Chapter 2.09 – Sink a Ship

Warning: Disturbing imagery, very dark

This was the second time in as many days that Caleb had been unable to buy the items he was tasked to. This store mainly sold packaged convenience foods, newspapers and other bits and pieces that its likely customers – dock workers – would require. He had found playing cards but they didn’t sell paddling pools. The assistant had laughed at him when he’d asked.

He had a inkling what a bikini wax kit might involve, though, and hadn’t asked for that. He wasn’t a complete idiot.

However, he was now convinced that he did indeed look much, much younger than he was. The girls would have to cope without their alcohol; he was trying not to break any laws today.

Caleb stood in the car park for a while, trying to work up the courage to go back. Faith was a bit scary when she was angry, even more so now she could do… whatever it was she did. Caleb lingered, feeling the cool, crisp ocean wind against his skin, listening to the sounds of a ship loading in the distance and the squawks of seagulls in the background. Slowly, gradually these sounds started to fade, his thoughts amplified as a familiar sense of compression arrived in his temples.

“He’s unleashed again! Notify the pound!” Seth announced, to the empty dock.

“What do you want?” Caleb asked impatiently.

“How rude to assume I want something. I’m merely checking in with my fellow vagabond,” Seth said breezily. “A little birdie tells me you went hunting last night. I don’t think your sister would approve.”

“With good reason. It was a disaster, I—“

“Killed a man. Sounds all right to me.” Seth shrugged. “So! What are your plans? Ah, OK. I’m sure you have your reasons and I shalln’t interfere. You’re a free man now. Well, as free as a bound man can be, anyway.”

“What? You know about binding too? Why didn’t anyone tell me?! Look at what I’ve done!”

“Of course I know. I did tell you. But you know Saint Lilith; always meddling.” Seth waved his hand in a mocking fashion. “Let’s be honest here; you’d have created catastrophe whether you knew what you were doing or not. You are a maker of misery, an architect of adversity, a—“

“I get it, Seth. I’m a sodding mess.”

“Your alliteration requires work, but yes. View it this way; the constant calamity you cultivate will keep your coupling captivating! Although I must admit that I find your brainless bride a rather peculiar choice. I feel that if it were I who was stuck with her forever I’d likely go mad.”

“April is wonderful. Perfect. Far too good for me.”

Seth rolled his eyes. “Definitely the binds talking.”

“She’s beautiful, sweet, thoughtful…” Caleb went on, sadly.

“Bad business, binding,” Seth said. “I’d rather take the equilibrium. Remain unchained and seek to vanquish any occasional, pesky flaws.”

“Wait. Now I’m bound to April I’ll be unaffected by equilibrium? Does that mean my weaknesses… holy hell! I might finally learn to control myself, right?” Caleb asked, hopefully.

“I wouldn’t say unaffected. I suppose, if you consider such a beautifully vampiric trait to be a weakness, you could try and offload it,” Seth replied. “I see you’ve already started trading. Interesting. Very interesting…”

“I’m not following.”

“That’s because you’re absorbing her softness and stupidity and giving her your… ah. Best get a handle on this, Caleb. April is your weakness; your counterpoise. The two of you in equilibrium. If you get better, she will get worse. The fun part is that, as the sire, whether you strike harmonious balance or pulverise her to paste in your pursuit of power is completely up to you.”

“Damn.”

“Quite. I see that you’ve already been suffering her thoughts; your brain is littered with her worthless, teenaged musings. Ah no, fear not; she can’t hear yours unless you allow her to. I see you’ve already learned that she’ll attempt to do anything you ask of her, even to her own detriment. Careful with that. You wouldn’t want her becoming disillusioned, like so many before her. You might both lose your heads…”

Caleb groaned. “This is awful! Can you do anything to fix it?”

“I’m flattered that you think so highly of me but alas, no. This is a blood bind, not the mind kind.”

“But I don’t know how to strike a balance! I’m a shambles! What am I going to do?”

“Probably ruin everything even more,” Seth joked, but it had a indignant undertone. He turned his face away, took a minute to compose himself before he turned back, his demeanour jaunty once more. “So, how are your fledglings doing?”

“They’re not my fledglings,” Caleb protested.

“Well, I thought calling them your ‘children’ was a bit disturbing as you’re planning to have your way with them all. Simultaneously, no less.”

