A Hunters guide to Leeches and Alleycats

Lexi Pierce is a completely normal student, who just transferred to Mid City High School in Davenport.

Well, if normal includes a vampire hunter of the five families.
Lexi thought there was five, at least. Turns out she was right. But there is a group of wannabe's who seems to be trying to get both themselves AND her killed.
And a vampire who might be flirting with her. And might also be trying to kill her. Maybe both.

“Most people at least bring flowers when they ask people to prom,” she added.
“Flowers die,” he pointed out.
“So does Hunters,” Lexi replied quickly.
“Okay. I’ll bring you flowers when you die,” he promised her.

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11. CHAPTER ELEVEN

Apparently 12 was enough people to make the hallway crowded, which fitted Lexi just fine. Nate had given Kayden and Kate a few instructions before waving Lexi over while they left the house with their groups.

“Listen Lexi, I know this isn’t what you had planned, but bring them back in consciousness in two hours and I’ll be satisfied,” he explained in a low voice. Lexi looked at him; “I know you think this is a good idea, but trust me, it’s not. If they’re with me they’re in danger. If I know you right, you’ve trained them to believe they can go after a vampire themselves, and if that’s what they think I can’t protect them.” Lexi shook her head and sighed; “Vampires come after me. It’s my blood, they can… Smell it,” she explained. “Right, you’ll be fine,” he stated before practically pushing her out the door to Danielle and Eli who was chatting outside.

“So, group, the park,” Lexi ordered and stuck her hands in her jacket pockets before leading the way.

“That’s.. Sunnyside Garden is that way,” Danielle mentioned in an awkward voice.

“Right. I knew that.” Lexi turned around and walked down the little path Danielle had pointed towards.

“Hey. I don’t think we’ve been properly introduced - I’m Eli,” Eli introduced himself and stretched out his hand towards Lexi.

“Lexy.” She shook his hand before continuing; “So, this is your first patrol?” Eli nodded.

“This whole thing is actually new to me. I only joined a month ago.” Lexi looked up and down his body, before admitting to herself it didn’t seem unlikely.

“Guys, I think I heard something over there,” Danielle said loudly and pointed to a bush. Lexi nodded unimpressed.

“Go ahead and check it out,” she encouraged, certain that if a vampire had actually hid under a bush it couldn’t be very powerful. Danielle would probably be able to keep it busy for the few seconds it would take Lexi to come to her rescue.

Danielle looked at her with an excited ‘really?’ look before running towards the little bush. Lexi shook her head smiling.

“So, it’s my first watch, how many patrols have you been on?” Eli’s voice was high, fitting his slim body. Lexi looked up. Counting her winnings would be like counting the stars, but counting her fails? That would be what one day would be a big, yellow cheese in the sky. When you work with vampires, you only get one mistake.

“Oh, I don’t know. Lots. The thing is, vampires will always go after me. If you quit this now, before you make enemies, chances are you’ll get to live a quiet life. I can’t do that. Vampires will always be after me, and if I don’t go out and meet them on their terms, they’ll come to me. Come to me house… And my family would be in danger,” she explained and fingered a whole in her left pocket.

“I’d never back out. I’m pretty brave, you see,” Eli said and flexed his muscles. Lexi laughed unimpressed.

“Right. So I guess we’re both in this for li..-””Little hunter! What are you doing out on your own?” Eli’s eyes widened, and Lexi prepared herself for battle.

“You really do live in your own little world, don’t you?” another one appeared, a cocky smile covering his face.

“I do. Otherwise I’d have to live in yours,” she replied and looked around at them.

“Looking for your little pal? Don’t worry. See, here she comes,” the first one said and pointed behind her. She waited three seconds before turning slowly around. A vampire was holding Danielle’s lifeless body. Lexi’s hand flew in front of her mouth and a scream came out of Eli.

“Someone make the boy silent,” the first vampire commanded. The one next to him jumped to Eli, but Lexi looked away before she heard the snap.

“Oh god,” she mumbled in shock; “Oh my god.” She could hear the vampire by Eli laugh loudly.

“Relax. They’re not dead,” the first vampire assured her. She sank before turning to him.

“Why not?”. The vampires looked surprised at her before taking a step closer.

“Would you like them to be? That’s not a problem. Go ahe..-””NO!” Lexi screamed, only causing more laughter.

“As I said, relax, Hunter, we’re not here for them,” he explained. She looked at him, tried to get him to talk so she could get the stake in her bag.

“Isn’t it obvious? We’re here for you, love!” He explained, as if it was a great prize she’d won. Lexi felt her hand reach closer to the stake. He wasn’t british, and the way he said ‘love’ was way too different than Rae’s.

“None of us even wanted to go here. Master Rae just didn’t believe you would come if you got nothing but an invitation,” he explained, slowly going closer towards here. She let go of the stake with her fingertips.

“He was right. I’m not going,” Lexi stated, considering her chances. The first vampire shot a loud laughter before replying; “You see, I think you will. Because if you try to fight it, we’ll kill the two of them.” He nodded to Eli’s and Danielle’s lump bodies lying on the ground.

She swallowed.

