Chapter Three: Awakening
I open my eyes.
I woke up and found myself in the alley. How did I get here? The light hurt my eyes, and I could feel it burn my skin. I scrambled up to find some shade. I had to get home and fast. I need to find out what is happening to me.
I tried to go to my house. I had to walk around the edge of the buildings because the sun was really burning my skin. I don't understand why. The sun has never bothered me before. What is going on?
I decided to replay everything in my head from last night. The party, the dancing, the slight disagreement with Adam about going to the party. My watch had been damaged some time during the night. I remember leaving. What else happened?
Why is my dress torn, and why on earth is it wet? What did I do last night? I don't remember drinking because I was suppose to be at work this morning. Why was my memory so foggy? Suddenly, a memory flashed across my brain and it made me stop in my tracks.
The man with the fangs. He bit me and snapped my neck. So I have died, and now I'm awake? How is that possible. Stuff like that only happens in horror movies.
I continued on my way. There was a burning in my throat. It was like it was paper dry and all the sides of my throat were rubbing together. I also felt ravenously hungry. I needed some food.
I finally reached home, and I ran inside to the refrigerator. I grabbed a bottle of water and chugged it. I also grabbed some left over meatloaf. Normally, I would put it in the oven to reheat, but I didn't have the patience. I threw it in the microwave and heated it up.
I scarfed the food down. Still I didn't feel any better. Why? I should be so full after eating all of this food. I guess I better grab my wallet and go out for a proper meal.
I went to my bathroom to brush my teeth and hair and apply a light amount of make-up. When I looked in the mirror, I gasped at my reflection. My hair fell in voluptuous, natural curls. My eyes had a wonderful shine to them, and my hair looked healthier than it had in years. My skin was a nice blemish free porcelain color.
My eyes seemed to be a deeper shade of emerald and my hair a darker shade of red. I looked sexy. I felt fit as a fiddle, and I certainly could see a nice muscle tone. I almost looked unnatural, but I looked natural at the same time. It was the most beautiful I think I had ever looked physically.
I looked further into the mirror, and I was shocked to think it wasn't me staring back. My reflection seemed to exude confidence and grace, and that was something I still lacked a little in my life. I had a fierce vibe around me that I didn't recognize either. I wasn't myself. I was sure that I was not myself.
After brushing my teeth, that I had then noticed extended into long canines, I tried to run the brush through my hair. The teeth thing really bothered me. Then, I thought I had put on some fake fangs for Mira's party just for fun. Vampires are a big thing these days with all of the books and movies making them popular. So, I brushed it off and dressed for my outing.
Remembering that my skin was having a funny reaction to the sun, I decided I needed to change. It was summer time so my choice of clothing would not make sense to someone else. I changed into a sweater, grabbed a scarf and wrapped it around my neck, and to top it off; added sunshades and a hat. My leggings fit into a nice pair of boots that I loved to wear during the fall. Once I was happy with my look, I headed out to find some food.
I walked a little ways down the street when a delicious smell hit my nose. I followed the smell. I came across this group of guys standing in someone's yard. I felt a growl in my throat and felt a pain in my teeth. As I drew closer to the group, the sweeter the smell.
Finally, it dawned on me what was happening. I wanted their blood. Just like that man had taken mine. He had turned me into a vampire. I needed blood to complete the transition.
At least that's what every vampire book I have ever read says.
"Destiny, he what's going on?" one of the boys said.
Alex Foster, the younger brother of my ex-boyfriend came up to me.
"Oh, you know, the usual. Heading to get a bite of breakfast before work," I answered.
He was always a sweet boy.
"Hey, baby, looking good!" another voice called.
If I had any blood flowing through my veins, it would stop cold in its tracks.
"Justin, long time no see," I said.
"You look fantastic! What have you been doing?"
I looked at him for a moment. I had noticed my hair had a healthier shine to it, and my eyes had an extra sparkle. The color had deepened to a dark emerald. I also seemed to have slimmed up a little more, but I also looked well-toned at the same time.
