Akira and I walked down to breakfast the next day, having stayed up late on our little 'hunt'. Akira grabbed each of us a bowl, and a box of cereal. He poured some for both of us while I poured the milk. Sitting in front of us sat a very depressed looking Kyo. He stared into his cereal as if he had no more life in him.
"Yo, Kyo man." Caleb patted Kyo's back, shocking him out of his inner babble. "You okay?" Caleb asked. Kyo looked up at Caleb and sighed.
"It's Mai-Mai." He said. Akira and I sat down, only half interested in where this was going. I was still pissed at both Caleb and his beast for what they did to me last night.
"What's wrong?" Caleb asked, actually looking concerned. Kyo sighed again.
"It was Celine that died last night." He said, and Caleb's face went pale – if that were possible for vampires.
"Damn, is Mai-Mai okay?" Caleb asked. Kyo only shrugged and shook his head.
"First Robby, then Snow, and now Celine." Kyo looked ready to faint. Akira and I looked at each other not getting the conversation.
"What is wrong here?" Akira asked. Caleb looked up at us, and you could see the sympathy in his eyes. I wasn't aware that vampires could feel sympathy.
"Robby, Snow and Celine were friends of Mai-Mai, and they've all just recently died." Caleb said, and Kyo shuddered.
"Pensi che sia stata lei abbiamo sentito parlare?" I asked Akira in Italian if Mai-Mai could possibly be the one that we heard the vamps talking about last night. He only nodded in reply.
"Dude, what if I'm next?" Kyo asked suddenly.
"Don't be stupid." Caleb answered, but Kyo shook his head.
"No, there has to be a pattern here. First Robby died after he told Mai-Mai he liked her. Then Snow died a few weeks later, and just yesterday Celine. Dude, what if I'm next?" he repeated. Caleb grabbed his shoulders and looked at him dead serious.
"Get a grip, it's a coincidence, you're going to be fine." Caleb assured him. Kyo nodded, but still looked like he was on the brink of freaking out.
"Come on Caleb, classes are about to start." Just the sound of the deep menacing voice sent a bolt of electricity down my spine, and my eyes met his in a glare. Derek nodded at Caleb, but when he saw me, that smirk was back on his lips.
"Morning, Princess." He said with a wink. I balled my hand into a fist, bending the spoon so far back it snapped in two.
"Come on Rai, it suddenly stinks in here." Akira said grabbing my hand and making me stand up. Kyo totally clueless on what was going on, got up and began to follow us.
My hand still in Akira's, my other hand was suddenly snatched up by a strong, warm hand. I looked back to see Caleb taking my hand. The touch from him sent a weird vibe through me. I instantly pulled back as if he had shocked me.
"Look Rai, what happened last night, I want to apologize." He began. Suddenly, I was yanked back, and Akira stood in between Caleb and me.
"Exactly what happened last night?" he nearly growled, walking menacingly towards Caleb, who stood his ground.
"Akira." I demanded, and he stopped advancing on Caleb, unable to disobey my orders. "Nothing happened." I explained.
"Nothing but a little smooch." Derek said smugly.
"A what?" Akira shouted, and I could tell he was about to lose it.
"Can it Derek." Caleb shouted back at his friend.
"I think I just walked into a whole lot of ugly." We all stopped and turned to look at our new comer. Mai-Mai stood in front of us, her bag slung over her shoulder, and her hair in a loose braid.
"If you'd like I could go back out in the hall for a few minutes, and let you guys brawl it out." She said with a smile. This got Caleb and Kyo to soften up, and even Derek did a little.
"No, we were just headed out. Right guys?" Kyo said. Caleb managed a smile, while Derek just grunted in answer. Without another word Akira took my hand again and practically dragged me out of the dorm, and down the hall where we would be away from prying ears.
"Akira." I growled, taking my hand back, but then he turned on me. His face was red in anger, and he was angry at me.
"What exactly did happen last night?" he asked. I began to answer, but then he interrupted me. "Is the reason why you came into the room so pissed off because of that bloody vamp?" he nearly shouted.
