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Monday, 29 August 2011

Chapter 6: Ashes to Ashes


“Grey. I need to speak to you”

Grey spun around to see the owner of the voice, Patrick, who looked like he was feeling a mixture of annoyance and confusion.

“Sure, what’s wrong?” Grey asked.

“Someone got dropped off here for you, he is in my office now,” Patrick explained, “Well come on then” he continued as he walked from the room.


Patrick led Grey to his office and as he opened the door Grey could what sounded like a baby mumbling. As he looked at the floor he saw a toddler but it wasn’t any toddler it was…

“Adam!” Grey squealed as he picked his boy up in his arms and squeezed him tight.

“Now do you mind telling me what the hell is going on?” Patrick demanded.

“Well… you see… what happened was…” Grey stumbled over what he should tell Patrick. Patrick had taken Grey under his wing and became almost like a father figure to Grey, so he didn’t want to lie but was the truth going to be too much for him to handle?

“All I ask is you to be honest with me, you don’t have to tell me everything but at least what you tell me has to be truth” Patrick interrupted, “Just answer me these two questions. Where were you yesterday? And why did that woman in the bright blue and red clothing drop Adam off to me?”

Grey felt guilty he wasn’t ready to tell Patrick the truth, well at least not the whole truth.

“Adam was being babysat yesterday and was kidnapped by the babysitter, the police called me so that’s why I left early yesterday, and I guess Holly, the babysitter, returned Adam to you because she couldn’t find me at home as I was out searching for him”. It wasn’t the truth that Grey said but it was close enough.

“I’m sorry Grey, but I guess it explains why the woman, Holly, kept saying tell him ‘I’m sorry’ repeatedly. So, is there anything else you would like to tell me?” Patrick replied.


Before Grey could reply Chloe came bounding down the stairs and into the office, and jumped at Grey wrapping her arms around his shoulders like a little school girl.

“Who are you?” Patrick asked puzzled.

“I’m Grey’s fiancée, Chloe” Chloe replied smiling.

“Ok. I take back what I said before I want the truth and all of it. Get into my office now” Patrick ordered.


Like two naughty children being told to see the headmaster, Chloe and Grey shuffled into the office and took the two seats opposite to Patrick.

Chloe was the first to speak she was more comfortable telling the tale then Grey was, but to Grey’s surprise Patrick didn’t flinch or interrupt, he just sat listening to the very elaborate events that had happened to Grey while staying in Sunset Valley. When Chloe and Grey finished telling the tale Grey expected Patrick to not believe a word. Grey knew that if he had heard the exact same story from someone else he’d have thought it to be lies but instead Patrick surprised him.

“Well it sounds like you have been through a lot since coming here, I’m giving you day off to get things sorted” he replied.

“Thank you, Sir” He said.

“That’s ok Grey, or is it Ezra now? Anyways if you need any help all you have to do is ask” Patrick lectured, but with a smile.

“Thank you, and seeing as your offering to help, would you mind looking after Adam for me today? It’ll give me and Chloe the opportunity to rebuild our home” Grey asked.

“Of course, I will. Come on Adam, shall I show you the fire engine? You can ring the horn and make it do the loud wooing sound” Patrick said reaching out for Adam who stuck his arms out at him straight away, the opportunity to make the big red machine make funny noises was too good for the little tyke to miss.

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Meanwhile in another part of Sunset Valley, Vigour was on the hunt for his next victim. Although the night before he had drained Chloe of her plasma and left her for dead he was still hungry.

“Damn vampire plasma” He cursed. Vampire plasma was different from sim plasma it wasn’t as filling and was sour to the taste. Vigour sniffed the air and could smell the sweet smell of some sim plasma making its way in his direction. The owner was soon going to die to fill this vampire’s plasma thirst. Vigour jumped out of his hiding place to pounce on his hunt and to go in for the kill, but seeing the owner of the sweet-smelling plasma made him stop in his tracks.

“You!” He growled angrily.


“You!” Holly hissed back, she looked around and checked the coast was clear before continuing to yell, “No Miranda? What did your wife have a little hissy fit and leave you? Serves you right!”

“Miranda’s dead, and it would be good for you to remember who you’re talking to and what power I hold over you”. Vigour snapped, “and where the hell is the baby?”

“You don’t scare me anymore and you can no longer control me I did what you asked so my mother is free now,” Holly scoffed, “and I’m glad Miranda’s dead, one less of you scum walking the earth. Whatever happened to catching vampires and burning them alive? We should bring it back. As for the boy, I gave him back you never said I couldn’t do that, idiot, you should be clearer when you ask others to do stuff for you”.

