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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1. CHAPTER ONE

“Welcome to Davenport,” Maddie read aloud from the sign they were passing by.

Houses started showing up on both side of the street, and shortly after small grocery shops and convenience stores.

“It’s not far from here. I managed to get this great house, just a small walk away from centrum. It was a real steal, too, and you get two separate rooms.” their mom rambled on while smiling coy.

“We had our own rooms in the old house, too, mom,” Maddie muttered. Lexi pushed Maddie with her elbow. Moving was hard on all of them, being a brat wouldn’t make anything any easier.

After a little while, their mom stopped the car. Lexi looked outside.

“Is this it?”

“This is it,” she confirmed. They all got out of the car. After the 5 hour flight from Los Angeles and then the car ride, getting to stand upright was nice.

Lexi looked at the silver mailbox. Arlington Avenue 59. The old names were scratched out and yet to be replaced by their own. The house was neither big or small, but a perfect in between. If such a thing existed. The little porch in front of it gave it a nice homey look, even though nobody lived there.

A key had been left for them underneath the old doormat, which their mom went ahead and pulled out.

“Are you ready girls?” she asked. It was a rhetorical question, which got even clearer when she drew a breath before rotating the key in the lock and opening the door before any of them got a chance to answer.

Their mother stepped in while both Lexi and Maddie lingered just short of the door.

Maddie’s eyes narrowed as she looked at lexi, letting her know that she blamed her for all this.

“Come on, it’s not that bad,” Lexi tried before leading the way in. The small foyer had a large glass side on both sides of the room, giving the illusion of a larger area. Through the glass on the left they could see the living room, which was barely a living room because of the many boxes covering the floor.

The hall was small, but seemed bigger because of the two doors on each side made of glass. To the left you could see the living room, which was barely a living room because of all the boxes, and to the right what seemed to be a dining room.

“Come on girls, you have to see this kitchen,” their mum yelled through a door at the end of the dining room. Lexi and Maddie followed the voice through the dining and into the small kitchen, where the back entrance and stairs to the basement also was hidden.

“Isn’t it nice? I know it needs a bit paint and such, but I’m sure we’re going to love it.”

“Where’s my room?” Maddie asked with her arms crossed in front of her. Their mom tried to hide her sigh with her smile, but Lexi saw.

“Follow me.”

Together they went upstairs, where they were met by a door on the right, a small hall in the front and a slightly longer one to the left, forming an L.

“This will be my room,” Ms. Pearce said and knocked on the door to the right; “Maddie, your room is that one,” she informed while pointing at the door to the room next to her own; “And Lexi, your room will be that one.” Maddie hurried inside the room before slamming the door behind her, leaving her mother and Lexi alone.

“I don’t know what to do with her,” Lexi’s mom admitted.

“She’s a teenager. She’s supposed to be like that. She’ll calm down in a little while,” Lexi assured her.

“You’re a teenager, too, I don’t see you acting out like that,” she said with a sigh.

“That’s because this whole moving thing is my fault. It wouldn’t really be fair of me to blame you,” Lexi said while walking into her room. Her boxes were already in there, but only a few of her stuff was unpacked. Her bed, desk, and closet, but all the things like sheets and clothes were in the boxes on the floor. Lexi sat down on the floor and looked around the room.

“That’s not true honey, you know that,” Lexi’s mom was leaning against the doorframe. Lexi looked at her with a raised eyebrow.

“Okay, maybe a little, but we all needed it. A move was exactly what we needed. The old house was way too big for the three of us, anyways,” her mom said, exhausted just by the thought of having to maintain and clean the old house on her own.

“It wouldn’t have been if Richard was still there,” Lexi mentioned, already knowing she shouldn’t have mentioned it.

“Oh, I know, but Richard and I weren’t happy together, it was just too hard. I’m sure you’ll still see him all the time,” her mother assured her, walking over the mess and hugging her daughter.

“Yeah… I guess,” Lexi replied, hugging her mother back with one arm. She wasn’t so sure though. Maddie was his actual daughter, while Lexi was only his old step daughter; why would he want to maintain a relationship with her? Lexi had bluntly refused to call him dad in all those years, and she didn’t realize until it was too late that he had been the only father she’d had. At least, if the one in the picture frame didn’t count.

“Now, I am going to order some pizza. What do you want?” Ms. Pearce asked while making her way through the boxes and out the door.

