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from Vampire Tales, April 1974

Text of Drifting Snow

  • AUNT MARY.l.;.

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  • WE WERE WAITINGFoR HENRY oF WHoSEFATI{ER AUNT|E NEV6RSPOKE. ASIDE FROMOURSELVE9 ANP ACOUPLE OF SERVANT9,HE'WAS THE OI{LYHUMAN BEING gI{EEVER SAW

    'EAR, ,torlV':D HIM-- HADIRTHE DAY HE)W SHE STILLLE WHO mRED

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    FROA4 THE WESTWINDOWS ?

    AUNT /vlARY'9 RECLUSTVENESS HApCREATEDARoUND THE OLD \l(3fr^AtlAN AURA oF sTRANqE...WATCHFUIAISS, FoR t"AcK oFABETTER WORD.

    ! OtO, AUNT. I /v1soRRY. 1...rcR@TArcUT YOUR NOTWANTING TT.IEM

    DRAWN AWAY.

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    N^ADE SUCI{ A REAUEST. BUTTHER,E IS AVERY DEFINiTEOAilAER IN DRAWING AWAYTHE CURTAI NS, ERNEST HASHEAR9II{AT BEFORE, BUTYOU. CLODETTA,HAVE NOT

    ,u ,mw:ftrAw4s&t*;I STARTED TO FOLLOW HER.I WANTEO HER1O EXPIATAI UCR. STATE/I4ENTS.UNFORTUruNTEUY, OEAR COUSIN HENRYcI{oSE THAT VERY MoMENT To /y1AKE HISAPPEARANCE.

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    BUT I SHOULDN'TADVISE YOU]O 8ESATIgFIEP WITI'{

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  • FOR gOME REASON,I DECIOED TOSAI/E HENRY FROM THE WELL -OESERVEO ICnURE AUNT

    '1ARYYOU AR,EN'T

    AS ISOLATED ASI IHOUGI{T YOU'DBE UP HERE,AUNT

    AUNT, _I HOPE YOU,VE lt\AOESoME PROt/lStOttl ,N CASE

    WEIRE suowsouuo. tiERAOIO'S REPORTING ARLfiZZARO ON THE WAY. 1HAP THE DEVIL'S OWNTIME GETTINq THE CARTnils ree !

    w=AREN,T nvoF/R, WHAT W|TH

    TELEPIIONES ANDALL.BUT WHEN ERNEST'SGRAAIOFATHER WASLIVING, MANY'S THETIME HE WAS SAIOWSOUNO

    WITH NO WAY TO LET

    EXCUSF ME.IT'S TIME FOR AAEIO EETIRE, LISA,HELP AN OLD I/DYUPs7414g.DoN'T wohnv,

    HENRY. l CAN HAVESAM, MY HANDYMAN, DRVEYOU DOWN TO WAUSAUWHilEVR YOU LIKE.

  • T M SURE CLOOETTADIDN'T IAEAN TO GO AGAINSTYOUR W|9HE9, AUNT MARY.

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    "nd! I\ ..';'\{r DIDN'T THINK IT

    WI# TO EXPLAIN WHY I'TAADE

    SUCH A RrcUEST. BUTTHERE Ig AVERY DEFINTTEOAAISER IN DRAWING AWAYTHE CURTAI NS. ERNEST HASHEAR9II{AT BEFORE, BUTVOU, CLODETTA,HAVE NOT

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    IT'9 ALLVERYWELL TO 9ELIEVE I MGETTING ECVTVTRIC,

    CLOPETTA.

    1 STARTED TO FOLLOW HER.I WANTEO HER10 EXPIAIAI HER STATE/T,1ENTS.UNFORTUNIATELY, OEAR @USIN HENRYCI.IOSE THAT VERY MOMENT TO /VIAKE HISAPPEARANCE.

    SORRY...MUMFH...SNOW...SNIFF...BIJSTED BADWEATHER ...,t1lSERABLE....l::9,^.i l: .;

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    gUT T SHOULDN'TADVISE YOU TO BESATISFIED WITH

  • FOR gOME REASON,I DECI9ED TOSAI/E HENRY FROM THE WELL -DESERVEO ICTURE AUNT /I^ARY

    YOU AR,EN'TA9 ISOLATED ASI THOUGHT YOU'PBE UP HERE,AUNT

    ^AUNT, f fioPE You'vE IAAO?SQME PROflSlotV tN cAsElvElRE suoweouuo.lniRAOIO'S REPORTING AELiZZARO ON THE WAY. r

    HAD THE DEVILIS OWNTIME GETTING THE CARnils res. !

    we AREN,T nvOEAR, WHAT WITH

    TELEPHONES ANDALL.BUT WHEN ERNEST'SGRAAIOFATHER, WESLIVING, AIANY'S THETfME HE wAs S^VOVAOUNO

    WITH NO WAY TO LETANYAOOY KNOW.

    DoN,T woir.ev,HENRY. T CAN HAVE

    SAM, MY HANDYMAN, DR,IVEYOU DOWN TO WAUSAUWHEAIEVR YOU L[KE.

  • f r D'N'T TH.NK so. r'vEAN IOEA WHY SHE KEEPS TI{EWEST WINDOWS @VERED.GRANDFATHE? OIED AUITHERE -. HE WAS OVER-COME BY TI{E @LO ONENlGlfT aNo FftOZE oNTI{E SLOPE OF TI{E I.IILL.