“YOU GAVE BACK THE BABY!” Vigour yowled, “TAKING THE BABY WAS THE WHOLE POINT OF YOU BEING THERE!” Holly had defiantly pushed him too far and Vigour had to quickly think of what to say to take control of the situation. “Silly girl, do you really think I’d have your mother released by now? We still have her so you are going to help me or else” Vigour snapped with an evil smirk slapped across his face.

“You’re lying” Holly stated taken back.

“Now I have a plan to take revenge on the one responsible for killing my love, I’m going to kill hers and you Holly are going to help me” Vigour stated, lifting his head back letting out an evil haunting laugh.

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Holly sat in Vigour’s car as he pulled up in front of Grey’s lot. The plan was fresh in her mind all she had to do was find a way to get Vigour invited into the house, as vampires couldn’t enter uninvited. She felt bad and guilty for what she was doing but Vigour was holding her mother captive and she wanted her mother back so much she agreed to do this one last thing for him.

She walked up to the house part of her prayed that Grey wasn’t there as she had grown to really like him and didn’t want to see him get hurt, while the other part of her prayed he’d be there so Vigour could take revenge and she could get her mother back.

“Remember I can read your thoughts so if I find anything I don’t like in that pretty little head of yours I’ll snap that neck of yours” Vigour growled.

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Mrs. Williams, Grey’s next door neighbour, was standing on the balcony outside her bedroom. Her favourite past time was spying on her neighbours so she could have some juicy gossip for her chess games with her friends.

When the bright headlights of a car passed her bedroom window Mrs. Williams rushed to her favourite snooping spot and watched as two people got out of the car one of the figures was wearing a dark outfit and the other one was wearing bright blue and red. Mrs. Williams flinched and the second figures horrible dress choice and clash of colours.

She watched as the colourful one went into the house and was then joined by the dark figure. Mrs. Williams could hear shouting but it was very muffled and she couldn’t make any of it out. Then she saw the two figures run from the house and jump back into the car before driving off. As they did the house that her neighbours had been building exploded.

Wow, now that’s going to be the best piece of gossip at Sunday’s chess match. Mrs. Williams thought but then quickly came to her senses, what am I doing? Quickly she reached into her pocket and cursed herself for being so selfish and not doing this before. She pulled out her phone and dialled for the police.

“Hello Police,” She said, “My neighbour was just murdered, his house has been blown up and I just witnessed the whole thing”.

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Chapter 5: The Climax



Grey and Chloe sat alone in the park. Grey listened to her intensely as Chloe informed him on his past life.

“It all started in 1895, You was still a vampire back then and I was a scullery maid at this little Inn in Riverblossom Hills. You came in one night with these three other vampires and spent the whole night watching me as I worked.” Chloe informed Grey, “After work you followed me home where I attacked you for stalking me. You told me you had never met a woman with more spirit and strength as me, and I fell for you then and there. You offered to turn me into a vampire that night and I accepted in the morning we met up with the other vampires and all ran away to Sim Nation.”

“But why did I decide to take a cure to change me from a vampire to a normal sim?” Grey asked, “and erm who’s ‘They’? You mentioned a ‘They’ before”.


“Well…” Chloe replied, “We were part of a coven run by this vampire called Heston Vamp, he was pure evil but we worshiped him, until he decided to put his eye on me and make me his wife. He knew although we weren’t together we had a connection so planned to have you killed but you found out before he had the chance so attacked him in front of the coven and burnt him alive. They, The Order, found out and decided to hunt you for your crime against our own race. Now vampires have like this sixth sense they can locate other vampires from great distances but only at night because the sunlight blocks most our powers during the day, so you figured out that if you took the cure The Order will be unable to track you and if you took the cure during the day it would seem as if you had died from burning in the sunlight.”

“So why did they murder Jenna?” Grey quizzed.

“Well seeing as you are now a sim they can’t track you as well as if you were a vampire, they got confused and thought you lived with Jenna, so burnt down the apartment.” Chloe replied.

“But why did they burn it down?” Grey quizzed again.

“The Order believes that if you murder a vampire in a certain way then that method should be used on the murderer, so because you burnt Heston alive, The Order has been burning down places to try and burn you alive” Chloe reviled.
                                                                                      
“Makes sense, in its own twisted way. How do we find them? I have to put a stop to this” Grey said.

“But why would you want to find them, they’ll kill you?” Chloe asked puzzled.

“They have my son, Chloe, I have to do something, please help me” Grey pleaded.

“Ok there is one way, but we’ll need a TV.” Chloe concluded.

