Castlevania: Untested (6/27)
By: PatriciaTepes (AKA Patricia de Lioncourt @ fanfiction.net; PatriciaLouise @ TTH)
Chapter Title: Unexpected Visitor
Links to Other Chapters: Prologue Chapter One Chapter Two Chapter Three Chapter Four
Disclaimer: I don't own Castlevania, any related characters, or the images used below. Yes, Aly (of Aly & AJ fame) is my model for my main OC. But please, don't let my inability to draw hinder your imagination, as Ria really doesn't look exactly like that. :)
Summary: Adriana Smith is just a normal girl...or so she thinks. However, as her mother and she move into a house known as Belmont Manor and a strange storm and decoration enter her life, she will find that her mother has not told her the truth of her family...
Author's Notes: I promise, the writing gets better as it goes. I swear. Also, I promise that action happens in this.
Adriana opened her mouth in a scream, but no sound came out. Somewhere, in the back of her mind, logic still ruled. If she screamed--screamed about the woman sitting on her bed, smiling at her--her mother would find out about all of what she had been doing. She couldn't risk that. So, instead, Ria decided to try a calm approach.
She took a moment to stare at the woman, for she seemed familiar. She was in a blue dress of a very, very old design, and her dark hair was pulled up on her head. She seemed young, but not childlike. The woman sighed.
"I know you must recognize me. Especially after your little tour of the Gallery," she said, standing.
Stranger still about the woman, it was like she was there and at the same time, wasn't. She was transparent and yet her details were clearly seen. The woman crossed her arms, still smiling, when Adriana decided where it was that she had seen her.
"It's not possible," she muttered, stepping forward to touch her.
"I'm not corporeal," the woman said. "And only you can see me."
"Then I've gone crazy, cause I can't be seeing you. Not you. You're dead, if you are who I think you are."
The woman's arms dropped, and she clasped her hands together…much as she was standing in her portrait. "Who do you think I am?" she asked.
Ria gasped. "You're her! You're Sara Trantoul!"
The woman--Sara--nodded. "Yes, I am. And you're Adriana Smith, aren't you?"
Ria ignored this statement. "How are you here?" she whispered fervently. "I mean, aren't you dead?"
"Technically, yes. Technically, no. You see, I never really died. I don't suppose Leon finished our story, did he?"
Ria shook her head. Sara sighed.
"Very well, then I'll fill in the blank. Leon retrieved me from Walter before he had defeated him. He then discovered that I had been tainted by the devil."
Ria held up a hand to stop her. "Wait a minute. Tainted?"
"It means that I was going to become a vampire. May I continue?"
"Okay. Well, Leon's ally--a shopkeeper in the forest of Eternal Night--was also an alchemist. He proposed that they use my tainted soul to empower the whip that Leon had been using, thus giving it the power to destroy Walter and all other vampires. Leon did not want to do so, because then he would have to kill me, but I told him that it was the only way. Thus, my soul got transferred into the whip known today as the Vampire Killer. But what no one knew was that I could not pass on. After all, they had used my soul, right? So, I stayed with the whip. With Leon, I could see the world as I had when I was alive. It turned out that all that had happened to us was the result of the treachery of Mathias Cronqvist."
Ria interrupted again. "Mathias? I thought that he was Leon's friend?"
Sara smiled, pleased. "So, you do retain information. That's good. Yes, he was, but when his wife had died, he blamed God. So, he turned against everyone he had ever loved--including the Lord--and swore himself to evil and the night. Now, to continue with the idea of myself and the whip. The whip is passed down through the generations. After Leon, my focus on the world grew less clear. After a while, it was like viewing the world through fogged glass. I could see it changing, but I couldn't see any great detail. And then, Sonya Belmont received it. And something was discovered. I was visible to female heirs of the whip! They could see me and interact with me! But only they alone could. After Sonya, there was no more female heirs, so my world fogged once more. Then, your mother came along. But she denied her calling. So, that leaves you."
By the end of Sara's story, Adriana had made her way over to here bed and sat down. Now, she looked up in confusion.
"My mother? And what exactly is our calling?" she asked, breathless from the excess of information.
"Why, to fight vampires and creatures of the night of course! And since you were drawn to the whip and all things Belmont so quickly after arriving here, I would assume that there is trouble brewing," Sara said, sitting down beside her.
"But…I don't know anything about fighting or…any of this!"
"Don't worry. That's why I decided to make myself known to you as soon as possible. I can train you."
"But…what if there isn't anything wrong?"
"Well, then you're very lucky. But…I doubt that."
At that moment, there was a knock on Ria's bedroom door. Ria responded with a jump and a cry. Without waiting for an invitation, Sophy entered the room.
"Something wrong, Ria?" she asked, looking around the room.
Ria cast a side glance at Sara, who was smiling again. Obviously, Sophy couldn't see her. She smiled.
"Oh, nothing, Mom. I just wasn't expecting you. What do you need?" she asked.
"I was just coming to say that dinner is in an hour," Sophy said, staring at her daughter.
Ria smiled and nodded. "Okay, Mom. Bye."
"Bye," her mother said slowly, closing the door as she left.
"You handled that quite well," Sara said.
"Oh, be quiet!" Ria answered, collapsing on the bed.
She really, really missed her old home.