Beyond the Shore!

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Sunday May 5th, starting in Lavender Heights! @"Tikanni Calder" @"Samuel Valdez"


She had felt a rush of energy the second her eyes blinked open, and had surged out of bed immediately to grab her outfit, which she'd picked out the night before! The thought of this outing had made her whole new moon night go smoother and faster than normal, and now she was effervescent with a combination of happiness and nerves!

She changed fastidiously into her swimsuit and the clothes that went over it, and then went to the bathroom to brush her hair and teeth.

She arrived at Tikanni's door a short time later, having invisibly run there like a vampire nerd in an effort to save time. Feeling a little woozy from power-usage but not out of breath because vampirism as weird, she adjusted the knapsack on her shoulder and knocked on the door, vibrating slightly with excitement!
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They were going to the river and if he was human, Tikanni probably would’ve felt more stomach feelings in excitement and a tinsy bitty bit in fear. But, it was okay and they were going to have a fun time, just you wait! Instead, he found himself packing a towel and some dry clothes in a draw string back just in case and then pacing a tad when it became close to the time Marybeth would be here.

And sure enough, there was the presence and then a knock. Walking up, he opened the door of his apartment and beamed. ”Hi!” Drawing her into a quick hug, Tikanni turned to grab the bag from where it was hung on a doorknob before fitting his arms through the holes. ”Do you need anything? Ready to go?”
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Chilly vampire hugs!!! Tikanni was always the best because he always gave hugs. She let go of his waist and bounced on her feet, smiling. "Nope, we're ready! Let's go get Sam!" And she would follow him diligently to his car, which was a Jeep and very cool!

She thought, he didn't seem nervous. She felt hyper-aware of what his face looked like and his voice sounded like, but she would not ask about it unless she was sure that he was having trouble. "Does Sam have a power yet?"
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So they were ready to go, awesome! Feeling for keys in his pockets, he’d close the door behind them, locking it, before leading the way towards where he’d parked. Opening the car doors Tikanni started it up after a few rolls of the engine. All good and buckled and making sure Marybeth was buckled, he tried to focus here and now and not the potential for the river to be a giant dark swath, y’know he was changing thoughts right now.

Looking behind, he backed out of the parking spot, before righting them and heading off. ”Nope, unless he’s procured one in the last few weeks. He seemed kinda antsy about it all.” He looked towards Marybeth as he stopped at the stop sign before turning and carrying on. ”Any ideas on what he might get?”
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She couldn't remember the last time she'd been in a car, which was kind of crazy. She rubbed her fingers on the seat to enjoy their non-bus-seat texture, and then feasted on the sight of the road from the front windshield. "I bet he'll get it soon. He got turned months ago, and he's got all that help." Marybeth just had Dino who, though he was very sweet, didn't know at all what he was doing. Marybeth probably knew more than him already. "And, hmm. Maybe...he's got a really serious stare, so maybe he can move things with his mind."
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The hope that Marybeth had for Samuel was definitely shared, especially with Edvin being his sire. It was only time. Tikanni wasn’t used to the idea of having to wait for powers to develop, his were just always there since he was a kid when they’d arrived unexpectedly, but helpfully in a moment of need. But, Marybeth and Samuel both hadn’t had theirs and if anyone knew it was definitely his friend on how long it’d take. To the idea of moving things because of a serious stare, Tikanni let out a bit of a laugh, nodding along as he made a left turn.

”Ooooo, that’d be a doozy of one,” he mused with pleased acceptance, finding it fitting in a way. Hmm, what was a guess of his? ”Maybe, he might also, I don’t know…. Shoot electricity like the Flash? That’d be cool. Like go super fast and also come in swinging with the static electricity.” He liked to race and was competitive afterall, but there was very little Tikanni knew of him other than their two meetings. Maybe, tonight would help with that.
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It was so nice to spend time with Tikanni again! He was always so cheerful and funny. It did not take long to arrive at the address they had for Samuel, and that was certainly an advantage to all living in Lavender Heights: they were all only a neighborhood or two away from each other.

