Resolve Part 1
Prologue Arc -Start-
”What does it mean to be human? I spent a long time searching for that answer, but I was asking myself the wrong question. What I shouldve been thinking about was how to live true to myself. I was fixated on the idea that I had to turn myself back to normal, afraid that I would become a monster. During the Shioto war when you were about to kill us all, I accepted that I was a vampire as an excuse to take my comrades lives just to be able to kill you. Yet I still wasn strong enough and had to live with the fact that I became a true monster of my own will. After my long journey, I realized it didn matter that I was no longer human. What Ive become has nothing to do with how I decide to live my life. My soul is still the same. To this day, I regret killing those people. I wish I had the way of thinking I do now back when I truly needed it, but that wouldn be possible. It was because of my grave mistake, that I was able to reflect and arrive at where I am now. If it was my fate to die by your hands back then, I would go back in time and fight true to myself till the bitter end. Even if we all got killed anyway. But I wasn supposed to die during that war, and Im grateful to have experienced everything I have since I became a vampire. There were countless hardships, but the fun we all had together far outweighed them. So yes, Im even grateful to you. Now, lets finish this once and for all. ”
These were the words spoken by Chifuyu before he engaged in his final battle. Now, lets go back to where it all began.
Year 2023. March 9th.
The day had just started, yet somebody was already fighting for their life.
A teenage boy was currently facing his biggest challenge, if a threat level had to be given to this monster it would more than likely be S+ tier.
”Its 7 in the morning. Why is this happening to me? ”
The young boy was loudly voicing his discontentment with his current situation.
”Its because you had Taco Central last night, Chifuyu. ”
”We warned you not to eat from that place unless you were ready for the consequences. ”
”Heh. I shouldn complain, this is a fair price to pay. ”
”Uh, the tacos were $14, you had several which I paid for. ”
The current predicament was a battle of life or death, on the toilet that is. Chifuyu, who had consumed 10 tacos last night is facing the consequences of his actions. Outside the bathroom, not surprised by the situation were Chifuyus parents.
The story just started and the protagonist: Chifuyu Kyotani, is already making a fool out of himself.
Chifuyu let out a battle cry for his final push, the job was almost done. There was one thing left to do.
His parents wait outside with tired faces. The toilet flushes and water from the faucet starts running down. Seconds later, Chifuyu comes out of the bathroom with a smug face, holding his right hand up in a fist. There could only be one meaning for that.
His parents who looked unamused couldn help but start chuckling at their sons goofiness.
Slapping Chifuyu on his back, his dad tells him ”Get your butt to school already. ”
”Yeah, I am. After I get you back that is! ”
The two start horsing around as Chifuyus mom enjoys the sight.
Finally ready to go, Chifuyu slips his shoes on and opens the door.
”Im off! ”
”Have a good day at school. ”
Chifuyu leaves with a blast of energy as his mom waves him off while his dad is flicking him off. They have a great relationship.
Chifuyu Kyotani, 15 years old turning 16 in a few months. Energetic and can get along with just about anybody. Second year in high school, and already the star player on his basketball team. He greatly contributed to his team making it to the finals in his first year, earning them a promotion from third to second division. This year he had a stellar performance becoming his teams lead scorer and winning them the championship in their league. His school is a 15 minute walk from his home so he walks there and back each day, usually meeting up with one of his friends partway through whos there today.
A girl the same age called out to him. With a smile, Chifuyu ran over to her with his hand in the air.
”Morning Erika. ”
”Good morning to you too. ”
The two high-fived as they were greeting each other. The girls name is Erika Tohska and she has known Chifuyu since the start of middle school. They decided to go to the same high school along with their other friend. Chifuyu has had a lot of impact on Erikas life. She only had one friend in middle school but has gained enormous popularity since high school began. Shes sweet and polite, but a bit shy. Although shes come a long way, she still lacks confidence. A few months ago, about 70% of the boys participated in a ranking of the cutest girls in their year and Erika dominated it. Somehow they managed to keep that under wraps because if the girls caught wind of that ranking, they wouldve looked down on the boys with utter disgust until graduation. Erika has distinct blonde hair that reaches below her waist. Youd be able to point her out in a crowd of thousands of people at a concert.
