Sorry for the no post this week. But here’s a little something from another story I’ve written. I’ve tried my hand at vampire stories for no reason really. Maybe curiosity. So here it is. Episode four will be up next week. It’s just that it’s unfinished at the moment. School is about to start so I had some things to take care of this week. So here’s Nick Brown: Dead Inside and Out.
I’ve been watching him for some time now. He went after his victims in a very unusual way. First he built relationships with them and sometimes it was just at random. But it was what he did to them that drew me to him. He skinned them all alive in his basement. He was all about the pain and suffering. Made me wonder what got him that way. But enough of the stalking, it was time for the change. I wanted him to join me. Wait, what was I saying? I just wanted to have some fun. It’s been an entire decade since my last bit. Let’s see what kind of monster I could create from this man.
As far as I could tell, I was the only vampire in this town. So this should be fun. In the beginning, he wouldn’t be able to sense me. And I bet you know that I was not going to help. I wanted to see how he would deal with the transformation alone. He and I had something in common you see. We both loved to see the pain and distress of people. My behavior was due to my becoming a vampire but him…he was bad.
Ah ha! There he was and right on time too. And there was his victim. He was being very risky this week because he suspected that the law was onto him. You would think that he’d lay low but he was a wealthy man. I guess he figured that if he’s going out, he was going out with a good one. But, yes, his victim. Watching him all this time, I know exactly who she was. The woman that he was after, Melanie wasn’t only his co worker but she was also his ex girlfriend. He’s wanted to kill her for some time now. But of course there was the fear of this murder being too obvious. Now, all that fear was gone. He stalks her a good hundred meters away. She was on her way home to her apartment. But get this, it wasn’t dark out yet. I stood in the dark building across the street watching his genius unfold. He pleaded with Melanie to take him back and to come over to his mansion. She seemed reluctant but he had planned this well before. He couldn’t let his possible last crime fail. So he’s been buttering her up for weeks. The drunken phone calls late at night telling her he missed her, the sudden pang of sensitivity towards her at work, the tiny favors that human women liked to add up in their heads. And this was the finale…the ‘I can no longer live without you’ speech. And it worked, to no surprise of mine. So she was now scheduled to arrive at his mansion at six that night ‘for dinner’.
I couldn’t enter his house before but I had pretended to be lost last week and wanted to use his phone. He was surprisingly friendly for a serial killer. Maybe he was thinking of killing me though. Well now, isn’t the joke on him? So I snuck in and headed to the basement where the show would take place. He had already set up the equipment days ago, anxious and excited for the coming event. The scalpels were on the table. He was going to skin her alive. There was a gurney with straps all over it and the place was practically sound proof. But that didn’t really matter. His mansion was far away from the town. It was left for him. That and a boat load of cash. But he still chose to keep his accounting job in the center of town.
Ahhh! I could taste the delicious pain in the air. Or was it the many blood types that were shed here. I heard a car arrive at the gate and then the footsteps up to the door. I went upstairs to lurk in the barely lit hallways. Nick was still setting the table. The doorbell rung and he beamed with excitement.
“Come in, Melanie.” He said. “You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for this day.” He continued but soon realized that it sounded as creepy as he really was inside. So he quickly rephrased. “I’ve wanted our getting back together for some time now.”
“No one said that we were getting back together, Nick.” She answered.
“Of course, I’m sorry to imply.” He apologized but as her back was to him he gave her a deadly scowl. “Please sit and enjoy the white wine I’ve poured for you. I hope you like it, it’s good.”
That was a lie. I saw him pour it from the box in the kitchen. The place smelled of food but there was none. He had just spiked her wine, nothing was actually planned. He didn’t need any extra time with her and he didn’t know how long she would stay. All he wanted was her death. Suddenly her head hit the table and he beamed again in anticipation. He had no trouble carrying her to the basement. He was a well built man. His eyes were dark, almost black in appearance. Though he was built he wasn’t very remarkable. Not on the ‘eye candy’ side of things. But I could smell the adrenaline in his blood as he walks right passed me in the shadows. I followed and watched closely. I was only waiting for the perfect time. The moment that I would turn him and watch the change happen. It only takes a few hours.
He laid Melanie on the gurney and strapped her in. He then waited a while for her to wake up. When she came to, she was befuddled and let out a timid moan of distress. Nick lolled his head back and soaked in the sound. He relished in it. And it was only the first. Bewilderment struck across her face when she realized that she was strapped down.
“En?” she asked with the pet name she had given him. “En what’s happening? What are you doing to me?”
He slowly walks to her side and picked up a scalpel. “I told you that I’ve been waiting for this for a long time.”