    ,{OW lT HAPPENED - -r WAS AWAY AT THETIME. 1 SUPPOSE SHE

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    PERHAPS IT LIESIN HR-- SHEMIGHT BEAFFECTED ANDAFFEcT 4S INTURl.l. YOU'LL GETUSED TO HER

    STRilVEE

    o|{, ERNEST./ TKAnEW AUNT /T4ARY'SFEELINGS ABOUT THECURTAINS.- AUT I FELT IHP TO DRAW THEM AWAY.I DIDN'T WANT TO BUT..sqtETHtN@ &UAE /&lE

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    WHY DI9N'T YOIJTELL ,lrlE BEFORE?

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    HAPPEN TO T.II

  • AUNT MARY./ THEWEST WINDoWS./I sAwSO44EONE OUTTHERE.f

    /S SOMEONEOUT THERE PERIIEST AND HENRY

    sAW T|{EM ,7OO.' A 4AN AND A 6IRI !

    THEN WE |'|/ADSETTER TAKE THEMlfv AUNT MARY.

  • HENRY'S QUESTIONING OF AUNTTAARY'9 SANITT FLASF{EP INTO/vlY /V1|ND. AND THEN, 9HE BEGANTO SPEAK tN SI-OW HAITIN@TOt tEg OF A NIdHT DECADES P/sT.

    gHE TOLD ME HOW, DESPITE lHEGtRu s SLAnELESS^|ESS, H EHAD SENT HER AWAY IN1OTHEcnuo NIGHT -' AlOtVE.'

    A NlGt{T WHEN ERNE9T'S CRANDFATHER, ON fNDll'lGHETRf,S FATI.IER WITI.I A 9ERVANT GIRL, HN FI.OWN INTOA HIOEOUS RAGE / '

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    TRIJE, HE REPENTED t{IS RASH q'AcTtoN,t INUTES l'/ffER' OUT9Y THEN/ A VIOLENTSifOWSToRtn H/qD SPRUNG uP.

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    YEARS LATER,THE GIRL CA&IEAACK.SHECAME INglowstoRtvt,Ag Sl{E HADboxE,'BuT sHE HAo *@ME

    OF THE HILL TOTHE WEgT.

    gHE cALrEo lic ERNEgrf sGRANDFATHER AND HEWENT OUT INTO lt|/qT CRI.JELNtGHT.

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    n\)TI{EY FOUND HIS FROZEN BODY INlHE SAfiE SPOT THE GIRL.g FIADBEEN FCUND.

  • t7Y A FEW yfiARs I.ATER,..SHE RENURA|EO WITFITI{E SNOW, AND SHEBROUGI.{T HIN ALONG,TOO.THEY STAYEDuNnL THE llsT sNoWALWAYS TRYING TO /IIIRE So,lEoNE C)(JT'

    THERE.

    7' COME ON, YOU T\,VO./

    II{ERE Are ?rc?LEOUT ON TI{E WESTSIOPE --A

    IRL ANDAN OLD MAN.-ANDHENRY'S GONE OI.JTTO FETCI{ THEMfN..

    THAT'g FUNNY/TI{EY'RE GOAIE!I CAN'? EVEN SEEilEilRf ANY/AaRE!

    NOW THER,E'LL9e TIIREE orTI{EM OUT TI.IERE./

  • THEN, SO SUaAENLYTHAT NOONE KNEWWHAT HAPPENEO,SAIAAPPEARED, OPr468tNGHENRY INTO T}IE ROOVI.

    I FOUNO HIM RUNNINGTOWARDS fiIAU: I HAD liCKNOCK HIM OOWNBEFORE T @ULD BRINGHIM BACK.IHEf WERE

    RIGHr SEtltuO ue.

    WHAT'g Go|NGON HER.g WHATABOUT TTIE TWOPEOPLE OUT IN

    WEILL ^EE

    AaOUT7H47!

    lvo, e?NEsT/'@u Q461i7 @OUT THER.E./

    THE SilOm l{eSttfo,rt/ -- BEAUTIFULHANDg, 9 LI7TIE,so Lot/Etr-- HERBFAUTIFUL (ANOS..AND lHE WOW:THEBEAUTIFUL LOVELYstvolv oRIFTING ANoFALLTNG AAQUT HER...

  • I'M @illMe,A4Y LOVE.I T'M@MrNG TO rOU.,

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    HENRY./ YOU,vlugTN'TLIgTEN TOHE"--UilH!

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    TOMORROWWE MUgT O TOTI{EIR GI?AVEg ANDSTAKE THS.'A DC} /N.WE SHOULD HAVEONE BEFORE,

    WE FOUND HIM IN TI{E MORNING .- IN THESAME PLACE WHERE lWO OHR BODIESHAP ONCE BEA{ FOUND. AND ALTHOTJGH HEHAD CLEARLY BEEN DRASGaD TO TTIIS

    -.TI.IOSE THAT DI?A@ED HIMLEFT NO FOOTPRIA|TS !

    I.{E HAD APPARENTLY DIED OFi2spsueE, Bu'r Hts FAaEBORE TWO sfpN5l66 nARJ