Danag watched Addy and Sid talk. He licked his lips with anticipation of how the pair’s blood might taste. He disguised himself as one of them. They were easy pickings for him. The one last week was scrumptious. He crept closer to get a better look at Addy. Although he didn’t care what form they were in, women tasted the best.
He watched them laugh and clink their bottles together. Addy was beautiful. She had beautiful, brown skin and a beautiful neck. She shivered and wrapped a scarf around her. Her neck was no longer exposed to him. It didn’t matter. He would get her soon enough. He put his façade back in place and made his way over to them.
Sid glanced at him. “Hey, Danag.”
Danag grinned and removed his hood. “What are you two lovebirds doing?”
Addy rolled her eyes. “Haha, very funny.” She offered a bottle of water to him. “Come, sit. We’re celebrating.”
Danag ran a hand through his reddish brown hair. “What are you celebrating?”
Addy offered him a bite of her sandwich but he declined. “We got twenty bucks from a nice gentleman.”
Sid grinned. “We were well fed for two days!”
Danag smiled. Humans were happy about the littlest things. He could easily offer them a place to stay and food to eat. He was rich but what was the point in treating your meals well? Especially when you planned to take everything from them.
“I’m glad it worked out for you,” He took a sip of the water and winced. “So, when are you going back to the shelter?”
Addy sighed. “We can’t stay at Emerald Way anymore but we can’t keep asking the locals for favors.”
Danag lit up at this news. “No, you can’t.”
Sid agreed. “Tonight will be our last night out on the town, then we have to find another shelter to stay in. Tonight’s gonna be colder than last night.”
“Let’s do something fun!”
Addy and Sid both looked at Danag like he lost his mind. They were homeless and they had no money. The only fun thing they could do was run out in the streets, racing shopping carts.
“I have a sister,” Danag said. “I plan on going home with her tonight. She’s rich.”
“Why are you staying on the streets you, crazy bastard!” Sid grabbed him a gave him a noogie. Danag laughed and pulled away. “I wanted to do things on my own. I got tired of our parents sheltering me and I told them that I was going to make a living on my own. Well as you can see, it didn’t go exactly as I planned.”
“You didn’t want to show them you failed so you settled for this?” Addy asked.
She could understand what he meant. It was easy to talk big in front of your parents. It was easy to tell them you could make it on your own without their help. Sadly, it didn’t always work out the way one hoped. She probably would’ve done the same thing if she were Danag.
“Why are you telling us this?”
A devilish smiled snaked across Danag’s lips. “I can get you into her place and we could get some clean clothes and a bath in an actual tub and not the river.”
He reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. “We can go to a club or something. Just think of it as I’m your fairy godfather for the night.”
Addy couldn’t believe what she was hearing. She guessed that her patience was finally starting to pay off. Danag watched Sid cheer happily. Yes, it would be the last night for all of them. The last night of their lives that is.
Addy sighed and wrapped herself in a warm, fluffy towel. Danag’s sister’s house was amazing. She couldn’t believe such a place existed. She dried her hair and wiped the steam off the mirror. It was the first time in a long time she hadn’t seen dirt on her face. Addy left the bathroom. She walked into the large bedroom.
A black jacket along with a glittery silver dress waited for her. Addy smiled. If only this could last for more than just a night. A bag of undergarments laid on the bed and Addy laughed. Danag really thought of everything. She heard him and Sid talking downstairs. She couldn’t wait to see Sid all fancied up. Addy quickly dressed. She felt around under the bed for a pair of shoes. She frowned nothing but rock star style boots.
“It’s better than nothing,” she mumbled, pulling the boots on.
She grabbed a scrunchie off the nightstand and pinned her hair.
“Sid.” She called, hurrying down the stairs.
As Addy made it to the bottom of the stairs, something in the living room caught her eye. She didn’t understand why Sid had a weird look on his face. Addy thought he was trying to scare her.
“Very funny,” she rolled her eyes. “Danag will be mad if he catches you playing around like that.”
Sid didn’t answer her. Addy’s blood went cold. She made her way into the living room. At first, she couldn’t tell what happened to him. She came a little closer and screamed. Blood oozed from Sid’s mouth. One of his legs was folded under him and the other was stretched out. His arms were sprawled across the seat of the couch. Two puncture wounds were on the right side of his neck. Addy touched his chin and gasped.
“No,” she cried. “SID!”
She screamed as a figure lurked behind her. Danag smirked. His eyes glowed red in the darkness. Addy backed away from him. "Danag? What’s going on?”
Danag smirked. “Addison, come on. You know what this is.”
Addy had no idea what he was talking about. She moved away until her back was against the wall. Danag’s fangs glistened with fresh blood. Blood trickled from the corner of his mouth. Addy couldn’t believe what she was seeing. Danag was a vampire or a sick freak who got off on drinking blood.
“You’re a vampire?” Addy whispered.
Danag looked at her with surprise. “Addison, you catch on quickly.”
“Vampires aren’t real,” she screamed. “There’s no such thing!”
“Oh, that’s what your friend Don said before I ended him.”
Addy gasped. Not Don. Don was one of the sweetest people she ever met in her life. Why was this happening? How come no one knew? Addy didn’t have time to answer those questions. With a shriek, Danag lunged at her. Addy screamed and dodged his attack. She threw herself through the window. Danag came behind her. Addy ran as fast as she could. She didn’t look back.
She tripped on the pavement a couple of times but she kept running. Danag was hot on her heels. Addy yelled for help but her cries fell on deaf ears. Where was everybody? Addy got her answer. She turned the corner into a horde of hungry vampires. Blood covered their mouths as they turned to look at her with glowing, red eyes like Danag’s.
“This can’t be happening,” she whispered. “This isn’t real.”
“It is real, Addison.”
Addy whirled around at Danag’s voice behind her. Danag tried to grab her but he wasn’t the only one. The other’s clawed at her, tearing her dress. Addy screamed. She fell to the ground. One of the creatures grabbed her leg. Addy kicked it away, losing one of her shoes in the process. She got to her feet and kept running. She dared to look back but Danag was gone. Addy didn’t stop. She kept running until she collided with the handsome stranger she met earlier.