The Monsters of Galloway: The Vampires of Wigtown: Part 3: The Dark Secrets of Galloway

Simon would be Lindsey’s main source of support in the first few days after this horrible ordeal. Though she had other friends in Wigtown and they were all there for her, Simon would really be the only person Lindsey would confide in.

Simon could obviously relate to losing someone under the most tragic circumstances.

Even then however Lindsey felt she could still not tell Simon about the true nature of the men who attacked her and her friends. Little did she know however Simon actually knew what they really were.

He had had dealings with similar creatures many years before and had a feeling based on what Lindsey had told her that they were behind this.

He didn’t let on to Lindsey however as he didn’t want to drag her into the horrible world these creatures lived in. He hoped even with her traumatic experience that eventually Lindsey would move on and return to her old life of blissful ignorance of the paranormal.

Sadly however just 5 days after the attack Lindsey would be visited by a man named Matt Manning. Manning was quite a heavy set man with a very posh, refined English accent. He was very well dressed and very charming on the surface.

Matt approached Simon, knowing from asking around that he was good friends with Lindsey. Simon was reluctant to tell him anything about Lindsey. Despite the fact that Matt claimed to have knowledge on Lindsey’s attackers, Simon told him to leave. Simon believed Matt that he knew what they were and that was why he wanted him gone. He even told Matt as he pushed him out of the front door. “I know what those men were too and I don’t want Lindsey to have anything to do with them”.

Matt however did not heed the bookshop owners warning. He would stay close to his shop and eventually he cornered Lindsey when she came to see Simon that afternoon.

I’m sorry to bother you young lady. My name is Matt Manning. I saw your story in the papers a few days ago. I have important information on the er, the men who attacked you. I would have come sooner but I had some important business to take care of. Please can we talk.

Lindsey was a little thrown by his question. He didn’t look like a policeman but any news about her friends was welcome and so she agreed to speak with him.

Unfortunately before Matt could speak, Simon came storming out of his shop. He had seen Matt corner Lindsey outside his shop and was furious that he was still trying to bother her in this trying time.

I thought I told you to leave her alone” Simon barked at Matt. “You did but I didn’t care” Matt said back in a dry tone.

Simon grabbed Matt by his lapels and started to threaten him. Lindsey however intervened. She pushed Simon away. “Please! At least hear him out. If he knows anything about what happened to Stephen and Linda then we need to know!”

Matt pushed Simon off of him and straightened his coat. “Thank you Miss McIntosh. Now as you know the eh men who attacked you. They weren’t what you’d call normal where they. Not that any men who jump people in the middle of countryside at night are normal mind you. Still you don’t think they seemed a little… monstrous?

Simon was getting visibly uncomfortable at what Matt was asking and again interrupted Matt, telling him that he thought it was sick that he was playing a joke on Lindsey after her recent ordeal, but Lindsey ignored Simon and simply responded with a quiet “YesWhat where they?

Matt paused for a minute. Even though he had done this many times, he still didn’t know what was the best way to tell someone. “They were Vampires” he told Lindsey firmly.

Lindsey in response began to walk away.  Matt hurried after her, but Lindsey turned around “I don’t know what your sick game is, but I just lost a friend, maybe three. Please if you have any decency just leave me alone“.

Matt tried to speak but again Simon interrupted him and told him to get lost or else he would call the police. Matt stood his ground however and responded to Simon.

I don’t know what your problem is? You told me you know what those things were? You know the truth, yet you want to keep it from this young woman you claim to care about? How dare you try and deprive her of the chance to know what happened to her friends”.

Lindsey still wasn’t listening to him. “Go away now!” She barked in fury at MattMatt could see he wasn’t getting through to her now so he backed off, but before he left he told Lindsey that he needed to know as much as he could about her attackers. He told her that any information could help, and that if she wanted to contact him later, then he would be at a nearby caravan site called Clayshant, specifically in the blue caravan at the end of the site.

Lindsey just wanted Matt to go and he obliged after he told her where she could find him.

Though Lindsey had just dismissed Matt as a lunatic at first. Not long after she had sent him away and settled down in Simon’s shop, she found herself thinking twice about what he said.

She still wasn’t ready to accept that those men were Vampires, but at the same time she knew that they weren’t normal. How did Matt know that when she had kept those details from the police?

