This is the 103rd in a series of 365 Flash Fiction stories I’m writing. You can find out more about the challenge here.
Deal with the Vampire Plague, by Jonathan L. Lawrence, 14th March 2013
Word count: 1,000
“Come in sit down,” the old merc invited the officers that had gathered at the door. “Come on, I don’t have all day, and you guys certainly don’t.”
The police officers of Speck upon Thames entered and took seats.
“I know some of you probably find this menace hard to believe, some of you have seen one and maybe doubt your ability to deal with an enemy so strong and so fast,” the mercenary said standing while the dozen police officers were seated. “Well both views are wrong, the urban vampire is very real, and it isn’t unbeatable.”
“I shot one,” one of the police officers stood up, a bit shakily, “It just got up and kept going.”
“They’ll do that,” the merc said, taking a seat. “Listen you guys have a problem, there have been three sighted in your area, you’ve faced one already. This is a real and dangerous threat. So tell me what you know about vampires.”
“They’re strong and fast,” one of the other officers said from the back of the room.
“They feed on blood, they prefer virgins, and they turn people,” another near the front said.
“That’s what the papers report,” the merc replied, “Reality is a bit different from that. Yes staking them through the heart will kill them, but that’ll kill anything. It’s also a quick way to get yourselves killed, at all costs avoid getting in close with a vampire, they hold all the advantages in close combat.” The merc got back to his feet again.