Typical teen girl, Kat, gets kidnapped by a vampire. What happens when she's told by said vampire that she is to be his wife? --It was a school assignment, for the SAT's, so the vocab is a bit odd.--
(Keep in mind that this was a school assignment I had to do for the SAT's. Because of that, the vocabulary is going to be strange...and hard to understand.)
A young man, about eighteen years of age, furtively stalked his prey through the night shadows. Standing at about six foot one, having shaggy black hair with red streaks that stood out against his pallid face, and crystalline blue eyes shinning in the night, he was beyond handsome in the eyes of most females. He was Leon Ozolmon.
His prey was Kathleen (Kat) Rose. She was seventeen years old, and a senior at Conway High School. Leon had been perusing her for about two weeks now, doing everything in his power to learn every, imperative detail about her. He had enrolled in her school, and managed to prevaricate his way into getting all the same classes as Kat. It didn't take very long for him to ascertain that she was a very astute girl. She was ranked number one in her class, and was taking all AP classes. All the teachers loved her, and praised her when she answered difficult questions correctly, while the other girls in the school admired her beauty. But she was, by no means, pretentious or florid with her looks. If anything, she was prosaic and pedestrian. And even though she was so intelligent, she didn't have an imperious or supercilious character. Instead, she seemed rather impassive and dour. And Leon had not learned why until later that night.
On the first night that he had followed her home, he was enlightened by a horrible truth. Every night was, usually, followed by a schedule. First, Kat would return home and start on the list of chores that were instructed by her father. Then, after not finishing quick enough to her fathers liking, they would have an aggressive altercation, which would end with Kat getting beaten harshly for talking back with such a "tenacious" and "insolent" tone, as her father said. Leon never saw a woman in the house, so he concluded that Kat lived with only her father. By the end of the two weeks, Leon had seen Kat get beaten an un-comprehendible number of times by her father, sometimes over the most minute things.
After witnessing one particularly rough beating to Kat, which included a knife slashed across her belly, Leon couldn't take it anymore. He decided that tonight he would take his plans into action. He waited until it was past midnight, then quickly, yet quietly, entered into Kats' room through the window, and scooped her small body into his arms. Within the blink of an eye, they were gone. Instead, they were now at an ominous clearing in the woods. To the left, there was a well-worn, serpentine, dirt path. Leon, with his prize in his arms, turned to the path, and walked along it to his home. Within twenty minutes of walking at a steady pace, he had finally arrived.
He now stood in front of an archaic looking castle. It was not too ornate on the outside, but the inside was a whole other story. The first thing one would come across is a sumptuous looking entryway, with a garish staircase leading to the higher level of the castle. To the left of the staircase was the living room; to the right was a superlative looking kitchen. It was easy to tell that each room was genteel and very high-priced. One example being the grandiose chandelier hanging in the middle of the dining room, showing the opulent looking black piano scintillating in glory. Obviously the owner of this house was rather affluent, and not very frugal in his or her spending.
Upstairs, there were a copious number of bedrooms, each with their own, unique style. But one in particular was grander then the rest. This room belonged to Leon. It was extremely commodious, even with a huge, king-sized bed taking up so much space. And on this bed lay Kat, looking placid while she slept, even though her position was rather prone. But when she woke up, she no longer had that peaceful look. Instead, she looked impervious when she was greeted by Leon's intoxicating blue eyes.
In most cases, if someone were to wake up in an unfamiliar bed with a stranger looking down at them, they would probably be scared and confused. But not Kat; she sat there stoically, and took in her surroundings with a dubious eye. After examining all the furniture and desultory knickknacks in the room, her eyes settled back on Leon. When she finally spoke, it was calm and settled, with no hints of fear or confusing in her tone. "And you are?"
Leon was rather taken aback at her steadiness, but replied nonetheless. He gave a small bow, as it is custom in his country to be very urbane, and introduced himself. "Prince Leon Ozolmon. It is a pleasure to finally meet you." This, in return, got a cock of the eyebrow from Kat, and a look of uncertainty.
"Uh-huh. And I'm Queen Elizabeth. Try again." She certainly did have quite a cantankerous attitude towards him, which was something he was not expecting. When he had assiduously analyzed her in school, he barely heard her speak with such a tone. The only occasion he had heard her use that tone of voice was when she being chastised by a group of girls on how she dressed.
"Let's try that again. And this time, I'll make it terse and to the point. Hello, I'm Prince Leon, and I have chosen you to be my bride." Leon decided that being straightforward was probably the best with her since beating around the bush wasn't to her liking. As expected, Leon got a doubtful look from her.
Kat, thinking this was just a rather odd dream, decided to play along. "Alright. So, I'm going to marry you why exactly? Because, at the moment, I can't even fathom a reason as to why you would want me."
"I was sent to find a bride so that my father could bequeath the thrown to me after he takes retirement. As to why, it's because you were so pensive, enigmatic, and erratic that I couldn't help but be enamored by you. You weren't as conspicuous as all the other girls I have met, and that happens to be what I'm attracted to." Leon was confused as to why Kat was taking this so lightly, but was elated to find that it was not as hard as he had thought to break the news to her. But, he did not expound upon the matter too much yet, knowing full and well that Kat would not take it lightly.
"And what country is it that you are prince to, hmm?"
"I am prince of the Vampire Realm." Leon stared at Kat intently, waiting to see her reaction. There was a few seconds of silence, which made it seem like Kat was ruminating on the subject, until she fell back on the bed, fainting. A shallow sigh escaped Leon's lips. He knew that was going to happen. Girls just seemed to have a propensity to faint, in Leon's opinion anyway.
Leon apathetically stared down at her, until deciding he had better wake her up. After all, he needed time to get to know his soon-to-be wife more before the colloquium with his parents. He walked over to his attached bathroom, filled a glass of water, and then stalked back over to his bed. His waking up tactic was innocuous, but he knew that Kat would still be rather austere about the event. All that mattered was that it worked, and Kat was awake, and sitting up with a sour look on her face while droplets of water dripped down her face. As soon as her gaze turned to him, he could tell his prognosis was correct. She was definitely not jovial or amiable in the least big. The look she sent him was filled with so much animosity that it made Leon actually lose his nonchalant composure for a second. Honestly, it was meant to be facetious, but it was obvious that she was very irascible from the incessant glare she was sending his way.
"What was that for?!" she shouted.
"Sorry. But you fainting was an impediment in my plans. So I had to wake you." She continued to glare at him, even though he just gave such a genuine apology...not. "Come on. Don't be so morose. There was a whole array of choices on how to wake you. This was the nicest pick."
Kat finally gave in, giving a simple nod of the head. "Well, I'm up, so what is so important?"
"Well, first I'm a bit curious as to why you took most of this so lightly."
"It's all just a dream. Why should I take any of this seriously?"
Well that sure explains a lot. Because she did not believe any of this, it was not having as much of an impact as it should. "Hun, I hate to break it to you, but this is all very real."
"Yeah right. The day vampires become real is the day that pigs fly. Vampires are only a myth put into horror movies. Logically, it's not even possible for them to exist."
"Oh? Only a myth? And do you happen to know anything about these mythical creatures?" Leon only asked this to know what Kat thought of vampires. He knew that humans had a pretty insulting idea of them, so he wanted a first hand idea as to their opinion.
"Well, they are proverbial for being lurid, nefarious creatures that drink human blood. A couple times I've heard that they are also very stalwart, but I don't believe that. They are also somber, aloof, insidious, and mercenary. While I, personally, think it's a very trite subject, others find it very interesting. If anything, it's an antiquated subject that should be ignored. Vampires are simply a myth of dark creatures that like to wreak havoc and are voracious for blood, and nothing else. Rather insipid if you ask me."
Leon wouldn't show it, but her words cut deep, leaving a laceration in his heart. She made his kind sound like repugnant things that should never be discussed. Well, he would just have to change her opinion on his kind.
