What is up with her?
I slipped on my black hoodie again and walked down the sidewalk to check out the geek. Ok even his outfit screamed loser. Collar shirt with a sweater vest, pants that were obviously too small for him, and his ultra advance math books covered in his nose blood. Don't even get me started on his calculator belt buckle.
I fled out the door with Gabe yelling after me. I wanted to yell back at him to be quiet, but I was afraid that would give me away. I ran out onto the dark empty street. I could vaguely see someone running away. I charged as fast as I could after that person. I sniffed the air real quick to see if the person was a human or a vampire. Strange enough I came up empty. I slowed a little so I could take a deeper breath. Still nothing. I gave up and continued sprinting toward whatever that thing was.
They start toward me. I back up and say in English, "I mean no trouble," But they come after me still. One comes up behind me and holds a stake to my neck.
I was stopped mid-thought by another war-cry, and another. Was it just one person? Or a whole pack? Uncle Vaughn started to notice the noise now, too. As soon as he looked away I grabbed Gabe by the arm and threw him over my shoulder.
I ran as fast as I could inside the house. I made it, but as soon as my foot tapped the doorstep, yet another cry exploded. I set Gabe down and ran to the window. Just beyond it, I found two Uncle Vaughns standing in the street.
I watched my uncle, or uncles I guess, circling eachother in the street. Now that they were next to eachother, I could see minor differences in each of them. Of course I knew which one was the real Uncle Vaughn. I was curiously gazing out the window when Antonio, Kevin and Aaron came up behind me.
"Hey, Luna. What are you looking at?" Antonio questioned as he and the other two looked out the window.
"Whoa! Am I seeing double or are there really two freaky looking guys out there?!" Kevin said, rubbing his eyes repeatedly.
"Yeah," I replied. "That one is the original," I pointed at the one with more weapons in his hands than I could count.
"That explains a lot," Aaron mumbled under his breath. I was tempted to smack him, but I resisted.
That's when Gabe suddenly woke up rubbing his head. "What the hell?" he said repeatedly. I just laughed at him. Then I remembered something.
"Gabe!" He looked up at me. "Where's Silver Moon?"
He pointed to the closet near the door.
I turned and walked to the door. I opened the closet and found a fire box sitting under a pile of (smelly) clothes. I plugged my nose and dragged out the box. I didn't bother looking for the key so I just ripped the metal lid off. Gabe groaned from the loud noise.
"Oh, suck it up!" I threw over my shoulder. Aaron's eyes widened when I pulled out the silver gun. "What?" I demanded to his frightened face.
"I just think that you and a gun aren't a good mix," He said cautiously.
I rolled my eyes and stared at the beautiful gun in my hand. It had the words "Silver Moon" carved into the side with excellent craftsmanship. Me and Silver Moon go way back. When I used to be an assasin for the Council, she was my primary weapon. She could kill any beast of the night. Shapeshifters, Vampires, Seraphs, you name it... she could kill it.
I cocked Silver Moon and ran outside and into the street. When I got to the two Uncle Vaughn's I raised the gun right to one of their faces.
I pulled the trigger and an explosion of sound followed. Uncle Vaughn's face exploded and violet colored goo covered his face. It was enough to make you do an eww! and maybe shiver. I felt a light tap on my shoulder and turned around to the other Uncle Vaughn smiling at me.
"That's my neice!" he said proudly to the others. He hugged me and I rolled my eyes and hugged him back. "Hello there, Luna! I'm sorry if he-" he gestured to the faceless Uncle Vaughn, "- frightened you and your friend." He smiled brightly.
"Hi to you too," I grumbled in his direction. His smile faltered a little but he continued chattering nonsense.
That's when Hot Vampire-Hunter got up and walked over to us. Uncle Vaughn looked startled when I wielded my gun to point at the vampire-hunter.
"Stupid vampires," He said quietly to himself.
He used his finger to push te gunpoint to the ground. I was pissed! No one touches Silver Moon but me! "Damn it, don't touch the gun! We are taking you under captivity for the murder of many harmless vampires and... other stuff," I finished akwardly.
"Nice. And no need to get too pushy. I'll come willingly. I'm really not a hunter but you can have me anyway." He smiled stupidly.
"What do you mean? You have the vampire hunter's symbol on your neck," I was not in the mood for games. This kid better give or Silver Moon is gonna get 2 shots in one night.
"Oh this," he pointed to the tatoo and laughed. "Yeah, well that's just what I used to be. I retired like a month ago. Got tired of it," he said in a bored tone. This guy was seriously getting on my nerves.
