“Dead shopping malls rise like mountains beyond mountains”
White Flint Mall, Bethesda, Md.
Built in 1977 it originally featured 125 stores. Now all but 3 are vacant. Part of the mall is actually demolished. Dave & Busters closed about 5 days before we got here. Walking through the place you get the feeling like you aren’t supposed to be here. Can’t be too great for the remaining 3 businesses.
- it’s urban fantasy
- dave and karkat share an apartment
- karkat is a broke college student and dave’s just your standard broke millennial
- they met because karkat and rose work at the same library
- dave is a necromancer and he likes to reanimate tiny animal skeletons and take care of them in little jars - karkat has weird unexplored blood bond magic - both of them think the other is normal and they spend 90% of their energy trying to hide their magical shenanigans from each other - one day rose shows up - she’s dripping mysterious black goo on the stairs - her hair is wild and unkempt and she looks panicked - she’s holding a shovel, which is covered and dirt and another unidentified substance - “Dave, Karkat, I need your assistance.” - both boys’ immediate reaction is “rose no he doesn’t know about the magic thing!” - rose is like what are you talking about never mind i don’t care, there’s an undead vampire in my trunk and i need both of you - moment of confusion and then a drawn out series of explanations - DAVE: so vantas you were out being a blood magic dude the entire time and you just never mentioned it huh - KARKAT: I’M SORRY? YOU’RE A NECROMANCER? A FUCKING ***NECROMANCER***? SO THAT TIME I SAW A SKELETON MOUSE RUN ACROSS THE LIVING ROOM AND YOU CHASED AFTER IT AND THEN TOLD ME IT WAS A “PERFORMANCE PIECE”, THAT WAS––? - ROSE: Perhaps we could have this conversation at a later date. Possibly a date where there is not a dead body in my car. - the body is kanaya, of course, and they resurrect her just fine - karkat ends up as kanaya’s regular blood supplier - dave never gets rose to explain what the hell she was doing - eventually dave asks karkat out via dancing mouse skeleton troupe - it fails hilariously - karkat spends half an hour yelling at dave before he says yes