Two days after the incident with Nettie, I was starting to see some real progress with the newborns. They're some of the best fighters I've ever seen. Tonight, I was taking all of them out on a hunting trip. A celebration of sorts for all the progress they'd been making. I had already hunted earlier in the day and wasn't up for anymore blood- to my own surprise and others'- so I decided to just watch the rest of the newborns. They had great hunting skills, but I just wanted to make sure they didn't get into any sort of trouble. As I had my eyes set on one newborn in particular, I felt a presence very close to me. I turned around slightly from where I was perched on a boulder. There was a newborn that had there legs drawn up to their chest on the other side of the boulder. I

watched her for several seconds as her eyes moved back and fourth, observing the

other newborns' hunting skills. Her red eyes were the brightest I had ever seen against the black darkness of the night. With my enhanced vision, I could see that her hair was almost blacker than the night, and it was cropped short while sticking out in all different directions. She mirrored pixie-like features, and was abosolutely gorgeous. More so than Maria, Nettie, and Lucy combined. Even as most vampires were inhumanly beautiful, she was different. Everything about her was seemingly perfect. She started to fidget around uncomfortably, obviously realizing that I was staring at her. I averted my eyes, continuously watching the newborn from before who still hadn't seemed to move.

"What's your name?" I decided to ask, speaking for the first time since

leaving to hunt. I turned back around to meet the gaze of the young newborn. She wasn't intimidated in the least by my appearance. Most vampires were afraid when they saw my scars for the first time.

"Alice", short and to the point.

"Well, I'm sure you know who I am", she still had a gaze.

"No", I was seemingly shocked.

"I'm M... Jasper", it wasn't too often that I almost intorduced myself as

Major Jasper Whitlock, but for some reason I was nervous around this newborn.

She looked away then, releaving some stress and pressure I felt. Only seconds

later, I started the conversation again.

"How old are you?"


"Are you from around here?"

"No. Mississippi", I couldn't help but be intrigued by this newborn.

"Why aren't you hunting?"

"Because I hate it", that was definately something new to me. Newborns love hunting.

"W-", I started, but she beat me to it.

"Don't bother. I'm not going to explain anything to you", she was definately

defiant, "And yes, I know you're my superior", she finished. My eyes widened.

How did she know what I was going to say? She's definately a mistery. For the

rest of the night, it was pure silence between the two of us. As I ran back to base with the rest of the newborns, I couldn't stop the re-accuring thoughts of Alice. I would have to figure her out one of these days. It's weird for me. I've never been this interested in a newborn like this before. Maybe it's just her defiant and unusual nature. Whatever it is, I have to know. On my way inside the house, I noticed a lot of newborns practice-fighting out in front.

"Don't kill each other", I commented, half joking, half serious. Once inside, I heard very low coversation from Maria's office. I guessed she was talking to someone, so I ignored it. That is, untill she called my name. I ran, seeing as which she hates it when someone isn't punctual. Especially me. I usually knock first, but for some reason, today was different.

"Ah, Jasper, you're here", Maria said, beckoning me to sit. I sat down next to a vampire that I didn't recognize. A newborn.

"Jasper, this is Peter", I looked over to Peter and we shook hands.

"Pleasure to meet you", I inquired, eyeing him carefully.

"Peter is going to be a new guard. I want you to show him how to do his job, and correctly", Maria continued, obviously happy with her newest prodegy. I nodded once, waiting to be dissmissed.

"His job is to watch the newborns when you can't be there, while also

disposing of the useless ones", after Maria saw that I understood, she dissmissed Peter and myself.