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925961 No. 925961 ID: 270774


This quest is R18.
chapter one: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questarch/res/897413.html
chapter two: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/quest/res/910050.html
disthread: https://tgchan.org/kusaba/questdis/res/124805.html
patreon: https://www.patreon.com/iraprince
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No. 944807 ID: 6b66cf
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something soft and simple!
No. 944814 ID: 6b66cf
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someone mentioned a titty window on ira's cc and i couldn't get it out of my head. also i highkey gave up one the boots don't look too close at em
No. 944821 ID: 456ad4
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comfy and stylish
No. 944822 ID: 456ad4
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this is impractical for moving around easily but i think it slaps lol
No. 944828 ID: 9c4f92

Hello, please double-check your image resolution in the future.
No. 944835 ID: 001be0


these are cute!!
No. 944839 ID: 001be0
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No. 944872 ID: d91078
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tried my best, please excuse the shoes i have NO idea how to draw them kjhfkjdhfkjsdf
No. 944884 ID: 5393c6
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my contribution to the A Suit For Lamb campaign
No. 944909 ID: b00828
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1) velvet goth?? velvet goth
2) daintier!
3) strappy heels are not the best to go romping around in but i, the one with the tablet pen in hand, can dreaml
No. 944910 ID: b00828
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alt version with some jackets, since what is the point of a nice top if we’re not casually-on-purpose shedding a jacket to reveal it to strip
No. 944918 ID: afed67
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A bit off the base, but consider BDSM/buffy aesthetic Lamb
No. 944954 ID: b8d6cf

outfit 1 is so beautiful!
No. 944963 ID: b8d6cf
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No. 944969 ID: 8fa857
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please consider: Weird Autistic Layering!

I’m imagining her scrambling for an outfit, trying to go in three different aesthetic/practical directions at once, and then stumbling out of her room only half-aware of what she actually put on.

I also really like the light blue dress with the bondage harness, and the plaid dress over the white t-shirt, that others posted.
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No. 945050 ID: b8d6cf
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i'm jsut going wild. i love paperdoll updates
No. 945165 ID: 51d10f
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some Outfits. i may have gone a bit too ham on details but im gay and love clothes and lamb? i have others sketched too that i'm hoping to get finished later today but heres the first two in my Lamb Get Cool Belt Agenda
1. in my lesbian opinion hiking boots are both sexy and practical for many occasions.
2. hood in case of needing something to hide in from getting overwhelmed (and hoodie strings for the potential for a Pulling Someone Towards You By The Hoodie Strings move,)
No. 945199 ID: 51d10f
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okay another late entry outfit, this one with two colour options because I couldn't choose between them.

i just think, that underboob, is fun. its cute
No. 945200 ID: 51d10f

AH CRAP I forgot to resize it oh no I'm sorry! I completely meant to do that before posting but it slipped my mind. i'm not sure how to delete a post to repost a properly sized version, or if that's a thing I can do?
No. 945216 ID: e7dcb0

There's a small checkbox near the name area of your post, click that then go to the bottom right of the page and click delete
No. 945237 ID: 75cf31

don't worry about it, i'm about to update within the next few hours and this isn't so wide that it's super disruptive. i appreciate u keeping it in mind tho
No. 945266 ID: 75cf31
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It feels like no time at all passes as Lamb tears through her drawers in a blur, and the next thing she knows, she looks up and her room is a mess. She feels like she’s tried on half of what she owns — a couple outfits built around flowy velvet skirts, at first, but then she remembers Strip’s instruction for mobility, so she switches to shorts instead — then agonizing over what’s too formal, what’s not formal enough, what would make it look like she’s taking this too seriously, what would make it look like she doesn’t care… she doesn’t even know what “normal” date clothes entail, but this isn’t really a normal date.

In the end she settles on something close to what she normally wears. She skips heels, per Strip’s request; chooses a tight, seamless bodysuit, one she’s always found comfortable because of the firm compression, and one that she hopes makes her look… sexy?... and layers on a hoodie, too, just in case. Her noise reduction headphones are on the nightstand and she grabs them, looping them around her neck for safekeeping.

