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"AM I HUMAN"


Prologue
prologue

By dmt1967

Jake perched like an eagle on a branch of a big sturdy oak tree, and waited. He lifted his head slightly and sniffed the air. The boy leaned forward and listened, but the only sound he heard was his own heart as it beat in anticipation of the battle to come.

He closed his eyes and tried to compose himself, this is not your first fight boy, and it won’t be your last.

His ears twitched. He’d heard a noise, he was sure of it. He peered out into the night and spotted a silhouette of a man in the distance. As the shadow moved, Jake laid down on the tree branch and waited for his prey to come closer.

A stale odour wafted in his direction, and the young man wriggled his nose in distaste.  I will never get used to the smell of the undead. They smell worse than were-wolves and that’s saying something.

His victim was almost under the tree as he reached down to grab him. One more step; NOW. Jake placed both hands on the shoulders of the vampire and jumped on his back. The thing turned around and met his attackers’ fist. The creature fell back onto the mud and lay there for a few seconds, too stunned to put up a fight.

Jake pounced on his target and sunk his teeth into the vampire’s neck. The thing struggled for a few minutes, before it lay still. The deed was finished. Jake rolled off, stood up, and glanced down at his latest target. He looked quite old. The man must be a general or something. Maybe that was why it was so easy.

He glanced around and saw that the park was empty. Good, no one saw me. Jake spotted a shrub and walked over to it, pulled it out of the ground, and threw it to one side. He knelt on the ground, and with his long sharp fingernails, started to dig. Once he was sure the hole was big enough to fit a body into, Jake jogged back to the corpse and picked it up. He placed it into the hole and buried it. He replaced the shrub and stood back to admire his work. From a distance, everything would seem normal. The young assassin knew his crime would be uncovered, but he wanted at least a few hours to get clear of the crime scene.

Jake turned and walked back to the tree. He reached behind it and pulled out a rucksack. He opened it and took out a change of clothes. The young man took off his shirt and pants and put them in a carrier bag, was dressed and disposed of his dirty garments in a nearby trashcan. He glanced around one final time before he threw a match into the garbage bin and watched his clothes burn.

Jake made his way to the park gates. He glanced at his watch, hell, I’m going to be late again, and the General won’t like that. He sighed and started to run.                  
 
 
 


Chapter 1
Chapter one

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

Jake was an only child. He hated school and life in general. He didn’t have any friends as his peers thought him odd and poked fun of his appearance. He didn’t really blame them as even he thought of himself as odd with his sharp pointed teeth and his hairy ears. He wore a cap most of the time and grew his hair long to keep them hidden, but the kids still noticed them and teased him. If the hair issue stopped there it wouldn’t have been so bad, but his whole body was covered in course little black hairs even his hands. Jake wore gloves, even in summer, to hide them from his peers.  

It wasn’t only his appearance which made Jake feel so isolated, it was his feelings as well- they weren’t normal. Jake looked like a man, but he felt like a woman. The hardest part was keeping this secret from his parents. He knew he’d have to tell someone eventually, but for now, he wanted to explore who he really was by himself, and he didn’t think they would understand. They might think it was sexual and although he loved to feel the silky knickers on his bare flesh, it was much more than that.

Jake hated his life and lived for the day when he could throw off his shackles and become who he really was. This day would be his sixteenth birthday when he could legally leave school and tell his parents the truth; he was going to have reassignment surgery.

Jake hated school, he hated the teachers and he loathed the kids, especially one boy called, Derek. Derek was a fat pig of a child who’s sole purpose was to make Jake’s life a living hell. He was the leader of a group of boys who terrorised the smaller or weaker kids and made their school lives unbearable. Jake tried to avoid Derek as much as he could which wasn’t easy as they had many classes together. There was a field outside the school where the gang hung out, and although it was the quickest way to and from school, Jake walked around and put another hour on his journey so as not to bump into Derek and his friends.

Jake counted the days with anticipation. Days turned into month, and months turned into year. Soon Jake’s fourteenth birthday was upon him, little did he know he would begin a new chapter in his book of life.

Jake jumped out of bed and ran down the stairs.

“Happy birthday, son,” his dad boomed.

“Thanks Dad,” Jake answered as he rushed into the kitchen, grabbed some toast from a plate on the table, and headed towards the door.

“Remember to come straight back after school for your party,” his mum called after him.

Jake stopped in his tracks and groaned. That was all he needed, his mum’s friends telling him to cut his hair and trim his fingernails. This happened every year, and due to Jake’s lack of classmates who wanted to come to these parties, his mum invited all her poker friends instead.

Jake forced a smile. “Thanks Mum, I will come right back, promise.” Like I do every day.

Jake’s dad glanced up from his paper and rolled his eyes. Jake caught his expression and put his hand over his mouth to hide his smile. The man must be a saint to put up with her!

Jake glanced at his watch, damn, I’m late again. He kissed his mum on the cheek and waved to his dad before he headed out of the door.

Jake was late as he approached the field, he knew he’d have to cross it if he wanted to be on time. He spied the lay of the land and sighed with relief; it looks empty, they must all be in school. Jake began to cross the open space. He was halfway across before he heard the dreaded voice. His heart started to beat faster and he knew he’d made a mistake; they must have been hiding behind the wall at the far side of the field.

“Hey, ape boy, what you doing on my field?”

Jake spun around and saw Derek and his followers walking towards him.

“Leave me alone, Derek,” Jake's voice trembled, “can’t you see I’m late for school.”

Derek grinned. “Don’t tell me, ape boy’s got balls”

A boy called Lou giggled and Derek glared at him.

“Maybe we should check, see if he’s got everything a boy should have.”

Before Jake could react, two of the gang grabbed him and lifted him off his feet. Derek undid his belt and buttons of his pants and pulled them down along with his boxers.  Jake kicked out, but Derek jumped out of the way and laughed.
Just leave me alone.

The boys formed a circle, and stared at Jake’s privates. Jake tried to hide it with his hand but Derek flicked it away.

Why must they always be so mean.

“Tut tut tut, don’t be naughty, ape boy,” he flicked Jake’s penis hard and Jake yelled in pain. “I’m sure everyone wants a look.” Derek turned towards the rest of the group. “I was right,” he laughed, “ the boy has nothing any girl would want.”

“Why don’t you let me be the judge of that,” someone said.

Oh God, no!

The boys parted to let three girls into the middle where Jake and Derek stood. Jake cringed, it was Derek’s sister, Jenny.

Not Jenny, anyone but her.

“Ok sis, you girls grade it,” a sly smile crept onto Derek’s face, “and if you give it an eight out of ten, I’ll let ape boy go.”

Jenny walked over and grabbed Jake’s penis in one hand. She stared at it and started to play with it like a toy.  Jake groaned, he couldn’t help it.

Please don’t dribble. I can’t bear this.

His penis twitched and Jake turned red with shame. Please lord let this be over soon. Let them be fed up and leave him alone. All Jake wanted to do was run home as fast as he could, shut his bedroom door, and never come out again.      

“Please, let me go.” Jake cried but Jenny just laughed and rubbed it some more. To everyone’s delight, except Jakes, his penis twitched and he groaned.

“Ape boy is getting aroused, sis. Go on rub it some more.”

Jake wished the ground would open up, would this torment ever end!

The teenagers were so engrossed in their torture, they didn’t realise another boy had joined their group.

“Leave him alone,” a voice boomed.

The young thugs turned and saw a very muscular youth with short blond hair and deep blue eyes behind them. No one moved.

“I said, leave him alone.”

“What’s it to you” Derek sneered.

“Yeah, just go about your business. This has nothing to do with you,” Jenny snarled.

The stranger glanced at Jenny with distaste, strode over to Derek, and picked him up by the front of his shirt.

“Don’t just stand there,” Derek shouted.

The boys attacked in unison, but they didn’t get near Jake’s rescuer. Soon there were boys littered all over the field with broken noses and bruised flesh. The strange boy fought them off with one hand while he held Derek with a vice like grip with the other.

“I won’t tell you again,” the boy growled.

Derek was near to tears. “Let ape boy go,” he cried in defeat.

The teenager drew back his fist and punched Derek in the face. Derek yelled in pain as his nose exploded. Blood dripped down his shirt and dropped onto the ground below.

“What was that for!” Derek sobbed as he tried to wipe away the blood with the back of his hand.

“Boys who call people names end up with broken noses,” the boy sweetly said.

The young man let go of Derek’s shirt and Derek landed on the ground with a hard thump.

“Get out of my sight and take your cronies with you.”

Derek grunted and scurried off across the field as fast as he could with the two gangs following in hot pursuit.

Jake retrieved his pants and was dressed by the time his saviour turned in his direction.

“Hi, I’m Jason.” Jason extended his hand.

“I’m Jake,” Jake stammered, “Thanks for that.”

The boys shook hands

“That’s ok, besides I’m sure you could handle them, big guy like you.”

The two boys grinned at each other.

“Come on I don’t want to be late on my first day.”

They arrived just as the school bell rung.   

The two boys became the best of friends. Derek and his sister left school and never returned. The rumour for their hasty departure was family problems. Jake didn’t care what the reason was, just that his nightmare was over and he could continue his education in peace until his sixteenth birthday. Then he would tell his parents he was leaving to become the woman he always was inside. 

 


Chapter 1
Chapter one

By dmt1967

Jake crossed off the days on his calendar with anticipation until he reached the last night before his birthday. That night he went to sleep with the knowledge that tomorrow he would be his own destiny keeper. Jake tossed and turned all night, and finally fell asleep to disturbed  dreams of his parent’s reaction to his secret. .   

Jake opened his eyes and yawned. He glanced at his alarm clock, and groaned. He was exhausted. Good job I’ve left school already.

He got up, dressed, and ran down the stairs as fast as he could; Jake wanted to catch his Dad before he went to work. Both his parents had to hear his secret at the same time. It will take all my courage to tell them at all, I’m damned if I’m going to repeat myself.

 “Mum, Dad, where are you?”  Jake jumped the last two steps and landed with a thud in the hallway.

He heard voices in the kitchen and burst through the door.

“I need to talk to you.”

“Hi, Jake. How is the birthday boy?”

Jake spun around and saw Jason sitting on a kitchen chair with a cup of coffee in his hand.

“Oh hi,” Jake stammered. “What are you doing here?”

“Well my best friend doesn’t turn sixteen every day. I thought we could spend the day together and have some fun.”

Jake hid his disappointment well, and slapped his friend on the back.

“That sounds like fun.” 

Jake felt a shiver creep down his spine, which he couldn’t understand.  He glanced at his Dad for reassurance and got a major shock. His Dad, usually a happy and full of life person, was slumped over the kitchen table: he looked broken and old. Jake took one look at him then turned to his Mum, had she upset him again! She met his gaze for a moment, then turned away with an expression on her face Jake couldn’t fathom.

“If you don’t want me to go out, I can stay.”

His Dad glanced up from his coffee cup and looked at Jake for the first time. He seemed to give himself a mental shake before he got up and turned towards Jake.

“That’s ok, son. You go and have a good time and we will talk when you get back.”

Have they found out about the woman thing? He’d been so careful though. He only wore knickers and bras when he was alone in the house and he had kept all his other girly clothes in the shed locked in a chest. Have they discovered the knickers in my wardrobe? He hoped not. Jake knew it was a mistake, but he liked the thought of them being near. When he couldn’t sleep he’d get them out and put them on. It made him feel feminine, and he would fall asleep soon afterwards.

Jason got up and made his way towards the door.

“Come on, Cinderella, time is a-wasting, and I promised your folks I’d have you home by midnight.”

Jake followed Jason out of the door and to his car still unsure of his parent’s strange behaviour, what was wrong with them?

“Let’s get out of here and have some fun!” Jason said as he started the car and drove out of the driveway.

The two boys drove around for a bit, finally they ended up at the local bowling alley. They got out of the car and were just about to enter, when Jake heard a familiar voice.

“Hello, freak.”

Jake turned around and wasn’t surprised to find Derek sitting on a brick wall. He looked drunk and was very much alone.

“Hello, Derek,” the two boys whispered in unison.

This was the first time Jake had seen Derek since the day he left school, and all the hatred and fear for the boy came back stronger than ever. Jake took a step towards Derek, but Jason put a hand on his best friends arm.

“Leave it pal, it’s not worth it.”

“Don’t you turn your back on me, freak.” Derek jumped off the wall he was on and staggered. He regained his balance and approached the two boys.
Jake gave Derek a scornful glance. “Go home, Derek and sleep it off.”

“Don’t you talk to me like that, I am a real man and better than you’ll ever be,” Derek slurred, enraged at the off-handed way Jake addressed him.

All the memories of the bully and his mates flooded back into the boys thoughts. The humiliation day after day, and the terror and strain he’d endured all through school. Something in Jake snapped and he flew at Derek with clenched fists. The bully turned white and tried to duck under Jake’s out stretched arms, but wasn’t quick enough. Jake picked him up by his throat and slammed him into a nearby wall as Derek gasped for breath.

As he ran to Jake’s side, Jason yelled, “Take it easy buddy.”

Derek’s arm reached up and tried to pull Jake’s hand away from his throat, but to no avail. The vice like grip grew stronger and as the long finger nails dug into the Bullies soft flesh the boy screamed in pain. Finally, Derek went still and his arms fell to his sides. 

“You’re killing him,” Jason pleaded. “Please, Jake let him go.”

Jake heard his name and looked around. He was in a daze. Where am I? Who’s speaking to me? He spotted Jason. Why did Jason have that weird scared expression on his face? What possible reason could Jason be scared of me? He couldn’t understand it, until the youth  spotted his reflection in a car mirror. His eyes were red and bloodshot and he looked more animal than human. Is that me?

Jake shook his head and dropped Derek onto the ground.        

“What happened?” Jake stammered.

Derek stood up. His legs wobbled, and if Jason hadn’t put his arm out to support the boy, he would have fallen once more onto the hard concrete ground.

Derek pushed his arm away.

Stay away from me. You and your mate are crazy.”

Jason eyed the school bully, and laughed. “You asked for it. If you hadn’t…” Jason gazed at the front of Derek’s trousers, where a wet patch had appeared. His eyes opened wide as he stared in horror at the boy. “Have you wet yourself, man?”

“No,” Derek faltered as the wet patch grew, and droplets started to drip down his trouser leg.

Jake’s eyes wandered to the wet patch. He shook himself out of his trance, and gazed at Derek, a look of pity in his eyes.

“I’m sorry, man.”

Jake reached out his arm as an apology, but Derek flinched and pulled away.

“Leave me alone,” he shouted, near to tears. “You both are freaks, and I hate the pair of you.”

The bully stumbled away down the street. Jason turned towards Jake.

“Do you still want to go bowling?”

“No, I need a drink. What happened?”

“I don’t know, man. You just went berserk. One minute you were standing near me, the next you were holding Derek by the throat.”

Jake examined his hands and saw they were covered in hairs. What have I turned into? The boy glanced at Jason; he never wanted to see fear in his best friend’s ever again. Although if he looked as bad as his reflection, he understood the reason behind the look’

“I don’t really feel like going out tonight. Do you fancy coming back to my place? I think I can smuggle some booze upstairs, and we can chill in my room.”

Jason gave a hollow laugh. “Ok, anything you want, as long as you don’t go all Lassie on me again”

The boys got back in the car and drove to Jake’s house. Neither of them spoke on the journey, both of them reliving the few hours before.

As they entered the house, Jake heard his father call.

“Jake, will you come into the kitchen please?”          

What now?  He couldn’t take much more tonight.

He shuffled into the kitchen, followed by Jason.

“Look, Dad, I’m really tired. Jason’s just come back for a night cap. Then he’s off home.”

“This can’t wait, and we need to talk to you alone. So Jason will have to go.”

Jake knew there was no point arguing, so he showed Jason to the door and promised to phone him tomorrow. Jake shut the door, and made his way back to the kitchen with a heavy heart, His secret would have to wait; he had a much more pressing problem than him wanting to be a woman at this precise moment.

Jake entered the kitchen His mum sat on a chair with her elbows on the table, and his Dad stood by the window with his hands in his trouser pockets. When he heard Jake enter, he turned round and beckoned Jake to sit down opposite his mother.

“Look, son we need to tell you something.”

Jake’s dad pulled up a chair and sat by his mum.

“We should have told you earlier, but…”

“It was my fault, don’t blame your dad,” Jake’s mum interrupted.

“Will you let me tell the boy, Vera?” Jake’s dad scolded.

Jake was scared. His Dad was usually a mild-mannered man who never raised his voice, even when angry.

His Father looked like he was about to break down, but with great effort pulled himself together.

“We were both to blame.. We were scared you’d blame us, and we were scared of losing you.” His father’s voice cracked. “It was wrong of us to keep it from you, I know.”

Jake was petrified. What was wrong. Was dad dying?

“Come on Dad, it can’t be that bad.”

Jake’s mum stood up so suddenly, her chair fell backwards. “For crying out loud, Bob, tell the boy.”

Jake’s dad shook his head. “I can’t, Vera!”

Vera huffed, “like always it’s left down to me to sort out your mess.” Vera turned to Jake, “the truth of the matter is you’re adopted boy.” She blurted out.

At first Jake thought he hadn’t heard correctly, adopted, was this joke, if it was, it wasn’t very funny.

“This is a joke, right?”

Both parents shook their head.

Anger started to build up inside Jake. It started to boil in his stomach, but before long it reached, his throat and he wanted to scream. How dare they destroy my world. The ramifications of what he heard began to sink in, if I’m not who I think I am, who am I?  

He glared at his dad and opened his mouth, but the defeated look on his Dad’s face, stopped him in his tracks. Instead, he got up and walked over to his dad.

“It’s ok Dad. It’s not the end of the world.”

Jake’s dad sighed, “That’s not the worst part.”

There’s more!

“I will make some tea; this is going to be a long night.”  Jake’s mother muttered.

Jake’s father pushed back his chair, and stood up. “Let’s go into the parlour, we will be more comfortable there.”

Once the tea was ready, Jake’s mother put it on a tray. His father picked it up and marched into the parlour. Jake followed at a slower pace. What could be worse than finding out on his sixteenth birthday he was adopted? Jake soon found out, and wished he hadn’t.        

“It was a wet November night when we heard a knock on the back door,” his father began.

“It sounds like a horror story,” Jake giggled nervously.

His father glared at him and continued the story as if he hadn’t spoken.

Your Mum opened the door, and on the doorstep was this strange looking woman with a basket. We invited her into the house to dry off and warm up. She declined and placed the basket on the floor. Without a word, she turned and walked away. Your Mum stood in the doorway for a moment, then picked up the hamper and lifted it onto the table. It looked very like a picnic basket, with a checked cloth thrown loosely over the top. We were about to uncover it, when we heard a cry. Your mother pulled off the cover and found you.”

“You looked so cute with your big green eyes, and your small little hands reached out and grabbed my finger. You looked cold and hungry. We fell in love with you straight away.” Jake’s mother had a faraway look in her eyes as she remembered that day. Jake was astounded, Mum getting all-sentimental, that was a first!

His dad cleared his throat and continued his story. “I examined you to make sure you were okay and made a few remarkable discoveries. The first thing was that, although you only looked a few days old, you had a full set of teeth. The next thing I noticed was how hairy you were, and I’m not just talking about your head. You had hair on your back, chest, arms, and legs.”

Jake’s eyes opened wide in astonishment.

“I must have been small for my age. If I had all that, I must have been older.”

His Mum shook her head, and a haunted expression appeared on her face.

“While your father was examining you, I inspected the basket. It looked very old and well used. A baby pillow was placed in it, and I noticed something under it. Your Dad had placed you on the table so he could look at you better. I took out the pillow, and discovered there was a letter underneath.”

Jake’s Mum hesitated and glanced at his dad.

“Go on, Vera; tell the boy what it said.”

“I opened the letter and read it aloud. To the person who has taken my son, I thank you. I can’t tell you why I had to give him up, but suffice to say, it’s too dangerous for him to stay here with me. We are on the verge of war and are on the run from our enemies. If they find him, they will kill him. I implore you to look after my little boy and keep him safe. There is a letter enclosed, and I would request you give him this letter on his fourteenth birthday. It will explain everything. He can decide whether or not to share the information with you.” 

“We were going to give you the letter sooner, but we were scared we might lose you and we couldn’t bear the thought of you leaving us,” his dad muttered.

Jake’s mum arose in silence, walked to the big cabinet where she kept all her best plates, and opened one of the drawers. She took out an envelope, walked towards her son, and handed him the letter.

Jake took the letter. His hands shook as he opened it.

“If you want to read it in private, we will understand, son.”

Jake looked from one parent to the other and felt a warm glow course through his body. These people took him in and kept him safe; they knew it would be dangerous, but they did it all the same. Who would do that? Whatever the letter said, these were his parents, and nothing would change that. Even though they had been were instructed to give him this letter two years ago.

“No, you guys have as much right as I do to know what this says.”

Jake opened the letter and started to read.

My darling son, if you are reading this it means they never found you. This is going to be as hard for you to read as it was for me to write. I haven’t got much time so I’d better get started. This might come as a shock to you, but you are not human. You are what is called a werepire. I am a vampire, and your Dad is a were-wolf. Although the mixing of blood is prohibited, you are not the only one. There are a lot of night stalkers and wolf-men who have shrugged off the old ways and fallen in love. We used to live in the hills before the pure bloods had their meeting and decided our children were abominations and must be terminated. They are scared of you as you can hunt in the day, and are virtually indestructible. The only thing that has the power to terminate you is a silver stake through the heart and kidneys. They have waged war on you and on us for disobeying the rules. We are in hiding, but if you want to join us, just follow the map enclosed in this letter, and it will lead you directly to the colony. I know this is a lot to take in, and if you don’t want to join the fight, I’ll understand. We love you, son. And always will. Love Mum.”

Jake slumped in his chair. This explains a lot. His Mum and Dad looked shocked. His dad gripped the table, and his Mum was as white as chalk.

“So now we know.” She muttered to herself.

“So what are you going to do?” his father spoke through clenched teeth.

What are you going to do? His parents had just found out their son wasn’t human, and all his father could say was, what are you going to do? Jake wanted to scream. These creatures had told him he was one of them. They wanted him to go and fight some war because some other people were going to kill him. Jake didn’t understand any of this. He turned towards his parents; this was entirely their fault. They should have given him this letter as soon as he was old enough, no matter what the instructions had been.

One glance told him, this was not the right thing to do. His Dad looked broken. He was hunched over the table with his head in his hands. He looked up and caught Jake’s eye. He had a haggard expression on his face and looked ready to slit his own wrists. His Mum looked very old all of a sudden.

Her cheeks were wet from the tears which streamed down her face.

Jake was shocked and at a loss for words. His throat was dry and he found it difficult to speak. He opened his mouth, but no words came out, I need time to think. The boy cleared his throat a few times and, with great difficulty, pulled himself together.

“I’m going to bed. We can discuss this in the morning.”

Jake left the room and climbed the stairs. Although he had told his parents they would talk in the morning, his mind was made up. He was going to find his biological parents. He had to find out who he was, what he was. Maybe it would also explain his feelings of wanting to be a woman among other things.           
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Chapter 2
Chapter two part 3

By dmt1967


Jake poured the coffee and smiled to himself. Trust his Dad to act as if nothing has happened. His dad took everything in his stride; maybe that gift was learned by living with his mum for so long.

Jake placed the coffee cups and percolator on a tray and carried it to a table situated in the middle of the room. He poured out two cups and handed one to his father,

“Sit down, son and I will begin,” his Dad joked.

Jake sat beside his Dad on the settee and waited in eager anticipation for the story to begin.

“Believe it or not your Mum wasn’t always this mean spirited and bitter.  We met, fell in love, and got married. I was in the Army and away a lot. One day, on leave, I witnessed a mob assassin, and the police asked me to testify against the war lord who ordered the hit.”

Jake was astounded.

“I didn’t think they had mobsters in England.”

His Dad looked sad and nodded.

“Yes, son they have them all over the place, men who want power and they don’t care who they hurt to get it.”

The two men sat in silence for a minute. Jake’s mind was in turmoil as he tried to digest what he was hearing.

“Well of course I said yes and it was decided I would be placed into witness protection afterwards.”

Although Jake was shocked, he was also very proud. Most men would have said nothing, but not his Dad. The right way or no way was a rule Captain

Tom Sullivan lived by. Every man in his command and his only son had that saying drummed into them.

“The trial took a year and we were placed in safe house after safe house. No matter where they placed us, someone always leaked our whereabouts to the gang. Well the trial came and went, and the mob boss got life, but the leak was never caught. After the trial it was decided England just wasn’t safe anymore. The detective on the case got in contact with the FBI and it was decided we would move to America and settle. As you can guess your Mum wasn’t too thrilled at the idea, and she blamed me.”

Jake stared at his Dad in horror.

“But if you hadn’t moved, you all might be killed by now!”

His Dad gazed into space.

“Well she had to leave everything really, all her friends and family, no one could know where we were. It’s no wonder all the love she had for me turned into hate and bitterness.”

Jake’s Dad drained his coffee cup and pushed his chair back. It scratched the floor surface, but he didn’t seem to mind. He stood, yawned and stretched. “Now I think it’s time to say goodnight or good morning.” Jake’s father chuckled as he looked at his watch. “Would you clear up the coffee things before you go and not leave until I am back from work?

Jake cleared away the crockery and took them to the kitchen.

“Don’t worry Dad, I need to pack my stuff and do some chores before I leave. If you are not back by the time I have finished, I will wait,” Jake promised.

Once the coffee cups were washed and put away, Jake returned to his bedroom and started packing. He had a lot to think about. Jake hadn’t even told his parents his secret, and now he might not get the chance. He wondered if he should mention it before he left, but decided against it. His Dad had enough to cope with without being told his son wanted to be a woman. Maybe his Mum was right, maybe he was a freak.

Jake reached his room and opened the door. He pulled his suitcase down from on top of the cupboard and started to pack. Suddenly he stopped as alarm bells rang in his head. If he waited until his Dad came back, he might run into his Mum again. A cold chill went down Jake’s back at that prospect.  A promise was a promise though. Jake gritted his teeth at the thought of having to deal with his mum’s temper without his Dad there to back him up.             
 


Chapter 2
Chapter two

By dmt1967

“Jake stared at a spot on the ceiling for hours. When he finally closed his eyes and attempted to sleep all he saw were vampires and were-wolves…

He is standing in a room full of people. They are all asleep, he can hear them snoring. A bell rings in the distance which wakes the people. They look directly at him and smile. They are not humans, but vampires. He can see blood drip off their fangs onto the floor. Jake turns and comes face to face with a pack of dogs. The dogs stand up and howl. Jake can see bits of human bone and skin between their teeth. He screams as something touches his arm…

Jake woke with a start. He moaned, rolled over, and turned on the light. What a nightmare! It took him awhile to get himself under control. Once he composed himself, he got up and made his way downstairs. He entered the kitchen. What he needed was a cup of coffee with something in it to steady his nerves. He filled the kettle and switched it on. Jake went to the larder and took a bottle of whiskey off the shelf. His hand shook as he poured the spirit into his cup.

“Good morning, son,” a voice said behind him “Couldn’t you sleep either?”

Jake dropped the cup and spun around.

“Oh it’s you dad. I didn’t hear you come in.”

His Dad nodded towards the broken cup on the floor.

