The Bakeneko: A Lawson Vampire Short Story by Jon F. Merz – Part Two
The Bakeneko: A Lawson Vampire Short Story
By Jon F. Merz
The fourteen hour flight didn’t last as long as it used to, since I no longer flew Economy but instead managed to get the Council to spring for First Class as much as possible. Things had been different in the wake of Ava’s death. By and large, I almost felt like the Council might be warming up to me some. Ava had been on the Council so long that her attitude toward me had infected a lot of the other members. But the realization that Ava had been a traitor and killed as a result seemed to have softened a lot of them up when it came to dealing with yours truly.
I wasn’t about to let my guard down, but neither was I going to look a gift horse in the mouth. If they wanted to treat me better, then I was certainly going to lap it up and ask for seconds.
I touched down at Narita and caught a bullet train to Kyoto. The air was warmer than I’d expected with a touch of humidity for this late in October, but I was assured by a local that the warmth was a fluke and it would shortly return to more seasonal temperatures.
That was good. There’s nothing I like better than a cool autumn day. October is my birthday month and I happen to really dig the season, especially as it draws ever closer to Halloween.
I waited until I reached my hotel to download the encrypted file from Niles. It was in Taluk, which meant the likelihood of anyone ever being able to read it was next to nil. Taluk is the ancient vampiric language and it probably rivaled cuneiform in terms of running into someone who was conversational in it.
Outside of the vampire race, that is.
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