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The dark-haired, dark-eyed vampire had no difficulty at all seducing the wizard that night. Felix had made it easy, fulfilling every expectation that more physically powerful men had about someone like him. They presumed him physically weak, emotionally susceptible to flattering attention, and primarily concerned with physical beauty. What was more, this tempting stranger had seen his picture on the gossip blogs, and clearly expected him to be sexually available to anyone who asked.

Playing to expectations meant Felix had to put forth very little effort for a pretty fellow he never intended to see again. He barely had to play at all, speaking of nothing consequential, smiling when required, and stroking the stranger's ego whenever possible. He didn't even have to suggest a nearby hotel in the entertainment district, close enough to Felix's apartment that he could still make it home after this tryst. This man seemed nearly capable of reading his mind.

They didn't make it to the hotel. They barely made it a block from the lounge where Felix had met him. Faster than Felix could react, faster than he could even see, he was snatched from the sidewalk and plunged into the shadows between two buildings. His back was shoved up against a brick wall and the stranger's unnatural strength kept him pinned. But when the man's black eyes held his and his low, smoky voice began murmuring hypnotic suggestions, Felix finally understood he'd stumbled across someone he couldn't control.

A wizard's mind is stronger than most, and Felix's mind, shaped by the tutelage of a sorcerer more monster than man, was particularly well-fortified. He fought against the mental suggestion that he sleep, forget, surrender to pleasure... but this was not magic seeping into his mind, and he had no resources but brute mental strength to resist it.

Electricity crackled, weakly, between Felix's fingers, his hands pinned to the wall. Even his magic was sluggish to respond under the telepathic assault.

Date: 2015-11-10 08:52 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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The alley that they ended up in was not far from Kersen's bar, and he was walking back there from the liquor store. (Which might seem a bit odd, for someone who owned a bar, but he'd been drinking a bit more than usual lately and thought it best not to take the last bottle of the good bourbon for his own use.)

And suddenly as he passed the alley he caught the brief scent of blood in the air. And something else, something slightly familiar.

He felt a wave of panic that he hadn't previously in these situations. But... it didn't stop him.

He ran into the alley, long brown leather coat flapping in what was likely a great super hero profile, and grabbed the vampire by the back of his neck before he could even react to someone else joining them there.

"You," the (unfamiliar) vampire grunted.

Kersen just barely registered that he recognized the man pinned against the wall, but it was enough of a temporary distraction for the vampire to pull a knife and jam it up into Kersen's ribs.

Which was more than enough provocation for Kersen to snap his neck and send him crumbling to the ground. It might not even have been necessary.

Date: 2015-11-11 03:24 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen might have already had a stake out if it weren't for the fact that he'd been stabbed, and was belatedly realizing it was with a silver knife. So he was a bit too busy holding a hand over the wound gushing blood in his abdomen.

But then... the vampire was on fire. On fire. And the fire came from Felix.

Kersen scrambled back, away from the flames. Expression equal parts terrified and impressed. And in pain, blood seeping through his fingers.

After a few more seconds, the flames died out, because all that was left of the vampire was ash.

Date: 2015-11-11 04:10 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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"Vampire," said Kersen, his voice a touch rasping. The wound was beginning to heal somewhat, albeit it slowly because of the silver. But he needed blood for the healing to continue.

"And I could ask you the same question, but I think I'd..." He stepped away from the wall, stumbling a little, hand still bloody and covering his abdomen. "I should probably get to my apartment. Fuck I liked this shirt."

Date: 2015-11-11 04:37 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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"It seems as if you may have had the resources to be fine on your own," Kersen said, and then grunted a little in pain as he moved towards Felix. He wouldn't turn down the help. And he also wanted to keep an eye on Felix, make sure he was okay, if the vampire had bitten him.

He smelled alcohol, and realized that of course he'd dropped the bottle of bourbon he'd just picked up at the liquor store. Well, it wasn't as expensive as his shirt.

"The bar is a block from here," he said. "I have an apartment in the basement.. Are you okay? Did he bite you?"