“We had better clear that up before your Mother gets up. You know how she gets about her kitchen.”

Both man and boy smiled at their private joke. They were father and son again, the night before forgotten just for a moment.

Jake’s Dad walked over to the sink where the mop was kept, while Jake retrieved the dustpan and brush from under the stairs

By the time Jake had entered the kitchen again, all that was left of the mess was a few splinters of ceramic still on the floor, which Jake swept up and placed in the bin.

His father switched the kettle back on, took out two cups from a cupboard, and poured a generous measure of alcohol in both.

“We won’t tell your Mother.”

Jake gazed at his Dad. He’d never felt so close to his father as he did in that split second. He wanted to give him the biggest bear hug he could. The urge to tell his Dad that things would be alright, that he didn’t care, that he wouldn’t leave and things could go back the way they were…

“So, when are you leaving?”

The moment was gone, lost forever in the past of regret. 

Once the coffee was made Jake’s Dad sat on one of the chairs next to the table, and Jake followed suit.

“So when are you leaving?”

Jake shrugged his shoulders and stared into his coffee cup.

“How do you know I’m going? I might not, you know.”

His Dad gave him a sad sideways look.

“You have to, you know that. If you don’t it will destroy you. You will start to resent me and your mum. You might even start to hate us, and neither of us could take that.”

Jake wanted to hug his Dad at that moment in time he’d never felt as close to the old man as he did now. Trust you to understand. Jake felt happy for a moment, and then a thought struck him…

“What about Mum?”

His Dad shuddered.

“She won’t be happy, and more than likely she’ll blame me, but that can’t be helped. You need to do this son. She never wanted me to tell you, but I had to. You were changing, you see. Everyone could see it, and it wouldn’t have been long before the neighbours would have noticed as well.”

Jake smiled to himself. Changing, you don’t know how right you are old man.  

“Will she give you a hard time?”

He knew how mad his Mum got at times. His Dad tried to get her committed once, but she wouldn’t have any of it, and eventually he gave up trying to persuade her.

“We will tell her together, son.”

“Tell me what?”

Both men turned towards the door. Jake’s Mum stood in the doorway, hands on hips, and glared at them.

“Tell me what? I won’t ask again,” she scowled.
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Jake gazed at his Dad for encouragement.

“We have talked it out love and eh Jake here has decided to go find his real Mum and Dad.”

Maybe not the right words to use.

“Real Mum and Dad!” Jake’s Mum whispered through clenched teeth.

She stormed past her husband and stood directly in front of Jake, hands on hips.

“Real Mum and Dad,” she bellowed. “And who are we. I mean we’ve only brought you up for the past sixteen years, doesn’t that count.”

Jake shot a look of desperation at his Dad.

“Now Vera, the boy has to do what he sees fit. You must see that.”

Vera turned around and looked with contempt at Jake’s Dad.

“What do you know,” she spat. “You who know best. I never wanted to take him in, but oh no the great Tom Sullivan knew best.”     

His father sighed.

“Look, Mum I know this is hard, but I need to do this. You and Dad are my parents; I know that. I love you guys, but you need to let me go.”

“Let you go, do we have a choice? Are you asking for our permission?”

“Well no,” Jake stammered.

“No, I didn’t think so. Love, you don’t know what love is. Love is being stuck with a stupid man in a god-forsaken country due to the fact he can’t keep his mouth shut. Love is taking on a freak of a son because your father wanted to keep you. We should have called child protection and had you taken away.”

Jake saw the hurt in his Dad’s eyes. He was a bit puzzled, what she meant is they had to move because his Dad couldn’t keep his mouth shut. Jake knew his parents were not born in America, they emigrated from England when they were very young, but they never went into detail about the reason is why they had to leave in such a hurry.

“It’s hard for your Mum,” his Dad explained after she had been particularly nasty to them. “She had to leave everything behind, and your Mum resents me for it.”

Jake sympathised with his Dad and wondered why he was still with her. When his Mum got in one of her moods it was murder.

Jake’s Mum seemed to have run out of steam as she stood in between the two men and remained silent.

“Why don’t we go back to bed? It’s not yet daybreak. We can talk some more in the morning,” Jake’s Dad pleaded.

Vera turned, and without a word stormed upstairs. Jake looked at his Dad and shrugged.

“Well you’d better rest, son. You will need all your energy for the journey.”

Jake hesitated, he wasn’t sleepy and his curiosity was peeked.

“Dad, are you tired?”

His Dad glanced in the direction of the bedroom he shared with his wife, and shuddered. He didn’t relish the thought of being in the same county let alone in the same room with her any time soon.

“Not really,” he laughed. “Why, what did you have in mind?”

“Well. You could tell me the story of why you immigrated to this country and what Mum meant?” Jake gave his dad a sideways glance.

His Dad beamed. “Well go make another cup of coffee and we will sit in the parlour and I will tell you all you want to know.” His Father slapped him on the back. The contact was such a surprise, Jake nearly fell over.

“It’s a long story, so we might as well be comfortable.” His Father chuckled as he headed out of the kitchen.
 


Chapter 2
Chapter 2b

By dmt1967

Jake poured the coffee and smiled to himself. Trust his Dad to act as if nothing has happened. His dad took everything in his stride; maybe that gift was learned by living with his mum for so long.

Jake placed the coffee cups and percolator on a tray and carried it to a table situated in the middle of the room. He poured out two cups and handed one to his father,

“Sit down, son and I will begin,” his Dad joked.

Jake sat beside his Dad on the settee and waited in eager anticipation for the story to begin.

“Believe it or not your Mum wasn’t always this mean spirited and bitter.  We met, fell in love, and got married. I was in the Army and away a lot. One day, on leave, I witnessed a mob assassin, and the police asked me to testify against the war lord who ordered the hit.”

Jake was astounded.

“I didn’t think they had mobsters in England.”

His Dad looked sad and nodded.

“Yes, son they have them all over the place, men who want power and they don’t care who they hurt to get it.”

The two men sat in silence for a minute. Jake’s mind was in turmoil as he tried to digest what he was hearing.

“Well of course I said yes and it was decided I would be placed into witness protection afterwards.”

Although Jake was shocked, he was also very proud. Most men would have said nothing, but not his Dad. The right way or no way was a rule Captain

Tom Sullivan lived by. Every man in his command and his only son had that saying drummed into them.

“The trial took a year and we were placed in safe house after safe house. No matter where they placed us, someone always leaked our whereabouts to the gang. Well the trial came and went, and the mob boss got life, but the leak was never caught. After the trial it was decided England just wasn’t safe anymore. The detective on the case got in contact with the FBI and it was decided we would move to America and settle. As you can guess your Mum wasn’t too thrilled at the idea, and she blamed me.”

Jake stared at his Dad in horror.

“But if you hadn’t moved, you all might be killed by now!”

His Dad gazed into space.

“Well she had to leave everything really, all her friends and family, no one could know where we were. It’s no wonder all the love she had for me turned into hate and bitterness.”

Jake’s Dad drained his coffee cup and pushed his chair back. It scratched the floor surface, but he didn’t seem to mind. He stood, yawned and stretched. “Now I think it’s time to say goodnight or good morning.” Jake’s father chuckled as he looked at his watch. “Would you clear up the coffee things before you go and not leave until I am back from work?

Jake cleared away the crockery and took them to the kitchen.

“Don’t worry Dad, I need to pack my stuff and do some chores before I leave. If you are not back by the time I have finished, I will wait,” Jake promised.

Once the coffee cups were washed and put away, Jake returned to his bedroom and started packing. He had a lot to think about. Jake hadn’t even told his parents his secret, and now he might not get the chance. He wondered if he should mention it before he left, but decided against it. His Dad had enough to cope with without being told his son wanted to be a woman. Maybe his Mum was right, maybe he was a freak.

Jake reached his room and opened the door. He pulled his suitcase down from on top of the cupboard and started to pack. Suddenly he stopped as alarm bells rang in his head. If he waited until his Dad came back, he might run into his Mum again. A cold chill went down Jake’s back at that prospect.  A promise was a promise though. Jake gritted his teeth at the thought of having to deal with his mum’s temper without his Dad there to back him up.      


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

By dmt1967

Jake felt his mum’s eyes bore into the back of his neck as he placed the last item into his suitcase.

“You’re really going then?”

Jake sighed. What would she try now to get him to stay?

“Yes Mum, I am.”

“You know this will break your dad’s heart.”

So, she’s going to try and use the guilt card against me. Well it wouldn’t work this time.

Dad understands, and supports me in this.”  

“What about me? Don’t I count? You were always Daddy’s little man. The things we sacrificed for you. Don’t you love us anymore?” She whined.

Jake took a deep breath. “Yes Mum, I will always love you. This hasn’t changed how I feel about you and dad. I will always be grateful for everything you’ve done.,”

Jake’s mum threw her hands in the air. “Save it. You were always ungrateful. “

Jake’s face turned red and his hands shook. He glanced down at the floor and his lip trembled. He knew he’d promised his dad to stay until this evening, but enough was enough.

“I’m leaving now.” Jake grabbed his bag and pushed past his mum. “Tell dad I will phone him as soon as I can.”

Vera followed him downstairs and out of the door. “Good riddance, you were always bad news.”

Jake shook his head in dismay. When did mum get so bitter and twisted?

He got into the car and was about to pull away when his dad drove into the drive. Tom parked the car with a look of dismay on his face.

“I thought you were going to leave this evening. I just had this feeling, which is why I left early,” he cried in alarm as Tom got out of his vehicle. He walked towards his son, took one look at his face, and turned to his wife. “Vera, what have you said to the boy now?”

Jake’s mum glared at his father. “Nothing! It’s him.

Tom glared back at his wife. After a while, Vera dropped her gaze. “!I’ve finished with the ungrateful boy, anyway I’ve got to put dinner on so if you’re going to say your goodbyes make it quick as dinner won’t be long.”

Jake and his dad watched as the woman turned and marched in the direction of the house. Only when she was out of sight did Jake’s dad turned to his son. “This is it, then.” It was a statement, not a question, and Jake nodded. Now it was time to leave, he couldn’t think of how to say goodbye to the man who’d meant everything to him for so long.

His dad put a hand in the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out an envelope. “It’s not much, but…” He handed the package to Jake.

Jake opened it and pulled out a handful of one hundred dollar bills. “I can’t dad,” Jake stammered. “There must be five thousand in here.”

“Take it, son. Call it a birthday present if it makes you feel better.”

Jake took the envelope, emptied it, and placed the money in his wallet.

“Thanks dad,” he mumbled as he put the car into drive.

“Take care, son, and good luck. I hope you find your parents.”

Jake drove away. His dad waved, turned, and followed his wife into the house.

Jake knew before he hit the open road and met his destiny, he had one more stop to make; he’d have to break the news to Jason that he was leaving. How would his friend react? Well he wouldn’t have long to find out as he was had arrived at Jason’s house already.

Jake got out of the car, walked up to the house, and was about to ring the bell when he heard a commotion inside. He hesitated and wondered what to do. Before he’d made a decision however the door was flung open and a very ruffled Jason stood in the doorway.

“Jake, what are you doing here? He faltered.

“If this is a bad time…”

“Is anything the matter,” Jason stared at Jake. “You look like shit, buddy.”

“I’m leaving,” Jake blurted out.

Jason took a step backwards in surprise. “You mean a holiday or something?”

Jake shook his head as he fought back the tears.

“When will you be back?”

“I don’t know, maybe never.”  Jake shook with emotion and sorrow at the thought of never seeing his friend again.

“Well you’d better come in and tell me the whole story before you disappear.”

Jake hesitated. “It’s ok, my dad’s gone out for a while so we are completely alone.”

Jake followed Jason into the kitchen and watched him put some bread in the toaster and turn the coffee on. He knew a little about Jason’s home life, but not much. Jason’s mum died in a car accident when he was a baby. His dad took to drink and lost his job, so money was tight. They moved here when Jason was fourteen. Jason didn’t talk much about his family and Jake didn’t like to pry.      

“So what’s up Buddy?” Jason asked as he took the finished toast out of the toaster and buttered it. “Sorry, do you want a slice and a drink?”

Jake shook his head as he gazed down at the kitchen floor, how am I going to tell him all this?

“Come on, Jake. It can’t be that bad.”

Jake gave a hollow laugh, can’t be that bad! If only he knew.

Jason took a bite of his toast. “Come on, Jake, your scaring me now. Are you ill? Is it your dad?”

Jake shook his head on both counts.

“Tell be then, for crying out loud before I lose it totally.”

“I’m adopted…”

“Is that all, it’s a shock, I know, but it’s not the end of the world. I mean, lots of people are adopted, it don’t mean nothing. Why do you have to go away?”

“Because I’m not human,” There I’ve said it.

“Why, because your adopted?” Jason looked puzzled.

“No, because I’m a werepire,”

Jason stared at Jake for a moment, and laughed. “Good one, Jake. You had me going there.”

“It’s not a joke, I wish it were.”

Jason stared at his friend and sighed. “Ok, what is a Werepire?”

“I’m half were wolf and half vampire.”

“Ok I’ll bite,” Jason grinned at his own joke, “ say I believed you, wouldn’t you be showing signs like drinking blood and stuff?”

Jake starred at his friend in disbelief. “What do you call the hair, the pointed ears, and the super strength.”

“I thought it was puberty. Ok it’s a bit different, but hey we all change and become men our own ways.”

Jake was astounded. “The glowing eyes, the sharp teeth, the…”

“Ok ok, don’t go on. I don’t know, I put it down to your origin, being British and all.”

“Well you were right, it has to do with where I came from, just not where you thought I came from.”

Jason glanced sideways at his friend, but remained silent.

“Well say something then.” Jake spoke when he couldn’t take the quite any longer.

“When do we leave?”

Jake nearly fell off his chair, well I didn.t see that coming. Jason saw the taken aback look on Jakes face, and grinned. “Well you didn’t think I was going to let you go on your own, did you?”

“You believe me, then,” Jake sounded dubious. How can he believe me when I don’t believe myself.

“Listen bud, I don’t know what to believe, but if you think I’m going to sit here while you go off god knows where to find god knows what, well it’s you that need your head examined. Besides I need to get away for a while as things at home ain’t so hot at the moment.”

Jake looked sympathetic, “your dad…”

Jason shrugged. “We’ve all got our own parent problems, yours might not be human and mine is a violent drunk, go figure.” Jason looked at Jake and grinned, “so as I said before, when are we leaving?”

“I want to leave right away, if possible.”

“Let me chuck some things in a bag and I will be with you in a minute.”

Jason ran upstairs and Jake heard him throw some belongings into a bag. A minute later, Jason bounded down the stairs, with an envelope addressed to his dad.

“Let’s go,” he shouted over his shoulder as he headed for the front door. Before Jake could catch his breath, Jason opened the door, dropped the letter on an oak table next to the door, and headed for Jake’s car.

Jake and Jason got in the vehicle, looked at each other and grinned, before Jake turned the key and started the engine. Jake pulled out of the drive and eased into the evening traffic, both boys lost in their own thoughts of what the future might hold on a journey that would change the boy’s outlook on life forever.             
 


Chapter 3
Chapter three part B

By dmt1967

Jake’s mum glared at his father. “Nothing! It’s him.

Tom glared back at his wife. After a while Vera dropped her gaze. “!I’ve finished with the ungrateful boy, anyway I’ve got to put dinner on so if you’re going to say your good byes make it quick as dinner won’t be long.”

Jake and his dad watched as the woman turned and marched in the direction of the house. Only when she was out of sight did Jake’s dad turned to his son. “This is it, then.” It was a statement, not a question, and Jake nodded. Now it was time to leave, he couldn’t think of how to say goodbye to the man who’d meant everything to him for so long.

His dad put a hand in the inside pocket of his jacket and pulled out an envelope. “It’s not much, but…” He handed the package to Jake.
Jake opened it and pulled out a handful of one hundred dollar bills. “I can’t dad,” Jake stammered. “There must be five thousand in here.”

“Take it, son. Call it a birthday present if it makes you feel better.”

Jake took the envelope, emptied it, and placed the money in his wallet.

“Thanks dad,” he mumbled as he put the car into drive.

“Take care, son, and good luck. I hope you find your parents.”

Jake drove away. His dad waved, turned, and followed his wife into the house.

Jake knew before he hit the open road and met his destiny, he had one more stop to make, he’d have to break the news to Jason that he was

leaving. The only decision on his mind at that moment was, should I tell Jason everything, or only part of it. How would his friend react? Well he wouldn’t have long to find out as he was had arrived at Jason’s house already.

Jake got out of the car, walked up to the house, and was about to ring the bell when he heard a commotion inside. He hesitated and wondered what to do. Before he’d made a decision however the door was flung open and a very ruffled Jason stood in the doorway.
Jake, what are you doing here? He faltered. 
 


Chapter 3
Chapter 3 part c

By dmt1967


“If this is a bad time…”“Is anything the matter,” Jason stared at Jake. “You look like shit, buddy.”

“I’m leaving,” Jake blurted out.

Jason took a step backwards in surprise. “You mean a holiday or something?”

Jake shook his head as he fought back the tears.

“When will you be back?”

“I don’t know, maybe never.”  Jake shook with emotion and sorrow at the thought of never seeing his friend again.

“Well you’d better come in and tell me the whole story before you disappear.”

Jake hesitated. “It’s ok, my dad’s gone out for a while so we are completely alone.”

Jake followed Jason into the kitchen and watched him put some bread in the toaster and turn the coffee on. He knew a little about Jason’s home life, but not much. Jason’s mum died in a car accident when he was a baby. His dad took to drink and lost his job, so money was tight. They moved here when Jason was fourteen. Jason didn’t talk much about his family and Jake didn’t like to pry.      

“So what’s up Buddy?” Jason asked as he took the finished toast out of the toaster and buttered it. “Sorry, do you want a slice and a drink?”

Jake shook his head as he gazed down at the kitchen floor, how am I going to tell him all this?

“Come on, Jake. It can’t be that bad.”

Jake gave a hollow laugh, can’t be that bad! If only he knew.


Jason took a bite of his toast. “Come on, Jake, your scaring me now. Are you ill? Is it your dad?”
Jake shook his head on both counts.

“Tell be then, for crying out loud before I lose it totally.”

“I’m adopted…”

“Is that all, it’s a shock, I know, but it’s not the end of the world. I mean, lots of people are adopted, it don’t mean nothing. Why do you have to go away?”
“Because I’m not human,” There I’ve said it.

“Why, because your adopted?” Jason looked puzzled.

“No, because I’m a werepire,”

Jason stared at Jake for a moment, and laughed. “Good one, Jake. You had me going there.”

“It’s not a joke, I wish it were.”

Jason stared at his friend and sighed. “Ok, what is a Werepire?”

“I’m half were wolf and half vampire.”

“Ok I’ll bite,” Jason grinned at his own joke, “ say I believed you, wouldn’t you be showing signs like drinking blood and stuff?”

Jake starred at his friend in disbelief. “What do you call the hair, the pointed ears, and the super strength.”

“I thought it was puberty. Ok it’s a bit different, but hey we all change and become men our own ways.”

Jake was astounded. “The glowing eyes, the sharp teeth, the…”

“Ok ok, don’t go on. I don’t know, I put it down to your origin, being British and all.”

“Well you were right, it has to do with where I came from, just not where you thought I came from.”

Jason glanced sideways at his friend, but remained silent.

“Well say something then.” Jake spoke when he couldn’t take the quite any longer.

“When do we leave?”

Jake nearly fell off his chair, well I didn.t see that coming. Jason saw the taken aback look on Jakes face, and grinned. “Well you didn’t think I was going to let you go on your own, did you?”

“You believe me, then,” Jake sounded dubious. How can he believe me when I don’t believe myself.

“Listen bud, I don’t know what to believe, but if you think I’m going to sit here while you go off god knows where to find god knows what, well it’s you that need your head examined. Besides I need to get away for a while as things at home ain’t so hot at the moment.”

Jake looked sympathetic, “your dad…”

Jason shrugged. “We’ve all got our own parent problems, yours might not be human and mine is a violent drunk, go figure.” Jason looked at Jake and grinned, “so as I said before, when are we leaving?”

“I want to leave right away, if possible.”

“Let me chuck some things in a bag and I will be with you in a minute.”

Jason ran upstairs and Jake heard him throw some belongings into a bag. A minute later, Jason bounded down the stairs, with an envelope addressed to his dad.

“Let’s go,” he shouted over his shoulder as he headed for the front door. Before Jake could catch his breath, Jason opened the door, dropped the letter on an oak table next to the door, and headed for Jake’s car.

Jake and Jason got in the vehicle, looked at each other and grinned, before Jake turned the key and started the engine. Jake pulled out of the drive and eased into the evening traffic, both boys lost in their own thoughts of what the future might hold on a journey that would change the boy’s outlook on life forever.             
 
 


Chapter 4
chapter 4a

By dmt1967

The two young men said nothing for a long while, too engrossed in their own thoughts to hold a conversation. Jake was shocked at his friends reaction, Should I tell him my other secret, how will he react to that one. O by the way not only am I not human, but I also want to be a woman. Jake glanced at Jason and to his bewilderment found Jason doing the same. Their eyes locked until a car beeped and broke the spell.

“I have something else to tell you.”

“Don’t tell me you’re an alien as well!” Jason chuckled.

“No, at least I don’t think so.”

I’m going to tell him, he has a right to know what a freak I am before we travel too far.

“You might change your mind when I tell you.”

Jake pulled over to the side of the road and stopped the car.

“That serious is it?” Jason joked with a tender look on his face.

Jake glowed inside with reassurance. He’d never seen this softer almost feminine side of Jason before.

“I think I was born in the wrong body,” Jake blurted out.

"What like a transsexual?”

Jake did a double take. How did Jason guess? No one knew about these things unless they themselves were involved in the scene.

“You are full of surprises today.”

Jason blushed and looked out of the car window. “Well you see the reason I know about this is that I am a transvestite.”

Jake’s eyes bore into Jason’s head, What! Why didn’t he tell me? A tranny! Who knew.

“Why didn’t you tell me?” Jake spluttered.

Jason was about to answer, but before he could speak, out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a familiar face with a backpack slung over his shoulder in the car door mirror.

“What’s Derek doing so far out of town and this late at night, I wonder?”

Jake shuddered and his whole body shook as a bead of perspiration started to appear on Jake’s forehead. Before he could speak or start the car and drive off, a face appeared and there was a knock on the glass. Jake wound down the window and came face to face with the bully and his nemesis for many years. .

“Hi, what are you girls doing?”

“What’s it to you?” Jake growled as he felt his hairs stand on edge.

“Easy, ape boy, I only asked.”

“If you must know, we’re leaving town for a while.”

“Cool, I don’t suppose I could join you, Jake? I need to get out of town for a while myself.”

Jake stared at Derek and scratched his head, why was the boy being so nice? Maybe he’d grown up a bit since school. He unlocked the back door before Jason could object and let him slide into the back seat.

As soon as Derek shut the car door and placed his backpack on the seat next to him, the old Derek emerged.

“Come on girls,” he shouted as he kicked the driver’s seat, “let’s get going.”

“We can always throw you out again,” barked Jason as he swung around in his seat and glared at Derek.

“Sorry,” Derek stopped in his tracks and looked sheepish, “it won’t happen again. Don’t throw me out, I really need a ride,”

The two boys exchanged glances and shrugged. “Okay, you can come, but you’d better behave.”

Derek nodded, the look of relief plastered all over his face. Jake started the engine and once again joined the flow of traffic. I wonder why he’s in such a hurry to get out of town.

The boys drove for another hour until Jake found he couldn’t keep his eyes open.

“We need to stop guys.” Jake yawned.

“The sign back there said there was a motel about half a mile up this road.” Jason said as he peered out of the window. “ There it is, I think I can see it. Take the next left, the sign says it’s down here.”

The boys followed the signs and Jake pulled into the car park.

“Ok you and Derek wait here while I go in and register.”

Jake walked into the motel and up to the registration desk. A pretty, young girl looked up from her magazine and smiled. “Can I help you, sir?”

Jake was taken by surprise, I thought only fat men with bad body odour worked in places like this. The girl must have seen the expression on the young boy’s face and read his mind as she grinned at him. “My father’s trying to make this place into an hotel, but he hasn’t a hope.” The girl winked.

“The rooms are $10 a night. Is it a single or a double you want? The girl winked.

“A double, there are three of us.”

“We run a respectable establishment here.”


“No, I mean there are no girls, only boys.”
The girl chuckled. “Whatever you’re into is alright by me as long as we get no complaints.”

“We are friends on holiday,” Jake stammered. His face turned a bright shade of red and sighed with relieved when the young lady handed him the keys.

“Number 12 on the left, you’re a bit late for the kitchen, but I could make you a plate of sandwiches if you like.”

“No, that’s okay, thanks anyway” Jake grabbed the keys and made a hasty retreat back to the boys.

Derek spotted him first. “You got any food? I’m starving.”

“No, but I saw a shop a few miles back. Why don’t you find the room, settle in, and Jason and I will drive there and get us some supplies.”

Derek nodded, took the keys from Jake, and headed towards the room.  Jake and Jason climbed into the car and drove to the shop. Jake took some of the money that his dad gave him, picked up a shopping basket and started shopping for essentials while Jason bought some chewing gum and a book to two. Once the items were paid for, the two boys walked out of the shop and got into the car. Jake hadn’t muttered a word all the way there and Jason couldn’t take the silence any longer.

“Look, if you don’t want Derek to come with us, well we can ditch him tomorrow.”

Jake glanced at his friend and Jason noticed a worried line appear on the boy’s forehead. “It’s not that.“ Jake concentrated on the road and Jason saw his friend’s knuckles turn white where he’d held the steering wheel so tight. “It’s how much do we tell him.”  
 


Chapter 4
chapter 4b

By dmt1967

“What do you mean?” Jason asked although he already knew the answer.

“Well, do we tell him about me? I mean the whole story. Do we tell him everything? Or do we just tell him half-truths?”

“Do you want to tell him about you?” Jason looked dubious, “I mean, about your parents and the woman thing. I don’t really care about my secret, the whole world can know as far as I’m concerned, but you…”

Jason shrugged “I don’t care. What can he do? We’re not at school now and if he gets funny, we can always leave him here.”

The two boys agreed and spent the rest of the journey in silence. They arrived back at the motel and made their way to the room Jake had rented.

Jason knocked on the door and the two boys walked in.

The room looked clean and small. Along one wall stood three beds. Derek sat on one with his legs slung over the side. The boys bags were placed on the other two.

Jake turned to Jason. “Which bed do you want?”

Jason shrugged. “I don’t care. I am so tired, I could sleep on the floor.”

Jake grinned and threw his rucksack on the bed nearest to the window.

“About time too,” Derek grumbled, “I thought you’d left me here to starve.”

The two boys starred at the ample build of Derek and grinned. For Derek to starve, he needed more than a few hours without food, a few decades would be more accurate. The boys ate their sandwiches and snacks without much conversation and once they’d finished, cleaned the room up, and sat on their beds. There were two twin beds and a camp bed in the corner. Derek and Jake lay on the twin bed while Jason made up the camp bed.

Jake knew it was now or never. Derek had to be told the truth about everything.

“I think it’s time you know the whole truth, Derek,” Jake began, “about why we are on this journey, where we are going, and what we might find there.”

Derek’s eyes darted between the two boys. “Go on then,” he sneered.

