Rogue Vampire

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic


The strange human girl from Julia's group seeks Lane out.

Chapter 4 (v.1) - Kali & Lane

Submitted: January 07, 2020

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The following night I patrolled the woods closest to my shelter. Satisfied that neither Rome’s group nor Hunters seemed to be nearby, I headed north through the forest. I was hidden telepathically and intended to travel to the ruins between here and Villa Medici. The tall structures were worth investigating as possible resting or ambush places.

As I neared the meadow from last night, I heard <Lane?> I stopped in surprise. I don’t remember the last time someone had attempted to speak to me telepathically. The voice was as clear as any vampire’s, but this wasn’t a vampire. I stopped and searched the area for others. It was only the human girl from Julia’s group approaching from the direction they had disappeared in last night. No one else was with her.  <Are you nearby?> she questioned.

I hesitated a second. I could send messages this way as well as any of my kind, even while cloaked, but I haven’t had a reason to do so in a very long time. <Yes.> I unshielded myself so she could sense me.

She didn’t reply, but I sensed her moving toward me. I closed my eyes a moment. When she said we needed to talk soon, I hadn’t expected her to be in the woods searching for me the very next night. Especially alone. She must be a strange sight for other humans to see, a young girl traveling without an escort. Bad things can happen to a human girl this late at night. Why weren’t any of the vampires with her?

I waited by a very small clearing slightly east of the meadow we were in last night. The girl appeared next to a fallen tree near the edge of the gap. I studied her a moment as I cloaked my presence again. Her raven hair contrasted sharply with her paler complexion. She again wore a black dress and a cloak with its hood down. She smiled when she spotted me. “Hello Lane. We weren’t properly introduced last night. I am Kali.”

I searched the area again telepathically; unable to believe she was out here all alone. Again, I came up empty. There wasn’t a vampire – or another human for that matter – in the woods at all. “I am surprised no one is with you,” I said.

“Most of them were still sleeping when I left. This is a conversation that is best held in private.”

“Don’t you think it is dangerous to be out by yourself? Good people aren’t usually out at night,” I questioned.

She shrugged. “The time of day doesn’t matter much to me. I live with vampires. I am accustomed to their schedule.”

I frowned. “It isn’t necessarily other vampires you need to worry about.”

“Ah. I often go out on my own, Lane.” She paused, then said, “I don’t seek people out and other humans tend to avoid me.”

Her answer puzzled me. The men that are out this late at night would not avoid a young woman out alone. I stepped closer to her and put my back against the nearest tree. Curiosity had gotten the better of me.

Kali seated herself on the fallen log. “You have questions. Ask them. I will try to answer them.”

Dozens of questions flooded my mind – about her, about Julia’s group, and about what she mentioned last night. “Humans avoid you?”

She nodded. “If I am seen, yes. I think it is my aura. Often I am not noticed, but if they see me, they tend to keep away.”

“I’ve never seen humans live with vampires before. Why do you stay with them?” As I asked this question, I sensed the now familiar presence of Julia somewhere behind me. I hadn’t sensed her a few minutes ago, but now I could tell she was very close to us. Briefly, I thought of warning Kali of her arrival, but decided not to. It would be interesting to see how long it took the human to notice her.

Kali seemed to think a moment. “For the same reasons you live alone.”

“I live alone because most vampires try to kill me,” I replied.

She nodded. “Most humans would burn me at the stake if given half a chance. They fear what they don’t understand. And whatever they fear, they destroy.”

I stared at her. Humans burn people they believe are witches at the stake. I had sensed Kali’s telepathic power. It was a pretty safe bet that she wasn’t normal, but it seemed she had found acceptance with Julia’s group. I didn’t have that. I was feared by everyone. Except for possibly her.

“But the humans fear me too. And therefore, I have no one,” I answered.

Kali looked thoughtful. “I have to admit you’re in a more difficult situation. Until I met you, I thought I was the one in such a position. We’ll never have it easy, Lane.”