He answered her question my slowly slicing off a piece of her skin from her arm. Her shrieks of agony gave him great pleasure and when he laughed out loud I saw the evil I’ve been waiting for and I sprang. I tore open his flesh at the throat and drank to my heart’s content. I loved the flavor of evil that I tasted – a little bitter but sweet never the less. But I had to stop still before he died. I then tore my flesh at the wrist and fed him my stolen blood. I still didn’t understand the science of this. But it worked. Who cared what the science was…this was supernatural. Then the transformation started and so did his screams. But he was soon unconscious. I may have helped that with a blow to the head. And for extra fun I let the girl go. She didn’t thank me. Well that was rude. She just ran as fast as she could. Good, a hunt for when he woke up.
I waited there until I was sure that he was changed. I checked his teeth. They were nice and pointy. That was my cue to leave and watch from the shadows again.
His moan signified his awakening and he slowly sat up. He would be very thirsty but what would he do about that? His eyes had transformed too and were now jet black, cornea and all. But that would change back when he drank some blood. He looked at his hand and I suspected that it looked too close as it did to me after my transformation. A bird flew by over the third story of his mansion. But he heard it anyway. It startled him but then he saw the dried blood on his hand and sniffed it. This seemed to knock him back into reality.
“Melanie! No, no, no!” he sprang to his feet. But he didn’t anticipate the pace. He was already on his way in her direction but he hit the doorpost and stumbled backwards. The blow shook the house. He looked at his hands again and at the blood there. And this time he liked it. This was disgusting to me because even though it was blood, it had dried up hours ago. He then smiled really wide. I could tell he loved the taste. Wait till it was fresh. Oh I was trembling with excitement. He became one with his new found speed very soon and was off to find Melanie. I followed a good way behind so he wouldn’t uncover me. He was practically flying towards the girl. She had been sitting in the police station for an hour now after telling them what had happened. But the police system was slow. It was ironic. They were busy trying to find the serial killer. But they never suspected that it was the man who just tried to kill her. Why? Because she started the story with “My ex-boyfriend just tried to kill me!” Her wound was still open from when Nick cut her.
He saw the police station and came to a halt. I thought that he was about to wait but it was as if he figured out exactly what he became on the one minute journey here. I think he really did. He flashed inside and was out in the next second with Melanie in his arms. And then they were headed back to the mansion. Pride flashed thought me. They really do grow up so fast. I threw my head back in laughter and then followed again.
In the basement he had already strapped her in again. This time she screamed without a glitch. He laughed along with it.
“I don’t know what happened to me but I know that I’m going to enjoy this even more now. It seems that I have a taste for blood now so it’s time to do this slowly.”
“Nick, please don’t do this. “ Melanie struggled and her wound that had stopped bleeding, rubbed against the straps. New warm crimson liquid gushed again and he lost control. He sunk his fangs into her throat. He made it look so delicious that I almost joined him. Within the minute she was dry and he fell backwards into the wall. He was obviously dazed. The rush that he must feel now had to be overwhelming. But then disappointment crossed his face. I understood. He was planning to enjoy the kill. All this watching was making me thirsty myself though. And the show was over so I decided to take a little break. I flitted to the door but had to come to an abrupt halt when something stood in front of me.
“You…! I remember you. You’re that lost man. What are you doing in my house?” He said. I froze. Then he took a deep breath. Oh, oh. “That scent, it’s been following me all day, it was you.”
“Hello, Nick, yes I have been.” I said. I wasn’t planning to talk to him. But I might as well since I’m here. “How do you like your new body?” I smiled.
“Y-Y-You did this?” he stuttered.
“Yes I am your sire.”
He composed himself and answered my question. “I like it. It’s better.”
“I know. All that time wasted killing without this strength and speed. But I’m afraid I have to go now. I must hunt.”
“Yes,” I sighed. “Would you like to join me?”
“No thank you. I only need to know one thing.”
“And what’s that?”
“How did you do it? My…transformation…how was it possible? If I am correct, I must be a vampire right?”
“Yes, but I don’t believe that you are ready for such knowledge, Nick. There are enough vampires here now. Two was enough for me.”
“That’s where you mistake me, Sire. I do not have one or even a half of care to what is enough for you.”
I gave him a dark look. “Do not forget your place newborn. I may have to undo you.”
“Is that right? Don’t you worry, I will find out. After all, I have an eternity now. And then I will have an army.”
“Why do you need an army?”
“Isn’t life about sharing? Why not share the joys of murder with others. In the mean time, I do have a target that I’ve been setting up. Please leave my home.”
Oh yes…The next target. “Well, I best leave you to it then. But trust that I will not be the one to teach you the way.”
“And you should trust that I was a monster long before you made it official. I will find out one way or another.”
