Jan 18, 2021 8:32 AM
season two: in which the council notices our heroes
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Karen is very serious about driving lessons. She's pretty sure humans weren't built to pilot metal death cages at sixty miles an hour, so it's important to be as responsible about it as you can.

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That is a good attitude for humans, though less necessary if they have supernatural reflexes and alertness. 

 

 

He asks Matt to tap Wesley's phone because he doesn't want to read the guy's mind constantly, that makes him the person who's enjoying having power here.

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Wesley does call the council. His calls give the impression that the Slayer is rather independent, given that she's already been the Slayer for a good fourteen months, but that he's made friendly contact and the Slayer will soon rely on him as an indispensable part of her life and destiny.

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Sometimes you gotta let people punch some walls. 

 

 

The next week before they go out on patrol he tells Karen - "hey, good news. The Bureau is ready to take some vampires in, if we can take them alive."

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"Awesome! I mean - it's better than killing them. How are we taking them in, just - radical head trauma, or do we have anything less, uh, sort of awful than that?"

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"I mean, most of the time it'd work fine to just both of us go in and handcuff them, but some of the time it would not be fine so we're not doing that."

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"Point taken. I guess they'll be back to all thrusters firing eventually."

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"Not even that long. - I guess kind of long on a human scale."

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"Yeah. On the other hand they're not human, so - anyway. We do the best we can. Are there even any hostile vamps around right now? I thought we cleared most of them out, but there're always new ones moving in."

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"They seem to crop up more than makes any sense with no surviving nests I know of. - there's the folks at the blood bar, and Zeke, but I don't think they're turning people. I guess maybe we're a vampire tourist attraction."

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"I think it's like, a moths to zappy lamp thing. Except the moths are vampires and the lamp is the hellmouth and the zappiness is us."

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"Well, now the zapping is gonna be like 95% less lethal." Out they go, Alex deeply distracted as he scans the city's eyes for trouble.

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For a while there aren't any non-blood-bank vampires or particularly hostile weird things anywhere. At some point a definitely-non-vampire mugger pulls a knife on someone a few streets east of them.

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Well that's not supernatural but maybe we should go thwart it anyway.

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Friendly neighborhood Spiderman, coming up. Except without the spider. Or the man.

Disarming normal humans with knives is not terribly difficult compared to some of the things Karen does. She knocks the guy off his feet and he runs, minus purse, knife, a whole lot of confidence.

Are we supposed to get him for the police or something?

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Maybe he learned a valuable lesson. If he does it again we can do the police thing.

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Sounds good. 

 

Maybe I should chase him and lecture him about his choices or something. Just to give him the best odds possible.

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I can, uh -

 

Hey, kid. Whatever you need, you gotta find some other way to get it, okay?

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The guy looks around wildly. He doesn't see anyone. He looks up.

"...God?"

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No, I can't watch the whole world like this, just this city. But I'm watching this city and I want you to be okay and you've got to stop that.

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The guy considers a lot of possible responses to that, but he feels like it might be hazardous to outright argue with - whatever this is, exactly, so he just keeps walking.

"Yeah. OK. Whatever."

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He shakes his head irritably. "I guess probably we should call the police about stuff like that."

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"D'you think it'd help? - also I think maybe some of the police are evil and stuff."

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"I don't really think it'd help but - he thought I was God. I don't want people thinking - he tortures humans when they die, if he feels like it's the fitting ending -"

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She kicks the ground a little.

This is probably not the time to have a theological conversation about the nature of hell. She doesn't think she'd be any good at that anyway.

"You don't have to be all telepathy-y at people if you don't want to. - you don't really have to do anything. But I'm gonna sternly lecture the next guy about his choices, if they're only medium-terrible choices and they're the first ones I've seen him make, because... I don't really think 'I don't want people to mistake me for someone who sends people to hell' is a good reason to become someone who doesn't even try not to send everyone to evil cops who will at best send them to prison, if prison wouldn't fix anything. 

"Also I don't think anybody's going to mistake me for God."

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