“Ashlei, Ashlei I know you’re in there, please, I need your help”. Daniel started to stir from his sleep. Ashlei ignored her brother and instead tended to Daniel.
“What, what’s going on” Daniel grumbled as he started to come round, but as soon as he looked down at the stump where his arm had once been it all came screaming back.
“Oh god it wasn’t a dream. Ashlei, I’m, I” suddenly he noticed Brian’s voice calling from outside.
“He’s here he found us” Daniel said as he struggled in the chains.
“Relax he can’t get in here” Ashlei said somewhat coldly.
The Strange Boy had suddenly just left a few minutes ago. He had always been somewhat unpredictable, but this was new even for him. Ashlei however didn’t even care.
“Why am I chained up? Is this, the Circus? Where’s the Vampire, the Circus Master, the Witch, the”
“They chained you up” Ashlei said as she searched through a chest.
“They said you were infected by my brother. They’re not sure on whether you’ll turn into one of those Vampires or not. You’ll have to wait a couple more hours to see if you’re in the clear.”
“What!” Daniel shouted in anguish. “No, oh god please tell me I won’t become one of those things, please Ashlei.”
“I’m sorry” Ashlei said almost with no emotion which disturbed Daniel.
“I have to see my brother now.”
“What you can’t go out there. It’s not your brother anymore. Ashlei, please I need your help. Ashlei!” She continued to ignore him as she marched outside to confront her inhuman brother.
As soon as she stepped outside Ashlei could see Brian was lying, not that she expected her brother to be himself mind you, but it was still a shock to hear her brother’s voice, come from the hideous Vampire.
Brian started to cackle. “I can’t believe you fell for that. You never were too bright were you sis?”
Ashlei tried to keep her cool. “I know this thing isn’t who Brian really was.” she said whilst trying to hold back her tears.
“You’re right. Its the product of your failure. You were supposed to look out for me, for both of your little brothers and look what happened. You left me in the streets of London, left me to be turned into this! If those monsters had just killed me, you could have mourned for a few seconds and then forgotten me like everybody else would. Instead they’ve immortalised your selfishness and cowardice for all time.”
“I swear I never meant to leave you, I” She held back the tears. “No I know you’re not him, but I do want the real Brian, if he’s in there, to know that I’m sorry.”
“Sorry” the Vampire laughed. “Is that all you can say for letting me become this.”
“No I meant sorry for what I’m about to do.” Ashlei pulled out a small bottle of holy water that she had taken from the chest in the Circus and threw it over Brian whose flesh began to burn and sizzle just like before.
As the Vampire fell to the floor writhing in agony, Ashlei quickly made a move towards the monster with a wooden stake. She stabbed it through his heart. Nothing happened however and Brian grabbed Ashlei by the throat and threw her in the opposite direction from the Circus.
Brian laughed as the holy water burned his flesh.
“You should have done your research Sis” he taunted as he pulled the stake from his chest.
Now completely defenceless, Ashlei tried to run back to the Circus, but Brian caught her again and threw his sister back the way.
“Lets have some fun!” He said with a sadistic glee as Ashlei fled in the other direction. There was nowhere for her to run to except for a nearby abandoned factory.
Once she reached the factory, Ashlei quickly shut the huge, steel doors behind her. Brian thumped on the doors a few times, making huge dents in them, before suddenly stopping. Were they enough to hold him back, or was he just toying with me, Ashlei thought.
The Circus Master (who was carrying Keptis) and Carlene had managed to escape from the horde of Vampires by jumping from roof top to roof top, (or rather what was left of each roof top in most cases.) None of the three time travellers were really sure where they were going, they just wanted to get a bit of a distance between themselves and the Vampires.
Since they fled the square, literally hundreds of Vampires had started to emerge from practically every building and corner of the village,.
Carlene however quickly stopped on the latest building they had landed on. It was mostly intact, compared to the other buildings in the village.
“Carlene, what are you doing? Come on!” The Circus Master shouted.
“Hang on I think I’m picking up a scent. Its Florence, she’s down there.” Carlene replied.