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They headed to the firehouse to watch the television there. When they arrived at the firehouse it was empty, all the fire-fighters had gone to put out house fires, which made Grey feel guilty, as he knew he should have been there to help instead of chasing after vampires. Grey and Chloe headed straight to the television and took a seat on the sofa opposite.

“Just how will watching television help find The Order?” Grey asked, he had followed Chloe’s request but was now questioning her method.

“Well if The Order are here they aren’t going to just stay in a hostel or motel, they’ll pick a nice house and kill the owners, and if they have been here the bodies of the victims might have been found or reported in by now and their deaths might have spread to the news channels as well” Chloe replied.

So, they turned on the television and watched the news. It wasn’t long before the news reporter talked about the death of two of Sunset Valley’s residents.

“The hunt is still on for the murderers of Jared and Conner Frio. Their murders have left the Sunset Valley police department baffled, both brothers were found in their family house with two puncture wounds in their necks, also neighbours have heard strange noises coming from the Frio’s house, Ocean Vista Place, the police are asking anyone who might have seen or might know anything to step forward, more news will be given as the case develops and this news channel has been given exclusive rights to cover it.”

As Grey and Chloe sat watching the news, Grey couldn’t help but think he knew the house that was mentioned. “Do you recognise the name of the house?” Chloe asked.

“Yeah I think so” Grey replied.

“Well you should know more than that, the house is the one right next to this fire station” Chloe informed.

Grey just sat shocked, and didn’t move until he felt the weight from the sofa lift as Chloe got off.


He followed Chloe out of the fire station and to the house next to it. Chloe pushed the back gate open and looked inside.

“If the owners of this house are dead, then why are the lights on?” she asked.

“Do you think The Order are here?” Grey questioned.

“Let’s find out” Chloe replied as she sneaked towards the house.


The back door was unlocked when Chloe investigated and she entered the house followed swiftly by Grey. They got to the bottom of the stairs when they heard a noise from above.

“What was that noise? Do you think it’s them? What shall we do?” Grey whispered into Chloe’s ear.

Before she had the chance to answer someone called out to them.

“There’s no point in whispering or sneaking around we know you are here” The voice called.


They climbed the stairs to see two vampires on the other side of the room in the kitchen. Their eyes glowing blood red looking at them made Grey’s blood run cold with horror. They stood up and made their way closer to Grey and Chloe while Grey and Chloe made their way closer to the two vampires. As they approached each other Grey knew he had to take control over the situation.

So still shaking a little he raised his hand and pointed at the two vampires and in the toughest voice he could master he yelled at them. “Now I don’t know who you think you are but threatening the life of me, my son and my friends is well out of order and is going to stop right now … or else”.

The vampires observed Grey for a split second then burst out into laughter. “You really think you could defeat us?”

“You know,” The male vampire said between chuckles, “he’s right it would be rude of us not to introduce ourselves before we suck the life out of him, my name is Vigour and this is my wife Miranda.”

“Hey Ezra” Chloe whispered to Grey, “Did you ever use that training dummy I brought to the shack?”

“Yeah, why?” Grey asked not getting Chloe’s subtle hint.


“Oh, for crying out loud” Chloe snapped, as she rolled her eyes, “CHARGE!”.

Grey finally realised what Chloe had meant and as the two opposing couples lunged at each other Grey put his skills to use and successfully kicked Vigour to the ground. Chloe chose a more practical choice of fighting as she mustered up all her force into lethal blow to Miranda’s cheekbone, causing a loud cracking noise.


With both vampires on the floor Grey and Chloe ran from the scene and down the stairs. Chloe lead the way and made Grey follow her into the downstairs bathroom. “What now? What are we going to do?” Grey asked desperately.

“Don’t worry I have a plan” Chloe replied, “You saved me, so it’s my turn to save you”

“What are you talking about?” Grey asked.

“As soon as I leave lock the door behind me and don’t let anyone back in” Chloe instructed.

“B… B… But” Grey started.

“But nothing” Chloe interrupted handing him a red vial, “When the time comes you’ll know what to do with this”

Before Grey had time to protest more Chloe had already left. As soon as she left he locked the door and leaned against hoping his weight would barricade it shut encase the lock didn’t work.


As Chloe left the room she was faced with a very angry Vigour, his stare piercing through her with pure hatred.

“You killed her. You killed my Mimi.” He yelled.

“What? How?” Chloe protested.

“You snapped her neck” He hissed.

“Well I have a proposition for you, take me instead of Ezra, it can be your revenge” Chloe offered.

