Archive for October 4th, 2011

4th October
2011
written by amber

In the Graveyard

The teenage vampire gaped at the sky. Clouds hid the moon but the occluded lunar brightness was replaced by a throbbing glow from the horizon.

What was it?

The lights of Edmonton reflected on the roiling clouds to his left but this riot of colour, like fireworks seen through frosted glass, seemed to be above Beaumont, his home town.

Whatever it was, Simon didn’t like it.

And he didn’t like it that his Smart phone wasn’t working and he didn’t like it that he had no idea where Rebecca was. One of the few classmates who didn’t treat him like he had the plague, Rebecca had agreed to meet him here, in this small prairie cemetery. She’d agreed to let him suck her blood – ‘as long as it doesn’t hurt.’

The weird glow was intensifying. Simon put his sunglasses on. He could recall a time when brightness hadn’t been painful to him, but he’d been a child then, he hadn’t yet known his true nature.

Where was Rebecca?

Didn’t she know how essential her carmine gift to him would be? Animal blood and stale human blood stolen from the blood bank was barely adequate to nourish him. Fresh warm human blood would vitalize him. After tonight, he would be truly alive, at last.

He was rubbing his hands together in anticipation when the superheated blast swept him away.

The Story 365 project is a year-long marathon of short story writing, with a new story written every day and posted on this website from May 1, 2011 – April 30, 2012. Stories must be a minimum of 200 words. Please help me by adding first line suggestions in the Comment section.

This story was inspired by a piece I heard on CBC radio this morning about Ronnie Burkett’s latest show, an ‘apocalyptic vampire comedy.’