Ryuu didn’t know what he was going to do. He guessed he wanted to know if he missed anything of interest the night before when he missed dinner and he kind of wanted to try again in figuring out why he was brought here. The Summoner now knew that the Vampires had their own secret agenda and he had his but he might be able to use that against them if he played his cards right.
"It is you again, Ryuu." He turned as he saw the Queen walking towards him, looking a little tired herself, as he was sure he did too.
“Your highness.” He greeted her with a bow of his head. He had been pacing in front of the bench he was told to wait by and he stood still, waiting for her to sit before sitting next to her, leaving enough room between them that a third person could sit there. “I must say I’m a little surprised with the range of dark races you have here as guests.” He began gingerly. “I’ve met quite a few of them and they are all interesting to say the least.” He continued, pausing a little as he was just stalling now.
“Though I still wonder, why keep me here. You know of my loyalties and where they lie but you keep me here in the same halls as yourself. In the same place you call home.” He shifted, beating around the bush a little when he decided to ask, “I don’t mean to give you any reason to doubt me, but I do have my ways. What makes you so sure that I won’t find something I’m not supposed to and somehow get that back to the Light Nation?”
The Summoner wasn’t asking to be maniacal or threatening, to make her worry or to taunt her. He was genuinely curious and trying to proceed with caution. He wanted a look at her sharp mind he’d only heard so much about and he wanted to respect her for it, but he had to see her reasoning first.
Eric snarled as Johar stepped closer to him but when the minister spoke, he surprisingly did quiet down and stopped struggling. He didn’t want to calm down, he wanted to know what had happened to him and he wanted to be changed back. Yet, he felt like he should calm down, for no reason other than he’d been told to. He felt the monster’s weight move off him and he began to sit up, suddenly hissing out in pain as Johar twisted his already hurt wing. His hands both shot up to his shoulders, holding it out of pain before he saw the ladder come down and the servant drag in a little girl. Someone he recognized. He stared at Juno as she flinched at his appearance and he gritted his teeth upon hearing Johar’s little threat. He didn’t want to humor that threat with a response but they way Johar phrased it, demanding that he answer over Juno’s cries. He felt like he had to again.
“No… I don’t want to see that.” Eric mumbled through gritted teeth, unsure of why he was answering. It wasn’t for Juno’s sake, despite the situation. “...” He paused, trying to think of what Johar had asked him that he actually wanted an answer to. He couldn’t think of anything so he turned he gaze towards the minister. “You want me to answer a question?” He stated, apparently needing the minister to fill in the blanks.
Dosia was in her study, reading letters and writing back to some of them. She had started having headaches and only the herbal drinks could make them tolerable for her. She sighed as setting her pen down, her hand reaching for the cup. She sipped on it, the scent of the herbs calming her down. Normally nobody would disturb her while she was doing paperwork but this time a guard asked for her permission, informing her that the Summoner was looking for her. Dosia sighed heavily, any seconds with the shady man passed like minutes but she had to play along so told the guard to tell Ryuu wait for her in the garden.
Dosia took her time changing in her leisure dress and let her hair down. She kept a small smile on her face as walking through the lively garden to the bench where they had led Ryuu to.
"It is you again, Ryuu." The queen managed to hold back a yawn.
Johar walked beside the restrained Eric and knelt beside him. The minister lowered his head to Eric's ear, hissing to him hatefully. "Shut up and calm down, you lowlife demon slave. You think you can do whatever you want freely now that your pathetic excuse for brother is gone? I told you I have much more options...and yet you dared not taking them seriously." Out of rage, Johar held on the injured wing and bent it some more before calling out firmly. "Cyan!"
Soon from a further corner up there, a ladder was dropped and Cyan climbed down with one hand since the other one was already full. "Stop squirming or I'll hit you again, brat!" The servant whispered angrily to the one in his arm. Once he was down, he dropped it and then yanked the shaky kid up by her arm again. Juno could barely make a sound from fear as she catiously looked around. Her eyes dropped on Eric and her expression changed but seeing his new features and the monsters around him brought back fear and fright and she dropped her gaze again, letting Cyan drag her to Johar.
"I suppose you have met her before? How adorable. Didn't know worms like you care about youngsters." Johar clapped his hands once and Juno yelped as one monkey monster snatched her by ankle and held her upside down, swinging the poor kid like it was going to throw her anytime.