That said, the house they stopped at looked enormous and fancy, and she was reminded again that vampires like Edvin and Beauregard were a whole other breed. She hopped out of the car and then hustled her way up the walkway and knocked timidly on the door.
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He wasn't ready. A carefully packed bag of random water supplies sat by the door and a new pair of swim shorts sat snug on his hips, but Samuel was not ready. It'd been ages since he done anything remotely like an outing with friends, and could these two be called friends? He felt like the hissing vampire child they were leading out on a leash. Fuck, was this some kind of babysitting duty? Samuel didn't want to go if it was. Maybe there was enough time to cancel.

Except, a knock came at the door and he fumbled with the phone. Walking with great trepidation, Samuel undid the four locks and pulled the metal chain. Marybeth stood in all her glory. "Hello." He said, reaching automatically for the bag and dumping his phone in one of the many pockets. There was wasn't much inside to view as he had little furniture anyway. The home was in the process of being renovated and he'd be moving to Lavender Heights in the next month if things went smoothly. He dreaded having to go through idle chat about his living arrangement, wanting instead to get a move on to the mystery location, so with a little vampire speed Samuel fished out his keys, assumed Tikanni was somewhere back with the car, and with a twist of the wrist locked the door behind him. "Can we go?"
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Eventually, Tikanni pulled up to Samuel’s house in Magic Hollow. They’d be doing a loopdy-do on the way to the river and this was the last stop till fun. Putting the car into park, Tikanni watched and waited as Marybeth went off to the door.

As the door opened and he could roughly hear Samuel. Seems like they were good to go. When Samuel would eventually turn, Tikanni would lift a hand and wave with a wide smile. Once everyone came back, he'd double check people were buckled while offering hellos before heading off. "And we're off!"
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It was exciting to be in the front seat and not the back seat! Marybeth was often put in the back seat because she was the most awkward person of every group, but not tonight! She tapped her feet against the floor as Tikanni set off, and twisted immediately back to smile at Sam. "Hey! How's vampire life?"
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He shifted uncomfortably with the seat belt. Were seatbelts redundant in a car full of post-dead vampires? He clicked it anyway, save Tikanni the hassle of a ticket or cleaning up the mess if Samuel went through the windshield.

Catching Marybeth's grin, Samuel blinked back heavily. "Better." He mumbled honestly. The feeding schedule was a daunting amount of work, but he'd just past his third, no fourth month of vampiredom? He'd be getting his congratulatory sticker soon and hopefully a power.
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As they turned off onto the road, he looked up into the back mirror to look at the other after Marybeth asked how Samuel was doing, before flicking his gaze back to the round. Hopefully, they were doing good and seemed that way, but who knew.

Better was given as an answer and he nodded, turning at the first light and heading towards a highway. ”Superb, glad to hear you’re doing swell. You got any hints yet to your power”? Since they were on the subject anyways, might as well.
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She experienced actual relief to hear that he was doing better, somewhere underneath her excitement for the outing. Being a new vampire was HARD, and she wanted Sam's life to not be hard. She was glad he was in their Clutch.

The power-gaining talk aside, she enjoyed the change of scenery as they made their way southeast, lawns and houses giving way to larger and larger swathes of ungoverned land. She watched the mile-markers carefully and signalled to Tikanni where he should pull off. It was not terribly late, maybe 9pm, but there was not a light visible anywhere among the trees.

Perfect!

" There's a little dirt path here that goes down to the river.". Oh, she hadn't told Samuel what they were doing! "Night swimming!"
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He almost didn't respond to Tikanni's question. Samuel was very aware there had been no power manifestation in the last few weeks, he'd been checking in private an embarrassing amount. Looking down accusingly at his hands, Samuel gave Tikanni a simple, "Not yet," and hoped that was they spoke of that for the night.

