It has not been a good day.
My cat was crying a pitiful cry the way cats do. She sounded like a wailing infant who had been damned to eternal suffering. Ever so gently I picked her up and could feel a swelling on her neck.
An abscess. I remember back when I was King of the Vampires when mortal men who were among my subjects would shuffle like the living dead after being bitten by nasty dirty rogue Vampires. Responsible and civilized Vampires such as myself, and those in my court were always clean, knowing that if they took care of their food it would be there for them again when they were hungry. The rouge Vampire who lived in foul caves and holes in the ground smelled like death and putrid rotting flesh. Their fangs were yellow and black.
When they would bite a man, if they did not kill him, the man would become infected with every sort of germ imaginable. Of course we did not know of germs back then. That did not stop the wounds from becoming horrible neck abscesses that had to be lanced and then cleaned with flame and gallons of alcohol. I had seen heads fall off from such vile poisoned Vampire abscesses. It is not a pretty sight.
The last night of the foul rogue Vampire attack I chased them down through the woods. My hounds ran in front of me. My men rode behind me. As I went ahead it started to rain. Lightning flashed and the tree in front of m exploded. A branch fell on me. My horse ran away, as I lay on the ground with a broken arm and a broken fang. As I stood up one of my men ran over me with his horse. He never even saw me and continued to ride. As I limped back to my castle, soaking wet, I wondered what else could go wrong.
My friend Randolpho was waiting for me at the front gate.
“Vlad, you won’t believe this but…guess what I just found out.” he started.
“What?” I snapped at him.
“Guess,” Randolpho said.
“Tell me,” I said ready to tear his throat out. I had no time for his games and riddles.
“Your wife is cheating on you,” my friend said. “Can you believe it? I knew something was up with that bitch.”
Four hundred years later I will not heal my cat with flames. I did not want her head to fall off so I called the Veterinarian, otherwise known as an animal doctor.
Knowing that my cat would not willingly ride in the car I put a cat carrier cage box on the kitchen table. I attempted to put the cat within the box. She growled and jumped. I fell backwards against a chair. The chair hit the window. The window shattered. My head hit the window sill. Broken glass slashed across my cheek. I was not wearing shoes and stepped on a large shard of glass cutting my foot.
My Vampire lover Gillian came into the room while still drying her hair with a towel.
“Vlad. What happened?” Gillian asked.
“Nothing,” I said.
“You’re going to bleed out. Oh my God, your face.” She grabbed a roll of paper towel and then grabbed me, and then pushed me into a chair. She took the towel from her hair and pressed it to my face. Then she yanked the glass out of my foot. “What happened here?”
It told her. “Everything that could have go wrong did go wrong.”
“Murphy’s Law,” she said. “I’m going to have to stitch up your foot and put a butterfly on your face. You’ll heal fast but it will go quicker if I stitch it.
“Who is this Murphy and what is his law?”
“If anything can go wrong it will. Murphy’s Law.”
“Who allowed Murphy to do this? Surely he was not elected into office.” Then again it seems like anything that is not either dead or a possum can be elected for a job.
She ignored my question about Murphy. “Do you want me to take the cat to the Vet?”
“I will do it.”
“Fine. I’ll call the handyman and have the window fixed.”
Apparently Gillian does not consider me handy.
“Why do you want to put an insect on my face?” I asked.
“A butterfly bandage. It is a type of bandage not an insect.”
“I did not know,” I told her. “I was locked in a crypt for three hundred years. Do not expect me to know all things that that are modern, especially bandages.”
When she had finished with me Gillian managed to get the cat into the box. She put the cat box on the passenger side of my car, handed me the keys, and told me to be careful.
I arrived at the animal hospital. I could hear the women working there whispering, “He is so cute. Look how adorable he is.”
“My cat is female.” I said to them.
They all started to giggle. I do not understand what make women act in such strange ways when I come into a room.
Another woman who was a doctor to animals looked at my cat. My cat purred. I was still not over joyed by the situation no matter what the cat thought of it. The Animal Doctor gave my cat drugs to heal her and told me to call if the cat did not get better.
At least that went as it should have.