She started to go over her conversation with him thinking she had been too rash. Did he maybe just mean that they were like Vampires perhaps? Was she throwing away Stephen and Linda’s only chance by not aiding perhaps the only man who could genuinely help them?

All of these thoughts plagued her mind as well as the thoughts that Matt could just be a sick liar playing games with her.

Simon could see that Lindsey was conflicted and tried to comfort her. “I’m sorry you had to go through that Lindsey. No one should have to go through that kind of tragedy, but to then have a sick bastard like that try and make a joke out of it.

Lindsey wasn’t comforted however. Instead she actually thought back to how Matt had claimed that Simon knew what those men were. At the time she had just dismissed it as ramblings from a mad man, but now the more she thought about it, the more she thought that perhaps Simon was actually keeping something from her.

He had seemed so desperate to get rid of Matt. Obviously she knew that he loved her and just wanted to protect her but at the same time the more she thought about it, the more he seemed actively scared of what Matt was saying. There was clearly more to this and Lindsey wanted to know.

That man. Matt. He said you knew what those things that attacked me and my friends were. Why did he say that? 

Simon scoffed at Lindsey “This is a man who thinks Vampires exist. Are you really going to try and make sense of his ravings?”

“Then why where you so desperate to try and shut him down? It looked like you were afraid of what he had to say?

Simon began to protest loudly. He knew it wouldn’t do any good. She was on to him, but he still felt he had to do all he could to steer Lindsey off of this dangerous path.

I wanted him to shut up because I care about you Lindsey! I know how hard this has been for you and the last thing I wanted was for some crazy bastard to start bothering you with stories about Vampires and sea monsters!

He didn’t mention sea monsters?” Lindsey responded. Simon again tried to swerve away from the question, but Lindsey was persistent.

I think you know everything that’s going on here. I’m not angry. I do understand. Whatever the truth is, its so horrible you want to keep me as far away from it as much as you can. But I deserve to know.”

Simon still wasn’t swayed by her words and lied to Lindsey once again, telling her that he honestly knew nothing about the men who attacked her.

Lindsey had had enough. “Fine if you wont be honest with me, I’ll go to Clayshant and ask Matt.”

Simon began to panic and begged her not to go. “Why? Are you afraid I’ll find out something you don’t want me to know?” Lindsey said. “No I’m afraid of you going to meet a crazy bastard that thinks Vampires are real on your own!” Simon fired back.

Then come with me? What are you afraid of really? This is your last chance to be honest with me Simon.”

Simon knew it was useless to try and keep things from her for any longer.He let out a sigh and told Lindsey to sit down whilst he told her something that he had hoped he would never have had to.

You’re right Lindsey. I was lying to you. Please forgive me. I couldn’t bare the thought of anything happening to you. 20 years ago I lost my beloved wife Sophie. Her death nearly destroyed me. The only reason I went on was Louise, my daughter. Then when I lost her my life was over, but in the last few years thanks to you I’ve actually felt happy for the first time in decades.

Lindsey began to tear up. Even though she and Simon had been very close for the last 3 or so years, this was the first time he had ever really admitted how he felt about her.

I love you like a daughter Lindsey, and that’s why I want you to promise me that after you know the truth about these ‘men’ who attacked you, you will steer clear of the world they inhabit.”

Lindsey said back to Simon “I love you too. You are like a father to me, but I’m sorry I can’t promise anything until I actually know just what the these things are?

Simon sighed and and spoke “That man we spoke to earlier. He wasn’t lying. Those things that attacked you. They were Vampires. I know it sounds unbelievable, but believe me I have experience with these monsters too. They killed Louise.

Lindsey was in shock. She still wasn’t prepared to admit that Vampires could actually exist, but she obviously knew that Simon would never lie to her about something like this.

There are in fact many different species of Vampire” Simon continued. “It doesn’t really matter though, they’re all disgusting, hateful, monsters. Still the breed that attacked you I believe are known as the Melesk. They generally tend to live under the sea. They’ve been at war with Mermaids for many centuries now.

Mermaids!” Lindsey exclaimed? “Surely you are kidding?” but Lindsey could see that her friend was very serious about this.