As the car turned from the road he pinched at the fabric of his shorts. They really were going swimming. "Oh. Fun." He said with a stoic expression, looking out the window, that was the equivalent of spirit fingers in Samuel's case.
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And maybe or maybe not he should’ve not said anything given the silence bout. But, eventually Samuel spoke up and dashed the hopes that the guy had come into powers. Soon then, soon. ”Ah, okay,” he nodded and once again paid attention to the road primarily.

The drive went on for a bit, idle chit chat here and there and as Marybeth pointed out the pull off, he turned. Gravel and dirt under tire, he pulled up to a tree until killing the engine as it was explained to what they were doing. Setting the car’s emergency brake down, he unbuckled himself. ”Alrighty, here we are. Let’s get going.” And with that, Tikanni would open his door and slide down to the ground.
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Sam did not sound very excited!!! But he never did, so Marybeth was not worried about it! She let out a hooray! as Tikanni made the announcement and opened his door, and she followed suit, grabbing her towel. Trusting that they would follow, she set off down the little trail, which would be all but invisible at night to mortal eyes.

It led them all down to a pretty area of riverbed, still a little lacking in greenery but with a nice pebbled beach, gently lapped by slow-moving water, maybe knee-deep. A little further out, the river moved faster, quietly, though the sound of splashes and gurgling suggested rocks somewhere upstream. The moon reflecting off of the water was very pretty. Marybeth hopped onto one foot and steeled her reserve, removing pants and beach shirt to reveal her choice in swimwear. Then, arms akimbo, she made a frowny face at both boys. "Last one in's a rotten egg!" And she took off in a gangly sprint for the water!
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He followed in the wake of the happy-go-lucky Marybeth and Tikanni. How they both managed to be so joyful all the time would forever be a mystery, although he did fear the day both of them became sullen, the world would end he was sure. Admittedly, seeing the water through nocturnal eyes was a fascinating sight and Samuel trailed further behind, stopping to watch the gentle ebb and flow of the tide.

A short distance away, Marybeth yelled followed almost immediately by the sound of feet splashing into the water. Samuel walked closer to the edge, toeing off his shoes and tossing them on a nearby rock. The water was surprisingly mild against his legs, a result of vampire tolerance. Unhurried, Samuel slid his feet across the bedrock making his way to the others, mentally preparing for something sinister...like a splash war.
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Grabbing his towel a drawstring bag, he closed the door, locked the car as soon as everyone was ready, and began to follow the path Marybeth was heading on. The forest around them was filled with ribbiting and keens of early seasonal bugs over the sound of running water that was getting louder as they approached. Occasionally, a firefly bursted in front of them to carry off into the high up grass drawing a small smile to his face, but other than that it was dark.

Eventually, the trail spit them out on a riverbed and he took in the sight with excitement and admiration. The moon was brighter here and seemed to illuminate the chalky rocks giving them an easier time of navigating to the water’s edge. ”Awesome spot,” Tikanni breathed, praising Marybeth's choice. Setting down his items, he quickly shirked off the shirt at the dare. He wasn’t about to be the last one! Zooming forth, he splash walked into the shallows with a laugh. As long as Tikanni stayed in this general area, he’d be fine, water not a stranger to him by any means.

A look back and Samuel was still making his way through to them. ”C’mon dude, we’re gonna be prunes before you get over here!” Tikanni lightly splashed towards him.
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Marybeth hit the water with roaring splashes as her feet, then her legs, churned through it. The water couldn't be more than 50 degrees, but it felt cool and comfortable, as she imagined it must feel to the fish who lived here. Up to her knees, she grinned at Tikanni before looking past him at slow old Samuel. "Rotten egg!!" she kind of shrieked at him, because she was very excited!

Then, focusing on what she had envisioned when she put together this field trip in the first place, she turned back to the river and dived in, sloop, with not much of a splash. She could stay underwater for ever!
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Yes, yes. He's the rotten egg. Yoke it up. Rolling his eyes, he waded further in until the water hit mid chest. Water sloshed as Samuel drew his arms out and swept them across the surface, creating tiny waves. He sunk deeper, chin kissing the top of the river. This was kinda nice actually, he hadn't been swimming in over a year and had secretly looked forward to a relaxing dip.

