“You want something to eat,” the woman driving asks.

“Might be your last meal for a while,” the other adds when I don’t answer.

“It’s not personal, just business. I’m going to stop at Rally’s, you might want to eat. At least get a milkshake, their strawberry is to die for,” the driver continues.

“Looks like he’s about to die any second,” the woman on the passenger side joked.

The vampire I killed was Adam Locke, an assassin of the top tier. He’s been hunting people for various vampire houses for over a century. He was there to kill Destiny, I just happened to show up. He wasn’t prepared for me and hadn’t rested enough from his travel here. That’s what they told me anyway. I believe it. It was all a game to him, something he had done thousands of times before. I was just a warm up for him. My fear of death and a few drops of luck saved me. If it had been night time, I would have died for sure.

I’m not actually sure I didn’t die. I remember looking at his dead body, and the next thing I know I was being pulled off the ground by these two. I don’t know if it would be appropriate to call them idiots, but they’re idiots. Still, they were smart enough to dress like cops and throw me in the back of a cop car. For all I know, they could be real cops in service of The Marsons. What I do know, is they drove me around until the sun set, taking orders through a radio. They went out and did other things, leaving me in the back of the car. I don’t know what their plan is for me, but I know it isn’t good.

Honestly, my body hurts too much for me to think of an escape plan. I’ve been fading in and out since they grabbed me. They were really on top of their game, because I’ve had some fights. But I feel like each one gets progressively harder. No matter how much I train and learn, I’m just not keeping up with the increase in difficulty.  

“Got you a milkshake and a burger,” the driver passes it back to me.

“Thanks, any chance there’s a key to the door at the bottom,” I ask only half joking.

“Oh gosh no,” the passenger remarks before laughing.

“So, what are your names?”

“Well, I’m Lilly,” the driver answers.

“And I’m the fabulous Rosalyn but people call me Rose for short,” the passenger responds.

“Great, Lilly and Rose. Are you going to take me to a hospital at some point? I’m pretty sure I’m bleeding internally,” maybe I can get the chance to escape.

“No, we’re just buying time until master wakes up for the evening,” Lilly says with glee.

“So, who’s the master?”

“That would be Lord Justin,” Rose responds.

This is a really good milkshake, the burger isn’t bad either. I take the time to savor each sip and every bite. This might be the last time I get to eat food. I know Justin already wanted us dead, and now I’m going to be dragged right into his trap. I just wish I could have seen Destiny one last time, said goodbye to my family. Especially Elias, he’s going to be so worried about me. The sun is setting, and we’ve started to drive outside of the city. We’ll probably be heading to some mansion where I’m beheaded on the front lawn as a warning to Destiny.

I don’t plan to go out without a fight, but there isn’t much fight left in me. My shoulders are almost completely numb, every time I move my sides are killing me and I’m pretty sure at least one of my ankles is sprained. I could try to fight them both right now in the car, but that probably wouldn’t turn out well. They’re thralls anyway, they’re following orders. Chloe and Justin, those are the people that have made our lives hell. If we’re going to see him, I’ll try to take him out with me. They haven’t cuffed me despite pretending to be cops. I just need my body to hold out long enough for me to lunge at him. I can stab him one time in the heart. Destiny said these old vampires aren’t built to take damage, I’ve killed them before, and I can do it one last time.  

We ride up the winding path as the last moments of sunlight fade. When they open the door, I fight the urge to run. If I run, they’ll probably kill me now. They’re going to kill me anyway so I might as well wait for my opportunity to kill Justin. Rose and Lilly pass me off to a group of people that includes a woman carrying a sword and a man with a gun. I expect them to lead me inside to have a sit down with Justin, instead they lead me to a shed off the path and out of sight of the old mansion.

Inside there’s no Justin, just a metal chair with leather straps dangling to the side, almost like an old electric chair and a single light hanging down. This was a set up from the beginning. I turn to run and immediately feel my feet leave the ground. The sense of weightlessness as I fall is ended as my shoulder meets the grass. A quick hits me in the center of my stomach and instantly the contents empty out in front of me. I don’t have the energy to fight back as I’m lifted by my neck and slammed into the chair.  

A few punches later and the straps are wrapped around my wrists and ankles tight enough that I begin to lose feeling. The light bulb is turned out and the doors are slammed closed. My death is inevitable now. This is the waiting room for me. I can’t stop the tears as I think about everything that’ll be left here when I’m gone.

“Is anyone there,” I scream out, but there’s no response. “I don’t want to die,” I’ve thought the words but never screamed them out before.  


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