Chifuyu and Erika make small talk as they walk to their school as they usually do. But Erika brought up a rather big question out of nowhere.
”Um, Chifuyu. ”
”Yeah whats up, is something wrong? ”
”Its just… I had a dream last night that you were taken somewhere far away. I tried reaching for you, and you were within my grasp. But you didn extend your hand for me, like you didn want to be saved. ”
Chifuyu listens to her, completely at a loss for words. As they were walking, Erika had just been looking down while saying this, but she looked up right at Chifuyu as she asked this question.
”I have no idea what that dream meant. It was probably just some nightmare. It seemed like you cut yourself off from me, and that you were bearing a whole bunch of burdens by yourself. I know you
e not the type of person to not let others help you. But, please let me ask you this. If something ever happens when you feel like you can handle it by yourself, will you reach out to me? ”
They maintained eye contact for a couple of seconds while walking before Chifuyu replied to her.
”That sure came out of left field. You really surprised me there. ”
”Im sorry, uh… On second thought just forget what I said. ”
Embarrassed by asking such a weird question, Erikas face was flushed red and she put her head down. Chifuyu couldn help but laugh.
”Don worry Erika, weve known each other for how long now? Over 4 years! If I feel like Im facing my biggest problem ever and Im not sure what to do, youll be the first person I ask for help. ”
Chifuyu reassured her, Erika gently smiled and gave him her gratitude.
”Thanks Chifuyu. ”
”Don mention it. ”
As the two wrapped up their conversation, they arrived at school.
”Alright Erika, Ill see you in 2nd period. ”
”Yeah, Ill see you then. ”
As they walked to their respective classes for homeroom, Chifuyu was greeted by several other students along the way. The same could be said for Erika. There were rumors that they were going out around the beginning of their second year, but once Chifuyu heard about that he immediately set everybody straight and cleared up that they aren dating. He respects their relationship as friends and genuinely wants to keep it that way. He helped Erika out a ton in middle school, and Chifuyu himself isn oblivious to this fact. They spend a lot of time together and he truly cherishes their friendship. Hes thought about if theres a chance Erika has feelings for him, but it was just a momentary thought. Chifuyu isn one to worry about the future too much, or the consequences of eating 10 tacos at once. He also thought if Erika started dating someone, hed support her 100%. Thats the kind of guy Chifuyu is.
On his way to class, he hears footsteps darting in his direction. He knows what it is and prepares himself for a counterattack.
”Chifuyu… Gah! ”
A boy with short purple hair was running towards Chifuyu, he yelled his voice monotonously and was answered with a chop to the neck. The boy is another one of Chifuyus friends who hes known since they were 7. He goes by the name Dakota Smith. This comedic routine is something he does every morning when a big assignment is due. He runs up to Chifuyu and grabs him by the shoulders to beg for the answers. Today was one of those days.
”Dakota, how many times are you going to ask for my answers? After high school, you
e going to have to seriously study without relying on cheating from somebody else. ”
”Hmph, bold of you to assume Im going to a university. ”
e gonna go pro as a streamer. ”
Dakota is a self-proclaimed pro gamer. He spends most of his time playing fps games and single-player story mode games. He definitely has the skills to go pro as he just turned 16 and is already top 500 in one of the most popular fps games. On the other hand, he lacks social skills and without that, he won be able to engage his audience. Streamers are also entertainers, so sitting on camera live and just gaming without saying anything won benefit you in the least no matter how good you are. Posting gameplay clips would be a better idea in that regard.
”The assignment due today was pretty big, you shouldve asked me yesterday if you knew you weren going to do it. ”
”I had actually planned to do it. At least I was going to try, but I got caught up reading this new series in jump. By the time I was done with that, it was already 2 a.m and Id just decided to ask you in the morning. I guess I shouldve looked at how long the assignment was. ”
”Get your priorities straight man. That new series is good though. ”
”Isn it? I was just going to check out the first few chapters but I got completely hooked. ”
”I hear you on that. Jump series never disappoint. ”
Jump is a manga publisher that releases new chapters every Saturday. The series Dakota binged last night is a new hit thats sold over 2 million copies with just 3 volumes. He and Chifuyu are both what you would call otakus. Chifuyu knows how to manage his time though and gets his school work and sports training done first before he indulges himself in entertainment. Though he does have a couple of series he reads and watches if they
e out before he leaves for school. Back to the main question at hand.
