FROM VAMPIRE, Justin Campana
I know what happened. I know how I did it. Now, I need to know how to fix this.
What happened before is a long story. I lived in Transylvania, living with my strict, strict mother and my even stricter father. But every vampire is raised that way. It’s to make us the best. School is no better either. If we got an answer wrong, we’d be lectured hard. So, I studied every answer two hundred times each. I had to learn that lesson the hard way.
So what happened was I needed to take a three day vacation.
“Goodbye,” I said to my mother, Paranella, kissing her as I exited the doors.
“Goodbye Arkay,” she said to me.
The vacation was fun. I went to Obrosophogus, a place where vampires can do what they please. I sat down and read this book called Dracula, and I found it rude how they treated him at the end.
But when I came back, I was revealed a sudden surprise. Everything was gone. The houses were chunks of wood. Every vampire’s remains were on the grass. And my parents!
I quickly ran over to my castle, which wasn’t that far away, and saw that it was on the ground too. And my mother’s dress, her beautiful purple dress with a red design on the bottom, was all that was left. If I’ve kept that dress, she would still be here. My father’s shirt was hanging above me. His shirt was a light blue, button-down.
I ran out sobbing. I watered up my big, round glasses. My black and white checkered shirt was wet too. I wanted to sink my fangs into whoever did this.
But suddenly, I saw a moving figure. I ran toward it, but it disappeared when I got there. Suddenly, I saw a bottle with purple liquid. Without thought, I picked it up, and I saw nothing else.
I woke up, feeling woozy. It was like a tilt-a-whirl was trying to make its way out of my head.
I got up. My clothes were the same. I had dark jeans and my checkered shirt, and my mother’s dress, but my teeth began to hurt me. When I felt where my fangs should be, they felt like the rest of my teeth.
And when I really looked up, I saw a school. But it didn’t look like my school. I saw little children playing too. So, I tapped on a female with a pink dress on tied with a blue bow.
“Yes?” she asked.
“Um, hi,” I said. “Where am I?”
“You’re at Play School,” she said.
Play School? I’m one hundred and fifteen and she looked like she wasn’t a vampire either. But she said I looked too old here, so I knew my age was the same.
Man, I live forever and I’m still too young compared to my species, but I know this girl was a human, and that’s not young at all compared to my age.
But I was born when my parents were three hundred, which is thirty in human years, I believe. But, now that I’m in this world, I screamed in my head. I was a human, which meant I was fifteen!
Maybe the human life isn’t so bad. It could be a fun experience. I’ll have an actual young age towards this world. I could step into the sunlight. I could actually walk into people’s houses, I can eat garlic, maybe I could-
“Hello?” the girl asked me. “Are you okay?”
“Arkay,” I said, correcting the girl.
“However you want to put it,” she said in a quick tone. “But are you fine?”
“Oh,” I said. “Yeah, I’m doing fine.”
She smiled, and went back to her friends.
I was walking around, wherever I was, trying to find a clue. And it hit me.
That moving figure I saw must’ve killed my family! But who was he? Where would he be? I don’t know where, but I need to find out.
When I do, how will I get him?
I needed to team up with some… humans! They killed vampires by sticking stakes into their hearts. I can’t team up with them. But then again, who would I team up with? I guess I have no other choice other than to team up with a few humans.
I went to another school this time and saw a couple of people and I couldn’t believe my eyes. I saw a vampire. There was this girl with a black hoodie and pale skin. I had to run to her. She could help. I tapped on her shoulder. She turned around. I smiled and said hi.
“Hi,” she said back, smiling a little. But I saw no fangs. I guess she wasn’t a vampire at all. But she could still help.
“Might I ask for your name?”
“Oh,” she said. “It’s Olivia.”
My God, I love that name. It’s so pretty, so sweet. I told her my name. She giggled a little, but I guess it’s weird in her world. I had to play this thing cool. I couldn’t directly say, “I’m a vampire and my family was killed, can you help me?” So, I asked her, “Um, I’m working on this thing. Mind if you help me?”
“What’s the thing?”
Drat! Now what did I have to say? I thought of it, and it was, “Can you help me uncover some type of mystery?”
“Huh?” she asked.
“Um,” I said. “I heard this couple was murdered and I want to find out who killed them. Mind if you help me?”
She walked away.
Great, now who was supposed to help me? If I played the same game with others, they’d probably do the same thing. I guess I had to go solo on this.
I was walking some more until I saw this weird looking building. I knocked on the door.
I knocked again, but this time, the door opened.
Nothing was there. My black eyes gazed upon nothing.
Until, the door behind me closed. Suddenly, I felt a sharp nail touch upon my shoulder. I screamed so loud, I bet the whole town could hear.
Suddenly, I heard a cackle. And a voice that said, “All vampires gone, except one. Once I finish you, there will soon be none!”
Suddenly, I felt a sharp pain where my fangs used to be. Could it have been? My fangs came back?
I suddenly went into attack mode and sensed the creature that killed my family. I found it. It was hairy and, with no haste, I sunk my fangs into it. I heard a scream. Then a drop. As it got brighter, I saw it was a werewolf, a vampire’s mortal enemy.
I was finally glad to get rid of it.
I looked up at the sky again. As I looked down, I saw it was Transylvania. My home! But it looked like it was before vacation.
The houses were up. The people were there. I ran to my home, and I saw my beautiful mother. I ran to her and embraced her as hard as I can.
“Whoa!” she said. “Arkay, what’s wrong?”
“Nothing,” I said. “It’s just good to be with you!”