There’s a little more useless fussing, but she cuts it off. The only thing more embarrassing than showing up in the wrong thing would probably be annoying Strip by keeping her waiting.
No. 945267 ID: 75cf31
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Strip is already in the lobby by the time Lamb gets down there; and, to Lamb’s immense relief, is dressed pretty similarly. She gives Lamb a brief nod, turning towards her as she approaches. “Hey.”

“Hi.” There’s a beat. She feels too embarrassed to say anything as cliche as “did you wait long,” or “you look good,” and luckily Strip picks up the slack before the silence can become awkward.

“Uh, honestly.” Strip rubs the back of her neck with one hand, the other gesturing loosely towards the rest of the hotel. “I’ve trained here before, with my last squad, and I kind of fucking hate this place. So.” She straightens up, shoving her hands deep in her pockets. “I’m borrowing a bike while we’re here, since we flew in and — you know how I am, I gotta go get my own space sometimes, and — I dunno. Unless you’re, like, married to the idea of doing the casino or the bunny bar here or whatever, I figured we could get out of here and go somewhere else.”

She seems to realize she’s given a pitch that’s pretty heavily weighted, and sighs, trying to backpedal a little. “Or at least another casino. Somewhere off the strip, and not a touristy vamp trap full of 300-year-old stiffs.”
No. 945268 ID: 69c061

Sounds like fun; maybe she knows somewhere a little quieter than average, so you can have conversations and not get too overwhelmed with noise? If she's been in Vegas before she probably has a few favourite spots, right?
No. 945269 ID: d1981c

Yeah go for it! Fuck the casino! Go find somewhere nice and have a good date!
No. 945270 ID: 094652

Do you ascribe to that theory where vampire psychopathy partially stems from a lack of self-image? Hell, you can't even see your clothes! Modern technology could reconstruct your face even more thoroughly than a mirror.

>Go somewhere else
Open up with a joke
"How about the underground furry pits? I read about them in a novel."

Go wherever. Grand Canyon's in another state but if your bike is powerful enough you could get there and back in a day.
No. 945271 ID: b3c9cc

ask where she likes to go/what she likes to do when she gets out of this place!
No. 945272 ID: 3ed3c3

Let's blow this joint.
No. 945277 ID: 49863e

honestly, getting somewhere quiet sounds ideal - y'all can focus on each other, and not get overwhelmed by flashing lights and loads of noises.

perhaps somewhere where there's some form of entertainment, or at least something to look at? Like, maybe driving out to the desert some to see the stars... I think it'd be useful to have Something to look at or engage in for potential lulls in the conversation, and to allow for time to process before responding if necessary.
No. 945292 ID: ce3b01

Yeah absolutely take Strip up on her offer. Its not like the casino was gonna be the most pleasant place for Lamb and we were mostly preparing to go there so she could get to know the others instead of the appeal of a casino. Also ask what she has in mind.
No. 945293 ID: bb78f2

Wanna watch the desert moon? Crash a biker bar and start a fight with humans, holding back our strength and give them a minor fighting chance? Crash a vampire biker bar, not holding back and give them a minor fighting chance?

Hunt and Kill a nazi? Hunt and kill a vampire Nazi?

Coffee? Err... yeah wait might still work if vamps can drink beer.
No. 945296 ID: 0e2ebe

Go with her first idea, it sounds great. You want to spend time with her, on a date, not really go to a bunny bar.
No. 945308 ID: 3e7944

Since she knows the area, definitely what she thinks would be fun. Somewhere were we can chill and talk, but also with something to do, so we don't have to worry about filling the area
No. 945311 ID: 69f83f

Ahhh... Lamb and Strip cute...

I've never been to Vegas but there's like gotta be some silly retro diner or something around right?? Or maybe a drive-in theater thing? Can you tell I've never been farther West than Pennsylvania (but once had a really cute friend-date night around Provincetown)?

Idk casinos sound lame and I know neither Lamb nor Strip are that old but I think it'd be cute to find something w/ that sort of aesthetic a little off the main drag. Drive-in theater playing a dumb black and white vampire movie to casually mock before biking off before sunrise.

