The Lycan, Ace, led the mysterious young man to the Blood Pack's hide out. Their base was on the abandoned side of the city where most of the low life Vampire slumbered during the day. The two hid across the street in a dusty, old, abandoned factory, camping out during the day awaiting dusk. They sit on the third floor next to some old, dusty windows and machines, figuring they would get a better view up high. During the stakeout, Ace, curious about their quest, began to ask Anarchious questions.
“So Anarchious… this Marie, what’s the relation?” Ace asked. “She’s… family, that’s all you need to know.” Anarchious responded to Ace while bandaging his swollen and bloody right hand. “Oh yeah, well that’s a great way to get to know someone who’s trying to help you.” Ace replied with sarcasm in a jolly way while Anarchious continued to wrap his hand up.
“Get to know? So what are we on a date now?” Anarchious responded grinning, still paying heavy attention to the bandages. “Well Anarchious, how do you expect me to trust you when I don’t know anything about you but ‘Marie the only family I got!’” Ace says mockingly imitating Anarchious’ low gloomy voice. The young man ignored him, balling his fist testing the durability and the firmness of the bandage.
“I got an Idea. I’ll tell you something about me and you tell me something about yourself. Ok?” The persistent Lycan suggested. Anarchious nodded, “Yes.” expressionless, testing his handiwork by punching his injured right hand into his left hand. “Ok well let’s see.” Ace begins to rub his chin in a pondering fashion. “Oh well I am Scorpio, my favorite food is medium rare steak, and I love chasing my tail.” Ace says as he begins to laugh hoping that stupid statement would lighten up the mood. Anarchious looks up with a serious face and asks, “Why did you try to get yourself killed?”
Ace’s face drops from being happy to being ashamed and responds hanging his head, “To ease it.” Anarchious eyes Ace as he pauses, causing a long awkward silence. “The loneliness was too much.” He continues, “Losses...,” picking head up his head and making eye contact with the now curious Anarchious. "Loss?” “I lost my family when I was young and ever since I’ve been alone.” Ace explains then breaks eye contact with Anarchious.
After hearing Ace’s story, Anarchious spaces out while looking at the sun through a dirty window. He begins to daydream of the human soldiers coming to his village when he was younger. He envisioned his kid-self playing at a playground alone. It was a beautiful day, the sun was out, it was warm and the wind was brisk. The season had just changed to spring he remembered it vividly, the newly blossomed flowers, the stunning colors. He snuck away from his mother who was in a conversation with someone nearby. His mother called for him. He heard her voice and ran off but before he could turn the corner to where she was but he realized he left his red twists candy behind. He then heard his mother call out to him once more. He needed to hurry then and an crackling flash he was back on the playground near his candy. He walked over to it and looked up--a human soldier was hovering over him. The look on the soldier's face was frightening; he pulled out his knife from his sheath and quickly grabbed young Anarchious.
"So what about you?" Ace asked, waking Anarchious from his daydream. "What was that?" Anarchious replied while he trying to wipe the stress from his face. "I've told you a little about myself. So tell me something about you man." Ace responds. "What do you want to know?" Anarchious replied.
Ace immediately asks, "What are you?" Anarchious looks at Ace with a confused expression while raising his right eyebrow. “I mean I know you’re definitely not a Lycan or a Vampyr. A Broom hopper wouldn’t have helped me and humans don’t jump off 6 story buildings and survive.”
Anarchious reclined with his hands behind his head, staring at the old unkempt ceiling of the factory, “Honestly, I don’t know what I am.” He explains, “Marie always said we were Mutants.”
“What you mean ‘we’?” Ace inquired. “People like me. ‘We’ were once called Mutants.” Anarchious replies as If he made a mistake but he didn’t he was thinking of his family. The Lycan confused because he’s never heard of such people pushed further “Were? What are you referred to as now?” “Extinct.” Anarchious replied glaring at Ace, ending the inquiry
The two camped there all day, taking turns napping, getting rest as they awaited dusk to fall. As the sun set and shadows began to grow, Anarchious woke Ace, as the Vampyr city was awakening from their 12 hour slumber. They were watching the building across the street like hawks, hoping for Blaine to emerge, when suddenly a tiny mass of Vampyr Grunts rolled up to the building on old style motorcycles. They parked in front of the building aggressively creating a large half-circle barricade.
