Right I've got to explain, this is going to be very confusing to anyone who doesn't understand. This is a story I'm writing with my friend Kitala on msn and we each write a piece and then send it. We each choose either a different persons perspective or just do a 3rd person view. The point of view switches around alot but if you can get your head around it it should make sense and make for good reading. The different parts are marked in different colours so it shouldn't be too hard. There are no chapters so its one big block of writing but I'm sure if you can handle the way its written you can handle its layout.
3 year old Jade sat in a couch near the fire, playing with
a doll enthusiastically, bringing it to her chest before throwing it, giggling
as Leila's friendly older dog that had somehow got in the woman’s good graced
brought it back to the girl, gently placing it in her lap. The child had white
blonde hair that was wavy, the occasional curl appearing before it stopped at
her mid back while her amber eyes looked at the doll with amusement dancing in
Her life was so simple, she knew nothing of the world, she
was young, and I loved her. She was my daughter, how could I not. It didn’t
matter how she was conceived, she was still my baby, and she was beautiful. We
often sat like this at night, her playing by the fire and me...well I just
watched. She was an extraordinary child, loving and gentle, but so solitary.
Just like I was.
She looked up to Leila, eyes the color of the sky...the
same color as her own, looking up at the woman with plaintive innocence.
She looked like myself, I never knew what her father looked
like, but she got very little from him, and it would appear nothing at all
sometimes. I hated her father for doing what he did to me, for giving me her,
but I also loved him for it, for giving me this wonderful daughter. Words cant
describe the mixture of emotions I felt when I learnt I was pregnant. But I hate
dwelling on the past. Looking to the girl in front of me I smiled "Yes? Are
"A man was in my room last night" she giggled,
"he said not to tell you though" she said, taking on a more serious
I smiled at her "It was probably just a dream
dearest" She had such and active imagination sometimes, it worried me at
points, but I knew she would grow out of it.
said he was my daddy" Jade said, widening her eyes earnestly.
My breath caught in my throat and the blood drained from my
face. It was imposable, wasn’t it? I got up and walked across the room,
staring out of the window I talked to my daughter "You shouldn't play
tricks on me, Jade"
"I'm not!" she protested, "his hair was long
and nearly white, like mine, and he had red eyes and was wearing black pants and
a red shirt."
I almost screamed, I recognized that description. Spinning
round I caught my daughter by the shoulder "If you see this man again you
come straight to me, you hear? Don’t let him touch you or say anything, just
run to me!" I demanded, my voice rising slightly
"Mommy?" she asked, clinging to her mother in
fear of her voice.
"Are you listening?! Come straight to me! Tell me you
understand!" I was almost screaming. The description told me it was a
vampire, but to which vampire was anyone’s guess.
"Okay!" she said, "I promise!"
I breathed a sigh of relief and brought her into a hug
"Good girl" I muttered.
Jade ran upstairs and got dressed in her pajamas, running
back down to her Mother. Her pajama top was sloppily strewn on, her pants on
backwards and twisted...as a 3 year old she did not yet have 'dressing skills'.
Holding a book out to Leila she asked, "story? Before bed?"
I grinned at the book my daughter had chosen; it was one of
my own. "Ok, but just this once" I opened the cover of the black book
and began to "read" I put it into fairy tale mode for my daughter
"There was once a brave hunter called D, and he went in search of the
beautiful Charlotte Elbourne, who had been kidnapped by the dreaded Meier
"Why did he kidnap her?" she girl asked with wide
I sighed, she was too young to understand, I knew, but she
loved to hear it anyway "Because he loved her, and would have done anything
to have her,” I said in a spooky voice.
Jade nodded, her silence an indication to continue with the
I read long into the night, not aware of the time. Jade
stayed awake until the end of the story "...And D watched as they flew away
together" I always got teary eyes when I remembered when I had watched as
Meier and Charlotte fly away together. It would have been beautiful if I
hadn’t known that there were only two dead people on the shuttle.
Jade heard a light banging upstairs as her window opened
and a vampire with white hair stepped into her room and left a pendant for her
on her desk. Unbeknownst to her, the sound was too soft for human ears.
"Oh would you look at the time, Jade you'd better get
off to bed" Once I saw her climb the stairs I grabbed my pen and began to
write a letter.
Once Jade got upstairs she spied a forest green tear shaped
stone on her desk with a note underneath. Excitedly running downstairs she
handed her mother the note to read her that said, 'the gem that is your
namesake, sweetest daughter, enjoy it well.' There was no name signed.
I stared at the note curiously, it was definitely written
by a vampire, and an old one most likely. The fact that it was written in blood
told me so. "Jade you are not to wear this unless I say you can, ok?"
I had to make a compromise, I had already shouted at my daughter once, at least
if I said she could where it when I said I could avoid a tantrum.
"Can I wear it now?" she asked innocently,
holding it up as if to put it on.
"Yes, you can wear it now, but you must take it off
tomorrow night, is that alright?" I figured that the vampire wouldn’t be
back tonight so it seemed ok. I don’t even know why I didn’t want her to
wear it, probably just me being suspicious.
"Yay" the girl giggled, setting it around her
neck. "Do I look pretty?"
"Absolutely beautiful" I said with a grin, she
looked like a little princess "Now off to bed, or I wont let you wear it
"Okay!" she yelled, running upstairs into her
I shook my head and began to write again. I found I could
hardly keep my eyes open and wondered why I was even attempting to write whilst
I was so tired. I dragged myself up the stairs and was asleep before I hit the
Jade ran into her mother’s room that morning, green
pendant swinging from off her neck and looking ridiculously large on such a
I groaned as my daughter jumped on me. I opened my eyes
slightly and tried to remember what happened last night. I finally remembered
when I saw the large gem hanging from Jades neck. I gave myself a couple of
seconds to figure everything out when I finally remembered the note.
"Daughter..." I muttered. I was suddenly wide-awake as I began getting
"I'm hungry,” the girl chirped as she pulled on 2 of
Leila's fingers to get her downstairs to make breakfast.
As my flickered through random images my mind settled on
the most traumatic experience. I could almost feel it as I saw myself slammed
against a wall. A flash of white hair, a red eye, a pointed tooth, all I saw
before the blackness enveloped me. I also remembered waking up in a dark
alleyway, my clothes torn, alone, but I wasn’t alone, there was something
growing inside me. My eyes finally cleared
"Mommy?" the girl asked, her voice softer,
fearful, "mommy what's wrong?!" she asked as her mother became
I was brought back as my daughter talked to me. I was
vaguely aware of the tears on my face but concentrated on Jade "I'm ok,
mommy's ok" I allowed her to pull me up and watched as she ran down the
stairs ahead of me. I had no idea how to explain to her what she might be half
"I can't reach it!" the girl exclaimed, reaching
I reached for the can and made the soup quickly. We ate and
talked about the usual stuff, nothing too interesting, until Jade mentioned
something about vampires, and I decided it was now or never.
"Are vampires like the Meier Link man in the story all
bad?" she asked innocently.
"No" I said quietly "Not all of them, you
know D was part vampire too, and was he a bad man?"
"No, he was good" the girl said, grinning
"Yes he was! He was very good,” I laughed, but then
my face turned serious "The man that comes into your room is a bad
"But he hasn't been mean to me" she said
"Well Meier Link wasn’t bad to Charlotte was
he?" I tried to get her into a frame of mind where I could tell her what
she was, but I couldn’t find the right time.
"But you said he was bad" the girl retorted.
"But he loved Charlotte."
"Yes" I was finally getting her to understand
"And your father loves you, but that doesn’t mean he's a good man."
I was sure the vampire in Jades room was her father.
"But why do you think he's a vampire?" asked the
I brought Jade onto my lap and began stroking her hair
"I don’t think Jade, I know, and I also know that it makes you half
vampire" I could see the tears well up in her eyes and had to think quickly
"you're just like D, his father was a vampire too"
"But you used to kill vampires. You promise you won't
ever kill me?" the girl asked her, leaning her head against the woman’s
"I wont kill you, I didn’t kill D" I smiled
"Although a few times I came close" I laughed it off and prayed D
would come quickly.
"Why?" she asked, starting to play with a button
on the woman’s shirt.
"Why what?" I questioned, I was still slightly
sleepy, my mind was weary but my body felt alive with energy, just like it used
"Did you come close to killing him?
