Wind, Fire and Blood

In a world where humans live amongst fire wielding vampires, one girl has the power to change everything.


2. They Gave Me A Choice

I woke up in the back of a car with the red-haired boy and tall one next to me, the blonde one driving, and Kaito in the passenger’s seat. I hated all of them, but the one with the black hair had a special place reserved on my hit list. He turned around to look at me. I looked out the window to avoid his stare.

“This would have been so much easier if you just cooperated.” He said.

“It’s not like we’re gonna bite you.” someone added.

“Speak for yourself.” Kaito said, and I could hear the grin on his face. We drove in silence for awhile until I felt someone open a window. It was the red-haired one.

“There’s no air in here, all I can smell is her.” He groaned, “I can’t stand it anymore.”

“We can all smell her.” said the tall one next to me.

“Well, stick your head out the window, we can’t have damaged cargo.” The driver said. So the red-haired one stuck his head out the window and we drove like that for about fifteen minutes. After awhile, we pulled into the driveway of a huge mansion. Vampires lived all over the world, but unfortunately, there was a royal coven just outside of the city. Looks like that’s where we were. The car stopped and everybody got out. I just sat there.                                                                                                                                                                 

“Come on.” The tall one said. I didn’t move. He sighed. I heard the door open on my side and someone grabbed my arm and pulled me out. It was Kaito, of course.

“Don’t be stubborn.” He said.

Suddenly, there were people everywhere, vampires. They came out of nowhere. They were all walking towards me, I slowly backed away. But before I knew it, they were forming a circle around me. There was a low murmur of voices.

“Who is that?”

“A human?”

“Is that the girl?”

“She smells good.”

“She can control wind?”

“She looks pretty weak to me.”

“Probably wouldn’t put up much of a fight.”

The circle was getting smaller and they were getting closer. Suddenly, someone grabbed my arm. As I turned to see who it was, someone else grabbed my shirt. They were reaching for me from all sides.

“Alright, that’s enough.” I heard Kaito say as he pushed through the crowd. I was actually thankful to see him, almost. He grabbed my arm and pulled me away from everyone and towards the other three.

“There you are.” The tall vampire said. “We’re here for a second and you’re already getting into trouble.

 “Come on, let’s go.” said the blonde one. They lead me inside and this time I willingly followed, afraid to be left alone with those touchy feely vampires outside. We were greeted by a beautiful vampire with dark eyes and long black hair. He was dressed differently and the way he carried himself was confident, regal almost. He must be the owner of the mansion. He was royalty. I was hardly graced by his presence.

“Hello, I hope these barbarians treated you well.” He said to me with a kind face. It was hard to believe he was a vampire like the rest of them, but his sharp fangs assured me that he was. I didn’t know if he was expecting a reply, but I didn’t say anything. Suddenly he reached his hand out and hit Kaito in the face. I gasped in response.

“Hey, what did I do?” he complained.

“I knew I shouldn’t have sent you.” The vampire scolded.

“She didn’t even say anything.” Kaito protested.

“She doesn’t have to. She’s afraid of you, I can sense it.” He said.

Actually, I was scared of all of them, but Kaito in particular made me tremble. The man introduced himself as Masahiko, the lord of this clan, the tall one as Tatsuya, the red-haired one as Kenta, the blonde one as Toshi, and of course, Kaito.

“Come. Let’s discuss matters in the dining room.” Masahiko said. The five of us followed him down a long hallway and into a huge room with a long table in the center. He pulled out a chair for me and then sat at the head of the table. After a few seconds, a servant brought us all tea.

“Tea?” Kaito said. “That’s not what I’m thirsty for right now.”

“I’ll take A positive.” Kenta called to the servant jokingly.

“You are not drinking blood in front of a human girl.” Masahiko told them. I shivered at the thought of it. They sighed.  

“Yukimura-chan,” Masahiko started, “rumor is you’re a very talented young lady.” I didn’t answer. Even though he was being nice, I didn’t want to convey the message that kidnapping me was okay. So I stayed silent. “I hope you understand that we couldn’t just talk to you at school, that’s why we brought you here.” He paused, waiting for a reply, but I didn’t give him one.

“She’s pretty stubborn.” Tatsuya informed him.

