"The Drowning Man": Andrew Bennet realizes his faults. He overreached in thinking he could lead the mass population of the earth's vampires under one banner. He also misjudged the Van Helsings. While he had hoped to negotiate with th
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Synopsis for "The Drowning Man"
Andrew Bennet realizes his faults. He overreached in thinking he could lead the mass population of the earth's vampires under one banner. He also misjudged the Van Helsings. While he had hoped to negotiate with the vampire killers, he had failed to expect them to suicide bomb his people, and then rise from the dead. Unsure of what to do, Andrew orders his people to kill them again, until they don't get up anymore. That is, until he spots the Egyptian necklaces their opponents wear, and realizes that removing them will result in their deaths. The confusion is compounded when Mary realizes that biting the Van Helsings causes those biting to have their eyes also glow green, turning to the side of the Van Helsings.
Meanwhile, Tig Rafelson and Prof. John Troughton are trapped on a plane with no pilot, their wrists bound together. Fortunately, Tig happens to have a razor blade in her back pocket, which she uses to cut the ropes around her wrists. Unfortunately, now that she is free, neither of them knows how to pilot a plane, and they're headed straight for a mesa.
Andrew fights his way to the Van Helsings' leader, annoyed that he has failed in his job to contain the vampire population in an eternal standoff. Van Helsing seems to be under the impression that his job is to kill all vampires.
From his seat, John demands that Tig untie him, and she begrudgingly presses the auto-pilot button and unties him. Frustratedly, he warns her to get back to the wheel, knowing that auto-pilot will not save them from their impending crash. The plane crashes between the rocks of of the desert, fortunately leaving the two inhabitants relatively unscathed. However, a steady beeping from the back of the plane leads them to discover that the plane is rigged with explosives.
When Andrew realizes that Van Helsing has just blown up his friends, he begins tearing the man apart, hoping to cause him as much pain as possible before he revives. As he lies in pieces, Van Helsing scoffs that there is nothing Andrew can do to him, but the vampire uses his new powers to completely reconstruct his enemy, just so he can tear him apart again. However, John and Tig are alive, and they call on Andrew to stop behaving so brutally. John will not allow it to continue, and instead, he slices Van Helsing's head from his body, which, when it doesn't stop him, is followed up by Tig bisecting him at the waist. Sighing, Andrew admits that he doesn't know what he's doing. John promises to help, as Tig realizes that the Van Helsings have turned themselves into undead mummies. This realization is underlined by Van Helsing's torso attempting to attack again, requiring her to slice it in half.
Mary returns with as many of the Egyptian charms as she can, but there is an unfortunate development. The vampires who bit the Van Helsing mummies were infected with the Van Helsings' curse and the desire to kill vampires, essentially resulting in zombie-vampire vampire hunters. Confused, Andrew orders John and Tig to retrieve as many charms as they can while Mary kills indiscriminately (or else, get her head cut off). Andrew, meanwhile, uses magic to freeze the assembled armies in place, making it easier for them to kill.
Unfortunately, several of the cursed vampires have escaped the battlefield, and brought reinforcements.
- This book was first published on July 25, 2012.
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