"Second Chance" by Mark Moore
Part 9 of 9

Disclaimer: In places this is a lemon/ecchi/hentai/perverted/sinning/horndog of a fanfic. If you're too young to read it (you know that you are), please don't read it. The full disclaimer is in the author's note at the beginning of Part 1.

After they had walked to the Lang farm, Doris showed the club owners how to take care of the animals and plant crops. She also showed them how to turn the barrier on and off and where various household items were kept.
Finally, she took them into the basement.
They were standing in front of a large steel vault. Doris typed in an access code on a keypad: 2-2-6-4-5-3-7. The door slid open, and the light came on. The nine of them walked into the vault.
Along each of the three walls were glass cases. Inside them were records, audio cassettes, compact discs, master tapes, video cassettes, DVDs, music sheets, photographs, magazines, and newspapers.
"What is all this stuff?" Kei asked.
"This...is my family's legacy, our most prized possessions." Doris said grandly.
Everyone looked at all of the items in fascination. It was quite rare to find anything from before World War III, much less this many in such great condition.
"These items are over 10,000 years old." Doris told them. "They're preserved in helium."
"Ooh, outraaageous." Kimber Lee said in awe.
"It's very important that they remain intact." Doris went on. "They're my only connection to the distant past. Please take care of them."
"We will." Christy promised.
They all looked at the items for a while, then they left the vault, Doris locked it, and they went back upstairs.
When they walked into the kitchen, Doris got the food from the refrigerator, plates from the cabinet, and utensils from the drawer and set them on the table.
"We've got ham, beef jerky, eggs, rye bread, and horseradish." Doris presented.
Doris, Lamika, and Dan allowed the club owners to sit on the chairs. Everyone else stood.
"What are you planning to do?" Kei asked. "Where will you go?"
"I'm not sure." Doris replied.
Doris started thinking. She thought about the lyrics to all of the songs she had heard in the past few days. Doris looked up from her plate and stared intensely at her lover. Lamika nodded in approval.
"Can we be in your group?" Doris asked Dazzle.
Rory, Phoebe, and Ingrid were surprised.
"Why?" Rory asked.
"We do the same things every day." Doris replied. "It's boring. We want some excitement in our lives. We wanna see the world."
"It's fine by me." Phoebe replied.
"Me, too." Ingrid added.
Rory smiled. "Welcome to Dazzle."
"So, what are we gonna do?" Lamika asked. "Become continental drifters?"
"No, we're going on tour." Doris replied with a grin. "We're going all over the place. We're gonna see everything."
"After we eat, I'll go back to the club and get our car, then I'll come back here and pick you up." Rory said.

After they had eaten their meal, Rory walked back to Hit Paradise.
While he was gone, Doris got three suitcases out of the closet in her parents' bedroom. She, Lamika, and Dan packed as many clothes as they could fit. Doris also took a few CDs from her bookcase, music sheets from a drawer, her wine bottle, and her whip. The three of them also packed their laser rifles.
As they were walking down the stairs, they heard a honking sound coming from outside.
"What the hell is that?" Doris asked.
All eight of them walked outside, and they saw Rory sitting in a red 1985 Pontiac Firebird, which was parked in front of the house.
"Wow!" Doris exclaimed.
Rory stuck his head out the window. "Watch this."
He pressed a button, and the roof retracted and went down.
Doris stared in delight. "It's a convertible."
Rory opened the trunk and got out of the car. "Give me your suitcases."
Doris, Lamika, and Dan handed them to him, and he put them in the trunk and closed it.
Everyone came and stood close to the car.
"Well, I guess this is good-bye...for now." Doris said. "If things start getting out of hand, call on me."
"I left a copy of our tour schedule on the coffee table." Phoebe explained. "Mail us."
Kei nodded. "We will. Good-bye."
"Yeah, good-bye." Kimber Lee added. "I wish I was going with you. Concerts, parties, interviews - it's truly outrageous!"
Doris gave her a smile. Lamika looked at Doris, Rory, Phoebe, and Ingrid and shared her thoughts with them.
Doris' smile faded. They all nodded in agreement.
"You may not wish to come with us when we tell you what else we're gonna do." Doris said. "We're going to become bounty hunters, hunting and killing vampires for payment."
"Like our brothers?" Christy asked.
Doris nodded. "Yes. We can't just enjoy ourselves. We have to reclaim our world."
"It's our destiny." Lamika added.
"Well, good luck to you." Christy said. "Good-bye."
Doris smiled. "Just for now. Listen, if that vampire hunter that I hired shows up someday, looking for me, tell him where I am."
"Got it." Christy said.
"We'd like to give you a gift before we leave." Ingrid said suddenly.
"What's that?" Kei asked.
"Eternal life." Phoebe said.
"Do you accept?" Rory asked them.
Kei, Christy, and Kimber Lee looked at each other, then they looked at Dazzle. "Yeah."
Rory bit Kei, Phoebe bit Christy, and Ingrid bit Kimber Lee. After they had drunk enough blood, they made shallow cuts in their own throats and allowed the three girls to bite them and drink their blood. After it was done, and all of the blood had been licked up, Rory, Phoebe, and Ingrid stepped back.
"Get some rest." Rory told them.
Doris, Lamika, Dan, Rory, Phoebe, and Ingrid said their good-byes, and the club owners gave their thanks.
Then Rory got in the driver seat of the Firebird. Doris got in the passenger seat. Phoebe, Ingrid, Lamika, and Dan got in the back seat.
Everyone waved as Rory started the engine and backed the car away.
"Fasten your seatbelts." Rory said.
Doris, Lamika, and Dan watched Rory, Phoebe, and Ingrid do it, then they fastened their own seatbelts.
As the car took off up the dirt road, Lamika looked back at the house sadly. "I was just beginning to feel at home there."
"The Markus Sisters are in charge of it now." Doris told her. "Rory, stop by the cemetery."

