Seductive Deception

Melissa jumped from tree to tree with ease. She could smell the dog yapping below and resisted the urge to jump down, breaking the dog's neck. But something, more powerful hit her nose. Lazarus was following her in a direct parallel path to her own. She rolled her eyes and cursed, but she had an idea. She left his shirt on the branch and jumped a few trees ahead silently.

She breathed in, she had never been good with vampiric powers but she hoped it worked. She jumped to the floor, wrapping her arms around herself she shivered, manipulating her heartbeat to move twice as fast as a human's. She walked towards the police, chattering her teeth. "Please. Please help me!" She cried. Seeing the flashlight in the distance flick instantly to her position. "Who's there?" The man called, running towards her.

The dog in his hand went wild, smelling Lazarus' scent on her. She used it to her advantage, "please, that man. He took me, I was in the woods on a trip and I got lost. Next thing I knew... darkness. Please help me, I'm so weak and helpless." She mumbled, pouting her lips, her eyes turning red as she gazed at the humans. Instantly they fell under her spell. "Please! I can find my way from here, but stop him! I think he's after me! I came from over there." She pointed in a direction towards the thicker woodland the humans, considering themselves knights in shining armour, stumbled over themselves. Following her directions. When their light had disappeared she giggled.

"Come out Lazarus. They've gone." She sighed, looking in the direction of the smell of dog. Lazarus clambered down slowly and very carefully, trying not to bring attention to himself. "Thank you." He mumbled, walking towards Melissa.

"Didn't I tell you to stay away? To run?" She queried, raising an eyebrow and shaking her head.

"I promised I wouldn't leave you," he muttered, looking at the ground, trying to hide a faint, creeping blush.

"And I don't want to see you hurt!" She said, letting out a soft growl.

"Sorry," he blushed.

She sighed, shaking her head again. "What're we going to do? The suns nearly up and we won't make it." She folded her arms across her chest, thinking.

"I don't know, I need to find two things - a room that can contain me tonight, and lots of alcohol. I am not transforming sober ever again."

"And I need one thing. A shadow. Or else you are never going to see me again." She sighed. Watching the sun slowly appear from the horizon, casting an orange glow into the sky.

"Is my shadow enough?" He mumbled, biting his lip.

"Yes. Buildings or people usually." She smiled, kissing him so that he released his lower lip.

They began to move again, Melissa held tight onto Lazarus' chest as the sun appeared from behind ther horizon, casting a long shadow over her. "So, how are we goign to find a room to contain you?" She asked, not looking up. She saw the sunrise, for the first time in years. She smiled. The bright orange and gold sky lit up as the sun burst through the line of trees infront of them.

"Usally a basement can keep me. But unless you know of an empty building with a basement..."

Melissa shook her head. "I'm sorry. I don't. Where can we find a basement? I don't know this area that well."

He closed his eyes, gulping. "Gabriel's old house... I don't think anyone lives there now, last time I was there it was just a shell. But really, if I drink enough, the beast won't do much. I'll need you to go and buy the alcohol though..."

"How?" She shook her head, pointing to the sun. "I can't go out."

"In the evening before I change..."

She nodded weakly. "So, where is it?"

Lazarus lead the way wordlessly, Melissa looked up at him every now and again. "Lazarus, whats wrong?" She asked after a while.

"I'm on the run as a convicted murderer and I'm about to not only see, but spend the night in a building that I had hoped to never see again. Of course I'm okay," He rolled his eyes, but Melissa couldn't see.

"Is there...anything I can do?" She asked, tilting her head slightly, hugging him tighter.

"Just get lots and lots of liquor later. I'll be fine," He almost whispered.

"I hate that answer," Melissa sighed under her breath.

"Do you want me to kill you later? Or would you rather I had a less painful transformation into a docile creature?" His voice rose, becoming frustrated and angry.

"I wish there was some other way, thats all. I'm sorry." She cried, releasing her grip slightly.

"I think we all would rather there was another way." He sighed, wrapping his arm around her, bringing her closer to him.

The rest of the journey was silent. Melissa listened to the echoes of Lazarus' heart match his footsteps. Ther sun shone down on them and she smiled.

The End

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