I drove about a mile when I heard a loud noise. My car started to bounce. It was difficult to steer. After pulling over I found that one of my tires had exploded.
I did as I have been advised to by Gillian and my friend Randolpho, who are both well versed in automobiles, and called the number on my towing service card.
After a long wait on the side of the road with my cat, a large tow truck showed up.
A man got out of the truck and looked me up and down as if he was sizing me up. I am quite muscular so I am assuming he thought I might push my car home.
He asked me, “Do you have a spare?”
“Spare what?” I asked.
“A spare tire?”
“I do not know. Should I have one?”
“Pop the trunk,” he asked.
“It is not inflated. The trunk of this car is hard metal,” I said.
“Open the trunk so I can look for a spare tire,” said the man.
The man found a spare tire hidden under a flap in the carpeting in the trunk.
“You’ve never changed a tire,” said the man. It was not a question.
“I know nothing about cars. I never even drove one until about five years ago.”
“What about your dad? Did he drive?”
“No. We used horses. My father never learned to drive.” My father died in 1460. I did not tell the tire changing man that interesting fact.
“What are you Amish or something?”
I do not know what Amish is but I answered, “Something like that.”
“Makes sense by your accent. Nice car. How do you like having an electric car?”
“It is quiet,” I said. Vampires need quiet cars. “I like it.”
As I stood watching the man change my tire, I stood in the sun feeling sick. This was not good. I could imagine my skin starting to blister. I can take a small amount of sun but not this heat which seemed to seer me like a pig on a spit over a bonfire. I thought I was going to vomit but my stomach was empty of all blood or food of any kind.
I could hear the radio of a car driving by blasting the song Sweater Weather. It was indeed sweater weather for anyone who was not a Vampire. That just, what it the term, added insult to injury.
I heard the cat meow sadly from the box on the front seat. Then my stomach started to tell me that I was in dire need of blood. My head was light and all I could do was look at the veins on the man’s neck and forearm.
After getting a spare tire put on my car, and sucking about a pint of blood out of the arm of the AAA man, I left him sleeping on the front seat of his truck with a $50 bill.
I got into my car and noticed a large blood stain on my shirt as if I were some amateur Vampire. Then I noticed my shoe was soaked with blood where the stitches had come out of my foot. I was sunburned. My head throbbed. My hair was a mess.
I need to find this Murphy and kill him.
After the events of yesterday, my Vampire lover Gillian greeted me with kisses and promises of passion.
After a few minutes of passion she fell asleep.
She fell asleep.
SHE FELL ASLEEP.
I was tempted to look underneath the bed to see if Murphy was there. I am sure I heard laughing.
Tonight I went out find blood and perhaps some sanity.
I went to a bar I often go to. This particular establishment is frequented by college students, young working people, and those who believe themselves to be, as my friend Randolpho says, bougie.
Two attractive young women approached me. They introduced themselves as Emily and Sammie. I find it odd that at least half of young women I meet are named Emily.
This Emily was tall with long blonde hair and a dazzling long neck. Sammie had red hair of an unusual shade.
“You’re so cute,” Emily said to me.
“Gorgeous,” said Sammie. “So are you up for a little fun? Wanna play with us tonight?”
I was taken aback by their forwardness, but I was also extremely hungry. Yet, something did not seem quite right. Before I could turn down their offer a large man accidentally bumped Sammie and an entire glass of red wine was dumped on my white shirt.
“Oh no,” the young women said in unison.
“Our apartment is just across the street,” said Sammie. “We can rinse the wine out of your shirt before it is perminately stained.”
So I went across the street to the home of the two young women.
They quickly stripped my shirt off of me, leaving me standing bare chested. Both of the women were quick to run their hands over my chest while making purring noises. Then they both kissed me and vanished into another room. Within two minutes they both returned completely naked. I have to admit they were a double vision of perfect female beauty.
I could feel their warmth, and hear the blood pumping through their veins. I could smell it.
Suddenly, as I was ready to take both to the nearby couch they grabbed a handle from the wall and pulled down a hidden bed.
“What is this?” I asked, having never seen such a contraption.
“A Murphy Bed,” said Emily.
May the ancient Gods protect me. I could not stay.
