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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15. CHAPTER FIFTEEN

“May I ask why, love?” Rae’s calm voice and casual smile was way too relaxed considering he was about to die.

“Because you’re a vampire and I kill vampires,” Lexi explained, trying to get her voice to sound as relaxed as his sounded.

“You say that way more often that you actually do kill me,” Rae pointed out and stuck his hands into his pockets; “Or any other vampires for that matter.”

“Why aren’t you scared?”. Lexi’s voice demanded an explanation, and Rae was prepared to give it to her.

“I’ve seen evil,” Rae answered calmly; “And you, love, are nothing like it.”

“But enough talking. You said something about… Killing me?” Rae took of his coat and folded it.

“I’ll have you know, I’m very fond of this! I would prefer it if none of your blood got on it,” he explained when he noticed Lexi’s confused look. He gently placed the coat on one of the park tables before bending his head to both sides and shaking his hands.

“Gonna do anything about it then?” Lexi was frozen, the thought of pulling the stake from her bag and stabbing it into Rae was like the thought of killing Santa. If Santa was a vampire and serial killer and absolutely insane.

“You killed Kayden,” Lexi said out loud. Rae nodded.

“I did,” he admitted, the annoying smile finally gone from his lips. “Why?”.

Rae took a deep breath before replying; “See it as a… Taste. A taste of what I’m capable of, and what I’m willing to do if you don’t obey me.”

“Kayden hadn’t done anything to you.” Rae’s eyes darkened; “You didn’t like him.”

Lexi didn’t know what to say, and as a result there was an overwhelming silence for several minutes.

“You’re right,” Rae exclaimed; “This is killing me.” Tears filled Lexi’s eyes.

“I can’t kill you. Why can’t I kill you?” Rae shook his head; “No, you can’t. I know you can’t.”

“I don’t want to kill you!” the tears filled her eyes and started running down her cheeks, creating a steady river, gently flowing down her face.

“Don’t do that. Don’t… Don’t cry,” Rae asked of Lexi, who slowly sunk together on the ground. Rae sighed; “Hunter, listen, I don’t know what this is, what you are doing…. But I want to help. What should I do?”. Lexi wiped tears of her face while shaking her head; “Nothing. Just leave me here,” she sobbed and wiped her arms around her knees. Rae looked annoyed at the surrounding trees.

“Well, that’s not going to happen,” Rae informed. He unfolded the coat and threw it over Lexi’s shoulders.

“Get up.”

Lexi shook her head without looking up, and did therefore not see it when Rae bended down and lifted up.

“Rae! Put me down!” Lexi ordered and out of shock grabbed his neck so he wouldn’t drop her.

“Nope,” he answered without an explanation. “Rae! Where are we going?” she asked when she realized it would do no good.

“I’m taking you to Nate. Hopefully he will know what to do with you,” he explained and got a better grip of her.

“No! No no no! I can’t go to Nate’s!” Lexi protested and tried getting out of Rae’s firm grip.

“Why must you be so difficult?” Rae questioned before sighing; “Well, then I’m taking you to your place.”

“No I can’t go home I said I’d be sleeping at Jessica’s,” Lexi argued.

“Well then I’m taking you to Jessica’s place it seems!”

“No no I can’t go to Jessica’s she’s mad at me it was just an excuse,” Lexi rambled on. Rae let go of Lexi who thanks to her hunter genes landed on her feet.

“Now why would you do that? Planning on spending the night with the homeless?” he asked while Lexi brushed dirt off her knees.

“No, for your information I was planning on spending the night at Nate’s.”

“At Nate’s?!” Rae raged; “You were planning on spending the night with him? How could you let him treat you so respectlessly! He is merely using you, and no surprise! How long have you known him? Are you two involved? No, and yet you’re willing to go to such lengths for his pleasure!”.

“Woah, calm down Rae, I didn’t mean spend the night like that, I’m borrowing his sister’s room again to avoid my mom finding out I was at the police station. Thanks to you I’m basically being questioned for murder, remember?” Lexi reminded him and did her famous Exhale.

“So you were planning on spending the night there - yet you cannot go there. I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, Hunter, but your logic is a tad flawed,” Rae informed her; “Now tell me, why can’t I take you to Nathaniel’s, Hunter?” Lexi sighed.

“Why are you taking me anywhere, Rae? Go home!” she demanded with a sigh.

“First you threatened to kill me, then you broke down crying. Doesn’t exactly scream mentally stable, love. If you won’t go anywhere else I’ll simply just have to take you to my place.”

Your place?” Lexi asked disgusted; “I am not staying at some creepy cemetery.”

“A cemetery? I am not some common alleycat. For your information I happen to have a rather big mansion. Compared to your house I suppose you could call it a castle.”

“Alleycat?” Lexi asked, not following.

“Alleycat, yes,” Rae confirmed; “You don’t know what an alleycat is? You call yourself a member of our world, yet you don’t know the word alleycat!” he mocked, laughter bobbling through his throat.

“Just explain already,” Lexi asked with a tired sigh.

“Alleycat,” Rae said; “A vampire with no permanent home, sleeps somewhere different every day.” Lexi nodded and started walking. Rae walked next to her, and for some reason she felt safe next to the murderer.

“I didn’t realize you had slang and terms for stuff like that,” Lexi admitted; “A.. A society.” Rae shrugged; “Well, you were probably too busy killing us for us to tell you.

But yes, we do have some terms and expressions we use for each other. Mostly insults, really,” Rae admitted with a casual smile.

“Like what?”

“Well, vampires who drinks blood from blood banks and such are bankers, for obvious reasons. A blood doll is a human that willingly gives bloods to vampires.” Lexi shivered. She knew the were people out there like that, but she didn’t like thinking about it. Who would willingly give blood to a vampire just for the kicks of it?

“Caitliff are clanless, or they are in a clan that for one reason or another claimed them caitliff, most likely for treasome. Casanovas seduce humans, typically once found at clubs and drink their blood, but they don’t kill the humans - if they do, they’re gentrys, not casanovas. Possibly sirens.. Farmers only feed on animals-””Wait, some vampires doesn’t feed on human blood? You can live off animals?” Rae looked surprised at Lexi; “You didn’t know? They’re also called vegetariens. If they do fall back and feed on a human, the human becomes a veggie.” Lexi shook her head slowly.

“I had no idea you-””Were more than animals?” Rae interrupted. “I know what you think of us, Hunter,” Rae said with resentment in his voice; “I didn’t want to be like this. I never asked to become what I am.”

“A vampire?” Lexi’s voice was low, and she doubted that Rae would have been able to hear it if he hadn’t been exactly that.

“A monster.”

His voice was low, and Lexi didn’t know how to react. “You’re not… I don’t think you’re..”

“Yes, you do.” His voice was low; “You hate me because of my blood. Because you have to.”

“No, actually, I hate you because you’re a complete sociopath. I dislike you because you kill people, because you enjoy human suffering and appreciate murder…. And because you’re a vampire,” she admitted. Rae laughed.

“You’re not all that bad, Hunter,” Rae mumbled as he put a hand on each sides of Lexi’s head. “See you in a bit,” he sent her a scary smile before he went black along with everything else.

 

“Where’s Rae?” Lexi demanded. The boy looked surprised up, which surprised Lexi just as much.

“You’re human?” The young boy nodded. “A blood doll?” He shook his head; “Retainer, actually. I serve master Rae, but I’ve never been bitten.”

“Huh,” Lexi mumbled surprised and almost forgot her original question; “Whatever, where’s Rae?”

“He’s in a meeting,” the boy replied; “He’ll be back eventually.”

“Neat. Where’s the meeting?” Lexi asked and looked around for the first time. She’d woken only about 10 minutes ago, but she was not going to stay trapped in what seemed like… Like what? Some kind of abandoned mental hospital? Fitting, Lexi thought to herself.

“Err no, sorry. Master Rae warned us you would react like this. He told us to tell you to sit back and relax, and that he’d be back as soon as possible. We’re required to make you as comfortable as possible.”

“I’d be more comfortable away from here,” Lexi responded without consideration. The boy smiled; “Sorry.”

Lexi mumbled a ‘fine’, before sitting back at the bed that kind of looked like one from a hospital.

“What’s your name?” Lexi asked and took her feet up beneath her. The room was small, surprisingly cozy actually. The uncomfortable bed was placed against the wall next to a desk with a chair bolded to the floor by it. On the other side was a closet and a door, but that was it. Above the bed was a window letting in sunshine. It was covered in plastic though. Probably so she wouldn’t find out where they were, Lexi thought to herself.

“Owen,” the boy replied before taking a seat at the chair by the desk.

“I’m Lexi,” she introduced herself.

“So I hear. The hunter,” Owen sent her a relaxing boyish smile.

“There’s something I don’t understand,” Lexi admitted; “You’re human, why would you want to work for a..””Vampire?” Owen suggested. Lexi nodded.

“I’m going to get the embrace eventually.”

“But,” Lexi thought for a second; “why would you want to be one of them?”.

“Isn’t it obvious? Power, eternal youth, beauty.” A grimace appeared on Lexi’s face; “You’re gonna be really pale. What if you lose your hair? Some vampires does that,” she informed him. Owen shook his head so his curly hair flew around.

