Gay Sex With Vampire

He scrapped his fangs against my neck and inhaled the scent of my blood. He pushed his hips against mine to show me his erection.

*****

Alex looked thinner than usual. Paler too. In the three years we had been friends, I had never seen him look so ill.

He was always a skinny one, but he was big on nutrition and kept a healthy vegetarian diet. And now I could see his bones, his hip bones suspending his now loose jeans around his body.

I hadn’t seen him in the studio all week either. No calls, no texts, nothing. We always kept in touch. And why would he disappear for a week without even dropping a hint at where he might be going?

Needless to say, I had a lot of questions to ask.

“So where has my good ol’ Alex been? I was starting to miss my partner in crime.” I said, cradling my coffee cup, leaning against an old amplifier.

“Vacation. Spur of the moment thing. Went to Boston.” he said distractedly, making no eye contact while his pale hands fiddled with some knobs on the soundboard.

“Right on…” I said, trailing off, knowing when Alex wanted to be left alone. “Well, I have a session booked with a band in a few. I should probably head downstairs. Meet me at that café around the block after work? We should catch up.”

I only got a grumble in reply.

“Okay, see you then Alex.”

“Later, Noah.”

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I met Alex in my junior year of college. He worked in the recording studio in which I held an internship. We were fast friends. He was always the sunny type, always cheerful, silver lining and all that: the perfect balance to my usual jaded sarcasm. We had the same taste in music, movies, drinks, pretty much anything. And anything is all we could talk about. There were no secrets between us.

Well, maybe that last one is a little less true. No matter how much I wanted to, I had never come out to Alex. It’s not that I thought he would think any less of me. I knew he wouldn’t. Hell, we even went to a gay bar together with one of his ex-girlfriends. I just didn’t want to come out fully if I couldn’t be with Alex. Yeah, I was hung up. And for good reason: Alex was perfect. He was beautiful. His short dark brown hair that always looked like he just rolled out of bed, no matter how many times he combed it, his giant luminous green eyes with those long, gorgeous lashes, his full lips, always surrounded by an expanse of five-o’clock shadow: Alex is nothing short of gorgeous. He was the only one I wanted, the only one I lusted after, the only one I loved. Imagine how hard it is to keep all that under wraps when you’re getting plastered with your drinking buddy.

It’s so difficult to hide, one night, I let myself slip.

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We were out at a bar, celebrating god knows what: a birth, a death, a wedding, a Tuesday night. It didn’t matter. We were going to get drunk anyway. Seated in our usual booth, side by side, I was just beginning to get a little tipsy, but Alex was definitely ahead of me when he began talking about Michelle, his ex.

“She was great and everything, I’m just glad that’s over. She was so… clingy! Too emotionally taxing, y’know?”

“Yeah, I know the feeling,” I replied, not knowing the feeling.

“”Do you?” Alex replied, cocking his head, and slurring his words slightly. A quizzical look slowly spread across his face and into his eyes. Those bright, emerald-green eyes.

“What are you talking about, Alex?”

“I just mean. You know. I’ve know you for like, what, two years now? And you’ve never once told me about a girl. No girlfriends, no one-night stands. Nothing.”

“Well, I don’t kiss and tell.” I said, leaning against the wall in the corner of the booth, wishing it would swallow me whole.

“You must be one hell of a kisser then,” Alex replied, cracking a smile and leaning in extraordinarily close to my face, rum and cokes dripping from his breath.

He wasn’t really making much sense, but all I could focus on was the closing distance between our faces. Maybe I thought he was joking, maybe in my heart of hearts I hoped he was for real, but I will never know the reason for what I said next.

“Care to find out?”

I laughed coyly, batting my lashes like a smitten cartoon character. Alex stopped smiling.

Then he got closer.

His lips hovered barely an inch above mine, and unable to control myself, I closed the gap.

I kissed his bottom lip gently, then very slowly, I ran my tongue along its edge: a simple, seductive kiss. Alex closed his eyes as he opened his mouth, letting out a soft moan, as he leaned back into his seat.

“You weren’t kidding then…” Alex said, eyes still closed, head tilted back. I held my breath. “Well, I should be going,” he said with a sigh, “We both have work in the morning, and I already know I’m going to have a wicked hangover. I’ll go get a cab. See you tomorrow, Noah.”

And that was that. We never talked about that night again. I didn’t know if he couldn’t remember the kiss, or didn’t want to, but I know I sure as hell didn’t want to bring it up.

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So there I was, in the basement studio with a friend’s band, checking my watch at least every five minutes, and rushing through our session. My anxiousness to see Alex allowed me to endure several dirty looks and one frustrated drummer.

I was able to duck out a few minutes early, so I hurried out the basement exit and around to the coffee shop opposite the alleyway. As I approached the front door, I was surprised to see Alex already seated at a table beside the large window, looking out on the city. He looked frail.

I entered the coffee shop, and rounded his table, sitting directly across from him.

”Hey man, you alright?”

“Mmmph,” was all I got in reply.

“Have you ordered a coffee or anything yet?” He shook his head. “Oh, well, my treat then, I’ll get you a cup.”

I pulled a waitress aside, and she brought us two cups of piping hot black coffee. Just the way we liked it. I held my mug between my hands, warming them, and watched as Alex slowly did the same. He brought his cup to his nose to take a whiff and suddenly began to gag.

“Jesus, Alex. You don’t need to be out right now. Come on, stay at my place tonight. I’ll take you to a doc-in-a-box tomorrow.”

“No, fuck that.” he said, with the most conviction I’d seen in him all day. “I don’t need a doctor. I’ll be fine.”

