Within Hell, there existed a powerful race that was called Hellraines that resembled gods to the demons. Their powers were dark and deadly capable of manipulating shadows and controlling demons to do their bidding. Many demons feared what would happen to them if they continued to let the Hellraines live.
One by one, the few Hellraines left were hunted and killed. A god decided to spare a Hellraine interested in the powers they possessed and wanted to control this powerful being for himself.
Through many confluent events, it led to the Hellraine breaking free from the god's control. He spent ten thousand years instilling terror and compliance within the supernatural beings he met. However, he met his end leaving his remaining child wanted by many who were fascinated by the Hellraines' power. They wanted to possess their power while some wanted the existence of Hellraines to end still fearing what would happen to them.
They searched for the Hellraine, but were unable to find her. The Hellraine had completely vanished from existence.
The girl's honey brown shoulder length hair was tussled back by the night breeze. Her heart was beating rapidly and her breathing was ragged as she raced through the streets at an incomprehensible speed.
Lillie Ezrae could hear her pursuer coming closer as she heard its footsteps getting closer. There was a lingering smell of death carried by the breeze blowing against her face. She abruptly turned a corner into a dead end and was confronted by a pair of glowing red eyes belonging to a large wolf. Lillie wanted to head into the other direction, yet another slightly smaller wolf blocked her path.
The wolves both possessed pitch-black fur that was mottling in various places on their bodies, and dried blood matted down their fur. These wolves had come back from the dead.
Lillie wasn't surprised or scared. She acknowledged the existence of the supernatural that lurked within the night preying on the innocent.
It was because she was one of them pretending to be a sixteen-year-old high school girl.
The wolves took a step closer growling at her ferociously. Lillie scowled taking a step back," I didn't know there was two."
In a quick motion she had taken out a pocketknife out of her jacket spinning it between her fingers as it began to change into a single-headed meteor hammer.
The larger wolf leaped at her from behind as she began swinging the chain beside her in a counterclockwise, circular motion and whipped it. The metal ball hit the larger wolf in the muzzle causing it to fly meters away as Lillie jump kicked the smaller wolf racing towards her knocking it back in the other direction.
Lillie smiled in satisfaction continuing to swing the meteor hammer in a circular motion beside her.
The two wolves recovered and came at her again. Lillie whipped the meteor hammer towards the larger wolf but it dodged and pinned her to the ground causing her to lose her grip on the chains of the meteor hammer. Lillie attempted to push the wolf off her as she kept glancing around her for the other wolf. It was skulking towards her hungrily. The larger wolf on top of her was snapping its teeth at her as Lillie attempted to hold it back with a hand.
"Oh… crap," she mumbled trying to reach for the chain to her meteor hammer. Her fingertips were a few millimeters from reaching it. The smaller wolf was getting closer to her and she couldn't hold off the larger wolf any longer. She could smell the warm stink of wolf breath on her face.
Lillie could feel the metal at her fingertips and she quickly made a grab for it. In a quick motion, she wrapped the chain around the wolf's neck just as it was about to bite down on her she tightened the chains. The wolf gasped for air. Lillie quickly looked overhead to see the smaller wolf attempting to slash her with its paw. She quickly moved her head to the side narrowly missing it.
"I could really… use some help… about now," Lillie muttered under her breath holding off the larger wolf as best she could while keeping an eye on the other wolf. A blond blur came out of nowhere slamming the smaller wolf into the concrete. The concrete cracked from the impact.
Lillie had the chance to deal with the larger wolf overtop of her and began to tighten the chain around its neck even more. The chains began to cut into the wolf's skin. The newcomer had stabbed his hand straight through the wolf and took out its heart in a swift motion.
The large wolf collapsed on her as Lillie pushed it off her grimacing at the blood splattered over her face. She looked up to see a male was looking down at her with amusement dancing in his emerald green eyes. A crooked smile that seemed cocky and bad boy was beginning to take shape over his lips as he ran his fingers through his blond hair.
"When someone saves you from an ugly wolf, the polite thing to say is thank you," Stark Anselm said in an obnoxious tone. Stark was a tengu. He was the centre of every girls' affection. If they only knew what an asshole he was...
Lillie gave him an aggravated look getting up from the ground. She dusted herself off as she glared at him and began to yell," What the hell, Stark!"
Stark closed the distance between them as his smirk looked almost devious and mischievous, and said in a flirtatious manner," You could tell me how charming I am later."
