(A/N): Welcome to my first Vampire Knight fic! I just finished volume 10 today, and then felt compelled to write a story. Anyway, this pretty much came to me on a whim. I love Takuma, and I think he deserves somebody to love too! I also love Zero ^.^ HaHa! Anyway, I hope you enjoy this fiction, and please tell me your thoughts!

Disclaimer: This applies to all the following chapters that I do not own Vampire Knight, blahblahblah, no matter how much I wish I did, blahblahblah, cause the men in this manga are frickin' sexy, blahblahblah ;)

"I'll be in the market. I'm just getting milk, so I won't be long. Be quick, Karuko. I want to get back to the Society as soon as possible," my mother said. She's always like this. Always on her guard. Of course, as a vampire hunter, she has to be. I can sense them too. This town always seems to be crawling with them...

"I'm just picking up a manga," I muttered, making my way towards the bookstore.

"Be careful," she said. She sounded more like she was scolding me, as opposed to giving me loving advice, mother to daughter. Though I'm used to it. She's always been like this. Ever since my father was taken from us. I leisurely walked into the bookstore, and then immediately stiffened. I sensed him almost immediately, as I'm sure he sensed me, because our eyes locked onto each others.

He was absolutely beautiful. The way his blonde hair fell around his face. His eyes, like pools of emerald. I could tell just by looking at him that he was an aristocrat, and maybe only a couple years older than me. But this is how they were made to look. They are beautiful beasts. And they scare the shit out of me.

Still, the way he was looking at me... it's was like he was perplexed, or curious. But then he smiled, picked up the books he was purchasing, and walked to the register. I walked over to where he had been. Oddly enough, he had been in the manga section. I skimmed the titles, looking for series. Volumes 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11. Damn it. I needed 12, and I was gonna pick up 13 if they had it. I walked over to the clerk, who was finishing up with the vampire. She was an older woman, who looked absolutely flustered with her gorgeous customer.

"Excuse me, do you have any more volumes of—?" I stopped, as I peered at the manga the vampire was purchasing and saw the familiar title art on the binding. Volume 12. "That..." I muttered.

"I'm sorry. What's on the shelves is all I have," she said.

"Oh dear... did you need this volume?" the vampire asked.

"Uh... yeah," I answered timidly. I could see it clearly now, in his stack of manga.

"It seems he got to it first. Sorry, dear. If you like, I can order it for you."

"Wait. If you like, you can have this copy. I don't mind waiting a week or two," he said, smiling and offering volume 12 to me. What kind of vampire was this guy?

"No, I can't. You got it first, fair and square," I replied. Never take anything from a vampire, my mom has always said. "If you can order volumes 12 and 13 that would be great. My name is Karuko Shizuki," I said, as the clerk wrote it down.

"Terribly rude... denying an offer like that from such a chivalrous young man..." she muttered.

"It's quite alright. Please, don't call her rude," he said. This guy... he turned to me and our eyes met again. I think my heart may have skipped a beat. Damn it, Karu! Get a hold of yourself! But his eyes... it's like he could hold me prisoner, just by looking at me. I may be the daughter of two highly respectable vampire hunters, but I've never been so close to one like this. A vampire so beautiful and charming. All the vampires I've encountered have been former humans, and have fallen to Level E status. All of the vampires I've been forced to encounter have been mindless, blood-lusting predators.

"Yes, well, your books should arrive in about a week..." the clerk said.

"Well, it was nice meeting you, Karuko Shizuki. I hope you enjoy the next volumes," he said, picking up his books and heading towards the exit. I followed behind him slowly. He held the door open for me with a smile.

"Uh... thanks..."

"I'm Takuma. Takuma Ichijo," he said. I had heard of the Ichijo's. They're a powerful aristocratic vampire family. As I'm sure he's probably heard of the Shizuki's.

"Karuko!" I heard my mother yell from across the street. She looked livid. Don't associate with vampires, she says. She began running across the street, but something was wrong. The light had turned red, but the truck that was barreling down the street wasn't stopping. And I saw two blood red eyes, looking maliciously through the windshield.

"NO! Mom, look out!" I yelled. I ran towards her, ready to push her out of the way of the truck. She's more valuable to the Society than I am. That, and I have no desire to be an orphan. What's my life to anybody? What took place in the moments after happened so quickly. Before I managed to put even one foot on the street, I felt a pair of long, cool arms wrap around my waist. At the same exact time, I saw my mother's body flying across the pavement. That couldn't have happened. This really could not have just happened. I felt the arms that held my waist slowly loosen.

