1: Love the Leather…
They walked out onto the street from the shop, the five of them, all men. Bunched closely together, they crossed the street to the other side. They had marble like white skin, veins almost showing through their hard pale skin. They resembled each other greatly, almost identical. Clad in black, hands clenched nervously at their sides, beads of cold sweat sliding down their foreheads past thin blonde eyebrows, and onto the bridge of their pointed noses where it dropped off onto the hard concrete ground below. Dark eyelashes curled up to perfection, icy cold blue eyes resting on high cheekbones. Short blonde thick curls bounced as they strode across the black tarmac to where five S.U.V jeeps with tinted windows were parked, doors swinging open as they approached. As they got in, the engines purred to a start and one by one, the cars pulled forward, speeding away down the road, sun blaring down and soon, the S.U.Vs left town.
Sitting in her dark red Ferrari convertible with the sleek black hood up, Alicia Bond lowered her binoculars, an unsettling smile curling to plump purple lips. She took out a small mobile and hit speed dial ‘1’. After several rings the receiver picked up.
“Fletch, how long before you can meet me on the road out of town?”
“Well, I’m kinda busy.” Fletcher Rye shouted back in reply. A sharp shrill shrieking noise boomed in the background as Alicia heard a thump. A ‘pop!’ noise as it were, muffled by the phone line, entered the background.
“Well, hurry up,” She yelled into the small mobile phone. “You shouldn’t have been that long!”
“Yeah, OK.” He said flatly. There was another ‘pop!’ Alicia was about to yell into the phone again, but the line went dead as dull buzzing noise took over the phone line. Fletcher had hung up.
She threw the phone onto the dashboard of the Ferrari convertible in frustration and turned the key in the engine. The engine roared into life and Alicia’s twisted smile appeared on her lips again. Slamming down hard on the accelerator she sent the car speeding forward, heading out of town in pursuit of the men in the S.U.Vs.
Getting out of the S.U.Vs the men in black leather pants with matching coats smiled with their pale red lips. Their short blonde curls were wet with sweat, their skin almost reflecting the sun. They hurried across the sandy yellow courtyard, feet crunching on the ground as they went. Just below the wrists, just where the jackets ended, you could just see their blue veins from under their nearly translucent skin. Exiting the courtyard they entered the decorated walkway surrounding it. Pillars lined the outside holding up the roof. Wild vines curled upwards, growing past the pillars onto the roof. Inside the walkway they were sheltered and cool. They turned the corner the square walkway and soon came to glass double doors.
Entering, they immediately felt the cool chill of the Air conditioned room. It was pitch dark, not much need for light. The windows had been blacked out beforehand in preparation. Even so, they still were heavily draped purple curtains over the window in case of any stray shafts of stray light that may be lucky enough to sneak in through the blacked out windows. They crossed the dark cool room to where two three setter leather couches sat. Two of the men collapsed straight away whereas one other went to the toilet situated in a closet off the side of the room. The other two crossed to the fridge, opening it and pulling out a six pack of beer. Taking the plastic off them, they threw one each to the men sitting. They all took large loud gulps. The man who had gone to toilet came back and also took a can. He drank it deeply, finished it, and took the last one and drank that in one go, too. He crumpled both in his hand and tossed them onto the purple carpet already littered with dirt and other rubbish. He crossed to the fridge and looked in, “Hey Ralf, any other beer left?” He called.
Ralf, the one who had originally went to the fridge called back switching on the TV, “No, you drank them yesterday you buffoon!”
“Well… Why didn’t you pick up some in town? Do I have to go back tonight?” Darris said, returning to the other couch where one other was sitting. He collapsed and hit James, the person beside him, and received a glare.
Ralf laughed, “I am not your slave now, am I?” he retorted.
“But aren’t we going hunting tonight?” Daniel chimed. He was sitting between Ralf and Navel.
“Yeah, I forgot about that. I’ll get more then.” Darris said.
He received bored eye rolls from around the dark room. Navel, the one who had turned on the TV, switched over to a football game. Two teams chased each other around a pitch trying to obtain the ball long enough the score. Daniel muttered something that sounded like ‘attention seeker’ and soon lost himself in the game on the bright shining LED television. Five minutes later, Navel muted the sound on the TV. “Do you hear that?” He asked, listening intently.
Alicia pulled up into the sandy courtyard, her convertible rolling smoothly in the square. It came to a stop in line with the tinted windowed S.U.Vs. She looked around the courtyard and opened her door with a click. Getting out, Alicia pulled the lever that opened the boot of the convertible. She rounded the car and unzipped a muddy green colour duffle bag. She immediately started to rummage through it, picking up various pointed wooden sticks, arrows and vials filled with holy liquid.
