|Re: Burning Epiphanies|
Subject: Re: Burning Epiphanies
by KTC on 2008/2/5 3:01:20
The vampire's head whipped up. "...Why?"
"Because I could sleep in your arms. Remember that time...?"
Teijal nodded, her mouth becoming slightly dry.
Teijal and Rhen were separated from the group by the Deavas. Teleported to a place of darkness, monsters constantly attacked them from everywhere. Despite being an extremely good warrior Rhen was tiring and she was a mere human. She needed light and rest. The vampire in contrast could easily see in the dark and gained energy from the monsters' blood. On a rare moment of respite, the human sunk down in pure exhaustion, but she couldn't sleep. Her nerves were too high that she was shaking with tension. Cold bloody hands began working her shoulders. A voice near her ear whispered, "Rest now. I will protect you." Slowly, she dropped off into sleep in the vampire's arms. Teijal kept watch. She knew the others would soon rescue them, but until then they needed to hang on. Despite being covered in monster blood she didn't want to be anywhere else.
Rhen and Teijal slowly made their way back into Rhen's room. The two warriors stood awkwardly near the bed before the human took a breath before getting into the bed. She looked nervously at Teijal who swallowed and went to the opposite end. She slipped her arms loosely around Rhen who, feeling safe with her demonic protector, slowly drifted to sleep finally for the first time in days not including her impromptu drop onto the bed. The vampire stayed awake all night holding the precious human to her. When the first rays of light hit her she still held the human even though she felt a slight pain where the sun hit her skin. Small burns, but they were well worth seeing Rhen's sleeping face.
Teijal tried to stay awake, but the need to regenerate became too great. Slowly her eyelids shut as her vampiric need to sleep overcame her. Rhen awoke feeling arms holding her. She tensed before remembering what she had asked of the unpredictable vampire and relaxed. Rhen felt completely rested and carefully crawled out of bed. She slightly grinned before noting the sun peering into the room through the window. Alarmed, she rushed and closed the drapes but the damage had already been done.
Later that day, Teijal awoke with agonizing stings on her neck, face, and arms. Muttering curses of at least five different languages, she painfully sat up on the bed. Who put bandages on her burns? Oh yeah.. her
Speaking of which, the human came in with more wet towels. "Good to see you up Teijal." She sat down on the bed. "So how are you?"
"Stinging as the nine hells. But after a meal, I'll be fine."
Rhen nodded and was silent for a minute. "Thank you for staying with me."
"Anytime Rhen. You only need to ask.....Well I'll be going now... I need some blood."
Both warriors walked to the door and the human opened it. "Well, goodbye."
Teijal nodded before dematerializing into mist and flying away. Rhen stayed near the doorway long after the vampire disappeared into the night. Eventually, she went back inside.
Teijal found a juicy boar and healed after draining its blood. Seeing the full moon, she remembered her promise and smirked. Oh this was going to be so much fun.
Stealthily she made her way to the man's house. Opening a window, she went into the man's room and slammed the window down waking up the man. Before he could holler for his guards, Teijal took out a dagger and shoved it near his throat growling, "Shout out and I will kill you painfully."
The man shut his mouth, his eyes wide in fear. Teijal removed the dagger, her eyes glowing red and two sharp long fangs noticeable. "Now, where were we.. ah yes.. you're pursuit of Rhen."
The man opened his mouth, only to close it with a snap when he saw the dagger. Teijal grinned evilly as she continued "Now, human, I will give you one warning and one warning only: Stay away from Rhen. If you continue your pursuit, I will be forced to break something else of yours."
She suddenly grabbed the man by the throat lifted him up in the air. She continued to talk while the man tried to break out of her hold. "Now, I could break another arm or a leg, but that isn't fun anymore. On the other hand.." She squeezed slightly causing the man to choke. "..No.. breaking your neck is too simple and not fun." The vampire threw the man onto the bed and pointed the dagger near his lower end. "Now how would you like to be a castrated pig hmm? I'll be honest though, it's been about 300 years since I did this."
With the dagger still positioned, she purred, "So what's your choice human? Continue and become a eunuch? Or stop and still have your 'manhood' intact? Well?"
The man gritted out, "Monster.."
Teijal look offended inching the blade closer causing the man to squirm as she growled, her red glowing eyes narrowing. "Monster me? Now who went pursing like a dog in heat? Who attempted to take a woman by force? No good swine, that would be you. Now, I could be a 'monster' you described and kill you right here along with your entire family. Neither your pathetic guards or money can save you and it would make this night so much more enjoyable for me. But I'm not, I'm actually giving you a choice. So listen little insect: Stay away from Rhen and we'll get along just fine."
Abruptly she turned to the window and opened it. Just before she turned into mist, she threw the dagger right between the man's legs. "Remember.... I can kill you anytime and anywhere I desire. Have a nice night." Having nothing more to say, she dissolved into mist and floated away with a cackle.
Seeing the vampire's triumphant smirk a few nights later, Rhen shook her head. "How did it go?"
She asked while lowering her sword. She had been practicing in the garden since she couldn't sleep again. The vampire grinned. "Very successful. I don't think you'll be troubled by that insect anytime soon."
"And if he does?"
The vampire raised an eyebrow while her fangs elongated. Seeing Rhen's slightly alarmed expression, Teijal laughed but said nothing further on the matter. The human sighed but gave up on the subject. She had grown quite use to the vampire's rather unorthodox yet highly effective methods. "So, why are you here? One of your 'sudden impulses'?"
"Other than checking up on my favorite human? No reason." Abruptly she appeared in front of Rhen, the vampire's hand cupping her chin gently. "You aren't sleeping well." she murmured quietly, noticing how pale the human was.
Surprised by the vampire's sudden change in mood, Rhen took a second longer than normal to react and pushed at Teijal's hand. The vampire didn't budge, her face turning into a frown. "You're reaction time is also very slow, this is unacceptable for a fighter of your level."
Feeling the human squirming now, Teijal released her and stepped back. Rhen gritted her teeth. "You think I don't know that already? I just can't sleep!"
"Then what if I stay with you until you can?"
Rhen's eyes went wide while she said very intelligently, "...huh?"
"Close your mouth Rhen, you're starting to look like a fish." Teijal commented with amusement. Seeing the human was still in shock, the vampire shrugged. "In your own words, you could 'sleep in my arms'... And since I have nothing better to do these days." She bowed low. "You're own demonic 'teddy bear' at your services madam."
Rhen blushed about to refuse. "Teijal-"
Abruptly the vampire disappeared and materialized again, her arms wrapped around the human from behind. "You cannot refuse my generous offer Rhen." She whispered into the human's ear, holding her close.
Rhen sighed. Really, that vampire could be a stubborn pain of a Deava's behind. But even now, she was already feeling sleepy in Teijal's arms. The human only nodded before leaning into the vampire's hold, the sword slipping from her grip.
Grinning, Teijal lifted the human up easily and carrying her back into the house. Rhen thought of protesting but, after remembering who she was dealing with, said nothing. In silence, the vampire gently laid the human down on the bed. She first closed the drapes before laying on the bed beside Rhen. The human tried to stay awake, her eyes trained on Teijal, but soon she drifted off to sleep. The vampire gently touched the human's face, memorizing how her skin felt. When she was sure the other was asleep, she whispered, "Sleep well Rhen....my blackbird"