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May 26, 2019 10:09 PM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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"We don't have them in my world! I actually don't know what my birth parents were like besides 'big and grey', but they definitely weren't vampires."

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"So, which of us is better, oh Ari?"

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"I like boys better than girls, so probably Maurice. I should try kissing Zeke, though, just to be sure."

Ari tries kissing Zeke.

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Zeke does his best to kiss back.

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"Mm... I think I need to try Maurice again." He kisses Maurice.

"Maybe I should kiss Tabby again, though." He does so.

"...oh no, I've forgotten what Zeke was like! I'd better start over."

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"We clearly need a neutral judge."

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"Nah, I was kidding. Maurice is the best at kissing overall, but Zeke, you have really nice lips, and Tabby, you made it really fun, so I personally think we're all winners, especially me, 'cause I got to kiss three really cute people a bunch of times."

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"Shoulda bitten your lips off."

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“Hey, I’m just being objective! Besides, I said you were cute and fun.”

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"So, feel like a superhero?"

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“Mmm... it felt really cool getting shot, but I don’t know if that’s what being a superhero feels like. It mostly felt the same as when we killed those Templars. Maybe we were superheroes already. In our hearts, or whatever.”

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“Yeah, couple of times. It felt cool. Still kinda hurts.”

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"The bullets still in you?"

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“Oh, probably. I guess that’s what’s hurting? I should probably get rid of them at some point.”

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"Want a hand?"

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“Sure.”

He points to the bullets’ locations: one in the upper arm, one in the gut. 

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Maurice proceeds to dig them out with his bare fingers.

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Ari squirms energetically. When Maurice removes the second bullet he makes a noise and curls his toes and shudders for a few seconds. Then he flops down onto the floor. 

“Thaaaaanks,” he says dreamily. He reaches out limply to drag Maurice into cuddles. 

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Maurice complies. "You liked that?"

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“Yeeeeeah,” he says. “Hurts, but... nice.”

Maurice thus secured, he reaches out and waves vaguely towards Zeke and Tabby. 

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The twins proceed to lay down with the two.

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And Ari falls asleep.

The Fade is different here. Less rocky, more... ethereal? It's like the city they're in, but filled with fog. The geometry's all twisted up and everything doesn't connect right, but that much, at least, Ari's familiar with. He starts exploring.

No spirits. No demons. That's weird. Not even the little floating wisps that crop up around dreamers. And there are plenty of dreamers in this city. He can see them, pinpricks of light like a field of stars. He flits between them for what seems like hours, looking through the dreams as he passes like a librarian glancing at the titles of books around him. Stuck at my old job. Back in high school. Didn't study for a test. Naked in public. (There's a lot of variations on that one, and Ari sometimes watches them play out if the dreamer looks cute or the scenario is particularly inventive.) Need to pee but there's no bathroom. Flying. Teeth keep falling out. Dad's hitting me again.

...Ari stops at that one. Yep, that's a little boy - littler than he is - getting the living hell beat out of him by a big scary mass of shadows who can be assumed to be his father. With a thought, the membrane of the dream opens up and he steps through. (He wasn't able to do this before, in Thedas. He doesn't think much of it. Dreams are dreams.) He banishes the shadows and heals the boy with another thought. The boy cautiously opens his eyes.

"Who... who are you?" he asks.

"Ari. Does your dad really hit you like that?"

He flinches. "N-no."

Ari looks at him, peers into his soul, and he knows he's lying. "Is he trying to make you stronger?"

The boy looks perplexed. "I... no. Just when I do something wrong, he-"

Ari leaves that dream, finds another near it with the same taste. Fucking that hot chick from work. He slips inside, and with a thought, the lady disappears. The man - big, but not as big as he was in the boy's dream - looks around, confused. "Who the fuck are you?"

"Do you have a son?" Ari asks.

"What? Yeah, I guess - why're you-"

Ari looks at him, and smiles. Not a nice smile.

He leaves the dream covered in rapidly dissipating blood, feeling like a real superhero. Then he makes his way back to his body. Are the others asleep, too?

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Yes, as it turns out.

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