Valrenya was lovely, brooding, pleasant, yet aloof and mysterious. Men found her standoff-ish behavior quite intriguing. But, its men, anything that they could not acquire easily was like a gauntlet thrown in the ring for an early morning duel. They had to get their desire, or their blood would not stop boiling for the taste of the forbidden fruit.
Val never dated, at least not anyone which her acquaintances could actually see. She had worked at the lab for two whole years, yet no one knew a single thing about her or her family. They knew that she was a brilliant Hematologist, she specialized in the branch of medicine concerned with the study of the cause, prognosis, treatment, and prevention of diseases related to blood. Val worked tirelessly in her field, which involves treating diseases that affect the production of blood and its components, such as blood cells, hemoglobin, blood proteins, bone marrow, platelets, blood vessels, spleen, and the mechanism of coagulation.
It could even be said that she was obsessed, self-involved and tunnel visioned in her preoccupation with the subject.
Paul was the Romeo of the large laboratory complex, his little black book boasted a vast repertoire of his conquests over the years. Yet no matter how hard he tried he had had not a glimmer of hope in attracting the slightest glimmer of interest from Valrenya. There was even a secret pool which was growing healthily, as not a single member of any sex could attract her slightest attention.
Phillipa, her boss, beckoned Val into her office. It was Friday evening, Val knew exactly where this was heading. She stowed her delicate equipment carefully away and walked into the boss' office.
"How are you doing on the testing Val? I trust you will be ready for a presentation soon".
" I am on target, everything should be ready for Monday morning".
"That's great. Now, a group of us are going to the 'Mansion' for a quick dinner, your presence is required, so if you would wrap up for the evening, we leave in fifteen minutes".
The mansion was code for the grand residence of the director of the laboratory, it was always a big deal when this happened. Some big decision had been arrived at. Val knew that a great many others from other labs would also be present, she sighed as they all made their way out of the building.
The absurdly large house was perched upon a breathtaking expanse of land overlooking a sparklingly blue tree-lined lagoon. A large forested area formed the backdrop for a picturesque view of the seemingly endless blue waters. Trees and blue skies merged seamlessly into the orange/yellow of the setting sun upon the far horizon. The lovely view took one's breath away.
Everyone was met at the door and presented with costumes and masks. Valyenra loved Halloween once, but hated it now. She proceeded to change and ran into her younger sister. Gynya had once dated Paul and he had broken her heart. Val knew her sister, she surely was up to no good.
"Attention everyone, there will be no business talk tonight, just a night of fun and trick or treat. Enjoy the feast and blood offerings". A fountain of fake blood flowed in the middle of the vast ballroom.
Everyone cheered their thanks to the director as he mingled with the guests.~~~~
Midnight chimed on the large grandfather clock. The lights dimmed, someone screamed as the AI operated emergency lockdown was triggered.
The bars on the windows fell into place. Another bloodcurdling scream echoed as the 'whoosh, whosh' of large wings could be heard beating above their heads. Cell phones were turned on and the picture of a dark woman with wings could be seen hovering above their heads, in her hands was Paul, flailing helplessly as her teeth sunk deep into his neck and blood dripped onto the unsuspecting costumed figures below.
Valrenya smelled blood. She grabbed the nearest person, bared her fangs and sunk it into his neck as they both dropped to the floor.
Pandemonium broke out, there was nowhere to run, they were trapped. Suddenly the entire roof begun opening, the rich always made crime accessible to the outside world.
From the sky came the unholy squeaks of a thousand hellish bats swooping down upon the frightened mass. Vicious Vampires emerged, fangs bared, ripping into and began drinking the blood of anyone they could grab.
The screaming was horrible. Blood flowed everywhere as the full moon shone brightly upon the scene below. People tried running, but just slipped on the bloody floor while the undead feasted, dripping crimson red streaming down from lips and necks.
The night bled with the screams of the damned.
The lights came on, doors and windows opened, those still alive ran, beating wings converged upon them as they succumbed to their bloody fate.
The Director, transformed, flew outside, followed by Valrenya and Gynya, blood dripping from their mouths, as they watched the bloodbath.
"You did well with the serum daughter, your work has paid off. Now we can walk by day and night without fear. Now we can finally rule without fear of human interference".
"Our time has come father, Gynya said as she grabbed Sally by the scruff of her neck and bit savagely into her. She spat out the bloody hair which tangled in her teeth.
"Soon Father, soon the entire world will join us in our world of the undead". Val hissed.
"Will you choose a partner soon Valyenra, you are far too serious for one so young".
She smiled and lunged for the neck of her boss Phillipa. She had never really liked her.
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