Summary: This is a new vampire story about vampires being accepted by all. They go to school, work, and interact with others. There are even shops specifically for vampires. But some families, mostly the Christians, aren't fond of them and don't want them around. One girl in particular catches the interest of a vampire because of her lack of interest in him.
Author's Note: Hey everyone! I have a new vampire story. It's a little different from your average vampire fic so I hope you all are kind to it! Review please so I know how I'm doing. And I know, I now have four fics up but I'm the type of person who needs to jump around a bit in order to avoid writers block. Maybe I'm ADD…not sure. Anyways, enjoy my next story!!
Chapter One: The town of Drabeck
What ever happened to vampires being in hiding? What happened to them being too afraid to show their existence out of fear of being murdered? Oh, right…The vampire craze started a few years ago because a bunch of teenage girls read some cheesy vampire novels and decided that vampires were in fact "sexy". Then everyone wanted to be a vampire, or meet a vampire, or play basketball with a vampire. I don't know, people are crazy. Then the vampires came and they took over.
You see, I live in a small town called Drabeck. We used to have traditional beliefs that anything drinking our blood was…well, wrong. Then a few years ago people decided that vampires were living, breathing creatures too—although I'm not so sure on that—and that they deserved to be apart of our community. Now that would have been fine and dandy. That was until the Blood Bank got put up. Of course, you'd think a blood bank is for giving blood so those who are dying could have blood. Nope, it's a restaurant. Not only a restaurant but a tinted windowed, vampire swarmed, stinking blood stop! It's like a gas station for vampires for crying out loud!
Now, if that wasn't enough, they even tinted the windows to damn near black at school and created a "drive-thru" building where vampire parents can drop off their vampire children at school during the day.
Needless to say, these vampires are everywhere and for some reason, everyone seems to love it. Except me. I, Julia Elizabeth Dupree, will have nothing to do with blood-sucking, pale-faced, fanged vampires. This is my story, not theirs.
Today was as normal as ever. I drove to school and parked in the human parking lot and walked in, hugging my books. We have two sets of doors so the vamps don't get burned. I passed by the vending machines—one filled with soda and water, the other with bottled blood, ugh!—and tried to ignore the hungry looks of my classmates before finally reaching my best friend. Emma was logical; she always told me that the so-called "hungry looks" are just my imagination. Then again, she likes vampires just like everyone else.
"Hey." I mumbled to her, opening up my locker. "How was dinner last night?" She'd told me yesterday that her dad was inviting over his new vampire co-worker and family for dinner.
"It went good. They seemed like they felt awkward but they ate with us, which I didn't expect. They brought their own 'wine' though." She blushed then. "He has a son named Demetrius." She added and I rolled my eyes at her taste in guys. She was apart of the teen craze that seemed to be in love with vampires.
"Did you two hit it off?" I asked, trying to be friendly about it although the whole idea sickened me. She flushed a deeper red.
"I didn't even talk to him. I tripped down the stairs when they came in and fell on my butt. He laughed." She explained, looking mortified. I smiled comfortingly. Emma wasn't exactly the most graceful girl I knew. I patted her arm.
"Maybe he thought it was cute." I offered. It was her turn to roll her eyes. We walked to our first class together and sat down in our usual seats. Our teacher was introducing a new student. I sighed hearing his name. New students were pretty common now a days thanks to the vampire outbreak. It didn't seem possible that so many vampires were hiding in the shadows. He came and sat in the seat next to mine and smiled at me, flashing his fangs. I grimaced and looked away. Emma smirked at me and shook her head. She seemed to think I'd come around eventually.
"Hey. I'm Alec." He said, trying to get my attention. I glanced at him and tried not to glare.
"Julia." I introduced quickly. I didn't want it to seem like I was open for conversation but I didn't want to be rude either.
"My family and I just moved here. It's so much more inviting then the last town we lived in. We still had to walk around at night there." He shuddered slightly as if it was below him to be in his natural habitat. I sighed and glanced at him again. He had chin length, dark brown hair and grayish-blue eyes. Normally he'd be kind of cute in my opinion, but he was a vampire which me I was instantly uninterested.
