Find My Home | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Chapter 12

Find My Home | Vampire: The Masquerade – L.A. By Night | Chapter 12

November 19, 2019 26 By William Hollis


– Hello and welcome to our
Vampire the Masquerade chronicle, LA by Night, episode nine. Will I find my home? Lets meet our vampires. – Hi, I’m Erica and I’m
playing Annabelle the Brujah. – And I’m Xander, and I’m
playing X, the Malkavian. – Special guest, Marisha Ray,
will join us a little later at a dramatically appropriate moment. Now, let’s tell a vampire story. (suspenseful music) Santa Monica, west side of Los Angeles, an iconic neighborhood
nestled next to the ocean. Some residents consider it a refuge from the frantic, hectic
pace of the rest of LA. Whether it is a refuge for
vampires, we shall find out. Where in Santa Monica are you? – X is currently on the
beach, I assume it’s night. – It would have to be. – Just checking.
(laughs) Otherwise this goes very differently. The bright lights of the Santa Monica pier are kind of illuminating everything. There are some people that kind of go up to the beach at night, but for the most part it’s pretty chill. – On a weeknight, it’s
a little less festive and kaleidoscopic than it
can get on the weekends, but there are many, many
dozen of people around enjoying the evening out on
the pier with the iconic neon, brightly lit Ferris
wheel in the background. It’s fun. It reminds you of happier times. – I’ll just take some
time to enjoy my home. – Annabelle, X isn’t hard to find. He’s right where he said he would be. – Hey, stranger. (X gasps) – Belle.
– How’s it going? – Wait, are you real? You are, Belle. – Ah-ha, yes I’m real, I’m real. – It’s so good to see you! – It’s very good to see you, too. – Oh my gosh, we have so
much that we have to do. You’re here, you actually, are you joining the drum circle? – I’m coming to visit
the drum circle, and you. I really want to see, I’d
never make it out here. It’s a, I had to take like a
lot of freeways to get here. – Yeah.
– But you’re worth it. You are so worth it, X. – No one’s even said that before! – Really?
– Well, not that I was worth a highway or several highways. How much is a highway? Like, fiscally.
– About 45 minutes, you know, give or take on a day. – That makes sense.
– Yeah. – Can I show you around? I have so much to show you. There’s a ton of stuff
to do here at night. – Yeah, absolutely, let’s go. – Wait, first, take off your jacket. Take off everything.
– Okay? – It’s fine.
– Sure, okay. – Let’s–
– Oh, that’s right, I don’t. You know, actually, I’m not sure. It’s not like I get cold or anything. I wonder why I wear this anymore? – That’s true, but it does look good. – Thanks. – And then I just walk into the ocean. – You head into the ocean. So you are going to wade into the Pacific. – Yes.
– Yeah, the reflected light off the Ferris wheel is shining brightly on the surface of the water, you splash your way in against the surf. The dark waves clashing
against the sand of the beach feels good on your skin. It’s almost refreshing, the sting of the salt, and the great part is,
you know, you can’t drown. – Come on!
– Okay? – We’re not there yet. – Alright.
– And I’ll just keep walking and keep breathing.
– Just walking straight out? – Yeah. – Eventually you get in up to
your waist, up to your chest, and you’re going to have to
start swimming any moment now because it’s gonna be
over your head shortly. – And I just, floop, dip underneath and keep walking on the bottom. – It’s difficult.
– I try to take a deep breath to go under, but then I, uh what. Okay.
– It’s difficult. It feels at first unnatural, and it’s very dark
underwater, hard to see. Of course, walking against
the current of the ocean, not easy.
– Right. – Your progress is slow and you stir up a lot of silt, sand. But you do make slow progress.
– I reach my hand out to try to grab yours. – Mm-hmm.
– We’ll take it together. And then I’ll squeeze and I’ll point up. – The surface of the water, of course, is in motion constantly. The sea is restless and never resting, but you do see the lights from down here, the Ferris wheel against the surface seen from under the water, a reverse image of the reflection on top, with the motion of the waves, and the beautiful light
slashing forward and back, it’s quite lovely, remarkably so. You realize you can’t talk underwater, but when you open your
mouth water rushes in and for a moment there’s
an instinctual panic, but you’re fine. The water fills your lungs
with cold, cold liquid, but you’re okay. – And then I’ll slowly
start bringing you back. – Going with the current, easier than going against it, of course. And as you emerge from
the water, dripping wet, taking off the little bits of kelp. (X and Annabelle laughing) – Right, right? See, it’s not all bad.
– Oh my god. That’s amazing, it’s so beautiful. – All of this could be yours. – Aye, yeah, if I want to have to like take 45 minutes every day
to get to the college. – Or you could just live here. – I don’t know. It is a great view, I suppose. – I’m gonna throw my stuff back on. – Yeah. – Your clothes are where you left them. People on the pier, of
course, don’t notice you. They go about their night,
enjoying, having fun. Maybe they’re on dates, or
they’re taking their children out for an evening before it gets too late. You can smell the (inhales)
carnival type foods, hotdogs and popcorn and cotton candy, and none of it smells appealing at all. – So, let’s take a walk. I’ve got so many other things to show you, but it’s going to take
a bit to get there, so. – Okay.
