Kosta awakens to a room filled with the sands of Ayira’s magic. He marvels for a moment at his own perfect visage, still groomed, and find Jason at his door. Apparently the newly minted ghoul had felt his terror and sought to help him, but couldn’t get inside so he waited faithfully outside the door.
Afterwards, Kosta goes to Andre’s haven, where he’s met and assailed by an unknown vampire. Xavier Reyes proves to be more of a physical match, but judicious application of Majesty saves the day, ending in what can only be described as an orgy of blood and sex. Andre casts Xavier out in a fit of jealousy, causing the man to know Kosta’s use of Majesty and resent it heavily. Andre was then told of Ayira’s impending visit.
After a few nights, Kosta visits Jason. He’s been a shut-in. Addiction and withdrawal doesn’t look good on him to say the least. Kosta tells the boy he’ll call when he needs him, then feeds him another draught of vitae. He leaves after telling the boy once again that he doesn’t love him when confronted with Jason’s feelings.
Simply feeding even proves difficult with Kosta’s luck. The man he chose for the night ends up turning out to have picked him out as a vampire. After feeding on him, Kosta is outraged when the mortal thinks to presume to have dirt on him. A few threats are exchanged, and the kine walks away unscathed for now.
Later in the evening, to blow off steam, Kosta visits his friends Vincent and Connor at a club. It works for a small time, until he notices Xavier there. In a small talk with Xavier, he’s informed he needs to apologize or have his arms ripped off. Kosta goes back to his friends to let them go home without seeming too off, but not before Vincent spends some length talking to Xavier.
Kosta tries earning his forgiveness by the ways he would’ve as a mortal, aka sex. Xavier laughs that off, and informs him he’s coming with him for a trip. Kosta tries to see how far he can push the bounds of the arrangement, and decides to play along. He gets a taste of Xavier’s vitae as a byproduct. As the dawn approaches, the two spend the day in Kosta’s trunk, the keys left in it for the journey to be finished by Xavier’s ghoul.