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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8. CHAPTER EIGHT

CHAPTER 8

“Alexandria Claire Pearce, what exactly do you think you’re doing?” Lexi’s mothers piercing voice went straight to Lexi’s bones, and as she turned around she got a scared look on her face. Why was her mother even home already?

“I’m hanging my jacket?” she suggested. Ms Pearce’s disappointed look informed Lexi that it wasn’t the correct answer.

“Throwing a party? Leaving Maddie alone at mentioned party?” Oh. That was what she was referring to.

“Mom, listen..-””No, Lexi, I have heard enough! Your sister even tried to take blame for the whole thing,” Ms Pearce, or Patty, interrupted. Maddie’s skinny body appeared in the doorway. She’d been crying.

“She shouldn’t have. I threw the party, she even tried to stop me,” Lexi looked directly at Maddie.

“I don’t care. Go to your room,” her mom begged with a sigh.

“You know what, I will, because I will not stand here and be accused of something I clearly did, so yes, I will go to my room!” Lexi said in an offended voice. She looked at Maddie, and seeing her smile, even just a little made the snarky comment worth her mother’s annoyed mine.

It knocked on the door. Lexi sighed before turning around and going back down. She opened the door and saw Nate’s provocatively smiling face.

“Lexi!” She looked annoyed at him.

“What are you doing here?” she asked while crossing her arms over her chest. Nate looked behind Lexi and smiled a smile full of confidence; “you must be Mrs Pearce!” He went over the doorstep and reached his hand out towards Lexi’s mom.

“Ms Pearce. And may I ask, who are you?” Patty asked confused, slowly shaking his hand.

“Oh, of course. I’m Nathaniel Holland, I go to school with your daughter. I must say, I see where she gets her good looks!,” he introduced himself, while doing his very best to flatter Ms Pearce. Lexi widened her eyes; did Nate just compliment her mother… And herself?

“Oh, uh, yeah,” it was clear the comment had taken Patty by surprise; “Should you be out at this hour? You do realize it’s two thirty in the morning, don’t you?” Nate nodded with a serious mine.

“Yes, I know, and I should, I heard there was a party..-””Oh, so you thought you’d come have a good time, too?” Patty asked and looked at Lexi with disbelief in her eyes, as if it was Lexi’s fault.

“No, not exactly. You see, I heard there was a party, and since that is so very unlike your daughter, I thought I’d go make sure everything was under control,” he corrected her, probably sounding like the perfect teenager.

“Oh. Well, it is now. Goodnight, Mr. Holland.” As Patty was about to close the door Nate held it open with his hand. A little too quickly, and a little too strongly, which he made up for with a nervous smile. A fake, nervous smile.

“I also wanted to… Since I’m here anyways, I would like to hear if your daughter would like to go on a date with me?” Nate didn’t even look at Lexi, which also means he didn’t see how wide her mouth opened.

“Dude, she’s eleven!” Lexi interrupted their conversation. Nate tried to hide his smile; “Not that daughter, Lexi.” Wait…. Did he mean?

“She would love to. Why don’t you call her tomorrow and you can find a day together?” Patty offered. Lexi’s mind went blank, and she honestly didn’t hear the rest of the conversation. She only came back to herself when her mother was already walking towards the living room.

“Wait, mom, what - what the hell was that?” Lexi asked confused while trying to keep up with her mom. Lexi’s shot her a look that clearly stated she shouldn’t be using such language.

“That Nate boy seemed like a good kid. He might be good for you,” she explained as she fluffed the pillows and started collecting the many red solo cups in a stack.

“What? No! He’s definitely not good for me! He’s the worst!” Lexi tried, only making her mom even more sure of her decision.

“I’m telling you, he’s bad news, baaaad news!” How do you explain to your mom that a seemingly nice guy isn’t actually nice without filling her in on the whole ‘kills-vampires-for-fun’ thing.

