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Four weeks later we find Mjx and Felix traveling to The Transylvanian castle of Vlad the Impaler, the inspiration (some say the reason) for Bram Stoker’s Count Dracula. Located near the historic city of Brasov, in central Romania, Bran Castle is associated with 15th-century Prince Vlad Tepes III, tenderly known as Vlad the Impaler from the method by which he dispatched his enemies, and many of the locals swear he is still sometimes seen lurking there after the Sun sets and dark night blankets the countryside.
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"Nice touch, Felix", Mjx spoke softly over the top of the pages of 'Dracula's Guest'. Felix had given her a copy to read during their 'scenic horse drawn closed-coach' ride through the forrest to Bran Castle. The real first chapter of Stoker's Dracula, he had explained, had been deleted by Stoker's parsimonious publisher as "irrelevant", over the author's objections.
She had enjoyed reading it for the past hour, occasionally licking her lips in excited anticipation of the next page, until fading sunlight made it impossible to continue. "I rooted for the wolves, of course", she purred, smiling wryly, her head already turned toward the open window, eyes feasting on the deliciously orange globe slowly sinking below the far horizon.
Ahead, the coachman's whip cracked twice as if to spur the horses on to a faster pace. Mjx stirred uncomfortably as she felt the first chill of the coming cold night lick at her rosy cheeks. Felix, seated across from her and nodding sleepily, began to weep blood from the pink scar of his neck wound...http://www.gutenberg.org/files/10150...-h/10150-h.htm