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Saturday, March 12, 2016

Savvy Saturday: The Story of Rajana and Avadur by Shiela Stewart

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Centuries ago, Rajana was a young peasant girl who did whatever she could to survive. She stole food from outdoor carts, pick pocketed the rich, and stole clothing and blankets hanging to dry on lines outside. On the best of days, she could find shelter in a barn, or shed, but most of the time she slept on the streets. More times than not she was ushered away by the authorities. It was not an easy life for her.

Hearing talk about a woman with grand riches and beautiful jewels, Rajana decided to make her the next target. She watched the home for days, studying the woman, learning her patterns. She often had other women visit, and at least one a week they all left for several hours. Tonight was that night. Hiding in the shadows, Rajana waited for the women to leave. Quietly, she snuck up to the house and entered through an open window. The home was beautifully decorated with fine silks and cloth. She stood in awe at all that was before her. Knowing she had several hours, she took her time wandering about the house. She sat on the ornate sofa, then stretched on the large and very soft bed. She then went through the closets and swooned over the dresses. Unable to resist, she began to try them on. Each one was silky and beautifully decorated. She was sure the woman wouldn't miss one, and decided to keep on the royal blue lace gown.

The dress may be beautiful, but it wouldn't fill her belly or make her rich.

She went through drawers and closets looking for the jewels the people on the streets spoke of. In a large room, she saw several drawers, and could only stare upon opening them. In one drawer were jewels, gems, and crystals. She had hit the jackpot!

Grabbing a wicker basket on the floor, she loaded it full of her find. This was going to keep her in the lifestyle she so yearned for. Carrying the basket, high on her job well done, she suddenly heard the door open. Terrified, she searched for somewhere to hide. But it was too late.

She pleaded with the woman not to turn her in, promised never to do it again, but all the woman did was smile. To her surprise, the woman began to chant, her arms stretched up above her.

She felt her legs give and the room went dark. When she awoke, she was in a cage in a dark, dank cave. Once again, the woman was before her, and once again, she began to chant. Rajana felt a great pain in her body, enough to make her make her cry out for relief. The woman said nothing as she opened the door and held out a goblet. Needing water, Rajana took it eagerly only to nearly choked on the blood inside. But then, something inside of her rose up and the blood became an ambrosia. The woman grabbed hold of her and dragged her out into the night. She cursed her to live forever needing only blood to survive, and never being able to walk in the sunlight again without being burned severely.

She called her a vampire.

It took Rajana days to acclimate herself to her new life, and without hesitation, began to feed on humans. She hid in the daylight and stalked her prey at night. She hated what the woman had done to her. Seeking revenge, she captured the woman, who she tortured for days. When she realized all the witch could give her, she insisted on being granted mighty powers of mind control, teleportation, and so much more. When she was done with the witch, she felt benevolent and instead of killing her, curse the witch to live as she did. 

High on her new found powers, Rajana decided she wanted a man to fulfill her life. She drank from those who had ridiculed her, and soon realized she too could make them as she was. And so she set out to find just the right man. Avadur was a powerful Duke, who was incredibly handsome. Using her mind control, she lured him to the home of one of her victims and made him hers. She soon learned his charm was as vicious as a snake’s venom. He demanded she take him to the witch who had granted her powers. Avadur tortured the witch for days, refusing her the blood she now craved. And when she finally gave in, she granted him powers as well.

Rajana began to despise the man she had created and when she found out she was pregnant, decided to run away. She hid until her baby was born, and despite the monster that helped create him, she loved the child with all her heart. To her greatest fear, Avadur found her with the help of the witch. He took her son whom she named Basil, and pleaded with Avadur not to take him from her. She learned that day, just how evil he was when he instructed the witch to lock her away in a place where she could see everything, watch her child grow, but not be able to reach him. Using black magic, the witch created a realm and locked Rajana away. Over the years, Rajana watched as Avadur beat their son, forced him to feed and create more vampires, and would starve him until he agreed to become as vicious as his father. She vowed one day to exact her revenge and after decades, she finally found a way to lock him with her. She did not let him roam free, but instead, locked him in a room of eternal darkness and fed him only once a week. She watched as her son grew to be a strong man, a leader and was overjoyed when he found a love to call his own.

And she hoped, one day, to be reunited with her child.


Raised on a rural farm in Saskatchewan, Canada, Shiela Stewart relied on her vivid imagination to fill her days. Never did she realize that her need to tell a story would someday lead to becoming a published author.

In the fall of two thousand and six, Shiela published her very first book and she hasn’t stopped since.

When not writing, Shiela spends time with the love of her life and biggest supporter, William. She enjoys doting on her children and granddaughter. She has a strong affection for animals which is evident in the five cats, one dog, plenty of fish and one turtle she owns.

Some of her other passions are home d├ęcor, crocheting and knitting.

Where to find Shiela:

www.shielasbooks.ca

Shiela’s Book blog

www.facebook.com/shiela.stewart

https://twitter.com/shielasue

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