A Puppet

The last match lasted an hour. Ant won – he always won. But that was mostly because he had more advantages over Ryan and I. Ant walked me home the normal way. He didn’t try to make me chat. He didn’t push just walked with me. Ant walked with me up the stairs. “You know, I think I get more exercise knowing you than I did in the 800 years before.”

I grinned. “It’s good for you. Keeps that heart rate up.”

“Yeah, like I need that.” Ant laughed.

“Thanks.”

Ant clapped my on the shoulder, “No thanks necessary. We are always here for you.”

“You know they say I’m Il Cane’s puppet.” I sighed.

“I had heard that rumor.” Ant smiled. “Mother finds it amusing. She once said that I followed on your heels so I could have that notoriety.”

“You follow me?” I laughed.

“I think it’s funny as well. But I have followed you. Mother says it’s some kind of sick obsession. But I think it has more to do with the power I drank the first time.”

I grinned. “You only like me for my power. I see how it is.”

Ant grinned and draped his arm around me as we headed out the door of the landing of my floor. “Oh there is more to you than power I like.”

“I’d say it’s my body but you’ve not seen me naked.”

“Oh I’ve seen enough to know you don’t have the curves I love.”

I laughed. “Thank you.”

He grinned at me. “Of course. I do love the banter most of all. The only one who gets me better than you is Ry, and that’s only because we’ve known each other so long.”

I shrugged. “I’m just good that way.”

“Ry, enjoys when you come around as well. Mother lets him hang out more these past five years since we met you. You’ve changed our lives, Nox.”

“You’ve changed mine too.” I said. “I have a job to do in the morning, therapy and then a date.”

“Don’t stress over it, Nox.”

“I’ll try.”

“You want me to stay? Keep the nightmares away?”

I shook my head. “I don’t think you spending the night is any better than you biting me. Let’s keep it normal friends not what we are till Alex gets used to things.”

“You think he will?” Ant asked as he closed the door behind me. Ophelia hissed at him and he hissed back. Fee hissed louder and Ant growled baring his fangs at her.

Ophelia archerd her back then leaped at Ant and the vampire caught her with one hand then pulled her close and nuzzled her against the neck. Fee purred louder than she did when Sage picked her up. Fee loved my friends. I think it was because I trusted them.

Ant blew me a kiss then set Fee down on the counter. “Give her some milk for me. Call me if you need anything Nox.”

“Thanks again.” I said as I went to the fridge to get Fee a bowl of warm milk. Ant spoiled her and I might as well do what she liked. It made things a little more bearable.