finally the group had arrived at their grandmother’s village. Silent and peaceful was the best way to describe this shore side place.
The four guys walked slowly towards a big house at the end of the village, before one of the group could knock on the door, the door opened and a young woman ran outside hugging the first guy in her path. She said relieved “finally you arrived I feared that you wouldn't come. We should have arrived almost simultaneously. But we hadn't heard of you”
“sorry, sis. The trains were delayed and after that we missed our bus connection”
“wow that sucked”was Cass opinion
“it seems at one point that our journey here was cursed or stopped by some force” the other 3 guys nodded when Liz shared his thoughts with Cassandra and Christian who just walked outside to find out why the rest didn't come inside already.
“Kit, did you find out what you wanted to know in the drive to here?”
“of course did you have doubt”
“that is not it,bro. It is just that we are curious about what you talked with her”
“oh nothing specials dear brothers, just how I would react if I am again the main reason someone would wake up from there long lasting slumber”
“that I never asked. But wouldn't it be better if it was someone else and not always our youngest member and a girl.”
“that is true, I also want a lead in this, would be fun to be the demon. Am I not handsome enough for it?”
it was true that Liz with his shoulder length blond hair would be a great demon he even had a devilish laughter when he wanted to. But his character was everything but demonic.
On top of that the victim who would become a demon was already killed in that accident that killed their cousin and his wife.
“you never can become a demon, dear brother. you are too good for it, Dan on the other hand would become a great demon.”
“you are not funny at all, Cassy. You may think you are a angel but I am certain that you are a devil in disguise” Dan said with a laugh in his voice “but all is good, we don't even know what we are going to face this time. Should we be prepared for the worst?”
“no, never. This will be a easy case to solve.” it was Kit who said this with a hardness in his voice that they wouldn't expect coming from him.
After that the discussion was closed and everyone walked indoors with a tension that was very unnatural for the group.
That evening everyone tried to forget what happened that afternoon,there still was a dark sword of misfortune hovering above them. It wasn't that much fun to hang around them, each had their own thoughts about what would happen in the next few days.
Unexpected their grandmother came into their room they all shared.
“there is something I need to tell you guys, about the mystery you are working on”
“but grandma we thought you knew nothing about?” it was Cam who said these words
“it is not that I didn't know anything about it, it is just that I don't like talking about it, nobody really know that the accidental family deaths aren't the real course of those vampires”
“what do you mean grandmother?” asked Cassy
“go to the cave that is a day walk from here, you can't take a car or any other way of transportation. But be warned it is dangerous, don't shed tears no matter what”
“I don't know, my grandmother told this when I was your age”
“we can always find that out if we find that cave. Thanks grandmother”
“we should go to bed early. Since we need to walk to there”
after those words Liz was the first who took out his travelers gear. The rest followed him in the next 30 minutes. Cassy was glad that there was a second bathroom so she didn't have to wait for the guys to finish.
Early the next morning Christian's phone rang, it was the alarm he set. He was a person who would sleep trough the alarm he set if it wasn't his normal waking up time. Liz on the other hand was a light sleeper on top of that he was sleeping next to Kit, Liz turned of the alarm then stood up and walked to the bathroom took a glass of very cold water, walked back to the sleeping Christian and purred the cold water over him and said “Kit I thought you wanted to start the walking early. But the way you are now it seems you want to start around midday”
“stupid Lisette why did you have to trow that cold water over me, a soft way would be very effective”
“don't call me that, you know I hate that nickname Cassy thought of”
“okay I am getting up, what about the others?”
“they are almost finished and ready to go downstairs for their breakfast”
“ooh, then I will hurry. Tell Cass to make some sandwiches for on the way”
after those words Christian hurried into the bathroom to take a quick cold shower to remove the last bit of sleep he still had. Dressed he came downstairs with his backpack on his shoulders.
“while I eat all of you should at least fetch your sleeping-bag and airbed, in the worst case we should be ready to sleep there. We will leave in 10 minutes and Cassy thanks for the snacks you made.”
after those words he attacked the stuff on the breakfast table, his plate was over flowing with beacon, scrambled eggs, toast and a lot of cheese. His second plate was filled with the summer fruits, present there like strawberries, peaches and a few types of melons.
He was just drinking the last of his tea when the others returned from packing their traveling gear. Everyone divided the packed lunches Cass made. On most were cheese or peanut butter and on request she had made a few hazelnut pasta.
