A Squicky Vampire by Adrian J Smith – co-author in the Love is a Mess anthology
What would happen if there was a vampire who wasn’t interested in feeding on other people? What would happen if there was a vampire who really didn’t like feeding on other people but there was no real way around it?
Faye is one of those vampires. She’s not sure of heritage, not sure of her place in the world. People don’t like her; creatures who are Tainted like she is don’t like her. She truly is an outcast, scorned on both sides, the humans and the creatures. Very much like her sexuality. Oh? I didn’t mention it? Faye is a bisexual vampire who was born in 1942 from a human mother. Faye is an enigma.
I’m not sure if I meant to do it on purpose when I started writing this character, but I certainly did accomplish something. Faye’s sexuality and erasure from society is both in her sexuality and her personhood. She’s rejected in many ways because of who she is in ways she doesn’t feel she can change. It’s not something she does consciously, but it’s something she’s stuck with, something she can’t change.
Faye is a strong-willed woman who knows what she wants and is willing to do whatever it takes to get exactly that. In Quarter Life: Energy Feed, Faye has to feed on a human for the first time in a long time. Why? Simple—humans give her more energy than a dying dog. But it makes her squicky. She doesn’t like it, she doesn’t want to like it but she has to do it in order to live into the next millennium. It’s a conundrum. Can she do what she needs to do in order to survive?
Find out by reading Quarter Life: Energy Feed in the Love is a Mess anthology.
She scrunched her nose and stepped back again just in time. Two snakes curved from around the hole in the center of the door and twisted their way to the ground. Once they dropped, they stood up tall and transformed into the most beautiful men Faye had ever seen. They had golden eyes ringed with silver; their hair was a deep chestnut and was held away from their faces as if a slight breeze constantly kept it at bay. They were naked save for a tiny thing adorning their waists. Faye swallowed. She shook her head and stepped back again, trying as she might to get her body under control.
“What have we here?” the one of the left asked.
“A vampire,” the one on the right said. They both sneered at her in unison and turned their backs.
Jerking forward, Faye touched one on the shoulder and then pulled her hand back sharply. “Sorry,” she said. “I didn’t mean—”
“We don’t want your kind here.”
Faye let out a breath, knowing she had to convince them to let her in regardless of who she was. “How’d you know?”
“You smell of it,” the one on the right. His tongue pushed between his pert lips and flicked at her back and forth rapidly.
She didn’t know vampires had a distinct smell. It was something Faye would have to look into but at a later date. If they did, it would explain why she’d been spurned throughout her life even if it wasn’t done on purpose each time. She let out a breath and toned down her voice, hoping to convince them.
“Look, I was just coming here to see some friends. I was invited, really. I just—he told me to use his name to get in. I didn’t realize it would be such a problem.”
The snakes turned and looked at each other, golden eyes locking. They nodded slowly, the one of the left first and then the one on the right. They turned to her and nodded in unison.
“He sent you?” the one on the left.
“Yeah. I didn’t realize this would be such a problem or I wouldn’t have come.”
“Then leave,” the one on the right.
Faye didn’t know what her people had done to piss off a snake who could become a man, but clearly it had been something he had never forgiven. She bit her tongue to prevent herself from saying anything more than she needed to and settled for clenching her fists into a ball and curling her toes in her boots.
“I—I’d like to see what this is all about. I was sent here to see it, and to get something for my friend. He said I can only get it tonight…be—because of the party,” she lied, hoping it was believable. No good club wouldn’t have a party on the most romantic day of the year.
“Ah! That friend! Yes, yes. She can come.”
Adrian J. Smith, or “AJ” as she is often called, has a generous and soft heart. She loves to rescue stray cats and dogs, as well as those who just escape. Her hoard of animals currently includes two cats, a dog and a fish, but no children as of yet. She’s passionate about LGBT et al rights, women’s rights and children’s rights.
AJ loves to read and write lesbian fiction, simply for the fact that strong women make her swoon and when two are involved her knees turn to jelly and she falls head over heels in love. AJ travels around the United States, and sometimes the world, gathering up stories for her novels. Currently, she lives in the middle of nowhere of the middle of nowhere and is rather difficult to find except on the internet, where she spends a lot of her time.
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Love is a Mess: a Supposed Crimes anthology
Edited by C. E. Case
Stories by A. M. Leibowitz, Adrian J. Smith, Amber Kinsey, Eva Lefoy, Geonn Cannon, L. M. Perrin, Michael DuPuy and Rachael Orman.
Lesbian, Bisexual and Gay anthology, Valentine’s Day theme, romance, contemporary
Publisher: Supposed Crimes, LLC
Release Date: January 3, 2015 (ebook only)
Length: Anthology / 35,000 words / 119 pages
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Love is a Mess: A Supposed Crimes Anthology contains eight stories from eight authors on the topic of misfortune at Valentine’s Day. The topics range from the fun of the moment to the power of the eternal. Lesbian, gay, and bisexual characters star in their own love and lust stories—erotic, playful, and thoughtful.
Viral Valentine by L. M. Perrin
When a Valentine’s Day prank goes badly, Paige’s guilt won’t let her watch the victim walk away without a proper apology.
Date Blind by Geonn Cannon
A woman discovers the worst possible blind date scenario when her date turns out to be someone who bullied her in high school.
The Politician and the Pilot by Amber Kinsey
A politician and a pilot make a steamy connection on Valentine’s Day.
Bar Tryst by Rachael Orman
After her roommate blackmailed her into going to an Anti-Valentine’s day party, Vanessa decided to make the best of it especially when the bartender shared that she was looking to have a good time too.
Quarter Life: Energy Feed by Adrian J. Smith
With strange creatures in her path, Faye is determined to get the information she wants no matter the cost.
Property of Cupid by Eva Lefoy
Will an ancient Greek god give up half his powers to love a mere human? Or will Cupid loose his golden arrow, letting Jeremy fall in love with another man?
Private Dance by A. M. Leibowitz
With Alex’s sexy boyfriend, Phin, gone for three weeks, there’s only one option: let his best friend’s kids lead him on a treasure hunt through town to find his Valentine’s gift waiting for him to unwrap.
The Last Mitzvah by Michael DuPuy
One man seeks salvation over love, death, and ice cream.