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Planet of origin... Vampiru? Vampiru
) is a story on WattPad, written by
. It is a mixture of the vampire and science fiction genres. As of December 2013, it is completed and edited, and a sequel called
10:30, The Day Before Yesterday
is in progress.
There's a new teacher at Dani Tamari's school - Professor David Cross. What no one knows is that David is really an alien vampire, who's hiding on Earth after killing his father. Meanwhile, a whole load of alien vampires, led by Lady Terror De Mon, are recruiting humans to their cause and murdering Earth's leaders.
Cross contains examples of: Above Good and Evil: Phantom sees itself as this. Abusive Parents: David's father. Action Girl / Badass Damsel: Dani. When Grievous tries to rape her, she picks up a copy of and hits him over the head with it. Repeatedly. Little Dorrit And again, when she's attacked by a werewolf. Adorkable: Sébastien. He really has no clue how to handle children... Aerith and Bob: Terror, Nightmare, Grievous, Attykcca, Vlad, Carmilla, Ruthven, Orlok, Abihira, Legina, Angerona, Anahita, Sébastien, Moon, Phantom, Gadget, Sirius and... Dani, Edward, David, Lacey, Jackson, Janice, Niall, Celeste, Gareth, Steven, Jack, Biff, Richard, Autumn and Christian. Alliterative Name: Sirius Sangue. Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Abihira. Ambiguously Evil: David. Murdering your father, running from the police, killing a random drunk, manipulating a twelve-year-old girl... Enough said. Vlad and Abihira also qualify. A Nazi by Any Other Name: The way Nightmare tortured a werewolf bears a strong resemblance to some of the methods used by the Gestapo. Animalistic Abomination: The werewolf. Asian and Nerdy: Autumn, the only explicitly Asian character, is a nurse. Gadget, the computer expert, hasn't been described but is probably Northern Irish like most of the characters. Asshole Victim: David's father. Attempted Rape: Grievous tries this on Dani in chapter 25. Author Appeal: Considering how many works by Charles Dickens are mentioned, the author is apparently a fan of him. Also, her profile lists , Watership Down and Dracula among her favourite books/series. Dani also likes those. Lost in Space Author Avatar: Dani? Big Bad: Terror. Bilingual Bonus: Celeste's line in chapter 9: Mangez merde, vous chienne. It means " Eat s***, you bitch". In chapter 35, after Nightmare kills a man, the crowd start yelling "Killer", "Madwoman", and "Someone call the police!" in Romanian. Blackmail: Terror is doing this to some government official on another planet. Blondes are Evil: Nightmare. Bloody Tears: These vampires cry blood instead of water. Breaking and Bloodsucking: Dani struggles to sleep after watching late one night. When she closes her eyes she pictures herself standing in the bedroom watching Dracula lean over Mina. Any action she takes suddenly places her in the bed with Professor Cross drinking her blood. Dracula (1931) In a variant, Cross rescues Dani one night, hypnotizes her to sleep, and takes her home. He places Dani back in her bed, lost in thought from his problems, and several minutes pass before he realizes he's feeding from her wrist. Brother-Sister Incest: Between David's parents. Bus Crash: Dani's parents. Calling the Old Man Out: David does this post-humously to his father in chapter 16. Cannot Cross Running Water: Implied by this line:
Narrator: ... [N]ot far away, running water could be heard. That was a most unwelcome sound. [David] didn't know if water on Earth was poisonous, but fear of the deadly water on their own planet was too deeply ingrained in every Vampiruan for them to see it as anything but an enemy. Carmilla: Carmilla Karnstein is one of the vampires who work for Terror. Character Title: "Cross" is the surname David chose for his alias. Chekhov's Skill: Nightmare's ability to raise the temperature of objects. Contrived Coincidence: Dani, David, Nightmare, Grievous, and Abihira all end up in Rome. Crash into Hello: Dani first meets David when she crashes into him. Crows And Ravens: David takes the shape of a raven in chapter 29, freaking out the InGEN team. Nevermore, his pet who is really Terror in disguise, is also a raven. Dark-Skinned Blonde: Nightmare, from a vampire's point of view. Daywalking Vampire: David. Deadpan Snarker:
