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  • Dreams and Vampires - The Saga of a World Called Htrae - an excerpt from Chapter Four
Dreams and Vampires - The Saga of a World Called Htrae - an excerpt from Chapter Four
Written by
Dee Krull
October 2011
Written by
Dee Krull
October 2011
  I took one look at Raithe and knew I couldn't tell her anything before the police got here. She was just as shaken up as I was, and I was barely holding it together as she called my clients. She wasn't able to reach my first afternoon client, so I asked her to watch out for him while the police were here.

     The police got here faster than I expected. I suspected it was because of the last kidnapping I was associated with. By the way they were looking at me I was pretty sure I would be going to the police station this time. I was right on both counts. They wanted to take Raithe as well, but when I explained I had a client I wasn't able to reach, they let Raithe stay with the crime-scene investigators.

     By the time I got back to the office, Raithe was alone eating cold pizza. She was so glad to see me that she forgot to be mad at me for not filling her in sooner. Once she hugged me and complained about the mess the CSIs made, she suddenly remembered she still had no idea what was going on.

     "Now!" she said with authority. "It's time for you to tell me what in the hell is going on!" She pointed toward my office, so I obeyed and walked down the hall.

     "Can I make us both a cup of tea before I start?" I asked tiredly. "I really don't think I can go on until I have a cup of hot tea in my hand."

     "Sure, no problem," she said with sympathy. "You haven't even had anything to eat, have you:"

     "No," I said, "but I'm really not hungry right now. Tea is fine for now. Then after I tell you all I know, I'll take you out to dinner. That is, if you can go. Are the kids taken care of?"

     "Yes, I figured this was going to be a long night, so I asked Mom if they could stay overnight. She'll get them to school tomorrow. Besides, I think I should spend the night with you after today's episode in horror."

     "Thanks, Raithe," I said with a sigh. "I'm not sure I feel safe alone right now."

Raithe made us both a cup of tea; then we checked to see if both doors were locked. We turned off all the lights except for the lamp in my office and curled up on the sofa.

     I sighed, staring at nothing while I tried to decide where to start. "This is going to require an open mind on your part," I started. "And I mean a really open mind."

     She raised an eyebrow as if she were about to say something sarcastic then thought better of it. "I'm listening," was all she said.

     I started at the beginning, leaving nothing out; Sally, the vampire, and the blood, the disappearance and the fact that he knew who I was. Then lastly, the fact that he said I was partly responsible for what was happening. I didn't tell her Sally and Kendra had the same tattoo as ours-mainly because I didn't know what it meant. I suppose it could be a coincidence. Stranger things have happened.

     "How can you be responsible for him taking your clients to where ever he has taken them?"

     "I don't know, the regressive hypnosis, maybe? He said I was the missing element. I got the feelling that he has been coming here for a long time." I leaned forward, resting my face in my hands. "I don;t know who to talk to Raithe, that wouldn't have me committed. I would have me committed if I hadn't seen it with my own eyes."

     Raithe sat up from her reclining position suddenly. "What about Ben? didn't you call him today about this? I'm sure he would listen to you with an open mind."

     "I don't know. I asked him to do some research for me. I need to know whether there is any correlation between regression and vivid dreams." How could I pull Ben into this?

I was beginning to worry about putting others in danger by sharing this bizarre story with them. I wouldn't have told Raithe if she hadn't been here today.

     "Ben may be able to help you," she continued. "And besides, I can't  stay with you for more than a few days. Mom is getting nosy, and there is no way she would accept this."

     "I don't know. I hate to put him in danger as well. Besides, he might get the wrong idea." I really didn't want to get anything going between Ben and me. He had already asked me out several times since Peter died, and I turned him down.

     "Oh, for pity sakes," said Raithe sarcastically. "I know you can handle Ben. Anyway, knowing Ben, he would love the idea of protecting you."

     "That's what I'm afraid of. I really don't need a mother hen right now. I need answers," I said defensively.

     "Please, Laurel," Raithe pleaded, "just be up front with him and he will behave himself."

     "OK, OK, you win. What time is it? I told Ben I would call him this evening. We need to get out of here and go out to dinner before we go to my house. You can ask the questions I know you are dying to ask, at dinner."

     "You know me too well," she said with a smile. "I have a million questions. Where are we going? Someplace that sells alcohol, I need a drink, and I am sure you do."

     I thought about that for a few minutes. "How about Abruzzi's?"

     "Sounds good to me."

     It was early when we got to the restaurant, so we ordered a drink first. Once we ordered our meal, we settled in and I waited for Raith to ask her questions. I didn't have to wait long.

     "So tell me, what did this vampire look like?" She paused to look around and make sure no one was listening to us. " What did you say his name was?"

     "Naken is his name, and he was tall, about six foot. The only reason I know that is because I know how tall Julie is. He was standing behind her the first time I saw him. His hair was dark and long. His eyes were almost white like his skin, not like an albino. They were light blue, and when the porch light hit them, they looked like crystals. He looked young, in his late teens or early twenties."

