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Sandy Lender is the editor of an international trade publication and the author of the fantasy novels Choices Meant for Gods and Choices Meant for Kings, available from ArcheBooks Publishing, and the series-supporting chapbook, What Choices We Made.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

Saving a Vampire from the Summer Sunrise
Copyright January 2007
By Sandy Lender

Scene 1
It seemed a strange thought to have flash through her mind before death: Why did he cheat on me with her? Katy could feel gravity and inertia and centrifugal forces wrenching her about the back seat of the cab, could feel Millie’s Juicy bag suddenly impact her head like a cannonball, could feel shards of glass shredding her shoulder, but the thought in her mind wasn’t for safety or fear or “what could I accomplish if God would just grant me one more day?” No, she had to think of that ridiculous bimbo with her obnoxious laugh and fake nails and bleach-blonde hair…

The cab spun to a stop on its side.

Millie groaned, and Katy realized, with some surprise, that they must both be alive. No one could experience such pain if dead. She heard music from her MP3’s earpiece, static-like and coarse somewhere in the back seat playing Transcendental Mental, and she silently mouthed, “Thank you, Simon, I need something light right now.”

Aloud, she heard herself moan: “Sake’s alive, Mill, I hurt.”

Then a pair of hands settled on her, seeming to shape into solidity as they fixed on her waist, lifting her effortlessly up out of the wreckage and into the blinding headlights of the car that had struck them. She felt herself cradled in a man’s arms and the scent of a spicy, almost floral cologne drifted over her.

She heard voices, people yelling, and someone’s footsteps pounding toward her. “Nathan, what are you doing out here?” a man demanded.

“Just get the other girl out of the cab. The tank’s been compromised.”

“Nathan Tearnshaw!?” some wild voice exclaimed. “Oh my God! It’s him! It’s Nathan Tearnshaw!”

“Please give us some space,” a woman called out now. “Everyone, please get back. This is the scene of an accident. The car could explode.”

Katy’s eyes shot open wide. “Millie!”

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