Hold on Tight

Chapter 2

Next m0rning Edythe and I made our way to school. "Archie won't be at school today," said Edythe. "The story we're going to tell is he's home sick with a stomach virus."

"Okay," I said. "What's he really doing?"

"He's been enlisted to help with a search of Blue Tickets up in Seattle," said Edythe. "Dad went with him to help out and mom's spending the day with the werewolves to help make sure the Blue Tickets stay out of Forks."

"Well that's good," I said.

"Yes," said Edythe. "Did I ever tell you what Blue Ticket was?"

"No," I said. "What is it?"

"Blue Tickets are vampires that have acquired AIDS, STDs, or other awful diseases that could cause a sickness in humans," explained Edythe. "Naturally we don't want them spreading the disease around to humans, as there's a chance we could get the disease as well. It's very precise work to kill them because they can cause us to have the ability to infect people and animals with the diseases they carry."

"I hope that doesn't happen to your dad and Archie," I said.

"Hopefully not," said Edythe.

We arrived at school and made our way inside. As we sat down, Mrs. Eubanks came walking in. "Edythe, would you mind stepping out into the hall with me?"

"Sure," said Edythe.

She followed Mrs. Eubanks into the hall and moments later came back with a look on her face that was half a smile and half a shocked look. "What happened?" I asked.

"I'll tell you at lunch," said Edythe.

When Lunch finally arrived, Edythe and I sat down at the table. "So what happened with Mrs. Eubanks?" I asked.

"Logan and Taylor got fired from the play," said Edythe. "So since Mrs. Eubanks wants to have couples go through it, she wants me and you to be a part of it."

"What did you tell her?" I asked.

"I told her I'd ask you," said Edythe.

"Do you want to do it?" I asked.

"I'm conflicted," said Edythe. "Part of me wants to do it to show the school we're the best; the other part is worried I'll get excited over it and turn you into a vampire right in front of an audience of seven hundred people."

"Well if take your top off after you do it, we could say it's a send up to Bite," I said.

"To what?" asked Edythe.

"It's a topless vampire musical in Las Vegas," I said, blushing slightly. "Phil took me to it for my fifteenth birthday."

"Well I don't think we'll be able to do that," said Edythe.

"Well if you don't want to do it we don't have to," I said.

"I think that would be for the best," said Edythe.

Mrs. Eubanks was angry when we told her. "Well if you two don't do it willingly, I'll go to the Principal over it!" she yelled. "I want my play to run like clockwork and to do so it needs talented people like you."

"Well we don't feel comfortable being intimate in front of an audience or putting our relationship through the wringer of constant rehearsal," I said.

"Well if I have to do another play, you two are going to pay dearly," said Mrs. Eubanks. "Now get out of my office."

"She's a real dictator," I said.

"Oh you should've been here last year when Allen lost his voice midway through Me Old Bamboo," said Edythe. "There's a reason she won't be attending the dress rehersal or the final performance."

"I see," I said. "So what do you want to do?"

"Well I think we could go back to my place to study and then we'll put on a show of our own," said Edythe.

"What kind?" I asked.

Edythe smiled a toothy grin. "I was thinking a fangless version of Bite."

"I'd love that," I said.



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