The night for nightmares and dreams
After the party ended Mina couldn't get Vlad out of her mind. What was it about him that made her drawn to him? "So what happened between you and the Count Mina?" asked Caroline as the girls relaxed in Mina's room. "Nothing much…we just danced for a while and talked," Mina answered. "I bet he flirted with you huh?" asked Maggie as she nudged Mina's arm to teasing her.
"He only complemented me and also told he would come to see again soon," answered Mina as she blushed at Maggie's bold question. "I suppose he's planning on courting you then," remarked Caroline. Maggie pouted and made a grunt, showing how jealous she was of Mina. "Don't be so sour Maggie, you should be happy that Mina has found a suitor," Caroline said to her. "I am happy but….I can't help wish he would choose me and not Mina," sighed Maggie. "I can't blame you for feeling like that Maggie," said Mina "the Count IS very handsome. What woman wouldn't be attracted to him?" All of the girls laughed in agreement.
"I agree with you there Mina, but I prefer my Jack over the Count," says Caroline giggling as she tried to control herself from laughing too much. Caroline gets up to leave, waving to her friends as she opened the door. "Well it is getting late and I'm going to bed now," she said as she walked into the hallway. "Good night girls," said Caroline as she shut the door. "Night Caroline," said Maggie and Mina, smiling as she left.
"Caroline is lucky to have Jack as a husband," said Maggie as Mina started to undo her hair and brush it. "Yes, I can't wait to till I get married," sighed Mina. "I will be the happiest woman in the world if I end up marrying the man I love…." she said as put her brush down. Suddenly the Count's face popped in her mind. "Mina…" his voice saying her name echoed in her head as she remembered the way he looked in the moonlight while he danced with her…the way he looked at her….the way he kissed her hand…. "Mina?" asked Maggie waving her hand in front of Mina's face. "Huh?" answered Mina blushing as she realized that Maggie was talking to her. "I asked you if you heard of that ship incident that happened a few days before Caroline and I met the Count?" Maggie asked knowing her friend was distracted by her fantasies. "No," answered Mina taking interest in this topic. "What happened?"
"Well it said in the newspaper that the ship had wrecked on the shore of Whitby bay, and when the police searched on the ship for any survivors…" Maggie shivered. "What did they find?" asked Mina. "They found the crew had been drained of blood, and the Captain's dead corpse tied to the helm…with his throat torn as if it was ripped by a wild animal or wolf," Maggie explained covering her own neck as she mentioned the Captain being tied and killed. "Were there any survivors?" Mina asked amazed that a man can die so gruesome and hoped SOMEONE had survived to tell what happened. "They found only one person and its dad's looney pet in his asylum," answered Maggie.
"RENFIELD?!?" screamed Mina. "SHHHH!" said Maggie trying to quiet Mina in case someone heard them. "Yes, him," confirmed Maggie. "They police say that he either killed all of the crew, or went mad from the sight of the massacre," Maggie said almost acting like she was telling a scary story. "I sure would after seeing a sight as that!" said Mina with a bit of fear in her voice.
"Did he say who did it or what happened?" whispered Mina. "No, he still hasn't said a thing since the incident," answered Maggie. "Father hopes that if he spent some time in the asylum he might confess but so far he hasn't said a thing," she said. "And he screams at night and eats flies so as I hear from Martin his watcher at the asylum," said Mina shivering as she remembers half of the years she woke up from one of her dreams she heard Renfield screaming in the night…or was it howling? "Seriously?" says Maggie sounding shocked at the news of this bit of Renfield she hadn't known about. "Yes," answered Mina "He also sometimes escapes his room and go only Lord knows where," she said. "I wonder if he goes after more flies or insects to eat?" says Maggie tapping her chin a little bit wondering on the subject. "Eww! I hope not!" says Mina getting grossed out at the suggestion.
Maggie giggles at her friend's reaction. "I would rather trade my sleep walking for his insanity," she said. "True you would Maggie," agreed Mina. "Better mad then walking in your sleep huh?" Said Mina giggling along with her. Maggie still giggling standed up and straitened her dress.
"Speaking of sleep walking, I for one am going to bed now," she said as she started walking to the door. "I hope you have a good night sleep Mina and who knows," Maggie said shrugging with a mischievous look on her face. "Maybe the Count will try to sneak up into your room tonight," she said teasing Mina before going out the door and headed to her room. "MAGGIE!" screamed Mina blushing at her friend's teasing. "I hope you end up half way falling out of you bed!" whispered Mina as she got up out of her seat and started to change. After she got dressed Mina decided to brush her hair again. As she started to brush her hair a chill ran up her spine….she had the feeling someone was watching her… "Mina….," she heard the voice from her dream.
Mina turned around to look behind her but as she thought no one was there. "That's odd…I thought for sure someone was behind me," she thought as she turned back to resume brushing her hair. When Mina was finished she got up and went to the balcony door to look out into the night sky, for some reason she felt more peaceful now as if she had a guardian watching over her… She saw the Abby across the land, and suddenly thought of the Count again. She sighed like a young girl in love as she remembered his eyes…those very things that seemed to look into her…as if she was an open book…
Mina blushed as she realized that she was thinking of the Count again. "Why do I keep thinking of him?!?" she asked herself. Ashamed of herself she went back inside her room taking her robe off. "I wonder what he is doing now?" she thought as she put her robe on the chair and get in her bed. As she drifted off to sleep her last thought was the Count as he said good-bye to her at the party…"I will see you again…soon," his voice echoed in her head, faintly hearing a wolf's howl.
In the garden of the Evans mansion a black shadow slides across the green grassy lawn….the shadow was of a black wolf with bloody red eyes. It stopped in front of a balcony in the yard…it was the one that lead to Maggie's room… It looked up to her room as it walked to the opened doors searching to see if she was asleep, which to its pleasure she was. The wolf seeing that his prey is ready for him, started to change…..into a figure of a man. The caped figure looked upon his victim, waiting for it to welcome him. Maggie moaned in her sleep unbuttoning her cleavage as the shadow and figure walked closer to her with it's fangs in its smile. While as Mina had for once in her life slept peacefully with no nightmares bothering her. Instead she was dreaming of dancing with the Count again, surrounded by candle light and mist.
And Renfield's deranged laughter is heard in the asylum…