“Who the hell is they!” Anarchious says to Ace trying to keep his voice down. “New recruits.” Ace responds. “Yes I see that, but why so many?” Anarchious asks Ace big-eyed, worried about the situation. “I don’t know. They only gather like this when they decide to pull humans or to defend someone.” Ace watches the biking grunts closely, “Look!” he exclaims.
Anarchious looks out the dusty windows and sees two of the grunts dragging another one into the building. “He’s your ‘You ruined the tunes’ guy.” Ace proclaims mocking the Vampyr grunt from the night before. After a few more minutes of waiting they begin to hear someone yelling from the other building.
“What’s that?” Anarchious asks Ace as he begins to listen closely. “It sounds like someone is pissed the hell off.” Ace says still listening. Then in a surprised motion Ace cocks back his head and yells, “Blaine!” Anarchious reacts saying, “What’s hap…” and before Anarchious could finish his sentence they both hear glass crashing from the building where the scary screaming took place. Something or someone one was falling from the building windows. There were two beings, one seemingly strangling the other and in mid-fall one of them bursts into flames and disintegrates into dust. The other being lands on his feet victoriously. He is a tall, pale man wearing a Blood Pack leather jacket. He has green spiked hair and was dressed head to toe like a punk.
The green haired Vampyr yells furiously and spits on the sneering ashes, “Good riddance! Bloody snitch!”
“Blaine!” Ace proclaims. "Hell that was so weak. I'm going to kick his ass worse now." Anarchious says while laughing cracking his neck and knuckles, "Shoot, there are a lot of them though. You got my back?" Anarchious asks while he continues to limber up. Ace looks at Anarchious with reluctance. "What man?" Anarchious exclaims while smiling, "Hope you're not scared of these guys because of what happened a few days ago. C'mon we'll get a Little revenge.". "That's not it!" Ace responds as if ashamed and looks away sternly. Anarchious stops stretching and gives Ace a serious look. "What's up?" He asks the Lycan. "I can't fight." The Lycan replies to the eager Mutant as he continues to glare at the Lycan. Anarchious then cracks a smile and begins to laugh, "It's not that hard for you I assume. Punch kick, bite and repeat as many times as needed. Maybe add some claws." The Mutant states to the Lycan. "No not that! I can fight if I choose to, duh but I refuse to be a mindless brute!" Ace responds to Anarchious balling his fist and turning his back on him walking towards a back exit.
While Ace walks away Anarchious mood falls and he becomes serious again. "Fighting for something isn’t wrong you know." Anarchious begins to explain. "I'm not a very violent person at all nor do I like to fight, sure, it's fun but purposely taking joy in hurting a living being isn't fun." Ace refuses to turn around. "Look, sometimes you have to fight when you don't want to and other times you shouldn't fight when you want to." The discouraged Lycan was still heading towards the exit, "I am going down there with or without you!" Anarchious exclaims, but it falls on deaf ears as Ace exits the room, leaving Anarchious to fend for himself.
Meanwhile below Blaine is commanding and rallying his gang. He calls over his underboss and whispers to him, "Go tell Zera we got everything under control." The underboss nods yes, hops on his motorcycle and rides off towards the busy part of the city. "You will spread out in this city and find this renegade! Once you find him, do not engage him. Report to me and we all will get a piece of him." Blaine yells to his disciples as they all begin to cheer and clap. Suddenly, a big crash echoes from above them. A man rapidly descends and lands on his feet in the middle of their gangs circle across from Blaine. It’s Anarchious, with a fierce look that could kill on his face, glaring at the leader. Blaine steps back afraid, then steps forward and readies himself in an aggressive fighting stance trying to hide his initial reaction as the rest of his gang watches.
"I'm right here, no need to look for me." Anarchious snarls to Blaine in a very dark tone of voice, "We can avoid all of this. All you have to do is tell me where my Aunt is and we'll forget all about this." Blaine rolls his eyes, smirking back at Anarchious. "Oh so you want your ass kicked! Ok! I can make that arrangement!" Anarchious says as he becomes annoyed at the cocky gestures of the Vampyr gang leader. Blaine begins to laugh and holds out his right arm, the hand Anarchious had cut off a few days earlier, signaling 'bring it on!' Anarchious didn't pay attention to the cockiness or the fact his hand grew back so fast but the long, silky black scarf Blaine has wrapped around it. It looks familiar; he recognizes the weird circular symbols stitched in it.
