Chapter 46:

Setting Up

A Terrible Evil Villain And Their Destiny

The group stood at a quite area of the beach. Ben was walking around, digging at the dirt and placing a few markers around. Bryon stood far away from the shore underneath a large umbrella that shielded him for the rays of the sun. Nico and Lila were nearer to the beach picking up a few items strewn across the shore, Viola laid on a folding chair, enjoying the rays of the sun on her pale skin. She was even adorned with a large, brimmed hat and sunglasses.

“Why are we here?” Bryson asked, looking at the tents that had been set up. Apparently they were going to stay the night here, much to Bryson’s surprise.

“Because Keddrick is coming to find Lady Viola and expecting a trap to be placed, so we’re going to set a trap that he hopefully won’t expect.” Ben said.

“That’s stupid.” Bryson said as picked up a smooth looking seashell from underneath the umbrella.

“Yeah, well best idea we have right now.” Ben said with a shrug as he continued dig small holes into the dirt.

“So this thing your going to do is going to work right?” Sable asked unconvinced.

“Lord Bryson’s teacher believes so. So as long as we set this up properly we should be fine we should be fine.” Ben said.

“What is this thing anyways?” Bryson asked as ben continued to dig around them.

“A barrier for undead. It’ll stop any undead from entering or exiting.” Ben said.

“Is this thing going to be done anytime soon?” Viola asked lifting her sunglasses and looked at Ben with her heterochromia eyes.

“Just about.” Ben replied as he dug another small hole.

Viola gave a bored sigh, “So we’re going to stay here until night?”

“Yeah, wait. How are our parents allowing this?” Bryson asked.

“I told mother that we were staying somewhere else for the night. She said alright.” Viola said.

“That’s it?” Ben asked.

“Mother let’s us do what we want.” Viola said matter-of-factly before getting up from her chair, “Since I have nothing better to do, I may as well head into the market and purchase a few things.” Viola said getting up from her chair, “What do you want for dinner?”

“I’ll eat anything.” Ben said with a shrug.

“Just get something edible and enough to feed everyone.” Bryson advised.

“Any snacks?”

“Uh, chewing tobacco if that’s alright.” Ben said.

“Sure, Bryson?”

“Chips? Also lemon iced tea.” Bryson asked, “Oh and some sour candy.”

Viola nodded, “I’ll head off now.”

“I’ll come with you.” Lila said as she and Nico returned to the group.

“We cleared the shore up.” Nico said thumbing over to the direction they came from.

“Absolutely not.” Viola denied immediately.

“Oh come on, you’re going to need help getting the tobacco. You aren’t old enough.” Lila said.

“I’m Viola Coldwater, I don’t need to worry about my age to get what I want.” Viola said plainly.

“You still need help to carry the stuff back.” Lila countered.

“Sir Nico can help me.”

“Actually, I need him for something else.” Ben said.

“I would rather you not join me.” Viola said face turning into a slight grimace.

Lila glanced over to Bryson who looked back at her quizzically. The two shared a silent conversation for a second before Bryson relented with a helpless shrug.

“Just say yes Viola, it’ll will make everything easier.” Bryson advised.

Viola squinted at Bryson with pursed lips and pondered for a moment before giving a begrudging sigh, “Fine.” She said as she flipped her hair and walked off.

“Ah.” Lila said as she bounded after her.

“What do you need me for anyways?” Nico asked Ben as the two girls left.

“I need you to help set up the trap for the ghoul.”

“In the shrubbery, right?” Nico asked pointing at a small clump of foliage a further away.


“Alright.” Nico said as walked over to the foliage.

“Hey, I have a question.” Bryson said to Ben.


“Why are you being so helpful?”

“Because it’s my job.” Ben said with a chuckle.

“But you don’t need everyone here. You can do this alone.”

“It’s easier with help.”

“True, but why do you want to become an actor?”

“Because I’m tired of being a hunter. It’s painful and dangerous. Plus I’ve done my fair share. I want to do something I want.” Ben said.

“And that’s acting?”

“Hey, I was good enough to get a gig here. This is my last job, once I kill the vamp, gonna start acting.” Ben said with a happy smile.

“Why don’t you quit now?”

“Because I have a job to do. I’m not gonna endanger people because I want to do something else. I took this job and I’m finishing it.” Ben said seriously, smile disappearing, replaced with a look of many with a duty to uphold.

“That’s very noble of you.”

“It’s always been my motto.” Ben said simply.

“Still, I appreciate you protecting my sister.”

