I left Evan at the Waffle House and went straight to Nerdo Vamp’s office. This was important. It had to be taken care of, like now.
I pushed open the heavy wooden door and stopped at Nerdo Vamp’s desk.
“Yes, yes, Mr. Alexander. To be certain. Although, one must remember that these are uncertain times in which we live.” Nerdo Vamp dropped his pen and turned away from me.
I marched around the desk and stood in front of him again, this time flailing my arms overhead.
He shooed me away and swiveled around to face the front door
“What’s got you so worked up?”
That voice–it was Brian. He would surely take me seriously.
“Oh my god, Brian.” I flung myself into a chair and let my arms drop lifelessly over the armrests. “I am in sooo much trouble. My husband, you know, Evan, he had this woman follow me. And she knows. She knows it all. And now she’s after me. She’s going to tell everyone… about me… us…all of us. I don’t know what I’m going to do. Do I kill her? Do I turn–“
“Libby,” Brian bent over and grabbed my shoulders, “it’s fine. We’ll take care of it.”
“Take care of what?” Nerdo Vamp was now standing beside me.
Brian opened his desk drawer and pulled out a bag of potato chips. “Some woman found about Libby and is demanding to be turned, or else.”
“Right.” Nerdo Vamp adjusted his bow tie. “Libby, you will learn that there are many reasons a vampire may turn someone, and blackmail is not among them. What do you know about this woman?”
“Uh, oops.” I winced. “Nothing, except that Evan hired her to follow me. She must be some sort of private detective.”
“Well, Libby, I suggest you inquire further. We may be supernatural, but we are not miracle workers.” He went back to his desk and turned off the computer. “Brian, get the bag.”
I found my phone and dialed Evan’s number.
“Hi, Libby, I–“
“I need to know her name,” I said before he could say anything else.
“What? You aren’t going to turn her?”
“Her name, Evan. I need to know.”
He was silent for a moment and then whispered, “Camden Scott. Her name is Camden Scott.”
“All right. And where does she work?”
I got the address hung up the phone. I looked from Brian to Nerdo Vamp. “Camden Scott.”
Brian dropped his bag and laughed.
Nerdo Vamp sighed and sat back down, restarting his computer. “Camden Scott, also known as Fiona Ridgeway, Sunshine Pierce and Beulah Taylor, is already a vampire.”
“Her real name is Mary Billingsley.” Brian opened a bag of pretzels and offered me a bag of Doritos. “Want some?”
I shook my head.
He rubbed some of the salt off a pretzel before popping it in his mouth. “I’ve helped her change names twice now. She’s always into something, causing trouble, creating drama.”
“And sticking her nose where it does not belong,” Nerdo Vamp added.
Brian ripped open the bag of Doritos. “She claims she’s a vampire rights activist. What was her last cause?”
“I believe it was ‘Blood Bags are for Brooders’ or something along those lines.”
“That’s right.” Brian licked the cheese powder from his thumb. “She’s anti-blood bag because she believes it’s in a vampire’s nature to hunt, to kill. And if vampires deprive themselves of that basic need, the vampire becomes emotionally disturbed, anxious, depressed, what have you. They then become more likely to commit suicide or kill another vampire… and obviously, more broody.”
I held out my hand for a Dorito. “Is that true?”
“There’s some data to support the theory, but you know, there’s not a lot of vampire centered research out there.”
“I think my all time favorite has to be ‘Humans, Not Housecats’.” Nerdo Vamp nodded at Brian, “Wouldn’t you say?”
“That was a few years ago, after a certain movie came out. She had different versions: ‘Humans, Not Housecats’ and ‘Humans, Not Horses’ and my favorite, ‘Humans, Not Hamsters’. Remember the bumper stickers she handed out at the last conference?”
“Quite silly, they were.” Nerdo Vamp spun his chair back around and began typing. “Like anyone would place something so ridiculous on their automobile.”
Brian moved on to a bag of Fritos. “Yeah, I stuck mine on the refrigerator.”
“Okay, this is fascinating and all, but why is she messing with me?” I folded my arms and tried to look pouty.
“Good question, Libby,” Nerdo Vamp said, picking up his phone. “That’s what we’re about to find out.”
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