“u seemed 2 like the guy.” Grace taunts
“did not!” *Sussie says defensivly.
“there once was a girl with red hair, who thought she would never go there. she she woke with a smile after a while and found life may be fair.” Grace teases.
“will u please stop!” Sussie says, just barely able 2 keep herself from hitting her off her shoulder. as Sussie passes through the town she killed the 1st guy in, she realizes that they've already started 2 look into the death
“... ...well does it matter how he died?” a man asks as she passes by. “he was wanted 4 murder, maybe god just struck him dead.”
“he doesn't realize just how off he is....” Sussie sighs after she passes, then she stops 2 hear zaidi about what they think.
“or perhaps the black prince passed through and scythed him.” a different guy mumbles as Blackheart lands on the roof of a house. Sussie could sware if he wasn't a crow, he'd b smirking.
“that's a bit closer 2 the truth...” Sussie mumbles, then rides off, leaving them 2 debate it. “i wonder if that's gonna happen every night...” she mutters 2 herself.
"only in the presence of evil." Blackheart's voice chimes into her mind.
“gee...that's just wonderful...” Sussie sighs.
“there once was a girl with a black purse, who thought that she had a curse. she was then the first 2 know it wasn't the worst and then she grew 2 accept it.” Grace chimes.
“that didn't ryhme...and i doubt it'll happen...” Sussie mumbles back.
“it will.” she says in a sing-song voice. “because u get 2 hang out with...”
“don't EVEN say i like him.” She growls.
“Blackheart.” she teases.
“shut up!” Sussie yelps, barely refraining from hitting her away. Suddenly the song Sin with a Grin comes on her MP3 player that she'd been listening 2 4 a while. she pauses, looking at it. she'd just been listening 2 Good Charlett...then a Shinedown song comes on. she sighs and looks at Blackheart, cleverly clothed as a crow, sitting in a mti near by. if he hadn't been a crow, he would b smirking, and Sussie knew it. She sighs and walks over 2 a rose bush. she touches one of them 2 pick it and it goes from a yellow rose 2 a dark red. she looks at it, confused, then looks at Blackheart, thinking he was playing a trick on her. he flies down and lands in the rose bush, staring at her. "get used 2 it." he puts into her mind. "your just lucky it didn't die. it seems that it reflects your aura..."
“Fascinating...” Sussie sighs, picking it anyway. “it looks better this way anyway.” she mutters. “never have liked yellow roses...”
"and y not?" Blackheart asks
“because it's the peace rose...and my life has never had any of it...plus, it looks 2 cheerful 2 me...i'm not a bright color person...” she replies, fixing the rose in her hair and walking away with Blackheart close behind. “so...y r u following me anyway?”
"Father's orders...he wants me 2 keep an eye on all his Riders when he makes them..." Blackheart majibu back.
“but you've even alisema that u never did b4...so y now?” Sussie questions.
"let's just say after the last rider he trusts them a bit less and he let me out on a deal." Blackheart replies.
“sure...” Grace mutters 2 herself. “it has nothing 2 do with the fact that it's the 1st girl rider ever...”
"shut up au i eat u." he majibu with a calm threat in his voice. Grace gets wide-eyed and sits on Sussie's shoulder quietly.
“so clearly she's convinced herself that she's right...” Sussie mumbles, trying her hardest not 2 blush.
“i am.” Grace whispers quietly, glancing back.
"you're wrong." *Blackheart majibu into our thought calmly. "at least on my end."
“my end 2.” Sussie replies, possibly much 2 quickly. “oh, then explain y u r blushing.” Grace sneers.
“MUST u embarrass me!?” Sussie glares at the fairy on her shoulder.
“yes.” Grace says simply
“please...stop...” Sussie sighs
“there once was a demon and a girl, who wouldn't let their upendo unfurl. they were always together, but acted like they hated each other till eventually their upendo uncurled.” Grace sneers.
"ok, that's it." *Blackheart replies, eerily calm as he swoops onto Sussie's shoulder and grabs Grace kwa the wings, then flies off and tosses her away, then flies back down. "there goes the pest." he adds with a slight sneer, then lands on Sussie's shoulder and turns 2 a snake, then coils around her neck.
