Mystery Horror Romance AU:
Erik inherits the estate of his genial, horrible, infamous uncle Sebastian Shaw and keeps finding odd things around the Hellfire Manor (what a charming name): a human height crystal statue of a woman in underwear, a pair of gigantic wings amidst a collection of pinned butterflies, a half-crumbled grey golem, a dead winter garden with shards of shattered glass everywhere, a wrecked room with singed walls…
The housekeeper, Mr Quested, doesn’t speak to Erik at all. The driver, whose name tag reads Azazel, is always red in the face and has impressive scars (probably vodka and a horrible accident, but Erik doesn’t want to assume), seems friendly enough, but Uncle Shaw’s sleek black car looks just enough like a deadly beast to make Erik think of the road to hell and stick to his old bike.
The oddest of all, Erik thinks, is what he thinks is a very lifelike wax figure of a man under a pane of glass gathering dust in the attic. Erik has taken to climbing there and staring at the man’s unblinking blue eyes for hours. The encased figure is immaculate, the lines of the body speaking in a language Erik doesn’t understand.
One day, however, Erik blinks, and the man looks back.