The night had gone so well, aside from the pings of jealousy and want. He and his longtime friends were enjoying themselves at the party, chatting it up and joking around. Of course Clara and Vincent were there, the scoundrel. Mason never thought his friendly rival would ever date one of his family members, yet here they both were, doting on each other like they were engaged. Of course Vendet surely knew how Mason felt, he was his brother after all. Perhaps he thought it was odd too. And Violet... Well things hadn't progressed in the direction he wanted. Every time he looked at her he felt like the floor was going to swallow him whole. It was a wonder the two of them even became friends since he became so ridiculously tongue tied around her. Who ever thought she would have made it as an actress, out of all their professions. His parents surely didn't approve. Luckily Sarah was there for him. Oh of course Mason felt terrible for constantly going to her for advice, and at times he wondered if she ever had feelings for him. Although those questions were put to rest after the many failed relationships she had. It seemed like they were both in the same sinking boat. Riley was really the only one Mason could have fun with. He never wanted to clobber her, like he did his brothers, and he certainly didn't have feelings for her, nor did it feel like his heart was bringing wrenched with guilt. No their relationship was strictly platonic without any emotional baggage, and he was extremely glad for that. "Hey Riley, who do you think has the best costume? And you'd better not say Vincent. Bastard's won this contest three years in a row." But Riley never did get to say who won. Everyone's attention was on the hooded figure who suddenly made the lights go out. *** Everything hurt. His legs, arms, shoulders, back and tail - they all throbbed painfully. Mason opened his eyes and found himself blinking into a blue light. He was on his back, staring up at the ceiling and he took that moment to recount that night's events. They were at a party. That's right, he could still hear the guests outside talking. His parents had thrown their annual Halloween party and Mason invited all of his friends. They were in this room talking when a man came in and locked them in. Then suddenly... Suddenly he saw darkness and he heard the man say, "If you wish to be human again I suggest you step through." Mason gasped and sat up, sweating. Human? What did he mean about human? Of course they were human! Why wouldn't they be? ...Then he made the grave mistake of glancing at his friends. "Aaaaaaaahhhhh!"