Book III

Chapter 28

Koji had a hard time absorbing everything that had happened since he moved here. He met a friend, who turned out to be not so normal. He was beginning to think that he could never run away from the life that he had so easily.

Koji was about to race out the apartment when he felt a pair of eyes glaring at his back.

"Koji, take a moment to observe your surroundings."

Koji's stomach dropped at that stern, even voice as he slowly turned around to see an old woman sitting in a chair in the far corner of the living room. He swallowed hard. He was dreading this would happen.

"Grandma?"

The old woman glared at Koji in displeasure and spoke coldly," Leaving without telling your grandma is quite… irresponsible."

Koji narrowed his eyes at her and curled his lip.

"I was done playing your games, Grandma. I wanted to be left to a normal life with my twin brother… without your influences," Koji exclaimed in a stern tone. The old woman glared at her grandson.

"The necromancy that was done in this town can't be ignored. If you wanted a normal life, you wouldn't be practicing it," the old woman spoke in an even tone. Koji was about to argue but he stopped himself. He would get his brother in trouble.

"I didn't think… you would find out about that…" Koji trailed off. A male in a black outfit and a mask covered half his lower face walked out from the kitchen to hand his grandmother a cup of tea.

Koji caught a black bag that lay beside his grandmother as his jaw dropped and his eyes widened in horror of what could be in there. He had dived towards the body bag with the worst in mind. When he unzipped the body bag, his face went pale and completely horrified at what was looking back at him. Koji could barely breath as he hyperventilated.

"I know that you are lying for your brother, Koji. I know my own grandson's powers enough to know it was not yours. It would be much more advance than that. Shoji needs to be punished for what he has caused in this town. He's endangered civilians," his grandmother exclaimed without any emotion in her tone. Koji glared at her.

"How could you do this?! HE WAS YOUR GRANDSON! HE WAS MY TWIN!" Koji cried infuriated at his grandmother's heartlessness. His grandmother gave a stern look at his grandson.

"Have you forgotten the rules? You will be punished for covering for your twin," his grandmother exclaimed. Koji's jaw worked unable to respond back to his grandmother. His grandma continued," However, I might... leave you alone if you do something for me..."

Koji's jaw worked.

"What would that be?"

"There was something else in this town… a being that possessed dark powers… I want you to find this being for me without having to kill it," his grandmother spoke. Koji furrowed his brows.

"Does it have something to do with… that Hellraine being that you wanted to find so badly?" Koji inquired. His grandmother gave a small smirk.

"Yes, it is that being. I want to let you know that refusing this will send your little friends that you abandoned back home to imprisonment. They're still quite loyal to you and never once tattled on you. Then again you aren't safe from being imprisoned either. Now… I'm sure you will make the right choice."

Koji bit his lower lip as he curled his hands into fists. He had lost his only family to his grandmother. Was he going to let his grandmother rule his own by imprisoning him and his friends in that morbid place if he didn't accept this request? He couldn't let that happen.

"Fine! I'll bring that being to you. This means you will leave me and the others alone?"

His grandma inclined her head at him and replied," Yes, that is correct."


Ruby followed the address on the piece of paper Stark had given her leading her to an apartment building on the third floor. She stopped in front of the door with an eight on it and knocked on it.

A pale skinned boy, who looked to be seventeen, answered the door with nothing but a towel over the lower part of his body causing her to gap at him. He had crimson eyes and navy blue, medium length hair that was spiked and tussled slightly damp. He had at least six piercing on his left ear and the other had eight. He also had a tattoo over his chest that had a cross through an odd star sign. He had a rather deranged smirk over his lips as he stared at her.

"Do you want the towel off so you can get a better view?" he teased though there was an underlying indifference in it. She quickly snapped her attention to his presence.

"Oh… I… Stark said I could stay here," Ruby spluttered. The boy's gaze darkened slightly as he messed up his hair thinking it through. He turned away from the door to walk into the living room grabbing his phone from the couch. The boy pressed the send button standing there in a relaxed manner leaning against the couch waiting for whomever to pick up the phone on the other end.

Ruby slowly stepped into the apartment. It was an open design apartment in which the living room and kitchen was connected and an arch leading to a small hallway not far from the entrance.

"Why did you send this human to live with me, Stark," the boy questioned. The indifference in his tone and his deranged smile he had greeted her with had disappeared. He was listening to Stark talk looking slightly anxious by what was being said to him.

"Aiden might not be able to control his blood urges and take a bite out of her for a taste test," the boy retorted. His eyes seemed to become redder than they already were. It looked like the red was bleeding into the white area in his eyes. He was clearly aggravated.

Aiden began to calm down after something being told to him over the phone. With that, he hung up and gave that deranged smile towards Ruby. He leaned in closer to her.

"You better not get in my way, or I'll decide you'd like to contribute yourself to become my blood donor," he sneered and then stepped away from her. Then added with an indifference in his attitude," Other than that… Welcome roomie."

Ruby swallowed hard watching Aiden walk away before she exhaled loudly not realizing she had been holding her breath all this time.

"Scary… what did I do to deserve this?"

"I can hear you, honey," Aiden's voice trailed out in a rather sing songy tone. Ruby's eyes widened as she flinched.

"Oh my god… I can't live here."

Aiden reappeared from his bedroom looking at Ruby with that deranged grin over his face. He had put on a sleeveless black shirt and dark grey sweatpants.

"But I'm so loveable. I don't understand how you wouldn't want to live with me," Aiden remarked. Ruby stepped back away from him.

"Let me phone Stark! I want to talk to that asshole," Ruby demanded. Aiden pressed the send button on his phone and handed it to Ruby.

"What is it? Don't tell me you killed an innocent human again because her blood tasted good or some stupid crap," an obnoxious voice answered on the other end.

"Stark, how can you make me live with this insane idiot? He seems like he's lost a couple of marbles… He just isn't right in the head," Ruby screamed. Aiden still had that deranged grin over his lips as he listened to her and might be able to hear Stark on the other end.

"It's better than living in foreclosure houses and abandoned buildings," Stark retorted with a small chuckle.

"You're doing this out of spite," Ruby cried.

"You did burn my hand. It's still healing you know," Stark retorted and added," Have fun with Aiden."

Ruby gapped as she heard a click on the other end causing her to silently scream.

"You're stuck with me until further notice. We're going to get along great."

Ruby threw the phone at Aiden. The phone hit his forehead forming a red circle where it had hit. Aiden had caught the phone before it dropped to the floor.

"I would be as crazy as you if I end up getting along with you," Ruby retorted as she walked past him to explore the rooms in the apartment. Aiden smirked in a psychotic manner.

"She seems nice."