Friday, January 19, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 41

“He told me he blackmailed an elder in order to get us matched,” said Amorette.
Eros nodded. “Yes, and I have dealt with that. I have also dealt with Priya for being an insufferable tattle tale. She has dish duty for a century and maybe then, I’ll give her the bow back. Hopefully a century with dishwater hands will make her rethink her loyalty to friends.”
“Excuse me,” said Charlie getting to his feet. “I’m afraid I’m out of the loop. Who are you?”
Eros extended his hand. “I’m Eros, leader of the cupids, although I try not to micromanage. If there’s one thing you mortals have going for you, it’s free will. Not all cupids believe it as I do, but hey, I’m the boss.”
 “You were just playing with them the whole time,” stated Charlie. “You knew when I came back to the warehouse to get the arrow what was going on and yet you just sat back and watched?”
“I’m afraid so,” said Eros. “It was the only way to make sure Amorette wasn’t banished. I had to show the elders and other cupids that we are more than just slaves to the arrow. That there should be no more “matching”, allowing cupids to couple as they see fit … as they love.”
“How did I not know about this?” asked Gerwyn.
Eros smiled at him. “Because you were too busy trying to save your friend. Your character and honor will be celebrated and commended. You showed the truest love of friendship towards Amorette, risking it all and expecting nothing in return. Your actions played a huge role in changing the minds of the elders and other cupids. That kind of love does not come around often. Most cupids were in awe of it and it didn’t even need an arrow.”
“So we’re free?” asked Amorette, softly. “We’re free to choose love for ourselves?”
“Yes,” answered Eros, “you are also free to choose a mortal life.” Eros’s smile faded. “But, once you do, you can never come back. You’ll forget ever being a cupid. Amorette, you have a choice to make. Come back and be a cupid or stay here as a mortal. This is your only chance to return and others will not be given the option.”
Amorette looked at Charlie and felt her heart soar. Being a mortal meant she could be with him and finally feel the love that she had always longed for. But as she thought of the happiness, she also remembered that Charlie never really loved her, that he was under the spell of the golden arrow. She had no reason to believe that Charlie would forgive her.
As Amorette opened her mouth to speak, Charlie hurried to her. He cupped his hands on her face and kissed her. Amorette felt the world swirl as she wrapped her arms around him and kissed him back. He took in her lips with the passion of a person craving water after days in the desert and she understood his need.
He broke the kiss and looked into her eyes. “I don’t care if this is some kind of love spell. I can’t imagine my life without you. Please, stay. I love you.”
Amorette broke down in tears.
“Please,” begged Charlie, “don’t cry. Just stay with me.”
She smiled. “I’m not crying because I’m going to leave. I’m crying because you said you love me and that’s all I’ve ever wanted. I love you, too, Charlie and it’s no spell. The golden arrow that pierced our skin is broken, which means the spell is broken. Our love is the real thing.”

They kissed again as Eros and Gerwyn quietly left The Whistle.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 40

Amorette’s eyes widened, she knew what she had to do. It had been so simple all along and yet, she had been too blind to see it. She looked at Tris and flashed her own smile.
“What are you up to?” asked Tris with a raised eye brow.
Amorette raised the arrow up and then slammed it down on her knee, breaking the golden arrow in two.


