Dashing Duke [Vampyre #1]

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On the Island of Niapachad, there are rumors and mystery that would bring you back in time as the inhabitants of this island is a blast from the past. They talk strangely, dress strange and the community is strange. They still acquaintance themselves with the old ways, having gentry as the social hierarchy. There is so much to learn and discover when you're here. The wonderstruck balls, the dazzling operas, and spectacular views from all over the island. But beware, for you don't know what's lurking the shadows and something might be more than just a beautiful dream that you wanted. ***** Lady Rebecca 'Becca' Davis thinks that she was up for sale when her family decided that she will be marrying with a gent from the Higher Court. She wanted to rebel on the night of the ball but something caught her eyes when she met someone at the ball. His allure was catching Becca into his web of deceit. Would Becca sacrifice herself or would she turn away from her new captor? Duke of Belikov, Niklaus Dragomir, has wanted nothing in his life for he was a man that has everything. Until he met Lady Rebecca Davis. Her sassy mouth and rebellious nature were stirring something dark inside him. Something that wanted to take control of her body as she begs for his mercy. What happened when Becca found out about his secret? Will she stay or would she run away for her only instinct was to survive

Fantasy / Romance
Nikki Larousse
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I. The History

Niapachad Island.
It was located on the west side of Crete Island in the Aegean Sea. People don’t usually take notice of the island because it was an independent country since the beginning of the time. The richness of the land makes it one of the most sought lands in ancient times but there was something that was compelling the explorers to set their foot there.
They say that the island was haunted by supernatural creatures. And maybe they are…
By the time of the Industrial Revolution with England tried to be the leader of such revolution as the revolution took place around the world at that time with steam engines and other inventions, Niapachad Island was far more advanced than the rest of the world but they chose to be a traditionalist country.
And by that I mean, the country was ruled by monarchs and the gentry was still in the system of social hierarchy. Their choice in the clothes department was still in the time where everything was still in the 18th century Edwardian.
Niapachad Island was divided into 5 main regions; Belikov, Kain, Vyckos, Raine, and Fell. They have something in the regions that made people wanted to go there. In Belikov, it has Royal Molftus at the center of the island. It was ruled by the Duke of Belikov.
In Kain, we have St. Betown, named after Saint Betown, which was known for its arena that people went to see in the east of the island for the Contest of Champion that was held once every year to see who was the strongest amongst the islanders. And it was a way to blow off some steams as well.
In Vyckos, we have Stonelockteco that was located in the South. It was famous for its mining history and heritage. Locals and tourists alike were sprawling in the small town to get their hands on the jewelry that was the finest on Niapachad Island as well as around the world. The young queen of Niapachad Island would have to compete to get one of those.
Then, there was a coastal city in the west of the island. It was ruled by the Earl of Raine and it was a small city with elaborate legends of all the supernatural creatures. Whether it’s true or not, it’s debatable.
It was said to be sprawling with vampires, werewolves, fairies, witches, and wizards, as well as demons. But it was never proven to see those supernatural creatures to walk down on the street of the city, terrorizing people.
It was assumed that the locals were bored and come up with those legends.
Well, that was before everyone knows the island and when they did get the better of history of the island, they wished that they never did.
Last but not least, we have North Msallste that was overseen by the Baron of Fell. It was famous for its extraordinary theatres, art, and cultural exhibitions. It was beyond its time and the tourists and locals alike love it so much.
The nightlife on the island was different from the daylight. Why, did you ask? Well, it was because the gentry mostly went out of their mansion and houses when the night falls upon the sky. It was the best time of the entertainment as well as the business was booming.
The nightlife offered something that daylight can’t. The life of the theatre, the balls that were being organized by the gentry and were invited for anyone that wanted to come, and the sight of the gentry that was rumored to be handsome out of this world.
You don’t believe it? Why don’t you step onto the island and see it for yourself? We’ll be waiting for more tourists to come and see the spectacular heritage that Niapachad Island has to offer.
One thing that never forgot to be mentioned if you are planning to come to Niapachad Island, it was stated that the Porphyria, a genetic disease mutation, was high up in numbers on the island. Was it proven? Not exactly but the locals would have a pale complexion and their skins would turn to blisters if they were exposed to the sunlight for a long period.
What was Porphyria?
Well, it was said to be a genetic mutation that was carried by one or two parents and passed it down to their children. It was causing the porphyrins to build up in the body and harms the skins and some times it would be on the nervous system as well.
The symptoms can be seen as early as 12 years old or at an average when the children were 15 years old. They would have severe abdominal and chest pain, vomiting that could result in blood as well as fever and high blood pressure. It would usually go on for days or weeks.
But after the children were passing that stage, that’s where the real changes started to show.
Their skin would be pale and the eyes would be lighter than usual as the blood was not enough in their bodies. Most of the locals that around did not have these cases. It was rumored that it was the gentry that would have this mutation.
Why? It was never been told to the public or how they could be getting this from one generation to another generation or from one family to another family. It was a secret that the locals wanted to know.
And that was the history that you would read in the pamphlet if you were to visit the island. Beware, you might not want to leave for all the richness that the island has to offer. But would you stay was another question that you have to answer as the night was not what it seems.
Oh and one more thing, don’t forget to look behind your shoulders because who knows what might be lurking around at night.
Sometimes, the symptoms of having Porphyria was related to the stories of the gentry on Niapachad Island. How they stay inside the house all the time and barely seen when the sun was up. But they lurked during the nights.
Most people did not believe it to be true until they saw it for themselves and that was the first sign that they are in danger.
But are they truly in danger? Now, that’s a question that did not answer up until now.
Lady Rebecca Davis, or also known as Becca by her friends, closed the book that she was reading about the History of her home country, The Niapachad Island by the first settlers of The Origins. It was anonymous but the book was published for public usage. She did remember reading it when she was being tutored by one of the greatest minds on the island.
“What a boring life I had,” she said as she was looking out the window of her library. She lived in the Royal Molftus, a home for most of the gentry of Niapachad Island if they did not move to their respective regions. There was not much going on when you were not in charge of the land.
Becca sighed before she got up from the couch that she was sitting at the window. Her mother’s touch was immaculate. She can see that it was on purpose for the couch to be sitting next to the window as her mother knows that she would love to be there and just read her books.
“Becca, are you in here, darling?” Her mother, Lady Georgia Davis, called after her daughter before she stepped into the library that Becca loved to spend her time here.
“What are you doing laying around here? We have a ball to attend in 3 hours. Why are you not ready yet?” Her mother asked her before Becca sighed.
“I don’t think that I would need a lot of time to be presentable, mother. Besides, the gentry would not try to woo me after all. They would be looking for someone that was extrovert and has a sweet smile. Me? Opposite of all that,” she said as Becca was looking at her mother. Lady Georgia sighed. She already giving up on this daughter of hers as she was the last remaining unmarried woman of the Davis.
Lady Georgia did not know what was wrong with Becca. She’s smart but she would rather spend some time in the library than mingling with the lords that would attend the ball. Lady Georgia would sometimes find that Becca was sitting at the corner, her nose was inside the book that she would bring with her.
She was fed up with her daughter, this one.
“I don’t see why you would not catch the eyes from one of the lords. I mean, your sisters—“
“Do not compare me with my sisters, mother. You know well why,” Becca said as she was getting up from the couch. She went to the bookshelves before putting the History of Niapachad Island onto the shelves before she was picking up her skirt and went out of the library.
“Becca, wait,” her mother called after her as Becca was increasing her speed but failed when her mother was standing in front of her.
Becca sighed inwardly, although her face showed nothing of sort.
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