2009 Totem Head Story Contest Winner: "Vampire for a Night" By Casey.
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Story Title: Vampire for a Night

So there I was, lying calmly on the cool, damp forest floor watching clouds cross over the moon.  As I stared up at the sky in awe, the moon suddenly shot a huge circle of light around the small clearing.  It was almost like a spotlight was shining over me.  I had no idea what was going on.

I tried to step away from the mysterious light, but it followed me wherever I went.  BOOM!  The spotlight changed to a light green, then to a dark shade of purple, then blood red, and then…it stopped.  The moon disappeared, leaving the forest blacker than a panther’s shiny coat.

I took out my emergency flashlight and shined it timidly around me.  The only things I could see were tall looming trees and leafless bushes.  I was so terrified that I almost forgot to keep breathing.  All of a sudden, I heard a loud rustling behind me.  I screamed and ran toward my house on the bank of the river.  The wind whistled around me.  When I arrived at the little cottage, I ran up to my room and threw on my pajamas.  I was ready to fall asleep and wake up to find that this was all a weird dream.

If only that had happened.

Right before I went to bed, I went into my bathroom to brush my teeth.  The smell of mold and piña colada scented soap filled my nostrils.  It was a familiar and welcoming smell after the night’s events.

I turned to look into the mirror.

"AAAAAAAHHHHHH!"  The loudest scream I had ever summoned escaped from my lips.  This was now officially the worst day of my life.  There, in the mirror, staring back at me in horror, was a red-eyed, pale-faced, black-haired monster with a mouthful of fangs.  I was a vampire!

My spinning head could only process the following: MOON–VAMPIRE–FANGS– BLOOD!

"VAMPIRE!  MOON!  AAAAAAAHHH!"  I ran down the stairs and called 911.  When a police officer picked up, I could barely process what he was saying.

I man with a very low voice answered.  "Hello.  This is the Stigewood Park Police Station.  How may we help you?"

"I-I need help!" I stuttered.

"With what?"

"I...see, I was mad so I went to the forest to look at the moon, but then there was the light and the green and purple, and then there was a loud boom and the moon disappeared and-"

"Wait, the moon disappeared?"

"Uh-huh!  Then I ran home and looked in the mirror and there was the teeth and the eyes and then I called you…I need help!"

"Alright, we’ll be there as soon as possible.  Where are you currently?"

"500 North Conway."

"Ok, stay calm."

"Come quickly!"

I slammed the phone down and ran back to the mirror.  How was this possible?  The answer to that question: It wasn’t.  That’s it! I thought to myself.  It isn’t possible!  I’m asleep!  So then, I decided to wake myself up.

I stepped back and looked around.  I saw a lamp, a table, a couch, and the wall…..THE WALL!  After that, I did the second stupidest thing I’ve ever done.  (The first was when I ate 17 cookies at my family’s Christmas party.)  I charged as hard as I could at the wall.  CRASH!  When I impacted the wall, I didn’t wake up.  In fact, it knocked me out.

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In my dream, I was a blood-sucking vampire.  I was darting through the woods after a small rabbit.  I could feel my heart beating against my chest.  The rabbit was slowing down.  It was getting tired.  Excitement was building up inside me.  I tensed my legs, ready to jump.  I sprang forward and soared through the air in slow motion.  Closer…closer…

"WAIT!" yelled an unidentified voice.  I landed just before the rabbit in utter confusion.

Did it just….talk?  "What did you just say?" I asked it.

"I said WAIT!"  It had a high squeaky voice.


"Talking rabbit is what; Jeremy is who; and the reason why I can talk is because I used to be human."  Jeremy answered matter-of-factly.

"What do you mean?"

"I—like you—used to be human, but one night the moon came out and I changed into this."

"Oh, you poor thing," I answered, suddenly filled with sympathy.

"Actually, I like it better.  If I didn’t like it, I would’ve changed back years ago."

"You know how to change back?"

"Duh!  You do the opposite of what you did when it happened.  Since you went at midnight, go at noon.  Since you were lying on your back, stand up.  Wear your clothes inside out.  Don’t wear the same green shirt—"

"How do you know that I did all that?" I asked.

"I was watching you when it happened."

So that was what the rustling was!  "Ok, I’ll try it."

"It’ll work."

"Let’s hope so.  Thanks…"


"Right.  Thanks, Jeremy.  I owe you one."

"Not drinking my blood is payback enough." He laughed.

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I woke with a start.  There was a knock at the door.  I got up to answer it.  There stood a police officer.

"Hello officer," I said in a hurried tone.  "Sorry, false alarm.  Here’s $20 for your time."

Before the stunned officer could say anything, I shoved a $20 bill into his hands and slammed the door.

Ok.  I only have to wait ‘till noon to be normal again, I thought.  I can wait that long.  I’ll just go to bed.

Once I plopped down on my bed, I realized that vampires are nocturnal.  I would be awake all night long.  What was I going to do from now until noon?  I looked at the clock.  It was 3:00 in the morning.  I had nine hours to kill.

I spent the next hour trying to figure out what to do, and the two hours after that eating chocolate ice cream.  The television occupied my next three hours.  Half an hour was spent staring at myself in the mirror, and the hour-and-a-half after that was used up lying in bed.

At 11:00, I was up and getting ready.  I put my clothes on inside out, I didn’t shower before leaving, I didn’t wear shoes, and I left my long curly hair down.  Since I didn’t have to shower, put on shoes, or brush my hair, I got ready pretty quickly.  Soon I was walking confidently out of my front door.

My fangs were starting to irritate me.  They rubbed against the sides of my mouth and made little blisters on the insides of my cheeks.  I tried to ignore them. Soon I wouldn’t have to worry about them—if this worked.  I looked at my watch in anticipation.  It was 11:52.  Eight minutes until freedom!  I noticed the clearing up ahead and ran toward it.  When I got there, my heart was racing.  It beat against my chest so loud, I was sure that the whole forest could hear it.

I looked at my watch again.  In just six minutes—if the rabbit in my dream was right—I would be a human again.  No longer would I be a red-eyed, pale-faced, black-haired monster with a mouthful of fangs.

I stole another glance at my watch.  It was 11:58.  Two minutes.

This is so amazing, I thought to myself.  I hope that rabbit was right.  I glanced at my watch.  11:59.  I was so close, just seconds away.  I stared at my watch without blinking for the longest thirty seconds of my life.  11:59……11:59……11:59………12:00!

I looked up at the sun.  Suddenly, a light surrounded me.  BOOM!  First it changed to light green, then to purple, then to blood red.  I felt my fangs disappear and watched as my skin regained its original color.  I gave a shout of joy as the spotlight disappeared.  I laughed, cried, and screamed in utter exultation and ran back to my house with purpose.  My excitement gave me new energy.  I tore up the porch steps and ripped open the screen door.  My feet pounded up the stairs and took me into my bathroom.  I turned to look into the mirror.  There, staring back at me was a blue-eyed, freckle-faced, brown-haired girl with a heart full of jubilation.  I gave another triumphant yell.

Sunlight poured into my room from my window.  With a heart as light as a feather, I danced over to my beautiful, circular window.  Through it, I could see the forest, the lake, and everything else that I loved.  A sigh of contentment escaped my lips.  The grass was so green, the sky so blue, the sun so bright.  Nothing, and I mean nothing could get me down today.  As I walked away from the window, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a small rabbit staring up at me...

Written By:  Casey.


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