Riddle me this, Suvudu readers: Let’s say that in the dead of night a fell spirit of darkness appears at the foot of your bed. The specter informs you that your life as you know it must end, and as of this moment you must choose to become a vampire or werewolf. Since there are so many ideas about what constitutes a proper vampire or werewolf these days, I suppose some elaboration is in order.
Should you choose to be a vampire:
- You’ll be immortal.
- You’ll need blood every night, but you won’t have to kill.
- Sunlight will burn you.
- A stake or beheading will kill you.
- Symbols of religious faith will hold you at bay, but only if its bearer has true faith.
- People will find your alluring, hypnotic – seductive.
Should you choose to be a werewolf:
- You’ll live for a very, very long time.
- You’ll kill at least once human being once a month unless you’re restrained.
- Silver will harm or kill you.
- Wolfsbane will repel you.
- You’ll be able to live a relatively normal life between full moons.
- You’ll be improbably strong and quick, even in human form.
The specter won’t wait for long, and you’ve got to make a choice. Which will it be?
I’ll go first:
Vampires are mesmerizing, sexually potent and dangerously alluring, but the idea of being limited to walking about by night doesn’t especially appeal to me. I’ve worked the evening shift before and it got old really fast. Most people aren’t awake when you are, and it can be lonely. I kind of feel like immortality might become more of a curse than a boon, too How long would it take before you grew bored? What kind of madness might you be capable of once human life lost meaning? Sounds scary. I’ll take werewolf. Maybe I would be able to take monthly trips to the mountains or find a way to have myself restrained during the full moon. Plus, I bet the extra strength and speed would be really useful in my Brazilian jiu-jitsu class.