"You sure have a very manifest opinion on such an arcane subject. You think vampires are spurious, charlatan, and grotesque. I'm sorry, but I must remonstrate with your opinion. Vampires are intrepid, surreptitious, sagacious, elusive, and very meritorious." Leon watched Kat as she gave a yawn, obviously getting bored with this conversation. But he really had to get her to understand. This was not a dream, and she really was marrying him.
"Can we please change subjects? Your being rather garrulous, and it's getting pretty tedious to just sit hear and listen to you ramble on about unimportant things."
"Why do you find this all so dull?"
"Because, vampires are not real. Comprende? Or do you want me to spell it out for you?" Kat was definitely getting very onerous in his mind. If he didn't get her to believe in vampires soon, he would surely blow his top with how disagreeing she was being.
"If there was a way for me to prove that vampires existed, would you listen?" Kat seemed to be considering the idea. She leaned back a little, now resting on her elbows, as she stared up at Leon with consideration. After a few moments, even though it really felt like an eternity to Leon, she shrugged her shoulders in agreement.
"What have I got to lose? So, how are you going to corroborate that vampires exist?"
Leon opened his mouth just enough to let his fangs poke out, making them salient in the dimly lit room. He pulled on them a little, trying to prove the point they were real, but Kat still looked skeptical.
"Implants. Those aren't apocryphal." Man was this woman stubborn...
With a heavy sigh, he walked closer to her, and knelt down next to the bed. With a simple heave, he lifted the bed, with Kat still on it, over his head. That part galvanized Kat. A small scream escape from her, but Leon kept her up above his head and walked around the room a little bit, until finally placing the bed back where it originally was. "Believe me now?"
Kat stared up at him with wide eyes, obviously a bit shaken from that capricious stunt he just pulled. Yet, somehow, she was still filled with doubt. "That only proves that you are strong and salubrious. That doesn't prove you're a vampire."
Leon, now fully exasperated, had only one choice left. He had to elucidate the fact that vampires were real now. He stalked over to Kat, and roughly grabbed her by the shoulder. He felt her stiffen as he drew his face closer to her neck, but she didn't try to stop him. He pulled the collar of her shirt down, just enough so that he could clearly see her neck. Then, without hesitation, Leon bite down into Kat's neck. Not wanting to hurt her too much, he quickly injected a special type of soothing venom, easily making her succumb into the feeling of the bite, as he drank the pungent, yet strangely refreshing, coppery sustenance. He drank for a good few minutes, trying to satiate his hunger.
After he was surfeited with blood, he retracted his fangs, and looked down at Kat's lethargic body. He knew that biting her would debilitate and languish her, as well as make her inert, but it was worth it if it meant that the idea of vampires being real was now plausible, as well as credible in her mind. Leon only hoped it was enough evidence to substantiate Kat into believing. He also hoped that the bite would not be disconcerting to Kat. The last thing we wanted was his soon-to-be-wife mad at him. In all honesty, he enjoyed the bite. Her blood was sweet and warm, just to his liking. That was another factor that drew Leon to Kat. Her scent was completely mouthwatering to him. That was one of the main reasons he had picked her out of all the other girls he saw.
Leon really hadn't taken too much blood. Kat was still conscience and awake. She was just very tired, and probably a little sore in the neck. He leaned over her, now looking down at her tired eyes. "So, do we have an accord that vampires are real?" Kat nodded slowly, looking up through her half-lidded eyes up into his eyes. Strangely, they had turned red.
"Why are your eyes red?"
"That happens after I feed." Kat responded with a small 'oh'. She laid back into the bed to get comfortable, and Leon scooted over next to her, still sitting on the edge of the bed. "Do you want to know anything else about vampires?"
"Nah, I'll learn soon enough. I want to know more about the Realm."
"How about we go out, and I show you around the Realm?"