“um...should u b shape-shifting in public?” Sussie asks.
"no worries, they all saw a jogoo fly away and you're collar, alama is high enough 2 hide any snake." he replies.
“um....how'd they c a jogoo fly away?” Sussie asks, confused.
"reality warping." he replies.* "i can make them c what ever i want them 2."
“sweetness...” Sussie majibu flatly. she walks into her house and Grace catches up and flies though the window. “AAAA SNAKE!!!!!” she yelps.
“it's me u idiot.” Blackheart says aloud, still in snake form he slithers down Sussie's arm and onto a plant near by.
“ohh... ... ...” she pauses 4 a while. “AAAAAA BLACKHEART!!!!!” she yelps, flying up and landing on a beam with one of Sussie's honey suckles growing up it.
“so...i thought the rider only existed in the darkness.” Sussie mutters.
“that's usually true, but u were able 2 change in the middle of a clearing, remember. and u r not like the other riders with your powers, eather. even though father says he didn't do anything different.” Blackheart replies, snarling the word father, as he slowly changes back into his human form.
“what do u mean?” Sussie asks, looking out the window at Atrum in her stable.
Blackheart sighs. “the other riders b4 u were men, just 2 start off a list.”
“what's that got anything 2 do with it?” Sussie asks, slightly defensive
“well i wouldn't imagine much, but u never know.” Blackheart majibu calmly 2 the voice that would freeze most. “but the other riders b4 u...they became something like flaming skeletons when they were around evil...and their powers were useless in the light...u look mostly human, other then the flaming hair, and u can apparently change in the light...”
“that it?” Sussie asks.
“no...i'm only starting.” Blackheart majibu “the other ones never could touch a scythe without turning 2 ash...he tried 2 teach them and they couldn't go near reapers...where as your weapon seems 2 b a scythe. u don't know yet if u can use the Penance Stare, au use any of the other ghost rider powers...but the fact that u can hold a scythe and actually use it properly is promising...”
“what other powers...?” Sussie asks
Blackheart sighs. “u really have a lot 2 learn.”
“well excuse me 4 not growing up around this 4 my entire life.” Sussie majibu back sassily
“the ghost rider's power's r Superhuman strength and durability, Ability to project regular and ethereal flame, Ability to travel between interdimensional realms and along any surface, an Enchanted Hellfire Chain, Flaming motorcycle au horse, and the infamous Penance Stare.” Blackheart answers, mostly calm but with a hint of anger in his tone.
“a chain...i'm gonna pass on that one.” Sussie mumbles. “but i can do the moto thingy...”
Blackheart sighs, shaking his head slightly. “yes, u can project regular and ethereal flame.. the swali i have is...can u control it? the rest of them couldn't, but u can do many things already they couldn't...”
“hm...well i'll try it tomorrow.” Sussie mutters
“wait...is he staying?!” Grace asks, wide-eyed.
“problem?” Blackherat asks, a hint of a threat in his voice. “um...no...?” Grace replies, almost questioningly. "there once was a guy with black hair, could do nothing but stare. what he didn't know, and it didn't show, is that she really does care." she thinks 2 herself. Blackheart glares at her, and she flies higher into the honey suckle and hides in a flower. Sussie eventually falls asleep in her bed. She wakes up a little l8er and sees Blackheart asleep across from her. She gets red and smiles. “this must b a dream...” she thinks, falling back asleep. She wakes up again and finds herself with her head on Blackheart's chest. she get's wide-eyed at 1st, then realizes he's holding her as tight as she's holding him. she get's red slightly and rests her head back on his chest, smiling. he wakes up slightly and looks at her, slightly confused. “i know you're awake.” Sussie nods slightly. “you're...not struggling...?”
“am i suppose 2...?” she asks, not moving away.
“most people...don't wanna b so close 2 me...especially the riders...” Blackheart mutters, shocked.
“i'm not most people.” She replies, smiling and looking up at him.
he looks at her. “th-this isn't supposed 2 b happening...”
