Phantasma led me through the forest. It was hard for me to tell, but I was sure that we were going towards the spot where I had stabbed the creeper. Phantasma's icy blue glow lit up the forest ahead of me and the silver light from the full moon lit up the rest of the forest. We ran through dried mud and some puddles that were left over from the rain the previous night. The tops of the trees had an ominous look to them when the moon was shining down on them.
"Phantty," I said as we ran deeper into the forest, "Where in the world are we going."
That was when she stopped, and I kept running. I ran right through Phantasma and nearly slammed into a tree. I turned around and looked at Phantasma. She was pointing at something behind me. I turned around, looking in the direction she was pointing, and I saw a huge castle. A huge, terrifying castle that was sitting on top of a large rock formation that was surrounded by a huge canyon was what Phantasma seemed to be pointing out to me. There was only one way of getting up to the front door too. It was a very thin path that crossed over the canyon and took you right to the front door of the castle. Lovely, I thought to myself, why not put my fear of heights to the test while we're at it.
"That's where were going," Phantasma said with a smile.
"And this place would be," I asked.
"Revoltta's castle," Phantasma said seemingly unfazed by the fact.
"Oh," I said, "Her again."
By first impression, I could tell that Revoltta wasn't the type of spider-witch thing that would give up easily, but seriously, why couldn't she just give up? I mean really, she already failed at trying to brainwash the girls a year ago. She already failed at trying to kidnap Sibella twice. I would think that she would've given up by now. Hasn't she ever heard of three strikes and you're out.
"And we can be sure that Sibella is in there," I asked.
I wasn't really questioning Phantasma. I was actually questioning whether Revoltta would really try to kidnap Sibella again. Seriously, if I were her, I would have given up a long time ago. After being nearly killed by my own spell and then, a year later, getting hit and knocked out by a mortal, I would have called it a day after that. Guess some people just don't know when to give up.
Phantasma nodded to me. "Yes," she said without a second thought to it, "If anyone could have given Dracula a hard time, it would have been her."
"So, even if Dracula isn't here," I said, "This is where Sibella would have come looking for him." Phantasma nodded again.
I was starting to regret ever coming out here. Maybe, if I had just stayed at the house, I could have avoided having to fight some evil witch. Maybe, if I had just told my parents what was going on, I could have gotten out of this school before any of this ever happened. Better yet, maybe if I had just ignored that guy and I hadn't punched him instead of walking away, I would have never ended up in this school in the first place. Maybe, that could have happened, but it didn't. There was no time to regret what I had done. It was time for me to find Sibella now.
"Well then," I said, "I guess we had better get going before something bad happens."
Phantasma and I walked up to the path that led up to the castle. The path looked even narrower up close. I risked taking a look over the edge and down into the canyon around the castle. My acrophobia kicked in right away. I nearly passed out. I felt myself beginning to become light headed and my vision started to go blurry. I pulled myself away from the side of the cliff and fell down to my hands and knees. I stared down at the ground until I was sure that I was still on solid ground. To describe how far of a drop the canyon was, well, I'm not even sure there was a bottom to it. The only thing I saw at the bottom of the canyon was pure darkness. It made me want to throw up to even think about how deep it was.
I looked up at Phantasma. She was, of course, dying of laughter. I looked back at the path and then back at Phantasma. "Ladies first," I said trying to sound like I wasn't scared.
"Well," Phantasma said still laughing uncontrollably, "Aren't you the gentlemen." She floated up off of the ground and then, completely ignoring the path, she flew over the canyon. "I'll see you on the other side," she called back to me.
Oh, well isn't that good for you, I thought to myself, you can fly, so what the hell am I supposed to do, die? I got up and stood in front of the path for the second time. I tried as hard as I could not to look over the edge, but, of course, I couldn't help myself. Damn my acrophobia. I started to feel dizzy again and felt myself on the verge of passing out. I tried my best to control myself that time. I tore my gaze away from the drop and forced myself to look straight ahead. I knew that there was no way that I could get out of doing this.