And with that comment I left. I was so thirsty. But man he was more evil than I had anticipated. Oh well. But something pained me. You see, before I was a monster I was only an average human. But I just took pure evil and made him stronger. What have I done? My human side still called to me sometimes. But his human side was never there was it? I should have known by the way he adjusted to the transformation so quickly. I’ve turned murderers before but I hadn’t anticipated the magnitude in which this one was evil. But I haven’t seen everything yet since I was changed only less than a century ago. My daughter was still alive. It was weird that I still looked thirty and she was now ninety and in and old folks home. My wife had died long ago. After I had my fill of blood I went to the roof top that I used to watch over my daughter. She was asleep. She usually was. Oh, Cynthia, if only I could have died before you.
I had stayed on the rooftop until the break of dawn and then I had to retire to the abandoned building that I stayed in the daytime. Daylight didn’t burn but it did weaken me. I then started to wonder where Nick was. Had he already made the kill of his next victim? I listened closely. It sounded as if he was right in the middle of it. I darted out the door and straight out of town to the mansion to watch. I walk into the basement slowly now because it would be no use to hide. He already knew how to sense me.
“Hmmm, you came back. Are you here to tell me the secret?”
“No, but I do enjoy your murders.”
“Well won’t you take a seat then?” I walked into the light and saw the body already half stripped of its skin. Each time he pealed back a piece of skin he lapped up the blood from the wound. He was obviously planning to take his time here. “I find that when I’m full I can maintain a steady speed with this instead of sucking him dry before the fun.”
“I see. Your eyes are back to normal.” I said.
He speculated that for a moment. “Is that right? I didn’t realize that they had changed. I’m not one for appearances. Though I would imagine that I have no reflection now?”
I laughed out loud. “That damn, Dracula and his games. No, that is not true my friend.”
He laughed too “Well, either way, I haven’t seen them.”
“I can see that you are going to take a while with this. I must return to my place in the town.”
“Do not think that I have forgotten though. I will get that secret.”
I sighed. “Not from me, my friend, not from me.” I left and went to lounge in my abandoned building again. Now that I was finished stalking Nick I only had my daughter to watch over. I would go as soon as the sun set.
I sat on the roof top again when it was twilight and the shadows had covered most of the town. My daughter was just taking her pills but she was coughing violently. I sprang to my feet and went to her window in one flash. How sad it made me feel that she was dying.
“Oh, Cynthia, if only I could have died before you. My dear, dear daughter I love you so.” I said to myself.
“Cynthia…Well I do believe that I have found my solution.” Nick said from behind me. I started. It’s been a long time since anyone’s startled me. But how did he follow me here. I didn’t even sense him.
“You shouldn’t be here, Nick.”
“Oh, but I think I should. Because if I wasn’t, I would have never known that you still have a loved one. Someone who I would love to kill for a certain secret you’re keeping.”
“Fine, I’ll tell you. I’m not going to risk my daughter’s life for a dumb secret. All you have to do is make the person drink your blood right before they die.”
“You’re no fun. But how do I know you’re telling the truth?”
“I think I will.” He said with a diabolical smile. Then realization crossed my face.
“Ni…” I started to say but he was gone. I ran after him straight into the nursing home and into my daughter’s room. But he got a good millisecond head start and they were gone. I immediately headed to his mansion. And there he was.
“What took you so long?” he said as he took up his scalpel. Cynthia was already strapped onto his gurney and by the looks of it, she was unconscious.
“Why are you doing this? I told you what you wanted to know.” Listen to me begging this newborn. I was the one that created this monster. I’m going to have to kill him now. There were wooden things all over this room. I walked closer to him slowly with my hands up in surrender. “Please, she’s my only daughter.”
“She’s old! She was going to die anyway you idiot. She passed out on her own you know. I didn’t even have to hit her. But I’m going to make her live forever.”
“Don’t make her into a monster…”
“Why not…? You did it to me! I didn’t have a choice.”
“You were already a monster. Now you just have strength and speed. Why do you want an old lady vampire?”
“I don’t… this is just a test. Remember, you told me to test it. But I do want to have some fun first.” He said, turning the scalpel around in his hand.
I dove at him and we fell to the floor. He was strong and fast but so was I. To any human watching we would be a blur. He kicked me in the chest and sent me flying into the wall. Dust fell from the ceiling. He came at me with the scalpel and stabbed it into my heart. Shit! That hurt like hell.
“That won’t kill me you fool.” I said as I yanked it out of my chest. I threw it at him. It hit him in the shoulder. He groaned and got angry. I punched him in the face and sent him reeling into a wooden chair. It broke into pieces.
“Enough of this!” we both shouted together. I grabbed a stake but he was faster. He plunged the stake into my heart and…