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Hikari Tanaka

"Dread sets into your bones like a unsettling cold, it sinks into your very being until it sets in your heart, leaving you dead inside while you still breath in life."

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a character in “Vampire Knight: The Chains of a Devil”, as played by Emily3456

Description

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β€œCourage is not the towering oak that sees storms come and go; it is the fragile blossom that opens in the snow."




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β€œSnow falling soundlessly in the middle of the night will always fill my heart with sweet clarity”




Nickname: Snow White, the alias that had been given to her by the Hunter Association when she first joined due to her snow white hair and fair skin tone. Nearly everyone knows her by this, Hunters and Vampire alike, however she just prefers to go by Snow. Kari, close friends are the only ones allowed to use the nickname her little brother had made up for her, everyone else at Cross Academy call her by her first and or last name.

Age: 18

Gender: Female

Race: Pure-Blood turned human.

Role: Pure-Blood turned human Prefect, Day Class Student Council President.

Hair Color: Natural snow white, but depending on the lighting around her, sometimes her hair will appear a light pink instead of white.

Eye Color: Dark scarlet that often change shades with her mood

Skin Tone: Fair/Pale

Height: 5'6

Weight: 132 lb


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β€œHis cloak was his crowning glory; sable, thick and black and soft as sin.”





Physical Description:
Soft strands of pure white hair fall down Hikari's back, laying across her the back of her mid thighs, her hair is the only thing that gives away the fact that she has yet to get a hair cut since she was fifteen, since her hair grows at such a slow pace, she decided long ago to let it grow up at much as possible as she grew herself. The long waves of hair contrast with her crimson eyes, making them a more violent, vibrant shade of red then necessary, however, compared to her snowy hair and scarlet eyes, her skin is as pale and fair as it could possibly get.

Because Hikari grew up in Northern Canada, where it snows year around, she never really got a tan or even a sunburn, even if she did go out in the sun through, her skin never changed from the pale tone that would always stick with her. She is often seen in strange clothes when she goes on mission or to any meaning that involve the Hunter Association. No one really understands why she wears the old fashioned blue jacket or the button up shirt or the white boots that lace up higher than her knees, to be honest she doesn't really understand why she's wearing these things, but she feels they fit her personality and she doesn't look all that odd in them.

Other times she'll been seen in the normal school uniform along the the Prefect patch on her arm. It's very rare to see Kari around the school not in her uniform, through it has happened before. Hikari also always has her Anti-Vampire Sword on her person, but it's not like a normal sword, she can make it grow and shrink at will, and when it is completely shrunk down int's in the form of a pen that she always has with her. When Snow was sixteen, her brother and herself had went on a mission to get rid of some Level E Vampires, but during the mission her right cheek had gotten slashed open.

After they had disposed of the Vampires, her brother had stitched her cheek back up, but it never healed properly and so it will always be there, because it reminds her of her brother she gets snappy when someone mentions it, she doesn't like having to remember him when she considers him most likely dead. However the scar does add to her tall, snow white intimidating appearance that often frightens to rest of the Day Class into following her orders, it's made clear that she is not someone to be messed with when you look onto her crimson eyes, they hold something dangerous within them, like a monster waiting to brake through.

Romantic Interest: TBA


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β€œThey had no where to go. Some continued upward, and died. Some went downward, and died. Some stayed where they were. They died as well.” ”





Skills and Abilities:
Hikari is one of many yet no talents. She can write and draw and paint and she is brilliant at sword fights and working out, she loves to run and swim and be as involved with the Academy as possible, she is also book smart, she works hard when it comes to her study's and often helps others when they are in need, however, even through she can do all of this, she only truly cares of horse back riding. She grew up learning how to fight with swords and hand to hand combat, but the thing she always valued the most was when she learned how to ride her horse. When Kari rides she put 100% effort into it, and then pushes herself further.

She grew up with her horse that her father had gotten her when she was just a child, at the time it was just a little pony, but they grew together. She is very close with the horse horse that's coat was so white it nearly looked blue, because of the color of the horse, she named her Frost. In the mornings or late at night after going on patrols, when Kari cannot sleep, she often goes down to the horse track that the Academy had made last year and rides Frost until her mind is put at ease, she can move through obstacle courses like she built them herself and she always talks with Frost, even if the horse cannot speak, just being around the horse she relaxes and lets down her guard.

Hikari is very good when it comes to animals, she even has befriended a Hawk that often helps her in fights or just fly's around her. When she is reading outside the Hawk will come and sit near her, and she'll read allowed. It's a strange friendship, but it's nice. In some ways the Hawk believes that it is Hikari's protector, because whenever she is in harms way, he will rush to her and protect her with his life


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β€œyou cross the field in the snow leaving tracks in perfect whiteness ...disturbing my placid universe...marking the landscape within me ...”





Dominant Traits:

STUBBORNNESS: She hates being told what to do and when to do, she likes you go her own way and not listen to people if their being unreasonably bossy.

BIG HEART: She tends to be too trusting and loving, she takes pity on others and she loves everyone, through she hides it, and her emotions can get the best of her sometimes.

HUMOR: She tends to crack jokes all of the time, even at the worst of times.

SHORT TEMPER: She has a very short temper, and when it gets off she tends to see red and do thing's she shouldn't do, which never really ends up helping the situation.

TARDINESS: Never bothering to set alarms of any kind, Snow often finds herself losing track of time and thus being late. Due to her stubbornness, she refuses to even simply wear a watch or set an alarm on it.

DETERMINATION: Once Snow sets her mind to something, she never gives up on the idea. She thinks that if she works hard enough at it, at perhaps, becoming stronger, she'll be able to protect her loved ones instead of watching them all die. She never wants to go through that again.

BRAVERY: She acts despite her fear if people she care about are in danger, because when she was young she nearly lost everyone she ever loved, she thinks if she can protect everyone now, she will never have to experience that pain again.

Likes:
βœ” Reading
βœ” Writing
βœ” Flowers
βœ” Music
βœ” Rain
βœ” Night time
βœ” Drawing/Art
βœ” Horses
βœ” Birds
βœ” Colorful Things
βœ” Old Books
βœ” Friends
βœ” Snow/Cold


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β€œA cold wind was blowing from the north, and it made the trees rustle like living things.”





Dislikes:
✘ Bright lights
✘ Loud people
✘ Boring classes
✘ The heat
✘ Mornings
✘ Messes
✘ Death
✘ Loss
✘ Rudeness
✘ The Sun
✘ Memories
✘ Dogs
✘ Fish

Other:
Unknown to most is the fact that Hikari is a human turned Pure-Blood, in fact it is unknown to ever herself. The young girl has no idea that her real family are actually descendants of the King who had made the deal Devil, which is why to most her blood smells very pure and tempting. When she was younger her parents, who loved her dearly, turned her human in hopes of saving her from the darkness that they had become a apart of so long ago, and from a hunter attack that would soon descend upon them. However, Hikari's younger brother, Hiroshi, had been away with their Uncle, no he never had the option of being human.

When the hunters found them, they were surprised that the two Pure-Bloods had a small human child with them, and thinking the worst, they killed them and took the small girl with them. She didn't know anything except her first name, so the hunters passed her off to another family, who raised the girl as a hunter. The reason Hikari hates some Vampires is because she has been led to believe that the Vampires that had her were the ones that had killed her real parents. Hikari has no idea that all it would take to get her memory's back and to turn back into what she was truly meant to be, is one bite from a Pure-Blood Vampire. She attended Cross Academy because she doesn't want to hate all Vampires, and wants to get over her belief that they are all blood thirsty monsters, through that is easier said than done.

Her real brother followed Hikari to the school, because before his parents had died they had sent him a messaged, begging him to keep an eye on her until she was turned back into a Vampire, so he joined the night class and keeps an eye on his older sister as much as possible. She doesn't know that the Hawk she is so fond of is his pet.

Her real family, her mother and father who were twins, were the children of the king, and one of hismistresses who birthed two of his children before he left, but he was not aware of this. The children grew up, and had two of their own children, their eldest is Hikari, and their youngest is Hiro.

It has been noticed by few that Hikari looks a lot like the mistress who served under the king, but it is not known by her.

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β€œ...winter crescent resting in the high pine bough - you fly through the woods like a lone snow bird...”





Personality:
Valiant:
1. Possessing or showing courage or determination: "a valiant warrior".
Courage or Courageous:
1. The ability to do something that frightens one.
2. Not deterred by danger or pain; brave.
3. Strength in the face of pain or grief.



Snow is very tough, and it's hard to earn her trust. Most of the time, if someone wants to gain her trust, she has to know she can be happy around them, that she can put her life in their hands and they wont end up killing her. Often she isn't at the front of the group but rather at the back watching and learning far more than you would think. She has always been able to read people and see things about them that others can't. She is quick witted and willing to speak the truth when no one else will, she has a knack for showing the harder side of life that people want to ignore. Most people take notice of when she butts into a conversation, since she more than likely has something important to say, but she'll only say something important if she thinks it's worth while. She's the girl who stands up for what she believes in, doesn't let others push her around, and does what she wants. She's headstrong, and everyone used to say she was born a natural leader.

Hikari holds a great hatred towards most Vampires, her adoptive grandfather would always tell her little things, like how somehow,everyone weakness was their strength, how she would one day fight not for other's believes, but for her heart. Ari looked up to her grandfather more then she did her adoptive older brother, her grandfather would take her out into the woods, twice every week, and teach her how to fight, how they used to fight in the old ways instead of the new, which she also was learning from her parents, but he had never taken her brother out there to train, only her.

Snow is a firm believer in the idea that scars never go away, that time cannot heal everything. This goes is part of the mindset she has that people need to face there problems and that it is by doing this that they can grow as a person. Never being one to shy away when problems arise up her direct and no nonsense attitude in life makes it so that she very rarely has an issue that is not dealt with quickly. Hikari is really smart, and she tends to speak her mind freely and if she offends someone by what she says she always points out that its only offending because they know it's true. She doesn't like to be pushed about or bossed so she stands up for herself and her friends because she believes that if your going to pick on someone, you should be per paired for what would happen next.

She is very imaginative, creative, and extremely crafty. She likes to think out of the box, no matter how ridiculous her ideas are. She hates being told how to do anything, when she should do it, or that she is wrong. She's very blunt, in your face, and can border on rude because she will not hold anything back. She often gets that sarcastic and witty look like she's about to mess with you, but if she doesn't know you and doesn't know if she can trust you, she wont.. She is extremely good at lying and fibbing and shes mostly and extremely, painfully, stubborn. However, if you should ever, ever get past that side of her, you'll see someone who wishes they could trust others, but try's to avert from doing so. When she helps someone, she helps them in a natural way, making it seem like she did it cause she had to. When angered, she'll simply glare or just walk away. She hates to be around crowded areas and prefers to be alone most of the time.. She's distrustful, but all around nice on the surface to nearly everyone. Though she doesn't stand for any injustice, she understands that the world is often filled with injustice, and there isn't much she can do about it. Words are rare when it comes to Snow, since she doesn't really like to speak to anyone she doesn't know.[/font]


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β€œWe are so used to releasing words, we don’t know what to do with them if they stay. No matter how many times we let them go, no matter how badly we don't want them to stay, they come back. The words that matter always stay.”





History:
Hikari was raised by a hunter family, to be a hunter in Northern Canada. When she was five hunters found her in a home with two Pure-Bloods, they had saved her and given her off to the Tanaka family, who were high up in the Hunter Association and they raised her and led her to believe that her true parents had been killed by those Pure-Bloods, and that is why they had killed them and saved her, but in all honesty they had killed them because they were descendants of the King and very first Pure-Blood, they never knew what she really was, in fact very few know, and she is not one of them. Snow often trained with her grandfather, rather than her parents and older brother, and so she took on a new view of the world. As she grew, her hate for Vampires grew, and it didn't help that she had watched her grandfather, her idol, killed by a vampire. In hopes to rid her of some of this hate, Hikari left for Cross Academy, she had been there for two years and started to feel a bit better about vampires, but she knew these were the only good ones out there, the few that came to this school and wanted more than to kill humans.

When ever someone brings up her real parents or her grandfather, she gets either very angry or very sad, mostly Hikari hates that she hadn't been able to save any of them, so she tries to make herself stronger, because she often feels so weak and helpless. She recently found out that her adoptive older brother went missing on a mission to clean out a nest of E-rank Vampires, everyone had been searching for him, herself included, but when he was not found right away, all hope was lost. Snow cant help but blame the vampires for what had happened, but at the same time she is angry with the Hunter Association for not putting more effort into fidning him, for now there is nothing she can do but help protect the school from any and all Vampire attacks.


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β€œThe more I see, the less I know, the more I'd like to let it go.”






So begins...

Hikari Tanaka's Story

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Characters Present

Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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| Chains of a past promise and sweet nectar of deceit will never be forgotten until the darkness engulfs even the sun.|




Silver pools which rivals that of the solemn moon hanging above the night sky gazed at the other guests littering the grounds. He recognized some through the few gatherings which he had attended and the others requested a personal audience from him. As for the rest, he could careless about their existence. In truth, he did not care about anything else but his predetermined goal. Everything was done for that one reason. It is why his eyes soon focused before him. His hand holding another who belonged to no one else but his wife. Yes, the mate he had procured through force. He could feel her hesitation and apprehension. Whether it was because of him or the multitude of vampires, her hand tightened around his.

Not glancing at Haruka who was beside him, he walked on the entrance aisle. His undeniable presence and cold charisma were hard to ignore by the guests who littered the grounds. There was no doubt that they were irked, worried, and revered his presence. His bloodline was at the pinnacle of superiority and known to be the only pure-blood line that can compete with the King's lineage. Furthermore, the Nouralail was the terrifying executioners of vampires who would try to harm humans in selfishness and whim. It was also through them that hunters existed with the means of defeating their kind by the creation of anti-vampire weapons.

The Clan of Betrayers whom was also betrayed by the ones they sworn to protect. Life was truly a big irony. He knew that his stand is being debated by many. Others believed his sentiments were no longer aligned with his family's oath. Some concluded he would still continue to protect the humans due to his attendance of Cross Academy. Azriel never confirmed anything and remained ambiguous much like the darkness he is being constantly compared to. But, it is because of this trait of his that many are attracted to him. They desire to unravel the only remaining Nouralail pure-blood completely and even more so due to the sudden surprise of him taking in a partner, a human at that.

Once inside the grand hall, Azriel was instantly approached by the various upper echelons of the Vampire Society which included the Senators who had been invited by the mysterious host. Thus, it was not also completely out of place to see hunters present for this event. There was no way such a grand gathering would not be strictly and closely observed by them. The hunters were on their respective positions as they began their surveillance. They were more wary than ever and all hunters must have a partner with them to ensure their safety. Fortunately, he had managed to arrange the Kurosawa's to be assigned to a different task. Safe to say, they were not going to be in this place.

As for the vampires, everyone was clamoring around Azriel even if there were other pure-bloods present. Thus, it was obvious how annoyed they were at this. However, it could not be helped. No one has the audacity to garner Azriel's wrath by speaking out of their irritation. At the same time, it was not much of a surprise for the Nouralail scion to completely stood out from their ranks effortlessly. In addition, they were all curious about the orange-haired human girl beside him. The woman who had captured Azriel's eyes while many had tried to do so but failed miserably.

