Me and Gabriel still traveling. I felt much better and stronger. But I was a little sad. I do not explain to myself. For many years I had not experienced anything like it, but now something was happening to me. I looked distracted and my partner saw it. I think that he do not like it.
-What is it?
-Do not come out with this trick.
-The truth is that I do not know. Something inside me harassment and tortured without knowing why. Like a hurricane of emotions I was dragging and I cannot get away. I want to stop it. In this moment I would ask you to shoot me.
-This is bullshit. If anything is bothering you just tell me. We known each other long enough to have secrets.
-It’s true, Gabriel. I have only one secret from you, but I could not tell it to you. To Kamael you, but you… Forgive me for this.
He does not like it and I knew it. For some reason he felt neglected. I did not want to feel in that way, but I could not tell him that I have feeling for him. For a vampire is weakness although this does not happen for the first time. Too long I’m trying to get to the level at which I now cannot allow such nonsense to ruin everything.
We traveled several hours to Tansville. Throughout none of us said anything. After what I said to him, he was absolutely right to be angry with me. But this should not affect our work because the life of many people depends on us. We did not have to allow even less because of personal conflicts.
But both of us did not expect the surprise we received when we arrived at the “battlefield”. Just arrived and there waiting for us master Kamael. For the first time I was glad to see him from whole my soul (well, figuratively speaking, this was because demons have no souls). Of course, I neither do nor rushed to embrace him or something. I just looked at him and smile expressed my satisfaction. Kamael greeted us in his own “den”. Actually it was quite sophisticated and elegant place. Just when I thought the surprises end here, my master said something that makes me to freeze on my place.
-I have a surprise for you, my dear.
-Really? What… surprise?
What I saw filled me with mixed feelings. I did not know whether to cry or be angry. There was my younger sister, Mireya. I did not know why she was here, but I did not think that this is right.
-What does this mean?
-Sister!!! I’m so glad to see you. I thought you were dead. Why do not tell us you’re alive and better?
She hugged me with such affection that my cold heart feels pain. I just stood with eyes stuck in the ground, tears streaming down my pale cheeks.
-I could not say something that is not true.
-What do you mean, Tamara?
-I am no longer the same. I guess that my master did not tell you. I am not alive and I’m not a human. When I disappeared… I became a… demon. I was almost dead when this people bring me here and give me new live. Now I’m just a mercenary without a soul.
-But you have feelings and you cannot hide it from me. Remember? You never did learn to hide nothing from me. And now, although you are demon… this is you.
-I… That’s right. My lord, may I talk to you about something I cannot hide from you?
-Of course, darling! Come with me.
I followed him into his room. We were alone behind the thick walls. Kamael poured cup of tea and looked at me.
-Okay. There is something I cannot explain, but I have feelings for Gabriel and this is not good. I cannot work with him in this situation.
-I think that this is much better. He knows about this?
-Of course not. I told him that I only have a secret from him and that I can share it with you. I do not think he would like to know about this weakness.
In one single moment I felt something very strange. Something that sprang from Kamael. Basically I cannot say that comes from his soul, because everyone knows that vampires are not available. But his blood runs in my veins and I felt that he was not the person as I have thought for so many years. I could not prove it, but the feeling that helped me to peer into the souls of others has never been wrong and I did not think it does now.
-Sorry to bother you with nonsense, Kamael. I will go for a walk and clears my mind of all these shenanigans.
-If this make you calm down…
I left the room and started to leave the Master’s house. Then I saw my sister and Gabriel to talk very friendly. They also noticed me but did not say anything. For this I just get out.
I walked around the streets and I was ready for everything. I knew that despite universal deceit there are those who knew about vampires. They were so pathetic that I loathe calling them people. I’ll explain why. All inhabitants of this world, i.e. people carry in their blood gene of demon. They are like non-evolved vampires. That killed us, to drink from our blood to gain eternal life.
I’m not saying that I’m afraid of them because this is not true. In the years of training I erased that feeling from my heart and mind. I have other feelings, but not this. I do my best to remove it first.
So… I walked through the deserted streets and watched passersby around me. They hardly knew what I am and so was the best… for them. Then I heard the noise of battle. It was a great distance, but this is one of the advantages to be a vampire, can hear and see on hundreds of miles away. I walked quickly towards it and not long ago I found myself in the place. A group of people had made an ambush of a vampire. I was hiding in the shadows to see what happens. At first thought the boy was Evil, but he was not. Just had fallen on those who wanted immortality. There was no doubt what to do.
-Give us to drink from your blood, boy. You cannot get out. It’s better to surrender. No one to help you. – Said one of the attackers.
