Andurile - Short Drama


Andurile:

The story of a vampire

STARTING SCENE:

The skies were dark, and it was raining…

PROLOUGE:

Within the dark cavern, a hooded woman sat in silence. She needed no flame, because she could never feel the warmth of fire again. Deep within her a war was at stage. A war to set her free, to change her way of life… She just sat there, in total silence. Covered in darkness. She slept none, just waited for the storm to move away. She was thinking, remembering, to something what felt like an other life…

The drops of water hit the ground. These drops echoed through the cavern, but could not disturb this troubled soul. Slowly this image faded into the lightless night…

ACT I, SCENE I. :

I remember a village, somewhere between ranges of snowy mountains, but deep within a flourishing valley. This valley had a creek, with water, icy cold and fresh. And a little forest, home to many animals. But the name of the village is foggy, I can hardly remember, maybe it was called Hessen…

Yes, probably, because my name is Andurile, Andurile la Hessen. The memories… They are coming back to me… Finally…

The woman stood up from the rock, started to walk, from one end to the other. She continued remembering. It was in land long forgotten, and ravaged by war… Now home only to ash and fire. It was the homeland of many elves… Before this happened, I was an elf too… But everything changed…

Andurile stops for a moment. She removes the hood from her head, revealing her long pointy ears and her reddish brown hair.

For the first time in a long journey, she was looking for a source of light. She wanted to see for herself, what she had become. If she had her long reddish hair, her clean and shiny face, and her beautiful light blue eyes. Memories from her youth came to her mind, as if she remembered for the first time…

Rock hit by rock. A sparkle erupted. And from little broken woods, fire erupted within the safe walls of the cavern.

Bringing light into the darkness. Hope for a lost soul. She was looking for a way to see herself, but eventually she found a little pool to reflect her.

I could not see the beauty anymore. Only a monster was looking back at me. Nothing else, just a savage beast. I could see my reddish hair, my pointy ears, but my skin was pale, my veins were red as rose, and my light blue eyes have vanished, now only home to a burning curse, painting it red.

She could not bear to look herself into the eye any longer…

Andurile slapped the pool. Destroying her image with it. She sat by the fire, looking at it.

She could not feel the warmth of fire anymore. She felt emptiness and cold instead. Perhaps from within. What a monster I have become…

ACT I, SCENE II. :

Andurile felt nothing but hunger for days to come. It was pain eating her, but not form any wound, but a broken heart.

The clouds fade. A ray of light illuminates the entrance of the cavern. The woman sits in total silence again, and does not want to take any notice of it.

She was trying to remember her youth, her way of life. But all she could remember were images form a darker place, feelings from a mindless state. Mostly hunger and pain… and the worst, loneliness and hate.

Images came from the hunt, when I was wreaking havoc. I was hungry and I needed to eat, so I hunted. I hunted humans, for blood. I am a monster, a beast. A soulless being. People see me as a monster, what I truly am…

She was lost. Beyond reach… Hungry and hurt. Banished and hated. Feared… Thus making her to give up. So she stopped fighting and let the monster take control, to be exactly as the people saw her. To become a monster, a soulless beast…

ACT II, SCENE I. :

We start in a village within ranges of snowy mountains.

I remember a village named Hessen. I was born there, raised there. We elves lived in peace with the forest. We respected nature and by protecting her, in return she gave us everything we needed. A life of peace.

When I was a child I enjoyed living there, I played with others, exploring the forest, running on the hills, in the wind. I liked the flowers, the white moonflowers. They were beautiful and bloomed all over the hills in the valley.

When I became a lass, I had to choose a mate, but I refused, and I ran, I ran so fast and I made a mistake. The only thing I wanted is to remain free. I wanted to study, to travel, to see Crystal Towers of the Diamond City; my dream was to became a sorceress. This was a mistake; I slipped and fell into the cold creek.

When they found me I was as cold as death, but somehow life was holding onto me. They carried me back to the village. My mother was angry, but relieved that I am alive. She promised me that I only have to choose when I feel ready. I smiled at her.

I fell sick soon, and I had fever. I was in pain, but felt peace within. I knew I will recover fast. The herbalist of the village gave me a potion to cure my illness. I started to feel better. The villagers were happy.

ACT II, SCENE II. :

The moon was up; the night was filled with light. Yet silence took the forest.