David: If you're quite finished daydreaming, Miss Tamari, it may interest you to know that school is officially finished for the day. Dani can be quite snarky, too, especially when dealing with her subconsciousness. Anahita, too. "What an idiot you are", indeed. Dracula. Abihira. Death Glare: Quite a few characters are described as giving other characters glares of this sort. Did Not Get the Girl: In the references to Dracula's past, he was in love with Mina. Obviously, he didn't get her. Disposable Sex Worker: Mentioned:
David's thoughts: The only humans likely to be up at this time were drunks or whores. Neither would be missed, and killing one would be doing humanity a favour. There were only two problems: humans tended to notice the deaths of even the lowest of the low, and he had no wish to drink blood poisoned with alcohol or disease. Dissonant Serenity: Nightmare wonders why Sébastien was so upset... after she had just tortured and murdered a werewolf. While . licking blood off her hands Distressed Damsel: Dani and Celeste. Dracula: Vlad Dracula and his cousin, Nicolae (AKA Sébastien). Easily Forgiven: David, to some degree. Yes, he killed his father, but Jackson and Lacey (and, apparently, the author) think he was quite justified in his actions. He is forced to stay on Earth to help clear up the mess he's partly responsible for, though. Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: David is described as having white skin and dark brown hair. And he is definitely eerie. Abihira. Pale-skinned: check. Dark hair: check. Eerie: check. Evil Counterpart: Abihira for David. Exactly What It Says on the Tin / In Which a Trope Is Described: Chapter 34, "When In Rome... Literally!". Chapter 36, "In Which The Catacombs Are A Nightmare". Flash Step: David crosses a room thirty metres wide in five seconds. Foreshadowing: In chapter 4, Dani stays up late watching , and has nightmares about it that turn into images of herself and David. Dracula (1931) While Dani is being held prisoner in Sébastien's mansion, she hears someone mentioning locations in Rome. Guess where the latest chapters are taking place? Freudian Excuse: David was abused by his father. This probably doesn't excuse everything he does. Funetik Aksent: O'Hara and Orlok. Fun with Acronyms: Inter- Galactic Emergency Network. Fur Against Fang: Vampires seem to hate werewolves. Getting Crap Past the Radar: See Bilingual Bonus. Half-Human Hybrid: Celeste is half-human, half-werewolf, and turns into a werewolf. Hot for Teacher: Gareth says that most of the girls have crushes on David. Whether or not this lasts after they have to sit through one of his classes isn't mentioned. Word of God says Dani and David will not have a romantic relationship. Thankfully. Identical Grandson: According to Terror, Abihira greatly resembles her mother. Dani is descended from Mina, and looks slightly like her. Identical Stranger: Dani looks slightly like Mina. Jerkass: Why, hello, David! And he pales in comparison to certain other characters - Sébastien, for instance, is annoyed when Nightmare killed a werewolf... because she made a mess of the floor. Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sébastien. Sort of. His interactions with Dani are somewhere between this trope and Adorkable. Lack of Empathy: David. Lemony Narrator: Phantom has quite a dry sense of humour. He/she/it even stops narrating at times to snark at the reader! Literal Cliffhanger: A variant at the end of chapter 36. Loads and Loads of Characters: Not a cast of thousands, or even a hundred, but there are a lot of major characters and named background characters. Looks Like Orlok: Orlok, obviously. Loophole Abuse: Used by Dani to justify going outside during dinner time. Madden Into Misanthropy: Dani is heading this way after her parents' deaths. Manipulative Bastard: David. Massive Numbered Siblings: Common among vampire families, apparently. Meaningful Name: Terror De Mon, and her children Nightmare and Grievous (her other child, Attykcca, is an Odd Name Out). Gadget is the InGEN team's computer expert. Name's the Same: This InGEN ( Inter-Galactic Emergency Network) has nothing to do with the one from . Jurassic Park Names to Run Away From Really Fast / Awesome Mc Cool Name: Lady Terror De Mon, Nightmare De Mon, Grievous De Mon, Abihira Rah, David Cross. Narrative Profanity Filter: In chapter 22, one character tells another to light a "freaking" candle. As the narrator comments afterward, "freaking" was not the word used. The Narrator: Phantom. No Name Given / Only Known by Their Nickname: Gadget is always called Gadget. Noodle Incident:
Boone: Sir, we've picked something up on the monitor.
