Dahlia smiled when Zach pulled her against him and she nodded a bit. His next bit made her smile linger a bit longer than it would have, and once he let her go she mumbled to herself, "Wouldn't have taken much talking." She grabbed a couple of pans and started cooking not long after that, but the next thing that came to mind, she couldn't keep in. After she put the steak in the pan, she walked over to their fridge, offering a look to Zach as he spoke. He brought up good points, and she turned a bit to both cut up the vegetables that she had selected out of the fridge and to hide the small smile at what he said about Joe. She couldn't help it, he'd been so hard-headed at first about Joe and Rose, but since he had started warming up to the idea of it... It had gotten funny from time to time.
Still, he had brought up good points, and she slid the cut vegetables into the other pan and turned it to medium low heat before he asked her what she thought on it. She paused a second and turned to see Poppy had moved closer to Zach's feet and was chewing on the bear again. She seemed so content, and she shook her head before she lost herself in her thoughts.
"I mean, I don't see or feel anything off with them, but that doesn't stop me from worrying." she said, "I don't think they're a danger to us, their auras would have shown that much while we there, but..." her voice trailed off and she sort of looked at the floor. "I don't know. It's hard to describe."
She turned a second and stirred the vegetables and flipped the steaks over before she spoke again. "I guess my guardian half is just being over-protective because of Hoyt. I know how uncomfortable he is about witches, and I don't think it'd be a good idea to put us all in a concentrated place like that. I mean, it's got it's advantages, but I'd rather avoid the drama all together."
She started plating the food when it was done and she placed a plate in front of Zach and placed her plate down at the seat beside his. "But, I suppose it'll get discussed soon enough." She said, walking over and getting some silverware before she sat down, feeling Poppy move to plop her head down on her feet. She reached down and gave her head a gentle pat before she looked at Zach. "If it's not done enough, let me know, I'll cook it a little longer."
Sal was glad to finally be laying down, and it was even better to have Willow there. She had become a huge part in his wind down from visions that he couldn't remember what it had been like to deal with them without her now. After he had placed the kiss to the top of her head, he heard her ask if he was feeling any better and he nodded. "A little, I'll definitely be better in the morning. Just need some rest is all."
It didn't take too long after she gave his shoulder some sleepy kisses for him to hear her breath soften to signal she was asleep. Sal just let himself smile, and he closed his eyes and focused on the softness of her breath and he could feel his consciousness fading away as he listened to her breathe. His mind became active the moment he had fallen asleep though, his subconscious trying to work through the bit of the vision that he had decided to let Sal remember in the morning.
The coy look that crossed Billie's face spoke volumes. "Maybe, but you know where it'll be when you go looking for it." she chuckled a bit. She could feel his eyes on her when she traded the towel for his shirt. It wasn't long before they were sitting on her bed and when he told her he got the blood out of her hair, aside from maybe the tips she sighed. "Thank fucking Lucifer. Blood plus blonde hair equals pain in the ass to get out."
When he kissed her back, she couldn't help but to smile and at his answer, she just smiled. Pretty soon they were sitting positioned in one of many ways that they usually did when they were just sitting up in bed talking. Her legs had found their way over his and she could feel him rubbing them. His touch was cool, which she didn't mind, but soon she found herself looking over him to make sure he wasn't hurt. Relief flooded over her when he had assured her he hadn't gotten hurt, and she just smirked and leaned over and kissed him.
Oh, obviously she wasn't about to get away either, not with the way he'd pinned her down and she just giggled a bit into their kiss once she felt the pressure of his hands on her hips. She couldn't exactly help that, it was a weird sort of spot that both tickled and got her a little... hot. She finally managed to get her hand on his chest and pushed him up a second before she moved her head to look at the light switch and she watched as it moved down, turning off the lights, before she moved her arms around his neck and started kissing him again.
Lia was glad to see that both of her daughters were returning to a sense of normal, and it made her smile a bit. She stifled a bit of a yawn before she looked in the freezer. She laid out some things for breakfast in the morning, and she walked back over and took her own seat by her girls. "Well, he suggested blue or white. I know he likes blue pansies, so we could try those, and maybe find something to compliment them." she said, and she looked over the guest list.
She gave Kat a look, hearing Aless giggle at her notion. "They'd have a party all their own!" she laughed, but soon she caught her mother's look. "Maybe not." she gave Kat a quick nod, but then she heard Lia laugh.