"So, Eric. Answer my questions or...do you want to see her bones breaking one by one?" Johar asked loudly above Juno's sobs.
Ryuu was getting up and he didn’t shoo Weasle away or tell him that he didn’t need help. He wondered if this was what it was like to have a servant, like Johar, but then again he hardly ever saw Cyan. After getting up and ready, Ryuu ate a little, being mindful in remembering Dosia’s slight berate of him about wasting food. He could almost laugh at that thought.
“Weasel?” He called and watched the boy hop over to him. “For now, I’d like you to go back to your master and tell him that I thank him for having you come help me.” He sounded genuinely pleased and after the boy was gone did his smile fall and he sighed, ruffling his hair back and standing. He might as well start looking for either the Queen or her captain. It wasn’t like he’d have anything else to do and he doubted Abantes would be able to stop the Vampires from coming after him again.
It was no use trying to tire him, hot blood coursed through him and it was boiled with anger. The heat gave him power and the only way to seem to control him was to yank on his horns, like a bull. When the monkey monsters grabbed at him, Eric reached up, clawing with his hands to get them to let go and his wings flapped open, catching a few of the monsters with the hook and he struggled against them. He shouted when one of the monsters caught his wings, bending one in the wrong direction and there was a slight snapping from the joint. With that Eric flailed to free himself and he was dropped but the monsters were still after him.
“[i Damnit…]” He winced holding his shoulder and closing the wings tightly. He heard the chattering of the monsters above him and he ducked as one swiped for his horns. [i Damn these things.] He thought skittering forwards away from the monsters and glancing up towards the trap door. It had been too high for him to reach before but now.. The demon prince decided to take the chance and he leapt up feeling his hands close over the handle of the trap door. His heart was hammering and he thought that maybe there was a way out. But the door didn’t budge, not to be pushed or pulled open.
Like it was locked or… A fake!
The trap door he’d jumped for wasn’t real and he let go, dropping back down to the floor as one of the Monkey monster’s jumped for him. He glanced around the ceiling but he couldn’t find another handle and before he could move, one of the monsters dropped down onto him, pinning him to the ground and holding his head down by his horns.
The weasel stood/walked in front of the closed door for half an hour before getting bored and changing into his animal form. Weasel jumped around and rolled in the hallway until he spotted N.V coming with tray of lunch. The servant kid didn't notice the animal before the boy appeared right in front of him. N.V stopped and blinked. "Your master is in there?" He asked with a tired tone but the boy shook his head, grinning. "Master Abantes told me to make sure of the guest's comfort. The guest said no disturbing! He is asleep!"
N.V tilted his head but then just shrugged and set the tray down. "He is [b always] asleep. You don't need to be that hyped up for taking care of a lazy ass brat."
Weasel shook his arms in air, protesting. "Nooo!!! He promised he will be up by evening!"
"Heh. Sure thing. Then he will act like he has no sleep. A whiny loser." N.V walked off and Weasel scratched his head. He picked the tray up and smelled the soup. It smelt horrible. Not like Abantes' meals. But his master always said to cherish guests. Ryuu would never like such a thing or worse, think that Deloriak's cooking is bad! He had to change it in kitchen but...he had been told not to leave the door. Else how could he make sure nobody would enter the room? Weasel whispered and looked around desperately until he spotted Liz who just [b happened] to be around Ryuu's room. Weasel hurried towards the surprised girl and started explaining the problem. Liz blushed immediately as offering her help.
On evening, Weasel opened the door curiously to see if Ryuu was awake or not. "Lunch, sir?" He walked in and set the tray on the table. The meal was much different from what N.V had brought earlier. Liz had cooked him soup and meat loaves herself. Weasel didn't just leave. Unlike Cat, he knew how to be a good servant. The boy ran around and brought Ryuu his clothes and even helped him put them on. He was quick and hyper the whole time, not being able to stay in one place.
Johar stared at the charging demon with those wings fanned out and the horns...Eric was no more counted as a human. The minister waited till he was close enough then suddenly shifted into his true form, smacking the now smaller one away with his giant tail. The monster master changed back to his humanoid form then sighed, clapping his hands. The monkey monsters screeched and grabbed on Eric's wings and horns, yanking him up only to throw him around to tire him.
