We stood in front of the mansion in Arlon city we once called home. It was unrecognisable, walls without a roof were all that was left of it. Pieces of stone and half burn wood were scattered everywhere. It was all dirty and black indicating it was set on fire. Once a beautiful garden was now overgrown and full of weed.
Memories flooded my mind, my first time meeting Nicolas and everyone. Isobel and Celeste, our constant chats, Sasha helping me train with Sin. I couldn't help but wonder what would we be all doing if they weren't dead. Once again they end up dead mostly because of me. Every day I felt guilt and sorrow.
I glanced towards Sin, he was standing a few feet away from me, just staring at the ruins. His face was hard to read but his body told me everything. His shoulders were slouched and he bowed his head. I walked over to him and put my arms around his waist and rested my head on his chest. His hand placed around my neck and his face nuzzled in the crook of my neck. I knew all too well how hard was it to lose home and people you care about. I stayed at the mansion only for a couple of months, he has been there for a couple of decades and Nicolas was one of his close friends. We all got pretty close.
"He is going to pay for this" I mumbled.
"You bet he is, I'll do it with a smile on my face," he said bitterly. "If he as much as break hair on your head, I will rip his head off." I felt wrath seeping out of him.
I looked into his eyes giving him reassuring smile "let's go, we have a place to be " I said grabbing his hand.
Outside of the city in the nearby forest was Erik with his small group of warriors. We were overlooking the valley where we are supposed to meet Torben.
The rest of the clans were informed of our plan two days ago that night after we contacted Torben. I was hoping they would be here on time. I kept watching the horizon, fidgeting with my necklace. There was no sign of any of them.
"Maybe we should give them more time" I stated to no one in particular.
"They will come" answered Erik reassuringly.
I let out a deep breath. All of a sudden I saw on the horizon thousands of small black dots. It was Torben and his army. My eyes widened and I gulped realising that we will have to fight them alone. There was around a hundred of us and thousands of them. I looked at Sin, he had dread written all over his face. He was tense and his eye narrowed at the army approaching us.
It took about ten minutes for Torben to come to the valley. He was in the front scanning around him waiting for us. He smelled the air as the wind passed us towards him.
"I know you're here, I can smell all of you!" He thundered toward us.
"There's no point hiding," said Sin
"Let's go," Erik gestured his werewolves to move towards the valley.
Coming closer to Torben he had a murderous aura around him. From afar I could read his facial expression. He had a vicious, devilish smile on his face and murder in his eyes. He scanned our group, he stopped in the back, he was looking for Diana and his son, then glanced at me. Just as his eyes collapsed with mine, my heart skipped a beat and my breath got caught in my lungs from getting startled.
Without any word, he lifted his sword and let out a loud animalistic scream permitting his army to start fighting. They all began running towards us. Sin shouted at us to stay in our positions. I immediately got my bow and arrow ready and began shooting the werewolves in front of us. I tried to shoot Torben but he jumped away and my arrow shoot a werewolf behind him. I shot as many werewolves as I could until they got close enough and I got my knife ready. My throwing knives were waiting to be used at my thighs.
I got ready bracing myself for the impact. A werewolf slammed into me, sending my body flying a couple of feet away. They were all in their wolf and Erik's werewolves shifted before the impact.
I quickly got up holding my silver knife. Everyone in our army fought with someone from Torben's. More werewolves ran towards us. I jumped on the back of the closest werewolf and stabbed him in the neck. Next one I kicked off into the ground, landing on top of him and stabbing him into his chest. Next, I saw Markus struggling with one of them. I grabbed one of my throwing knives and with all my might I threw it at the werewolf hitting him in the side of his head.
We were fighting like this for about half an hour. Our numbers quickly decreasing. Through all the screaming and chaos, all of a sudden I heard millions of footsteps approaching us. I signed in relief. The clans were here. We had a chance.
Now that they were here I could concentrate on Torben. Everywhere I looked I couldn't see him. Not in his human or wolf form. A big brown wolf with a lighter spot on his paw came up to me. It was Erik I recognised his wolf. He gestured to me to straddle him. I narrowed my eyes at him then it clicked me. I straddled him and started running through the battlefield. With my bow and arrows, I started shooting Torben's werewolves around us.
After killing quite a few beasts I felt a sharp burst of pain coming from my side and went flying across the field. Landing on my back it took me a second to get on my knees. I looked towards Erik and there he was. Torben stood in front of Erik snarling at each other both of them ready to fight. He must have spotted me killing his soldiers and ran into me and Erik. I stood on my feet quickly grabbing my bow and arrow. I heard a loud thumping noise, I turned towards the noise seeing another werewolf running towards me with murder in his eyes. I quickly took my shot, my arrow landed in his chest mid-air as he jumped towards me. Heard him whimper in pain and his body collided with the ground with a loud thump. My head shot back towards Erik and Torben. He knocked out Erik and looked at me. Shifting into a human, with murder in his eyes, he wickedly smiled at me. This is it. This is what I've been waiting for.
