Eternal Vampyre: Chapter 4, William

William woke up like he usually did, lying there with his eyes closed. He could feel that something was wrong. He couldn’t hear Rose’s thoughts and that woke him up completely. He almost jumped out of the coffin and found her letter.

My dearest William,

I know that I shouldn’t leave now but Vlad has freaked me out. I don’t know where I’m going or how long I’ll be lost. I might ignore your thoughts because I need this time to figure it all out. When I’m back I might open up for Vlad but I’m not sure if I can handle with it.

You know I love you and I’d take you everywhere but I’ve not found peace with my past and I’m not ready to share it yet. This time alone will help me find peace and confidence to share it. I’ll send you letters from time to time but don’t write me back.

Yours truly,

Rose

He read it over and over, but he couldn’t believe what had happened. He tried to contact Rose but she was too far already, he didn’t know what to do. He went to her room, trying to find anything that might hint to where she could be, but he couldn’t find anything. She had taken some of her clothes with her, but other than that her room was untouched, like no-one had ever lived there.

William collapsed, he loved her so much. He is strong, usually, but when it comes to Rose he’s weak. He just fell to the floor and cried.

The next few weeks seemed like years to William, he barely ate something and spent all of the time searching for Rose. He was out as much as he could and slept one or two hours a day. Even though Vlad seemed to be careless he started to worry about William, he did everything to put some sense into him but nothing really helped.

Then, one day, there was a letter on William’s pillow. He almost tore the letter in pieces.

Eternal Vampyre

Chapter One

They woke up just after midnight, tired from the day before’s happenings. Rose had managed to get some sleep, much to William’s relief. He didn’t get as much sleep, as he kept waking up to check on Rose. He sent a thought to her to let her know he’d get their breakfast ready and that she should stay in their coffin. She tried to protest and moved to get up, but William pushed her back down and repeated his order. She nodded and curled back up.
William went to the kitchen and gathered up the blood bags. He noticed they were running low, so thought he could use the excuse of a hunt to mask his meeting with his brother.

He went back to the bedroom and knocked on the coffin “Your breakfast, mademoiselle,” he did it with an extremely bad French accent so they both bursted out laughing. When they had calmed down William told Rose that he needs to get some more blood bags and that he’ll be back in 3 hours. He also told her to check to the library, which was in the 2nd floor. Rose was slightly confused, but said her goodbyes to William and made her way to the library.

She climbed the stairs and opened the door the library. She loved the smell of the books, they were all old and dusty. She loved the old hardback covers, much better than the modern paperbacks that people seemed to use. She saw on the table a big book. She tilted her head in curiousity and walked over to it. She picked it up and turned it over a few times. It was a brown book but with no inscriptions anywhere on the cover. She opened it to a random page and a dried rose fell out. She laughed to herself and picked it up. She took the rose and went to put it away to her flower frames she had set up few weeks ago. Next to the flower frames she saw a small chest, it had her next clue in it, she felt like she was a little kid again. She opened the chest and inside it was an old fashioned key, one like her mother used to wear around her neck on a chain. She picked it up and noticed a small piece of string tied to it. Immediately a memory came to her of the garden room, something she and William had been working on for a couple of years. It was a very happy memory. William had gotten bored of the flowers so decided to splash her with water from the hose. She knew she shouldn’t have trusted him with it.

She picked up her dress and ran down the two flights of stairs to the garden room, unlocking the partial glass door with the key. She found her next clue there. It was a small claw and immediately she knew she had to go to William’s personal room. She took the claw and went there. It was messy so she had hard time but finally she had found what she was looking for.

Another chest, another clue. It was smaller chest than the ones she had found before. Inside contained a small piece of paper. She reached out and unfurled it. Written on it in familiar curved writing was a message. It read:

My dear Rose,

I hope you enjoyed your trail and the memories I know it will have brought to you. Meet me at the chapel, I know you liked it there. I’ll have brought my friend with me. He can help you.

Love forever,
William

 

Rose got really excited. She ran down to the chapel and wanted to see who that person was. She opened the doors and immediately saw William with his friend. Rose didn’t recognise him. She knew most of William’s friends but he was someone she had never met. He was taller than William and looked pretty creepy, he had a stern face and he creeped Rose out.