I looked up at the castle. I knew that the best thing that I could do was to try and keep myself focused on the sight of the castle. I took a deep breath and then took my first step out onto the path. I started to feel sick almost immediately. I kept myself from looking down, but it didn't stop my acrophobia. I knew what the drop looked like, and that was enough to make me want to throw up. If I hadn't been doing it for Sibella, I probably would have fallen from that path.
By some miracle, and thankfully so, I was able to cross the path and make it over to the castle. I reached solid ground again. I immediately fell over and curled up into a fettle position. I then proceeded to thank every divine figure that I had ever known even though I didn't believe in any of them. I was still dizzy and my stomach felt like it had decided not to join me on that journey. All I wanted to do was lay there and take a nap, but I knew that I couldn't do that. I pulled myself together and stood up again.
I felt more confident than ever at that point. My acrophobia was something that I could never get over, and, for once, I had actually conquered it. I was feeling pretty good about it, but it only lasted for a few seconds. That was when I spotted Phantasma. She was standing, or floating rather, in front of the entrance to Revoltta's castle, and she was laughing harder than I had ever seen her laugh before. No matter how good I felt about conquering my fear of heights, I knew that I must have looked like a complete idiot trying to do it. That pretty much killed my mood in an instant.
"Is something funny," I asked trying to sound angry.
"Sorry," Phantasma said still laughing, "But your face….Your face…..It was priceless." She continued to laugh even harder.
"You done yet," I asked.
"Sorry," Phantasma said again as she finally ceased her laughter, "But your cute when you get scared."
I felt blood rushing into my face. I tried to conceal the fact that I was blushing, but I couldn't. "Shut up," I said.
The two of us turned and we both faced the entrance to the castle. The door was large enough to fit a tank through it. Seriously, who would ever need a door that is that big? What could you possibly need to get into a medieval style castle that is that big? Even if there was something that big that needed to get into the castle, how in the hell were you supposed to get it over the path? And why the hell am I thinking about these things when none of them are at all relevant to finding Sibella?
"So, how are we supposed to get in," I asked.
"Here," Phantasma said as she held out her hand, "Take my hand."
I took Phantasma's hand without question. I wasn't sure what it was that she was going to do, but I trusted her. After all, she knew a lot more about this place than I did. Phantasma stared at the entrance to the castle intently for a long time. I started to wonder what it was that she was planning to do. There didn't seem to be any way to get inside the castle other than the door in front of us, and there wasn't any way to open it, not from the outside anyway. Suddenly, Phantasma sprinted at full speed straight at the door, and she pulled me with her.
This isn't your best idea, I thought as Phantasma drew closer to the door. I knew that Phantasma could pass through solid objects, but that didn't mean that I could do the same. Did she just forget that fact or something? My heart started racing as the door approached even faster. I closed my eyes. I guessed that there were only two outcomes to this. I was either going to be feeling the worst pain in my life in a few seconds, or I was going to die in a few seconds. That was when I felt a strange icy chill pass through my body almost like I had just run through a cold shower. We stopped and I opened my eyes. We weren't outside anymore.
I fell over on my hands and knees again after Phantasma let go of my hand. She started laughing again. I guessed that she knew that I would be okay the entire time and had decided not to inform me of that fact so that she could get a laugh out of it. I don't know why she finds it hilarious when I think I'm going to die.
"Don't ever do that again," I said.
"No promises," Phantasma said still laughing.
I stood up and looked at the room around us. The room was dark and was built using some very old stone blocks. Spider webs covered the majority of the room. I couldn't take a single step without getting one of the damn things stuck on my face. Dust and grim covered every wall, the floor, and the ceiling. When I got out of there, I knew that I was going to be nominating Revoltta's castle for dirtiest place on the planet.
"So where do we go from here," I asked.
"I'm not sure," Phantasma answered, "I was only here once, and that was a whole year ago," she paused for a moment, "I'm not really sure where to start looking." She stopped and thought about it for a minute. "I guess we'll just have to split up then, it'll be faster if we do it that way."
"Alright," I said.
