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What are two secrets you'd rather keep from the other characters in your world, and what are two people or groups you'd rather keep them from in particular?

My secrets:
1. I'm a vampire
2. My brother. He's also a vampire. And a psychopath.

The people who are closest to me know of the first secret, but I never let strangers know. People can have varying reactions when they find out something of that nature, so I find it best to keep a low profile with those I don't know until they show me whether or not I can trust them. People always want to destroy the things they don't understand.

I don't want my boyfriend to know about Jacob. Growing up, Jacob loved me more than any of our siblings. That love gave him the confidence to show me his true nature, and I witnessed him do things that I knew weren't normal. I never questioned him, though. Perhaps because I was too young to truly understand him. Perhaps I was just afraid. Becoming a vampire has only worsened those tendencies in him, and, while I do still love him and feel a certain obligation to him, I can never let him close to the other people I love for fear of him hurting them. And I can never risk the man I love leaving me because I'm loyal to a monster.

Dante Kingston

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Two things you always do around Christmas-time (or whatever winter festival holiday exists in your world)

I grew up on a farm in Kansas in the early 20th century, so Christmas was always a simple, yet still festive, time for us. My parents, brother, and I didn't have very much in the way of worldly goods, but we had the love of family. One of the things we always did for Christmas was make each other gifts. Dad always said that something made with my own two hands would mean more to him than anything I saved up to buy in a store. Another thing we always did was go to church. My mother was a devout woman who went to church every Sunday. My father was a busy man who saw more merit in staying home and working hard, much to my mother's dismay. But, on Christmas Day, Dad would give my mother the gift of her entire family dressing up and attending services with her.

Things are so different today. Since I was turned in the early 1920's, I've amassed a good deal of wealth to provide myself with a much more comfortable life than I could have ever imagined as a young man. My Christmas traditions, however, still stem from those days on the family farm. I try to make those closest to me some sort of gift to give them in addition to the things I buy them. I also go to church. Not many of my friends can understand that, but midnight mass is perfect for a vampire who doesn't wish to use enchantments to walk around in broad daylight.

Two things you never do around Christmas-time (again, or whatever winter holiday exists in your world)

I don't remember there being anything I specifically didn't do on Christmas when I was human. Today, however, I do make a point to not work on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. I have my own business (a club), and I only open on holidays when I have staff who volunteer to work because they want to avoid any kind of family gathering or celebration or simply have nowhere to go. I always give them holiday bonuses and I know they get great tips on those occasions, plus I wouldn't deny anyone the chance to keep busy if being alone would cause them pain. I guess I have a gift for hiring misfit employees who are lost souls like myself. One other thing I never do around Christmas is watch holiday movies. I'm not sure why, but I find most of them a little too sappy for my taste. If that's what you like to do, more power to you. I just don't have the stomach for them.

Dante Kingston
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