Spell me Once-Book 1--Spell me series

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What happens when you take a Witch and a Vampyre and drop them in Houston? You get a whole lot of Comedy, Mystery, and a whole lot of Paranormal Fun. Everything seemed to be going well with Thaddeus and Millicent, until they have a meeting that will change their lives and could possibly take their lives. Thaddeus and Millicent, with their new powers, are taken out of the only home they have ever known, or could remember. They are plopped down into hell, literally. It's a fight against demons, rogue werewolves, rogue vampyre's, and sometimes their own House. They do everything with style... Thaddeus's style. With a lot of Mystery, Comedy and Paranormal fun. In between fighting the rouges and demons they have to find a traitor or traitors. It won't be easy, but they are finding out it can be done....with the right people..

Fantasy / Mystery
Stormie Stafford
4.0 11 reviews
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Chapter 1

I was laying on the bed holding Millicent, not wanting to sleep because of my nightmares. I have had the same nightmare over and over ever since my parents death. The smell of blood, smoke, and death all around me. I tried to see through the smoke, but I couldn’t see anything. I have never been able to see, I could only feel the pain and loss of my mother, father, and my siblings.

I’m a Vampyre and my name is Thaddeus. I don’t remember becoming a Vampyre, not one single bit. I kind of remember my parents telling us kids to not tell anyone what we are. I guess that’s why I never talked about it until the Vampyre Council Leader came and got me after the death of my family, moving me to Romania.

Yeah, I said Romania. Imagine: Vampyres in Romania, who would have thunk it?

When I first met Millicent I was afraid I would scare her. I’m a big man, standing at six-foot-eight while Millicent stands at five-foot-nothing. When anyone asked Millicent how she wasn’t afraid of me she would just shake her head and laugh.

I told my friends I robbed the cradle when Millicent started dating me. I begged them to tell Millicent that, but they are smarter than I am. I’m still hoping they will slip up and say it to her.

Millicent is a Witch, a very powerful one. She’s an elemental Witch and not just any one element either. She can control earth, wind, water, and fire.

She’s one scary witch.

Millicent and I woke up to the alarms going off. I pulled a pair of pants on, gave Millicent a quick kiss, and ran for the doors. I didn’t know what to expect but I wasn’t worried about it.

Wizard looked up. “Thaddeus, there are two rogue werewolves in the doorway, can you get to them?”

I didn’t answer, I just ran and took the heads off both rogue werewolves in one swing.

"Yeah, kinda like that,” Wizard said sarcastically.

"Are there any more?” I asked Wizard.

“By the back doors. The kids are on it,” he rolled his eyes, “not.”

I was walking/running sideways down the hall--a hallway built for raids in mind; meaning it was narrow and built for a normal sized person--I’m not a normal sized person.

I walked out the door and saw the kids fighting as I taught them. Back to back and with teamwork. I looked around, sizing up the situation quickly.

The rogue werewolves saw me and spread out, almost making a perfect circle.

I quickly came up with a plan and implemented said plan. I jumped right into the middle of the rogues, pulling my sword out of its back sheath as I teleported my knife into my other hand.

The rogue werewolves were looking at me as if I was crazy. Who in their right mind would jump right into the middle of all of them?

Me, that’s who.

The rogues spread out more and came after me. I threw my knife at one who was trying to get away and pulled my sword high, getting a two-handed grip on the hilt as I spun around in a circle--almost like a ballet move--just not as graceful. I took all of their heads in one swing.

I now had five more rogue werewolves in a circle around me. “What?” I yelled sarcastically. “Didn’t learn from the other five of you?”

The only answer I got back was a loud growl.

I don't think they like me.

I knew I couldn’t use the same move, but I could make them think I was.

Smart they are not.

I pulled my sword high again and started a spin, ending up on my knee as they ducked, taking all five of their heads.

I stood up and dusted off the knee of my pants and looked up to check on the kids. All the kids were staring at me with their mouths almost touching the ground. I winked at them and headed inside, hearing all their comments about wanting to learn the move I just made.

