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Chapter 2: Things Are Better Than They Are


"Love you?!" I exclaimed incredulously.

"Yup. You love me." the girl grinned happily.

The word 'love' sent a strange tingling into my stomach making me grimace. It was impossible for me to love this girl. She was obviously some sort of creature that was using her powers on me. Maybe she was siren by the way her voice attracted me to her. Yes. A siren...or a witch. I growled slightly shaking my head of these crazy thoughts. Sirens? Witches? Now that's just stupid. Next I'll be thinking horses are unicorns.

"You are wrong. I can't love you." I scoffed at the girl brushing her out of my way.

My fingers just barely touched her skin and a shock ran through me. I pulled back with a hiss. Her grinned widened and I walked away faster trying to ignore the feeling in my stomach.

"And why not?" she said suddenly indigently while placing her hands on her hips and blocking my path again.

I chuckled humorlessly. "Because I'm not exactly...human." I finished reluctantly.

I didn't want to say what I was exactly but, I figured if this girl tried to tell someone that I wasn't human they probably wouldn't believe her. She seemed a little bit off her rocker to begin with. Also by then I would be long gone and she would have no proof what so ever.

"And..? I'm 'not exactly human' either if you haven't notice." She said staring me down.

I could feel my eyes widen. She wasn't human...? Then she must be a.... My thoughts trialed off and for some reason I felt terrible. I felt sick, horrified. To think that she was once warm, breathing, alive and now she was cold, and empty. She didn't look empty though. She looked like a normal human. She was happy, alive, and positively bouncy. Her voice broke me out of my thoughts.

"Oh please! You seriously didn't notice that I wasn't a vampire?! Did you not smell me or something? Wow. I knew you were oblivious but, man!" She laughed. I frowned.

"I'm out of here." I growled walking in the opposite direction of her.

"Alright. Let's go." She smiled falling in step with me. I sighed in irritation.

"Why don't you just leave me alone?" I seethed at her.

"Because we're meant to be together silly!" she trilled in her musical voice.

"How are we 'meant to be together'? I don't even know your name?" I asked in exasperation.

She said at me with a perplex expression for a second and then brightened again.

"Oops! I forgot!" she laughed. "I'm Karie." she grinned thrusting her hand out to me.

I stared at the hand and then took it took it hesitantly. As soon as our fingers touched I felt as if I had just been struck by lightening. I tried to pull away but Karie held my hand firmly in hers. She was smiling smugly as she shook my hand. My hand was tingling and I couldn't look away from our hands.

"Um. I think the rule is that you have to say your name next." Karie laughed. At this point I was very happy that I couldn't blush anymore.

"Well...uh...why should I? I mean you already know me name." I said floundering for a way to not look like a complete idiot.

She cocked her head to the side, seeming to think for a second. "Hm. I guess you're right." She said, finally let go of my hand.

The shock current went away instantly and I felt a little empty somehow. I looked down at my hand as inconspicuously as possible so not to be notice by the already smug girl at my side. There were no marks that would show that she was there. I frowned slightly. It seemed as if one part of me almost wanted there to be a mark of some sort that she was there. Maybe to be an excuse the face that my stomach had now twisted itself into a pretzel and my hand felt like it had just had shock therapy.

"Well if you're done looking at your hand we should probably get going." Karie laughed her bell like laugh. I glared at her slightly and nodded.

"So where are we going?" she asked skipping along beside me.

"Anywhere." I replied.

"Ooh! We should go to Florida. I've never been there!" Karie smiled clapping her hands.

I stared at her for a second in wonder. I chuckled in spite of myself and shook my head.

"You want to go to the one of the sunniest places in the continental U.S. when you can't go out in the sun." I asked with a smile.

She pouted slightly and my stomach twisted tighter and I bit the inside of my cheek.

"Well kind of. I mean I bet we could go to the amusement parks and stuff at night right? They're could be open at night." She said in a slightly desperate tone.

Of course I didn't want this girl that I would apparently be spending a lot of my time with to go completely insane (or at least even more insane than she already was) so I tried to be I tiny be sympathetic to her cause.

"Oh, I sure they're be open but why don't we go some place where we can go out in the daytime without get shot." I said as nice as I possibly could.

"Huh. I guess you're right. Besides I don't want to be cooped up in a hotel all day anyway. Oh! And I definitely need a new outfit. Speaking out which how much money do you have?" She said rapidly and seeming to be making a list by ticking things off on her fingers.