But everything changed, when the winged beast came. He came at night. A roar here, a cry there. It was chaos. He was vampire, an ancient one. He was laughing, playing with us. He murdered everyone in the village, then ate from those blood he found the sweetest. No one could match his strength, and the tales proved false, none of the methods proven effective. Nor garlic, nor salt could help, not even the touch of fire…

Then he came into our house, he found me in the shade of my room, within my bed. I looked into his eyes, with fear. He did not resemble an elf, more like a huge bat. His eyes pitch black. He came closer and sniffed, than stood and watched me, observed.

He saw me, he felt my illness… For reasons unknown he spared me, shown mercy. Maybe because I was ill, or weak, or he saw potential. Who knows?

The vampire kissed my neck, it was gentle at first. But then I felt the sharp teeth opening my veins and he drank. He drank but did not kill me, he cured me instead. Gave me power. It was a miracle, a gift I received, at least in his eyes. But in truth it was a curse…

I have become a monster, a spawn of night, doomed to walk within the shadows forever.

ACT II, SCENE III. :

Dawn comes. The massacre revealed… The smell of blood fills the air.

When morning came I was weaker than before. The beast left long before. I could not set foot in the shining light. I had to wait for darkness to come.

I remember I was confused, horrified at first. Then my hunger took over. I wanted to eat something, but nothing I found in the kitchen helped. I did not dare to venture around too much, I feared he was just toying with me, just as he did with the others…

I was still hungry. At first I did not understand, but slowly I started to realise that I have turned into something else. I was not an elf anymore… The smell of blood hit my nose. I followed it instinctively. It came from two ways, from outside, and from the house itself. I could not go out, so I was following the smell in the house.

I found what I did not want to see. The bloody corpses of my parents. He almost drained them fully. I was so shocked, I forgot everything for a moment, I was just crying there, slowly crawling back. I could not drink from them it would have been too much… I was sitting in my bed, waiting and crying.

ACT II, SCENE IV. :

As time flew on, night came in.

I crawled out slowly. I felt stronger at night. I felt awaken. The picture I saw before me was shocking. In the middle of the village corpses were all around, they were people once. I knew them, I lived with them, but they were cold husks. They were no longer alive… Blood was everywhere. The massacre was horrible.

I was hungry, I needed to eat. So I ate. I slowly approached one of the corpses I found in better shape, and I started to drink his blackening blood. I could not do anything with myself, hunger took over me.

But the smell drove other spawns of the night to the village as well… Wolves started to appear, they were circling me as I was drinking from the corpse. I noticed them. They feared me, but their hunger was greater than that. One of them jumped at me, but I dodged, I grabbed its neck with my hands quickly, with speed not known to any elf. I had great reflexes, and I was strong. I broke its neck. Then I smelled its fresh blood… I quickly jumped at the other wolves, and I killed them all, if they were like lambs… Their blood was sweeter, and tastier, more applying.

Then I ran…

Andurile was running, not from the village, but from herself…

ACT III, SCENE I. :

As she was running…

I felt the hunt in me. The beast took over. I ran, ran far away from Hessen. I was thrilled. I let my inner beast took over, because I was terrified, I was weak, and it was strong. I knew only it can keep me alive. The blood went into my head; I massacred villages, just as he did. People began to fear me. I enjoyed it, every bit of the hunt.

Forest came and went by, villages set on fire. I ran, fast as wind. No one could catch me. I was truly free…

Through forests, through life…

Images flew by behind her. A forest, a village, a city…

I lived through many events in history, without realising that the world was changing around me.

Images flew again, but this time, events of history: the War of the Dragon, Dawn of Humanity, Troll Wars, Fall of the Empire. Sieges, battles, burning…

Soon people became prepared and fought back. It became harder to feed, I had to limit myself to animals for a while. I felt the hate of the people. Humans were different, they were able to hurt me, and they achieved something what no one else could before.

She realised that the time of the ancients went by, and the hourglass was turning…

ACT III, SCENE II. :

As I was ransacking human villages and murdering people I started to regain my lost self. I started to realise the evil in my ways. I started to have feelings again.

I wanted to stop, to get out, but it was hard. The hate I received did not help. And when I started to pull myself together, humans found me and started to chase me.