"Lord Azriel looks much like Lord Raziel."

"He has Lady Aiyana's eyes."

"Good evening your Highness, Lord Azriel. Is this lovely woman, your rumored wife?"

"It is finally an honor to meet and see you and your adorable wife for the first time!"

"What a beauty! No wonder, Lord Azriel was smitten."

"But, it is a surprise my Lord, why is she still human? Of course, there is no offense on that, I just believe my Lady Nouralail would be more suited to become a vampire."

"Speaking of which, we have yet to hear Lady Nouralail's name. Will you tell us your lady Highness?"


Everyone acted as if they were close and knew his parents. Moreover, they acted they knew him as well. They were also trying to gain favor through empty words by getting on Haruka's good side. Futile, it was truly. In any case, he would not divulge anything about her. She should be free to at least say what she wanted to share or to hide from these insipid lot. But to answer one of the question of about her being suited to be a vampire, he raised the hand he held and placed it near his lips. "She is already perfect as she is." He stated which left no room for arguments. Those eyes of ashen black gazed at the vampires that gathered around them with such cold reproach. From the point, they knew well that such questions would not be tolerated next time.

"How about a mistress? I don't think that would be a problem with you, Lord Azriel." A certain familiar voice chimed in the conversation. Everyone looked at the one who spoke in complete surprise for such a rather impolite remark especially in the presence of chosen wife of the Nouralail pure-blood. But upon learning who it was, they could only remain silent and keep their comments within the safety of their mind. For, it was none other than the Celestias Matriarch, Allessa who donned such an elaborate gown which fitted her perfectly. She was a vision indeed. "Unless, the Lady Nouralail says otherwise." Delivering an elegant bow, she then smiled at the pure-blood without fear or apprehension. The other thing she was known for is the recognition she had received from Azriel like none other ever had. How so?

"Allessa, there would be no one else." Yes, Azriel calls her by name and only her among the many other who tried to gain his trust and favor. Allessa was the only who received for whatever reason he does so. No one knows even the Celestias Leader. His answer made her nod in understanding as she finally directed her eyes on Haruka's form. She was there at Cross Academy when the incident happened. Does this girl do not feel resentment? Perhaps, she does. Yet for now, it was not something to be discussed. "It seemed no one else compares to you my Lady. I have yet to properly introduce myself." Smiling kindly, she continued on. "I am Allessa vern Celestias. I have seen you at Cross Academy. Pardon me for not introducing myself back then." Just like that, the stage was slowly being set.

Unknown to them, a pair of crimson-tinted eyes gazed at the spectacle with interest and amusement. This is the reason why a ball had been thrown. It was to entertain him and at the same time to prove a point. A fact that should be known by everyone. There was still some time before the curtains will be lifted. But once it does, there was no turning back. The final play was to begin and there were no audiences for everyone was a part of this intricate theater called life.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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"It feels as if I am in an endless waltz with darkness. And I'm the only one tripping and falling."




It was disgusting how these vampires clamored around Azriel and Haruka. Their scents overwhelmed her senses and all she wanted to do was get away from the crowd, however; she couldn't do that. She couldn't let on that she was afraid of them, terrified of them as they hounded the two with questions. Then, they called her by that name. She hated the way it sounded, especially coming from the lips of those things. She wasn't a Nouralail...she was from the Toko family, whether these vampires knew of the Toko's or not, she was from that family. She didn't want to be a part of the Nouralail's. It was a forced marriage. She almost scoffed to herself as she thought about it. If these vampires knew, would they try to force their own daughters as potential mates to this vampire? It was obvious enough they were clamoring for his attention and favor. It made her want to vomit at how sickeningly nice these vampires acted around the Nouralail pure-blood.

She would have frowned and tried to move as far away from the crowding vampires, however; she forced a smile to her face and tried to keep the shivers from rolling down her spine. They continued talking, one even called her a beauty and the reason why Azriel was smitten. Oh how she wanted to scoff at that comment. He wasn't smitten, although she was partially reason why he had forced the marriage upon her. Well, more like her ability, which she had to keep in check. Her fear tends to bring out that aspect of her and she was trying so hard not to show case it. If these vampires knew she wasn't human, what would happen? She shook the thought from her mind and placed it into the deep abyss of her mind. She didn't need to be thinking about things like that. Not here at least with so many vampires present. She was somewhat relieved that her parents were tasked with another issue. She didn't want anything happening to them and it would force her hand if something did. She couldn't risk doing something so reckless and stupid.

She then heard a comment for her name. Did she want to interact with these things? Did she want to divulge something as her name to them? For some odd reason, it felt as if she did give them her name, they would use it as something to shackle to her and use it to their advantage. What a silly thought and feeling it gave for something so simple as a name to hold so much power over someone. Glancing around, she noticed a majority of the clothing the vampires were adorned in. Somehow, it made her feel as if she were underdressed. She was just adorned in a simple black dress, nothing too fancy and was enough to hide anything and everything that didn't need to be seen. She had despised clothing that was either fitting or revealed too much that was just unnecessary. If these vampires were trying to get on her good side, it was useless.

There was no way that she would even consider something like that. Just by being what they were had already sealed their fate. But then again, if it would irritate this vampire who forced her into this marriage, she could entertain these vampires for a bit. Even if it made her uncomfortable to do so, she would do it just out of spite. Before she could give the vampires her name, another spoke out, saying something about a mistress for Azriel. She frowned slightly at the comment Azriel stated as he brought her hand to his lips. She wouldn't mind if he had a mistress, at least then the other woman could probably occupy his attention away from her and she could finally be at peace. Or attempt to be at peace. The one comment about her being suited to be a vampire had really tugged at her voice as she wanted to laugh. If they only knew. Regardless, Haruka turned her attention to the blonde haired vampiress that had spoken. She returned the smile as she nodded in acknowledgment to the vampire.

"It's a pleasure to meet you. I am Haruka," she started to the blonde vampire. She recognized her from that incident. She had been the one to call out to Makoto just before he was killed. A painful feeling shot through her heart as she recalled that night. She still hated Azriel for killing the one person who could have given her answers to her father's whereabouts, but then again she would have never known Makoto had been her brother. Her face, however, did not reflect the painful feeling, but instead housed a polite and gentle smile. This charade was going to be tough to continue if she allowed herself to think of such things. For now, they shall be pushed to the back of her mind along with everything else. Although there was one thing that was irking her. The way everyone was addressing her as Lady. It wasn't a title she was familiar with holding and she didn't like the way people were stating it. It made her feel as if she were some object in a glass in casing that needed to be handled with the utmost care.

"Please, just Haruka will do. Lady is a bit much and I do not like the way it sounds," she continued, muttering the last part softly while smiling still. She truly didn't like it at all. It wasn't something she was accustomed to, however; more than likely she would have to get used to it. Being the wife of the only Nouralail pure-blood seemed to be an important status to these vampires. It was obvious with their eyes. She could see their disdain and disgust behind their facades and she didn't blame them. For that is the way she saw them. It didn't matter to her though what they thought of her. She could care less about it and honestly, she didn't want to be in this position in the first place. If she could do it over again, she wouldn't have allowed herself to be in that room or showcase her ability to the pure-blood. Maybe she would have allowed him to kill her, to finally end the nightmare of such a place, but this was just wishful thinking. She hadn't missed the way Azriel addressed the vampiress though.

"I am surprised he wasn't married to someone such as yourself, Allessa," she stated without meaning to. It was a thought in her mind that had slipped passed her lips and immediately she regretted doing so. The way she had stated it almost came out as a disappointment and envious tone. "Ah, forgive me I just meant that you are a lovely woman yourself and you both seem to be on good standing," she quickly corrected herself as she stared at Allessa. The woman before her obviously had some sort of standing with Azriel for him to address her by her first name. From what she had seen in the last few days, he only addressed certain people by their names. Namely the Lancaster vampiress whom she had heard to have returned to her family along with her cousin. Apparently she was being shipped off in marriage to another.

How sad this life truly was, to marry someone they did not love nor wish to be married to. If she were to ever bear children for someone, she would make sure that they did not follow in the traditional ways of being forced into a marriage. She wouldn't want that for them, even if she had to fight tooth and nail for such a thing, she wouldn't allow it. She sighed in embarrassment as her face flushed slightly. Odd that she would become embarrassed in front of a person, let alone a vampire, but the woman had a certain charm to her that Haruka couldn't ignore. Maybe it was the girl's smile or the way she casually spoke around Azriel. Who knew the reason, but maybe, maybe Haruka could allow herself to become enveloped by this girls' charisma and be comforted by it. Not to mention she would be able to control her fear a bit more if something familiar was around to comfort her.

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Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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β€œWhat strange places our lives can carry us to, what dark passages.”





Hikari stood alone on a balcony as the let the darkness wrap around her like a blanket. As soon as she had arrived to the Vampire packed party, she had slipped away. There were to many Vampire in one room for her liking, it was unnerving and it put her on edge so much she visibly shook. Of course it didn't help anything when Hiroshi Sayomi, a close friend of her's from the Academy and her escort of the night, had forced her to wear a dress, and not a very nice one. Well...it was nice of course, it was made of silk and it shined even in the moonlight, it was too nice, and much too revealing. The hem only reached as far as her finger tips, which was a little past her mid thigh, and it left her neck and most of her shoulders completely bare thanks to the thin short sleeves. It was a very nice dress, yes, but it was much to open for being pretty much the only human in a room full of Vampires. Kari was annoyed. Her 'escort' had left her so he could go 'mingle' with the rest of the Vampires.

A soft breeze suddenly blew by her, sweeping her dress and hair back gently, and allowing her warm porcelain skin a short release from the heat. Hikari allowed her eyes to flutter shut for a moment, enjoying natures gift while she could, before she became aware of another presence behind her. Her breath hitched as her left hand automatically went to were her sword was hiding in the shape of a pen in her bra, but a hand stopped her. "Why so nervous?" The voice was sickly sweet as a warm body pressed close to her back side, making her body tense and her blood boil in rage. "Has anyone ever told you that you smell...yummy." The taller man chuckled as she flinched, this is why she hated Vampires, nothing ever good happened around them. "Has anyone ever told you that your a creep?" She hissed angry before ripping her wrist from his grasp and spinning around to face the man.

What she was not what she was expected. In front of her stood a much taller pale with not only fire colored hair, but also...face paint. Yes, the man looked like a clown in a rather nice tux. He had a pink star on the left side of his face painted in and a blue tear on the right, making him look much like a fancy clown...it was strange. Very strange. "You know it's most likely never a good idea to go off alone during party's..." His eyes darted down to her cleavage before back to her face as a small smirk formed upon his lips. "You never know what could happen." The humor was evident in his voice, but Hikari found no humor in him ogling her, if anything she just felt violated and more pissed off than she had been a few seconds ago. "Bad things only happen when someone has bad intentions." She mumbled waiting for the moment when he would be distracted for a mere second so she could pull out her sword and get away from the psycho in front of her. "That's very true!" He said cheerfully while stepping closer to the white haired girl until he had her trapped between the railing of the balcony and himself. "I tend to have bad intentions through..." He mumbled his voice growing darker and deeper as he placed a hand on either side of Hikari.

The pale haired girl began to fidget, not only was this man invading her personal bubble, but he was also staring at her cleavage again, and of course, logically there was only one real way out of this, and that would be...well it would be a low blow. "Good for you!" She said in false cheerfulness before swinging her bare knee up to collide with his more...private areas. A loud groan escaped his lips as his stance changed slightly, both hands loosening on the railing behind her as he doubled over ever so slightly, giving her enough time to duck down under one of his arms and dart towards the double doors that would lead back to everyone else. However an arm hooked around her waist and forcefully smashed her back towards a very hard chest that knocked the air right out of her lungs. The man had a wicked grin now placed upon his face and had opened his mouth the say something that would most likely be very perverted, but another voice cut off his own. "Release her," A young boy with spiky white hair called out from behind the two, making them both turn their heads ever so slightly. Hikari recognized the voice right off the bat and relief fled through her body.

There stood Hiroshi, balancing himself on the railing and staring down at the man coldly. Slowly the mans arms went lax around her waist, and Kari was able to push away from him effectively. "Don't let me catch you touching her in such a manner ever again." Hiro's voice and eyes stayed cold and wrathful as he started at the man for a moment longer, before jumping straight over him and landing beside Hikari. "Come along Snow, we should rejoin the party, I have some people you should meet." His voice was gentle once again, and he didn't spare a second glance at the much taller, much older Vampire, he just pulled Kari back inside, silently stating that they were not to speak of what had just happened. "Sure...why not." She sighed a bored expression settling back onto her face.

She really should have just stayed home...

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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"Change can be two things. It can either be good, or it can be bad. How we interpert it, is up to us and the circumstances of the change."




Haruka hesitantly offered her own hand in response to the vampire before her. She chuckled at the woman's words and the scoff that left Azriel's lips. Well, two could play that game. Not that she wanted anything to do with the female vampire, she just thought it would be payback for the things the pure-blood had put her through. Before she could say anything, a presence made itself known to the group. The voice that spoke reverberated through the crowd and Haruka found herself staring at a young man with piercing steel blue eyes. She could feel the hostility between the two males rolling off in waves as she soon found herself placed behind Azriel. She blinked owlishly at the scene as it unfolded, listening to the words that left her husbands lips which only caused a frown to appear on her lips. She sighed softly as to not cause an unwanted action of sorts, however; there was a crowd forming around them. Immediately, Haruka found herself being whisked away and drowned in the crowd. She twisted and turned here and there to get away while everyone seemed to rush towards the pure-blood and human.

"Well...that was awkward," she stated as she turned to the crowd. She could see Azriel easily standing with his height and the other male. She knew that Azriel had told her to not to stray too far, but at the current moment, she wasn't going to be able to return to his side so easily. "There goes that plan," she stated. Sighing, she made her way through the crowd and found herself staring at a familiar sight. It was Hikari, the prefect of Cross Academy. She was the only human Haruka had not befriended due to the weird scent the girl produced. It wasn't something a normal human would ever emit, however; those thoughts were pushed to the back of her mind. She just wanted to have a sense of normalcy around a grandeur of vampires. The hunters were an exception though. Having lived with the Kurosawa family, hunters to her were not perceived as human enough.

She sighed, attempting to rub at her eyes before stopping. She was wearing make-up, and if she rubbed her eyes, she'd smear it. One of the many things she hated wearing the stupid stuff. It wouldn't be the first time, nor would it be the last should she smudge the stuff, and honestly she wouldn't have cared. But, because she was at this grand ball, she had an appearance to uphold. Whether it was because she was now known as the wife of the Nouralail pure-blood, or because it was just what one did when attending such things, she didn't know. She rubbed at her temples as she felt a headache approach. This place was truly going to be the death of her if she didn't step out to get a breath of fresh air. Without further adieu, she made her way towards an open balcony. A smile tugged at her lips as she approached the window. Glancing around, she made sure no one had followed her and stepped out into the moonlit balcony.

