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Monsters have been in the wings of the world since its beginnings. Humans, in their endless wisdom, had decided of course that those things not understood and potentially of danger to your personal health and safety were to be hunted down, killed, and generally done away with throughout the ages. However, as many things are, the undead more specifically, have been more and more accepted as individuals that think and feel. To an extent.
Zombies are still bare semblances of what a human once was. Ghouls are animals; they hunt and kill and feed off of the flesh of whatever they find. Those are generally done away with with relative quickness, and relative prejudice due to their threat to general populaces. Vampires are incredibly dangerous. But also increasingly numerous. After the early 2000's, they became incredibly popular as a cult/counterculture type of existence, and became highly stylized in the media, nothing said about immortal souls, or a lack of care towards mortals. So, now with their numbers so large they in that sense are forced to be considered a sort of partway-human type of individual. And killing a vampire, without law sanctioned execution warrant, is illegal. Like murder of another person. Though with vampires, that gets real messy and they're still straightening that out legally.
Are you a Hunter, or a Seer who is about to get pulled into a world that you're incredibly not prepared for when a master vampire "asks" for your assistance in solving the murders of a handful of local master vampires. Or are you a civilian who is drawn into this sort of shadowy side-world with the wide eyes of a, but the desire for that pull of darkness, those beautiful faces, and gets swept up in the danger of the world of the vampire, or a vampire junkie. And you bear witness something you weren't supposed to.
I have a few characters I've an idea to play.
I write long-form fiction, so I'm somewhere around 1000+ words on a post, on average.
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[left [pic https://i.pinimg.com/564x/20/d5/ed/20d5edb93aa86a1b079a6cbfda113c01.jpg]] Watching, soon, grew tiresome. Especially as the sluggish pace of a heart inundated with a depressant such as alcohol sped now with fear. Physically speaking, when it did that, it almost became a blush of phantom taste in the mouth, he had found. Likely some hungry anticipatory response, like any food would once have done for him.
The issue here with asserting himself was numbers. He was older than these vampires, but was he quicker? Was he smarter? He certainly liked to think so, but self-image versus actual skill was always was in something of a dissonance, it seemed.
It didn't seem wise. It didn't seem sound. But they seemed to be simply playing with her, and Oliver was out to hunt. That was the plan. They were fooling around with touching her and teasing, and he wanted to eat. He wanted to eat her.
Swallowing, he felt his gaze focus a bit on her and pulled them away, keeping mindful of the others surrounding her. But. Alas. The energy one vampire emitted was almost like a scent. Others noticed. Prey at times noticed, that whole survival instinct deep down hard wired into a creature. And it snapped like static in the air.
Oliver noticed one pair of eyes catching him standing just out of the reach of the sodium light, watching. He nudged another with his elbow, low voices and 'hey, dude-' followed by a gesture.
To outside eyes, namely to anyone in that field with a normal amount of night vision, not a vampire's; he was little more than a tall figure in a long coat with pale hair and glimmering eyes. Like an animal's, simply reflecting the light.
[right [pic https://i.pinimg.com/564x/05/85/93/0585931c287629a8db9137671173f3e0.jpg]] He recognized attention was on him and swallowed, stepping forward once. His throat felt like it was trembling, but it was in that almost nauseous, starved way. He could feel his mouth watering.
His eyes kept flickering back to the redhead, sliding his gaze back over the others.
"[+goldenrod Are you going to just play with her?]" he swept his gaze again; wary. He wanted to see them move before they got too close. "[+goldenrod Or are you going to go pack hunt something else?]"
They started to turn more fully towards him when Oliver realized something. [i He didn't have to win this with brute force.] His thoughts had been all on numbers and fighting and... he really didn't need to. An internal sigh at his brutishness, and as that occurred to him, he felt a rush of adrenaline, of 'eureka'.
And so, in the blink of a human eye, a very inebriated human eye, he was before her and then his weight came against her, sweeping her from her wide stance in the middle of the pack of vampires. Ilvana was seized around the middle with long-fingered hands and strong arms and whisked away somewhere else.
His hold was firm, not painful, but when the line of his body initially came in contact with her the strength behind those undead limbs was hinted at. In the way a cat's claws flex softly into you and then retract when they're perched on your lap, for that moment you can feel just the verge of what could turn into painful, and then it's gone. His hold was arresting for a moment, but he didn't intend on squishing her. Oliver wanted things intact. Wanted her intact.