"I'm sorry... but you wouldn't have made it," he said. He let me go and my legs gave out from under me. "Miss Shizuki?" he asked, panicked, catching me before my knees hit the ground. Slowly, I began hearing all the sounds around me.

"Oh my god!"

"What happened?!"

"Someone call the hospital!"

"Did you see?!"

"That woman! She got hit by that truck!"

"Miss? Can you hear me, Miss?!" a man asked, hunching over my mother.

"We need an ambulance! Now!"

"There's so much blood!"

I slowly gained control over my body again. "No..." I said softly.

"Miss Shizuki?"

"No, no, no, no, no..." I muttered, pushing his arms away and running towards my mother's lifeless body that was lying in the street. I fell to my knees when I reached her, kneeling in a pool of her blood. "Mom! Come on! Mom!" I yelled, taking her hand in mine and squeezing it. The man who had approached her had his hand on her neck, feeling for her pulse.

"I-I'm sorry, but I don't feel a heartbeat..." he said.

"No! Fuck no! Come on, mom!" I yelled. I heard sirens approaching, but it didn't matter now. Then I remembered. Those eyes. I looked up at the truck and saw it empty, the driver's side door open. While most people turned to look at the ambulance, I grabbed my mother's purse, which contained her vampire gun, and booked it down the street.

"Hey! Wait!"

"Where are you going?!"

"Isn't this your mother?!"

I ran and ran as fast as I could. I could sense which directions it had taken. It lead me to a deserted alley. This vampire was clever. It wanted me here. Separated from everyone.

"Where in the hell are you...? Fucking show yourself, you beast!" I yelled, keeping the gun pointed out. My arms shook. I was so frightened. I'd never gone after a vampire by myself. A blood curdling screech filled my ears. I looked up and gasped as I saw the vampire flying through the air towards me. I found myself frozen. Truth be told, I want this creature to kill me. I know what awaits me at the Society. And I don't want it! Closer and closer he fell. He reared back his clawed hand, and when I expected to have my head thrown off of my shoulders, I saw him explode before my eyes. Within seconds, I was caught in a cloud of vampire dust, coughing for air.

"Pardon me for interfering," I heard behind me. I turned around found myself surrounded by vampires. Four of them, to be exact. "But it didn't seem like you were going to shoot in time, Miss Shizuki," the vampire said. I had never encountered a vampire like this before. He was beautiful, but terribly intimidating. All of them were. His eyes bore into mine, and I found that I had stopped breathing. Could this be a pureblood? Behind him stood the vampire from the bookstore, and two other aristocrats. This was too much for one day...

The gun I held in my hand fell to the ground, as did I. On my hands and knees, I tried my best to keep myself controlled. Never let a vampire see your feelings, my mother's words echoed. My dead mother's words.

"I'm very sorry for your loss. Ichijo, Kain, Aido," he said. I heard footsteps as they began to walk away.

"Kaname-sama, shouldn't we—?"

"The Society is responsible for her. We should not interfere."

"Then I will wait for the Society to arrive."

"That will be unnecessary," said an older woman, cutting through the vampires. "How shameful you are, Shizuki. Have you no pride? Get up," she said. The Head of the Hunters Society. How I hate her. I slowly began to rise to my feet, keeping my head down. But she didn't have time for me. She grabbed my upper arm and yanked me to my feet "You truly are an embarrassment to the Society. By the way, while you were running around for revenge, you're mother was pronounced dead. And what are you lot still doing here? You vampires have done enough for one day."

I heard their footsteps as they began to leave. "Ichijo?" I asked softly, finding my voice. I raised my head to look at him. Those eyes again...

"Yes, Miss Shizuki?"

"Why didn't you just let me die?!" I yelled. I felt tears fill my eyes, and it hurt as I tried to keep them from falling. He looked taken back by my question, but then he smiled sadly at me.

"Forgive me, but I just couldn't allow such a beautiful, young girl to throw away her life so recklessly," he said, then turned around and walked away. A sob escaped me, and then I was immediately slapped across the face.

"Do not cry in public. Come with me. We need to make the proper arrangements if you are to succeed your parents," she said, walking forward. No. Please... don't force my parent's choices on me.

(A/N): Anndddd... that's chapter one! I hope you enjoyed it. I was thinking after writing it, how likely it would be that a vampire hunter would get hit by truck... I mean, with all the training they have, it doesn't seem likely. So sorry if it seems kinda unrealistic. Having her get hit by a truck was the best thing I could think it...

Anyway, if you enjoy this and would like to see this story continue, please leave some feedback! As for all you Kaname and Zero fans, don't worry! They will make appearances. Please review!

stacyTHEemo :)