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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #50 on: September 12, 2008, 06:54:54 PM »
"I'm used to that," Vacan said, holding her helpfully upright.  Carefully, he led her up the hill, back to the highway where everything had gone to hell so quickly.  "Since I'm assuming I won't be welcome at the compound, we'll go back to my place."  Turning her to face him, he smiled.  "Wrap your legs around my hips, and hang on tight."  He hoisted her up, making sure she was well settled before turning back to face the way they'd come.  "Whatever you do, don't let go."

Wrapping one helpful arm around her waist, he smiled and ducked into a crouch briefly before taking off at a sprint.  It wasn't nearly as fast as the run he'd been in chasing her down, but it was far faster than anything any human could hope to achieve on foot.  His enhanced senses had no problem seeing all the details as though they were taking a leisurely walk. In reality, everything whipped past them at an irrational rate, blurring together into one long line, occasionally broken by the rare light.

They travelled rougly 10 miles in the span of about five minutes.  Slowing down evenly, so as not to jolt his fragile cargo, Vacan finally came to a stop outside a massive library.  He loosened his grip around her slender, warm body, leaning back to look at her face.  "We're here.  Don't fall."  Vacan gently pried her legs from his hips, setting her firmly on the ground.  Blond brows rose in a silent question of her well-being.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #51 on: September 12, 2008, 07:25:39 PM »
She gave him a flat look as he set her at his waist.  "What, you can't carry me in your arms like normal people?"  There had been another retort on the tip of her tongue, but it was rapidly cut off when he lowered, and then sped off, and hands that had been on his shoulders now wrapped securely around his neck, and her legs about his body, in an instinctive death-grip.  She'd watched the terrain go by in a disgusting blur for all of a few seconds, before her head began to swim and her stomach started to turn.  True, she'd been going a hell of a lot faster on her bike not a half hour ago, but at that point she'd been the one in control, as well as having been in possession of all of her blood and wits.  So she made the intelligent choice of shutting her eyes tight and ducking her head against his shoulder, though at their current speed, she really had little choice in where her head went.  She actually lost a few of the silver pieces woven into her hair as the wind ripped through the ebon tresses.  Her hair was a tangled mess over his shoulder by the time he stopped again.  And Vanity would have burned his ears with a tongue lashing if she didn't feel like she was going to throw up.
There was a reason that the human body only went so fast on its own.  High speeds took getting used to, but Vanity had six years of riding in which she'd built up an endurance for the top speeds her bike could take.  But, again, that was done at full physical capacity.  So even though he set her easily back to her feet, she didn't stay there long, and never looked up at him.  She only opened her eyes again once she was sure there was solid ground under her feet, at which point she slowly sunk to her knees, one hand latched to his arm, the other on the ground, and she breathed slowly while she tried to figure out if her stomach really was going to heave.  Because after all, she was only human.
She stayed like that for a few minutes, and though she'd dry heaved a couple times, thankfully nothing came up.  Her hand left his arm and joined its partner on the ground when she was a bit more steady, though she did lower herself until her legs were tucked up under her body, her forehead on the cool pavement.  "I...fucking...hate you..."

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #52 on: September 12, 2008, 10:52:07 PM »
Don't laugh, she'll shoot you.  Don't laugh, she'll shoot you.  Kneeling beside her in the rubble, Vacan gently patted her head.  "And you'll hate me forever and ever.  It's just something I'll have to get used to."  He smiled and helped her to her feet.  Most of her weight was resting against his side as they walked slowly up the stairs.  Two enormous sphynix's stood guard over the crumbling staircase, both the dark green of rusting bronze.  The position in which they sat gave those walking up to the library a sensation of permeating, all-seeing wisdom.  It was as if the two guardians were always watching, ensuring the safety and education of all who passed through the doors.  As the motly pair passed between them, Vacan whispered something very softly, bowing his head as they broke the sphinx's line of sight.

At the top of the stairs, twin bronze doors stood, surprisingly centered.  Intricate metalwork had been done on them, depicting long scenes from a variety of stories.  They weren't labled; it was an ongoing trivia contest, before the war started, to see who could name all the scenes seen on the doors.  No one had gotten them all right.  Pausing outside the doors, Vacan glanced down at his companion, making sure she was still at least conscious before pushing open the door with his other arm.