As the women cried after me to come back, I left, with only my jacket, leaving my shirt behind.
When I arrived at my car I took my keys out of my coat pocket. Suddenly something crashed into me. I could smell the stench of dirty human. I turned barring my fangs pushing the foul creature off of me.
It took a look at me and screamed, the grabbed my keys off of the ground and ran into a nearby alley. I ran after it. All of the sudden the dirty human came flying through the air and back at me. It hit me and I fell flat on my back. Something picked up the dirty human and threw it again. I could hear it scuttling off.
A face looked down at me, fangs barred. Then a smile.
“Vlad. Is that you? I thought you were dead!”
“Constantine. My old friend. How long has it been? Wow, the last time I saw you was 1680.”
“It has been a while,” I said, taking my old friend’s hand as he offered to help me up.
He gave me now what I know is called a bro hug. “Vlad, oh Vlad. Where have you been?”
“I was kidnapped and locked in a crypt for three hundred years. I have only been out for these past six years.”
“Dude. Who did that to you?”
“I do not know,” I told him. “Randolpho and Gillian rescued me.”
Constantine looked me up and down and smiled. “Damn, you’re still the best looking Vampire anywhere, but why no shirt? You look like something off of a bodice ripper romance cover.”
A bodice ripper romance cover. I will have to look that up. “Murphy’s Law,” I said. “I have an extra shirt in my car. One never knows when stains will occur.”
Now, as in the past, Constantine was always the best dressed Vampire. He was impeccaple tonight in a black suit, with a dark plum colored shirt and a plum colored silk tie. As we walked back to my car I saw that shadows were closing in. Constantine also noticed. We heard foot steps.
My friend and I were surrounded by Vampire Hunters.
Back when I was King of the Vampires, and Constantine was my dandy friend we could just take out our swords.
“Look in their eyes. Capture their souls,” I said quietly to my friend.
He smiled, then showed his fangs.
There were five Vampire Hunters. Two had guns. One had a whip. Two had wooden stakes.
“Oh look, someone is getting ready to plant their spring garden,” said Constantine, mocking the Vampire hunters and their stakes.
“Put down your weapons,” I said quietly. “Look at me. You are in the presence of the King of Vampires.” I caught the eyes of three of them. They put down their weapons. “Sit down. Stay still.”
“Don’t look at their faces. Don’t listen to them,” yelled one of the two left standing. Constantine approached them. A gun went off. I saw a dark shining stain start to swell on his shoulder.
“Damn. That was one of my favorite suits,” said my friend. He jumped on the man with the gun and slammed him to the ground. What happened next I will pass on describing. I will just say a good tailor and dry cleaner will be needed to fix that suit. I took on the second man still standing. After showing him my fangs he dropped the whip he held and ran.
When we were done, I said, “Murphy’s law.”
“That was more of a SNAFU,” said Constantine.
“SNAFU?” I asked. I had never heard of a SNAFU.
“Situation Normal: All Fucked Up.”
“I see,” I said. “That makes sense in a confusing sort of way.”
“Listen Vlad, you’re doing great considering how much catching up you’ve had to do.”
I dropped my friend off at his house, and I went home to my cats.
The first thing I did was look up Bodice Ripper on the Internet.
That was interesting.
The next thing I did was take a shower. While I closed my eyes under the cold water I heard a door open. My eyes flew open. I was ready for a fight. Fortunately it was Gillian. She took off her clothes and got in with me.
“Turn up the heat,” she said.
“I will definitely turn up the heat,” I said.
The rest of the evening went splendidly without any interference from Murphy. There were no interruptions. No SNAFU. No broken glass, stray possums, Vampire Hunters, or stains of any kind. We slept the deep sleep of lovers entangled in each other’s arms and legs. It was the peaceful dreamless and quiet sleep of the undead. It was a rare blessing, something Vampires savor and prize.
Then tomorrow…tomorrow I will find this Murphy and I will kill him. I am Vlad, former King of the Vampires. The cats came in and curled up at our feet, as if to say, we will keep you safe tonight, for we are cats, and we are the ones who now rule all.
This has been 55th installment of Vlad’s Vampire Diary.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman