Inside Derek’s Lab the two vampires, Elvenor and Derek, start the preparation of the first Plasma potion. It’s a particularly complicate, difficult procedure. Both are extremely nervous.
“Here the instructions Melinda put together for us. Listen carefully! There are 26 ingredients and there’s a specifc time for adding and mixing each one. Especially the final step can be very tricky. I need you stay next to me and to read these instructions slowly, as I prepare the formula.
Again, there can be no mistakes. We only have enough ingredients for one try!”
Around one hour later…
“We’re almost there, only the blood plasma missing. But listen! The potion MUST reach the temperature of EXACT 36.7 degrees Celsius (98.06 Fahrenheit) and be kept at this temperature for exact 3 minutes, before adding the last component.” Derek said, carefully checking the instructions in the book.
“We did it! That’s it, the potion is ready!”, Elvenor says exited, checking the results on the screen.
“Here, Derek! Is that not wonderful? If this works, no vampire will ever need human blood to survive again. This portion not only replaces the human blood, but it also ceases all the anxiety generated by the lack of it.
Now all we have to do is to test it on Elvira, shall we?”
“Why don’t WE try it instead of putting Elvira’s recovery in unnecessary danger? I don’t know… Don’t you think it’s a bit early to wake her up? We don’t even know yet for how long the formula will work… or if it works at all!”
As soon as Elvenor opens the sarcophagus, like a beast, Elvira jumps out, and attacks everybody and everything around her.
“I said she was not ready yet!”, Derek said, looking at Elvira, his eyes filled with pity.
“Don’t be so pessimistic, Derek. Give me some credit, would you?!”
“Look into my eyes, Elvira. Concentrate on my voice. All you see is my eyes. All you hear is my voice. Everything else has no importance now. Your sole aim of life is to follow my commands… Obey your master!”
“When you hear I say the word “plasma” and clap my hands, you will wake up from the trance. You will return to normal and will remember nothing. Until then, You will Do as I command.”
“You are now calm, Elvira. You are in peace with yourself.”
“I am Elvenor, the creator of Derek. The first vampire.”, he answers, adding a pause, giving her time to organize her thoughts. Then he continues.
“We took you from the sarcophagus. You are almost healed, but you’ll need my blood quickly, before the symptoms return.”
“I’m great! I mean … normal. No anxiety, no negative emotion. I feel really fine. Like before I became a vampire.”
“Perfect … But there is still a test. Wait here, I’ll get the test object.”, he says, before leaving the lab for a short time. Soon he returns, holding a toddler in his arms and walks towards Elvira.
“Sure”, she answers, with a firm, steady voice.
“Oh, what a cute baby girl!… Is that not wonderful? I don’t feel that crazy desire to feed on her anymore. Nothing. She’s only a child! This is the effect of your blood?”, she asks, turning back to Elvenor once more, while still holding the toddler in her arms.
“Plasma?”, Elvira looked at him confused.
“I had to hypnotize you after you’re out of the sarcophagus, this was the only way to keep you under control. We woke you up twenty years ahead of time, hoping to be able to cure you with the Plasma. You’re now completely healed.”
“First … please give me this child back. The potion still needs to be refined. We have no idea yet how long it will last.”
“No! All I want is to live with my daughter. As you yourself said, you guys already caused me enormous damage!”, she replies, altering her voice. Completely disappointed by Elvenor response, she stares at him, waiting for an apology. As nothing comes, she continues, without hiding her rage.
“Forget that I exist. I want nothing to do with you all!”
“You spent over fifteen years in the sarcophagus. I don’t think you will have the same opinion when you know what’s happening in this world. For the sake of your own daughter, you will help us.”, Elvenor answers with a terrifying firmness in his voice, as he is about to reveal a secret that would change everyone’s life.
“This is nothing but a trick to keep me here. Do you think I don’t know all your games?”, Elvira answers, daring him again.
Even suspecting that something is not correct, Elvira tries to ignore her sixth sense. But her suspicions are confirmed when Derek intervenes.
Meanwhile, at Charlotte and Cataleya…