Would You Like Brains With That?

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Portal Keepers Book 1.
A job at a café for the Undead, a ghost best friend, and an annoying handsome vampire protector. Danira has it all.

Danira isn't your average girl. For generations her family has looked after the portal that links the Realm of the Undead to the Realm of the Living, by running a cafe for the Undead that are travelling through the portal. Then news reaches Danira and her parents that the Vampire Lords want to take over control of the portal and wreak havock amoung the Realm of the Living.
An adventure of hot vampires, zombies, ghosts, mummies, and life-threatening danger is thrust upon Danira, and she must try her best to protect the Realm of the Living, by preventing the Vampire Lords from obtaining the Infinity Blade, which has the power to change the portal. As well as saving her world can Danira resist the dashing vampires that cross her path? Some are more dangerous than others.

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10. A Disappearance and a Note

 

I didn’t have any more visitors until a fortnight later, just when I had been starting to hope that everything had gone back to normal and that the whole Infinity Blade thing had been a fad. Xavier hadn’t visited me and I supposed that he must have gotten bored of me.

I was woken by Rex who had gone crazy, and was barking and snarling at the window. Instinctively I grabbed the stake from under my pillow and the bottle of holy water that I had taken to having next to my bed. I ran over to my door and was just about to turn the handle when I was stopped by an invisible force.

“Let us in, Danira.” the voice was like honey.

I found myself turning around.

“Invite us in.”

Panic rose in my throat. “Dad!” I managed to shout before my vocal cords slipped from my control.

I was being drawn towards the window. The stake and bottle fell with a clatter to the floor and I watched in horror as my hand moved of its own accord, peeling back the curtains before opening the window. Two vampires were hovering outside, grinning at me sinisterly.

Rex had stopped barking and was trembling as he fought against the vampires who were making him climb up onto the windowsill. My eyes widened in horror. What did they want with Rex? What would they do to him?

My mouth opened and I was about to invite the vampires in when suddenly I collapsed and hit the wooden floorboards with a thud. Control of my body returned to me and I rolled onto my side to see what had happened.

Ridge was kneeling beside me, his eyebrows set in worry. Great. He’d saved me yet again.

My door strained against its frame and seconds later it burst open as Dad ran in with the mother of all stakes in his hand. It even had a silver tip.

“You!” he yelled seeing Ridge. “Stay away from my daughter!”

Dad advanced on Ridge who backed away, his hands in the air.

Staggering to my feet I jumped in between them. “Whoa, Dad, you’ve got it all wrong. Ridge saved me.”

He narrowed his eyes unconvinced. “Where’s Rex?”

“They took him.” I sniffed. “Dad what will they do to him?”

“I don’t know, sweetheart.” he enveloped me in his huge arms. Then gazing at Ridge warily, Dad said. “You saved Danira again. Thank you.”

Ridge gave a small nod in acknowledgement. “You’re welcome. I could track the vampires that took Rex if you want?”

“They will be long gone by now, back through the portal.”

“What are we going to do now?” I asked plonking myself down on the edge of my bed. Chewing my lip worriedly, I whispered. “Rex was the only thing protecting me.”

“I’ll protect you.” Dad said, sitting beside me.

“You need to keep an eye on the café as well. The vampires would probably make a diversion in the café so that you couldn’t come up and save me.”

Ridge gave a cough and we looked up to find him perched on my windowsill. “Perhaps I may be of assistance?”

I was instantly suspicious. Here we go. I thought.

“What do you mean?” Dad demanded. He trusted vampires even less than I did.

“Well it seems to me that you are in need of a bodyguard.” Ridge gave me a small smile and I glared at him.

“Are you saying that you want to be Danira’s bodyguard?” Dad asked cautiously.

“Yes I am.”

I nudged Dad and he looked down at me. No, I begged with my eyes. We don’t know if we can trust him! Dad turned away from me and rubbed his chin deep in thought. Ridge’s eyes were fixed on me and I looked away annoyed.

“Thank you, Ridge that would be very kind of you.”

Gaping at Dad I cried in outrage. “What... but you can’t... Dad!”

His expression was stern. “I will check on you as often as I can.” It must have hurt Dad a lot to entrust me to Ridge. Vampires were the things he hated the most. He looked as miserable as I felt. “He’s saved you twice now.”

“What if it’s a ploy to gain our trust?” I hissed.

Dad’s expression was pained. “You said yourself, Danira, I can’t protect you.”

I crossed my arms angrily and stared at the floor. Dad left, thanking Ridge again as he went. The bed gave a small groan of protest as Ridge sat down beside me.

“Thank you.” I mumbled, unable to bring myself to look at him. “You saved me again. And...” I took a deep breath knowing that what I was about to say would hurt my pride a lot. “I’m sorry about how I spoke to you the last time I saw you.”

“I’m sorry too, Danira. I shouldn’t have said what I did. Can you forgive me?”

Meeting Ridge’s dark eyes I gave a small smile. “Only if you forgive me.”