“I’d never risk this beautiful mane,” he said jokingly before explaining; “Only if you don’t eat properly in the beginning. Master Rae doesn’t turn people himself, but when someone is turned by his orders he locks them in and helps them through it. Makes sure they get the right blood and enough of it, all that.” He sounded like he looked up to Rae.

“Really?” he nodded profoundly.

“How do you become a part of it? The clan?” she asked. “Well, I was brought here by a friend. He’s one of them now. Rae have a bunch of scouts who search for caitliffs and other lost souls. He helps them back on their feet and in return they work for him.”

“Saint Rae,” Lexi suggested with a laugh.

“Something along those lines, yeah,” Owen agreed in all seriousness.

“Not what you expected?” he asked. Lexi shook her head.

“I was thinking something more like supervillain,” she admitted with a laugh.

“Villain to who?”. Lexi looked confused at Owen; “To the people he kill? Their families? Me? Nate?”. Owen looked up.

“Killed? Rae doesn’t kill people, why would you think that?” Owen asked, equally confused.

“He’s a vampire!” Lexi argued. “Yes, he is, but he doesn’t kill people, Lexi!” Owen repeated.

“He’s a vegan? Or what, he just doesn’t drain people completely?” Lexi suggested. She could feel her body grow more tense and her mind become in doubt. Why had he told her he killed people?

“He only uses blood dolls. He runs the life support center. You didn’t know?” Lexi shook her head.

“He was the one who started the whole thing actually. I think he was involved with The Inner Circle at some point, in fact I think his whole family was. Left on bad terms because of everything he started, now I guess he’s trying to help as many and turn as many as possible or something,” Owen explained. Lexi looked puzzled at him.

“And what exactly is the.. Life Support Center?” Lexi asked.

“LSC for short.” Lexi looked to the door where Rae was now standing; “Thank you, Owen, you can go.” Owen smiled at Lexi before getting up and leaving the room.

“Mind getting that?” he nodded towards the window. Lexi got up on her knees and pulled the in the curtains until the room was covered in gentle darkness. Rae mumbled a thanks before pushing the door closed and leaning against the wall. First now Lexi noticed that the coat that had been around her shoulders was now back on Rae.

“So. This is your big mansion?” Lexi asked, making Rae smile.

“I do have a mansion. It’s in England. This is the Life Support Center. Above it, actually,” he admitted and looked around the room; “We don’t use these much, I do apologize for the unpleasant room… And the unpleasant way of getting here.” Lexi said nothing, only stared at Rae. He looked more human than he ever had before in front of her. His black hair was fairly wet - had it been raining? - and beneath his eyes were dark circles. His thin lips were pale, almost as pale as him himself, but what really caught Lexi’s attention was his eyes. Cornblue eyes.

“You’re staring, Hunter,” he commented without moving a muscle. Lexi nodded.

“Why did you tell me you kill people?”. Rae sighed and took a seat where Owen had sat not long ago. Where Owen had been sitting properly, back straight and smile on his face, Rae was leaning back. It reminded Lexi of when he’d been in her room.

“I do,” he insisted, before continuing; “But not as much as you thought.” He sighed and rolled his eyes, but let them hang at the ceiling, thereby avoiding Lexi’s look.

“I’m still a bad person,” he snorted and shook his head before looking at his shoes; “Hell, I’m not even a bloody person. I’m still a vampire.”

He looked up, his eyes finally meeting Lexi’s that was begging for an explanation.

“I kill people. I run a clan. I smoke. I drink, I treat people poorly and I turn people for my benefit. I am not good,” his voice was trembling, and Lexi was genuinely scared.

“You run the Life Support Center,” she stated; “Doesn’t exactly scream bad guy.” Rae sent her a hateful smile.

“That changes nothing. It’s simply a convenient way of getting blood, my main business is my clan,” he explained.

“I have questions,” Lexi informed Rae, who sent her a laugh that sent chill down her spine.

“Of course you do, Hunter. Sorry I wasn’t here when you woke up. I thought you’d be asleep longer,” he admitted, not jokingly.

“It’s okay,”  Lexi mumbled.

“I would take you home, but the sun’s up. You’ll have to stay here a bit it seems,” Rae mentioned and looked at the window with the curtains was completely shut.

“You have humans working for you. Can’t they walk me home?” Lexi suggested, making Rae snort.

“Like it or not love, you’re dangerous. If you think I’m going to risk perfectly fine humans like that you’re bonkers.” Lexi laughed at the stupid work and looked at Rae.

“What am I supposed to do all day then?” she asked and looked around the room.

“Why don’t I show you around?” Rae offered after a few seconds of consideration.

 
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