"So," I mused as Quiora got changed into a pair of arse-cupping baby blue jeans. "What are the Dos and Don'ts of being a vampire?"
He laughed softly and gestured to my huge shelf of vampire romance novels. "Isn't that a question you already know the answer to?" he asked teasingly.
I shrugged. "Well, falling in love with a vampire wasn't exactly on my life tragectory but, hey, life never does what you want it to and, to add a point, I'm not in love with you. I may adore you, but it's not head-over-heels love. Got it?"
A mock military salute was my reply. "Yes, ma'am."
"But I really don't know the Dos and Don'ts of vampires, Quiora. Vampire novels really vary in type - some are okay with religious shit and other get burned. What exactly are the things we're limited to and stuff?"
He bit his lip and picked out a navy T-shirt. "Well, Cass, sunlight just gives us a headache, crosses and stuff really don't work, garlic smells even worse, and silver really doesn't do anything. If anything, it's being beheaded that kills us, so a stake through the heart is just something that really weakens us. All of us can wrench a head off with our strength. We can run faster than a freight train, lift the equivilent of Canary Warf, and our senses are very developed hence the sunlight headaches - it's like a migrane but a little less so."
"Right," I nodded, wishing I could take notes. "Do you want to do me a favour?"
"Stick my long-sleeved red T-shirt, ripped blue jeans and some undies in the tumble dryer for me. They'll be dry in time for class."
"Cass," he laughed softly. "You've already missed class. The sun's starting to set - it's already six in the evening. To be honest, you've missed almost a week."
"What?!" I snarled, leaping out of bed and grabbing his arm tight enough to leave a bruise. "I've been asleep for a week?!"
He shrugged. "Give or take a day or two. I haven't even been to classes so I could keep an eye on you. When a mortal is turned, it takes upto a month for the virus to circulate properly so you could have been asleep for another two months at most. You're lucky to be awake within a week. The reason for this is that the virus slows the heartbeat straight away, which is why you were well and truly exhausted the other night. Now, my beauty, let me show you everything that you can be within twenty years."