Trainee Program

Zsadist: [Getting called to Wrath’s study always made me feel like I was being sent to the principal’s office. Not that I knew what that felt like but I knew it could be good news or bad meaning I was in trouble. Though as I walk up the grand staircase I tried to play out in my head what I could of possibly have done to piss him off. As I reach the top I scratch at my skull trim. I haven’t done anything…Hell I’ve only just got back on rotation. Grumbling I drag my feet as I make my way to the massive double doors and once i’m standing outside of them I take a deep breath and tucks my shirt into my leathers. Grabbing the door handle I make my way inside] Wrath? [Making sure I wasn’t interrupting anything I pause just at the doors lifting my golden gaze to the large male behind the wooden desk fit for well…a king. I watched as he pushed his glasses up only to rub at his tired eyes before letting them slide back down without giving me a peek. Rumor has it that he only took those bad boys off for Kisa]

 

Wrath: [Even with putting out the general call to arms to anyone under my roof, it was still evident that we were severely lacking in numbers. There were only a handful of actual Brothers in a time when the number of lesser seemed to be growing out of control. The enemy was getting even more cagey. This wasn’t some simple battle on the field where each side went home with their injured and came back the next night. There were sneak attacks, random hits across the board and the removal of one my greatest weapons. Gorilla tactics mixed with something more sinister. I had no idea what was going on Vishous and judging by the reports I received about Butch, it wasn’t anything good. My head of security. For so many years, my eyes. No even I knew everything that he did for the Brotherhood. The rumors that had floated through the population were no doubt stirred by certain hands but that didn’t mean that I had to sit back and do nothing. Traditions and old law was not going to keep this sinking ship afloat. I had a file sitting in front of me that I closed as soon as Zsadist came through the door. I’d gone through it so many times that I had it memorized by now. Everything written in two lines, one standard the other in braille as was everything that came to my desk now.] Zsadist. [I nodded in reply and indicated the chair closest to the desk for him to sit in.] Everything is well, I trust. Back to full running order?

 

Zsadist: [As I listen to Wrath’s tone I noted that it didn’t sound angry. It didn’t mean that I was off the hook just yet but if he was truly mad at me it would be a more commanding tone when he asked me to sit. Nodding I move over to the chair and pop a squat, elbows braced on my knees as I take the male in] Yes…I’m feeling much better and not having any complications. All is well. [Studying him I let my eyes slowly drift down to the file in his hands. Slowly my brows knit together as I wonder what it could be. Normal Brotherhood stuff or maybe…something different. Doing my best to relax back in the Victorian chair I let my eyes drift up to the king again] Just hard you know? The lessers are…fucking out of hand. Hell if all those dead civilians weren’t a wake up call what’s going on now sure is. I came home from rotation and the first time in a long time I was exhausted…They are so many of them and we are short handed and its just…challenging right now but I know will get through it [Tilting my head to the side slightly] Not that I don’t mind the friendly chat Wrath but did you call me up here for a reason? I mean…[Grunts loudly] I didn’t do anything did I?

 

Wrath: [My hands folded on top of the file. I sat there and listened to everything that Zsadist had to say. It wasn’t anything that I hadn’t heard. I knew we were falling behind quicker than we were gaining ground. I nodded but waited until he was done.] Just because I’m not on the streets doesn’t mean that I don’t hear what has been going on. There’s a reason why everyone here has free reign to kill as many of the lesser as they can. I’ve got a young killer that no one really knows and one of Bloodletter’s lot out there killing things. And that sure as hell doesn’t make up for the Brothers that are out of the fight right now. But I’m tired of playing wipe up. Gathering up small groups of six at the most are not what is going to put us ahead again. Our goals need to be more long term. Who will take V’s place if he doesn’t come back? What if Rhage is killed? We are not indestructible. Things started but we need to push harder and cast the net wider. [I paused and tapped a finger on the file.] As much as I adore our moments of chit chat, I wasn’t making small talk. I actually needed to know if you were fully recovered. I have a job for you. [Sliding the file across the desk toward Z.] You are going to push the trainee program harder. Get males who wouldn’t normally have been eligible by the old laws. These are where I would like you to start.

