The Circus Master: The Book of the Vampires: Part 4: London’s Bleeding

 

Richard’s was restrained with magical chains right by the fountain of the Circus. Despite the Vampires greater immunity to magic, these chains were forged by the the most powerful magics at the very edge of the universe itself. There was no way the Vampire could break free.

The Circus Master was preparing a truth spell that would force Richards to talk, but it would take a few minutes. The others sat impatiently by Richards who had already awoken from Denika’s spell.

“What are you going to do to me you freaks.”

“Kill you eventually” Carlene said bluntly.

“But right now the boss is just whipping something up to make you talk.” She continued.

“It doesn’t matter if you kill me, there are more like me waiting in the wings.”

“Yeah we know darling, that’s why we want you to talk so we can kill them too” Carlene replied.

Denika meanwhile looked somewhat worried.

“We should have heard back from Florence by now. I wouldn’t have thought it would have taken that long to take down a child Vampire.”

“You didn’t see what the little bugger was capable of” Carlene replied. “I have a new digestive system because of him.”

“Well” The Circus Master interrupted. “In a few minutes we’ll know just how many of those things are loose in London.”

Richards tried to struggle to break free again, but it was no use. He then started laughing.

“What’s so funny you freak” Keptis responded.

“Just that you lot combined had trouble bringing me in. I shudder to think how you’ll cope with the others.”

Florence had been able to track the Demon child all the way across London. Florence much like Carlene had an advanced sense of smell, which allowed her to pick up the Demon child’s scent. She carried with her a large bag containing various Vampire repellents.

The trail ended at a nearby hospital. Florence had been there as a little girl. She had most unpleasant memories of a particular Doctor named Malstrom. Malstrom was a famous quack who had a pathological hatred of woman. According to some rumours he had murdered his mother and father both of whom he allegedly poisoned. His first wife also died under mysterious circumstances too.

Malstrom would later be arrested for the apparent murder of a patient, a young friend of Florence named Sally, for which he was later hanged. Florence at just 9 years old had even given a testimony against Malstrom’s character in court, vouching for his hatred of women and his violent tendencies that she had seen him act out on other patients. At one point he even threatened Florence herself, but she was fortunate enough to have never been the recipient of his violence.

Florence broke down the two rotten front doors of the hospital. Oh how she wished she had just let Carlene follow the boy now. This would be a very unpleasant trip down memory lane.

The hospital had been abandoned after the scandal about Malstrom. Very few people ever went there again, and eventually it shut down. It hadn’t been demolished, but rather was simply left to rot right in the heart of the city.

The whole place stunk of urine and vomit that had been allowed to congeal over the years, as well as rats that ran everywhere along the mouldy floors.

Even with the repulsive odours, Florence could still pick up the Vampires scent. He was clearly trying to conceal himself in amongst these horrible smells she thought. As she made her way to the upper levels however, Florence was suddenly able to make out more strange, distinct smells. The scent of more Vampires. There were clearly dozens more in the hospital, maybe even another Alpha. The little boy had actually led her into a trap. Florence slowly backed away back towards the stair case she had just come up, hopeful that the Vampires weren’t aware she was there yet.

Unfortunately however a figure suddenly came emerging from the door closest to the stairs. As it wandered out of the darkness it revealed a hideous, bright green, slimy face. The monster had no hair, whilst its skin looked rotting and pungent. Its nails were long, almost as long as the Circus Masters unsheathed, whilst its eyes were completely round and red with a black iris. The monster also had a forked tongue that slithered out of its mouth full of razor sharp teeth.

The monster attacked Florence, but before she could fight back the young urchin Vampire that she had chased in the first place managed to sneak up on the Siren while she was distracted and grabbed her by the back leg. When Florence turned around to try and push the Vampire child off, the slimy, Vampire grabbed Florence in a bear hug from behind. The monster’s slimy skin was burning to the touch, and ate through her clothes and flesh! It managed to pull Florence backwards into a room filled with corpses of the monsters previous victims before throwing her to the floor.

Florence landed right in front of the body of an old man, most of whose skin had been ripped off along with both of his arms. His guts had also been torn out and were smeared all over the nearby wall. Rats had already begun to feast on his mangled innards.

