The World is a Vampire

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  1. <!--[if gte mso 9]><xml> <w:WordDocument> <w:View>Normal</w:View> <w:Zoom>0</w:Zoom> <w:TrackMoves/> <w:TrackFormatting/> <w:PunctuationKerning/> <w:ValidateAgainstSchemas/> <w:SaveIfXMLInvalid>false</w:SaveIfXMLInvalid> <w:IgnoreMixedContent>false</w:IgnoreMixedContent> <w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText>false</w:AlwaysShowPlaceholderText> <w:DoNotPromoteQF/> <w:LidThemeOther>EN-US</w:LidThemeOther> <w:LidThemeAsian>X-NONE</w:LidThemeAsian> <w:LidThemeComplexScript>X-NONE</w:LidThemeComplexScript> <w:Compatibility> <w:BreakWrappedTables/> <w:SnapToGridInCell/> <w:WrapTextWithPunct/> <w:UseAsianBreakRules/> <w:DontGrowAutofit/> <w:SplitPgBreakAndParaMark/> <w:DontVertAlignCellWithSp/> <w:DontBreakConstrainedForcedTables/> <w:DontVertAlignInTxbx/> <w:Word11KerningPairs/> <w:CachedColBalance/> </w:Compatibility> <w:BrowserLevel>MicrosoftInternetExplorer4</w:BrowserLevel> <m:mathPr> <m:mathFont m:val="Cambria Math"/> <m:brkBin m:val="before"/> <m:brkBinSub m:val="--"/> <m:smallFrac m:val="off"/> <m:dispDef/> <m:lMargin m:val="0"/> <m:rMargin m:val="0"/> <m:defJc m:val="centerGroup"/> <m:wrapIndent m:val="1440"/> <m:intLim m:val="subSup"/> <m:naryLim m:val="undOvr"/> </m:mathPr></w:WordDocument> </xml><![endif]--> Darkness blanketed the Hogwarts grounds. Curfew had long since passed, the prefects on hallway patrol duty retired to their beds, and the portraits hanging in the dimly lit corridors even snored in their frames. It seemed there wasn’t a single soul awake in the castle, except for Professor Teagan Donnelly. And his faithful companion Fergus, an old graying but still mighty Irish wolfhound who always appeared to be at his master’s side.

    Nearly thirty, Teagan was easily the youngest professor teaching at Hogwarts. He was tall and lanky, with curling dark hair, a crooked smile and hazel eyes that made his female (and even some male) students swoon. This was his first year as the Defense Against the Dark Arts professor. More than a decade passed since he had returned to the school, but Hogwarts felt like coming back home. With his extensive training and knowledge of the dark arts, he could have had any high-ranking position in the Ministry he wanted, but he had no desire to chase dark wizards or make bloodshed his living. He loved to teach, and he loved his students. He wanted to inspire them, instill them with bravery and a thirst for knowledge.

    He wanted to protect them, which was why he was here, barging out of the castle’s heavy oak doors in the dead of night.

    Teagan was no stranger to the Forbidden Forest. During his Hogwarts days, he had entered it as a dare in his second year, and returned repeatedly throughout the years with his friends, sometimes alone. He respected the forest and its mysteries, never going deeper than necessary, and had only encountered conflict with a band of centaurs once. Several days ago, he ventured into the forest to collect herbs: the current Potions Mistress was terrified to go herself, but needed ingredients that grew in the forest for her class, and Teagan generously offered to gather them for her. While looking for the magical plants, he noticed something jarring: a centaur’s corpse sprawled amidst a forest clearing. Upon closer inspection, Teagan noted two distinctive bite marks scarring the dead creature’s throat. Teagan’s stomach churned in fear, and his heart raced. He immediately recognized where, or what, the bite marks came from.

    A vampire.

    He darted across the Hogwarts grounds, Fergus trailing behind him. Once they neared the foreboding outskirts of the Forbidden Forest, Teagan brandished his wand and lit the tip so a pool of light illuminated his darkened surroundings. Using his wand to guide him, he entered the forest, his footsteps cautious and slow. He walked out in the open, seemingly unafraid, but he knew the bloodsucker could sense his fear.
     
  2. It felt like it had been forever since Vicente had left this forest. In his earlier years in the forest, he'd spent the vast majority of his time in the portion of the forest that was closest to Hogwarts. Since the final fall of the Dark Lord, though, he had left that part of the woods behind. Until recently, that is, when curiosity and a desire to see how the place was faring now came upon him.

    Feeding on centaurs and any other magical creature he could find--except for unicorns--was getting to be thoroughly disgusting for the vampire. It had been unsatisfying to begin with, but now the thought of biting a furry throat made his stomach flip over in displeasure. No, he wanted to feed from a human again. It was a shame, then, that he knew better than to seek a human out at Hogwarts or even Hogsmeade. Leaving the forest wouldn't do, though. He actually felt safe here. That, and the sense of belonging and duty that accompanied his presence there was pleasant despite his general lack of a purpose in life now. His task had been completed. His wish had been fulfilled. What more was there for him to do in this world except linger on in boredom for an eternity?

    He was venturing relatively close to the edge of the forest tonight, the bottom of his black cloak making a soft sound as it swept along the forest floor. The hood of the cloak was down, revealing his pale skin, long black hair, thin, almost feminine face and russet-colored eyes. He had his gaze set on the ground ahead, making sure he wouldn't trip on any stray roots. There were some centaurs around that he could smell, but they were keeping their distance. He'd killed one of them a few nights ago--not intentionally--so they were probably plotting some form of revenge against him. No matter. He could avoid them easily enough if he put some effort into it.

    He was unaware of the presence of a Hogwarts professor in the woods tonight.
     
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    “Is there another visitor to this forest tonight?” he asked boldly, interrupting the stillness of the trees.

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  4. Vicente was startled at the sudden light from a wand, and the fact that the wand's owner was talking to him didn't make matters much better. He shied away from the light, moving behind a tree to shield himself from view.

    "I would not consider myself a visitor," he answered smoothly, "so no. There is only you." He started to climb up the side of the tree quietly, planning to evade this wizard much like a squirrel would. Just keeping the tree between him and the other man. The fact that the other man had a wand was concerning to Vicente, though. He had no such thing, and he hadn't owned a wand in quite some time. Not since becoming a vampire, in fact.