As another victim fell to his demands and wiles, Gackuto stood at the window looking out. Lately, these girls were too easy. He got bored easily with how they fell into him so quickly. Hyde, his best friend and brother, even felt the same. For once, they would like a little resistance. At least to find someone who would be hard to win over. After all, that worthy never came easy. Even their parents taught them this hundreds of years ago. It was about time they saw this for themselves.
Hyde finished his last sip as he put the cup down, wiping the bit of blood from the corners of his mouth. This was strange for his brother to stare out for this long. He could hear his thoughts. Gackuto wanted to find something more than a feast. He was the first Prince in line, he needed to find a lady to make his. The problem would be where? Sure they went to countless parties to mingle, but no one there sparked his interest. He felt that if he needed to be with someone, the first impression needed to be electric as well. Hyde, on the other hand, was the playboy that liked being alone. He was the second son, so he wasn't next in line to his lineage; Gackuto was. Being next in line was more of a pain than anything. A lot of responsibilities rested on the shoulders of that next in line. Those Hyde wasn't ready for. He would help Gackuto find her. There was something about seeing his big brother brooding to make a bad day.
"Listen brother, we'll find her for you."
"Yeah? Are you sure Hyde," never taking his eyes from the distance, "where's she at? Dad and mom expect me to be with someone. I don't like those they chose for me, so I have to do the leg work."
"Ooo you actually having to do work, that is pretty scary. For once, things aren't handed to you. Tragic."
That broke Gackuto's concentration. His little brother seemed bitter. That was pretty much the norm lately, not knowing the issue at hand. Either way, it was going to be different trying to find someone suitable to take as his. He just needed to figure out who and what he wanted, as far as characteristics went. One thing was for sure, the one had to not have a lot of baggage. She needed to, at most, be a single child or the black sheep of her family. This would help in the fact that the day Gackuto would take her, she'd have nothing left behind. This would kind of start a new life for her. Everything would be taken care of by him, but she needed to have this one thing in order.
Hyde knew Gackuto had a thing for girls who were tall with Black hair. Blue eyes were his favorite. The way he described them, oceans of blue, made his dead heart tick. These would be the things he'd look out for, for his big brother. Downstairs, they heard their parents shuffling around getting ready for yet another party. Determination was their middle name. This hunt would go on forever for their parents as well. They had someone completely different in line for Gackuto. Astrid was beloved by the Camui Family. She was headstrong, brilliant, talented, and prissy. Everything they felt was good for Gackuto. Hyde hated her. She was a bitch from the word go. He never liked to refer to women that way, but the shoe fit her. Astrid thought she belonged on a pedestal, and also thought Gackuto should hoist her up there. Gackuto wasn't feeling her at all. Hyde and Gackuto had differences of opinions of girls, but this was one opinion that they could agree on. She kept her image as a modern day Elvira, which was notable, but too flashy to Gackuto. He liked discretion, she was not about that. Afterall, they needed to blend in not to tip anyone off of their family secret.
Gackuto reached over the back of the chair as he pulled the jacket to his back. Hyde was adjusting his tie in the mirror. Time was nearing as they felt a lot of presence downstairs. They both exited the room as they looked down below to close to a hundred people.
"Great, this is their way of saying choose."
"You see choices, I see feasts," Hyde let out a chuckle as he hit Gackuto on the chest.
They descended down the stairs, noticing the different people their parents invited. It was pretty impressive that there were a lot of new faces. How they did it, was beyond them. Over at the bar, Hyde noticed a new face that had never been around before. She was the bartender, slinging drinks. From first impressions, she was feisty; able to take shit thrown at her. Her style was edgy. Purple hair flowed to the bottom of her shirt tail, with white at the tips. He couldn't see her eyes, but from a distance they looked dark. Gackuto hadn't caught glimpse of her yet, but Hyde felt it would end all. As Hyde neared the bar, her voice was sweet. She was also shorter than he pictured. Maybe too short for Gackuto. Once she met eyes with Hyde, it was for certain. She was what he was looking for for Gackuto. If not Gackuto, even himself. He could see her on his arm.
"Whisky tonic." Hyde sat directly in front of her.
The bartender reached down grabbing a glass and the top shelf whisky simultaneously. She poured the tonic as she slid the glass to him. Grabbing it, he noticed her eyes were dark. Just as he thought.
"You've never been here before. Are you new?" Hyde sipped his drink as he inquired about the bartender.
"Well, I own the company your family uses, but everyone walked out on me, so here I am."
"Hyde, it's a pleasure m'lady," he held his hand out as she met his eyes.
"Aella. The pleasure's mine." As she grabbed his hand, he turned it over lightly placing a kiss on top. This was something she never experienced or expected. He had a nobility about him.
"Your name, Aella is Grecian. I believe it means whirlwind."
Looking over, Hyde noticed Gackuto and Astrid talking as they were approaching the bar. Hyde wanted to see Gackuto's reaction. In his mind, he pictured Gackuto instantly falling. In reality, Gackuto blew her off. It floored Hyde. He normally wouldn't be wrong in choosing girls for his brother. Gackuto ordered a bloody Mary for him, and a martini for Astrid.
