It took me a while to update, but I'm finally glad I got down to it. It's been a pretty busy week and it's going to be even busier this week because of the homework I have. I didn't work on it at all during the weekend and now, I have a big pile of it. All well. I don't really mind. I have plenty of time tomorrow since I only have one class. I guess that's the good thing about college.
Anyways, I would like to thank all my readers, reviewers, followers, ect.! You are all very awesome and I appreciate the patience you all have had with me. So, please excuse my grammatical errors and I hope this chapter meets your expectations!
Chapter 10 - Unexpected Surprise
Maka hadn't even been in her apartment for five minutes when she heard the door knocking. She groaned and completely ignored it since she figured it was just the manager reminding her to pay the rent. There was no way she could tell him that she was close to broke and that she didn't have any money currently with her. She had already forgiven her once and she doubted he would forgive her a second time.
Letting out a sigh, Maka turned her body around on the mattress so that she was facing the ceiling. There was just so much going on and the rent was one of the many things she was currently worried about. Maka lifted her hand and looked at the ring that had been placed on her finger. Kid had proposed to her just a couple of moments ago and a part of her still couldn't believe that she had accepted out of sympathy. She did like Kid, but she didn't like him enough to marry him. Then again, it didn't really matter what she felt by that point. She had already promised to become his future bride.
There was another knock on the door again, but Maka ignored it once more. She placed her pillow over head, hoping the person at the door would just go away. She didn't want to deal with anyone and she just wanted to be alone. She wanted to keep her mind blank, but she couldn't because an image of Soul kept popping in. She couldn't get him off her mind and the fear she felt for him never left. Sometimes she really did wonder if she was better off dead than alive.
She was about to close her eyes when she heard more knocking at the door. Groaning with annoyance, Maka sat up from her twin bed and looked around the room. Her apartment was really a mess, but that was only natural since she hadn't had a chance to do any chores in the last couple of days. Still, it never failed to surprise her how small and cramped her studio apartment really was. Everything was combined into one big room and it was too overly priced.
Maka stood up and headed down to the door with a yawn. She passed by her small dinning table and the kitchen before she made it to the door. Then, she lazily unlocked it and opened the door to find Tsubaki standing right in front of her. She smiled at her, but Maka had already been taken by surprised. She rubbed her eyes, wondering if she was imagining things. She had never given anyone at work her address, not even Tsubaki who considered her a friend. She always tried to keep her personal life away from work, but now, for some strange odd reason, Tsubaki was standing in front of her doorway.
"Tsubaki?" Maka called out to her as she opened the door a bit wider. Staring at her, Maka suddenly realized that Tsubaki was carrying a couple of heavy looking bags. She couldn't help but wonder what they could be for. "What are you doing here? Aren't you suppose to be at work?"
"Yes, I am, but I was given permission to come here." She told her sweetly, but her grin was making Maka nervous. With a small gulp, Maka decided to let Tsubaki in. She stepped aside and Tsubaki quietly stepped inside. She looked around with wonder before she turned back around to look at her. She gave her another smile and started looking for something inside one of the bags. "Soul Evans sent me here. He told me to get you ready for an event that's taking place this evening. See, look. He gave me all of this stuff for you. He said that he wants you to look very pretty."
"Wait, what?" Maka suddenly exclaimed with disbelief as she took a step back with terror. The fact that Tsubaki had mentioned Soul and an event made her panic like crazy. "What are you talking about?! What event? I haven't been told about this! Soul gave me the day off today! He can't expect me to go back to work for some sort of event thing! No way! I'm not going anywhere! I just came back from New York and the only thing I want to do is sleep!"
"Aww, C'mon, Maka." Tsubaki pleaded before she started pulling out some things from inside the bag. It was mostly make-up stuff aloge with a straightener and curler. However, Maka almost went ballistic when she saw Tsubaki pull out a very expensive looking red dress and a diamond necklace. "It's a pretty important thing Maka and I think he really wants you to go. I mean, look at all this stuff he sent you. I thinks it's pretty nice of him, don't you think?"
"No, it's not nice at all." Maka quickly replied, backing away from the smiling Tsubaki. She could clearly see what Soul was really trying to do. He was threatening her indirectly by sending Tsubaki to come fetch her. He probably knew that Tsubaki was one of the only people she talked to in the entire Evans building and she could only guess that he was willing to harm her too if she didn't do what he wanted. Maka bit her lip as she looked at the dress Tsubaki was carrying over her arm. "I don't want to go with him. I can't. I hate him."
"I don't think you have much of choice, Maka." Tsubaki told her with a crooked smile. She walked passed her and placed the nice looking dress over her bed. She looked at it with amazement before she turned in her direction again. "It really does seem like an important event and I think Soul is suppose to go represent the Evans Company or something like that anyways. I guess he wants you to with him. You know, I think you're pretty lucky, Maka. It really is quite a luxury to go to one of those events. I heard that only the most important people get to attend."