A short spray hit his right cheek. Samuel flinched, searching for the source and managing to catch the sight of Marybeth's lower half diving into the inky water. Foolishly, he used his backhand to wipe off the droplets sticking to his skin, realizing after the fact that it too was wet.

He paddled over to Tikanni, keeping his body mostly submerged, The outside air felt cooler now against his exposed skin. A glance was given to where Marybeth entered. The surface gave nothing away, she could be anywhere under the water at this point. "We can't drown right?" He asked, suddenly worried.
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The rotten egg shrieking had him laughing, especially in retrospect to the rolling eyes Sam had as he waded over. Tikanni turned attention towards going a bit deeper and went all of a few more steps, stopping as the water lapped at knees. That was as far as he could get before there was a tightening in his chest looking further out as Marybeth dove right into the dark water.

Probably a tad too fixated on where Marybeth had sunk, some worry latching on that she never would come back up and she was stuck, he had missed Samuel going further out. Taking a step further to him, he stopped as his legs seemed to freeze up. Nope, this was fine, he’d stay here at least for now.

Bending legs so he’d at least be somewhat submerged, the question was too on the nose. ”Pshh, you’re speaking about a buncha applesauce,” he breathed with a wavering laugh. ”Since we don’t have to breathe, we can’t really drown.”
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Marybeth opened her eyes underwater, and what she saw was rocks and little fish, graying steadily out the farther she looked from silt and sediment in the river. She had taken in a big breath as she dived, just from practice, but in the cool water her lungs were not bothered by an air source that was not renewed. She hung suspended, one toe anchoring her against the current, and smiled.

This was special. This was a special vampire thing.

Even with very sharp hearing, she did not know what the boys were saying above the water. She kicked down to the riverbed and looked toward the shore, singling out what must be Sam legs and easing slowly closer, imagining herself to be a crocodile. She had to keep her belly right against the ground to get close enough, and when her face was just a few inches from a bony, hairy ankle she reached out and tickled the leg with creepy seaweed fingers!

Except it was not Sam! It was Tikanni and she was a terrible friend!!!
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This was one of those times the world was truly looking for some poetic cinema just because he’d said something to the effect of not drowning. Something came out of nowhere and tickled his leg and it felt a lot like kelp or a monster or something. Eyes widening, Tikanni’s immediate reaction was to yelp as his undead heart leapt into his throat at the same time both legs were thrown up and away as far away as possible, the first being the one that’d been touched. Panic snatched through in a torrent, as he took a few stumbling steps, trying to right himself with the slimy green rocks underfoot. Out and away was an all encompassing want while worrying about being dragged under or falling under or really any variety of being under or getting near and around the deeper water so close by consumed him. Instead of the usual monster he might’ve begun to fall to, the startle had him tapping into something else entirely, a final slip making his footing completely burst out from under him. ”Wah!”

The next instance didn’t entirely make a lot of sense. He was falling one moment into the river that eagerly lapped around him, the next, water was everywhere, dark and drowning. Tikanni surged up on all four limbs as soon as the rocks underfoot were sure with a frantic buzzing energy to the safety of air, taking gulpfuls of it that weren’t needed. Completely soaked now, there was a pleasant breeze and Tikanni looked down in absolute horror. His swimming trunks were probably missing, oh god.

The vibrant blue and pink and green watermelon trunks were not there. Instead, black and white fur greeted him and he just stared, not understanding besides the fact he was naked. ”WHERE ARE MY JAMS,” barkingly questioned the bewildered and soaked husky.
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Samuel bit back the smallest of laughs, a real smile almost twitching to life on his face. Poor Tikanni, falling prey to the classic underwater gotcha prank, made even more devious by Marybeth's silent approach. Should he try helping or step back in case Tikanni took both of them down?