"That's Marie's Scarf!" Anarchious points out becoming enraged. "And what are you going to do about it! You’re surrounded! You walked right in your own execution party." Blaine replied grinning, "Blood Pack! Kill him!" Blaine yells ordering his gang to do away with the surrounded Mutant. Anarchious, not backing down shoots forward and knocks down Blaine in one punch to the nose. The rest of the Vampyr gang attacks the Mutant left and right. He defends himself punching, smacking, and kicking the swarming Vampyr one by one. Blaine gets up and tries to make a run for it.
"Come back here COWARD!" Anarchious witnesses Blaine trying to get away. Anarchious viciously knees an attacking Vampyr in his gut bringing him to his hands and knees. He then quickly jumps off that Vampyr's back into the air and lands on Blaine’s back forcing him to the ground. He turns Blaine around and grabs him by his leather collar.
"Where is she, you fucking parasite?" Anarchious yells to Blaine in his face. Blaine glares back and tries to choke Anarchious as the rest of the gang members try to pull the Mutant off their leader. They continue to try to pry Anarchious death grip off their superior. As Anarchious becomes more enraged his body begins to surge with electricity.
"Where the hell is she?!" Anarchious yells infuriated and releases his electricity shocking the group of Vampyr tugging at him and Blaine sending everyone flying back striking other Vampyr's and motorcycles destroying and knocking them down and out.
Blaine passes out and Anarchious lets out a long mighty roar as he begins to be surrounded by the remaining Vampyr. There were too many of them and Anarchious begins to realize he used a vast amount of energy by shocking the gang members. Anarchious stands up, readies himself, and fearlessly yells while breathing heavily, "Bring it, suck heads!"
The Vampyr begin to attack the lone Mutant once more. The Mutant only finds himself with enough energy to defend himself by dodging but it’s no good, eventually he is in the clutches of the Vampyr grunts. They begin to jump and beat him; they restrain him, punch, kick and stomp him repeatedly. Anarchious tries to fight back and shock a few but he has worn himself out and they only kept coming. The Vampyr finally get a hold of Anarchious. They pin him down to the ground as he struggles. One of the Vampyr pulls a machete from out his leather coat and hovers over Anarchious with a disturbing look on his face. It’s the man the Mutant had shocked unconscious the night before.
"So, I bet you thought what you did last night was funny huh?" The Vampyr yells at Anarchious while still twitching. Anarchious pauses and glares at the Vampyr like he's crazy. Anarchious regurgitates blood and spits it aside of him and then breaks out in frenzy of laughter while the Vampyr look on amazed at the Mutant’s ignorance.
"Son of a bitch! Hold him down!" The Vampyr furiously screams at the fallen Mutant as he raises the machete above his head, ready to hack and chop at Anarchious' limbs. Anarchious feels numb most hi senses were shutting down but he’s still anticipating the pain so he looks away closing his eyes, only able to smell the leaking gasoline from the wrecked motorcycles.
Just then an immense roar echoes from above them. Everyone freezes and directs their attention to it. It is an ominous figure quickly descending from the sky towards them rapidly. The frightened Gang grunts release the weakened Anarchious and retreat away from his trampled body as the figure lands at the head of Anarchious. The Mutant realizing that he has been released and that the grunts have stopped their assault, opens his eyes, lifts his head slightly off the petrol covered ground and looks towards the deep violet sky and sees someone standing over him. Anarchious, realizing who it is relaxes his head back onto the ground and says aloud, "So Cliché!"
It is the Lycan, Ace and like a blood thirsty predator he begins to circle Anarchious’ body creating a perimeter around it while glaring at the Vampyr grunts. A bold grunt aggressively stepped forward testing the Lycan. Immediately the Lycan lets out a violent snarl as that Vampyr makes a hasty retreat back into the crowd.
"Leave now and there won't be any more bloodshed!" The Lycan shouts to the Blood Packs members. "Ha! Empty threats! You’re surrounded, tea cup!" A random Vampyr grunt makes an insulting remark at the tiny Lycan, who is still bigger than all of these Vampyr by a long shot, defending the defeated Mutant. "Believe me you do not want this! If you continue this attack, you will be exterminated like the rats you are!" Ace replies while breaking into an aggressive four point fighting stance. "You and what Army?" another random Vampyr shouts back.