“Ah…” Ryuu nodded in understanding and walked into his room as the boy shifted from side to side. He walked over to his bed and sat down, seeing that the tray was now gone. He pulled off his boots and noticed Weasel trot over, looking eager for something to do. “Um, Weasel?” He asked, watching the boy perk up and feel even more tired. “Could you make sure no one comes in?” He continued and when the servant eagerly agreed. “I’ll be up later this evening.” He said, waiting for Weasel to go out into the hall. After that, he drew the curtains closed and finished getting undressed. The Summoner than crawled into his bed and let his head fall back on his pillow. He hoped Abantes didn’t actually tell the Queen about his little predicament. It would be more than awkward to have to explain what he knew, how he knew, and what he was going to do with that knowledge.
Eric growled as the master of monsters grabbed him by his horns and yanked him up again. He began to struggle when the monster grabbed him and he felt the burning in his back between his shoulders. Tightening his hands into fists, he felt the tension in his new limbs and they slowly unfolded, hanging half open. He could feel Johar’s eyes on him and he kicked his feet down, touching the floor and ripping his limb free from the monster’s tentacles. The monster screeched as it’s limbs were cut by seemingly nothing but Eric’s skin. He braced himself for the monster to grab at him again, but it didn’t.
“Enough.” With an agitated noise, Eric stood slowly and turned towards Johar, a dangerous look in his eyes. He stepped closer and flared open his wings again and baring his teeth. He braced down and bolted towards the minister. His speed was all still there and besides his change in appearance, it wasn’t clear if he’d gained anything else. His wings seemed strong like Karim’s were, they were hooked and webbed but there was no way of telling if he could fly with them or not. He didn’t seem too keen on finding out, instead apparently wanting to see how much he could push the minister’s patience.
Abantes' eyes widened with concern when Ryuu mentioned he had been the target of the vampires. "Well, this has to stop. I will make sure to place one my of my servants to guard you. If they keep on coming, then the Kindhearted Lady must be informed. I am sure she doesn't want our guests to be harassed by them." The kind nobleman then stepped aside for Ryuu to head to his room while he whistled and waited patiently but it didn't take long before a small furry thing climbed his legs and ran around his body, making him smile slightly and pet the weasel on his shoulder. The weasel then hopped down and soon transformed into a boy, bowing at his master. Abantes whispered something to and pointed at Ryuu who was leaving from a distance. The boy hyperly shifted on his legs and nodded in excitement before changing back to weasel and running fast towards Ryuu. He ran around his legs and jumped around before settling down and following him to his room. Once they were at the place, the Weasel turned into a boy again and bowed at Ryuu with a grin. "I'm Weasle at your service sir!" He opened the door for the Summoner politely, still shifting his legs since he could not stay in one place.
Johar made notes as he watched the wings spread. He didn't answer him or even reacted to his demands to stop. Eric was no more even worthy of.talking to. Like a vile beast he just needed to be tamed. Too bad the queen had told him not to cause any harm. Instead the minister walked to Eric and grabbed his horns again, making him stand. Some tentacles caught the demon's limbs and spread them again, holding him. Johar then activated a circle on Eric's back to see if he could open his wings again by force and hopefully manipulate the new body.
Artemis' heart leaped upon seeing her reflection in the window. She approached the glass and starred at it. So she did.existed still! The little Ba'al just had found a way to communicate. All she needed was a smaller mirror. But then her expression fell. Could she pick up an object? The female demon slowly touched the window, biting her lips. When she realised she was not going through it like her assumptions, she grinned and ran down the hallway to find a lady's room where lots of mirrors in different sizes could be found.
Ryuu didn’t say another word and he only went through the motions to keep the vampires from attacking him. After he was thrown out of the library, he looked down at his sliced arm and he sighed about to walk back to his room. Abantes’ voice made him jump and he turned to see the nobleman walking over to him.
“I’m… Fine.” He said tiredly but it wasn’t very convincing and he let Abantes take him to be stitched up. He really just wanted to go lay down but the cut on his arm needed attention and tending to. He didn’t confirm or deny that the Vampires did this to him, he just waited till the stitches were in and stood, glancing at Abantes.
“Thank you… Er…?” He paused, not knowing the noble’s name.
