Tansy Undercrypt
Author, Illustrator, Purveyor of Doom & Whimsy

Origin

August 11th 2017 in Microfiction

He stared at the new recruits, his eyes blazing; they shuddered involuntarily, refused to meet his gaze. He ranted for several moments in long dead languages, then turned into a horrible creature with expansive leathery wings and flung himself mercilessly against the stone walls of the great hall. They gasped and clung to each other, trying not to look directly at his face. Setting one wing on fire in the hearth, he changed into an enormous wolf … who then marked his favorite chair and flung himself out of the window into the river several stories below the castle. They cried out. “He’s fine. Immortal. So, to recap,” Ilya began (as if nothing had happened), “Dracula is the first of our kind. Dracula is our sire – our lord and master. Dracula is also,” Ilya paused, hearing something far below (a splashing and a whimper accompanied by some swearing in Old Slavic), “the origin of the term “bat shit crazy”.” He turned and, with a wide gesture of his arm, herded them on to the rest of the tour.


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