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Visions of Sugarplums 20/31

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Alucard: What’s going on here?

Integra: You’re a prince.

Alucard: I am not! I’m a demon. A predator. A killer. I’m not prey, and certainly not a prince, no matter what your dream says.

Integra: Oh, and you did such a great job being a ‘Killer’ when the Rat King attacked.

Alucard: Don’t get smart with me, kid.

Visions of Sugarplums 19/31

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This is Alucard as he appeared in a recent manga flashback: the young prince of Wallachia, Vlad III.

Alucard (thinking): I refuse to stay in pieces because of a dream that a boot could take out.


That’s better…

…Or not.

Visions of Sugarplums 18/31

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Alucard (thinking): I’m losing. How am I losing?

This loss is part of the story too. It doesn’t have to make sense.

Alucard (thinking): And she just beat it with a boot?

Told you.

Visions of Sugarplums 16/31

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The story, once set in motion, follows an inevitable path. Each step leads to the next.

A girl gets a present. A monster rat attacks. The gift comes to her defense.

Usually, there’s ballet. We left that out here. (If you want to try to get Integra in a tutu, feel free.)

Nicene Challenge

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Timothy’s recitation is of the Nicene Creed, the official Catholic variation.

Section XIII headquarters: Iscariot agent-in-training Timothy. This is part of his training.

So is this:

Enrico: Timothy! Creed!

Timothy: I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets. I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one Baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come. Amen.

Enrico: 22.8 seconds. Better, but you still haven’t broken twenty.

Although the decorations aren’t bad.

Timothy: Thank you, Father! Merry Christmas!

Visions of Sugarplums 14/31

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The gears are a motif pulled directly from Princess Tutu, and show up whenever the pre-existing plot of The Nutcracker Suite drives the action.

Alucard: So…I’m not the only monster in your head.

Integra: Brilliant, Holmes!

Alucard: How much of this means something, though, and how much is neurons firing randomly?

…and why am I dizzy?

Visions of Sugarplums 12/31

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Even our modern Integra still doesn’t know about Girlycard. She was out of the room when Girlycard fanart was turned up during the second fangirl storyline, and Girlycard’s appearance during their stint in Victorian England got written out of the timeline.

Alucard (thinking): One last change, and she’ll have no way to know me.

And now, the dramatic entrance!

Alucard: This would be much easier if you would pay attention!