134. Red is the Cure for the Blues

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I got a new computer and set up the feeds to my house cameras.  Can’t be too careful.  I can now count three people I should be wary of: Polar Cubb, the Master, and Yori.  Polar Cubb and the Master now seem more threatening than Yori, who has been mysteriously missing from my life.  I hope she stays gone.

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Little Cameron and his father have been spending a lot of time together.  Little Cameron loves all the attention.

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His favorite game is ‘Pester Daddy.’

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I too play with my little Cameron when I catch him away from Cam.

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We tried to start a game of chess, but only got a few minutes in before Cameron had to get to school.  I was worried for him.  What would the kids think of their classmate being a ghost now?

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Cam drew me away from my musings for a dance, just like the old days.

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But I saw a flash of silver.  He still hadn’t taken his wedding band off.  “I’m sorry, I can’t,” I said.

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And I flew off.  I had to get away.

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I found a fluffy cat wandering the streets like me and I felt a kinship for it.  I nicknamed it Jazz.  Seeing that cat reminded me of Sonset and Curly and I realized how much I missed them.  But I didn’t want to bring them to Moonlight Falls.  Having animals and having babies is a lot of work, and I often felt like I neglected my pets.  I was on the verge of taking Jazz home with me anyway, but it wandered away.

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Then I wound up at the Red Velvet Lounge because I couldn’t bear the thought of going home and being alone with Cam again.  For a place that was rumored to be infested with vampires, they had good soup.

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“Hello, Elena.”

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“Hi,” I said.  “How do you know my name?”

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“I am a vampire,” he said.  “I could have read your mind.  But in this case, I know of you because you are the famous fairy-Berry trying to have 100 babies.  Everyone’s been talking about you.”

“Oh, right, yeah,” I said.

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“Be careful with that one, Miss Queen,” said some random guy.  “He’s a vampire, you know.  They can’t be trusted.”

“Yes, I know he’s a vampire,” I said.

“Hey, now, that’s just rude,” said the vampire.

“Yeah, well, you’re the one trying to seduce your next meal.  Who’s the rude one?” said the random grizzled man.

“You are,” said the vampire.

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“It’s true, I am a big scary beastie of a vampire, but I was just trying to get to know you.  It’s up to you if you’d like to be my next snack.”

“I don’t think so,” I said.

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“Elena, wait!”

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“I am sorry.  I did not mean to offend you.”

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“It’s all right,” I said.  I don’t know what came over me, but he seemed nice enough, and it wasn’t like he’d just randomly bit me.  “We can start over, if you answer one question.”

“What?”

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“What’s your name?”

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“Avery Lanka.  It’s a pleasure to meet you, Miss Queen.”

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“I thought you might appreciate the privacy of this tiny room.”

“Thanks, I like it.  It’s much quieter here.  It’s amazing how crowded this place is.”

“I couldn’t agree more.  May I have a dance?”

“Sure.”

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“You are quite the lovely waltzer, Miss Queen.”

“Thanks, so are you.”

As I swayed with him, I felt my mind going blissfully blank.  All I could think about was Avery.  I wondered what he could be like as a lover.

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All too soon, the dance was done.  “Elena, may I ask you a favor?”

“Sure.”

“May I taste your blood?”

“Yes,” I said without thinking.  I couldn’t remember my reasons against it, or if I’d had any.

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He took my arm in his and I sighed in happy contentment.  Just his touch was enough to send me right back to lalaland.  I didn’t need anything else but Avery.

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Then he bit me.  And for one jolting moment, I realized what I had done.

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I could feel my aura and blood mixed together seeping out of the cut and into his mouth.  I tried to scream, but couldn’t.  It was as though my jaw were paralyzed.

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Then I was as happy as I had ever been in my life.  It was better than love-making, better than holding each of my children for the first time.  It was better than playing my music all day long.  Whatever ‘it’ was, it had put me in heaven.

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“Thank you.  That was…one of my more delicious treats.  Would you care to join me for a little frisky fun?  Who knows, perhaps I will father some more of your children.”

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He didn’t need to say another thing.  I was his completely.

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He carried me far out into the forest, to a gypsy wagon.  I hardly cared.  All I wanted was Avery.  Where I got him didn’t matter.

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