"Because he was quiet" I knew it sounded stupid
as soon as I said it "And because he was annoying, like you!" I began
tickling her mercilessly.
She tried kicking the woman off before simply falling into
a fit of giggles.
We ran round the house taking it in turn chasing each
other, it was fun, I hardly ever got time to play with my daughter like this.
Jade lay in her room after the events of the day, bone
tired. Turning she saw a man with white hair and aristocratic features before
screaming, doing as her mother told her.
I heard the screaming and was running towards my
daughter’s room, gun in hand. I smashed through her door and saw a figure,
seemingly waiting for me. His hair was long and his clothes more simply, but
there was no mistaking him. "M-Meier?"
3 years later found D walking through woodland, his
parasite nattering in his ear about sunstroke...not like HE had a choice of
where to be. "Hey, what's that? Isn't that that big bird you gave that
woman?" asked the parasite.
I looked into the sky, but found nothing but the blazing
sun; looking to the floor I saw a bedraggled bird hobbling towards me. It was
the raven but it was dying. Getting off my horse I picked the bird up and saw
the note attached to its back. I placed the note in my armor for later reading
whilst I placed the bird on the floor. It walked towards we and laid its head on
"Well...it is, isn't...what was her name again?"
it asked, almost trying to reminisce.
"Leila" I muttered, I was back on my horse now,
the bird had died and I left it where it had fallen, such was nature. I was
reading the letter she had sent. I could smell her on it. My eyes glazed over
the text and I knew where we were heading.
6, almost 7, year old Jade ran loudly down the stairs,
pausing at the pantry long enough to get a package of crackers.
"Jade don’t run down the stairs sweetie" I
warned my daughter for the millionth time.
I stopped, looking back at mom before grinning amusedly,
she was FAR too cautious; I wasn't about to fall... I drew my face seriously,
"okay Mommy, I'm sorry,” I told her sincerely.
"You’d better be young lady!" I told her with
mock anger, shaking my finger in a comical way.
I raised an eyebrow in amusement, looking at her like 'what
ARE you doing?'
"Don’t you raise you eyebrow at me!" I said,
poking her face, I was feeling in a most childish mood.
Shaking my head I turned back, loping into the kitchen.
I followed my 6-year-old daughter into the kitchen
"Are you hungry?" I grinned looking in the freezer and finally
bringing out the ice cream.
"Mom...it's lunchtime, how about he have some
sandwiches first" I suggested, used to moms antics. What had gotten into
her? I wondered to myself as I went to the fridge to get some bread.
"Ok" I grumped, I felt like a child that had been
told off. Truth be told I was just trying to lighten the mood, for almost 4
years I had been waiting, and I was so sure he would come.
"Um...bologne or grilled cheese?" I asked,
holding up both containers.
"Grilled I think" I said, turning the serious
whilst I made dinner. I kept gazing out the window like I always did, watching
"Can we go out into town after lunch?" I
asked, I was SO bored cooped up in the house all the time...we hardly ever went
"Maybe later" I told her quietly "Be a good
girl and play outside for a while, you can take the dogs if you want" I
smiled at her.
Dragging along the energetic dog...twice the size of
myself, actually...by the scruff of the neck away from the food I grabbed a
cookie and watched as he ran ahead of me, narrowing my eyes and chasing him,
finally managing to get past him and running backwards, teasing him with a
cookie before I ran hard into something solid, losing my footing and hitting my
chin hard on the sidewalk.
I stared down at the small figure, it was almost comical,
she hadn’t even seen me. I smelt blood and had to turn my head away. My
bloodlust was under control but I still hated the smell of it, too many
"Owie!" I yelled, cupping my chin in my
hand and blinking back tears, sniffling softly.
I heard my daughter yelling in pain and instantly began
panicking. Running outside I saw my daughter on the floor before running into
something black and falling to the floor. Placing me much in the same position
I saw my mother and ran up to her, "Mommmmy!!!!"
I whined, showing her my cut, "it's bleeding" I cried out worriedly.
I looked down at the woman, holding the child, she had
changed, not a lot, but I could tell. She had no fight in her anymore, the
hunter was gone. I offered my hand to her.
"Mommy?" I asked as I watched my mother move
forward toward the man, as if entranced.
I watched as she accepted my offer and I pulled her to her feet. We
locked eyes for a second before I found myself being embraced. It was an unusual
feeling and I did not know how to respond. I looked to the girl and saw her
signaling to me what to do. Cocking my head she giggled and grabbed my arm,
pulling it around the woman, who was this girl?
"I thought you wouldn't come" Leila said,
suddenly sounding wearied, "it...it's been 3 years...I sent Hermes out to
give you the message...but.."
I stayed silent, 3 years, it wasnt that long, not to me.
"I was afraid...afraid he would take her... I cannot
fight anymore D. It's gone, I've lost it" I told the man sincerely,
fearfully, "a few years ago he never would have been able to come into the
house, a vamprie wouldn't have gotten near...and here I let one into my
"Who?" I said simply, her letter had said nothing
of who the vampire was, looking back to the girl I found she had gone, the front
door left wide open.
"Meier...it is Meier who is continually entering this
house without my knowledge" Leila told him, looking downward.
"Leila," I told her quietly crouching down and
grasping her shoulder "Meier is gone, you saw him fly off, we both
did" I stared into her eyes, I disliked having to say so much, it felt like
I was opening up too much.
"Trust me, he's back, I have seen him many
times,” she said seriously.
I shook my head, partly through disbelief, and partly
because I could feel myself getting hotter. Looking up I noticed it was midday,
I should be resting, or at least in the shade.
"I...he...he keeps visiting Jade, though he hasn't
harmed her yet" I told him, looking into his eyes and willing him to
understand what I was telling him. I couldn't say it...I couldn't...not after
that one conversation years ago
"Leila..." I wished to talk more but my strength
was failing, I was still crouching down and found myself more leaning on Leila
than just reassuring her "I need to find some shade" I got up and
began walking towards my horse.
"Come inside, please" I implored him, guiding him
inside and tying his horse in the garage.
I wasn’t looking where I was going and banged my head on
the doorframe, my hat fell off but I caught it midair and slammed it back on my
head. Once inside Leila led me to the kitchen.
"The sandwiches!" she exclaimed, running to the
sorely burnt food. As she was doing this Jade reached up to flip them, pulling
back with a sharp, short exclamation of pain from the burn.
I winced twice as the two females shouted. Following the sounds I saw a
lot of smoke coming from the cooker and Jade holding her hand. I saw her looking
at me with an odd expression on her face. I stared back blankly.
"I'll go back and get the stuff for the burns"
Leila announced swiftly, running upstairs. Though it wasn't a particularly bad
burn it did sting and Jade sat squeezing it with her other hand in a cold cloth.
Silence...I was used to that...but the child was only 6,
she should have been talking my ears off by all rights. There was something not
right about her.
I rubbed my chin, feeling the cut minimalized and no more
blood coming from it. "A little good news" I muttered sorely to
Staring warily at the girl I took off my hat and sword and
sat down on one of the stools. Leaning over I could see her from the corner of
my eye, but using my hair as a curtain so she couldn’t see me.
I jumped off the stool as mother once again entered the
room, "it's mostly healed now" I told her, holding out the finger,
"but it still hurts a bit...I was only trying to flip the food, not touch
There was something wrong with the girl, nothing should
heal that quickly. The cut on her chin had almost disappeared and the burn was
going. I refused to believe what my mind told me.
As Leila put the ointment on Jade's finger the girl ran
over to turn off the burner that was still on.
The girl came and stood before me and I pretended not to
notice her, the last thing I needed was an annoying child asking me questions,
sometimes they were worse than insults.
I looked scrutinizingly at the man who had come to our
house, taking my first good look before sighing and shrugging, going to sit on
the couch. Leila brought her daughter a large glass of water and asked if D
"Nothing" I said before adding "Thank
you" I never stopped watching Leila’s daughter. She acted like any other
child, if not a bit quieter. I sighed and closed my eyes; I usually did this
when there was nothing that caught my attention.
As the girl finished her drink she ran to the freezer, now
in the mood for the previous ice cream and held it to her chest, retrieving a
bowl, placing it in front of her at the kitchen table.
I did notice the girl run into the kitchen, but paid no
attention. To anyone watching it would have looked as though I was sleeping, but
I was fully alert to any dangers that may have arisen.