”So, can I see your answers for the assignment? ”
e lucky its math, just make sure you remember the equations for the test so the teacher doesn get suspicious. ”
e a lifesaver. ”
Before making a beeline for the library, Dakota smacks Chifuyu in the butt to express his thanks. Nothing wrong with some brotherly love. Chifuyu pulled out his phone to check the time and saw he still had 9 minutes until homeroom started, so he decided to go to the gym to get some quick shots in.
Ring Ring Ring Ring
”Don yo me Shoyo, where the target? ”
”I lost him, my bad. ”
”God dammit you imbecile, do you understand how dire this situation is? ”
”Relax, he was just craftier than I thought hed be. All I have to do is patrol the area hes heading to. Besides, this is information that was supposed to be top secret for over 200 years. If she gets unsealed, isn it the fault of you guys up there who had a rat this entire time? ”
”Watch your mouth brat, she won be unsealed as long as you do your job. Make sure to uphold your title as the strongest hunter. ”
Beep Beep Beep
”What a disagreeable middle-aged man. Top secret information only a handful of people should know gets leaked to the enemy and now I have to clean up their mess. Though of course, I didn actually lose him. I like pretending Im a little incompetent sometimes. The vamp took to the sewers with impressive speed. My eyes were off him for no more than a second and hed already opened the manhole, entered it and cleanly closed it without making much noise. That sewage has a few dozen other routes he could take. And I know exactly which one hell come out of. ”
The man currently speaking was atop a rooftop, clad in a white uniform indicating the highest rank with a sheathed sword by his waist, earning stares from the neighborhood citizens. His occupation is a hunter run by the Hunter Agency. The job description entails hunting vampires and keeping the peace of Shioto. Thats right, this is no normal world.
Shioto is the only continent in this world with some dozen islands scattered around. The worlds population numbers at 901 million. The continent is divided into 31 districts, each having their own hunter branch. The hunters have been at battle with the vampires for over 200 years, but theyve been dying down in numbers gradually, at least on the surface. The world has also been relatively peaceful over the last 8 years. Vampire incidents have been at an all-time low due to the presence of the current strongest hunter, Shoyo Kusakabe. Hes 25 years old and is above average for male height, standing at 6 feet tall. Although you wouldn be able to tell, hes very well built. Slicked back black hair and bright blue eyes with a cross earring on his left ear.
Shoyos stomach grumbles, hes been pursuing this vampire for 2 days and hasn eaten anything.
”Alright, wheres the closest fast food place? I need to attend to more important matters. ”
Dismissing his current mission that could put the world at stake, Shoyo goes to grab some grub.
Students rush down the hallway after the bell rings for their final class of the day. Chifuyu waits outside his classroom for Erika who had texted him if she could ask him something after school.
”Thanks for waiting Chifuyu. Sorry, I know you should be getting ready for practice but I just wanted to ask you this in person. ”
”No worries, I have time. So whats up? ”
”Well, you probably forgot about this. But the Moon Festival is tonight, and I wanted to see if you wanted to go there. ”
The Moon Festival is one of many festivals held in Shioto. It takes place in District 5 on March 9th every year in celebration of the year Princess Kaguya was believed to be found. Its an ancient story that most of the people believe in, but this will be a tale for another time.
”Oh wow, you
e right. I totally forgot about it. ”
”Hehe, I thought so. I asked my little brother if he wanted to go but he said hes already going with a female friend of his. ”
”Wait, how old is your little bro again? ”
”He turns 11 next month. ”
”Turning 11 and hes already making moves on girls? Ha! You have quite the playboy little brother, Ive gotta meet him one day. ”
”Yeah, hes a bit of a rascal. Sometimes I wanna clobber him. ”
”Wow. He even gets you riled up huh. ”
”Excuse me! ”
As Chifuyu and Erika were chattering, a girl whos a year younger approached them. Chifuyu recognized her because he saw her just yesterday.
”Oh, hey Sumire. How are you? ”
”You know her Chifuyu? ”
Before Chifuyu gets to answer, Sumire interjects, answering for him.
