"But why? Why can't we be together, William?"
They sat together under a spreading oak tree. Beyond their pool of shade, their shared, private love-shadow, the clouds had broken for a moment, bathing the world in light. William ran his long, graceful fingers up and down Ella's spine. She shivered with desire and snuggled closer to him.
"You don't understand, Ella... I'm a monster. I feed on people. It's too dangerous..."
"Have you... hurt anyone I know?" Ella looked up into his deep black eyes, set in his pale, perfect face.
"No! No, while we're on the surface, we have to follow strict feeding discipline. We only kill our own livestock, the hassle of a murder cover-up could jepardize the entire endeavor."
Ella smiled and kissed him on the cheek. "I knew it! You only eat animals! Oh, you're perfect, William!"
William made a gurgling sound. "Well, working from my family's definition of 'animal,' yes, but the problem is you! I... I desire you, Ella. Your thoughts, they're like cotton candy, so sweet and airy. You erode my self-control. If I slipped..."
Ella blushed and squirmed with happiness. "It's... it's ok, William. I... desire you too!"
"NO!" William pulled away from her and stood, breathing heavily. "Foolish human girl, you don't know what you're saying! I cannot... I cannot endanger..." Face twisted in a mask of frustration, he strode away from her into the sunlight."
"William! William, you're..."
William turned, and spread his arms wide. "Yes! In direct sunlight, the illusion begins to fail, and the truth seeps through! The veils drop away from your eyes! This is why we work to blot out the accursed day-star! Do you see now, Ella? Do you see what I am?"
Ella gasped, her eyes wide, her hands up to her mouth. "You're... pink! And shiney! Soooo pretty..."
"I'm lavender, and that's mucus, you stupid, stupid bitch!"