I’m interviewing Prince Răzvan about being a vampire, love, and death.
Răzvan: Truly a sad topic.
Susan: Well, people want to know. Doesn’t a vampire have to die before becoming a vampire?
Răzvan: (sighs) It is a painful process. David, Noblesse, my other brothers, and I were are on the verge of death when King Max changed us. So our memory of the pain is sketchy.
Susan: Were Toff and Zebrok your best friends dying?
Răzvan: No. They asked me to change them. I didn’t want to do it. The three of us grew up together, and they wanted to continue our comradery. Padded chains and lots of blood are used to prevent the new vampire from harming themselves or others. I have always felt bad about granting their requests, but they have never regretted it.
Susan: Can we see a scene from the book The Vampire with a Blanket of Stars that shows your brotherhood?
Răzvan: Absolutely. It takes place back at the inn after that disaster with Saraina’s father.
After dinner in the private room, they retreated upstairs. Their room was on the far side of the house away from the others as Răzvan had requested. It had one bed with a straw mattress and blankets. He pulled them back, so the star blanket would be against this skin.
Toff and Zebrok made up their beds on the floor from their saddle blankets and the ones Răzvan tossed off the bed. The humans within the inn were sleeping now. Toff passed around his flask.
“You got this from the cows out back?” Zebrok asked.
Zebrok passed it to Răzvan who took a sip. The blood was good and refreshed him. He passed it back.
“So what is the plan, my Prince?”
“We go to Bucureşti. I see the king. Then I will come back and find Saraina.”
“You mean ‘we’. We’re not going to let you search for her without us,” Zebrok said.
“You are good friends.”
Toff shook his head, “Răzvan, you are forgetting that her father said no.”
“I will mesmerize him, the whole group if I have to, get his blessing and take her with me.”
“Why didn’t you do that today?” Toff asked.
“I wanted to do it the right way, the human way, for her sake.”
Toff and Zebrok groaned. “The human way.”
“I’ll guard the door while you two sleep.” Zebrok leaned to face in that direction.
Toff whispered to Zebrok, “My favorite part was when he stood there shouting he was not strigoi.”
They both laughed.
“Toff, go to sleep. Zebrok, quietly guard the door.”
Răzvan lay his head on the goose down pillow.
He pulled up the blanket so it covered his mouth and closed his eyes. Her scent was still on it. Perhaps when he dreamed, he could touch her again, like he had the night before.
Toff whispered to Zebrok. “The strongest strigoi in all Romania and he was denying it all for a gypsy girl.”
Răzvan inhaled her scent.
Zebrok whispered back to Toff. “And he’s going to be inhaling that blanket all night.” They both laughed.
“Good night, my friends.”
Susan: I think it’s just friendly banter between friends.
Răzvan: They always have my back. That’s what friendship is all about. Susan, let’s talk about our contest now.
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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