I didn't really like the idea of splitting up with Phantasma, but neither of us seemed to know where to start so it seemed like the best way of doing things. After I agreed to the idea, Phantasma passed through the wall on the other side of the room and disappeared from sight. With no other way to go, I randomly picked one of the two doorways in the room I was in and left to explore the rest of the castle.
I searched the entire first floor, or at least what I was pretty sure was the entire first floor, and found nothing other than a lot more spider webs, a few torture devices that made me glad I wasn't living in the middle ages, and a mirror that seemed to reflect an evil version of myself that I immediately walked away from. I was convinced that there was absolutely nothing of interest to me on the first floor, I found a stairway and made my way up to the second floor.
I didn't seem to have any better luck on the second floor. All I found was more spider webs, and more weird things that I did not want to see. I ran into Phantasma once while I was searching the second floor, but she didn't seem to be doing any better than I was. After she left to search more of the castle, I found my way to another stairway and went up to the third floor.
The third floor was just as bad as the other two. I searched through most of the third floor and found nothing. I was about to find a way to go up higher in the castle, but then I heard something. I heard a very strange scratching noise coming from somewhere nearby. It almost sounded like someone was sweeping the floor. I followed the noise until I found myself in a particularly dusty room. It was there that I found Sibella, sweeping the floor.
"Sibella," I said, "What are you doing?"
She didn't answer me. She stopped sweeping the floor and stood silently for a moment. She then looked up at me with wide, evil looking eyes. She looked like she was okay, I mean, she looked normal, she just looked angry. That was when things got really weird. Her eyes suddenly turned red and she seemed to become extremely angry for some reason. She looked at me with eyes full of hatred.
"Sibella," I said.
Before I could say anything more, Sibella lunged at me and swung the broom that she was holding at my face. My instincts took over my body. You would never think it just by looking at me, but I was actually a really good fighter. I fell to the ground in order to avoid being hit by the broom. I was just barely able to get out of the way. Sibella swung the broom at me a second time. I caught the broom this time. I summoned my strength and pulled the broom out of Sibella's hands.
I looked down at the broom in my hands and then back up at Sibella. How the hell did I do that, I thought. Being a vampire, Sibella was always, and would always be, a lot stronger than me. On top of that, I wasn't even that strong by human standards, so how in the world did I manage to get the broom out of Sibella's hands? There had to be something that was weakening her, and probably making her act the way that she was. I didn't have much time to think about it though.
Sibella lunged at me again using her fists to swing at me now. I side stepped her attack and threw the broom away. I was, after all, trying to stop Sibella from acting strange not trying to hurt her. Sibella attacked me again and again. I kept avoiding her, but I knew that I would have to do something. I grabbed Sibella's wrists and did my best to hold her in place. I'm not sure how I was suddenly stronger than she was, but I was.
"Sibella," I yelled, "What is wrong with you?"
The only answer that she gave me was a very loud, and seemingly annoyed, hiss. I didn't know what her problem was, but I did know that I would have to snap her out of it somehow. I tried to think of something, and fast since Sibella was breaking my grip, but I couldn't think of anything that wouldn't end in one of us getting hurt. I had to do something before Sibella got away from me though.
"Sorry Sibella," I said out loud.
It took me a moment, but I managed to overpower her. I pushed her back as hard as I could. My plan was to slam her into the wall behind her and, hopefully, snap her out of whatever was wrong with her. As we got closer to the wall, I braced myself for the impact, but it never came. When Sibella hit the wall, instead of slamming into, like any normal person would expect to happen, the wall fell back, and we went with it.
We fell down into a dark tunnel. I immediately felt as though I was weightless as Sibella and I began falling deeper and deeper into the tunnel. For a moment, I thought that the tunnel would have not end. That was when I saw another wall approaching fast. I braced myself, for the second time, for what I expected to be a very painful impact, but the wall, just as the other one had, fell in on itself.
I was lying down for a while trying to figure out what happened before I remembered that I was still in the middle of a fight. I stood up and found that I was now in a large circular room. On the other side of the room, there was a fire with a black cauldron over it. Out of the cauldron ran five long tubes which coiled up to the ceiling and traced a path to the center of the room. From the center of the ceiling, the five tubes came down and hung a few feet over an equal amount of chairs, which sat in a circle in the center of the room. Each of the tubes had a metallic helmet like object at the end of them.
