Chapter 1: The Finding

Yugi followed his prey reluctantly. He didn't want to do this, but he had gone without blood for a full month now. He needed something. The moonlight illuminated his features on the rooftops. He had spiky, tri colored hair that was crimson at the ends and ebony at the base. Soft golden bangs framed a cherubic face. The light of the moon caused his skin to glow with its paleness. Wide amethyst eyes stayed on his target and made sure that he didn't trip and kill himself. Ha! Now there was a thought! Yugi Muto was a vampire. He didn't know how old he was. He hadn't bothered to keep track, but he was considered young for his race. He lightly skipped over a gap in the rooftops as he continued to follow the woman. His black trench coat swayed gently as he walked. Yugi was wearing a black turtleneck with black pants and several silver buckles. Despite many superstitions Yugi was not vulnerable to silver, unless it entered his body. Sure there were some vampires who could not be harmed by it, but he wasn't one of them. That was a kyutsu vampire(1). Yugi himself was very rare, though not very powerful. He was a Tenshi vampire, an angel vampire. Despite common beliefs vampires were not vulnerable to sunlight. Only Tenshi vampires were sensitive, and even he could go about in daylight when he wanted to. Tenshi vampires were blessed with retaining their innocence after they were changed. They couldn't convert humans and blessed water hurt them. In fact most vampire beliefs only applied to Tenshi vampires, but for everyone's information Yugi disliked garlic only because of its awful smell. Seriously! That stuff stunk worse than a herd of humans that hadn't bathed in a week and were rotting! He looked up as the human turned down an alley to take a shortcut. Tears welled in his eyes as he saw her fatal mistake. He silently dropped behind her. Before she could even register his form he bit down on her neck and drained her dry. Tears flowed down his cheeks as he cried for her lost life. Leaning down he whispered something in her ear.

"Ana ma hayo kinda ecka. Mana no. I am sorry for this. Forgive me." He scratched a symbol into her chest above her heart, then he left, nothing but her lifeless form was evidence that he had been there.

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BEEP! BEEP! BEEP! BE……

Yami groaned and got up. His hand still trailed on the alarm clock. Yami looked a lot like Yugi, only he had extra blonde bangs shooting through his hair that made it look like lightning and he had narrow crimson eyes. This was unusual since only demons had red eyes like that. However Yami did have a bit of demon in him. This was from genetic experimentation in Kaiba Corp labs. He moaned deep in his throat when he saw the sun. Another long night of hunting vampires, and he still had to get up at seven o' clock in the friggen morning. He slid out of bed and stumbled into the kitchen. He poured himself a bowl of cereal and began eating it dry. He flicked the T.V. on to catch the news, which was the whole reason he was up in the first place.

"Breaking news coming live from downtown Domino. Another victim was found dead. Her name: Miho Denak, a twenty year old woman who was on her way home where she lived alone. Investigators say she was killed after midnight. The cause of death was said to be blood loss from two small puncture wounds found in her neck. There was also a symbol scratched into her chest, a black rosebud with a drop hanging off the end. Anyone who has information on this mark is to report it to the police immediately. Police say this is the third body in three months and have no idea who it is and advise people to go home early to avoid becoming a target of this mass murderer. And now to the weather. Clear skies….." Yami turned the T.V. off. He picked the phone up and pressed a number. He held it to his ear as he heard the device dial a number and begin to ring. After the fifth ring the line was picked up and a groggy voice drifted to him.

"Dis betta be good or I'm gonna use yer guts fer a pilla Yami." The voice said. "Do ya know how early it is?" Yami smiled.

"Yes I do. Get the gang together. We have a new case." There was the sound of shifting fabric.

"Ya mean a new one's come out?" The voice sounded interested now. Yami nodded, then, so Joey could hear him, he said.

"Yes. And get Seto too. This one's marking its victims."

"All right!" The was a scrambling sound as Joey scurried out of bed and began to get dressed. Yami chuckled at his friends antics. "I'll call dem as soon as get dressed. Later Yam's!" The phone line went dead. Yami's right eye twitched. Yam's…..he hated that nickname. But Joey insisted on using it. Probably pay back for waking him up so early. Yami chuckled and went to go get dressed himself, leaving a partially eaten bowl of dry cereal on the countertop.

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Yugi sighed as he watched the T.V. in his living room. Going home earlier? He'd have to feed sooner then. Yugi didn't like feeding before midnight because many vampires liked to take down their prey quickly. If he went out earlier he could be caught by one. And that was not good. Oh well, at least he didn't have to worry about it until next month. He took a sip of a strange red liquid in a cup he had. In the meantime these stores from the blood bank could keep him sated. He went to the fridge and sighed. There wasn't much there. Only two bags left. Maybe he should hunt and save those for an emergency. He didn't like taking from the blood bank. Other people needed that blood just as much as he did. He looked at the time. It was nine o' clock in the morning. "Okay! I've been up way too late! Time to go to bed before I get burned." He muttered. When he had first lived alone talking to himself out loud had seemed strange. Now he barely even noticed it. Sometimes he thought he could hear a response. But he was never sure of that.