She slipped a vial into her breast pocket, picked up three cone shaped stakes with dangerously thin points and stuck them into her belt. She unzipped her cashmere sweater to show the top of a leather suit with various pockets, her breast one indented with the shape of the vial. She pulled down her light chord trousers. She picked up another stake and turned towards the glass double doors that lead to a dark, dark, room. Smiling again, Alicia took a step forward.
Entering the room, five beautiful heads turn and registered her. Alicia had the element of surprise of course. She crossed the carpeted floor, her eyes adjusting to the ridiculous darkness within the room. She flicked back her black silky hair adjusting a small black Bluetooth earpiece. Her hands slipped down to her belt casually, making sure her stakes were hidden.
“Hello.” She said casually.
“Hello,” Ralf said slipping off the couch standing and asked, “Who are you?”
“That’s not important,” Alicia replied. “Wow.”
“What?” Ralf asked.
“You must be the best dressed of your kind I’ve seen so far. Shame, really. Love the leather…” Alicia sighed.
“What do you mean, ‘your kind’?” Darris asked standing up, too.
“I mean nothing by it.” Alicia said elusively.
Darris and Ralf gave each other a quick, concerning glance. They stiffened, shoulders flying backwards.
“Who are you, and what do you want?” Ralf asked. “And what do you know about us?” He added.
Alicia’s unsettling smile curled upwards on her lips again. Pulling a deadly looking wooden stake she said plainly, “Vampires, prepare to die.”
2: Death to a cult...
Fletcher Rye finished off the last vampire, causing it to explode into ashes and sparks. The remains of the Vampire landed in a large grey mound on the ground. The whole construction site was covered in the remains of a cult of Vampires, all in mounds across the large site, full of construction machinery. A whole cult had come and decided to attack him. Fletcher hadn’t realised there would be a whole cult hiding in the building site, though. He would have called back up if he had. But still, he managed to slay most; the more stupid ones got taken out by the sun. Fletcher discarded the half rotted stake he was holding in his left hand, (It was rotted from the Vamp venom), as he walked out of the warehouse he was in. It seemed the warehouse had been where all the Vampires had been hidden. The sun came around to the large black paned sun light windows high in the warehouse’s roof and blared down through silver chains; hanging slumped across the rotted wooden beams, where pigeons roosted far, far above.
Fletcher let the beams of warm sunlight hit his face, red lips curling into a sharp smile. It wasn’t a bad day’s work, really. Not for a slayer of his level of training, anyway. Fletcher’s auburn hair shun in the glorious rays of sunshine. He tore off his black leather Slayer suit, leaving him in a pair of knee long cream shorts. God, he was roasting. His torso was bare, showing off hard abs forming a six pack and light blonde chest hair. He reached his car just outside the chain link fence, past big cylinder concrete beams, stacked on top of each other.
Opening the boot, Fletcher checked his supply of weapons. Not very many, he had to admit, but he was sure his partner Alicia had loads left. He pulled out a white cotton t-shirt and slipped it on before he closed the boot and sat into the driver seat. The engine roared to life and pressed down on the accelerator, twisting the steering wheel around, doing a U-turn. He pressed down harder and soon he was well over the speed limit, speeding off down the road past shops, a park and a round-a-bout, kicking up dust in his trail.
Fletcher came to a stop at traffic lights and he tapped the wheel impatiently. A small, old lady started walking across the zebra crossing, supported by a walker, nothing out of the ordinary. An open black umbrella was hooked onto the walker, sending the crooked old woman into shade and shadows. A moth-eaten, faded pink hat with a long dead sunflower hanging out the top, drooping downwards, sat on her head. Small circular rimmed glasses hung on the bridge of her long rounded nose. She twisted her head slightly, gave a little wave, and smiled. Then, her jawbone slid back, her mouth opened, revealing sharp, yellow razor-like teeth. Her wrinkly face disappeared, sinking back into her forehead. Her mouth enlarged growing several inches too wide, opening dangerously. Grey dull eyes turned to youthful emerald green. Her crooked back retracted and the woman straightened, standing tall. She tossed the walker to the side but still held the black umbrella up, protecting herself from the harmful U.V rays. He dress dropped to reveal a matching orange and grey Adidas tracksuit with a hood. With a ferocious roar she attacked. She pulled up the hood and jumped fifteen feet in the air.
The now young woman landed heavily down on the bonnet of the car, causing it to buckle. The headlights smashed into thousands of tiny pieces. Smoke rose from the crumpled remains of the engine. Her hand flew through the windscreen causing it to spider web. Her scarred, strong hands clutched around Fletcher Rye’s neck and she thrust him forwards, sending him smashing through the windscreen. He landed a few metres from the now ruined Range Rover jeep.
