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[First chapter was published on AO3 and ff.net on 2019/06/01]

Status: In Progress

Pairing: Iori x Kyo (main one)

Tags: Alternate universe, Supernatural, Gothic, Fantasy, Slow-burn, Eventual Romance, Adventure, Slash, Angst, Hurt/Comfort, Developing Relationship. Friendship.

Characters: Kyo Kusanagi, Iori Yagami, Shingo Yabuki, Orochi, Yashiro Nanakase, Leona Heidern, Kain R. Heinlein, Chizuru Kagura

Summary: This vampire already has already a bad luck on his side yet he decides that his next prey going to be a certain redhead vampire hunter. However, the very little he knows how this encounter will end...

 

Chapter 1.

 

Long time ago, human and demon world were completely separate worlds. Neither humans or demons knew about existence of one and another. However, as time goes on, one human has accidentally discovered the portal. After all, even if this person was so scared and terrified like never been in entire it’s life, yet it’s curiosity took control of it. And so, this poor young woman entered into mysterious portal. Now she realized that she was no longer in human world - it was something unexplained for mere human’s mind and she just froze in fear and lost her gift of speech. Is she was dead? Is this hell? Horned, with wings, fangs and claws armored creatures lived in this dark world. Unfortunately, there were no way back to home as it seems these portals leaded was one-way. However, it was only the beginning, and now even some more bravier demons tried their luck entering human world, but those, who tried, none of them has return to their formal world. Either they were hunted and killed by these pathetic creatures, who called themselves humans, either, they didn’t find a way back and now forced to stay in this unfamiliar, cold and unforgiving world…Or so, says one ancient legend how Demon has entered the land of man.

Millenniums has passed, and these mysterious creatures of the night adapted living in this world. Although, some may still hide or isolate themselves from mankind, however, more powerful and intelligent demons or other high-ranked monsters managed to disguise as a human beings. The energy of this world surely is more affecting higher rank monsters by draining their life force and that’s why human form served as a protective shield. This form also was much useful and practical for living in this society.

And thus, this is where the story of one arrogant and carefree vampire, who has a bad luck on his side, begins. It was a beautiful night, which for some might be just another nice evening accompanied by the light of full-moon, and for some it was a perfect chance hunting down. So, who could it be this time - an innocent milky maiden? a lost wanderer? or any human, who is foolish enough to travel alone at the time like this? While having these thoughts, a young brunette, who look in his early twenties, delightfully licks his lips while wanders in empty streets. However, soon, this smile was wiped out, when he felt how the pair of fangs touched his lower lip, murmuring ‘‘…Not again. It’s getting worse than I thought. Damn, I need to get some food or else who knows how this end.’’ and with hands in his dark blue jeans’ pockets this vampire kept wandering. Even if it was quiet chill, it didn’t made any difference for this vampire and so, he was fine with white t-shirt and black leather jacket.

Of course, he could go the easiest way and simply catch another victim at night club. But if it weren’t for a couple reasons. Firstly, even if you might get a potential prey without putting any effort, there is one problem - most of the time this victim’s blood tastes awfully bad and almost have no nutritious value. Secondly, there was quiet recent incident involving one vampire being caught on cameras while acting suspicious. So, because of that vampire hunters checks public places more often. However, this vampire named Kyo wasn’t so interested picking such a places as a good spot for catching prey in a first place. Besides, bodyguards won’t let him in, because he is just ‘‘another brat’’. So, that was already out of option.

However, the more this brunette’s body began to ache from that starvation. So, where to find a quick yet suitable food for this unfortunate vampire? It certainly won’t run into him and pleads to be eaten. No one one would be foolish enough for that. However, soon enough, Kyo sensed that someone might be near. There is no mistake, it can’t be just a mere hallucination caused by unbearable hunger. That scent was too strong yet it felt too good. It didn’t matter, who was this person, so, whoever it is, this vampire surely going to have an unforgivable feast. Too bad that humans has limited amount of blood. So, without any second thought, this vampire decided to rely on his primal instincts and follow that trace of sweet amaretto like scent. Without this vampire’s realization, his eyes began to glow like a bloody red gems.

After ten minutes of following, this young vampire finally stops near some sort of abandon chapel and notices the owner of this scent. Fortunately, this foolish human does not have even a slightest idea about his miserable fate. It is also seem that this person is one of these wannabe flashy looking vampire hunters. Surely, this a perfect example of these show-offs, who only desire for fame, fortune and glory by using this appearance. Usually, they are as dangerous as a child with wooden stick. Basically, they just making a dramatic scene and attracting unnecessarily attention. Or so, this is what Kyo think of any vampire hunter, just because he had couple encounters with beginners in the past. So, why this hunter should be any different? It should a easy catch, right? Right now, all he had to do is wait until this fool falls into the trap and then it would be a perfect chance to act.

So, he continued patiently observe his prey. It was a redhead vampire hunter, who long dark red leather coat with white crescent moon on the back, same color pants, black color biker gloves. What a show-off, plus it also looks like this vampire hunter is so self-confident that doesn’t carry any weapon with himself. Who does he think is he? In any case, this arrogant human should be punished for his carelessness, or so thought Kyo. ‘‘You should be more aware of your surroundings or else you might get hurt, human.’’ added this vampire now whispered in sweet yet menacing tone while observing how this redhead vampire hunter enters chapel. Soon, he silently sneaked and now it was that right moment to finally sink fangs into this redhead’s neck.

Now Kyo charged at this vampire hunter, who didn’t even bother to turn . However, something was wrong. Instead of having this human under his control, now this vampire was sent on the ground and let down a short groan. Second later, he felt how his whole body now was wrapped around some sort leather rope, which sent a enormous burning pain through his body. So, it happened…The worst thing, he could fear of - being finally caught by one of these merciless vampire hunters. Now all the best he could do was just being at this redhead’s mercy.

While this poor and unfortunate creature was hardly panting, he couldn’t keep away his gaze from a vampire hunter, who now slowly approached him. With each step getting closer to his victim, this redhead vampire hunter said in cold and almost emotionless voice ‘‘You sure have a lot of guts to attack me, vampire. You think that didn’t noticed your poorly hidden presence? Just don’t make me laugh.’’ now he got quiet for a minute and observed from above how this vampire was suffering. That piercing and unforgiving gaze alone paralyzed entire body of this brunette in fear. Now this vampire hunter asked in same tone ‘‘Your last words before I vanish you back into the hell, vampire?’’. However, Kyo refused to show that he was afraid, so, now he looked directly into this redhead’s eyes like a wounded beast yet remained silent. Even if he was going to die, at least, he will keep his pride on and won’t let this vampire hunter get satisfied by his suffering.

Soon this vampire was released from the grasp of the whip, but this temporary freedom didn’t lasted long. Now this redhead took his whip into hand and quickly striked with it. Once again, this vampire felt that burning pain, but now it was short and stinging one. After this hit, vampire hunter closed his eyes for a second, took a deep breath and now released quick and multiple strikes with his trustworthy whip. The whipping was so intensified that this vampire’s body was even lifted a bit from ground. He swore that even through the sounds of cracking whip, he could also how this redhead was loudly chanting separate words. He could only understood that some of the words were like ‘cry’, ‘suffer’, at least focusing on these man’s words surely distracted from feeling like burning alive by each hit of the whip. He could also hear how time from time there were sounds of ripped or scratched material. But did it matter anymore? Soon he will be vanished along with this false feeling of being devoured by flames. Well, at least, he would die while having his senses on and not going berserk and dying without knowing it. Even these crimson glowing eyes already started to dim and return to their former color. So, now this vampire just decided to rest his whole body muscles and closed his eyes…

However, it stopped and now Kyo could hear how this vampire hunter with-draws his whip and rolls it into a spiral. Now he said in irritated yet slightly pitying tone ‘‘Enough. It’s pointless.’’. Only by this moment this vampire finally opens his eyes and now starred at this redhead, who now attached this whip to his black leather belt’s right side. This surely was only a waste of time and it’s not worth to stain this redhead’s hands with such a weak creature’s blood. And this brat has such a huge bounty on his head like he was a highest rank monster or demon? The idiots of the guild surely either wanted to be generous for newbies, either they were out of their mind. Anyway, it was a time when this vampire hunter decided to make his leave. Meanwhile, this vampire still did not quiet understood what just happened and how he was still alive. However, even if he was wounded and still could barely move, he can’t let this bastard to get away so easily. He will make sure that this redhead would pay for what he has done. So, when this vampire hunter walked away him like he was a rotting corpse, it was a time for Kyo’s final attack.

After this vampire gathered his last strength, he was finally able to stand up, despise that fact, he could feel how he was still shaking. Now this brunette charged with a full speed at him. Just a second before the impact, this redhead widened his eyes and quickly turned around just and kicked this vampire right into the stomach. This poor creature was send-off flying and crashed into altar. The moment when Kyo’s back suddenly touched alter, he gasped and caught in blood. And now, he leaned his back against the altar and placed his hand on his belly.

‘What a persistent fool. Just know your place, vampire.’ thought this redhead as he slowly approached step by step. When he was close enough, this vampire hunter just silently observed how his victim now was roughly catching his breath yet looked at him like a wounded beast, who refused to give up. That gaze…What’s wrong with this vampire? Despise being on the verge of his own death, this vampire eyes was burning with even brighter flame. No, it wasn’t his vampire’s deadly look with glowing crimson, it was gaze of true fighter, who will never back off from the fight. So, maybe this boy could be more capable than just being a blood-thirsty killer? Surely, if he was a human, maybe he might even became a quiet decent hunter, not the highest rank, but with a help of little training session, he could. However, the further wondering of this redhead was interrupted by this vampire, who spoke up in with anger and mixed sadness in his voice ‘‘You may won this time, human. So, you should be thankful to your fateful star and that bastard demon, who took away all my powers. Otherwise, I would already have finished your miserable life…’’.

That one phrase, now peaked interest of this redhead, even if this vampire might be lying and wanting to sound dramatic. So, maybe it would be much more wiser to spare this vampire’s life for now and see how it would later turns out. Also, he could simply finish up this brunette, if he starts to cause any trouble. But his further thoughts were interrupted by Kyo ‘‘Oi, you may do whatever you want with me, but just keep that thing away from me.’’, it seems that this vampire fixated his look on this vampire hunter’s right side, where whip was hidden behind that coat. Besides, this redhead began stare at him like he was about to eat him and that menacing aura around him didn’t helped either. So, he had to at least distract this vampire hunter’s attention.

However, this redhead now gave him intimating look and pulled oh-so-fearful whip. While pointing that whip, this vampire hunter said in strict tone ‘‘Make sure that you will be in better shape when we meet again...and if you behave, you'll be rewarded.’’. Now this brunette cracked a smile and replied in mocking tone ‘‘Eh~ What are you talking about? How will you ever know whenever, I was good or not. Hmm, don’t tell me that you’re going to put tracker on me and check my every step?~ Tsk, don’t act so arrogant, human- urgh...’’ and now this felt how his throat was roughly grabbed by this redhead, who was now kneeling in front of him. Not only he could feel that his throat could be smashed in any second, but also he noticed how this vampire hunter was so close enough to him. It seems that this redhead started to loose his patience, now he said in stricter and demanding tone ‘‘Don’t push your luck. I could see any reports of your lowly life, if you ever did even a one wrong step. So, you better listen or else you might be killed like a dog.’’.

Now he released this vampire’s neck and while Kyo was catching his breath and gently placed his hand on his neck, this redhead added now in serious tone ‘‘The other vampire hunters might show up any time. So, I suggest you to leave soon.’’ and now before leaving he looked up at this vampire for the last time and bidding farewell ‘‘We meet again on next full moon at same place. So, you better remember it’’. After the door of this chapel shuts down, this vampire was left alone surrounded by the moonlight. Now this poor creature noticed that his clothes were dyed with his own blood. He just frowned and bitten his downer lip from that pain and humiliation. Right now, he just had strength to punch down the wall of altar and now he growled like a sad animal ‘‘...Damn.’’.

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Chapter 2.

 

A week before the encounter with this redhead vampire hunter~. This vampire surely was living the best of his life with no worries at all. After all, he was powerful enough that if he wanted, then by simply rising his one hand, everything would have dyed in that beautiful crimson red and accompanied by these screams of pain and despair. It is one of biggest desire of any creature of demon world to have such a power, but it didn’t really interested this brunette. That would be such a waste to slaughter people just to show-off, besides, no vampire could drink off such a amount of blood, no matter how starving or exhausted a vampire could become, or so thought this brunette. Also, he has no pity for the other of his kind, when they get caught by these vampire hunters. It’s their own fault for being reckless, not his.

Anyway, Kyo has his own preying method, which is not so violent and still works pretty fine. Instead of attacking his victim from ambush, he uses slightly different tactic. At least, none of his victims seem to be complaining, but rather are even glad to be a sacrifice. When he finds a suitable prey for his taste, he observes it from a far and then the real show begins. This vampire has one unique ability, which is not pretty common for his kind - hypnotizing victims with his voice. No living being could ever resist to that such a beautiful yet deadly voice. So, when a person is under his sweet spell, this vampire could approach human without any worries. After all, this person’s body and mind now fully belongs to this vampire. So, it’s not necessarily to kill, even a good half litre is enough to satisfy a normal hunger. Speaking of food, maybe he should try his luck this time and spoil himself with better a treat. After this vampire stretched his body, he decided to hunt today.

It’s been really awhile since he had tasted a blood of these church people. Even if it doesn’t satisfy hunger or has any nutritious value at all, it surely had pretty interesting taste, which tingles tongue. However, drinking too much of it, could make feel too dizzy. So, it could be described as equivalent to alcohol. Speaking of which, it could be said only about the lower rank of this group or other people, who has to deal with spirits and other divine beings. Basically, the more blessed is person, the more their blood is poisoned to vampires. In worst cases, if a vampire is not careful enough, they could die in slow and agonizing death as their body will burns and melts from inside as it was touched by strong acids. And even if it could lead to tragic fate, many of these monsters wanted to taste this blood at least once in their life-span, including this brunette.

So, it’s decided then - Kyo would try his luck on nearest church or monastery. Who knows, what kind of sweet and innocent servant of god would become this vampire’s prey and with thoughts of having already sinks his fangs into some young nun’s neck, he began his journey. However, this time he wanted to look more fancier than usual. After all, even these stupid humans wear more appropriate outfit just to hear word of their god. So, he putted his long sleeved black shirt, white jacket and better pair of jeans. And now, he was ready to personally confess about how naughty he was and that only a bite of holy person will help him to become better…

It was a windy and moon-less evening yet there were a few clouds, which greedily hide stars when they could. After good hour, this vampire was close to one local church, which was outside the city and surrounded by tall trees, and it made even more perfect place for picking some food. Without any rushing, he reached one of the windows of this sacred place and after fixing his hair, this vampire was prepared to cast a sweet spell of death upon his new victim.

When he opened his eyes, they’re now were glowing in crimson red color and now this vampire began his sweet and seductive speech ‘‘Oh, the master, of this domain~ Will you let me in?~ Oh, will you let this poor and restless wanderer?~’’. Now he heard someone’s footsteps and this vampire chuckles, soon continuing his deadly song ‘‘You’re the one who can help me~ The one I want to relieve my never ending pain~’’. Soon, this foolish human will fall into his trap and then their precious god won’t help them, only observes how slowly this innocent lamb is going to be taken away. However, after he noticed the silhouette of this person, Kyo was a bit surprised. So, it wasn’t some young maiden, instead that it was one of these priests. But it can’t be helped then. This young man surely has a good scent, so, hopefully, his blood would also will be same. Besides, this boy already almost under his spell, so, now this vampire needs to get inside.

Soon enough, the door of church has been opened and this vampire used his chance. He entered inside of it and now he could see his victim much more better. It young man looked a year or two younger than him and had a bit shorter brown hair. However, as soon as this young man felt a dark aura around this mysterious stranger and noticed Kyo’s glowing crimson eyes, he become scared of this unwanted guest. But now this priest couldn’t more even a single finger, no matter how hard he tried to. This reaction surely amused this vampire and now he approached more closely this young brunette and said in such gentle tone while looking with such a predatory in his eyes ‘‘Oh~ So, you are still on your senses? That’s too bad, boy…’’ now he made sure that this young priest’s neck would be more exposed to him. Just before sinking his fangs into this innocent young man’s neck, this vampire added ‘‘You shouldn’t let strangers inside god’s house at such late hour. And now you will pay for your naiveness~’’

However, when this vampire closed his eyes and was ready to taste his victim’s blood, he was interrupted by someone else voice from above, who sounded like divine being ‘‘Just hurt this boy and you’re dead, vampire.’’. All of sudden everything now were surrounded in white blinding light, without noticing this vampire pushed down this young priest on ground and now Kyo covered his eyes with his arm. After the light began to dim, this vampire removed his arm to see what was that all about. But now he frowned after seeing who was behind this cheap show.

It was one of these demons, who also has to feed on human life in order to survive. Kyo simply disliked this kind of demons, because most of the time they steal his potential prey and just uses, how he calls, too lewd methods to get life force from humans. That’s right, these succubi and incubi are his worst enemy. However, after a short time this incubus finished to materialize.

He had such beautiful pale skin and could been mistaken as a woman, if it weren’t for masculine body features. Not mentioning, that this demon has show-white fluffy hair. Despise being just a sex-thirsted demon, his body looked well-build. Or so, it was visible through the open-chest black leather vest. Also, this incubus wore tight black leather pants with opened view from sides.

While the silver-haired man was still levitating in the air, now he was alerted when heard the voice of the young priest ‘‘Orochi-sama…’’. This demon now looked down at this brunette and said in concerned tone ‘‘Shingo, are you okay? Did this foolish vampire harmed you?’’. Shit, it seems that this Shingo-guy was already released from paralyzing spell. Now Shingo fixed his outfit and while he was still half lying, said ‘‘I’m fine. But why are you here?’’. It seems that Orochi softened his voice and he replied ‘‘I sensed that you’re might in danger and so, I rushed as fast as I could. However-’’ now this silver-kind frowned and his gaze was on Kyo ‘‘This low animal needs to know what happens when you prey on wrong person.’’

Kyo looked dumfolded for a second, but he couldn’t give up to this demon. So, now he began to mock Orochi ‘‘What did you said, you slutty demon?’’ And now he approached closer this demon and thrusts his chest forward, continuing ‘‘More important, what such a demon does in church? Surely, not to pray. Besides, it’s not my fault that priest-boy letted me in~’’ this vampire now such a smug look and waited how incubus will counter-attack. However, Orochi wasn’t so affected and now once again he looked gently at Shingo. ‘‘Sorry, but I had to put under your sleep. You wouldn’t want to see how this vampire dies by such a ugly death. So, please, bear it for awhile.’’. After Orochi lifted his hand until it was the same level as his chest, Shingo already felt how his eye-leads becomes heavier and eventually he fell asleep.

However, this vampire kept his attitude, despise that the silver-haired demon gave him ice-cold and piercing gaze. So, when this brunette chuckled, he said after swooshing his hair with one hand ‘‘Gee, thanks, asshole. But, bribing won’t help you. Besides, you are as powerful as a mere human. So, why don’t you give up nicely and admit your defeat. Hmm?’’. However, Orochi now looked so satisfied for some reason and in same tone said ‘‘Are you done yet?…Immature child.’’ and this demon raised his hand and snapped his fingers.

Now everything was swallowed in the darkness. It seems that Kyo was left alone in this darkness, which eventually was filled with dark purple color mist. Surely, he wasn’t on human world anymore and he didn’t liked this a bit. However, soon the master of this illusionary world shown behind him. Fortunately, this vampire managed to avoid being embraced by razor-sharp long black nails and ducked in time.

Just the moment this brunette stands up, he looked behind him and noticed the true form of this incubus. With having these long nails, the pair of ebony wings has heavy yet quickly flapped behind the demon. Even if this demon remained calm, his long black tail, which small heart-shaped tip shown his impatience to tear apart his opponent as it violently wiggled. There were also visible tattoos over Orochi’s body, which proved his high rank. So, surely, unlike human beings would do it for showing-off, demons recognize it as sign of power.

Now Orochi moved his hand toward his face and slowly retracted his long nails, with devilish look on his face said ‘‘Fufufu~ Not bad for a feeble worm. However, you can’t run away from me. It’s my world and everything here obeys to my rules.-’’ it seems that this vampire only quickly looked around and he scratched head replying ‘‘Well, it’s empty no matter how you look at it. Yeah, like your small and narcissistic head. Agh-’’. Now Kyo closed his one eye as he felt how something wet and slimy was curling up his leg.

When he looked down, he noticed a purple tentacle, which now almost reached his thigh. While the second one was growing up from a ground and repeating what the previous tentacle was doing, Orochi approached this poor vampire and in calm and deeper tone explained ‘‘You foolish creature…I do not only can send anyone to their most secret, most desirable and unforgivable dream, but I can also create their worst nightmare.’’. It’s only got worse, and now after these tentacles reached this vampire’s belly, they were over-lapping each other and soon Kyo was wrapped. He could close his eyes in disgust. This silver demon added ‘‘But you see, not only your mind is trapped here, your body too~ So, if I let you die here, you won’t be able to awake from this nightmare. Hmm, where should I start then…How about I slowly pierce your legs and arms until you will as thorny as holder of rose…Oh, then, I’ll expose your greedy stomach widely opened and each part of it. That’s right~ I’ll show how disgusting you are inside. You’ll bloom as ugliest undead flower. But don’t worry, you won’t see this and you know why?’’

This demon delightfully closed his eyes and after taking a deep breath, he slowly opens his eyes. Just when he wanted to explain his further plans…Orochi felt how something cold, slimy and thick suddenly splashed over him. After this silver demon quickly shakes-off the remains of his lil pet, which gladly kept this vampire, this demon frowned ‘‘You insolent fool!’’. However, now this silver-kind gasped and panicked for a second, because this vampire’s dark aura got stronger rapidly. It’s like the whole new and more powerful monster was standing in front of him.

It seems that while this poor vampire felt unbearable humiliation, he felt that his life was in dangerous and thus it happen. When any of higher rank monster’s life is in threat, they can activate their true or so-called awakened form. For vampires, it’s a huge power boost, which grants enormous strength, fastens the wound healing several times, despise that it’s any thorn body part, extreme level frost-bite, burn. That heals and regenerates in a matter of second. Vampire’s body itself becomes absorbing and even by just sinking their fingertips into a victim, they can suck it dry off until there is only skin and bones left.

However, this a permanent ability. If vampire or any high rank monster stays in this form for longer than couple hours, their body can’t take handle anymore, which leads even to death. It also can take even several months of slumber just to restore energy.

Now this vampire’s skin was as pale as snow, his hair paled until it was linen color. When he opened his eyes, they were glowing crimson red and fangs now were visible. After fixating his hair, there were also visible a sharpened nails. This vampire’s new physical look still was so blank compared to the radiation of such a high amount of dark aura. Now Kyo looked from above to Orochi and in deeper and growing tone said ‘‘Is this your last words, trash? I’ll show you what happens when you test my patience.’’ it seemed that this incubus made a mistake awakening a beast.

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Chapter 3.

 

Orochi chuckled and gave mocking look to Kyo ‘‘What a pathetic and disgusting low-life creature are you. I told you, you are helpless in my world!’’. Now this demon aggressively slashed with his long nails through the vampire. However, this silver-haired demon’s nails only slashed the air and now he felt this vampire’s presence behind his back and how he was pushed down on his stomach. Now Kyo stepped on his back with one leg and holds this demon’s tail with his both hands.

While Kyo kept Orochi under his foot, he looked down on this incubus and now claimed victory upon him ‘‘Where are you aiming for?’’. Now he pulled tail harder, making this demon grimace in pain and, however, this vampire remained serious ‘‘Where did your big talk has gone, you pitiful demon? How about we teach a lesson by cutting your wings a bit?’’.

When one hand was still holding incubus’ tail, this vampire bended down and grabbed humerus of the wing. Later it was followed by cracking noise and something being tossed on ground. That’s right, Kyo thorn apart a wing of the demon. Where was a part where this wing was broken, there were visible torn bloody dark skin and white bone. This unfortunate creature has even bitten his own arm and folded other wing so close to him as he could. It seems that this vampire is not joking around and surely could take his life away in his own created world.

However, when this vampire grabbed his other wing’s humerus, he added ‘‘What is it ? Already admitting your defeat? Just let me return to my world and I might spare you.’’ but then Orochi tossed his opponent by spreading his wing. After Kyo managed to sit, he noticed that his chest was heavily scrapped. Soon, he notices the culprit of it - it was Orochi’s wing, which now was covered in sharp like needles spikes and dripping with this vampire’s blood.

After the silver-haired demon shakes-off blood by flapping his wing, he approached this already healed vampire, who was still sitting on knees. Now Kyo hissed at his opponent ‘‘You shitty demon, you can’t go without your dirty tricks, can you?’’ but one more step of his opponent was enough for him. It can’t be helped then, this unsuspecting of his own miserable fate fool shall pay, though Kyo. After looking so smug, this vampire was rising his arm and then it was on his chest level, he snapped his fingers, releasing a huge wave of orange flame towards the demon.

There was no way that anyone could be so fast to avoid this pillar wave of flame. So, now this vampire delightfully closes his eyes, listening how fire devours his opponent. After he stands up and opens his crimson glowing eyes, he sees that there were no traces of this demon. However, he is still in this illusion world. So, now he got alerted, because incubus might be still alive, even if there were no sign of him. Soon, the voice of this demon echoed around him ‘‘Don’t rush to your own doom, vampire.’’ now he heard a noise of flapping leather wings from above, from right, everywhere…He could hear him, but he had no idea, where this fiend hides.

After awhile, Orochi shown up in front of him, who now had a pair of black wings. This demon said in calm tone ‘‘You have defeated a mere illusion. How many times I said that you can’t defeat me.’’. However, Kyo didn’t gave up to this demon’s crushing intimidation and replied in mocking tone ‘‘Is that so? Then I have to roast you as many times until you’re dead.’’. Orochi remained silent and being so confident, just levitates in same spot. ‘‘Very well, demon. It only makes things easier for me~’’ said vampire before launching a fire ball into this silver-haired demon’s face.

However, just the moment of impact, Orochi reflected the flame by using power shield and sending the ball of bright orange flame to his owner. While this vampire was laying on ground, Orochi lifted him into the air until their eyes were at same level. Kyo was still groaning in pain after tasting his own flame yet refused to give up to the demon. Orochi asked him in calm tone ‘‘Stop fooling around. You don’t know when to quit, do you?’’ now this demon closes his eyes and after opening them continues ‘‘You left me no other choice, vampire.’’

Orochi devilishly smiles as he pushes his hand inside Kyo’s chest, but this vampire replied through groaning ‘‘Do think that will kill me, idiot? I can still heal and kick your ass…’’. This demon delightfully observed this vampire and remained calm ‘‘Of course, not. But this, it would serve as the lesson for you.’’. While the silver-haired incubus’ hand was exploring inside Kyo’s chest, this demon added ‘‘Such a fools can’t be killed so easily. Oh-’’ it seems that his hand stopped somewhere in the heart area ‘‘Found it~ Don’t worry, I won’t remove that huge and disgusting red muscle.’’. Before with-drawing his hand, Orochi casts a silent spell and his hand and it unmaterializes and becomes barely visible. Just now he slowly removes it.

Meanwhile, this vampire’s eyes now wide open, yet his eye color slowly dims and they started to slowly close. His fangs disappeared, skin and hair color return to his formal one. This brunette looked like returning to his human form just to die. No, he looked too exhausted even for that. However, now with another hand, Orochi supports his back until he removed his hand from the chest. The place, where this demon inserted hand, now healed yet there was a visible trace of interfacing. Now he letted this brunette fall like a rag-doll on ground. While his hand materializes, he bends down toward this vampire and gently slaps his cheek ‘‘Hey, you can’t just die yet…Look.’’

After this vampire opened his eyes and while he was half sitting, he notices that Orochi has clenched one of his hands into a fist like he was holding something inside. Orochi unclenched his fist. There was a small and lively small orange flame inside of it, Orochi continued his sweet yet menacing talk ‘‘Do you know what it is? No, it’s not your soul. A creatures like you does not deserve or need to have it…It’s your life force!~’’. This demon let’s this small flame dance on his palm ‘‘But you don’t need to worry, loosing this small part won’t kill you…However, you can never use your powers or that ugly vampire form ever again.’’

Now Kyo frowned and in best way he could demanded ‘‘…return…to…me. You…sick…bastard..Return, or else-’’. Orochi only chuckled ‘‘Why do you need it, if you can’t use it properly, you stupid vampire?’’ he scratched his chin ‘‘Hmm, but what should I do with it~ I can’t consume it…It’s still raw and even so, I don’t want your pity power. But I can’t return to you either~’’. However, now this demon sadistically smiled and kept his palm as straight as he could. He wanted to make sure that vampire would clearly see him ‘‘Look~’’ and while this flame innocently danced on this incubus palm - it was suddenly crushed!

This vampire’s eyes were opened wide and now his face slowly twisted in pain. He still tried reached Orochi’s hand, which had his powers, even if he knew it was useless. However, before returning this brunette to human world, this incubus whispered into Kyo’s ear ‘‘Fufufu~ Now you are as powerful as a mere human~’’. These words left him frozen in shock and feeling useless.

Both returned to the same church where they left before the fight. Shingo was still asleep and looked like could sleep like this until the morning. As for this vampire, he was still stunned and refusing to believe what happened, only the cold voice of Orochi helped him to return to senses ‘‘I suggest you to leave while this boy is still sleeping or you prefer to killed? Get out and never show here ever again, vampire. There won’t any second chance.’’. When this vampire stands up, he quickly fixes his clothes and before slamming the door of church just curses and leaves without looking back. Heck, how could he been defeated by incubus? He was not sure, but didn’t cared either. Right now, he needs to restore energy and only then think what to do further.