Suddenly two new type of Vampires jumped onto the roof. They both had three heads, all long and serpent like, and 6 arms, whilst their skin was thick, armour plated and yellow.
“Go find her, I’ll hold these things off. Go now” The Circus Master said. Keptis and Carlene quickly jumped down to an alley between the two buildings whilst more and more Vampires jumped or flew onto the roof to attack the Circus Master.
The Circus Master pulled out a massive sword from his hat. It’s blade was made of fire just like Keptis flaming saw. The Vampires all attempted to dogpile on the Circus Master but his sword prevented any of them from getting close. Arms and tentacles and even the odd head from the attacking Vampires went flying all over the roof, as the Circus Master swung his sword back and forth.
“She’s in there, in the basement I can pick up her scent, only just. Come on” Carlene said.
Two Vampires however had picked up Carlene and Keptis scent and descended on either side of the alley. They were both tall and incredibly thin to the point where there were practically skeletons, whilst their faces were rotten and decaying. The monsters were both far stronger than their light frames would suggest, with the Vampire who attacked Carlene easily overpowering her, whilst the other Vampire managed to grab Keptis’ flaming saw by the handle and toss it out of his hand.
Carlene quickly bit the Vampire that pinned her in the throat, shocking it for a minute before she punched it in the stomach, the face and then flipped it over her shoulder onto the other Vampire.
Whilst the two Vampires were down Keptis used his saw to slice one of the Vampires heads off. The other Vampire however quickly jumped to its feet and struck Keptis, knocking him to the ground. Carlene attempted to fight the monster again, but this time it was too fast for her and delivered a flurry of punches to her stomach and face. Keptis however quickly went for the monsters legs whilst he was on the ground and sliced one of them off, before taking the monsters head off when it fell to the ground.
Using her Vampiric strength, Carlene quickly punched a hole in the wall, leading to the cellar in the house, which she and Keptis quickly fled through before more Vampires could pick up their scent.
In the cellar the two time travellers saw the remains of a young girl, literally ripped in half, just by the cage where Florence sat looking completely broken.
“Florence” Keptis whispered. “We’re here.”
“You have to get out of here its” before the Siren could finish her warning, a massive tentacle suddenly came bursting out of the ground and grabbed Carlene by the neck, before smashing her into a nearby wall. When the tentacle attempted to grab Keptis however, he managed to slice it off with his saw.
The creature the tentacle belonged to, the hideous Alpha Vampire Malstrom, burst out of the ground screaming in anger.
Keptis stabbed his saw into the monsters’s chest, which caused the Alpha to fall to its knees in pain. However as he pulled the saw up to slice the monster up the middle, its blood splashed onto Keptis’ arms, burning him horribly.
Keptis dropped the saw and fell backwards in pain, whilst Malstrom’s tentacles slowly wrapped themselves around the Martian.
Florence again struggled to try and break the bars, but it was no use.
The Circus Master had managed to hold off the Vampires, with the roof now being covered in nothing but Vampire body parts and entrails. Suddenly however one of the monsters actually managed to stop the Circus Master’s sword dead in its tracks.
It was a large completely grey Vampire. It must have stood over 7 feet tall and it had piercing yellow eyes and massive fangs. The monster had managed to grab the flaming blade itself, which it then snapped in half.
The Circus Master quickly reached for his hat, but the giant creature thumped him in the chest sending him flying towards the edge of the building.
The monster then grabbed the hat and reached into it, but this proved to be a mistake however. Just like Carlene’s beehive, there was a booby trap system in the hat which fired various weapons into the Vampires hand.
Only one of the knives harmed the monster. A gold knife which became embedded in its hand. The Circus Master then jumped forward and reached for the hat, but the monster pulled the gold knife out of its hand and stabbed the Circus Master in the heart, before getting him in a head lock. The Circus Master clawed in vain at the monsters arm, but the beasts hold around his neck grew tighter.
In the factory Ashlei had become lost. No one had set foot here for quite a long time, though the stench of misery and death was still everywhere. Ashlei had stayed by the door for a few minutes, but then when nothing happened she decided to look around for a weapon. She’d found a few crowbars, but nothing that would be particularly useful against a Vampire.