He continued “Just a few months ago it appears the war was won by the Mermaids. They managed to finally drive the Vampires out of their area under the ocean. Sadly however that was bad news for us as the Vampires were driven out onto the land. The Mermaids didn’t care. As long as the Vampires were out of their hair then so what?

Lindsey thought back to a recent news story in Galloway. Just before she moved to Wigtown, the town of Port Logan had been cut off from the rest of Galloway after a recent natural disaster supposedly levelled the town. The official reason no one was allowed near it, was that the town was being rebuilt. Lindsey now wondered however if it had something to do with the Vampires instead.

Yes, it was. Well not Vampires, but Demons. There were many creatures under the ocean that the Mermaids drove out. Some allied with the Vampires, others were just lone monsters. Galloway has been infested with them ever since. That’s why I didn’t want you to come down here Lindsey. Of course I could hardly tell you not to come because of Demons. Still yes Port Logan was the first casualty. Someone I know from the town told me what happened.

Lindsey seemed shocked “There’s someone you like here apart from me?” She joked “I’m more surprised to hear that than that Vampires exist“.

Simon laughed a little bit to himself. Lindsey was the only person who could make him laugh these days “Well this was an old friend I had known from years ago. We had drifted apart, but still after he survived the monsters onslaught he told me what happened, as he knew I had experience with the paranormal. He told me how the monsters overran the town. A horde of them emerged from the sea and onto the beach. My friend could see it from his window. He had heard stories about the strange creatures lurking in the water, I’d also obviously told him what had happened to Louise. But I don’t think even he believed they were really out there until he saw them. The creatures swept across the town, tearing people apart in the streets, breaking down their front doors and murdering them in their own homes.

Was there no one who could fight back?” Lindsey asked.

No. A few people have known about the monsters that lurk under the waters of Galloway for some time now. Sailors, fishermen who’ve seen them, but no one really bothered to try and fight them. There were attacks before the monsters kingdom fell. Not as frequent, of course but still this region has always been plagued by those abominations, but most people preferred to shut their eyes and pretend they didn’t exist. Apart from one person, but he wasn’t here any more.

Simon paused. He had a look of guilt on his face when talking about this person and he quickly changed the subject.

My friend only survived because he was able to slip away during the monsters feeding frenzyHe even lost a hand in the frenzy, but he managed to crawl out from under the bodies and then he ran through the streets and out into the woods. He was one of only 4 people to escape the town“.

What happened to the Demons” Lindsey asked.

The town was eventually quarrantined by Rentros. Rentros are an organisation designed to not only contain the supernatural, but also prevent us from learning about them. They arrived in Galloway after more and more strange occurrences started happening over the region, once the Mermaids drove the monsters out. Didn’t bother with us much before mind and even now they’ve only a sent a couple of agents but they’ve managed to at least contain Logan and come up with a good cover story for the press.

Well maybe if they spent more time hunting monsters and not just lying to the press I wouldn’t have been attacked.” Lindsey fumed.

Well a lot of people have been having that conversation for years about whether Rentros are heroes doing a hard, thankless job, or making things worse by lying to us about the paranormal.

Lindsey still angry said “I’m going to go with the latter I’m afraid. If I’d known these things were out there, if all of us did then what happened to us that night could have been avoided.”

Simon said mournfully “I’m sorry Lindsey. I feel as though I am also responsible. I’ve known the truth for many years and I didn’t tell you either“.

Don’t be ridiculous. How could you have told me? I would have thought you were a lunatic. These people however, they have proof and the choose to keep it from all of us. They do those monsters work for them.

Simon continued “Well I’m not exactly their biggest fans either. Ever since they made me lie.” He paused for a moment. Tears began to well in his eyes. ” About the worst thing ever to happen to me. I’ve been lying all these years about how Louise died to most people. Imagine that. Having so few people you could confide in about the biggest tragedy in your life. Even you, someone I love until now I had to tell you a lie about what happened to Louise.”

For the first time Lindsey didn’t want to hear anymore. She couldn’t bare to hear how he had suffered, but still she knew it was better to finally let him get it out after so many years.