“Thank you Abantes. They’ve been harassing me for the past few days.” He said glancing away. There wasn’t anything else to add to that since he couldn’t say why they had done this to him. He still just wanted to go lay down, maybe find a way to keep his door and window from opening.
Eric groaned and staggered up as Johar pulled at him, he didn’t realize what was happening till the minister knocked him unconscious and he awoke back in the paradise room. Now some of the Light magic did nothing to him while other kinds made him howl and shriek. Not to mention how much Johar was messing with him. Finally before the next circle could be tried, there was a hissing, searing sound and Eric dropped down from the wall, landing in a crouch with his new wings suddenly fanning open in an angry display.
He glared daggers up towards the minister and snarled. “What are you doing to me?!” He tried to stand again and groaned as a wave of nausea overcame him, making him crouch back down and his wings close tightly against his back. There wasn’t much that the tests seemed to be doing to him, other than causing him pain and after a few more moments, he held his head in his hands groaning. “Make it [i stop…!]”
As Artemis walked around, she passed a window which was still on the dark side of the castle and it was reflecting the light of the hall like a mirror. As she passed it, a flicker of movement caught her eye and when she looked, she could see her reflection in the glass. Her body to herself still seemed see through, but she could see herself in the reflection.
"Good." Theodore did not turn away his stare from the defeated Ryuu before Romeo came, humming a tune with a tray of tea in hand. "Nothing like a hot tea can heal some 'mental wounds~ You might need this advice for later~" Romeo sang as pouring tea for the Summoner happily. Theodore just walked back to his room at the end of the library while Romeo watched Ryuu to make sure he will drink his tea. "Anyway, Nice arrow. I really really like it!" He gave the poor man a grin. Once the tea was done, Ryuu was pushed out of the library and the door shut. "Goodness. Are you alright, sir?" Abantes sniffed the blood on the stranger and gazed worriedly at him. "Did those ungrateful vampires do this to you? It is not a good idea to wander in their cursed library." He said sympathetically and gently took Ryuu's arm to lead him to the servant quarters which was the nearest place to stitch up the wound.
Johar was still not convinced, believing Eric was just pretending to be weak and unstable. But of course the minister didn't protest and just walked to the changed hybrid. He glanced around the room and felt disgusted seeing the soldiers shaken and frightened. So he didn't bother himself to get their help and just grabbed on Eric's new horn to drag him out of the Sky room. Once they were out, the minister growled and kicked back of Eric's head knocking him out.
Once again in Paradise room but this time he was chained to the wall and his limbs were spread. On his body various circles were drawn. One by one, Johar activated the circle to shoot Light magic through his body and push his buttons to witness the results.
Artemis didn't follow Eric. She was not interested in sitting in a corner uselessly and watch somebody be tortured. Instead she wandered around the castle, hoping that this shape would have a time limit or something like that.
The side of Ryuu’s face was still stinging and the rough way Theodore held his attention seemed to just add insult to injury. He winced at the slight threat and his icy blue eyes flickered with fright. “...” He swallowed and opened his mouth like he was going to say something, but changed his mind and closed his jaw firmly. He flicked his eyes away for just a moment looking for anything to help him but… “I’ll do it, I’ll do whatever you want, I’ll tell you everything I find and uncover.” He said with a defeated tone and he slumped back when Theodore let go of him. What choice did he have now, there was no way in getting that letter back from the Vampires and he sure as hell wouldn’t write another one for them to find and take. He’d just do what they asked and try to find a way out.
Valerie seemed the calmest out of all the Light that was in the Sky Room. she’d watched the All Demon disappear with Joseph and she turned her eyes towards Eric who was now trying to get up, but he was too dizzy and uncoordinated to actually stand. Karim had given Eric a body that could handle his demonic abilities. Johar’s almost panicked sounding snarl had her sigh and she lifted a hand towards him as a signal to wait. “At peace Johar, He may as well come back and accept our refusal, taking his seed with him.” She stood and slowly stepped away from Johar. Walking with an aura of peace and calm, she made her way over to the demon and he managed to look up at her, shaking. He still hadn’t gotten to his feet yet and with a shuddering breath he collapsed back onto his knees.
