by Dianna Berrian
Let me take you 300 years in the past on the Mississippi River where an abandoned boat floats ominously through the night. A few powdered wigs venture to explore only to find a set of coffins aboard. One of the brave souls dares to open one of the coffins and the corpse of Kol Mikaelson, youngest of the Original brothers, lies inside. But before any of the men could spare a second glance, a wisp of wind whispers by and Elijah Mikaelson, eldest Original, appears with a gracious introduction. He’s followed by Rebekah Mikaelson, a blonde beauty and the baby of the family, wiping her dainty fangs after having taken a bite out of one man’s life. Harmless and hospitable they may come across, their beast of a half-brother, Niklaus (informally known as Klaus) makes it evident what they truly are – vampires. The original vampires, created over a thousand years ago. And where are they, you might ask? The French Quarter of New Orleans, Louisiana.