(Comments and constructive critique welcome)
"Seriously. You call that 'armor'?" said Galen as he looked at the skimpy outfit Kara was almost not wearing.
"Seriously, " Kara mimicked Galen, "don't you think you should get a little more sun? You're as pale as a ghost."
"Oh, ha, ha." said Galen as his vampire teeth glinted in the moon light. "Could you just get that door open. The Sun is about to come up as it is." he said as he nodded to the reddening sky to the East
Kara shrugged and held her staff next to a stone door set in a worked stone face of rock at the base of a cliff. "Open!"
There was a grating sound as the door shifted, then swung open. Kara held her staff into the opening and said, "Luminus!", and the crystal sphere at the head of the staff glowed in a cool blue light.
"Oh, how gallant of you.."
"I'm paying you a small fortune for this job. You billed yourself the 'best of the best of the best of the best..' until I was ready to puke. Now it's up to you to put my money where your mouth is." Galen snarled. "Because if you don't, witch, I swear by the rotting carcase of Vlad, I will drink every drop of your blood, and then you will become my servant for the rest of your un-dead life!"
Kara paused as she had started to enter the open passage. "Isn't that an oxymoron? 'Un-dead life'?"
"You know what I mean! Let's go."
The two entered the tunnel, and the door swung closed again. Inside, the darkness was barely pushed back by the glow of Kara's staff. A sound from up ahead caused Galen to grab the hilt of his sword.
Kara whispered, "Be ready, the guard is up ahead..."
The two crept forward through the tunnel and presently came to a wooden door. They heard the rustling and clinking as the guard behind the door shifted to keep the circulation in his legs under the weight of the plate armor. Kara motioned Galen to stand ready, then with a sharp command word, caused the wood to fly open. Kara leaped through, and Galen drew his sword and followed. As soon as she was through the door, Kara hit the guard with an invisible ball of energy that flung the armored man back against the wall with a sickening mix of mashing metal and breaking bone.
Galen walked over to the limp form. The guard was dead. "Couldn't you just have knocked him out?" he asked.
Kara glanced at him. "You're paying me a small fortune, remember?"
"No more killing! I'm tired of killing. That is why we are here. Is that clear, witch?"
"Perfectly." said Kara. But Galen doubted she meant it.
"Let's go.." said the vampire.
Kara led the down the passage again, holding the staff in her right hand, and holding her left hand out as if groping for something in the dark. "It's close..." she said.
"Behind that door." she said, and pointed.
Galen pushed forward, "In here?"
Kara nodded. "You must enter by yourself. That's part of the deal."
Galen nodded, and gently pushed on the door. It swung open.
Inside, Galen saw a pedestal in the middle of the floor. On it sat a vial of liquid that glowed a warm yellow. Galen slowly walked up to it, and was about to pick it up when he heard something behind him. Turning, he saw Kara in the door.
"Galen, doesn't this strike you as a bit odd?" she asked.
"Only one guard? And he was stationed far from this room. Think about it.."
Galen felt a chill run down his spine, and the hair on the back of his neck stood on end. "What are you saying..?"
Kara smiled. "You really don't get it, do you?"
Galen glanced back at the vial, then back at Kara. "A trap?"
"Yes!" Suddenly, the orb on Kara's staff brightened, and Galen felt his skin sting as the light grew in brightness. Turning, he grabbed the vial and tried to shield himself from the light with his cloak at the same time. Snapping off the top of the vial, he managed to because the contents of the vial.
Suddenly, the light died out. Turning, he saw Kara still standing in the door, the orb of her staff had dimmed back down.
"What...?" he asked.
"Give it a few more moments, and you'll see." Kara said.
Suddenly, Galen shuddered, felt him body warm up. "I feel warm..!"
"That's because you are no longer un-dead. You are now alive. Come. It is time to go."
Galen looked at her with a degree of suspicion. "No trap?"
"No trap. I had to make sure you actually drank the elixir."
Galen walked towards Kara, who moved aside to let him through. "I can smell the mustiness of this passageway. It stinks, but it's the first thing I've smelled in centuries..."
Then they came to the body of the guard. Galen looked at the limp form. "Ummm..."
The armored form st ired, rolled over, sat up, held up his arm to Kara, who grabbed and helped the heavily weighted man to his feet.
"Thank you, M'lady." he said with a bow.
"That will be all for today, Sir Winston." The knight bowed again, and limped off.
Kara waived her hand in the direction of the departing knight, and the limp went away. "Thank you, M'lady" he called out as he continued down the passage.
Galen was looking at Kara.
"Why the drama?"
Like i said, I had to make sure you were going to take the elixir. Now, come along."
The two continued up the passage until they reached the door that led to the outside world.
"Ready?" asked Kara.
The door opened, and Galen was hit full in the face by the light of dawn. he felt the warmth of the sun, felt a slight warm breeze scented with the wild flowers of spring.
"You don't know how long I've wished for this day.." he said.
He felt Kara's hand on his shoulder, "Yes, I do. I couldn't see myself in a mirror for almost two hundred years, at one time.."
Galen looked at Kara, "You mean...?"
Kara smiled, and the two reached for each others hands, and they walked together down the path to the future.
"I reject your reality, and substitute my own!" Adam Savage, Mythbusters