The Demon Hunters Shield Book One

Victoria Hyde unexpectedly had to leave behind her old life when she witnessed something otherworldly and strange, and also horrifying, at her best friends birthday party. She is led to a different world where demons, vampires and magic actually exist.

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2. Chapter 2 - If You Seek Truth.


Chapter Two:

If you Seek Truth...

Part One -
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     They had begun talking quieter, which made it harder for Victoria to hear what they were saying, but judging by what Jason said afterwards, whatever it was that he said, it wasn't the right answer.
'Shut up! You're just a sick piece of Darkerland trash!' He hissed at the boy with the sword, lunging forward.

The weaponless boy lunged forward at the same time, protecting his friend with the sword, but also getting knocked to the ground. He pulled out his own weapon from inside his long brown-grey coat. 

This one looked like the one Jason had, but much straighter, and this one didn't glow. Instead it seemed almost black in colour. Despite his efforts though, the boy whose name turned out to be Regan - Victoria had heard the sword yielding boy scream his name as he fell- dropped his blade and ended up with Jason sitting on top of him, jagged blade in hand.

He raised it up high, above his head, then quickly brought it down and drove it straight into the boys chest. He coughed and spluttered and thick black-ish blood burst from the wound. Jason's blade seemed to glow more, the more he drove it into Regan's chest.

Smoke started rising from the body, and in a puff of dark grey smoke, he vanished, and so did his blade. His friend, with the sword, was left speechless. His mouth slightly open, he pulled out the sword, the blade glinting and glowing. He gave Jason a competitive stare. Jason lunged forward again, but this time he missed his target.

The purple haired girl was standing nearby ready to help. She pushed the boy with almost magical force. He slammed against the wall and fell down, his sword falling next to him, just out of reach. The girl walked over and picked him up by his collar. She had produced her own weapon from her handbag while Jason and Regan were fighting on the ground. 

This was, what looked like, a long metal rod, with a glowing end. It was glowing at the end, Victoria was certain of it. It was glowing a pale purple colour, almost Lilac. She touched the blunt tip onto the boys skin and he screeched as it burnt. Victoria had to cover her ears, the sound was so intense. But the girl, who was standing right in front of him, didn't even flinch at the noise.

The purple haired girl then jammed the glowing rod into the boys chest and he too disappeared in a cloud of smoke, this time of purple. His sword had vanished too by the time Victoria thought to check.

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     Gareth was running from alleyway to alleyway in search of Victoria. Looking down each one he passed wondering what could have happened to her. 
Where would they have gone? 

Gareth felt a sudden wave of fear overcome him and he realised he might be too late to save his sisters best friend. For all he knew though, she could be fine, she may turn out to even know these people...

But Amber said that Victoria didn't know who they were... He suddenly remembered. His heart skipped again, when he heard a scream nearby. 
It was a girl. 

He ran in the direction of which the sound came, hoping she hadn't been hurt.
Hoping it wasn't Victoria who had screamed.

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     The blond haired boy, Jason, picked up his blade and whipped his head around, as he heard a piercing scream break their momentary silence. He looked up the alleyway behind them.

Looking down at them from the top of the alleyway was a girl, long curly black hair, wearing a tight ripped-effect grey dress and black high heeled boots. 'The girl from the party.' The black haired boy said. 'I bumped into her friend earlier.' 

'You know her?' The blonde girl, Jaymee, asked. He shook his head.

The girl at the top of the alleyway was frantically messing about with her phone, but before she could even make a call, the black haired boy appeared in front of her in the blink of an eye. The girl jumped and dropped her phone, trembling.
'What are you doing here?' He asked her.

'Well, I was calling the police! I just saw you kill someo-'

'You saw nothing of the sort.' He cut her off. 'The fact you saw them is what's bothering me right now. So what are you?' He raised an eyebrow.

'What am I?!' She asked, shocked. 'What are you, more like! You just murdered someone!' Victoria was so panicked and scared she hadn't realised that even though she'd just witnessed it, there was no proof. All the evidence, their bodies, their weapons, had completely vanished.

'Your kind aren't supposed to be able to see them.' Jaymee said, stepping over.