Cam was the last one who walked out the front, his grandmother came close still dressed in her morning dress and clamps in her hair.
“Cam, I shouldn't give this to you, it is a map to the cursed cave. But promise me that all of you are careful, again be warned it is tear fluid not only tears of sadness”
“I promise grandma we all will come back alive”
“H… CAM HOW LONG ARE YOU PLANNING ON STAYING INDOORS, WE WANT TO LEAVE”
“I AM COMING” shouted cam back to the waiting group out side to his grandmother he said “good bye wish us good luck so we can close this family mystery case safely”
“the best of luck my grandchildren of light”
with those words said Cam hurried outside to the waiting group out side, wait he saw at that moment had nothing to do with the words his grandmother just said to him. The light made Liz hair look silver instead of the dark yellow blond he always had on top of that the dark brown curls of Cassy looked golden. What is happening here, is this a vision of the future?
Instead of outing his worries he said “I am ready to go and I have a map to the cave area”
“waahh really. Who gave you the map?”
“come let us walk to the south a long the coast line”
after those words Cam lead the group south the way wasn't flat like they thought it would be not even a road was made,
“I should have taken my ax with me or at least a sword to cut those branches of that are hitting my beautiful face”
“your face is as ugly as the night you were born on” said Liz to his twin brother
“I am just glad that we have a different genetic make up”
the rest of the group burst into laughter it was a joke the twins would always say when they disagreed on a subject. When Cam saw a big rock standing tall in the ocean he said
“let us have a break here at this rock. Since we are midway the route, we walked a bit faster that planned”
“I wonder why grandma would say this walk would take a day?”
“maybe in the past it would have taken that long” answered Cassandra
“no”started Liz “I think the reason is because they were so sad about the loss over their family members that they forgot the route to the cursed caves”
it felt strange that Liz was saying those things. Not that he was unfamiliar with people feelings but more it was Christian or Cassandra who usually would say the human side of the story and insides. Cam thought back what he saw at the beginning of the walk, Liz having silver hair and eyes that have the color of the earth that is overflowing with blood. Cass standing before him and the rest of the guys protecting them.
he shook his head, not wanting to believe that premonition.
After a moment of rest they moved on to the next part of the trail they needed to travel this time it was more land inwards, to the fields and forest.
“there is something lingering in the forest. Something very old and yet it feels new”
“why would you say that Liz?”
“because my dear twin brother that is how I feel”
“that is it, my honorable brother is mental”
“I am not crazy, it is just that I feel this way. Ooh look guys there is the cave so it seems”
“how come that you already found the cave,Liz?”
“it feels like I am lead to this place, it is just more familiar to me than it should be”
“familiar? What o you mean?”
” hard to explain Christian I can only say that I know this place, maybe even been here before”
“that can't be bro, we never explored this part of the village land.”
“then give me an explanation why I know the way in this cave?”
“there aren't that many paths to take,mostly a straight line”
“uhm guys not really. At every crossing there are like at least 3 routes we could have taken. But it seems you only have seen the ones that I took when walking in here”
“ooh. And were are you leading us to than?”
“well I am not really sure”
after those words they felt a cold wind coming from the cave right in front of them.
“it seems we have found the center of the cursed caves”
the room they walked in felt warm yet the wind was cold, as the room light had a warm red,
the wall was like flesh. The pedestal in the middle looked like a bunch of intestines piled up, while they walked further into the chamber a icy breeze filled the room and made their eyes wet.
“NO WE NEED TO LEAVE THIS ROOM RIGHT AWAY”
but it was too late, the intestines came to live and captured Liz, the rest of the group was untouched. When Liz was laying on the pedestal a red colored stone was shown not only that but the intestines entered the lower part of his body, he wanted to scream but he wasn't able to the only thing that made clear that he had it hard was his upper body moving a lot, trying to free himself. Which didn't work he lost most of his cloths doing that. For what seemed an eternity the rest of the group froze. When they were able to move again all of them wanted to hurry and free Liz from the claws of that 'monster' that was eating him alive so it seemed.
The unexpected thing happened, Dan was standing before them stopping their movement to run to Liz. For a second his normal blond hair glowed golden when he said “don't it will be alright”
“don't you want to save your brother?”
