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Pinging and buzzing with messages, Akihisa was delighted at all of the servants that ran to his aid in his "time of need." Looking through the selection of both men and boys, he picked and chose who he was to give attention to. Most were offering rewards such as vacations, gifts and money, and some were just too cute to deny. Sending back a variation of replies based off of the personality types of the different receivers, Akihisa played his own, self made dating game as he hoped to find company for that night.
Kicking his legs in joy as his eyes stayed locked on to his phone, chatting up more than three boys at once, his mood suddenly shifted at the sight of a text from his brother. ][google-font https://fonts.googleapis.com/css?family=IBM+Plex+Mono]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsfhsodsdf][b [#c94040 Tanji ♥♥]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _sdjfbhodfuss] Meet me at the convenience store, I'll buy you
[#FFFFFF _sdjfbhodfuss] what ever if you make it quick.]
[center The offer wasn't quite as good as any of the offers he was getting from his playboys, but he loved his brother much more than attention from strange men. Getting up like an obedient dog, Akihisa made his exit from the class and escaped the campus, meeting Tanji at their favorite 7-11 beside the school in just under 10 minutes.
[b "[#85C1E9 Hi Tan-Tan, where you lonely without me?]"] letting out a feminine giggle the small boy gave his brother a sort of curtsy as he approached him. Looking up at the taller man, he knew something was off. His eyes were more dead than usual, and his hands and face were red with fiery. [b "[#85C1E9 Did everything go to shit?]"] batting his eyelashes Akihisa watched as his brother agreed silently with a nod.
[b "[#85C1E9 Hm.. oh well! You can get someone better!]"] giggling to the thought of him getting a new boy, or even a girl to test the waters, Akihisa clung to Tanji's lanky arm as he tried to calm his nerves. [b "[#85C1E9 Now lets get some frosties!]"]
[center [b "[#A4D8A2 ..Yuki is right here]" ] flicking his eyes down immediately at the cat in the mans arms, he looked over it. It was small and frightened, it had a resemblance to Yuki in fur color and timid personality, it wasn't impossible for him to have been a cat, but if he was it implied that his significant other lived in dishonesty. Even if that were the case, Tanji wasn't going to quickly believe the one man who had it out for him, it would be a suicide mission if that were the case.
Hearing the other boy bark an order to look through the stalls himself, Tanji's body leaned back, relaxing against the door as he shook his head. [b "[#c94040 Alright, crazy, if Yuki is actually that cat in your arms prove it to me.]"] rolling his eyes at the sight of the two practically cuddling each other in front of his eyes, he had prepared himself for this moment for a long time. He knew in a world where mythical creatures roamed freely the possibility one would sneak their way into his life was high, but he was hoping if that were the case he would find out sooner than he actually did.
[b "[#A4D8A2 You had to of known that sooner of later he was going to find out you weren't human...]"]
[b "[#c94040 Hm?]" ]
The dynamics of the relationship turned upside down in just a few moments as he watched the man in front of him change at a rapid speed. His arms becoming what looked like a mangled mess, covered in what he could only assume to be wounds. Taking in the sight for sore eyes, Tanji exhaled heavily as he watched Kirwa's face. It was obvious he was holding back his anger and his temper was only rising. Though Tanji wasn't afraid of him, he also wasn't willing to get in a fight with a mutant over someone who had lied to his face for a year.
[b "[#c94040 I don't fight for liars, or monsters. Keep jerking each other off, cat boys, cya. ]"] shaking his head he let out a laugh of both anger and disappointment. He was angry he had been lied to for so long, and disappointed that he had actually loved someone of his breed. Pulling open the bathroom door, Tanji slipped out of the bathroom with no other words, not even looking back for a second.
[center [b "..I’m 28.”]
His eyes immediately flicked up, momentarily looking at the roots of Vincent's hair before returning back to his eyes where he listened to him talk. [i [#C0392B How can you be 28 with snow white roots?]] Serghei knew it was possible he had a medical disorder, disease, or anything that could explain the cause of his white hair, but those were all just possibilities and not proven facts. Noting the discrepancy in his mind, he knew that confronting him now would only harm him than benefit him.
Though, the amount of time he had owned the shop shocked Serghei. It's not often someone in their early twenties is able to afford their own shop, especially one that dealt with high priced commodities. He considered factors such as it being a family ran business or his rich father bought it for him, though, he was still interested in looking deeper into the history behind the small shop.
Trying to get his mind off of the subject of vampires the detective tried to listen closer to Vincent, soaking in every word like he was the most interesting case he had ever worked on. His subject gave him no holes or reasons to be suspicious, nothing that warrants legal action towards him. He lived an ordinary life from his story, the life of a senior citizen, but normal nonetheless.
"[b [#C0392B Ah, so you and your coworker can vouch for each other? I suppose it's always good to have the motherly type around, never gotta worry about yourself too much with them.]"] letting out a casual laugh, the detective seemed to gather himself as he began to put his final touches on the interview. It was short and unsatisfying to say the least, all the interviews for this case were. It was the price of dealing with such an odd situation, no one knew anything, and if they did they couldn't even remember.
Smoothing out the front of his uniform, Serghei did another quick glance around the room, making one last scan for anything suspicious before he returned his gaze back to the porcelain man. He looked a bit uncomfortable, though he seemed to hide it well enough he still let a few signs slip through. Serghei quickly brushed away any suspicion for the man at the time, summing it up to empathy for the victim or even a simple case of a stomach ache.