Meanwhile, on the same church. Shingo’s head rested on Orochi’s knees. This silver-head couldn’t leave him resting just like that, this human could get cold. It seems that this vampire didn’t harmed him, at least that was a huge relief. However, this brunette began to slowly shake his head in sleep and eventually wakes up. Now he hears a gentle and caring voice of incubus ‘‘Oh, you’re awake? Should I get you into your bed?’’, but this brunette asked while he was still too sleepy ‘‘Orochi-sama…what happened? Where is that vampire?’’.

While looking concerned, Shingo continued ‘‘Please, don’t tell me that you killed anyone…again…’’ now Orochi comforted him while brushing this brunette’s hair ‘‘Shingo, it’s okay. I just asked this vampire to leave peacefully before he harmed anyone else. But he didn’t listened, so, I had to explain once again until he left on his own.’’. Shingo only sighed ‘‘Fine. You can follow me, if you want, but- ’’ now he looked up at this demon, who now looked so innocently and continued ‘‘But promise you don’t try anything funny. So, you can stay, but you can only observe from a far.’’. Orochi only chuckled at such an answer and innocently said ‘‘Shingo, did I ever done anything wrong? I’m just making sure that no one disturbs your sleep~ That’s all~’’. This brunette already knew it was useless to argue and silently prompted Orochi to follow him.

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Chapter  4.

 

 

 

Back to presence~ Almost a month has passed until new full-moon has risen once again. It was a night when Kyo supposed to see the redhead vampire hunter again, however, he decided to not to. Not after being so utterly defeated…or at least, until he regains a little more strength. He was simply too weak even to face even a pesky human. Besides, who knows, whenever it was a plan to lure this vampire into a trap, if so, it was too obvious trick. So, too bad if this foolish human going to wait and freeze to death, because this brunette ain’t going anywhere today or at least anywhere close to that abandoned chapel. Surely, just who does he think is he to make fun of this vampire? However, he would have his revenge…somehow? Or so though this brunette while he was on his way to cemetery.

After awhile, he reached cemetery. It was such a calm evening, only the rustle of tree leaves disturbed peace here. Not a single living spirit in sight, just this vampire chilling out by leaning against on some unknown solder’s grave. Just a sound of crumpled piece of this gray stone returned this vampire to the earth. After he shakes off the dirt from his hand, he looks around and panics for second. That person looked familiar and right now this vampire wanted to leave as fast as he could. Even if this foolish human might didn’t noticed him yet, it was much wiser not to wait for until it happen.

However, when Kyo turned around, he accidentally stepped on old crunchy branch. Now he closed his yes and hoped that this foolish human didn’t heard that. Humans don’t have such a good hearing, do they? So, he should be fine, right? Though this vampire. But now he jolted when heard voice behind him ‘‘Stop right here.’’. Now Kyo slowly turned back and while pretending like fool and pointing finger at him self, asked innocently ‘‘Eh? Are you talking to me? I think that you mistaken me for someone else, mister.’’ and the redhead hunter approached him closer, but Kyo took a step back. He wore the same outfit like on their first encounter - long dark red leather coat with white crescent moon on the back, same color pants, black color biker gloves.

This vampire continued his acting, hoping that this pester leave him alone ‘‘Hey, mister, are you lost? You know, it’s dangerous to walk here alone. Someone might attack or kill you~’’. However, this redhead hunter kept his poker-face on and answered ‘‘Like you did last time, vampire? ’’ these words surprised this brunette and indignantly said ‘‘Oi, watch your mouth, human! Be grateful that now I am still in good mood or else-’’, but he was interrupted by this redhead speech with slight mockery ‘‘Or else you will taste my whip again. You sure bark loud, but barely can bite back, vampire.’’.

That’s it, this brunette won’t stand any longer being taunted by this arrogant bastard. Now he putted his hands into jeans’ pocket and took a closer step to vampire hunter. After he thrusts his chest, Kyo replied ‘‘Don’t act so though just because you defeat me once. It was a first and the last time.’’ after he with-draws his chest, this vampire asks ‘‘But you come here not just to mock me, did you? What do you want from me, Mister Vampire Hunter?’’. After this redhead fixed his redcoat’s collar, he cracked a smile and replied ‘‘It was rather you, who insulted me with your poor skills. Listen closely, vampire. I need information from you.’’.

However, this brunette walked through him and when he was behind this hunter’s back, turned his head and replied ‘‘What if I don’t tell you?~ I have no idea what you’re talking about. Is that all? then I hope that we won’t meet again.’’ and now this vampire continued to walk on his way. But after awhile, he suddenly stopped and widened his eyes.

Something small and so fast flied through his face. He didn’t even had time to move or react and now he felt that some kind of liquid was running down on his cheek. After he wiped his cheek with one hand, he looked and noticed that his palm was bloody. This vampire whispered in higher pitch voice ‘‘What a hell?’’ now he gritted his teeth. When he turned around, he noticed that this redhead’s coat exposed his pants on which there was a belt. On it’s left side there was attached a small leather bag with five or six knives inside. He was also holding a small knife and was ready to launch it at any time. Vampire hunter replied in stricter tone ‘‘It was only a warning, you can’t just leave yet. Next time I won’t miss it. So, why don’t you answer couple of my questions and then I may let you go. ’’. Kyo only rised one of his eye-brows and suspiciously stared at this redhead.

What is inside this human’s mind? He surely doesn’t look trustful yet this vampire tested his luck by approaching vampire hunter closer. Maybe it was mistake, but he felt that it wasn’t a good idea to test how much patience has this person. Now this redhead with-draws his knife and puts back into knife bag. It seems that this creature is smarter than he looks like, or so hoped vampire hunter. Besides, it would a huge waste to even one of sub-weapons, after all, they weren’t so cheap and it was also more than annoying to get them.

However, this redhead now also was proven that this brunette wasn’t just some annoying brat, who asks for trouble. This brunette’s wounded cheek has slowly healed in front of him and now he asked, despise that he looked upset ‘‘What do want, human?’’. This redhead now opened his coat and was looking for something on his inner chest pockets. After brief time, he took couple of slightly ruffled papers and shown them to Kyo, who now gave him a questioning look. But now this vampire hunter said in serious tone ‘‘These are reports from the next day since our last meeting.’’ Kyo just cracked a smile and asked ‘‘And what do I have to do with this? Don’t tell me that you’re accusing me for someone else foolishness. Besides, whatever it was, don’t you think that is a little bit too late to change anything? You’re too slow, Mister Vampire Hunter~’’ after he mockingly swooshed his hair, he waited how does this redhead will react.

It seems that the vampire hunter still remain as calm and unaffected as before and he simply replied ‘‘Well, it should concern you more than you expect, vampire.’’ after short pause he continued ‘‘Answer my question. There was a murder and the victim looked like it barely resembled a human being anymore - it was only a wrinkled skin bag… Aside that, on victim’s neck there were two spots like it was bitten one of your kind. Do you know or heard anything about it?’’.

Kyo lowered his gaze for a second and looked slightly guilty, but after awhile, he looked at the vampire hunter and confidently replied ‘‘Oh, you meant that stupid woman? Yeah, she was okay, I guess. So, what is all about?’’. This redhead didn’t expected such a honest answer, however, this vampire still wanted to finish his speech and now with more mockery in his voice ‘‘Was it your girlfriend or something? If so, you can only blame yourself and next time try to be more careful~’’. This brunette started to walk around the vampire hunter so freely and lightly. After one good circle, he stopped just observe how this vampire hunter going to react.

However, such a carefree behavior of this vampire started to irritate him, so, through his gritted teeth he said ‘‘I told you to behave. That also includes keeping yourself from a trouble, vampire.’’ and Kyo’s smug look was immediately wiped from his face, he took a closer to vampire hunter and replied ‘‘Are you telling me that you gonna forbid me from having food?! Not only that I already been starving for days, but now you shown up and beat shit out of me. Of course, I would needed more energy!…’’ this vampire’s hands were already shaking and now he lowers his head.

After shakes his head, he returns his gaze to this redhead and tried to continue in slightly calmer tone ‘‘Human, don’t act so high, you might regret it. Food is food, no matter how you look at it. Besides, you humans do hunt and kill for food too. So, why we are worse? You are no better or worse than any animal yet you act like you’re on top of this chain. So, when you kill it’s okay. As long as your own comforted ass is okay you don’t seem to be so bothered. However, when someone else hunts you for same reason, you simply can’t stand it…No, you go for even worse punishments…Listen human, even if I didn’t had done what I’ve already done, that woman would had a worse fate than death. Do you know what she did?’’

This vampire hunter didn’t said a word just continued to listen to that long speech ‘‘After I managed to stand up, I desperately seek for anyone just to get enough energy at least for healing wounds. Fortunately, I felt a presence of couple people in a forest. However, after taking a better look, I saw only one person standing in same spot and it looked like crying and holding something down too. After I closely looked, I noticed that this woman was holding a long bloody knife. These blades were still dripping some blood, so, maybe that other energy belonged to the person, whom she killed. I could still hear through sobbing that she was apologizing to someone. Heck, now I had to act quickly, that woman was about kill herself with that knife!’’

Kyo looked concerned while he was telling his story ‘‘Do you have any idea what kind of waste it would been? So much of value food could gone for nothing! I couldn’t let it happen…who knows, how long I would still lasted without energy. However, maybe the luck was on my side, after all. This foolish human accidentally noticed me yet now looked at me with those sad and lifeless eyes. However, she was still holding that bloody blade so close to her throat, but somehow I managed to hit that knife from her hands. Now that woman just looked at me dumb-folded yet was ready to burst into tears again.’’

Now this brunette face-palmed and looked back vampire hunter ‘‘What I supposed to do? I…I was too hungry and exhausted, so, my instincts took over me after I sank my fangs into that woman’s neck and…that’s all I can remember...After I returned to senses, I found that she was lying dead like this.’’. After couple minute of pause this brunette asked ‘‘So, what are you going to do by knowing this?’’ but this redhead’s poker-face was broken when he cracked a smile yet tried not to loose his patience.

Finally, he spoke up, but remain that stricter tone ‘‘You want to say that you could still save this person yet you killed her just because of your primal instincts?…You sure are lucky that you weren’t spotted…’’ this vampire replied with mocking look on his face ‘‘Hmph! Are you saying that I should have spared one person’s life for hundreds of people? ’’ now this redhead gave him questioning look, however, Kyo continued ‘‘Are you sure that you’re not just wannabe? Because you vampire hunters should know it about your target better or else you may die~…’’.

This brunette lowered his gaze for a second ‘‘You see, feeling physical pain is one thing. It came and it went off eventually. The same thing with wounds…However, there is something worse than any pain. If vampire can’t satisfy their hunger for long time, then vampire’s mind can be taken over by how you humans call - instincts. It happens slowly tho. But when it happens…’’ this vampire now has paused for awhile ‘‘You cannot redo the damage or return back to your senses. After this stage, nothing can help. I saw it once and even if that vampire had gentle and calm nature…’’ he couldn’t finish this sentence, the words just simply stuck in his throat.

Kyo just clenched his fists and eventually relax his palms. Maybe this redhead accidentally triggered some of unwanted memories for this vampire, who knows, but then, he shouldn’t feel bad for his possible target, or so thought this redhead. However, despise that this vampire continued, but this time with slight melancholy ‘‘Hey, Mister Vampire Hunter, don’t you call this selfishness? You would let hundreds of people die for one person, who can kill themselves at any second…Funny, isn’t it? I was near on edge of being taken over by that dark voice and my head ached so badly that I wanted to smash it so that I could still die with having my own mind. Fuck that, if my body was giving up on me or could like any second! It wasn’t as bad as dealing with that demon…Although, even if I had lost my senses, we would may still have encountered, human. However - ’’

This vampire surely got the attention of this redhead, who couldn’t remove his gaze from him and just listened without any interruptions ‘‘You would be fighting an empty shell fueled with nothing just pure instincts…Probably other hunters would have been already finished me before you-’’ that was the last drop of this vampire hunter’s patience. Now he roughly grabbed vampire’s hand and now started to drag him to some kind small stone building, which wasn’t too far from them. After this redhead violently opens the door and when they were both inside, he slammed the door behind them. Kyo barely even had time to understand what’s happening right now.

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Chapter 5.

 

 

After this vampire fells on his back on flat surface of stone surface, he finally opens his eyes. When he leaned on his elbows, he looked around, it seems that now both of them were in small catacomb. The only source of the light were candles on upper shelves around whole room. Right now Kyo couldn’t even move a muscle on his body, only fixated his gaze on this unpredictable man. This vampire hunter took closer step to his target and just silently observed him. That cold and piercing gaze alone made this vampire understood he may not be so lucky this time.

When this redhead opened his coat, this vampire already knew that now he was screwed for sure, but he refused cowardly close his eyes. This vampire hunter is going to pick his whip, isn’t he? However, his left hand wasn’t on his right side of his belt. No, it was now inside one of inner coat’s chest pockets. Maybe he was looking for some other weapon and whatever it was, it didn’t really mattered. After awhile, this redhead’s hand stopped moving when he seem to find what he wanted on left side of that pocket.

Now his gloved left hand holds some sort of almost flat package wrapped in several layers of tissues. Surely, it’s couldn’t be the holy water, because that nasty liquid could be only stored in glass bottles, but who knows, maybe that changed over the time. In any case, it only made this vampire more anxious and discomforted.

After this redhead hunter tossed at vampire this package, Kyo suddenly closed his eyes. When this package landed on his chest, he could hear the sound something splashing inside and could feel how this liquid moved in opposite directions until it remained still. Finally, he opened his eyes and grabbed this package, then this redhead said ‘‘You can have it, vampire.’’ now Kyo looked at this redhead suspiciously while he managed to sit up. There was something wrong about this vampire hunter and he didn’t like this at all. He looked too untrustworthy, or so thought this brunette. However, he decided to play along with this redhead’s rules and now he started unwrap this mysterious package.

When he done with unpacking, now he asked ‘‘What is the meaning of this, human?’’ after inspecting two plastic bags filled with blood, he returned his gaze to this hunter ‘‘Whom belonged this? Did you putted anything just to poison me?’’. While this vampire stared at him like a cornered small animal, this redhead said in slightly irritated tone ‘‘Whenever it’s a trap or not, it’s up to you. But you better use them wisely until-’’ suddenly he was surprised and then face-palmed at such a behavior of this vampire. That stupid vampire already sank his fangs into one of the blood bags and immediately sucked all the content until the bag was empty. Now he tossed away that empty bag on floor.

While he innocently looked at this redhead, Kyo said ‘‘What are you staring at? I was just tasting whenever it was good or not. One thing for sure, that person has a lack of iron and some other minerals. So, it was only so-so, human.’’ and when he wanted to have another bag, vampire hunter stopped him ‘‘You better be wanting to save this until next time we meet.’’.

This vampire now looked confused and looked away for awhile, however, he finally stands up and approaches closer this redhead, while he lifted one eye-brow, he asked ‘‘What do mean by that and why are you doing this, human?’’ now redhead cracked a smile and honestly answered ‘‘Your stupid vampire head has a huge bounty on it. Yet it’s too much for such a weak creature…’’ this vampire started to grid his teeth and now angrily stared at hunter. He ignored this reaction and continued his speech ‘‘You keep mentioning about some demon. Did anything happened between you two? Is why you’re now no stronger than a mere monster?’’. That’s it, it was the last drop of this vampire’s patience. He is not going to let to be insulted like this…

Now Kyo pushed this redhead to the nearest wall and aggressively pinned him. Surely, this redhead was surprised at this vampire’s strength as he heard how stone wall cracked where his fist has landed yet he tried to keep his poker-face on and observed this furious beast in front of him. This brunette’s eyes were glowing in that familiar crimson red and he roughly breathed, his fangs were also now visible.

Kyo just growls at his victim ‘‘Then why don’t you find for yourself a better opponent and just leave me alone, you foolish human?’’. Even if it as a mistake to provoke this vampire’s anger any further, the redhead vampire hunter had to know what happened. It wasn’t his first time dealing with more aggressive monsters or demons either, so, now he had to remain calm and do not show any sign fear. He just listened further ‘‘It’s not your goddamn concern. So, why don't you just stay away and do not interface?’’.

However, despise being cornered like that, this redhead replied ‘‘Says the one, who attacked first…If you wanted so desperately to satisfy your hunger, then you wouldn’t had a second thought to pick anyone as your prey, vampire.’’. Just what a hell is wrong with this foolish human? Who does he think is he? Why is he is so annoying and just won’t shut up already? Thought this vampire. But this vampire hunter continued ‘‘What’s the matter? Did the cat got your tongue?’’ he waited for the answer.

Now Kyo lowered his gaze. It seems that his eyes stopped glowing and returned to normal color eventually, he lowered his arm, which been cornered this redhead. His fangs were still visible tho, but now he bitten his lower lip and muttered ‘‘It’s your fault, human…’’ when he lifted his gaze, he noticed that this vampire hunter gave him a questioning look.

However, this vampire continued but in more confident tone ‘‘Your blood’s scent was too strong. So, I couldn’t help myself, but just follow you. I just felt that you may satisfy my hunger and even may help regain some strength. That’s all. ’’ now he smirked ‘‘So, you’re not that special. I could have picked anyone else, if you didn’t got in my way, Mister Vampire Hunter~’’.

‘‘So, you want to say that you just need more strength to face that demon, right?’’ asked this redhead and now added ‘‘Very well, then. Just don’t cause any problems and next time I may bring you more food.’’. Kyo now looked dumbfolded, but he refused to give up and now answered ‘‘Why do I need to listen to you? I don’t need any pity from you! Do you think that I can’t catch my prey on my own? Just wait and you’ll see when I’m strong enough to put you into your place, hunter!’’

The vampire hunter noticed that same flame in this brunette’s eyes like from previous encounter. Despise being just a weak monster, he sure shows a huge fighting spirit. However, this redhead’s further thoughts were interrupted ‘‘Oi, hunter, why do you look smug?’’. Finally, this redhead hunter gently pushed this vampire away and now walked away further from him. After he turned to this vampire side, he said ‘‘I told you, if I see at least a single report about any vampire activity…I’ll find you no matter where you are and I’ll make sure that you’ll receive a proper punishment, vampire.’’

Kyo only gave a mocking look and replied ‘‘Sorry to burst your bubble, but I’m not the only vampire here, you know. So, how do you know that it was my work exactly? I’m not responsible for anyone and I’m definitely not gonna suffer because of someone else fault, got it?’’. Maybe this will cool down this redhead’s temper, thought Kyo, who now added ‘‘Besides, usually my prey is still alive when I’m done. So, I don’t need to rely on you, human.’’ before continuing he swooshed his hair ‘‘ Besides, you want me to starve just for cuddling your own ego? Hmph! Who do you think you are? That’s why I am not interested in your offer, even if you pledge so hard, Mister Vampire Hunter~’’

It seems that this redhead’s negotiation with this vampire didn’t went as he planned and now his target may leave any time. He can’t just let him go, the other may capture this vampire without letting him to know the reason for his bounty and knowing what he went trough. So, now he had to use more drastic measurements.

This redhead said in more demanding tone ‘‘Vampire, you mentioned that I can help restore your strength. So, who knows, when you find anyone else, who may even help you recover. You may even die before you settle your score.’’ that definitely caught this brunette attention, who know rised his eye-brow and asked ‘‘Where you getting at? Are you telling me that you ready even sacrifice yourself for the sake of your curiosity?…But then, how can I be sure that my hunger didn’t caused me hallucinations? You don’t seem to have such a strong scent as before. So, maybe you are no better than any other person.’’ now he looked unsure at this vampire hunter.

The redhead vampire hunter only sighed and in calm tone ordered ‘‘Then come closer, vampire.’’, but now Kyo doubtfully looked at this hunter. Maybe it was a trap after all. Now this redhead picked one of his knives into his hands. So, did he planned this all along just trap this vampire and kill him? But this vampire just silently observed how this redhead removes left glove and rolls up his left sleeve until his wrist was well visible. He putted this blade closer to his hand.

However, he remained still calm. The tip of this knife was so close to his wrist and before closing his eyes he took a deep breath. Now the tip of this knife has slowly sank into hunter’s wrist. This blade was slightly moved just enough until first blood shown up and now it remained still. Redhead hunter looks at Kyo waiting how he react further.

After this vampire felt that familiar sweet scent of amaretto, his eyes started glowing in that crimson red and when the first drops of dark red liquid splashed on the ground, his voice was slightly shaking in concern ‘‘What the…Human, please, don’t. Do not try to temp me.’’. However, this redhead replied in with small groan in his voice ‘‘It seems that now I got you now, vampire. You can’t resist to your primal instincts. So, if you do as I said, I’ll let you have some. Just hurry up, before I changed my mind…’’

While blood was dripping on floor like it was a timer for rushing this vampire’s decision, he was still doubting and questioning this man’s mind. However, if this hunter was right, maybe he was a key to restore this vampire’s true power. So, whenever it was a truth or not, he can’t waste such an opportunity. Now Kyo unusually gently asked this vampire hunter to sit on that cold stone coffin.

After this redhead did as this vampire asked, Kyo kneels to this hunter’s left side. Finally, he going to have a taste of this dark red liquid, which scent slowly was driving him mad. While he gently holds redhead’s arm with both hands, Kyo sinks his fangs into this wrist. This redhead instinctively tried to move his arm away when he felt sudden stinging pain like there were two needles inside of him. His palm twitched, but it eventually relaxed and now he got used to feeling that something was inside him. However, redhead hunter couldn’t look away, his gaze was fixated on this vampire.

Kyo blissfully closed his eyes and maybe a little too much enjoyed the blood of this vampire hunter. That’s right, he eventually started to let out small whims without realizing that. He couldn’t re-call when he had tasted such a remarkable blood. It was too good not be just a mere dream. He could even feel how he could melt in same spot from euphoria.

However, as soon as this redhead started to feel sleepy, he tried to stop this vampire by pushing Kyo’s forehead away from him. This vampire was returned from this dream-like experience to real world and now he heard redhead hunter’s voice ‘‘…That’s enough. Hey-’’ but after this vampire saw that hunter was still bleeding, he began to lick his wounds and where were visible traces of blood on hunter’s arm and hand.

This redhead only could say through small groans ‘‘…The fuck? You stupid vampire…’’ he could feel how carefully and gently vampire’s tongue been working on exposed area of his arm. However, Kyo now looked at him innocently and when he finished, replied ‘‘Eh? What is it with you? I can’t let waste any single drop. Who knows, when you next show up, human.’’. After Kyo stands up, he simply waited what this vampire hunter will do next. When the redhead done fixing his outfit, he asked Kyo ‘‘Your name, vampire?’’

Well, surely, this vampire didn’t expected this question and now when he smiled, replied ‘‘So, you were hunting a vampire without knowing even his name? What if you were hunting a wrong person, who just looked like me? You sure are one of hell foolish humans.’’, but soon this vampire now answered in more cheerful tone ‘‘But if you ask so nicely…I’ll tell you. Listen closely, or you might forget it. I am the one and only - Kyo Kusanagi! Eh? And why do look so surprised, Mister Vampire Hunter?~’’. This redhead still couldn’t believe that this annoying vampire was the same, who had huge bounty for his head.

However, this hunter replied ‘‘You don’t really look like someone, who has huge bounty, you stupid vampire. And I do have name too. Since, you not going to die any time soon, you better remember it.’’ Kyo only chuckled and slightly teased this hunter ‘‘Oh, should I feel honored or not? Then what is it…Mister~Vampire~Hunter?’’ . This vampire surely wants to be bathed in holy water or get a massage with sharp blade, doesn’t he? Thought this hunter.

So, now he introduced himself ‘‘The name is Iori Yagami. You better remember it.’’. Then Yagami added ‘‘Since you were smart enough to do as I asked, I’ll let you go just with warning. You better do not cause any problems. I covered you up this time by blaming other vampire. So, be grateful and just stay out of the trouble.’’ before Iori wanted to leave, he was stopped by Kyo’s demand ‘‘Oi, hu -er, Yagami! You still own me explanation.’’ when Yagami turned back, this brunette added ‘‘Why are you doing this?’’ and it now this redhead replied ‘‘When you’re ready to face me as worthy opponent, you’ll know. So, after you give me that desired fight, I’ll tell you. Until then, farewell…’’ and with that Iori left this room and this this brunette with unanswered questions. This brunette only cracked a smile ‘‘What a weirdo.’’.

 

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Cool story, can't wait for updates! ❤️

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Thank you so much for reading! ^^ So, today a bit tired after long trip to big city. But tomorrow gonna upload some chapters (hopefully, whole 4 of it)

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Chapter 6.

Demon in the Church. Part 1

 

Month has passed and it seems that even the attack of one certain vampire, life in church was pretty calm. Aside one young priest named Shingo, no one had even the slightest idea that it happened in a very first place. No matter how you look at it, he didn’t looked suspicious and to this very day continued accomplish his duties as priest. Even his daily routine may seem too boring for any ordinary person. However, it can’t be said about one demon, who never ceased to be entertained by observing this human. That’s right, this incubus always keep his eyes on this brunette and making sure that he is safe and sound. After all, even if Shingo looked peaceful and calm person, probably a bit honest too, but he has committed a huge crime. Because of that he may not only could be dismissed from priest duties, but also put this silver-haired demon’s life in danger or rather his doom.

It happen about a year ago when one exhausted stranger asked for temporary shelter in the church. There was no way that Shingo would drive him away from this sacred place, he felt that it would be too cruel and it just object to what he was taught. Besides, this young man was so exhausted that he passed out when Shingo letted him in. After Shingo carried him to his room, he wanted to check if this young man with fluffy silver hair is not wounded or hurt. So, this brunette removed this silverhead’s black turtle-neck long-sleeved shirt and blue jeans. It seems that the pendant with small purple stone caught the attention of this priest. Maybe it was only his imagination, but he felt a radiating weak demonic energy from this pendant. However, this brunette decide to ignore this and putted this silverhead into his bed while he decided to rest on floor.

The dawn of new day was breaking. After Shingo woke up, he firstly checked how was this stranger - it seems that he was still deeply sleeping. However, he wanted him to rest as much as he needed. So, when Shingo was prepared, he started another day by completing his duties. When he had more free time on afternoon, he decided to check how does this stranger was doing. It seems that this person was finally awake and just sitted on Shingo’s bed while crossing his legs. Later this stranger tells his story and from what this innocent looking silver-haired young man told, it appears that he just arrived into whole new place to him and wanted to start a new life here. So, he just temporary needs shelter until finds a job.

Week has passed and Shingo was kept feed with this tale, but he patiently waited until the day when this person would have enough confidence and leave. However, now this silver-haired man’s behavior started to worry this brunette. So-called ‘Orochi’ guy or so that’s how he introduced to this brunette later, not even touched the food or any drinks, which Shingo offered to him. When Orochi was asked why doesn't he wants anything, he simply replies that he appreciates the kindness of this young priest, but he shouldn’t worry about it. At the beginning, this brunette thought that maybe this Orochi guy was just a picky eater and maybe he had food outside the church. Or so, he tried to find reasonable explanation for this silverhead’s behavior. Aside this, nothing seemed to caught this priest eye.

Everything else looked fine, however, if there wasn’t for one small detail, Orochi is almost at sight of Shingo or at least most of time. This silverhead most of the time was innocently following this brunette. He didn’t really minded this, but Shingo tried to convince himself that at least this young man does not cause any trouble. But even so, he started to sense more powerful dark energy around this guest. Maybe by mistake he obtained a cursed pendant? Right now Shingo wanted to talk about this with Orochi.

It was a calm evening and like usually when this brunette returns, he is always greeted with seeing Orochi in his room. This time he was reading a book on Shingo’s arm-chair while rested his head on his hand and crossed his legs, but as soon as he heard how this brunette enters the room, he lifts his gaze to him. Now he asks this brunette ‘‘Shingo, you look so worried, did anything happened?’’, now he putted book away on coffee table next to him and waits for this brunette’s answer. This brunette tried his best by not clenching his hands into a fist and replied in soft yet slightly concerned tone ‘‘I wanted to talk with you about one thing.’’

This silverhead only rised one of his eye-brows and listened what this brunette wants to say ‘‘That pendant…It’s a tool of occultism. So, I want you to get rid of it. Otherwise, your soul might be corrupted by the devil.’’, however, this silver-haired young man chuckled and replied ‘‘Is that so? What if it is an old family's relic? Your god cannot do anything about it even if it is possessed by wicked spirits.’’ now Orochi gave him a smug look, but Shingo replied while trying not to loose his patience ‘‘You poor child…then your family didn’t realized that this small stone radiates a dark energy and it gets stronger day by day. I understand how you value this pendant, but for your own sake, destroy it before it’s too late.’’

This young priest was surprised that this young man voluntary removed the necklace with oh-so-cursed stone and now after he approached Shingo, tells in more playful tone ‘‘If that’s so, then I’ll entrust it into the hands of this faithful god’s servant’s hands~’’ now he gently took this brunette’s hand into his hands and after placing pendant, he closes Shingo’s palm gently saying ‘‘Please, take care of it, Shingo~’’ and before he left the room, this brunette was left speechless, but this silverhead replied in gently tone ‘‘Don’t worry, I’ll be fine and return as soon as I can~ I just need to take care of some business.’’

When this young man left the room, Shingo still remained at same spot while carefully holds this pendant. Now he places that hand near his heart and lowers his gaze. Strange, but he didn’t felt any dark aura around it anymore. It was like any other item in this room. More important, how did this person, knew what he planned to ask? Maybe, this brunette was more predictable than he though. He just murmured ‘‘No, I just got too tired…’’. Instead of going to sleep, he decided to wait until this person returns safely on his armchair. However, after good hour he didn’t noticed how he fell asleep. When Shingo awake, he felt that something was around his shoulders, but as soon as he opened his eyes, he noticed that there was a blanket placed on him. Later he notices that Orochi already returned, but now deeply sleeping. Just when did he returned last night? But the very little he know that soon he will see the true face of this guest.

