Oct 24, 2021 8:37 PM
James's mate considers herself sufficiently wooed
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"Not currently! I should avoid anyone that might recognize me, though, so I should be all sneaky and secret."

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"You can stay at my place during the day, if you want."

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"That'd be great, thanks!"

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"Come on in."

And this time he can use the door instead of the window.

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Excellent. It's almost like that's what doors are for, or something.

"So Yvette seemed happy, from her letters."

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"I think she is, yeah. I hope so."

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"Speaking from experience, she's pretty clear when she's unhappy, I don't think you need to hope."

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He grins at that. "What about you, what have you been up to since we spoke last?"

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"Went to America, practiced not eating people. Had several long talks with morally repugnant people to test my control. Met a couple of vampires, did not get into any fights. Worked on refining my tracking power. It's.... interesting. It involves a surprising amount of self reflection and introspection."

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"Oh, tracking power, right, how does yours work?"

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"It's driven largely by the personality and quirks of the people I'm tracking, and how well I know them on a personal level. It can find me people, if I ask it to, but it's... strange about the people it finds. I think it leans towards finding me people who I'd find interesting, over the objective best at whatever I'm trying to find. I also got it to track animals, on an experiment. Had a long conversation with a zookeeper for that one. Kind of not worth it for hunting, the range isn't longer than normal vampire senses without getting to know a particular animal. Which defeats the purpose."

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"Easy enough to find animals with our regular senses, anyway." He looks wistful, though. "It would be nice to have a witch power, though, I'll admit."

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"Eh. It has its downsides. I get the impression that if I wander too closely to Italy I'll meet some charming folk who are very interested in my power's growth and development. Though I guess they already have a tracker, so maybe they wouldn't be all that interested in me."

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"Their tracker is differently specialized, I think."

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"Ahuh. So maybe they'd want to collect the whole set. You see my point, though."

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"Yeah, I... definitely do."

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"We'll see what happens with Yvette. She'll probably pout if she doesn't turn out to have anything."

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"Most vampires don't, I'm pretty sure."

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"You will then have the unenviable task of comforting my poor heartbroken sister with how she merely has eternal life with super powers and the man she loves."

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"I'm sure she will be so heartbroken."

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"Mhm. Right." Eyeroll. "I think I actually had my witch powers when I was human, I just didn't realize it. They were too subtle. Maybe she's got something like that."

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"Do you remember much of it? Your human life, that is."

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"The general arc of it, yeah. Some of the people I knew, too, besides my family, I had time to think and put things together, and being here reminded me of some things. But a lot of the details have faded away."

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"I have scraps, the barest ones. Not my family at all, though."

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Blair nods, stone faced. "I'm sorry."

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