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 Chapter 06: Press Conference
Posted: Dec 13 2008, 05:16 AM

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"Thank you all for coming," Connor said to the assembled reporters. Logan and Kat stood behind him at the podium. "I'd like to make a brief statement and then I'd be happy to take your questions.

"Yes, I invited my parents to my wedding last night. And yes, I knew they were vampires. They've committed no crime and I felt it was my duty, as a good son, to protect them from those who might wish them harm.

"Yellow journalism aside, Miss Fenwick grossly distorts the facts in her story. She attacked a guest at my wedding when he tried to retrieve her camera. He was not trying to harm her in any way, and we will be investigating her use of unnecessary force. She did not use pepper spray. She used witchcraft. My friend is in serious condition this morning because he was trying to protect my privacy.

"I take my new position as police liaison very seriously. I believe everyone, whether human, vampire, werewolf, fairy, or witch, is innocent until proven guilty. I will investigate anyone, regardless of who they are, if evidence shows they may have committed a crime. But I will not stand for unprovoked attacks when they have done nothing wrong. Demelza Fenwick committed a crime last night by using unnecessary force on a citizen of Veronaville. She will be investigated, and I hope, brought to justice. I will take your questions now. Yes."

"You don't honestly expect us to wait and see if a vampire is going to attack us or not, do you?" asked a man in the front row, and a bunch of other people murmured agreement.

"I ask that you assess the situation, yes," Connor said. Above angry murmurs he added, "Let me finish. Just as with any behavior, from anyone, I would expect you to use your best judgment. If a vampire appears to be stalking you or following you, call the police right away. If he's just walking down the street, minding his own business, I'd advise you to mind yours."

"So, you want us all to make friends with the nice vampires?" a woman asked with a sneer.

"You can feel however you wish about them," Connor said, "that isn't my concern. What is my concern is that every citizen of this city is equally protected by the law. If a vampire commits a crime they will be prosecuted, the same as anyone else."

"You mean when," said an angry voice.

"I don't expect change to happen overnight," Connor said. "And I agree that most vampires are dangerous--"

"Unless they're related to you, you mean," someone said.

"My parents have taken a vow to eat only deer. And given the lack of other predators in the area that's a good thing for managing the herds as well. My friend who was injured also only preys on animals. Vampires who continue to feed on humans without their consent will be stopped."

"Thank you for your time today," Logan said, stepping forward. "I believe Mr. Patrick has a plane to catch."

"Do you agree with what he said?" someone asked the prince.

"I believe hatred and misconceptions have kept this town in a constant state of fear and violence for much too long," the prince said. "Starting with the feud between the Capps and the Montys, through the vampire wars, to the damage done by my predecessor. I want Veronaville to be a place of peace and harmony, and this will not happen by continuing to persecute those who cannot help what they are.

"Innocent until proven guilty," he said. "No matter who you are. I believe that is the only way to achieve peace and prosperity for us all."

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Posted: Dec 17 2008, 09:36 PM

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Good answer! I like this new prince!


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