He sounded amused. “Then we can forget that it ever happened.”

“What could they possibly want with Rex? If anything happens to him because of me...” I trailed off, my throat growing tight.

Ridge ran a hand through his hair. “They must have taken him to make you vulnerable and an easier target.”

“They were going to kidnap me weren’t they? But you turned up so they took Rex.”

“It’s a good job I got here when I did.” Ridge said grimly.

I blanched. “They’re going to come back, aren’t they? But more of them.”

His eyes were hard as he assured me. “They will have to get through me first.”

Sure, if you don’t just hand me over to them.

As if he could read my mind, Ridge said. “I guess I can understand why you mistrust me still. You haven’t met any honest or truthful vampires before me.”

Ridge sure was trying hard to make me trust him.

Choosing my words carefully, I spoke slowly. “All I know is that vampires usually have hidden agendas.” so what’s yours? I added silently.

Ridge smiled. “I would have to agree with that.”

I suppressed a flinch. I was right. He did have a reason for keeping me safe!

“Though perhaps mine is a lot different to what you might think.”

Not knowing what to say to that I silently grabbed my PJs and went to the bathroom to change. When I returned I asked. “You don’t need to hunt, do you?”

Ridge’s lips twitched as he tried not to smile. “No, I don’t.”

Nodding I slid into bed when Ridge had moved back over to the windowsill.

“I’m not going to harm you, Danira.” he said as I struggled to stay awake. “Don’t make me compel you to sleep.”

I stuck my tongue out at him and reluctantly closed my eyes.

So I had a vampire for a bodyguard and Rex was gone. Could things get any worse?

It turned out that they could, as I should have known.

 

I woke the next morning and clambered out of bed before tripping over and landing with a splat on my face.

“Oww,” I groaned clutching my nose, wondering what the hell I had just fallen over.

Rolling onto my side I saw that it had been Ridge, who was in a comatose state. With a smirk I considered drawing a moustache on him while he was unconscious in revenge, but decided that it was too immature.

“Danira, what was that noise?” Dad called as he ran up the stairs.

“Just me falling over Ridge.” I shouted before he had a chance to break the door down.

Dad gave a grunt so I guess that my answer had been good enough.

After showering and dressing I went downstairs where I was hugged by both Mum and Dad.

“Here you go.” Mum said pushing a plate of delicious smelling pancakes in front of me.

I was surprised because Mum rarely made pancakes.

“Thanks Mum, this is great.” I took a bite of a pancake and watched as Mum and Dad exchanged a look. “Ok, what’s going on?” I asked putting down my knife and fork.

Mum’s smile didn’t reach her eyes.

“Nothing,” Dad told me. “Eat your pancakes.”

“I know you’re worried about the whole Infinity Blade situation.” I said taking turns to look them both in the eye. “So am I, but I don’t see that there is anything we can do about it, so I’m trying not to worry about it.”

Stroking my hair, Mum’s expression softened. “I know, sweetie. I just can’t stand the thought of you getting hurt.”

“Neither can I.” Dad added roughly.

I returned to eating my steaming pancakes.

“Can’t you stay with one of your friends?” Mum asked hopefully.

I shook my head and swallowed a mouthful of pancake. “That would mean putting them in danger too and I couldn’t do that.”

Mum nodded but I could see tears in her eyes as she washed her hands.

 

After breakfast I worked in the café until mid afternoon, much to Mum’s worry even though I assured her that none of the Undead would try anything with Dad around. Then at Mum and Dad’s insistence I went upstairs to my room when the sun started to set. I didn’t mind though, as I had homework to do. I started with my Maths, because King Alandros had been missing for nearly two weeks, and so without his help it took me longer to figure out how to do the hard questions. Sitting down at my desk, I opened my Maths book and was surprised when a note fell out. The paper was really thick and old fashioned paper. The handwriting on it seemed ancient.

Danira,

If you are reading this then I am afraid that someone knows vital information about the whereabouts of the Infinity Blade. I regret to say child, that this may also mean that I am wounded or dead. If it is the latter then I hope for your sake that whoever it is does not find the blade.

If you wish to find the Infinity Blade first, then you must voyage to the Realm of the Undead. The first stop of your journey must be to the town of Gore. Seek out a vampire named Prenalla. She will guide you in the start of your search.

Good luck, Danira. I hope that you live, for you are young and have yet to see the wonders that your world has to offer.

God speed,

King Alandros.

 

My eyes were wide and my mouth was open. Closing it I gulped. No, no, no! Why was this happening? Someone was close to finding the Infinity Blade and now I had to journey to the Realm of the Undead to stop them by finding it first. After all, I couldn’t just sit around and do nothing, knowing that at any second the Vampire Lords might get their claws on the Infinity Blade.

There were four things that worried me as I thought about this. One, that there was no way Dad would let me go to the Realm of the Undead. Two, it could be a trap. Three, I wouldn’t last an hour in the Realm of the Undead by myself, let alone time enough for me to get the Infinity Blade. Four, Ridge was waking up.

 

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