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He felt the eyes before the teen stepped from the cover of the trees. He was surprised to see Ichijo. Instinct wrapped his fingers around the hilt of Bloody Rose and he had it aimed a second later.
"Go to class, vamp." He snarled the words in his usual fashion. Mean and disdainful. He hated vamps, especially when they snuck up on him. It was his own fault, he decided. If his mind hadn't been so full of treacherous thoughts, it wouldn't have happened.
"I will," The vamp paused, "after we talk."
Zero studied him for a long silent moment. His senses were on high alert. What could the Vice President want with him? They'd barely spoken to one another in the time that he'd attended Cross Academy.
Ichijo raised his hands and kept a respectful distance. "I just need a moment and then I will be gone. That is if you still want me gone."
Zero scowled. "Why would I want you to stay? In fact I would like it if you would go straight to hell and take your brethren with you."
Unexpectedly Ichijo laughed. "I think you will feel differently in the morning."
Zero stayed quiet, waiting for him to get to the point. What the hell was he playing at? Did he want Zero to kill him? As if he wouldn't love to kill all the vamps attending the school.
But then a certain vampire would hate him.
He was immediately distracted. Where the hell had that thought come from? And he'd been having more thoughts like that lately. He was starting to think he was going crazy.
"So start talking." He demanded harshly. As always, he completely discarded respect figuring he didn't owe it to any of them.
"Your thirst is getting worst." Ichijo stated bluntly and Zero immediately regretted his own impatience.
"That subject is not up for discussion." He gritted out. How in the hell did the vamp even know of his problem? He thought the three of them had kept that secret pretty well.
"Even if I have a solution?"
That made Zero pause. "Why would you come up with a solution for me?"
"It's not for you." Ichijo was enjoying being as blunt as the prefect. "But rather for Kaname-sama and Yuki-chan."
Now Zero's attention was caught completely.
Lately he'd been feeding from the pureblood to control his bloodlust. Really Kaname was doing it so he wouldn't lose control and feed from his precious girl. Any way to get away from his personal hell was welcome. Lately, when he fed from the pureblood he'd been feeling equal parts of loathing and straight up lust. It was disconcerting to say the least. It was the reason he'd tried to limit the feedings and control the bloodlust. But the pills were no help and every day was becoming torture. But feeding from the pureblood was slowing throwing him into madness. He had a dreadful feeling that he was slowly sinking. But into what?
When he was alone with his thoughts he often wondered if the pureblood even noticed. Most likely not. He only had eyes for Yuki. He wanted, no needed to get away from the entire situation. He began to seriously think about Ichijo's proposal.
"I'm listening." He looked at a sky that was filled with swollen, gray clouds and re-sheathed bloody rose. "And make it quick."
Ichijo, smiled angelically and glided a little bit closer. "Make a blood pact with me and you will never have to thirst or drink from Kaname again."
"Whaaat?" If Zero had guessed, that statement would have been at the bottom of the list of a million phrases he expected from the noble. "No!"
His reply was automatic. He was not chaining himself to a vamp. Hell no, he was already half chained to one and it was damn near killing him. And he had feeling that this so called blood pact wasn't a temporary thing.
But if it means getting away from Kaname….
"Don't get me wrong Kiryuu, I don't want to make you my familiar or anything. I just want Kaname-sama to be free of you. To help my King."
Zero glared ferociously. "And the best plan you can come up with is a blood pact with me? Don't you know I haunt your kind? Or didn't Kaname tell you that?" He taunted.
"No need to be sarcastic dear Zero, I truly want to help." Ichijo moved closer. "You should consider it. It's a good deal."
What the hell? What did Ichijo stand to gain? Did he love Kaname that much?
"What does this blood pact entail?"
He couldn't believe that he was actually considering it. But what the hell. What did he have to lose?
Ichijo shrugged, looking uncomfortable for the first time during the entire conversation. "The pact does come with certain..shall I say constrictions. We would need to feed frequently from one another and," He paused. "You wouldn't be able to refuse sexual relations with me."
Zero's jaw dropped as the noble continued. "The blood exchange creates a certain need."
"So I'll be your sex slave is that it?"
Ichijo laughed. "I guess. So what will it be? Allow the thirst to turn you into a level E or me?"
Put in those exact terms, Zero could be decisive and he would be free of Kaname and Yuki would be safe. He nodded once, decisively. "Deal."
Ichijo moved even closer, now totally in Zero's personal space. "Good. First you will have to feed from me-"
The attack caught them totally off guard. One moment he was facing Zero, the next looking down into Kaname's enraged face, choking as long, slender fingers hefted him into the air by his throat. Ichijo stared into ruby colored eyes. He didn't try to protect himself. This was what he anticipated after all.
Zero on the other hand was completely shocked, his eyes glued to the shadow that was darker than the night around them.
"Kaname-sama." Ichijo bowed his head respectively, speaking with great difficulty around Kaname's hand.
Kaname shook Ichijo. "Did I hear correctly? A blood pact? With Zero?"
Ichijo blanched white. He recognized this tone and it was not good. Although he'd expected Kaname to be angry, he hadn't expected this level of rage. His King was lethally pissed off. Time seemed to freeze as Kaname turned his head and focused on Zero.
"And you were going to accept Zero?"
Zero was in the act of reaching for his gun again when Kaname's terrible gaze and words froze him. He found he couldn't move any part of his body. What the hell? He squirmed against the invisible bonds that held him and willed his thundering heart to slow down. What was wrong with the pureblood? He was acting totally out of character and Zero was rightfully terrified. As civilized as the vamp was, he was still a vampire and they were natural born killers. But why was he this upset? He'd never seen that expression of pure vehemence on his face nor felt this pure death in his aura. If any one had asked him to explain it he would have said the pureblood was in a berserker state.
Kaname's aura was wrapping around him, closer than any lover would, sliding under his clothes to encompass his skin. Completely immobilizing him. He glared at the Night Class President as if his life depended on it, trying to hide his sudden fear. He didn't think it worked.
"What the hell are you doing Kuran? Stop it!"
Was that his voice breathy with fear? Alarm shot through him. Fear was the quickest way to bring out a vamp's beast. Down to the basics it was simply a game of predator and prey. Zero was well aware of where the boundaries stood between them right now.
Not turning his furious eyes from Zero, Kaname casually tossed Ichijo to the ground. "Make yourself scarce. I will speak with you later."
Punish him more likely.
Ichijo coughed and rubbed his sore throat. There would be bruises there in the morning he suspected. Not willing to further anger his King, he made himself scarce.
Zero watched as the Vice President scurried away, wanting to call him back and plead with him not to leave him alone with Kaname.
"You dare look to someone else?"
Kaname now stood directly in front of him, so close that Zero could feel the warmth rising off him. The pureblood smirked as Zero tried to disappear into the tree behind him. His fingers slid through soft, silver strands of hair, caressing before gripping tight. He tugged so the pure white line of the hunter's throat was bared to him.
"Not to worry, after tonight you won't dare look to any one else again."
Zero screamed as Kaname's fangs flashed white in the darkness, long and deadly and beautiful sinking deep into his tender skin.
End of Chapter One.