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The vampires watched wide-eyed as Mr Tiny clapped happily behind them wearing a demonic smirk at the scene before him. The wolf had come to find these 'others' she constantly spoke about and he promised to lead her to them. Now the girl stood, fists curled growling at the princes waiting for them to release Evangeline, Sara and Rex. Evangeline's face was plastered with a huge grin and relief had spread across Sara's features as she sighed heavily letting out a breath she had not realised she had been holding in. Rex was less than amused as he crossed his arms and stepped forward every so slightly earning warning shouts from the guards. Evangeline stood up as Paris began to speak.
"Desmond Tiny how ... nice to see you again" murmured Paris.
"Always a pleasure, let me guess you are wondering why I am here?" quizzed Mr Tiny as he held the heart shaped watching his hand. Most nodded to this, "well it is simple, I was helping this young girl get to her friends, then I found out all about this new race of creatures".
"Wait! You didn't create them?" questioned a shocked Arrow. Mr Tiny responded with a shrug and a bigger smirk.
"Nope, which makes them all the more dangerous ..." mused Mr Tiny.
The vampires turned to each other looking around with questioning glances and confused faces. Evangeline rolled her eyes and stepped out only to have the arm of the guard standing next to her shot out in front of her to stop her from moving any further. The girl that had accompanied Mr Tiny growled and her handy slowly edges to the belt around her waist where a hunter's knife sat away from view bound in a black leather pouch. Her fangs were visible as she curled her lip and looked dead straight at Paris.
"Release them now" hissed the girl. Paris shook his head at the childishness of the girl as Mika and Arrow openly glared at her from her abrupt nature and rudeness.
"No, not until you tell us who you are!" commanded Paris.
The girl snarled and went to speak again until Sara raised a hand to her causing the girl to turn to her and the anger that riddled her face to melt away and be replaced by that of motherly look.
"Isa, please enough, there is no point to try to oppose them just explain who you are" exclaimed Sara calmly.
The girl 'Isa' nodded her head gently and sighed. She turned to the princes wearing a mask of shame for her actions and sighed heavily shutting her eyes and pinching the bridge of her nose.
"My name is Isabella Wolfang, and in the name of the Wolfdina I plead with you to release Miss Turner and Miss Sara, you can keep Rex for all I care" stated 'Isa'.
Evangeline laughed out loud along with Sara as Rex glared at 'Isa' with a certain hint of malice.
"Thanks Bella" mumbled Rex.
The girl - Bella - smiled and placed her fedora back on her head with her two hands levelling it just above her eyes so she could see. She then shoved her hands in her pockets a waited for the prince's answer. Paris stared at Bella intently as she scanned the room nonchalantly possibly trying to think of a way to escape. He kept a small smile to himself. She couldn't get out anyway, the doors to the Hall of Princes could only be opened by the princes ... and Mr Des Tiny.
"Why should we let you take them Miss Wolfang, we have just found a new race of creatures, werewolves at that who could be considered an imposed threat along with these other vampires you have led to our door step. Also, why would we give up the chance to find out if there are other creatures of myth that walk this earth's vast plains?" questioned Paris in likeness of a school master lecturing a promising student.
Bella narrowed her eyes and bit her tongue trying not to retort. She had been rude once she would not be rude again. She sighed and looked up at the prices who gazed back quizzically. She slowly moved to her left and began to pace a metre or so back and forward with her hands clasped firmly behind her back.
"My people are on the edge of war with these other vampires, I need to bring Evangeline, Sara and Rex back home to prepare. Evangeline was sent to find Sara after she was kidnapped, Rex was to accompany then split off to scout out a source we found that could be our enemies regrouping and after today I'm even more convinced they are planning an attack" explained an exasperated Bella.
Paris nodded gravely. They all understood what it was to be at war with another race. The vampires of Vampire Mountain were at war with their cousins the Vampaneze. The War of Scars was being waged even as they spoke.
"We grant your request, the wolves and Bloodheart are to go free with you Wolfang, but I do ask one thing of you" exclaimed Paris. Bella raised an eyebrow.
"What?" asked Bella curiously.
"You will be accompanied by a vampire so they may help us establish a link with your people" explained Paris. Bella nodded whilst Evangeline crossed her arms and glared at the prince in anger.
"When may we go?" quizzed Sara.
"Immediately" stated Paris. Mr Tiny coughed and a grin spread across his face as he gained their attention.
"I do believe I am quite intrigued by this new found species, but alas I must go, but heed my warning Wolfang I will come to collect my favour for helping you find your friends good-bye!" shouted Mr Tiny as he disappeared into thin air leaving a frightened mass of vampires and wolves behind.
The wolves and Rex were preparing to leave with supplies generously given to them by the vampires at the princes request. They still did not know who would be accompanying them, least to say Evangeline was not at all pleased with the arrangement while Bella tried to think of a way out of it. What they most feared was what Mr Tiny would ask of Bella for helping them. Paris had explained who the charlatan was and now Bella felt foolish for ever trusting him like she did. As Evangeline swung her trench coat around her shoulders and slid her arms through the sleeves Darren, Harkat and Mr Crepsley approached wearing what looked like travelling clothes. Sara threw a bag over shoulder and smiled and waved at the approaching trio while Rex lent against the wall ready to go wearing a look of boredom of his face.
"Em, no offence or anything, but why are you three here?" questioned Bella. Mr Crepsley looked like he wanted to murder her on the spot, but Harkat cut in.
"We ... are ... going ... after ... The ... lord ... of the ... Vampaneze" explained Harkat as he lowered his mask and smiled revealing a set of little sharp grey teeth.
"The what?" asked a confused Sara.
"Vampaneze" restated Mr Crespley.
"There our 'enemy' of sorts they are vampires that split away from the clan ages ago because they did not agree with our way of taking blood" explained Darren.
"Sounds like the Transylvanians" muttered Evangeline under her breath.
"Transylvanians!" shouted Darren. Evangeline quickly raised her finger to her mouth and shushed Darren.
"What about Transylvanians?" asked the all to familiar voice of Gavner as he walked up beside Mr Crepsley. Evangeline shut her eyes and shook her head.
"There the vampires where we come from that believe in bleeding humans dry" whispered Sara. Darren tilted his head along with Gavner.
"Bloody scum" added Rex with as much malice as he could conjure up inside him.
Darren raised a hand and stopped their current conversation. He cleared his throat and stated his observation.
"Wait Translyvanians as in Translyvania? That's in Romania, is that where your all from?" asked Darren.
Sara smiled ecstatically as she jumped up and down clapping her hands now happy that she didn't have to deceive the vampires any longer. Rex placed to hands on her shoulders to calm her down as Bella sighed followed by a grunt and a kick to the wall from Evangeline.
"Yes Darren, well I was born there, but was raised in America by my ... dad" stammered Bella as she forced out the word 'dad'.
"Yeah you sound foreign to Evangeline, but not European foreign" stated Gavner. Evangeline rolled her eyes and picked up a bag and slung it over her shoulder.
"I'm Mexican moron, born in Mexico and grew up in America" barked Evangeline. Gavner raised his hands in self defence.
"Okay sorry dog breath!" exclaimed Gavner.
Evangeline's eyes lit up a dazzling shade of green as she lunged forward towards Gavner with Rex and Bella grabbed her arms and holding her back from scratching out the vampire's eyeballs. Evangeline snarled and calmed down eventually as she shrugged off Bella and Rex's grasp and cossed her arms glaring dead ahead at the smirking Gavner Purl.
"Anyway why are you here?" asked Rex with a hint of annoyance.
If Gavner's grin grew any bigger it would split his face in two. He pointed to himself using his thumbs and winked at the wolves and Rex.
"I am the one that is to come with you guys to Bad wolf or something!" shouted Gavner.
Their expressions were priceless to say the least. Evangeline turned towards the wall and began banging her head off the wall repeatedly. They chuckled lightly as she stopped and rubbed her forehead.
"Well I guess we'll set off together and you can tell us more about this Lord of the Vampaneze hmm?" stated Rex as he moved towards the tunnel out onto the mountain.
They had travelled down the mountain and were currently on their way to the nearest city and airport. For some reason Darren had the odd feeling he should follow the wolves and Rex wherever they were going. It felt right inside, like an intuition. Bella and Amy sorted out buying the tickets once they all arrived at the nearest airport trying to make up a story as to why they all smelled strange. Mr Crepsley, however, was not fond of flying and this would be his first time on a plane. He believed in the old saying 'feet planted firmly on the ground'.
Gavner, however, found it exciting as he was sat next to a rather timid woman overnight for the flight. It would be just dusk when they arrived in Romania at the Budapest Airport then they would travel north west into the 'bad lands' as they were locally nicknamed by small forgotten villages and travelling folk. Darren was seated next Mr Crepsley and Harkat was placed in the cargo bay as the story they made up included Harkat playing the part of 'pet' in a carry on cage. It was the only way for him to get on board. Night had descended upon them and as the humans slumbered Darren, Gavner and Mr Crepsley were wide awake after all night was their domain. Darren shifted uncomfortably in his seat staring straight ahead at the seat in front trying to remember some long forgotten memory from his past as a human.
He shook his head over and over again rattling through every memory he could bring back. He had forgotten most of his past human life trying to repress it so that it wouldn't be missed, but as he went through his mind a feeling of utter loneliness took over him. Evangeline was someone he remembered from long ago. A face that shouldn't be forgotten. Darren sighed hung his head causing Mr Crepsley to look over at him in concern.
"What is it Darren?" asked Mr Crepsley with a hint of worry. Darren waved his hand dismissively.
