There was so much I wanted to say to him, so many questions I needed answers to, but I didn’t know where to start. My husband was finally back home after having been missing for nearly two years – What was the protocol for that? What could I say that would even begin to be appropriate? What could I say that would describe how I felt in that moment?
My mind was a mess. Joy, excitement, happiness, confusion, all bundled into one insane emotion. Where on earth should I start?
“You don’t have to say anything. Just let me explain.”
“How did you-”
“I can read your mind!” He was grinning from ear to ear, looking like a little boy and very proud of himself. “I couldn’t resist. I won’t do it again, just- don’t hit me.” I couldn’t help but laugh. He looked different, but he acted like he had always done. Slowly, as a warning, I took my fist down again, taking hold of his hand. His skin was unnaturally soft, and cold. The same was true for his eyes and voice but it was easy to see past that. The coldness inhabiting them wasn’t a cruel kind, but actually seemed to be related to actual temperature, causing the air around us to drop. It was barely noticeable, and I could still see and hear the same man I had married years ago, so it didn’t bother me as much as you might expect.
“You have a lot of explaining to do” I smiled, searching his skin for scars. I wasn’t sure what to think when I didn’t even find a bruise. Had he not been injured? And if he really hadn’t been hurt, why had he been gone for so long?
“I do. And I’ll spare you the details, Oracle. That night we were attacked was- it was horrible. None of us had seen it coming, most of us weren’t even awake when the first gunshots were fired. When I ran outside to see what was going on someone hit me over the head with a machine gun. I think I blacked out right away, and only woke up twice after that. The first time recruit Kiwi dragged me across the dessert. We were both leaving a trail of blood, so he was doing his best to cover it up while getting us to safety. I only stayed conscious for a few seconds though, and when I woke up again Kiwi was dead. He died of dehydration, I think, since we were in the middle of nowhere with no water on us and on our own. My vision was very blurry by then and my throat was dry, but I remember seeing this woman run towards me. I blacked out again before she reached me.”
“There was a woman in the middle of the dessert, running? Was she looking for you?” I couldn’t explain how she would have known that Finn would be there at that time, but if she had known I would be forever grateful for her involvement.
My husband nodded, looking serious. “She saved me. I’m only alive because of her. I don’t remember her rescuing me, but when I woke up again I was in this room I didn’t know, tied to a bed.”
“What was she doing tying you to her bed?” I couldn’t help but be suspicious. My husband had spent the last twenty-two months with her, and she did save his life.
“She had turned me. You know, she’s the one who made me like this.” He pointed to an odd mark on his neck before continuing. “This is what all vampires have. It burns itself into our skin when our blood changes, so we have no choice in it. I hope you don’t find it too unattractive, ’cause I can’t get rid of it.” I laughed at his remark, relieved that his personality seemed to be unaffected.
“No, it’s fine. Who was she?”
“She didn’t tell me her name. All I know is she promised someone something a long time ago, and I think she somehow connected that to having had to save me. And she did more than drag me half way across the dessert! She trained me, and helped me control my urges.”
“I don’t think I like where this is going.”
Finn burst into laughter, but I was still feeling nervous about all this. My husband really was a vampire. There was a lot for me to take in today! “The reason I was tied to her bed when I woke up was because I was thirsty. Not for juice or water, Oracle, I wanted to rip someone’s throat out and drink the blood. I had never felt anything like it, but it was all I knew in that moment. The vampire had known that I would feel like this, and that’s why she had tied me to her bed!”
“So… Do you want to rip me to pieces?” For some reason I still didn’t feel uneasy or in danger. I felt safe, after everything he had just told me.
“I don’t, thanks to her. She really was patient with me. I had no idea who I was, where I had come from, or even that miles away, you were waiting for me. If I had known I-” Finn looked worse than sorry, so I shook my head.
“It’s okay. I take it the blow to your head caused you to lose your memory?”
He nodded. “It took me a year to remember that my name is Finn. After that, other pieces of information came back to me. I remembered our wedding and our first date second, then I remembered beating up Hue in High School. Weird, huh?”
“Just a little” I smiled, happy that he remembered me at all. “What did you do for a whole year? And after that?”
“Imagine this place where we were staying like an underground training ground. A top secret one. The stairs to the outside were hidden and difficult to spot, just in case anyone would even think to search in the middle of a massive dessert. The doors were hidden, it took me weeks to remember how to open each and every one of them! There was a room with beds, a bathroom and a small kitchen with chairs and a table.”
“A kitchen? I thought vampires only drink blood?” I thought I was being funny, but his serious expression didn’t change.
“We do. If you know where to get it from there’s a market for it. It comes in juice boxes, would you believe it? The fridge was fully stocked, too. She never gave me names, but I don’t think I’m the only person she’s saved. There must be travellers that get lost, and other soldiers. Anyway, there was a little gym, too. Not like ours here, but one with training dummies and board breakers. And that’s where she trained me. I was rubbish at first, but I learned very quickly. After only a month we were sparring, and I won a few times.”
