"Final Knight" by Zaxxon Forever Knight and its characters belong to Tristar and Others. No infrigment is meant. This work is simply meant to releave the author's mood.... This work is copyrighted by "Zaxxon." =-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-= The irony of the situtation was not lost on him. He was called Nicholas de Bradant, Nick Knight, and other names over the millennium. As he stood looking over the cliffs, he thought back over history that brought he here, to this point. He began with 1228, the year he was 'brought across' as it was called. He remembered the good times along with the bad. Highlighting his time with Janette... with Natalie... and even the times with LaCriox. He remember the time when the truth finally came out. That vampires were not limited to myth... That vampires were real. He was still amazed that the fear, the retrubition, and other such worries never materialized. Still the Human race welcomed its lost children back. Entire night shifts became full of vampires, or sunlight-challanged people. What medicine learned from Vampires, Death became a distant friend that visited only once in a while. Nick had forgotten -- never really learned -- the name of the substance that replace human blood in a vampire's diet. He simplied called them "protein shakes." He also remembered Natalie's frown and elbow, when he accidently called them that. The "protein shakes" were better than human blood, a lot easier to attain, better tasting, and more diversified. Nick made a fortune when he opened a restaurant that served that and other dishes. For the first time, in a long time, he that called himself Nicholas, felt happy to be live. For a number of centuries, he was. But as they say, "All good things come to an end." The end in this case came from the Stars. A metorite had crashed into some unknown, remote area had brought a visitor with it. The visitor was a simple virus. A virus that was extra-solar system origin. The news spread like wild fire. Sure, microrobes had been found on Mars and small pockets within the solar system, but those could be traced back to Earth or Sol itself. This virus was unique in Human understanding. Humans being Humans had to investigate it, study it, and analyze it. Nick remembered another old saying, "Curiusity killed the cat." After only two months of study, the virus escaped and infected the populace. In the general populace, the extra-solar virus was no greater danger than the it's terran cousin the "Common Cold." A few went into comas. But to a vampire, the virus was fatal. They who would live forever, were dying, and he, Nicholas de Bradant, who was called the reluctant vampire, was the last. He who didn't want to live forever, had outlived those some called the "ever living." Oh, there were those who sought a cure for the virus but they met with failure. The irony made Nick laugh. They who were immortal, were dead. They who were mortal, would live to see the next millennium. Nick even heard that whose that went into a coma were coming out it their coma different, stronger, with abilities belong to stories and myths. But Nick didn't care. He knew he had only a few days at most to life. So he came here. To remember. To remember the friends he lost over time and the friends he would lose. His last thought were of Janette and Natalie as the first rays of the suns striked him. Janette, his love of the past, gone with the rest of the vampires, and Natalie, his love of the futurre, gone, too. She would see the next millennium but without he who saw the last. He had hoped to compare the two, the old and the new, but it was not to be. Sunlight surprised him with her warmth. Did not burn despite the smoke, it was gentle despite the blisters, and he could hear singing despite being alone. Nicholas de Bradant was happy once more. The newspapers the next day had "Last vampire dies" as its headline. Some felt sorrrowful at the lost, some felt joy at Nick's happiness, and most simply continued on.