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Hikaru hummed a simple tune to himself as he joined his friends at a table in the school cafeteria.

"Well, somebody sure seems happy," Celia commented with a grin on her lips.

"Yeah," Hikaru breathed. "Ever since Jason and I got together, I just can't stop smiling. In fact, my cheeks are kinda starting to hurt..."

"So, where is your cute little lover anyway?" Heyley asked playfully, poking Hikaru's cheek.

"Oh, he's having lunch outsi-." Ring! "Hold on one sec," Hikaru said, taking his cellphone out of his jacket pocket. "Hello?"

"Hikaru?" It was Alix's voice. "Oops. I'm sorry, I dialed the wrong number."

"It's okay, uncle Alix."

"Alright. Well, I'm gonna hang up now. Say hi to Jason for me."

"'Kay. Bye." Hikaru hung up and placed his phone on the table. "So anyway, I asked Jason if he wanted to go to the movies with us...But he said no."

"Hey, don't look so down," Celia said. "Maybe he'll wanna hang out with us eventually."

Hikaru sighed. "I just think he'd be happier if he had more friends besides me."

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Alix tucked his phone away in his pants pocket. 'I don't know why I let Lily talk me into getting a new cell phone. There was nothing wrong with my old one. The buttons on this one are too sma-.' His thoughts were interrupted when he spotted a familiar woman on the other side of the street. "Miss!" he called out, waving to the blue-haired woman.

Renee turned around and saw the tall, pale man waving to her. She recognized him as the father of that kid with the two-colored eyes. She walked over to him, carrying the groceries she'd bought earlier that day. "'Sup?"

"Um, hey. Look, I don't know if this is...weird or not, but can we talk for a minute?"

"What about?"

"Well, it's just...You look a lot like someone I met years ago. Do you remember ever meeting a young boy who was lost in a mall?"

"Y-Yes," Renee answered, a somewhat dazed look on her face.

Alix paused for a moment before saying anything else. "When I was seven years old, I got separated from my older cousin. I was so afraid. And then, I ran into a young woman with dark blue hair and gold eyes unlike anything I'd ever seen."

Renee put her finger tips to her lips. "So you are the kid who saw my fangs," she whispered.

Alix nodded. "I come from a family of vampire hunters. And when you were nice to me, you showed me that not all vampires are monsters. If only my other relatives could have realized that..."

"...What happened?"

"My older cousin, Mary, got turned into one. Nothing about who she was as a person had been changed...But my family still killed her..."

"I-I'm so sorry."

"It's not your fault. I haven't seen most of my relatives since I was seventeen, and I've been much happier because of that. I must say, I was really surprised to see you again after all this time. I'd just like to thank you for being so kind to me when I was younger," Alix smiled.

Renee smiled back a little. "No problem."

"Say, where's your bike?"

"Oh, I kinda busted it up yesterday, so it's in the shop right now."

"Well, I have the day off from work, so I don't really have anything to do. Would you like a ride home?"

"Sure. That'd be great."

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"This is it. Thanks for the ride, Sir," Renee said when they stopped in front of a tiny apartment building.

"I don't suppose you want some help with your groceries?"

"Wow, your a helpful bugger, ain't ya? Sure."

Renee handed Alix one of the paper bags before they both walked inside. The vampire woman led him up the stairs to the third floor. "Here we are!" She opened the door. Alix slowly stepped inside. It was a rather small combination kitchen, living room and bedroom.

"Thanks for all your help, dude," Renee said as they finished putting the food away.

"No problem. In fact..." Alix reached into his pocket and pulled out some paper and a pen. "If you ever need another favor, just call me up," he said, writing his phone number down before handing it to Renee.

Renee grinned. "I gonna hold ya to that!"

Alix nodded and smiled in responce.

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Jason rubbed his stiff neck as he squinted at the algebra text book in front of him.

"Jason?"

The vampire boy looked over at Hikaru. "Yes?"

"Can you get my cell phone for me? I left it in my jacket pocket."

"Sure." Jason reached into the pocket of Hikaru's denim jacket which was hanging over the back of the couch. He felt nothing. He tried the other pocket. Still nothing. "Um, Hikaru? It's not here."

"What? Oh, crap." He smacked his hand to his forehead. "I must have left it at school. Ugh; That thing was expensive!"

"Well, maybe it'll still be there tomorrow."

"I hope so."


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