I saw Revoltta on the other side of the room standing in front of the cauldron. She still looked just as stupid as she had when I saw her the first time. The only difference was that she had a large bump on the side of her face, which was oozing some kind of green liquid, where I had hit her with the broken tree branch out in the forest. She was using two of her arms to stir whatever it was that was in the cauldron, and using her other two arms to add more ingredients to the mixture. I didn't know what it was she was doing exactly, but I was sure that didn't want to find out.
There was a man standing next to Revoltta. He didn't seem to be doing anything in particular, aside from waiting for something to do. He was tall, though would probably be considered short compared to the other girls' fathers, and he had neat dark black hair. He was wearing what appeared to be a tuxedo with a cape. He could have passed as a human if he didn't have the same light purple skin that Sibella had. Oh, and the fangs, I can't neglect to mention his fangs. I immediately knew that the man had to be Dracula.
I stood up and dusted myself off. I looked over at Sibella to see if she had survived the fall. She seemed to be fine, other than the fact that she still had that evil look on her face. Her eyes were still red and she still seemed like she was angry at something. I had hoped that the fall might snap her out of her angry spell, but I was wrong. I looked over at Revoltta. I knew that she had everything to do with what was wrong with Sibella. I had to put a stop to this somehow.
"What's going on her," I said to get Revoltta's attention. It worked.
Revoltta looked back at me and cringed as she caught sight of me. Her expression turned to pure anger and hatred. She turned so that her whole body was now facing me. Her hand came up and rubbed the side of her face where the bump was. I couldn't help but smile. Yeah, that's right, I thought to myself, It's me again, come to stop you for the second time. I don't know why, but I was kind of feeling a bit of over confidence knowing that Revoltta remembered that I was the one who gave her that bump. Maybe I thought she was starting to get scared of me. Just when I thought she was going to attack me, she raised her wand and pointed at me.
"You two," she said seeming to indicate Sibella and Dracula, "Take care of him."
Revoltta turned and went back to whatever she had been doing before I distracted her. As she did this, Sibella stood up and looked at me. She still had that same look in her eyes. At the same time, Dracula turned so that he was facing me as well. This could only end badly. Even if I was able to take Sibella in a fight, there was no way that I would be able to take on two vampires at once, no matter how good I was. The two of them hissed at me in unison, and then both of them lunged at me.
My instincts took over my body again. I moved as fast as I could and managed to dodge Sibella, and then, just barely, I was able to avoid getting hit by Dracula as well. The two of them turned back towards me and attacked me again. There was absolutely no way that this was happening. No matter good I was at fighting, there was absolutely no way that I could keep up with two vampires. So how in the hell was I doing it? It just wasn't humanly possible.
However I was doing it, I kept it up for a long time. There was only one problem. That was all I could do. Even if I had acquired some kind of amazing new power, all I could do with it was prolong the fight. I wasn't able to fight back against Sibella or her father. The best thing I could do was keep up with them. That couldn't last forever though. I was able to keep it up for a long time, but I eventually felt something hit me from behind. I immediately lost my balance and fell to the floor.
I now felt how tired I really was. I was just starting to feel like I was invincible. After everything I had been through, I didn't think that there was anything that could stop me. At the end of the day though, I was still human, and that meant that I wouldn't be able to endure everything. It wasn't until that moment that it really hit me. There was no way that I could do this on my own.
I looked up at Dracula and Sibella. The two of them were hovering over me. I looked into Sibella's eyes hoping that she might recognize me, or that something would happen to snap her out of it. It didn't work. She just kept staring down at me with red eyes that were still full of anger. She reached down for me. I don't know what she was doing, but I knew that I was probably going to die. That was when she just stopped.
"Give that back," I heard Revoltta screaming from behind me.
