Teague rode down into the valley, holding his horse to a very slow walk. He did this with two objectives in mind.
Firstly, everything he knew or had heard about reservation vamps indicated they spooked easily. Vamps were, by inclination, nomadic creatures. They were not a gregarious species either. Though organized into clans, their basic social unit was the pack. Each clan consisted of numerous, small semi-autonomous packs that seldom interacted one with another. Thus, being confined to a relatively small space and forced into undesired proximity to others of their kind made them...easily exciteable.
This understanding of their social structure had been learned through a series of very bloody and very brutal misunderstandings. Josiah Teague was not an excessively cautious man but he had no desire to find himself with either the option of being torn limb from limb or being forced to put down needlessly-enraged vamp natives.
This snippet was selected for the weekly Science Fiction Fantasy Saturday Snippet and is from a work in progress, Josiah Teague: Territorial Agent (a paranormal Western) Previous snippets in this series may be viewed here.