Fletch hit his head against the curb and blood trickled down his brow. He reached to check the damage but the woman was on him, again. She landed crouched over him, punching the sense out of his head. He went dizzy and the woman multiplied by ten in his vision. He saw stars and couldn’t see her straight. The woman continued punching him and she smashed his nose with such force he was sure it couldn’t be fixed properly. While the woman punched him once more on the chin, Fletch mustered all of his energy and shoved it into one kick which sent the female Vampire flying off him and smashing into a shop front window of a hardware store. Fletcher scrambled up, half crawling, half running and got back to the ruined silver Range Rover. He grabbed a large piece of broken glass with a very sharp edge. His hand was cut on the glass the minute he picked up and soon it became slippery with the warm metallic smelling blood.
Fletch staggered backwards, holding his head. The female Vampire jumped up onto her feet and snarled. She ran forward and leaped up, landed on his shoulder and whacked her fist against Fletcher’s head. He screamed out in agony and stumbled backwards, tripping on his own feet. He collapsed to the ground, sending the Vampire flying off him. She landed on the ground, her head smashing open on the tarmac ground, the black umbrella falling from her reach. Her hood fell, leaving her head exposed to the dangerous, burning sun.
The female vampire’s head knitted itself back together and it was as if it never had been cracked open. Soon, without the protection of the umbrella she so desperately clung to, her hair started to singe slowly starting to smoke. She swiftly pulled up her hood and scrambled across the dark tarmac road to grab her umbrella. The vampire threw it over her head and sighed with relief. Then, her face turned to a snarl and she bounded towards Fletch, running on her tough, long muscular legs.
She jumped and went to dive upon Fletcher, but with a swift movement, he grabbed her neck and tried to slice her stomach, whipping the broken glass across her stomach. The female vampire’s diaphragm retracted and she arched her back, bringing out to an impossible length, her stomach following it inwards. The broken glass narrowly missed her stomach, just grazing her tracksuit. She smiled sharply as her body took its form again. Her mouth shot open, so wide, the smell of metallic stale blood on her breath. She snapped her head forward and was just about to dig her sharp, sharp teeth in his neck when she exploded into dust.
Fletch fell backwards from the momentum of her exploding. He collapsed back onto the ground, smallest of puncture marks on his neck. He felt it, and was quite sure there was no venom injected. He rolled over and stood up, looking around. The vampire wasn’t struck from the sun, he knew that. “Then what had struck it?” He thought aloud.
“I did,” Said a woman from behind him, picking up an arrow from the ground.
Fletcher turned to see a woman with dark black fuzzy hair, placing an arrow back in a sheath strapped to her back. She slipped a silver iron bow up over her left shoulder, tucking it tight against the sheath of arrows. She wore red leather, much like his slayer suit. Only the black was substituted for scarlet, blood red. “Well, thanks.”
“You’re welcome.” She said stiffly, turning away and beginning to leave.
“Wait!” Fletcher called, walking after her.
The woman turned, her hair blowing in the soft summer breeze. “What?”
Fletcher walked up to her and looked at her closely. “You saved me, why?”
She shrugged. “I seemed to be just walking by. Actually, that’s a lie. I followed you from the construction site.”
“You were there?” Fletcher asked.
“Yeah, I was fighting. Helped you take down a whole cult, I did.”
Fletcher didn’t believe that. Of course she wasn’t there. He would have seen her; especially if she was firing arrows with a… bow. “You’re using a bow? Not very traditional…”
She laughed. “Crossbows are for wimps without accuracy.”
Fletcher turned and began to walk towards the ruined silver Range Rover. He heard the small, graceful footsteps of the woman with a thick curly black mane behind him. When he reached the car, he rounded to the back and opened the boot. Fletcher reached in and pulled out a small hidden compartment in the side of the polystyrene boot. The small rattle of small vials filled the humid, silent air. He picked one up and opened it, splashing some onto his blood covered fingertip and was about to rub it into the small punctured hole in his neck when the woman’s hand grabbed his.
“What?” Fletcher asked, quite annoyed.
“Do you really want to burn yourself to death with holy water? Use salt water, you idiot.”
“And where do you suggest I find that, eh? Look around. There isn’t a sea around here for miles.” Fletcher retorted.
“Lucky for you, I have some.” The strange woman handed him a vial of water from which she pulled from her dark scarlet suit. “Saved your life twice now and I still haven’t caught your name.” She smiled.
Fletcher snatched the vial and quickly poured the salt water over the small wound. It stung like hell, but he didn’t care. Discarding the vial, he turned on the woman. “You lied to me.”
“What?” She asked genuine confusion in her voice.
“You lied. You weren’t at the site. If you were, I would have seen you. Your indistinguishable hair would have been a giveaway.” He laughed, “And I didn’t catch yours, either.”