Leila stepped in closer, sitting across from the silent
There was a presence; I could feel it, Leila. She seemed to
be just watching me. Why?
As Jade left the kitchen Leila spoke up, "I know it's
Meier whose been here...I think I know his aim...on Charlotte, to get revenge
for her. He's been leaving Jade 'gifts'."
My eyes flickered open at the mention of Meier.
"Leila, are you certain its him?" I still didn’t want to believe it.
We both saw him and Charlotte fly away.
"I...he left Jade gifts and was visiting her, he left
letters signed by him, and catching him in her room one time...I saw him, with
my own eyes. Believe me, I wouldn't imagine something like that" she said
I nodded submissively, I would have to take her word until
I saw him with my own eyes "What do you intend to do?" I asked, I knew
it was my job to hunt and kill him, but it would be interesting to see if she
had any ideas.
"I...it's gone...the hunter in me, I would have dealt
with him. If I could,” she said, lowering her voice.
I heard the door slam and both of us looked up. It was
still around noon and the sun was blazing through he window. Leila left me on my
own as she went to retrieve her daughter.
I had a headache but kept playing, it was so nice outside!
The headache got progressively worse as I felt myself become hard of breath and
cried out in pain and fear as I fell against the side of the house, barely
hearing my mother calling for me.
I raised my head as I heard a cry and Leila shouting. I was
on my feet and attaching my sword to my back in a manner of second. Walking
swiftly from the house I placed my hat on my head and followed the sound of
sobbing, which led my to Leila...and Jade.
Leila sat by Jade asking what was wrong while the girl was
writhing on the grass her eyes closed and breathing labored and choking.
I recognized it instantly; I had felt it so many times
myself. Heat syndrome. It could have been mistaken for heat exhaustion except
for the fangs, which I could see every time Jade gasped for air. There was
something Leila hadn’t told me. Detaching my cloak I covered the girl and took
her inside the house. I told Leila to draw the curtains as I laid her on the
sofa. I turned to Leila angrily.
"I couldn't...I...I'm sorry" she said simply.
"You should have told me,” I hissed. I was unused to
the rush of emotion and couldn’t handle it. Slamming my sword and hat down I
walked into the hallway a leaned against the wall, breathing slowly, calming
Leila approached him softly, "I was afraid to tell
you, I don't know why" she looked away, "I...just..."
I couldn’t talk, I just gritted my teeth and shook my
head, causing my hair to cover my face. I couldn’t believe Leila could be so
cruel, didn’t she know the type of life Jade would have?
"Meier...he raped me...that's how she was
conceived,” Leila told the man before her.
I calmed down slightly, so it wasn’t her fault
"I-I'm sorry" I stuttered, it seemed like the best thing to say.
Leila looked down, nodded softly, "I didn't know...not
until she was already 3."
I didn’t know what to say "She's going to have a
harsh life" It wasn’t comforting, but it was a start.
"I know" Leila whispered.
decided we didn't like how it was going so we tried it again
I recognized it instantly; I had felt it so many times
myself. Heat syndrome. It could have been mistaken for heat exhaustion except
for the fangs, which I could see every time Jade gasped for air. There was
something Leila hadn’t told me. Detaching my cloak I covered the girl and took
her inside the house. I told Leila to draw the curtains as I laid her on the
sofa. I turned to Leila angrily.
I turned to him, staring him down, "it was only
supposed to be between her and I" said Leila in apologetic tones covered up
by the same tone she had used so often as a hunter, "how could I have told
you...after our conversation so long ago?"
"I think I had a right to know,” I said calmly but
angrily "When did you intend to tell me? Or were you hoping I
wouldn’t" I stared her in the face. Jade had passed out and so I had no
problem speaking my mind.
"She wasn't even supposed to be!" argued Leila,
"I didn't know...not until she was 3 years old and it was too late to do
anything about it."
I was angry with her, angry because she withheld
information, and angry because she had placed Jade's life in danger "You
knew she was susceptible to the sun, why didn’t you tell her to stay in?"
"It had never happened before really" I said
hesitantly, "not more than ordinary heat exhaustion."
"How could you risk it though?" I knew it
wasn’t out of plain ignorance, she knew about heat syndrome, after all she had
helped me when I fell foul of it once.
"I...I didn't want you to know" I said, feeling
myself briefly faltering, "especially after all you'd said before..."
"I felt bad...guilty in a way, about having her this
way" I confided in him.
I stared at the floor, I couldn’t think of anything to
say. My mind was in turmoil, all I had strived to do, to prevent another dunpeal
being created, and one of the few people I would have considered a friend
destroyed it. This girl would have a hellish life, living forever, despised by
all, excepted by only a rare few, it was not a life worth living, not without a
"She's Meier's...D, he...he raped me to get her"
I told him, pressing my lips together tightly and balling my hand into a fist.
"You can’t let him have her,” I told her quietly.
If all she said was true then Meier had to be destroyed, and I knew I was the
only one who had have a chance.
"I know that!" I protested rashly, "that
girl means the world to me...he isn't touching her."
My eyes flicked up as her voice got suddenly louder.
Maybe I was wrong, maybe she still did have some hunter left in her.
I remembered flashes of pain and white light as I
opened my eyes, immediately noticing my mother wasn't there, and the tall hunter
in black was, staring out the window. I watched his profile in silence,
wondering what would happen next.
Leila had gone out and I prayed the girl wouldn’t
wake up; I was not in the mood for games, not now, not ever. I closed my eyes in
defeat as I felt her eyes bore into my back.
As I didn't notice him turn I rolled over onto my
stomach, kicking my legs against the armrest as I looked at the numerous
storybooks mother had gotten me since my childhood, nonchalantly glancing over
She appeared to not want to talk, which I silently thanked
for. My eyes followed hers to the bookcase, some were Leila’s own and others
were simple child’s books. My eyes stopped on one in particular and my brow
creased as I read the title. Vampire Hunter D. Leila had written it, but why
would she write a book about me?
Sighing I pursed my lips...not this...not this...so
bored... Sighing I stood, wandering over to the stairs.
I watched as she left the room and then walked purposely to
the bookcase and picked up the book. I smiled slightly as I began to read.
After a few seconds I walked back down puzzeledly,
"excuse me,” I asked politely.
I looked up from the book "Hmm?"
"Do you know where Mommy went?" I inquired
of him, tilting my head to the side.
"Town" I said simply and began reading
again, hoping she would get bored and go upstairs, or whatever children of her
I nodded, sitting down beside him on the couch, eager for
some company and looked over the book that he was reading. It was one of my
favorites, after all, Mommy WAS in it.
“Can I help you?” I asked the girl.
"No" I responded, looking at the book intently.
I eyed her suspiciously before trying to resume reading,
which I found exceedingly difficult with her looking at me "What do you
want?" I said quietly.
"I'm reading mommy's book" the girl said
I sighed and gave the book to her, leaving it open on
the page i was reading. getting up I walked to the bookshelf and got another
book and walked with it to the kitchen, praying Leila would come back soon.
I watched him leave, sighing. Getting up I followed him
into the kitchen silently, wanting company, unused to nobody being there.
I frowned as she followed me, didnt she realize i wanted to
be alone. Sitting down i watched her closely.
I ran to the freezer, getting the tub of ice cream and,
unable to reach the bowls, started eating it out of the carton.
I grimaced, that was disgusting, did the child have no
As she finished the ice cream, all that was left being a
thin layer in the bottom of the carton, she put it up on the sink ledge, trying
to get it inside but unable to reach in. Wiping her face with some nearby paper
towel she sighed, taking a look at the stoic and uninviting hunter and sulking
She had finally gone...Reaching over I picked up the book I
had been previously reading. I read it intently. Leila had kept true to what had
happened, wrote it as it was, and for that I was glad.
I ran upstairs, turning on the water for a bath and
slipping in, closing my eyes. Leila
walked in several moments afterwards, noticing D and nearing him, smiling when
she saw him reading the book. "Is it to your liking?" she asked,
coming up behind him.
"It all true" I said simply, not letting her know
my opinion, it didn’t seem necessary.
She nodded, suddenly becoming worried, "where's
Jade?" she asked, becoming worried.
I nodded my
head upwards, annoyingly causing my hat to fall off, and seeing as my hands were
preoccupied with the book I had to leave it that way. “She’s in the
bathroom,” I muttered.
