June 21 Tatyanna and Katarina were born to a Romanian 14 year old noble woman.
and her Gypsy lover. Her father hunted her down and in a rage killed her gypsy
for "despoiling his only child. Grandpa was no charmer, he gave the new borns
to a wetnurse and governess. He sent his daughter to family in Prague, where a
second cousin married the girl. Rosemerta remained to raise the twins in the Baron's
home where family rarely visited the baby girls.
BIRTH MARKS: In the
gloaming the old women took the babes into the woods weaving in and out of the
trees making certain they were not followed. In the fading light they traveled
on till they reached a camp fire where an old gypsy woman tended the fire. her
long silver hair hung over her shoulder in a thick braid. Gesturing to an old
worn blue velvet bag she asked Rosemerta to place the objects for the ritual.
Rosemerta put Katarina in to the Baba's arms, then took from the bag and unwraped
a small copper bowl setting it near the fire and filling it with cool water from
from a water skin, then did the same with a yellow fan with white feathers, a
sphere of onyx, and last she unwrapped a an obsidian mirror surrounded with pieces
of meterorite. Baba asked for the second born child first and gave Tatyanna back
to Rosemerta, and the wet nurse put Katarina into Baba arms. The old woman whispered
to the infant while laying the wide eyed girl down by the low burning fire.
softly Baba called to the elements reaching into the strands of time until water
bubbled up from the earth puddling then streaming around the infant Katarina.
This stream still flows in those wood to this very night. A necklace of mother
of pearl and aquamarine was place around Katarina's neck. Baba spoke softly over
the child. "This one will be a great perfomer and bless our people with knowledge.
She will be guided by the element of water. Changing but never changed."
Now was Tatyanna laid near the fire and Baba began to chant again calling
again to the elements. Leaves fell from the trees all about the women and the
two babes. The old woman laughed "a trickster are you little one. Eartth
claims this one.. the yesterday, today and tomorrow show their secrets to this
little one." A necklace of amber and jet was place around Tatyanna's neck.
"She will help guide the Phuri Dae with the Sight. Patterns of life and death,
physical and spiritual will lay down before her." Then Baba burried a small
token of silver in the earth she chanted a geasa to set the childs footsteps in
way she should go. The fire died out at the end of the chant. Quickly the women
gathered up the ritual objects then went their separate ways Rosmerta and the
wet nurse with the babes in her arms back to their home. Baba with her blue bag
traveled to where the Spirit led.
1908- The Twins are kidnapped by their
governess and hidden within a Kumpania. The militia suspects and harasses the
Gypsies of the Phuri Dae - Kumpania Ven Droma. After a year of harassment, the
Noble family gave up on the girls. The King of the Clan decided that Rosemerta
should not disclose who the girls parent's were.
1909-1922 The girls
adapted to life in the Kumpania enjoying the freedoms of the open road. They spoke
in their own language -Twin Speak. It let them have their secrets..they did almost
everything together..always finding the other when separated. The girls knew each
others thoughts as they learned from the members of their clan. The Blood was
evident in both the girls at an early age. Katarina was a graceful and sensual
dancer - the Gaje threw money when she danced. Her mind was quick with numbers
many times keeping the Gaje from "robbing" the family. Kat learned to
pick the locks of those places the family wanted to "borrow" from -they
always left or did something useful for payment. Katarina was so charming and
sly that when she asked people for money, they gave it to her. Rosemerta beat
her for taking money without payment, but the Gypsy King said that Katarina had
a natural gift and why shouldn't the Gaje give her their money just to behold
her beauty? Katarina became very good at panhandling. A sweet smile, a coy expression..as
she grew older she made the blood in the Gaje run hot! Katarina could warm the
Tatyanna learned to dance but not so well as Katarina, often
she play the violin while her sister danced. Taty drew from the Blood of the Phuri
Dae making the Sight strong and true in her by the time she was 11 her reputation
as a fortune teller was such that the family and Gaje came asking for their fortunes
to be told. They knew when the Gypsies were coming and paid well for Taty's fortune
telling. Rosemerta taught the girls about plants how to blend potions and perfumes.
Grandmother taught them the history of the Rom and Romani about the Shumulo.The
cold dead. Vampires. OF Myths and legends. Not to Piss off the Fair Folk and not
to go out alone on a full moon night. They learned by repeating the stories until
the stories were memorized.
The children were hidden when the Shumulo came
around and warded each sunset to prevent the Vampires from carrying them off.
Rosemerta explained to them that the vampires wanted the power of their blood
so that they could use their old gifts for evil. The family did not speak of the
Blood to strangers and so the girls didnt either.