William walked up to her and hugged her because he had felt how she feels about him.
“Rose, this is my friend Vlad,” he gestured to him. “He knows a lot about vampyres. Kind of an expert, if you will. He’s quite an age, if he doesn’t mind me saying.”
“Not at all, dear friend. Now, Rose, what a lovely woman you are,” he smiled in a peculiar way. “Tell me, what has been going on in your mind.”
Rose crossed her arms and turned her head to the side. William shook his head and sent a thought to Rose saying she should trust Vlad.
“Fine. Every time I’ve got angry about something, I’m uncontrollable. That’s it.” Vlad nodded, he had seen stuff like that before. It wasn’t that common but he sees it from time to time, he just didn’t expect it to happen with such a great friend like William was.

 

Eternal Vampyre: Wedding Reception

 

William and Rose arrived at their reception to thunderous applause from human and vampyre friends alike. They smiled graciously and made their way further into the building, waving a hello to all their friends. They went to the table at the back of the building, which was situated on a platform, overlooking the rest of the room.

“So this is what it’s like to be married…” whispered Rose. William just nodded and replied to her in their thoughts: “Yes, this is what it’s like to be married.” They sat down and their servants started to serve the dinner. Humans got a fancy dinner, it combined the present and the past and everyone really enjoyed it. They served the same for vampyres but they didn’t really eat it, they just drank their “wine”.

After the dinner was over, William tapped the side of his wine glass and stood up.

“I’d like to say a few words,” he announced, looking at his newly wedded wife. “Thank you all for coming here, friends. We’re not usually ones to show emotions-” at this point everyone nodded and laughed “-but obviously it is an emotional time and we’re very happy you were here to share it with us.” Rose disturbed his speech with a random thought: “Most of them seem uncomfortable here.” William made an awkward pause in his speech as they were discussing it with Rose, then he continued: “We hope you’ll enjoy the evening. Now let’s dance!” As he had finished his speech, he asked Rose for a dance. Everyone who knew William, knew that this won’t be a regular reception.

They stepped onto the dance floor. William turned Rose around and held her in his arms. A slow song came over the speakers, one he had specifically picked for the moment. It was a song from the late 1800s. It was a song which William composed when they met with Rose, he had never played it for her and decided now was the right time to play it for her.

People watched as the pair danced and it seemed so magical to them. They thought it was something so pure and raw but at the same time the most beautiful thing they’d ever seen. Once the song had finished, the guests all clapped, bringing William and Rose out of their trance. They shook their heads slightly, before motioning to their friends to join in the merriment.
“I need to talk to you,” Rose sent to William via their thoughts. “It’s important.” William looked over to her and they started walking back to their table.
“What is it?” He whispered to her.
“The guests. They’re not happy. I can sense it.” William glanced over the crowd assembled and tuned into their feelings. You could see and even feel the tension in the air. William got worried, Rose sensed it and sent another thought to William: “Maybe we should end the party here, it’s getting late anyways”. William checked his watch and it was 4 am. “We still have some time, are you sure it’ll end bad?” Rose just looked at him and nodded.
“We have to go now or they will come.” William knew instantly who they were and made his way down the floor.
“If I could have your attention please!” He shouted over the noise. “We feel it is time for this party to end. We have to be heading home soon, anyway. Thank you once again for coming here, it really does mean a lot to us. Take the favours from your tables and enjoy. Good night, friends.” The crowd kept murmuring but made their way to the respective tables. William sent a thought out to Rose, to call her to him. It took a second for Rose to stand next to him. They stood by the doorway and started to send people away but instead of sending people away, more guests came, they came.

“I heard there’s a vampyre wedding with live desserts!” the oldest one of them said. William recognised him and said: “You won’t get your dessert here Michael!”
“Why not dear brother?” the older one gave a sly smile.
“Because these are our friends, and if you touch them I swear I’ll-”
“You swear you’ll do what?” He laughed mercilessly. “We all know how that turned out last time, don’t we?” He turned to his group with a grin on his face, knowing he had shut his brother up.
“Yes, we do. This time I am stronger, brother. I have new blood within me, I have the power of love on my side too.”
“‘The power of love’?! Dear boy, you’ve gone soft. Vampyres do not love, you know we don’t. Whatever . . . feelings,” He turned his nose up at the word. “You have for this woman, are completely made up. You can either let us have a bit of dessert or put up a fight. Which would you rather?” William knew his brother was trying to get to him, trying to manipulate his thoughts as he always did, but he resisted. Rose was sending him calming thoughts to try to keep him under control. Rose was completely in William’s mind but Michael’s words were extremely powerful and hurt him a lot. William knew he probably wouldn’t win Michael even though he seemed to have been starving himself for at least a decade. William was clueless. He didn’t know what to do. All he knew was that he has to fight with his brother again and he told Rose that as well. As William and Michael argued, Rose got all of the vampyres together and were ready for a fight. “Others are ready to fight,” said Rose with a new kind of determination in her voice.
“As long as I can have Michael,” replied WIlliam with a quick thought.