The green Vampire, roaring and hissing grabbed Florence by the legs and pulled her back towards it. Florence however managed to pry herself out of the beasts grasp, flip onto her back and kick the monster several times in the chest and face, sending it backwards.

As she got up to stand her ground, she heard more roars and hisses from Vampires coming down the halls. There seemed to be dozens of them from the sounds of things. It seemed every room in this hallway was filled with at least one Vampire. “I shouldn’t have gone on ahead alone” Florence said to herself, as she desperately tried to think of a way out.

When the Vampires came in, they started firing globs of slime from their hands at her, which ate through the walls and floor of the hospital. Florence managed to dodge the monsters attacks, though one bit of acid managed to splash on her arm. It was only a tiny bit, but it still melted right through to her bone before it quickly healed.

Florence was able to trick the Vampires into using their acid to burn a hole in the floor which she quickly escaped through.

Below Florence fell onto the corpse of a young woman lying an old bed. The woman was not one of the Vampires victims. She appeared to have been dead for a few years, and had died quite peacefully in her sleep. Sadly however it seems she had just been forgotten about when the hospital shut down. One of the Vampires soon fired more acid at Florence from above, though once again she was able to dodge it, with the acid eating through the dead woman’s face and the bed.

Florence quickly opened her bag and threw a bottle of holy water at the Vampire. It did nothing. Next she lifted out a stake and managed to ram it through the first Vampire that descended from the ceilings heart. It killed the beast instantly. Unfortunately however the stake melted inside the Vampire quickly. Florence only had another two stakes in her bag.

“Oh dear this isn’t going well is it?” She said to herself in panic. Another one of the Vampires jumped down from the hole in the roof and blocked the door to the hall in front of her. Avoiding its acid attacks, Florence pulled out a cross which caused the Vampire to back down a little at first, but the monster fired a blotch of acid at her cross, which melted it and burned her hand.

In desperation, Florence next lifted out a bottle of condensed magical flames. These weapons were created by Denika. Whenever one was opened, the flame would escape and burn whoever its owner wished it too. The weapons were somewhat unpredictable however, and at close quarters the flames could sometimes consume everything in the nearby area. Denika had meant to try and find a way to perfect it, but she had never got around to it. Florence fled to the other end of the room and before the Vampire could follow her, she emptied the bottle of fire onto the beast causing it to go up instantly. The other Vampires above backed off a little bit, allowing Florence to flee the room, running past the burning Vampire as the flames consumed him completely.

In the filth ridden hall, Florence saw a window at the other end of the room which led outside. Florence would have to jump about 4 stories out of the window to reach the ground, but that would be no problem for her Vampiric constitution. Florence intended to escape through the window and then use her 5 remaining flame bottles to burn the hospital to the ground from outside. Florence could tell that there were no remaining humans in the area. Even with the pungent odours of sick, rats, blood and the Vampires themselves, she would still be able to pick up their scent if there were any people.

As Florence prepared to leave, she felt the roof and the walls around her shaking. There was something on the floor above, something a lot larger and more powerful than the Vampires chasing her. It was the Alpha, unquestionably. Florence quickly headed to the window, throwing one of her bottles at the door behind her as she ran, which held the Vampires back.

After jumping to the ground below. Florence threw 3 of her remaining bottles at the hospital. She threw two at the upper levels the Vampires had been chasing her on, and another at the door below.

The building went up very quickly. Some of the Vampires were able to make their way to the windows, but Florence held her cross to the monsters, causing them to double back into the flames. Some of the Vampires tried to fire acid at her from above, but Florence managed to avoid their attacks even more easily this time, whilst still holding the cross up.

Suddenly just as the Vampires seemed beaten a gigantic figure came crashing through the walls of the building, covered in flames.

The monster must have been about 7 feet tall. Its skin was green and slimy just like the other Vampires, except it had long slimy tentacles coming from its hands. Its eyes were also black like a shark.

This was clearly the Alpha, and Florence was now going to have to face it alone!

The monster reached its tentacle out and grabbed hold of Florence’s left leg as she tried to run away. It pulled her back and started swinging her around before throwing her back into the inferno she had created.

