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Day at the Beach
« on: September 11, 2019, 02:51:33 PM »
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Jake needed a day off, but realized that would never happen at night. It turned out running a district, a business, a campaign and still having time for Sam left little room for anything else. Even his recent socializing had been work related. Jake hated his job. He'd come to realize this as he was running for the seat, and for the first time he hoped Ben actually won. It would make his life so much simpler. There would be embarrassment, probably rage, but after that, nothing. Jake had already decided to return to the south if Ben won. He missed his roof, his luxury apartment building, and the culture of the south district. He even looked forward to Sabrina being his district leader. He would stay out of her way but help when asked, and wondered what he'd do with himself. He'd have more time for Sam, and he already knew as soon as he and Murphy talked that he'd be looking for a new person to embrace. He could be the city's Tony Stark, a playboy millionaire philanthropist. It had a nice ring to it, and worked with his existing image. It all felt so tempting for a moment, he considered just texting Ben that he conceded. He doubted his opposite would ask, "are you sure?"

Jake did no such thing, for despite how much he hated every single thing he had to do, there was really no other alternative. The Anarchs needed him. The Brujah needed him, and all the people who wanted to vote for him needed him as well. Even the people voting for Ben needed him. Jake feared what District Leader Ben would do, and saw a future where someday he was Luminary. The White Rabbit would be shut down, the Anarchs chased out of town, along with anyone else who didn't agree with Emperor Ben. Jake hoped Kerr would prove a calming influence, but Jake had never seen that in action. He also feared people like Zoheret and Zeus, and now Charon; people only concerned with their own power and own agendas. No. Jake couldn't drop out. It wasn't his destiny. Jake no longer called himself the Black Prince but very much felt like it was his place to lead. He tended to wind up in charge wherever he went, and he considered that all of this strife was just Cain testing him.

Jake rarely talked about his religious beliefs. Most vampires in this city didn't even know Jake had a sense of religion, but he held it close to him. Cain had decreed it was the Ventrue who would rule, and while Jake thought most of his clansmen failed he felt it was his duty to correct this fact. He could use his clan's gifts to be a good ruler, a just ruler. Loving being in charge, or hating it, had no bearing on the young leader's decision. He had to stay in the race, and he had to win. To lose was to fail the gods themselves, and Jake couldn't do that. Jake felt like only his family really believed in him, but that was fine. He was determined to make up the difference by believing in himself. If he didn't, then why should anyone else?

He rolled over onto his back, enjoying the feeling of the sun on his skin. It was a new sensation, and one he couldn't get enough of. He'd kept his daytime trips to the south so far, but he'd craved a day at the beach since finding out he could now day walk. He wore tight brief swimwear, with a pronounced pouch, and blue green coloring. The logo was some trashy human clothing line, and Jake had several more pairs in his underwear drawer. Sunglasses obscured his grey eyes, and sneakers lay neatly stacked on the side. The dragon ring, charged with Tansy's blood, kept him alive.

He'd formalized a deal with her, five hundred bucks a week, plus gifts! He'd already sent her the Bachelorette on Blue Ray. It was an earlier season then the one why were both currently watching, but he suspected based on their limited talks it was her favorite show. He figured he could also slip gifts to Sabrina this way too. Because of Tess, Jake felt the need to take better care of his old friend, and if he ever got that witch alone he'd roast her. Now, weekly, he picked up a few small mason jars filled with fresh nymph blood. It was a beautifully fair trade. It had allowed him to soak up all this sun in Zoheret's district. He figured she might show, and how funny would that be? He wasn't in the mood for a fight though, and so he hoped she wouldn't. He didn't have the stamina right now.

Jake wondered if he'd even get a tan. He'd longed to be golden brown for centuries, and thought how mysterious it would make him look with his dark hair. Blondes always looked like porn stars when they tanned. Black hair however, had more possibilities. The beach was still pretty empty, although now more and more people were claiming spots of sand. A kid set up a kite with his dad, and Jake looked on approvingly. He had no plans for the day, just wanted no work. He'd go indoors in another hour or so, as not to push his luck, but for now he merely rested. Maybe there was a spa in the area he could go to. The day was his, and nobody else's, at least for now.
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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #1 on: September 11, 2019, 09:02:22 PM »
Shan had been invited to the beach with some acquaintance-friends. They didn't know him too well but he was pretty sure one in the group of four was attracted to him which was why he'd been asked out. He'd agreed but didn't have his own board so he'd had to double on theirs. Two of them had longboards so it had been easy, and one of them - Adam - had been particularly eager to teach him how to surf. He'd been pretty handsy and Shan had let him. It felt good, though Adam wasn't much to look at.

