[Darren POV]

I sat silently on the grassy hill. I couldn't sleep. I tried, I really did, but I just couldn't do it.

I figured the best thing I could do was come out here in the fresh air for a while and stare at the night sky. I very rarely get to see the stars because I'd normally be asleep in the tent. Everything that has gone on lately had been completely overwhelming. The show, Steve, becoming a half-vampire, the Cirque, all of it was swirling around in my mind nearly constantly. There were a few good things too. I'd have to say the best of it would have to be Evra. He accepted me from the very moment I stepped into his tent. He was welcoming and didn't mind sharing with, who was almost, a complete stranger. Sure, we might look different on the outside, but on the inside, I knew we were about the same.

I laid back on the grass and gazed up at the stars. I couldn't remember the last time I felt this…peaceful. I closed my eyes and sighed. This was the closest I could get to sleeping.

[Evra POV]

Fuzz. That's all I saw. My eyes eventually focused. Sighing, I sat up and yawned. I glanced over where Darren would normally be sleeping soundly. I frowned. He wasn't there. I knew he wouldn't have wandered too far from the tent. I went outside and looked around. I saw something, or someone out on the hill. I silently crept towards the figure. As I got close, I realized it was Darren. I quietly laid in the grass next to him.

"Hey," I said softly.

"Mmm." Darren sighed.

"What're you doing out here?" I asked.

"I couldn't sleep."


There was a moment of silence between us before Darren spoke again.

"Evra?" He moved onto his side and looked into my eyes. "Evra, I have a question: What are you doing out here?"

"Me?" I was surprised. Without thinking, a reason slipped out. "I wanted to see if my best friend was alright."

Darren smiled slightly. "You know what? You worry about me too much Evra."

"I have to." I smiled. "Who else will?"

Darren scoffed. "Mr. Crepsley of course. He treats me like I can't take care of myself. Adults think they know everything."

I looked up at the stars again. There were hundreds of them. I yawned and closed my eyes. I was still pretty tired.

[Darren POV]

I felt strange as I lay in the grass next to Evra. I looked over at him. His eyes were closed and he was breathing lightly. For the first time since I became a half-vampire, it felt like my heart was beating again. I wanted to reach out and touch him, but I didn't want to wake him. If I do it carefully…I told myself. I gently stroked Evra's hair. He was so…handsome. Absentmindedly my hand slid down along the side of his face. Evra's yellow-green eyes opened and gazed over at me. I retracted my hand.

Evra smiled slightly. "Why'd you stop, Darren? I don't mind."

I moved closer to him and brushed the side of his face again. I leaned into him, pressing my lips against his. Evra was kissed me back. The snake-boy's hands were on my hips. I wrapped my hands around Evra's neck as the lip-lock continued. I felt his long, slimy tongue on the inside of my mouth. It felt strange for a minute until I got used to it. It seemed to last forever. I eventually pulled away. For a minute, I couldn't believe what I just did and telling by the look on Evra's face, he couldn't believe it either.

"Wow," Evra breathed.

"Sorry," I said. "That was my first kiss so I don't have as much experience as other boys do."

Evra pulled me to him and smiled saying, "Don't apologize. It was fine."

We stayed outside and talked. After a while I started to get cold. I didn't tell Evra, though. Evra was telling me about his first experiences in the Cirque and everything before his rescue. I listened carefully and adding some of my life story to it.

"So, that was my first performance. I was nervous, but I got it right." Evra finished his story.

I shivered. The cold was finally getting to me. Evra eyed me suspiciously. "Are you…cold, Darren?"

"N-N-No wuh-wuh-why would I b-be?"

Evra shook his head, sighed and pulled me close to him.


It was amazing. I didn't think it was possible for someone to feel so warm.

"That's the greatest thing about being part snake. My body adjusts so that I'm not cold and yet I feel normal to everyone else."

"Mmm," I moaned.

[Evra's POV]

Sometimes I love being a snake-boy. It has its advantages. I smiled and glanced down at Darren, who was falling asleep. I shook his shoulder.

"Come on, Darren. You can't fall asleep on me."

"Why not?" He moaned.

"I want to go sleep in my hammock, if you don't mind."

Darren sighed and got off of me. He helped me up and we walked back together. I held Darren's hand the whole way there. As soon as we got back to the tent, I crawled into my warm, welcoming hammock. I closed my eyes.

"Night Darren."

[Darren POV]

Evra was out cold. I wanted to be with him now, but if I've learned anything so far, it would be not to wake Evra up without a good reason. It's a good reason, I argued with myself, but then again…

I quietly walked over to the sleeping snakeboy. I put my hand on his shoulder and shook gently. "Evra," I whispered.


"Is….is there room for me?"

He opened his eyes and smiled. "Sure,"

I climbed into the hammock next to Evra and he put his arm around me and whispered softly, "Goodnight, Darren,"