|Team Kick Ass
Author: Crazy4Reading PM
With too many Strigoi attacks and too many fatalities something needs to change, so Moroi and Dhampir students are recruited from all over to join in the fight against Strigoi. They will train in a special camp and learn to rely and trust one another. But will they be ready when the enemies attack? Can they sacrifice what they must? And will they all come out alive? -T for swearingRated: Fiction T - English - Rose H. & Christian O. - Chapters: 27 - Words: 98,254 - Reviews: 64 - Favs: 19 - Follows: 27 - Updated: 04-26-13 - Published: 09-09-12 - Status: Complete - id: 8512661
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And that is the beginning of the best strigoi hunting team. Team Kick Ass.
I watched out the car window as the forest thickened, more animals popped out of the wood works and we had to stop the car more then once to avoid hitting a deer. It was a beautiful place these woods it would be hard to deny, but I could feel a pit of dread begin to form in my core.
I would be here till I was deemed fit for strigoi hunting.
I let out a groan. Glancing over at the man who drove the van. He glanced at me before turning his eyes back to the road.
''Are we there yet?'' I asked like an annoying child. He smiled
''Does it look like it?'' He asked gently. I pouted playfully
''yes?'' He laughed
''Sure we are we just have to drive for another three hours to reach the house'' I groaned letting my head come forward and hit the dashboard of the van. He was laughing quietly beside me.
We carried on for a while in silence before he spoke.
''You seem to be taking this seriously.'' I continued looking out the window despite my surprise.
''What do you mean by that?'' I asked finally looking over to see his expression.
''Well having been a guardian at VA for a while and I've crashed a couple of parties'' I blushed and he continued ''Your always the centre of attention and a bit irresponsible. You seem to be wanting to take this in a mature way.'' I laughed
''Mature? Really? I just asked you not ten minutes ago if we were there yet. How is that mature?'' He gave a laugh.
''Mature and joking are two different things.'' I laughed with him for a bit before leaning back in my chair
''Your right though, I'm gonna take this seriously. I've always known I'd have to stop being an empty headed, slacking party girl I just needed to motivation and opportunity.'' Closing my eyes I stretched my arms out in front of me. ''This is my opportunity. No one will know who I am here I can start over even if they did hear rumours they'll just take it as overdone gossip when they see I'm actually trying.'' I opened an eye to take a glance at him, he was smiling
''I see.'' I yawned stretching out again.
''Now I want to know why your not all stoic guardian? Is it because there aren't any other people to see you acting like this?'' He shook his head
''No Guardian Belikov and Guardian Petrov insisted we try to act less severe and strict that since there's going to be max 45 other people their were going to be getting to know one another well we might as well start now.'' I closed my eyes again.
''Belikov... that rings a bell.'' I could almost feel that he was rolling his eyes. But he said
''Dimitri Belikov is on the Guardian Council, he's also a consultant to the queen.'' I opened my eyes and stared at him blankly and he sighed in a comedic way and said ''He was the 17 year old who saved the queen a couple years ago.'' Ahhh that would be why his name sounded familiar.
''Ooh that guy.'' I said finally he laughed a bit. How he was able to have this conversation and keep his eyes on the road surprised me but I wasn't complaining.
''Do you know anyone else who will be there, Guardian...?'' He smiled
''Tanner, but due to the large variety of threats Alberta Petrov threw my way that she promised would come true if I weren't more lax, I'll allow you to call me Mikhail.'' I gave him a small grin. He was a cool old dude, even though he probably wasn't all that old. ''I don't really know much about the students apart from I know two royals are going to be their they are still trying to convince some of the others to come. Dragomir and Ozera. Dimitri's little sister and that's all in know for students.'' He paused
''They'll be quite a few teachers and guardians I know that an Ozera is coming to teach fire magic users and that the doctor, Dr. Olendsky, will be there -she's great- and I can't really remember any more at the moment.'' I nodded and soon the silence over came us and I must have fallen asleep because the next thing I knew Guardian Tanner -Mikhail- was shaking me awake gently telling me we had arrived.
After getting out of the van groggily and stumbling around on the grassy ground for a bit I gathered my wits and surveyed my new home.
There was a huge three story building in front of me, looking a lot like a mental institution with it's pale grey exterior and it's lines of windows lined with grates so as to insure no one escaped. A shiver ran down my spine but I shook it off continuing my inspection. To the left of the building lay a four of what seemed to be storage rooms. A large garage with many car doors was among the storage rooms. The ground around the buildings was mostly dirt, rock and grass though their were a couple of concrete walkways. Steam was rising off of it making me wonder just how hot it was.
And then I regretted wondering because the hot humid air finally got to me and I began to sweat. As it was around lunch time now the sun was beating down on us, though the trees did offer some protection it couldn't do much about the high humidity.