He didn't get a chance to decide. In slow motion he watched the baby mentor pinwheel his arms and stumble on the rocks, then Tikanni's body folded like a lawn chair. Samuel sucked in a breath, bracing in sympathy for the impact. Then like the building crescendo to a fairy tale reveal a curtain of water shot up around Tikanni's submerged body, but instead of some beautiful princess emerging from the water the curtain fell to reveal a wide-eyed mutt yelping with a human voice. What. The. Fuck.

Loss of all current mental faculties lead Samuel to make only the stanchest of observations. "A Talking dog."
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Marybeth's experience of Peak Evil was shortlived; she watched the legs jump and stagger backwards, and as she popped out of the water she realized with horror that she had targeted Tikanni. She made a noise into her hands, unsure for a few splash-ridden moments whether they would have a monster to deal with, and rushed forward as he went fully under...

But what went down did not come up. She froze in the river, stuck between mortification and delight, and stared in awe at the dog. Sam said it better than she ever could! "You're a husky!!"
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Eyes hurriedly flicked back and forth between back legs, no sign of fabric at all and then to the water just in case they were floating somewhere. This was mortifying. Then Samuel said something to the effect of a talking dog. What? Had Marybeth just come waddling up or something? As if on cue, she chimed in and he finally looked up and towards them, taking a moment away from the swim trunk patrol. What, wait. His brain short circuited trying to make the words make sense. He was a talking dog and that dog was a husky? Lifting one foreleg after the next, Tikanni looked at the white and black fur, wiggling his toes each time as water dripped off them. Yep those were paws. Looking behind him, there was a loopy tail that would probably wag if thought to do so. A giant wave of excitement built up during all of this as it slowly clicked into realization and his mortification and fear vanished to nothing else, but popping excitement. This was his animal form! Tikanni had finally reached it after years of wondering what’d be and here it was. Tikanni wasn’t naked as feared moments prior, but a full fledged dog!

Rearing up a bit, the vampire dog burst forward through the water towards the two with an aim to circle around them with excited barks ”Kringmerktunga! Kringmerktunga!” Around he went with sloshing of water as his purple eyes danced with delight, tail wagging a hundred miles an hour while laughs escaped a canine maw. ”I’m a dog!”


I'm a dog!

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The swimming trip had taken a turn into the absurd. Animal forms had been discussed, mentioned in passing to Samuel, but that didn't mean he was prepared for it. His brain shot up confusing suggestion to how Tikanni even managed to animorph. Did his bones compress and bend into a canine body? Where did the tail come form? Could he still eat chocolate? None of these question would likely be answered until Samuel had his own animal form, which might take years at his current pace. He couldn't wait to be a powerful, self sufficient vampire too.

It took longer than it should for him to realize Marybeth was now above water. He glanced over, making sure she didn't poof into a dog as well. That would have really sent him over the deep end. She then named a dog breed that explained nothing while Tikanni bark-talked in some surfer language. Why was he shouting "cowabunga"?

Dragging a hand over his face, Samuel tried to concentrate Okay, important questions first. "Are you stuck like this now?" Great. Did they need to worry about leash laws?
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Neither skilled, knowledgeable vampire in the river was being much help to Sam. Marybeth was shouting now too, sloshing after the dog in peals of laughter. "You're beautiful!!!" She tried to grab his tail but lost her footing, and had to stop and rebalance on the uneven streambed. Oh, Sam was talking? "Stuck?"
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Marybeth was chasing him and he offered excited barks back, the yelling compliment about him making him jump a few times forward in bounding thanks. ”Thank yoouuuuuu!” The sound dipped into a howl right as he entertained the idea. Aha! It worked! He’d have to look in a mirror asap! Tikanni had been hoping for a bird before this, but as of right now this was really cool and honestly, totally, amazingly, exuberantly fine by him.