“She has every right to be.” Masahiko replied. He looked at me again. “Our intention isn’t to cause you any harm, but to give you an opportunity.” He caught my attention. “We want to teach you to control your power.” I couldn’t say I wasn’t surprised by what he said, but I didn’t know if he was really being honest. He probably had an ulterior motive.

“Why?” I asked.

“Does there need to be a reason? Can’t someone just help another for the sake of being nice?” he asked.

“No, that’s not it.” I retorted.

“Oh?” he said.

“You just want me to be on your side, probably so I’m not a threat.” I said. I probably should have stopped talking but I was gaining momentum and I couldn’t stop. Masahiko chuckled.

“You, a threat to us?” Kaito interrupted. “Yeah right.” Masahiko shot him a terrifying look that shut him up.

“You’re a very smart girl.” He said. “But this is a once in a life time opportunity. Are you going to give it up because you’re not sure about our motive?” I didn’t know the answer. I really wanted to learn to control my ability, and if that was their reason, what’s the worse that could happen? I decide not to be their ally and they kill me? By then I’d be strong enough to protect myself. I’d be strong enough to protect everybody. I needed to think about this.

“Can I be excused for a second?” I asked.

“Of course, the washroom is down the hall. Tatsuya-”

“I’ll take her.” Kenta interrupted. And before anyone could object, he ran out the door. I walked out of the room and he was waiting for me outside the door. I thought Kaito was the one I’d have to worry about but I felt nervous around this one. Although Kaito was frightening, this one was strange. He seemed unstable, wild like an animal. I could see it in his eyes. He made me wary as we walked down the hall.

Suddenly, he grabbed my arm and pulled me through a door. It was dark but I could see it was small, like a closet. He wrapped his arms around my waist and pulled me up against him.

“Shh” he breathed, and his lips were at my throat. He covered my mouth with his hand and sunk his teeth into my neck. I felt the wind blowing around me, but it had little effect in the small room. I tried to pull away but he had his arm tightly wrapped around my waist. After a minute, he lifted his head and pressed his lips against mine. I didn’t even have enough energy to fight against him. Suddenly he was gone, and without him holding me up, I fell to the ground. I wiped my own blood off my mouth that was the remnants of his kiss, and slowly got to my feet. I opened the door and looked around. The hall was empty.

I slowly walked to the bathroom and went to the sink. I flinched at the pain when I wiped away the blood with a wet towel. After the blood was gone, I let my hair down and pulled it around my neck, covering the bite as well as I could. I hid the bloody towel under some tissues in the garbage. What was I going to do, tell them what happened? No, that wouldn’t do anything, so I just decided to hide it, which wasn’t like me at all. I suppose part of me wanted to pretend it never happened. I just wanted to get this over with and go home, and this would complicate things. I walked out of the bathroom and saw Kenta leaning against the wall. I quickly looked away. I didn’t want to see his face. He walked right beside me on the way back to the dining room, and when we were right in front of the door he grabbed my chin and stared into my eyes.

“Our little secret, kay?” he said and smiled an eerie smile, “The whole mansion reeks with the scent of blood. Adding yours won’t get their attention.” Then he wrapped his arm around my waist and led me through the door. I kept my eyes on the ground as I took my seat and Kenta took his right beside me. We sat for a moment in silence.

“Yukimura-chan” Masahiko began, breaking the silence. I looked up at him. “Whose bite marks are those on your neck?” I looked away and covered the bite with my hand. I didn’t know if I wanted him to find out or not. I wanted Kenta to be punished, but I was also afraid of him and what he might do, so I didn’t answer.

“You son of a bitch!” I heard someone yell and turned to see Kaito standing on the table. He walked over to Kenta and picked him up by his shirt collar. “He said no one could bite her! What gives you the right?” he demanded. Was he actually defending me? No way. He was probably just mad it wasn’t him who got to drink my blood. All of a sudden, his left fist burst into flames. I’d never even met a vampire before today, let alone seen them wield fire. It was incredible. I could feel the anger in the air.

“I don’t hear anyone complaining.” Kenta grinned at me. I was so mad at him I thought I was going to burst into flames as well.