Now maybe they would believe me when I said I was over eight-hundred-years-old and a soldier for most of those years.

As soon as I walked into our rooms, Millicent jumped up and gave me a kiss, dropping back down to the floor.Are you okay?” She asked as she handed me a sealed note. “You got a notice from our Leader.”

"I’m okay,” I said absently as I opened the letter and frowned. I didn’t want to have a meeting with our Leader, but I had to go. I could never figure out why the Council appointed our Leader to this House.

The Council was made up of Vampyres, Witches, Were' animals, and Ghosts, all putting their input and voting for the newest Leaders and voting out the problem Leaders.

Of course, I had to complain to myself about being bored, hence the order to meet with the Vampyre Council Leader. Be careful what you wish for and don’t ever say you’re bored, because the Fates are always listening. I just had to open my big mouth, even if it was only me talking to myself, I thought.

Yay me!

I headed to the office of my Vampyre Council Leader. I was nervous and sweating, feeling as if I had been called into the Principal’s office--which wasn’t far off. Alright, dummy, get there and fast,” I said to myself.

My brain knew I needed to get there, but my feet were not wanting to go. As I got to the office door, I took a deep breath, I didn’t need, and knocked on the door.

“Thaddeus, come in. We need to talk,” the Vampyre Council Leader said.

As Thaddeus sat down, the Vampyre Council Leader decided to plunge ahead and see how he would react. He may not be sure of this decision, but he would not turn away from it. “The Council has decided we need to seek outside of our country.”

“That means what?” I asked jumping to my feet as I started pacing. I wasn’t sure what was going on, but I was sure I wouldn’t like it. Anytime I was called into the office it was sure to be a bad day.

“This means, we will be setting up our Houses in other countries, other cities, and with ‘others’,” he said and shrugged.

“Other clans?” I asked grimacing as I sat back down. “What does this mean?”

“This means, we will be setting up our Houses in other countries,” he said. “Yes! We will be working with ‘others.’” He noticed Thaddeus was trying not to ask questions, for once in his life.

“Well, shit!” I said with feeling. I jumped out of my seat and started pacing again. I was thinking so hard I almost missed my Vampyre Council Leaders next words.

“We have lived in our own country and House for so long we don’t see outside of it. We need to be separated from this House.”

“Why do we need to leave our House for? We do good work here,” I stated. “Aren’t there any Vampyres outside this country to work with ‘others’, to control our kind, and kill the rouges?”

He didn’t understand Thaddeus. He should be wanting to help with whatever needed to be done, but he was balking—at everything. What was wrong with the boy? You would think he would want to leave. “Yes, there are other Vampyres in the United States, but they are not us. We need to do this to keep us and the human’s safe.”

“What do the Vampyres care about the humans? The Vampyre Hunters have killed more of our kind than any of the ‘others’ have. And still we have groups hunting us,” I asked somewhat sarcastically.

“We care because our kind—who have turned rogue—are killing the humans,” the Vampyre Council Leader said slamming his hand on his desk as he stood up. “We have to get on top of this or we are going to be wiped out. Every Vampyre, every Pride and every ‘other’!”

I knew I was going to hate this meeting I was ordered to attend,” I said as I sat.

The side doors opened and all the Council Leaders, from every other paranormal species, walked in.

“Great,” I said nervously. I don't know why I was nervous. I was friends with most of them. I guess I was picking up on my Council Leaders feelings. He hated all of them, but I could never figure out why.

“Look around you, Thaddeus, this is why we find our own and take care of them,” the Vampyre Council Leader said harshly. “We are becoming the dying species and the humans are becoming stronger.”

My Vampyre Council Leader was mad and I didn’t want to be on the receiving end of that kind of mad. I did the only thing I could think of doing...

“What can I do to help?”

“Everyone take a seat and we will see what kind of agreement we can come to.”

The other Leaders looked at each other, shrugged their shoulders and sat.