Chapter 17


“What have you done?” screamed Tris as he stared at the broken arrow in horror. “You can’t go back now. You can never go back!”
“I don’t want to,” said Amorette. “Not if it has anything to do with you.”
Tris’s eyes narrowed. “If I can’t have you, no one can.”
He ran towards her, his hands raised. Amorette shoved her hands up in order to stop him. Tris stopped immediately a look of shock on his face. Amorette looked down and saw that the tip of the golden arrow now pierced Tris’s heart. When she had trust her hands up to protect herself Tris had run into the arrow.
She let go of the arrow and stepped back, her whole body shaking.
“I’m so sorry, Tris,” she said as he wilted to the ground. “I didn’t mean to.”
The door to The Whistle burst open and Gerwyn raced in. He stopped short when he saw Tris laying on the ground.
“Is he dead?” asked Gerwyn.
“I think so,” said Amorette. “He came right at me. He was so angry. I was just trying to protect myself.”
Charlie coughed and Amorette hurried over to him. “Are you okay? Do you need me to call a doctor? I’m so sorry I got you involved in this.”
He cupped his hands on her cheeks. “I’ll be fine. Are you okay?”
Amorette nodded, more tears trailing down her cheeks. “I was so scared.”
Charlie lowered his arms to wrap her into a hug and Amorette fell into his embrace, letting herself sob into his chest.
“I’ve made such a mess of things,” she cried. “I just wanted to stop Tris, not kill him and now look what I’ve done.”
Gerwyn walked over to the couple and crouched beside them. “Tris was trying to kill both you and Charlie, the elders will take that into consideration. I will see to it that you’re treated fairly.”
“Or I will,” came a voice from behind Gerwyn.
“It’s the homeless guy from the warehouse,” said Charlie. “What is he doing here?”
Amorette and Gerwyn quickly got to their feet and hurried before the man with their heads bowed.
“Eros,” Gerwyn started, “please let me speak on behalf of Amorette. This is not what it looks like. She was only trying to protect herself.”
“Wait,” said Amorette, raising her head, “the homeless guy from the warehouse that found me? That means you knew all along what I had done.”
Eros smiled. “Of course, I did. Love is a tricky thing and though I hated to lose one of my best cupids I knew you weren’t happy being alone and that you’d never be happy with Tris. It was my hope that you would find love here and live the life you’ve always dreamed.” He looked at Tris. “I have to admit that I did not predict how far Tris would go in order to win you over.”
“He told me he blackmailed an elder in order to get us matched,” said Amorette.
Eros nodded. “Yes, and I have dealt with that. I have also dealt with Priya for being an insufferable tattle tale. She has dish duty for a century and maybe then, I’ll give her the bow back. Hopefully a century with dishwater hands will make her rethink her loyalty to friends.

“Excuse me,” said Charlie getting to his feet. “I’m afraid I’m out of the loop. Who are you?”

Friday, January 12, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 39

“How do you think that will work?” asked Amorette. “I’m human now.”
“The parts still work the same, love,” said Tris, “you’ll live down here. I’ll have my way with you and then you’ll have little demigod who will babies that will take over the world. I’ll be in power in the clouds and our offspring will be in power here. It’s the best of both worlds, really.”
“You can’t make me,” said Amorette.
“Oh, but I can,” said Tris. “Just one little prick of this arrow and you’ll be at my beck and call. If I say kneel, you’ll kneel. If I say kiss, you’ll kiss. If I say kill Charlie, you’ll kill Charlie. You won’t just be under the golden arrow’s spell, you’ll be under my spell.”
“I won’t do it. I’d rather be banished.” Amorette took a step back and wondered if she could beat Tris up the stairs. It wasn’t likely since he could appear anywhere he wanted in a blink of an eye. She glanced around the bar, looking for any way out.
“Banishment can be arranged, but it’s such a waist to throw a beauty like you into the outer world.” Tris took a step toward her. “Let’s not fight the enviable. Just a little stab and it’ll all be over.”
Amorette ran towards the bar, again screaming Emma’s name. She hopped if Emma didn’t hear her than someone outside would. She prayed she could at least get to the knifes they kept behind the counter to cut lemons and limes.
Tris grabbed her around the waist, pulling her close until her back was firmly planted against his chest. He slid the arrow against her cheek, but didn’t break the skin.
“We can do this the easy way or the hard way. What’s it gonna be, love?”
Amorette jerked a single arm loose and grabbed the arrow, forcing it away from her cheek. Her heart pounded violently as she tried to pull the arrow from Tris’s hand. He was too strong. He was right, he was a god and she was a mere mortal now. There was little she could do to stop him, but she had to try.
When she saw his wrist was within distance, she bit down with all her might.
Tris screamed out in pain and let go of the arrow. Amorette squirmed out of his arms, just as a force knocked Tris onto the ground. Amorette’s eyes grew as she saw Charlie on top of Tris, trying to restrain him.
“Charlie!” screamed Amorette as Tris’s foot found Charlie’s chest and sent him flying backwards into the wall.
Tris raced over to Charlie. “I’ve had enough of you and your meddling. Amorette belongs to me and no one, especially not a putrid mortal as yourself will change that.”
Tris wrapped his hands around Charlie’s throat.
“No!” Amorette screamed. Her mind raced as she tried to think of a way to stop Tris. She knew that nothing she could do would really harm Tris. It would hurt for a second and then he’d be fine.
“Fine,” Amorette yelled, her heart breaking. “I’ll do it. I’ll prick myself with the arrow, but you have to let him live. We’ll go to another city. Charlie won’t be able to find us and I won’t fight you. I’ll be yours, just as you’ve always wanted, but you have to let him go.”
Tris released his grip on Charlie and Charlie sank to the floor coughing.
“It’s about time you’ve come to your senses,” said Tris, as he turned towards her, flashing a wicked smile. “Go ahead, give yourself a prick.”
Amorette looked at Charlie as tears spilled out onto her cheeks. She wanted nothing more than to love him and have him love her. It had been a dream come true being able to spend the time with him that she had. The only thing she regretted was that it had all be under the cupid’s spell.
Amorette’s eyes widened, she knew what she had to do. It had been so simple all along and yet, she had been too blind to see it. She looked at Tris and flashed her own smile.
“What are you up to?” asked Tris with a raised eye brow.