"So then why are you here?" I asked raising my gun again. "If you don't wanna kill us then what do you want with us?"
"I don't know. I just wanted to get away from him. Oh yeah and my name is Malcolm." He said still sounding bored.
"Well, do you wanna tell us who 'him' is?" I said through clenched teeth. This guy was on my absolutely last straw.
"No not really." And that's when I pounced.
Uncle Vaughn yanked me back by my shirt collar. I pulled harder and he let go with a look of concern.
"I know," I growled quietly.
"You're a hunter, too aren't you?" He said in his still annoying tone. "This doesn't make any sense!" He shook his head at the thought.
"You don't make any sense," I whispered but Uncle Vaughn gave me the guilt look. "Ok fine."
"Can I study your lifestyle from a closer perspective?" His voice suddenly got very serious.
"Uh, Um, Er..." I was still shocked by Malcolm's change in tone. "Sure, but if you're gonna stick around, I kinda wanna know who you are." His contemplated that, which made me raise my guard a little. It was a simple enough question... wasn't it?
"I promise I won't lie to you," He said immediately. I gave him another crazy look and so did Uncle Vaughn. "My name is Malcolm Wells. I'm an ex-vampire hunter, but I actually find vampires interesting to-"
"Luna," I forgot about the crap load of Council members standing nearby. "Do you want your mission?" Oh yeah, almost forgot!
"Uh, yeah. Sure," I said stepping back up to them. "What is it?"
"It's a hunt and kill mission," Biker dude council member said. Oh goody! The best of the best.
"Now you get to see my job," I threw over my shoulder at Malcolm. He laughed at that, and my heart might of actually let slip a beat. It kinda hurt, but in a good way.
Biker dude continued, "Your target is located at 246 Hemmingway Boulevard, Colorado Springs, Colorado. You can only study your target until we tell you otherwise. Study their living habits and anything else you'll need to know. Your target's name is Alpine Chylle. She knows about the vampire race," He said simply.
Huh, strange. She knows about us? How? I guess it doesn't really matter. And Alpine? What kind of name is that? Whatever. "Well I guess I should get going," I said. I started running back into the house with Malcolm and Uncle Vaughn running behind me. Malcolm was quiet which was a bit unusual.
I got into the house to find Gabe digging in the fridge for a glass of blood, and Aaron, Kevin, and Antonio staring openly at the three of us. "Uncle Vaughn, you mind giving the introductions and news? I gotta get my stuff together."
"You can't go after Alpine!" Malcolm suddenly burst out. Everyone just gawked at him.
I stopped packing and put my hands on my hips. "And why not?" I asked snootily. He looked nervous. "Yeah, that's what I thought." I kept stuffing random clothes into the duffel.
"So what's going on?" Kevin asked lazily.
"Uncle Vaughn do you mind explaining? I'm kinda in a hurry," I didn't even turn around.
"Yes, of course. You see, Luna here-" He stopped suddenly. I noticed Layla was standing in the open archway staring carelessly at my uncle.
"Layla?" He questioned with genuine shock.
She immeadiately looked down at her feet. Oh now she wants to be shy? What's that about?
"Vaughn," She whispered to the floor. Vaughn? This is getting a little too weird.
"Look," I said slinging my bag over my shoulder, "I don't know what is going on, but I'm leaving. See ya."
I walked out the door and down the street.
"Wait!" A voice called after me. Ugh. Malcolm. I walked faster hoping he'd get tired and give up. "Luna!" He zoomed up right next to me. Just my luck.
"WHAT?!" I shouted
He pulled car keys out of his pocket. "Need a ride?"
"Need anything to eat?" He asked.
I sighed for the billionth time. "No, I don't need food, Malcolm," I grumbled.
He took his eyes off the road for two seconds to stare at me. I was slumped in the passenger's seat, black leather converse happily residing on the dash. I've been jammed in this car for almost four days. You can imagine I'm feeling a little grumpy.
I sat up straight in my seat. Malcolm glanced over worriedly, but I ignored him. I could sense her. Alpine.
"Turn that way!" I pointed to a dirt road on the left.
"Just do it!" I shouted at him.
He directed the car into the direction I was pointing. It was getting dark, so Malcolm's sleek, black car would go unnoticed in case we encountered some one. The car was really nice, but a little showy. Never mind, he was being A LOT of showy. Actually could it be any more showy? Damn.
"What ever you're insulting me about mentally, I swear you're just really judgemental," He said, eyebrows raised.
I listened for a moment.
"Really, Luna, it's not my-"
"Shut up!" I cut him off.
