The 17 year old girl lifted her blood-stained hand only to stare blankly at it. The blood was red, slowly dripping down and on her clothes.
- That too... was a mere human...- She turned her back on the corpse and spread her black wings, jumping out the window.
When she returned to the head quarters of her organization she was really in a bad mood. The people, wandering around the corridors noticed it and wisely stepped away from her path, leading her right to the main office. The guards, however, only crossed their weapons before her.
- Step away.- She said clearly, then repeated. The guards only twitched, but didn't move.
- Do you not understand me, you lowlifes? Do I need to make myself clear what will happen if you don't follow my orders in order for your thick heads to get the information? - She leaned towards one of the guards, her wings slowly embracing him.- I believe you don't want to oppose me...or do you? I'm sure your family wouldn't want you doing something reckless as that...
Without saying a thing the guards gulped and removed their weapons. The girl pulled her wings and entered the office. The man behind the desk seemed surprised and even a little frightened.
- Hazumi-chan, what a--
The man gurgled, as the girl lifted him by the collar.
- They were human. Once again. I'm going to believe you if you say you didn't know. But in exchange I want you to assign at least two people as something like, let's say, examiners. I want those people to make a research on every single job you want me to do, examine every single person you want me to kill. If you refuse, then I'm out of here. Got it?
The boss smiled nervously and nodded. The girl left and he was left alone, trying to clean the blood off his collar.
-This girl might become a problem.- He muttered thoughtfully.
Nothing ever seemed to change in this city. No matter how many times she killed them, they kept coming back. No matter how much he wished he couldn't help. Sadness, grief, fear and the pain of being unable to help haunted many. But the dangers of the street haunted even more.
- That's why.. That's why those wings are here...That's why I'm here... And you monsters...- She mumbled on her way home.
Hazumi went to the boss' office, looking high and mighty like always. It was all a part of a big play after all.
- Yoo, boss... I see I didn't get the reports of the two new guys I wanted hired.
- Well true. - The boss smiled, seemingly more relaxed then usual. That wasn't really a pleasant smile.
- Is there a problem? You're acting strange.
- No, nothing is wrong, Miss Hazumi. It's quite the opposite actually. I'm glad I can save the money I would spend from hiring the people you want as your servants.
- What do you me--
- I mean I got some valuable information yesterday. A person like you would never lie, right? Especially not to a kid.- He smirked, as Hazumi frowned uneasily.- What I'm pointing at is that your level of authority is slowly, but surely..going..let's say...down to hell...- The smile widened, becoming a victorious grin.- You see, the reason you were allowed to do so much around here is because of those wings of yours. However, I'm not so sure they're that holy anymore. What happened to the divine curses we were to receive if we didn't follow your orders? And what about our "punishment" and your angelic
powers in general? Hmph...Seems quite pathetic to me now... Would you..care to prove me wrong..?- He slowly pulled out a gun, pointing it at Hazumi. She was nervous, but as usual, in such situations her head was clearer than ever.
- Are you going to shoot me now..boss..?
- All I want is a proof. Why don't you give it to me, o, holy angel?
Hazumi smirked and lifted her chin high.
- Shoot if you dare, lowlife!
[Vampire PC comes in and saves her.. He speaks with “”s, while Hazumi and the NPCs speak with –‘s]
- You almost sound worried. - I replied coldly and walked up to him.- Now tell me what you want.
"Absolutely nothing, my job is done here. Besides, I'm sure a fallen angel such as yourself would prefer to not mingle with those such as myself."
- I thought I'd hear you out, but I guess... - The next moment I stood above him, with a knee on the stranger's chest and pressing his neck against the floor. - Killing the likes of you is just what I'm here for.
The stranger clamped his legs around his assailant and rolled over, with himself on top. He caressed the young lady’s face and mused, "I wonder what your blood tastes like..."
The dark curtain in the sky faded into an infinite navy shade, alerting his limited time in the open. "Luckily for you, my time has run out."
- You know, I've got a better idea. Why don't you stay here with me and die in piece? I'll also allow you to scream if you insist.- Hazumi grinned in a nasty matter, as she twined her arms around his neck, holding him tight, while gazing into his eyes. - You're one nasty bastard, coming here and interfering in my own business... Still, you saved me. Thanks for that.