”He saved me yesterday from some bullies, and I never got to thank him. So I just asked around to see what class you were in and rushed over here. ”
”Ah come on, its not that big of a deal. ”
”That may be true. But still, I want to thank you. ”
As she lowers her head to bow down, she expresses her gratitude and leaves.
”Thank you very much! ”
It was a short exchange, the girl simply wanted to let Chifuyu know how grateful she is. Erika gleefully looks at Chifuyu as he shyly scratches his head.
”So, would you be able to go to the festival tonight or would you be too tired from practice? ”
”Oh yeah, you can definitely count me in! ”
Erika sighed with relief, Chifuyus straightforwardness always manages to put a smile on her face.
”I can wait! Ill leave you so you can get to practice now. See you later! ”
”Yeah, see you later! ”
As their conversation ends and Erika walks away, someone who had been listening comes from around the corner behind Chifuyu.
”Oi Chifuyu, its time for practice. Lets go. ”
”Oh, hey Mikey. You came to pick me up? ”
”Don call me that. I see you
e as friendly as ever with Erika.
”I guess so. ”
Mike clicks his tongue at Chifuyus laid-back response. Mike is a year older whos also on the basketball team. He has feelings for Erika and is jealous of Chifuyus close relationship with her. Mike also detests Chifufyu because he came to this high school believing hed be the best player, only to be far outshined by someone hed initially thought wouldn even make the team. Although hes bitter about this, basketball is just a hobby of his. Mike has bigger plans. As they walk to the gymnasium, he brings up a certain topic.
e only sophomores right now. At the rate Im growing right now, I would absolutely steal the title of Star Player come next season. But, Im afraid Im quitting basketball after this semester. ”
”Whys that? ”
”Heh, Ill be taking the transfer exam for the Hunter Training Academy in July. And when I pass it, Ill be accepted as a student there. So naturally there will be no need for me to continue playing this sport. It was a mere pastime anyway. ”
e chasing a greater dream, Im happy for you. ”
Chifuyu replies genuinely, this pisses off Mike even more. His intent was to gloat, but he shouldve known that would have no effect on Chifuyu.
”Do you ever feel envious? ”
”Who doesn ? This one time, there was a prize I really wanted from a raffle. So when I didn win it, naturally I was jealous of who did. ”
”Forget it, I shouldn have asked. ”
”Ah, nothing better than basking in the glorious sunset of 5:30 pm. ”
Chifuyu leaves the school campus after finishing practice. The sunset at 5:30 is a joke he and Dakota make. In lots of anime, its not rare for a dramatic scene to occur at sunset. Chifuyu and Dakota noticed this and made it an inside joke between them. Speaking of Dakota…
e you still doing here? ”
”Erika told me you guys are going to the Moon Festival tonight and invited me as well. ”
”So you waited 2 hours for me to finish practice? You couldve just gone home first. ”
”Nah, actually I went to tutoring. ”
”Tutoring?! You did? ”
”Ha, you don have that surprised. You pickin a fight with me you little… ”
Dakota headlocks Chifuyu and playfully gives him a noogie.
”I mean, you never went to tutoring! Isn it natural that Id be surprised? ”
”Hmph, you won believe it. My mom called after school and told me shes gonna start giving me an allowance if I can keep up with my grades. ”
Dakota sticks his chest out proudly, Chifuyu slightly laughing at how simply he gets motivated.
”Why am I even surprised, I shouldve known there was something in it for you. ”
”Heh, what can I say? ” remarks Dakota as he slyly shrugs his shoulders.
”Uh, hey Chifuyu. ”
”What is it? ”
”Those wouldn happen to be your friends would they? ”
A group of upperclassmen approach the two of them, they
e the spitting image of what youd call cliche high school delinquents.
”Oh, its you guys. ”
”So you do know them, thats a relief. ”
e acquainted I guess. ”
”Acquainted my ass, you think you
e some kind of hero? Huh, Chifuyu? ”
The group leader of the delinquents strolls right up to Chifuyu with his hands burrowed in his pockets and head stuck upright, casting his eyes down on who he believes is below him. An old-fashioned way of trying to intimidate someone. But Chifuyu is unfazed, Dakota on the other hand is already making preparations to hightail it out of there.
