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Oct 28, 2021 10:18 AM
Vampires arrive in Apotasy
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"It's a good playroom. I've never found one that's this big before. And the ones humans make can't have ball pits because people will put things in them."

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"Oh, I was wondering why those went away! And I mean like, the whole place?"

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"I dunno, Mum just drops me off in the playroom when we come here." 

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Zeke winces. He suddenly remembers how much he misses his mothers. "That's nice."

He jumps down and finds Xavier. "Excuse me, ma'am?"

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"Yes?" she asks, falling gracefully into a cross-legged sitting position on the floor so they're about at eye level. 

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"Could you find my sister? Or anyone... like us. We haven't been able to find other Us people in a while and..."

Zeke starts to tear up.

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"Okay." 

She makes a very high-pitched noise, too high for human ears, in a flowing melodic language Ezekiel doesn't recognize. 

"I've asked someone to look," she tells him. "I can't promise what they'll find. But we'll do our best." 

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"Thank you." He opens his arms. "Could I have a hug, please?"

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"Yes, of course." 

She hugs him, more tightly than she would hug a human child. 

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It feels nice. Like a vampire hug.

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Somewhere in North America, a naked redhaired boy is leading another child across a field of yellow glass, stained lilac by dusk. "You're lucky I found you now. Don't have to wait long at all."

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A tall, pale figure appears in front of them. 

They cock their head. "You're not a vampire..." they say, their eyes flickering between Joey and the other boy. 

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Joey tenses. "No, I'm a werewolf." He sniffs. "You're not a vampire or a werewolf."

He takes the other boy's hand protectively. 

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"I'm an Ignited Spirit." To the other boy. "You are not yet a werewolf."

"Uh..." the boy says. 

"Do your parents know where you are."

"Yes?"

"I know when you lie."

"Uh."

The bite mark on his ankle vanishes. Then he and the Ignited Spirit both vanish. Then the Ignited Spirit reappears. 

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Joey sputters. "What did you do to him?"

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"I returned him to his parents." 

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"B-but--he's going to be like us."

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"He will not. I erased the latent traces of your magic from his system. He had not yet changed, and so it was simple."

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Joey growls. "But he wanted it."

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They fold their arms. "The vampire children we discovered had just killed several people. Do werewolves also kill people?"

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"Just when we're hungry or someone's tryna hurt us."

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"'When we're hungry' is too often. When a human is hungry, this does not cause another person to die."

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"But his parents hurt him. He was gonna be strong and we were gonna run together."

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The Spirit considers this, then vanishes for slightly longer and reappears again, child still not in tow. 

"I have removed him from his parents pending investigation into how they treat him."

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"Can I please bite him again? The moon's about to come out. You could give him a cow if you're upset about people."

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