Leila nodded, "She didn't cause you any trouble I
expect?" she asked briskly, "she really is a nice girl and she's
usually pretty mellow.”
"She wasn’t too bad" I replied, closing the book and placing on the shelf, disregarding my hat, feeling it unnecessary anyway.
"That's good" Leila said in relief,
"well...I brought home dinner for everyone...spaghetti."
I almost grinned childishly as I heard what was on
tonight’s menu, but instead I got away with a brief smile.
"You like spaghetti then I take it?" inquired
Leila with a brief amused smile.
"You could say that" I muttered, trying to mask
my happiness with a somber tone.
"Well that's good then" Leila responded as the
bath water upstairs was heard running through different tubes as it drained.
I glanced out the window; it was almost night, time for
some fresh air. I searched for my cloak but could find it nowhere, last time I
looked it was on the sofa, but it had disappeared. Growling quietly I stepped
outside in just my skintight suit, leaving my hat where it fell.
Leila sighed as her 6 year old clambered down the stairs,
swathed in an oversize comfy nightshirt and a pair of pajama pants
The night air was cool and refreshing. I breathed in deeply
before settling myself down beside a tree, gazing contently at the stars,
forgetting entirely why I was at Leila’s house in the first place.
Jade walked into the room, long white hair wet and starting
to loosely curl.
I smiled at my daughter "We have spaghetti for tea
tonight, once your hair is dry go tell the nice man it will be ready around
7ish" I pulled out the hairdryer and quickly got most of the moisture from
her hair, disregarding her complaints.
I shook my head annoyedly and ran outside and looked at
him. "Um...hi" I introduced to him shyly, seeing him outside.
I awoke from my doze to see a figure standing over me,
"Yes?" I said quietly, keeping my eyes only slightly parted.
"Dinner will be ready at seven" I told him,
smiling, before running quickly back up to the house.
I yawned widely, not bothering to cover my mouth, and was
about to rest again when suddenly there was a weight on my chest and I was
getting a face-full of dog drool. I cried out in surprise
"Jared!" I gasped loudly, pulling the red-coated
dog away before falling atop the deck, him pinning me to the ground and me
simultaneously giggling as he licked me, trying to get my face away and his
weight off my body
I wiped my face on my sleeve, but to no avail, the shiny
surface did nothing to mop the slime up. I frowned as I saw the mutt run off and
that the girl was giggling insanely, apparently because she too had been
I got up, chasing him inside until angrily gaining a hold
of his collar, "bad Jared!" I scolded enthusiastically, "bad boy!
You KNOW you aren't allowed to do that,” I reprimanded, locking him in our
shoe room before going into the bathroom to wipe off the slobber
I wiped it off with my hand and then wiped that on the
floor. Deciding against lying back down I sat propped against the tree and
pulled my legs up to my chest. Laying my chin on my arms I stared into nothing,
letting my mind fall blissfully unaware of anything.
Leila came out a while later and stood, watching the hunter
sleep. She had had SUCH a crush on him before, though she would never have
admitted it. A little bit of color drained into her cheeks even as she
reprimanded herself for acting like a giggly and obsessive teenager.
I knew Leila was there but she didn’t know I knew.
Choosing to remain still I observed her actions, listening to her footsteps
She frowned as she noticed some hair over one of his eyes
before smiling softly and moving it away before standing, putting her usual
'tough facade' on. "D, wake up, dinner" she said casually, standing
I felt as she moved my hair, not the actions of someone
just telling me about dinner. "Alright" I sighed as I got up, I was
quite a bit taller than the woman but looked back as she gazed up into my face
"Sorry to wake you" she said a little jokingly as
she led him into the house and pulled out a chair for him beside her and Jade,
who were sitting across from each other.
"It's not a problem,” I said, smiling as I spotted
"Well...help yourselves everyone she invited as Jade
starting piling the pasta on her own.
I was instantly unsure of myself, 1/2 of me told me to dig
in, the other 1/2 told me to use manner, I chose to go in between and eat
quickly but keeping as much dignity as possible, which was exceedingly
"There's sauce on your shirt" I giggled, looking
at the tall man then at mom, who was keeping her head down out of politeness. I
then looked at my own shirt, no sauce...there was only a little on my chin
I glanced at my shirt; I had removed the top half of my
armor before dinner and was regretting wearing a light gray shirt. I smiled
sheepishly, wiping the sauce off slightly. I reddened considerably when I saw
Leila trying to stifle her laughs.
"Like pasta?" she asked halfheartedly, managing
to keep it down to a smirk.
I narrowed my eyes, but did not reply. Finishing it as
quickly as possible I excused myself to the bathroom.
I giggled lightly, slapping a hand over my mouth to be as
quiet as I could while grinning.
I stared at my dimmed reflection in the bathroom mirror. I
could pick out numerous red spots on my shirt and found that there was no way to
get them off manually. Unbuttoning it and letting it drop to the floor I decided
to ask Leila if she would wash it. I looked back to the mirror and wiped the
sauce from my face before going back downstairs
Leila's breath caught in her throat as she saw the dhampire
come down...stained shirt gone and stared across his body before realizing her
eyes were wandering snapping them back up to his face. Jade kept
I looked at Leila then to the floor. It felt weird having
to ask her this "Erm...Leila? Would you mind...err" I found the words
really difficult and must have looked like a complete moron.
"The clothes...washing...thing" she said slowly
upon trying her voice, which was weak and faltered at first before she grew
I nodded before shivering, it was only then I realized I
was still half naked! I almost chocked as I made some sort of strange sound and
rushed out of the house and into the stable. After retrieving a black shirt from
the bags set down near my horse I returned to the house.
Jade watched the goings on with a look on her face that
plainly and utterly said 'adults are WEIRD.'
I felt slightly embarrassed to face the two females in
light of what had happened but knew it had to be done. Taking a deep breath I
walked into the living room, almost tripping over Leila in the process.
I watched the proceedings, what now? Sighing I went back to
my food...albeit eating a little slower so as not to miss
"I-I'm sorry" I stuttered as I pulled back at the
last minute, just avoiding hitting the woman in front of me.
"It's no problem,” Leila said graciously, inviting
him to sit down.
I took the invitation gladly, happy not to be making any
Jade peeked at him trough her hair, then spared a glance to
Leila. 'Why aren't they saying anything?' she wondered to herself, looking back
and forth between the 2.
We both felt awkward, although I wasnt entirely sure why,
we were both adults, why then was it so damned hard?
"So...is the meal good?" asked Leila slowly.
I dont know why I laughed, it just seemed like such a silly
question. All I knew is that one point I was sitting feeling rather silly and
the next I was trying in vain to suppress the laughter.
Leila's face expressed complete shock. "Are you
okay?" she asked in slight concern.
"I...I'm f...fine" I said between catching my
breath. I hadn’t laughed like that in a while, in a long while actually. My
mind drifted back to a time at my father’s castle. My family, my mother, my
sister. My laughter ceased as quickly as it started.
After dinner Jade
jumped up, quickly doing her part by rinsing dishes then running outside again,
noticing the sunset.
watched as Jade ran outside and observed the worried look on Leila’s face.
Getting up I looked through the window as the woman ran outside, dragging her
daughter back to the house.
don't let me out for long in the sun, only an hour or 2 and then I can't go out
at night either!" Jade said in loud angry tones, stomping her foot.
knew what my daughter said was true, but it was too dangerous for her. In the
day she would suffer from heat syndrome, and at night...I couldn’t risk
loosing her. I begged with jade to not make a fuss.
glared at her, why was she being so unfair?! "I don't want to be inside all
the time!" I told her, "all you do anymore is act worried and we can
barely do anything anymore because you're always looking out the window or
pacing back and forth."
you want the bad man to take you away, do you care so little about yourself?
About me?" I asked her. I didn’t know what I'd do if Meier ever got her.