“Well,” She began. “I was at the site, but no, I didn’t fight. However, I had been going to the site beforehand to see if I could slay a few Vamps though, but on arrival all I found were mounds of ash. Then I saw you, sweet cheeks. I saw you leaving the site, so I followed you. Then, when you ran into trouble, I shot down that Vampire who could shift. I thought they were just rumours, though, Vampires who could shift. I guess not, I suppose.”
“Then answer this, why are you putting up a nice girl act?” Fletcher asked the woman.
“Why would you ask that?” She replied.
Fletcher laughed. “Because I don’t really think you’re a very nice girl.”
“Well, you might very well be correct,” She smiled, paused, and then continued. “It’s because I want to partner with you. You’re not very good, I must admit, but you do have potential.”
“That’s where you are wrong, I have experience. I’m actually a high standing Slayer, to be honest. So, please forgive me when I say it: but no.” He snarled.
“Feel free to cry me a river.”
“I’m not even sure you are a Slayer.” Fletcher remarked, getting extremely annoyed, which he was only too happy to show.
The woman pulled up her sleeve and her mouth curled into a vicious smile. On her arm, just below the elbow, tattooed in black ink, was the number 492; her Slayer identification code.
Slayer identification codes were tattooed on all Slayers when they earned their title of Slayer and completed their training.
“See. I am a Slayer. Do you have an identification code?” She accused Fletcher.
Fletcher grunted and pulled up his sleeve revealing a number in the same ink; 129.
“Oh, so you are a Slayer!” The woman continued excitedly, “One-Two-Nine, huh? Now all I need is your name.” She smiled slyly, once again.
Fletcher sighed, stepped backwards and slammed the boot down. He turned, stuck his thumbs the pockets of his blood stained shorts, resting the palms of his hands on his belt. Fletcher leaned against the bumper of the smashed up silver car. “I don’t think you’ll get that anytime soon.”
“You’re”- The woman began but was cut off by Fletcher’s phone ringing. “Who’s that?” She whispered quickly.
Fletcher dug the phone from his pocket and checked the screen. “It’s my partner. Now, excuse me, but I need to take this.”
The woman sighed and as Fletcher opened the phone and answered, she turned and walked away. She turned left, and walked down the alleyway beside the smashed shop front of the hardware store.
“Hey.” Fletcher said into the phone.
“Fletcher, what’s going on?” Alicia spoke urgently into the phone.
“Ah, there’s nothing much going on to be honest.” He replied, and then continued quickly. “But, could you maybe come and collect me at the hardware store in town, just before the traffic lights?”
Fletcher could swear he heard the exasperated sigh on the other end of the phone. He grinned, knowing he was annoying Alicia greatly, but it ended up short lived as the ever so dramatic voice of Alicia Bond took up again. “Why?” She asked.
Fletcher glanced back at the crushed, ruined silver jeep. “Um, well… My jeep like, kind of broke down.” Well, it was sort of the truth.
“OK, whatever, I’m not going to ask!”
“You just did...” Fletcher laughed as Alicia hung up.
Fletcher turned, pushing off the car and clicked the boot of the car open. He reached in and took a can of Coca-Cola from a plastic bag containing nothing else. It was warm, but he didn’t care. Popping the can open he chugged it back into him, gulping hard. After he was finished, he placed the can on the ground and stamped on it, crushing it to a single disc. He picked it up and walked back around to the front of the car and tossed it through the smashed windscreen.
Fletcher turned again and walked away from the site of the fight, hands clutched at his sides. Suddenly, something popped into his head.
“I helped you take down a whole cult, I did.”
Well, whatever it was, it was death to a cult…
3: I will rule…
3: I will rule…
Faith Le Bane walked across the dockyard on the edge of town, heading down the many aisles of cargo crates and huge storage containers. The sun, just about setting was sinking down below the horizon, sending a splendid yellow and orange glow against the sea beyond the docks. She came to a stop, fixed her long fuzzy black hair, pulling it back off her face depositing it behind her ears. Faith slipped a long knife into the back of her scarlet red belt around her scarlet red slayer suit. She wasn’t as hot as she was hours ago when she had saved the Slayer known as Fletcher Rye. She wondered why she hadn’t let him be killed at the hands of the female vampire. She didn’t know why she did it, she could’ve had. She should’ve had. But she didn’t. The reason: probably because she wasn’t told to.
Faith halted, looking up at a huge blue and grey metal cargo holder stacked upon two others, a blue and grey one, and a red and grey one. On the side of the cargo containers, a rusted ladder was screwed so someone could climb up to them. Faith grabbed onto either side and began to climb. Coming close to the top, she stopped, and took a breath. She reached back to make sure the knife wasn’t going to fall out of her belt, she needed it. When she came closer to the top cargo container, the blue one, Faith let her legs slip and began to swing, tossing her legs across towards the door of the blue cargo container.
