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.


6. Halloween

I sighed as I took one last look at myself in the mirror. I'd spent the past half an hour trying to save the crow's nest that was my hair, to no success. I'd had it up in a loose bun today at school but decided to leave it down in waves for tonight - Bad move. Having been wrapped up in a bun all day, my hair had gone completely wild, sticking out in all directions and basically going crazy. In the end I'd had to result in washing it again to be able to start from scratch. I don't normally spend ages perfecting how I look; I normally go through life saying that if someone is going to be put off of me because of how I look, then I'd rather not have them in my life at all. But today was different: I kept hoping that Nathan would be at the dance, and I got a funny feeling in my stomach every time I thought of it, which was a lot.

I straightened out the skirt of my Super Woman costume which I'd rented from the costume place on my way home from school. Thankfully the red skirt wasn't as short as I'd dreaded it would be, and finished just above my knees. Many people at my school consider Halloween an excuse to wear as little clothes as possible, and I am most definitely not one of them. The blue top I was wearing had long-sleeves, which I was thankful for considering the chilly weather; and of course, it displayed the 'S' symbol connected with Super Man/Woman. Attached to the top was a red cape which flowed elegantly as I walked. I slipped on my worn, leather ankle boots and straightened up, checking my face in the mirror for any signs of smudged make-up. Nope, I'm good.

I honestly don't know why I'm making such a big fuss over my appearance - Well actually I do know: Nathan. But I don't like it; it's annoying and such a waste of time.


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I walked up the worn path leading up to my school's field, following the direction of the loud music being pumped out from speakers in the middle of the field. I arrived about 10 minutes after the party was scheduled to start, and already most of our school was there, milling about on the field, buying drinks and food, chatting and dancing. It was already mostly dark, and by about half an hour it would be verging on pitch black - Perfect conditions for a Halloween Dance. Amy, Johnny and I said we'd meet by the candy-floss stall, so I walked over to the table and waited, people-watching to pass the time.

I tried not to think about how many people were here, how dark it was, how much flesh was being shown...

After 5 minutes Amy walked up to me, and I was grateful for the distraction. It seemed that I was not as affected by people who were special to me, for which I was extremely grateful. She was looking gorgeous as ever in a beautifully shaped wedding dress that had been ripped and stained; her hair had been back-combed and her make-up was revolving around the colour grey. I don't think many people could pull that look off, but Amy definitely did - She looked stunning.

"Hey!" She said, giving me a hug.

"Hey! You look great, I love it!" I said, gesturing to her costume. I coughed as her perfume overwhelmed me - she never usually wore it strong, she knows I hate that.

"Thanks! You have no idea how long it took me. I love your costume - Very heroic." She winked. I laughed in response.

"I'm going to suck your bloooood."

Oh god. No. He didn't. He didn't actually come as-

"Aaaah!" Johnny shouted, jumping on my back from behind and shoving his face into my neck. I screamed, as that was something I was all too familiar with.

"Johnny! I can't believe you actually came as a Vampire." Amy said, trying to hold back laughter. Johnny was wearing a long black cloak, with a ridiculously tall collar he'd made out of black card stapled to it. He had in fake plastic fangs and had smeared what I assumed was ketchup all over his black clothes and chin. He'd used face-paint to paint his face white, and outlined his eyes in thick lines of black eye-liner. Oh god he looked a sight.

"Well yeah! I said I would, didn't I!"

"You sure did." I said, feeling kind of awkward.

"So let's go hit the dance floor! Come on, my favourite song has just started playing!" Amy said, pulling at our arms to follow her. We reluctantly went after her, stopped in the middle of the 'dance floor' (the area of the field where everyone was dancing), and began to awkwardly bop along to the music. Johnny generally hates dancing, and I was certainly not in the mood.

"Come on, you guys! Lighten up a little!" Amy shouted over the music, waving her arms about like some sort of weird, possessed spaghetti. I refused to make a fool of myself; I was very conscious of the fact that Nathan could be here, and I was not prepared to embarrass myself in front of him. Just then some guy dressed as a headless chicken ran past, running in a way which can only be described as, well, like a headless chicken. Amy squealed in excitement and ran after him, clearly making the assumption that he would lead her to where the fun dancers were.

I turned towards Johnny, and he cleared his throat as a way to fill the awkward silence. Ever since recently, things always got really awkward when Johnny and I were alone. I honestly don't know why, it never used to be like this. We used to hang out just the two of us all the time, but now something's different, and I can't put my finger on what it is.