It had an ethereal beauty to it and Haruka found herself staring up at the moon hanging in the sky. A light breeze fluttered through, carrying her orange locks as she took a deep breath of air. It felt nice, the cool breeze against her heated skin. Keeping up a charade with such a large amount of vampires had been a bit more difficult than she had intended. Her body was trying to deal with the stress of the built up fear as best as it could, but it could only take so much. Something feel on her hand as she glanced down at the railing. She noticed the single droplet on her hand, and quickly she wiped her eyes. She couldn't show them this weakness of hers, not here at least.

She quickly made sure she hadn't smeared anything and made her way back into the building, taking one last glance outside. She'd rather have stayed outside than come back in, but without a doubt, he would probably throw a fit if she didn't return to his side soon. Did he even notice she was gone? Probably not. Maybe she'll mingle with the Tanaka human for a bit. It would be alright, wouldn't it? With that thought in mind, it didn't take long for Haruka to find and approach the white-haired girl. She seemed to be in a group of vampires just standing there. Perhaps they could save each other for a little bit.

"Were you dragged here by force too? Or were you invited?" she found herself asking. It was evident in her voice that she was trying to be a good guest, but the quiver of her lips signaled that she was indeed nervous. She tried to get it under control, biting at it softly without drawing blood. It was unsuccessful at keeping it from quivering, however; it did provide a short temporary relief of the fear. Focus on the pain and the fear will go out the door. Or at least for awhile. She stared at the white-haired girl, temporarily forgetting that her husband was in a stare-off with the other male. She needn't worry about him, he would be able to emerge unscathed. Not that she'd ever worry about him in the first place. She could care less if anything happened between the two. She was just a tool to the pure-blood, and as such, she'd make it so that he would regret making her his. Yes indeed, she would.

Or at least attempt to.

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β€œSo you see, Good and Evil have the same face; it all depends on when they cross the path of each individual human being.”





"Hikari I want you to meet-" She easily zoned out as the smaller white haired boy pulled her along by her hand, forcing her to shake hands and give the occasional hug to too many Vampires. Names were given, but none would be remembered. She honestly had no intention of getting to know these people, or ever seeing any of them ever again, the only people she did recognize were the other Hunters present in the large room, but Hiroshi refused to allow her to converse with any of them, so all she got when she was dragged by another hunter was the respectful bow of a head or a pity filled smile. "I'm hungry." Hikari suddenly stated in the middle of whatever conversation Hiro and the older man and woman before her were having. "Of course you are! Hiroshi-sama have you not fed her yet?" The old man flashed a charming smile towards Hikari that she returned with a blank look. She had no interest in making friends with these people, and she had the odd feeling they all were referring to her as 'the human' behind her back.

Hiro glanced at Hikari for a moment, being sighing in defeat and raising a hand to wave over one of the men carrying around trays of food as the man and woman disappeared into the crowd. Happily she snatched up two of the crackers that were on the tray and popped on of them into her mouth, no even contemplating what the strange brown substance on top would be. She smiled down at the smaller boy before speaking in a quieter voice. "This is really good! What is it?!" She grinned while swallowing. Hikari was about to pop the other one into her mouth, but stopped when Hiro spoke once more in a seemingly amused tone. "Liver." She gagged and quickly threw the other cracker on to a tray that was passing by her before she spun around and glared at the grinning child. "Now I have a few more people you should meet, their very important." She reached out and easily grabbed her hand before dragging her back into the crowd of Vampires. How troublesome.

Hikari would have ignored the invitation and stayed home with her adoptive parents and just locked herself in her room for the night, but she couldn't blow off the small white haired Pure-Blood, there was no way she could say no when he presented the dress to her. She had allowed herself to be dragged off to this dreadful event and now she was regretting it with all her heart. I could be home eating ice cream right now, but instead I just ate Liver. This couldn't end soon enough. She sighed and stood in the middle of a Vampire crowd, most of them talking with Hiro about the Hunters that were present, but a voice that was familiar rang out from behind her, making her turn around and nearly scream in relief. "Were you dragged here by force too? Or were you invited?" Hikari instantly smiled at Haruka, just because she knew the girl beside her.

"Both actually, for some reason I got an invitation, which I could have ignored, but that shrimp-" She jabbed her thumb in Hiroshi's direction before continuing "-dragged me here with a fancy dress and promises of good food." Hikari wrinkled her nose in disgusted and sent a peeved look to one of the trays of food that passed by. "I don't know how anyone can eat liver, but that can not be considered good food." her eyes traveled over to where Haruka's husband stood, flinched slightly, and when directed her eyes towards the boy in front of Azriel. Why did that boy look so familiar? She felt like she had seen her somewhere before...oh well. Hikari shook her head and turned back to Haruka with a small smile. "How have you been?" She asked politely.

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"Everything has always an ending. There are no exemptions."




So, the pure-blood still remembers. Ciel could feel the dark tension emitting from the Nouralail vampire. Moreover, Azriel was not hiding it from everyone else. It is why he found it very interesting to see him bound to someone. As an added factor, the one he was bound to was also an individual with eccentricities. The words that spilled from the pure-blood's lips were not enough to discern his suspicions. It was not in Azriel's nature to be emotionally attached to anyone. This much Ciel was certain. There was something more to this than what was being seen.

In any case, he did not waver from meeting Azriel's eyes. If the pure-blood think Ciel would waver or flinch, he had another thing coming. He would not submit or run away if this so-called executioner would provoke or instigate a fight. That is why it is understandable why a crowd gathered around them like moths to a flame. After all, it is not everyday that one could bear witness to a fight between a pure-blood and a hunter. If only they knew, the true meaning of this meeting. If only they knew what the future hold, this would not only be a passing entertainment for sure.

"My words are always chosen perfectly." Ciel retorted with such a monotone voice. His eyes never leaving Azriel's form. Blue met black. Somehow, there was no one else in the room but them. "It is why you reacted well enough with a threat." After saying that, he smirked at the pure-blood. He did not care if they would kill each other here and now. It was about time they end that unfinished business of theirs. Such a long time had passed since then, this was the perfect opportunity. But before he could do so, he felt a hand gripping on his shoulder. His eyes moved away from Azriel as he looked at the one who was interrupting him. "That's enough Noctis."

The black hunter narrowed his eyes in annoyance and disdain. "Red. I thought I ditched you." The man released a sigh at this. Noctis always attempts to escape from his watch which never lasts for very long. Even now, he went here by himself without informing him which was completely wrong. Fortunately, Noctis was predictable for him while for others he is an enigma every step of the way. "You thought wrong." Ciel knew that his fun was now ruined. There was no way he would be able to start a fight with the pure-blood with Red being around him. "Tch." This was all he could do as he angrily removed the hand on his shoulder. Red as he is now known ignored this and then looked at the pure-blood. He now believed all the rumors about the Nouralail Lord was not a lie at all. "I apologize for any troubles. If you would excuse us."

Once that was said, Ciel narrowed his eyes in irritation but not before shooting Azriel a glare in accordance with some meaningful words. "See you soon." He then turned his back at them and left in which the crowd provided a path for him. Red shook his head at this. Noctis can be childish in regards to his personal actions but when it comes to others. He is awfully the opposite. Giving Azriel one more apology, Red followed Noctis as they soon disappeared from the pure-blood's sight. The night was still young and the main event has yet to began.

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"Fear is apart of us. Everyone fears something, however; as long as there are others willing to share it with you, it becomes bearable."




Haruka forced a smile on her face as Hikari explained her ordeal. At least it was better than her own. She didn't have much of a choice when she attended this ball. She would have rather stayed at the estate, however; he had made it very clear that she was to accompany him. Well, that had not gone exactly the way she had planned really. She was told not to stray from his side, and here she was making conversation with the white-haired prefect of Cross Academy. She chuckled lightly at the mentioning of liver tasting good. Liver, if prepared properly and paired with the right foods, was actually delicious. She loved eating liver, well not really but it was something she could tolerate. She shook her head as Hikari inquired about how she was doing.

"Well, besides being forever bound to an ass, forced to come here and feel under dressed, I think I am doing pretty well at the moment," she stated as she turned to stare at the white-haired girl. Her dress seemed to be made of silk and far more fitting to be at the ball. This caused Haruka to shrivel back a bit and tugged at her own hemline of her dress. There was nothing she could do about it now. Besides, she wasn't here to impress anyone nor garner any unwanted attention. Especially from them. She truly hated the way the vampires had crowded around her and Azriel the moment they stepped inside the building. They were like leeches waiting for a drop of blood to be spilled so that they could latch onto something. Leeches indeed. She sighed as she turned to stare at the darkness incarnate of a husband and noticed that the male that received his threat was no longer there. Instead, he was walking away from the pure-blood with another man in tow behind him.

"Sorry I can't stay longer but if I don't return to his" she stated, jabbing her thumb towards Azriel, "side soon, I am afraid of what might happen," she finished and gave Hikari an apologetic smile. She slowly made her way through the crowd, avoiding the inquires of the curious vampire nobles who were trying to grab her attention. She didn't want to speak with them about anything nor did she have the intention of mingling with them. She just wanted this night to be over with. Before she could return to his side, however; the short sniffles and hiccups echoed through her ears as Haruka turned to the source. There, knelt to the ground, was a green-haired vampire child. She was crying about something, and Haruka tried to force herself to move on. The girl was a vampire and not her concern, however; she couldn't deny the fact that it was still just a child. With a sigh, she made her way towards the little girl and knelled down beside her, placing a hand on the girl's head that seemed to be adorned in a skull-like hair piece.

"Why are you upset?" Haruka asked as the girl turned to face her. A small smile plastered itself on her face as the girl tried to rub her eyes to dry them of the tears. "I didn't mean to scare you. My name is Haruka, what's yours?" she stated as her smile widened a bit, trying to comfort the small vampire girl as best as she could. The child remained silent, almost as if she were contemplating whether or not she should give this strange orange-haired woman her own name. The smile, however; was warm and inviting that the young girl couldn't help but glance away with a flustered face, causing Haruka to giggle lightly.

"Nial" the child spoke. Haruka's gaze softened as she released the girl's head from her grasp and placed her hand on her knee. "And I wasn't crying!" she added as she buried her face in the long coat she was covered in. Haruka merely continued to keep the smile on her face before an amused eyebrow rose. Nial glanced up at the stone-eyed girl and couldn't help but frown. "They...they scare me so much," the little girl finally stated. Haruka glanced in the direction Nial pointed to and frowned slightly. It would have been a bit ironic if the girl had pointed to her own race, however; she was pointing towards the hunters, more specifically the one that had just conversed with her husband. So, even vampires could fear something, but this one was just a child.

"I'll tell you a secret then," Haruka stated as she grinned at the little girl. "They are nothing to be frightened of. They are just big cuddly...teddy bears!" she stated as she tried to get the girl to calm down. It seemed to work a bit as the girl giggled at the expression on Haruka's face. In turn, Haruka gave the girl a thumbs up as she winked. For the moment, she had completely forgotten that she was in a building full of vampires. She had forgotten her fear temporarily. This small child, even though she was a vampire, had gave Haruka a small purpose and because of it; she was allowed to be free of her fear for a moments time. If only she could be like this more often.

"I am sure your parents are looking for you now. You should return to them," Haruka stated as she rubbed the girl's head in an affectionate manner. Nial nodded her head and gave Haruka a hug, something that had taken the orange-haired girl completely off guard. She hesitantly returned it as Nial bounded off towards wherever her parents were lingering. The small warmth she had felt was slowly dispersing, and she wanted to grasp at it longer.

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β€œAnd there is nothing more dangerous in this world, in any world, than someone calm, clear and angry.”





Hikari smiled brightly at Haruka as she left, returning to her husband before he had time to freak out over her missing. Part of her was sure that he knew Haruka had been talking to her, he would kill him, which wasn't the most pleasant thought. However, now she was alone once more. She sighed silently and maneuvered around the room, trying to find a way out, she had stayed much to long, she had no interest in staying any longer, Hiro wouldn't even notice that she was gone, and he could go about his little party as he pleased, he didn't have to drag her around to meet all of his little vampire friends. "Hikari, come over here." She nearly groaned aloud at the sound of the smaller boy's voice, but she complied, following him through the crowd and towards another group of Vampires who all swarmed around her and treated her like the cutest little puppy they had ever seen. These people need to get out more... She winced as one of them reached over and squeezed her cheek with the scar, a shot of imaginary pain shot up her spine making her flinch and memory's resurface.

Suddenly, before Hikari could do anything to get these people-thing-away from her, the lights dimmed and a voice filled the air. Upon hearing the voice, everything went black. Hikari no longer stood in the large ballroom, but instead in a broken throne room. Half of the beams that were holding the roof up had fallen in on themselves, broken and falling apart. The ground had gaping holes within it and there were piles of ashes everywhere. A voice beckoned to her, drawing her legs forward she took five steps, and then stopped. Before her stood a stunning woman with long snow white hair and a blood stained blue dress on, in her arms she held two child, twins, one boy, one girl. "Everything will be fine, my darlings, we are going somewhere safe." She rocked them each gently while staring at them lovingly, Hikari almost like as if she...knew this woman somehow. "My Queen! We must leave before the castle gives out!" An unknown male voice cut through the air, making the woman turn and stare. "Where is my husband?" Her eyes were wide and a look of horror had plastered it'self across her face. "I'm sorry, he had yet to be found, but we must get you out." The rushed forward and pulled the woman out, through the doorway, each child still in her hand.

Panic set in Kari's chest, and her feet moved on their own, pulling her forward as she raised a hand to the woman, she didn't want her to leave yet, she wanted to look at her one more time, she didn't want to be left alone, her mouth open to cry out for the woman, to beg her to come back, but another voice shot through the air, making the landscape around her slowly disappear like smoke in the air. "Hikari you need to leave." She blinked her eyes as they came back into focus, and was horrified to find that she had taken a few steps towards the strange man on the stairs, and her hand was raised slightly, as if to beckon him towards her. She quickly dropped her hand and spun around towards Hiro, confusion clear on her face. "I never would have thought...I'm sorry Hikari, you need to get out before he no-" Suddenly everyone around her, minus the hunters, Azariel, and Haruka, were on their knees, bowing down to the man who appeared in feathers.

Timidly she reached out with both hands and allowed a stray feather to land in them, confusion flickered across her face once more as a strange feeling filled the pit of her stomach. Danger. Her breath hitched as she allowed the feather to fall to the ground, within seconds she had her sword out, something took over her body, making her rush towards Azariel, the Pure-Blood she disliked whole heartily, and Haruka, the girl who would be caught in the middle of a horrid battle between the two men once it started. Suddenly she stood in front of Haruka, crouched down in a slightly protective stance as she held her sword in one hand, and the other was behind her, pushed Haruka further from the strange man who called himself 'The King' something was spreading through out her body, making her tense. This man had danger roll off of him, it was clear that he had no good intentions here, and it was clear the Pure-Blood to her left wasn't pleased with this man, and that could only mean one thing.

