Book III

Chapter 30

The black sword cut into Zavid's neck but he didn't flinch as he stared at Stark with dejected look in his eyes.

"In other words… as good as a bound demon," Zavid added between clenched teeth seeing Stark's suspicions about him. Stark gave a wry, cocky smirk.

"Is that so? How come I've heard nothing about these so called dogs?" Stark questioned in an intimidating manner. Zavid's jaw worked as he seemed to be trying to sort through his thoughts. This topic was a constant reminder of his naivety.

"Demons hate Hellraines for a reason... If you wanted proof, here is one… I'm sure you'll recognize what it means," Zavid spat bitterly. He lifted his shirt. A large tattoo took up the entire left side of his abdomen that Stark recognized as the elder Hellraine's mark. It was a mark that was reserved for those in servitude to him except for his guardians. Despite the multitude of demons that fought for him, very few possessed it and for good reason.

Zavid pulled back down his shirt clearly irritated, frustrated and a hint of anger.

"I should've just shown you the mark instead of all that crap I had to say," Zavid spat out grudgingly.

"Like the words enslaved? Cursed?" Stark said with a hint of amusement dancing in his emerald green eyes. Zavid let out an aggravated sigh.

"I didn't explain all that because I liked the reminder," Zavid exclaimed in a bitter tone taking a deep breath to calm himself before he continued in a hesitant manner," There is a higher demon that is coming after your Hellraine that kept me prisoner for a long time. His name is Wrath..."

Stark's expression had darkened at that statement as he spoke evenly," So you decide to lead them straight to me? You obviously never thought this through before you came running here. How the hell did you even escape from his grasp?"

Zavid's jaw worked.

"I'm sure that they won't be able to track me for a while... I was able to escape because his puppet wasn't exactly fully controlled. No wonder the Hellraine kept us around so we don't end up wilting away from his control," Zavid exclaimed.

The air around Stark quickly turned sadistic and bloodthirsty before he stabbed the black sword straight through Zavid's stomach without any mercy in his cold eyes.

"Wrath is a guardian," Stark stated in a dark, sadistic manner," You should've started with that."

Zavid grimaced in pain as his knees buckled from under him and he slowly glowered at Stark.

"No reason to stab me just because I failed to mention that," Zavid cried wincing at the pain. Then his eyes widened as he felt like the black sword was beginning to eat away at his insides. He tried to pull out the sword but failed as he muttered, "Good to know that you haven't gone soft living amongst humans."

Stark gave a rather evil smirk at Zavid before he twisted the sword in Zavid's abdomen causing him to cry out in pain.

"The more you talk, the longer I'm leaving that sword inside you and it seems to really want to eat you."

Zavid narrowed his eyes on Stark and then snorted at him.

"If the black sword wants to eat me up, it's going to start eating you too," Zavid retorted in a surly tone.

Stark's response was to smirk with a sadistic pleasure and said," Let's see who gets eaten first."

Zavid clenched his teeth in irritation. He thought rationality would get him out of this situation but that was stupidity on his part. For self-preservation, he needed to warn the Hellraine of the dangers that were coming and what he had learned while being imprisoned. Sadly, he wasn't too fond of the idea of being inherited to the elder Hellraine's remaining bloodline. Simply, he just hated the idea of being owned because of his naivety.

Zavid shut his eyes trying to stop concentrating on the pain in his chest from what the black sword was doing to his insides. Then rocks and cement dug into Zavid's skin causing him to scowl as he opened his eyes and looked up to find that he was meters away from Stark.

At least he could still teleport.

Stark looked rather amused by the turn of events watching as Zavid's expression of bewilderment quickly turned to frustration. Zavid clenched his teeth.

"If you won't believe me... I'm done convincing you. I came to do the good thing despite the circumstances but you're just a selfish, arrogant fucking bastard. Your Hellraine can survive without you," Zavid snarled. Stark snorted incredulously at Zavid's remark.

A wry, cruel smirk crossed onto his lips. He continued in a dark, sardonic tone," I've been wanting a good fight. Let's see what your capable of, 'Dog'."

