When we got into the city, I was right, it did look beautiful, all lit up at night.
‘Really romantic’ Joe thought, and I giggled.
‘Forgot to watch my thoughts – sorry.’ Joe thought.
‘Don’t care – I think so too.’ I thought back.
“Shoot!” Joe whispered.
“What?” I asked.
“The Vamdev-” He started.
“Gotcha, let’s get out of here then.” I whispered back, and we were running again.
We got back, and I tripped, coming through my window, and was sprawled on the floor.
“Are you alright?” He asked, looking worried.
“Yep, I woke Mum up though, and she’s heading down the hallway to my room. Trust me to forget to lock the door.” I whispered, and he hid under my bed.
Mum came in, looking dazed.
“Are you alright, love? I heard a bang in your room.” She said, and noticed in the light from the hall way, that I was in a heap, by bed, on the floor.
“Fine – just fell out of bed, that’s all.” I said, trying to sound as dazed as she was.
“Okay, I’ll go back to bed then.” She said, and shut my door behind me.
“That was a close one.” Joe said, helping me up, and onto the bed.
“You think?” I asked.
“I meant a close one in both circumstances.” He said.
“What did ‘they’ want?” I asked, making my fingers into inverted commas.
“To make sure that we didn’t expose ourselves as vampires, but they were going to try and brainwash you into becoming one of them – they think you have potential.” He said, snorting.
“You don’t think I have potential?” I asked, thinking that he was snorting at and insulting me.
“I do, but in a different way than them. They tried to get all us ‘gifted’ ones to join them – none of us said yes.” He said.
“Oh, okay.” I said, and that was the only response that I could think of.
We sat twiddling our thumbs for the most part of the evening, and then we got bored, so we watched the television, downstairs, but the sound was extremely low, so the normal human wouldn’t be able to hear it, yet we could hear it loud and clear.
We settled for the sci-fi channel, and ‘Van Helsing’ was on; we laughed at the bits about keeping vampires away with holy water, and garlic, and we burst out laughing when the vampires turned into bats, which of course is a complete lie, but still hilarious – well, to us of whom know exactly how vampires are.
The film finished, and we were on the verge of tears, when Mum suddenly woke up, but fell back to sleep a second later.
I went upstairs, to go and check on her, and I realised that something had been – but it wasn’t human… or a vampire.
“Joe!” I whispered, calling for him, knowing that he’d be able to hear me. He came almost instantly, and wrinkled his nose up in disgust, like you would with a foul odour.
“Unicorn” He said, as if it were a filthy word.
“Why have they been?” I asked.
“You’d know that better than I do.” He said.
“Yeah, but they’re not thinking it, and ugh! This is so annoying!” I groaned.
“We’ve got worse problems than the unicorns right now.” He whispered, looking at my Mum.
“What’s wrong?” I asked feeling nauseated.
“They’ve hurt her.” He said.
“How – what have they done?” I asked him.
“Relax – she won’t know that anything’s wrong. She has extremely little faith in the myths and legends, so it won’t hurt her. But if she does start believing in the myths, she’ll turn into one of them.” He said.
“No!” I shrieked, and Mum woke up, but this time she stayed awake.
“What’s wrong love?” She asked, confused.
“Nothing; it was just a bad dream. I’ll go back to bed now.” I said, and crept out of her room, as Joe had disappeared as soon as she’d woken up.
“Okay. Tell me about it in the morning if you remember.” She said, and was suddenly snoring.
I crept back down the stairs, and sank onto the sofa, my head in my hands (still attached to my body, in case you smarty pants out there were wondering).
I felt an arm come round my shoulders, and immediately looked up to see what was touching me, but it was only Joe.
“No need to be paranoid, miss touchy.” He said, tapping my nose, and I snuggled in close to him.
“What am I going to do?” I whispered into his chest.
“Relax, and act normal – like nothing’s happened – for your Mum. Remember what’ll happen if she starts believing.” He reasoned.
“This is my entire fault.” I mumbled.
“Huh?” He said.
“If I hadn’t asked to become immortal, rather than die-” I started, but he cut me off.
“-your Mum would be dead because the unicorns would have killed her. You being in the house is what stopped them, because they knew that you wouldn’t let her go without a fight; remember, the vampires always win.” He finished.
I had no clue what he meant by fight, and he knew it. But he didn’t explain.
“Go to sleep. You need your rest.” He said.
“You think you’re so funny. I’m not human – hello!” I said, smiling, waving my hand in front of his face.
“I’m so used to you being human, I guess I forgot.” He teased.
“Cheeky.” I said, tapping him on the nose.
“What time is it?” He asked.
“Erm… four o’ clock - why?” I asked, looking at my watch.
“Just wondering” He said