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"Ah yes. My sister, the bouncer. Thank you, dear sister. No one has beat me up for my lunch money, yet."

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"That means that I'm good at my job."

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"Have you in fact had to bounce anyone intent on violence?"

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"At some point in time? Yup. A few times. Lately? Nope."

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"Forks is pretty quiet that way," says Angela.

"That had been my impression, yeah."
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"I like the quiet."

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"Is it because you have time and space to nerd it up?"

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"Would that be very much harder in a city?" asks Angela.

"Depends on the kind of nerding," says Bella sagely.
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"Not harder, exactly, but less space to do it in. I can pick and choose my locations a bit more easily here, without worrying about anyone bothering me or something."

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"I'm not sure I understand," says Angela.

"If this were Phoenix he would have a harder time finding places to be left alone while he nerds," says Bella. "At least within easy walking distance of his house."
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"Yeah. There are definitely out of the way places in the city, but um - some of those are dangerous. It was Detroit, after all."

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"Oh," says Angela, nodding.

"Is Detroit as dangerous as the stereotype suggests?" wonders Bella.
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"No, at least not where I lived. Mind you, it wasn't safe, either."

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"Personal experience on the not-safe, or just anecdotal evidence?"

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"Anecdotal evidence. Scary looking people, questionable neighborhoods, so on."

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"You like Forks better?" Bella asks.

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"Yeah. I might not stay here forever and always, but it's... Charming and quaint."

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"Heh. It is those things," smiles Bella.

"It's nice to go to a bigger city every now and then, though," says Angela. "But I like living here."
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"I mean, I like the options a big city offers, but if I'm perfectly honest I never took any of 'em, sooo... I lose nothing, gain some nice peace and quiet. Maybe in a few years I'll get annoyed with a small town and want to go back to the city, though."

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"Cities have better libraries and movie theaters," says Bella. "Otherwise yeah."

She has finally finished her main course. Time to eat these cookies. "Oh man, these are really good."
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"They have both, I'll give you that much," agrees Darren.

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"Yup," says Savannah, without a trace of modesty. "When I bake, I can fucking bake."

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"I want your recipe, my snickerdoodles come out kind of - I don't know, not this good. Maybe it's a cinnamon sugar ratio thing."

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"Sure. You can have it, no problem. I dunno what's different unless I see your recipe, though."

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