-Epilogue - Love in the Dark-

Dearest Leah,

just a short letter from Scotland; this 'honeymoon' contains more trips than a vacation with you.

The weather is great and the landscape, too. You would be astonished how much the moon shows one. But it's all even more beautiful in the light of day;yes, I could convince him that I have the right to go out whenever I want without asking his damn permission. And as Erik still refuses to leave the house by day (it's freaky, he kind of comes to life only after dusk - before it, when there's still light outside the curtains, he seems all cramped and unconcentrated), I have an easy and diplomatical excuse when I need some time for myself: 'I need sunlight, hon. Be back in an hour.' - though I still need a lot of training in ignoring my bad conscience when I leave him alone... And the longer I live with him, the more does my 'day-night-rhythm' adjust to his.

We got the cottage I told you about; it's much more cozy than the catacombs, yet I feel a little homesick. It's strange, but somehow it makes me nervous that we're so far from Christine's grave - shouldn't this be Erik's job?

My singing still makes good progress; it's unbelievable what quality he can tickle out of my throat. Between our trips and voice lessons, Erik and I spend much time reading and discussing the tons of archaeology textbooks that he purchased for me. I already learned very much.

When I think about all this, I have to say: sure you're right with what you said about him and our relationship. It's not appropriate for a twenty-year-old - I'm kind of a hermit, I stalk the night, I live with a man who's eight times my age, quite possessive and sometimes really scary, but... I love him, Leah, and he loves me - perhaps it's as simple as that.

A thousand hugs,

Carla

I m so glad that you, my dearest readers and reviewers, enjoyed my little phic! Thanks for all the encouraging comments:)

And now, for all who don't know it by heart the lyrics of the beautiful, passionate song to which Erik seduced his beloved (I hope the lyrics are not copyrighted in a way that would forbid to post them here...) :

Total Eclipse of the Heart (by Jim Steinman)

Turn around...

Every now and then I get a little bit lonely and you're never coming 'round

Turn around...

Every now and then I get a little bit tired of list'ning to the sound of my tears

Turn around...

Every now and then I get a little bit nervous that the best of all the years have gone by

Turn around...

Every now and then I get a little bit terrified and then I see the look in your eyes

Turn around, bright eyes...

Every now and the I fall apart

Turn around, bright eyes...

Every now and the I fall apart

And I need you now tonight and I need you more than ever

And if you only hold me tight we'll be holding on forever

And we'll only be making it right 'cause we'll never be wrong

Together we can take it to the end of the line

Your love is like a shadow on me all of the time

I don't know what to do and I'm always in the dark

We're living in a powder keg and giving off sparks

I really need you tonight, forever's gonna start tonight

forever's gonna start tonight.

Once upon a time I was falling in love but now I'm only falling apart

There's nothing I can do, a total eclipse of the heart

Once upon a time there was light in my life but now there's only love in the dark

Nothing I can say, a total eclipse of the heart

Turn around, bright eyes...

Every now and then I fall apart

Turn around, bright eyes...

Every now and then I fall apart

And I need you now tonight...(see before)

Once upon a time I was...(see before)

A total eclipse of the heart...

Turn around, bright eyes...

Turn around...