Jake nearly lost his nerve, but steeled himself to carry on. He told Derek everything, about his mother being a vampire and father his father being a were wolves. He explained about the woman thing and about Jason being a transvestite, He even told Derek about his adopted dad being in witness protection, although he wasn’t sure if this was a good idea. When he’d finished his tale, Jake collapsed on the bed in exhaustion and waited for a response. The boy’s expected laughter, disbelief, or even  ridicule. What they didn’t expect was Derek to get up and walk to the window.

“I think I should come clean myself,” he whispered. “The reason my dad kicked me out of the house was because last night for the first time ever I was honest with him and told him I was gay.”

Derek turned away from the window, got undressed and jumped into bed. He turned over and was soon snoring. Jason and Jake starred at each other, open mouthed, for a minute, then they too got undressed and climbed into bed, but sleep didn’t come easy for the two boys as their minds mulled over the days affects and the unbelievable revelation of tonight. Eventually Jake fell into an uneasy sleep as he wondered what the morning would bring and if it would be anything like today, he hoped not. 
 


Chapter 4
chapter four part 3

By dmt1967

“What do you mean?” Jason asked although he already knew the answer.

“Well, do we tell him about me? I mean the whole story. Do we tell him everything? Or do we just tell him half-truths?”

“Do you want to tell him about you?” Jason looked dubious, “I mean, about your parents and the woman thing. I don’t really care about my secret, the whole world can know as far as I’m concerned, but you…”

Jason shrugged “I don’t care. What can he do? We’re not at school now and if he gets funny, we can always leave him here.”

The two boys agreed and spent the rest of the journey in silence. They arrived back at the motel and made their way to the room Jake had rented. Jason knocked on the door and the two boys walked in.

The room looked clean and small. Along one wall sttod three beds. Derek sat on one with his legs slung over the side. The boys bags were placed on the other two.

Jake turned to Jason. “Which bed do you want?”

Jason shrugged. “I don’t care. I am so tired, I could sleep on the floor.”

Jake grinned and threw his rucksack on the bed nearest to the window.

“About time too,” Derek grumbled, “I thought you’d left me here to starve.”

The two boys starred at the ample build of Derek and grinned. For Derek to starve, he needed more than a few hours without food, a few decades would be more accurate. The boys ate their sandwiches and snacks without much conversation and once they’d finished, cleaned the room up, and sat on their beds. There were two twin beds and a camp bed in the corner. Derek and Jake lay on the twin bed while Jason made up the camp bed. Jake knew it was now or never. Derek had to be told the truth about everything.

“I think it’s time you know the whole truth, Derek,” Jake began, “about why we are on this journey, where we are going, and what we might find there.”

Derek’s eyes darted between the two boys. “Go on then,” he sneered.

Jake nearly lost his nerve, but steeled himself to carry on. He told Derek everything, about his mother being a vampire and father his father being a were wolves. He explained about the woman thing and about Jason being a transvestite, He even told Derek about his adopted dad being in witness protection, although he wasn’t sure if this was a good idea. When he’d finished his tale, Jake collapsed on the bed in exhaustion and waited for a response. The boy’s expected laughter, disbelief, or even  ridicule. What they didn’t expect was Derek to get up and walk to the window.

“I think I should come clean myself,” he whispered. “The reason my dad kicked me out of the house was because last night for the first time ever I was honest with him and told him I was gay.”

Derek turned away from the window, got undressed and jumped into bed. He turned over and was soon snoring. Jason and Jake starred at each other, open mouthed, for a minute, then they too got undressed and climbed into bed, but sleep didn’t come easy for the two boys as their minds mulled over the days affects and the unbelievable revelation of tonight. Eventually Jake fell into an uneasy sleep as he wondered what the morning would bring and if it would be anything like today, he hoped not. 

 


Chapter 5
5a

By dmt1967

The sun shone through the small window of the room and woke Jake. He yawned, stretched, and turned over. Derek was still asleep on the camp bed in the corner; boy did he give us a shock last night. He turned towards Jason, but found the boy was not in bed. Jake sat up, jumped out of bed and started to dress.

“What’s up,” Derek yawned as he opened one eye and peered at Jake.

“You know where Jason is?”

“How would I know that? I have just woken up. What time is it?”

Jake glanced at his watch. “It’s 7:00.”

“What in the morning?”

“Yes, now get up and help me look for Jason.”

Derek turned over and pulled the covers over his head. “He’s a big boy, he can look after himself.”

Jake walked over to the other boy’s bed and yanked the covers off him. Derek shivered as the Dampness of the air hit his bare body.

Derek opened his mouth to make a sharp retort, but closed it again when he heard a car’s engine outside. A car door slammed and the boys heard footsteps on the gravel path outside. The door opened and Jason entered with a box of groceries.

“I see you’re up then,” Jason grinned. “I thought I’d go to the shop and get breakfast. We have a long journey ahead of us and I hate looking for a mystical land on an empty stomach,”

Jason started to unpack the food. He rummaged through the cupboards and found a battered, old frying pan. He drizzled some oil into the pan, reached into the box for eggs and bacon, and cracked the eggs on the side of the pan. The eggs sizzled as they hit the hot oil. Jason put the bacon onto the griddle and started whistling.

Jake smelt the air. The food sure smelt good. His tummy began to rumble, boy, I didn’t realise how hungry I was.
Jason found some plates, dished up the food, and placed it in the breakfast table. “Come and get it.”

Derek was the first to sit down and started to shovel food into his mouth. Jake followed his lead. Jason poured coffee into three mugs, picked them up, and sat down to eat as well.

Derek sat back in the chair and belched. “So does anyone know where we are going?”

Jason looked at Jake. “He has a point, buddy.”

Jake jumped out of his chair, walked to his jacket on the bed, and pulled out a map. He stacked the plates up to one side of the table and spread the map out on the space he’d created. The boys studied it in silence. There was a blue line on it, and the boys assumed it was the trail. A red pin appeared at one end of the line and a blue one appeared at the end.

“That’s magic,” Derek giggled, “A GPS for vampires.”

The two boys rolled their eyes, but said nothing. They’d spotted their destination. In big black ink written across the blue pin was one word, DARTMOOR.

Where the hell is that?” Derek exclaimed.

Jason got his phone out of his pocket. “England, I think. Let me check… Yes its Southern England.”

“Then I don’t mean to state the obvious, but how the hell do we get there?”

 


Chapter 5
5b

By dmt1967

Jake took the money his dad had given him out of his coat pocket and counted it. “I’ve got enough for two flights, I think.”

Jason and Derek emptied their pockets as well. The boys discovered they had enough for their airfares, just.

“What about food and a place to stay? Plus we need money to get to an airport that flies to England.” Derek wailed.

Jason ran his fingers through his hair. “Was there anything else in the envelope with the letter your mum sent you?”

Jake shook his head. He put his hand in his pocket and pulled out the envelope with the letter from his biological mum. “No, but I’ll have another…”

He felt something and pulled out a key wrapped in a note. “That wasn’t there before I’m sure of it.”

“Never mind that,” Derek screamed as he hopped on one foot, then another. “Open it and see what it says.”    

Jake took great care not to tear the note as he unattached it from the key. He opened it and read it aloud…

‘Dear son, if you are reading this note it means you have embraced your destiny, I am so glad. This key opens a train locker in Aquila station. There is also a package at the office I want you to collect. The instructions as to what I want done with it are on the box. Take care my son and I hope to meet you and your friends really soon, love Mum.’

Jake’s hand shook as he placed the letter minus the key back in his pocket. What was in the box? What was in the locker? In addition, how did mum know I was with friends?

“Well that was creepy.” Derek shuddered as he looked around the room, “I hope if she’s watching us she didn’t see me naked.”

“I think his mum would have better things to look at than your body.” Jason scoffed.

Derek looked hurt. “Now that’s not nice. I…”

Jake glanced at his watch. “The train station is an only a few miles from here. If we leave now, we should be there by noon.”

The boys cleaned the room, packed up the rest of the food and headed for the car. Jake dropped the room key off at the reception and the boys were soon on the road again.

Jason spotted a card in Jake’s hand. “What’s that?”  

Jake blushed. “The receptionist gave me her number. She said, if I was ever in the neighbourhood to look her up. Apparently hairy men are sexy.”

The two boys roared with laughter.

Derek leaned forward to hear the conversation. “What’s so funny?”

“Nothing,” Jason chuckled. “Go back to sleep and we’ll wake you up when we get there.”

Derek shrugged snuggled back into his seat and immediately fell asleep. Jake and Jason drove in silence; both boys had only one thing on their mind, what the next chapter in their journey would bring. 
 
 
    

 


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

By dmt1967

Derek snored in the back as the boys drove in silience. Apart from the odd murmur in the back, the journey was a quite one. Jake gazed out of the window and watched houses and the fields pass by in a flash.  What would they find at the station? Would it answer at least some of his questions?

Alternatively, would it uncover more questions I don’t know the answer to?
 

Eventually the boys reached the station and pulled up outside. Neither boys made a move the get out of the car or wake the boy fast asleep in the back. Each boy stared at the entrance of the station for a moment as if the answer to their problems would materialise in the doorway.

Derek stirred in the back seat and opened his eyes. “Why have we stopped?”

“We’ve arrived at the station,” Jason said in a flat voice.

Derek scratched his head. “Then why are we sitting here? Let’s go.”

The two friends stayed where they were. Derek sighed, shook his head and got out of the car. After a few moments, the boys followed suit and all three of them walked into the station. They glanced around the station and Jae spotted the lockers first. “They’re over there,” he yelled. Jake ran to the lockers and started his search.

“Which number is it? Jason panted as he ran to join his friend with Derek hot on his heels.

Jake ran his fingers through his hair. “Its number forty four, but I can’t see it anywhere.”   

“They only go up to thirty nine,” Derek wailed.

Just as the boys were about to give up, they heard someone clear their throat behind them. The boys turned around and came face to face with a small man. He had short hair, wore a suit with a bow tie and wore a monocle. He smiled at the boys, but his eyes were cold and hard. Jake shivered as he gazed into this man’s soul and discovered he didn’t have one.

“Excuse me,” the man coughed. “Are you boys looking for locker forty four?”

“Eh, yes,” Jake stammered. “Do you know where it is?

The man smiled. “Yes, that’s me, but my friends just call me locky.”

The boys looked stunned. They never considered the number was a name!

Jake glanced down at the floor. “We were told to find you. I think you have a bag and box for us.”  

“Well I certainly have a bag for you.” Locky opened his mouth and put his hand into it. He pulled out a big, leather shoulder bag and handed it to

Jake. “Have you got the key?”

Jake took the bag with two fingers and wriggled his nose. He took the key and was just about to unlock the bag, when Locky placed a hand on his arm. “Not here, open it outside somewhere quiet and secluded.”

Jake stared at him in amazement at the man, what was it? The boy nodded and picked up the bag. “What about the box?”

Locky grinned. “That my young friend you collect from lost property.”

The weird, little man started to walk away. “Oh by the way, I’d not go on my own young Adoloifo, it is rather heavy.”

Jake took a step back. “My names, Jake.”

Locky shook his head. “That is your human name. Your real name is Adoloifo, I should know, I was there at your naming ceremony.” Locky started to run and became a blur before he disappeared. The air went still, but Jake could have sworn he heard a voice in the distance. “Good luck my friends, you’re sure going to need it.”  

Jake rubbed his eyes and glanced over at his companions. “Did you see that?”

Jason shook himself and turned to Jake. “So you want to open the bag first or go collect the box?

Jake looked at the sky as if someone up there was going to give him the answer, but the air was silent. “I think open the bag first. Then if the thing is heavy or awkward to carry, we can leave it in the car.”

The boys carried the bag outside and looked around for a safe place to open it. “I see an alley way over there,” Jason, pointed with his finger. “It will be deserted this time of day.”

The boys walked towards the entrance of the split between the two shops. They were vigilant all the way there. Derek stood guard while Jake put the bag on the floor, unlocked it and opened it. The boys froze as they peered inside and saw it was full of money. There was enough money to fly them to England and back ten times first class with some left over. Jake spotted a piece of paper on top of all the money. He took it out and read the note.

‘My son, if you are reading this, you have taken on your journey with destiny. I am so pleased that we will meet soon and I can tell you the whole story.  I hope you have also picked up the package. The money is to help you and your friends get here a little easier. Love mum.’

Jason shuddered and looked around. “How did she know we’d be with you? I mean, we didn’t know until yesterday.”

Jake shrugged. “How the hell should I know, but it’s getting late so we’d better go collect the box and decide if we’re going to fly tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.”

The boys decided to take the bag with them in case the car was broken into or stolen while they were in the station. Jake slung the bag over his shoulder and marched back to the station. The other boys ran to keep up with him. They reached the lost property just as the officer shut the doors.

“Make it quick, guys,” he yawned. “I want to go home.”

“I think you have a box for me?”

“The only box I got is for an Aloiofodio.”

“It’s Adoloifo, and that’s me.”

The man peered at Jake. “You don’t look foreign.”

“’I’m not. It’s a family name.”

The man wasn’t convinced, but it was late and he wanted to get home before the rush.

“It’s in the back, but its heavy so it might take two of you.”

Jake handed the bag with the money over to Jason. He and Derek walked into the back and in a few moments, they emerged with a trunk. Jake thanked the clerk and carried the box out of the office. A slight breeze wafted past his ear as they exited the station and made their way back to the alleyway. The place looked deserted, apart from a few rats scurrying about. The two boys placed the box on the cobbled street and stared at it.

“Well open it then,” Derek whispered.

Jake undid the buckles and threw the lid open.

“It’s a boy,” cried Jason, “but is it alive or a doll?”     
   


Chapter 6
Chapter 6 part 2

By dmt1967

Jake rubbed his eyes and glanced over at his companions. “Did you see that?”

Jason shook himself and turned to Jake. “So you want to open the bag first or go collect the box?

Jake looked at the sky as if someone up there was going to give him the answer, but the air was silent. “I think open the bag first. Then if the thing is heavy or awkward to carry, we can leave it in the car.”

The boys carried the bag outside and looked around for a safe place to open it. “I see an alley way over there,” Jason, pointed with his finger. “It will be deserted this time of day.”

The boys walked towards the entrance of the split between the two shops. They were vigilant all the way there. Derek stood guard while Jake put the bag on the floor, unlocked it and opened it. The boys froze as they peered inside and saw it was full of money. There was enough money to fly them to England and back ten times first class with some left over. Jake spotted a piece of paper on top of all the money. He took it out and read the note.

‘My son, if you are reading this, you have taken on your journey with destiny. I am so pleased that we will meet soon and I can tell you the whole story.  I hope you have also picked up the package. The money is to help you and your friends get here a little easier. Love mum.’
Jason shuddered and looked around. “How did she know we’d be with you? I mean, we didn’t know until yesterday.”

Jake shrugged. “How the hell should I know, but it’s getting late so we’d better go collect the box and decide if we’re going to fly tonight or first thing tomorrow morning.”

The boys decided to take the bag with them in case the car was broken into or stolen while they were in the station. Jake slung the bag over his shoulder and marched back to the station. The other boys ran to keep up with him. They reached the lost property just as the officer shut the doors.

“Make it quick, guys,” he yawned. “I want to go home.”

“I think you have a box for me?”

“The only box I got is for an Aloiofodio.”

“It’s Adoloifo, and that’s me.”

The man peered at Jake. “You don’t look foreign.”

“’I’m not. It’s a family name.”

The man wasn’t convinced, but it was late and he wanted to get home before the rush.

“It’s in the back, but its heavy so it might take two of you.”

Jake handed the bag with the money over to Jason. He and Derek walked into the back and in a few moments, they emerged with a trunk. Jake thanked the clerk and carried the box out of the office. A slight breeze wafted past his ear as they exited the station and made their way back to the alleyway. The place looked deserted, apart from a few rats scurrying about. The two boys placed the box on the cobbled street and stared at it.

“Well open it then,” Derek whispered.

Jake undid the buckles and through the lid open.

“It’s a boy,” cried Jason, “but is it alive or a doll?”     
   


Chapter 7
chapter seven

By dmt1967

Jason jumped back as the boy opened his eyes, sat up and smiled. “Hello, you got here then.”

Jake opened his mouth to speak, but didn’t know what to say. He turned to his companions and got a bigger shock when his eyes landed on Derek.

The boy had a stupid smile on his face as he stepped forward and helped the stranger stand up.

“Who are you?” he asked as he put his hand out to support the boy as he climbed out of the box.

“My name is, Hassorev, and I’m your cousin.”

“My cousin!” Jake stammered.

“Yes, your mum and my mum were sisters.”

Before anyone could say another word, Jason glanced around. “I’m sure everyone has a lot of questions, but I think we need to find somewhere else to tell our stories. We are getting quite a bit of attention here.”

Sure enough, the street wasn’t as deserted as it had been, and people were getting curious about these four peculiar looking people as they stood around an empty open box and talked.

Derek put his hand out for the boy to take “There’s a burger bar across from the station, we can talk there. We can get something to eat as well and decide what to do next.” He fluttered his eyes at Hassorev. “I’m sure you must be hungry and thirsty after being in that box for so long.”

Jake scowled at Derek, what was wrong with the boy? Hassorev wasn’t his type, well out of his league. He glanced at his cousin just as the boy looked up and their eyes locked. Jake felt his heart flutter and he couldn’t breathe, what is wrong with me!

Jake turned his gaze to Jason and to his surprise saw Jason glare at Hassorev, now what’s wrong with him? The moment passed and the four boys walked to the burger bar together.

Jake held the heavy door of the café open while his companions strolled through the doorway. Jason spotted a booth near the window and sat down.

The other boys followed suite. A waiter came over and took their order. She was soon back, with the food, but the boys didn’t start to converse until she was out of earshot.

“Ok, so who are you? How long have you been in that box? What do you mean, your my cousin?” Jake began.

Hassorev put his hands up and laughed. “Wait a minute, one question at a time. How about I start with a bit of history about our people. It will help you understand, not only your story a little bit better, but mine as well.”

Jake nodded his head and Hassorev began to tell a tale of intrigue, betrayal and prejudice. “A long time ago vampires and werewolves were buddies. Together they fought against a common enemy, man. One day the great werewolf leader, and our great great grandfather, was captured. He made a deal with the humans to give up the great vampire leader, your father’s father. The humans betrayed him and tried to capture both, but they fled to England where they settled down. Our grandfather married soon afterwards and had three daughters, Eva, Khans and Semele. Our great great Grandfather never forgave yours for the betrayal and started the war. The battle went on for years and was passed down from generation to generation. There were many casualties on both sides until finally our grandfather saw how futile it all was and called for an uneasy truce. The deal is we don’t venture on their land and they don’t trespass on ours.” Hassorev cupped his hands around the hot tea and took a sip.

Jake creased his forehead and frowned. “But that still doesn’t tell me about, where we came from? What this affair has to do with us? Why did our parents abandon us?”

Hassorev sighed and put his cup down. “I’m coming to that,” he rolled his eyes. “Well that was fine until your mother met your father, ran off with him and got pregnant with you. Grandfather hit the roof and banished his eldest daughter from his land. I must admit from then on I’m not sure what happened with your story, but where your story ends, mine begins.”

All three boys sat at the edge of their seats in anticipation of what would come next.

“My mother decided to leave home. She ran away and met this human. It was love at first sight. He owned a castle and was a lord or something. I am talking a century ago now, and yes, we don’t age like humans do. He got ill and went into comma, but before that happened, he’d hired the greatest minds alive to make him a machine that would keep him alive. He speculated in his will to be bricked up in a cave on his land and for no one apart from my mother to know where it is.”

“Jake scratched his head. “What about the people who bricked him up, they would know.”

Hassorev looked down at his hands. “He told my mum to kill them after the job was completed and throw their bodies into the sea. He became a ghost and married my mother. A year later they had me.”

“So you’re a…” Jake rubbed the back of his neck.

“I’m a ghopire,” Hassorev whispered.

“So, what happened next,” Derek hissed.

“Well, when grandfather heard about this he was even more angry. I mean it’s one thing to marry a werewolf, but a human, that was too much.
Therefore, when I was barely two, he came to our house with some of the clan and took me away to live with him. He told me years later, he’d killed my parents, but I’m not so sure he was telling the truth.”

Derek’s eyes opened even wider. “How do you know?” 

“What you mean because your dad’s a ghost?” Jason muttered.

“No, you can kill my dad. All you need to do is find his body and destroy it. I got a letter on my fourteenth birthday. I was hunting with grandfather, when I felt something in my pocket. I waited until I was alone and took it out. It was a note with one sentence, ‘you are not alone.’ After that, every so often I’d get another one. It ranges from I love you to we will all be together soon.

“Jason tapped his watch. “This is all very well, but if you don’t start telling us why you were in the box soon, we will have to book a hotel and catch the plane in the morning.”

Hassorev bowed his head. “I am sorry, my friend you are right of course. Well, I turned sixteen and my grandfather took me on an overnight hunt. We camped out under the stars and while I gazed up at them, another letter appeared in my pocket. I made an excuse and went into the forest to read it on my own. This message wasn’t a note, but a letter with instructions telling me to run away tonight and buy myself a trunk. The letter instructed me to lock myself in the box and wait for my cousin and his friends to collect me. A man called locky met me at the edge of my grandfather’s land and gave me a wad of money and a drink. After that I don’t remember much until you opened the box.”

Jason got up. ”If we’re going to catch a plane tonight, we’d better hurry. Jake and I’ll go get the car while you boys can pay the bill.

Derek grinned and put his arm around the boy. Jake scowled but followed Jason out of the door and to the car. The two boys were already outside the burger joint when Jake and Jason pulled up. The two boys slid into the back seat and Jason put his foot down. The car squealed in protest, but Jason kept it under control. Jake wriggled his bottom in the front seat and got comfortable. He closed his eyes as the car ate up the miles to the airport and smiled, next stop England and answers to some questions, he hoped.         
         
   
    


Chapter 7
chapter seven part 2

By dmt1967

They entered the burger bar and found a quite booth in the corner. A waiter came over and took their order. She was soon back, with the food, but the boys didn’t start to converse until she was out of earshot.

“Ok, so who are you? How long have you been in that box? What do you mean, your my cousin?” Jake began.

Hassorev put his hands up and laughed. “Wait a minute, one question at a time. How about I start with a bit of history about our people. It will help you understand, not only your story a little bit better, but mine as well.”

Jake nodded his head and Hassorev began to tell a tale of intrigue, betrayal and prejudice. “A long time ago vampires and werewolves were buddies.

Together they fought against a common enemy, man. One day the great werewolf leader, and our great great grandfather, was captured. He made a deal with the humans to give up the great vampire leader, your father’s father. The humans betrayed him and tried to capture both, but they fled to England where they settled down. Our grandfather married soon afterwards and had three daughters, Eva, Khans and Semele. Our great great Grandfather never forgave yours for the betrayal and started the war. The battle went on for years and was passed down from generation to generation. There were many casualties on both sides until finally our grandfather saw how futile it all was and called for an uneasy truce. The deal is we don’t venture on their land and they don’t trespass on ours.” Hassorev cupped his hands around the hot tea and took a sip.

Jake creased his forehead and frowned. “But that still doesn’t tell me about, where we came from? What this affair has to do with us? Why did our parents abandon us?”

Hassorev sighed and put his cup down. “I’m coming to that,” he rolled his eyes. “Well that was fine until your mother met your father, ran off with him and got pregnant with you. Grandfather hit the roof and banished his eldest daughter from his land. I must admit from then on I’m not sure what happened with your story, but where your story ends, mine begins.”

All three boys sat at the edge of their seats in anticipation of what would come next.

“My mother decided to leave home. She ran away and met this human. It was love at first sight. He owned a castle and was a lord or something. I am talking a century ago now, and yes, we don’t age like humans do. He got ill and went into comma, but before that happened, he’d hired the greatest minds alive to make him a machine that would keep him alive. He speculated in his will to be bricked up in a cave on his land and for no one apart from my mother to know where it is.”

“Jake scratched his head. “What about the people who bricked him up, they would know.”

Hassorev looked down at his hands. “He told my mum to kill them after the job was completed and throw their bodies into the sea. He became a ghost and married my mother. A year later they had me.”

“So you’re a…” Jake rubbed the back of his neck.

“I’m a ghopire,” Hassorev whispered.

“So, what happened next,” Derek hissed.

“Well, when grandfather heard about this he was even more angry. I mean it’s one thing to marry a werewolf, but a human, that was too much.
Therefore, when I was barely two, he came to our house with some of the clan and took me away to live with him. He told me years later, he’d killed my parents, but I’m not so sure he was telling the truth.”

Derek’s eyes opened even wider. “How do you know?” 

“What you mean because your dad’s a ghost?” Jason muttered.

“No, you can kill my dad. All you need to do is find his body and destroy it. I got a letter on my fourteenth birthday. I was hunting with grandfather, when I felt something in my pocket. I waited until I was alone and took it out. It was a note with one sentence, ‘you are not alone.’ After that, every so often I’d get another one. It ranges from I love you to we will all be together soon.

“Jason tapped his watch. “This is all very well, but if you don’t start telling us why you were in the box soon, we will have to book a hotel and catch the plane in the morning.”

Hassorev bowed his head. “I am sorry, my friend you are right of course. Well, I turned sixteen and my grandfather took me on an overnight hunt. We camped out under the stars and while I gazed up at them, another letter appeared in my pocket. I made an excuse and went into the forest to read it on my own. This message wasn’t a note, but a letter with instructions telling me to run away tonight and buy myself a trunk. The letter instructed me to lock myself in the box and wait for my cousin and his friends to collect me. A man called locky met me at the edge of my grandfather’s land and gave me a wad of money and a drink. After that I don’t remember much until you opened the box.”

Jason got up. ”If we’re going to catch a plane tonight, we’d better hurry. Jake and I’ll go get the car while you boys can pay the bill.

Derek grinned and put his arm around the boy. Jake scowled but followed Jason out of the door and to the car. The two boys were already outside the burger joint when Jake and Jason pulled up. The two boys slid into the back seat and Jason put his foot down. The car squealed in protest, but Jason kept it under control. Jake wriggled his bottom in the front seat and got comfortable. He closed his eyes as the car ate up the miles to the airport and smiled, next stop England and answers to some questions, he hoped.         
         


Chapter 8
Chapter eight

By dmt1967

As the car headed in the direction of Phoenix Sky Harbour International Airport, Hessorev seemed a little uneasy. He fidgeted in the back seat and avoided eye contact whenever possible. Was Hessorev hiding something?

The boy seemed to have made up his mind. He sat up straight and cleared his throat.

“There’s something I forgot to mention in the burger place,”

“What now,” Jason growled.

Jake went bright red, why is Jason being so rude.

“Well I think Jake and I should only go to England. It might be dangerous for humans to venture into these lands…” he trailed off.

Jason turned around and nearly drove off the road. “No way, man.” 

Hassorev stared at his hands. “Well the thing is we’re at war and…”

“War, what you mean war. I thought you said there was a truce?” Jake spluttered.

“Well there is between the werewolves and vampires, but we are ‘pires and both clans have declared war on us. They think us abominations on their race and want to terminate our very existence. They hate us, but they despise humans and…”

“We’re going, end of,” Jason barked. “At least I am.”

“So am I,” Derek snapped.

