Extract from Chapter Six "Steps to Immortality" from "Life of Hana Riyuchi, Book II"
It starts with a TV turning on a dark alley a teenage girl with black hair and brown eyes appeared and spoke with her pale lips:
"I am Hana Riyuchi
and one day I died, but died not physically but mentally.
The Hana that are you seeing right now has no feelings what so ever. The condition that I have makes me nothing more then an empty shell filled with memories. I can only wait for my death or for the doctors to understand what is going on with me. Until then all I can is survive as a empty shell."
A leg kicks the TV away at which the homeless that set it up says: "HEY! What do you think you are doing? Do you know how hard it is to get a signal here? It took me..."But before the homeless could finish the sentence a hand grabbed him and then struck him into a wall at a speed which turned his body into a bloody mess on the wall.
From the shadow a human, or at least something that looked as one, walked out. He was tall and had blond hair with faint traces of brown, his eyes shone with an unnatural red when as his pale lips said: "Boring, humans are so boring. So Hana Rayachi, another victim of the "Emptiness Syndrome". Stupid humans if only they knew what was that for real I bet that panic would engulf their civilization faster than a lightning strikes. But now, towards Tokyo and the National Health Research Center." He let a laughter as night fallen on the peace full city of Osaka...
Two days later, "Emptiness Syndrome" ward, National Health Research Center, Tokyo
Hana was reliving one of her memories again, in that one smiling happily about the gifts that she got for her birthday, but no matter how much she tried she couldn't feel nothing when she relived in in her head and what was even more weird she had no feelings about being unable to do so. With nothing to do she sung a song:
"Will I ever be able
Able to fly
Across the sky
Into the hands
Of the one I love
Of the one I crave
Alone and empty
I lay on the ground
My heartbeat the only sound
Then a sudden opening of the window stopped her from continuing. A red haired teenager, around Hana's age leaned into the window, his red eyes observing Hana which said: "Who are you? And how are you standing there?" The boy's pale lips responded: "A friend and I am not standing but hanging from a rope, but now come quick he is already here my fair lady, we have to go before he comes." She just asked again: "Why should I trust you?" The boy smiled and said: "Because I will allow you to feel again." At those words Hana felt something for the first time in years, a faint trace of security, and she extended her hand to the boy's.
In that moment the man that we seen in Osaka stormed trough the door and said: "Florence! Don't even think about it, you know well that I am far stronger and faster then you!" As the boy, obviously named Florence tightly gripped Hana's hand he said: "Well not this time Rick. Oishka, if you may." With that words someone pulled Florence and Hana upward and a gunshot was heard. With the glimpse of her eye Hana saw a hole appearing in Rick's body, which was followed with: "A blessed bullet! Curse you Florence and that two bitches that you stole from me! Trust me one day I will catch you when they are not around and rip you to shreds!" With that said he jumped out of the window and disappeared in the bushes as Florence and Hana slowly risen towards a helicopter hovering over the hospital. They were soon safely in the helicopter and Florence said: "Thank you Oishka, now go pick up Greta and we will be on our way."
After picking up a girl which had beautiful blond hair and blue eyes and carried a big sniper with her, the helicopter headed towards Tokyo bay. It landed on an aircraft carrier. A tall and imposing man with black hair and eyes stood on the deck and said: "Did you get her?" Florence said: "Yes father, we have her, although Rick was there as you predicted. Thankfully Greta shot him with a bullet that Marrie made." "Great! Great," the man said and then approached Hana: "I am Lord Trentin, the owner of this vessel, the Independent Carrier "Hope". I hope that you will listen to what we have to say." Hana said: "Not like I have much choice."
Then her stomach roared with hunger. Trentin said: "My, let's eat and talk then! Follow me." Hana followed Trentin and the rest into the ship's interior. A quick walk got them to a cafeteria which only occupied by a single girl, with pink colored hair and violet contact lenses as well as a few tattoos and old piercing holes left, if we don't count the kitchen staff. Trentin greeted the girl: "Ciao there Marrie! Glad to see you, this is Hana." The girl just munched another bite from her plate ignoring him. The Lord froze up for a few seconds in which Florence, Oishka and Greta grabbed food for themselves, Hana and Trentin, the last one unfreezing when the smell of food reached him.
They sat down and a silence fallen on the group, until Hana spoke: "Now, tell me everything." All eyes turned towards Trentin, waiting. The Lord spoke: "As you know for centuries humanity has spoken legends about the beings they call vampires. Well the legends were true, vampires exist, but most of them are in a dormant state without any knowledge or marks about being a vampire. Only a few of them, including myself stayed awake during the past centuries. All those were direct descendants of the Vampire King which decided to put asleep the vampire race a millennium ago, to protect them from humans. Using his powers he turned most vampires expect for twelve of them into ordinary humans, making them reincarnate into future generations, but alas, he was betrayed by the Queen, which wished to rule all and use humans as mere cattle for blood. She made her own representative, which was tasked with bringing her back to this world. That was the man you meet before, Earl Rick of Longbridge. Now to why you are here, you see to find the dormant vampires more easily Rick created an artificial virus which targets vampires in a specific way, it closes of their emotions, humanity calls it "Emptiness Syndrome". Now you understand what that means right?"
Hana stood, silent for a few moments, until saying: "I am a vampire?" Everyone nodded. Hana asked: "So what now?" Trentin said: "Well you can allow one of us to awaken you and join our cause or take a cure that will destroy the virus and your memories about us, returning to the life of an ordinary human, protected from Rick by one of us." Hana stood silent, deep into her thoughts for quite a while, until she finally said: "I think that the me from before would join you without second thought. I only wish for my feelings to return, but she wishes to correct the wrongs in this world. I will join you for the sake of Hana from then. Florence, you will awake me."
A few hours later, Pacific Ocean, southeast of Japan, observation walkway of "Hope"
Florence and Hana were looking at the stars. Hana said, he voice warmer then ever before: "So, I am a vampire now, somehow I don't fell different at all." Florence said, knowing from his own experience how it must feel of Hana: "Well we mostly ain't that different from humans, if you exclude the immortality, blood drinking part and supernatural abilities, naturally. We still have feelings although we are going to live forever." Hana said, feeling cheered up: "You are right! The only thing that's changed is my body, my heart is still mine." Florence nodded and the two returned into the ship. That was only the start of Hana's life as an immortal.
Taken from "Life of Hana Riyuchi, Book II" by Yuhoki Oniri and Laren Hawaru for the needs of this learning book. All rights go to Oniri Prints Incorporated.
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