Living in Manhattan was always a dream for Eric Payne. He grew up in a small Pennsylvania town and often would dream of some day living in the city ‘that never sleeps’. It took him some time, saving up every penny and a sharp focus on a goal that finally was realized. He looked out of his apartment window, joyfully listening to the rushing sounds of the city. The hustle of hundreds as they scurried by below him. Taxis beeping as they raced by his building. This constant motion of life intoxicated Eric and overwhelmed his rural background. He felt the adrenaline flow rapidly through his veins as he soaked in his new life here, his dream fulfilled.
“Hey Buddy, whatcha doing?”
It was Eric’s new roommate, Chris. They had found each other through the ‘roommate wanted’ ads in the Village Voice. Eric turned away from the window.
“Just enjoying the life of the city. I think its just..incredible”
Chris shrugged and sat down on the couch.
“I guess. It means nothing to me. When you’ve lived in the city your whole life, its just kinda of nothing”.
Eric stood there, disappointed in Chris. Maybe he couldn’t appreciate this having “eaten the big apple” his whole life. This was a shame, Eric thought. He looked back out the window again, his mouth watering with anticipation.
“Why don’t you go out then? Go live a little of that exciting city life.” Chris smugly said, then chuckled. He was completely unaware that Eric was now standing behind him.
“Hey, that’s a good idea!” Eric exclaimed. “I gotta eat some dinner first”.
“Don’t touch my leftover Chinese food in the fridge. I’m saving that-
Chris’s head was suddenly jerked over the back of the couch. His hair held tightly by Eric as he looked up into his now red eyes. The new couch that Chris brought with him from his old apartment, now had his blood splattered across its cushions. Eric had chomped down on Chris’s neck. He sucked out as much as he wanted in satifysing his hunger, leaving Chris sitting up now dead.
“It really is just incredible to finally be here” Eric thought as he returned back to look out the window. “This city is filled with just so much…life”.
Written for Fandango’s FOWC prompt – Vampire
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