But all too soon the urges come back, take over you and your original self is once again possessed, screaming for your body to stop. But you never stop. Vampires are evil demons, put on this world for no apparent reason but to cause havoc and unimaginable anguish wherever they go. They express no remorse, feel no love and relish in the pain of others. I should know, because I am one of them.

Issy lives with her family in a remote town in the English countryside. It was just like any other small town: boring and uneventful. Every day was the same: the same people, same routines, same surroundings. That is, of course, until the Vampires invaded, and everything turned upside down.


11. Evacuation

I was lying in bed. It was around about 1:00 in the morning, but the smell of Pickles' blood still lingered all over my room, even on my pillow, preventing me from sleeping. It was intoxicating.

My mind was also whirring; I couldn't stop thinking about that guy from the car - he was definitely a Vampire, but I didn't know Vampires were capable of all that stuff. Yes they were fast, but they couldn't get hit by a car going 70 miles per hour and survive without a scratch. Well, who knows? Maybe they can. Does that mean I can do something like that? I kinda didn't want to find out.

By the time I got back home today it was around lunchtime, and the rest of my family were back from looking for Pickles. Of course, they didn't find him. Lunch was agonisingly silent.

Suddenly a siren sounded, pulling me out of my thoughts. It was a loud wail that repeated over and over - The screams followed almost immediately. I knew that sound. I sat up straight in my bed, but I moved so fast I went dizzy. I was rigid all over. I had never experienced one of these, but we'd been taught about them so much that I knew exactly what it was. A mass Vampire attack.

The siren meant that there was a Vampire attack near us. We were told by the Force that if that siren sounded in our area we had to evacuate immediately. This wasn't a permanent evacuation - of course, we couldn't leave the town. But it meant that we had to get out of our houses and run to the town hall. Underneath the hall was a bunker, an old bomb shelter from WW2. We had to go in there to hide from the Vampires, and wait till it subsided. I shivered.

Suddenly I was at my bedroom door without realising I'd made the decision to get out of bed. I flung the door open to see Alice running down the stairs.


"Issy!" Her shaking voice told me she was terrified. So was I. She stopped at the bottom of the stairs and turned to watch me run down them. When I caught up to her I put my hands on her shoulders.

"Alice, it's going to be okay. We've practised this a thousand times, and you've got me. I won't let anything happen to you. I promise." I gulped. I hated making promises I couldn't keep. The truth was I couldn't definitely protect her, of course I couldn't. But she was only 9 and so timid.

I heard two sets of footsteps running down the stairs and turned to see mum and dad, their eyes wild with fear. We grabbed our shoes from their neat pile by the front door and shoved them on. We were all wearing pyjamas. Mum grabbed mine and Alice's arms and dragged us out of the house, and dad followed, locking the door - The last thing we wanted was a Vampire waiting for us when we got home. I shivered; I was only wearing my pyjama bottoms and a black tank top - I was freezing.

"Okay, you remember what the Force said: only small groups, three or less. Big groups attract extra attention from the Vampires and we don't want that." Mum's voice was quick and shaking. "Alice, you go with dad. Issy, you're coming with me." She spun around, kissed Alice on the forehead and dad on the cheek. "I'll see you in there." She whispered, but the doubt was clear in her voice. She grabbed my arm again and we set off running towards the town pond. We had agreed weeks ago, when we were first told about what to do in a mass Vampire attack, that mum and I will take the route past the pond and through the park. Dad and Alice will take the more direct route, through the town centre.

Since it was the early hours of the morning it was pitch black. The lamp posts provided some illumination, but it wasn't good. Luckily Vampire eyesight is a lot better than humans' and I found myself guiding my mum through the town. We passed a few groups of people on our way; small families rushing to get to safety. I sent up a silent prayer, hoping that we all did.

We approached the pond and turned left to head through the trees to the park. There were a lot of twigs and big tree roots on the ground, and we kept tripping and grabbing onto each other for support. It was darker here - there were no lamp posts. I was running slightly ahead of mum, using my improved eyesight to guide us through the dark. I heard a scream, and not just any scream, my mother's.

"NO!" I whipped around and saw my mother on the ground about 10 metres away. She was pinned to the floor by a Vampire, and it was sucking her blood. Her eyes were staring straight at me, sending me silent pleas to keep going. And then they closed.

I felt my body stiffen and my jaw go tight. I sprinted the short distance and tackled the Vampire, my fangs baring. We rolled on the muddy ground, growling and slashing at each other.

"This one's mine." I sneered, punching her in the gut. "Piss off." She just growled in reply and snapped her teeth in my face. She was lying on top of me, and I moved my head to the side just in time. I gripped her arms as tightly as I could, feeling my nails pinch her skin. I threw her off of me, and I stood up and towered over her. I bared my fangs at her and growled.

She looked like she was going to protest, but changed her mind. "Fine." She stood up abruptly and wiped down her clothes. "Stupid human isn't worth it." She mumbled as she turned away. She sprinted off in the direction we came, and I watched her go. I never knew I could be that violent - it kind of scared me. That's when I caught sight of another figure, watching from behind a tree. Their face was peering from around the trunk and whipped behind it when they saw me looking at them. But I recognised it already: it was my English teacher, Mr Light. And he'd just seen me bare my fangs.

I didn't have time to worry about that now. I ran back and crouched beside my mother, who lay sprawled on the leaves.

"Mum?" I said tentatively, putting a hand gently on her arm. I was shaking. I put two fingers to the inside of her wrist and felt her pulse. Thank God. I let go of a breath I didn't even know I was holding. The feel of her heartbeat didn't even cause the slightest urge - there were more important things going on for it to affect me. I scooped her up in my arms and held her in a position similar to how you would hold a baby. She looked so fragile. Her neck was covered in blood; it looked dark but glistened in the moonlight. Thanks to my Vampire strength I could hold her, and I walked towards the park once again, my mouth in a permanent frown as I worried about my mum.

"Issy!" I whipped my head round to see Nathan running towards us. He was wearing plain black pyjama bottoms and a thin, grey T-shirt. The butterflies started once again - what is wrong with me!?

"Oh my God, is she okay?" He said as he approached us.

"Yes. No. I don't know. She has a pulse but she's unconscious. I don't know what will happen. She's my mum." My voice broke on the last word, and Nathan looked at me with sad eyes.

"Don't worry. I'm sure everything's going to be OK. Here, let me take her." I could easily hold her but I didn't want to cause suspicion if I refused; he took my mother from me and cradled her in just the same way I had. He had just as little difficulty carrying a grown woman as I had, which since one of us was a Vampire and one wasn't, was pretty impressive. I looked down and realised I was wearing pyjama bottoms with sheep all over them. Brilliant.

We started walking. "Are you alright?"

"What? Yeah, yeah I'm fine." I said, staring straight ahead. "You?"


We walked in silence.

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