"This one!" the beaten Anarchious says as he begins to recover from the ground taking his sweet time. The Vampyr begin to laugh at the stumbling Mutant as he continues to lose his balance and collapse on the Lycan's back. The Mutant then whispers to the Lycan, "Take cover!" The Lycan becomes big-eyed, quickly grabs the Mutant as the Mutant shoots the ground with a lightning bolt. A spark travels from the ricochet and it lands in a stream of spilled gas from the broken motor cycles. Ace also swiftly grabs Blaine as the spark sets the stream aflame and travels from bike to broken bike igniting them in a domino effect. As all of the Vampyr scramble to get away from the explosions, Ace escapes carrying the Mutant over one shoulder and Blaine over the other.
Ace carries them a mile away deeper into the abandoned industrial side of Drake City. The tiny but strong Lycan brings them over to an abandoned junkyard. Ace tosses the passed out Blaine like a sack of potatoes onto the hood of an old broken down truck and places the weary Anarchious on his feet. Anarchious stands up just barely recovering from his exhaustion; he looks over at Blaine’s lifeless body on the hood of the truck and quickly stumbles over shaky-legged. He then grasps his jacket collar and slaps Blaine in the face repeatedly until Blaine regains consciousness.
“I am only going to ask this once! Where is Marie?!” He yells while shaking the woozy Vampyr. Blaine slowly regains consciousness and looks up at him bleary-eyed. “Where is she Blaine?!” Anarchious continues to shout.
“Who?” Blaine responds to the infuriated Mutant. Anarchious screams at the Vampyr as he begins to chuckle at the young Mutant’s threats, “Do not mess with me I promise you I’ll have the last fucking laugh!” Anarchious swiftly slaps the Vampyr across the face and Blaine retaliates by spitting in the Mutant’s bruised up face. Enraged, the Mutant grabs the Vampyr by the throat and begins to strangle him.
“Son of a bitch you will tell me where she is!” The infuriated Mutant grumbles to the Vampyr as he tries to strangle the life out of him. Ace hurries over and attempts to break the vampire free of Anarchious’ death grip.
“Anarch, If you kill him you won’t be able to find Marie!” Ace tries to explain to Anarchious as he grabs him but the Mutant seems to be losing consciousness. Blaine begins to black out while Ace continues to try to pry Blaine from Anarchious’ iron grip. The Lycan, pulling on Anarchious begins to feel the hair on the back of his wolf-mane begin to stand up and feel an energy run through his body. The energy quickly becomes greater and begins to shock Ace, so he releases him. The intrigued Lycan stares at Anarchious strangling the Vampyr, his wounds seemed to be healing gradually, his eyes are radiating a violent violet hue, and he looks lost in his rage. Ace is mesmerized by what he is witnessing but quickly snaps out of it remembering what could happen.
“Anarchious! You’re going to kill him!” The Lycan roars in a mighty voice. Anarchious doesn’t respond. “If you break his neck you’ll never find your family!” Ace tries to use the enraged Mutant’s emotional tie to convince him to let go but it seems as though it made things worse. Anarchious clutches down harder on his grip and begins to break Blaine’s neck. Hearing the slow pops and cracks of his neck, Ace has to think quickly.
Ace grabs the earth-colored hair on his head and yells in frustration and screams, “You’ll never save her! NEVER! You have failed Marie!” Anarchious immediately releases the near dead Vampyr and slowly turns to towards Ace. As Anarchious focuses his attention on his associate, Blaine slides down the hood of the truck and on to the dusty, junk covered ground coughing and gasping for air. Anarchious, with glowing eyes, aggressively but slowly makes his way towards the Lycan. Although he is scared, Ace holds his ground and readies himself. Anarchious seemed to be rejuvenated and have some of his energy back. Ace has no idea what to do he just does the first thing that comes to mind as soon as the blacked out Mutant is close enough. He grabs his shoulders and Anarchious hands slowly rise towards the Lycan’s neck. Ace looks down at him and utters, “Killing me won’t find her!”
Anarchious continues towards his neck but appears to be fighting himself. Ace sees this and continues to persuade him, “If we just interrogate him he will give up what he knows!” The Mutant grabs the Lycan’s throat, however, he still continues to struggle to constrict him, Anarchious’ eyes begin to become more normal but he is still gone.
“We will find her together. I just need you to pull through whatever this is!” Ace explains to the Mutant as he continues struggling in and out of consciousness as he continues to choke Ace. The Lycan digs his nails into Anarchious shoulders fearing he will do to him what he did to Blaine.