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A/N: Some of the terms:

(1) - A Soul of Tainted could be described as any higher rank creature of the night, in this case it is a vampire ready to be sacrificed for enhancing weapons. This ritual is only allowed if guild master approves it. Otherwise it is forbidden ancient ritual.
(2) - Alure unes is carnivorous plant which was fertilized by human/demon blood. They use their roots to hunt down and finish their prey.

 

Chapter 7.

Demon in the Church. Part 2

 

Almost month has passed since Shingo took this mysterious stranger under his care, but this Orochi person didn’t shown any signs of leaving or even bothered to change anything. Even if this brunette started to get fed-off of this guest, but he still continued patiently wait until this silver-haired young man would leave on his own. With that in mind, this priest carried on his daily routine.

Life in church seem to be quiet peaceful, on other hand, those who live in city, have been terrified by the chain of murders. More than fifty victims were killed by mysterious person, who still continued torment innocent people to this day or so, with this kind of headlines media won’t shut down. That’s right, all of his victims died in same way - physically, they looked perfectly normal and fine. There were no visible bruises, no cuts, no nothing… The body of the victims looked like untouched, but there was one unusual detail - all victims had that same delightful and calm expression on their faces. They looked like were having a blissful dream before meeting their miserable fate.

There were also no traces that the murderer was in the house. It almost like there was a ghost. If it were only couple cases of such a deaths, then normally it would be tagged as a suicide and would been eventually forgotten. However, even after autopsy, there were no visible signs of victims being poisoned or having over-dose of psychotropic medication. Surprisingly, the medical history of most of killed people shown that they had no problems with mental health.

Despise that, this cold-hearted murderer was pretty picky about their victims’ age - it ranged from youngest person barely being eighteen to oldest by being thirty. These young people would had a bright and prospective future, but that was taken away by this fiend. Even police was useless and powerless to do anything or even a clue where to start. It more and more concerned people until these rumors reached the ear of Hunter guild.

Hunter guild is an organization was found six centuries ago during one of greatest outbreaks of demons. Since very first appearance of monsters and demons in human world millenniums ago, mankind tried to fight back these unwanted wanderers, who were much stronger, powerful and brought only fear and despair…However, there was still a hope for mankind to survive! People, who were granted with greater power, intelligence or agility started to fight back these fiends. Although, they were fighting for themselves and their interest, but it helped mankind avoid their tragic fate.

As peaceful times returned eventually, the vampire and demon hunters were seen as terrifying beings and judged as bad as for doing witchcraft. They were despised for their supernatural power and driven away from their own town, country or even their own home…However, these hunters didn’t extincted and gathered into secret organizations hidden from society. Eventually, the guild in which now one certain redhead is, was created and which has a long history of fighting various demons and monsters.

Hunter guild is may be different from any other guild, because it is not only has lot of veteran hunters, but also open hands for new members. As long as you can cover up your life expenses, you’re fine. Even so, the guild helps to earn extra cash for more than just living. That’s why there is a various choice of monsters and demons, which you can select. However, the bigger bounty, the higher rank is monster, so, each hunter has carefully pick their target before setting into the new journey.

Speaking of departures, one of still pretty new hunters was still not sure what kind of target she should pick. This huntress wore dark brown long boots up her knees, white pants on which each side of tights were a belts, which holds a knife, on top of her dark purple shirt there was a white jacket, which was tied by black belt and lastly, long up her elbows dark brown gloves. The notice board, which was on main hall of the guild, had lot of low rank monster bounties to offer along with few high ranked ones. So, it seems maybe this time, this blue-haired huntress is not so lucky, because either it’s too weak monsters, either she didn’t feel prepared to face monsters with higher bounty. However, when she wanted to return to her room, she heard how the entrance door were opened and how it was followed by rising bustle.

It seems that one of vampire hunters just returned from a trip and maybe this redhead hunter’s captured monster caught attention of other guild members for awhile. Apparently, Yagami was dragging some blonde vampire, who was still barely conscious, despise that his hands and legs been tied or who had these cut wounds. However, it seems that no matter whenever it was just innocent exchange of words between fellow members of guild or nastier gossips of what this redhead hunter planned for the vampire, Iori ignore this useless and empty talk and just straight ahead went to guild master’s room.

Once Yagami reached the notice board, he felt how someone patted his shoulder from behind. Surely, it was enough reason to stop for a second look back, who asks for trouble. It seems that it was one of the senior hunters, who helped him during his training back in early days. As this redhead hunter turns his head, he asks ‘‘What is it, Nanakase?’’ but he got a cheerful reply from this fellow hunter ‘‘Eh? You’re so cold as usual, Yagami-chan~ Did you already returned?’’ Iori brushed this taller silver-head’s gloved hand from his shoulder and indifferently replied ‘‘As you can see.’’.

Even if this fellow hunter from the first sight looked not so serious or just simply too relaxed, but the truth is that Yashiro Nanakase is one of veteran demon hunters. That’s right, even someone like Yagami, who had been partners with him during first bounty hunts could tell that this silverhead is completely different person when he is facing a deadly foe. Although, he prefers to hunt alone, but you can always count on him if you’re still green. So, only in these cases he would help during the mission and in the of it, would give half of bounty as a boost for newbie.

Also, you would never see him without his trustworthy sword - Demon Slayer, which he carries behind him. This enormous blade of netherworld enhanced with three magic gems, these just sealed the true power of this sword, who might even corrupt it’s master’s mind. So, how this blade is on the hands of this silverhead? No one could tell…even some rumors says that he has made pact with the devil or that he possess this blade for all his life. Usually, Yashiro prefers an outfit, which like he calls ‘not so restraining movement’ - Black pants, no shirt, just suspenders and dark gray long coat.

However, it seems that the caught vampire started to regain consciousness and slowly lifted his head, but without looking back Iori smacked this unfortunate creature and cracked a smile. However, this redhead’s senior now scratched his chin as asked ‘‘By the way, it’s pretty unusual for you to leave your target alive…What did you planned?’’, this redhead only sighed and said ‘‘Guild master’s order was to keep him alive. *sigh* another Soul of Tainted(1)…’’. Just the moment when Iori wanted to go, he was once again stopped by this silver-head ‘‘So, that’s how it is. Did you heard the rumors about the new threat in the city?’’.

The redhead hunter gave ice-cold gaze and asked ‘‘What it is about? Even if it is the work of demon, I’m not interested. Besides, I won’t run errands for possibly non-existant demon or monster. It’s simply would be a waste of time and effort.’’. Yashiro only chuckled and squirm his shoulders ‘‘As what you expect from my student. Anyway, I need to prepare for new trip. See you later-’’, but as this fellow hunter took step back, he heard how someone gasped in small voice behind him.

Yagami only face-palmed and shake his head at disappointment for his senior. It seems that the enormous blade behind his back pushed blue-haired huntress on ground. The silver-head male turned to this gal’s side and after bending his knees offered his hand to her ‘‘Sorry, missie. Are you alright?’’ but this huntress kept her poker-face and tried to stand up on her own. Later, she simply brushed the dust away and fixed her outfit like it was nothing.

However, when blue-haired huntress notices one certain redhead, she frowned. The same could been said about Iori himself, but now he asked in serious tone ‘‘What are you starring at? Do you have any problems?’’, this lady remained silent and shown no emotions. She simply replied to fellow hunter ‘‘No. Just picking the target for my first bounty hunt, sir. However, it seems that this time there is no one suitable to test my strength.’’. For some unknown reason, she started to feel that she was already on the bad side of Iori, so, now she received brief lecture from this hunter ‘‘ Do not expect the monster of your power level to run into you. If the enemy is in front of you, it won’t ask whenever you are ready to face it or not. You always have to be prepared…otherwise, you will be the one who is hunted down. Remember that.’’

Of course, Yashiro didn’t liked this behavior of this redhead, who may once again pick a fight with newbies and scare them away. So, now this silver-head began to scold Iori ‘‘Hey, you don’t need to so harsh to her. It’s her first day as guild member after all. Besides, if I remember correctly, I assisted you during getting your first bounty.’’. Surely, this kind of reply didn’t pleased this redhead and now he counter-attacked in with slight mockery in his voice ‘‘ I’m pretty sure, if this newbie decided to become hunter, then she is perfectly knew what awaits her. However, if you’re oh-so-kind, then why don’t take this newbie with you? ’’

Yashiro remained calm as before and now explained ‘‘*sigh* You know that I can’t, Yagami-chan…It’s a higher rank demon and I won’t be able to concentrate on this demon and keeping safe the newbie at same time. After all, it would distract from killing it. Like you know, these alure unes(2) are pretty nasty kind. If you’re not careful enough, they can crush you with their roots and you’ll become a mere fertilizer for them.’’. However, Yagami came up with one idea for this fellow blue-haired huntress and said ‘‘Listen you-’’, but it seems that now after awhile this huntress started to object in cold and strict tone ‘‘Enough of you-ing. You’re annoying and arrogant fellow, sir. If it wasn’t for guild master’s orders, you would have already tasted my blade. And do I have a name and you will remember it - Leona Heidern.’’.

It seems that maybe this lady is not completely hopeless as she looks, tough Yagami as now he cracked a smile and replied ‘‘Very well then. Heidern, you don’t want to return with empty hand, right? So, how about as your first task, you could check what’s happening in city. You might even find a suitable target for you and it would serve as test whenever you won’t run away like a coward or prove yourself as a hunter. Good luck.’’. One thing for sure, this redhead is getting Leona’s nerves, however, she decided to take this challenge and wipe this smug bastard’s smile. Later on same evening, this huntress is done packing stuff and before turning lights off, for the last time she takes a look at her shiny blades.

The dawn of new day, before leaving through the entrance of guild’s doors, young huntress fix her long coat and puts hood over her head.

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Chapter 8.

Demon in the Church. Part 3

 

It was a dusky evening in the city and the only source of light were singly working street lamps, which lighted up the dark pavement in this cloudy night. Or so, this how was greeted when this blue-haired huntress in the city. She was wandering alone in empty streets, the only life forms, which she noticed were just a group of cheerfully singing drunkyards, who brings no harm as long as you not in their way. So, this huntress walk through them, ignoring their presence and just lowered her hood of her gray cloak. It was too peaceful for the city, which is terrorized by mysterious murderer.

However, after wandering for awhile, Leona rises her head and gets alerted for a second. One of upper floor windows has been opened and that person got this huntress attention. It was a beautiful young man with snow-white fluffy hair and pale skin, who gazed for awhile at the scenery of silent city. Now he placed his hands on the windowsill and leans forward outside the window revealing that he wore just a black leather open vest, which was holded together by big crossed stitches. But when this young man was half outside, he climbed on the windowsill and now there were also visible body-stocking black leather pants, with wide cut on tight sides and with same cross stitching down to his knees.

Is this young man planned to end his life? But then why did he looked so satisfied? Just the moment he jumped trough the window and instead of crashing into cold pavement, there was a a heavy sound of flapping wings. However, it seems that the blue-haired huntress’s presence wasn’t unnoticed and this demon playfully smirked at her before disappearing into the night. Even if it was useless, but she tried to chase the demon as long as her strength allowed, but it seems that after awhile she ran out of breath. For now, it would be wiser to find a place to stay, because capturing this demon might take couple days or more. Later on, she found a local inn and decides to call it a day.

The morning of another day has started. When the first sunbeams through the gaps of blinds, this blue-haired huntress just frowns and wrinkles her nose. It’s so annoying and too bright, though Leona, but eventually, she rolled to another side and slowly opened her eyes. All she did was just starring at her two blades on her night table. That’s right, this lady was never so fond or could stay any longer in day-light and that’s why no matter whenever it is hottest summer day or dark night, she will wear her cloak. But for now, she sits up and stretches, after all, it’s no good to stay in bed whole day for nothing. Besides, she is on mission plus now that demon shown up and mocks her, it is almost like this demon challenges her.

Good hour has passed, this huntress was just fixing her gloves before leaving. Firstly, she decided to gather information on inn and local bars. Half day has passed and aside rumors that yesterday was killed a daughter of one famous doctors, there was nothing much of it. This person seem to be also has greeted same fate as the other victims of the mysterious murderer. But even if this young huntress now realized that it might been the work of the silverhead young man, this mysterious creature also doesn’t seem to have a specific pattern for attacking and taste for his victims aside their age. So, it only hardens the hunt. Where to start, where to begin? - these questions only gave a headache for the huntress.

However, for now Leona decided to visit a church for getting a holy water and blessing her blades before staining them with demon’s blood. From what she heard, the church is on the north outside the city. After good hour, the huntress reached a church, which was surrounded by trees. The sun was already setting and the sky slowly was painted in that beautiful orange. Once this blue-haired lady reached the open door of sacred place, she notices a young priest silently praying to the statue of holy maiden. This brunette looked so calm and peaceful, but once he heard the footsteps of young huntress entering inside, Shingo stopped his prayer and looked to the direction of this huntress.

Now in calm tone he asks ‘‘Good evening, how can I help you at this hour?’’. After Leona approached more closely this priest and picked her knives and shown to him ‘‘I’m interested in this. Can you enhance them by blessing them?’’. However, this brunette was confused for a second and nervously chuckled, he just place his hand behind his neck and rub it ‘‘Well,…’’ and this reaction didn’t affected Leona, who even if kept her poker-face on, asked in slightly demanding tone ‘‘Your effort won’t be left unrewarded. So, how much do you want? Name the sum.’’

No matter how the huntress waited for the answer, young priest kept his acting but now he replied ‘‘Erm…Please, don’t get wrong, I could give a try, but I never done that before. Therefore, your weapons might end up damaged if anything would go wrong. However, tomorrow one person will arrive here, who may help you.’’. It seems that this reply didn’t satisfied this huntress, who just fixed her cloak ‘‘I see. In this case, I’ll wait here until tomorrow. Unless, you have any problems with this, sir.’’. Oh dear, sometimes you don’t know what our lord has prepared for us, so, you just have to accept it as it, right? Besides, it would be cruel to drive away a wanderer,who ask for shelter just for day. Or so, this how young Yabuki convinced himself. However,it seems that this priest was saved from any further questions when he and this persistent huntress heard a familiar voice behind them ‘‘Is everything alright, Shingo?’’.

It seems that it was a silver head young man with black turtle neck long sleeved shirt and pair of blue jeans was leaning against opened church door, who also been surrounded by the orange light of sunset. While Orochi was holding his one arm, he kept asking in concerned tone ‘‘Who is this person and what does it want?’’ but once Leona notices this young man, she was alerted despise that fact that this silverhead wasn’t affected at all. However, this brunette now concentrated on this new fellow and innocently asked ‘‘Do you know each other?’’. The fluffy silverhead just smiled and shake his head ‘‘No. I think she mistook me for someone else. I never met her before.’’. This person, surely didn’t rised any trust at all yet Leona now was curious about him. Something was off and she didn’t liked it a bit.

Hence, now there is another reason for overnight in the church. But this priest tried calmly to explain the current situation ‘‘Well, it seems that this young lady wants to enhance her weapons, however, the person, who knows how to do it, only arrives tomorrow. And now she wants to stay here overnight, but…’’ now Shingo lowered his gaze like feeling guilty, but after Orochi ignored this blue-haired huntress presence, he approached Shingo and gently placed his hand on this brunette’s shoulder and comforted him ‘‘It’s okay, you don’t need to shelter anyone whom you meet. You have a big heart and people will use your kindness, so, don’t be afraid to say ‘no’, you are not responsible for anyone whom you see.’’ now this young man gives a silent mocking gaze and smile for this blue-haired huntress.

Is this Orochi guy trying to drive her off or just purposely annoy her? However, no matter how this silverhead tried to taunt Leona, she must remain cool and not provoked into anger. Right now, the current task to hunt down the demon should be the only priority and concern. But this huntress didn’t give up and while ignoring this arrogant fellow asks priest ‘‘I don’t ask for any luxury, so, I’m fine even by sleeping on bench. The church is open for anyone, isn’t it, sir? As soon as your promised person shows up, I’ll take my leave.’’.

This brunette felt like he was cornered and with his gaze was asking Orochi for help, yet this young man only sighed and removed his hand. But now when he was facing Shingo, he took this brunette’s hand and gently holds in his hands, sighs and calmly replying ‘‘It’s up to you what to do. I’m sure that god won’t judge you on whatever you decide. ’’ it seems that this kind of comfort gave this young priest more confidence and now after with-drawing his hand from soft embrace, he gave his answer for Leona ‘‘I’m sorry that currently I cannot offer for the better option. However, please let me know if you need anything.’’, it seems that this answer was more than enough and it even made this smile ‘‘Very well, sir. I won’t cause any problems, so, rest assure.’’. As for this fluffy silverhead, he decided to return to Shingo’s room with such a though ‘‘That’s too bad…I still need more time. It can’t be helped then. Sorry, but tonight before departure, I need your strength, Shingo…’’…

Later on, when both young men left the church, Leona followed this silver-haired young man. He had a very dark energy around him, even if this priest does not realize that it may be the same demon, which she hunting down, it was wiser to check whenever her senses were false or not. Poor boy is so naive and have no idea who is this questionable type or so this huntress said to herself.

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Chapter 9.

Demon in the Church. Part 4

 

It was a nearly midnight, this brunette was so deeply asleep in his bed that it seemed that nothing could ever disturb his slumber. So innocent and calm, like there was no worries or threat, without realizing about upcoming his own death. Even the moonlight through his window made appearance just say ‘good-bye’ to this young priest. However, he is just an ordinary human and should be treated as any other prey or so was thinking this young man with silver hair.

As he takes a deep breath, he rises his hand in the air while making a fist. Slowly he closes his eyes. When he exhales and slowly lowers his right arm, he releases his fist and began to change and reveal his true form. Where finger tips were brushing near him in the air, the horizontal line of white line was surrounding and scamming downwards. His silver fluffy hair was rustled and now this demon opens his bright red eyes. Black turtle-neck shirt now was changing to black leather open chest vest which was held together by big cross stitches, his trousers become body-stocking, same color and material, but open on each outer side of thighs and stitched in same wide cross pattern. His nails now were dyed in ebony and as he fully opens his palm, he shakes-off the light line, which now scattered into tiny glittering dust, which dimmed as their settled down on floor.

Now demon slowly approaches this brunette, who was still sleeping. After sitting next the priest on bed, Orochi leans closer to his face and gently brushes his palm against his cheek. It was the fault of that blue-haired huntress and her appearance here. She already suspects and probably know who was this silver demon and just waits to attack him. All he needed is more time to fully recover his true power and then this boy in front of him would be still alive. Maybe later on Orochi would have repaid this brunette's kindness for sheltering him for such a long time. After all, this unfortunate boy could simply kicked him out but he did not, instead that, he patiently waited until this silver-haired young man would feel confident enough and be ready to leave on his own. In the end, the time spent in the church with this priest surely was great plus now he started to enjoy observing and learning more about human beings, not as simple prey to satisfy his hunger.

However, now it was different than he expected or wanted to be. The more he though, the more he started to hesitate and finish this priest like any other victim of his. If he gets life force from Shingo, then facing this huntress shouldn't be any problem and eventually getting revenge on same human who betrayed him. Yet this seems too difficult now and in the end, he can't kill this human. So, after gently ruffling this brunette's head, he took a better look how calmly asleep this servant of god. When Orochi left the bed and when he was getting closer to the window, he was stopped by a concerned voice behind him ‘‘Who are you? What are you doing here?’’ as he looked behind, this demon notices that Shingo was fully awake yet looked shocked ‘‘A demon?! H-how did you…’’ but after realizing who is this person, this brunette gets up and step by step approaches this demon. Now this brunette was still in denial yet he told with concern in his voice "...Wait. You. You are Orochi, right? That energy. It is the same. No doubt that you are him...But then, why?...Why didn't you told this?".

This silver-kind demon now cracked a smile and mockingly gazed ‘‘Fufufu~ You foolish human, you work for church - I am a demon. Therefore, I wouldn’t trust a human being, who will perish the sinner souls like mine. You humans are more cold-hearted killers and brutal than any living beast. Any other species than yours already a horrific monster to you no matter what - even live peacefully and you ready to back-stab and declare your ‘holy justice’ upon us. Disgusting. Unforgivable! Yet you church people are the worst! You can slay in so-called god’s name and justify your actions remaining so pure and kind to people. You are nothing than just sinners yet acting like saint…’’ after short pause this demon gets serious and continues ‘‘However, even after living for hundreds of years in this world, maybe you humans did changed a bit.’’.

Now Orochi leans against the wall and hold his arm, then he started to confess ‘‘ After a long and exhausting fight against one of your kind, I was utterly defeated. That’s why I wanted to have my revenge at least feasting on one of you. However, I was too weak and couldn't even lay a finger on you when we first met...As time went on, while I was hunting for food at same time I observed and waited until you finally realize who I am. Maybe then, it would be a worthy revenge when a priest would shiver in fear and terror after making a terrible mistake by taking a demon under his care. However, even so, you had understanding who I was, I know you did, I could read your mind so easily, yet you pretended like nothing happened and treated me the same as before. Why? That what I wanted to know.

After continuing observe you, I gave up on killing you, because you seemed too pure, naive and kind. Shingo, even if you know who I am you still do not carry any hatred upon me. You do not need to read mind for that, it is written on your face. That’s why I cannot put you in danger any longer.’’ now he turned to windows side and climbed on windowsill. Before taking his leave, Orochi turned back for the last time but now with sadness on his face and said in bitter-sweet tone ‘‘Farewell. We won’t meet again.’’, even if this priest tried to reach for the demon, it was already too late. With the sound of flapping wings demon left…There was no time even to get upset about the sudden revelation and departure.

Second later, Shingo heard the sound of this incubus gasping and then crashing into the ground. He didn’t hesitated and rushed downstairs to check what happened. Demon or not, it didn’t mattered, this person maybe in danger, so, he had to act quick. God may still forgive him for helping this cursed kind. After all, demons were once an angels, but they just got strayed away from all-mighty lord and that’s why they were perished from heaven, or so this brunette recalls right now. So, maybe if he helps this demon to get into right path, then this demon’s soul would be saved too.

When Shingo arrived and trying to regain his breath, he was alerted that this silver-demon was kneeling on one knee and while lowered his head hardly panting. His one hand was on his chest and holds something bloody. While through groaning Orochi rises his head, he addresses to the blue-hair huntress, who was standing in front of him ‘‘…You little-…How dare you to cowardly attack me? You going to regret this, pesky child…’’. After he slowly stands up, with one sudden movement, he pulls out knife and tossed it on grass. The hole on his chest already started to heal and now he gave ice-cold gaze with filled hatred for this lady. However, Leona kept her poker-face and stands still yet in defensive pose. So, she was right, it was no mistake, it is the same demon, who terrorizes people.

There were now enormous amount of dark energy around this demon, whose irises shrank like snakes and watching down upon his unfortunate victim. With sweet menace in his voice, incubus said ‘‘What’s the matter, huntress? Did you bitten more than you can swallow?~’’ he just delightfully closed his eyes and after opening, he continues ‘‘So, this how it is…What an unfortunate creature are you~ Too bad that I am your first target. But please, entertain me, my beautiful huntress. So, come!’’ and now he cracked a smile.

After the silver demon charged at this huntress, he pulled razor sharp long nails to slash his opponent into pieces with one arm. Yet Leona instinctively rolled to the left and dodged this attack. However, this demon didn't letted this huntress take a breath and now slashed with his other arm. Another dodged attack yet this time, the sharp nails bruised this lady’s arm. Poor huntress could only kneel while covering her wounded upper arm. This demon only chuckled and now while looking from above, he told ‘‘What’s the matter? Is it the best you can do? You just running like a little mouse…’’

Meanwhile Shingo’s knees already gave up on him and he could just silently observe. Even if it was wiser not to interface, as simple human, he wouldn’t able to help plus this demon didn’t cared about anything else rather than killing. Yet he naively believed that demon would be stopped before it’s too late.

While this huntress starred at this incubus and looking so serious and calm, deep inside that blazing spirit to defeat this demon become even brighter. So, while Orochi letted guard down for brief moment, Leona reached a bottle of holy water behind her back and with no hesitation launched at this him and at same time jumps back. Fortunately, this silver-being manged to block this ambush attack with his crossed arms. However, now he gritted his teeth and hissed. The glass shards of the bottle were nothing compared to the corrosive as strong acids holy water. Where this forsaken liquid splashed, it left ebony deep burns up to the elbows.

Even so, now Leona pushed one knee forward and bends. With one sudden move, she draws her two blades and charges at demon. Once she faces the demon, she sends high kick into the face yet Orochi quickly blocks with elbow. Another followed kick from another side - same block. However, each time time it was more painful and Orochi felt like sooner or later his arms won’t listen. After another couple times like this and blue-haired huntress started to feel exhausted yet she didn’t gave up.

It was time to put the shining blades to use. Leona shown no mercy upon her enemy and while demon hardly panted, she crossed her arms and with both blades unleashed x-shaped slashing wave. Surely, it would be enough to finish demon and bring his head to the guild…

The sound of spread and flapped leather wings and torn skin echoed on this battlefield. Orochi managed to spread his both wings and used them as shield. The flesh of ebony wings was ripped and barely there were left any remains of them. Even the visible bones of wings were torn apart either broken. This incubus was barely standing but still refused to admit his defeat. However, it seems that something was wrong…

All of sudden Orochi felt an omnious aura near him, once he looks up, he notices the source of it. Now he chuckles in deeper tone and mockingly says ‘‘So, this how it is? Neither belong in human world nor in ours. A Wicked Child. To think that I would meet such a rare creature…You finally shown your true colors yet you already consumed by the power of our kind. That’s so unfortunate~’’. It was no secret that despise it was silent metamorphosis, but aside dark energy around this huntress, her left eye was glowing in bloody glowing crimson. Yet it seems that the consciousness of blue-haired huntress faded, but her body tried to fight with power of demon inside her. No, it was rather a rejection reaction…

She was all shaking and just covered her forehead with one palm which still holds one of knives. It was too painful for her. However, Orochi used this suffering on his advance and now as he rises his arm and slowly stands up, he lifts huntress into air by telekinesis. Right now, Leona was like being crushed by invisible force and barely could move. Demon only sadistically smiles "Don't misunderstand me, human. Even if I can't use all my powers, it's enough to finish your pathetic and miserable life~". When it seemed such a desperate situation, this lady managed to move one her arm - one sudden move and huntress throws her knife to pierce incubus' heart.

The victim of this battlefield has fallen. Huntress was released from demon grasp but managed to land on feet. Drops of unfortunate creature has splashed on this maiden's pale face. It seems that now Leona returned to her senses too.

Blue-haired huntress could hear her own heartbeat. Her eyes were now filled terror and suddenly she fell on her knees, dropping her weapons. That blood…it wasn’t demon’s, her knife was now stained with blood of young priest. This young man finally lowered his spreaded arms for shielding incubus from huntress’ cold-hearted judgment. Even if Orochi was in shock as well, he catches Shingo in his arms. Poor brunette was leaning against demon’s chest and hardly panting. The blade still remained inside the right shoulder as young priest outfit now was dyed in red. Despise being like this, Shingo smiles and weak voice tells ‘‘What a relieve…at least, you back to normal, Oro-…’’, however, this brunette couldn’t finish his sentence as he closes his eyes.

For the first time this demon was afraid about human’s life and how fragile it is. It takes just a little and it may dim as candle in the wind, so fast by just mere touch…Despise that mankind’s fate is bitter and hard yet these pathetic creatures aim to find their happiness either for themselves, either by selflessly living for sake of others, relieving their suffering.

This demon lived long enough in this world to see the true colors of humans and how all of them are rotten to the core - even the most innocent look can hide such a twisted and disgusting nature deep inside. Their appearance and behavior - it doesn’t really mattered. They all desire the same - fortune, wealth, power, huge influence…this incubus could satisfy all these needs on one night for such a little price as part of their life force. However, that mankind’s nature, it is what take their lives away by this demon. Humans are too greedy and ready to let their souls devoured by him just for that temporally but ultimate blissful moment.

However, right now not everything is lost...It seems that this brunette only fainted yet Orochi wanted to save the life of this poor young man, even if he was one of the kind, which this demon despised the most. The demon looked at huntress with sorrowful yet mixed with anger gaze and almost growled at her ‘‘Hurry up…’’. Leona was frozen in shock after nearly killing someone, however, Orochi said in more clearly ‘‘What are you waiting for? There is no time. This human will die!…Save him.’’.

He perfectly knew about the justice of this world and how it’s working. That’s why he cannot risk this poor boy’s life. Even if he would have good intentions, humans first would let out all hatred on him and execute demon rather than saving this priest. This silver demon didn’t want to admit, but in the end, he had to entrust this brunette’s safety to blue-haired huntress. After Orochi stands up while supporting unconscious Shingo, he carefully hands-over him to Leona and now while he lowered his head, tried to sound calm ‘‘You can still make it in time, huntress. Hospital shouldn’t be too far. Good luck…’’. Before her leave, Leona looked back and nodded.

Two weeks has passed after encounter with demon. However, along that people in the city could finally take breath too. After all, there were no news about the mysterious murderer or it’s further victims. It seems that a familiar huntress didn’t had any purpose to stay any longer and now she would need to return to the guild. However, before departure, she decided to at least visit Shingo. From what she heard, this priest was nearly recovered and soon will be dismissed from hospital. After the fight against the demon, she was curious about the well-being of this brunette. Not every day you would see how a human sacrifices life for a demon or monster. So, she wanted to know the reason for this behaviour. Besides, she felt like during the same visiting it would be nice to apologize for injuring an innocent person.

However, once she entered through the room, she nearly dropped the bought fruits for this priest and was alerted. Apparently, a certain demon was sitting on chair next to Shingo, who was asleep in his bed. Aside that Orochi was in his human form and wearing his casual outfit, he was holding this priest hand in both of his hands and observing this priest. Once this silver-haired young man noticed the huntress presence, he frowned a bit as he look at her side and in slightly grumpy tone said ‘‘What is it, huntress?…Rest assure, I came here with no intention to harm this boy. If I wanted, he would been finished even before our encounter. So, there is no need to to draw your weapons.’’.