Inside there were small globes that rested on platforms just above Vacan's head.  As the huge doors closed, the globes closest to them lit from within, giving off a faint blue glow that revealed a wide entry with marble floors.  Huge contrasting marble colums flanked the walls, holding up an open second floor.  Hidden in the darkness were many more floors, each filled with thousands upon thousands of books.  The main floor, however, had been converted into a comfortable living space by Vacan shortly after it had been abandoned.

Steering the woman with him to her right, they entered a large, yet cozy, living room.  Furnished with a variety of antique couches and a matching mahogany armoire and desk set.  The plush couch was close, and extremely comfortable.  Laying his donor across the couch, Vacan settled her securely, sitting himself on the coffee table beside the couch. "Are you hungry?  Or did my sucking on you destory any appetite you may have had?"

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #53 on: September 12, 2008, 11:12:08 PM »
She would have swatted at the condescending hand, if she could have mustered the strength to do that much.  As it was, staying curled up on the ground was a much more appealing alternative.  So it was with a grunt that she rose with him, and she hooked an arm around him to keep herself upright, though she was sure he was doing most of the work.  Serves him fucking right.  Her gaze spent more time on the steps in front of her than on the sphinxes or the doors, only dully noting that they were there as they passed each.  She didn't even have enough wits about her to notice that they'd gone into the old library.  So it was a massive relief to finally be able to lie down, and her body siezed on the opportunity with almost no time wasted.  Vanity's eyes were already closed and her breathing beginning to even out by the time he sat on the coffee table.  And she fairly growled at him when he spoke and woke her up again.  "Piss off.  I'm tired."  Food was probably the better way to go just then, but she really wanted nothing more than to just sleep for a bit.  After all, it had been a very exhausting night, at least on her end.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #54 on: September 14, 2008, 05:05:07 PM »
The soft weight of a beautifully made blanket rested on her spent body as Vacan draped its warmth over her.  He continued to sit on the table for a while, just watching her body rise and fall with her breathing.  It had been quite a while since Vacan last had a donor, and he'd forgotten the attachment that formed almost instantly.  Never having had the opportunity or inclination to talk to another vampire about it, he only had his own thoughts and theories as to why the connection was so sudden and so intense.

He wouldn't go so far as to describe it as love, though it had that level of depth to it.  From that sampling of her blood, he'd taken in enough to feel her running through his veins, to feel what she felt.  At this point, it was just exhaustion, but he knew he'd always feel what she felt.  It wouldn't necessarily impact his own life, but be more like a thought in the background.  Awareness that could be brought to the forefront of necessary.  Vacan had almost missed that second thought in his mind, though the peace he'd found had been nice for a while.  Now it was just lonely.

Unable to sit still, Vacan rose from the table and began to slowly pace, the steady rate of her heartbeat setting his pace.  With his hands folded behind his back, he let his blue eyes unfocus, considering the implications of his choice.  While he may have saved her from a life of increasing, debilitating boredom, he wasn't sure if what he'd brought her into was at all wise.  Now she would be a perpetual target; Vacan's claim on her would prevent most, but there were some out there who held no pleasant feelings for the vampire himself.  Being alive for several centuries tends to increase the number of enemies a person has.  And his were of a distinctly unpleasant ilk.

The unwritten code of "don't eat what isn't yours" held best with vampires of a more civilized nature.  The younglings knew the rule, but often held it in contempt, only following to rule to prevent bodily harm to themselves.  That didn't, unfortunately, stop them from taking violent action against the human in question.  Identification from a distance was vital.

His decision clearly made, Vacan left the room in a silent rush, moving quickly up the stairs to his private chamber.  It wasn't a space at all decorated; it was a utilitarian space, free of clutter.  This was where Vacan escaped when the world was too much for him.  The room was soundproofed as best he could manage, with no windows.  In here, he kept his favorite books, all original copies.  Upon entering the room, he took a deep breath of the somewaht stale air, enjoying the scent of silence and greatness.  Shakespere, Poe, Dante, among many others.  To one side was a very small onyx chest, inlaid with opal and many precious stones.  It sat on top of an intricate cherry desk with a matching chair.  Sitting smoothly into his chair with unbelievable grace, Vacan pulled the box into his hands and opened it in one smooth motion.  Inside was a collection of baubles he'd picked up over the years.  Pushing some of them around, his face lit up when he found what he was looking for.  A wide black silk choker with several opals set against it draped across his long, pale fingers.  Small diamonds hung delicately from the edge, intended to rest against the skin of the gifted.  He knew it would be noticed by those in the compound, but trusted her to use discretion in hiding it.  Besides, it would protect her from those far more dangerous than her pack.

