Story: Cat's Peril - P3Copyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The robots dragged the girls deeper into the factory, following the lighted path around the defunct machines. Finally they reached a central location within the building, where an elevator shaft was located. The armed robot touched a switch and part of the wall slid open, revealing the inside of a cab. The robots that held them entered, pulling them inside, while the armed robot stayed behind. The door closed and the cab descended. Eile looked for a control panel of some kind, but she couldn't see anything, and she had no idea how deep they were going.
After a handful of seconds, however, the cab came to a stop and the door opened onto a short corridor. Another armed robot stood as if waiting for them, and it immediately turned and headed up the passage. Two regular office doors stood on either side opposite one another, and the hallway terminated at what looked like the door to a restaurant walk-in freezer. The robots forced them to follow the ne
Excerpt: Drink of WormwoodCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
When Differel and Sweets got back to the ceremonial arena, she found that the bar patrons had everything pretty much wrapped up. Billy Wyatt and the tougher, burlier patrons had taken charge of the cultists and those members of the Devil's Own that had been captured; the rest, she was told, had run off. Differel was relieved to see no one had been killed, and while there were some serious injuries, none appeared critical. Sunny helped the bikers tending the wounded. One of them had given her a vintage World War II German great coat to cover up with. A couple of lady bikers were tending to Eile, and one of them had given her her leather jacket to stave off the cold. The rest of the patrons were busy destroying or defacing the altar, statues, and monuments to desecrate the site. While Differel would have questioned the effectiveness of such actions, she could see how agitated the Fiends and cultists were at the sight of the destruction, and that con
Synopsis: Drink WormwoodCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
During the second week of Differel and Henry's stay with Eile and Sunny, the Girls arrange to have Henry spend the day with Bill and Wendy Cleasa and to stay overnight. They then take Differel out for a girls' day of shopping, makeovers, and spa treatments. At first they thought they would have a hard time getting her to agree, but she acquiesces with barely any objections. Sunny believes they've awakened her girly side, but Eile suspects she just wants to experience their lives as they did hers. After they have an early supper at a restaurant, they go home and change to spend the evening at the Girl's favorite biker bar. Differel comes downstairs wearing a new pants suit with pointed-toed high-heeled boots, lipstick, and perfume. The Girls are flabbergasted, but Differel states that the American bar is a 'meat market', so she wants to play the part. The Girls state they are going to have fun, not pick up guys, but she maintains that a little flir
Synopsis: Lupine TripCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
In the Dreamlands, Medb hErenn, Lady Saighlíne Baroness Áirdenté, Tokoyo Yamamoto, Eile and Sunny, Sir Differel Van Helsing, Victor Plunkett, and Shelob are running up the slope of a ridge in a mountain range. As they approach the crest, a number of dragon-like creatures appear. As Medb, Saighlíne, and Tokoyo keep them busy, the Girls lead the others along a path parallel to the ridge. Eventually they come to a set of steep stairs, but they are guarded by a number of Human zombies. As the girls engage and hold them, Differel, Victor, and Shelob start climbing. The spider makes it to the top first and confronts a group of reptile zombies. Victor helps her hold them off while Differel makes her way across a footbridge to a pinnacle. There she finds a reptile shaman engaged in a summoning ceremony. Guards attack her; she cuts them down but they delay her long enough that the ceremony is almost finished. She takes her last pistol a
Synopsis: Day in LifeCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
6 7 AM: Breakfast, Review of Night Summary, Toilet
Differel awakens, has breakfast as she reviews the summary of the nightly activity report, showers as Dracula briefs her on his activities, and dresses.
7 8 AM: Review of Night Report
She arms herself, checks in at the security station outside her suite, meets the Girls in the library, and goes to her office. She warns them that they may find her daily routine fairly boring, so whenever they like, they can go off and do something else; they have the run of the manor, provided they check in at the security stations. She also tells them she has a meeting with the Archbishop of Westminster later. It's a secret meeting they cannot attend, but they are welcome to join them for supper. She then goes over the full nightly activity report. Two incidents are of note: a break-in at the Tower of London where the crown jewels are stored, and the appearance of a black dog in the city. Sunny notes
Excerpt: Differential DrumheadCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
The prosecutor sat down at the conclusion of his remarks. "Thank you, Mr. Barnet," Jeffreys said, nodding his head, then he focused on Medb. His face was as passive as ever, but she was disturbed to see an odd look of melancholy in his eyes.
"Have you anything more to offer before I render my decision?" he asked her.
Medb turned and looked at Differel. She shook her head as she looked down.
Turning back to the judge's bench, Medb stood and replied, "No, Your Lordship, we have presented everything we can."
For a moment, a look of disappointment crossed the Chief Justice's face. At first Medb thought it was because he realized the agony of the trial would not be prolonged, but then she recognized it was a sad look, and the thought that instead it might be due to sympathy for Differel's plight shocked her. She wondered if he had been sympathetic all along.
Jeffreys nodded to the bailiff, who banged his heavy staff on the stone floor. "The Prisoner sh
Synopsis: Diff DrumheadCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Sir Differel Van Helsing sits in a comfortable, well-appointed cell buried deep under the Tower of London. A closed circuit TV camera allows her jailors to watch her 24 hours a day, and there is no place to escape from it, except for the toilet in the corner directly beneath it. She has just finished dinner and is enjoying what's left of her glass of wine along with a smoke. Despite her incarceration, no attempt has been made to deprive her of any instrument she could use to cut her wrists or hang herself; in fact, she suspects they would be happy if she did. She has been accused of committing acts of terrorism and treason against the government and people of Great Britain. She's seen the video tapes, and even she would have been convinced if she did not already know she was innocent. The Queen convinced her to acquiesce to the imprisonment while the Privy Council and MI5 conducted an investigation; at the very least, it might prevent more acts.
Synopsis: Macroviral ContagionCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
Sir Differel Van Helsing arrives in a small Colorado mountain town to meet with Monsignor Canarde about a new treaty that will form a permanent alliance between the Caerleon Order and the Antonians. By mutual agreement, they are each allowed to bring three supporters, but she is not permitted to bring Dracula or Medb. Differel brings the girls and a bodyguard/driver. They find the town deserted, but proceed to the square where Canarde is waiting for them. He has two priests and a monk, whom Differel identifies as Gabriel, one of the Archangels, who are the master monster hunters for the Antonians. Differel and Canarde confront each other, but Canarde reveals that he has no interest in forming a new treaty. Instead, Miranda Guinevere Pendragon appears and Canarde explains that he has decided to make an alliance with the Fomorians instead. Monsters emerge from the surrounding buildings and swarm towards Differel and the girls. Sunny pulls machine pi
Synopsis: Prodigal VampireCopyright (C) 2010 by Kevin L. O'Brien
When the girls come down to their kitchen one morning, they find Sir Differel making them an English breakfast. When they ask how she got in, she states that it wasn't hard, if one has the right devices. When they ask what she's doing there, she at first quips that she's making breakfast, but after she serves them, she admits she needs help. Something has happened to Dracula.
About a week ago she sent him to investigate some strange goings on in the mountains west of Denver. By agreement with Lt. Gen. Morgan Leia Ross, she is allowed to send Dracula anywhere within the US as long as she alerts Ross of her intention. He reported in a few times, saying he was tracking the phenomenon to its source, when he disappeared. At her request, Ross sent in a squad of Rangers to have a look-see, but they found no trace of him. Unfortunately, she could not do more without raising official attention, and neither of them wanted Federal authorities involved. She p