I was almost shaking I was so hungry. You know how it gets when you’re just light headed and your heart is hardly beating, but if you’re not a Vampire it might beat faster, but anyway, you know the feeling.
Arriving at Jack’s law office downtown I could hardly contain myself. It had been a while since I’d seen my old friend for a “lunch date.” Way too long. When I saw Jack I got him out of his jacket and shirt so fast I hardly realized what I was doing. Vampire fingers can fly over buttons like you wouldn’t believe. He took care of his tie and then his undershirt. He fell on the couch, I was in his lap, my mouth on his neck, my fangs in his skin. His eyes closed and a smile was on his face. I’d put him in his happy spot on a beach far far away with warm breezes and the sound of the waves crashing.
Crashing. The door flew open and someone yelled. Jack tried to stand, I let go and there was blood everywhere.
His partner (in his law firm) Owen had come into the room, thinking something was going on. There was something but it wasn’t what he thought it was.
Owen was yelling but I didn’t listen. Now Owen, is a big guy – a former football player, maybe a tad under six and a half feet. And he is loud.
“Quick,” I hissed putting my right hand on Jack’s bleeding neck and holding out my other hand. He came close. I grabbed his wrist and looked him in the eye. “Forget you saw anything. It was nothing. Sleep.” He slumped to the floor. I put my mouth back on Jack’s neck and stopped the bleeding.
Fortunately Jack keeps a spare shirt or two in his office closet and a spare suit (in case he has to go to court on a more casual day). I ended up leaving wearing one of his white dress shirts over my own navy blue slacks. My blouse was soaked with blood along with my hair. Jack and I cleaned up in the bathroom.
“I’m so sorry.” I was. This sort of thing is so rare and completely threw me off.
Jack held me close and kissed me on the top of the head. “Don’t be.”
“It has been a long time since I’ve almost bled out a donor.”
“A donor? Interesting term.”
“Don’t take it wrong. You’re first and foremost my friend. I mean that.”
“I can feel your heart beating. Now that is something different.”
I backed away. “I have to go.”
“Will I see you and Teddy at the Halloween party this weekend?”
“Of course. I wouldn’t miss it. We’re coming as Vampires. Fancy that.”
He took my hand and pulled me back and wrapped his arms around me. Stroking my face Jack whispered “You’re so cold. Sometimes I can’t believe you’re real.” He looked in my eyes. I wanted to break his gaze and turn away but I was trapped. His mouth met mine in a kiss, that was more than just friends.
I pushed away and gasped as if I’d been drowning. “I’m not like you. I never was. I never will be. I’m your worst nightmare.”
“Then go to bed with me.”
“I’ll kill you,” I gasped, hardly able to take in a breath. It wasn’t a threat, just a statement of a possibility.
We stood looking at each other. He has a small smile on his face. I was the horrified one.
Then he picked up a box off of his desk. “This is for you. Happy Birthday Juliette. 154 is it?”
I cautiously opened the package. Unwrapping the tissue paper I found a doll, about 8 inches long. She was made of China. Her black hair was painted on, contrasting to her white face. The pale blue dress was thin with age. I’d had a doll just like her when I was a child.
“Look on the back of her neck,” said Jack.
On the back were the initials in child like letters JAT. I’d written my initials on her so many years ago. She was my doll. I’d lost her so many many years ago.
Jack stepped closer again. “I found her in an antique store. I had a feeling she might have been yours.”
My heart stopped. Literally it stopped, as Vampire hearts sometimes do when we’re overwhelmed with emotion. Then it started up again.
“Thank you Jack. Oh my goodness, I can’t tell you how much this means to me.”
He took another step closer. “I love you Juliette.”
My heart stopped again and I kissed him again and left him, standing with a smile on his face and an icy chill in the air, even though it was 75 degrees outside.
“No you don’t.” I said as I hit the sunlight that burned my eyes and caused me to feel ill. I stepped back into the dark shadow of the building and took a deep breath. “Damn you Jack. You’re going to ruin everything.”
I pulled out my phone and called my husband Teddy. He was quiet on the line when I told him what happened.
Teddy gave a quiet laugh then said, “It isn’t like this is the first or the last time this has happened to you. I think every guy who ever found out you were a Vampire fell in love with you and then some. It happens to me at least once a week. They can’t resist us dear.”
“I know, but…”
“I was with Jack when he found the doll. I remembered you carrying her around when you were small.”
I almost started to cry at that point. “I love you Teddy.”
“I love you too. Don’t worry about Jack. He’ll be fine. He’s a good friend. Just give him time to get used to the whole Vampire thing. What has it been? Six months since he found out we were Vampires? His wife has always known, but I went through the same thing with her but in triplicate. It’s ok darling. Everything is ok.”
And Teddy is right. Everything is ok, but sometimes the shadows get in the way and we just have to trust ourselves.
Things were easier a long time ago when the world wasn’t going so fast and we didn’t have so much on our minds. I’m not saying it was any better, but it was different. It was easier to be a Vampire.
And sometimes things just get weird – and that isn’t exclusive to Vampires. It gets weird for everyone. But that’s ok too as long as we continue to love and learn and think with both our hearts and our heads.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman