Book III

Chapter 28

"Holy shit! What did you do to Ethan? Or did he just finally lose his marbles over his vampire conspiracies?"

Lillie and Loki turned to the voice to find a dark haired boy running up to Ethan to check on him and frowned.

Her eyes widened in bewilderment at the boy in awe as she cried," Holy shit! You're actually standing in this building, Tobias!"

Tobias scrunched up his nose.

"Don't act like I'm like... some mythical creature," Tobias said in a nonchalant manner. Then he turned his attention on Ethan with a frown before he flicked him in the forehead.

Ethan didn't seem to react for a long moment staring off into space before he suddenly reacted with a loud," Ow... TOBY?!"

Tobias smirked at Ethan and annouced," He's okay!"

Loki turned to look at Lillie as a wry, patronizing smirk began to cast over his lips.

"I see you didn't render him comatose at least with the way you threw him. It's a miracle," Loki remarked to Lillie. Lillie glared at Loki in response while Tobias snorted at the comment.

"I'm pretty sure his brain has been damaged... He's already had quite a few hits on his head before Lillie got to him," Tobias retorted causing Ethan to glare at Tobias and Lillie to gap at him.

They both simultaneously proclaimed out loud to Tobias at their frustrations.

"I'M NOT STUPID!" Ethan cried loudly before stomping off

"YOU WITNESSED THAT?" Lillie cried in mere shock at the fact Tobias had seen what happened.

"Everyone witnessed it," Tobias said in a droll manner at Lillie as he crossed his arms and said," Unless they became blind for a few seconds or were distracted by him..." as Tobias arched a brow at Loki and questioned," I've never seen a Cyclops in school before. Are you new here?"

Loki rolled his eye at that comment.

"Yes, it's my first day... in this... stupid... building... called school," Loki responded in a rather bitter tone. I can't believe I got dragged to this place.

Koji had come up to them looking rather suspicious as he had his attention set on Lillie. Lillie turned her attention to him.

"Hey, Koji," she greeted him. Koji bit his lower lip.

"Could I talk to you before class?" Koji questioned looking slightly nervous and determined. Lillie frowned.

"Sure? Is there something wrong Koji?" Lillie questioned looking concerned for her friend. Tobias had a glare cast on Koji causing Koji to give him an odd look. Koji turned his attention back to Lillie.

"Maybe we'll talk later when you're alone," Koji said as he walked away. Tobias turned to Lillie as he managed a smirk.

"Well I'm gonna head to class. I'll meet you there," Tobias said walking off in Koji's direction. Then the bell rung signalling classes were beginning. Loki began to walk away from Lillie.

"Have fun in class."

"Aren't you going?" Lillie inquired. Loki laughed at that.

"If you're going to drag me into this building from 9 am to 3pm… you are sorely mistaken that I am going to sit in a class."

Stark sat outside of the house on the front porch to get some fresh air. It was better than standing in the bookstore where he was through being distracted.

Stark was examining the book watching as the pages changed into a subject that he wanted to know more about.

Across the page, it began to tell a story about a hunter who wanted to obtain power in order to be able to defend his village from the supernatural creatures that preyed on them. This hunter decided that every dead supernatural creature he would consume them hoping their strength and power would flow into him and he would gain it.

As he continued to kill and consume after many years, he realized little by little he was growing stronger, and that his aging seemed to slow slightly. Eventually he had figure out how to call on the dead and he began to perfect this skill. From then on, it carried through the generations of his bloodline. The story had ended.

Stark was left with even more questions than answers. The story had been more of an old tale to tell to children than the real story of how hunter families had come to possess their powers.

"You lead quite a tedious life here, Anselm."

Stark had a weary look over his face as he glared at the male that looked to be around seventeen taking a step closer to him. He sensed the underlying bloodthirst and sadistic air that crackled around this menacing male.

The male's lips began to quirk into a small, mischievous smirk as he took a step closer towards Stark. The male had streaks of green and blue in his black hair. His eyes seemed to continue to change colors from purple to green to blue and repeating once again.

"Once leading armies of demons to war… and now look at what you've become. Just a mundane existence…" the male gestured around them in an intimidating manner," Don't you want more than this?"

Stark forced a bad boy smirk as his gaze darkened on the male.

"And what business is it to you how I choose to live? How do you even know about me?"

"Your Hellraine is pretty naive. She's naive to believe that she can lead a peaceful life amongst humans without being hunted… She'll always be hunted... just like her predecessors," the male sneered. Stark's gaze had darkened at the male's words.

"You should just spit out what you came here to say. I tend to get bored easily and I might decide that your head would be better off detached from your shoulders."