“For hell’s sake! I’m not! Faith put that idea there; she likes to wind me up.”

“She is quite the tease,” Seth agreed. “So, why are you out here rather than hiding in a room with three young women? Ah, I see. You have to look twenty-five these days to procure spirits? Perhaps grow a beard?”

“Perhaps,” Caleb said, thinking for a moment. “Hey, you look over twenty-five! Can you—“

“Buy alcohol for you? Caleb, seriously? Lilith might have convinced you otherwise, but you’re not a child and you have allure dripping from you. Use it. Simply seduce the assistant.”

“No,” Caleb said firmly. “I’m committed to April now, however screwed up it is.”

“She wouldn’t know,” Seth coaxed.

“…She wouldn’t, would she?” Caleb thought for a minute. “Damn it! No. I have stolen her life, ruined her whole existence and I have literally nothing to offer her; I can at least be faithful. I can. I will.”

Seth leafed through Caleb’s head like an open book for while; Caleb didn’t even try to prevent it; his defences were almost useless against Seth anyway. Eventually, without a word, Seth went into the store, returning a short time later with enough hard liquor to sink a ship.

“This is on me; I had a lucrative night. Am I invited to the party in room 5?” Seth asked. “Ah, I’m not. Harsh.”

“I’m grateful but I don’t think it’s a good idea you being around them,” Caleb said feebly.

“I will be on my very best behaviour.”

Caleb sighed. “That doesn’t really fill me with confidence. Look, I’m not sure how—“

“Melinda will take me?” Seth laughed. “Oh, she’ll absolutely despise me, even before I tell her that I killed her mother. Hopefully she’ll chastise me thoroughly; I’m in the mood for a really good telling off.”

“Right. The room is pretty cramped though. Quite small.”

Seth looked suddenly unsure. “How small?”

“Sorry to interrupt.”

Both men turned towards the woman who had spoken; the store assistant. She stood a few paces from Seth, looking at him like deer in headlights.

“You’re not interrupting. What can I do for you?” Seth said in a voice that oozed charm. The woman blushed, lapping it up. She took a deep breath.

“This is going to sound insane because I have only just met you, but I can’t seem to stop thinking about you. So I was just wondering – it’s ridiculous – but I finish my shift in an hour, if you’re still going to be around. And if you’re interested, which you probably aren’t, maybe you and I could…” She sighed. “You know what, never mind. Of course you’re not interested; look at you. Forget I said anything.”

“I would be delighted to go for coffee with you, Tabitha,” Seth said.

“I understand—” The woman began before she registered his words. Her jaw dropped. “Wait. Oh – my – gosh!” she wheezed. “Breathe, Tabby. Breathe,” she whispered to herself, taking a calming breath. “How did you know that’s what I was going to ask? How do you know my name?”

“I can read your mind, of course,” Seth replied.

Tabitha tilted her head to the side, then laughed. “Yeah, of course you can! I’ve never met anyone like you! We’re gonna have so much fun, um—“

“Seth. We certainly are,” he murmured. Caleb watched as Seth lifted this woman’s chin, witnessed her wilt at his touch, could almost hear him manipulating her thoughts.

“You know you’re right!” She agreed to something Caleb hadn’t heard. “I do shedloads of overtime and they never thank me! Blow them! I’ll get my things and we’ll go now!”

Seth growled in delight as Tabitha walked away. He turned to Caleb. “Don’t you love it when food delivers itself on a silver platter? Quite delectable.”

“Food,” Caleb repeated with a sinking feeling. “You’re not taking her for coffee, are you?”

“Of course I am,” Seth said. “She’ll want to go to the lounge on the rail line and she’ll order her usual; a large cappuccino, no chocolate sprinkles, two shots of caramel syrup and a slice of lemon drizzle cake. I’ll even permit her to consume them before I slaughter her. I’m not a complete monster.”

“Seth. Holy hell.”

“It’s us or them. Ah, Tabitha. Ready?”

“Yes!” Tabitha enthused. “Oh my gosh, Seth! I’m so excited! My psychic told me that today would be terrible, but I knew it would be a good day! I thought we could go to a little place over by the rail lines. The views aren’t much, but their cakes are to die for!”

“I don’t doubt it.” Seth smiled, his irises flashed white. “We’ll get them to take out; I hope to conclude our date somewhere more secluded.”