Something strange took over her body, and she bowed ever so slightly towards the Nouralail "My lord-" My what?! "If you intend to fight this man, please allow me to watch over Haruka." She made it clear in her tone that she was not trying to help him in anyway, she just wished to keep Haruka safe from the man that stood before them all. She wasn't sure why she addressed the Nouralail as 'My lord' but part of her felt like if she wanted him to trust her enough to keep Haruka out of harms way, she needed to be respectful, however even if he said no, she would still protect the girl, it was her duty as a Prefect of Cross Academy, even when she was not at the Academy it was her job to be a Guardian. That title applied to Humans and Vampire alike, so if she needed to protect Haruka, she was going to, there was no way she would be returning to the Academy with a broken Haruka.

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"And so the darkness returned. To fear the darkness would be considered normal...wouldn't it?"




Haruka continued to stare at the empty space in front of her. She missed the small girl already, which she found odd. She missed the presence of a vampire. Of all things, she would have scoffed to herself if she hadn't been so adamant at not looking like an insane person. With a sigh, a very familiar presence caused Haruka to glance around. She couldn't understand why until her eyes zoned in on the one known as Azriel Nouralail, or otherwise her husband. She sighed as he grabbed her arm and lifted her up from her crouched position. She knew she wasn't supposed to leave his side, but what choice did she have when the group formed around them? It had felt like a vacuum pulling her in as they drowned her away from the pure-blood. Plus, she was on her way back to his side. She didn't want to be here any more than he did, let along be in his presence. But even then she couldn't give in to her own emotions. They were putting up a front for these vampires so his reputation wouldn't be tarnished.

"It's not my fault the crowd you drew drowned me away. I was on my way back as soon as the crowd dispersed," she retorted in a light whisper as to not allow the disdain of the way the words were stated to reach the delicate ears of the vampires. She could see the threat lingering behind his ashen colored eyes as he continued to speak. She could only recoil at the intensity. She didn't have much of a choice if she wanted to stay with him or not. Although others around them might have misinterpreted those words as something more meaningful, Haruka had not. She was slowly coming to terms with the fact that she wouldn't be free from those shackles around her that he had placed. There would be nothing but misery in the end for her, but even then, why would she be the only one to suffer? She could feel him about to drag her away when the lights dimmed and a figure stepped out into the staircase.

"A grand entrance," Haruka muttered as she resisted the urge to pull her hand away from the pure-bloods. The voice that echoed through the halls was obviously that of a male's voice, however; the next set of words that followed caused Haruka to raise an eyebrow. "King?" she found herself repeating, although it was more of a question than a statement. "The King of what?" she muttered before her question was answered. Immediately, vampires, nobles and pure-bloods alike, began to bow before this man. She glanced around as some were forced on their knee's while others willingly bowed to the man. Haruka was confused as to why the sudden appearance of this man had such an affect on the vampires. Her father never mentioned anything about a man, let alone a King of vampires. Perhaps it was because it wasn't important to them? Whatever the reason, she was now standing slightly behind Azriel, trying her hardest to conceal herself.

Something felt odd. It was as if something familiar was radiating from the man and she found herself taking a step forward, however; she snapped out of the trance and remained where she was: by Azriel's side. The man then addressed Azriel as the two exchanged colorful words. It seems that the man had a vendetta against Azriel's family, or at least his tone of voice said so. Haruka could feel an immense fear of the man wash over her like a cold wind forcing it's way down her throat. And yet, oddly enough, the fear had subsided against the familiarity she had felt. This feeling was like a contradiction. She didn't know if she should be fearful of the man or happy to see him. Whatever the reason, it was short lived. Hikari had appeared before them and called Azriel Lord which seemed to confuse both girls. Haruka then heard Hikari speaking of protecting her. She almost scoffed at the notion. It wasn't out of respite, but more because of the words that Azriel had spoken. He had said she was under his protection, even if he wanted nothing to do with the orange-haired girl.

"Hikari, I'll be fine. I can take care of myself. There are things that you and the others should attend to first," Haruka replied to the girl as she laid a comforting hand on her shoulder. "And I doubt Azriel will allow such a thing, so please, look out for the others who need it most," she continued. It was partially true, Haruka could take care of herself if it came down to it. She was raised by hunters to be a hunter. She could act as one if need be, however; the aura Azriel and the mysterious King radiated was one of insurmountable power. She wouldn't be able to do anything against the man who called himself King if something happened to Azriel. But then again, there was this strange feeling in the pit of her stomach that if he had tried to do something, she would let him.

And that scared her.

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"This is where fantasy and reality meet."




In various books and verses, the King, the first contractor, had been portrayed with fear and admiration. Contradictions were always present but this person became an icon, a god to his kind. He is the progenitor of the vampire species. But as time forged on, mentions about him became nothing more but a mere whisper of a myth. His past became a passing fancy that are spoken to children as a bedtime tale. Even the Devil had been reduced to a mere symbol through the antiquity of it all. No one was certain anymore if they were true figures or just simply an object of power. Now, no one can the stories of yore were fleeting fantasies.

Before all of them, a vampire overflowing with such silent strength, a presence that made almost everyone fall to their knees in submission, a silken voice that entraps, and those gleaming eyes of red that haunt were all true. Rasui could feel the excitement flowing through his veins. His very existence was placed into a world where the King and even the Devil were the beginning and the end. As of now, the one entity of his reason was here standing in such grandeur and arrogance. It also meant that the Devil is also real and not mere hearsay. The true source of this nightmarish creatures.

He could feel the beating of Gilgamesh. The yearning and recognition it possessed for the master that it had been stolen from. This enough alone for Rasui to conclude that there was no mistake or fallacy in the declaration of the one who had hosted this party. It was only right that he had chose to attend this event. If not, he would have missed the opportunity to personally topple the top gun of the vampire hierarchy. Aiming to do so, he felt that familiar hand being placed on his shoulder. He was to be prevented to do anything once more. "That guy is real, Red. Don't stop me."

Red's hand gripped tighter on the younger man's shoulder. It is the truth that Noctis was created for this sole purpose. However, it was not the time to unveil him. The Devil was yet to be found. Until then, Noctis must remain a secret. "It's not time yet." Stopping for a moment, he glanced towards the Nouralail pure-blood and the girls who surrounded the vampire. It did not go unnoticed by him the certain hostility between the King and Azriel. There had been records that the only pure-blood clan that had opposed the Vampire King's regime was the Nouralail. "Until that person shows. Don't do anything hasty. For now, we must learn and watch."

Noctis was very disappointed. He would have finally tested his mettle with the Vampire King. At the same time, he would take on that Nouralail pure-blood. But as Red had stated, the one he needed to kill the most has yet to be found. Until then, he must be patient. Looking around, the vampires were no concern of the hunters really. They were only here to ensure that this vile creatures would not do anything shady and forbidden. However, there are some humans present. Specifically, the one lingering around the black pure-blood. There was no way that this party would end peacefully. This is what everyone thinks.

Every hunter present gripped to their weapons. The man who called himself King delivered a presence so enormous that it was choking them. Noctis narrowed his eyes as he watched the exchange between Azriel and the King. He could use this bad blood to his advantage. For now, he readied himself for any eventuality. Especially when the King declared to begin. Begin what exactly? But those eyes of red glowing maliciously could not mean a good thing at all.

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|There are no greater amount of gold and treasure can compare to the ransom of a King's freedom from the chains of captivity.|




The feathers of white continued to fall down like snow. Where it came from, it cannot be ascertained. When will it end, no one knows. One thing was for sure, the being standing with the reverence of those who bowed before him was truly a dangerous entity. Whether he is the true King of lore, it does not matter for he single-handedly made everyone submit by mere words and presence. His crippling aura exuded unsurpassed authority and a choking sensation much like the darkness which the Nouralail pure-blood possessed. Truly, the past of the King and the evanescent Clan of Betrayers is entwined even more so now. It was evident in how they spoke to each other as well.

Those eyes of emanating red scoured the crowd who still remained on their feet. There was the Nouralail pure-blood, the infamous wife of his, the hunters, and the girl who looked like that pathetic woman. Yes, he had gathered all of them here from the very beginning for one purpose. It is to announce his return and with that a revolution will begin once more. Descendants or not, they must bow in loyalty to him. Those who would not will be given the prize of a torturous death. No one is exempted from that even if they are related to him by blood. He is King and all of them must submit to him.

"Isn't this delightful. You are surrounded by people who carries my blood." His eyes focused on the figures of Haruka and Hikari. There was malice hinted with humor in that gaze of his. It is why they were here in the first place. They were meant to return to his side even if their ancestors were people who linked to him in the past with utmost disdain. "My children would you dare defy me for that man who clings to light but brings forth darkness?" He walked forward and the crowd who knelt to him remained still. The King did not worry about the hunters they would not do anything hastily unless they intend to start a war in a place they are greatly outnumbered. Everyone was inside the mouth of the best. One wrong move can bring them to the pits of acid. "I forget. How are your parents especially that enticing mother of yours?" He asked with such flirtations and despite that it released from his lips like a wonderful compliment.

Azriel's ash black eyes were now hazed into a deeper obsidian. King or not, he has no right to talk like that about his mother. No one has that privilege. Descendants of the King? His tool? The stupid prefect? He had no care for such things. They can be descendants of the gods if they wanted to be. To him, they will remain as his intended designation to them. When he was young, his father had spoke of this being as an enemy of their family due to his aspirations to recreate this world solely for the vampires. Humans will be treated as cattle. Everything will crumble but, there was one thing this man fears most. It is why his soul was cast to the abyss.

"I find your invitation tasteless." The King smirked at this as Azriel released Haruka's hand in which Sodom finally appeared and descended on her shoulder. The Nouralail pure-blood walked forward to meet the King mid-way. "Your children?" There was disdain in that tone of his. "You must have forgotten. You may be king. But, we are all bound to one entity in the end. Our god. The Devil." Hearing that name, the King's amused expression turned into one of irritation. Yes, the Devil was indeed the King's greatest source of animosity. The being who brought him to a tainted dream he now revels in. As a response, the feathers that had littered the marbled floor turned into black slime figures. "I remember that always. I will kill the Devil."

Silver-black eyes did not leave the King's form. He did say that he would not let anything happen to Haruka and he will keep that word. It is why Sodom beside her and he even would put a bit of belief in what that prefect who is out of of her jurisdiction to do as she had stated to him. Furthermore, he would allow Haruka to wholly protect herself, make use of her abilities whether it to be as a hunter or as a vampire. She can choose that freely just once. "It is why I will start with the family who answers to that false god." With those words, the slime figures rushed towards Azriel who remained in his position. He was not threatened at all as the King's minions simultaneously attacked him which covered him in an explosion.

"Lady Haruka! Let's break for it!" Sodom pointed out as he flew before her and then landed on the floor. A bluish-black light covered Sodom's form and when it subsided, the black furball was now a black wolf. "Master says to get you out of here!" He then directed his eyes of gold to the white-haired female who stated to his master that she will protect Haruka in his stead. His Master said to make use of that testament. "Miss White! Let's do this!" After stating that, Sodom bit gently onto Haruka's dress hemline and tugged her away from the King and his Master. As long as Haruka was fine, his Master is still alive. But for the trio, what awaited was a group of noble and pure-blood vampires who seemed keen on doing an order from the King.

For the group of hunters and a specific man named, Noctis. The King did not forget them. They will serve as his declaration to the humans that the end for their stupid reign has come to pass. They were also entertained with other vampires and a certain noble vampire who was fighting the control but was helpless. "Lord Azriel..." Allessa murmured softly as she raised her hand and delivered a spear molded from starlight into the heart of a hunter. She bit her lower lip in sadness and despair. "Forgive me." Until her eyes met with very distinctive steel blue, the man who seemed to know Azriel from another time. She could feel such intimidation from a hunter who ranks at the top.

On the other hand, Azriel emerged unscathed once the dust cloud cleared up. It seemed that the attack did not even reached him. "You should do better than that." The Nouralail pure-blood taunted in which made the King smile in malicious glee. He knew what this lone pure-blood can do and why he is revered despite being the only one to remain in his bloodline. "I know. It is why he will fight you in my place." He? Azriel's eyes held a hint of confusion but soon, it turned into a great amount of disbelief. His eyes widened and he did not care for anyone to see the shock in his face. The King was pleased with Azriel's reaction just as he had expected. Now, isn't this an entertaining party?

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β€œ...it is by our actions that we are destroyed or saved. The choice is ours.”





Hikari ignored Haruka's protests and instead focused on the men before her, the Pure-Blood did not seem to disagree with her willingness to protect his so called wife, so she could keep the girl safe, even if she could protect herself. She listened as the 'King' and Azriel conversed while trying to push away the forbidding feeling that was pooling inside of her stomach, making her fill more uneasy than she had been in a long time. Something just didn't settle right with the way the dark haired man had looked at her while speaking of his descendants. Surly he hadn't been looking at her, but instead Haruka, there was no way Kari was related to that man. She felt sick just thinking about it, she was human, and he was not.

Hikari had human parents at one point in her life...hadn't see? Her real parents were human...right? She lowered her sword a fraction of an inch, something in her gut telling her that this man, the 'king' as he called himself, had all of the answers to her questions...but at the same time. She raised her sword back up, a steely look taking place in her eyes as everything around her abruptly descended into chaos. As Azriel's familiar turned into a large black wolf and called out to her by calling her 'Miss White' Hikari tensed her her legs bolting after the familiar that was pulling Haruka along by her dress.

She knew what their task was, they were going to get Haruka out of this building and away from that man, however once Hikari was sure the other girl was safe with the familiar, as far as possible, she would return and try to help the hunters that were now being attacked by the Vampires in the room, each of them following a silent order. "We can get out through the balcony over there, I doubt we'll get out the front doors in one piece." She nodded to the right towards the double doors she had escaped through earlier, it wasn't a long drop down and it would make the perfect escape route. Hikari moved around Haruka swiftly, blocking any attack from another Vampire as if she knew it was coming before it did, however there was something off about their attacks, they only seemed to be deadly when it came to the Hunters, not to Hikari and Haruka.

"I'm sorry. Hikari tensed and spun around at the last second, blocking what would have been a painful jab to the shoulder from the smaller boy, who landed a few feet in front of her. "Hiroshi? Why did you just try to..." Her chest tightened as sadness flashed through the white haired boys eyes before it was replaced with an empty look. So that's how it is... Her eyes narrowed as Hiroshi raised a hand, two finger pointing towards herself and Haruka while the thumb pointed towards the roof. "Get down," She snapped, grabbing the front of Haruka's dress and jerking the girl to the ground along with the familiars head, just in time for a bolt of blue electricity to pass over their heads and hit the wall behind them. Hikari stood back up swiftly, pointing her sword at the small boy with a look of displeasure set upon her face. "That's called cheating." She sighed before glancing over her shoulder at the familiar, she kind of wished she knew the animals name. "Get her outside, I'll distract him and anyone else who gets in your way." A small smirk formed on her lips as her form changed to one of a fighting stance, each of him limbs tensing as she allowed her face to settle into a cold mask. I should have brought another sword... She grimaced while ducking down to the ground and grabbing a small quiver full of throwing knives off the person of a dead hunter. She could care less at the moment if it was disrespecting the dead, it was better then nothing.

