February 8th, 2009, 11:17 pm
Summary: Annabell is just an ordinary teenager trying to get through her senior year at high school when she meets a mysterious boy and her whole world gets turned upside down. Things start to change, Annabell starts to change, and the whole world becomes engulfed in war. This is Annabell's Secret Diary.
Note: I'm not exactly sure how this is going to turn out. I figured why not put the first chapter up and see what you all think. So... Here it is. Also this is the first time I've ever written a story in the first person tense, so please forgive me for any mistakes I may make.
Beep, Beep, Beep
I rolled over in my bed and felt around my alarm clock for the snooze button. When I couldn't find it I just hit the off button on the side of the clock. I slowly sat up, trying to blink the crust from my eyes, and stared, groggily around my room.
It was a small room, packed with furniture and things. Clothes lay strewn about on the floor, my mismatched furniture piled with jewelry and make-up, and posters and pictures covered every inch of the wall. I smiled at the sight. Aunt Amy would be so ticked off at the next time she came in my room.
I looked over at my Britney Spears calendar and looked at the date. August 24th. It was the first day of my senior year at high school.
My name is Annabell Clark. I was born February 23rd, 1991 to Christopher and Emily Clark. We lived in the great New York City and my life was perfect. I had lots of friends, was popular, got everything I wanted, and was happy. Then just 3 years ago my parents were murdered for no reason by some psycho killer and I got stuck with my control-freak of an Aunt, Amy in nowhere ville, Kentucky.
We lived in a small apartment with two tiny bedrooms, a small bathroom, and a shared kitchen/living room area. You would think that a control-freak like Aunt Amy would have better living conditions, but no, she has to live in this tiny, run down apartment. She works as a secretary at the local firm, though, so at least she's got that part down.
I got out of bed, picked out my outfit, and then waded through the sea of clothes toward the door. I stopped at the kitchen/living room to make sure Aunt Amy wasn't home, then I went over to the outdated stereo and turned Coldplay on and turned the volume up all the way. Then I went to the bathroom to take a shower. When I got out of the shower, I stared at the mirror for a little while. I'm not vain or anything, I just like the sight of my own reflection at times.
I had light brown, straight hair that came to the middle of my back, a slightly tan complexion, big, brown eyes, and high cheekbones. I was pretty thin, but unlike most of my family, I was rather short. Only about 5'3".
I sighed, realizing that I had better hurray up and get to school. I put on my jeans and my cute, pink, baby phat tank-top. Then I put on some lipgloss, eyeliner, and mascara and headed to the living room/kitchen area.
I looked at the clock hanging above the kitchen cabinets and started to rush myself. School started in 15 minutes! I grabbed a couple granola bars, my backpack, and slipped on my flip-flops and headed out the door.
I got into my little, light blue, Ford and headed to high school.
I pulled into the crowded parking lot at the high school. The old, rundown, brick building was almost a welcoming sight after spending the summer with Aunt Amy.
Almost everyone was already in the school, but there were a students who hung out in the parking lot. I waved when I saw one of my friends hanging around his battered up pick-up truck. He waved and smiled.
Jason had been my very first friend when I moved to Kentucky. He had shown me around the school, we would always hang out, and we worked together at the local supermarket, but at the end of the last school year he had admitted to liking me and that kind of damaged our friendship. We hadn't spoken since the beginning of summer because of it. I hoped that maybe we could just both forget about it and be friends again. Not that I didn't like Jason, but I just didn't like him as much as he liked me. Jason was actually pretty good looking. A little pale looking, with blue eyes, and dark brown hair. He had even started to work out a little, but when he put on those reading glasses of his, he became the dorky, know-it-all Jason that we all knew and loved.
I walked over to Jason and his smile faded once he saw the shy look on my face.
"Anna, I'm sorry. Could we just--"
"Put this past us and forget out it?" I finished.
"Yeah, that was what I was going to say, " Jason said.
We both smiled and I said, "We should probably head inside."
With that, the both of us headed into the high school to begin our senior year.
We walked into the gym and found two empty seats on the bleachers next to our two very talkative friends, Kayla and Lucy, and our very shy friend, Lewis.
Our principle was giving some speech about God only knows what while me and friends caught up.
Kayla had spent the summer in New York City (oh, how I envied her) with her grandparents and Lucy had gone to her home country, Mexico, to visit family. I had seen Lewis over the summer a couple of times, but he liked to keep to himself, playing video games and watching his sci-fi movies and shows. He was such a geek, but we all still loved him.
Jason had gone to spend a month in the summer at Florida, but the other two months he didn't do much because there was really no one around.
After the principle's pointless speech (which I had drowned out), we went to find our lockers and go to our classes for the day. After that, the school day was pretty uneventful.
After school, me and Jason both drove to the supermarket. It really was a good thing that Jason was working there along with me because if he wasn't, it would be four hours a day, four days a week of pure torture, misery, and boredom.
My shift ended an hour before Jason's so I said goodbye and walked out to the back of the building where the employee parking lot was. There were very cars there and no people. Or so I thought.
I was unlocking my car door when I heard and felt a big whoosh or air by me. I turned around and saw a man standing there. I gave a startled little cry and he put his finger to his lips. He was an attractive man, apart from the grimy clothes, but there was something about him that didn't feel quite right. Then, he stepped into the light of one of the streetlights above and I was able to see him better. He was still a little handsome in the light, but his hair was long and matted. His eyes shone bright red. His skin was all too pale. Then he smiled and I let out a scream. He had fangs. They didn't look fake at all, either. They were actual fangs that were stained with blood. I felt like I was going to pass out.
Then, there was another big whoosh and another man appeared. This man made my head spin. He was a lot younger than the first man. He looked about my age, actually. He had an unnatural beauty, but his eyes were bright red also and his skin too pale. Unlike the first guy, this man had short, kept black hair and his clothes were a bit worn, but not grimy. Were these sick, crazy homeless people?
"Go away, David!" hissed the filthy man.
"This is my hunting territory. You can leave, " the man who was called David said, calmly.
The grimy man let out a low growl and ran with inhuman speed at me. I should have left while I still could, but I was so light-headed and felt like my feet were glued to the ground. The man pinned me against my car and bent his head down to my neck. I screamed as loud as I could, but he released one of my arms and clamped my mouth shut. I tried to struggle and get out of his grasp, but he was too strong.
Then, right when he was about to bite me, the man called David pushed the grimy man off me with what looked like a soft push, but it sent the grimy man flying back towards the building.
"Leave while you still can, Matthew, " said David.
"It's time you learned to respect your elders, " the man called Matthew said.
I blinked and did a double take. That man should have been dead or at least unconscious from the way he hit the building, but he was neither. He stood up stretching his neck, spine, and arms for a bit and then almost half flew toward David and kicked him in the stomach. David acted like it was nothing and sank his teeth into Matthew's flesh, tearing at it.
Then was my chance to leave, but I couldn't seem to make my body move. I think I was going into shock.
David shoved at Matthew again, but Matthew was only sent skidding on his heels across the parking lot. David pulled out a wooden stake.
"You wouldn't dare, " said Matthew.
"Try me, " David responded.
"To one of your own kind?" asked Matthew.
"if I must. This is my hunting territory now. If you leave, I won't have to, " said David.
Matthew sighed, shook his head, and disappeared into the night.