– Let’s just, walk along the beach? – Okay, yeah.
– Yeah? So we’ll go in a direction
that’s away from the crowds. – Moving south, then, along the beach with the Ferris wheel
and the pier behind you, more towards Venice and Ocean Park. It’s fun to walk on the beach at night. If you stay in the surf line the sand is just firm enough where you can feel it against your feet and it feels crisp and cold. There are people out here on the beach, even though it is night. Many of them clearly have no other home. Some of them are out walking like you are. There’s a young couple, hands clasped. They look happy. – I had like my second
date with Mark out here. – No way!
– Yeah, it was really great. – Was it? Was it a good date? – Yeah, it was a great date. It’s funny because we’d only
ever really gotten to talk within the context of
school or the protest group, but there was just something about him. We always had really good chemistry, and then it just kind of. I don’t know, have you
ever been like that? Like just close with
somebody and then it happens. – Is it happening now? Are you telling me something? Are we, what are we?
– Oh. I didn’t think so, but. – I don’t know.
– Okay. – Do you have someone or? – I want to, you know what? I want to talk about something else. – Okay, sure. – Yeah.
– Alright. – Your choice. – Oh, you want me to
ask you about something. – Yeah.
– Okay. – Oh, well let’s see. I’ve been building my list, as you know. Turns out garlic is okay.
– Yeah. – As you said, great. – I mean, it depends on your taste. Like, if you like it.
– Sure. But for vampires, it’s not
inherently lethal, apparently. – What?
– Yeah! Yeah, I was worried and stuff, ’cause I like garlic. Stakes, like the wooden ones.
– Uh-huh. – Bad!
– Yeah, man. – Yeah. Jasper said he’d kill Kate
Beckinsale in Underworld and marry Gary, or do
Gary Oldman in Dracula. – Well, but he’s very wrong. – Eh, I mean like it’s not like you can have a bad answer to any of these, but like, hmmm…
– You can and he did. But that’s just Jasper, though. – Yeah. How, what’s a ghoul? – What? – Victor was talking about ghouls. – Yeah?
– Are they like, – Oh, okay.
– Banshees? Or mythological creatures? – Well, in the way that
the mythological creatures might be based on truth, then yes, or no. – Oh.
– A ghoul is an interesting little fun thing that we
can do if we’re ready for it where there will be a kind person who we want them to, I don’t know, do our grocery shopping,
which is for people. Just to clarify.
– What do you buy at the gro, okay, go ahead.
– For people. – Okay.
– And then, I don’t know, run errands and things like that? And I guess just feed
off of them, sometimes. They also get powers. – So to have sort of a servant type deal? – Yeah, they’re like a really good friend that is emotionally bound
to you by mystical means. – That sounds awful. – Yeah, but for some people, it’s– – Have you done that? – I haven’t done–
– Do people want that? – What? Like there are too many questions at once. – I’m sorry, too many questions. Okay.
– Okay. – Well, ask me one then. – Okay, do you want to do that? – No, that sounds awful! Now that I know what it is, no! I’m sorry. – Are you convincing me? – No, it’s icky. That sounds icky. – It sounds icky, but it can be useful if there is somebody that
you want in your life, or unlife, that maybe
turning them all the way isn’t the best option. – I guess?
– And they can always return back to being mortal. – Really?
– Unlike us. Oh yeah, it’s a process,
but it can happen. – Well, what is you want to
turn somebody all the way? How do you, how does that happen? – You talking about the embrace? – Yeah.
– I didn’t know you were a hugger.
(both chuckle) – Of course, we hug all the time! – Yeah.
– I’m a very good hugger, and now I’m even stronger for hugging. – Yeah, it hurts sometimes. – Oh, I’m sorry.
– It’s okay. – Okay. – What do you wanna
know about the embrace? – How do you?
– Why are you asking me? You have so many reliable sources. I can’t be, am I the only reliable source? – You know what? I a weird way, the things that
you say make the most sense. – Is ketchup a smoothie? – Oh my god, it is, oh. Usually smoothies have some sort of a– – Fruit?
– But a fruit, but then like an ice base? – So is it a jelly? Or a slurry? – I’d call it a non-Newtonian jam. – It’s not non-Newtonian. If you hit it, it’s gonna splat. Don’t be an idiot, Annabelle. – Oh man, I gotta everything
that I learned as mortal. – Re-examen non-Newtonian fluids. (Annabelle laughs) – Yeah, you, you know, sometimes you get things
a little mixed up, but you say a lot of things
that do make more sense than some of the others. – You asked if there was
somebody that I had cared about, and when I first became like this, there was the impulse to create friends because you can get lonely. And to know that our clans, our blood, will produce someone similar, you just want someone to know
what you’re going through. But it’s not great, and sometimes you make a decision, and it happens and you panic. And, well, you stake them, and then you put them into torpor, and then you tie a rock to their foot, and then you sink them to the
bottom of the ocean for later. I can always, I can always take him out. – Is there, is there someone that is currently, out there?
