I sat back in my seat in thought as we rode down the deserted road to the highway. We were on our way to one of Mark’s allies in order to get more information. My mind was racing with everything that was happening so far. I was still contemplating on the fact that I hadn’t been back in this world for one full day and already I had two people looking for me. Both of which should already be dead. I sighed deeply and closed my eyes.
“Something on your mind champ?” Mark asked. At first I thought he was being sarcastic but when I didn’t hear a small chuckle I knew he was being serious.
“Oh just the usual, people trying to kill me, people trying to rule the world.” I said calmly. I opened one of my eyes and saw him smiling slightly. Mark may be on my killing list but I had to admit that the man was drop dead sexy. “By the way, how in the hell did you find my good side?”
“I didn’t. Jessica did.” He replied as we made a turn onto the highway.
“Jessica? How’s she doing?” I remembered Jessica from when I first met Mark. She was part of the team that I helped infiltrate The Ambient.
“She’s fine. She’s back in her house in downtown Huntsville. The others are in their hometowns as well.”
“How did she find me?”
“I’m not going to lie. I sent the whole gang out to search for you. No one was able to find you for awhile until Jessica caught site of you in California.”
“California? I was in California?” I asked flabbergasted.
“Yep. You were in San Francisco to be exact and from what I hear you were living a life of luxury.”
“I’ve always wanted to go to California…” I looked out the window and imagined myself walking on the beach as the sun was setting in the background.
“Well technically you lived there.” Mark said. I heard the small chuckle and punched him in his arm. He didn’t flinch at all. “When are you gonna learn that you’re punches don’t hurt me?”
“Why do you think I do it all the time?” I asked. His smile grew five times bigger.
“Aw you do care!” He said in a mocking girl voice. I shook my head and he continued with the story. “So anyway, seeing that you’re memory was lost we decided to mess it up a little more.”
“The crew or you?” It took him a moment to answer. That gave me my answer. “Thought so.”
“Come on Sydney, you’re not still mad at me after two years are you?”
“You tried to kill me after we had sex! Of course I’m still mad at you.” Mark sighed with annoyance.
“I told you it was in my nature! Vampires tend to drink from their mates.”
“Well rebelling and killing you is in my nature as an Ambient member.” I replied.
“No kidding.” We both went quiet for a moment in order to change the subject back to what it was about originally. “I changed your memory to make you think that your fake parents got a divorce and you had to move back down to where you were actually conceived. It was all just downhill from there.” Marks explanation of how he found me brought up the most important mission in my life.
The truth was that I didn’t know my real parents. I was taken by the Ambient when I was young. I didn’t even know if my parents were alive. All I knew was The Ambient and Mark. I guess that’s the real reason why I was keeping Mark alive. He and I had our differences but that’s what made us click the first time. That and the fact that Mark was so damn hot.
“Oh and don’t think I’m not going to get you back for having sex with me without my permission.” I said as Mark pulled into the driveway of a small house.
“You weren’t complaining when we did it. In fact, you even screamed my name.” He smiled and exited the car.
“That wasn’t me asshole!” I growled.
Mark didn’t bother ringing the doorbell of the house. He just entered and the both of us made our way through the house. Everything was quiet and still. The lights in the house were even turned off. I ran my finger across one of the tables in the hallway and grimaced in disgust as I rubbed layers of dust off of my fingers.
“Something seem wrong with this picture?” I asked. Mark stopped in the middle of the hallway and positioned his ear towards the farther end. He raised a finger to me indicating he wanted me to stop what I was doing.
“Stay here.” He demanded. Usually I would have said some smart remark back to him but if he was feeling the same thing I was feeling than I knew he was serious. He walked farther down the hall without a sound. He gently placed his back up against the wall that was next to a nearby door and waited patiently.
“Mark.” I whispered. He quickly put his finger on his lips and I shushed myself. He slightly leaned his head into the door and was quickly yanked inside. There was a bunch of rumbling and crashing sounds throughout the room that he was yanked in. I quickly ran to the door and dodge rolled inside. I stood in attack position and stared at the two figures rolling around playfully on the floor.
Mark ultimately got pinned down by the taller guy. “You’re still as weak as ever, Marcus.” The taller guy boasted. He then lifted his head and sniffed the air like a dog. “Marcus? Do you smell…human?” His eyes caught sight of me and lit up with hunger. “Well you didn’t tell me you were bringing dinner.” He said with an eager smile. “Actually he’s more like a little appetizer.” He said analyzing me up and down.
“I’ll ignore that little comment.” I muttered to myself. He finally released Mark from the pin on the floor and allowed him up.