“yes but he is more than my brother, he is my destiny”
“destiny, you do know that he is a man and your brother you can't be together like that”
“he isn't my brother anymore as I am not his”
“wow that is vague,oi wait don't tell me you are the reincarnation of the golden angel”
“that is what I am saying Cassandra, you should have seen the hints”
“no that can't be the golden haired girl I saw was Cassandra, not you”
“oh dear Cam, that was only the part of the vision, only for what you were open to at that moment,
“is that the reason why you were born his twin?”
“yes, otherwise it would have been nearly impossible to find him”
“have you always know what happened in the past?” this time it was Cassandra who asked the question.
“no and when it didn't happened this generation I wouldn't have remembered it, the round to here was what made me remember like it did with Liz.”
“then what are you going to do now? Kill the person? Or wasn't that your plan before everything started?”
“no Cassandra there will be no deaths at least not in that way.”
“explain it to us cousin otherwise we don't understand what will happen”
“leave these caves for now, after our a day we will come to you again. Wait for us at the entrance or go to our grandmothers place we will find you”
“no we wait here, we don't leave our family members or anyone behind. No matter what will happen” this time it was Christian who said it. The rest nodded with a seriousness in there eyes that wouldn't fade no matter what Dan would say. After looking in their eyes for a while Dan sighed “okay but promise me that none of you will move from the place were you are now standing if you can't do that than please leave this room”
after those words Cassandra looked in her cousins eyes. She closed hers for a second taking a deep breath “I think it is better if we leave this room and trust Dan that he will can handle it alone”
with gratefulness in his eyes he nodded to Cassandra, she on the other hand turned around and took Cameron and Christian by the hand and forced them to walk with her. It was strange even though she saw a lot of paths she knew which to take and which would lead to traps.
Outside they made a camp were they would stay as long as Liz and Dan were in those caves.
Cameron and Christian looked for wood they could use for making a fire and Cassandra for eatable plants and fruits. They even made rope traps to kill small animals.
After five long days of waiting Liz and Dan walked out of hand in hand, one with silver hair and bloody earth eyes, and one who was golden and wore a halo.
Cassandra hurried towards them “we are so glad you are safe again. What is with your new appearance?”
“it was good that you weren't in that chamber, I don't think you would have been able to stay awake for those days and not move from that spot” it was Dan who would tell the story.
“close your eyes maybe we are able to show it”
with these words Dan let go of Liz hand and took the right hand of Cameron and left hand of Cassandra. While Liz took the opposite hands of these two. Christian was standing in the middle “why am I standing in the middle?”
“because you are able to see even if we don't hold hands, no close your eyes and relax. All of you just left the room”
Liz lay on the blood stone altar and with veins and intestines holding their tight grip on him, Dan had his eyes close for a moment, after a deep breath when opened them he wasn't alone anymore in his mind, he had an other presence within him. Together with her he started to walk slowly toward the blood altar, his appearance changed into the golden angel that once tried to stop the chain of events that let to this. But at that time she had been unable to do that task given to her. But now that would change, with this strong body that she had at the moment, together that the vampire still needed to be re-born out of a human. She would be able to stop everything. Do I have the will to safe this boy who didn't even knew the person for whom he becomes an vampire?
Of course do I want to safe my brother who wouldn't want to do that? I don't want to share his fate.
Then we can do this, it will be hard and the wounds you will get will not only be mentally, are you willing to get injured.
If it would help I am willing to give all my blood and soul for him when that would mean that he will be able to leave this place.
After this inner conversation the angel started to walk towards the altar.
From Dan's belt she took her knife that had appeared the moment he changed into the golden angel.
“I am sorry, that I was too late to stop the beginning of this”
Liz looked pained at Dan unable of bring out a word of recognition,
Dan signed “so it will be an one sided conversation”
“what do thu want
the voice come from somewhere in the chamber, Dan looked around to see, who it was that spoke, but he couldn't find the source of the voice until he looked at the altar again and saw Liz sitting on the the stone altar. The angel within Dan sighed so I was too late to safe this person to fully stay human. “what is wrong with my brother?
” Dan asked the angel “he is changing to the energy draining vampire you were looking for”
“how is that possible, can he change back? Or do we need to kill him so he can't make other victims?”
“we can not fully change him back to a human but with your strength we can at least make it that he doesn't need more human energy. But to make that happen I need to use all my strength.”
“is that the price I need to pay for saving him?”
“that and never being able to have an other partner than your brother”
“wait, you mean not a girlfriend?”