I think it'd be nice to get away from all the bright lights and hotels and just fool around w/ a jukebox someplace. You can't enjoy the milkshakes but you Can terrorize tonight's prey w/ "what's new pussycat" on repeat. It's more low-key than bunny bars and I doubt it's an experience Lamb's gotten to have yet so could be new casual fun!
No. 945376 ID: 6d979f

there's werewolves in them sand dunes. we got told to stay away... maybe it's not the best idea to get near any potential scraps.

it's a nice surprise that strip needs space sometimes, after the initial introduction we got as ricardo. something semi-active or that helps split strip's attention away from lamb (though not too much! just enough for some conversational buffer time) could be nice.

there's a neon museum in vegas that's like, a couple acres of old casino signs and so forth, on display on an outdoor lot around a defunct hotel lobby. no idea if that's up strip or lamb's alleys, but they do night tours, and they call their collection their NEON BONEYARD. they also literally have this on their info site: "Due to the broken glass, rusty metal and darkness, we recommend night tours for visitors ages 12 and up." so as far as museums go, it's a pretty wild one!

(yes i literally went and googled what to do in vegas. only the most in depth of odd date ideas for lamb and strip)
No. 945438 ID: de8aa6

i feel like the casino is too much stimuli for right now? Like it would be just extremely good to like focus on the date(?) and also not have a billion things and noises going on at the same time.

Riding a motorcycle while holding on to Strip sounds extremely nice. Maybe tell her that a walk sounds nice too or somewhere more uh lowkey than a big casino.
No. 945439 ID: de8aa6

No. 945443 ID: deddc1

They should go to a steakhouse...and order the Lamb Strips ;)
No. 945445 ID: 7011e0

bro they are so cute i can't cope with this

let's go somewhere else! i bet lamb hasn't seen a ton of deserts so even leaving the strip is an option
No. 945489 ID: 49863e

I think that not going into the desert is specific to Ricardo & Pascal, because Pascal is awful and would kill the werewolves.

>>933143 for reference
No. 945524 ID: f46390

Strip wouldn't ?
No. 945544 ID: 421241

lets go somewhere else! its a good call, casinos can be overstimulating!
No. 945546 ID: 5e565b
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“I really don’t mind that at all,” Lamb says immediately. “I don’t think a casino is really for me, anyway…”

“Probably not, huh.” Strip starts walking towards the entrance, hands still deep in her pockets, and Lamb falls into step beside her.

“Do you have some favorite spots, since you’ve been here before?”

“Not just been here. I mean, been to the Silver Crown, yeah. But I’m from Vegas.”

Lamb blinks at her, surprised. It strikes her as impossible that she didn’t know that; but then, now that she thinks about it, she doesn’t know where the others are from, either. If there was any discussion of it recently, especially as they were traveling here, she must have tuned it out. She knows she spends a lot of time in her own world, but until tonight, she hadn’t really thought this much about how much she was willfully missing outside of it. “I didn’t know that,” she finally says.

Strip shrugs. “You didn’t ask.” And it’s a cliche, but it’s true. Lamb frowns a little, looking back down at the tiled floor as they walk — a different set of shapes than the carpeting upstairs.

“We’re not supposed to know too much about each other.”

“Well, trust me, nobody else is following that rule.” Strip’s voice is rough, a little closer to the snarl she uses with strangers than the lower voice she uses around the squad; but she smooths it out relatively quickly and moves on. “I was thinking about going out to Red Rock. It’s closed, so it’ll be real quiet.”

Lamb’s frown deepens. “Kel said—”

“Werewolves don’t bug you unless you bug them. It’ll be fine.”

Strip sounds like she knows what she’s talking about, and quiet sounds ideal… if anything, this is better than sticking around in the hotel, which was a plan Lamb was already apprehensive about before. She nods, pensively.
No. 945547 ID: 5e565b
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The air is warm and still when they exit the hotel. Strip withdraws her hand from her pocket, and with it her phone, on which she checks and replies to a message. She gives a brief sideways nod to Lamb. “Okay, cool. My friend has the bike ready.”

The bike in question is a block away, with a vampire leaning against it, and Lamb tenses. It hadn’t occurred to her that the tradeoff would involve a new person, and she decides to just stay quiet, dropping a step or so behind Strip as they approach.

“Hey, Arco.” The other vampire doesn’t straighten up, arms still crossed over their chest.

“Hey.” Strip’s hands are back in her pockets, and she’s doing a Strip Thing that Lamb sees her doing a lot: head held low like a dog’s, jaw jutting, chest thrown out. She’s never really been able to figure out what it means. “Thanks. I know this was short notice.”