“If I had not seen it, I would have never believed it. I need to quit talking to myself or I may be sent to perdition sooner than I want,” I mumbled under my breath.

I looked up and froze. Lookie here, I got the look no one wants to get from their Leader.

“Let’s see what we can work out, without mumbling to ourselves, out loud,” he said scowling.

“Yes, sir, I will try,” I said not meeting his eyes.

“What we need to think about is where to go outside our countries, cities, and townships,” the Council Leader said.

A big guy stood up. I didn’t mean fat, I meant tall and solid. “My name is Brute. The weres’ need to be surrounded by woods so my Pride will be able to run.”

“Brute? It sure fit,” I mumbled then looked up and froze. “Damn! Sorry, sorry,” I said quickly. I knew if I didn’t quit mumbling I was a goner or...

A stain on the floor.

I was getting murderous looks by my Vampyre Council Leader and the Leader of the Prides.

I ducked my head in submission, knowing this would calm the Leader of the Prides and my Leader.

The Ghost Leader was floating around making me dizzy. I wasn’t the only one who was watching her.

“Can the ghosts and goblins alight somewhere? This Council does not want to worry about watching our backs at every moment of this meeting,” the Vampyre Council Leader said as he scowled at the Leader of the Ghosts.

After eighteen hours in a meeting, I now knew more about the ‘other’ Leaders than I wanted. The Pride Leaders were ferocious eaters of raw or barely cooked meat. My Council Leader drank more bagged blood when he was stressed, and I was having a hard time staying awake.

The Leader of the Ghosts said, “I’m sorry, sir, but we need to leave. It’s too hard for us to stay solid after so many hours.”

I was under the impression they stayed, even when we couldn’t see them. It worried me, but I didn’t understand why. It wasn’t as if they made me feel threatened. It was just the opposite, I felt protected, which didn’t make sense to me.

I was asked to get one of the witches to cast a spell. I was very happy to leave the meeting. Happy to find my witch. Yes, my witch, my girlfriend, and wife. Although no one else knew of the marriage, considering Millicent had spelled those thoughts.

I hoped.

I teleported to our rooms, standing back and watching Millicent. I was waiting on her to notice me. It was a game we played. Well, it was a game to Millicent, but a training exercise for me. I wanted her to learn to feel someone in the room with her, to open all her senses.

Millicent finally noticed me and ran to me. “Thaddeus!” Millicent accosted me, sounding like a tape recorder on fast forward. “Are you done with the meeting? Can you tell me anything about it? Please tell me something.”

I had to stop a minute and get my bearings. “No. The meeting is not over,” I said frowning. “Wait, why are you here? You are the highest-ranking witch and you needed to be at the meeting. The Vampyre Council Leader wants a protection spell on the meeting.”

Millicent started picking up her books and putting them away.“I didn’t want to be there,” she mumbled, not looking at me.

"The ghosts and goblins disappear and then pop up like Jack O’ lanterns,” I said.

Millicent started laughing. She went on for a while, at least in my book.

I glared at her. “What? Why are you laughing at me?”

“My dear, it’s called Jack in the box.” She was wondering if this meeting was making Thaddeus grumpy. It must be, he was never grumpy.


Now she had to go, and she would be with grumpy, sleepy and sometimes with dopey. That wasn’t true and was very unkind of her.

“Of course, I needed to be at the meeting. I hid when it started. I didn’t want to be there, for at least twenty-four-hours,” she said grimacing. “I didn’t want to be at the meeting, but—”

“You are so sneaky. I wish I would have thought of that.”

She rushed back to me. “You poor baby, did you get into trouble for talking to yourself again?”

“Damn it! I have to get a hold on this.”

“I can cast a spell on you for twenty-four-hours or whenever you leave the Meeting Room.”

“You never told me you could do a spell for my mumbling,” I said.

“So, I keep secrets and you keep secrets,” she said and shrugged. “Give me a second and I will help you live longer. I have hidden long enough, I guess.”