A jump and then a bit of a splash behind him had the dog slow to a more sloshing trot while looking behind just in case his friend might’ve fallen. But upon inspection, it seemed she was fine, and oh, Samuel’s question had him stopping for a moment. ”Nopity nope! I shouldn’t be.” White eyebrows momentarily stitched before giving a vigorous few self-affirming nods. Turning to Marybeth though, he’d seek confirmation of such. ”How do you do it?” Eventually, Tikanni was going to have to, but for now this was fun.
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Both were ecstatic. Samuel less so. Dismissal of his concerns placed him in the role of long-suffering parent accompanying two hyperactive, care-free children. If Tikanni did become stuck, well Samuel would be waiting with a big fat, "I told you so" and they cave immediately to help.

And while the whole spectacle was rapidly loosing shock value, another twist was thrown into the mix. Tikanni mentioned it so casually, but Samuel caught the implication, whipping his head around to stare accusingly at Marybeth "You're also a dog?" Samuel felt unreasonable offended that he hadn't known. A quick count was done in his head. Having an animal form meant they were one...two steps ahead of him. Allowable for Marybeth, she was 50 after all, but Tikanni couldn't even drink when he died and must be barely legal now. Maybe his mentoring was giving him some sort of edge. Samuel narrowed his eyes, considering. He better not get stuck driving home two water logged pooches in the backseat.
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HUSKIES WERE SO BEAUTIFUL!!! Even dripping wet, Tikanni made for an impressive and regal dog, and again Marybeth's cold heart yearned for majesty. In her feelings, she half-heard both Sam and Tikanni asking her things and mostly ignored both. "I wonder how it decides?"

She kicked a little at the water, and seemed to come out of her reverie, blinking at one young man and then the other. "Yeah, like my birthday party?" That answer she tossed to Sam while considering a quandary. "It's like clenching the same muscle as your power, I think. Or we could scare you again!"
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Doggie ears heard words that didn’t quite answer him or the question from Samuel that seemed a bit too tense. Maybe she was lost in thought? He was about to ask as such when she seemed to blink out of it sorta.

Yep! Her birthday was a theme chosen on purpose and he loved that she’d done as such. ”She turns into a really cute pug,” he exclaimed to further explain it to Samuel. The most inconspicuous form no one in their right mind could hate, perfect for hunting.

As Marybeth went on to explain the animal power stuff, he pondered it. This was a new thing to learn and practice, and it was nice? So nice to have something new to try out! At the idea of being scared again and that that might get him back, he took a few steps back. ”Uhhh, lemme try first.”

Concentrating, Tikanni tried to pull on that same weird magical muscle and instead of reverting back to his normal self, all he managed to do was.... look like he was thinking really hard about something with a halt to the wagging tail. Sighing, he relaxed and then tried again for a minute. Nothing, again. Tikanni let out a defeated sigh. "Maybe, I should just be a dog for now and then y'all can help poof me back?"
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Ah. The flamboyant birthday decorations suddenly had meaning. Samuel just thought Marybeth loved dogs to an extreme measure, not that she could turn into one. As for being a pug, it suited her tremendously. Leave it to Marybeth to become the breed with the most internet-famous potential. It physically hurt him that he knew who Doug the Pug was.

After a lackluster attempt it looked like Tikanni would remain on four legs. If neither of them saw a problem with a sudden dog transformation, then no point in arguing. They could continue the swim. He wadded in deeper, walking backwards to face the two. A pointed look was sent to the husky. "Fine, but stick to the shallows. You're three feet shorter now." He'd wait to trust Tikanni's new motor skills, seeing was believing in this case.
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Marybeth watched Tikanni, and scratched at her nose. She might have been concerned if he'd been the first to dog, but Marybeth figured...if she could work it out, then probably any vampire could. Especially an ancient being such as Tikanni! And if worst came to worst, they would put him in bed as a dog and he would be safe for the day. Or she could try to suggest him out of it?

Anyway. Her friend didn't seem bothered, and Sam didn't look more disgruntled than usual. And this was a cause for celebration! She didn't want them just standing around in the water!

