In his fight to keep his hands off Erica, Ruby often visited the House of Love and ravaged anyone he could.
His nights with Oriana were wild as always, but Ruby could not help wishing he was with Erica instead.
One night, Erica chased Ruby down at the House of Love, and heard moans inside.
She knocked on the door, ready to fight.
Oriana tried to calm Erica, but she kept attacking.
She was infuriated and inconsolable.
In the heat of misery, Erica flew off into the night.
Both women were furious, and Ruby was broken. He had pushed his Muse away.
Ruby locked himself in the dungeon of the Palace and wrote to Erica about his love, his past and his fears.
Writing was cathartic, as Ruby only spoke with the guitar and never with words.
For the first time, he verbalized his vampiric nature, his fear that he was incapable of loving, his fear of destroying Erica and along with her, himself.
Once the entire notebook was filled, he set off to find his Muse.
Nobody but Oriana could find Erica. Ruby sought her for guidance.
Angry though she was, she could not refuse him when he was suffering so deeply.
She took him across the magical barrier to the outer island and brought him to the field where she first met Erica.
Ruby gave her a passionate kiss goodbye.
Finally, he set off on his own to find his Muse. He followed the direction of the birds and spotted her, crying by a lake. Seeing her so miserable tore him apart, and he decided to wait until night.
He followed the direction of the birds and spotted her, staring into a puddle, unmoving. Though pained him to see her that way, he decided to leave her to her thoughts and wait until night.
Ruby followed her to her cave and sneaked in while she slept. She awakened at once.
Ruby did not wait long. He was burning to make love to his Muse.