AN: Here's chapter. Sorry about last week, I asked my friend to do it for me, but ended up posting a prototype instead. So here's the real chapter!
Disclaimer: I don't own Hellsing, Kouta Hirano does.
Warning: Violence, OOc-ness
Chapter 5: Humanity
The cold basement air gave him goose bumps, though there was a sweet, mellow scent to it. It was pitch-dark and the only sounds were his footsteps against the hard stone floor. He passed by several holding cells, some of the entrances being sealed with stone rubble. Sebastian noticed, that the deeper he wondered into the basement, the more it resembled a dungeon.
He wondered how many people were tortured to death, the deep holes on the stone walls being proof of the horrors held in there. The former torture rooms that still held a few torture devices being the most incriminating proof.
'A hellhole under a holy place. Very fitting'
The faint scent of dried blood tickled his throat, reminding him that he still had a mission to complete. If the kids are still alive, there should be evidence somewhere inside the cathedral. Integra didn't specify whether they had to retrieve the children dead or alive, but the chances of them being alive are low.
"There you are" a voice crept behind him, grasping his shoulder tightly. Sebastian wasted no time, pulling out his gun and shooting at the assailant's head.
"There's no need to be so hostile, Gavril" the assailant dodged the oncoming bullet, back flipping and landing a few feet from him.
The torches lining the stone wall kindled on their own and through the weak lights, Sebastian recognized the assailant as the blond man he met at the museum.
"I believe we've met before, I'm Alec. Just Alec" the blond pointed to himself.
"Why so quiet? That blank face is beginning to annoy me. Don't you have any other emotions other than that?" Alec chided, crossing his arms.
"Why are you here?" Sebastian growled, aiming his gun.
"Why am I here? Well…let's see, my master ordered me to fetch you. He's growing impatient" the blond grinned.
"The only thing returning to you master will be your dead carcass"
"So mean! Don't you want to know where the children are?"
"Well, you're too late. They're dead over in the other room. You see, we needed blood with strong life force and-" Alec rolled to the side, avoiding a stream of bullets. In an instant, Sebastian punched Alec's face, sending the blond ramming into a stone wall.
"You have a pretty nasty punch there" Sebastian recoiled from the impact of daggers digging into his flesh. One of them narrowly missed his heart. The raven turned to Alec's approaching form, the one amidst the rubble dissolving into tiny mirror shards.
"To destroy my mirror clone in one hit. Impressive" Alec praised, clapping his hands. Sebastian ripped the daggers out, breathing haggardly.
"What do you people want?"
"What do we want? This world is spoiled. Rotten. Decayed. We want to rebuild a new world, a new empire. But above all, we want absolute power. We don't desire for materialistic goods or even temporary governance. We want raw power, the ability to bend humanity's will and make it crawl into the mud" Alec's face twisted into one resembling a lunatic's.
"But first, we must crush all of our foes. Iscariot, Hellsing, Alucard…What's so funny?" Alec raised an eyebrow. Sebastian's loud fits of laughter echoed in the dungeon. The raven doubled over, wiping away his tears.
"Do you honestly think that your pathetic declaration of war will make me shake on my feet? Get real. You and your organization wouldn't be able to hold a candle to us"
"However, you are an enemy and no matter how amusing you are, orders are orders" Sebastian's eyes glowed an ominous shade of red as a small smile settled on his face.
"I see. You're just like how master described you. On the surface you are just a seemingly ordinary human but once you get excited, you become a demon. But it seems, that you still hold on to your humanity with fake hopes of being a normal human" Alec stated, shaking his head.
"I didn't come here to fight you. I came here to inform you about a few things" Alec continued, taking out a cigarette.
"Oh? And what are those few things you need to inform me?"
"The night your family was massacred" Alec answered, exhaling smoke. Sebastian furrowed his eyebrows, scowling heatedly at the blond.
"The Vatican, Iscariot was the one behind the vampire attack. Your precious Protestant order, Hellsing, Integra knew all about it, yet they didn't even lift a finger. Everyone knows about you, your family."
"Do you honestly think that I'll believe anything that sprouts from your mouth?" Sebastian laughed mirthlessly.
"You're a stubborn one, aren't you? That's fine. That's just what we need" Alec sniggered.
"Believe what you want. We've been watching you since the day you were born. You were destined to join us since the day you were conceived. Go ahead, why won't you ask your leader, Integra Hellsing?"
Sebastian remained quiet, all traces of amusement gone from his face. Despite his increasing fatigue, he managed to give the blond a deadly glare.
"We can help you get revenge on the Vatican, on all of them" Alec tempted, circling Sebastian in a predatory manner.
"Sebastian!" a shadowy mass enveloped the raven protectively.
"Ah, you must be Seras Victoria. I was just finishing up my little pep talk with cutie over here" Alec grinned lecherously at Seras. The vampire turned to Sebastian.