She stuffed a few magical conduits into the pockets of her cloak. Chalk, candles, and rings to store magic.

“Of course, you did,” I mumbled. Where did she put all her aides? Her pockets weren’t that deep. I guess that was why it was called magic.

She looked at me. I could tell she wanted to laugh but was trying hard not to. “Huh? I thought you were a powerful witch. You heard me.”

“I have started the spell, I didn’t say I wasn’t going to hear you or have some fun, too,” she said as she walked out the door.

I ran to catch up with her. “I know I am fast, but she is getting faster,” I mumbled.

Of course, Millicent laughed at me, once again. At least my mood was better and so was hers. If Millicent ever imploded everyone of us were in trouble.

We walked into the Meeting Room and the men went silent as they all stood and stared at Millicent.

I attempted to stare the men down.

Imagine my surprise when it didn’t work.

“Hello, everyone, my name is Millicent. I am the highest ranking witch of this House and I’ll be joining you in a minute.”

She set up the protection spell and turned to everyone. “The Ghosts and Goblins will be revealed in three, two, one.”

She was right on the money.

I tried the menacing look again. Nope.

When Millicent sat down, the men sat.

“You and I are going to talk, my witchy witch,” I mumbled.

I found out not only could Millicent hear my mumbling, so could my Vampyre Council Leader.

“Crap,” we said at the same time.

The Vampyre Council Leader was looking at both of us—like we were next on the menu—which I’m sure was not an exaggeration.

“Give me a moment and you won’t hear that I have picked up Thaddeus’s bad habits,” she said looking at me and shrugging her shoulders, like what was she supposed to say?

I glared at her. Didn’t work on her either.

“That indeed would be an excellent idea,” our Leader stated.

“It is done,” she said.

He stared at me until I looked down. I didn’t want trouble.

“Maybe we can get some work done,” he mumbled.

He gave me a hard look and Millicent a nod.

Millicent nodded her head at our Leader and the spell was done. He couldn’t hear our mumbling, but we could hear his.

Brute stood up. “I will work with Millicent anytime.”

Millicent waved her hand and Brute was a plastic army guy.

The Vampyre Council Leader stared hard at Millicent, nodding his head toward Brute.

She sighed and waved her hand, Brute was back to his big hulking size.

He was staring daggers at Millicent. His face was red, and I was worried about him. Him, not Millicent, which should tell you a lot about her power.

“I don’t think you want to mess with our witch, Brute. She is very powerful. You were very lucky she didn’t shrink a part or parts of you instead of all of you. Right, Millicent?”

Millicent nodded and gave Brute a look, one I have never seen before. It was truly terrifying. It was a look that I was glad was not directed at me, then she was back to my witch.

“You have a lot of secrets, my witch,” I said.

“I believe I am up to date on my House gossip. Millicent is dating Thaddeus and has been for a while now, Brute.” he said, saying Brute's name hard. “Am I up to date on the House gossip?”

Millicent and I looked at each other and slid down in our chairs, hoping to fall through the floor.

Because that would happen in this lifetime, right?

“We are in agreement for our location? Be sure of the people you send. This will be new, and we will be policing our own, but we will police each other’s, too. Are we agreed?”

“Wait, we have decided where some are going? I wasn’t gone that long, I know I wasn’t,” I said indignantly.

“Yes, we have decided. I will talk to you later, Thaddeus.”

“Double shit!” I so eloquently commented.

“Alright, check on who you want to send and get back to me as soon as possible. We need to do this quickly before it all becomes a blood bath—-for us,” the Vampyre Council Leader said.

Everyone filed out of the Meeting Room, while Millicent and I were desperately trying to flee as fast as we could.

Too bad the door was jammed up.

“Thaddeus and Millicent, stay here. I need to talk to you two.”

“Oh great!” Millicent and I mumbled.

Millicent and I stayed exactly like we were. You did not want to make this Vampyre Council Leader mad.

“Thaddeus, I have been watching you and Millicent.”

Millicent and I seemed to hold our breaths. I had shared blood with Millicent and I knew she was changing, somewhat.