To try and ignore the suddenly overbearing heat I moved into the small amount of shade the van provided set on finishing my survey that kept getting interrupted. To the right of the big mental house was another large building I would have wondered what it was if their wasn't a large sign in front of it that said 'Gymnasium'. A trail to the right of the gym caught my eye though instead of risking the heat I turned back to the van to help Mikhail unload my stuff instead, there was always time to investigate it later when the temperature was bearable.
Once my stuff was out of the van he brought me down one of the concrete trails. I followed close behind him curiously as we passed the nut house and the gym. We walked for a couple minutes before the trail changed from concrete to gravel.
''Tell me when you see the cabin you like.'' He said, and we soon began to pass cabins. They were all new though the style ranged from modern to log cabins to an almost doll house look-it was like florescent pink-. Not one called out to me.
As we walked I saw a beautiful two storey cabin. It was a beautiful log cabin with a mess of plants growing wildly up the side of the cedar fence that circled the place and was on its way to taking over the porch. Vines had already wrapped themselves around the polls of a swinging couch thing that you always see old people using in the movies. The untamed beauty made me squeal.
''THIS IS THE ONE!'' Mikhail stopped walking and looked over at me like I'd gone nuts as I waltzed to the door, dragging my bags behind me happily. I ran up onto the porch and looked in the windows. I could see a living room with a tv propped up over a fireplace with two couches and a loveseat I could even see a kitchen behind it. Not that I was going to use it I couldn't cook in the first place.
Mikhail came up onto the porch and pulled out a ring with 20 odd keys on it, after sifting through them he found one and unlocked the door only to be pushed out of the way as I charged inside.
I ran around looking at the house. When you entered the cabin/house to your right was the living room to your left a dinning room. If you continued straight their were glass railing stairs and a closet hidden safely underneath it. A bathroom was just beside it. And if you circled that their was a beautiful kitchen had all the appliances.
If you were to look at a floor plan of this cabin you would see that the staircase was the centre.
I got to the stairs and looked up. You could see all the way to the ceiling since they had left a sort of skylight from above to bellow. It was ringed in a glass railing so I could see several doors led off the hall.
Packing up my used to be heavy bags like they were nothing I charged up the stairs and amazingly enough only stopping once to look at the view. I arrived upstairs and sighed, it was beautiful. Their were 5 doors that I could see. After taking a peek into each I discovered their was one bathroom three bedrooms and what appeared to be an office/study area.'' Running back through the rooms I noticed that two were smaller, the big one however was the closest to the bathroom and was just beside the stairs, and after using the bathroom I found that the plumbing while not extremely loud was not quiet either. That and the floor creaked and with it being beside the bathroom there would be a lot of traffic. So I inspected the other two room which were of equal distance to the bathroom. One faced the backyard while the other faced the front. Glancing at the view out the front bedroom I noticed a trail and I could just see a large lake.
The lake view -YES I COULD GO SWIMMING!- and the fact that I would be able to see who was coming and going made me choose it over the backyard. I let out a content sigh before placing my bags in my room running downstairs to grab the next one and practically ripping it from Mikhail hands before running back upstairs. After calming myself I returned downstairs I would leave the unpacking for later.
Mikhail looked worn and confused as he slumped on the couch. He managed a tired smile when I came down.
''You chose your room?'' I nodded happily
''Yup! Not the biggest but the most strategically placed.'' He just smiled and said
''By the way since your the first one here you get to chose something.'' I smiled
''And what would that be?'' He yawned and stood up.
''Do you want a house mate or not?'' I paused, eyeing him curiously
''That depends, will you guys be checking on the cleanliness of our rooms?'' he nodded and I sighed ''Fine! I want a house mate then.'' he raised a brow before pulling out a list out of his jean pocket and after a moment of looking at it he said
''For some reason I don't have the last names of each person but here are the other girls you could stay with.'' he cleared his throat.
''Mia, Viktoria or Lissa.'' I turned and stared at him
''That's it?'' He nodded
''They're sending out invitations left right and centre but not many seem to be interested in joining in on the fun.'' He stretched and yawned again making me yawn and continued on tiredly ''Their are only three guys as well that have agreed, one moroi and two dhampirs.'' I thought back to the names.
''Mia, Viktoria or Lissa hmm?'' He glanced back down at the list
''It appears that Viktoria and Mia are both 14 while Lissa is 16 I believe you are the same age as her correct?'' I nodded
''That settles it then! Lissa and I will take awesome care of this awesome cabin!'' He stared at me before saying
''Let me offer you some advice.'' I frowned at his odd announcement but stayed quiet at he continued. ''You might want to act like a normal person when she arrives-'' I laughed throwing a pillow straight at his face which he batted to the side easily.
''I'm the awesome Rose Hathaway! Why would I pretend to be normal? I'm too awesome for that!'' He frowned and leaned against a wall
''Well awesome isn't the word I would use.'' I threw another pillow at him which he ducked before saying
''We should go get some lunch I can hear your stomach growling.'' I grinned
''You mean I don't need to cook!'' He smiled
''You may have a kitchen and if you want we can have food for you but you don't need to cook.'' My grin widened
''YEAH~!'' I screeched and ran out of the house. You could say that I have a passion for food. Not cooking it but eating it.