“Anything with meat on it,” Lexi answered. Ms. Pearce smiled while walking away from Lexi’s room. Maddie was a vegetarian, and bluntly refused to eat anything with meat on. Her mom didn’t really mind, only when it came to cooking it, and neither did Lexi. Actually Lexi kind of respected her for taking a stand, and whether it was about meat or anything else, Lexi saw it as a good thing.

 

An hour later and Lexi still hadn’t unpacked the boxes. However, she had eaten a ton of pizza, and listened to her mother complain about how she was eating her out of the house. She meant it in a good way, and Lexi knew that.

“I’m going for a walk,” Lexi mentioned as she passed the living room in which her mother was busy unpacking. Out the door she went. She could either go left or right. Usually they liked to hang out at parks, and since Sunnyside Gardens was somewhere near their house (according to the internet) that would be a smart place to go. The questions just were where. She had left her phone in the house, so she couldn’t look it up, and decided to just go to the left. Seemed as good as going right.

It was already dark, even though it was only 10:30. Lexi looked around, and seemingly there was nothing going on, hoped she could get home to bed. She was exhausted, and she knew her mom would be waiting up till she got home. She wouldn’t usually, but tomorrow was Lexi and Maddie's first day of school, so she wanted to make sure they went to bed early.

Anyways, a small patrol was all it ended with, and Lexi didn’t mind.

“I’m home,” Lexi yelled as she walked through the door.

“Good. God forbid anything happened to you,” Maddie said sarcastically as she rushed past her and up the stairs with a cookie in her hand. Lexi raised her brows.

“Did you bake cookies?” she asked her mother as she walked in the kitchen, barely surprised by what she saw.

“Cookies, brownies, and bread for tomorrow morning. The best way to make a place a home is to make it smell like one,” her mother explained. Lexi took a bite of a cookie.

“You know what else helps with that?” Her mom looked up. “Curtains.” Her mom shot her a half annoyed, half ‘I can’t laugh it’ll just encourage you’ look before returning to the baking.

There was cardboard laying in the hallway from the few boxes her mother had unpacked before she’d started baking instead. Lexi jumped up the stairs two steps at a time. She knocked on Maddie’s door before slamming it open and stop up. She was going to throw herself on the bed, but it seemed there was no way to get to it, since the floor was covered by every single piece of clothing Maddie owned.

“What the hell Maddie?” Lexi asked. Maddie looked up; “I’m starting on an ENTIRELY new school tomorrow and I have absolutely no clothes to wear.”

“What do you call all those things on the floor then?” Lexi asked.

“Can I borrow your green sweater?” she asked Lexi and made her puppy eyes.

“I was actually planning on wearing that tomorrow…” Lexi explained. Maddie stood up. “Fine. If you don’t want to help me you might as well go.”

“Come on Maddie, all I said wa””Gooooo” Maddie begged, before barely letting Lexi out and then smashing the door. Great, Lexi thought, as if it wasn’t tough enough on Maddie already. Having her mom and dad break up couldn’t be nice.

Lexi couldn’t help but feel a little jealous. Of course, it must have sucked, but Lexi’s dad died before she even was even one. Not even two years went by before Ms. Pearce was pregnant with Maddie and engaged to Steven. Then Maddie came along, and suddenly they were a family. Mum and dad and little Madeleine. Lexi just had her mom, her mom’s boyfriend, and their child.

She found the green sweater from the box with the words ‘Lexi’ and ‘clothes’ on it. The calm, green color was soothing, and even though it was great with Lexis blond hair, it would probably go even better with Maddie's dark hair color and brown eyes. She went down the hall to Maddie’s room. She placed her hand on the door, considering knocking, but decided it was better not to. She slowly placed the sweater on the floor, before turning around and going down the hall again.

 

She closed her diary as she thought she heard something from the hallway. Maddie got up and went through the mess she had made in protest. Moving might be something she had to, but she didn’t have to accept it - and she wasn’t going to. She opened the door to see she had been mistaken; no one was there. Or that’s what she thought until she saw the sweater on the floor. The green one, the one she’d asked to borrow. Had Lexi left if there? She heard a door close down the hall. Being mad at Lexi could prove to be a bit more difficult than she’d expected, she thought to herself as she smiled and took up the sweater.

 
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