“Okay. Okay, I’ll go, if you promise not to hurt them,” Lexi tried demanding. The second vampire sighed before answering; “They’ll be safer.” Lexi nodded before passing out

 

“Hunter, welcome to my little palace,” Rae greeted her. Lexi looked around. Where was she?

Rae was placed on what looked an awful lot like a throne. To be fair, it was only a black office chair, but it was the only one around, and the way Rae was casually spinning from side to side in it was disturbing.

“Would you like a refreshment? No? Probably for the better, we don’t have much but blood here,” he admitted while getting up. A big grin appeared on his face. Lexi looked around. The room they were in were large, square, filled with different sterile looking furniture pushed up against the walls.

“Oh, yes, sorry. We can’t have you know where we are, you’ll just run to your boyfriend and tell him,” he explained and looked irritated at her.

“Eli’s not my boyfriend,” she argued while getting up on her elbows. Laying down wouldn’t be great if it came to a physical fight. But then again, she was so dizzy it probably wouldn’t matter.

“Eli? I was talking about Nate,” Rae mentioned with a snort very alike Lexi’s infamous Exhale; “How many humans are you flirting with at once?”

“Sorry about the being knocked out, by the way. We really had no choice.” Lexi took a deep breath.

“Why am I here?” She looked him directly in his eyes, and experienced a sensation of fear she never had before. Vampires were powerful, but so was she, and this was the first time she’d doubted if she stood a chance.

“Straight to the point? Fine by me. I want you to make me a deal,” he admitted and looked around; “Do you think we should redecorate?” He seemed careless, and it bothered Lexi

“What kind of deal?” she asked, only entirely filled with worry. He sighed.

“Little Hunter, why in such a rush? But, as you please,” he drew an art break; “You have to invite me in.” Lexi’s eyes widened; “No! No, I’m not going to invite you in, ever, never ever, that’s not happening!” Rae sighed, turned around in an elegant swoop so his back was to her. A loud groan came from his throat, and four vampires entered the room; two of them holding Danielle, the other two holding Eli. Rae turned back around.

“That’s not the only thing. You’ll invite me in, and as a thank you, I promise not to hurt any relative of yours. Ever,” he started listing his demands up; “Do you remember how I told you to get out of my town?”. Lexi nodded, still staring at him.

“Remember not obeying?” She nodded again.

“I was going to have you killed, but I have another plan now. You are not to leave town what so ever, and if you try, I will not question killing you. We will stay in touch, and you will give me whatever information I might want. And if you refuse, I’ll kill your friends. Starting with Nate.” His eyes didn’t leave Lexi’s face for a second, and she knew she had no option.

“My family and friends are safe?” He nodded.

“Oh, and I forgot - you can’t tell anyone about our little… Deal. There is no loophole. Tell people what you know without telling them the deal and I’ll still kill everybody. You do not want to fight me, hunter,” he ejaculated.

Lexi nodded.

Faster than Lexi could keep up with Rae killed three of the four vampires; the vampires disappeared to dust, and the limp bodies of Danielle and Eli fell to the ground. Rae turned back to her and handed her the stake she recognized as her own.

“Four of my vampires attacked you. Before you could kill them they’d attacked your… Friends.” He said the word ‘friends’ in a mocking tone.

“But you came to their rescue, and with your beloved stake you killed three of them while the fourth escaped,” Rae informed her. She nodded slowly.

“Good. Now, hunter, time to go home,” Rae said in a dark voice and closed in on her. His body neared hers, her breath slowly speeding up. Lexi could feel the lack of body heat of his, and without thinking about it, she held her breath. His lips neared her cheek, which she was sure was as pale as his.

“I’m sorry, Hunter,” was his last word before she felt a pressure on her chest. The blackness surrounded her, hugging her tightly until she let go of her mind and fell to the dark.

 

“What the hell happened out there, Eli?” Lexi’s body was heavy, and it seemed that her ears was the only body part working. She could hear Eli sigh.

“I don’t know, I’m sorry. Suddenly everything just went black and…” His voice went silent.

“Right. Danielle?” Lexi could hear movement on her left, but she wasn’t sure what was going on.

“I.. I heard a noise and went to check it out. Then a vampire came from behind and.. And that’s all I remember,” she admitted with a low voice; “Is she okay?”. The last part she whispered, and Lexi knew they were talking about her.

“What? Oh. Yeah, I think so. She’s a Hunter, so her body can’t take much. She needs more sleep than we do, get less bruises, and is easily affected by… Well, everything. That’s why we need to be careful with her. She might act like some tough gal, but she has angel blood running through her veins. She probably can’t even drink,” Nate told them in a confident voice.

Lexi moaned and turned her head to the other side.

“Lexi, you’re awake.” Nate’s voice was close to her, and she felt her hand being grabbed by his. She opened her eyes slowly, and the white ceiling appeared in front of her eyes.

“Oh thank god, I thought,” Nate’s voice went silent as Lexi heard mumbling in the background. He cleared his throat before asking how she felt.

“Body a bit sore,” she drew a breath; “including the throat.”

“I’ll go get you some tea,” Danielle offered. Lexi smiled before looking to her sides. She was lying on a bed in what appeared to be a spare room. The door closed behind Danielle, and Eli sighed.

