https://www.reddit.com/r/WritingPrompts/comments/58jilc/tt_just_because_one_very_wellknown_vampire_was/"Just because ONE very well-known vampire was allergic to garlic and had an extreme case of albinism on a hot summer day does NOT mean that these 'weaknesses' apply to EVERY vampire!"
“Really? They don’t? Then why do the books say that those are the best ways to get rid of or kill vampires? You know, other than cutting their heads off or staking them through the heart?”
“It makes for interesting TV, movies and books I guess, and yes they work on the odd vampire who hasn’t been a vampire for very long. But they give the rest of us a bad name. And by the way, yes stakes and cutting off heads will do it, but you know, those methods will pretty much kill you too…”
“I hadn’t thought of it that way. So does that mean you’re going to kill me? Suck my blood and leave me drained?”
“Good Lord no! Why would I want to do that?”
“Isn’t that how vampires stay alive, or get fed or something?”
“Well again, some do but I wouldn’t be caught dead sucking your blood. See what I did there?”
“Oh very funny. You’re a droll vampire. Who knew? I almost prefer the more traditional type of vampire. Dark and broody. You’re beginning to really not scare me at all.”
“Well I would hope not. Like I said, I’m not into drinking humans. All that blood and fainting and near death upsets my stomach. But I can do dark and broody too…”
She looked him up and down. “Oh I bet you can! So then how do you, you know, stay undead but alive so to speak? What do you do if you don’t drink humans?”
“You don’t want to know…”
“Uh yes, I really do. What’s the problem? If you’re not into human Bloody Mary’s, then what do you drink? It can’t be that bad, surely? I’m intrigued.”
“You’ll laugh at me…”
“No, I won’t!”
“Yeah believe me you will. They always do.”
“OK now I absolutely have to know what you drink to stay alive? Please? I promise not to laugh or think any less of you.”
The vampire smiled with a wry grimace as he studied the human woman thoughtfully. He actually believed her. That was a first. Fascinating woman, this one, and very, very attractive.
“Ok, I drink milk…”
“Milk? Seriously? You’re having me on? That’s not funny. That’s just plain weird. How on earth does milk keep you alive?”
“You’re not laughing? I’m stunned. They always laugh…”
“I told you I wouldn’t. And seeing that we’ve established that you’re not going to kill me I’m pretty grateful, so if I say I won’t laugh then I won’t. I keep my word.”
“You certainly do. You’re also not too bad on the eye.”
“Yes thank you, you’re not so bad yourself but now you’re just evading my question. Why milk?”
“That my dear is a long story best told over a drink. Fancy one?”
“Well yes. I don’t see any other vampires or human men, so yes, with me…”
“Like a date with a vampire? Or maybe an interview with a vampire? Get it?”
The vampire laughed dryly. “I get it. I’m better looking than Tom Cruise, but if you’re too busy?”
“Too busy for a date with my very first vampire, who’s definitely better looking than Tom Cruise? Hell no. Lead on. But please, I hope you can drink something other than milk? By the way, what’s your name?”
The vampire laughed. He was really starting to like this woman. She had a great sense of humour.
“My name is Felix and yes I can drink other liquids as well.”
“Felix? I like that. Good name. Mine is Avery.”
“Avery? There’s got to be a story behind that name?”
“There is indeed Felix. You tell me why you drink milk and I’ll confess how I got the name Avery.”
“Madam you have a date.”
Felix took Avery’s hand in his and as the electricity jolted between them, they raised their eyebrows in mutual acknowledgement.
It was going to be a very interesting night.
(I may carry on this story. It was fun to write. Yes, there’s a perfectly logical explanation as to why Felix drinks milk. Perfectly logical in my story anyway.)
Felix and Avery