David turned to me and said, "I think you should leave."
I still could not make my legs move.
"Go now or I'll turn you into my next meal, " David said, teeth bared. Or should I say fangs bared.
I got my mouth to work and said, "Who are you and... what are you?"
"My name is David and that's all you need to know. If I told you what I am, I would have to kill you, which I'm thinking about doing anyways, or I would have to turn you into what I am."
I thought about this for a moment. He had red eyes, fangs, and was talking about turning me into his next meal. Not to mention the inhuman speed, strength, and beauty.
"Are you a... vampire?" I asked.
His eyes went wide and he too disappeared into the night.
I must have stood there, staring after him for a while because soon Jason came out and said, "Why are you still here, Anna?"
When I didn't answer he asked, "Are you alright?"
I blinked, shook my head, and tried to put on a fake smile.
"Yeah, I'm alright."
"Okay, well, I'll see you tomorrow."
He climbed into his truck and left.
Finally, I regained mobility of my legs and got into my car and drove home.
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February 10th, 2009, 10:27 pm
"Where have you been?" yelled Aunt Amy when I got home, "An hour late and no call. What's the point of me paying for that cell phone of yours if you aren't going to use it?"
I groaned. Aunt Amy used every excuse she could to yell at me. It seemed to be one of her favorite things to do. Just her high pitched, whiney voice was so annoying. Her screaming at me all the time just made her more annoying and gave me a headache. I ignored her and headed to fridge for some cold pizza and pop. She was still yelling at me when I got to my room. I locked my door and turned on my stereo. I put in Paramore's All We Know Is Falling CD at full volume, hoping to drown out and give some payback to Aunt Amy. How Amy was related to my beautiful, sweet mother, I had no idea.
Over the rest of the week nothing much happened. I went to school, went to work, and got yelled at Aunt Amy some more. Pretty uneventful, until Saturday night.
Me, Kayla, and Lucy were having a girl's night out. We went to the movies and then to the local Starbucks (the only good thing about this town).
It was eleven o'clock when we decided to head home. The little movie theater and Starbucks were right by where each of us lived so we just walked home. We each went our separate ways to our houses.
I was about half way home when I passed by an alley and heard screaming. I walked backward and stuck my head in the alley. It was dark, but there was just enough light to make out to figures. What looked like to be a woman and man were standing in the alley. The man had the woman's arms pinned against the wall and she was crying, pleading, "Please, don't hurt me. Don't kill me."
Then the man bent his head towards the woman's neck and sank his fangs into her. She screamed at first, but then she was silent. A minute later he lifted his head, her body drained of blood. He let her go and she fell to the ground. He turned around and saw me watching him.
It was David.
I tried to run, but he was too quick and grabbed me and pulled me into the alley.
"What are you doing?" he demanded, "Are you following me?"
"No! I just came by here by mistake. You killed her, though! You just drank her blood!" I yelled.
"Shh!" he hissed, "Her life meant nothing. You mean nothing. You stupid humans! You mortal, filthy beings! You are food to us."
I started shaking. His voice was so frightening and severe. His face was no longer handsome, but looked evil and just plain scary.
He calmed himself a bit and started to look more like when I first saw him. Except for the blood on his lips and face.
"This is your last chance. The next time I see you, you are dead."
David ran and turned into a blur. I wasn't glued to the spot like I was last time. I was frightened to death, but still, somehow I was able to get home.
When I got to Aunt Amy's apartment the lights were turned off. All the better, I wouldn't have to put up with her yelling tonight. I headed to my bedroom, put on my pajamas, and turned on my little antenna TV. I didn't watch it, though, I just needed some background noise.
I was thinking about what to do. Should I call the police or should I just let someone else? What was I going to tell them anyways? That there was a crazy vampire going around sucking people's blood? I don't think so! I'd wind up in a mental institution if I said that and that would definitely give Aunt Amy something to yell at me about. I know one thing, though. I had to stay away from David. I didn't even know who he was and he didn't even know me, but that didn't matter. If I saw him again I wasn't going to let my curiosity get the better of me. If I saw him again, I was going to run.
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February 11th, 2009, 10:15 pm
Despite the recent events, life around me went on just as usual. I got up, got dressed, ate breakfast, went to school and work, and so on. All without any sign of the mysterious vampire, David. Not like that was a bad thing. He threatened to kill me! I was curious about him, though. What were vampires doing in nowhere ville, Kentucky? What were they doing in the world? Vampires belong on the pages of a book or in a movie, not in the real world.
One day, me and Jason were having lunch on the lawn in front of the high school and I plucked up the courage to ask him, "Do you believe in the supernatural?"
"Well... Yeah, I suppose, " Jason replied.
"Like ghosts or spirits or vampires?"
"Ghosts and spirits, yeah, but vampires? No way! They're completely fiction. Why do you ask? Don't tell me you believe in vampires!"
Jason started laughing and I gave a little fake laugh and said, "Nothing I was just wondering."
Jason waved it off and we said nothing more about it. He looked like I just told him about one of my girl problems when I said that and I was very uncomfortable.
After lunch when I was in math class, I passed a note to Lewis who was sitting beside me saying,
Lewis, you know how you're into all that science fiction stuff? Well do you believe in aliens?
I passed it to him. He quickly read it and looked a little puzzled, but then wrote his answer.
Yes, I believe that there must be some other kind of life form.
I read his answer. I hesitated at first, but then I wrote,
What about werewolves or witches or vampires?
I didn't believe in aliens or witches or werewolves, but I needed to include other things besides vampires. He might think I thought they were real. Of course, they might not be real. I could have just dreamed it all, but it all seemed so real to me. At the same time it also felt very unreal, but I knew I didn't dream it.
Lewis read the note and his puzzled expression became even more puzzled. He quickly wrote something down and passed it back to me.
No, why do you ask?
I don't know. It was just random, I wrote.
He shrugged, crumpled up the paper, and turned his attention back to whatever the teacher was droning on about.
So, my friends didn't believe in vampires. At least Lewis and Jason didn't. I didn't know about Lucy or Kayla, but I knew I couldn't ask them. If I did they would have looked at me like I had just drooled all over myself and think I was insane.
I didn't have to work that day so after school I went shopping in the town nearby with Lucy.
The mall that we went to wasn't very big, but it had all our favorite stores and not to mention, the best Chinese food around.
The sun had gone down by the time we decided to take a break and hit the food court for dinner.
"I'm going to go walk over to the music store down the street, when we're done, " I said when we sat down at the table with our food.
"Oh, come on! I wanted to go to that new nail salon and get a manicure, "Lucy whined.
Lucy was all about the fashion scene. She had to have her nails professionally done or not done at all and I don't think I've ever seen her without makeup and something designer (probably a knockoff) on.
"Well, you can go do that while I go to the music store. My CD collection is looking a little scarce, " I said, laughing.
"Oh, fine, " Lucy said.
I loved music. Going a day without listening to at least one song was not an option for me. My CD collection was not small either, hence the laughing. I've got about 60 CD's and counting and was always looking to buy more.
After we finished eating, I left the mall and crossed the street to the music store. I had never been here before even though I had always known about the place. Since I moved to Kentucky, anyways. I walked in and saw that the place was pretty small. CD's from artists I had never heard of were on the few shelves that were in the place. Old records were in boxes on the floor. I looked over at the checkout counter and saw a man who looked about middle aged, dressed like a hippie. That explained all the records and the strange collection of CD's. I left the shop pretty quickly after that.