“What makes you so sick in the head to protect a sim” Vigour snapped, but as he thought about it, “fine I’ll take your life as collateral, I’m going to suck all the blood out until you deflate”


Vigour approached Chloe and pulled her into a tight embrace and gripped her neck with his sharp pointed teeth. He sucked and sucked until the blood almost ran dry. All Chloe could do was squirm in pain and twitch in Vigour’s arms as she had no escape.


Grey took the time to quickly look at the red vial Chloe had given him. He knew what it was, it was the cure, and it had the ability of turning any vampire into a normal sim. As he looked more closely at the vial he took in the detail the weird writing the blood like colour of the vial. He opened the lid a looked inside, although the glass was red the liquid was a strange purple colour.

Would it hurt if I had a taste? Would it kill me or worse? What if it was ok? I wonder what it tastes like? Grey’s head began to spin as more questions about the vial come to his mind. As the curiosity about it and without thinking properly Grey poured a single drop onto his index finger and put his finger into his mouth.

The liquid tasted funny, it was like a flavour Grey had ever known but it wasn’t bad and at the same time wasn’t good then at that moment it was like a spark was lit in his head and a flush load of memories came back to him.

He fell against the wall as the memories overloaded his brain. He had lived for so long and had centuries of memories to catch up with. When the spinning finally stopped and all his memories had finally come back to him. Grey listened at the bathroom door he could hear Vigour drinking. Chloe’s a strong person I’m sure she’ll be ok, he thought to himself but he still felt guilty about her being out there instead of him.


Suddenly Grey realised the house was quiet. He went back to listening at the door but could not hear a sound. Grey pulled open the door, no one was there he was all alone, as he stepped out of the bathroom he almost tripped over something on the floor. As he looked down he saw Chloe’s body stretched across the floor.

“Oh, Chloe what have I done” He gasped.


Realising Chloe was still conscious. Grey helped her get back to her feet. Although Chloe was still unstable she managed to just about balance herself.

“I’m so sorry Chloe I shouldn’t have done this, I should have never let you take my place” Grey apologised.

“Do you still have it?” Chloe whispered unable to speak normally.

Grey looked clueless at what she was talking about, until he realised she was talking about the vial.


Grey handed Chloe the vial and she put it too her lips and drank the purple liquid with the last ounce of energy she could gain. Grey watched as the colour slowly crept back to her cheeks and her skin started to show a little tan.

Chloe had used up the last of her energy and fainted but luckily as she collapsed Grey was there to catch her. He lifted her up into his arms. He leant in and whispered, “I’ll look after you”. He kissed her forehead.

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He carried Chloe’s limp body back to the fire house and took her to the room where all the beds were. He placed Chloe as carefully as he could onto the bed and made sure she was comfortable.


Grey stood and watched her sleep all night making sure no one would disturb her. He didn’t take his eyes off her for one second but when morning came he was distracted when someone called his name.

“Grey. I need to speak to you”.

Friday, 12 August 2011

Chapter 4: Mysteries Unravelled



It had been a stressful few weeks since Jenna had died in the house fire, looking after a baby was more of a handful then Grey had first realised so it was nice to have Holly’s help. Grey had named the baby Adam after Holly had found the name embroidered in blanket he was wrapped up in on the night he was born. Although Adam wouldn’t know his mother Grey thought having the name she picked for him would help him still be connected to her in some way.

One day Grey got a call from his boss, Patrick, asking him to go in to work early. The only person Grey trusted enough to look after Adam while he went in early was Holly, normally Grey would take Adam to work with him as Patrick and the other fire fighters would coo over Adam and would jump at the opportunity of looking after the well-behaved baby while Grey quickly left now and then to put out a fire. However today Grey could feel in the pit of his stomach that something bad was going to happen, and Patrick calling him in early only set off warning alarms in Grey’s head.

Holly jumped at the opportunity to look after Adam as she had bonded well with him and came around early like she was asked. When she got there Adam was just starting to wake up so Holly sang a lullaby to distract him while Grey left. Grey whispered a thank you to Holly as he closed the door behind him.

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When Grey arrived at work he feared the worse, but when he entered the office. “Good morning Grey. Take a seat and we’ll get down to business” Patrick remarked, noticing Grey’s facial expression he added, “And take that look of your face it’s good news”.

Grey relaxed, maybe his gut feeling was wrong, maybe this day was going to be a good day. With the butterflies in his stomach fading Grey took a seat opposite Patrick.

“So, what did you want to see me about boss?” Grey asked intrigued.

“How would you like another promotion?” Patrick replied.


Grey was shocked, “I’m stunned, thank-you so much, but what have I done to deserve this?”