“Absolutely harmless.” She said, mostly to herself and stepped back. “Johar,” She called back over her shoulder towards him. “Find out what the All Demon did to him, but don’t kill him. We won’t know if it’s safe to do so till he returns.” With that she walked back over to her captain and whispered to him. “The peace must be kept, we can’t afford to let any of our own blood spill through fear or confusion. The Light fears nothing and this will not shake that fact.” She leaned back from him with a hardened look and she turned away from the throne, walking back across the Sky room. She stepped around the prisoner, to the doors of the Sky room and away from the shaken and confused warriors.
Theodore was one impatient being. His hilt of sword turned his face with a blow right after he disobeyed his order. Romeo made a mocking gasp and went back adoring the gift like nothing important was happening.
"Hmph. Not even going to confess your most clear guilts? You are trully one lowlife rat. Well, all Summoners are like this. Clinging to other creatures to take their responsibility." The vampire walked off to the back door but Romeo grabbed Ryuu by shoulders and pushed him down on a chair. "I'll go get some tea~" He gave a cruel pat to the fresh injury then walked to another corner, leaving the man with the approaching vampire. Theodore held the letter in his hand as he stood tall in front of Ryuu. "This, is a ticket to your execution or worse. The Kindhearted queen always looks for the opportunity to please her own bloodlust with the most reasonable excuses." The vampire narrowed his eyes at the Light spy. "Pathetic. You didn't even try hiding it. This is almost offending me. Yet..." Grasping on his chin, he dug his claws into his cheeks and made Ryuu look up at his dangerous gaze. "You have quite the talents, young man. They can be a good use...to me." Theo's eyes glowed in th darkness of the library at the last part. "I don't care you spy on the naive queen. I just care about the information you give me. In other words...if you want to live, keep spying on queen and don't keep anything secret from me. Understood?" Theo stared into Ryuu's eyes harshly.
Everyone were overwhelmed with what just happened. They all stared at the spot where Karim and Joseph once were then they quickly focused on the transformed Eric. Their weapons pointed at him with uncertainty but waited for their queen's order. Johar was shaking uncontrollably, now both his eyes were inhuman and monstrous as looked back at Valerie and gestured at Eric. "My queen! Let me just destroy this Dark seed now. He is surely nothing but trouble and will turn on us anytime soon. The All Demon absolutely wants the Light to perish!" He almost snarled out the last words. The silence of the warriors was soon broken and the Sky room filled with whispers of panic and rage. Soon the whispers turned into shouts and arguments. Karim had lessened their confidence noticeably.
Artemis was not sure how-to react. Eric was just in Karim's grasp. He could easily manipulate the young man and the transformation he went through to fully change into a demon was the last thing the Ba'al expected. The ghost like demon rushed to Eric's side and tried to touch him but it was useless. She almost didn't exist. She found herself anxious and worried for Eric...how...stupid. The asshole didn't deserve any sympathy yet...Artemis growled..Growled from deep of heart. How dare he just use his own blood for his selfish desires?! And now Karim had disappeared along with the innocent Joseph...More importantly, he had left her in that shape. Panic washed over her. How could she call him?
[i DAMMIT KARIM!]
She closed her eyes and tried to concentrate desperately.
Ryuu yelped as the sword stabbed through the door and he yanked himself away, spinning to face the door as Theodore pulled his sword back and pushed opened the door. He gulped and held his arm, looking after Theo before he glanced back at Romeo and slowly stepped out of the room. It wasn’t a far walk but Romeo was right there making sure he didn’t have the opportunity to run. When they got to the library, the Summoner flinched a little at how heavily the door closed and he bit his tongue at Theodore’s impatient tone.
“I… Don’t know..” He tired but he heard a dissuaded [i Tsk] from Romeo who was still behind him, fiddling with the arrow. “Do you have it?” He asked instead. “Were you the one who took it before I could…?” He trailed off and looked down miserably. “[i Dear Aziers,] I don’t even want to be here.” He muttered, covering his face with one hand while the other held his injured arm. “Why do you want a confession? Why does it even matter to you?!” He asked defensively, glaring up from between his fingers before he closed his eyes and hung his head.