The twins learned mostly
from mimicking the actions of others. It would be a very long time before they
would learn how to read and write.
1922- TWICE BITTEN -Tumnimos: The Kumpania
was traveling the Winter Road taking horses the men had broke and saddle trained
over the spring and summer to one of their most beneficial customers. A lord who
lived high in one of the mountain passes. As luck would fail, three of the horses
died, or so Lord Ruthven claimed. And so soon after the sun had set he rode
into camp to settle the dead. He was enchanted by the lovely twins...Katarina
twirling making her skirts fly high as Tatyanna played the violin in the small
band of troubadours. The girls were oblivious as he argued with the Gypsy King
and the other men about the dead animals. To sate the Shumulo's anger and to protect
the Kumpania the King gave the twins to the demon in repayment. It was the trickery
of the old man that got the girls to go peacefully..Rosemerta their faithful protector
was in drugged sleep as they rode off with the handsome duke thinking they were
going to perform in his castle.
7 nights passed the girls had entertained
in the Dukes castle..Katarina was mesmerized by powers she could not understand
and Taty was drugged so the Sight would not warn her of their fate. Each dawn
he locked them in the guest room promising the Kumpania would come to get them
soon. He gave the girls gold coins and jewels. Kat could not pick this lock, it
was too complicated. Taty was no help- it was like she didnt care about their
captivity. Taty kept saying the family would come and all would be well. Kat was
not so sure....
A winter storm left the castle dark as if night, and the
Shumulo was awake during the day. His children were "murdered" by Hunters
over 100 years before. It had taken him many months to decide if he wanted to
embrace new chylder and many months since he had chosen the twins. It was time
he decided. His ghouls prepared a feast and brought up old vintage wines from
the cellars. He had the ghouls lay out fine clothing for the twins...and goblets
of sweet wine laced with drugs for them to drink as they got ready for the evening
and to return to their family. They were so excited as they dressed and brushed
each other hair...Taty applied cole to Kat's eyes Kat made sure the lines of Taty's
lipstick were straight...and they drank wine and ate the sweet treats... --laughing
as they lay on the bed together telling tales of their adventure to each other-practicing
to tell the stories to the family. They laughed and flirted with the vampire as
he climbed between the lovely girls. Asking them who would be first. Kat and Taty
playfully argued which should be "first. Neither of them had the wits to
ask "first for what?" No matter, Taty would be first..because she was
the oldest twin by a few minutes. The girls were no strangers to kissing games..
teasing..and leaving a man wanting... the duke mesmerized the drunk girls..and
took them at his leasure.. skillfully arousing them...their blood would be sweeter
for it. Taty and Kat wrapped their arms around him, stealing kisses, Kat froze
next to the duke when she realized he was draining the life from Tat... the sisters
hands found the other. He promised not to kill Taty if Kat would willingly give
herself to him... The girls rose together at the next sunset...betrayed, frightened
and without the gifts of the Blood. New gifts replaced the old. They had each
other. They would survive.
1929- America was in the mist of the Great Depression.
Madmen ranted every we here. But it was a remarkable year, a year of new found
freedom for the girls. The "innocent girls" had gained his trust Ruthven
for whatever reason did not blood bond them again. He lost interest in raping
and torturing the girls. Such a trite mortal desire that did nothing to make him
"feel" remotely human. Little by little they were free to think their
own thoughts. One night when the girls had charmed him Ruthven let slip how the
blood bond bound those who drank their blood. Silly Elder! He should have just
given them Dixie cups and straws. Instead the girls invented a "ritual"
that culminated with them drinking their sisters blood -effectively bonding them
to each other protecting them from stronger vampires who would surely take advantage
of them. Did not always the strong prey upon the weak?
With the freedom
of thought came the realization of what the Shumulo had robbed them of The Blood
and their birthrights. Anger became rage and rage became a tree of bitterness
inside the girls. They stayed with Ruthven learning, reading books in his extensive
library. Teaching themselves to control the beast within.. Not to take more blood
than was needed and lengthen the time between feedings- a frenzy or two taught
them better than anything not to wait too long. And they plotted. Had Ruthven
been good to Taty and Kat they might have found it in their cold dead hearts to
1932 - November 1st Rosemerta died of old age on the high winter
road. She is burred in the forests she loved. She left her beloved daughters her
small intricately carved box of Indian Rosewood her most precious treasure the
only thing Rosemerta always carried with her. It belonged to her ancestors many
generations ago. It would be 13 years before the Twins would receive Rosemerta
gifts. Ruthven the Terrible reveled in the knowledge the girls adopted mother
was dead expecting to torment them they did not grieve openly for The Blue Rose.
