Stop 14: How to Become a Vampire's Donor
By Jess Haines and E. Blix
Hello there! Jess Haines here. I'm the author of the H&W Investigations series--urban fantasy novels about Shiarra Waynest, a human private investigator in an alternate, present-day New York. Somehow she keeps getting pulled into supernatural troubles way above her pay grade…
Today my SILENT CRAVINGS co-author is here to help wrangle a few of our characters into talking about how the vampires from my world find people to sign up as contracted blood donors to feed their unholy thirst. Shiarra, the main character from the H&W Investigations series, is here with a few of her friends to discuss it. Take it away, guys!
Royce: I beg your pardon? It's not unholy.
Thrane: Are you kidding? You and Mr. Fancypants drink the blood of the living to extend your hedonistic un-lives so you can keep drinking the blood of the living so you can keep living your he--
Clyde: Yes, yes, we get the point.
Shiarra: Anyone else a little bit creeped out right now? Show of hands.
Sara: Both hands.
Shiarra: Why are you raising your hand?
Thrane: Just because I'm a vampire doesn't mean it isn't inherently creepy. And when I do get a bite, I actually treat the donor like a human being, not a juice box.
Clyde: Oh, please. You and your pack of misfits barely do better than the occasional stray dog or cat, let alone a person.
Thrane: Hey, when I walk into a club I have to beat off the mob. Wait. Wait, I didn't mean that.
Shiarra: That's so many kinds of wrong.
Royce: I find, in general, those who approach me in public settings--clubs, restaurants, fundraisers, that sort of thing--tend not to be the caliber of person I want joining my numbers. Not as a donor or as future vampire material.
Clyde: Oh, I disagree. I think the ones who approach in public make excellent donors. They're always so eager to please.
Thrane: I don't like the way you smiled when you said that. Besides, they're still people.
Clyde: They're resources. Renewable resources.
Shiarra: Why did you send me to stay with this yahoo again?
Royce: I can't quite recall.
Sara: Well, looks like I'll be visiting Los Angeles again around the tenth of never.
Shiarra: Tell me about it.
Clyde: Ladies, I'm hardly referring to those of your caliber of intelligence and talent. Vampires must feed, and it is preferable if we take out our baser urges on those who won't be missed. Our hunger must be sated or we become… well. You see it sitting beside you.
Thrane: Whoa there, Satan.
Shiarra: So, Sara, how about moving to Alaska?
Sara: Let me get my things.
Thrane: Okay. Okay, you know what? This is exactly why I hate cretins like you. Leeches who not only drain people of their blood, you also suck the soul out of each and every person who comes into contact with you. Do you even feel anything anymore? Is there a single spark of--
Shiarra: Hey, hey, hey. You know, I'm usually the one to lose my head in these conversations. I don't think I can take this kind of competition.
Sara: Believe me, one of you is enough.
Royce: Much as I am loathe to admit it, he does have a point. There are those of us who have no care for the humans we contract beyond keeping them healthy enough to provide us with sustenance until something better comes along.
Clyde: I fail to see the problem here.
Thrane: I hope you fry in a sunbeam.
Clyde: Being jealous is no cause for hostility.
Thrane: I'll show you hostility!
Shiarra: Oh, Jesus, grab him!
Royce: Mr. Seabreeze, might I suggest you make your exit? Now.
Sara: Speaking of exits…
Shiarra: Yup, outta here.
Thrane: Let me go, damn it! I am going to tear off your pretty face!
Royce: I'll let you go once you calm down. Humans tend not to trust us when our eyes glow and we're flashing fangs.
Thrane: I could totally take him.
Royce: I'm sure.
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Jess Haines writes about furred and fanged things that go bump in the night. Best known for the H&W Investigations urban fantasy series, she's been writing since she was a teenager and was first published in 2010. Her latest release is Forsaken by the Others (Kensington/Zebra; July 2, 2013). Visit her at www.JessHaines.com for the latest news and updates.
Forsaken by the Others:
The Others-vampires, werewolves, things that go chomp in the night-don't just live in nightmares anymore. They've joined with the mortal world. And for private investigator Shiarra Waynest, that means mayhem…
Have a one night stand with a vampire, and you can end up paying for it for eternity. P.I. Shiarra Waynest, an expert on the Others, knows that better than most. Yet here she is, waking up beside charismatic vamp Alec Royce with an aching head…and neck. Luckily, Shia has the perfect excuse for getting out of town-namely, a couple of irate East Coast werewolf packs who'd like to turn her into a chew toy.
On Royce's suggestion, Shia temporarily relocates to Los Angeles. But something is rotten-literally-in the state of California, where local vampires are being attacked by zombies. Who could be powerful enough to control them-and reckless enough to target the immortal? Following the trail will lead Shia to a terrifying truth, and to an ancient enemy with a personal grudge…
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