Friends Forever

Once, there was a lonely vampire sitting on a bench. It was becoming dark. Her long silky black hair gently blew in the wind, tears freely leaking from her eyes. How long had it been since she was turned into a creature of the night? She couldn't tell. She didn't care. She hadn't asked to become a vampire. She hadn't asked for everyone around her to fear her; to avoid her at every cost. She longed to be acknowledged as a normal human being, but instead she'd been labeled as a blood-sucking monster. All she could ask is 'why?'

"Hey, miss, why are you crying?" she looked over to meet the eyes of a little boy, who she'd seen once before at the park. She'd saved him from some older kids who'd been teasing him. After a moment she tried her best to smile.

"Because I'm lonely." she told him. He looked at her confused.

"But why would you smile if you're lonely?" he questioned.

"You know, at times, smiling can make things better." She replied.

"How? A fake smile isn't a real smile." He argued, softly clutching his chest, as he met her eyes. "My mom once told me that if you live a lie, then everything around you will be a lie."

The vampire held her finger in front of her mouth, chuckling at the boy's enthusiasm. "You're pretty smart for a little boy, aren't you? Will you tell me your name?"

"It's Sora; Sora Kaburagi." He answered. "What about you? What is yours?"

"It's Mara Kuma." She replied.

"I see. Mrs. Kuma, I'm lonely, too, so how about we become friends?"

She averted her gaze. "Please, you don't have to be so formal. Just call me Mara, and aren't you afraid? I hope you know I'm not as good as you may think."

"I'm not afraid of anything, even vampires." He said. "Just the fact that you saved me from those bullies tells me that you're a good vampire, or, well, at least not a bad one. If you promise you'll be my friend, I promise I'll be your friend. "

She smiled, tears once again rolling down her cheeks, but this time it being tears of joy. "Sure, why not?"

Holding their pinkies together, they smiled. "Friends forever."

Yes, despite all the bad things in life there are good things too, and she had to say it had been years since she'd had a friend who was willing to accept her for who and what she was. For that, she was eternally grateful. She'd learned something very important that day. Sometimes, it just takes patience to find happiness.


© 2013 Karen Mooney

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