Don't leave this place. You cannot leave here. Your skin will burn whenever you enter the sun. Don't…don't…
I was raised for the purpose of fighting I think. I had to fight just so I could live. I cannot remember when my existence in the bell tower began. My first memory was the chain tied around my ankle in that room sunlight could never reach. Day after day, I was taught no knowledge of any species. But I was given the basic knowledge of combat.
The chain around my ankle was only taken off when I was ordered to fight. Night after Night, I was taken into the outside world and fought Araxs. That's all I did. Killed.
Even when I had chunks of my skin taken off, new skin would grow to take its place immediately. When my bones broke, they would heal in a matter of hours. But small cuts and grazes healed over time.
I could not die. That was the way it is, I thought. But even then, I knew: that death will come for me. At first I didn't know what could kill me. If another queen's DNA enters my system or vice versa, we will harden like crystal and die before turning to dust.
I never wanted to escape though even though I could easily do it. I was unhappy, forced to be obedient and mercilessly experimented on. If I wasn't experimented on, the military only visited me to give me corpses to feed on and I could come and go as I please, I would have been happy.
That's why all I want is the simple thing in life. Food, shelter and my child Risu.
But most of all, I wanted to believe in that word humans use.
Truth be Told
The bus was slow through the towns. Sonya enjoyed having talks with everyone as they drove. The Cataluña girls, Denial and Yoruba were given permission from Azul to play with his daughters, Chiwa and Eri. Fang was laying in the back row seats.
'How long will it be until Fang wakes up?' asked Misericaudia. She had managed to talk her way into being allowed onto the bus even after her family had gone.
'A few hours if we're lucky,' replied Atori. 'Why'd you insist on coming anyway? You're not exiled.'
'I am now,' she replied with a smile. 'I told everyone I'm exiled and then I left.'
Vespick shook his head. 'That's just pitiful and typical of vampires,' he said coldly. 'It goes the same for humans.'
'Oniisan,' said Helena. 'Do you insist on acting so hostile to humans and vampires?'
'You should just let people be the way they are,' Alai pointed out. 'You can't change the way a person is if they don't want to. It just isn't right.'
Helena shook her head and walked to the other side of the bus. 'Coming Atori?' she asked.
Atori followed her. 'Where do you think my itoko is?' he asked her.
Denial spoke up. 'I don't really know her but from what Fang said,' she said. 'Wisper always tries to go somewhere she feels safe. And where would that safe place be?'
'Gum?' asked Moon.
'Buts Gum rights there,' said Karma pointing to her. 'She not here so where she goes next?'
'I'll check if she hasn't gone home yet,' said Gum placing both hands into her hair. She took them back out. 'Nope, can't find her in there.'
Azra appeared next to Gum and placed her hand into Gum's hair. She was instantly sucked into her hair.
'Well,' said Perceptionz. 'You don't see that every day.'
Rin Tin ran over to Gum. She picked her up by the ankles and started shaking her to let her out.
A wok fell out of her hair before a pillow, a cutlery set, a scythe, a bag full of jewellery and wallets, a big suitcase before finally, a DVD set.
'She's not going to come out until she leaves the front door,' Gum pointed out. 'Honestly, everyone insists on being too curious don't they?'
Rin Tin put her back on the ground. 'Sorry,' she said. 'Hey Trinity-chan, think you can help her find out?'
'I'll do it,' said Toshmiko turning herself into a dragonfly and flew into Gum's hair.
'Three,' said Nenene. 'Two, one.'
Toshmiko flew out of her hair slightly dazed. 'I thought that would have worked,' she said turning back into a human.
Perceptionz rolled her eyes and shoved her and Nenene's hands into Gum. They came back out with a shocked yet unharmed Azra.
'That felt like I'd just walked into Gum,' she said sitting down on an empty seat. 'It even had the trees outside every balcony.'
'I'm not a normal tree Azra,' said Gum. 'I am very similar to the Dragon's Child in a way. Oh shit.'
'What are you Gum?' Denial asked. 'Like seriously, what in fuck's name are you?'
They all waited for an answer.
'I don't know,' Gum said finally. 'I was a seed created in Le-Shang before planted in the immortal dimension yet I got my first drink from waters in Reath.'
