Chapter 1 An Autumns
The gentle flow of water that
flowed into the stream was a delight for the eyes
filling me with inner happiness. The waterfall wasnt
as vigorous as it once was but was still enough to
provide the stream with all the nutrients needed to
sustain the fish and other marine life. I loved
nature and the way she kept everything in balance. In
many ways, and on many levels, nature was a form of
art with everything in a constant state of change
while remaining true as to its purpose. However
nature hadnt been kind to me or my family
forcing us into near starvation.
There were only nine of us left
living in our dilapidated castle that once housed
hundreds. The extinction of our species started long
before I was born leaving me with no memory of how
our mighty civilisation once was.
Sitting down on the damp grass,
with our ruined castle behind me, I continued to
watch the stream as it wound its way deeper into the
forest. Its flow was hypnotic leaving me in a relaxed
state as I continued to ponder on the future of our
race. I closed my eyes letting the pleasant feeling
of the cold air touch the surface my eyelids.
Sometimes I wished I could simply sleep and never
wake up as was often the case with vampires during a
harsh winter, but alas I wasnt a true vampire,
I was a mixed breed, meaning I was incapable of
hibernation so had no opportunity to not wake from
one. I wondered if others in our sect felt the same
way. It was clear our situation had effected our
temperaments and I knew it wouldnt be too long
before we came to blows with each other. I promised
myself I would leave if that ever came to happen.
A sound behind me caused me to open
my eyes breaking my trail of thought as someone
exited through the squeaky castle door. I was Clem
the human freak. She caught eye contact with me and
came running over while waving her hand in the air. I
had no idea why she had such a fondness for me, we
were in no way alike. I was a dhampir, a full vampire
possessing a tiny amount of human blood inherited
from my grandmother, that was hardly the same as what
Clem was. She was fully human, albeit deformed, with
a bloodlust caused from a biting a vampire. She wasnt
really one of us. In fact her lust would likely wear
off eventually causing her to revert back into her
Good day to you Clem! I
stood up and waved back at her faking that I enjoyed
It wasnt our way to deceive
one another, but it also wasnt our way to be
impolite, so as was often the case one rule
outweighed the other. I was sure deep down she didnt
really like me either. To her I was just an available
female that she wanted to share carnal knowledge with.
If I simply refused she would give up trying, but
that it itself would be considered impolite, so
instead I flirted with her intentions leaving us both
Thank you, she
responded before wrapping her arms tightly around me
and kissing my neck, I wish you a good day too.
A good day and a long happy life.
As she leant back she smiled
through her contorted fangs before adjusting her
I really wish you wouldnt
wear that, I said, Theres plenty of
suitable clothes going spare, thats something
were certainly not short of.
She shook her head vigorously.
I find conventional clothing
too restricting, she said as she swirled
herself around, This is far more comfortable.
I turned around then sat myself
back upon the grass staring at the stream once more.
Clem joined me and sat at my side, intentionally
resting her knee against mine. I was too polite to
So Lammy, she said
while staring ahead, Have you got any plans for
She was the only one in our entire
sect to refer to me by that name. I hated it. My name
was Lamia and that was the only name I wished to be
addressed by. I wished I could have told her but my
manners held back my irritation.
Nothing in particular,
I responded, Ill just sit here for a
while, watch the wildlife then maybe have a short nap
Maybe we could go for a walk,
Clem said, Just the two of us. Its a
beautiful morning and were immune to daylight,
unlike the others, its as though destiny has
brought us together.
I smiled at myself for the
embarrassing predicament in which I found myself to
be. Clem caught my smile and misinterpreted its
meaning and smiled back brightly.
Yay! She said with
exaggerated joy as she jumped to her feet.
She held out her hand then before I
knew it pulled me to my feet. Her smile was still
plastered upon her deformed face while her hand
remained in mine.
Well follow the flow of
the stream into the forest, she said, Then
sit and watch the salmon swimming upstream. Its
a spectacular slight to see them jumping out of the
water and romantic too because they intend to breed
We both paused for a few moments in
awkward silence waiting for the other to speak.
Okay youve convinced me,
I said, Well go for a stroll, nothing
else mind, just a relaxing walk.
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