And suddenly they were somewhere dark, but smelled of grass and trees and breeze. It sang through the canopy over them as a breath huffed out of the chest of the man who had picked her up like she was nothing. And it wasn't like he had flown, no, she recalled the sensation of motion, of a lot of motion of- and it all suddenly occurred to her stomach that it had been jostled a bit, catching up slower like her mind did. She didn't need to know that Oliver let her- forget his sort of mad dash away from the newly dead that included a scramble over a fence. Easy enough mind trick, if taxing.
Oliver's breath hissed, feeling the impending temperature of the silver nearing his skin. Even through his coat he could feel it. Grabbing the arm that she clumsily had that stupid cross in, he pushed it away from him. He placed his hand just below the bend in her elbow so that the arm straightened and she couldn't move it toward him.
The hunger felt like it was tangible now, like it was something reaching out of him. He inhaled softly through his parted lips and teeth, and nose. One of those full breaths, relieved, taking the air. But he was smelling her aliveness so close to him.
"[+goldenrod Goodness you're sauced,]" he breathed on the exhale as eyes, drowning deep, made a pass over her. It was a croon. Soft, teasing, his eyes reached for hers to see how glazed they were. He held her gently against the tree trunk she could feel against her back. He wanted to take a look at what he was eating first. At who.
He caught the scent of a rotten, haggard pant from the woman, the specific tang of tequila on her breath. And it brought with it a very human feeling. Revulsion. That bodily reminder of when you almost died drinking that much, when you are anywhere near that alcohol, or the scent of a food you had that gave you poisoning. A bodily, dry heaving response. Even now.
Oliver pushed her away with a sound of disgust, "[+goldenrod Good god, are you serious? Ugh.]" he pushed his fingers over his mouth, the web of his thumb settling over his mouth, the other on his hip. "[+goldenrod You know what, never mind. I'll find something else.]" Rotten luck. And after he went to all this effort for an easy meal, he supposed it was only fair.
Despite the three week hiatus in swigging down pints of random alcoholic beverages as if they were plastic cups of sodas at parties, Ilvana still could hold in the alcohol in a decent manner. That didn't mean she had 20/20 vision or smooth motions, on the contrary her vision blurred the world into a single suspension of colours while her motions would give any [https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=coppers copper] a clear excuse to book and charge her for public drunkenness. What it did mean, it meant the mind remained intact enough to think clearly in non-stressful situations. Key word being non-stressful, important to keep in mind.
'Twere only a few minutes walk to the nearest interception where Ilvana stumbled to a stop, leaning against a post which held hostage the buttons and signals necessary to cross the street either way without having a car ram into you at 35-40 miles per hour. Leaning against the post at an acute 15 degree angle, Ilvana forced deep in-and-out breaths as she attempted to read the bright, white block letters against the emerald coloured background in an attempt to decode the dancing letters. Her eyes narrowed as she squinted, leaning her forwards and switching between the two street name signs every few seconds.
Five minutes, five long minutes. But they flew by for Ilvana for her attention was fixed on decoding the signs. The five minutes were also the the amount of minutes it took for Ilvana to decode one of the street names; Finlay Street. Knowing the name of one street helped out for though drunk Ilvana still had the map layout memorized in her brain, the name of the intersecting street was Stuart Street.
At this intersection an important decision needed making: Which way to take to go home. Now there were several ways to make her way back to her dorm, each one having a mixture of speed and safety. First choice would be to continue down Stuart Street. Out of the other options, explained later, this was the safest for the whole way she’d be walking under lit streets through one of the safer parts of town. The problem with going down Stuart Street mostly was the distance, it would take a good 40-50 minutes to get back while also providing a good opportunity to flop drunk to the ground. The other two options both concerned Finlay Street. One of them Ilvana automatically excluded since despite being the shortest route it also ran into one of the more unsafe and unsavory parts of tone. She’d take no chances with her being drunk, which left the remaining option. This remaining option first ran through a well lit area before taking a turn into a chain linked fence with a weak, lonely light. Even though the dark was frightening, no one usually hung around there after dark.
Ilvana decided to walk the last option. With no cars barreling down the road, only a few seconds after pressing the crosswalk button Ilvana crossed Stuart Street to proceed along Finlay Street.
Now, even though usually no one hung around the chain linked field, that did not mean that no one ever hung around that field. This is brought up because Ilvana stepping foot on the grass was accosted by several individuals some steps later. The initial comments harmless at most, asking how she was or comments on her beauty, she replied to both comments which made this group of guys seem more interested in her.
If they had peeled away after asking these questions then everything would’ve been fine. But they did not peel away, instead incrementally surrounding her while giving keener looks. Ilvana noticed a few weird sharp looking things in the mouths of those sporting big grins which by itself want frightening. Coupled along with the thought that they weren’t looking where guys usually looked, at the chest or ass, but at her throat was what made all of this uncomfortable.
Even though Ilvana did feel uncomfortable with sharp looking object in the mouths of looking at her throat, real vampires did not exist. They were probably some of those pranksters, each university had their stereotypes and the one Ilvana attended had a few of the stereotypes, that enjoyed scaring people when they were vulnerable and having a good laugh about it after.
Somehow she felt the cold metal of the chain fence pressing into her back and the group of guys surrounding her to her front. Now she felt stressful, she couldn’t think straight. Ilvana pressed into the fence, the metal slightly biting into the skin through the clothes in a useless attempt to increase the distance between her and the group of guys. Her action only seemed to cause more lip licking and more grins which revealed even more sharp objects in the mouth.
Now the silver cross attached to the silver chain on her necklace would be like tits on armor, no practical use. But Ilvana reached for it anyways, pulling it out and muttering a small prayer with closed eyes.
A single footstep, the presence of a shadow falling across as a hand touched hers, probing her cold white skin before slipping down to the bottom part of the cross sticking out from her palm. The hand flew away as a voice cursed and jumped around, bringing out laughter from the rest and the comment, [+green “I told you it was silver you dolt, why’d you have to burn yourself”].
Ilvana stared in confusion. Even if a person had severe allergies with silver, or a cross for that matter, a person would not burn themselves upon touching silver. Instead of burning there would be rashes and hives where the silver had touched the skin. But that one guy had stated [i ‘burn yourself’] and nothing to do with allergies. If these people burned themselves on silver while also having sharp objects in their mouth, no it couldn’t be.
Ilvana gasped hard. She had read the myths and legends surrounding supernatural creatures, never believing of their existence on the planet Earth. But the proof popping up right in front of her completely contradicted her long held and strong beliefs. Supernatural creatures shouldn’t be existing, yet she had witnessed someone being burned by touching a silver cross. How could this be possible? How could mere myths and legends be true all of a sudden.
The stress slowly corroded away at whatever shred of clear thinking remained. Her pulse and blood pressure rose as the heart pumped faster and harder, the continuous thumping playing a symphony in her head. If Ilvana had been sober, her body would have already collapsed into shock because of the heavily mixed signals. But instead of sober she was drunk, and instead of going into shock Ilvana prepared for an impromptu attempt to break out.
To be honest, anyone seeing her would comment at the craziness and laughable attempt. A lone female holding a chain with a cross at the end slowly swinging it through the air with a sharp whistle whilst standing in an unsteady defensive pose. Even the group of guys in front would agree as they were laughing their asses of.
[left [pic https://i.pinimg.com/564x/20/d5/ed/20d5edb93aa86a1b079a6cbfda113c01.jpg]] Finlay Street was one of those streets that was really cute and fun and bright during the day, but being this close to a college, and this in-between places populated with people, the storefronts shuttered for the evening and all of the outdoor furniture pulled inside to prevent pilfering, it gained this ominous, liminal feeling. You knew you weren't supposed to be here. There was only one apartment that existed above one of the storefronts that never had lights in it, and thus no witnesses. Only those who filled in the cracks.
Potentially harmless, but intimidating looking men sitting against concrete planter edges or building alleyways with their Huffy bikes and flat brims, looking like they were waiting for trouble or ready to start it. Wandering few homeless, in this transitory street, looking to either kill time or to scavenge what they could here and there. That was the sort of feel the street had after dark. Potentially dangerous. Close to campus, so it should be fine. But possibly very dangerous. College towns as a whole had that feeling. A transitory, liminal, potentially dangerous feeling. Many people either broke, lost, or stuck here during or after school dumps them into the real world. It was a volatile place to be.
And leaving Finlay St, there was the dark expanse of a nighttime schoolyard. One of those yards that had the playground structures huddled next to the building, and the empty, blank grass that seemed to stretch for miles, edged in a chain link fence. It was this long, empty space that Ilvana had to pass through, or around, to get home.
And it was that space that as a young woman walking home, alone, a few of those individuals approached her. Asking where she was going. Saying she looked good, huh? Very good. Agreement. Hungry eyes. Licked lips. But it wasn't the assumed form of coercion that they were after. Their eyes were on her throat, the backs of those eyes reflecting the light. Fangs, young vampires, shown in big grins. Being able to smile without showing fang was something the older ones learned. These ones wore snapbacks, big sweatshirts, and crooked grins. They could see in the dark. Could she? They circled her like so many buzzards.
[right [pic https://i.pinimg.com/564x/05/85/93/0585931c287629a8db9137671173f3e0.jpg]] Oliver Hargreaves was one of the individuals on that street. However, he was one who was standing straight, eyes straight- though wandering around with curiosity, languidly walking with his hands in his pockets. Long, dark coat swishing about his calves, he swept through the grass, semi-long, and looked up as he heard the commotion. He drew closer to the single sodium light on the field.
His pale hair glinted, coming into focus from the edge, one long earring charm on a chain glinting in the light.
The presence of so many made the air thicken, almost. Half of vampiric communication wasn't audible, not palpable. His presence made the air almost cottony with static, like the moments when a thunderstorm cell was hovering, the air cold, but dry, charged. Before everything let loose.
For now he simply watched, looking at the human woman they had cornered.
In one testing tube you had a liquid containing a student of a never quitting caliber when it came to school, the second testing contained a liquid of an important assignment in the form of a term paper which decided whether or not students would advance to begin their PhD's. The first liquid had no appearance of having a volatile state, while the second appeared to fizz and pop and bubble with an evaporating smell.
Let's stop and make a hypothesis here: If one mixes the nonvolatile and volatile liquid together, then the resulting reaction would create a potable and potent yet unstable concoction that quickly evaporates leaving behind a solid residue.
Results in the form of observations:
The term paper, a 20 page long blood sucker, had been issued to Ilvana's class just short of three weeks ago.
Now, the first week there had been no working on the actual paper itself for a lab required to be finished first before any of the writing - or its modern counterpart, typing - could begin. For Ilvana laboratory experiments had the feeling of a second skin. No stumbling, merely flying fast, without errors, from one part to the next.
But the paper itself. She always encountered a grinding, slow uphill fight. The process of mixing grammar, sentences, everything in her lab notebook, various punctuation, proper citations including in-text citations and spelling into a perfect elixir of an essay never came easy to Ilvana; no help came from the fact about the fate of failure waiting to smash the still forming elixir into oblivion.
As the minutes diluted to hours, and to days, a change occurred in Ilvana. It occurred gradually but nevertheless her friends noticed it right away. When one of your friends who's outgoing and happy begins to closet themselves in their room and in a constant state of an information hangover with just a touch of irateness and frustration. Ilvana even quit hanging out with her friends at places they'd almost always hang out with
This change had the same noticeability given to a clear liquid turning into a shade of violet after the addition of an unknown substance.
Conclusion: If one mixes the nonvolatile and volatile liquid together, then the resulting reaction would create a potable and potent yet unstable concoction that quickly evaporates leaving behind a solid residue. Before the beginning of the term paper Ilvana had maintained her friendships without any trouble. However, as time crept forwards Ilvana had slowly distanced herself from her friends until completely stopping attending the hangout sessions and occasionally spitting out irate rants.
A Friday evening, a nice refreshing evening to end another week before the weekends dawned over the horizon. Three weeks had passed since the term paper's assignment, and its due date slowly loomed in one-in-a-half weeks. As it concerned finishing in time, Ilvana's worries were literally zilch. But the quality of it, the worries far outnumbered the entropy of a single cup of water at one degree centigrade.
Inside the dorm she shared with her musical degree inclined roommate, Ilvana sat all alone in the pitch black of the living room. The only light illumination came from the blaring and glaring white screen of her laptop. Curled up on the couch, Ilvana's attention focused on the screen, more specifically the black pixels against the backdrop of white pixels of an open word document.
Two noticeable sounds could be noticed:
The first one would be a quiet, soothing sound of music coming from a Bluetooth speaker whose lone blue light winked every now and again. The music style had the style of classical era of music of the likes of Beethoven or Haydn, the only reason Ilvana knew this was listening to her musically inclined roommate, but with more of an electronic feel to it. It helped create a less stressful atmosphere, complemented with the leaf-brewed green tea whose rising steam could be seen when the blue light winked.
As to the second sound, that concerned the keyboard. Ilvana's fingers made it steadily click and clack like a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ClAQ6k--jnw Maxim Machine Gun] as the 19th page slowly was mowed down to completion with each firing of the next word. Occasionally there'd be a break in the click-and-clack suppressive fire before there'd be a few short bursts. But sometimes, there'd be a huge break before the fast firing of words like a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BPNEFyWeBs minigun] would drown the music before coming to an abrupt halt as the ammunition depleted quickly. Curses flew out with ever increasing anger, followed by frustrated sighs and groans that accompanied the heavy and depressing clack of the backspace being hit, eliminating one character at a time with the fearful precision of a [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rmz717Q2RHQ 50 caliber sniper rifle].
