Andarael has been a Medical Technologist for over 10
years. She is currently in school obtaining her certification in Massage
Therapy. She first began delving into the online vampire community in the
mid-1990's but remained solitary until she finally reached out to the Vampire
community in 2004. She joined the Atlanta Vampire Alliance in February 2006
just in time to contribute to the VEWRS & AVEWRS.
suppose the search for identity is something everyone goes through. A part of
this searching involves finding another person with which one can relate. What
if there is no one around for you to connect with? I
didn't awaken until I was in my early teens, when identity begins to be very
important! I was somewhat popular and had lots of friends, but even they said
often that I was weird. I always felt like I was on the outside looking in. I
participated in various school activities always trying to find where I fit. I
went through a rebellious period as do most teens but I think mine was because
I couldn't freely be myself and express myself so, I acted out. At some point,
I began to study other religions, i.e., Wiccan, Eastern religions, Paganism,
Native American Shamanism, etc...In my early 20's I sought out pagans hoping to
find acceptance there. I even got involved with a somewhat Wiccan/Eclectic
coven. After our first ritual together, I was told that my energy was too dark
and that I was intimidating to some and that I just didn't fit in.
Next, I began to search online trying to find someone to identify with. At
first, all I found were role-playing sites and sites devoted to vampires of
fiction. I eventually began to find real sites like House Kheperu and others.
Still, I was a little discouraged because there didn't seem to be any other
vampires in my area. So, I remained shadowed somehow knowing that what I was
looking for would eventually find me.
It's been almost two years ago now since a friend of mine came to visit. The
friend she brought along for the ride was the first vampire I met face to face.
There was an instant connection between us. Recognition. We started talking. A
little over 2 months after we met, we were married. He was already acquainted
with the vampire community and strongly encouraged me to come out of the
shadows. I'd remained hidden for a very long time and it took me awhile to be
comfortable with the idea. Curiosity and a need to be among my own kind won out
and I went to Black Atlantis for the Voodoo Bash in October 2005. I met
wonderful people like PsiVamp and Natasha, Lord Alistair and Lady Marissa of
House Dark Haven, and many others. I joined an online vampire forum and through
that, I met Eclecta. She and I actually e-mailed one another on the same day
with introductions. I felt a strong connection with her. In January 2006, my
husband and I moved to the Atlanta area. I became a member of House AVA in
February 2006. I am happy with my decision and know that at this time it is
where I am meant to be.