Returning to the well-appointed living space, he found the human now deeply asleep, not that he was surprised.  Rest was probably her best course of action.  Food could be found later for her; now her body simply needed to get its blood back.  Vacan decided it was best to leave her for a while.  He tucked the necklace into his pocket and quietly removed himself from the room, closing the door behind him.  

Not terribly comfortable to leave her alone in this vast space, Vacan settled himself outside, perching on the back of one of the sphinxes.  Tilting his head a bit, he debated who he could trust the most, then sent a silent request.  Upon confirmation, he nodded and settled back to wait, listening to her heartbeat.  When she awoke, he'd be outside waiting.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #55 on: September 15, 2008, 11:19:42 AM »
Dawn the next morning was but a fond memory for anyone else awake out in the city.  It was edging on noon when the first flutter of motion behind her eyelids broke her otherwise motionless repose.  The rougher parts of her landing the night before had turned into a general ache in her muscles, as well as a localized pain at the base of her neck, as though she'd slept wrong.  As conciousness slowly returned, she noticed the comfort of her current bedding, which left her mildly confused.  It was far too soft for her own cot.  For a moment she wondered if she'd gotten trashed after the run, and had ended up in the pack leader's bed again.  It was no secret that the leader was a lecherous pervert, and more than a few of the youngest girls had lost their virginity to him, whether they'd wanted to or not.  Vanity herself didn't much care; going to bed with him occasionally granted her favors unattainable by most of the others, and those favors translated into various aspects of control or power of her own.  But, no, that couldn't be the answer; there wasn't the lingering smell of stale sex, nor was there the heavy cloud of the god-awful cologne he wore.  So then where...?  Her eyes fluttered open, just a crack at first, and then slowly more as her eyes adjusted to the light.  The room she was in, which had gone by largely unnoticed the night before, as had much of the library on their trek inside, was far too rich to belong to anyone she knew, even the pack leader.  Her memories began to sort themselves out the longer she was awake, and bit by bit the night before began to make sense to her again.
Once more her hand lifted to the bite mark on her neck, only two small divots remaining to be found by her fingers and a slight tenderness of bruising when she pressed on the skin.  Vanity eased herself upright and looked around a bit more, taking in the place.  She was still a bit weak, but nowhere near as disoriented as she'd been the night before.  Even so, the couch was comfortable, and she was in no hurry to go finding where the vampire had run off to just yet.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #56 on: September 20, 2008, 07:06:06 PM »
She wouldn't have to go far to find him.  Vacan sat, almost lounging, in an overstuffed armchair beside the fire.  He had come into the room a few hours earlier, his messenger having returned.  Now he relaxed in the chair, a book in his hands.  The fire had been lit for the woman's benefit; he got neither pleasure nor any detriment from its presence, though he could remember the days when he enjoyed the warmth and light of a pine fire.

He had felt her heart rate change long before she had made the conscious decision to awaken.  Waiting until she seemed to be awake for good this time, Vacan laid aside his book and looked up at her, face calm and smooth.  "Welcome back."

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #57 on: September 21, 2008, 05:02:27 AM »
Her eyes flicked to him quickly with the sudden sounding of his voice.  She didn't know how she'd missed him the first time, but now there he was, lazing about like some fattened cat in the warmth of the fire.  To his greeting, she responded with a simple, elegant, "Hey."  Her voice was a bit strained, exhaustion pulling at her throat.  She rubbed at her face and eyes a little, forgetting to take care with the liner around her eyes, which resulted in an annoyed snort when she pulled her fingers away and found small black smudges on them.  The offending marks were wiped on her jeans, and she wiped at the skin under her eyes in a blind attempt to remove the smudges with the back of her wrist.  Again she looked around, eyes a bit more clear now that she was a bit more awake.  "Where are we?"  Obviously it was his home, but the question was where in the city they were.  She frowned a bit at the hollowness in her stomach as more of her woke up.  "How long?"  She was starving.  It didn't typically feel like this unless she'd gone three days or so with nothing but a slice of bread and water for every meal; not quite starving, but definately hungry.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #58 on: September 21, 2008, 11:42:37 AM »
Closing his book, Vacan adjusted a little so he was facing her more directly.  "We're in the old library.  I founded it, and have lived here for as long as it has stood.  As far as how long you've been asleep?  Not that long.  About fifteen hours."  He glanced towards the window. A slice of sunlight cut across the floor,  illuminating floating dust motes that danced in circles.  "Though I'm guessing you're so hungry because your body is missing some rather important fluids."  Vacan smiled and looked past her, through the door.  "I have a fully stocked kitchen for you, back through the hallway."

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #59 on: September 21, 2008, 01:05:40 PM »
"Wait," she lifted a hand and tilted her head a bit, not quite sure she heard him correctly.  "You...live in a library?"  There were a few moments of incredulity, since, by looking around, it looked nothing like that.  "Like...with real books?  They weren't all stolen or burned?"  Knowledge, now more than ever, truly was power.  Human society was very quickly spiralling down to the equivalent of the Dark Ages.  Most people would rather burn the books for a fire rather than preserve the knowledge that was found within their pages.  A few very powerful people had private collections, but they were shared with no one.  There was a brief flash of gaurded hope behind Vanity's dark lashes as she considered the possibility.  Before the world had effectively ended, she'd loved to read, just for the sake of reading, to have the knowledge that may one day come in handy, and for the feeling of still learning something, even though the schools had long since closed down.  After the fact, she'd even whored herself out a number of times just to have a chance to read again.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #60 on: September 21, 2008, 01:30:49 PM »
Chuckling at her surprise and her hope, Vacan nodded.  "Yes.  Once word spread that the library had been founded and run by a blood-sucking soulless bastard," he said wryly, "most people weren't brave enough to walk past, much less try and steal something."  He looked over his shoulder towards a small, dark alcove.  There were thick boards across the doorway, a few small gaps between them.  "Some brave souls have tried, and some have even succeeded.  Fortunately, those were duplicates, books we had put up for sale just before the war broke out, and people were more interested in heat than knowledge."  Long fingers gently stroked the binding of the book in his lap, a seemingly subconscious movement.  "My favorites are well protected."

Shaking himself from his reverie, Vacan smiled at the woman again.  "You must be hungry.  Come; let's find you something suitable."  Rising in a fluid, unbroken movement, he crossed the room to stand beside the couch.  "Think you can stand?"  One brow raised in almost a silent challenge.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #61 on: September 21, 2008, 01:36:12 PM »
It was a strange emotion that drifted over her; relief?  It had been so long since she'd felt something like that.  But, it eased her mind to know that the books were safe; she was perhaps one of a very few people left in the world that still appreciated books for their true worth.  Ah, but food.  First and foremost, nutrition.  She would have tried to stand on her own anyway, but with his challenge, she scowled up at him as though he'd just insulted her for being a weakling.  It was a matter of principle then that she rise on her own, without his aid, as if to prove herself to him.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #62 on: September 21, 2008, 01:41:24 PM »
"Scowling at me won't get you upright any faster, you know."  Smirking, he held out a hand.  "Sure you don't need any help?"

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #63 on: September 21, 2008, 02:08:29 PM »
"No," she snipped at him, and made her way to her feet without his help with only a bit of a wobble.  "So far you've proved yourself only capable of knocking me off of my feet."

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #64 on: September 21, 2008, 02:20:13 PM »
"At least I'm good at it," he remarked, smiling a pointed grin.  Taking his hand back to prevent the temptation he was certain she would feel to take a swipe at it, Vacan led her slowly out of the living room.  They made their way into the hallway, which was brightly lit through the tall windows above the intricate front doors.  Knowing she hadn't had a chance to look around their first time through, he paused briefly.  To their left was a long hallway that was lined with doorways that led into other sections of the library.  In the center of the hall was a wide marble staircase that narrowed in the middle, and opened wider at the top where the second floor was reached.  Smaller staircases lined the wall at the top of the stairs, providing access to the higher floors.  A wrought-iron railing lined the balcony edges up another seven floors before the top of the library was reached.  A huge dome capped the top of the building, its fogged glass letting in limited light that trickled down to the two standing below.

