My long wavy red hair tumbled over my shoulders as I leaned closer to the mirror. My green eyes stared back at me in excitement for tonight as they glittered like gems against the black frame of my eyelashes as I applied some tinted lip balm.
I shrugged my shoulders a little picking at the neckline of my dress as I examined the stark contrast between my pale skin and black bodice. It bothered me a little bit since it’s difficult for me to get a tan because of how easily I burn, but there’s not much that I can do about it. Oh, I should probably put some blush on. I glanced at my dresser and picked up the cream blusher that I had received as a gift for Christmas a while back. This looks awfully pigmented. I applied the lightest amount possible to add a bit of colour to my pale cheeks. A bit better.
I did a few turns in the mirror to admire my outfit. It was difficult finding an old-fashioned one that suited the theme of the party that Violet is hosting. The dress had an overall coverage of black that surrounded the patterned velvet blue through the middle with intricate black trimming. I looked at myself in the mirror again as the skirt of the dress flowed across the ground. Violet would probably get mad at me for barely wearing any makeup, but my skin is like porcelain, minus the few freckles from my mother.
I looked at the time and realised that I’ll be late if I wait any longer. I called out to my mom telling her that I was going.
“Okay, Midnight! Be safe!” I heard her yell back.
I should be safe, Violet’s house is only two blocks down from me. What’s the worst that can happen? I thought to myself as I locked the front door.
Living in Oakhart Blackfalls was pretty boring, it was a safe place where nothing intense happened, but people had been disappearing around here, and disappearances were bound to receive a lot of attention.
I laughed out loud, who am I kidding? Each of the people who had disappeared returned safely, the only odd thing was that they couldn’t recall what happened.
I stopped walking for a second to clear my thoughts. I’ve got to stop letting my thoughts run wild and should focus on having fun.
The cool breeze of the winter wind hit my face as I tried to control the smile on my face as I thought of Violet and knowing that she’s throwing the party for me. Violet and I have been best friends since we were in the 7th grade.
I loved Violet but she could be weird sometimes. I respect the choices she makes, but her dying her hair violet took some getting used to. She has a tendency to change the way she looks every so often.
The vibrating beats of a song got louder as I turned the corner of the street and spotted the lit up yard of Violet’s house. It was already in full swing, am I late? I looked at my watch and felt a bit of mild panic, I stopped for too long while I was thinking of the disappearances, Violet’s gonna kill me.
I picked up my pace. As my hand rested on the knob of the door ready to twist it open, the music and sounds of chatter came to an unexpected halt. Huh?
I cautiously opened the door and couldn’t see a thing, what happened to the lights? I fumbled around the entry to find the light switch when everything came back to life again and a deafening scream of “Happy Birthday Midnight!” echoed through the silent night.
I yelled in surprise as I placed a hand against my panicked heart. I already knew the party was for me, but I didn’t expect this. I looked around at all the familiar smiling faces and felt a small tug in my heart at the thought of being appreciated this much.
“Thank you so much, you guys,” I replied sincerely.
In the middle of the dispersing crowd, I spotted my purple-haired friend who was smiling from ear to ear and began to approach her.
“How did you know I was outside?” I asked as I hugged her tightly.
“That’s a secret.” Violet laughed, hugging me back.
“Thank you,” I mumbled into her shoulder.
“No need to thank me, come on, let’s have some fun.”
The music and chatter began again, it wasn’t long before the party was back in full throttle. Violet and I remained attached at the hip for majority of the time.
I was approached individually a few times to receive congratulations on turning eighteen.
“Oh wow, I love your dress. The colour complements your hair so well.”
“Thanks, I like your outfit a lot too. It’s a Jester right?” I said to Emilia who was in my drama class, it was typical of her to be comedic.
“Yes! Thank you for seeing it. No one here is as cultured as you Midnight. It sucks that you want to move away for university.” Emilia said as she grabbed my arm leading me towards the dance floor, I quickly looked at Violet who just shrugged in response.
“I’ll get you a drink,” Violet said as she went towards the make-shift bar.
I turned my attention back to Emilia who was bobbing her head up and down to the music while still talking about how much she’s going to miss me
“Let’s not get ahead of ourselves,” I laughed, “There’s still so many months left until that’s finalised.”
“True but-” She paused mid-sentence as she bumped into Eren.
“Oh, sorry I-” She got cut off again as Eren exclaimed, “You’re dressed as a jester, that’s so cool.”
I saw Emilia turn pink so I took that as my cue to leave so that the two could talk amongst themselves, how cute, I have a feeling that they’ll end up dating.
I found Violet waiting for me near the staircase.
“Here drink this.” She said handing me a solo cup.
I took a sip and gagged at the strong taste. “Ugh, what is this?”
“Dunno, couldn’t read the label. Wasn’t in English.” She laughed taking a swig of hers. I laughed nervously in response.
I didn’t take another sip of the drink though and disposed of it when Violet wasn’t looking. I lost track of time as she and I sat on the stairs talking and watching everyone dancing.
“It’s actually getting kind of late,” I mumbled with a yawn, I leaned my head against Violet’s shoulder.
“Yeah, a few people have already left. I’ll give it another hour and then wrap things up.” She said while patting my head.
I closed my eyes from a sudden wave of dizziness, I must be really tired. I groaned as I opened my eyes, only to have them blur again. Something isn’t right.
“I don’t feel too good.”
I felt Violet shift a little, her cool hand rested on my forehead, “You feel a bit hot, did you catch a fever?”
“I don’t think so,” I mumbled as my head spun.
“Hold on.” Violet shifted again until I was leaning against her for support. “Rest up in my room for a bit, I’ll have everyone go home and then I’ll take you home.” Violet helped me to stand up, we made our way up the stairs, through the corridor and into her room where she plopped me onto the soft duvet.
