Sep 15, 2019 6:13 AM
The vampire twins find themselves in the kingdom of Deltora.
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Zeke decides to do some explaining. "Vampires are like humans except stronger and better at most things, and we don't get sick or old. You're either born one like we were or turned into them." 

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That gets her attention. "Make me one," she all but begs, then as an afterthought adds, "please."

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"You'll have to drink our blood to start. And after that you'll have to drink blood in general. And whatever you ate before, too."

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Jasmine wrinkles her nose. "Why? You still stink of it."

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"It's just how it works." He bites his own wrist, drawing blood. "You might want to take off that weird belt thing, this'll be messy."

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"I live in a tree," she says dryly, but scoots over to him all the same. "I don't want twigs in my butt. I can always find more anyway." She hesitates for a second, unsure exactly how to go about this, then stops for another reason. "Can you make Kree a vampire, too?"

Kree squawks, but she ignores him.

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"...Probably not. You might want him to send him away while we do this." 

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Jasmine glances at Kree, and after a moment he hops out of the nest and flies off. Satisfied, she takes Zeke's wrist in both hands and lowers her mouth to drink from it. Aside from shuddering at the first mouthful, she doesn't let the taste stop her.

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The wound heals up quickly. "Your turn, Tabby."

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She bites her own wrist and offers it to Jasmine. 

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She switches twins without much mess. The blood is warm and heavy in her mouth. When Tabby's wrist heals, she asks, "How long do I have to do this for?"

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Twin switch! "Till it tastes good. Like, better than the nicest candy."

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Pause. "What's candy?" She keeps drinking, figuring that she may as well get it over with. She's starting to feel drowsy, but it is nighttime, after all.

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When she falls asleep, the twins curl up next to her and join her.

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When she wakes, she is ravenously hungry, and also rather cramped. Food, says her half-asleep brain. Meat. Blood. It's warm.

She falls on the Grey Guard the twins have dragged up to her nest, and doesn't let go of his throat until his heart has stopped. Then she realizes it's day again, and the twins are grinning at her.

"Where did you get him?" The Wennbar's leftovers are neither this big nor alive.

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"New guys outside the forest! It was so much fun."

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She takes a deep, deliberate breath. There's so much in the Forests. She can hear a herd of deer to the north, and the trees at the edge of the wood murmur greetings to her. A moth crysalis sits high up above her nest. Kree is jabbering to himself, annoyed that he had to spend the night in a woodpecker's hollow. She laughs. "You can come back!" she calls. "Kree, come back!"

Jasmine stands and realizes two things at once. One, she will never fall out of a tree again in her life, and two, she is absolutely drenched in blood. She laughs again, just out of sheer delight at the ease of movement. "Race you to the stream!" she says to the twins, and launches herself out of her nest.

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The twins give chase in delight. They're used to their unnatural speed, but Jasmine knows the land better.

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And she was agile even as a human. She's lacking control, though, so she can't quite outpace them; any advantage she gains is almost immediately lost to course corrections. When they reach the stream she just leaps into it from a tree branch, whooping.

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The twins follow her, splashing for the Hell of it. "Good decision?"

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"Yes!" She ducks under the water to see how long she can hold her breath, but gets bored and pops up long before she runs out of air. "I want to do something! Let's run across all the Forests! Let's see where this river comes from! Let's kill the Wennbar - let's kill Thaegan!"

She smacks the surface of the water for emphasis, but her jubilation dies quickly. There's more weight to those last two statements than she'd thought of when they came out of her mouth. She doesn't take them back, though.

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She splashes happily. "Kill Thaegan! Who?"

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Jasmine quiets. Kree flies to her shoulder and she pets him absently, ignoring the pinpricks of his talons on her skin.

"Thaegan is a sorceress. She controls the north of Deltora. Kree told me about her. She killed his family." Lowly, she adds, "I want her to die."

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Zeke looks at the bird quizzically. "Birds have families?"

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