When I saw the call for submissions for the anthology, Coming Together: In Vein, I couldn't resist. I love short stories, vampires, and making charitable contributions when I can, though donations are often limited by my finances. Here was a chance to help a good cause and play with one of my favorite sub-genres, vampire erotica.
The idea for my story, You'll Love the City, comes from my own rather wild past. Yes, I've ingested a few chemical substances in my day, and won't deny I had many, shall we say, interesting experiences. How would an ancient creature, looking for thrills in modern times, react to the effects of drugs?
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"You are getting sleepy," he said, staring into her eyes.
"Huh? No I'm not. What the hell are you doing, trying to hypnotize me?" The juicy morsel, whose name had already escaped him, leaned away from him.
"You're not getting sleepy?"
"Hell no I'm not, and I better not be, with what I paid for that coke."
"You drank a cola and that is keeping you awake?"
"No, you weirdo. I snorted cocaine. That's keeping me awake. Listen, thanks for the drink but I think it's time for me to go." She slid off the stool, pulling her short skirt down.
Cocaine. Whatever that was, he wanted to know more. This woman smelled even better up close, like fire and heat. Her dilated pupils told him something riotous was going on in her body.
"I would like to try some of this cocaine. Can you buy it for me? I have a lot of money." Dekel pulled out a wad of cash as thick as a sub sandwich. Though the gesture was crude, he found it quite effective for getting people, especially women, to do what he wanted quickly. This one was no exception. Her eyes opened even wider and she licked her lips.
"Shoot yeah, I can buy us, uh, buy you some. Come on, there's a place right around the corner a dude hangs out, usually has something." She took his arm and led him to the door.
"Tell me your name again, sugar?"
"My name is Dekel. If you would be so kind as to repeat yours…"
"Lela. Remember that, you could be screaming it later."
"Never mind, it's just a little funny saying."
"Oh, I understand. A sexually provocative statement. Yes, I hope there will be screaming later."
They smiled at each other, Dekel's not as wide as Lela's. He felt his fangs descending with excitement and didn't wish to scare her away.
True to her word, Lela found cocaine and they headed back to Dekel's house. He was becoming more aroused by the minute, thinking of this new sensation he was about to experience. Lela talked non-stop, and twitched and squirmed incessantly. If the drug produced this effect on her, surely it would do something for him.
She prepared the white powder, and he followed her lead, snorting a line up his nose. Nothing.
"Give it a minute or two, sometimes it takes a bit to start working." Lela was already bouncing around, checking out his collection of books and erotic paintings on the floor -to-ceiling shelves and paneled walls. "You got some neat stuff her, Dekel. You collect pictures of naked people?"
"Yes, I collect antique erotica. I'm not feeling anything. Should I inhale it again?"
"Try a little more, but don't do too much. You don't want to overdose on your first try, right?"
Dekel tried one more toot, then sank back in his chair, disappointed again. Yet another thing in this century that didn't work for him. Well, the evening shouldn't be a total loss. Smiling at Lela, he held out his hand.
"Come here, I want to show you more of my artwork."
Lela followed him into his bedroom, and ooed and ahhed over the paintings. Dekel stood close behind her, brushed the hair away from her neck, and licked her soft skin. With a quick nip of a fang, he drew blood.
Lela yelped and grabbed her neck. "Ow! What are you doing? Did you just bite me?"
"I'm sorry, my dear, I only wanted to kiss you. I must have got carried away." Dekel took a step back and blinked. What was this sensation rushing through his body? A tingle of intense pleasure, a burst of white-hot energy tickled his spine. Oh my, it must be the cocaine. More, more!
Summoning all his power, he gazed into Lela's eyes.
"Come, lay down here with me. It will be fine if I bite you. It won't hurt."
"Well, okay, but not on the neck. I'm a model, I can't have marks on me."
"Then I'll taste a hidden spot."
Dekel eased down onto the bed with her, pushed her skirt up and spread her legs. There, that luscious crease where thigh met pussy. He licked her musky sweat, then gently sank one fang into her tender skin. Lapping up the thin rivulet of blood that trickled out, he thought he'd died again and gone to heaven. Jolts of electricity coursed through his body. He hadn't felt sensations like this when he was human, let alone as an undead creature. Another nick and more of her precious blood flowed into him.
"Say, as long as you're down there…"
During his many years of sexual encounters, Dekel had learned how to please women. Their juices after orgasm held a bit of power, and with the tiniest bit of suggestion, they allowed him access to this luscious fluid. He ripped off her panties, spread Lela's legs further apart and positioned himself between them. His tongue found her clit, already hardening, and he licked it lightly. A deep moan from Lela let him know he was on track.
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