When I opened my eyes I was in a white room with glaring florescent lights. I looked down and saw something stuck into the crease of my elbow. Instinctively and still half asleep, I reached for it with the intention of yanking it out, but someone grabbed my hand.
“What are you doing, Stupid?” I heard a familiar voice say. Suddenly everything that had happened that day rushed back to me.
“Oh!” I gasped as I sat up.
“Lay back down.” The voice demanded. I looked up. It was Kaito. The face that used to scare me was now a familiar face in frightening situation. It almost kept me calm.
“What happened?” I asked him. I looked around and saw an empty bed. No one else was in the room.
“They stitched you up and hooked you up to some blood.” he nodded to the hanging bag behind me. I felt a bandage on my neck and saw that my wrist was wrapped up too.
“You don’t have to stay here, you know.” I offered. His fists were clenched and I could tell he was feeling anxious.
“Well I don’t really have anywhere else to go, and at least in a crowded hospital I’m safe from Masahiko.” He reasoned as he sat down in the chair by the bed. That was the first time I heard him address his lord casually.
“Well it’s not very crowded in here particularly.” I pointed out. “Shouldn’t there be a nurse or something?”
“After they gave you emergency care they left and haven’t come back. It’s been like an hour now.” He explained.
“What? Maybe they came after us?! We should go check what’s going on.” I started to get out of the bed but he pushed me back down.
“Relax. Nothing happened. They’re probably all just too scared to come and check on you. I guess I didn’t do a good enough job of disguising myself.” He grinned.
“What?! Everyone knows?!”
“Well I think your condition was a little suspicious. And I can’t help the strong aura I give off. Even insensitive humans can feel it.” I groaned and fell back against the bed, hitting my wrist in the process.
“Ow!” I whined and cradled my wrist in my other hand. “Good job they did fixing this up.” I said sarcastically.
“Are you okay?” Kaito asked. He was standing now, and for a second I thought he looked worried. But whatever that expression was turned to anger and he turned for the door.
“Where are you going?” I asked.
“To get a doctor. They’ve taken enough time.” He said.
“Wait!” I yelled. I had one foot on the ground when I heard the door handle turn, but Kaito hadn’t reached the door yet. I quickly jumped back into bed and reached for the covers.
“Sorry for the wait. No one else wanted to-” I heard a familiar voice, then the sound of something hitting the floor. “Toki?” Oh no. I thought. I looked up. This day just kept getting better and better.
She looked at me and then at Kaito then slowly backed up against the counter and grabbed something out of a drawer behind her. She charged forward and held a scalpel threateningly towards the vampire with an angry yet scared look on her face.
“What did you do to my daughter?!” she yelled.
“Mom, stop!” I screamed. Even though he saved me today, I knew how dangerous his kind could be.
“Hey now.” Kaito sneered and grabbed her wrist. “That’s not nice.” His fangs glistened. The scalpel dropped to the floor. He was hungry for blood. I jumped out of bed but still weak, I fell to the floor when I tried to walk. I got to my hands and knees. Everything seemed to be going in slow motion but I knew I still wouldn’t make it in time. I could feel something building up inside of me, ready to burst. Tears welled up in my eyes and started to spill over and run down my cheeks. I wasn’t strong enough to protect my mother, myself, anyone.
“NO!” I screamed in a last attempt. Suddenly fierce winds whirled past me, knocking everything in the room out of its place. The windows and glass cabinets shattered and the curtains and blankets were torn to pieces. But my mom was left untouched. It just blew past her like a normal breeze. She fell to her knees, either out of fear or relief, but it didn’t matter. She was safe. I tried to crawl over to her but I felt a pinching tug at my arm. I looked down at the IV stuck in my skin and yanked it out, blood still dripping from it. With a new found strength I slowly got to my feet and walked over to my mom. I sat down in front of her.
“Mom!” I cried, tears running down my face. I hugged her as tight as I could, ignoring the pain in my wrist, and buried my face into her shoulder.
“Toki! Are you okay?” she asked. She lifted my face off of her and held it in her hands. “What happened to you?”
“It was just a training accident mom. It was my fault. No big deal.” I lied. I couldn’t tell whether she believed me or not, but something else seemed to catch her attention.
“Tokiko, what did you..?” I followed her gaze to see Kaito leaning against the wall with gashes all over his body. Blood pooled on the ground beneath him. I gasped. What did I do? I looked around the room. What were my powers turning into?
I didn’t know how to feel. He tried to attack my mom but he still saved my life. I struggled to my feet and walked over to Kaito. As I got closer I could see what I really did to him. His arms and legs were cut up but the majority of his injuries were on his torso, which was still bare and completely visible. He had a huge gash running from his shoulder to his hip and I could see how deep it was. I reached my hand out towards him but stopped myself. Instead I put it on the wall to keep from falling over.
“I guess we know where your power really comes from.” He said. I looked up at him and saw he was smirking, even with his face and neck slashed and bleeding.
“I…I’m…” I stuttered, not knowing what to say, but I felt my mom grab my arm and pull me away from him. She brought me back to the bed and made me lie down. “Mom, can’t you do something?” I asked, though I wasn’t even sure why.
“Honey I’m sure he’ll be okay. But you need to rest. You’re the one I care about.” She answered. She looked down at me with worried eyes. Then she sterilized the IV needle and stuck it back into my arm. I flinched. “Now tell me what really happened.”
“Really mom, it was an accident. I hurt myself while training. I fell onto some weapons and lost a lot of blood.” I’m a good liar but I didn’t expect her to believe something so ridiculous. But somehow, she just nodded and put her hand on my cheek.
“I’m trusting you to make your own decisions. I just hope they’re the right ones.” She said softly. And to my surprise, she kissed me on the forehead and walked away. She picked up the clipboard she dropped earlier and closed the door behind her. I was speechless, but I suddenly remembered about Kaito. He was still standing in the same place, leaning against the wall.
“Are you gonna be okay?” I wondered.
“I don’t know.” He confessed. “I’ve lost too much blood to be able to heal.”
“Will you die?”
“Eventually. It might take a while, but vampires can die from loss of blood too.” I felt bad but I was mad at him too.
“Well why did you attack my mom?” I accused.
“I am a vampire.” He replied. “Better her than you.” I glared at him but after a while my guilt took over.
“What are we gonna do?” I asked, hesitant.
“I need blood.” He said as he stared at me with a lustful gaze. I felt I owed it to him but I flinched when I thought about him biting me. Plus I probably didn’t have enough to give.
“I, I don’t know…” I paused.
“It’s only fair.” He smiled at me. And all the good things I thought about him vanished. He was just like the rest. He staggered toward me and I closed my eyes, but nothing happened. I opened them to see him grab the hanging bag of blood and pull the IV from my arm. He smiled when he saw the look on my face. “Just kidding.” He snickered. I breathed a sigh of relief. I watched as his eyes turned red and he sunk his fangs into the bag. “That’ll have to do.” He said when he finished and sat at the edge of the bed. His eyes faded and he seemed to relax.
“Are you okay?” I inquired. But my question was answered as his wounds miraculously began to heal before my eyes. I stared in silence until the bleeding stopped and the gashes closed. Though still visible, they looked like they were weeks old instead of minutes.