From the last wipe-out, Shan was closer to the beach than usual and someone caught his eye... but it was impossible! Distracted, he'd not really done well for the next two goes afterward and excused himself from the group. They were done for the day and wanted to grab a bite to eat. Shan left them to it and approached the dark-haired guy lying on the sand, sun-baking. If he was who Shan thought it was

but it couldn't possibly be!

then his skin would heal any sun damage it tried to tan him with. He looked pretty pale, but he wasn't burning. Shan kept walking over, his heart beating faster with every step closer as it looked more and more like the guy who'd rejected him not so long ago. The one Lan Bao had given him disappointed face over but not punished him or anything. She'd made a comment that had humiliated him and hadn't sent him on any more errands since.

And vampires didn't walk in the sun. But here he was, and Shan was looking down at him, casting a shadow over his face.

he is so fucking powerful
what a shame he doesn't want me
because I want him so bad


Nobody rejected Shan, especially after something so sexy, and it had been the start of his doubts. Of course, blocking Jake's sun wasn't the polite thing to do, but he wanted to be noticed. He wanted to be wanted. But he doubted he'd get anywhere with this guy. Why, though? Didn't he like the look of Asians? Shan was a good looking one. Handsome was handsome in any race, right?

"How are you doing that?" he asked, impatient for attention. He'd waited all of five seconds before speaking.
Digital: I drink from the poison chalice
Lan Bao: I reap the harvest of my people
Cain: I am the instrument that vampires play
Shan: I take what is mine and what is yours

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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 01:09:21 AM »
Jake noticed the shadow standing over him from behind his sunglasses, and raised his body up on to his elbows to get a better look. He pulled the shades down on his nose revealing none other than Shan! He smiled widely at seeing the sexy messenger of Lan Bao. They'd parted so awkwardly, and Jake had never had the chance to explain why he'd rejected him. It hadn't been because of his race or ethnicity. Jake found all people of the world sexy. He'd just been spoken for at the time, and whatever else he felt about Murphy, he deserved better than garden variety cheating. Maybe it was proof that impulsive Jake had grown up, even if it was just a bit. He ignored Shan's question, not wanting to lie, but honestly feeling like the less people who knew about the ring's specifics the better. That didn't mean he didn't want Shan's company though. That he wanted very much.

"It's just a gift I posses," he said, towing the line between lying and just being vague. "Care to join me? I was hoping I'd run into you eventually. I'm just soaking up the sun. Do people still say that? I know it was a big song a few years ago."

Jake's sun related pop culture references were out of date. He smiled cutely and tapped the beach side next to him. He had a spare towel if Shan needed one.
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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 08:20:53 AM »
The smile on Jake's face was encouraging and the display of his daywalking powers was inspiring and overwhelming. Shan felt humbled in his presence, wondering if he should bow down or something. He'd always thought the Kuei Jin were far superior in their abilities but no Kuei Jin could live in the sun and Jake was powerful enough to have mastered something to allow him to do that... or powerful enough to get his hands on something that others would no doubt want. Either way, he was amazing.

Humbled by his earlier rejection, Shan accepted the invitation to join without his usual bravado. "Yeah, people still say it," he replied, given a towel because the only thing he'd brought with him to the beach was his swimsuit and a little bag that had underwear and a change of shorts. He hadn't bothered bringing a shirt.

Shan laid out the towel Jake offered beside the vampire and knelt on it before laying down on his side, facing Jake, a wondrous smile on his face.

"How long have you been enjoying the sun?" he asked, meaning one specific thing but his question could be taken one of two ways.
Digital: I drink from the poison chalice
Lan Bao: I reap the harvest of my people
Cain: I am the instrument that vampires play
Shan: I take what is mine and what is yours

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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 05:51:59 AM »
Jake felt comforted his pop culture wasn't out of date. It was a serious concern. Culture changed more rapidly than in earlier centuries of his life. Jake was determined to stay current. He only recently learned what YOLO meant from Riley and Amy. He watched as Shan laid down next to him, the boy practically humming with his excitement. Jake felt in his element. Finally, someone who was just impressed without needing perfection from him. He also appreciated the cleverness of Shan's question, picking up on the possible multiple meanings. He decided to answer the simplest version, not wanting to create a time line for his day walking. He didn't think Shan was some spy, or that Lan Bao knew anything about the ring at all, but it didn't hurt to be careful.

"Since sunrise," he said. "I watched it on my roof before coming here. It was partially obscured by overcast, but as you can see that burned away."

Unlike me

He rolled to face Shan's face, their lips now inches from one another. Shan was as handsome as the last time, but their was something more... humble about him. Jake liked that.

"And what brought you here today. I doubt your mistress sent me another gift."

