"So this is your first visit to Capital Crocus Mall, huh?" Lucia asked Jennifer in an effort to keep the conversation going and possibly end the impasse.
"Yeah. I don't know any of the stores here." Jennifer replied. Lucia looked at the store they were standing in front of and pointed towards it.
"Do you like music, Jen?" Lucia asked the redhead. Jennifer nodded.
"I really like death metal music, especially Plague Doctor and The Coven. It's a guilty pleasure of mine." Jennifer answered before blushing again. Lucia did not see what was so embarrassing about liking death metal. She was not a fan of it, but death metal was hardly embarrassing to listen to.
"What's so bad about liking death metal?" Lucia asked the redhead in order to both make conversation and to learn a little more about her.
"My parents say that it's not proper for me to like death metal. They say it's proper for me to like classical music instead." Jennifer explained. That reason resonated with Lucia. Her mother and father forbade any music other than classical music in the Winchester household. The only musical instruments the Winchester children were allowed to play were the piano, the violin, the piccolo, the flute, and a few other instruments. Guitars and drums were strictly forbidden.
"My parents were the same way." Lucia admitted to Jennifer.
"Really?" Jennifer asked. Lucia nodded.
"Yeah. All I was allowed to like was classical music." Lucia replied.
"My older brother likes death metal and my parents don't say a single word to him about it being proper." Jennifer said with a slight frown that soon turned into a guilty smile.
"But I can't complain too much because he lets me listen to his music Lacrimas when they're not paying attention. He's the reason I got into the music to start with." Jennifer admitted how she found out about death metal to start with. Lucia looked behind them at the entrance to The Music Vault.
"Would you like to go into The Music Vault and see if you can find a music Lacrima that you like?" Lucia asked Jennifer. The redhead turned towards the store entrance and looked at it, then turned back towards Lucia.
"Eh, why not? I might be able to find a few good music Lacrimas to buy one day!" Jennifer agreed to the idea. She turned and walked into the store and Lucia followed.
-Inside The Music Vault-
Jennifer and Lucia entered The Music Vault to find that the store had only a few shoppers in it. There were only five other people browsing the wares, which included music Lacrimas, band t-shirts, band posters, and other merchandise. At the back of the store was a wooden counter styled after a bank counter complete with places for individual clerks. The employees were all dressed like bank employees and were neatly groomed.
"Man, I like this place already!" Jennifer said approvingly before walking off to look at the band t-shirts hanging on racks lining half of the left wall. Lucia followed quietly behind her and let the redhead browse at the band shirts at her pace, standing just off to the side of the rack.
The redhead browsed the band t-shirts while Lucia listened to the music playing overhead. It was a fast tune that was heavy on guitars and had rapid drumming plus what sounded like the frantic squeaking of rodents. Lucia could hear the sound of scurrying little feet over the drums and it sounded like the feet were scrabbling against wood. Was that music a track from one of the death metal groups that Jennifer was a fan of?
"Oh hey, that's Wave Of Vermin from Plague Doctor's album The Doctor Makes House Calls!" Jennifer said to herself as she continued to search through the t-shirts. Lucia smiled a little and listened to the track named Wave Of Vermin as it played overhead. She did not care much for death metal, but it was a decent track... or at least Lucia thought it was. There might be better work by Plague Doctor, but she would not know until she asked Jennifer about the band.
Lucia, opting to leave Jennifer to browse in peace, decided to walk off to do a little browsing of her own. She walked to the middle of the shop where the music lacrimas were stored in protective glass cases to prevent theft and began browsing at the lacrimas. She made her way over to the Death Metal albums that were neatly organized by artist in alphabetical order and saw a dizzying array of names.
Casus Belli, The Coven, Destroyer Of Worlds, Mechanized Mayhem, Plague Doctor, Power Overwhelming, Swords Of Damocles, War Unending, and many more death metal bands were represented in the Death Metal section. Once she had browsed that section to her satisfaction Lucia moved on and looked for the Classical Music section to find something that was more her speed. Maybe The Music Vault had some decent classical music lacrimas that she could buy one day when she had a place of her own and a music lacrima player to play them on.
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