“Nothing to it.”


“Sooo, what is going on with you?” Lila asked innocently to Viola as they were making their way back to the beach. They had purchased their items and were carrying them back.

“Would you please shut up. A commoner shouldn’t be talking to me like that.” Viola hissed at the girl over three years her senior as if she was an annoying brat.

“Oh come on, there’s nothing better to do than talk right now. Besides a noble shouldn’t be vampire hunting.” Lila pointed out, “This is better than walking in silence.”

“Honestly I would find that more preferable.” Viola groaned.

“You Coldwaters sure like to be silent.”

Giving Lila a tired look, Viola asked, “You started talking to me after we purchased everything so I couldn’t just walk away, didn’t you?”

“Yep.” Lila said unabashedly, “But seriously what’s wrong?”

“I have no idea what you’re referring to.” Viola deflected looking away.

“Bryson mentioned how those simple charm spells don’t effect Coldwaters but you were affected.” Lila said, probing for a reaction.

“Don’t know what you’re talking about.” Viola growled, quickening her pace. Unfortunately for her, Lila kept pace with her.

“Hey, I’m being nosey for a reason. Bryson’s worried about you, and if you can be charmed again like that, he has good reason to.” Lila said, genuine concern in her voice.

“It won’t happen again. It was just a weird situation when it happened.” Viola said, shifting uncomfortably.

“What kind of weird?”

“You almost sound like you care.”

“Why wouldn’t I?”

“Because you should hate me.” Viola said flatly.


“Because I fired you initially.”

“You remember.” Lila said in surprise.

“Of course I do, why else do you think I don’t like you?”

“Well, I’m not a fan of yours if that’s what you’re asking. But Bryson likes you and I like the kid, so yeah I’m going to help you.” Lila said.

“Why are you always so informal with Bryson? He’s your lord and master.” Viola asked with a huff, trying to change the subject.

“Because we both know he needs people he can actually talk to.” Lila answered, “Besides you aren’t complaining when I talk to you like this.”

“That’s because I already don’t like you, never talked to you while your working… and you are trying to help me. So you get a pass. For now.” Viola said begrudgingly.

“So could you tell me what’s wrong, so it would be easier for me and everyone else to help?” Lila asked.

Viola gave a small sigh, “Try not to tell the others this for now and I’ll tell you something.”

“I said everyone.”

“Deal or no deal?”


“My mother is not Duchess Coldwater, but a former servant of the household. I am a bastard, my parents know, I think Gareth does as well, but no one else.” Viola explained.

“Oh, okay…” Lila trailed off, unsure what to say from this new information.

“So I am sensitive when it comes to my bloodline and lineage.”

“Right. But how does that have anything to do with the vampire?”

“Around a few years ago, actually, around the time I fired you I began having strange bouts of anger. Almost unnatural hatred, for things that bothered me.” Viola said.

“Why fire me then?”

“Because you are a poor commoner with little experience who works for my household much like the lady who birthed me.” Viola said looking at Lila like she was an idiot for asking.

“Do, do I even look like her?” Lila asked hesitantly.

“No snd I had no idea of your upbringing yet, which was why it was weird how I snapped at you so badly.” Viola said before taking a moment to add, “Though you were bad when you worked for me, I don’t know why Bryson still keeps you around.”

“I’ve gotten better.” Lila said lamely, “But wait, how’s this have anything to do with the vampire?”

“After this, every once in a while, I would have these bouts of anger. Then on this trip, it hit me again.” Viola said as they now reached the sandy beach and were now walking down it, “This time it was a bit different. I felt as though I didn’t belong here and wanted a way out. I guess that’s why it was easy for me to listen to the vampire.” Viola said solemnly.

“How are you feeling now?”

“Better, but I’m not sure why I even felt that way so strongly.”

“You feel like you don’t belong?” Lila asked feeling sorry listening to her.

“Occasionally, but never like this, it felt like I was a different person.” She admitted before giving a shake of her head in annoyance, “Why am I telling you this?”

“Because you need to vent?” Lila offered.

“Maybe. Whatever, don’t tell anyone about this.” Viola said as they approached the group, “Don’t worry, I’ll be fine once this vampire is gone.” She assured.

Walking over to Bryson, Viola handed him his food and quietly commented, “I can see why you keep her now.” Before walking away.

Bryson looked at Viola in confusion before looking at Lila, “What happened?”

Giving a small shrug Lila said nothing before walking over to hand food over to Nico, leaving Bryson perplexed.