After I realized I didn't know where I was going and Mikhail showed me to the temporary food place which happened to be in one of the 'storage rooms' it was more like a bunch of offices and a coffee room. Though upon my questioning he reassured me the other buildings were in fact storage rooms. When I asked why we weren't eating in the nut house -there was surely a kitchen in there- he said that since it was going to be the training facility for once we got better at fighting we weren't allowed to know the layout.
Next I asked him about the lake. He said we would be learning to fight in all circumstances. On water and in water included.
The only reason I was excited when he said that was because their had to be a boat somewhere.
And after that round of questions I began to ask about the others and when they would arrive. He said that Alberta -Guardian Petrov- was already here. He named a couple other guardians I didn't know of and he said that the teacher for water users was here her name being Marina. I thought it was a bit peculiar that a Moroi have such a human name but decided to wait before asking around about it.
He also said that of the students Lissa would be arriving sometime tonight along with a boy named Mason. Apparently Lissa's parents had decided to drive her to the turn off of the road it took to get here. They'd wait till Guardian Dimitri Belikov and Mason showed up then they'd drive the girl here. I was quite excited to meet them. This place was cool and all but seriously? It was in the middle of nowhere.
''How 'bout the other students?'' I asked he then went on to say that Viktoria was probably on a flight from Russia and would be arriving tomorrow or very late tomorrow night depending on traffic and what time the plane arrived so on and so forth. Mia was probably arriving sometime tomorrow morning, Eddie would be arriving with her while Christian would be arriving with the fire prof some time after Lissa, Mason and Dimitri. Depending on how quickly she drives.
As we talked a woman came in. She was taller then me but still relatively short. She wore her hair in a short bob cut her stride was full of power and grace. Upon entering she gave me a smile she had an empty mug of coffee in her hand and she came and sat at the table with us.
''You must be Rosemarie Hathaway, I'm Guardian Alberta Petrov, please call me Alberta.'' I smiled
''Thanks and it's Rose, please don't ever say Rosemarie...'' She quirked a brow -seriously was I the only person who couldn't do that?- but she sat back and smiled
''Alright then, I heard from your mother that you weren't very happy about coming here, I hope you've changed your mind?'' I nodded
''Yeah I wasn't sure about leaving VA but I've made the decision to take this seriously and I will.'' She nodded with a knowing smile.
''That's just the type of attitude we we're hoping for.'' She yawned before shaking her head she stood up and walked over to the coffee pot and poured herself some more coffee adding in a couple sugar cubes.
As we sat in silence -well between all the mechanical noises and the noises of Mikhail and I eating it wasn't all that silent but anyways- for a while slowly eating and talking about the program and when classes would start and stuff like that. When we finished eating I asked Alberta if I could have a map of the place, she agreed but didn't have one on hand that she could give to me so she drew one. Their were 25 cabins that went half way around the lake and from what Alberta said they would construct some more for once the camp became more frequented. Though their were plenty of cabins for us. The lake happened to be about a five minute walk from the main buildings. After labelling each building and where the guardian/teachers cabins were I had her mark out were the magic strigoi repelling barrier was so that I knew where too far was. The barrier extended a good few kilometres in every direction from every building making a huge circle of protection for us.
''That's a lot of land to guard'' I said with a huff. She nodded
''That it is but we have camera's surrounding the entire place and a sensor that will do off if the barrier collapses or if someone leaves or enters the protected areas.'' I smiled
''Cool! But... doesn't it go off when animals pass through?'' She nodded but gave a shrug
''That's why we have the camera's. If this place turns out to be a success we'll petition the queen to have a wall built around the place.'' I nodded, no sense it making a fortress if they weren't even sure if it would be used.
I looked back down on the map with a smile. It wasn't perfect but I quite liked it, no getting lost for me! Folding it precisely I stuffed it into my back pocket. Glancing at the clock I let out a surprised whistle
''Wow it's already 3.'' Mikhail nodded standing to go get some coffee while Alberta asked some questions about how I liked the cabin and I responded giving her my genuine thoughts. As we slowly started to run out of light topics to talk about I suddenly remembered.
''I don't have a key to the cabin! Lissa will need one too.'' Alberta smiled seemingly impressed at my remembering before asking Mikhail which one I'd picked
''The one that looks like it hasn't been maintained for a thousand years.'' She laughed at that before leaving the room for her office I would guess. She came back right in the middle of my defending the houses honour. She laughed at that before handing me two silver keys. They both had a design on it. A vine crawled around around the stem part and flourished into a rose. I gave her a questioning glance, she caught it and laughed
''That's cabin's original name, given to it by the owner is the Spirit Rose.'' I rolled my eyes.
''Well it got the Rose part right.''
We stopped our bantering when a low rumbling sound was heard. Mikhail turned from making his coffee.
''That must be Dimitri, Lissa and Mason let's go say hello''
So they're starting to arrive! Please let me know what you thought!