 

Zsadist: [Nodding as I listen to wrath. He was right and we needed to try a new tactic. Opening my mouth I pause when I hear him mention Vishous. The thought of him not coming home sickened me. He was the eyes and ears of the brotherhood but more so family. Then the king mentions Rhage dying. My whole body tightens up and my fingers curl tightly around the arms of the chair in a death grip] Lets hope that doesn’t happen [I manage to get out before bringing my attention back to the file that is being pushed my way] A job huh [Hearing the word trainee made think back to when we had the three group of boys who turned to men and became part of our family. But what about all the other males out there. We were an army but a small one at that going up against a huge one, and even though we were stronger we could use all the help we could get. Though the thought of starting at the bottom with these males was for sure frustrating, but before I open my mouth to complain I take the file and opens it up. Skimming over the males I look at these pictures seeing a bunch of…misfits. Males that were outcasted and…wait. Looking up] This male didn’t even hit his transition yet…[Taking a deep breath I think clearly for a moment. What other choices did we have right now? None] Ok…I…ah I got this, going to talk to my twin and maybe tohr as well [Suddenly I picture the male that I met not to long ago] Hey…I met this guy not to long ago who apparently [Snorts] Phury has known for a long damn time [Should I do the big reveal, ah hell why not] He’s…family, so um do you mind if I give him a call? [Closing the file I finally lift my eyes to you]

 

Wrath: [I guessed that invoking Rhage’s name would zing up Z’s back like it did. Still, sensing the change was very interesting. Losing Vishous was bad enough but losing Rhage, that was something altogether different to Z. I filed that away in the back of my brain. It seemed that some rumors were true. The corner of my lip twitched upward but I didn’t say anything. It wasn’t my place. Just something else to piss the Scribe Virgin off. Between that and pulling from what she would consider the dredges of society to gain members for the Brotherhood, I would say that I was on a pretty good track. Now all I needed to do was start training females and listen to the Virgin’s head pop off and fly around the room. The thought had occurred me and I still hadn’t completely discarded it. Z was actually reading the list now. I could tell because his emotion read something between annoyance and helplessness. Yet still I knew that Z was the right one for the job. No matter what he might be feeling coming into it, he would attack it head on.] I think that you should use whatever resources you have at your disposal. And of course that includes other Brothers. The list includes males that I want you to look into. If you find others along the way, so much the better. [My head did tilt a fraction at the word family but I didn’t press the matter. I know that I was finding out that I had far more family than I thought that were still alive.]

 

Zsadist: [Nodding I set the file on my lap] I’m going to talk to Phury and Tohrment. I know they would be down for helping with this and [Pausing for a moment as I focus on your shades, almost as if I was looking into your pale green eyes that were hidden beneath them] I won’t…let you down. Sure i’ll get frustrated but I won’t fuck this up. It’s important for us to not have a bunch of fuck-ups but men that can fight and protect the ones that we love [Thinking about the male that I just met hoping that he would be up for this. A designer yes but went up against Xhex so he had to have some strength behind him. Hell he was Murhder’s son. Scratching at my skull trim] Do I have to contact these…males or is it already taken care of? I’m assuming that the doggen is going to be picking them up on the good ol’ bus [An actual chuckle escapes my lips as I think of me and phury driving it on bad circumstances but it still brought up memories. My mind started to drift slightly as I thought about dealing with new people that didn’t even know me, well besides dehv. Scrunching up my nose] I can’t promise that I won’t smack them around if they fool around. I mean…young boys and all

 

Wrath: [My brow arched with a slight grin.] It’s not just the warm and fuzzy ones that we protect. Unfortunately we also protect a great deal of people that I would never say I loved. [I relaxed back in my chair. Now that the file had been handed over it was like a certain weight was off of my shoulders. Zsadist would take care of it and likely learn more than he would be teaching.] It would be dangerous for you to assume anything about that particular group. They aren’t all young. So no, I haven’t gone to their mommies and daddies and asked if they wanted to take a ride on the bus. It’s not exactly the approach that’s going to work for all of them. You could certainly try though. That will be entertaining. [I went from smiling to straight faced and quiet. My hands folded across my lap.] I never had to smack you around. I know what you were getting at but you also might want to consider an angry bunch of males rising up and overthrowing their cruel teacher only to storm through the mansion next. Fritz would be furious. [I barked out a laugh and slapped the desk in front of me.]