I walked down the block, wanting to go to the Best Buy when I heard a scream ahead. I ran forward and there on the street corner was an old, homeless man, completely drained of blood. On the other side of the street was David. He was walking down the street and he didn't see me. I started to turn around and head the opposite direction, back to the mall, when David turned around. He saw me. His mouth fell open and he shook his head. He started towards me and I ran.
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February 12th, 2009, 11:15 pm
I didn't get very far even though I was running as fast as I could because the instant I started to run, David ran with inhuman speed towards me and pushed me against the building next to the sidewalk.
"I told you to stay away from me, " he said through clenched teeth.
"It wasn't like I was looking for you! I was jut on my way to the store, " I said.
"You are dead. You know too much."
"Then why am I still alive?"
"Because I haven't killed you yet, you--"
"No, I mean why didn't you kill me those other times? You had the opportunity both times and yet you let me live. Why?"
He stayed silent for a few moments before he said, "Because I'm not... I... I don't know. I just did. I'm going to kill you now, though."
"Are you?" I blurted out. I hesitated, but then said, "If you couldn't kill me those other times, why would you kill me now?"
He softened his grip on me. I knew I wouldn't be able to get away, though. Not with him being super quick and strong.
"There's something about you. You just... maybe you are the one I change, " he said, quietly, mostly to himself.
"What?" I asked, extremely confused.
"Would you like something to eat?" he asked, abruptly.
I stared at him in disbelief. I had witnessed him murder someone and he had threatened to kill me, but there he was, asking me out on a date. I was disgusted, but also just a bit amused.
"No, thanks, " I said.
"How about a cup of coffee?" he insisted.
"Again, no thanks, " I said.
"I've gotta talk with you, so it's either food or coffee, " he said.
"Too bad. I don't want to talk to you. So, if you aren't going to kill me, I think I'll be heading home now, " I said and tried to walk away, but he grabbed me again.
"Sorry, but I have to talk to you. So, coffee or dinner?" he asked.
I sighed. There was no getting out of this.
"Coffee, " I decided.
So together, me and my psycho-almost-killer walked to the little strip mall down the street for some Starbucks. He put his arm around my shoulders, which I tried to shrug off, but I figured he did so, so that I wouldn't run off. I stopped shrugging, but an angry look crossed my face.
Once he bought me my coffee, we sat down at one of the little tables.
"So... what's your name?" he asked.
I took a small sip of my coffee and said, "Annabell Clark."
"Nice to meet you, Annabell Clark, " he said, smiling.
That was the first time I had ever seen him smile and he looked breath taking when he did so, but I quickly put aside that thought. After all, I was talking to a homicidal vampire.
"What's your name?" I asked.
"You already know. It's David."
"No last name?"
"I prefer not to use it, but if you must know, it's Scott."
"Why don't you use it?"
His smile faded, "Because my parents were stupid, idiotic jerks who hated my very existence, " he said, harshly.
"Because you are a vampire?"
"No, they didn't even know I had become one. I'd rather not talk about this, okay?" he said, trying to calm himself.
I looked down at my coffee and said no more.
After a couple moments of silence, David said, "So, tell me about yourself."
He just amazed me more and more. My almost murderer, asking questions about myself.
"I'm 17 and I live with my aunt. I work at the supermarket, of course you probably already know that, and I love music, " I said.
"May I ask why you live with you aunt?"
I sighed, but then answered, "My parents were killed when I was 14."
"Oh, I'm sorry, " he said.
Yeah right! Of course your sorry, you murderer! But he did look like he was truly sorry and sad for me. Of course, he could just be a good actor and was faking. He looked too sincere for that, though. Maybe there was a little good in him after all.
"So... how old are you?" I asked.
"On the outside I'm 18, but I was changed in 1890, " he replied.
He was over 100 years old! He should be buried in the ground right now, but there was, over 100 years old, and looked not a day over 18.
My face must have looked pretty shocked because he started laughing. Then I realized that my eyes had gone wide and my mouth hung open. I quickly made my face into, what I hoped, was a normal expression.
"Where are you from?" I asked.
"Born and raised in Pennsylvania, but I guess you could say that I'm from all over the world, now, " he said.
"You've traveled the world?" I asked.
"You betcha!" he said, looking very full of himself.
I smiled for just a second, but then I felt my face become serious. If he wasn't going to kill me, then what was he going to do to me?
"So, " I asked, "what are you going to do with me?"
"I'm not sure yet. Tell me, Miss Annabell Clark, do you have a happy life? Lost of friends and family? A boyfriend?"
I wondered about what he was getting at, but then started to answer his question, "Not much family. Really, I've only got my Aunt Amy, but she doesn't care much for me. I've got a few friends, but no boyfriend. Why do you ask?"
"Just wondering. Come on, I want to take you somewhere, " he said and he pulled me from my chair and while pulling me along, we rushed out of the store.
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February 13th, 2009, 11:23 pm
We rushed down the street, but apparently I was too slow for him. So he picked me up and ran with me in his arms like he was Flash, to our destination.
We ended up at an old, rundown, abandoned building. The doors and windows were boarded up and looked like no one had come here in ages.
"Follow me, " he said.
I obediently followed him to the back of the building. There he pulled off some of the wood planks on one of the lower windows and helped me in through it. Then he jumped in after me.
It looked like an old school. Moonlight shone through the windows that weren't boarded up and it lit up the classroom. Tables and chairs were pressed up against the walls. The room was full of dust and cobwebs.
"Why are we here? What is this place?" I asked.
"It used to be an old school, but now it's Kentucky's very own vampire refuge, " he explained.
My eyes went wide.
"There are vampires here?" I asked, sounding worried.
"No, don't be worried. They are all out hunting, " he assured me.
"Why are we here, though?"
"This is going to be your new home pretty soon, Annabell Clark."
My eyes went even wider. It felt as though my eyeballs were going to pop out of my sockets.
"What?" I shrieked.
In an instant, he had moved towards me and had me held against the wall.
"Don't be frightened, Annabell, " he whispered softly in my ear.
Then he leaned into me and right when I thought he was going to sink his fangs into me, his lips met mine. I had no idea what we were doing, but I kissed him back. Then, he pulled away and moved my hair away from my neck, brushing his cold hand across my collarbone.
He leaned into me once more, bowed his head towards my neck, and his fangs pierced my skin.
It felt horrible at first. His fangs were like over sized needles, much too short, but much too wide. But then all the pain stopped and it actually felt kind of nice. I could feel the blood being drained from me, but I could also feel something else. Something entered me and replaced the blood that was leaving. Venom maybe, was what I thought.
My heart sped up, faster than it had ever gone before, trying to pump the little blood that was still in my body. My breathing came in gasps and I was struggling to even breathe at all. I knew I was dying, but at least there was no pain. Dying was actually quite pleasurable. Dying like this, anyways.
Finally, my heart stopped trying to pump the blood that was no longer there. My breathing slowed, as well, but then it stopped all together. Then, my eyelids flickered shut and I was dead. Or so I thought.
