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Chapter Eleven-Ember

I listened to Arick's snores and Coi's soft mews as the scenery outside flashed by the train's window. I knew it was going to be a few hours before we reached London and that I should've followed Arick's example, but I didn't feel tired at all. I was still trying to figure out why I saw Jetylk on the street and why Arick couldn't see him. Was I going crazy?

I saw something flicker from the corner of my eye. I turned to face the strange man, who now sat across from me. His salt and pepper hair was slicked back from alarmingly yellow eyes. His black pin-stripe suit reminded me of old-time gangsters, he even had the red tie and black dress shoes to match. "When they told me about you, they didn't mention just how beautiful you are." he said with one of those smiles people wear when they think of something perverted.

"And who are you?" I asked with a frown. The man tsked and shook his head.

"Where are my manners? My name is Alexander Wyane. And you are the one and only Ember Rossing." he said holding out his hand. I glared at his hand until he slowly pulled it away.

"And just what are you? You're obviously not a creature of the Dark or of the Light. At least you don't look like it." I said with a tap of my foot.

"I am a walker. I'm just borrowing this body for thie time being." he replied, brushing a non-existant piece of lint from his suit.

Walkers were neither Dark or Light creatures. They were one of those few creatures that were in a league of their own. Since walkers didn't have bodies of their own, they invaded a host's body, locking away the host's soul until they were finished with the body. Normally, walkers didn't reveal themselves to anyone, even other non-humans. If a walker was revealing himself to me, something had to be seriously wrong with him, or something extremely bad was going to happen.

"And why are you here? Don't most walkers avoid other non-human beings?" I questioned, leaning back slightly.

"I just had to meet the guardian Jetylk is after. The whole underworld is just buzzing about the return of the great shadow demon." Alexander said waving his hand in the air. "But the real puzzling thing about this whole issue is the reason why Jetylk would be after you. Unless of course, he plans to prove himself by killing a powerful guardian."

"Jet isn't that kind of person." I snapped without thinking. The interest that sparked in Alexander's creepy yellow eyes told me that I said something I shouldn't have. "At least I don't think he is..."

"You sound like you know Jetylk... intimately. So tell me, how do you know he won't kill you?" he said leaning forward. I looked around the train car, praying there was a human there so I wouldn't have to talk to Alexander anymore, but the car was empty except for my small party and the walker.

"I don't want to talk to you any more, so I would like it if you left." I huffed crossing my arms over my chest. The low laughter that rummbled through his body made the hair on the back of my neck stand up.

"My dear, sweet Ember, there is not a thing you can hide from me. I can see through every lie you tell me." he said with that perverted smile of his.

"Look, I've met Jetylk only once and that was a very, very long time ago." I lied. Alexander wagged his finger at me.

"You shouldn't lie so much, Ember. It will only hurt you in the end." he said shaking his head.

"And just who the hell are you to be telling me not to lie? The less people know about my past, the better." I growled.

"Especially your young friend here, right? I mean, he shouldn't know that the guardian he seeks is sitting right next to him." he said with a cocked brow. I was at a loss of words after his statement. "Surprised that I know your little secret?"

"Just shut up." I hissed. "You don't know anything."

"So there is truth to my accusation." he mused, leaning back in his seat. Before I knew it, I was standing, glaring death down at Alexander. The red hand-shaped mark that adorned his left cheek told me that I had put my violent thought to action.

"Never, ever talk about my past or about Jetylk again. What happened back then is my business, not yours. If you came here to taunt me, you better start looking for a new body because this one is gunna be in pretty bad shape when I'm finished with it." I snarled. I knew it was against the Law to attack a human, even if that human was possessed by a non-human. I was more than happy to make an exception this one time.

"I am not here to taunt you, Ember. I am here trying to understand the relationship between you and Jetylk." Alexander said without his usual mocking tone.

"And why is that? Plan to use it against me or something?" I spat out. He straightened his suit and settled back into his seat. The way he acted, you would've never thought he had just been slapped, unless you noticed the red mark that slowly faded from his cheek.

"When was the last time you ever heard of a demon that ordered his minions not to harm a certain person, much less a guardian?" he asked seriously.

"Never. Demons hate guardians, thats why they try killing us. Even their blood kills us, except for the walking, talking impossibility." I replied, jerking my thumb at the still sleeping Arick.

"Have you ever seen a demon without red eyes?" Alexander questioned.

"No. Demons can hide their eyes from humans, but guardians are born with the ability to see through the glamour so they don't accidently kill a human instead of a demon." I answered putting my hands on my hips. Even a walker should know the answers to those quesitons. "What does this have to do with the supposed relationship between me and Jetylk?"

"It is rumored that Jetylk has ordered all the demons under him not to harm you. Also, I've heard that he no longer has the trademark red eyes of a demon." Alexander said as if that explained everything.

"So? Maybe he wants me alive for some ritual sacrifice or something." I retorted.

"I asked some of the other guardians about you before I came to see you." he stated fixing me with an icy glare.

"And?" I said, even though I already had an idea of what he was going to say.

"One of them said you had the most beautiful sea-green eyes. But it seems they lied to me. You have eyes the color of rich mahogany, with a tad more red." he said with something that tried to be a smile.

"You asked about my eyes? That's a tad bit creepy." I pointed out.

"I want you to tell me something, Ember." Alexander said leaning forward as I sat back down.

"Yeah, and what's that?" I asked with a shot of venom coloring my words. He steepled his hand and rested his elbows on his knees.

"How did a demon like Jetylk get the eyes of a human, while a guardian such as yourself got the eyes of a demon?"


Submitted: August 06, 2013

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