© By Stacey McCoy
I’ve been taking the trash to the dumpster out back of Last Drinks at 1am every night, except for Sundays when we close early, for the last two weeks. Savanah hasn’t shown up. I’m not overly surprised. She never was one to keep her word, and the one time I lied to her apparently now gives her the right to stand me up. The audacity of that woman will never cease to amaze me. I had my reasons for lying to Savanah in the past. Honestly though, I never thought I’d see her again after that day in the woods.
There’s nothing else I can do but wait for her to jump me in the back alley again.
Just knowing she’s out there, probably watching my every move is making me paranoid. I hope and pray every damn day that she leaves Kady alone. Even though I’m stronger and faster than a human, I’m not sure I’d win a battle against a vampire. Maybe I could if I had to fight for Kady’s life. Maybe I couldn’t.
I haven’t dreamt of Savanah since seeing her, which is good. I guess our shocking reunion has been enough to push those feelings deep down again once more. I mean yes. I find her attractive, any man would, but Kady is the one I love. She’s my obsession. My life. My everything.
What Savanah and I had in the past was just physical. Enjoyable yes, but there was never any substance to it. She has a way of keeping you right where she wants you then discarding you when you’re no longer needed. Well, that seems to be the way she treats Trent anyway. It makes me wonder why he’s still hanging around her. Surely, he’s noticed how tight her leash is on him. I guess he’s blinded by his lust for her.
Kady pops up on the bar beside me, breaking my trance and causing my heart to jump out of my chest.
“Geez Rylan are you alright?”
“Yeah of course. I’m fine babe.”
“You haven’t been yourself for a while now. What’s wrong?”
“It’s nothing. Nothing’s wrong. I’m fine. Honestly.”
“Rylan, I know you better than you know yourself. You’re so jumpy these days. Why?”
“Kady, I’m fine.” I place myself between Kady’s legs as she sits on the bar beside me. Thankfully the door is closed and we’re about to leave for the night. “Please can we just go home?”
“Why are you in such a rush? What are you going to do to me at home that you couldn’t do to me right here, right now?”
Oh Kady, you seductive temptress. But what if Savanah is watching? What if she can hear us? At least she doesn’t know where we live. But what if she follows us home one night?
I wish she’d never shown up.
My dreams of her were like a warning sign, one I ignored, but was helpless to act on as a human being anyway.
“Kady, I just want to go home and fall asleep with you in my arms.”
“You’re no fun anymore.”
Kady pushes me aside, jumps off the bar and heads toward the till. Grabbing the day’s takings, we lock the door behind us and head for home. It’s a silent trip, but I sense Kady is tired too. Crawling into bed we meet in the middle and hold each other while we sleep all night. To my surprise I dream of Savanah again, but this time there’s a slight change. At the end of one dream I’m left standing in the room watching as she seduces Trent.
Waking the next morning, I’m able to reflect on my dreams as if they really happened. It makes me sick that I can recall such intimate moments with Savanah so vividly while Kady is by my side. But why would my subconscious replace me for Trent? Maybe Kady is why.
Today is Tuesday. Kady is adamant she doesn’t need me to come in to the bar with her tonight, but I can’t stand to leave her alone knowing Savanah is out there, somewhere.
“Rylan, I love you, but you haven’t let me out of your sight for over two weeks now. I’m beginning to think you feel I’m in danger or something.”
“No, no, no not at all.”
God, if she thinks that then she’ll be as stressed as I am and we’ll both end up living our lives in fear. I have to calm down. I have to let this go. Hopefully Savanah has gotten bored now she knows I’m human and has moved on.
The thought of her being able to outlive Kady and me scares me. The threat of her turning up at any moment will always be with me, but I can’t allow Kady to live her life like that. Once we’re parents it’ll affect our kid’s future too.
“Okay fine. You go into work tonight, I’ll stay home. There’s a doco on TV I wanted to check out anyway.”
“Good. You enjoy that. I’m off. I’ll see you later K?”
And with that, she’s gone.
I feel sick. I can’t let her go to Last Drinks knowing she’ll be unprotected. What if Savanah turns up tonight? I’d never get there in time even if Kady called me to tell me she was in trouble. She’d be dead ten times over by the time I got there. I’ll give it ten minutes then head into Last Drinks myself. I’ll think of an excuse on the way.
“Rylan, what the hell are you doing here? I thought you said you wanted to watch something on TV tonight.”
