Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Chapter 65: Not Impressed
Carlos makes sure to remind Milo that Milo is the baby brother.
Poor Milo. Always doomed to be picked on by his older brother and "sister".
After reminding Milo which of them is the superior sibling, Carlos ages up to teen.
He keeps his haircut.
Perenna insisted on a bonfire party to celebrate the teen birthday, as Firelight tradition mandated.
Carlos has developed the unsettling ability to keep his fangs slightly enlarged while in "normal" form. Apparently he is doing this for style points, but Ben doesn't approve.
"I'm only concerned for your safety, son. Someone might mistake you for a vampire. You could... get hurt," Ben tries to phrase the reality of racially motivated violence delicately.
"They'll just think these are fake fangs."
"Then they'll think you're making a pro-vampire political statement."
"What if I want to make a political statement?"
Ben's tone hardens. "You don't know what you're talking about."
"Respect your father!" Lucida admonishes.
Her firstborn cowers. "Mom! Stop it! I don't want to practice fight right now!"
The day after Carlos's teen birthday is Love Day.
Lucida performs for tips at the festival.
She makes some time for Ben, too.
Just hours into his teen stage, Carlos has no romantic prospects to share the holiday with. He spends it playing video games with his aunt and little brother.
Ceth goes on a sort of date with Marco Ricardo.
He does not impress her.
Since the boys in her school are so dull, Ceth decides to socialize with the single men who have already graduated. They can't date her, but they're probably vaguely more interesting, right?
Rosa Toledo makes use of the kissing booths.
It's not too late for some female grandpups???
Thanks but no thanks!
Ben worries he may have not been tough enough on crime.
Hopefully this embarrassment doesn't affect the election.
"I'm sorry," the officer laments, "the thief beat me up fair and square. I cannot arrest her."
"Awesome!" Ceth mocks.
Unfortunately the criminal senses there was a cop somewhere in Ceth's ancestry, and pounces.
"What the fuck?!" the teen cries. Suddenly this is no longer awesome.
The criminal beats Ceth up as well before running away.
Once it's all over, the household tries to go back to sleep, but most of them can't.
Carlos sits next to Ceth and frowns at her midnight stress snacking. "Shit, are you okay?"
"Yeah, Carlos," Ceth scoffs. "I could have used some brave werewolf backup but I guess you were just busy freaking out or whatever."
Etc.: Ceth has the "Can Apprehend Burglar" trait from... somewhere... I don't remember. I didn't tell her to attack the robber, the robber seriously just pounced on her and I was stunned.