Vampire Cop (The Vampire Legacy, Book One), p.1Sheri Kurtz
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ISBN: 10: 1494335379
Editing was done by Becky Kurtz. Thank you for being the grammar police that you are.
Kelly, you have been amazing with the help you provided for me. You got me through my writer’s block when nothing else would. Thank you.
Jodi, your support and insight into my writing has been beyond what anyone person could expect, Thank you.
Tara, your advice, even though I didn’t take some of it, was awesome. Thank you for all you have done for me.
I could never leave out my family. Mom, you were my first fan. You were always there to encourage me when I was ready to give up. Thank you.
Tracy, the love of my life, I know me being stuck up at the computer writing this was annoying to you but thank you for putting up with it.
To my kids, never give up on your dreams. I am living mine right now and remember, whatever you may do or need in life, I am always here to support you.
The evening air felt good as it rushed through my hair. The sun was already turning shades of orange and pink as it lowered below the horizon. My day started out shitty when I slept through my alarm and missed my morning run. It got worse as the day went on with my job. Making up for my run in the evening is doing wonders to ease my tense body.
With one mile left of my two mile run, I headed home for the evening. The long dirt road leading to my home is lined with trees on each side. A few homes could be found between the main road and my home. With over 200 acres down both sides of the road, you could say I live in the boondocks, if it weren’t for those few homes. The land lining the dirt road is owned by my father. Well, most of it. He chose to sell off the few lots that now have homes. Mine was given to me by my parents as a gift when I moved out. Guess they wanted the house to themselves since I was the last to leave.
I now had a quarter of a mile left to go and my t-shirt was beginning to stick to my body from the sweat. I was glad I had chosen to wear a pair of shorts instead of my jogging pants tonight. Before I could get my next thought out, something crashed into me, throwing me into the edge of the woods. I tried to roll over onto my back so I could fight whoever it was attacking me. All I was able to do was glance over my shoulder before I felt a sharp pain go through my back.
Before I could catch my breath, I was roughly rolled onto my back. I stared up into pale blue eyes that were filled with hate and joy at the same time. He was about six foot tall and 180 pounds. His dark hair was in a mess like he hadn’t brushed it in a few days.
An evil smile spread across his face as he looked down at me. “Payback is a bitch. Hope you rot in hell for what you have done, Deputy Anderson.” Standing up, he gave a swift kick to my stomach, then he turned and ran off.
Not quite clear on what he was talking about, the world around me became fuzzy. I looked down to the blood on my hand and noticed it was a dark color. I knew I was in trouble. He had hit my liver. There wasn’t much time to get to the hospital and it would take the ambulance at least twenty minutes to get here. I didn’t think I had that much time. Besides, I wasn’t really sure where I was or how far from the road I was. I’d be dead before they could find me.
With a shaky hand I reached into my pocket for my cell phone. Suddenly, I heard footsteps coming towards me. Fear shot through me as I thought about him coming back to take what little time I had to get help away from me.
“They won’t make it in time.” It was a soft but strong voice from behind me.
I didn’t know how to answer him. I knew he was right. “I have no other choice. I’m not really in the mood to die right now.”
“You do have a choice but it is yours’ alone to make. I am not a normal person.” For the first time I could see him as he stepped in front of me. His black hair was shoulder length. His eyes were the color of emeralds. Standing at 5’ 9” he gave the impression of strong confidence.
“What choices do I have? Do you have some kind of fix-it-all medicine?” I opened my phone to call for help only to have him take it and close it.
“You are fading fast my young friend. And yes, to some extent, I do. I am a vampire. I can give you your life back, if you agree to become like me.”
I didn’t have much strength left to fight with him and I didn’t believe for one minute he was telling the truth. All I thought at the moment was he was a freak and I was going to die. “There is nothing you can do for me but delay my help.” I flopped back onto the ground; losing the battle of life and death.
“Okay. If you really believe you can do this then help me, please. I don’t want to die.”
I couldn’t see what he did in response, my world was growing black, in a short few seconds I felt a sharp jolt, like I was being shocked, going through my back. I didn’t even know he had rolled me over. The pain was so intense a moan of pure agony broke its way through my lips as his blood closed and healed the spot where I had been stabbed.
He then rolled me onto my back and I felt his wrist as he pressed it against my mouth. “Drink until I stop you. Afterwards, I’ll take you home so I can rest and finish the transformation.”
For some reason unknown to me, the smell of his blood brought a need to me that only drinking it seemed to stop. I’m not sure how long I drank before I felt his gentle tug pulling away the only thing I wanted. When he finally broke free from me, he lifted me over his shoulders and carried me home.
The next twelve hours were hell; the pain was excruciating. While he slept for eight hours, I lay in bed, crippled with pain, and Sadie, my Rottweiler, wasn’t helping much either. She lay at my feet whining and bumping my legs every few minutes causing the pain to sharpen. To top it off, the next morning, right before he was about to finish the change and completely stop the pain, my parents stopped in. It took me four hours to convince them I didn’t need to go to the hospital. I just needed rest.
As soon as the door closed behind my parents, the vampire was next to me with his wrist against my mouth. After what seemed like forever, the pain finally stopped and this time, I pulled away on my own.
I opened my eyes and all at once everything seemed strange. Even though the lights were off and shades were closed, I could see every detail of my room. I could even hear a bird making its nest in the woods behind my home. I realized there was a distinct odor of dog. “You need a bath.”
“I’m sorry?” The vampire was on the edge of the bed watching me.
“Not you, her.” I responded by nodding my head at Sadie, who jumped off the bed at the offending words.
“I see you are discovering the senses of a vampire. No need to worry that is the natural smell of a canine. Others will not smell her just yet.” There was a slight hint of laughter to his voice. “I must go no
“Wait, what do I do now?” I asked as he headed for the bedroom door.
“Get some rest and I will return later to help you adjust. You won’t need blood until later tonight. Once you are adjusted, you’ll only need it once a day unless you are overly stressed.” He made his way to the door and without another word, he left.
I got out of bed to head for the shower before Mark and Courtney arrived. I could hear them talking and knew they were the friends the vampire was referring to. I was soon to be faced with explaining to them what had happened. They weren’t as easy to run off as my parents were.
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