“She can’t have been very good then if you could best her so soon!” I knew my husband was talented when it came to sports and working out, but one month wasn’t much time.
“She is very good, actually. She said it’s one of the perks of being a vampire. We learn really quickly, and my scars were fully healed by that point. The only thing taking it’s time was my memory.”
“Did she have no idea who she was saving? I thought, since she was expecting you, she’d have a reason.”
“I don’t think she needs a reason to save injured people.” His smile was warm, and a sudden pang of jealousy coursed through me. “There’s no need to be jealous, Oracle! Nothing happened, I swear!”
“You promised you wouldn’t read my mind again!” As a reminder I punched him, giggling to myself when he rubbed the spot I had hit.
“I wasn’t, your face speaks volumes. She knew who I was. Only an hour after I had woken up she was showing me a photo of you. No idea where she had gotten it from, but I didn’t recognise you. She even told me your name, but it didn’t help. After that she decided to be patient and let my mind work itself out. Eventually, after a year and six months, I remembered everything.”
“Why didn’t you come home then?”
“The truth?” I nodded. “The thought of you made it very hard for me to control myself. I would have drained you had I returned then. The vampire knew, and didn’t let me go. She’s much older than I am although you wouldn’t know it by looking at her. She doesn’t look much over eighteen. Age is everything amongst vampires, or so she told me. The older you are, the stronger and faster you become. I couldn’t have outrun her had I tried. Believe it or not, I didn’t beat her at arm wrestling once!”
“Are you… fine now?” I still didn’t feel overly in danger. There was a small part of me that scolded me for it, but it was very quiet and easy to ignore.
“I am. She taught me how to meditate and it helped me focus. Twenty-two months isn’t much, but I learned a huge amount from her in that time. I would have died without her, and if it hadn’t been for her patience and training I would have killed a lot of innocents. Apparently, vampires don’t always stick around after they’ve turned someone. That’s what happened to her, but she said that so many years have passed since then that she stopped caring.”
“Just how old is she?”
“I have no idea. She didn’t tell me much about herself, but I’m guessing that she’s over three-hundred years old. It wasn’t until my last moments in Egypt that she opened up a little more. We were saying our goodbyes when she apologised for having turned me.”
“She did. I think she hates her immortality, Oracle, but she’s convinced that her job isn’t yet done. Moments before I left and came here about three hours ago she-
“You only left Egypt three hours ago? What kind of plane did you take?”
“I’m fast” he winked, and I felt curiosity well up inside me. Just what was he capable of? “I asked her why she had saved me, and that’s when she told me about that promise she had made to someone Berry knows how many years ago. She didn’t say what it was, just that it existed and that she was determined to keep it. I also asked her what she misses the most from her era, since she obviously isn’t happy with her long life. She misses her sister, Oracle. I know you could argue that I’m no longer human and that she isn’t, either, but that was the most human thing she could have answered with. Again, she didn’t give me a name, but she looked very sad.”
“Well, I’m grateful she saved you.” Finn put his arm around me and kissed me. Words couldn’t possibly describe what I felt in that moment, I felt so- complete. I didn’t care that my husband was a vampire. He was well and home with me, what more could I want?
“I’m sorry I was gone for so long, Oracle. If I had known what would happen I would have stayed here, with you. We could have a family by now, you didn’t have to suffer for so long.” He looked me straight in the eyes when he said the next bit. “You did suffer, right? You missed me?”
“More than anything. But there’s someone I’d like you to meet.” I realised too late what that sounded like.
“Oh. I’m sorry, I shouldn’t just have rushed here. You’re happy, though, right? He’s treating you well? What’s his name? Please tell me it’s not Hue.”
I couldn’t help myself – I punched him, snickering. “Of course not! Hue did visit me, though. Once. He suggested I should marry him, and that he could help me out with… things.” I wanted to tell Finn that he had a son so badly, but I wanted to have a good moment to do so. Whichever reason the female vampire had had for not telling him herself, I appreciated it.
“I’m sorry he bothered you. Let him try again, he doesn’t stand a chance against me any more.”
“He didn’t hurt you, right? ‘Cause I can cause him pain he can’t imagine if he as much as touched you!”
“Finn-” Maker, getting him to listen was harder than I had thought!
“I can’t believe he hasn’t moved on by now! We should report him to the police, you can get a restraining order if you-”
“FINN! Will you listen to me for a moment? I didn’t mean a man, silly! Go on, search my mind. Search for Seance.”
“No, you’ll hit me again.”
“I promise I won’t.” With a nervous smile on his lips, he searched my mind for his son’s name. At first, his expression went blank.
Then his eyes went wide as the realisation hit-
And the most blissful smile entered his face.
———————————————————————————–This is the end of Oracle’s generation 😦 I’ll have the votes up tomorrow some when, and the house will also be ready for download soon as will this generation 🙂
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