“yes that is what I meant, you will need your brother as he needs you”
“all I can say to this knowledge is safe him no matter what the costs are for me”
“we will safe him. Thanks you for allowing me to use my full power”
“I want you to leave my brothers body”
“Mi do want to do that, this body is mine the moment e was born, even more since e walked into my cave
the angel started cut in Dan's wrist deep enough to draw blood.
“why are you cutting into my body?
“that is necessary to stop the demon within your brother, now be quite for a while
“thu can not stop me with bhur blood!
“we will see.”
the angel forced the demon who was resisting in Liz body to drink of Dan's blood that was flowing into Liz mouth.
“noo, what are thu doing?
“letting you drink of the scared blood that is flowing to this man's body”
“thu want to poison mi
“not poison, just reverse the curse that is placed on this place”
the angel took her wrist from the Liz mouth, she stopped the bleeding for a while with her other hand. shortly after it was time for her to use mental power to pressure the demon to leave Liz body, the first battle seemed endless. The first round was one by the demon, Dan felt his body change a bit, it was like there was more power flowing trough his blood and veins .
“thu think a angel like bhur can win? Thu are a century or 2 too early
“we can win, just wait and see”
The angel used the dagger again to cut into an other part of Dan wrist again.
“why are you doing this again?”
“we need to weaken the grip of the demon
the angel forced the vampire to drink the blood instead of the energy he would normally drink, after 10 minutes or so, the angel stopped the bleeding again with a press of her other hand, and started the mind battle again, with more force than the first time, but the demon also use more strength.
“thu lose again little angel, see that mi is stronger
“let us wait until the end of this all, I vow that Liz will have his own body back”
“thu will never succeed
this ritual repeated 20 or so times. Both Liz and Dan appearances had changed drastically,
both of them looked more like the creatures resisting within. The vampire and the angel didn't have much strength left, the blood loss by the angel or the sacred blood flowing through the vampires body, who would have the power to oppress the pain and fatigue the longest. “I don't know if I have the strength left in me to do it again the last mental battle”
“you can do it, let merge our thoughts into one”
“that would mean that you can't have your normal body back”
“i don't mind, I just want to have my twin back”
with this the angel relaxed for a moment, Dan conscience came closer to hers until know she had kept them separated, the new strength that was coming from him was overwhelming .
“what it thu new power coming from
this time it took her only an instant to win the battle for ownership of Liz body
“this was the combined power of this body, which now only will belong to the boy. I used all my
every ounce of my power to win over you. But my memories together with my knowledge aren't lost, this body will keep it and use it for good, so he would be able to fill the hunger that his twin will have”
“thu gave bhur life for this mortal so e could safe his brother?
“of course, he was born for the reason to destroy you. Now that his task is done, he can find his own destiny”
“thu are a fool”
“goodbye, see you never again”
the chamber started to smoke, veins and intestines vaporized and turned to ash. Quickly Dan helped Liz up, together they stumbled towards the exit of the room. In the hallway they fell asleep from exhausting, it took Dan and Liz three days to return to normal to even be able to move again without the nausea of blood loss. When they walked out of the cave it was morning.
“what a memory was that. But it really explains why you look like that”
“true Christian, but that is not all of it”
“yeah, on top of that both of you look more complete”
“thanks sister but we couldn't have done it without any of you, you all gave us strength.”
“okay let pack our belongings and go back to our grandmother, she would be worried about us, since we haven't come back after we left to find the cursed caves”
“sure let us leave now, most the things are already packed, we only need to blush the fire and trow some sand into the fireplace and we are set to leave”
it took them a few minutes to do this. Walking back was easy, while staying in the area Cam, Christian and had done some recon. And found that the village was a lot closer to the caves than they first that thought. Barely 4 hours later they were standing before the house.
“what are you doing back here?” was the greeting they got from their grandmothers”
“why are you saying something like that, the curse has been lifted, it wouldn't come back, aren't you glad that the history has been buried?”
“no I am not glad, and according to the letters written you shouldn't have been able to comeback”
“we are soo sorry grandma that we have comeback alive. And why did you want us death?”
“because you brats aren't good for our family. You all will kill our long history of leaders and other people in high places”
“we have our own destiny to for fill”
“yeah and we are going to stop you from doing such useless things”
after that she closed the door with a hard noise, there everyone was standing with the same thought, what are we going to do form here on?
“let's go home for” was Cassandra's answer for this