"Vampires aren't real. They couldn't be. But then again, neither is God and yet people still believe he is as real as the trees themselves." - Remi Selvino


The Winter of 1998, deep in the Carpathian Mountains of Romania...

...A single van made its way up the road towards a small town. The driver, Roland Selvino, stopped the vehicle to read the big sign...


"... To the hometown of the Vampire Legend..."

Roland smiled, driving deeper into the abandoned town. His teenage daughter, Remi, sat beside him on the passenger seat. "It looks as though the people have left." She stated, noticing the absence of life in the streets. "What the hell happened here dad?"

Roland grabbed the newspaper from the glove compartment and handed it to her. Remi scanned through the pages. "So they abandoned their homes and families because of animal attacks? Sounds a bit far-fetched, don't you think, dad?" 

Roland shook his head. "If you read carefully, you'll find that no one has seen the actual animal. All they found were the victims. Mutilated bodies dried of blood. Who knows, maybe there really is a vampire here. Either way, I'm a reporter, Rem, and I believe there's a much bigger story hidden somewhere in this town. Waiting for me to tell it to the world."

"Right, because a gypsy lady told us a day ago in a carnival?"

"No!" Roland said, rolling his eyes. "...Maybe."

Like her father, Remi had a passion for journalism, but unlike him, she was more of a realist when it came to writing. "Reporters chase stories dad, not ghosts." It wasn't the first time she had told him that. And it probably wont be the last.

"There's something here," He said to her, bringing the van around to park at a half destroyed Gas Station. "I can feel it." He looked out the window and stared up at the sky. The stars did look beautiful that night.  "There has to be."

"And did we really had to wait till night to drive all the way up here?" Remi complained. She  wasn't particularly excited about exploring an abandoned town that late at night. "Couldn't we have waited till tomorrow?"

"Vampires come out at night." 

"If you believe in such things." Remi said. "Which I don't."

"Just grab the flashlight and the camera, will you."

"Fine." She did so. "I just hope I didn't waste my winter vacation and hanging with my friends to chase ghost stories."

Her father grabbed her by the shoulder and gently turned her around. "You didn't." He kissed her on the forehead. "There's something eerie in the town, Rem, I know it. Believe me."

"Okay... okay, I do."

After her mother died, Remi had started to appreciate more the things her father did for her, however small or insignificant they were. It was the real reason why she had decided to accompany him on this trip. "Let's go check if the gypsy lady was right about this vampire." She said, getting off the van.

Roland smiled, the excitement in his eyes was as clear as day. "Let's go!"

The End

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