A Rose of Love Bloomed In Blood, Vampire
ďMeeting in the moonlightĒ
years had passed since Candy arrived. This last one had grown and had
become a very cute little girl, nice and malicious. She even tied up a
family duck together; ďSo they wonít lose their mommyĒ she explained to
Sister Maria who was scolding her. She also loved above all, climbing
the big tree on the Pony hill, ďThe FatherĒ, like the children call it.
However, she had very few friends among the children of the orphanage,
or at school, despite Tomís efforts, who saw himself as her big
brother, since he was the one who had found her. She had become as a
result, a lonely child, even though she liked the company of other
children, when they allowed her to play with them, which didnít happen
very often, to the two mothersí taste. What always surprised them, and
was secretly scaring them, is that Candy would completely change during
the full moon: she didnít like being bothered and would stare the round
shaped star, while she held her medallion hard, it never left her neck.
One summer night, while Miss Pony was opening the faucet to fill pitcher with water before dinner; the water wouldnít come out.
- Ah! Sister Maria, we need to call the plumber tomorrow. It seems the plumbing as a problem
- Iíll go in the village tomorrow to get him
- Thank you. In the mean time, weíre still missing water. Nobody wants to go out, night is falling soon.
- Iíll go, said Candy, so Iíll be able to freshen up at the river, itís so hot this summer!
- But sweetie, the bucket is too heavy for you. Youíll never be able to carry it
- Yes, I will! Look!
And she picked up the bucket without any difficulty.
- All right, but be careful. With water, the bucket is going to be heavier. I donít want you to hurt yourself, so take your time.
- All right! See you later! She said running outside with the bucket moving to her steps rhythm
- That little one has a heart of gold! Said Miss Pony looking at her go with a smile on her lips
- And such strength for her age, said Sister Maria
was walking, singing, jumping towards the river, stopping from time to
time to breathe the perfume of the flowers. The day started to fade,
leaving its place to the night. One by one, like sky lanterns, the
stars were lighting up. All of a sudden, the moon, mistress of this
star dance, appeared in its entirety.
- Itís the full moon! She exclaimed.
Itís the full moon. And instinctively she put her hand on her medallion.
She approached the river. The moon was huge that night, red like blood. She had the impression all she had to do is reach out with her arm and touch it! She arrived at the river; she put her legs in the riverbed to refresh herself while she was filling her bucket of the water. Thatís when she saw him. A little boy, her age, with brown hair falling on his shoulders, and his eyes were blood red. That impressed her a lot. He seemed to be floating and around him, there was an aura of unreality. He was looking at her strangely too. Surprise and fear seemed reunited on his face, especially when he saw her medallion.
- Hello, he said
- Hello, Candy answered politely, do you live here? Iíve never seen you at school
- Iím on vacation. I live the house over there, he said pointing his finger in the direction, what about you?
- The orphanage, she said with no shame pointing her finger in opposite direction
- Your necklace is pretty, is it yours? He asked intrigued
- Yes, Itís the only thing my mother left me. Itís a clue to find my family. Miss Pony and Sister Maria told me so
- Who are they?
- My two mommies. They take care of us at the orphanage
- Oh ok. The moon is pretty tonight
- Yes, itís its shining under every fire because itís happy! Maybe thereís a bal on it tonight!!
- You say the weirdest things, Freckles!
- Why are you calling me that? I havenít done anything mean to you!
- Itís because you have freckles all over. Itís like youíre shining like the sun
- Ah! Then itís pretty! My real name is Candice White. My friends call me ďCandyĒ
- Candy, that a sweets name! He laughed
- So what? Itís very pretty!
- Yes, but be careful, someone might bite you!
- Because you think Iím going to let them do it? By the way you havenít told me your name!
- Thatís right, I apologise. Itís Terrence Graham Grandchester. My friends call me ďTerryĒ
She crossed the river to the other side.
- Friends? She asked giving him her hand
- Friends! He said shaking her hand
- I have to go. I have to bring back the water, she said showing him the bucket
- All right. Weíll see each other again?
- Yes, Iím going to ask Miss Pony and Sister Maria, said Candy with a shining smile of joy.
She finally had a friend of her own.
- Good bye, she said with a big from her hand
- Good bye
Terry approached her and gave her a peck on the cheek
Surprised and embarrassed, with her cheeks on fire, Candy took her bucket and left!
Breathless for running, Candy finally arrived at the Pony Home. She stared at the moon again before she got in.
- Itís true Terry, its magnificent tonight
And she got in.
- Candy, are you all right? Asked Sister Maria, did you have any problems?
- No Sister Maria! I even met a boy, Terry. Can I go play with him during the summer? Heís my friend.
She had said very fast all at once, looking happy, while giving the to Miss Pony.
- Well I suppose so, she said, but we need to talk with his parents first. Where did you say he lived?
- Near the river!
- I see the house youíre talking about. Weíll go there tomorrow. But for now, itís time to eat, said Sister Maria taking Candy by the waist and installing her on her chair
Candy turned around to thank her, but Sister Maria was startled.
- Candy! She yelled
And she took her head in her hands and looked at Candyís eyes intensely, looking for something. Candy got scared.
- No, nothing. I must be really tired, Iím seeing things! She finally said
- What did you think you saw Sister Maria, she asked worried
- For a moment, I thought your eyes were red, like a blood vessel had burst. I got scaredÖ but itís nothing. Like I said, I must be tired!
next day in the afternoon, Sister Maria took Candy with her to the
village to ask a plumber to come to the Pony Home. He immediately went
to the orphanage, he realised how uncomfortable the two women were.