“Ok ok just thought I’d warn you. We don’t know what we’ll be walking into and with Jake’s mother being captured…”

“What do you mean, my mum is captured,” Jake yelled and twisted in his seat.

“Eh, didn’t I mention that? Yes Grandfather took her hostage and your dad is waiting for us before he attempts to rescue her.”

“How the hell do you know that?” Jake cried.

“It was in the letter. Didn’t I mention it?”  

“No you didn’t.”

Jake turned towards the window and gazed out, what else was this boy not telling them. “Is that it?”

“Yes, I think so.”

“Oh look we’re at the airport,” Jason piped up.

The boys left the car in the car park and entered the airport. It was enormous and very clean.

There were food places and coffee shops scattered all over the place. Jake looked around and spotted an airline office. “Right, stay here while I go buy us some tickets.”

Jake walked in the direction of the flight centre and disappeared through the sliding doors. He soon appeared again and in his hand, he held four tickets. He gave the other boys their boarding passes. “If we get separated, we can meet on the plane.”

Jason glanced at his and saw they had a couple of hours to spare. “Anyone wants a coffee and something to eat.”

The rest of the boys nodded. It must have been hours before they’d last eaten. Jason and Hassorev went to get refreshments, while the rest of the boys found a seat in the airport.

Jason soon arrived back laden down with chocolate, sandwiches and coffee. The boys took a cup each and sat on the hard chairs provided. They munched in silience as they waited for their flight to be called. It was warm in the airport and soon the boys eyes began to close.

Jake woke up with a start, someone called his name. The voice was so close. He opened his eyes and glanced at his watch. He heard the last call for his flight and shook the rest of the gang. They all jumped up and ran for the doors, just in time. The boys boarded the plane and were shown their seats by a friendly airhostess.

Jason looked over at Jake and smiled. “That was lucky, you waking up like that.”
Jake grinned and nodded. He glanced upwards and smiled, thanks mum, and I owe you one.
“         


Chapter 9
Chapter nine 9a

By dmt1967

The boys flew through customs, although the officers seemed surprised by the appearance of the quartet, and the amount of luggage they possessed.

The flight attendant showed the boys to their seats and the plane took off.

A boy stared at Jake for a while, before he turned to his mother. “Why has that boy got long ears and hair all over his body?”

“Shh, don’t talk about people like that and don’t stare, it’s rude.”

“Is he a werewolf?”

The woman glanced up and smiled at Jake. “Don’t be silly, boy. There are no such things as werewolves and monsters.”

Even though Jake’s face turned bright red, he couldn’t help but smile. Derek kicked his chair from behind. “If only they knew.”

Jake turned in his seat and grinned at his enemy turned friend. “Better he doesn’t, I think.”

The group laughed and the boy dismissed as they gazed out of the window. Jake felt his eyelids droop and he snuggled in his seat and fell asleep.

He saw a woman in the distance. She carried something. He couldn’t see what it was so he ran closer. The woman turned. She bared her pointed teeth at him and pointed in the direction he’d come from. He froze as he caught a glimpse of what she was holding. It was a human head- his human head. He heard a voice in the distance; it was calling for him…

Jason shook him. “Jake, Jake, wake up, we’re about to land. Come on, the seat belt sign went up a few minutes ago.”

Jake opened his eyes, sat up and clicked his seat belt together. The plane made its descent and the pilot landed the plane. The passengers departed and Jake turned to his companions. “So do you want to get a map and drive to Dartmoor now?”

Jason glanced at his watch and yawned. “It’s really late and I am worn out. I think we should find a hotel and start the drive to Dartmoor tomorrow.”

Derek shivered. “I think the first thing in the morning one of us should go clothes shopping and buy some warmer clothes. Is it always this cold in England?”

Jason grinned. “I think it is in February, its winter here.”

“Well its winter in America as well, but I don’t remember it ever being like this,” he grumbled.

“First things first. We need to hire a car, find a hotel and get a good night’s sleep.”

Jason spotted the boy and his mother from the plane and walked up to them. “Excuse me, but do you know if there is a good hotel around here.”

The woman took a step back and peered at him. “You’re the boys from the plane, I remember you.” She lowered her voice, “I hope your friend wasn’t offended by my boy. Tommy has far too much imagination. I blame his dad, you know.”

Jason shook his head, “Don’t fret. My friend is cool. Do you know of a good hotel, ma’am?”

The woman nodded. “Well, there’s Sheraton Heathrow Hotel. That’s quite good, but a bit expensive.”

“That’s ok. Our parents will pay.” Jason blurted out. The woman raised her eyebrows. “I mean, it’s a drop year for us and our parents are treating us to a holiday of a lifetime.”

“You boys are very lucky to have parents like that.” The woman put her hand out and a black car stopped. The sign said TAXI. She helped her son in and sat him on a seat. She turned to Jason. “In fact we’re going there now. My husband is on leave and we’re meeting him there.”

“My daddy’s a film maker and he’s shooting some people there and he says we can stay at the hotel and do stuff together,” the boy gushed.

The woman pushed the boy back into his seat. “Will you behave and your dads not shooting people, he’s filming a scene for his new movie there.”

She shook her head. “Why don’t we share a taxi as we’re going to the same place?”

Jason waved to the boys to join him, thanked the woman, and they all bundled into the car.

“So do you boys have any plans on where you’re going to visit while you’re here?”

Jason rubbed his hands together. “We need to get to Dartmoor.”

The woman raised her eyebrows and a smile began to form on her lips. “If you don’t mind me saying so, tea shirts and shorts are not the right attire for that part of England.”

Jason shrugged and lowered his eyes. “It’s a family emergency. We weren’t planning to come here.”

The woman laughed. “I’ve had a few of them myself. My name is Mrs Thomas and this little horror is Tommy.”

“I’m Jason and this is Jake, Derek and Hasserov.”

“Hasserov, that’s an unusual name.”

Hasserov smiled at Mrs Thomas and nodded. “Russian, I think.”

“Oh, are you from Russia, then?”

Hasserov glanced at Jason with wide-open eyes. Jason took the lead once more. “Yes, his fathers were born there.”

Mrs Thomas opened her mouth to ask another question, but the Taxi driver interrupted her. “This place, Miss.”

She nodded, paid the driver and woke little Tommy up who’d fallen asleep on Jake’s lap. The party entered the hotel and a hotel porter ran up and took the woman’s bag from her hand. “Well here we are boys. The receptionist is an old friend of mine. Mention my name and you should be alright.”

Jason thanked her, waved goodbye to Tommy and headed towards the receptionist area. They heard someone behind them. Tommy ran up to Jake and grinned. “Mum says, do you want to have breakfast with us? Please say yes. You can meet me dad then.”

Jake ruffled the boy’s hair. “Tell your mum we’d love to. What time?”

Tommy hugged Jake. “We normally wake up about seven thirty. So mum thought we’d meet you in the restaurant about eight.”   

Tommy ran back to his mother to tell her the good news. Mrs Thomas waved one last time at the boy’s, before she turned and followed the porter up the stairs.

Jason signed them in and the receptionist clicked her fingers. Another man in a red uniform and cap appeared. “Take these gentlemen to room 501 please.”

The porter scratched his head. “Where’s their luggage?”

The receptionist shrugged. “They don’t have any, but their friends of Mrs Thomas.”

The man nodded and took the group up to their room in the lift. Jason only booked one four-person room. The man opened the door and the boy has stepped in. Jason spotted the bed closest to the door and dived on it. “This one’s mine boys.”

Jake sighed. Would his friend ever grow up? It was summer camp all over again!


Chapter 9
Chapter nine 9b

By dmt1967

Jake took the bed nearest the window and left the other two to fight over the bunk beds in the corner of the room. He kicked off his shoes and threw himself, backwards, onto the bed. The boy closed his eyes and drifted off into a world of monsters…   
 
The woman held his head in her long fingered hand and pointed in the direction he’d come. He turned and saw a group of monsters behind him. He turned back to the woman, but she’d disappeared. Meet your mother; he heard a voice in the distance say. He looked up, only to find the woman who’d his head hover above him with blood stained teeth…

Jake woke with a start. The sun shone through the gap in the curtain and he turned on his side away from the light. I wonder if this is an afflation, I’m going to have being a vampire. He sat up and looked at the clock, 7:45, we’re late.

He jumped out of bed and put on his shoes. “Come on guys. We’re late.

Jason moaned and covered his head with the pillow.

“Jake ran over to him and pulled the covers off. “Come on, we’re meeting Mrs Thomas for breakfast, remember.”

Jason sighed and got out of bed. “You wake the others while I have a quick shower,” he grumbled.

“Wake up you two,” Jake yelled at the top of his voice.

Derek rolled out of bed and landed on the hard floor. “What the hell…” he growled.

Hassorev climbed out of the bottom bunk and put out a hand to help him up. Derek grabbed the boys hand and glared at Jake. “What you yelling about?”

“Breakfast and we’re late.”

Jason appeared from the bathroom fully dressed. “Come on guys,” he grabbed the keys from the small table beside his bed. “Let’s go.”

Derek and Hassorev ran after him, while Jake followed in the rear and shut the door.

Mrs Thomas sat with her back to the door with Tommy and a middle-aged man with glasses in chairs adjacent to her. Tommy spotted his friends first and ran up to them. He caught hold of Jakes arm and dragged him across the room. “This is my friend daddy. This is my daddy, Jake.”

Once the introductions were over, the boys sat down and Tommy’s father ordered breakfast. The food came and the boys devoured every morsel. Mr Thomas ordered coffee for the adults and orange juice for Tommy. He sat and sipped his drink. “I hear you boys are heading to Dartmoor today.”

“Yes, Sir,” Jake answered.

“Do you know how to get there?”

“No, Sir. We’re going shopping after breakfast. We need a map and some warm clothes.”

“Plus some provisions,” Jason added.

Mr Thomas pushed back his chair and got up. He walked to another table and spoke to a person with a clipboard before he returned and sat down again. “I’ve told my gofer to go get you all the stuff you need.”

Derek shivered. “What about a coat or something.”  

Mr Thomas grinned. “Yes I told him to get you some jumpers and a coat each and put it on my account.”

“How do you know our sizes?” Derek stammered.

Mr Thomas eyed Derek up. “I would say the rest of the boys are medium except you. You’re a large?”

Derek turned a bright shade of red. “How do you now?”

“I am a low budget film director, and as such have to do most things on my movies. You get an eye for sizes in my line of work.”

Something didn’t sit right with Jake, if he’s so low paid, how come he’s got an errand boy. Jake gave Mr Thomas a sideward look. Mr Thomas caught

Jakes eye and winked, the man seems to know what I’m thinking.

The man with the clipboard returned and whispered in Mr Thomas ear. Tommy’s dad turned to Jake, “My man bought all the provisions and clothes you boys will need. They are all in a box in a car he hired for you and the map is on top.”

Jake got up and went to shake his host’s hand. “Well thank you for Breakfast, but we really must be off.”   

“We’ll see you out, if you don’t mind?”

Jake didn’t have much choice, but to agree. The party walked towards the hotel doors, before Jake stopped and hit his head with the palm of his hand. “I need to pay the bill.”

“Don’t worry. It’s taken care of.”

Jake stared at his host. “I can’t let you do that!”

“Don’t worry about it, Adoloifo,” Mr Thomas assured.

Jake froze. “What did you call me?

“I said, don’t worry about it Jake.”  

Jake shook his head, maybe I misheard, but the gleam in the man’s eyes told him he hadn’t.

The party walked outside and Mr Thomas pressed a car automatic door key. Jake heard a click of a car unlock and saw it was a red station wagon with a box in the back of the car. The boys walked up to the vehicle and got in. Jason got into the driver’s seat and asked Derek, in the back, to pass him the map. He unfolded it, studied it and threw it in the back.

Mr Thomas walked to the passenger seat to say goodbye to Jake. The boy thanked the man and his family for their hospitality. “I hope we meet again, Sir.” He wound the window up as Jason started the car. As the motor vehicle moved away he was sure the strange man muttered, “You can count on it, Adoloifo,” before he and his family turned and walked back into the hotel.
 


Chapter 10
Chapter 10 a

By dmt1967

Jason merged with the M25. Jake looked out of the window and saw the reflection of the two boys at the back. He scowled and wished it were, him, in the rear seat with Hassorev instead of Derek. The car rumbled along the motorway. Soon they were on the M3 following the signs to Basingstoke.
Jake saw a service café and stretched. “Anyone wants to stretch their legs and grab a coffee.”

Jason nodded. “Me. Its hard work driving in England.” He pulled on to a slip road and drove into the service station car park.  The boys piled out and went into the coffee shop. They ordered their drinks, and sat by the window.

“How much longer until we get there?” Derek wailed.

“You sound like a kid,” Jason snapped.

Derek stuck his tongue out and stared out of the window. Hassorev touched the boy's arm and Jake’s hand shook as he picked up his coffee cup. He took a sip and slammed it down so hard on the table, both boys jumped. Jason scowled at Jake’s reaction to their  intimacy and got up. “We need to go,” he growled.

The rest of the group drained their cups and followed him out of the service station. They got into the car and joined the motorway once more.

No one spoke until Jake spotted the signs for Dartmoor.

“What does your map say this place is?” Jason asked as he turned off the M3.

Jake put his hand in the back pocket of his jeans and pulled out the map his parents sent him. “Dartmoor National Park.”

Jason saw a signpost for the park and followed it. They drove through two big iron gates and Jason pulled over to the side of the road. “Do they say which part? This place is enormous. We’d be looking for weeks, and  never find it!”

Jake studied the map. “It looks like there’s a cave we got to go through.”

“Then I think we better look in the forest over there. That’s where caves usually are,” Hassorev piped up from the back seat.

The boys got out and left the car at the side of the road. Jason scratched his head. “This forest must be new as it’s not shown on the road map.”

The companions entered the forest and looked around. They search for a cave, but couldn’t find one. As they pondered on how to proceed, someone tapped Jake on the shoulder. “You must be, Adoloifo and friends.”       

Jake jumped back. “Where did you come from?”

“The cave over there.” The strange man pointed towards a cave hidden by a few bushes.

The group stared in the direction the man pointed and spotted an opening in a bush they’d already searched.

“But that wasn’t there before,” Derek stammered.

The man turned to Derek and gave him a sympathetic look. “If everyone could see the entrance to our safe land, it wouldn’t be safe for long, would it?”

Derek’s face turned red and he bowed his head. “No, I guess not,” he mumbled.

The man turned back to Jake. “My name is Adrian. Now we must hurry,” he grabbed Jake’s arm and his eyes darted around the forest. “It’s very dangerous to keep still for so long. Both clans can smell us and they know when humans are in their woods.”

“Are you human, like us?” Jason asked.

“Yes and I’ve lived a long life which will be extinguished with yours if we don’t get to the safe lands soon.” He pushed the group towards the cave.   
Adrian propelled the group through the cave. Every so often, he looked over his shoulder to make sure they were not followed. The shadows gave it an eerie feel and the light from the fire torches dug into the walls didn’t help. Jason stumbled a few times only to be caught by Hassorev or Jake. Derek fell over a rock and yelled as he twisted his ankle. The party stopped.

“Can you walk?” Adrian glanced at his watch. “Jake’s grandfather expected us over an hour ago.”

Derek, with the help of Hassorev stood up and put his foot on the floor, he cried out with pain. “No, it hurts too much.”

Jake turned to Adrian. “How much further?”

“Around the next corner.”

Jake put Derek’s arm around him and his cousin shouldered the weight on the other side.  “Hassorev and I will carry him.”   

The party rounded the corner and saw the end of the tunnel. They walked towards it and out into the opening. Jake gasped as he saw a forest with green trees and fields. He saw huts and soldiers in uniform as they marched up and down the entrance to the haven. The view took his breath away.

“It’s beautiful.” He whispered as he dropped Derek and stared at his heritage.

Derek cried as his foot hit the ground hard, but no one paid him any attention except Hassorev. “We need to get Derek medical attention.”

A soldier approached and pointed what looked like a gun in Jakes face. “Who goes there?”

Adrian marched up to him and pushed the gun away. “This is Adoloifo you fool.”

The man lowered his weapon and saluted. “I’m so sorry junior general. I didn’t recognise you.” The officer turned to Adrian. “How was I supposed to know, no one’s seen him since he was a baby.” He turned back to Jake. “Your grandfather is expecting you.” The man glanced at his watch. “What happened, Adrian? It’s not like you to be late.”   

Adrian jerked his head at the group. “The humans held us up, and one of them is injured.”

The solider glanced at Derek and nodded. “I will take him to the medic, you take the others to general Filtiam.”

Adrian nodded and the group parted company. Adrian saw Jake scratch his head. “Is something confusing you Adoloifo?”

“I thought you were human, but you talk about them like you are better than them, so maybe I misheard.”

The corners of Adrian’s mouth twitched. “No, you are right, I was born human. Your dad took me in when I was a baby. I had no family and, although he took me in for my blood, we became close. He bought me up as his own and I gladly gave my blood to him. The trouble was, I was human and I aged. Your dad got me to drink some of his blood as this reversal role stopped the aging process. I have been with your family for a century. Like your father, although I get a year older every year, I never age like normal humans do.”

The boys were so engrossed in the story, they didn’t realise they had reached their destination. Adrian knocked on the door and a voice barked, “Enter.”


Chapter 10
chapter ten

By dmt1967

Adrian opened the wooden door, walked in and the boys followed. A man sat behind a desk with papers and maps all around him. He looked up, smiled and pushed his chair back. “My boy, I haven’t seen you since your grandfather kidnapped you and took you away. Your parents will be so glad to see you.” He strode towards Hassorev and hugged him.

“My parents are alive. Grandfather said he killed them,” Hassorev stammered.

Jake’s father pursed his lips. “That man has a lot to answer for. Why don’t you go and see them.” He turned to Adrian. “I am sure the humans are hungry and need to freshen up. Why don’t you take them to their tent and drop young Hassorev off at his parent’s quarters on your way. That will give me time to catch up with my son.” He turned to Jake. “I have put your group in one tent, I hope you don’t mind? I was going to split you up, but decided against it. Humans are not really welcomed here, that is one of the things we do have in common with our ancestors.”

Adrian nodded and ushered the group out. Jake’s father hugged Jake. He held him away at arm’s length. “Look at you, how big you’ve gotten. Your mum would be proud.”

“Where is she? I’d like to see her please.”

Jakes father frowned. “She’s been taken prisoner by your grandfather. I’ve been waiting for you and Hassorev to arrive before we rescued her.”

“What! Why didn’t you tell me sooner? We must leave at once. I will get my friends and…”

His father shook his head.” No, it will be you, me, Hassorev and Callore. The humans will slow us down.”

Jake raised one eyebrow. “But will they be safe?”

His father nodded. “Adrian will look after them. No one will lay a hand on them if he’s with them.”

“So who is this Callore and when are we going?

His father laughed. “Not until tomorrow. Eva will be all right until then. She is one of the best warriors I have. The other one being Callore.”

“Cool, I can’t wait to meet him.”

“First things first, I bet you would like me to fill you in on your history and why we left you all those years ago?”

Jake’s throat dried up and he couldn’t speak. His father walked to a cupboard and pulled out a bottle with some red liquid in it. He poured himself a glass and saw the look on his sons face.

“This is blood, but I ordered you some coffee.”

Someone knocked on the door and Adrian walked in followed by kitchen staff laden down with coffee, sandwiches and fruit. They laid it on the table and left. “Help yourself to whatever you want.” Adrian made to leave as well, but Jake’s dad called him back. “Are the humans settled?

“Yes general, I saw to them myself. They are perfectly safe.”

“And Hassorev, how did that go?”

Adrian sniffed. “His mother fell on him and his dad… Well I’ve never seen the lieutenant look so happy.”

Jake’s dad waved his hand and Adrian bowed before he left the room.

Jake stared at all the goodies in astonishment. “How did they know, I mean you never called…” Jake stuttered.

His father grinned and winked at him. “Because Adrian and I have the same blood, we can talk telepathically to each other. You, I, Hassorev and Callore can do the same thing, but you and your cousin need to be trained to open your mind and let us in.”

Jake looked down at his hands. “So, what do I call you?”     

“Well I’d like you to call me dad one day, but I realise it’s much too early for you to see me and your mum as parents.”

Jake’s eyes turned cold. “I’ve got a dad. He bought me up and was there for me.”

Jake’s biological dad put his hands in the air. “I know. Son and I’ll not come between that.

Those people kept you safe and for that, your mum and I will be indebted to them forever. You can call me general or filtiam.”

“So why did you leave me with humans if you despise them so much.”

“Well it’s a long story. Pour yourself a cup of coffee, help yourself to some food, get comfortable and I will begin…        


Chapter 11
Chapter eleven

By dmt1967

“First of all, for you to understand the feud today, I need to go back a couple of centuries ago to where it all began. The vampires were friends and allies against the humans who made up stories and hunted us for sport. That was until the vampire king, your grandfather was captured. He sold the werewolves out for his life. The humans raided our camp and killed a lot of the clan. My father managed to escape with my mother and a handful of our kinfolk. He vowed to get even with your grandfather and declared war on the vampires. The humans didn’t keep their word, and hunted and killed quite a few vampires as well, but that didn’t stop your grandfathers from a bitter and twisted war. The war raged for a couple of decades and there were casualties on both sides. Eventually an uneasy truce was formed. A treaty was signed and we once again lived in peace. The one speculation was that we never mixed with the vampires and kept off their land.” The general stopped talking and sipped his drink. He studied the boy’s face.
Jake nodded his head and scratched his ear. “So, if there was peace, why are we at war now?”

The general shook his head, and his hand shook as he picked up his glass. A few drops of blood fell on the table. He swore, took a napkin off a tray and cleaned the mess. He managed to take control of his emotions, with some difficulty, turned to Jake and smiled. “Maybe we should finish the story tomorrow. You must be tired after your long journey.”

Jake shook his head. “I’d rather hear it now if you don’t mind, sir. I’ve always thought I was different in ,more ways than one, and at school, I had a hard time because of it. I think I’ve waited long enough for my questions to be answered.”

Jake’s father sighed, walked to the cabinet and poured himself another drink. He returned to his seat and put a hand on his son’s shoulder. “The next part of the story is a harrowing one. I ask one thing, don’t judge me or your mum to harshly, we always had your best interests at heart.”

Jake looked at his dad out of the corner of his eye. “When I found out I was adopted, I hated you guys. I even contemplated not coming, but my dad, my real dad talked me around. He said I will regret it if I don’t. I have the best dad ever because of you. I won’t think any worse of either of you for what you had to do.”

Jake caught the general’s eye, saw the hurt, and pain his words caused. The general only shrugged his shoulders, however. “I deserve that I suppose,” he said in a gruff voice. “A few years after the war ended your vampire grandfather met and married your grandmother. It bought two powerful families together. Your great grandfather died a year after this reunion and your grandfather became king of the night crawlers. Your grandmother got pregnant and later that year gave birth to three daughters, Eva, Khans and Semele. The girls grew up and fell in love. Unfortunately, two didn’t fall in love with vampires. Semele fell for her cousin and as far as I know still lives with your grandparents. Khans fell for and married a lost soul, and they had one child, Hassorev. Eva left the fold, met me and we married shortly afterwards. Your grandfather was livid and banished his two daughters from the clan and vampire land. When he heard about his grandchildren, he vowed to take them away from his daughters and raise them as vampires.

About a year later, your mother was pregnant with you,. We received a telepathic message from Khans. She said she needed our help, as their father had made good on his promise. He’d found out where they lived in England and broken in one night and stole little Hassorev. We tried to get him back, but failed. We took you to America and scoured the land for a family to take you. We left you there and came back to England only to discover we weren’t the only mixed breed families. Quite a few vampires were married to werewolves, ghosts, zombies and even humans.”  The general spat the last word out in disgust. “ Both the vampires and werewolf clans decided to eradicate every ‘pire living and declared war on our kind. We scouted around until we found a land we can call our home, sent out a beacon to all our children and set up camp. You have a brother who is still out there and your mother received a distress signal from him last week. She went to meet him and your grandfather captured her. We don’t know if he’s got your brother as well, or if the message was a trap.”

Jake’s jaw dropped. I have a brother!

The general nodded as if he read Jake’s mind. “Yes, a twin. His name is Filtiam junior. We call him FJ for short.”

Jake stood up. “So when are we going to rescue them, Sir?”

The general opened his mouth to answer, but before he could, they heard a knock. The general turned his head towards the disturbance. “That will be

Callore to escort you to your hut, enter,”

The door opened and a young girl about Jake’s age stood in the doorway. “You wanted to see me general.”

“Yes Callore. This is Adoloifo, my son. Would you take him to his quarters, please.”

“The girl bowed. “As you wish, Sir.”

The general turned to his son and shook his hand. “We leave first light, so I suggest you get some rest.”

Jake walked through the door and the general made to shut it, but the boy stopped him. “I prefer if everyone called me Jake, sir.”

The general sighed and waved his hand in a circle. “As you wish my boy. Make it known around campus sergeant.”

Callore bowed once more. “As you wish, sir.” She turned her back on the general and marched off in the direction of a group of smaller huts. Jake caught her up and walked beside her. He gave her a side wades look and her beauty made him breathless.. Her shoulder length black hair bounced on the back of her neck as she walked towards his living quarters. Jake spotted a few solders’ look her way, but they didn’t approach or talk to her. They must be ignoring her because of me.

“I’m sorry,” he stammered.

Callore stopped in her tracks and crinkled her forehead. “Why are you apologizing?”

“Well your friends… they you know… are not talking to you and em if it’s because I’m the general’s son and…” he trailed off as she stared at him with her hazel bloodshot eyes. “Well I’m sorry.”

She looked him up and down for a minute, then gave a bitter laugh. “It’s got nothing to do with you. They always treat me like I’ve got aids or some contagious disease.”

Callore started to walk again and Jake picked up his pace. He caught up with her once more. “But why? If you were my comrade, I’d never stop talking to you… I mean.” He blushed and hung his head.

The beautiful black haired girl laughed. “It’s because I’m a humpire. I’m half human and half vampire. There are not a lot of us around as we are known as the untouchable vermin.”

“But why? I don’t understand. I thought we were the good guys,” cried Jake.   

“You are, but humans are not to be trusted. My grandfather captured your vampire grandfather all those years ago and started the war.”

“But that was a long time ago. Your one of us now and my dad speaks very highly of you.”

“That’s because I saved your dad’s life,” Callore whispered. “My dad betrayed your dad and trapped him in a tower. He held a knife to your dad’s throat, and would have cut his head off, if I hadn’t shot him. He died in my mums arms and she went for his throat. If she had her fangs into his neck she would’ve ripped it apart, but I never gave her the chance. I shot her and cut off her head. Your dad bought me here, much to the disgust of the clan, but I was under your parents protection, so what could they do?”

Jake stared at Callore with his mouth open wide. “So they ignore you, but you saved their leaders life.”

“They still don’t trust me and think I’m going to turn out like my parents and betray them.”

Callore stopped and Jake could hear some familiar voices. “Well we’re here young Jake,” the humpire teased. “Get some rest, we leave at dawn.” She turned and walked away. Jake stood there until she disappeared around the bend. He sighed, pushed the door open and walked in.


Chapter 11
Chapter 11 b

By dmt1967

There were four beds in the hut and a dim night light. His companions left him the bed closest to the door. As he walked in Jason looked up.  “ How was your talk?”

