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"Wait...no!! Don't scream! I won't hurt you!" The owner of the glowing eyes moved toward Julia and she jumped backward.
"Don't touch me!"
"I'm not gonna touch you! Don't worry! Whoooaaaa...ahhhhh...OUCH!" The vampire took one more step, tripped over a broken garden gnome and caught himself just before bumping into Julia. "What is with these people?? Why do they keep throwing garbage on my lot!" He kicked at the offending gnome and scowled.
Julia couldn't help giggling. Suddenly he didn't seem very scary.
"Well...um...it's never right to litter, "said Julia in a nervous little voice. "But maybe they think this lot is deserted. Isn't it? I thought it was."
"No, it's not deserted. I own it and have lived here for the last fifty years."
"Oh!" She squinted to see his features in the light from a nearby streetlamp. "B-But you don't look any older than I do!"
The vampire stared at her for a second and then his face broke into a big grin, making his eyes glow with a friendly warmth. "I AM a vampire, you know." he said with a chuckle. "From a long line of vampires."
"Well, I should be going now, I guess. I didn't realize anyone lived on this lot or I wouldn't have come here to look for gems and rocks!! I'm so sorry to bother you!" She turned to walk away but he placed a hand on her arm.
"Wait...please." he said. "I was just going to town for a drink at Little Corsican Bistro. Would you like to join me? I'm afraid you will have to drive though. I don't own a car."
On the way to the bistro the reality of what she was doing suddenly dawned on Julia. "I am in my car with a man I just met on a vacant lot...and not just any man but a vampire! This HAS to be the craziest thing I have ever done!" She glanced over at him sitting in the passenger's seat.
"And his clothes could certainly stand a good washing", she thought. "Maybe they are his work clothes... Anyway, he seems like a nice guy and he certainly is cute!"
At the bistro they sat and talked for hours. Julia learned that the vampire was a sculptor and inventor named Andrew Staples and that he lived beneath the vacant lot in a studio/apartment.
"I had it built when I first move here and it's the perfect setup for me," he said. "I can live away from the peering eyes of nosy neighbors trying to catch a glimpse through the window of a vampire sleeping on his Vampiric Sanctum."
"It's the slab we sleep on during the day. How about you? Do you have your own place?"
"I live in a two story house by the ocean which I inherited recently." said Julia. "I haven't lived in Sunset Valley long."
When the first rays of the sun began to brighten the darkness, Andrew stood up and said to Julia, "Looks like I'd better go before I am burnt to a crisp but...if you'd like...maybe we could get together again this evening? If you stop by my place around sunset I promise to take you out to dinner and a movie."
"I'd love to!" she replied without hesitation. "I'll drive you home."
"Thanks, but I think I can probably get their faster on my own. See you tonight!" And with that he left in a blur, leaving Julia staring after him.
On the way home Julia drove back up to Andrew's lot to take a look at it in the light of day. "It's a great hiding spot! Who would ever think someone actually lives under ground here?"
That evening Julia and Andrew drove into town where they dined at Hogan's Diner before taking in a movie. As they strolled out of the theater, holding hands, Andrew turned to Julia and, after giving her a shy kiss, asked if she would stop at his place to see his sculptures.
"That sounds like a pick up line to me, Andrew!" she giggled.
"It does, doesn't it?" he said with a laugh. "But I promise you I have no other motive for inviting you to my place than to show you my sculptures. And perhaps you might let me sculpt you in ice?"
"Oh! I'd love that, Andrew!"
Back at his lot, Andrew led Julia to the stairs hidden behind several buckhorn bushes and they descended into his domain.
"What a cozy place, Andrew!" she exclaimed as he gave her a tour. "I can understand why you like living here so much!"
Then she posed for an ice sculpture and when it was done Andrew leaned close and whispered in her ear. "Julia?"
"Um...well...I do have one request for you but I'll understand if you say 'no'."
" 'No' to what?"
"I've been wondering if maybe you would...um...maybe let me have a tiny little drink of your plasma...? " "My plasma!? Well...will it hurt? It won't turn me into a vampire will it?!" she said nervously. "Not that being a vampire is a bad thing!!" she added quickly.
"Oh no no! It won't change you at all!! It might hurt a little bit...but it doesn't last long. But you will feel weak for awhile afterward though." "Um...so this is important to you?"
"It's just that drinking human plasma is sort of a delicacy and...well I will understand if you don't want me to."
"Um...well...okay then." "Julia, thank you so much. You are wonderful!" "OUCH!" "So do I taste like chicken?" During the days and weeks that followed Andrew and Julia spent all their free time together. A skilled angler, Andrew taught Julia the secret to catching the elusive death fish. Often they could be found fishing in the wee hours of the morning from the reflecting pool in front of the mausoleum or roaming the town searching for gems and rocks. In no time at all they became close friends and from there it was just a small step until they fell deeply in love.
Before heading out on a date one evening Julia invited Andrew in for Plasma Marys. After downing a couple, they headed upstairs for a pillow fight... ...which lead to a different form of exercise... ...in more than one room of the house.
Two weeks later Julia woke up feeling extremely nauseous.
"What am I going to do??" she moan. "A baby?? Now?? And what will my parents say when they find out about this?? They were furious when they found out that I am dating a vampire!! And what about Andrew?!!"
She needn't have worried about Andrew. When Julia told him she was pregnant he wrapped her in his arms, kissed her and asked her to marry him. Julia began to cry.
"I want to marry you, Andrew!" she sobbed. "But...but...my parents..."
"I know they don't like me..."
"They don't even KNOW you!" she wailed. "They have refused to come to visit me since they found out I am dating a vampire! I never knew before how judgmental they could be...!"
"Julia, I love you," said Andrew, stroking her hair. "I wish your parents understood how much we want to be together and we have plenty of time to try to convince them. But for now I want to marry you and take care of you and our baby."
"All right, Andrew." she whispered. "I would be proud to be your wife."
They were married the following evening in a private ceremony under the stars. Both Julia and Andrew dressed appropriately. Immediately after they exchanged vows Andrew moved in with Julia with plans to keep his lot as a storage house for his artwork. As her pregnancy progressed, Julia developed an insatiable appetite which occasionally reduced her to rummaging through her own trashcan.
"What kind of weird craving is this??" she groaned. "Is it because I'm pregnant with a vampire baby?" Toward the end of Julia's pregnancy, Andrew asked for her permission to create another ice sculpture of her.
"Like this!" she exclaimed. "When I look as big as a cow??"
"But I think you are beautiful." he replied, rubbing her belly.
It was in the middle of the morning when Julia went into labor. Andrew was upstairs in bed and not wanting him to risk his life by exposing himself to daylight she called a cab to take her to Sacred Spleen Hospital. She returned home right after sundown and introduced Andrew to his son, Taurus.
Insanity Isn't Everything - Chapter 3
Sep 11, 2011 by Audrey May
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