A very angry Tommy met Apollo in the armory the next day. Apollo dragged his feet, in no mood to actually go out and coexist with David for more than five minutes. He wasn’t mad at David after hearing his story initially, but now, Apollo was livid. Was any of that crap about humans taking advantage of him and performing experiments even true? Probably not, David was just spewing nonsense to get away with punching Apollo in the face. Apollo found himself face to face with the man he had come all this way searching for. Except, he was hoping his reaction would be a bit nicer.
“You’re not going to be wearing that today, are you?” Tommy scoffed.
“Well, it’s really the only outfit I have with me. I didn’t think I’d be staying here…” Apollo murmured.
“What did you even come here for?” Tommy looked at Apollo indignantly.
“To find you and explain everything. I thought that you’d be a little more willing to accept me than you are though,” Apollo answered honestly.
“It was a waste of a trip then.” Tommy turned his back to Apollo and examined the weapons on the walls.
“It doesn’t have to be if you’d just hear me out-” Apollo began but was quickly interrupted by Tommy once again.
“How can you expect me to accept someone like you? When we kissed,” Tommy lowered his voice to barely above a whisper. “I was confessing my attraction to you. I was letting all those feelings that I was constantly being told were wrong, all out. I wasn’t expecting to feel any sparks, but I did and I got scared and ran off. Stupid me for thinking that you’d come running after me like it was some sort of movie. When I finally got the courage to come back, I find you with my sister and when I confront you about the spark I felt, I saw it in your eyes that you felt it too. But here you are, married to my sister. I can’t accept someone who isn’t true to themselves. I may be a lot of things, but fake isn’t one of them.”
“You’re right, I did feel that spark. After you kissed me, I was terrified. I was one of those people who were accepting of people who were gay, but I didn’t think that it was right for me to be that way. I told your sister what happened that night and she kissed me. She asked me whose lips tasted better and obviously the choice was you,” Apollo breathed, his heart beating faster and faster.
“That’s a load of bull,” Tommy growled.
“It isn’t!” Apollo protested.
“Then what the hell happened?” Tommy demanded.
“I don’t know!” Apollo exclaimed, holding his now pounding head. “I was home one day and then bam, it’s suddenly four years later and I’m married to Lynette.”
“Come up with a better excuse,” Tommy said as he began to push past Apollo.
“It’s the truth, Mason did it, he said something about doing the guardians a favor. I don’t know…”
Tommy froze in his tracks but spoke again, with his back to Apollo. “Change that ugly shirt. You’re a dead giveaway. We don’t have those characters.” He pointed to the bright skulls on Apollo’s T-shirt. “David will give you something.”
“I will?” David asked, coming in to the room.
“Yeah, you will,” Tommy said bluntly.
“Picking you as my human was one of the best and worst decisions of my life,” David smirked, pulling Tommy in by the waist and planting a kiss on his cheek.
Apollo quickly interrupted the two by asking a question. “Can I ask what you mean by ‘picking him as your human’?”
“I forget that not every human is as smart as mine.” David unlinked his arms from Tommy’s waist and began to explain. “Humans are not allowed here unless given permission by Damian. I wasn’t lying about that part. In order to ensure the human’s understanding, loyalty and safety, a supernatural has to accompany them, as what you guys would consider a sponsor or mentor. Of course, nobody here is really too fond with humans. You guys, well most of you guys like to screw things up. That’s why we call you guys our pets, because if we find someone worth taking all the crap for, they’re ours.”
Apollo let out a sigh of relief. “I thought you guys meant that humans were like slaves or something!”
David shook his head. “Even we’re not that messed up. Just stick with that freakin ice girl and you’ll be fine. You’re brainwashed by the guardians enough as it is.”
“We need to talk about that later actually,” Tommy whispered to David who nodded in response. “Give Apollo a shirt. I have things to do. When you guys are done meet Damian in the throne room. We have little time to wait.” He made his way to leave but stopped and looked over his shoulder. “Apollo, this isn’t some video game. It’s real life, so don’t screw up.”
“Nice of you to join us gentleman,” Damian said calmly.
Both David and Tommy bowed down to Damian. Apollo stood in his place, unaware of what he should be doing. He was a bit confused. He wasn’t just going to bow down to the guy who he had just seen a week ago in University. It was weird. Instead, his eyes trailed to a very subdues Frost Bite. She was leaned against the wall, eyes shut. “Are you ok?” He blurted out.
“I’m good, just had a misunderstanding with Mr. Vampire King over here.” Frost let her shoulders droop as she looked up at Apollo. “I don’t like this green guy, be careful.”
“I’m right here!” David grunted.
“You punched him in the face!” Frost shouted. “What the hell?”
“He shouldn’t have broke Tommy’s heart. He fucking deserved it!” David shouted back. “He’s a fucking asshole!” Damian sighed and began to rub his temple.
“Enough! What the hell is the matter with the three of you?” Tommy asked. “Show the headmaster some respect!”
“Excuse me?” Frost stepped forward and leaned down so her face was inches from Tommy’s. “You may have control over lizard boy over there, but Apollo and I are not under your jurisdiction. It’s pitiful, how you bend to Damian’s every will. Big whoop, he’s letting you stay here. No need to kiss his feet. You have no reason to even be here.”
“Frost…” Apollo began but Tommy cut him off.
“Don’t think that because you’re a guest, that you’re privileged. I can’t hit you but I can make your little puppet pay for all the crap that the guardians have done.” Tommy didn’t have to look at Apollo. He knew that he was the puppet. Apollo sure as hell felt that he was being used, not just by the guardians but by everyone, even Tommy and Damian.
Damian let out a low chuckle and all eyes landed on him. “You’re such a liar, Tommy. Ignore him Apollo, he won’t hurt you, and you know that. As for you Frost Bite, I can only tolerate you for so long before I detain you. I’m trying my best to be kind to you because of Apollo, but you’re treading on thin ice here.”
“Hahaha!” David held his stomach as he laughed. “Ice…get it?” Tommy hit his stomach quickly, causing the green boy to shut up.
“I….” Apollo began. He felt his lips going dry. “I just have a question for all of you.”
Glares fell on Apollo from everyone except Damian who just nodded calmly. “Go ahead.”
“Ok, uhmm…” Apollo scratched his head trying to find a way to word his question.
“Are you sure it’s a question you’d like to ask in front of everyone?” Frost asked innocently.
“Do you have something to hide?” Tommy asked.
“Whats….well, what’s going on? I want a straight answer for once!”
“We don’t have time for this!” David groaned. “We have a mission to do!”
“I told you everything yesterday,” Frost said, ignoring the green haired male.
Apollo shook his head. “No, you didn’t. You forgot to mention the therapist. The reason that you so willingly took me to Tommy to avoid telling me about.”
“We had a deal. I can’t tell you about the therapist, I’m sorry…” Frost said quietly.
“Fine, then tell me why everyone is so obsessed with my family! Damian, you tell me. Let’s see if your stories match up.”
“I touched on this a little bit the other day, but there are three factions fighting right now. The guardians want to save the future and they think they can do it through ten generations of the Gray family.Everyone else is trying to stop the guardians and so unfortunately you and all the other heirs to the Gray family will be targeted by many.”
“I have one more question…” Apollo began but Damian waved his hand.
“You guys really need to go to your investigation. Besides, wouldn’t you rather hear that answer from Tommy himself?”
“How did you…?” Apollo stuttered. He was going to ask Tommy why he was here of all places.
“Vampires can read minds,” David whispered. “Kind of annoying sometimes.”