I continued to look at Sibella and her father, who both seemed to be frozen in place now. I stood up slowly, but neither of them seemed to make any attempt to stop me. I got to my feet and turned around to face Revoltta. She was standing some feet away from the cauldron now. The person who was now standing next to the cauldron was Phantasma. She was holding Revoltta's wand over the cauldron and was looking very proud of her self. I don't how she did it, but Phantasma had just saved my life.
"Why," Phantasma asked, "I think it'll make the perfect addition to your potion, don't you think?"
"Don't you dare," Revoltta said.
Phantasma dangled the witch's wand over the potion for a minute, and then she dropped it in. Immediately, Sibella and Dracula fell to the floor and went unconscious. The potion began to bubble and crack violently as some sort of reaction to the wand turned it into something deadly. Revoltta let out a terrible shriek.
"You will pay for that," She screamed.
She ran at Phantasma as fast as she could. I know that she could have never done anything to Phantasma even if she wanted to. If Revoltta even tried to do anything to Phantasma, she would just pass right through her. That didn't stop me though. As soon as I saw Revoltta make a move towards Phantasma, I jumped. I ran at Revoltta at full speed. I didn't care if she couldn't hurt her or not, I just knew that I wanted to protect Phantasma.
I caught up and grabbed Revoltta just before she got to Phantasma. She screamed and shrieked at me. She struggled and threatened me, but I wasn't going to let go of her. She had to be dealt with now. I grabbed Revoltta by her hair and shoved her face, and most of her head, into the now violently boiling potion.
Revoltta let out a loud, terror filled scream that could have probably been heard back at the house. She continued struggling against me, even more so than before. It felt like such a long time. I held Revoltta's head down in the potion until she stopped struggling and her body finally went limp. I let go of her and her body fell down to the ground. Most of her face had been melted off by the potion. Her head now looked like nothing more than a skull with long black hair. What little skin was still left on her was charred a deathly black color. I stood there staring at her corpse for a long time before Phantasma snapped me out of my trance.
"My hero," she said, even though she was giggling as she said it. She threw her arms around me as she said this.
"Come on," I said as we moved away from the embrace, "You and I both know that she couldn't have hurt you if she tried."
"I know," Phantasma said as she began to glow a bright red color, "But it was still sweet of you to protect me." We both smiled at each other.
That was when things began to go horribly wrong. The potion started to boil and crack even more violently than it had ever done so. Something between throwing the wand in there and shoving Revoltta's head in it must have caused the potion to go unstable or something. It seemed as though it was on verge of exploding.
"What's going on," I asked.
"This isn't good," Phantasma said, "The potions unstable."
"What do we do," I asked.
"We need to get out of here," Somebody said from somewhere behind me. I turned around and saw that the person had been Dracula. He and Sibella were conscious once more and now seemed to be back to their normal selves.
"Alright," I said, "But how."
"We fly," Dracula said.
"Fly," I asked, "But." I looked to the ceiling and, for the first time, realized that the center of the ceiling was none existent. The room opened up to the sky outside.
Dracula began to glow before I could proceed to tell him that I could not fly. His body suddenly began to shrink. He got smaller and smaller until he was about the size of a rat. His legs also shrank until they seemed to disappear altogether. His arms shrank as well, but they turned into a pair of wings. Now in his bat form, Dracula flew up and out of the room through the opening in the ceiling.
"Oh great," I called after him, "And what am I supposed to do."
I looked over at Phantasma hoping that she might have an answer. She didn't seem to know what to do. I knew that would happen. She couldn't carry me over the path, so how could she take me back. Phantasma shrugged and looked at me apologetically.
"I can fly over the canyon," she said, "But I'm not that strong. There's no way that I would be able to carry you."
"I can," I heard Sibella say.
I looked over at her with a bit of surprise. I knew that she was strong, but I didn't think that she would be able to do it. I mean, would she still be strong enough to carry me even if she were a bat.
"Are you sure," I asked, "Even in your bat form?"
Sibella looked at me with a bit of concern showing on her face. "Well," she began to say, "I've only ever carried smaller people, but I'm sure that I can do it."
