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Posted by on February 18, 2016 in Pure Blood, Writing

 

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Posted by on October 6, 2013 in Unknown to this World

 

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VSS Part 10

    Claire woke up one morning and got ready for class like any other day. She picked up her phone after she dried her hair and saw a text message from her sister wishing her a happy birthday. Claire smiled and grabbed her bag before departing for class. She put up her hood as soon as she walked outside. It was cold, gray, and raining. Beautiful October morning. She walked through puddles on her way to her first class. She walked in after shaking off the water and headed to her seat. She stopped when she saw a single yellow rose on her desk. She looked around, but noticed she was the only one in the room. She smiled and picked it up as she sat down at her desk.
    After class, she walked to her next one in the same building and found another rose, this time a pink rose, sitting on her desk. She picked it up and smelled it, inhaling the sweet fragrance. She stayed after class to ask the professor a question about the homework and then headed to the computer lab. She walked to a computer and saw a lavender rose on the keyboard. Claire, astonished, looked around the room for her admirer. She finally sat down at the computer, mesmerized by whoever was sending her roses.
    She headed to her last morning class before lunch. She was running a bit late since the printer was acting up in the computer lab. The three roses hung out of her bag as she rushed into the classroom. Some of the girls giggled when they saw her. She looked at her desk and saw an orange rose. She flushed as she quickly sat down and took the rose.
    In the lunch line she grabbed a yogurt and a sandwich to go so that she could go study in the library before her next class. She went to check out when the cashier looked at her ID and handed her a red rose.
    “A young man wanted me to give this to you.” Claire took it slowly, gazing at the beautiful flower. Then she took her food and went to the library, expecting more roses to show up any minute.
    She went to her last class of the day and walked into the room to find a vase of a dozen red roses sitting on her desk. They were beautiful with a red ribbon wrapped around the clear vase. Claire was shocked and blushed as she made her way to her seat. She sat down and hid behind her roses. Everyone who walked into the room looked at her. Then Claire noticed a card folded in between the flowers. She picked it up and read it.
 
Meet me in the park at 4. Dress nice.
 
    Claire folded it up and smiled to herself. She practically ran to her room after class and put the roses on her dresser. Her roommate raised her eyebrows at her.
    “Someone really likes you.”
    “Shut up and help me pick out something nice to wear.” She laughed and got up to help Claire search through her closet.
           
            Claire walked through the park. It had stopped raining and a light fog had settled near the ground. She saw Van standing in the fog, wearing a suit. Claire had picked a red knee-length dress that matched her roses to wear. He kissed her cheek when she reached him, and he led her to a blanket on the ground. Claire saw a picnic set out with a basket and everything. They sat down and Claire couldn’t keep from smiling. Van opened the basket and started pulling out food.
            “You look gorgeous. That color really compliments our skin.” Claire blushed. Van pulled out a bottle of wine and poured them each a glass. Claire looked at him questioningly. “It’s a special day.”
            “Yeah?” Van smiled.
            “Yeah.” He set out their food and handed her a plate with chicken alfredo. They began eating, Claire more than Van.
            “Did you make this?”
            “Impressed?”
            “In more ways than you know.” They continued eating. Van sipped his red wine slowly. “Thank you for the roses.”
            “Did you like them?”
            “Yes. They were beautiful.”
            “Do you know what they mean?” Claire shook her head. Van took her hand, palm up. He traced the creases on her palm slowly. “The yellow rose represents happiness. Pink represents admiration.” He traced his finger up her arm, giving her goosebumps. “The lavender rose represents enchantment.” His finger went up to her shoulder and then her neck. “Orange represents desire.” He cupped her face and then ran his hand up to her cheek and rubbed her skin with his thumb. “Red represents love.” He kissed her lightly on the lips. It was the perfect kiss. Claire could still taste him on her lips as he stood up and pulled her with him. He held her close and they started slow dancing together. Claire sighed happily as she relaxed into his arms. She could feel his breath on her forehead. “Happy Birthday, Claire.” His voice was soft. After several minutes of dancing in the fog, tiny raindrops started to fall. Neither of them cared. They kept dancing, even as the rain fell harder. 
 