Nowadays I can understand why, but then it was what pushed me back…

When I was about to change, to redeem myself, people were still treating me as a monster… It was hard to bear… And eventually I always gave up…

The beast, the monster in me was stronger, but yet, weaker each day…

I felt its passing, its weakening… But I could do nothing, and eventually I did not want to. People earned their faiths by treating me as a monster; I just gave them what they wanted.

ACT III, SCENE III. :

Later she found a way around…

I found my way to hide within their ranks. I became strong enough to walk in the daylight. I manipulated people. I have destroyed relationships, lives, and taken away hope. I made kings make decisions what led to destruction. I misled lords and nobles. I brought lives and kingdoms to ruin.

As people found out, because in time, they always did, they drove me away, but by then it was too late, the damage has been done already.

But then a miracle happened…

ACT IV, SCENE I. :

The cold wind carried a scent well known. The snowy forest was silent.

As Andurile was walking through a forest hit by winter, the frozen trees reminded her to what she felt all along.

As the hooded woman was walking she noticed the tracks of a carriage pulled by two horses. She turned her way to follow the tracks.

She did not know what drove her towards.

On the clean blanket of white snow, red crimson blood rested. The carriage turned up. Two was lying dead, their chest cut open with sharp blades. Their blood was found everywhere.

But upon the path, there was this young girl, surrounded by brigands. She was in danger, she was weak and needed help.

I found a young girl in the forest. Bandits killed her parents, and I killed them in return. I did not let them harm the little girl. She somehow reminded me for my lost self…

I saved her, and I brought her back to safety.

This was the turning point. I started to change. I started to understand the evil of my life. I was horrified by myself. I wanted to end it all…

But a vampire’s life is a state between life and death. And it was a curse of immortality…

ACT IV, SCENE II. :

I found myself making decisions in the name of good. I changed; I felt that the monster has vanished. I wanted to find redemption and salvation. But I could not find that comfort.

I travelled far and wide across the known world, and beyond. But salvation was nowhere to be found…

For her the journey meant hope. She did not know yet, but it was the way to salvation, the road she travelled on was her redemption. The hard steps meant to punish her…

ACT IV, SCENE III. :

Inside the catacombs of Loran, the border between good and evil blurred. This was her last challenge…

I found a woman in those Loran catacombs. Her name was Yrellina, an elf, just like me. She was looking for her husband there, her human husband. I asked what they are doing here in first place, because the dungeons were crawling with monsters. She replied, that this was meant to be a refuge. There were war, with some foul creatures, and the people from Loran retreated to the catacombs.

Yrellina: My husband is a skilled hunter. He came here to help the refugees. I begged him not to, and now he is missing and I am too afraid to wander deeper.

Andurile: Worry not. I will help you get through, just stay close. What is his name?

Yrellina: Steven. His name is Steven…

Her voice was shaking. I promised to help her find him. We fought our way through groups of monsters. I kept her from harm’s way.

When we got through we found her husband’s bow. It was lying near the doorway that led us to the refugees. Yrellina was so terrified, but I could not do anything, at the time I did not know how to comfort her.

When we entered the camp, a foul smell hit me, so I immediately sent her back the way we came in. I knew it was way safer outside than in the camp itself.

I recognized the smell of human flesh. I knew what they were… But I found evidence as well in one of the rooms. Human bodies. I was so upset. I burned all of it. They were cannibals… And they have already eaten Steven. In my rage I somehow could put a control on myself, and just walked away from that foul place.

Yrellina: What have we become? Human eating human? What have we come to live, to see? Madness is all what left for us? A cry of pain from their heart.

Yrellina was in despair, but at least alive. I cursed them all…

The evil of humanity was unending, and terrifying. But Andurile found something down there. Her care, her feelings… She could regain herself.

ACT V, SCENE I. :

For years she wandered around, could not find a purpose in life. But the tides were changing again…

We open at a market place in the walled up city of Bréma. A young man with shining armour enters the market, and Andurile sets her eyes on him.

For he immediately catches her eyes. She could not resist him, his look. She felt something what she did not know… In Andurile’s eyes this meeting was a miracle. She never thought she would love someone. But here they were.

ACT V, SCENE II. :

In the park under a big tree; two figures were sitting and talking.

William: My name is William, I am a knight.

Andurile: It is nice to meet you good sir, my shining knight. I am called Andurile. They were chatting. They were laughing. Andurile was alone no more. And as time went by, they were drawn closer to each other.

