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A tad bit later, I know. Busy week and although the story was done by saturday, I didn’t have the time to publish it.
This weeks challenge by Mr. Wendig was the same as last week, only different titles.
I chose the title ‘Ring of bullets’, happy reading!

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Ring of bullets

It sounded like he was in a hailstorm but he knew they were bullets flying round his head. He was caught between the crossfire of the vampires on one side and the cops on the other. Ducked away in a ditch he held his head low and his hands over his ears. Never before had Cam been in a more ironic situation. His colleagues and friends on one side, and his new family on the other.

Just weeks ago he had been bitten by a vampire and turned. He was welcomed into the family and introduced to the vampire life. At first Cam was angry about it, but he started to embrace it more and more. The drinking blood thing was still an issue, but was easily resolved with blood bank bags, a funnel and wine. All he had to do now was to give up his old apartment, move in the vampire house and give up his whole life.

Only his old friends and colleagues weren’t about to let him go. Vampires were accepted in today’s society but that doesn’t mean you can just give up on a friend. Although Cam had embraced his vampire life, his work was his passion and his life. He couldn’t just walk away from that. And now he was caught in a firestorm between both camps.

He had known a confrontation was about to erupt so he had rushed to the meeting point. As he stood in the middle of the forest road, deciding what to do, the gunfire started. Apparently nobody had seen him standing on the road, as he dove away for safety. It was a precarious situation, but it strangely gave him the time to think over the whole situation.

He was always complaining that he was stuck in the job, riding patrols every day and doing nothing else. With the vampires in town his job got easier, everybody was too scared of them. Crime had dropped to an all-time low, even though the vampires did nothing to help the law. They kept to themselves, but their mere presence frightened the town. Cam was ready for some more excitement in his life, and his job wasn’t giving him that. Exactly that was what the vampires had for him, adventure. But leaving his old life behind was more difficult than he had imagined.

He could still see his friends, that wasn’t the problem. But in a strange way he would miss doing nothing and goofing around. He felt like a child for thinking this way, and he knew what he had to do.

Cam stood up and gave a very loud scream. It hit home and the sound of gunfire fell silent. Both sides were calling his name. He replied to come closer and stop firing. His new vampire family and his friends and colleagues came towards him. Cam could still see the anger in their faces. He knew he had to be careful with his words, as all of them were now close enough to murder each other and do it right. He turned towards his friends and colleagues.

“Guys, I understand what you are trying to do, but I really haven’t had a chance yet to tell you this was my own choice. I want more out of life than the same job, house and environment. I want adventure, not knowing what you’ll do the next day, or knowing where you’ll be. I want to see the world, meet people, and this is my way of doing that. Try and understand.” Cam didn’t stop to see their faces but turned towards his new vampire family.

“And you, surely I can’t be the first to have relatives who hate the idea of losing someone to you? I can’t imagine already leaving such an imprint you don’t want to lose me. The only thing I can think of is that this is a fun sport for you to do.” The more he thought about it, the more it seemed true for some reason. Cam made sure he could see both groups before he spoke again.

“Even though not everyone will be happy about it, I made my decision and I’m going for adventure. I will still come and visit you guys. Tomorrow morning I’m turning in my badge and gun.” As he said it, he felt he was making the right call. Cam closed his eyes and took a deep breath.

That was probably the worst thing he could have done. Who started he would never know, but all of a sudden a gun went off. In mere seconds the whole group, including Cam and the other vampires were dead. A carnage on the middle of a forest road leading nowhere.

It was a ring of bodies, in a ring of bullets. An adventure, not for Cam, but for his fellow cops who had to clean up the mess.