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.


7. Just keep running

I stared at the empty field in front of me, at the spot where Johnny was before I lost him. I couldn't understand why he acted like that, it was totally out of the blue, not to mention out of character. Was it something I had done? Something I didn't do?

I heard puffing behind me and turned around to see Nathan running towards me.

"Issy!" He shouted in between the pants. "You've gotta go. Now. Come on." He grabbed my arm and started to run with me across to the other side of the field, where the exit was. Even now his touch still sent fireworks through my body, and left a pleasant heat wherever it touched. It wasn't until then that I noticed the screams, the shouts; I looked toward where we were headed and saw a mass of people running, pushing and shoving against each other like their lives were at stake - I felt my stomach drop as I realised that they probably were.

"What- What's going on? Nathan?" I was really starting to get worried.

"Just keep running! I'll explain later." He looked at me for a quick moment before he reverted back to staring at where he was going; his eyes were filled with so much worry. He was worried about me, about my safety. He must have literally risked his life to run over here, in the opposite direction to where he needed to be, to get me. I couldn't help it: the butterflies that had started making frequent appearances lately began to build in my stomach, even at a time like this.

We ran the length of the field, puffing and tripping. The whole time he never let go of my arm, like he was afraid he'd lose me. We neared the gate which allowed us to exit the field, and the large mass of people I saw before had practically all gone, with the exception of a few people who were frantically scrambling to get through it. What was happening? What was going on that could make everyone so terrified? I think I knew the answer, but I didn't want to admit it - especially now I should technically be on the other side of it. We reached the gate and Nathan released his grip on my arm, only to place his hand on my back, ushering me through. He ran through himself, then took hold of my arm again, leading me through the darkness. We ran for ages, ducking, tripping, panting and squinting through the darkness. What should have been a horrible task was made bearable, maybe even exhilarating, by the fact that Nathan never took his grip off of me, and he guided me confidently to God-knows-where. He was sure-footed, but his eyes were wide and wild, his breath hitching, and through his grip on my arm I could tell he was shaking. He was nervous, for both of us.

I don't know where everyone else went, but I'm sure we would have caught up with them by now if we were headed the same way. But I didn't feel lonely, here running for our lives in the pitch black away from murderous monsters. I felt like we could have been the only people left on the planet - And I didn't mind. The night was silent, only broken by our heavy breathing and footsteps, and the occasional piercing scream that would haunt me forever - I knew all too well what those screams meant.

Just run. Keep up with Nathan - If you slow down, you'll make him slow down, and then you'll put both our lives at risk. Just ignore the piercing pain running through your sides; ignore the feeling of your legs getting heavier with each step. Focus on how his hand on your arm is sending little bursts of fire along your nerves, even through your sleeve. Just keep running. Don't stop, keep going.

Eventually we stopped down the middle of some alley, and we leaned against the cool brick wall, panting fiercely; still he never let go of my arm. I looked at him, his eyes lit up by the moon.

"Vampires?" It was hardly a question.

"Yes." He said reluctantly. "Another mass attack. Apparently they came through the woods-"

"The woods!?" I think my heart just stopped.

"Yeah, why?"

"I have to go back." I said, already tugging against his grip on me; he just tightened it, but it didn't hurt.

"What? Issy, are you crazy? That's a mass Vampire attack. You'll be killed! I can't let that happen."

"Johnny! When Johnny left the party he went through the woods. They could have taken him! They could have-"

"Issy, you are not going back there. I'll go."

"What? No! You barely know him, this isn't your fight. I'll-"

"Issy. I'll be fine. My parents are obsessed with Vampires, remember? They've told me how to protect myself, I know what  I'm doing."


"Issy, stay here. Don't move from this spot. I'll be right back." Nathan said, as he released his grip on my arm and started to move towards the direction we had come.

"No! Nathan you're being stupid - Don't. Let me-" But he had already run off into the darkness. I wanted to follow him but he was so much faster than I was I wouldn't be able to catch up and find him, and it was so dark I could get lost. Plus I didn't know where on earth we were, let alone the way to get back to the field. And besides, Nathan had told me to stay here, and after he'd practically saved my life.. I figured I owed him one. Just one - After this we're even.

I took a deep breath and it hitched, letting me know I was about to cry. I sank down the wall till my butt hit the floor, and stared into the darkness in the direction Nathan left, willing for him to come back with Johnny.

I shouldn't have let him go. I'm such a bad person. All he's ever been is nice to me and this is how I repay him - By letting him run off to a bunch of Vampires to save my friend. He barely knows Johnny; he barely knows me for God's sake! And Johnny hasn't exactly been nice to him. I put my head in my hands and cried.

I had been crying hysterically for what must have been at least half and hour, when I heard a twig snap. I couldn't make out which direction it came from, but I tensed up and squinted my eyes, trying to see through the darkness. Another snap. It didn't sound like two sets of footsteps - What if it was a Vampire? I slowly stood up, trying to figure out which direction to run.

Suddenly Johnny came running through the darkness, panting hard. He was smeared with blood, but he was alive; that was all I cared about right now. I ran over to him and wrapped him in a massive bear hug, checking him over to see if he was all right. It was then that I realised he came alone.

"Wh-where's Nathan?" I said, feeling my heart stop for the second time that night.

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