"Adam?" murmured Christa quietly.
His fists clenched as he tried to turn to her, but Ingrid shook her head at him, and he had no choice but to remain still. She took a slow step towards him, and he spun on the spot and bared his fangs, snarling.
She flinched away from him, but she could see the apology in his eyes. He was still in there.
"Well" smiled Ingrid. "It seems I can put my plan into action after all, even if it is a bit late." She laughed darkly, and turned to Adam. A smirk lit her face as she spoke; "Kill Vladimir Dracula."
His head bowed slightly, and he twisted to face his old friend.
"Adam" said Vlad warningly, "I don't want to hurt you."
"Exactly" smirked Ingrid.
What happened next seemed to take an eternity for the vampires, but in reality happened in a blur of frenzied speed, too quick for the eyes of Christa and Matt to focus on.
Vlad dodged out of the way of the blow, his back hitting a wall, only to walk into another one, which he ducked under, before twisting to avoid a kick. He dropped into a crouch to evade another attack, slipping under Adam's outstretched fist and back into open space. The other vampire snarled, and swung a low kick which had been intended to knock his ankles from under him. He jumped it, avoiding falling to the ground, but stumbling backwards as he lost his footing, once more tripping into the wall. His luck ran out when he slammed into the other boy's forearm. He was thrown off balance, and Adam took the opportunity to grab the back of Vlad's cape, physically holding him off of the floor, fangs bared...
He hesitated. For just a second, the vicious black eyes flickered back to brown, and his grip on the cape slackened.
A second was all it took, and Vlad sped out of the hall, dragging Christa and Matt with him.
"What's wrong with him?" Christa fumed, once they were safely locked in one of the turrets. Matt shrugged, but Vlad answered.
"Ingrid." He said, leaning against the door. "She's his Sire, he has to obey her."
"So what, we reason with him? Make him come to his senses?" she said sardonically.
Vlad just shook his head.
"No. It's all purely chemical, you can't change that. It's like a survival thing. Newer vampires were less likely to know what they're doing, so they used to stick around their Sire until they were able to survive alone."
"So we wait for him to grow out of it?" she growled, with heavy sarcasm.
"I don't know!" he groaned.
"Can't you stop him at all?" Matt asked him. The vampire just shot them a look that told them exactly what 'stopping him' would entail.
"I don't want to hurt him" he said desperately.
"That's why that girl changed him." Said the ghost boy sagely. "She knew you wouldn't fight back."
"I know that." He snapped.
"So we stake the girl." Christa decided.
"What?" Vlad cried.
"It'll snap Adam out of it, right? Simple."
"She's my sister!" He protested.
"She's trying to kill you."
"She's still family!"
"She. Tried. To . Kill. You."
He sighed, not meeting her gaze.
"Please." He murmured.
Her eyes narrowed and she shook her head.
"There isn't any other way."
"Maybe..." He muttered, frantically glancing at the few books scattered around the room. "Maybe in one of these... if we can just..."
"Fine!" the werewolf growled. "You can sit on your backside and read the vampire A-Z, but I'm going to actually do something."
And with that, she snapped the leg from a nearby chair with a single kick, and pulled a penknife from her pocket to sharpen it.
*'Sup! Sorry about the absence, and the annoyingly short chapter, but a) I hate writing fight scenes. Like, I really hate them. With all of my heart. And b) First lot of A-Level exams came up. And, because I'm crazy and had to pick both Chemistry and Biology, they were within 2 days of eachother. So, lots and lots and LOTS of revision. Add that to the ridiculous amounts of homework I'm now getting, and free time has become a thing of the past, so I'm afraid updates may be even less frequent from now on. Much apologies.
On a different note, I have a poll up on my profile page! I'm thinking of writing something South Park related soon, so please vote and stuff for your favourite idea. It would be much appreciated :D
Anyway, that's that. R&R! Love you all!*