”Hero? Im not anything of the sort nor do I want to be. I just wanna enjoy living my normal everyday life. ”
”Is that so. You say that but you must think you
e some knight in shining armor sticking up for that girl yesterday. ”
Yes, these are the same punks who were bullying Sumire.
”I don understand whats got your panties in a bunch, isn it right to stick up for someone whos getting bullied? ”
Chifuyu was starting to enjoy the situation, so he thought hed provoke them a little.
”Mommy and daddy aren gonna be proud of you if they hear about this. Bullying doesn make you popular you know. ”
”What was that wise ass!? ”
The stereotypical delinquent grabs Chifuyu by his collar, giving him a nasty glare. Chifuyu decides to pour more fuel on the fire.
”Wow, one little sentence is all it takes to offend you. This is why I hate punks like you, all brawn and no brain. ”
”Why you… ”
Chifuyu knew his simple provocations would get them enraged, this whole situation had become a comedy skit to him.
The delinquent throws a punch that is easily evaded. Chifuyu then squares up to show hes ready to throw down.
”No going back now, Im pummeling you! ”
Delinquent 1 charges in with no strategy in mind, he just plans to swing his heavy fists. Chifuyu smirks, dodging the predictable right swing. Then, his ultimate counterattack begins.
In mere seconds, the delinquent is gazing at the sky. After easily moving around the right swings trajectory, Chifuyu pantsed him and swiped his foot under delinquent 1s legs causing him to fall on his ass.
”You little.. ”
The other delinquents finally charge in after witnessing their leader get an embarrassing taste of defeat.
”Lets go Dakota! ”
Being on the same wavelength, Chifuyu and Dakota dash out of there while laughing hysterically.
e running away without fighting?! ”
”What a bunch of pussies. ”
Delinquent F and C fail to understand that Chifuyu couldve easily beaten them. Its ironic that in the future, there will be countless times when Chifuyu would rather run than fight. But his soul will not let him. His drive will not let him. Chifuyu will face countless hardships, but he will never back down.
The night of the Moon Festival is bustling with tens of thousands of people. Countless musicians playing a plethora of songs combined with stages of professional dancers giving the audience an abundance of energy. Energetic cheers could be heard all throughout the festival grounds. The pathways were lined with floating lanterns painting the night sky bright orange and yellow. Countless booths provided food, drinks, and games. There were people of all ages. You could find babies probably no older than 2 being cradled by their mothers, kids running around having the time of their life, teenagers enjoying their youth with friends, adults drinking and appreciating this beautiful event, along with seniors just enjoying themselves.
On a normal day, kids and teenagers wouldn be able to be out and about as they are right now during this festival. Thats because unaccompanied minors aren allowed to be out past 9 pm, 7 pm if you
e not even in high school. In other words, everybody under 18 has been given a curfew. This law was put in place to prevent cases of unsuspecting minors being easy victims for vampires.
Vampires aren affected by the sunlight like they are in fictional stories, they just move around at night because its more convenient for them. At least, in this world. By giving minors a curfew, their mortality rate dropped significantly when vampires first showed up. They
e only allowed to roam freely at night during big events. Naturally, theres still security at such big events. Along with hunters blending in with the crowd and others patrolling the perimeter.
Thousands of people are gathered at the Moon Festival this night, there will definitely be vampires trying to snatch some easy prey.
Sora and Dakota arrive at the festival and meet up with Erika. Shes wearing a pink yukata plastered with bright red lilacs, with the left side of her bangs that are usually showing swept behind her ear showcasing a marigold orange crescent moon earring. The 2 boys are just dressed in casual clothes.
”Wow, look who dressed up for the occasion. ”
”Hehe, do I look okay? ”
”It suits you well. ”
Chifuyu compliments Erika who lets out an innocent giggle after receiving his modest praise.
”You guys should wear yukatas next year, it helps you get more immersed in the festival spirit. ”
”No way, it wouldn good look on me. ”
Dakotas lack of self-confidence shows itself.
”Anyway, the nights still young. Chifuyu, Erika, lets enjoy ourselves to the fullest tonight! ”
Chifuyu and Erika chant in unison before they take off to the glorious Moon Festival.