The vampire’s eyes flick over Lamb, and she almost shrinks back. They lower their voice, then, not that it matters. Any one of them can hear a conversation happening blocks away, if they try. “I don’t care that it’s short notice, dude. I care that it’s the only reason I found out you’re in town.”

“Yeah, well.” Strip shifts her weight. For a second, Lamb thinks she might hear a rare apology. In the end, it doesn’t happen. “Now you know.”

A pause. Strip’s friend chews their lip for a moment. “Okay. Well. Heads up, Belle knows you’re here.”

Air hisses between Strip’s teeth. “Why would you do that, man—”

“She asked!” That’s a normal volume, before they hush themself again. “I will do a lot of things for you, dude, I’ll do you favors, I’ll stick my neck out, but I’m not gonna lie to her face if she asks—”

“Fuck’s sake.”

Her friend sets their jaw, the same way she does. “Just — ugh. Are you gonna come by.”

“I dunno. I’m — I don’t know how long we’re here, and I’m… I’m busy. With training.”

The friend’s eyes slide over to Lamb again. “Yeah, apparently.”


“Whatever, Arco.” They drop a keyfob into Strip’s hand. “Sorry. Don’t mean to hold you up. What with all your important Gallowglass business, and shit.”

If Strip has a retort, she doesn’t get to use it — there’s a dark blur, then a bat streaking away against the sky, silhouetted for only a moment against the streetlight overhead.
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There’s a long, unsteady silence that Lamb doesn’t know how to break. Then Strip makes that noise again, half-sigh, half-hiss, all teeth, and lightly thumps her hand — curled loosely around the keys — against the seat of the bike.

“Sorry.” She doesn’t turn around, fixing her attention on the front of the motorcycle instead. “That was — weird, and I should’ve thought about the fact that they were gonna get like that.” A vague, jerky gesture, with her free hand. “Hometowns, right.”

“I lived in the woods,” says Lamb.

“Oh. Well. Homewoods.” Strip seems to shake it off and swings one leg over the bike, looking back at Lamb. “Whatever. Forget it, I don’t wanna talk about it. Actually, hey, there’s some girl advice I can give you — people who want to talk about their exes on first dates always end up being freaks.”
No. 945549 ID: 70df1e

thats good advice! thank strip for it. you had no exes back in your homewoods. also get on the motorcycle and put your arms around strips waist so you dont fall off (but also because you are gay)
No. 945550 ID: 7011e0

get on that motorcycle!!! let's go hang out fuck hometowns
No. 945551 ID: 094652

Patrol the town and look for a fight. Failing that, go out for fancy smoothies and wait for the fights to come to you.
No. 945552 ID: ae76e8

that's fair, definitely get on the bike and hold on to her because of both not falling off and gay reasons.
maybe we can ask more about ex's later. for now we should ask more about background. growing up maybe? is it taboo to ask how/why someone got turned?
No. 945556 ID: e7dcb0

Maybe on the second then. And then off you go.
No. 945558 ID: 0cfbab

I know we can't die from, like, falling off a bike but we should hold on to Strip's toned waist while she takes us out on this ride.
Y'know, for safety :>
No. 945559 ID: 0338c7

I know she said we’re unlikely to see werewolves but given Pascal’s kind of hmmmm take on them it’s be really cool to see some while we are out there.
No. 945560 ID: 69c061

I heartily add my support to the suggestion of holding on very tightly for safety. It's just good sense. Also be sure to appreciate how firm and muscular her back and waist are while you're there.

Going out into the desert sounds like fun (I mean, not for me, because I'm not an undead creature who presumably isn't bothered by heat, but for them.) Find out about Rian and Belle some other time; don't push it for now, just enjoy some desert scenery.
No. 945561 ID: 421241

honestly yeah do this exact thing
No. 946075 ID: f46390

ira you're so great
No. 946240 ID: 49863e

yes, I'm all for climbing on that bike behind Strip, wrapping arms around her, and appreciating the feel of her skin and muscles beneath....
No. 947356 ID: 75cf31
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“That’s good advice,” Lamb murmurs. “Thanks.”

She knows not to poke at it. She knows what it’s like to not want to talk about something, to bristle when it gets brought up, to feel trapped — she wouldn’t do it to another person. Instead she just approaches and gets onto the back of the bike, a little uncertainly at first.

