Chapter 25: Unsolicited Feedback

Our Story Continues

Last time, Penny discovered that a wolf can’t ignore the full moon, while Bella had a breakdown and turned to Caleb for help. Alice was arrested for the murder of Eliza Pancakes, and Lilith and Vlad’s father/daughter bonding fell apart as they raced home to relieve Gwendolyn’s very suspicious babysitters. After a public argument over the best way to free Alice, the citizens of Henford-on-Bagley are now under the impression that Vlad and Latimer are in the mafia. Caleb knows the identity of Eliza’s killer, but is that enough to stop what’s already been put into motion?

Studio PBP, Del Sol Valley

CONTENT WARNING

This chapter contains strong language, adult situations, violence, gore, sexual situations, depictions of grief, trauma, and severe depression.

ANASTASIA

POLICE PRECINCT

WINDENBURG

ALICE

Her gaze slid over to Vlad. He wasn’t a lawyer, but he carried himself with the aura of someone who knew the law. By that, she meant he basically disregarded every request and dared everyone in the room to challenge him on it.

“Can Miss Martin state her name for the record?” the detective asked.

“No.” Vlad answered.

“Can she tell us about her relationship with Eliza Pancakes?”

“No.”

“Salim Benali?”

“No.”

“Could she elaborate on the robbery conviction from—”

“No.”

The detective finally pounded their fist on the table. “Then what the hell can she tell us?”

Alice opened her mouth to answer, but Vlad gently squeezed her thigh.

“Nothing. Not one iota. Miss Martin will not answer your questions, she will not entertain them, and once she absconds from this half-hewn wreckage you call a facility, she will not recall them. She will not be contacted, she will not testify, she will not assist with any part of your haphazard investigation. And should you find yourself incapable of following these tenets, so help me, I will return and raze this building to the ground.”

With that, he gently tugged Alice to her feet and led her out of the room. The detective ran out behind them.

“Raze this place to the ground? You can just say lawsuit, asshole!”

Outside, Vlad helped her pull a sweater on. “Are you hurt?”

“N-no.”

“Would you like to walk to the car or wait while I bring it around?”

“Walk,” Alice said quickly, her anxiety spiking. “I don’t want to be alone. Someone is killing all the members of my old crew. Johnny. Eliza. Maybe they got Salim; I haven’t heard from him. And Gwendolyn. Oh shit! What if they try to get to me through her? We have to go! We have to—”

“Gwendolyn is safe,” Vlad said. Alice began to sputter in response, but he curled his body over hers until she was caged in. “Lilith is there, so if anyone shows up looking for you, they’ll have to go through her, and I promise you, nothing goes through her.”

“Okay.” Alice let out a small sigh of relief. “I feel weird, shaky. I think I have to pee.” Her eyes darted over to the precinct, and a small whimper slipped out. Fuck. She did not want to go back in there.

Vlad stroked her cheek. “Look at me. You are not going to pee in that poorly-constructed hovel. Just give me five minutes. We’ll go to the car, and I’ll drive you somewhere nice.”

4 comments
  • Snow ~
    Jun 28, 2023

    Loved Vlad at the interrogation XD Alice VLAD IS THE LAST PERSON WHO WOULD CARE IF YOU WERE GUILTY OR NOT. Better not have a rice bath Alice, Vlad might try to count all of the grains. XD IDK if Lilith or Caleb will ever truly come to get along with Vlad again.

    And once again I love Anastasia. Next time my dad asks me for constant favours I know what I’m gonna do. XD Ooooohohoh YOU KNOW why I’m excited about Alice’s magic being brought up again. Also IDK why but I love these ‘there’s so much you don’t know about what you’re getting into’ scenes.

    NO Vlad, that’s YOUR idea of a date, not quite Caleb’s XD Awww Gwen has a toy bnuuy! I shouldn’t be laughing at this mess of Vlad / Caleb / Lilith family, lmao, but sometimes it’s funny. OOF at Caleb knowing Alice’s surname despite Vlad not mentioning it, this should get interesting…

    • feroshgirl
      Jun 30, 2023

      Lololol 200000/10 to this comment for the Eleanor Rigsby reference.