     "Was he good-looking?" she asked with a hint of a smile.

     "I smiled, "he was young and beautiful and very sexy."

     "Why, Laurel, I'm surprised at you, at your age!" she said with mock indignity.

     "I may be in my fifties, but I'm not dead," I answered defensively.

     We both erupted into laughter just as our food arrived.

     Once our waiter left, we started talking again. "The thing that bothers me the most is that this might be my fault. It must have something to do with the regression."

     "OK, I know I've already said this, but how is that possible? This isn't about past lives. It's about alternate lives, right?"

     "Well, yes, but I've told you before I've always believed that we are tapping into other lives, not that we have actually lived them before."

     Raithe and I had talked a lot about this, but she really hadn't made up her mind if she agreed with my theory.

     "Hmmm, that would prove your theory." She studied me for a long moment. "He did say 'my world.' didn't he?"

     "And so did Addel, slash Sally. That would also explain why he took Julie and Sally. He doesn't want humans knowing about their world." I thought about that as my brain was about to explode.

     "This isn't reality! It can't be!"

     "You've got to be kidding me, Laurel."

     "What?" I gestured with my hands.

     "He has told you twice that he would be back for you, and hello, Julie and Sally are gone?" 

      I began to think Raithe was accepting this easier than I was and, and it was my theory.

     "Yes, that's right. He did say he was coming back for me."

     "Uh-oh, what time is it? Didn't you tell Ben you would call him?"

     I looked at my watch. "Oh shit, it's eight thirty. We had better go. I'll get the check. Would you give Ben a quick call and let him know we are on our way home? I'll call him when we get there."

     "Sure." She began to dig in her purse for her cell phone.

     I was on my way to get our check when I looked out the window. I saw Naken looking back at me with a very serious look on his face. I froze. He just kept looking at me, then he slowly smiled and gestured with his finger, wagging it back and forth as he pursed his lips and shook his head no. Then he vanished. I realized I wasn't breathing again, so I took a deep breath. I did not want to faint in the restaurant.

     I got a hold of myself and paid the check. When I got back to the table, Raithe was just hanging up the phone with a strange look on her face.

     "So what did Ben say?" I noticed my voice was a bit shaky.

     "He's meeting us at your house. He sounded very mysterious. I think he found something."

     "Great!" I said with a bit of sarcasm. "Now I have to tell him all about this." I knew Ben. He would wear me down until I told him, especially face-to-face. I guess Raithe was right. I needed to tell someone other than her. She was a mom with two kids and a mother; she wouldn't be able to babysit me for long.  And one thing was sure; I was not going to tell her that I just saw our vampire or that he was unhappy that I had told her. "Shit!"

     Raithe looked at me with a question on her face. "Wha . .?"

     I interrupted her. "Come on, we had better go." When I turned away, I closed my eyes and took a deep breath. Then we walked out into the night.

     It had started raining while we were eating, so we ran to our cars, which didn't allow me to look for Naken. I was scared, not for myself, but for everyone around me. I didn't know who he was going to take next. I was half hoping he would take me so I could find out what in the hell was going on.

     Raithe pulled out of the parking lot first, so I followed her. Before I got to the street, I glanced into my rear-view mirror. My breath caught in my throat. Naken was in the backseat of my car. I stomped on my breaks! As soon as I came to a stop, a cold hand clamped around my neck as he whispered in my ear, "I am not going to hurt you, but I need you to keep driving so as not to alert your friend. Do you understand?" His voice was calm and controlled.

     "Yes." It wasn't just my voice that was shaking; my whole body was a quivering mass. "What do you want? Why are you doing this?" My voice was much too high.

     He sat back in the seat so I could see him in the rear-view mirror. A smile slowly spread across his face, and for a moment I wasn't sure he was going to answer.

     "You will know soon enough, Laurel, but for now I need you to stop sharing what you do know. Unless you want to loose your friends as well," He smiled again, this time showing his teeth.

     "I understand. I had to tell Raithe. I had no choice. After all, she was there when you took Sally." The last part I said with anger in my voice.

     He raised an eyebrow as a result of my angry retort. "You do not seem to be afraid of me, Laurel. Why is that, I wonder," he said as a statement, not a question.

     "I am petrified. I know what you are."

     "Do you, and what do you think I am?"

     "You're a vampire," I said as a matter of fact.

     He laughed at that, then in a mocking voice, he said, "But there is no such thing in your world."

     "No, there isn't," I said sarcastically. "But you're not from my world, are you?"

     "Hmmmm," he purred. "This is all very amusing, but I must warn you, Keep  . . . your mouth . . . shut," he said in a controlled but deadly voice. "You will understand what is going on and the need for secrecy very soon."

     "Yeah, so you keep telling me." The next moment, I felt a prick on my neck so fast that I barely felt it, and he was gone. When I reached up to touch my neck, I felt something wet. I pulled my hand away and looked at it in astonishment. It was blood. Now I was really scared.


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