'So you're like the famous Rose Tree?' asked Jeremy.
She nodded. 'My twin,' she said.
'Does the Rose Tree do the same as you?' asked Moon who was eating a turkey wing. 'Does it have the same powers as you?'
'You don't know that much about Reath urban legends,' said Sparrow. 'The Rose Tree actually grows roses of every colour. It has no gender and its roses wilt when they're picked. It never pollenates but since it grows by a river, petals fall from it when a living thing is near.'
'It also has impenetrable bark and twigs,' continued Fury. 'The twigs and bark remains on the tree no matter what you do. However a hooded man with a red and purple eye emerged from the tree's core breaking a long thin twig off it.'
'Then,' said Denial. 'The twig suddenly turned into a diamond spear the second it touched the water. The hooded man took the spear with him as he later found out it is the few things that can kill you in the immortal dimension.'
'What are the other things?' asked Yoruba.
'For Araxs there are Arax-Lords and Arax-Priests,' said Zada. 'But for the rest of us, Arax-Lord queens.'
'Least Wisper-chan won't hurt us when she's not Kira,' said Durie.
'True,' said Toshmiko.
'Hey guys,' said Sonya. 'I'm going to put this ting in auto driver. It gets jittery for a second but after that it'll be fine.'
'How that works?' asked Karma.
'Modified the bus,' said Trinity smugly. 'This thing doesn't even need fuel anymore and the bus is indestructible meaning nothing can wreck this thing.'
Sonya walked over to them. 'Do you guys feel like doing something for the next four hours?' she asked.
'Let's play truth or dare,' suggested Rin Tin.
'Hey Sparrow,' said Mitsuri. 'What's that sign say over there?' She pointed to a sign at the front of the bus that said no smoking.
'Can't you see it very well?' Min asked.
'No I um,' Mitsuri went red. 'I can't read.'
Moon teleported over to them eating from a bucket of ice-cream. 'How can you not know how to read?' he asked. 'You're nine.'
'Fuji-niisan can't tie his shoes,' said Mitsuri. 'And I can write down the alphabet and my name and labels but anything else I can't spell.'
'So you can spell cat but nothing like "through" or "about"?' asked Min.
Mitsuri shook her head.
'Don't your parents help you with tying your shoes and reading and writing?' asked Sparrow.
'They don't know,' said Fujiwara sheepishly.
'Who can't do those things?' asked Rin Tin.
Misericaudia pointed to Fujiwara and Mitsuri.
'Though I look fifteen I'm actually only six,' she said. 'Thanks to Wisper, I grew up and got smarter and more mature very quickly.'
'No one's perfect you know,' said Denial. 'I ran away from my parents and I'm probably the only person that can burn boiled eggs. Sparrow's an orphan and acts more like a girl than a boy.'
'Hey,' said Sparrow.
'Wells youse does,' said Karma. 'Kids, I has Russian accent and not talks rights since other sibling not there to helps me like okaasan should.'
'Why don't we confess on things that our parents did,' suggested Sonya. 'I actually hated working at the Yummy Star when I was a teen.'
Trinity went next. 'I haven't read a fiction book since I was five because my parents were obsessed with making me study hard,' she said.
'Wow that's kind of sad,' said Azra.' Anyway, my parents are forcing me to waste the summer hols by playing sport.'
'Shit,' said Durie. 'My parents are always going to places without me leaving me to care for my younger siblings.'
'I don't even know what happened to my parents,' said Nenene. 'I was bought and taken away to be with Wisper.'
'Same goes for me,' said Perceptionz.
'Trees don't have parents,' said Gum.
'My parents don't even want me around,' said Moon.
'They didn't care I left them,' said Misericaudia.
'Mine are critical of me when we hang out because they think you're a bad influence,' said Toshmiko.
'My parents think that I'm a juvenile delinquent,' said Jeremy.
'I too was exiled,' said Fury.
'I had no relationship with my parents because I had to care for Wisper-sama,' said David.
'And I was dumped on the streets,' Fang walked over to them wide awake. But during her sleep she had changed a little.
'Fang,' said Denial. 'You look different.'
'What's wrong?' she asked, her voice reminded them of a puppy's yap.
