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    #31
    Re: Off the Air: Rena Vance

    Alyssa put the car in reversed and backed out of the alley, taking them down the mostly empty streets for quite a few blocks before getting on an interstate heading out of town. Due to the lack of traffic, it was easy to tell a motorcycle was shadowing them, though Alyssa seemed either not to notice or not to care. Try as Rena might, traditional sleep did not come.

    "It'll be a few minutes. The city is so dirty, having a place outside it is much nicer." Alyssa didn't say much, but kept trying for at least a little bit of small talk. "As you'll quickly come to find, too, we require a degree of secrecy. The woods are good for hiding things, though unfortunately not all of those things are ours..." They were passing a more heavily treed segment now, which Alyssa idly glanced at from time to time.

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      #32
      Re: Off the Air: Rena Vance

      Keeping her eyes closes gave Rena a small measure of comfort, but as hard as she tried, she couldn't get to sleep. Instead, Rena watched the little blobs of orange and pinks float around against the blackness of her eyelids until everything went dark. She shifted uncomfortably on the soft leather seat and turned toward the window to see the whisk of trees flying past. Seeing the trees and signs go by, Rena couldn't help but think of how far away she felt from her old life. Here she was in a car that cost more than her family's house driving away from the only city she'd ever known, the only dream that she'd ever had. What was she now?

      Seeing her blood stained cheeks in the rear view mirror, Rena wasn't sure she knew the answer. She wiped her cheeks with her hand, taking a little peek at her fangs in the mirror before closing her lips again. Rena wasn't sure what to do now with her bloody hands, so she decided to wipe them on Alyssa's million dollar seats.

      "I still don't get it," Rena blurted out after a few moments of silence. "If you and your groupies loved my show so much, why kill it? You do realize it's canceled now? Kaput? On hiatus? Video killed the radio star? I mean... good luck finding something cool on the radio now."

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        #33
        Re: Off the Air: Rena Vance

        Alyssa's bottom lip quivered when Rena wiped the blood on the seat, though she held back remarkably well, with clearly practiced restraint. Part of the reason she did not react more violently was evident as she eyed Rena up a bit more, seeming to only now notice that she could have cleaned Rena up before leaving. A slight eye roll also suggested that she simply didn't want to deal with it at the moment. They had places to be, after all.

        "It wasn't like they were trying to kill it. They were going to have some fun, then wipe your memory and put you someplace to wake up. It was supposed to be the thrill of the hunt, with something *yummy* as the prize." If Alyssa wasn't talking she probably would have just licked her lips at that. "They're young though, all of them. You couldn't possibly know it yet, but those were pretty much the bottom rung of our society. Those with little power yearning to play court for a night. I take great pity on them. Perhaps I'm soft, but I've never really cared for the petty bickering most of our kind indulge in. There's more important things to do." They were getting to some more rural roads now, passing dark trees and the occasional mansion. A nice, quiet, secluded place for the rich and famous. "Your show isn't dead, though. Far from it, if you so desire. Undead if you're feeling humorous. Hell, forget that dump of a college station, we can get you a REAL position if that's really what you want to keep doing. There's so many new options now, though, and you'll be surprised. You can indulge in whatever fantasy comes to mind now, without having to worry about the petty and mundane of the mortal world..."

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          #34
          Re: Off the Air: Rena Vance

          Rena squirmed in her seat as a shiver coursed through her small frame. The way Alyssa described the situation gave her the willies. It was like she wasn't anything more than fresh meat to these snooty vampires.

          That made Rena wonder about a lot of things. What happened to people when they became vampires. Were they all like this? Would Rena eventually turn into a pretentious douche or mindless monster... or worse.... both? The radio dj shuddered at the thought.

          It was a lot to take in for one night. Too much. Rena giggled to herself nervously, feeling like she was having a midlife crisis. Who would have thought it could happen at age twenty? Then again, she was dead, so that threw a big wrench in common sense. Rena wasn't really sure of much of anything except one thing; she hated Alyssa.

          "Yeah, you can try to act like the white knight if you want, but I know it was you. You were the one that led me to that nasty place when you could have taken me anywhere." Rena paused and shivered. "You let everyone do that ...stuff... to me. I bet you would have even joined in the fun if it didn't backfire on you. It was all your fault!"

          Rena pouted and balled up her fists before sighing sadly and trying to keep the tears from flowing again.

          "Maybe I liked being mundane, ya know. I'm not a rich girl like you. I don't go windsurfing in Nantucket or yachting with my peeps. I don't ride ponies like a princess, and I've never been to a ballroom dance in my life. I don't know what you think you know about me, but if you were looking for a partner, I think you dialed the wrong number."

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            #35
            Re: Off the Air: Rena Vance

            "Yeah, well, now you can." Alyssa led with that, but it was clear that even this "soft" vampire had some limits to patience. "Look, I'm not going to argue with you right now about all these things, but a big, massive door has just been opened to you. Yeah, it may not have been the best trip to get here, but where you go from here is up to YOU. You want to go wind surfing, you can have it. You want to stay curled up in a ball in some dark basement, that's fine too, but a damn shame of a waste of potential. What's more, if you've ever wanted to do something that broke the rules, now you can, almost with impunity. It's quite fun, if you're not reckless about it. Your options are limitless, but you need a guide..." Alyssa glanced at the car's clock. They appeared almost to their destination now. Alyssa pressed a button on a typical garage remote that was on the visor as a gate on one of the secluded houses slid open in perfect time for them. The drive wound back and forth a bit, but the house they pulled up to was right there. Very modest for a mansion. Larger than anything Rena had lived in, but probably one of the smallest places on this road. The outside was rather plain, but clearly by design, meant to evoke a homely feel of typical Americana.

            "There are two reasons I'm doing this. One, if you go off on your own, there's people far meaner and nastier than I who will likely hunt you down and bring your adventure to a more final conclusion. We wouldn't want that, would we? Two, I have the resources to bring out your full potential, which is likely a deal we will both benefit from. You don't have to like it, but it's just like waiting in line at the DMV if you want your driver's licence. No pain, no gain." The older vampire clicked the door lock, then opened her door, standing by until Rena got out as well.

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