Family Reunion Pt. 1
The lights from all the neighboring cars made falling asleep near-impossible but I tried to lean back in my seat and close my eyes anyway. Every now and then I would scrunch up my face to try and re-focus on not focusing but I must not have looked that drowsy because James kept trying to get my attention.
"What do you think about it?" James said.
I sighed and shifted again in my seat. "Think about what?"
"About what? We were just talking about this," James said. "Laura switching to only make Rum and Cokes with Dr. Pepper instead."
I grumbled again and sat up, rubbing my eyes to reduce the light burning that accompanied fatigue. "I dunno, she's the bartender and she runs her own bar. She can do what she wants."
"Do you think Dr. Pepper is cheaper than Coke? Maybe she uses something else."
"Like Mr. Pibb."
"Yeah or, what are those bulk imitation sodas? Dr. Thunder? That's it, Dr. Thunder. You know, it used to just be called 'Southern Lightning?' Isn't that weird? Jenna? Hey, Jenna!
Bad LuckI was getting my first bit of good sleep in a long time when I felt the room begin to change. Squinting, I lifted my head a bit and saw the source of the commotion. A hooded figure, maybe 2-3 feet tall, was levitating above my bed. I could only see its glaring red eyes from under the cloak. As it spoke, a strong wind began to blow in the room from some unspecific location, making my blanket ripple and my books fly open.
“I come in the name of the First House of the King of Blood, Cadarus,” it said, its voice crackling and creaking. “The prince of the great house, destined to lead the armies of the Terror Lands, is to be borne into this world.” The cloaked creature let one bony, gnarled hand come out from under its shroud, pointing at me. “Your human womb has been chosen as the-”
“Look, I have work in the morning,” I finally had to say, cutting the little guy off. “Let’s just cut to the bullet points. Is this kid a reincarnatio