Strip twists in her seat to face her. There was a helmet hanging off the other side of the bike, and she’s unhooked it and picked it up. She plonks it on top of Lamb’s head, and Lamb wrinkles her nose as it’s pressed down over her face.

“We’re vampires,” she points out. “Even if there’s a bike accident, I won’t die.”

“I guess not. But what if your brain gets splattered everywhere, and then it takes a couple days to regen? That’ll put a damper on the date, huh?” Strip raps the outside of the helmet lightly with her fingers, and then her tone is less joking. “Besides, this cuts down on wind noise. You won’t like how loud it is without it.”

“Hm.” Lamb reaches up to adjust the helmet, making sure it’s snug, and slides the visor down. She doesn’t love how it feels around her face, but… she likes that Strip is thinking of her. It doesn’t really feel patronizing. “Okay.”
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Then comes the part she’s been equally excited and apprehensive about. Strip turns back around and grips the handles and it takes Lamb a second to decide to lean forward. When she does, she reaches around Strip’s torso, seeking around her oversized jacket, and eventually her hands find each other again over Strip’s firm, muscled stomach. She feels a little warm to the touch, under Lamb’s palms — probably because of the blood loss from the duel earlier. She worries, for a second, about her cold fingers being unpleasant, but if they are Strip isn’t saying anything about it.

“Tighter,” Strip says.

Lamb jolts a little, startled out of her train of thought. “What?”

“You’re gonna wanna hold on tighter than that,” Strip repeats. “Or I’m gonna lose you on the turns.”

“Oh. Okay…” Lamb shifts her weight and leans forward a little more, tightening her arms, just a little bit at a time — a pause after each adjustment, waiting for feedback, because she doesn’t know how much tighter it’s supposed to be — she’s overthinking it, she knows that, but—

“There you go,” Strip says, when Lamb is holding her far more tightly than she thought she’d have to. There’s a relief in it, in that confirmation. Her cheek is pressed against Strip’s shoulder (which isn’t as romantic as it sounds when there’s a thick layer of fiberglass and foam between them, courtesy of the helmet).

“Ready?” Strip asks, and when Lamb nods, she revs the motor and peels away from the curb.
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Vegas is brighter in motion. A hundred different neon signs and flashing lights melt into harmonious streaks when they’re speeding past, in a way that Lamb thinks is much nicer to look at. Strip’s right about the helmet quieting things down, though she doesn’t mind the engine noise that still makes its way through, steady and low.

Here and there, especially when they slow down at lights or in traffic, Strip points things out. “I used to live down there,” she says once, when they stop at a wide intersection. “There’s an offshoot of the Vegas den there, in the building right next to my old one, that’s how I found out about vampires.”

Past the flashy Flamingo hotel: “There’s a wildlife sanctuary there, with actual flamingoes and fish and stuff. I thought about breaking in there with you, but they’d all be asleep, so it would be kind of boring.”

As a bar whips by, one Lamb doesn’t catch the name of: “I got stabbed there. While I was alive. Like, not severely, but y’know.”

Eventually the traffic thins out, the buildings grow smaller and dimmer, and Strip takes an exit onto a broad, yawning highway, flowing out into the dark desert.

They can hear each other perfectly well, despite the helmet and the wind and the engine; Strip’s gone quiet, but if Lamb wanted to fill the silence while they finish the drive out to Red Rock, she could now.
No. 947359 ID: 69c061

Does she miss living in Vegas? It sounds like an exciting place.
No. 947380 ID: 55f56a

Share some bittersweet memories from when you were growing up as a vampire hunter?
No. 947394 ID: 49863e

maybe spend some time pondering how nice and good it feels to be so thoroughly in contact with Strip.... maybe say it out loud to her.......
No. 947434 ID: df5939

racks body must be strong, right? how does it feel holding her? think about this.
ask about her motorcycle. how long has she been driving? does she have her licence, or is this a fun illegal activity?
No. 947459 ID: c9c450

Talk about how pretty it is in motion. About how the little details of her snippets of life and unlife create a warmer picture than you expected. Maybe she's exactly what you needed to appreciate it all.
No. 947460 ID: 91a76a

possessed by gay instinct to second this
No. 947601 ID: be8768

love all of these
No. 947637 ID: 19bc84

can we ask about the sanctuary? maybe we can go there next time (wink wink. don't wink though lamb that would be strange) and ask what her favourite place in vegas is. we liked the drive
No. 947638 ID: 70df1e

this! tell her that you didn't like vegas so much when you all first came over (the lights and the noise and the heat and the constant /bustle/) but that it seems nicer with strip. friendlier. you like her stories.
No. 947792 ID: 262f3a

"You spent most of your time here in Vegas, right? It seems like a nice life... Why did you seek out Kel?"
No. 947805 ID: a0f20c

And how old you were when you were turned vs now. Unless that's like talking about exes? Shit, is there vampire-turning etiquette we don't know about?