Amorette raised the arrow up and then slammed it down on her knee, breaking the golden arrow in two.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 38

Amorette looked over her shoulder to the storage room door, feeling as if she were being noisy by looking at what was in the burlap, but she couldn’t help herself. It was like the object was calling to her. She could feel the burlap vibrating softly, like a purr of a kitten.
She unwrapped the object and her eyes grew as she saw the golden arrow.
“Well, hello, Love,” came a voice from the door that made Amorette cringe. “I see you’ve found what I’ve been looking for. Be a doll and hand it over.”
Amorette clamored to her feet and looked for a place to run. She was trapped in the storage room with Tris standing in the only exit.
He raised his hands nonchalantly. “What are you going do? There’s no place to run and now that you’re a mere mortal, you’re no match for me. Let’s not play games, love, just hand it over and be done with it.”
Amorette clutched the arrow to her chest and shook her head. “No, you can’t have it.”
She grabbed a bottle of whiskey and launched it at Tris. He threw his hands up to protect himself as Amorette kept throwing bottles. Then he disappeared.
Amorett took her chance and ran out of the storage room, griping the arrow tightly. “Emma, call the police. Emma!”
She had barely made it around the corner when Tris grabbed her around the waist. Amorette screamed again for Emma.
“She can’t hear you, love,” Tris whispered in her ear. “She’s sound asleep and will be for hours.”
“What did you do to Emma?” snarled Amorette.
“Don’t worry,” said Tris, “I didn’t hurt her. I just replaced her migraine medication with sleeping pills. A very high dosage, mind you, but she’ll be fine and wake up well rested. She should thank me really.”
“You’re a creep,” snapped Amorette.
“Yes,” said Tris, “but I’m the creep you’re gonna spend eternity with.”
Amorette trust back her head, connecting with Tris’s nose. He let out a cry of anguish, release Amorette for just a moment. She ran towards the door, but Tris was in front of her in a moment.
“Well aren’t you an evil little minx,” said Tris yanking the arrow from Amorette’s clutches. “Not that I mind a little evil now and then.”
“Give me that arrow,” demanded Amorette.
“Or what?” asked Tris. “You’re human, love, and I’m a god. You’re no match for me.” He flashed a wicked smile. “But don’t worry, I’ll be fair.”
“Why can’t you just leave me alone?” cried Amorette. “Why would you want to be with someone who doesn’t want to be with you?”
“Oh, darling, it’s not about being with you,” explained Tris, “it’s about winning. You have rejected me from day one, even after I paid off the elders to match us. You had to make things hard, avoiding to couple with me and touching this blasted arrow, and now here we are. I have the arrow.”
“You paid off the elders?” Amorette shook her head. “They wouldn’t do that.”
“They would,” said Tris, “especially when you catch one of them playing hide the salami with a married mortal woman. A little blackmail matched with a few promises for the future. It’s amazing what an elder will do to make sure he isn’t banished.”
He cut his palm, wincing a little at the pain. “Now, you prick your finger again and you will no longer love that half-wit human, you will love me and we can live … what is it you care so much about, oh yes … happily ever after.”
“How do you think that will work?” asked Amorette. “I’m human now.”

“The parts still work the same, love,” said Tris, “you’ll live down here. I’ll have my way with you and then you’ll have little demigod who will babies that will take over the world. I’ll be in power in the clouds and our offspring will be in power here. It’s the best of both worlds, really.”

Friday, January 5, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 37

“I can’t be around you right now,” said Charlie. “I have to think.”
“Please, don’t go,” said Amorette. “I love you.”
“Do you?” asked Charlie with narrowed eyes, before he left the bar.
Amorette sat back down in the booth, laid her head on her folded arms, and sobbed.


