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Movie Night
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:41:28 PM »
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It was weird being out at night without Damien, especially for recreational activities.  Nowhere near as weird as being out with a District Leader for a movie night, but that was beside the point.   At first when she’d impulsively gotten his number out of Damien’s phone to text him, Rachel didn’t expect a reply, much less for Jake to agree.  Sure, the markedly more formal text he gave in response wasn’t quite the feel she was going for, but it wasn’t enough to be a deterrent.  Jake was much better in person, especially one-on-one, and she knew it was going to be a blast.

She had read a critique for an artsy foreign horror-thriller film being screened at the Bojangles Cineplex that initially she wanted to see with Damien but hadn’t gotten around to telling him about just yet.  When she told Damien what she’d planned and asked for a ride to the Rabbit, she took a bit of pleasure in his surprised reaction.

They both knew she needed to get out of the house, do something with someone besides Damien, especially with the bodyguard thing still unresolved.  To say she’d been a bit stir-crazy was an understatement.

An ominous soundtrack played as the credits rolled, and Rachel squinted against the slowly lifting house lights. 

Grinning, she turned to Jake.  “I fucking loved that, I can’t believe they left it open like that with her just leaving.”
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2019, 10:08:16 AM »
The request for some time from Rachel had come as a surprise to the leader formally known as the Black Prince, but it was a welcome address, and one he accepted almost instantly. Between the campaign, running the district, and his many other duties, Jake hadn't had a proper night off in weeks. His dates with Lan Bao (because it had honestly felt like a date by the end) and Arik hadn't counted, as both of them had some big goal in mind. This suggested hangout seemed like just fun, and Jake reflected he didn't have any human friends. All the humans he knew were clients of the White Rabbit or worked for him in some way. Rachel had been such a joy when they first met, and so Jake was eager to flesh out their relationship. Damien hadn't called to object, and so Jake figured he was alright with Rachel being out of the house without a proper body guard. Jake could, and would, serve as that function tonight.

He'd sworn off wearing black, but couldn't resist a new cashmere sweater that Lisa-Joe had bought him. It felt too big, and certainty ate up his small frame. However, he liked how tight his white jeans were in contrast to the loose black sweater. He'd felt awkward upon first seeing Rach again, her exuberance and lust for adventure dwarfing his own. He wondered if she'd regret wanting to spend time with him, like he wasn't cool enough for her, but the more he seemed to trip over his words or pause in silence, the more she seemed to be enjoying herself. Humans were perplexing, but forgiving creatures, much more so than Kindred.

By the time the movie let out, Jake had forgotten all about his anxiety, and had relaxed into something far more social.

"I know," he said, sounding like the intense District Leader he was reported to be. "I think she was the killer all along personally. I think they dropped hints."

Jake had enjoyed the film, finding humans take on horror to be a pallet cleanser for the very real monsters of the night. He didn't get up right away. The crowd of loud movie goers began to shuffle out, their voices bugging the Anarch in a way the loud movie sounds hadn't.

"Let's wait so we don't get herded like cattle," he suggested, ranting off a few more theories about the flick. Once most people had risen, Jake turned to Rachel and said, "what do you want to do now? The night is young!"

He smiled mischievously. He wasn't ready to see Rachel go. They'd barley gotten to talk during the actual movie. Jake hoped to change that.
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2019, 10:56:45 AM »
Somehow during the course of their conversation, Rachel had perched on the back of the chair just in front of Jake.  As she spoke with enthusiasm about possible alternate endings and complex takes on ambiguous plot points, her feet kicked gently back and forth.  The ease that she found herself in was surprising, but she didn't question it.

"Well," she mirrored his mischevious grin with ease, "You know I don't get out much-" she huffed a cynical laugh.  House arrest.  She really didn't want to get caught up in moping about it, but it was a real fuckin' drag.  "So, like, I don't really know what's around, not like you do anyway."  Blood colored her cheeks slightly.

"Lobby seemed a bit boring,"  not that this was a proper movie theater with all the games and photo-booths and stuff you'd expect, but that would have been cute as fuck.  She couldn't help but grin wider at the thought of going home with a strip of goofy photos to show Damien.  Maybe next time.  Or!  Maybe she would convince him to take a selfie with her by the end of the night. 