“what do u mean?” She asks, confused.
“we're suppost 2 b enemies...the rider and i r suppose 2 hate each other...” He replies, closing his eyes.
“i've always been a sucker 4 forbidden love.” Sussie smiles at him, snuggling closer.
“u don't understand...” he mumbles. “i'm only suppose 2 follow u in the 1st place so that if u over step your mark i'm...” he stops abruptly
she sighs, knowing what he was gonna say. “but...we have this moment...and what's the worst that can happen? he'll send u 2 hell?” Sussie jokes slightly.
“good point...” Blackheart mutters. “but if he finds out, he'll kill u himself...”
“then he'll b short a rider he's been looking for 4 how long now?” She replies, not moving.
“that may b the only thing 2 keep u alive...” he sighs “he's stronger then i am...”
“i figured that much, but...we could work together an-”
“no.” he cuts her off. “he'd bring others...the entire hellfire group...demons and all...and he'd force us apart...”
“i don't care...” she sighs, giving up. “i still wanna b with u...”
he looks at her, slightly shocked. “it...could get u killed...”
“a life without upendo isn't a life worth living.” she mutters, closing her eyes and starting 2 fall asleep again.
he sighs and watches her fall asleep. “you're right...” he mutters silently after she falls asleep again. “and i won't leave u without a fight...”
Sussie wakes up. still in Blackheart's arms. she smiles. "i wasn't dreaming..." she thinks, looking up at him. he's still asleep, so she snuggles back up with him, smiling.
Blackheart wakes up and looks at Sussie. she's still awake, and she smiles up at him “hey..” she mutters, blushing lightly. "it wasn't a dream..." she thinks again, still waiting 2 wake up.
“no.” Blackheart smiles, laughing slightly. “it wasn't.”
“darn...i forgot about that kusoma minds thing...” Sussie mutters, then grins. “but i'm glad it's not a dream.” she adds.
“i'm glad it wasn't too...” Blackheart sighs slightly. he pulls her up, after a short while, and kisses her lightly. they look at each other 4 a bit, then they kiss again.
“so...” Sussie mutters after they pull away slightly. “u know Grace won't let us live this one down...right?”
“sure she will.” Blackheart replies. “cuz i'll toss her away if she doesn't.”
“u could just b a snake again.” Sussie suggests.
“good point...mortals aren't supposed 2 know demons walk among them.” Blackheart adds.
As we walk into the living room, Grace stares at us, a smirk on her face. “hello!” she coos. “and how was last night!?” she asks in her sing song voice.
Sussie giggles. “that didn't take long.”
“at least we expected this much...we couldn't possibly expect her 2 keep her mouth shut...” Blackheart sighs.
“well, aside from that, what do u think i should ware!” Sussie grins, switching the subject. “i was thinkin' a western theme, what do ya think?”
“i think it doesn't matter.” Blackheart says earnestly.
Sussie smiles hugely, then turns and goes 2 her room b4 he sees her blush. she walks out latter in a cow girl hat and boots. she's got on a white leather koti, jacket that's cut off and has blue going down the sleeves. the blue goes down the back 2 form a pembetatu and she has on a red plad shati under-neath that's cut off as well. her skirt, upindo goes down 2 the knee and it's pink with red swirls. her ukanda is dhahabu and the buckle is as well, it looks like a cobra head. her white and blue leather gloves match her koti, jacket and go about 2 the elbows. she smiles at Blackheart, who smiles back. “u look great.” he says, and Grace holds back a laugh at just how quickly this all happened. “if u don't keep your mouth shut, i will toss u away again.” he adds, looking at Grace, who gets bug-eyed.
“yeah, u gotta remember that they can only hear us.” Sussie adds.
“wait...he's not staying human when we go out...?” Grace asks, confused.
“no.” Blackheart majibu simply. “they will not know i'm there, they will only c a snake.”
“well that's kinda' silly!” Grace exclaims “they wouldn't know u were a demon unless u told them!”