Also aww. I'd love to see the animals (the nocturnal ones at least) but I'd be worried about making them uncomfortable.
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Lamb is distracted, for a few minutes, by the changing scenery, and the scents on the night air, and by Strip’s very very hard abs. Eventually her mind wanders back, retracing the little breadcrumb path of Strip’s commentary on the things they passed.

“Did you like living here?” she asks. She keeps her head inclined against Strip’s back; there’s less to look at out here, and more to talk about. “I didn’t like it much, when we got here. It’s too loud. And busy. But… this is nicer. With you.”

“Yeah? Good to hear.” Strip’s body moves in her arms in a little jolt, like she’s laughing. “I mean, I don’t know. Sure. I don’t like the Strip much either —” She actually laughs out loud, then, breaking off. “You like that? The General’s little joke, Strip from the Strip. God, what was I saying. Yeah, I don’t like it much either, the casinos and stuff, but — I don’t know, other people from here sometimes like to say stuff like, ‘Oh, that’s not really Las Vegas, I’ll show you real Las Vegas,’ while they take you to like, their favorite dumb sandwich restaurant or whatever. But I dunno. It is real Las Vegas, all that shit is, even if I don’t like it, right? You can’t deny that it’s a huge part of it.” A pause. They take another sweeping turn, around a wide mesa that stretches up into the night sky. “I liked it fine. It did okay for me, growing up here.”

“Hm.” Lamb’s having a hard time relating to any of this. “If you liked it… why did you decide to join?” She thinks about it for a second, then quickly follows it up before Strip can answer. “If that’s… okay to ask.”

“You’re fine,” Strip says. She goes quiet again for a minute, musing. “So I met the vampires who lived in the den outpost by where I lived, right. I got friendly with one of them — Rian, that’s the one I’m borrowing the bike from, the one we met out there. And eventually they tell me about vampires, right, because we got to be good friends, and I meet more of them, and I was like… I want that. You know?”
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Lamb doesn’t know. “Want” is not a word she’d choose for what she’s done — even though she did choose it, even though she looked Kel in the eye and demanded it. She could still never say she wanted this. She listens anyway.

“Vampires don’t worry about taking care of themselves,” Strip says. “Vampires don’t worry about — god, so much shit that you worry about when you’re alive. So much shit that like, fucking, consumes your every waking moment when you’re alive, it’s just straight up not a problem anymore. And like — I mean, you’ve heard Rack talk about why she did it. All these limitations you have when you’re human, this one stupid fragile short little life seeming like the most important thing in the world, and like making a mistake can fuck absolutely everything, forever — all of that gets blown wide open. Rian said kind of the same thing. That shit gets so small, when you live forever.”

The last few clouds that were hanging in hazy wisps have been blown away now by a stiff, hot wind, and the moon shines down on them brighter than Lamb would have thought possible.

“Rian offered to turn me. And this girl I was with wanted to do the whole fucking — the Twilight thing, or whatever, one of us gets turned first, then turns the other. But I wanted to be, like, careful about it, y’know. Big decision. Fucking eternal decision. You don’t just go with whatever your buddy offers first, and you don’t fold to whatever your girlfriend is getting all worked up about for Valentine’s day. And I looked into it, and I heard about the Gallowglass thing and — it was just like, ‘Yeah, man. That’s for me.’” The motorcycle slows, and Strip pulls off the road onto a dirt trail, and then she cuts the engine and leans back. “And everybody got mad at me about it. And that was that.”