Alright, new goal.  Besides Operation: Defrost the Prince.

"There a mall or something nearby?  I'd love to grab a bite sometime tonight before I have to go back home."  She paused, then added hurriedly "If you don't mind, I mean."
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #3 on: November 07, 2019, 05:24:17 PM »
She wanted to keep hanging out. Jake was strangely relieved. It was proof his awkward behavior hadn't put her off. He smiled in thanks, and wrapped an arm around her shoulder, in a brotherly fashion, and led her out towards the waiting car service; he even opened the door for her. Jake found himself also enjoying the bodyguard part of the hangout, eyes darting into blind spots, and mental abilities searching for the auras of others. He didn't have the sight like some vampires did, but he could sense powerful minds. If any came near, Jake would likely know.

He wasn't that concerned though. He was beginning to think this Laurent had left town, and that Damien's protective nature wasn't as needed. He hated the idea that Rachel had to spend more time at home than was strictly needed, and so when she asked if could hang out longer, he quickly replied, "I'd love to. It's a choice between more fun and the work at home."

Once they were inside, Jake instructed that the driver should head for the mall located in the east district. Jake didn't go to malls. His shopping was mostly online, or he had people to do that for him. A combination of being rich and busy seldom left time for errands, and Jake had never really considered the mall was a place for pleasure. He was intrigued. The pair of them continued dissecting the film, Jake finding an intelligence within Rachel he hadn't noticed before. It wasn't that he thought she lacked it before, he'd just never seen her in a intellectual situation. He disagreed with almost all her theories, but liked how she constructed the various arguments.

After about ten minutes, that topic ran out of steam. Jake looked out his tinted window, the darkened glass obscuring nothing to his vampire eyes. "Okay, can I ask you a question about the election? I know that must seem weird, you not living in my district, but I want a human in the know's opinion."

He looked sheepish again, the last time he'd been this nervous around her being the day he'd gone to Damien and her house.
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2019, 03:34:04 AM »
Accustomed to how reserved Damien typically was, she continued to delight in the ease of friendly affection between them.  As she hooked her arm behind him to return the gesture, her mind wandered to Quinn with a pang of regret for not inviting him along.  But that wasn't the point of this outing, and she suspected it would be a bit weird for the three of them to hang out.  With Quinn working at the White Rabbit and all. 

Besides, she'd see him Thursday when he came over.

Rachel grinned at Jake's choice of fun over work, a much easier battle than convincing Damien to play hooky when there were things to be done.  She noted the direction given to the driver, filing the location away for later in case she wanted to return.  It was frustrating not having a working mental-map of the place she lived in, knowing only the parts that Damien took her.  That wasn't something she wanted to think about now, and turned back to chatting about the film.

It wasn't until the conversation ran dry that uncertainty crept into her mind.  God, how long was I rambling?  Hopefully she hadn't been a complete bore.  It was hard to tell with new people - she wasn't as familiar with Jake's facial expressions and body language but that would change over time the longer they were friends. 

Friends.  Maybe she was getting ahead of herself.

His question elicited a playful eye roll.  "I guess so," but her smile plainly read Of course.  "Whaddya' wanna know?"  While she was used to Damien bouncing things off of her, it was weird for some reason that Jake would be interested in her thoughts about the election.  That wasn't to say that it didn't pique her interest.
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #5 on: November 12, 2019, 07:39:00 AM »
Jake was pleased Rachel was willing to talk a little politics, although he'd promised Lisa-Joe he would relax tonight and not think about the election. However, Rachel had a perspective that was crucial, and important, and so Jake was willing to break the rule for a bit of the car ride over. They could gossip at the mall plenty.

"Humans. Humans in the know, I'm unsure what to do about them in the modern era. On the one hand, I feel far too many people already know about us, vampires and the lot. I really do think the world's of mortal people and supernaturals are meant to be separate. When things get too meshed, historically I mean, it goes bad. Either we try and rule your lot, or your lot tries to kill us all in the name of god and survival. It's... difficult."

