Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Shorts: Blood Crimes: Part 3

Hey everyone, you can read Part 1, and Part 2 at the links. I hope you've enjoyed this series. It was really fun to write! As today is my wedding day, I won't be on for the rest of the weekend. I hope you enjoy this exciting conclusion! 

As I was writing this story, I felt as if there wasn't enough of Anthony Archer. So he will have more stories in the future. For now Enjoy part 3 of Blood Crimes!

Part 3:

“Fuck me. It tells us what we are, and how we work, but it doesn’t explain the immortality.” I said to my master as he looked at the report from the vampyre science division. He nodded at me, while still engrossed in reading the report. I kept a watchful eye out for any signs me might be about to fall back into his insanity. I hadn’t seen any yet. “Yes, well apparently this congenital erythropoietic porphyria or CEP, and this coexisting condition of catalepsy. Seems to be the core of our state. Although they still haven’t explained our special gifts or the immortality. So this report is still lacking. I do find it interesting that it says that there are only ever about ten thousand or so of us at anyone time. They think that is a result of The Death.” He hand me back the report and started to step away from the cage. 

“Well shit. So the real question here is should we reveal ourselves to the public. The Council wants to do it.” I said just to see his reaction. He hissed, “The Council doesn’t know it’s ass from a hole in the ground! We should keep to the shadows! It’s what we do!” I watched as his insanity took him again. I went and grabbed his noon time meal. She screamed alot about not wanting to die, that she was too young. The normal stuff they say when they beg for their lives. Humans! 

I watched as Master consumed his meal. It was all very messy, he was never like that when he had full control of his sanity. One page I’d left out of the report that I had given my master was that the science geeks had developed a synthetic blood. He didn’t need to see that, as he wasn’t flexible to change. However the idea intrigued me quite a bit. It would be nice not to have to hunt my food for a change.

The findings of the report were very interesting this CEP was interesting. In humans it mimicked a lot of the vampyre lore, without any of the benefits. Humans would be horribly disfigured because of their sensitivity to sunlight. Then there was this Catalepsy that was so fascinating, it mirrored death in so many ways. I’d always wondered about why we never breathed once we were turned. There was a knock at the door as I was walking to my room for the day. It had already been a long night.

I opened the door to see Galina standing there just prim and proper as could be. “Well this is surprising. Come in.” I took a step back from the door. “What brings you here so late at night. Dawn is coming.” Galina nodded, “Yes it is, which is why I’m here. I need a place to sleep for the day.” I motioned for her to follow me. “Have you seen the report from the science sect?” I asked her as I lead her to the guest room. “Yes, I did. It was very interesting.” That’s odd, normally I couldn’t get her to shut up. I opened the door to the guest room. I decided not to push her, it was late and I wanted to get to sleep. “Thank you, Anthony. I’m disturbed by the report. I’d never seen our state so laid bare. It was unnerving.” I raised an eyebrow. “Yeah. I guess so.” I took a deep breath. “Good Morning, I’ll see you after the sun has gone down.” She gave a slight curtsy. I turned and left, making sure to close her door behind me. All of the rooms were light tight, but only if the door was closed. It wasn’t a perfect system.

I laid down in my coffin and was about to close the lid when I heard a noise just outside of my room. It wasn’t even all that loud and a normal human wouldn’t have even heard it. I got up to check to see what the noise was, and was surprised when I saw Galina outside of my room. “I thought you had gone to sleep.” I said to her. “I don’t want to be alone this morning.” She said in reply, looking shockingly scared. “Why not?” I was curious as to what could possibly scare her. “There is a motion by the council to come out to the public.” Please tell me something I don’t already know. “There are some that have suggested, ever so quietly that the council needs to be replaced with more level heads.” Ok, that’s the last time I get snarky. “Um, wow. Ok, those people are idiots.” Galina smiled at me. “Yes, but I wonder if they aren’t wrong.” Well that’s something to think about while I sleep. “We can talk about it tonight. I’m very tired.”

I looked over at a window that was close by and I saw the first few rays of the morning dawn. I motioned for Galina to come into my room. I had a queen sized coffin, I liked having lots of room. I laid down and closed my eyes. Dreams came quickly to me, which is odd because I rarely dreamed in the last few hundred years. My dreams were flooded with blood and death. It was as if every victim I’d had since I was turned were coming to haunt me. I had a fitful sleep. I woke up and Galina was staring at me. “You toss and turn in your sleep. Which i find interesting.” She said slowly her russian accent coming through a bit clearer now. Her fear tainting each word. “Yes I do, which is why I prefer to sleep alone.” I said as I sat up. 