The male chuckled low in his throat putting his hands into the sides of his pant pocket.

"Allies are important just so you know before you go around beheading every demon and god you see," the male said. Stark's gaze darkened as he slowly stood up from the steps he'd been sitting on.

"Allies? I don't know who the hell you are. You haven't given me any reason to trust you either," Stark exclaimed in a dark, sardonic tone. The male gave a small, insidious grin at Stark.

"Zarek, you can say I'm... a servant of the elder Hellraine."

Without any hesitation, Stark swung his arm as his black sword appeared in his hand millimeters from beheading Zarek. Zarek leaped back still with that smirk over his lips.

"I take it… you don't like the elder Hellraine. The feeling's mutual, Anselm."

Michaela stood over Zero, who was still unconscious lying in the bed. He had snuck into the house hoping no one would discover him. His expression didn't give away what he was about to do as he tilted his head to the side to observe Zero for a long moment.

Why… won't you wake up? He wondered to himself. His memories were slowly returning to him what he had done while he wasn't in his right mind. Zero had drained him to snap him out of control but it wasn't for him. What was Zero's main objective when he used the last of his powers? Didn't Michaela's energy charge Zero?

Michaela touched Zero's forehead feeling like he was being ripped away from his body. He frowned scanning his surroundings to see a garden with flowers wilting away in front of a mansion.

Michaela turned sensing a pair of eyes watching him. Zero was standing there with a small smile over his lips.

"Kai, it has been quite a long time," Zero greeted in a friendly manner. Michaela furrowed his brow at Zero in suspicion.

"Zero…" he greeted hesitantly. Zero cocked his head at Michaela.

"You clearly have some questions you want me to answer… However, I can only answer them in here," Zero exclaimed indicating his surroundings. Michaela frowned.

"You took my life force… I lost myself. You know how I need it to survive."

"I apologize for that... But I was in a desperate situation. The condemned were after Lillie. I wasn't about to let them take me away so easily or get to Lillie. I wanted to dwindle their numbers," Zero explained.

"You were using me as a shield… Your plan could have gone wrong. I could have drained you instead."

"I knew that you wouldn't. You always go for the strongest because it would last you longer while I was too weak," Zero exclaimed. Michaela diverted his gaze from him reflecting on a memory of him draining two humans.

"Not when I am... desperate."

Zero cocked his head at Michaela as he seemed to be listening to something in the air before a indecipherable glint past through his blue eyes and had a critical expression marring over his face.

"Do not play on his side, Kai. Hatred won't win wars... You can't always be the one to sacrifice a piece of yourself. You never gain anything from it. The elder Hellraine is no longer here to rule your life," Zero exclaimed and paused for a moment to add," She needs to know you're an ally... an ally who has done just as much as anyone that has stood beside her."

Michaela bit his lower lip as he shook his head.

"I don't care for glory or recognition," Michaela stated and let out a loud sigh," I won't be another burden to her that she'll regret."

Zero furrowed his brows as he spoke in a gentle tone," You know that isn't it."

Michaela had a solemn expression over his face. This was a sore subject for him as he attempted to change the topic.

"I didn't come in here for this... Seth is making his move... I'm sure he'll come to you soon. You know his hatred for-"

Zero narrowed his eyes on Michaela causing him to stop in mid sentence.

"Like I have told you time and time again, do not put yourself in the middle of this," Zero stated in a warning tone. Michaela's eyes seemed to deaden.

"No. I was in the middle of it from the time I was brought into the Ezrae family."

Seth was staring out of the balcony door of his apartment with a stoic, stern expression over his face as he saw a reflection on the door. A dark, largely built, cruel looking man was staring at him as he pushed his glasses up from his nose. Seth quickly turned around and was smashed into the balcony door causing it to crack by the man.

"Seth… You found where the Hellraine was, didn't you?" the man spoke in a raspy voice. Seth swallowed.

"I freed Zero... He should be with her. I was going to tell you, Wrath…" Seth trailed off as Wrath threw him across the living room.

"Don't tell me… you were off trying to fulfill your own vendetta with the Hellraine, Seth," Wrath spat as he made his way closer to Seth. He grabbed Seth by his jaw. Seth could feel Wrath's grip tightening as Wrath whispered into his ear," Your loyalties still lie with him. It's no wonder he says you're useless."

Wrath slammed Seth's head into the wall and walked out of the apartment casually. Seth began to slowly sit up wincing leaning against the wall away from the hole Wrath had made with his head. He had a blank expression cast over his face.

"Useless... huh?"