New fic, first one I've done for VK. Before you read on you should know that the OC I use is one I've put in several different stories for different fandoms. I'm not usually one to do this, but I've been using fanfiction to develop different levels of her personality in order to perfect her for my original fiction. Her appearance is generally the same, with occasional variations on hair and eye color and age varies by fandom. Her name has changed on occasion, but I think I'll keep it constant now. I'm only telling you this so you know why strikingly similar OCs pop up in my other stories and don't get the idea that she's just some Universal OC.
Thank you for understanding and enjoy the story.
Disclaimer: I do not own Vampire. All characters (minus my OC) belong to Hino Matsuri and are merely being incorporated into a non-profit fan-based document.
"Are you alright?"
Yuki stared at the figure who offered her a gloved hand. The dust of the Level E's that had charged her glittered as it floated away on the winter breeze. She took the hand the person continued to hold out and got to her feet. The dark of the night and the black hooded cloak concealed the figure's face, but the voice was undeniably feminine.
"Miss, forgive me, but you never answered me. Are you hurt?"
Yuki blinked, "Ah, no, I'm fine!" she replied, flustered, "Thank you for protecting me." She looked at the twin guns that had been returned to the holsters on her savior's legs. The Crossing logo was emblazoned in silver writing on the black metal.
This person was a hunter.
"Milady!" Seiren burst out from the forest into the clearing, "Are you alright?"
"Y-yes," she stuttered, "I was saved by…" she trailed off as she turned to see that the hunter had disappeared.
"I sensed the presence of Level E's," Seiren continued, "did you fight them off yourself?"
Yuki shook her head, "No, a hunter took them out, saving me." She said, "but I don't know where she went…she was right with me a second ago…"
"She must have felt Seiren's approach. I felt the faint presence of a hunter fleeing the vicinity. She lingered only long enough to see that Seiren wasn't an enemy beforehand."
Yuki rushed to the figure who emerged from the trees, "Kaname-oniisama!" she cried, hugging him tightly.
"I'm glad you're safe, Yuki," he said, "Please do not get separated from us again."
"Did this hunter give her name to you?" Kaname asked, "I need to contact the Association and give her my thanks for saving you."
She shook her head, "No, she left too quickly," she said, "and she didn't stay long enough for me to get her sent."
Kaname sighed, "Well, when we get to the academy," he said, "I will speak to the chairman about it."
Yuki smiled, "It will be nice to see Yori-chan and the chairman again," she said, "Though it will be odd attending the night class now. And the fact that we are siblings will get out as well. The day class girls will never get over that."
Kaname frowned, "Yuki, you know that I'm not…"
"As far as I'm concerned, oniisama is oniisama, and I love him," Yuki said, "no matter what he was in the past."
He smiled, embracing her again, "That's all I needed to hear."
"Kiryu-kun, there's something I want to talk to you about."
The familiar click of Zero loading his gun echoed through the room as he finished restocking the bullet cartridge. He raised an eyebrow at the man who had spoken to him.
"I have a long-term hunt and if I don't leave as soon as possible then I'll lose the bastard's trail," he growled.
"This is important," the other said, fixing him with a serious look, "and it concerns the academy."
Zero sighed, "Make it quick."
Cross Kaien inhaled deeply, preparing himself for the negative reaction that would come after he spoke, "We are going to reinstate the night class, with Kuran Kaname as dorm president once again."
The already cracked window shattered as pure loathing and fury poured out of Zero like boiling wax. The added draft only served to make the icy chill that filled the room even worse. Cross sighed and pushed his now cracked glasses back up the bridge of his nose.
"I knew you would react like this, Kiryu-kun," He said resignedly, "But the association and Kaname-kun both agree that it's finally time to try again."
"Are you INSANE?" Zero voice was rising in volume. He was shaking with anger and grinding his teeth together in frustration. Kuran and the night class returning was nothing more than a taunt for him, a slap in the face, mocking the fact that he could nothing to the class that was protected by the idiot chairman. He could not believe the idiocy of repeating this experiment.
"Zero," Cross said, "Please be a little more open-minded about this. I still believe firmly that there is hope for peace between our races."
"YEAH, BECAUSE IT WORKED SO WELL THE FIRST TIME!" Zero roared, "YOU THINK I CAN JUST SIT BY AND BE OKAY WITH THIS? ICHIRU LOST HIS LIFE TO THOSE BASTARDS! I CAN'T FORGIVE THAT!"
