The sounds of the forest flooded their senses as they sprinted through the wet trees. The scent of rain was as fresh as the dampness on their skin as they weaved between the rich agriculture of the Amazon, laughing to themselves as they reveled in the feel of their freedom. Wind flew through their hair as they made their way back to their home, a large hut they had built and added to for nearly forty years now.
Looking back on their lives they couldn’t remember a time where it had been this simple, other than the brief years that they were human. There had always been wars they fought in, agendas they helped keep. It had been long since they had this sense of freedom. But for forty years, all they had was the forest and each other.
It won’t last, the female thought. If there was anything that she had been a certainty in her life it was that their extended family would always need their help. That, or another important war would come banging on their doorstep demanding their particular set of skills. Perhaps it was time to re- enter the world they left behind years ago, perhaps they had remained hidden away long enough.
She thought back to that morning; they were visited by an old friend. Not a common occurrence for them with how deeply nestled in the Amazon they were.
It had been a morning like any other morning and if they had been human they would he loathing the heat and humidity in the Amazon. Thankfully they were no longer that, and their bodies couldn’t feel the weather. They hadn’t slept- hadn’t needed to. They simply stayed awake reading and conversing, as they typically did.
Footsteps heading west towards them came to their ears. The foot falls were nearly a mile out still, so the twins looked at each other and spoke with their eyes, waiting to see if the visitor would come nearer. It hadn’t been the first time a Human or Supernatural had come close to their home without invitation, it certainly wouldn’t be the last.
As the foot falls came closer they made the distinction that they were definitely Human, not one of a supernatural being. This human seemed to be heading straight for them, as if he or she knew what they were looking for. The female was the first to her feet and out the door in a blur of movement, followed closely by her brother.
They ended up on either side of the human man, he did not jump. He did not scream. He only looked at them like he was seeing long lost friends before his face became serious, as they had typically seen it.
“I need your help.” The man asked.
The female took a second to look at the human before asking a question, “Someone take your eye from you, Nick?”
Nick Fury chuckled, “You wouldn’t believe the story if I told it to you, Valka.”
“You have aged well, my friend,” the male clapped his hand over the humans back.
“And you haven’t aged a day, as much as I would like to catch up I am here on business.”
The male looked at the human expectantly, “What has happened in the Human world?”
Nick Fury’s expression darkened, “I believe a group of your kind are causing problems. My team doesn’t know how to handle them, we almost lost one on a mission last night and they were only fighting four of what I believe to be your kind.”
Valka knew when those words had left their old friends’ mouth that they would be going to the aid of the humans. She dragged her brother away for a hunt to calm her nerves and allowed Fury to enter their home while he waited for their return and decision.
Val looked at her brother, Halvar had always been one to help when he was needed or do what was right. She pondered her brother curiously, mayhap she had truly been the one to drag him to the Amazon instead of it being a mutual decision. She knew Hal wanted to be a part of the Human world, but she couldn’t let him leave her. They were all each other had. It may have been a selfish decision but it was for the best.
Or perchance she was scared of what the Humans were capable of. Though it was nothing more terrifying than what her own kind were capable of.
Halvar caught his sister looking at him. He knew she feared what lay ahead of them, now that an old ally from the past had caught up with them and asked for their help. Valka had always worried over what would become of them, and worried about his well-being. That was why they had retreated to Brazil, and though it killed Hal to leave the Human world, it would kill him more to force his sister to live in a world she no longer felt a part of. The reasons why she felt this way caused Halvar’s heart to ache and he could feel anger clawing through his body and bubbling at the surface.
The male shook his head, the Human world needed their help. They knew that their extended family did not care about anything but themselves and their affairs. Halvar and his sister were not like them. Unlike their cousins, the twins did care about the safety of their secret, and the safety of mankind. They knew what their own kind was capable of, as well as what the Humans were capable of doing to themselves.
Once they had reached their hut Val paused outside the door, taking in a deep breath that she didn’t physically need.
“We are going to help them, aren’t we?” she asked her brother.
Halvar looked at her with an expressionless face, “If it is our kind that is attacking them, as it seems, then it is our duty to help. We have lived in peace with the Humans for a thousand years. It’s the one unspoken rule of our kind. I don’t understand why that would change now.”
Val scoffed and walked into the hut, “We have never lived in peace with Humans. We cannot live in peace with a species that doesn’t know ours exist.”
Her words haunted Halvar as he walked in and faced their old friend.
“Tell us about these Vampire’s your team encountered.”