Marguerite tsks at the girl, growing more and more irritated as she goes on.
“Yes, and those men left wanting often turn to drink, which is where you should come in.” She shakes her head, pinching the bridge of her nose. ”Theresa, need I really explain this to you? When we took you on, I had a hard time of convincing Aristide you were little more than a stupid dog- do try and prove me right.”
The girl’s insistence, however, at being allowed more responsibility, pulls a laugh from Marguerite. She rises and practically glides down to where Tessie has moved, and hovers over her. “Darling, if we had a need for more teeth, I would hire a dragon for the jobs. I require someone with subtly and occasionally business savvy- neither are traits you posses.” A devilish smile spreads over her face, as if she’s just thought up a delicious scheme. “But if you are so certain you can handle the job- go to Aristide. He is in charge of the runs. See if he will reward your hard work with more responsibility, hmm?”
Even in her human form, Tessie is doing a rather good job of looking as if she’s got her tail tucked between her legs. Marguerite has a way of making one feel incredibly small and stupid; she wonders if that’s something the woman had possessed in her life before, or if it’s a trait bestowed upon her along with the rest of her vampire powers. Whichever it is, it’s entirely unfair, and the wolf resents how her employer is always able to do this to her.
“I… I know, ma’am.” Her voice is small and meek, though she flinches at the “dog” comment and glares up at the vampire for maybe half a second. She knows that’s how they see her, but it always stings.
“…dragons can’t pass, not like we can…” Tessie mutters rebelliously. Stronger and bigger they might be, but the sight of an unglamoured dragon in the middle of New York would cause a panic among the humans. Her, they’d see as a large dog, most likely. A nuisance, but not a threat. How can Marguerite not see the benefit in that?
“Aristide hates me. He’d never let me go. Not unless you told ‘em too.”