"Zero, keep in mind that Ichiru was quite happy to be serving the vampires," Cross replied with another sigh, "He also loved you and was fully prepared to give his life to you. In my opinion, I think he understood some of my ideology."
"AND," the chairman continued, "Your father volunteered for that experiment, did he not? I certainly hope that your love for you other sibling has not faded."
The got him to calm down. Zero blinked, then sank down onto the edge of his bed. He avoided the chairman's eyes and stared at the floor.
"…-bling." He mumbled.
"Half-sibling." He repeated.
Cross gave him a small smiled, "Yet still considered like a full sibling, no?" he said.
Zero sighed, then nodded, standing, "Whatever, I'll be away while this moronic transition takes place," he grumbled, "Who will you get to patrol? I doubt Wakaba and the others will be much use."
"Kaito said he'd be willing to until I found you a partner," the chairman replied, "I've been working on that diligently ever since Kaname-kun agreed to reestablish the night class."
Zero shrugged, "Whatever," he said, pulling on his coat and grabbing his pack.
"Yuki will be attending the night class with Kaname," he said, "Please refrain from being harsh to her. After all, she is a pureblood, and Kaname won't sit by and take any insults toward her. I only say this for your own good, okay?"
"Is that all?" Zero asked, his hand on the doorknob.
"No, I have one more question," Cross tugged on his own coat and prepared to follow the teenager out of the door, "Are you going on this mission alone?"
Zero smirked, "No, Yagari-sensei can't coming along because of his duties, but he's sending along another hunter to keep an eye on me. You know that burly one that tried to bait me when we went to investigate those records?"
Cross nodded as they descended the stairs, "Kenta-kun? Yes, he's your escort?"
Zero nodded, preceding Cross out of the apartment complex. He turned back as he slung the pack over his shoulder, "Good luck with finding another guardian," he said, "You might also want to consider the possibility of training the ones who retained their memories." He mounted Lily, who was waiting outside with Kenta. Cross had brought the mare over at his request.
"Took you long enough," Kenta started, then set eyes on the chairman, "Oh, no wonder then." He steered his own horse around to face the direction that led out of the town, "let's go."
Zero nodded, throwing a small salute back at cross before galloping off on the white Arabian.
The chairman gave the boy a half-hearted wave before turning in the opposite direction and returning to the academy.
When he entered his office, he found a letter on his desk. It read as follows:
A Level E will be entering the town tomorrow morning and will reach Cross Academy by nightfall. I apologize for turning your school into a battleground, but this is one fight that must be settled immediately. The Level was formerly a member of the Noble class who fell to madness and one I have been hunting for nigh on four years. I send you this warning in hopes that you will be able to take the necessary precautions to protect your students.
With all do respect.
The letter was unsigned, but the handwriting was one he recognized. To be sure, he pulled another letter out of his desk to compare them. This one was more pleasing to read.
Dear Chairman Cross Kaien,
I received your letter and I am happy to say that I believe I will be able to transfer to Cross Academy by next week. I will be returning shortly to finish up my hunt and I would be delighted to take up the guardian position you offered me. I have heard wonderful things about the university section as well and am glad that I can be a part of it.
However, I ask that you keep in mind of my situation. You know what I am and what struggles I have and will continue to face. I will continue do everything in my power to remain in control, but I doubt it will last forever.
On a happier note, I will be glad to see Zero again and once again I thank you for informing me about Ichiru.
I hope to see you soon, regards,
Cross smiled faintly as he replaced the letter back in his desk. It had been years since either he or Zero had seen or even heard from Kai. She'd been training abroad with her teacher, Inoue Sayuri and had directly been assigned to a long-term hunt. Cross had heard that she had begged for the assignment and still could not fathom why she would do such a thing. He knew she supported his views and thus could not figure out why she'd so desperately want to take out such a dangerous vampire. He shook his head. He'd just have to ask her when she arrived.
He stretched, yawning, but he couldn't sleep just yet. He had to go speak to Kaito about the arrangements for another 'Crime Prevention Exercise'. As he left the office, he though about what Zero had said regarding Wakaba and the two dorm presidents. He made his decision as he was admitted to Kaito's office and the younger man agreed that it was probably a good idea.