Walking into the coffee shop Ren spotted his next meal instantly - a disheveled looking girl who had bags under her eyes the size of walnuts. He smiled to himself as he approached her table. She didn't even seem to notice him at first, so he pulled out a chair from beneath the table.

"Hello there." He said as he flashed his charming smile at her. "Is this seat taken?"

The girl shot him a perplexed expression before shaking her head.

"Why would such a handsome gentleman be talking to me?" She wondered, but she realized that the answer hardly mattered. She bit her bottom lip at noticing how striking his silver hair looked, and his golden eyes...

"You seem to have a lot on your mind." He began. "You look tired, is anything troubling you?"

"Why yes, actually..." She replied, not knowing why a random stranger would care to ask. And while she did want to open up to someone, anyone who would listen, she didn't feel it was her place to talk to a complete stranger about the problems of her life, like the fact that she was falling behind on her car payments despite all of the overtime she was pulling lately, as well as the fact that she had caught her ex-boyfriend cheating on her, shattering her self-esteem.

"Would you like to talk about it?" He inquired in a smooth voice.

"Well, I don't know...I don't want to burden you with my crap."

"It's not a burden." He countered. "I like helping others."

"Wow, he's handsome and kind!" She thought to herself.

Ren smiled as the girl took the bait. All he had to do was sit through her list of problems and then he would be sensitive and supportive. Then she would offer him to come back to her apartment, which was an offer he would gladly take her up on. After sitting with her a bit more to comfort her, he would initiate the process with a simple kiss, which would overwhelm the girl. Eventually, they would get hot and heavy, which would lead to Ren claim his sought after prize.

The night carried on exactly as he had anticipated, as he was feeding on the poor girl he couldn't stop himself from wondering what Natsumi tasted like. She always seemed to be bearing an immense load of stress on her shoulders, but she never gave the slightest hint that this was true. The more composed she seemed, the more frustrated he became with her. It was almost as if she knew that her stress was what he wanted, and she refused to allow him to even realize it was there. This thought irked him enough to cause him to stop drinking her precious blood and began to get dressed. The girl looked at him somewhat dazed and reached for him as he buttoned his shirt.

"Where are you going...?" She asked in a stupor.

"I just remembered that I have plans this evening..." He said as he pulled his pants back on and tied his shoes.

"Will I see you again...?" She asked, wrapping her arms around his neck.

"Maybe." And with that he pressed his hand to her forehead and his eyes glistened a bright gold hue. He erased her memory of the past few hours she had spent with him and went on his way to find Natsumi. He was going to have her if it was the last thing he ever did.

He inhaled the air deeply, hoping that he would be able to hone in on her scent. He walked about aimlessly for a few hours before finally sitting down on a bench to take a break.

"Damn it." He swore under his breath. "The sun will be coming up soon, and I haven't been able to locate her. How the hell does she mask her stress?"

It wasn't as if he hadn't met humans who were capable of burying their fears and inner demons, but he had always been able to unearth them, bring them to light, leaving this prey vulnerable and ready to succumb to his will. Could he truly be losing his touch? He shook his head at the ludicrous idea. He was Ren Maaka, a suave, sexy vampire who knew just what the ladies sought in a man.

"Perhaps she's not attracted to men...?" He thought aloud. "Nah. I don't get that vibe from her."

He knew he had to be overlooking something, but that 'something' continued to elude him. Just as he was about to throw in the towel for the evening he picked up on her scent. His pupils turned into slits and then quickly reverted back to normal. His pearly white fangs curled over his lips in a sinister smile. After he stood up Ren proceeded in the corresponding direction f her scent, which was comparable to Calla Lilies - a subtle, delicate aroma. It was so faint that it piqued his senses as quickly as it disappeared from them. He knew he would have to be quick, because if he were to be outside in the presence of the sun he would burn, and his powers would be greatly weakened.

As Ren grew closer to her he could feel his excitement peaking.

"Soon you'll be mine." He thought aloud.

It was almost as if his sanity had left him, and all that was left was pure animal instinct. He came to an abrupt stop when he saw her sitting outside underneath a giant cherry blossom tree. She had a book in one hand and a cup of tea in the other. While initially he saw no trace of anxiety, he could sense it pulsating deep beneath her surface. It sounded like a tympani and he strode up to her casually.

"My you're up early." He said quietly.

Her eyes slowly looked up from her book and narrowed when she noticed him.

"Are you...stalking me?" She asked as she closed her book and set down her cup of tea.

"I wouldn't call it 'stalking,' per say. More like...tracking." He replied while sitting down beside her. The venom in her gaze was disconcerting to him, and he didn't know what to anticipate from her.

"Well, I would." She stood up from her spot on the ground and proceeded toward the door to her house. "And I'm sure the police would too."

"Now, now Natsumi..." He tried in a voice as soft as silk. "Let's not overreact. I merely came to speak with you. You never give me a chance..."

"Have you ever stopped to think why that is? You couldn't leave well enough alone. Declining your offer twice didn't strike a chord? I'm not interested in anything you have to offer, so just leave me alone."

Her words had managed to inflict some hurt on him, but they did not deter him from closing the distance between himself and her. When Natsumi slammed the door in his face and went into the kitchen, he became irritated and forcefully pulled it back open. Her eyes widened and she reached for a sharp steak knife in one of the kitchen cabinets as he stepped inside.

"I'm warning you..." She hissed. "If you take even one more goddamn step I'll-"

"You'll what? Stab me? " He mocked as he took a few steps toward her. "Come now, I can smell your fear, my dear..."

Without hesitation she quickly slashed the knife through the air in his direction. Ren flinched as he recoiled slightly. He hadn't expected her to put up such a fight! She was much braver than he had expected. As she approached him, knife still in hand, Ren realized that attempting to scare her into submission was a terrible idea.

"Wait! Natsumi, please...I just-"

"No!" She shouted as she swung the sharp blade at him once more, barely missing. "Get out of my house!"

Ren gasped as he felt himself bump into the wall. Natsumi quickly closed the distance and cornered him. He narrowed his eyes and they began to shine their gold hue, which led her to back up slightly. Ren reached for the knife in her hand, but she refused to loosen her grasp on it. When she yanked it forcefully to the left she accidentally sliced into Ren's arm, which began to bleed profusely. He let out a gasp as the pain instantly set in and he began to lose the precious blood he needed so desperately. As he fell to the floor, clenching his arm in his hand in an effort to stop the bleeding, he stared up at her angrily. To his surprise she looked truly afraid at what she had done, and her hands were trembling. Slowly, the knife fell from her hands to the floor and made a sharp sound when it hit the hard wood.

"I'm losing too much blood. I have to get out of here before I..." His thought was interrupted by a distortion of the room around him. His eyes no longer glowing, his expression reflecting pain more than anger now, he watched as the image of her blurred into nothingness.

So here's chapter three! Tell me what you think :)

Only two more chapters left! -woot-