“Why?” she asked.

“I prefer privacy when my trysts become carnal.”

“Oh my freaking gosh. So forward. This perfume was worth every penny,” Tabitha whispered, breathless, fanning herself. “Are you trying to make me flatline?”

“Yes, that’s the idea.”

Caleb knew that if Seth didn’t dine on this woman he would simply pick someone else. That there was no way he could stop him altogether. But he couldn’t allow this. Standing up to his fellow vampires had never gone well for Caleb in the past but what had?

Seth, please don’t do this.

A flicker of irritation passed across Seth’s face as he heard Caleb’s thought. “One moment, Tabitha. Let me just say goodbye to my companion here.”

Seth waited until the young woman was out of earshot before turning back to Caleb. “Why not? I’ve as good as told her what I’m going to do and she seems quite pleased with the idea, wouldn’t you say?”

“But she’s trusting you. It’s so cruel.”

Cruel? Me?

Caleb knew he had made a huge mistake the second Seth stopped smiling.

A chasm opened in his mind, allowing the demons to claw their way out from the darkness. Caleb could do nothing but watch as his worst memories were dragged from the depths and shoved in his mind’s eye. The faces of hundreds of women who had put their trust in him, shuffled before him like flashcards of shame.

Tell me, Caleb…

…do you have…

…the right…

…to judge me?

“No,” Caleb managed, falling to his knees. “I really don’t.”

29 thoughts on “Chapter 2.09 – Sink a Ship

  1. Oh, that’s unusually helpful of Seth to actually properly explain to Caleb how binding works. But of course he wants to witness the trainwreck.

    “the constant calamity you cultivate will keep your coupling captivating!” Woohoo! Err, I mean yay! In any case, way to look on the bright side. Haha.

    Makes sense that for Caleb to gain more of humanity, April would need to lose some of hers – it has to come from somewhere. But much like Caleb, I have zero confidence he’d be able to find a sweet spot of balance. Not to mention the humanity he’d take on would be a pretty fucked up, considering what a charming person April is, so it may not necessarily be for the better. But I’m sure they will blend whether he consciously intends for it to happen or not. Even people who don’t share a mind inadvertently end up shaping each other after a long anouth time.

    Good on Caleb for trying to stop Seth. Even though it’s true that if it wasn’t this chick, it would just be someone else. Chin up Caleb. Yes, Seth has shown you your lovely past, but if you were the monster he’s trying to claim you are, you’d have no reacrion to it in the present. There’s always hope for the future. Except in yours, because you’re doomed. Oops. I’ll work on the pep talk 😆

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    1. Seth? Ulterior motives? Nah…

      So little faith. Not even considering that Caleb will figure it out and everything will be just fine? It could be wonderful. Love story of the century. ❤ /🚽

      I read your rousing pep talk to Caleb who jumped straight off the nearest bridge. He’s fine because, y’know, undead. But perhaps reconsider that career in motivational speaking. 😂

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  2. I’m an idiot. Why do they want paddling pools? O.o Any body of water within and in the vicinity of that moldy damp room should be labeled health hazard and sent to the incinerator pronto.

    This vamp bonding sounds terrible. A double-edged sword than partner in crime. Sounds like vampys need to select their partners very carefully, otherwise they get whatever trait their partner has too and exchange their own good ones. Wut..

    Seth doesn’t like tiny rooms? Did he get captured at one point? Curious.

    Man I feel sorry for Tabitha with her cool tattoos and piercings. Seth even got her to fire herself. Wonder if anyone saw him. Does this tiny store have cameras?

    Did Caleb always have those memories? Am trying to think if he/Lilith asked Seth to erase them, or he always held onto them. I’m thinking the latter since Caleb accepted it so quickly. That’s quite an amazing feat by him and Lilith though. If he was born without ‘remorse’ when killing, to this point where each of these memories make him feel terrible — that he’d even go so far as to call them his ‘worst’ memories. Then again, it could be April’s humanity that’s making him react like this. X.x too many possibilities! My brain.

    I’m also wondering if other traits can be transferred and not just empathy. For example, there’s April’s self-absorbance and er, (romantic?) manipulative ways. And to what degree can he offload his trait? Is it a gauge that slowly depletes, or an entire pill?