I stared at her. Her answers implied she lived with Julia’s group as protection against her own kind. She was an outcast among other humans because she was different. And then she used a most peculiar word. “We.” Using such a word grouped the two of us together. It is a word said only among friends or comrades, those who had something in common.

“I’ve begun to suspect that. I still don’t understand this destiny thing you speak about,” I answered.

Kali started to answer, then froze, staring behind me. She had finally realized we were no longer alone. I turned to look behind me as well, as both of us said, “I know you’re there.”

I was a little surprised that Julia was a few feet behind me, not directly behind me as I had assumed. She had left some space between us, perhaps remembering how I reacted when she snuck up behind me last time.

She looked at me as she walked up to stand beside me. “Hello,” she replied.

“Why are you here, Julia?” Kali asked.

“I was looking for you. We were worried,” Julia replied with a sigh.

Kali looked at me. “Of course some people are probably too curious about things. The more you learn, Julia, the farther the balance of things is going to be tipped. I don’t know what will happen.”

I looked between the two. Kali’s tone was reprimanding in nature and Julia raised her eyebrows in response. A girl barely out of childhood was scolding a vampire nearly three quarters of a century old. I couldn’t help but chuckle. Julia gave me a look that seemed to say: Don’t encourage her. A second later she faced Kali again. “I’ll take my chances. Not understanding things has led to trouble.”

Kali mumbled, “I’m not sure this is a good idea.” She looked back at me. “Do you mind if she stays? She can always leave. Right, Julia?” she said, giving her an unhappy look.

Julia looked between us and shrugged. “If you want me to leave, I will. I came only to ensure you were all right.”

Kali didn’t seem to like the idea of Julia staying, but I didn’t see the harm in it. She might not have known who I was when we first met, but in the times since, she has done nothing to hurt me. If anything, she has done the opposite. I wouldn’t doubt if she had been the driving force behind her group getting involved last night. She might even have some knowledge that I could use as well. “No, it’s fine. She can stay,” I said with a small smile.

Julia returned the smile with one of her own. “Thanks.”

I shrugged. I didn’t know why Kali was so set against the idea, but I really didn’t mind. “Please continue,” I said to Kali.

“Everything is ruled by what you call destiny. Some call it fate, some call it ka; it’s all one and the same. Most souls are ruled by this and spend their lives fulfilling whatever purpose destiny has determined for them.”

“But not all,” Julia said.

Kali shook her head. “No, not all. There are others. There are souls like Lane and me, who are perfectly blank.” She stared at me and said, “Up for grabs by either side, good or evil. We alone decide which we will be.”

I nodded. Unlike last night, there were only three of us out here and my headache was gone. It made it easier to concentrate on her explanation. As I understood it, most souls were born with destinies; however, there were a few of us that weren’t. I pondered a moment. If blank souls were up for grabs by either side, did that mean that souls with destinies had no choice? They had the side they were on selected for them already? I had never thought of myself as “good” since becoming a vampire. I was a monster; how could I be good?

Julia’s mind apparently went down a different path than I. “Do all blanks have unusual powers?” she asked. I stared at her in surprise. It wasn’t the question I would have asked, but it was an interesting one. One I never thought of.

“Is it true?” I asked Kali.

“Yes. Each of the undesignated has a unique gift. Sometimes several.” She seemed to gaze past us. “The power the undesignated holds determines his or her importance in the grand scheme of things. The more power one holds, the more things they’re able to change. They can do great things or they can bring utter disaster.” She focused on us again. “Your abilities are unique even for a vampire. This is because you had the power even as a human.”

I stared at her in confusion. I didn’t remember hypnotizing anyone when I was still human, but I had no explanation for the abilities I have. I had assumed I had gotten them when I was turned, but I could be wrong.

“So the fact he has this power means what? He hypnotizes vampires . . . how would he have gotten this? I don’t understand,” Julia said, sounding as confused as I felt.

I glanced at her, before studying Kali again. When I had been turned, I had assumed the vampire who turned me hadn’t attempted to hypnotize me. But what if he had tried? I knew I could hypnotize other vampires, but maybe I was immune to it as a human?