It was love, none the less, and it was strong. He knew who I was, and what I was. But he did not care. He loved me none the less.

A season changed, spring turned into summer. They are sitting at fountain.

Andurile: Why do you love me? Why take the risk?

Williem: You can’t decide who to love or not. But why wouldn’t I? You are the best thing what happened with me.

Andurile: I am afraid you see it wrong… I am evil, and I don’t deserve to be loved… You should believe me, because if you not, I might hurt you…

Williem: You won’t, I know! I love you and I trust you!

Andurile: I love you too, and this is why I beg! I know myself, and I know that someday, perhaps it won’t be today, but it will happen… I just know, I know my nature. I love you and because of this I don’t want to put you into harm’s way… One way or another, I will break your heart, sooner or later…

William: Quite my love, you shan’t speak like this. I know who you are, but I gladly take the risk. Even if it were for one day, it is still better love for a short time, than to not know love at all.

Months passed. We were together in great love. But I knew it all along, how will it end… William was so sweet to me, my dear shining knight.

ACT V, SCENE III. :

The sound of the drops stopped. It was no longer raining outside. Andurile was standing at the window, looking out, a little nervous.

Waiting for her love. She was thinking. The last days of August brought worries to her.

I know, I wanted to change. I abandoned my evil ways long ago. I did not feed on humans anymore, only on animals, and I left them alive. I had no anger within my heart anymore. Instead I learnt to love…

But also, I knew, deep within, that I did not deserve this. I had to go, I had to find my redemption… I had much to pay… And as fall came, I knew what must be done…

The knight arrived. The door closed.

Andurile: Good afternoon good sir, my beloved knight.

They were hugging and kissing. But Andurile’s kiss was full of sorrow. Like a goodbye kiss…

William: What ails you my love? I can feel your pain, I can see it in your beautiful eyes.

Andurile: I don’t deserve this life. To be happy, and loved. I am evil, and thus I must pay for it.

William: That is not true! You deserve to be loved more than anyone else. You brought me back from my sorrow. You achieved what no one else could. I was lost without you! I love you!

Andurile: Oh my dear love, my shining knight! Everyone has a miracle. You were that to me, but I did not meant to be yours… I feel the calling, the toil of the night…

William: Don’t go!

Andurile: I must… My purpose lies up ahead, somewhere out there. I am sorry…

William: I understand… You told me this before…

Andurile: I am so sorry… Can you ever forgive me?

William: I have nothing to forgive. You were a light in my darkness. Thus I am forever grateful. If this is what you want, I let you go, but you have a place in my heart, and a place at my table whenever you need it…

Andurile was speechless. This was true love.

And this was our goodbye kiss…

I had to leave, but at least I get to know what love is. William’s destiny waited for him, and it was not me. He loved me with a true heart, and it was hard for me too. I broke his beautiful heart, and mine as well. He loved me so much, that he could let me go…

Oh my dear William, my shining knight, who saved me from what ate me from within. It was you whom shown me what it meant to be alive, the little things that make life beautiful, and thus I am forever grateful…

EPILOUGE:

A hooded woman is walking down a road, leading through an autumn forest. Leaves already started to fall down.

My time…

I had life once, I was living in a village, but it was a long, long time ago. I fell ill. Then a vampire came.

I was ill and he spared me, I don’t know why, to his eyes, I was weak, he felt mercy or shame perhaps? He bit me and cured me, but also cursed me at the same time.

I lived a life of darkness and fear. I killed, I murdered… people feared me, I was evil…

But on a cold day, at the bottom of my sorrow I realised my wickedness, I learnt to control the monster within me. For years I was looking for redemption, for salvation what was denied from me. I could not find any, and then love came. Love I did not deserve.

With time I realised that my purpose is waiting for me. I felt the calling. The toil of the night. My time was up long ago. But I got one more chance. I am barely a shadow of someone I was; in a different life. My time has come. The path lies ahead. The calling was made, and now it is my part to answer. It took me a while, but I found the purpose behind my life, a meaning to all this. I reborn from my ashes…

ENDING SCENE:

Andurile is walking away in the autumn forest at sunset.

Who knows where her path leads, but she sure found the right one…

THE END

OR MAYBE IT ISN’T?