I hope your all enjoying Leah’s story so far. Before you begin reading I would just like to add that I wanted the story to be different. So instead of vampires being as they are in Forks, I wanted them to be more violent and advanced in technology in the city. So, they can use taser guns, knives, swords anything really! Plus, I wanted the vampires in the city to become more adapted and aware of their surroundings – so in this particular case Daniel has been borrowing money from a clan of vampires in North Vancouver to help sustain him, as he has no money and they are hunting him down for it. Lastly, I really hope you enjoy the ending. I was going to have it finish differently but I thought it was a bit of a twist in the plot. A really strange twist to be honest.
- Leah, Clearwater
Their eyes were as dark as midnight, their lips pulled back exposing their teeth – a sudden tremor coiling in my chest when I saw that each tooth of each vampire in the room had been filed so they were all razor-sharp points. These are way different leeches than what I’ve ever seen. They snarled hungrily, taking inching foot-steps towards us – circling us to be correct.
I didn’t need an instruction manual to know what would come next. Daniel pushed me harshly against the wall, my shoulder blade taking most of the direct contact – pain lashed through my body like a striking whip – and then he exploded in my living area. Shards of denim jeans littered my floor – well this would make a good impression if anyone saw this.
Panther Daniel snapped his jaws at the closest blood-sucker and he shielded it away – however, his hands were clasped tightly together behind his back so he could lock his arms around Daniel’s neck when he got the chance.
My breath hitched and I made a sharp protest. “Newborns,” I whispered.
Huh? What are newborns? He asked, tapping into my mind with the creepy physic connection we shared.
“They’re newly created vampires,” I looked around and each leech looked at me as if I was a microwave meal. They licked their lips. “They’re stronger for the first year than they ever will be because they still have human blood lingering in their body tissue.”
How do you know all of this? His jaws snapped again as a female vamp – who took confidence in her strength – strode forward; however Daniel caught her leg and ripped it off – it sounded like snapping a thick sheet of glass in half. Her scream was sickening and she crawled backwards, pulling herself using her arms and elbows. The panther growled and put his nose to the ground. “I’ve dealt with them before, well my old pack has,” I said, slurring my words uncontrollably while my body was erupting with violent anger, the wolf inside of me battling to get through my concrete barriers.
“You can’t go for the obvious kill, they rely on strength only. Also, don’t, under any circumstances, let them get their arms around you,” I ordered, reciting the set of track rules we had learnt a few years ago from Cullen vamp, Jasper.
However, while Daniel was pre-occupied, debating my strategies in his mind, the first leech he attacked – or snacked at – lunged and pulled his clasped arms over his head; he was insanely flexible! He hauled them around the panther’s neck, choking him. Daniel tried to scramble but the leech’s grasp was too firm and forceful. The vampires started to move towards him, menacingly.
“Daniel,” I screamed, blood curdling in my stomach.
I felt the tear of the granite skin between my sharp teeth before I knew I had changed; with my teeth firmly locked within her torso I tossed the blonde towards the TV – which obviously crumpled under her impact. I ripped the arms off the next leech and he staggered back in agony, and then I was one bloodsucker away from helping my imprint – his paws kicking frantically at the male vamp and his glowing green eyes wide with a staggering fear and a frenzy of hysteria.
“You’re gonna be my little blood-baggie for the night,” she snarled. Her voice was almost melodic and rang like chimes in the air. “Prepare to be wolf-chowder.”
I barked back a stiff laughter, my paws clawing lacerations into my carpet – so much for my apartment. I threw myself at the brunette parasite; but, almost too gracefully, she cart-wheeled over my back – her fingers applying painful pressure to certain ribs. I yelped and backed off.
She wasn’t a newborn, she was just extremely skilled. It was just far too obvious.
“Tired already? Want me to put your leash on and walk you home,” she crooned mockingly.
Enough with the dog jokes already! I circled her in my small living area – the other newborns, or so I hoped they were, stopped to watch with interested glances – I went to lock my jaw around her leg but her hand came into a striking contact with my muzzle and I pulled back. She aimed her sharpened teeth for my neck, lashing cobra-fast strikes while I dodged them exhaustively with short quick leaps, my own teeth trying to lock around one of her limbs. It was like a deadly dance; we were aiming for each other but we never came into contact, it was beautiful and lethal at the same time.
Finally I caught her arm while she was doing a sweeping arch attack, although it stayed attached, puncture wounds lining the marble skin above the elbow. Afterward, she did a standard back tuck and landed behind me and slammed me into the ground knocking my panting breaths from my chest. I pulled myself up, Daniel was still struggling, however the vamp wasn’t interested in killing him but instead was watching us; maybe this leech was the leader. He was staring at me with anxious worry.
We continued to pouch for each other, lunging in for the killer attack. We ended up fighting in the small cramped kitchen. When I had her backed up towards the counter she leaned over it and drew out a large kitchen knife – I thought these vampires already had weapons, their teeth!
“Useless mutt,” she howled in painful hilarity. Slashing through the air with precision, I used my paws to dart away with lightening-reflexes; however the blade cut into one of my paws and left a deep gash. Blood poured from the wound in a fit of red tears. I yelped and staggered to the ground, blood pooling underneath me and clung to my gray fur, after pulling myself up and moving the pressure to my other paws, I lunged.
