SIDE NOTE WARNING:
This chapter deals with different characters as we see things from their point of view. Therefore there are a lot of swear words. A lot! There are also some very derogatory comments towards women. Please take note that the views expressed by my antagonists do not reflect the views of the writer.
Alcander raged as he stood in his lavishly large bedroom. His house sat on top of the hill, looming over the town like a foreboding shadow. The house was stolen from an Immundus family that Alcander was more than willing to exterminate so he could take the extravagant mansion for himself. Yet tonight he cursed the long distance between his house and the Fall Festival. Alcander, not willing to get the leather seats in his car ruined, had to walk the whole way home while he was still soaking from pond water and stank of mold and algae. With every step Alcander’s anger grew and his hate for the Immundus Bitch Mira swelled like a giant balloon ready to explode.
“The nerve of that fucking ungrateful cunt! How dare she try to humiliate me. Me! Doesn’t she fucking realize that I am the only thing keeping her fucking ass safe?! If it weren’t for me that Immundus bitch and her crackpot of a father would be dead! And this is how that worthless piece of shit bitch repays me!”
Alcander recalled this most recent, and unfortunate, altercation which resulted in Alcander being spectacularly humiliated by Mira. Being out matched by a woman was bad enough, add on top of that the fact that Mira is an Immundus which automatically makes her inferior to Alcander in every way possible. This show of powerful magic, who really has it and who doesn’t, was monumental. And everyone in town knew it.
Yes, this was a big boost for Mira and her gaining confidence. However for Alcander, any sign of weakness is unacceptable. And the last thing he wanted to do was have his magical powers, or his masculinity, be in question.
“When I make that Immundus bitch my wife I will fucking make her pay! She will be my slave! I will make her watch as I burn those useless shitty books of hers. I will take so much fucking pleasure in killing her father and her stupid friends. I will make sure they die a slow and painful death. Starting with that fleabag lap dog of hers!”
“There is nothing in this world more pathetic than a man with a bruised ego.” Reina remarked under her breathe as she sat on Alcander’s bed listening to his nonstop rant.
He had been acting this way for over an hour now, and Reina was struggling to maintain her composure. Reina would never have listed “patience” as one of her virtues, yet this was on a whole new level of tiresome. Listening to a grown man throw a tantrum like a spoiled toddler was almost too much for the vampire to handle.
Reina had not witnessed the match first hand, however it did not take long for the news to spread around all of Moonlight Falls and beyond. Everyone was talking about how the great and “all powerful” warlock was bested by an Immundus. Truthfully, she couldn’t understand Alcander’s obsession with that Immundus wretch in the first place.
Don’t misunderstand: Reina was not jealous. Her relationship with Alcander has nothing to do with the physical. What she couldn’t understand is why he wasted so much time and energy dealing with someone that was so far beneath him. Mira served no purpose to the grand plan, yet Alcander was obsessed with the frivolous notion of making her his wife. Reina, and really anyone for that matter, could see that he only wanted her because she didn’t want him. Yet, he was relentless in pursuit of his “prize”. Mira was Alcander’s white whale. And just like Captain Ahab she would lead to his undoing.
“All men are the same, supernatural or not. The gods gave them two heads, but only enough blood to work one at a time. And right now, Alcander is thinking with the wrong one.” Reina made another comment under her breath as she thanked the gods above that she was born a woman, and therefore not burdened with such a pathetic thing as “Male Pride”.
Reina was, in fact, born long, long, long ago during a time when a woman’s only purpose in life was to marry and have babies (preferably male babies). If the woman’s family was fortunate enough to be able to give a sizable dowry, then she might be able to lead a good and pampered life. Reina was not so lucky. In fact, in order to be able to pay their taxes, Reina’s family sold her off to the highest bidder, which happen to be owner of the town’s brothel.
Even so, Reina knew she was destined for greatness; she just needed the right opportunity to come along. And that opportunity came in the form of Osiris Petrov.
Reina was immediately drawn to the dark, handsome, mysterious stranger. She knew there was something different, no something extraordinary, about Osiris. And it wasn’t his pale cold skin. Or his unusually sharp teeth. Or the fact that she only saw him at night.
Reina took Osiris’ gift of immortality without hesitation. And from that moment on the two vampires were inseparable. Reina and Osiris knew that they were meant to find each other. It had taken him centuries, but in Reina, Osiris has finally found his equal. They were two beings sharing the same thoughts and desires. For Reina it was as if she was born to be dead. Reina was not the name that she was given at birth; it was the name she took when she became immortal.
As a vampire Reina was no longer constrained by a human society that wanted to keep her down based on her sex or socioeconomic class. As a vampire Reina felt the power that she had always known that she had deserved.
Really, it is no surprise that vampires are fickle creatures. Once a vampire is turned, they might stay with their creator for a couple of decades. Maybe a century at most. It was never anything personal, and no hard feelings were hurt. It was a natural thing for a vampire to want to move on. But this was not the case with Osiris and Reina.
In the supernatural world you couldn’t mention the one without the other. Osiris and Reina were two bodies sharing one mind and one goal; ultimate power. And any human lucky enough to be chosen to be turned into a vampire immediately pledged unwavering loyalty to Osiris and Reina. And as their nest grew, so did their power. But the vampires’ rise to ultimate power has taken a turn (no pun intended).