It seems that Shingo began to awake and now when he was half sitting. He asked this demon in still sleepy tone ‘‘Orochi, what is going on? And how long did I slept?’’. This silver demon chuckled and kind tone replied ‘‘Nothing really. However, it seems that you have also another visitor today~’’ Shingo followed the gaze of this demon and now noticed a familiar face.

This priest now smiled and said ‘‘What a lovely surprise. It’s so nice to see that you came visit me. Why don’t you join us instead of standing all alone?’’. However, this huntress only come closer just to put the basket of fruits on table and just remained standing. Without waiting, she wanted to get straight to the point and asked this priest ‘‘It’s good to see that you’re recovering, sir. However, why did you save this demon? Did he done anything wrong to you…or could it be, he controlled your mind?’’.

Surely, this unexpected question made this brunette dumb-folded for a second, but later, he looked down and when he returned gaze to Leona replied with slight unsure tone ‘‘…I’m not sure either. Well, to be honest, my body did moved without realizing, but I felt like it was right thing to do…I know that what I did may be unforgivable, but Orochi didn’t deserved to die either. It’s not his fault to be born like this or asked for this fate…I saw it by myself, you cannot made it up such a things.’’ after short pause this priest continued, but with more confident voice ‘‘I understand that he did something terrible in the past, but during his stay in the church, he proved that he could return to rightful path. ’’.

Even this fluffy silver-haired young man was speechless how honest and determinant Shingo was, however, this brunette seriously requested ‘‘Dear huntress, please, let me lead this demon to rightful path! I believe that despise who he is, he can still repent for his sins by being under the roof of our lord and by doing good deeds. I’ll take full responsibility for his actions, even if it mean to fell by your blade.’’. This human…why? Why does he have to act like this? No, it’s better not to read the mind of this boy, though Orochi. Maybe for now he could wait and see how this will turns out. Being betrayed or not, he decided to let it be like it is. For now, he want to have such a thing called as ‘faith’ and protect this brunette from any vile or threat.

Leona only cracked a smile and now before taking her leave, she turned her gaze towards this demon and told ‘‘Very well. There is nothing what I can do, if this boy so blindly believes in you. Butt I’ll wait to that day when you fall and then I won’t be so merciful. Farewell…’’ with that blue-haired huntress left the room. Even if this huntress returns with empty hands, but this experience proved that she still needs more training and it may be a long path becoming stronger to defeating that demon inside her. Yet she was grateful to met this priest, who helped to return to her senses and gave the naive hope that someday demons and humans can co-exist in this world together without a fear.

And thus this is a tale of demon, who protects the church and one certain priest at any cost.

 

To be continue...

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I love this story! Thanks for writing it! :)

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My, I'm so glad to hear that! ❤ So, still have 10 unposted chapters and new one in progress. So, eventually, if not today, then another day I would add it ^^

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Chapter 10.

Unreachable Sin. Part 1

 

Back to presence~ A nearly couple of weeks passed since Kyo has tasted the blood of vampire hunter. That taste…it’s still tingle his tongue to this very day yet it is not enough. Surely, it may enough to satisfy his hunger, but something has changed inside of him. However, he can’t really put a finger on it. He was never really fan of hunting down prey unless he felt hungry, but now even if he attacked a human being, now the blood lost most of it’s flavor no matter that this person’s blood was nutritious and according this vampire’s standards ‘decent quality’. Or probably, his prey was one of that kind, which, could satisfy his hunger, but not very best tasted.

Maybe he was just imaging things, this brunette hoped. Recently he started feel another side-effects. When accidentally brushed his hand against his skin, he felt a sharp pain like it was tearing apart on left side of his chest. After opening his eyes, he noticed that his left side was bleeding and there were left marks like he was scratched by some wild beast. This brunette just lifted his hand and now observed how along his finger tips were dyed in dark crimson there were a sharpened nails.

What’s more caught his attention was that these scratches healed a bit more faster than usual. Even the small surface wounds took around nearly good five minutes. And this one? Just barely a minute. This never happened before and even before losing to that bastard demon. Yet one thing for sure, he needed to tell this about it to that weird hunter. So, this vampire picked a pack of wet tissues and took couple of them to the bathroom. After wiping his bloody palm and previously wounded chest, he throws away tissues to trash can.

Strangely, the scar, which was left after that fight against the demon, was still here. The white scar in the middle of his chest, it perfectly reminded that moment when this vampire’s pride and power were stripped away. That circle shaped scar as same size as clenched incubus’ fist - it was like a mark of his failure and arrogance. Just glaring at it in mirror, made him feel that unbearable pain of humiliation once again. But enough of that, or so he though as he turned away from mirror.

One might say, how vampire can see their reflection? Yet there was a simple answer. There are still some mirrors, which to this day will not show an image of unholy creature as vampire. However, those are made from silver and even Kyo disliked them. There was no bigger inconvenience than not being able to see yourself in the mirror. Nevertheless, vampires were intelligent creatures and could find solution to most of problems by living in modern human society. And this issue was solved as quickly as it appeared. It seems only a pure metal as silver has declined these noble beings of the night. The other metals could perfectly show their reflection, so, as alternative vampires used aluminium mirrors. Besides, nowadays even these foolish humans don’t use mirrors with silver. Firstly, it was expensive pleasure, second, it was not worth.

However, the water? It was absolutely different problem. Even so, being in his human form, Kyo disliked water because how it quickly irritates his skin, so, he had to use one of more tolerable methods of cleaning after himself. Therefore, as time went on, he managed to better alternatives to water. That's right, and these wet tissues are one of them. However, there cases where that won't cut-off. Heck, he wasn't like these dirty dogs, or so, this brunette called werewolves, who could enjoy the water at their full heart content. Vampires are noble and superior species, huh?

What kind of nonsense is that? Always thinks Kyo. Yes, vampires might be most powerful and fearful rulers of all monsters, but only during the night. Even these human nerds could be as equal as vampires! Cannot go outside, limited food, which maybe not the best but even so, on limited time as well, lastly, pure water...However, whenever this vampire wanted to admit or not, but if he wanted stay clean, he had to use it. Fortunately, humans are smarter than they look like.

One thing about Kyo was grateful are ethereal oils. Just mixing it with water and it was such a relief. Even staying in shower for longer time becomes enjoyable. Plus, some herbs have a such a nice scent, which either leaves his body slightly energized, or relaxed even nerves. It depends, what kind of oils this vampire uses.

In any case, tonight this brunette will seek out for the vampire hunter. After he returned from bathroom, he fixed his jacket. However, this brunette felt a sharp pain through his all fingertips. Right now he closed his eyes and was deeply breathing and felt how his hands were shaking. After awhile, this brunette slowly opened his eyes, he needed to see it by himself whenever he wanted or not. That’s right, just when he checked his both hands, Kyo noticed that his long sharp nails once again returned back to human ones, but around the stings of nails, he was bleeding. Now he thrown away his white jacket, which was now dyed in bright red stripes and clench his hands into fists.

Just what a hell going on with his body? Kyo didn’t liked these new changes at all, they are so sudden and this never happened even before the encounter with that twisted demon. Yes, it wouldn’t surprise, if he was using his awaken vampire form, but now? Is this vampire hunter’s blood have such a strong effect? However, this vampire now bitten his lower lip and cursed his human form. Apparently, when this creature of the night could use his true/awaken form, his senses of pain were nearly completely numb and his healing process was quiet quick. It perfectly served in battle field where even slightest self-distraction could even cost a life.

On other hand, his human form… It was like a two edged sword…There was a balance for everything - same for vampire and human form. When pure-blood vampire have to stay in human form, they could live among human beings, if they use it wisely. However, a vampire has to accept their human form for what is. It means, that all their senses are much more sharper than any ordinary person. That’s right, in best case, it could be even up to three times. Yes, this vampire’s senses are as sharp as that. For better or worse, he didn’t really cared.

At least, sharpened smell sense was useful to track down a potential prey of this brunette and it was easy to tell, who is more nutritious and has better taste. Yet as vampire, Kyo have no need for human food, it’s simply tasteless and his body can’t digest it. Basically, it was as good as for carnivorous beast a grass. Yes, he learned that in hard way during one time in the past when he was treated by one human being. Of course, this vampire didn’t wanted to be rude, so, he politely accepted the food. However, after that evening ended, he rushed to throw out all that. His body simply rejects it.

There is a saying if you feel pain, you know that you are alive. For humans it was like self-protective body triggered reaction to dangerous factors. However, while being more sensitive to pain, it’s only worse for this unfortunate vampire. Sometimes after more serious injury Kyo could only lie down and do nothing, because of how pain so deeply has soaked to brain. Yet he was much more sensitive to any physical contact as well. At most of the times it makes him helluva discomforted and irritated.

So, that’s about how works human form for a vampire. As for now, Kyo went to bathroom to wash his bloody palms. It wasn’t very pleasant experience, but after that he rubbed his hands with hand-antiseptic. His fingertips were like burning yet the urge to know what was happening was more important. That Yagami person surely should know at least something. In any case, it was his fault, so, this stupid hunter owns him answers.

Besides, this vampire didn’t cause any troubles, or so, he though. So, at least having drink from direct source of that amaretto scented liquid sounded pretty reasonable. That’s right, as apology, this redhead hunter should be more than willing to offer suck from his neck this time. However, because of these thoughts, Kyo’s eyes began to glow in bright crimson red and he swallowed his saliva.

And so, while trying to calm himself, this brunette changed into another white jacket, but this one had multiple of pockets on front side and sleeves. At least, his dark blue jeans were fine. One more last time before his leave, he check his nails - the left wounds around nail stings were healed. However, to think off, he barely knew this hunter, so, it can’t be helped that he has no idea where to look for him. Yet couple days ago there was a murder in one of bankrupted bars. The victim’s head was torn apart from body, which was scratched by probably a wild beast, or so, heard this brunette.

Of course, that stupid hunter might suspect one of this vampire’s kind, so, he might here as well. It can’t be otherwise! At least this what this brunette knows for sure. So, it’s decided! A bar then. And so, with bright determination in his eyes, Kyo departs while with his hands in his jeans’s pockets.

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Chapter 11.

Unreachable Sin. Part 2

 

It was a misty night in the city. Even street lamps' light was slowly devoured by this mist. However, the stars of cloudless sky was brighter and just kept a company for lonely moon, who now kindly shown a path for wanderers. Despise a late hour, the city was awake and ignoring silent waltz of stars. Now it was the time when the night-walkers ruled. No, it weren’t any of monsters or demons, it was a human beings, who seek out either for excitement, either for the pleasure in this glamorous night.

There were shining and glittering neon signs of bars, clubs or new advertisements of various brands like inviting with open hands any wanderer with nicer sum of money or suit. Just go, just try your luck, live the moment - it was hard to resist and pass through so lightly… The air in streets was filled with various mixed fragrance - innocently sweet and light, choking over-powered scent of flowers or other sweets, the spiciness or refreshing, it was hard too hard to tell whom each scent belonged. Of course, you could hear a chatter and chuckling of couples or see being more close one to another.

Along that there was hearable the rhythmic beat of music from passing by cars, which as soon appears, the soon disappears in distance. Or so, this the life of night city. For this brunette it wasn’t anything too special, but it was better than the silence. He just walked without minding the pulse of night life of city’s center. A vampire or a human - no one could tell a difference, if you didn’t stood up from crowd. So, there was no reason to worry being discovered so easily. However, this vampire had no business in this part of area yet he needed to go to west side out of town - this where located that recently infamous bar.

Hopefully, he would unexpectedly spotted by that hunter, because it seems that this redhead has a habit to show up when least Kyo wants, or so, he though. Besides, this time, he has no real reason to worry or fear. He was innocent and did nothing wrong, or hoped so. Although, this brunette does not fully understand Yagami's motives or why he acts like that. If this hunter like mentioned last time, just desire to face a powerful foe, then why he doesn't leave this vampire alone and hunt down for real high-ranked monster, who might be a worthy opponent? But now...

This stupid hunter has out of nowhere some kind high expectations for Kyo. Just what a hell he knows about this brunette? Yet treats him like personal test subject for own made up theories. What this redhead tries to accomplish by doing this? Heck, offering a food for this vampire and even sacrifices himself. What if this hunter's effort going to be vain? Of course, Kyo would never say no to that blood and takes it as kind offer, after all, not every day you can encounter a human being, who is out of blue as simply as that gives a better treat. But it is possible that he may never regain his former strength and powers. More important, if this vampire would have a control over the hunter, he might not be able hold back. Yagami may be drained to the last drop and become a mere food for him.

Damn, does he want to make Kyo feel bad for his death because of his own nature? Who does he think is he? Even so, then this vampire has to prove that he is not just a blood-thirsty monster, who sees humans as good as fine dinner. Heck, if it wasn’t for that minority of vampires, who openly can kill and makes vampires look so bad, he wouldn’t be hunted in a first place or have a bounty on this head. However, he holds no grudge or hatred against humanity. Yes, some human beings can be annoying or unpleasant, but not necessary all of them are the same. So, it’s not an excuse to act as a rabid dog.

On other hand, it become a pretty complicated case with this redhead. The only way to know the answers from Yagami - how he insist, only by defeating him. Whenever it was just a bluff or not - doesn’t matter. This only condition was clear and fair enough, but with current power and strength, it was nearly impossible for Kyo. He wanted to become stronger than anyone else as fast as he could and finally face this redhead. Nevertheless, he is not going to regret for his impatience and curiosity. No one forced this brunette to do as this hunter says, it was his own independent decision.

But for now, Kyo was getting closer to out of town. It wasn’t so much light as in center, only singly street lamps shown him the way. At least, it was peaceful and quiet here. Nearly not a single living soul has crossed his road. As he was getting closer to abandoned bar, he began to feel uneasiness and pressure around him. Eventually, he could feel like being choked yet he was alone. Hopefully, it’s all in his head, so, this brunette tried to ignore this and keep on going.

Fifty meters, still same feeling, but now he widens his eyes and nearly fell on knees. Right now, he began to tremble. There was no mistake - someone was here and this vampire didn’t liked this. It was a second time in his life, he was scared like this. There was only person in world, who has awaken that primal sense of fear. No, Yagami could never do that, even if from the first glance he may look scary. Also, he certainly wouldn’t mock this vampire while torturing for false crimes and just blame for existence of his kind.

This twisted and vile person was somewhere near, Kyo was sure. There was no reason to stay at this place, so, he slowly steps back and turns around. However, all of sudden, a stinging pain was piercing his nape. After this vampire reaches with his left hand the hurting part of his neck, he could grasp a tiny arrow. Without hesitation he pulls it with one movement and silently groans. However, now vampire frozen in fear when he hears that familiar gentle yet sadistic voice behind him ‘‘My, what a people we have here…Looks like you are still alive, vampire.’’

Kyo tossed that arrow on ground and turned to face this fiend. That’s right, the same person, who sent him to his own personal hell five years ago, this man has not changed at all. The menacing chuckle pierced through vampire yet this person continued ‘‘So, it’s really you, little slaughterer. You are as rotten little disgusting beast as I remember. However, this time, I won’t be so merciful and kind this time. ’’

This vampire instinctively growls and shows his fangs at this long haired blonde hunter, who looked so calm and unaffected. The snow-white long coat, same color pants, long until lower back blonde hair - from first glance, anyone could mistake him as angel, however, behind that look there is a more twisted and vile being than any underworld creature could be. Or so, this is an old time member of Hunter Guild - Kain. Kyo's eyes began to glow in bright crimson red as well.

This brunette tried his luck to stretch his nails and now slashes with one hand his opponent. However, The hunter was faster and moved aside, leaving this vampire nearly tripping over the air. Damn, why it didn’t worked? His nails remained the same. Yet this brunette heard a mockery in chill tone ‘‘Too slow. Is this the best you can do?’’. Without second thought Kyo dodge down and spin kicks the enemy. However, another failed attack - Kain avoid attack and now he was behind this vampire’s back.

‘‘What a sluggish creature are you. Know your place!’’ and this brunette barely had time to react to this fiend attack. He felt a strong numb pain on left side of back. Fortunately for this vampire that the broadsword of this cold-hearted blonde was in it’s sheath. Kyo was now lying on his stomach yet now he was shaking while tried to get up from cold pavement. For some reason his body now felt so heavy and he could barely move.

Kain judged with mocking look alone this vampire and now he several times stepped on Kyo’s back ‘‘I’m surprised how you can still move. Yet I must congratulate you for that, vampire. However, I do not need bounty from your head, but you have something else what I can use.’’. Shit, why does he cannot control his body, though this vampire. It’s like his own body paralyzed yet his mind still sharp and clear. In this case, he can’t fight back no matter how he wished. This blonde just chucked ‘‘It’s seems the poison already started to work. At least, be grateful. You won’t feel any pain and after I’m done, you’ll be released from your pathetic existence. So, let’s go. ’’.

Lastly, the vampire hunter removed his foot from vampire’s back and now bends down to grab back side of Kyo’s jacket collar. This brunette wanted to escape at any cost, but he cursed himself for not being able to do anything and that suspense what happens to him only made things worse. So, is he going to die as simply as that? Damn, where is that stupid hunter? Even if he knew that it is a useless effort to to call Yagami’s name in his mind, but this the only thing he could think up at this moment. Despise that he was dragged towards the mysterious place, where blonde hunter probably even going to personally execute him.

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Chapter 12

Unreachable Sin. Part 3

 

It was surely one of exhausting days for the redhead hunter. Finally after three days of tracking down and slaying that annoying banchee, he hoped that when he takes a bounty for this creature’s head, he could relax for a bit. Heck, it can’t be helped, if he wants to prevent that stupid vampire from getting into trouble. So, that’s why Yagami needed to get a proper motivation for that vampire. Although, these blood bags were ment just to be used as most obvious bait for hunting down these night-stalkers, but they sure cost a lot.

After all, it was surprise how Hunter Guild could even afford these. Some said master of the Guild has connection with medical institutions. Whenever it was truth or not, but this redhead didn’t really cared yet he was lucky to get at least a couple of them. And this how his earned money went quickly without noticing. Because of that vampire, he has to hunt down more often.

However, right now, he barely has returned to the Guild and was greeted by his senior, Yashiro, who now dares to asks him to fetch some healing potions, just because he had unexpected plans. Of course, Yagami holds back an urge to punch this fellow demon hunter with a bag with banchee’s head, but involuntary agrees. As excuse, the silver-haired man said that Guild is out of stock of them and for good week there wouldn’t be any. Of course, the closest place to get them is one witch’s shop outside the city, or so added Yashiro. In any case, Iori hoped that maybe he could find something even better for Kyo as well. So, after getting that sweet bounty money, he sets on journey.

Finally, Yagami has reached the beginning of out of town. Along the main road form both sides were aligned mixed sorts of trees. However, this area was barely inhabitant by humans, so, behind the line of trees there was still a trace of nature - there were visible forests and time from time showing up the residents, who hunts at night time foolish enough animals, which wander in the forest. Yet this redhead has to follow the main road for a bit longer, at least until the first signs of civilization shows up.

A half hour has passed. It seems that the traces of humanity began to show up. Although, it was a lonely gas station, which was opened all day and all night and just waits for any of visitors. According, the plan, soon should be visible the industrial part of city as well. However, something strange has caught the eye of this hunter. It seems that another hunter was dragging his caught target somewhere. More important, that vampire looked so awfully familiar. But why this brunette doesn't resist? He looked nearly fine and wasn't even tied or have heavy wounds. Whenever it was Kyo or not, this redhead decided to track down the fellow hunter.

After nearly fifteen minutes of following, Yagami noticed that the hunter stopped for good minute and now while dragging unfortunate creature with him, entered an opened storage. Heck, just what did this hunter thinks up? Yet Iori observed from a far, hoping that his presence will be unnoticed. Now he is just silently waiting. If anything, he going to put his trustworthy whip into use.

Meanwhile, the blonde hunter let this vampire rest in the corner of storage and after picking something tiny from his coat's pocket, he stares at vampire as viper looks at it's caught mouse. Fuck, if only he could move his body...Now, Kain proudly announces "Soon, pretty soon I'll finish your misery. However, do not worry, your soul will not perish. You will become a part of my collection and serve me for eternity", he proudly walks to the center of this huge room.

When this hunter bends, he starts to draw with crayon a small circle. However, it seems that within each minute this drawing becomes bigger more complicated. That's right, now it also contains an ancient symbols and runes. Could it be a transmutation circle? After awhile, the magic circle finally is finished. Kain turns back and now while slowly approaching vampire and delightfully answers "Just a little bit, vampire. The preparations is done and now you are the missing piece.".

No matter how hard Kyo tried to close his eyes, his eyes were still open. At least, he didn't wanted to see his very last moments. Despise that he was carried to the center of the circle. After being lied down on it, his both hands were lifted into air and now tied by some kind of rope. Now this brunette felt a burning pain on his writs. Damn, it was a rope soaked in holy water. However, his suffering was ignored by this blonde, who now placed vampire's hands above his head, but the hunter couldn't leave it as simple as that.

Now Kyo felt how his both wrists were pierced a dagger. This brunette felt like screaming, despise that his face looked calm and his mouth just slightly opened. However, once again, blonde hunter delightfully observed this unfortunate creature. After he stands up, Kain adds ‘‘Just in case, if you decide to run away like last time." Now he draws his broadsword from his left side and after removing sheath, points the sword at vampire. Just when he was about to open his mouth, he felt a sudden sharp pain on his right wrist.

After accidentally dropping broadsword, while he was turning around to see who cowardly attacks him from back, hisses "...You little piece of shit..." However, once he notices the culprit, he amusingly says "My, it seems we have unexpected guests. Just how long you been here?". That's right, the redhead hunter now takes step inside while lowers his left hand, which holds whip. He just silently looks to vampire's side and now gaves Kain a serious look. However, this blonde just chuckles and replies "You're too slow, hunter. I caught this vampire first and now I can do whatever I want to. So, why don't you find another target?". Yet Yagami remained silent and just gave a hateful piercing look. Now he lift his left hand with whip and when it is on his chest level, with his right hand grasps the string part of whip, making sure whip is stretched.

It seems that despise Yagami's warning, Kain mockingly replies "You sure are stubborn fellow. However, if you behave yourself, I'll let you have his body. I just need his soul." While he confidential approaches the redhead hunter, he adds "Although, it is too late to train him as slave. He won't be able to move or walk ever again! So, if you were interested in that - too bad~ However, you can still use his body parts."

That's it! Now the redhead hunter cracked a smile and growls at his opponent "Who allowed you to touch this vampire?" and without warning strikes this fiend's guts. Kain slowly with-draws while still coughing. Through the groans with blonde replies "...You arrogant brat!...". Kyo could only observe this situation yet he could tell that the aura around Iori has changed - that wasn't just that piercing look, no, it looked like he could kill his opponent without hesitation. He may looked chill outside but inside there was a burning rage of wild beat. "A scums like you never change, Kain. No wonder why you been banished from Guild. But I'm still surprised how you didn't learned your lesson and continue your mess up research. In that case, I should remind your place!"

Now Yagami releases several heavier slashes with his trustworthy whip at his opponent. However, this redhead panics for a second. It seems that this blonde could stand up so easy and his wounds began to slowly heal. The blonde mockingly replies "So, you are still one of chief's loyal dogs? How does it feel being manipulated by that oldman? Hmph, maybe it feels nice when you don’t have your own mind…".

However, Kain changes the subject "Hunter, do you think your whip is just enhanced by alchemy? A brat like you wouldn't be able to strike a vampire with such a toy! Have you ever wondered why your whip works like this?" Blonde hunter once again began to approach poor vampire, continuing " ‘A Soul of Tainted’ ...You probably heard this term. Have you wondered what Guild master does to these creatures? That's right, after a successful ritual, their soul is extracted and then used to enhance weapons. However, even their organs can be used not only as charms. If you consume them - you'll become more powerful! That foolish oldman was not happy when someone else discovered this knowledge, so, it was much easier to eliminate anyone, who might be a threat for him."

Yagami couldn't just calmly stand and listen this madman’s speech anymore. It was a last drop when blonde approaches that unfortunate vampire. Now the redhead aims for the same hand of Kain, which was about to touch vampire. A cracking sound of whip and hunter screams in pain - his right wrist was broken. While holding his broken wrist, which palm was twitching, his face grimaced in pain. However, Iori ignores the blonde hunter and strictly replies" 'The power' you say...What kind of bullshit is that?! You were caught experimenting on humans in master's room! Your greed knows no limits..." now he withdraws his whip and adds "I'll let you go with warning. Just never ever let me see you again or else you are finished."

Now Iori waited how this fiend would do next. However, it seems Kain didn’t shown even the slightest wish to give up. Yet he proudly looks at redhead hunter and lifts a left fist. After unclenching his gloved palm, the bright blue flame dances on his palm. This blonde menacingly announces ‘‘My, I could finish you right here and right now. But it would be such a waste, wouldn’t you agree. However, I expect much more from you next time, hunter.’’ Kain clenches a fist again and dims the fire. After giving a delightful look, he passed through Yagami and before his leave adds ‘‘Mark my words - this vampire will only lead you to your doom. So, I suggest to kill this weakling and end his suffer. It’s too late for him~’’. Without even bidding a farewell, Kain leaves.

Iori only closes his eyes and sighs in relief, finally that fiend left. After slowly opening his eyes, this redhead and getting closer to this brunette. Kyo could just observe how step by step the hunter was approaching. He couldn’t tell what was inside this redhead’s head - he kept a poker-face yet his breathing was deep but slow. Once this redhead kneels down near vampire, he takes one of his knives and cuts the rope and sighs ‘‘Just look at yourself…Ending up like this. How could you let this happen?’’. Before pulling out the the dagger, which pierced vampire’s wrists, he asked ‘‘Why didn’t you do anything?’’. Surely, these words made this brunette like being scolded yet his face remained indifferent.

Now Yagami pulls out dagger with quick moment and tosses away that blade. He didn’t understood how this stupid vampire look so chill despise that he was about die. Goddamn, why he felt so anxious about it, wondered this redhead. Just observing how slowly healed the burned down wrists from holy water and these stabbing wounds, made this hunter disappointed and blame himself how this vampire was so easily snatched from him. Heck, that was still a miracle that he accidentally noticed Kyo.

This brunette was lying still and could just stare how this hunter’s poker-face was cracked. Is Yagami worried about him? But then why? He was only an ordinary target for this redhead. This human shouldn’t get attached to creature like him, or so though Kyo. Now this hunter stands up yet his head was lowered, it was even clear in his voice that he was upset. ‘‘…Enough of that. Stand up already.’’, he didn’t wanted to face vampire, it was nearly impossible.

However, he patiently waits yet no response this this brunette. Why the heck he is so stubborn, though this redhead. He takes a deep breath and now turns towards vampire. Kyo remained lying on ground like that and didn’t moved even an inch. Yagami clenches his both hands into fist and shakes his head. Now he in shaking tone demands ‘‘Just drop that acting already!’’. No response, Kyo’s face still remained indifferent and didn’t bother to do anything. Iori kneels down and adds ‘‘Enough! Stop joking already!’’.

This vampire was scared yet could do nothing about it. Iori now lifts Kyo like he was a small kitten - by placing his arms under his armpits and wraps his arms around him. Heck, this hunter didn’t cared how it looked like at the moment. If this stupid vampire refuses to stand up on his own, it can’t be help that he needs some assistance. Now Yagami straighten up his knees and slowly tries to stand up with vampire. He hoped it worked.

However, once Iori releases his arms from Kyo, this brunette fells like rag-doll on ground. He never felt so useless and it hurts so much without knowing what a hell is going with this vampire. No, he tried to brush away any thoughts about Kyo dying on him. Yet maybe this vampire was suffering so badly that cannot move or say anything. Just what a hell happened until he shown up, asked himself Yagami. Iori’s knees gave up him. Without any second though, he wraps his hands around this brunette and pulls close to him. Kyo felt though clothing material how this hunter’s fingertips sinks deeper into him and how Iori placed his head on this brunette’s shoulder.

Even so, Kyo didn’t minded this unexpected gesture from the hunter. Maybe it is okay to stay like this for a bit longer, this brunette wonders. However, he could feel how Iori was shaking. It is a first time when this vampire sees this fearsome hunter being so fragile and vulnerable. If this brunette could move his arms, he would try to comfort Yagami. Nevertheless, there was no need words, both remained silent at this peaceful moment for awhile.

Eventually, Kyo could feel how Yagami starts to calm down and relax his palms. However, while one hunter arm was around Kyo’s shoulders, the other arm now wanders to back side of his tights. All of sudden this hunter straighten up his knees and stands up. That’s right, now this vampire was in Yagami’s arms like a wounded princess. Of course, if Kyo could, he would frown his eye-brows and punch him for such a behavior. Despise that Yagami looked serious and before carrying him said ‘‘It seems that there is only one person, who can help you. So, don’t dare die on me before that.’’. Even so, this vampire was embarrassed inside at same time he was curious. Why Yagami was doing all this and who was that mysterious person. It was hard to admit, but but now he had rely on Iori and see how this will turns out.

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Chapter 13.

Unreachable Sin. Part 4

 

Nearly half hour has passed yet it felt like eternity by carrying this vampire. Within each minute, it felt like he becoming heavier and heavier yet the redhead hunter didn’t give up. One thing for sure, if he has strong determination, then nothing stops him. More so, he was getting closer and closer by each step towards the destination place, deeper and deeper inside the forest. Not on his watch…he swore whatever it takes - that stupid vampire shall not die on him and definitely return back to that lousy and such a trouble-maker brat as before!

However, now Yagami’s arms began to tremble, he won’t be able to continue soon. But he wanted to make sure that this vampire won’t fell down. Now he slowly kneels down and rest this poor unfortunate on grass and takes a closer look. It seems that like Kyo still remained emotionless, same indifferent look on his face, but he slowly opens his mouth and began to deeply breath. Eventually, the fangs slowly shows up.

