Lizbit. Oh Lizbit.
Elizabeth opened her eyes. Oh man it had been a hot day. Sitting up from where she was laying on the couch she looked around. Nobody was there.
Nobody had called her that since she was a child.
It was her sister who’d died in childbirth at nineteen. It was her two teenage brothers who’d perished in a fire. It was her other sister who’d been murdered by a jealous lover and left in a ditch under a winter hail storm.
The other siblings, the remaining three, another sister and two brothers, had lived long successful lives.
Elizabeth had run away from an engagement to a man she didn’t love and she become a Vampire. It seemed like a good choice at the time. Almost two hundred years later it still seemed like a good choice.
Her phone buzzed.
“Hey baby,” she said.
“Hi beautiful,” said her boyfriend Austin from the end of the magical line that allowed them to speak from far away locations.
“Are you coming over?”
“On my way.”
“I will. Love you. See you soon.”
She put down the phone and went in the bathroom to brush her hair. Austin wasn’t a Vampire but she still loved him. Maybe one day she’d convince him to take the step… maybe.
There was no reflection except her own in the mirror.
She turned around.
Her dog walked in and looked up with dark brown eyes. His tail wagged unconditional love.
“Hey baby. I love my good boy.”
The dog barked. She looked around and saw nothing.
“I don’t have time for ghosts tonight,” she said aloud. “It is too hot and I’m too tired. You made your choices, I made mine.”
“I have a dog. I’m in love. Just be happy for me. Just go away.”
She opened a bottle of wine, checked to see what was on Netflix, and waited for Austin to arrive. There were no more voices. Just the sound of the dog eating it’s kibble and the sound of her heart that had just started to beat for the night.