Burn! Baby, burn! Blood-Fire 101 with Candy Cane is now in session!
Time for a little shameless exposition. Candy is laying out the basics of Blood Legacies vampire anatomy. To break it down a little further... The vampiric heart is solid on the outside and pure liquid blood-fire (aka "Anima") on the inside. She has a bit more to say on the subject next week too so I can't go much further. However she seems to have really piqued Hotaru's curiosity! Our resident pyro ought to be rather tickled that right at this very moment there is a small furnace burning away inside her chest.
Candy and Hotaru just got down to the business de l'amour and Hotaru is just trying to take it all in. From Hotaru's perspective this is completely surreal. Candy has a way of keeping her off balance by making it all seem so normal. Like waking up with no pulse and a dismembered arm is something that happens all the time. Or that strong young women hang out with the people who killed them and later go to bed with one of them. See, Hotaru has never been dead before so maybe this is the new normal. Its confusing and sudden and Candy seems to be keeping the momentum going.
So now we rejoin our heroine and we find her chained to the bed rather casually. She's talking to Candy and she's wearing kind of thin by this point. Her body is covered in bite marks and scratches--the evidence of Candy's rough play. Not too rough though. [Not on the first time.] By now there are some blanks in Hotaru's mind that need to be filled. She needs to know what this new life will be like. And now she's turning to the only authority figure present for answers. Will Candy take it seriously? Or will she deflect with wit to keep Hotaru off balance for as long as possible?
Keep your eye on the clock. ;-)
Somebody is a little uncomfortable with cell phones, it would seem. *Chuckles* Kurt's cell phone is a bit of an anachronism to us now. Its a flip phone! *Gasp* I haven't seen a flip phone since about 2008-ish. One of the interesting things about the time we live in is that we can date a movie/ book/ comic by the background technology more than the fashion. In another setting I would do that with clothing but since we're dealing with Vampires... there's no knowing what each vamp's taste will run to clothing wise so tech it is! There comes a point in an elder's life where he has to realize that the effects of the Industrial Revolution will just continue in perpetuity whether he gets on that ride or not. And heaven help you the longer you try to hide from it. There are some tech bits Kurt has accepted and there are some that he's still fighting against. The phone was a gift from Scott--who just upgraded from a pager not too long ago. If Scott has to learn to use the damned things then his older cousin has to do it too!
--Roses & Gravy
And happy holidays to you and yours.
Ding! So on the list of things Hotaru finds to be strange about this whole situation...
1) She's dead. (Everybody's dead, Dave...) Do dead people boink?
2) This is the weirdest one night stand evah. It is now drifting into two-night-standville, which is kinda unusual for Hotaru.
3) Candy is waaay too clean for Hotaru right now. Can we rub some dirt on her and get back in bed? Its funny that Candy tells Hotaru that she wants to get her dirty in the last page because dirt and soot are Hotaru aphrodisiacs. A pity Candy didn't mean it literally...
4) "Getting frisky with the person who killed me last night... I think. And then, oh my... there's the whips and chains. Isn't that usually a second date sort of surprise?"
It won't really be discussed in the comic [because neither Candy nor Hotaru would think much of it] but I know folks at home might be wondering what's up with Candy so:
Candy is a trans woman. She was turned into a vampire in a time when there weren't many mortal surgical options for her. She's had a few minor alterations to her body post-mortem but getting a full body make-over is expensive and she just doesn't have the resources to throw at a vampiric surgeon. In her long term goals she does hope to fully metamorphose into the Bidene goddess she was meant to be. In the meantime she's still gorgeous and that's all that matters to her. Candy doesn't really have a body preference for a sexual partner so it doesn't matter to her if Hotaru is male or female. A good number of vampires end up feeling that way eventually. All that matters is the connection, which Candy definitely feels.
Hotaru is somewhat swept away by Candy's personality and the confusion of what is really happening to her. She's kind of in the beginning stages of Stockholm Syndrome. If she stopped to think about what's happening she would probably try to get the heck out of there but she's not thinking about it yet. Part of that is Hotaru just not being afraid of the things she really should be afraid of. And so for now that has carried her into Candy's arms. You'll have to wait and see where it all leads.
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Aaaand things are getting steamy between Candy and Hotaru though at this point Hotaru is just sort of along for the ride. Candy has such an intense personality that it makes it difficult for Hotaru to do anything more than hang on right now. After all, she knows pretty much nothing about what has happened to her other than the fact that she's kinda dead and she apparently ate somebody and pilfered (his?) arm. Fortunately Hotaru isn't really one to dwell on the details of anything too much. She's what you would call "spiritually receptive" to a lot of ideas about life, death and the fuzzy bits in between. Now... did Hotaru know that Candy had male parts under that wig and dress? She kind of suspected but she's polite enough to accept whatever is presented as the identity that Candy wants at that moment. Hotaru is pretty hetero-flexible so she's just rolling with it.
Now Candy is just smitten with her little Bidene Princess. Those tattoos! Those muscles! That confidence and dem fire skillz! Who wouldn't be all up on that?! This is turning into the best murder-vacation (murdercation?) ever! Wait-whut? Hotaru kind of jumped into Candy's life right in the middle of a very serious mission but Candy has never let a good distraction pass her by. Aaand voila! So as far as important survival skills go it looks like Hotaru's first lesson is about to be vampire sex-ed. Hold onto your wigs, folks!
Meanwhile in vampy writer land... it may amuse you to know that I have been working day in and day out on Blood Legacies books. I LOVE doing the comic but I have a lot of other stories to tell too. Sometimes I illustrate that stuff, as with the Vampire Kamasutra, and sometimes I just write it all out novella style. So the good news is that if at any point you develop some kind of love affair with these characters I have other stories for you to peruse. I'm thinking of putting together some sort of preview around Valentines day for my next book, "The Blood Madame." Its about unlife in a vampiric brothel outside Los Angeles. The funny thing is... I swear I don't write supernatural pron. It just really looks that way right now. All the rest of my books are supernatural adventure/thrillers. *Chuckles*
Anyway, hope you're enjoying Eternity. I'm having a blast working on it with Sako. Her designs for chapter two are giving me the goose fleshes! I especially love what she's doing with the bedroom scenes and the bits with Raul later. We will be going to print with the color version around March-ish and we have a few copies of chapter one in color still. We'll keep selling those until they're all gone so grab 'em while you can if you likes what we do.