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February 15th, 2009, 10:21 pm
I woke with a start. What a terrible dream I had! I slowly sat up and realized I had a horrible pain in my neck. It felt like someone stabbed me there. Then, I looked around. I was in my bedroom. It must have been a dream then. But it was all so real! How else could that explain the searing pain I in the side of my neck? I felt my neck and found two little holes there. I got up and went to the little mirror on my dresser and held it up to look at my reflection. Two little holes, just a bit rounder than a needle were on the left side of my throat. Then, I looked at my face. I was a little more pale than usual, but nothing else looked different about me. Maybe I wasn't turning into a vampire after all. I laughed off the idea and shock off the 'dream'. It was just my imagination. Maybe Aunt Amy's cat, Nibbles, was responsible for the little holes in my neck. She did like to bite me.
I looked at my alarm clock and saw that I had about an hour and a half to get to school. More time than usual.
I cracked my bedroom door open a bit and heard Aunt Amy humming and smelled coffee.
I sighed. The only reason I woke up late everyday was so that I didn't have to see her ugly, stuck up face or hear her complain. About 30 more minutes and she would leave for work.
I went over to my window and opened the curtains. I quickly shut them again, though. I had always been a little sensitive to the sun, but never that sensitive. I opened the curtains again, but had to squint and half look away. The sun had just risen and it was a beautiful, cloudless day.
I picked out my clothes and jewelry and sat on my bed waiting for Aunt Amy to leave. I had picked out my Paramore Riot! t-shirt and a pair of jeans. I also got out my big, hoop earrings and some cute bangles.
Finally, Aunt Amy left and I got ready for school and left.
The sun hurt even more when I got outside, but it wasn't unbearable. I just had to shield my eyes. When I realized that I couldn't drive like this, I went back inside and grabbed my old New York Yankee's baseball hat and a pair of sunglasses. That was better. I just needed a little shielding. I couldn't help but think that something was wrong with me, though.
When I got to school, I was greeted by my friends who gave me strange looks because of my get-up.
"The sun's just bothering me a little today, " I told them.
They shrugged it off and we went to class.
After school, I had to work so I drove to the supermarket.
Me and Jason were talking, since we both were working as cashiers that night, when David walked into my checkout isle.
"Hi, " he said, smiling.
"Hi, " I returned.
He was buying just some random food items and I raised my eyebrows to that.
"Do vampires really eat that stuff?" I asked in a hushed voice so that only me and him could hear.
"No, but I needed to talk with you again, " he said.
I shook my head. No, it was a dream. What happened last night was a dream.
The customer behind David cleared his throat and I started to scan the food.
"It didn't happen. It was a dream. You shouldn't even be real. I... I just don't know, " I said.
"You're confused, " he replied.
"Yeah, I guess I am. Are you psychic or something?" I asked.
He laughed, "No, I'm just good at reading faces.
I smiled and finished scanning the items.
"Your total is $24.67, " I said.
He pulled out his wallet and handed me a $20 and a $5.
"Aren't you homeless or something? How do you get money when your a vampire?" I asked, hoping that my tone was playful and he didn't get offended.
"No, I am not homeless and it's none of your business where I get my money, " he said, "I'll talk to you when your shift is over. Meet me in the back."
I watched him walk away and the impatient customer cleared his throat again. I started to scan their stuff and Jason gave me a questioning look. I just smiled in return and finished working.
Two hours later, I went outside to the back of the building where the employee parking lot was. There was David, sitting on the trunk of my car.
"Hello, again, " he said, giving me that breathtaking smile.
I just stared at him.
"Listen to me, alright. Last night was real, no dream. You are becoming one of the undead."
"No, I am not!" I yelled.
I walked over to the driver's side door and began to unlock it, but he stopped me.
"You cannot deny it. It's happening! In a matter of days, you won't be human anymore, " he said.
I just ignored him and waited for him to let of me, but he continued talking.
"You have to holes in your neck, I can see them."
I felt my neck.
"You're sensitive to the sunlight, aren't you? Extremely sensitive!"
"Stop breathing for a moment. See, you don't need air. You just breathe out of habit and to smell."
I stopped breathing and realized he was right.
"Just listen for a moment and put your hand over your heart. What do you hear? What do you feel?"
I did as he said.
"Nothing, " I replied.
Normally in complete silence, I could hear my heart beating, but now I couldn't. I couldn't even feel it!
"Soon, Annabell. Soon you will become a vampire."
I burst into tears. He pulled me into an awkward hug. I realized then that I believed him. I believed what was happening to me. I was changing.
"What am I supposed to do?" I asked through sniffles.
He stopped hugging me and looked at me and said, "Keep going to school. Keep living your life as normally as possible. The change takes a week to complete. I'll be there when it's finished."
He started to walk away when I asked him, "How did I get back to my house last night?"
He smiled, mysteriously and pulled out a hot pink wallet with hearts all over it. My wallet. He threw it back to me and ran off.
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February 16th, 2009, 10:27 pm
The rest of the week I tried to act normal and just live like I was before, but I couldn't act like it. As often as I tried to act like there was nothing wrong in front of my friends, they knew something was up and they did notice the changes.
I was gradually becoming more and more pale, until my nice, healthy glow of a tan was gone and I started to look like I hadn't seen the sun in years. Thankfully, the week was pretty rainy and cloudy, but for those moments when the sun broke through the clouds that week and I was outside, it was almost unbearable.
Along with the extremely pale skin and the extra sensitivity to sunlight came other changes, as well. My sense of smell and become much more prominent and so did my hearing. I could smell the blood flowing through the veins of the people around me and I could, just faintly, hear the beating of their hearts. I found that I could almost see as clearly in the dark as I do during the day, too.
Unfortunately, more physical changes happened as well. My eyes began to turn red and I could feel fangs pushing their way out of my gums. I had to wear sunglasses and keep my head down or else someone would notice.
My appetite was changing as well, until soon the smell of human food and the taste of it made me want to puke. Before, a nice slice of pepperoni pizza and a glass of Dr. Pepper were enough to make my mouth water, but now, everyone around me smelled delicious. I could hardly control myself from digging my still-growing fangs into one their veins and drinking the luscious, red, thick blood flowing inside them.
Finally, it was the end of the week. 7 days since David had been me and I could feel that the change was over. I had put up thick, dark sheets over my already curtained window to block out the sun because I knew that I would die if I saw it's rays. I had also packed a couple of bags and stole some money out of the cookie jar. I knew David was going to take me somewhere, but I didn't know where. Maybe the old school. I would have to stick with him, though, because this would all be brand new to me and he could help me out. Plus, I liked him. Even though knew that was wrong. He was a murderer after all, but he had to do that. Without blood, vampires would die.
Realizing that I was stuck in here till night fall, I went to my door, locked it, and shoved some furniture up against it. Of course it wasn't really shoving. It was more like scooting it softly, what with my new found strength and all. Maybe this wouldn't be so bad. I got a few good things out of becoming a vampire and I finally got to leave Aunt Amy. The only thing was, my friends. Especially Jason. He was like a brother to me and leaving him would be hard. Maybe I could see him, though. If I didn't eat him first. I shuddered at the thought.
I returned to my bed and went back to sleep. I don't know how long I slept, but I woke up to hear tapping. I got up and went to the window. There was David, hanging onto the ledge of m window. He mouthed the words, "Let's go, " and I grabbed my stuff, opened the window and climbed out.