"Oh my God, you have a job looking like that?" Astrid pointed out her nose piercing and marilyn piercing.
"Just as you can walk around looking like a very pale, over-used old porcelain doll. I guess it's allowed."
Hyde choked on his drink as he had to swallow back laughter. Even Gackuto had to keep his composure. It was rude to laugh at the expense of others. Aella walked to the other end of the bar as she took more orders. Never in their long life have they ever seen Astrid shut down. This was the first, possibly not the last time either. Astrid stood there appalled that the bar wench had the nerve. She waited until Aella walked back around to refill Hyde's drink.
"I bet you must feel wonderful being a bar wench."
Aella straightened her back a bit furrowing her eyes. This lady was pushing her buttons from the beginning.
"It feels great actually, I like my hours and I chose where I work. Must be pretty easy being a bitch though. You excel at it. Bravo," she began slowly clapping as another customer called her over.
She's fucking perfect, Hyde thought. He liked her grit and zero fucks she was giving to Astrid. One of a kind. If Gackuto didn't want her, then he would take her.
Gackuto was noticing her attitude. He still had the image of someone completely different though. He wasn't sure if he could sway from that. Not even in the slightest. Hyde approached Gackuto, wanting to get his thought on Aella.
"She's definitely different brother, but not what I'm looking for."
Hyde was shocked. He didn't even get the chance to ask. That damned brother of his must've heard his thoughts. Sure she was unconventional, but that is what he thought Gackuto wanted in the first place. Hyde looked over at the sassy lady as he imagined her as a match to either of them. She would work. Gackuto just needed to see that as well. Hyde felt insulted rather Aella wasn't in his sights. As he took another sip, Astrid and Gackuto walked to the middle of the room to meet up with his parent's.
Aella laid another glass infront of him, "How do you put up with her?"
"I tune her out, or stab my ears; whichever comes first. You held your own with her, good job."
"I had to handle stuck up women all my life, what's a spoiled brat to the mix, right?"
"Did that hurt when you got them done?"
"Can you keep a secret? It's not real, they're sticky rhinestones. I'm too much of a chicken to put holes in my face."
Hyde started laughing as Aella showed him the stones.
"They look real."
The two started laughing as Gackuto finally looked over at her. She hadn't smiled the entire time they saw her. Aella had a radiant smile. He also saw her take the rhinestones off her face. It felt superficial to him to not like her due to piercings, but he wasn't a fan of them. Mostly since it was a fairly new thing that happened hundreds of years after they were born. It was true she wasn't his ideal mate, but there was no denying she was beautiful in her own right. The fact that she was getting along with his brother was also a plus. That was something Astrid couldn't say.
Gackuto walked over to the bar as he sat next to Hyde. He just wanted to be around her presence momentarily. When Aella handed him a glass, she met his gaze. This would be the deciding factor in what his next move would be. Never breaking his gaze, Aella just stood there. She felt awkward more than anything, that this complete stranger was trying to stare a hole in her head. She wasn't used to that. It usually was just her trying to fend off drunks and see to it they had cabs called for them. Not someone with intense eyes.
Hyde felt some type of way, he thought she wasn't Gackuto's type. He wasn't sure whether he should be happy or a little annoyed Gackuto was starting to try and decide to warm up. Again, he felt like they were about to be rivalling. Just like old times. The last time they fought over something, was when they were little. Hyde had a toy he cherished for himself, that his older brother paid no attention to at first. After time of seeing how much fun and entertainment Hyde had, Gackuto finally showed interest. Gackuto being the eldest, staked claim to it. Hyde got that same feeling. It left him with anger and sadness. By no means had he claimed her yet, but with the way Gackuto shoved her off in the beginning, he only felt it was fair game for him to make her his instead. By family Creed, the eldest decided first choice; regardless of any fine detail prior. So, Hyde had to wait until Gackuto threw her out before he could chase, if he threw her out.
That honestly probably wouldn't be an option, Hyde already read into her. She had a past that was dark and that intrigued him the most. She was a lost soul, looking for the better form of life. Her home was broken, had been for a while, so she was as great prospect as any. He knew as soon as Gackuto did a reading on her, it'd be game over. Hopefully, something would happen to prevent it. At this moment in time he wanted Astrid to show up.
"Gacky, are we gonna dance or not?"
It seemed as fate was on his side for once. Gackt slowly got up to lead Astrid to the floor, but not without a smirk crossing his face. Hyde watched as nonchalantly as he could. Any and every thought he had, he had to keep it to himself; lest he wanted Gackuto knowing. He saw the concern look on Aella's face. It would seem she was more fearful of Gackuto. That never happened.
"Don't mind him, he can he a little intense sometimes. Are you okay?"
"I'm peachy, thanks. Another?"
Aella started pouring his drink as she got lost in thought. The interaction between her and Gackuto messed with her mind. She felt strange. Definitely different from what she did before. Hyde would have to make that decision to fight with his own brother, or yearn for her from afar. She glanced up at Hyde as he substantially cleared her fears. That was a strange experience as well. One guy stirred a storm, as the other calmed it. One would make her his Queen.