Lillie had made an odd squeaking noise looking like she was molting at his words.
"Charming? You just stuck your hand through some wolf," Lillie retorted and added in aggravation," You were probably watching from some rooftop being amused by me running away from dead ugly wolves."
"You looked like you were doing just fine. Plus I wanted to finish off this tasty apple," Stark exclaimed nonchalantly as he took out an apple and bit into it. Lillie gapped at him and the apple he was eating. Then she snatched it out of his hand as he was opening his mouth to take a bite. He scowled at her as she responded by glaring at him.
"You were too busy eating a stupid fricken apple to save me from two ugly wolves?! You're my guardian! That means you're supposed to protect me from danger," Lillie cried in frustration. Stark snorted at that snatching back the apple from her hand.
"In danger? That was you in danger?" he questioned incredulously arching a brow," Are you sure? I wonder how you'd look when you really are in danger."
Lillie's eyes widened spotting glowing yellow wolf eyes, and her mouth dropped. She began pointing furiously and said in a slow, warning tone," Stark… behind… you!"
With quick reflexes, Stark turned and threw the apple into the wolf's open mouth causing it to stumble slightly making choking noises. Then Stark flipped into the air slamming the heel of his foot into the top of the creature's head, and then stabbed it straight through its skull with his hands.
Stark pulled his hand out roughly dripping blood and brains onto the pavement.
"From what I know, wolves don't come back to life," Stark remarked more to himself as he seemed to be deep in thought. Then out of nowhere shoved his hand into the wolf and pulled out its heart, which looked to be a normal, live heart pulsing in his hand.
Lillie's eyes widened.
"How many times do you have to do that," she cried looking slightly perturbed as she stared at the heart Stark was holding while he examined it and then picked up the heart he had thrown on the ground. He had a critical expression over his face.
"A beginner necromancer carves a mark or a symbol into the heart in order to borrow power from a more stronger… force," Stark explained and then gave her a small, arrogant smirk," You would know these things if you got out more."
Lillie frowned as she saw a faint outline of a symbol with swirls and curves resembling a bird with a sun in the background on the both hearts.
With that, Stark dropped the two hearts on the ground.
"Did you ever think... you could maybe use a pocketknife instead of digging your hand in there," Lillie inquired. Stark smirked.
"I have claws... Its sharper than your pocketknife," Stark remarked arrogantly. Lillie sighed loudly before walking away from Stark.
Stark stood in his place watching her leave as an amused smirk appeared over his face.
"Where are you heading, Lill?" he questioned. Lillie glanced over her shoulder at Stark in irritation.
"Where else? Home!"
Stark rolled his eyes as he pointed in the other direction with his thumb," Home is that way, genius."
"Oh, right, my bad," Lillie muttered with a nervous laugh as she began heading in the direction Stark was pointing. Stark snorted at her before walking along beside her.
"What a nice night stroll huh? I hope you knew how to get back home. Oh! Do you need me to walk you home from now on in case you get lost or... attacked by undead wolves," Stark teased causing Lillie to groan in annoyance.
"Why do you always have to... ugh!"
Stark laughed evilly in response.
A man attempted to crawl his way into the well-lit streets hoping someone would help him.
A path of blood smeared in his wake. The pain in his stomach was unbearable... and terror filled his eyes hoping his attacker wouldn't catch up to him. He shouldn't have witnessed that... Those red eyes... The decaying wolf corpse that suddenly came alive...
Before he could defend himself, all he saw were those odd mismatched eyes had attacked him...
A shadow loomed over him blocking his path. The man slowly looked up to see those pair of mismatched eyes, one being red and the other was light brown, glaring down at him. The figure had a hood darkening the lower half of his face.
"Mercy…" the man pleaded in a hoarse voice. The figure bent down over the man.
"Mercy? What if you tell others what you saw? I'd get in trouble," the figure said darkly as he took out a knife," Say goodbye… to this world."
In a quick motion, he had slit the man's throat. He held no remorse in his eyes watching the man slowly gasp for his last breath. Then he began to drag the dead man away.
I hope everyone enjoyed the first chapter of the newly revised Tainted Blood. I know there isn't a lot of difference in the beginning of the chapter from the old version but I felt action catches the attention. I just love the action and fighting. Anyway... the next few chapters may take a while before gaining momentum! Lol... so I hope you enjoy my newly revised edition of Tainted Blood! Reviews are deeply appreciated! I love hearing readers' opinions!