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Chapter subtitle stolen from the works of Dave Barry. Jon: Sorry it took so long. They said I had to change, and get some food in me, and…are you okay? Stephen: Gee, Jon…I’m bolted to a stone table, the silver alloy really chafes, they took off my old clothes and didn’t offer any classy new… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 03

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Seras: Don’t worry, it’s not required for the whole ritual. Besides, we’ve seen dead bodies before. And you’re much better-looking than most. Stephen: …Thanks? Integra: You’ll need these. Jon: Yes, sir. Integra: And this. Jon: Uh… Stephen: You’re not going to stake me, are you? Because I know that’s not a stake, but it still… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 04

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Integra: All you’re doing is tracing lines. You don’t have to break the skin, although the knife is silver, so it’ll burn. You’ll need to replicate this symbol. Try to keep the proportions exact. At some point the alchemic bond will start to kick in, and you’ll feel your hand being guided. That’s normal. Jon:… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 05

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The word אמת (emet, “truth”) was traditionally inscribed by a rabbi on a golem’s forehead to activate it. Integra: It’ll have to be a symbol or glyph with religious significance in your tradition. The important part is the weight of history behind it, but if it resonates with you personally, so much the better. Jon:… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 06

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To get the full effect of Stephen’s rant, fast-foward the 3/17/2010 TCR interview with Nell Irvin Painter to about 2:30, then crank your volume. Stephen: Don’t you touch me with that thing! Don’t you dare!! Integra: Interesting…He shouldn’t be able to do that. Seras: On it, sir. Jon: Wait! Stephen: Oliver Cromwell took our land… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 07

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For the record, Integra and Seras have been nonverbally touching base this whole time. It helps them look more intimidating when they’re perfectly coordinated without ever saying a word. Stephen: Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Ow. Jon: This will go faster if you hold still. Seras (telepathy): You’re really sure this will work?… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 09

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Jon: Okay, I’m getting a definite Ouija-board feeling over here. Is that on schedule? Integra: Yes. That’s a good sign. Stephen: Is there anything on the schedule about Jon starting to smell like the most delicious thing ever? I’m not saying he does, necessarily. It’s just totally innocent curiosity. Seras: He smells the same to… Continue reading Chapter 6 Page 10

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All the Stephen cheesecake this story has had, it’s high time I got to draw some scantily clad Integra. TV: …That’s our show! Join us next week; here it is, your moment of Zen! Integra (thinking): Those two… Integra: I legitimately cannot tell whether this is the worst idea I’ve ever had, or the best.

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Pip: What, my mignonette has supernatural powers of empathy now? Seras: Just good instincts… …and some familiarity with the backstory. An older vampire might make the mistake of thinking he could control the situation. This one’s young enough to understand the value of surrendering. Only to a worthy human, of course. Integra: Don’t think you… Continue reading Chapter 7 Page 12