He felt he was rambling, but wasn't sure how much Damien had ever told her about vampire history.

"But this is also the age of social media, and I'm starting to feel like I'm going against the tide. My question is, as a human in the know, how would you want to be included in governments like mine, and should we risk telling more people about us, or go with history and try to keep ourselves secret? I'm asking you because you're a human who deals with us on an everyday basis. How do you want to be counted?"

He'd thought about how to ask this earlier, and really hoped he hadn't offended Rachel by pointing out she was a mere mortal. On the contrary to offending, it was exactly why he wanted her two cents.
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Re: Movie Night
« Reply #6 on: November 13, 2019, 08:31:45 AM »
Her face wrinkled as a thoughtful expression quickly replaced her playful demeanor.  "Oh," it was an unexpected question (well questions) with a lot more weight than she had anticipated.  And he was interested in her opinion?  She exhaled slowly through her nose and crossed her arms over her chest.

It was intimidating.  "Huh.  Let me think for a sec."  As much as she hated not being able to just fire back an answer, she wanted to take her time and be thoughtful.  She didn't know much outside of the world of vampires, and demons but to a much lesser extent.  Supernaturals with human pasts were easier to understand, their motives informed by their human lives.  Some people are assholes, and jacked up with power just made them bigger assholes.  Her introduction into the realm of the supernatural was unquestionably the worst thing that happened to her, and if she had the choice to avoid it she would've.  Well, no, that was a complicated issue.  Had she not been captured, she never would've met Damien - she definitely didn't regret that.  But it was needless suffering at the core of it, at the hands of a monster, and it forever changed her life for the worse. 

Then there were the human hunters who wiped out Damien's entire bloodline, almost very nearly including Pierre and himself.  She didn't have many details about that - it wasn't exactly a pleasant topic of conversation for them - but what she did know was more than enough.  Humans could be just as cruel toward what they didn't understand. 

Did knowing make much of a difference?  It looked like mess no matter what.

A frown on her face, she inhaled slowly.

"I don't think I can decide what is best, there's just too much out there that I don't even understand."  Like fae, and magic and stuff.  "On the one hand, if you try to keep shit secret, that limits your exposure to horrible people that want to exterminate you.  The internet isn't a beacon of truth shining into the shadows - people manipulate photos all the time, and like, technology is getting better and better for that kind of thing.  People say whatever the fuck they want to say online, pretending to be completely different people, saying shit that's completely false with absolutely nothing to back it up.  Super easy for hive-mind to develop and like, a bunch of people blindly following what some popular blogger says just because they've got a million subscribers-"  She stopped, suddenly becoming aware of the fact that she'd been speaking for a solid chunk of time.

"Uh, sorry, I guess what I'm trying to say is, Social Media doesn't necessarily make it any harder to keep shit on the down-low.  Not if you know your way around how people are using it.  Someone posts a video of something happening, all you need are a dozen commenters pointing out supposed-details that "prove" how the thing is fake."  She paused, eyes glancing toward the ceiling of the car, "Or, like, you just have to plant staff into the popular platforms to control censoring.  Oh - or like, hacking their systems, obviously."

Fuck, I'm doing it again.  She gnawed on her lower lip and glanced at Jake before continuing. 

"On the other hand,"  Okay, wrap this up.  Stop fucking rambling.  "Integrating the two worlds is better for the long term if you wanna live peacefully, 'cuz a secret is safe only so long as its kept.  But that's hard as fuck because not everyone's gonna get along, people don't like change, and making sure everyone is safe during the transition would take a fuck ton of resources."  She huffed a laugh through her nose, "But then again, so doesn't damage control when you're trying to keep it secret." 

Another sigh.

"I'm not sure if that answered your question - how do I want to be counted?  I don't know."  Rachel offered him an apologetic smile, cheeks burning and heart hammering.  Need to stop acting like an excited fucking puppy every time I leave the house.  She fidgeted in her seat and glanced out the window.
Astrid || Chtahzus'aak/Zeus || Extasis || Fler || Jeremiah || Laurent/Va'tamal || Malakai || Rachel || Sonya/Anna/Odessa || Vai
Old things have strange hungers. - Catherynne M. Valente