Sussie and Blackheart look at each other. clearly Grace forgot that Blackheart was zaidi then a demon...he was the son of Satan...which is y he's supposed 2 hate the Rider...because they r supposed 2 b forever enemies...
“well” Sussie changes the subject again “let's go!” she cheers, opening the door just as Blackheart changes into a snake and wraps himself around her neck. Grace follows absently, imba I Promise U.
Sussie sighs, looking at Grace, then down at the black snake, Blackheart, wrapped around her neck. “i told u she wouldn't let it go...” she mutters, then looks back where Grace was. “um...where'd u go?”
“i'm in your pocket!” Grace grins, then a popping sound.
“what was that popping? what pocket?”
“your mfuko wa fedha, mfuko pocket, silly!” she laughs, then another popping.
“what's the popping?” Sussie asks again.
“i found some gum in your pocket!” Grace majibu cheerfully.
“... ...i...didn't know i had any gum in my purse...wait, there's a pocket in my purse?”
“yeah! u didn't know?!”
“uh...nope...” Sussie mutters, then pauses, thinking. “u'r not eating my trident layers, r u?”
“um...” Grace thinks “what's it look like?”
“it's pink with a red stripe.”
“oohhhh... ... ...well, there's an entire pack here still!” Grace grins
“i upendo how u didn't even ask if u can have any.” Sussie sighs
“oh, here's the rest of the piece!” Grace cheers, popping out of the mfuko wa fedha, mfuko pocket and handing Sussie a piece with a corner missing.
“u...didn't bite it off...did u?” she asks as she takes it.
“nope, i ripped it off!” Grace smiles.
“just don't get gum all over please.” Sussie mutters, popping the piece into her mouth.
“i won't!” Grace promises, pulling back into the pocket.
“u look cool as a cobra.” Sussie adds, looking at Blackheart.
“thx, naturally anything I change into is Black au mostly black.”
“tht only makes sense.” Sussie smiles.
we walk back 2 our house and get the 3 Cats in, then Sussie walks out with Blackheart now following as a jogoo this time she leaves her mfuko wa fedha, mfuko in the house as she gets on Atrum, accepting her roll as the new Rider. Atrum jumps the fence 2 the stable that Sussie had built, then they take off into the moon-lite town. “wait 4 me!” Grace yells, catching up with a blaze of light from her slightly glowing wings.
“u need 2 keep up and b happy that Atrum here wasn't in Rider form.” Sussie majibu nonchalantly.
“oh sorry!” Grace says sassily. “there once was a girl in a rush, who finally found her curse lush. she rode in the darkness then found a quite starkness, there was an obstacle in her way.”
“what obstacle?” Sussie mutters, looking at the road again.
“well, other then tree's roots, u know the bigger obstacle.” Grace sneers.
Sussie sighs “must u remind me...can't i just enjoy this while i can?” she mutters, a slight sadness in her voice.
“remember” Blackheart says as he flies closer, still as a crow. “you'll only become the rider in the presence of evil.”
“coolness, but since you're here...y aren't i changed?” Sussie questions.
“u know...i was wondering that myself...” He mutters, then lets himself fall back behind her. “we'll figure that out as time goes on.”
“i think i know y already.” Sussie mutters 2 herself “it's because i don't think you're evil...” she smiles slightly as they keep going. she finds herself again in the town inayofuata door. “hey!” a guy calls. he's on a pure white horse and waring a police uniform. “we've been waiting 4 u! you've got some explaining 2 do!”
“oh boy...here we go...” Sussie sighs, looking at the officer, then taking off. it doesn't work an soon she's in hand cuffs on the ground, wishing she'd been around some evil b4 she got here.
“you were going way 2 fast last night! we've got eye witnesses saying u caused massive destruction 2 the town!”
“damn...we were going that fast...?” Sussie says, zaidi in wonder then afraid as the officer pulls her 2 the jail. “wait...wait, u really don't wanna put me in there!” Sussie yalps, feeling herself start 2 change.
“yeah, i kinda' do.” the officer says as he threw Sussie into a cell
“no...no!” she yells, pulling on the bars, then looking around as the officer leaves. she was surrounded kwa strong...erm...man-girls...that's what they looked like...
