The Baucus Chronicles
“You may fool everyone else, but it is damn near impossible to fool yourself.”
Blake stared in his mirror, stared at that lying face, that cute face, that face that everyone just loved to see—and he wanted to smash it.
Pain blossomed in his fisted hand before he even realized what he had done.
Suddenly, his perfect smile was tinted red, red with the thin pale blood that dripped down the intricate patterns of cracks that appeared in his mirror.
Now there were a hundred little grinning faces, all his, and all terrifying for the maniacal laughter that rolled from those perfect lips.
Blake looked down, looked down at the tingling pain he felt in his right hand and saw the myriad of small shards of glass embedded in his skin. There were fine cuts that didn’t bleed, and deeper cuts that ran red like water from a faucet
He looked up again and he grinned wider as he saw more of the broken shards reflecting he light and every color of the rainbow. Crystal shards of glass lay like pretty broken dreams.
So he sat there, shaking at realization that he couldn’t escape this life, that he would be caged here forever.
“Blake! Blake? Are you listening to me, boy?”
And there was the keeper of his cell, the holder of the keys–
“Blake! Answer me! Don’t make me break down this door!”
The impatient bastard.
Swiping the broken glass away with his injured hand, Blake rose to his feet and took a deep breath. He counted to ten backwards, and by the time he reached one, the despair that was steadily growing in his eyes had receded. It was fully hidden by the time he finished walking across the floor, and when he swing the door open, all negative emotions were seemingly gone. His face was a blank slate.
“Yes, Franziko?” he asked calmly, smiling despite the red droplets that softly dropped to the floor.
“What is keeping you? You know you have to perform and don’t want to hear any of your bullshit.” He looked down and pursed his lips as his eyes followed a droplet of blood until it splashed onto his shoes. “And what the fuck happened to your hand?”
The short balding man changed gears as he watched the crimson trials drip from his star’s hand to the floor, his voice becoming less demanding and more vindictive.
“This had better not be any of that suicide bullshit, demon. I own you and nothing you do will release you from my grasp.”
Quick as a striking snake, Franziko’s hand shot out and gripped a handful of Blake’s flowing black hair. With a snarl on his lips, he jerked the taller man down to his eye level. Blakemore grinned.
“You had better fucking get your shit together, demon. I don’t give a damn if you pass out from blood loss. Get your ass on that stage then go greet your customers for the night. You should be grateful I don’t just exile your ass to another dimension.”
All the while, Blake kept grinning.
He smiled even though he wanted to rip his owners head off his body and piss on his brains. He smiled harder as he felt his powers flair up—and then pain as the protective spells warded in the binding to protect his possessor flooded his body with pain. The collar he wore tightened around his throat in warning and soon he knew it would choke him unconscious if he didn’t calm.
And all the while, Blake smiled. He smiled because if he did anything less, he would have burst out into tears.
“Fucking waste of space,” the Franziko hissed, shoving Blake back, ignoring the stumbling, the blood, and the maniacal grin– ignoring everything but the fact that Blake was only a piece of ass and that later he was going to put it to good use. “You have five minuets.” Then noticing the broken mirror behind him, the man grunted. “And clean up that shit up. I have standards to maintain and I will not have them compromised by the likes of you.”
Franziko turned, straitening a jacket that would have better fit a much trimmer man, and stalked away, muttering some truly nasty things.
Turning, Blake closed the door and shut out the world for a few more minuets before he had to take up the reins of his life again.
Walking over to the mirror, he snapped his finger and instantly the glass was gone, the shards in his hand jerked free and flew to the shattered mirror, slotting themselves in place as it reassembled itself.
Blake looked down at his hand noting the healing factor in his blood had already healed the worst of the wounds into thin pale scars that would soon disappear.
“The show must go on,” he intoned, forcing his voice into sounding happier, more up beat, though he felt the pain of his captivity deep within his heart.
Then it was time to smear on some eyeliner and dress in whatever Franziko’s handlers left out for him. Then Blakemore the Songbird was ready to take his place on the stage, wow the audience, and sell one more piece of his soul to the highest bidder,
“Shane on you, Blakemore,” he whispered to himself as Franziok himself began to bang once again on his door. “Damn you for still being alive when your spirit is so dead.” He swung the door open to the delight of his owner, and presented a perfectly beautiful perfectly calm face to his owner.
As always before he took to the stage, he cast his mind to a pair of rich hazel eyes and a perfect full bottom lip. He was just glad to see that she would never see him this way. He ignored the murmuring of the people in the audience– he couldn’t see them anyway– but he could defiantly hear them laughing and talking.
Walking over to his microphone, he closed his eyes for a moment, snapping them open as the spotlight fell on his face, the collar compelling him to obey the orders of his owner. When the music from the piano in the back of the stage began to swell, he opened his mouth and his anger and sadness pour form his soul.
Did a demon like him have a soul anymore? He hadn’t a clue but the words and the emotion came from some placed trapped deep inside of him, some place that longed for death as the only escape from this hell.
He finished the first song to the usual rounds of applause and standing ovations, he ignored a few who her jokingly discussing outbidding eachother for the pleasure of his company that night.
It took everything in him to smile as the house lights were raised and he was escorted from the stage.
He was ready to have his owners neckless thugs escort him around so the bidders could get a better view of the sale goods, when he heard a voice that made him jerk his head up in shock while hope and shame vie in his mind for supremacy.
“I have finally found you, My Son.”
“Cyrus!” he gasped, then all hell broke loose.