Is this unfortunate creature finally reached the stage of agony before taking a last breath? Yet Yagami recalls from his training that vampires cannot be killed so easy as humans - you won’t drown or burn them, they would survive even fatal wounds. Even the all known poison of mankind does not affect them yet only chopping head down could stop them. A perfect ice-cold killing machines, who shows no mercy upon their prey or enemy. These night-stalkers earned a high-rank not for show.

Unfortunately, the vampire, who was resting closely this redhead hunter, looked so pathetically weak. It would be a perfect chance to end the misery of this creature yet Yagami holds up even from thinking about it. If he was after Kyo’s bounty, he would have slain him on their first encounter and called it a day, but now… This an ordinary vampire and killing him should make no difference, right? Just taking down another predator and getting quick cash - no more than that. All it was only for his own surviving and satisfying the simplest and minimum needs.

There is no other reason than that - fame and fortune didn’t interested this hunter. Yet taking away any monster’s life didn’t give excitement or thrill - it was rather aggravating and he didn’t shown any feelings or emotions towards his victims. However, of all times, why did now he even started feel bad for the kind, which he hunts down for years? No, there is no time for unnecessary questions or wondering, Yagami shakes away any thoughts.

After brief moment the redhead hunter takes a deep breath and once again takes this brunette into his arms and carry on his journey to witch’s shop. Fortunately, soon enough, he noticed the wooden hut surrounded by singly trees. Once he reached door, he kicked them. At least that should help to attract the attention of the owner. No answer, this hunter tried again and now asking ‘‘Hey! Just open already!’’.

When he was about to repeat, the wooden door has opened and the hunter barely kept the balance. However, Yagami didn't confused and remained still. He was greeted by femine strict voice ‘‘It is quiet rude of you to intrude like this. Besides, we are closed. ’’. Finally, the owner of this shop reveals her face. It was a long ebony haired woman, who wore a long-sleeved white tunic, long black skirt. From her face alone you could tell that she looked exhausted and now she slowly closes the door. Just before slamming the door, the hunter placed his foot between door frame and door.

After slightly moving his leg deeper inside, he managed to open door again, making the witch take step backward. Now Yagami gives a serious look towards this ebony-haired woman and demands "Just help me with this!". Of course, when this woman noticed suffering vampire in hunter's arms, she was shocked and frowns. Now she indignantly tells "You sure arrogant enough to came here and ask someone else to finish your work! Not only you used forbidden arts, but you are shameless enough to let anyone else get rid-off of your failure. Begone or else you’ll suffer worse fate than this unfortunate creature.".

However, Iori gritted his teeth and fights-back yet with mixed despair in his voice ‘‘This why I am here, you stupid woman! So, you know what is happening to him? Then do something!’’. Surely, this woman doubted the motives of this hunter yet she was too tired to deal with this stubborn fellow. Now she takes a deep breath and sighs ‘‘…Fine. Come in.’’ and opens door wider.

Once this redhead enters witch’s shop, he was greeted by the scent of various mixed herbs, which seem to be somehow familiar. No wonder, there were several small bouquets of dried herbs hanged on walls. Maybe these awaken a false feeling of nostalgia of old distant days. Behind the counter there was enormous bookshelf leaning against the wall - it seems there is a lot of various books of spells, bestiary or scripts containing any other value information. Along that there were lesser creatures kept in jars and even a few skulls of better known monsters. Lastly, maybe on one of shelves along the other potions there was the one, which should save this vampire from wretchedness.

Even so, Iori leaves this brunette leaning against the wall. From now on, everything was in this sorceress hands. After she kneels down and inspects Kyo. It seems within each minute his condition getting worse. Now his breathing rhythm was rough and he began to tremble, all he could do just stare into void with miserable dull gaze. The ebony-haired woman slowly covers her mouth and closes her eyes.

Yagami didn’t liked this reaction at all and prepared for the worst, but he patiently waited for the final verdict. Once this she stands up, she holds her arms together and now places her hands under her chin while observing this brunette. After short pause of deadly silence, she looks at hunter and spokes up in serious tone ‘‘…Just before dawn of new day and it would been too late for him.’’. Surely, this not the answer he wanted to hear, but at least he wanted to know what is exactly happening for his supposed target.

Without realizing, he asked in shaking voice ‘‘ What a hell is going on?...that wicked fool…damn.’’, of course, this question was unexpected for the witch and now she replied in inquisitively ‘‘Are you saying it is not work of your hands, hunter? This vampire was poisoned by one of rarest poisons, which can be found only in netherworld. However, even small dose of it can kill even the most dangerous monsters or demons on same day. On first hour it paralyzes the victim completely, afterwards, it will cause unimaginable pain until the creature’s last breath.’’.

Redhead hunter didn’t wanted to listen anymore and now clenched his both hands into fists. Now he demands ‘‘Is there is anti-venom? I’ll pay any price that you will ask. ’’. This woman turns away and went behind the counter. It seems that now she was looking one of the needed books. After quick scanning with her fingertips over the back of books, she took a dark blue tome with golden corners. When she placed it on counter, this witch flipped the pages she left book spread and skimmed over the pages.

Even if Yagami tried to read as well, but it was useless information for him - it is written in one of dead ancient languages and these symbols looked too cryptic. He impatiently asked ‘‘Is there is anything? How come you don’t know is there is a cure or not?’’. Now this ebony-haired woman gave a cold gaze and strictly replied ‘‘You are still quiet rude. Besides, you are one of very few people who asked this. That’s why checking twice won’t do any harm. Apparently, there is no cure for it. However-’’, now she paused and asked ‘‘What are you planning to do with this vampire? If you only seek to make him into your personal pet or sell him, then forget it and never show here again! I would end his suffer quickly…and without causing any pain.’’.

Yagami gritted his teeth and slammed his hands on counter making this woman with-draw quickly ‘‘He can’t die just yet! If you have cure, then I’ll do anything, even destroying this shop for that one damn potion! Then you and that foolish hunter will pay, got it?!’’. Surely, this ebony-haired woman was in shock yet now she frowns and returns to counter. Once she was close enough to the hunter, she closes her eyes and exhales.

After she opens her eyes, the harsh sound of slapping flesh echoed. Iori was dumbfounded and he still felt a twitching pain on his left cheek. He remains silent while this woman scolds him ‘‘Don’t act so arrogant. You have no right to attack me in such a savagery way. Did you hunters forgot about even the basic manners? Keep any further talk or explanations for later. There might be only one way to help him. If you want to save this unfortunate soul, then stay quiet or else even slightest distraction could only made worse.’’.

Now this witch kneels down to search for so-called cure inside counter’s drawers. Before that she looks for small key inside one of her tunic’s pockets. Once she inserted silver key to keyhole, she unlocks the middle drawer and now she picks with both of her hands a wooden box. After she places on counter, she twist the switch and lifts the lid. There was a small bottle with golden thick-ish transparent liquid. Even when this sorceress carefully picks bottle it began to shine. It was radiating like sunray beams, however, this light wasn’t blinding.

However, after awhile this light slowly dims yet remains to glitter. Yagami didn’t wanted to get in the way for this woman and moves away and gets closer to Kyo. Once this ebony-haired woman approaches vampire, she kneels down and opens the bottle. Before letting this brunette to take a sip, she calmly explains to Iori ‘‘It is one of hardest to obtain potions, which needs a perfect precision to make. Even the most skilled alchemists devote their entire life just to make a single bottle of this mythical potion - Aqua Vitae. Let’s hope for best, because this is the last hope to save him.’’.

When she gently holds vampire’s jaw, she brought the tip of bottle closer to his mouth. Kyo was still trembling yet now he felt such a nice and sweet scent, which strangely comforts until he started to feel calming down. Once first drops reaches inside his mouth, he felt bitter-sweet taste. Now he greedily began to swallow the poured liquid. It was like a water sip for long-time thirsted person. This brunette never felt at such a ease, he didn’t even minded to rest for eternity while he is at such a state. Even his lively gaze started to return.

Meanwhile Yagami observed how well this vampire was finishing this potion. It looked like it worked. Once this witch placed emptied bottle, she looked relieved as well. However, once the hunter was about to say something, this vampire froze in same spot.

No movement or sound, he eyes were wide-open, but now he began to gasp. then tightly holds his throat with one hand and falling on ground. This brunette crawls into ball. He felt like being choked and throwing out. Unfortunately, there were nothing in his stomach yet he spasmodically hiccoughing. It was painful, so painful that he cannot stand, inside his head he begged to be killed. His head was feeling like splitting into half. He shrieks and whines.

His whole body was aching, every inch or cell of him screamed in pain. It’s unbearable, his vision dyed in red. There world didn’t existed beyond that crimson color. He was drolling and face full of tears yet like it matters! He begged to be killed.

Iori’s knees gave up on him and now he roughly grabbed vampire’s shoulders ‘‘..the fuck is going?...Get a hold of yourself! Wake up! Fuck…’’, he desperately began to shake this vampire. It looked like those words didn’t reached agonizing Kyo, who’s body was in convulsions. This ebony-haired woman instinctively hits back hunters hands and rices her voice ‘‘Calm down before you did more damage than help! There is nothing what you or me can do about it. His body rejecting the poison. It’s up to him whenever he is strong enough to fight it back or not. All we could do just wait and hope for the best.’’. Heck, this hunter never felt so useless and he barely could understand this woman. Yet how come she barely shown any reaction? How come she can remain so cold when someone whom she curing is now on verge of death? She blocked any attempt to get closer this brunette.

It felt like time has stopped and every second felt like eternity. After couple of minutes Kyo lets out last groan and stops moving. Is he dead?

Now this ebony-haired woman places her hand on this brunette’s shoulder and she sighs. Surprisingly, but she felt how this vampire was still slightly shaking and notices how calm he is sleeping. Once turns towards hunters, she says in gentle and comforting tone ‘‘He only passed out. However, right now he needs to rest.’’, however, it seems that this redhead was dumbfounded and remained still. This sorceress replies in slight annoyed tone ‘‘Are you going to stay like this? Or will you help me carry him?’’.

Once Iori approached Kyo, he places vampire’s arm over his shoulder and now stands up. Now he wraps his arm under this vampire's shoulder to support him. It was like a miracle that Kyos was alive yet somehow it was to have him that close...He could still feel how this brunette was shaking, but that gradually went off and now his head was nearly resting on hunter’s shoulder. Did this vampire's body was exhausted to that point he completely passed out or could it be, he finally calms down? He swear that he could hear how this brunette began to let out quiet short purring like sounds. It seems that in between these sounds, this vampire letting out trilling noises like a feline being.

Is this a common thing when they resting? He was not sure yet yet this is the first time seeing this kind sleeping. Yet one thing for sure, this redhead felt like a heavy weight was removed from his chest. Heck, that stupid vampire! Once he wakes up, he gonna…gonna…In any case, later he’ll decide what to do next. So, for now this hunter was prompted to follow the witch, where Kyo could probably recover.

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Chapter 14.

Unreachable Sin. Part 5

 

 

After leaving the hut, this ebony-haired woman leads the hunter behind it. It seems that this building was bigger than expected, because rest of it at least three times as spacey as the shop. Once they were near the door, this witch picked a key from one of tunic’s pockets. However, just when she inserted it into keyhole, she turn her head towards this redhead’s side and gives an easing smile.

It seems that he was alerted how someone else noticed Kyo’s behaviour towards him. That’s right, intentionally or not, but this vampire all the way kept this acting. Is he truly a vampire and not a nekomata instead? Yet he knew that if this brunette was a one, then he would act much more different. So, no split tail into two or triangle cat ears when he shows stronger emotions. In any case, Yagami didn’t wanted to encounter with these yokai since they were normal cats, but because of cruel people’s behavior become into nekomatas. As for this brunette, he was a vampire despite being in weaken form.

For now, this redhead irritatingly asked ‘‘What do you want? It’s nothing like I asked for this.’’. The witch just calmly replies ‘‘As a hunter, you should already know that vampires are very sensitive creatures. In this case, he simply sensed that you might be stressed. However, despite being unaware of his actions, he may trust you enough. That’s why he unconsciously tries to calm you like his primal instincts tells him.’’.

Surely, no matter how hard it was to admit, but Yagami felt less stiff because of these hypnotic rhythm of weak vibrating noises made by Kyo. That stupid vampire…Right now Iori just turned his gaze away from this witch, like heck, he would openly admit that. She only sighs ‘‘You shouldn’t be ashamed of that, hunter.’’ now this ebony-haired woman twist the key and while slowly opens the door, continues ‘‘Vampires like any other creatures do also have the same need of wanting to comfort and being cared or loved. Humans like you may never been taught about such a simple thing, but it’s not your fault…Anyway, let’s go.’’.

After this woman enter the dark room, she turns the nearest switch and now the room was lighten up in warmly light orange color light. It was a moderate room from which left side had small kitchen table and couple chairs, from right side along the wall was placed a single person sized bed and night table close to head. It seems that this room maybe used only for restless or wounded wanderers to stay overnight, because there was another door not so far from the front side of the bed. Maybe behind the door was the room where where stays this witch.

However, now this sorceress asked the hunter ‘‘Don’t just stand here and help me to put him into bed.’’. Without any hesitation this redhead carefully laid this brunette to bed. Of course, he later he received some of the notes from the witch "At least remove his shoes and jacket or are you planning to wash the sheets as well?’’. This woman keep constantly irritating Yagami yet he didn’t argued and just did what he was asked. Unfortunately, it is not easy as it seems and one thing is remove shoes - it’s not that hard and this redhead managed that pretty well.

Another thing was removing his jacket. The hunter hoped that Kyo not putting an acting on purpose, otherwise, someone really missed the taste of leather whip. Hopefully, this stupid vampire is not aware how Iori was struggling with such a task. Plus, he never felt this embarrassed, because this whole process was probably silently judged by that witch, who now wanted to lend a hand, but this redhead’s pride didn’t allowed that. Once he managed to half sit this brunette, he finally managed to take off this piece of clothing and now let this unfortunate soul to lay down.

Right now Yagami silently observed this vampire, who looked so peaceful during his rest like nothing happened in the first place. It seems that his fangs disappeared as well. However, this ebony woman was about to open the door of the mysterious room, but she was stopped by hunter’s question in serious tone ‘‘Where are you going? What if he starts to freak out again?’’ and now she turns back towards this redhead’s side and calmly explains ‘‘Rest assure, hunter. This vampire already went trough the worst. So now he is simply exhausted and need time to restore the energy. It may take a week or two of resting, in worst case - even more than month. During that time, we have to make sure that he would avoid even the smallest sunlight beam.’’.

This redhead persistently attack this woman with another set of questions ‘‘And you going to leave as simple as that to doze out? How can you be not so sure how long it will take for him to recover?’’, the ebony-haired woman only sighs and decides to put this curious fellow into his place ‘‘As a hunter, you sure seem too much care about your target. I’m not asking right now what kind of relationship you have with him or your motives. It can wait until another day. For now, I would just ask your name, because may already tired of being called ‘you’ . In return, you should know my name - Kagura Chizuru. ’’.

At first, Yagami was doubtful whenever he should tell his name, but it seems maybe this woman seemed to be trustworthy, after all, she could simply trick him or cast a deadly curse on him. Yet while still being suspicious and self-aware, he decided to see how this going to turn out. When both introduced themselves and even telling this brunette’s name, Chizuru explained that she just need now to write down everything what happened and about the condition of this vampire in her journal. That’s why she doesn’t want to be disturbed in the study room. After that Iori was left alone with this vampire and waiting until he wakes up from his slumber.

If this Kagura person was right, then there was nothing left to do at the moment. Besides, this redhead started to feel tired as well, so, after dimming the lights, he sits on ground next to the bed where this brunette rest. Yet that woman mentioned earlier that vampires are more sensitive, so, probably this thin blanket wouldn’t be enough for this idiot, or so wondered the hunter. More important, these curtains would barely protect this stupid vampire from sunlight as well. Or so, he thought.

That’s why this redhead decided to use his coat. Besides, it is warm and long enough to cover up this vampire. After removing his coat, it was visible that he wore white plain long sleeved shirt yet he still had wore a dark sturdy leather vest on top of it. So, it should be still warm enough, this what he told to himself in mind.

Now he gently placed his coat on Kyo and made sure it was also wrapped around his head yet leaving his face uncovered. Just who knows if this stupid vampire would try to roll on sides. It can’t be helped that it was this hunter’s first time taking care of this kind. Of course, he has no experience! Heck, this vampire does not realize that he is so peacefully resting near a potential enemy, isn’t he? He was too vulnerable and if it was another person, he may be already dead.

Just looking this brunette alone made this hunter feel bad for him. What a hell he went trough? How could this vampire let his guard-off so easily? - this what Iori thought yet it was useless to get these answers. Yet after awhile observing Kyo in this state, this redhead even started feel guilty over being too late. However, for now Yagami sits down and leans against the bed where this reckless fool resting. Despite feeling tired from all this mess, he just continues to observe this brunette and now just sighs.

After all, it was such a relieve that this vampire was still alive and not taken away by someone else. Even so, matter how you look at it, it was rather ironic - a vampire killer saves a life of the kind, which are feared and despised by humanity. Yagami perfectly understood that, but it wasn’t his style to finish off a weaklings, unless there was a need for accomplishing bounties. However, this brunette was another case.

He didn’t shown any signs of being a threat or had super-natural strength. Heck, the only thing that he was gifted so far - attracting the trouble, yet for his head was offered such a generous bounty. Of course, this redhead wants to see by himself the true potential and the power of this vampire. That’s why no matter what it takes, he is ready for any sacrifice. Maybe then Iori could give his best and then finishing this vampire would be something satisfying.

But for now, Kyo barely could protect himself, that’s why for beginning, he needs to learn even the most basic self-defense and maybe have a better weapon. Heck, this stupid vampire better do not disappoint him, ‘cos if he knew how much this redhead already invested into this one so desired fight then…It’s not important what happens next - now this brunette was the main priority. That’s why this hunter has to keep the eye on him and make sure nothing would happen to him.

However, Iori was snapped back to reality once he noticed how without even realizing his palm was brushing against Kyo's cheek. It was like he was drawn closer to this vampire. All of sudden he with-draws his hand like it was burnt. Yet this vampire wasn’t so cold as expected, contrariwise, the touched skin was warm and smooth. Nevertheless, no reaction from this brunette - not a single move or sound, nothing. He remained looking so calm, peaceful…and innocent? No, it must be in nature of this vampire to be alluring, otherwise, he wouldn’t be able to catch a prey - or so, this how this redhead tried explain his own unexpected behaviour.

In any case, Yagami was more curious because, if this vampire can hypnotize while he is asleep, then what he could do once he fully awaken… ‘‘ Just get better soon, you idiot.’’ this hunter murmured and went to turn off the lights. Once he return, Iori returns to same spot and for last time checks this vampire before eventually falling asleep next to him.

It was still same night, but hunter’s instincts woke him up. Now he immediately placed his hand on neck and checked whenever this vampire was awaken and tried to use him in advance as a food. Fortunately, his worries were for nothing - this vampire was asleep. Like he was lying in same position, he remained so. Yet it seems that this brunette unconsciously shown his fangs during the sleep and started to silently let out chattering noises. However, as soon as he started, he finished. Kyo’s fangs slowly disappeared as well. What was that all about? Murmured this redhead before returning to his sleep.

Thus, time from time this redhead was waking up and struggling all night with no restlessly. Fortunately, by the dawn of the new day, this hunter finally dozen up until next evening.

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Chapter 15.

Unreachable Sin. Part 6

 

This redhead began to slowly open his eyes. It was simply too bright. What kind time of the day is right now? How long did he dozen out? However, right now he felt how something warm was wrapped around him. Once Iori looked around him, he noticed that it is already late evening and that someone placed a warm blanket on him. Another thing, which caught his eye is that there were no visible trace of that annoying woman. Was she gone? Like it is matters right now, or so thought this redhead.

Now he tried to turn his head to see how this vampire was doing. Unfortunately, even one slightest movement and now he felt how badly his nape was in pain. Not to mention when he leaned forward, his back was in pain as well. Yet this hunter ignored it and still stands up through silent groaning. Once he was on feet, he placed his hand on his nape and began to rub it. Well, it’s no one’s fault that he fell asleep in such a place or position yet it’s been really awhile since he slept that well. Maybe he was more tired than he though.

Nevertheless, Yagami decided to check how is this stupid vampire. The hunter only sighs - Kyo was still in his slumber and didn’t shown any signs of waking up any time soon. Probably this brunette was more physical and emotional exhausted than Iori expected. In any case, he’ll wait as much as it need. However, all of sudden he was alerted and turned his gaze towards the squeaking noise of opening door.

Apparently, it was only Chizuru, who has left the study room. When she noticed the hunter, she calmly asked ‘‘Oh, you’re finally awake? How are you feeling?’’ but when she points out where was left Yagami’s coat, she smiles and adds ‘‘My, you sure are considerate. However, you need to take care of yourself as well. No matter how you may be though, but you are still a human, Yagami.’’. Surely, this redhead was not happy about this comment yet he holds back from fighting back.

However, he briefly replies ‘‘Just mind your own business. I’ll stay here as much as it needed. So, at least not until this stupid vampire wakes up.’’. Unfortunately, the ebony haired woman strictly says ‘‘ You don’t need to worry about. He doesn’t need to be observed whole day, at least for this week. That’s why you can carry on your routine like usual. Besides, this shop is surrounded by magic barrier. So, I would be aware if anyone getting closer. If you were worried about this vampire’s safety, then rest assure, he is in safe hands.’’. It seems the hunter didn’t wanted to give up to this annoying woman, so, now he negotiates ‘‘Very well, but don’t you think you gonna get rid off me so easy! Then I’m going to visit here until he recovers. Like heck, I’ll leave him alone!’’. Of course, Chizuru could only sigh and silently enjoy observing how Yagami behaves like a stubborn child. This redhead even forgets about this coat and before his leave, he turns back and declares ‘‘I’ll be back! So, be glad that I have unfinished business with other pesky bastard. ’’ and after he gazes for the last time at Kyo, he left the witch’s hut.

Besides, the only place where Iori could get more food for this slumbering brunette, was the Hunter Guild. After all, who knows how this stupid vampire going to act once he is awake. So, being prepared in advance, shouldn’t do any harm. That fool Yashiro may already forgot about his sent request, so, if he wanted these potions so badly, he may already got them. In any case, right now dealing with his mentor was very least concern of this redhead.

After a while, he finally reached the Hunter Guild but once he was inside, he noticed that the guild is still so lively as ever despite it is a late evening. So, who were checking notice board for news and bounties, who were preparing for new journey or just returned and, lastly, one pesky silver-head, whom Yagami very least wanted to see. Once he was noticed by Yashiro, he was greeted in casual manner of this veteran hunter, who approached him and pats Iori’s shoulder ‘‘ Yo! Look who is back?~ Why took so long? Did Yagami-chan was bullied by some nastier monsters on the way? You look awful. What happened to your coat?’’.

Apparently, this demon hunter wasn’t even planning to go on next hunt any time soon, because of his more casual outfit. At least he didn’t carried his trustworthy sword - Demon Slayer, plus, for once he putted a shirt and does not wear that shabby coat as well. However, this time, an innocent question like that made this redhead annoyed - No, you dumbass. Just stumbled across one abomination, who cowardly back-stabs and escapes like a shameless asshole. Then woke up in with killing spine, of course, I’m fine~ - Or so this redhead kept in his mind. However, he only answered with keeping his poker-face and in cold tone ‘‘Mind your goddamn business…’’.

After such a adorable reply, Yashiro with-draws his hand from Iori’s shoulder and shakes his head ‘‘So, you got into another fight again, but now you lost it, didn’t you?’’. Heck, that idiot surely strikes into right spot of this redhead whenever he intended or not. Yagami only turns his gaze away from his senior and remain silent. It seems that after couple minutes of awkward silence, this silver-head begins to give a good session of lectures ‘‘How many times I told you to not to loose your temper over small details? Whoever it was, surely was merciful enough to spare you. ’’.

Iori just cracks a smile and then without looking back murmurs ‘‘That stupid bastard…’’, of course, Yashiro gave a questionable look, but continued to listen further. Right now this redhead lift his head and says clearly ‘‘I met Kain. He look exactly the same like years ago before being banished. It seems that he might be a same kind as you-’’ however, before finishing what he wanted to say, he felt a menacing aura from his senior, which was followed by his vest being grabbed roughly. All of sudden Iori was lifted by this silver-head’s one arm into the air with no sweat. Heck, now this redhead’s face was twisting in pain from this unexpected attack.

However, once he noticed Nanakase’s pissed-off face, he knew that now he crossed the line yet Yagami didn’t tried even to resist, just waiting how this going to turn out. This demon hunter only stares silently and now threats in deep tone ‘‘Don’t you dare to compare me with that human scumbag. Even demons do not commit such a crimes as this arrogant trash.’’. Certainly, it was one of rare cases when this silver-head shows his serious side yet each time it awakens Iori’s primal sense of fear. Heck, no matter how he looks at it, he was simply too weak compared to this veteran hunter, no matter how many years he was trained by him.

One thing sure, this redhead was smart enough to understand that Yashiro was definitely a super natural being and opposing him would only lead to the death. However, at this moment, this redhead refused to show any signs of fear or struggle and now just stares back. Apparently, this silver-head had enough and after he sighs, he lowers his arm which holds the fellow hunter. Finally, Yagami was released yet he landed on his knees. Hell, he never felt so defeated and now just when lowers his head and bits his lower lip.

Yashiro now spokes up in more forgiving tone ‘‘I hope that you didn’t mean to say this. In any case, what happened? ’’ when this redhead stands up and fixes his clothes, he replies ‘‘He caught a vampire and was dragging him to abandon storage.’’, now this demon hunter chuckles and answers ‘‘So? No one forbids even fools like him to join another guild and hunt down a wanted target.’’. However, right now Iori continued telling his story but now it sounded more concerned tone ‘‘There was some sort of magical circle and when he placed vampire in the middle of circle, he was about to stab him…I broke that bastard’s wrist. However, aside that now he now can use a blue flame, the vampire was unable to move no matter what. He was like paralyzed…’’.

This silver-head only scratched his chin and sighs after listening to Yagami, calmly answers ‘‘I see…So, Kain is still causing problems as usual and striving for more power…However, what kind of demon did he slain to get such a ability? More so, this vampire caught your attention, isn’t he? Is he was your target? It’s unusual for you to fight with other hunters for a mere bounty. Besides, no monster is able to recover after this, just silently suffer in agony, unless…At least can you tell me what have you done to this vampire? ’’.

However, Iori’s poker-face was cracked and now he was confused as a child who is being caught by doing something wrong yet not sure how to escape from punishment. He could swear that he felt a pressure from his senior like being judged for what he going to say. Nevertheless, he need to answer quickly, otherwise, Yashiro might suspect him. So, after swallowing saliva, Yagami briefly answers ‘‘…I killed him. Move, I just need to rest.’’ and now this redhead without a word walks by this demon hunter and went to upstairs floor, where was his room. Once Iori was out of sight, this silver haired hunter just cross his arms and shakes his head at such a behavior of his disciple. Now he tells to himself in humming voice ‘‘Liar…Yagami-chan been acting so weird recently~ You thought I wouldn’t notice that oh-so-hidden bite mark?…There is same vampire’s scent all over you, you idiot…Just don’t lower your guard or else you might get hurt~…’’.

It was a dawn of new day. However, this vampire hunter couldn’t rest all night and just managed to get couple hours of sleep. So, surely, it was more than enough for him, or so he convinced himself. Besides, right now was the best chance to sneak out, ‘cos that annoying idiot wouldn’t notice. That’s why despite still feeling lazy, this redhead forced himself to get up and just get ready.

A good half hour has passed~ Once he left the room, this hunter straightforward went to exchange for blood bags. However, it seems that he was lucky to get couple bags yet the shopkeeper gave him a weird look before leaving. Just what was her problem? It shouldn’t be anyone’s concern what and how much he can buy, or so, thought this redhead. According this shopkeeper, only after couple of days she should receive the rest of these value bags. So, it means that now he has to stay in the Guild for awhile. Of course, Yagami wasn’t too happy, but at least it was better than nothing.

That stupid vampire better not awake without his notice, ‘cos who know what he might be up to or how he would behave. Maybe the first thing what he could do is rabidly attack the first visible person on sight and feast on it. Hell, then it would mean that this hunter would have to fight probably against strong creature, but filled with nothing more than pure instincts and, unfortunately, finish up like any other target. One thing if it would be just a mere frustration over the investment and hard work which was for naught. After all, it would be only the matter of the time when this redhead would find another high-ranked enemy.

However, it’s not the point in this case! Yagami knew that there was something special about Kyo. Even if this vampire lost his oh-so-great powers, for what he is, he sure shows a huge potential, which makes Iori interested in this brunette. That’s why this redhead willing to do anything to make sure that Kyo would be in his best shape as soon as possible and finally defeat him. He can’t just wait for that day when this brunette would be giving his best, then probably Yagami could finally have the most satisfying and thrilling battle. Maybe then he could understand what it feels like to be alive.

Would be worth to sacrifice everything for that temporally moment tho? What he would do when he would achieve this? One thing for sure, killing off Kyo instantly is not a choice. It would be the same as dying along with this vampire. Besides, this brunette probably without realizing attracts Iori like drawing closer to him. Is it because he was just a better treat for this vampire? May be, may be not. In any case, at least for awhile, it would entertain this hunter and would give a temporally purpose in life - protecting Kyo from any threat including his vampire’s instincts. So, having something to trick this brunette’s hunger might calm him down.

