The Castle Karlstadt – Excerpt 13
But we weren’t here to admire its somewhat faded beauty, we were here to endeavour to solve its mysteries. Namely was it a breeding site for the Vampire kind or just a slightly damaged castle.
On arriving at the castle, we selected one of the ground floor rooms to be our headquarters, it was quite a large room so I asked Bruno and the Doctor if they would mind collecting some wood and starting a fire, which we would need both for cooking and warmth.
I took Father Michael with me to reconnoitre as much of the castle as we could before darkness fell. I did not want anyone wandering around in the dark until we had checked for pitfalls. As elected leader I took concern in the well-being of my comrades.
The castle itself, dark and foreboding was an unknown quantity, I had no inclination of who? or what? we might find inside its walls. The only thing of any note, that the Father and I found, was on one of the walls in an adjacent room, a somewhat scorched portrait of a lady dressed all in black.
I asked Father Michael for his opinion of who the lady in the portrait might be, His opinion was that it was probably the Countess in her mourning clothes, painted shortly after the death of her husband, the Count.
I told The Father that I found it hard to believe that such a beautiful woman, could be as evil and reviled, as she obviously was. ‘I knew her you know,’ said the Father, ‘ As a young woman she had a kind and generous spirit, but that was before she became a Karlstadt!’
(C) Damian Grange 2019