    So.. since they’re undead. If a vamp chooses to ‘pulverise’ their partner, they’ll still have to deal with the remains of that person right? Cuz they can’t die and they can’t go anywhere. So in that sense, they can leave their partner blank by absorbing everything? So if Vlad has 3 wives. He could leave them hollow in his dungeon as he absorbs their good traits, throw his bad ones in one of them and… kill them? It’s a good way to make oneself more powerful? O.o Damn. That’s one sick ability if the vamp has no conscience at all!

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    1. The paddling pool was Faith joking around in a previous chapter. But it came about because I was browsing buy mode wondering what Caleb could ‘buy’ from the store that would be fun and for some reason they had a paddling pool in their household inventory. The one with the palm trees. It won’t fit in the room though. Never mind.

      The binding such a shit way to overcome weaknesses. Whoever thought it up needs a good kick in the bum.

      You’ll learn more about Seth than you ever wanted to, but you’re not far off with that guess…

      It might have cameras, but it’ll just see Tabitha talking to herself. And maybe a floating bag of booze. Hey, maybe Seth will have a pang of conscience and not kill her. He said he’d had a lucrative night, so he can’t be that thirsty. Right?

      He always had them, but he may not have had this reaction to them before. And yes, how much of what he’s feeling is genuine and how much is from April?

      In theory, anything can be offloaded. And it’s more like a gauge.

      Yes, Caleb could leave April blank, if he wanted to/isn’t careful. Vlad was a asshole to his wives, but most vampires tended to be quite protective of theirs and some even loved them and treated them nicely… More on that later. 😁

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      1. Ok I actually made a mental note to reply, then zombie codes ate my brains. So oops this is so late.

        Geeez why do they have a padding pool in their inventory? I can’t help thinking it was during Caleb’s toddler time and that thing is actually 350 years old. (Ok history of plastic invention didn’t stretch that far but y’know, fantasy. Could work. 😆 )

        Actually I think it’s a really cool concept, if not freaky and terrifying. So whoever thought it up can win the spooky prize. And prolly need to go home and hope they didn’t step on said person’s toes..

        Ooh, hm. This makes me wonder about Lilith’s practice. A plastic surgeon is bound to have many mirrors in their office. Good thing Lilith can wipe memories.

        I’m looking forward to seeing some nice vamps. Could they be part of the dreg club? Daang. Well. Can’t be choosy. Mel needs another nice vampy to bounce off nice thoughts with 🙂

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  3. In Denmark we have an old saying that goes: “Morality is good, double morality is twice as good”
    It should be understood very saccastically as it is easy to be a moralist in the way of others, but when it comes to yourself there is often a different morality.
    For Caleb, it’s easy to dissociate himself from Seth’s morals … until he sees some extremely unpleasant images of all the corpses he has left behind.

    Seth is a master of manipulation and perhaps he is right in all the truths he serves to Caleb about bonding.
    Maybe he just enjoys touring Caleb in the same way he enjoys touring his victims.
    Right now Tabitha is in heaven but I feared she would not get an equally pleasant death.

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  4. Despite the disturbing-ness of this chapter, Caleb not knowing what a bikini wax kit is still made me chuckle. xD

    Leave it to Seth to make me cautiously give him a brownie point for getting Caleb alcohol, and then lose ten from all the other crap he did. I’d name it all but then this comment would never end. Did he stalk April and Caleb to know they went hunting at night? He did say he would keep an eye on Caleb but my gods. Get a hobby, Seth. Oh wait.

    So vampiric binding is even worse than we thought it was. I’d leave an analytic novel but I see that Mercury and Plumbob already have me covered there, and I’d only be repeating their thoughts. I do wonder where Seth learned all of this, in such great detail. Lilith knew because she saw it first-hand, and because she was supposed to go through it herself. Has Seth seen it up close, too? Has he done it himself at some point, and come to regret it? There’s so many lore bits and puzzle pieces in this chapter that I can’t gush about it all gah!

    He actually would tell Melindog that he killed her mother, wouldn’t he? And Seth brutally dragging up Caleb’s past in response to Caleb speaking – hell, not even speaking up. Just thinking – reminds me of a bully on a power trip. I’m sure that last picture of April was deliberate too, just to twist the knife even further. Comparing Caleb’s experiences to his to show that Caleb can’t judge him – sure, Seth. It’s not like there’s a gigantic difference between you two or anything. Caleb cannot control himself. You don’t want to. Poor Tabitha. And he even got her to quit so that she wouldn’t be missed immediately.

