Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Vampire (an oldie and a re-post)


I am dead thirsty. I lap up the life of others, never quenching nor satisfying that longing within me for more. I am a vampire, always in quest of. I am enslaved by desperate pursuit. Ravenous and manic, I seek you. I come for you because I need the life in your veins. I need.

I can’t count my victims. Too many are they.

I see my next meal, a strange man on a vacant road. I approach slowly to stalk him. He is a lighted figure in a fold of darkness, as if he holds the sun within himself. His silhouette stands out against the evening. His mere existence is an annoyance to me. He neither cowers nor defies as I approach. He meets me eye-to-eye. It is infuriating.

His face is weathered, beaten and bruised, but serene. His hands scarred, horrific torment have they endured or given. Perhaps I have met a monster like me. I size him up. I can take him. The blood on his hands looks like it has been there for an eternity, though it has the stench of freshness.

He appears to know me. At the very least, he knows what I am about to do. And he doesn’t seem to mind. I attack with precision, injecting my fangs and drawing the blood. Slowly, deliberately, deliciously I drink in the depth of life from his neck. Almost instantly I realize this lifeblood is different. A surge, more like a punch, hits me head-on somehow. I reel, a bit, but return to the drink, drawing in its warm fulfillment. But again, it strikes me. It reaches me, deep within and takes me.

My limbs, my muscles, my entire being staggers and halts like a rushing freight train suddenly stopped by unseen hands. The cells of my body rebel, turning against me, and begin to transform. They are becoming something else.

As if I have no control over my being, they twist and coil without my direction or input. I am being remade. I find myself eagerly accepting this new thing, hungering and thirsting for it with all the desperation of my previous pursuit. Everything within me cries out. Astonished, I feel a presence seeping into me, filling my hunger. I am bloated with it, round and plump with this life. My thirst, palpable and parched, is satiated as if with a flood. I am overwhelmed.

I look into the eyes of my victim, a suddenly strong and invincible presence. His eyes are the color of me. His hands and arms around me, as though I were the prey, he does not look away. And in that moment I realize the blood on his hands is his own. This cannot be. A mythical creature, this; I do not believe in Jesus.

When he spoke he said my name as if he'd known it forever. I can’t tell you what that did to me. But I can tell you I will never thirst again, not ever.

I wrote this in 2008. It appeared then on a now closed site, Gather.com.

43 comments:

  1. Hello, Sandi! I enjoyed your story. You are a great writer. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your day!

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  2. I'm so glad you reposted this, as I hadn't "known" you then. And the photo is perfect for the story as well.

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  3. Very good! I liked images and characters. And how the plot develops.

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  4. That's some great writing Sandi! :)

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  5. Oh my gosh, thanks for reposting I never saw it before, your story is excellent and that picture is just perfect!

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  6. What a great story and the b&w image fits it well.

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  7. Great story.
    With Jesus none of us need thirst again. : )

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  8. Oh wow. I am in awe of this powerful message. At first I wanted to look away, but then I kept reading, and found such life and beauty written there...Powerful indeed!! Praise be to Jesus...His blood satisfies the longing of our souls....

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  9. Beautiful writing! I have not read this before.

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  10. Sandi,
    interesting story. Beautiful story.
    Sandi, do you write books?
    Blessed day.
    Lucja

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    1. Thanks, Lucja-Maria! I write the beginning of books, but don’t finish them. ;-)

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  11. Brilliant and powerful writing. I kinda think it's time for you to FINISH some of your book beginnings, don't you? :)

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Hahha! You are probably right. :)

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  12. I'd not read this before.
    I enjoyed it, thanks.

    All the best Jan

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  13. Wonderful ethereal BW shot!

    Happy Weekend to you,
    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  14. A very different and powerful approach.

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  15. This was a compelling story, Sandi! Thanks for reposting it, because I hadn't seen it before!

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  16. Hi Sandi! I think I read this before? But I so enjoyed reading it again. I wondered if the man would have been holy, never thinking it would be Jesus himself.
    You really do have a wonderful way with writing. Maybe it's time to think about that book?
    Ceil

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  17. This was captivating! You should try to get it published!!

    I saw your kind words on my post about being still to hear God. I am so sorry to hear you are ill!! Try some throat coat comfort tea with licorice root. Really knocks out a sore throat. And thieves by young living!!

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  18. Pretty amazing! While you pack a punch with your short posts, this longer one has a bite as well! Powerful indeed!

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  19. What a superb piece of work Sandi - love it. So glad you shared. Hope your day is blessed in every way. Hugs!

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  20. Thank God for the blood of Jesus! It can make the vilest clean, praise His wonderful name, and it conquers even the most evil of all forces. He is a wonderful Savior, and I will never stop thanking Him for the sacrifice He made for my sins!

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  21. Thank you millions times for reposting this powerful piece of writing dear Sandi!
    it is CAPTIVATING and profound !
    brilliantly written and amazingly conveyed the message!!!

    I feel great desire for reading more of your writings,so absorbing indeed!

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  22. Such a splendid read, intriguing and so much more. Thanks for sharing!

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