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Oct 28, 2021 11:28 AM
Vampires arrive in Apotasy
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"I'm kindling! I can't do any magic of my own yet. But I will when I'm grown up!"

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"Still, magic people shouldn't wear pants. Common sense."

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"I'm magic and I wear pants," the first girl says icily. She glances at Edoni, who is wearing a skirt, instead of pants, and adds, "or skirts. If you want to wear skirts instead of pants that's fine." 

"If they choose to go around naked, that makes them different, not wrong," Edoni chides her. 

 

"Well, I wear clothes, and I have pockets," the girl says firmly. 

"I could have pockets without clothes if I wanted to!" Eliza objects. 

"But you don't," the girl says smugly. 

The girl turns pleading eyes on Edoni. "Can I have a belt with pockets?"

"Sorry, kiddo, I don't have anything like that and I can't pull one out of thin air." 

Eliza scowls and folds her arms. 

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Zeke strides up to the boy. "Honourary vampire?"

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The boy looks at him suspiciously. "Like Dracula, or like Twilight?" he asks. 

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"Um, I guess more like Twilight? But only because we're strong and pretty as heck and don't have dumb weaknesses." Zeke thumps his chest. "Nobody's getting a stick through me." 

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"I don't wanna sparkle."

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"Oh, we don't do that."

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His suspicious look eases up a little, but only a little. "Do you drive dumb cars?"

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Zeke snorts. "We run faster than cars. We don't live in dumb houses, we don't go to school, and we don't wear pants."

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"And you don't kiss girls?"

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Zeke shrugs. "If we want to."

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He wrinkles his nose. "I don't wanna be a kissing kind of vampire!"

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"I mean, you could mate without kissing." 

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"Mate?" the boy asks blankly. 

"Mating is getting married, but for animals," the first girl says authoritatively. 

"I don't wanna get married!" the boy yelps, and dashes back for the climbing structure. 

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Zeke glares at the girl. He was hoping to turn the boy eventually. He's cool. "Mating is not getting married. It's making babies."

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"You should get married before you do that," she asserts. 

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"But then you can't make babies with other people!"

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"You can marry more than one person," she says reasonably. 

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Zeke has decided this girl will be his enemy. Which isn't the worst thing to be. Means you're worth paying attention to.

He decides to start actually playing

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Eliza approaches the other girl. "What were you playing?"

"...Jump rope."

"Can I play?"

"Okay, the rope bucket is over there." 

Eliza has never jumped rope before, so she studies the other girl doing it for a little before she gives it a try. With vampiric grace, she gets it right the first time. 

"I'm Eliza, what's your name?"

"I'm Lisao. Chu Lisao."

"Hi, Chu."

"Chu is my surname. It goes in Eastern order."

"Sorry."

"It's okay."

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One of the walls has a rock-climbing wall for part of it. It only goes up about six feet. One kid is working his way across it slowly. 

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Zeke equals his height in an instant. "Hi."

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The kid startles and almost falls off onto the soft mat below. "Hi," he says once he's caught himself. 

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"You're a good climber for a human. Is it nice here?"

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