And thus, the hunter has waited for these two days to pass. Before leaving his room, he looked in closet for thicker coat, because he cannot stock these blood bags under his vest. The suspicious bulge around his chest area would attract unwanted attention, plus, dealing with Guild master would be just a waste of time. Once he found a similar coat to his previous one, which one was a long dark crimson coat, which had a black fur collar and had a white crescent moon sign on the back side. Unlike previous coat, this one also had a black leather straps to close his coat. After all, it was designed for harsher weather and was more sturdy as well. So, once he puts this coat, Iori left his room and went to the guild’s shop. After visiting the same shopkeeper, Yagami got the rest of the blood bags and now once he opens his coat, he places two bags inside left chest side inner pocket and the rest couple into right side’s. At least it should be a safe spot and, hopefully, it won’t attract unwanted attention. However, speaking of devil, before he opens the entrance door of the Guild, he was spotted by a familiar face. Not again…thought this redhead while he rolled his eyes.

Apparently, Yashiro was approaching him. From that outfit alone, you can tell that he might be planning to go out somewhere and at least it’s more or less decent - white t-shirt, black leather jacket and black pants, and, of course, behind his back his trustworthy sword - Demon Slayer. While holding his hands inside of pants’ pockets, the silver-head cheerfully greets him ‘‘Yo! Are you already leaving? Did you find another target? ’’ of course Yagami replied in his usual manner ‘‘Mind your business.’’ and now walks through the door, ignoring his mentor’s presence.

The sky was dyed in orange and little by little changing into purplish color and leaving the grayish Hunter Guild building and courtyard dyed with orange tone - the day was slowly dying and the night was taking over. There was only a small breeze, which makes hunter’s long coat’s hemline slowly flap by being caught by the wind. It felt like being finally free and getting closer and closer to the slumbering vampire. Unfortunately, all of sudden he felt that someone may following him and he didn’t like it at all. Once this redhead stops walking, he turns back and now frowns.

‘‘Will you ever stop it? It’s so annoying…’’ said Iori in irritated tone, however, the demon hunters only sighs ‘‘You know you are not the center of the world, Yagami-chan. So, what’s wrong wanting to visit good couple of friends? Besides, you should be more careful, otherwise, you may find problems just around the corner.’’. That's it, Yagami's patience was almost gone, but he didn’t bother to say anything back and just continued on his way.

An hour has passed~ Finally, this redhead reached the witch's shop. However this time he walks by the shop and went straight behind. Just when his fist lightly touched the door, there was short buzzing noise and all of sudden he fell down with a small groan. Hell, this redhead’s whole body was weakly twitching yet he could barely move. Whenever it is a curse or not, it won't stop this hunter. He just cletches his fists and while ignoring this pain, tries to stand up. After several attempts, he fails each time yet he does not give up.

Fortunately, a familiar witch noticed him struggling. Of course, she just sighs and approaching the hunter ‘‘What are you doing here, hunter? You sure are impatient…’’, once she offers a her hand to stand up, Yagami stubbornly brushes it away. While this redhead slowly stands up, Chizuru adds ‘‘You should have checked the shop first instead of storming here.’’. When this ebony haired woman reached the door, she stretches her palm and after closing her eyes started to cast a silent spell. Once she opens her eyes, she revealed the invisible barrier, which was glowing in platinum light and surrounded this hut. As it appeared, now it was gone. After opening the door, she prompts Iori to go inside.

Right now, he was greeted with the familiar view once the lights were on. It seems that Kyo was deeply sleeping while still being under the cover of hunter’s other coat. However, Yagami began to undone the straps of his coat and after opening it, he was looking for something inside his inner chest’s pockets. When he picks up couple of blood bags from left side and couple from right side, he addresses Chizuru ‘‘Where I can keep these? ’’ after he notices her being confused, continues ‘‘It’s for that stupid vampire…just in case, he needs it.’’.

When this witch sighs, she replies ‘‘Sure thing. I’ll keep them in study room. ’’, but now she chuckles ‘‘But what are going to do with two coats? Don’t tell me you’re going to wear both, hunter?’’. Of course, Yagami tried to keep his poker-face despite being caught by such a unexpected question and now he replies ‘‘None of your concern. It’s not like the last time when I would need your help. Besides, I planned to sell this anyway. So, if it is worth anything, keep it. Maybe some amateur would need this.’’. After he was done with removing current coat, he handed over to the witch along with the food for this brunette.

Unfortunately, this ebony-haired woman didn’t liked this kind of attitude yet she backfires with the demands ‘‘You sure are generous to give away so easily such a fine coat, even if you slightly aware of it’s cost. Yet since you arrived here, you won’t be sitting all day and do nothing. Until this vampire awakes, you will be helping me in the shop. Don’t worry, I won’t give you over-complicated tasks. As a hunter you can catch any beast or just do lil fetch work. So, since because I’m so kind and smart, I am even forgiving your loan for the very precious potion~’’. This annoying woman surely knows how to get on the nerves of this redhead yet she was right. Who knows what kind of spell or curse she can cast, for now he would lower his ego and play along with Kagura’s setted conditions, or so decided Yagami. Besides, now he can stay closer to Kyo and will be at the moment when he wakes up. And thus, another week full of various tasks has begin. Hopefully, soon the promised day should arrive.

It was a calm cloudless evening, the moon was shining bright, however, instead of silver light, it was dyed in light pink color, along with sky being in purplish color. However, only a swarm of bats disturbed the silence of the night, who flied across the sky. It was the time when creatures of the night rise.

In the familiar hut, a certain redhead was just sitting in front of table and observing how this vampire was still slumbering. However, soon enough his eye-lids becomes more heavier. Maybe Kyo would be still resting even tonight, or so thought Yagami before dozing out. Couple hours has passed. However, all of sudden this redhead was back on his senses upon hearing a weird screeching noises. Without any second the hunter looks toward the side where was the beastly sound.

Apparently, this vampire was awaken from his sleep. However, there was something off about him - even if it was for a brief moment, but he was radiating a huge amount of dark aura. It was enough to make this redhead’s blood froze and realize that he was dealing with more terrifying monster even than SS rank ones, which he encountered a few times. Without realizing he immediately stand ups. His hunter’s instincts made him reach out his whip - Vampire Killer. While holding the rolled whip in his lifted left hand, he carefully observes this creature. Although, Kyo was stretching his arms in bed, but couple of details has caught this hunter’s eye.

First of all, these sharp nails looked sharp enough to shred his victims into pieces with slashing strike. Secondly, when this brunette was still yawing, Yagami noticed that now vampire’s fangs and glowing crimson eyes were more intimidating and cold like they belonged to the perfect merciless killer. However, this redhead could swear that for awhile Kyo’s hair was pitch black and his skin a bit darker, now he grasp Vampire Killer more tightly. Once he several times quickly blinked and after rubbing his eyes with other hand, he looked again at Kyo.

In the end, it was same old stupid vampire - there wasn’t any dark aura, which surrounded him, anymore. Perhaps it was only a trick of the light making this brunette look a bit different than usual. Yet one thing for sure, this redhead could sigh and lower his weapon. However, right now this brunette look down and now was dumb-folded. Upon taking this cover into his hands and studying it, he notices that it was someone’s coat. Right now, he doubtfully asked ‘‘What a hell is this?’’ after brief moment, he turns his gaze and now notices the hunter and now he is alerted ‘‘Oi, what are you doing here? Just…Just what were you planning to do with that thing?’’.

While anxiously waiting for the answer, this brunette just silently gazes at the hunter, who was getting closer to him. However, once he was so close to bed, Yagami placed his whip back to his right side of the belt and stares at the vampire. After awkwardly pause, this redhead spokes up with trying to keep his cool ‘‘So, you finally awake? You sure took long enough…’’ and fixes his shirt. It seems only now this brunette had realized that all the time while he was asleep, he was covered with hunter’s coat. Of course, it only leaves him more unanswered questions about this hunter.

Nevertheless, Iori clenches his hands into fists and begins to scold him ‘‘What were you thinking by acting so recklessly? You didn’t even bothered to put any effort to fight back. Ending up like this…Did you wanted to die so badly?! ’’, of course, at first Kyo had not even the slightest idea why he was accused like this. However, a quick flashback when Yagami shown up before his own execution, made this brunette lower his gaze. How much this hunter saw before that moment? Why he cares this much? wondered this vampire. Even so, Kyo honestly replies ‘‘I was looking for you.’’. This redhead was surprised by such a unexpected answer and now remain speechless.

Despite that, this brunette continues to confess ‘‘ You did something to me and like heck, I asked for these changes. Of course, maybe you know what is happening me!’’, this vampire bends his arm and after taking a deep breath, concentrates his gaze on his palm. His hand was shaking for the moment, but all of sudden the sharp nails shows up. However, there were no blood traces on this brunette’s nails yet it was still painful. Kyo tries to ignore the pain, however, his voice and gaze betrays him. While in shaky and in gloomier voices, he continues ‘‘This is not suppose to happen, not in this form…Your blood is slowly changing my body. Even my prey’s blood nearly lost it’s flavor and doesn’t satisfy my hunger as before.’’.

However, this vampire turns his gaze to the hunter. Once Iori’s eyes met Kyo’s, he was captivated by this nocturnal creature and couldn’t look back. No, vampire’s eyes weren’t glowing in familiar crimson red, these dark amber eyes were like drawing him closer to this brunette. Heck, Yagami even felt how all of sudden his heart nearly jumped out his chest and now he swallowed saliva. This brunette adds now in melancholic yet gently tone ‘‘Even only once tasting your blood, but…I think I’m slowly getting addicted to it. That’s why I needed to see you as soon as possible. I knew that you might be around that bar where some human was killed. Of course, you would-’’.

Iori just sit down on bed next to vampire and grabs Kyo’s wrist. Of course, he was speechless at such a gesture of the hunter. While one hand holds this brunette’s wrist, with other one, Iori gently brushes this brunette’s hand and carefully studies his sharp nails. Yagami just sighs and while keeping a poker-face, he says ‘‘You? Murder with these? You stupid vampire…don’t make me laugh. I knew it couldn’t be your job even in million of years. So, didn’t even bothered to suspect you in the first place. Hell, it was only a mere werewolf. That annoying dog was a waste of time and barely got any better bounty for it.’’.

After releasing this brunette’s wrist, this redhead adds ‘‘In any case, you need a weapon to protect yourself. However, first, you need some food. Like heck, I would want to be sucking dry while I’m resting. Speaking of witch, how come that annoying woman is not here? Just wait here.’’ when Yagami stands up, he went towards the study room. After couple times of knocking on the door, this redhead asks in irritated tone ‘‘Hey! Kagura! Just open the the door! Kyo is awake.’’ - no answer. this redhead tries his luck again - same. That’s it! If this woman does not answer, then it can’t be helped, than checking by himself.

However, when he was about to open the door, he heard a familiar voice ‘‘I heard it! Just a minute.’’ and now behind the opened door stood Chizuru. It seems that she was staying awake all night - these black circles under her eyes proved that she had restless night. Apparently, she didn’t even minded closing the door of study room when she left. Despite that she looked glad seeing that the poison has successfully left vampire’s body. After she approached Kyo, who was still in bed, she asked in calm tone ‘‘How are you feeling? Did you had a good rest? ’’.

At the beginning this brunette gave a questioning look, he didn’t knew this person yet he didn’t felt any threat or danger from this mysterious woman. Now Kyo asked ‘‘How long did I sleep this time? Did I have done anything while I was asleep?’’, this ebony-haired woman sighs and calmly replies ‘‘You do not need to worry about it. But you slept for nearly two weeks. It is still impressive how quickly you recovered. However, Yagami mentioned that you are feeling hungry, aren’t you? This hunter surely brought you a lot of food.’’. Then Chizuru addresses the hunter ‘‘Can you get the blood bags from the study room? You know where it is, right? This time you can go inside. After all, you personally wanted to give it by yourself to this vampire.’’, of course, this redhead wanted to object to this woman since he was in dept, but also cast another deadly spell.

When he went to get the package, Chizuru introduced herself to Kyo and just asked couple of questions about his well-being and other details for filling the journal. After Iori returned with blood bags wrapped in blue tissue, his behaviour has slightly changed. It seems that it was a harder task to give these bags, because this with was here, so, now this redhead tried to keep his poker-face, but now he turned his gaze from vampire and while stretching his arm in which one was the blood bags, he told in nearly understandable voice ‘‘Here.’’. After he felt how vampire took these blood bags from his hand, he once again looked at Kyo.

Apparently, Kyo didn’t told anything yet carefully holds this package. However, this ebony haired woman interrupts before her leave ‘‘In any case, I need to go. If anything happens, just knock into the door. Good night and take care.’’. If she was right, then she doesn’t need to worry about them and just let them have their time. After all, it seems that this hunter doesn’t have any vile ulterior motives what to do with this vampire and just maybe cares too much than he should. With that in mind, she closed door behind her and after sitting in front of writing table, she works on her notes until falling asleep.

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Chapter 16.

Unreachable Sin. Part 7

 

 

It was the same night and right now everyone were asleep aside one vampire, who seem to be fed up with staying awake. There was nothing to do! It's too boring! Even that hunter was deeply asleep despite that he was leaning against the bed. Why does this human have to act so stubbornly like this? He could have picked better place for sleeping…Besides, Kyo was fine and doesn’t need to be protected all the time. Humans are sure weird creatures and just too complicated - wondered this brunette while silently observing this hunter. Anyway, since no one is going to pay attention to him, this vampire has to find a way how to kill some time. This Kusanagi feels a small urge to stretch out, besides he was curious where he was all this time. So, this brunette decides to have a walk and now once he puts his white jacket, Kyo takes a better look at his new surroundings.

Surely, it was so refreshing outside the hut and being greeted by the breeze, which rustled tree leafs was relaxing. So, apparently this brunette was surrounded by the forest, hell, he could still vaguely remember how he got here, his vision simply started to black out while he was on the way. Yes, he remember what happened in abandoned storage and that Yagami was carrying him somewhere, but later on, he could re-call only singly parts until he passes out. One of more outstanding details were this hunter’s voice - he was waaay too loud and constantly yelling. Then that sweet taste of mysterious liquid, which awaken something distant yet familiar inside him. It was cold and frightening, he was in darkness and then…

Right now Kyo widens his eyes and while he roughly breaths and shivers, he hugs himself. He could swear it was like another being living inside him and back at that moment, it was striving to survive at any cost and take over his body. That creature was cold and unforgiving and wanted to him to be dead. Before loosing his consciousness, this brunette can clearly remember seeing these glowing crimson eyes showing up in the darkness, which silently starred at him. Could it be that this vampire was already too weak and finally his instincts reacts? Or was it an illusion caused by his physical exhaustion? Probably, probably not… But it seems that now he was back to normal and who knows how this could have ended if Yagami didn’t interfaced.

This vampire just shakes his head and sighs. After he leans against the nearest wall of this hut, Kyo just stares at the night sky, which was dyed in in light purplish and dark blue. He begins to wonder whenever all this was just a really bad dream. Even so, every time he takes a his long nap, which is mostly dreamless, more or less it was like switching him off until his body restores enough of energy and wakes him up. Plus, this vampire really didn’t had any sense of time when he is awake - maybe weeks or months have passed while he was sleeping, it was hard to tell each time. This is why like any other creature of the night, Kyo has to look for a safe spot for his slumber before humans would find any trace of his existence. And only then he can worry about more petite details such as getting his sense of time.

In any case, this brunette was about to return back into the hut, however, the sound of opening door startled him. Apparently, a certain redhead was now outside as well, who addresses this vampire ‘‘There you are. Were you looking for a trouble again?’’ and now eventually leans against the wall near this brunette. Now Yagami just crosses his arms and calmly observes the moon. ‘‘I thought you were asleep, human. Besides, I just wanted to stretch out. That’s all.’’. replies this brunette while enjoying the same view as the hunter.

However, now Kyo turns his gaze towards this redhead and now ask in slight embarrassed voice ‘‘Hey, Yagami, why are you doing this? Erm, it’s nothing that I’m not thankful for what did, I guess. But how can you be so sure that I might get my powers back? Your effort might be futile and you’ll die for naught…’’. This redhead confidently answers without looking back ‘‘You will. I know you will. Otherwise, I wouldn’t have wasted my time on you. So, for beginning, we’re going to look for a suitable weapon for you.’’. Of course, this vampire fights-back in more daring tone ‘‘Eh?~ Why do I need one? Just because I can’t use my flames right now, it’s doesn’t mean I cannot use my nails and fangs!’’, this brunette now faces this hunter and stretches his sharp nails and demonstrates to the hunter.

Of course, Iori just slowly looks at this vampire and sighs, saying ‘‘And then ending up under someone’s foot again. I cannot rescue you each time, just because you don’t know how to protect yourself, you stupid vampire…’’. This brunette didn’t expected such a answer and honestly shown his surprise. However, Kyo tried to keep his cool, but it seems that he failed and now with indignation replies "My your own business! I would have won, if that bastard didn't back-stabbed me." and now Kyo being in front of this redhead, he puts his hands inside jeans pockets and thrust his chest forward.

This nocturnal creature now announces "However, you better take care of yourself! I don’t want you to be killed by anyone else. So, you better stay alive until I’ll get stronger and show your place!’’. However, this redhead once again was convinced that this stupid vampire never cease to amaze him. So, now Iori only closes his eyes and delightfully smiles, now he replies ‘‘So, you finally decided to take things seriously…You better do not forget these words, vampire.’’.

Kyo turns his head and lower his gaze, but after brief moment he looks back at the hunter and now says in more serious tone "At least this the only way to beat answers out of your stubborn head. So, you better prepare me a good reason for your strange behaviour, you stupid idiot!" right now this brunette impatiently waited for this redhead’s answer. However, Yagami briefly replies ‘‘Then don’t seduce me with your vampire charms, you stupid vampire. You won’t win by cheating.’’, this brunette suddenly with-draws and defends himself ‘‘What a hell are you talking about!? I couldn’t even move a muscle and then I was sleeping all that time. So, how do you think I could even touch you?…But then, who the heck knows what you else have done to me while I was unconscious.’’.

After this vampire fixes his shirt, he approaches the hunter again while swooshing his hair. Now this brunette gives such a smug smile and replies nearly in singing voice ‘‘Be glad that along my flames I lost my voice. Otherwise, our first meeting would been your last one~’’ and now he corners Yagami with one arm. Finally Kyo’s fangs shows up and now he continues ‘‘That’s right, you would been under my control. Unable to move while having your own mind - it would suit you perfectly, hunter.’’. Now this Kusanagi delightfully closes his eyes and after taking a deep breath, adds ‘‘However, since I’m not interested in killing off my prey after I’m done, I would only have taken a better sip until my hunger would be gone. No more, no less~’’. Once again this redhead was one step ahead and now he grabbed the other hand of this vampire and pulls him closer.

This brunette only widens his eyes and the next second he was slammed against the wall of the hut. As he was pressed against the wall, he could feel how his one arm was bending. The hunter was too close to him, nearly pressing his body against him. Kyo could hear how Iori says in stricter tone ‘‘You talk too much. Don’t waste your time like that when you are facing your opponent.’’ of course, it can’t be helped that now hunter’s head nearly rested on this brunette’s shoulder and now he could feel how this redhead’s hair were tickling this Kusanagi’s neck. Even so, this hunter added ‘‘It seems that relying on your powers only made you lazy and arrogant. So, we need to fix that as well.’’.

Although, being crushed under this foolish human’s grasp once again reminds that this brunette was not strong enough to face this redhead as worthy opponent yet, but he was determined to defeat him and make him go through same treatment as he did. Hunter released this vampire’s arm and now placed his hand on Kyo’s cheek. Yagami makes sure that Kyo was facing him. Finally, their eyes have met. After that, the other hand, which cornered this brunette, now was placed on Kyo’s chest and now gently slides down toward this brunette’s waist.

This vampire already shivers from such a simple touch of this man and it didn’t helped that Iori didn’t lay off his gaze from this brunette. That gaze alone sets this Kusanagi on fire. Now Kyo blamed himself because of how his body works - it was much more sensitive in his human form. He realized that maybe this redhead just messing with him and might using his vampire’s nature in his advance, but the feeling of dizziness won and he was unable to fight back, he couldn’t even think straight anymore.

However, this brunette nervously swallows saliva - hell, Iori’s face was so close to his! Yet this redhead keeps his poker-face like it was nothing. Yagami calmly confesses ‘‘Lastly, you are mine and not allowed to die on my watch. I won’t forgive anyone who dares to touch you either. If I die, I’ll take you together to my grave. So, you better remember it.’’. Surely, Kyo very least expected such a honest confession from Iori and now he just silently watches over the hunter .

The moonlight was shining bright and after slight breeze, Yagami continues in deeper tone ‘‘…It’s all your fault, vampire. So, take your responsibility.’’. This brunette was eyes-wide open and then shakily closes them after this Iori’s lips presses against his. Surely, it felt like time was stopped at this moment. However, Kyo didn’t pushed away the hunter and just wanted to stay like this for awhile. Yes, he was already drunk by this new sensation and slowly melting at same spot. Yet this redhead slowly with-draws his face from this brunette and just observed him.

It seems this vampire was still out of this world and now Iori chuckles ‘‘Don’t let your guard off so easily, you stupid vampire…’’ and now after fixing the collar of his shirt getting, Iori was back to normal. Now he continues ‘‘Let’s go back already. Because I’m too tired to chase you again today.’’. Of course, it was too late when Kyo was back to his senses and realized what just happened. Now he frowns and follows Yagami inside the hut ‘‘Oi, Yagami! What was that all about? Come back, you coward! I ain’t done yet! Don’t you think you can run away like this!’’.

After this hunter was inside, he just lies in bed and covers himself with blanket, now this redhead murmurs ‘‘…just stay quiet, you stupid vampire. You’re way too loud…’’. However, this brunette keeps trying to get this redhead’s attention either by poking him randomly, either keep calling him - nothing helped and this vampire’s hard effort was ignored. There were no way that this stupid hunter now gets away from this nocturnal creature. Kyo swore that he would definitively make him pay…somehow. But for now he sits down and leans against the bed and patiently waiting until Iori wakes up.

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Chapter 17.

Unreachable Sin. Part 8

 

It was a calm afternoon, the sky was dyed in light red and orange and a singly clouds hidden the setting sun. Nevertheless, the sunbeams has touched the rustling in wind tree leaves and other surroundings were dyed with such a mix of warm colors. As leaves were falling down, one of them has flied across the redhead hunter’s way back to the hut. It can’t be helped that he needed to sort out some business in Hunter Guild and getting more knives just in case. Besides, even today that witch may ask him go for another errand, so, maybe she could also craft a suitable weapon for that stupid vampire or at least enhance it with her magical powers.

However, another problem was - what could fit for Kyo? Swords or spears were out of the question, because this vampire doesn’t look trustful enough to be left alone with any of of these. More important, it would take not only too much of patience and time to teach how to use them. Mostly because it wasn’t the type of weapon, which even this hunter would pick in a battle. Knuckles? Nope, this brunette was still in his human form, so, he may not regained fully his physical strength. Besides, after his last encounter, Yagami wouldn’t entrust him a short range weapons.

In any case, visiting a familiar shop was unavoidable. Besides, maybe this time he could take Kyo with him, because it would be also great chance to test what this vampire is capable of. And so, after entering inside the shop, this redhead was greeted by a certain ebony-haired woman behind the counter, who seem to be busy with packing a few bottles filled with wine color liquid into smaller chest. Once she closes the chest and places it on lower shelf behind the counter, she asks Yagami ‘‘You’re back, hunter. That was quick. But it’s unusual for you going straight to the shop. Aren’t you going to check first how Kusanagi is doing?’’.

Iori just turned gaze for a moment and then he answers in serious tone ‘‘For now he can wait. Besides, it’s better to ask this when he is not around.’’ after giving a demanding look, this hunter continues ‘‘Do you need me to kill any monster or get any materials?’’, now he impatiently waits for the answer of this witch. Surely, Kagura didn’t expected this question yet she sighs and replies ‘‘You are being quiet helpful today. However, what have you planned behind this?’’.

Even so, this redhead clenches his hands into fists and cracks a smile, now he asks in irritated tone ‘‘So, you need anything or not?’’. No matter how it was amusing observing this hunter’s reactions, this sorceress nearly in singing voice replies ‘‘Well, since you being so voluntary, I cannot turn down your offer, can I? So, let’s see…’’, now she covers her mouth with her hand and lowers her gaze, after turning around, she quickly scans the shelves. Good minute has passed and when she turns back, she answers ‘‘It seems that I’m running out of one fine thread. Hmm, hunter, could you get me enough of spiderweb for making six rolls of thread?’’.

Yagami only rolls his eyes and back-fires ‘‘Why can’t you use the one from the corners of your shop? I see no difference, which type of spiderweb you should use. So, are you sure, you don’t need anything else?’’. It seems that this ebony-haired woman was not happy by this reply and she decides to counter-attack in calm manner ‘‘You see, you can get this thread only from one of rarer monsters. I’m pretty sure that you at least heard of Arachne creature. If no, then you should know that these spider-’’, this redhead closes his eyes and grits his teeth, after opening them, he interrupts in irritated tone ‘‘S-so, you want to tell that all I need to do is kill this creature and take the web? Fine…If so, then I’m taking that stupid vampire with me!’’.

Although, this witch asks in innocent tone ‘‘Don’t tell me that a hunter like you cannot take down a medium rank monster alone? Maybe it is a bit difficult task for you…’’, it seems Yagami had enough of this woman’s taunting and now he slams his both hands on the counter. As he frowns, he says in serious tone ‘‘Listen, Kagura. It’s not your business! I’m taking Kyo with me, ‘cos I need to see what he can do in real fight. Then I could get him a proper weapon and teach the basics how to use it. Besides, it would good practise for him as well…’’ while he gives a demanding gaze, he deeply breaths for awhile.

Chizuru patiently listens to him further. Apparently, the more he was keep talking, the more he sounded concerned ‘‘But what could suit for an idiot, who keeps non-stopping mentioning that he can only use fangs and nails, more important, he keeps claiming how he could use flames before he lost his powers…’’. Now this ebony-haired woman calms him down ‘‘First, return with the spiderweb, then leave the rest to me.’’, but Chizuru honestly asks ‘‘However, wouldn’t be easier, if you ask what kind of weapon Kusanagi would like to have?’’.

Surely, this redhead just widen his eyes at such a simple question and now as he turns his head away, he lowers his gaze. Of course, this witch only gives him a questioning look while he answers in lower tone ‘‘Because…’’ as he looks back, Yagami continues ‘‘Hell, like that stubborn idiot would refuse say what he wants! So, I’ll better give him after the hunt. Maybe then he would accept it…’’. After such a confession, Kagura was clueless what say next and now after sighing, replied ‘‘Anyway, I think I know what weapon might fit for him. But since you are here, why don’t you rest for awhile before the journey? So, just let me remove the barrier first or you prefer to get electrocuted each time?’.

The sun was hidden behind the forest and soon the first stars began to shine one after another, waiting for the moon to show up. When, the witch and hunter were near the door of the hut, Chizuru removed the magic barrier and told before leaving ‘‘I’ll return later. Today one important client should show up and take rare potions. So, if decide to leave before I’ll return, good luck and take care.’’ and with that she gracefully takes her leave.

Once this hunter enters inside the hut, he found Kyo lying in bed with a navy-blue color book resting on his face. Is this vampire was dozing out? Whatever it was, Iori addresses him while he was getting closer to this brunette ‘‘Enough of doing nothing, you stupid vampire. Get up.’’, surely, it got attention of this nocturnal creature, who now murmurs something as he removed the book from his face. Kyo just looked at this redhead with not so happy look on his face.

Certainly, that pesky hunter has a lot of nerves to disturb this brunette’s rest, and thus, he honestly shown his dissatisfaction as he speaks up ‘‘What do you want? Can’t you see that I’m busy? So, why don’t you, I don’t know, maybe grab for me some snacks. Besides, I hoped that maybe this book, which Kagura gave me, would help me to learn more about you humans.’’. This redhead hunter only closes his eyes and sighs, after opening eyes, he picks the book from a vampire and once he quickly examines it, he patiently explains ‘‘It’s only one of the volumes about the history of great demon outbreak in our world…Why would you expect to learn how we live from it? That woman could have found a better book.’’.

However, when Kyo sits on edge of the bed and stares at Yagami with innocent gaze, he objects ‘‘But there is mentioned about you vampire hunters as well. So, at least maybe that would help to learn about your kind and why are you acting like this…You know, I don’t get it why you hunters still protecting an ordinary people when even nowadays they still fear you and might treat you as our kind? After all, you don’t own them anything, it’s they who should be thankful for being able to rest peacefully!…However, what about you, Yagami? Are you doing this just for living or you have any other reason?’’.

Despite that this vampire gave such a curious and demanding gaze, even Iori’s poker-face was cracked and he replied in slight nervous tone ‘‘What is it with you, you stupid vampire? What’s with these questions? Besides, now we have to go.’’. However, this vampire did not give up and back-fires ‘‘Where? At least, first, I want to know why did you become a vampire hunter. You don’t look that you become a one just to feel a thrill of taking someone’s life away or having anyone struggling under your foot.’’. Not again…that vampire once again was using his alluring gaze and this redhead hunter was captured by it, so, all he could do is to listen further to this nocturnal creature without looking away ‘‘Do you hold a grudge against one of our kind? Are you seeking for a revenge? Or you have no choice, but to carry on the legacy of your clan and with the same weapon, which was passed to each generation, kill us?’.

While Kyo was patiently waits for the answer, Yagami immediately closed his eyes and turns his head away. Whenever it was a trick of the light or not, but even this brunette could swear that the hunter’s cheeks were slightly red. Nevertheless, after face-palming, this redhead fixes his hair and now once again, he facing this vampire. Now he explains to this brunette in serious tone ‘‘Why you have to do this? Stop using your charms against me, because you won’t win, you stupid vampire…Anyway, I don’t have any special reason. So, it was better than becoming an alchemist as father expected, even if mother was against his idea. But then she tried to push her path of living. Hell, I didn’t shown any interest toward pharmacy or medicine either! At least later on being raised and trained by that stupid hunter was better than that or greeting a pathetic fate as my parents did back in that day. So, eventually after long year training, I become a vampire hunter, because at least then no one could decide for me what to do like I was a rag-doll in someone’s hands…But enough of that! Get up! Because you’re going with me.’’.

