Raiders of Vampyra
Mai had often fantasized about vampires, but she’d never really expected to meet one in the flesh. Such is the case, though, when the aliens land and they are--what else?--vampires!
Xavion not only captures her imagination from the moment she spies this gorgeous specimen of Vamprian manhood, he literally captures her!
Word Count: 20488
Genre: Futuristic/Vampire Romance
Available formats: PDF, RTF, Epub, HTML, Mobipocket (.prc)
© Cover Art by Jenny Dixon, August 2005
New Concepts Publishing
Lake Park, GA 31636
This is a work of fiction. All characters, events, and places are of the author's imagination and not to be confused with fact. Any resemblance to living persons or events is merely coincidence.
“Something I said?” Mai sat in the bed alone, in the dark, waiting for an answer that didn’t come. He’d left again.
She’d been sure he meant to ravish her when he’d come to stand over her, drink her blood, make her a vampire. He’d stared down at her so long she was convinced he wanted her--then he’d just turned and walked away, completely disinterested.
It was embarrassing. Worse, it was frustrating. For the life of her, she could not come up with a good plan to seduce the vampire.
If naked and willing didn’t work, what the hell would?
Hell, would life as a vampire really be any better? Is it even possible to become a vampire? They were so wrong about so many things. Why would they be right about that? What am I doing here?
She already knew the answers to most of that. The truth was Mai had always held life in the highest regard. She had been so afraid of losing it, of dying and leaving nothing at all behind, that she had hardly even begun to live. Psychiatrists couldn’t help her. They told her she suffered from Thanatophobia, that the fear of death she felt was a result of losing her whole family in one fell swoop. There was nothing they could do except give her drugs and the medication was worse in many ways than the fear itself. Sure, after it had finally kicked in she felt like she could do anything at all, but she was also sleeping most of the day, every day.
Hell, how is that making anything better?
While her friends all sympathized with her, they simply could not understand. The truth was, it all made her feel so alone in the world. Fear held her back, but if she didn’t have to worry about it anymore, if she knew that no matter what happened, she would be all right, that she was not likely to die.... If she knew that life would no longer pass her by while she worked up the guts to live it....
“How do you seduce a vampire?” Her mind felt as though it were full of cotton. It’s the dark. It always makes me sleepy. Of course, it had been night time when they’d taken her. She supposed it was her internal clock telling her it was time to sleep. Yawning, Mai lay back and closed her eyes, allowing her mind to drift. She wondered sleepily what the vampire planned to do with her. He didn’t seem interested in her body, a fact made painfully clear by the reaction he had had when she had tried to seduce him, and he had yet to try to bite her. Why take her, in particular? Hell, why take anyone at all as far as that went?
Time seemed to move sluggishly in the dark, but at last Mai fell into a fitful sleep.
She roused suddenly, not long there after, and held perfectly still. What the...? She strained her eyes in the dark, listening momentarily, hoping to catch the sound that had woken her. After several tense moments, during which she almost fell back to sleep, she rolled over, fumbling toward her night stand for the lamp. Instead, her hand met fabric, warmed by its wearer, and she came fully awake. She drew back with a shock. The realization of where she was hit her suddenly like a blow to the stomach. Her mind tried hard to wrap itself around the fact that everything that had happened had not been some strange dream. She was not at home in her own bed, but in the bed of a man who had taken her captive. A vampire.
“Who’s there?” Mai called into the dark.
She heard a sigh, the clinking of dishes, then a drawn out silence.
“My name is Xavion. I brought you some food. I trust you’ll find it ... palatable, at least.”
“You’re the vampire who grabbed me, right?” She realized what a silly question it was as soon as it had left her mouth. His voice was that same, deep huskiness that had sent a delicious quiver up her spine the first time she had heard it.
“Could you turn on a light or something?” she asked before he could decide to leave again.
“We don’t have lights.”
“What? How am I supposed to eat in the dark? And where am I supposed to go to the bathroom? Do you even have one?” Mia calmed herself with an effort, realizing that her tone might piss him off, but it was already too late to start again. She heard the door shut behind him as he left. She didn’t even know where he’d left the food, and the mere mention of food had set her stomach to chewing itself and complaining loudly.
Within moments, Xavion was back. She heard him set something down beside her, gasped as light sprung suddenly and glaringly to life.
"Thank you!" Shielding her eyes, Mai looked around at the room, seeing it at last for the first time. It's beautiful! The room bespoke the elegance and fine taste of its owner. The walls and ceiling were a heavy cream, covered in intricately carved molding. Plush crimson carpet stretched across the floor. It appeared all of the furniture in the room was carved by a masterful hand. In all her life, Mai had never seen so many fine things. She felt more than a little envy, though she knew that she no longer had a place of her own at all by now.
"If you're finished examining my room, perhaps you would like to visit the head?" Mai turned to him. This close, he seemed more handsome than ever. His long raven black hair cascaded down his back and broad shoulders. Though the sleeves of his crisp white shirt were long, Mai could just detect the ripple of the powerful muscles they concealed. Her eyes were drawn to his thin, hard lips and smooth face. His most striking feature, his golden eyes, stared hungrily back at her, sending a thrill through to her core.
When she realized finally how long she had been silently examining him, Mai blushed, trying to remember what he had asked her.
He seemed to think for a moment. "I believe you would call it a 'bath room?"
"Oh! Yes, I do need to go."
Mai was about to throw off the sheet when she realized she was still undressed. Feeling horribly embarrassed now for her failed attempt at seduction, she clutched the sheet to her chest, trying to think of something to say.
"I'll wait outside." The hungry look he gave her seemed to say he wouldn't mind staying and watching, but he retreated just the same.