I was completely convinced of her speech. If she couldn't do it, then I was going to end up falling for who knows how long down that canyon, and I might even take Sibella with me. Despite that, we might not even make it out of the castle. If Sibella couldn't carry me, then we might both end up dead. I couldn't let that happen. If Sibella and Phantasma could get out then that was enough. I wasn't going to have Sibella die trying to save my life.
"Sibella," I started to say.
"Listen," Sibella said before I could finish, "I know what you're going to say, but were not doing it. Even if I can't carry you, I'm not leaving you behind. If you think you're going to let us leave and you're going to stay then I'm not leaving. I'll stay here with you."
"Me too," Phantasma said.
I couldn't believe that I was hearing that. I don't think I could have asked for any better friends than these two. They would have rather died than leave me behind. I don't think I could name anyone that could say they would have done the same for me.
I knew that I wasn't going to let the two of them die, I'm not even sure they could die, but I still wasn't letting it happen. Since I wasn't really being given much of a choice I decided what I had to do.
"Alright," I said, "Let's get out of here."
"Okay," Phantasma said, "I'll meet you two on the other side."
With that, Phantasma disappeared through one of the walls. I looked at Sibella with a bit of anxiety. I wasn't sure if dyeing in a fiery explosion was worse than falling into a seemingly endless canyon, but I wasn't going to try and find out. I trusted Sibella. I knew that she wouldn't let us die. She took a step back and extended her arms out in either direction. She started to glow and her body began to shrink and change shape until she was in the form of a large bat.
Sibella flew over to me and latched her feet onto my shoulders. I felt her begin to pull on me as she tried to lift me up into the air. For a moment, I didn't move in the very least. It was that point that I began to completely lose hope. I started to think that it was all over. We were both going to die there. Then I felt my feet leave the ground and I felt a sort of weightlessness. Sibella began pulling me up into the air.
Okay, I thought, now we just have to get over the canyon before I have a heart attack. I knew that we weren't up very high, but I knew that I would start freaking out if I looked down even now. I stared at the wall and kept telling myself not to look down. I kept thinking about anything other than the fact that we were rising higher into the air every second.
We were almost there. We were nearly to the opening in the ceiling through which we would be able to escape. I only had to keep myself from freaking out for a few more minutes. We passed through the opening in the ceiling and I found that we were outside. That was when I looked down. It never failed. I started to get dizzy and light headed again, and it got worse with every passing second. I knew that I would probably pass out at any second, but I fought the feeling off as best I could.
I forced myself to tear my gaze away from the ground as Sibella began flying over the canyon. The feeling of passing out went away, but the fear remained. No matter how hard I tried, I just couldn't get the thought of how deep the canyon might be out of my head. I could see the other side of the canyon. We were half way there. For the first time, I actually felt relieved. I didn't think that there was any way that things could go wrong now. Except that I have the worst luck in the world.
I watched the other side of the canyon grow closer and closer. We were nearly there, just a few more feet. That was when it happened. We started to drop from the sky. At first, it was very slow, but it got faster with time. It was starting to look like we were going to drop down right into the pit. I looked up at Sibella. I couldn't see her face clearly, but I could tell that she was starting to get tired. I guessed that she was probably starting to pass out herself. I looked back at the other side of the canyon, just a few feet.
Come on Sibella, I thought, Hang in there for just a little longer. I knew that she must have been really tired by that point, but if she could just keep it up for a little longer. We dropped lower and lower with time. We were nearly level with the ground now. I lifted my feet up in hopes that the extra room would make the difference. It didn't look like we were going to make it though. Just a little further.
We soared over the ground with me feet just inches above it. I was so relieved that I didn't' even care that Sibella dropped me. I hit the ground hard and rolled over so that could lie on my back. I let myself breathe deeply for the first time in what felt like forever. Sibella flew down and landed on my chest.
Sibella reverted back to her normal form. She laid there with her head on my chest. I could hear her breathing heavily. It sounded to me like she had just got done running a mile. I knew that what she had just done must have been hard on her, but it sounded like it was more taxing than I had thought. I felt bad that I was the one that had been weighing us down, but I couldn't do anything to help. I wrapped my arms around Sibella and held her.
