THE NEW VAMPIRES by Ken McConnell“My name is Miko and I’m a vampire.”The girl looked all of seventeen. Her powder-blue skin and shinning black hair were the very image of preternatural youth.“Welcome Miko, we’re glad to have you here,” the therapist said, with practiced sincerity. “We’ll begin byasking you when and where you were turned?”Miko blinked, a learned trait for the dead. She shifted her position on the thinly padded folding chair before beginning, “I was turned in the winter of ninety six, on the island of Honshu, Japan.”This drew some raised eyebrows among the other participants in the room, though not because of her advanced age. The average age of the vampires present was well over two hundred years. It was the locationthat intrigued them. So few immortals were known to be living in the Far East at the close of the TwentiethCentury.Miko noticed the eyes of her peers focusing more intently on her. Despite the fact this was a closedmeeting, she still felt vulnerable in telling even one human about her true nature.“Can you please tell us who turned you, Miko?”Miko’s small, rounded nose caught a whiff of the human’s musk scent, but she could not perceive theother two vampires present. She scanned them carefully with her pearl-black eyes before answering, “I amdaughter of Nacer, the son of Valone, daughter of Egan.”The therapist looked up from his PDA and studied her closer. Then he cast a skeptical eye at the other twovampires. The enigmatic society of vampires was still largely uncharted by those who were aware of their existence. But even the most casual follower of their exploits, had heard of the legendary Egan clan. With blood lines stretching back to Roman times and even earlier by some accounts, the Egan clan was known asthe grand old family of the living dead. Although he was presumed to still be walking the earth, no mortalhad laid eyes on Egan, and lived to tell about it, for the past hundred years.Little was known of the Egan clan, after the creation of his daughter, Valone at the end of the 17thCentury. She was known to have created only three kin and Nacer was the only one of those to survive. BothValone and Nacer were considered powerful and elusive vampires. The Institute was very fortunate to havelured in a relatively recent sibling in this ancient clan.“Why have you chosen to come out for us, tonight?” the therapist asked. His cool-blue eyes peeringthrough oval-shaped wire rim glasses.