I glanced up at the sky. My eyes scanned quickly. No moon; just
how I liked it. I looked ahead again. The street was silent, no
cars, and no people. I breathed in the smell of the fresh night
air A hint of pine from the forest was growing fainter as we
moved away from our home. Beside me, on my right as always,
walked Maggie. Tall, blonde and intimidating. The spitting image
of myself. We rounded the corner and went down the steps into the
underground subway. A drunk was asleep at the base of the stairs.
He was wearing a green jacket torn and shredded and smelled of
beer and cigarettes.
"Pathetic. How can humans succumb to such a life?" Maggie said as
we stepped over the body. I nodded as we made our way to the
tracks. The place was deserted. Now empty you could see exactly
how dirty the subway was. A lone man sat in the ticket booth. He
was asleep in his chair, his head falling onto the desk in front
of him. I tapped the window. He didn't move. Typical I thought to
myself. He was drooling. I breathed in and sighed. Now what?
Maggie caught my eye at that moment. We both looked at one
"Can you smell that?" She asked.
"Yea, I smell it alright." I replied breathing in again. The
smell of burnt flesh was all around us.
"Where do you think it's coming from?" Maggie asked looking
"I think it's coming from over there." I answered pointing
towards the tunnel.
"Think we should check it out?"
I nodded my reply and took out my two blades. Maggie pulled her
silver whip from her hip. I jumped down onto the track, landing
silently. Maggie moved to my right and we entered the dark, wet
We slowly made our way through the darkness. "Can you see
anything?" I asked Maggie.
"Not a thing." Came her reply. I placed my hand on the tunnels
wall and felt my way further in. I could tell Maggie was doing
the same on the other side. My hand trailed over what I hope was
water. Rats and mice ran about the railway tracks that we
carefully walked on. I prayed silently that no train decided to
come through while we were here.
A trail of light came into the tunnel from just ahead. "We must
have walked all the way to the next station." I told Maggie.
"After you." Maggie replied coming to stand beside me.
"As always." I replied stepping out of the tunnel and into the
"I can smell fresh blood." Maggie said, her eyes brightening.
"Control yourself will you." I hissed sternly.
"Sorry Kara, it's just so tempting." She licked her lips, "and I
haven't eaten in a while because I had to watch the fledglings
last time you all went hunting."
"Girl, you know we don't feed off anything other than animals, so
snap out of it." I said placing my hand on the platform and
swinging myself up easily.
"I know, I know." Maggie replied biting at her lip. We followed
the scent of blood to the male bathroom.
"I don't like where this is going." I muttered pushing open the
Smoke rushed out of the room. I covered my mouth with my hand.
Maggie walked inside whip at the ready.
"You don't have to be afraid of the smoke Kara, remember."
I nodded. Even after my hundred years of being a seventeen year
old vampire I still had a few human thoughts. Maggie and I had
been born to vampire parents but only found out we had the
vampire gene when we turned 17 and never aged from then on. I
removed my hand. I can't die unless burned or staked, I'd
Maggie's eyes widened and she let out a little gasp as the room
cleared. "Oh my."
"What is it?" I asked stepping around her. In the middle of the
floor were the remains of a vampire. Obviously he was a
fledgling, probably about fifteen and didn't look like he had
changed that long ago.
"This is why vampires shouldn't turn humans or feed on them. What
a waste." I said eyeing the staked vampire.
"Well who ever did it knew how to clear away the evidence."
Maggie replied gesturing to the fire.
"I think we should go." I said my hands tightening on my blades.
"Don't you wanna know who did it?" Maggie asked.
"I'm curious, yes, but there's only one group who would even
think about killing a vampire. Personally, I don't wanna be here
if they show up." I replied opening the door.
"Wait, you think the Lycans are responsible?" Maggie asked.
"Think about where we are Mags." I said walking up the stairs out
of the subway.
"Still I don't understand." She replied shaking her head. Her
blonde hair swaying with her.
I stopped and pointed at a sign. "Central Station."
"Yea so we're in the heart of Sydney, your point?"
"So, my point Maggie, is that we're on unclaimed turf. Vampires,
Lycans, Elves, Fairies etc. All of us have been trying to lay
claims on it since the last racial war over ten years ago."
"But why would another race kill one fledgling vampire. It just
doesn't make sense Kara. If they wanted the land badly enough
they would lay a claim on it and start a gang war."
