The headache was real. He opened his eyes and squinted at the sun coming through the window and tried to remember what had happened the night before.
“Oh you’re up. Look at the sunlight. Tell me how you feel.”
“Like I’ve been hit by a truck.”
“Do you feel alive?”
He looked at her sitting in a navy blue wingback chair wearing nothing but a smile and black silk stockings held up by red garters. He thought of her as a girl, not from her age but by the way she acted. She had been cute for a while but the cuteness became annoying and practiced.
He got out of bed and looked for his robe. She watched him with a smile on her face that was part wonder and part greed. Memories started to come back. Against his better judgement he’d taken her home and to his bed. Then she’d poured something she said was wine, but it obviously wasn’t.
“What did we drink last night?”
“What did you drink Andrew darling. I gave you an elixir to life. I gave you a tonic of love. I gave you light and love?”
He didn’t even respond. The sooner he got her out of his house and made coffee the better. Finding his robe he headed to the kitchen.
“Do you feel different?” She got up and followed him down the stairs.
“Other than feeling like shit?”
“Today is your new birthday. You’re mortal again.”
It suddenly occurred that she’d given him some sort of potion. “Jen, I can’t be cured. There was nothing wrong with me.”
“You were a Vampire.”
“I’m still a Vampire.”
“You’re walking in the sunlight. See it comes through the windows and you aren’t burning.”
“I’ve always been able to walk in the sunlight. Whatever you gave me didn’t work. It never works anymore than me giving you something that would turn you into a dog.”
“Give me a chance and I’ll take care of you Andrew,” she said clutching at his arms.
He pried off her hands and whispered under his breath, “Yes, and I’ll make sure to take care of you.”
Escorting her to the door, the Vampire told her to not come back – but he knew she’d try. Jen never took no for an answer. He compared her to a bad rash, that is if he’d ever had a bad rash.
Nobody would believe her tall tales of dating a Vampire. She was a groupie, a fan, a follower who didn’t know how to be an adult or find real love. It wasn’t like he always knew how to find real love, but at least he wasn’t going to let anyone change him for it.
Picking up the phone he made a call. “You know, I really don’t have the stomach for killing her right now. Any suggestions?”
His friend paused on the other end of the line then said, “Don’t worry about it. I’ll take care of her.”
After getting off the phone Andrew made a blood and strawberry smoothie hoping it would clear out some of the toxic effects of whatever the Hell Jen had given him.
Jen told everyone her family had always been around Vampires, kind of sort of, but she’d just discovered her ability to pick them out about 10 years ago. She’d clamped onto Andrew about a year back after seeing him sing with one of her favorite bands at a local club. She’d spotted him and found out all of the details about his life through mutual friends. Her immaturity was charming at first and kind of cute but now it just grated on Andrew. He ran his hands through his hair and wondered why he’d brought her home last night. Oh right, blood and sex. That always does it.
Then again, Jen thought life should be a cross between a Doris Day/Rock Hudson movie and Twilight. Holy crap. The woman was delusional.
Jen sat alone in her San Francisco apartment and thought about her beautiful Vampire lover. Giggling at the thought of his cool skin and hot kisses and wonderful techniques as a lover. He knew all the tricks. She imagined living with him in his beautiful St. Francis Woods home.
Last night she’d offered him not just her body but her blood as well. Last of all she offered her heart. As far as she was concerned that was a sealed deal. She was part of him now. He’d never get rid of her.
A year passed and Andrew had all but forgotten about that night with Jen. Occasionally one of his friends would bring up the story of the toxic brew and laugh about it.
“Don’t laugh, it could have ruined my voice,” Andrew would tell them half serious and half joking.
“What ever happened to her?” They would always ask. Andrew would just shrug.
A hundred miles away, locked in a room with no sharp objects Jen sat rocking on the bed speaking of her Vampire lover and how he’d return for her. Andrew said something under his breath about taking care of her. So she waited not knowing that he already taken care of her, quite nicely.