Right in front of the staircase was a beautiful statue of a picturesque woman.  She stood regally watching over those who entered her domain.  Long hair cascaded down her back that was clad in a flowing garmet of ancient origins, and a stack of books rested in her outstretched hand.  The only source of color in the bronze statue was a pair of piercing green eyes.  They seemed to rest on whoever walked before her, surveying and reigning in peace.

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #65 on: September 21, 2008, 04:29:06 PM »
Vanity?  Do something so childish as swat away a hand?  Never.  No, she'd much rather shoot the bastard.  It was comforting to feel her various weapons still in their rightful places across her body; even the double-barreled beast she affectionately called Deux, which left a light ache in the small of her back from sleeping on it.
She followed with little trouble, still tired and weak, but more steady on her feet now that she'd had a chance to sleep.  She looked around with curious eyes as they moved through the halls, taking in the layout as much as she could.  It all seemed strangely familiar to her, but Vanity couldn't have begun to know why.  Like a foggy scene from a dream, a part of her seemed to know this place.  She was trying to pass it off and nothing, but stopped still when they came into the central hall.  That statue...  She knew that statue.  Even from across the room, she knew the sharp green eyes, as though she'd stared into them many times.  Fleeting images rushed through her mind of long forgotten memories, people milling around, the quiet hum of low voices.  The statue had been much larger then...  Or was it simply that she was much smaller?  "Hey, Teeth..."  Her voice was somewhat absent, all her attention on that bronze statue.  "How long has this statue been here?"

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #66 on: September 21, 2008, 04:37:54 PM »
Vacan rested a light hand on the foot of the statue, smiling a little blankly.  "As long as the library has; one hundred and twenty years."  His thumb lightly stroked her small bare foot before he seemed to come back to himself.  Shaking his head briefly, he turned and looked curiously at the shorter woman.  "Why?"  Pale eyes watched her carefully, easily reading the emotions that played across her face.  She seemed to find the place familiar, though not him.  He didn't recall her either; it wasn't a matter of physical recognition, but psychological memory.  A psychological imprint never changed, no matter what a person went through in their life.  And she had been through a lot.

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« Reply #67 on: September 21, 2008, 04:43:59 PM »
Her brows furrowed a bit more with his answer.  It had to be a duplicate then.  But, again, where would she have ever seen another?  She'd never been to a museum.  But then again, that could be a flawed memory as well, since even though she knew this place, she didn't recall ever being here.  She was silent for a time after his question, just looking into the green eyes of the statue, as though they would have the answer.  But the lady was silent, and Vanity finally broke her gaze away, and shook her head slightly.  "Nothing...nevermind."  She stepped back a little and turned away, waiting for him to continue leading the way to the promised food.

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« Reply #68 on: September 26, 2008, 10:23:19 PM »
Narrowing his eyes skeptically, Vacan opened his mouth to speak, but thought better of it and shook his head.  "The kitchen is over here."  Stepping around her, he tipped his head in the direction he was walking.  Through a narrow doorway, they entered a wide, fully stocked kitchen.  It was complete with granite countertops, bamboo flooring, oak and glass cabinets, and those most updated appliances.  This meant they were at least ten years old, and had all been modified to run strictly on gas.  Electricity was occasionally sparse, and when the library was still inhabited, or when Vacan did take the rare donor, they would need something to eat.

"The fridge is full of food, as are all the cabinets.  It's restocked as frequently as I can do it, which isn't terribly often, but I have some rather...able...sources."  Shrugging, Vacan hopped up onto the counter, sitting with his legs crossed at the ankles, swinging lightly. "Help yourself."  He smiled as encouraging as possible and motioned her into the somewhat dusty but well lit space.