“Oh god Circus freaks where are you” she said bitterly whilst clutching her crowbar. “They said that creepy boy was supposed to protect us!”
Just then Ashlei heard a sound of glass breaking in the distance. “He’s here oh god.”
She had no idea where she could go. It was so dark and cluttered ahead and her vile brother could be around any corner.
“I was right” Brian’s voice came piercing through the darkness. “This is fun.”
Ashlei couldn’t believe she had gotten herself into this situation. She should never have tried to take on a Vampire on her own. Ironically it had been because of her love for Brian. She was determined to be the one to free him from this nightmare. In a way she felt it was her only way of redemption.
“No” she thought, pulling herself together. “I’m not going to die in here, not at that thing wearing my brothers corpse’s hands.”
Ashlei ran through the dark room ahead, not even sure where she was going. She suddenly heard another screeching sound.
“He’s just toying with me. I need to get out of here now.” As she turned the corner however she suddenly bumped straight into Brian.
Brian batted the crowbar and easily restrained Ashlei. The monster prepared to sink his fangs into Ashlei’s neck, but she was able to escape by punching her brother in his burn wounds, which threw him for a few seconds.
Ashlei quickly grabbed her crowbar and shoved it straight into her brothers forhead ramming him into a nearby wall. The Vampire however quickly threw Ashlei about ten feet across the room, after which it then pulled the crowbar out of it’s forhead.
Brian threw the crowbar at Ashlei, who only managed to just avoid it. Ashlei then picked the crowbar up and hit her brother over the hit with it, as he attacked her. She knocked Brian to the ground and repeatedly hit him over the head, smashing his brains in. The monster however simply got up, hissing and slabbering at its former sister. Knowing she’d never be able to fight him off or even hurt him, Ashlei quickly ran in the opposite direction.
The Circus Master tried to dig his talons deep into the grey Vampires arm, but it barely made a mark. The Vampire literally laughed at the Circus Masters attempts to hurt him, as did the other five Vampires who gathered round to laugh at the Circus Masters plight.
As all seemed lost, a blue light enveloped the large grey Vampire from behind and though it struggled, the light pulled it away off of the roof.
Another blue light blasted the 5 Vampires in front of the Circus Master backwards off of the roof. The Circus Master then looked up to see Denika hovering above the building.
“Denika! And here I was trying to rescue you!” The Circus Master laughed as he went for his hat.
Denika quickly scooped the Circus Master up with her magic as more Vampires began to crawl up the building.
The two flew over the village encased in a magical bubble.
“Where are we going?” The Circus Master asked.
“Marcozia. I followed him and saw that freak retreat to the ruins of church. I could sense something in there. That’s where he’s keeping the book. We have to get there now. I think he’s going to turn someone else into a new Alpha.”
“Well we should go back for Carlene, Florence and Keptis” The Circus Master responded.
“No time I’m afraid, if we don’t move now some other poor soul will become one of those monsters.”
Back in the basement, Carlene had managed to get the drop on Malstrom just as he was about to crush the life out of Keptis like he had done to the young girl.
She jumped on the Vampires back and repeatedly hit him over the head with a piece of concrete that had come off the wall, ironically when Malstrom had slammed Carlene into it.
The Alpha threw Carlene off again, but this time she landed on her feet.
Malstorm roared in anger at Carlene and tried to impale her with one of his tentacles, but Carlene’s reflexes were too fast and she managed to keep dodging the monsters strikes. Carlene was able to trick the Alpha by landing in front of the cage where Florence was imprisoned. When the Alpha tried to impale her, Carlene quickly jumped to and clung to the ceiling causing the Alpha to hit the bars instead. The Alpha’s strength knocked the bars down instantly. Though Florence was also knocked down too, she quickly got up and picked up one of the bars which she used to hit Malstrom in the face.
Florence was overcome with such rage towards the Alpha that she caught him off guard, and as he tried to fight back, Carlene started to hit the monster from behind with another slab. Carlene went for the monsters legs, whilst Florence struck the monster in the head over and over.
Malstrom however managed to wrap one tentacle around the pole and pulled it from Florence’s hand and then smashed it into Carlene’s face before standing up to confront Florence.