"Thanks, " I said to David after he helped me out the window. He had levitated down to the ground with me in his arms, "When are you going to teach me how to do that?"
"Some other time. Let's go, " he said.
I grabbed the two duffel bags I had thrown out the window and followed him to my new home.
It turned out he was taking me to the old school after all. When we got there, we climbed into the building where we had gone in last time.
"Downstairs, in the basement is where most of us sleep. Only the brave few sleep up here, " he explained when we were inside.
"Why do you need to be brave to do that?" I asked.
"Because there are the chances of stupid humans coming in here and finding us or some light could get through the boards on the windows and burn us. Follow me, " he said.
I followed him. He led me down to the basement which was completely dark, but with my new found vision, I could see everything perfectly. The room was very wide and long, but the ceiling was low. Cobwebs hung in every corner and I could see a few rats run somewhere on the filthy ground. What really stood out, though, were the rows of coffins. I counted five rows and eight coffins in each row.
"There are 40 vampires here?" I asked, shocked.
Our murder rate should have been even higher if there were.
"No. We can come and go as we please. There are a few vampires who chose to make this their permanent home, though. I would say there are at least 12 vampires staying here right now. Including you. I guess you could call this a free-of-charge, vampire hotel, " he joked.
"Right..." I said, making my way over to one of the coffins.
I was about to pull the lid off of one when he stopped me and said, "That's my coffin."
"Oh, sorry, " I said, looking embarrassed.
He laughed, "You can take that one, " he said, pointing to the coffin beside his.
I opened it and saw that it was clean and padded. With the way the room looked, I was expecting the coffin to be horrible, but it was actually kind of nice. I put my bags in to coffin and closed the lid.
"Right, so... let's get something to eat, " he said, looking excited.
That was when I realized that I was hungry. Starving, in fact. Since I didn't find human food to be very appetizing anymore, I hadn't eaten much. But then I realized what he meant.
"No! No, I won't! I won't kill someone!" I yelled.
"Then starve and die completely, but trust me. Now that you're a full vampire, you won't be able to resist. Just let your vampire instincts take over. What do you they say?" he asked.
I closed my eyes and let that little bit of human nature I had left be tucked away in my mind and let my vampire nature take over. I started to think about the blood in all of those humans. Oh, the numbers! So many juicy humans, full of blood, just waiting to be drunk from.
"Let's go, " I said, my mouth watering.
February 24th, 2009, 7:56 pm
Here is a new chapter after that short delay. What is really surprising is that the delay was not due to writer's block. :lol: I actually got three chapters done over the weekend and I really hope you all like them. Please leave feedback, I would love to know what you think of the story.
We headed down the block, away from the old school, in search of our prey. We went walking all throughout the town, searching for wandering humans, but apparently, no one was out at the time. I checked my watch. It was one o'clock in the morning. I was surprised by how much time had passed since David came and picked me up from my apartment.
"Is it usually this abandoned?" I asked becoming very impatient and hungry.
"Well, it is a Monday night, but there should usually be at least one or two humans around, " he explained.
We kept walking until we were outside a house that had lights on and a few people coming out.
"Party!" David yelled, excited.
"Shh! Won't they hear you?" I asked, slightly amused at his behavior.
"Nah! They'll just think I'm another teenager enjoying the party, " he said with a big smile on his face.
"Come on, Chris! You said you would take me home, " a girl who sounded slightly familiar to me, whined.
"Yeah, yeah, come on. I'll take ya, " a man said to the girl.
They started to walk down the street and we followed closely behind. They didn't notice us though because they were too wrapped up with each other. The girl had her arm around her boyfriend's back and was talking very fast. Her boyfriend had his arm around her shoulder and was walking a bit unsteadily. He must have been drunk. Who was that girl, though? She sounded familiar, but I couldn't get a close enough look, even with my brilliant new vision.
"We'll get them over to this alley here and then jump them, " David whispered.
I nodded. I couldn't trust my voice. My vampire instincts told me that this was the right thing. That jumping these people, pulling them into the alley, and drinking their blood was the right thing to do. But that little bit of human I had left said otherwise. It told me to run, to get out of there this instant and never take an innocent life. It was just a little voice in the back of my head, though, while my vampire said was almost fully dominant. I decided to listen to my vampire instincts.
We rounded the corner and walked past the alley. We ran silently behind them and took them by their necks from behind and dragged them into the alley. I had the man and David had the girl.
"Why hello, sweetheart. How are you?" the man said to me.
I hissed at him. I mean I actually hissed... like a snake! It was the weirdest thing I had ever done, even as a vampire. I pushed him up against one of the walls of the alley and bit down on his neck with my fangs. The man screamed for a second or two, but then it just went down to a whimper as I drained the life from him.
The man's blood was delicious. My hunger immediately vanished and was replaced by a sensation completely brand new to me. To this day, I can find no words to explain it, but each and every time since then, when I fed on someone, that sensation came into me and I was always overwhelmed by it. The blood was just so delicious! So warm and juicy and thick. It was the greatest thing I had ever tasted and the most amazing sensation, but all too soon was the blood gone. I had sucked him dry and a little too fast for my liking, with much less blood for my liking, as well.
"Good, wasn't it?" David asked, leaning up against the opposite wall from me, the body of the dead girl at his feet.
"Amazing!" I said, a little breathless.
He smiled at that.
I looked down at the dead body at his feet and gasped. It was best friend, Lucy and the man had been her boyfriend, Chris and we had killed them.
"No, no, no, no, no!" I cried, sliding down the alley wall.
"What is it?" he asked, coming to my side.
"My friend and her boyfriend. We killed them, " I sobbed.
I expected tears to be flowing down my cheeks, but they weren't. I wiped my cheek with my hand.
"No more bodily fluids except venom. You can't cry anymore. Well, you can't produce tears anyway. The saliva in your mouth is not saliva, it's venom, " he explained.
I just gave a little nod with my head in my hands.
David put his arm around my shoulders and pulled me into him.
"I killed them. We killed them, " I said again.
"We didn't know who they were, but they were just humans. They don't mean anything. It wasn't like you would ever see them again, " he said.
What he said did not help at all. It only made me sob harder.
"Shh, " he said, trying to calm me.
I stayed silent for a few more minutes and I did calm down, but I was still upset over what we had just done.
"Why are you doing this for me?" I asked.
He looked down at me, surprised by what i had just said and asked, "What do you mean?"
I looked up at him and said, "I barely know you and you barely know me and you're helping me so much. Why?"
He thought about this for a moment, but then said, "I like you and we do know each other. Just not that well. Listen, I changed you, so it's my responsibility to make sure that you know everything about being a vampire and are settled into the change. The vampire who changed me did that and now I will do this for you, " he said.
"Right..." I replied, looking towards the brightening sky.
"We had better get going. It's almost dawn, " he said.
February 25th, 2009, 7:59 pm
When we got back to the vampire refuge, we immediately went down to the basement to get some sleep. Other vampires were already in their coffins and some were getting ready to sleep. I climbed into my coffin and fell to sleep right when my head hit the pillow.
I awoke to David hovering right by head.
"Wake up sleepyhead. It's an hour after dusk, " he said.
I groaned. I didn't want to wake up, but I was pretty hungry.
"Come on!" he said, impatiently.
"Fine, I'm getting up, " I said, grouchily.
