|Re: Burning Epiphanies|
Subject: Re: Burning Epiphanies
by KTC on 2008/2/5 3:02:14
The human awoke alone and cold in bed the next morning. She found a note beside her pillow.
Sorry for not being there but I did not get anything that night. You know how I am when I miss a meal: I turn into a cranky blood-craving lunatic, and we all know moody vampires means chopped heads and missing body parts. Anyway, I'll be back later tonight... if you want.
For some reason, the vampire's absences made Rhen's heart hurt a little. Confused, she shook away the feelings and went around to do chores. It was a relief to be able to smell the fresh air without a hazy cloud of insomnia interfering.
Teijal slowly made her way back to the human, her mind wandering. After the vampire had gotten a meal (several boars this time), she sat on a tree stump starring into the waters of a river nearby.
She looked at herself, a pale white face with cold red eyes. Teijal dabbed one finger into the river, breaking her reflection. She waited as the waters calmed again. Closing her eyes, she heard the faint voices of the night speaking to her, their soft sounds surrounding and comforting her.
The vampire got up, picked up a rock, and threw it at a tree. It smashed into it, shattering and leaving a hole. Fuming, she turned away from the place, its beauty sickening her. She needed to go anyway.
As she approached the house, the vampire could see Rhen talking to man...Lars. His green hair always stood out against the light. Behind a building, she watched them with narrowing eyes, not realizing her hands had balled into fists until she felt her blood run. She looked at her hands and saw blood from where her claws pierced. Looking back up, the vampire saw Lars going into Rhen's home.
Growling, Teijal whipped around and caught a stake two inches from her heart. The beast crushed the stick facing a group of eight humans. Its eyes were blood red and glowing. Dark lethal shadows appeared around it, whispering to the beast to feed, commanding it to kill.
Its mouth curling into a sadistic grin.
"So, Rhen, how have you been?" Lars placed his hand on the woman's. Contrary to his usual arrogant appearance, he now exuded nervous energy. He still had that confident arrogant look with him, but it seemed more like a mask.
Rhen sighed but allowed the physical contact. "I'm fine, Lars, just tired."
The two stayed silent for a few seconds.
"...Rhen...we've been through nine hells and back. I'm sorry I treated you wrong in the beginning. Wait let me continue. While walking through those hells, I.... developed feelings for you..... I couldn't stop thinking about you no matter what I did. While we were fighting Ahriman, my only thoughts centered on you."
He let out a breath before saying. "I love you Rhen, with all my heart and soul. Please be my wife."
Before the very shocked Rhen could answer, they heard screams from outside.
The thing had shadows wrapped around it as blood and sadistic laughter splattered on the walls. It's eyes glowed a deep crimson red. Beside it, dead men were strewn across the ground. Sensing worthy opponents, it twirled around, casually crushing a skull under its claws.
Rhen looked around in horror and she yelled, "Teijal! What have you done?!"
The vampire shrugged, answering in a silky voice, "They attacked me, I retaliated."
Lars positioned himself in front of Rhen, creating a human wall against the beast. Chanting, he almost finished a spell when the thing twitched an arm.
Suddenly the mage slammed into the wall behind him; his spell dissipated with a fizz. Teijal hissed, "Stay out of this boy." She took a step forward toward Lars who laid slumped against he walls, a bloody smear trailing and disappearing behind his head. Rhen ran before the vampire, her sword raised. She had never seen the vampire use her powers against her friends.
Smirking, the vampire disappeared and appeared right before Rhen, the blade gripped in hand. Ignoring the blade's bite into her hand, she leaned forward and whispered, "Come now Rhen, you know human weapons are useless against me."
Grinning the vampire jumped back. "But enough of this, I promised that idiot death."
Laughter filled the air as Teijal transformed into a bat and flew away.
Rhen shook her head before checking Lars. He looked alright, but he was going to have one demon of a headache in the morning. Turning her gaze on to the grisly scene before her, the woman cursed. Still swearing, she took off running pass the dead men.