“[b An empty threat?]” Karim looked at Johar with a curious look and his smile grew to a dangerous, sneering glare. “[b Well if you have so much trust in your ability than it should be no issue for you to defend you [i cause] and [i treasure.]]” He turned away slightly holding his arms out, “[b Oh but what is a Dark to do? With not even his blood at his side.. Perhaps, sing a little song? … Hum a little tune? [i Hmm,]] hm, [i hmm?]” He gazed around with a threatening tone entering his voice and suddenly Eric shouted,
“Stop! You promised! You promised you wouldn’t do that!” He was still holding onto his brother though Joseph seemed to be supporting him more than the other way around.
“[b So I did.]” Karim replied, no longer humming. “[b But I never said anything about [i you.]]” Eric’s bitter, desperate expression fell and he stared as the All Demon turned back towards the Queen again. “[b I said I would give you something to help in the war, and I still have every intention of doing so IF you agree to my deal.]”
Valerie sat still, having brought her hands up and folded them together to rest her chin on, in thought. He had nothing to lose in this deal but everything to gain from it. Johar was brave in standing up for her but the Demon would cause unknown destruction if an answer wasn’t given to him soon.
“There is no need for that.” She said calmly, acutely aware of the tension in the room and the heavy atmosphere.
“[b But I insist that-]” Karim began snidely but the Queen cut him off, speaking softly and quickly so that he’d have to listen to know what she was saying.
“No. We do not need anything that you could offer us. A threat in our own home is not one to take heed. Though I wonder…? Why put yourself through the trouble of all this?” She paused as Karim’s expression became less dangerous and more curious to what she meant. “Why take the time?” She asked and he chuckled.
“[b It is a dance, something you should know every well. Over and over again, something consistent in this chaos called time.]” He sighed and looked back at her with a slightly tilted head. “[b Are you asking for more time?]”
“A few minutes to decide, yes.”
“[b Very well.]” Karim mused and straightened up, “[b Then let me leave you with the weapon I still intend on giving to you.]” He said and snapped his fingers on his right hand. Eric yelled out again, but this time in pain as he collapsed to his knees and held his head, his brother stepping back and away from him in surprise. The transformation was quick but from all the noise it was clearly painful. A pair of black, webbed wings had ripped through the fine clothes and two sharp, upturned and equally dark horns had appeared through his blond hair. The glow of his eyes were clear even though his was still buckled over and Karim calmly spoke over Eric’s lessening screams.
“[b He isn’t that bad of a fighter. He just needs a little… Motivation.]” With that the All Demon motioned to Joseph, who reluctantly stepped away from Eric. “[b I will give you the morning to decide.]” Karim then said, looking back towards the Grey Queen with a smirk, his own large pitch wings opening after Joseph reached his side. “[b At noon I will be back for your answer.]” And in a swift motion the two were gone, leaving behind the ‘weapon’ that Karim had left behind.
Romeo glanced at him with a tilted head. "Hm? I suggest you don't get out of this room. There is an angry Theo behind that door. Oh, goodness. He really wants to bleed you to death!" Whistling, the vampire happily searched through the drawers and then whistled loudly once he saw the arrow. "Ah~ There it is! How lovely~" He took the golden weapons in his hands with adore in his wide eyes. "I will cherish it foreveeeer~As a memory of our Pretty boy who died too soon." Chuckling, Romeo winked at the Summoner baring his fangs as doing so. He started approaching Ryuu but then froze in place with a surprised face. "Oh dear, Theo-" But Theo' s sword was already stabbed through the door, wounding Ryuu's arm on process. The door was pushed opened roughly after Theodore pulled out his sword. He had a dark expression staring at Ryuu. His eyes held anger, humiliation and disgust towards the Summoner. "Come." He simply ordered and turned around, expecting him to follow him to the library. Romeo was right behind Ryuu, humming a happy tone as watching his very own golden arrow.
Once in library, Theodore turned and faced the man. "Confess." He folded his arms impatiently.
Johar's claws were already reformed as his eyes were wide and wild set on Karim. The scent of blood of a Light had triggered him but more importantly, the All Demon had dared to threaten his queen. Gritting his now sharp teeth together, the minister finally spoke up with an aggressive tone. "What a fruitless, empty threat. There is no possibility he Dark worms would have a chance even in surviving against us. So stop believing in your own inferior kind and do know you will never have your dirty claws over our treasure and cause!" It was really admirable how his tone never fell in that heavy atmosphere.