“You have gone above and beyond the call of duty here, especially balancing a job like this with being a single parent to a baby. Speaking of which, where is the little chuckle monster?” Patrick said.

“He’s at home with a friend of mine today” Grey replied, “Thanks again for the promotion”.

Grey rose from his seat and was about to exit the room when Patrick stopped him.

“Grey, before I forget there’s a woman upstairs waiting for you, she wouldn’t tell me her name and said it was personal, I’d as her to leave but there something about her that gives me the creeps. Maybe it’s her glowing eyes” Patrick informed him.

“Ok, thanks Boss” Grey replied leaving the room.


Glowing eyes? Could it be her? Grey thought as he climbed the stairs but his question was answered when she caught his eye. It was her, the woman who he saw running away from Jenna’s building, it was Jenna’s murderer and his stalker. What’s she doing here?


Grey took a seat on the sofa across from her. “You have a nerve being here” Grey stated.

“So, is that how you welcome your fiancée nowadays?” The woman replied, “What’s the matter Ezra, cat got your tongue?”

Grey was dumbstruck, she murdered Jenna and now she was pretending to be his fiancée.

“Who are you? How did you find me? Why do you think we are engaged? And while you’re answering my questions, answer this one, why did you murder Jenna?” Grey quizzed.

Hundreds of questions were running through his head but these were the only ones he could manage to get out of his mouth.


“You really don’t remember, do you?” The woman said, the hurt was showing in her eyes, she hadn’t felt this type of human emotion for a long time and it was a bit overwhelming, “My name is Chloe VanHorn. You proposed to me just before you took the vampire cure which seems to be the reason for your amnesia. I didn’t find you, it was me who left you in the woods. I had to leave early otherwise during nightfall they’d have been able to track me and find you, and for that I’m sorry. Since then I have been reading your mind telepathically to find out what’s going on, and I promise you I had nothing to do with Jenna’s death.

“What makes you think I’d believe all this rubbish? The cure? They’d have found me? Telepathy? It all sounds like a fairy-tale to me” Grey replied, “You’re a vampire, an evil creation, what makes you think I’d believe you?”

“Please, believe me, I love you” Chloe begged.

“I think you should leave” Grey replied.


Angry and hurt Chloe rose from her seat and started to walk away, but then she stopped and turned on her heal to face Grey.

“It doesn’t matter if you believe me or not Ezra” Chloe barked between tears, “but they are after you and you are in danger so you better start watching who you let into your life, especially with Adam around”


With that said Chloe stormed off, with Grey watching in astonishment. What did she mean? Watch who I let into my life? Crazy woman, and how dare she bring Adam into this. Wait, how did she know Adam’s name. Grey head was drowning with his thoughts and unanswered questions, but one kept coming to the surface. What if she’s right? Without saying a word to anyone not even Patrick, Grey left the fire station and headed home.


He called for a taxi to take him home and sat in the back of the car, with his hands shaking. His heartbeat raced and his mind filled with scenarios of what would happen when he arrived there. When he arrived home, Grey thought he’d have a heart attack. The cabin was on fire, Grey chucked all the money in his pocket at the driver and ran from the cab, not even the driver’s call to say he’d over paid and needed to collect his change stopped him from running into the burning shack.

He entered the shack and looked around expecting to see the faces of Holly and Adam, but there was nothing not even a sound. The only things in there making any movement and sound were Grey and the flames.


He exited the house and slammed the door behind him. What happened? He thought, who could have done this? Grey knew he needed answers and the only one who could answer them was Chloe. If she was right, then I need to know who ‘They’ are and why ‘They’ are after me.

Grey remembered what Chloe had said about using telepathy to listen to his thoughts so if he thought hard enough surely, she’d answer him. He closed his eyes and concentrated as hard as he could and let his mind clear and thought as loud as he could. Chloe, if your there I’m sorry and I need your help.


When Grey opened his eyes, he saw Chloe standing by a tree, unsure whether she should come closer.

Grey felt ashamed. “It’s ok” He called, “I’m sorry for what I said to you, it was wrong”

Chloe ran over to him and without thinking pulled him into a hug, although she quickly let go when she saw the burning cabin behind him. “OH MY GOSH!” She exclaimed, “They’ve found you”.

“Please Chloe, can you help me” Grey begged, “I need you to tell me everything, who are ‘they’?”


Chloe was a bit unsure but when she saw the desperation in his eyes, she remembered the feeling of once being a human and the illusion of despair that all humans feel.

“Of course, I’ll help you, you’re my fiancé after all” Chloe replied, “I’ll tell you everything”