"Well, you can go ahead and take my place." Maka told her, but Tsubaki thought she was just playing around. Little did she know that she was being completely serious. Letting out a sigh, Maka walked over to the kitchen and decided to pour some lemonade for the both of them."Just call him and tell him that I don't want to go. If that event is as important as you say, why doesn't he just get someone else to accompany him?"
"Have you forgotten that you're his assistant? Besides, it's not just any event. I think it's the inauguration of a new hotel the Evans Company hsd been working on for a couple of years. They're going to celebrate it's opening with a big party or something." Tsubaki continued on as she placed the rest of the bags on the table. "Besides, whether you want to go or not, I don't really think it matters. Soul told me to get you ready no matter what and that he would meet you at the hotel around six in the evening. He said that he wouldn't take no for an answer and if you refused to obey, he said you would suffer the consequences."
She knew Soul wasn't lying when he said she would suffer the consequences. She could already picture him in her mind going after her mother or Tsubaki or even Kid. She couldn't put them in danger and she would just have to bear with it. Smacking her lips, Maka walked back to the table with two cups of lemonade in her hands. It was the only thing she had to offer since her refrigerator was practically empty.
"I guess I don't have much of a choice, huh?" Maka said with a sigh as she handed Tsubaki a cup. Tsubaki gladly took it and gave it a small sip before she turned to grab a box of make-up. With a pout, Maka dropped herself on the chair and looked at all the junk Soul had sent with Tsubaki. She didn't know how, but she would make sure Soul would pay for everything he was making her go through. "So, how exactly are you suppose to get me ready? I mean, I can fix myself up just fine."
"Aww, Maka. I promise I'll leave you beautiful." Tsubaki told her as she walked behind her. She carefully undid her bun, letting her hair fall on top of her shoulders. She brushed it with her fingers before she looked around for an actual brush. "My goodness, Maka. You're hair is really beautiful. I don't understand why you never let it down. It's also very long and soft. You must really take care of it."
"Yeah, sure." Maka told her silently, but the only reason she was finding it so pretty was because she had practically poured all of the hotel's shampoo on her hair. Since it was technically free, Maka didn't want to let that opportunity get away from her. Letting out another sigh, Maka looked back down on at her ring. She twisted it around in her finger before she looked up at the ceiling. "I was proposed by my boyfriend this morning and I accepted."
"Wait, what?!" It was her turn to be surprised and she quickly dropped her hair. She dashed in front of her, grabbing her shoulders a bit too tightly. Maka just stared at her curiously, but seeing her excitement made her smile a bit. Maybe she had made the right decision after all. "Really?! Oh my goodness! I can't believe it! So you and your boyfriend, Kid, are engaged! I'm so happy for you, Maka! I never expected this! It's really quite the surprise! So, when are you getting married? Have you two set out a date? I can help you if you like!"
"We haven't talked about that yet." Maka told her before she showed her the ring Kid had given her. Tsubaki squealed with delight as she quietly admired it. "I mean, we're engaged, but I don't think we're getting married anytime soon. I think he wants to to wait until he finishes medical school and I'm completely fine with that. I hope that's more than enough time for my mother to wake up. I don't want to get married knowing that she can't accompany me on that special day. She needs to be there. She needs to be awake by then. Kid said he would do everything he can to help her once he's a doctor, but I don't think I can wait that long. I want her with me now."
Tears started forming in her eyes, but Tsubaki quickly gave her a kleenex so she could wipe them away. She patted her head with care before she turned her focus back on her hair. She grabbed a strand of it and starting brushing it. "Oh, Maka. You can't lose hope. I'm sure you're mother is a very strong woman like you. She'll make it, Maka. I know she will. You just need to have a little faith. Still, I'm glad that you were able to talk to me about this. Lately, I feel like you've become very distant. If something is ever bothering you, please talk to me about it."
Maka's body stiffen as Tsubaki continued to brush her hair. She clenched her hands into fisst before she snapped her eyes shut. If Soul ever figured out what she was about to ask, he would definitely kill her. "Hey, Tsubaki?" Maka began, deciding to push her luck once again. "Do you...I mean, what do you think about, umm, well...What do you think about vampires? What are they to you?"
"Vampires? Maka, what in the world are you talking about?" Tsubaki replied with a small laugh, letting her hair fall down on her back. Maka pouted while Tsubaki continued giggling on. "You're so random sometimes, Maka. I mean, vampires aren't real. They only exist in books and fairy tales. Still, I must say that they are quite interesting to read. Why do you ask, Maka? Do you want a good vampire book to read or something?"