With that being the last sound, disturbing the silence, we stared each other in the eyes, patiently following the rival’s moves. For a side-observer it might have looked insane, even stupid. So energetic in one moment and in the other so seemingly...calm.
However that would only be an illusion, made by the side-observer’s own eyes and emotions.
I knew from this distance he wouldn’t move. He was a vampire after all. It would be a lie to claim I wasn’t scared. In fact it was the opposite. My hands ached to kill the monster above me, the hands that killed many of his kind, who lost the battle to their inner demons. Not all demons were evil…Not all humans were good… I knew that… This knowledge gave me the strength to kill the ones, that needed to be killed… And still…
Still, my eyes weren’t used to meeting the eyes of my victims. Those lively, green eyes, filled with hope and confidence… I forced myself not to break the eye contact… I wanted to make sure he wasn’t a monster.. I wanted to give him the chance to prove me, that he wasn’t.. There was some inner combat going on behind those sparkling green eyes and I really wanted to see the outcome, even if it meant to get my own body hurt.
There was a thrill of power flowing through his blood. He was granted the ability to end anyone's life in an instant. The temptation, the possibility, the instinct all present and strong.
The girl in front of him, could easily be bitten and turn to nothing but dust. He reached down for her neck and opened his jaws.
A flash of gore rushed through his mind before he sank his teeth. The anguish, the sorrow, the pain he went through when people killed, just because they could. His mouth pursed its lips and kissed her cheek.
"I'll be going now, milady."
His smile hid the fear. The thoughts of killing for no reason managed to squeeze a drop of sweat down his chin.
I sighed with relief, closing my eyes and I smiled. It was funny, but I was somehow happy.
I was happy, that Humanity won against Insanity at least today. It was a small victory, but it was a victory.
- I hate to admit I lost to you. Please…keep your sanity so we don’t meet again.
The stranger unlocked his legs and sprung himself off the ground. He arched his slender form back through the window.
It took me some time before I could stand up. My head hurt and for some reason I felt like I was going to throw up. Was it because I was about to kill an innocent person, or because he was about to kill me? It didn't matter. This time I was the beast and I knew it. I had forgotten demons are also humans...to some extent. If my boss was here he'd say "Everyone has a sin they need to pay for".
I thought so too, this helped me deal with my conscience, when I realized once in a while, that I had killed a human. I was cold. I warped myself up with my wings and stood up. That was when I realized it was way too early for daybreak. I went to the window to look outside.
Billy crouched though the opening and waved a playful "Yo!"
I sneezed as a reply and sniffed.
"Oh ho? Is there something wrong? Did you get dumped by a guy? Details, details! I ran out of booze, so I need something to entertain me!"
- That's not what I meant! >< Doh... What I mean is... - It was embarassing, but lately I didn't have anyone I could be honest with. And this guy somehow seemed reliable. I still couldn't help, but look away.- ...he was from those vampires, that are still sane. If it wasn't for you I'd regret killing him, so... It's one sin less I've got now..thanks to you... I'll treat you a meal if you like.
Billy stared at his empty can of bear and tossed it out the window. "Well I suppose you could get me just a few hundred can of booze, but none of that cheap stuff!" He rolled through the window and stood up to his feet. He wiped the dust off his pants and inquired, "And what happened to your "vampire must die?" dedication?"
- Hmph... It's still here. That this guy was differen't doesn't change much.
"But he's a vampire, doesn't that mean he's supposed to die? Or are you saying that your precious order is wrong?"
- Vampires live from the deaths of others.... Sooner or later they all lose control and become mere monsters, don't you agree?
"A ha ha ha... is that so...?"
Billy dropped his heavy hand onto the girl's back and demaned, "Now where's my booze? I'm not drunk enough!"
My eyes felt the need to explore the side wall and the ceiling. This guy knew how to get on one's nerves.
- I know where you're pointing at, but.. If you knew better you should tell me, we're talking about people's lives here. Do you want to tell me I should spare the vampires just because biologically they're like humans?
Billy shrugged and innocently denied, "I have no idea what you're talking about. I was just saying that you're contridicting yourself. Someone has to point it out."
- You're troublesome...- I moaned and lead him out of the room, out of the building and right to the best pub I knew.