Faith kicked the latch holding the door in place, and it snapped open sharply with a loud thwack. Faith twisted her body sideways, letting her legs fall in the doorway of the cargo container. She pulled herself in, rolled over and stood up. She immediately coughed. Dust swirled around in the air, lots and lots of it, leaving the air barely breathable.
The cargo container contained a small grey metal bed with a white sheet and duvet, covered in dirt and dust, and a pillow without a pillowcase, in the same state as the sheet and duvet. In the room, it was a tiny room about twelve foot wide, twelve foot in length; there was a small desk and one chair. A lamp sat on the grey metal desk badly in need of a dusting, a loose cord hanging from its side. It was off, so the only light was coming from the open door swinging now in a light breeze that had taken up in the few minutes she’d entered the container, shining in dimly through the swirling dust.
She could see the wall was covered in a light layer of mould and damp.
A man coughed loudly from the corner of the container, stepping out of the dark, dank shadows. He looked out through the door at the slowly setting sun. He looked at Faith and raised an eyebrow. “Please shut the door, Faith.” The man’s voice was deep and rough. He had a raggedly cut grey beard and long black hair. His pale skin was hard and so white it nearly glowed in the darkness of the dusty container. The man made Faith terribly uncomfortable. He was a monster, he was dangerous. He would kill…
Faith walked over to the cargo container’s door and pulled it back in hastily, hurrying quickly. After she had made sure the door was fastened it properly, she strode back to the man in three simple steps. “You do know the sun is nearly down, master.”
“Nearly, but I am not taking any chances, Faith.” She replied calmly. His was voice really rough; it was like he had a sore throat and in badly need of an ice cool drink. “How are you, though? Did you succeed in your mission?”
Faith coughed. She felt like she was in big trouble, which she probably was. She wanted to get away, to thrust open the door, to jump and run. She wanted to take out the knife, attack the man… Kill him. “No master. I didn’t.”
The man across from her chuckled hoarsely. “And may I ask why not?”
“One of your vamps attacked, she nearly killed him. I would have had him, but that infernal idiot who could shift, what was her name? Delia? She attacked, shifted and then, when she was about to bite into Fletcher I killed her.”
The man let out a frustrated sigh. “You killed her? You killed her! How dare you kill one of my most valuable soldiers! She was the best spy I had! You will pay, Faith!”
The man lost his composure and raised his hand to bring it down hard upon Faith. She whipped he hands behind her to grab the knife very discreetly, slowly to make sure the man wouldn’t see her. But, then the man stopped, so she continued her act of ‘she was scared’ and flinched. The man’s hand dropped and he stood tall again.
“Was there no other alternative but her death?” he asked her.
Faith shook her head quickly, “No, master. Otherwise Fletcher Rye would have been dead and I”- she stopped.
“What?” The man asked her.
“Nothing,” She lied.
The man didn’t believe her, but let it slide because he saw no serious threat in a slip of words. He turned around and sat down. The lamp beside flickered on beside him and he squinted because it was so bright compared to the pitch black darkness that had filled the room seconds ago. “Are you ready for your next mission?”
“I am, master.”
“You will need to gather my army together. The summer solstice is approaching rapidly. You will also need to stop the Slayers from completing the mission they are about to uptake. This is important. Please do not fail me.”
“When have I ever failed you, master?” asked Faith.
“I think you loyalty is slipping, Faith. Assure me it isn’t.”
“It is not, master Antoine. It is not.”
“That is all, then. Now you can leave. Complete your missions and you shall be rewarded.”
Faith turned to leave but was called back by the man Antoine. “Remember to alert my generals. Also, please contact Dredge. He is in desperate need of getting out and about. Do contact him and please behave. I know you haven’t had a history of liking him. Now, you can leave.”
Faith did so.
After she left, Antoine Haven started writing while he murmured to himself.
“I will rule…”
Faith walked across the dockyard again, walking away this time. She left through big thick iron gates, turning to close them catching a glance of the ships docking in for the night. She slammed the iron gate angrily, hating what she had to do. Work with Dredge? He is in need of getting out and about.
She hated Dredge, and he hated her. How were they to work together?
Sighing angrily, nostrils flaring, Faith walked back to the black Mercedes Benz she had travelled in earlier to get to the dockyard. She threw open the back left door and climbed in. Faith sat on the black leather seats tapping her foot against the ground impatiently. “Ugh!” She cried frustrated, punching the back of the driver’s seat.
“Hey!” cried a woman named Cressida Hare from the driver’s seat. She spun around glaring at Faith. She had a chauffeur cap on, just beneath it a blonde fringe hung down over her forehead. Her sapphire blue eyes were underlined in blackness from a mixture of a lack of sleep and from where her nose was broken. Her noise, normally long and pointed was squashed back into her face.