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    1. The landscape has changed a lot since Caleb’s heyday.

      You gave Seth a point? Yay! Oh, no wait, it’s gone again and he’s lost another nine. What’s his score now, about minus four thousand? Feel free to gimme your Seth rant, Yimi. Ranting is good for you; it cleanses your, um, pancreas.*

      Vampiric binding is nasty business and a lot of vampires didn’t agree with it. They weren’t all the women-hating bastards that the society vampires were. As for how Seth knows… more on that later.

      Yeah, he would. Ah, see now Caleb can’t control himself, true, but he knows he’ll lose control and still chooses to get close to these women so is that better than just openly admitting you wanna do it? Yes, poor Tabitha and of course he did; he covers his tracks, the swine.

      *snuffybucket is not a doctor, this is not a medical claim, it is a joke

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      1. I’ll sum it up in nice bullet points so it doesn’t become a waterfall of angry words. =D He lost his brownie by:

        – Stalking Caleb and April and lurking in the background like a creep while they went on their date.
        – Trying to get Caleb to cheat on his not-wife.
        – Invading Caleb’s mind and rifling through it like an abused library book.
        – Alluding that he would actually tell Melinda he killed her mother, and finding the idea funny.
        – Mentally manipulating a woman into going with him after filling her head with the idea of sexy Seth. Verbally manipulating her by telling her something and making her believe he meant something very different. Oh, and making her quit her job so nobody would miss her for a while, so he’d have his tracks covered. This one I’m counting double because it’s so messed up.
        – Bullying the hell out of Caleb when he said something Seth didn’t like. This one was just as bad as last one but it’s also personal so I’m counting it as 4 negative brownie points. xD

        Oh, lookie. That’s enough to earn him another static battery radio. You’re so good at making me outraged about Seth’s antics and talky shenanigans. ❤ On another note, I really enjoyed Seth’s antics and talky shenanigans. They just make me rage. With love. Love to hate is totally a thing.

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  5. Oh dear, this is not good news. Caleb and April are not good at moderation or balance so they are definitely screwed.

    I’m curious about why Seth is popping up. What is his endgame? He is always acting like he has something better to do, but he doesn’t.

    On the flip side, at least he owns his actions. Caleb is always running around pretending it isn’t his fault and he doesn’t know how it happened.

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  6. *shakes head, grinning* Chatter and prattle. *gets serious* But informative. Let´s see, here…

    So Seth says he told Caleb about the binding. His inability to lie comes very handy with the getting our facts straight, here. He did /not/ explicitly say that Lilith made Caleb forget about what he´d told him, but if she hadn´t, the pieces don´t add up. But if she had, why didn´t she remove all of the information? That does make me confused.

    …and I think we might have a very rare accord here, on the fact that binding is very bad business indeed. How often does everyone agree so unanimously? 😀 Of course, the reasons why everyone would rather avoid the thing will differ, but… still.

    And this is why April was so fine with Caleb killing Chase. Because he gave her at least a part of his ruthless nature. Wow. I guess it´s good that at least he knows now. Of course, a vampire might crush their spouse, but in doing so said spouse becomes their weakness. We already kind of know that the hunters probably only got Silas Vatore because they got his wife. You just can´t avoid a weakness, no matter what you do. It´s only a question what form it takes, right?

    …and what was that about Caleb ruining everything /even more/? What is it that Seth blames him for, I wonder…

    I´d say props to Caleb for knowing exactly how to deter Seth… but is he, really?

    And then /that/ cold look again. I wonder why sometimes Seth has no problem being called all manner of horrible things and then sometimes he just snaps. I´d be very surprised if there wasn´t some tangible reason for that… but it might be even Seth doesn´t know at this point. There´s a lot… he´d forgotten, isn´t there.

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    1. “His inability to lie comes very handy with the getting our facts straight, here” are you totally sure about that? “She knew Seth… He still couldn’t outright lie, but he had developed some mitigating methods. If he was cryptic enough he could deflect, tangle the truth, twist the perspective.”

