Chapter 40: The Count and the Singer

Eighteen years later

"And so Julia, the Singer became the Count's bride once she realized how much she loved him, and that the Count loved her in return."

"Wow…" the fourteen year-old Julia breathed in awe. "That's so romantic!"

Lauren laughed. "Yeah. But it didn't seem so romantic at the time. Remember, the Count and the Singer had been enemies in the beginning, and it's tough enough falling in love with your enemy as it is, admitting it is even harder."

"But they did admit it right?" Julia inquired. "Yes, they did," Lauren reassured her with a smile. "And do you know what the Singer did to show just how much she loved her Count?"

"What?"

"She wrote a song to show that despite their rocky start, she loved him."

"What's the song?"

"It goes like this – " Clearing her throat, Lauren began to sing.

"I know all about,
Yeah about your reputation
And now it's bound to be a heartbreak situation
But I can't help it if I'm helpless
Every time that I'm where you are
You walk in and my strength walks out the door
Say my name and I can't fight it any more
Oh I know, I should go
But I need your touch just too damn much
Lovin' you, that isn't really something I should do
I shouldn't wanna spend my time with you
Well I should try to be strong
But baby you're the right kind of wrong
Ya, baby you're the right kind of wrong

It might be a mistake
A mistake I'm makin'
But what your givin' I am happy to be takin'
'Cause no one's ever made me feel
The way when I'm in your arms

They say you're somethin' I should do without
They don't know what goes on
When the lights go out
There's no way to explain
All the pleasure is worth all the pain
Lovin' you, that isn't really something I should do
I shouldn't wanna spend my time with you
Well I should try to be strong
But baby you're the right kind of wrong
Ya, baby you're the right kind of wrong

I should try to run but I just can't seem to
'Cause every time I run your the one I run to
Can't do without what you do to me,
I don't care if I'm in to deep yeah

I know all about,
Yeah about your reputation
And now it's bound to be a heartbreak situation
But I can't help it if I'm helpless
Every time that I'm where you are

You walk in and my strength walks out the door
Say my name and I can't fight it any more
Oh I know, I should go
But I need your touch just too damn much
Lovin' you, yeah, isn't really something I should do
I shouldn't wanna spend my time with you
Well I should try to be strong
But baby you're the right kind of wrong
Baby you're the right kind of wrong

Yeah baby you're the right kind of wrong!"

Julia Weiss clapped. "That's great Aunt Lauren!" she exclaimed. "Then what happened?"

"Well, what happens when a handsome prince sweeps the unsuspecting heroine off her feet? She moved in with him in his castle. It was a castle with many, many, many rooms I might add, and in the beginning the Singer got lost frequently, to the Count's amusement whenever he had to track her down in some random corridor because she had lost her way again."

Julia laughed and Lauren rolled her eyes in mild annoyance and scowled. "You're just like the Count, he always laughed at the Singer too. But the Singer had been living in a tiny apartment with only a couple of rooms, and suddenly she went to live in a castle with hundreds upon hundreds of rooms! Don't tell me you wouldn't get lost too!" Julia stopped giggling. "No, I'd get lost too. But it's still funny. So what happened to the Count and the Singer after that?"

"Nothing too special. Mainly they just played games like, Let's Have Sex in Every Room in the Castle and See How Long it Takes, and – "

"Aunt Lauren!" Julia shrieked, laughing. Lauren grinned, mischief glowing in her eyes. "What? Oh come on, Julia, you're fourteen! Emma's given you The Talk by now hasn't she?"

Julia snorted. "Well yeah, Mom's told me, but that doesn't mean I was ready for that in your story."

"Good," Lauren said with approval. "Kids today aren't totally corrupted by the media's portrayal of sex yet. Anyway, as for the end of the story, the Count and the Singer settled down. Life was usually pretty peaceful for them. The end. Ok kiddo, it's almost midnight. You need to scram your way into bed before your mother realizes that I kept you up this late. You have school tomorrow missy, and an English test if I'm not mistaken." Julia made a disgusted face. "Aw phooey. Thanks for reminding me!" Lauren smiled and hugged her niece. "Is Uncle Vlad coming with you next time to tell his stories of his time as a mortal?" Julia asked as Lauren headed towards the window.

"Of course he is, whether he likes it or not, he's coming!" With another grin, Lauren materialized from her niece's bedroom and appeared in Castle Dracula. The halls of the place were no longer icy and grim, thanks to her. Walking down a corridor, Lauren sought out one specific room. Once she found it, she entered as silently as she could. Her husband sat quietly at his desk in front of her in his study, scarcely moving. Lauren silently crept behind him, and just as she reached to place her hands over his eyes, he said, "Don't even think about it, Lauren."

"Damn it!" she cursed. Dracula smirked as he turned around, his hands folded straight to form a pointed bow with his fingers. "Nice try, Lauren. What story did you tell tonight?" Lauren grinned and took a seat in a large, black leather armchair beside him. "Ours," she said. Dracula smiled. "Ah."

"Julia wants to know when Uncle Vlad is going to visit."

At this, Dracula rolled his eyes and sniffed haughtily. "I'll visit again when your nephew promises not to throw chicken at me. That chicken from the fast food restaurant that has the letter 'M' obsession."

Lauren broke out into uncontrollable laughter. "McDonald's!" she giggled. "It was just a joke, Vladislaus! That's why it's called April Fools Day! Besides, Chris got to practice his aim didn't he? Your head made the perfect target!" Dracula continued to scowl at the memory. "When I was in my early twenties, as Christopher was, I never participated in such childish activities."

"Well, we all can't lead armies, Vlad! Jeez. Give the guy a break."

Dracula raised an eyebrow. "Are you mocking me Lauren?"

Lauren stood up and put her hands on her hips in a defiant fashion. "Yes I am. The question is: what are you going to do about it? Impale me oh mighty one?" Dracula smirked, a sly look creeping onto his face. "I might just do that. Naughty wives who mock their husbands deserved to be punished." In one movement, Dracula scooped up his wife, throwing her over his shoulder. "Vladislaus!" Lauren shouted, laughing. "Put me down!"

"No." Within seconds the two arrived in their grand bedroom with an even bigger bed. "Mercy, Vlad! Mercy!" Lauren giggled as she was thrown onto the bed. Dracula leaned over her, his arms on either side of her head. "Hmmm… Perhaps later." With that, he kissed her, falling on top of his wife. After a few minutes of passionate kissing, Lauren murmured, "Good thing I'm already dead because with your appetite, I would be soon enough."

Dracula stopped ravishing his wife for a moment, his expression solemn. "Vlad?" Lauren said, her gaze questioning. "Do you regret the life you have with me?" he asked. "No! Of course I don't!" Lauren exclaimed, kissing him with reassurance. "I love you, and any life with you is my life. Even if it is an undead life." Dracula smiled. "Good, because your death saved me."

Lauren smiled wide, and began kissing Vlad again. "Now," Vlad said, removing his jacket. "Let's see how well you can still sing, my love."

"I can sing for you forever, Vladislaus," Lauren retorted with a sneaky grin.

"Forever."

-.-.-.-The End-.-.-.-


That's it! -sobs- I hope you guys liked it.

Thank you so much to everyone who has reviewed! Reviews make my day without fail. So thanks! The song Lauren sang was "The Right Kind of Wrong" by LeAnn Rimes. It's one of the best falling in love with Dracula songs in my opinion. Just look at the lyrics! Anyway, I do have a new story coming out soon( not a sequel) along with some oneshots. Thanks again for all feedback and support you guys!

-ForeverACharmedOne