“Did you ever go to Ancient Egypt?”
“No, I didn’t. I guess I should have. The generals going to Britain requested that I go there with them as a form of protection or some sort of nonsense. I didn’t want to go. Not really. Then I started thinking that it was north of Rome, so maybe, just maybe I’d get some information about where I’d come from, you know, originally as a toddler.”
“Do you remember your parents?”
“Not really. I remember I was at a place that was home, there were a lot of trees and people who looked like me, then I remember I was someplace else. You’ve asked me all of this before. I know it seems extremely interesting but I’d like to talk about something else now.” He put his hand on Val’s shoulder. “How are you holding up these days? I see you’ve shaved off your beard. Did you do that on your own volition or did a woman put you up to it?”
Val smiled. “It was my idea. I don’t have a woman in my life right now.”
Tellias patted my brother’s knee as he stood up, “Oh you will, you will. You’ve got a good face. Women like good faces.”
The old Vampire, who looked like a nineteen year old kid, stretched his arms from side to side then, looked over at me. “Don’t you think your brother is handsome without the beard?”
“Indeed I do,” I said.
“Indeed he does look handsome as ever,” said Eleora as she danced into the room carrying a basket full of what looked like colorful scraps of fabric. “And now we shall cover you up. Completely up.”
“Completely,” said Tellias.
He took the basked from Eleora, then danced her around the room. “My love, forever. You are why I’m glad I did not go to ancient Egypt and decided to go with the Romans north. When I saw you dancing on the edge of the cliff with the sound of the waves in the background I knew.”
“You knew,” said the brown haired young women who was really over two thousand years old. “I knew. Now we all know.”
“Yes we do,” said Tellias.
“Now, we shall cover up,” she said grabbing a daisy patterned face mask out of her basket. “I made these yesterday.”
“She made them,” said Tellias.
“Two dozen,” said Eleora.
“Yes, two whole dozen. Twenty four,” said Tellias.
“Twenty four,” said Eleora as she hooked it over Val’s ears. “Now you look quite dashing Valentine. Just be careful not to hook your fangs in it.”
“I’ll do my best,” said Val. “Thanks. This is great.”
“You look good in daisies,” said Tellias. “Here Juliette, take the one with roses on it. Pink roses. It suits your hazel eyes.”
We spend the rest of the afternoon, my brother Val, the elders, and I, over iced tumblers of blood with a squeeze of lime and fresh rosemary sprigs. It was over 100°F but we remained cool and happy to be in each other’s company.
In these times of uncertainty make sure you check in on your elders, and those who might need extra help. Even if you can’t see them in person please make that call, or call their caretakers. Just a few moments of your time can make the world of difference to someone isolated or out of touch.
Be aware of your actions, and that even though you might be alright, there are those who are fragile and by wearing a mask you can help prevent their memories and stories from being lost forever.
- Wear a mask
- Wash your hands
- Call those you love and check in on them
- Be cool, even in the heat and again, wear your mask.
- Help others
- Talk to your kids
- Be concerned
- Take this seriously. We’re not all so lucky to be Vampires. Take it seriously.
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman