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Monday, September 23, 2013

A room with a view

He had just started to fall asleep when from across the room, he heard his phone buzzing. "Oh come on, what now ?", he thought to himself..
He had just started to fall asleep when from across the room, he heard his phone buzzing.
"Oh come on, what now ?", he thought to himself. "I'll just let it go to voicemail.."

A minute later, the phone rang again.
"Okay fine, if you insist, geez !"

He stumbled to the other end of the room and answered it.

"Vincent speaking"
A familiar voice was on the other end.

"Hey Vince, did I wake you ?"

All of a sudden getting dragged out of bed so late in the night didn't seem so terrible anymore.

"You ? Wake me ? Never ! What's up ?"

- Oh, just felt like hearing your voice.
- Geez Louise, a long-distance call just to hear my voice. Talk about flattery !
- Hey if that's going to cause your ego to get out of hand I'm willing to hang up.
- No, no, no, I promise, the ego will behave.
- Good. What you been up to ?

He sat down on his bed and said:

- You know, the usual, hanging out with the gang, feeding and stuff.. How come you're up so late, thought you were one of those early morning sleepers.
- I am, I guess today is one of those days..

She took a long pause, then said:
"I miss you."

- Oh I know what it is, I came to Paris for a couple months and caused your entire routine to go haywire, you're still on Vincent-time. You're going through withdrawal that's what it is..
- Is this what you call a "behaved ego" ?
- Eum.. maybe I should tighten the leash a little bit more.. By the way I was thinking of all the fun we had in Paris, like the time we took on those four hunters and taught them a lesson.. I don't think I've ever seen hunters so afraid..

He could almost feel her smiling, miles away. He cleared his throat and went on:
"So anyway, remember this unfinished business I told you I had to take care of here in Stockholm ?"

- Aha..
- I'm thinking it's turning out to be a much bigger headache than it's worth, and.. I'm considering making other plans..

He cleared his throat once more and took a deep breath. A shiver ran down his spine as he thought of ways to tell her what was on his mind.

"How would you like it if I came to Paris on a more.. permanent basis ?"
- What ?
- I'm serious. Paris is my home city anyway, there's no sense in me being here. I want to see you. Every day, if you'll let me.
- Oh.. I see..

Her breath was shaking, he could tell he had caught her off-guard. She took a solemn pause, and for a moment Vincent felt like he might have been wrong about his relationship with Louise. Her voice took an emotional tone as she said:

"Vince.. You might want to record this, because I'm not sure I'll get to say it again."

Intrigued by her request, he fumbled with his phone until he found the record button.

- Alright lady, you're on tape. Anything you say can and will be used against-
- I love you.
- Wait, what ?
- I do. Or maybe it's the fact that I'm about to die that's making me say crazy things..
- You're about to what ?

On the other end of the line, he could hear her holding back her emotions.

- I ran into hunters today. I woke up in a pool of my own blood. Somebody had broken into my apartment and punched holes in me. I fought them off Vince, like we did before, but I was bleeding heavily and they were strong.. After a few hours I couldn't take it anymore..

He jumped to his feet and reached for his guns. Peering through the blinds he could see that dawn was breaking soon. Going outside was going to be a problem.

- Louise, where are you ? Let me call someone to help you-
- They broke my bones, Vince.. They drained me and broke my bones, made sure I wouldn't heal..
- Louise, listen to me: these hunters, they like to play games, they will keep you alive as long as they need to. I can call someone. As soon as it's dark outside I can come to rescue-
- Stop. It won't work. Just stay on the phone with me, please.
- Why won't you let me help ?
- I'm locked inside a room with very thick walls. Even I don't know where it is. Half my bones they broke in the fight, and the other half I broke trying to get out of here..
- Louise, I..
- Vince, the room.. it doesn't have a ceiling.

At that moment, he realised what was at stake and just how helpless he really was. He peered through the blinds again, only to see the first rays of sun make their way across the Stockholm sky..

- Vince, are you still there ?
- Yeah, talk to me..

His voice was shaking.

- We had some pretty good times you and I, didn't we ?
- Yeah ! The best. I will get them for this, I promise..
- Tell me you love me.
- You know I do-
- I need to hear it.
- I love you-

As soon as he said these words, he heard her phone hit the floor as she screamed in agony. It was morning in Paris, and only moments later the line was silent again. Crumbling to the floor, Vincent pressed the phone tightly against his ear, his eyes shut tight, hoping for a sign of life, clinging to the desperate hope that somehow she might have survived the sun.. but the line stayed silent for as long as he waited, and he now knew she was gone.

He pulled the phone away from his ear and hung up. A message flashed on his screen saying: "Recording ended".
He pressed the playback button, and heard her confess her affection towards him again. He kept it playing until he heard himself tell her those same exact words right before she died. When the silence took over again, he listened to her voice once more, then another, and another, as if to keep her alive.

When he woke up, it was almost nighttime again. He grabbed a small bag, packed a few weapons, then reached for his phone and called his travel agent.

"How soon can you get me to Paris ?"

Inspired by the events surrounding one of the characters in Stockholm By Night's "Vampire: The Masquerade" live-action role play.

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September 23, 2013 at 11:10 AM Lara

That's a really good story Fadi :) Keep them coming!!!

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