Zavid grimaced as the black sword dissipated from his stomach and back into Stark's hands. Stark's emerald green eyes glimmered sadistically before disappeared from the place he stood to appear in front of Zavid bringing down the black sword. Zavid barely rolled away in time as the ground that he had been cracked from the blade striking against it.

"You think that the elder Hellraine would waste his time on enslaving me if he didn't think I was useful enough to him! Now you'll see why he did!" Zavid spat with underlying venom. He raced at Stark as electricity seemed to gather around his hands and he struck them down at Stark. Dust was kicked up from the electricity striking the ground.

When the dust cleared, all that was left was a black star shaped was burnt into the pavement where Stark had been standing.

Lillie supported Loki, who was beginning to barely be able to walk properly. They had finally got out of school and headed home.

"I'm getting worse… I feel like… my powers are being drained from me," Loki spoke under his breath. Lillie furrowed her brows at that as she bit her lower lip with a troubled expression over her face.

Guardians… can use demons to siphon from, but usually guardians don't bother with it unless…


The voice had made Lillie leap back not expecting anyone to call her and nearly karate chopped whoever had called her. Koji was standing in front of her shielding his face with his hands. Lillie had caught herself before she hit Koji.

"Jeezus, Koji! Don't sneak up on me!" Lillie snapped sternly.

"At least you're holding back on that violent tendency of yours," Koji retorted with an arched stare. Lillie scrunched up her nose as she relaxed calming down a degree.

"Well I did give Ethan a concussion this morning... so I thought I would take the less violent approach," Lillie exclaimed slightly flustered. Lillie noticed how Koji seemed to be uncomfortable as he scratched the back of his neck trying to find his words. She frowned at him and questioned slightly worried," Are you okay?"

Koji had narrowed his mismatched eyes at her in a desperate manner putting his hands on her shoulder.

"Please answer me truthfully... Please just tell me that you aren't the Hellraine," Koji said in a pleading tone. Lillie seemed surprised by what had come out of Koji's mouth. Lillie couldn't help but gap at those words that came out of his mouth as she blinked for a long moment.

"Wh-why would you say that?" Lillie spluttered trying to continue her ruse. Loki seemed to be weary of Koji's every action observing him carefully.

"Don't pretend you don't know what I'm asking," Koji said in a stern tone. Lillie narrowed her eyes on Koji.

"I think you already know the answer… You don't need to hear the answer from me, Koji," Lillie exclaimed in a serious tone as a male had landed to her right and then a female holding a pair of sai in her hands.

Koji exhaled loudly closing his eyes trying to muster the courage that he needed. He narrowed his eyes at Lillie with a determined look in his mismatched eyes.

"I'm sorry, Lill, but it's a matter of life or death… for everyone that's important to me," Koji stated as he began to step away from her devoid of any emotions of her.

Suddenly, a blur came out of nowhere and attacked her and Loki causing the cement to crack into pieces and fly everywhere.

Zero couldn't find the strength to get out of bed and decided that he would rest his eyes thinking through what had happened to him since he met Lillie. Why was he thinking about it all now? His thoughts were interrupted when he sensed a presence nearby. He snapped his eyes open to be confronted by Seth.

"It's time to keep your promise," Seth stated in a serious tone.

"What you want will be the same as Lillie dying," Zero exclaimed and continued," Don't you feel a little bit towards her or is this about your grudge to her family for what they did?"

Seth didn't seem impressed as he narrowed his eyes at him.

"Remember what was done to you, Zero. Aren't you at least angered by what had happened? Or did they tame you that much?" Seth retorted in a dark manner as he glanced towards the door. He frowned," We're in the same boat… you and I… both of us were wronged by the Ezrae family."

"Making this world fall into darkness… won't make it better for you, Seth. It won't change the fact everyone has or will wrong you," Zero exclaimed with an ominous tone in his voice. Seth's gaze darkened.

"Shut up, Zero. You can't stop me from what I will do."

With that, Seth had disappeared. Zero exhaled loudly as he slowly sat up. His body was recovering slowly but he barely had strength in him to move.

He closed his eyes trying to remember the random images that had flashed into his mind that caused him to awaken. His pale blue eyes looked haunted as if he was seeing an image pass through his mind.

This is just the beginning… It's only going to get worse…