– Probably, like a boat. – But I mean like, did you do that? Is this just a hypothetical situation or is this something that happened? – Yeah, oh, pah, totally hypothetical. (X laughs manically) Yeah. Don’t, maybe don’t embrace anybody yet. – Okay, alright, okay, cool. – Or at least weight the options. Because you have the ability
to make a small army. – That’s… An army?
– Yeah, man. You strong. – I am. – And guess what’s gonna
happen to anyone you embrace? – Oh. – What’s gonna happen? – I assume that they’re
gonna also be strong. Is that what you meant? Is that what you’re going for?
– Oh yeah, yeah, yeah. They’ll be Brujah, probably. – Do you just bite ’em? – Well, you kinda have to–
– And then they drink your– – You know like a water cooler? – Yeah. – At the end of a water cooler’s life, it has sat through so many chats, people finding out what they
were watching on Netflix, what’s going on with hot office gossip. – Mm-hmm.
– But at the end, you see the level right at the bottom. That’s where you need to get them. Not taken out and replaced with a new jug. (X blows raspberry) – Oh.
– Then you just killed someone But then you take that
almost empty water bottle and put your blood in it, and probably don’t tell the co-workers? And then you make
photocopies of your butt. (Annabelle laughs) – I love how your metaphors get extended. – So, it works. – Yeah, thank you. – Yeah.
– That’s great. – It’s not great, though. It’s not fun and it’s not– – No, I meant. – You know how you feel about the person that made you that way? That kind of happens, a lot. – I don’t think I would ever doom somebody to this life that we have. – But, counter argument, your life is more important than a mortal’s life. – Is it?
– Yeah, man. – Is it really?
– Okay, let’s say this mortal who cares so much about you lives on and they’re what, 30 years,
80 years, whatever; done. You, you’re gonna be miserable
for 100 years, 200 years? Might as well take care
of the problem now, so that you’re happy and you
don’t have to worry about it. Put a pin in it. Or a stake. – Ugh.
– Hey, X, how’s it going? – Hey.
– Hey. – Oh, it’s, I’m so glad you guys are here. – You gonna join the drum circle? You have approached about
a dozen men and women who are sitting in a circle on the beach, each with a very large
drum in front of them. They have all stripped down to swim wear, or the equivalent, and they
are tapping out like rhythms. You were so engrossed
in your conversation, that you didn’t even notice
that you were approaching. One of them has stood up and greeted X. Hey!
– Hey. – Are you gonna sit in? What’s going on?
– Yeah, this is– – Who’s your friend?
– My friend Belle. – Hey.
– Hey, Belle. How you doing?
– Nice to meet you. – Yo.
– Just gonna jam. No jelly, though, not tonight. – No jam? Okay.
– No, non-Newtonian. – No, non-Newtonian fluids. – No? No. Okay, I’m not having another
one of those conversations. – Yeah, it’s fine.
– You gonna do the thing? Or not, I’m Len, by the way. – Nice to meet you, Len.
– Yeah. – He very quickly introduces you to all the men and women
in the drum circle. It’s a lot to remember all at once. They begin to tap out a new rhythm. Something gentle for a night on the beach. (X and Annabelle sigh) – When you surround yourself
something as eternal as music, it almost makes eternity feel fun. – Music is the language of my heart, so. I mean, it would be if it still– – It’s okay, you don’t have
to go to great lengths. I get it.
(Annabelle chuckles) All of those ventro, or whatever. Oh you mean, unlife? Oh, you mean at night?
– They were very, very particular about the nomenclature of this whole business.
– Ugh, barf. – Oh, X. Hey, you get those visions,
– Mm-hmm. – Right?
– Yeah, sometimes. – I gotta kinda know what’s next for me. – Oh, oh you want me to. Oh.
– I mean, just if you can’t. I’m sorry, it’s not like I want
you to perform or anything. – No, it’s cool. It’s cool, I’m a performer,
that’s what I do. Oh, right, but then this. Okay, I gotta get away
from this for right now. – Oh.
– Thanks, Len. – Hey.
– We’re gonna do sex stuff, and then I’ll be right back probably. – Yeah.
– Have a good time. – Real weird.
– Yep. – Hey, knock yourselves out.
– Bye. – Tell us all about it later.
– Okay. Read it on my blog.
– Cool. Tempo gets a little faster
and a little sexier. A lot of hip sway in this new rhythm. – I wanna find one of
like the, not lighthouses, the lifeguard towers?
