Chapter Three: A Few More Pieces

Shido jerked awake. The dream he had was so vivid, so graphic that he felt he had lived it. He dressed quickly. As the lavender-haired vampire walked the hall his attention was caught by an open door. Amel lay in a green silk sheet with a young woman. He blushed.

"It's nothing to be ashamed of," Amel murmured.

"It wasn't-"

"Anya is my sponsor. However, I haven't fed for a few days and she's willing to be yours."

"But don't you-"

"I have other arrangements." She smiled "Do you have any questions?" Amel asked as she led him out of the room.

"Why…why couldn't I tell you were a vampire?"

"I thought I explained that? Hmm…" She thought as she braided her hair. "Did you dream?"

His eyes widened. "That was you?"

"Yes."

"But how-"

"My father was a vampire and my mother was human. Azrael couldn't sense that and tried to turn me."

"Did he ever find out?"

"Yes, but it was long after he lost interest in me." Her eyes darkened. "Though I believed I have caught his interest again."

Shido was a little taken aback. "Azrael is the one who-"

"I'm not certain, but I know the way he works."

"Then why did you bring me in?"

Amel smiled, but didn't answer. "Anya is ready." She left without looking back.

Elsewhere…

Riho sat across from the man with light brown hair, but didn't notice him. Her wide eyes were brimming with blood tears as she replayed the night's scene in her head. She jerked when Azrael touched her face. "Don't be afraid," he whispered.

"I'm not afraid," she replied automatically.

"You are of my line. I won't harm you." As if reading her mind, he stated, "Cain was becoming a liability to me. I can't have that." Azrael tipped her face up, letting her tears streak her cheeks. "You, however, are an asset."

"I don't-" Before she could say another word, he forced his blood into her mouth. Power overwhelmed the girl and she passed out.

"Now you must obey me."

Amel was sitting in his room when he awoke, which startled him. "Amel, what-"

"I need you to do me a favor."

"A favor?" She nodded and he got up. "What is it?" The female vampire gestured to a glass on the table beside her. "Is that-"

"Yes."

"I can't."

"It's my blood."

"What? Why-"

"If I bind you to me, it's easier to protect you. Azrael has already gotten to Riho."

"Riho!" He started for the door, but was slammed against the wall by an unseen force.

"If I wanted to, I could possess you," she stated as she stood. "I could fully control your body, your actions. I could have it all." Amel sighed. "But I could never have your heart nor would I want it." She put the glass in his hand. "I don't want to control you."

He hesitated. What proof do I have that she won't betray me? "Well, I-" A phone rang down the hallway.

"I leave you to your choice." She left to answer the ringing annoyance.

My choice. She could have forced me…but why?

"Dammit! Not again." He heard the receiver slam down. "Shido."

He went a moment after she called him. "What happened?"

"You'll see."

Shido felt nauseated. "It's the third time it's happened this month," she said disgustedly.

"A werewolf?"

"A new one. But they normally kill wild game, not farm animals. Dammit."

"It could be more than that."

"Yes."

He could see the wheels turning in her head. "Amel, wouldn't someone be ostracized for being a werewolf?"

"True. I'll come back in a few nights."

"The full moon."

"Let's go."

"What? Why?"

"We have a lot to do."