"God, you can be so rude and-"
"Seriously! SHUT UP!" I listened again I heard voices, then Malcolm heard them too. We passed a patch of trees to find a mansion nestled in the surrounding wood. I knew she was here.
"Got to go," I muttered.
Malcolm stared, mouth agape, as I slammed the door in his face and jogged across the front lawn. I went right up to one of the windows and hid in the bush below it. I silently stared in to find a whole coven of vampires watching tv. That's not natural.
"Shoot!" I grunted as something very heavily hit me.
"Luna?" A voice asked through the dark.
I squinted and then nearly gave myself a heart attack. "Victor?!"
"Victor, Holy crap! It's you! What are you-"
"Luna! What the hell are you doing?!" Grrr. Malcolm.
"Look Malcolm just go back to the car. I'm busy!" I shot him a few daggers. Unfortunately that wasn't enough to shut him up.
"Where is Alpine? Who are you?" He turned to Victor and so did I.
"Alpine's inside, but-" Vic was interrupted by Malcolm.
"But what?! Is she ok?!" Malcolm actually sounded worried. What was with him?
"She's fine, but...there's a hunter coming for her. She knows and the V.H.I.A. found out about it. She has thirty days," He sighed sadly. Oh no. There's no way-
"Luna, are you alright?" At first I thought Vic had asked, but then I realized Malcolm was looking at me. He grabbed me by the shoulders and stared deeply into my eyes. There was a pool of, what was that, fear? He actually cared. Kudos to you, kid.
"Vic, ummm, that hunter... It's supposed to be me," I looked up at him through my hair. He shook his head in disbelief.
"Alpine is my victim," I said quietly.
Vic and Malcolm stared at me. "I'm so sorry, Vic."
"Victor?" A young girl's voice chimed from a window.
"It's ok, Vic, I won't do it," I assured him. He nodded in understanding.
"Hi, I'm Luna," I said as I stepped out of the bushes and into the porch light.
The girl looked alarmed as I came toward her, but as soon as Vic came out behind me, she relaxed a little.
"Alpine, this is an old friend of mine, Luna Black. She's here to help," He flashed me a warning look. I smirked.
"Hi," She said cautiously. Did I seriously look that scary?
I glanced back at Malcolm, who stood glued to his spot on the sidewalk. "And this is-"
"Malcolm?" Alpine's young voice whispered out over Vic and I.
Wait, what? Did I miss something?
"Do you two know eachother?" apparently Vic was as shocked as I was.
Malcolm absolutely ignored the question when he said, "Hey little sister."
My jaw dropped a million miles. Now that I think about it, it does make sense. I mean, back at the house, he didn't want me to go after Alpine. Then he decided to give me a ride, probably to keep an eye on me. Smooth. I can't believe I didn't see this coming!
"Vic, do you mind if we come inside?" I said suddenly, wishing the awkward moment of shock would end.
"Um, no, come on in," he said quietly.
He walked past Alpine and took her hand as they continued through the house. I glanced back Malcolm as he followed Vic into the house. I shrugged and emerged into a grand entry way. It had white marble floors and colorful paintings upon the walls.
"Luna!" Teri ran up and hugged me.
"Mom, please!" Vic whined from the kitchen.
I snickered as Teri threw him a threatening look.
"Hi, Mrs. Rose. Is there any chance I can use your phone?"
She strode into the kitchen, took the phone off the cradle, and handed it to me.
"Just let me know if you need anything else, sweetie." I nodded and started dialing.
I waited few rings.
"Hello and thank you for calling the Vampire/Human Interaction Agency. Can I help you with anything?" The lady on the other end sounded extremely disinterested.
"Yes, can you please redirect me to Council Member Tepes?"
Without a word she hung up and the phone rang again automatically.
"Luna Black, how long has it been?" A smooth voice spoke into my ear.
"Too long. Hello Mr. Tepes. I was wondering if I could have a favor?"
"Anything for you, Luna," He said without a flaw in his voice. I sighed quietly. "The Hunting Department, they expect me to…kill a completely innocent human. She knows, but she doesn't care. Can you convince them otherwise?"
It was quiet for a moment. I swear my still heart just let slip a beat.
"Please?" I whispered.
"I will do my best. I am the most respected Council Member on the board,"
"And modest too," I added. We laughed. "Thank you."
"I will be in touch. Stay out of trouble."
"I won't," I replied with a grin.
"Bye, Mr. Tepes."
I hung up as Vic walked in.
He looked at me, a little frightened with my grin.
I winked at him. "You're lucky your little girlfriend has Luna Black for a guardian angel."