She glances over her shoulder, reaching back to flip the visor on Lamb’s helmet up. “What, you writing a biography?”
No. 949587 ID: 094652

> All that human stuff seems so small now
"People with small dreams can be great legends if the climb is filled with boulders and deathtraps, and they still keep going."
Take a few breaths.
"We all have things to do, and some of us have more things to do than others. But we shouldn't judge other people on the size of their dreams; what's important is how far they are willing to go to get there."
"I think you should let Rian and the others know you didn't just join because 'it-was-fun'. If you know the stakes, treat them like you once treated your human ^&*(."
No. 949595 ID: 3e7944

Smart of her to not just give into what her friends/girlfriend wanted. Tell her it was smart of her to do her research and have some kind of a plan yknow?

Also, tell her it's really interesting to hear someone else's motives behind wanted to be turned, since our reason wasn't really want.

Reciprocate with the sharing, and also I really want us to ask what her non gallowglass name is (if that's appropriate)
No. 949608 ID: 3ed3c3

Getting a different perspective. Lamb is a world-and-a-half away from what Strip's lived. Lamb spent her entire life despising vampires and training to destroy them, and now here she is: a vampire hunter turned vampire being trained by other vampires to hunt vampires.
Seeing things from another person's point of view may help her with her situation in some way.
No. 949609 ID: bb78f2

I spent my life being raised as a hunter, I can't help but be curious how and why people become vampires compared to why I became one. We all had to choose to become one if we were to be Gallowglass. You grow up like I did, some of the first questions you ask are why are vampires here, why are they real, how did they come to be? Why do I have this job by birthright?
No. 949610 ID: 2ba9d1

Well, I didn't know, about the thing you asked. I don't know what it's like to want this. It's... good, to learn why you did. To see why a good person would want this existence.

And this is a date. You're supposed to ask personal questions and hope you don't say anything too upsetting.
No. 949611 ID: 14e641

Honest curiosity,
No. 949825 ID: 262f3a

Tell her you didn't really have a choice when you were turned. You could either die for nothing or live to avenge your order. as a hypocrite. You were just curious about why other people would chose this life.
No. 949980 ID: 153cc0

...but why did you ghost everyone just cause they got mad at you?
No. 949981 ID: 2ba9d1

I wouldn't use words like "just". Too judgmental, possibly really insensitive. Otherwise, asking the question is alright.
No. 952525 ID: deddc1

Happy New Year
No. 952622 ID: 75cf31

please don't post unrelated stuff in the quest thread. thanks!
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“Just curious. About why someone would want this life.” Strip extends her hand to help Lamb off the bike, and she accepts it. “I mean… I chose it, but I didn’t want it… if that makes sense…”

“Yeah, it does,” Strip says. She keeps Lamb’s hand in hers as she walks over to the nearby chainlink fence, giving it a brief once-over. “We all do that, I think — choose stuff we don’t actually want. Sometimes you just have to.” She gives Lamb another smile over her shoulder. “I’m trying to do as little of that as I can, though, from here on out.”

They get over the fence with ease, and to Lamb’s eyes the cliffs and outcroppings that rise red-striped into the starry sky appear in perfect, crisp detail, even in the darkness. It’s tranquil and chaotic all at once, the night lush with soothing sounds: night insects, the rustling of small nocturnal creatures, and the dull rush of cars from the highway they left, which after years of travel is a noise Lamb has come to find comforting. Strip is silent for a while as they walk, giving Lamb room to take it in, and when she speaks again it’s low, like she doesn’t want to drown out all the things Lamb is listening to.

“Squad’s probably graduating this year, have you been thinking about that?” They come to a stop in a broad, open space, ringed with the hardy, gnarled vegetation of the area, and Strip sits in the reddish dirt without hesitation. “You know what you’re gonna do after?”
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Lamb knows immediately what she’s talking about. They’d all been informed, before being turned, that once it happened there were only three options after the training period of their wardship was over.

The most obvious is the one most wards take: to join the Gallowglass horde. The most promising ward in each graduating squadron is given a witch-blade and a higher rank, and they join the body of the growing army, to be stationed together wherever they’re needed — usually in Kel’s stronghold on the Antrim coast.

The second is to leave. Doing so forfeits everything. The place in the army, Kel’s protection and the invocation of her name, and any relationships forged with the covenmates of the squadron; all have to be given up, and a vampire who leaves is considered sireless, with all the baggage that holds in vampiric society. Kel didn’t talk much about this option; there was no anger in her tone, when she offhandedly mentioned the existence of a handful who had chosen this, but no respect, either.