"We don't have to separate them entirely, just put Checkov in the middle of them. Then they can't get too wild until everything is in full swing anyway." she said, and Aless chuckled and wrote down the names on the diagram. "Oh, and put Helena, Lucas, and Izzy at that table too. Should round it out pretty well. And Cass will want to sit next to Izzy."
"Got it." Aless said, writing down a few things. "What about the other elders that are coming? I know we can't mix some of the South with Checkov's."
It had been about a good twenty minutes of making seating arrangements before Lia let out a loud yawn. "Mom..." Aless said, looking at her. "Why don't you go to bed? I'm sure you're tired, and you did use a lot of magic. We can always pick up in the morning."
Lia gave a nod, and when she went to grab the things, Aless put her hand over them. "We'll put them up." Aless said, and Lia nodded, giving both Kat and Aless a kiss on their cheeks.
"Don't be up too late." she said to them, and she stretched a bit. She headed back to her and Mitch's bedroom and she walked over to her dresser and started mumbling to herself. "No, those will be too warm." she grumbled, finally settling on a pair of pajama pants and a tank top before she went and hopped in a shower. When she got out and got ready for bed, she placed her clothes in the hamper and started mumbling to herself again.
"Okay, after breakfast I have to do laundry." she whispered to herself, walking over to her dresser and laying out her clothes for the next day. "Then I'll need to figure out dinner, do some pruning in the garden, get those herbs that are ready and start getting those ready for compounds and stuff..." she trailed off a bit and she finally climbed into bed. She saw the book on his chest and she carefully lifted it and marked his page, placing it on her bedside table as to not wake him too much. She placed a kiss to his cheek before she cuddled up to him. "Good night." she mumbled, sleepily before she fell asleep against him.
Aless watched as Lia walked out of the room and she turned to Kat. She made sure that Lia was totally gone before she spoke. "Okay, so Cass sent back a letter, she's totally game for surprising mom a little early. She was going to try and see if Izzy would come in early too. You really think that it will help mom out to have them around?" Aless asked. The two had hatched the plan a few weeks ago when Lia started really stressing out about how close the wedding was. It was just a couple of weeks away now, and it wasn't hard to tell she was stressing out a lot over it.
Of course, the two had gotten it approved through Mitch too, who seemed to think it was a good idea. Plus then Cass would be in for their mom's birthday, even if she did miss Kat's. Cass had already promised to make that up to her though, hence why Aless hadn't shown Kat the letter.
"And do you mind if I sleep with you tonight?" Aless asked, "I really don't want to deal with Roland after earlier, but if Atty was going to stay with you tonight, I'll just go in my little hidey hole."
"Alright, cool, I'll see if he can get me the details." she said, and soon they were heading off to the bar to meet Chester. She could feel him grip around her waist a little tighter when a car nearly hit them. That wasn't her fault though, the car clearly had a red light and ran right through it! Idiots. Once they came to a stop, she could feel Eli's arms still around her, and she could hear him trying to calm his breathing.
His remark however made her roll her eyes and just sort of chuckle. "It's fun driving a motorcycle. Plus, it's all I can legally drive." She said the last part more to herself, and she headed in with him not far behind her. When he spoke again she thought a moment. "Fuck him if he does mind. Besides, I'll feel better with you sitting closer. Maybe he won't try to be wildly inappropriate."
Once they were inside, she had a quick conversation with the bartender before heading over and sitting with Chester. It was obvious he was feeling a little more ballsy with Serg not around, and when he actually touched her, she wasn't going to sit there and deal with it. The information he had given her was stuff she was certain anyone could have gathered, but some of it, she needed to run through Kyp. She decided that she would go change, the dress and shoes becoming uncomfortable the second that Chester had actually touched her. She took up the folder and her bag and excused herself.
She had noticed Eli move her drink for her and she let out a relieved sigh. At least this time she wouldn't have to pretend that she had asked for the wrong wine. After the first guy that tried to drug her, she never trusted a drink she left unattended with some of her contacts. Eli, however, she trusted a lot.
Once she got in the bathroom, she locked the door and she started changing, laying the folder on the counter and taking a few pictures of the parts of the file she was uncertain of before sending them to Kyp and bringing her phone up and calling him.