She splashed a little at Sam, smiling. "You should go underwater! That's the best part! And Tikanni I'm gonna catch your tail!!" She lunged after her friend, sloshing through the water with arms outstretched. She was gonna grab his little feeters!!
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Dog eyes watched as Samuel seemed to have lost interest in the whole scenario. But! Tikanni had a super duper inclination to want to say he was pretty razzed about this too. Wagging his tail furiously, he sent a lolling tongue smile back. ”Yesirreeebob! That’s good advice.”

As Marybeth began splashing and turning attention to him, he play bowed, let out a rarf, and turned on his heels as she lunged after. Sloughing through the water, he barked happily. ”Noooo!” Time to undo the Grump Mcgrumps though! Turning that direction, he made to jump at Samuel with full canine bounce powers, legs sloshing up maximum noise. ”She’s gonna catch my tail, Samuel!” And he jumped at him.



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Samuel, now nearly shoulder deep, was scoping out a quiet place he could do some lazy laps or meditate away from the boisterous pair. They could commence their splash war with him at a safe watching distance. Spectating was an art form and Samuel was expert level.

It didn't appear that Tikanni agreed with that sentiment however. Screaming, a soaking husky leapt at Samuel with all the grace of a furry bulldozer. Unable to turn in time or attempt to dodge, Samuel took the brunt of the attack on his right shoulder. With a strangled yelp that could have come from either vampire, they went crashing into the murkiness below in a explosion of river water and fur.

Catch attempt was a failure

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OH MY GOSH! Tikanni completely took Sam out, and it left Marybeth whooping and squealing all alone above the surface. She pushed deeper into the river, float-walking to a depth where her toes just touched, and anchored herself there, waiting for the rest of the show!
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Samuel was completely taken by surprise and Tikanni would count that as a permanent win, the yelp a congratulations at making this even more fun. Instead of being caught, they both sunk into the depths. Back legs kicked until his furry head popped up from the water, panting some with a bit of fear eating at his heart, but it had been worth it! Paws scraping the bottom for support, he stood very human like for a dog in the cold river water, front legs bent and lightly paddling to remind himself he was floating.

Looking towards Marybeth, he offered her a dog smile complete with a tongue loll. ”This is fun!”
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The water was deep enough to catch Samuel's fall, but no so deep that they didn't brush the bottom. Hair dripping and teeth grinding together, he emerged completely wet. Irritation ignited into resentment from watching Tikanni gleefully dog paddling away scot-free, having taken to water quite naturally in his new form. Stomping through the water, Samuel closed the short distance with an arm outstretched. He swiped at the dog's back, but his finger slipped and lost their leverage. In a last ditch attempt, he scrambled for one more chance at revenge and made contact with the tail. With a firm hold established he tugged the tail, and the dog attached, downward, forcing his own body to sink as well.
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Marybeth beamed at Husky Tikanni, piping out a very earnest "Oh, good!" This night was asking a lot of him already! Her face dipped into the water to blow a mouthful of bubbles, and just as she was thinking of shoving off into the deep end...this time Samuel attacked, coming after Tikanni! These boys and their roughhousing!!!

She did not at all want to get involved in river wrestling, but he drifted closer anyway. Samuel probably didn't know that their friend got spooked around water. She would grab them both by the scruff if she needed to, but please let's not.
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Oh good indeed! He offered paw paps to the water, still not over that he had paws, and completely missed that Samuel was descending with all the quiet indignant rage his baby vampire body could hold. A sudden whoosh of air at his back had Tikanni looking around with an absolute confused yet innocently happy face. But then, his tail was grabbed! A surprise yelp left him as he was dragged under in a rush.

Blinking open eyes as surprise and panic hit him, he ground canine teeth down at that more ugly side wanting to retaliate. As water rushed by, Tikanni pushed hard back with hind legs into the side of Samuel, aiming for ribs and the reaction that might loosen the grip.


hit!

Wehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
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