Leon could tell that made her elated, since her eyes sparkled with joy. She hopped out of the bed, but because of the blood loss, she stumbled a little. Leon moved deftly, catching her into his arms, and lifting her up bridal style. As they walked out the door, Kat couldn't hide fact that she was blushing. He was being so kind to her, minus the bite of course. But even then, she could tell that he was trying not to hurt her. The gentleness of the bite actually made it rather torrid in her opinion. She felt it was something she could get used to too. As strange as it sounds, she liked the idea of being his bride. It's not like she had anything to return home to, so why not stay here?
After they got in the car, and had driven for about fifteen minutes, they arrived at their destination. "Where are we?" Kat asked curiously.
Leon looked over at her and smiled. "We're at the mall. I thought you would like to buy some things to get yourself situated at the castle. We also need to get you a dress, since you're meeting my parents tonight."
"You mean the King and Queen?!" Kat couldn't help but feel nervous at thinking that. They could kill her for all she knew. Her fears only worsened when Leon nodded.
"Yup. But don't worry, they'll like you." He sent another smile her way, then got out of the car and walked over to Kats door. Leon was such a gentleman! She climbed out, and they headed towards the entrance.
After hours and hours of shopping, Leon and Kat had gotten a plethora of clothing. They even concurred on a nice dress for the dinner with Leon's parents tonight. During their time together, Kat had learned a lot about Leon. One, he was very renown with the ladies here. Wherever they went, girls would fawn and gawk at the most miniscule things he did. It was like he was so perfect that he was incorrigible. Also, she learned that the vampire culture was very spartan and pious. But, the people were still so halcyon while they were at the mall, especially the young, teenage vampires. They were actually vociferous and frivolous.
There was a particular group of loquacious girls that caught Kat's eye. They were looking over at Leon while giggling and pointing. But then a blonde girl from the group walked up to Leon. At first he just stared at her with an exorbitant glare. It made Kat feel like she was looking at a misanthrope type of person, which Leon wasn't. But even with such an intense look sent her way, the blonde didn't falter. Her guise remained benign and affable. When Leon finally talked to her, you could tell the anger inside of him was very unwieldy. "What do you want, Sara?"
"Aww, are you still mad that I divulged that covert secret of yours? I said it was fortuitous. I really didn't mean to tell." It was completely obvious that Sara was trying to feign innocence, but Leon wasn't falling for it.
"Yes you did. You explained it so meticulously that it was obvious you did it on purpose. We were on T.V. too. So of course I'm mad."
"Gosh, you're so fastidious. A girl can only apologize so many times."
"What you did was an illicit transgressions, and you know it. You didn't have to announce the prerequisite to the whole world. You were only being ostentatious and covetous. You purloined me of the crown, and made me suffer." Leon stated emphatically before grabbing Kat's hand and stalking off in the opposite direction.
Kat was curious as to what they were talking about. But it wasn't verbose enough for her to understand. It was a jargon between Sara and Leon, and Kat couldn't comprehend it. But she decided to leave it alone since it seemed to be an impregnable subject to talk about. She decided to wait until Leon wanted to tell her for himself. Who knows, maybe the subject was actually so negligible that it wasn't even worth talking about.
As he pulled her along, he mumbled quietly to Hat, "Sorry about her. Ex-girlfriend. And as for what she said, I don't really want to talk about it." And thus ended the conversation.
The ride home was extremely quiet. Leon was still a bit hot headed, so Kat tried to make small talk. Sadly, she failed miserably. His answers were simple one-word responses that got them nowhere. Eventually they arrived back at the castle, and Leon immediately rushed Kat up to the room to change into the dress. She did as she was told, and went up to get ready.
In Kats' opinion, the dress seemed kind of gaudy, and it hampered with her movement, but Leon loved it. She quickly put it on, and then rushed into the bathroom to fix her unkempt hair. Next she did her makeup, only applying a small amount. But she was so querulous about her looks, even though she had no reason to be, that it took longer then it should have. Leon was pounding on the door, telling her to hurry up or they would be late. Kat rushed out of the room, and down the hall with Leon until they came to the grand dining room.
