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My beloved vampire [chapter 1]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/03/2017 by Soul Reaper

 

 

Chapter 1

 

The rain was falling hard. I heard it as if it was far away. Maybe because I was lying half-dead somewhere in the woods not far from my parent’s home. I was lying on my face on the wet ground. Among the mud. I felt the smell of dust. Grass. Of blood. And now…of death. My death. My empty eyes went black. My body was cold and I no longer felt the pain. I do not think sorry how I would die. Anyway, my life was not a fairy tale. I was the youngest in the family. I was not smart like my old brother Lucas. Neither was I a beauty like my sister Elizabeth. For my parents I was a nothing. I was pretty sure they would not miss me. They already were unaware of my existence.

My heart slowed its beating. I knew it. Despite everything I had and my regrets. I could not say that I have lived fully. I have never been in love. I have never been loved. Even by my own relatives. As a child, I learned to live like a shadow. I watched others happiness. For myself I was getting only contempt and cold attitude. I never received a warm hug or a smile. I even remember how my brother and sister pretended not to know me. Waving me away as if I was a stray dog. Little by little, I started to feel hatred and contempt for them. I hated that I am part of this family. Come to think… This filthy blood will flow out of my veins…

Probably you wonder how I found myself in this situation. I will explain. After all this was nothing fun. After another dinner at home, I felt mentally exhausted. After I left the room, I heard that they all rejoiced. I felt damn bad. Therefore, I decided to go to clear my mind.

My black cloak enveloped me in a warm hug. It merged me with the darkness. The air was cold and smelled of rain. Soon there would be a storm. That did not stop me. I moved quickly. I do not carry a lantern. I walked away pretty fast. I was careful not to stumble into a fallen branch. I stopped to rest a bit. It was quiet around me. Really quiet. Even the crickets were silent. My stomach knotted. Sudden alarm tightened my chest. I turned and then the unthinkable happened. The arrow came from the darkness. It shocked me and took me almost a minute to realize that the blade sank into my chest. My eyes filled with tears. I choked and fell to the ground. The blade sank deeper. I tried to crawl, but the pain was indescribable. I was lying on my face when the first raindrops began falling. The ground beneath my body was already wet with my blood. With my tears as well. I was dying alone like a dog. And I do not even know why. From where the arrow came? Hunters? No. They would not have gone to the rising storm.

My consciousness came and goes few times. My body grew colder because of blood loss and the rain. Then I thought I heard footsteps. I could not see anything, but I could still hear. Someone was talking, but I could not hear clearly. As I said – I was not myself. I was dying. Then the world around me just disappeared. I was not sure if I am still alive or not.

 

-*-

 

I was very surprised when I woke up. My body ached and felt weak. Light coming through the window pierced my eyes and made me groan. I blinked and very slowly turned my head. I realized that I was lying in bed. Nothing special, but it felt more comfortable than home. There everything was alien to me. Probably it sounds strange, but it is a fact.

I could not move. I was only able to stare at the ceiling. My chest ached. I remembered what happened. From my eyes flowed with tears. Not sobbed. Just let the tears flow freely. For quite some time I was not crying. From a child I learned that there is no point of tears. I did not move when I heard the door open. But my heart was beating as if it wanted to fly off my chest.

I swallowed hard. I sighed. Then shadow caught my attention. At the end of the room stood a woman who I had not seen before. She was tall and very beautiful. She had long black hair and sea-blue eyes. If you looks carefully enough you will see that she was not so young. She was dressed elegantly. She watched me calmly. Her face did not show emotions. My throat was dry. I could not speak.

-You were lying near the estate of Charles Cunningham. Do you have anything to do with this family?

I opened my mouth to answer, but my mouth went unintelligible sounds. She went to a small table at the end of the room and poured me a glass of water. She helped me to drink. Then repeated the question. I took a breath and slowly explained to her that I was Florencia Cunningham and I am the daughter of Charles… unfortunately. The last part I did not spoke aloud, but my voice betrayed my emotions. I told her that I just went out to get some air. The rest was clear.

There was something that impressed me. She apparently did not like my father.

-How long was I unconscious? – I whispered softly.

-A few days.

My eyes widened in shock. I asked if she knew something, whether they were looking for me. She answered “no.” She did not know if they search for me. Not that I was surprised, but it was still painful. I clenched my hands into fists. I fought the urge to scream. I took a breath and exhale. Nervous laughter left my mouth. My tears betrayed me.

-Damn… Why am I not surprised?

-What do you mean? – The woman asked. – You are his daughter. Soon they will search for you.

-No, they will not. They do not care, even if I disappeared. This place has never been home for me. I share the same blood with these people and nothing more. I do not even know why they hate me.

