Slavery, 106

The snow was melting, but it was still cold.

“You doing okay?” Ozzy asked, nudging Daniel.

“Hm?” Daniel was running his fingers through some snow on the side of a building, making it fall to the ground in a shower of white dust. It was pretty, until it mixed with the slush on the ground and got gross right away. “Yeah. Just tired.”

Others, 30

“Balls are so weird,” Thomas said, poking Hemi’s. “Why do we have them?”

“We don’t,” said Garrett. “You do.”

“Yeah, yeah,” said Thomas. “I meant ‘we’ like the human race, not ‘we’ like the people in this room.”

“They’re for making babies,” Vinnie put in. He was getting dressed, and trying to decide if he should put smallclothes on. Probably he should, but he didn’t want to, really. He was trying to decide if not wanting to was a good enough reason not to do it.

“I know that,” Thomas scoffed, and Vinnie blushed. Oops. “I’m not three years old. I mean, why isn’t there a different way for us to make babies? One that isn’t so…kickable.”

Chosen One, 91

Thomas had Klaus’s threads on him. So did Neil and Ezekiel, and Samantha and Darla, and Isaac wasn’t done checking all the girls yet because he didn’t share a dorm with them. It was harder to check apprentices and faculty, but Isaac had found strings on one apprentice he didn’t know well named Rita, as well as on Elijah, Audry and two other faculty.

He was everywhere, even more than Isaac had thought he would be. Doing this spell had been a huge mistake. How was Isaac supposed to live his life knowing this about so many people? How was he supposed to spend time with his friends knowing that Klaus could be controlling them, watching him?

He didn’t want to think like that. It had been one thing when he’d known it was Nicholas, because Nicholas was one person. He didn’t want to spend all his time worrying about everyone he met. But he didn’t know how to make himself not think about it now that he knew. Klaus was everywhere.

Chosen One, 84

Isaac flopped down on his bed with a sigh. “Ugh,” he said, to Baker.

Baker whinged, jumped onto the bed with him, and lay down beside Isaac, who smiled and scratched his ears. “Me too, Baker.”

This was Isaac’s last day off to recover from his traumatic experience of being a ghost. Tomorrow he had to go back to class. And even though he was still officially traumatized until tomorrow, he’d spent the whole morning with all his teachers’ apprentices, who’d been catching him up on the stuff he’d been missing. It could have been a lot worse than it had been—he’d been reading ahead in all his classes before he’d passed out, so he’d only missed a little bit, actually. It was a nice feeling, if a little worrying because he wasn’t ahead anymore.

Chosen One, 82

Isaac smiled as he watched Peter and Jacob draw lots to decide which of them was going to fuck him first. They’d both offered the spot to each other, which was very nice of them, and had both seemed insistent that the other take it, but Isaac had been wanting them to fuck him for over two weeks now and he didn’t want to see his boyfriends fight, so he’d suggested this as a solution.

Well, two solutions. Isaac’s contribution at the beginning of the argument had been that they fuck him together, but that had been vetoed. Apparently he was only well enough to take one dick at a time today. Maybe if he did a particularly good job bottoming—which he would—they would realize how dumb that was.

Peter glanced at Isaac just as Jacob was about to pick his, and Isaac gestured, shuffling the lots in the bowl while Jacob reached inside with his eyes shut. He waited for Peter to draw his before either of them looked at them.

Jacob blinked as they showed them. Peter smiled. “Guess that’s that.”

Chosen One, 81

“Now, he’s recovered, but he’s going to be weak for a day or so. I don’t want him doing any… acrobatics. Can you two make sure he behaves?”

“Isaac never behaves,” Peter said, helping Isaac stand, even though Isaac didn’t need help standing. “But yes, we’ll make sure he’s not doing anything too crazy.”

“Good,” said Twila with a nod. “Make sure he eats properly at meals, too. If he suddenly loses his appetite, bring him back.”

“We will,” Jacob promised. “Don’t worry, he’ll be okay with us.”