True the risk was minimal, I had seen very little of him in the last 3 years,
but the threat was still there.
haven't seen him and neither have I!" I argued, running upstairs.
sighed, letting my daughter run to her room and slam the door. Turning to D I
apologised for her behaviour, and my own. I said he could leave for a while if
he wanted to, "It's probably just me being paranoid,” I told him.
nodded, I was surprised, quite frankly, that she'd acted as mature as she did
until this point, which was normal behaviour for a girl of her age. "How
long has it been since you last saw Meier?" asked the dhampire.
maybe 6 months" I told him, my voice getting quieter.
nodded, "I should check around the house at nightfall and see if there is
any sign that he is still around" I informed her, "but you know a
vampire's habits as well as I...and I doubt he would give up on the child so
sadly I walked him to the door. He still didn’t have his hat or cloak, not
that I was complaining. He looked so much more...normal...in just the shirt and
trousers. I thanked him as he walked away before shutting the door. Walking into
the kitchen I made myself a cup of coffee and sat at the table, allowing my
thoughts to wonder to a certain hunter.
the sun went down Meier sat deep in thought, his mind focused on a 6 year old
dhampire child and her protective mother. Glaring abruptly he stood, resolving
to make his way to the house.
heard a noise upstairs, probably just Jade throwing a tantrum. But then I heard
another, quiet but noticeable. There were voices. One was of my daughter, the
others was deeper, that of a man. My breath caught in my throat as I grabbed my
gun from the top shelf of a bookcase and ran upstairs.
I stood near to Jade, bowing on one knee. "I have a gift for you,” I told her as I placed the golden necklace that had once belonged to Charlotte Elbourne over the child’s head. She smiled amiably as she received the gift and hugged the man, "thank you!"
looked into her face many things went through my mind. Those eyes...eyes the
colour of the sky, they didn't belong there, neither those nor the hard yet
graceful and smooth features she had inherited from the huntress. "Would
you like to take a walk with me?" I offered, extending my hand as she shook
her head and I felt my heart drop. "Mommy will-" "You're Mother
will see you again, wouldn't you like to know your Father?" I asked her
gently, lifting her chin gently with one forefinger so her eyes met mine.
I kicked the door open, and saw the vampire looking into the eyes of my child "Jade!" I screamed as I fired. I wasn’t away if I hit him or not, only that I had to get him away from her.
saw the hunter burst into the room I shifted, bringing Jade in front of my chest
and vital areas so as to make sure Leila didn't shoot. I squeezed her hand
gently, hoping to reassure her as I heard her cry out in shock
head whipped round as I heard Leila scream. Running as quickly as I could I
leapt from the ground straight into Jades room. As I did so I saw Meier holding
Jade in front of him, but his back was unprotected, I drew my sword and raised
it over my head but was stopped as something hit me in the stomach. I doubled
over and cried out in alarm. Leila was shooting!
Meier snarled, turning and slashing, exposing his back to
Leila as he slashed D across the stomach, fleeing with Jade into the night.
I tried to follow, and got as far as the window before
collapsing on the floor, I was bleeding profusely and could hardly stay
conscious. Meier’s claws had ripped through a few vital organs.
I ran up to the bleeding dhampire, vaguely aware of the
tears running down my face. As I helped him sit up I looked out the window.
"Jade" I whispered lightly, "oh my god...no..."
The feeling of my stomach slowly healing itself was
disgusting to say the least. I fixed my slightly blurry vision onto Leila
"I'll find her" I said, attempting to get to my feet.
"But your stomach" I said, "no...I want her
back...but neither of us will be any good the way we are" she said, looking
at the bullet wounds, "I'm so sorry..."
"It's fine" I told, pulling myself up, using the
windowsill as leverage "It will heal in time" I placed one leg on the
sill and got ready to jump, aware that if I slipped I would fall quite a way
before landing on a spiky bush. I took a deep breath.
I watched him, god...to loose him too... "Please...be
careful" I told him, "and go kick Meier’s ass" I told him,
I nodded, smiling ever so slightly, before jumping. The
jump was fine, I got good distance, but the landing...not so graceful. I put one
leg down and felt it give under me. The sudden strain on the less-than-healed
slash wound caused me great pain and I almost fell. Catching myself at the last
second I walked off, holding my stomach slightly. Reaching to pull my cloak
round me I realized I still wasn’t wearing it. Cursing under my breath I
carried on, though my body protested against it. Drawing my sword I tried to
locate Meier and the child.
I looked around at the huge castle then back at the white
haired man, drawing my eyebrows up in worry while twirling a lock of hair around
my finger tentatively.
Smiling at my daughter I squeezed her hand reassuringly.
"Do you want to see your room?" I asked kindly. I had waited for this
moment ever since I first me my beloved Charlotte, to finally have a child, MY
She looked at him nervously, wrapping my small fingers
around his hand, feeling insecure and a little frightened, "okay..."
I led her to a room that was connected to my own. It had a
gothic look to it and was not originally designed for children. "We can
change it to however you want" I told. My eyebrows suddenly creased
together, the hunter was here, I had not expected him to find us so quickly.
Kneeling down by the child I stared into her eyes. "Will you stay here for
daddy? I have to go for a bit"
"Okay" I agreed, watching him apprehensively as I
sat on the chair in the corner, wrapping my hands around my knees.
Flying down the stairs I smiled as I saw the hunter stumble
through the door. Landing neatly in front of him I cocked my head "Lovely
entrance, hunter D, I must commend you also for your...incomplete attire" I
laughed at his obvious discomfort. "I suggest you turn back now and return
when you are...better equipped for the task"
I narrowed my eyes, "I suggest you return the child
Meier" great...how was I going to win this one?
I chuckled, he was in no position to make commands "My
dear hunter, am I to expect YOU to take her from me? You who ca hardly stand on
your own feet, I think not"
I scowled, grasping my sword defensively, "I have
bested you before in battle, I will not hesitate to repeat my actions.”
"Need I remind you that last time you were at full
strength? And I was still grieving. You will not be able to have a repeat"
My hand went unconsciously to the shoulder the hunter had skewered before.
I glared, taking a slash at him sideways, "just return
"Your petty revenge has no wisdom beneath it...you
raped a woman, nothing rights that."
I stepped backward as he slashed, smiling pitifully, that
was until he carried on talking, growling I brought my cloak up and hit him
across the face, sending him flying into a wall. "You're pathetic" I
spat "Since when did you become her lapdog? Or is it more than that?
Eh?" I smiled viciously.
I glared at the vampire, wiping blood nonchalantly from my
mouth. Growling I launched myself at the 'man', the fury of my blow outdoing his
and stabbing him through the side, bringing the sword upwards to his stomach yet
being without the strength to slice through his ribs.
I grinned despite the pain "What’s wrong hunter?
Feeling a tad weak all of a sudden?" I grabbed his face, bringing it an
inch from my own before throwing him towards the door. I clutched the wound and
felt it heal slightly.
I felt my vision blacken slightly at the edges and willed
myself to stay awake as I felt myself slip into unconsciousness.
I walked swiftly over to the hunter who was swaying
dangerously; it was time to finish him. "Goodbye hunter" I sneered as
I pulled him out the door and pushed him from the cliff on which my castle was
situated. I watched as his black figure got smaller and smaller and finally came
to a stop.
I felt my body hit the ground somewhere in my vague
consciousness...luckily I felt no more pain.
My grinned at my own sinister decision as I flew down to
collect the body of the hunter. Checking it for any life signs I found none and
proceeded to pick him up. He was surprisingly light and I found no problem
carrying his body to the desired location.
I looked up sharply as I noticed the loud thump outside my
front door, gasping when I saw the state of the hunter. "D" I said,
shocked as I noticed the injuries he had sustained...I knew who did it. Growling
loudly in the back of my throat I grabbed my gun, proceeding to find the
location, stopping short as I heard a voice coming from D's left hand.
"You may wanna stop your little tirade and ... oh I
don’t know...maybe Give Me Some Help!" The symbiot yelled.
"What the-" I said, stopping, amazed. THIS was
I gazed at the closed door for the longest time yet nearly
jumped when it reopened, revealing the white haired man once again. My Father?
"Hello darling, have you been ok here?" I asked
my daughter, she looked scared and I was totally at a lost of what to do. But I
would cope; I had to, for Charlotte.
I nodded, "where's mommy?" I asked, looking at
him, aware of my lip quivering, why was he so mad at her?
My breath caught in my throat. I had to make her forget
about Leila, she may have given birth to her, but Jade would always be mine and
Charlottes daughter, as it should have been. "Mommy's not here" I told
her, giving her a smile. I had to take her mind off that subject "I bet
your hungry aren’t you? Come on, we'll see what the chef can make for
I glanced up at him uncertainly before getting off the
chair, "okay" I agreed, going to him and grasping his hand tightly.