“Come here little brother, lets fight,” said William as he jumped to attack Michael.William grabbed Michael by the shoulders and forced him to the floor. Michael looked slightly concerned at his brother’s new strength, he had not expected him to be right. He gained the strength to get back up on his feet and push William over.
Meanwhile Rose and the other vampyres were attacking Michael’s group. They had managed to pin a couple down, whereas some had decided to retreat. The determination of Rose’s group was clear, they were not going to back down. Rose suddenly got a sharp pain in her stomach and clutched it. She stumbled back slightly, meaning the vampyre she had been tackling had pounced on her. She turned her head towards where William and Michael had been fighting to see that Michael had clawed at William’s stomach. Although vampyres don’t bleed like humans, a red trickle was seen exiting the wound. Rose was worried about it but she kept on fighting. Soon she killed Michael’s last friend and said to Michael: “You’re all alone now, don’t you think the power of love is strong after all?” Michael saw it and realised he had been wrong. He ran off and no-one knew where he went. William was observing Rose the whole time she had said it and he was a bit worried. Rose had looked like an animal, fierce and full of hate. “Are you okay, honey?” William sent a worried message to her. Rose whispered her answer: “Now that he’s gone, yes.” William could see Rose relaxing so he went and kissed her.

Eternal Vampyre: Wedding Special (William)

Woke up as usual. I was so anxious to see my dear Rose. Usually we’d have breakfast together but today I was alone. I didn’t know how to act and what to do. I went for an early hunt but I couldn’t really eat. I knew I had to spend a day amongst humans because me and Rose had made mostly human friends.

I found a hobo, he was possibly drunk because his blood tasted like cheap alcohol. Why can’t people understand the simple quote “You are what you eat?”, it would make life easier for all of us. Found a few more hobos and drunk them as well. I was full but I didn’t want to show up there smelling like cheap alcohol so I went to the blood bank and stole some blood for refreshing my breath.

After I had finished with my breakfast and had a lot of time so I went for a long walk in the forests. I like forests, they calm me and make me understand how quickly time passes. People don’t understand that but if you have seen a tree going through the whole life cycle you understand how short is humans lifespan. Forests always give me the feeling I’m like an alien. Even though I’m one of the oldest vampyres alive I still don’t really know how the very first of our kind came to life. It’s pretty ironical, when you know how to make new vampyres and have made at least a dozen yourself. I try to avoid making them because the teaching process takes time and they usually get killed anyways. Many of them won’t survive their first 100 years and every time one of your own vampyres dies you can feel a part of you die, it doesn’t change anything in your life but as it happens it hurts a lot.

It was noon(midnight for all of the human readers out there) and I had arrived to the other side of the forest. Usually I go through half of the planet with the same time but I needed to think and admire this beautiful landscape. I realised there was a lot to be done and I ran back home. I took out my best suit and changed the clothes. I still had one and a half hours before the wedding so I decided to get going. It was a one hour walk and I didn’t want to risk getting late.

We got married in a beautiful place. It was just the two of us. For vampyres you only need yourself and your future wife (you basically drink each others venom and that seals your love for an eternity, if one dies the other will die too), you can have some guests but we wanted to be alone. I arrived there 15 minutes before 2am, I had taken the longer route just to avoid meeting some old friends of mine. I sat there on the sand when I heard her whisper: “I’m here.” If I had a heart I probably would have had a heart attack, she looked amazing. Went through the process and it was amazing, I couldn’t have been more happier then I was. I felt like I was 100 years old again, my broken soul and heart was fixed again… “Together forever?” I asked her as we walked to our small reception afterwards, “together for an eternity,” replied Rose with a huge smile on her face.