We open to Dracula talking with Sister Agatha who I guess did not perish at the convent. They seem very chummy. He is about to tell her a story about his boat ride to England. I can’t understand why Sister Agatha is unharmed or why the doesn’t have her hair covering on. Then a man on a ship wakes up to Thing from the Addam’s family. When I say Thing, I mean the severed hand. Turns out to be a dream.
Dracula does indeed board a ship named the Demeter. He breathes out a fog that surrounds the ship. He apparently likes people and not just to eat. He has found an old Grand Duchess to converse with. Even eats the person driving the boat to spiffy up his German so he can better speak to her. Turn out he knows her from when she was a teen. He resisted eating her once. Not twice. On the ship, Piotr is new. He actually took another person’s name to be able to get the job. He is very scared of everything. He seems to be growing on the cook.
Dracula is on deck as Lady Dorabella is taking walk. He even tells her he is a vampire. Of course, at first, she is in disbelief. He shows her what her future could have held before he eats her. Her obvious death and disappearance have caused alarm. Now that the Grand Duchess is missing as is the first mate and now Lady Dorabella, everyone is on edge.
Through the conversation with Sister Agatha, a picture of what is going on (besides the obvious eating) with the people on the ship is clearly seen. On of the crew falls and very badly breaks his leg which loosens Count Dracula’s control on his blood lust. Through the conversation between passengers, we find Mr. Balaur is behind the current passengers being on the ship. A bunch of the crew abandon ship because they fear for their lives.
Finally Sister Agatha seems to be surfacing. During the back and forth between her and Dracula she seemed completely unaware of the danger and everything that she should worry about. It was as though he was telling her about the voyage from somewhere in the future. Now she is fighting for her life, such as it is. In no time at all the crew and passengers is down three more people. The remaining people put themselves in a circle of Holy Scripture to try to keep them safe. Because of what happened with Mina, Sister Agatha is distrustful of Piotr. Fortunately for Piotr, he passes the test.
While the back and forth between the goings on and the conversing with Sister Agatha was well done to not be jarring, it was just very confusing. Does Dracula survive the ship ride? Does Sister Agatha? Let me know what you think in the comments below. Til next week…