Patty looked at Lexi with a stern look. Guess that’s it, Lexi thought to herself.

She was going on a date with Nate.

 

Her phone was ringing. Lexi didn’t think she’d ever fallen off her bed and got up that quickly before, and 20 seconds after she answered the phone.

“Nate?”

“Uh no, Will. Hey Lexi,” Will replied, only a little confused. Lexi felt her heartbeat go back to normal.

“Wait, are you expecting a call from Nate?” Will asked in a disturbed voice. Lexi made an ‘uhhhh’ sound, which was clearly enough.

“Why, why are you expecting a call from Nate?” Will asked, trying to make his voice sound normal. Lexi looked out her window as she replied.

“Yeah, uh, he came by last night, and now I’m.. Kinda going on a date with him,” she admitted. She quickly removed the phone from her ear so she could check the clock; it was not even ten yet, of course he hadn’t called.

“Oh, you’re actually going on a.. Date, with him? With Nate? On a date?” Will asked, fingering his lumberjack shirt.

Lexi confirmed. “Oh, well, then I should probably leave you to it,” Will said in a nervous voice.

“No, it’s fine, we can talk!” Lexi mentioned, honestly hoping Will would stay, and by that delaying Nate’s call.

“No, uh, I’m just gonna go. I’ll talk to you later.” Lexi didn’t even get to say bye before Will had already hung up, which she found a little concerning. It wasn’t very like Will.

 

At 11:52 Lexi’s phone rang again.

“Nate, hi!” Lexi said as soon as she’d picked it up.

“Hey. I’m picking you up in five minutes. Be ready,” he said in a cold voice. Lexi felt a little rock fall to her stomach.

“Oh, and bring your work out clothes,” he added before hanging up on her. Lexi shook her head in annoyance before getting out a gym bag from her closet. She wasn’t sure what Nate had planned, so she just packed some different stuff; brush, deodorant, training bra, top and runners jacket to take over. Besides that she packed both a pair of long yoga pants and a pair of short ones. She didn’t know if they were going to be outside or inside, but she figured that if they were outside she could just use her sneakers, and if inside she could just go barefoot.

A car honked outside. Lexi looked out the window and could see Nate’s little car - was it a c-max he called it? - still in gear on the street. She did the Exhale as Rae would call it before going out her room and down the stairs.

“Where do you think you’re going?” Lexi turned her head around and saw her mother stand with her arms crossed over her chest.

“Hey mom. Nate’s picking me up,” she explained as she tied her shoes. Patty loosened up and let go of her arms; “Well, in that case.”

“Where is he taking you?” she asked in a curious voice. “It’s a surprise,” Lexi quickly answered while putting on her jacket.

“Well, have fun,” her mother said before leaving. Lexi went through the door, down the garden path and into the car. She threw her bag on the backseat before putting on her seatbelt and turning towards Nate. The car was already back on the road, and Nate didn’t even look at her.

“So, where are we going?” she asked, actually kinda curious. Nate changed gear and speeded up; “To my gym.” Lexi sat back down in her seat with a disappointed look on her face. “That’s romantic,” she muttered unsatisfied.

“To train, Lexi. I think you should see how we do it,” he explained, glancing at her pouting.

“Wait, you didn’t actually think this was a date, did you?” Lexi looked out the window.

“No, of course I didn’t. I just thought you’d at least buy me food,” she mumbled. No way she was letting Nate know she thought it was a date.

Nate parked the car, and they went in together. A whole team of boys and girls - mostly boys - was spread across the gym, all working on different things.

“You can change in there,” Nate said and nodded towards a white door with two signs on it; the top one saying ‘LOCKER ROOM’, the second one nothing more than one of those little black men with a dress on. Lexi nodded and went in.

The locker room was nothing special, just a room with lockers on the right, separated by a line of benches in the middle. A doorframe without a door in it led the way to a line of shower heads hanging from the ceiling. Next to that was a door which led to a bathroom, Lexi knew after a quick check. Mirrors was on the opposite wall of the one with the door she came in through, and in front of those she changed.