”It sure is noisy over there. For better or worse, I have to make sure I keep it that way. I won allow their peace to be shattered. Ill kill this Vampire Lord myself, tonight. ”
Next to the Moon Festival is a vast forest. Shoyo is currently in it waiting for the vampires to show up. Unbeknownst to all of the people of Shioto, one of the strongest vampires is sealed there. Ariel Ryuji, a Vampire Lord from over 200 years ago who couldn even be killed. The location of where she is sealed was somehow leaked to the vampires. Meaning theres a traitor in the Hunter Agency. Even as the Moon Festival is going on right now, each and every member of the HA is being interrogated. The Vampire Lord is sealed in a hidden tomb underneath this forest. Shoyo would have no problem preventing the vampires from entering the tomb, but he has other plans.
It seems Im totally surrounded, and its a lot of them. Most likely no less than a few dozen.
Shoyo has been encircled by several vampires. Its nothing he can handle. In fact, he allowed them to surround him. The reason being he has no intention of stopping them from unsealing Ariel. He plans to wipe them all out. Yes, every single one of them in the forest. Vampire Lord included, Shoyo isn one to discriminate. Hell kill all vampires equally.
The trio of friends experienced the Moon Festival to its full extent and had an absolute blast. They all agreed that this had been the best night of their lives. Surprisingly, this had been the first time all 3 of them went together. Theyd gone to a few other small festivals together, but the scale of the Moon Festival was much larger. As the festival reaches its end, they laugh at the hilarious pictures they took at the photo booth.
”Man, I wish times like these would last forever. ”
Youth at its finest. Dakota speaks his mind while the 3 of them are laying on a small grassy hill just outside the festival.
”They will last forever. We still have endless amounts of fun times to look forward to. But don think youll be able to goof off for the rest of your life without having any responsibilities. ”
Chifuyu tells Dakota the sad truth which he clicks his tongue in response to, Erika giggles on the side. Then, the final attraction had begun. The night sky was illuminated with vibrant fireworks, people who weren even at the festival were able to see this magnificent display.
”How beautiful. ”
Erika expresses her awe without even knowing she spoke. The words just came out naturally. They all wear satisfied smiles, appreciating the grand fireworks.
After the final attraction ends, they all doze off for a bit. No more than 10 minutes. But by the time they woke up, Chifuyu had gone missing.
”Shes been awakened. ”
Shoyo stands tall, prepared to use all of his strength to quickly wipe out the 30-something vampires around him and the Vampire Lord currently on her way. The vampires realize hes letting them unseal Ariel, so they leave him alone for the meantime. The hidden tomb lead hundreds of stairs underground, Shoyo could tell Ariel was taking her sweet time walk all the way up. So he could feel it. With each step she took, followed the weight of countless souls of the lives shes taken. As if they
e trying to drag her back down to hell. But Ariels steps do not waver. After 200 long years, shes finally free. All the vampires and the strongest hunter are expecting her to come out ready to start a massacre.
No immediate backup will be coming, and Shoyo is aware of this. Hes currently the only hunter that knows Ariel had been sealed in this forest. Receiving backup or not was a trivial matter to Shoyo anyway. As a matter of fact, he prefers no assistance, especially for this mission. As hes anticipating the Vampire Lord to rise out of the tomb, another vampire shows up with a human in toll.
”Oi Oi, youve gotta be kidding me. What the hell are the other hunters doing, they let a kid get kidnapped? ”
”That should be the least of your worries human. ”
”Tch, shes here. ”
Shoyos main priority is the safety of innocent civilians, but he can afford to be distracted here. She was mere seconds from rearing her head into the outside world. Even the strongest hunter was sweating a little, but his confidence was still at 100%. Hes carrying the pride and burden of being the strongest on his back. No matter what, he will not lose.
”Alright, you lot! Gather and prostrate yourselves before the Vampire Lord, Ariel Ryuji! ”
A vampire commands the rest of them to fall in line, and they do so without wasting another moment.
There she was, accompanied by the vampire Shoyo had been chasing earlier who immediately prostrated himself upon reaching the surface.
