[image description: A pale, impeccably dressed figure stands before the stone arch of a fallen castle. Her hair is pale as the rest of her and cut very short. She holds the top of a cane in one gloved hand, and raises a goblet in the other. The goblet, her ruby stickpin, eyes, and lips glow red in the viridian twilight. Text reads, “154, Carmilla ~ Small God of Vampirism”]
There’s no single way to be a vampire. If you’ve met one vampire, you’ve met one vampire, and even those who have walked the night for centuries won’t pretend to have met them all.
There are vampires in the classic mode, suave sanguivores who only come out after the sun goes down, who sing to the wolves and transform themselves into flocks of leather-winged bats. There are vampires who reach into the minds of their targets—their prey, if you will—and twist them until all they see is what the vampire wants them to see, all they know is what the vampire wants them to know. There are vampires who feed solely on the blood of virgins, of infants, of the dying, and vampires who only consume menstrual blood. And all of them are vampires.
In death, they have found community more complete than any they had known in life. In death, they have found acceptance.
And in Carmilla’s case, in death, they have found a lot of lesbians. Lesbians, she must say, like hot dead chicks who smell like roses instead of rot, and have agency and wit and functional credit cards. Maybe everyone likes that. The occasional bisexual who has followed her back to her boudoir definitely seemed to enjoy her presence, and when they get down on their knees to worship her, as befits a god, she worships them in answer, as befits a lover.
Divinity was a bit of a shock, she must admit. Everyone assumed that when the world finally manifested a small god of vampirism, old Vlad would take the shiny trophy and the rest of the undead would be left to do his bidding. Carmilla hated the idea of doing Vlad’s bidding, the old creep. She just wants wine and roses and beautiful women, and none of this world conquest or inappropriate luring of strangers.
But here she is, and this is her world, and her night, and all the children of that night are her children. What beautiful music they make.
What beautiful music indeed.
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