Chapter 13 - The Battle of 22nd Street
It was 2005, the battle had been raging on for five years now, I still could hardly believe it, On New Year's Day on the year 2000, my friend Jack died, I promised him I would avenge him and I would keep my promise.
It had been five years, the death toll was through the roof, police and new reporters blamed "Gang Violence", idiots, evidence was destroyed, since 2005 alot more people had died, it was hard to believe the names, I remembered them all. There were around five hundred people on my side five years ago, it’s hard to believe 200 remained. The coven was beyond repair, we would have to rebuild, I had come this far, it wouldn't end in vain. If I was going down, it was on my terms. If I was going to die...... it was going to mean something.
I sat in my penthouse suite at darkside dealings, I was resting, and I was comfortable. That's when my phone rang, "Hello?"
"What the fuck is going on!"
"Whoa, Chief Gallagher? What do you mean?"
"There's a full scale riot, on 22nd Street"
"There are at least a hundred people here!"
"Ok look, you keep civilians, I'm on my way"
"What do you intend to do!?"
"Uh Join in?"
"How does that help!"
"Chief, don't you know me by now? I'm a killing machine"
"Damon, I swear to god, if you make matters worse!"
"What? You'll kill me? Please, if anything your my bitch, I'm on my way now" I hung up the phone and headed straight to 22nd Street.
I got out of the car and ran through the chaotic street, I watched people die and turn to ash constantly, death was everywhere it was impossible to not see it. I watched the chaos and saw Kasumi and Razor fighting, they were both bloodied and injured, Razor smacked Kasumi, Kasumi was too weak to take it, and the hit knocked him off his feet and into a parked car. Kasumi looked up at Razor, as Razor towered over him, Razor slowly lifted his sword and swung down towards Kasumi, Kasumi deflected it and while Razor was unbalanced, cut off his right arm. Razor screamed in pain, Kasumi quickly got to his feet and ran at Razor, Razor deflected Kasumi's attack and kicked him into the car again, while Kasumi was dazed, Razor forced his sword through Kasumi's gut and the car door. Kasumi screamed in pain. Although they had been enemies for the last five years, Damon cringed almost unable to watch, Razor crouched down to Kasumi's level and looked him in the eyes. "Hello Lover boy", Kasumi was out of breath and in immense pain, he looked at Razor and spat in his face. Razor wiped the spit from his face, "Your brave boy, I'll give you that but I have something to tell you.... It's Impossible to love without a heart" Razor said this as his blade was pulled from Kasumi's gut and forced through his heart. Kasumi slowly turned grey and faded to ash. I watched, speechless, Kasumi had been a loyal follower, a friend. He didn't really turn against me.... he stayed with the woman he loved. I watched as a person, a friend who had cared about me and was loyal to me in the past, died for what he believed in. For the first time in my life, I truly felt guilt.
Damon ran up to Razor, Razor clutched the stump he had left for an arm, "I can't believe it! My arm! Least I took that bastard with it eh? Why you so quiet for?
"No reason" I said as I stared towards the sword sticking out of the car door, which was covered in ash.
"I took that Kasumi prick out! Can you believe it!"
"Yeah I ..... I saw that"
"You should of seen the look on his face he was so helpless! Look at that" he said looking down the street "Look at the chaos, the death, it had better be worth it"
"I know, we've lost a lot of people" I sat there watching as so many died around us, The Coven was gone, after this war hardly any of us would be standing, I sat there as I watched my friends perish, Rosalita was beheaded, Kazuki fought off two vampires, he killed one to be back stabbed by the other. Lune died from his injuries in 2000 and Kasumi was killed by Razor. "This has to end, we can't take much more" I said
"What so we quit?"
"No, that’s never an option, we fight for victory.... or we die trying"
"Well what's the plan?"
"We retreat, force a surprise attack catch them off guard and end this"
"I like it, how do we get a retreat?"
"We're on a street full of shops... find a microphone"
"Gotcha, I'll meet you on that roof" Razor ran off into the shop, I headed to the roof where I would make my announcement. I waited up there for Razor, he eventually came with the "Megaphone" which sounded good enough I suppose. I spoke into the megaphone "This is Damon, Blooddusk, retreat, I repeat, Blooddusk retreat!" I watched as the Blooddusk retreated, we weren't retreating because we were losing, we were retreating because I had a better idea that could save more lives. Razor and I both turned to retreat but were instead greeted by October, Razor turned to me "Get out of here, Damon, I've got this, you need to keep Blooddusk going" I won't lie, running from that fight, was difficult, I wanted to be the one to tear that bitch's heart out but Razor was right, someone had to control Blooddusk and they respected me. I got to my car and I fled the now empty battlefield.
"Well bitch, I guess this is a rematch" Razor said
"You've lost once, it will happen again" October replied
"You were lucky then"
"You were weak then and you still are"
"Really? Your little boyfriend thinks so ..... Oh that's right... I killed him"
"I'll kill you"
"Ha, funny he said that too" October lunged at Razor, using the sword in his remaining right arm, he deflected her attack, she was off balance, he attacked her, she dodged his attack and cut off his right arm as it passed her. Razor screamed as he had now lost his two arms. He fell to his knees and looked at her, "This doesn't change anything you whore, your lover died by my blade" She kicked him onto his back and rested the point of the blade on his chest, while holding she crouched down and looked him in the eyes. "You were weak, you always were weak, you lived life as a coward"
"I'M NOT A ........." before Razor could finish his sentence, October plunged the sword through his heart.
"We fight for Victory.... or we die trying"