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.
Little Cameron and his father have been spending a lot of time together. Little Cameron loves all the attention.
His favorite game is ‘Pester Daddy.’
I too play with my little Cameron when I catch him away from Cam.
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?
Cam drew me away from my musings for a dance, just like the old days.
But I saw a flash of silver. He still hadn’t taken his wedding band off. “I’m sorry, I can’t,” I said.
And I flew off. I had to get away.
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.
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.
“Hi,” I said. “How do you know my name?”
“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.
“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.
“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.
“I am sorry. I did not mean to offend you.”
“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’s your name?”
“Avery Lanka. It’s a pleasure to meet you, Miss Queen.”
“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?”
“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.
All too soon, the dance was done. “Elena, may I ask you a favor?”
“May I taste your blood?”
“Yes,” I said without thinking. I couldn’t remember my reasons against it, or if I’d had any.
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.
Then he bit me. And for one jolting moment, I realized what I had done.
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.
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.
“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.”
He didn’t need to say another thing. I was his completely.
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.