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Index was once a small and close-knit community, but the town located on the western side of Washington state has grown in recent years beyond anyone's expectations. It is the ideal place for those who work in Seattle but can't afford the city's high real estate prices, and for others the natural beauty attracts them to the town. And Index truly is a beautiful place - surrounded by thick evergreen trees, tall mountains and glistening rivers and lakes. While weather is typically rainy with overcast skies even this does nothing to take away from the beauty of the town, and it is only highlighted further when the heavy snow graces the town and caps the mountains in winter. To many, Index would seem like a paradise. And yet lurking beneath this visual beauty there is more to this town than anyone might ever imagine...

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Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Thu Aug 27, 2015 8:40 am

I couldn’t tell her that this was almost as new to me as it was to her. I needed to be solid, unquestioning, but.. I wouldn’t give her all the answers anyway. Wasn’t that half the fun? It’s chaotic right now. It’s new, and you’re not used to it, but you will be. And this will be a good thing. That’s not really what I wanted to come out, was it? Was I pleading with her to accept it? Wanting her to? Maybe the bond had affected me as well. Noelle didn’t mention that would happen. It wouldn't be unlike her to withhold that bit of information from me, and since my turning was in such a rush, it’s not like she’d tried creating that bond with me first. I almost wish that she had, so that I could have more of a chance to adjust to it. Could I have fought it? I was trying now, and it wasn’t doing a damned thing.

You’re wrong about that. Well, I take that back, I paused, and finally looked away from her, but only briefly as I sucked in a breath. I didn’t need it, but I had found I still breathed. I panicked if I didn’t, sometimes I felt the slight feeling of suffocation, but usually that happened when I hadn’t fed for some time. I have things I should fear, they tell me, but I refuse. But that’s just me.

And the change, I could see it over her whole body. That was what was addictive about this whole thing. Wrong as it may be, I felt a little like a puppeteer. And how was it a bad thing if she was clearly enjoying it? If I’d clearly calmed her down just by touching her? I could make her a warrior, and her current image did nothing to refute that. Covered in her own blood, but still alive, ferocity just under the surface, but she could still be calm, graceful. And soon, once she mastered these new feelings, she would be a force to be reckoned with. Even as a human.

Tell me what you fear, Sofia.

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Sofia Rin | Human; Citizen

Posted on Sat Aug 29, 2015 11:16 am

I was beginning to feel frustrated with all his vague answers. A good thing? How will all of this be a good thing? I couldn't help but to ask myself, what would I be getting out of all this? He's made it clear that what he can do for me will make me stronger, give me a little less of a reason to be scared, and the bonus gift of my senses being heightened. Don't get me wrong, ever since he's granted me this gift I've taken full advantage of it. However my self-conscious still believes it won't be enough to convince me I am strong, and I kind of believe her. I'm just having a hard time wrapping my head around how all of this is a good thing, and how it will benefit me in the end. Part of me thinks it won't. But maybe he really does have everything figured out.

Well yeah, of course you don't fear them. It's because you're a, you know. I snapped my fingers a couple times and looked around the space, trying to find my words.  A lean mean vampire machine.

I felt the blood in my veins run bitter cold at what he was asking of me. I've never bluntly spoken of my fear out loud, it's always been elusive. He was asking me to do the complete opposite. By saying my fear out loud, it will either open my eyes to the fact that it's all in my head and there's nothing to be afraid of, or every emotion I've kept behind bars will break loose and completely engulf me, convincing me that I have every reason to be afraid. Just by thinking of his name, the way it made my stomach turned, how I get chills all over. If I dared to even breathe his name, I knew that all my walls would come crashing down. The effect that he has on me, is almost as strong as the effect Ben has on me. 

I looked away from him, closing my eyes and intaking a deep breath of air. He'll kill me. I exhaled, my voice almost a whisper.

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Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Aug 29, 2015 4:53 pm

I knew what I’d done to her, but I was getting so frustrated. Hadn’t I already explained this to her? I assumed it was someone she feared. Abusive ex? Abusive parent? Or maybe just someone she’d pissed off in the past. Even if it was someone supernatural, which I doubted, what I’d given her would at least be a head start. I doubted it though, because she was surprised enough to learn what I was.

