A yawn escapes my mouth as I let the cold
morning air fill my lungs.
“Elisu look, Master just
yawned. Go back home and continue sleeping. Let the both of us handle this
job.” Charlotte, my first disciple speaks with a grin on her face.
“It’s just a yawn. Let it
go, Charlote.” I reply as I rub my eyes.
“I wonder where Vena’s yawn
comes from. Is it from those vigorous activities
Vena did last night with the barmaid?” she continues and starts to giggle.
This brat, I’ll inform Marian to make only three peoples worth of
breakfast. Charlotte will just have to make do with our leftovers.
Elisu, my second disciple,
who has been silent all this while, finally speaks in a monotonous tone, “A 19
year old demon hunter finally loses his virginity to a barmaid. Congratulations,
Both my disciples’ starts
clapping, with Charlotte laughing, her long blonde hair sways with her laughter.
Looks like Marian will only need to prepare two sets of breakfast.
They can go eat twigs or something.
“Be quiet Charlotte. It’s
still five in the morning.” Elisu punches Charlotte softly on the shoulder.
Among my two disciples,
Elisu is definitely more mature when it comes to etiquette, even though they
are the same age.
After affirming that in my
head, I ask them to quiet down as I intend to brief them about our job
this morning. At that time, a roar can be heard inside the building. Amidst
this three-storey inn, lies a demon. It broke in around three in the morning
and slaughtered the people staying inside. The only survivors are the inn owner,
who was at the main hall, and his maid, who was sleeping beside him.
“Our prey today is a demon, so make sure to
use purified arrows, not holy arrows.” I inform Elisu who begins to
inspect the arrow on her crossbow and her quiver. She checks her crossbow once more to ensure
that it is in top shape, its color the same as her black neck-length hair.
Just then, the owner of the
inn returns with his maid. In his hand is a metal lamp with a lit candle inside.
The maid is holding a small straw bag with unlighted candles inside, as I
requested. Charlotte walks towards them and takes the small straw bag with her
left hand and holds the metal lamp in her other hand. She then begins to talk
with the owner, most likely trivial stuff.
I walk towards the wooden front
door and push it open in one move.
It’s too dark to see anything in front.
Since it was night, the
owner extinguished all of the lamps from the stairs to the rooms. The candles
inside the lamps in the main hall have been burnt out, leaving the place in
It takes my eyes less than
a minute to adjust to the darkness. In front is the unoccupied reception desk.
There are stairs on the left and right heading to the first floor. Behind the
reception desk are two entrance; one leads to rooms on the ground floor, and
the other to the kitchen area.
Someone pulls the ends on
my cloak. I turn around to see Elisu looking at me with her black crossbow in
her left hand.
“Vena, I need to change
the string on my crossbow.” she states as she shows me her crossbow. I notice
that the string looks like it could snap at any time.
I hit her on the head
softly, “Remember to change the string after every job is done, and call me Master Vena”
Elisu merely nods and walks back to the front lawn to start changing the string.
Elisu should take about 5 minutes to change her string.
“Charlotte! We’re scouting
ahead!” I shout to my first disciple, who merely waves her hand which is
holding the metal lamp.
I walk into the inn first
as Charlotte lights a candle beside Elisu. Once inside, I close my eyes and
focus, trying to pick up any sound of movements inside the inn. This inn is
quite large, with 10 rooms on each floor, five one each side. The ground floor
also has 10 rooms. There are growling sounds coming from the upper floor. The
area behind the reception desk seems quiet.
“Master, I have arrive!”
Charlotte shouts as she walks into the inn. The demon growls even louder.
“Keep your voice down
Charlotte. And light me a candle.”
Charlotte puts the lamp
down on the wooden floor and starts to light up a candle using the lamp. With
the aid of the lamp I can now see the interior more clearly. There are huge
demonic footprints on the wooden floor which leads to both the kitchen and
ground floor rooms.
This is bad, really bad.
“Here you go Master. As
requested, one lighted candle.”
Charlotte hands me a candle, grinning as if it is a huge achievement to
light a candle.
“Go and change the candles
inside the lamps on the ground floor. Don’t
go anywhere beyond the reception desk.” I command her.
Charlotte who is usually
noisy, shuts her mouth and goes along with the task I gave her. I walk towards
the staircase on the left side with the candle in my hand. There are footprints
of the demon smeared in blood as it made its way down to the back area behind
the reception desk. I walk towards the right staircase. It looks like the demon
did not touch these steps.
I walk towards the reception
desk and focus on my hearing again. The sound of the demon growling can be
heard from the right side.
Is it too much for them to handle?
“Master, the candles have
been changed as requested.” Charlotte states as she stops behind me. Footsteps
can be heard from the entrance; Elisu has finished with her crossbow.
Guess it’s time for them to grow up.
“Charlotte, Elisu,” I give
them my orders, “head up using the right
staircase. Relight the blown out lamps as you check each of the rooms. The
demon is most likely in one of the rooms on the right, so take caution. Of
course check all the rooms.”