Fang's eyes were no longer hazel but instead crystal blue. Her hair had white streaks flowing through it. Her ears also moved to the side of her head and had white fur around the edges.
'You look like a grey wolf,' said Kai.
She ran towards the front window. 'Holy shit!' she cried making the bus swerve around.
'Guess you're not used to your telekinesis,' said Min. 'Don't worry, when you become and Arax-Priest, your appearance changes.'
'What changed about you?' Helena asked.
'I have gold eyes,' Min pointed out. 'Plus I'm now five foot two and my hair is dark purple. And I have the same voice as a little girl.'
'I guess since we didn't know you for very long we didn't notice those changes,' said David.
'Wisper-chan would of,' said Moon. 'So when you become a Priest your appearance changes a little?'
'For me it changed entirely,' said David. 'And that only works on vampires. I don't know about humans though.'
'Do you think Wisper has any other Priests?' asked Sparrow.
'Scared your girlfriend has a guy Priest?' teased Toshmiko.
Sparrow went red. 'No,' he replied.
Everyone laughed at him.
Charles suddenly jumped onto Moon's shoulder. He smelt the air around Moon and hissed at it.
'What'd you do that for?' asked Moon.
A demonic snarl was Charles' reply. He looked over at Misericaudia and swiped his hand at her.
Misericaudia stepped back in fear. 'Charles Solomon,' she said. 'Please don't hiss at me. You're making me feel nervous.'
'Wells youse do has bad karma round youse,' said Karma.
'I think you mean aura Karma,' corrected Fujiwara.
'No I is meaning bad karma,' she said.
'Why are you even called Karma?' asked Perceptionz coldly.
'I is calling me that coz I is say karma as first words,' she explained. 'The places I created in says first words I says is names.'
'How'd you escape?' Kai asked.
'I is pretends dies,' Karma replied. 'They is kills every von in Batch Corpse but I is live when shot in heads. I is only lives coz I has more power than little siblings.'
'Gee,' said Perceptionz. 'Sad story. A tear just ran down my face.'
'Why don't you like Karma?' Zada asked.
'Me hate the clone?' Perceptionz asked. 'What nonsense. I've never heard anything so ridiculous.'
'Then why don't you say her name?'
Perceptionz glared at her. 'Karma,' she said icily.
'Okay,' said Nenene. 'Perceptionz, I think you two need to spend a whole day getting to know each other better.'
'I'll only do it for you Nenene,' she said sweetly.
Moon's stomach growled loudly. 'Sorry,' he said. 'I'm starving. It seems we're out of food.'
'I don't think hobo stomachs growl that loudly,' said Yoruba. 'Anyway, how far is it till we're back in Iwasaki?'
'Just give it ten minutes,' said Sonya. 'Then we're home.'
'Hey what are you kids going to do when they get home?' Misericaudia asked.
'Studying,' said Trinity.
'Exercise,' said Azra.
'Constructing,' said Durie.
'Weight training,' said Rin Tin.
'Bug catching,' said Toshmiko.
'I have cases to solve,' said Denial.
'Going to look for a job,' said Jeremy.
'Setting a place up with you Misericaudia,' said Fury.
Misericaudia's face went red. 'I'd just like to stay in a dorm near yours,' she said.
'Do you have a nickname Misericaudia?' asked Denial. 'You know like Misery?'
'You can call me Misericaudia or Misericaudia,' she said stubbornly. 'Only my family and Fury can call me Misery. Moon-niisan, you don't count.'
'Isn't your relationship with Fury kind of incest?' asked Azra. 'You are related to each other aren't you?'
'We're like the Nemec family,' said Fury. 'Because we're born from different cocoons, only the family the same sex of you is related by blood.'
'That's still incest,' said Durie.
'Is not,' said Misericaudia.
'Is so,' said Durie.
They continued arguing until they made it to Iwasaki. Sonya took over and dropped them off in front of their houses. The Black gates kids were dropped off at their school.
It was only the residents of Gum, Batch Corpse, Kai, David, Min and Sonya left on the bus.
'I hope we all get to do this some other time,' Sonya said to them.
'That'd be nice,' said Helena.
'Have any of you guys noticed that when Sonya-san…' started Fang.
