vibrates to show that I have a new text. I don't recognize the number, but I have a good idea of who it is.
I'll be picking you up around 9. Try to dress in leather, it keeps the wind out. ~Kage
Okay, I reply.
Nine? That's kinda late for a date. And dress in leather to keep the wind out? What are we doing? I wonder.
"Kage is the Demon King of Shadows and Darkness." That's what Egyn had said. I shrug off the thought. It's not like he would hurt me if he was taking me out. I sigh and look at the clock again. What am I supposed to do for nine hours?
Nine hours later and I'm fully rested and ready to go. I had mostly slept until around three. Then I had drawn and watched T.V. until eight when I started to get ready. I had showered and then put on my black leather pants and a white t-shirt with my black leather jacket over it. I had on my knee-high combat boots and my hear was up in a ponytail, my bangs loosely hanging around my face. I had on mascara and eyeliner with some red lipstick and lip gloss. Overall, I looked pretty badass. My phone vibrates and I look at the message.
I'm here. Please hurry, your brother is scaring me ~Kage
"Oh jeez," I mutter and jog out of the house, finding Kage sitting on a black Harley Davidson Breakout and Gabe standing next to him, talking up a storm.
"Hey Kage. Gabe," I say with a glare to Gabe.
Both boys stare at me in surprise. I give them each a confused look.
"Cici, you look," Kage starts.
"Fucking badass," Gabe finishes.
I blush and look at the ground, avoiding their gazes. "Let's just go," I say quietly.
"Hop on," says Kage, patting the seat space behind him. I nod and make my way to the bike. I'm about to get on when Gabe grabs my arm, stopping me.
"You are not getting on that death trap!" he yells, eyes full of concern.
"Gabe, I'll be f-"
"You don't have to worry, I won't let anything happen to her," says Kage with certainty. Gabe seems taken aback at first, but then slowly let's go of my arm with a nod. I sit on the back of the bike, being careful not to let my leg touch the muffler. Kage puts on a helmet and then hands me one. His is full on black while mine is black but with a red, swirly design on the sides. I put the helmet on and he backs out of the driveway. I put my arms around his waist, holding on for dear life as he speeds down the road.
"You okay?" I hear him ask.
"Yeah, I've just never been on a motorcycle before," I say shakily.
"You'll be okay. I promise, I won't let you get hurt," he says sweetly.
I nod my head and loosen my grip on him. Do they all have this effect on me? Making me feel safe?
"So, what are we doing?" I ask.
"Goin to a club," he says smoothly.
"A club? But, your so anti-social."
"Clubs are a different story. They're dark and there's always music blasting out of every speaker. Nobody really pays attention to you, they're either too drunk or too busy grinding on each other. It's one of the only public places I'll go."
"I guess that makes sense," I mumble. I turn my attention to our surroundings. The wind is rushing past us at a high speed, making it a little hard to hear. Kage is going pretty fast, but instead of feeling scared, I feel excited. Speeding down the road on the motorcycle makes my heart beat fast and my adrenaline shoot up, making my body buzz with energy. Suddenly I laugh, making Kage look back for a moment to check on me.
"What's so funny?" he asks, turning his head back to the road.
"Nothing is funny. This is just...amazing!" I say with another laugh.
"Does that mean you aren't scared anymore?" he asks.
"Not at all!" I yell as I throw my arms up, starting to laugh in excitement.
"Be careful! You wouldn't want to fall!" he yells, but he's laughing too so I know he isn't serious.
"Will you catch me if I fall?" I laugh.
The club was full of life when we got there. Music booming throughout the room and people dancing their night away. A couple people are having a drink-off at one of the tables, one of them passing out as we walk by. Kage leads me to the bar on one side of the room, taking a seat at one of the stools. I sit next to him and he orders a couple drinks.
"A beer for me and my date here," he says.
"I'm not old enough to drink," I say. "And I don't think you are either."
"It's cool, just chill. The people here know me, they don't mind if me and my guest drink a little," he says coolly.
"Here ya go, Kage. And one for your girlfriend too," says the bartender, handing us the drinks. He walks away before I'm able to tell him that we aren't dating. I sigh and look at my drink, curious as to what it tastes like.
"Try it," says Kage and then takes a swig of his. I look at the drink in my hand and take a cautious sip. I gag and cough after I swallow the bitter drink.
"That's (cough) terrible!" I say loudly. He laughs at me and takes another swig of his drink.
"You get used to it after a bit," he says. I nod and take another sip. It doesn't taste as bad this time, and soon I've downed the entire drink. I feel a bit of a buzz after the drink is gone, I sway a little in my seat at the feeling.
"You wanna dance?" Kage asks me.
"You bet!" I yell with a drunken smile spreading across my face. He takes my hand and leads me to the dance floor, where we squeeze through the crowd until we've found a space big enough for the two of us. Once there, he lets go of my hand and begins to dance wildly, not seeming to care who sees him. I grin at him and follow his wild movements, throwing my hands in the air with a laugh. The rest of the night goes on like this, with laughing, dancing, and lots of drinking.
When we get back to the house, I'm too drunk to even walk on my own. Somehow, even though he downed as much alcohol as I did, Kage is still able to walk straight and doesn't seem drunk at all.
"'ow are you ot drun?" I ask, or at least try to ask.
"I just have a high tolerance for alcohol I guess," he says as he helps me to the front door.
"Ohhh," I mumble. He stands at the front door as I fumble with keys. Finally, I'm able to unlock the door and he helps me inside to my room. He sets me on my bed and I lay down as he looks around my room.
"Did you draw all of these?" he asks, looking at my art wall.
"You bet," I say.
"They're really good...Is that me?" He's pointing to the picture of the cave.
"Uh huh. And at's Egyn an thas Amaion," I slur and point to the pictures of the other boys.
"Well, they're all really good. I guess I should go," he says and begins to walk out the door before I stop him.
"Wait," I say and he walks back to me.
"Thans for takin me ou," I say and plant a kiss on his lips, pulling back after a few seconds. He blushes and nods before turning around and leaving, giving a quiet "goodnight" as he leaves.
"Goodight!" I yell and let my eyelids shut, falling asleep instantly.