– Sure, lifeguard’s chair? One of the tall chairs
with the little cabana on the bottom attached where
it’s got a little seclusion? – Yeah, that’s what I mean. – So you don’t have to go too far. You find one a few hundred
yards down the beach. You’re quite a ways away now from the Ferris wheel and the pier. You can see it small and bright
in the distance behind you. You can’t hear the people
anymore, though, or see them. The farther south you’ve
come on the beach, the fewer and fewer people there are. Out here where it’s really
dark, not so popular with the breathing folks. But, the lifeguard chair
rises up out of the sand. It’s a good 12 feet high if you
were to sit at the very top, but at the bottom there is, of course, and enclosed space where
lifeguards can store their gear. – And sometimes they’ll be
up on stilts type of thing. – Very, very often. Is that the one you’re gonna find? – Yep, I’m gonna climb under there. – You wanna get underneath, as it were. Inside the lattice work of supports. – Right.
– So that you’re somewhat sheltered from the
wind, noise of the surf, and the world around you. – And I’ll assume like
a cross legged position and I motion for you to do the same. – Okay. (X inhaled deeply) – Okay, so you just wanna, just about you? Or, actually you know what? Can I see this real quick? – My locket?
– Yeah. If you want something specific, it’s best if I have some sort of totem or item or something, and this looks like it’s been close to you. Do you mind? – Elle gave it to me. – Elle? The girlfriend? – Yeah.
– Hmm. And I wanna activate premonition. – Well let’s make a roused check, since you are doing this deliberately. – Yeah, it’s a blank.
– A failure? – It’s a failure. – So that means that your hunger, which you had taken great
care to sate earlier, – Yep.
– Now increases. And you have two hunger
dice instead of one for your later rolls. The beast is pleased because it thinks, maybe it will get fed later. You can practically hear
it licking its fangs. – Later.
– In your ear. – Later.
– Now. – Later.
– Now. They’re close. – Okay.
– Come on, now. – Okay, I’m gonna focus on the locket and trigger a premonition.
– Yes. (dice clacking) Normally when you do this, once you have either quelled,
or tempted your beast it’s pretty easy to slide into
wherever it is that you go. But this time, it’s more difficult. There is, you could only say it is resistance. – That’s weird. – But pushing forward, focusing
your mind on the locket, the world fades, the sea, the
beach, Annabelle all fade. You’re in a warm place. There is the distant sound of rain. It’s pleasant. There is music in the air,
although you don’t know the tune. In front of your eyes, as if
floating in the air before you, a shining, beautiful, golden heart. Like a Valentine heart made of pure gold. The heart is wreathed
around the edges with fire. It is warm and beautiful. Then, there’s a flash of, pain? A sharp sensation, like the sting of the doctor’s needle in the arm. It’s brief, but distinct. The heart begins to rotate, to spin. Slowly at first, and then more rapidly. Around and around and around. The fire, wreathing the
edges of the golden heart begins to flicker, flicker and die as though being put out by the
rapid motion of the spinning. Just before it is extinguished completely, it springs again to life. The fire increases in strength, but it is no longer red
and orange and yellow, all the familiar colors of flame. Now it’s a strange, dark,
almost midnight blue, shot through with deepest crimson, almost as if the fire has veins, and it flickers brightly. The heart stops spinning and
begins to move toward you, drifting closer to your face. Closer and closer until you’re afraid– – Alright, stop, stop, stop. – You pull back, pull away. (X shudders a sigh)
– Are you okay? – And the world is here again. – Oh, wow.
– What did you see? Are you okay?
– Smell the sea, hear the waves, Annabelle is here. – Ooh, Belle, oof. That was, that was different. There’s something going on. Is there anything about this, like different man? I saw, okay sorry, sorry. I just needed to, I saw, I heard music, and I heard rain. I saw a golden heart. – Like the locket? – Like the locket.
– Did it look like the locket? – Is Elle, Elle your girlfriend, is she allergic to bees, do you know? – No? – Could she be? – I guess she could be. I don’t know.
– Listen, I felt a sting, and then the flames went
out around the heart. – There were flames around the heart? – There was fire, there
was bright red fire around the heart and I think, do you have an EpiPen or are you prepared for anaphylactic shock? – I’ll pick one up, I guess, if that’s something that you saw? – I think so. There was, it started spinning. I think she’s gonna get dizzy. I dunno, I think something
bad might happen? But I don’t know the timing of this. I mean, who knows if she’s
gonna be out somewhere where there’s bees or wasps. Can you be allergic to wasps? Yeah, yeah, for sure. – Thanks, X. – Yeah, I hope it helps. – I don’t know what it means, but all the things that you saw sort of came to pass in
a manner of speaking. I saw the place where Jasper was, I saw a wolf.
– I saw a wolf. – Yeah.
– Do you remember? – I think it was the same one. – Oh, you saw the wolf?
– I guess. – Did it have a crown in its mouth? – Eh, it had some of Victor. – Good for the wolf. – I guess I’ll figure
out what the heart means when it’s time, but thank you and– – I have one more thing
that I wanna show you. – Yeah?
– Okay. Are you hungry? – I could eat, yeah. – Yeah. I wanna show you, I wanna show you. – Okay. – I’m gonna leave underneath the– – You crawl out from underneath
the lifeguard’s chair back out onto the beach. Are you, oh you’re going to– – I’m gonna hit up one of my
favorite spots on the beach – Yeah.
