AN: This is Eric’s story; he is telling us about his journey to becoming President of the United States and what had occurred during that time till he became said president. The chapters start out on the smaller size but build to larger ones as we go along. I apologize for the story starting in past tense and it seems to gravitate towards the present tense and then back again. I know it is my style of writing but I wanted to apologize to all before I am called out on it. This Fic is 10 chapters long. I will post once a week Enjoy KY
Chapter 1- A Look Back
How the hell did I get here?
Who would have thought the son of a chieftain would have been named President of the United States.
Not thirty years ago we Vampires did not have any rights as a US citizen.
Oh we paid taxes and we were watched but we had no vote, no say so.
We were not allowed to have a social security number even if we were born in America before we were turned.
We were stripped of that right once turned.
We weren’t allowed to hold office for any form of government job.
The government had thought to give us all green cards like an immigrant but that was never approved by the populous.
We were only allowed to marry humans in certain states. Other states did not recognize Vampire as anything but a sub-species.
We were allowed to have driver’s licenses but that was how the government was able to watch us.
To keep track of our movements, they thought they were sly in doing so.
It was a long and treacherous fight to finally be considered equals to the humans we lived with on a daily basis.
Oh yes we are far from equal but we needed to have the same inalienable rights as the Weres and Shifters and of course said humans.
There are still many Supes that have not come out of the woodwork. They intended to stay hidden until rights were given to us all.
It wasn’t until after I was hawking New Blood that the tides of content had started to change.
After the debacle of vamp camp and Hep V, the humans were being swayed more into giving us the rights we deserved. They realized that the Vampires were not at fault, they soon found out that it was humans who were behind it all and it was humans who put their lives in danger. The destroying of the TrueBlood facilities was somehow pinned on humans as well, even though I knew better.
I became a public figure during the first ten years of New Blood. I was considered a genius and a devious businessman. I was followed and pursued by top corporations to help them out of pickles they found theirselves in by mismanagement.
I had been a very busy man.
Some would say I had the Midas Touch.
It wasn’t that, I was just good at what I was, a shrewd businessman. I followed trends, I knew what made money and I knew when to get away from something that was going to fail.
I had not been around for 1000+ years without learning a thing or two.
I had lost a few things along the way.
Like a permeant home, I hadn’t been home to Louisiana in years until we started to campaign.
I had lost the only woman I had ever loved in all my long life to a ghost and then to a Were.
She was apparently given the normal life she craved.
I stayed away and didn’t look back. Oh I thought of her always but I would not drop to her human level and beg her to come back to me.
I would never beg, I never have and I never will.
Instead, I just walked away. Never looking back.
As my oldest child told me over and over, it was for the better, I did not need that fairy snatch to survive.
I tried to believe her, I really did, but I could not lose the ache in my undead heart. Oh I tried to fuck and feed that ache away but it never left.
I also lost my youngest child, I released her and she walked away from me. Willa was made vampire for all the wrong reasons and I know that I treated her poorly. I should have never released her, she was too young, too inexperienced.
However, I did get her back about 35 years ago. I was giving a lecture and she was in the audience. She approached me after the lecture was over and asked if we could talk. She has been by my side ever since.
It was not an easy transition for either of us.
We were both set in our ways, plus Pam would tease her intensely. She was relentless. But Willa had a strong backbone by then and gave it back to her older sister tenfold.
I was very proud of her.
It was my Willa who became the driving force behind the Vampire Rights Amendment. It took her five long years but she was able to get it passed and then more addendums added on as the years went by.
And now we have the same rights as the humans, including marrying humans in all fifty states. We are also allowed to hold government and political office after we had been a US Citizen for more than a hundred years.
The final Vampire Civil Rights amendment has been in play for the last ten years. Like I said a long haul, but a fortuitous one nonetheless.
I guess you could say because of Willa, I am where I am today.
President of the United States, with my oldest child as my Vice President and my youngest as my Press Secretary.
What could be better than this?