The Venatori

I walked into my office. I felt like shit. I walked away from Sage and he hadn’t tried to follow me. Dee was probably manipulating him to his side. I flopped down into my office chair and watched as the screen filled with file after file that I didn’t want to deal with.

Ant stood in the door way to my office. I didn’t look up instead closed my eyes and leaned back in the chair, “In or out, Ant.”

He stepped inside and closed the door behind him. “Can I help?”

I sighed and shook my head. “No. I need to call Dorian, and get Jin to schedule a meeting with Asher and I I need to find Rob and see what my client wants to do about the information I gathered. I need to look at all this data Sage sent me. I have to deal with Dee and Sage. I need to speak with Matt. I hate being ”

Ant nodded. “I will get with Jin and schedule appointments with Asher and your client. You call Dorian. Matt will be back from school soon and I’ll have Jin send him in. Dee and Sage I can’t help you with. I will have Cari find an empath to help. Maybe Nick can be of assistance, he understands things a little more than he used to and he’ll understand Dee’s problems better.”

I opened my eyes and looked at my friend. “You help me fix my problems with Dev you don’t have to do this Ant.”

He laughed. “Nox. The biggest challenge I have with protecting you is protecting you from yourself. You take on too much. You feel too much. You are too hard on yourself. I do this to help you, to protect you. It’s my job.”

“You’re job is to keep me safe.”

He shook his head. “No, it’s to protect you. Keeping you safe is only a small portion of it.”

I sighed. “I’m more damaging to myself. Thanks.” I groaned.

Ant chuckled. “I’ll take care of the appointments, you call Dorian. And maybe Margo.”

I nodded. He was right. I had to be an adult now.

I watched the new vampire leave and Ant had a new spring in his step. He was flying high with this new found power. I only hoped it lasted and didn’t fizzle out.

I looked at my computer monitor and groaned but picked up my cell phone and called Dorian. There were a few things I needed to tell him. Something I probably should have gotten to earlier but hadn’t.

My friend and mentor picked up, “Long time since I’ve heard your voice.”

“Hey D. Sadly I’m not just calling to say hi.”

Dorian chuckled. “I didn’t figure you were. What can I do to help you?”

“It’s not help I need so much as I need to pass on information.”

“Okay. Tell me what you’ve heard.”

“Darwynn brought to my attention some rumblings with in the CCB. About ending the Venatori. There have been quiet rumors about bombs at places, causing dissension among the ranks. Things like that.”

Dorian sighed. “Not much I can do about that. That’s rumor and my word means nothing if I mention your name.”

“So don’t mention my name.” I said.

Dorian laughed. “Nox, information like that only comes from one person.”

“Me.” I sighed.

“On the nose. There has been more trouble with the supernatural since you left. But there is less and less hunts coming in, do you know anything about it?”

I grinned. “Not a thing. The only thing I’ve done is help with vampire problems. Dom and Adrian have been dealing internally with rogue wolves. The CCB is really all you are dealing with. Everyone else is afraid I’ll send Il Cane after them.”

Dorian laughed. “Do you have Il Cane on a lease?”

“No. I’m tied to her son though.”

“How’s that?”

“Magic.”

Dorian sighed, “Fine, don’t tell me.”

“No really. Magic. It’s hard to explain Dorian.”

“My next appointment is here, Nox. I have to go. Don’t be a stranger.” Dorian said before he hung up with no good-bye.

Dorian couldn’t do much with the information but I wasn’t sure what I had expected him to do but someone there knew now. It was on them if they didn’t take action. I hoped Dorian told my father and my father listened. Or his father. But probably not the Venatori didn’t ever see reason.

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