Andy opened his eyes. His head was still in tact, or at least he imagined it hadn’t completely exploded.
She’d called his name then jumped in his lap, knocking over the chair he was sitting in. As he tried to move he discovered his hair was caught under the top of the chair back. Someone pulled Taylor off of him, and helped him up.
“Yes, I’m fine,” he said to everyone who asked.
Taylor, a small young woman with a black bob and a quick smile, was fighting back tears. Andy figured at least three if not four fingers were broken, and maybe some other bones in her beautiful delicate hands.
He kissed her hand. Some of the pain went away. Then he slipped her six fresh one hundred dollar bills.
“This should cover your deductible and any other expenses tonight. Call me tomorrow and let me know how you’re doing. I’ll come see you.” Then he kissed her cheek. “We have to stop having so much fun.”
He declined help and decided to walk towards home. He’d had enough of clubs, and people, and the last place he needed to be was a hospital. Unknown to most of his friends he was a Vampire. He’d be fine.
As he walked along the city streets he thought about all of the women he’d ever known and all of the parties he’d ever been to, and all of the stupid things he’d ever done. His mind wandered to lost loves, and music, and how hungry he was. His head still hurt. The fall was harder than he’d initially thought. Blood would be good right now but he didn’t want to put out the effort for anything fresh. There was blood at home in the refrigerator.
He took out his phone and pulled up his Uber app, and called for a ride. It was another four miles at least to his house and he was tried of walking.
A song would take his mind off of it all. He started to hum the St. Motel song Midnight Movies. And right as he got to the verse,
Stories get told, I hear the plotlines unfold, it seems they’re handing me gold
Stories get told here at the midnight movies
The back of his head exploded in pain again. Someone, or something had slammed into him. He stumbled and went down on his knees, the palms of his hands scraping the sidewalk. He was grabbed and someone dragged him into an alley.
He heard a voice in his ear, “Andrew Todd, there you are in your long hair, and your Vicuna coat, and your expensive jeans, and your Italian shoes, thinking you’re better than the rest of us.
Andy smelled the foul breath in his face. It was a mix of old blood, rotting flesh, and dog farts. Opening his eyes he saw three figures. Vampire trash for sure. Shadow creeping bastards who lurked around in the dark damp corners of the city.
“Come on guys. Don’t make any problems with me. I’m one of you.”
The three, one large, one medium size, and one small, looked at him with dark lifeless eyes, showing their fangs.
“You think you’re better than us. Well you’re not, you perfume sucking faggot,” the smallest and ugliest one hissed at him.
Andy knew better than to try and argue with them. They were idiots, but dangerous idiots. They circled him, three against one.
A car stopped in front of the alley. A large man yielding a sword stepped out.
“Hey, ass-wipes,” he yelled, and he swung the sword. Three heads went flying into the alley, rolling like bowling balls down the lane.
Andy got to his feet and staggered back.
“Hey man, don’t worry, I’m your ride,” said the driver.
“You’re a Vampire Hunter,” said Andy, still sort of in shock.
“Sure, but I don’t go after your kind. Get in. Go on. I won’t hurt you.”
Andy gave the driver a large tip, locked the front door of his house, and went to the kitchen for blood. A small orange cat wound around his feet purring. He stroked it’s head and said “good kitty.”
Then he texted Taylor’s boyfriend to see how she was doing, went upstairs, and fell into bed.
A few hours later he woke to find a beautiful woman sitting next to his bed. She was dressed in jeans and a white button down men’s dress shirt, with pearls around her neck and on her ears. Chestnut waves of hair fell down her back. She stroked his cheek. He took her cool hand.
“Mom,” he said.
“I had a feeling my baby was hurting. Oh Andy, you have to be more careful.” She put her hand on his forehead and his headache vanished.
“Thanks.” After 163 years there was still nothing better than to have his mom there for him.
His phone dinged with a message. His mother picked it up. “That was Taylor’s mom. She wanted you to know she is going to be fine. Three broken fingers, and a broken bone in her hand, but no surgery is required. She wanted to know if you were ok. I texted back that you’re ok.”
Then she smiled, with a little big of fang, that beautiful smile that all moms have when they know their children are alright, and that they will be alright.