Tainted Blood

Chapter 49

Toru growled in frustration as he tried to pry off the bracelet from his wrists but it didn't work. He kicked over a garbage can and then stomped on it over and over again out of rage. Then he kicked it causing it to fly straight ahead like a dangerous saucer. It hit a white blonde haired boy in the head. He winced slightly. Toru's eyes widened recognizing the boy as a servant of the elder Hellraine. He gapped and began pointing furiously in shock. Then he completely lost it.

"WHY THE HELL AM I ALWAYS MEETING ALL YOU ASSHOLES EVERYWHERE I GO?"

"You waited for Stark in front of his bookstore," the boy intervened in an emotionless tone. However, that didn't stop Toru's tirade.

"I DON'T GIVE A SHIT HOW IT HAPPENED! I GET THIS STUPID BRACELET PUT ON ME BY THAT ASSHOLE! NOW I'M WEAK AS A STUPID HUMAN! THEN YOU HAVE TO APPEAR OUT OF NOWHERE TO POSSIBLY TORMENT ME!" Toru cried loudly like a crazed yakuza member holding up the bracelet for the boy to see.

The boy arched a brow, cocked his head, and then had hit Toru over the head with the compacted garbage can. "Finished?"

Toru breathed heavily shaking in anger.

"Did you just hit me with a garbage can?" he questioned through clenched teeth in the boy's face. The boy slammed the garbage can right into his face. Toru ground his teeth together and then said in a threatening tone," Just you hit me again."

"Did you forget something?" the boy said indicating the bracelet with his gaze. Toru was hyperventilating now.

"I could beat you up if it wasn't for this goddamn br—" Toru was cut off as a sharp object sliced down at Toru's wrist causing Toru to leap back a few meters. He nearly had a heart attack making sure he still had his arm attached. "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU TRYING TO DO, MIKAELA?"

"Getting rid of the bracelet. I'm only trying to help you," Mikaela answered almost innocently with a slight hint of malice.

"You psycho!"

Mikaela shrugged.

"It would solve your problem within seconds," he stated. Toru glared at Mikaela as his jaw worked.

"Just tell me what you want already and get out of my face!" Toru snapped in irritation. Mikaela gave a small smile.

"Would you be surprised if I said to torment you?"

Toru clenched his teeth before he said grudgingly," No, I wouldn't considering you nearly cut off my hand!"

Mikaela's expression quickly looked alert and serious as he narrowed his eyes on Toru.

"Toru, duck."

"YOU AREN'T COMMANDING ME AROUND LIKE A DOG TOO! I have Stark! I don't need you!" Toru cried. Mikaela rolled his eyes as a blur hit Toru from behind sending him flying towards Mikaela. He landed right in front of Mikaela on his back.

"I told you to duck."

"Shut up."

Violet stood where Toru had been seconds ago with a small, evil smirk across her face and sneered," Did you find your master... cute little prisoner?"

Toru swallowed hard as he slowly got up and slowly turned over his shoulder to see Mikaela giving him a deathly glare.

"Did you lead them here to where the Hellraine was? Is this why there's so much demon activity here," Mikaela questioned at Toru in a deadly tone. Toru grimaced like he was found out.

Shit. Maybe I could throw Mikaela under the bus. Mikaela would kill me but... if Stark found out about this... he'd definitely... torture me... to death...

"Yes, he's the guardian... of the Hellraine... and m-my... m-master," Toru said struggling with his last word. He felt himself die a little inside.

"Looks like I have a slave that I need to kill," Mikaela said dangerously as a deathly aura began to surround Mikaela directed at Toru. Mikaela had unsheathed the sword looking like he wanted to slice Toru in half.

Toru shivered.

I'm in big trouble now.


Alexis had to get away from Loki so he wouldn't go back into his mind to pry any further. He wasn't ready to know what he'd done. As much as he'd like to fight against Radon, Radon was a powerful entity and there would be no way that Lillie and her allies would be capable of defeating him.

Alexis had fallen to his knees holding his head at a glimpse of a memory that Loki was looking at. He had a bad feeling about it… This memory involved Caleb too. Didn't he owe it to him after betraying Caleb a hundred years ago to the dark god?

"Hey, you! What the hell are you doing?" a deep, husky voice snapped at him. Alexis slowly looked up to see Caleb glaring at him.

"Caleb, what are you doing here?" Alexis questioned back.

"This is a sidewalk, Alexis. Everyone walks here. You're lucky I didn't accidentally kick you in the face," Caleb said in a dark, sinister tone. Alexis frowned as he looked down to see that the sidewalk was cracked. He saw a black shadow seem to disappear into his veins. He'd use the guardian powers without realizing it.

"Caleb, do you remember what happened a hundred years ago," Alexis questioned with a slightly disturbed look in his eyes. Caleb scratched his head with his middle finger.

"Yeah. I met you," he said grumpily at the reminder," You ended up betraying me. I was being too trusting that time."

"I never thought you were the Hellraine's guardian, but you were recognized by one of Radon's guardian I had to serve then," Alexis exclaimed.

"Who might that be?" Caleb questioned deep in his throat.

"Seth."

