The Aresan Clan is published four times a week (Tue, Wed, Fri, Sun). You can see what's been written so far collected here. All posts will be posted under the Aresan Clan label. For summaries of the events so far, visit here. See my previous serial Vampire Wares collected here.

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Vampire Wares pt 81

There was a knock on the front door of Andrei’s store.  Andrei called, “Who is it?” and the voice of Anton replied, “It’s me.”

Andrei opened the door and got a quick glance of the beautiful colors of sunset were visible in the sky.  The clouds opposite the sun were painted a rosy pink and the sun, low on the horizon, enflamed the sky in a bright orange.

Andrei told Anton hastily to come inside, and then he closed the door behind him and locked it.  “What is it?  Why did you ask me to come?” Anton asked.

Anton was still wearing his soiled work clothes and he smelled of the sweat of a hard day’s labor.  His hair was dusty and messy, but he still smiled with that youthful confidence when he looked at Andrei.

“This way,” Andrei gestured and led him into the workroom.  There in the room was seated Vasile and Ileana.  And beside them was a small female vampire, who immediately caught Anton’s attention.

“I know you,” Anton said to the vampire, though not quite able to place from where he remembered her face.  Then, suddenly it came to him: the night when Constanta was taken, the tiny vampire being carried on the other’s back.

His brow furrowed, his eyes turned red and he lunged at her as soon as he remembered.  His arms were outstretched, aimed directly at her throat, which he grabbed as soon as it was within reach and squeezed as hard as could.

“What did you do with her?  What did you do to my sister?” Anton shouted at her.  Vasile and Andrei both leapt forward to restrain Anton, but it was hardly necessary.  Lina was able to easily remove his hands and kick him away with her feet, sending Anton falling backwards onto the ground.

Anton immediately stood up and was ready to lunge at her again, but was this time successfully restrained by Vasile and Andrei.  He still shouted at her, “Just tell me you killed her and we can put an end to all of this!  I can kill you and you can turn me over to them so they can kill me!  And it’ll all be finally over!”

“We’ve brought you here to protect her,” Andrei said directly into Anton’s ear while him and Vasile held onto the boy.

“Her?  Why?” Anton asked in disbelief, finally relaxing himself and stopping, “She’s responsible for my sister’s death.  She was there when they took her.”

“How old is your sister?” Lina asked, and Anton was able to hear the strident quality of her voice for the first time.  She calmly sat in her place and stared blankly up at Anton after she spoke.

“She’s twelve, almost thirteen.  Why do you ask?”

“She’s alive then.  Most probably.  I don’t know exactly who’ve they've got in there, stored in their cage; there’s many hundreds of them.  But they hold on to young girls.  They’re the most valuable,” Lina explained.

Anton paused for a long time as he stared at Lina, who placidly looked back at him.  He was trying to gauge her; see if she was sincere and honest.  He searched her face for some indication of trustworthiness.  What he saw was a face that was surprisingly innocent-looking and beautiful despite its experience.

Finally, Anton asked, “If she’s alive, how do we free her?”

“That is why we are here to protect this vampire,” Andrei interjected.

Anton turned to him at this point and nodded his head.  “Alright,” Anton quietly said and sat down, ready to hear about the attack that they were expecting.

Another knock was heard at the door.  This one Andrei was not anticipating, and he looked around to see if anyone knew who it was.  He then went to the front door and asked, “Who is it?”

“It’s Lucian,” said the voice on the other side.

Andrei opened the door, and there indeed stood Lucian, dressed formally and cleanly in his jacket and wig.  Andrei led him inside and Lucian began without greeting, “I hear that you have a vampire in here.  I’ve come to try to persuade you to return her to her coven.”

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