Timeline: December 7, 2007

Rey had about an hour before she had to be at the Blood & Brew, but there were a couple of things she needed to take care of. Foremost in her mind was the upcoming holidays. Originally, she’d only thought about doing something for the pack on Christmas Day, but she’d changed her mind.

For the first time in as long as she could remember, she actually [i]wanted[/i] to celebrate the season. She decided she was going to have a smaller on Christmas Eve, for friends and other people. Ramiel, Lyla and John were on that list. Grey’s invitation was a no brainer, but she wasn’t sure if he’d come. She was even willing to put personal feelings aside and in the spirit of the season, invite Daniel.

There was one other person she needed to extend the invitation to: Michael. And that is what Rey wanted to take care of now. To that end, she was up at Ramiel’s place, and knocked on Michael’s bedroom door.

Michael was finishing getting dressed for his shift at the police department, when he heard the knock on the door. He came out of the bathroom buttoning his shirt up, talking loudly, “It’s open, come on in.”

He sat at the foot of the bed about to put on his boots. Thinking that Selene stopped by to see him, he was a little suprised when he saw Rey walk in the door.

“Oh, I’m sorry. Did I come at a bad time?” Rey took a step back towards the hallway.

“It’s alright, come on in. I am just getting ready for work,” Michael said as leaned over to finish tying his boot.

“So what brings you by, Rey?”

“I’m having a little party on Christmas Eve, kind of to celebrate my first Christmas in my own place,” Rey explained. “I wanted to invite you and Selene. Things will get started around eight, and will run until about midnight.”

“If there’s something in particular you’d like to drink, feel free,” Rey said. “Otherwise I’ve got everything covered.” She watched him adjust his belt buckle. “How are you liking it in Eldon Well?” she asked, and felt foolish about it. He’d been here longer than she had.

“Oh, it’s not too bad,” Michael said as he walked over to a small desk against the wall. Picking up his handgun, he inserted the clip, pulling the slide back loading the chamber. As he set the safty and holstered it, he said, “I’m getting used to it, it’s alot quieter then Richmond. And a lot smaller,” he said with a chuckle.

“Yeah. I think I lived in Richmond for a couple of months when I was a kid. My parents moved around a lot.” Rey glanced around the room then back at Michael. “Do you find the people here a lot different than in Richmond?”

Michael thought a moment, then said, “I think with small towns, everyone is friendlier. You know almost everyone, and everybody tends to help each other out. At least that is what I have observed, so far. Now with a big city like Richmond… Well lots of different people tend to rub each other the wrong way.”

“That’s true. A lot easier to hide in a big city too. Have you made many friends here?”

“I can’t say that I have. The friends that I have here in town are those in the group. Those that I came here with. Of the people in town, well I guess the only person I’m friends with would be Ariyah.”

“Doesn’t Selene count as a friend?” Rey asked.

Michael smiled as he said, “Selene is special, and therefore she is above being called just a friend.”

Rey grinned. “Good answer. She certainly thinks a lot of you.”

Michael blushed alittle, “Well I know I think about her a lot.”

Rey’s grin widened. “Is that a blush I see?” Her voice was playful and her eyes sparkled with merriment.

Michael slightly coughed as he looked away from Rey, then said, “No, I don’t blush…. it.. it must be just getting hot in here.”

Michael went and picked up his wide, brimed hat, (the kind that Park Ranger’s wear), and turned toward Rey. “Would you like a police escort to your next destination? Cause my shift starts in an hour, and I like to take a nice stroll getting there.”

“Do you think the Blood & Brew is in a dangerous neighborhood, officer?” Rey asked with wide eyes.

Michael smiled, “No I don’t think it is a dangerous neighborhood. But if you like, I could walk with you there, if that is your next destination.”

“Yes, it is. I’m working tonight, and I’d appreciate it.”

“Well then,” Michael said with a smile, “after you, milady.” Michael then opened his bedroom door and held it open for Rey, then picked up his police winter coat and closed the door.

“Has Ramiel said anything to you about that shop he’s planning on opening up?” Rey zipped up her parka and slipped her gloves on.

“Yes he has, he asked me when I have the time, to see what can do to help. Ramiel said that he wanted my assistance when dealing with ghosts.”

“He’s tapped me for my alleged knowledge of spirits and remedies,” Rey said with a grin, “and he thinks the tourists would probably go all gaga over the charms and talismans I make.”

“I guess it is something to keep him busy,” Michael said. “I plan on finding a place to do some projects of my own.”

“I suppose it’s lucky I don’t need anywhere special for my work,” Rey said with a shrug. “Certainly made it easy for me to pick up and go at a moment’s notice. Don’t plan on doing that any time soon, though. I like it here too much.”

“Why did you move around? If you don’t mind my asking.”

“When I was a kid, my parents preferred to stay a step ahead of the law and angry clients,” Rey said. “After they died, I traveled with Ramiel and Lyla. You know why they traveled.”

“I don’t want to pry, but how did your parents die?”

“The police say my father tried to kill me, killed my mother, and then turned the gun on himself,” Rey replied.

“Well that is certainly a tragic state of events. Let us talk of happier things. I have been thinking about taking Selene on a trip. You know go someplace nice and warm. But I am not sure how that would go with Ironclaw. Me taking her away from the pack for a week or two. Since you are a member of the pack, would it be okay for me to do this?”

“To be honest, I don’t know. With the hunter still out there, I don’t think he’s going to want any pack member to leave our territory.” Rey bit on her lower lip for a moment as she thought. “It might be best to talk to Selene about it, and have her approach Ironclaw. Or better yet, talk to Lyla about it. Between the two of them, I’m certain they’ll be able to figure out the best way to convince him.”

“I will do that then,” Michael said.

Michael and Rey continued the walk with small talk. They soon found themselves at the door to the Blood and Brew. Michael said his farwell to Rey as she headed into the bar. Michael then turned and continued on to the station to sign in for his shift.

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