Then I came out of the shadows with a sword in one hand and a gun in the other. I would punish those who dare to attack my kind.
-You wrong, loser. Now you’ll get what you deserve.
They walked towards me with knives in their hands trying to punch me and drink my blood. The red flame came into my eyes and my teeth are lengthened. I was faster than them and soon they were lying dead in the dirt in a puddle of his own blood. Then I return to my normal appearance and approached the boy who was on my age or slightly older than me.
-Are you okay?
-Yes. I could handle himself, but thanks.
-I know. This was my first murder and I think I did it well. Kamael and Gabriel would be proud of me.
-Gabriel? You know him?
-Of course. From long time. I can tell you if you want.
-Sorry. I’m Tamara. You?
-Do you know Gabriel?
-Yes. We are friends, but I have not seen him for a long time. Now tell me.
We sat on a staircase and I told him my story. How were attacked and how my two masters have given me of their blood to save me. And only now I realized that I do not know the reason to do that. They could just let me to finish my life as many other victims, but they did not. They saved me.
-Yes. As far as I know Gabriel this is in his style. He sympathizes with the humans, but for Kamael I did not know. He does nothing that is not helpful.
-You’re right. Can I share something? I do not know why, but I think I can trust you.
-For some time now I feel that Kamael has changed. Like goodness, which shows irritating him? Seemed to hate me, but he is nice to me, because something forcing him.
-Why do you think so?
-Today I revealed my secret, which I have kept a long time. Keep it because I think that it is weakness that will hinder me. And he looked at me with expressionless eyes and angry inside.
-What is the secret? If you want to tell me…
-Okay, but please do not tell to Gabriel.
-I told him that I have feelings for Gabriel. I do not know when and how they are raised, but I cannot remove them. Believe me I tried.
-I understand. Gabriel has the ability to attract others to himself.
-Do you want to go to him?
-Yes. Long been looking for him.
Stefan and I went to the home of Kamael. We walked quietly, when in front us stood the Red-haired hunter. He pointed his gun at us, but I’m not flinching in front of the danger.
-Look what we have… The Red-haired hunter who shot me and tried to kill Gabriel. How nice that you come… What do you want from me? To kill me, perhaps?
-Tell me where is Gabriel?
-Wait a minute. Let’s start over. My name is Tamara and this is Stefan. Who are you?
-My name is Liam. Now talk, vampire.
-Sorry, hunter. I do not used to give my loves ones, especially if they have saved my life without a cause.
-I have not wasting time with nonsense.
-For me it was not nonsense when one of the people of Zatorius… attacked me and turned me in this. Gabriel and Kamael gave me only their blood. But you know what? For you we are just animals and ruthless killers. Now, if you will kill us… do it, if not – let us go before Kamael to piss off.
-So, he is not so good.
-None of your business, but I have some suspicions about him.
-Interesting. Let’s talk about it.
-Tamara? – Stefan interjected.
-Better, redheaded. Tomorrow at midnight on the clock tower.
-I will be there.
Me and Stefan went to the house of the lord undisturbed. Before I returning with the impatience and joy, but now my mind was full of doubts. Something made me not believe in the words of Kamael. I had the feeling that he hates me for something and I do not know why. Or maybe not. He changed from the moment I revealed my feelings to Gabriel. Maybe he expects to betray him or just felt a kind of jealousy. But why? After all, Kamael sent Gabriel to me. Why? I didn’t know the answer.
We went inside and his men watched with their eyes. I did not know whether the cause is the presence of Stefan or mine. I did not intend to do this right now. We found Kamael and Gabriel in the dining room where they discussing something.
-Are we interrupting you? Because you have visit, Gabriel.
-Stefan?! What are you doing here?
-I was looking for you, Gabriel. Someone attacked me and Tamara helped me. Eliminate the attackers so easy.
This seemed to hit Kamael, but he does not say anything.
-Maybe they were Zatorius’s men. He loses. Now, excuse me. I’m going to relax. I will ask to fix the guest room.
-Yes, Tamara. We have to be good hosts. – My master said.
I left the room with the conviction that I am right in theory. The man who worshiped was my enemy. This blow was severe, but not incurable. Once shunned past I would easily take care of it.
Unfortunately, the past or at least part of it ever went after me. In the corridor I met my sister Mireya. I grabbed her hand and then led her behind. I pulled her in my room and shut the door.
-What is it, Tamara? Why do you act so strange?
-Do not trust to Kamael.
-But why? He is good, right?
-Maybe. Do not trust him. Any changes including him. I know him and I’m sure that he is not the same Kamael a few days ago. Trust me. I know what I speak.
