Turned by the Vampire
By Ashley Rhodes
Copyright 2011 Ashley Rhodes
"Get the fuck out! Go and stay in a hotel or something, I don't give a shit. Just leave me alone. I'm going to bed."
She turned and stormed out of the kitchen, and Ryan could hear her stomping up the stairs towards their bedroom.
"Alicia! Wait, for God's sake! I..."
The sound of the bedroom door slamming cut his words short, and he was left standing in the middle of the kitchen, feeling bemused, angry, and helpless. He didn't try to follow her - it could sometimes take days for her to talk to him again after their arguments, and trying to plead or reason with her never worked.
The argument had been about those familiar topics: money (or their lack of it), and ambition (or his lack of it). Ryan worked as a security guard at a local business park. The money was enough to live on, but the work was boring and unfulfilling. The trouble was, he just wasn't sure exactly what he wanted to do. He felt like he'd fallen into a rut, but it was comfortable enough that he didn't feel the need to climb out of it.