“Actually, as much as I want to, we can’t eat this person.” Mark said as he brushed himself off and walked over to me. He put his arm over my shoulder and pulled me closer to him. “This is Sydney.”
The tall man gasped with excitement and walked over to me. He grabbed both sides of my face and came nose to nose with me. “Could it actually be? The boy who helped the Vampires achieve their revenge on The Ambient two years ago and destroy half of Lester Castles Vampire family? What an honor it is to finally meet you!” He grabbed my hand and shook it maximum force. “My name is Ian.”
“You’re Ian?” I asked. I had only heard stories about Ian but the stories that I had heard didn’t match up to what I saw standing in front of me now. His physical appearance was dead on. He was tall and very wide and robust. His eyes were a deep maroon and his two sharp teeth were permanently showing between his two lips. His hair was buzz cut and edged.
“You’re the one who made Mark?”
“Wow…you said it’s an honor to meet me?”
“Jesus Mark, does the kid need a hearing aide?” He asked. I then realized that Marks arm was still across my shoulders. I shook it off quickly and looked back at Ian.
“I’m sorry, it’s just that honor isn’t really the first thing that comes out of people’s mouths when they realize who their talking to.” I admitted. Ian gave a hearty laugh.
“One thing you need to know about me is that I’m not like other Vampires.” He explained.
“That’s for sure.” Mark muttered to himself. Ian gave him a punch that knocked him back towards the wall.
“So what can I do for you?” He asked me.
“We need information.” I said plainly.
“Catherine.” Mark said regaining his posture from his hit. “Somehow she’s come back alive and now she’s after Sydney.”
“Hmm…I thought something was wrong with the bar last week….” He said as he rubbed his chin in thought.
“The bar?” I asked.
“A Vampire Bar. About two weeks ago there were some rumors of a hooded figure lurking around some Vampire places in the city. Some of the Vampires that had the courage to talk to the man said that he was looking for a woman named Catherine. About two days ago, I heard rumors again of a woman with glasses that massacred a family of Vampires. Witnesses said she was looking for you, Marcus.”
“So the Lothian’s been seen for two weeks now.” I said to Mark.
“And Catherine was first sited two days ago.” Mark rubbed his temples in thought. “This doesn’t make any sense.
“The city of Huntsville is a big city but very few Vampires inhabit this place.” He explained. “After the massacre you brought to Lester Castle, the number of Vampires decreased tremendously.”
“What’s your point?” Ian asked.
“If the Lothian was lurking around the city asking the few Vampires that still live here, he should have ran across us at least once.” Mark was right. Now that I thought about the facts it seemed as if the Lothian was purposely skipping a run in with Mark or Ian. “And then there’s Catherine, I didn’t think about it until now but when she appeared in the front yard she could have easily taken you right then and there when you were at your weakest.”
“You’re right.” I agreed. “It’s like both of them are waiting for something before they actually try to kill me or whatever the hell the Lothian wants to do with me.”
“Excuse me guys, but are we talking about an actual legit Lothian roaming the earth?” Ian asked. Mark and I both nodded our heads. “Holy shit! Do you know how tasty Lothians are?! It’s like the best blood in the world.”
“I’m gonna pretend I didn’t hear that.” I muttered. “So what do we need to do now?”
“I think we should start searching for them now.” Mark suggested. “They already had their chances of capturing you and they blew it, now it’s time for us to find them.”
“Well then I guess you two are off.” Ian said taking a seat in one of the nearby chairs.
“You’re not coming with us?” I asked.
“As if, Lothian blood is quite tempting but I wouldn’t dare go up against one and get myself killed. If I hear anything else about the two of them I’ll get in touch with you two.”
“Alright then. Thanks for your help.” I said with a small smile. Ian smiled back.
“It was my pleasure, Sydney. Good luck with your newly found mission and your parents.” My smile turned into a serious frown.
“How did you know I was looking for my parents?” Ian’s smile never left his face as he looked at me curiously for a moment.
“Well if I was an ex-Ambient member, finding my true parents would be the number one thing on my list of things to do.” Something about the way that he said the comment brought chills to my spine. It was almost like the way Mark looks at me with penetrating eyes. I brushed it off as just another Vampire trait that every Vampire had. Mark gave his goodbyes to Ian and then we were back in his car. It was now beginning to get dark. I prepared myself mentally for what was about to come. I had learned before that nighttime is like the supernatural’s Mardi Gras celebration. It was when all of the monsters came out to feed, talk, mate and raise havoc on the world. I looked over to Mark and saw that his eyes were the bright grey that I had grown accustomed to. His two sharp fangs poked through his lips and his nails grew sharp.
“Mmm…nighttime.” He said with a hungry smile.