okay here is my latest story after being m.i.a. for a few weeks. It's a little long but im also a little worried you'll think its a bit rushed. but after this it'll start to make more sense as the story unravels. i hope its okay and please let me know how you liked it. :) if no one seems to like it then i may just start a different story cuz im not sure how it will come out.

The Wastelands

Prologue

Ring ring!

Zoe Orimoto got up off the couch and answered her phone.

"Hello?"

"Hey Zoe. It's me", Takuya said to his girlfriend. "Um....can you meet me in the park down the street from your house?"

Zoe frowned. "Yeah, sure. Is everything okay?"

"Yeah. Can you meet me or not?" He sounded a bit impatient.

"Yeah, I'll be right there." She hung up and threw her sneakers on.

Zoe jogged down the street to see Takuya waiting for her on one of the park's benches. She sat down beside him and tried to catch her breath.

"So what's up?"

Takuya was looking at the ground. "We need to talk."

Zoe began to get nervous, then looked at the sky. "Are you sure you wanna talk about it here? I mean I don't mind, but it looks like it's going to start to rain."

"No, it's fine," he snapped.

"What's your problem? What do you want to talk to me about?" Zoe asked, getting impatient with his tone.

Takuya looked up. "Zoe, things aren't working out between us."

Zoe frowned. "What do you mean by that? How are 'things not working out' between us?" She couldn't believe this.

"Look, I can't be with you anymore. It's just not working for me." Takuya's eyes were dark. "I don't want to be in this relationship anymore."

Her heart sank. "Alright, we can slow things down. Go back to being friends if that's what you want." Zoe was on the verge of tears, but if Takuya wasn't happy with their relationship then she didn't want to force him to stay with her.

"But that's the thing. I don't even want to be friends with you!" Takuya was shouting.

Zoe stood up, pissed off. "What did I ever do to you? I mean sure, we've only been going out for a few months now, but jeez. I couldn't have done anything to make you mad at me like this. What's the matter?"

Takuya stood up as well. "I don't want to be with you anymore. You're driving me nuts. You have always kind of driven me nuts, even when I first met you." He looked very angry and annoyed.

Tears came to Zoe's eyes filled with tears. "Then why did you go out with me in the first place if you think I'm annoying?!"

"I don't know. Because I was stupid and didn't know better. Thought maybe you would grow out of it eventually." Takuya's eyes showed no emotion. "But as we can see, that will never happen. Face it, you're just a pain in the ass and you always will be."

Zoe's hands were clutched into fists, her nails digging into her palms. Her head was down, and the tears began coursing down her face. "Fine," she said in a low voice. "I'll leave you alone. I'll never speak to you again after this because now I know that all I'm good for is annoying you." She looked up, her face a mixture of grief and anger. "Have a nice life. But that shouldn't be too hard with me gone." With that she brushed past him and started to make her way to the woods next to the park.

Takuya turned to her. "Where are you going?" He asked, a harshness in his voice.

"None of your business." She didn't look back at him.

"Whatever. Bye." Takuya turned and began to walk home.

Zoe's walking turned into a jog as she got to the wooded area. She had to get away from him. I don't want him to see my crying in case he decides to come back and say something else to me, she thought bitterly. She couldn't stop the tears, so her jog turned into a run.

Trees and plants were everywhere. There wasn't even a solid path to follow. Zoe didn't care though and ran as fast as she could. She dodged trees and jumped over logs. She couldn't stop running, no matter how hard her heart was pounding. It was as if she was trying to run away from Takuya's words. You have always kind of driven me nuts, even when I first met you. He's just like everyone else who's made me feel as though I don't belong here, she thought angrily. Stupid of me to think that someone would actually want to be my friend for once.

Finally Zoe collapsed. Her chest was heaving, and she couldn't take it anymore. She began to sob loudly, not caring about anything else in the world at that moment. She had really thought she loved him and that he felt the same way as her. But of course, she had been wrong.

"Stupid Takuya!" She couldn't help but scream it out. Her fist pounded into the ground, hitting a stick.

Zoe winced and looked at her hand. The stick had jabbed it, and a thin line of blood dripped down her hand.

"Great", she muttered. "Just freaking great."

"I'll help you clean that up."