Rory stopped the car.
Doris, Lamika, and Dan got out and walked into the cemetery.
They walked a short distance, then Doris and Dan stopped and knelt in front of two graves.
"Mother, father,...I'm leaving now." Doris said. "I've got a new love and a new life. We're gonna be the best damn vampire hunters on the planet. Wish us luck. I love you. Good-bye."
They stood up. Doris looked around and found Lamika standing in front of a grave.
Lamika knelt down in front of the grave. "Mother,...I'm sorry that I never got to know you. I'm doing well now, thanks to my new family. I...I love you." She stood up and turned to face Doris and Dan.
"Let's be happy." Doris told Lamika. "We all have each other. We're family."
Lamika kissed Doris on the lips. "Thank you."
"You're welcome,...Micki." Doris replied.
Lamika smiled, and Doris smiled back at her. They joined hands and walked back to the car, Dan following close behind.
The three of them got into the Firebird. They buckled their seatbelts again.
"Doris?" Phoebe asked.
"I didn't want to say anything earlier, because I wasn't sure." she began. "Those four people I saw in the pictures in your vault - are they the same four people you and Lamika are descended from?"
"Yes." Doris replied.
"Well,...I've met them before." she continued.
Doris turned around and stared at her in shock. "That's impossible!"
"They're still alive, Doris." Phoebe replied. "I don't know how. They were probably bitten by vampires or dhampirs. I saw them in Los Angeles."
Doris slowly turned and faced the front again. "If they are alive,...I must find them. They're my family. Rory, start the car."
Rory started the engine. "You're ready to go?"
Doris nodded. "I'm done with this place. Let's hit the road."
"Where are we going?" Lamika asked.
"Los Angeles." Ingrid replied.
"Good!" Doris exclaimed.
"We'll find them, Doris." Lamika vowed.
Doris took one of her CDs out of its case, put it in the CD player, selected track 6, and pressed PLAY. A song started playing, and the voices of their ancestors filled the car:

"Out my window,
the rain starts to fall,
and the wind blows
through an empty hall.
In the mirror,
ooh, reflections of you.
In the distance, I hear a sound.
Is that you comin' around?

(What you gonna do?) Oh, what you gonna do?
(I think I should) I think I should be with you.
(Love that's overdue) A love that's overdue.
Oh, I think I should be with you.

Thought I saw ya
in a stranger's face.
Should I call ya,
or should I walk away?
Around the corner
is around the world.
Is that you lookin' at me,
or am I livin' a dream, woe-oh?

(What you gonna do?) Oh, what you gonna do?
(I think I should) I think I should be with you.
(Love that's overdue) Oh, a love that's overdue.
Oh, I think I should be with you.

And when I'm lost in a dream,
you are all I can see.
All alone in the night, I'm waiting for you;
in a moment I'd die
just to look in your eyes;
the dream is alive...I'm waiting.
Oh, my (oh, my),
how I try
to make you see that
I should be with you.

In the distance I hear a sound.
Is that you comin' around?

(What you gonna do?) Oh, what you gonna do?
(I think I should) I think I should be with you.
(Love that's overdue) Oh, a love that's overdue.
Oh, I think I should be with you.

(Oh, I-I-I-I-I) I think I should be with you.
(I-I-I-I-I) Oh, I think I should be with you.
(I-I-I-I-I) Yeah, I think I should be with you."

As they drove south on a new journey, they sat silently in thought. Doris rested her arm on the door and felt the morning breeze in her hair.
The wind of change.

The End

Copyright 2000, 2001 by Mark Moore

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