A/N: Welcome to my story! This story has gone through its fair share of revisions and I am constantly wanting to improve upon it. A story isn't perfect until editing it like a crazy person a gazillion times. Haha... anyways... I should start by saying that I changed the names around for certain characters and family because it seemed to fit better.

Kazu is now Kyou

The Levin family is now the Sasaki family

I am hoping I caught all of them but if I didn't feel free to tell me. Please review! So I know what I need to do to improve upon this story. Thank you for reading! =)


Tainted Blood

Book I

Chapter 1

"WHY DO I ALWAYS GET MYSELF INTO THESE SITUATIONS?" Lillie Ezrae screamed in frustration before clapping a hand over her mouth and winced," Oops. I was hiding"

Lillie could hear the sound of howling and took a deep breath before she made a run for it. She could hear the rustling of bushes behind her as her pursuers chased after her.

Suddenly, something tackled her to the ground from above. Lillie quickly flipped and kicked her assailant off her struggling to get to her feet as she faced a snarling wolf. The wolf began to prowl in a predatory manner without taking its gaze off of Lillie. One side of its body had an exposed ribcage and it smelled of death. This wolf was supposed to be long dead.

Lillie was used to seeing things that were out of the ordinary. It was because she wasn't human.

Lillie tried to find an escape route but the wolf lunged at her blocking her off. A sound of metal whizzed through the air causing her to duck to avoid it. A pocketknife was embedded into a tree a few millimeters from her head.

"Don't say I never help you," an obnoxious voice echoed.

Lillie cursed under her breath as she roughly pulled out the pocketknife from the tree. She twirled the pocketknife in her hand as it began to turn into a meteor hammer. She began to twirl it in a circle beside her. The undead wolf raced to attack. Lillie kicked the ball end straight at the wolf. The undead wolf flew into the trunk of a tree breaking it from the force.

Then a pack of undead wolves came for her leaping out of the bushes to the first wolf's aid. Lillie twirled the chain around her leg switching its direction and swung it at the wolves. The wolves were knocked back but quickly recovered racing at her desperate to take down their prey and leaped at her.

Lillie grimaced as she struggled to keep the wolves away from her swinging the ball end of her meteor hammer at them. However, it missed a wolf as the wolf leaped for her biting down hard on her arm. Lillie quickly wrapped the chain around the wolf's neck and tightened the chain. The chain began to dig into the wolf's skin as it bled and struggled to get free from the chain.

Lillie caught a glimpse of the other wolves coming for her struggling to push the wolf off as it snapped at her weakly before its eyes glazed over and collapsed. Lillie was about to face the other wolves but a male appeared before her. His gaze turned deadly at the other wolves before he disappeared from his spot. Lillie could only see a blur run through them leaving a trail of bloody dismembered wolves behind within seconds.

The male seemed unfazed at the wolf's blood dripping from his hand and the splatters of blood on his clothes as he closed the distance. A crooked smirk that seemed cocky and bad boy was taking shape over his lips as he ran his other hand through his blond hair.

"Looks like I saved you in time," he said in an arrogant tone.

Lillie glared at him angrily and snapped," You were nearby watching, weren't you? Just letting me run around like a crazy person... Aren't you supposed to protect me? You're my guardian!"

Stark had taken out an apple and took a big bite out of it before answering in an obnoxious tone," You're the one who decided to take a midnight stroll… and apparently play Super Lillie with the little forest creatures. Also... I didn't want to throw out such a good apple."

Lillie glared at him. Stark Anselm was a demon that had practically all the girls falling at his feet with nothing more than that crooked cocky smirk. It only irritated her to the brink of strangling him to death.

"I was in danger, Stark, and all you did was throw my pocketknife at my face because you wanted to finish your stupid apple," Lillie snapped irritably as she snatched the apple out of Stark's hand.