Of course, after listening to hunter’s tale, this vampire become even more curious, because he felt that there was something more to it yet Yagami remains quiet about. However, this brunette smirks and second later he gives a smug look as he stands up. Now he thrust his chest forward and replies ‘‘Are you sure that it is all?…Alright, then keep your oh-so-tragic-and-dramatic backstory for yourself, Mister Vampire Hunter~ You know, now I’m even more curious and wanna know what you are hiding. So, if I need, I would annoy you until you fed up one day and then you are willing to tell me~’’ when this brunette places his hand behind his head and rubs it, he continues in more serious manner ‘‘Anyway, where are we going? ‘cos you sure look so impatient about it, Yagami.’’.

Finally, took long enough for this creature to behave himself, or so thought to himself this hunter. Now Iori calmly explains ‘‘We’re going to test your reflexes in practice. So, you’ll assist me on fetch quest, which Kagura gave to us. I hope that you’re not afraid of spiders, because we need to go deeper into woods where one rare spider lives and get a web from it.’’. Apparently, this brunette just chuckles and as he recklessly answers, he swooshes his hair ‘‘Hmph! Big deal!~ But why a big bad scary hunter like you can’t do it alone? But if you wanted to see how I masterly kick anyone’s ass and get all the glory, then why didn’t you said this earlier? So, show me the way~’’.

However, this redhead silently murmurs as he walks toward the door ‘‘go on, talk like this until you see these creatures, you stupid vampire…’’, but this vampire asks with slight indignant tone as he follows the hunter, who was about to close the door ‘‘Eh? What is it, Yagami? Speak louder, cos I can’t hear you!’’ and once they were outside, Iori turn his head towards vampire and prompts him ‘‘You better hurry up! Or do you want to be left alone?’’. Lastly, with the blessings of stars and silver moonlight, they depart to the journey…

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A/N: Okay, as for this part, I was a bit concerned how the co-op scene and the big battle against the first monster gonna look like. So, before that I want to leave a trigger warning - Arachnophobia.
And of course, small explanation for one term: ''Chelicera - either of the first pair of fang-like appendages near the mouth of an arachnid; often modified for grasping and piercing''.

 

 

Chapter 18.

Unreachable Sin. Part 9

 

A good half hour has passed~ As they both went deeper into the woods, this brunette started to complain ‘‘Are you sure we are going the right way? ‘cos I see no one around. So, if you wanted to make me lost in woods, then, congrats - you stuck with me!…Is it still far?’’, however, Yagami without looking back replied in calm tone ‘‘Just go straight for a bit longer and, according Kagura, we should reach the wood of spiders.’’. The further they went, the less and less this place was lively. Now the only sounds surrounding the wanderers were the crunching noises made by their steps on the grass or the ones made by the thin branches breaking under their feet.

Fortunately, the moon, who was shining bright, shown them the path to monster’s lair. However, more and more there were spiderwebs scattered on ground or dead trees’ branches were shining with silver color from the moonlight. Even the slightest breeze made these webs shiver yet there were no traces of their owners. Maybe they were patiently waiting for a naive and frail butterfly to rest for a second…At the beginning these threads were thin as a hair, but the further they went, the thicker and more complex thread becomes. Now the rat rushes with better piece of meat across the road and accidentally steps on silver thread. As this unfortunate creature’s little feet sticks to trembling web, from nearest small cave below the tree trunk, countless eyes shines with deadly and piercing gaze.

Now the high-pitched meowing like scream echoes through the silent forest. The rat didn’t even had a second to react and as the black spider jumps from the cave and with it’s eight legs rushes to it’s prey. Poor creature was already frozen in terror yet now as couple hairy front legs of this arachnid with size of a small animal, holds it’s victim as it wraps in spiderweb. As soon as this rat was in cocoon, it still lets out the screech filled with terror and despair until it was cut when the spider sink it’s fangs-like to the victim. Even so, Kyo couldn’t look back because he was shocked by this merciless creature. Thankfully, Yagami grabs his arm and without a word, prompts him go. As this brunette looks at hunter’s back, he notices that this redhead’s shoulders were stiff as his grasp.

"Stay close to me, vampire." or so, this redhead strictly orders without looking back. As they walk further, Yagami adds "...or else you might end up like that rat.". This brunette just frowns and objects while trying to shake his arm from hunter's grasp "Fine! I get it, but you don't have to crush my arm.", however, without noticing this vampire's foot touches lying thread on ground. As Iori quickly picks couple knives from his left side, he tosses them to the right side. Lastly, the blade pierces spider's chest and abdomen.

Kyo just stares at that creature fallen on it's back, which was letting out agonizing meowing like screech while it's limbs and chelicera slowly twitches before it's own doom. Even if that spider was far away, it looked like the size of grown up dog. As hunter turn his head to face this vampire and scold "I told you to be careful!" However this brunette's gaze was above this redhead and as his fangs shows up, he growls. His sharp nails shows up. Now he sprints through the hunter. After he jumps forward into air, he slashes the enormous spider. Spider's body from head to stomach splits in half until it touches the ground.

As this vampire shakes off his hand from this creature's remains, his nail turn back normal. Now he addresses Iori with smug look on his face "Then, you should also stop joking around~ ‘Cos you like it or not, but you are not allowed to be killed by anyone. More so, I'll keep you alive and protected until I'll become strong enough to defeat you!" now Kyo honestly asks "Hey, Yagami. That was one huuuge one. Don't you think it was Arachne creature? It sure look like having enough of thread.".

Yagami looks to see the slain creature. After he closes his eyes and swallows saliva, he carefully opens his eyes and now he walks around this spider, which was as tall as a grown up dog. However, the way how carefully this hunter walks around this dead creature making sure it won't touch him, caught this vampire's attention. Kyo could swear that Yagami was as pale as a ghost and he didn’t like that. Just when he was about to open his mouth, this redhead speaks up "Unfortunately, no. Despite it's size, it's just a spider. The Arachne creature have a human-like features. But since your small vampire head maybe not familiar with this monster, I'll let you know. This creature has a top of a woman and lower part as a spider. There is a very rare case to find a male Arachne monster, because they met a same fate as some venomous spider species...".

Of course, this brunette lifts his one eye-brow and replies with slight mockery "And why should this matter? We just need to kick this monster's ass, get the web and BAM, the business done! So, why do you need to explain all this?". Yagami just sighs as he face-palms and shakes his head. Now he looks at this vampire and addresses him in irritated tone "Your face is surely not ruined by intelligence...Listen, I'm telling you this so that you should be aware of what kind monster we are dealing with. By this time of season Arachne monsters are very ferocious, because they need food to regain their strength. So, they maybe already aware of our existence and now waiting for us until we'll he close enough to their lair...Just watch down your steps and keep your guard on. The very least thing I want to ran out of knives before meeting this monster.". After such a explanation Kyo knew it would be pointless to argue with Yagami and now he followed this fellow hunter.

Good fifteen minutes passed~ The scenery changed drastically. This area nearly looked like an open field with singly dry trees. Not only the ground was snow-white from being covered in thick layers of web, but they were hanging from the tree branches as masterly crafted net to trap a reckless prey. Even there were scattered around several cocoons of various sizes - either there were from as big as a small wild animal to even the size of possibly adult human. The atmosphere was sinister and cold. Even the moonlight shined from above only added more coldness of silver.

However, all of sudden this redhead hunter was alerted. He even stretched his arm to stop this vampire going further. Now Yagami's gaze was fixated at trembling thread of web. Minute, another minute passed - nothing, the web was still moving without the owner of it showing up. Now just a pitiful and sobbing voice of a young woman disturbs the silence "A-anyone...please...Help!...I-I stuck...it huuurts! A-anyone...plee-ease...Th-that monster...she want to kill meee!...", the web was still keeping shaking yet the rustle of tree leaves accompanied. Now something fell on pile of tree leaves. Even so, along with this sound the web remains still without any movement.

That same voice speaks up again with same plead. Nevertheless, it didn’t moved this redhead even a bit, who just stands. He only picks his trustworthy whip into his left hand and grasps it tighter. This redhead looked calm but even this vampire could sense that deep inside his spirit was burning as a furious beast. However, Kyo’s gaze softens towards the unknown victim and now he takes step forward yet he was once again stopped by Yagami and his silent scolding ‘‘Stay still.’’. This brunette only frowns and objects while facing this redhead ‘‘I can’t leave anyone who is desperately asking for help.’’ and now he walks towards the sound of this mysterious stranger. As he carefully walks closer, a delicate shape arm fells on ground, it was still hard to see the owner of it, who was behind the old and dried tree. It can’t be helped that this stupid vampire wants to jump straight to his death, so, now the redhead hunter follows him.

After getting close enough, this brunette finally saw the person who was begging for a help. It was a young maiden lying on her stomach, who has a pale as porcelain skin and light color long silky hair lying across this field, which covered her bare back and shoulders. It was hard to tell where her strands of hair ends and where was beginning of the web. However, her lower body was trapped by fallen tree branches and covered by dry leaves. That pile was too big that even down to her feet she was buried. Despite that her arms looked untouched and there weren’t even the slightest bruise on her. She lifts her head up and looks with her innocent blue eyes. Her gaze was too deep and anyone who would stare for too long could sink in this ocean of her eyes.

Now she shakily lifts her arm and tries to reach with her hand one of these two mysterious people and speaks to them in such innocent and gentle voice ‘‘Ah, so, you came to rescue me. I’m so glad~ Please, help me, the tree branches are too heavy and I can’t move…I’m tired and starving. Aaah, I want to come back to my mom and dad…I was so lonely~ Please, hold my hand, I’m scared, very scared and lonely.’’. However, it seems that the redhead hunter just looked down indifferently on this unfortunate thing. His grasp around his whip only got tighter. Unlike Yagami, this vampire kneels down and he was about to lend his hand to stand up.

However, just when this brunette was about to reach with his hand, Iori immediately pushes Kyo on ground with his free arm. This brunette wanted to yell at such a gesture of the hunter, but now this maiden, chuckles in menacing and sweet voice ‘‘Fufufu~ It seems that you are smarter than your little friend, boy~’’, now this voice was nearly hissing ‘‘Too bad that I cannot let you go alive…So, you’ll pay for killing my children by your flesh and blood!’’. This woman slowly was lifting her upper body while her head was hanging down. Now with one sudden move she yanks up her upper body and spreads her arms.

That innocent gaze was gone - now there were six pitch-black round glass eyes on her face instead of human eyes, even her nose disappeared and there were only couple of gaping holes. As she opens her mouth, a black slimy chelicera shows up and widens her mouth. Saliva mixed bright red blood were dripping out of this creature mouth. Her visible spider fangs were opened-wide and immediately closes tightly, now she quickly claps her chelitera several times. Her arms up to elbows now are limbed and hairy, even her fingers were pointy and sharp. This creature lifts her one hand and seductively licks in between her couple spread fingers while looks her two targets. She continues with hissing in deeper and seductive voice ‘‘But don’t worry, even if you smell sooo delicious, you also have a cute face. So, I would even let you to touch me. I want to bear your children before you’ll become such a fine dinner for them!~’’ now she places her hands on ground.

As she stands up, the tree branches scatters across the field. Slowly this creature straighten up her eight spider knees and stands on her legs. Once Arachne creature straightens her back, her hair fells on her back and shoulders, covering bare breasts, her spider's abdomen slightly moves as well. However, her attention was distracted by Kyo, who speaks to her in teasing tone ‘‘Ma’am, you don’t need to be so impatient. Call me old-fashioned and pure-heart school-boy, but don’t you think that first we should go on date, get know each other better and then the rest~ Besides, sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not into a spider-type.’’.

While this spider-woman was concentrated on Kyo, Iori used his chance and carefully sneaks behind this creature. Now Arachne creature replies in harsh tone ‘‘Shut up, filthy trash! You dare to speak to me? Who do you think you are?! You are not even worth to be eaten!-’’ this woman now just chuckles and reflects hunter’s thrown blade towards her head with her arm. Yagami only widens his eyes and remains paralyzed as this spider creature turns with whole body towards him. Now this redhead hunter closes his eyes and as soon as he picks another couple knives, he opens his eyes and now tosses the blade towards this creature’s head.

Once again Arachne blocks the attack with her crossed arms and as she opens her mouth, turns her head towards vampire and spits greenish acid. However, Kyo rolls on side and avoids the acid. And thus the ground was burned down by erosive liquid. Arachne stands on her six legs and aims with her spider abdomen at hunter. She shoots a web at this redhead. This vampire rushes towards Yagami’s side and as he catches him in his one arm. With the other one’s sharp nails he slices the web.

This spider-woman looks down on them commenting in hissing and mocking voice ‘‘Two little rats helping one another…How sweet of you~ You can try as much as you want, but your weapons are useless!’’ and she spits the venom at these two. Both dodges the damage by splitting out. When Kyo stands up he dashes at this creature and with nails aims at her side. Once she was about block the attack, she lets a terrible screech, which spreads across this battle-field. Not only her left side splashed the crimson blood from vampire’s left wound, it was followed by loud cracking noise from her right - when Iori ducked, he spin-kicked to Arachne’s two back legs. Poor creature leans to her right side. Now the leather whip wraps around her waist. As this redhead pulls whip to him, he jumps on top of this spider-woman’s abdomen.

While keeping is balance, Yagami holds into her hair with right hand, with the one sudden move of his left one, he unwraps his trustworthy weapon and now aims at her neck. This creature tries to shake him off, however, his whip was now wrapped around her neck. Unfortunate creature shakily tries to reach out with her hands the whip.

The redhead hunter releases her hair. He acts quick. Now with one sudden movement Iori pulls the whip with one arm towards him. Arachne’s head fell on ground - the blood was splashing as a fountain from her neck and now the redhead hunter was covered in dark red. This creature’s body collapses on ground yet the hunter manages to land on his feet. After finding a thicker thread of white web, he wipes his trustworthy weapon from the blood of fallen creature and now wraps it in spiral.

All this time Kyo’s gaze was fixated at Yagami and how he mercilessly finishes his target. Once this brunette stands up, he also notices how this redhead was approaching the dead spider and when he was close enough, he picks one of his knives from the left side and now as he holds blade in his both hands, he kneels down and concentrates all his strength to stab the abdomen of the spider. After the blade pierced the shell, he slices down to the bottom of it. However, once again this vampire was left with unanswered questions.

Why this hunter closed his eyes all this time, more important, with-drawing his both hands suddenly when he barely touched this creature’s stomach with such a disgust? Hell, he even turned his head away…It only made this vampire feel bad about this redhead. Kyo steps closely to Yagami and addresses him in gentler tone ‘‘ Let me try, you look already tired. So, leave it to me.’’, he sensed the hunter’s distress and how he was already pushing his limits way too far. Before splitting wide-open the stomach of dead spider, this brunette orders ‘‘Can you get me a bag?’’.

While Yagami stands up and and turns his back. After he opens his long-coat, he looks inside his inner pockets. As he picks a denim bag from one of his pockets, he could hear the cracking sound, which was followed by slimy noises and something forcibly being pulled out. When Iori turns around he notices how this brunette was standing and now in his arms holds the huge pile of the twisted spider’s web still covered with the remains of this creature's insides. Now this vampire calmly addresses the hunter ‘‘I hope that this what you been looking for, ‘cos not gonna dig the insides of corpse any longer.’’, this redhead just sighs as he opens the bag and lets this vampire to put the web inside of it.

After cracking a smile, Iori turns around and prompts Kyo to follow him ‘‘Let’s go already. Or do you prefer to over-night here?’’. Finally, that stupid hunter returned back to normal, or so sensed this brunette and somehow knowing this relieved him. Now, he just follows the hunter.

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Chapter 19.

Unreachable Sin. Part 10

 

 

As they were still wandering in the forest, a distant memory from the past didn’t gave peace of mind to this redhead hunter no matter how hard he tried to shake it off. It happened nearly two decades ago. Yagami was a young boy back then, who was just minding his own business while passing by through one the rooms in abandon house. It seems that something peaked his curiosity and thus, young Iori was attracted by the sound of someone silently weeping like begging for help. Now he carefully looked through the frame of door and noticed how the room was covered in silver thread. In the corner of the room, a giant spider was wrapping it’s victim into cocoon. However, while young Iori was paralyzed in fear, he couldn’t remove his gaze from how this merciless killer takes away the life of helpless prey without second. One wrong step - and now the spider turns toward the side of Yagami. That empty gaze by countless glass eyes of this gigantic creature and slowly moving fangs…It made this boy widen his eyes in terror and his knees gave up on him. However, just before the spider began to approach him, Iori felt someone’s big palm on his small shoulder. The silverhead demon hunter speaks to him in his usual cheerful tone ‘‘What are you doing here, Yagami-chan? I told you not to get lost…Looks like now I have to deal with that big bad spidey, ain’t I?’’…

Just when now this redhead hunter about to sink deeper into his thoughts, he felt how someone’s hand was holding his, leading somewhere and the familiar voice of one brunette ‘‘…Earth to Yagami. Wake up~ We still have a long way until we can rest.’’. It seems all this way Kyo was making sure that this redhead wouldn’t be left alone. However, when Iori shakes his head, he murmurs ‘‘That idiot Yashiro…’’. Once this vampire looked back at hunter, he noticed that Iori’s face was pale as paper and how hard he bits his lower lip. Nevertheless, Kyo sighs and replies in calm and comforting tone ‘‘Just a little bit and after you handle this thread you can take long bath and relax. You did well and deserve it.’’, he expected that after saying this, Yagami brush his hand away and definitely either scold him, either picks his whip to scare him. Because he would take this as nothing more as mocking, right? Or so, thought this brunette. Apparently, none of this happened. Iori remains silent, but now was taking the lead until they exited the forest.

After awhile, they reached a familiar witch’s shop. When Yagami knocks into the door several times, the owner of this shop opens the door. This ebony-haired woman greets them in calm tone ‘‘Welcome back.’’, however, after noticing that this vampire and the hunter returned covered in blood and guts remains, she briefly widens her eyes in surprise ‘‘My, did you slain an entire forest just for a thread?’’. This redhead sighs and replies in serious tone ‘‘Listen, Kagura. I got what you asked for. So, is this enough for you?’’ now he handles the bag thrown over his shoulder to Chizuru, who now takes it in her both arms, commenting with a chuckle ‘‘Hunter, did you brought me whole Arachne monster?’’.

Once she opens the bag and quickly inspects the content of the bag, the witch looks back at this duo and says ‘‘Surely, that is a lot and I may take some time to work on it. So, why don’t you two relax? But first, please, clean up yourselves before entering the shop.’’. It seems any moment Yagami looked about to loose his patience, but he tried to remain calm. He was still convinced himself that this woman might be unpredictable and cast curse on him at any given time, so, being careful, or how he call that, is better option. Nevertheless, he remains silent, however, now Kyo speaks up ‘‘Alright then. However, where should we stay? That stupid hunter can go anywhere where he wants, but what about me? Soon, the sun should rise…’’.

However, Kagura explains to him ‘‘You can rest in the hut. Besides, I won’t drive away a lost wanderer. Plus, you should find a shower room and the washing machine. However, I don’t have anything to lend you to wear aside hunter’s given away coat. Unless, Yagami will bring you something by tomorrow.’’ now Chizuru looks at the redhead hunter with demanding gaze. Although, he didn’t wanted to give up to this woman, now replies in irritated tone to her ‘‘I was planning to return to the Guild anyway. So, I’ll see, if I find anything, if not, then he would have no problems to stay in bed all day, all night.’’ and with that he turns away and before taking his leave, he addresses Kyo ‘‘Why are you standing here? Do you want to get burn by sunlight. Just go inside already, you idiot!’’.

It was an evening of another day~ After entering through the door of the witch’s shop, Yagami notices how Chizuru was kneeling on ground and placed a piece of spiderweb’s thread on magical circle. Once she noticed the hunter, who holds a white plastic bag, in which was a carefully wrapped not so small package, she calmly greets him ‘‘Oh, you are here in time, Yagami. Give a second and it’s done.’’. Now this witch returns her gaze towards magical circle. After she closes her eyes and deeply exhales, she straightens her palms and place above the circle. When Chizuru silently begins to cast a spell, the circle begins to glow in dark green. As she begins clearly chant in ancient language, the circle gradually changes to light yellow and then to orange. The piece of thread was floating air until it was completely surrounded by orange pillar of light. Now the witch opens her eyes as she finishes casting a spell. The pillar of light was slowly fading and Kagura holds her palms opened, now a pair of snow-white gloves softly landed on her hands.

Once she stands up, she passes the gloves to the hunter calmly explaining ‘‘It’s done. So, this what you asked, Yagami. Just don’t forget to give them to Kusanagi. After all, you really sounded like it was really important. Ah, and one more thing, let him wear them outside, unless you want to pay for the damage to my shop.’’. While Iori takes this item from Chizuru, he asks ‘‘For what reason? And do you think that they would fit him?’’, but she answers ‘‘These gloves have a magic seal on them, so, that’s why I want you to be careful with them. But don’t worry about the size, they would fit for its owner - be it a dwarf or a titan. These gloves can adapt once they are worn.’’. And thus, after several other explanations and instruction of this witch, Yagami left the shop and went to see one certain vampire.

Once Iori entered inside, he noticed that Kyo was wrapped under the blanket completely. So, after getting close the bed, he pushed, from what he assumed, this vampire’s shoulder and orders him ‘‘Wake up! Didn’t you had enough of the sleep. Besides, I have something for you, so, don’t make me remove the blanket.’’. This brunette didn’t sounded so satisfied after being disturbed and while being under blanket replies ‘‘You know, I’m pretty fine being here. It’s so warm and comfy~’’. After awhile this brunette not so voluntary removes the blanket and sits up.

While half-asleep, this vampire silently stares at the hunter. However, one certain detail immediately catches this redhead’s attention - there was a scar in the middle of this vampire’s chest, which was round-shaped like a sun. Of course, Yagami honestly asked Kyo ‘‘Aren’t you vampires suppose to heal your wounds? Why do you have it?’’, this brunette just lowers his gaze as he places a hand where was the scar and replies in slightly upset tone ‘‘I don’t get why it didn’t healed after the fight against that bastard demon either…Maybe it was his left mark to remind me that I lost or messed with a wrong person…Beats me! Like heck, I care about it anymore!’’.

After sighing, this vampire grasps around the scar. However, Iori changes the subject as he asks in calm tone ‘‘Anyway, what happened to your clothes? Did they not dry yet?’’, Kyo just looks away and frowns without knowing what to say. When he looks back at Yagami, he simply replies ‘‘When I thrown them into washing machine, I checked after couple hours and, well, you see, how to say…They shrunk.’’, of course, this redhead face-palms and groans while murmuring ‘‘You stupid vampire…’’. Now while trying to remain chill, this redhead gives a plastic bag with a package inside of it to this brunette. As Kyo tries to figure out what could it be or why the hunter acts like this, Iori explains ‘‘I figured out that something like this might happen. So, I looked in stores for something similar for you. Try them, ‘cos I need to know whenever I should return them or not.’’.

When Kyo finishes to unwrap the package, he notices that there was a black t-shirt with black cross with white borders all over the shirt, then a white jacket made from a fine leather and a pair of blue jeans. Surely, this vampire cracks a smile chuckles ‘‘Can’t believe this pattern gonna haunt me forever…Anyway, let’s try this on.’’. Once this brunette puts the t-shirt on, he notices that it was slightly tight yet later on it seems that there was no issues with jeans or jacket.

Once this vampire was done with outfit, Yagami asks him ‘‘Should we go outside? Because Kagura mentioned that you can try something only if we are outside.’’, of course, Kyo gives him a smug look on his face and says nearly in singing tone ‘‘Eh? What is it? Just give me, alright?~’’ and when he stands up and walks to the door, he continues ‘‘Come on, let’s go already~’’.

As soon as they were outside, Iori picks a pair of gloves from his left side of inner pocket, and passes to this brunette. Of course, Kyo gave him a curious look and now tries them on. Now he notices that on outer side of palm on each glove, there was complicated transmutation circle in red with the small flame in the middle of it. No matter how he starred at them, nothing unusual about them. However, once he casually snaps his fingers, the orange flame appears. As soon as this brunette with-draws his arm, flame disappears into air. Surely, that even surprised Yagami as well.

However, this time Kyo stretches his arm forward and tries to snap his fingers. Once again a orange flame appears, now this vampire’s eyes sparkled with excitement and joy as he widely smiles. This brunette delightfully announces ‘‘My flame…It’s here! How? It’s here again!’’. Now he looks mischievously looks at the hunter and says ‘‘Hey, Yagami~…Catch this!’’ and launches a fire ball at Yagami. Fortunately, this redhead was quick enough to block it his whip strike. Another attempt, the same blocking.

Nevertheless, seeing this vampire so lively and full of energy somehow relieved this hunter. Now as Iori was walking towards Kyo, he warns ‘‘You better try to be careful and make sure that your gloves won’t get wet, because they will be useless. A-anyway, should we back? Tomorrow we can test your abilities with these gloves.’’. However, this brunette lowers his gaze and in slightly embarrassed voice says to hunter ‘‘So, you went through this trouble just get me this?…It’s nothing that I’m not thankful, but now don’t you think I would give up!’’ as he directly looks at Iori’s eyes, he continues ‘‘I would find something that would leave you even at bigger surprise, even if I need to go against myself like you did! Just you wait until that day and you’ll see. But since you are so generous, how about you can let have your blood from your neck as well? I did a good job too, didn't I? So, I deserve to have some from the most convenient spot.’’.

However, Iori only closes his eyes and sighs. As he walks toward the door, he replies ‘‘When you learn to fully control yourself…So, for now you should be glad for having from the wrist, then maybe in future, you’ll get from the elbow. Anyway, if you don’t get inside in a minute, you won’t get a drop, you stupid vampire…’’. Surely, after this request this vampire rushed inside and now impatiently waits until the hunter showing up.

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A/N: Also a short explanation for (1) marked word:
(1)Nekomata - One particularly monstrous breed of bakeneko is the two-tailed variety known as nekomata. Bakeneko - Bakeneko possess great shape-shifting abilities and disguise themselves as smaller cats or humans—sometimes even taking the shape of their own masters.

 

Chapter 20.

Unreachable Sin. Part 11

 

 

 

A week full of training has nearly passed~ During that time one certain vampire surely had no rest at all thanks to that stupid hunter. Just what was he thinking by constantly tossing knives at him and cracking his whip towards him? Hell, that fool was a demon or something? No, even any demon or monster can’t be so persistent and stubborn as this foolish human. Or so Kyo sometimes doubt. Last time, one of Yagami's knives flied so closely to his chest, arms and neck. So, it was a matter of a second to dodge the multiple knives thrown at once.

More important, this redhead started to use small bottles of water time from time during the training session. So, now not only this vampire has to dodge his more or less a familiar pattern of hunter’s attacks, but also make sure that the water won't touch his gloves. Surely, this human becomes quiet lively and enjoying every moment of training with Kyo, doesn’t he? Or so, started to notice this brunette, who just got used to play along with Yagami’s rules.

On other hand, it seems that Chizuru didn't mind what this certain pair of idiots were doing - as long as they are not around her shop, she was fine, or so this sorceress mentioned to them. At least these two are not scaring away the customers by making a dramatic scene or complaining about one or another. Sometimes she could swear that it was like taking care of a younger siblings, who are talented enough to cause problems out of nowhere. But for now, this witch could finally have a moment of peace and relax while they were busy somewhere else.

However, even on such a fine evening this brunette was under the care of this redhead. It seems that no matter that it was a chilly night, this vampire didn’t bothered to put his white jacket. First of all, he can easily warm up when he needs to deal with Yagami. Secondly, he didn’t wanted to ruin it because even if it was pretty expensive present, but also no matter that it might be embarrassing, he liked the design of it. Plus, he doubted that he can expect Iori to be generous twice. So, he decided to keep this jacket safe at least during the training session. Besides, this redhead didn’t bother to put his long coat either and was just fine by being in his long sleeved white shirt and black leather vest.

And thus, in the middle of open field near the forest the sounds of whip cracking, the clashing blade and bursting flame, disturbed the silence of the night. It seems that this vampire was lucky enough to dodge the knife attacks from the sides by carefully manoeuvring. However, now he has to deal with the one sent directly at his neck. Just as he bends backward, the sharp blade flies above him. Now Kyo stands straight and takes a battle stance. He sends a small wave of orange flame towards his opponent.

Yet the redhead hunter blocks this attack by low whip cracking. The sparkles of orange flame dances in the air before it submerges into the air unlike the fire in redhead hunter’s eyes. Nevertheless, this vampire jumps high towards his target and ignites his fist. Now he’ll just make that Yagami will finally snuff his fire.

Even if it was a brief moment, but it felt like the time stopped for this brunette once their eyes met. This nocturnal creature’s guard was off after noticing the way hunter’s gaze fixated on him. Surely, Iori’s eyes were sparkling with a thrill and full of life. However, along that, this vampire could sense such burning impatience despite the calm stance of this redhead.

Now Kyo was snapped back to his senses once Yagami sends an upper slash with his trustworthy weapon. This Kusanagi was paralyzed by stinging and burning pain by the strike of the leather rope all across from his abs to his chest. This brunette harshly fells on his back and lets out a loud groan. Although, while Kyo tried to sit up by shakily pushing himself with elbows, he just gave more fiery and stubborn gaze to his opponent. There is no way that this redhead hunter will win this time, or so, this vampire believed. However, Iori shown no mercy upon this nocturnal creature.

Now he picks three knives from the pouch on his left side of belt. While approaching his target, Yagami raises his hand with the blades and about to toss them at once. However, it was close enough if this brunette didn’t rolled on to his left. As knives sunk into the grass, Kyo kneels and when he brings his gloved hand to his mouth, he removes it by his teeth and tosses aside. It seems that relying on his flame was not enough.

