Mr. Chambers certainly wasn’t lying when he said that Mr. Douglas Tregaskis lived on a well-defended estate.
Tregaskis’ property was massive, covering nearly ten acres with multiple brick buildings upon it. As I watched the guards patrol the property, I felt as though I was missing something, and so rather than planning on moving in during the night, I climbed a large tree, and I waited.
I am happy I did so.
Tregaskis wasn’t protected solely by humans.
The creatures which came out after his human guards went in were difficult to spot at first, but when the wind shifted, I could smell them. They were a foul lot, rank with the odor of death. There are few creatures so vile as vampires, and there were six of them I could see. What they were doing allied with Tregaskis I didn’t know, but if I was to move forward on the house, I would need information only one of the undead could provide.
Unfortunately, I was not equipped to kill, let alone capture one of them. And it is far easier to kill a vampire than it is to take one captive.
They tend to dislike being prisoners more than most.
Frustrated with the setback, I waited until dawn returned and could safely make my withdrawal. I returned home as quickly as I could and gathered the equipment I needed.
Then, I went to bed and rested as much as I could.
The night of the fourteenth would be long and arduous.
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