Jun 18, 2018 5:31 AM
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James meets his mate
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"Is it? Why?"

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"Because I am vain and self centered and enjoy validation."

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He laughs. "Then validation you shall have, my love."

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"Only when I earn it! No telling me what I want to hear just because I want to hear it, otherwise it misses the point."

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"I am completely aware of this and wouldn't dream on cheating this system."

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"Good," she says, primly.

The tour can continue! ... Perhaps while holding his hand?

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.......eeeeeeeeeeeee!

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Goodness, that's adorable. She sees no reason to stop holding his hand during the tour, because he is terribly cute and his delight is a wonder to behold.

After the conclusion of the tour, she asks, "Can humans kiss vampires safely?"

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...he takes a couple of seconds to process that then goes on to tilt her down and kiss her deeply like they're in a movie.

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She makes a surprised mphf sound, but... Yes, okay, this is admittedly rather cute and romantic. And... oh wow that is some kissing, she'd expected kissing something comparable to a mobile statue to be less fun. She is very pleased to be proven wrong, there. She supposes, vaguely, that he has practice.

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Many, many years of practice.

Eventually he straightens her up and pulls away because he expects she might have opinions or the position might be comfortable or something.

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She... actually needs a minute to blink very quickly and catch her breath and put her brain back together. Um. That. That was. Sure a first kiss. Yep. Wow. Um.

"Um," she says, because she vaguely feels like she should be clever and say something. "Good. Good job? At the kissing??"

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He laughs. "Thank you," he says, because why not. "And you, too."

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She lets out a little self-conscious giggle. "Thanks," she snorts. Then she makes a face. "Hey, warn a girl before you, you." She waves a hand vaguely, lacking vocabulary. "Turn her brain to mush with, with incredibly... That. Thatness."

Truly, she is a marvel of eloquence and self expression.

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"I'm afraid I did not understand enough of that to be able to properly warn girls in the future before I do whatever it is that I did."

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"Liar," she accuses affectionately. "You know precisely what you were doing, you have practice."

... Then she pauses and makes a face and looks away. "... Damn, I suppose that means you were right. I am easy."

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"Oh, my dear, it's okay," he says, moving to hug her. "I'm your soulmate, I'm sure that cannot help."

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... Yeah, okay, fine, hugs.

"You say that, but your evidence is the mind control. And mine is that a vampire over a hundred years old with a lot of practice is good at making me like him."

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"My evidence is also all the other vampire couples who seem to universally work out to both parties' delight and satisfaction."

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"All of which happens after both parties are subject to mind control, because no one wants to tolerate their subject to be flimsy and squishy."

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"Admittedly," he nods. "But I'm mind-controlled to love you, not to become a different person. Two people loving each other is not sufficient to create relationships that universally work out."

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"I... No, I suppose not." Sigh. Lean. "I really wish I could have gotten to know you without the mind control. But then, I suppose you wouldn't have gone after my brother, or. Or been inclined to take me off to illegally tour a castle."

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"I... would eventually have done both things. I'm not doing anything I would not have done for someone I loved regardless of how I got to love them. Or so I think."

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"Right, but as comfortable and pleasant as it is to be the subject of a super strong, super fast, very pretty vampire, I still would really prefer demonstrations of love to be caused by love that I - earned? This is what I meant when I said the thing I wanted was already stolen. We can probably manage to have some kind of happily ever after, but I don't get to, to. To woo you back."

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"...yeah. I'm sorry I couldn't give you that."

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