The Gypsy and the Count

Shudders slam repeatedly under pressure of the howling wind. A strobe of lightening flashes, laying an ominous backdrop, as Heathcliff stares out from the window seat where he is perched, hidden behind its curtain from the two ladies who speak in confidence. He listens to Cathy’s declaration that Linton has proposed marriage, and that for her to be with Heathcliff would be a degradation. 

Cut to the quick, Heathcliff runs to the stable, hurling himself onto the strongest horse, he rides through the tempestuous storm, away from his heart— Cathy and Wuthering Heights.

With no plan other than to separate himself from pain, he rides for tirelessly for days, stopping only to find sustenance by means of rabbit or other small game. His horse, run beyond its limitations, collapses under him. He proceeds on foot, wandering to the seaside where he finds his way onto a Russian cargo ship set to embark. The destination he hopes is the continent. 

Enshrouded in the ships hold, and feeding on an occasional rat, Heathcliff feels the ship tossed violently by storms. The sounds emanating from an upper deck are indistinguishable, inhuman growling, and roars, as well as some that sound human, screams of fear and pain. More frightening is the silence that follows. The ship finally runs aground. Heathcliff makes his way up to the deck, not caring overmuch what happens to him. Seeing no sign of life, he climbs down a rope on the starboard side which is hidden from the shore and any eyes that might witness his descent into the black water. He swims toward shore. 

Wandering on the outskirts of a nearby town, Heathcliff realizes that the ship did not made it to the continent, but instead washed ashore in the seaside town of Whitby, in North Yorkshire.

On the shore, he succumbs to exhaustion, and is awakened by a charming, well dressed nobleman who introduces himself as a Count Dracula of Transylvania. The Count offers Heathcliff riches for his assistance in transporting and guarding a large heavy crate. The contents remain unknown to Heathcliff, but he accepts the offer of employment, drawn in by the promise of wealth. 

The two men board another ship, and embark on a voyage bound toward an Adriatic port. The Count explains that once they arrive at port, they will procure a carriage and set off toward the Carpathian Mountains, and his castle.

The Count’s work keeps him hidden in his rooms during the day, leaving Heathcliff to himself. They dine together nightly, sharing stories of their pasts. They soon realize they both have been heartbroken by the women they love. Mina and Cathy both still hold the hearts of these men on strings, strings that will eventually lead them back… 

The Daily Post, September 10, 2015, Daily Prompt: Worlds Colliding~ Take two main characters from two different books (either fiction or nonfiction) and introduce them to, or have them meet, each other. What would happen next?<a href=””>Worlds Colliding</a><a href=””>Worlds Colliding</a>

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