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The Darken Vessel: Minerva 16

Ms. Williamson has been captivating the hearts of readers for decades. Her heroes are strong and daring while the antagonists, diabolical!

The final confrontation is near!

The final confrontation is near!

The Vorabend des Vollmondes ... Part 1

It is the Eve of the Full Moon and spirits are high. Amanda is awakened by the ringing of her cellphone.

“Sorry to awaken you so early but I wanted to talk to you before Julia or that darn cat got up.” Billy whispers.

“Oh, that’s fine Billy—is there anything the matter?” Amanda questions sleepily.

“Not a thing. I managed to get that elixir down Julia before bedtime. What you said about inviting Dr. Shirley Crenshaw worked like a charm. Of course, Dr. Benjamin Riley was with her, so we got a lot of things done.” Billy informs his sister.

“Good! When Julia gets up you should see a revival of the woman you married.” Amanda assures him.

“I’m already pretty confident regarding this became she slept like a baby. No tossing and turning or going into Демон’s room.” Billy sounds very upbeat.

“Демон’s room? I didn’t know that he had a room.” Amanda retorts in astonishment.

“It’s actually the pantry but she fixed it up for him. She’d planned on moving Diablo into the room formerly occupied by you but he’d have no part of it.” Billy snickers.

“I’ll be. Will you be leaving soon for the Weinberger-Hawkes Laboratories?” Amanda asks.

“Not for another couple of hours, sis. I’ve got to meet with Megan and a couple of members on the Post-doctoral staff first. It seems like there is a committee or panel for everything.” Billy sighs heavily.

“I guess that’s inevitable when you aim for the stars, brother. I may just stop with a master’s degree like Henry.” Amanda toys with the idea.

“I’m not sure if Henry is going to be satisfied with his Master of Science in Law Enforcement degree. I think he will want to expand his expertise to take in something in the scientific genre.” Billy confides in her.

“Has he said anything about this to you?” Amanda’s interest piques.

“Yes—but for now let’s keep this between me, you and the barn door.” Billy goes back into his whispering mode.

“Is there something wrong, Billy?” Amanda finds herself whispering as well although there is no need. Katlin is a sound sleeper and at this early hour, she’s sawing logs.

“I hear stirring, so I think Julia’s up. I’ll let you know how it goes.” Billy abruptly hangs up the phone.

Julia enters the kitchen with a wide grin on her face. She bends over and kisses her husband tenderly.

“You look so refreshed, darling.” Billy rejoinders in utter surprise.

“I feel that I have just awaken from a terrible dream. But it wasn’t a dream, was it Bill?’ Julia sits beside her husband. She notices that he has his Boston Slugger Bat propped up against a chair.

“It’s for Diablo, isn’t it?” Julia inquirers.

“Yes, it is Julie.” Billy answers.

“Diablo’s not here anymore. He’s what woke me. That cat was at the foot of my bed staring at me like he wanted to rip me to pieces. But you know what happened?” Julia exclaims happily.

“No, what?”

“Well from nowhere— Cami appears. She says something to him and he goes flying out the open window like a bat out of Hades!” Julia laughs.

“Do you remember what she said?” Billy queries with complete interest.

“Yes, she said—Berühren sie und Sie sind tot. Do you know what it means?” Julia rises to pour herself a cup of the freshly brewed coffee.

“It means, touch her and you are dead.” Billy translates, joining his wife in laughter.

“I thought it was something like that. Diablo was just using me, wasn’t he, Billy?” Julia asks.

“That’s about the size of it. No longer satisfied with Minerva, Демон decided to take the embodiment of a cat and aggravate the community.

The elixir that brought Julia back from the evil influence of Diablo!

The elixir that brought Julia back from the evil influence of Diablo!

Somehow, he found out that Matilda was working at the Brampton Library and wanted to even a long score. Unfortunately, when he discovered that Audrey was not really Matilda—he brutally murdered her.” Billy explains.

“Oh that poor woman! So what kept me from becoming a victim like Audrey?” Julia takes a deep sip from her coffee mug.

“The Aufklärer had someone watching the house ever since Демон took up residence in our home as Diablo.” Billy clarifies.

“The Aufklärer? Who on earth is the Aufklärer?” Julia is puzzled.

“You probably know them as The Enlighteners. They have recently decided to be known by the ancient equivalent of that name. As you know, a lot of our old languages are used by the residents of Behörde. It’s possible that some of the early settlers were actually from Behörde.” Billy proclaims whimsically.

“You know, I wouldn’t be surprised. Billy, how was I able to get free from Демон’s evil influence?”

“Megan whipped up the Remembrance Elixir in her lab. You’d be astonished by the type of plants she has in her Sacred Greenhouse of Behörde. Madame Zaire has the exact duplicate in the Perpetual Forest!” Billy exclaims.

“That incredible! But how did you manage to get that mixture down my throat? That moggy kept close surveillance over both of us.” Julia shakes her head.

“You can say that again. Katlin suggested that I get Shirley Crenshaw and Ben Riley over for a visit.” Billy rejoinders.

“Are those two still dating? I do declare it’s worse than riding a roller coaster.” Julia pronounces.

“Anyway, you know how good Shirley is with animals—she has Precious practically eating out of her hand.” Billy tells her.

“Precious—you mean Alpha 1-X?” Julia’s eyes become two round saucers.

“Yeah, so Демон was intrigued by Shirley just long enough for me to make you a very special cup of tea.” Billy smiles.

“Best sleep I’ve had in a while. That elixir restores me to my former state plus allows me to remember the present! No wonder Демон looked at me as if he wanted to rip me apart. Good thing that Cami was there—I’m sure her presence was more than a coincidence.” Julia surmises.

“Cami is a great insurance policy.” Billy decides.

“The best! But what am I going to do now? Cami belongs to Mandy. How am I going to keep Демон at bay?” Julia expresses her concern.

“After tonight, Демон will no longer be a problem. This is the Vorabend des Vollmondes—the Eve of the Full Moon. It is at such times that Vlatka makes her appearance in the Reich der Sterblichen!” Billy explicates.

“What does that mean again—never mind, I recall, the Realm of Mortals.” Julia recites.

“That’s right. Now I’d better get ready for my meeting. Then I’ll go to the Weinberger-Hawkes Laboratories for a half-day. I have to help Megan and the others prepare things for the confrontation. You know that Katlin has volunteered to be the lure?” Billy discusses with his wife.

“Sounds dangerous.” Julia inwardly shutters.

“It is but Katlin will be protected. She will be wearing the Emerald from die Welt des äußeren Reiche.” Billy tells her.

Billy kisses his wife’s forehead then goes upstairs to prepare the day.

To Be Continued …

The Darken Vessel: Minerva 17

  • The Darken Vessel: Minerva 17
    It is the Vorabend des Vollmondes and all is in preparation for the surprise meeting with Демон in Destiny Forest. However, the intrepid crusaders are in for a shock themselves— Демон is not in the forest but at the apartment of Ethan and Mega!

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