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 Mexico., A Kas & Maia Vacation.
MAIA CAMDEN
Posted: Jul 30 2011, 06:04 AM





Group: CITIZEN.
Posts: 15
Member No.: 9
Joined: 11-April 11



Maia was ever the one for adventure, so a road trip had been an idea that she'd jumped on. A road trip in Mexico? Even better. She'd spent forever trying to pack, unsure of what to bring, what was really necessary. She was going with Kas, after all - it wasn't like she was going to need to bring a giant container of amusing things, since he was amusing. But still. This was a new country, a new continent, even. She was excited.

Maia sat in the passenger side, her legs crossed and a notebook leaned against them. Her pencil brushed against the paper, each stroke bringing the image even more to life. They'd passed some sort of landmark earlier, and she'd instantly taken to it. The only problem with drawing while in a car meant that if they hit any bumps, the picture would get messed up. As such, there were eraser marks all over the paper.

The music was going, but she really wasn't paying attention. She'd had her fun singing and dancing to it a few hours previous, but she'd calmed down a little bit since then. Every once in a while, she'd look up from her drawing and glance at Kas. She'd grin, and wonder how they'd gotten there. How things had turned out so wonderfully. It amazed her how easy it was to just... be around him and feel absolutely free and comfortable.

Giving up for a while, not feeling like continuing to draw against the fading light outside, she set her pad of paper and pen in the back seat and flipped through the stations on the radio. Playing mostly songs in Spanish, it was a bit boring. She sighed and decided on just dealing with it. They weren't going to find anything like back home there anyway. She may as well get used to it and enjoy the culture change. Sure, Spanish was her native language but this was Mexican Spanish and it'd been a long time since she'd been back in Spain. Things were different.

"Have you ever been to Mexico before?" she asked, looking up at Kas with curious eyes. He probably had. He'd been pretty much everywhere. "We should go to the beach. A lot. And little Mexican market things and lots of other random stuff." She nodded, then her eyes drifted out the window, following the shadows as they passed. "It feels good to be getting away for a while, you know? This is gonna be fun."
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KAINE SALVATORE
Posted: Jul 30 2011, 06:45 AM





Group: VAMPIRE.
Posts: 13
Member No.: 4
Joined: 11-April 11





It was a charcoal Corvette, bought, restored, and then repainted after a testing accident. The car was low, and the rims were redone from chrome to appear blacked out when Kas felt the need. Cars were one of those things that had the necessity to soothe someone in any situation. All you had to do was pop open the hood and lose yourself in the complexity that was a jet turbine with high octane fuel. It was remarkable what time and money could create... Or better yet replicate. Most people wouldn't know what to say when they saw it. Some understood precisely how much work it actually had done to it.

It reminded him of growing up, mostly after the change. As he'd had to actually work post-change, when prior to it he'd been of nobility and therefore had no reason to even have dirty hands... ever. When he'd worked on suspension for the London bridge, he'd gained insight to architecture and maths and art and engineering and he'd taken it all in.

Kas took the whole 'let's take a long trip to Mexico to ward off anyone from either of our pasts from following us' as an opportunity to finally use the car that had been in his possession for some time. Though it'd been a mission on it's own to get the car from England to Mexico. And the idea of subtlety flew over his head.

In Mexico it didn't really matter. And they had their magic, in case they needed it. Not that, at that exact moment, Kas would have been capable of using it. He'd suck his wand somewhere... like in the glove box or another location, but he wasn't all that accustomed to using it anyway. He'd relied on his strength for so long that magic kind of came second hand.

He was wrapped in his thoughts, as the sun had gone down and the only thing that was keeping him focused on driving was his LED's flashing against the gravel that seemed to range from freshly lain to rocks on the road. He was distracted occasionally by Maia's sketching, but every time he took his eyes off the road and glanced over it just made him smile.

He wouldn't have imagined it. And how fun it would be and how much he just enjoyed her presence even though they were quiet. When she put her things away and started messing with the radio, he simply hummed along to what he knew until she was content. And then he tried to pretend he knew whatever she'd left it on, and sang, high pitch to low pitch and he knew he sounded tone deaf.

