By Dona J. W. Munro
for the sake of
people,” Jonathan said. “We need the scientific method and measurable goals.
You assume such a thing can be created, and it’s not just sexual mythology explaining
vampires are very different. Plenty of blood-based diseases might create
bloodlust—perhaps anemia…other diseases—” Janie began.
Ingesting blood doesn’t benefit them,” Jonathan retorted.
“In a universe of possibilities,
all things exist. Every variant must be reality. We seek them out, then we—”
“I don’t want to
one or find one. I want to make one.”
spiraled. Jonathan understood biology. Janie practiced psychology. He banked on
nature: breaks in genes spawned measurable monsters. Janie thought vampires
were damaged humans—nurture.
I sipped my warm
Bloody Mary and waited. Would we hunt vamps or force-feed some sucker blood to
create a measurable monster?
“What do you
think, Tristan?” Janie asked.
Nurture. Such a creature would be both. Transformation by bite suggests
disease, but to break down essential taboos against drinking blood suggests
damage deep in the psyche. A bite plus torture—yes?” I asked.
“So we find a
vampire. We’ll need—”
Jon broke in,
as he does, “No, we just—”
I waved my
hand, silencing both with a compulsion.
they’d never stop!” My fangling, Mary, stepped from the puddled shadows.
the last of her lifeblood offering inside my glass. “You pick—nature
the room in a breath, as our young do. Standing between my companions, she
Donna J.W. Munro, of St. Charles, MO, who wrote BP #83’s
vs. Nurture,” has spent the last 17 years teaching high school social studies.
Her students inspire her every day. An alumni of the Seton Hill Writing Popular
Fiction program, she has published pieces in Every Day Fiction, Syntax
and Salt, Dark Matter Journal, the Seton Hill Kindle
anthology Hazard Yet Forward (2012), the new anthology Enter the
Apocalypse (2017), Killing It Softly 2 (2017), and several upcoming
in 13 Press. Contact her at https://www.donnajwmunro.com.