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Yami was woken from his nap by the doorbell ringing. He moaned and got up off the couch. He opened the door to see the gang standing there. The gang consisted of Seto, Joey, Bakura, Marik, and Tristan. Yami kept an eye on Tristan as he walked in. He wasn't quite sure about him. He was Joey's friend so he had been allowed to join the team, but something was off about him. Call it a sixth sense of you will. Yami nodded toward Seto, Seto being Seto Kaiba, the son of the company that had injected him with demon blood. He hadn't trusted the man at first. But now the two were good friends, or rivals, whichever you wanted. Joey was an abused boy who Yami had found on the streets while hunting a vampire. The boy had begged for Yami to let him join and he had given in. Sometimes he wondered if that was a good thing. While Joey was skilled in weaponry and armed combat he was easily distracted, and very easy to offend, like now.

"Take that back Kaiba!" Seto smirked and crossed his arms.

"Whatever you say mutt." Joey went red in the face.

"Dat's it! You're goin' down!" Joey launched himself at Kaiba and the two began fighting. To Yami it looked more like a make out session. He shook his head and grinned. Bakura was watching the fight and laughing his head off. Bakura and Marik were like him. They had come from Kaiba corps. genetic labs. Bakura had vampire blood and Marik….well he wasn't sure what Marik was. But it must be a twisted being to give Marik his psychotic nature. Yami cleared his throat. Everyone stopped what they were doing and looked at him.

"If we are ready to proceed?" He asked. Everyone nodded. Yami looked down at Joey and Seto's compromising position and raised his eyebrows. Joey hurriedly scrambled off of the CEO and brushed himself off. They all sat down. Bakura and Marik took the love seat, Seto took the only chair, and Joey sat next to him on the couch. "Now. As you know there's a new vampire in town. I was able to go and collect information. It appears that all the victims were handpicked. Not just randomly like most vampires, but very carefully. They all live alone, they all live in remote parts of the town, and they all turned in reports of stalking." He set most of the papers he had gathered on the table between them all but kept one in his hand. "Whoever this vampire is it doesn't want to be found. Also, every victim had this on its chest, right above the heart." He set the final paper down for all to see. It was a picture of the symbol that had been found on the victims. "I was hoping you could decipher it Kaiba." Seto leaned down and examined it. Being the CEO of a company he had unlimited resources and used that to his full advantage. He had the most knowledge out of them all about vampires and their marks. Bakura knew a lot to because of his nature, but it was more psychological than resourceful. Plus he could feel when other vampires were close.

"Looks like a black rose. No surprise there, the vampire. But it's not in full bloom, youth, it's young, at least sixty. And a…..drop of blood? No, a tear drop, sorrow, the vampires sorry it's killed." He got back up. "That's all I can get from the mark. There might be some other meaning, but if there is I can't see it." Yami looked closely at the mark.

"So we're dealing with an unwilling vampire?" Seto shrugged.

"Maybe. It could be trying to fool us, but I doubt that."

"Why?" Tristan asked. Yami sighed. Out of all of them he was the least informed and the most prejudice. He still didn't trust either Bakura or him, and he still tried to do things to Marik when he thought no one was looking.

"The mark is over the heart. If a vampire puts something there they either really mean it, or their damned straight to the core and the other vampires will do our job for us. The heart is the source of all life or vampires, and is the center of their truth. This vampire is genuinely sorry it has to kill." Yami processed the information Seto had given him.

"Okay. Here's what we'll do. We'll try to find the vampire and scout it. It's probably preparing for next month when it'll feed. It only seems to kill once a month. But pack some equipment just in case." They all nodded and got up to go home. "And remember. This vampire is young, probably weak. If you kill it, be swift." Again everyone nodded and went out the door. Yami sighed. Somehow he felt that this was not going to be as easy as he had made it sound.

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Yugi yawned as he got up out of the smooth, cotton sheets. He went into the bathroom and took a hot shower to prepare himself for the night ahead. He pulled on a black sleeveless shirt and tight fitting black leather pants. He fastened on two silver studded belts. One that went through the belt loops, the other hung on his hips diagonally. He didn't put on any jewelry as that could reflect light and bring unwanted attention. He did however, make a small accommodation for his ear. He hung a tiny gold hoop earring through his right ear lobe. As a finishing touch he slipped on a belt collar that would protect his neck from vampires. Why was he wearing a device that protected him from his kind? It was a long story, and not one he wanted to go into. Yugi sighed. At least he wouldn't have to kill, just knock out. After sheathing a silver knife up his sleeve he grabbed his trench coat and left to go eat.

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(1)There are four types of vampire. Tenshi(Angel), Kyutsu, Dracon, and Drol or Ydal(Depending on the gender. If you haven't noticed it's just lord and lady backwards.)