"Twice, only the cities, though, never the countryside and never this fun." He nodded as he spoke, looking over and then he shrugged. "I'm good with that. The only warning I've even gotten was not to drink the water. But I think we're fine with that. Beaches..." He couldn't hide his pleasure at simply hearing the word. And he turned back to the road.

"It's already fun. I'm glad we're together." It was a silly thing to say. As if he would leave her behind and as if he believed she'd have left at all on her own. But then again it seemed like a underestimation on her part and he couldn't think for her. "Tell me when you're tired, we could stop."
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MAIA CAMDEN
Posted: Jul 30 2011, 04:25 PM





Group: CITIZEN.
Posts: 15
Member No.: 9
Joined: 11-April 11



The trip had been simply a distraction, a ploy to throw off anyone who might be tracking them, yet it still didn’t feel like that to Maia. They were, in a sense, running, and yet all she felt was contentment. The wind blew through her hair as she hummed along to the music on the radio. It was funny how they didn’t even have to say a word to each other, they could be completely silent, and it wasn’t awkward at all. It was perfect.

This trip had been a chance to just get away from everyone and everything for a while. In Mexico, nothing that used to matter really mattered anymore. Like Kas, Maia had also thrown her wand somewhere safe, intent to just enjoy the simplicity of life without magic for a while. She liked it better that way, anyway. In England, she constantly felt as though the people from her past would catch up to her. In Mexico… she’d left her worries and cares behind. If they ran into someone, then she’d worry. Not now.

She laughed as Kas attempted to sing what was on the radio, pulling her eyes away from the road to look at him. He looked and sounded absolutely ridiculous, but it made her smile to think that he was plenty okay with looking silly around her. And it made her happy to think that it was just her, never any façade, when she was around him.

”I sincerely hope you’re not thinking of taking up a singing career,” she joked, still grinning as her laughter died away. She listened as he spoke again, and nodded. This really was fun, wasn’t it? Just driving through Mexico… It was already fun. ”Well, you know, things do tend to be a bit less fun when I’m not around.” She grinned, just teasing. ”We should go to the cities, too. Everywhere. And we won’t drink any water – we’ll just swim in it. It’ll be great. I feel like I haven’t been to the beach in so long.”

Maia nodded at his words. She was glad they were together too, but then again… where else would she be? Even if this had been an actual vacation, planned for fun and only fun, she’d have gone. Like she’d have let him to go Mexico without her – she’d probably have snuck into a suitcase or something… and that would have been insanely uncomfortable, so she was glad that they were just going together.

”Me too,” she told him quietly, realizing at that moment she hadn’t pulled her eyes off of him yet, even though he was facing the road again. ”I like this. I really do.” The trip, him, her, together, the car… She liked it all. There was honestly nowhere she’d have rather been at that very moment.

Maia arched an eyebrow at his last comment. Tired? Stop? No way. Not yet, anyway. ”I napped earlier, remember? I’m totally fine,” she said. ”Besides, I’m nocturnal. I don’t need sleep. And sleep sort of kills the fun we’re having, anyway, so.” She shrugged, finally pulling her eyes back onto the road. The sun was nearly down, and the headlights from the car cast shadows everywhere. It might’ve been creepy, had she been alone, but at that exact moment nothing could make her worry. Everything was okay. For once, everything was okay.
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KAINE SALVATORE
Posted: Aug 2 2011, 06:29 AM





Group: VAMPIRE.
Posts: 13
Member No.: 4
Joined: 11-April 11





It was easy to forget the true reason that they were passing mesa's and deserts, winding down long roads that gave them views over the span of miles. Up and down, and he got lost in the monotony before being pulled back to the present by the sound of his companion. Laughing, or he could feel her gaze, soft and lingering, not the swift glance, but like a quiet admiration. And it gave him peace, which explained why he would, or could, forget why they were there.

