"Your name Miss?" The man looked at
me impatiently, tapping his suede -last season- brown boot
lightly on the pavement.
"My what now?" I raised an eyebrow
at him; does he not know who I'm stood next to? Dumbass is going
to get fired.
"Your name Miss, I need your name to
see if you're on the list." Oh God he's so fired. I could feel
the two men next to me tense with fury. Uh Oh.
"Move aside or ill move you." A
threatening voice from my left shot out and I reached back and
patted his arm.
"Its ok, he obviously doesn't know
who he's talking to" I soothed.
"Look lady, no name then you're not
getting in." The guard grinned, I bet he thought he was being
clever, you know - up to code? Pff, dumbass didn't even know he
was looking at the owner of the club.
"Look, dude, im sorry but we don't
let scum in, and if you won't tell me your name then im sure we
don't want you here. It's not my fault, this is a private party.
So go get sucked off elsewh- "Alaois hand came out and grasped
the guard's neck.
"If you know what's good for you
then you won't finish that sentence. Now step aside peasant. I
have no business nor mind to deal with your petty insecurities
today. Mr. McLaughlin. Check your damn list." And with that we
were in the door.
I grinned, "Shall I have him fired?"
"Give him a minute. Then offer him
to Eddies bar or something. I
don't know, you deal with it." With that the two men were off at
the bar and I was stuck to deal with the sorrow mess. I sigh, I
hated my job sometimes.
Walking back outside I saw the guard
bent over wheezing. I rolled my eyes; couldn't they just kill him
and get it over with? Now I have to hear the whole pitiful story
about, how im sure, his wife is having another baby, he's tired
cause the little ones sick, or he got bit last night and isn't in
the best of moods. Jeez I'd heard all the excuses before.
I walked up to him slowly, we didn't
want him freaking out and attacking me like the last one Alaois
has me fired. I went in with the intent of one less employee and
came out with a broken arm. What can I say, not everyone enjoys
being 'let go'. Oh yeah, the threatening guy? Well he's my boss,
Alaois McLaughlin. Well Mr. McLaughlin to you anyway.
I work for Alaois, I manage;
business in the club, orders, keeping people straight, the books,
that kind of thing. Much like Kristin Bauer in true blood, you
know, Eric's assistant. I'm like her; just younger and less
uptight. Plus I don't really like pink, or heels. And I would say
I am not important, in fact I am
replaceable. There are about a hundred fangbangers, human
secretaries and just normal vampires that could do my job. Alaois
kept me alive because… well I don't know why. We met when I was a
kid, though I don't need to go into detail of that yet. All you
need to know is that since then we are conjoined at the
So that's why I was dealing with
this imbecile. It was my job. Don't feel sorry for him though, I
mean he should know who Alaois is, everyone does; it's basic
I gently tapped the man shoulder.
"Look, I won't fire you, but I suggest you go down the street and
ask for a job at Eddie's bar, say I sent you." He looked up at
"Oh my God, im so sorry, Minya, look
please don't kill me. It was an accident, I didn't recognise you
with you new hair. Plus he never come when im on duty. Please… my
wife, she's pregnant." See told you. "With some vampire's baby, I
got to take care of her." I froze.
"Your wife, vampire or
"Was, she gave it up, look please
don't tell anyone, she'd kill me!"
"Not if the vampire kills her
first." I muttered and walked away.
"Am I fired?" He called after me. I
didn't respond. Yes.
"Done?" Marcus, Alaois's personal
bodyguard asked as I sat down at the table. I nodded in response
and glanced at Alaois. As always he was tense and alert,
searching peoples faces for secrets they didn't want others to
know. I relaxed slightly; though I hated clubbing, with Alaois it
wasn't so bad. All I had to do was go over some books with the
manager while these two fed and then I could go home to my nice
warm bed. I grinned happily at the thought.