Hikari moved with Haruka and the familiar, protecting them from attacks as much as possible by using the throwing knives and her sword to the best of her ability, when ever Hiro tired to use his little lightning power on them, she would throw one of the knives towards his feet, making him jump back and lose his focus nearly every time, however when that didn't work she was forced to moving the other two out of harms way, she was certain Azriel wouldn't be thrilled if she got Haruka and his familiar electrocuted, through she was sure the look on his face would be priceless. Suddenly, her eyes narrowed and she flew forward, her sword swinging around until it was mere inches from Haruka's face, but not in an attempt to attack, she was blocking the steel cards that flew towards the girls head. "Ooh I love how fast you are! Very nice!! The man dressed as a clown from earlier clapped his hands together gleefully while Hikari flinched. "There is no way in hell we're dealing with this predo right now." She hissed, spinning around and grabbing Haruka and the familiar before dragging them away from the now pouting man and into the crowd, towards the balcony doors. He didn't seem to mind through, Ero turned back towards the hunters around him, which he mindlessly slaughtered, he would be seeing those girls soon enough, no need to rush into things.

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"Remember when you're lost in the darkness, look for the light."




Haruka stared at the man as he spoke. Children? What did he mean by that? She was his descendant? Well, it wouldn't be out of the question if the man who spoke was truly the King of vampires. As such, wouldn't he be the progenitor for the race? Another word caught her attention. The Devil. Azriel called the Devil the one true God. The Devil was the god to vampires? Her head began to feel as if someone was applying a pressure to it and she grasped at it. If what this man had said was true, then she was a part of his family. That would explain why she wasn't terribly afraid of him and the fluttering feeling of familiarity was in the pit of her stomach. But then his words, they pierced her like a thousand shards of glass. She would do anything to be free of this pure-blood that had bound her to him...anything. The only reason why she was still with the Nouralail pure-blood is because she had no choice in the matter. Eternally bound, and more so royally fucked as one would say it. She wanted to step towards this so-called King, have him free her of this darkness if he could, but she was snapped out of her thoughts when Sodom suddenly appeared and transformed. He tugged at her hemline of her dress and tried to get her away from the pure-blood and the so-called King.

"Sodom," she found her voice as she glanced at the black familiar and then towards the two. She could feel Sodom leading her away from the hostile aura's emanating from the two and she was grateful that her legs followed his lead. In that moment, Azriel had been attacked by the blobs of black formed by the white feathers. She winced slightly as an explosion went off. Before she could react, the three of them found themselves surrounded by a group of vampires. It was consisted of Nobles and Pure-bloods. "Great, just what I need," she muttered through clenched teeth. She didn't need this, no one needed this. What was the purpose? Granted the bad blood between the Nouralail pure-blood and this King was one reason, but what did anyone else have to do with it? She clenched her fists tightly as she stared at the group of vampires. Even as the fear began to take it's toll on her body, she wouldn't allow herself to be harmed by these creatures. She couldn't allow it. Not only because she didn't want them touching her, but because of the scent of her blood. They would know, and she couldn't have that. The only one that knew was Azriel, and that was because he bit her back in the school...in that hallway.

Thinking about it sent shivers down her back and caused goose-bumps to appear on her skin. She couldn't be distracted, not now. She shifted into a defensive stance as she stared at Hikari. "Don't worry about me Hikari, just make sure you handle yourself," she told the white-haired girl. She was going to do the same. If she had someone to worry about, it would only be a hindrance to her and she wouldn't be able to fight properly. It was one of the many things her father had taught her when he was training her alongside her siblings. Hunters were taught to think of the enemy first, and their selves second, or at least in her father's training they had been. She took in a slow breath, waiting for the first of the vampires to attack. It seemed like hours when it was mere minutes. The first vampire lunged at her and she dodged with a grace she picked up from her mother. Floating over the back of the vampire, she brought her elbow forward, catching the vampire in the back of the neck, stumbling them forward. The vampire let out a disgruntled snarl, something that caused Haruka to furrow her brows.

She was then grabbed by the white-haired girl as they made their escape. She wanted to pull out of the girl's grasp, but she knew that their life was more important than petty issues. So, she allowed Hikari to drag her around, avoiding and blocking attacks from vampires. Hunters were falling left and right as well as vampires. It was a bloody massacre, and fear flashed before Haruka's eyes. She only hoped her parents, where ever they were, were okay. They were soon stopped as things around them began to collapse. Hikari had left her side momentarily and all Haruka could do was stare. Then, as she turned, the slicing of the air by a sword and the metal cling signaled that, whoever owned the sword, had just saved Haruka by mere seconds. She inwardly scolded herself for allowing that moment of dropped guard. How could she have been so careless in such a time. Turning to the white-haired girl, she heard the words of calling the man a pedo, which she didn't understand nor did she want to. Soon, Haruka found herself dragged once more towards the balcony doors.

"Watch out!" Haruka found herself shouting as she pushed Hikari away from her. If she hadn't reacted, the white-haired girl and herself would have been cleaved in two by a weapon that had been carelessly tossed. The weapon had managed to dislodge loose debris and caved in. It was now separating Hikari and Haruka. She frowned as she searched for a way around it. Spotting an area, Haruka turned to face Hikari. "I will meet you by the balcony!" she stated as she took off with Sodom. Her eyes, however; were focused in on one being: Azriel. The look on his face, it was something that caused a feeling to flutter in her own being. She had never known that he could display such an emotion as that surprised look on his face. It worried her greatly. Who was it that he was looking at? Would he be able to handle it? Why was she bothered by this? Her thoughts were brought back to reality when a sharp pain entered her shoulder. She let loose a startled cry as she grabbed the arm of the one responsible for the pain. Ripping the arm from her shoulder, Haruka brought her fist forward, catching the vampire in the face as a crack could be heard.

That took a lot of strength from her as she clutched tightly at her shoulder. She inwardly cursed to herself. Her blood, it was falling. She needed to get out of her as quickly as possible. She was supposed to be playing the part of a lowly human who managed to be bound to the Nouralail pure-blood. If these vampires even had a drop of what she was leaking, they would know everything. And that wasn't for them to know. Those secrets, those memories, they were all hers. Even if he had taken some from her, she was only a tool to that man. With that thought in mind, she pushed herself forward and avoided and dodged as best as she could. These vampires were becoming a hassle for her and she wanted nothing more than to be rid of them. The allure of blood filled her senses as she glanced around. There was so much blood, so much death. It reminded her of that night. The night where her fear exploded and took hold of her. She could see the one that had introduced herself as Allessa and the man whom had angered Azriel standing off in the distance. She could barely see what was going on, but she wasn't a fool. The spear that was in her hand, the way it plunged, she knew what was going on. Still, something in the pit of her stomach told her to be more worried for the one she was bound to, even if she hated, despised, and was afraid of him.

Never allow your light to be extinguished no matter how far into the abyss you fall. Light cannot live without darkness nor can Darkness live without light. If the two learn to live in harmony, there is not greater force that can be born between such a union


Those words echoed through her mind as she pressed forward. As much as she wanted to leave this place, she couldn't. Something was keeping her anchored here. It was as if someone had placed cement on her feet and no matter how much she struggled to free herself, she just couldn't budge. Was it because somewhere in the back of her mind, whatever Azriel was experiencing, the shock, she too was feeling it? She shook the thoughts from her head as she turned to Sodom. That was impossible...wasn't it? "Sodom, is...is he okay," she found herself inquiring the health of the one she cared not to know of. It confused her greatly and she tried once more to catch a glimpse of the one person who could instill such an expression onto the pure-blood. Whoever it was, she had to know.

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|Did you really think that only darkness can cause despair? It is because there is light that shadows are cast to bring oblivion and it is why light is nothing more but the sanctuary of fools.|




"When I grow up, I want to be like you!"

Somehow, Azriel was not sure how to interpret that things happening to him at the moment. The chaos. The blood. The death. The King. This person. Everything seemed so surreal. He was not certain if this was just one of his memories playing in his head like a realistic film. The person standing before him was supposed to be just a ghost of a past long gone. Somewhere deep within him, he had wanted that. Never to appear in front of him, he did not want to be reminded of that days filled with joy and how it was easily ripped into shreds by one person. The greatest form of betrayal was done not by his family or done to them, but done to him alone.

"It's good to see you all grown up, Ash." There it was. This person was not a visage. That voice which had haunted him for so long was now with him in this harsh reality. Furthermore, the surprise that had frozen the Nouralail pure-blood was now being melted into terrifying degrees of anger. It was far different from the one he had displayed before Haruka when he found out her ability to utilize the element of ice. His very presence was like raging lava as the vampires that were under the King's commandment were paralyzed by surprise and a great amount of fear. No one had ever seen Azriel like this before. "Remember what I told you Ash. Don't let anger claim you in combat."

Those ash black eyes of his turned into piercing cold blue. "Shut up!" He pointed a finger at the mysterious person. The pure-blood was shaking not because of fear. It was out of immense anger. He then waved his hand aside. His face was twisted in such rage and hatred reserved for the one who was speaking. "No one has a right to call me that. Especially you bastard! The King was truly enjoying this spectacle as he stepped back and was completely at ease of letting his little knight handle the brat of a pure-blood. "I will let you handle this one Hikaru. It seems he is quite happy seeing his precious Uncle." Yes, Hikaru was the name of this person. This man who long ago was the embodiment of radiance and light just like his name. The man that Azriel honestly looked up to.

Hikaru was unfazed by the lash of aura that Azriel had exuded. Instead, he was completely calm about it as his blue eyes that mirrored the pure-blood's met his gaze. "As you wish, my King." This only infuriated Azriel even more. How could be this man looked at him without batting an eyelash and even daresay be a puppet to this madman of a king. "Don't screw with me!" It was then the pure-blood's aura became visible like the darkest of black and turned into one big spear with the intent of piercing Hikaru dead and center. As such, it was propelled with a great amount of speed and anger while Hikaru remained at his position completely detached to what was happening of the looming death coming his way.

Then, a sharp of pain flashed through Azriel's being. It was coming from his arm which made him untimely flinched and making his dark projectile miss Hikaru by an inch. Instead, it hit the floor a bit behind him creating an explosion of rubble and dust. He looked at it as blood began to flow in which he instinctively held it. Was he hit without him knowing? Moreover, why was it not healing as fast as his body could do so. "I heard you had gotten married." Hearing that, he narrowed his eyes in disdain. It only meant that his wife got hurt. What was Sodom and that stupid prefect doing? They were supposed to be watching her and to get her to some place safe. "None of your business!" This time Azriel delivered an invisible shock-wave as the marble tiles flew like paper as it paved its way towards Hikaru who disappeared. "I taught you before. Stay calm at all times."



Sodom trembled in the rage his Master was feeling and exuding throughout the halls. He was not afraid rather find it incredibly saddening and depressing. But even more so, he was worried for the one before his Master was the one who single-handedly crumbled the world of the Nouralail. "Lady Haruka! I must get you away from here!" He reiterated very seriously and seeing the bloodied arm of hers was not good at all. It had already affected his Master seeing the powerful projectile missed its intended target. In a battle with that man, a single show of weakness is fatal. His teeth shredded the vampires that approached them but Haruka remained still in her position.

He was about to call to her again when she suddenly asked him something. There was a grim expression on Sodom's face as he proceeded to tackle Haruka. It was his method for the girl to fall and he then caught her on his back. If he wanted to help his Master, he has to get Haruka to safety first and foremost. "I'm sorry Lady Haruka for this. Master won't be able to fight properly if he worries about you." With that, Sodom carried Haruka to the balcony which they had finally arrived at. He was about to jump down when a scream pierced through which rose above the other chaotic sounds of the battle happening. Sodom knew that voice. It was from Allessa and then next thing that Sodom felt was blood dripping to his fur and it was not from the wound of Haruka's arm. What just happened?



Appearing behind him, Azriel blocked an incoming blow with his arm as he was pushed back. This provided the answer that Hikaru was not someone to be trifled with in terms of physical strength. To be able to make the Nouralail pure-blood move so easily, it cannot be done just by anybody. "Too slow. Did the times I spent training you went all to waste?" This angered the pure-blood further as the blue eyes that he now held even fell into a deeper shade. He had no right to talk to him like this. This man was the one thing he wanted to disappear from this world forever. He was the root of it all. "Shut up you traitor! Don't talk to me like you are related to me!" So, a series of blows was traded between the two. However, it was clear to see that Hikaru was far ahead than the pure-blood which was unbelievable. The man exuded not a presence of a vampire but of a human. Could it even be remotely possible for that to happen? A mere human stronger than a pure-blood?

"You are truly full of anger." These words only served as fodder for the flame in Azriel's being as he delivered a straight jab to Hikaru's face who sidestepped and delivered a backhand which connected. The pure-blood was about to fall face to the floor when he caught glance of something else. Allessa was about to be impaled by the pest with a sword. A memory from the past flashed before his eyes. The scene where his father was pierced by the sword of the man he trusted the most. Something snapped within him as the blue eyes that filled his eyes regained its silver black luster. He was not falling anymore for he was moving with great speed to Allessa.

And there, Azriel released a wave which will push Noctis away in surprise. The pure-blood appeared out of nowhere. His eyes regained its normal haze which showed that he was somewhat calmer than before. He was about to tell Allessa to go away but before that could be done. A sparkling sword made of celestial runes was protruding out of his stomach. He slowly looked behind him where Allessa was crying but her eyes remained blank and hazed. That was right. The King had them under control. "I... am... so... sorry..." The vampiress managed to say with such great effort as she then pulled out the sword. Azriel prevented himself from falling to his knees. He held the wound which was now creating a pool beneath his feet. Hikaru released a disappointed sigh and then finally revealed his weapon which was a very large sword. "This is why you can't be like me."

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"No matter how hopelessly broken he becomes, I'll heal it all to save him at the expense of being swallowed by darkness."




Haruka could only stare as the one who had captured Azriel's wrath revealed himself. This man, he knew Azriel on a personal level it seemed. A being from his past before the Giou family it seemed since he called him by a name that did not bear any semblance to Ryuu. She wanted to take a step back towards Azriel. She couldn't understand her body at all, but before she could react, a force knocked her down and she found herself on the back of Sodom. He apologized as he tried to get her away from the fight. She could only look on as the damage the pure-blood and the man caused. They made their way towards the balcony and as Sodom made to jump, a scream caused them both to turn. There was a terrible feeling coming from her stomach, and it was painful. She glanced down and noticed a pool of blood leaking from her stomach and onto Sodom's fur. She let out a disgruntled scream as she clutched to her stomach. What happened? She wasn't hurt, she was with Sodom.

"Az..riel," she breathed out as she saw the event take place. Allessa, the girl who had radiated a charming aura that caused Haruka to be at a sentience of peace, had plunged a sword made of what seemed like stars themselves into Azriel's stomach. He hadn't fallen to his knee's, instead just clutching his stomach similarly how Haruka was clutching hers. He was hurt, so why was she? Was...was this part of the reason why he said they would be forever bound to each other? They would feel each other's pain, their hurt? Something kicked start in her heart at that thought. If he died, so would she? This frightened Haruka to a degree that she leaned forward, trying to apply more pressure to her bleeding wound to make it stop. But if his wound wasn't healing, what did that mean for him? He couldn't be harmed by anti-vampire weapons, she had witnessed it that night when Hikari tried to shoot him.

