A/N: My very first Vampire Knight story. Pardon my grammar.
Disclaimer: I do not own the VK series.
Why is it that no matter what you do, morning always comes too early…especially on weekdays…
Yuuki groaned. She just hated getting up when every cell in her body refused to obey her already disobedient brain.
There has to be a rule for that. Guardians shouldn't be obliged to get up at the same time as others.
"Yuuki, wake up."
Nope, definitely not. Guardians are special and needed, therefore their classes should start at 10…maybe 11…
"Yuuki, if you don't get up now, you'll be late for class again."
Yuuki was comfortably lying on her stomach, her head turned to the right. She only had to crack open one eye to see Yori sitting on her bed, already tying the red ribbon on her school uniform.
"No I won't," mumbled Yuuki into her pillow. "I'm canceling all classes for today."
"I wish you could but I believe that's outside your competence," smiled Yori.
"I'm changing the rules then," sighed Yuuki and she pushed herself up from her bed. Only to hiss in pain and burry her head back in the pillow. "Ow," and her right hand grabbed the back of her neck.
"Yuuki? Something wrong?"
"Yeah, my neck's all stiff and painful," said Yuuki, slowly sitting up on her bed. "I can't move it – ouch! – to the right."
"Oh, I hate it when that happens to me. That's what happens when you sleep in a bad position for too long."
"I know. I was too tired to care how twisted my neck was…"
"You came awfully late yesterday. Guarding the grounds is a tough job, isn't it."
At that Yuuki snorted. "Especially when Aidou-sempai gets bored and decides to fool around the place for a little bit of entertainment. Tag was never one of my favorite games," she sighed. "It only ended when Zero finally decided to show up to do his job…"
"I see your nights are quite eventful, poor Yuuki," Yori smiled again and stood up. "Get dressed quickly. I'll save you a chocolate muffin."
Mornings always come too early. That's a fact. By why are classes so boring and endless?
"Is it just me, or is the lesson extremely long today?" whispered Yuuki, leaning a bit to the right in her seat, so that Yori could hear her better.
"It's not just you," said Yori, looking at her watch. "The bell didn't go off."
"What?" said Yuuki, turning her whole body to look at Yori, since she still couldn't move her neck.
"It should have gone off six minutes ago. I don't know what's wrong."
"The bells are being checked today," said a deep voice from behind them. "Looks like the chairman forgot to inform the teachers."
"And how do you know that, Zero?" Asked Yuuki surprised, turning her back to the teacher completely, in order to look at Zero.
"Your father mentioned it over dinner yesterday."
Yuuki's brows went up. "Did he?" And she looked off into space, as if trying to remember hearing about it.
"Cross Yuuki! Whatever you're discussing can wait after class!" bellowed the teacher suddenly, making Yuuki jump and hurt her neck with the speed of her turning back around.
"It already is after class, Ishido-sensei. The bell just didn't signal the end of the lesson. It's out of order today," said Zero in a bored voice, supporting his head on his hand.
The teacher blinked a few times and then looked at his watch. "Why was I not informed? Class dismissed."
And all of a sudden, the classroom got filled with pleasant chatter. Yori arranged her books and said: "I'll see you around, Yuuki," and she left.
Yuuki only "hmm"ed as an answer and rubbed her sore neck.
After most of the high-pitch-voiced girls left to await the Night-class students' parade, Yuuki started to collect her things too.
"Hey, you ok?"
Yuuki turned around to see Zero waiting for her in the aisle, hands in his pockets and with a worried expression on his pale face. "You look like you're in pain. You keep on grabbing at your neck the whole day. It's not where I…is it…" his voice died down.
Realization dawned on Yuuki and she hurriedly answered: "No! No, this is nothing. It's just a little stiff. I must have slept with my head in a strange angle or something. Please, don't worry about it." Then she quietly added with a shy smile: "Yours - yours was the other side anyway," and she covered the nearly healed bite marks with her left hand.
After a few minutes of awkward silence, Yuuki quickly looked up: "Well! Gotta keep those fan girls at bay, right? Let's go, Zero!" And she pulled on his hand to follow her.
All Zero could think about was how extraordinary a person Yuuki was…
The loud high-pitched screech of Yuuki's whistle carried over the crowd of students, which gathered every day in front of the gate, that lead to the Moon dorms.
"All right, everyone! Make way, make way! Get in line, please!" But no matter how much she shouted, they just wouldn't listen. "The night class students will be arriving soon, so could you all please make room for them to pass?" But the girls just wouldn't budge. "Please! Could you all-"
"Move now, or I'll make you run," said Zero in a deep feral but loud voice, his half of fan girls already in a neat line. The other half that Yuuki was supposed to pacify instantly took a few steps back and threw ugly glares in Zero's direction.
