80 Post Challenge – Post 55

Describe a time you felt alone

Well isn’t that a lovely, depressing question? Hmm. Okay. I could choose to go for a comedy slant on this or a totally serious one. Choices… choices….

Okay, well let me first say that I’m lucky enough (and I know damn well how lucky it is) that I’ve never really been alone. Yes I’ve been far away from people I love and/or need, but I’ve never been alone. They’ve always been a phone call away, or a text message or, if I’m really desperate; Facebook. I’m fortunate enough to have friends who leave their phones on at night, parents who do the same and plenty of people around me who would jump to help if I twitch a finger asking for it. I’m very, very fortunate in that regard. So… I guess because of that, its a bit tricky finding a serious example of feeling alone.

Heh, in that case, when being serious fails…. ^_^
nice red vampire lips with blood and teeth, from OpenClipArtI was at work. We were talking about vampires, gushing about our favourite types and stories and the different parts of the vampire legend that makes the vampire special. As you know, vampires really are my creature of the night. I love them, with their blood drinking and sharp teeth, cold hands and still chests. The allure about them and the mystery, the way they have the power to draw you in against your will and do terrible, wicked-wicked things to you (I have no idea what all this says about me by the way! Decide for yourself.).

Anyway, I talked about my favourite vampires (not written by me *blush*), which, at the time were those written by Laurell K Hamilton and Christopher Pike. Buffy’s vampires aren’t bad – though Angel has had his turn as far as I’m concerned – and neither are those of Dracula (mention Blade and I really will poke you in the eye!).

But then, of course, the talk turned to Twilight.

Now… honest to goodness, I’m done Twilight bashing (I don’t want to get lynched!), but it was the most bizarre experience I’ve ever had talking about books and fantasy at work. I remember seeing a sea of faces turn towards me, waiting for me to gush and sigh and profess undying love for these vampires and all I felt was a little wriggle of irritation at the assumption. I categorically dislike Twilight vampires for various reasons, but not a single one of these people had an easy time of believing it.

‘But I thought you’d love them!’
‘They’re right up your alley, though, aren’t they?’
‘Didn’t you write something a bit like this when you were younger?’ – This one nearly made me explode with rage.

When I gently (yes, gently; I’m quite proud of myself) explained, ‘No, I do NOT like these vampires,’ I was left in the middle of crowd of bemused vampire fan-girls who looked as though they’d just been told that Dracula had just burned to a crisp in the sun.

Yeah… that made me feel quite alone.





My 80 Post Challenge is brought to you with help from Tom Slatin’s 80 Journal Writing Prompts.

About Ileandra Young

I'm a thirty-*mumbles* year old (purple loving, cheese worshipping) author of fantasy, juggling a pair of beautiful twin boys with my burning desire to make up stories and write them all down. When I get the chance, I play games, listen to music, and in days long past I even ran a radio show. Though I occasionally write non-fiction, my heart lives in fantasy and my debut novel, Silk Over Razor Blades is now available through Amazon along with part two of the trilogy, Walking The Razor's Edge.
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4 Responses to 80 Post Challenge – Post 55

  1. Dracula? Burn in the sun? Not the original. And he sure as heck didn’t sparkle either!


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