Kali’s expression was thoughtful. “Since you’re able to hypnotize vampires, I would guess you were able to hypnotize humans while mortal,” she stated.

I frowned slightly, trying to remember if I had ever done that while human. People might have been more inclined to listen to me or believe me, but they hadn’t been hypnotized, had they?

The human seemed to notice my confusion. <You’re thinking of the ability as it is now. When you were human, the power would have been more subtle. You might have noticed that family and friends tended to agree with you most of the time when you were still human. They wouldn’t have stared at you blankly as people do now.>

I considered her words. They made sense. I didn’t think of my human life much. It was painful to remember all I had lost. I nodded at her slightly in acknowledgment as I realized Julia was speaking again.

“Lane’s not even a century old! If he had that power then and can hypnotize other vampires now . . . what the hell will he be able to do with his power later? It’s about a century after being turned that a vampire’s powers really develop and increase in strength.”

Wait, what did she say? Most vampires’ powers increase after they turn a century old? I turned my head to stare at her. I hadn’t known that. I had guessed vampires get stronger with age, but I had no idea that there was a certain time that signaled such an increase. Why was I so strong already?

“…What would you be able to do as a vampire?” she questioned, staring at Kali. “You already invade my dreams.”

I looked back at Kali in surprise. I supposed it would be possible being telepathic, but I had no idea. “You can do that?” I questioned.

There was a slight hesitation before she nodded. “Julia, I cannot know with certainty unless it happens. My guess is that it would be easier to enter and possibly harm the sleeper through their own images. This power is related to the telepathic power I hold. Without it, I would not be able to enter people’s minds while they sleep.”

“That is disturbing,” Julia muttered. “Kali, if you ever become a vampire and you become angry at me, please stay out of my dreams.”

A brief smile appeared on the human’s lips. “I told you that you were better off not knowing, Julia. You were the one who insisted on staying.”

I only half-listened to the banter between them as I processed what I had learned. Kali had said that souls like us have unique gifts, sometimes more than one. I was aware of at least two abilities that set me apart from other vampires; my ability to hypnotize them and my ability to telepathically hide my presence. My speed and strength was also unusual, but I wasn’t sure if that was truly a power or not.

I stared at the human girl. She was obviously a strong telepath, but she was a blank soul as well. Did that mean she had other abilities too?

“Can you do anything else?” I asked.

“Yes,” she said. I waited a moment for her to continue, but she was silent. I glanced at Julia as I realized that most of the information Kali had given me was more generalized or about myself. She had barely spoken of her own abilities at all. The more I thought about it, the stranger the young girl seemed to be. I knew from conversations last night and tonight this was information the vampires in Julia’s group knew little or nothing about. How did a human so young know about these things?

The edges of Julia’s mouth curved up slightly as she struggled not to smile. With a shrug, she said, “Kali doesn’t like talking about herself much.”

“What else can you do?” I questioned, pressing her for more information.

“See into the future,” Kali said with a sigh.

I exchanged looks with Julia. “How do you do that if you don’t have one plotted out?” I asked in confusion.

“I do not see mine. I see others’.” She hesitated, then said, “I see more than a picture or a quick flash . . . I can see a soul’s entire destiny, Lane. One that will unfold unless it’s tampered with.” Kali’s gaze seemed unfocused as she spoke. “And then I decide whether or not to become involved.”

“That has to be a rare ability,” I said.

Her eyes focused on me again. “As rare as yours.”

“You intervene in others’ destinies?” I questioned, trying to get a better understanding of what she had told me.

“I do my best not to. Sometimes it’s necessary to right something that went wrong.” She glanced toward my left and said, “You want to ask something, Julia?”

Julia nodded and looked at me. I couldn’t help but feel amusement as she fidgeted slightly. This was the most nervous she had seemed the entire time we had been talking. “Kali, you know I glimpse into the future myself. I don’t understand how one can see into the future but not be one of the undesignated. I mean if you can see it, you can change it, right?” she blurted out.