After putting her hair into a ponytail and putting on her clothes, she went back out, where Nate was waiting. He’d changed too.

“Boys!” he yelled, which got them all to come towards them.

“This is Lexi,” he introduced her once they’d gathered around them; “you might know her as a Hunter.” Mumble spread between the 12 people in front of them.

“Kate, Denice, why don’t you stretch out with her, boys, mat.” The first part sounded like it should have been a question, but it was clear to everyone that it was an order. The boys started going towards a big blue mat, and two girls went over to Lexi.

“Hi! I’m Kate, this is Denise,” The red haired girl introduced them. Her eyes were green and sparkly, and Lexi envied her for her beauty.

“Nice to meet you,” the brown haired girl commented. Her features was strong, and her body suggested she might have been born another gender.

 

The girls had pulled her with them all the way next to the mat so she could see the boys work while stretching. Nate barked order every five seconds, and everybody obeyed without questions.

Right now a boy named Kayden was on the mat, well, laying on the mat, because another guy had just tackled him.

“Would anyone like to point out Kayden’s mistake?” Nate asked the team who was gathered around the mat. Lexi shook her head and concentrated on reaching her toes. She wasn’t nearly as flexible as Kate, who was holding a firm grip around both of her feet; without even cheating, which impressed Lexi. Denice wasn’t able to get as far down, but Kate helped her with some techniques to get closer.

“Really? No one can tell me what Kayden did wrong?” Nate yelled in a harsh voice.

“Well, first of all he joined your team,” Lexi muttered to the girls.

“Lexi.” She looked up. Nate had heard her, and was staring directly at her; “Why don’t you come on the mat?” Lexi looked at Kate and Denise, who both looked at her, and Lexi couldn’t make out whether they were frightened or impressed. She stood up and took the 15 steps to the middle of the mat. She felt all their eyes on her, and it gave her a mixed feeling of scared and cocky.

“Just couldn’t go without me, could ya?” she asked him and smiled sarcastically. She could hear Denise gasp low behind her. Did he have them all under some kind of hypnosis?

“Do you have something to say?” Nate asked her, looking her straight in the eyes with a raised chin.

“Actually, I do have something I want off my chest,” she admitted, but didn’t get to say anything else before a guy in the line of people commented.

“I’m only interested if it’s your shirt.” The guys around him laughed, but Nate quickly shushed him.

“Do you really think tackling that poor guy is the right way to train them?” she asked Nate, not paying attention to anyone else than Nate. Nate took a deep breath.

“Well, it seems to be working better than anything else,” Nate stated. Lexi raised her brows; “Really? Humiliation is the best way?”. Nate nodded.

“Well, my Protector never humiliated me..-””Maybe that’s why you’re not a better fighter,” Nate interrupted her. It was like getting a punch right in the stomach. Lexi was born to do this, it was in her DNA.

“I think we should test that,” Lexi commented and looked provocatively. Nate sighed.

“Alright. Kayden, no need to leave the mat.” Lexi looked at Kayden who sat up before getting entirely up and going into fighting position. His legs were separated and his hands in fist in front of his face to protect it. Lex sighed and mumbled a ‘fine’. Both Denise and Kate had stood up and was, much like everyone else, very focused on Lexi and Kayden.

Kayden sprinted towards Lexi, who jumped to the right before kicking him gently, getting him to fall. He quickly jumped back up and started circling around her. Lexi couldn’t help but find it ridiculous. She was a Hunter, of course she could take him.

Before seeing it she felt a punch in her stomach and collapsed on the floor.

The fight was over.

The boys who’d talked about her shirt was laughing like hyenas, and Kate and Denise looked at Lexi with sympathy in their eyes.

Kayden had won.

  Finally another chapter, huh? I hope you'll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it! 
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