"Think about it, when yo-" Alec didn't get to finish, his head blew into bits as a high caliber bullet drove through his head. His body exploded into more shards of glass. Another clone.
"What are you doing, kid?" Sebastian turned to Alucard's approaching form. Casull in hand, ready to aim at more incoming enemies.
"I…I don't know" Sebastian answered, unsure. Every time Alucard was around, he felt like a preschooler on his first day.
Sebastian felt nauseous and had half the urge to vomit. The raven struggled to remain straight as he wobbled to Seras. Alucard noticed this. The no-life king sniffed the air, his gaze turning back to Sebastian.
"Get him out of here. There's poison in the air" Alucard ordered Seras.
"Y-Yes!" Seras threw Sebastian over her shoulder, earning a groan of protest from the young man.
The draculina sprinted up the stairs and out of the cathedral at blinding speeds. The storm had ceased, leaving only a misty after rain scent. Seras leaned Sebastian against a tree on the cathedral's back garden; the cold wet grass dampening his clothes.
"Are you ok?" Seras asked, cupping his cheek gently. Her lips pursed as she examined him with a worried eye.
"Yeah, thank you" Sebastian smiled gently, earning a blush from the draculina.
"I'm going back to look for more clues" the blonde said, standing up from her kneeling position.
"They're dead. The kids"
"Dead?" Sebastian nodded, his eyes turning bitter.
"Their blood completely drained" Alucard added, leaning against the tree a few inches from Sebastian.
Alucard turned his gaze to the sitting raven. Through the ever-present grin, Sebastian could detect a hint of uneasiness.
"Why don't you drink blood?" Alucard asked, though his voice showed a subtle hint of anger.
Sebastian didn't reply, instead opting to glare at the ground. He wasn't in the mood to deal with Alucard's prying questions.
"Let's go. There's nothing left here" Sebastian stood up, glancing back at the half destroyed cathedral. He let an annoyed sigh slip from his mouth. Integra was sure to give him an earful this time.
"I see…Matthew, call Iscariot. Tell them the issue's been dealt with" Integra said, cigar dangling from her mouth. Matthew bowed and left the room.
"You are dismissed. Except you, Sebastian" Integra said, pointing her finger at him. Seras left the office, glancing anxiously at Sebastian, while Alucard simply disappeared into the shadows.
"You're not human, Sebastian" Integra started, dragging in an inhale from her cigar.
"Your body will continue to weaken until it begins to deteriorate. No, it's already beginning to" Integra eyed him sternly. She is right, Sebastian thought. His wounds from Alec's daggers had only partially healed and his movements had become sluggish. The poison in the basement shouldn't have affected him either.
"I'm aware of that, sir"
"Then why do you refuse to drink blood?" Sebastian merely shrugged. Integra exhaled patiently.
"Go drink blood. That's an order" Integra commanded, standing up to look out of the window.
"Yes, sir" Sebastian bowed, silently gritting his teeth.
"You are dismissed" Integra said, her back to him.
Sebastian strode out of the room, shutting the door behind him. He knew Integra was only looking out for him, but he could not help but feel resentful. He could still eat human food without being sickened by it, but it did very little. No matter how much he ate, he still felt hunger and fatigue by the end of the day.
It seemed, that with each passing day, the more inhuman he became. His once strong heartbeat only beats faintly, sluggish. He stopped in front of the fridge, opening it and pulling out a bag. Sebastian scowled at the medical blood bag clutched in his hand. The ruby colored liquid coaxing him to drink it.
"Why won't you drink blood?" heavy footsteps stopped behind him. Sebastian turned to the vampire, slightly surprised that the older male wasn't sporting his usual joker's grin.
Sebastian stared at Alucard skeptically. For some reason, he felt that he couldn't lie to him or shrug him off. His authority is different than Integra's, Sebastian thought, it wasn't a superior, it was almost….fatherly.
"I hate it. I hate the smell. I hate that it reminds me how fragile life is" Sebastian glowered the medical blood, squeezing it.
"But you need it don't you?" Alucard said, crossing his arms. It wasn't really a question, more like a statement.
"I'm not ready to give it up"
"Give what up? Your humanity? You can't give up something you've never had"
"I suppose so"
"So, what are you going to do?"
"I was raised as a human. I will die as one" Sebastian said, placing the medical blood bag back in the fridge, earning an irritated growl from the vampire. Alucard turned around, striding out of the room. After a few moments, the vampire ceased his steps, not turning.
"Do what you want. I suppose, it wouldn't be too bad to have someone who thinks like you around. Someone who values humanity" the vampire disappeared into the shadows.
Sebastian sighed with relief, he wasn't used to being scolded like that.
AN: Awww...Alucard's being caring, well, in his own way. R & R people!