Nobody prepared him for this.
Eddie knew things were different, after the change, after Eyes-and-Teeth found him, after his pack explained to him that things were going to be oh so very different. But man, this right here is some crazy spiritual journey shit. Or maybe like Star Wars.
My Obi-wan was dead… probably. Maybe worse, hopefully better. Just like in the movie, never found the body. Of course, I never saw Kaya die either. You know what? This is nothing like Star Wars. My hair is way cooler than Luke’s. Though, there is a certain resemblance to Chewbacca on occasion.
So, vampires. Fuckin-A, am I right? Who’d have thought all this Dracula and Wolfman shit was real? Hope to hell that I don’t run into a Mummy or Black Lagoon creature. After everything I’ve seen in the past few days, I’m pretty sure dragons are real, Satan has an army of them, and Jesus rides a damn unicorn. I mean, I was told there was some supernatural nastiness that we were organizing to fight against, but when they said vampires, I didn’t really take it seriously. Big mistake.
Luckily, some other wolf-dudes showed up in town, took those blood suckers down a peg or two. I followed ’em. Needed some answers, but more importantly, some allies to help get the answer to the questions really burning in my brain. Were Kaya and Frank still alive?
Leader of the crew is nothing like Eyes-and-Teeth. Looks like some bad boy blondie in a boy band trying to look tough in a leather motorcycle club jacket, goes by Devlin. But looks are deceiving; he and his packs are tough hombres. That’s good. I need strength. Vengeance doesn’t pay heed to the weak.
I left Katie behind to watch and page me if those walking corpses got back up out of the hospital and followed these guys all the way up to some place called Tesla. Page came through about an hour or so outside of Needles so I called her from a pay phone at a fast food joint to learn the vampires had loaded up in their truck and were on the way in a hurry. Caught up with the pack and their bikes on a side road and introduced myself and the load of trouble heading our way.
A couple of gas cans and the stolen Toyota I’d driven up there in provided a good ambush. We lit those blood suckers up and dragged one of ‘em out of there for questioning later. Looked dead to me, but wasn’t a pile of ash either, so I figure I’d listen to the crazy Satanist chick who advised us during the ambush from afar. Wasn’t until after the fight I found out nobody knew here either. Conjunction of the spirits in your favor, collect six new allies! Go directly to Boardwalk.
Spent the rest of the night burying the vehicle wrecks down an embankment off the road. British devil-child seemed to enjoy watching me and the other dudes with our shirts off, when we weren’t shifted into Urshu, that is. She’s pretty hot, and not a wolf. She might be down for some extracurricular mind and body expanding celebration after this whole vengeance bit gets resolved. Pretty sure I can scrounge up some peyote out here.
Brit laid out the situation and Devlin’s pack did some recon. Bunch of soldier of fortune types had a work camp set up and fortified around a mine of some sort. Someone mentioned silver and mint, but not sure what they have to with each other. Just makes me think of that York peppermint patty candy in the super market. Totally overpriced for what you get, if you ask me. Definitely not what is going on though.
Ate some canned food in Brit’s hunter’s blind then got some sleep. Wake and baked to take the edge off and we all shifted Urhan to discreetly make our way to some big house on the outskirts of the town. Even Brits changed, but apparently she’s a wizard or something. Claims she is Satan’s daughter. Whatever, it’s cool. Everyone’s got beliefs and it seems they are all based on this new reality I’m a part of. Besides, she shared her home, she’s cool in my book.
We made it down into the hedge works around the front of the house when pretty boy decides that he’s gonna mark his territory. He’d pointed out that as the last member of my pack, I was an alpha too. I couldn’t refuse the challenge, even though it was totally the wrong place to do it, but I didn’t know he’d take it so seriously that he’d force the issue then. Tried to reason with Devlin but he’d have none of it, so we threw down and I backed off after testing who he’s made of. His good looks are deceiving, dude’s hard as nails. Mad respect.
We run into trouble with some guard dogs, Devlin seems to speak their language but they won’t back down. Their pack leader shows up. Straight up corpse dog. I do my best to watch Devlin’s back as he tangles with the alpha business, the rest of his pack does the same and we drive the dogs off. Some soldiers start heading our way from the main camp about a half mile away, coming to investigating the dog fight. The old asian guy ain’t like the others, though. He’s some sort of fluffy fox thingy. He straight up creates a deer out of thin air to trick the dudes into thinking the dogs were chasing it. They seems satisfied and turn around.
I slip in through a window and open the front door for everyone. Finally I feel useful. We hear people sleeping downstairs, so the group moves upstairs searching for clues. I stay downstairs and look over valuables, loading up a table cloth and setting it outside. They must have heard me riffling through stuff, though, because they start to wake up and investigate. Knowing my jam is busted, I beat feet upstairs and down the opposite hallway the others took, hoping to catch them in a nasty little ambush. It works.
Not sure what all happened, exactly, but I held a bedroom door closed to draw their attention, and once the others attacked, I flung it open and strangled the lead guy with my chain. Took awhile, the guy was pretty strong, but eventually he went to sleep.
Apparently Devlin and the others got what they were there to get and we raced off back into the woods, loot and everything. I don’t care what their plan is, so long as we shut this place down, put those vampires in the grave for good, and hopefully find Frank and Kaya alive.
I have my doubts.