Today, we have our final story from our Literary Lovers Mash-Up Writing Contest entries. We asked you to write about two literary lovers meeting OR falling in love for the first time in about 500 words.
Today’s entry comes from P.Q. Glisson — whose story reads like a really cool, extremely well-written crossover fan fiction. P.Q. introduces a meeting between Sookie Stackhouse from The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris & Edward Cullen from Twilight by Stephenie Meyer. I have to admit, the encounter written here is one I’ve imagined myself. Fans of both series will find something to giggle over here. Plus, the story is written in such a way that it’s meant to fit in with the existing story arch of both series.
A Meeting of the Minds
My, but that vampire in the corner booth sure is easy on the eyes, thought Sookie as she gazed at the lone diner while fanning herself with the table rag. And it seems I’m not the only one who thinks so. Her eyes darted around the room, listening to the openly sexual thoughts of a table of giggling teenage girls who were practically squirming in their seats. Lord almighty, don’t nobody have any couth anymore? If their mamas’ knew what they was thinkin, they’d whip the tar outta them little girls. But I have to admit, he is some kinda fine! Her eyes landed on him again and her breath caught in her throat. Oh Lord, he’s looking right at me! She recovered quickly, reminding herself that she was the only one who could read people’s minds. Giving him a half-smile, she smoothed down the front of her waitress uniform and walked the short distance to his table.
“So what can I getcha?” She asked as she pulled the pencil from behind her ear, tapping the order pad and smacking her gum. Her eyes came up, only to be captured, pulled into the amber liquid of his. She stopped in mid-chew, her mouth partially open. She’d never seen a vampire with amber colored eyes before. He’s got the look of a vampire but I’ve never seen one with eyes like that, and the way he keeps looking at me….well, it just ain’t polite. Nope, it sure ain’t. It’s startin to freak me out!
“I’ll have a cheeseburger and fries with a cherry coke,” he replied as he folded the menu in half and placed it back in its holder. He smiled, but not enough to show any teeth. It was almost as if he found her….amusing.
Sookie was taken aback by the smile but mostly by the order. If he’s a vampire, why don’t he just order some Trueblood? It’s not like there’s anythin to be ashamed of round here. “So, how do ya want that cooked?” Wait, he’s gonna say rare, really rare. She almost choked on her gum when he suddenly chuckled. “What’s so funny Mister? Nobody never asked ya how ya wanted your meat cooked?” She tossed her sun-bleached ponytail nervously over her shoulder and stared bravely into his unusual eyes.
Normally Sookie made an effort to block out the thoughts of people around her, but she had to know what this vampire thought of her. She felt compelled to know. Taking a deep breath she lowered the shield around her mind. Her eyes flew open and she dropped her pencil. Before it could hit the floor, the strange vampire with amber eyes made one quick move and snatched it up before it could hit the cement floor of the bar. When he attempted to hand it back to her, she jerked backward. Her feet tangled and she felt herself falling….right into the arms of the vampire who was reading her mind!
The coolness of his marble like skin was like cold ice water being poured over her and she shivered in his arms. “Oh my goodness! You can read minds too!” she whispered incredulously, her already large eyes big as saucers. “Who are you? What are you?”
“If you can read my mind then you already know, Sookie.” he smirked as he helped her sit down then slid into the booth across from her.
“Thanks, Edward,” the sarcasm in her voice rewarded with that sexy but strange smile. Then it suddenly hit her, I thought I was the only one, the only….freak. Now here’s this extremely gorgeous vampire who can read minds too….oh my goodness, he’s reading my mind right now and he heard me call him gorgeous and oh no, now he heard it again…Her cheeks burned as she fought to stop her runaway thoughts.
“Sookie, please, don’t be embarrassed. I’ve learned how to block out the voices in my head, just as you have. So there shouldn’t be any awkwardness between us. I have blocked out your thoughts so you do not need to worry.” His voice became almost apologetic as he lifted her chin with one finger. “I did hear some of the thoughts before you came over and I am ready to answer any questions you may ask.” He leaned back against the seat’s vinyl back, his hands splayed out on the polyurethane table top. “So, ask away.”
Her words almost stumbled over each other as she rushed to get them out. He sat patiently, picking each one as though she were speaking in slow motion, answering each one in order.
“My name is Edward Cullen. I am from the small town of Forks, Washington where I live with my “family”. My eyes are amber because my family believes in eating only animals so we do not drink human blood. We call ourselves vegetarians. The animal blood makes our eyes change but if we don’t feed regularly they turn black. That’s when we’re at our weakest and deadliest.” The next question was the hardest because it was pertaining to the reason he was in Bon Temps, Louisiana. “I…while I was living in Forks, I met a girl….a human girl. She was…is the love of my life. It got….complicated so…I…well….I had to leave.” His voice was so melodious but she could read the sadness in his heart. He was in extreme emotional pain.
“Uh, Edward, I don’t know if you know this or not, but I’m human…well of course you know that. What I mean is, I…my boyfriend is a vampire. His name is Bill. Bill Compton and I love him so much! We’ve got our problems but I don’t think he’d ever leave me, nor I him.” She leaned over the table, eager to make her point. “Whatever happened between you two, as long as you love each other, there’s nothin you can’t overcome, together.” She smiled encouragingly at him and he smiled back. He really liked this girl. She could easily become a friend and confidante. He could imagine the four of them having get togethers like normal couples and he abruptly laughed out loud.
“Alright, I let it go the first time but by God I ain’t gonna let it go again! What the…?”
“Oh Sookie, I’m sorry, I wasn’t laughing at you, I was laughing at my own silly thoughts.” He grinned at her, his smile dazzling. She suddenly couldn’t remember her own name but it didn’t seem to matter. She grinned back at him. “Sookie, I think we should lower our shields and try having an “inner” conversation.”
She nodded her head in agreement. “Okay”.
Several minutes later, Edward Cullen stood, reached over and embraced Sookie Stackhouse. It was a platonic hug, one between two old friends, then left the diner, intent on making right the wrong he had done. He only prayed she would forgive him. I love you Bella Swan and I’m coming home.