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Jul. 8th, 2009 10:11 am
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290 - You pass a complete stranger on the street and notice they are crying. What do you do?

I gave her a weapon.

I should probably clarify that, shouldn't I?

During the months I was apart from my friends in Angel Investigations and was busy with, shall we say, opening my own franchise in the same business, one particularly challenging task with which I found myself faced was staffing. As far as I knew, although there were a surprising number of humans in Los Angeles who knew of the existence of vampires and the like, I had already encountered the ones willing to enlist in the fight against such darkness. As persona non grata, those allies were gone and I had to look elsewhere.

My own patrols took on a duality of purpose. Not only was I searching for opportunities to end whatever supernatural threats I could find, I was keeping my eyes open for other like-minded and able individuals who could prove to be of the most use in the war effort.

Occasionally, I would cross paths with someone working "the job" on their own, armed with homemade stakes, sporting and gardening equipment and their own courage. Those were the most precious finds, as they had already made their commitment to the fight, and had, to various extents, proven themselves as capable or trainable. It was a curiosity that although my offer of alliance was usually met with mistrust, it took little to bring these people into the fold.

None of us wants to be alone, you see, especially those of us fighting the fight.

Other times, our ranks were augmented by would-be victims. I recall one night as I and three of my newest associates were tracking a small nest of newborn vampires that had been making a dreadful mess around the outer borders of the USC campus. Turning a corner into an alley-- a terrible cliché, I know, but accurate more often than not-- we spotted two young women being accosted by our four targets.

The vampires had all been young men when turned, and all were festooned with blue and yellow touches. As my associates and I fought, I noted the colours and wondered if these vampires had been made from students of UCLA and had decided to continue the cross-town rivalry in a more deadly fashion.

When only one of the vampires remained intact, my associates held it fast, each with an arm. I readied a stake, then reconsidered. Turning, one of the young women had fled, while the other crouched against the wall, weeping but watching intently.

I held out the stake to her.

With only a moment's hesitation, she rose, took it and drove it into the vampire's chest, turning it to dust.

I handed a card to the girl. "Go back to campus and have yourself checked out by the infirmary. Then call me. There's work to be done."

Two days later, she called. They nearly always did.


Date: 2009-07-08 06:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fakingitsomehow.livejournal.com
OOC: *LOL* I can so see him doing this. Awesome.

Date: 2009-07-08 06:26 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
OOC: Thanks. Yeah, I remember watching season 4 and being all amazed that he had all these people working for him.


Date: 2009-07-08 07:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_freaksrus/
That was awesome. I love these glimpses into Wes' life when he was on his own.


Date: 2009-07-08 08:14 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
Thank you! Yeah, I could write forever about the Dark!Wesley era. (Um... which duh on me, explains my name. *L*)

Date: 2009-07-09 06:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com

Do you go after all vampires in the Los Angeles area? Or, rather, do you believe that all vampires are bad?

Date: 2009-07-09 06:19 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
OOC: No worries, glad to have a new face to chat with for the boy. *L*

Just the ones I know or can prove are involved in wrongdoing, though my experience has proved that's nearly all. Of course, as one of my best friends is a good vampire, I can't fail to allow for exceptions.

Date: 2009-07-09 06:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com

I see. Do you have a certain criteria for what makes a good or bad vampire, to you? I'm glad I'm not the only one who has a best friend like that. He's a good guy, well, vampire. If he gets another attempt on his life, I know who to come after. Hmm, sorry, I didn't mean that: sometimes my mind moves faster than my hand.

Date: 2009-07-09 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
OOC: Okay, will do. And I don't usually, so he'll be blissfully ignorant. *L*

Basically? If they're involved in murdering people, I generally consider that "bad". Otherwise, they at least get a pass.

Date: 2009-07-09 06:58 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com
That is good. It means those that I know are safe, at least.

Your hunting of vampires, is it a full-time job or only part-time? We both live and work in Los Angeles, so who knows? we might have run into each other at one time or another.

Date: 2009-07-09 02:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
Well, addressing all manner of unusual issues is my full-time profession, of which vampires are only a part.

Yes, we very well might.

Date: 2009-07-09 09:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com
Okay, I see.

If you ever have need of a private investigator, do not hesitate to contact me.

Date: 2009-07-09 09:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
I'll bear that in mind.

Wesley Wyndam-Pryce, by the way.

Date: 2009-07-09 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com
Oh, yes, how silly of me to forget introductions. My apologies.

Mick St. John.

Date: 2009-07-09 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] prodigalwatcher.livejournal.com
Pleased to make your acquaintance.

Date: 2009-07-09 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mickstjohn-muse.livejournal.com
Pleased to make your acquaintance as well.


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