Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Little Sneak Peek

I haven't blogged for a few days, which is a bummer. But it's also kind of a blessing because I have been able to think about my fiction writing a bit more. So... that's exciting! I wrote this scene the other day and felt like it was a pretty good peek into what I'm working on. So I thought I'd share it with you.

Please keep in mind, this is a first/rough draft. Therefore, it's not perfect.


Blair groaned as she reached for her blaring alarm clock the next morning. Her hand groped as she searched for the button to turn it off, refusing to open her eyes just yet. Nope. Too much effort. Oh well, the song playing was a good one anyways. She listened to the music as she tried to will her eyes open. It was Sunday and only her second day after returning from Europe. Maybe she could sleep in just the one time. The mattress, while being on the floor, was comfortable and all hers. Everything was soft and familiar from the smell of her pillow to the softness of the sheets. No one to disturb a perfect nights sleep. Or morning sleep, whatever. She was still on Paris time. As much as Blair loved it when Derek spent the night, she had gotten used to having her own bed for a bit while traveling. 

Then the song changed on the alarm. This song wasn't nearly as good. Therefore, Blair had two choices. One, change the song and keep listening. Or two, turn the damn thing off and sleep the whole day. But both of those would probably require opening her eyes to find the stupid buttons to press and once that happened she would be awake. Damn.

Blair finally forced herself to pry her eyes open and turned off the alarm. In one, very awkward and sleepy movement, she rolled off of her mattress and stumbled onto her feet. Scratching her head and pushing her long brown hair out of her face, she padded her way to the living room.

"Did I really get bit by a vampire last night?"

A long string of swears tumbled out of Blair's mouth as she stumbled back a few steps. In front of her was Lexi, her curly blonde hair a tangled mess, sitting straight up on the couch. Her now wrinkled Magenta costume rustled against the seat and its skirt pouffed out around her.

Right. Lexi. Rocky Horror. Vampires. Memory and healing charms not working. The fight with Derek. Memories of the night before came flooding back into Blair's fuzzy pre-coffee memory.

"Did I?" Lexi repeated.

"Damn Lexi, let a girl wake up a bit. How long have you been up?"

Lexi folded her legs crisscross applesauce and played with the strands of curly hair flying in her eyes. "Like a half hour or something. I got the coffee going though."

"Of course. I've only known you a day, why wouldn't you make coffee in my kitchen?" Blair murmured as she made her way to the counter. Although she was secretly grateful Lexi had done so. She poured herself a cup and took a long sip before answering Lexi's question. 

"And yes, you were bitten by a vampire last night."


"Pretty much. Let me check out that wound."

Lexi scooted over on the couch to make room. Blair took a seat on the couch and carefully peeled away the bandage Sydney had put on Lexi's neck the night before in the woman's bathroom.

"Are you sure they weren't just creepy guys who thought they were vampires and tried to drink my blood?" Lexi asked.

"Yes," Blair answered as she examined Lexi's neck. It had healed very nicely. Sydney had been able to get all of the venom out stopped the bleeding. Now all Lexi had were two tiny marks on her skin, a small bruise, and only a small bit of swelling. Just a bit of dried blood. If the healing spell had worked it would have looked even better.

"Have you ever seen humans turn into piles of dust like that when stabbed with wooden stakes? Hold on, I'm going to get a wet paper towel to get this dried blood off of you."

Lexi's shoulders slumped as Blair went over to the kitchen sink."Oh. Right."

"Besides, I personally find humans drinking blood way creepier than vampires. At least vampires your blood because it's in their nature and they need blood to live. Humans drinking blood..." It made Blair's skin crawl and couldn't finish the sentence. She actually had dealt with people like that once under the impression it was an actual vampire case. It was awful and gave Blair nightmares for a week. This was part of why she didn't deal with humans much. Supernatural creatures made sense. People were just weird.

"Yeah, that's true. But if vampires are real then that must mean..." Lexi thought out loud.

Blair returned with a wet paper towel and dapped it lightly on Lexi's skin. "Yup. Everything else is too. Werewolves, ghosts, witches..."


"You can say that again. But that reminds me, we need to figure out what you are."

Lexi stared at her. "What I am?"

Blair nodded. "We always erase the memories of the victims and change them so they don't learn about the supernatural world. We also can heal victims. Neither charm worked on you, which must mean you're supernatural. But my phyla always lights up when a supernatural being is around and it's not right now so..."


Blair lifted her necklace for Lexi to see. There wasn't a hint of the steady glow it always had when something super was around. Which completely baffled Blair.

"All Guardians have one. They're connected to our souls and help us do different things like heal, find supers, give light, fight stuff off, cast spells, things like that," Blair explained. 

It was more complicated than that, but unless you had a phyla or was used to being around Guardians, you couldn't completely understand. A Guardians phyla was an extension of themselves and part of who they were. It was by their side at all times. If it was farther than in the next room or something Blair could feel this tiny speck of emptiness inside of her. 

"So you're not magic? Guardians, I mean," Lexi asked.

"Nope, just normal people who have been trained to hunt and kill supernatural beings since the age of twelve."

"That's not normal."

Blair shrugged and tossed the damp paper towel aside before grabbing her coffee mug to take another drink. "Anyways, your neck is fine. You can see the marks and some slight bruising, and it's only a little swollen. Wear scarfs and turtlenecks for the next day or two and you'll be fine. You're taking all of this really well by the way. I feel like most normies would be screaming right abut now."

Lexi touched the vampire bite gingerly with her fingertips and frowned. "It's kinda hard to deny when it happened to you. So, I'm something supernatural?"

Blair rolled her eyes. "I'm sure you're not. But it is weird the phyla didn't work on you though. I have a friend who is a master at researching stuff like this, so I'll see if she can dig something up."

Blair glanced up at the clock on the wall. "Anyways, I need to get ready."

"It's Sunday morning, where do you have to go?"


Lexi sated at her again. "Call me crazy, but you don't seem like a church girl."

"You'll accept the fact that vampires and everything exist, but not that I go to church?"

Lexi shook her head.

"Okay then..." Blair got up and made her way towards the bathroom, her coffe mug still in her hand.

"You know, church isn't really my thing," she heard Lexi say from the living room. She looked in the bathroom mirror and examined the damage. Yup. Just your typical mess of long hair, jet lag, and lack of caffeine.

"But that sounds perfect today. Being bitten by a vampire is gross and I feel like I need to take a bath in holy water," Lexi's voice continued.

Blair whipped her head around and peered out of the bathroom door. "Excuse me?"

But it was too late. Lexi was already off of the couch, gathering her things, and on her way out the door. "I'll go get ready and be back in twenty!"

"That wasn't an-" Blair tried to say.

Lexi shut the door behind her.

"- invitation."

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