The next night I waited patiently for the newcomer while I chatted with Yak who had changed his name to AYNS – All Yak No Shack. He thought he was witty – but it barely made an impression on me. I had moved along in the ‘wanting’ him division anyway.
As soon as the name Dragosani appeared on my screen my whole body thrilled and I sprang into action. Dragging him to a couch in a secluded corner I made him talk to me.
“What does Dragosani mean?” I asked him.
“It doesn’t mean anything.” I thought of clobbering him but I restrained myself.
“Then what is it about?”
“It’s not ‘about’ anything either.” I could see I wasn’t getting anywhere – like usual with this person.
“I give. Is Dragosani a who?”
“Yes. It’s my name.” I – almost – left. I was so frustrated by this person’s actions that I could have screamed. I pounded my desk instead and tried once more.
“Did you base your name here in this chat room on a specific character?”
“Well – now that you put it in the proper manner – Yes I did.”
“Okay – great. Who is it?”
“Dragosani is a necroscope in novels written by Brian Lumley. If you are really interested – go have a read.” And with that he vanished – again.
Ayns was beside himself as he watched us chatting in the corner and tried to dazzle me with some fancy footsteps out on the floor. I let him lead me around the room and watched as he did his best to attract as much attention as he could – but my mind was on the enigma of Dragosani. Ayns knew I was distracted and finally bade me goodnight. I barely noticed as I reread the short and frustrating conversation with the newcomer.
The next day I slipped out of the store and made my way to the bookstore in the mall. It didn’t take me long to find Brian Lumley. I was stunned by the number of books that were based on the necroscope, so I made sure I got the first three before I headed back to work. That night, between 6pm closing time and 11pm sign on time in the chat room – I read as much as I could of the first book. When the newcomer signed in – I was ready for him.
“So you fight vampires do you?”