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Sep 24, 2019 5:02 AM
Dragon Age Ari lands in vampireworld
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Whoa.

That's cool.

"Hey!" he calls as he floats above the licking flames. "Who are you?"

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She pauses in midair, looks him up and down.

"Shouldn't you be telling me that?" she asks archly. "It's my dream."

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"Guess so," he admits. "I'm Arilal."

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"Zanna," she says with a bow. She flourishes the knife as she does so. "Why're you naked? I'd better not be going through puberty early."

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"You're probably not. I just don't like clothes, is all. Aren't you hot in that dress? I don't know if you've noticed, but everything's on fire."

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She shakes her head. "It's a dream, dummy. It doesn't have to make sense."

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"How come you know it's a dream, anyway? You a mage?"

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"No, I just have lucid dreams. I taught myself how when I was six. What's a mage?"

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"What's it sound like?"

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"Someone who can do magic. Like going into somebody else's dreams... Is this really happening? I didn't just dream you up?"

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"Real as anything. I'm looking for somebody interesting to join my vampire coven. You seem like the most interesting person in town, at least, but I dunno if that's good enough."

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She stares at him, eyes burning with long-suppressed frustration. "I'd do anything to get out of here. Do you want me to kill somebody? I will. Torture an animal? I'll do it. Burn my house down, shave my head, call you Dark Master? Anything."

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"Uh, don't torture any animals or burn your house down. Or shave your head, you've got nice hair. I think I'm just gonna watch you from the shadows for a day or so and see if you're actually cool or if you just have awesome dreams."

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"Alright," she says, back to agreeable. "Just don't take too long to decide. I'll remember this conversation, and if you back out I might burn the house down anyway."

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"Noted."

He withdraws from the dream and wakes back up. "Found somebody. She's kind of, uh, intense? But I think she's vampire material for sure."

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"Neat! Know where she lives?"

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He does some mental math. "Yyyyyyyeah, half a mile east of here."

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"Race ya!"

Danny takes off.

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Ari races him! And loses, because he just woke up and Danny got a head start.

As the sun comes up, Ari recognizes the house he saw (the broad strokes of) in the Fade last night. "There it is," he says, pointing.

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It's a charming little house, painted red with white detailing. There's lots of bushes to hide in, perennials with plenty of concealment interspersed with early-budding forsythia that'll probably be blooming riotously yellow in a couple of weeks. There's a picture window into the kitchen. The refrigerator has a framed picture on it of a scowling little blonde girl in a red dress. She'd be quite pretty, if not for the murder in her eyes. Or perhaps she's quite pretty anyway. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

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“Her eyes are...vampy.”

Danny suddenly understands  why Ari is so... him. Visibly so.

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"I thought so! She was dreaming about doing ballet and playing the violin while being on fire in an ocean of blood, which also seemed pretty vampy."

Ari notices Danny's visible understanding and grins. He did good!

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“Someone’s got good taste. So, we tail her?”

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"Yeah, that's the plan. Making sure she's the real deal."

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The boys wait for signs of movement.

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