Jake climbed into bed and lay on his back. “It was fine. My mums been taken hostage and the general wants me and Hassorev on the recue party.”

Hassorev raised his eyebrows. “Is it just us three?

Jake tried to sound casual. “No, this kid called Callore is going as well.”   

Hassorev sat bolt upright. “I’ve heard about it,” he spat. “Half human and half vampire, not to be trusted.”

Jake sighed. “They’re okay. I’ve met them.”

“Well cousin, you can trust an untouchable vermin if you want to. As for me, I’m going to keep my weapon very close to me at all times.” Hassorev turned his back to Jake and fell asleep.

Jake tilted his head and glared at his cousin’s back, to think I actually thought I loved you.

Derek yawned, closed his eyes and fell asleep in minutes as well.

Jason sat up on his elbows. “So when do we leave?”

Jake shook his head. “Not you, Jason, not this time. This mission is too dangerous for a mere human. Adrian will look after you and Derek.”

The darkness hid the look of pain, which appeared on Jason’s face at that remark. “Well hurry back, and be careful. I don’t want to lose you.”

Jake glanced at his friend and saw the love in his eyes. He knew exactly what those words meant. He gave a nervous laugh, “You won’t.”

“Jake,” Jason whispered in the dark.

“Yes,” Jake answered as a cold shiver went up his spine.

“If you ever feel different, tell me. Don’t let me overhear it or learn about it another way.”

Jake closed his eyes. I should tell him now. Tell him about Callore…

“I love you, you know.”

“Yeah, me too,” Jake mumbled. After the rescue, I will tell him I can only love him as a friend. That my heart is entwined with a hazel-eyed humpire who captured my soul the moment I met her. Tomorrow I will have more time to make him understand…
       


Chapter 12
Chapter 12 a

By dmt1967

Jake crept out of the barracks before dawn, as he didn’t want to wake the human boys. Hassorev met him outside the hut. “I’ve been up hours. We thought we’d have to leave without you.”

Jake smiled, but said nothing. He still remembered how Hassorev talked about the humpire and decided his cousin couldn’t be trusted.

The general and Callore met them on the outskirts of the safe lands and the party set off to rescue Eva, Jake’s biological mother and the generals wife.

The moonlight guided them and, that night they covered a lot of ground. Callore ran on ahead and  Jake followed. The moon began to sink in the night sky and the  sun peaked out, as it got ready to rise in the east.

Callore stopped and sniffed the air. “I think this is a perfect place to camp. We can finish the rest of the journey in the morning.”

Jake skidded to a stop beside her and looked around. “Where are the others? I thought they were directly behind us.”

Callore shook her head and her hair fell into her face. She brushed it to one side and started to collect twigs. She piled them up and set it alight with a click of her fingers.

“Can I help?”

Callore nodded. “You can find more twigs for the fire, if you like. I need to hunt for some food. The general will be hungry when he gets here.”

“Will they be long?”

“It depends on Hassorev. Being a ghopire, it will take him longer to run than the rest of us. I told the general not to bring him, but he wouldn’t listen.”

Callore disappeared into the forest and Jake found some more branches and put them on the fire. He grinned to himself, so Callore had a worse opinion of Hassorev, than he did of her, that’s interesting. Jake heard a noise and swung round.

Callore stood in front of him, a male deer slung over her shoulder. “I’m glad to see your senses aren’t dulled by soft living.”

She laid the buck on the ground, took a long knife from her belt and started to carve the animal into portions. “You can take some of the fat and start cooking it. The general should be here soon.” She got up and walked to her bag, pulled out a frying pan and handed it to him.

Jake reached over and took it from her out stretched hand. Their fingers touched and Jake felt a bolt of electricity course through his body. Callore must have felt it as well, because she pulled her hand back and backed away a little.

“Did you feel that?” Jake whispered.

Callore nodded and she stared at him, eyes open wide.

“Do you know what it means?”

The girl shook her head and stared at her hand. “It can’t be.”

An invisible hand gripped Jake’s heart and squeezed. “Can’t be, what?” 

“Well… it’s how the clan determine who belongs to whom. When you come of age, your parents put you in this big room with all your peers and you touch their hand until there’s a spark. When the spark happens, it means you have found your soul mate.”

“Does that mean…” Jake stammered.

Callore nodded. “But it can’t be,,, you’re the general’s son and I’m a humpire! What will the clan say?”

Jake grabbed Callore and pulled her into his arms. He saw a blue spark jump between them as he nestled his face into her hair. “I don’t care. I knew you were the girl for me the very first time I laid eyes on you.”

Callore moaned with desire. They didn’t hear footsteps behind them or sense the presence of any other being.

The general coughed. “Hassorev will be here soon. I smell raw deer.”

The couple sprang out of each other’s arms. Callore straightened her tunic and fetched him a leg. The general bit into the flesh and blood trickled down his chin.

Jake wrinkled his nose. “Don’t you want that cooked?”

The big man stared at his son for a minute, put his head back and roared with laughter. “I’m a werewolf, boy.”

Jake’s eyes opened wide and his mouth flew open. The general saw the look of horror on the boy’s face. “I don’t expect you to eat raw meat. Callore will cook it for you.” He nudged Jake in the ribs. “She will make a fine wife or husband one day. To the right ‘pire of course.” He winked at Jake.

Jake rubbed his ribs and grinned. Dad saw and approves.

Jake opened his mouth to thank him, but didn’t get the chance as Hessorev burst out of the forest.

The general walked up to the boy and slapped him on the back. “Glad you could make it. Now let’s eat.”

After dinner, Callore went to the nearby river and washed the plates. When she arrived back, the rescue party got ready for bed. Jake lay on his back and, for the first time in his life, felt complete. He glanced over at his soul mate and smiled. He heard his other companion’s gentle snores and climbed out of his sleeping bag, crept over to Callore and kissed her on the cheek. She stirred and opened her eyes.

“What are you doing here?” she hissed.

“Relax,” he lay down beside her and tickled her ear with his tongue. “Everybody’s asleep.”

Callore giggled. “You are naughty. What would the general say if he saw his son behaving like this?”

“He’d say, like father like son. Anyway, he knows.”

“You told him?”

“No he guessed.”

What did he say!”

“Said you’d make a great wife.”

Callore sighed. “The clan won’t like this. We can’t tell anyone until the general has talked to your mum and the clan, but especially your mum.”

Jake’s eyes crinkled. “Why is Eva so important to you?”

“When your dad bought me back to the clan, they wanted to kill me. Your mum stood in front of me and told them they’d have to go through her. She raised me as her own and looked after me. I owe her everything and I won’t have her upset.” Callore clenched her fist and hit the ground.

Hassorev grunted and Jake glanced at him, but the boy didn’t wake up. “Shih, if you don’t want anyone to know, quit making a noise.”

Callore punched him on the arm. “Go back to bed, before you get us both in trouble.”

Jake rubbed his arm. “Not before you tell me you love me and give me a kiss.”

He sat on the floor and pouted. She giggled and blew him a kiss. “Now will you go back to bed,” she pleaded.

“You haven’t told me you love me yet.”

Callore sighed and shook her head “Okay, I love you. Now will you go to bed.”         

He nodded. “I will be a good boy, but first…” he bent down and brushed his lips with hers. “Until tomorrow, my love.” He bowed and walked away.

Jake climbed into his sleeping bag once more and waved to Callore, He lay on his back, shut his eyes and drifted off into a restful sleep.


Chapter 12
Chapter 12 b

By dmt1967

The next morning the group set off once more. Callore ran ahead, as usual and Jake trotted   along beside her. He couldn’t help but glance at her from time to time, but she ignored him. Did she really say, she loved me, or did I imagine it. He started to doubt last night, when she looked in his direction. He looked up, their eyes met and she winked.

Jake heard noises in the distance and stopped. Callore held her hand up and gestured for him to stay still. He froze and she disappeared.

When she returned to Jake, the general and Hassorev were there as well.

“Is it the vampire’s camp?” the general barked.

“Yes sir. I saw where they are keeping Eva. Your father-in-law was there as well. She’s in a bad way, sir.”

The general glanced at the sky. “It will soon be morning. Can we wait until tonight.”

“No, sir. I heard one of the guards say they were moving her to her father’s castle tonight.”

The general sighed and took off his rucksack. He opened it and pulled out a black suit with a mask.

“What’s that?” the rest of the group said in unison.

“This,” the general lay in on the grass, “is a coffin suit. It will prevent most of the harmful sun rays from penetrating her skin and keep her protected until we can get her safe and out of the sunlight. Once in the forest the trees will protect her until we can get back to our campsite, rest and make the remainder of the journey back to the safe lands by the safe moonlight.”

Callore pointed. “There’s two of them guarding her now, general. One is patrolling and the other is by the door. If I take the one by the door out, you can take the one doing the rounds. Your father-in-law has gone to rest, before he comes back with the rest of the clan tonight. By the time they notice we’ve gone…” she left the last sentence unsaid.
 
Jake and Hassorev waited in the trees while the other two carried out their tasks. Jake saw his father creep up behind the guard and pounce on him.

The general beckoned them to follow him. Jake spotted blood on his chin and stared at his dad in a trance. The general smiled. “Sorry,” he wiped the blood away, “I haven’t eaten since last night.”

Jake and Hassorev stepped over the creature on the floor as they followed the general. The two boys tried not to look at the monsters face and lack of throat as they passed him.

Callore waited by the door. The other vampire seemed to have disappeared. Jake envisioned Callore with a knife and fork as she knarred on the creature’s leg. He shook his head, but the image wouldn’t go away.

“She’s in here,” Callore whispered.

Callore pushed the door and it swung open. Inside the room, a woman with black hair sat tied to a chair. The general ran up to her, tilted her face up and kissed her lips. “Eva, what has that monster done to you?” the general cried as he saw the bruises on her face.

Eva smiled through swollen lips and glanced around the room. Her eyes rested on Jake and she smiled.

“We need to go general and now, “Callore called from the door.

The general bit through the ropes and helped his wife into the protective suit. He lifted Eva onto his shoulders and followed the rest of the group back to the forest. Once they were hidden by the trees, they started to run. The quartet didn’t stop, until they were at the campsite. The general came to a stop first. “You think it’s safe to camp here?”

Callore nodded. “Eva can’t travel anymore. She needs to rest and I can see, even with the suit, she is suffering. Besides we’ll move better and faster once she can run herself.”

The general laid his wife on the floor and disappeared for a moment. He came back with an armful of branches and built a shelter on top of her. Callore left the group to hunt for food and returned with a few rabbits and a fox. She skinned them, then cooked some of them and handed the raw ones to the general. “Eva needs to eat.”

Hassorev stared at the girl for a moment. He turned to the general, “Why is the untouchable vermin giving you orders?”

The general glared at the boy. His blood vessel pumped in his neck and he shook with anger. “You ever call her that again and we’ll be roasting you over the spit,” he threatened.

Hassorev trembled at the anger of the voice and bowed his head. “I’m sorry Uncle,” he stammered.

Callore touched the general’s shoulder. “He didn’t mean it, Filtiam. I’m not offended.” She handed him a plate of raw meat. “Now take this to Eva, she needs to be fit for the journey tonight.”

The general gave Callore a peck on the cheek. “You are a good girl Callore and will make an excellent addition to the family.”

Hassorev slunk off to the river and Jake followed. Jake found his cousin stood by the riverbank. “You alright?” Jake asked.

“I don’t know why uncle got mad. It’s not like she’s one of us, although I’m sure if you had your way, she soon would be.”

Jake too a step back, surprised at the venom behind his words. “What do you mean?”

“I saw you and her last night. You thought I was asleep, but I saw you.”

Jake shrugged. “So, it’s got nothing to do with you or anyone else who I have relations with.”

“That’s where you’re wrong. As heir to the clan, you have to marry someone the whole clan approves of,” Hassorev sneered.

“Tough, I love Callore and she’s my mate. We had the spark and that meant were made for each other.”

Hassorev took a step back and his face turned red. “You and her sparked. The clan isn’t going to like this.”

“What have you and everyone got against her?”

“Well, she’s human, for one. Humans can’t be trusted.”

“She’s half human,” Jake, corrected him.. “And the clan aren’t going to hear about it until the general tells them, alright.”

“My father was right about you. He said living with humans would soften you and you’re not fit to be in the clan let alone lead us.”

Jake put his hands around Hassorev’s throat and lifted him off the ground. “If there are any rumours flying around about Callore and me, I’ll know where they’ve come from and I’ll…”

“Food is ready, come and get it boys,” a voice called from the campsite.

Jake dropped Hassorev on the ground, turned and ran back to the group.

Hassorev glared after him. He rubbed his throat and got up. “This isn’t over Jake. I will get you back for this.” He followed at a slower pace and joined the group as they were about to eat. 


Chapter 13
Chapter 13 a

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

Callore shook Jake awake. “Come on sleepy head. We’re about to leave.”

Jake stretched and gazed up at the sky. Apart from a few stars and the moon, there wasn’t a cloud in the sky. He sniffed the air and smelt the sweet dew of the flowers. Jake crawled out of bed and rolled up his sleeping bag, stuffed it into his rucksack and joined the group to finish off any food left over from their previous meal.

The general glanced at his watch. “We better bury the bones and get ready to run if we want to reach the safe lands by dawn.”

“Right, Hassorev, you and Jake bury the bones and hide our tracks. The general and I will get Eva ready for travel,” Callore barked.

“I don’t take orders from an unt…” Hassorev started to snarl.

The general glared at the boy, and Hassorev turned and walked away. Jake followed him at a distance, I don’t like or trust you, cousin.

Eva walked out of the trees and they rustled in the breeze. She swayed and the general ran up to her. “Are you all right, my dear?”

Eva gave him a weak smile and nodded. “When are we leaving?”

The general spotted the boys and nodded in their direction. “Is everything done as requested?” he growled at Hassorev.

The boy nodded but kept his gaze glued to the ground. Eva caught Jake’s eye and a question popped in his head, what has Hassorev done to provoke such displeasure in his uncle? Jake smiled, he knew his mother used telecommunications to get into his mind. When he didn’t respond, she shrugged and stood up.

“Yes sir,” Jake saluted. “Everything is buried and we are ready to go.”

The team started to run.
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Jake spotted the safe lands first and stopped. Callore skidded to a halt beside him. “We will wait for the others. They aren’t that far behind us.” The girl flopped onto the grass and patted the floor. “Come and sit beside me.”

Jake lay on his back and gazed up at his soul mate. “When we get back, I will tell everyone you’re mine.”

Callore’s face fell. “We promised we’d let the general and Eva break the news.”

Jake sat up and clenched his fist. “That might not be possible.”

“I know its hard waiting, but…” Callore caught Jake’s eye and he gave her a sheepish grin. “Jake. What have you done!”

Jake studied his hands and turned them over a few times. Callore caught his fingers and forced him to look at her. “Jake…”

“Well Hassorev knows. Don’t look at me like that. I didn’t tell him. He caught us kissing and I think he’s going to make trouble.”

“Well his father has wanted to be leader of the pack for a long time. This could be just what he needs to split the clan.”

“I thought people loved Eva and the general?”

“Most do, but some think your dad’s soft. They want to attack the humans, vampires and werewolves. They want to bring the war to its brink and they don’t care who they kill.”

“Doesn’t the general want the same thing?”

Callore shook her head. “No. the general wants peace. He wants all creatures to live as one. He even wants us to get along with humans.” She winkled her nose.

Jake laughed. “You’re no better than Hassorev,”

Callore jumped up and advanced towards the boy. Jake scrambled on his feet and backed away, hands in the air. “If you ever say that again, I’ll…”

Fortunately, Jake never did find out what Callore intended to do to him as the rest of the group arrived just then. The general caught a glimpse of the safe lands, scooped his wife up into his arms and gazed down at her. “Let’s go home my love,” he cooed.


Chapter 13
Chapter 13 b

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

Everyone came out of his or her barracks to welcome the rescue team home. The sun peeked over the horizon, and the general carried Eva through the crowd and to the sleeping quarters, they shared. “ We will feast tonight, but for now your lieutenant general needs her rest.” He closed the wooden door behind him.

Jake pulled Callore to one side. “I need to find Jason and tell him about us.”

“Who? Oh, you mean that human boy who follows you around like a puppy. I didn’t get his deal at all. At first I thought you guys were an item, until you kissed me.”

Jake scowled. “He’s been my friend since high school and I don’t want him hearing about this from anyone.”

“Sorry, I know how much you care for him. Go, I need some sleep anyway.”

Jake kissed Callore and set off in search of Jason. He searched for the boy all day, but Jason couldn’t be found.

The sun began to set and the camp began to rise. He spotted a few soldiers on the far side of the camp and walked over to them. They stood to attention and he waved his hand. “Have you seen the humans I arrived at camp with?

They shook their heads. “No sir. Are you coming to the feast?”

“Yes, I’ll be there in a little while. I need to go and change first.”

The soldiers grinned and walked away. Jake scratched his head, where is that boy? He decided to look for Jason after the feast. He’s probably at the feast now, stuffing his face with food, knowing Jason. Jake turned, shook his head and made his way towards the hut he shared with the boys.

He pushed open the door, walked in and started to undress. He sensed another presence in the room and felt the soft touch of a woman as she stroked his back. He swung around and came face to face with Callore. “I couldn’t wait. Did you find the boy?”

Jake groaned and cut her top in half with his long, sharp fingernails. He cupped his hand over her breasts and caressed them. She nuzzled her head into his chest hairs and stood on tiptoes to nibble his ears. Jake moaned, picked her up and threw her on the bed…

“What the hell…” The couple turned towards the door and saw Jason in the doorway.  

“Jason, I can explain…” Jake scrambled off the bed and pulled on his t-shirt. “It’s not how it looks…”

Jason gave his friend a cold stare. “I can see that. I’m not a fool Jake. When Hassorev told me, I didn’t believe it. Not after we talked about it and you
promised to tell me. I told him you wouldn’t do that. If you found somebody… you would tell me. When he said… the affair started before the rescue mission, on the night you went away in fact. I called him a liar. I told him… you would have said something to me when I told you how much I cared for you. When I told you I loved you and you said you loved me too.” Jason turned, bent double and ran from the room.

Jake stood there for a moment. “Callore…”

“Go after him, then. No guessing what he’ll do in this state.”

Jake darted into the night, but he couldn’t see Jason anywhere. He hunted for him all over the campsite and the safe lands, but the boy seemed to have vanished. He searched everywhere, but to no avail. Eventually he gave up and came back to camp. His tired body ached and all he wanted was a shower and bed. He spotted Hassorev and his whole body shook with rage. It was his entire fault. If he’d kept his mouth shut… he marched over to ghopire.

Hassorev smiled as Jake approached. “Hi cousin, you’re up early.”

Jake growled and flew at Hassorev. He grabbed the boy by the neck and squeezed hard.

“What’s up cousin?” the boy asked with an expression of mock innocence on his face.

“Jason, you told him about…” Jake couldn’t go on. The rage inside grew and he shook his cousin by the neck.

Hassorev smirked. “Well you could waste your time here with me or you could try and get to Jason before it’s too late.”

Jake dropped the ghospire and starred at him. “Too late?”

“Your friend was very upset and decided to go home. He crossed over about an hour ago. The one thing grandfather hates more than ‘pires are humans. Especially humans on his land.”

Jake turned and ran for the outskirts of the safe lands. He crossed the border, the evil laughter of his cousin rang in his ears, and begun his search for Jason. I hope I’m not too late. Please, god… let me reach him in time.                        
 
 


Chapter 14
Chapter 14a

By dmt1967

Jake crossed over into vampire territory in the early hours of the morning. The sun rose at a steady pace as he reached the same spot they’d camped at only a couple of days earlier. Jake stopped and gazed around the clearing, this is as good a place, as any, to rest awhile. He sat under a tall oak tree with his head in his hands and contemplated what to do next. He hadn’t planned this hunt at all. What am I going to eat? I haven’t  the skills to hunt or survive on my own.  When I catch up with Jason, what am I going to say? If I meet any vampires, how am I going to fight if they attack me?

Jake heard a noise behind him, and turned his head. He saw a blur out of the corner of his eye and jumped up, what was that? He tensed and his whole body trembled, was it Jason or someone more sinister?

Something pounced on his back and he yelped. He froze as a cold, hard, sharp knife blade touched his Adams apple. “If I were the enemy, you’d be dead by now,” a familiar voice whispered in his ear.

Callore jumped off his back and landed beside him.

Jake scowled. “What the hell are you doing here?”

Callore threw herself on the grass and lay on her back. “ The general heard how Hassorev tricked Jason into leaving the camp. He’s called a meeting and aims to put him on trial. He sent me to keep you safe. He would have come himself, but Eva is still weak and he wanted to stay by her side.”

Jake rubbed his neck. “Couldn’t you have warned me or something? I nearly became a ghost myself, the fright you gave me.”

Callore giggled. “Now where’s the fun in that. I’m hungry, what’s for breakfast.”

Jake looked at the floor and shuffled his feet. “I don’t know. I was in such a hurry, I didn’t think to bring any and I haven’t got any weapon to kill anything with.”  

Callore shook her head. “You’re a ‘pire, my sweet.” She pointed to her fangs. “Which means you don’t need tools only teeth.” She laughed at her own joke.

When the boy still looked confused, she smiled. “You don’t know how, do you?”

“Well until a month ago I didn’t even know I was half vampire,” he muttered in an agitated manner.

“You should be a good hunter with your werewolf and vampire instincts. Better than most, I reckon.”

Callore jumped up and caught hold of Jake’s hand. She pulled him into the forest. “Come on I’ll teach you.”

They strolled through the trees, until Callore stopped and put her fingers to her mouth. She sniffed the air and pointed to the north. “Do you smell that?” she whispered.

Jake shook his head.

“Deer, you go around it and head it in my direction.”

“How do I do that?”

“Wave your arms about, but you probably won’t need to. I reckon it will sense and smell your presence.”

Jake rolled his eyes, but followed her leadership. He circled around the deer and moved towards it. The animal munched on the grass, it looked up and tweaked its ear. The deer stood motionless, wrinkled its nose and bolted in the general direction of Callore.

It twisted this way and that through the trees until it headed in the direct path of the girl. Callore stood still until she could see the whites of the deer’s eyes. Jake closed his and waited for the almighty thud as their bodies crashed into each other. When he didn’t hear anything, he opened one to see why. Jake’s jaw dropped and he stared at his beloved, eyes wide open. Callore must have jumped on the deer’s back as her legs were either side of the animal. The creature tried to throw her off, but each time failed. Callore’s  snarled and bared her teeth as she got ready to strike. She reared her head like a snake and glanced up at the sky before she bit into the animals flesh. Callore let go of the scared animal and jumped off its back. The deer looked surprised, but relieved as it fled to the safety of the trees and reviled at its lucky escape.

Jake ran up to Callore. “What’s up?”

Callore pointed upwards and Jake saw a flock of birds. “What are they?”

“Vultures, and there flying in a circle which can only mean one thing- there’s a dead body somewhere near.”

“It might be an animal,” Jake stammered as a cold hand gripped his heart.

Callore started to run in the general direction of the birds. “It might be, but we better go and investigate.”

Jake followed her, please god let it be a defenceless animal and not a dead human. Please god, don’t let it be Jason…    
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Callore stopped as she got closer to the birds and studied the area around them. Jake caught up with her. “What’s that?” he pointed at what looked like a lump of leaves on the ground. As they got closer, the couple could see it wasn’t leaves at all, but a pile of ragged clothes. The pair walked up to it and Callore kicked the mount. A snake crawled out and some bugs scurried away. The girl sniffed the air and wrinkled her nose. Jake took a gulp of air and gagged on the taste of rotten flesh in the air. He turned away while Callore examined the body.

“Well, is it human? Is it a man or a woman? Is it Jason?”

Callore scratched her head. “I don’t know. It smells like a man, but I think its wearing frilly knickers.”

Something clicked in Jake’s brain, a secret he’d been told. What was it? He steeled himself to look at the body and saw something sparkle in the sunlight. He bent down and picked it up. His heart sank as he realised he held Jason’s lucky cent.  Jake turned away as hot, wet tears fell down his cheek. He remembered the secret; Jason was a transvestite.

Jake felt Callore’s hand on his arm and turned to face her. He pulled her close and held her tight for a moment, before he pushed her away, wiped his face with the back of his hand and walked back to the body. I will find out who’s done this my friend and make them sorry.

He marched towards the trees. Callore ran after him. “Where are you going?”

“To get justice. I don’t expect you to come. I know the general will want you back.”

Callore stepped in front of him and put her hand out. “Stop! Firstly what are you going to do when you catch up with him.”

Jake rubbed his chin. “You said, him. Do you know who did this?”

Callore sighed. “Well I know what clan and I can guess who by the way it was done.”

“Who?”

“You’re not going to like it.”

Just tell me.”

“The clan is called bloodiest and I’m afraid the leader is your grandfather.”

“Did he…”

“No, this was a young vampire. Someone who wanted to make a name for himself. My guess is your cousin, Gregorio.”

Jake nodded and headed into the forest once more. Callore ran after him and put her hand on his shoulder. He spun around, “what!”

“If you let me finish. Secondly, Gregorio doesn’t travel alone and thirdly, even if he was on his own, you don’t know how to fight a vampire.”

Jake opened his mouth to argue, but shut it again and his shoulders drooped. “Okay, so what do I do? I can’t let him get away with this,” he pleaded.

Callore nodded and patted his arm. “I will teach you. The general wanted me to train you anyhow.”

“I need to track Jason’s killer now while his trail is fresh. He will be back on grandfather’s property soon and then we won’t be able to touch him.”

“All I need teach you is how to get close enough to kill him. Everything else should come naturally and if it doesn’t, I will be there to make sure justice is served.”

“I can’t let you…” Jake started to protest.

Callore held up her hand. “The general gave me orders to help you carry out the execution and that’s what I intend to do.”

Jake smiled. “Okay boss, when do we start?”

“How about now…” Callore pounced and drew her knife from her belt. She held it to his throat. “You are supposed to stop me.”

“I wasn’t ready,” he scowled.

Callore shrugged and jumped off his back. “Are you ready now?”

He nodded and tensed his body. I’m ready for you, now.

She circled round him and he got ready for her attack. Suddenly she ran at him, put her hands on his thighs and slid between his legs. She jumped on his back with her knife out. He tried to throw her off, but she held on tight.    

Jake fell to the ground in exhaustion. “Okay, I concede.”

Callore leapt off and sat on the ground beside him. “Maybe we should rest and continue training tonight.”

Jake shook his head. “No, I need to know this stuff now. We have to track him down tonight or it will be too late.”

Callore scrambled up and sighed. “Well we better get started then. I have a funny feeling it will take all day” 
 


Chapter 14
chapter 14b

By dmt1967

The sunset and the moon rose high in the sky. Callore nodded with approval. “You are a quick learner, my sweet. At least now, when we track him down, I will be confident in your fighting abilities.”

She walked to the nearby river and started to wash her wounds. Jake glanced down at his reflection and took a step back. if I didn’t know that was me, I’d wouldn’t have recognised myself. One eye looked half-closed and coloured purple, he’d a bloody lip and his hands were cut to ribbons. He washed most of the blood off and turned to Callore. “Okay, let’s go.”

