Chapter Eighteen: Blood, Blood, Blood
As I woke up with a start, all of the memories came flooding back to me. The Water Elders were the ones doing all of this, but for what purpose? What can they can by having an immortal life mixed with witch powers? They can’t have harvested that much power from those small vials of my blood. All I did know was that I had to help the others quickly.
I dashed out of the door of the torture chamber and made my way to the main area of the building. There was a strong smell that stopped me in my tracks. Then there was the feeling of something dangerous, and I couldn’t pinpoint what it was. It made me tremble, and my newfound courage seemed to diminish greatly. What have we done?
The main area in the building was where all the Elders gathered to discuss visions, have meetings, and discuss all things needed to ensure their survival. I was sure the Fire, Earth, and Air Elders were in there rapidly coming up with a battle plan. That’s when another scent hit my nose…blood. A lot of blood had been spilt, and I needed to know whose and why. So, I pushed through the doors, and screamed at what I saw.
If you have a weak stomach, I apologize for what I am about to say. There were Elders there with their throats ripped out. If the drained bodies weren’t bad enough, they were also dismembered. It was like a fit of rage that someone couldn’t control. The killing wasn’t out of necessity it was out of rage.
Rage is dangerous to vampire emotions. They are new to all of this, and they were messy. It appeared that the Water Elders wanted to be the only ones left, but where was everyone else? I am not squeamish but looking at these bodies made me uneasy as I tried to identify them. It is so sad that they had to die a painful death.
The walls were red with spilled blood, and the floor was covered with entrails and blood. It was the most gruesome scene I had ever been a witness to. One of the Elders’ arm was halfway through a wall, and there was a huge hole in the wall, and there rested someone’s head. The Water Elders had no regard for human life, that’s not good. So, I know what I need to do now.
Another thought occurred to me as I looked at the slaughter, what if they were doing this for sport? Maybe they were trying to find where they fit into the food chain now. Maybe they were having an existential crisis, and no one was listening. Maybe they couldn’t control what they had become. Maybe they didn’t want to.
I bit back the bile rising in my throat and gathered all the body parts into the center of the room. I said a quick prayer, said comforting words about the deceased even though no one could hear them, and I lit the bodies on fire. I sat in a chair and cried at the blatant disregard for life, and I watched the fire burning. I had to make sure the flame didn’t get out of control. The only good news was I didn’t think this was all the Elementals’ Elders.
As the fire died down, I made my way into other parts of the building. I could hear quiet whispering behind a door, and it sounded really panicked. So, I opened the door and there was Jade, Max, Claire, Selema, Aron, Kai, Kevin, Joey, Adina, Oliver, Melena, Taylor, and Zane. I was so relieved I dropped to my knees and thanked God they were alright. They, however; looked perplexed as to how I was alive.
“It’s a long story meant for another time,” I said.
“You can give us the short story, we all knew you died,” Jade pointed out.
“Sorry about that,” Taylor said.
“Well, Taylor drove a stake through my heart and it’s no one’s fault but my own. Taylor, I do love you, I just wanted you to be able to move on and not be hurt. Well after I died I went into a weird kind of limbo, met my mother; and I beat Death back to my body. I was not letting him reap me today,” I said, calmly.
“You got back to your body before Death could get you?” Zane asked.
“No one has done that before,” Max said.
“Vamp speed,” I joked.
They all laughed. No, it wasn’t funny, but in the light of recent events it seemed the least tragic. So, I filled them in on what I saw and they nodded in agreement. They had been hiding because they were scared to face those piece of crap, waste of a title, good for nothing Elders. But I told them we had to find these guys and put an end to them immediately.
“That’s going to be easier said than done,” a voice said.
It was Mira.
“You, you’re the reason all of this was happening. I should kill you right now,” I shouted.
“If I knew this was part of John’s plan, I would have stopped it. All I knew was that he needed a powerful witch to turn into a vampire. My bloodline has nothing on yours,” Mira said, calmly.
“Why would he have not told you this?” Jade asked.
“Because I didn’t know this was their plan. They didn’t even tell me,” John said walking up from behind us.
“How could you do this to Destiny?” Taylor asked.
“I did as John asked because I love him. I would have never thought of this kind of evil,” Mira defended.
The more I listened to her answers the madder I got. Then I finally blew up.
“You offered me up. You pretended to be my friend, and then you betrayed me,” I shot back.
“I am your friend. You have no idea how much I wish I could take back what I did to you,” she pleaded.
“Do you remember that CD you burned me? That whole time I had no idea you were a witch? How could you believe in God when you know all of this is real? How could you try to comfort me in that way?”
“I don’t believe in God, Destiny. You did, and I knew that would make you feel better. I cared about you. I hated seeing you hurt after what that jerk did to you. You have no idea how badly I wanted to put a curse on him, but I didn’t because I was trying to be good,” she said, sympathetically.
“Newbie vamp, I hate to say this but right now we have a bigger problem, and if she’s going to help let her. Deal with this later,” Melena said.
“You’re right. Okay, we are going to have to fight. It is not going to be easy, and we may lose. We need to go out there and stop whatever their plan is. Now I am supposed to be dead, so that will give us an extra edge. Mira being on our side is also going to catch them off guard, and if we go out there we have to watch out for each other,” I declared.
“You heard her, let’s go!” Kevin said.
As I got my troops all riled up and ready to go, I noticed something odd. Kai seemed to be glowing from the inside, and he looked really scared.
“They’ve destroyed the Dragon,” he said, painfully.
“What does that mean, Kai? Are you going to be alright?” Joey asked.
“I will be fine. I just don’t think I will be as strong,” he answered.
“It really did house your powers, didn’t it?” Selema asked.
He nodded. A weakened Fire Elemental wasn’t going to do us any good. I told them we needed to get moving, and that it wasn’t a good idea to stand out in the open like this. My group, though numb emotionally, carried on. We heard noises coming from inside the lobby-ish area. I looked at my tiny army and they tried to push me through the door.
Once I walked in, I was scared. The Water Elders’ whites of their eyes were red, and their pupils were a golden color. Their fangs were almost twice the size of mine. Their skin was also a pasty color, and it looked like they hadn’t been in the sunlight in forever. They were feeding on the Elders’ wives.
When they saw us, they stopped feeding for a moment.
“Blood, blood, blood. We want more blood,” they chanted.