Sep 18, 2018 1:16 PM
bury me 'til i confess
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"I'll try to remember somebody who won't flip out immediately."

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"Thanks. I doubt anyone I've summoned before will be happy to see me."

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"Probably not, if you're on the Arabella Winterbourne Total Asshole Program."

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"Unfortunately, I have to be."

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"For now, yeah."

Kezizet taps the end of the pen against the paper, contemplating options.

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"It will be difficult to draw the circle accurately here, but I suppose that for once, that doesn't matter."

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“Advantages of being cool about it.”

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"Or of having an afrit on your side."

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“Well, yeah. That too.”

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"Of course, we still have the rest of the day to kill."

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He leans in between the front seats.

“Either of you guys bring a pack of cards? Dice? Better hand it over.”

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The man in the passenger's seat reaches forward and pulls a pack of cards out of the glove compartment. He gives it to Kezizet with trembling hands. 

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She pats him on the head and returns to the back seat to tap the deck out of its box and shuffle it.

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"Know any games?"

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“Well, we’re short a guy for Egyptian Ratscrew...”

Shuffle.

“Ever played Durak?”

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"No, what is it?"

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“Russian. Smartest insulting card game I know, seems kinda up your alley. I’ll show you...”

And he does. It’s heavier on strategy than luck.

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After he gets the hang of it, Kieran is pretty good.

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Kezizet’s not bad himself. It’s close enough to be fun for quite a while.

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Just before the sun starts to rise, they stop.

One of the men nervously tells Kieran that they're over halfway there. Kieran sets up his tent. The men, thinking they wouldn't actually finish the trip, neglected to bring one. 

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Well, they can sleep in the car. Probably with the doors open.

“Guess I’m watching your back while you sleep.”

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"Thanks."

He hesitates.

"I've been told demons don't need to rest?"

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“That one’s true.”

He sits down in front of the tent and

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shifts form into a large black cat marked with darker spots.

“We don’t need sleep, anyway.”

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"Wake me up in a few hours? For the summoning?"

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