Jewelia's portrait by Lisa Iris, title Unknown
Julia's family got into too much debt, and when she was 8 her family was taken and sold into indentured servitude.
About the same time Willaim had lost his wife Marion to a flu sickness over the winter. William continued to run his Inn, but found he needed more help then just his employees. Thus Julia was purchased by William to help him run his Inn.
Julia was an optomistic young bar wench and cook, with dreams of marrying a prince and finding the "happy ending" that we all dream of. She wasn't the prettiest wench, but her upbeat, pleasant attitude and ready smile made sure she was never lacking in tips.
Julia saw her embrace that made her a vampire as a terrible curse. All her hopes and dreams were ruined, all by that horrable mean man! When Roderigo told Julia a way to regain her mortality was to kill her sire in the first 2 weeks, she was all ready to head out and try. She said "If that's the only way to fix this, then one of us will surely meet final death in two weeks' time."
When we made it back to the Inn, she bided her time as Daniella talked to Claudius Giovanni. It was decided we should each go and talk with our sires, and Julia was only too happy to go off alone with Gabrin. Once alone with him in his room, Jewelia knelt down, pretending to adjust her boot as she got her stake.
Gabrin closed the door to his room, and without turning around he said "I'm Sorry. I know you must think I'm a jerk, and you're probably right."
That made Julia pause for a moment. No, she thought, the only way to be human again is to kill him. Do it now, do it quick.
"But it wasn't supposed to be like this." he said. "Have you ever made a mistake that there's just no way you think you can ever fix?" Julia paused, and images of her father ran through her mind. Of how he was trying not to cry as they took us away from him. Of how he promised to come back and get us someday, and that we would all be together again.
When Julia looked up at him there were bloody tears running down her face, and she was shaking. Gabrin walked over to her, and reached out slowly to hold her. She tried to choke back the tears, until she couldn't help herself and she collapsed into his arms crying.
"Why me?" she cried, as he held her. "I didn't want this! Why? Why? Why?"
Gabrin looked at the crying girl in his arms and tried to comfort her. For the first time in a long time, Gabrin felt his heart go out to someone else.
'She's just a child', he thought, 'and not even Romani. I shouldn't have embraced her like that, she's not going to handle being a vampire well. And no Ravnos has ever embraced someone not of Gypsy blood. Oh, what have I got myself into now?'
He continued to hold her until she cried herself out. He was also grateful he was well fed, as by the time she stopped, she had cried the front of his shirt bloody. he summoned some rats for her to feed on, and she drank their blood even though she looked sick at the thought of doing it.
They talked well into the morning. Gabrin told her that he could never give her her life back, but he could try to make this unlife worth living for her. When sunrise neared and it was finally time to sleep, Gabrin asked her "Are you angry with me?"
Julia stopped at the door and said "A little bit, still. But that will fade with time." She paused, then turned to him and said "You've taken my hopes and dreams. I can never have what I want like this." and she gestured to her dress, stained red from the blood she had cried. Gabrin felt a little catch in the back of his throat as he looked at her sad expression. "You had better make sure the dreams you replace it with are worth the dreams you 've taken." Gabrin nodded. Julia walked out, and went to her room.
Although it was probably one of the worst starts I've ever seen a sire and childe get off to, they managed to overcome it. Over time, sire and childe grew very close. Julia eventually changed the spelling of her name to Jewelia, as she loved to collect nice jewelry and jewels. Of all of us, she was the one least like the clan she was embraced into, so she was the most changed by the embrace.
But, as Jewelia says, "Change is Good."
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