Those thoughts were quickly
shattered when I saw the manager. I swore. Couldn't anyone do
there job now days? Did I have to do everything? I stormed over
to the corner leaving Alaois and Marcus to pick their own girls
and pulled Sean roughly to my side. "What the fuck do you think
your doing? Do you not know anything? Dumbass! Jeez!" He looked
at me shocked and alert. Clearly he has no idea what was going on
right in front of him. "Arg, move aside and go before im tempted
to rip your head off. And please, next time, screen for slayers
better." I hissed in his face and left. I flounced over to the
slayer, I didn't want anyone else to be alerted of his
"Ok smart ass. Do you really think
that's clever?" I leaned on the table and pushed my face directly
in front of his. I maybe shy but I knew how to be a bitch. And I
was a bloody good actor.
"Hey, I called dibs." His companion
- who was totally oblivious to the fact he was a slayer- jeered
at me. I slowly shifted my eyes to face her, making sure my face
was hard and still, not laughing my head off at her slut look.
"Beat it." That was all it took, one look to know who I was and
she was gone. Good. Now to get rid of this complication.
"We don't do trouble here, so go and
get yourself a knife, plunge it into your heart and leave the
rest of the world out of your personal vendetta." I flicked my
gaze up and down his body. Yummy.
If only he wasn't out to kill my
"I think im fine here. Thanks
"I wasn't asking. But this time ill
make it clear. Leave." My jaw set, I was staring to get
"Sorry honey, go get your boss. Then
we'll talk." Oh God, this one really was out to kill Alaois, not
just some wannabe who will kill any vampire they can get.
A hand firmly came down on my
shoulder. "It's ok Minya, I got this one." I raised an eyebrow
and turned to face Alaois. Was he kidding? "I said I got this
one." His voice was firm and his fingers dug a bit deeper into my
skin. I bit my lip, fine he can get himself killed.
I turned on my heel and walked over
to Sean. "Next time we screen better. This time he deals with it.
Got it?" Sean nodded at me looking pissed that a little shy girl
had been caught dealing with it and not him. "Good, now let's see
your books." He handed me four thick folders, and these were only
drink orders for the last week! Jeez it was going to be a long
Sean and I spent an hour going over
each order, buyer and anyone who fed in the club in the past 6
days. It was already gone midnight when we got to the club and I
was borderline exhausted. I had lost Alaois and Marcus when we
reached day two and now I was past the point of caring. All I
could hope for was no dead body in the alley for me to clean up.
I don't think they were that hungry when we got here, though I
couldn't remember for sure.
After another hour we had finished
and needless to say I was starving. I scanned the now thinning
crowd for Alaois but came up short when I couldn't see him
anywhere. Ops. I though the slayer was mediocre… I didn't think
Marcus would have too much trouble with him… maybe I was wrong.
I looked over at Sean; he was busy
watching some vampire feed off a regular fangbanger. Well he's no
help. I groaned, either I was looking for a dead human or I was
freaking out about Alaois's disappearance. Either way I was
royally screwed. I began to look around; questioning helpful
fangbangers and the vampires I could trust. No one saw anything.
After half an hour I began to panic. WHERE THE HELL WAS HE? I bit
my lip and started to pick the skin on my thumb. (Bad nervous
habits, if Alaois caught me he'd break my finger… again.)
I stood at the bar of the club
scanning through the crowd one last time before I would call in
reinforcements. "Looking for me love?" My whole body sigh in
relief at the voice. Marcus. I turned to my left to face him, and
yes, thank God, stood next to him was a slightly bruised Alaois.
"What the hell happened to you?" My voice has a hint of malice in
it. But I didn't care, he had me worried sick!
"Were sorry, we had something to
deal with. Now you leave. Go get some food, I will send Harley
for you." And with that I was dismissed.
Fine, I didn't care what he did.
Along as he didn't involve the police all was good and he'd tell
me if there was a body I needed to clean up. I looked at Marcus
pleadingly. He raised an eyebrow but silently walked me to the
door. People parted to let us through; if Marcus wasn't here I
would be squeezing through bodies, being groped and pawned. It
would have taken me twice as long and triple the stress to get
out. I thanked Marcus at the door and watched as he walked back
I turned and there on the pathway
was my pride and joy. My motorbike. I loved my motorbike. In fact
if it was possible to have affairs with intimate objects I would
with it. Though I didn't know they style or type I knew it was
jet black, full speed with a blue dragon spread down one side.