'My kind?!' Victoria almost shouted at her. There was a pause while Jason and the purple haired girl walked over together. He stood in front of Victoria, looking at her from head to toe, then back up.

'What's your name then?' He asked, smiling. Why is he smiling at me?

'Victoria.' She stammered a little.

'Well Victoria,' Jason said to her, 'It looks like we need to talk.'

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     Gareth was shouting Victoria's name over and over. He'd tried ringing her cell phone, but she wasn't answering. He'd heard no more screams, but she didn't reply when he shouted her either.
Panic making his heart almost jump out of his chest, made his desire to find Victoria stronger. Something was wrong, different.
He could feel it.

Actually, what he could feel was his phone vibrating in his jeans pocket. He saw who it was calling. Amber. He answered immediately. Maybe they found her.
'Still no sign of her out here.' He told her.

'Then find her! The people she followed... They're dangerous, Gaz. They're killers!' His sister sounded frantic on the phone. 'My cells almost dead, please Gaz find her, bring her back!'

'OK.' He hung up.

'He hasn't found her.' Amber said turning to Jayanne and Eli and Ella. They were now sat outside at a table on the beer garden trying to contact Victoria. 'How do you even know those guys, Eli?' Amber asked.

'I just know them. That's all.' Eli said. Amber had known her cousin was always a little dark, different.

She wore a lot of black, even had black lipstick on most days, chokers with spikes, piercings here, there and everywhere, but she was family so Amber saw past it all, even though everyone called her a "freak." Eli's tone was flat. And she was very closed off, almost as if she wasn't willing to speak of those people.
'What have they done to y-' Amber was cut off by Eli's quick rant.

'That doesn't matter. What matters is, your friend has gone walkabouts with them!' Eli shouted. Not long after, she stormed off inside.

'What the hell is wrong with her?' Jayanne asked. 'Bit short tempered...'

'That's just Eli for you.' Ella said, once again calling Victoria's phone.

'I don't know why I'm trying to call her,' Ella started smiling, 'She doesn't even know me really, she won't answer a number doesn't know would she?' She laughed a little.

'She would. Possibly. If she realizes it might be important she'll answer. If she was in trouble she would have called for help.' Amber said, every possibility of what might have happened running through her head at once. 

'If she even had chance to call for help.' Ella said. 'Not trying to scare you.' She added.

The three girls left outside sighed. Amber tried calling Gareth to see if there was any news. When he'd answered, he was still searching, he'd told her, 'I'm just near the-', then her phone battery went dead.

'Shit!' Amber hissed. 'My phone died.'

'And I don't have Gareth's number... But I do have Victoria's now, at least we can still try contacting her. And at least we know Gareth is OK.' Ella said.

'True...' Amber said. Jayanne caught the shadow the crossed over Amber's eyes, knowing she was thinking about the fact that Eli told her those guys were killers... What if Victoria's dead? 

'Don't worry, I'm sure everything's gonna be alright.' Jayanne said. 

It was nearing half past 11 at night, it was now completely dark, and town was deserted apart from the odd drunken partier walking from one pub or club to another. If anyone had seen Victoria, they'd be too drunk to realize, and most likely wouldn't have even paid attention to her. Amber was tempted to leave her party to find Victoria, but remembered that Gareth had warned her to stay there.
'What exactly is it with those guys? Are they really killers?' Amber asked Ella.

'I don't know what to say myself. I wouldn't say they're killers, but I wouldn't say they're not, either.' Ella knew this would confuse Amber, but she wasn't sure she should go through the rest. Her and Eli knew about those people. They'd known since they were 15 about their kind of people. Now at age 22, Eli was still wanting to stay away, so what made them so scary?

'They probably wouldn't hurt Victoria.' Ella said finally.

'Probably?' Jayanne asked.

'Well, unless there's something she's not telling us, she isn't the kind they go for.' Ella said. 'That's all I can tell you. I do suggest we go find Gareth and help him find her.'
The three girls got up quickly out of their seats and walked out the back way of the club, down the alleyway, and out into the street. Where the hell do we even start?