“Well, at least crash at my apartment tonight. It’s closer to here than yours is. You’re not getting on the subway like this. Besides, you need someone there to make sure you’re okay. You’re not in the best shape right now…”

“Okay, okay, whatever. I just need to get to sleep and get warm. I don’t care where.”

“My place it is.”

We walked the two blocks over to my apartment, his arm around my shoulders to distribute the weight. When we finally entered my place, I walked him over to my couch where he fully collapsed. I brought out a couple of blankets from the linen closet and laid them across the quivering mass of skin and bone that was Alex. I sat on the coffee table across from him, my head resting in my hands.

“What the hell happened to you, Alex?” I whispered, almost inaudibly, shaking my head.

“We can talk in the morning. Sleepy now.” and Alex shut his eyes for the night.

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I spent a long, restless night in my living room chair. I tossed and turned, unable to think of anything but Alex. Eventually, I gave up and spent my night observing my patient. I watched the steady rise and fall of his body as he slept on his side. Every few minutes, he was struck by a chill that caused his entire body to tremble. I wanted nothing more than to curl up next to him on that couch and warm him up.

As the sun rose and peeked through the curtains, I decided that I would make us breakfast.

I got to work in my little kitchen. I made food that would be easy on the stomach. Whole wheat waffles, no butter and a big pot of green tea. I heard something stir in the living room, so I put the food on a tray and brought it out to the waking Alex. He needed a good meal in him.

Alex sat up groggily, only vaguely aware of his surroundings. I set down the tray on the coffee table. “Eat up. Let’s see if you can keep this down.” He glanced over at the tray of warm waffles, paused, and suddenly began to dry heave again. I ran the tray back to the kitchen counter then immediately seated myself beside Alex.

“What’s wrong with you Alex? Are you sick? Did something happen to you last week? What?”

“It’s nothing. I’m fine.”

“Like fuck, you’re fine! Stop saying that, stop avoiding me. I know you weren’t in Boston for a week. I know you well enough to tell when you lie. You know that. And now look a you.. You’re skinny as a rail and you look like you haven’t seen the sun in years! Just tell me what’s wrong, Alex.”

“You wouldn’t believe me if I told you the truth. So I guess I’ll just stick with ‘I’m fine.'”

“Try me,” I said, staring straight into his eyes. “You can tell me anything. I know what you look like when you’re lying, so I trust you to tell the truth. I just want to help you.”

“Fine. But if you don’t want to talk to me after this, I’ll understand. I might be losing my best friend, but I don’t want you to think I don’t care enough to tell you.” He punctuated this with a feeble cough. I took his hand as my concern for him deepened.

“Last Wednesday, I was cleaning out my apartment. I had gathered all the trash bags, and went to put them out in the alley dumpster behind my building. I had thrown the last bag in, when I heard some footsteps behind me. Definitely more than one person. I turned to see who it was, and noticed it was a group of guys who always hung out in front of the next building down the block. Skinhead kids. I remember looking down and seeing razor blades sticking out the front of the biggest one’s boots. I remember one kid laughing, his face full of joy as the biggest one took me down. I remember seeing the blood on the ground, my blood on the ground as one of them called me a faggot. Then they were gone. The world went silent, and I could only see in tunnelvision and the dark edges were creeping in. I’m pretty sure I died that night, Noah.” Alex paused and stared down at his feet, his hand resting on his temple.

“The next thing I was aware of, I was in my apartment, on my bed. I was cold. Really cold. I glanced around the room and I saw a tall man standing at the foot of my bed. Something about this man made me calm. His clothing was ripped and stained with blood. Somehow, I could tell that some of it was mine, but I felt relaxed. Slowly, over the course of the day, he told me what had happened to me, and what I’d become. I did die in that alley. So did those skinhead fucks. But I was the only one who came back. That man, Luca, gave me my life back. He took some of the blood that had spilled from me, and as I faded, he gave me his in return. And now I’m alive, well, sort of. I guess it’s like I have a price to pay for being alive… Luca told me how my life works now. I can only survive if I drink the blood of the living. I’m.. well.. basically, a vampire.” He glanced up to gauge my reaction. I sat, mouth slightly open in wonder. I must have looked a fool, but I knew he wasn’t lying. This was real. This really happened.

“Don’t go grabbing your garlic and crucifixes, all that is bullshit,” he added, cracking a weak smile. The first smile I’d seen from him in a while.
 “So, I guess this explains why you don’t like my cooking,” I offered in return. “And I’m guessing you haven’t… eaten yet.” I added, as my smile faded. My fingers traced the prominent bones in his wrist.

“No,” Alex hung his head. “I honestly don’t know what to do, Noah. I’m a vegetarian. I couldn’t kill an animal, much less a human. I’d much rather put an end to my measly half-life than a hundred others. Even if that means starving.” Tears welled up in his piercing green gaze.

I leaned forward and took his face in my hands, his pale skin so cool to the touch. “I hope I’m not just thinking out loud here, but… couldn’t you just take my blood. Not enough to kill me, but enough to keep you alive. I don’t know what I’d do if I lost you and I could have stopped it.” Tears streamed down my face with these last words, unable to hold them back any longer.

Alex looked away. “Luca told me that was an option but…”

“But what?”

“He told me, if there were.. strong feelings,” he spoke, clearly choosing his words carefully, “between a vampire and a mortal, the first time feeding from them would likely be the last. The vampire could lose control… I could lose control with you.”

Whatever I was about to say got stuck in my throat. I couldn’t believe what I was hearing.

I looked into his eyes and I knew. “After that night at the bar, that kiss, I knew…” Alex started.

“I didn’t think you remembered that. Or you wanted to. I thought you were just too drunk. You wouldn’t want me when you were sober…” The tears were welling up in earnest now.

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