I stared at her in surprise. Julia can see the future too? What are the odds that two members of one group could do that, even if one was human and the other a vampire? Did she have other abilities as well?  When I first saw her, I hadn’t thought she held any sort of exceptional power. She seemed a little stronger and better trained to fight than others, but that was about it. A couple of the men I saw last night had some power, but now I wondered exactly what abilities her group had.

“Yes . . . but only certain events by yourself. You can change some things along the way, but your ultimate destiny final purpose if you will – cannot be changed unless one of the undesignated helps,” Kali replied.

“You already have. Now what will happen because you two met?” Julia asked.

 “Chaos possibly. Certainly things that you never thought possible will occur.” Kali frowned and continued, “Things have a way of coming full circle, Julia. Where there’s unfinished business, karma takes on a role. The past has a way of rearing its ugly head when you least expect it. Some things you never want to face but you must in order for things to move as they are supposed to.”

I looked at Julia in confusion. What unfinished business was Kali referring to? What was she supposed to face? Julia’s expression seemed to mirror my own as she shook her head. Obviously, she didn’t have any better of an idea what Kali was talking about than I did.

I exhaled and looked back at the human. If I wanted enough time to scout the ruins, I was going to need to leave soon. My thoughts went back to Julia’s ability. Kali had said Julia could only change some things by herself unless a blank like Kali or me helped. But if she can change anything, it meant her destiny isn’t completely set. 

“One last question before I leave. If she,” I glanced at Julia as I continued, “can change anything about her future, she can’t be one with a wholly set destiny. Most are completely clueless about the future. So what’s with her?”

Julia’s blue eyes widened with surprise. This time it was me who had thought of something the other hadn’t, it seemed. I turned to Kali who looked unhappy with the question. I wondered why. Was it that she didn’t want Julia to hear the answer?

Kali remained silent and I figured I wasn’t going to get an answer to that question. I was about to excuse myself when Julia spoke up. “It’s a fair question. Please answer, Kali.”

Kali chewed her lower lip a moment as she regarded us. “All right. I’ll try to explain it to you. There are different levels of existence. Almost all mortals exist on the first level. However, there are some who are on the higher levels. Many psychic mortals, shape-shifters, and witches are on the second level. Most vampires exist on the third level. They have more awareness of things than the previous levels.” She paused, then said, “I think Julia and others of her group are on the fourth level. The one right below ours. Some refer to the souls on that level as Great Ones. They usually have one purpose, a single but crucial role in the course of things. If one of the ‘Great Ones’ dies before their time, chaos can ensue then as well.”

I took a moment to process her words. It seemed so strange at first, but the more I thought about it, the more sense it made. Mortals were frightened clueless creatures. I have met a few mortals who may have been gifted with psychic abilities or real witches that didn’t form mobs at the first sight of something odd, but they had been few. Vampires seemed to know about things that cannot be seen or touched.

I looked at Julia, whose mouth had dropped open in seeming shock. Great ones, eh? Maybe so, but how did that explain how she could change things by herself?

“That’s why the ka-tet survived through the disaster five years ago,” Julia whispered. “Matthew kept asking Samuel about that.”

I recognized the one name from last night, but the other was new to me. I deduced that Samuel had to be the vampire I first saw last night. The leader.

Kali nodded. “Your destiny is still linked with theirs, so the ka-tet held. You have more freedom than others until the time comes to fulfill your destiny. Of course, who knows what will happen now.”

Ah. Kali’s last statement might explain how Julia can change things on her own. She can do so until her destiny calls. I wondered how our meeting has changed things. There were still so many questions, but for the first time ever I could say I had some answers. Time was growing short. I looked from Julia to Kali. “I need to go. Thanks for the information,” I said to Kali. She nodded in return. I turned and headed back in the direction of the ruins I intended to go to tonight.

I almost hated to leave them. It had been decades since I had experienced a real conversation, an exchange of information and ideas. I had laughed at Kali’s reprimand and Julia’s reaction to it. When had been the last time I had done that?

 


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