Reaching out to the man with one hand, the brown haired man intended on wrapping up their time together. He could sit there all day and prod at him, asking a million nonsensical questions but still getting nowhere. Both he and his partner Warren figured with this case it was best to cut your losses and get back on the field where you may find real action, in this case they'd be out all night looking for the bloodthirsty criminal.
"[b [#C0392B Make sure momma bear out there gets ya home safe. They seem to be attacking more frequently so watch out for 'em. Look around before locking up or getting in cars, hate to have to come back for ya.]"] giving him a toothy grin, he followed the man out of the office and into the front room where he found his partner Warren swooning over Liz's children. He was still young and single, but he always talked about how much he wanted a son to come home and play with. [b "[#DC7633 I'll let ya off the hook fer anythin' if you let me have ya kids Mrs. Liz!]"] tapping at the photos several times with his pointer finger in an excited manner, Warren couldn't help himself. He didn't have any younger siblings, nieces or nephews. He loved working with children, they always seemed to cheer him up.
"[b [#C0392B Alright, Warren, if you don't shut up she might put a restraining order on you lickity split. "]"] rolling his eyes at the over excited boy, Serghei stepped behind him only to grab him by the back of his collar and drag him away from the woman. "[b [#C0392B You're the one who said we gotta go fast, come on now, say bye to the nice lady.]"] stumbling with his words, Warren waved a quick goodbye to the two, exclaiming loudly [b "[#DC7633 I'll be back fer them kids!!]"]
[center Vrr. Vrr.
His phone vibrated in his hand, lighting up with another message from his brother. This one wasn't a teasing or persuasive message, but rather a informative one. [i "[#85C1E9 Yuki crying, Kirwa chased. Check the science wing bathrooms, u might not like what u see.]"] Staring at his screen his emotions stayed calm, although disdain for his significant other and his antics were growing higher as the prospects of his day declined, but Tanji remained mostly calm as he thought about the nearing end. What was he to do if Kirwa was Yuki's better match? It wasn't for him to interfere with.
Running his slender fingers through his long blonde hair Tanji thought over his options. Let it go? Confrontation? Ignore? Boil? it felt like there were endless solutions to his problem, but of course he couldn't just let go of Yuki, no matter how upset he made him. Standing from his seat he announced his exit to the bathroom to his friends, a couple of them making jokes about not jerking off in the bathroom as he left. Leaving his stuff behind, he only intended on it being a quick meeting. This thoughts were that if he saw Kirwa and Yuki together, he'd shove Yuki out of his lift to avoid the complications of both love and attachment.
Reaching the mens bathroom door, he stood there in silence as he heard a mans voice inside [b "[#A4D8A2 .. I will make everything all better!]" ] Kirwa's voice chimed, the tone of his voice spiking a feeling of anger in Tanji as he swung open the bathroom door. His eyes immediately met with.. one boy? Yuki was no where to be found, only his delinquent of a friend and a small kitten in his arms. Brushing it off, Tanji assumed Yuki was crying in a stall and Kirwa wasn't crazy enough to be talking to himself. [b "[#c94040 Yeah? How do you plan to make this all better? You going to suck Yuki off until he loves you? ]"] folding his arms over his chest he leaned against the door, holding it shut so that no one could come in or come out. [b "[#c94040 Why don't you coax him out of the stall? Maybe he'll get to see what he's wanted this whole time.]"] laughing to himself he shoved his hand into his pocket, pulling out a small hair tie which he flashed at Kirwa.
[b "[#c94040 Or maybe I'll call him and find out what stall he's in and drag him out myself.]"] shaking his head both of his hands brushed through his hair, pulling it back as he worked to put it up and away for the time being. [b "[#c94040 Are you sure Yuki is worth this?]"]
Retracting is hand as a stinging sensation bombarded his skin he exhaled heavily in anger as the feminine man stomped off. [b "[#85C1E9 Ehh, what the heck dude!]"] twisting his body to follow the boy with his eyes and voice he released a choke of pain as something else knocked into the back of his head. Turning once more he looked up to see the malicious man who'd caused his second new found pain, the delinquent that only raised hell for what felt like everyone.Puffing out his bottom lip his eyebrows furrowed as he watched both leave the room, one after another. It was no secret Kirwa was taking this chance to be Yuki's night in shining armor, which made it even easier to cause more trouble in paradise.
Unlocking his phone as fast as he can, his fingers went to work as he informed his brother of the new events that just unfolded in front of his eyes.
[#FFFFFF ijhdsdsdsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsddsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsfhsodsdf][b [#85C1E9 You]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdasd] Yuki crying, Kirwa chased. Check the science wing
[#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsasd] bathrooms, u might not like what u see. (´；д；)]
Looking down at his hand he rolled his eyes at the site of three very visible scratch marks, it looked like he'd gotten scuffed up by a cat. But instead it was just an emotional college student. Akihisa wasn't offended by the scratches, instead, he decided to use the wounds to his advantage. Holding up his hand neck to his cheek he puffed out his cheeks and make a pouty face, snapping several pictures in different positions as he tried to get the best one. Only a few moments after his photo shoot, he was quick to start picking and choosing different men from his contacts to include in a mass messaging service. Messaging them all the photo individually, he sent the same picture and attached message.
