Source: Gule Goes Native
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Hotel bar surveillance had to be among the most boring duties Niles Gule was expected to undertake. Because he was on duty, he couldn’t drink so he nursed a glass of ginger ale and pretended to be a businessman whiling away his off hours. Waiting. Waiting. Waiting. For something to happen. Police officer Jonas Williams […]
Conversation in the meeting room was subdued. A handful of staffers and police officers were shocked by the revelations but many weren’t. Niles Gule, vampire of Baltimore and detective consultant for the police department’s night shift, was dismayed by the lack of surprise he saw.
A major story had broken over the city. Seven police officers who’d served in a high-profile gun unit had been indicted on federal racketeering charges. They were accused of running what amounted to a criminal mob organization. They’d used their badges to rob innocent citizens, often simply mugging people and laughing because they knew they couldn’t be arrested. After all, they’d probably thought, if the victim called the police, he’d be calling his own attacker. Not content with simple thuggishness, the group had falsified expense reports, took vacations that they charged to the department, and made fraudulent overtime claims. All this while the Justice Department…
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Few things could frighten a vampire. After all, they dealt in human terror and bloodshed on a daily basis. In his younger days, Niles Gule had brutally murdered hundreds of people without a qualm. This situation, however, caused the vampire’s long, lithe body to quiver.
“A dental convention?” he demanded to his partner, Mariella Cruz of the Baltimore PD. “Someone just had to murder someone else at a dental convention?”
Cruz shrugged as she ducked under the police tape that surrounded the crime scene near a display booth featuring invisible braces. “It happens.” She glanced over her shoulder then hesitated when she saw the vampire’s utterly white face. Being a night creature, Niles was normally pallid. Today he was positively ghostly. “Is there a problem?”
“I hate dentists.” Niles ran his tongue over his ever-growing fangs. In order to pass as a human, once a month he visited Dr. Luca…
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A hand slithering along his thigh caught Niles Gule completely off guard. The vampire glared as a handsome twenty-something African-American slid alongside him to feel him up. The man smiled. His eyes glimmered with promise.
“I’m taken,” Niles stated. He hoped his disapproving tone would drive his assailant away.
“Aren’t we all, sugar?” the gentleman responded. “Doesn’t mean two boys can’t have fun.”
Niles considered the environment in which he stood. The Hippodrome throbbed with a heavy base beat while a soulful woman belted out lyrics he thought might be “hurry home” or “curry comb”. He wasn’t sure. He hadn’t adjusted from symphonic music to the Beatles, let alone hip hop. This new stuff utterly confused him.
The dance club was awash with brilliant lights in red, green, purple and blue. Several hundred people packed the dance floor and bobbed in unison to the beat while the DJ in his…
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The bundle of blood red roses stuffed under his nose made Niles Gule sneeze. He was a vampire, with a vampire’s sensitive ability to smell, so carrying two dozen long-stemmed red roses into the precinct was torture. He hadn’t realized he was allergic to the things. His blue eyes watered as he sneezed again.
The woman at the front desk gave him a look. “Maybe I need to see some ID,” she joked. “Can’t see your face behind all that.”
Niles peered around the bouquet and gave Miranda Gonzalez his most brilliant smile, which melted her instantly. She was a lady in her late fifties, divorced twice, and desperate for a new man. She’d always watched Baltimore’s resident vampire with hungry eyes, not aware he was a vampire. He realized her longing gaze was just that, longing. She knew better than to hope she could capture the attention of an…
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