novem- thirtytwoHalloween: The sun rose casting small rays of light through the thick, billowing clouds. December's alarm clock went off, as it would have on a school day. He beat the "OFF" switch till the clock was silent. His eyes adjusted to the shallow morning light as he stretched. In Jan's room the alarm still buzzed. He heard the sound of her trying to silence it by continuously bashing it with some sort of stuffed animal. He went in and pushed it off for her. She snored in thanks letting the polar bear toy fall out of her hand.
Down stairs all appeared to be quiet to the human ear. Escaping it were the hum of electric appliances, the noise of morning doves cooing outside, and the sound of the cold chilling the glass windows. December turned on the coffee pot on and started the day. After making himself breakfast he dressed himself. In red pen he left a note saying he'd gone out for the day and to call him when they woke up. He needed a walk to clear his mind of the strangest dream.
novem- thirtyoneJan stalked down the stairs dragging the bat behind her. It beat the stairs in rhythm- step, thud, step, thud, step, thud
Annabelle and December looked to Jan.
"Hey " Annabelle Lee answered.
December hugged her closer. She could smell his blood bouncing back and forth from every corner of his body. It was an intoxicating aroma. She fought the urge to bite him.
"What do you want?" December growled.
"To apologize "
"Don't worry about it. You were just trying to protect your brother "
"I can't believe you can forgive me after what I did to you "
"You actually aren't the first "
Jan sat in the easy chair fiddling with her fingers. The wooden bat rested against the fireplace, in reach for Jan to take.
"Why are you still carrying that around?" asked December.
"I'm still sort of untrusting and I know that wood and sunlight do the most damage to her kind."
"I understand your hesitation; I'm not sorry but I am what I am didn't choose to be
novem- thirtyAndromeda waved to the car as it drove away. December relaxed.
"I can't believe Alex doesn't notice that Andromeda is a vampire."
"Me either. She's been dating him for like a month now."
"Wow a- are we dating?" December asked.
Annabelle grinned, "Do you want to be?"
"Only if you want to be."
"Then yes, we're dating."
"So technically you're my girlfriend."
"More then technically. I am."
"I'm glad you are," December felt warmth rise inside him.
"Me too. So you're not bothered by it?"
"That you're a vampire? No, not at all. You're you and that's all that I could ever care about. See I really thought you didn't like me or something "
"Thanks that means a lot to me," Annabelle wiped her eye.
"So what's it like? Being a vampire I mean " he hoped that the question wasn't too pressing or upsetting.
"It's not too different. As a female teenager you never get your period and never get a pimple. You become extremely beautiful. You never break a nail y
novem- twentynineAnnabelle Lee and December sat close on the couch in the living room.
"Where're Alex and Andy?" Brielle questioned.
"Making out in our room. Hey, Bri do we still have that gift set the realtor gave us when we moved here?"
"Yeah I think it's in the cupboard, why?"
"Pop up the popcorn in there, I'm going to put on a movie."
"I'll help you pop the popcorn Brielle," December stood up from the couch after Annabelle did.
The kitchen matched the study behind it. There was no microwave or a dishwasher. There was, however, a stovetop and oven and a refrigerator. Brielle was opening cabinets reveling books, papers, goblets and wine glasses, board games, and finally a gift basket wrapped in blue cellophane. Inside were stovetop popcorn pans, two movies, a card, gift certificates and coupons for future in home services.
"Found it!" Brielle exclaimed.
"Cool," December said coming around the bar.
Brielle pulled off the ribbon and tore apart the cellophane. She set the two movies aside:
novem- twentyeightDecember went around the side of the truck and helped Annabelle Lee from her seat like a gentleman. She held his hand with care and walked with him into the house.
"There you are," Alex said, "We were wondering what was taking you so long."
"Alex, don't be nosey," Andromeda pulled him into the living room by his back pocket.
The entrance was incredibly tall, a balcony over looked from the second floor to the door. The living room was well decorated with dark furniture, long drapes, and warm woods.
"Welcome home my dears," a soothing voice came from the balcony, "Who is this I sense?"
"Gale, this is December. He's heard all about us "
Gale descended the stairs to the right. He was a tall man with long black hair. He wore a black suit and matching tie.
"Hello Sir, pleasure to meet you," December extended his hand.
Gale took it firmly, "So it is you who's been causing all this trouble. Nice to meet you finally December," he laughed.
Gale released his hand and December took up Annabel
novem- twentysevenAnnabelle Lee walked in front of them out to the truck. It was still raining. Everyone jumped in the back as they talked. December opened Annabelle's door.
"Is this why you were trying to avoid me?"
"I don't want to hurt you it's a difficult thing to understand I can't even believe you took it so well " she hummed.
"You won't hurt me"
"I might " she got in the driver's seat and turned on the engine.
December went around the other side of the truck and got in.
"But you wouldn't."
"I don't know if I can continue to hold back "
"Why is that? You've done fine," he clicked the seat belt into place.
"Already human blood is delicious your smell happens to be one I am straining to avoid "
"So I smell like a pastry or hot cocoa to you?"
"Even better I would love to kill you and ruin your scent but "
"You won't. You're a good person Annabelle " he swallowed his worries confused as to how he could be so calm.
"I'm not a person," she smirked in
novem- twentysixDecember's mind searched through all the scattered thoughts.
---"Cold to the touch pale secretive Annabelle Lee the warnings Brielle blood vampires Daniel in a den of lions. No, I'm December in a house of vampires "---
---"Yes and how does this make you feel?"---
December cast a look at Andromeda, ---"Unsure I am just really freaked out right now what are you guys going to do to me?"---
---"Nothing I'll get Alex to go so we can start explaining,"--- Andromeda hugged Alex's arm and said, "Baby, can you go buy up those two costumes before someone else does?"
She handed him a load of bills. He kissed her forehead and got up.
"Okay, the line for the register is long so he'll be a while."
Everyone leaned into the table except for December. Annabelle looked at him to bring his head into the center.
"How'd you like your drink?" Anastasia asked with a grim grin.
A drop dribbled out of the corner of his lip.
novem- twentyfiveAfter school December went to the nurse's office to see Annabelle Lee. He stood outside the door with the now clean pink board on it. The window showed that nurse Gale was seated blissfully at her desk. He entered the office.
"Hi, how can I help you?" she asked in a sweet voice.
"Oh I was just wondering if Annabelle Lee was in here."
"No, she's not in here," nurse Gale smiled sweetly.
"Oh, thanks anyway," December left and closed the door casually.
"Annabelle, did you go to any of your classes today?" the woman called into the infirmary.
"Just two why?"
"That kid he was back here again. You be careful. Remember the code."
"I am careful. I've been camouflaged almost all day. He asked if I would go to the winter snow ball with him may I go?"
"Do what you will Al you know I won't stop you; you are an adult."
"Thanks mum," Annabelle kissed the good woman on the cheek and left, "I'm going down to the Birdcage."
"Okay, tell Marlene I said hello