Prologue: Call me, Call me

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First voice message.

Hey! Aki! It's me, Sayu. Just thought I'd call to say goodbye one last time. My parents and I had a lot of fun while you were over. I'm sure my brother didn't much mind you staying in his room while he was away. At least you didn't mess his room up too much. Although, I think I saw some rubber from a few of your balloons under his desk after you left. Oh well. I'm sure it'll get taken care of eventually. Call me back sometime or send me an e-mail the next time you get to a computer. Oh, and thanks again for those tickets. My parents and I are definitely going to see you perform! Bye!

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Greetings, Miss Kitazawa. This is Mr. Watanabe. I am pleased that it is finally time for you to rejoin our circus. I hope you got what you needed out of your time away. Everyone here is greatly anticipating your arrival, even I. As your ringleader, it I thought it was my duty to confirm the time at which you are coming. As you know, our next performance here in Japan is less than a week away. I would like to reintroduce you to the crowd in this performance. I hope it is not too soon. Although, I am sure you are eager for the challenge. I was planning for you to perform your regular acts: aerial silk, accompanied by my daughter, Li; cord lisse, the rolling globe, and, of course, acrobatics. Miss Momi also suggested that you do some acrobatics with some of the animals. On another note, I sent you a letter with directions to our location along with some tickets for the family who let you stay with them. In the letter, it says to arrive at eight 'o clock sharp. I wanted to make sure that time is acceptable for you. Be safe. If you get lost on your way, do not hesitate to call. Goodbye.

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Aki! It's Momi! We miss you so much, baby girl! I can't believe it's been six months since I last saw you! The circus hasn't been the same without you. Oh, remember when I told you that a few months ago, when we were in Brazil, we picked up this vampire named Diego? Oh my gosh, Aki! I know I've already told you a hundred times before, but he's so cute! We've actually been going out for a few weeks now. I really like him! Hurry up and get here so I can introduce you to him! See you soon!

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Moshi moshi, Aki-chan. It's L. We're all doing well here at the house. Beyond misses y—NO I DO NOT! …You know he does. Anyway, I have something important to tell you. I've been hearing rumors from some of the vampires here. For the past few months, vampires have been going missing. Most of them have been males who are, or at least appear to be, between the ages of eight to twenty. Why or how, I can't seem to find out. No one seems to know. Also, it is apparent that "they," whoever "they" are, are mobile. These disappearances have been happening in different places every month or so. The most recent was in Japan. I can't help but be a little worried for you and your friends. I'll call back if I get any more information. I only ask that you would do the same. Keep a watchful eye and be careful. Ja ne.

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Aki looked at her phone and frowned. In the past ten minutes, she had gone from content to very happy to incredibly worried. Disappearances? This did not sound good at all. It takes a great deal to kidnap a vampire. It takes even more to keep them imprisoned. She didn't even want to think about the possibility of death. Unfortunately, between imprisonment and death, it is easier to kill a vampire than imprison them after capture, if you really think about it. But Aki did not want to think about it. Not at all.

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Hello! If you're reading this, you have most likely already read Li's "Because the Night." Therefore, I don't need an introduction, but I'll give one anyway. ^w^ My name is Aki and I'm writing this story as a sort of "fanfiction to the fanfiction." I got the idea for this story after listening to "The Poet and the Pendulum" by Nightwish. This will become obvious in Chapter 1.

As you may have noticed, each chapter has a title. This chapter is titled "Call Me, Call Me," the name is of a song by Steven Conte. It's kinda obvious why I chose this title. ;3 The prologue was inspired by Li's prologue to "Because the Night." I wanted it to be similar to Light opening up e-mails without being the same thing. It seemed fitting that I be opening voicemails since, in reality, I don't like talking on the phone and would probably let these messages pile up. ^_^;

Well, here it is. Feel free to ask any questions and leave a lot of reviews. Until the next chapter, ja ne. X3