[#FFFFFF ijhdsdsdsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsddsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsfhsodsdf][b [#85C1E9 You]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdasd] People are always so mean to me! (´；ω；`)]
Only several seconds passed before the array of responses started to flood is inbox. The array of sympathetic and opportunistic men took their chance to offer him love, kindness and even materials. It truly was a blessing to have had such a small mishap happen so early in the day.
Plopping down in his chair he swung his bag onto the the table with a big thump. Folding his arms over the bag, he buried his chin his his arms as his eyes watched the two beside him.
In the beginning Akihisa liked Yuki, he seemed sweet and innocent, a possible husband candidate for his brother. But as the months passed, his brother demeanor changed from happy and carefree to constantly on edge about some dumb college boy. It was annoying to watch his brother waste his time with a guy who obviously had other priorities. If Yuki was so in love with this Kirwa guy, what did he get out of being with his brother?
Twisting his mouth into a fake smile as Yuki suggested Kirwa wasn't that mean, Akihisa nodded his head in a childish way. [i [#85C1E9 What's so harmless about the guy you're cheating on my brother with? Haha]] rolling his eyes internally he pulled his phone out of his pocket, ignoring the several messages that plagued his home screen only to contact his brother with a maliciously suggestive message Looking up at Yuki, Akihisa decided to play both sides of the field at once in hopes to cause more tension, after all, Kirwa might even help more than he's aware of in the end.
[b "[#85C1E9 You sure do have a way of making big brother mad, you must enjoy getting a rise out of him.]"] releasing a soft laugh with his statement, his legs kicked slowly underneath the table as he continued. [b "[#85C1E9 Though, I think he loves getting his heart broke, gives him a reason to drink until he passes out.]"] slanting his lips into sort of a frown, Akihisa shrugged his shoulders in response to himself.
[b "[#85C1E9 Just don't kill him, kay?]"] reverting back to his cheeky wide smile, he threw up a peace sign as he went back to his soft personality. [b "[#85C1E9 You want some crackers?]"] unzipping his back he whipped out a plastic baggie of animal crackers, offering some to both of the boys he shared a table with.
[center [b "She told me because I didn't buy her anything for her birthday I ain't "worth shit." Like, bitch! We been dating for 2 weeks.. you don't deserve shit."] A collective laugh filled the corner of the room as the group of boys congregated and talked about their girlfriends. It was a weekly thing, all of them had the opportunity to vent about whatever "bullshit" their significant other put them through. While some of the boys were able to hold down a relationship, most cycled through the thousands of college girls presented to them daily. Tanji was one of the few that were able to keep a "girl" around, but he rarely shared information about his relationship with his version of genderbent Yuki. He already knew their advice, [b "just drop that bitch!"]
[i sometimes he seriously considered it. ]
The feeling of his phone vibrating in his pocket snapped him back into his reality, the one where he was struggling with his boyfriend. His head played a game of toss as he tried to decide whether or not he should check the message. Yes, no, yes, no. He flopped back and forth with the two options for a few moments as his friends obnoxiously chattered about their explicit adventures before finally landing on "if it's Yuki leave him on read."]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsfhsodsdf][b [#85C1E9 Akihisa ]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _sdjfbhodfuss] replace b4 ur replaced big brother! ]
[center Just glancing over the message, Tanji turned his phone face down with an exhale of disappointment. He didn't mind texts from his brother, but the contents of the message suggested something Tanji wasn't sure he was ready to admit to himself. Before he could even think of a response to the first message, his device vibrated once more with another. ]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsfhsodsdf][b [#85C1E9 Akihisa ]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _sdjfbhodfuss] i can break up with him 4 u! ♥♥ ]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsdsdsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsddsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsfhsodsdf][b [#c94040 You]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdasd] Unnecessary. Don't stick your nose
[#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdssdsdasd]where it doesn't belong. ]
[center Swiping out of his texts with Akihisa, his eyes lingered on the square labeled "Yuki" as he thought about what he should say to him. It wasn't his responsibility to pick up the pieces all the time, and this time he wasn't. He was going to shove Yuki's nose in the mess whether he liked it or not. ]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsdsdsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsddsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsfhsodsdf][b [#c94040 You]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdsdasd] I hope he makes you happy. ]
[#FFFFFF ijhdsdsdsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsddsdsdssdsdsdsdsdsdsdsfhsodsdf][b [#c94040 You]]
[IBM+Plex+Mono [#FFFFFF _fsdsdsdsdsdasd] Just make sure to invite me to the wedding. ✿
[center [b "[#C0392B We can assure you your local police department are doing all they can to investigate the issue,]"] gesturing a hand between he and his co-worker Warren as an example, he gave the woman a kind smile. It was true the police was investigating the events, but it was also a case on the back burner. Of course the panic and hysteria was building in the community, but as far as the police is concerned, they see no "real" crime to solve. Sending out officers to collect evidence and statements was to save face, it would all be shoved in a manila folder and stuck in a drawer.
