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1[[quoteright:317:]]≤≤''Companions of the Night'' is a {{Young Adult|Literature}} VampireFiction written by Vivian Vande Velde, first published in 1995.≤≤When 16-year-old Kerry Nowicki goes out late at night to get her baby brother's stuffed bear back from the laundry store, she becomes the unwilling witness of a crime as three men come in dragging with them a bleeding and bound handsome young man. The men appear to be dangerous and violent lunatics, as they claim that their hostage is actually a vampire whom they plan to torture and kill. Kerry doesnít believe them and decides to help Ethan, the hostage, escape. However, as she soon finds out, those men may not have been as crazy as she thoughtÖ≤----≤!!''Companions of the Night'' contains examples of:≤* BitchAlert: Regina doesnít hide her true colors when she first meets Kerry, [[BitchInSheepsClothing Ethan on the other handÖ]]≤* BitchInSheepsClothing: Ethan seems like a very nice guy when Kerry first meets him. It doesnít last. [[spoiler: By the end of the story, [[DefrostingIceKing he does eventually become nicer to her though]], and a tad more honest.]]≤* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette: Ethan, being a vampire and all...≤* TheGadfly: Ethan seems to find making Kerry squirm really amusing.≤* ILied: Ethan does it so much that Kerry has a really hard time to spot when heís actually telling the truth.≤* InnocentBlueEyes: Subverted. Ethan seems to have those ''at first '', but then Kerry finds out that heís ''all but innocent''.≤* KissOfTheVampire: When Kerry asks Ethan about vampire feeding habits, he tells her that being bitten by one is actually quite enjoyable for both parties, and that mixing it with sex is beyond pleasurable. There are exceptions, since, according to him, some vampires get off on their victimís pain and [[VampireBitesSuck therefore willingly choose to make their bite painful]].≤* ManipulativeBastard: Ethan, being immortal, has had a fairly long time to practice his acting skills and learn to efficiently have people act the exact way he wants to.≤* NiceGirl: Kerry often has concern and sympathy for people, even those who havenít been nice to her at all. Ethan, being a ManipulativeBastard, notices it right away knows exactly how to take advantage of this.≤* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Vampires can feed off human blood only, and they also have to kill on a regular basis (how frequent they must kill isnít mentioned, but considering what Ethan says about vampires needing to keep a low profile, one assumes that it must not be enough to attract attention). According to Ethan, during the feeding a certain kind of mental bond takes place between the vampire and the victim, thatís why feeding off animal blood or blood bags is impossible. Sunlight burns and kills them, they donít age, and if they cut their hair it grows back to how long it was over the course of a few nights.≤* PragmaticVillainy: Donít kill children is one of the first rules vampires learn. Because of moral reasons? No. Itís because missing or murdered children always attract more attention than missing or murdered adults.≤-->'''Ethan:''' One thing weíve learned over the years, the number one rule Ė after [[WeakenedByTheLight You can never have too many covers on a window]] Ė is Donít mess with kids.≤* VampiresAreRich: Ethan and Regina sure seem well off.≤* VampiresAreSexGods: Ethan and Regina may be bloodsucking monsters, but they are both really attractive and seductive.≤* VampireHunter: The people from the Laundry store [[spoiler: and Gilbert Marsala.]]≤* WeakenedByTheLight: Sunlight kills vampires in an extremely painful manner, and it is ''not'' instantaneous. This kind of death is so excruciating that [[spoiler: when Ethan thinks heís about to die that way, he begs Kerry to shoot him before he starts frying.]]≤* WoundedGazelleGambit: How Ethan gets Kerry to help him at the laundry store. He ''is'' hurt, but considering he's a vampire, it's not serious injuries for him.≤----


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