“hey!” one sneers, walking up. Sussie's eyes focus shortly on a younger looking girl. “nice boots...very nice...”
“uuummm....” Sussie looks at the girl confused. “listen, i don't want any trouble.”
“oh, she doesn't want any trouble!” the girl laughs, looking at the other girls in the cell. “isn't that cute!?”
“hey, what do ya say we give her a warm welcome?!” a different girl walks up menacingly.
Suddenly Sussie's surrounded kwa everyone except the younger girl. the 1st one pushes her up ageist the bars and her koti, jacket rips. “bummer, i was gonna take that 2!” she sneers, pulling at her gloves and they start 2 rip. Sussie changes into her rider form and stares at the 1st girl.
“nice jacket.” she sneers, and soon everyone in the cell is dead except the younger girl. Sussie pulls on the 1st girls gloves and jacket, then smiles. she turns and looks at the younger girl. “u r innocent.” she says, then points at the bars and they melt away. she walks out and runs out the door where Blackheart was perched on a mti branch staring at the entrance in jogoo form. “where's Atrum?” Sussie calls up at Blackheart. he flys away 2 an ally where Atrum stood. she turns as Sussie runs in. sitting on Atrum's head was Grace. Sussie jumps on Atrum and she changes into Rider form. they take off as fast as they can as the police swarm out of the building and try, without much luck, 2 catch them on their horses. “Ride Atrum!” Sussie cheers giddily, enjoying this. “ride like the wind!”
“phew...i thought u were gonna say ride like our lives depended on it.” Grace mutters.
“good point.” Sussie chuckles “Ride like our lives depend on it because they do!” she laughs “we're not comin' back 2 this town any time soon, r we!?”
“i vote...we never come back...” Grace mutters.
“you're starting 2 enjoy being the rider, aren't u?” Blackheart laughs slightly from behind them. “usually it's a curse.”
“curse!” Sussie snickers “WHAT curse?!” she looks behind and sees that the cops have aliyopewa up and were goin' back 2 the town. Sussie laughs some more. “them poor farasi jus' can't keep up!” she laughs, riding around the town through the forest. “i wonder if they ever decided what happened 2 the 1st guy i got rid of...aw well, it's salama 2 say they'll never guess! Atrum here is 2 fast 4 anyone 2 get a look and actually c that she's a demon horse, and i look human!”
“u r just lovin' this...aren't u?” Grace looks at Sussie, confused.
“u bet your right wing i am!” Sussie sneers slightly. Atrum jumps back into the stable and Sussie gets off. “so...am i gonna grow wings au somethin'?” she laughs slightly.
“not likely...none of the other riders have.” Blackheart majibu as he morphs back into a human.
“it was a demon joke...u know, cuz most people think demons have wings and...oh, never mind...” Sussie sighs, shaking her head slightly. “but, it IS a possibility though! after all, i'm different then all the other riders...”
“i guess...but it's very unlikely...” Blackheart mutters as i turn normal.
“well...i can dream, can't i?” Sussie shrugs as Atrum turns back 2 normal as well.
“i just hope no one saw the flames from when u go from normal girl 2 rider and back...” Blackheart sighs.
“oh, they only last about 5 seconds.” Sussie laughs slightly, then wiggles her shoulders slightly and some black feathers float down
“um...u got your wish...” Blackheart stares as pure black wings start 2 form and grow on Sussie's back.
“hu?” Sussie asks, confused, then sees them. “heh, it's a good thing i was waring a small jacket, hu?” she laughs.
“i...don't know how this is all happening...” Blackheart looks totally confused.
“maybe it's because i can't catch myself on moto all the way!” Sussie jokes, then looks at Blackheart and walks closer, seeing something. she looks worried slightly as she walks closer. “is...is that a scar...?” she asks, rubbing his neck with her finger lightly.
“yeah...” Blackheart sighs “it's...it's a long story...at least no one saw the flash from u turning back human.”
“it only lasted a few seconds.” she laughs “not like anyone's up anyway.” she grins, walking out of the gate.
“wait....how do u explain the wings?”