"Um.... None." I finished a little bit hesitantly. Karie's beautiful - I mean normal, nothing at all attractive- eyes also popped out of their socket.

"YOU DON'T HAVE ANY MONEY?! HOW DO YOU EXPECT US TO DO ANYTHING?! My Lord! How in the world have you gotten along so long without me?" she sighed, throwing her hands up in the air.

"Simple. I don't see the point in money. All money does is buy stupid human things that I have no use for." I said rather matter-of-factly. For the second time in about two minutes Karie's eyes bulged out.

"NO USE? NO USE? Are you kidding me?! Of course there's use! How do you buy clothes? Or shoes? Or hair products?!" she wailed. I chuckled at her dramatics.

"Wait a second." she said, waving her arms around in a dramatic 'stop' motion. "Was that a laugh I just heard? A non cynical laugh? An actual laugh laugh?!" she grinned.

"Yes. And...? I can laugh you know." I said a bit confused. Granted I had never laughed very much before I met Karie but still, I could laugh.

"Aha! I knew it!" she said.

"Knew what exactly?" I asked, still confused.

"You have feelings." Karie said in a smug sing song tone.

"No, I don't." I deadpanned. "I'm pretty sure that we've been over this." I reminded her.

"Well then how can you laugh and not have feelings? Hmm? Hmm?" she said positively bouncing.

"I-" I stopped trying to think of an explanation.

"You-" I tried again.

"It doesn't-" I stopped again.

There really was no explanation. She was right. How could I laugh without have feelings. I had the feeling to laugh. I sighed rubbing my temples.

"See! You have feelings but, you just didn't know it until I came along. You they say that's what happened to some people when they find their true love. They think they can feel anything and then BOOM! The love of their existence comes along and they feel everything." Karie said gesturing wildly with her hands.

I started to think about the situation while Karie jabbered on. Then it came to me. I had met other vampires that had shared my basic idea about vampires and feelings. They didn't believe that vampires had a totally lose of feelings like I did. They believed that vampires still retained simple emotions. The dark emotions they said were the most prominent. They said the feelings of hate, angry, and greed was the main feelings. The lighter feelings were apparently harder to find. The feelings of happiness and humor were the lesser emotions. Sometimes the vampire never even knew that they had those feelings. So maybe, I thought I do have those basic feelings. Maybe those others were right. I sighed again.

"OK. So here's my new theory." I told Karie. She grinned excitedly and nodded for me to continue.

"A pair of nomads I once met told me that they thought that vampire still retained their basic emotions. They said the most prominent were darker feelings like angry and hate. They also said though we did have weaker feelings such as happiness and humor. Up until now I thought they were wrong. Now that I think about it. Maybe they were right." I said a little begrudgingly.

"So what are you saying?" she smiled.

"I'm saying that you were right, in a sense. I do have some basic feelings. OK? Happy now?" I said feeling somewhat embarrassed.

She gave me a 100 watt smile and then seemed to think about something. Her smile started to fade and she seemed to be trying to sort something out in her head.

"Wait. You said weaker feelings like happiness and humor. What about love?" she asked. I sighed and looked down.

"I told you before Karie I can't love you." I told her.

I felt terrible saying it. It felt like my gut was trying to twist and squeeze my long dead heart out. For one second I had the wild idea to take it back. To say I was just kidding. Anything really to make her happy. I growled softly to myself and shook my head. Impossible. I thought.

She frowned and said nothing for a while as we stood there. The air was tense and felt like I should say something. Just when I was about to open my mouth to say something, anything really, she looked back up at me with those beautiful eyes. In her eyes there was a challenging, almost defiant, edge.

She stared straight at me and said, "So you're telling me you don't think you have the feelings to love me?"

I swallowed. "Yes." I said. She was almost scary when she looked at me like that.

"Hm. Well then I'm going to take that as a challenge. I will do everything in my power Adam to show you that were meant to be together. And let me tell you something. I never, ever, loose a challenge." She said with a drop dead grin.

She sauntered ahead of me as I stood frozen in my spot. What just..happened? I thought.

"Adam! Are you coming or not? It's a long way to the beaches!" Karie yelled. I should have said no. I should have just run the totally different direction. Somehow I knew though there was no getting away from Karie. Also I didn't particularly want to get away from Karie anymore.