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Part Two -
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     Jason had just killed someone right in front of her, yet he was standing talking to Victoria as if they were friends. 'So that girl was the birthday kid?' He asked.

Victoria nodded. 'That's not what we should be talking about though is it?' She said flatly.

'Have patience.' Jason smirked. 'I will explain... Yes, what you saw must have been a little... Weird. I admit that, but you seriously have no idea.' He looked down towards the bottom of the alleyway, 'Those two guys back there... You could see them, I take it.'

'And that sword.' Victoria added. 'How did he even hide that at the party? The bouncers would have checked-'

'The "bouncers" wouldn't have seen either us, or them two. We were, lets say, hidden. Until we got inside. But you could see them... No one else there could, they wouldn't be able to. So why did you?' Jason asked.

Victoria was so confused. So what were these people? Ghosts? Magicians?
'I don't know.' She said. 'I don't even understand why you keep saying I shouldn't be able to see them. I'm not blind, of course I can see!' 

'You don't understand. You know damn well what I'm talking about, girl. So why don't you ju-' Jason was cut off.

'Jason leave her!' It was the purple haired girl who spoke. 'Maybe she just doesn't know. Maybe we should just leave now and get her to never speak of it again. In fact, we can get Hagan to erase her memo-'

'Don't be stupid!' The black haired boy piped up. 'You can't do that! She saw them! She's obviously one of us but just doesn't realize it.'

One of them? What is he talking about? 'One of you? What exactly are you, then maybe I'll be able to tell you if I am or not...' 

'It's a difficult one to explain. And to be honest, I don't think now is the right time. We need to go, Hagan needs to speak with us.' Jaymee said.

'How do you know?' Victoria asked.

'I know these things. He's back now, we should leave.' Jason looked at Victoria and said, 'Tomorrow. You busy? If not, be at the Swan pond at noon. I'll explain then.

Before Victoria could answer, the four turned around. So far she'd learned his name, Jason, and the blonde girl was from school. But that's all she knew, her head was so messed up. It hurt.

It hurt even more when Gareth ran into her, knocking her over and falling on top of her.

'Victoria!' He beamed. 'Oh thank god!' He stood up and helped Victoria off the floor. 'Where did you go? Are you alright?'

Victoria said nothing, but nodded. 'You sure?' Gareth asked.

This time she spoke, after clearing he throat. 'Yeah, that was just a little freaky... Don't ask what happened, even I don't know. I just think I need to say goodnight to Amber and head home.' 

'OK, I'll walk you back to the club.' He smiled.

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Part Three -
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     When Victoria woke the next morning, at 9am, she made breakfast for herself and Dylan. Her aunt Kathline was showering before taking Dylan to his father's before heading off to work. At least Victoria could have a few hours alone to think about what happened last night.

She remembered the glow of those weapons, and the darkness that surrounded the other boys blade. She also remembers their bodies completely disappearing... And Jason said to meet him at the Swan pond at noon.
At noon? Who the hell talks like that these days?! Victoria thought, sarcastically, to herself.

'Dylan?!' She shouted. He sauntered out of the living room and into the kitchen for his breakfast. Upstairs, Kathline was banging around in the bathroom.

'Sounds like you'll be off to your dad's soon.' Victoria said as she passed Dylan a bowl of cereal and a carton of milk. Dylan nodded.

'You've been awfully quiet the last two days, Dylan. Are you alright? Not feeling poorly are you?' Victoria asked, concerned about her younger cousin.

He shook his head, 'I'm fine.' He said rather quickly and quietly, as he was pouring milk on his Corn Flakes. 'Quit bugging me.'
Well fine, I won't worry about you. Victoria thought sourly.

Her aunt Kathline walked into the kitchen at 9.45am ready to leave, with her car keys in her hand she said, 'Come on Dylan, time to go now.' She smiled, then looked to Victoria. 'If you go out, don't forget to lock the door this time.' She laughed.

'OK.' Victoria said. 'See you later.' And Kathline left with Dylan. Left alone in the kitchen, she sat down and thought about what Jason, and the others had said last night. My kind aren't supposed to be able to see them? What does that even mean?
She'd most likely find out later when she meets Jason. Until then, she'd relax, drink coffee and make some dinner before setting off. In the meantime, she thought, I should call Amber and Gareth and explain.