Smiling I grasped her hand back, she was so small. I led
her down the stairs and into the kitchen.
The symbiot was having a go at a half conscious D whilst Leila sat watching uncomfortably. She had managed to drag D inside and bandage his wounds before the parasite had started his verbal war. D just lay there muttering random obscenities.
Leila ran quickly to the kitchen, getting a glass of cold
water, quite unsure what to do and wanting to do SOMETHING helpful.
I rolled my eyes as the parasite wouldnt stop. I saw Leila
come back into the room and silently pleaded with her to shut it up. Had I the
strength I would have simply closed my fist but I could feel I had numerous
broken bone, many large cuts that were bleeding all over the carpet and most
likely many other injuries I didnt even know of. I was surprised I wasnt dead.
"Shut up your not helping!" Leila said
frustratedly as the symbiot started yelling for her attention and she grabbed a
cloth, tying it around the entities mouth, moving some of D's broken hand bones,
not that she noticed. She helped D up to a sitting position, helping him drink
the water, "I TOLD you not to go" she growled at the hunter before
shaking her head, noting the extent of his injuries.
I would have laughed, if not for my posistion. It was hardly the time for "I told you so's". Gritting my teeth against the pain I allowed her to get me sititng upright. I grimaced as I drank the water, it had a horrible metallic taste.
I clang to my Father fearfully as I saw several monstrous
looking servants walk by, grasping his hand tighter. Though I walked silently I
felt like running to the front door or breaking down crying, I missed my home! I
Frowning down at the child I muttered for my servants to leave. "Jade? Are you ok?" I asked her, concerned, she looked scared to death "There's nothing to be afraid of" I knelt down beside her "The monsters wont hurt you"
"Can I go home soon?" I asked, "I wanna see
Mommy." I was vaguely aware of tears clouding my vision and rubbed my eyes,
feeling my cheeks wetten with the salty water.
I turned my head away from her; I didn’t want her to see
the anger on my face. "You want to leave me?" I asked pathetically,
filling it with mock sadness "I thought you would like it here" I
over-dramatized it by standing up and placing my hand on my forehead, glancing
quickly to see the girls reaction.
I looked down at my shoes, sniffing nonchalantly, "I'm
sorry" I said, noting the flash of anger, "it...it's okay..."
She definitely had vampire blood, no human could have
spotted the anger enough to believe it, most would have dismissed it as a trick
of light. Smiling down I offered my hand again "Maybe some other time, but
now don’t you want to spend some time with me?"
"Okay" I said softly, placing my hand in his
larger one, staring down at my shoes.
I mentally ordered my servants to stay out of our way if
they looked...less than human. I sensed many growls and hisses but I knew none
would dare disobey. "So what would you like to do?"
I shrugged, "whatever you want to" I told him.
Rolling my eyes I stared at the ceiling, great...how the
hell should I know what to do! "You cant play that on me" I said,
slightly mockingly "No, you have to decided"
"I want to sleep...it's past my bedtime" I
told him plaintively.
I frowned slightly "A story" I repeated. I was
thinking furiously of what book I could read to her. I had a vast library, full
of historical and rare books, but nothing worthy of a child’s ears. I sighed
in defeat; parenthood was proving to be exceedingly difficult.
I looked down, what now? "Yes, I love
stories" I said earnestly.
"Well what stories do you like?" I asked,
thinking that maybe I could make something up.
"Mommy's story, the one she wrote,” I told
Frowning, I stared at her "Excuse me?" I never
knew Leila had written a book, and I had a horrible feeling I knew what it was
"Her story!" I said, starting to become
frustrated, I was starting to fuss, and I knew it, "Vampire Hunter D she
I almost choked "What?" I spat, she had written a
book on that...that...abomination?
"She called it Vampire Hunter D" I repeated,
"and she's in it."
Of course she would be and I knew who else was in it, I
wondered what kind of filth and lies she had invented about Charlotte and me.
"Could you tell me the story?" I asked
slowly, looking up at him, "it's my favorite."
Of course I could, and I would tell it the way things
really happened. "I could give it a go,” I said distantly.
"Thank you" I said, chewing my bottom lip.
I felt like I was going to be sick, Leila was
bandaging a cut on my stomach it kept moving. I groaned, leaning against the
cold leg of the sofa. I was still on the floor. I had ruined two shirts and
almost got myself killed, all in the same day. I cursed the house for not having
central heating; I was freezing whilst Leila tended the cuts on my upper torso,
that and the fact I kept blacking out.
"Okay, done" I sighed, checking the wounds
and bandages before covering him with a blanket. "Is there anybody else you
know...anybody who could help us" I pleaded with the lethargic dhampire,
pleading he was 'with it' enough to understand and answer.
”No, don’t worry. You’re doing fine anyway” I
I scowled, "D...I need Jade back...he's taken
her, PLEASE, is there anybody you can think of?" she asked as she noticed
him asleep. She bit her lip, willing herself not to cry as she clenched her
fists and made her way upstairs.
"That wasn't how the story went" scoffed the 6
year old to the vampire whose lap she was currently snuggling into.
"Was,” I said indignantly, my temper had
subsided and I had "sweetened" the whole story up slightly, I didn’t
realize her mother had given her the real, undiluted version.
"Was not" she insisted, a hint of a smile
touching her lips, finding the bantering amusing.
"Was too" I retorted, I could hardly
believe I was having an argument with a 6 year old.
"Was not was not was not!" I said, grinning
"Was too was too was too!" I was staring my
daughter in the face, smiling despite myself.
"Nu uh" I shook my head.
"Fine" I said standing up and holding my
head high "How did it go miss know-it-all?"
I told him the differences in Moms story than in his,
realizing later that most of the changes were because they were in his point of
view. "THAT'S how it went,” I told him satisfactorily.
I shook my head amused, could it really be I had just been
scolded by a child? "Well you are a little smart ass, aren’t you?" I
laughed picking her up.
I remember my shock, mother NEVER swore to me, sure
she swore, but not to me.
Something had changed, something in her mood. I mentally
kicked myself, what had I done now?
"Does that mean I'm allowed to swear too? You
did,” I pointed out with wide eyes.
I gazed confused, smart-ass? No way could that be
considered a swear. I would have to watch my language from now on. "No it
does not, young lady,” I told her. I gazed out the window; it was about an
hour till sunrise.
"Aww" I said, "but you- you" my tirade
was interrupted by a wide yawn.
"Some ones tired" I pointed out.
"You're the one who kept me up past
bedtime" I pointed out grudgingly.
"Yes I suppose I am,” I admitted, little did
she know this was how I planned it.
"Can I go to bed yet?" I asked with a frown,
"Are you sure you want to? I'm giving you the chance
to stay up late" I tempted; I myself would be withdrawing to my coffin soon
so it mattered not whether she chose yes or no.
I shrugged, "Mommy's going to be mad at me for staying
up" yawn, "late."
"Mommy doesn’t need to know,” I whispered in her
ear before hoisting her up onto my shoulders. I was lucky I had high ceilings
and doorways, I could imagine myself walking her into any low surface and having
to deal with an unconscious child.
Gasping at the sudden movement I leaned forward,
grabbing onto his forehead to keep my balance and leaning my head on top of his,
closing my eyes lightly.
I stared at the hand that was partially blocking my vision
"Jade?" I questioned, "Have you ever flown?"
"Flown?" I asked, as if that was absurd,
"why would I have ever FLOWN?"
I smiled "Hold on tight,” I told her as I extended
my cloak and jumped into the air.
I was aware I shrieked lightly as he took into the air and
I tightened my grip, my eyes widening before I began to really enjoy it, closing
my eyes softly as I felt the wind racing through my hair.
I flew through my castle, getting ready to catch the
girl should she fall at anytime. But she didn’t and I landed lightly in front
of her room, aware that the sun was about to come up.
I felt darkness engulf my mind as we descended and I fell
asleep, clinging to him.
I looked at the girl who had literally fallen from my
shoulders, she was quite asleep. Walking into her room I set her under the
covers and went into my own adjacent room. As I undressed and got into something
more sleep worthy my mind flickered to the nights adventures. I had my daughter,
she was here and she liked me. It was almost overwhelming and I was asleep
before the door slammed close.