Both Osiris and Reina were becoming increasingly displeased with their current situation. The werewolves were starting to become a nuisance once more. Reina and Osiris were assured that the werewolves would have been exterminated by now, much like an annoying invasion of bugs. After all, that was part of their agreement with Grendel. He would exterminate the Immundus and the werewolves, in exchange for unrestricted access to Osiris and Reina’s nest. However, Grendel’s current unwillingness to take any action was unacceptable.
Reina has worked too hard to let her power be taken away by creatures so inferior to herself. So, when Alcander approached her, and her alone, with an offer that she couldn’t refuse, she was intrigued.
Vampires are powerful, and stealthy, and invincible. Except during the day. During daylight the most powerful of all the supernaturals are reduced to pathetic creatures weaker than even the most pitiful human. Yet Alcander claimed to have an ancient spell that could reverse that. A spell that could make a vampire just as powerful during the day as they are at night. And he was willing to share this spell with Reina; all she had to do in return was give him immortality.
Sounds simple enough, but it was turning out to be anything but. Alcander had attempted to replicate this spell numerous times, and each time was more disastrous than the last. The spell was in an ancient language (dating back to the beginning of magic type of ancient). Alcander was having a harder time translating the spell than he had originally thought. The vampires that they had used as test subjects were of no concern. Reina could easily make more. However, the growing number of fairies that needed to be sacrificed in order to get the last ingredient were starting to raise concerns from the fairy council.
More than a few times Reina had reconsidered her arrangement. After all, this was the first time in her vampire life that she had ever gone against Osiris. Yet, the idea of ultimate power during the day was too tempting to give up. She concluded that she was too far down the rabbit hole to turn back now. Nonetheless, here we are again with yet another set back.
Stupid men and their fucking egos.
Alcander’s recent humiliation at the hands of that Immundus bitch would be yet one more distraction. And Reina needed Alcander focused. He had one goal: complete the Sunlight Spell successfully. Reina was beyond annoyed at the fact that Alcander was not wholly focused on the mission. He had let his pathetic male pride get in the way, and look what happened as a result. Reina knew that there was only one thing for her to do.
“Oh my wise and powerful one”, she seductively purred in Alcander’s ear. “You are so cleaver. Conceding that way. Letting that wretch win. Boosting her confidence before you destroy her will make your victory over her all the more sweeter.”
“Yeah you’re right,” Alcander said as he began to feel better. He easily convinced himself that that’s what really had happened. Mira didn’t actually beat Alcander; subconsciously he let Mira win. How else could you explain it?
“Why don’t we try the spell again tonight?” Reina suggested. “That is, after we celebrate your victory over the pathetic Immundus.”
Alcander eagerly nodded in agreement. He was putty in Reina’s hands; it was almost too easy. Reina smiled and praised herself for being smarter than a man.
Although Reina’s influence didn’t last as long as she had hoped. It was only a matter of time before Alcander’s focus was back on his degradation at the hands of that stupid Immundus whore.
“No more waiting around!” Alcander exclaimed. “I want to set my plan into action now!”
“What about my spell? We had a deal!” Reina’s patience was growing thinner by the second. How much longer would she have to put up with this idiot?
“No, my plan first! Then I will complete your spell. Then, my immortality!”
Once more Reina found herself considering abandoning Alcander and his feeble attempts at the Sunlight Spell. After all, she had no real intention with going though with her side of the bargain anyway. She never had. She only agreed to offer immortality so she could get Alcander to go along with whatever she wanted. Immortality was the dangling carrot just out of reach, and Alcander was the ignorant jackass. Yet Reina conceded, “very well. Your plan first, but only part of it.”
After Reina left Alcander’s bed she instructed one of her vampire minions on a very secret mission.
Another Side Note:
I always really enjoy reading about various authors and their writing process. So, for anyone who might be interested, here is a little bit about my writing process for this chapter.
The original idea for this chapter was to see things from only Alcander’s point if view. And the original idea was based on a scene from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. If you are familiar with the movie, either the animated or the live action version, you may know what scene that I am referring to. In the scene Gaston had just been rejected and humiliated by Belle once again. At the end Gaston formulates the plan to have Belle’s father institutionalized in order to get her to agree to marry him.
However, the highlight of the scene is its musical number. LeFou sings, and soon gets the entire tavern to join in, about how great Gaston is and how everyone in town wants to either be him or be with him. The song has been posted below.
Yet as I sat down to write the chapter, things started to slowly move away from Alcander and gravitated towards Reina. I tried over and over again to move the narrative back to Alcander, but it didn’t sound right. Looking back I can see that there are a few reasons why that is.
First off, Reina isn’t LeFou. She isn’t a bumbling sidekick who’s only around to boost Gaston/Alcander’s ego. Reina has her own agenda, and she only tried to make Alcander feel better about losing to Mira in order to get him get back on track to helping her with the Sunlight Spell.
Secondly, Alcander isn’t a complex multidimensional character. And I planned him that way. He is a simple, narcissistic, ego maniac. That’s about it. He doesn’t have complex thoughts, or feeling, or motivations. Reina, on the other hand, is taking a big risk by going behind Osiris’ back and making this side deal with Alcander. And I needed to show that by explaining the process that brought her to this point which included a pretty detailed back story.
Thirdly, I always enjoy writing for strong, complex, interesting female characters (just look at Maleficent from Gen 2). So when I talked to the hubby about why I was having a hard time with this chapter he basically asked, “if Reina is so much more interesting why would you not want to write from her point of view?”
So, there you have it. I hope you enjoyed this little peek behind the curtain. Or if you just skipped to the song below I wouldn’t blame you. Either way, have a great day or night depending on when you are reading this.