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Nox's Nighttime Habit
« on: September 12, 2019, 12:19:07 AM »
For Max, Continued from Anthony's Song

We entered Ventrue easy enough. I'd been here before, but it looked like it was Dreki's first time. Despite his blindness, I let him find his own table. I knew he had those outlines he could see and besides, if we were gonna catch Rambo now was the time. I rationalized with what I know of the joint's security he couldn't enter if he'd been looking to cause trouble. That meant his reason for visiting was more personal. Not to be too revolting in these notes - I'm half convinced Zeph has been reading my case files on days he sleeps over - but it was the equivalent of an evangelical preacher caught in a sex scandal. They talk one game but play another. However, as a PI you need facts to back up your shit, and entering the club wasn't enough. I looked like the wrong crowd for Ventrue. As I saw the other vampires in the room I realized I looked more working class than most of them. That's why the Rabbit is more my speed, but then again I wasn't here for a drink.

I watched as Dreki found a place to sit, and hoped none of the other patrons would disturb him. We wouldn't be here long. I scanned the room looking for Nox, but found no sign of him. It would be fast for him to already be in a booth. I knew I couldn't take a picture. Cameras didn't work in Venture. I didn't need one though. I just needed a tasty, tasty mental image. A few interested boys and girls circled my table and I gave them my best fuck you face. I was here to work. I looked over to Dreki's table to see a visitor had stopped to chat, an ancient visitor. Oh boy. Well, perhaps the best thing I could do was get the data, so I could get us out!

Ari had agreed to work tonight, and was disappointed he was once again filling in for Royce. They'd spent his first night back making love and reconnecting, and Ari had hoped that Royce's time away had helped him grow. While he was better at hiding his improprieties than before, he was still guilty of most of them. In truth, Ari was jealous of his fledge's dalliances. Ari wished Royce would trade them all for him, but once again he was left out in the cold. The night wasn't exactly slow, but the flow of traffic was consistent, and people's time brief, and so Ari felt he hadn't seen the same face all night. He ended up sniffing a very alluring scent coming from a human sitting alone. Ari was intrigued by the smell, and moved to greet their newest patron. He wore a cotton-blue button up, with dark jeans and casual looking loafers. His blonde hair was in a neat pony tail, and a large golden ring was on his finger.

"Good evening," he said to the human. "Welcome to Venture. My name is Ari. Are you here with someone?"

Ari wouldn't behave like Royce and take this young man to a booth while working, but there was no harm in chatting and seeing if that could be a latter possibility. He noticed from the way he stared that he was blind, but that didn't deter the ancient in the slightest. He could always show him his face mentally. He lacked Charon's skills, but being over 1,400 had advantages.
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Re: Nox's Nighttime Habit
« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2019, 01:03:15 AM »
He hadn't quite expected the visited to his table and looked at the vampire, he remembered Drew saying something about trying to stay alone, but a gut feeling told him to not turn the vampire away. He hoped that Drew wouldn't be too mad, after all he was good at multitasking his hearing for simple things, and would be listening for Nox while talking and conversing with Ari. He probably wouldn't be able to pick up on full conversation details, but if close enough he could probably pick out a word here or there, and recognize the direction the voice is coming in.

"Well, a friend brought me here because he thought it was a good idea for me to get out of the house for a bit tonight, but he is also doing his own thing here, so for now, I'm alone." He said, not lying but also not mentioning it was to gain info on his roommate. He isn't quite sure what to make of the whole situation regarding Nox, beyond finding it interesting that he was in a vampire bar of all places. He also felt not entirely right just dismissing the guest, something about just how vampiric Ari had felt to him, was both uncomforting and exciting. It was a weird new feeling for him.

"I'm Dreki, it's nice to meet you." He smiled warmly as his tone the entire time talking to Ari was quiet, intimate in a rather friendly welcoming type of tone, he could guess easily what happened at vampire bars. While he wasn't the biggest fan of the idea of one night stands in anymore, he did enjoy the bite. He wondered if Ari had approached him on wanting to feed, and wondered, if that was indeed the case, if maybe he'd be willing to meet up some other time. A time where he was actually able to make such plans, as hanging out with Drew wasn't the time. For a second he thought about how he'd convince Nox to let him come here again, then remembered that Nox was here, right now, likely doing the same thing with some other vampire. If anything, that's where he'd use it against Nox, he didn't blame the man for finding vampires enjoyable in such ways, but did find the switch in Nox's personality regarding vampires both humorous and complex. It made him want to get to know Nox a bit better.

"This is my first time here, and for sure a unique take on a vampire bar. Or at least compared to the ones I've been to, where they are more traditionally a bar and much more secretive about vampires being around. I like the openness of this place so far." Although to be fair the only one he'd been to previously was The White Rabbit. He didn't think of An Tsi as strictly a vampire bar but more of a supernatural bar in general. He didn't think it in good taste to mention the name of such places while in a similar place. He was polite to a fault, but for sure noticed the booths for privacy while in here. His eyes did keep eye contact the entire time he was talking, almost as if he could see. He defaulted to hiding his blindness in every scenario he could as it was.

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Re: Nox's Nighttime Habit
« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2019, 02:57:48 AM »
Once again Dreki said too much, but at least he didn't name me or make me out. That boy had looser lips than... [redacted]. I didn't have time to listen to their conversation, as I was busy scanning for signs of Nox. I decided to slip into the cinema and look for him there, and if not, then it was upstairs I go! I rose from my table, making sure not to look in the direction of Dreki or the surfer boy ancient now crowding his table. Dreki could handle himself. A few disappointed humans pouted as I whisked away, and I smiled darkly at their want of me. Zeph better get me a leash. Wait. That sound sexual. Dammit.