"Thank goodness you're safe," I said.
I let go of Sibella so that she could lie next to me. For a long time, we both just laid there and stared up at the full moon. Neither of us said a word that whole time. The only sound that could be heard was the sound of Sibella's breathing. After a long time, Sibella stood up and offered to help me do the same.
"Come on," she said, "We should get back to the house."
I took Sibella's hand and allowed myself to be pulled up onto my feet. We walked through the darkness of the forest hand in hand. I wasn't sure if we were going in the right direction, but I didn't really care. Honestly, I didn't care if we ever found civilization again, I was just glad that Sibella was okay.
"It's about time I found you two," I heard a familiar voice call out to us.
Together, Sibella and I turned around. Phantasma was floating through the trees, literally, at full speed flying straight towards us. When she finally caught up with us, she hugged us both throwing one arm around me and one around Sibella. Afterward, she hovered directly in front of us.
"I've been looking all over the place for you guys," she said, "I was starting to think that you didn't make it."
"We almost didn't," I said jokingly.
"Oh what a shame it would have been," Phantasma said, "It would be so boring around here without you two.
I gave her a playful shove. "Don't be like that," I said, "You know you would have missed us."
Phantasma began laughing and Sibella and I joined her. It didn't seem like the time to be happy. After all, we were still out in the forest and I still had to face Sibella's father, but I was happy none the less. It didn't matter what was still to come if I could at least enjoy this moment. It's too bad that moment didn't last longer.
"Sibella," Someone called out from the forest. Dracula stepped out from the shadows behind Phantasma. "You're okay."
"Daddy," Sibella yelled.
She let go of me and ran to her father. She threw her arms around him and held him for a long time. I couldn't blame her. After everything that had happened, if I were her, I would have done the same. After Sibella let go of her father, she took a step back. The forest fell silent. I looked over at Phantasma as if to say something. She seemed understand what I was trying to tell her. She nodded her head and then disappeared into the forest while waving goodbye.
"Daddy," Sibella said, "There's something that I have to tell you."
"Oh," Dracula said looking at me and then back at Sibella. By the looks of it, it seemed like he already knew what was going on. "What is that?"
Sibella told Dracula everything from day one. The whole story from when I first arrived at Grimwood's up until right before Dracula arrived. I mostly stood back and remained silent, cutting in at the parts when Sibella had trouble remembering certain details. I didn't think that she was going to go this far. I figured that she was just going to be blunt about it, but it seemed more like she was trying to make her father understand exactly what was going on.
After she finished the story, the forest fell silent for a long time. Sibella and I stood side by side. I stared at Dracula the whole time. I wondered what he was thinking, but it was impossible to tell just by looking at him. Whatever it was, I was sure that he wasn't thinking about anything good.
"So," Dracula said breaking the silence, "I understand what you are trying to tell me, but I don't understand why you seem so scared about it."
Sibella and I looked at each other. Sibella had told him everything right from the beginning. Was he getting the wrong idea? Or was he just denying what Sibella just told him? Maybe he was messing with me and the minute I turned my back he was going to snap my neck. Okay I'm thinking way too much into this, but crazier things have happened.
"Daddy," Sibella said, "I thought you would be angry."
"Why would you think that," Dracula asked, "He seems to be a perfectly respectable vampire."
Okay, just so were on the same page, I had no idea what he was talking about either. I looked over at Sibella hoping that she might know what her father was talking about. She looked to be just as confused as I was. I looked back at Dracula. Okay, this guy is very confused; guess I'll have to tell him the truth.
"Sir," I said, "I'm human."
"Also true," Dracula said, "But as of, let's see, about three days ago, you are also a vampire."
I still didn't understand what he was talking. I figured that he had gone insane while he was under Revoltta's spell. I mean, really, how could I be a vampire? There was absolutely no way. I looked over at Sibella again. She now seemed to understand what was going on, but I still couldn't figure it out.
