Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dead Rite chapter 87.03

Bright beads of blood glistened at the corners of Gillian's eyes. It made Harold feel doubly uncomfortable. Was this how vampires cried? He hadn't been aware vampires could cry. Gillian had always been characteristically emotionless except when giving chase, fighting and...certain other night-time activities. Also, it was a woman, being emotional. He could take on a destroying angel (albeit helped by his mum), a necromantic elf and a plague of flesh-eating locusts but none of his life experiences had prepared him for the sight of a woman's tears.

“There there.” He gave her shoulder a bit of a thump. “Cheer up, old thing.”

Jasfoup, still holding the vampire in his arms, glared at him. “You can be awfully insensitive at times.”

“Sorry.” Harold rubbed her thigh. “There's no telling yet if Lucy will squash us like ants on a picnic cloth. She might turn out to love us despite our humble origins. At least we can consider ourselves forewarned about her teenage tantrums. If she ever says she wishes we'd catch fire we'd best look for an extinguisher.”

Gillian sniffed a bloody glob of mucus back into her nose. Contrary to every rom-com ever, it was not endearing. “And Julie? Felicia?”

He patted her knee. “We'll get you new friends to go shopping with.”

“You don't understand.” The beads if blood trickled down her cheeks. “Losing them is like losing everything that makes life worth living. They were all the good things. Running hunting sex...”

Harold opened his arms wide. “I'm still here. I can do all that. And we can get you a new werewolf. Is there a pound for werewolves?”

Her mouth tightened into a thin line. “Don't be ridiculous.”


Stephanie said...

I feel like Gillian. HD will have to be completely rewritten.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Will it?
I mean, it would be anyway, but why?

Stephanie said...

There's no Julie to raise (help raise) Lucy, and this reads as if Gillian may be less suggestible re: bowing out of Lucy's life even temporarily. :)

Leatherdykeuk said...

Ah, good point. Serves me right for 'writing ahead' I suppose. OTOH will 'Dead Rite' ever become Lavestone canon? It's too big to publish.

Stephanie said...

It could be like a Disney movie for one of it's tv shows...completely non-canon and just for fun.

Leatherdykeuk said...

Good call. Yes. Sam and Dill, from Disney ;)