"If he keeps this up, there won't be a person in the Sun dorms left who would be surprised to hear that Zero is actually a ruthless vampire," thought Yuuki, shaking her head.
Suddenly they heard the large gate creak as it was being opened and they were met with the sight of all the inhabitants of the Moon dorm.
Yuuki quickly pulled herself out of a trance that she fell into and took her place in front of the group of girls, her back to the Night class students, arms extended sideways.
The happy chatter, screams, all the 'ooh's and 'aw's were back as usual, with the arrival of the Night class. Aidou was taking his sweet time flashing bright smiles in all directions, making some girls swoon with the impact of his attractiveness.
Meanwhile, Yuuki was having hard time keeping all the fans in line. "Gosh, I wish I could have the power to scare people with just one look. I could definitely use it right now," thought Yuuki, desperately trying to push all the girls back.
Unfortunately, she had no such luck. Suddenly she found herself falling backwards, completely loosing her balance. She had no time to do anything but await the hard impact with the unmerciful ground. So she closed her eyes and waited…
…and waited a little more, until she realized that no hard impact occurred and that everything went strangely quiet.
Slowly, she opened her eyes which were filled with confusion and was met with many shocked and angry facial expressions of her classmates, which were looking down at her. "What the…"
"Yuuki, are you alright?" said a low gentle and oh so familiar voice, right next to her right ear.
She stiffened and looked down to see two strong arms, dressed in white school uniform sleeves, safely wrapped around her. Realization dawned on her and she quickly scrambled to her feet.
"Kaname-sama! I'm so sorry," she started apologizing, bowing low in the process. "I didn't mean to. I must have lost my footing and then I started to-"
A low chuckle was heard and then: "Enough."
Yuuki stopped immediately. She lifted her head to see Kaname, still sitting on the ground, looking at her through some strands of his hair that fell over his eyes.
Yuuki didn't know what to do. Slowly, she straightened her back. Should she help him up?
But before she could make up her mind, Kaname elegantly stood up. He put one hand under her chin and lifted her face up. She saw him smiling down at her. "A simple 'thank you' would have sufficed, Yuuki." And he pushed back a strand of hair behind her ear.
All that Yuuki did was stand there, with her lips slightly parted, stunned and speechless.
Kaname slowly traced his fingers from behind her ear along her jaw and then he let his hand fall to his side. "Be more careful, Yuuki," and with a gentle smile on his lips, he left.
When Yuuki finally came back down to Earth, all of the Night class students were already gone, leaving behind an awfully uncomfortable silence. She looked around only to see all the girls glaring daggers at her. Suddenly a girl with long hair stepped out of the line and stood before Yuuki with her arms akimbo. She pointed an accusing finger at her and said: "Cross Yuuki! This will not be tolerated!"
Yuuki looked taken aback. "I don't know what you're talking about," she said in a small voice, putting her hands behind her back.
"You know very well what I'm speaking of!"
Yuuki didn't know how to get out of this embarrassing situation. But luckily, it was decided for her. She felt her hand being grabbed and she found herself being pulled away from the crowd of crazy fuming Day class girls, by Zero. And they left without a word.
Kaname was standing by one of the tall windows of the classroom. He had no desire to study that night. For once, he just couldn't care less for any books of knowledge. For he was greatly distracted.
The object of his most current thoughts was standing on the huge terrace which was on the other side of the window. Yuuki was looking off into distance, probably trying to see if there weren't any Day class students in sight. Her hair and skirt fluttered in the soft breeze, making her look supernaturally beautiful.
Kaname couldn't take his eyes off her. She was so breathtaking…so innocent…
"Kaname-sama, are you well?" suddenly asked Ichijou, startling him a little.
"Of course, why wouldn't I be?"
"You don't seem like yourself today. Is something the matter?"
"No," answered Kaname, turning his head to look out of the window once again. "Nothing's wrong."
Ichijou looked out of the window too and when he saw Yuuki standing there, he simply nodded his head and left.
Shortly after that, Yuuki stretched her back, with her hands reaching for the night sky. But when she tried to stretch her neck, she winced and put her hand over it. And that caught Kaname's attention. "Did she hurt herself earlier?" he wondered and watched her jump over the stone railing.
"I told you a hundred times. It is forbidden to go sneaking around the school grounds at night. Please, return to your dorm, immediately."
"We're not sneaking around, we just went for a walk!"
"Right. And you took your cameras with you by accident."
"You're one to talk, Cross Yuuki! You get to spend all the time you want with the Night class students! And it's not fair! What difference will a couple photos make, anyway?"
Yuuki sighed. These two girls were being especially difficult. "It is against the school rules."
"Well, I hate these rules!"
"Hate whatever you want, I don't really care. But as for this situation, you have two options: either you'll return to your rooms immediately, or I'll confiscate your cameras and I'll be forced to report this to the Chairman."