      You know, I think we’ll just have to wait and see how things shake out with Lilith and/or Caleb. They’ve definitely got a complicated relationship, but they’ve been through cycles of this before so we shall see. I would never create a situation that would force them to confront all of their family trauma together in one place ::cue evil laughter::

      FINALLY, SOMEONE ELSE WHO LOVES ANASTASIA! Truly though, she is one of my fave characters and I love her too.

      Oh, Alice’s magic? Hmmm…I’m sure there is nothing to see there. No big deal hehe.

      gwendolyn loves bunnies (sob).

  • Yimiki
    Jul 2, 2023

    Whoa, is that Ana crying? I don’t think we’ve ever seen her cry. Gods I hope Penny comes back after her rampage fizzles out, and they have an open and honest conversation… seeing Ana of all people break hurts way more than I thought it would 😣

    Oh no, miss, Vlad did not mean a lawsuit. He meant he’d raze the place to the ground. 🤣 I love how caring and considerate he is – Alice absolutely needs it right now. Oh geez, that’s right, it was Miko that kept him prisoner in that dungeon for so long wasn’t it? So maybe she did do the same thing to Akira and Vlad. For what purpose, I wonder? Vlad’s description of Miko torturing is horrific and yet it put Alice right to sleep omg 😆

    Of course Lilith casually killed the babysitters 😆 Ben and Grim won’t be gone for long.

    Ouch. Lilith is hitting Vlad right where it hurts, there. I understand why he’s so angry over Lilith remembering Ethren as her dad that cares for her. She’s also right, though. The vampire in her, she can only get a handle on with Vlad and Ana’s help. But her witch side is something that Vlad simply cannot do anything with. Having Ethren there to teach her, yeah, of course that would create a bond. And if Vlad denies that, it’s the same as denying half of his own daughter.

    Oooh, Lilith has a point there. Caleb can help free Alice from suspicion and Ana can absolutely get them a lawyer to defend her until then. Come on, Vlad. Swallow your pride and suspicion and do it.

    [The proper way to respond to your ex-husband when he showed up after 180 years demanding a favor was to run him through with a sword. Unfortunately, it was hard to do that when he was pushing a stroller.] 😆😂🤣
    WTH Matilda, how dare you! Penny is rampaging and you know it! That’s it, one exploding potato for you 🤬🥔

    YES THANK YOU VLAD for pointing out the obvious and making Caleb realise what an idiot he was with Titania 🤣 Oh, Caleb. I know that feeling. Trying not to begrudge the kid for your father suddenly deciding to be a better parent, while knowing they did not do that for you.

    Oh my gods, Bella. You ended things with him. You guys decided to stop messing around, remember? She’s so quick to jump to conclusions in the worst way. This is exactly what led to her accusing Alice. And it’s her that’s using Caleb as a distraction from her life, not the other way around. 😠

    Man, look at this comment waterfall. I’m completely invested LOL

    • feroshgirl
      Jul 9, 2023

      YASSSS SOMEONE TO JOIN ME ON THE “JUSTICE FOR ANA TRAIN!” lololol yeah, it’s sort of jarring to see Miss Hell herself hurt and falling apart, right?

      Ha! Yeah, um, anyone who knows Vlad knows he makes very literal threats.

      Oh man, I want to tell you all my Miko plans so badly but I will resist! You are on the right track though, I swear there will be answers this time 😈

      I’m glad you have some empathy for Lilith. I was hoping this scene wouldn’t read just as her being a monster (though to be clear, she is being pretty damn terrible).

      MATILDA GETS AN EXPLODING POTATO OMFG YESSSSSS. Like, homegirl has made this situation so much worse (though to be fair Anastasia did murder a member of her pack and force her into training Penny so I guess you get what you pay for?)

      BELLA IS AN AN ABSOLUTE MESS.

      But also, so is Caleb. Vlad might be out of his mind, but even he understands why Titania was upset lololol that scene between them was so much fun to write <3

      Haha buckle up, the first part of the ride is careening towards the finish line (I clearly do not know how to avoid mixing metaphors jfc)

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