Apr 21, 2019 2:33 AM
Tyler and vampires in Echelon
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A few tens of trillions of miles from Earth is a little clearing in a forest.

There's a boy here, sitting on a fallen-over tree, crying quietly as he looks into the distance.

He wonders what he did wrong.

He wants to do better in the future.

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A few paces away, a young vampire watches the human child with some interest. He's never actually spoken to a human, them only having arrived on New Eden something like twelve years before. He decides to make his presence known.

"Hello."

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The human jumps and looks in his direction warily.

He wipes at his eyes briefly before responding, "Hello."

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He hops down from his tree with unnerving grace. "What's your name? I'm Zeke."

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"… Tyler."

He follows the movement, still watching the other boy.

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"You're human, right?"

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"Yes. And you are not."

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"It's the teeth isn't it?"

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"… I don't think people usually come in that – shade – either."

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"Why were you crying?"

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Tyler wipes at his eyes some more, self-consciously.

"You don't need to know."

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Sniff.

"What are you doing here?"

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"I was watching your village. Humans are weird."

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"I can't say I know vampires enough to tell."

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He laughs. "Oh, you know we're vampires? My mum says to say we're 'transhuman' if a human asks."

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"… It's not like the terminology matters, is it?"

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"Mummy says you'd find transhuman less scary."

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"I don't know much about vampires."

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"Not like I know much about humans."

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Tyler shrugs and looks at the ground.

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"We could teach each other."

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"… What do you know about humans?"

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"They're like vampires, but they break down over time and stuff?"

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Pause. "Vampires don't?"

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"Yup. Called being immortal."

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