“Fight it for Marie!” Ace shouts at the top of his lungs and at that moment Anarchious snaps out of his episode. He screams at the top of his lungs and drops to his knees releasing Ace, shaking not know what that was. The Lycan bent down in relief and put his hand on Anarchious’ shoulder to comfort him. While this was taking place Blaine had realized his situation, panicked and tried his damndest to crawl off quietly but gave himself away tripping on some debris. He jumps up quickly and tries to hobble away but is quickly confronted by a recovered, more irate Anarchious.
“How’d you get… right there... you were over there now you’re…” Blaine babbles in confusion as the Mutant interrupts him. “Shut the hell up! You will tell me where Marie is!” Anarchious demands while grabbing the Vampyr’s right arm on which the scarf is wrapped. The Vampyr attempts to rip away from the Mutant and tries to get away but the tenacious Mutant trips Blaine up while ripping the scarf from his arm. Anarchious stands over the defeated Blaine dominantly as the Vampyr looks up at him fearful but stern.
“Where the hell did you get this!?” Anarchious yells to Blaine. “DO I look like a snitch to you! I’m not telling you shit!” Blaine responds still holding out information while trying to crawl away from him. Anarchious advances towards the down Vampyr. His body begins to surge, with little sparks of Electricity pulsing through his clenched fist.
“Anarchious let him go!” Ace yells from behind the two. The irate Mutant looks back with a familiar look in his eye and replies, “Not until he tells me where she is!” “Hello? Are you deaf? I just told you I’m not telling you shit!” The Vampyr eggs on the Mutant. “Well? Is that so?” Anarchious responds with sarcasm. The pissed off Mutant towers over Blaine. “Well then I am going to sever each and every limb, slowly until you do.” Anarchious threatens the Vampyr. Blaine begins to laugh for a moment and then glares at the young man threatening him. “You really think I am scared… of you! Ha! There are things out there worse than you, more frightening. Let me say quite frankly, you ain’t Shit!” Blaine replies with a smile on his face. Hearing this sets the Mutant off and he is ready to kill Blaine, but before he can get a hold of him Ace bear-hugs the out-of-control Mutant and lifts him off his feet. Blaine sees this and makes his getaway.
A surprised Anarchious watches him get away and yells to Ace “What are you doing? Let me go! Don’t let him get away!” “Calm down! We don’t need him anymore.” Ace responds to a struggling Anarchious “What hell you mean we don’t need him!” The irritated Mutant exclaims. “Just trust me!” Ace says struggling to keep in his grasp on the aggressive Mutant. “We don’t have shit without him!” Anarchious yells at the top of his lungs. “We have the scarf!” Ace responds quickly as Anarchious continues to try to break the bear hug. “It’s a fucking scarf, it’s useless!” The feisty Mutant responds trying to wiggle his way free. “I can find her just using that! Just stop flailing and trust me!” Ace replies as Anarchious ceases to try to break free and looks over his shoulder at the Lycan.
The Lycan releases Anarchious and snatches the scarf from him. Ace glares at Anarchious as the Mutant fixes and straightens out his attire.
“How much do you know about Lycans?” Ace asks Anarchious while probing his nose into it smelling the torn tattered scarf deeply. “Stop yapping and get to the point Ace!” Anarchious says to the Lycan, eager and ready to find Marie. “Did you forget what I told you or are you just plain stupid; I can track anyone down from miles and miles away using my hyper sense of smell! However, I have to have come in contact with them or something they possessed.” The Lycan explains to the young Mutant as he stares back at Ace. Anarchious looks at Ace and speaks mockingly, “So you telling me you can find her by smelling that piece of cloth!” Ace replies by grunting, “yeah.” and continues to smell the scarf deeply. Anarchious turns towards the direction Blaine disappeared and begins to walk in that direction. “No, we need to go find...” and before Anarchious could finish Ace bolts off in a different direction.
The Mutant turns to watch Ace dart off on all fours towards the busy part of the city.
“Not again! The hell are you going!” A confused Anarchious hollers to Ace but receives no response. Soon Ace disappears around a corner and the Mutant is all on his lonesome. He looks in the direction of junk filled yard where Blaine has disappeared and then looks off into the distance of the bright city of Drake. The young Mutant thinks to himself for a split second.
“Damn it!” Anarchious mutters to himself out of frustration.