Date: 2015-11-11 04:53 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen tried not to lean on him too much. And as time passed he did get slightly better rather than worse, though the healing was still happening much more slowly than he would like. The fact that he was still bleeding at all was worrisome. At least he knew that he had bags of blood in the refrigerator in his apartment.

Felix drawing attention to his own fresh blood on his neck did not help, though, and Kersen visibly turned his attention away from him after a sharp inhale of breath.

"You'll be fine," he assured him, looking towards the street. "Vampire saliva can have a narcotic effect, but it impacts people differently, and such a small amount shouldn't affect you much. If you start to feel strange let me know."

Date: 2015-11-11 05:07 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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"Yes," said Kersen, and that was all.

Felix would find out soon enough. He deserved to know, after all this. And Kersen also thought that he suspected. That deep down he already knew, even. After all, he hadn't suggested they go to a hospital.

And Kersen was very curious about that fire. He'd always thought that there was something special about Felix, he just hadn't been quite sure what it was.

"Here," he said as they neared the bar. "There's an entrance in the back."

Date: 2015-11-12 05:14 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen barely noticed when it was Felix who unlocked the doors instead of him. He did wait until they were inside, and then immediately shrugged off his coat and tossed it to the ground.

"I'm just going to tell you now," he said, his voice still a little raspy, as he pulled away from Felix and stumbled into the kitchen. "I'm about to pull a bag of blood out of the refrigerator and drink it. Yes, I'm a vampire. No, I mean you no harm. I don't hurt people. I swear to you. Do you believe me?"

And he paused, and looked at him, standing there still holding his hand to the wound in his abdomen. Waiting for Felix to answer him before he did anything else.

Date: 2015-11-12 08:51 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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"Thank you," Kersen said with a sharp intake of breath, and turned away from him to the refrigerator. He pulled out a carafe of blood, and rather than pouring it into a glass like a civilized person, he upended and drank straight from it.

Date: 2015-11-12 10:57 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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There was a few more seconds' pause as Kersen finished and set down the carafe, now empty. He felt better. Not good, but better.

"If you didn't I would have," Kersen said, and then finally took his hand away from the wound on his abdomen, wincing. Wanting to see if it was healing now, he yanked off his bloody shirt and tossed it into the sink. It didn't even occur to him that his back was covered in fresh scars, still slightly pink - cuts and burns and most noticeably a large burn scar in the shape of a crucifix between his shoulders.

Date: 2015-11-13 01:32 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen let out a little sigh. "Yes," he said. "One of my favorites."

And then he turned and looked at Felix. "And no, not just because he attacked me. Vampires who prey on humans without their consent... they're always bad. Always."

Distracted by that answer, and by the shirt, Kersen wasn't even thinking about what Felix could see now. Joining the scars on his back were the two words carved into his chest: TRAITOR and FAGGOT.

He didn't remember until he looked down to assess the damage of the knife, which at least he could tell had begun to heal. The wound had closed and stopped bleeding, though it still hurt like a bitch.

Date: 2015-11-14 04:25 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen froze. Met Felix's eyes for only a moment, and then looked back down. He pulled a towel from other the sink and mopped up some remaining blood, showing that the stab wound had closed.

"Vampires," he said quietly. "Sorry, I know it's... sorry."

Date: 2015-11-14 04:46 am (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen looked back up at him. "Preferring humans over my own kind, is the short version," Kersen said. "I can give you more detail, but I need a drink first." Pause. "Of alcohol." He nodded to a bottle of bourbon on the other kitchen counter.

Date: 2015-11-14 07:31 pm (UTC)From: [personal profile] kersen
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Kersen watched him pour, and then picked up one of the glasses and knocked back most of it. "Good news about vampires," he said. "Alcohol still works. Though it takes a bit more to get the intended effect." He slid the empty glass back to Felix. "Pour another? And maybe let's sit on the couch... but I'm going to um, put on a clean shirt." No need to make Felix stare at the worst of it.

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