"What do you know about vampires?"
"Not much. They drink blood. They turn into bats. They die if they get hit by sunlight."
"Where did you learn that?"
"It's what I see in the movies. Why?"
"They have it all wrong, you know."
"The sunlight. If you believe the movies, sunlight burns vampires, or explodes them, or makes them melt."
"Yeah. All daylight really does to a vampire is make him ordinary. He can't change his shape into a bat or a wolf, heisn't any stronger than he was during his other life, and he ages one more day."
"Sure. So what's the point?"
"Just trying to explain why you never see me at night, that's all."
"Are you saying that you're a vampire?"
"That's right. Nights, I turn into a bat and go hunting for blood. Days, I go to school and get a little older. I want to look a little more mature."
"Why are you telling me all this?"
"Because I like you, is why. Nights, you guys are lunch. Days, you're safe. See? No fangs during daylight."
"This is about the weirdest story you've ever told, and you've told some weirdies. There's no such thing as vampires."
"If you say so."
"You don't have to believe me. Just so you know what's true. You know why I'm doing so well in History? For me, all that stuff was Current Events."
"Too freaky. Listen, there's the bell. Let's get to class."
"You know the thing you were talking about the other day?"
"You mean me being a vampire?"
"That's right. Why did you tell me?"
"I wanted you to know."
"Gets kind of lonely, nights."
"Listen, I got to go. See you later."
"Are there lots of vampires?"
"No. Not lots."
"But vampires live forever, right?"
"Right. But there aren't a lot."
"Why are you asking? Do you believe me now?"
"No. That was just another one of your freaky stories."
"Then why are you asking me about how many vampires there are?"
"Oh, never mind."
"We're very careful about who we make immortal. And the guy who becomes immortal, he has to want it too. Mostly it's older people who want to live forever. Young people think they'll live forever anyway."
"I don't. I don't think that."
"Neither did I. That's why I wanted to make the change. Now I just want to look a little older."
"How do you make someone a ... what you are?"
"It's the easiest thing you've ever done."
"When did you get to be a vampire?"
"Immortal. We say immortal."
"You didn't say that when you told me about it to start with."
"I wanted to use words you'd understand."
"You think I'm stupid or something?"
"No, it's not that. I'll tell you about me. Right after the Great War, in 1919, I got sick and I was going to die. The family doctor, we didn't know it, but he was immortal, and he really liked me. You know, he'd delivered me, he'd been to my parents' wedding. The whole routine. His partner used to make all the housecalls, but one night he came himself. Old friend of the family. Said either I could live forever, or I could die before morning."
"I know what I would have chosen."
"That's why I'm telling you now."
"Will people think I died?"
"Yeah, if you want them to. You can get buried, come out at night, go back before dawn. That sort of thing. Or you can keep on going to school. Nobody has to know."
"Let me think about it."
"The blood thing. That's been worrying me. Do you really have to drink blood? That's gross."
"You don't have to kill anyone. You don't need much to keep going. You can go places, do things. You're strong, you can fly. You can make people do what you want to by just looking at them. That's the best part."
"My parents are getting a divorce."
"How do you know that?"
"Like I said. I go everywhere, I see everything."
"I wish I was dead."
"How about the crosses and garlic?"
"There's a down side to everything. Just stay away from them. You won't miss them."
"Will it hurt?"
"Only a little, and not for long."
"Will you do it for me tonight?"
"You'll have to invite me in."
"I'll be ready. What time?"
"Nine. See you at nine."
"People will be sorry when I'm dead."
"You'll get to watch and see who cries."
"I've been thinking. About those weird stories you were telling. Listen, forget it."