I looked up and looked at her. I am sure my face was emblazoned pain. The words that I spoke then surprised even me.

-You should not rescue me. You just had to leave me there to die like a dog. For them I am nothing more than a hindrance.

-You speak serious things, girl.

-They are all true. They might be frustrated if I go back. When can I leave?

-You are not prisoner. Go when you can walk.

That was the last thing she said before leaving the room. She left me alone.

 

-*-

 

The woman was right. Nobody stopped me when I decided to leave. I could still feel the pain in my chest, but at least I could walk. I received only guidance on how to find a way home. I went out from that house early in the morning. Before sunrise. People from this home urged me to do it like that. Not that I object. I do not hurry to go home. There was no one who was waiting for me.

I did not travel on major roadways. There was risk to be attacked by someone was much larger. However, unlike my last walk, this time I was much more careful. Of course, I stopped several times to rest. I had only a little water in itself. I was hungry but I had neither money nor food. Damn it! My stomach has churned much vigor. I had to stop to catch my breath.

Then someone tapped me on the shoulder and I jumped in fright. It turned out that behind me was an elderly woman. She looked poor, but she was not dirty or anything. She smiled at me. My heart was pounding hard. I was sweating. However, I smiled in response. She invited me to rest in her home. I accepted and I did not even know the woman. She lived in a small house. It was really poor, but her house was more comfortable than the one in which I lived. She poured me a little stew and gave me a piece of bread. It was not anything special, but I was ready to accept everything. I was very grateful to her. Then I told her what happened to me. She looked surprised, but only briefly. Then she introduced herself. Her name was Glenda. She did not tell me her family name, but I did not ask. I felt tired and she offered me to rest. I accepted.

I was tired when I went to the little uncomfortable bed. She covered me with a blanket and I sank into slumber. I felt everything around me go in the darkness. At least for a while. Then the darkness was broken by the quiet whisper. Obviously, the older woman was talking to someone. I turned and then pain shot through my chest. My eyes opened wide and I could not catch my breath. My eyes blurred with tears and my hands clutched to my chest. I felt like someone again stuck an arrow in my chest.

Glenda tried to reassure me, but the pain made my body tumbles into bed. I heard how she screams to someone.

-Eric, does not stay there. Come and help me.

-Why are you doing this, Witch? – The voice was deep.

I heard it for a moment, but that voice was like silk. If these few words calmed the pain. I knew it was strange, but it was true. My body stopped shaking and the pain disappeared. I could breathe again. I managed to get up.

-It is better if you do not get up.

-I am feeling better now, ma’am. Thank you for your help. – A slight smile appeared on my face, but did not get to my eyes.

-It is looks like the arrow with which you were injured was smeared with something.

-I think it was not for me. – I whispered.

Then I remembered something. I could not believe it. The woman saw the confused expression on my face and put her hand on my shoulder.

-What do you mean, Flo?

-Before those people to find me… Someone else approached me.

-Really?

-I did not saw who was it, but I heard what he said.

I took a deep breath for a moment, and then I quoted the words of that man.

“Damn! She is human!”That is what he said.

In the woman’s eyes flashed something I could not describe. She got up and went to the other room, which obviously was a man whose name was Eric. They were talking about something and they did not even notice me. At least I thought so until the blue-green eyes of the man not dug into me. My breath stopped. She was so damn beautiful. He looked like someone… That woman. But not only that. He had traits of a man whom I knew well. My father. Impossible. Even I did not… The breath caught in my throat. Tears ran down on my face. I do not look like any of my parents. I have seen pictures of my family members, but we do not look-alike.

The sudden realization prevented me from noticing what was going on around me. I realized it when Glenda shouted:

-Eric, don’t!

But before I could react, he was cornered me against the wall. His eyes were burning in inhumane color. As if there was lightning. His lips protruded two long sharp teeth. He was sniffing my neck. That was not true. He is not a human… I was trembling, but he did not hurt me. Suddenly he growled something in a language I did not understand. A single word: “Mea” (from the Latin. “Mine”). This prompted the woman to pale. I was confused.

-What…?

Eric moved his lips to my ear and whispered: mine. My heart was pounding. I did not understand anything, but for some reason I was excited. For the first time someone acting like that with me. And although he still held me, he definitely not hurt me. Even the fact that in front of me does not stand a human slipped out of my mind.

-Don’t do it, Eric. She is not from our world. You cannot force her. This will put her in danger. You know it.

-Shut up!

-That is why your mother does not let you near the room in which she was healed.

