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Husband


*** DISCLAIMER – THIS BLOG IS FICTION AND THE AUTHOR IS NOT LIABLE FOR THE ACTIONS OF ANYONE WHO PERSISTS IN THINKING IT IS NOT FICTION ***

My husband was called Jeffrey von Sydenhow.  We both had a love of polite society, but we also shared an enjoyment of the façade of life : the pretences and appearances it was necessary to keep the illusion of being human.

It was so much fun.  Jeffrey was one of my friends who helped me with my gambling addiction, and after that we started life in the 19th century anew, but much poorer.

Jeffrey still had his money, but he invested heavily in stocks and shares and lost most of it in the crash of 1929.

It changed him.  Unlike me, he had never had to suffer a serious loss before.

First he spent more and more time in his study, pouring over the financial world.

After ten years of this he was spending half his days in there and I grew concerned, as I knew this was becoming addictive.

I talked to him about his behaviour, but he said he was trying to see where he went wrong.  I told him that stocks and shares were a gamble at any time and it was bad luck and no fault of his own.

He started locking the door after that.  Oh, a locked door is no impediment to a vampire, but if you survive going through a door a vampire has locked, society will shun you unless you have a very good reason for doing so.

After twenty more years he stopped attending social functions.  Our friends became concerned when he hadn’t attended a function for a year.

I had told them all about his behaviour, but they thought he would snap out of it.

In the morning of June 2nd 1989 I came back home from a rather good party and realised that he was no longer there.  The only thing he had taken was his coffin.

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