Interview with the Vampire - Lane

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Keeping in my tradition of interviewing my narrators and main characters of my series, I have just completed one with Lane, the rogue and narrator of book 4 of the series, Fallen Soul. Enjoy!

In keeping with my tradition of interviewing the narrators and main characters of my books, I have tracked down Lane who preferred not to meet in a restaurant or bar, but on a small road backed up to a forest’s edge. I admit to feeling a little more trepidation meeting him than I did with the others.

He watched me approach without a word and I kept my small flashlight pointed at the ground. No need to upset my interviewee. Thank you for agreeing to meet with me, Lane. This shouldn’t take very long. I only have a few questions.

He raised a single eyebrow, but otherwise said nothing.

Right… he said he would answer questions, but considering his history, I wasn’t as sure. Still, I think he would get annoyed if I tried to draw this out, so I decided to get down to business.

Does living as a vampire have the same appeal as prior to being turned (if you’re that type of vampire)? If you had to do it over, would you?

Vampires are evil. I don’t see the appeal. (Lane frowned.) No, I wouldn’t.

I’m assuming then that you don’t believe vampires have souls?  Do you believe your soul is lost? What happens when you die?

(He tilted his head slightly as if seriously considering the question.) Their souls are tainted just as mine is.

And what happens when you die? I asked again.

(Lane shrugged and remained silent.)

What’s it like to be a vampire?

Unpleasant.

 If you live forever, or for thousands of years, and are difficult to kill, and are very strong and powerful… how do you not become a sociopath? And go off and start doing anything you want and acting on any impulse?

(Lane blinked and crossed his arms.) I believe many already are. Vampires are monsters, and I kill them.

You kill all other vampires you meet? Would you kill yourself?

Most. The King of the Vampires wants me dead, so I probably don’t have to kill myself first. I need only worry about taking out as many of them as I can before they succeed.

I see. And what do you think of the recent fashion for vampire books and films? Has it made your life harder or easier?

(He grimaced and shook his head.) Almost all of it is lies. There’s nothing romantic or good about being one of us.

There are vampires who disagree with you about that.

Lane simply stared at me and I got the impression he was becoming annoyed with my questions.

Um, one last question. If you had the choice to no longer be a vampire – to just be a human again – would you go for it?

He looked sad for a second, and then angry. That answer should be obvious.

He stepped toward me and I backed away. Ye-Yes. Thank you for your time, Lane. I’ll be heading home now. He smiled and caught my gaze with his light gray eyes.

Sometime later, I woke on the grass with no memory of where I was or how I had gotten there. Shakily, I stood up and looked around. Wasn’t I supposed to meet someone here? I couldn’t remember. There was no one in sight.

 


Submitted: July 09, 2021

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