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Sep 19, 2021 4:54 AM
Regan does diplomacy and tries to avoid conflict in Nemeton
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"C'mon, let's focus on something else. Do you have time for a run?"

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"Two legs or four?"

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"Use whatever natural advantages you have. I'll still win."

She won't, but the real challenge is learning how she could cheat.

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"You say that now. Guess we're going to the preserve then."

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"Guess so!"

They head out, having achieved at least a temporary reprieve in having to think about weighty issues of morality. Instead, they get to run.

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Moments like these are important for Regan. It's close to what she imagines having a pack would feel like. She wonders if it will feel the same with the beta - Scott. No - she pushes that thought away for now and puts all her anxiety and nervous energy into the run.

Eventually, they head home and end their night among family.

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The next day, Allison meets Scott in the school parking lot. They talk. She looks like she doesn't have a care in the world.

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She's a good actress. Regan is very proud.

"Hey, Scott. You've formally been invited over for dinner. Tonight."

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"Really!? Okay, uh, what should I do? What should I wear?"

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"You don't need to worry. My family just wants to meet you."

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"Do they know about...full moon stuff?"

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You shouldn't call it 'full moon stuff' if you're trying to be subtle, thank god most of the people who can overhear them will assume it's a show or movie or they’re Wiccans or something.

"They know a little bit...it's not our secret to tell."

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"No shorts or flip flops. Or shirts with stupid graphics."

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"Okay. What else should I know?"

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"You're very sweet. My mom will see that as a sign of weakness."

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"You haven't really told me a lot about your parents. What are they like?"

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"Dad is an arms dealer. It's a little above my paygrade. He can act tough, but he's really a big softie."

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"Mom is mostly a homemaker. But does have a teaching degree and sometimes masquerades as a principal. She's the one you really need to impress."

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"She used to work as a buyer for a boutique before we moved here. I'd say dress as well as you can."

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"Okay. I'll ask my mom for help."

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She really hopes she doesn't have to kill him.

"Okay! So, let's talk about what you're going to say..."

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And everyone attends classes, because high school continues to be a thing.

Allison lets Lydia bother her during class, during lunch, and at the lockers.

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Jackson flirts with his girlfriend's new best friend.

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She flirts back.

She wouldn't mind killing this one, but he's probably human.

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Regan leaves them to it, attends all her classes and a Yearbook meeting. Look at her being a responsible and social student.

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