“Sorry Cress.” Faith apologised genuinely. She sighed again and rested her head against the window.
Cressida’s brow furrowed. “What’s wrong?”
“Nothing, now can you drive.” Faith snapped.
“You’ve got something bugging you. What?” Cressida pressed.
“Nothing, now drive!” Faith snapped again.
Cressida turned around and twisted the key in the ignition. She lifted her chin and adjusted the mirror above the dashboard attached to the window. She glanced back at Faith in the mirror. “Don’t snap at me just because I want to know what has you upset, sweetie. Is Antoine Haven bothering you?” Cressida’s voice was calm and reassuring, peaceful and comforting.
Faith shifted around to look at Cressida in the mirror. “Antoine Haven always bothers Me.; ever since my mother sold me to him when I was child. Of course he bloody bothers me!” She slipped the knife out of her belt and went to slash her hand with it, but was stopped when Cressida slammed hard on the brakes. Faith shot forward, the knife flying forward too, past the gap between the driver’s seat and passenger side. It landed on the passenger’s seat. “What the hell Cressida!” Faith screamed in pain as the seatbelt cut into her shoulder.
Cressida turned. “Do not cut yourself. What is wrong?” She demanded an answer.
Faith sighed. “He’s pairing me with Dredge.”
“Dredge? But you hate each other.”
“That’s exactly why I’m angry!” Faith murmured quietly.
Cressida started the car again, rolling slowly away, further and further away from the dockyard. “I’ve a feeling that’s not exactly all that’s the matter. Is it?”
“No. He wants me to… Gather his Vampire army. It’s waiting. I just need to call them. And, and I have to stop Fletcher Rye from chasing the sun.”
Cressida Hare sighed. She picked up speed but kept her silence. Finally she asked, “Where to, sweetie?”
Faith looked up; wet tear stains trailing down her cheeks. “I suppose to Dredge.”
Cressida turned to her. “Are you sure?”
Faith nodded. “It’s now or never.”
Cressida looked at Faith; bound against her will, unable to defy those holding her down, miserable, sad… alone. She had Cressida at least. It wasn’t much, but at least it was something. “Why can’t you just ignore the order?” She said, already knowing the answer.
“It’s because Antoine Haven owns me. If I defy him, I’ll be dead. You know why I can’t ignore the order! It’s a death sentence. And he would overpower me in a fight, if I were to try kill him, so don’t suggest that Cressida. Please, just drive.”“Okay then, to Dredge we go.”
4: Let the chase begin…
The Cathedral loomed in the slowly setting sun, the sky turning a dark purple, then to a midnight purple, then to a complete blank black.
Alicia and Fletcher walked through the huge ornate oak doors of the Cathedral that had been restored three years ago when Alicia and Fletcher had made their base of operations when they became Slayers at the early age of seventeen. Now, at twenty they are probably one of the most experienced Slayers in the world.
The gigantic stone building was built over a hundred years ago, and loomed so high in the sky the pair of Slayers looked like ants in comparison. The two of them made their way down the red carpet aisle, past the many pews where people would have prayed when the Cathedral was up in running many years beforehand.
They reached the top of the church, stopping just before the marble steps that led to the greyed marble altar above. The Cathedral was dim, no light coming in except from the abstract stain glass windows set high up the walls. The roof arched into a dome, with thick wooden beams in renewed perfect conditions supporting it from crumbling down upon the place.
Fletcher knelt down in front of the marble railings surrounding the steps leading up to the altar and pulled the third railing. It came away and the steps started shifting backwards into each other until they were in a straight line under the altar above revealing cold stone steps leading down to Alicia and Fletcher’s base of operations. They felt the immediate draft of cold flying up from the icy cold depths below the Cathedral, wavering around the nearest places to the air. The place was impossible to heat as all the warm air rose upwards. The actual Cathedral was warmer than down below.
Fletcher started walking down the cold stones steps to the base deep below. He looked from left to right at the old time torches hung in black grates, screwed to the walls were, as per usual, unlit. “Trust the help not to help.” Fletcher muttered. Their third team mate, Errol Pooch- who couldn’t slay to save his life- stayed around to work around the place to do jobs; of course, he didn’t…
Errol Pooch sat perched in front of the LED computer screen playing his forty-seventh game of Pac-man that day, with a long gone cold cup of coffee sitting beside him on the cold metal desk the computer was on. Losing the game, Errol threw his hands up in frustration. He then picked up his cold coffee and drank from one of the very few un-chipped mugs in the base. When gulped enough of it in him, he coughed and spluttered and spat the coffee out. “Ugh, this is cold!” He said out-loud.