Artemis had gasped loudly, though no sound was made. It was so confusing; Karim was willing to help the Light in war but at the same time wished for their failure? What kind of sick game was that?! She approached the blood puddle and noticed the broken sword to be one special one. Her heart sank. Even the Light swords were not any good against Karim. What had Lilith created?! An absolute Dark?! She cursed herself for making another deal with the unpredictable demon. What if he wanted to just leave her in that ghost like condition? She didn't even think about it.
“I-it’s over there.” Ryuu said, pointing to the other side of the bed, pulling at Romeo’s hand a bit to lessen the pressure on his neck. He watched the Vampire stand up off of him, but he kept a hold of the whip, which was still wrapped around his ankle. Quickly, the Summoner reached down and unwrapped the whip from around him, making sure it wouldn’t drag him across the room and he pulled himself back to the door. He noticed Romeo glance over at him and he pressed his back against the door, murmuring. “It’s in the drawer there.” He was thinking about running but he’d have to turn his back to the vampire to open the door and that wasn’t something he wanted to do.
Valerie still hadn’t taken her eyes off of the All Demon and she continued to stare at him while everyone else watched Joseph slowly walk over, head down and his height considerably less than Karim’s. Karim nonchalantly placed a clawed hand over Joseph’s shoulder and he looked up towards the Grey Queen.
“[b This one I’ll be taking.]” He said, in the same tone he’d called the younger man over with and there were a few gasps and mutters of disbelief. A few warriors even stepped forwards and Karim lifted his head sharply, looking in their direction. “[b Another step and you lose your head.]” He said with an equally sharp manner and he watched the warrior step back uncertainty.
“[b Now, I can guarantee that I, myself, won’t be interfering in this coming war, not acting for the Light or against it when the fighting really begins. But I can promise something better if the Light doesn’t lose… It’ll be fine if the war is won since the Light will get whatever plunder it wants from the fallen United Nations. But if the battle is lost,]” He took a step away from Joseph, towards the Queen, he pointed a clawed finger towards her. “[b Then I get your wings and your life.]” He said, immediately causing a loud uproar from the watching warriors.
One of the boldest even leapt forwards, charging Karim with his weapon in hand, and all the All Demon did was glance in his direction before his right wing shot open, catching the warrior off guard. His sword snapped as it made contact with the demon’s seemingly leathery wing and the hook on the top caught below his chin, ripping his head off. Karim himself didn’t have to even move towards the warrior or away, he just flapped open his wing and decapitated the warrior.
Valerie had stiffened at the threat on her immortality, but the bloodshed didn’t affect her. Joseph had staggered back as soon as he saw what the warrior was doing and his movement made Eric hurry forwards, catching his younger brother and holding onto him like his life depended on it.
“[b Anyone else?]” Karim inquired, looking around as he turned in the blood pooling at his feet. “[b Come now, surely there is another one of you who thinks they can best me.]” He looked around consideringly and gave a low whistle, having the candles above them flare to life with a bright burning light. A few sparks were sent down from the chandeliers but now the full extent of the carnage could be seen clearly.
“[b Hmm… With that out of the way.]” He began again, turning back to look towards Valerie. “[b These are my terms, You win the war and the Light Nation will be fine, I will even give you something to help win the war. But if the Light is defeated, then I will take your Queen’s wings and her life.]” Valerie stayed ridged at this and she pressed her lips together in a slight frown.
“Are you willing to negotiate on any of the terms?” She asked and the All Demon smiled.
“[b No I am not.]”
The door was suddenly pushed with a kick and almost threw Ryuu across the room. "GOOD MORNING, PRETTY BOY!" Romeo shouted out his lungs and just walked in with no hesitation. He saw the tray of sandwiches and sat on the bed, picking one sandwich up. "You still are not prepared for day? You are one lazy pal!" He shoved the treat in his mouth. As he was chewing, he sniffed something and then froze. Slowly his eyes narrowed and he lowered his head to sniff on the sheets. Swallowing down the snack, he calmly but threateningly asked Ryuu. "You were...having fun again?" His fangs were bared and his eyes wide, like he was ready to leap at the poor Summoner any moment. Before Ryuu could get away, he cracked his whip in a second and then caught his ankle with it pulling him down on floor. Soon, Romeo was sitting on his chest with a grin. "Oh, what a precious expression you are making! I really should drink you dry~" Teasingly he pressed on Ryuu's neck veins. "So, did you make the arrow you Bastard?" The vampire pressed more on his vein to show his annoyance.
