'Do you sparkle?' Gabby asks. I look at her and burst out laughing.

‘Honestly, that’s the biggest pile of merde that has ever been written. I burn. It’s not a pretty sight. I was in a very bad place when I was first turned. I just laid down in a field and let the sun burn me. I didn’t want to live, until I was too far gone to move. My best friend saved me from myself.’ I smile at her, trying to contain my laughter. Gabby smiles back, blushing slightly from asking if I sparkle.

‘I’m sorry that you had to see that though,’ I say, my expression darkening as I think about what I did. I hate taking lives. Especially from totally innocent people. I try to keep to killing off people that don’t deserve their lives, criminals and politicians mostly. Gabby gives me a serious look.

‘I know you can’t help it. It’s just a little difficult for me to accept, that’s all. And you smiled. You were happy that you had killed him!’ she accuses. I shrink away from the look in her eyes, shaking my head.

‘That wasn’t me you saw back there. It’s like I have some creature living inside of me. For the most part, I'm like any other human except for the extra abilities until the beast inside me wakes up and starts getting hungry. That was what you saw. Remember what I said, I hate vampires. I hate myself for being one. I'm getting over it, but you have to understand that I don’t enjoy it any more than you enjoy seeing it.’ I tell her in a low voice. Her expression softens a little, but she’s thinking it over. I reach into my bag for the cookies and offer her one.

‘We can still be friends, can’t we? I ask, suddenly realising how much I would miss the company if she rejected me.

Loneliness does strange things to a person, even the ones that aren’t human.

The End

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