She smiled, took a cloth and dabbed his lip. “You sure you don’t want to rest first?”

He jerked his head to one side. “No, I want to find the blood sucker who killed my friend and make sure he takes his last breath.”

Jake caught Callore’s eye and smiled. “I’m alright, really.”

Callore raised her eyebrows, but remained silent. She looked at her watch and started to run deeper into vampire territory.

Jake ran by her side. “You know where he is?”

“Well, I think I do. If he’s like most young vampires, he will want to brag about his kill and there’s only one place he’ll be able to do that at this time of night in safety; Red’s Tavern.”

“Red’s Tavern, what’s that?”

“Red is an old vampire who decided to open a bar so young vampires had a safe place to go.”

“Isn’t he worried a human might walk in one night?”

“The only way humans can see Red’s place is if they are looking for it. Like the safe lands, it is invisible to the naked eye.”   

The pair ran side by side for a while in silence. They reached a hill and started to ascend. Callore reached the top first, stopped and pointed. “There it is.”

She started to descend the other side. Jake peered into the distance and saw a shack with a broken sign hung on a post. As he got closer, he noticed the sign read, RED’S TAVERN.

Callore pushed the door open and walked in with Jake close behind. A man with wrinkled skin and crooked teeth opened the flap of the bar and walked through it. “Can I help you.”

“Jake sensed the tension in the room and he put his hand on his knife.

Callore tensed her body ready to strike, but smiled at the bat tender. “Hello, Red, remember me. I don’t blame you if you don’t.”

The creature peered at her. “Why its little Callore. Haven’t seen you since… I can’t remember when. What are you doing in these parts?”

The monsters in the room eyed the girl with contempt, but stayed in their seats.

Callore eyes were cold as she searched the room for her prey. “We came for Gregorio. So hand him over and we will leave.”

A young man stood up and approached the trio. “I am Gregorio. What does an untouchable want with me?” he spat.

“Hello, cousin. It’s me that wants you, not her,” Jake whispered.

Gregorio swung around and snarled. “Who the hell are you?”

“Don’t you recognise me. I’m Jake.”

“Look friend, I don’t know you and…”

“Well, that’s my human name, but you will probably be more familiar with the name my father calls me.”

Gregorio clicked his tongue. “Well, come on, I haven’t got all night.”

“Adoloifo.”

Gregorio gave an evil smile. “Well, hello cousin. It’s been a long time. Hassorev did warn me you were looking for me. I must admit, I am a little surprised you came after me with an untouchable though.”

Jake growled. “You want me to kill you here or outside.”

Gregorio shrugged. “Outside I think. More room to attack.”

He walked to the door and held it open. Jake walked through, but as he got level with his cousin, the boy pulled out his knife and lunged at him. Jake managed to avoid the knife, and rolled out of the door. He jumped to his feet and Gregorio came at him again. Jae catapulted over him and pulled his knife clear of his sheath. He cut the boys shoulder before nimbly landing on the ground. Gregorio cried out in pain as blood gushed from the open wound. He rushed at Jake again and tried to plunge his knife into Jake’s chest. Jake grabbed the wrist and twisted it behind his back. The young vampire didn’t have a choice; he dropped his knife and fell to the floor. Quick as a flash, Jake jumped on him, took a handful of hair in his hand and pulled the creatures head back. With the other hand, he cut Gregorio’s throat. His cousin wriggled for a moment as blood poured out of the gash in his throat.    

Callore strolled up to Jake and looked down at the still body of the young vampire. “You need to cut his head off.”

Jake garbed at her. “Why?”

“Because if you don’t, your grandfather will be able to bring him back to life and he will never rest until he has hunted you down and destroyed you.”

Jake raised his eyebrows, and sighed. He bent down over the body, lifted his knife above his head, and with one swipe; cut off Gregorio’s head. It rolled away from the body and landed in a ditch.

Callore Glanced up at the sky and saw the sunrise. She tugged on Jake’s sleeve. “We’d better go. News will travel fast to your grandfather about

Gregorio’s demise and I don’t want to be around when that happened.”

Jake nodded, wiped his knife on the grass and put it back in his belt.

Callore closed her eyes and stood still. She opened them, turned to Jake and smiled. “I just told the general, we have accomplished our mission and are on our way home.”

“What did he say?”

“He said, he was glad, but he couldn’t talk for long as he was in a meeting with the council members and Hassorev to decide what part he played in this.”

Jake pursed his lips. “I hope they punish him good.”

“So do I, but I have a feeling he’ll get away with it. If he’d taken arms against anyone else, he’d be banished, but a human…”

“I don’t care, let’s go home,” Jake begged.

Callore smiled, grabbed his hand and started to run…                  
 
     
     


Chapter 14
Chapter 14 b

By dmt1967

Callore stopped as she got closer to the birds and studied the area around them. Jake caught up with her. “What’s that?” he pointed at what looked like a lump of leaves on the ground. As they got closer, the couple could see it wasn’t leaves at all, but a pile of ragged clothes. The pair walked up to it and Callore kicked the mount. A snake crawled out and some bugs scurried away. The girl sniffed the air and wrinkled her nose. Jae took a gulp of air and gagged on the taste of rotten flesh in the air. He turned away while Callore examined the body.

“Well, is it human? Is it a man or a woman? Is it Jason?”

Callore scratched her head. “I don’t know. It smells like a man, but I think its wearing frilly knickers.”

Something clicked in Jake’s brain, a secret he’d been told. What was it? He steeled himself to look at the body and saw something sparkle in the sunlight. He bent down and picked it up. His heart sank as he realised he held Jason’s lucky cent.  Jake turned away as hot, wet tears fell down his cheek. He remembered the secret; Jason was a transvestite.

Jake felt Callore’s hand on his arm and turned to face her. He pulled her close and held her tight for a moment, before he pushed her away, wiped his face with the back of his hand and walked back to the body. I will find out who’s done this my friend and make them sorry.

He marched towards the trees. Callore ran after him. “Where are you going?”

“To get justice. I don’t expect you to come. I know the general will want you back.”

Callore stepped in front of him and put her hand out. “Stop! Firstly what are you going to do when you catch up with him.”

Jake rubbed his chin. “You said, him. Do you know who did this?”

Callore sighed. “Well I know what clan and I can guess who by the way it was done.”

“Who?”

“You’re not going to like it.”

Just tell me.”

“The clan is called bloodiest and I’m afraid the leader is your grandfather.”

“Did he…”

“No, this was a young vampire. Someone who wanted to make a name for himself. My guess is your cousin, Gregorio.”

Jake nodded and headed into the forest once more. Callore ran after him and put her hand on his shoulder. He spun around, “what!”

“If you let me finish. Secondly, Gregorio doesn’t travel alone and thirdly, even if he was on his own, you don’t know how to fight a vampire.”

Jake opened his mouth to argue, but shut it again and his shoulders drooped. “Okay, so what do I do? I can’t let him get away with this,” he pleaded.

Callore nodded and patted his arm. “I will teach you. The general wanted me to train you anyhow.”

“I need to track Jason’s killer now while his trail is fresh. He will be back on grandfather’s property soon and then we won’t be able to touch him.”

“All I need teach you is how to get close enough to kill him. Everything else should come naturally and if it doesn’t, I will be there to make sure justice is served.”

“I can’t let you…” Jake started to protest.

Callore held up her hand. “The general gave me orders to help you carry out the execution and that’s what I intend to do.”

Jake smiled. “Okay boss, when do we start?”

“How about now…” Callore pounced and drew her knife from her belt. She held it to his throat. “You are supposed to stop me.”

“I wasn’t ready,” he scowled.

Callore shrugged and jumped off his back. “Are you ready now?”

He nodded and tensed his body. I’m ready for you, now.

She circled round him and he got ready for her attack. Suddenly she ran at him, put her hands on his thighs and slid between his legs. She jumped on his back with her knife out. He tried to throw her off, but she held on tight.    

Jake fell to the ground in exhaustion. “Okay, I concede.”

Callore leapt off and sat on the ground beside him. “Maybe we should rest and continue training tonight.”

Jake shook his head. “No, I need to know this stuff now. We have to track him down tonight or it will be too late.”

Callore scrambled up and sighed. “Well we better get started then. I have a funny feeling it will take all day”
 
 


Chapter 15
Chapter fifteen

By dmt1967

Hassorev gazed around the room in contempt. The council members, what a joke. A bunch of old creatures that have nothing in common except their hatred of all humans. He smirked at his uncle, well except you, old man. You love all things human, even if it means turning your back on your own kind.

“How do you plead, guilty or not guilty?” the general barked.

Someone tapped Hassorev on his shoulder and whispered, “The general asked you a question.”

“What… oh not guilty.”

“Do you deny tricking Jason into leave the safety of this camp and venture into vampire territory?”

Hassorev shook his head. “No, I plead not guilty to doing anything wrong.”

The council members took a sharp intake of breath and raised their eyebrows. Hassorev laughed to himself, the general must be mad if he thought the council would condemn him for tricking a human!

The general sighed and turned towards the council. “What do you think, gentlemen?”

Hassorev glanced at each member in turn. His eyes rested on his mum and dad, look at them, trying to fit in with these losers. His grandfather was right about them, they were weak, especially his mum. He remembered his grandfather tell the story of the day he rescued me from his parents.. They didn’t even fight for me, grandfather said. They just let him take me. Best thing he ever did, though. The story he told Jake wasn’t all together true. The parts where he’d found the letter were, but instead of keeping them from his grandfather, he’d shown the leader of the clan them.

“What do you want me to do, grandfather?”

“Go, meet up with Jake. Go back to your parents and learn what you can. Report back to me and, if you can, convert Jake as well.”

Hassorev complied with his grandfather’s wishes, and the plan worked quite well until now…

“We have decided to let you off with a warning due to your parent’s position in the community. You do anything like this again and we will have no other alternative but to banish you from this clan forever.”

Hassorev nodded and looked at the floor. As he exited the hut he glanced at the general, he doesn’t look happy. They must have over ruled him. I think it’s time to retreat back to the safety and protection of grandfather.

Hassorev started to walk in the direction of the hut he shared with the boys.

“Hassorev, Hassorev, wait for me.”

The young ‘pire turned and saw Derek run towards him. What does he want! If it wasn’t for him and that other human boy, I’d still be able to spy for my grandfather.

He stopped and let the boy catch up. “What do you want?” he snarled.

Derek took an involuntary step back. “I was wondering, how it went?”

Hassorev eyed the boy with contempt and hatred. “I got let off with a warning, if you must know.”

Derek chewed his lip. “ Why are you being so mean,” he wailed. “I thought we were friends, even more than friends, maybe.”

Hassorev gave a hollow laugh. “Me and you,friends! Don’t be silly, you’re a human, a mere mortal and me a ‘pire! We could never be friends or anything else for that matter.”

Hassorev started to walk away, but Derek put a hand on his arm. “But I think I love you. I thought you felt the same way. The holding of my hand and the touch of my cheek, I thought they were signs you felt the same way.”

The ‘pire shook Derek’s hand off and turned on him. His eyes were bloodshot and he stood over Derek and stared down at him. “You think I could ever love you. Your pathetic, you know that. You’re a freak of nature. A gay bully who is too stupid to realize someone is playing with you. It amused me for a while, but now I’ve  bigger and better things than you to worry about.

If it weren’t for you and your friend, I’d be  integrated into the family, but now I’ve got to leave virtually empty handed.”

With every word, Derek shrunk, as Hassorev grew taller and bigger. Derek felt a cold shiver run down his spine and turned bright red. He fell to the ground, and Hassorev spat at him, turned and walked away.

Hassorev reached his hut and grabbed his stuff. He walked to the door and stopped, grandfather is trying to communicate with me. He shut his eyes and opened his mind to the message.
Gregorio is dead. Jake killed him. He is on his way back. Leave before he gets there.

Hassorev opened his eyes and stared into space, he’d grown up with Gregorio. The vampire was the closest thing to a brother he’d got. A tear tricked down his face and he wiped it away with the back of his hand. He sniffed, picked up his bag and glanced around the hut. We will meet again Jake, then I will avenge my blood brother, and not your untouchable girlfriend or your father will be able to stop me.  


Chapter 16
Chapter sixteen

By dmt1967

Derek heard Hassorev's laughter ring in his ears. He put his hands to his ears, but nothing could stop the hurt and humiliation he felt inside. This must be how I made my victims feel at school. For the first time in his life, Derek felt compassion for the children he’d bullied.

Derek ran into the forest. The wind howled and the trees rustled as he ran away from his tormenter. The trees seemed bigger in this part of the forest. Derek glanced up at the sky and saw the sunset. I must find somewhere to rest soon I am exhausted.

The boy studied his surroundings and spotted a tree. He laid down and soon fell asleep.
 
Someone kicked him and he opened one eye. I’m dreaming, I must be. He shut his eyes, tight, and pretended to still be asleep.

“Is he dead?” he heard a voice say.

“Don’t think so,” a different voice answered.

“I think he’s human,” a third voice spoke.

“Well, what the hell is he doing here?” a fourth voice barked.

Someone nudged Derek with his foot and the boy yelped.

“He sounds like a dog,” voice one giggled.

“General Wolfhound won’t like this!” voice three trembled.

“I wonder if he’s a friend of his grandchild. My source said he’d be traveling with a human or two, “voice four growled. “Apparently he loves humans as much as general Wolfhounds son does.”

“Help me lift him up,” voice three barked.

Derek felt two hands on each of his arms as they lifted him on his feet. The boy opened his eyes and his jaw dropped. He stood there and started to shake as he stared at the werewolves before him.

“Boy, what’s your name?” the voice he recognised as voice one snarled.

"Derek,” he stammered.

“What you doing here?”

“I ran away from the safe country.”

“Why?”

Derek opened his mouth to answer, and shut it again. How could he answer that. Well I fell in love with a ghopire who rejected me. I needed to get away so I ran, until I was exhausted, fell asleep under a tree and  found by you.

“I didn’t like it there. I hate the ‘pires and what they stand for. I hate humans as well and want to kill every last one.”

He glanced at the pack and wondered if they bought it. I’m not lying, I do hate ‘pires and as for humans… well if it means I’ve saved my life, I hate them to. If it’s my life or the human race…

The werewolf nodded his head and eyed Derek up and down. “The general would like a human working for us, I think. A human that can bring food to us and mingle with our enemy’s might be the added strategy we need to win the war.”

He jerked his head at the other creatures. “Bring him along.”

Derek sighed with relief and allowed the pack to drag him to Filtiam, the leader of the werewolves and Jakes other grandfather. I will make you all pay, you wait and see…    
     


Chapter 17
Chapter 17 part A

By dmt1967

“I can see them,” Adrian shouted as he pointed to the mouth of the cave.

Jake came through, followed by Callore. The clan circled the pair and congratulated them on their successful mission. Callore raised her eyebrows and glanced at Jake. She shrugged her shoulders and let the unusual praise of her adopted clan wash over her.

Adrian pushed his way through the circle. “The general wants you two to report to him right away.”

Jake rubbed his hand over his face, “Cant this wait? We have been on the road for days and I can hear my bed calling me.”

Adrian shook his head. “Sorry, but this is urgent.”

Callore tilted her head to one-side. “The General wouldn’t summon us if it wasn’t urgent, Jake.”

Adrian turned and walked in the direction of the general’s hut with the pair of tired ‘pires hot on his heels.

They arrived at the hut, Adrian knocked and walked in. The general sat at his desk, bent over a load of scattered papers on his desk. “It’s good to see you both,” he boomed as he pushed his chair back, walked around the desk and gave each of them in turn a wolf hug. He marched to the drinks cabinet, poured himself a shot of whiskey. He glanced in their direction, studied their faces and took out two more glasses. He gestured for them to sit and handed them each a drink before he sat in between them and sipped his drink.

“Well a lot’s happened here since you left. Hassorev got let off with a warning and has disappeared into thin air and so has your friend, Derek.”

Jake shrugged his shoulders. “Derek wasn’t my friend, sir, just someone I knew who decided to travel with us. As for. Hassorev… well maybe it’s for the best.”

“Yes, I’m not going to lose any sleep over those two, but those two leaving isn’t the only incident that happened while you two were away.”

Both Callore and Jake leaned forward in their chairs.

“A traveller wandered into our camp. He claimed to be a ‘pire who fell into the clutches of your grandfather and had escaped. We fed him and gave him shelter for the night, but he was gone when Adrian woke up and with him some important papers and a map with our exact location.”

Jake scratched his head. “Why is that so important. Can’t we just move camp? and other people know our location.”  

The general shook his head. “To find us, a person needs the map. The trees hide us very well and we are set here. It’s taken us many moons to set up camp. This is our home and werewolves are very territorial. We can’t just get up and go like humans or vampires can.”

Callore stood up and saluted. “What do you want us to do, sir.”

The general smiled up at her. “I want you to hunt him down, get the papers back and kill him. Take Jake with you. It will be good training.”

Callore grinned. “Yes, sir. We will leave at once.”

“But we only just got home,” Jake protested.

Callore smiled as she pulled Jake out of the chair and exited the hut. Jake waited for her while she raided the kitchen for provisions before they set off once again into the forest and danger.

They ran for most of the day until Jake collapsed onto his knees from exhaustion. Callore glanced down at him and sniffed the air. “I think he’s near, just another mile or two.”

Jake shook his head. “Have a heart. I haven’t slept for a couple of days.”

Callore sighed. “Okay, you stay here and set up camp, while I scout on ahead.”

Before Jake could nod in agreement, she darted off in the direction of the trees and soon they swallowed her up.

Jake put the deer legs in the spit and turned it. “Well I can see the first lesson I got to teach you is alertness,” Callore growled as she emerged out of the forest. She sniffed the food and grinned. “Although that sure smells good.”

He took a leg off the fire and handed it to her. She ravished it and some juice ran down her cheek. She wiped it away with the back of her hand, and took another bite. “I was right. The guy is almost a mile away, but it will soon be daylight, so the man has set up camp.” She glanced around and nodded her head. “Good, we have made camp down wind. You can be taught, but still…” She studied the area and grinned. “Perfect we can sleep there.”

Jake got up and started to make a bed under the trees. Callore stared at him. “What are you doing?”

He stopped with a handful of dry leaves in his hand. “Doing as you asked.”

“I didn’t ask you to make a bed there.”

“Well its where you pointed.”

Callore strode over to him, took his hand and pointed to the ground. “ Not there…”  she guided his hand so he pointed to the highest branches of the tree they stood under. “…there.”

Jake stared at her with his mouth open wide. “I can’t climb that!”

Callore winked and laughed. “Who said anything about climbing.”

Jake scratched his head. “Then how are we going to get up there?”

“Jump.”

JUMP.”

“Yeah, jump,”

Callore walked away from the tree, turned around and ran at it. Just before she reached the oak, she bent her knees and leapt at its magnificent trunk. She hit the first branch, it bent as she landed on it and as it swung back, the branch catapulted her into the air. She landed on one of the higher branches with ease. “Now you try it.”

Jake raised his eyebrows and sighed. He walked a bit further away from the tree than Callore, turned and ran at the tree as fast as he could. He bent his knees and leapt for the trunk. Splat he went as he collided with the trunk and crash when he peeled off the bark and fell on the ground.

Callore roared with laughter.

He picked himself up and dusted himself off. “Very funny,” he scowled.

Callore dried her eyes and giggled. “Bend your knees more and when I say now; jump.”

Jake ran at the oak again. as he got near the tree, he heard Callore yelled ”now.” Jake jumped and landed on the first branch with such force, the backlash overshot him and he landed on the next branch up, sparkled out as he hung on for dear life, otherwise he would’ve fallen off.

Callore climbed up the trunk and reached him just in time. She pulled him to his feet and he sank against the trunk and slid down onto the branch. She lay in-between his legs and snuggled him until she could hear him snore. She closed her eyes, but didn’t fall asleep. She had to be vigilant as she knew how quickly the tables could be turned and the hunter could become the hunted.


Chapter 17
Chapter seventeen

By dmt1967

Jake felt cold. He put his hand out to touch Callore, but couldn’t find her. he opened his eyes, rolled over and fell. He put his hands out to save himself and floated to the ground. “What just happened?” he shouted.

“Will you Shh. Do you want to alert our prey to our presence?”

“What happened?”

“We over slept, that’s what,” she scowled. “Now we need to kill him before he wakes up and its almost dusk.”

“I mean, I’m not dead!”

She walked over to him and ruffled his hair. “Silly Jakey, you’re a vampire, you can fly.”

He studied her face, is she mocking me.

She caught his expression out of the corner of her eye and giggled. “Silly boy, we don’t turn into bats and fly. That’s another tale human children are told.”  She scowled, “Now we need to go, otherwise we’ll miss our window of opportunity to slaughter him while he sleeps.”

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*Callore spotted the camp first and put two fingers up to her mouth. She signalled for Jake to go around the camp and make sure there wasn’t anybody around. She crept into the camp and looked around.

Callore stood at the flap of the creature’s tent.

Jake approached her and nodded. “There’s no one around,” he whispered.

“She nodded, took her knife out of her belt and handed it to Jake. “Remember you need to cut off his head.”

“You want me to do it.” Jake squealed.

“Yes, this is what the general wants.”

Jake scowled. “You know, after we get back, we need to talk about what I want if we’re going to be dating.”

Callore smiled and gave him a gentle push. “Go on before he wakes up.”

Jake sighed, took the knife from Callore and entered the tent.

He tiptoed up to the vampire and knelt down beside him. The creature tutted in his sleep, but didn’t open his eyes.  Easy does it… He inhaled and took the knife, held it to the monsters throat and cut through the first layer of skin. The creature opened his eyes and screamed as the blade hit a bone and blood poured onto the silk sheets and pillowcase on the bed. The creature put his hands out as if to grab Jake’s throat. The young ‘pire gulped and cut through the bone as he parted the head from the body. The head rolled off the bed and hit the ground. It lay there and stared up at

Jake. God, I think I’m going to be sick.

Jake staggered out of the tent and collapsed on the grass.

Callore put a hand on his shoulder. “Is it done?”    

He nodded and threw up.

She patted his back. “Believe it or not, this feeling will go away.”

He  rose and turned towards her. It’s alright for you. You could probably server a head before you could walk. “Mission accomplished, now please can we go home.” At least the general will be pleased. Other son’s make their fathers proud by winning trophies and medals, but my dad wants kills and heads. The things we do to make our parents proud.

END OF PART ONE...

Author Notes I will be reposting part two after I earn more member cents so I can post them.


Chapter 18
Chapter eighteen

By dmt1967

Jake was transsexual so he knew he was different, but he never realised how different until his sixteenth birthday when his parents told him weren’t his biological parents, and a werepire. (Cross between a werewolf and vampire as well. He set out to find his real parents with his best friend, Jason. Along the way he picked up two more travel companions, a bully called, Derek and a ghopire (cross between a ghost and vampire) called Hassorev, who turns out to be Jake’s cousin. When the group reaches their destination, they are informed the full breed council has declared war on the ‘pire clan. Jake’s grandfather, Orfeo, has taken Jake’s mother hostage. Jake, his cousin and his father leave the rest of the gang in the capable hands of Adrian (his mother’s donor and his father’s manservant). With the help of another solider callore (human/vampire), they mount a rescue. Jake has feelings for Callore, but knows he must tell Jason as the boy had announced his love for Jake before the recue group left on their mission. He isn’t given the chance as Jason catches them kissing in the boys quarters. Heart broken, he runs away and is caught and killed by the vampires. Jake, with the help of Callore, hunts and kills Jason’s killer. When he returns to the safe lands, he is informed of Hassorev’s and Derek’s disappearance. The story continues…    
 

Jake spotted Callore as she sat on the damp grass by the training area. He grinned and crept up behind her. “Guess who?” he whispered in her ear as he covered her eyes with his hands.

She spun around and grinned. “When did you get back?” she shouted as she jumped up and hugged him.

He shrugged and kissed her cheek. “A little while ago. Anything happen while I’ve been away?”

Callore plucked a blade of grass from the ground and started to chew it. “You’d better ask the General.”

“Why? What’s happened?”

Callore shook her head and turned away. “Oh Jake…” she hesitated.

“There you are. The general wants to see you at once,” Adrian called as he approached the couple. He glared at Callore, “I would have thought the Major would have informed you of that fact straight away.”

“I’ve just got back, what’s up?” Jake muttered.

“I think the General will have to tell you that. Hurry up please, he’s waiting.”

Jake glanced at Callore, clicked his heels together in a comic fashion and followed Adrian as the manservant marched across the field. Why did the general want to see me so urgently? Moreover, what had made Callore so upset she couldn’t look him in the eye?    


Chapter 19
Chapter nineteen

By dmt1967

Jake paced up and down the path, where was she? He felt a tap on his shoulder and turned around.

“You’re late,” he growled.

“Sorry, the general wanted to talk to me,” she panted.

“What about?”

“Nothing much,” she looked away. “On the bright side, I’ve bought the provisions so we won’t go hungry.”

“I thought we would hunt so we didn’t have to carry much.”

Callore shook her head. “Too risky. The vampires will be asleep in the day, but the ‘pires won’t and vice versa.”

Jake through his hands up in the air. “If the vampires are up at night and the ‘pires are up during the day, it’s going to be pretty hard to reach Hassorev and kill him undetected.”

Callore dropped her gaze. “You have no idea.

Jake’s forehead creases. “What do you mean?”

Callore shook herself, looked up and smiled. “We better get on before it gets dark. The good thing about the ‘pires who have joined your grandfather are they’re all trainee’s. The vampire king won’t let them hunt on their own or venture out of the camp.”

She picked up the rucksack, slung it over her shoulder, and ran across the border into vampire country. Callore disappeared into the trees and became a blur. Jake sighed and started to run.

The pair ran in silence for a long time before Callore came to a sudden halt. Jake skidded to a stop beside her. “What’s up?”

She put her forefinger up to her lips, “shih.” She crouched down and put her hand on his arm. She crawled into a bush and pulled him with her.

Two vampires appeared out of a clump of trees. “Did you hear that?”  The taller one asked.
The other one munched on what looked like a human leg grunted. “You are hearing things, Cirino.”

Cirino sniffed the air. “I think I can smell something as well, Dario.”

Dario shook his head and wrinkled his nose in disgust. “That is your own stench. You smell like rotten humans and what’s that you’re eating?”

“It’s the last of the man we killed last night.” He held it out to his friend, “You want some?”

Dario pushed Cirino’s hand away. “I tell you what I want. I want to start heading home before it gets light, that’s what I want.”

“But I heard something! This way.”

The two vampires stood inches away from the bush where Jake and Callore hid. Callore reached into her belt and pulled out a sharp, wooden knife in the shape of a stake.  

“There is no one there,” Dario moaned. “I’m going home. Look.” he pointed to the sky. “It is almost light. I don’t want to be burnt and blistered!”

The two hidden ‘pires held their breath and Callore held her knife close and got ready to attack.

“Okay, I’m coming,” Cirino grumbled.

Jake exhaled as he heard the vampires walk away. Callore climbed out of the bush and brushed herself down. “That was close.” She glanced around and spotted a nice tall oak tree. “I think we’ll camp here for the night.” She bent her knees, and as she jumped, grabbed onto the next branch and swung herself up until she landed on a high branch invisible to the ground. Callore poked her head through the leaves and grinned. “Are you coming up or not?”