"At least I picked it up for you. You should be thanking me… and that was you in danger?" Stark gapped in mock disbelief. Then he took back his apple out of Lillie's hand, took a bite, and then questioned with an arched stare," Just out of curiosity... If that's you in danger, what would real danger look like for you? Just for my information... as your guardian."

"I was bitten by one of them! Isn't that dangerous enough?!" Lillie snapped at him holding out her arm for him to see the bite marks and the drops of blood dripping to the ground. Stark crossed his arm with that wry, cocky smirk plastered over his lips.

"Unless you have an urge to eat my brains, you're fine," Stark said nonchalantly waving it off like it was nothing. He tried to wipe his bloody hand on Lillie's shirt but she quickly moved away from him to glare at him.

"How are you such an asshole?"

"Well… I do something and you decide that's what an asshole does."

Lillie rolled her eyes at him.

"I really hope all the fangirls that chase after you trample and squish you under their combined weight! Then you'll just be a flat stupid pancake!"

"You are always such a ray of sunshine in my life with all those sweet words you say to me," Stark exclaimed with that bad boy smirk across his lips. Lillie crossed her arms at him before she turned her attention to the dead wolves.

"Anyway... do you have any idea why there are undead wolves?" Lillie inquired. Stark shrugged before he stuck his hand through one of the corpses taking out its shriveled black heart. Lillie made a face. " Seriously, Stark... couldn't you ask for a knife?"

Stark gave her an obnoxious smirk before he said," I prefer to not get my powers drained by that anti demon weapon, Lill." Stark began examining the heart. There was a peculiar symbol on the heart. "Hm... this looks familiar..." Stark seemed to be thinking it through before he threw the heart over his shoulder and gave a nonchalant shrug. "Meh... I'm sure its nothing."

Lillie raised a brow at him.

"Really, Stark? This could be a build up to something sinister! Like an adventure of epic proportions!" Lillie cried. Stark scoffed at her.

"Don't start with that... you know we have enough to deal with... With you being the Hellraine. Remember, Lillie, we're hiding from the supernatural beings that are after you," Stark exclaimed in a warning tone. Lillie frowned beginning to regret her decision.

"Well as long as I don't use my powers... maybe it was stupid to hide."

"It was your genius idea, Lill. You dragged me into this human boringness so don't complain to me," Stark retorted in an obnoxious tone as he rolled his eyes at Lillie and added, "You should be more worried for yourself than some smelly pets."

Lillie silently mocked him under her breath as she began to walk off. Stark still had a smirk plastered over his lips watching Lillie walk away as if he was waiting for something to happen. Then she began to slow to a stop before turning back to him. "I'm going the wrong way, aren't I?"

Stark pointed to his right and said in an obnoxious tone," See the lights, genius? That's the direction you want to go."

"I knew that! I was going to head that way! I was just… exploring the forest a little bit more!" Lillie cried stubbornly. Then she snatched the apple once again out of his hand. With that, she stomped past him before she turned over her shoulder and chucked the apple at Stark's head. Stark ducked. He laughed clearly amused by her failed attempt as he followed close behind her out of the forest.


A few meters away, a man crawled through the forest towards the town. Blood smeared in his wake. Unbearable pain shot through his mangled body with every move he made and all he could think of was he didn't want to die. He was terrified those pair of crimson eyes would come for him.

Then a shadow loomed over him blocking his path. The man swallowed hard as he slowly looked up to find a pair of mismatched eyes, one being light brown and the other being red. The figure had a hood darkening his face.

"Help… me…" the man pleaded desperately reaching out to the figure. The figure chuckled as he shook his head slowly.

"If you survive, you'll just blubber about everything. I'd be punished for it. You see how that doesn't work in your favor," the figure sneered as he took out a knife from under his jacket. "Don't worry. Your death won't be in vain. It'll go to making me better!"

The man's eyes widened attempting to get away from the figure as the knife was plunged through his neck. The figure began to drag the man away while whistling an eerie tune.


