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« Reply #270 on: Sep 20th, 2007, 03:09am »

The mail carrier was heaving around an especially heavy sack. It was filled with several books of the same title.

The book read,

"Go Be Somebody. How to get out be-Tween a rock and a hard place."

It was Ghoby Tween's new self help book published by Penguin books Now, thanks to the hospitality of Gohby Tween, it is yours.

Gohby sent off several copies of his new book free to special people. Inside was a message scrawled in Ghoby's writing.

"Dear special friend,

This book can help you get on the right path. I will soon be renting an auditorium space for my free book signing and seminar. Please mail me a letter if you will be in attendance. Free food will be provided! Please forward that letter to Isril's masnion, where I will now be residing."

Also inside the book was a one dollar bill. Gohby had become rich by selling his book in the other county.
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« Reply #271 on: Nov 27th, 2007, 8:26pm »

"Dear Sir or miss,

We wish you to attend the most defining moment in the lives of Hellister and Sicilia, their unitng in holy martrimony.

This will be a holiday wedding scheduled on Christmas. If you will be attending please send a confirmation to Hellister's address.

Sincerely,
Hellister and Sicilia Scowley."
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« Reply #272 on: Nov 29th, 2007, 10:31pm »

Draegan arrived at his doorstep rather winded, his feet in horrific pain. He picked up the flier, book, and invitation, and read the latter first. Heh, Sir or Miss. It's like they hand-wrote it for me. Ooh! A wedding! I'll have to get Cyril out of that miserable house and take him with me. Then he saw the names. Sicilia... and Hellister. Do I ever win? With a sigh of disappointment, he moved on to the book. He stared at the cover in disbelief, and cracked it open out of morbid curiosity. He pocketed the dollar and read the note. "Oh, sure!" he cried aloud. "I'm someone special to that rodent because I didn't kill him when I had the chance?! Bugger that!" He opened the door of the house and chucked the book into the kitchen. He read the flier last. "...By name and everything... way of salvation... bollocks!" He tore it asunder. "That rotter! That bastard! Crook! Cockroach!" He kicked off his heels, nearly landing one in the fireplace, and unpinned the badge from his corset. "That's bloody right, you creep. I'm the sheriff of this town, now... you ever come back and I'll flay you alive and tan your hide!" he shrieked to whatever spirit of Gohby Tween may have lurked between the pages of the book, or on the gilded edges of the flier.
He divested himself of his clothing and picked out black slacks and a white shirt, donning them quickly and pinning on the badge. He added a leather holster, complete with a forbidding-looking long-barreled pistol on the right-hand side, and a sharpened cleaver with a pink handle on the left. He pulled his hair into a messy ponytail and took out his right earring. Good enough. He slipped on a pair of boots, grabbed an apple from the pantry, and left the house in a black mood, locking the door behind him..
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« Reply #273 on: Jan 20th, 2008, 10:24pm »

Quite a bit later...

Draegan kicked the door open with a well-placed boot, walked in and immediately collapsed on one of the living-room chairs. "D'you see the sign on the cemetery gate, Cyril? Condemned, it said."
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« Reply #274 on: Jan 20th, 2008, 10:28pm »

"Yes," said Cyril, closing and locking the door. "That's hardly a nice way to talk about many of the people in that cemetery..." He unfastened his cloak and hung it on the door, then grabbed Draegan by the wrist and led him into the kitchen. "You're kidding yourself if you think I'm going to let you rest after helping you escape being sheriff. I'm hungry."
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« Reply #275 on: Jan 20th, 2008, 10:34pm »

Draegan let Cyril unceremoniously drag him into the kitchen with minimal protest. He sat on the counter resignedly. "Fine, be that way. See if I ever ask for your help again." He unbuttoned his top few shirt buttons and took down his hair, figuring that, if anyone were to show up at the door and he had to answer it in his state, they would be suspicious of entirely the wrong thing. "Go ahead," he invited, tilting his head a bit, and swinging his legs idly.
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« Reply #276 on: Jan 20th, 2008, 10:42pm »

"Finally," sighed Cyril. He wrapped one arm around Draegan and rested the other hand on the countertop, and—quickly, so it wouldn't hurt unduly—bit into Draegan's neck.
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« Reply #277 on: Feb 1st, 2008, 8:15pm »

Hellister stepped up to the door of Dragean's house and grabbed the brass knocker with his pale, cold and thin fingers.

"Tap, tap, tap," The knocker sounded dull against the dense wood.

"A quality home," Hellister said to Larghetto.

Hellister began to speak into the door, a custom unique to Clauden.

