“No!” I screamed as I ran towards her. “No Mum! No, please no!” I sobbed as I wrapped my arms around her waist, and leant my head on her shoulder. I squeezed her tightly, and stayed there sobbing. I thought about the way my mum used to hang her arms around my shoulders and whisper to me, saying ‘everything will be okay’.
“Will it, Mum?” I said. “Will everything be okay?” I sobbed.
Over the next couple of hours, I sat down inside on the sofa, my eyes glazed over, unmoving. I felt catatonic, and I probably was. I shook my head and got out my phone. The touch screen wasn’t being helped by the fact that my hands were shaking uncontrollably. After a while, I clicked on ‘Emma’ and it rang. It didn’t even finish it’s first ring before she answered.
-Darren? Are you okay?-
“No. Can you come over, please.”
I hung up and waited. For about three seconds.
“What’s up, Dar- why do I smell blood? Why are you crying…what-what happened?” she asked nervously. My eyes didn’t move from the door when I pointed outside. Emma disappeared, and all I heard was her whispering:
“Oh. My. Goddess.” Then I heard a phone being flipped open, then buttons being pressed.
“Dane?” I heard her say. Silence.
“Okay, okay. Get over here. Now!” She flipped the phone closed then I heard it slip into her pocket. She was in front of me, waving her hands over my eyes within that second. I saw a tear roll down her cheek.
“Darren. Darren! Darren!!” she said, finally getting my attention. “I know you’ve been through a lot, but we have to get out of here. Fraser’s struck again.” She explained.
“That mother fu-”
“Let’s go!” she said impatiently, grabbing my arm and pulling. But something happened. Something in my throat rose, and seemed to erupt. I half expected vomit to appear, but it was just a light.
“Oh no…” Emma said, but it was too late. I doubled over in pain as the light re-entered my body. I could feel it; the burning sensation that came along with the brilliant strength, speed, looks, mind and hunger. This was it. I was turning into a vampire.
I hadn’t realised that we were outside in the hallway, so when I doubled over, I’d fallen down two flights of stairs, but though I knew it was happening, it felt normal. Like it didn’t matter.
I’d realised by now that I was blacking out a hell of a lot since I moved here. It was probably evil forces, but knowing that wasn’t going to make them stop. I didn’t like the time to just think. I didn’t want it. I wanted to be somewhere doing something; taking my mind off of…it.
Instead I decided to sing a song in my mind. Love The Way You Lie by Rihanna and Eminem would do the trick. Maybe.
I was halfway through the last rap when I awoke. I wasn’t in a hospital; I was in a cave. It was well lit—with proper lights nailed to the stony walls and stuff—and there was lots of high-tech stuff like computers and a heart monitor and stuff like that. There were a few settees, arm-chairs and beds.
“What is this place?” I asked.
“This,” she gestured around the place, “is HQ. Fraser can’t get in. Look-” she pointed to the cave entrance. It had a blue wavy thing around it that kept moving. It looked like a thin layer of blueberry-jelly. But someone walked through it, and an electric blue light formed around his silhouette as he passed through it.
“Anything with evil in it can’t pass through. And because we’re good vampires, we can’t be evil.” I raised my left eyebrow for a second then dropped it, as if I weren’t interested, but to be honest, I just didn’t want to be interested in anything at the moment.
“Over there is our scientist, and Dane’s mum, Wendy.” She pointed to a woman with straight brunette hair that fell to her back. Her greeny brown eyes were framed by long thick eyelashes, and she had a widow’s peak. She was wearing a long lab coat, and had glasses on with a brown frame. She waved then turned to the computer and typed at a speed so fast, I half expected the computer to go on strike.
“Here’s some tea.” Said Molly as she walked over with three mugs. I don’t know how she carried them, but she did. She gave one to Emma, then smiled and threw mine at me. I threw my arm out –not instinctively, but still--, and caught it within seconds. I widened my eyes.
“How did I do that?” I said, staring at the tea, which was all there, nothing spilt.
“You’re a vampire now, Darren. Get used to it.”
I meant to get up, but all I remember was a moment of white, then I was at the other end of the room. I was using vampire speed.
“Why did everything go white?”
“That’s because your eyes are still getting used to the Super HD vision.” Molly explained before sipping at her tea. I nodded. It was so much to take in.
“What should we do next?” I asked.
“Well, now you have to be trained into fighting. You’ll be learning karate, kung fu, taekwondo, judo, chun kuk do, kickboxing, kenpo, lua-”
“Okay, okay, I get the point.- I’ll be learning to fight.”
“Techinically, it’s more defence. But you’ll see that when you train. In fact, here’s your trainer now.” She said, pointing to a man who had short copped hair, blue eyes and looked nearly sunburnt. Weren’t vampires meant to be pale.
“He’s called Reid. He’s married to Wendy.”
“Hi Dane. D’ya wanna start learning to fight?” he said.
“Are you kidding me? He just wo-”
“Okay!” I said excitedly. Reid nodded, and gestured for me to follow. I did.
He led me into a dojo-like-room with wooden flooring, wooden walls, with one wall that was just a mirror. The ceiling was very high, and the room itself looked very open and light. Reid stood in the middle, and said:
He taught me very well. Within minutes, I already knew taekwondo, karate, kung fu and judo. I didn’t really need to train, because I had a perfect memory and knew everything perfectly the first time he taught me.
It hardly took an hour to learn everything.
A day had passed before I realised my hunger, but I didn’t want to say anything, in case I had to suck a human’s blood. But it was getting too bad. After a while, I was on the floor, clutching my stomach.
“We have to get him some blood.” Emma said coolly.
“Nuh-no! No human blood!”
“Of course not human! We get it from the butchers.” She explained.
“Don’t they-OUCH!- get suh-suspiscious?” I asked…kind of.
“Nah, people do it all the time. Dane! Go to the butchers.”
“Okay!” he said. He was back in two seconds with seven bags of blood. My left eye twitched. All I could see was the blood. I couldn’t think about anything else. Just blood. My fangs were inside the bag in that same second. The blood was so refreshing, but it tasted disgusting. I thought vampires liked the taste of blood? It just tasted the same as it did when I was human- coppery, like a penny. But even though my mind was pulling me away, my body didn’t want me to. So I stayed. I was full after one bag.
At least I was full. I didn’t want to be like a vampire from Twilight, always hungry, never having your thirst quenched.
I didn’t have much time to think about that.
Fraser stood behind the jelly, smiling evilly- no, not smiling. Sneering.