Death and Birth

Again I start off my post with a prelude. I’ve talked about the death of my mother before. More times than I’m willing to say. So I’m not going to go over it again. I have no other family who have died. And I’ve shown you how Venatori treat death in the past.

Write about a death in your family.

Read Apple Pie to see about my mother’s death.

Write about a birth in your family.

Sadly the only birth in my family I can talk about is my own. And if you haven’t read the Last Phoenix this is going to be a spoiler so move on if you don’t want to know. I’ll give you some scroll space so you can’t see it.

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I was born a twin. I had a twin sister who was born first. My mother named her Aurora. But the dragon’s killed my sister. But something kept her from killing me. I was told it was a pact, that they could kill one of us. The one with the most power. But I think she chose the lesser of the two. But I haven’t asked Margo.

I wonder if I’m man enough to forgive her for this and ask the really hard questions. I don’t think I can right now. Maybe not ever. I don’t know if I ever want to know the questions that I keep asking myself. Why me? How did you do it? How come you didn’t kill me?

How can anyone kill a baby in cold blood. The innocence you snuff out? sighs

I’m sending myself into an anxiety attack, I have to refocus.

100 Questions

Wishes

A few days ago I wrote about “Write about one of your most useful talents” So that’s the next question on the 100 questions so I’m not going to answer it. And move on to the next one.

What superstitions do you believe in or follow? Do you do certain things to avoid bad luck, or make wishes in certain ways?

I don’t suppose that the Venatori have any superstitions. I mean we have things we do because of tradition but I don’t know if any of it is because of superstition.

All kids grow up watching the television. I didn’t watch much of it because I had to study and I just can’t sit still that long to watch more than a few minutes of it without feeling useless. So most of us grew up with the same supersitions as American kids do. The don’t break a mirror, don’t say bloody mary in front of mirror, black cats.

But even as we grow up they still might be true, but we see real magic everyday so it’s hard to believe any of those things have a real impact.

But why test fate right?

100 Questions about yourself

Mushu

Describe your favorite toy or game when you were five years old.

When I was five my favorite toy was Mushu the dragon from Mulan. I was in a dragon phase. My nanny was a dragon. I was going to be a dragon for Halloween. It never incidentally happened, and it was the last Halloween until I met Dev that I had actually participated in. Though I was in a coma when I celebrated with Dev. But he loved Halloween. It happened to be his birthday too, so extra fun. I have to remember this. I see costume parties ahead in my future.

American?

Write about how you fit the stereotype of people from your country… or about how you don’t fit it at all.

I guess this falls along the same line as the whole New York City Resident thing. I’m American by birth. I don’t really follow the whole patriotic thing since as Venatori we saw ourselves outside of the human race.

But when 9/11 happened, it happened to us too. I was 9 when the Twin Towers fell. I felt the ground shake. The whole City reacted. Venatori died that day. The Venatori reacted. It wasn’t the same reaction. We pulled in our people made sure we lost no one else. I was too young to really understand.

But AJ remembers 9/11. The city behind everyone. Seeing the images on television was endless. AJ stopped watching TV for a few weeks completely less the emotions flow. There were moments of panic when AJ couldn’t reach her love. He was across the river and watched the second tower fall. He could have been in the City that day.

AJ later found out some dear friends were supposed to go to the Twin Towers that same day. They didn’t.

I’m not American. But I grew up here.

New York City Resident

Write about how you’re a typical resident of your city or town… or about how you’re different from most people there.

I’m not a typical New York City Resident in and of the fact that I’m not human. I live in a world where the supernatural exists. I am one of such beings. I live in a very restricted community and while we are part of the City as a whole, we live by different rules – go to different schools and just aren’t typical.

But I grew up in New York City. I love the fast pace. I don’t own a car – I don’t want to own a car. I love that there is a Starbucks on every corner, and a pizza joint to. I can get anywhere in the City by train or bus or walking and I know where not to go to get caught up in the tourists. In this sense I’m exactly like a typical resident of New York City.

I was right there with the rest of NYC when the Twin Towers fell. We were right there picking up the pieces – helping to restore our beautiful city. I wasn’t more than a teenager then but I remember it well. And thanks to it my fear of flying was that much more confirmed.

I’ve been to nearly every Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. I’ve attended a few ball drops on New Years Eve. I’ve run amok in FAO Schwarts. I love Little Italy and Chinatown. New York City is part of me and I’ll protect my city from the supernatural crazies. That is my job and I will carry it out.

100 prompts

Il Cane

Tell your story about the time you succeeded at something because you just. Didn’t. Give. Up.

I’ve spoken about it before – the fact that I hunted Il Cane. It was part of my first Hunt. But it isn’t really part of that particular serial AJ was working on. So, I’ll tell you about the time I hunted her until I found her.

I was 19. I was free to hunt on my own. I refused to fly home, so I used my time with the Venatori car to hunt down the impossible. Il Cane is a vampire – and not just any vampire. She was created to be immune to all other vampire powers – she is what the vampires fear. She is the last line of defense of the vampire law. If you come under Il Cane’s ire you will die. She is a ruthless killer. She is cold and disecting and there is nothing that can stop her. And I hunteded her.

It wasn’t about pride or about being the best. It was about doing what everyone else thought was impossible. She was just a vampire. A powerful and old vampire, but still just a vampire. She lived and died by the same rules as every other vampire and every other supernatural creature. It was possible and me in my infinite teenage wisdom was going to prove it.

Il Cane proved to be just as easy to hunt as any other vampire. She left the same traces. She just didn’t leave as many traces. The reason I found out years later was because Il Cane feeds off a group of six people who rotate through feedings to provide Il Cane with her sustenance. It is a rare way to live, even her son doesn’t feed off of the same people.

Most vampires feed off of willing participants, some only feed on donated blood. But that really isn’t relatvent to this story.

There were rumors about Il Cane’s whereabouts and where she lived. I knew for a fact that she had property in New York City, but I wasn’t ready to go home yet. So I followed the rumors. Il Cane had an estate in Florida. Florida was where I went.

In the end I found her son in a club called Frozen. He spoke to me at the bar. Told me that I wasn’t going to find her. It took me a few moments to understand what he’d meant. And when I had I smiled at him and told him I was close. To which he grinned. Being the gentlemanly courter I am, I offered myself to the vampire son of Il Cane. He hesitated at first, but he accepted.

One thing lead to another and I ended up in a small basement room of Il Cane’s estate in the bed of her son. I never met Il Cane. I met her Chevalier, that morning for breakfast. It was a good hunt.

I hunt Il Cane every year in June just to prove I can find her. Ant and I have a few drinks and I go back to doing what I do. He is one of my only friends and I’ve still not really meet his mother. One day I will, I will actually find her but for now I’m satisfied I’m the only hunter who has gotten as far as that.

100 prompts