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« Reply #69 on: September 27, 2008, 03:38:43 AM »
Vanity lifted a skeptical brow at him.  "Not often?  I hope that doesn't mean you're going to treat me to a feast of SPAM and other canned goods that were made probably before I was even born?"  Actually, canned goods might actually be a step up.  The compound grew some of its own food, but much of it was processed until it didn't resemble anything but vomit in order to get the most nutrition out of it.  He was right; life had become unbearably dull for humans, when they weren't too busy fearing for their own lives.  But even that got old after a while.  But, she made due on what he had, digging back into the depths of her memory to recall how to use something so simple as a stove top.  She didn't really care what she ate, so long as it was warm.  Losing blood had made everything cold, and she was eager to regain some of that warmth.
It was a little strange, sitting in a stool at the counter with the soup she found for herself.  Almost surreal.  The entire place seemed so new, and yet she knew the latest additions would have had to have come years ago.  Amazing what a little thing like the fall of civilization does to culture and technology...  She made it through a whole can, and realized that she was still hungry, and so went back to the stove and heated up another.  Much as she would have liked to have tried some of the other things in there, it was best to stick to things her stomach was familiar with for now; she'd had a real apple once, stolen from the pack leader's suite after a night together, and the damned thing had made her sick; the 'medic,' a man who had actually been a nurse of sorts during the war, said that it was too good for her, that her body didn't know how to deal with something that wasn't a nutri-paste, and so had rejected it.  She was well into the second can of soup before she paused, curiousity pulling lightly at her face.  "Hey, Teeth.  What's it like outside of San Angeles?"  It was a little ironic to her; once called the City of Angels, this place was little more than a hell hole anymore.

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« Reply #70 on: September 29, 2008, 01:20:27 AM »
Enjoying the feeling of her somewhat trance-like state as she ate, Vacan had drifted into his own trance.  Her question shook him out of it, though she would have noticed no difference in him.  His eyes sharpened a little, and glanced quickly down at her bowl before returning up to her face.  The movement would have been too quick for her human eyes to catch, though.  Lifting his legs up to cross them on the counter, Vacan leaned back against the wall, his arms wrapped around his knees.  He didn't so much need to move, as it was an established habit from blending in with humans.  They didn't like it much when vampires sat too still for too long.  Sighing, he thought a moment.  "In big cities like San Angeles, it's much the same.  When the war ended, those of us who hadn't already been exposed came out into the open, knowing there was no mortal left with enough power to challenge us.  After spending so long in the shadows, afraid to come out even at night sometimes, it was the biggest rush.  At last, we were free."  His voice had lost its sense of ever-presence, and was instead dreamlike.  It caressed any listener, drawing them along with him.

"Everything has gone to hell for mortals, really.  All beings follow the same practices of community; we are drawn to places with those like us, and to a food source.  Unfortunately, you were that food source, so we simply followed you.  There are those of us who travel alone, changing locations frequently.  It's much like sampling different courses in a buffet.  Sometimes, a less discerning palatte can get that from one city.  Those of us who have been like this longer are better at telling differences, and tend to be pickier."  Vacan shrugged abstractly.  "But our sense of time is different, too.

"If you were to visit a smaller city, of which there are admittedly few, it is different.  Most of us don't venture out there simply because finding healthy food is harder.  There is so much to eat in bigger cities, there is no reason to go far.  I have gone to a few, in different parts of the world.  It's good to get out sometimes, you know, to see how things are progressing.  To get a sense of whether or not we will have to go into hiding again, if the mortals rise again.  There is little evidence that this will happen, though we aren't patrolling as much as we did.  In the smaller cities, life is returning to what it was like long ago, back before electricity, back before the industrial era ever hit.  You have returned to the earth in these smaller cities.  Life is simple again, life is peaceful again.  The stench of fear doesn't permeat everything, doesn't contaminate every day life."  Again he sighed, as if remembering his own life.  Vacan had closed his ice eyes, losing himself in the moment.  Nothing but his lips moved, as though a marble statue was speaking.  His harsh attitude was gone, his brash arrogance.  It lingered just beneath the surface, just a brush away from his tone, but for the moment, Vacan seemed completely content and relaxed, as though he felt safe, which he did.

A small part of his mind mulled over this fact while he spoke.  It had been decades since Vacan had felt this at ease with another being, mortal or otherwise.  Was this a wise choice?  Did he really have a choice?  He had long ago discovered that no matter what the lifespan is, when the heart of a being has made up its mind about another soul, the brain could do little to stop it.  Vacan often spent many hours arguing with this part of his mind, the part he had labled his conscience.  He hadn't been able to decide if he had a soul himself.  Most mortals didn't even think he had a personality, so it was no use asking any of them.  And he wasn't entire sure his disagreed about having a soul.  There was something distinctly demonic about consuming the blood of humans, but...he also wasn't quite willing to give up on God just yet.