Jake through his head back and laughed. I’ll show her. He remembered the last time he’d attempted this and his face turned crimson. After that complete failure, every spare moment he’d practise his jumps, until he could make it to the highest branch in the highest tree in the compound. He gazed up at the tree in front of him and sighed. This tree was far taller than anything he’d tried so far.

“What’s taking you so long?” Callore yelled down to him. “Can’t you make it?” She teased.

Jake walked away from the tree. He turned and ran towards it, jumped and landed next to Callore with a bow.

Callore punched his arm. “Show-off,” she giggled.    

Jake grabbed her arm and pulled her towards him. He lifted her head and kissed her. She pulled away a little and gazed into his eyes. She smiled and he bent down to kiss her again, but she pushed him away. “We’d better get some sleep. We’ve got to reach the camp by tomorrow night.”

Jake turned away and sat on the branch with his back towards Callore. “Why?”

Callore sat next to him on the branch and took his hand. “I love you, but we haven’t told your parents and we need to kill your cousin, and after Jason,,,” She put her head on his shoulder.

“When we get back to camp, I am going to announce it to the world,” Jake growled.

“Are you sure. Some ‘pires and full breeds won’t take kindly to this union.”

Jake jumped up and pulled Callore to her feet. He pulled her to him and put his lips on hers. He opened his mouth with his tongue and forced it in before she could object. She responded in kind and the two kissed. This kiss wasn’t tender, like the first, but hard, passionate, brutal and full of promise.

Eventually Callore came up for breath and pushed him away. “We need some sleep if we’re to get there by nightfall and kill Hassorev.”

Jake let her go and stepped back. “Why?”

“Your grandfather sent me a mind message before we got here. It said, he’s being informed that most of the vampire army are going on a provision hunt in a nearby village and the camp will be deserted except for Hassorev and two ‘pires. If we hit them then, chances are we can get in and out without too much fuss. By the time they find the bodies we’ll be home again.”

Jake slid down with his back against the trunk and Callore sat in between his legs. She leaned her head back until it rested on his chest. He put his arms around her and closed his eyes. The pair drifted off into a restless sleep with Callore ever alert for danger.


Chapter 19
Chapter19b

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

“Jake, wake up.”

He jumped up and scanned the area, “What’s up? Are we being attached?”  

“No, we got to leave now if we want to get their by nightfall.” Callore thrust a cooked rabbit and a coffee in his direction. “You eat and drink while I clear up the camp site.”

Jake munched on the small animal and sighed. I’m not much of a werewolf or a vampire if I have to eat cooked food all the time and I don’t like the taste of blood. He finished his breakfast and licked his fingers one by one, Jake jumped down from the tree and landed beside Callore just as she doused the fire.

“Ready?” She asked.

He nodded and the pair started to run. As he picked up speed, he glanced down at his feet. This part of the process always intrigued him. His feet were a blur and he could feel himself being lifted off the floor as his speed increased. I feel like I’m flying. He looked up just in time to see a tree and swerved to avoid it. Note to self, when running fast, always look where you are going. They were almost on top of the vampire’s campsite, so he slowed down and skidded to a stop by Callore.

Callore put her forefinger to her lips and pointed to a hut at the far side of the compound. “He’s in there. As far as I can see there are only two guards, both ‘pires.”

Jake nodded and followed Callore as she ran to the first building and crouched behind it. They ran from building to building until they reached the hut where Hassorev slept. Jake edged round the hut, but before he could enter, Callore pulled him back.

“What’s up?” He whispered.

“Shih, listen. Can’t you hear that?”

Jake’s wolf like ears twitched. “It sounds like laughter.”

The pair peered around the hut and to their horror saw a group of vampires emerge from the trees.

“Damn, their stragglers and they look to have been drinking.” Callore hissed.

Jake scratched his head. “What are stragglers?”

Callore sighed and rolled her eyes. “Stragglers are the losers of the vampire world. They are the ones your grandfather sends into battle first. The expendable ones. The ones he would never take on an important mission like hunting for food, as they would probably mess it up. They are easy to kill, except when they are drunk. They are vicious drunks and troublemakers.”

She peered around the building again and sighed with relieve. “Good, they are all entering the hut furthest away from us. Hopefully they will drink until they fall asleep. Once that happens, nothing will wake them.”

“So, what do we do? Just wait?”

Callore shook her head, “No, we don’t know how long that will take and the others might be back at any moment.”

Jake sighed and crept to the door of the hut. He heard a noise behind him and turned. One of the ‘pires guards stood there.

“Hey, who are you?”

Jake saw Callore creep up behind him, just as the ‘pire realised who Jake was. “Hey your Eve’s son.” He turned and opened his mouth to yell for help, but not a sound came out. Callore put one arm around his neck and with the other hand, plunged her dagger into his heart. The half-breed fell against her and she lowered him to the floor.

She glared at Jake. “Don’t you ever look before you attack? Next time I’m the lead.”

Jake grinned, a sheepish grin, and walked over to her. “We need to hide the body.”

Callore took out a sword made of silver, held it with both hands and lifted it above her head. She swung it down and cut off the ‘pires head. It rolled towards Jake and he stopped it with his foot. He picked it up and threw it into an over grown bush nearby. Callore bent down, and with Jake’s help, managed to drag the dead guard away from the hut and into the cover of some trees nearby.

Callore rubbed her hands together. “Hopefully by the time they find him, we’ll be a long way away.”

“Where is the other guard?”

“I saw him going into the stragglers hut. They have probably offered him a drink. Hopefully he won’t come out again until we have completed our mission and escaped.”  

The pair crept back to the tent, ever alert for danger. Jake took a quick look around before he opened the door and tiptoed in. Callore followed him and closed the door gently behind her.

They spotted a bed on the far side of the room and crept up to it. Hassorev laid there, his eyes closed and a smile on his face. Jake gazed down at his cousin and his hand shook as he pulled his dagger out of his belt. He bent over and raised his knife, but before he could plunge it into the traitorous ‘pires heart, he felt a hand on his arm.

“That won’t kill him.”

Jake froze. “What do you mean, it won’t kill him?”

“He’s a ghospire, so stabbing him through the heart and cutting off his head isn’t enough.”

Jake lowered his weapon. “So we’ve come all this was for nothing!”

Callore put her hand into her jacket pocket and pulled out a vial. “We have to give him this.”

Jake opened his mouth to speak, but shut it again. He glared at her and his face turned dark red. “And you choose to tell me now.”

Callore dropped her gaze and shuffled her feet. “The general thought…”

“What? That I’d not want the mission! Does he think me a coward?”

“Shih, you’re going to wake him.”

“And how prey tells do we give him this liquid?”

“He has to drink it.”

“So we have to wake him anyway, don’t we?”

Callore nodded and wrung her hands.

Hassorev opened his eyes and smiled. “Hello cousin, how nice to see you again and I see you’ve bought that untouchable whore you call a girlfriend.”


Chapter 19
Chapter nineteen part 2

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

Callore pulled her dagger out and held it to Hassorev’s throat. “Try anything traitor and it will be your last act on this earth.”

Hassorev sat up and pushed the young warriors hand away. “Now you of all people vermin should know a dagger won’t hurt me.”

Jake stared at his cousin for a moment. “She knows. You need to drink this.” He waved the green liquid around in the vial. “But before you meet your… whoever, I want to know, why?”

Hassorev glared at Jake. “They lied to you, you know. Our so-called parents who said it was grandfathers fault. It wasn’t. He gave them a choice.”

“Yeah, some choice, Become a full breed, or be extinguished from the earth,” Jae scoffed.

Hassorev swung his legs off the bed and stood up. He turned to face Jake. “How was it living with humans? Did you fit in? Did they except you and your differences? All grandfather wanted was a world without humans. A world we can be free and walk where we like. Be who we like.”

Jake shook his head. “Yet he wants his grandchildren and the ‘pire clan to drink a potion that will change them into full breed vampires. Yeah, he really wants us to walk free.”

Callore glanced at the door. “I hate to interrupt this lovely reunion, but if we don’t leave soon, we will be caught. It’s nearly sunrise and the hunting party will be returning soon.”

Hassorev wrinkled his nose and pursed his lips. “You will be the first to go. You and your kind. I would kill all vampires who go with humans, but grandfather is more forgiving than I.”

“Thank you,” Callore mocked.

Hassorev’s white face turned red. “When we win the war I will see to you personally. If you are likely, I might make you my pet. I think I would like to tame you.” He licked his lips and smiled.

“In your dreams,” Callore spat.

Jake’s whole body shook and he nearly dropped the tube. He lifted his cousin above his head and threw him against the wall. The ghospire grunted, but before he could defend himself, Jake leapt upon his chest and knelt on it. Callore held Hassrev’s chin and his nose. The young ‘pire couldn’t help but open his mouth. Jake, with his teeth, opened the container and poured the liquid down his throat. Hassorev tried to fight with his free hands, but it was useless against the two of them. Once he’d swallowed the substance, Jake rolled off him and stood up. The ‘pire’s body jerked once, before he lay still.   

Jake kicked him with his shoe. “Is he dead?”      

Callore shook her head. “I shouldn’t think so. The potion doesn’t kill, just makes the ghost part of him human.

Jake gazed down at Hassorev’s still body. Hassorev’s face got pinker. He lost his shiny, white complexion and skin started to grow on his arms, hands and face.

“Can we kill him yet?” Jake whispered.

The changes seemed to have stopped. Callore stepped forward and put her wooden stake knife next to his heart. She swung it above her head…
“Can I do it?”

Callore stopped in mid swing. “Okay, but be quick, before he wakes up.”

Jake strode over to the lifeless body of his cousin and took the weapon from Callore. He bent over him and gripped the knife tighter. “Goodbye, cousin. See you on the other side of hell,” He whispered. Before he plunged the dagger into the traitors’ heart.

Blood spurted from the wound, Hassorev gave a moan and then nothing, Callore opened the door a jar and peered out. “All is clear. Right, when I say run, you run and keep running until you get to the tree you slept in last night.”

Before Jake could answer, Callore threw the door open. “Run,” she barked.

Jake ran so fast he arrived at the tree in minutes, He stopped and looked around, but couldn’t spot Callore. He tried to listen, but the noise of the wildlife distracted him. He sighed, jumped up onto a high branch and waited for her to appear.

“Jake, are you here,” a soft voice called his name.

He jumped down and landed lightly beside her. “Can we go home now?” he pleaded.

She shook her head. “Sorry my love, but the general has just sent me a message. He needs us to carry out another mission before we can head home.”

Jake threw his hands in the air. “Who does he want us to kill, now!”      
 


Chapter 20
Chapter 20 part A

By dmt1967

Callore wouldn’t meet Jake’s eye. “It’s your friend, Derek…”

Jake pursed his lips. “What’s he done, now!”

Callore shuffled her feet and wrung her hands. “He’s run away.”

Jake shrugged. “Is that all. I am not really his friend, you know. He met us on the road and wanted to join us so we let him. If he gets himself killed…”

Callore screwed up her face. “Well, that’s the thing, you see… we can’t really have him talking to anyone.”

Jake scratched his head. “And who is he going to talk to?”

“The werewolves. They are peaceful, usually, and never wanted the war. It was your grandfather’s potion that got them riled up in the first place. They have nothing against ‘pires or humans, it’s vampires they can’t stand.”

Jake shook his head. “ I still don’t understand…”

“Well, although they have nothing against us, they can’t let the vampires win either and we are half vampires. So Derek could be a assert to them.”

“Does he know anything?”

“Well he might, the general doesn’t know, but he’d rather not take the chance… You now… in case.”

Jake ran his hand through his hair. “What does he want us to do?”

Callore cleared her throat. “Well, he wants us to venture into werewolf country and take him out.”

“What! Kill him.”

Callore nodded.

“Okay well we’ve done that before, so…”

Callore sighed. “We have only fought vampires up to this point. As I said, the werewolves have been on the sidelines. They are not really our enemy, whatever you’ve been told. They are loyal and true and…”

Jake held up his hands. “Hold on a minute, whose side are you on.”

Callore pursed her lips. “The plan is to get in, kidnap Derek- if we have to- and get out as fast as possible. We do not attack any of the pack unless we have no option and if we do, we do not kill them unless we have to.”

Jake glared at Callore, but nodded his head.

Callore walked towards the trees. “We have a long way to go, so we better get started. She started to run and Jake sprinted after her.

Callore didn’t stop until they reached a tall clump of trees. She threw her bag on the floor and searched through it. She pulled out the last of the cooked rabbit out of the bag and passed him a chunk. As she munched her share, she gazed up at the tallest tree. “You hide up there while I go hunt.”

Jake sighed. “Why can’t I come with you?”

Callore grinned, their fight forgotten. “Because, my love; you might be the general’s son, but you are still a warrior in training.” She jumped up, kissed him on the cheek, and disappeared between two trees. Jake got up, jumped into the tree and waited for her return.


Chapter 20
Chapter twenty part B

By dmt1967

“Jake are you up there?” he heard a soft voice call.

Jake opened one eye and sniffed the air. The smell of cooked venison filled his nose and his mouth watered in anticipation. He opened both eyes and jumped from the tree. He landed by the fire andCallore looked up and smiled. “I hope you’re hungry.”

He sat beside her and rubbed his hands together. “That smells nice. What time is it?”

She gazed up at the sky, licked her finger and held it up in the air. “About six in the morning.”

He gave her a ruthful grin. “How do you do that?”

“Do what?”

“That time thing? Will you teach me?”

She rolled her eyes. “Maybe someday, but you need to learn more important skills before I teach you trivia things like that.”

Jake scratched his head and frowned. “Like what?”

“Like hunting, swimming, surviving, fighting and above all chameleon.”

“Chameleons! what’s that?”

Callore turned her face away. She twisted and squirmed for a minute and turned back. Jake’s eyes opened wide and his jaw dropped. Her features changed, she didn’t look like Callore anymore. She looked like a full bred vampire.

“That’s amazing.” Jake stammered.

“Yes, depending on our heritage, we can turn into full bred whatever’s and blend into our clans if we want to. We can turn into other creatures as well, but that takes a little time and more training.”

Jake rubbed his chin. “So I can look like a full-fledged werewolf and vampire, but not a ghost.”

Callore shook her head and smiled. “You can be trained to look like a ghost if you want to, but that’ll take years of training. At the moment, we need you to look like a human. as we have to pass through a little town called Forest Town.

Jake scowled. “Hey, I might not be able to look like anything else, but human, I can pull off. I thought I was one since birth.”

Callore cocked her head to one side. “That doesn’t count, and, besides have you looked in the mirror lately?”

He shook his head. She jumped up and reached out for his hand. “Come on, let me show you.”

She led him through the trees and to the lake. “Look she whispered in his ear.”

Jake walked to the edge of the lake and looked down. He stared at his reflection. This isn’t me! Where is the lanky, awkward boy? Where is the innocent boy? Where have I gone?

Callore came up behind Jake and put her hands around his waist. “You have turned into a handsome, sure footed, muscular man before my eyes, my love.”   

Jake turned and kissed her on the lips. She opened her mouth a little and he touched her teeth with his tongue. She moaned and he forgot about the mission, his training and the outside world. His life revolved around her.

She sighed and pulled away. “We need to leave soon. We will probably be staying the night at the hotel there, so we need you to pass really well.”

She turned and walked back to the campsite and Jake followed her. She wants me as well, I can feel it. Why does she fight it?

Callore sat by the fire and turned the deer on the spit. She dissected it into portions, gave him one, took one herself and put the rest into her bag for the journey to come.

He munched on the meat and watched her put out the fire and clear away. She slung the back on her shoulder and turned to him. “Right, you ready, then?”

He licked the last of the juice off his fingers and nodded.

She turned towards the trees and started to run. He sprinted after her and soon they both  were nothing more than a blur to anyone who might be out and see them that morning.

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Callore stopped and Jake skidded to a stop beside her. She pointed down and Jake saw a town in the valley. He gasped at the view. “I didn’t know we were so high up.”

“Well we are in a part of the forest humans can’t see. Why do you think humans think we are myths and legends? We travel around, but we have our own land. These towns are our borderlines into other creature’s territory. Every creature is happy with their part of the world except the vampires.

There wouldn’t be a damn war if the vampires hadn’t decided we were too different to be left alive, or live as we are. The other creatures are scared.

They think if the vampires wipe us out and take our land, their territory will be next.”

Jake bowed his head. “I’m sorry.”

Callore stared at him. “What for?”

“If it wasn’t for my grandfather…”

“That’s not your fault. We can only be held responsible for our own actions.”

“You’re so smart.”

Callore grinned. “That my sweet is why you love me so much.” She put her bag on the floor and rummaged through it. She pulled out a jacket and a cap. “Here. Put this on. I haven’t got time to teach you the blend in method and you look anything but human at the moment.

He put the coat and hat on and stood to be inspected. She walked up to him. stood on tiptoe and kissed his cheek before pulling his cap down and his collar up. “There, that’s better. Don’t speak unless you have to.”

He nodded and started to climb down the mountain.

His claws helped him to hold on and soon they both reached the bottom. The pair walked into town hand in hand.

A man walked by andCallore tapped him on the shoulder. “Excuse me, sir, but can you tell me where the nearest hotelis please? 

The man smiled. “Sure. It’s just up here on the left.”

She thanked him and the couple started to walk up the street.

It wasn’t long before they reached it and Jake opened the door for Callore to walk through. The man behind the receptionist smiled at them. “Can I help you?”

Callore smiled her sweetest smile. “Yes, we would like to book a room, please.”

“Certainly madam. If you  can sign the book.” He turned around and unhooked a key from the box situated on the wall. He handed them to Jake. “It’s up these flight of stairs and the first door on the right.”

Jake thanked the guy and started to climb the stairs.    

Callore ran past him and took the keys out of his hand. She put the key into the lock, turned it and threw the door open. He reached the room just as she flung herself onto the big double bed. “This is bliss. It will be nice sleeping in a proper bed for a change.” She jumped off the bed and ran to a smaller door in the corner. She opened it and hugged herself. “Look, there’s even a shower.” She ran into the bedroom, striped and entered the bathroom. She closed the door and Jake heard her squeal with excitement as she stepped into the shower.  

He sighed and lay on the bed. The noise of the water sounded so peaceful, it wasn’t long before he fell asleep.

He heard a door open and woke up with a start. He looked towards the bathroom and his jaw dropped. Callore stood there with only a loose fitted bath towel wrapped around her bottom half. She took it off and started to dry her hair.

He moaned as she sat on the bed. “Oh, you’re awake then.”

Jake reached out and pulled her back. She laughed and tried to get up, but he held her. “I want you. Now!” he growled.

“We can’t Jake, the general might call,” she pleaded.

“Lei itring

.”“No, you don’t understand.”

“I understand, you love me. What else is there to understand!”

“We don’t use telephones to communicate. We use our minds. If we are in the middle of… and he rings… Well if I don’t answer, he will want to know why and he can… Well he can, … He’s powerful enough to see through my eyes and…” Her face turned red.

“Oh, OH I see. Now I understand.”

Callore’s eyes glazed over and she started to mumble.

Jake sat up and moved closer. “Is it the general?”

Callore nodded.

“Can I speak to him?

Callore screwed up her eyes. “I’m not sure. I haven’t taught you the art yet, but they are your parents and that makes you as powerful as them…

Concentrate on them. Cut out all other noises and just imagine your parents faces.”

Jake shut his eyes and conjured up images of his parents. He heard a loud hiss and a voice.

“Dad, is that you?”

“Jake, my boy. So you learnt the art of communicating?”

“Yes dad. Is there something wrong?”

“No son, why do you ask?”

“Your phone call.”

“Oh, I just wanted a status report and a tactical discussion on the Derek situation.”

“Eh couldn’t that wait until the morning. We’re a bit tired and want to get some rest, among other things.”

“What other things? Look son I know you two have been on the road a long time, but…”

“Hush now, Filtiam, and let the boy alone,” another softer voice spoke.

“Mum, is that you?”

“Yes son. I hope you are behaving yourself,” the voice chuckled. “And are looking after Callore. She means a lot to me and your father.”

Jake heard his father snort. “Loo after Callore! She is one of my finest warriors, my sweet.”

“Yes dear, but she’s also a woman.”

“A woman!”

Yes dear, a woman. A woman is…”

“I know what a woman is.”

Well when a handsome man like our son gets to spend a lot of time with a beautiful woman like Callore, things are bound to happen.”

“Things, what things?”

Jake heard his mother sigh. “Tell Callore to contact us in the morning darling and have fun.”

Jake heard a hiss and then nothing.

Jake lay back on the bed and smirked. “Now they have gone, what say you, we have a bit of fun.”

Callore lay on the bed beside him and turned on her side. She kissed him on the lips. “I’d like that,” She whispered. “I’d like that a lot.”   
 
 
 


Chapter 20
Chapter 20 part c

By dmt1967

Callore stopped and Jake skidded to a stop beside her. She pointed down and Jake saw a town in the valley. He gasped at the view. “I didn’t know we were so high up.”

“Well we are in a part of the forest humans can’t see. Why do you think humans think we are myths and legends? We travel around, but we have our own land. These towns are our borderlines into other creature’s territory. Every creature is happy with their part of the world except the vampires.
There wouldn’t be a damn war if the vampires hadn’t decided we were too different to be left alive, or live as we are. The other creatures are scared. They think if the vampires wipe us out and take our land, their territory will be next.”

Jake bowed his head. “I’m sorry.”

Callore stared at him. “What for?”

“If it wasn’t for my grandfather…”

“That’s not your fault. We can only be held responsible for our own actions.”

“You’re so smart.”

Callore grinned. “That my sweet is why you love me so much.” She put her bag on the floor and rummaged through it. She pulled out a jacket and a cap. “Here. Put this on. I haven’t got time to teach you the blend in method and you look anything but human at the moment.

He put the coat and hat on and stood to be inspected. She walked up to him. stood on tiptoe and kissed his cheek before pulling his cap down and his collar up. “There, that’s better. Don’t speak unless you have to.”

He nodded and started to climb down the mountain.

His claws helped him to hold on and soon they both reached the bottom. The pair walked into town hand in hand.

A man walked by and Callore tapped him on the shoulder. “Excuse me, sir, but can you tell me where the nearest hotel is please?  

The man smiled. “Sure. It’s just up here on the left.”

She thanked him and the couple started to walk up the street.

It wasn’t long before they reached it and Jake opened the door for Callore to walk through. The man behind the receptionist smiled at them. “Can I help you?”

Callore smiled her sweetest smile. “Yes, we would like to book a room, please.”

“Certainly madam. If you  can sign the book.” He turned around and unhooked a key from the box situated on the wall. He handed them to Jake. “It’s up these flight of stairs and the first door on the right.”

Jake thanked the guy and started to climb the stairs.    

Callore ran past him and took the keys out of his hand. She put the key into the lock, turned it and threw the door open. He reached the room just as she flung herself onto the big double bed. “This is bliss. It will be nice sleeping in a proper bed for a change.” She jumped off the bed and ran to a smaller door in the corner. She opened it and hugged herself. “Look, there’s even a shower.” She ran into the bedroom, striped and entered the bathroom. She closed the door and Jake heard her squeal with excitement as she stepped into the shower.  

He sighed and lay on the bed. The noise of the water sounded so peaceful, it wasn’t long before he fell asleep.

He heard a door open and woke up with a start. He looked towards the bathroom and his jaw dropped. Callore stood there with only a loose fitted bath towel wrapped around her bottom half. She took it off and started to dry her hair.

He moaned as she sat on the bed. “Oh, you’re awake then.”

Jake reached out and pulled her back. She laughed and tried to get up, but he held her. “I want you. Now!” he growled.

“We can’t Jake, the general might call,” she pleaded.

“Lei it ring.”

“No, you don’t understand.”

“I understand you love me. I understand I love you. What else is there to understand!”

“We don’t use telephones to communicate. We use our minds. If we are in the middle of… and he rings… Well if I don’t answer, he will want to know why and he can… Well he can, … He’s powerful enough to see through my eyes and…” Her face turned red.

“Oh, OH I see. Now I understand.”

Callore’s eyes glazed over and she started to mumble.

Jake sat up and moved closer. “Is it the general?”

Callore nodded.

“Can I speak to him?

Callore screwed up her eyes. “I’m not sure. I haven’t taught you the art yet, but they are your parents and that makes you as powerful as them…

Concentrate on them. Cut out all other noises and just imagine your parents faces.”

Jake shut his eyes and conjured up images of his parents. He heard a loud hiss and a voice.

“Dad, is that you?”

“Jake, my boy. So you learnt the art of communicating?”

“Yes dad. Is there something wrong?”

“No son, why do you ask?”

“Your phone call.”

“Oh, I just wanted a status report and a tactical discussion on the Derek situation.”

“Eh couldn’t that wait until the morning. We’re a bit tired and want to get some rest, among other things.”

“What other things? Look son I know you two have been on the road a long time, but…”

“Hush now, Filtiam, and let the boy alone,” another softer voice spoke.

“Mum, is that you?”

“Yes son. I hope you are behaving yourself,” the voice chuckled. “And are looking after Callore. She means a lot to me and your father.”

Jake heard his father snort. “Loo after Callore! She is one of my finest warriors, my sweet.”

“Yes dear, but she’s also a woman.”

A woman!”

Yes dear, a woman. A woman is…”

“I know what a woman is.”

“Well when a handsome man like our son gets to spend a lot of time with a beautiful woman like Callore, things are bound to happen.”

“Things, what things?”

Jake heard his mother sigh. “Tell Callore to contact us in the morning darling and have fun.”

Jake heard a hiss and then nothing.

Jake lay back on the bed and smirked. “Now they have gone, what say you, we have a bit of fun.”

Callore lay on the bed beside him and turned on her side. She kissed him on the lips. “I’d like that,” She whispered. “I’d like that a lot.”   


Chapter 21
Chapter twenty one

By dmt1967

Callore giggled as Jake slid down the bed and licked her stomach. “Stop that, it tickles.”

He lifted his head and turned bright red. “Sorry, I’ve never done this before.”

“Well I’m glad I’m your first ‘pire, but a handsome guy like you must have had your fair share of humans. I mean I’d like to think I’m the first, but…”

“Well ... actually, you are.”

“What the first ever!”

Jake nodded and hung his head.

“Ooo how nice. I don’t have to get you out of bad habits.”

Jake stared at her. “What do you mean?”

“Well, doing it with a ‘pire is a lot more… Well, we don’t really… Look let me show you.”

She got out of bed, picked Jake up and threw him on the bed. She got on top of him and tore his shirt off. Jake’s eyes opened even wider as she slid down the bed and began to chew on his jeans. With her teeth, she cut his seams until they hung on him by his zip and his button. She undid these and pulled the slacks out from under him. She slid down the bed again, put her mouth over his penis and bit hard.

“Ow,” Jake yelled, “That hurt.”

Callore bit harder and blood started to pour out of his wound. She stuck her tongue on the gash and started to lick the blood.

A warm glow started to creep up Jake’s leg and he reached out and touched her hair. She looked up, hissed and knocked his hand away. Her eyes were jet black and blood covered her mouth.

I should be scared, but I’m not. God this is soo good. I wish we could stay here forever.

She cleaned the injury until there wasn’t a drop of blood anywhere, and put her legs either side of him. She sat on his penis and started to go up and down. She got faster and faster until it started to burn.

