Alex Night: Vampire Hunter
The Vengence, The Pain, The Death, and the Beginning
By: Jennifer L. Bratcher
The Elf with the Fang Sharp Wit.
I can still hear their screams in my head. I can still hear the gunshots. I can still see his
icy, silvery-blue eyes as he looked at my father and myself in distaste. I can still feel the painful
burn of the silver bullet ripping into my shoulder and out the other side.
That's why I'm here, standing on top of an abandoned warehouse, watching. Because of
something that happened a long time ago. Something that made me a little crazy.
Before I start telling you my story, I have to give you my name, Alexandria Night, but
call me Alex or I'll kick your ass. See, if you knew anything about the supernatural structure of
things or even a little about the Lupines, you would recognize my last name. If not, well, I'll get
to that, just be patent.
A few years back, right after that night, there was something called the Lifting of the
Cover of Darkness. Humans became aware that they weren't the highest on the food chain any
more because things like vampires, werewolves, Fey, and the Lupines existed. They weren't the
top bananas, but they did out number the supernatural critters. Anyway, as humans tend to do,
they tried to embrace the darkness, the Americans especially, and find a place for them in their
society. Most of the leeches, puppies, and the rest were like, "Hey, this is pretty sweet." Then
there are the ones that I go after, but I'll get to that.
You're probably getting annoyed because I keep saying, "I'll get to that." Well, tough
shit. You wanted to listen to this story and I'll get around it in my own time. I'm random, so get
use to it.
Anyway, Lupines are sort of an experiment of the Fey. A long, long time ago there was
this faerie chick that had two kids. Human kids. Well, a werewolf bit them and yeah,
lycanthropy is passed on through bites. So, she was heartbroken that her two adopted kids were
howling at the full moon and trying to rip her throat out.
A smart elf gave her the idea to try to change the curse. She couldn't lift it exactly, but
she could change it. So, she worked her mojo and the first two Lupines were created.
Werewolves are basically humans when they're humans with a little added kick. Sure,
they can change whenever they want, but they're evil. They hunt for pleasure, rape, pillage, all
that stuff that evil likes to do. They do have to change during the three nights of the full moon
though. Lupines have complete control of the change and they have abilities that surpass the
vamps. Stronger, faster, keener senses, only can be killed by silver, fire, or beheading (the faerie
couldn't change that part) and amazing healing abilities as well as immortality. They age, but
they age the way the Fey do, really slowly. They age normally until about they're twenty-five
and then it almost stops.
Well, the vamps and the werewolves didn't like the fact that there was someone else
higher on the food chain than they were. They were afraid of the Fey; (who wouldn't be, they're
the Children of Nature, they're the basis of all magic in the world) but they could kill the Lupine.
After all, they had the same weaknesses.
Anyway, I'm the product of a Lupine nobleman and a human writer. My parents did love
each other, and the Lupine counsel wasn't anal retentive about mixed marriages, so they got
married. Eventually, they had me, a halfing who had the powers of the Lupine, but I don't have
the severe reaction to silver like my daddy did.
Now I'm getting to the important part of the story. See, I'd told you I'd get there in my
own time, and everything makes more sense now, doesn't it? Where was I going, yeah, the
I was six years old, sprawled out on the floor with my box of ninety-six Crayola crayons
drawing a picture and watching Digimon. My mom was cooking in the kitchen and my dad was
sitting on his chair, reading the paper. I can still see my mom. She was slight with short blond
hair and bright blue eyes. Human eyes. My dad was tall, slender, with thick black hair and
intense, golden eyes. Wolf eyes.
All innocent and happy, right? Just wait.
Well, anyway, I can still remember what was happing on Digimon. The Digi-kids were
calling for their Digi-critters to Digi-volve to kick some Digi-ass. That was my favorite part of
the show, watching the cute little Digi-critters evolve into huge dinosaurs and stuff and kick ass.
Even as a little kid, I liked violence.
That's when the door was burst down. I screamed when I saw the tall, slender man
dressed all in black. He had dark russet hair that fell into his face and icy, silvery-blue eyes. He
held a big machine gun in his hands. He didn't smell right either and I could feel his power
beating down on me like a jackhammer.
Dad stood up and snarled. The scary man couldn't enter the house, but he had the gun.
Dad snapped, "Alex, Maria, get out of here. Now."
Night had just fallen and I knew what the scary man was. He was a vampire. As a small
child, I'd never met a vampire. I knew they were evil. Dad told me so.
Mom looked sort of dazed, afraid. Humans freeze up in situations like this, but, as a
young child, I thought the vampire was doing something to her. Mom was strong, tough, no
nasty leech could hurt her, but she was afraid and at the time, in my youthful innocence, I
thought he was using mind control.
Dad shouted, "Alex, get her upstairs, now!"
The vampire looked at me with those cold eyes of his and I was angry. I stepped in front
of my mother like a wild creature and snarled. I knew how to change, but I was only a spindly
cub when I changed. Not enough to rip a vampire to shreds, but Dad was.
I remember the gun going off and the blank look on my mother's face as my father was
riddled with silver bullets. I screamed, cried, and rushed over to his fallen body. I then looked
up to see my mother killed as well. She didn't even put up a fight. She just resented to her fate.
I screamed as I looked at him, tears welling down my eyes. I did the only thing a little
six-year-old could do. I ran up the stairs, getting a bullet through my shoulder.
It hurt. It burned. It tainted me. I cried as I sat curled up in a ball in my bedroom.