So it is true! That woman is his mother. But how? She does not seem so old. Sensing my thoughts, Eric looked at me in the eyes. His serious expression softened. He pulled me to his hard chest. I did not resisted not because he was obviously stronger, but because something in him already had captured my soul and my heart. I did not know him, but I could not imagine a life without him in it. And that is what scared me to death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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SWAP: The Dark Hunter [chapter 1]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , , , , , on 20/10/2014 by Soul Reaper

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Chapter 1

 

   Be careful what you wish for! This is a common phrase. I find it annoying until it happened to me. I was born a girl. I grew up as a girl. Seemingly nothing weird, right? Only that my life wasn’t easy. At school I had no friends and all harassing me because I was timid and shy. Every day was the same. I dared not to tell my parents. Even on my twin sister Jenny. Even after I graduated and went to college it was the same. I envied on my sister. We were twins but we were complete opposites. One night after being drunk almost to fainting (alone again, of course) I wished I’d been born a boy. I thought that will be easier. I wanted to be a cool but mysterious guy who attracts attention. I wanted to be strong and smart.

   Really stupid desires that may arise in the mind of a drunken person. Even I never imagined what would happen to me. No rational person could ever imagine it. Like I said I got drunk and then fell asleep. Everything was normal until the moment when I woke up because of Jenny’s screaming. My head kills me. I got up because it was already morning. I went into the bathroom and washed my face. When I raised my head… I was in shock. I stood and stared at the person staring at me from the mirror. He was a male. I touched it. That was me. I knew it. I accepted it without give a reason. I thought the same way like before. I felt the same way, but I was not a girl bur a boy. I took off my clothes and went into the shower. Wow… I wished to be a boy and it worked. I wished to be sexy and see just what body I have. Of course, my attitude was still confused. I thought as a boy and as a girl. But I was aware that this would change soon. I knew it for sure. I understand it and I didn’t’ mind. There was just something that bothered me. I wished this and now it’s true. But what was the price? I understand that everything has a price. And mine would probably be high.

   I stopped the water and stepped out of the cab. I dried my black hair (which was to the middle f the neck) and wrapped the towel around my waist. I smiled with a perfect smile. Whoever fulfilled the wish of a very drunk girl for sure created something nice. I don’t mean to brag, but I was sexy. Wow… I washed my teeth and walked out of the bathroom. In the closet there were only male clothes. Everything was different, but just what I would choose. Even the photos. Everything was done so that if I was born a male. There was no sign of that stupid girl that everyone harassed. But I knew that this would also reflect in my new entity.

     I threw the towel on the chair beside the desk and went to the cabinet. I pulled out a pair of underwire and I put it. Then a gentle breeze made the hairs on my body stand on end. I turned my head to the window and there stood a strange woman. Tall, attractive and certainly dangerous. I didn’t take her presence for a surprise. Somehow I expected it. That’s why I continued to dress without paying her attention.

-I see that the change is good for you, Julian.

-What’s the price?

-You’re direct. Good. – she stepped away from the window and sat on the bed. – The process is irreversible.

-It’s better to know that.

-Now you work for us.

     I stopped for a moment and looked at her. It really would have cost me dearly, right? I lost my former self. That weak and useless part of me that easily break down. Fine! I will be what I wanted to be. I’ll pay the price.

Us?

-You will find out when you get there. We’ll talk again.

     She nodded and stood up. She handed me a business card. Simplified. White paper with black inscription. Name and phone number. I can hardly find it in the phonebook. The woman was gone in an instant. I looked at the list: Komiya Saya. So that’s her name. I suspected that I will travel to the “land of the rising sun”.

     My door burst open. My sister came in with tears in her eyes and hugged me. I managed to hide my surprise. Until now I’ve never been hugged by her. At least not before, in my past life… so to speak.

-I don’t want to go there. Tell them not to make me.

-What are you talking about? – I asked.

-Dad moved into the office in Japan. All of us must go. That’s he said.

-And you don’t want to?

-No! Let’s stay here. Only the two of us.

     She looked at me with her big eyes. They glistened with tears. No wonder she acted like a spoiled princess. They always pamper her.

-The change is not such a bad thing, Jenny.

     She looked at me. Maybe she was surprised by my words. I looked at her and stroked her hair. I rushed her tears. I’m her brother, but I will not hold her like a child. Ultimately we were on the same age. I was going to be good brother to her, but I won’t spoil her.

     Out mother, Elizabeth, entered into the room.

-Julian, you’re awake. Your father wants to talk to you. Go down to the living room.