-You know that I trust you unreservedly.
-I want to ask you something.
-How are… mom and dad?
-They… died several months after you disappeared. They could not bear it. And I swore to find you.
-You were alone? So long?
-Yes. Well, it was not so bad.
-Okay. This is the past. Now you are here and I will protect you. I will not let you hurt. Never.
-I know, sis.
-Now go to bed.
She lay on my bed and slept. But I could not. For this I sat on a chair by the window and looked outside. The things that I know are changing too fast. For that I was thinking what I would do in the future. However, now I had to guard my younger sister. The situation becomes very complicated. And my meeting with Liam… Whether he would help me to reveal the truth or he would kill me as another vampire. Too many questions that needed answers.
I just started to fell asleep when someone knocks to my door. I got up and opened. I went outside and closed the door because I do not want to wake up my sister. And there Gabriel waiting for me. I was surprised to see him. I thought my “dear” master already has turned against me. But apparently had made similar experiences.
-What we have here… What brings you here, General? Did not you already say that I accept as a traitor?
-I know that. This caused me to be here. We need to talk… alone.
-Let’s go into the garden.
So we did it. We went out and distant enough not to hear our conversation.
-Well? I’m listening to you.
-Kamael told me that you were preparing to betray us. But Stefan told us that you will have meeting with Red-haired hunter.
-For the first I cannot agree, but the second is true,
-You want to tell you and you will go to tell on the boss. I’m not that stupid. And the reaction of Kamael, I expected to punish me all over.
-Why he did this?
-Remember that I told you that I have a secret that I cannot tell you?
-I told it to him. Since then he hates me.
-What is the secret?
-Okay. This is the only way to gain an idea of the situation. I told him that I have feelings to you. Do not get me wrong.
-Are you surprising? Well, I told him. And then he changes to me.
-That’s right. I noticed it. Now tell me about the hunter.
-Liam. Maybe he can be a good ally, but it seems now I need one. We both know it’s only a matter of time to chase me. And now you know that I must to take care of my sister.
-Yes. I request to you.
-Take care and for Stefan. When Kamael has identified you, probably he will try to kill him too.
-I’ll help because I like the boy. And what will you do?
-I will explore. I cannot afford even Kamael to hurt you.
-And why not? You do not have any obligation to us. Well, only to Stefan, who is your friend. Better not risk for us.
-This is my problem. Do not interfere. Now better go back to the room with your sister.
He turned and disappeared into the darkness, as always. Now I took responsibility and to Stefan. I don’t know why I had to do that, but when I think twice… this is the right thing that I should do. Moreover, he was quite pleasant as a person.
I went to my sister, who was awakened. When I got it she jumped on me and hugged me. She cried and I had no idea why. For that and I hugged her. I stroked her hair with my hand and tried to calm her down.
-What is it, girly? You had a nightmare?
-Yes. Very bad nightmare. I was scared that you’re gone and left me here.
-Relax. I’m already here and not going anywhere without you, sis. Now go to sleep.
-What about you? Will not you sleep?
-Don’t worry about me.
I sat on the chair and this time I could sleep without being interrupted.
The night was relatively calm, but I kept on the lookout for any second. Every moment could happen something and I had to have prepared for action.
Early morning someone knock on the door and Mireya opened. Stefan stood at the door and looked at her with wide eyes. It was obvious that he likes her. But he quickly remembered why he was here and asked for me. My sister invited him and he went. I quickly woke up from nap and wonder I asked him for the reason for his visit.
-What is it, my friend? What happened to you that you’re here so early?
-Nothing… for now, but I heard quite a suspicious conversation between Kamael’s security.
-They were talking about how they will catch and killed someone so that it resembles the attack of people. It concerned a vampire. In a sight that Kamael made me the last night I suspect that the conversation was for me.
-Or for me. Apparently the lord does not tolerate anyone else had anything to do with Gabriel. Regardless of the nature of the relationship.
-You’re right. Well, will you help me?
-Yes, of course. And I will not do it only because Gabriel asked me to keep you and my sister in save. This night both of you coming with me to the hunter. Gabriel may also attend or at least with that impression I got after our conversation last night.
Then Mireya interventions.
-So for that you went? So he knocks on the door?
-Exactly. Now take an advice from me. Keep naturally just if you do not know anything. If Kamael understand that we are aware of his plans he will act sooner than anticipated.
Stefan left the room and Mireya change her clothes. As usual, I also took it upon myself to my duties. I did a few laps around the building to make sure that people of Zatorius do not watching us. And I took to explore all possible inputs and outputs.
Then a report the situation and retired to do something else. I did not want to cause unnecessary suspicion.