I gout out of my coffin and was surprised to find that no part of me was sore. I slept pretty comfortably in that old, padded, wooden coffin.
"Let's go eat, " he said, excited all over again about getting food.
"Can I freshen up first?"
"Uh... sure. Sure, you can. There are showers in the old locker rooms and the bathrooms are pretty clean. Hurry up, though, I'm hungry."
I took one of my bags and headed up to the old, girl's locker room.
It was actually pretty clean. Some parts were grimy and rusty, but most of it looked like someone just cleaned. The vampires must have cleaned this place up a bit.
I took a long, hot shower and then wrapped myself and my hair in towels. I headed over to one of the full body mirrors and was so glad to see that I still had a reflection. I guess that part was just in the movies and books. Not that my reflection was a very good thing to look at now. I had bright, red eyes and almost translucent skin, but when I looked closer, I looked so much more beautiful. I guess that thing about enhanced, unnatural beauty was true. Maybe that was so that we could pull in prey, easily.
I got dressed in a long sleeved, purple shirt and jeans and headed back down to the basement.
"Ready to hunt?" David asked.
"No, " I said, looking down at my shoes instead of him.
"Then starve to death, " he said coldly and walked up the stairs.
I stood there looking at the spot he head just been standing at with my mouth open. How could he do that? I was shocked and surprised at first by his coldness, but then I just got angry. I growled. Another very strange thing I had done since becoming a vampire. I had growled like an angry dog or an irritated grizzly bear.
I calmed myself as much as I could and followed him up the stairs.
"What's that supposed to mean?" I asked him.
"It means that you hunt or you die. I'm sorry for the way I said that, but I twas just pointing out the truth, " he said calmly.
"I don't want to kill humans!" I yelled.
"Well, I'm sorry, but as much as you value their sorry, little, short lives, they are our food. Now you can stay here and go hungry or you can come with me and we can feast, " he said, walking to the room with the open window.
I sighed, but followed him. When I thought about hunting with my new vampire side, I wanted to do it so bad and even my human side of thinking wanted to hunt because of that amazing, indescribable sensation I experienced yesterday.
"If we hunt, can we hunt like criminals and murderers? Those who aren't innocent?" I asked when I caught up with him.
"Yeah, but the innocent and so tasty. Filled with food and all of their human garbage, " he replied.
I shook my head, but followed him out the window.
"Where are we going to hunt?" I asked as we headed down the street.
"Well it's eight o'clock at night. People should be out and about in this town, " he said, walking ahead of me, clearly excited to eat.
I walked faster, going at a slight jog to keep up with him.
Two teenage boys were walking down the street with backpacks slung over their shoulders. They looked like they were heading to one of the houses on the street.
"Let's go, " David said, quietly.
He started to walk across the street towards the boys, but I grabbed his arm, "No they don't deserve to die, " I said.
"Oh, I don't have time for this. I hate using mind control, but I'm hungry and I know you are too, " he said, angrily.
He grabbed me by the shoulders and looked me in the eyes and for some reason I could not look away.
"You will let go of your human side and let your vampire instincts take control. You will hunt, " he said.
My head became light, oh so light, and in my head I could feel my humanity fleeting and my vampirism taking full control. I now wanted to kill those boys. I wanted their blood.
I started to walk towards them and David followed me with a smug smile on his face. We took them from behind pulled them to the back of the gas station on the street and fed. The same sensation I felt last time came again and it was just as strong and beautiful as before. I was again amazed by it. When I had drained the one boy I grabbed, I let him fall to the ground and I felt my humanity slowly returning. I looked down at the boy and felt sad for him, but soon my humanity fully returned and I was so upset over the death of this innocent, teenage boy and so angry by the fact that I was the one who killed him.
David saw my anguished face and said, "Annabell, listen, it's in our nature. I'm sorry."
"Just shut up!" I yelled, "Shut up and leave me alone!"
I ran away and let my new, inhuman speed take control and in just a few short minutes I found myself on a familiar street in front of a very familiar house. It was Jason's house. I walked up to the door and rang the doorbell. He answered.
"Annabell!" he exclaimed.
I nodded and hugged him tight. I sobbed, tearless sobs into his shoulder.
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March 1st, 2009, 6:29 pm
I'm suffering from Writer's Block for the very first time with this story so I'm not sure when I'll get another chapter up. Plus, I've got two other stories that I'm writing too. I've had this chapter done for a long time, but I just haven't had time to put it up. Please leave feedback and tell me what you think.
"Anna, what's wrong?" Jason asked, sweetly.
He was always so nice and sweet to me. In fact, he was nice and sweet to everyone. It was just how he was and for that, I was thankful. Maybe he could help me. Maybe I could tell him. Or maybe I should just keep my mouth shut.
"I need to talk to you, " I managed to say through my sobs.
"Okay, come inside, " he said moving out of the way from the doorway to let me through.
"No, not in there. I can't let anyone see me. I'm not even sure if I should let you see me, " I said, my sobs finally ceasing.
"Why?" he asked trying to get a closer look at me, but I turned my face.
"Just come with me, " I said, walking away from his house.
I was down the driveway already, but I turned around to see if he was following me. He wasn't. He was just standing in the doorway, staring.
"Follow me, " I told him, aggravated.
He followed, but hesitantly.
We walked around the block from his house, towards the little, town park. We sat down at one of the benches. I looked away from him, but he still stared at me.
"Why won't you look at me?" he asked.
"Because I"m different, " I said, "Because I've changed."
"What do you mean? How?" he asked, a bit unsure of how to say it.
I sighed. I really had no idea how I was going to say this, but I knew I had to tell him. He was like family to me and in reality, the only person -- the only human -- I had left. Maybe he would believe me.
"You know how I asked before if you thought vampires were real? Well... they are. I am one, " I said, sadly.
"Yeah, right. You know this isn't really the time to make jokes or play pranks. Lucy and her boyfriend were just found dead, " he said, sounding mad and sad.
I turned to look at him. I must have looked pretty frightening because he backed away, looking horrified.
"W-w-what's happened to you?" he stuttered.
"I twas transformed into a vampire, " I said.
"I still don't believe you, " he said, looking me over, "There must be some logical explanation."
I shook my head. "That is the truth. Look, " I said and I opened my mouth and exposed my fangs.
He frowned and pulled on my fangs.
"Good glue, " he said.
I sighed and shook my head.
"Look at my eyes, " I told him.
He looked closer and gasped, but then he calmed himself.
I growled. "Why did I even decide to tell you. I knew you wouldn't believe me, " I said and got up to walk away.
"No!" he yelled after me, "Sit back down. Let's talk."
I sat back down and he asked, "Why do you think you are a vampire?"
"Let's see... I killed Lucy, I killed innocent people. I drained them of their blood. I have venom in my system instead of blood. I have fangs, red eyes, translucent skin, and a thirst for blood instead of human food. I'm inhumanly strong and fast and let's face it, I look inhuman, period, " I pointed out.
He just stared at me with his mouth wide open, his face ashen pale, and his eyes bugging out.
"You-you-you k-killed Lucy and her boyfriend?" he stuttered.
I nodded. "Yes, I'm so sorry! I couldn't control myself. It's in my-my nature. My new nature, I mean.
"I just... I, " he said, looking scared and confused.