Suddenly, her world went black. She couldn't see anything in the pitch dark of the abyss as she tried desperately to see. Then, a light was brought forth and the visage of a young woman came into view. She couldn't see who this woman was as she was but a mere ball of light. What was going on? Haruka tried to speak, but found her voice was mute, as if she had no tongue and no voice box to speak with. Instead, the woman grew closer as a veil of ocean blue eyes revealed themselves. Haruka couldn't help but stare into them as they radiated a warmth she wanted so much to grasp at. Then, the woman's lips tilted up in a sad smile. She reached out to Haruka, holding her hand on her cheek in a gentle manner as a new warmth filled Haruka. This sensation, it was comforting and she couldn't help but close her eyes to the woman's hands. Then, the woman spoke.

"Haruka, there is no need to be afraid of the darkness because your light shines brightly through it. Embrace it, teach it, love it, heal it," she had spoken. The woman, whose warmth and gentleness Haruka was reveling in soon shattered into a myriad of butterflies, surrounding Haruka in an orange glow. She was confused at the woman's words. Heal it? Love it? Embrace it? Why? She couldn't understand it at all. Who was the woman though? How did she know her name? Haruka suddenly found herself back to reality, her eyes glowing a bright vermilion laced with a hue of orange. She forced herself off of Sodom, and ran. She knew not her destination, however; she soon found herself moving her arms, swinging a large wall of water from the broken fountain nearby towards the spot where Azriel, Allessa, and the man stood. It quickly turned into a thick wall of ice, surrounding both her and Azriel. It would be destroyed in a matter of seconds, which didn't give her much time at all. If this man's power had surpassed even Azriel's, he would be able to demolish the temporary ice shield of hers.

She turned so that she now faced Azriel, her eyes set into a serious notion as they remained their bright orange-red hue. She didn't say anything to the pure-blood, instead, quickly making her way to him and removing his hand from the wound. She glanced up at him, temporarily before placing her own hand over his wound through the hole in his shirt. She didn't know what she was doing, only that when she closed her eyes, a warmth fluttered through her. When she opened them, there was a light flowing through her hands and around his wound, immediately stitching itself back together almost as if it had never been there to begin with. What was this power she received? Was it always there to begin with? Was it just locked away in the back of her mind and now just unlocked to save him? Or was she saving herself?

"You said that you were mine and I was yours. That means your life is mine as my life is yours. I do not care if this upsets you, I do not care if you would do me harm for disobeying, but you will not die...not by those hands," she stated in such a determined voice that she didn't even know if it was truly her speaking as such. Why had she cared so much as to his life? Even if she hadn't known the truth behind their binding, she would still not allow him to die by anyone else's hands. His life was hers, as was her life was his. No one else would be able to kill him. If he were to be killed, she would be the one to determine when. That was hers, and no one else's. This darkness incarnate before her, it would be the only thing to possess her at the moment. If she had to allow darkness to swallow her in order to keep it alive, then so be it.

Now, she needed to get away from this. It would be a matter of seconds now until this shield of hers was shattered. Without a second glance to the pure-blood, she made for the back of the shield and moved the formation of the ice so that she could escape from it. If he were to truly take on this man now, she didn't need to be here, however; she would still keep an eye on him. "No matter how broken you get, remember, I am the only one who can allow you death, even at the expense of my own life," she stated before making her way out and returning to Sodom. She had brought enough attention to herself with the ice display, she didn't need any more. She meant every single word she had stated. This man was hers to kill if she had to be released one way or another, and no one else would claim that right. Or was their something more to it? Whatever the reason, Haruka forced her way back to Sodom and glanced at the canine. "Sodom, let's get out of here" she stated as she wrapped her arms around the wolf's neck, trembling as she did so. She wasn't even aware that the white-haired prefect wasn't there.

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Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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β€œIf the whole world is evil, then the tragedy that befell you is justified, that would make it easier for you to accept the deaths of your loved ones. But if good people do exist, then, however much you deny it, your life will be unbearable; because fate set a trap for you, and you know you didn't deserve it. It isn't the light you want to recover, it's the certainty that there is only darkness.”





"Watch out!" Hikari was pushed to the side, away from Haruka but out of the way of two weapons, if Haruka hadn't been paying attention they would have been dead, however, suddenly the ground between the two caved in, dividing the white haired girl with the red haired girl. Hikari felt panic raise in her chest, and for a moment she thought about trying to jump, but Haruka had other plans. "I will meet you by the balcony!" Haruka shouted over over the battles that were taking place around them, before she sprinted away with the familiar. "Damn it." She hissed and took off running the the same direction Haruka had took off in, there were moments when she would lose the girl in the crowd, but the large wolf and the flame colored hair were easy to keep track on. When another vampire had hit Haruka's shoulder, she was damn near ready to jump over the gap and tackle the bastard, but before she something cut into her fore arm. A scream burst from her lips as the crackle of electricity shot by her head, slicing some strands of her silver hair.

The girl spun around, rage taking control of her face as she glared at Hiro, she was half tempted to ram her sword through his chest, but she couldn't bring herself to do it, she would never forgive herself if she killed the young boy she had befriended, it was clear that none of these vampires had control of themselves, and to her it seemed unjust to kill them all when they were being controlled by the man who called him self a king, what bullshit. Shouldn't everyone be trying to kill that guy? Hikari shook her head to clear it, before grabbing on of her throwing knives and nailing Hiro right in the shoulder. He gaped, doubling over in pain and she flinched. "I'm sorry!" She said, sadness filling her eyes as she spun around and ran in her previous direction, towards Haruka.

"Help!" Hikari stopped as a shrill female voice cut through the air, making her neck snap to the left. A female hunter was backing away from two vampires, weaponless. I'm never going to another vampire party again, this blows. She gritted her teeth and took off towards the girl, pulling out her last throwing knife and ramming it into one of the vampires neck until her stuck out the other side. The girl blinked in surprise, but it was short lived as the other vampire dived at her, hand cutting through her chest and spilling blood. "No!" She cried out, the first vampire in her grasp turning to dust as she wasted no time killing the other monster and catching the girl. "Hey, your okay, look just calm down...whats your name?" Hikari had pulled the girl into her lap and was now cradling her close to her chest. "Ellie...this was my first...real job." Blood trickled down the side of the girls face, she wasn't going to make it. "That's a great now, Ellie...listen, you- you did a great job alright? You can just...just go to sleep now okay? When you wake up this will all be over. I promise." She smiled sadly down at the girl, who nodded her head slowly as her eyes drifted shut. "Thank you...could you do me a favor...?" Hikari nodded her head slowly, trying her best to keep the sadness from her eyes. "...Don't die...." Hikari's eyes widened as her head automatically moved up and down, singling yes. "Thank yo-" Silence.

Blank green eyes stared up at Hikari's face, making her stomach twist painfully. She carefully laid the girl down onto the ground, dark crimson blood now covered the front of her once stark white dress and pale hands. "I'm sorry..." Hikari whispered sadly while standing up, her sword back in her hand and the blood knife in her other hand. She felt sick, all around her were vampires fighting hunters, and a good number of the hunters were dying, people like this girl, who had no expense, shouldn't die like this. It was just horrible. So much for not feeling that loss. She scoffed before taking off running towards Haruka, she had missed the whole scene between the red head and her husband, at the moment she could careless what strange powers the girl held, she just wanted to get her out of there.

Within seconds Hikari was standing on the balcony. She strode towards the familiar and Haruka, with a strange look in her eyes. With bloody hands she reached out and hoisted Haruka up onto Sodom's back before she stepped away and looked the familiar straight in the eyes. "Go, get her as far away as possible." She reached up, bloody fingers brushing under her left eye. That was the first time she realized her old scar had some how opened up and was now bleeding. She froze for a second, memories of him flashing through her mind before her eyes took on a dangerous glint. "None will follow from here." She turned her back on the two of them and walked back towards the doors, both weapons grasped tightly in her hands. I'll cover this exit, I wont let Haruka get hurt by one of those monsters again. Not while I have anything to say about it. She stood in front of the balcony doors, she would kill anyone who tried to pass through. This is not how I expected my weekend to go... She sighed and help up her weapons. Not at all.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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|Time is nothing more but an illusion. This will only be revealed when it stops with the blood you have spilled.|




Those silver black eyes gazed at the approaching Hikaru. It held great disdain and anger especially with what the man had stated. That was right at one point, he wanted to be like him. But, it was just part of a memory that no longer holds any importance to him. A past that had been rend asunder with twisted lies. Never again would he ever want to be like him. Never again. He was only interrupted from such thoughts when he still felt the blood flowing from the wound which Allessa had caused. It was slowly healing. Honestly, it was not supposed to be that way. Furthermore, this only meant that his wife was also suffering from this. This was direct hit to his pride which infuriated him.

Anyway, the probable cause of his slow regeneration would be from the lack of blood that he had been taking in. He had yet to feed for quite some time. The blood pills were not going to be much help at the moment. How irritating. In any case, he did not bother himself with Allessa at the moment. The girl was a disappointment but he knew well that the young Senator was more shameful of herself than anyone could comprehend. So, there was no need to add salt to the wound. Well, he really wanted to but he was a bit busy with other important matters. Like, how he really wanted to tear the King apart right now for what he did and was about to do. King or not, he will rip him to shreds and destroy that invisible crown the man seemed to be so in-love with.

But, he had to come up with a plan first and let all of the anger slipped away from him. His emotions were getting in the way of his actions and decisions. Then, it was the moment the pest spoke about something. He did not give him a glance but knew that the hunter went towards the Celestias Noble. However, the intent to kill was not present unlike before. So, he was certain of one thing. Allessa will not be killed. Thus, he did not do anything to stop the pest's actions which included knocking the girl out. That was actually a good idea. However, he would never admit that to him, to anyone, or even to himself. For now, he needed to get a grip on himself.

Straightening himself, Azriel was ready to fight against with Hikaru who had now withdrew his sword. The same blade that had pierced through his father's chest. It was a sight to be despised. However before he could do or say anything, the orange trouble of a wife appeared. Actually, she displayed her prowess with the element of ice which irked him. It reminded him of another hateful memory, the very reason the girl was bounded to him by force. In addition, he was also annoyed by the fact that she was still here. Sodom and that foolish prefect should have gotten her out a long time ago. Is he surrounded by incompetent fools, really? Does he have to everything by himself?

There were no words between them as his eyes of ash onyx met those orange-red hued eyes of hers. It was clear to him that she seemed to have gained a revelation of something. Never wavering, she approached him and did a thing that was indeed interesting. She was healing him. In turn, it also did well for her constitution. He could see the blood staining her dress which was on the same spot as his stabbed wound. Well, this was the bond that he now has with her. "You should not be here." His voice left no remorse or a space for her to reason. He was not in the mood to hear anything from her. However, he had received an unexpected declaration on her part.

It was true that he had told her that his life is hers and vice versa. This was how it would be from the moment he created that bond between them albeit, forcefully. He did not care for the consequences at that moment. At the same time, he did not care to explain the premises of the bond clearly. After all, there was no need for a tool to know. Somehow, there was something different about her which he cannot profound on right now. He did not waver from looking at her and even when she was done healing him. The wound has finally closed. From that, it was time for her to leave. But before doing so, she left a statement which made him confused. When did this girl care? When did her fear of him negated? Yet, he has one thing to say to her. One point he want to get across.

"I will not die." With that, Azriel crumbled the fragile ice wall surrounding him. He stood there with a more calm demeanor and those ivory black eyes held a certain spark of understanding. He would put his confidence on that girl to get out of this place without his assistance. For now, he has to stop this madness. It seemed that Hikaru was being engaged by the pest. He wanted to have the life of those two men. But, he has to think on a logical aspect. He then looked at the King who was watching everything with such an amused smile. Narrowing his eyes dangerously, the symbol of the Nouralail clan appeared underneath his feet with such brilliant light. A great surge of power filled the area. The ground shook and the sky roared violently. Soon, a great black portal appeared behind him.

"Come, Cerberus."
And so, a huge three-headed dog exited the portal which was as large as a skyscraper effectively destroying the ceiling of the grand hall. The famed ability of Azriel, his ability to summon entity from the planes of hell. The King widened his eyes at this and then had an expression of anger. As for the Nouralail pure-blood, he pointed at the King, "Go eat." With that, the Guardian of Hell's Gate roared which effectively broke the control of the King from the other vampires. Then, Cerberus lunged forward.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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"Do not mistake my kindness as caring, because being engulfed in the darkness is more painful than anything I've ever known."




Azriel's words echoed through Haruka's mind. He wouldn't die, that was something he was assured of. But there was still something that bothered Haruka. Why had she reacted the way she had? This new information, it had nothing to do with her decision to help the pure-blood, was it? She was bound to him in a deeper way than she could have fathomed. His pain, her wounds, they were shared. Everything she would feel, he would feel, everything he endured, she would have to. This was truly a sick, and twisted bond. And for some reason, it did not make her falter as it once had. She had truly lost her mind to this madness if that were the case. Hikari's words echoed through her as the white-haired prefect appeared. She stared as she was hoisted atop Sodom once more.

"You're coming too," she spoke, grabbing the girl by the collar of her shirt and pulling her back with the two. "You said you were going to protect me. You won't be able to do that if you're dead. You'll be more useful to me alive" she stated as she glanced at Sodom. Before they could leave, a sudden roar pierced the air, and it sent shivers down her spine. There, in the hall stood a large beast. It's signature three heads and demonic appearance gave it away without having to hear Azriel call it by it's name. It was truly a frightening scene before her. She had never heard of a vampire possessing such power before. Who exactly was Azriel to be able to do such a thing? He was a pure-blood vampire born to the Nouralail clan. A clan she knew hardly anything about. The only thing she knew was that they were annihilated by hunters, or at least that was what she had picked up when she was at the estate.

She could see Azriel pointing at the King and told the beast something. She couldn't quite hear over the screams of the dying hunters and vampires. As the beast roared, the control the king once had over the vampires seemed to disperse, some regaining their control while others seemed to blink in confusion. The vampires that were under the control of the king, but were still loyal to him, continued their assaults on the hunters. She removed herself from Sodom's back, grabbing Hikari's arm in the process. "Sodom, Hikari and I will leave, but," she paused, a slight hiccup in her throat. She took a deep breath as she calmed the erratic beating of her heart. It was a miracle she hadn't died of a heart attack yet.

"Stay with him," she stated before leading Hikari towards the balcony's edge. It was a good drop down, but she could manage the fall. She glanced at Hikari, hand still in hers as a haze of emotions ran through her stone-colored eyes. "We're going to have to jump," she stated as she leaned against the railing. Taking another deep breath, she fell over the ledge, Hikari in tow as they plummeted towards the ground. Haruka landed, holding Hikari in her arms in the process. Being half vampire did have it's perks such as her strength. Although it was nothing in comparison to a pure-bloods, she could still manage to carry Hikari as if she were nothing but a towel. Setting the girl down, Haruka released her from her as she glanced around. Where could she go? She didn't know the way back to the estate, and she was sure that vampires would still be after anyone attending the party.