Zoe snapped her head up. "Who's there?" She looked around but saw only trees.

It's got to be my imagination, she thought. This whole Takuya thing was just getting to her.

"Aren't you just young and fresh," the voice said again.

"Who's there?! Show yourself!" She was frightened, not knowing what was going on.

Three figures seemed to appear out of nowhere. When they came closer, she could see that there were two women and one man. They appeared to be in their mid-twenties.

Zoe glared at them and backed away slightly. "What do you want?"

The man stepped forward and smiled. He had black hair and dark jacket on. His face was extremely pale, but he was handsome nonetheless. "What do we want, you ask? Don't worry about what we want. Just come here so we can talk to you." He beckoned her.

Zoe began to slowly move towards them, as if she had no control over her body. What's happening, she thought with a panic. Why can't I stop?!

One of the women had long dark brown hair and wore a red leather jacket. She also had on a black leather mini skirt and high heeled boots. The other woman had almost platinum blond curls and was wearing a similar outfit to the brunette, only her jacket was black.

They waited as she came closer, then tried to jump on her. Zoe screamed and fell to the ground as they pushed her. The man's mouth was near her neck when all of a sudden a high-pitched scream filled everyone's ears. Zoe looked up to see the blond woman's head fall to the ground, her body falling backward. The brunette jumped off of Zoe and looked at the body in horror.

"Get away from her!" A man in his early fifties approached them. He held a large knife in his hand.

The man and the woman backed away, hissing at him. They gave one last look at Zoe, then disappeared amongst the trees.

Zoe screamed as he pulled her up. "Are you okay?" He asked. Specks of blood stained his graying hair.

"You just killed that woman! What the heck is going on? Who are you and who were they?!"

"There's no time to explain. You need to come with me," he said. He began to drag her along.

"NO! Let go! Tell me what's going on first", she insisted.

"Just come on. I'll explain later. If you stay here, you're as good as dead."

Zoe relented and began to follow him, both of them running. She could here voices all around them and glanced around. There was no one visible.

After a few more minutes of running they came to a small cottage. "Get in. Quickly!" The man looked around as Zoe entered. He followed her and locked the door.

"Okay, can you please tell me who you are and what the heck is going on?" Zoe asked.

"My name is Sosuke Ushiba. And those people that attacked you back there are vampires."

Zoe stared at him as though he had three heads. "Vampires?" She asked incredulously. "You're kidding me, right?"

"No I'm not kidding you. This isn't a joke", he insisted.

"There's no such things as vampires", Zoe said. "They're only in movies and stuff. They don't actually exist."

"But they do. Just listen to me, dammit. They're real and before you know it, there'll be more vampires than ever. They are quickly multiplying."

"But what has this got to do with me?" Zoe asked, still not entirely believing what she was hearing.

"There is something about you. A certain presence about you that they can't resist. And because of it, you'll be dead very soon if you don't know how to defend yourself against them." Sosuke looked tired and worn out. "Please believe me, I'm not just some crazy bat. Besides, did you not notice their sharp canines?"

Zoe had to agree on that. She did catch a glimpse of their teeth and they did have fangs, no doubt about it.

"But why me?" She asked, defeated.

"I don't know, there's just something special about you. You must learn how to defend yourself against these vampires, before they kill you", he said. "I know this is all so sudden. But I beg you. Give me the chance to teach you everything you need to know about these creatures."

She shook her head. This is ridiculous, she thought. But at the same time, he did save her. And the man had tried to bite her neck. That wasn't exactly the most ordinary thing.

Zoe saw a glint in his eye and couldn't help but to believe him. Finally, she just gave up. "Alright. I still think this is absolutely crazy, but okay. Teach me Everything I need to know."

Sosuke looked relieved and smiled. "Okay, let's begin our first lesson now."

For the next two hours, Zoe absorbed everything he told her. He explained about their origins, how to fend them off, how to kill them, everything she could ever ask about. His words sank in. Surprisingly, she found herself thinking it as less and less crazy the more he explained things. In the pit of her stomach, Zoe Orimoto knew her life would never be the same.

yays. prologue is done. chapter 1 is coming really soon. hope you liked it. im a little worried that it came out sounding rushed and ridiculous but i hope to explain things better in the next chapters. let me know if you like it or not.