[b "[#DC7633 Don't worry 'bout how much y'ah know, we've been questionin' folks all week an' no one knows nothin']"] shaking his head, the young man gently placed the tiny teacup back down where it belonged. It was Warren's second year on the force, he had joined with high hopes, like everyone else, to protect the citizens the best he could. Being involved in a case that felt unsolvable shook that very foundation, but there was nothing he could truly do from his perspective. His mind was stuck on a mortal pane, a place where only humans roamed and nothing else, the thought of something else causing terror was laughable.
Letting out a heavy exhale, Serghei gave his partner a light pat on his shoulder as he understood the internal struggle. But after twelve years of both success and disappointment, you get used to accepting somethings you can't help. [b "[#C0392B I'm sure Warren will be a good lad now that he's had his play time,]"] teasing his partner in attempt to bring him out of his deep head space, Serghei received a light shove in the direction of Vincent before his friend gave in. [b "[#DC7633 Stop messin' aroun' and do ya' job, the boys'll be waitin',]"] shooing him off, Serghei didn't need to be told twice to get on with the interview. He wasn't a big fan of drinking with a group of people, but he figured if he wandered the streets at night enough he'd have a slight chance of running into the blood thieving crook.
Seperating, Warren made his way to the front counter, leaning against it with an elbow on the surface as he watched the girl lock up the store. On the other hand, Serghei followed the black haired man without hesitation, disappearing into a back room along with him where the sound of a heavy door shutting would reverberate throughout the hall. [b "[#C0392B Nice lil' shop you got here, how long have you been running it?]"] peering around the room, he assumed it was just a regular office. It didn't look out of the ordinary, nothing to really be alarmed about.
Cutting the small talk short, Serghei dove into the questions.
[b "[#C0392B Can you state your name and age?]"] he knew the age wasn't a detail he needed to collect, but it was for personal matters.
[b "[#C0392B Can you give me details about where you were last night?]"] wandering around the small room, his eyes leaping across the walls and floor as he examined the items briefly.
[b "[#C0392B What can you tell me about last night incident off the top of your head?]"] Running through the basic cop-like questions, Serghei didn't expect much of a response from him or his shop keeper.
Just outside the door and in the main room, Detective Warren stood along with Liz, asking her the same questions but asked with an infliction that almost came across as flirting. It wasn't part of his job to flirt, but a man gets lonely some times.
[center [pic https://i.imgur.com/KzsDXmx.gif]
[b "[#85C1E9 I'm so sorry.]"] Shying away from the heavy man that stood behind him, practically breathing down his neck, Akihisa tried to make himself smaller than he was as he traveled the bus. Although he was 20, he hadn't gotten on track in life at all. At the young age of 20 he was just finally starting to embark on his college experience. He had taken a two year break from school, staying home to play video games and watch anime. Practically, be a loser. His family worried about him often, not only was he a hermit, but he was also gay.
In high school he didn't have many friends, he had a few that enjoyed things he did but they didn't stay around after school. His best friend at the time dumped him for a certain reason, a reason he would never tell anyone and hoped no one would ever find out. After being abandoned by his friends, Akihisa spent more and more time at his brothers house, Tanji, as he had better WiFi service and didn't judge him when he spent the whole day sleeping and playing video games on his laptop.
Jerking forward has the bus driver slammed on the breaks, he bumped into another person unwillingly. [b "[#85C1E9 Ah, I'm sorry.]"] his time he had bumped into a thinner man dressed in a suit who when shoved, looked back in disgust as he examined Akihisa's childlike manners and girly clothing. Looking down at his feet, the tiny boy slipped past the sardine can of people and into a crowed where he almost immediately spotted his big brother.
[b "[#85C1E9 Tan-Tan!!]"] yelling across the crowds he jumped a jew times as he waved his arms, catching his brothers attention before he quickly slid into place right in front of him. Looking up at the tall, beautiful man he made a puppy like face as he listened to his brother scold him. He knew he did it out of love, and there was no real harmful intentions in his words, but it was still embarrassing to be treated like a child in public. [b "[#85C1E9 Hey how's--]"] stopped by the feeling of a hand behind his head, he was shoved forward. Stumbling, Akihisa caught himself with a pout before scurrying off.
Arriving to school along side of his brother, he stayed close behind him as all these people waved and said hello in their direction. Although it felt a little good to be surrounded by people who like you, it felt empty having so many people make small talk but not actually get to know him outside of school. It was better than his experience in high school and that's all that mattered.
Finally reaching the wing his first class was in, he peered up at his seemingly upset brother as they approached the door. Standing just outside, he watched as his brother peered in, his face giving away that he wasn't feeling too hot about his relationship at the moment. From Tanji's side of things, Akihisa was the only person he knew that knew about his relationship was Yuki. He wasn't told out of confidence either, rather he did some investigating of his own after months of hearing conversations through the walls and unknown outings. Although, he did get to see a little more of his brother had he wished he hadn't.
[b "[#c94040 Tell you know who he can forget about tonight and to have fun with his new boyfriend.]"]
Akihisa gave a quick nod and a smile, he knew that him saying it would only make it worst but he also knew what his brother meant by it. He also felt it was a little unfair his boyfriend hung out with someone who absolutely despised him, but then again Tanji was the king of unfairness so it was well deserved in a way.
Dancing off into class after being sent off by his brother with a thumbs up, he made his way across the desks to approach Yuki, Tanji's significant other, and the mean boy he was told to never talk to. [b "[#85C1E9 Hi Hi Yuki.~]"]
[center [b "Twenty-seven and going back to college? Don't you think it's too late?"