Errol kicked off the ground and the leather office chair propelled backwards over to the small kitchen area within the small enough base deep below the big Cathedral high above. He spun around and opened the small silver microwave pressed tight against the wall, the wires going down into the counter. The microwave swung back closed so he opened it again and stuck the mug in and closed it again, turning the timer to thirty seconds. He looked at his reflection in the microwave’s shiny black door.
Through his grimy moon spectacles he could see the dark underline of his eyes half yellow because of him playing on the computer too much. Emerald green eyes were dulled because of the grime on his glasses. Long brown hair lay around his ears, which he brushed back behind his ears. His normally clean shaven face was un-shaven. He took out a clean linen handkerchief and started to clean his glasses in his aged hands with chewed up fingernails. “God, I should get cleaned up.”
The microwave pinged and Errol opened the microwave, placing down his glasses. He took a sip from the cup and coughed. He slid over to the closet near the sink and picked out the bag if sugar and scooped up two teaspoons of it and sprinkled it in the coffee. He took another sip and spat it into the sink. He poured the rest of it in too; it tasted horrible and washed it all down with the tap.
Errol slid back over to the computer and clicked ‘Play again’. The yellow Pac-man went and ate the blue, pink, orange and red alien things. He started clicking the keyboard when Alicia and Fletcher entered the room.
Errol, distracted by Pac-man didn’t hear them coming in. Fletcher raised his index finger to his lips indicating to be quiet. On his tip-toes he hopped over to where Errol was sitting and put his two hands on Errol’s shoulder suddenly. He bent over and breathed on Errol’s neck and whispered, “Um, you’ll be tasty.”
Errol jumped, scared out of his wits. Fletcher laughed loudly and sat down on another office chair beside the one Errol was sitting on. “Ha, dude you were so scared.”
Alicia came up closer, laughing lightly. “Oh, Errol… You are a mad laugh.”
Errol crossed his arms. “You had me scared to death!” His voice was dry.
Fletcher chuckled again, “What age are you, twenty one? Seriously, like c’mon.”
“So? I thought you were a Vampire…”
Fletcher laughed again and turned on the computer he was sitting at. He continued to log in and go into his email, while saying. “But Errol, no offence, but you stink. Like hell. What have you been doing all last week?”
Errol gulped before replying, “Um, playing Pac-man and drinking coffee pretty much sums it up.”
Alicia butted into the conversation, speaking elegantly. “Go take a shower and shave. Seriously though, you look like a tramp.”
“Thanks.” Errol said sarcastically getting up to go for a shower in the one of the three big bathrooms down the base off into the wall. He began to walk down.
“Very welcome,” Alicia smiled after him and collapsed into the chair Errol had been in.
Fletcher was logged into his email now, and sorting through them all. He came to a stop on one with the subject box saying: Urgent. He clicked it open.
Dear Fletcher Rye,
You and your party of Slayers are needed. Vampires are increasing in numbers, and you and Alicia are high standing and experienced. You are needed to chase the sun, to stop the ever growing population from waging war against us Slayers. Therefore I have included a link and a file for you to download with names of other Slayers who would be willing to assist you. It is a quest, if you chose to accept it. I am sure you know of the myth of those who believe the world can be travelled in twenty-four hours of sunlight? I’m sure you will be happy to help.
The Grand Slayer: Waverick Mars.
Underneath the email there was a link to that included names of Slayers as said within the email from Waverick Mars. Fletcher clicked on it and put his hand up to his mouth. He scrolled down the list with seven of names he didn’t recognise; they weren’t anyone he knew. The list was made up of these names:
“Wow,” he said murmured sarcastically, “that’s a lot of people there, Mars.”
“What’s that?” Alicia asked, getting up and bending down behind him, reading the text.
“It’s from our dear old friend Waverick. Y’know, he wants us to do something crazy for him as per usual.”
“What would it be this time? Who are those people?” Alicia stopped reading the text, just skipping to the names not bothering with the actual body of the email. She crossed to the kitchen area and plugged in the kettle and pressed the switch to turn it on. She clicked the switch on the actual kettle to make it boil. She turned to look at Fletcher and leaned against the counter top. “So, what is it?”
“Waverick Mars wants us to ‘help fight the increasing population of Vampires by chasing the sun’ whatever that means.”
“Haven’t you ever heard about chasing the sun?” Alicia asked sounding surprised.
Fletcher stood, shaking his head. “Nope, should I have?”
The base underground the Cathedral was mostly high-tech and modern. Weapons lay in glass cabinets around the walls, there were twelve computer screens lining a whole counter on one side. Directly opposite the computers was the kitchen area which held a fridge against the wall, a microwave, a dishwasher and a dryer/washing machine. Beside the kitchen area was a hall which lead down to the bathrooms (there were three), past that there were the bedrooms and at the end of the hall, past a thick voice controlled metal door lay the weapons room.
