Chapter 1

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Thursday, October 1st, 2020

A King always needs a Queen.

I'm Cal Masters, and I'm the King of all Vampires.

I've been searching all over the world for centuries for my Mate, my Queen but have had no luck. This is my last chance to find her, a month or I will be stripped of my crown, and title by death.

"Cal, it is time" I hear Malcolm, my 2nd in command calls from my office doorway.

Looking towards my clock on the wall, I see it is now midnight which means it is officially October 1st. "Is everything ready Malcolm?" I ask. "Yes, the car is packed up and ready to go" Malcolm informs me.

Standing up, I grab my jacket off the back of my chair, putting it on and walking out the door with Malcolm following close behind.

Getting into the car, Malcolm slides in next to me. "So where are we off to this year?" I question, glancing Malcolm's way.

"Ivywood, it is a small college town" he informed me, handing me a file.

Opening it up, I scan through the information. "College professor, really Malcolm?" I murmur. To which he just laughs "You are only there for a short time, filling in for a teacher who surprisingly is taking off for a month-long work-study program" Malcolm replies making me laugh. "Surprisingly you say" I mumble more to myself as I continue reading the file while we drive through the night in silences.

After the long hour drive, we pull up to a gated entrance. Robert, my driver, head of security, as well as good friend enters in a code, and the gates open, allowing us to drive on through and up the long drive. Trees are surrounding both sides of the gravel road. Before opening up to a view of a beautiful historical manor that I will be calling home for the month.

The car comes to a stop at the front doors. Just as they open and out walks a butler who then opens up my door.

Stepping out of the car, the butler bows before me "King Cal, welcome, it is a pleasure to have you here. My name is Ian, shall we?" he says sweeping his arm towards the front door. "Yes, thank you, Ian" I nod before walking passed and into the manor.

The manor has a nice warm feeling about it. Dark oak wood and burgundy seem to be the color scheme throughout the place.

Standing in the foyer I am greeted by more staff, all bowing. "Rise" I order and watch as each stands back up straight, hands at their sides, heads high and respectful.

"King, if I may introduce the staff then I will give you a tour of the manor if you would like," Ian says stepping up next to me. Nodding my head for him to continue he gives a quick introduction. Tina is the cook as well as the manor manager alongside Ian. Maggie and Bethany are the maids, then there is Simon and Theo who are the groundskeepers.

Once I have met all the employee's Ian takes myself, Malcolm and Robert around, showing us all the rooms. Taking us upstairs to the third floor I am informed that I have this whole floor to myself while Malcolm and Robert each have their own wing on the second floor.

Deciding to get a few hours of shut-eye, I bid them all goodnight and head on to my room.

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Waking up I see it is only a little after six and the sun is just now starting to rise. I only need a few hours of sleep to be refreshed and ready to continue on with my day.

Once showered and dressed I make my way downstairs to the dining room.

"Good morning, I trust that you have slept well?" Malcolm asks as he and Robert each give me a quick bow before returning upright. "Indeed I did, and you?" I inquire as I take a seat at the head of the table and gestured for them to join me. "The same." Once we are seated the maids begin delivering dishes of delicious breakfast items and serving us.

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