Thursday, 28 June 2012

Interlude: Lola's Playlist

Lola is Seth's hitherto absent, wayward vampire daughter - a flighty, flirtatious posh girl who fully embodies the spirit of youthful vampire hedonism that comes before the age and addiction that have worn down Seth and Mallory. "An English Girl in Prague" tells the story of how Lola became a vampire - the following songs are what she might have listened to once she went her own way.

Saturday, 16 June 2012

11. An English Girl in Prague

Christmas Eve, 2009
“Love you too, Mum.”  Lola slaps a particularly bold, probing hand away from her thigh and switches the mobile phone to her other ear.  “I’ll be home before you know it.  Say hi to Dad for me.  Yeah, I will.  Yeah, merry Christmas to you too.  Love you.  Bye.”  She slides the phone shut and turns to the owner of the hand.
“That was my mother, you pig,” she says, helping herself to a cigarette from the pack in his shirt pocket.  “I thought you were going to the bar, anyway.”
“I did,” he replies.
“So where’s my vodka?”
“I drank. You talk a lot.”  His hand makes its way onto her hip, and Lola suppresses the urge to stub it with her cigarette.  Andrej might not exactly be the kind of man a girl would write about in her diary, but since meeting him this afternoon Lola hasn’t had to put her hand in her pocket once.  She might judge another woman for acting in such a way, but she can’t afford to have any feelings about it one way or the other just yet.  Can’t afford anything, full stop.

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Intermission: A Taste Of Things To Come

There we have it.  Volume 1 of Vampire Love Songs, "Name Your Poison", is complete: click here to read it in full.  I will be taking a break from Seth and Mallory for the next few weeks to work on other projects, before coming back with more confessions and misadventures.  In the meantime, here are a few teasers for Volume 2, which has the working title "Beautiful Creatures".  (Spoilers for all chapters so far after the jump)

Thursday, 13 October 2011

10. Bad Kids

It is the best kind of winter's morning: bright, crisp, and so cold that even a vampire's breath can be seen in the air.  A tall, rakish gentleman with shaggy dark hair sits outside a fast food restaurant on Wenceslas Square, flicking cigarette ash into a cup of cheap, undrinkable coffee.  His companion, a pretty young blonde, finishes the last of her hot chocolate.  It is their final day in Prague; at the train station a few streets away they will choose a new destination.  A new adventure.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

9. Mother's Ruin

St. Helier, 1920
It is a Friday, and Mallory wishes to die.  It dawns on her rather suddenly, as if she has just remembered how to spell a word that has been bothering her all day.  She wonders if the enormity of such a wish should shock her, but then she realises that this desire for her life to be over has slowly and irrevocably seeped into every corner of her being over the last several weeks.  It is not so much an impulse as it is mere inevitability.

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Interlude: Seth and Mallory's Playlist

These tracks more or less sum up how both Seth and Mallory feel in the aftermath of the events of the Vampire Love Songs instalments "Euphoria" and "Holy Wine".

Friday, 30 September 2011

8. Holy Wine

Seth agrees with his wife; the blond boy is beautiful.  They’ve watched him for the last five minutes, since he strode into the bar with the purposeful rhythm of a man trying not to appear quite as drunk as he is.