Loki and Stark froze in their spots when they sensed a dangerous, bloodthirsty aura coming towards them at a speed of light.
"I'm dealing with this. You find Lillie," Stark said in a demanding tone. Loki glared at him obviously not liking being told what to do.
"Who died and made you boss? Do I look like I take orders from you?" Loki retorted icily and added," I can't even sense Lillie so where the hell am I going? To Neverland?"
Stark glanced at him and smirked in a bad boy manner.
"If that'll get you somewhere other than here," Stark retorted in an obnoxious tone. Loki continued glaring at Stark.
"When you take a less commanding tone, maybe I'll consider listening to you. and what the hell would the lost boys need a Hellraine for?"
Stark's jaw worked as he manifested his black sword. A blur came crashing through the window straight towards Stark. Stark parried a sharp object from coming down on him with his black sword. He glared at those amber eyes before him.
"Seth," Stark greeted simply. Seth gave a wry, wicked smirk.
"Stark, it's been too long."
"It has… from kicking your ass," Stark retorted before pushing Seth back from him and sliced horizontally. Seth leaped back.
"I'm much stronger than I was," Seth said in a biting tone. The hand that he was holding his long sword began to become slowly engulfed by shadows. Stark's gaze darkened.
"What the hell did you do, Seth, to get that power?"
Seth's smirk turned evil as his amber eyes glinted dangerously.
"You should know. You have this power too," Seth sneered. Stark snorted as a small, devious smirk played across his lips.
"I didn't need it to kick your ass… and you are still an idiot after all these years. I thought he taught you better."
Seth's jaw worked as he grinded his teeth together. The mere thought of that person seemed to rattle him.
"Don't dare mention him in front of me, Anselm," Seth snarled as he raced at Stark in a blink of an eye and swung his long sword at him.
Alexis was sitting there a few meters from Lillie with a slightly concerned expression in his bluish-green eyes, but he stayed silent.
Lillie was staring at Caleb unblinkingly. Despite the turmoil within her, she needed to find a way out of here with Caleb. Her thoughts kept going back to Seth's words about Caleb and it made her wonder if she had been selfish bringing back Caleb from the dead with her cursed black blood. Was it all just instincts for her no matter how much she wanted it not to? She would always have that darkness inside her… but she tried to never let it control her actions. With Caleb… she didn't seem to care what he wanted.
Caleb had wanted to die… He wanted to get away from all the pain he had suffered from for far too long, but she wouldn't let him even have that peace.
With that, loneliness and guilt swept through her, and finally glanced at Alexis, who diverted his gaze away. Seth had mistreated him yet there he was… still here… Guarding her.
"Why are you even still here?" Lillie asked in a small voice causing Alexis to look at her slightly taken back.
"I… just know I have to stay here…" he trailed off in a hesitant manner. The black haze past through his eyes and then faded away. He was fighting against the shadows that were controlling a part of him.
Lillie knew that those shadows were capable of controlling a demon partially or fully. A demon fully controlled would decay in mind faster and their body would follow. However, a demon that was partially controlled would barely have their mind affected. It would be a very slow process before it would decay their mind...
Lillie could still free him. Maybe she had regained enough power by now…
Lillie had gotten up from her place to close the distance between her and Alexis. Alexis seemed slightly surprised looking at her with a puzzled look.
"Whatever hold he has on you… I can help you break free. Then… we'll get out together."
Lillie bent down in front of Alexis as she cupped her hands against Alexis' face. Alexis seemed to be weary of her but he didn't flinch away. After a while, nothing happened.
Alexis stared at her for a long moment waiting for something to happen and then he cocked his head in confusion.
"Are you… having trouble performing?" Alexis asked with a frown. Lillie scrunched up her nose.
"It happens to everyone sometimes!" Lillie cried defensively. It was that stupid pocketknife. Her desire to keep her powers hidden had totally come back to bite her in the butt. In some ways, Lillie had seen her powers had a different part of her… the darker side.
Currently she could hear it whispering to her. Without the pocketknife, her powers were coming back very slowly.
"Were you… there when Seth did this Caleb?" Lillie questioned trying to ignore her internal conflict. Alexis nodded slightly. "Did… Caleb get a chance to fight back?"
"He was barely capable of moving. The poison had already been in his system for a while, but he put up a good fight despite that. Seth nailed him to the wall before he could cause any more damage," Alexis explained. Lillie managed a small absent smile.
"He always did fight until the bitter end…" Lillie trailed off as she turned to look at Caleb.
Ignore him… He is more than capable of freeing himself. His will is strong… but the other one… Lillie turned her attention back to Alexis. He can help us out of here…
Her instincts were telling her what she should do to get out of this place. It agitated her that she was trapped in here.
"But… there is another way to free you," Lillie stated. Alexis seemed even more puzzled by her change of topic back to him," He has a hold of your weakness. It's why he is controlling you… Eventually, you'll be a shade of yourself."
Lillie stared at him conflicted on her decision that was floating in the back of her mind. She didn't need a lot of her shadow powers to infuse it into her blood. It was what made the black blood. It was what flowed through her guardians.
He'll be able to help you… You are trapped in this place… Who knows what could happen to you. He's capable of helping you… Make him one… the voice continued.
Alexis couldn't register what she was saying. It was as if darkness was blocking that part of his judgment telling him he had to be loyal to Seth... Obey him. He was attempting to register that memory fighting through the darkness despite how painful it felt the closer he got to it. It made him feel guilty and shame…
The darkness made those feelings disappear… but from time to time he could fight it. Then he would let it control him again because he didn't like those feelings.
Suddenly Lillie shoved him through the sliding door catching Alexis off guard as she ended up sitting on him pinning him to the ground.
"You might forgive me… you might not… but I can't let you be controlled for your weaknesses or pain," Lillie said as she shoved her hand into Alexis' chest squeezing his heart causing him to be unable to do anything against her.
Alexis grimaced at the pain that was sent through his entire body unable to even push Lillie off him. He could feel the tug of his heart. Before he could grasp what was going on, he had blacked out.
Riley gave Jayce a scowl at what Jayce had told him to do.
"Babysit your immortal hunter? I rather be babysitting a psychopath," Riley retorted and then added," Oh wait. I have!" Jayce smirked.
"Then babysitting an immortal hunter isn't a huge feint for you," Jayce retorted back.
Before Riley could protest anymore, he nearly face planted into a hardwood floor if he hadn't caught himself with his hands. He looked up to find himself inside an entrance foyer. He gapped at the luxurious decorations except for the railings upstairs. Where was he now?
Riley frowned. Good to know he still didn't have control over his life after a century. He seemed to be always in the middle of the worst scenarios. Currently, he was caught between an ancient, powerful god that he owed his life to and his demon master that saw him merely as a pawn in his schemes.
"Oh just rip out my bleeding heart already," Riley muttered under his breath.
"I'd be more than happy to," a weak female voice spoke from behind him causing Riley to spin around to see a blond haired girl smirking at him. Riley recognized this girl as a classmate of his… What was her name? Mirielle. Someone seemed to have beat her up pretty good. He frowned… This must be the immortal hunter that he was supposed to help.
Riley had an odd feeling that went through him and he hadn't felt it in a century or so. It felt as if the brand on his back was tingling and it felt like a start of a fire on his back. He only got this feeling when Stark was nearby as his breathing became ragged. He cursed under his breath.
Stark lived in this stupid mansion. Crap.
Mirielle was giving him an odd look.
"We need to get out of here… before that vampire wakes up," Mirielle whispered in a rushed tone. She became alert when she heard fighting upstairs," We have to get out of here before the demon comes back…"
Riley was puzzled by her seeming paranoia. However, Riley could hear her thoughts causing him to freeze. She was going to come back and kill the two that had defeated her. Aiden… and Stark? He hadn't looked at his surroundings. Aiden was lying not far from them.
"I know that you want to get me out of here before you break ass on a demon and a vampire… since humans are never supposed to know that immortal hunters exist… But this… is going to kill you," Riley exclaimed in a stern tone. Mirielle seemed to be surprised before she quickly wrapped her arm around his neck in a chokehold.
"Who the hell are you?"
Riley clenched his teeth. At least Mirielle gave him enough room to breath.
"Why… does everyone seemed to be inclined on… choking me..."
Alexis slowly opened his eyes inhaling a deep breath. He attempted to get up but his limbs felt weak. He directed a gaze at Lillie causing her to flinch.
"What did you do to me?"
Lillie bit her lower lip. Alexis seemed to roll into a ball clenching at his chest painfully. He screamed out in pain holding his head with his other hand. He began to reach out towards her.
Lillie's brows furrowed as she shuffled back cautiously from Alexis.
"My body feels like it's being swallowed by… something," Alexis said in a hoarse tone as he glanced at her," What did you do to me?"
Lillie swallowed hard at what Alexis was saying. Before she knew it, Alexis was beginning to slowly become engulfed by the shadows and began to slowly get up. In a blink of an eye, he was in front of her. Half of his face enveloped by the shadows causing his eye to glow crimson while his other eye remained his normal color.
He brought his claws down on her causing Lillie to roll out of the way as the shadows extended his reach causing him to destroy the path in front of him.
All his attacks barely missed her but Lillie could tell… he seemed to be losing it.
The shadows weren't easy to grasp. It was an inner battle to gain control over them. Most of the ones that had taken her blood would die or turn insane.
Lillie got up attempting to get away. Alexis, who was now fully engulfed by the shadows, came at her closing the distance. Alexis had red tattoos beginning to appear covering his left arm, neck, and the left side of his face and his left side of his stomach. It resembled swirls of a snake tail taking shape into vines and intricate pictures.
Lillie had reached the edge of the clearing but realized she had ended up back in the same spot. She couldn't leave this place. There was possibly a barrier around this goddamn place.
Alexis might be one of the ones able to come and go freely. Turning Alexis into a guardian may not have been the best idea, but she hated seeing anyone be controlled like a puppet by the powers that were given from the Hellraine blood.
With her weakened, Lillie needed Alexis to control his new dark powers… or she was dead.
Alexis could see the shadows appearing before him like they were about to attack him. He attempted to slash them apart before they would get a chance. He outstretched his hand as a scythe appeared. He sliced the scythe horizontally viciously at the shadows.
They seemed to slash apart but they appeared as they were again. Alexis was barely able to register his surroundings. Reality was blurring for him. His insides felt like they were burning and he could feel darkness engulfing him slowly. His surroundings began to change into a battlefield making him tense. Within the battlefield, armies of dragon-like demons appeared around him causing him to gaze out in shock. Wasn't his race dead? He'd betrayed them to the dark god.
His breathing grew ragged. There was a pained expression over his face. Then someone clapped a hand on his shoulder. He slowly turned to see a familiar face smirking at him. He would recognize this face anywhere. It haunted him like a ghost for a long time. His best friend…
Regret filled him.
"Lex, what are you daydreaming about? Don't tell me you're getting scared. We have to win this war."
Then he could hear war cries as legions of demons came flooding towards his army towards him as his army began dropping like flies. He was nearly blinded by the rush of his enemies as he prepared to battle them.
I know some events are the same but I really liked them in the other version. Hopefully I can deal out chapters more frequently… and catch up to where the old version is. Enjoy the new chapter!