"Sibella," Dracula said, "You've grown up so much. I can't believe how much you have grown in the last year." I was still confused. Luckily, Dracula finally decided to explain what was going on. He walked over to me and pointed out the two bite marks that had been left by Sibella. "As I'm sure you already know, Sibella bit you," Dracula began to explain, "If this had happened about a year ago, it wouldn't have made a difference, her powers were not fully awoken at that time. However, it seems that her powers have grown in the last year, and thus, her bite transformed you into a creature of the night." I couldn't believe that I was actually hearing all of this. "It should have taken longer, but the second bite accelerated the process."
I looked down at myself as if I were searching for some kind of change in my physical appearance. I didn't find anything. Nothing seemed different. I felt my teeth. On the top row, I could feel two sharp fangs beginning to form. I was so unwilling to accept it, but it made sense. It explained so much, my improved vision, my new strength, and my better reflexes. No matter how much I wanted to deny it, I couldn't. I was a vampire.
Dracula turned his attention away from me and to Sibella. He walked over to her and knelt down next to her. He put his arm around her and seemed to be using his cape to hide the two of them from my vision. Whatever he was telling her, he didn't want me to hear it. I didn't care really. I heard Sibella giggle a few times, but I didn't pay any attention to them otherwise. I was still trying to cope with the fact that I was a vampire.
"I'm a vampire," I said out loud. Luckily, it seemed that Dracula was done talking with his daughter.
"Well," Dracula said, "Not entirely." He paused for a moment before he went on. "You may have already begun to acquire some of our powers, but the transformation will stay take another day or so before it is complete.
Sibella and I stared at each other. I couldn't believe that this had actually happened. All this time, I was turning into a vampire, and neither of us noticed what was happening. I couldn't even figure it out when I was the one going through the transformation. Seriously, how do you not notice that you're turning into a vampire?
"Well," Dracula said, "I have to go." He turned to Sibella, "Remember what I said."
"I won't," Sibella said. I wasn't sure what they were talking about but I didn't care.
With that, Dracula turned into a bat. I stood staring up at the night sky as Dracula flew off into the distance and disappeared.
I'm a vampire, I thought. It was still such an overwhelming thought. I couldn't have dreamed that something like this would happen. If someone had asked me, "Where do you see yourself in a year," the last thing that would have come to my mind would have been, being a creature of the night. I didn't want it to be true, but I knew that it was.
Sibella put her hand on my shoulder. I looked over at her. When I looked into her eyes, my fear went away. I stopped thinking about it after that. Okay, so I was a vampire, so what. That didn't' change anything. All it meant was that I could be with Sibella, and that was enough for me.
"Hey Sibella," I said.
"Yeah," she said.
"What were you talking about with your dad before?"
"Oh," Sibella said, "This and that."
"Come on," I said.
"It was nothing," Sibella said, "He was just telling me how reluctant he was to let me go, but that if my powers had grown as much as they have then there wasn't any more that he could do for me and that it was okay as long as I was happy."
"That's all," I asked.
"Well," Sibella said, "He did want me to tell you something." She paused for a moment. "He says that, 'if you ever hurt my little girl, I will turn your life into the most miserable eternity you have ever experienced.'"
"Oh," I said, "Reassuring."
Sibella risked a smile.
"There was more wasn't there."
"Yes there was."
"No, nothing more," she said still smiling.
"You're lying," I said, "Come on why not just…"
"Ethan," Sibella said cutting me off, "Why don't you just shut up."
She kissed me and I didn't have any arguments about shutting up after that. Really, who would have any rebuttal after Sibella made such a great point? I didn't care if she never told me what else she was talking about with her father. That was the best kiss of my life. It was, at least, until I heard a very familiar laughter. I didn't have to look to know who it was. I chased after her, and so did Sibella. Sibella, Phantasma, and I ran the whole way back to the house. And we were all laughing the whole way there.
Final note: Once again, thanks for reading. I know that the end of this story was a bit lame, the end is always the hardest part for me cause i always feel like i need more, but then i feel like i put too much. Anyway, i would appreciate a bit of input on the ending, whther you think i went too far or if you think that i didn't go far enough, or even if you think that it was perfect, really, any input would be helpful. Thanks again.