I’m interviewing Prince Răzvan about being a vampire in love. What are the ups and downs? Or is she just so captivated by your smile?
Răzvan: (smiles showing fangs) This smile isn’t that captivating. Fangs can put people off.
Susan: Like when they run in fear.
Răzvan: (laughs) Father warned me about doing an interview with you.
Susan: Give my best to King Max. So tell us. What is it like when a vampire is dating?
Răzvan: (groans) This quote from The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars will explain it best, and for those not familiar with the term ‘strigoi’, it means vampire in Romanian.
“Strigoi! (Vampire!)” An old woman screamed, running into the clearing, pointing at Răzvan. “Strigoi!”
More men ran into the clearing bearing knives and torches, Saraina and her father disappearing behind them.
“I am not a strigoi,” Răzvan shouted. His men with swords drawn rushed out from the bushes behind him.
“I recommend we leave, my Prince,” Toff said.
“I must take my leave to see the king, but I will be back to talk to you about Saraina.”
“You will not. We will not be here,” her father shouted.
“Saraina, I pledge my love to you and only you.”
She called out, “Răzvan, I pledge my love to you and only you.” He heard her even over the distance.
“You do not. Take her back to the wagon. Make sure she doesn’t leave.” In the growing tangle of angry men, Răzvan saw two carry her kicking and struggling away from the clearing and toward their camp.
“Please, consider, sir. I have great influence, and I can get your other daughter and her children returned to you. Give me the count’s name, and I’ll bring this matter to the king.”
“No, it is too late. I was a fool once, but never again. Do not come back, Strigoi,” he said between gritted teeth.
“I am not strigoi. If I was, I would have killed you all in your sleep.”
The men looked at each other. Răzvan could see the doubt on their faces.
“Go away and never come back. We don’t want you here,” the headman shouted.
Răzvan’s anger boiled through him, but it would not help his cause.
“My Prince, it is time.” Zebrok and Toff stood behind him and urged him backwards. The horses are only a short distance away already packed,
Zebrok thought to him.
Did you pack my new blanket?
The one with her scent on it? Yes. I knew you would not leave without it.
They continued to walk backwards into the forest. The Roma did not follow. Răzvan was surprised how far they walked until they came to the horses. The sun was high in the sky, and they were almost back at the village and the fork in the road.
“Why are we here?” he asked.
“It is the safest place, to begin at the beginning,”
Susan: (hiding my laughter with my hand) Ah, I see. Dating is can be a problem when the village comes at you with knives and torches. It’s a good thing you have friends like Toff and Zebrok.
Răzvan: (smiles without showing his fangs) They are like brothers to me. Susan, let’s talk about our contest.
Susan: I will be giving away a signed copy of The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars to one lucky commenter. Tell me why you need Prince Răzvan in your life.
Be sure to comment on every post of mine you visit. Five visits is like five times your name will go in the hat. The contest ends when The Romance Studio’s party ends. I will post the winner the next day.
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