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Posted by on March 29, 2013 in Vampire Short Story, Writing

 

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VSS Part 9

  Van was confused and decided to focus on his studies the following week, instead of Claire. He even avoided any of the places he might run into her and stayed mainly in the room and taking walks in the forest behind the campus. He knew running away from his problems wouldn’t solve anything, but secretly he wished someone else would solve them for him. On Friday, after his last class of the week, he was walking by the cafeteria when someone called his name.
   “Van!” Van stopped walking and turned to see Claire running toward him. She caught up to him with a smile on her face. “Hey!”
  “Hey.”
  “I haven’t seen you all week.”
  “I’ve been busy.”
  “Yeah, me too. My classes have been crazy with midterms coming up, but . . . you haven’t called.”
  “I’ve just been doing some thinking.”
  “Oh.” Neither of them said anything. Claire’s smile disappeared. After a few minutes, she turned and started walking away. Van closed his eyes. Selfish bastard.
  “Claire, wait.” Claire stopped and turned around, her eyes sad. “I’m sorry. It’s just . . . I’ve been thinking a lot about my parents. I miss them.” Claire walked back to him. “It’s been hard, and each year I feel like I’m losing them more.” He felt bad about lying to her, but that was a small lie compared to his big secret. Claire reached up and touched his cheek as he looked at the ground.
  “You’re so strong, though.”
  “Why do you say that?”
  “Because I’ve never seen you cry. You know, sometimes it’s good to let it out.” Van turned his face away. “I’m sorry. I didn’t mean to upset you.”
  “I’m not as strong as I look. It may appear that way, but . . .” He turned back around and looked at Claire. “I don’t think I’m the kind of guy you want.”
  “Why do you say that? How do you know what kind of guy I want?”
  “Just not me.”
  “You must have really loved them.”
  “What?”
  “Your parents. You’re hurting inside, Van. You haven’t healed from their death. I’m here. You can tell me.” Van stared at her incredulously. “You can trust me. I’m choosing to be with you. I’m not going anywhere.” She took his hand and intertwined their fingers. 
 
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Posted by on March 14, 2013 in Vampire Short Story, Writing

 

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VSS Part 8

   The next morning Van walked into his room. Korbin was lying casually on his bed, half-dressed. Van unbuttoned his shirt and threw it in the corner of the room before sitting on his bed. Korbin turned down the television and looked at his brother.
   “What’s wrong, Van? I thought the evening was successful.”
   “For one of us. Mine ended rather solemnly.”
   “Why is that? I gave you the opportunity-”
   “Do you honestly think I could have slept with Claire, Korbin? I would have killed her!”
   “You’re a little touchy this morning.”
   “Shut up, Korbin. And wipe that stupid grin off your face.”
   “Ah, such brotherly affection.” Korbin sat up and leaned forward on his knees. “Not my fault you chose a human girl to be with. You could have anyone you want, Van. Why choose a human?”
   “I didn’t choose her! It just happened.” Van ran his hands through his thick hair and sighed. “I don’t know what to do.”
   “Tell her the truth?” Van gave Korbin a mean look. “Ok. Don’t tell her the truth. She’ll find out eventually, though.” They were both silent. “She’d make a beautiful vamp, I think. I mean, Nyx and her seemed to hit it off pretty well. Nyx really likes her.” Van didn’t say anything. “But I can see that’s not your intent. What are you going to do then, Van? Be with her ‘til you can’t and then leave her? Tell her lies and be in misery the rest of your eternal life? Sounds like hell to me…”
   “What do you want me to do, Korbin? I really don’t have a choice. She has a life, a nice one, and I’m not taking that away from her. She has dreams and goals!”
   “She could still have a life, Van! It’d just be slightly different. You wouldn’t kill her! We aren’t dead, Van! We’re immortal.”
   “We’re cursed.”
   “Whatever you want to call us! Vampires, Immortals, Cursed humans, demons, monsters! I don’t care! This is who we are! And you enjoyed it until you met her. Stop being this new Van! I hate it! Tell me, Van. What happens when you leave Claire and become a miserable person? What kind of brother will you be? You’ll be like an empty corpse! And what if there is a cure out there? Would you find it and turn human? What about me, Van?! Your brother! I’ve never asked anything of you and I’ve always been there for you. What would I do without you? Am I not a reason to live? Am I so horrible that you don’t want to be my family?”
   “No, Korbin, of course not.”
   “Then what? Stop being so depressed and enjoy life!”
   “I’m sorry, Korbin. It’s just…I see you and Nyx and you’re so lucky! You found the love of your life and can be with her. You’re going to marry her and have kids and be together forever. I just want that. I want what you have! I want a girl I can hold without craving her blood! I want to have a family of my own, but I want to keep you too! I want all of us to grow together and live forever!” Korbin stood up and hugged his brother. “I wish I could cry, Korbin. Do you ever want to cry?”
   “Yeah. When mom and dad died. Sometimes I still want to cry when I think about them.”
   “I wish they were still here. They would know exactly what to do. They always had the answer.”
   “I wish they were still here, too, Van. I wish I knew the answer to help you. I’m trying. I’m trying to be the brother you need, but I can’t be dad.”
   “I know, Korb. You’re always there for me. I don’t thank you enough.”
   “You don’t need to. You’re my family. Family sticks together through thick or thin.”
 