Knocking the knife out her hand with my muzzle, I opened my jaw and bit down hard – her harsh, banshee, shrieks throbbing in my eyes. She looked like a legless starfish once I had ripped off her arms and legs – that sight would never leave my eyes again! – I just hoped she wouldn’t grow them back outta nowhere.
Feeling the familiar tingle down my spine, I turned back human and stood shakily on my two legs – cupping my bleeding arm. “Don’t call me a mutt otherwise I might just bite,” I retorted back bitterly.
“Stupid, stupid girl. You have no idea who you’re dealing with; you will be dead before you know it,” she spat.
Pulling on some ripped jeans and gathering my T-shirt around my chest, I pulled an old towel around my arm and stood over her and replied, “Go and rot in hell, bitch.” I dropped the flaming lighter onto her body and she burst into violent flames, a manic smile still playing on her lips as she was burnt into smoldering ashes.
The other vampires backed away as I strode out of the kitchen and towards Daniel. On the other hand city vampires have a strange way of adapting to technology and from behind my back I was tasered between my shoulder blades. I fell to the ground in electrifying agony.
Oh come’ on! First a vampire using a knife, now a freaking taser gun, my thoughts spluttered as thousands of volts shocked through my body sending me in convulsing trembles.
From the corner of my eyes; I could see Daniel in a fit of rage break the hold of the male vampire and dismember his head from his short stumpy neck. He threw himself towards the other parasites and they clashed like the strikes of metal against metal in sword play. When everyone, or everything I should say, was either on fire and sending the fire alarm in a deafening shriek, or sprawled body parts in my living room, Daniel changed and ran over to me, his trembling fingers stroking my cheek. “Leah, Leah, it will be alright. Can you hear me?” he mumbled too quickly for my ringing ears to process.
“Let-gt-outa-herre-” I spluttered incoherently.
He gathered me up in his warm arms and with swiftness paced out the door and around the back to the garden where he lay me down in the grass – his fingers didn’t leave my face, he just kept stroking my cheekbone or tracing my features. When he eventually sat down in the grass, Daniel pulled up his knees and hugged them fiercely. “This is entirely my fault,” he mumbled.
My eyes pleaded with him to answer, my body was only faintly trembling now but I didn’t dare open my mouth for the fear of a frantic scream escaping my lips. All of the sudden several shadows emerged from the darkness; the flickering light from the apartment windows illuminated them softly but only enough for me to identify their gender. They were laughing feverishly.
They were vampires again, I could tell from their scent that stuck to my tongue along with the taste of ash.
One stepped forward and my heart raced unnaturally, although it wasn’t from fear – he had raven black hair, flashing green eyes – that reminded me of precious emerald gems – full lips which were smiling, revealing a set of blindingly white teeth, and his skin was as pale as the moonlight. His eyes were fixed upon me. Oh god. My heart is racing for a leech!
“I see you’ve been getting up to some trouble while I’ve been away, young Daniel.” His voice was dark and brooding and it made my heart strings tug perpetually.
Daniel growled and hauled himself up; he started to pull off his T-shirt – exposing his tanned chest – and to change but the vampire help up a hand. “I don’t want to fight, youngling. I only want my money,” he purred.
I cocked my head to the side on the grass in confusion. “You don’t want a fight,” my imprint sneered, while grimacing. “Then why send in your vamp goons to attack us.”
“I simply didn’t know you had company,” his eyes flickered to me once again. “And they were stupid creatures, couldn’t follow orders. I only ordered them to bring you to me, but it seems your friend here had other ideas.”
He walked over to me; Daniel tensed but submitted in defeat then stepped away. The vampire hovered above me. My rib-cage constricted and all the air came whooshing out of my lungs, the vampire was stunned into a marble silence. “Who is this girl?” he stammered his hands actually shaky.
“My imprint, her name is Leah.”
“Your imprint, Daniel. You imprinted on this girl?”
Daniel hesitated, “Well it wasn’t actually like that.”
He protested and my imprint was silenced, he bent over and held out a hand to me. “Take it and get up my friend.”
It was then that I tried to open my mouth but the only thing that escaped was my shriek of suffering and pain. It rattled through the air and I even thought I heard the quick scurries of insects retreating away from my injured cry. In shock, I threw my hand up and caught his – he pulled me up immediately and the air became quiet, eerily quiet. “Now that’s better, my name is Julian,” he answered, kissing my hand.
I pulled it back. The towel slipped from around my arm and his eyes widened at the blood but he stepped away as if he has assumed complete control over the human delicacies he craved so much. “Now Daniel, you didn’t tell me that your imprint is the girl from the prophecy?”
“What prophecy?” I demanded sharply.
Julian smiled and gestured towards me, I shied away – I knew somewhere deep in my body that it wasn’t going to be good. “Why my Leah, it is the prophecy of you. It’s about how you are destined to be with me.”
I choked on the words in my mouth. The two boys looked at me: one a shape-shifter who turns into a panther and is my imprint, the other a vampire named Julian, whom I’d just met, who thought I was destined to be with him. My facial features couldn’t portray how deep the shock was that I was feeling.
The supernatural or freaky-out-normal-stuff couldn’t stop following me and now I was paying for running from it.
I fainted for the second time that day. Darkness enveloped everything.
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