Chapter 26. ???


Zell insisted on a funeral.

Normally, the Count would never hold a funeral for a mere human, but he was in an extraordinarily good mood after the death of this particular one.

With that annoying human slain, Zell and the Count were free. Free to be together.

Well, Zell was not exactly “free,” thought the Count, chuckling to himself, since he now kept the gate to his estate locked at all times. To be more precise, Zell was finally free of that pesky mortal distraction. It would take some time, but Zell would eventually come back around to his senses and love his master again.

Luckily, they were vampires, and vampires had all the time in the world.

At the end of the funeral, in a brief moment when the Count was looking away, Zell whispered something into Caleb’s ear, and he nodded.


Caleb knocked on the door of the Kim residence, where Benji’s parents lived.

Benji’s parents stepped out to greet the stranger, who broke the news to them.


The days passed.


When my eyes opened, all I saw was purple.

My bones were aching; I felt like I had been hit by a truck.

A shadow stirred in the corner of the room, and I blearily recognized my ex-roommate.

“Zell,” I rasped. My throat hurt. “I just had the nicest dream… we were going to get married…”

“That sounds like a lovely fantasy,” Zell said softly.

I slowly pulled myself up in bed, my whole body sore and burning. “Zell,” I said, my head pounding, “I still need to go fight the Count, don’t I-“

“You already did,” he interjected gently.

I had to pause to think. “Well, we’re here together, so we won, right?”

Zell didn’t answer.

I shivered. My neck hurt and my stomach felt like it was on fire and churning, as if it wanted to eat itself from the inside out.

“Zell, I think I’m gonna-“

“The bathroom’s through there,” he said, as if he could read my mind. “I’m so sorry, Benji-“

I leaned over the toilet and vomited. “Ah!” I shouted.

“What happened?” said Zell through the door.

“I just bit my tongue, is all-“

“Benji-” Zell’s voice was cracking. “I’m so sorry, it was the only thing I could do, but I promise I’ll help you through every step-“

I hoisted myself up and pulled my way to the sink, and that’s when I noticed something odd.

“Zell,” I said, my voice rising, shrill and panicked. “Where’s my reflection?

“I’m so sorry, Benji,” Zell was crying. “It was the only way I could save you. You died, Benji. You died and I hid you here while you were turning. Everyone, even the Count, thinks you’re dead-“

“Zell!” I sat next to him, horrified. “How could you!? You were supposed to escape, Zell, while I distracted the Count! That was your only chance to leave this place, I died so you could get out of here-“

“I couldn’t leave you there, Benji-” he sobbed.

“And now we’re both trapped all over again,” I said helplessly. The weight of our reality was sinking in. “You should’ve let me die, Zell.”

Zell wept quietly.

“Do you realize what you’ve done, Zell?” I said. “Instead of saving yourself, you’ve doomed us both to suffer for eternity.”

He looked up at me between wracking sobs and said, trembling, “But what matters is that we’re together, right?”

“Right?”

The End.

14 thoughts on “Chapter 26. ???

  1. Hey, does WordPress record how many times people click through the first images? Because if so, I can turn the raspberry pi off and get that sucker up to 10,000 clicks.

    Oh, of course vampires are another class of undead. Doi. And I LOVE that “Right?” at the end; a love story with a bit of bite—pun intended—and conflict to it beats a straightforward one any day.

    I’m mildly obsessed with the usage ‘broke them the news.’ Not because I’m doubting its correctness—I am always in favor of using dialectical English rather than Standard Written English when appropriate, and of wrecking idiomatic structure for impact—but because I can’t explain what I’m seeing, grammatically, and have to wait to talk this over with the spouse.

    When my eyes opened, all I saw was purple.

    “I must be in heaven!”

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    1. never thought the simlit community would be a place to hear a joke about raspberry pis, but here we are and I’m loving it

      heh

      Ah yes, regardless of whether or not it’s grammatically correct, that is some unintentionally awkward phrasing. Will reword to be more idiomatic, thanks for pointing it out!

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      1. Aw man, I really did like it. Spouse & I decided it had to do with breaking up set phrases: oddly, ‘spill me the beans’ sounds fine to me but strange to them. Might steal it for myself.

        There are two types of people in the SimLit community: those who can handle exuberant dorkiness and those who can’t. Guess which group often has me in the comments yelling about Rouché’s Theorem?

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        1. “Spill me the beans” hehe I love it! In the right context and storytelling tone, I would be delighted to read that phrase.

          If the inability to handle exuberant dorkiness means falling out of my chair from giddy laughter at a nerdy comment, then consider me in the latter group. And as far as Rouché’s Theorem goes, ich verstehe nur Bahnhof, where Bahnhof refers to the analogy of a person walking their short-leashed dog around a tree.

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          1. Ironically, I’m not familiar with the dog metaphor. Is that like contour integration around a pole? In any case, you got all the Rouché’s Theorem joke anyone needs to get, which is that some dork with no social awareness thought it was a good thing to drop in a SimLit comment..

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  2. They have an eternity to figure out a way to escape Vlad. There’s still potential for it to be fine, and in the meantime, they’re together. I’ll take it. 🙂

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  3. Just stopping in one last time here to say again that I really enjoyed this story (enough to read it all the way through twice!).

    You developed the characters and their backstories so smoothly and within such a short story. I love the bits of humor, the romance, the creepy horror vibes with the count, and the little details that I missed the first time around but caught in the second reading.

    Definitely going to check out your other stories. I love the way you write!

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    1. Thank you, your praise means so much!!! Especially because I feel like I’m still learning about writing and SimLit. Heck, I only discovered it (and the Sims Forums) about a year ago and have been floored by the wonderful people I’ve met in the community! I’ve learned so much from y’all 🥰

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