Need help? a familiar voice echoed through her as Haruka turned to stare at the large stripped beast. She nearly cried out in relief as she wrapped her arms around Jiro's neck. He wasn't the small black cat he normally appeared to be. He was in his true form, that of a white tiger. He was much larger than the average tiger, but this wasn't a form most people got to see. He had taken on this appearance when he was first created, and then on that night. Haruka merely kept her face in his fur, trying to remain as calm as she could. The nights' events had yet to catch up with her mentally, and she was afraid of letting it do so. Instead, she focused her thoughts on getting out of the place alive. But now, she had a dilemma. Where could she go? Even if Jiro took the two back to the estate, she had this inkling in the back of her mind that Azriel would not approve of Hikari being at the place.

Not that she cared what he did or did not approve off, she didn't want any other conflict being started. The only other logical place would be back to the Academy. But was it even safe? Jiro could see the confusion on Haruka's face as he nudged her head with his, his golden eyes gleaming with understanding. She nodded to the tiger as she turned towards Hikari. "Let's go Hikari," she stated, climbing onto Jiro's back and offering her hand out for the white-haired girl to take. Whatever was going on in the building, she would place her faith in her husband to set things right and make it back...alive.

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β€œTaking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”





"You're coming too," Hikari sighed and allowed the other girl to pull her back by her shirt, why did she have a feeling that the two of them were about to be hiking up the road in dresses. "You said you were going to protect me. You won't be able to do that if you're dead. You'll be more useful to me alive" The white haired girl raised an eyebrow. What did she mean by that? Oh dear long don't let Haruka turn into a female version of Azriel, I will gorge my eyes out. She mentally groaned before looking around, it was a straight down drop from the balcony, and if it wasn't preformed properly one of them would end up with a twisted ankle, which would make the hiking part harder for both party's.

Hikari wince as a sudden roar cut through the air, if it was possible, the mere sound would wake the dead. "Sodom, Hikari and I will leave, but," Hikari looked at the other girl with concern as she paused and a hiccup escaped her, it was clear Haruka was shaken up by everything that happened, and to be honest, so was Hikari, she was pretty sure even the brick wall named Azriel was shaken up by what was taking place. "Stay with him," Hikari titlted her head to the side as she was led towards the balcony edge. I wonder if she's falling in love with him...nah, not possible. "We're going to have to jump," Hikari's eyes widened as she began to pull them both over the ledge."If we die, I'll kill you." She choked out, as they both plummeted towards the ground at an alarming rate. What I wouldn't give for a slow motion remote... they landed easily, Hikari landing in Haruka arms, which made her feel like she was a tiny little girl before she was set down. For a moment it felt like both of them were cut off from the rest of the world, like they were truly on their own.

When Haruka cried out, Hikari raised her sword, per-paired for the worst, but instead of a mad vampire, there was just a large stripped...thing. Hikari was pretty sure it was a form of a tiger, but then again she had never seen tigers up close before. "Hey, it might now be smart to hug that..." She warned loosely, tilting her head to the side in confusion. Why would a tiger be in a place like this? "Let's go Hikari," Hikari looked at Haruka like she had ripped off her dress and started belly dancing for the tiger. "You want me to get onto the tiger...?" She looked at the creature being looking back at Haruka. It took her a moment to fully process the fact that she was about to ride on a large white tiger before she sighed in defeat and took the offered hand, climbing up onto the over sized cat as well. "If it starts flying, I'm jumping off." Hikari gave Haruka the most serious look she could muster because she did her best to hold on. "Look, we can stay at my house until Azriel comes to find you, it should be safe there, and Vampire free." The white-haired girl glanced over her shoulder and back at the building, people she cared about were still in there, most likely dying, and there was nothing she could do. "Trust me just this once Haruka, you'll be safe there." She turned back towards the red head. If I cant protect them, at least I can protect her. "We'll fix your arm up when we get there." She mumbled quietly.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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|Let the darkness crumble. Let it take all. The rotten corpses and the cold stains of blood into the rubble.|




Sodom knew well the emotional turmoil his Master must be feeling right now. The sudden appearance of the man responsible for the death of Lady Aiyana and Lord Raziel. At the same time, the almost extinction of the Nouralail bloodline. There was still conflicted sentiments even if his Master denies it all. Hikaru Murakami had still become an important person to his Master at some point and betrayal coming from that person was truly a hard thing to have and to experience. Nothing will ever truly be the same. He wanted to be at his Master's side right now, but his mission was to ensure Lady Haruka's safety. This is something he will not fail at all costs.

Soon, they arrived at the balcony. This would be a safe place for them to get out of the building. However before Sodom could jump, Haruka and other girl went down from his back. This was odd. He was about inquire why but the Lady Haruka had already spoken before him. She wanted him to stay with the Master. He was rather surprised about that but at the same time delighted. After all, this really mean that Lady Haruka does care about the Master and so did the Master about her. Perhaps, something good came out of this event. Well, this was the optimistic thinking of the ever-bubbly black familiar.

"As you wish, Lady Haruka. Please be safe." After stating that, Sodom returned to the hall to see how his Master was faring. The terrible roars and the thundering shakes were none other than the Hell Gates' Guardian Dog, Cerberus. The infamous three-headed dog who are established in many stories and myths about the underworld or hell. Who would have though that it could be possible for such a creature to be of reality? Well, seeing is believing as Sodom stilled himself. He knew when to intervene and helped his Master in terms of a fight.

For now, he was an observer while occasionally tackling down some of the vampires attacking him when a certain vampire aided him. "Sodom." Looking at the beam of star protruding from the now ashes of a vampire, golden eyes gazed at perpetrator with a bright smile. "Lady Allessa!" The girl smiled sweetly at the reaction of the black familiar. She was glad that he does not bear ill-will against her. The control on her had been removed thankfully, but the notion he had stabbed Azriel was still heavy on her consciousness. But, she had other things needed to focus on which the Nouralail pure-blood showed by example.

The King looked at Cerberus in annoyance. A hell hound had been released into this plane. This proves how strong the remaining Nouralail's power is. Creating a portal or even a hole between dimensions and spaces takes a great amount of energy. Furthermore, it also reminded him of that contract with the Devil. The one being, he wanted to be rid of for eternity. He could feel the mark on his hand itching and he hated it with such disdain. "Handle that beast." As if on cue, Hikaru was now before the pathway of the three-headed beast. This made Azriel irritated. Why was someone like him so compliant with a being like the King?

"Of course, my King." With that said, his blade was now stopping Cerberus from stepping on him. This showed that Hikaru has such great physical strength. After all, he was stopping a very large foot from crushing him to oblivion. Cerberus was not pleased especially when he was about to eat. It roared in anger as the building shook from such reverberations. Its heads attacked Hikaru who was now fighting with the beast on good grounds. Azriel narrowed his eyes in irritation at this and took noticed of the King leaving the vicinity. Moreover, he was rather surprised but did not show upon his face when Cerberus was literally thrown towards his direction which he had dodged.

Cerberus whimpered at this but was still much alive. Azriel met those eyes of blue with his silver-black ones. Hikaru was truly a nuisance that should be eliminated at all costs. "Cerberus. Destroy." The beast understood the instruction very well as it regained its footing and looked at Hikaru in anger. But this time, it remained on its position. The middle head opened its mouth and from it formed ball of hellish flames. The other occupants of the hall knew what this meant. Run. As such, the ball was released towards the direction of Hikaru who braced for the impact. This was going to be messy and fast.



From the distance, the palace where a wonderful ball was taking place was now but a picture of chaos. It was burning brightly against the dark canvass of the night. Furthermore, explosions could be heard and some of other guests were now outside the building in disbelief and panic. Allessa was among the ones who had already left the crumbling building. She scanned through the masses to see the presence of Azriel but to no avail, there was none of the Nouralail pure-blood. She had heard from Sodom that Azriel's wife was already out. So, why was he still inside the burning building? Her face was filled with great concern. "Lord Azriel... please be safe."



Inside the burning and crumbling building, Azriel was now face to face with the one who calls himself King. Hikaru was still engaged with Cerberus who was still continuing its fiery rampage. "So, what now the son of the family of betrayers?" The King could feel the intense silent but cold rage of the Nouralail pure-blood. There was no hiding that intent to kill and he liked that very much. A family that had always favored pacifism and always doing the right thing. Now, someone from that family was now being incarcerated into the dark paths. What great irony, it was really.

"I will kill you then, that traitor, and then that pest." Azriel's voice was awfully calm but had the sharpness of his rage and such dread. His eyes of ash-black were now a deeper shade than before. There was also a cold and suffocating presence around him. He was releasing his aura of power which the King mirrored effortlessly. "What a plan, you have there. A small problem, I'm not going to die." Azriel nonchalantly shrugged his shoulders and placed a hand over his face and answered. "Don't worry that can be arranged." With that their released power clashed with one another causing another explosion, but this time. the whole building crumbled down as the flames continued to burn everything down. Only a howl was released through the wreckage. This was indeed a night to remember.

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"It's been a long time since I last trusted someone. I don't know if I can, but somehow, it feels okay this once."




Haruka stared at Hikari for a moment as the words processed through her mind. She told Haruka to trust her, something that Haruka truly did not want to do. The only person she ever trusted was Makoto, but even then he had lied to her. Whether it was for her own good or not, she'll never know for certain about it. Azriel had killed him without so much as batting an eyelash of doing so. She continued to jumble the thought in her mind, remaining silent in the process. She didn't want to go with Hikari, that much she was assured of, but what other choice did she have? She couldn't return to the estate, at least not with Hikari for fear Azriel might kill the girl. The Academy was out of the question just because, and she had no home to go to. Well, she did, but if she ever returned to that place, it would bring up unwanted memories of her times with them. Defeated, she was given little choice in the matter. With a smile, she finally nodded in agreement to Hikari's words.

"Where to, Ms. Tanaka? I am no mind-reader so if you'll direct me to where it is you reside, we can be out of this place," Jiro stated, however; before he could hear her statement, he suddenly bounded off in a random direction. There was a terrible energy radiating from such a close proximity and it had startled Jiro. Something was about to happen, he could feel it in his very bones. He didn't like the feeling at all. Whatever was happening in the building, it would be wise to get the two girls out of the vicinity before the atom bomb went off. If he didn't, then they would surely perish in this night. That was something he did not want to dwell on. Even if he did not fear death, he knew his master did. He wanted to prevent her from ever feeling that fear again, however; there was one fear that he could never hope to rid her of: the fear of vampires. Moments after Jiro bounded off, the building that once stood to house the ball, was now crumbling into nothing but a mess of debris against it's own foundation. Haruka's eyes widened at the sight as she turned, reaching her hand out as if to grasp an imaginary one.

"Azriel," she whispered against the wind. It faded as if she never said the word to begin with. Her heart clenched painfully against her chest, something that completely confused her. Why was she so worried about the devil of a vampire? Oh, because his life was hers as was her life his. If something happened to him, she would also feel the brute end of it. Just like when he was penetrated through the stomach, she also bore the wound. If he died, she died. Panic swept across her face at the mere thought, however; it was quickly replaced by one of relief. She was still alive, that meant that he too still lived. She released a held breath and quickly retrained her eyes to focus in front of her. It was then she felt a suffocating presence swell up within her being. She couldn't breath. It felt as if someone had wrapped their hands around her throat and was suffocating her. What was going on? Surely this had nothing to do with Azriel, the pain they shared was more physical than this metaphorical feeling. Her vision was blurring in and out, and she couldn't focus. Soon, she felt herself slip away, embracing the cold darkness that hovered over her so.




"Where am I?" Haruka stated, listening as her voice echoed the question in the darkness. There was no response as she tried to adjust her eyes. She couldn't see anything, not even with her heightened eye sight. She felt as if she were floating in an ocean, the current drifting in and out as she remained. A soft shimmer of light invaded her eye sight as she closed them, trying to keep from being blinded by it. Although it was small, the light was still bright before it morphed into a figure. To Haruka's surprise, it was a woman. She'd never seen this woman before, however; the woman's arms were outstretched towards Haruka. Hesitantly, she reached her out her hand, slipping it into the woman's who pulled her to her form.

"My little Ruka's all grown up," the woman stated as Haruka held confusion in her eyes. Was she dreaming? Who was this woman, and why did she know her name? It wasn't the same woman she had seen when she inherited her healing ability. This woman was completely different and yet, she permeated a scent so vaguely familiar. The woman stroked Haruka's hair as a warm smile could be seen dancing on her pale face. She couldn't see the woman's face though, which was odd to Haruka. "It seems Haru didn't tell you about me, my child," the woman laughed, causing Haruka to pull back suddenly. The woman's face then came into view. Immediately, Haruka felt her breath lodge in her throat. This woman, she knew this woman somehow. Her familiar orange locks, her pale blue eyes, everything about this woman screamed familiarity.

"Who are you?" Haruka questioned, stepping back from the woman, caution shining behind her stone-colored eyes. The woman frowned, almost as if Haruka had slapped her in the face with a hard stick, and it pained Haruka somewhat. The woman mouthed something, however; Haruka couldn't hear what she said. The light the woman had been surrounded by began to fade, causing fear to erupt within Haruka's being. "Wait! Don't leave! I don't know where I am!" Haruka stated as she tried to reach for the woman, however; her legs fell from beneath her and she was plunged into a never ending black abyss.




Haruka immediately jolted upwards, regretting it afterwards as a pain shot through her arm and her head. She groaned out, a soft meow capturing her attention momentarily. She glanced down into Jiro's amber eyes as he glanced at her with concern. She smiled as she rubbed his small head. He had returned to being just a regular black cat when they arrived. He had to since he didn't want Hikari's parents questioning why a familiar was carrying the two of them, and an unconscious girl to begin with. Haruka glanced around the room she was in. It was unfamiliar to her. She's never seen this place before, however; a particular scent gave away who it belonged to. So, she was at the prefects home. She glanced at her shoulder and noticed it had been patched up. Why was this girl so adamant at protecting her? Haruka had never been nice to the girl, even as they attended the same school, she avoided everyone like the plague and kept to herself.

"I guess I should thank her then," she stated as Jiro began to purr. It was odd that she would even think of doing so. There was this light feeling fluttering in her chest as she thought about it. Perhaps, this could be one person she could truly trust. If she could overcome that issue, what was to stop her from over coming any other issue she had? Her fear of a certain vampire was still there, however; it wasn't as strong as it once was. Why was that? Surely it couldn't be because of their twisted bond...could it? She groaned out in confusion as she laid back in the bed. "Jiro, I don't know what to do!? I don't know what's wrong with me," she stated, pulling at her hair in the process in frustration. This was truly something she had to think about. She feared she was losing her mind to this insanity. But if that was the case, would it truly be that bad? Her mind then fluttered over towards the woman she had just dreamt about. Who was she and how did she know Haruka? These mysterious would be the death of her if she kept thinking about them.

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Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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β€œLife isn't like a cup of tea, it's more like a box of chocolates. You never know what you'll get.”