"[#c94040 No, I am able to financially support myself with my job and go to school just fine. Plus, I get to be with Akihisa like you've always wanted.]"
"Just watch over your brother, please, I worry about him. "]
Tanji stayed silent as his mother continued to speak of his younger brother, she often went on tangents about him and his well being. It was obvious that Akihisa was the favorite out of the two, Tanji was born when she was 19, making him her ball and chain. On the other hand, Akihisa was born 6 years later to the love of her life, Tanji's step father.
In a world where monsters and myths exsisted, Tanji's family stayed within the human species. There were many tempting perks to these other races, beautiful people that were enchanting through ethereal things, but if either of the boys were to step out of that boundary they would be banished from their family and homes. [u Being gay was a sin], but not as much a sin as mixing the breeds.
[b "[#85C1E9 Tan-Tan!!]"] a voice called out from across a crowd that pushed and shoved to get off and on a single bus. It was a small boy with semi-long strawberry blonde hair, Akihisa, Tanji's only sibling who had happened to go to the same school as him. He wore rather cutesy clothes for a boy, he even collected key chains and pendants like a girl did. Growing up Tanji often questioned whether or not Akihisa was transgender due to his inclination to girly things, but it just happened that he was [b also] gay like himself. The difference between the two was that Tanji put up a facade about his sexuality, while Akihisa let his flag fly.
[b "[#c94040 If you call me Tan-Tan in public I might hire someone to kick your dick in the dirt. ]"] blowing smoke at the small boy, the lanky man raised his hand to pat his brothers head before pushing him forward and towards the school. [b "[#c94040 You always stand in peoples way when we meet here, christ.]"]
Finally approaching the school, Tanji and Akihisa were welcomed with many hellos. As a sibling duo, they made friends quite easy as they were a "two-in-one" package. As they passed familiar faces in the halls, Akihisa gave shy hellos and waves as Tanji gave hetero-high fives and handshakes. Of course even in school Tanji had to keep up his act, even if he was almost thirty.
Finally making their way to the science wing after what felt like years of small talk with people they barely knew, Tanji and Akihisa stood outside of Akihisa's first class, a class that happened to have Tanji's boyfriend in it. Standing there silently, Tanji's eyes peered into the room, instantly locking onto his significant other. Usually, Tanji felt a wave of comfort as he saw his small, fragile "bean", but instead he was filled with annoyance as he noticed his boyfriend was sitting with Kirwa, a one of a kind jerk who was out for Tanji's blood.
[b "[#c94040 Tell you know who he can forget about tonight and to have fun with his new boyfriend.]"] releasing a heavy sigh Tanji knew that was a petty request, but he also knew his little brother would do anything for him.
Before leaving, Tanji threw up a quick thumbs up to his brother who in return smiled. [b "[#85C1E9 No problem big brother!!]"] The boy let out a childish giggle before prancing into the science class, leaving Tanji alone to quickly pace to his own class.
[center [b “You blithering idiot!” ]
[b "[#DC7633 Ahaha, sorry..]"]
Backing up in response to the woman's rather loud and hostile tone, the young officer bumped into another shelf, rattling the glass of the prized antiques. Jerking himself forward in response to the sound of glass clanking together, his hands quickly cupped the tea cup he once held in two fingers. His eyes wide as if he were a child getting scolded by his mom for touching her wedding china.
[b "[#C0392B Uh, ma'am we're with the Poli--]"] Lifting his coat Serghei reached for his badge, not expecting to be interrupted mid sentence by the angry worker. His attempt to intervene and change the subject failed as the woman continued to huff and puff.
[b “These are one of a kind antiques!” ]
Serghei's hands raised in defense has he let out an uncomfortable laugh at the situation, he never thought their visit would go south so fast over a teacup, then again it was a pricey antique shop.
He began to nod mindlessly along with the woman as she blew steam at his partner, his eyes quickly flicking to a movement behind her, catching sight of another woman.. no, a man. He was suddenly in a trance. The mans white hair was long and silky, it swayed gently as he walked. He had the presence of an older individual, someone way older than what his skin would imply. It was porcelain with a hint of pink, a living doll in his own way. Although he made a beautiful man, he also sparked a suspicion within Serghei. Blinking away his odd, unrelated thoughts on the males appearance, he tuned back into the conversation just in time.
[b "[#2388EE Putting that aside, how can I help you?]"] his lips curled into a smile, a smile that felt welcoming but dangerous.
[b "[#C0392B We're here in regards to the woman found in the ally beside your shop. We're with the Norwich police department.]"] Pushing is chest out slightly to seem bigger than he already was, he quickly took out his badge to flip open his wallet and show his ID and police emblem. [b "[#C0392B Detective Warren and I have a few questions we'd like to ask you, both of you, if you have the time that is.]"]
His head gestured towards his partner, the goof who'd started a bit of drama from the get go. Warren was still holding the cup like a small bird he promised to protect with his life. [b "[#DC7633 Yes, tha sick girl!]"] straightening his posture, he blew a quick whiff at the teacup before shooting the woman a teasing glare, [b "[#DC7633 I was just cleaning it of dust, don't lose your marbles.]"]