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Posted by on February 17, 2013 in Vampire Short Story, Writing

 

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VSS Part 6

               Over the next two weeks, Claire and Van were busy with schoolwork, but they tried to see each other at least once during the week. They sometimes even studied together in the library.
               The library was quiet as everyone leaned over their textbooks. Claire looked up from her anatomy book and saw Van staring at her.
               “Why do you keep looking at me?”
               “I enjoy watching you study.”
               “Why?”
               “Your forehead crinkles when you concentrate.” Claire blushed and looked down. “It’s cute.”
               “You’re going to make me self-conscious when I study now.”
               “Nonsense. Just don’t look up.” Van smirked and Claire hit him with her book playfully. They both laughed. Van moved to the chair next to her. “There. Now I can’t look at you as easily.”
               “Still won’t stop you.”
               “Do you want me to stop?” Claire bit her lip as she smiled and looked down at her book.
               “No.” Van leaned in close to her ear. She could feel his hot breath on her skin.
               “Claire, will you be my girl?” Claire held her breath as her heart thumped hard in her chest and butterflies swarmed her stomach. She couldn’t think but just nodded yes. Van smiled and kissed her cheek.
 
               “You’re in a hurry.” Van threw his shirt on. “You seein’ Claire?”
               “Yeah.” Van grabbed a belt and put it on, getting ready to walk out the door.
               “Van.” Van stopped and looked at his brother. “Can we talk?”
               “Can’t it wait?”
               “Don’t have time for your brother anymore?” Van shut the door and turned around toward Korbin. “How long have you been seeing Claire now?”
               “Korbin. What’s on your mind?”
               “Van, I just want you to be careful, that’s all.”
              “Korbin.” Korbin held up his hand, silencing Van.
              “Hear me out. I trust you, I do. I know you will make the right decisions and I know you have Claire’s best interests in mind, but you’re my family, Van. My only family. I just don’t want anything to happen to you.” Van looked at his brother.
              “What do you think is going to happen, Korb?”
              “I don’t know, but someone is bound to be hurt, either physically or emotionally.”
              “Look, I like Claire…a lot. I don’t know what I’m going to do, but for the first time since mom and dad’s death, I’m happy and I’m living life.”
             “Just be careful, okay?”
             “I will. I promise.” Van then left to go meet Claire.
 
            “How were classes this week?” Van and Claire were walking through the parks during a cloudy day.
            “They were okay. Anatomy is challenging and the professor is boring. Yours?”
            “I had trouble concentrating. I couldn’t stop thinking of you.” Claire blushed and smiled. They were holding hands. The breeze whipped around them and they could feel autumn approaching. “What do you want to do today? We have all weekend.”
            “Well, I will have to do homework sometime, but for now, I don’t know. What do you want to do?”
            “Nope. I asked you first.” Van smiled.
            “Not fair.” Claire thought for a minute. “I like what we’re doing right now. I love being outside. It’s so much more free and relaxing and natural.” They kept walking, listening to the birds and wind. “Do you ever look up at the trees and wonder what they’ve seen?” They stopped walking and looked up at a huge white oak tree.
            “I never really thought about it.”
            “Really? You probably think I’m weird.”
            “No. Tell me.”
            “Well, I just think it’s amazing that these trees are hundreds of years old, and they continue to grow. We only live to about eighty years. They live for hundreds. It’s remarkable.”
            “I suppose it is.” They looked up at the tree some more. Then Van turned and grabbed her around the waist and twirled her in a circle. Their foreheads were touching when they stopped spinning.
            “How is this real?”
            “I don’t know.” Van kissed the tip of her nose. “Claire, I never want to be without you.” She smiled.
            “I’ll be a busy girl in med school.” Van’s smile faltered a little.
            “I’m a patient guy.” They started walking again, hand in hand. They heard footsteps approach them from behind and turned to see Korbin and Nyx walking toward them.
            “Hey.” Van looked at Korbin. “Nyx and I are going out tonight and wanted to know if you two would like to join us.” Claire smiled.
            “Like a double date?”
            “Yeah.”
            “That would be great!” Korbin looked at his brother.
            “Yeah sure, sounds fun.” Korbin smiled and draped his arm around Nyx before leaving them. 

 

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2013 in Vampire Short Story, Writing

 

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