"Dragean, it is me and Larghetto. I have come to visit you. I have much to learn from Cyril to survive this nightmare curse. I have brought a loaf of tea bread for you and Larghetto."
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« Reply #278 on: Feb 3rd, 2008, 12:55pm »

Larghetto followed Hellister and waited patiently outside. In his mind, he was secretly trying to figure out how it would actually be possible to have five people in his house, including himself and Fermata. He may be able to have someone sleeping on the floor in his own room, but having someone in Fermata's room was out of the question. Or maybe he should simply give Hellister the bed and he would sleep on the floor. That would be the courteous thing to do considering all that had happened.
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« Reply #279 on: Feb 3rd, 2008, 9:38pm »

"Holy crap, are you serious?" Draegan agilely ducked out of Cyril's grip and clamped his hand to the side of his neck. He jumped off the counter, took a step, and fell. He managed to regain his circulation long enough to get to the door. He opened it a crack, to see who was really there. "I'll be darned," said the half-shirtless drag queen, and he opened the door shakily. "Come in."
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« Reply #280 on: Feb 4th, 2008, 8:21pm »

Hellister entered Dragean's home and noticed that the drag queen was holding his neck. So this is how Cyril gets his meals, he thought.

"I see I have arrived in the middle of dinner. My apologies. Unfortunately, it appears that I have been transformed into a vampire by Karry."

Hellister looked down sullen but continued to talk.

"I want to try and be a vampire with as good as ethics as possible. Can this be done? How do I go about feeding if I do not have a partner."

Hellister put down the tea cakes.

"I brought these for you and Larghetto. Dragean, does it not drain your energy to be eaten so every day. How often do you need to feed Cyril?"
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« Reply #281 on: Feb 4th, 2008, 9:16pm »

Cyril's face went pale(r), then his brows knitted in an irritated glare. "Draegan, did you at some point issue a public statement that I was a vampire, or did it just slip out while you were off at the tavern one night, ruining your liver?"
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« Reply #282 on: Feb 4th, 2008, 9:37pm »

"I told no one," Draegan shrieked defensively. "Blame Largo." He started to swoon a bit, then found a chair into which he could fall.
"I'm sorry about that, Hellister," said Draegan, all the while likening the recent vampirism outbreak to an epidemic of a very contagious disease in his mind. He took a tea cake from the platter Hellister had brought and bit into it ravenously. "At any rate, Cyril isn't really an orthodox vampire. He doesn't use his powers as often as, say, Yukari did, and especially not as often as Karry. He's a daywalker, which is certainly draining, but he is also an experienced vampire. Older than the Mayflower," he added under his breath, eliciting an annoyed look. "However, blending in is his main objective, and he's pinned the sheriff with some story about partial albinism or whatever, so I only really have to feed him every other night. Of course, sometimes I don't feel well enough, in which case he goes out on his own or I find him someone else. That's where my First Listed Occupation really comes in handy.
"Before we left New York, I used to go to bars every few nights and find a man drunk enough to think I was a prostitute or something. Cyril would hide in an alley, and when the guy would take me back to his place, he'd wind up bitten (never killed, mind you) and lying on his doorstep the next morning. Sometimes even with the full contents of his wallet!

"So, there you have it," finished Draegan, on his second or third tea cake now. "Now, how do we make that work for you?"
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« Reply #283 on: Feb 5th, 2008, 04:07am »

Hellister felt a sweep of nausea come over him after he heard the length of Dragean's story. The life of a vampire, even one as well adjusted as Cyril seemed repulsive.

Hellister didn't want to look for drunks in allys, nor did he want a feeding partner.

"Is there no other way?" Hellister asked Dragean. "I'm not really the kind of guy to stoop over passed out drunks. Nor do I want to ruin Larghetto's perfect neck. Surely there must be some way out of this vampire thing. I have no desire to be as old as the Mayflower either. I was quite looking forward to the spirit world when the time came."
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« Reply #284 on: Feb 5th, 2008, 06:08am »

Cyril sighed. "How many have asked me that over the years? I can't remember." He walked into the living room and stood unassumingly behind Draegan's chair. "Yukari told me she used to live off animals. Rats, jackrabbits and things. I'll admit it sounded kind of... yuck... to me, but I guess I'm old-fashioned.
"But, death... that's another matter entirely. I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that Draegan possesses quite a few vampire-killing implements—" he shuddered a bit here "—but I also know many people who would be quite torn up if you were to die. Besides, in this 'liberated age', as Draegan calls it, who's to say no one would still love a vampire?"
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