Nathair Pt. 4
Here’s part 4 for everyone craving some more Sweet Pea. Reblog and like as you please.
“We crave absolutes. They comfort us, but life is infinitely more complex than that.” -Jughead Jones
Tallboy can’t be The Black Hood. That is the only thought running through Sweet Pea’s mind during his ride to school. That would mean that Tallboy broke one of the most important laws; A Serpent never betrays his own.
Sweet Pea jumps off his motorcycle, chewing his lip. He spots Toni on her phone by the front of the school and jogs over to her. “Toni!”
“Pea. So, are you gonna be a dick to Lili again? Because if you are, I will not hesitate to kick your tall ass.” Toni popped her gum crossed her arms, waiting to hear Sweet Pea’s argument.
“No, Toni. I’ll stand behind her, because of what I thought of yesterday.” Sweet Pea rubs his neck, scratching at the serpent tattoo adorning the column of his throat as if he was trying to get rid of it.
“Hey, Sweets, you’re gonna hurt yourself. Stop scratching so hard. What has you so worried?” Toni grabs his wrist to stop his scrabbling fingers.
“Come here,” He drags her behind the nearest bush, “I think, um, Tallboy is the Black Hood.”
“WHAT! What the actual fuck, Pea! How could you think that?” Toni whisper-yells, mouth agape.
“Toni, just listen to me please.”
“Whatcha guys talkin’ about?” Lili struggles to make it between bushes, trying to keep leaves out of her bun.
“Nothing that concerns you, Outsider. Leave us.” Sweet Pea sneers in her direction before turning his back to her and silently pleading with Toni to hear him out.
“I won’t listen to you unless you apologize to Lili, and include her. If what you are saying is true, then she needs to know.” Toni draws herself up to her full height, and fixes Sweet Pea with a fiery stare.
“Fine. Lilith, come here. I’m sorry I was a dick to you yesterday, I guess I’m just rude to girls who come in and dethrone me. Listen carefully, both of you…” Sweet Pea continues to explain his theory on Tallboy, all three Serpents oblivious to the Ghoulie standing on the other side of the bushes, getting ready to tell Malachi everything, and earn his stripes.
“Malachi! I have something important.” Dilton Doiley burst into the Ghoulie haunt, stumbling to a halt when he realized who was in the room. “Tallboy. Sup….”
“Doiley, what is it! As you can see,” Malachi gestured angrily to Tallboy,” I’m in the middle of something.”
“It’s fortuitous he is here. It concerns his precious ‘Serpent Prince’.” He pulled his phone out of his pocket, clicking play on the most recent video in his camera roll.
“Look guys, Tallboy is around the same age as that Northsider said the Hood looked, and he has green eyes too. The redhead also said the Hood has really bad eyebags, and Tallboy has them.” Sweet Pea looked around again, causing Doiley to move the camera down until Sweet Pea looked away.
“Okay, but there are lots of old guys who have bad eye bags and green eyes. That doesn’t prove anything.” Toni scoffed and starts tapping her foot.
“Okay, sure, but think of this. Tallboy wants to bring the Ghoulies and Serpents together. Everybody else knows it’s not a good idea, and the only reason Tallboy wouldn’t listen to the majority is if he was being paid. A lot of money.”
“This does make sense. But what does this have to do with me?” Lili questions.
“If we can get you enough support among the younger Serpents, then when we present you to the rest of the gang this coming weekend.” Sweet Pea looked down at Lili, smirking slightly at how much shorter she is than him. “The Serpents deserve a real leader who will stand up against people like Alice Cooper and Mayor McCoy. From what I’ve seen, you don’t take shit from no man. We need you, no matter how much that pains me to say.”
“Awww thanks SP!” Lili smiled and nodded in agreement with what he was saying.
“I’ll talk to Fangs, have him bring some of his boys down to the quarry. I’ll text you when you should show up.”
Dilton takes back his phone and looks up at Malachi, proud of his discovery. The older Ghoulie claps him on the back and turns to Tallboy, relaying the unasked question with his eyes.
“That little shit has always wanted to take over from me. And who the fuck is that other girl. I’ve never seen her in the Whyte Wyrm but she’s obviously a Serpent, otherwise they wouldn’t be hanging around in the bushes together. But what the fuck does she need support in?” Tallboy verbally works through his thoughts, pacing the length of the room. Shuffle. Mutter. Creak. Turn. Mutter. Shuffle. Turn. Creak. Fist against wall. Turn. “Alright boys. Here’s what we’re gonna do…”
“Come on, Lili. Let’s bounce.” Sweet Pea saunters into the office for the Red and Black, Fangs and another Serpent trailing after him.
“Let’s bounce? What is this, the eighties?” Lili laughs, making Sweet Pea scowl. He takes three quick strides forward and leans his face down only inches from hers.
“Look, Lilith,” He practically spits her name, “I’m doing this so that that we don’t become the Ghoulies’ bitches. Don’t think this means were friends or anything.”
“Get a room, Sweets.” Fangs whispers to the other Serpent, but somehow Sweet Pea hears him.
“What the fuck did you just say Fangs? Just get the Quarry by four. And bring the ring.” Sweet Pea storms out of the room, mutter obscenities to himself.