The Trial of Alucard
The night. Cold and uncaring. Those which underestimate its force will pay the ultimate price. A price no man can afford to pay. Unless he is a Vampire. 1 : A New Beginning
Chapter 1 : A New Beginning
Alucard stands by a cliff face looking onwards at his once called home. Castlevania has crumbled away into nothingness,
no trace remains of the evil which once dwelled there. Alucard stands motionless. His black cape swirls around
his body, like mist or fog. His pale, expressionless face reveals nothing of the torment that tears at him inside.
Father.......why did you force me into this position again. Curse you for what you tried to do.....for what you did to Lisa.....and to me. Farewell land of my Birth, never again will these eyes gaze upon your beauty.
Suddenly there is a rustle in the tree's several feet away. Quickly but silently, Alucard draws his sword. Although old, not a single scratch rests upon it and is as sharp as ever. The sound draws closer. Someone or something is running directly at him. In one fluid motion Alucard jumps into the air and spins around. Upon reaching the floor, he grabs the intruder from behind, sword pressed hard against their jugular.
The vampire stops. His hand turns into ice as he drops his weapon to the ground. So surprised is Alucard, he finds himself stuttering.
"Forgive me....I did not.......I could have killed you."
Maria is unaware of his words. The surprise attack has left her gasping for air and unable to concentrate for a few moments.
He is so strong, and yet at the same time, so gentle?
"Maria, why have you come?"
There is a silence as Alucard extends his hand towards her in a gentlemanly fashion. He had removed his gloves moments earlier but did not realize that they remained ungloved. His hand touches hers, and she is chilled to the bone.
He's so cold.
Alucard lifts her to her feet. Her green and white costume is covered in rips and tares. She is still shaking from the vampires assault but somehow she manages to speak.
"Alucard.....I followed you here to help you. To help us both"
A puzzled look follows from the Vampire. He continues to stare at her, as if he's expecting more. Eventually he replies.
"Thanks you Maria. But I have no need for your assistance. As you can see, I am unharmed."
Maria frowns. Is he missing the point, or simply ignoring it?
"What I mean is, I want to go with you. To wherever your going."
"Why? I have completed my task here. You have no further need of me."
That was deliberate. He's avoiding the issue.
"Look, I understand how you are feeling. Please let me comfort you. I know who your father was, but you are not like him. You have honor and care you for those weaker than yourself. Your father was so unlike you. Let me help you overcome your torment."
He turns away. His long black cape wraps around his body as if to conceal a deeper truth that lies within him.
"Please Alucard, do not......"
He cuts her off.
"Maria, please. Do not speak such folly. You know not what you say. I am a Vampire. Immortal blood flows through my veins. I need not your help."
Maria approaches him. Slowly she places her hand upon his shoulder. To comfort him, to touch him. A cold wind sweeps the area and Maria is forced to take back her gesture. Alucard quickly notices her shivering and wraps his black cloak around her body. She looked beautiful. Like his cousin once did. She smiles generously, but his pale stone face refuses to move. Instead he glances behind her at a small white dove that lands in the distance. Perching upon the rock where the castle once stood.
Does this signify..........hope?
Maria, still cold, wraps her arms around him. Alucard freezes for a moment. He finds himself lost for words as she clings on tighter.
"Maria please. I must go...."
"Shhhh . Let me hold you. Just for a minute."
Why? She does not know. He's still cold. Colder than the air that wraps around her, the air she breaths. But still she clings on. His large masculine body dwarfs her tiny frame. The two seem so different and yet, somehow, are the same. For the first time in his life, emotion takes over. His hands move up to her golden hair and slowly he runs his fingers through it. She looks upwards at his face. Still expressionless as ever....but now something is different. His eyes, what do they hide.
Conflict, lust, love? She pulls him closer. Slowly, their lips meet.
Alucard finds himself shaking. He opens his eyes but all he can see is Maria's soft and tender neck.
Blood. Gently he kisses her throat. Blood. Each kiss harder and more passionate than the last. Blood.
He pulls away.
This is the closest I've ever come. Damn me.
"Alucard, what's wrong? Did I do something......"
There is another uncomfortable silence. The dove upon the hill still remains in the same position. Staring at the setting sun. as if in awe of the red beauty that emanates from it.
Maria stares at him innocently.
"You can, if you want to."
A rage burns in the vampire like never before. His eyes turn to daggers and mentally he thrashes at her.
"How dare you!! I am not my father. Do you condemn me as you condemn him? Leave me be Belmont."
"Belmont? I am no Belmont"
"No, but you are a hunter. Like Richter. You will not rest until all my kind are dead. Until I am dead."
She tries vainly to respond.
Again their eyes meet. Now she can she emotion in his face. Anger is clear. But lust is still strong within him. So confused is Maria, she throws her arms around him. Softly she kisses him, and again Alucard finds himself in the same position. Her neck calls to him. Vampiric fangs emerge from his mouth. He tries with all his might but it is to no avail. It's in his blood. He closes his eyes, tries to pull back, but it is to no avail.
Slowly he sinks his teeth into her neck and the unquenchable thirst is finally filled.
Briefly, Alucard stares upwards to see the white dove sit motionless as a night black hawk swoops down from the heavens.
The strong are born to prey on the weak.
And no man or beast can change it.
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