“Yeah, I did but I got my days mixed up. It’s on Thursday night not Tuesday night.”
“Well hopefully you can record it cause I’ll need you Thursday night.”
I make my way behind the bar and wrap my arms around my gorgeous girlfriend.
“Hopefully you’ll need me every night for the rest of your life.”
“No doubt I will.” Kady kisses me tenderly.
“Well isn’t that something.”
My blood instantly runs cold. Her thick Southern accent is as clear as a bell and I know Savanah is right behind me.
“Oh sorry,” says Kady into my chest before she breaks away to address our uninvited guest. “How can I help you?”
Kady shudders beside me the moment she lays eyes on Savanah, recognizing her as a vampire. Her porcelain skin glows white against her black jacket. Her curly, thick black hair hangs in perfect ringlets down her chest. The memory of it covering her naked breast springs to mind.
Her large blue eyes slowly travel from Kady to me and back again.
“I just love seeing a couple in love, don’t y’all?”
“You’re not welcome here.”
Kady’s voice shakes, but she does well to stay strong in the face of obvious danger.
Savanah licks her lips, slowly, purposely. I’m hypnotized by her luscious, tempting mouth that was once mine.
“Well that’s no way to treat a thirsty patron now, is it? All I want is something to drink.”
Savanah props herself up at the bar. She’s one of only five customers in here tonight and she’d have us all dead within seconds if she wanted to.
Kady leaves my side. Leaning across the bar toward Savanah, not once breaking eye contact, Kady’s anger makes her appear and sound fearless. “We don’t serve your kind here. You need to leave.”
“What cha’all gunna do if I don’t leave, hey sugar?”
All Kady can do is glare deep into Savanah’s big blue eyes. All I can do is think about how quickly I can get between the two of them before this place is turned into a blood bath.
Kady continues to stare Savanah down. Hard. After what seems like an eternity Savanah jumps from her seat and begins to leave. As an extra treat, just for me, she calls out over her departing back, “We’ll catch up again real soon, won’t we Rylan?”
The door shuts behind her and Kady rushes to lock it. The remaining patrons don’t seem too fussed to be locked in a pub. Typical, I think to myself.
Kady storms back toward the bar, places both hands onto the dark stained wood as she leans on it, glaring at me like a mother at a troublesome child.
I've not been able to move since I heard Savanah’s voice and I remain frozen on the spot.
“How the hell does that vampire know you Rylan?”
Kady’s voice is cold, stern and laced heavily with fear and anger.
I give up. I can’t continue to lie to Kady.
“That was Savanah.”
“THAT WAS SAVANAH? YOUR EX-GIRLFRIEND SAVANAH? FUCK ME RYLAN. HOW LONG HAS SHE BEEN HERE?”
Then the penny drops.
“About two weeks I’m guessing?”
“So, when the hell were you going to tell me that your ex-vampire girlfriend is in town?” Kady hisses.
“Oh, maybe when I knew that she wasn’t a threat to us anymore.”
Her face pales immediately. She drops heavily into the bar stool which Savanah had occupied only moments ago.
“She’s a threat to us. Why?”
“Look I don’t know for sure, but I can tell you she’s not a ‘non-human eating vampire’ like I was.”
Kady throws her hands up in the air.
“GREAT. GREAT! This is just great. Right, everyone needs to get the hell out. We’re closed.”
Kady storms toward the door, unlocks it and then glares at people until they decide that leaving their half-drunk drinks on the table is probably better than arguing with the publican at this point in time.
Kady reminds me of Mick all of a sudden. I guess she’s learned that stare from him. He taught her everything she needed to know about running this place before he ran off and married Sasha, the woman he saved from a would-be mugger. Although, watching Kady guard the door as everyone leaves makes me think this is a skill that cannot be taught. I’ve seen this glare once before. It was given to me by Kady the day I tried to show her how cool a vampire’s life can be. A life which seems like it was a hundred lifetimes ago now.
As a human I’m feeling the effects of time again. I’m noticing how quickly hours turn into days, day’s turn into weeks, suddenly a whole two years has passed and to think I’ve slept through nearly half of it. The luxury of being immune to such a thing was a bonus I had being a vampire. Physically I was frozen in time; so time was irrelevant, yet now that I am human again I can feel it slip through my hands. I do my best to cherish every moment I have with Kady. I wonder how it can be possible to love her enough within our short lifetime together.
I was beginning to think that time was our only enemy, but now we have a new one…and her name is Savanah.