Created Sunday 10 May 2009
I want to thank Sephrena Lynn Miller for her extensive review and editing of this chapter, that helped me refining this story (even if it means some delay). Thanks as well to Sika Sinn for some corrections.
Ashley was now back in her bed, deeply sleeping. There was no chance of waking her up. Meryl was looking over at her friend with mixed feelings. She seemed as if she was on the verge of doing something, but, there was always something that was keeping her from doing it. She finally decided to let her friend sleep a little more. Meryl opened the window some and changed into her pixie form. She fluttered out the window and over the houses of the neighborhood. She occasionally hovered by a window, peering inside with curiosity.
After a few hours of flying about, Meryl flew back to Ashley's room and closed the window. In an instant her flying body disappeared to become her other self in human form. With Ashley sleeping like a log, Meryl proceeded to look through Ashley's clothes and selected a lavender flowered nightgown to wear for the night.
Meryl then slipped quietly and softly into bed with Ashley. For a moment, she was just happy contemplating her friend sleeping. She was so peaceful Meryl hesitated disturbing Ashley. Finally, she came closer and gently whispered something unintelligible to Ashley's ears. Ashley was still fast sleep, seemingly impervious to her friend.
Meryl gently pressed her lips against Ashley’s cheek, then came down slowly on to her neck. Ashley unconsciously responded by lifting her chin, inviting her friend closer. At that, Meryl became more passionate, the slight kissing Meryl started turned into a gentle sucking on her neck. Both of them seemed to enjoy the experience. A moment later, Meryl still attached to her friend's neck slid her arms around her chest and held her in a loving embrace.
After what seemed an eternity, Meryl pulled away from Ashley’s neck. Traces of blood were showing on Ashley where she had obviously been bitten. With a small sense of guilt, Meryl's red lips came back to the wound. When Meryl pulled away from kissing this time, no hint of what had happened remained.
Meryl snuggled in close with Ashley and closed her eyes. Soon her breathing slowed in rhythm to her friend beside her.
When the crystal alarm clock finally cleansed all the sleepiness from Ashley's eyes, she suddenly sensed a warmth close to her, she was not alone in her bed. After a brief moment of panic, she remembered: last evening, the egg, and Meryl. She couldn't remember going to sleep, obviously Meryl decided to share her bed. Ans she was supposed to be accompanying her to school today. How close they would become, Ashley wondered. She also tried to figure out how she could explain Ashley's presence to her mother.
“Morning,” came the feminine voice from beside her, interrupting her thoughts.
“Morning,” Ashley replied, finally blinking her eyes wide open. “I see you decided to sleep with me. I don't really mind that, but I don't know how Mum will react. If she finds out...”
“I don’t mean to cause any trouble…” apologized Meryl.
“No, you haven't,“ objected Meryl. ”But have you figured out how we can explain your presence?”
“Why not tell her the truth? Usually, it’s the best solution.”
“Somehow, I don't think she would understand.”
“I can fix that!” Meryl grinned.
Ashley, suddenly realizing that perhaps there was more to her friend than she knew, started imaging her mother chastising her for having a stranger over without permission and Meryl sweetly talking her way out of it — the image was a bit much. Ashley couldn't help but to giggle at that. When she recovered, she then told Meryl. “I had a strange dream last night. It's a bit silly, and I don't know how it came to my mind, but I dreamt that you were a vampire and that you were feeding from me.”
Finishing the sentence, Ashley burst out laughing as if what she said was the funniest thing on earth.
Meryl just lost all color from her face. She has planned on telling Ashley what had happened, but didn't expect that!
‘Uh oh!’ she thought, ‘if she was able to perceive that then she may have a talent!’
Ashley sensing discomfort from her friend asked, “What's the matter?”
Meryl, fingering the bedspread, just looked sheepishly down at the spread, really at nothing in particular. She stayed silent.
Ashley, then, with some concern in her voice, asked what she dared not think. “Is there something between your kind and vampires?”
Meryl lifted her gaze to meet Ashley’s. “Well,” she replied shyly, “I guess. In your mind, your image of it, there is similarity.”
Ashley, somewhat frightened and excited at the same time, just kept her mouth shut and decided to let her friend continue.
Meryl, flush with embarrassment and sensing Ashley’s feelings sharply said “Stop! Please, I am not that! Well... yes, I am something like that. Let me explain.”
Meryl returned her focus to the bedspread, not knowing how to say what she wanted to tell Ashley. When she finally found out, she focused on Ashley, looking at her in the eyes.
