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Minor Characters ([personal profile] alicornucopia) wrote in [community profile] alicornutopia2015-09-25 09:43 pm

here is a door

And now this door is not itself any longer, not quite.
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:08 am (UTC)(link)
"So if your kind of vampire are ninety nine point nine percent sociopaths, why are you dating one?"
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:10 am (UTC)(link)
"He's a point one percenter. Actually, not even all the sociopaths are completely uncivilized, there's some who have a kind of sex-work-like business model, I have no quarrel with those even as I cannot vouch for their emotional complexity."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:11 am (UTC)(link)
"Well, that's...better than several of the alternatives, I suppose. I can't imagine going for it myself, though."
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:12 am (UTC)(link)
"They make a living on it, it seems consensual, boyfriend says they don't have skeletons in the closet, I leave them be."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah. I can't imagine they have the problems literal sex workers face."
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:13 am (UTC)(link)
"They may or may not have that as a sideline, but I'm not sure they work as vectors for infections and positive they don't work as vectors for babies, so."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:16 am (UTC)(link)
"I meant more along the lines of not being assaulted or abused or virtually enslaved. Problems specific to sex workers and not, also, people who have lots of casual sex that is not a transaction. To be honest, the STD and pregnancy thing hadn't even occurred to me. My kind of vampire don't work as vectors for those either."
cross_and_bow: (i ~ meh)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:18 am (UTC)(link)
The stake goes back into her messenger bag. "I mean, their immunity to that is largely predicated on their willingness to use violence, since if they don't there's no material advantage in the situation to being a vampire except maybe lesser emotional vulnerability? But I imagine the customers think twice, anyway."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:23 am (UTC)(link)
"Using violence in self defense to prevent someone else from using violence on you is something most people are willing to do. I'm not sure how vampirism is different from having a tazer in that regard, aside from being more effective."
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:25 am (UTC)(link)
"They're vampires - my kind - so I bet it's pretty available to them on an emotional level, but some people with souls freeze up in violent confrontations."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:26 am (UTC)(link)
"Vampires don't have souls where you're from? Well, I guess that would explain the sociopathy, if not the point one percent."
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:29 am (UTC)(link)
"Oh, my boyfriend just turned out to be using his soul for a smaller set of things than most people," she shrugs. "Like, he's different, but still personable. He may technically be a sociopath, I'm using the word very much unadvisedly and have not looked it up as a psychiatric condition or anything, but he's nice and he doesn't eat people because it would bother me."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:33 am (UTC)(link)
"I guess someone who was already a high-functioning sociopath would probably be better at sociopathy than someone who had lived their life with more empathy," Gloria said. "I suppose technically we haven't proved that souls exist in my universe, but I've seen some things that would be hard to explain without."
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[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:34 am (UTC)(link)
"I'm not actually sure how it is supposedly known that soul loss in particular is part of the vampire-becoming process, but it's a convenient shorthand if nothing else and I don't have a strong reason to doubt it in the context of vampires and such existing to begin with."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:38 am (UTC)(link)
"Makes as much sense as anything else does," Gloria says. "I'm very glad I'm my kind of vampire and not your kind."
"Oh. I just had a thought. I'm not at all sure it's not a terrible thought, but it's a thought."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:42 am (UTC)(link)
"My kind of vampire is not terrible. We're stronger and faster than humans, and we don't have a set expiration date. There's no actual reason, as far as I can tell, why you couldn't drag a gallon of my blood back to your world and set up my kind of vampire in it.
Except, of course, that your kind of vampire is terrible, and you have no evidence save my word that my kind isn't, and if I were terrible I would have no reason not to hang out in bars pretending not to be terrible and persuading people to take my blood home, so it really would be a bad idea, probably."
cross_and_bow: (g ~ perhaps)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:46 am (UTC)(link)
"I mean, even if your kind of vampire happen to all be saints, which isn't the case, it could interact really badly with my kind, or with some sort of demon, or with brain-melting magical powers, or something like that. I'd be tempted to take it for myself but I'm already upgraded and don't want to fiddle with that lest that interact horribly - a lot of things in my world are just sort of disposed to be horrible - and I can't make avoiding death by old age a particularly high priority until I'm sure I can do better than all my predecessors at not dying of violence."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:49 am (UTC)(link)
"Predecessors at what?"
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:50 am (UTC)(link)
"You called me a monster hunter, my title is technically 'slayer'. Bella the Vampire Slayer, at your service, although I slay other things and do not invariably slay vampires, as discussed. There's only one of me at a time."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:54 am (UTC)(link)
"So you're upgraded in order to fight anything that isn't human, but mostly vampires, and there's only one of you at a time. If your vampires were anything like me and mine, I would express the hope that that meant no one else was hunting us, but as it is I can only assume that your world was the work of a particularly malevolent Creator."
cross_and_bow: (k ~ suspicion)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:55 am (UTC)(link)
"If there's anyone doing the job, they're doing it badly. There are some, you know, things, but nothing that seems definitely responsible for the whole shebang."
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[personal profile] maggie_of_the_owls 2015-09-26 06:57 am (UTC)(link)
"So why are you wearing...oh, lovely, your world's vampires are allergic to crosses?"
cross_and_bow: (h ~ okay)

[personal profile] cross_and_bow 2015-09-26 06:58 am (UTC)(link)
"Yeah. And holy water. You're not? I forgot I was wearing it or I would have asked if it was bothering you. My boyfriend's trained away the reaction to an impressive degree but I still take it off when we spar."

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