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12: Steel-Klein – ‘Careful’

Clark Klein (Vampire), Asha Steel (Vampire), Emma Steel (Teen), Julian Steel (Teen)
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Emma Steel knew something wasn’t right. It was there–hanging in the air, tangible only to her. She was standing there, teetering on the fearsome precipice of change.

She wasn’t a kid. She knew that things changed; it was the natural order of everything to mutate and evolve beyond its initial state of being. Still, it rankled her. It wasn’t a good change. The feeling was an ominous one.

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12: Novak 2 – ‘Creep’

Paula Novak (Young Adult), Stefan Novak (Young Adult), Gwendolyn Mosley (Young Adult), Stella Mosley (Child)

“I can’t believe you’re seriously considering this.” Gwendolyn Mosley had a flair for the dramatic, but in this case, her arm flailing and disbelief was warranted. Her friend and roommate, Paula Novak, had clearly lost her mind.

“He’s my brother,” Paula replied with a sigh, “everything I’ve done has been for this. Now he’s free. I have to bring him back.”

“Are you sure that’s such a good idea? What about Lola?”

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11: Novak 2/Mosley – ‘Little Things’

Paula Novak (Young Adult), Gwendolyn Mosley (Young Adult), Stella Mosley (Toddler)

Gwendolyn Mosley was in a strange place. Her friend, Paula Novak, had forcibly removed her from her prior residence and insisted she take up her brother’s unused space. She wanted to keep an eye on Gwendolyn and for good reason, as Gwendolyn wasn’t exactly doing her full bit as a mother.

Over the months, things had improved. Gwendolyn still wasn’t going to win Mother of the Year, but she tried. Paula helped, but she made sure that Gwendolyn bore most of the weight. Stefan was still locked up and neither one had heard from him in nearly two years. Even Paula was beginning to doubt Lola’s assurance that he’d be fine, so long as Paula did as she was told.
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11: Steel-Klein – ‘Emergency’

Clark Klein (Vampire), Morrigan Hemlock (Vampire), Asha Steel (Vampire), Emma Steel (Teen), Julian Steel (Teen)

Paula Novak walked briskly through the sodden backyard of the Steel-Klein household, leaves sticking to the bottom of her boots. It was a typical autumn day in Aperture. A rainy morning had left a dense fog hanging long into the afternoon, giving everything an unseemly sheen of moisture. It was like walking through soup.

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10: Novak 2 – ‘At The Bottom’

Stefan Novak (Young Adult), Paula Novak (Young Adult)

“Hurry up, Paula,” Stefan grumbled as he watched his twin sister chatter away on her cell phone.  “We’re going to be late.”

Paula ignored his warning, as she usually did.  She was on the phone with their father.  Her charges had cleared and she wouldn’t be spending anymore time in jail, but she had a record now.  They would have to go through another bought of trials to get it expunged.

She clicked the cell phone off and sent her impatient brother a rueful look.  “You could talk to daddy sometimes, too, you know.”

Stefan rolled his eyes and moved towards the door.  “Not this again.  Come on, Paula.”

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10: Steel-Klein – ‘Lights and Sounds’

Clark Klein (Vampire), Morrigan Hemlock (Vampire), Asha Steel (Adult), Emma Steel (Teen), Julian Steel (Child)

Clark Klein had Aperture City in the palm of his hand.  He’d completely overthrown the old crime family and had even gained some ground they’d been unable to seize.  Through cunning and determination, he’d made his way to the top.

That didn’t stop his wife, Asha, from giving him looks of disapproval as he took work calls in the living quarters of their mansion, however.  She’d be raised in the life, she understood the necessity of being constantly available, she just preferred if he did it away from her children.

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9: Novak 2 – ‘Soul to Squeeze’

Stefan Novak (Young Adult), Paula Novak (Young Adult)

Paula Novak was stuck re-evaluating her life.  With criminal charges hanging over her head, she hadn’t exactly made the best choices so far.  The sudden death of her eldest sister, Camilla, sort of sent a shock through her system.  Life was short and even shorter yet if you were in the kind of life that she was.  Criminals didn’t usually live until retirement age and if they did it, they lived it out in jail.

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