I could not, of course!
No one, that's who.
A few hundred feet ahead, on the edge of a lake, a cabin stood bathed in the light of a half moon. The sides were rough-hewn wood with windows cut into them. The closed curtains on the inside were well kept. A chimney nestled against one side of the peaked roof. A porch stretched across the length of the front of the cabin, uneven steps leading to it. Nothing adorned the porch, no chairs, tables or mats.
“I knew you'd remember this.”
I turned towards the voice to find my brother standing on the edge of the lake. His shoes were off, pants rolled up as the water lapped at his toes. Across the lake were more cabins, a few with twinkling lights. If I listened closely I could make out the rhythms beating inside them.
“I don't remember. I only caught your scent and followed,” I replied.
“Oh.” His shoulders slumped. He perked up a little. “You still came.”
“I didn't want another to find you.”
“Vampire. Because if one’s going to kill you it should be me,” I said.
His eyes widened, his mouth opened in shock and he croaked one word, “Oh...”
I looked at him, seeing and smelling his fear. “I wouldn't do that though.”
“Oh,” my brother repeated, not so horrified.
“I don't want you dead,” I continued.
“No,” I confirmed and paused, considering my next words carefully. “You're my brother. I don't remember being your brother, but I feel it. It's why I stopped when you touched me. I saw you and knew who you were.” I looked at him, catching his gaze. “I won't let anyone hurt you. If they do, I'll kill them.”
The Adam’s apple in his neck bobbed as he swallowed. “You don't have to do that.”
I tilted my head to the right. “Why not?”
Another bob of his Adam’s apple was accompanied by a step backward. “You look creepy when you tilt your head. It looks like you're thinking about eating me.”
I untilted my head. “It's crossed my mind.”
“But you said you didn't want me dead.” His voice was slow and uncertain.
“I don't,” I assured him. “I can bite and not kill. I choose not to.”
For Tommy, there is only one thing he needs to do: survive.
Only surviving isn't that easy. The hunt for blood can be tricky when humans know to fear the night. Desire sits on the edge of his mind, urging him to become the monster humans think he is. Vampire Forces, a special branch of police, is determined to turn every vampire to ash. Tommy included.
The only human Tommy can trust is his twin brother. A bond connects them, and with Danny's help, Tommy starts to understand the human world he struggles to survive in. He'll learn what friendships means and feel the sting of betrayal, find that sometimes the worst monsters are very human, and come to understand that family means more than blood.