Jackson: What is it this time? Another passenger plane that happens to have gone off schedule somehow? Another secret government test? That time Abi got caught in her own web. The Moscow incident. Not So Different: Abihira says she and David are this. And she might be right. No Periods, Period: Averted. Dani goes on her period and as a result awakens David's hunger and indirectly causes the death of a drunk. Oireland: Northern Ireland, but the sterotypes are averted. The characters do not speak with silly Funetik Aksents and do not behave in a stereotypically "Irish" way. This might have something to do with the fact that the author lives in Northern Ireland. Only Sane Woman: Lacey. Open Secret: One has to wonder if Dani is the only character who doesn't know what David is. Orlok: Appears in chapter 14. Our Vampires Are Different: These vampires: Our Werewolves Are Different: We don't know enough about Celeste and her mother to know what rules these ones follow, but considering it's science fiction... Our Zombies Are Different: Nightmare's army. Made from aborted babies. Pun-Based Title: "When In Rome... Literally!", in which the main characters and three villains end up in Rome. "In Which The Catacombs Are A Nightmare", which is a pun on Nightmare being (sort of) in the Catacombs of Rome. "Seeing Red". Nightmare's clothes are red, and her explanation of her plans makes David, Dani, and possibly Abihira see red. Punny Name: Possibly unintentional, but David's alias is David Cross. Traditional vampires are afraid of crosses. Celeste's mother is called Moon. Put on a Bus: Most of the characters in Northern Ireland. Ruthven: A character named Ruthven is mentioned several times. Considering Carmilla and Dracula are characters, there's a good chance it's that one.
Narrator: This whole thing had the look of one of Ruthven's "cause Dracula unnecessary discomfort" plans. Schedule Slip: Good grief, where to begin. It started in August 2012 and ended in December 2013. And editing ended in February 2014. Self-Made Orphan: No mention is made of David's mother, but he killed his father. And doesn't regret it. Ship Tease: Dani/David, which is hinted at several times. Hopefully Ship Sinking still applies and the author's just messing with the reader's head... Shout-Out: Dani has a picture of the characters of on her wall, she watches Lost in Space , and her favourite book is Dracula (1931) . Watership Down The voice in Dani's head likes to be called "Phantom". Dani and Phantom... Is that a reference or unintentional? Danny Phantom Vlad's full name is Vladislaus. Dani uses a copy of to attack Little Dorrit Grievous. Chapter 35 has one to Poe's The Raven. Chapter 37 has one to . And before that, a werewolf was described as "...something Dr. Frankenstein might have dreamed up". Frankenstein Vlad's middle name is Alexandru, which is the name of one of Dracula's followers in . Department 19 Spot of Tea: Lacey. Strong Family Resemblance: Between Abihira and her mother. And between Dani and Mina, though in that case it's downplayed. Switching P.O.V.: All. The. Time. Every chapter switches POV between Dani and David, usually multiple times, and almost every chapter also has scenes from the POV of another character. Take That: One has to wonder if Edward's name is a Take That to . Twilight Another Take That to comes from Nightmare. Obviously, the author doesn't like that series. Twilight David also gives a Take That to politicians in chapter 31:
David: [to Terror] The day you apologise for anything will be the day that a politician tells the truth. Tall, Dark and Snarky: David. The Voice: Dani frequently argues with her subconsciousness. David does at times, too. It hasn't yet been explained if a character's subconsciousness is another character entirely... or someone else speaking into their mind. Those Two Villains: Carmilla and Ruthven. Possibly. ¡Three Amigos!: Dani, Steven, Gareth. This Is Reality: Used at least once when Dani is a prisoner in Sébastien's mansion. Titled After the Song / Refrain from Assuming: Chapter 38, ""Crazy" Is, I Believe, The Medical Term", gets its title from a line in an Icon For Hire song, "Iodine". Token Minority: Most of the characters are Northern Irish or aliens, so Akiko "Autumn" Tsukiyama stands out a bit because (going by her name) she's Japanese. Too Dumb to Live: Dani. She tells Edward about InGEN, after promising not to tell anyone. And then Edward apparently told Terror. Trash of the Titans: Edward's room, which "could charitably be called a mess". Undeathly Pallor: Common among vampires, apparently. Vampire Vords: Orlok. Vampires From Outer Space World of Snark