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The Vampire`s Apprentice
Chapter 1 Capture
A vivid splash of blood caused Nicholas to blink and look again. Blood in butchers` shops or on grazed knees, yes, but why on a gravestone covered in moss and half hidden by brambles in a forgotten corner of a churchyard?
Nicholas examined it more closely, only half believing his eyes in the poor light of a thundery June evening. It sure was blood, and fresh. It felt sticky in his exploring fingers and he shivered involuntarily as he wiped it off on the rough stone marking the final resting place of Thomas Rees, died from unknown causes at the age of thirteen, 16th of June 2010, Nicholas` own date of birth but a century earlier. He started at the coincidence.