Friday, March 30, 2007

Pink Wine

Castle Hill Stories
Pink Wine
Through the lace the sun beamed in on the pillow where Dawn slept. Her face was swollen from her soon to be ex’s visit. Still she looked peaceful sleeping there. At lease Lauren thought so right before she woke her mother up.

“Mom get up. Rise and shine sweetheart. I forgot to leave you a note yesterday Aunt Vick is going to be here today. She’s coming in for the Fall Festival.” Lauren said then took a seat on Dawn’s bed.

Dawn pushed herself up on her elbows and replied, “Good Lord. Vick could have given me some warning.”

“She told me on the phone that the stars told her she needed to be here.” For that remark Dawn smacked Lauren playful with a pillow then fell back on the bed.

Later in the day Aunt Vick entered the house and filled it with joy.

“Damn, that is one pink kitchen.” Vick said as she placed her hands on her hips.

Vick was a curve gal that all the men loved and she loved them right back. She even married one once. Vick always told people she wouldn’t marry again because the last one had the bad taste to die on her. The truth was that she loved him very much and missed him every day.

“Oh don’t start on me you paint your kitchen blue. You even painted the ceiling blue with little stars.” Dawn rolled her eyes at Vick and walked around the table to the sink.

“Oh you’re just jealous. Do you have any pink wine to go with this kitchen?” Vick said as she moved herself to the table and took a seat. Dawn smiled at her and got some wine.

The day passed and the two women caught up on each others lives. Trin and Lauren fluttered into the conversation from time to time. When the day was done the two women moved out to the back patio to share yet another glass of wine and a look at the stars.

“You have told me everything today and yet you’ve told me nothing. There’s a damn witches salt circle around your house and you haven’t brought it up once. Please tell me you didn’t do this?” Vick remarked as she turned her glaze from the stars to look at Dawn’s reaction.

“Well you know how I feel about the subject.” Dawn said she stared back at Vick.

“You know more about this subject then most and that damn salt circle is glowing blue. Trin and Lauren don’t see it do they?”

“No! Vick watch what you say in front of the girls.”

“Lauren is old enough to know what you are. Next summer we’ll all know if she is one of us. Don’t you think you owe it to her to prepare her for what might happen?”

“I have time Vick. I have time. I just want her to be normal a little bit longer. Unlike you I was born this way. I can’t believe you can see the blue glow.” Dawn was exasperated with her friend. Was now the time to tell Vick about the Vampire.

“Dawn we have been friends awhile and I know when something’s up with you. Just tell me what’s going on so I can relax.”

“The salt circle came with the house. So did the vampire in the big house on the hill. My ex-husband is going to screw up my life every time I get comfortable but hey relax your not me.” Dawn gave Vick a bit of sarcasm to chew on.

Vick made her way to one of the plastic patio chairs and flopped into it. She took a long drink from her wine glass and stared back up at the stars.

“Oh come on, say something. I get it that I’m screwed but where is the love and support.” Dawn said as she took a seat next to Vick.

“Maybe you’re not screwed. Maybe you’re are the path that your meant to be on. But damn a real Vampire!” Vick rolled her eyes and looked at Dawn.

“He’s good looking in a manly way too”

“Please to don’t let me meet him, I’ll fall in love.”

“I think he’s lonely too”

“Shut up! I’m getting wet.” Both women started laughing. Vick was happy because it had been a long time since she had heard Dawn laugh like this.

“Vick I’m glad you’re here. You and I haven’t torn it up for a long time. Maybe we should. Here’s to our next adventure.” Dawn said as she raised her wine glass to Vick. Just then both women heard a growling noise. Both ladies stared at a black wolf on the other side of the salt circle.

“Did you forget to tell me you met a werewolf by any chance?” Vick tried to make light the position they were in.

The wolf pace the edge of the salt circle as both women sat there wine glasses down on the concrete and rose to their feet. Dawn looked over at Vick and nodded then walked to the edge of the salt circle. The wolf moved to meet Dawn then let out a mighty howl. The howl was answered by a white wolf running toward them.

When the white wolf reach the black wolf it went straight to battle by jumping on its back and biting its neck. The two wolves rolled around and fought till the black wolf yelped away. The white wolf took a moment to catch its breath while staring at the women. Then it walked across the salt line straight to Dawns side. The wolf nuzzled its nose to Dawn’s tight, so she reached her hand down and touched the wolf’s head. Then the wolf ran off back into the fields.

“What the hell was that?” Vick said a little shaky with fear.

“Nothing but Gavin the vampire that lives in that big fancy house up there on the hill.” Somehow Dawn smiled as the words came out of her mouth. Poor Vick was making her way back to her wine glass for a drink but found it empty.

“Boy I hope you got something a little stronger then wine in that pink kitchen of yours.”

To be continued…

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