Chapter 30 ~ Slayers
“Josias is a royal?” Charlotte gasped, a glint of disappointment in her eyes.
I nodded, “Yes. Probably not an important one, giving that he’s here. Maybe he’s a distant royal, which would mean that he probably doesn’t have much information.”
Harry frowned, “Well he’s our only lead so far.”
Jason nodded, “True. You’re going to have to make him spill, which should probably be easy since he’s in love with you.” He snickered along with Harry at that, Charlotte just scowled at the two.
I widened my eyes, “Shut up! He does not, he’s a flirt that’s all.” I felt my cheeks warm up slightly, clearing my throat.
Charlotte shrugged, “By the sound of it he must have some sort of, uh, feelings towards you. I mean, a leech -especially a royal one- would never just give that kind of information to anyone.”
I shook my head, “Josias and I are just..” I trailed off, biting back the word friend. Shifters weren’t even supposed to be acquaintances of vampires, let alone friends. “He’s just a solution to our problem, so now what?”
Jason cleared his throat, noticing my pause. “Just ask him, act like a curious little witch who wants to know more about the amazing creature that is vampires.” He spat sarcastically, Harry chuckled in amusement.
Harry stopped his laughter suddenly, “Will we have to kill them?”
It was a subject we tried our best to avoid.
Charlotte did her job of being the most professional of us all, “If that’s what we have to do. A vampire’s death is inevitable, an innocent’s death is preventable.” She recited the words we all had heard too many times, but I could see the doubt in her eyes.
There was a long awkward silence, which was filled with my clearing throat. “Okay, I’ll just follow him next time he goes out.”
Harry frowned, “Why don’t you just ask?”
Jason sighed, shaking his head. “Yeah! Good idea, Harry. Hey, Josias!” He began speaking in a high voice, “Could you show me where the royal vampires are? Just out of curiosity!” Jason dropped his fake cheery smile, as if saying yeah, right.
Charlotte rolled her eyes, “As poor as that imitation was; he’s right. We can’t risk his suspicion, especially now that we have a deadline.”
“Ironic choice of words,” I huffed.
Charlotte took her phone out of her pocket, “I’m going to update the elders.”
We froze, and I wasn’t sure why. The elders were the royals, of course we trusted them. Of course we needed to tell them, it was basically in our job’s description to keep them updated on everything.
Then why did it feel so wrong now?
“Go ahead,” Jason nodded after a while. “They need to know we’re planning on attacking soon.”
“Maybe we’ll have back up,” I said. But then I thought, if they brought the professional slayers in, would they have mercy? I quickly put the thought away, it was wrong. We needed to stake each and every royal that we found, then there would be no royals to rule the Vampires and thus no competition for the shapeshifters.
It’s just the way it was.
Charlotte and Jason left the room, Charlotte with the phone to her ear and Jason trying to snatch it out of her hand to brag about his achievements. Harry and I sat together in silence.
“Are we bad people, Blaire?” I heard his soft voice ask, barely above a whisper. It was one of the first times I had heard him speak since he was bitten, and it broke my heart how I had failed to protect two of my closest friends from that horrible experience.
I felt tears in my eyes, to my shock. I shook my head, “This is what we were brought up to do.”
Harry turned to face me, “That’s not what I asked.”
We didn’t say anything, after that.
“Duck!” Jason whispered loudly, and we both lowered behind a bush. I peeped through the leaves to see that Josias wasn’t even glancing in our direction.
I hit Jason’s arm, “I knew I shouldn’t have brought you with me.”
Jason pushed my arm back, “You know I’m master of stealth. Now follow me.” He padded across the sidewalk and hid behind a lamp-post, as I stared at him with my eyes wide. Jason then peeked at the side of the lamp-post to see that Josias had turned the corner. He then made hand directions for me to come to him.
I walked to him, to which he made signals for me to stop or to be more discreet. I ignored him, and when I was beside him he gave the a look of disgust. “You never take my skills seriously.”
“I’ve been watching you rolling around the streets since ten at night; you have no freaking idea.”
He frowned, “It’s called being stealthy.”
“It’s called being idiotic,” With that I walked from behind the lamp-post into the middle of the empty street and walked to the corner where Josias turned.
I turned my head to see Jason shaking his head in disapproval as he flattened himself against a wall and slid himself to the corner.
We looked behind the corner of the wall to see that Josias was standing in front of what looked like a small shed in an alley, the kind of alleys that had a bunch of sheds from the back of people’s gardens.
Josias looked around, and we ducked before he could see us. We slowly moved our heads back to see him get a black key out of his pocket and unlock the door. He went inside and we lost the sight of him.
“Do you think..” I trailed off, my mouth agape.
Jason shook his head in bewilderment, “No. No way. The royal vampires wouldn’t be in a shed.”
I rolled my eyes, “What about the house behind the shed, idiot.”
Jason’s eyebrows furrowed, and he tip-toed to the shed. We glanced to look at the side of it, and sure enough behind the shed was a garden to a Victorian terrace house.
“Not exactly a haunted mansion,” Jason said; unimpressed.
I chuckled, “Exactly. We would’ve never guessed they would be here in a million years.” I noticed a slight pain of guilt inside me, as I stared at the house where Josias was visiting his family. The royal family. The family we have been told to kill.
“What if there’s kids in there?” I asked, in a whisper.
Jason looked at me as if he hadn’t even considered it, “I don’t want to kill kids.”
“I don’t want to kill anyone.” It slipped out before I could stop it.
Jason stared at me with pure shock, and it subsided. “I understand what you mean, but we have to remember that they’re not people. They’re dead, and they’re making innocent people the same.” It sounded as if he was convincing himself, “They’re not people.”
I nodded, “Sorry. I don’t know where that came from.”
He held my hand, looking back at the house. “We’ve spent too much time with them, it’s gotten to our heads.” Jason kissed my hand in reassurance, “When we’re done we can go home. Shapeshifters will have nothing to fear and neither will humans, and we can put this Hybrid war at bay. We’re fixing the problem by the root, which are these monsters.”
I nodded, “Exactly.”
We both started to walk away from the dark house, noises of laughter and happiness fading away in the background.