"Akira, stop it." I ordered. He took in deep breathes to calm himself, and began to pace back and forth running his hands through his hair.
"Just the very thought, of one of them touching you. I can barely stand it when they even look at you!" he vented, and I rolled my eyes.
"Stai zitto!" I shouted, and Akira's eyes landed back on me. "When I say nothing happened, nothing happened. Yes, the big ugly one kissed me, but do you honestly think I'm going to let him get away with it? Do you remember who you're talking to here?" I ask very well knowing he knew the answer.
"I know that you can take care of yourself, and I know that you believe you are capable of taking down any beast that stands in your way, but"
"But?" I ask. How did there ever come to be a but here? I can't think of any time that I have ever come out of a battle within an inch of my life.
"But you are still a girl, surrounded by guys." Akira said, and I was about to take a swat at him, but he grabbed both of my hands, and looked at me seriously. "There are some things you can't get out of, some things you won't ever expect, and that's what scares me."
The look in his eyes is what was scaring me. So serious, and yet so concerned. It made my heart pound. Akira was after all a guy, and maybe he did know more than I would about what goes on in a male's mind. I nodded at him, letting him know I understood him.
"I promise I will be more careful." I swore, and with a few hesitating seconds, Akira nodded at me. "But remember who is in charge here, and if you ever raise you voice to me again I will have you thrashed. Understood?" I said. Akira again nodded following orders.
"Now, let's get to class before anyone suspects us." I say. He nods and we walk to our first class of the day.
When we got to the class room everyone was busy with their own chatter to notice Professor Maslin walking up to me. He had a gentle smile, but I wouldn't buy a vampire's charm.
"Rai, Zoey has requested your appearance in her office." He said. I raised an eyebrow in question. "You are excused from class for today." He added.
"May I go with her, sir?" Akira asked next to me, and I knew he was really biting his tongue when he used such formality. The grown vamp sighed and nodded.
"I suppose you can escort her, so Rai doesn't get held up." He said with a wink towards me. I resisted the urge to roll my eyes, and just turned and walked out the door.
"What do you suppose the leech wants with you?" Akira asked me. I shrugged my shoulder.
"I haven't a clue." I answer and continue to walk to her classroom.
I knock on Zoey's office door, only to have her cat answer the door for me. I glance down at the cat, which just walked back into the room. Akira and I stepped inside and discovered Zoey busy with paperwork at her desk. A memory of me working at my desk filled my head, but I swatted it away.
"Please sit." Zoey said, looking up. "Sorry to pull you away from class, but I wanted to let you know immediately." She said.
"Know what?" I asked.
"Of your move. We have finally found a room in the girl's dorm that you can move into." She announced.
"Ha preso abbastanza a lungo." Akira chuckled to himself. I kept the smile off my face.
"Why did it take so long for me to have room?" I asked. Zoey sighed, standing up.
"Well the transfer happened so quick that we didn't have time to make any plans, and we thought –considering why you transferred- you would feel more comfortable here with your brother for a while." She explained. I just stared at her.
"You will move in with Mai-Mai as soon as possible. That's if, you would like to move now. Eventually you will have to move out of the boys dorm." She added.
"Camera con la ragazza. È possibile ottenere informazioni da lei." Akira whispered behind me.
"It will be hard to be away from my brother, but I think it will be good for me." I say, acting up the weak girl persona. Zoey smiled, and nodded at me.
"Your things will be moved in with Mai-Mai." She announced.
"Does Mai-Mai know of the move?" Akira asked. Zoey of course nodded.
"She was the one that suggested it." She said.
Something in both Akira and myself registered that Mai-Mai's request was strange. She barely even knew me, yet she requested to have me room with her. Even so freshly after the death of her roommate. Something wasn't right here.
But as Akira had whispered to me. Rooming in with Mai-Mai will get me the information that I need.
A/N: There you go. Hope you enjoyed the chapter.
Need a translation? Copy and paste the Italian words into Google Translator. That's what I used.