– That I know that there is an encampment. – Yeah, there is an encampment. It’s not far from here, either. It’s a quick walk. You can lead Annabelle there easily. – Now, this part you’re
gonna have to be very quiet. Okay, can you do that? – I’m not the best, but yeah. I’ll try.
– Shh, shh, shh. – You approach a group of men and women who are asleep on the beach, and they’ve huddled together
for warmth, limbs intertwined. Some of them have sleeping bags, others are just covered
with sweats or hoodies or just threadbare blankets. They have no fire, of course, because that would attract
unwanted attention, law enforcement, but they look peaceful. They clearly have no other place to sleep and they have chosen here. – And I’ll go ahead and feed on one. – You’re gonna help yourself?
– Yeah. – You kneel down on the
sand beside a person, and very carefully, oh so gently. – I’m gonna grab an arm.
– Mm-hmm. – He stirs in his sleep and, mmm, but he doesn’t wake. – And I go–
– You help yourself? – The instant your fangs pierce the flesh, he sighs happily, body
relaxes, his breathing slows, and he drifts and drifts
and you drift with him. You can taste the ocean, you can taste calm, peace. All the strange voices draw away from you, and you know solace. – I’m gonna stop, I need to stop. Only for one. – Just a taste, just a taste. Only one, so take away a hunger die and you are at one again. – I rummage around in pockets, and I just have like a couple of bucks. I have like a five or something and I just tuck it under him. – Okay, and then I’ll motion to her that we’re gonna move on, ’cause I get it. – One of the sleeping people,
one of the women blinks awake. – Hey, oh hey X. How ya doin, how ya doin? Good to see ya. – Good to see you, too.
– Hey, X’s friend? – This is Belle. – Hey, Belle.
– Nice to meet you. – Hey, I’m Jenny. – Nice to meet you, Jenny. How are you?
– You alright? – Yeah yeah.
– I dunno if you heard this, but somebody saw the
cougar down the beach. – Here?
– Earlier tonight. So be careful.
– Wait, you mean like, a real, like a–
– Shh, shh. – Yeah, it’s a wild animal. It’s a big cat. You gotta be careful,
’cause they’re dangerous. – Okay, do you need any
help getting back to sleep? – No, I’ll be fine. I’ll be fine, just watch yourself. Watch yourself, it’s good to see you. – Thank you.
– Yeah. – It’s nice to meet you.
– Nice to meet you X’s friend. She makes herself comfortable
back in the group of people and closes her eyes. – So as soon as we’re
out of earshot of them, I’ll start up a
conversation with her again. So, this is the other side. I am able to give them a gift. These people, these transient people that live in the city,
shat on by everyone, and I can give them just the
smallest bit of happiness while they sleep.
– What do you give them? What is that, what was that? He looked–
– I feed ’em, and you must see it, when
you feed on somebody, it’s pleasurable for them. – He did look happier. – And these people, their
day to day life is hell. I can offer them peace, even
if just for a short moment, and they offer it to me in return. The taste of a sleeping kind, it’s not like anything else. – I don’t really know
much about the rules, but if you’re making them
happy, I guess that’s okay. I’d prefer to, you know,
talk with a person about it, but I guess you have to
do what you have to do. But X it seems like, this is great. As you said, the other side, like the view and the drum circle and– – Helping the community,
fighting against the man, or the woman, or the N-B? – Yeah.
– Take that. – You keep walking along the beach? – Yeah.
– Continuing on. – How can you do this
and live like all this and pretend that nothing is wrong? I don’t know if you heard, but at Victoria Ash’s party, Baron Theresa was there, and people from your coterie were there. – Yeah, it’s weird, but my invitation got lost in the mail, even
though I have a new jacket. – Well, I guess it’s
just as well that it did. – Are you okay?
– ‘Cause you didn’t see what happened, no, no I am not okay. – Shh, shh, there are cougars. – Never be okay again. X, it was a massacre. They exterminated 100, 150, I don’t know how many humans
like they were nothing. How can you live like that? How can you let that happen? You know it’s wrong. You’re a good kindred. You’re good, I see it. I see how much you wanna help people. – Annabelle, I’m a monster, and so are you, and so is anybody else that you
decide to put in this world, because that’ll be your decision. So which is it? Do you want to save somebody or do you want to let them be massacred? There’s one or the other. It’s a dichotomy. We are blessed with this. Normally, the choice is
spread out in front of you. There are so many choices, so many paths, so many different ways
to go it’s overwhelming. But there is one thing
that is cut and dry, you’re either us or them. We can help them. We can make their lives easier, but at the end of the day, we’re us. We’re monsters and I get by by sugarcoating that fact. So I’m so sorry that I’m not good enough to go out there and
risk my life, my un-life for people who don’t care about me. (X sighs) I’m sorry. I’m sorry, Annabelle,
but you have to learn, you can do small good. Don’t think big picture or you’re gonna end up a tomato smoothie. – What if I told you that you
didn’t have to sugarcoat it, that you didn’t have
to live in the shadows with your tiny acts of kindness? – I’d say you’re an idiot. – Yeah, I may be an idiot,
but I have convictions and we may be monsters, but it’s how we react to that that really defines who we are. – You got any other cool
sayings from tee shirts? – Well, maybe we can, create that line and sell it, right? – Like a clothing line? – Like a clothing line.