[b "[#C0392B Warren and I can interview you individually in separate rooms preferably, although these two have a tense relationship developing I'm obligated to investigate the owner of the shop myself. I'm Detective Rudeanu, and I'll be happy to follow either of you to another room.]"] Extending out to the two with one hand his lips tugged into a big smile as he awaited a handshake. He assumed the doll was the head of the shop, but in this day and age women will spit fire at any man that assumes they're not able.
[b "[#C0392B Shall we? This should only be a few moments.]]
[center [i " [#305568 A woman was found passed out in an ally last night, doctors say she was found with no memories of where she was or how she got there. She's in the hospital now, they say she will be released by evening. Detective Rudeanu was assigned the case so if you're caught doin' his job you'll be in the dog house. ]"
" [#C7840F Oh, come on! You're gonna give the weird new guy the case? Did you know he believes in super natural things? He's going to come back tonight saying something like, I don't know, a vampire did it, piss poor work if I do say so myself!]"]
Just recently moving into the large city of Norwich, Serghei hadn't had time to make friends with any of his coworkers. His transfer was sudden for his unit, he made up some story about how his mother was sick and wanted to live her last days in her home town, but it was actually a ploy to get his position moved to where the real action was. Serghei wasn't interested in locking up prostitutes or trying to find who was ringing Ms. Jones on the telly every night with cruel remarks towards her, no, he was looking for something more super natural.
Entering the small dark room lit by the dusty but well used vending machines, Serghei gave the two a big smile as well as a gentle laugh. [b "[#C0392B Hey! When did I ever say I believed in it? I can't tell campfire stories at the pub with the boys?]"] his right hand swung, patting the man who was rude about his beliefs on the back with a heavy and firm hand. Even if he hadn't made a standing with these men, he was not about to be walked all over just because he was the new guy. [i " [#305568 I was just telling Jason here about how you got the blood case, my guess is you made him a wee bit jealous since you're the new guy here.]"]
[b "[#C0392B I'll make sure to lock up all the spooky vampires for you Jason. ]"] All three of them released a collective laugh, laughing as if it was out of this world to assume a vampire had done anything, much less existed.
[b "[#DC7633 They said she was found by that lil antique shop over there. ]"] the young black man, also known as detective Warren, gestured his iced coffee towards a small shop across the busy street. It was about mid-day and the pair had just finished a rather disappointing meeting with the woman who was found on these very streets. It was the same as all the other victims, no memories of the events and no traces of physical abuse on the body. The very foundation of the case was shaky, or in reality, almost nonexistent. They had no evidence or real crime that was committed, just some individuals with a low blood count. Was the investigation really worth the polices time?
No, but they [i had] to do something. The amount of civilians found passed out on the streets from anemia became absurd, it was like a blood eating epidemic had occurred and stayed isolated in this small town. With no leads, much less crime, the police decided not to investigate further until now.
[b "[#C0392B We should get going.. y'know, ask a few questions, get a few unhelpful answers, close the case.]"] Serghei and this partner laughed in unison at the annoyingly truthful joke. Although the Romanian man knew there was something more to the case, legally he was only obligated to investigate human crimes. Though, that sure as hell wouldn't stop him from his own investigation. It had been 11 years since he last solved a case that involved a vampire, this one wasn't about to slip through his fingers.
Pushing open the door the chime of a bell welcomed the two men as they waltzed into the small but charming shop. The space felt a bit homey, like a collection of weird old things that only your grandma would want to buy and store for her own pleasure. Glancing around, Serghei's eyes bounced from each display, his hopes of finding a clue fading more with each item.
[b "[#DC7633 Wanna get y'er mom some china? I bet it's so expensive because it's haunted,]"] pinching the handle of the first teacup he saw, Detective Warren lifted the fragile item to his mouth to take a sip of his invisible tea. [b "[#DC7633 Oh, tosh! The bloody rozzers wag off all day while I get to sit in my castle and sip tea, ]"] putting on an even thicker British accent than his natural one, the black man waved his arms about in an expressive way as he played the character. [b "[#DC7633 I can't believe grandmother would buy me this million pound tea set without the 2 million pound table, what an old hag!]"] scoffing, Warren continued to prance about the shop, keeping in character of what could only be a rich and spoiled girl. His hips bumped into some things, nothing too fragile but still rattled in discontempt with his crude movements in such a shop. [b "[#C0392B If you break anything in this shop you might be the next person they find in that ally,]"] Serghui joked, causing this partner to erupt in an obnoxious laugh that suddenly piped down at the site of a woman, a worker, watching them.
[b "[#DC7633 Has she been there this whole time?]"]
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Running was the only normalcy Minjae could keep at a crucial time like this. Before the apocalypse, he lived the [i normal] rich-kid life. He partied often, got high, and worked rarely, it was truly a life worth living at the time. But now that the world has gone to shit, he can only think about what he could have done, or what he should have done to prepare himself better for this situation.