The ride was better thank Hikari had expected. They moved swiftly through the night, the large tiger like creature following Haruka's directions towards her house while she kept the now unconscious Haruka steady on made sure she didn't fall off. The arrived to her house in no time, through she wasn't pleased to find that her adoptive parents were still there and awake. Jiro shrunk back to his normal size, and Hikari was left to haul Haruka into the house. As soon as her parents saw her they panicked. "What is going on?!" Her 'father' demanded, glaring at the girl in Hikari's arms. The white haired girl rolled her eyes and glared back at the man. "This is my friend from school, she was at the damn party you forced me to go to, oh did I mention we were attacked? Yeah. It was a blast." She pushed past him and made her way to her room, her parents staring at her like she had grown a second head and was speaking in a different language. "By the way-" She called out from the door way of her room. "Tomorrow, I'm moving out." Her door was slammed shut, cutting off the man's yell of displeasure as the red head was placed on a queen sized bed. She stared at the girl for a moment, before sighing and swooping down to grab the first-aid kit that was under her bed.

She set to fixing up Haruka's injured arm, and then she managed to get the sleeping girl to swallow a pain pill. That was all she really could do, but she figured some good food would help the girl when she woke up, so Hikari left Haruka in her room and headed out to the kitchen, shutting the door so her parents couldn't bother the girl, through she was happy to see that her parents had retreated to their room for the night. Because Hikari couldn't stand her adoptive parents, she had ended up with a room as far from their's as possible, so her rooms was by the kitchen and and main exit of the house, while they slept on the third floor all the way in the back. Hikari could throw a party and it wouldn't wake them up, so she could make some food for Haruka and not have to worry about being bothered by them again tonight.

She wasted no time in getting things ready. It was a rather chilly night, and hot chocolate always helped Hikari's nerves after a bad mission, so she sent up a pot and started to make the drink, in hopes it would help Haruka. She then set to work in making some Mochi, it wasn't her favorite, but she had seen Haruka eat it before, and she seemed to enjoy it, so why not? It took about twenty minuets to get everything made and set up on two wooden trays that Hikari carried easily into her room, smiling at the now awake Haruka. "Hey Haruka, I wasn't sure what you liked but I made some hot chocolate and Mochi." She set the tray down in Haruka's lap before sitting on the chair by the bed. She smiled at the other girl and took a sip of her own hot chocolate. "If you don't like it I can take it back and make something else for you." The girl shrugged carelessly before pointing towards the small bowl of cream that also sat on Haruka's tray, grinning sheepishly. "That's not for you through, that's for Jiro, as a thanks." She grinned at the cat before taking another sip of her hot chocolate. "How do you feel? I have more pain pills if your arm hurts." She pointed towards the first-aid kit that sat on the bed side table, the lip open, revealing a bottle of water, a bloody rag, a bottle of pain pills, thread, and a needle, along with some gauze and padding that Hikari had used to fix up Haruka's arm.

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Rasui Cielum Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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|Beware the gates of hell had been opened. Darkness spilled forth to conquer the light.|




The walls. The ceiling. The floors. The pillars. The entire building was not able to withstand the battle of forces between two entities that had a past filled with notoriety. One was the from the bloodline who had been dubbed as the betrayers and executioners of pure-bloods. The other was known among the passage of time as the Ultimate ruler of the Vampires, the King. No one was certain what the outcome could be as flames baptized and blood showered for this undeniable meeting designed by the fates. This collision revealed little as everything soon crumbled into the earth.

Allessa remained on the grounds while the others had decided to leave for safety. However, she did not want to move. At the very least, she wanted to be assured of what happened to the Nouralail pure-blood. This was the only thing she could offer in penance to what she had done to him earlier. She wanted to wait and know what had become of him. As the grand structure was devoured by the flames of inferno and as the dirt welcomed its destruction. She bit her lower lip in anticipation. The only sound which permeated to the grounds were the crackling of the fires and embers still burning.

"Lord Azriel..." She softly called and someone soon rose from the flaming debris. However, it was not someone she had expected. Rather, it was one of the infamous hunters and fear of mad vampires. The one now known as Noctis. He stood unfazed and undaunted of what had happened around him. There were a few smudges of dirt here and there but she could discern the man was utterly fine. Thinking about it, he was the one who had knocked her unconscious. However, he was not what she wanted to see. Looking around for anymore movements, she waited with great plead.

"Lady Allessa, Master is fine." Turning to the source of the voice, the black familiar was flying beside her with a comforting smile. It seemed he had returned to his usual form. There must be truth to that for Sodom was still here. Furthermore, Sodom did not have the inkling for deceit. The black furball was too much innocent for such things which was rather contrary to his Master who was not above all. "Where is he Sodom?" Amber eyes looked at a specific direction which was not far from where the hunter was. From that point on, Allessa cannot help but be infinitely happy. It was rather odd for her to feel so but, this was normal in one way or another.

Azriel stood unharmed from the collapse. However, blood splattered across his cheek while those silver-black eyes gazed with such intensity at the pest who dare degraded him. Well, this is how the pure-blood views it. Swords of varying lengths and designs surrounded his form which deflected the falling debris and as such. There were no need for such things. "I have no need for you, pest." It was delivered with such intensity of cold rage which was now seeping through his form. This was also from the added fact that his targets had escaped his reach. The King's presence and even that traitorous man were now unknown to his senses. He highly doubted that a falling building will kill those two. If it did, he would not have a hard time to end their useless existence.

This pest of a hunter really has a death wish. He could have handled his matters if not for their interruption and intervention. They should have just stayed away from such things which was not their concern in the first place. "I will kill you for your interference." Once the swords were dispersed, he was about to deliver a psionic blast. However, Allessa blocked his line of target. He was not pleased about that at all. "Lord Azriel! Are you hurt?" The noble vampiress reached for his cheek to wipe away the blood which gathered thickly there. He slapped her hand away in irritation. "Get out of my sight."

He ordered with relentless coldness and harshness as he pushed her away roughly from his path. The hunter had already left which earned another point in his temper. He greatly seething and wanted nothing more but to kill someone right now. However, Sodom reminded him another matter that should require a moment of diversion from his burning anger. "Master! Lady Haruka is safe." Sodom landed on his shoulder not bothered by the frightening aura swirling around the pure-blood. Eyes much like the moon against the blackest of the night met those sun-stoned eyes of his familiar. There was indeed the matter about his wife.

Anger. Hatred. Vengeance. These emotions receded within him for now. He had the opportune moment to make the one responsible for the fall of his family to pay in blood. However, he let that slipped away. But now, he was certain that the blasphemous man was still alive. He will have his chance again. When that day comes, he will kill that Light. He will kill and enjoy it. Then, there was the issue about this King. He will handle that in stride as he was not mainly his concern for now. Now, he must gather his resources and never be caught in such a surprise once again. He will not let that happen twice.

"Handle this, Allessa." The said vampiress was rather saddened by Azriel's harshness but immediately cheered up when she heard him addressing her. It seemed the pure-blood still undoubtedly trusted her despite with what happened. She was thankful for that. "I will. Go and fetch your wife." In the end, she had seen glimpses about the pure-blood's chosen wife. The girl was not normal by any means. But more than that, the girl has an impact on Azriel. So, there must still be hope in there. The pure-blood did not look at her and simple walked away from the scene while Sodom had a pleasant smile on its face.

Some time passed before Azriel stood before a door. It seemed that prefect had taken his tool to her house. He really could careless about it. As long as his tool was unharmed, it was all good. He was also certain there was no need for him to ring the doorbell or knock. Why was that? They were hunters, he did not take the liberty to hide the fact he was a pure-blood. Moreover, he did not bother much with his current appearance. He simply wanted to get his tool and that is all. Once the door was opened, he simply stated one fact as the hunters bared their weapons at him. "Give her back to me."

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Character Portrait: [NPC] Bartender Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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"And so the darkness returns to swallow the light that had just began anew."




Haruka remained in her position as Jiro rubbed against his master's arm, trying to calm her thoughts. It wouldn't do her any good if she kept stressing about such things. Although it did help in diverting her attention from her current situation. As such, she was too engrossed with her thoughts that she hadn't noticed Hikari enter the room and offer her something to eat. It wasn't until the smell of the hot chocolate entered her senses that Haruka finally turned to spot the prefect. Jiro purred with delight at the saucer of cream and happily lapped up the contents. Haruka offered a warm smile, however; it came out as something more broken. She glanced towards the medical kit and then towards her shoulder. Her wound was already healing thanks to the regenerative parts of her being half-vampire. Although they would heal a bit faster than a normal humans, it would still take at least the remainder of the whole day before the wound was completely healed and gone from sight.

"Thank you Hikari. Mochi is my favorite," she finally spoke as she took the cup and plate from the girl. She stared at it, almost as if she were studying it before taking the first step into making a bite. She smiled at the taste. Although it was a tad too sweet, she appreciated the fact that Hikari took the time to actually cook something for her in an attempt to take her mind off of things. "I think I am fine for now. The pain is tolerable. It won't be there in a few more minutes though," she replied to her question about the pain in her shoulder. Granted she was no longer bleeding, something she was grateful for, but the pain in her shoulder still throbbed every now and then. It was nothing though really. Azriel had inflicted a pain far greater than a wound to the shoulder, and that pain was still lingering about.

Before she could say anything more to the white-haired girl, a very familiar voice echoed from behind the closed door. She sighed, placing the cup in between her hands as she glanced down at it. He was here. Some part of her, somewhere deep down, she was relieved he was alive. Perhaps that was just the selfish part of her that wanted to remain alive as well. Whatever it was, she did not linger on the thought much longer. The fact that he was here now, retrieving her caused a painful clench in her heart. Would there ever be one day to just herself? She frowned as she knew the answer to that question. Instead, a bitter laugh left her lips before she stood from the bed. Jiro glanced from the saucer of cream that was now gone and watched as his master slowly walked around the bed.

"I suppose it is time for me to take my leave now. His royal majesty is here." she stated. Although the way it was stated would have made one think it were said in jest, however; Haruka was indeed serious in her tone. "Thank you Hikari. I hope we never have to meet like this again. I hope it is in better standings, not one filled with so much death," she stated before opening the door to the girl's room and walked out. Her tread was slow, dragging her feet almost as if they were made of concrete. Jiro followed silently behind his master as she finally made i towards the front of the house. The sight before her was truly amusing in every sense. Hikari's family had bared arms to her husband and his appearance did not help the matter any less. She took a deep breath before pushing herself further.

"Tanaka-san, it's okay. He isn't here to harm anyone," she stated, glancing towards Azriel as if to confirm that before turning her attention towards the two Tanaka's. She bowed slightly to them. "Thank you for allowing me to rest, I owe your daughter very much," she stated as she left their side. She was soon infront of Azriel, her stone colored eyes staring into the abyssal ruins of his own. She sighed before turning once more to the family and nodded in their direction. She then made her way out of the door before stopping to turn towards Azriel. He truly frightened her in every way, but for some odd reason, the fear that once radiated from her was now just a calm and steady stream. When did that happen?

When had this incessant fear of hers negate into something that she could identify now as just irritation? She shook her head slightly. She truly was insane. If she no longer feared this vampire, then who was to say she'd fear anything after this? From what she had witnessed, he had a terrible strength than most vampires, and that in itself should have terrified her more. But it didn't. Then there was the declaration back at the party. She had made a bold move, that she knew of. It was bold, reckless, and just plain stupid of her to have done something like that. Even if they were bound by this twisted reality, her statement of being the only one to allow him death was a bit reckless and rash. The only way that could truly happen is if she died first.

Eventually she would. Perhaps. She didn't know. As a being in between, she wasn't sure exactly what her life span would be. It could be just a typical human's lifespan of just a few decades, until she was eighty or ninety years old. But then again, it could be that similar to a noble vampire or a human that was changed. She could live for a few centuries before turning to dust. In some sick, twisted way, it made her happy. Happy that this pure-blood had chosen to live a life that wouldn't last forever, because she wasn't a pure-blood. She did not possess that immortality as they had.

"Are we returning to the estate?" she questioned. Although it was a dead giveaway, she still asked the question. For all she knew they could be returning back to the Academy. School would be starting again soon and as much as she didn't want to, they would be required to go back. They were still students after all. At least then she might be able to find a bit of comfort in someway. Since she wasn't part of the Night Class, it would give her a few hours of solace away from her husband. But why did that thought irritate her now?

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Character Portrait: Haruka Toko Character Portrait: Azriel Nouralail Character Portrait: Hikari Tanaka

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β€œI'm not afraid of death; I just don't want to be there when it happens.”





"Thank you Hikari. Mochi is my favorite," Hikari smiled faintly before quickly eating her own Mochi. When she was growing up, she was taught never to waste time, so she could never really waste time savoring her food, in some ways she just scarfed it down, ignoring the flavors, and so when she did take time to enjoy food and the tastes, they were new and brilliantly stunning. "I think I am fine for now. The pain is tolerable. It won't be there in a few more minutes though," Hikari nodded slightly, it seemed Haruka had a high tolerance for pain much like herself. Usually when people suffer from great physical, and emotion pain, well after awhile other pains and barely anything to be bothered by. Sadly, most people learned this from experience.

Suddenly, a shout broke through the air, followed by a familiar voice. Hikari groaned inwardly. How he had mandged to wake up her parents was beyond her, but she was sure she would hear hell about it later. They would be in-raged to find out what kind of people she was around nearly everyday. Unless Hikari really moved out tomorrow, she would never hear the end of this. "I suppose it is time for me to take my leave now. His royal majesty is here." she snorted in response. Hikari could tell the other girl was serious, but the way it sounded was just amusing. "Thank you Hikari. I hope we never have to meet like this again. I hope it is in better standings, not one filled with so much death," Hikari watched the red haired girl leave the room before sighing and slowly standing up to follow.

"Tanaka-san, it's okay. He isn't here to harm anyone," Hikari wasn't as kind when she addressed her 'parents' instead she smacked her father right up-side the hand and then grabbed his weapon from his hands, throwing it across the room like it was trash. "Thank you for allowing me to rest, I owe your daughter very much," Hikari smiled at Haruka and waved off her comment before turning towards her parents, nearly growling. "Did you leave your brains in bed?! Don't just fucking raise a weapon to anyone who comes up to your damn door step! I'm surrounded by morons." The younger girl pointed towards the stair case like a mother would when sending her child to their room without dinner. "We'll talk about this tomorrow, just get back to your side of the house." Hikari hissed, not even slightly surprised when her parents listened to her and dismissed themselves.

Hikari glared at the stair case for a moment, before, against her better judgement, followed Haruka outside, through she stopped a few feet away from the two. "I'm sorry, I wasn't sure where to go after we left..." She paused slightly, something in the back of her mind nagging at her. If Azriel was here, did that mean the man that had been the cause of all that dead was dead? "Is that man dead? If he's not we might want to set up some extra security at the Academy." She looked away from the two of them, up towards the sky for a moment, and then back towards Azriel. She wouldn't be able to relax as long as that man was alive. She also wanted to know if she had to be ready to protect the people she cares about if there was another attack on the way.