Opening my eyes and crying out softly I realized I had been
crying in my sleep and recognized my surroundings quickly...the castle...
Fearfully I made my way to the room of the vampire who claimed to be my Father.
Opening the door swiftly I looked around for him, seeing him nowhere.
"Hello?" I asked timidly, hoping this was his room and I was not
My eyes flickered open, I frowned, sunset was not for 5
hours yet, something had awoken me. I listened again.
I ran to the door, pulling it open yet seeing nobody and
I could hear movement and my eyes narrowed, someone was in
my room. I listened again and realized the footsteps were small, that of a ...
child. I suddenly remembered, Jade! I opened the coffin door a slight bit and
saw Jade standing in the center of the room looking fearful but, thankfully, it
was not directed at me. She looked lost.
I remember turning and seeing him...from a coffin? I
remember thoughtlessly running to him and throwing my arms around him, "I
had a nightmare" I cried out fearfully into his chest.
I hugged her tight, nightmares? I would have scoffed if it
had not been for the fact she was only 6. "It was only a nightmare,” I
told her "It's not real"
I sniffled a little, wiping my eyes on my sleeve. "Can
I sleep with you?" I asked him, feeling very small and afraid.
I rolled my eyes slightly before smiling "Ok
then, if you want" I said lying back down, it was a good job I liked roomy
coffins, unlike some vampires who preferred to sleep it what seemed like a body
I laid down beside him, noting the tightness of 2 of
us in there. Turning onto my side I snuggled up to him, collecting a handful of
his shirt and balling my hand into a fist with the material within it.
I smiled happily as she settled down "Shall I close
the lid?" I asked her. It only seemed proper to see what she wanted.
I looked up, shaking my head no, "then I
couldn't breath" I pointed out.
Not that'd I'd tested the theory but I guessed she may have
been right. "Ok then" I said bringing my arm down around her. I
started to drift into oblivion and noted that the girl was no longer shaking. I
fell sound asleep quickly.
I woke up some hours later, not liking how I couldn't tell
in this place whether it was night or day and looked up, straight into the
crimson eyes of the vampire who had his arms wrapped around me comfortingly. He
was watching me and I tried a small smile as I watched him.
I had been watching her for 1/2 hour. I woke naturally when
the sun went down and was afraid to move in fear of disturbing her. She looked
so peaceful. Pulling my arm back I sat up quickly, causing the girl fall
forward. I laughed lightly but was stopped when I realized that tonight was the
night I had to feed, meaning I would have to leave her or bring dinner here.
I noticed he stopped laughing abruptly, "What's
wrong?" I asked him, looking into his eyes questioningly.
I breathed in, unsure of what to tell her.
"Um…nothing" I shook my head. There was no maybe about it, I HAD to
feed or I would become unpredictable, and I could risk it, not with Jade.
"Liar" I told him blatantly, becoming a little
worried at his serious demeanor.
"It's nothing, really, I just have to ... go out a bit
later" How would she react if I told what I was going to do? I had horrible
images of her throwing a tantrum, scared witless, or worse ... I couldn’t tell
"Can I come too...please?" I asked him, I
definitely did NOT want to be left alone in this freaky castle.
"No!" I said quickly, too quickly, and I could
see she may have twigged something; I looked at the ground, slightly ashamed of
my sharp answer.
"Are you getting tired of me?" I asked him,
having enough room now that he was sitting to wrap my arms around my legs.
"No, Jade, No, I love you. It's just...I have to
attend to ... some things" I wrapped my arms round her, bringing her
closer. What could I tell her?
"But you're going to leave me" I said, looking at
"Only for a little bit!" I was beginning to get
frantic. I couldn’t lose her trust, not now, not now she was so close, I
couldn’t lose her now, I couldn’t, for Charlotte. I wasn’t aware of the
tears until they slid down my cheeks, I wiped them away quickly.
"Please don't leave me alone here,” I pleaded
with him fearfully, "please?"
"Jade, you don’t understand, I have to, but it wont
be for long." I pleaded with her. My mind kept telling me just to bring my
prey here but what if she walked in, or heard anything, I would never forgive
myself, and neither would she. I brought my legs up to my chest and sat very
much like the girl. Burying my head in my knees I screamed silently, this was so
"Why do you have to? Mom didn't keep secrets
from me...the rare times she left me she was able to tell me where she was going
and what she was doing!" I cried out.
What could I tell her? Jade I'm going into town to drink
the blood of some helpless human and leave them dead in some dark alleyway? I
think not. I just shook my head, keeping my face hidden behind my legs.
I hugged myself tightly, eyes shut as I rocked back in
forth, "I wanna go home" I said forcefully, "I don't wanna be
"Jade" I begged, why did she have to make it so
"If you insist on me staying here why can't you at
least bring Mommy to be with me?" I asked scornfully.
"It isn’t that simple" I almost hissed, raising
my head so I could look at her. What could I do?
"Please stay with me,” I pleaded, "the
castle's too big and I'm afraid!" I cried out in alarm as he shifted,
thinking he was getting ready to simply leave.
"I-I-I'm not going yet silly!" I laughed
slightly, just to lighten the mood.
His laughing at me made me start to cry, sniffing
lightly and burying the palms of my hands into my eyes.
don’t cry,” I said placing a comforting arm round her and lifting her from
the coffin. “I’ll get one of my servants to look after you, a nice one, I
promise” I smiled at her reassuringly.
I looked at him, "I don't want you to go away, don't
be long!" I insisted, wiping the wetness from my cheeks onto my sleeve.
"I wont be long, I'll be as quick as humanly
possible" As vamperically possible I thought wryly to myself. "Now
shall I call up someone to keep you company, maybe you can get to know them a
I sniffled lightly and nodded, "okay" I pouted
I smiled, I knew whom to call up. She was a young
vampiress, only recently changed, not by me, but was fortunate to fall under my
care. I heard that she had had a child before being turned but it had died,
probably from the unhygienic conditions she lived in. I had no worries about
leaving Jade with her, I trusted all my servants. "I know who to call,
you'll like her, I promise"
"Promise?" I asked, looking at him and
holding out my pinky, "you have to pinky promise" I said seriously,
"then you're not allowed to break the promise."
I snorted, pinky promise? How ridiculous! I considered
refusing but seeing the hurt look on her face I realized I really didn’t have
a choice. "I promise" I sighed, linking "pinkies" with her
before mentally calling Clarissa to my room. "She's on her way,” I told
my daughter, nodding reassuringly.
"But you never talked to anyone!" I scoffed
tapped my head knowingly "I don’t need to" and as if to emphasize my
point there was a knock at my door.
"Wow" I said, grinning in admiration before
going and sitting down on the side of the coffin.
Letting Clarissa in I quickly explained the situation. She
nodded in understanding and asked no questions, it was how I like it, even
though it was slightly strange to see a woman of so young, only 19, so quiet. It
guessed it was because of her traumatized background. I watched as she waved to
Jade and introduced herself.
I looked up to her; she was really pretty and nice. I
smiled and jumped off the side of the coffin, introducing myself in turn.
I told Jade I was departing and asked Clarissa to take
really good care of her. I hadn’t planned on going so early but the sooner it
was done the sooner I could get back.
I heard Father in the background but Clarissa seemed really
nice and open and I was intent on meeting her now. I raised a hand and said
'bye' nonchalantly before looking up at her. She was really pretty, I thought,
with blonde hair and soft brown eyes.
I slipped from the room, glad Jade hadn’t made a big
deal, but feeling slightly unappreciated now she hardly noticed me going.
Walking solemnly down the stairs I stood in the front doorway and targeted a
nearby victim, a beggar, no one that would be missed. I swooped down and
completed my business quickly, not enjoying one second of it.
I looked at the young girl before a sudden thought came to
my mind... "You aren't going to be my new Mommy are you?" I asked,
stepping backwards, "he took me away from mine..."
"No" The woman said quietly, softly, as though
she was unaccustomed to speaking loud "Even if master said I was to be, I
could never be your mommy" She smiled kindly "I'm here to be your
"Really?" I asked, my eyes shining with
happiness before dimming, "I wasn't allowed to have friends at
A flicker of pain crossed Clarissa's face "I know how
you feel" She told the girl "But I will be your friend now. Tell me,
why weren’t you allowed friends?"