We had gone on a day out together. My wife had passed away just a few months prior. Louise always loved exploring the countryside near Wigtown, but after her mother’s death she’d spend practically all of her time wandering through the woods. I thought it would be quite nice if I gave her a lift to Powfoot, as I still played a little Golf there. I was playing Golf whilst she had gone down to the beach. She was out swimming when

Simon had to stop. He began to sob uncontrollably. “Its okay” Lindsey said “You don’t have to tell me this. I don’t want you to have to even think about it

Simon interrupted “I want to tell you about it. I’ve wanted to get it off my chest for so long. Its just difficult.”

Once Simon had managed to compose himself he continued his sad story.

One of those monsters, a Vampire, just like the ones that attacked you and your friends found Louise, whilst she was completely alone and vulnerable.

It grabbed her by the foot whilst she was swimming and sunk its teeth into her leg. She managed to wriggle free and swim back to the shore, but that disgusting monster followed her. Still she managed to limp her way back to the golf course I was on.

Me and my friend Charlie were the only two people there. We instantly ran to Louise’s aid and I hit the monster as hard as I could with my golf club right across its revolting face, but it did nothing. Charlie was knocked out cold before he could even do anything.

The monster dug its claws into my stomach. I’ve never felt pain like it in my life. It smiled the more I screamed, but I wasn’t its main target so it simply threw me across the field and went after Louise. It dragged her kicking and screaming back to ocean. I followed it, practically holding my guts in with my hands. The monster was too fast for me. It was away in a flash, yet when I made it to the beach I could still see Louise, right in the middle of the water up to her waist.

It obviously wanted me to see what it was going to do to her. I jumped into the water to try and save her, but every time I got near to her the monster would pull her further away. It prolonged this torture for, I don’t know how long, but as soon as the monster got bored it attacked me instead. I wouldn’t have stood a chance against it, even if I hadn’t been bleeding to death. It knocked me out and when I woke up I was back on the beach. The monster had obviously dragged me back there. It clearly wanted me to live with the pain of losing my daughter. Killing me then would have been the kind thing to do, so there’s no chance the Vampire would have just let me die.

When I came to I barely had enough strength to stand, but Charlie managed to find me and get me to the hospital. I tried to tell the police what it was that killed Louise but they didn’t believe me and a few days later I was paid a visit by a member of Rentros. They had heard from one of their agents in the police force about my case and obviously wanted to silence me.

Charlie was so intimidated by the whole thing that he fled Wigtown and never looked back. I haven’t heard from him since.

Simon paused for a minute. In some ways it was even harder for him to tell Lindsey the next part of his story.

I didn’t have to deal with it entirely on my own. Not at first. There was someone who tried to make a difference unlike that pathetic coward George. Sadly however this time I was the one who let somebody down. His name was Michael Berkoff. He was a sailor who had spent his entire life in Galloway. He was originally quite a quiet, unassuming man. For the first 40 years of his life he didn’t really have any friends, partners. No one who worked with him for years really knew much about him.

However all of that was to change when he met the love of his life, Maressa.

Maressa was no ordinary lady. In fact she was a Mermaid. Like the other members of her kind, she had spent her entire life fighting a war against the Vampires, but unlike other members of her kind, she always dreamed of a better life on the surface.

There is a spell that can allow a Mermaid to grow legs and live on the surface world. Maressa had learned it when she was a child from her mother Sarra. Sarra had attempted to cast the spell on herself and her daughter. She had been happy to fight the Vampires for virtually her entire life until she had a child. The Mermaids had been taught to raise their children to be warriors, simply for survival against the Vampires. Sarra however couldn’t bare put her child through that. A childhood deprived of any kind of comfort or happiness, before being sent off to die in a bloody conflict with the most heinous monsters.

I’m not surprised” Lindsey replied mournfully.

Indeed. She only wanted what was best for her daughter. Sadly her people didn’t see things the same way. They viewed her as a traitor, and a coward. When they found her trying to flee with her daughter they executed her in the usual Mermaid way for deserters. They smeared her in blood and entrails and threw her in the middle of a Shark infested area. She was eaten alive.

Lindsey winced in disgust “These Mermaids sound as bad as the Vampires, and to think I always loved The Little Mermaid growing up.