“Kaito.” Masahiko said in a stern voice that was much more threatening than his fire. He didn’t lift his gaze off of Kenta’s face but I could tell he was somewhat nervous. “Do you have any manners? Get off the table.” He ordered. After a second, Kaito reluctantly let go of Kenta’s shirt, which was slightly singed, and jumped off the table. I heard him mumble something.

 “Kenta.” Masahiko said in the same voice and motioned for him to come. He still had that sly grin on his face as he walked towards his lord. I watched in anticipation. As soon as he was within reach, Masahiko struck Kenta in the face with such force that he flew across the room and hit the wall with a thud. My mouth hung open and I wondered if he was still alive. After a few seconds however, he stood up and I could see the wall was cracked from the impact. He wouldn’t look Masahiko in the face as he ordered him to apologize to me.

“Sorry.” He said unconvincingly and I knew if the others weren’t looking, he would have smiled that creepy grin like he was just playing a game. By this time, everyone was standing besides the lord at the end of the table, so I stood up too.

“Yukimura-chan, I’m terribly sorry. Come, we’ll have the medic take a look.” Masahiko said and offered me his hand. Not wanting to be rude, I placed my hand in his and let him lead me out of the room. I could feel the others’ eyes on us as we left.

As we walked down the hall, I wondered what he meant by medic. I wasn’t sure, but I thought vampires healed quickly and easily, so I saw no need for a doctor, but I followed anyways, not wanting to object. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but what we walked into wasn’t a doctor’s office. It was a big crowed room filled with couches, pool tables, TV’s, and a punch bowl filled with something I didn’t want to think about. When we walked in, everyone stopped what they were doing to stare at us. I immediately let go of his hand, which I could tell was what they were focused on.

“Daisuke, will you come here a moment?” Masahiko asked. A handsome vampire with light hair and tan skin walked out of the crowd. The two talked quietly for a moment but I wasn’t listening. I was only concentrating on the dozens of eyes staring at me with disapproval and something else. “Come Yukimura-chan.” Masahiko said, and as I followed him out, I could hear everybody start to whisper.

We walked down the hall in silence for a few minutes and I wondered how big this house really was until we stopped at a door. The vampire named Daisuke unlocked it and we followed him inside. With a wooden desk and bookcase it seemed more like a home office than a doctor’s, but I obeyed when he asked me to sit on the white exam table that seemed strangely out of place in this russet colored room.

He pulled my hair aside and seemed to study the bite for a while. I thought it seemed strange for a vampire to be a doctor with the blood and all, but when I looked down, I could see his hand was clenched into a fist and suddenly, I didn’t trust him so close to my neck.

“Well, stitches aren’t necessary, so I’ll just disinfect and bandage it and you’ll be good to go.” The doctor said. I breathed a sigh of relief. I wasn’t very fond of the idea of getting stitches, especially in a makeshift doctor’s office like this one. In a matter of minutes, he cleaned out the wound and stuck a bandage on it. I hopped off the table and Masahiko opened the door for me, but before I walked out, I turned and quietly thanked the doctor. Just because he was a vampire didn’t mean I had to be rude.

Instead of leading me back to the dining room, we walked to the front door where Tatsuya, Toshi, and Kaito were standing.

“It’s been a rough morning.” Masahiko said to me. “Why don’t we pick you up tomorrow and we’ll start your training.” I didn’t know what else to do so I just nodded, not realizing what I was getting myself into. The four of us, excluding Masahiko, walked out the door and into the sleek black car sitting in front. We sat in the same places as before, with Toshi driving, Kaito in the front, and Tatsuya in the back with me. I looked at the digital clock in front. It wasn’t even noon. I wondered if they were really going to take me home. I longed for this to be over. We drove for almost half an hour without anyone asking me for directions to my house. I realized why when we pulled into the parking lot of the school. I think I would have rather stayed at the monster mansion than have to face all my classmates and teachers. I moaned, apparently louder than I intended.

“What?” Toshi asked, having heard me.

“School?” was all I managed to say.

“I’m sure your friends are all dying to hear about your fieldtrip.” Kaito said and smiled. He was doing this on purpose just to ruin my day, I knew it. But there was nothing else to do. I wasn’t going to sit in the car with them and I didn’t live close enough to walk home, so I got out.

“Have a nice day!” Kaito shouted mockingly. I didn’t turn around; I just walked up the steps and into hell.

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