Castlevania: Rise of the Dracopires
Part VII-When You Hear The Knell Of Requiem bells
It was a dark and stormy night in Dracula's old keep inside Transylvania. Trevor Belmont, leader of the vampire hunters, was looking for Carmilla and the rest of Dracula's loyal followers.
He received a letter earlier that night that Carmilla had been seen at the deceased vampire emperor's castle. When they came upon the castle, he didn't see Carmilla. Instead, a pink-haired woman with a whiplash ponytail, black vulture-like wings, and icy cold blue eyes.
"Hello little vampire hunter," she said pointing her large scythe at him.
Trevor said, "Hey, you're not Carmilla."
The young but hostile woman cackled. "Right you are. I am far superior. I am the one and only Mega-Mindy."
Trevor was bewildered that he was face-to-face with a Redzak demon. He tried using his vampire-killer whip to attack her but she grabbed it with her left hand.
"I'm a Redzak, not a vampire," she laughed. "That may work on Dracula or Dracomorphius or even Dracovania, but it certainly is pointless against me."
"Like I would use it on Dracomorphius or Dracovania," Trevor said. "Dracula was my enemy, not them."
"But they were my enemies," Mega-Mindy replied. At that moment she grabbed the end of Trevor's whip and tossed him over the cliff.
Meanwhile, in Alucard's castle, Eric awoke having seen everything in his dreams. He hoped it hadn't happened yet so he could stop it. Then he tried to wake up Sarah. She woke up and gently stroked her husband's Auburn hair.
"Is everything alright?" she asked. "You look worried."
"I had a premonition that Mega-Mindy set a trap for Trevor and now his life is in danger. I think he may be dangling over a cliff or worse at the bottom lying dead."
"Goodness," said Sarah. "That is scary. But Trevor just got the letter."
"So I guess it hasn't happened yet," said Eric. "We still have time to save him."
Sarah gently took Athalie from her bosom and placed her in the bed and asked for her half-sister Juliet to keep an eye on little Athalie. Sarah adjusted her silky dress and headed downstairs with her husband.
They saw Trevor saying goodbye to his loved ones. Eric said, "Trevor! You're in danger!"
"What kind of danger?" asked Trevor's wife Sypha.
"That letter Trevor received was a fake," said Sarah. "It was sent by Mega-Jerk herself!"
Trevor looked bewildered. "So, it appears Eric Samuel's arch-enemy has set a trap for a vampire hunter?"
"Indeed," said Eric. "Mega-Mindy plans on taking her anger out on my friends and family. She strategically knows where to start."
He recalled all his battles with her since he was in pre-school. There was the time when Mindy used her distortion magic to let everyone else but Eric get an early start on an Easter egg hunt. Eric was apparently immune to her magic, though. Once everyone made their false start, without the teachers even knowing it, Eric was left crying. The teachers thought something was wrong with Eric's perceptions. But he was actually the only one seeing clearly.
Then in 3rd grade, there was the bee incident, where Mega-Mindy dumped a bucket of honey on his head and then let a swarm in through an air vent to attack him. Eric cleverly evaded the attack. Then Mega-Mindy was sent to the principal's office.
Then in middle school, they went to the museum of natural history. Mega-Mindy got on top of a triceratops skeleton pretending to ride it but only succeeding at toppling it.
Eric was very upset at what she had done because he knew she was just trying to provoke him. She risked getting expelled or sent to juvie just to irritate him. She was obviously obsessed with Eric, in a very negative and self-destructive way.
Later, Eric found out she was his personal demon. It was found that Eric did not possess a certain enzyme in his mitochondria that usually found in humans. Redzaks like Mega-Mindy use the enzyme to manipulate humans. Eric didn't have the enzyme, therefore he couldn't be manipulated.
The Redzaks considered Eric a threat and an abomination. When Eric destroyed King Sarkphonius at the age of 11, they felt something Redzaks never felt before - fear. They watched in horror and fear their king being killed by a mere human boy.