Errol Pooch entered the hall from one of the bathroom doors and made his way up the hallway, his hair dripping wet onto a towel draped around his neck on his shoulders. He was wearing a pair of jeans and a faded black ACDC t-shirt. “Hey guys.” He said, passing the kitchen area.
“Hey Er,” Alicia said then continued her story. “In theory the world can be travelled if in twenty-four hours of sunlight, if the chaser followed the sun so noon would fall exactly when the sun was overhead. It’s a myth, or a theory, shall I say that I never believed. Seemingly, if it were done, the chasers would be immune to Vampire bites. Only one person has done it, but he died later on. I think his name was Antoine Haven, or something. I can’t remember.”
“Are you talking about attempting it?” Errol asked.
“Well Mars our old friend wants us too.” Fletcher sighed.
“You aren’t going to, are you?” Errol Pooch seemed sceptical.
“It depends.” Alicia said, raising an eyebrow.
“I think we should.” Fletcher looked at Alicia as if to say ‘you decide’. She shrugged.
“It’d be fun.” Alicia admitted with a smile. “It would be very fun. Plus, I’ve always wanted to travel the world. And now I could get the chance to slay while doing it; it’s a dream come through.”
“Then let’s do it.”
“We shall. But first, you have to tell me what happened in town. Why the hell was your car all banged up?”
“It’s a long story.” Fletcher replied.
“Do you see me going anywhere anytime soon?” She asked rhetorically, “Tell me.”
“Fine,” Fletcher gave in with a sigh. “But you aren’t going to like it.” Fletch continued when Alicia shrugged her shoulders dismissively, “I was driving home from the construction site, right? Well, I stopped at the traffic lights and an old lady-as it appeared- came hobbling across the road, okay? And then she shifted into a young woman and attacked me. I was having a hard time fighting the Vamp, though but luckily there was another Slayer, in a red suit, with long curly black fuzzy hair. She killed it and saved me. So, that’s what happened.”
Alicia went pale, she froze. “Oh,” was all she managed and even that was a strangled whisper.
“What’s wrong, A?” Fletcher said surprised and shocked at his partner’s reaction. “A? What? A?”
“It’s… It’s just if I ever lost you, I don’t know what I would do. You mean everything to me; you’re like a brother, Fletch, a brother.”
Surprised by this new revelation, Fletch got up and crossed to Alicia, put his arms around her and hugged her tight. “It’s OK,” He comforted her.
Errol, distracted once again by Pac-man on his computer, oblivious to Alicia and Fletcher looked up. “What’s up?” He asked.
“Nothing’s wrong Pooch, nothing.” Fletcher said.
“Errol, remember: wash, keep up with the chores and contact us if anything goes wrong, OK?” Alicia warned Errol for about the fifth time that hour. It was morning and the sun was just breaking the grey horizon sending rays of yellow streaking through the sky.
“Yes, I got it.”
“Are you sure you don’t want to come?” Alicia asked.
“Positive.” Errol replied firmly.
Alicia hugged him and kissed him on the cheek. “Be good.” She whispered in his ear and it tickled. He laughed quietly.
“We’re good to go.” Fletcher said returning from packing up the new car he had taken from the garage around the back, in which there were hundreds of cars. It was the exact same car as his old one.
“OK,” Alicia replied. “Bye Er.”
“Bye Pooch.” Fletch said, already walking away with a wave over his shoulder.
“Bye!” Pooch called and began to walk back into the cathedral his desire to play more Pac-Man overcoming him.
Fletcher’s car was parked around the back of the Cathedral. Fletcher and Alicia walked towards it, opened the door and both of them hopped in. Fletcher turned the key in the ignition and the engine roared to life. Fletcher turned to Alicia and asked, “You OK?”
“Of course I am.” She replied, a smile playing on her lips, and then asked. “Are you?”
Fletcher just grinned.
Alicia put her feet up on the dashboard and leaned forward to look up at the slowly rising sun. it was beautiful, sunrise. Alicia loved it and most mornings Alicia had scaled up the many, many steps to the top of the steeple up in the clouds on top of the huge Cathedral just to watch. She smiled hugely, happily. “You ready?”
“Yup.” Fletcher replied and pulled off, around the Cathedral and through the gates to the main road. He turned left, then clicked on the Sat-Nav that sat on the dashboard of his new car and typed in the coordinates to the ferry place to go to India. He picked up speed and soon they were soaring through roads, cross sections and back roads as they were no cars on the road this early. “Hey, A? Check the files. Just to make sure we’re to go to India first.”
She nodded after she checked the files. “Yeah, we’re to go to India first.”
Fletch sped up and hit the radio. The song ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ came on.
“Woot!” Alicia grinned. “Let the chase begin…”Both of them sung along to the radio, singing ‘Sweet Home Alabama all summer long!’