My annoyed, impatient mood was soon broken, and I covered my face and began to chuckle. What? Wow, I mean… you’re not incorrect, but… I looked toward my window, which was pointless. The blinds had closed off any view in or out. But it was still a symbol of what was out there. Think about it, though, Sof, if I exist, think about what else exists. I’m no way the most dangerous thing out there.

It was so obvious that I hated myself for not realizing it earlier. A considerate person wouldn’t have spoken the connection, knowing that it would be a sensitive topic, but I was digging and I didn’t care. If I was going to show her that she needed me, I had to know more myself about why she needed me. Your stomach… I assume whoever he is, did that? I was calm, like a stone, my intention to brace myself for whatever storm I was about to incite.

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Sofia Rin | Human; Citizen

Posted on Sat Aug 29, 2015 8:16 pm

I scrunched my eyebrows together while glaring at him in disbelief. Wait. Do you mean to tell me that all those vampire television shows actually hold some truth to them?  Does this mean that werewolves exist? Witches? There is more to this world than meets the eye. An hour ago I would've questioned a person's sobriety if they told me vampires exist. But now that he's brought up this topic, I'm starting to wonder who I have encountered that is a vampire, or something worse.

My eyes grew wide with his words. Oh no, please, god no. He wanted me to go into detail about my situation. He wants to know. But I don't want him to know. I want to keep him in the dark forever. I just want to keep all of my secrets bottled up inside. But he wants to help me, I know that. It's just, hard. I took a step back and felt the end of the bed on the back of knees. I take a seat and close the lids of eyes, when I open them, I nodded my head.

He used my mom's favorite kitchen knife. It was a wedding gift. I took a deep, shaking breath, and exhaled slowly.  He pushed me down our basement stairs, and I hit my head against the cement wall. My vision was a complete blur, all I heard were the creaking of our stairs, and it kept getting closer. But then it stopped, and all I felt next was warmness running down the sides of my body. He stabbed me eighteen times.

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Benjamin Reese | Vampire; Infant

Posted on Sat Aug 29, 2015 9:11 pm

I never thought of myself as soft, but this wasn’t some guy who slapped her when she stayed out too late. What kind of baggage had I gotten myself into? It didn’t matter. I stood there, realizing briefly that weird human habits came back at times of stress. I swallowed saliva, I breathed, reminded myself to close my lips. I’d forgotten that some people could still be monsters without being superhuman or whatever. And she’d been a victim of one of them. She had fear, she reeked of fear, but a different kind. I felt I should have known.

I’m sorry, Sofia. It was a hushed whisper, and had she not had my blood I couldn’t be sure that she would have heard it. I stopped myself from telling her I would protect her. I knew better, no one could really promise anyone anything. That’s why I never made any promises. I don’t want you to fear him anymore. The best I could do. I reached for her hand and pulled her so that she was standing up.

Come on, let’s get you cleaned up. Seeing her own blood made me realize that when Noelle took my humanity she didn’t take my soul. I wasn’t sure if I’d ever felt so guilty in my life. I’d almost torn this girl apart. She didn’t deserve it like the scumbags out on the streets. Most of the time I only cared about myself, but I cared enough not to be… I didn’t want to be a monster.

I lead Sofia to the bathroom, found the large whirlpool tub and began filling it with warm water. Maybe a shower would have been easier, that wasn’t the message I was sending. You can shower, too, if you want, but… the tub is nice. Awkward. I was never awkward. I’ll be right back. But I didn’t hurry. Down the hallway and to the kitchen, I found the wine fridge. Cabernet? Merlot? I only had three bottles, since wine wasn’t really my thing, but… it seemed appropriate. Hot chocolate might have been better but I definitely didn’t keep that around. I pulled two glasses from the rack, pulled the corkscrew from the drawer and fought to open the bottle, but I had to stop. Typically agile, dexterous, whatever, this shouldn’t have been a problem for me. I stopped rubbed my forehead, and started again, finally able to pour the wine into the two glasses and head back to the bedroom. I stopped and placed the glasses on the dresser and looked in the mirror.

It came back to me, the cold night by the river. I remember just knowing in my mind that I could save someone, I wanted to save a stranger. But I didn’t. No, I was the one who was saved that night. I still didn’t know why. Maybe this time I’d be successful. I tugged at the ring I’d strung to hang around my neck. For the first time since I’d gotten it, I twisted the chain around and took it off, then picked up one of the wine glasses and headed back to the bathroom. I placed the glass on the stone beside the bathtub.

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