Teague steeled himself for the next challenge, the ritual greeting. Before becoming an agent, he had assumed, like most people, that the Vamps had some sort of spoken language. While, of course, they did it was seldom used since Vamps shared a mental link, a form of telepathy, that they used among themselves. The spoken language was used only with Outsiders.
That spoken language was simply not intended to be spoken by anyone who did not have Vamp physiology. The hissing, spitting and low, gutteral growls were painful, at best, for humans to make. By the terms of the Vamp-Human treaty, Vamps were required to learn and use the human language.
Teague was barely surprised to learn none of his predecessors had bothered to access the Bureau database of Vamp language training. Once he accessed the recordings and heard what comprised Vamp, Teague didn't relish the thought of learning it but had no choice. Given the depredations the Lost Valley Vamps had endured under the "guidance" of previous agents, Teague owed it to them to try.
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.