"I'm sorry. I'm so so sorry, " I said
"How could you?! Innocent people and our friends, too! This isn't you, Annabell. It's not just physical changes is it? Your mind changed as well, " he said.
He stood up from the bench and looked like he was going to run for it if he had to, but I would never kill Jason. I have enough self control for at least that.
"You're right. I think that my mind is changing, too, but I'm trying to keep hold of my human mind. I can feel it going, though. Especially when I feed. So... I was thinking that maybe you could help me, " I said, sheepishly.
"I can't help you and if I could, why would I? You've become a monster, " he said and he started to walk away.
"No! Jason! You're the only friend I have left. The only human friend, anyway. I was thinking that maybe if I hung around a human, my human side of thinking could win over my vampire side, " I explained.
"So you really are a vampire?" he asked, not looking very scared anymore.
I nodded and looked down at the grass.
"Wow. I can't believe I'm saying this, but... I believe you. I'm not sure if I can help you, though, " he said.
"Please, Jason! I need you!" I begged.
I was prepared to get on my knees and beg, but he said, "Okay, maybe I can help you, but I'm not sure if I can trust you. You're just not... you."
I nodded sadly. I should have expected this. Jason had always been a great friend, but not even he would trust me or expect me. I was surprised that he believed me, though.
"Come with me, " he said.
"Come to my house. It's cold out here anyway and getting late. We can hang at my house and figure out what to do, " he said, walking away, wanting me to follow him.
"No, Jason, wait! I--" I yelled, but he wasn't listening. He just kept on walking, so I followed him.
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April 30th, 2009, 9:33 pm
So, I've finally managed to end my writer's block and finally write some chapters. I had originally decided to just give up on the story, but I really liked the idea too much to let it go. Really, though, I'm not sure where the heck this is going. Ah, well, here's a new chapter.
We walked back to Jason's house, Jason taking the lead and I right behind him. His sluggish human pace was very annoying to my inhuman speed. I wondered when I had become such a vampire. Probably when I was turned into one.
"I can't go through the front door, " I said when we reached his house.
"Sure you can. My parents won't see you, " he said and he opened the door.
We walked into Jason's little two-story house and I was about to run up the stairs that were right by the door, when Jason's mom stopped me.
His parents were sitting in the small living room just to the right of the door, watching TV. His mother had turned around on the couch to look at me.
"Oh, hello, Annabell. How are you?" she asked.
"Hi. I'm good, " I said briefly, keeping my head low.
With that, I ran up the steps and Jason slowly followed. I ran at an inhuman speed into Jason's tiny bedroom and sat myself on his bed, putting my face in my hands.
Jason stepped into his room and shut the door, leaning against the closed door, looking at me with mixed anger and sadness.
We stayed silent for what seemed like ages, but was really only a few seconds. Jason, no doubt, was trying to process everything I had told him before and most likely thinking of what he was going to say to me next. I just sat there on his bed, wanting to cry, but not having tears to cry with. I silently cursed myself and David for all that had happened.
Finally, Jason interrupted the silence and asked, quietly, "How did this start?"
So, I told him. I told Jason everything that had happened even though I was pretty sure that I should have kept it all to myself. I told him about my first encounter with a vampire. About meeting David, about my change, and everything else. Jason just listened silently, his mouth agape and blue eyes bulging wide.
Jason's first question after my story was, "Do you still feel human at all?"
I shook my head sadly. "Not one bit."
Jason sighed and slowly moved towards me, sitting beside me on his bed. Although he kept a few good inches between us, it showed me that he wasn't as afraid of me as he first was.
"Is there any way to reverse it?" he asked, staring ahead at the navy blue wall.
"No, " I said, my slightly breaking, "If there was, I think most of the vampires would have changed back by now."
"Don't they like it once they've been changed?"
I looked at him in shock and he stared back at me in confusion. The shock quickly wore off, though, and was replaced by rage. Jason scooted back across his bed till he was at the edge, clearly frightened by my change in attitude.
"You think we like this!? That I like this!?" I asked loudly, but then lowered my voice, moving forward to get in his face, "Not being able to see the sun, killing people, stealing, destroying lives... you think we like it? The utterly insane might, but for me and any other sane-once-human vampires, it is a living hell."
I sat up straight and moved myself away from my scared friend. My anger had diminished and I was left sitting there, staring at the floor, feeling completely empty. Jason sat up and I watched him slowly relax again, out of the corner of my eye.
We sat there, falling back into silence once again. I looked around his messy room, smiling at it. All the times I had in here. Such fun times. Me and my friends would stay late at night on the weekends sometimes when we were younger, and occasionally played Truth or Dare. It was more like just Dare, though, because we almost always ended up daring each other. One time, Lucy had dared me and Jason to kiss each other. That, I'm sure, had been fun for Jason, but it was just plain embarrassing for me.
Jason brought me out of my memories by banging something. I turned around and saw that Jason was standing by his window, just having opened it. He leaned out the window and looked as if he were breathing heavily.
"You okay?" I asked, about to stand up and walk over to him, but he stopped me.
"Just, give me some space, will you?" he asked.
I nodded, but had no idea why he was suddenly being this way. He looked over to me and I saw that his expression was blank.
"Are you going to kill me?" he asked, his voice devoid of all emotion as well.
I frowned at that. "No."
"Then why did you kill those innocent people? Why did you kill Lucy?!" he asked, his anger getting the better of him.
I realized where all of that had come from then. He hadn't really taken everything I had said to him in yet, but our silence and musing over our thoughts had let it sink in. He was obviously, finally, getting the gravity of the situation.
"Because I couldn't control myself, " I said, gritting my teeth.
"And you can now?" he asked, staring at me incredulously.
I stared back at him, searching for what to say. I could say that I was fine. That I no longer had to worry about the blood lust, but that would be a complete lie. My mouth was watering at the scent that came off him and the breeze flowing through the open window, just made the scent stronger. His blood was calling out to me, getting higher and higher by the second until I could barely resist anymore.
Finally, I settled on answering with, "Barely."
He shook his head and turned to look out the window again. I stood up and cautiously walked over to him. I stood beside him at the small window, looking out at the swaying trees and bright moon.
Jason didn't acknowledge that I was there with him then. The only sign that I had to know that he knew I was beside him was when he shifted over a few feet.
"What's keeping me alive then?"
"Luck and a strong but losing will power, " I answered quickly, but instantly regretted saying those words.
Jason glanced at me, panic in his eyes and fear for his life written across his face.
Oh, how I wished I could have taken those words back. They had just sort of slipped out was all, but Jason now knew that he was so close to getting the blood sucked out of him or becoming a vampire.
"Soon, you won't be able to control yourself, will you?" he asked sadly, the tinniest bit of fear in his voice.
I hesitated, but then slowly nodded. He nodded as well and moved away from the window.
"You'd better leave then, " he said to me.
I looked at him in surprise and expected him to be looking back at me, but he kept his gaze averted and slightly motioned towards the window.
Before I left him, I slowly moved towards him, my face sad. He crept backwards as I moved forward, but I had no intention of harming him. Finally, he seemed to have gotten the message and he stopped backing away. I walked the rest of the distance over to him and engulfed him in a great, big hug which he, thankfully, returned.
"Don't think this is the last time I'm gonna see you, " I said softly, "Bye."
