A/N: No I have not given up on Servitude of the Half-Fairy. I just needed a break from the lighter side of mystical creatures... So here we go! Half Past Midnight!

Evelyn was positive she didn't want to be out this late, especially in this city. This city wasn't safe after dark. Come to think of it, really no city was safe after dark, not for a human anyway. So Evelyn hurried along trying to get into the light of the street lamps. She found it odd that despite her knowledge of the existence of vampires, she had never actually met one; not that she knew of anyway. As to the reason she was out so uncharacteristically late, well, she was only passing through New York City on the way to the neutral human sector on Long Island.

Evelyn knew she wouldn't have a chance against a fully fledged vampire and that alone made her skin crawl. Now it wasn't that there were no humans in the city, there were plenty and they all knew the risk. But most of the humans in the city were smart enough to walk around with a group and if they didn't they were usually picked off.

A shudder ran down her spine. Maybe it was better not to think like that. The night was completely silent except for the distant blaring of sirens as was always constant in New York City; there was no wind, not even a breeze weaving in and out of the skyscrapers.

She heard footsteps and whipped around. Nothing. She started off again, the footsteps started with her; she whipped around and there was nothing again. This was starting to freak her out; someone was following her or worse, something. She walked a bit faster now and the footsteps continued; she broke into a run.

Suddenly an arm wrapped around her forearms and around her abdomen. Before she could scream she felt fangs sink deep into the base of her neck. A small gasp escaped her lips and she attempted to pull her head away only to have a hand entangle itself in her hair and yank back, further exposing her vulnerable throat.

"Stop! Please, don't kill me… please…" she pleaded with her eyes firmly shut. The pressure released momentarily only to resume seconds later. She was beginning to feel faint. "Please…" she gasped as she opened her eyes and saw crimson staring back at her.

He stared down into her verdant eyes as tears poured from them and he suddenly felt a pang of guilt. This girl had no idea what she had gotten herself into. He released his hold on her throat and she immediately attempted to cover the wound with her hand but had no strength left. Her hand collapsed to her side and her eyes rolled back in her head. He was startled by his own movements. He caught her as she fell; breathing harshly in his arms.

Gideon had never really been a particularly compassionate vampire, but the young girl in his arms had struck a nerve. Her eyes were unbearable, that beautiful green turned dark and murky. He didn't know why but he now felt the need to take care of her. It was against The Code but he could deal with the Officers later. He then realized that the smell of her blood would soon attract other vampires to his supposed kill. He gathered her in his arms and disappeared again into the shadows of a nearby alley.

Just seconds later Gideon leaped in the window of his apartment with Evelyn still in his arms, he laid her down on his bed. He sighed. He hadn't gotten his meal like he needed to. He walked into the bathroom and got a wet washcloth and cleaned the wound he'd inflicted on her neck before wrapping it in gauze; he couldn't risk another vampire getting a whiff of her while he was gone. He looked back at her before climbing out the window and leaving it just a crack open.

Kieto: So? Please review and tell me what you think, even if it's to say that you don't like it. I'm open to constructive criticism as well as praise... PLEASE?