Next Morning...

"I dreamed about bookstore guy last night. He saved me from the evil unicorns that took all the rainbow magic away. Then he swooped me off my feet and we flew towards the sun on a winged unicorn for our happily ever after."

Lillie was at school waiting for classes to start. She came to school so she wouldn't cause any suspicion considering her appearance was a sixteen year old human. When she showed up at school, Lillie was literally bulldozed by Krystal, who was a human that didn't seem to take no to being friends. 'Bookstore guy' was actually Stark, who had opened a bookstore in the town to somewhat relieve his boredom of being among humans entertained by the females falling at his feet and the males obvious jealousy at what he was capable of reducing females to. Krystal had no idea that Lillie knew Stark.

"Well if you two keep heading towards the sun your happily ever after might end up crash and burning. Literally."

Krystal's eyes went bug eyed and her mouth dropped open.

"How could you ruin my dream?" she pouted," You're so cynical, Lillie!"

Lillie rested her head on her hand giving Krystal an arched stare. "Why can't you just call him Stark rather than the bookstore guy? I mean you do know his name."

Krystal bit her lip.

"B-but it just feels wrong to call him by his name when I didn't get the courage to talk to him. When I do, that's when I shall call him Stark, which will be today," Krystal declared with determination. Lillie didn't understand Krystal's infatuation with Stark but then again... Krystal was a little bit weird with her obsession for unicorns... and Stark.

"And every other day you've declared that," Lillie retorted.

"But today will be the day! I'll go into that bookstore and walk right up to him... and then I'll-"

Krystal was too busy giggling to herself to notice Lillie wasn't paying attention to her anymore. The classroom had erupted into whispers with their attention on the door. It was concentrated on someone that had walked in. An unfamiliar face. It was a boy with a pale complexion, raven black hair, and his dark eyebrows that made him look serious and unfriendly. He wore a black top and jeans with a chain around his neck with a lock on it. He could be categorized as a Goth through the way he dressed.

Lillie wasn't admiring the odd dark charm that seemed to linger around him like the other girls in the classroom. She could sense something rather off about him that sent a tingle down her back. He was also staring at her intensely with his heterochromia eyes, one being red and the other a light brown, as if he was trying to look past the fact she looked human.

"Isn't he... from back then?" someone had whispered nearby. Lillie had caught some of the whispers as she frowned.

"Did you hear what happened to his family a few years back?"

"He's the reason their dead."

Ignoring the whispers, the boy made his way down the aisle towards her. He seemed to pause for a second to look at her with suspicion before he took his place in the desk behind her. Lillie noticed a piece of paper flutter to the floor beside her chair that had fallen out of the boy's backpack.

Lillie's eyes widened at what was on the piece of paper. A symbol with swirls and curves of a bird with a sun in the background was drawn on it.

Just like the one on the wolf's heart that Stark had pulled out of its chest.

Lillie slowly turned to look at the boy behind her as he arched a brow at her.

"Is there something you want?" he questioned with a friendly tone. Despite his appearance, he seemed to be a rather nice person.

"No… just… I've never seen you before."

"It's because I'm new here… sort of," the boy stated with a frown. Lillie grabbed the piece of paper off the floor and slipped it to the boy. The boy seemed to swallow hard.

"This… symbol is pretty. What's it mean?" Lillie questioned curiously. The boy's cheeks turned a bright red clearly flustered and was about to give her an answer when the teacher walked in.

"Morning class! Today we have a somewhat new student! His name is Koji Sasaki! Some of you may know him since he attended this school a few years ago and has decided to return," the teacher exclaimed with a bright smile on her face. The boy, Koji, quickly stood up from his desk as he turned slightly pink in the cheek.

"This… is stupid," he muttered under his breath before storming out of the class. It surprised the teacher and the entire class. Lillie raised an eyebrow as she glanced at the desk. Koji had ripped up the piece of paper into tiny pieces.