Every vampire has red eyes, but Ariels in particular were more frightening. Her bloodshot red eyes gaze at those around her with an uninterested look. Most vampires have pale skin, but hers was the very definition of healthy. She was different from Shoyos expectations. He assumed the Vampire Lord to be tall in stature and have an intense bloodlust, though she wasn any less intimidating. She had a petite body, probably just about 5 feet tall with long silver hair that seemed double her height as it flowed along the ground. She notices Shoyo observing them on top of a tree but doesn spend more than 2 seconds looking at him.
”Thats a Vampire Lord alright. ”
Shoyo smiles wryly as he unsheathes his blade, preparing to strike at a moments notice. He still hasn given up on saving the boy, they
e deep in the forest so he has to swiftly rescue him and get him to safety as fast as possible. Calling nearby hunters to help would only get them killed. The best course of action for Shoyo would be to kill all the side vampires quickly after getting the boy to a safe place. Then hell be able to solely focus on the Vampire Lord. Theres also a chance more vampires will be on their way soon, but he doesn need to worry about that right now. All his enemies are within his reach, he won let a single one escape.
Its been 10 seconds since the Vampire Lord has seen the light of night, her motives are unclear. But, she is still giving off an intimidating aura. So intense, that the young boy who was kidnapped wakes up and instantly vomits from the nauseating pressure.
”Wh-where the hell am I? ”
The young boy is Chifuyu. For what reasons was he alone captured?
”Silence you pig, you
e in the presence of a Vampire Lord. ”
Just like a twig, the vampire breaks his right arm in a fraction of a second. Chifuyu couldn even process what just happened before he yells in agony from the pain of having one of his limbs broken.
”Damn it. ”
Shoyo wants to make his move already, but hes cautious of the Vampire Lord who hasn even spoken a word yet.
”Its been over 200 years Lord Ariel, we humbly welcome your long-awaited return. ”
Whats happening? Are these real vampires? I feel sick to my stomach. Theres something about that shrimp, just being near her is making me feel lightheaded.
Just as Chifuyu is thinking this to himself, his head is slammed into the ground, blood drips down all over his face.
”This isn much, but weve brought a gift to offer you. Think of it as a small appetizer before the main course. ”
”And what exactly is the main course? ”
Shoyo drops down, curious about what the vampire is implying.
”The main course, isn it obvious? Lord Ariel will devour every single human at that festival! ”
Its just about over, but theres certainly still a lot of people there. Not that I have any intention of letting them get past me.
”Sounds amusing. So now that one of your precious lords has been unsealed, you think you vampires have a chance of overtaking this world? ”
”What an idiotic question, isn it obvious? WE VAMPIRES WILL UNLEASH HELL ON THIS WORLD AND SLAUGHTER EVERY HUMAN THAT RESIDES HERE! ”
His words spoken in a menacing tone resounded throughout the entire forest, Chifuyu whose head was still being planted in the ground started trembling with fear.
So this is a vampire.
Is what he thought, for a second he gave up hope. But he had no intention of going down without a fight, no matter how futile.
”Now Lord Ariel, feast upon this boy! ”
Shoyo gets in his stance, ready to charge in at any time. Then, Ariel finally said something.
”I have no intention of harming that boy. Let him go. ”
Her words took everyone aback, she spoke with a calm voice. She was composed that entire time just scrutinizing the situation she had been awoken to.
”Forgive me Lord Ariel, I don think I caught what you said. ”
”I spoke very clearly. I do not wish to repeat myself. ”
Her words still carried the same tone, but her gaze was a different story. She looked coldly down upon the vampire who still had Chifuyu face-planted into the ground. The moment he let go and eased his arm up, Shoyo dashed in and decapitated him while grabbing Chifuyu to get him somewhere safe. Blood gushed out from the dead vampires neck like water from a fountain. A few others tried to chase after Shoyo but were cut down effortlessly.
Shoyo was getting ready to use a technique to quickly get Chifuyu to safety, but another vampire who had been waiting in the cut lands a surprise attack and sends Shoyo flying a bit. He catches himself on a tree, but notices the new vampire had snatched Chifuyu.
By the time he finds where they
e at, the vampire had already bitten into Chifuyus stomach. In a flash, Shoyo appears in front of him and goes for the kill. The vampire barely dodges it in time and gets his neck grazed.
