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“Wow…nice place you’ve got here.”

“Thank you…Uh…”

“What?”

“I think you should take off your shoes…they’re really muddy…I’ll…I’ll go get you some new clothes…” Vladimir eyes your shoes uneasily, as if they were evil.

“Oh…right,” you pull them off and set them against the wall; his eyes settle on you.

“So, where do I go?” you ask while looking around at the grand estate.

“Where ever you like,” he says with a sly grin and walks away from you towards a large staircase. You watch him but don’t follow; instead, curiosity strikes you hard and you wander towards one of many corridors.

   The ceiling is more or less the sky, and the floor beneath your feet is regal and expensive-looking; the tile is checkered black and white, and there’s an occasional rug of some obvious importance.

The walls are decorated with portraits, all of whom you’ve never seen before. You pass large wooden doors that are brass handled, and some doors that are not as grand, but hold a sense of mystery as you pass them.

Moonlight filters through the beautifully circular shaped windows, making your shadow stretch far like a partner at your side.

You’re so caught up in the scenery that you didn’t even notice that you’ve come to the end of the corridor and a door waits silently for you; without hesitation, you push down on the brass lock and pull back on the sphere knobs.

   The room is dark and large, so you assume it’s a study from what little you can see. You wonder if the castle even has electricity or if you have to carry around a candle everywhere you go.

You feel against the wall around the door until you do find a light switch (which surprises you a little). You flip it on.

Your guess was right: countless shelves line the high walls; papers are neatly stacked on the huge oak desk, and a comfy red chair is pushed in behind it. Writing utensils of every sort are laid out for use. After a glance over your shoulder you sit at the desk, the cushioned chair morphing into the shape of your bottom.

You reach up and pull down a quill; the feather is large, sky blue and the point of the quill is captivating silver.

   “Geez, this guy’s got way too much time on his hands,” you think aloud.

“That’s what happens when you’re immortal, dear.”

You jump and reach for your knife, not expecting a reply; you swivel around in the chair to find Vladimir standing in the doorway, holding a bundle of clothes. His expression isn’t angry, but actually affectionate.

You stand from the chair quickly. “You’re immortal? I thought that—”

“I am. All vampires are immortal, but most normally chose to get themselves killed. It's hard to explain....I’m sure you know the names of a few of the famous ones.”

Vladimir sets the bundle of clothes into your arms. “You can carry that. Follow me.”

   “So you live here by yourself?” You furrow your eyebrows as you trail him from the study.

“I do. I don’t normally stay here often. But sometimes people stumble upon this old castle and stay a while.”

“Do you kill them?”

Vladimir laughs heartily for the longest while. “No, [Name]. I don’t kill them. I do scare most of them. Being alive for centuries can be boring, I’m sure, unless there’s humor.”

You roll your eyes. “So you’re a sadist? Seems legit.”

“Well, I wouldn’t say a sadist…”

“How old are you?” you question him.

“Pardon?”

“How long have you been alive?” you rephrase your sentence.

“Does that hold any importance?” he asks lightly, pushing open yet another door and holding it for you to walk through; you do so and stop a few feet ahead so he can take the lead again.

“Yeah, it does. Or at least, I would like to know.”

“Well, if it really concerns you: I am no older than the sun, yet no younger than the fresh spring’s prim rose. I am no older than you, yet no younger than me.”

“That didn’t make any sense.” you say flatly and click your tongue irritably. Is he always full of games?

“It does, if you think about it.”

   “Alright, I give up.” You shrug and juggle the bundle of clothes. “So where are we going?”

“Your quarters…I figured you wouldn’t be going anywhere tonight, so I found a nice area for you to roam about.”

“I’m not a petting zoo…and I don’t plan on becoming one for your liking.”

“Are you sure about that, human?” he laughs, throwing back his head and eventually wiping away another tear; you don’t even crack a smile because what he said wasn’t even that funny.

He’s a puzzle. He’s a Rubik’s Cube. He’s a vampire.

You can’t figure him out! You can’t tell when he’s serious or joking; you can’t tell if he actually is planning to eat your soul while you sleep.

Exactly who is he? Is he even a real vampire? There are always plenty of wannabe’s.      

Vladimir holds open another door for you. “Alright, [Name], here are your quarters as promised.”

You walk through the door and stop in your tracks: there’s no way he’s actually being this kind without wanting something in return.

   “You’ve got a bathroom over there. The bed’s never been slept in, so have at it… I don’t mind if you go out onto the patio. Wow, I forgot about that harpsichord…well, you can play it if you like. There’s a wardrobe over there, you can put whatever you don’t want to wear inside it…Um…I think that’s all there is to this place…Do you like it?”

You nod slowly, keeping an eye on him. “Yeah, I do…Um…” You frown at yourself. “Th—thank you.”

“It’s nothing,” he shrugs and walks to the bathroom. “In the cabinet should be a few healing potions and a few different skin herbs…you may need those. If you need anything else, pull that lever over there.” He points to a gray lever with a black knob protruding from the wall furthest away.

“Why are you being so nice to me?” you ask hesitantly.

Vladimir frowns a little: his ruby eyes seem to sadden. “What do you mean?” he asks quietly.

“I mean exactly what I said: What reasons do you have to help me? I could’ve just been eaten alive by the church for all you care. I’ve never showed kindness to any vampire, so what gives you a reason to help me?”