Well not quite” said Simon. “But yes it does seem that Mermaids and Vampires for that matter have had a good press over the years: Maressa was spared, but for the rest of her life under the the ocean she would always yearn for the life her mother had promised her. Just before they butchered her, Sarra left a copy of the enchantment with her daughter. Maressa could have used it at any time but she didn’t for 30 years out of a combination of a sense of duty to her people and obviously fear of sharing the same fate as her mother.

I wouldn’t have any loyalty to them” Lindsey said. “I don’t know why she’d have any guilt about leaving the monsters that killed her mother behind. I’d be happy just to let the Vampires and the Mermaids all slaughter each other“.

Simon frowned “Now Lindsey, the Mermaids certainly aren’t as cuddly as the Disney movies would have you believe, but don’t judge an entire species by a few bad apples. After all its not like humanity’s hands are clean is it.

What about Vampires? You said they were all monsters?” Lindsey said in response.

There is a big difference between Vampires and Mermaids. A Vampire is a Demon compelled naturally for evil. A Mermaid is merely a magically infused human being. They are still capable of both good and evil just like we are. Fighting the Vampires for years however hasn’t exactly brought out the best in them.

I see. Well I suppose you’re right its not like Mermaids started two world wars.” Lindsey said jokingly.

Well actually there have been 8 World Wars under the ocean, but that’s besides the point. Maressa would finally be able to leave the blood soaked waters she had grown up in when the Vampires scored a number of large strategic victories against the Mermaids. Though they would turn the tables on the bloodsuckers just a few decades later, at that point all seemed lost for the Mermaids.

Marresa fled to the surface not simply because it was what she had always wanted, but because if she didn’t she would have either been killed, or worse. Ended up in the Vampires torture camps.”

Lindsey interrupted “but how did the Mermaids manage to overthrow the Vampires if things were that bad?

Oh it was simple really. They finally let go of an age old prejudice. You see for centuries the Mermaids had persecuted another race of magically fused, aquatic humans. The Cecelia’s. The Cecelia’s are half human, half Octopus creatures.

The Mermaids were the favourites of Posiedon himself. He found the Cecelia’s to be ugly, slimy creatures so he forced them to be the servants of the Mermaids. After he left the Mermaids weren’t exactly eager to give up their own personal servants. It took them years, but eventually the Cecelia’s were able to mount a revolution against their masters which led to the 7th Great Ocean War that spread out across the world under the sea for over a century.

It ended with a Mermaid victory. The Mermaids for the next few hundred years would be even more brutal in their attempts to completely crush any form of resistance out of the Cecelia’s.

Whilst the Cecelia’s may have lost, they did set the Mermaids back long enough for the Vampires strength and numbers to grow which led to the 8th undersea World War. The Cecelia’s initially used the war with the Vampires to rebel. They weren’t able to destroy the Mermaids, not that they wanted to. As bad as the Mermaids were, they knew that the Vampires would be worse. They hoped that the Mermaids would win out in the end and destroy the Vampires after which they could then re-emerge and take over.

They waited for years slowly building their forces up and launching strikes against both the Vampires and the Mermaids. Unfortunately the unthinkable happened and the Vampires won the war. The Cecelia’s were still in no position to fight the Vampires. So they found themselves reluctantly allying with the few Mermaids who had not been captured. The Vampires cruelty far exceeded that of the Mermaids at their absolute worst. Even the Cecelia’s ended up taking pity on the Mermaids when they saw how much they were suffering at the Vampires hands. I guess the Vampires have a way of bringing people together. Nothing unites people like mutual disgust. It wasn’t just an alliance between the Cecelia’s and the Mermaids however. There were many other ocean dwelling species. Hundreds who had similarly been ruled by the Mermaids. None had suffered as much as the Cecelia’s, but again none of them were eager to help the Mermaids until it became apparent just how much more dangerous and evil the Vampires were.”

Lindsey interrupted still not swayed on the idea of Mermaids being any better than Vampires. “So the Mermaids and their worst enemies working together managed to overthrow the Vampires. It’d be a touching story. If they didn’t you know push them out onto the land and then not give a shit about them torturing and killing us all over the world.

I agree.” Simon said. “though to be fair if the Vampires had remained in control of the oceans, after they had killed off all of the Mermaids, Cecelia’s and other creatures down there, they’d have come for us anyway. At least now they are a scattered force around the world and not a fully unified empire. Anyway, not to get off topic, but Marissa.”