While this part of his mind watched with a sense of clinical detachment, Vacan continued his story.  "Before the war, though...it was completely different.  There was a peace to the world.  Sure, there was turmoil here and there, but there wasn't the terror, the constant need to fight.  People could just sit, and listen.  To each other, to themselves, to the silence.  Part of me misses that, that quiet.  It's not quiet anymore.  There is always noise, always something.  Breaking, crying, shouting...no more laughter.  No more smiles.  No more peace.  Those like me are more aware of it that the others, or than mortals who haven't been around long enough to remember.  Those who do remember have either died, or moved to the small cities to find that peace again.  We want the freedom we have, and some don't care that they are contaminating the world.  Some of us do, and want to get it back."  His voice had dropped to a whisper, almost impossible to hear.

After a few minutes, Vacan realized he had lapsed into silence.  Opening his eyes, he looked at the woman with him and smiled as though they had been discussin the weather.  "Why, you want to take a trip?"

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Re: Welcome to the New World (WARNING!!! VIOLENCE AND LANGUAGE)
« Reply #71 on: September 29, 2008, 10:31:03 PM »
She hadn't expected such a long answer.  Perhaps a yes, or a no.  Better, or worse.  But nothing so in depth.  It was...interesting, to see the slight change in expression across his face.  Nothing that most humans would have been able to catch, but she'd become pretty good at reading people in her pack.  Though she was sure she'd only caught the loudest of his expressions.
It was also interesting to hear what he spoke of.  She'd never been outside of San Angeles in all her life, even before the war ended.  But then again, she'd been pretty young when it was last safe to go out.  She remembered, even young, and years before the war ended, that the 'mythical' and 'fairy tale' were becoming more and more real.  She knew that, once upon a time, she was happy, and unafraid, but to hear him speak of a time, or a place where that was true seemed so foreign.  But listening to him, it made her wonder what it was like.  
However, when he snapped back to the present, she only scoffed and rolled her eyes at him.  "I don't go anywhere without Baby."

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« Reply #72 on: September 30, 2008, 05:02:16 PM »
Vacan raised an eyebrow, sitting up a little.  "You may want to rethink how you get around out there.  We immortals aren't the only ones to worry about."  Dropping his feet to dangle off the counter, he leaned even closer.  "And don't tell me you aren't curious."  Eyes narrowed, he smiled a little devilishly, all his charm returning.  "You aren't afraid, are you?"

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« Reply #73 on: September 30, 2008, 08:36:39 PM »
She lifted a brow at his comment about her choice of transportation.  "I've yet to meet something that Deuce or his brothers couldn't handle," she winked, jerking a thumb behind her back to indicate the double-barelled gun in her waistband.  "And if anyone ever gets past the boys, they have Sasha and the girls to worry about," she grinned wide, a look that should have included a couple fangs of her own.  She just snorted and rolled her eyes when he tried to charm her though, and with the second bowl of soup finished, she took the dishes to the sink and began to wash them out of habit.  "People don't have the luxury of being curious anymore.  Curiosity usually gets us killed.  And no, I'm not afraid.  Of you, or them, or anyone or anything else."  She set the clean dishes aside to drain and air dry, and turned back around to face him, her back to the counter, arms crossed.  "We're all going to die here.  The sooner you get over that, the sooner you get on with life.  Fear only clouds judgement and slows you down.  If you don't fear death, or the things that can deliver it, then they lose their power over you.  Sure, maybe I'm nothing more than food to pretty much everything in the city now, but I won't give it the satisfaction of hearing me scream or beg when I am caught."  That had been Beef's problem; he swore he was invicible, but had never come to terms with his own impending death.  Had it been Vanity on that rooftop those days ago, she certainly wouldn't have run from him.  She would have unloaded as many bullets into the fucker as she could before he ripped her neck out.

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« Reply #74 on: October 09, 2008, 09:01:45 PM »
"Most of the people living in the outer cities don't let you get close enough to see them before shooting you.  By the time you see them, you're fucked."  Leaning back against the wall again, Vacan quirked an arrogant brow.  "You wanna test that theory?  I'm not takin' you out there to get shot, don't worry.  But it might be good for you to see something other than...this."  He gestured somewhat broadly, wiggling long fingers towards the front door.  "Being in such a shithole for so long gives you a somewhat narrow, fucked view on the world."  Which was simply a fact of life.  When the world was viewed through such a dirty window, it was impossible to see how wonderful life could be, and that time was taken for granted.  He didn't see his new donor as brave; he saw her as a bit of a fool.

 

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