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Note: this story was written with a very different Donor House in mind, but has been revised.

When Lacey had arrived at the donor house she hadn’t been sure what to expect. There was a huge difference between walking past the donor house, which had once been a hotel, and actually going inside. Once she was inside she found that it wasn’t any different to any of the other hotels she had been in. She didn’t have much chance to look around because she was taken straight up to her room so she could settle in. Her first night was spent unpacking in an attempt to make herself feel more comfortable. It didn’t work. At sunrise she closed the heavy curtains.

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One of them had to stay at the House in case of emergencies and it was Alice’s turn. She didn’t mind, as it gave her a chance to start sorting out the decorations, but that was until she saw the tree. At first all she could do was stare at it, unable to believe that they’d really chosen to purchase what appeared to be a 10 foot tall Christmas Tree. Unfortunately it would fit where they’d planned to put it, because the reception had lovely high ceilings, so there was really no reason to tell them to return it and get something less ostentatious. They had, thankfully, bought a tree with roots, as John had asked, which would be planted somewhere after all the festivities were done. It made the amount of money they must have paid for it a long term investment rather than a waste.

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On the other side of the road were three girls, all wearing the colour that had become known as the sign of the donor house. Leon shook his head, unable to believe that so many people would seriously put their lives on hold in order to help vampires, and bumped into someone at almost the same time. He looked up, planning on apologising, until he saw the white collar she was wearing around her neck, which turned his apology into a groan. Pushing aside his distaste of what she did he summoned an apologetic smile.

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Morgan sat on the sofa that was in the corner of the reception, playing with the white ribbon that was tied around her wrist. Every day she spent at least a few minutes watching the comings and goings of the people at the donor house. Normally nothing much happened. Vampires would enter the house, scribble their name into the book, and then go on to do whatever it was they were going to do. Some were there to feed while others just wanted to enjoy being a part of the community. Donors would scribble their name into the book, leave the house, and go to spend time with old friends or shop. It was easy to tell the donors who had been in the house the longest, like Dominic, because they didn’t leave the house very often. Over time it became a comfort blanket and Morgan had found that she didn’t want to leave as much as she had at the beginning.

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Based on the prompt eternity from dreamwidth user ariestess.

This was a very difficult prompt to work from because it’s very open but at the same time I had trouble thinking of something I could write. I started it about three times with three different stories so I might go back and do them at some point.

“Would you want to live for eternity, if you had a choice?” Morgan asked, looking at her best friend as she folded another pair of jeans.

“I don’t know,” Jessica replied, running her hand over the rim of the suitcase. “Eternity seems like a very long time and everyone I loved as a human would die, unless I changed them all.” She bit her lip. “Maybe, if I fell in love with someone who was going to live forever and I wasn’t, but I don’t think that eternity even really exists. At some point the world is going to end so even those who believed they would live forever would die.”

“Would they then go on to an afterlife then or is there no afterlife for vampires?”

“Probably. I don’t think that vampires are really actually dead as such, so it’s not like their soul’s already going to be in an afterlife while their body is here. It’s just not a logical point of view. I’d think that no one would want to be a vampire if they didn’t actually have some form of soul. Personally I think the no soul thing is just an excuse to have no morals.”

Morgan smiled at Jessica. “They loan money so that they can get people into their donor houses. I’m not seeing any morality there.”

“At least they give you a chance to pay off the money that you’ve borrowed and you’re stopping your family home from being repossessed.” Jessica sighed. “It will take a long time to pay off all that money though.”

“Mum will pay them about a small amount each month. When we talked to the vampires they said that it was better that way, otherwise I’d be in the donor house for about six years just to pay off the interest. As it is I’m going to be there for a long time Jess and I don’t want to be. I just want to live a normal life.”

Jessica stood up and wrapped her arms around Morgan. “Maybe you’ll like it there. From what I’ve heard, being a donor isn’t really that bad. When my cousin spent a year in one she said that they make sure that the donors have regular days off, there’s food and you can keep the tips.”

“People still die.”

“We both know what happens if a vampire kills a donor.”

“That doesn’t stop the person from being dead.” She sighed. “I know I’m doing a good thing for my family, and I feel selfish for talking like this, but I just wish that someone else was around to do this.”

“It will be over before you know it.”

“Yeah, and so will my life.”

“Stop being melodramatic. There are plenty of online degrees that you could do so that you’ll have a good job when you come out and that law is passed so that employers can’t discriminate against ex-donors.”

Morgan looked at Jessica, wondering if a law would really be enough.

Originally posted at dreamwidth.org as kajones_writing.

Mirrored from K. A. Jones Writing.

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