Whisper 1.13

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I’m heading over to Dante’s house. He called the other day and asked me on a date, but I was right in the middle of weeding the garden, so I declined.

But as soon as he hung up, I started thinking about him. I wonder what his lips tasted like. What’s it like to kiss a vampire? Will he use his fangs? I can’t get him out of my mind.

So when he called up this afternoon to ask me to hang out at his house, I said yes immediately.

I don’t care that it’s pouring down rain. I’ve got my lucky rain boots on.

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“I’ve been thinking about you,” I confess.

“I was worrying over spilled juice,” he says.

“You mean spilled milk?”

“Ugh. I hate milk.”

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“I, uh, I. Um, thank you for inviting me over. I. I think I like you,” I blurt out.

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He laughs.

“I usually only invite over people I like. So. Yeah. There’s that.”

Shadow, Dante’s cat, began to meow.

Shadow is trying to tell you something. Pay attention.

I feel a little freaked out that Dante is an actual vampire, but at the same time, I really like him. I don’t want to be prejudiced. What do I know of vampires? Only stereotypes. Here’s my chance to actually get to know one!

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I realize I can actually do it, this thing I’ve been obsessively thinking about. Dante is right here. The mood is right…

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“Dante,” I say.

“Yes?”

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“This,” I say, and I kiss him. It’s a fast kiss, really just a brush of the lips, but it fills me up.

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He gazes at me, and his eyes, those golden slits of eyes, look tender.

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Shadow begins meowing, and Dante heads upstairs for a moment.

I find the kitty treats and feed Shadow. Maybe one day, I dare to think, Shadow might be my cat, too!

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I spend the rest of the afternoon there. I head home in time to be there when Chauncy gets  home from work. It’s my turn to make supper for the household.

Doreen Caliente drops by shortly after I arrive.

“What’s new?” she asks.

I show her this cute rubber duckie I picked up for a song, and she starts laughing at it.

“Look!” she says. “Its lips look like this!”

Doreen’s duck-lips haul me out of the romantic reverie I’d been in since my first kiss.

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“Oh, good. You’re here,” says Chauncey. “Look, we got a place, me and Jin. We paid first, last, and a deposit. We’re moving.”

“Really? When?”

“Now.”

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And just like that, I’ve got my home to myself again. When I think of the things I want to do with Dante, I realize that the timing couldn’t be better.

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