1939- Nazi Germany was gaining more power and purging the earth of
so called undesirables. Ruthven made certain the Nazi's found the Kumpania...and
most of the family was sent off to Concentration camps. There Kumpania was not
the only one to suffer because of Ruthven. It was the final straw. But the girls
did whatever Ruthven asked. While they learned from his books how to destroy him.
He was a monster. He had made them monsters. He had to pay for his crimes. The
King had sold the girls to save the family and this they could forgive. But not
this man who had used tier bodies, polluted their blood and destroyed their family.
1941- On the exact day of their Becoming 9 years prior. He came to their
room....and he did not leave. The detals are a part of another story...Niether
girl took his life force into them fearing they would become the heartless monster
he was. They expected to perish when their sire did..but the legends were not
true and the girls survived. The ghouls fled the castle carrying with them whatever
they could. One remained out of loyalty to the girls who had always treated him
1945-1946-The girls waited each night in the spot on the
Winter Road where the Kumpania camped. Late in Winter when the crocus push through
the snow, three wagons instead of the usual 9 made their way up the winter road.
It was an uneasy reunion. Now the children Kat and Taty had grown up with were
now the elders and the twins still looked 16. It took many years for the Kumpania
to trust them. But undead or alive Taty and Kat were family...a large casque of
gold and jewels probably helped change their minds along with other necessary
When the twins returned to the Kumpania Baba Rosemerta's box
would be given to them. None of the contents removed for fear of the awesome curse
attached to the box, its contents and respect for the old woman. The box is passed
down to daughters. Images drawn over the centuries of past members of the kumpania
and places the family traveled. a piece of jewlery from each succession of women
also was in the box. Kat and Taty wept and held each other as they looked through
its contents reciting the stories that went with each one. A set of tarot cards
from the 1500s that always answer the quarrants question. With the box Cat recieved
Rosemerta's belly dancing cymbals and several beautiful rings meant to get the
girls through any hard time.
The Twins traveled with the Kumpania protecting
them by night and the family protected them by day. Kat and Taty did not drink
from their family...at times a small bowl of one of the members blood was offered
to Taty so she could better "See" into the future to guide the Kumpania.
Or to Kat as a payment for her beautiful dance and company. As blood was the gypsies
life it was also the Vampires "life" a gift no one took lightly.
-As WWII ended Russia claimed the Balkan countries. Mother Russia had long arms
her control was felt in the high country and even the most desolate places. The
twins convinced the Kumpania that it was time to find a new country it had become
unhealthy to be a gypsy in Russia controlled Romania...and so began the journey
to America. 3 families -12 members of the Kumpania made the journey. Wooden wagons
hundreds of years old were given to sister clans in exchange for provisions. Once
they were in the States the old way of traveling was replaced by trucks and travel
trailers when they arrived in America. Promises of mild winters made the family
travel south. Settling first in Arkansas the Family found work on several farms
repairing farm equipment, tending children and other tasks American families did
not wish to do themselves. Payment was often bartered when their clients were
too poor to pay cash. The Kumpania of the Winter Road was an accepted part of
the community- until the KKK burned down one of their trailers are. The family
demanded justice but justice was blind. They "borrowed' a brand new travel
trailer and truck rig off of the lot of the local KKK leader -thanks to Katarina's
lock picking skills and one of the brother's abilities to hot wire anything with
an engine. An eye for an eye right? A new tractor was "gifted" by old
Scotty Keith to the small community of farmers.
1951-1965 -Louisiana, Kansas,
Colorado, Utah, Sin City, & Arizona
1966- 2007 Hello California &
the West Coast
2008: The Big Easy -Katarina opened a curiousity shop on
Burbon St. Taty helped Kat by reading tarot cards and telling fortunes. The shop
was moderately successfull..then a call came from Family back home of course,
the Girls made arrangements at once to travel to their beloved Romania leaving
their shop in the capable hands of their cousin Joephina and her husband Georgio.
While in Romania the girls discovered relatives that had survived WWII that had
missed the meeting of the Kumpania Ven Droma in 1948. And these Relatives pointed
them to Rome...where family members were known to have gone once they were released
from consentration camps. Kat remained with the Kumpania once again to travel
the High Winter Roads to the resting place of Rosemerta. Taty went on to Rome
to seach for lost relatives.
Kat will join her when the time is right.
16 -20 years lissom breathtakingly beautiful women with seemingly sweet dispositions
-almost everyone trusts them and often tell them their secrets. Most times the
girls keep their own counsel and wisely do not share the secrets of others. The
grand seduction is a game both the girls play.
Lord Ruthven is in the same noble family that sired Dracula, but he's not the
same man, um vampire. nor is he Old Clan Tzimisce.