"Yeah?" Kyp's voice came and Rhi spoke.
"I send you a couple of pictures of parts of the stuff Chester gave me. Give them a run over once you can and let me know if there's anything up with them. I'll give you the full file tomorrow."
"Alright. And Rhi, I got some bad news." Kyp's voice stopped a moment before he started speaking again. "That team Lucien knew,
they're all dead. Serg and I are going to head over there here once we're done."
Rhi was quiet but she sighed. "Alright, I'll make those calls, don't worry. I'll call Lu in the morning and let him know too. He and Jax had hunted with them a few times."
She hung up and she shook her head, placing the folder on top of her dress and stuff in her bag before she looked herself over. A nice black t-shirt, light skinny jeans, and a pair of black converse. She pulled her jacket back on and headed back over to Eli and Chester, setting down her bag and grabbing her glass of wine from Eli's other side and taking a sip.
"What's the matter, sweetheart?" Chester's voice came, and the look Rhi sent him made him stick up his hands. "Sorry, you look distraught."
"Nothing you need to worry about." she hissed, and he gave her a look, his hand coming up and touching her back. She felt him give her back a gentle rub before she downed the rest of her wine, feeling his hand start slipping down towards the small of her back and she stood up, "You need another drink, Eli? I need another drink."
She didn't bother to wait for Eli's answer and she quickly moved away from the table and she sat at the bar a moment, the bartender coming over to her. "You alright, Rhi?" he asked, seeing her glass in her hand. He took the dirty one from her and he poured her a drink in a new glass.
"Yeah, just got some bad news is all." she said, and she pulled out her phone and looked down to see a new message from Serg. He asked her how things were going. "That's a loaded question." she mumbled a bit before she looked back up to the bartender. "Get me another drink for my friend, please?"
"Sure, sweetie." he said, placing another glass down and pouring the same drink he had for Eli a bit ago. "There you are. You going to need me to call you two a ride?"
Rhi shook her head. "Nah, I have one lined up if we need it. Thanks though." she said. She put a bill on the counter for him and he gave her a look. "You know you're my favorite, I have to tip you well."
"Thank you." he smiled, and Rhi took up the drinks and headed back to the table.
Kyp looked at her and chuckled. "Tara, I could tell you things about a lot of people you wouldn't believe." he said, and when she said the thing about her stuff he just gave her a look. "I won't if I ever feel the need to look into you like that. I ran backgrounds for Eli and Rhi before the recruiting actually started, I didn't bother with Eli's team. Rhi trusts his judgement, I trust hers. Plus, you're cool, tiny lady." he said with a small smile.
Kyp couldn't help the laugh he let out when Tara told him Eli was terrified of motorcycles. "That's messed up, it's all Rhi can drive legally. She doesn't have a full driver's license, something about the tests were too time consuming or some shit." he said. He nodded a bit. "Yeah, one is my office, and then at home my bedroom is my sanctum." Then she asked what he did and he thought a moment. "Huh, you didn't ask that did you? I'm her tech guy. I can hack into just about anything."
He laughed and nodded, but when she declined his offer he gave her a look. "I would have been heading that way anyway though, Serg lives in Emerald Terrace. I forget that Rhi constantly has his motorcycle doing work on it, and he doesn't much drive his car. He's got some kind of Nissan in the lot out there though."
Then the news came, and Kyp sighed when Tara asked. "Yeah. Rhi's brother Lucien knows a lot of demon hunters, it was one of the teams he asked her to look at." he said, and soon his phone was ringing. It was Rhi. "I got to take this, it's Rhi."
After a quick conversation with her, he sighed and shook his head. "Looks like I've got a long night ahead. Serg and I are going to head over to where they found the other team when we wrap up here and then I've got a lot to do from there."
Serg found his way over to them and he looked to Serg. "You hear from Rhi?" he asked, and Kyp nodded. "Good. She okay?"
"In a matter of speaking, we've got an errand to run before we head home for the night, Serg. They found Lucien's friends all dead in a forest near the cathedral. Wes knows to be on standby." he said, and Serg nodded and he looked down to Tara.
"You okay too, da?" he asked. "Tonight very... stressful. You handle it okay?"
Kyp gave a small smile. And there was the cuddly teddy bear only the girls got to see. "You have met Serg, right?" Kyp asked.