He soared towards me throwing punches one after another, not giving me any chance to attack him back. I blocked or moved away from all his punches. He grew more agitated and I took advantage and as I jumped away sideways from his punch I kicked him in the back of his knee. He collapsed to the ground and as I was going to stab him in his back I heard Sin's scream. I whipped my head towards him. A werewolf was on top of him mauling his arm. Panic rising within me I quickly ran to him kicking the wolf off of him. I help him on his feet and glanced at his arm.
"I'm fine" he stated sternly when he saw the concern in my eyes.
Before I could even say another two werewolves lunged at us. I saw them coming and pushed Sin out of the way. He fell to the ground leaving me in their aim. I noticed another werewolf from the other side was running towards me as well. I waited until the right moment. When the time was right I jumped high enough for the werewolves to collapse into each other, all of them falling to the ground.
Glancing over to Sin he gave me a smirk.
We fought like this for hours both Torben's soldiers and vampires were decreasing in numbers.
Once we started winning, Torben's numbers were dangerously low they ran away. Looking around there were dead bodies everywhere. The ground was covered in blood. Death was everywhere.
"We did it!" I heard Sin's voice.
I looked in his direction. He had a wide smile on his face. Satisfaction glistened in his eyes. He pulled me in his embrace and lifted me off the ground. "We did it", he mumbled into my neck and I smiled.
He put me back on the ground, the realisation hit me "have you seen Torben? Is he dead?" I quickly started glancing around the dead bodies trying to find him among the dead and walking towards the forest not realising I walked away from everyone. "This was my only chance" I stated holding my forehead. I was shaking with the adrenaline running through me but panic and disappointment started seeping in.
As I glanced at Sin, panic filled my body. I saw an arrow protruding from his abdomen blood leaking out of it. He fell to the ground and I rushed towards him. "Nooo!" I screamed. I kneeled next to him pulling out the arrow. Tears started forming in my eyes.
All of sudden I felt a sharp pain in the back of my head and my vision went black and I felt the ground colliding with my body.
I slowly opened my eyes and quickly closed them. Sun was shining directly into my face. Memories of what happened started coming in and I began feeling throbbing headache. I touched the back of my head. There was dried blood in my hair and swelling in my skull. Panic took over my body as I realised Sin got shot. Was he dead? Please God tell me he made it.
Once I finally sat up on what felt like the bed I glanced around. I was sitting on a mattress, stone walls surrounded me with metal bars to my right. It was the only way in and out. The smell of mould and urine was slowly suffocating me. The only source of light was a small window with metal bars. That's where the sun was shining through into my face.
After hours of sitting there not knowing where I was or who took me I finally heard a voice coming from behind the metal bars. I knew the voice all too well. I looked towards the voice. Torben stood there with a busted lip and scar on his eyebrow, his arms crossed over his chest. He didn't seem to have any other injury.
"You're finally awake," he said calmly.
"I've been awake for hours" hatred seeping out of me. My jaw was clenching at the sight of him.
"Why am I here?" I asked through clenched teeth.
"Isn't that obvious? ", he raised his eyebrow.
I thought he would want me dead after taking Diana and his son. I stared at him dead in the eyes.
"You're mine. You always will be" he started coldly.
"I'll kill you first before I let you touch me" I hissed at him.
"Tsk, tsk, tsk" was all he said. After he laughed out loud and left.
I let out a scream. I couldn't believe a was exactly where I started. Tears filled my eyes and rolled down my cheeks. My thought went to Sin. I will never see him again. I was praying to God he was alive. If he was would he look for me? Where would he even look? I doubt Torben took me to his packhouse.
I got on my feet, trying the window if it was loose, I was tiny enough I could fit through. Then went to the bar door and shook it violently. They didn't even move.
Glancing outside my cell I noticed there were more cells across from me and next to me. " hello" I called. But no response, not even movement. I was there all alone.
My throat began to feel parched, my fangs elongated and started to hurt. I was beginning to feel hunger. I must have been here more than a day to be feeling hunger like this.
Each minute the pain and discomfort increased. I was pacing around the room nervously, my mind began to numb and animal instincts were taking over. I was violently kicking the bars, the stone around me, everything around me. I threw the mattress across the cell. Suddenly I heard footsteps. I glanced towards the door, a man was standing there with curled lip in disgust towards me. He threw a bag of blood to the ground and left. I jumped towards it, quickly opened the bag with my elongated nail and drank it.
Once the blood hit my tongue I felt relief and started taking big gulps. Finishing the blood I let out a loud sign then threw it out of my cell.