To get away, in a sense, but at the same time it was a great point in their relationship.

They weren't conventional, in the least. Kas was a vampire, Maia a human. He was more than two hundred years older than her and yet half the time she was more adult, or at least more responsible. They bounced off each other, but at the same time they were similar. And when Kas thought about it, actually thought it out, it was about more than how they grew up. It was probably closely related -- the things that happen in your life shape the person you become.

But they didn't celebrate one month anniversaries, or fight about showing up late places. They didn't argue, often, over things that they didn't share views on. If anything, they probably compromised too much.

He did, subconsciously, think he'd give up anything for Maia. And then knew what that meant without having to say it.

He didn't have to wrestle with the idea that he'd abandoned his own self pacts because of Maia because it was mutual. What he felt for Maia was returned, and he knew this without her ever having to mention it.

Kaine again turned to her, exhaling. "My dear, I could sing a harmony to bring you to tears." He wouldn't. But he loved to talk. When she spoke of her presence being the important factor he shrugged. "It's true for me, but you know your life was never so fun when I wasn't around." The word echoed in his mind. 'Fun', painted a picture, and even though he had good times in his life he rarely used the word or would describe much with it. But it was the word he couldn't find a proper synonym to alternate with at that moment.

"Sounds like a great plan. I do like resorts sometimes, even though they don't typically give you the authenticity of the place that you're staying in. We can have it both ways. We have all the time in the world." He hadn't been to the beach either. He couldn't even pin a day down. Or a time frame. It was terrible to think about.

He did recall her sleeping though. He'd given her a map, he should have expected as much. She was a great co-pilot, but a map that size probably would have put him to sleep after too long as well. He watched her thoughts run away and took his hand off the stick to intertwine with hers.
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MAIA CAMDEN
Posted: Aug 2 2011, 07:29 AM





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Posts: 15
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Joined: 11-April 11



It was kind of amusing how perfect life seemed at that very moment. Of course, life itself was far from perfect, especially theirs, when you considered their real reason for this little vacation. But at that very moment, it seemed perfect. It was too dark now to admire the Mexican landscape, but she was content with going back and forth between staring and Kas and staring out the window, her thoughts running away with her. And how the atmosphere managed to be so light and comfortable when they were, in a sense, running for their lives, was beyond her.

It was strange, actually, just how comfortable they were at that moment. They were so different, yet so alike all at the same time. They meshed well, like two pieces of a puzzle that belonged together, even through their differences. The fact that he was a vampire mattered no more than the fact that she was a human did. One would think, with so many more years of life experience than her, Kaine would've been too mature or something for her, but yet... he really wasn't. He was fun to be around. She liked being around him.

"Maybe you should later then," she said, grinning a bit at the idea of Kas singing. Not now, though. Now she was content with the sound of the radio playing in the background and the sound of the tires against the gravel. It was somehow peaceful. "Oh, very true. It was terribly boring without you." Her tone was laced with a bit of sarcasm, all joking, of course, but it softened after she finished. "No, but in all honesty... I like life a lot better with you around."

Maia nodded as he spoke about resorts. Oh, she definitely still wanted authentic Mexico. She wanted to walk down the streets, and eat the food, and meet the people... But as Kaine had mentioned, they had all the time in the world. So... if they had that much time, why not explore the whole of Mexico?

"I definitely want authenticity," she said, "I just also want... pretty much everything else. So." She shrugged. Was it so bad to want to adventure the whole country? Couldn't they just stay there? They could get some cute little house and just stay in Mexico, far away from anyone who wanted to hurt them. Life could be perfect forever. If only. Her head was in the clouds again, and her eyes on the road.

Maia's face, hidden by the night, still positively lit up at Kas's simple gesture. Their hands fit together perfectly, like they were made to hold each other's. She smiled, tearing her eyes from the road again and shifting in her seat to face him again. "You're wonderful," she merely said. Was anything more really necessary? "I'm so glad we're here together." To her, the simplest of words and phrases made all the difference in the world.
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