Weekly Feature…Vampire Fiction Serial BONUS episode
Wandering aimlessly, I found myself at the same tree where Victoria savagely bit me not days ago. The faint scent of her was still there, and I found it comforting. There was a stronger scent in the air, however, that gave me no comfort at all.
“Go home kid,” I nodded to the boy sitting in the lowest branch of the tree.
“You can’t tell me what to do,” the kid mumbled.
“I’m sure your mother is worried about you, Justin.”
“How do you know my name?” He hopped down from the branch with a grunt.
“You told me.” I smiled. “The last time we met.”
The kid looked up at me through narrowed eyes. “I didn’t tell you. I told the lady…the vampire lady,” he whispered.
I forced a laugh. “What do you know about vampires?”
“I know plenty. Read all about ‘em in books. Saw a few movies too.” A smile played with his lips. “That’s how I know you’re not one of ‘em.”
“Oh? And how can you be so sure?”
The boy squinted as he turned his face to the sky. “You’d be all burned up if you were.”
“Not if I had a magic potion that lets me walk in the sun.”
He laughed. “Mister…I might be a kid, but I’m not stupid. There’s no such thing as magic.”
“You believe in vampires, but not magic?” I looked him up and down. “How old are you?”
“I’m eleven, but that don’t matter. I saw her fangs come out. She was gonna bite me…but you stopped her.” The kid shrugged. “I guess I should have said thank you.”
“Well, you go on and take yourself home and you can consider me thanked.”
“Are you her protector?” he blurted out.
I simply stared at him. I hadn’t been a very good protector, had I? If I had been…well, things would be a whole lot different right now. “Nah, just a friend.”
Justin’s mouth fell open with a pop. “Vampires have friends?”
“Sure. Everyone needs friends.” I tipped my head at him. “You got any friends, kid?”
He shrugged again. “Sure. Lots.”
“So why aren’t you running around bugging those friends of yours?”
“Everyone’s in school.”
My eyebrows went up. “Why aren’t you in school?”
“Homeschooled. “ He said it as if that would answer all my questions. It only answered one.
“So why aren’t you home being schooled? Isn’t your mother going to be looking for you?”
“She wouldn’t know where I was if I told her.” He took in my confused face for a minute. “The nanny is supposed to be teaching me, but she’s too busy watching her shows.”
“Do you think the lady would bite me? Make me a vampire?”
My fangs slid out at the suggestion and I shook my head violently to force them back. “No one is turning you into a vampire.”
“I’d make a good one. I knocked out a tooth a few weeks ago and there was a ton of blood. I drank it all and didn’t even get sick.”
A shudder went through me and I barked out a hollow laugh. “Trust me, there’s a little more to it than that, kid.”
“Well, I’d still make a good one.” The kid picked up a rock and turned it over in his hands a few times. “I killed a squirrel with one of these once.” He caught me staring. “Ok, twice. But that just proves it. I know how to kill stuff.”
I caught a familiar scent and whipped my head around, following the kid’s blank stare.
“Go ahead, Claude. Turn him…he wants you to,” Elizabeth sauntered into the clearing, replacing Victoria’s faint essence with her own.
“No one is turning anyone today,” I assured her.
“He can’t turn me anyway. He’s no vampire.” The kid crossed his arms in front of him and squinted at Elizabeth’s fiery countenance.
She giggled, glancing at me sideways. “No, I suppose he can’t…but I can.” And she smiled widely, her fangs glinting in the sun.
Watch for the return of Daywalkers this week!