Chapter 16


Amorette brought Emma a cup of tea as Emma sat on the couch.
“Feeling better?” asked Amorette, as she sat beside Emma and folded her legs under her.
Emma shook her head as she took a sip. “My head is still killing me. I hope I’m not coming down with something.”
“You should rest,” said Amorette.
“So should you, by the looks of things,” said Emma. “I don’t mean to be rude, but hun, you look like you’ve been crying all night.”
Amorette looked at the floor. She wanted to confide in Emma, but knew she couldn’t. She had broken enough rules by pricking herself with the arrow, falling in love with Charlie, and telling him everything. There was no reason to bring Emma into the mess she had made.
“I remembered some stuff last night, about my past,” said Amorette, “and it was awful. I spent most of the night worried about it.”
“You want to talk about it?” asked Emma.
“I’d rather not drag you into it,” said Amorette honestly. “I’m afraid it’s too late for Charlie. I’ve really made a mess of things.”
Emma patted Amorette’s knee. “Charlie will be fine. If anyone can clean up your mess it’s him. Guess I had better go down and see to the inventory. I need to order from my supplier today.”
Amorette leapt off the couch. “I can do it. I’ll make a list for you and then you can order.”
“Are you sure you don’t mind?” asked Emma, taking another sip of her tea.
“Really, I need to get my mind off things and if you need someone to count bottles, I’m you’re gal. Please, I just need something to do, so I can stop running through last night in my head,” explained Amorette.
“Okay,” said Emma. “The inventory list is on a clipboard just inside the storage room. While you’re doing that, I’m going to take a nap. I hate how sleepy that medicine makes me. Wake me by three, if I’m still asleep, so I can get the order in.”
“Sleep well,” said Amorette as she left the apartment and walked down the stairs. Her mind still tumbled with thoughts of Charlie and Tris. She wondered if Charlie had the golden arrow. Since she hadn’t heard from Gerwyn, she suspected he hadn’t found it. She desperately wanted to get a hold of Gerwyn, but had no idea how to do that as a human. In the past, she could just call him with a thought, it wasn’t like he had a cell phone.
Amorette entered the storeroom and grabbed the inventory clipboard. As she counted bottles, she also cleaned, doing anything she thought might make her forget the events of the night before. She laughed at herself, she had spent days not knowing who she was and now that she knew, she wanted to forget.
“Life is funny,” she muttered to herself as she looked down to the bottom shelf. She spotted a box of Zima and checked the list. Zima wasn’t on the list and Amorette couldn’t remember having a single person order it while she tended bar.
She penciled Zima into the bottom of the list and then knelt to move the box to clean behind the box. As she reached toward the back of the shelf she felt rough fabric. She pulled at the fabric and brought it into the lap, noticing there was something wrapped in burlap.
Amorette looked over her shoulder to the storage room door, feeling as if she were being noisy by looking at what was in the burlap, but she couldn’t help herself. It was like the object was calling to her. She could feel the burlap vibrating softly, like a purr of a kitten.

She unwrapped the object and her eyes grew as she saw the golden arrow. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Give Me Love ~ Part 36

“I’m a cupid,” she said bluntly, “My job is to match couples and I do that with the help of a golden arrow. If I shoot two people with a golden arrow they will fall in love, they can’t help it, even if they aren’t a good match for each other. Tonight Tris had a black arrow. They are illegal where I’m from. Black arrows cause humans to fall in love with cupids, but tonight when Tris hit me with it, it didn’t work because I’m already under the spell of a golden arrow.”
“I don’t understand,” said Charlie.
Amorette swallowed hard. “That night when you found me in the old warehouse, I had pricked myself with the golden arrow right before I blacked out. You were the first person I saw, so I fell in love with you instantly. Then you pricked yourself with the arrow and since it already had my essence, you fell in love with me instantly.”
Charlie shook his head. “No, I don’t believe it.”
“Are you saying you didn’t have feelings for me from the very beginning?” asked Amorette. “Would you normally offer someone you worked on a place to stay with your sister? Are you this protective of everyone you care for as an EMT?”
“This was different,” Charlie started.
Amorette grabbed his hands. “It’s different because you’re under a spell. Had you not cut your palm with the arrow, then you would have dropped me off at the hospital and not given me a second thought. You definitely wouldn’t have offered me, a complete stranger, a place to stay or have looked after me the way you have. This is all due to the magic.”
Charlie stood. “I don’t believe you. There’s no such thing as magic and cupids are fat little babies with wings and heart shaped arrows … oh yeah, and they are also a mythical creature. These things don’t exist Amorette. I think you’re just mixed up because of what happened with Tris. It’s okay to be scared.”
Amorette stood to face him. She grabbed his head gently and placed her hands on each side of his head. “Close your eyes.”
Charlie did as she asked and Amorette closed her eyes, so she could concentrate. She shared all her memories of being a being a cupid with Charlie. She held nothing back knowing that it was the only way that Charlie would believe her.
The memories done, Amorette opened her eyes, dropped her hands, and stepped back to gauge Charlie’s reaction.
Charlie opened his eyes slowly and gazed at Amorette with astonishment. “It’s all true?”
Amorette nodded and hugged herself, tears falling on her cheeks. “Yes.”
“You used me,” Charlie said, his eyes narrowing. “You wanted to fall in love and you used me.”
“I didn’t mean to,” said Amorette.
“Don’t lie,” snapped Charlie. “You knew what you were doing when you pricked your finger with the arrow. You knew you were going to fall in love and you also knew that it might not last and the other person would be heartbroken. Anyone could have been the person you saw first … what if they were married? What if they had kids and a family? What if they were already in love with someone else? You can’t just play with people’s emotions like that. Especially, not with something as powerful as love.”
“I didn’t think about that,” confessed Amorette. “I’m so sorry Charlie. I realize I was very selfish.”
“Yes,” Charlie nodded. “Yes, you were.”
He walked toward the door.
“Where are you going?” asked Amorette, her heart leaping into her throat. She couldn’t stand to watch Charlie walk away. She wanted desperately to fix what she had broken and she couldn’t do that if Charlie left.
“I can’t be around you right now,” said Charlie. “I have to think.”
“Please, don’t go,” said Amorette. “I love you.”
“Do you?” asked Charlie with narrowed eyes, before he left the bar.

