Alex (thinking): I know they don’t really believe in vampires. Like fairies, or aliens…fun to make up stories about, but not actual characters.
Chatter: You get points by taking up ghouls.
Alex (thinking): Still, I get jumpy when I say things like that.
Chatter: Then you level up and start getting powers!
Alex (thinking): Don’t let your instincts take over.
Chatter: What kind of powers?
Alex (thinking): Don’t let the anger get the better of you–
Chatter: Well, if you drink blood–
Alex: What are you two talking about?!?
Student: Eep! The scary new student!
Pip: You go change. I’ll talk to her.
Alex (thinking): Ah — this is Pip Bernadette. Captain of the girls’ football team: the Wild Geese.
Pip: Your name’s Alexandra, right?
Alex (thinking): Until I came along, she was the strongest and tallest girl in school. She still holds one record, though: longest hair.
Pip: I’m trying! The ammo’s too damp!