Gareth drove towards Victoria's house after they had got her call. She'd said she needed to talk about the night before so Amber, hungover and groggy, and Gareth had set off almost immediately, arriving there at 10.05am.
Victoria greeted them on the doorstep, brought them inside and made them both coffee. Amber certainly looked like she needed it. Then she said down and took in a deep breath.
'What's wrong, Victoria? What did you see last night?' Amber asked.

Victoria looked up at her best friend and said, 'Well those guys... I saw them kill someone.' Amber gasped and Gareth choked on his coffee.

'What?! Did you call the police?!' Gareth interrogated while wiping coffee from his face. 

'But that's the thing. It was different... Weird.' Victoria almost didn't know how to explain, but as soon as she found the words, she found herself telling them about the glowing sword, the girls lilac coloured rod and the bodies completely disappearing.
And what did Jason call them? A piece of Darkland trash? 
Darkland? What does that mean?
She didn't know what that meant, but she told them anyway.

Gareth half wanted to say she imagined it, Amber was staring open mouthed at Victoria while Victoria herself sat fiddling with the sleeves on her shirt and looking between the two of them.

'So... Are you gonna say something? I'm kinda freaking out here! What the hell did I see?'

'Gareth?' Amber said. 'Call Eli, tell her I need to speak to her now, and get her ass to my place. I'll meet her in 15 minutes.' Amber stood up and began to walk out.

'Where are you going?' Victoria asked.

'I need to talk to Eli about this. I think she knows something.' Amber said, as she turned round.

'Well at least let me come with you.' Victoria said, beginning t get up.

'No, you have to meet Jason soon right?' Amber said, 'I'll call you as soon as I'm done though, I promise.' Amber smiled.

'OK. Bye.' Victoria said. She waited until the front door closed until she said, 'What would Eli know about them?' She looked at Gareth, who was tutting at the coffee stains now on his shirt.

'I think she's friends with one of them.' He said quickly. 

'How do you know?' Victoria asked.

'Amber said something about Eli saying they were dangerous. She called me frantic while I was out looking for you. She somehow knew what they were like.' Gareth explained. 'She'd gone to Amber asking if she'd seen some girl called Lucia - or something - think she was one of... Them.'

Slowly, Victoria nodded and took a sip of coffee, 'Anyway, I'm meeting one of them later, and I was wondering if you'd come along with me but hide out of sight or something? Just in case something happens.'

'Well, yeah of course, if you want me to. But, why agree to meet him in the first place? You saw him murder someone!'

'But normally when someone is killed, their bodies don't just disappear in front of your eyes! Neither does all the blood, weapons and all the evidence! It all just vanished Gareth I saw it! Haven't I already told you all this?'

'Well yeah but-'

'But, nothing. I'm meeting him, and I'm going to find out what the hell went down last night.' Victoria snapped, almost making Gareth cower back in his chair. 'Sorry.' She then added and they both laughed. 

'Sure you weren't just drunk?' Gareth asked smirking.

'I'm sure.' Victoria stood to put her cup next to the sink, then turned back to Gareth, 'you done with yours?'

'Not yet why?' 

'I was just gonna wash up before it was too late but it's OK. I'll be back in time to wash up before my Aunt Kathline gets back.' Victoria smiled, cheekily. 'So what is it Amber can do about this? Why did she just leave?' She asked Gareth.

Amber was banging on Eli's flat door. At first she thought she might have got the wrong door, because when it was yanked open, a young brown haired boy stood before her.

'Er, hi. Is Eli here?' The boy just nodded and held the door open for Amber to go through.
She thanked him but he seemed not to hear, or maybe he was just ignorant. Whichever it was, he's not important. She was here to find out what Eli brought to her eighteenth birthday party.

Amber stood silently in the middle of the small living area of Eli and Ella's flat and waited while this boy went to find her for Amber.