'Everyone has to call me Sonya-chan because I want to be everyone's friend,' said Sonya.
'Okay I'll start again,' said Fang. 'Have any of you guys noticed that when Sonya-chan…'
'Dropped off the Black gates kids,' continued Fang. 'That Sparrow, Moon and Atori didn't get off and they aren't on the bus?'
Fang was right. They hadn't heard Moon eating, Sparrow texting and chatting or Atori talking since they entered Iwasaki.
'You don't think someone took them hostage do you?' Min asked.
Charles glared at all of them. 'Ugh,' he said angrily.
'Of course,' said David. 'Charles could sense someone bad on the bus and tried to warn us. That's why you were hissing right?'
He nodded. 'Ugh,' he said.
Abissus flopped back on a stone pillar. She threw destroyed toys off the edge of it and sighed.
'I'm bored,' she said. 'I'm bored. I'm bored. I'm so bored. There's nothing to do when you're rich and famous is there?'
She stared at her latest playmate. Their body pieces and blood were all over the room.
'I think I change my mind about having sexy boy Arax-Lords as my playmates,' she said. 'They break as easily as Crow vampires. In fact, that's all they are. Alright, seems like I'll have to find someone sexy and turn them into an Arax-Priest. Then they can play with me until I get bored with them.'
Matron walked into the room. 'Hey Abissus,' she called.
Abissus looked down and smiled. She vanished from appeared next to Matron.
'What do you want?' she asked.
Matron turned to her only to have Abissus vanish over to a hedge with severed fingers in it.
'I want to ask you something,' said Matron.
'It'll cost you ufu,' she said.
'Did you know only you and oneechan make that noise?' Matron asked. 'You two are the only ones that say fufu and ufu.'
'No we're not!' cried Abissus happily. 'You just said it <3!'
'Do you want me to kill you now or do you want me to tell you what I want?' she snarled losing her temper.
'I'll do whatever it is on one condition ufu.'
'I get to find a sexy guy from the Dragon's Child family <3!' she cried happily.
'Why do you want a sexy boy from oneechan's family?'
'Because I want to have children from the Nemec family but their otousan has to be very good looking <3!' she cried in reply.
'She doesn't have any emotional relationship with anyone in her family,' said Matron. 'Not since I made sure Misophie dies.'
'Nope fufu,' said Abissus. 'Still alive! By the way I hope she doesn't mind that I stole her plan and altered it into my dream.'
'She only made that plan because she wanted to create a world where we could both live happily in,' Abissus explained. 'But from what I did on the Rexene I don't think she'll want that plan again.'
'Yes but I just want to turn every human and vampire into an Arax,' said Abissus. 'She was selfish and wanted to just turn them into Lenevo Araxs.'
'I don't get it though,' said Matron. 'Twenty seven years ago she said she wanted to kill me when I told her of what I did to her baby but a little while ago, she acted like she had no intention of killing me.'
Abissus appeared next to a pool of blood and dipped her fingers into it. 'Not surprised. Mmm, yummy,' she said licking her fingers. 'She does have her memory erased from thirty-two years ago to sixteen years ago. Now, what did you want me to do for you?'
Matron smiled. 'Well,' she said.
Siesta opened her eyes. She had dried blood all over her dress and petals across her pillow.
She sat up. 'I feel so weird,' she said before seeing the message.
'Oh,' she thought when she finished reading it. 'Well I've never read something that original before. I guess she was in Kira mode when she did the blood transfusion.'
Siesta made the bed and went to the broken fridge to find something to eat then remembered something.
'That's right,' she said. 'When you become an Arax-Priest you can just eat the food you like but get nutrients from drinking blood and you sleep for an hour every day like Wisper-chan. Wait, that means I get the same powers as her too just not at her level which means…'
Getting on her hands and knees, Siesta grew beautiful blood red and snow white butterfly wings out of her back. The wings were twice her height and one wing was twice the size as her.
She climbed out the broken window and started to fly through Mineko.
'Oh this feels so good,' Siesta said laughing. 'I'm so free now I can do whatever I want. Oh thank you Wisper-chan I think I know what to do to return the favour.'
She rested on a skyscraper. 'I'll return your memories so you can remember me and your adopted sibling Gualtuf!' she cried.