"Soo... I like your costume." Johnny said, not looking me directly in the eyes.

"Thanks. Uh, I like yours too. Very realistic." I lied, though it physically pained me to do it. Truth is I was a little insulted by Johnny's portrayal of Vampire's. I mean yes they're scary and ruthless and murderous and everything, and of course he didn't know I was one of them, but that didn't stop his ridicule from stinging a little. A slower song came on and Johnny seemed to perk up a little.

"You, uh, you wanna dance? With me?" He said awkwardly, nervously holding out his hand. After I gave him an odd look, he added, "As friends. Of course. Duh. Just, you know, there's nothing better to do and the song's playing, and-" I cut him off by taking his hand and wrapping my other arm around his neck. He hesitated for a second before taking up his position, and we started to sway to the music. God this was awkward.

After what felt like a long time, too long, the song ended and we awkwardly stepped away from each other. I thought it was a bit weird of Johnny to ask me to dance, but I didn't want to make him feel bad by rejecting him. I mean, he only asked as a friend, so there's no harm in that. For a few moments we just stood opposite each other, not saying anything until Nathan came up to us.

"Hey, Issy! Hey Johnny!" He shouted over the music, giving us each a nod. I could feel my face lift and my eyes light up as Nathan approached, though I swear I could feel Johnny tense up beside me.

"Hi Nathan! How's the party?" I asked, probably smiling like an idiot.

"Yeah, good. Great music, and everyone's costumes are really cool - I like yours by the way." He said and winked. He was smiling like an idiot back which made me feel, in a way, honoured. I blushed, looking down at my Super Woman costume, silently thanking myself for taking time on how I looked, for once. 

I laughed. "Thanks! I like yours too, you have great taste." He came dressed as Super Man, and his tight shirt hugged the muscles I predicted were there. He even styled the front of his hair into that cute curl that Super Man always had, which I'd always loved. If anyone had looked over at us, they'd have thought we were a couple.

"And hey, you came as a Vampire!" He said to Johnny, and laughed. Oh my God, his laugh was incredible. It made his eyes twinkle and just sounded so pure, so full of life. "I like it - Ironic."

"Yeah, that's what I was going for." Johnny said without much emotion. What was wrong with him?

"Uh, so do you guys wanna dance? This great song just came on." Nathan said, referring to the upbeat pop song I recognised from the radio that had just started blasting out from the speakers. I gulped, I dreaded dancing, but any opportunity to hang out with Nathan, to be close to him... Well, I was gonna take every opportunity I could get.

"Yeah sure! Come on, Johnny!" I pulled him by the arm as Nathan and I walked over to a good spot. We started moving along to the music, and I soon found my awkwardness slip away and was surprised to find myself actually enjoying it. Of course, it was right then that I tripped, over my own two feet I might add, and fell right on top of Nathan, knocking us both to the ground.

That did not just happen, that did not just happen. Maybe if I close my eyes tight enough, I'll wake up and it'll be this morning all over again and I won't have just totally and completely embarrassed myself in front of Nathan ... Nope.

"Oh my God, I'm so sorry. I swear my coordination is pitiful." I said, rolling off of him. I couldn't see, but I knew my cheeks would be bright red.

He laughed. "No worries, accidents happen. And it seems we're always whacking into each other, so I wouldn't sweat it." He said sweetly, getting up and offering me his hand - He was such a gentleman.

"Thanks." I smiled, still totally embarrassed by what just happened. Once I'd stood up, I went to say something but got lost in his chocolate brown eyes; we were standing so close to each other. He went silent too, staring into mine, and after a few short moments I felt myself leaning in in unison with him. I could feel my heart racing as I got nearer and nearer to his lips. Just then a girl danced past and whacked into Nathan, shoving him back a little. Both our eyes widened in shock and the moment was gone. 

I looked away as he cleared his throat, and saw Johnny standing near us, giving us both a hard look. He abruptly stalked off in the direction of the woods surrounding the field, and I ran after him.

"Johnny! Johnny wait! Where are you going?" He didn't stop, just kept on walking. "Johnny! Wh-" I was bumped into by some people dancing and proceeded to get shoved about by just about everyone. By the time I'd managed to squeeze my way out of the crowd of dancing people, the rest of the field was empty and Johnny was gone.


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