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You stare up at Andrei, Lukas, and Arthur. All their eyes are a bright red. Arthur looks down at you with sad eyes.
“Please,_______(Name) Let me explain.”
“Yes, my brother, Allistor, is the leader of our clan. We need him to purify human blood for us to drink because other wise it’s poisonous for us. We use your artwork, which he is obsessed with to buy blood. We are low on supplies and he demanded a picture of the Bran’s castle. That is why we needed you to come down here. Your safety is insured, of course. We need you to survive.”
“Oh! We never kill anyone. We use our hypnotism powers to make them forget anything happened, and we just take a little blood. Please, __________ (Name) we are relying on you.”
You look deeply into his eyes. You see worry, hunger, and a little guilt in his deep red eyes. You were scared. They were vampires! They could kill you! However, the more you looked at them the more they seemed less evil and more…just desperate. They needed you, and this Allistor really liked your art. Isn’t that all you ever wanted, your talent and artwork to be wanted? You take a minute to calm your heart rate, worried that they can hear it (Which They can ).
“O-Okay, I’ll stay here. It looks like you guys really need me. As long as I’m still getting paid, of course.”
You see all of them sigh in relief, and Arthur eye’s change back to his green eyes.”
Arthur responds, “Of course, you will be paid. Nothing has changed about the arrangement. You must be tired from all this travel and shock. I’ll take you to your room.”
He reached out his hand for you to take, but you are still shaken and a little afraid. You stand up on your own refusing to touch him.
“S-Show the way.”
Arthur’s eyes get a sad gleam in them for only a moment. Then, he walks out, and you follow him into the maze of hallways. This time you pay more attention to the directions because you might have to run out of here in a hurry. Eventually, he opens the door to your room and puts down you luggage. It was amazing!! Beautiful bed with a gold-laced backboard and a red and gold theme throughout the room with a red rug and gold furniture.
“I will come to get you in the morning for breakfast. Then after you can start on the next drawing, right away.”
You nod and hear the door shut. You are so tired! You fall on top of the bed, exhausted and still in shock. You just clear your mind of any scary or dark thoughts, and fall into a deep and empty sleep.
You wake up tossing and turning on the bed.
You fall off the bed with an oaf. You rub your head.
You quickly get dressed and ready. You didn’t notice how hungry you are! It’s been a long time since you eat. You walk out of your room. Remembering the way, you walk into the massive dinning room. There’s already a plate of food waiting for you. You sit down and start eating. Not bad. Considering they don’t actually eat.
“Is it to your liking?”
You jump up in your seat, startled.
“Y-Yes! It is actually really good.”
Arthur looks pleased and a little smug. “I’m glad. I cooked it, and I was worried the spices were not right.”
“There fine. It must have been a challenge since you…you know…don’t eat.”
“Yes, it was, but I take any challenge head on.”
You slightly smile at that remark, and then continue eating. You felt nervous because Arthur just stared at you the entire time.
“I’m finished. Thank You for the food. I’ll go back to my room to get my drawing equipment.”
He nods, “I’ll meet you at the main entrance hall.”
You rush back to your room, grabbing all your stuff that you need. You walk back to the main door, and you see Arthur standing by the doors.
“Ready, ________ (Name)?”
You nod and walk out with him holding the door for you.
“Where do you want the picture?”
“In front of the castle with the woods in the background.”
You go into your art mode, forgetting about vampires, danger, and Arthur. You circle the front of the castle, looking for the perfect view. Arthur watched you with curiosity the entire time.
“Here!” You stake your art easel into the ground at the perfect angle for the picture. You get the paper and your other art supplies out and start sketching the castle. Arthur looks over your shoulder, becoming interested in what you are doing.
“So you sketch it in black pencil first?”
“Yes, it is the first step. I need to sketch then do a line-art.”
You educated Arthur about art and he seemed interested. From the topic of art it turned into other subjects. After a while, you started to relax and not feel so stressed. The conversation stopped being awkward and more natural. The conversation went smoothly, and you got closer to him. Instead of the stoic and lonely zone you get into when you draw, this time it was the same intensity but more light-hearted. You felt happy and that fueled your passion, which increased your artistic talent. You drew for hours talking to Arthur until it was finished. You stepped back.
You see Arthur’s eyes get wide, “This is…Amazing!!”
You drew a perfect picture of the castle. It was so realistic that it looked like a photograph, but it was more magical. It looked like a scene from a dream with the contrasting colors of the green trees making an illusion of a fog like air that sparkles with magic.
“I-I’ve never drawn anything this good before!!”
“It is your best work, yet.”
You turn around to look at him. He’s starring at the drawing.
“I-I thought you said Allistor liked my art, and you didn’t care.”
He turns to look at you and gets a thinking look on his face.
“I didn’t like your art…until now. After talking to you, you have convinced me. Your art is something…what’s the word…magical.”
You fall onto the ground laughing, and he looks at you with a confused look.
“‘Magical’? That’s ironic since you’re the vampire!! You’re the magical one! I mean you’re so powerful!”
For the first time you see him blush.
“Yes, well I’ll be more powerful when I get a drink.”
“Oh! Right! You need to get this to Allistor, right?”
You quickly get the drawing read and give it to Arthur.
“T-Thank you. You are concerned for us. Thank You.”
He quickly goes back into the castle, probably to meet with his brother. You gather your stuff and go back to your room. It was a good day. You got closer to Arthur and that made you happy.
It’s been a day since you saw anyone. You didn’t mind the isolation. You were used to being alone, but the more you spent time with Arthur the more you liked him. You decided to go walking around and explore the castle. It was huge and it was fun to explore.
You heard something in one of the rooms. You didn’t want to barge in, but something inside of you urged you to open the door. In front of you was Arthur his fangs fully elongated and his eyes a dark deep glowing red. The thing that stopped you was that he was covered in blood. Red dripping blood was all over his mouth and fangs. It dripped down his chest and created a pool on the floor. He looked like a beast. A magical monster that was full of mystical powers. You were terrified. Your heart started beating extremely fast. That must be what he heard and turned to see you there frozen in his bedroom doorway. For one second you saw his natural face, the strong, prideful, powerful, and ferocious creature. Then in an instant it was gone and his eyes instantly showed shock and guilt.
You thought you would scream and run like hell out of the castle. At lest run out of that room! But…in a moment your entire feelings, maybe your entire outlook on life even, changed. You saw sadness in his eyes and…
Shame and Remorse
Arthur wasn’t a mindless beast. He felt bad for what you saw, and he feels guilty. He might be a monster, but he was a beautiful kind monster that was just a little bit reserved.
You smile up at him, “I see my painting was enough to get you all blood. I’m glad!!”
For the second time you see him blush, his face becoming redder with fresh blood in his body.
“Y-Your not s-scared of me?”
“I was at first, but it’s still you Arthur! The man who I talked to and convinced to love my artwork!”
Your heart beats even faster as a new feeling fills you up as you see Arthur gives the most beautiful, huge, and genuine smile you had ever seen that was covered in a deep red blood.