Okay, a whole lot.

“Is this room still spelled, Millicent?”

Millicent nodded her head once. “I figured since we are both here it was prudent that no one heard our conversation?”

“Good,” he said.

I could see the wheels turning in Millicent’s mind. She has always been smart and figured out problems quickly.

“I have seen the changes in our little witch. I wasn’t sure if I was going to have to kill you two for going against our laws. I have watched, but I have studied our old tombs, too.” He pulled out a tomb and waved us over to sit around him.

We stayed very still hoping he wouldn’t notice us.

“Get over here! I’m not going to eat you,” he said angrily. He couldn’t blame them, but he didn’t have time for foolishness.

“Look what I found in the old tombs, from the very beginning,” he said.

He started reading the tomb and hoped Thaddeus understood what he was reading. He knew Millicent would understand.

“Every seven-hundred-years, or when the Fates intervene, there are two Champions. One male and one female, who are fated to be as one. The couple will be blessed by the Fates, sharing their powers, whether they be vampyre, witch, were’ animal, or wizard. These couples will be called Champions, for they are Champions of the human and supernatural world. Blessed be the Champions.”

Millicent and I sat down and looked at each other, dazed.

Now do you understand why I left you as you are?” he asked.

We were so astounded that we neither talked nor mumbled. We looked at each other and the Vampyre Council Leader.

Millicent, always brave, asked, “Did I hear right? I’m part Witch and part vampyre?”

“And that means, I am part Vampyre and part witch?” I asked.

The Vampyre Council Leader nodded yes.

“How is this possible?” I asked. “Wait, I can cast spells, too?” I was very pleased with this notion. I could do what she could.



“Yes, you can. With practice, and you will get a lot of practice,” our Council Leader said, “You will need this training before you move to a new House.”

Millicent looked at me with tears in her eyes.

“What about Millicent,” I demanded, swallowing hard. I was not leaving her.

Nope. Not at all.

“Millicent will be going to the same House as you,” he said.

“You both will be going to Houston. You will be sharing Leadership with Millicent, Thaddeus.”

“Oh,” Millicent and I said together, not having a big vocabulary at the time.

“Houston is in the new world, in Texas of all places,” I stated badly.

“Not so new,” the Vampyre Council Leader said.

“Why Houston?” Millicent asked.

“It is the city where the most problems are,” he said. “I believe you two will benefit from this move.”

“If I am a Witch/vampyre does that mean I will never age or age more slowly?” Millicent asked.

He shrugged. “You will never age any more than you are now.”

Millicent and I blinked at the Vampyre Council Leader.

She grabbed my hand and smiled. We had been worried Millicent would age and I would lose her or her me. This was the best news we could have.

“I think you are both in a little bit of shock.”

“Yes, I think we are,” I mumbled.

“Now do you see why I wanted this meeting spelled?” he asked.

“This is the best news we could get,” I said cheerfully.

“Why Houston?” Millicent asked. Her curiosity was getting the best of her. Why there? They could have been sent anywhere in the last few years. A lot of people were.

“How are Millicent and I suppose to fit in and not get killed by the Vampyre Hunters?” I asked.

“Movies,” the Vampyre Council Leader said grimacing.

“Movies? Really? This will help us?” Millicent asked, thinking he was kidding or losing his mind. She noticed he sidestepped the reason why. She would have to remember to ask him again, or maybe not. He was staring at her and she had a feeling he knew what she was thinking.

“Yes, movies, Millicent,” he stared at her defiantly, “not only are you going to look at movies, but you are going to teach each other your own tricks and spells.”

“What tricks? Thaddeus, you know tricks?”

“I have a few tricks up my sleeve,” I drawled.

“This has not been done in over a thousand years. I don’t want the other Houses, Prides, or ‘others’ to know right now. Being True Mates will ensure there are no problems.

“True Mates?” I said stunned.

True Mates were mates who were made to be with each other, or they would not have any powers. The only way you could get your powers back is if the Fates deemed you worthy.

