Friday, July 15, 2016

Vampire Friday: Vampire Heart 78

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Summary of the previous episodes: Viorel has been tortured by his supposed family who wanted to have him burn in the sun. Strangely enough the sun didn't burn him as expected but Viorel has no memory of who he is. Following the advises of his supposed father, he left Sighișoara and is now traveling to the West. After some skirmish in a previous city, he found refuge on a boat. Viorel is now in Vienna. The little problem is that the guy at the inn was a bit of an asshole and helped capture Viorel thinking he was a vampire, which he is but nobody needs to know. Now there is a huge man (which I call the colossi) taking care of Viorel and a priest. They brought a girl. Torture my holy water... Fail. Viorel managed to confuse everyone, now he would like to get out of here. But the girl seems pretty useless. They still managed to escape and he left the girl to the care of the boat lady before going back to have two words with his captors but his power of persuasion were failing him. The priest wanted to crack a deal but Viorel is not really up to help his enemies. He finally got some blood but he can't risk to stay in Vienna. He travel to Linz were he stays a bit to learn German.
Viorel wanted to go to Praha but redirect himself toward Augsburg instead where he wants to get a horse, except that the horses are a bit scared of his vampirism and maybe something else. Viorel is really not a horse expert. Then he comes into an altercation with couple of people, he wants some fear in his blood. The girl Viorel has found seemed to enjoy the game. Viorel prepares for the nightmares that come with a feast of blood, in a rush to leave, he cross the dukedom of Lorrain.
We introduced Sorina, three weeks after the beginning of Viorel's escape.
Viorel dreamed of Sorina and woke up not really remembering anything. Traveling to Paris, he arrives at "La cour des miracles". He is rescued by a stranger who turned out to be Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist he was looking for. Nicolas does some strange experiment without Viorel's agreement. Some people are looking for Nicolas's secrets. On the other side of Europe, Sorina awakes and Viorel's past in haunting him.

Now, let's continue with Vampire Heart, right where we left of last week.

“New dreams are a good sign, they either mean that you are getting rid of your previous trauma or that you are healing, your memory will come back with them”, Nicolas said.
“I’m not too sure, it had nothing to do with my past”, I said totally confused.
“Dreams are not easy things to understand, they are some part of us which are hidden very deeply and which are very difficult to comprehend in most cases. They are making connection inside our mind that our consciousness can’t reach.” Nicolas said.
He said more but that didn’t help much. How something I couldn’t understand was supposed to help me figure out more about myself. I finished my potatoes without a word and helped Perenelle to clean. I didn’t do it very often but today I felt like doing something useful was calming me down.
“I need to go in town to send some mail to my friends in Praha and to make arrangement for the move”, Nicolas said.
The move, for the night I had forgotten about it. I looked around at the house and I could see the same feeling in Perenelle’s eyes. I didn’t stay here that long but I still had memories here. It was the smell of the first place I could ever call home since I escaped the vampires. I didn’t know if I had ever called the castle home but I was almost certain that here was what a home should felt like. Here was the place where I learned to be human, where I learned that I didn’t need blood if I didn’t want to, where I knew I could come back even after killing because the people here where not going to judge who I was. Here was my home but for Perenelle that was much more than that. After all she had spent all her life here. She had seen the world pass through those windows. She had seen the love, the death and all the mixture of light and dark feeling pass between these walls. I knew that leaving this place would be more to her than to any of us.
“Do we really have to go?” I said simply. It was more like a rhetorical question than to try to fight the evidence.
“Yes”, she answered. Her voice didn’t flicker and for the first time I realized that she was the stronger of the two. Always hiding behind Nicolas, always staying calm and working toward a goal that she seemed to be the only one to see. If he was to fall she would be the one holding him back, if she was to fall he wouldn’t have enough strength for it. I closed my eyes a second and I realized that it was the same for me. No matter how much I had thought I was the one protecting Sorina in the end she had been the one protecting me all along.
“So I’ll just stay here to help you pack”, I said looking at Perenelle.
She smiled.
“Of course, there are so many things that we need to prepare for.”

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