Amorette sat back down in the booth, laid her head on her folded arms, and sobbed. 

Friday, December 15, 2017

Give Me Love ~ Part 35

“No!” screamed Amorette, hoping Emma would hear and call the police.
Tris clamped his hand over her mouth as he assaulted her neck and chest with his lips. Amorette tried to fight but it was as if Tris had the strength of ten men and a million arms to hold her down. She closed her eyes and felt the tears stream down her cheeks. She prayed that Tris would feel them dropping on his hand and have a change of heart, but she feared he had no heart.
Her world began to swim and flashes of memories started to play in her mind. She saw Priya start the fight at the club with her arrow and remembered sitting with Gerwyn in the bar as he helped Todd with his dating game. She remembered being in the park and watching the couple having a picnic as she shot a golden arrow at them. She saw herself in the warehouse prick her finger with the arrow and Charlie’s hand graze the tip as he took it from her. Everything came rushing back at once, she was a cupid.
“I remember,” she mumbled as Tris’s hand slipped off her mouth. She opened her eyes and looked directly into Tris’s. “I remember everything.”
Before Tris had a chance to react his body went flying to the side. Amorette just saw a blur as something fell on top of Tris and started to punch. She blinked hard and realized it was Charlie.


Chapter 15


“Charlie!” Amorette screamed as Tris threw Charlie off and into the bar. Charlie wilted into the ground.
“We’re not done,” said Tris glaring at Amorette. He glanced at Charlie, “but it’ll have to wait until another day.”
He marched out the door.
Amorette flew to Charlie’s side. “Are you okay?”
“I’m fine,” he said holding his side and wincing. “Maybe a bruised rib. Are you okay?”
Amorette nodded. “Thanks to you.”
“Who was that guy?” asked Charlie as Amorette helped him stand. “Where’s Emma?”
“It was Tris,” said Amorette, “Emma is upstairs. She had a headache and I told her I would finish up closing alone so she could go rest. I’m surprised she’s not down here. I was sure she would hear me yelling.”
Charlie shook his head. “When she gets those headaches the medicine makes her extremely sleepy. I bet she didn’t hear a thing. We need to call the police.”
“We can’t,” said Amorette with sagging shoulders. “They won’t be able to do anything.”
“Why not?” argued Charlie. “You know who he is and he just tried to …” Charlie thrust his hands through his hair unable to say the words.
“Because, I remember,” said Amorette. Her tears were flowing freely again. She knew she had to tell Charlie the whole truth, no matter the cost. It wouldn’t be fair to him otherwise. She led him to a nearby booth. “Remember when Gerwyn said I used to be magic and he was talking about the arrow?”
“Yeah,” said Charlie.

“I’m a cupid,” she said bluntly, “My job is to match couples and I do that with the help of a golden arrow. If I shoot two people with a golden arrow they will fall in love, they can’t help it, even if they aren’t a good match for each other. Tonight Tris had a black arrow. They are illegal where I’m from. Black arrows cause humans to fall in love with cupids, but tonight when Tris hit me with it, it didn’t work because I’m already under the spell of a golden arrow.”