Thursday, July 23, 2009

Character of the Week: Vic

I'd like to introduce this week's Character of the Week: Vic. That's all I'm going to say. I don't want to accidentally get on this guy's bad side. So without further ado: Vic.

My name is Vic Drake and I'm the front man/lead singer for Maelstrom. I know humans think it's a little unconventional for a vampire to be in a rock band, but the hours are good and my fans are delicious.

I was turned when I was pretty young. I'm a couple hundred years old now and I don't think about the past very often. There's no point. I like being undead except for all the misunderstandings it creates. Humans need to ease up and just let me be what I am. (Yeah, I'm talking to you, Ricky.)


Let me clear up something I get asked a lot. No, I don't kill people. Not on purpose, at any rate. If I like your blood, I want you to stick around and make more of it, so killing you would be dumb. My favorite blood type is O and my least favorite is AB-negative. I like darkness, mausoleums, rock music, and blood banks. I'm also starting to get into organic foods, thanks to Nevin. Whole Foods is a great place to pick up dinner.
So what kinds of things do some of you like? I'm especially curious about you diurnal types, since you do things that make no sense, like sunbathing. Are there other nocturnals here like me? What do you like best about the night?
Note: Everyone welcome!

55 comments:

DESTINY said...

Ah Vic.

Your kind has it's place in Destiny as well.

You are utlizied more than you know.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic. Does it hurt when someone drinks your blood?

It seems sexy in the movies.

Vic said...

Hi, Anon. I have no idea if it hurts or not. I don't get too many complaints. I'll be hungry later, if you want to try it out for yourself.

Kalila said...

I see you finally got to be Character of the Day, Vic. I hope you're satisfied.

Vic said...

Actually, I am, Kalila. Jealous? Did you really think you could get picked twice?

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic

Would you eat me?

Shadow

Anonymous said...

I'll pass. Thanks for the offer.

What were you when you were alive?

Vic said...

Shadow, I've been told it would be bad publicity to treat anyone here as a meal, and publicity is one of the few areas where I trust Ricky's weird human idea of what's right.

Anon, when you say "before," I guess you mean my miserable human life? It's pretty murky in my mind any more, but it had something to do with a town in what was then called the American West. It's what you call Midwest now. That's humans for you, can't keep their ideas straight.

I spent a lot of time working in the sun in those days, which was a miserable way to live. I had a family that made me go to church. Ghastly stuff. I shudder to think I might've actually enjoyed it. The traders that came through our town one day weren't what they claimed to be, thank the deities! And here I am.

Aidan said...

I like the sun. It feels good. But darkness isn't really darkness to me like humans because I can see well. Can you see well in the sun, Vic? And do you ever partake from someone other than humans?

Anonymous said...

Vic, my man. Do anything else with the chicks? Know what I mean?

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic

That's good.

Can I be a vampire?

Shadow

Maxwell said...

Vic - you want bombs? Chemicals? Knock someone right out.

I do an exchange for blood. Want blood. Do experiments.

Vic said...

Aidan, I can feed off animal blood in a pinch, but it's really not my thing. Ask a human how he'd feel about eating nothing but rutabagas and you'll get the same reaction.

Anon, you mean sex? Ideally, yes, but the meal and the timing isn't always good for that. I have a lot more opportunities in a rock band than I used to, though.

Shadow, someone could turn you into a vampire, but if you've got strong human attachments, you should think carefully before you seek that out. You won't be who you were before.

Maxwell, thanks for the offer, but it would be undignified to lick blood off the floor.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic

Would I live forever? How do you die?

Did anyone try to kill you?

Shadow

shy said...

"When other little girls wanted to be ballet dancers I kind of wanted to be a vampire."

- Angelina Jolie

Vic said...

Shadow, I can be destroyed, but there aren't any real limits on how long I'll live if I avoid accidents and angry humans.

Kalila said...

And angry djinns, Vic.