I entered the cinema and found Nox being chatted up by a beautiful looking vampire. She had dark blonde hair, blue eyes, and felt older than me, but much younger than Dreki's guest. I didn't dare get close enough to hear, and I had a feeling if I attempted to Obfuscate I'd have vampire security all over my ass. I found a cute looking boy to make pointless small talk with - something I loathe - and it preformed the job of making me look inconspicuous. For now, I waited and watched.

Ari listened to the human's nervous talking and smiled encouragingly. The human was obviously new to their kind, although at his own self admission had been to vampire bars before. He assumed he meant McCloud's "business." He'd heard Royce could often be found there, and the idea of it enraged his normally quiet heart. Things between the Sacrament and the Anarchs were shit, and Royce saw that as an invitation to bring even greater shame on them by patronizing their rival's establishment. He hoped Venture was proving more to Dreki's liking, and figured he might have a hand in how the human felt about the club later. This was really a job for Jeanne but Ari had promised her he'd try being more social.

"Well I'm glad it's an environment you find to you liking," he answered smoothly, sitting at the human's table. "May I join you until your friend comes back? I'd love to meet him."
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Re: Nox's Nighttime Habit
« Reply #3 on: September 12, 2019, 04:51:49 AM »
"Sure, although if he is in a hurry to leave, there may not be much time for introductions," he mentioned debating how to explain that if pressed, "However, I'm already thinking about returning here sometime in the near future by myself, so if I do have to run off, if you come here often, you may see more of me." He wasn't hearing Nox anywhere, hell he wasn't even hearing Drew anywhere anymore. It did look like the building had a second floor, and before Ari came about he did notice a downstairs area as well. He took a sip of his sparkling water that looked like a gin and tonic.

Part of him felt nervous, he wondered if the Vampire knew that he wasn't exactly human. After all, Sam had clocked him in the past, and he figured other vampires likely could too. He also knew his blood wasn't exactly red anymore, and it had been described to him as a coppery brass color that even shimmered in certain lights. If Ari didn't know now something was up with him, he'd guess if he ever let the vampire feed from him, he'd find out anyway.

"If you don't mind me asking, what drew you to me?" He asked, kind of wanting to put things at ease for his own sake. He could always play off that one if his parents was an angel. After all with how it felt in his childhood, he felt his mom had done a better job raising him and protected him from the ire of his dad, despite his dad just trying to do everything to keep him safe. He did kind of see her as such now anyway, given that she is now dead, and normal human theology does suggest humans who are good go to heaven and become angels. He wasn't exactly sure if that was true given his now recent exploration of the supernatural, but really, he didn't like lying and didn't want to tell Ari about being illegally experimented on, at least, not while they were strangers.

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Re: Nox's Nighttime Habit
« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2019, 05:43:37 AM »
"Nonsense," Ari said brightly. "I'm sure he'll have time for a quick chat.

Ari had only met Dark Angels, and the same fire and brimstone scent they had was not shared by Dreki. The ancient had met almost every kind of supernatural along the way, but not something that smelled like this. Yet, he heard a heartbeat, could see sweat glistening from the top of his forehead, and his body temperature felt human. Dreki's question to him was not too surprising. There were plenty of other humans about, and many of them were to Ari's liking. However, a new scent in Ventrue was a fairly big deal. The last new scent had been a nymph.

"My family owns and runs this establishment, so I'm here some nights." Ari explained. "I would be a poor host if I let someone sit by themselves, with no one to talk to. I didn't realize you'd come with a vampire."

Ari's face was unreadable, even if Dreki had traditional sight, but it wasn't entirely clear if he was making an accusation or asking a question. His aroma went unmentioned.
Be a sadist. Now matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them — in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
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Re: Nox's Nighttime Habit
« Reply #5 on: September 13, 2019, 03:26:31 PM »
He wasn't entirely sure if there would be time to chat if Nox saw Drew or himself around. He wasn't sure if there would be a confrontation or what, he felt a bit safe from one after hearing that Ari was in part, the owner, of such a place, but he was also certain that would just piss off Nox more. He no longer felt entirely comfortable with the idea of being here to spy on Nox. It was obvious that Nox was looking to be fed from a vampire and even sleep with them if Nox was anything like Dreki after being bit. After all, there was no all-out brawl in here and he could sense vampires all around. However, Ari's comment about him being here with a vampire kind of threw him off. He never said that his friend, Drew, was a vampire. The look on his face turned kind of inquisitive.

"I never said I was here with one," he mentioned, he hadn't felt Ari enter his mind at all. He had been leaving his necklace off lately because he knew he really didn't think he'd be put in a situation where he'd need privacy until after he went back to work anyway. In a way, he wondered if he should have brought it. "But that is a good guess, my friend is indeed a vampire. He doesn't feed from me though, he's spoken for and my reaction to being bitten, is well," he seemed a little embarrassed about it and looked away, the color to his cheeks turned more of a brownish-yellow color instead of the usual red, it clearly wasn't human jaundice as the color was a bit different from that and had a bit of a kind of glow to it. "Let's just say my neck is sensitive on its own, and being fed from, especially right there, intensifies that." He figured if Ari was indeed interested beyond just chatting up a patron who was alone, that he should be fully aware anyway.