Once the glove touched the ground, he rises his spread palm higher. Now the sharp nails shows up and this vampire dashes at the hunter. However, just the moment before the impact, Iori moves away. Nevertheless, it was nearly close enough for Kyo to slash him with his nails. This brunette masterly lands on his feet like a cat, but without hesitation dashes again at his opponent. He hoped that maybe he could strike this redhead from his other side.

However, Yagami’s reaction was quicker - he sends a spin kick at this brunette. Lastly, Kyo was sent flying-off until he harshly hits the ground. While this brunette manages to sit up, he covers his belly with his arm. This vampire tries to stand up one more time, but he was stopped by the hunter’s voice ‘‘Enough…You’re already barely standing, you stupid vampire.’’.

Unfortunately, the training ended with the same result. However, this Kusanagi could swear that it was that close enough to hit Yagami if it wasn’t for being distracted. While this vampire was getting-off the dust from his black t-shirt and from the front side of jeans, he speaks to the hunter in annoyed tone ‘‘You know, I let you win on purpose, so, you better be glad that I didn’t roasted you for good.’’. Once he looks at this redhead, who finished wrapping his whip and placed on his right side of the belt, this brunette comments ‘‘Anyway, it seems that you looked so excited just for a training. Wonder why…’’.

Iori only cracks a smile and briefly replies ‘‘I’m just wondering what you can do when you fully recover. So, I’ll need wait as much as needed, because you might be the one who can satisfy me.’’. Now Kyo gives a smug look on his face and after he walks close enough this redhead, he vampire wraps his one arm around the hunter’s shoulder and answers in nearly singing voice ‘‘Then dream on~ ‘Cos you’ll be under my foot and being drained until the last drop when it happens. So, you may start to practice your lines when you gonna beg for mercy and prepare all my wanted answers.’’.

However, it seems that the redhead hunter didn’t liked how this Kusanagi become too cocky and so, he puts him back to his place by back-firing in slight mocking tone ‘‘First, stop acting like a cat. Unless, you are somehow a half-breed of nekomata(1) and vampire.’’. Surely, Kyo widens his eyes and tried to back-off once he removed his arm from hunter’s shoulder. However, now this vampire felt how one of this redhead’s arm wraps around his waist. He didn’t wanted to give up so easily to this foolish human and without hiding the surprise in his voice, he tells ‘‘What are you talking about? I ain’t some kind of hybrid. I’m pure-blooded vampire, unfortunately! Not sure why you think that I’m a cat. Like heck, I look or act as a one!’’.

Yagami closes his eyes and sighs - it was really hard to keep his poker-face when this brunette indignantly yet impatiently starred at him with such a big eyes. Does he really have to put such an acting? Could it be that this stupid vampire just being easily provoked by a simple comment? Or so wondered this redhead hunter. However, maybe it was better chance to find out about more about Kyo’s weird behavior when he was sleeping. So, no matter how it might been more amusing to tease this vampire, but Iori’s curiosity was more stronger. And thus, he deeply exhales and asks ‘‘I can understand why you have fangs and claws. However, explain me one thing. Why are you making purring and meowing-like noises during your asleep. Or is it a normal thing for you or your kind?’’.

Surely, this brunette was speechless and after short pause he replied slightly shaky voice ‘‘Don’t you think that you get away by thinking-off random excuses for your weird behaviour. Just because I was unconscious, it doesn’t mean that you can take an advance of me and lie without even blinking. Hell, you think that I’m aware of anything around me while I’m asleep or unconscious?’’.

Now this vampire lowers his head for a second and when he returns his gaze, he continues in concern tone ‘‘However, I can still remember that when we were in storage, you were waaay to stressed and very scared of losing...someone, I g-guess. I could even sense that you were so desperate and just seek for a comfort. Of course, I wanted to snap you out of this and show that ‘everything is fine’, ‘I’m over there and still fine and alive’, you idiot! So, if it wasn’t for being unable to move my body, I…’’, it seems that the further words stuck inside this brunette’s throat and now he lowered his head and averted his gaze from Iori.

Just why this vampire have to behave like this or achieve by these words? Yet one one thing for sure, this nocturnal creature didn’t looked too cunning or smart to deceive this hunter. He was simply too honest and acted on impulse without thinking about any consequences. However, just in case, he needs to know for sure whenever this brunette is deceiving him or not. For some reason he felt that it could assure him. So, now Iori brings Kyo closely to him. There was barely any space left between them.

Now this places his hand under this brunette’s chin and gently tilts his head. So, this vampire only swallows saliva as he widens his eyes and now impatiently waits how this unpredictable man going to act. Yagami only silently fixates his gaze on this brunette and after a short pause comments in calm tone ‘‘You don’t look smart enough to trick me, nor you’re a nekomata, that’s for sure. You’re just a trouble-maker, who keeps me causing constant problems, you stupid vampire…’’. Of course, this Kusanagi frowns and was about to open his mouth to tell not the kindest words to this hunter, however, Iori places the same hand behind Kyo’s head and now presses it against his chest.

This brunette widens his eyes for a moment, but as soon as he hears the heartbeat of this redhead, he nearly closes his eyes, it was simply so relaxing and calming. So, maybe it wouldn’t hurt to rest his head for awhile like this. More important, Kyo realized that this time he was able to control his body, so, now he stretches his arms and wraps his arms around Yagami’s neck. After this vampire lifts his head, he looks at this redhead with strangely sleepy gaze.

Even so, his one hand gently slides up from Iori’s neck towards his hair and starts to brush it. Yagami could feel how was slightly shaking Kyo’s hand yet he just allowed this nocturnal creature act as he wants. Besides, he was curious what this vampire was up to. However, this brunette says in nearly purring tone while keeping a calm look on his face ‘‘You keep doing things like these too. So, I just want you to taste how does that feels like. Don’t you think that you’re get away so easily after what you’ve done to me. Once I’ll fully recover, I’ll make it up for what you’ve done, but with doubling it up.’’.

However, a little fire sparkles in the hunter’s eyes and now he delightfully smiles as he replies ‘‘Then why don’t you try it already? I won’t accept any less than your best. So, don’t disappoint me when that day will come, Kyo.’’. Nevertheless, this vampire counter-attacks in sweeter tone ‘‘I’ll make you realize that you’ve made a huge mistake by teaching me how to defeat you.’’.

After this brunette chuckles, he gazes with shyer look on his face. Now he continues ‘‘But for now, I’ll show you what happens when you try to tame a wild beast.’’. Kyo just swallows saliva and closes his eyes. After he slightly opens his mouth, he presses his lips against Iori’s. Despite that he felt how he could melt in same spot, this brunette’s tongue tries carefully slip inside Yagami’s mouth. Surprisingly, this redhead lets him in and this vampire started to explore every part of Iori’s mouth without missing a single spot.

However, it seems that soon enough this nocturnal creature started to let out quiet whims in between catching his breath. Hell, even if he felt how his knees could give up on him any second, but now also Iori started to gently slide the same hand, which was placed on vampire’s waist, upwards. So, now Kyo more tightly hold into the hunter’s back. Just when he expected something more to happen, this redhead slowly with-draws his head away.

After opening his eyes, he notices how this vampire was still all blushing while catching his breath and dazing. Maybe it was still too much to handle for this nocturnal creature, but Iori had to admit it, it was quiet daring move from this vampire’s side. However, soon enough Kyo was back to his senses despite having his cheeks dyed in that lovely red. While he starred at Yagami, he comments in purring tone ‘‘Just look at yourself…You’re all blushing, was it too much for you to handle?~ I warned you though.’’.

Of course, such a comment of this brunette caught this redhead’s guard off, but once he removes his arms around the vampire, he tells in slightly shy tone ‘‘Anyway, for today you’ve had enough. Go and rest before another day. Because tomorrow, we’re setting on new journey. This time I won’t interface and I’ll just observe you.’’ and turns his head from this brunette.

In the end, Kyo just gives a smug look on his face while observes such a reaction of the hunter and now replies ‘‘What is it with you, Yagami? You don’t need to rush and whatever there is tomorrow can wait. So, why don’t we just sit back and stay for awhile?’’. After looking back at this vampire, Iori sighs and closes his eyes. Without telling a word he sits on his knees and now he prompts Kyo in slight annoyed tone ‘‘So you’re joining or not?…Just hurry up before I changed my mind, you stupid vampire.’’.

Of course, after this demand this Kusanagi joins him and now once he places his arms behind Yagami’s shoulders, he rest his head on this hunter’s chest. Strangely, but Iori didn’t minded to stay like this and somehow was even glad for such a peaceful moment.

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Chapter 21.

Unreachable Sin. Part 12

 

 

It seems that as soon as the sun was hidden by the forest two travelers has already set for a new journey. This cloudless night was still young and accompanied by the platinum moonlight and the stars. One might say, it was a perfect night for the new hunt, however, there was one certain vampire who didn’t really shown so much excitement or enthusiasm as a fellow vampire hunter. Just when they both reached the middle of the forest, this nocturnal creature honestly asks ‘‘And what kind of monster exactly we’re looking for?’’ and without looking back Yagami replies ‘‘To the very first one we’ll encounter.’’.

Surely, Kyo only cracks a smile and shakes his head while he keeps his hands in jeans’ pockets and continuing to follow this redhead. This brunette asks in playful tone ‘‘You sure about that? What if we encounter a low rank monster as a zombie or skeleton? Ya gonna praise me as much as slaying some kind of arc-demon, won’t you?~’’.

Finally, the redhead hunter stops and looks back at this vampire while replying in calm tone ‘‘First, make sure that you defeated someone and then boast. However, if you start whining and struggling, I may interface and kill it for you, but then you’ll get no reward and I’ll put you through more intense training.’’, this brunette was getting closer to Yagami and starts teasing him ‘‘It seems that someone really can’t get enough of me~ You know, a session or two and then you’ll be under my foot. I already memorized most of what you can, so, now you’re calling it a training, cos you know that soon I’ll show your place.’’.

When this vampire was in front of the hunter, he thrusts his chest forward and with flaming gaze, he asks ‘‘Just observe me and wait how I gonna masterly defeat anyone who stands on my way!’’, however, now he continues with more demanding gaze ‘‘But what did you prepare this time? Anyway, I hope that you’ve been taking care of yourself properly, ‘cos it’s been awhile since you gave me to suck your blood.’’.

Even so, Iori closes his eyes and exhales, as he slowly opens his eyes, he gives unusual smug look on his face. Surely, it made this vampire widen his eyes and swallow saliva. Now this brunette asks in slightly shaky voice ‘‘What is it with you? Is there anything wrong?’’. However, Yagami silently stares at him. Just after a short pause, he speaks up ‘‘You keep asking for my blood for the most of the time. Is it that good?~’’.

It seems that this nocturnal creature was surprised by such a question and was not sure whenever this hunter was teasing him or not. So, Kyo lowers his gaze for a while and when he looks back with shyer look on his face, he starts to explain while his cheeks dyed in slight reddish color ‘‘It can’t be helped that you seem to have nearly a perfect balance of minerals and nutrients. Therefore, it just tastes so good. Plus, it has such a nice scent… Maybe too good for you to have.’’.

After that this brunette declares with more serious look ‘‘So, you better take care of yourself! ‘Cos I can perfectly sense whenever you’re sleeping or eating enough while I’m having your blood.’’, when he places his hand on hunter’s neck, he softens his gaze while explaining ‘‘Try to relax a bit too. It’s better to drink from you when you’re not that stiff. Besides, it’s gonna be much easier not for you but for me as well.’’. Apparently, even Yagami could feel how his heart nearly jumped out his chest when this nocturnal creature’s eyes started to glow in crimson red.

Hell, he could even swear that Kyo’s gaze made him unable to move for a while like he was under the spell of this vampire. Was this brunette realizing what was he doing or not? Nevertheless, Iori suddenly turned his head away from Kyo and removed the vampire’s placed hand from his neck. However, this brunette gave him a questioning look and honestly asked ‘‘What is it with you again? Is there is anything wrong? If no, then release my hand, cos you’re gonna squeeze it.’’.

After Yagami looks back, he noticed that he was holding this brunette’s hand. Once he released it, he tried to pretend like nothing has happened, but it seems that his voice betrayed him and, he sounded a bit shyer ‘‘Anyway, we need to go. Because, who know what you can do next, you stupid vampire.’’. No matter how much this vampire wanted to tease this redhead, but he cannot himself and just smile while replying ‘‘Sure thing.’’ and carelessly followed the hunter.

A good half hour has passed wandering in the forest, however, there were not even a single spirit. It seemed that aside tree leaves rustling and time from time carefully running away smaller animals, this place was too quiet. However, this Kusanagi stopped caring about the surroundings, because he knew that Yagami would warn him if anything happens. So, relying on this human for a while sounded way better than use his own head, or so though this brunette until he bumped into this redhead’s back. After this vampire frowns a bit, he asks the hunter ‘‘Why did you stop? Are we arrived yet?’’.

When he backs-off, Kyo noticed that this redhead was fixed his gaze into something, maybe even looking too excited. Surely, this brunette knew that this doesn’t going to end well. So, after looking at the same direction as the hunter, he noticed from the left side in the distance a cave surrounded the forest. This vampire sighs and objects ‘‘No. Don’t you think about going in. You know what if it is a den of crackheads? So, I ain’t into the mood to deal with these freaks.’’. However, while Iori rushes his steps toward the cave, this brunette only face-palms. It can’t be helped that he had to make sure that this redhead’s excitement wouldn’t lead into some trouble.

After they reached the entrance of the stony cave, which now looked way bigger than expected, Kyo once again tries to stop the hunter from entering in concerned tone ‘‘You really sure about it? I’ll be fine tho, but what about you? ‘Cos what happens, if you unexpected get over-stressed again?’’, even so, Yagami replied in serious yet impatient tone without looking back ‘‘You should worry about yourself first. Let’s go already.’’ and as a chill midnight wind starts to flow and rustles the hemline of redhead hunter’s long coat, the moonlight gives the last blessings when these two enter the cave.

At first, while it was bright enough to see, there were visible traces of mold over the walls and dust all over the place. However, the deeper they went the darker it got. Even the air become more humid and cold. While this brunette was keeping his hands in his jeans’ pockets, he takes out one hand and after snapping his fingers, a little orange flame dances on his palm, making the darkness re-attract from them. A warm color light reflects on walls, eventually revealing ancient runes and signs dyed in dark purple.

Nevertheless, the further they went, the more traces of these runes. After ten minutes of wandering, they reached the end of this cave. However, these two travelers were greeted with a gray marble arc and behind it a closed wooden door. Apparently, on the sides of the cave wall nearly the arc, there were couple torches which were ignited by a purple flame. On the left and right sides of this arc, there were a dark gray color columns and on top of this arc there were carved in complicated yet symmetrical Gothic style patterns.

Behind this arc, there were the sturdy gate made out of a fine oak. It seems that on each side there couple icons with a carved face of a wild beast, which looked like a vampire bat. The top two icons of the bat's face had its mouth wide open, while the two below had their mouth shut but they kept a round ring. On top of this gate there was a very detailed wooden vampire bat which spread it’s wings and looked like about to catch its prey.

Iori only deeply exhales as he observed this arc. After fixing his hair, this redhead places his one knee forth and as he bends down, he placed his one hand on the left side of the door and the right one on the other side. Surely, pushing this gate wasn’t easy task, but no matter what Yagami stubbornly refused any help of this vampire and now after he closes his eyes, he manages to push the gate wide open.

With the sounds of harshly squeaking wooden gate, this redhead straightens his back and now looks towards this brunette’s side ‘‘You’re going to stand here all night long or you’re going in? So, after you, vampire.’’. Surely, this Kusanagi didn’t like how the hunter commands him, but without a saying a word, this brunette just walks inside the dark room while not so satisfied look on his face.

As soon as both were inside the dark room, the sound of countless candles lighten up echoed through this enormous space. One by one candles ignites in dark purple flame, which were hanged on the walls and surrounded entire area. The dark and ominous atmosphere filled this place instantly along with coldness. It felt like this place was used by occultists, who use it to perform a forbidden ritual by the help of the darker forces. Where the redhead hunter and this brunette stood was the sill, which leads at least three or four meters down, plus the stony staircase was wide enough to fit for three or more people. Even the ceiling of this place was so high.

In the middle of the field there was a huge and complicated transmutation circle with a hexagram in which center there was a silhouette of the bat with spread it’s wings. In the end of this area, behind the altar, there was a high stage on which was placed at least couple meters height a wide golden cup. Even on the sides of the altar there were a meter high silver cups, in which the purple flame impatiently dances.

Just the sound of doors slamming made these two alerted, this brunette got into his defensive position and without hiding a surprise comments ‘‘What a hell?!’’. Unfortunately, the doors have shut completely and a symbol of the white skull, which wore a crown while being surrounded by feathery wings on the sides. More so, there were five little flames surrounding this skull.

Nevertheless, this vampire tried his best to forcibly open the door with all his might, but it seems his effort was useless. Now he scolds the hunter in growling voice ‘‘The hell, you’re staring at? Don’t just stand here, help me!’’.

However, it seems that this redhead remained chilled and just walks downstairs while patiently waits for Kyo to came down. Even so, this brunette wasn’t so glad, and he took step backward and slams at the locked gate - same result, it was closed. Now he rises his hand and snaps his fingers - a wave of orange flame was aimed at the gate however, no use, the flame submerges into the air, leaving the doors like untouched.

This vampire falls on his knees and punches the ground while cursing. He just lowers his head - there was no way that now he got stuck here forever. However, Yagami’s voice made him lift his head ‘‘Save your breath. Can’t you see that the gate is sealed? We’re stuck here until the seal is broken.’’, of course, it only infuriates this brunette how come this redhead hunter is so calm. And thus, Kyo lost his patience and now looks at Iori’s side while nervously yelling ‘‘How can you stay calm knowing this?! What if we’re stuck here until the fresh air runs out and then you’ll die? Like heck, I wanna see you slowly and painfully dying on me! Shit…’’ this vampire just pitifully hangs his head down and bits his lower lip.

Nevertheless, Yagami adds in serious tone ‘‘You are giving up so easy, huh? Whine when we’re escape from here. So, climb down and help me to look for any clue how to get out from here, you stupid vampire…’’, after this Kusanagi slowly stands up, he notices that Iori was already next to the altar and looking for something, however, now he widens his eyes after seeing how a swarm of vampire bats were on the ceiling and ready to attack. One bat charges at this redhead, however, the hunter’s reaction was faster, and he launches one of his knives at this creature. This creature lets out agonizing squeaking scream before crashing into the ground and eventually becoming into crimson dust. It wasn’t ordinary bat species, that’s for sure.

However, there were no time to wonder, and now the entire swarm of the bats were off the ceiling and while flapping with their wings, observed this foolish human. Once Yagami stands in battle stance, he takes out his trustworthy weapon - Vampire Killer. Meanwhile, these rabid creatures gathers so closely until they become a black flying mass. After it spreads wide open its wings, the giant bat screeches at the hunter. Even so, this redhead without showing any sign of fear waits how this nocturnal creature acts and just grasps more tightly his whip. Just when this monster was aiming to charge at the hunter, there was a loud explosion noise followed by this bat arching it’s back and letting out a painful screech.

Apparently, this brunette was holding his ignited his palm and ready for another strike. Now he addresses the giant bat in energetic voice ‘‘Hey you, back-off! I'm over here. So, pay attention to me!’’. After this bat turned to Kyo's side, it spits a fireball at him. This vampire masterly dodges the flaming ball by jumping-off the stairs to the right side.

Unfortunately, the fire follows its target. Even so, Kyo slashes the fireball with his spread palm. The sparkles of the orange flame reflects in the eyes of this brunette, who didn't remove his gaze even for a blink of the second from this nocturnal creature. Now the bat furiously flaps it's wings and after quickly wraps them around it's body.

The giant bat starts to rapidly spin and diagonally dashes at the vampire. This brunette widens his eyes and rolls to the other side. However, this vampire bat crashes to the ground with a drilling moves. Kyo with-draws more to the center of this place while observing how this giant creature stands on it's four and indignantly squeaks. Just when the bat jumps high into the air, it spreads its wings and starts flapping.

This brunette was so sure that this monster will aim at him, however, it rushes down towards the hunter. Kyo grids his teeth and silently growls as he bends forward, he jumps into the air when he thought that he sent a firing punch at his enemy - on the very last moment before the impact, this creature turns into a swarm of bats, which now spreads across the air.

Unfortunately, when the time felt like it was stopped, this brunette was dumbfounded. However, he managed to flip in the air and land on his feet. Meanwhile Yagami holds several knives in his hand and now without hesitation launches them at the same time at these vampire bats. Even so, they were quicker than the blade and avoided this multiple attack.

Once again the swarm gathered together and become into one giant fiery bat. This creature aggressively spreads its wings and now with big wing flapping blows this redhead and anything around the altar were blown away. As the hunter’s back harshly hits the wall, he painfully groans and fells on his knees and then on his stomach. Even his trustworthy whip fell from his hand. More so, the little purple flame’s lives from some of the candles has been snatched away by the wind.

Nevertheless, this vampire was alerted and without hiding his concern, calls the hunter’s name ‘‘Yagami!...’’, Iori only slightly lifts his head while tries to grasp the Vampire Killer. Despite that the dark purple flame’s light was still bright enough to lighten up this place, but it wasn’t as bright as the one in this vampire’s eyes, which shines in crimson red. That gaze alone warned that this monster was already doomed and wouldn’t be forgiven for what it has done.

However, it was followed by the giant bat turning to Kyo’s side while staying in the air and waiting for the next move. Apparently, he tossed away one of his gloves away. Even so, while this brunette distracted the bat, the redhead hunter manages to get on his knees and now while he lifts one higher, he places his one hand on it and carefully manages to stand on his feet. Just when Yagami was about to lift his whip, this vampire warns him in unusual serious and deeper tone ‘‘Stay away! I don’t want you to get harmed any further.’’ surely, whenever it was the acoustics of this place or this vampire’s voice being that strong that it was reaching out every single cell of Iori’s body, and he couldn’t disobey and now he just remained still.

Despite that this bat opens its mouth and reveals sharp fangs before its body started to glow in blue. After couple times briefly glowing like this, this creature holds its wings closer and now in high-speed launches at Kyo. Nevertheless, this brunette refused to move aside and after both collided…

This giant creature lets out agonizing screech as it’s left wing was torn apart by a slashing strike while there were a couple long claw marks through its entire body. The blood splashes as a fountain, staining this brunette’s white coat, his face and hair. Now this bat fells on its stomach still letting out pitiful and painful screeches despite trying to get up by using other wing, but with failure.

Nevertheless, Iori could swear that he never seen such a cold and merciless gaze from this vampire, who silently observed his target with his glowing crimson eyes, even the aura around this nocturnal creature felt so intimidating, so cold and dark. He could swear that it was completely different entity in front of him but having Kyo’s body. This vampire probably could kill anyone who would stand on his way without any second thought. Despite that the hunter was slowly approaching this vampire while tightly holding his whip. He wanted to know whenever it was an illusion or was it the true face of this vampire.

However, as soon as the dark aura surrounding this brunette appeared, the soon it disappeared when he couple times quickly blinks and shakes his head. Even so, this vampire returned to his senses when he heard the last loud bat’s screech and it’s body completely being surrounded in the blue light. Now the blue orb leaves this lifeless creature’s body. It was followed by the sound of unlocked lock of the door. The hunter lowered his whip as well.

Nevertheless, the blue orb remains floating in the air for good minute while letting rhythmic pulsing sound. As soon as it began to shine brighten, it becomes quiet. Without realizing this vampire reached out his hand to the orb, however, it charges at Kyo and flies around him in horizontal and diagonally moves. After it stopped at the same height level as this brunette’s chest, the blue orb violently enters inside his chest.

As this brunette groans, he grasps his chest with his one hand. Even his knees nearly gave up on him, yet he shakily stands. Not only this vampire’s hair started to ruffle, but as he deeply pants and croaks, his fangs shows up. However, this vampire’s gaze was aching and fixated at nothing. All of a sudden in the middle of his chest, the platinum lights breaks through his t-shirt in the same shape as his round sun-shaped scar. He fells on knees with his head hung down.

This vampire could perfectly feel how something inside him pulsates and tries to break free. Hell, each part of him was aching and vision was dyed in pulsating red. Was this vampire going to suffer again until he passes out? Just what a hell was going on? Surely, this redhead could hardly observe this calmly. Without any second thought, he acted on impulse and after getting on his knees he places his hands on Kyo’s upper arms.

However, this brunette tries to push him away and in shakily and nervous voice warns ‘‘G-get away from me! What if I go berserk? Just finish me while I’m sane…’’. Yagami didn’t say a word and silently objects by placing his one hand behind this vampire’s scalp and the other behind his back. Now this redhead presses Kyo’s head against his chest and brings him closely to him. Iori could feel how this vampire was trembling like a leaf, however, he hoped that it may work. This Kusanagi still tried to resist, but no matter what, he was too weak for that. Somehow it even felt so calm and relaxing just by listening Yagami’s breathing and heartbeat.

More important, being wrapped in such a warmness was so assuring that eventually the inner pain was slowly disappearing and his vision was coming back to normal. Even this vampire’s eye-lids become heavier, and he didn’t mind, if he would asleep by staying like this. Now even the platinum light has disappeared. Finally, instead of shaking, this brunette started to let out quiet purring-like noises. However, he could swear that now he felt how one of the hunter’s hand started to rub his lower back, but for a while he decided to let this through his fingers and stay like this for a while…

A good amount of time has passed~ It seems that Yagami looking around the altar like looking for something. Apparently, after check the drawer below the altar, he found a couple scrolls and an old and worn out looking text-books. While he quickly scanned through the pages of the text-book and these scrolls, he noticed that it were written in complicated symbols, which were mainly used in astrology and various illustrations of transmutation circles, herbs and other ingredients.

Surely, these texts did not interest this nocturnal creature, who was next to him, but rather Iori’s in-depth look on his face while he stopped flipping the pages. Without hiding his honesty, Kyo asked him ‘‘What is it with you? Is there is anything wrong? ’’. It seems there was no answer or reaction from the redhead hunter, just after a short pause he exhales and turns his head towards vampire.

Finally, he explains in chill tone ‘‘Do you know what this all about? This is an alchemy text-book and it’s been awhile since I have seen one of them, in specific, about this forbidden topic. The last time I saw it in the study room where my father spent most of the time nearly twenty years ago… As a kid, I didn’t get what was it about, just some of sinister looking illustrations gave a little understanding that it was something about that I shouldn’t know. Just a week has passed since my mother has died from years lasted emotional and physical exhaustion. Father already got into deep depression and one day when I was minding my own business, I saw that the study room’s door was opened.’’.

As this redhead closes his eyes and sighs, once he opens his eyes and continues ‘‘I noticed that inside the room was a huge mess, and all the books and scripts were scattered around, however, in the middle of the room there was a big transmutation circle and near it, a father kneeling down and placing someone wrapped in white robe on this circle along with a several cups filled with various metals and minerals. Just when a corner of this robe have slipped, I was shocked that this person looked exactly as my mother. More important, I was wondering why father has dug her grave and took her here.’’

Yagami only shakes his head before continuing ‘‘However, after he took a knife into his hands and cuts his palm, he pours the blood on this corpse and a bit inside these cups and on certain spots of the transmutation circle. Now he placed his both hands on the circle, it began to glow in golden light. I never seen him so excited. But soon the circle started to glow in dark purple color and my father looked terrified. Once the circle stopped glowing, I could see that it wasn’t my mother anymore. That creature had burned to ashes and wrinkled skin and was choking. All I could understand through these pathetic gasps only a singly words begging like ‘kill me’, ‘it hurts’, ‘let me die’ and so on. Father was paralyzed in fear as this thing screams in agony and after it crawl on it’s back…it starts to torn his flesh… I don’t remember what happened next when I closed my eyes and screamed. All I know is after I opened my eyes, that fool Nanakase was standing here and shielding me. This was also, the first time I met that idiot, who didn’t even changed or aged a single day since then… So, now I didn’t expect to ever see again the text-books about this taboo topic in alchemy.’’.

Even after listening such a story, Kyo softens his gaze as he noticed that even a fearsome hunter as Iori looked so stiff and clenching his fists until they started to shake. Now this vampire closes his eyes and gives a soft smile to this redhead. After he placed his hand on Yagami’s shoulder, he told in gentle voice ‘‘I see how it is…’’ and as he starts to rub that shoulder, this brunette continues to comfort the hunter ‘‘Then, why don’t we destroy these texts and prevent that anyone else would try this forbidden ritual? So, pass me these and let my flame to take care of the rest.’’.

However, as Iori turns to this vampire’s side he objects in calm tone ‘‘Has no one taught you that you can’t disrespect a written word, you stupid vampire? We can’t destroy it even if it is about the forbidden arts. So, it’s better to handle these to Kagura and let her keep these safe. At least she should know better why these need to be hidden from anyone finding it and using it for nefarious purposes. More important, we need to know what is happening to your body and why you absorbed that light. I don’t want you to die or be killed before you satisfy me in the real fight. That’s why you need to stay alive no matter what. So, grab these texts and let’s get out of here. Or you prefer waiting for whenever you’re going to be locked again?’’.

Surely, this brunette wanted to show how his middle finger was aching to be raise up and ignited by the small orange flame, but the hunter would probably show his whip in return and bring it closely to this vampire’s face. So, Kyo, just grabbed these scrolls and text-books and fastens his step. When he climbed the stairs near the exit, he announces in playful tone ‘‘Wow… You're sure looking forward when I gonna kick your ass and show your place~ Don’t worry, I won’t go easy on you, but I may be gentle later on if you beg me.’’ and now impatiently waits for Iori. One thing for sure, this vampire was too lively and cheerful, maybe too much, or so, thought the hunter as he was getting closer to him.

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