Here we go, as requested by Linnup, Cranium Mischief, Dakotah Rowan, Raychaell Dionzeros, Alana Core, and probably a load others (sorry if your name wasn't mentioned) - have some Valith :)
"Val?" Tanith called up the stairs. "Are you ready to go?"
Valkyrie rounded the top of the stairs and smiled down at her best friend. "How do I look?"
Tanith saw her friend and laughed. There she stood in a Moulin-Rouge inspired outfit that quite literally only consisted of strategically placed lacy fabric, feathers and sequins – a matching copy of what Tanith was wearing herself, both girls in pairs of black stilettos. Both had their hair in ringlets, their makeup consisting of smoky eyes and lusciously red lips.
"You look positively tarty, darling!" Tanith grinned. "Perfect for a Hen Night."
Valkyrie began to descend the staircase, meeting her friend at the bottom. "Yeah, well it's my last night as an unmarried woman, and I intend to have a good time."
"Not too good I hope." Said a velvety voice from behind them.
Valkyrie turned and saw her fiancé leaning against the doorframe. He was wearing his newly acquired 'all-over-facade', today's face having soft, brown hair and bright, blue eyes. He was dressed up in a 007 style suit, matching Ghastly's, and he was beaming at her.
Valkyrie walked over to him and wrapped her arms around his neck. Skulduggery responded by resting his hands on her hips and pulling her close.
"Don't worry." She assured him. "I'll behave as long as you do. God knows what Ghastly's got prepared for you."
Ghastly appeared in the door frame, walking into the room and embracing Tanith from behind. "It's his Stag Due, I'll do with him whatever I want."
The girls laughed and Skulduggery rolled his temporary eyes.
"Nice choice of words, Ghastly." He mumbled.
Ghastly nudged Tanith in the side. "Oi, you know what I meant! Tonight is his last night of freedom!"
Valkyrie and Tanith both arched an eyebrow and echoed. "Freedom?"
"He means, my last night before the best day of my life." Skulduggery stepped in.
"Yes." Ghastly nodded. "Yes, that's exactly what I meant."
Valkyrie turned back to Skulduggery and grazed her lips across his. "Don't forget about me tonight while your off looking at lots of beautiful women."
Skulduggery tenderly pressed his lips to hers. "When I'm coming back home to you, what would be the point?"
Valkyrie grinned at him. "Good answer."
Tanith grabbed onto Valkyrie's hand and pulled her away from her fiancé. "Come on! We need to get going before all the good strip clubs are full!"
"Very funny!" Skulduggery and Ghastly said in unison as the girls ran out of the front door.
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Valkyrie and Tanith had been to every bar, every club and every pub in Ireland, all but one little backstreet club in Roarhaven. It was called Temptress, and it wasn't for the faint hearted. It was dark and dingy, the floors were sticky and the bathrooms were practically unusable. The bar staff were seedy and unhelpful, and the highlight of entertainment was a group of strippers called The SugarBells, but they were drunk – stinking drunk – and this was the only place left open.
"Barman!" Tanith Yelled as she and Valkyrie sat at the barstools. "Two of your finest cocktail, my good man!"
"Shh!" Valkyrie hushed her, giggling. "You're yelling!"
"So are you!"
Both girls looked at each other for a few moments before erupting into fits of laughter. Valkyrie laughed so much that she fell off her stool. "OOPS!"
Tanith looked down at her. "Hey, what'cha doin' down there?"
Valkyrie looked up at her, perplexed. "I… don't… know…"
A bouncer came over to them. "Excuse me, ladies?"
"Sorry, I'm taken." Tanith said.
"Yeah! Leave us alone! I'm getting married tomorrow!" Valkyrie yelled from where she was laying, face down on the floor.
"Ladies, I'm here to escort you off the premises."
Valkyrie sat up and looked at him. "What? Why?"
"Because you're too drunk to stay here."
"I resemble that remark!" Tanith yelled, pointing a finger in his face.
"Resent." The bouncer corrected her. "Now, please can you see yourself of the site, or else I'll be forced to call the police."
Tanith reached down and helped Valkyrie up. "Come on, we don't need this place."
"Yeah!" Valkyrie stumble to her feet. "We don't need you; we can have our own party at home!"
"Yeah!" Tanith joined in.
"I don't care where you go as long as it's not here." The bouncer said, evenly.
"Fine!" The girls yelled at him, marching out of the club.
Outside, the girls hailed a taxi and made their way home. They paid the driver, got out at Valkyrie's mansion and staggered inside the huge house. Upon reaching the living room, both girls fell and sprawled out on the sofa, laughing.
"Why are we laughing?" Valkyrie said between gasps.
"I HAVE NO IDEA!" Tanith roared.
"YOU'RE SUCH A TWAT!"
"NO, YOU'RE THE TWAT, YOU TWAT!"
Both the girls laughing impossibly escalated until Valkyrie rolled off the sofa in fits of giggles.
"Ow." She mumbled landing face up on the carpet.
"Hold on." Tanith said. "I'm coming to get you."
"No, Tanith! Wait!"
But it was too late. Tanith had rolled off the sofa and landed straight on top of Valkyrie.
"Ow! Tanith!" Valkyrie groaned.
"Sorry!" Tanith propped herself up on her elbows so she was looking down at Valkyrie. "Hey you."
"So… what'cha doin'?"
"Nothing much." Valkyrie shrugged, grinning. "You?"
Both girls laughed, absentmindedly, their laughing eventually trailing off. Tanith stared down at Valkyrie, Valkyrie looking up at her, the perplexed expression on her face again.
"Tanith, what's wro–"
She was cut off by Tanith's lips that descended onto hers.
"WOAH!" Valkyrie yelled pushing Tanith off her and sitting up. "WHOA, WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT FOR?"
Tanith shrugged. "I… I don't know. I just… felt like it."
"You kissed me!"
"Yeah, well this ain't fucking Brokeback Mountain! You can't go doing all that shit!"
Tanith frowned at her. "Brokeback Mountain was two guys not girls."
"Same thing!" Valkyrie snapped.
Tanith sighed. "Val, stop getting so hung up on it. I saw you there, underneath me, completely submissive, looking beautiful – I couldn't help myself."
"But you're straight, and so am I!"
"And?" Tanith shrugged. "Doesn't mean we can't have a bit of… fun." She leaned in closer to Valkyrie again. "Besides… tonight is your last night of freedom. Don't you want to take one last walk on the wide side?"
Valkyrie shivered, her best friend's lips mere centimetres from her own. "I… I'm getting married tomorrow, Tanith…"
"Exactly. You'll never get this chance again. Take it or leave it Val–"
Tanith was cut off by Valkyrie's lips crushing against her own. She was caught off guard at first, but she quickly responded by kissing back and putting her hands on Valkyrie's hips, pulling her closer.
Valkyrie broke off the kiss and looked at Tanith. "Promise me you won't tell Skulduggery?"
Tanith grinned. "I promise."
I hope you like it :)
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