Transylvanian Ambition – SHORT STORY

by Nova Pose

     THE SMILE REVEALED perfect teeth, the bottom row only, except for one disobedient, a crooked incisor, that made the owner regret not having braces when they were younger, that forced them to artificially move their lip in any photo as they smiled. Still, vampires weren’t known for their vanity. Unperturbed, Ana Transylvescu was determined to break into the modelling world despite all the obvious barriers that stood in her moonlit path, and I had to admit, she stood a chance as I looked through her headshots from our recent shoot.

Straight hair of darkest brown reached her lower back, contrasting the purest palest skin I’d ever seen, that held a translucent quality, a thing of magic, and once captured on camera: mind-blowing. As for her face…was she descended from Gods? Such bone structure! Her jaw line was feminine, not aggressive, making her chin petite yet bold, slightly rounded, the perfect underscore to her big lips, an inch away from her thin delicate pointed nose. The cheekbones flared Ana’s face outwards, yet not exageratedly so, while her neotenous eyes stared back at me, one green, one hazelnut, as if to apologise for the otherwise perfect symmetry that wasn’t fair on anyone else.

“What is so interesting Sorin? You have been staring at your camera for ages!” Ana said from the makeshift changing room in the corner of the studio, peeking out.

“You have such beauty Ana! I was lost in the pictures!”

“Don’t get any ideas! I have no time for boyfriends or fuckbuddies.” She came walking over, heavily dressed, yet still as elegant as a panther.

“You are going already?” I said with surprised. “Don’t you want a drink? Something to eat? I make a…”

“No,” she cut in. Standing behind where I sat she placed a cold hand on my neck. “All I want from you Mr. Photographer, is to get me from here to Milan, Paris or New York in that order. I can tell, from your eyes, that I am, how not to sound arrogant…something special.” Ana placed her other hand on my neck, gripping tighter and continued: “Make my dream come true,” whispering by my ear. “And no day shoots!”

My neck was freed and her footsteps echoed as she strode away to the door.

Turning around, my heartbeat raised, I watched her in her brown fur coat and matching hat with black trousers. As she reached the door I shouted: “Where are you going?”

As if insulted she snapped back, “I’m hungry! OK!”

“But I offered you food..” She was gone.

I was insulted. Then I suddenly realised the obvious.

Well, at least she wasn’t biting my neck. Although…

 

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*Picture by Nova Pose

25 Comments

  1. Here is a comment you can delete later 😉
    You ask for feedback, I spotted a misspelt word – “with surprised” – I think you meant “with surprise”. Thanks for the vampiric delicacy! I thoroughly enjoyed it!

  2. Very nice. A vampire in the modelling industry certainly is a unique concept. I presume, in this world, the idea of vampires casting no reflection in a mirror doesn’t apply. All cameras have mirrors in them, even the digital ones. If Ana cast no reflection, she wouldn’t appear in any photos and that would be a real hindrance to Ana’s career.

    Apart from that, it’s a good story. I can easily imagine her diva-like attitude coming from long-entrenched notions of aristocracy having absolute power over their serfs, which she picked up in her mortal life. No one would think it was strange for her to be demanding and snobby in that industry.

    1. Ooooh a vampire aficianado!
      Thanks for pointing that out, it had never occured to me – talk about fatal flaw lol
      Maybe she’s some hybrid…or he photoshops every pic..hmmm, just as well I didn’t devote an entire story to it. Thanks laura 🙂

      1. That said, I did do a bit more research and it turns out that some more modern digital cameras don’t have mirrors but there are still those with mirrors being used by professionals. At the moment, it seems that it’s up to the individual photographer whether or not to get a camera without mirrors as, though they’re much smaller and thus more convenient, they can be more expensive and have a much shorter battery life.

        So, God help the photographer who tried to photograph Ana with the wrong sort of camera! I suppose he could get her to wear a full layer of body paint, contact lenses and wig if he didn’t but she wouldn’t be happy.

        In short, vampire models can be photographed so long as it was with the right camera. My mistake.

      1. At first, I thought it meant he had offered to let her bite him. However, the next sentence, “I was insulted. Then I suddenly realised the obvious.” made me think that he actually offered her normal food which did leave me slightly confused.

      2. I got what you meant! Maybe you could clarify a bit by stating something like “I was insulted. Why do women always assume I am a terrible cook? Have I got that kind of face? I wondered absentmindedly checking myself in the mirror, while playing the action over in my head.” or something shorter 🙂

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