When Alaois had given it to me as a birthday present I had
happily clapped my hands and… I squealed. But the look on his
face when I did was so happy I couldn't regret being too much of
a girl, what can I say I was raised by a male vampire?
I speed down alleys, zipping in and
out of streets to get across town to my favourite restaurant. The
Rising Sun was a cute little Chinese restaurant above a retro
clothes shop that I also adored. I was raised to appreciate
different cultures and the Chinese knew how to make one mean Hong
Kong style chicken with chips. (What can I say, im still English
at heart… and I hated rice… reminds me too much of
Walking in I saw a table already set
by the window with my food already prepared. Alaois must have
called ahead… again. I sat down alone but when I looked up Harley
was sat opposite me frowning with distaste. Oh the grump didn't
like Chinese food, says if he wanted to eat like them he'd live
in China. I thought that was quite funny at the time.
I carried on eating, ploughing my
way through the small meal till my hearts content. Good thing
about this Chinese place was it was proper Chinese food,
meaning it wasn't very
fattening. (The Chinese are so skinny because all their food
doesn't have preservatives and such in it… so im eating hardly
any calories… YAY!) I was fat enough. God I was getting
"Why the long face Madonna?" I sigh
for the 100th time that day.
"Nothing Harley, don't worry. Wanna
go for a jog in like an hour?" I asked my faithful jogging
partner. (You have to keep fit, Alaois would hate for me to be
"Sorry honey can't. Your boss has a
job for me. But ill be at the apartment tomorrow morning so we'll
go then ok?" I nodded and paid for my food. My muscles ached
after the long, hard day and I could feel my eyelids drop in
exhaustion. How was I going to drive home?
"Come on baby ill drive," Harley saw
my dilemma and pulled me onto the back of my motorbike, securing
a helmet on my head as he went. We zipped through cars, Harley
going faster than I would ever go. Then again I was safer with
him driving fast than me driving slowly. His reflexes were faster
than mine; I was just an accident magnet. I drifted into dream
land while clutching Harley's side. I basked into the happiness
of just being with vampires. They protected me. Like Alaois when
I was little…
I had a… challenging childhood, up
till I met Alaois; in result I always ended up over his house.
House being an understatement for the giant mansion that took
place on the edge of the cliff. It was like looking at Dr
Frankenstein's layer during the night, a swirl of black erupting
out of the dark rock forming a rocky castle. When you looked at
it during the day though it appeared softer in the light, more
open, like a family place - great for a small eight year olds big
fantasy of princes, witches and just plain vampire tales.
Though Alaois is a vampire it made
no difference to me. Since I was four years old he raised me,
being permanently twenty-three he looked after me like a parent, and then as
time grew on he became my best friend.
And don't think just because I was
raised by a male vampire I was lucky- or I missed out- because I
didn't. I felt like I had a perfectly normal life, I was home
tutored, (by my own request; school children were too bitchy.) I
played games with Alaois and his sister, on occasion I had to
dress up for the yearly ball or 'important' client meeting, but
other than that my life was pretty normal for a human living with
a vampire. I still laughed, ate hot dogs, went shopping, I just
had a little extra luxury to do that. (And a few extra
When I grew up and realised the
world wasn't full of Hello Kitty accessories I bugged, whined,
pleaded and all but demanded that Alaois made me his sectary. I
had a 190 IQ, at age seventeen, and a hell of a good enthusiasm
for his business to manage to persuade him to agree. Though I
wished I was still that five year old running around the park,
screaming because some boy had pushed her, (though the boy then
went home with a broken arm. -What can I say, I'm loved.) I
couldn't feel safer than with Alaois.
I stumbled off my baby while still
in a half dream state. I was taking a dream walk down memory lane
and Harley was holding me up and slowly leading me into the
apartment building. (Alaois owned the whole building and the top
four floors were built to be a house, one penthouse suite on each
floor. Alaois had top floor, I had underneath him, then Marcus
and then some visitors or when Harley stayed were on the fourth
floor. The rest of the building was Sublette to humans. Strictly
no vampires.) I watched him holding me up through the mirror in
the lift as he pressed for my rooms. I yawned quietly and kissed
his cheek as I exited into my living room. Not waiting for Harley
to leave I collapsed into the couch and fell into a dreamless