The Nosferatu Adventures
page 80, chapter 80
Our heroine, Reuben and the Seer arrived back at Ash's to find Leo crouched beside the out door oven, smoke bellowing from it. Our heroine had started to cough a few minutes before they had even turned off the main path, and by the time they reached the cabin, she was nearly overcome with the smoke. Neither of the werewolves seemed to be bothered by it.
Ash ran out of the cabin, grabbing her just as she was about to faint, and helped her into the cabin. "Sorry, we didn't think you'd be back yet. He's roasting garlic flowers for a ritual."
"Way to keep your girl out." she managed to reply. Ash's strong tattooed hands were now examining her hair, his eyebrows knitted together in puzzlement.
"What happened exactly to your hair?"
"Dagan. All you need to know." the answer wasn't enough, Ash didn't let go of her, just let his one eyebrow relax till they'd gone from knitted in puzzlement to raised in question. Our heroine let out a deep sigh closing her eyes. "Seems there is some whacked out genetic trait that the males in his family have, that you could say is some sort of branding or something. Like a mystical first wives club." Ash's shoulders slouched as he took a half step from her, his arms first dropping from her hair to her shoulders then to grab her wrists, as he squared his jaw.
"So he has claimed you as his mate then?" the older werewolf moved the half step back towards her leaning in, his head tilted to the side. His blue eyes searching for something to tell him he was wrong. "You know what that means right?"
"That his family wasn't completely human to begin with."
Ash hasn't even been thinking in that direction. He gave her a half hearted smile as he brought her hands up between his. But before he could answer her, his nose started to twitch. Dagan jumped through the window, crossed to the kitchen and opened a bottled water downing it in seconds. They both turned to look at him, as he wiped the back of his hand over his mouth, a distant look in his blue eyes. He mumbled something as he grabbed the female, hugging her, resting his face on her hair, his arms tight around her shoulders. He said nothing at first, just pointed at Ash.
"Where's the Seer?" his voice cracked forcing him to clear his throat.
"Out front still I think. Why?"
"I just spent the last twenty minutes, fighting a couple guards that weren't human. We need to know what he knows about some of the stuff going on at the Fort still." Dagan then started to sway as the colour drained out of his face. "I'm fine thank you for asking." he snarled at the female.
"Great. Another thing to add to the ever bizarre to do list which includes, A- finding out about the timber wolves, B - keeping the Seer safe, C- opening a portal so that I can attempt to get home, D- find out what is making the guards not human, E- get the King back into a kingly state and of course F- unlock the mystery that is the family Frankenstein. Have I missed anything?"
Leo seemed to appear in the doorway suddenly out of nowhere. "I'll cross one thing off that list for you right now. I don't need or want to be king again. At lest not now."
"Why not?" Dagan asked as he tightened his arms around our heroine's shoulders, starting to sway.
"I'm immortal. My son is not. If he wants to rule the kingdom, by all means let him. He doesn't have any heirs, and when the time comes, I'll return to take his place." Leo was smiling, his tongue darting across his top lip. "For now, I just want to have a life."
"That is the bravest thing I've ever heard anyone say." our heroine sighed as she found herself nearly toppling over as Dagan continued to sway from side to side. "Okay making me sea sick there bud."
She then found herself crashing into Ash as Dagan let go, taking a step backwards, his hands in the air in a surrendering motion.
"Alright, alright, alright." he moved around them in a half step, half circle as he started to head outside to talk to the Seer. Our heroine could have sworn that Dagan had begun to dance his way out the door then thought better of it. He was just suddenly very giddy.
"What's wrong with him?" she asked leaning on the kitchen table.
"That's just Dagan. He's always been a bit of a kook." Ash replied scratching at his jaw with his left hand, the letter 'd' on the word 'down' of his tattoo disappearing as he did.
Finn stood in the middle of the swamp, a jar filled with a slimy liquid placed at the foot of the nearest tree. He stood with his hands out at his sides, his head back as he chanted. His arms were starting to cramp up when he felt a breeze begin to start, sending leaves and small rocks whipping around him.
"What do you want familiar?" a strange sing song voice asked. Opening his eyes, Finn turned to see a little boy sitting on a rock that just seemed to appear in the middle of the swamp, frogs suddenly everywhere.
"I need to see the witch."
"She doesn't want to talk to you. That's why she sent me when she heard you calling." the little boy turned his eyes up to look at Finn, while he petted one of the larger frogs. The boy was eerie looking, with matted hair that seemed to stick to his face, dark skin that almost reflected the mud around them, and eyes so empty and cold, too cold to be that of a seven year old.
But this was no seven year old, Finn knew better then anyone that the little boy sitting just a few feet from him was older then he could imagine, at lest older then himself, older then King Leo and Ash combined, older then even the sea witch.
"It's always important with your kind. Working on borrowed time, even if you do happen to have nine lives, they are so easily dismissed." the little boy opened his eyes wide as Finn felt his throat start to close, choking him, as he seemed to be now a few feet off the ground. Dropping him, the boy picked up the frog he'd been petting and popped it into his mouth whole. He didn't bother to chew, just swallowed it. "Okay what is it you want?" the boredom was thick as he closed his eyes savouring his treat.
"The female." he bowed his head then dropped to one knee. "I can save her from the werewolves. I just need to know how to remove her curse."
"What makes you think that she would want you to?" he slid half way off the rock. Finn looked at him then, not sure how to answer.
"I just...I just need the spell. I know the sea witch knows...how..."
The little boy shook his head, a cracking sound echoing in the swamp. "The sea witch says she's not part of the deal. Was never part of the deal. Sea witch says, the female has her own fate, her own destiny to follow. Does not include you. Does not include here when the time comes. She won't be here anymore. "
"What's that suppose to mean?"
The little boy just shook his head again. "Times up. See you later." The little boy was gone as mysteriously as he had arrived, the rock in the middle of the swamp gone as if it had never been there.
tune in again later for another installment of the Nosferatu Adventures starring your heroine...me (straight up story. )