     I nodded and left the room. I moved slowly, but quite aptly. My father was a hard man. Maybe that’s why my sister and I were so different. We were brought up differently. I’m sure that he wanted to talk to me about the so-called relocation. He always talked formally. I don’t remember him ever having been granted and laugh spontaneously. He was just serious by nature. I am just like him sometimes. It’s always been that way. It’s not so bad.

     As expected I found my father, Daniel, sitting in his usual place (the leather armchair by the fireplace) to read the morning paper. He doesn’t respond when I entered. This man acted as a military and as far as I know that was the case, but he retired due to injury in his leg. Not that it showed.

-You must know that in a few days we would move permanently to Japan.

-Yes, sir.

-Objections?

-None.

-Good.

-I calmed down Jennifer and I don’t think that she will cause problems.

-You are the older of the two of you and you should take care of your sister.

-I always do. But I don’t think that you called me here to tell me this.

     He folded the paper and looked at me. These piercing eyes of his… I sat on the couch and relaxed. I expected to hear the real reason for him to call me.

-I want you to work in the company.

-Me? In a suit and necktie?

-The company belongs to your grandfather and his childhood friend. Someday you’ll be one of the heirs.

-Do I have a choice?

     This is a rhetorical question. Naturally, I have no choice. I told him I would work part-time. I don’t intend to work there, but because there is not another job… I agreed.

 

*

 

     Time passed quickly and here we are now, outside of out new home in Tokyo. I admitted that this was cool house. My sister’s eyes were wide open and shining. She likes that kind if things. As I already mentioned, she was like a spoiled princess. She immediately rushed inside to look and my mother followed her. I had not the chance. My father forced me to accompany him to the company. By the way our business was versatile. We had many small companies in different areas. I wasn’t wearing a suit, but for the first time was fine. We even had a driver. Not to mention that my father has an assistant. I don’t know him, but I’m sure that he is someone handsome. My dad likes them. He thinks that I don’t know his little secret. He loved his family, but he loved his affairs too. I couldn’t hide my smile.

     As I expected. He was young and handsome. 24 years old. Tall and smart. He presented himself as Sakamoto Kai. I handed him a hand and he timidly accepted it. He even blushed. My judgment was correct as always. Of course, we didn’t stand at the entrance and entered. I got pass that was titles Visitor. It was temporary. Everyone stared at me and whispered. The girls blushed when I was looked at them. Someone even asked: Is he a model? I almost laughed. Don’t misunderstand me. I’m not brooding type. At least not in everyday life. But when I’m working, no matter what, I take everything seriously. I don’t mix work with private life. Now I have a job because they do not left me other choice. I was going to meet my grandfather. He was different in his life outside of work. He taught me to fight. We understand each other better than me and my father.

We got into the elevator. I stood at the back and I was able to watch my father and his assistant. Casually touches made him blush. The assistant I mean. Everyone greeted me and I met many people. My grandfather, Thomas Coleman, declined to talk in private. Once we were alone…

-How are you, boy?

-Ok. I handle it.

-You don’t want to work here, do you? – He laughed.

-No, but now I have not another job. It would be good to have some experience. And go to the new university.

-So, we agreed.

-Yes, sir.

-Well?

I raised an eyebrow, waiting to see what he meant.

-What?

-You saw the new assistant to your father, right?

-Yes. – I became serious. – You know, right?

-He’s my son. He always was that way. But I’m surprised that you know and don’t say anything.

-That’s not my problem. Let him do what he likes.

-You are very broad-minded man, huh?

-Not really. Well? What will I do?

He explained that I would deal with ordinary things. I will make copies of documents, I will bring coffee – I will briefly handyman. I shrugged. I did not care. After that we talked about a lot of things. He wondered why the 20 years old boy like me doesn’t have a girlfriend. Besides, he said that my grandmother can’t wait to see me. My grandmother, Sarah, is half-Japanese. You could say that I have roots here.

After my conversation with my grandfather I decided to walk. My father was busy, but made his assistant to accompany me. The boy agreed with him and I think he was enthusiastic. He walked beside me, but he clutching his briefcase. We went outside the building. I stopped for a moment and looked at him.

-Sakamoto-san?

He did freeze. He looked at me shyly.

-Yes, sir?

-Are you afraid of me?

-I… Of course, not.

-I am glad. I thought I created a bad impression.

He looked at me with a special twinkle in his eyes. I’ve seen that look in the eyes of the girls. Admiration…

-Of course not. Just Mr. Coleman talking about you a lot.

-Really? Nice.

I went ahead and slightly smiled. Why not? I will startle him a little.

-By the way, Sakamoto-san… How long you sleep with my father?

