Disclaimer- All recognizable characters belong to Mrs. Stephenie Meyer, whereas all new characters belong to me.
Chapter 1- Pay the price
My knee-high boots clapped quietly against the cold concrete. The cold air whipped against my face, had I been human my cheeks would've been flushed. I heard a small shift of feet to the right of me thanks to my heightened sense. I stopped, a smirk on my face. Humans were one of the dumbest creatures. . . My brown hair flew in all directions, but it didn't bother me. I stealthy moved to the shadows against the right wall and darted my hand into them. I came face to face with the human I was seeking, his blue eyes opened up at me in horror. I smiled, my canines shining brightly in the moonlight. " I've been looking for you." I said simply. His fearing eyes darted around, looking for a way out. " Don't even try to run. Believe me, you won't get far.
" Please, let me go." He begged, I liked when they begged. It made the run seem so much more. . . Fun. I smiled bigger and shook my head, tisking at him.
" I can't do that David, you have to pay the price for your betrayal. You were told what would happen if you told secrets."
" Please, I didn't mean it. I swear, it'll never happen again."
" You're right, it won't." I leaned closer. My lips trailed against his trembling skin. " You're not going to tell anything to anyone, anymore." I whispered in his ear. I moved my face close to his, licking up the one tear he had shed. " Any last prayers?" I asked.
" Please! Please let me-" I bit down, his blood filling my mouth. He let out a scream, but no one would hear him. I dug my nails into his skin, latching onto him. I waited until I'd sucked up every last drop, then I tossed him aside. I wiped the blood off the corner of my mouth and licked my lips. I pushed my leather trench coat back, taking out a single red rose. It was my calling card. I dropped it onto his dead body, signaling who'd killed him. Every since Edward had left me, I'd made quite a name for myself. I grimaced at the thought of him and began to walk off, into the night. My cell phone rang. I flipped it open and held it to my ear.
" Noleen, is the job finished?" Lanina questioned me.
" Need you ask?" I sighed. " Of course it is."
" Of course it is, someone's here for you. Says he has a job for you."
" Of course he does, all right, I'll be there in ten minutes." I flipped the phone back down and started to run. It felt like I was flying, it was one of the best perks of being a vampire. I arrived at the house in the ten minutes that I'd said I would, walking in the door and looking around.
" In here." Lanina called out. I walked into the kitchen, my gaze falling against Lanina and her companion. My gaze hardened.
" What are you doing here? How did you find me?" I spat at the man sitting there. Jacob stood up and walked over to me, his eyes sad. He reeked of wolf. I sneered as he got closer to me. He'd aged well, but I wasn't going to say anything about that.
" Bella?" He asked. I smirked and shook my head.
" No, that's how you knew me. I go by Noleen now. Now answer me, what the hell are you doing here?"
" I've come to stop you, to help you."
" You think you can help me?" I asked him incredulously. " You're nothing but a big dog! Besides, I don't need help Benji, I'm just fine."
" Bella, what happened to you?"
" Wouldn't you like to know?" I sat down, crossing my legs. " Listen, just go back home to Forks and live your pathetic little life okay?"
" Your dad is sick Bella, you should come see him." My features faltered for all of a second; I wouldn't show any weakness.
" He doesn't matter to me anymore. He died when I did. Understand?" Jacob shook his head.
" Yeah, you're coming in loud and clear." He began to walk away, his head shaking while walking. He stopped at the door and turned back to me. " You know, no one knew what happened to you Bella." I growled at the sound of my old name. " I'm sorry this is what happened. I wish I could've saved you." I stood up and walked over to him.
" That's funny, cause I didn't want to be saved. Still don't." I opened the door. " Goodbye, and don't come back Jacob. My life in Forks is over, has been for a while now." He nodded his head.
" Goodbye Bella."
" Noleen." I corrected him. " Bella's dead." He walked into the darkness, climbing onto a motorcycle and driving off. Lanina stood up, her eyes opened wide.
" Who was that hunk of wolf? Ruff." She said playfully.
" A part of my past." I replied quietly.
" You know, you really should face your demons Noleen." I closed the door and turned to her.
" My hatred is what fuels me, you know that. What kind of a hunter is full of, dare I say it, love and kindness?" She shrugged her shoulders and bit down on a cookie, she liked eating human food. Why, not even I understood that. Her crimson eyes inspected me.
" So, what happened tonight?"
" Usual. He begged, got annoying, and I drank him. It was well worth the thousand dollars I can tell you that much." She chuckled and plopped down on a chair in the living room.
" Every run is worth it to you, you just enjoy the kill. I think you get off on it in some sick and twisted way." She told me. I sat on the chair opposite of her and stared at the blank TV in front of us.
" And why do you do it?" I asked. Again, she shrugged her shoulders.
" I don't know, it's easy? Fun? Besides, I get to work with my bestest friend in the whole wide world." I rolled my eyes and laughed. She kicked my chair playfully. " Come on, admit it! You love working with me, having our own little business here."
" It isn't bad." Truth be told, Lanina was the only friend I'd had in the twenty years I'd been a vampire. She was changed around the same time I was by the same person. I sighed and stretched. " Well, I'm going to bed."
" I don't know why you bother, we don't sleep."
" It's nice to pretend. See you soon." She nodded her head and flicked the television on. I walked up the stairs and opened my bedroom door on the left. It was spacious, with two bookshelves, a bed and a couple desks inside. One entire side was a window, overlooking the river by our house. We were nestled in the center of a forest, a perfect place. Black silk sheets laid on my bed, always adding to my dark mood. I pulled a book off a bookshelf and laid down. I read until the sun rose up, illuminating my whole room with it's light. I sparkled as I moved; tiny lights danced on my dark blue walls. I looked at my dark red nails, some dried blood had caked underneath my nail. I sucked it off and then stood up, heading back downstairs. Lanina was seated at the island in the kitchen, a cup of coffee and newspaper in front of her.
" You're in the paper." She stated. " The rose killer strikes again!" She read. I poured myself a cup of joe and sat next to her.
" What's it say?" I asked her, taking a sip.
" Oh, just that a mutilated body was found, no blood anywhere. The usual."
" The usual." I repeated. The phone rang, its noise loud in the silence. Lanina picked it up and cradled it against her ear.
" Hello, Rose
red services, Lanina speaking. How can I be of assistance?" She
was so professional, it made me gag. I watched her talk, I could hear
the person on the other line. Another typical run, I was debating
whether to let Lanina have it, or take it myself. I was extra
" I can assure you, we can make your problem go away. Now, what are you thinking for pay?" We were pretty much hired assassins, and damn good ones at that. Sometimes we took runs where the caller wanted the person back alive, but it was a rarity.
" How much?" I questioned, not bothering to listen in.
" Fifteen hundred." She replied.
" Done deal."
" Wants two dead."
" Then two thousand." She nodded her head and repeated that back to the caller. She wrote down an address and gave him ours.
" Once we get half of the payment, we'll go on the run. After it's completed, you'll return with the other half." She told him. " Okay, see you later today." She hung the phone up and returned back to her seat. " It's yours, involves sword fighting." I smiled, my favorite.
" Okay. What time will he be here?"
" Four in the afternoon, you're going here." She handed me the address and took a sip of her coffee. The phone rang again and she went to answer it. I stared at the address, my gaze blank.
" Are you positive this is the right address?"
" Yeah." She replied then went back to phone conversation. I bit my lip, un-fucking-believable.