"No. Just forget I ever asked." Maka told her, but Tsubaki was already staring at her strangely. She wondered if she could tell that she was hiding something, a secret that could practically kill her and everyone else she knew. She regretted ever walking paths with Soul. In fact, she regretted ever setting foot on the Evans Company. She wished had never gone to that job interview Joe Buttacki had set up for her. "I don't even know what I'm saying anymore. I'm just so tired. I want to go to sleep, but instead, I'm being forced to go to some party. Why do I have to put up with this?"
Maka continued on complaining as the hours ticked by and when Tsubaki was finally finished with her, it was almost time for to meet up with Soul.
There was such a huge crowd and he hated it. He hated being surrounded by so many pathetic humans that considered themselves above everyone. Soul tried to ignore them, but every now and then, someone would come up to him and try to start a conversation. They would ask him things about the company and they would actually expect him to answer. That was a part of the reason why he didn't like those types of social functions. He hated being there and even though Wes knew that about him, he still sent him.
Soul stepped outside of the room and walked into the lobby, ignoring some annoying women that kept looking his way. He fixed his tie before he looked at his watch. If she didn't get there in the next 20 minutes or so, he would have to go out and look for her. He had given her instructions to arrive on time and yet, she was already late. Either she was taking too long to get ready or she wasn't planning to come at all. Letting out frustrated sigh, Soul placed his hands in his pockets as he continued to stare at the doorway. His patience was already at it's limit.
A waiter walked by and handed him a cold looking drink. Soul refused at first, but since the waiter kept on insisting, he figured he had no choice but to take it. Soul looked down at the drink with disgust. He didn't have to taste it to know it was alcohol. Repulsed by it's awful stench, Soul wished he could have a cup of blood instead of that. He would do anything for a sip of blood in that moment. Being around so many humans always seemed to drain his strength.
He was just about to place his glass on a nearby table when he finally saw his honored guest stepping through the door. A smirk formed on his lips as his eyes glared at her from top to bottom. He knew it and he would definitely have to thank her friend for her nice work. Maka Albarn, his personal assistant, looked a lot better than he had ever expected. Her hair was nicely loose and fixed, free from that awful bun she used to always carry it in. Her face was touched with some make-up and the eye shadow attractively matched her green eyes. Her lips had been stroked with a bright red color and Soul suddenly felt like kissing them.
She seemed completely lost and almost scared, but that's probably what amused him the most. Holding his glass of wine firmly, Soul started walking in her direction. When she spotted him, her face of confusion turned into a serious grave one. It was clear that she wasn't happy to see him, but little did she know that she was in fact quite pleasing to his eyes. Soul stood right in front of her, getting a better glance at the dress he had especially picked out for her earlier in the day. It seemed a bit loose around the chest, but other than that, she looked better than fine. The red dress outlined her curves and made her small figure a thousand times more desirable.
"So you decided to come after all?" He told her with a smirk, but she quickly turned to look in another direction. She pulled on her dress a little, allowing him to see her heels. Even though her heels were pretty high, he was still a little bit taller than her and he liked that. "I was just about to go look for you. I hate waiting."
"I didn't want to come at all." She said through her teeth, giving him an angry look. She gripped tightly on her handbag before she looked down at the floor with some embarrassment. "I'm not used to dressing like this and I hate it. As soon as this thing is over, I'm going home. I don't want to be here any longer than I'm suppose to. You had already given me the day off, so it isn't fair that I had to come and do this."
"You're gonna have to get used to it." He snapped back at her as he lifted an eyebrow. He handed her his glass of wine and she confusedly took it from him before she placed it over a table."I hate being here as much as you do, but I was forced to come here and since you're my assistant, you had to come along too."
She didn't say anything, but she did smack her lips with annoyance. Ignoring her displeasure, Soul started walking back into the room and surprisingly enough, she started following closely behind. Despite all the hatred she claimed to feel for him, she was sticking rather close and he, of course, didn't personally mind. Then again, how could he blame her? There were so many guys that were eyeing her and they looked like they wanted to eat her alive. Soul turned around to give her glance. She did look rather stunning and he wasn't the only one that had noticed.
Letting out an annoyed sighed, Soul suddenly extended his elbow for her to grab on to. She hesitated and looked around the lobby insecurely. However, it wasn't long before she locked elbows with him. Soul give her smile which didn't seem to please her in the least. "You're going to pay for humiliating me this way." She said quietly, but loud enough for him to hear. "How dare you send Tsubaki to get me ready. Just what were you thinking?"
"She's your friend, right?" Soul told her plainly before he pulled her a little closer to him. Aside from looking beautiful, she also smelled pretty nice and it wasn't just the smell of her blood. "I thought it would only be appropriate to send someone you're close to. I know a lot about you and I think it's best if you keep that in mind. One wrong move and one of your friends could end up hurt. You don't want that or do you?"