– Melly would hate that. – She really would. X?
– Huh? – When I looked around in that club, right at that moment, looking
over the smoking remains of Blaine and seeing humans
being torn apart in front of me, I promised myself that
I would change things. If my single un-life can save the lives of a whole species to make
it so that we can be us and not just us versus them. – But what are you saving? What do you care about? Do you care about your relationships, do you care about their sexy bodies? Do you want them to be
youthful and attractive? Because that (claps
hands) that we can save. That part we got it. But you know what they lose? That, man. So what are you saving? What is there left to save? This sexy form? This mind of mine? – Your home. Right here. – Yeah, man. Everywhere is my home. I live on a beach. – And that is when the animal snarl comes out of the darkness. (snarls)
– Oh shit. Oh shit, oh shit. – We’ll find out what
happens next at a later time. It is several nights later, an uncharacteristic light rain
is falling on Los Angeles. Many in the city welcome it, a relief from drought and dryness. Others find it inconvenient. It messes with their commute. The scene is home. Annabelle, what is the first
song on your playlist tonight? – Will I find my home by Through
Juniper Vale and Vian Izak. (Annabelle sighs) I activate the bless of life. – Please make a rouse check. One hunger die. Succeed. You feel the beast stir
in your chest this time and in your throat, you quickly stamp it down,
mastering your hunger. No fangs tonight. (gulping) – I’m sorry, I’m so nervous. – I’ve missed you, Annabelle. I missed you a lot. – I’ve missed you, too, Elle. – Belle. I am warm.
– You are. I am cold, and it’s chilly, and I’m nervous. – Her breath is warm,
uncharacteristically so. – It’s an interesting role reversal. – Yeah, I learned or thing or two in my three weeks absence. (Elle laughs) – That’s incredible. Tell me about these past three weeks. – I don’t even know where to start. Okay, so– – I’ve been getting your messages. – Yeah, I know but like, I, there’s coterie and rats and Gary Oldman, but not actually Gary Oldman, it’s just a thing that came up, and prophecies and underground sewers, and I can’t say too much. Like, I shouldn’t say too much. – Okay?
– But, like there’s, there’s so much I want to tell you. – Are you afraid I’m
gonna tell someone else? Are you afraid I’m gonna write it down? – No, no.
– Alright. – It’s just, you can come up with stuff that’s way, way less
hacky than all of this. But no, it’s, I’m worried about–
– I know. – What would happen if they knew. – I guess I just want to feel close to you in whatever way I can. – I want you to be close to me, I do. But I don’t know if someone
else is gonna try to hurt you. I don’t know if I’m gonna try to hurt you. – I don’t think you could ever hurt me. – I mean, living Annabelle could do some really shitty things sometimes, but undead Annabelle, like who knows? I don’t know. I’m way stronger than
I have any right to be, and I am hungry all the time, and, listen I, something awful happened. – Are you okay?
– No, yeah, no, no. I’m okay, it’s just there was a party and there were a lot of humans there and a lot of our kind there and– – I feel like I heard about this. There’s just not a lot of details. – Yeah, it was one of the
last songs in the list. – Okay.
– None of them made it out alive and it was, it was awful, it was so awful. And I stood there and I thought, well what if you were there? What if you were caught there? What if any of them found you? – Did you, participate in what happened? – No, no, no, I, no of course not. – Well then, you know,
you’re big and strong and can protect me.
– Yeah, but. But I can’t always be there and I want you to still
live a normal life. – What if you were, though? Always there? What if I was always there? What if we can, I don’t know, find a way? I’m, I am propelled and I hold on and I live day to day in this city because I can still
feel your presence in it and I, (sighs) it’s weird. It’s like, it’s like you have a homing beacon that’s been lodged in my brain and it’s like I can, I
know when you’re close, and I know when you’re farther. And even if you’re not
in the same room with me or near me, just knowing that you’re, I can look at the window and knowing that you’re out there somewhere. – We’re always on the same page. We’re always–
– Yeah, I know. – Connected. – Thank God for Spotify. (Annabelle laughs) – Yeah. Yeah, you’re so smart. – Where do you see all this going? (Annabelle sighs) – That’s hard because, on one hand, it’s not safe. Every single person that I’ve talked to, every thing that I’ve witnessed, these past three weeks. Elle, it’s not safe. They’re really powerful,
really bad kindred out there and I’m trying to change it. I’m trying to do what we used to do, but in this new world.