“Lexi, listen, I am so sorry I wasn’t more of a help out there-””You’re not the one who should be apologizing,” Nate interrupted, not taking his eyes of Lexi; “Go help Danielle.” Eli looked concerned at Lexi who nodded. He sent her a little smile before leaving too.

The room silenced for several minutes before Nate said anything.

“I told you to keep them safe.” Lexi couldn’t help but laugh a little.

“Are you okay?” she nodded while getting up. “I’m fine.” She rubbed her eyes like a little kid, and Nate smiled when she wasn’t looking.

 

“So, what happened?” Lexi looked around at all of Nate’s team sitting in front of her, basically staring at her.

“Well,” she thought back to the meeting with Rae. Thought back to Danielle and Eli’s limp bodies hanging between the vampires and of the deal she had made with Rae. She pulled her feet up beneath her in the comfortable - and probably extremely expensive - chair; “We got attacked. Four vampires. They knocked both Eli and Danielle out before I could… I actually thought they were dead. But uhm, I killed three of them,” she explained in a monotone voice.

“And the fourth?” Nate’s voice was understanding. “Escaped,” She quickly answered. Nate mumbled something to the team, who all seemed to suddenly have better things to do.

Nate himself stood up, too, and went to the kitchen were Lexi had seen Amy go in earlier.

The tea Danielle had made for Lexi was closer to cold than anything else, and Lexi still hadn’t taken a single sip.

She could imagine Nate was thinking Lexi was shook, and that’s why she was so quiet. And how could he possibly know that wasn’t the case? Four vampires up close would be enough to shake a lot of people, but that wasn’t the case. Neither was the fact that she’d shortly been in the center of Rae’s clan. No, none of that was enough. But she had to invite Rae in. Into her house, into her family.

“Lexi.”

Lexi looked up and looked straight into a stern face.

“Oh. Hey Kayden,” she greeted casually. He sat down on the coffee table in front of her; “Listen, I don’t know what went out on there, but I know you’re lying about it.” She looked into her eyes; “I’m not lying Kayden. I told the truth.” He shook his head.

“No. You really didn’t. The fourth vampire ran away, right?” She nodded; “Then who knocked you out, huh?”

“Give her a break, Kayden. I’m sure there’s an explanation.” Lexi smiled thankfully to Eli, relieved to be interrupted.

“Of course there’s an explanation! She’s lying to us! Nate, tell me you’re seeing this.” Kayden turned to Nate, who had appeared in the doorframe to the kitchen.

“Go wait in the kitchen,” Nate commanded. “But Na-””Kitchen. Now.” Nate’s voice was not to be messed with, and after a scowl headed towards both Nate and Lexi he stormed out. Nate sighed.

“Lexi, I have to go talk to Kayden. Don’t go anywhere, I’ll be back in a minute,” he informed before calmly going into the kitchen and closing the door. Lexi rubbed her temples, but stopped the minute she felt someone sit down next to her. She looked up and saw Eli smile shy at her.

“Hey. I just wanted to say that.. I believe you,” he admitted and showed his white teeth in a little grin. Lexi smiled. “Thanks, Eli. At least someone does then.” The last part she mumbled, but it seemed that Eli had heard that part, too.

“Hey, just because Kayden can be a little suspicious - I’m sure there’s more than me. Danielle believe me, Kate probably does too. Nate doesn’t really believe anyone, but I still don’t think he thinks you’re lying.”

“Eli, mind giving me a second with Lexi?” Eli nodded before leaving the two of them. Nate sat down on the coffee table in front of her, where Kayden had sat just minutes ago.

“Busy night, huh?” She nodded.

Nate sighed; “Lexi, I don’t know what happened out there, but if you say you’re telling the truth I believe you.” he waited for Lexi to confirm; “You should get some sleep. Amy agreed to let you take her room for the night, she’s going to her boyfriends anyways.” As if it was a keyword she heard Amy yell something about leaving before smacking the door behind her.

“Most of the boys are spending the night, too. A few are going home, but-””I can’t stay.” Lexi looked up, finally facing Nate; “I have to go home. I mean, it’s a school night and everything,” she excused. Nate’s lips turned into a silent smile as he laughed.

“You actually want to go to school?” She nodded. “If you join our team you’ll be schooled with us. People more like you,” he mentioned in an easy voice.

“But you’re signed up at Mid City High School? I know you are, I checked,” Lexi blurted out. Nate looked up with a smug smile; “Checked, did you?” She sent him an evil glance.

“Okay, okay. Yeah I’m signed up, and technically I do go there. Sort of a cover up, if anyone should interfere. Can’t very well say I’m educated by vampire hunters, can I? If anyone asks, I go to Mid City High School, and if I should want to I’m free to show up to any of the classes,” he explained. Lexi mumbled a little sarcastic ‘lucky you’, which made Nate smile.

“I’ll take you to school tomorrow, I’m dropping off some of the other guys anyways,” he offered. Lexi thought about it. She had promised to invite Rae in, and she was going to, but there was no reason it couldn’t wait till the next day. She nodded.

 
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