The final is only for those who have, after five years, decided they can’t continue on as undead. Those who can’t bear the burden of vampirism are given the option of a single bout of combat with Kel herself; it’s nothing but an opportunity to die with dignity in battle.

Lamb has been thinking about the squadron’s graduation more than she thinks of anything else. “Of course I’m joining,” she says, immediately. “That’s the entire point of me being here.”

“Mmm.” Strip leans back, supporting her weight on her arms. “Kinda thought you’d say that, yeah. Sirloin obviously is, too. She thinks she’s got the witch-blade locked in.” There’s a pause. Lamb wants to go sit by her, but she doesn’t know if she can. Maybe she’s waited too long, and it would be weird now. Or maybe it’s weird that she’s waiting any longer, and every moment she keeps standing awkwardly a foot behind Strip is making it worse. Or maybe—

“Rack told me she’s gonna leave,” Strip says, quietly.
No. 952626 ID: 8a0dd9

Oh well, shit. An emotional conversation is happening, it seems. Stay calm, Lamb, you can do this.
Just let Strip talk. It is almost certain this is weighing on her for a while and she wants to talk it out.

I would say to just ask one question. Like: does Strip know why Rack wants to leave? How does she feel about that?

Good luck Lamb, you wanted sexy times, but it seems it is feelings times first.
No. 952627 ID: e7139f

Go sit by Strip and put your hand on her hand or arm or shoulder or knee or something. Ask her how she feels about Rack leaving. Does Strip want to leave?
No. 952634 ID: 7735f5

Wow! that’s quite the piece of info to drop. i’m wondering about the why too- and i’m also thinking she wouldn’t be bringing it up if it wasn’t influencing her own decision too. If there’s an opportunity, maybe ask if Strip is also thinking about leaving...
No. 952643 ID: 49863e

please sit next to that woman.... maybe put an arm around her waist.... if you're feeling particularly bold, leaning your head on her shoulder.....

and yeah, is... is she thinking about leaving? that sounds like it could be important to ask....
No. 952645 ID: 3e7944

Sit next to her!! ask her what she plans to do. is rack's choice going to effect her decision? did rack say why she wants to leave? (if that's something that is for Strip to share)
No. 952661 ID: 1ad423

Definitely sit next to her. Take a moment to admire how beautifully the starlight brings out her features. Maybe go for the gentle arm touch if you feel comfortable.

It makes sense, if you think about what Rack was saying earlier about all the stuff she wants to do with her eternal life; hard to get that all done if you have to serve in the army. Makes you wonder why she sought Kel out instead of just finding some rando who would turn her without putting her under that many obligations, though. But the real question is how does Strip feel about that? Is she especially close with Rack?
No. 952662 ID: 3ed3c3

Well, that sucks.
Strip is upset, so offer her some comfort. Sit next to her and listen to her.
Has Rack stated a reason why?
No. 952664 ID: f8ba45

"What? Why??" thats
oh no D:
No. 952758 ID: 32ef34

Sit next to her. It's not too late. It's a sad moment, you both could use it. Ask if Rack talked about it, but remember that a military isn't for everyone. And that what matters most is what she wants, even though she definitely cares about you all. "Making the choices you want" and all.

Still sucks, though.
No. 952835 ID: f46390

what about leaving too and staying with Rack
No. 952840 ID: 094652

"Well, it makes sense. Rack made it clear she chose to turn so she could be the everywoman; every profession, high and low. She can't be any of those if she swears to an eternal oath of Gallowglass. You don't put 'do no harm' and 'tenderize it' in the same sentence.

I just hope she didn't add 'serial killer' to her list. I don't want us to be the ones to hunt her down, but we're likely the most effective candidates for the job."
No. 952856 ID: 3d09b5

seconding this sounding like a pretty natural choice for rack. she seems very buoyant and self-sufficient when it comes to her future plans and disposition. maybe it's hard to tell, but has she ever shown introspective moments to the contrary?

might be a nice time to think on those Behavioral Issues that got strip held back. i guess we don't know too much about the other squadrons, so we'd have to ask directly about the others in the 65th and whether strip's decision (if she had one) has changed since? has she ever seemed antsy about getting on with things, or has graduation not really been a topic of regular conversation for the 70th?

and yes, it's not too late to sit! we should do that.
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