"Yeah, sure. Run to your daddy. Isn't that the reason why you were made a prefect in the first place? Privileged kid." And with that, they both turned their backs on Yuuki and left.
When they were finally out of her sight, she sighed again and leaned against one of the many trees that surrounded her. "They have no idea..."
"They always give you a hard time, don't they?"
Yuuki quickly jumped away from the tree and turned around to see the handsome pureblood coming her way.
"Kaname-sama! What are you doing out here? A-Aren't you supposed to be in class right now? I-I mean, aren't you needed in-"
"I dismissed the class early tonight. There was no reason for me to stay there."
"Oh," was the only smart reply that Yuuki could come up with. Kaname's presence was usually so overwhelming that she always ended up with no coherent words in her brain. "But it wasn't always like that," she thought.
"That fall, earlier today," Yuuki visibly jumped because she didn't realize that Kaname stood right in front of her, until he spoke, "did you hurt yourself?"
"N-No, I didn't. And I want to thank you for breaking my fall," said Yuuki quietly, bowing low before him again.
"Then tell me, Yuuki, why are you in pain?"
"Huh?" Came another smart reply and she straightened her back again.
She must have had a strange confused look on her face, because Kaname chuckled softly and said: "Your neck, Yuuki, it hurts, doesn't it?"
"Oh! No, I mean, yes. Well, I mean yes, it does hurt. But no, it's not a consequence of the fall. It's been all stiff and painful since morning, I must have slept with my head in an unnatural angle, that's all," said Yuuki, smiling up at Kaname almost in an apologetic way.
Kaname's brows furrowed. "But it is causing you pain."
"Only a little, there's nothing to worry about."
"But I don't want to see you hurting, Yuuki. Let me take the pain away," he said and took a step closer to Yuuki.
As a reaction, Yuuki took a step back and held her hands up in front of her. "No, please don't bother yourself. Like I said, It's fine-"
Yuuki didn't even have time to blink. Suddenly Kaname disappeared from where he was standing and then reappeared right behind her, holding her by her shoulders in place.
"It is not fine when my precious girl is being bothered by pain of any kind," he breathed into her ear. Yuuki shivered and goose bumps covered her arms beneath her school uniform.
Kaname nudged her hair away with his nose, to gain better access to the right side of her neck.
And she gasped. When Kaname's lips made contact with her skin, she felt strange warmth flowing through her. It was pleasant and calming, yet it gave her the chills. Her eyes fluttered shut. She was sure that if she were to look behind her, she would find a strange purple hue surrounding the skin of her neck. Kaname was using the same power that he used on her scratched elbow before.
She felt his hands tightening their grip on her arms as that wonderful feeling slowly vanished. Only Kaname didn't remove his lips from her skin that quickly. She felt his butterfly kisses along the side of her neck, soothing, calming, making her feel strangely safe in his arms. But when he traced his warm tongue along the length of her neck, her eyes flew wide open. Suddenly the reality came back to her. And she realized the danger that she was in.
But he didn't show any signs of stopping. He didn't want to stop. He liked, no, loved the taste of her skin. He felt her rapid heartbeat beneath his tongue. Her sweet smelling blood was flowing just beneath the surface of her skin. It was addicting. And he denied himself for so long…
When Yuuki felt his fangs gently scrape her skin, she gasped. She knew very well what it would mean to get bitten by Kuran Kaname, the pureblood, a vampire among vampires…
Suddenly she heard the clinking of a metal chain.
"It's strictly forbidden to drink blood on the school grounds, Kuran."
"Zero!" Yuuki quickly spun around to see a very angry Zero holding his Bloody Rose gun against Kaname's head. "Zero! Put that away, right now!"
"I didn't think you'd stoop so low as to break the laws of this school," said Zero, completely ignoring Yuuki.
Kaname only chuckled: "You're in no position to talk, Kiryuu. Don't think that I don't know," he said with his eyes closed.
At this, Zero's gaze hardened.
"Zero! Stop that!" shouted Yuuki and she tried to pull on his arm. "Kaname-sempai was only trying to help me with the pain I felt all day! And it's gone, see?" And she shook her head from side to side to emphasize her words. "Please, put that down!"
Zero's gaze never left Kaname, who was still patiently waiting with his eyes closed. After a few seconds of silence, Zero finally lowered the gun and took a step back, Yuuki still clinging to his arm.
Kaname smiled a little, with his back still turned to them, and without sending a look in their direction, he walked off. "Take care, Yuuki." And in the darkness beneath the trees, his eyes shone bright red.
A/N: This idea came to my head when I had the same problem as Yuuki had in this chapter. Don't you all just hate to get up with your neck immobile? It's a real pain in the…neck…
See you in the next chapter…