The cats have decided the time to sing the songs of their people is when I am attempting to sleep.
I do not understand them.
Before dawn and the rising of the sun, I walked in the woods along the well worn trail that is used by walkers and joggers during the day. I do not understand this jogging. One either runs or walks. One does not jog.
As I walked along the creek by the pond I could hear the rustle of the night creatures. A coyote stood across the water and looked into my eyes as if to say “hail Prince of Darkness.”
Then I heard the voice of a female.
“I see you have your entourage with you.”
I was puzzled. At this time my knights, servants, court, and legions of faithful Vampires have been dispersed. They are gone. I looked behind me half expecting to see ghosts of my former glory. There stood my cats. The large tabby and white cat, and her black kitten. Yes, my loyal entourage was with me.
I looked through the dark at a woman standing before me wearing sweatpants and a hoodie. In the old days she would have been in a dress with a sweeping cloak. This one wore what they call a hoodie – a soft shirt with a built-in hood and a zipper. I lived for centuries in a world of buttons, laces, and pins. After three hundred years of being trapped in a crypt, I come out to find zippers. Zippers are, I have a difficult time finding the words for such an invention…zippers are fantastic. Women who wear zippers are incredible. I find myself attracted to a female form in a garment with a long zipper. But I get off subject.
I realized that the woman who stood before me was also a Vampire like me.
“Yes, madam, my cats have followed me. They are my loyal subjects.”
She smiled without fangs. I tried to get into her mind but she shut me out. She was powerful. There was a great burden on her cold silent heart. That I could tell.
“What troubles you?”
She took a step closer. The cats took a step back then ran around a tree and down the path a bit. I kept my eyes on hers.
If I had been a fool I would have said something like Vlad to meet you, but I am not a fool. I did not mention her zipper either.
I kept my eyes on hers. She could not look away. I could tell she was young, not yet two hundred years of age. Yet, she was powerful in the ways of Vampires and defiant. I could see visions and memories of many things puzzling and confusing to me. I dug deeper – then she locked me out.
“Get out of my head,” she all but snarled at me.
“Tell me who you are. Tell me who your clan is.” I demanded.
She put her hands on her hips. “Who died and made you king?”
Didn’t she know? “My father,” I told her.
“Don’t be a duche.”
I had no idea what she meant by that. “Madam, I was once the Vampire King, but that was a long time ago,” I said to her. “You are young, not yet two hundred years. You know who I am. Who are you?”
She just stared at me.
“Are you not impressed?” I asked her this rhetorical question in hopes that she be impressed.
She spoke. “I am trying my best to claw myself out of the proverbial rabbit hole. I came out here to be alone. So leave me the crap alone.”
I asked her how it was that there were rabbits so large to make a hole she could fall into. I could understand the need to crap alone. She hissed at me and showed her fangs.
I stood, not even knowing how to respond. Then she turned and ran up the hill vanishing into the mist, as the sky turned lighter.
The cats followed me home.
I sat and thought about what she had said. I went to my computer and researched rabbits. None are as large as humans. Maybe she is insane.
I had a dream last night of the Vampire woman I met by the pond. She was dancing under the moon in a short blood-red gown and her black hoodie with the long zipper.
A large rabbit with a sword chased me away. It was like in the books my father had. The books brought fear into my cold little heart but I knew they were false. Then I thought maybe the story of the rabbit hole was false. Yet, I did not feel lies from her. She did not, how do they say now, give off that vibration.
Then she saw me and plucked a glass eye out of her head and gave it to me. Then she sank her teeth into my neck and sucked out my soul. Then she scraped rough material across my cheek and I woke up to find my cat licking my face.
I looked up at the ceiling and wondered if I would ever be the same.
Tonight, after a night out, and a stomach full of blood, I went for a walk under the night sky. The cats followed behind me, chasing after me and things I could not see.
Again I saw the woman with the zippers, but this time her hoodie was white. She wore blue jeans with a zipper. Her hair was messy from the wind and fell into her face.
She glared at me, and spoke. “It is guys like you who make me want to puke. Just because you’re cute…and YOU are incredibly cute, too cute, it doesn’t mean that every woman you meet is going to think you’re Prince Charming,”
“I do not understand,” I told her. “Who is this Prince Charming?”
“You act like you’ve been sealed up in a crypt for a hundred years,” she said with fierce anger in her eyes.
“I HAVE been sealed in a crypt for three hundred years,” I told her.
Then she just stared at me for a long minute, as only a Vampire can stare at another Vampire.
Then she said, “I’m so sorry. I had no idea. Sorry.” Then she turned and ran.
“I like your zippers,” I called behind her. She did not turn around.
I do not understand any of this. The world used to be simple. If I was hungry I would find blood. If someone crossed me I would put his head on a pole. If a woman pleased me I would have her. When I spoke I was listened to. I would lead armies into battle and they would never question me. I would make love to women and they would beg for more and offer me their necks. Women still do that…but the rest I do not understand.
My cats are screaming for food. I tell them to catch their own food. They do not listen. Yet, I know they still love me. Maybe one day I will yet rule again.