“Eh? Does this mean…”
“If you meet the demon
before I arrive, take care of it. I trust my two disciples can take care of one
demon right? ”
Charlotte face lights up
after hearing what I just said. Even Elisu who usually has a face as cold as
ice, is now showing a perplex expression. Charlotte grabs hold of Elisu’s hand
and heads towards the staircase, “Don’t worry Master! You can count on us!”
“No matter what you hear, don't come down!” I
warn them, “Just focus on the task at hand, alright?”
The smile on Charlotte’s
face disappears. She nods and moves up the steps with Elisu. At least Charlotte
knows how to behave seriously during the job. Charlotte and Elisu are both 15
Is it too early to let them face a demon without me? Well, I was fourteen
when I faced my first demon alone without any aid from Master Minerva.
… … I guess they’ll be fine. They won’t die at least.
I look towards the left
staircase with demon footprints.
The demon came in from the
1st or 2nd floor, murdered the humans and walked down to the ground floor using
the left staircase. It then made its way to the kitchen, followed by the rooms
on the ground floor.
can all be seen by looking at the demon’s footprints. However, there are no
footprints heading out of the ground floor area. There are no footprints
showing that the demon made its wake back up.
The stairs on the right is
untouched and the left stairs only shows footprints walking down, not up. So
why is there growling sounds coming from the top floor?
hope that I am wrong…but I believe that there
are two demons.
I am to guess, the first demon entered from one of the left rooms on the 1st
floor while the second demon entered from one of the right rooms. This allowed
them to slaughter all the humans on the 1st floor while preventing people on
the 2nd floor from escaping.
demon on the left side must be a fast eater, for it killed all the humans in
the left rooms on both floors. After that, it made its way down to the ground
floor, found nothing in the kitchen, and made its way to the other entrance.
That means there is a demon
in one of the rooms in the 2nd floor right side, and another demon in one of
the ground floor rooms.
look at the candle in my left hand. It has burnt itself halfway, meaning there
is not much time left until I am left in the dark. I place the candle on the
reception desk and blow it out. The ground floor is still lit with the lamps
Charlotte lit behind me. In front of me is complete darkness, except for the
moonlight shining in from the window at the end of the entrance.
Looks like I’ll need to ask
the inn owner for a larger reward once we are done. There are two demons in
walk pass the reception desk and head towards the rooms at the ground floor. Just
as I take my 10th step, the wooden floor makes a *creak* sound due to a loose wooden plank. I stop in my tracks and
brace myself for the worst case scenario. 10 seconds…20 seconds…thankfully, the
demon doesn't jump out and attack me. Thinking that the worse has passed, I
then, a figure exits from the last room; it’s the demon. The demon features
resembles a human. It is about one and a half times taller than me and a
hunched back. Its hands are so long that they can touch the floor. Its fingers
are as long as a human, but it has claws instead of nails. Now that I think
about it, the demon looks more like a werewolf instead of a human, since it has
a head that resembles a wolf.
the demon notices me, it does not attack. Instead, it drags out the body of a
half-eaten man, and continues to eat in front of me.
What an arrogant demon…
like I am complaining; I’m thankful that it is not aggressive. Taking advantage
of the situation, I continue to observe the demon, mainly its
What troublesome hands you
grab the sword resting on my back with my right hand and unsheathe it. It’s a
long sword with no special decorations at its surface. The handle is a normal
‘T’ with a silver double edge blade. The hilt is long enough to be held with
both hands if the situation is needed.
look at my left hand and remove the glove I am wearing. There is a marking at
the top of my hand, a marking of no meaning or significance. I raise my left
hand in front of me and chant, “Come forth, Perdo.”
marking glows and a black curve-dagger appear in my left hand. The pommel of
the dagger is linked to a black chain. The chain entangles itself around my
left hand all the way to my neck, where it forms a collar around my neck.
I draw out my weapons, the demon merely growls at me and continues to enjoy its
meal. This demon is looking down on me.
sword is called Lacero. It was given to me by my Vampire Master when I told her
I wanted to become a Demon Hunter; a token for hanging out with her all those
black dagger is called Pedro. It was given to me by a half-demon who I tried to
kill but ended up being killed instead. He brought me back to life and ‘placed’
the dagger inside me, as commemoration of our friendship.
vampire trained me to survive against demons until I was 14. I am alive now
because a half-demon wants me to be his friend.
What an amusing past I
straighten myself and speak my quote of strength:
My name is Vena from
‘Venator’, meaning Hunter.
Lacero is to shatter, Perdo
is to ruin.
With shatter and ruin in my
hands, I shall eliminate the demon in front of me.
For I am Vena, the Demon
that, I dash forward, towards the narrow hall.
front of me is the demon; on my left and right are the rooms with their doors
broken. Since the demon isn’t looking at me (It
seems that it is really enjoying his meal), I throw the dagger Perdo towards the demon. Perdo travels towards the demon, the
chain attached to it buzzes in the air.
demon turns to face me due to the buzzing sound. Perdo flies past the demon’s head. Since the chain is connected to
my left hand, I grab hold of it and pull it to my right. As if Perdo understands me, it entangles
itself around the neck of the demon. The chain begins to retreat back to my
left hand, dragging the demon towards me.
demon lets out a roar at it tries to break free from the chain around its neck.
