By Scott Wilson
Word Count: 518
“That’s a dirty, rotten lie!” Petula screamed at her boyfriend, Edward.
“No, it’s true,” Edward said. “There are vampires at school. I don’t know how they can stand being out in the sunlight, but they can.”
“You’re such a homo,” Petula said. “Reading all of those paranormal-romance novels, like Twilight, Vampire Diaries and Sookie Stackhouse. It melted your sense of reality, dude.”
“Oh yeah, Vampire Diaries. That’s it. They must be wearing those special rings that allow them to go out in the sun.”
“I’m doubting if we can keep going out with your obsession with vampires, Ed.”
“But you’re a Goth,” Edward said. “I thought you were into the dark side, vampire and stuff like that?”
“I am,” Petula said. “But I’m not a fucking nut job. I know the difference between reality and fantasy. You seemed to have crossed that line.”
Petula stood up to leave his bedroom. He grabbed her arm.
“Wait,” he said. “Please don’t go. I know what’s real and what’s not. I was just joking man.”
“Yeh, right,” Petula said, shaking his hold from her arm.
Edward leapt to his feet and tackled her. Petula bumped her head on the dresser on the way down and past out.
“You’ll believe me soon,” Ed said as he dragged his girlfriend to the cellar.
He chained Petula against the concrete wall, next to his mother and father, who were still gagged and half drugged from the sleeping pills Ed put in their breakfast. Edward went back upstairs and phoned the vampires from school and sat patiently on the couch until there was a knock at the door half an hour later.
“Have you got them all?” the tall, pale teenager asked Edward.
“Yep, there are three of them,” Edward said. “That’s one for each of you.”
The three teenagers pushed past Edward and entered the house.
“I thought you had to be invited in?” Edward said.
The last teenager kicked the door shut, and then smacked Edward over the head with a sock filled with sand, knocking Ed out cold.
When Edward came to, he too, was chained to the wall in his basement.
“What are you doing?” he said to the three teenagers.
“You fucking freak,” the tallest teenager said. “We are sick of this hype about vampire and Goths. If we send out a message loud enough, maybe the paranormal romance fad will die, like you and your family.”
“What about Petula, she’s one of you. A Goth?”
“She was, until she brought you into the fold.”
The three Goths withdrew gloves with two thick needles attached and rammed them into Edward’s mother, father and girlfriend’s necks while he watched on helplessly.
“After you drink their blood, you will feel so remorseful that you will take your own life,” the Goth said.
“No I won’t!” Ed said.
“I think you will,” one of the other Goth’s said as they hung a noose from the rafters. “With a little help that is.”
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