They woke up just after midnight, tired from the day before’s happenings. Rose had managed to get some sleep, much to William’s relief. He didn’t get as much sleep, as he kept waking up to check on Rose. He sent a thought to her to let her know he’d get their breakfast ready and that she should stay in their coffin. She tried to protest and moved to get up, but William pushed her back down and repeated his order. She nodded and curled back up.
William went to the kitchen and gathered up the blood bags. He noticed they were running low, so thought he could use the excuse of a hunt to mask his meeting with his brother.
He went back to the bedroom and knocked on the coffin “Your breakfast, mademoiselle,” he did it with an extremely bad French accent so they both bursted out laughing. When they had calmed down William told Rose that he needs to get some more blood bags and that he’ll be back in 3 hours. He also told her to check to the library, which was in the 2nd floor. Rose was slightly confused, but said her goodbyes to William and made her way to the library.
She climbed the stairs and opened the door the library. She loved the smell of the books, they were all old and dusty. She loved the old hardback covers, much better than the modern paperbacks that people seemed to use. She saw on the table a big book. She tilted her head in curiousity and walked over to it. She picked it up and turned it over a few times. It was a brown book but with no inscriptions anywhere on the cover. She opened it to a random page and a dried rose fell out. She laughed to herself and picked it up. She took the rose and went to put it away to her flower frames she had set up few weeks ago. Next to the flower frames she saw a small chest, it had her next clue in it, she felt like she was a little kid again. She opened the chest and inside it was an old fashioned key, one like her mother used to wear around her neck on a chain. She picked it up and noticed a small piece of string tied to it. Immediately a memory came to her of the garden room, something she and William had been working on for a couple of years. It was a very happy memory. William had gotten bored of the flowers so decided to splash her with water from the hose. She knew she shouldn’t have trusted him with it.
She picked up her dress and ran down the two flights of stairs to the garden room, unlocking the partial glass door with the key. She found her next clue there. It was a small claw and immediately she knew she had to go to William’s personal room. She took the claw and went there. It was messy so she had hard time but finally she had found what she was looking for.
Another chest, another clue. It was smaller chest than the ones she had found before. Inside contained a small piece of paper. She reached out and unfurled it. Written on it in familiar curved writing was a message. It read:
My dear Rose,
I hope you enjoyed your trail and the memories I know it will have brought to you. Meet me at the chapel, I know you liked it there. I’ll have brought my friend with me. He can help you.
Rose got really excited. She ran down to the chapel and wanted to see who that person was. She opened the doors and immediately saw William with his friend. Rose didn’t recognise him. She knew most of William’s friends but he was someone she had never met. He was taller than William and looked pretty creepy, he had a stern face and he creeped Rose out.
William walked up to her and hugged her because he had felt how she feels about him.
“Rose, this is my friend Vlad,” he gestured to him. “He knows a lot about vampyres. Kind of an expert, if you will. He’s quite an age, if he doesn’t mind me saying.”
“Not at all, dear friend. Now, Rose, what a lovely woman you are,” he smiled in a peculiar way. “Tell me, what has been going on in your mind.”
Rose crossed her arms and turned her head to the side. William shook his head and sent a thought to Rose saying she should trust Vlad.
“Fine. Every time I’ve got angry about something, I’m uncontrollable. That’s it.” Vlad nodded, he had seen stuff like that before. It wasn’t that common but he sees it from time to time, he just didn’t expect it to happen with such a great friend like William was.