WRONG DECISIONS

The moment the word leaves your lips, the vampires exchange glances and burst out laughing. The sound is eerie, inhuman, echoing through the room.

The dark-haired female’s laughter is particularly high-pitched. She clutches her stomach tightly. “Someone hasn’t looked in the mirror recently!”

This sets off the blonde on a fresh bout of laughter. “Maybe… maybe everything is just hidden somewhere under all that pink skin!”

You back up nervously, hoping to escape whilst they’re distracted, but the movement recaptures their attention. The vampires all go immediately still, their heads swiveling towards you, and you freeze once more.

The leader steps closer. “Have you been living under a rock, or do you think we’re stupid?” He takes another step closer. “To think we would believe your lie when you’re so obviously human… To me, it looks like you think we’re stupid.”

“I’m sorry?” you reply, although you don’t know why you’re apologising.

He takes another step closer. “You will be, soon enough. Only a bland would’ve made a mistake like—” He stops mid-sentence, then looks at you sharply.

You hear an odd click behind you, and turn around, only to realize that the blonde is now standing guard over the door. Her mouth is half-open, exposing two sharp canines. She’s in a half-crouch, prepared to spring.

A hand grips your shoulder tightly.

You jump, and glance upwards. It’s the male vampire, but he’s not looking at you, he’s looking at the blonde. “This one’s not for eating.”

She pouts, but straightens slowly, moving away from the door and back to the bed.

The leader pushes you roughly towards the door. “Get out of here before I change my mind.”

You stumble out into the corridor, and the door slams shut behind you. You can’t help but turn around, backing up as you do, eyes on the door.

But there is no movement, no sound. It’s almost as if you were never inside that room, as if the monsters behind were a figment of your imagination.

You heave a sigh of relief, then straighten up, glancing up and down the hallway. You still don’t have a souvenir to bring Mark, but there are more doors to explore.

What do you do?

* What else? Continue exploring!