Sep 24, 2018 9:20 AM
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It's nice, moving in the summer for once. It means she won't actually have to start at the new school partway through the year. Not that she lets that slow her down, much, but it's still an inconvenience she's happier not to have to work around. 

And summer is a pretty convenient season for harvesting herbs. Wandering around some picturesque wilderness looking for specific plants to pick would probably get old eventually if it were always the same picturesque wilderness, but a new place is always interesting.

She pauses, her acute vampire senses warning her that she is not alone. 

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The is a teenage boy nearby. He has a large book-bag and seems to be leaning down to pick a whole bunch of bright red flowers.

He hasn't noticed her.

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She walks closer, careful to trod on as many dry, noisemaking twigs as someone less intimately familiar with how forests work than she would. 

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He doesn't look up from the flowers.

"Thought you wandered off and got lost for a moment there."

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"Beg pardon?"

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He turns and looks at her, startled.

"You're not Klara."

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"I noticed."

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"I would hope so." He stands and smiles at her. "Didn't expect to see anyone else out here, we're usually all by our lonesome."

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"Oh, I'm new. My name's Edie. What's yours, presumed fellow not-Klara?"

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"Close, but I'm Nik."

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"Close?"

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"Niklaus and Klara are similar enough."

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"Ahhhhh. Not what I'd pick as counterparts, but close, yes."

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"I'll take what I can get. Where are you from? Some other patch of forest, I assume."

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"Oh, around. My family moves a lot. Mom's a botanist, she likes studying things in their natural habitat."

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"And you've picked up on that habit too? But this isn't quite my natural habitat."

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"Plants are interesting! And you are not a plant. Not that you're not interesting, but you're interesting in a different, less habitat-relevant way than plants."

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"I'm very interesting, it's true. What sort of plant-based motives do you have, or is it just an observational thing?"

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"Observational stuff, arcane science things like gene sequencing, empirical testing of new-agey herbal remedies..."

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He stares at her for a moment, reevaluating.

"That's some hobby. You picked this up from your mum, you said?"

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"Yeah. --She does almost all of the arcane science stuff, I can't actually do independent gene sequencing yet."

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"Sounds like you're well on your way. My sister, Klara, would like you. Arcane science is her keyword."

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"Ooh, what kind of science?"

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"Chemistry and other vague and mystical-like things."

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"Chemistry's cool! So what are you two doing out here?"

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"Making paint. Klara's off picking herbs for her mystical-like things."

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