Our lead hero is a vampire named Jason. He protects our human heroine, Noir, from the zombies as they travel on a raft upstream to their destination (info you should know...zombies don't go in pools of water.)
In this world the zombie apocalypse happened which forced the hand of vampires to protect their only food source (humans) from extinction and thus they band together and fight zombies.
During my scheduling I tweeted this set of Escape to Vampire Dam: (note: During this scene, Jason is pole driving a raft upstream to their destination because he's a vampire and yes--he's that strong to be able to do so...and zombies are staring at them from the water's edge. Because zombies don't go in water they stand at the bank--and glare. Noir is freaking out because, well, there are zombies twenty feet from where she is and Jason is trying to keep her calm by answering her question about why their is a rule about humans and vampires not being allowed to have sex.)
Looking at them just standing there, waiting patiently as if my death by their hands was inevitable.
"We become bonded." Jason said to distract me from the zombies.
I tore my gaze from the visible stench on shore. Even my eyes could smell them. "What?"
"Christ." Jason narrowed his eyes. "Knowledge is power, Noir. Don't take advantage. Swear to me you won't."
"Bonded? What does that mean?"
Jason stopped rowing and held the craft steady against the current. "Swear to me. You will not manipulate a situation."
What the hell? Lack of movement put me on edge. “Tell me what it means.”
“It means we’ll do anything for those we bond with.”
“Okay! So you bond, what's the big deal?”
Now image that connection only working one way. You don't have the guarantee that a human won't just say "goodbye" and leave. When they're gone, you (the vampire) still have the connection until they die. Because you (the vampire) bonded with your human, now you'll hear their thoughts, feel them, still know them as they go through life without you. It's like having a loved one leave and not want to be with you but you still have to see them everyday.
Oh well, find another blood bag. But even with all the disparaging names vampires give humans, their very survival depends on a human's whim. Not a real peachy feeling. Hence, no bonding--it's against the rules and vampires drink from plastic baggies. There's an explanation for that, but you can either read my slow painstakingly tweets with the hashtag #sextimestory or you can read all about it by purchasing a copy Here:
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