In the corner, Kat noticed that the black piano was playing automatically, creating a resonant and sonorous sound. It was so beautiful that Kat thought it would be almost impossible for the piano to make a cacophony. "Enjoying the music, dear?"
The sudden voice surprised Kat, making her head snap quickly in the direction it came from. There, at the head of the dinning room table, sat the King, and next to him, the Queen. They were both a bit corpulent in size, but didn't look too bad overall. They smiled at Kat kindly, which she shyly gave back, and beckoned Leon and her to the table.
In no time at all the meals were brought out. It was all so delicious that Kat couldn't help but stuff her face. Well, she still had manners, but she did eat a fair amount. But after dinner, the real talk started. It was first on if Kat agreed to marry Leon or not.
She had agreed, and the King and Queen started telling her about how happy they were that she had accepted. They told her that being princess would be rather opaque at first, but that her unique mettle would bring innovative ideas to the Realm. When Kat had asked if the other vampires would accept her, the King and Queen told her that she was very laudable for the job, and would have no trouble with the people. They admonished that as long as Kat was conscientious and egalitarian, then the people wouldn't be intractable towards her. Some other rules were: to not denigrate the vampire name, not to disparage the other cultures (demons and such), don't embellish anything with pink (vampires most hated color), don't elicit ideas without the Kings or Queens permission, and to do everything in her power to make the vampire culture flourish.
The next topic discussion was planning the wedding. After that was finished, they moved onto the "change." For Kat to become princess, she had to become a vampire as well. She didn't mind the fact too much, seeing as they weren't the horrible creatures she had originally thought they were, so she agreed. Once everything was settled, the final date was picked. Kat was to marry Leon, and become princess, in one month.
Surprisingly enough, the month flew by. During that month, Kat and Leon had gotten very close. They actually acted like a couple, although not within public eye. They had grown to love each other in the short time of one month, and were both anxiously awaiting the day of the wedding. While the month was full of fun, it was also very busy. Leon and Kat were kept so busy by planning the wedding that when the day finally arrived, Kat was too nervous to even look at her dress. For vampires, it is customary to wear a black dress for their wedding, instead of a white one. And hers had a corset top, so it was rather was arduous to get into it. But Kat stayed dogged and eventually got ensconced into it.
Next, the hair and make-up stylists came to finish the preparations. Kat was told to pick what colors she wanted for her make-up from the eclectic collection set before her, then choose a hairstyle. Once all that was said and done, she was heading over to the edifice that the ceremony was taking place in. As she walked, she held her dress up off of the ground, making sure nothing deplorable on such a poignant day happened to it. If something bad was to happen, it would only augment to the stress Kat was feeling now. She had never felt as nervous as she had now, standing outside of the entrance, waiting for her cue to enter. She was finally signaled to enter. She took a long, cleansing breath, and pushed the doors open.
She walked up the aisle to join her beloved, trying to ignore the myriad number of people watching her. But when Kat saw the zeal in Leons' eyes, she no longer was concerned with anything else around her. Leon was the only one she was paying attention to. Even as they said their vows, she didn't think of the people around her.
In no time at all, it was almost over. All Leon and Kat had to do was exchange blood and put their rings on to make the marriage complete. A small goblet was sitting on the alter, filled to the rim with Leons' blood. Leon was to go first.
He pulled Kat close to him, and gently bit into her neck, doing it as painlessly as he had the first time, and drank her blood. Next it was Kats turn. Leon raised the goblet up to Kats lips, and let her drink the coppery liquid. Her face contorted into one of pain after she drank the last drop, meaning that the "change" was taking place. The visceral part of her body was trying to rectify the new vampire traits, while also trying to eradicate her old, human traits. Some of the people in the room had faces that showed empathy, knowing that it was very painful to have the "change," as they listened to their future Queen cry out in agony.
But in the end, all the pain was worth it. After the rings were placed on each others fingers, and the marriage complete, all of Kats suffering was worth it. The final words of the wedding made it all worthwhile. "I now pronounce you Mr. And Mrs. Ozolmon, Prince and Princess to the Vampire Realm."