Originally broadcasted 2/15/05
Deep Woods – Night
Over the noise of heavy rainfall pounding down onto the soggy earth, the sound of footsteps rapidly approaching could be heard.
A dragonfly flew over a large puddle and settled peacefully onto the water’s surface. Then, suddenly, a heavy boot stomped into the puddle, crushing the unnoticed dragonfly beneath its force.
The thunder resounded overhead and a flash of lightning illuminated the worn and ragged features of Kadin Van Helsing.
Cleveland, Ohio – Dark Alley – Same Time
“Car c’est la fête du courage!”
The hunched form of Reteesk moved along the alley with a DVD case clutched in his hand. The title read Hellraiser: Inferno; a store sticker on the case proclaimed it to be a “family film.” Reteesk’s mouth-tentacles vibrated as he sang.
“C’est la fête des gens de coeur! Allons! –”
The demon rounded a corner, and the fleshy ridges above his wide-spaced eyes rose in surprise.
Bucharest, Romania – Deep Woods – Same Time
A black-clad figure sat perched on the roof of an abandoned cottage.
The figure sat with its legs crossed and its hands resting lightly in its lap. It remained completely motionless as it sat with its eyes closed, apparently in deep concentration.
A sudden bolt of lightning flashed overhead to illuminate the figure’s manly features and jet-black hair. The lightning vanished as quickly as it appeared. The man slowly opened his eyes.
They glowed a deep red, the only thing visible in the pitch black of the night.
Bucharest, Romania – Deep Woods – Moments Later
Kadin stood directly in the puddle, the rain still falling steadily from above. She took a few moments to compose herself, let out a deep breath and slumped over, placing her hands on her knees. She closed her eyes, breathing rapidly as the rain steadily flowed down over her face, washing away the dirt and blood.
A sudden sound of a breaking branch caught her attention and she jerked her head to the right. She tried to blink the rain out of her eyes as she stared into the darkness of the woods.
The wind suddenly shifted and a black figure came flying out of the woods. Kadin’s eyes grew wide and she barely managed to drop onto her stomach to avoid the hurtling shape. She let it fly over her head before turning, kicking out its feet and pushing off of a nearby tree.
The hunter put her hands down into the cool mud and struggled to push herself onto her feet, but before she could make it, a hard black boot landed in the middle of her back.
Kadin let out a moan of pain as she was forced face first into the mud.
The dark man slowly leaned down, his foot still on her back, to whisper into her ear.
“It’s hopeless,” the deep, manly voice whispered. “You cannot escape him. You cannot defeat him. He is the All Powerful One.”
Kadin let out a deep breath and closed her eyes in zen-like concentration.
“Maybe so,” she said, as she gripped a huge handful of mud. “But you? You’re just an errand boy, his personal lap dog.”
The dark man let out an enraged roar and grabbed Kadin by the back of her shirt. He lifted her effortlessly into the air with one arm.
Kadin stared down into his yellow-gold eyes and watched as his features shifted further into their vampire visage.
The vampire smiled and licked his lips. “I will not kill you. He would not be pleased, but he never said that we couldn’t have a little…taste.”
The vampire slowly leaned into Kadin’s neck. In that moment, she lifted her hand up and threw the mud right into his eyes. He let out a strangled roar and threw Kadin to the side, as if she were no more than a rag doll.
Her body twisted into the air and she slammed into a nearby tree. She remained slumped against it for a few short moments, before she finally managed to lift her hand up to her side. She let out a strangled moan of pain and pushed herself back off the tree, falling to the ground with a heavy thud.
She looked over to see the vampire still struggling to get the mud out of his eyes. She tried to sit up, but the pain was too great. Instead, she just lifted her left hand to her right side and wrapped it around the huge broken branch protruding from it.
With a loud moan of pain, Kadin painstakingly pulled the embedded branch from deep within her flesh and tossed it aside. When she pulled her hand away, it was stained a deep red with her own blood.
She was only able to stare down at it for a moment before she suddenly felt herself being lifted into the air once again.
“For that,” the vampire said, leaning in close, “you will suffer.”
He saw the open display of pain on Kadin’s face and smiled.
“Bite me,” she said menacingly, before spitting her own blood into the vampire’s face and causing him to release his grip on her.
The vampire stumbled back slightly and wiped the blood from his face. Just as he regained his balance, he looked up to see the flying body of the monster hunter come crashing into his own.
Kadin tumbled over the vampire and leapt to her feet, as best she could in her injured state. The vampire slammed his fists down onto the cold mud and jumped to his feet with a deep growl.
“I’m losing my patience,” he said, taking a few steps closer. He dropped his coat to reveal his huge, muscled arms.
“What do you know? We have something in common,” Kadin said. She covertly lifted her leg behind her back and slipped a small silver stake with a wooden tip from her boot.
The vampire let out a deep, throaty laugh. “Pity I can’t keep you myself. You’d make a lovely pet.”
Kadin just smirked as she pulled the stake from behind her back and held it up so he could see it. “The pet of a lap dog? I’ll pass on that offer.”
The vampire growled and started to leap forward, but Kadin was quicker.
She managed to flip over the vampire’s charging body, sending him bouncing off a nearby tree. She landed on the ground with a hard smack but didn’t pause a moment, throwing her stake through the air. She watched as the vampire stood frozen with the stake embedded in its back, before turning to dust.
The hunter let out a long deep breath and fell back to the ground, completely exhausted. She closed her eyes and breathed deeply for a few moments, then opened them again. Her left hand rested beside her head, the glint of silver on her middle finger catching her eye.
She lay there, staring at the ring. Then her eyelids flickered as she weakened from the loss of blood.
“Kennedy,” she whispered low. Somehow, she managed to gather the strength to push herself to her feet. She gripped her bleeding side tightly as she gathered her stake and started to stumble out of the woods and toward the lights of the city.
Bucharest, Romania – Abandoned Cottage Roof – Moments Later
The dark figure slowly opened his red eyes. He stared off into the night for a few silent moments. Then he slowly floated off the rooftop, as if he were weightless.
“Interesting,” he said in a low, husky voice. The sinister smile reappeared on his face, and then he vanished into thin air.
End of Teaser