“What happened to your Sam?” Aiden asked.
Julian thought back, but his mind went blank somewhere along the way. “I… don’t remember,” he said.
“Tell us about her, then,” Ray suggested.
“We met some time back, things just happened,” Julian remembered. “I’ve gone to her place every night since.” Something slowly dawned to him. “Every… night…”
The other three exchanged glances.
“I… I don’t think I’ve ever seen her during the day… but that’s ridiculous. She’s small.” He held up a hand to show the measurements. “And… young. She’s not a vampire. Vampires are tall and dressed in red and…”
“Stupid, apparently,” Melody added. “If they all walk around looking distinctively vampiric. Hard to blend in, wouldn’t you think?”
“Well, since it is soon Christmas,” Melody went on, “I suppose we could return the pet to the master.”
“But I’ve never heard of a small, blonde vampire girl around here,” Ray said.
“Hm, maybe we should ask someone,” Aiden said.
“Yes!” Ray said and lit up like a candle. “Of course! Shana knows a lot of things! She might know something useful!”
“Is she one of us too?” Julian asked.
“A mage,” Melody said. “Quite some difference.”
“Then isn’t this a bit late to go visit?”
Melody just smiled. “No sleep for the wicked,” she said.