Caleb had an odd expression over his face. He had no idea how this Seth would know anything about Lillie. It wasn't like everyone announced who her guardians were to the entirety of Hell.

"Her father knew Seth and was an assassin to anyone who threatened his place, but there is more to that story," Alexis elaborated in a serious tone," He hates the Ezrae family… but he can't kill them."

Caleb glared at him.

"That just adds more questions than answers, Alexis," Caleb snarled. Alexis frowned at Caleb.

"I never said I was trying to answer any of your questions," Alexis stated bluntly. A tic worked in Caleb's jaw.

"I don't know why I bother talking to you. I can't even stand being around you."

Alexis frowned and stated bluntly," You can't stand me because I'm the only one that knows what you did."

Caleb's gaze darkened in a rather sinister, threatening manner he took a step towards Alexis.

"I think there's a bit more to that."


Aiden stood up slowly amidst the rubble from the wall he had destroyed. He gave a deranged grin towards Auryn.

"Alright, let's play," he said as he raced at Auryn without any hesitation. Aiden attempted to swing his arm at Auryn but Auryn had caught his wrist and then he tried again. However, Auryn had grabbed his other arm holding him back from hitting him.

"I'm not playing with you, Aiden. I won't let you pass," Auryn said in a stern tone. Aiden cocked his head at Auryn in confusion.

"But it is a game, Auryn. I'm having fun."

Aiden pulled away from Auryn's grip and thrust his claws at Auryn. Auryn took a step back as the claws brushed against his cheek and shoulder. Aiden attempted to go around Auryn but Auryn quickly kneed him in the stomach and elbowed him in the back causing Aiden to slam into the ground. Aiden quickly recovered and whipped his leg at Auryn causing Auryn to fall to the floor. Aiden quickly attempted to direct a fatal blow on Auryn but Auryn quickly blocked it with both his hands.

"You had your chance to run off," Auryn stated.

"Why would I run away from this? You'd just come after me anyway until you sleep," Aiden exclaimed still having that deranged grin on his face. He could smell the faint scent of blood causing him to become bloodthirsty.

"It's called fainting."

Auryn kicked Aiden away from him seeing Aiden's hungry eyes as he watched Auryn's blood trickle down his cheek. Aiden landed on his feet stumbling back slightly.

"It's the same," Aiden said absently as his eyes began to glow crimson and added," Maybe you could... donate some blood too."

Auryn gave him an emotionless expression unfazed by the comment.

"It seems… you can't focus on an objective for very long, can you?"

Aiden smirked at Auryn.

"Blood is very important to me… It trumps all Stark's commands," Aiden said in an indifferent manner.

"Is that so? Then I wonder... why I bother to keep you around," an obnoxious voice spoke from behind Aiden. Then Aiden's neck snapped loudly causing Aiden to collapse to the ground. Stark was standing there with a devious, arrogant smirk. Valentia rested her head on Stark's shoulder as she attempted to lean in to kiss him, but Stark moved away from her. Valentia just smiled at him.

"Always playing hard to get, aren't you?"


Loki stared at his hand where the shadow entity had touched. It was bruised and his skin was beginning to turn black. He'd seen these powers before but he still never could comprehend what it fully meant.

"What… is this?" he questioned icily.

"It's one of the changes that happen when a Hellraine gives you their blood in death. Didn't Lillie give you an explanation?" Seth inquired with an underlying venom as he glanced at Lillie," It seems she never likes to explain things."

Lillie looked troubled by that statement as she bit her lower lip directing her gaze at Loki's back.

"Loki…"

Loki glanced over his shoulder at Lillie.

"Obviously I knew something was wrong with me after you got me out of Hell. Who the hell bleeds black? I asked you about what a guardian was… but you never did tell me anything," Loki exclaimed in an even, calm tone," So now it's the perfect time to tell me about this."

Lillie took in a breath before she spoke," Guardians… usually demons describe it as… you become a shadow of yourself… that bars death."

Koji's brows furrowed looking puzzled yet curious at the explanation of guardians even though he didn't know what it meant. Loki frowned at the explanation, but before he could speak Seth was the first to intervene with a rather devious smirk planted over his lips.

"I suppose that would be a perfect explanation… Destroy a guardian's body… doesn't mean you fully destroy their essence, but that's not exactly what your demon is asking."

Lillie swallowed hard.

"Those shadow powers that he's using… You can use them too, Loki. You just need to focus on them."

Loki raised a brow.

"What kind of blood do you have? It should come with a warning label. Don't drink Lillie's blood. Has irreversible side effects."

Lillie gave him an annoyed look.

"Such a smartass! I shouldn't have gotten you out of Hell!" Lillie cried at him in frustration.

"At least I won't be a freak that bleeds black."

Seth's left eye began to twitch from irritation and anger at being ignored.

"You need to pay more attention to your surroundings," Seth said dangerously just as shadow-like spears rained down on Loki. A patronizing smirk appeared over his lips. The spears struck at Loki mercilessly creating a cloud of dust around him.

Lillie and Koji's eyes widened expecting Loki to be severely injured from the surprise attack. When the dust cleared where Loki had been standing, Loki wasn't there anymore. Loki appeared behind Seth with a patronizing smirk over his lips.

"Who says I wasn't paying attention?"