Slowing to a stop, his breathing was hard and heavy as he recovered from the several laps he did atop the wall of the city. Pressing a clasped hand against his chest to feel his pounding heart, he couldn't help but feel accomplished at that moment. Although his chest hurt like hell, he was back up to his high school endurance time and that felt amazing after refusing to run for almost whole year. It took him around two months to return to his old endurance, but those months felt like years when he stared off into the desolate city filled with death and decay. Time never seemed to pass when he ran on the rickety foundation of the makeshift metal wall and stands. As he paced back and worth on the ever squeaking aluminum tiles of the walls "walkway" His eyes couldn't help but wander. He watched as the poor side stayed as dark and as dangerous as ever, and the rich side treated this has a temporary situation that god, or even gods, would soon correct when mankind paid for their sins. The funny thing was,
[i [b there was no gods. ]]
Reaching down to stop his Rolex watch from its manic beeping, his thumb ran over the crack in the glass of the watch as his eyes scanned over the wall and into the poor side of Lunavale. So many people fighting for the lives of themselves and others while he and his family got to sit in their iron towers, it was funny how something inanimate easily split an entire city and decided who was worthy enough to live. He imagined all the people who lived possible pure and humble lives but here stuck to die because of their salary. What a crock of shit.
Approaching the walls edge he pressed his weight against it as his eyes locked onto a group of survivors fighting for their lives. Huddled together, he watched as they swung their devices at the zombies, both hitting and missing, their fear and adrenaline getting the best of them as they began to be enclosed by the walking corpses. Maybe a year ago this scene would strike a cord in his heart and cause a spiraling panic attack. A fit of fear for his life and life of the ones he loves, but over time the feeling becomes numb and the acceptance that death is always near washes over you. He only felt sorry that he was too much of a coward to help the people who inevitably reached their demise.
After watching the blood bath down below, his lungs released a heavy sigh has he began looking around again. His shoulders rolling as the back pack he carried worked as both a "workout weight" and a mode of transportation for his goodies. Every few days he dropped off the rations he received that he didn't like or want to the less fortunate. It was filled with candies, chips, and a can or two of flat soda, it surely wasn't the meal of champions, but it was a meal nonetheless.
Continuing his search, his eyes finally met with a vibrant looking figure on a roof top. He looked like he had been there for awhile, maybe waiting for the zombies to clear out to be on the move again. Without hesitation, the Minjae brought his fingers to his lips to assist him in releasing a loud and obnoxious whistle in attempt to get the attention of the figure. Unknowing if the figure could actually hear him, he quickly took the black backpack from his back and raised it into the air, motioning over and over again for the silhouette to retrieve the items if they were brave enough.
[size15 [Philosopher[center [b "[#EE9DC2 Oh, wow, you're awake just in time for me to start school. Did you and dad do a little planning?]"] bumping her mothers hip with her own as a casual gesture, Eitsu's lips released a presumptuous "hmm" as she teased her mother. She knew it was better her mother than her father that was awake at this time, although she loved her dad he just didn't understand [i women]. At least her mother didn't gripe about her clothes and give her grief about settling down, it was her days of freedom before she was cycled back into the arms of a controlling parent.
Looking across the kitchen and into a spacious room at the back of her home, she saw her father sleeping away on a small mat in front of an open sliding door, tiny drops of rain beating against his forehead as he lay unconscious. Widening her eyes at the sight, she quickly dashed to the doors, jumping over the small table and books sprawled out on the floor only to slam the entry shut. [b "[#EE9DC2 Take care of your husband better, mom! You know when you're asleep he treats you as if you're dying.]"] turning her head back to glare at the woman standing in the kitchen, she couldn't help but smile at her mother standing there in shock. Her eyes wide and lingering as her beet red hands raised to her shoulders as if she were caught mid slaughter. [b "[#EE9DC2 You know, three hundred years ago dad would probably have a hundred wives that he feeds off of in order to survive.]"] The older matron rolled her eyes from across the room, her hands lowering to wipe the crushed raspberries from her hands as her head shook in disagreement. [b "[#B999D5 Go to school and quit givin' me lectures about your dang father. ]"]
[b "[#EE9DC2 Okay well, the first day of school I'm certainly not lugging your fruit mash to the school so you're going to have to deliver it yourself. ]"] sticking out her tongue, she gave a giggle as she collected her prepared bag that was ready hours ago by her mother and snaked out of the front door eagerly.
Standing in the chilly air for a few moments her lips pulled into a smile from pure happiness as she danced her way to school in the pouring rain. Being an umbrella, she absolutely loved the rain. Feeling the small bullets of water dance across the top of her parasol, she extended it out farther, stretching it before pulling it back towards her in a flapping motion.
Peering into the distance she caught sight of a few of her classmates huddled in one area. Watching as two girls seemed to storm off from the little group, she couldn't help but be nosey and see what the commotion was about.
As she padded past the girl collecting papers and the boys having a subtle [s pissing] contest on the sidewalk to the school, she couldn't help but extend her umbrella top in attempt to knock the white haired fiend in the back of the head just enough to catch his attention. [b "[#EE9DC2 Oh what a noble prince~]"] sticking her tongue out for a second time that day, her slender fingers grasped at the tips of her robe as she did a quick curtsy, showing off more than a lady should. Taking a step backwards, her left eye flashed him a wink before she turned back towards the school and trotted off. She new good and well she wasn't interested in him, but how was she going to eat if she didn't attract some form of man.
Prancing into the building of the school, she made haste to find and join any women she could find. Searching the hallways she found Ziri, a rather fit girl but beautiful nonetheless. Approaching her nonchalantly, Eitsu raised both hands, wiggling her digits in a form of a wave as she tried to make peace with the upset girl. [b "[#EE9DC2 You doin' okay? A little stormy weather shouldn't tear you down, missy]"] the girl said quite loudly with a wide smile plastered across her face. She knew she wasn't great friends with her, but hoped Ziri at least remembered her face from before spring break.
