Memento Mori

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Summary

The story of a neurotic adult male named Phineas Hines. Phineas has a mysterious illness and lives with his overprotective parents. Exhausted with his tedious life, Phineas is desperate to press the 'refresh' button. He soon meets an unusual woman through a social media group. Her username is Memento Mori, and she claims to be a 289-year-old vampire who is hunting a deranged historian that's desecrating corpses.  Phineas is suspicious of his new friend, but because of her bewitching personality and her similar lunacy, he travels to the Big Easy to revitalize his life. Memento Mori ends up changing it in ways he never could have ever imagined.

Genre:
Horror / Other
Author:
JackknifeJonni
Status:
Ongoing
Chapters:
26
Rating:
n/a
Age Rating:
18+

Prologue

I was twelve the first time I kissed a girl. Mom had to go on set to film an advertisement for 'Put On Dem' Boogie Shoes', a 3 cassette audio collection of funky disco hits for the amazingly low price of $19.99. She dropped me off at Alessandra's house, her friend she grew up with in Vermillion. Alessandra had a daughter named Cauliflower. Yes, like the vegetable. Alessandra was a respected green chef at a restaurant with a plant-based menu, so she thought it was only appropriate that she named her daughter after produce.

We called her Flower, because being named after a creamy-white, brain-looking food was traumatizing for a twelve year old. Flower and I were close. We would set up easels and paint pictures in her backyard. We would knot friendship bracelets and go on bike rides together. We even made up a pretend language that only the two of us understood.

Everything always felt more exciting with Flower. I even started to like things I hated because she liked them. Slap braclets. Weird necklaces. Wite-Out manicures. It's crazy what a heart blinded by adolescent love can make you do.

I'm embarrassed to say, but we were "playing house" that day. Flower and I were pretending to be parents to two beautiful composition dolls. We were in the moment, celebrating our amazing make-believe parenting skills, and I suddenly went in for a kiss.

It was a disaster.

I did everything so wrong. I went in too fast. I used my untrained tongue. I was mostly just licking her lips and narrating the cringeworthy scene. The worst part was that I ate a peanut caramel candy bar before I visited.

Flower was severely allergic to nuts and it triggered a bad reaction. Alessandra made me walk home and immediately drove her daughter to the emergency room. I never saw Flower again. My mother never spoke to Alessandra again.

Mom belittled me and told me I shouldn't be kissing girls. She said I didn't have the emotional maturity yet. Dad just snickered and shook his head. I'm pretty sure he called me a moron under his breath.

"It's completely natural for girls to make you happy in your pants," mom blurted out. "It means that your penis is working properly."

I remember wanting to crawl under a chair or behind the toilet. Anywhere tight or confined to escape the embarrassment.

"There are two kinds of kissing. Family kissing and mature kissing. Family kissing is a kiss on the cheek and mature kissing is the impurity you forced onto Flower."

I know mom was always looking out for me, but she had an exceptional way to wreck my self-esteem.

I didn't kiss anyone for a long time after that.

I guess what I'm saying is, people - friends, partners can make your life feel better, but there's always going to be that one special someone. That someone you may bump into so unexpectedly, they instantly make you feel a spark in your soul. They take you and your heart by surprise and then change your life forever.

This is my story. This is our story.

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