Shadow, I've often threatened to stake him. He thinks I'm not serious because he's a good singer and he has a contract.

Bo said...

Just chiming in on the sex thing. Vic doesn't play fair. If he gets to a girl before I do, he usually leaves her unconscious and then I can't get a meal. He thinks because he's the front man, he can do whatever he wants. Stupid, arrogant vampire.

Vic said...

At least I'm not an indiscriminate sleazeball like you, Bo. And anyone with half a brain stem can play bass.

Lazaro said...

Brain stems?

Vic said...

Yeah, Lazaro. We'll go raid the teaching hospital later today. I'm kind of busy right now, though.

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic

Better watch out for Kalila. Ha.

Shadow

Jessie said...

Vic - do you sing? Are you any good? What type of music do you like?

Anonymous said...

Hi Vic

You sound sweet. Are you single?

Vic said...

Jessie, yes, I sing. I was hired through an open audition. My voice has been described as "gritty and urban," whatever that means. Ricky says it's good, and the fans seem to like it, so that's what counts.

Anon, yes, I'm single. Most of my kind believe there's one perfect mate out there for everyone, but I haven't encountered anyone like that. Sounds like a bore to me. I don't know about me being sweet, but you might be. Come a little closer...

Ricky said...

Okay, Vic, knock it off. You promised you wouldn't get predatory if they picked you for today, remember?

Vic said...

Promises are made to be broken, Ricky. Besides, you want me to have plenty of energy for tonight's gig, right?

Aidan said...

Sweet? Vic? LMAO. That's like calling Kaelin a big ole teddy bear.

How 'bout demons? You feed off demons? This is curiosity, btw, not an invitation...

Anonymous said...

Lol. That's okay, Vic. I think you are dangerous, and maybe a girl should keep her distance...

;-)

Vic said...

No, Aidan, none of us in the band feed of demons. I'm not even sure it would be possible. The idea is pretty disgusting, actually.

Ricky said...

Aidan, you should've seen the reaction I got from Vic and Bo when I suggested they and Kalila get a little sexy with each other on one of their songs. You'd have thought I'd asked them to get naked with a tree sloth or something.

Bo said...

Tree sloth? Now, that's something I haven't tried. Hm.

Kalila said...

Ricky, you forget that I was repulsed by your suggestion, too. I mean, okay, you were right. It works with the song and the fans love it, but having those two rub up against me like that is enough to make me puke.

Vic said...

It's no picnic for me, either, Kalila. It would help if you didn't smell like a djinn.

Ricky said...

She smells like cinnamon, Vic!

Vic said...

That's what she wants you to think, Ricky. It's a trick. Believe me, she smells like a djinn.

Kalila said...

Well at least I don't smell like a musty old bat, Vic. And you keep talking about me like that, and you'll be smelling like garlic.

Yeah, that's a threat. And a promise.

Vic said...

Uh...right.

New topic, anyone?

Anonymous said...

Vic, have you ever been in love?

Ms. Fettleston said...

Good morning, Mr. Vic, dear,

My how fascinating. You sound like a very dangerous young man.

Dear, I wonder if I might ask you a favor? There are some very nice places to procure liquid that are not through someone's neck. For example, I believe the butcher would be able to assist you, dear. Perhaps you might be willing to consider that?

It would be more gentlemanly of you to avoid biting innocent young women's necks, dear, and far less messy to ask your butcher to provide you with a bottle.

In addition, Mr. Vic, perhaps you would like to accompany me to church this Sunday? I believe that even the Undead have a chance at redemption, dear. Wouldn't it be nice for you to find everlasting peace in the loving arms of our Lord and Savior?

Do consider it, dear.

Have a lovely day, Mr. Vic.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Vic said...

Anon, I've been intrigued, but I'm pretty sure I haven't been in love. They say you know it when you feel it.

Ms Fettleston, thanks for the offer. I know you mean well, but churches make me nervous. Sometimes I can't even go inside, but it depends on the church and the people. Some churches are just fronts for evil behavior, but I'm pretty sure you don't go to that kind of church.

I do seek out alternative ways to get food, but Ricky gets upset. He calls it "breaking and entering." He also says blood banks serve an important social function. I never take an entire supply, so I think he's just being picky. Those bags are really handy on long trips or for a quick snack during rehearsal when I don't have time to go outside and scout for a meal.

I held a blood drive once, when Ricky was sick. It went really well.

Ricky said...

I didn't need any blood, Vic!

Vic said...

And I was so grateful, Ricky.

Aidan said...

A blood drive! That's rich. I love it.

Considering my blood kills other demons when it comes in contact with their souls, it's probably best if you don't go for fresh demon, especially me.

Kalila, you can rub up on me anytime.

Sorry, Ricky. Couldn't resist.

Ms. Fettleston said...

Dear Mr. Vic,

Well, dear, there are places that don't exactly give you human blood, but I am sure it is just as delicious.

I am thinking of your immortal soul, Mr. Vic.

Really, dear, humans do need their blood for many things. We all like to eat things that aren't good for us, you know. For example, I adore strawberry shortcake, with whipped cream, but I only allow my self to indulge for special occasions.

If you change your mind about church, dear, we have a guest Pastor this Sunday. He will be speaking about the importance of chastity of mind, body and soul. I believe you would enjoy it. You might bring that nice young man Mr. Bo with you as well.

Lovely chatting with you, dear.

Sincerely,

Ms. Fettleston

Rainbow said...

Hi Bo, I wonder if you could stop being a vampire, because being a vampire really is a bad thing and people won't like you and then you won't have any friends.

I'll be your friend if you stop being a vampire, because I like you, though.

Anonymous said...

Vic - you're funny.

Vic said...

Sorry I was away for a little while. I'm nocturnal and I needed a nap.

Rainbow, I'm the only vampire in the band. Bo is an incubus. He preys on humans but in a different way. He likes to upstage me, which pisses me off. Bass players should know their place.

I'm not aware of any way I could stop being a vampire, unless I were to be destroyed. Then I'd be nothing. I have to be careful about going out in daylight and things like that.

Vic said...

My author (she's B-positive, which is okay) says there's some stories about me out on the web. They're mostly true, too.

This one is about me trying to adopt a healthier diet: All Natural Ingredients

And this one is about an attack of insomnia I had once: Sleepless Creature of the Night

I bet you didn't know vampires cared about eating right and getting plenty of rest, did you? We're not so different from humans in some ways.

Rainbow said...

Hi Bo, I understand that you can't actually stop being a vampire, but could you pretend to not be a vampire? Like don't drink blood or be all scary. That way, people will like you, and you won't hurt them.

Anonymous said...

What did you do before you were in the band?

Vic said...

Anon, when I first became a vampire, I hung out with other vampires to learn their ways. Anything gets old if you do it long enough, though, so I started looking for things I could do that were a little more off the beaten path.

One of my favorite jobs was bootlegging during the 1920s. It was mostly evening work and everyone wanted a bootlegger. Easy pickings.

I started getting interested in music about that time and I spent the next several decades hanging around good clubs where I could listen to the latest musical styles. Sometimes I had tutors. Sometimes I fed off tutors. For awhile I managed a small bar of my own, but I accidentally killed the bookkeeper and had to get out of town ahead of the tax collectors. They were AB-negative.

I was pretty excited to hear about the auditions for Kalila's band, and I don't get excited about much.

Speaking of...we've got a gig, so I need to go get ready. I'll be back later if anyone has more questions.

Anonymous said...

What do you look like? Is that your picture?

Scruffy said...

Grrrrr. Grrrrr. Grrrrr.

Vic said...

Hi, Anon. Hi, Scruffy.

I think the photo came out pretty well, for a casual shot. Ricky found a makeup artist who could make me appear on film, but I still get a little nervous when someone tries to take my picture.