She checked my temperature again and looked a bit worried. “You feel hotter than before, I’m pretty sure you caught something. I’ll call your mom just in case.”
I quickly grabbed Violet’s hand, “No, I don’t want her to worry, please. Can I spend the night here instead?”
Violet bit her lip for a few seconds as she mulled things over, “Okay, I’ll get everyone to leave. I’ll be back in a few minutes with some Paracetemol and water.”
“Mhmm.” Was the only response I could make as I put one arm onto my forehead to apply a bit of pressure against the throbbing pain.
It wasn’t long before the house became quiet, the pattering of footsteps could be heard leaving the front door with a few thank you’s.
The door opened and I peered through my hand to see Emilia leaning over me.
“Hey, you okay? Violet said that you weren’t feeling too great.”
“I think I might be sick.” I fumbled out my words.
“Get well soon then, I’ll catch you later,” Emilia said patting my head a few times, feels nice... it’s warm. Violet came into the room with two pills and a glass of water like she said she would. She helped me sit up and sat next to me before giving me the tablets.
“Emilia I thought you left already,” Violet said with a bare glance in Emilia’s direction.
“No, you said Midnight wasn’t well so I just wanted to check up on her before going.”
“I see.” There was an awkward pause of silence before Violet spoke again, “Do you have a ride?”
“Nope, but I’ll just walk.”
“Alright be careful then, bye.”
I heard the front door click as Emilia left.
Violet rubbed my shoulder, cuddling me. “Feeling any better?”
“A little.” I kept my eyes shut, trying to will the throbbing pain in my head to go away.
“That’s so weird, I don’t sense anything wrong with you...” Violet mumbled.
“Uh, nothing. Just talking to myself. Rest up I’ll be back.” Violet tucked me under the covers and left the room.
I don’t know when Violet returned, but she slipped in next to me and fell asleep.
I was half-asleep when I smelt something. It was nice, almost intoxicating. The headache and pain eased with the smell. I sat up and looked at Violet’s alarm clock, its green numbers were flashing 12:00 am.
The smell felt as though it was gradually getting stronger, My mind felt blank, and my only thought was to get to that smell. I got up from the bed and followed the smell, the floorboards creaked in the dead silence of the night.
“Midnight?” A drowsy voice called out. “Where are you going?”
I absentmindedly turned to acknowledge Violet who was peering at me from the bedroom door. I turned back around and continued on my way to find the smell.
“Midnight.” Violet clasped her hand around my arm, “What’s wrong?”
I turned around to look Violet in the eyes, I felt her grip loosen in surprise.
“No... no, it can’t be...” Violet seemed to ponder over something. “Yeah, there’s no way. I’m just overthinking.” She extended her hand again to grab me, but I shrugged her off.
“I feel better now, I’m going to go home,” I spoke without thinking, it didn’t feel like it was me.
“I’ll drive you. It’s late.”
“No, it’s fine. I want to walk.”
Violet looked unsure but just nodded in response, “Okay, I’ll see you later then. Call me when you’re home.”
I turned without a second thought and left. The smell was much stronger outside. I felt a sudden urge to run towards it.
A few blocks later, I arrived in an ally.
The cloudiness in my head disappeared as I took in the scene in front of me.
Emilia was being held up like a rag doll, pressed against the slimy brick wall with a guy sucking on her neck. What is she thinking? Who is that man? I thought she was interested in Eren.
Neither of the two had realised that I was there, the intoxicating smell was coming from Emilia but I couldn’t make any sense of it. I saw a trickle of blood on Emilia’s neck and it felt as though my composure snapped. My mind clouded over again.
I approached the man and kicked him as hard as I could. He flew across the alleyway and slammed into one of the dumpsters. That was much harder than I thought.
Emilia was unconscious, I looked curiously at her neck and saw two puncture marks. I want to bite her. I reached towards her when I was violently pushed against the wall.
The man snarled in my face and I could see blood trickling down the side of his face when the wound unexpectedly patched itself up. He had blood around his mouth, dripping down his chin. I could see flashes of light coming from his mouth.
It still felt as though I had no control over myself. I looked over at Emilia. I just wanted to bite into her neck.
He started speaking. “I’ll deal with you first and then that one there. Who knew I’d get two meals.”
I stared at him blankly as he inhaled deeply. I felt him flinch all of a sudden.
“That’d odd, you smell really sweet. Almost like you’re a part vampire. I might just keep you around.”
He chuckled and opened his mouth wider. There, I could see two translucent fangs.
I felt a pain in my neck. The fangs had pierced my skin, fast and precise. I felt my blood being drawn out. That’s when I screamed. His hand covered my mouth as I struggled against him.
What’s happening right now? Why is this happening? How did I end up here? I felt uncomfortably aware, the cloudiness of my thoughts were more than clear and I was aghast with myself at wanting to bite my friend.
I started to feel dizzy, my knees buckling under the weight of my limp body. He caught me around the waist. I felt my eyes opening and closing. Everything was a blur. I saw him bite into his wrist, he brought it up and held it near my mouth. The blood flowed in and I automatically swallowed. The blood tasted different. It didn’t taste like copper like it usually did when I accidentally bit my tongue. It was like a heady potion, it made my head spin more than it already was, and I felt an unforgiving headache beginning to pound on my temples.
I could feel the blood travelling through my body, it felt like fire. I wanted to scream and cry but I couldn’t move. I felt myself being lifted as I was carried away.
“Now listen girlie, I’m going to leave you somewhere that no one should find you. But if I’m not back in time and you’re gone, I will find you.”
I felt myself being lowered to the ground, it smelt like moss...