Lindsey had almost forgotten who they were originally talking about. Whilst she had been horrified at hearing about the true nature of the evil that now dwelled in Galloway, at the same time she was somewhat fascinated at hearing about this incredible new world.

Maressa managed to make it to the surface where she hoped to perform the spell, but unfortunately just as she was on the cusp of finishing it she found out that some of the Vampires had followed her. The monsters had waited until she within a hairsbreath of the life she had always wanted to corner her.

The disgusting monsters would spend hours torturing her, but fortunately however Maressa would be saved by a passing ship. Michael was of course among the crew. When he saw the young lady being terrorised by these disgusting creatures he jumped into the waters to try and save her. He was instantly overpowered and beaten, but fortunately his distraction gave Maressa enough time to turn the tables on her tormentors and climb onto the boat. The Vampires tried to sink the boat, but the sailors managed to ward them off and get it back to the harbour. The Vampires probably fled so as not to draw more attention to themselves rather than because they were scared of the hapless sailors.

Once she was in the clear Maressa finally finished her spell and two legs appeared in place of her fish tail.

Michael took pity on her. All of the other sailors were terrified of what they saw and told Maressa to leave them alone. Michael however just simply saw her as a scared young woman and took her in. 

They ended up falling in love with each other and eventually had two girls. Maressa loved the quiet and peaceful life that Michael gave her. After all those years of bloodshed, pain and misery, it was heaven for the former Mermaid to live out the life her mother had always wanted, but sadly Maressa couldn’t escape her past.”

I don’t know if I want to hear this” Lindsey said with regret.

“I feel I owe it to Michael to let at least one person know what he did for Galloway, what he went through, and how I let him down.”

I’m sorry. I understand“, Lindsey replied.

“The Vampires managed to track Maressa down. They spent ages threatening her and her children. They’d do things like send them threatening notes, as well as pieces of Mermaids they’d slaughtered in their camps.”

Michael even told me that one day when he was playing with his children in the park he saw one of the monsters just standing there watching them in the bushes. He had never been so scared. He and his children didn’t move for ages as they were terrified of the monster pouncing on them. Every now and again it let out a little smile which would send shivers down Michael and his two girls spines.

Eventually when someone else came over to see what was going on the monster vanished in a flash.

Finally however the abominations got bored and brutally murdered Maressa’s two children. Maressa was still a powerful warrior, but sadly the Vampires were too numerous and on the land they were much faster than her. She was used to battling them under the sea where she had the advantage in terms of speed.

After murdering her children the Vampires swore they would take her husband next and would similarly taunt the both of them with threats for weeks afterwards, until eventually they kidnapped both of them.

Maressa didn’t go down without a fight, but sadly it was no good as she was outnumbered by the Vampires. The Vampires tortured the both of them, but just when they were finally about to end Michael’s suffering by impaling him with a large skewer, then Maressa managed to push her husband out of the way. She was killed instead.

The Vampires were furious. They had wanted to make Maressa an example to any other Mermaid that dared to try and escape to the surface world. They wanted to make Maressa’s life on the surface world far worse than her life under the sea by destroying the people dearest to her and then letting her live the rest of her life in misery.

However now that Maressa was dead, the Vampires felt she had got off too easy. They let her husband live, obviously not out of kindness, but again only because seeing the anguish he was in they thought it would more merciful just to end his life. That’s the thing about Vampires they’ll never go for the kill when they can make you suffer even just a little bit more.

Of course this time the Vampires sadism would prove to be their undoing. They had greatly underestimated Michael. They had clearly thought he was just a hapless, unassuming man who would be too broken by the death of his loved ones to ever do anything else with his life.

However Michael vowed to make them pay. Even as the Vampires left Michael over the body of his beloved in the cave, he screamed after the beasts that he would make them suffer for what they did, but the Vampires just laughed at his threats.

From that day on Michael would spend the rest of his life hunting the supernatural. He travelled all over the world fighting and killing Vampires, but he would always return here to Galloway. He also helped the Mermaids all across the world too. I don’t know how big a role he played in helping them eventually topple the Vampires, but he never gave up.”

How did you know him” Lindsey asked.