"Mommy said they'd hurt me,” I said, looking at my
socked feet, "so we could only go into town a little and I couldn't make
friends cuz they didn't like people who weren't like them."
"Why weren’t you like them?" The girl’s
curiosity got the better of her. She could sense Jades blood but wondered if the
girl knew herself what she was.
"Well mommy said I'm not really human...but that I'm
not inhuman and that I'm something in between, called a dhampire" I
responded, thinking back and trying to remember all my mother had told me...it
had been when I was 3...afterward we rarely talked of it if at all... it made
Mommy sad...I could tell...
The girl seemed taken aback that the child should know
"Yes" She muttered simply, before changing the subject "Do you
want to go to the garden?" She asked Jade. Clarissa knew how to treat
children, she had once had her own, and was not so uninformed as Meier.
I looked up, smiling broadly and nodded my head, I loved
As I flew home I could sense that Jade and Clarissa were in
the garden. I swooped down onto a wall that surrounded it and silently watched.
"Who takes care of all the flowers?" I asked,
sniffing tentatively at a rose.
father” Clarissa said quietly “Sometimes he spends hours just sitting
"Really?" I asked, looking at the assortment of
colored roses, "but how're some of them blue, and purple and black?" I
"I'm not really sure" the girl said honestly, she
glanced behind her to a wall that was covered by shadow and smiled slightly
"He never tells us" She knew Meier was there.
Jade looked at the wall in confusion then back at Clarissa
I grinned, Clarissa obviously knew I was crouched on the
wall and I cursed myself for not masking my presence. I got ready for her to
call me over but to my surprise she simply turned back to Jade "How about a
game?" She whispered to my daughter.
"What kind of a game?" I asked excitedly, being
lonely...I missed home; I missed Mother playing games with me and reading
Clarissa put on a thoughtful look and then snapped her
fingers, as though she had an idea "How about hide and seek?"
"Okay!" I yelled out enthusiastically before
allowing a thoughtful look to cross my face, "can I hide first?" I
The girl laughed, I light sound that could have been lost
in the wind "Ok then, I'll count to sixty" She turned round and walked
to the shadowy wall, turned her back to Jade and counted loudly.
I grinned ruefully, running to a nearby copse of bushes and
creeping amongst them, trying to match the color of my clothes amongst the
branches and leaves as best I could.
I stared confused at the two females, Clarissa was counting
loudly and Jade was creeping among the plants, what was going on. I tried to
mentally talk to Clarissa but she appeared to be ignoring me. I growled under my
breath and kept watching.
Sneaking under roots and branches I hid, waiting with
slight impatience for her to finish counting...couldn't she go any quicker than
Clarissa finished her counting and turned round, instantly
spotting Jade as she tried to camouflage herself. Instead of going right to her
she went the opposite way, pretending she couldn’t find the girl.
What was she doing? It was painfully obvious where Jade was
so why was she going in the opposite direction, it didn’t make sense...
Jade giggled, stifling it by slapping her hand over
her mouth as she went in fits at Clarissa's 'confusion'.
“Ja-a-a-ade" Clarissa moaned, "Where are you? I
cant see you, you're too good" She was deliberately throwing her voice as
she snuck up on the girl. "Got You!" she yelled as she picked Jade up
and swung her round. Clarissa caught a look of total confusion on Meier’s face
Jade shrieked as she was jerked upwards before falling into
giggles again, gripping Clarissa tight so as not to be let go of and when she
was brought back to the ground she grinned at Clarissa toothily.
hungry?" The vampiress asked "'cos I sure am" and to prove it her
stomach rumbled noisily and both females started giggling uncontrollably.
Jade nodded seriously, "uh huh" she said,
grasping her hand tightly.
"Lets see what we can rustle up then,” the girl said
as they walked back into the castle "what kind of things do you like?"
I followed them closely as they walked to the kitchen. Once
they were inside I followed them in and positioned myself on a rafter so I could
watch what they did.
She thought back to her evenings at home with Leila,
"grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup!" she said insistently.
My face crinkled at the food, as it was prepared. It smelt
terrible! I looked at the "grilled cheese sandwiches" and wondered why
I had the ingredients in my house to make such foul food.
After Jades food was done Clarissa glanced up to the
ceiling and called out "What do you want Meier?"
I looked around as I lowered my sandwich...'he wasn't
here...he was out on his errand!' I thought as though the idea of him lurking
around was absurd.
I smiled as I swooped down "Just the usual will be
fine" I told Clarissa before turning to my daughter "I said I
wouldn’t be long"
I grinned seeing him and running up excitedly,
"Clarissa and me had so much fun!" I exclaimed, "First we saw the
garden then played hide and seek..."
"Really?" I asked, surprised, as though I
hadn’t seen "You didn’t ruin my flowers did you?"
She shook her head no emphatically, eyes growing wide.
"Well that’s good then!" I laughed. I waited
until she finished her sandwich and soup before thanking Clarissa and sending
I ran after her, "will you play again with me
soon?" I asked, looking down and shuffling my feet with a dim hope.
The vampiress looked to me, awaiting my approval. I nodded
and watched as Jade jumped up and down happily, she was so young.
I grinned, unabashed, and hugged her around the waist
before waving goodbye.
Eating my food quickly I looked to the window, it was later
than I thought. The sun would soon me rising and I would have to be in my coffin
by then. I frowned, the nights went so quickly.
I looked up at him thoughtfully, the lull in activity
making me remember my unhappiness, "can...can Mommy visit yet?" I
asked shyly, hesitantly.
Gazing wearily at her I sighed, when was she going to
forget about asking me that? "No, not yet" I said before getting to my
feet. "I think its time for bed"
"But it's almost morning...not my bedtime
now...that was in the evening!" I piped up instantly.
"But this is my bedtime, Jade" I smiled down at
her, my eyes slowly closing as the sun almost peaked over the hills. "Come
on, I think I'm going to collapse" I grasped her hand "Pull me
along" I begged her, pathetically.
"But it isn't my bedtime" she said,
grinning secretively while watching him on the floor with an odd expression.
I sniffed “Please” I whimpered. As she leant over me I
jumped up quickly, grabbing her round the waist in the process and running up
the stairs, laughing as she struggled.
I shrieked as I felt myself grabbed around the waist,
yelling louder when he didn't let me go. He was grabbing me too tight! I
screamed more for him to let me go as I became short of breath.
I grinned as I reached her room and placed her in
front of the door. Instead of walking in like she should have done she just
stood there. I gazed at her, confused "Jade?"
I looked down, holding my stomach and looked up to
him, eyes watering slightly, "you really hurt me. You were gripping too
Too tight? I couldn’t have been. Kneeling down beside her
told her to lift her top slightly, and sure enough a dark purple bruise was
already forming. I stuttered in surprise "J-Jade, I-I-I'm sorry, I'm s-so
sorry" I looked at the floor in shock.
"You have to be more gentle, remember, she's
only a child" said a gentle voice behind him. It was Clarissa, who had
witnessed the goings on. Her voice was gentle, not reprimanding, just guiding.
I nodded, Clarissa would have to help me, I didn’t
realize how inexperienced I was.
Clarissa went over to Jade, "it's okay
sweetheart, you're okay now" she said softly, opening the bedroom door and
beckoning Meier in as well.
I felt humiliated but still followed Clarissa in. What was
she going to make me do?
"Now, sweetie, why don't you go and get ready for bed
while I talk with your Father" offered Clarissa while she turned back to
"Master Link...I must intervene, and question your way
of handling the child. Do you honestly know anything about someone of her
age?" asked the vampiress critically.
I felt awkward "Not...exactly" I said
"Then why did you take her...she is an immortal,
would it not have been beneficial to wait?" I asked him, knowing this was
no time for sugar coating my harsh words.
I looked at her sternly, I would let no working class
vampire speak to me in such a way "I would watch your tongue Clarissa"
I warned her "If I had left it any later she would have started to believe
the lies her mother told her and I would never have known her." I told the
I narrowed my eyes slightly, "I apologize, but I must
step in." I indicated to the shirtless Jade, where a large dark purple
bruise all along where the arm had been was covering her chest, "before you
accidentally do more than that to her."
"You are threatening me with my own daughter, bold
word from a servant" I lowered my head hiding my eyes and mouth so she
could not see the ashamed look on my face, I knew what she said was true but I
would never tell her it "I must depart now, we shall resume this