"Get ready, this is going to be a long speech." Nathan begins humorously.
"I should have brought my note books." I joke back.
"A long time ago, there was a man. The man was a good person but one day ill fell upon him and his family so he fell prey to despair and bitterness, in desperation, he committed a grave crime, an unforgivable sin and so the lord punished him and banished him from the maker's light, cursing him to wander eternally and feed on the blood he spilled..." He says in an overly dramatic fashion.
"Are you really obligated to say it like that?"
"Not really, I just felt like I needed to lighten the mood after what just happened." He says, sitting back down.
I roll my eyes at him "Just continue but seriously this time."
"Alright, every vampire story begin in the same fashion, man commit a sin and he's cursed, but there are a lot of different versions of the same myth, attributing the first to be one person or another. Which is why every vampire family, called houses, declare themselves do be descended from one of these sinners.
The Tepes claims none other than Vlad the impaler as their sire while the Lanceas claims St. Longinus, the man who killed jesus, the third group that I know of don't really have anyone they claim but nowadays have taken the name Orloks, from the Nosferatu movie.
Which of them is right? I have no idea to be honest, maybe all of them or maybe none of them, but the important reality is that these houses are not arbitrary social groups but races in of themselves.
The one you're interested in are the Tepes, if I'm right, Alek is one of them."
"But I saw Alek walk right into the sunlight." I cut him off.
"This is one of their perks, unlike the other kind of blood suckers, they can withstand sunlight. I also know they can meddle with the human mind like I told you earlier."
"What else?" I ask, taking notes mentally of all this.
"They aren't as strong as people think, don't get me wrong, they're as fast, strong and agile as an Olympic level athlete, but they can't punch a tank and outrun a good car."
"Are they... evil?"
"Just as much as humans with a severe mood disorders and control freaks. They have issues but vampires aren't total psychopath either."
"So you're saying we should just leave them alone?"
"If they leave people alone, yes. But that's not the case. Aside from the occasional and accidental overfeeding, younglings aren't the issue, it's the elders that are. For them, life including that of others is a game of chest. They've been manipulating the strings for centuries. It's one of the reasons why vampires are considered myths in modern times."
I sigh and lean back in my chair, making the two forward legs lift off the ground by an inch. "You know, this is really crazy... I mean what's next, fairies?"
He looks at me and then looks left and right evasively. It doesn't take a genius to catch the message.
"You're kidding, right?"
"I'm afraid not." He offers with an apologetic smile.