Florence managed to jump out of the flames however just in time and tore a large flaming 2 by 4 out of the rubble as she fled.

Florence used it to hit the Alpha several times in the face, but the monster quickly batted it away. As Florence continued to evade the monsters strikes, she noticed a sense of familiarity in its face.

She didn’t have time to figure it out now however. Florence quickly made a dive for her bag of weapons, but as she tried to grab it, one of the Vampires that had managed to escape the hospital grabbed her from behind. It held her in place for its “father”, but Florence was able to jump out of its grasp in time, causing the Alpha to hit the Vampire with its tentacle instead. Florence then rammed the lesser Vampire into the Alpha, knocking them both back before she dived for the weapons bag.

Florence threw the bottle at the Alpha who not knowing what it was, managed to knock it out of reach, but it still broke when it hit the ground, which unleashed the flames on the Alpha anyway.

As the Alpha struggled in the flames, another lesser Vampire managed to escape the inferno and started to attack Florence. This creature struck Florence’s weapons bag with an acid attack, but Florence quickly pulled a stake and a silver blade out of her bag before it all melted. Florence then threw the stake straight into one of the lesser Vampires hearts.

Evading the other monsters acid attacks, Florence then sliced its arm off with her blade. Sadly however the blade melted from the monsters acidic slime, but Florence then quickly grabbed the flaming 2 by 4 and drove it through the Vampires heart when it tried to attack her.

The Alpha meanwhile, unable to put the flames out (the magic ensured that they could not be extinguished until their target was dead) collapsed onto the floor in pain.

It still wasn’t completely dead however, but Florence, using what was left of the 2 by 4 prepared to stake the Vampire through the heart.

Just as Florence was about to strike the killing blow, she was struck from behind by one of the Vampires. It was ironically the urchin Vampire that Florence had chased to the hospital in the first place. The Vampire hit Florence with a led pipe, hard enough to knock her to the floor, and when she tried to get up, the Alpha seizing its chance, jumped up and struck her in the face, knocking Florence out cold.

As soon as Florence was knocked out, the flames disappeared from the Alpha, as they were dependent on the users will.

“You’re going to pay for this bitch” the Alpha said as its charred flesh started to repair itself.

Meanwhile back at the Circus, the magic had begun to affect Richards. Despite his best attempts to fight them, they were simply too strong.

“Curse you Circus Freaks. I swear, I will make you all pay for this.”

” I thought you were confident your master could tear us apart? Hmm seems you’re actually bit scared. Anyway can please tell us who created you and where are they?” The Circus Master said.

“I just hate being used” Richards spat back. “I was made by Marcozia Agner in the small seaside town of Lourouse. That’s where he is creating all of us. The town was abandoned 100 years ago. Apparently it was because it was cursed. We have children all over this country however. You can’t stop us now.”

“Marcozia Agner?” Carlene replied in shock. “I know who that is. He must be lying.”

“I assure you he is not.” The Circus Master said.

“Marcozia is a Vampire hunter. He is one of the greatest I’ve ever met. He’s a total prick mind you. Tried to stake me several times. Even after I saved his life one time. Still I find it hard to believe that he would ever allow himself to be turned. He hated Vampires even more than this bloke here” She said whilst looking at Keptis. “Even if he became one, he’d definitely stake himself.”

Richards smiled “You have no idea. He is our leader, our commander. He will lead us to victory. He will tear you all to pieces.”

Carlene still couldn’t believe what she was hearing.

“This is not good. A Vampire hunter that has turned over to their side. He knows all of their weaknesses and how to overcome them.” Denika said.

“Well I know Marcozia” Carlene replied “and if there’s one thing” suddenly a noise from outside interrupted Carlene.

It was a young boys voice shouting on the Circus Master to come out. Carlene recognised it as the young urchin Vampire.

“That little prick. I thought Florence would have got him by now”.

“She hasn’t and that’s very worrying” the Circus Master said. “Stay in here. This could be a trap, and no use in all of us walking into it.”

“What do you want Demon child” the Circus Master said with disdain.

“Its simple. We have your little Siren friend. If you want to see her ever again in one piece, you’ll surrender to us right away.”

To Be Continued