STRANGE PATHS

by

ROD G.

SUMMARY : NIGHTWALKER AU . How would things be like if Shido and Riho ' s lives were switched ?

Shido is a detective , but a human one . As for Riho , well . . .

AUTHOR ' S NOTE / DISCLAIMER : I do NOT own NIGHTWALKER . Never have , never will . No profit

in this whatsoever . You can guess what this is all about from the summary above , so if any of the

people seem OOC to you , remember , this is an Alternate Universe .

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A GIRL FROM THE DARK

In an office located at a nondescript building in the business district of Tokyo , Shido Tatsuhiko , a

young man with long lavender hair in his late 20s , sat at his desk reading a newspaper . Something

in it caught his eye .

" Say , Yayoi , " he said to an attractive woman who was roughly the same age as him . " Did you

check this story out ? "

The dark haired woman , Yayoi Matsunaga , looked at him and asked , " What story ? " Shido then

replied , " According to this , some sort of accident took place last night at Tokyo Bay Bridge ." It

was then that a young girl with reddish brown hair emerged with cups on a tray , each cup filled

with coffee . As she came closer to the desk , she noticed the photo depicting a gruesome accident

scene in the newspaper .

" Ah , Riho , " Shido said as he took one of the cups , " thanks for the coffee , I really needed this . "

He then drank from his cup while Yayoi took the other . She then said , " Do you suppose this is the

sort of thing the NOS would be interested in ? "

" Excuse me , Yayoi , " the girl named Riho Yamazaki said , " may I have a word with you ? "

Then , as Yayoi got up from her chair , she said , " Excuse us , Shido . This is between the two of us .

Girl business , you know . Very private . "

Shido muttered an "Huh?" as the two females entered the nearby spare room and closed behind

them . He then began to wonder what was going on between them . Ever since they came to his life

several months ago , he found himself being intrigued by those two , especially the younger one ,

Riho . There was something about her , something he couldn ' t put into words , but . . .

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" A nightbreed caused that wreckage , " Riho said . " I ' m sure of it . "

"You can tell from a picture in a newspaper ? " Yayoi asked . " We really ought to investigate .

Perhaps Shido might help , which would make him a full member of the NOS . "

" Why would they want a bozo like him in their ranks ? " A tiny green-skinned humanoid female

with bat-like wings asked as she emerged from Riho ' s ponytail . " I swear , that guy is so clueless .

And he calls himself a detective . Hah ! "

" Oh , Guni , don 't be so hard on him , " Riho said . " I think he ' s nice . "

" Yeah , " Guni replied , " Nice and thick . If I didn't know better , Riho , I'd say you like that Shido

guy more than you let on , but then again , you don ' t want him to know that you ' re really a vampire . "

" Please , Guni , " Riho said , " I just don't want him to be reminded of the fact that it was a

nightbreed that killed his mother and little sister . Remember , I hunt nightbreeds . I ' ve been

doing it for so long after I became . . . this . "

"Well , " Yayoi said , " it ' ll be night in a couple of minutes . I suppose you ' ll be hunting ? "

Riho nodded . Then Yayoi said , " You ' ll need to keep your strength up . " Then she removed the

choker from her neck .

" Well , " said Riho , " I am a little famished . . . "

She then came closer to Yayoi .

On the other side of that particular door , Shido was scratching his head . ' What could be taking

them so long ? What are they doing in there ? ' He thought to himself .

He was definitely puzzled .

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Once night fell , Shido was already exiting the office when he saw Riho . He then said to her , " I

suppose you ' ll lock up when you leave ? " She then replied , " I intend to , dear sir . "

" Whoa , " Shido said , grinning goofily , " there ' s no need to be so formal . "

" You really think so , mr . Shido ? "

" Hey , never mind the mister , it ' s just Shido , okay ? "

" If you insist . . . Shido . "

" Well , I ' ll see you around . Yayoi ' s waiting for me at the car . " And with that , Shido walked off

while Rino watched . After he was out of sight , Guni poked her head out of Riho ' s ponytail to

exhale in frustration .

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Hours later , in a deserted alley not far from Tokyo Bay Bridge , a shadowy creature lurked .

Suddenly it spotted someone walking by who looked like a likely victim to it . Just as it pounced , the

" victim " , who turned out to be a certain vampire girl , suddenly dodged it . Her eyes began to glow .

" So you must be the nightbreed behind the attack on the bridge , " Riho exclaimed grimly before

biting into her finger , producing a sword from her own blood . The nightbreed growled before

fleeing . Guni showed up exclaiming , " Whoa ! It ' s gettin ' away ! "

The vampire girl and the winged imp were soon in hot pursuit of the creature which made its way to

the sewers . It took them hours , but they caught up with the creature as it left the sewers to enter

a nearby tunnel . No sooner were all three within the tunnel than a bright light was seen at the edge .

" The sun ! " Riho exclaimed . " It ' s rising ! " She had no alternative but to keep to the shadows .

From her vantage point , she noticed the shadowy monster was taking possession of a nearby

pigeon . She then slumped down to the ground .

" Yo , Riho , " Guni said , " what are you gonna do now ? " Riho then replied , " For now , all I can

do is rest and wait until it ' s cloudy enough for me to leave . Otherwise , I ' d be waiting until

nightfall . " She then closed her eyes and drifted off , with Guni watching her .

After a while , Riho was hearing a voice saying , " Little one , I am coming . " She then rose up

with a startled look on her face .

" C-Cain ? " She gasped .

" Cain ? He ' s bad news , right ? " Guni asked .

" Tell me about it , Guni . "

Somewhere , where no sunlight penetrated , a tall , overly acttractive man in an extremely fancy garb

was watching .