Oh yeah! He was so shocked that he dropped the briefcase and trembled. In his eyes there was fear. Then he fainted. Shit! Did I overdo it? Thanks to the training I was pretty strong. I bring him back to the nearest taxi. I took him to the hospital. I really overdid it. I didn’t expect to be so… gentle and sensitive. I felt really guilty. For that I stayed with him until he regained consciousness.

I waited patiently in the chair across the room. I didn’t have to turn to feel her perfume.

-Komiya-san…

-You recognized me, huh?

-Why are you here?

-I see that you have fun. What did you say to him that make him fainted?

-Secret. And you?

-The transaction was finalized. You’ll be working at night.

-Not like host I hope.

-No. You will…

She bent down and whispered in my ear.

-You will kill monsters.

I would say she was joking, but her gaze was cold. Yes, she was serious. I agreed. Maybe it will be more fun than watching TV. Then the man shifted in the bed and the woman left. The assistant wake up, but when he saw me he literally hid under the covers.

-Hey. Get out of there. Are you a child?

-Please! Leave me.

-Relax! I don’t care what’s going on between my father and you. It’s not my job to judge you and I will not tell anyone.

I stood on the chair with my hands crossed on my chest. I sighed.

-Come on! Get out of there.

He finally dared to show. His eyes were red. Had he been crying? Shit!

-You won’t say to anyone?

-Yes. I don’t wanna hurt you more than that, but this is not happening for the first time and hardly will be the last. I witnessed many of his affairs. You better be careful. You seem like a nice person and I don’t want to see you hurt.

He blushed. I must admit that he is cute. Then I heard footsteps outside the door. My father entered and he definitely did not saw me. He immediately went to the boy. He looked worried. I smiled and the assistant looked really embarrassed. Maybe because I watched them. Only then my father turned. In his eyes I saw a certain amount of shock and fear. It happened for the first time to see him like that. It’s worth it. I stood up.

-I’m going to take care of the bill.

-Julian, I…

I don’t even look at him.

-It’s not what you think. He’s my assistant. Of course I was worried. Nothing more. He means nothing.

Even I felt bad, not to mention Kai. On his face was showed pain. However he stood silent. He could not speak. Well, well. Let’s see…

-Dad, I was wondering… Why not reappointed him? I will work there and I need help. Let him work with me. It’s not a problem. Right?

My father pursed his lips. He could not refuse me after what he said a moment ago. We both knew it. The boy looked at me shocked.

-Ok. I’ll have the paperwork.

-I’m going to pay. Wait for me at the front of the building.

I walked out the door and walked down the corridor. Everyone stared at me. The nurses blushed. I felt like a star. Judging by my actions, I had already removed my so-called past. What I was, my attitude and my actions even… Everything was gone. I don’t ever remember what I was. My memories had faded before the change. Not that it mattered.

Now more important was to know about my new job. And I don’t mind the company of my grandfather. I will have to kill, huh? Not that I like that thought, but the deal’s a deal. They performed their part. And I got the impression that I would not kill… humans. It so, there is not problem. And if wasn’t like that I don’t care.

I paid the bill and went to the front of the building. It was still light, but soon the sun would set. In the sky were visible numerous colors foreshadowing the beginning of the night. Purple, red, orange and pink. Without turning I felt that someone standing next to me. He was tall and heavyset.

-Did she send you? – I said calmly, as he lit a cigarette.

-Yes. We will work together.

-Don’t tell me that the job requires a suit.

-No. Our work is at night. During the day we have a normal job. I’m working in your family company.

-I see.

-I will pick you up at 9:00pm.

I nodded and he left. Shortly thereafter, my father and his assistant came out. Sakamoto looked bad. His eyes were red. He was crying, huh? Would he so in love with my father? This is annoying. I’ve always found that his attitude was cruel to his lovers. I have a strong sense of justice.

We got into the car and drove off. My smile was gone. I didn’t want to laugh. Furthermore, when I spoke my voice was businesslike and unemotional.

-Tonight it’s not need to wait for me.

My father looked at me.

-What are you going to do?

-Do you really want to know?

I would like to tell him the truth. No way!

-Julian?

-I’ll meet my friends. I talked to them an hour ago and realized that they were in the town.

-Who are these friends? Why do not we know about them?

It’s too late for him to be concerned about me. Long ago I learned how to take care of myself. It’s annoying that he played the concerned father now.

-You don’t know many things about me. And I don’t remember you to be interested before. It’s little late for that. Don’t worry tomorrow I will come in time. First I must check how things are with the university.

The conversation ended there. I went home alone. My luggage was arranged, so I just took a shower and changes my clothes. I went into the living room. There, my mother was drinking tea. She smiled at me when she saw me. I pretended to be calm and smiled slightly. Yes… In my family things are like that.

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