"Do you like it here so far?" Emma asked him, smiling brightly. She knew I wouldn't be the one to talk to him so she stepped in. He looked at her and flashed her his fangs too.
"So far, yes." He smirked. "And what's your name?" He asked, tilting his head to the side. She blushed and brushed her hair behind her ear.
"I'm Emma. It's nice to meet you." She said and he smiled at her.
"The pleasure is all mine." He said and I rolled my eyes. "So, my family is throwing a party tonight. You know…a sort of 'get to know our neighbors' kind of thing. You two are both welcome to come." He invited and I glanced at him before looking at Emma questioningly. She didn't even need to say anything, I already knew she wanted to go.
"We'll see if we can make it." I said and turned my attention to the teacher. Thankfully, he didn't bother me again.
The rest of the day went by alright and I was able to ignore the fangs. But there was a pair of eyes that were haunting me. I didn't know why but I couldn't get Alec out of my head. But I wouldn't let him know that. Or Emma, especially not Emma. She'd never let me live it down. "So are we going tonight? Or did you just say you would try?" Emma asked me as we stood by my locker at the end of the day. I sighed.
"You really want to go don't you?" I asked her and she blushed, chewing her lip.
"Kinda yeah." She replied as I closed my locker. I sighed and thought about it some more.
"Maybe we can show up. But only for a minute." I said and she grinned excitedly before hugging me. I hugged her back, still unable to understand why she loved vampires so much. We went back to my house to study and talk about the party. I must have changed my mind five different times—ten if you count the times I said yes or no in my head—before we were finally on our way to the 'Blaque Manor'. Their house was rather large and old fashioned. It was very fitting for a vampire family, I thought as we walked up the sidewalk to the front door. We knocked three times and the door creaked open to a tall guy standing there. He looked just like Alec but older and with shorter hair. They had the very same eyes.
"Hello. You must be here for the party." He said in a monotone voice. He seemed very uninterested in us. I nodded and he stepped aside. Alec was walking forward at once with a smirk on his face.
"You made it?"
"You sound surprised." I said as the door clicked closed behind us. I shivered slightly, worrying that this was some sort of trap. He merely chuckled.
"Come on, the party is through here." He said and motioned for us to follow him. We walked through the large house to a room filled with people. It was easy to tell that there were more vampires than humans here but at least we weren't the only ones with a working heart. "We have drinks for your kind here and food there, if you'd like. And…avoid that table over there and you should be ok." He said, pointing to each appropriate table. I nodded and the tall guy walked in. I took a step away from him and Alec chuckled. "That's my older brother, Phoenix. He's intimidating but he's harmless. He'll just be grumpy until his girl arrives." He explained in a hushed tone.
"Oh." I chewed on my lip as I looked around the room awkwardly. He seemed to find it amusing but didn't leave my side. For some reason that made me feel a little safer.
"Hey." I glanced up to see a guy walking up to Emma. "I didn't know you'd be here tonight." I noticed Emma blush as she nodded.
"Yeah, I came with my friend Julia. She doesn't like vampires. Julia, this is Demetrius. I had dinner with his family last night, remember?" She rambled nervously. I heard a laugh next to me and looked at Alec. He didn't respond to my glare as he greeted Demetrius.
"So, you want to, uh…dance?" He asked Emma who blushed. She nodded shyly and took his hand, going to where people were dancing to music I didn't listen to. Then it was just me and Alec.
"So you don't like vampires, huh?" He asked, sounding amused. I rolled my eyes and looked at him. "Make a bit more sense now."
"What does?" I asked rudely.
"Your tone." He said, a smirk set on his face. I gritted my teeth.
"Sorry that I don't like socializing with people who would rather drain me dry." I said and he laughed.
"Why would we do that? That's not how you make friends." He joked with a smile. I didn't know why he was so amused by all of this. I scoffed.