[b "[#EE9DC2 How was y-]"] catching a glimpse of the fluid pooka in her peripheral vision, Eistu's parasol top was quick to close down on her and Ziri just enough to cover their upper body from the gust of dirty pellets that came from the humanoid dog.
After a few moments, her top flew open at a rapid speed, flinging off any water from its material and blowing a gust of wind both in and out of the umbrellas reach. [b "[#EE9DC2 Sorry about that, you didn't look too happy to be wet and I doubt you wanna smell bad.]"]
[center [b "[#c94040 Christ,]"] Tanji scowled as he watched the weak boy slowly stand, trembling in fear and exhaustion but still responding to orders given to him. It was fun to watch the Kou struggle to survive under the pressures that the long haired sadist put him under, the constant strive to stay alive although he has nothing to live for. That is what amused and puzzled Tanji so much.
[i What does he have to live for. ]
Countless nights he spent laying in bed wondering why the vampire boy didn't submit to death. Tanji didn't feel bad for him, he had absolutely no sympathy for his race. He didn't have some sad and dramatic past that involved his parents or siblings being murdered by a vampire and this is was his self righteous revenge. It was all a game for him, a way of compensating for his shortcomings that he'd felt embarrassed of, a way of releasing anger from his past.
His past wasn't that intricate either. He grew up in a small town in the Osaka region and lived a rather normal life as a child. He was very extroverted, he had many friends and went out to almost every festival with them or his family. [i Life was normal.] So what was he compensating for?
A locked sexual identity, and his self conscious mind weighed on him as he grew up. The result of these feelings wasn't the average depressive stage, rather it was rage that felt as if it never could be satisfied. Years of beatings from his father for being queer, his mother forcing him to date and attempt to court the daughters of her friends. Never having a boyfriend, never experiencing both a sexual and emotional love not by choice but by force. Tanji's victims were always male, although male he never raped them or touched them in an intimate way. Beating these boys was the only thing he could do to try to [i beat the gay] out of himself.
Leading the boy up the stairs, he made a mental list of how he wanted things to go before he threw the boy back down into the basement. First, he was to allow the boy to shower and take care of anything hygiene related that he needed to accomplish. Tanji didn't like the idea of giving his toy this sort of treatment, but if he wanted him to survive longer he couldn't risk the vampire getting sick from infection. After he showered, he'd cut his hair and think about letting him eat something. In reality, Tanji didn't know the extent of the vampires hunger, did they only feed on the blood of human or could he compensate with a meal of raw meat.
Opening the door to the basement, he peered onward and into his living room where he saw the shadow of a figure standing there. Unknowing of who may be in his home, Tanji took caution when approaching the room, moving slow enough to conceal this [i friend] if it were someone he knew from the outside. But this was all in vein, for when he finally entered the room he saw that the person standing there wasn't anyone he knew personally, but someone he met only once and he had hoped that was the last as well.
Staring intensely at the other man in the room, he watched as the other vampire eyed his pet as if he came only for malicious reasons. [b "[#FFC300 What is he doing here?]"] the boy behind him spoke in a soft but harsh tone, questioning his master as if this was his fault. [b "[#c94040 Do I look like I know or give a shit?]"] he snapped back, his hand raising only to rub his brow in irritation before reverting his attention back to the blonde haired and blue eyes vampire that was now laughing manically.
[b "[#46BBB9 You must be Kou's master...I'm Katsumi..]"] the vampire addressed as Katsumi smiled, a smile that accompanied a statement of tuanting afterwards. [b "[#46BBB9 I don't think your beating him hard enough. ]"] this statement made Tanji burst out laughing in response, loud enough to cause him to ignore the mans next jabs at him. [b "[#c94040 What the fuck ever dude, maybe I like a little bit of challenge in apposed to torturing a crippled sack of bones]"] his head shook, stopping at the contact of a hand on his cheek. Making eye contact with Katsumi, Tanji's cold, head eyes stared into his has the mans soft hands caressed his skin. Tanji stood about 5 inches taller than him, enough to feel a sort of [i manly dominance] he always searched for.
Staying completely still as the boys fingers traced his skin, the longhair man didn't flint as he was released from the gaze of the conceited vampire. His eyes continuing to follow him until he made his exit. [b "[#46BBB9 Later!]"]
[b "[#c94040 Look dude, I don't care about your weird ass family reunions with that guy but if you're going to do your whole vampire calling for the dude do it when I'm not here so I don't have to deal with his dumb ass]"] releasing a heavy sigh, his nostrils flared as he lifted a lanky arm, pointing to a staircase across the room. [b "[#c94040 Let's go, piss boy. Time to go up.]"]
Following the weak brat up the stairs, Tanji placed his hands on the beaten boys back, pushing him in the direction of the bathroom and into the door way. [b "[#c94040 There's no sharp objects in here, if you want to die you're going to have to bust your head open or something but make sure not to make a mess if suicide is on your mind.]"] laughing at his own terrible joke, he shuffled backwards and out of the room before slamming the door loudly, shaking the walls of the bathroom.
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