DP Going Angst Week 2021: Trust Your Gut But Mind Your Limit With Luck.
Day Two: Instinct/Obsession.
Summary: Valerie has always had good instincts. She wish she could say the same thing about luck.
It was Valerie's instincts that tipped her off that there was something was eerily wrong with Vlad Masters and while she accepted the tools he handed her and carried out favors for him, she didn't trust him within an inch of her life.
So, she wasn't all that surprised when Dani, the clone girl of Phantom, revealed that Vlad was actually a halfa (Valerie thought that there had to be a better name for them) and manipulative asshole.
It had taken everything she had not to march in and blast that motherfucker in the face but Valerie had to keep her cool. She couldn't let him know she knew.
It reminded her of, when Paulina and her were still friends, playing poker with Paulina underneath the bleachers before cheer practice.
Star would watch the rising tension between the two of them when they played and declared it "the most entertaining part of her day" as they aggressively exchanged stickers instead of chips.
Valerie was good with using her instincts to guide her through her plays, when to fold and when to go all in, and it proved to do damn well.
Though it didn't always compare to Paulina's luck. Sometimes Valerie would envy the way fate would bless her perfectly manicured hands as they drummed the concealing backs of the cards.
Though this had a lot more at stake than stickers in a friendly game of poker. This could potentially be life or death. Valerie wouldn't show her cards too soon.
But she knew now. She had the upper hand now. So why did this situation still itch at her?
Valerie had tossed night after night until it had finally clicked.
Dani was a clone, a genetic copy so if she was halfa then so was Phantom!!
Valerie sat up right in her bed at the revelation.
She probably went to school with them.
She probably knew them by name; Amity wasn't all that big after all.
Vlad was trying to destroy –no, kill– a still partially human child for only God knows what.
She had been unknowingly coerced into helping him.
She felt used and enraged.
It took more willpower than before to not barge into his mansion and even then her hands viciously twitched for her gun.
It felt like she had set her cards a little too low and her opponent could see the tippy-top of her cards.
She had to know who Phantom was and until then she would avoid him like the plague.
At least that had been the plan.
Phantom had appeared while she was patrolling.
"You're avoiding me aren't you?" He crossed his arms and stared at her intently. "Why?"
Valerie frowned at him.
"I don't owe an explanation to you g-ghost," she replied, choking at the last word because she knew it wasn't quite true. "Besides, do you want me to make attempts on your life? I mean, after-life. If so, I didn't peg you to be a masochist."
Phantom pulled a face.
"I'm just saying you're acting weird…. You suddenly go from wanting to annihilate me to leaving me alone. I just wanted to check in on you, I guess?"
"Of course you did," Valerie said as she shook her head.
"So," he said, cocking an eyebrow.
"Look, I have bigger things to be dealing with than you. For now," Valerie said, her threat only half-hearted.
She could sense that Phantom knew that but he let her leave nonetheless, though she could feel his curious glance on her back as she flew away.
Valerie's science teacher walked in with sunglasses and she instantly clocked her as hungover which was further proven when she suggested they watched a documentary on cells rather than read from the textbook. Valerie was glad that taking notes was optional because she was in no mood to do so and apparently so was everyone else as there were not-so-silent "fuck yeah"'s and fist pumps.
It was probably halfway through class that she decided to look over at Danny across the room. His head was propped up on his hand and he looked half asleep.
It was at that moment she was able to catch the light of the video turn his hair white-ish gray and have green was over his face, making his eyes look green.
It felt like one of her cards had slipped from her hand and hit the ground.
Valerie felt horror and shame wash over her as she finally connected the dots on who Phantom was.
She didn't know what she wanted to do first: run over to Danny and beg for his forgiveness and understanding or punch Vlad's lights out.
She didn't do any of those things.
She let her head face the screen again and let her mind reel in this new information.
Valerie had planned to finish Vlad off once and for all over the course of two weeks.
She had carried out her duties like normal (except for making attempts at Ph- Danny's life) and in her spare time checked over her weapons again and again, all while finding entry and exit points when she reported to him.
Valerie decided that taking Vlad out while he was sleeping was her best bet. Cowardly, but it was the only option that guaranteed success and survival.
She went to his mansion at three AM. Vlad was definitely sleeping at the Witching Hour.
She slipped in easily and quietly.
Valarie treaded carefully to Vlad's bedroom and opened the doors.
They didn't make a sound.
Valerie approached the lump underneath the covers.
She tore away and instantly shot at… pillows?
She heard the soft murmur of the doors clicking behind her and an oppressive presence enter the room.
Valerie had dropped all her cards.
Feeling the rage radiate off of him, she whipped around and shot at him before throwing the bedside lamp through the window.
She jumped out it and summoned her hover-board and quickly turned around so she faced the window which was now a good six yards in front of her.
Vlad in his ghost formed slipped out from it with intangibility and the expression on his face screamed murder.
Without hesitation, Valerie shot at him and maneuvered her hover-board backwards; she watched the background behind her through her peripheral vision so she never fully took her eyes off him.
She dodged his ecto-blasts with her instincts and even managed to clip him a few times with her gun.
It was at this moment especially Valerie wished she had Paulina's luck.
It felt like lava was burning in her gut. It was the hottest, most searing pain she had ever felt in her entire life.
It was so unbearable that she barely recognized her scream as her own as she plummeted to the ground.
When she finally hit it there was this sickening pop followed by a moist squelch. She couldn't tell what it was though as at that point she went into shock and everything mercifully went numb as her brain short-circuited from all the agony.
And as she watched the blurry figure of Vlad descend upon her, her last thought was she wished she had apologized to Danny.
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Due to my love for fangies
I didn't think Mozart would have baby fangies. I'm a little upset about that, but it kinda fits him??? 4/10
YASSSS BITCH. SHOW YOUR FANGIES BITE ME DADDY. 7/10
Arthurs fangs are really unexpected. like dAMN THAT'S LONG. I don't like Arthur but I want him to bite me. I imagined him having baby fangies and was really upset with them. 8/10
Vincent has baby fangies as he should. 7/10
Theo though, he should have Arthur's fangs. His fangs are little but they look vv pointed. 6/10
THEY LONG. He's the only one who ever has fangies in his cgs, so I'm not surprised by this, but I am very pleased. Please bite me, baby. 8/10
Baby, but not as baby as I was expecting, but to him they are probably long as hell. 7/10
Hard to see but Will's fangies are lONG, like Arthur's and that makes me hORNY. BITE ME. PLEASE. 9/10 maybe a lil bias
Dazai's are average, not that great which upsets me a little, but that's how I kinda expected. 5/10
CHARLES FANGIES. Not too long, but they still LONG. Please bite me, I want your fangs in MENEIGNE. 8/10
I thought Faust was going to have longer fangs, and kinda chunky. They alright though 6/10
Exactly what I expected from Vlad and I lOVE IT. I want to prick my finger on his fangs. 8/10
No Napo, Comte, and Sebas bc they didn't show fangs in their pics. -10/10
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