Millicent’s eyes filled with tears. She was doing her best not to cry, but she was excited and nervous.

I did what any man/Vampire/witch would do.

I got down on one knee and asked Millicent to marry me. It wasn’t one of the best proposals, but I had seen it done in a movie and thought it was good.

Millicent looked at me and I got worried she would say no. She was hugging and kissing me before I realized she was in my lap or had moved.

“Mm, I guess I did that right,” I mumbled happily.

The Vampyre Council Leader handed me a ring to give to Millicent. I was so surprised, that I almost didn’t move, then I remembered the movie I had seen. I put the ring on Millicent’s finger before she could see.

I hoped.

“Everyone will celebrate your engagement with a wedding at midnight tonight,” our Leader announced.

Millicent huffed. “I can’t get a wedding dress made in that time. Nor can I get my family here by then,” Millicent said displeased. The men didn’t understand how a wedding had to be planned. It took time to do everything right. She needed a wedding dress, flowers for her hair, help setting...

“We will just have to see what we can get quickly,” the Vampyre Council Leader said.

The door opened and Millicent’s family walked in.

“Momma, how did you know I was going to be married tonight?” She had no idea how her mother knew.

Millicent’s mother, Wilma, looked at the Vampyre Council Leader and smiled. She knew the marriage was for the best and couldn’t agree more.

Millicent remembered she had spelled the room and they had traipsed all over her spell.

“Daughter, did you think that I couldn’t overpower your spell? I couldn’t talk to the Vampyre Council Leader without you knowing?” Wilma stated more than asked.

Millicent nodded yes, looking at her mother, sister, and cousins.

“Well, humph! Who taught you, child?” Wilma asked.

“Well, damn!"Millicent mumbled, then ran to her family. She was hugging her family and not thinking about her strength. She was happy they were here for her.

“Uh, Millicent, you might not want to not hug your mother to death,” I said nervously, shuffling from foot to foot.

“Oh, Momma, I am so sorry. I forget about my strength now,” she said and flushed. “Oops.”

Millicent and I couldn’t quit looking at each other. We loved each other and couldn’t wait to start our journey together, plus we were still a little shocked and it showed.

How was I so lucky to have this woman in my life forever? I didn’t care, I wanted a long life with her.

She couldn’t quit smiling. She would be Thaddeus’s wife tonight, again. And to top that off she was also a Witch/vampyre. She was in a fog or a fairy tale. She already knew Thaddeus was a prince among men.

“Let’s get you out of the Meeting Room and ready for your wedding, in my room,” Wilma tossed out behind her to me and the Vampyre Council Leader. “That means you don’t come with us, Thaddeus.”

“Okay,” I said, drawing it out.

Wilma, Millicent, and the Vampyre Council Leader looked at me with one eyebrow raised.

I held up my hand to show I wasn’t dumb. “Okay, okay, I got it.”

As soon as the door was shut, I asked, “What just happened?”

“I believe your fiancée is either getting ready for the wedding, or more than likely running.”

“Ha-ha. Where did you learn the word fiancée?” I asked.

I was surprised that he would know the word. As far as I knew, he had never been married. At least I had never seen him with anyone unless it was his girlfriend of the day.

“I watch movies, too,” he mumbled, then looked shocked. “Oh! I forgot you could hear me.”

“Yep, and I must say, it is refreshing to hear you mumble.”

I got the look, sneer, and the snarl.

“Let’s get out of here so the spell will break and we can have own thoughts,” he said.

I readily agreed, but then I turned around and almost got flattened. “What I am going to wear to my wedding?”

“That’s why you are coming with me to get ready since we seem to watch the same movies.”

“Or your physic,” I mumbled.

He nodded, then grimaced as if it hurt to give info out.

“Holy Moly,” I choked out.

We ran to the door, the Vampyre Council Leader right behind me, almost running me over.

We ran into his rooms and he spelled them quickly. He knew Thaddeus was about to ask questions. He also knew what the first question would be.

