His sleep was bestial, monstrous, and nothing like the gentleman he so often pretended to be. His hair splayed like a colony of a fungus beneath a tree’s roots, the ghostly threads like unseen spiders in the dark.
He did not dream. The phantasms that once visited his sleeping brain had died along with him and had not returned upon his first needless breath. In truth, he could not remember what it was to dream; he slept like the dead, his moments of consciousness punctuated by periods of blackness so dense and so dark that nothing but a thin, instinctual responsiveness to his surroundings could penetrate them.
It was not enough to remember upon waking, this intuitive awareness of the space beyond his body. The bat did not dream, he did not remember, and he was not plagued by nightmares.
It was strange, then, that his body seemed to come alive now with a convulsive shudder. He fell to the ground with a velvety thud, the gruesome fruit of some terrible tree. His nostrils flared in the darkness. The vampire’s sightless eyes remained hidden beneath their bruised lids, proof that he was still locked beneath the impenetrable veil of sleep.
But he moved with a clumsy single-mindedness, drawn almost instinctively to a non-descript patch of floor, as though pierced through by tenterhooks that snagged his tendon and pulled his ligament with a call he could not resist. He fell to his knees and then to the floor and scrabbled, briefly, at the darkness, as though straining for something to press close to his breast.
But tonight the floor was not darkened with soot and saturated with the smell of rain. After his initial search proved fruitless, the bat soon fell still.
He awoke then, fully for the first time, from his somnambulist wandering. He slid from sleep like a snake slips into cold water, his blank eyes opening to darkness and his chest heaving with breath. For a brief moment his wings arched above his head in bristling unease, his fingers flexing against the floor. But he quickly regained his bearings, the shadows that surrounded him familiar to blind senses, and he softened into the floor with a long exhale.
Time passed silently. The bat did not move from his sprawl in the center of his room. Soon, even through the layers of stone and plaster that cradled his quarters, he could sense the sun sliding weakly beyond the horizon.
Darkness fell on the island and still, the bat waited. Sleep did not come. But he knew something – someone – would.
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