We finally made it to the first story inverse that doesn't take place inside the Tales of the Slayer series. Welcome to the first tale in Tales of the Vampire! So different right? Ok so Some like it Hot, written by Sam Loeb. It is a great tale all about being careful of what you wish for.
In this tale a vampire longs for the days when he could lay out in the sun and enjoy its warmth. Something that vampires can never do, one step out into the deadly rays of the sun and they go up in flames. Not a fun way to spend your last day.
Now there is only two ways for a vampire to go out in the sun, not counting throwing a blanket over your head and running. You can either get the Gem of Amara or have your heart removed. The problem with the second option is that after 24 hours you burst into flames and die.
In this story a doctor figures out a way to get around the 24 hour rule. He builds him a robotic heart that allows him to go out in the sun without dying. It works and he finally goes out and feels the warmth that he has been so longing for. His enjoyment of it doesn't last long. It turns out he has grown fond of the cold and quickly losses interest in the sun light.
It's a good morality tale about a guy who gets his hearts wish and becomes bored with it. On that level it's an amazing story but it also suffers from a problem that the Buffyverse tends to have. They open up a lot of plot lines that they leave alone never to touch again. The praying mantis eggs, Marcie and the FBI school for invisible kids. This story tells us that there is a vampire out there who can't be killed! Ok well cut off his head and he dies that is fair but still! This is big! That is a story to tell! Let's hope that Buffy or Angel season 11 can give this character his return! I'd love to see that story!