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.