"That's what I am worried about. Vampires and were wolves have
never gotten along, we don't even make treaties with one another.
Just like Fairies and Pixies don't get along, and the Sprites
don't mingle with the other species at all, they rarely associate
with others apart from their own sub breed." I replied. "We need
to tell Corinne what's happened."
"You don't think she'll start a war do you? I mean there hasn't
been one for just over a decade." Maggie said walking along
"Either way she needs to know so that she can inform the other
clan leaders that someone has been feeding off humans, and worse
turning them." I said putting my swords away as we neared our own
"I agree with you, all I am saying is that, well; I don't think
they would do it. I mean, there's no moon which means they can't
turn. It's the one time of the month they are at their weakest,
surely they are not stupid enough to try and take on a vampire,
even if he was only a fledgling." Maggie said curling her whip
"I'm not saying the Lycans did it, but it's the only thing that
fits, and if the Lycans do want to start a war, we want as many
of the supernatural on our side. No-one wants to see another
species have that area, they should do anything the keep it
un-claimed unless it's claimed by them." I said.
We rounded the corner and came to a stop in front of a large
silver plated gate. Maggie pressed the buzzer.
"Eric it's us open the gates." Maggie spoke into the intercom.
"And how do I know it's you Maggie, what's the secret password?"
Came Eric's reply.
"Obviously you know it's me." Maggie giggled in reply.
"Even so, you can't come in until I hear the password."
"How about, you let Maggie and me in before I jump this fence and
rip your throat out!" I threatened leaning past Maggie.
"Ah Kara, always a pleasure to hear your well." Eric replied
"Don't tempt me Eric." I cursed.
"Ok, I'll let you in, for Maggie's sake."
"Oh how kind of you..You big ASS!" I swore into the intercom as
the gates opened.
"Kara please, can you be a little nicer to Eric?" Maggie said as
we traversed up the winding drive.
"Nicer? To Eric? Who are you and what have you done with my
twin?" I said giving her a quizzical look. She didn't meet my
"No, oh Maggie, no." I groaned. "Don't tell me you fancy that
"I don't fancy him…I simply think he's...Nice is all." She
"Nice? He used to tease you all the time when we were little." I
"Well he stopped that didn't he." She replied.
"Are you serious, just last week he poured syrup on your head and
found it funny. It took us an hour to wash it out." I said.
"He thought I was you remember, he only did it because you put
itching powder in his bed." She said pointing at me.
"Ha-ha, oh yea, totally forgot about that." I said. "But still,
we've been seventeen for a century now, how could you like him?
Of all the vampires here, why him?"
"I don't know." Maggie replied.
"So you do admit it then, that you like him?" I laughed.
"Oh, shut up will you." She laughed pushing me slightly. I
grinned and opened the front door.
A few clan members nodded as we walked through the lounge room
where everyone was talking and drinking wine, a few had bottles
of animal blood from last night's hunt with them.
"Back so soon?" Bellatrix asked as we got to the top of the
"We ran into a little..Ah problem." I said glancing at Maggie.
"Yes we need to speak with Corinne." Maggie added.
"I'm afraid Mistress Corinne is a little…busy at the moment."
Bellatrix replied with a small smirk.
"This is of the utter most importance." I assured her.
"No, you cannot interrupt."
"Why on earth not? Whatever she is doing cannot be nearly as
important as this." Maggie said as a matter of factly walking
"Oh, but she is with Master Callow."
Maggie stopped in her tracks.
"I don't care if she's with the bloody king of England, if I wish
to speak to my cousin I shall!" I declared sauntering past both
Maggie and Bellatrix.
I knocked on the door. I heard a ruffle of sheets.
"Corinne it's me, I know your busy but this is very important." I
called through the closed door.
"It will have to wait Kara; Corinne's a little tied up at the
moment." Callow called laughing.
"I'm sorry but it cannot." I replied.
"Kara, I do not care, I am…preoccupied. Please, it can wait."
Corinne called back.
"No Corinne I'm afraid it cannot. Maggie and I have some news
from when we went out." When she did not answer I continued. "We
were down at central station. A fledgling vampire, a turned
fledgling vampire, was staked and burned in the men's toilets."
"Give me five minutes to get dressed." She called back. I heard
Callow groan with annoyance.