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Hanging By A Moment, Somewhere Only We Know

Chapter One - Zero

Silver hair fanned out on the tree below him, the lilac eyes closed in contentment. Kiryuu Zero, vampire hunter, ex-human, level D vampire, Day Class Perfect, and adopted son of the Chairman, was asleep, dreaming in and under the giant oak tree that was shading him, hiding him from the prying gazes of others. He had climbed the giant, green leafy tree as soon as his duties had finished, and was now nestled into a fork in the strong, brown trunks, high above the ground.

It was here, and only here, that he could stop pretending. Pretending that he was something more then a level D, falling into the grip of madness that was getting harder to fight, and pretending to hate a certain vampire in the Night Class. It was also here that he could pretend that the one he loved wanted and loved him back.

The sun had long since set, and the darkness had taken over, the moon and the stars only just coming out from hiding. But the hunter was oblivious to everything, deeply asleep with his headphones in. Though the teen was asleep, he was still reacting to the lyrics and music in his dreams.

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I walked across an empty land,
I knew the pathway like the back of my hand,
I felt the earth beneath my feet,
Sat by the river and it made me complete.

He knew that his feelings would be rejected. Seriously, why would a higher level vampire want to be with a level D willingly, unless it was for sex, or for blood letting? But Zero couldn't stop the images, the feelings, or the thoughts that were connected to that particular vampire. He didn't want to be with anyone else. Only him. The hunter knew that he wasn't interested in looks or gender; for him, he looked on the inside, what made the person. And he had fallen in love with a vampire, a male. He wasn't worried though.

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on.
So tell me when you're gonna let me in,
I'm tired and I need somewhere to begin.

Zero knew that the simple days had gone, the days before he was a vampire, back when he still had his family – his parents, his twin. But all that had changed now, and nothing was simple. The silverette knew his adoptive father Kaien Cross loved him, and was loved by his adoptive sister Yuuki, but he felt like he was missing half of himself because of Ichiru. There would always be a hole in his heart, the hole that Ichiru had tore that night. He knew, that despite how many years he lived, how old his heart was, the hole would always remain; a place only his twin could fill.

I came across a fallen tree,
I felt the branches of it looking at me.
Is this the place we used to love?
Is this the place that I've been dreaming of?

The ex-human had dreamed of the very place he was sleeping at least a hundred times, all of those dreams involving the one of his affections. That was how he knew it was a dream. But when he had actually found the place, he had been shocked, not realizing that it was real. And so, he came here every chance he got, and waited.

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old and I need something to rely on.
So tell me when you're gonna let me in,
I'm tired and I need somewhere to begin.

Every time he had had the dream, he had woken up minutes after being kissed, and after exclaiming his feelings. It was he same each time, and lately, he had been avoiding sleep, not wanting to deal with the fact that the other vampire pushed him away almost immediately after he confessed. Though it was just a dream, it made Zero feel worthless, and like he was unable to be loved by anyone. The fact that he was sleeping now, after five days, and hadn't yet had the dream was a good sign. The teen in the tree shifted a bit, moving into a slightly better position in the treetop, sighing as he once again fell motionless.

And if you have a minute, why don't we go,
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything,
So why don't we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know.

All Zero wanted to do was talk to the other vampire. Wanted to be noticed, to be a part of his world for a moment. Was that too much to ask? It killed him when, at change-over, all he received was a glare before the other looked away to ignore him. The hunter just wanted to please the other, to see him smile and be happy, carefree. He wanted to be the one to make the other vampire feel like that.

Oh simple thing, where have you gone?
I'm getting old, and I need something to rely on.
So tell me when, you're gonna let me in,
I'm getting tired and I need somewhere to begin.

How would Zero confess to the other vampire if he did ever get the chance to be alone with him? How would the other male react? The silverette knew that it was common amongst vampires to have same-sex relationships, but how would this specific male react? The other knew he was beautiful, all of his fans proved that every day. But Zero was a hunter, and that would change things, yet again. Why couldn't things just be easy? But would it really be worth anything if it was easy?

And if you have a minute, why don't we go,
Talk about it somewhere only we know?
This could be the end of everything,
So why don't we go? So why don't we go?

Maybe Zero would feel better if he just confessed, and then he could let the other vampire do what he wanted with the information. Zero knew that he had nothing to lose; he lived alone, he practically had no friends other then Yuuki, he had no respect in the vampire community and he doubted that something would come out of it. So, would it be a good idea to get it off his chest? Maybe then the dreams would stop. But did the hunter really want that?

Oh, this could be the end of everything.
So why don't we go somewhere only we know?
Somewhere only we know,
Somewhere only we know.

But if he confessed, would it be the end of everything? Even the glares that he got from the other vampire? He didn't think that he could handle that. Especially when the other was so dear to him. Maybe it would just be better to keep his thoughts and emotions to himself. It was, after all, what he was good at. He could keep pretending, keep hiding. But was that even healthy?

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The hunter didn't know what woke him. Maybe it was the music ending, the battery on the iPod finally dying. Maybe it was the sharp wind that went through his bones. Maybe it was the moonlight shinning through the leaves and hitting his face. He didn't know the exact cause... Only that he was awake.

Gently, he tugged the earphones out and tied them around the dead iPod, already missing the music. He had no idea what the time was, only that he had missed dinner, and stayed out way too late. He had probably already scared the Chairman to death. Just as he was wondering whether he should go and use the Chairman's kitchen to go and make himself something to eat, he smelt the pure, lovely scent of the one he loved.
He could feel the pounding of his heart, and he knew that the other vampire could hear it too. All Zero wanted to do was get out of there suddenly. He quickly and quietly jumped from the tree, landing on his feet with the grace of a cat.

Suddenly, he froze. He could smell a female vampire as well. Ah… So that's why they are out of class.

Zero thought he heard his heart break, because he felt it stop beating for a moment, two, before it finally, painfully started to beat again. He felt cold, numb, as the reason clicked into him.

I was… Too late… Once… More…

AN: I hope you enjoyed the first part! The next part should be up soon, so keep a look-out. If you haven't heard the song that was mentioned, its "Somewhere Only We Know", by the artist Keane. I seriously think that you should listen to the song to get the mood of this chapter. Thanks again, May~