”Ho, so this is the worlds greatest hunter. ”
Shoyo sees that the boy is still barely alive. But with a hole in his stomach, hell bleed out in a few minutes. Someone was going to die on his watch, and there was nothing he could do about it.
In this world, if you get a fatal wound from a vampire incident, no one will be able to heal that. Not a human at least. Shoyo had the first casualty in a long time on his hands. Nothing changed for him though. He was already determined to kill every vampire here, now hes just a bit more infuriated.
”Hey, brat. Explain to me why you did that when I myself said I was not going to harm that boy. ”
”No, no Miss Vampire Lord. I think you
e the one who needs to do some explaining. I noticed it as soon as you emerged from that tomb. You
e not the same as before. ”
Shoyo was intrigued by what this vampire was saying, so he continued to listen to his words.
”The Ariel from before you were sealed would have come out craving blood, eager to take the lives of every human nearby. ”
”Thats because I no longer seek blood. ”
”Huh? Come on Lord Ariel, tell us all exactly the meaning behind your words right now? ”
The vampires all looked upon Ariel, not having a clue what she was about to say.
”I will not fight against the humans anymore. Its about time for this several hundred-year battle to come to an end. ”
The vampires question Ariel in an uproar.
”I can believe what Im hearing. The Vampire Lord once known as the Dragon Queen who has claimed over 100,000 human lives, the one who swore absolute vengeance on their race is now throwing in the towel? ”
”Only a fool would hold a grudge for over several centuries. ”
”Those 200 years of solitude mustve made you insane. The vampires here in this world have been making preparations, patiently waiting to free you. To have all our efforts spit back in our faces. So, if you will no longer fight against the humans, what do you plan to do? ”
”I will join their side. ”
Shoyo is baffled by this unpredictable turn of events. He lets out a huge laugh as all the tension he just had dissipated. The two vampires pay him no heed as they continue conversing.
”I see. Will you tell us your reasoning? ”
”There is no need to explain myself to someone Im about to kill. ”
”Ha, figures. ”
”I will kill you all in less than a minute and then save that boy you put on the brink of death. State your name. ”
”I am Kenzo. ”
”Kenzo huh, thats a good name. ”
”Im honored. ”
Gathering all he could muster for this final line, he roars an order at all the other vampires.
”IN THE NAME OF THE SLAYERS, KILL THIS TRAITOR! ”
Approximately 31 vampires against a Vampire Lord. This wouldn even be a fight. Shoyo blinks and 14 vampires have already been torn apart, their dismembered bodies falling to the ground with blood painting the nearby trees red. She shows no mercy as she slaughters her own kind. This had also been the first time she seriously fought against her race with the intention to kill. Ariel said shed kill them in less than a minute, but it hadn even been 20 seconds before they all turned into corpses. Wasting no time, she goes over to Shoyo and the dying Chifuyu.
”That was impressive, but I wouldve been able to kill them all including you in less than half your time. ”
”8 seconds huh, is that how long you last in bed? ”
”Ouch, Ill have you know Im still a pure maiden. ”
”Wow, Im kinda surprised. ”
The strongest hunter and a Vampire Lord were cracking jokes with one another while a young boy was at deaths doorstep. Truly a rare occurrence.
”So, you said you
e gonna save him. But unless you have some magical healing power… ”
”I don , we both know what the only way to save his life is. ”
Chifuyu had no more than a minute before he would die from blood loss. He couldn muster any energy to talk, that would be impossible in his condition. But he was still conscious, he wouldn allow himself to look away from the current situation.
”Can you hear me kid? ”
Ariel posed a question, Chifuyu was using all he had to control his breathing to the best of his abilities. His diaphragm was contracting abnormally due to breathing heavily, he felt like his life would end the moment he lost concentration. He turned his eyes to the Vampire Lord, meaning he heard her question.
”Do you want to live? ”
It was the easiest question Chifuyu couldve been asked. He stared at Ariel with unyielding intent. He was on the verge of dying, his body was unable to move, but his eyes were brimming with life. He didn need to speak, even if he could, his answer was as clear as day.
A new journey begins.
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