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Finally Free

Frances Silversmith grew up in Germany, where she lives with her husband, six guinea pigs, and an Icelandic horse. She works as a software developer and splits her free time between writing, reading every book she can get her hands on, and riding and teaching circus tricks to her pony.

Find out more about her at FrancesSilversmith.com or contact her on Facebook (www.facebook.com/FrancesSilversmith) or Twitter @FrancesSilver.
Laira stood in the damp cellar, stared at the narrow bed she had spent her days on for the last seven centuries. Seven hundred years, without once seeing the sun.
"You'll get used to it," they'd said. "You'll love being a vampire."
They had lied.
She turned and ascended the stairs. At the front door, she hesitated.
Seven hundred years. How she missed the sunshine. She opened the door, stepped outside.
Birds sang. The morning sun painted the world in bright colors. She drew in the scent of spring flowers and fresh grass.
For one glorious moment, she was free.
The End
This story was first published on Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Whenever I read a vampire story I ask myself: What would it feel like to live your life in the dark, to never see the sun again?

"Finally Free" is my answer to that question.

- Frances Silversmith
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