"Friends. Sure." I said and tried to pay attention to Emma dancing. She looked like she was having a good time which made me smile. Then I saw the fangs on her partners teeth and grimaced. It was just so unnatural and wrong.
"How about you let me prove to you sometime that we're not as…scary as you seem to think we are?" He chimed in again. I rolled my eyes for the hundredth time that day.
"I don't find you scary. I find you revolting. Why would I want to spend time with someone that sickens me?" I asked and he grinned.
"You're here aren't you?" I blushed slightly, finding myself at a loss. I knew anything I said would sound like an excuse and he would just find a reason to laugh at me. I crossed my arms over my chest and chose to ignore him. "What are you doing tomorrow evening? Would you like to come over for dinner?"
"Can't. I'll be too busy throwing up all day tomorrow for even being here tonight."
"Oh, in that case I'll bring food to you. What do humans eat when they're sick? Soup? Ugh, that stuff is revolting." He said, playing along. I almost chuckled.
"Don't bother. One whiff of vampire will send my stomach over the edge again."
"Well, maybe you should plug your nose then. Because I'm a determined guy. I won't give up on you." He explained and I looked at him.
"You really would just be wasting your time. And mine, for that matter. So, I'd really prefer if you would just give up before you get started. I'm not interested in you." He chuckled.
"I don't care if you're interested in me personally. I just want you to realize that if you get invited to a vampire's home for dinner, that doesn't mean you're the meal." He said and I glared.
"Regardless of how everyone else feels, I think the fact that blood being what you survive on is pretty sick. And even if you don't want to drink my blood, I don't want to be friends with someone whose appetite consists of what runs through my veins." I said stubbornly. I was probably overreacting with this whole vampire nonsense but I was a stubborn person and I wasn't about to cave to that damn charming smile he was flashing me.
"Oh, I never said I didn't want your blood. You happened to smell delicious." He told me with a wink. My face twisted in disgust before I walked away. I heard him chuckling to himself even after I was gone. It was like his laugh was stuck in my head, taunting me.
A couple hours into the party and not a lot had changed. Emma spent the whole night flirting with Demetrius and he was flirting right back. I spent the night being approached by vampires who were trying to be nice but I couldn't help but wonder if Alec was sending them to introduce themselves to me. I even met his parents who—although they were super nice and welcoming—scared the living hell out of me. After that, every time I looked at him he was smirking and it was beginning to get on my nerves. I was soon getting frustrated with being alone so I decided to just leave.
"Hey. I think I'm just going to call it a night. I'll see you tomorrow." I said to Emma, pulling her away from Demetrius for a minute. She frowned at me.
"Oh, let me give you a ride." She said, looking disappointed. I couldn't have that.
"No, don't worry about it. I'll walk. You stay here and have fun." I encouraged and she gave me a half smile.
"Yeah, it's not that far. Later." I gave Demetrius a slight smile before walking out of the loud room.
"And where do you think you're going?" I heard from behind me. I turned to see Alec standing there with a smirk still set on his face. I narrowed my eyes at him.
"Home. Thanks for the invite but this isn't really my scene." I said and walked out the front door. He followed, of course.
"You need a ride?"
"No. My house is only…a few blocks away or so. I can walk." I said, frowning at the idea of walking home…at night.
"Come on." He said and got in his black Camero. I chewed on my lip for a minute before getting in the passenger seat. I gave him directions and he pulled up in front of my house. "Aren't you going to invite me in to meet the folks?" He asked with a grin. I sighed.
"Bye Alec." I said, ignoring his comment as I got out of the car. "Thanks for the ride." I added and he smirked.
"No problem. Night Jules." I was about to yell at him for calling me 'Jules'—a nickname I couldn't stand—when he sped off into the night.
Author's Note: There's chapter one. Please review for this one because I really want to know if it's worth it to continue! I really like the plot I've got so far and I need to know if other people do too. REVIEW PLEASE!!!!