However, the chain attached to Perdo
was made with the idea holding a ‘Demon King’ in place; a mere werewolf has no
chance of breaking it. While Perdo drags
the werewolf towards me, I take aim with the sword in my right hand. In a swift
move, I cut through the werewolf left hand with Lacero. The werewolf lets out a roar as its left hand falls to the
ground. Immediately, I dash backwards; narrowly avoiding the werewolf’s right
the werewolf uses its remaining hand to grab the chain in front of it and
begins to pull the chain. I stagger forward as the demon attempts to pull me
forward with my own chain. To prevent this, I lower my center of gravity by
crouching down slightly, allowing myself to stay in place for a few seconds.
With that, I turn around and place the chain across my right shoulder, dropping
Lacero on the floor at the same time.
Using my right shoulder as a lever, I drag the chain downwards with both my
hands as I attempt to lift the werewolf into the air.
What am I thinking…I don’t
posses that kind of strength!
expected, I fail to complete the stunt. I lose my balance and drop with one
knee on the ground, as if I am proposing to someone. Realizing that I have failed,
Perdo untangles itself from the neck
of the werewolf and retreats back to my left hand. The werewolf lets out a
triumph howl; as if it has won. I can feel the werewolf from behind as it
dashes towards me. I pick up Lacero with
my right hand and quickly turn around. The werewolf hand is already in front of
my face; there is no way I can avoid that.
the ceiling above the werewolf gives way. From above, comes the second demon. A
simple description: The second demon is huge, three times wider than a human.
Imagine that ‘heavy’ demon falling from the second floor, landing right on the
werewolf. The result is obvious to everyone: the werewolf is crushed by the
weight of the second demon and dies on the spot.
top of the second demon is my first disciple, Charlotte. She notices me, “Master!
What are you doing there! I could have crushed you.”
jumps down from the second demon and lands in front of me; her blonde hair is
in a mess. She is wearing her standard demon-hunting gear; a pair of gauntlets
and armor boots (the leg part of a knight’s armor). Since her strength
surpasses a normal human, she usually beats a demon using brute force.
turns around and notices the claw of the werewolf jutting out from the bottom
of the second demon. She looks at me with a grin on her face.
did I just save your life?” Charlotte asks in a sarcastic tone.
irritated, I whack the top of her head with the hilt of Lacero, creating a blut *thud* sound.
what you get for acting all high and mighty in front of your Master.” I reply
as I pull her right ear with my left hand, dragging her away from the two
is a reason why I am doing this to Charlotte. No, it is not that I am punishing
her for speaking sarcastically to me. The real reason is to get her out of the
attack range of the second demon. Though she beat the second demon to pulp, she
did not check whether the second demon is dead, a grave mistake.
Just to prove my point, the second demon stands up and looks at me
with a disfigured face, thanks to Charlotte continuous beatings. Just then, a purified arrow flies past me and buries
itself deep into the demon front left shoulder. It explodes the next second,
sending chunks of demon flesh into the air. Another purified arrow pierces the stomach of the demon. Just as the second
arrow explodes, a third arrow lands on the demons front right shoulder. The
fourth arrow explodes at the chest of the demon before it finally falls backwards,
shaking the entire inn.
always, I have to clean up the mess made by Charlotte.” Elisu speaks as she
walks down from the stairs, her black crossbow resting on heft right shoulder.
knows how to fight on par with a demon. However due to her arrogant attitude,
she doesn’t check whether the demon is dead on not.” Elisu lets out a sigh as
she stands behind Charlotte, “seriously…that is why Charlotte ‘kill count’ is
Charlotte and Elisu can begin their argument, I hit both their head with the
hilt of Lacero.
is why the both of you are still my disciples.”
I speak as I walk towards the second demon.
demon of this Size will not die with
some simple ‘punch and kick’ or purified
As if to prove my point, I stab Perdo at the forehead of the demon. The
demon lets out a roar. Since both its hands were destroyed by Elisu’s purified arrows, it can do nothing to
push me back. Next, I stab Lacero at
the chest of the demon, towards the area where I think its heart should be
“Perdo, ruin this soul.
Lacero, drink to your heart’s content.” I whisper softly, making sure that Charlotte and
Elisu couldn’t hear me.
the demon screams even louder as it feels itself being ‘corrupted’ by Perdo while its blood is being ‘drained’
about 15 seconds, the demon goes quiet, no longer moving.
that is how you make sure a demon is really dead.” I speak as I withdraw my
weapons from the demon and return towards to my disciples side. They merely stare
at me with a puzzled face. I place Lacero
back into its scabbard as Perdo
disappears from my left hand, along with the chains.
“Alright. Let us head home. I want to eat
Marian’s breakfast.” I pat on both their shoulders as I walk pass them. I can hear
footsteps following me from behind.
first, I’ll need to grab two times the rewards amount from the inn owner, since
there were two demons.”
sun can be seen from the horizon as we leave the inn.
another job for a Demon Hunter.