Florence still didn’t give up and jumped at Malstrom, delivering a flurry of punches to the Vampires face, though it quickly overpowered Florence.
Malstrom grabbed Florence by the neck with one hand and lifted her up against the wall. Keptis however used his flaming saw to slice off the arm Malstrom was using to hold Florence up. Some of his blood splashed on Florence, giving her minor burns, but not enough to deter her.
Keptis struck his saw into Malstroms head, but he was still so weak from the burns he didn’t have any strength to sink it in deep, and Malstrom knocked the Martian to the ground. Florence however kicked the monster with both feet in the back, knocking him over and then pulled Ketpis’ saw from the monsters head which she then rammed into the Alpha’s neck. Malstrom tried to pull himself up, but Carlene using the pole, Malstrom had hit her with, impaled the monster to the ground.
Florence sawed the monsters head clean off. Even though its blood splashed onto her hands and burned them, Florence was so overcome with rage, she fought through the pain until she killed the monster.
“Hopefully you’ll stay dead this time.” Florence muttered bitterly as she started to feel the pain from her burns, whilst Carlene helped Keptis up. “I’m okay” he said somewhat proudly.
“Trust me, I lived on a planet full of those things out there. I’ve been through worse. Thank you anyway.”
“No, thank you” Florence said as she tossed the Martian’s saw back to him.
“We need to get back to the Circus Master, he’s alone up there.” Carlene said.
When the threesome made it back to the roof however they saw it was deserted.
“Hes gone? He wouldn’t leave us.” Florence said with worry.
“I can’t smell any Vandal blood here.” Carlene tried to reassure her.
Suddenly the horde below noticed the three time travellers on the roof and started to scale the building.
“We need to get out of here, now.” Keptis shouted as he powered up his flaming saw.
“We need to find their prisoners.” Florence responded.
“They keep humans to lock up as food for the new recruits”
“How are we supposed to find them?” Keptis replied.
“You forget, we’re Vampires, we could easily pick up the scent of any humans that are left” Carlene said.
Three Vampires, consisting of one Octopoid Vampire, and two yellow Vampires quickly emerged over the side of the building.
“We need to go now” Carlene said as she jumped onto another building, carrying Keptis with her.
The Circus Master and Denika meanwhile had reached the Church. Through the broken window, the two could see Marcozia holding the Book of Khastran itself that created each new breed of Vampire, with two young men and a young woman sat close by, tied up.”
“You make me laugh.” Marcozia said, mockingly to the young woman.
“We both know who you really are, yet here you’re pretending to be vulnerable and weak. Trust me. You’ll love being one of us.”
Denika fired a magical blast at the book, knocking it out of the Vampire’s hands and across the room.
“Not very smart, leaving yourself, one average Vampire to guard your book.” Denika taunted the former hunter before blasting an energy beam at the Marcozia.
The Vampire however managed to deflect Denika’s beam back at her and sent the witch flying backwards to the other end of the Church.
“I’m not an ordinary Vampire. I was once like you. I spent my whole life fighting the supernatural remember. I know how to deflect a simple magical blast like that.”
The Circus Master pulled a copper blade out of his hat. He knew Marcozia’s breed of Vampire and their weaknesses well. They weren’t among the strongest, but Marcozia seemed confident that he could beat The Circus Master even unarmed.
The Circus Master tried to slash Marcozia in the face, but the monster was too quick and kicked the knife out of the Vandals hand. With another kick he knocked the hat off of the Circus Masters head.
When the Circus Master tried to reach for his hat, Marcozia, grabbed the Vandal and flipped him over his shoulder.
The Circus Master jumped to his feet and unsheathed his claws. Every one of his strikes however missed Marcozia, who delivered several blows to the Circus Master’s face and stomach, before grabbing him by the neck and throwing the Vandal to the other end of the room, through some debris.
Before the Circus Master could pull himself up, Marcozia jumped on him from across the room, and pummelled his enemy into submission.
“Whether I’m a human or a Vampire, I still love killing Vandals.” The former hunter said as he lifted a stake.
To Be Continued