The mansion was occupied by 52 vampires, with ages ranging from a few days to several centuries. None of us looked older than 25. I pushed the gates open and walked up the long drive with Bladen next to me.
The veins underneath my skin had settled and returned to normal. Bladen opened the large front door into the main hall. The tiled floor was black and the wallpaper was white. The large chandelier above was black.
The room itself held several sofas and loveseats. There were a number of bookshelves that held recent and classic books. The walls supported massive TVs that got all channels. There were fridges in one of the corners, and shelves of wine glasses next to them.
Spike and Celeste were sat together on a velvet loveseat. They both held wine glasses. Spike nodded to us as we passed. Topaz and Zoe sat on one of the sofas. They too held wine glasses. They were too absorbed in gossip to notice us. Elektra and Narcissa giggled when they saw Bladen.
“See you later,” he whispered to me. He turned to two girls and smiled. “Ladies.”
He made them giggle even more. I rolled my eyes and walked on. I walked up the wide spiral staircase and stopped outside one of the doors. My hand hovered by the wood. Then I decided to do it. I knocked.
“Enter,” said the voice from within.
I pushed the door open to see Faron at his desk, rolling a pen back and forth.
“Oh, Vein, it’s you.” His voice was bored and uninterested.
“I want to apologise for my behaviour earlier. I hadn’t fed in a few days,” I said.
“You’re better now, I trust?” he asked, more concerned than he had been.
“Yes. I ran into my brother on the way back.”
“Did you handle it?”
“I’ll be surprised if he comes looking for me again. I scared him off.”
I tapped the gun underneath my coat. Faron chuckled.
“That would do it. Are you ready for full moon?”
“As ready as I’ll ever be.”
“The Neonians won’t know what hit them.”
“Can I ask why we only attack them while they’re at their strongest?”
“That’s the only time we can find them.”
“I see,” I said.
Faron flicked his pen away and stood up. He shut the door behind me and put his hands on my shoulders. He smiled and brushed my long brown hair behind my shoulder. He looked into my orange eyes. He kissed my cheek gently.
“Your eyes are still orange,” he commented. “We’ll go out hunting tomorrow night.”
“Just us?” I asked.
“Well, if that’s what you want,” he whispered.
I smiled nervously. “I should go now.”
He let go off my shoulders. “Of course.”
He sat back down in his chair and picked up his pen again. I turned around and pushed the door handle down. I looked back over my shoulder. Faron winked at me and smiled. I left the room and shut the door.
I started back to my room automatically. I was about to open my door when someone grabbed my wrist and pressed me against the wall.
“Hi Vein,” said my ambusher.
“Hey Phoenix,” I replied.