He found me after he read about what happened to Louise in the papers. We became friends for a while. It was so good having someone to confide in at first. He wanted me to join his crusade against the Vampires and I did at first. I never travelled around the world but there were plenty of monsters to fight here. There was always shall we say a little bit of spillage from the Demonic Kingdom that lived under the ocean. Probably my finest hour with Michael was when we took on a pack of renegade Vampires who had fled to a small cave and had been terrorising the countryside.

Sadly however I wasn’t cut out for that life. I wanted to destroy all of those monsters. Believe me I was willing, but I was just too weak. I didn’t think I still cared about living after I lost my family. I thought I’d do anything to make the monsters pay, but I, I”

He had to briefly stop again.

There was a young man who worked with Michael, that the Vampires. They killed him. Michael had recruited people all around the world on his travels. I’d never met this boy, but I understand that Michael had been something of a mentor to him. He had lost his parents to the Vampires when he was just a child. They’d all been out for a day on the beach when a group of Vampires came crawling out of the waves and attacked them. The boy managed to escape only because he ran, but his parents were dragged back into the waves. Never to be seen again.

The boy had always felt guilty at leaving his parents. It was stupid of course. There was nothing he could have done for them. They were probably happy to see their only child had at least escaped. I know not a day goes by where I don’t wish that monster had taken me instead of Louise.

Sadly the boy was utterly reckless according to Michael. It may have been his anger at the monsters that took his parents, or a foolish attempt to try and prove to himself that he wasn’t a coward.

Whatever the case it eventually caught up with him and they, they pulled his legs off, his arms, they tore his guts out. I saw what they did to him. The monsters sent what was left of him to Michael. I was there when it happened.”

I swore I wasn’t going to die like that. Not at the hands of the same monsters that had taken Louise from me. So I abandoned Michael. I told him I never wanted to see him again. He was later killed on a mission. The Vampires dragged his corpse under the waves. His body was never found.

I was a coward Lindsey. I stabbed the only person who had tried to help me come to terms with what had happened in the back.”

Don’t be too hard on yourself Simon” said Lindsey “its not like you actively betrayed him is it? Also I don’t mean to judge this man, but to me it sounds like he used you and others grief to recruit people to his war?

Simon shook his head “it was my war too Lindsey. Those things tore my daughter to pieces. I should have been filled with enough anger to want to kill every single last one of those blood sucking bastardsBut in the end I was a spineless, pathetic excuse for a man and I let my friend down, I let Louise down.”

No” Lindsey said. “You were under no obligation to throw your life away. Louise wouldn’t have wanted that. I can’t imagine how much poorer my life would have been without you.

Simon was deeply touched at Lindsey’s words but sadly even she couldn’t help him overcome his guilt.

Simon continued “Lindsey now you understand why I didn’t want you to know the truth about these monsters. Once you know the truth things are never the same. Either you feel you have to fight them like Michael or that poor boy and you end up dying in agony. Or you end up like me. Cowering in fear for the rest of your life, too scared to go back into the real world.”

Lindsey interrupted “Well not knowing didn’t exactly do me any favours did it? Those monsters will find a way to get you it seems regardless of what you do. I do understand why you didn’t want me to find out. I do. But you were wrong. I’m not the one those things have at their mercy am I? Stephen and Linda, for all I know they’re still alive. I have to do anything I can to help them. That man who came to us earlier. For all we know he could help to find them, so if he wants to speak to me, if there’s even a chance for Stephen and Linda then I have to take it.

Simon knew that she was right. He actually now felt a bit guilty for not having even considered the two poor souls that the Vampires had in their custody. He was so terrified of losing Lindsey the same way he had Louise, that he hadn’t thought about anything else.

Lindsey continued. “We need to talk to this man, Matt was it? That came to me earlier. Let him know all that I know and also find out what we need to keep safe from these monsters. It may make for an easier life Simon to be ignorant but its far more dangerous“.

Simon agreed to go with her to see Matt, though he still hoped that after this was all done Lindsey would just go back to her normal life and not be drawn into the war against these monsters. Little did he know however that Lindsey was lying to him. Actually she didn’t know anything that could be of use to Matt. She was wanting to go and see the Vampire hunter for a very different reason. To learn how to slay these monsters herself.

 

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