- Excerpt from "Immortal Rogue"
- By Jean Busatti
- Copyright 1998 Jean Busatti
- This excerpt is from an unpublished
vampire Gothic novel. Devon, vampire shape changer and rogue,
has murdered a British statesman. There is a party going on in
the house. The statesman's daughter enters the room and catches
him in the act. Anxious to escape, Devon knocks the girl down
and she bangs her head. She lies there bleeding and close to
death. Copyright 1998
- Blood gushed from an open wound. It splattered over the floor
and formed bizarre patterns on the white wall. A satiny red puddle
next to the girl widened and glistened in the dim light of the
fire. She was barely alive; he felt the warmth of her body; he
heard her soft irregular breathing. He smelled the sweetness
of the blood, saw vapors lifting from the pool. His loins grew
warm. He ached to feed. He felt the sticky texture of the fluid
on her soft curls. Flicking his tongue in and out he licked at
the wound and pressed his lips to the girl's neck in eager anticipation.
The music stopped.
- "Sir Henry! Are you there, sir?"
- The guests were out in the hall just beyond the door. They
were milling about waiting for their host. Devon rose. "Damn
you all to Satan's fires!" he muttered. He looked back with
longing at the girl. Life was draining from her body. "Sorry,
my dear," he murmured as though they had been lovers who
were interrupted in their mutual fervor.