– I know. – And I’m trying to change things, but I can’t do that
knowing that I have to– – I know. – Knowing that something
could happen to you because it. – I just, I.. – But I wanna talk about it with you because we’ve been partners in everything. Like in every difficult,
stupid conversation that we’ve ever had in our lives together, we’ve always been partners in this. – So, I don’t understand then. Like, why don’t you let
me in a little bit more? I can, you can tell me things and it doesn’t mean anyone else is gonna hear our conversation, unless they can? ‘Cause I don’t know.
– I don’t know. (Elle laughs)
I don’t, it’s true. I don’t know how powerful these people are or if they could have a bug on this place or if somebody could be listening, but it’s more that I don’t, I don’t want to have to
worry that every moment that I’m not with you, something bad could be happening. I don’t wanna have to
worry that every moment that I am with you, I’m
putting your life in danger. – That’s not great way to survive and exist for either of us, though. You worried about me all the time and me, apparently, in constant danger even though I’m, I don’t know, I’m still trying to be normal without. – I know. I’ve gone back and forth on this a lot over the past couple of weeks and, sometimes I know that, I
feel like the safest thing for you is, is for us not to be together, but I feel like it’ll kill me. – I need you. – I’m yours.
– Forever. And I don’t know, if that’s true, we’re trying to be normal, but nothing about this is normal. We’re trying to go against
what we tell each other, that we’re each other’s forever. So, maybe we need to stop, I don’t know, trying to
go against the grain here and lean into what’s crazy and lean into what’s not normal and whatever this is. I can’t, you can’t make me go. – You have a say. – Because we’re partners, right? – Always. I don’t know how to keep you safe. – Well, we can keep
working on that together. – Annabelle, your cell phone rings. You didn’t turn it off. – I’m sorry.
– It’s okay. – You recognize Ramona’s number. – Hang on a second. Maybe this could be an
emergency or something. – Okay.
– Vampire stuff. – Yeah.
– Yeah? – Hey, how you doing friend? – Hey.
– Hey. Hey, you wanna come on out? – What’s going on?
– Ah, I’m out on the quad. There’s some kind of
weird protest going on and I think maybe it’s your people, you know, what’s the little dude’s name? – A protest?
– You know, Juan? I don’t know, it’s like
four or five people with picket signs. – Is there something (mumbles)? – They’re protesting the cafe. Apparently the–
– Products? – Apparently the napkins
aren’t really recycled paper or something, I’m not sure.
– What? – Yeah, you wanna come on out? This is fun.
– What, no? No, this is, this is not a
good time for me right now. – Not a good time, are you okay? Do you need me to send the rat pack? – No, no, no, don’t. Do not send them.
– The rats are on their way. – No, no, no!
– Where are you? – Don’t send the rats! Don’t send the rats, don’t send the rats. It’s fine.
– You sure? – It’s fine, everything is totally good. – You don’t sound good. – I’m just going through
a couple of things, but it’s okay; I totally
have it under control. It’s fine, it’s fine, it’s totally fine. – Are you sure?
– Thank you so much. Yeah, yeah, no.
– Alright. But you’re missing out.
– Yeah, it’s okay. Keep an eye on them
for ne, please, though. – Sure, if you want me to.
– Make sure they don’t do anything stupid.
– I think it’s your buddy Juan – Oh, Juan, okay. Okay, alright, alright. Just keep an eye on them and I’ll talk to you later.
– You got it. – Okay, take care.
– Bye. – If you’ve seen a larger amount of rats or a giant owl or something
lately, it’s a friend just making sure you’re okay.
– Normal? – Yeah, again, normal. I guess Juan and the guys
are doing a thing on campus? – What, you said a protest? I don’t–
– I don’t know. I didn’t think there was anything planned. – I don’t think I, could
I like look in my calendar and see if our, like a community board, and see if there is anything that I know of that was planned? – When you check the calendar, you see an addition that wasn’t
there a couple of hours ago, and a note from Juan who reached out and asked for volunteers
to assemble a really quick live protest at Grounds for
Coffee, the campus cafe. Apparently there’s some
environmental code violation and he felt it was
really, really important to make the student’s voices heard. About six people responded. – Oh, weird. I don’t know, it’s not often you get last minute stuff like that. – It doesn’t sound like
a well planned operation. – Do I know Juan? Is he?
– Mm-hmm. Yeah, you’ve seen him around. He’s not exactly in the
leadership material category. – Gotcha.
– But what he lacks in good judgment, he makes
up for in enthusiasm. He wants to do right – Gotcha.
– Okay. – Yeah, it’s a little typical for Juan. He’s, he’s got tenacity. – Yeah. Yeah maybe you and Mark need to kinda, they need you, the group needs you. – What about you? You know, I’m, I’m sorry Annabelle but a
lot of this conversation has been about you wanting to keep me safe and me knowing that I need you around and that I can’t be without you, but also being near you is a liability. But I also can’t be away from you, and maybe, maybe you
don’t need me anymore? – Now that is, that’s, of all the things, of
all the crazy things, that’s–
– I don’t know, what am I? – That’s not true.