"Nothing, it's just that Evangeline seems somehow familiar, but I don't know how" groaned Darren. Mr Crepsley shook his head.
"It is not I don't it is 'I do not'! And, yes some people can be like someone else or remind you of someone, she reminds me a little of what Gavner was like when he was younger" mused Mr Crepsley, "best not to dwell on it".
"Yeah okay" mumbled Darren as he got lost in his thoughts once more.
The plane landed the next day at seven minutes past six in the evening just as the sun was dipping over the horizon leaving the sky a blaze with oranges and faint pinks. As the vampires walked out Darren was even more sure they would find this Evanna here in Romania. Bella seemed quite happy to be home along with the overly excitable Sara who was begging to be taken home straight away. They all left the airport getting Harkat on the way out and began working their way through the city to get out. Gavner was rather annoyed that they could not stop to explore, but Rex was getting impatient as he wanted to get back to a place called 'Vamporia'? Darren did not question as the wolves, Bella and Evangeline led the group quietly out of the city at a vast pace as the entire city lit up with glowing lights.
"What's with the light show?" questioned Gavner.
"There the old Halloween decorations, their getting ready for it even though it's still only just the beginning of September" stated Evangeline. Mr Crepsley raised an eyebrow.
"How did you become wolves?" asked Darren.
Evangeline's mouth dropped from a thin line to frown as she walked ahead without replying. Darren looked to Bella wondering what he had said that was wrong. Bella looked back sympathetically and sighed.
"You see I and Sara were born wolves Evangeline was turned into a wolf" explained Bella in a quick whisper. Darren nodded, but then asked another question.
"Then why does it upset her? Did she not want to be a wolf?" quizzed Darren. Bella shook her head.
"No, she was turned into one during a fight when she was human, it was my fault, the enemy was after me, she tried to help and paid the price - her humanity was taken from her without her consent" stated Bella.
Darren furrowed his eyebrows and said no more. They left the city rather quickly and began the night's journey to a cave that Bella had once camped in with her unknown father. She had explained to them how she had two fathers. He adopted father - Harry Green - Evangeline's uncle and Greymore Wolfang - Bella actual dad. Darren had asked no more questions regarding Evangeline as she had already almost chewed off Gavner's head for asking about her family. They arrived near the cave by around two in the morning in the woods that surrounded it. Bella was currently talking about how their people worked what they believed.
"So you see the Wolfdina is another name for 'The Queen' in our wolfy ways and The Heavens are where werewolves go when we die at around 5000 years old, you see we age differently, we get an extra few thousand years in life" explained Bella. Gavner nodded trying to understand.
"We age every tenth year by one year, half vampires every five years, our heavens are called Paradise" explained Mr Crepsley. Bella smiled as Sara wrote it all down on an old peace of parchment she had in her pocket as if she were studying for an exam.
"Our hell is called Oblivion, the wolves call it that too" mused Rex as he threw yet another fact at them.
"Hmm we have something like that ..." muttered Mr Crepsley. Bella opened her mouth to reply until Evangeline interrupted her.
"What in the name of Oblivion!" shouted Evangeline.
Everyone turned to see what her outburst had been at. A man had landed in front of her wearing nothing but animal hinds and a belt covered in throwing stars. He smiled awkwardly and ran a hand through his greasy green hair. Evangeline's first instinct was to pick up the nearest object - a rock - and hurl it at him. He dodged it easily and smirked at her as she glared back and raised her fists up ready to fight if necessary.
"Nice shot kid, but not enough to deter Vancha March" exclaimed the man.
"Vancha March, one of the princes" explained Mr Crepsley and put a hand on Evangeline's shoulder. She looked at him briefly and nodded lowering her fists at the same time and dropping them by her side.
"Aye, so you know me?" quizzed Vancha.
"Yes, I have a feeling we do" stated Darren. Vancha arched an eyebrow.
"Where are you heading?" asked Rex. Vancha turned to him.
"The Lady Evanna" he said. Darren smiled.
"Dito. We're going to see her to had a feeling she'd be here" exclaimed Darren. Vancha chuckled and Mr Crepsley crossed his arms then scowled at Vancha.
"Sorry for scaring yeah lass, but I had to catch up with these two, you lot must be those wolves Paris told me about, marvellous creatures wolves are vampires believe we are descended from them" exclaimed Vancha. Evangeline grinned as Rex snorted in disagreement.
"We had better get to the cave before sun rise" shouted Bella. Everyone nodded in agreement and they set off once again with the new addition to the group.
Bella had scouted ahead and was sure they had arrived but what lay before her shocked even her who had seen almost everything. The others gasped as they climbed onto the hill and took in the scene a large blue tent sat idly on the hill next to the mouth of the cave. It seemed so still, but the flagged top swayed gracefully in the dull breeze as the scents of fine food danced away from it towards them and the landscape took on a calm existence.
"The Lady Evanna" croaked Vancha.