Everything was gone. I was gone.
He didn't even come back for me, the bastard. So, I sat up there and sobbed until I
passed out from the pain. My uncle and my cousin found me and took me to a healer.
Now, I'm seventeen. Not exactly World-Wise, but not a bright-eyed innocent either.
Armed with a crossbow and my God-Given abilities, I kick vampire ass and enjoy it.
Alex Night, Vampire Hunter Extrodinare
Alex Night stood on her roof top, looking at the mist forming off of the Hudson River.
She'd traveled a lot in the last two years as a vampire hunter. She could still remember her first
kill vividly. She remembered thrusting the stake into the surprised blood-sucker's heart as he
crumbled into ash.
That's all vampires where: piles of ashes. Easy enough. They were not people. They
were monsters. Besides, they killed her family and someone had to protect those stupid humans
from the dark. Right?
That was a question she some times asked herself. Especially on nights like these. Then
she realized that she really didn't belong anywhere herself, so the only thing she could do was
Still, she hadn't found the One. The One who killed her family so long ago. He was the
one she thirsted for. She ached to taste his blood on her lips as she crushed his throat. She
yearned to rip his body apart with tooth and claw, but she hadn't seen him since that night.
So, Alex killed other leeches. Her cousin did the same, except he was payed for it and
did it nice and legal. If the cops found out what she was doing she would be charged for murder.
How do you kill something that's all ready dead? Humans, putting to much meaning into
things, she thought to herself as looked down.
Alex sighed as she pushed her hair from her face. She looked like a combination of both
her mother and father. She was tall, slender, with the sharp features of the Lupine. Her thick,
waist long raven hair looked like an animal pelt down her back, moving as if it had a mind of its
own, but her eyes were her mother's: brilliant blue, except no human had the look in their eyes
as she did. It wasn't exactly a wolf's eyes, but it wasn't a human's eyes either.
She leaned back off the roof and sighed. There wasn't really much happening right now.
She smiled suddenly to herself as she saw the garishly dressed whore and her overweight Wall
Street broker customer. The whore's long, blond hair glowed in the faint street lights, her long
legs flashed under the tight, latex skirt she was wearing, and her skin shone with a feint
Alex smirked to herself as she watched as the vampire hooker rubbed her hands up and
down the business man's shirt. Alex ran back and leaped off the roof. She landed easily, taking
the impact through her knees, and stood back up.
She loaded her crossbow and hid in the shadows. She watched as the hooker began to
kiss the guy and rub her hands up and down his thighs. Alex shook her head in disgust and
aimed her crossbow.
As if the leech knew she was watching, she guided the business man so that he blocked
Alex's aim. Alex grunted then smiled. She wouldn't be satisfied with the easy kill of a
She put the bow down and stretched her limbs. She threw back her head and gasped.
Liquid fire rushed around her body as her bones were reshaped, sculpting into something new.
Muscles snapped and bones popped as her legs were shortened, her arms were lengthened, her
feet and hands became paws, her ears lengthened, her mouth elongated into a muscle filled with
razor sharp teeth, and a tail appeared at her back.
The black she-wolf threw back her head and howled to the night.
Alex carefully took a bolt out of her crossbow and held it deftly into her mouth. She was
careful not to break the wood as she adjusted it in her mussel. She then hunched up her muscles
She enjoyed the brief run, the look of surprise in the vampire's features as she sprang.
The business man cursed as he saw the wolf, then screamed as the woman's beautiful features
spouted fangs and her eyes turned bright crimson. Alex almost laughed, until the vampire
grabbed her by the scruff of her neck and tossed her away.
Alex quickly snapped muscles back into place, changing back into her human form. The
man blinked at the sight of the nude teenage girl standing there, who, moments before, was a
blue-eyed, black wolf. Alex held the crossbow bolt in her hand and said, "You picked the wrong
corner to feed off, bitch."
The vampire laughed, "Are you going to stop me, asshole?"
Alex smiled and launched a roundhouse kick to the grinning vampire's face. The
vampire's blond head was snapped back as Alex launched a right cross. She stepped back, and
the vampire looked at her with crimson eyes.
The vampire hissed, "You'll pay for that, bitch!"
"When hell freezes over, slut," Alex replied sweetly as the vampire charged at her. Alex
calmly stepped to the side and thrust her right arm out. The bolt struck and the vampire looked
down at it, surprised. Alex yanked the bolt out and the vampire grabbed her chest. A look of
surprise and pain was etched on her beautiful features as she crumpled into ash.
"What the hell just happened?" the business man asked.
Alex looked at him, perfectly aware that she was nude. She shrugged and tossed her hair
out of the way. She answered, "You picked the wrong slut to screw, buddy."
"What do you mean?" the guy asked, dumbfounded.
Alex started to walk away. She had other clothes in her car and she wasn't cold.
Besides, her crossbow was unprotected. She answered, "She was going to suck more than you
wanted. Trust me." With that, she left the human alone.
Some times she wondered if they were worth saving. Tonight was one of those times.
One day though . . . One day she would find the One and then it would be over. Or would it . . .
To Be Continued?
This "universe" is actually takes place in two novels I am currently working on. Alex
Night has been a character in my mind since I was a little girl, but she wouldn't really fit into
those books. So, why not introduce her into this zine?
So, what did you think of Alex? Would you like more? Or would you like to see the full
exspansion of this world?
All comments are welcome at email@example.com. Thanks!