– So what are we doing? – It’s not true. I need you. – And I’m yours.
– Forever. Look, Elle, I wanna be with you forever, and for someone like me
that could literally mean until the end of time or it could mean tomorrow, but all I know is that however long I have left on this earth, I want to spend it with you. – Well then why don’t we
spend it together, forever? – We can’t, I can’t, no. I know what you’re thinking.
– Why not? – No, no, no, I can’t. – Why not? – You don’t know what it’s like. You don’t know what it’s like. – I could, though, and
I could know it with you and we could know it together. And you’re miserable now
and I’m miserable now, and we’re miserable anyway. We could at least be miserable together. – These people do horrible things. You’d be caught up and
you think the politics that we are rebelling
against now in life are bad. In death, these people have no qualms. They enslave each other, they murder and torture and
they have no regard for life, and what it means. – I’d walk through the nine hells for you. I’d walk through the nine hells with you. It’s hell on earth. You’re just, you’re so warm. – For now, but it takes effort to do this. In a day, you’re just a lifeless corpse. We’re all corpses just walking around. You wouldn’t be able to see the sun, you wouldn’t be able to see your family. School, your writing. – I’m a lifeless corpse
without you already. – I love you.
– I need you. – I’m yours. – Forever. – Oh, I’m so scared. – Me, too. – I can’t do this to you, I can’t. I can’t. An eternity, an eternity with no nothing. Without this. – But this. It’s already there. – Maybe. – My Belle. (sniffling) (Annabelle whispering) It’s your choice. – It’s our choice. – You know my opinion. – I know what I’m afraid of. I know what I have to do. – Annabelle, have you decided? The rain begins to fall harder. The sound is comforting,
rhythmic on the roof. Like in the old days when your heart beat and your lungs breathed
and your eyes blinked and you were warm and under the sun. Some choices have to be made even when there are no good options. The story that we’ve just shared with you is over for now. But it will continue in season two. Now, let’s check in
with the entire coterie. A few nights later at Griffith College. Not everything that you’re about
to see will make sense yet, but we’ll run the scene at
the end of every epilogue, so that when you’ve
seen them all, it will. If you don’t like spoilers,
maybe skip ahead to the end now. – End of week, huh? Actually, I guess we haven’t
all gotten back together sine the Succubus Club
and that whole thing. – Yeah, about that,
anybody wanna say anything? – Anyone, no? – Well, I talked to Barron Abrahms, and it’s been covered up. Just some sort of ecstasy issue, but the Masquarade is still in tact. – Typical. – Well, I guess while
we’re talking clean up, Eve and I took care of the
rest of the Bliane gang. His associated, mortals, his
businesses, all of it erased. We have burned out all memory
of Blaine from Los Angeles. – Typical.
– Where is Eve? You had a new driver coming in. – She’s, she was called away. A new opportunity.
– Oh. – Oh, darling, did you do something? – What do you mean did I do something? Like did I do something to make her leave? No!
– Typical. (scoffs)
– Oh that’s really funny, huh? Well, what’d you do this week, Sassper? – I explored my labyrinth,
found a magic mirror, so nothing particularly special. – Oh yeah, just mundane stuff. – And nothing else? No further questions. – Did you check in on the thing? – No comment. – Well, I did something. I found the last of the hunters. – Of the Inquisition? How can it be the last of them? – Well, less Inquisition, a little more misguided federal agents. See there were three of ’em
that traveled to Los Angeles, and we took care of the two. But I happened to take out the last one. – Gregory Dimetrios, what do you mean you took care of him? – Must I be so gauche? I addressed it, removed it.
(scoffs) Killed it.
– Typical. – You know what, just
don’t even start with me. – Well if that’s true, if the
Inquisition is off the board, then we’re pretty much ready. ‘Cause I’ve done some homework and the valley is definitely ready for some new vampire blood. I’ve put some things in motion to really make sure that
we can hold this place. If what you say is true and
there’s no more Inquisition, then we are ready to go. I took care of Isiah, he’s safe. I got some people on Mark, he’s also good. Did you?
– She’s not gonna be a problem – You’ve said that before.
– This time is different. I took care of it; she’s gone. – Well then we’re set. We’re all good?
– All good. – Oh, I did something! I released a new fragrance line. Get this, it’s called Aracnophoria. – Ugh.
(laughing) What? Aracnophoria, taste the spider. – What are you? Who tells you these things are okay to do? – My interns!
– Wait, no, I’ve got it. You’ll have him climbing up the walls. (laughing) – So bad, I’m sorry. That’s mean, come on. – That is uniquely bad. – Not as tacky as your suit. – You only get snippy
when you know I’m right. – You know what? – Meow. Oh, which reminds me! I punched a cougar. – How old was she? – No not, yes, it is that kind of week. – Mm-hmm.
– Actually, I may have fucked something up. – And this is where our
story ends, for now. Thank you very much for joining us for our Vampire the Masquerade
chronicle, LA by Night. (exciting music)