"I hate you." She said through her teeth as they entered the room the celebration was going to take place in. They stood by the doorway and it wasn't long before she pulled her arm away from his reach. "You better not even think about hurting them because if you do, I swear I will make you pay. I'll make you regret letting me live."
"Have I told you how sexy you look in that dress?" He asked her, changing topics. Three seconds hadn't gone by when she was blushing a bright shade of red. She groaned angrily before she turned away from his gaze. However, Soul decided to have some fun with her. He grabbed her wrist and pulled her even closer to him. He could almost hear her squeal when he silently wrapped his arm around her waist. "I want some of that blood of yours. I want to pierce my fangs into your skin. You have no idea how badly I'm restraining myself."
"Stop it." Maka whispered to him, trying to push him away, but of course, he was too strong for her. She growled furiously while he threatened to slip his hand up her dress. "We're in public! Just stop it and leave me alone before I scream. I'm not playing around."
"I'm not playing around either." Soul whispered in her ear. He gave her another smirk, showing her his fangs. She trembled even more and tried even harder to get away from him. Making sure no one saw, Soul secretly licked the side of her neck and she held in her scream like a good girl. "I want to bite you so badly and I want to strip you naked along with it. I'm just going to have to wait, though because we have business to take care of."
Soul released her and she quickly took a couple of steps away from him. Panting uncontrollably, she tried to calm herself down, but Soul could tell that it was all in vain. He silently laughed at her before he crossed his hands. He turned to face the people that were getting the platform ready for the upcoming speech.
"You're absolutely crazy!" She exclaimed frantically as she fixed her dress with quivering hands. Was she really that scared of him? Soul shrugged off his question since the answer was quite obvious. Whether he was nice or mean to her, she would always be scared of him because he was a vampire, a monster. That's why it didn't matter how he approached her. Her fear for him was never going to end, so he didn't see nothing wrong in having a little fun. "You better not even think about coming close to me. What are we suppose to do here anyways? I don't think we just came to enjoy ourselves."
"We're here to represent the Evans Company and you're going to say the introductory speech." He told her calmly and he honestly couldn't help but laugh when he saw her face stricken with panic. "What? I didn't tell you? You're going to give a big speech, so I hope you're ready for it. I was the one that was suppose to say initially, but I hate that sort of stuff. I guess this is the good part about have an assistant. You get to do everything for me. You should feel honored."
"What?! I have no idea what I'm suppose to say! I need to prepare for this! You should have told me with at least a day in advance! There's no way I can make up a speech in ten minutes!" She placed her hand over her forehead before she looked around the room that was starting to get a bit full. There were more waiters walking around and there were more important looking people showing up. "I can't believe you. You're the director! You're the one that's suppose to say that stupid speech, not me."
"If you say one more thing, I swear I'll take your virginity right here and now." Soul gritted his teeth at her and that was enough to make her shut up. He let out a frustrated sigh as he started looking around. There was something odd about the room and for some reason, he was starting to get a really weird feeling. It was making him uncomfortable. "Just do what I say."
Soul's eyes scanned the massive room, but he didn't find anything suspicious. Soul scratched the back of his head and decided not to think about it anymore. Still, as the seconds ticked by, the odd feeling slowly turned into a strange presence and that's when it became clear to him that there was something inhuman inside the room. He took a step closre to Maka, making sure that whatever it was wouldn't get to her.
"Hey, what's wrong with you?" She suddenly asked him, staring at him with a bewildered look. "Your face looks pale. Is there something wrong?"
He didn't bother to answer because he felt like something was getting closer to them or more specifically, something was getting closer to him. "Something's coming." He said in a whisper, peeling his eyes and feeling them glow red with intensity. "It's here."
In that precise moment, the lights suddenly went off and everyone started yelling with sudden terror. It was pitch black, but of course, he was still able to see and it was then that he could see the enemy coming his way. Now, he understood why he couldn't sense or see him at first. The enemy had camouflaged himself as a human with the purpose of targeting him. Without thinking about it twice, Soul grabbed Maka and carried her out of the room as fast as he could. Despite her flow of confused questions, Soul kept himself focused.
Something like that had never happened before and he wondered why he hadn't sensed the enemy's presence sooner. He wondered if his powers had become dull because of the group of humans that he had been surrounded with. The enemy had been there the entire time and it was strange that Soul didn't notice him until he was getting ready to make an attack. Now, he was at a disadvantage because he had Maka Albarn stuck with him. He would never be able to fight the enemy fairly with her around. If he would've known that he was going to be attacked, he wouldn't have asked her to come along in the first place.
Then again, it didn't really matter because there was no way he was about to let himself get caught by Vampire Hunters.