Not moving an inch away from his queen, Johar glared at the All Demon. He didn't believe Karim when he claimed he had no ill intentions like Lilith. Dark were all liars and cheaters. It was a fact to the Monster Master. The warriors in the room became more tensed when Joseph started walking to the devil but nobody dared to stop him, instead they just gripped tightlier onto their weapons.
Johar stared at Joseph in disblief wondering if he had something for Karim. But he didn't feel anything special from the mute. He glanced back at his queen, wondering what she was planning. This seemed to be their only chance to get rid of the problem.
Artemis on the other hand, was frustrated. She so wanted to pull Joseph back and not let him approach Karim. She just wanted to keep the human out of the mess his brother created. Why did the All Demon out her in that torturing state? Was he afraid she would do something against him? Not like she could overpower him in anyway so maybe he just liked to somehow 'cheat' in a deal. Good thing she had not offered him anything yet since this condition would lower the prize noticeably.
Ryuu was lulled into the kiss and he lost himself again. Come morning time, when N.V shook him awake, he had a splitting headache and his hearing as all fuzzy. “Go… Away…” He muttered, swiping feebly at the kid before he was handed the tray. He just looked at it and somehow managed to set it down on the floor without dropping it. He turned onto his back and got his pillow, sticking it over his face and groaning with his movement. He didn’t say anything back to N.V and eventually pulled the pillow down so he could breath. He still had a headache but it wasn’t as bad as before and he could see the sunshine through the window. He still had his letter to finish so he pushed himself up and got ready for the day, picking the tray back up off of the floor so he wouldn’t accidentally kick it over. He then walked over to the desk and realized something which made his heart drop.
The letter was gone. Immediately he began searching for it and after over turning everything in, on, and around the desk, he knew that it wasn’t there. Had the succubus taken it? Why would she? She probably didn’t know what it even was. Had a servant taken it? Again unlikely. One of the Vampires? He had no way of knowing.
Groaning in disbelief, Ryuu stalked towards his door and reached for the handle before stopping. What would he do? He didn’t have a way to find who had taken it and he could ask for help finding it since the letter contained information that would help the Light Nation. That would immediately label him as a threat and he’d probably be condemned to a prison cell rather than this room in the castle. He let go of the handle and turned, leaning with his back against the door. He just had to hope that it didn’t get back to the queen that he knew she’d asked for more support.
Karim held his gaze on the Grey Queen till one of her ministers stepped in front of her. He then looked towards the brave Light and his smile lessened into a calm grin. “[b What a greeting this is. The best the Light has to offer, all in one place.]” He looked around and stepped away from his son, who still hadn’t moved. Joseph seemed to shrink back next to the soldiers but he didn’t do anything else to draw attention to himself. “[b Eric,]” He said stepping around the petrified hybrid and upon hearing his name, Eric seemed to realize what was happening and he winced looking back at the All Demon. “[b You did as I asked, very good.]” Karim continued and he turned to face the Grey Queen again, away from Eric as he looked away and stepped back, seemingly having the same response his brother had.
“[b Now, I am under the assumption that I was called her to negotiate. What for, I haven’t the slightest idea but I have a feeling, judging by this greeting, that you’re under the impression that I am a threat… Am I correct?]” He asked, lifting his head to meet the Queen’s wide gaze with his own glowing eyes. “[b Am I correct?]” He asked again in a more methodical tone.
“You’re right.” Valerie spoke, her voice even and clear, her eyes never leaving the Dark that stood before her.
“[b Very well.]” He said, closing his wings and folding his hands behind him. “[b For that, I will make this very clear. I am not Lilith, which is who I am sure you are basing your impression of me on. I am not looking to create another Dark Age and I do not want my kin here, to be any sort of ruler of such things.]” Karim didn’t add any more to that subject and he gazed around, his glowing eyes narrowed with thought.
“[b Joseph,]” He suddenly said aloud, turning around and reaching one hand out towards the young man. “[b Come here.]” He said beckoning him forwards with a clawed finger, his tone sound like one that wasn’t to be questioned. Joseph stiffened as he was called but he began to walk forwards, not looking up making no sudden motion.
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