She smiled, and to my surprise I saw not the simple neat fangs of the Kindred but rather a mouthful of shark’s teeth, the color of old ivory even in the moonlight and marked with stains whose origins I did not wish to dwell on.

“Nagaraja,” I breathed, and she smiled wider still. 

“You know something of my kin?” she asked, her voice accented–British, perhaps, almost certainly by way of India. I nodded. I could feel her gaze even behind the dark glasses she wore. I could not show weakness; she was a predator unlike any of her kind. 

She laughed suddenly, a quick, sharp sound like a sliver of broken glass, and then all traces of mirth vanished, replaced by a cunning look that made the hairs on the back of my neck rise. 

“If you know us, then you’ll know that we prefer to remain sequestered away, locked in labs and morgues and high rise apartments sealed against the sun.” Her look turned scornful, and she shook her head. “I am not such a…what’s the phrase? Wet blanket, I believe?” She paused briefly, studying me, and I realized she truly wanted a response.

“Yes,” I said, after pausing for a moment myself. I started to say something else, but stopped, strangely not wanting to give offense. Her mouth twitched.

“You think to ask why I violate the Masquerade, don’t you?” She drew closer, and I realized I had made a terrible mistake. 

head. LELUTKA // Simone
head applier. GLAM AFFAIR // Tropic for Simone
body. MAITREYA // Lara v3.5
hands. SLINK // AvEnhance Female Hands – Elegant & Elegant1
hair. ARGRACE // Azami – Black
tattoos. THINGS // Dathlue Tattoo
teeth. CONTRAPTION // The Carnivorous Jaw
dress. PLASTIK // Elaira Minidress – Drac [NEW @ Plastik]
glasses, necklaces, earrings, bracelets, & clutch purse. PLASTIK // Goth Essentials Gacha [NEW @ Epiphany]
pose. AN LAR