"Just dancing-" I started.
The pain in my throat got worse. I needed blood. I couldn't take them right here in the broad open. I had to clear my throat in order to continue. I looked at each one of them.
My mind seeming to take over and convey a calm message.
"I actually don't feel well. How about all of us continue this conversation at my house. It's just down the street," I suggested.
"Great idea," Alex said.
Compulsion. Cool. I could literally make anyone do what I wanted them too. Maybe this whole thing wouldn't be so bad. After all, this was real life and not at all like any vampire movies or shows I've seen here lately.
"I'm game," another of their companions said.
I led the way. Just a bite and I can make them forget. The smell was so overpowering. Just a little further.
"Almost there," I called out over my shoulder.
When we rounded the corner and walked through the door of my house, I was on one of the boys like white on rice. I sank my teeth into his neck. The coppery liquid tasted amazing. I felt his lifeforce giving me life and strength. It was beyond euphoric.
When his body was spent, I tossed him aside. I looked at the other boys. I suggested they stay still and quiet. I didn't need someone causing a commotion. I grabbed the next boy in line.
Once I got to Justin, which I had saved for last, I let him feel and speak whatever was on his mind.
"Destiny, if this is what you've been doing since we last saw each other, I am truly sorry for what I did," he began.
I felt anger bubble up inside me. He has no idea what or how I've been doing since the last time I saw him.
"What an odd way to beg for your life," I said.
"Please, don't hurt me! If you let me go, I won't hurt anyone again! You've made your point," he said.
How silly of him to think I was trying to make a point. His fear was egging me on in ways I could have only imagined. The blood pumping through his veins was calling to me like a siren calling to a sailor. So, I decided to make him squirm a bit.
"I don't have a point to make." I told him.
Truth be told, I had forgiven him a long time ago.
"You don't have to do this."
"I don't have a choice."
With that, I advanced on him. I drank and drank until I couldn't anymore. I only stopped when I heard someone at the door.
"Destiny," the voice called.
The voice should have registered with me, but in the middle of my feeding frenzy, it did not. I ran forwards and grabbed whoever it was and sank my teeth in. The smell of his blood was so intoxicating. I couldn't make myself stop. All I could do was lap up every last drop.
When he was spent, I began to walk away. I heard Justin wheezing and gasping for air. I walked over to him. Not impressed with the smell of his blood anymore, I crushed his throat with my foot. Satisfied I had no witnesses, I turned around to leave.
That's when my heart broke into a million pieces. The person I had killed was so very dear to my heart. I had drained the life out of Adam. I sank to my knees. How could I?
"No, Adam wake up! Please, come back to me!"
I let out a bloodcurdling scream that I was sure would alert the neighbors. I thought back to what the man had done to me. I took my nails and cut into my wrist. I tried to pour my blood down Adam's neck hoping it would heal him. Something else I had read in vampire books.
When nothing happened, all I could do was cradle him in my arms and rock back and forth. I cried and cried. I was suppose to be a superior being after all. I'm a vampire, and how cool is that? I know what you're thinking, and the answer is yes, I secretly liked the world of the supernatural just like my brother.
"Adam, I am so, so sorry. I can't believe I did this to you. You deserved so much better. I'm a monster," I cried.
Waking up and finding out you had been given a wonderful gift. The only side effect was the bloodlust. How am I going to do this? That's when something shiny in the corner of the room caught my attention. It was a emerald necklace on a silver chain.
There was a note underneath it.
Wear this and you will be able to walk in the sun. I am sure by now you have made the decision to complete the transition. I will be watching you. You have your own choices to make now. You are a whole new person.
This life will suit you well. Go forth and have a happy life.
Someone you will thank one day
Really, that's it?
Before I could dwell on it too long, I felt a strong tug. It was as powerful as a thunderclap and it got my attention. It felt like a distress call. Something was happening and it need my help. It was too powerful of a call to ignore.
So, I headed out to my car, and I didn't look back at all of the destruction I had just caused.