At least once a week, if not more, I stop by the home of Tellias and Eleora. They’re two ancient ancient Vampires – over 2,000 years old. Sometime they need help. They forget things. They lose their keys on a regular basis and do all sorts of foolish things (in my opinion.) A few days ago I’d stopped by to drop off a few things I’d picked up for them at Costco. Yes, even Vampires need stuff from Costco from time to time.
They both came out onto the front porch of their Queen Anne style home, on their farm by the river. Tellias wore his white blonde hair around his shoulders. He had on a yellow tee-shirt with the logo of Purrrfect Cat Grooming on the back. He wore green and red plaid pants made from some sort of fiber that didn’t exist in nature and yellow flip flops. Eleora had her long brown curls flowing down her back. She wore an old pink wool sweater with a purple and black Sacramento Kings shirt underneath, all over a flowing pink skirt that came right below her knees and no shoes.
Vampires can see in the dark, but these two still look like they DID get dressed in the dark. I don’t know how they do it. Oh, and for those of you who are new here… they look like they are only about 19 or 20 years old. That really throws people off.
So they greeted me and we had a nice little conversation.
Tellias: Two nice young men on bicycles came by today.
Me: Oh no.
Eleora: They were very nice. On bicycles right out there in the rain.
Tellias: Imagine our surprise.
Eleora: They were so wet.
Tellias: So very very wet.
Eleora: Very wet indeed.
Tellias: We let them put the bicycles out on the back of the veranda.
Eleora: All the way around back. That is why you don’t see those bicycles.
Tellias: Because the bicycles are around back.
Me: Are they still here?
Tellias: Of course.
Eleora: They were so cold.
Tellias: They were tired so we convinced them to stay.
Me: How long have they been here?
Tellias: They came in the morning. We were having coffee. They don’t drink coffee.
Eleora: No they don’t. How odd of them.
Tellias: Yes, odd.
Me (now wanting to scream): Where are they?
Tellias: One is upstairs sleeping. Like I said, they were tired. Oh so tired.
Eleora: The other is in the parlor. He has been telling me bible stories, but you know they have their own version. He said they never left their families and lived in South America and had lost their tribe until an angel gave them directions. Moses could have used better directions, taking all of those poor people through the desert all those years.
Tellias: Most people have their own version but I was there. I was in Rome when it all went down. I was an eyewitness and I guarantee you that everyone has it wrong wrong wrong. I was there Juliette.
I’d heard his story 1,000 times. I went down to the parlor to find a nice young man in a white shirt and black pants sitting by the fire.
Eleora danced behind me trying twirling and humming some sort of weird indistinguishable song.
The young man stood up and smiled. What a nice looking young man to end up in a house full of crazy ass Vampires. He held out his hand. “Hi, I’m Jared. “
Eleora giggled. “He is from St. George, Utah but he assures me there are no dragons there.” Then she flopped in a chair, giggled a bit, then turned serious. “I was telling Jared about when I was a child that there was no Christmas. The people in the next village over were fond of sacrificing people and the odd animal but we didn’t do that. No no no. We were not like that. We didn’t kill our food. No we didn’t. Then bit-by-bit things changed and we started to have Christmas with bright stars and good tidings and all of that. I used to have a blood red dress with a huge bustle. Remember that Juliette? We had a party and burned a bonfire on a boat out in the river. Oh Jared you would have been impressed. It was lovely. Then we all came in and danced until the sun came up.”
I looked at Jared and tried to force a smile without fangs. “St. George. You’re by Zion. It’s beautiful country.”
I chatted a bit with Jared. Tellias and Eleora started to sing Deck the Halls and danced off through the hallway to the back of the house.
I turned back to Jared. “Eleora and Tellias said you’ve been here all day. How weird has it been?”
“They’re different,” said Jared. “They look my age but they seem a lot older.”
“How old are you Jared?” I had to ask.
“Nineteen. I don’t mean to sound rude but are they on LSD or something?”
“No Jared, they aren’t. Do you and your companion need a ride back into town?” It was almost 8:00 and I was sure their handlers would be wondering where they were.
Tellias came back humming. Holy crap. All Around the Watch Tower. “Jared are you familiar with Jimmy Hendrix?”
Jared said no. Tellias started to give him an education and pulled out some records. Yes, vinyl. My dear Tellias has an impressive stereo system and thousands of albums so I knew it would be a long night.
The second young man came down the stairs looking a bit sleepy and rubbing his neck. He had flaming red hair and bright blue eyes. I’m sure there was a nice girl waiting for him back in Idaho. His name was Caleb, a good biblical name.
I gently took Tellias by the hand and led him to the kitchen for a chat. “You can’t keep these boys here.”
“I have the deepest respect for their convictions and their willingness to have doors slammed in their faces for their faith or cause or whatever it is they do.” Tellias all but snapped it out at me.
“You’re leading them on.”
“Juliette, they’re young and away from home.”
“Exactly. And you’re a Vampire.”
“Your point being?” He furrowed his pretty brow.
“I’m giving your bicycle boys a ride home. I have the truck. They can throw their bikes in the back.”
“There is nothing wrong with being a Vampire. I’ve quite enjoyed it.”
“I know that but…”
“You’re a Vampire.”
I snapped. “Don’t. We’re not going to turn them or convert them or bring them into our fold. You are not going to take any more blood from them today than you already have. Do you understand?”
Tellias rolled his eyes to mock me and put his hands on his hips. “You don’t have any problems when we keep the CHP officers overnight.”
“They’re adults. For God’s sake Tellias these boys are on a mission to save your soul or something along those lines.”
“You’re never any fun.”
“I’m leaving now. With the boys.”
“NO FUN AT ALL.”
At that point I was done with him, but I can’t be done with him. I’ll never be done because I’m the one who makes sure everything is always alright. “Tellias, I’ll be by this weekend to help you with your Christmas tree.”
Tellias put his arm around my waist and pulled me close. “I do love you my dear, like my own child.”
“I am fun.”
“More fun than any Vampire I know.”
I can only say that I hope he is right, but I know he isn’t. But I try. I really do try.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman