But the darker the gift, the higher the blood price—and I have paid it all.
At the moment of my making, at the turn of the first millennium amid the glories and horrors of Ancient Rome, two men died with me. Both reborn in my immortal blood, one became my lover and the other my enemy. I promised the unspeakable to save Lucius from Clarius.
The bargain, once struck, was simple: die with Clarius once a year to keep Lucius safe for an eternity.
* For those who love stories in the vein of Anne Rice, this is a fresh and unusual twist on vampire lore.