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October 7th, 1888 — the edge of the Forbidden Forest

Although the sun's rays were still lingering in the sky, Mari had ventured out of the deep, dark part of the forest to the edge of it where she could see the last of the children playing until they absolutely had to go inside for dinner. She probably didn't need to feed, she'd done it the night before but she always wanted to eat. It was a compulsion and she never said no to a compulsion. So she was out lurking, watching the kids. Someone ran close and she stepped forward just enough to catch their attention without showing how pale she was.

"Hello!" she called out, waving as her pale green dress floated around her bare dirty feet. She hated shoes, she really hated them, so when she wasn't with Galina, she kept her feet bare and the dirt from the forest floor gathered quickly.

"Would you like to come play? I promise we don't have to go into the forest. We can run around right here." Hopefully they'd come and play. And she could snack on them. She wouldn't even kill them-- this time.
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Sometime that afternoon, Billie had scurried off with a handful of the village children who were still too young to attend Hogwarts. They'd romped all over the village, completely engrossed in one game or another. One of the boys had just turned ten and had received a ball enchanted to roll away from anyone trying to catch it. The children had spent a great deal of time chasing after it before they had ended up tumbling about the grassy area near the forest.

Growing tired, Billie had wandered slightly from the group. She wandered along the edge of the forest, peering past the trees, hoping to perhaps spy some sort of creature. She'd heard enough stories about what sorts of things lurked in there to at least somewhat keep her away from venturing too far.

When Mari appeared, the small child stopped suddenly and squinted at her. Where had she come from? She didn't give it too much thought, though. "Hello!" Billie didn't notice the girls bare feet. She ran around with enough children of the lower class that many of them also didn't wear shoes. "Okay! What d'ya wanna play? Didja wanna play with them other kids, too?" She gestured back at the dwindling group of youngsters.


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A ghoulish grin crossed Mari's face as Billie came closer. The dark circles under her eyes made her blue eyes twinkle in the fading light. "Really?" Mari asked incredulously, but with mirth. "I can pick? And with the other children?" She stepped forward and the dwindling sunlight twinged her skin. Luckily for her, it was almost twilight and the light was waning enough that she was able to continue. She would likely be red-skinned but it might make them believe she wasn't a vampire.

"Can we play..."

Trailing off, Mari realized she didn't know many games. After all, it had been more than 250 years since she'd really had a chance to play any. Struggling to remember something that was remotely childlike, Mari's face scrunched up before smoothing out. Reaching out, Mari touched Billie on the sleeve and exclaimed loudly, "Tag!" Dashing off, Mari giggled and peered behind her. "Catch me if you can!"
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Billie's eyebrows furrowed a bit at Mari. Her mannerisms seemed a little off from the other children she gaily scurried about with, but she figured it must just be because she didn't know the girl well enough. It wasn't something she wanted to give much thought, either way. She just wanted to play.

"Yeah, 'course ya can!" She chirped out, encouragingly, a bit excited to possibly have met a new playmate.

When she was tagged, she grinned in delight and hurried after Mari, her boots squashing down the grass without a care. Running was one of the few things she somewhat excelled at, that and climbing, but she had been on the move all day, so she was a bit slower than usual. It took a few moments before she had caught up the young-looking vampire, reached out, and tried to tap her back. "Tag!"


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A thrill raced through Mari's body as she ran, her feet pounding into the grass. She slid a little, trying to dodge when Billie lunged for her. However, the other girl's hand firmly tapped her on the shoulder blade and Mari skidded to a stop. She wanted to lunge back, sink her teeth into the girl's throat, do something to pay her back for catching her so quickly.

But that would end the fun, and get her caught all too quickly. Besides, she was enjoying herself doing something other than lurking in the forest killing small animals and trying to get Galina to leave the coven of vampires she'd inserted herself into. It was nice.

Spinning around, Mari flashed a fanged grin at Billie. With a slightly evil voice, only slightly to keep from terrifying the mortal child too much, she growled, "Run!" At that, she lurched forward, zipping around Billie and chasing towards another child. She'd tag them and then let them get Billie.


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