“Am I going to become physic too when I become a Vampyre Council Leader?” I somberly asked.


“Yes, you are, as is Millicent. You two will share everything that comes with becoming a Vampyre Council Leader. The strength, the speed and being physic,” he explained. “It will help in keeping your house in order.”

I nodded. I needed his help and wanted to be a good Leader. Hopefully, I learned quickly.

“Thaddeus, you will be the Vampyre Council Leader and Millicent will be the Co-Vampyre Leader,” he stated. “You will have a short time to learn what you need to learn.”

“How short of time?”

He grimaced. “A month.”

“How am I supposed to learn all I need to learn in that short of time?” I asked.

“Learn quickly?” he said.

“Was that a question?”

“More like a suggestion.”

“I won’t have a honeymoon.” I was frustrated and everything was moving too fast and it worried me. Why so quick?

“That is why I have already been grooming you for a while in your duties. You two will have to work hard, and you will have to have your honeymoon in Houston,” he said.

I bowed my head to him. A sign of respect and acknowledgment of his wisdom.

“Just to let you know, my name is Lee Troy, but do not use my given name, unless we are in a spelled room.”

I looked up so fast I was lucky my head didn’t snap off. I was very surprised and felt as if I was being trusted with great responsibility. I couldn’t believe he told me his name.

“All Leaders know each other’s names. We do not ever tell our House. Your name, Thaddeus, will not be shared,” he looked at me straight on and raised an eyebrow, “it can be used in all matter of spells and summons.”

“Is that why I am going to Houston? So no one will know my name?” I mean, our names?” I asked.

The Vampyre Council Leader, Lee Troy, nodded once.

I knew this was all the information I was going to get at this time. If he started with just one-word answers it was a sign that he was done talking.

“Okay, what am I wearing?” I asked hesitantly.

“The suit right on the door," he said pointing behind him. "If you don’t like it, we can get you something else. Do you like it?”

“Let me try it on, then I will tell you,” I said quickly.

I walked into the outer rooms. I had time on my hands or brain, and I was thinking about the reasons why. Why were we headed to Texas this quick? Who was going to be in our House? And could we please not have Brute in our House?

I decided Lee Troy had been working with me so much he knew I could handle the move.

I changed quickly and walked back into the room with Lee Troy.

“What do you think? I feel like a gangster. Well, all suits make me look like a gangster or a thug,” I said.

Lee Troy walked around Thaddeus. He checked out the suit very carefully. He knew how touchy he was about clothing. He was a big man and it was hard to fit him.

“You don’t look like a gangster. I know it is hard to find suits to fit you, but this one looks good.”

“Okay, I guess I’m ready. I need to brush my hair and braid it again. It shouldn’t take long at all,” I said.

“Can you do your hair on your own?” he asked, knowing it would not be easy. Thaddeus’s hair nearly dragged the floor. He had heard a couple of men call him a girl—once. It never happened again. He guessed Thaddeus would tell him if he needed help, or not. God help us. Crazy kid.

“I am going to change. Finish your hair, and hopefully, we will be done at the same time,” he said as he walked into his room shaking his head. He was worried about Thaddeus going to Houston. But Houston he was a-going. At least it would be quieter around here, he thought.

He finished before Thaddeus, of course. “What are you doing, primping like a girl?”

“Millicent always braided my hair, since it’s at my ankles now. I couldn’t get the very bottom done, think you could help me? If not, I will have to leave the bottom as it is.”

“Come in here and I will try. I haven’t braided hair in a long time, so we will see. If not, I will get someone, even if it’s Millicent sister.”

A little before midnight, my hair was braided, pretty well, and I was ready to marry Millicent, again. At least this time it would be before family and friends. She would get to wear a wedding dress and pledge her love. Even though I didn’t need the words again, she did.

I was nervous and checked to make sure I was zipped up and presentable. I realized I checked everything, three times, at least, possibly more. I was ready, as much as I could be, and I was sweating.

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