The tale that follows was conceived in an effort to explore themes of friendship, love, and the struggle with the Beast Within. Our protagonist is a young girl of twelve, the daughter of a lesser nobleman in the high-fantasy metropolis of Ravenloft. (No relation to the actual Ravenloft; I just liked the name!) The story takes place on the morning after, unbeknownst to her, she has been turned into a vampire. Her memories have been altered so she has no recollection of the event, even as her body changes to develop the particular characteristics of that race which even the most "progressive" nobles still fear.
The morning dawns grey and dim, as this season's first collection of snow-heavy clouds settles over Ravenloft. Only the first few flakes have started to fall, creating a muffled stillness thicker than silence. The World is shrouded in a solemn hush, as if she knows what transpired last night would determine the fate of so many of her children. In particular, that of a young girl still asleep in her large four-post bed, one hand unconsciously clutching at the lace coverlet as she shifts slightly in the midst of a dark dream.
Her name, your name, is Aurora.
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