Pulling Up Stakes

Pulling Up Stakes

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  • Welcome to Alaska, Adrian.
  • No, Alaska is a state.
  • I thought I was in Arkansas though...
  • Is Alaska in Arkansas?
  • I am from Brasov, in Romania, Brasov is past the forest. We call this area Transylvania.
  • It is perfect.
  • Too much garlic?
  • (Looks at teeth)
  • Does this make you nervous?
  • Of course not, You are my friend. nothing you do would make me nervous.
  • Vampires are so cool. And he’s our friend, which makes us the coolest guys in the school.
  • Vampire? I gasped, then held my breath, afraid they’d hear me. In my country, we tell vampire stories to children to scare them. I never knew Americans believed such things. Now I understand why Mack thought I’d be afraid of a stake.
  • Yeah. Everything else could be wrong. Garlic, stakes. That could all just be myths. Even the fangs. Writers are always inventing stuff. But the sun—that’s the real test. If he’s a vampire, he’ll never be able to withstand the sun.
  • I understand.
  • You haven’t seen the sun for a long time. It can be very hard on your eyes and your skin. Maybe you should go inside. Get used to it gradually. Don’t want to get all crispy, do you?”
  • I have to go...
  • I turned and ran. I needed to make sure I got away before they saw that I was smiling. Jonas and Mack wanted so much for me to be a vampire. They wanted to believe. This would make them happy.
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