Then, once that was done, Candy took her to her friendís house to see
if his parents are going to allow them to play together. Candy had so
little friends of her age, to say the least. The two ladies were happy
for her for the opportunity. But they were hoping that the parents
Candy and Sister Maria crossed the river and they walked on a path in the middle of a field of wheat, where farmers were working. The crop seemed excellent this year; they were all radiant with joy! As they were working, they were signing old tunes, talking about the good crops, happy times or simply about love blossoming by the shade of oak treesÖ after a quarter of an hour of that concert, they finally arrived in front of a big house. It looked very ancient and it seemed well maintained, it was a little lugubrious. Maybe it was because the shutters were closed when the sun was shining high in the sky. Maybe they were not home, thought Sister Maria.
- Well, weíll see! She concluded by knocking on the door with the door knocker shaped like an eagle holding a lily.
- Yes, said Candy, clapping her hands.
She was secretly hoping to see her friend again.
After a while, which seemed endless, a butler finally opened the door. It was half opened and the nun could see that the whole house was closed, in a semi darkness.
- What can I do for you?
- Does Terrence Grandchester live here? She first ask, to make sure they have the right house
- Yes, as a matter of fact
- Can I speak to his parents?
- Iím going to see if thatís possible he said looking at Candy.
His eyes became wide opened and he added:
- Come in please, Iím going to take you to the small living room
He left them in with a lot of respect which intrigue both Candy and Sister Maria. They cross the hallway, and then they entered the little living room. Once the butler went to tell his masters, Sister Maria told Candy that the living room in question was not small at all; half of the Pony Home wouldíve easily fitted in it! She also told the little girl that it was decorated with a lot of taste; there was no overload or ostentatious ornaments. On the top of the chimney, a portrait was decorating the wall.
- Thatís Terry, explained Candy, and that must be his mommy and daddy!
- Yes, said Sister Maria
- They seem happy, she said contemplating the little boy surrounded on his left by his father, from whom he took the brown hair and his right by his mother, a young woman blonde from whom he inherited beauty and blue eyes.
That same family portrait entered the room a little while later followed by a maid carrying a tray with tea and little cake. Sister Maria stood up from the couch where she was sitting and Candy faced Terryís parents
- Hello, they say
- Hello, they answered
- Hi Terry, are you all right?
- Yes Candy!
- Letís have a seat, offered Mrs. Grandchester. Weíre going to be more comfortable to discuss. I understand that you want to speak to us, but we donít know why
- Yes, itís about Candy and your son, started Sister Maria. Candy and him seemed to have become friends. Miss Pony and I take care of the orphanage on the other side of the river, are wondering if you could allow your son to play with Candy
Their attention drifted to the little girl and her medallion.
- Candy, my name is Eleonor. Iím happy to make your acquaintance. How did you meet Terry?
- Last night by the river, I came to get some water because the faucet was broken and I met Terry there and we talked
- You talked about what?
- We introduced ourselves, we talked and the moon was very beautiful! She exclaimed still in her memory
- Yes, thatís true. Last night the moon was beautiful, all red!
- Like it was happy!
- Youíre right, the red moon is a sign of good luck and happiness. Youíre very nice, Iím happy that Terry found himself a playmate like you. You agree with me dear? She said turning to her husband
- Yes, I agree. This little lady is absolutely charming. Sister Maria, she can come and see my son to play with him. Thereís no problem.
- However, said Eleonor, you have to know that here, weíre living to Terryís rhythm. Heís got a skin disease that stops him from exposing himself to the light of the sun. So weíre all living at night.
- Sister Maria, said Candy holding the nunís skirt with her two hands, please
- WellÖ Weíre in the summer, so I donít see any inconvenience for now. But in September sheíll have to go back to school
- Thank you Sister Maria! And she jumped on her and gave her a big hug. You hear that Terry? Weíre going to be able to play together!
- Yes, said the young boy, with a smile on his face. Thank you daddy, thank you mommy, he said hugging them. I was feeling kind of alone. Letís go Candy; Iím going to show you the house!
And they both left like arrows. The adults looked at the children go, and Eleonor continued the conversation.
- I have an idea. Why wonít Candy stay here during the summer vacation. Itís going to be better if she wants to play with Terry. Weíll take care of her and weíll bring her back to the orphanage a little while before the vacations are over, so she could get her normal rhythm again. What do you think?
- Well I think it would be better as a matter of fact, answered Sister Maria. Candy and Terry seem to get along very well, that it would be almost a crime to separate them!
And thatís how the friendship between Candy and Terry started. Every summer, they would live together, at his place. They would play with Terryís games, they had an hour of summer school with a tutor (bat was his name, go figure!), Candy taught Terry how to climb trees and how to use a lasso, and he taught her how to ride a horse. They completed each other very well.
Terryís parents were nice to her. They were treating her like their own daughter. Like her, the family loved staring at the moon.
Living with them had not spoiled Candyís generous nature. She was helping the other children with their homework, thanks to the great lessons with the tutor, she taught them how to well behave, and shared with the girls her age the clothes Eleonor had given her during the summer.
But all good things come to an end, unfortunatelyÖ The year she turned 7, Candy was able to bitterly confirm it Ö