From that point on, Eric was an object of fear and loathing for the Redzaks. Mega-Mindy made it her mission in life to defeat him.
Sarah saw Eric's memory telepathically. She described it all to the Belmont family.
"That is just flat-out evil," said Sypha. "The Redzaks are wiping out anyone who gets in their way just to kill a man just because he's different from everyone else."
"This coming from the lady who swore vengeance on Carmilla," said Eric.
Maria and Cindy giggled. Sypha said, "For the record, Carmilla attacked my family first. Mega-Mindy was hunting you before you killed her father."
"Touché," said Eric.
Rosalina, another one of Sarah's half-sisters, said, "You're not alone, Sypha. Carmilla killed my dad. There's been recent evidence that King Sarkphonius was part of a conspiracy against my father."
"Do you know of this evidence?" Sypha asked.
Sarah answered for Eric. "Eric and I found a broken scepter at a souvenir shop in Transylvania. It was dated around the same time Rosalina's father died. Eric found it to be identical to Sarkphonius's scepter."
Trevor said, "So there was a time when vampires and Redzaks worked together."
"That was only under Dracula's rule," said Baby Godzilla. "They say Dracula's decline started in 1999, just after Sarkphonius was killed."
"I barely think that's a coincidence," said Eric Jr.
Alucard, Dracula's son, said "I doubt it is a coincidence."
Edgar Cale Jr. said, "Can't say I blame you two. Eric saved me from my demon-possessed father."
"Don't give me all the credit," said Eric. "Baby Godzilla's the one who fried the amulet that controlled Dracula's powers."
"Melted it like butter in a microwave," said Baby Godzilla.
"Enough of this tea party," said Eric. "I think Mega-Mindy is still expecting a visit from Trevor. I think we should give it to her, but include some uninvited guests."
Sarah took her husband's hands. "With you to the end, honey."
"Mega-Jerk won't know what hit her," said Baby Godzilla.
They all headed to the rendezvous point. When they arrived, the others stayed back while Trevor went to meet Mega-Mindy. She gave her spooky greeting. Trevor said, "So you're the Mega-Jerk I hear about."
This offended her greatly. She was surprised he knew the epithet commonly used against her.
Then Sarah followed by Baby Godzilla came out of hiding. Eric soon followed.
"I guess the tables have been turned," said Eric. "You meant this to ambush Trevor. Now you'll deal with us."
Sarah, aka Dracovania, asked "Are you sure you are up for a challenge from us, Mega-Mindy?"
Baby Godzilla said, "Remember what happened to your father."
Mega-Mindy looked in horror at the posse surrounding her. "This isn't fair. You've got me outnumbered. I didn't even bring Wormtail Jenkins with me."
But in fact, Wormtail Jenkins was there watching. But he had no intent on helping her. He thought he should be the leader. "What to do?" he thought. "Do I help the demonslayers kill Mega-Mindy and then kill them when they are not looking? Or should I help her fight them until a better opportunity presents itself."
The demonslayers were focused on Mega-Mindy but was also mindful of potential backup. Mega-Mindy sent an SOS to all Redzaks in the area.
Wormtail said, "I guess the queen needs my help. I would not want to disappoint her."
Wormtail jumped in front of Mega-Mindy. "Hello Eric," he said staring him in the eye. "Remember me? Remember the arm you took from me? Well I'm here for some payback."
Then he extended his right prosthetic arm and was ready to fire a laser beam at Eric's head.
"Wormtail!" said Mega-Mindy. "I may not have invited you, but thank the devil you're here."
The others cringed at that comment. Now it would be a real battle. Eric shot a small flame at Wormtail's face to distract him. Then Eric yelled, "Retreat!"
Eric, Sarah, Baby Godzilla, Trevor and the others ran back to Alucard's castle. Mega-Mindy was thwarted again in her mission to destroy every non-Redzak living being.
To Be Continued…