Slamming down on the control key quickly followed by the S key, Ilvana let the computer process the save command before quickly exiting out of the accursed word document. Closing the laptop and setting it aside on the table in front of her, Ilvana closed her eyes and basked in the darkness. Curling up cat-like, she cupped her arms against her chest breathing slowly and deeply. Finally, finally she'd been able to finish the first draft of essay. Over 40,000 characters arranged into over 6000 words space out over to an odd 50 paragraphs on 20 pages, only counting the essay itself and not the 21st [i Works Cited] page and all the links oozing into the 23rd page. As to editing the draft, the editing could bugger off and leave her.
Reaching into the pocket of her blue jeans, Ilvana pulled up her phone as the screen came to life as a warm orange of a sunset. The phone silently unlocked as she touched a yellow with white ghost tiled app, opening her Snapchat. Browsing through various stories, there came a series of her friends. A bitter smile formed itself on her lips seeing her friends having fun at a bar, a time existed where she'd enjoy those sort of moments with them. Wait a minute, what was stopping her now? The essay basically done and tomorrow the weekends, she could get drunk to the point of waking up with a hangover tomorrow and still be fine.
Standing up, Ilvana's face screwed up into a bit of pain as the muscles in the legs complained loudly from the sudden stretching after being in a compressed state for two hours nonstop. Trailing an arm along the wall, Ilvana blindly walked while feeling for the small bump somewhere in the wall indicating the presence of the light switch.
Flipping the switch with a sharp flick of the wrist, the four lightbulbs just as sharply illuminated the room in a dazzling smooth, white color. Ilvana closed her eyes right away, the eyes hurting from such a sudden transition from dark to light. It took a few forceful blinks before the spots disappeared.
Looking herself over, deciding whether what she be wearing could be suitable enough. A blue pair of jeans with no hole, a simple oak brown belt snaking its way through the loops in the jeans, a charcoal black t-shirt with a dark green Celtic snake design on it. The jeans appeared fine, and though the t-shirt be slightly ruffled it was still wearable.
As she meandered over to the entrance/exit, for every entrance there's an exit, of the dorm room, Ilvana gently pressed the right palm of her hand against her left shoulder. The stretch felt present as the left shoulder finally eased its complaints. The arm did complain a little as part of a metallic chain and a silver Celtic cross indented into the back of the right arm through the t-shirt.
Ilvana personally viewed religion as an agnostic, even though her parents were Catholics. But this religious necklace had less of a religious meaning and more of a token of memory for her father had made it himself. The Celtic Cross around her neck over the years had imbued itself with the many excellent family memories.
Picking out a pair of inconspicuous grey sneakers, Ilvana slipped them on, the laces left tied from the previous time she had worn them, over the short, ocean blue socks on her feet. She nodded as she donned a faded, forest green jacket, realizing the floor had felt so smooth had been because of the socks.
After finally slinging her small, taupe black duffel bag over her right shoulder, Ilvana stepped out into the chilly night. Every breath made her feel that more alive as the night air chilled her respiratory system, for so long the only air she had breathed was the stale, stereotypical dorm smell which one made feel dead after spending too long inside. Much time had passed since feeling this free.
Walking into the bar, her friends spotted their illusive toxicologist wannabe friend before she could spot them. They waved their arms around, and the obvious commotion caught Ilvana's attention as she recognized her friends.
Making a beeline to the corner they had occupied, her friends quickly made room for the illusive friend.
The musical degree roommate, Hope, started off the joyful reunion with a quip, [+red "So, how much has the paper contaminated you, you've been somewhat toxic"]. If Hope had been using a serious tone then Ilvana would have ended up feeling insulted, but since it said in that joking and teasing tone everyone broke out chuckling; chuckling and laughing and friends, something she hadn't done in what seemed forever. [+purple "I've been quite contaminated, but don't worry. I don't think I'll be toxic for long, the paper is done and this night and you guys should be the perfect antidote to help cure me."]
The night at the bar went on longer than usual, for Ilvana had curiosity around her friends' doings while locking herself away. Over the pints of stout and ale and a few hours of time, slowly they caught up with each other while getting progressively drunk.
Nearing the closing time of the bar, their small six strong group was the last one to leave. Ilvana stayed behind for a bit, washing her face with icy cold water in the bathroom to wake up from the partial stupor caused by the alcohol before beginning her journey back to the dorms.
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