“um....well....i'm...not exactly sure!” she says innocently. Blackheart sighs. She smiles as she walks out onto the side walk. “well, let's c if any one's even up yet.”
“y do we care?” Blackheart asks
“well, i wanna c if i can get these things work.” she smiles, twitching her wings slightly.
“shouldn't u hide them b4 u leave...?” Blackheart asks.
“probably...” Sussie mutters. suddenly she gets wide-eyed with pain as she feels a burning sensation on her back. the wings slowly dissipate and leave 2 sets of black streaks that look like jagged cuts down her back, with an up-side-down pentagram right in the middle. a down ward facing kuvuka, msalaba with black wing outlines goes right between the jagged black lines and it looks like crows r flying from them. she staggers back and falls because of the pain. Blackheart catches her easily and looks at her, concern in his dark blue eyes.
“what happened?” he asks
“my...my back...it burns!” she yelps. Blackheart turns her around and gently moves her hair out of the way. he gets wide-eyed and, sensing something was wrong, Sussie tenses slightly. “wh-what is it?”
“you've been marked...” he mutters, shocked.
“is that good au bad...?” Sussie asks.
“it depends on the color of the Sigil of Baphomet in the sun...” Blackheart mutters “either way, it's bad...but one is a lot worse then the other...it also seems that your wings can totally disintegrate when u want them gone...it usually takes demons years 2 perfect that...”
“really...damn...” Sussie sighs, holding back tears from the pain. “this sucks!”
“well, we'll know as soon as the sun comes out...” Blackheart says, looking out over the trees where he knew the sun would rise.
Sussie sighs “is it gonna hurt zaidi when the sun light touches it...?” she asks, looking at him.
“it shouldn't.” he smiles warmly at her “and the one option is only bad 2 most...but u seem 2 enjoy your job, so it shouldn't b a punishment.” a slight tingling on Sussie's back told her that the new...um....tattoo...was reacting 2 the sun light. it starts glowing dimly, then gets brighter, a blue color. it then slowly shifts 2 red as the light dims again. it stops glowing and settles on a red color that eerily looked like blood. Blackheart sighs, slightly relieved. “red means that you'll b like this....forever...but it glew blue 1st, so it means you're still being watched...”
“but i've been a good rider....haven't i...?” Sussie asks, looking up at him cutely.
“yeah...” he smiles, not knowing how 2 reply. his ear twitches slightly, hearing foot steps. he smiles at Sussie. “looks like it's time i go snake.”
“y....u look perfectly human?” Sussie questions, looking confused.
“because....u know, good question....i was always told that i wasn't 2 b caught in human form in the sun-light...”
“maybe because pale skin burns quickly?” Sussie asks jokingly
“no, i think it's because i have zaidi power in the darkness.” he mutters, turning into a snake and wrapping around her neck.
“hair!” Grace says cheerfully
“don't u mean here?” Sussie asks
“nope!” Grace replies, popping out of her gppony, pony tail
“how didn't i know u were there...?”
“u were 2 wrapped up in your new boyfriend.” Grace majibu simply.
“must u purposely piss me off?” Sussie mutters, looking at Grace as she lay across her head and looked over her hair.
“yes.” Grace majibu smugly. Sussie sighs and walks through the town with Grace imba My Immortal the entire time.
“can't u sing anything other then upendo songs?” Sussie asks Grace, getting fed up with her singing.
“sure i can....i just choose not 2.” Grace replies.
“well can u please choose 2?” Sussie majibu back.
“hmm...got it!” she grins, then starts imba Thoughtless.
“aren't u tierd?” Sussie asks Grace as she walks into the forest.
“i should ask u the same...” Grace mutters.
“hey....i've been meaning 2 ask....can u change how your wings look?”
“well because u were all purple, now you're all blue...”
“yeah....i tend 2 do that...i upendo 2 change. hate being the same zaidi then 2 days au so.” Grace smiles “i can even turn human size and look totally human. my wings can go away like yours do.”
“cool.” Sussie smiles.
“yeah, changing color changes my element.” she adds with a smile.