But you'll do nicely, he thought wickedly.
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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019, 07:13:22 AM »
Shan, initially smiling when Jake turned to face him, felt his stomach do a little flip because of how close they were getting, his heart picking up the pace as well. Before the rejection, Shan would've said some blasé sexy comment and moved in for a kiss, but he didn't have the confidence to do it because he suspected he might be rejected again. It was frustrating.

And then, quite suddenly, it was embarrassing. Jake's words reminded him of the rejection by putting it at the front of their conversation. Shan's cheeks pinked and he tensed, breaking eye contact and wishing he hadn't come here after all. He didn't think Jake liked him very much, or he was the kind of guy that used negging a lot.

He wanted to make a smart-mouthed comment but it was too close to the bone for his sass to surface.

"I didn't get into trouble but she hasn't taken me back, either. I'm fucked." He didn't dare look at Jake even though it was the vampire who'd fucked him by not accepting him into his ranks. Now he was in this weird limbo of being gifted but not accepted.
Digital: I drink from the poison chalice
Lan Bao: I reap the harvest of my people
Cain: I am the instrument that vampires play
Shan: I take what is mine and what is yours

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« Reply #6 on: September 13, 2019, 07:24:32 AM »
Jake watched with confusion as Shan's energy changed. He'd only been teasing. He sat up onto his elbow, his body now twisting at the oblique and scanned the boy in front of him. What had Lan Bao exactly intended? Was she offended Jake hadn't fucked this boy? It was an odd thing to be upset about. Jake loved the fans, and had made a nice display for them in the Dante's Inferno apartment. Her gift had been well received. He'd also made that point to her when they'd spared.

"I can speak with her if you like," he offered gently. "I feel as though there's a misunderstanding here I'm not getting."

He looked open, thoughtful and slightly concerned.
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Re: Day at the Beach
« Reply #7 on: September 13, 2019, 05:12:48 PM »
"What misunderstanding?" Shan asked, confused, not liking the idea of Jake speaking to Lan Bao about him. That could end up really badly for him. "You sent me back to her."
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Cain: I am the instrument that vampires play
Shan: I take what is mine and what is yours

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« Reply #8 on: Yesterday at 08:53:05 AM »
Jake was now certain there was a misunderstanding. The fans had been the gift. Shan had been a bonus, or so he thought. Lan Bao didn't scold Jake for rejecting Shan, or that he was meant for Jake in the grander sense. Shan seemed to think that staying was a sign of his own success, but Jake was tired of working off assumptions. It had hurt him in the District Leader meeting - which Damien had reamed him for - and it was driving him fucking mad in regards to Charon. No. No more assumptions would do, and so Jake sat up and motioned for Shan to do the same.

"Shan, what was supposed to happen that night? I mean, I was, and am, very attracted to you, but surely Lan Bao isn't mad at you because we didn't have sex. That would be..."

Here he stopped. He was very close to criticizing his one ally in the city. He hated how fragile his current position was, but since all Charon had given him were opaque warnings about betrayal - but provided no hard information to back up his claims - Jake felt he had no choice but to trust what he knew. All of his information out of Chinatown said Lan Bao was tough but fair as a leader. Toughness and fairness were things Jake liked. She was a warrior, who understood honor and respect. Perhaps she was playing him, perhaps not. However, Jake refused to abandon someone on the claims of another who'd shown himself to be untrustworthy in the past. He course corrected his comment.

"That would be unexpected," he said, instead of something more pointed. "Do you want to know why I sent you away?"

Hopefully, this explanation would go a long way towards healing this rift. Jake wanted Shan to be around, although in what role he was still unsure.
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« Reply #9 on: Yesterday at 09:24:55 AM »
And now it was Shan's turn to come clean. Ergh. He pulled a face when Jake mentioned that he thought it was freaky Lan Bao had gifted him sex. Yes, that would've been freaky, and also why she'd snarked at him about misreading the situation and thinking himself worthy of Jake's attentions. He remembered how she'd put it: 'I thought I had sent Jake McCloud a valuable gift, but now I see what he sees - plastic in place of gold.'

Her assistants tittered and she'd sent him away to 'find his rightful place'. He understood what that meant. He was a gift without a recipient. He'd been discarded.

"She didn't send me for sex," Shan confessed. "I was to demonstrate the fans and offer myself into your service. It was supposed to be the same kind of service I provide her. Dance. Sparring. But you were sexy and I figured I could show you what else I was good at," he grinned, his flirty side finally coming out when explaining his intentions. The smile faded when Jake offered to explain why he'd been sent away and his tone shifted into sadness.

"Not really. I already know I turn you on. I don't want to know why you refused me. If it's something I can't change, then there's no point."
Digital: I drink from the poison chalice
Lan Bao: I reap the harvest of my people
Cain: I am the instrument that vampires play
Shan: I take what is mine and what is yours