Chapter 11-Part 2
The sun finally set and both of them went outside. They went to the stable and saw their horses have been tended to. Stella brayed and pranced a bit seeing Don come in. “Whoa girl! I see we are happy to get that gunk out of our fur huh?” The stable owner chuckled, “She loves to be brushed. She’s pretty patient.” Don nodded, “Yes. She is, even if I’m not.” He added quietly, D heard it and smiled. Stella turned and started chewing Don’s hair. “Hey! What are you doing?” She snorted and trotted away. “Come back here you crazy gazelle.” He teased chasing her. She ran out into the street, prancing around her owner. Don stood watching her then shook his head. It dawned on him that she sensed the bond that D and he had, and she was approving it. “You are one weird mare I tell you.” He said. Stella finally stopped and walked back to him, pushing her head into his chest.
Mounting their horses they travelled up the mountain up to the castle. Both horses had no problem jumping the gap and trotted up to the castle where a carriage stood. Revena stepped out of the castle smiling at them, “Right on time hunters.” Don’s skin felt like it was crawling, he hated her voice. Slipping into the carriage they went around the castle and followed a path behind it. D rode beside the carriage while Don stayed at the rear.
Stella enjoyed the crisp night air as she galloped. Don kept an eye out for anyone who would attack them but mostly glared at the carriage. He didn’t like this woman one bit. Even if she was a human, he wouldn’t have liked her. She was simply evil. There were four horses pulling the carriage, all looked very much like D’s horse but had an much more evil demeanor. D remained silent as they continued across the plains. Most would consider this pace to a convict escaping his death. –This is a convict after all. The nobles slayed and harmed humans for years. There should be no mercy for them.-
The waning moon chased after them till it disappeared and the sun rose. The horses did not slow one bit, not that it bothered Stella or the cyborg. –We really need to name it, I feel bad calling the horse an it or just him. - Don heard D chuckle in his mind. Was he imagining it? The sun beat down relentlessly on the hunters as the galloped along with the carriage. This noble didn’t waste time that was for sure. Don knew the direction they were headed. There was a large mountain range that separated the Caterin region from the Javin region, it was the Glory Range. Under the range an underground tunnel was built, it would take an average human three days. Don knew the speed they held, it would take one day and perhaps a little to make it to the other side.
The tunnel did pose a threat however, since there’s only two exits it would be easy to set an ambush on the other side. He was hoping there wasn’t a trap of some sort. It took them the rest of the night to reach the forest of Mitsuteri. The horses were resting while D and Don checked the area. The carriage cracked open slightly, “How are you hunters faring? Is my pace too fast for you?” Don glared at her. –She’s mocking me, I know it…- He gritted his teeth, “No. We are used to it.” His hand itched to grab his sword and slay her but now wasn’t the time. “So how is it that the great Day Guardian and the legendary hunter D are working together?” D looked over to Don to answer that one. Annoyed by her jeers and mockery of small talk he decided to enlighten her. “Common interest.” He could heard a giggle in there, Don shuddered. –Good god, why do the women nobles have to be so freakish?- D smirked at Don briefly before regaining his calm composure. They were off again and arrived at the tunnel near the evening. As usual, she didn’t paused at all, just rushed into the tunnel.
D kept near the front more so and was attentive more than usual. Don felt suffocated in this tunnel, there a lot of magic in here. –So the nobles took it over. Explains its ratty condition. - He kept his eye on D and the carriage, listening for anything out of the usual. A sudden loud piercing screech rung through his head causing him to flinch. –Oww. Damn it. What the hell was that?-
-So you can hear me after all. I was starting to think you were an incompetent dhampir.- Don’s eyes widened, it was Revena’s voice. –Get out of my head woman! - He threatened, livid from her intrusion.
-You aren’t playing nicely. Considering I invited you, you aren’t playing fair. - Narrowing his eyes, Don tapped the reins on Stella urging her to pick up speed. The way this conversation was going had Don irritated and worried. He was going to end this façade here and now. He reached for his sword only to grip at his chest. His heart throbbed uncontrollably as he gasped for air. –What…what is going on? - He could hear her giggle again and say, “Come out and play.” D sensed her prying and already was standing on his horse. Don’s eyes flickered red watching D intently. “Hello D.” The vampire greeted him. Revena was out of her carriage, grinning amused. “You took long enough.” The vampire Don jumped off of Stella and onto the carriage. “I don’t care if you are a noble, I do not appreciate you mocking me.” She tossed her hair back, “Don’t sass me, you are just a shadow of a vampire. Hardly anything to a noble.” The red eyes gleamed angrily at her, “You have no idea what you are dealing with woman.” D was about to reach for his sword when he saw the vampire reach for Don’s sword, drawing it with ease. “He’s actually able to wield it?” Lefty exclaimed.
Revena’s attitude turned quickly to anger and she turned to escape but D already was upon her. His sword impaled her chest, running through her heart. Throwing the dead body aside D prepared for anything. He didn’t know much about the vampire Don, which made him more dangerous. “Well, well, well. Here we are again. They say three times a charm.” He said grinning, his fangs gleaming in the light. He launched himself at D throwing both of them off and under the carriage. Turning around he was nowhere in sight, till a sudden slash caught D’s attention. He had gotten a slash in D’s side, the very same side D had damaged early on Don. “That’s for earlier.” He snarled. Lefty’s face contorted, “What is your problem you pompous brat?” He laughed and swung his sword causing a wave of electricity to attack D. The bolts stung and cut, but D endured and used his sword’s powerful swing to break the wave. Just as he did, Don was on him again. Their swords clashed and sparked against each other. Every swing was met by a block.
Don jumped back annoyed. “What’s the matter? Can’t hit your boyfriend?” D narrowed his eyes, pointing his sword at him. “What is your incentive?” That question made him smile. “Oh, you don’t know do you? Don’s body can’t resist me forever. In time he will weaken, and I, Malik, will be the new owner of this body.” D’s eyes darkened, “I won’t let that happen.” Malik laughed, “Sure. Like you can stop me.” D flung himself at Malik, his vampire powers increasing. The swords chimed and rung repetitively, and gashes formed on their owners. D was furious at Malik’s words. “You won’t win.” D hissed sending Malik back with a powerful blast of magic. He wavered and kneeled to the ground. “Hrm. You were holding back before it seems. Nevertheless, you can try D.” Malik faded out, and Don fell to the ground.
D rushed over holding Don close. There was no way in hell, he was going to let Malik win. Don opened his eyes looking up at D. “Did we get her?” Sighing in relief D nodded. “Good.” Don replied struggling to sit up, he noticed the gashes but they didn’t feel deep. He couldn’t remember what happened, which had meant the vampire had gotten through.
D picked him up carrying him to Stella. “What are you doing?” Don asked, struggling to get out. “Are you well enough to ride?” D replied, Don thought about it. He was sort of dizzy but they needed to get out of this blasted tunnel. “If I’m not doing that great I’ll tell you at the end of the tunnel ok?” Shaking his head D put Don down and mounted his horse. He watched Don pull himself up and pant a little. –Stubborn as always. - D thought. Don smiled at him, -You are too in your own ways.-