      Indeed, Charlotte was a huge weakness for Silas. The society should have really learned their lesson; they certainly had chances. 😉 “You just can’t avoid a weakness, no matter what you do. It’s only a question what form it takes, right?” Yes. No one is all-powerful in my world, however much they’d like to think they are.

      Seth is very much used to derision, but everyone has their triggers and something about Caleb certainly provokes him. Yes, he’s missing a good chunk of memory. Maybe he’ll get that back one day and become completely untouchable… oh no, wait, see earlier point. 😆

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      1. I´m not sure about anything, no. But you´re certainly helping me figure it out. XD So, if the falsehood here is bigger than just Lilith not being involved this time, then… did Seth mean he /did/ tell Caleb… about something completely different than what they were just talking about, is that something he can say? I´m absolutely not doubting his having found as much wiggle room as he can get, but the limits of this… curse are still somewhat blurry to me. 🙂

        And that´s a big part of what makes this story so awesome.

        *headtilt* I think I missed a punchline here. XD Because how would regaining one´s memories make them stronger? Power does depend on humanity, right? So if anything, /not/ remembering one´s human past might be the more beneficial state… purely from strength standpoint, of course.
        I just meant to say I´ll have to wait for more info on this. Any possible conclusion would involve way too much guesswork at this point.

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        1. Right, I’m awake now, I can formulate a better reply to you. The limits are deliberately blurry, for now. But yes, generally, Seth will tell the immediate truth if asked directly, but given any chance, he will then deflect, or generally skew things to his benefit. Being inside the mind of his target certainly makes it easier for him to see where he can most effectively distract and hide though, doesn’t it? Hardly a weakness at all. 😉

          Aw, thanks! One of my pet peeves in stories is when someone is so completely perfect or all-powerful; there isn’t really a story then, because I know they can’t fail or when they do, it feels contrived, unrealistic and I can’t relate to them. So *everyone* in AE is a mixture of brilliant and shitty, like me. 🤣😂🤣 Although some do get more of one than the other.

          Yes, I don’t think at this point in the story that it’s possible to draw too many conclusions about Seth/Caleb and memory loss/gain; wait for the chapter where we get into his head and everyone rage quits. 😆 I understand your reasoning regarding humanity, what a shame Seth doesn’t seem to. It stands to his reason that the ‘Master of Minds’ would see gaps in his own memory as a huge weakness; that he is, perhaps, not master of his own.

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          1. Awwh, Snuffy! I hope I´m not being too chatty, here. DX I mean, i´m still kinda binging…
            Hmm… yeah. So basically nothing can be taken at face value, at all. It really /is/ like trying to talk to the Fae. (Which is half fun and half dangerous.) I guess at least we can tell when he didn´t wanna say something.
            Either way… I can´t even figure if Seth would or wouldn´t want Caleb to mess up this bad. On the one hand he isn´t exactly trying to keep him on the straight and narrow, on the other hand he does seem to dislike the bond thing, too. Plus he did seem kind of helpful (in his own twisted way) towards Caleb before, but now it looks like he´s really mad at him for something… ack.

            XD

            Okay, I will. 😀
            *shrugs* Well, pure strength standpoint isn´t everything, either. Remembering one´s past mistakes might be lots of different shades of unpleasant, but at least it gives one the chance to avoid making the same ones in the future…

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            1. Oh no. That was a dig at myself being non-functional prior to my four morning coffees. 😂 Although if you really do wanna get super chatty around any particular point and not have to dodge spoilers, you can always email me (this goes for anyone reading, too: snuffy@almost-eternal.com )
              “he´s really mad at him for something” Maybe Lilith isn’t the only one who has conditioned Caleb to behave a certain way and doesn’t accept disobedience…

              Interesting. I wonder what mistakes Seth made that he can’t remember. Bound to be something.

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              1. *bursts out laughing unexpectedly* Oh, don´t tell me the two of them are like an old divorced couple arguing about the parenting. X´DD Poor kid. XD

                …well, yeah. There´s sure to be /something/. Though which parts would he consider mistakes and which parts would others would probably differ significantly. ;D

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                  1. …dang. I- how did I not see that? I never considered that Caleb must have been like sort of a son… for both of them. Is that really what that memory was, that Lilith threw at Seth of her and Caleb leaving? Not only is she walking out on him, but Caleb is choosing to stay with her, too? …would explain a lot.

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