When Eli emerged out of her bedroom, Amber gave her no chance to speak. 'Where were you? I was waiting for you for ages at my place?! So where can we talk? Privately...'
Just then, she heard the front door close behind her. She looked around and the boy was gone.

'No need to go anywhere now?'

'Who was that?' Amber asked as if Eli hadn't even spoke.

'Just a friend of mine. Why?' Eli asked, frowning at her cousin.

'He seemed very ignorant. Anyway, I'm here because I want to know exactly who those people were that you brought to my party, then went and murdered a couple guys down an Alleyway, all the while Victoria was missing and ended up witnessing everything with her own two eyes... Who and what are they?' Amber raged.

'They aren't important.' Eli said, then saw the look of shock on Amber's face. 'The other two guys were the ones you should have been worrying about. That's who I was talking about.'

'Don't lie! Those other two boys weren't even at my party!'

'They were. You just can't see them. Trust me, let Victoria talk to this guy at the ponds, then I'm sure she can explain everything and you can stop hassling me.'

Eli flopped down on her purple sofa and opened up a Kerrang! magazine, 'Do you mind? I'm trying to read.'

Amber turned around and walked out. Sure enough, the brown haired boy was standing outside in the hallway. 'Bye.' She smiled at him. And this time he showed an expression on his face other than depression.

He smiled. Amber noticed a scar on his face, just below his left cheekbone. And his eyes sparkled almost an emerald green. Must have been the light. No one's eyes are that green. Better find Victoria before she heads off to meet this murderer...

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Part Four -
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     Amber called Gareth's cell after trying Victoria's and she didn't answer. 'Yeah I'm still here with her.' Gareth said to her on the phone. 'Where are you?' He asked. He glanced at the clock on Victoria's living room wall. They had moved from the kitchen to watch a bit of boring, almost-midday, TV.

'Just parked outside Eli's block. She never turned up at mine so I drove here instead. Don't let Victoria leave until I've been back to talk to her. I wasn't them that were dangerous, apparently. Eli meant the two guys they killed were the dangerous ones.' Amber said.

'Oh, snap! Well just as well they're dead then ain't it.' Gareth laughed. He's always had a sick sense of humor, Amber thought as she said goodbye to him on the phone and started the car engine. She drove quickly back to Victoria's house.

When she arrived, Gareth had already explained to Victoria that the 'dangerous' people that Eli meant on the phone last night, were the two that Jason and the girl killed. 

'I want to come with you.' Amber said. 'When you go to meet him.'

'I'm going too. She already asked me, just in case anything happens. But now we know they were the good guys, I'm not scared.' Gareth said happily, then his smiled faded in a split second.

'Aww, you were scared?' Amber teased her brother. 'You were!' She teased even more when he didn't answer, just turned red instead.

He knew he was never going to live this down. Admitting he was scared was one thing Gareth just doesn't do. Part of him kept telling him to be scared. He had a feeling, something wasn't right. Hopefully this guy, Jason, will be able to help them find out the truth about what Victoria claims she saw last night. She sure as hell did seem to be pretty shaken up by it, and swears blind what she said happened is the truth. 

Gareth seemed skeptical, and Amber seemed... Well she was acting like it was more her problem. But then again, Amber has always been a worrier.
'So... What did Eli say?' Victoria asked, a little impatiently.

'The two that were killed. She said that was who she meant when she said they were dangerous. She says you have nothing to fear from Jason, she text me on my way here. But she said something strange...' Amber trailed off.

'What?' Gareth asked.

'She said I wouldn't have been able to see them. Those two guys. I told her they weren't even at my party and she said they were,I just can't see them... So what are they, ghosts?' Victoria took this as a joke. 

'Jason said the same to me in the alleyway. He said my kind aren't supposed to see them. Our kind, I guess.' Victoria said.

'Think he meant Humans shouldn't be able to see them?' Gareth said.
Victoria glanced up at the clock, it was 11.30am, and looked back at Gareth and Amber. 

'Well, that's what we're about to find out.' She swiftly moved from her chair and got her jacket and bag. 'Let's go. It's almost "noon".' She smirked and used air quotes when she said 'noon', mimicking Jason. 

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Next: Chapter 3- Swan Pond.

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