I walked over to my closet and picked out a new outfit for the night. Vampyres rarely took showers, and really only needed them if it had been a messy night. I decided that I wasn’t in the mood to hunt. I would just grab one of the selections from down stairs. I had to feed master his breakfast anyway. 
As I walked down stairs I got to thinking about that report. I needed to know more about this condition that aged us. It was as if nature was punishing us for our blood crimes. I’m not sure if we'll ever know for sure. So much more will have to be found out, to be discovered. For now, everything is quiet. But I fear it won’t stay that way. 

As I got to the bottom of the stairs, i saw something I thought I’d never see. “No!” My eyes went wide, there was a pile of ash. I looked around and saw a portion of the barrier used to keep the sun out had been damaged. “It was time Anthony.” I turned and saw Galina standing there, looking guilty as fuck. “What did you do you bitch!” She took a deep breath. “I ended his suffering. It was the only way.” I seethed with anger. “I’ll kill you for this! I’ll rip you limb from limb!” She laughed at me. “No you won’t, because you know i’m right.” I punched the wall next to me. The brick cracked under the impact. I walked over to the storage area where I kept his food. I grabbed the first whining bag of flesh and I tore into her. She screamed for a few seconds before I ripped her throat out! I bathed in her blood, and then I moved on to the next one. All fifteen of the humans that were left died at my hand. 

I knew I couldn’t touch Galina. She was older, stronger and had more clout. Also she wasn’t wrong. I had been avoiding the obvious for too long now. My maker, my master should have been put out of his misery years ago. I really just couldn’t bring myself to do it. The more I thought about it, the more sense Galina made. “My grief is great right now. We will talk when I can look at you and not want to kill you.” I made my way up stairs, as I got to the top I saw a member of the council waiting for me. “Roman, what are you doing here?” I said as I walked past him. Roman was about the same age as me, and had the ethics of a hyena. 

“I’m here at the behest of the council to convey our condolences.” That made me stop in my tracks. “Since my master only just died a few hours ago, and I only found out a few minutes ago. I would have to assume my master’s death was at the hands of the council.” Roman took a deep breath. “That would be correct.” I turned walked right up to him, and ripped his dead heart right out of his chest. Before he turned to dust, I got the satisfaction of the look of shock and disbelief that was on his face. “Fucking bastard.” I turned as Galina came up from the basement. “Oh no. Who was that Anthony?” I had a smile with my answer. “It was Roman.” Her eyes went wide. “You killed a member of the council!? Are you insane?” I shook my head. “No, I’m not insane. I just didn’t like what he had to say. That the council ordered my master’s death.” 

Galina nodded, “That’s true. All of the vampyres that have lost control have been ordered to be executed. It’s part of the plan for Vampyres to come out to the public.” I gave a bitter bark of a laugh. “Fucking idiots! There aren’t that many of us as it is! I’m leaving. I’m going to my master’s home until this all blows over. Let me know how many of you are left after the council’s plan backfires! That’s if you survive it.” I left the kitchen. 

As I entered the living room, I picked up the phone. “Yes, I want the plane ready to go home...No he won’t be joining me.” I hung up the phone and went to my room. I grabbed what I wanted to keep and left the rest. I wouldn’t be coming back to this city, at least not for a very long time. I looked up and saw Galina leaning up against the doorway. “That’s it huh, just pack it all up and leave?” I stopped my packing. “Yeah, that’s the idea.” I noticed the small smirk on her face. “You know the council can’t let what you just did go. You will have to face punishment for killing Roman.” I shook my head. “No, I won’t. The council can kiss my dead ass.” I went back to packing my stuff. “Well Anthony, I hope I see you again.” I just looked in her direction and nodded. I was done with words for awhile. 

As I approached the plane, I thought about what Galina had said to me. The Council wouldn’t be happy that I killed off a long standing member. The only thing I had going for me was that I was and still am, deep my the grief for my master. They would have a hell of a time trying to siege the castle in romania. If Vlad himself couldn’t do it, the spineless assholes of the council wouldn’t either. Fuck ‘em! I was done with the whole lot of them. 

I looked out as the plane took off, the glow of the city lights. The plume of flame from...what the fuck! The city was falling into chaos right before my eyes. Good thing I got out of there before all that shit happened. The castle would be a nice getaway for the next hundred or so years.  

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