"Bye, " he whispered back.
With that, I climbed out his window and jumped down to the grass. I landed with a thud, but I didn't get hurt at all. I turned to look back up at Jason's window. He was shutting it, but he waved to me before he moved away from it. I waved back and slowly began walking down the street, back to David and the vampire refuge.
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May 20th, 2009, 6:42 pm
I wrote this chapter a couple of weeks ago, I just have been procrastinating too much to actually get it up. :rolleyes: Slap me if it ever takes this long to post a new chapter again, will ya?
When I got back to the old, worn-down school, the beginning signs of dawn shown in the sky. The previously black sky was now lightening to a dark blue and the sun peeked out, just a bit, from over the horizon.
I hastened my way through the open window entrance of the refuge and ran down the hallways and the flight of stairs, jumping into my comfortable coffin in the basement. I slammed the lid shut, probably annoying the few other vampires I had seen in the room as I flew by. David, thankfully, was not one of them. I did not want to talk to him right now. He would just make things worse for me.
Sighing heavily, I rolled onto my side and fell into a surprisingly dreamless sleep.
What seemed like moments later, I awoke to a knock on the lid of my coffin. I let out a frustrated growl and shoved the lid open. David stood over me, his emotionless face watching my every move. I had my eyes closed still, but I could tell that the was just standing there.
I opened my eyes and glared at him. "My internal clock says it's too early. Let me sleep, " I growled at him.
He chuckled softly and reached down to brush my hair away from my eyes. David smiled at me sadly and I savored his touch and his heavenly smile. I smiled back. Oh, what was I thinking? I smiled at him, liked him, thought he was hot, and even wanted him to kiss me again like he did before he changed me, but I knew that was completely wrong. I yelled in my head at myself for thinking those thoughts. It was because of him that my life was a great, big disaster and because of him that I had turned into some homicidal maniac.
David pulled me out of my thoughts by asking, "Why did you run away yesterday?"
His smile faded and his angelic, but also demon like features turned serious. I sighed and sat up in my coffin, combing down my messy hair with my fingers.
"I'm afraid, " I said, softly.
He looked slightly aggravated that I hadn't really answered his question, but that soon passed and he looked genuinely concerned.
"About what?" he asked, helping me out of my bed.
When I was standing on the dirty concrete floor, I turned to look at him.
"About what I've become, " I answered, hesitantly.
David nodded in understanding and grabbed my hand, leading me up to the main floor of the school. We walked along until we came to a lounge-like area. It was dusty and looked like it wasn't used much, but the black, fluffy couches looked inviting. I plopped myself down on one of them and David sat next to me.
"So, you're afraid of being a vampire and losing your humanity?" he asked me, but sounded like he was stating a fact.
I nodded slowly and he turned to look up at the ceiling, his red eyes staring up at nothing. We stayed silent for a while, me just looking at him. David, on the other hand, looked like he was doing a great deal of thinking.
Finally, he looked away from the gray ceiling and at me. He smiled a little, but I could see pain in his eyes. A tortured, saddened pain that made me have to look away.
"I remember when I was first changed, " David began, sadness in his voice, "I was only a month away from turning 19, but that didn't matter. Nothing mattered in my family. I had a servant job and my parents didn't care for me at all. They only cared for my older sister and ignored me completely. Never listening, never caring, and certainly never loving.
"Anyways, it was about midnight and I was heading back to my little house after my job was finally done for the day. I didn't notice when they came out of the shadows. They jumped out at me unexpectedly, almost causing me to yell in fright. It was this young, beautiful woman, so beautiful that she looked like an angel sent from heaven, itself. There was a man with her too. Just as young and just as handsome. 'I think this one will make good food, ' the woman had said. The man just nodded in agreement, but didn't attack me like I thought he would from the look of his stance. Instead, the woman sprung up at me like a cat and dug her fangs into my neck. She pulled me into the alley, still sucking my blood. I was in such terrible pain and felt like crying out, but I didn't. Soon enough, though, it was over and the last thing I heard were their retreating footsteps."
I watched David as he told his sad story and my heart warmed for him. Without even thinking, I embraced him tightly and he hesitantly hugged me back.
"What happened after?" I asked, my voice slightly muffled since my face was pressed into his shoulder.
"I woke up alone in the alley, the sun was just about to come up, " he continued, I could hear the pain in his voice this time, "I didn't know what sunlight could do to me, but I found out then. I walked along, back to my house, but the sun came up before I got there."
I gasped at this and pulled away, looking at him. He smiled slightly, but the smile was ruined by the hurting in his eyes.
"I burned. My skin felt unusually hot at first and I just ignored it, but then, I felt like I was burning. My skin was becoming burnt and boils were forming. I started to wither, right then and there."
I frowned at that and asked him, "How come the sun only irritated me when I went out the first day I was changed?"
"I changed you differently to how I was changed, " he explained, the pained look leaving since he wasn't talking about his terrible past anymore, "Tons of venom was poured into me when I was changed, but I only gave you a little. Giving you time to set things straight, prepare, and not have to go through a huge shock like I did. Kinder vampires do this for the one's they change."
I nodded. "So, go on with your story."
"I headed into an alley when the burning became too much and stayed there until the sun went down. I felt like I was literally falling apart and struggled to even remain upright when I left my hiding place. When I came out onto the street, I smelled blood. I followed the scent and a human was walking along the sidewalk, not paying any mind to anything. Much like me before I was changed. I ran up to the man and drank from her. Killing her instead of changing her."
Again, I frowned. There were some things I hadn't asked David about before and now seemed like a good time to do so. Especially since we were talking about the subject.
"The night you changed me, " I said, "You said that maybe I was the one that you changed. What did you mean by that?"
He sighed. I could tell that he was getting fed up with my interruptions.
"The kinder vampires, -- like me and you -- usually only change one human, if any, to keep the population vampires low and humans, high. Also, it kind of makes us complete. Like, we've finally become a complete vampire by changing a human. Sometimes, we find our soul mates in those we change, too."
He looked at me, grinning, and I looked away, blushing.
"Now, back to my story, " he said, sighing a bit, but then speaking faster than before, trying to finish his story, "After I drank from the man, I ran back to my house and hid in the cellar. I slept there the rest of the night and day that followed. When I awoke the next night, I found myself healed of my wounds -- because blood heals wounded vampires -- and famished. so, I kept on hunting, started to travel, and occasionally found more vampires who taught me lots of things -- which I will teach you -- and told me that vampire refuges were set up all over the world. Then, about a month ago, I settled here for a bit and I'm glad I did."
He finished his story and grinned even wider at me. I blushed even more and smiled, trying to fight a girlish giggle.
"Did you like becoming a vampire?" I asked him, turning serious.
He turned serious as well. "No, and I still don't, but this is the way it is."
"Killing people, though..."
"It's how we survive! I've lived for a very long time, Annabell, and my humanity left years ago."
"Don't you wish you had it back?" I asked, staring into his hard, red eyes.
He shook his head. "No, because then, I would feel some compassion for those humans and I would hold back form hunting when I need it."
He said that rather savagely and I looked at him in shock. He sighed and stood up from the couch, about to walk out of the room. Before he left, though, he turned to me, looking sad.
"Unless you want to end up like me, don't let your humanity leave, " he said and he left me in silent shock, alone in the lounge.
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