He sighs, his eyes not meeting yours anymore. “I understand that this may seem odd…but you have to trust me, it’s for the best…and I owe you this.”

You scowl now, glaring at him and his puzzling ways. “Owe me for what?”

“We’ll talk about it some other time. It is best if you get some rest, don’t you think? I’ll see you in the afternoon.” Without giving you a chance to say anything else, he turns and vanishes into a cloud of sparkling, red dust.

   You stand there for a moment: the recent events replay in your mind until you remember the present and begin to prepare yourself for sleep.

Lying in a real bed for the first time in who knows how long is a relief to your body; you didn’t realize how bad shape you were in until you used one of the healing potions Vladimir suggested.

   After a moment of waiting for sleep to come, rest embraces you with a tight hug.
Continuation of a request

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Part 1: [link]
Part 2: :star:
Part 3: [link]
Part 4: [link]
Part 5: [link]
Part 6: [link]
Part 7: [link]

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Romania (c) :iconhimaruyaplz:

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Edit: 17/4/13
Improved.
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:icongardenfairyangel:
Gardenfairyangel Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
He vanished into a cloud of sparkling red dust, so therefore he does sparkle. Horny! 
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
I think he's a bit sensitive about that, don't bring it up to frequently! 
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Gardenfairyangel Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Okay! ^.^
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NikoKarma Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
He killed my family dident he?
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Maybe? : O
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NikoKarma Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
0.0 oh.... oh well
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13th-Program Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014  Student General Artist
why is he so nice to me? TwT
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hedgehogs11 Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
YOU DO SPARKLE
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:iconfilypawishes:
FilypaWishes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
But at least it's a cute, awesome red sparkles!
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I thought it was a nice touch to his character when I wrote this :XD:
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FilypaWishes Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013
still better that Twilight... ^^
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I agree completely XD
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FilypaWishes Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2013
He sparkles when he disappears!
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lifealwaysgoeson Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Wait a minute, I thought Romania said he didn't sparkle. HE LIED TO US!!!
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stupidbread Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2013
Screw Twilight! We need the REAL kinds of Vampires! Like Romania, Remilia, and Flandre!
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
:iconfuckyeahplz:
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TheTalkingTomato Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL that begining...BEWARE MY EVIL SHOES!!!!

I have the oddest feeling on why he "owes" me
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I liked the beginning XD

A lot of people have their own suspicions... ^ ^
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TheTalkingTomato Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Somehow I think he might have been the one who killed my parents, or feels responsible for it
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Teehee~
Perhaps you're right...
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TheTalkingTomato Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'll find out soon enough ^^
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Starcrystal96 Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2012  Student General Artist
love vampires ^^
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Everyone loves the original kinds of vampires ^ ^
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Starcrystal96 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2012  Student General Artist
yeah
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:icondrewastimalvargas:
DrewAstimalVargas Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome sauce! More awesome than Prussia.
Prussia: VAT?
You heard me. Now leave you stupid German.
Prussia: It's Prussian. *Saunters off.*
I really do love this story. Ciao and grazzie for making this story.
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Sorry, Prussia XD
Thank you for loving it! :iconexciteditalyplz:
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DrewAstimalVargas Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
It really is fine. Just that Prussia is jealous that I called this awesome but I never call him that.
Prussia: Only when you---*Gets hit by me.*
No problem. I love stories so it's not hard for me to like good plots. Yours is just awesome. Anyways vampires don't sparkle is my favourite thing to say.
Romania: Quite true. Te amo.
Te amo quoque.
Prussia: Eww... I hate you two.
Sorry got distracted. I just want to say, don't stop writing and you're a great author! I hope I can be as good one day!
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Silvia-x-Gaara Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
okay, so far so good~
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thank you~:heart:
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Silvia-x-Gaara Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
welcome~
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HetaliaOWC Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Filmographer
Oh Romania what are you up too?! I think I might know. Anyways, again I say, thank you for doing this!!!
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Ah, I wonder what he's up to as well! //shot because I know//

You're welcome!
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xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
It's still amazing!!! I can't wait to read the next one!!!
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Thanks so much! >3<
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xXArtimisXx Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Student General Artist
:)
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Fake-yet-real Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012
I have a theory on why he's helping us, i don't want to say it in case I'm right and i spoil it (or I'm really wrong and embarrass myself)
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Well, we'll see if you're right further down the road.
When we do reveal his intentions, tell me if you're right? XD
And thank you for reading!
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Fake-yet-real Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I can't wait! thanks for writing =^)
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Ke-chan12 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
i like it so far and yet i have this nagging feeling that romania is up to something...:iconfangirlingplz:
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:icontherollingscones:
TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
He just might be up to something...XD
Thank you for reading! :iconamericapartyhardplz:
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Ke-chan12 Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Student General Artist
:iconarigatouplz: you're quite welcome and love the icon :iconbigsmileplz:
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vienna-kangaroo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Oh gosh.

The writing is so perfect.

The characterisation makes me want to cry tears of joy.

Romania is so freaking beautiful.

I had a bit of a heart attack when I saw this in my inbox. ;v; I'm so happy.
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconyaaayplz: Thank you so much!
I'm having way too much fun with this XD
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vienna-kangaroo Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
You're very welcome! :iconyeyplz:

I can imagine! xD Your characterisation is just amazing. Seriously. I want to hug him.
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TheRollingScones Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconholyromeexcitedplz:
Honestly? That makes me even more happy!
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vienna-kangaroo Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
:iconflailingplz: Yes, it be the truth. :D
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