Marius Andresciu is a vampire, born in 1752. Jaded and ancient, he's seen it all, done it all. In 1968, he wanders the streets of Paris...bored...hungry... He meets a young girl--Caity--a 22-year-old art student from New Orleans...and falls in love, something that isn't supposed to happen to his kind. He poses for her. She creates a masterpiece which will bring her fame and fortune. He leaves her because he cares too much. Her image is carved into his heart. He'll never forget her.

In 2009, Marius is living in New Orleans. He owns La Galerie, a studio known for its exhibitions of artwork by famous and soon-to-be famous artisans. He discovers Caity's masterpiece in a New York shop, buys it, plans to display it in La Galerie. Cousin Timon and brother Val argue--the statue looks just like him; people will ask the wrong questions. He shows the statue anyway, tells them the model was his father who supposedly had an affair with Caity when she studied in France.

The next day, an invitation comes in the mail...a letter from Caity inviting the son of the man she loved to her home. He thought her dead--humans are so frail--

Should he go? Can he bear to see what the years have done to the woman he knew forty years ago while he has remained as youthful as he appeared on the day he met--and loved--her? A better question would be: Can Caity accept the love of a man who seems half her age?


"Sometimes Love Returns" will appear in the February, 2009 (#4), issue of Sounds of the Night magazine. Another story of the Clan Andriescu--"Love, Vampire Style"--is available as a Black Rosette from The Wild Rose Press.

8 comments

  1. Mary Ricksen // January 29, 2009 at 12:51 PM  

    Well would she regain her youth if she was a vampire too?
    Love never dies, he should go see her.

  2. Toni V.S. // January 29, 2009 at 2:04 PM  

    What if she doesn't want to become a vampire in spite of how she feels about him? They both have choices to face.

  3. Cyrano // January 29, 2009 at 3:30 PM  

    Thanks for the Post.
    The story sounds intriguing.
    I'll have to remember to pick up the magazine and see it in full. I always love a good vampire story!
    Have a great evening,
    Tamara

  4. Nightingale // January 29, 2009 at 5:04 PM  

    I've tossed this around in my head with my vampire characters. In fact even wrote a story about my pianist meeting back up with a singer he'd known. But I lost it somewhere in the progressions of time. Must get Sounds of the Night to get the rest of this intriguing premise.

  5. Edie // January 29, 2009 at 7:20 PM  

    I love that premise! I saw The Curious Case of Benjamin Buttons, and even though it had a sad ending, I loved it.

  6. Scarlet Pumpernickel // January 29, 2009 at 7:58 PM  

    Interesting idea? What would a woman who is 80 give to be young again, especially if she were with the love of her life? Don't think I'd be strong enough to resist!

    Scarlet

  7. Mary Marvella // January 29, 2009 at 10:32 PM  

    Hmmmm, interesting choice, Toni.I might give it serious thought.

  8. Pamela Varnado // January 31, 2009 at 11:42 AM  

    Tonie,
    I'm so drawn into this entry and can't wait to read what happens. This is a classic story of love surviving through the passage of time.