“You have nothing at all to fear from me, please! I never kill. And, I do not need much blood.” Blushing a deep rose red, she continued lowering her eyes, “It’s not the blood itself I need - it’s a gift of life, the blood is just the medium. That is different from how you are thinking of what the word ‘vampire’ is.”
Ashley was dumbfounded by what Meryl had told her.
“So, yes, I fed from you last night. I could only do so because you let me do it, unconsciously. I could never do any harm to you.” Meryl lowered her eyelids. “I care too much… for you.”
Meryl paused and looked at Ashley. Ashley‘s mouth was slightly open.
“You mean you drank my blood?”
Meryl, quite embarrassed, just nodded in affirmation.
After the first moment of shock passed, Ashley, now curious, asked, “But why would you need it?”
Meryl slightly grinned, “I don't need it to survive — I'm not a ‘vampire.’ But if I want to do anything magical, I need, what you could call the ‘energy’ — the gift of life. I don't need to drink blood. There are other ways...”
Ashley’s response was, “Cool!”
“You really don't have a problem with it?” asked Meryl, not quite understanding her friend’s reaction. She knew most humans did not find drinking blood ‘cool.’ Ashley seemed different somehow.
“Well,” Ashley started and raised her eyebrow, “Just ask me next time, before you do something like that to me. Not that I mind, especially since it doesn't seem to be painful. But I'd prefer being aware of it.”
“I will. I promise. I just hadn't planned this out, and I needed it badly. Since you let me ...”
Ashley pulled her hair from her face and pulled it back out of the way over her shoulder. “I like vampires.”
Meryl‘s look changed to puzzlement.
“Vampires that don’t kill. I don’t suppose it’s rational, but that’s just the way I am. I always liked it. It’s cool.”
Ashley took both of her friend’s hands and clasped them into her own and stated. “Don't feel guilty, you did nothing wrong. We are friends.”
Meryl smiled and felt the warmth from Ashley’s feelings. Shyly, she asked “Would you help me around here?”
“Friends help one another. I really have never felt this way towards anyone else, but I do feel that we are friends. I can completely trust you.”
Meryl broke into a smile as Ashley pulled her close and the two embraced.
Suddenly, a woman’s voice hollered up from downstairs. “Ashley! What's taking you so long? If you don't hurry up and get dressed, you'll be late for school.”
“Oh my!” Ashley exclaimed.
The door then opened, to let Eryn come in. She soon realized that her daughter wasn't alone, and stared at her guest, lost for words. Meryl then spoke, “So, you're Eryn? Ashley's mother?” It was the morning to make revelations it seemed.
“Em ... yes, and ... should I know you?” asked Eryn.
“Don't think so. I'm Ashley's friend, in fact, I was just born yesterday. I believe that's why we haven't seen each other yet.” replied Meryl as if that was the most normal thing she had said.
“You were born yesterday? What kind of joke is that?” asked Eryn, not knowing how to take the information she was given.
“It's not a joke, actually, I'm not human, you see. That's how it happens I suppose.”
“Who are you then?”
“Someone special” said Meryl, before she took without warning her pixie form. “See?”
Shocked, Eryn tried to reply, “So I see ... well, if you don't harm my daughter, I don't see why you can't stay.”
“Thanks,” answered Meryl with a large smile on her face.
“And, you are not going to school I suppose. My daughter has to go soon. I guess we'll talk later then. If you don't mind, I'd like if we knew each other a little better.”
“I'm going to school as well,” informed Meryl.
“Whatever, but, be quick. We'll go in less than an hour now. And I will take you whether you are ready or not.” And with that, she left. probably still wondering if what she saw was an illusion.
“I guess I did OK, what do you think?” asked Meryl to her friend, after Mum left.
“You still amaze me, you know?” replied her friend, “But we have to get ready, we are late already.”
“Don't worry,” said Meryl. In an instant, they were ready and dressed. Ashley felt like she had taken a shower. It felt good. They just had to take breakfast. “You see magic is useful sometimes,” continued Meryl, “Just don't do it too much or your life becomes boring. That, and that I'd need to eat you completely,” she said jokingly.
“In truth, this barely required energy, some things I might do today might be more demanding though,” finished Meryl, letting Ashley wonder what it might be she was talking about.
“Would you start being normal?” asked Ashley, seemingly crossed, before a smile crept on her face.
“I'm hardly normal”
“Shall we take a breakfast?”
Then the two came down to the kitchen for their breakfast.