Pond Scum!

This is a large commercial property. The ceiling is open wood beams, the floor is covered with an intricate pattern in antique oak parquet and the other surfaces are papered with powder blue marbled wallpaper on which is a gold stencil of a beautiful fleur de lys. Standing against the north wall is a deluxe shop counter over which hangs a blackboard. Around the deluxe shop counter are two large black wardrobes. Imposing against the west wall is a rich old sofa opposite which squats a carved camphor mahogany chest. Near the first carved camphor mahogany chest is another carved camphor mahogany chest. Hiding in the southeast corner is a glass-topped oak desk around which are a massive ebony bookcase and a black wicker chair. Behind you the south door leads to Filigree Street between two shops.

There is one obvious exit: backward.

Alaia opens the south door.

Alaia arrives from behind you.

Alaia closes the south door.

Alaia gives two almost rotten sausages-in-buns to Daimon.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: EAT.

Daimon say in Morporkian: … Ew.

Daimon disposes of them in the wastebin.

Daimon drops two almost rotten sausages-in-buns.

Daimon asks Alaia in Morporkian: Honestly, how long did you keep those in a warm place?

Alaia snorts. “Boring. At least you can appreciate my thoughtful gift.”

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: I didn’t. I found it in a drain on my way here.

Daimon asks in Morporkian: Custom made to disgust, I assume?

Alaia sweetly says to you in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Just like you.

You say to Alaia in Morporkian: I’m glad to feel so appreciated.

You say in Morporkian: Slam your skinny, lopsided butt down and have some coffee, it’s cold outside.

Alaia says to you in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Yeah yeah yeah. It is cold.

Alaia sits on the glass-topped oak desk.

Daimon gives a mug of Quirmian espresso to Alaia.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Thanks.

Daimon says in Morporkian: There, now thaw out.

Alaia warms her hands on the mug. “What’re you doing?”

Daimon says in Morporkian: Just going over the ledgers, making sure everything adds up right and every supplier’s getting his money.

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Her Pozness is good with numbers but she ain’t got nothing on me.

Alaia laughs as she sips some of the strong coffee. “Well you’ve got a high opinion of yourself.”

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Nothing changes.

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Know your vampire lore, chick. We’re good with numbers.

Alaia asks Daimon in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Again with the chick? What did I tell you about that?

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Something I ain’t gonna bother to remember as long as you bring me rotten sausages.

Alaia snorts into her coffee and manages to roll her eyes at the same time.

Daimon looks amused. Hey, maybe he was bored.

Alaia looks at the stencil on the powder blue walls. “So how is Ari?”

Daimon begins to roll a cigarette. “Same as usual, not sitting down for long, being a great mum, and leaving dirty china everywhere. Good thing she’s got me to clean up after her, eh?”

Alaia giggles at you.

Daimon says in Morporkian: Vampires, also good for cleaning.

Alaia frowns. “Well can you make sure she’s not doing too much? You know how she gets.”

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: I miss Daina so much.

Daimon lights the cigarette with a spark from his thumb. “Then come visit her?”

Alaia mumbles. “Dunno, I always fight with you and I think it bothers Ari.”

Daimon says in Morporkian: Well, we’re not fighting right now, are we? Besides, it ain’t the kid’s fault that you hate me.

Alaia finishes her coffee. “Obviously not, I helped raise her when you weren’t around.”

Alaia sticks a tongue tip out at Daimon.

Daimon amusedly says to Alaia in Morporkian: You know what I gotta say about that.

Alaia says to Daimon in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Not to me you don’t.

Daimon grins lopsidedly, amused.

Alaia bristles slightly.

Daimon asks Alaia in Morporkian: So have you begun believin’ that I’m sticking around yet?

Alaia morosely says to Daimon in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Dunno maybe. I’ll tell you when you’ve been back a year.

Daimon says in Morporkian: Fair enough.

Daimon says in Morporkian: Only one hunter as I know of around at the moment and she don’t care enough about me to actually try to kill me.

Alaia interestedly asks in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Who?

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Her name’s Aell von Glitz and she’s bad news.

Alaia waves a hand dismissively. “Oh yeah, I heard about her from Ari.”

Daimon looks up at her, surprised. “Oh? Only thought they met a few times when Aell thought she needed rescuing from me.”

Alaia looks surprised herself. “No they were friends once. After you left.”

Alaia asks in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Guess what they bonded about?

Alaia snorts.

Daimon blows a smoke ring. “Aell and Ari friends. I’m amazed Ari even were willing to talk to me when I came back.”

Alaia crosses her legs daintily under her skirt. “Yeah well Ari’s stubborn enough to do whatever she wants.”

Daimon says in Morporkian: And Aell really hates vampires. Mind, she’s kinda got reason to.

Alaia giggles.

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Like, vampires took over her home town and she had to take it back.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Obviously. Everybody who is not a vampire who ever met vampires hates vampires.

Daimon asks in Morporkian: Ari too, right?

Alaia says to you in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: That’s cause you’re hateful.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Well not Ari.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Dunno why.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: She’s sweet.

Alaia says to Daimon in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Too sweet for you.

Daimon amusedly says in Morporkian: Most folks don’t hate us. Most folks don’t care all that much, really.

Alaia wrinkles her nose at Daimon . “Hmpf.”

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: But yeah. Ari’s sweet.

Alaia puts the mug of Quirmian espresso on the glass-topped oak desk.

Daimon says in Morporkian: Still think you should visit more often, though. Ain’t Ari and the chickadee’s fault that you think I’m pond scum.

Alaia says in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Thanks for the coffee. I got to go now though.

Daimon says to Alaia in Morporkian: Have a nice day, chickie.

Alaia says to you in Morporkian with a Morporkian accent: Well, tell her I miss her anyway, and yeah I’ll visit soon.

Daimon says in Morporkian: Yeah, can do.

Alaia gets off the glass-topped oak desk and stands up.

Alaia opens the south door.

Alaia leaves backward.

About Daimon

Daimon is one of the many Uberwaldean vampires who flock to Ankh-Morpork in recent times to eke out an unlife free of persecution and mobs with pitchforks.
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