 

Zsadist: [Watching the king laugh I cross my arms acting like I was pissed off but it was nice to see him laughing. Not worrying or stressing over brotherhood stuff. My distorted lip twitches slightly before I clear my throat] Yeah this time around it’s going to be a challenge isn’t it. But come on you gotta let me scare them just a bit? I could play like the joker and tell them a different story each time about how I got my scar [Now this time I chuckle. Thanks to rhage I finally saw all the batman movies. I couldn’t believe all the things I was missing out on for so many years. Clearing my throat once again I take a deep breath] Ok so say I show up at these male’s houses. What makes you think that I could be the one to convince them to come join in the program…I mean i’m not very…well you know…when it comes to new people let alone ones I already know. Don’t get wrong i’ll do it but i’m not showing up with a gift basket from fritz and asking them to invite me in for tea and crumpets [Grunts]

 

Wrath: Oh it is going to be more than a challenge. [My grin broadened to the point where it looked completely sinister.] Zsadist, you can put on a mask and threaten to kill them in their sleep if you want to. But I should warn you, the ones that don’t have parents to chew you out, still have me. Think of me as their guardian. [I could almost envision Z’s wheels spinning over what he would do and how he would approach things. And then he hit a brick wall. I knew as soon as he realized that he would have to be convincing people that this would happen. I was trying not to laugh at the image he painted but I couldn’t help it.] You might as well pull up in a van and offer them candy and puppies. [I laughed even louder and wiped my eye under the wrap arounds.] If I hear stories of a creepy Brother trying to steal males off the street… Hahaha! [It took me a moment to recollect myself and my stomach hurt a little from laughing so hard. I opened up the drawer next to me, still busy wiping my eyes as I pulled out a scroll. I opened it far enough for Z to see my seal at the bottom and passed it across the desk to him.] A Royal Decree. Don’t lose that. And it’s not exactly going to guarantee that you will get what you want but it gives you by backing.

 

Zsadist: [Grumbles when wrath starts to laugh and crack jokes even though I was secretly enjoying the light banter. Rolling my eyes with a slight smirk] Oh their guardian huh? So if I yell at them are they going to come running to you like your their dad? [Chuckles deeply then scrubs both hands over my face with a groan] Ok I can do this…I battle lessers for scribe sakes. Convincing a couple of men to join a training program shouldn’t be so hard [Perks up as I watch the king take out the scroll then hand it over to me. My fingers gently brush over the seal at the bottom. Eyes slightly widen] Wow…ok yeah that might help…especially if I get the door shut in my face. Oh scribe I’m gonna feel like those people that go around door to door selling bibles or giving out information about god and how he can save you. Damn cop would of liked that joke [Chuckles rolling up scroll] Anything else I need to be aware of? Cause I’ll be pissed if I show up to one of these houses and I’m surprised with something

 

Wrath: Like their dad. But King. Little different. [I held up my fingers that were pinched with hardly any space between them.] I skipped the formative years. [I kept my mouth shut when Z tried to give himself a pep talk. No need to dash the guy’s hopes right out of the gate. He was in for a surprise if he thought that instructing males was anything like fighting lesser.] I’m going to suggest not leading with a grunt and/or scowl. [I wished that I could see again because I would pay to see all of this go down.] Say that you have a candygram when you knock on the door. That always seemed to work for the shark. [I tried to deliver that one with a straight face but I ended up hiding my smile behind a hand.] Oh I have no clue what you are going to find. [shaking my head] So I would say expect anything then you won’t be pissed. What I know, you now know. [Pointing in the direction of the file that I gave Zsadist.] Let me know how it turns out.


Zsadist: [Grumbles at the grunt or scowl comment then nods before I rise to my full height] You are enjoying this way too much [Snorts then gets serious for a moment and looks at you] I feel…honored that you chose me to do this Wrath. I promise that I won’t fuck up…that [Adverts my eyes to the fireplace that was cleaned out for the summer] you will be proud of me I dunno [I turn before even asking you if that was all you needed. Feeling foolish I think to myself that I can’t fuck up cause I already was a huge fuck up and dammit if I didn’t want to make you proud. Grunting loudly I scrub a hand over my head making a beeline for the door. Once back at my room sitting on the bed as I go through the files. Looking at the one on top] Zander huh…get ready I’m coming for you first

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