I should be in pain, but I’m not. This is the best. Faster… More… Come on baby… I’m almost there… Just one more time… Ahh.

She jumped off him, cleaned his genitals and lay down beside him.

“How was that?”

“Wonderful.”

“Good, now do you want to try it?”

He sat up and shook his head. He opened his mouth to tell her, guys need a moment to recover. They are not machines… but he didn’t say anything for he didn’t feel tired or drained at all.

“Okay, Lay back on the bed and let me delight you.”

He got on top of her and started the process all over again to an occasional moan and the odd instruction of “Faster… Rougher ,,, and at the end ahh.
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Jake lay in bed exhausted. He really needed to go to sleep, but he couldn’t. I have to tell her, but how. Callore emerged from the bathroom.

“Callore, I love you,” he blurted.

She came over to him and sat down. “I love you too, sweetheart.”

“It’s just I have a secret I want to tell you, but you might not love me anymore if I did.”

Callore looked into his eyes and quickly looked away. “Yes, well so have I.”

Jake frowned. “It can’t be that bad. Mine is way worse.”

Callore got into bed and put her arms around him. She lay her head on his chest and sighed. “Maybe we should wait until after the mission to air our secrets. Maybe we should wait and tell your parents and the rest of the clan before we share anything else.”

Jake nodded his head, What secret could she possibly have that would make me love her less?

Callore yawned and snuggled into his chest hair. Soon he could hear her gentle breath on his bare skin as she slept. 

He shut his eyes once more and fell into a restless sleep with one thought on his mind. How do I tell the girl of my dreams, I am a woman in the wrong body…    
 


Chapter 21
Chapter twenty one part A

By dmt1967

Callore giggled as Jake slid down the bed and licked her stomach. “Stop that, it tickles.”

He lifted his head and turned bright red. “Sorry, I’ve never done this before.”

“Well I’m glad I’m your first ‘pire, but a handsome guy like you must have had your fair share of humans. I mean I’d like to think I’m the first, but…”

“Well eh actually, you are.”

“What the first ever!”

Jake nodded and hung his head.

“Ooo how nice. I don’t have to get you out of bad habits.”

Jake stared at her. “What do you mean?”

“Well doing it with a ‘pire is a lot more… Well we don’t really… Look let me show you.”

She got out of bed, picked Jake up and threw him on the bed. She got on top of him and tore his shirt off. Jake’s eyes opened even wider as she slid down the bed and began to chew on his jeans. With her teeth, she cut his seams until they hung on him by his zip and his button. She undid these and pulled the slacks out from under him. She slid down the bed again, put her mouth over his penis and bit hard.

“Ow,” Jake yelled, “That hurt.”

Callore bit harder and blood started to pour out of his wound. She stuck her tongue on the gash and started to lick the blood.

A warm glow started to creep up Jake’s leg and he reached out and touched her hair. She looked up, hissed and nocked his hand away. Her eyes were jet black and blood covered her mouth.

I should be scared, but I’m not. God this is soo good. I wish we could stay here forever.

She cleaned the injury until there wasn’t a drop of blood anywhere, and put her legs either side of him. She sat on his penis and started to go up and down. She got faster and faster until it started to burn.

I should be in pain, but I’m not. This is the best. Faster… More… Come on baby… I’m almost there… Just one more time… Ahh.

She jumped off him, cleaned his genitals and laid down beside him.

“How was that?”

“Wonderful.”

“Good, now do you want to try it?”

He sat up and shook his head. He opened his mouth to tell her, guys need a moment to recover. They are not machines… but he didn’t say anything for he didn’t feel tired or drained at all.

“Okay, Lay back on the bed and let me delight you.”

He got on top of her and started the process all over again to an occasional moan and the odd instruction of “Faster… Rougher,,,, and at the end ahh.


Chapter 22
Chapter twenty two

By dmt1967

Jake sniffed the air and opened his eyes. He yawned, stretched and turned his head in the direction of the smell. Callore stood by the small kitchen sink in jeans and a t-shirt. She glanced in his direction, smiled, and carried the cups over to the bed.

“Come on, lover, we need to leave if we’re going to make the camp by nightfall.”

Jake took the cup from her out stretched hand and sipped the hot coffee, boy did that feel good. “What time is it?”

She patted him on the head. “It’s nearly six o’clock.”

“What, in the morning!” No wonder I’m still knackered.

She laughed and walked towards the door. “I’ll go give the keys back to the receptionist and meet you out front.” Callore placed her cup on a table near the door and glanced at Jake with a twinkle in her eye. “After all, you need to get up and get ready and we know how shy you are.”

She ran out of the door and slammed it after her before he could think of a retort.

He walked out of the hotel and spotted her by the fence. He walked up to her and tapped her on the shoulder. “Excuse me, miss. Could you tell me where I might find a cheeky little ‘pire who needs to be taught some manners?”

She turned and smirked. “You took your time. Come on little wolf boy, we need to get going. I have spoken to the general and filled him in. He said, if we can bring him back alive, that would be preferable as he might be able to tell us something useful.”

Jake threw his hands in the air and shook his head. “Great, and how does our fearless leader expect us to do that?”

Callore shrugged. “Maybe he’s heard how persuasive you can be.” She giggled, turned and started to run. Over her shoulder she yelled, “come on, lover, and try to keep up if you can.”

Jake opened his mouth to reply, but she’d already disappeared behind some trees. He sighed and sprinted to catch her up.
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Callore stopped and gazed up at the sky. The moon lit up the sky as nightfall descended on the forest. Jake pulled up next to her.

“We’re almost there. The camp site is over that ridge,” she whispered.

The pair, on hands and knees, crawled to the edge of the ridge. They peered over.

“How are we going to get in there. It’s guarded like Fort Knox’s,” Jake hissed.

Callore motioned for him to retreat. “Let me think.”

Jake pricked up his ears. “Can you hear that?”

Callore cocked her head to one side and listened. She pointed to a bush with a hollow middle and the pair crawled inside. They made it just in time as a patrol of five werewolves in uniform came over the ridge.

Callore grinned. “I know how we’re going to get into their camp,” she muttered.

Jake didn’t like the tone of her voice. “How?”

“We give ourselves up.”

“We do what!”

We give ourselves up, locate Derek and escape.”

“And how, pray tell do you suppose we do that?”

Callore rolled her eyes. “I can’t think of everything, Jake.”

Before Jake could answer, Callore stood up and showed herself. “Hay, were you born ugly, or did your mother have to get that on special order?”
Great, don’t just give yourself up, but insult them, why don’t you. Jake looked up at the sky and also walked out of the bush.

The wolf men stopped and turned around. They scratched their heads and looked at one another.

“Are you stupid by birth or does it take practice,” Callore yelled as she walked up to one and punched him in the belly.  

The brute grunted and bent over. The creature nearest to him picked Callore up by the scruff of her neck and shook her. “You’re not a werewolf.”

Callore turned to Jake. “I think he’s got it. Maybe these flesh eaters aren’t as dumb as they look.”

A big werewolf with stripes on his uniform stepped up to Jake and lifted him up by his neck. “This one looks a lot like the chiefs son.”

“It can’t be, I left him back at camp,” a smaller one piped up.

“Maybe he’s the other one, Loup.”

Loup ran his fingers through his hair. “Whoever he is, we need to take them both back to camp. The chief will want to see them, Caleb.”

Caleb took some rope out of a saddlebag and tied Jakes hands together. He took the other end of the rope, slung it over his shoulder and pulled it tight. Jake fell over and the group laughed.

What about her, Faolan?” Loup growled.

Faolan rubbed his stomach, took Callore from his companion and threw her over his shoulder. “I hope the chief lets me have her. I’ll teach her some respect or have fun trying.”

Jake’s jailer led the troupe back to camp. They walked through the compound to the far corner and didn’t stop until they’d  reached a big wooden door with a cast iron ring door handle. Loup tugged at the door and it swung open. Caleb picked Jake up and threw him against the far wall. Jake hit the wall  and fell in a heap on the floor. Faolan dangled Callore by the leg for a moment before he tossed her in the room as well. The door closed, the lock turned and darkness fell.

Callore crawled over to Jake and felt for a pulse. “Jake' are you okay?”

“Jake groaned. “Ooo my head hurts. What happened? Where are we?”

Callore exhaled. “I thought they killed you. I’m sorry, my love. My plan was never to get you hurt.”

“So this wasn’t part of your wonderful plan, then,”

Callore stared at her hands and remained silent.

“Anyway, I thought you said werewolves weren’t violent unless pushed.”

“Well, I did call them stupid and ugly.”

Jake shook his head. “Was that really necessary?”

“Well, I wanted to get them mad.”

“I think that part of the plan went exceedingly well, don’t you?”

Callore reached out and touched Jake’s arm. “I’ve said I’m…”

They heard the key unlock the door and a bright light flooded into the room. Two werewolves entered the room followed by Loup, Faolan and Caleb.

The two creatures in front were taller than the other three and looked like they were in charge. A big hairy hand reached out and pulled Jake to his feet. He glared at the trio and roared, “Why is my son covered in blood and tied up.” He turned to a smaller version of himself and smiled. “Filtiam, come and meet your brother.”

 


Chapter 22
Chapter Twenty two b

By dmt1967

Jake staggered to his feet and leaned on the wall for support. His brother stepped towards him and held out his arm. Jake hit it away. “I don’t want your help,” he hissed. “How can you join him!” He jerked his head towards his grandfather. “You're nothing but a traitor! How can you treat your family that way.”

Filtiam shook his head. “These are my clan.”

“What about the general and Eva- our parents. You left them to be with him!”

Jake’s brother pursed his lips. “The general is our father, but Eva is not my mother, Charnn is.”

Jake scratched his head. “Who’s Charnn?”

Jake’s grandfather smiled. “My daughter. So you see, Filtiam junior isn’t the traitor, but your father, Filtiam senior.”

Jake swallowed and stared at the older werewolf. “What, father’s sister?”

The two wolfmen looked at each other, grinned and nodded.

“But that’s disgusting!” Jake spat.

Jake’s grandfather shrugged. “It’s not the same for us. We have different rules and morals than other creatures. All our clan are family literally. We are all blood-related, like this trio,” he waved his hand at the trio stood near the door. “Meet your cousins.”

They nodded and waved in Jake and Callore’s direction.

“This is really nice and all little brother, but why are you here. I am sure it’s not to meet your family or have you come to your senses and come to join us?”

“We want the human called Derek,” Callore spoke for the first time.

Jake’s grandfather turned and bowed. “Major Callore, please to meet you. I have heard so much about you. I’ve often said to my grandson, if his father sends anyone to kill me, I hope he sends you. You major are a soldier of honour and the one thing werewolves know about is honour.”

Callore saluted. “Thank you chief, all…”

“Randall, please.”

“Thank you, Randall, all we want is the human and we will be on our way.”

Randall frowned and shook his head. “I am sorry major, but I can’t grant you that request. We promised the human our protection if he joined us and I am a creature of my word.
Also, you have seen the camp, so unless you join us, I will have to kill both of you.” He glanced at Jake, “Which would hurt me as you are my own flesh and blood, Adoliofo, but the rest of the clan will expect it.” 

“I will never join you, so shoot me now,” Jake growled.

Randall raised his eyes. “You remind me of your dad. Always the hothead. I will give you a little time to cool down and speak to the major about my offer. Maybe she can talk some sense into you. I have to leave camp for a few days, but when I come back we will talk some more.” He bowed. “It was a pleasure meeting you grandson, major.” He clicked his heels and left the room followed by the rest of the clan. The key turned in the lock once more.

“We need to get out of here,” Callore whispered as she ran to the door and peered out of the small peep window. She tried the door, “Damn, it’s locked. I heard the key turn but hoped… Oh well,l we need to come up with a plan.” She gazed around the room and spotted a small, high window with bars on it. “Quick give me a boost up. Maybe the bars are rotten and we can fit.” Jake cupped his hands together and as she put her foot into them, he threw her upwards. She caught the edge of the windowsill and pulled herself up. The ledge jutted out enough so she could crouch on it.

“The windows too small and the bars are solid.” She jumped down and landed next to Jake. She slumped to the floor and put her head in her hands.

“This is hopeless, my love. What are we going to do?”

Jake sighed and put his arm around Callore. “We will think…”
They heard footsteps outside the door. The key turned as something unlocked the big solid door, and opened it.
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Filtiam stuck his head into the room. “Come on you two. Grandfather’s left with most of the clan. We have to move, now.”

The two ‘pires hesitated for a moment. What if it’s a trap? Jake glanced at Callore. Even if it is, we can’t stay here to die. Far better, we die at least trying to escape. He grabbed Callore’s hand and pulled her out of the room.

They followed Filtiam down a corridor and into a big study. The Wolf man walked up to the head of a vampire mounted on the wall and pulled one of its fangs. The bookshelf at the other end of the room sprung open and revealed a passage. Filtiam pointed towards the corridor. “You need to go.

Follow the passage to the end. There you will find a cavern. Swim through another passage and that will take you to a lake on the outskirts of Wolf territory.”

Jake clasped his brother’s hand. “Why are you doing this?”

Filtiam shrugged. “Your my brother.”

“Won’t you get in trouble, brother?”

“There will be an inquiry and they will suspect, but they won’t do anything about it. After all I am the chief’s son.” 

“Come with us. Father will be happy to see you and you can join us in our fight.”

Filtiam bowed his head and his mouth turned upside down. “These are my clan. I need to fight by their side.”

Jake nodded and hugged his brother. “Until we meet again, my friend and brother.” He stepped through the gap. “Come on, my sweet, we need to go.”

Callore stood still and shook her head. “Our mission is to either kill Derek or capture him. We can’t go until we’ve completed the mission.”

Filtiam glanced at the door and frowned. “He’s not here. He’s gone to a town called Forest Town to buy some food. One of the clan accompanied him as far as the town. We can’t go into town as we haven’t got your chameleon abilities He won’t be back for days. Now will you please go.”

Callore followed Jake into the passage and Filtiam slammed the secret door shut.


Chapter 22
Chapter twenty two part C

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.
Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

Jake and Callore used the wall as a guide and made their way through the passage. They found the cavern and dived into the clear blue water.

Although Jake hadn’t been trained for this before, he found it easy to hold his breath until they were out the other side. The couple saw a light and swam towards it. They emerged and climbed out of the lake. Callore put her hand on Jake’s arm and cocked her head to one side, but she couldn’t hear anything. 

She grabbed Jake’s hand and led him deeper into the forest. Once satisfied they were far enough away from werewolf territory, she sat under a tree.

“We need to go back.”

Jake’s draw dropped. “Go back, why?

“We need to complete our mission.”

Jake sighed, reached out his hand and pulled Callore to her feet. “Okay okay, but if I get killed, I will haunt you forever.”

Callore grinned and started to walk back to the lake.

They reached the water and Jake gazed around. “Now what?”

Callore spotted a few trees the other side of the bank pointed with her index finger. “We hide behind them. They are directly in the path of the campsite and Derek has to pass them to get back. We either capture him or kill him and he won’t be able to see us. This is a perfect plan, come on.”

“Yeah, like your plan to get us captured,” Jake muttered under his breath.

Callore took Jake by the shoulders and propelled him to the clump of trees. The pair crouched behind them and waited.

“What if he’s already past?” Jake whispered as he gazed up at the sky. “It’s hours since we escaped and I’m hungry.”

Callore shook her head. “No, I don’t think so. Your brother said he left yesterday. He isn’t a creature of the night or wolf-like, so he can’t sprint. He will be along soon. I think, get food yesterday, sleep last night and travel back today. Yes, any minute now.”

“But, what if…”

“Shh, I think I hear something.”

Jake stood still. He heard the faint sound of footsteps in the distance. The steps got closer and closer. The wind picked up and the leaves around them flew into the air. A feather flew into Jakes nose. “Atisho.”

The sound stopped and silence reigned. Jake rubbed his nose and sniffed. “Where did he go?”

“You go left while I go right,” Callore whispered. “He can’t have gone far. After all he’s only human.”

Jake nodded and moved from tree to tree through the forest. Callore jumped into the trees and disappeared. He peered around a tree, but saw nothing. Jake sniffed the air and pricked up his ears. The trees rustled as a gentle breeze blew through the leaves. Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted a sudden movement to the left of him. He turned and saw Derek stood behind him. In his hand, he held a stake sword with a silver edge.

“Hello, Jake, I was wondering if we would ever see each other again.”

Jake stared at the sword, he looked up and locked eyes with Derek. “Why did you run away? I treated you like a friend, even after the way you treated me at school, and still you go and betray me.”

Derek Laughed. “Don’t feel too bad. It wasn’t your fault. I told Hassorev how I felt about him and he rejected me. Made me feel like my dad made me feel when I told him I was gay. My sister even shunned me, imagine that!” The sword tip dropped as Derek stared through Jake. “You know that day you met Jason, was the best and worst day of my life. I fancied you rotten, but you never gave me the time of day. When I pulled your trousers down and touched your penis, I felt great. When my sister made you come, though, I nearly came myself. Your humiliation was a drug to me and, like all addictions, I couldn’t get enough. Then he came along and spoilt my fun. I hated him for that and am glad he’s dead.”

Jake shook as he remembered and moved closer to Derek. Derek snapped out of his trance and lifted the sword up. Jake circled the boy, but couldn’t find a weak spot as Derek moved around and never let his guard down once.

Derek lunged at Jake with his sword and the ‘pire jumped back just in time. The two boys circled each other once more. The sword swayed in

Derek’s hands and Jake saw his chance. He jumped towards the boy.  Derek took a step back and tripped. Jake took advantage and jumped on

Derek. The boy went down and swung his sword in Jake’s general direction. Jake felt a sharp pain in his arm. He looked down and noticed blood pour from the open wound.

Derek scrambled up, sword in hand. “Goodbye Jake,” he whispered as he lifted the sword above his head.

“Jake, Jake, where are you?” a voice called.

“Damn,” Derek lowered the sword. He glanced in the direction of the voice and spotted Callore. “Until next time, Jake,” he whispered. He turned and ran over the border and into the camouflage of the trees.

Callore ran up to Jake. “Lover, you’re hurt!” She kneeled down beside Jake.

“Go after him. He’s getting away,” Jake croaked.

Callore looked up and shook her head. “We will get him, but not today. We need to get you back to our camp before you die of silver poisoning.” She picked him up and cradled him in her hands. Jake closed his eyes. “Jake can you hear me?” she cried. Jake moaned and a spot of blood dropped onto the ground from the corner of his left eye. “Don’t worry my love, you are not going to die on my watch.” She held him close to her torso as she turned and sprinted back to the safe lands and the ‘pire sanctuary. “Please let me be in time.”  


Chapter 22
Twenty two part A

By dmt1967

Jake sniffed the air and opened his eyes. He yawned, stretched and turned his head in the direction of the smell. Callore stood by the small kitchen sink in jeans and a t-shirt. She glanced in his direction, smiled, and carried the cups over to the bed.

“Come on, lover, we need to leave if we’re going to make the camp by nightfall.”

Jake took the cup from her out stretched hand and sipped the hot coffee, boy did that feel good. “What time is it?”

She patted him on the head. “It’s nearly six o’clock.”

“What, in the morning!” No wonder I’m still knackered.

She laughed and walked towards the door. “I’ll go give the keys back to the receptionist and meet you out front.” Callore placed her cup on a table near the door and glanced at Jake with a twinkle in her eye. “After all, you need to get up and get ready and we know how shy you are.”

She ran out of the door and slammed it after her before he could think of a retort.

He walked out of the hotel and spotted her by the fence. He walked up to her and tapped her on the shoulder. “Excuse me, miss. Could you tell me where I might find a cheeky little ‘pire who needs to be taught some manners?”

She turned and smirked. “You took your time. Come on little wolf boy we need to get going. I have spoken to the general and filled him in. He said, if we can bring him back alive, that would be preferable as he might be able to tell us something useful.”

Jake threw his hands in the air and shook his head. “Great, and how does are fearless leader expect us to do that?”

Callore shrugged. “Maybe he’s heard how persuasive you can be.” She giggled, turned and started to run. Over her shoulder she yelled, “come on, lover, and try to keep up if you can.”

Jake opened his mouth to reply, but she’d already disappeared behind some trees. He sighed and sprinted to catch her up.


Chapter 22
Chapter twenty two Part B

By dmt1967

Callore stopped and gazed up at the sky. The moon lit up the sky as nightfall descended on the forest. Jake pulled up next to her.

“We’re almost there. The camp site is over that ridge,” she whispered.

The pair, on hands and knees crawled to the edge of the ridge. They peered over.

“How are we going to get in there. It’s guarded like fort Knox’s,” Jake hissed.

Callore motioned for him to retreat. “Let me think.”

Jake pricked up his ears. “Can you hear that?”

Callore cocked her head to one side and listened. She pointed to a bush with a hollow middle and the pair crawled inside. They made it just in time as a patrol of five werewolves in uniform came over the ridge.

Callore grinned. “I know how we’re going to get into their camp,” she muttered.

Jake didn’t like the tone of her voice. “How?”

“We give ourselves up.”

“We do what!”

We give ourselves up, locate Derek and escape.”

“And how, pray tell do you suppose we do that?”

Callore rolled her eyes. “I can’t think of everything, Jake.”

Before Jake could answer, Callore stood up and showed herself. “Hay, were you born ugly, or did your mother have to get that on special order?”

Great, don’t just give yourself up, but insult them, why don’t you. Jake looked up at the sky and also walked out of the bush.

The wolf men stopped and turned around. They scratched their heads and looked at one another.

“Are you stupid by birth or does it take practice,” Callore yelled as she walked up to one and punched him in the belly.  

The brute grunted and bent over. The creature nearest to him picked Callore up by the scruff of her neck and shook her. “You’re not a werewolf.”

Callore turned to Jake. “I think he’s got it. Maybe these flesh eaters aren’t as dumb as they look.”

A big werewolf with stripes on his uniform stepped up to Jake and lifted him up by his neck. “This one looks a lot like the chiefs son.”

“It can’t be, I left him back at camp,” a smaller one piped up.

“Maybe he’s the other one, Loup.”

Loup ran his fingers through his hair. “Whoever he is, we need to take them both back to camp. The chief will want to see them, Caleb.”

Caleb took some rope out of a saddlebag and tied Jakes hands together. He took the other end of the rope, slung it over his shoulder and pulled it tight. Jake fell over and the group laughed.

What about her, Faolan?” Loup growled.

Faolan rubbed his stomach, took Callore from his companion and threw her over his shoulder. “I hope the chief lets me have her. I’ll teach her some respect or have fun trying.”

Jake’s jailer led the troupe back to camp. They walked through the compound to the far corner and didn’t stop until they’d  reached a big wooden door with a cast iron ring door handle. Loup tugged at the door and it swung open. Caleb picked Jake up and threw him against the far wall. Jake hit the wall  and fell in a heap on the floor. Faolan dangled Callore by the leg for a moment before he tossed her in the room as well. The door closed, the lock turned and darkness fell.

Callore crawled over to Jake and felt for a pulse. “Jake are you okay?”

“Jake groaned. “Ooo my head hurts. What happened? Where are we?”

Callore exhaled. “I thought they killed you. I’m sorry my love. My plan was never to get you hurt.”

“So this wasn’t part of your wonderful plan, then,”

Callore stared at her hands and remained silent.

“Anyway, I thought you said werewolves weren’t violent unless pushed.”

“Well I did call them stupid and ugly.”

Jake shook his head. “Was that really necessary?”

“Well I wanted to get them mad.”

“I think that part of the plan went exceedingly well, don’t you?”

Callore reached out and touched Jae’s arm. “I’ve said I’m…”

They heard the key unlock the door and a bright light flooded into the room. Two werewolves entered the room followed by Loup, Faolan and Caleb. The two creatures in front were taller than the other three and looked like they were in charge. A big hairy hand reached out and pulled Jake to his feet. He glared at the trio and roared, “Why is my son covered in blood and tied up.” He turned to a smaller version of himself and smiled. “Filtiam, come and meet your brother.”


Chapter 23
Chapter twenty three part a

By dmt1967

Callore stopped by the big oak tree. She knew it wasn’t safe. They were a long way from home, Jake had lost a lot of blood and they were still in the danger zone. She gazed down at the young ‘pire and a tear fell from her duct into his face. He stirred, opened his eyes and groan. A drop of blood fell on a clump of grass as he stared up at her.

“Where are we?” he whispered in a hoarse voice. “I am so thirsty, what happened?”

She placed him on the floor and smiled. “Its okay, my love. You’ve been injured slightly by Derek. I will get us home and then, when you’re better we will hunt him down and make him pay for this.” She took a towel out of her bag and disappeared through the trees to the lake. He will be all right on his own for a moment as the sun is still out. She knelt down besides the water and soaked it in the clear blue liquid. She refilled her flask and made her way back to Jake. Callore placed the soaked rag on his head and put her flask to his lips. He gulped down the cold drink and choked. She put the vessel on the ground and wiped away the drizzle from the corner of his mouth. She gazed at him, he looked so pale and she placed her hand on his cheek. She caressed it and found the hair on his face came away with her hand. This is not good. Callore pulled his sleeve of his shirt up a little and wrinkled her brow as she saw the puffiness’ and orange colour around his wound. Damn, I will have to suck out the poison otherwise; he won’t even make it back home.  

Jake moaned and his eyelids fluttered. “Stay with me darling,” she whispered in his ear.
She stood up, collected some wood and lit the fire. She placed her knife into the flames for a few minutes before taking it out. She knelt on the ground and held his wrist on the grass. “This is going to hurt, Jake. I’m so sorry.” Callore made a slice into his wound and Jake howled.
Callore clamped her mouth over his open wound and sucked. Every few minutes she spat the silvery poison onto the ground beside her. Jake howled and tried to pull his arm away, but she held on tight until all she only spat out blood. She released him and scrambled to her feet. All the silver is out now, but is I don’t get you home soon, it might have been all for nothing. She sighed, picked him up and started to run.


Chapter 23
Chapter twenty three part b

By dmt1967

Callore didn’t stop until she spotted the mountains and the border of the safe lands. She placed Jake on the floor and called the general. She pictured him in her mind and heard his voice.

“Good, I am glad you’re back as I have bad news for Jake about his… Where is Jake?”

“He’s been injured by the human.”

“How bad”

“I’ve sucked the poison out, but…”

“Let me see him.”

Callore turned and looked at Jake. The general saw everything the humpire saw.

“How far away from camp are you?”

“I am not far from the border now.”

 “Right, I will send Adrian and a couple of ‘pires to meet you.”

“Okay. What is the news you wanted to tell me?”

Callore saw the general shake his head and thought she saw Eva in the corner of the hut with wet cheeks.

“It’s nothing that can’t wait.”

Callore disconnected their minds, picked up Jake once more and ran for the borders.

As she approached the safety zone, she spotted a group of creatures and recognised Adrian. The group hurried to her side and two burly ‘pires took

Jake from her. They each put a hand around his shoulder and sprinted off in the direction of camp.

Callore started to follow them, but Adrian put a hand on her shoulder. “We need to talk, major.”

Callore studied his face and raised her eyebrows. “The general received some disturbing news yesterday. His son, Filtiam junior was out on patrol and ran into some vampires. Ella killed him and told the other wolf to tell the chief that was for her brother. The one his other grandchild killed.”

The world spun and Callore gasped. “So what is the general going to do?”

Adrian shook his head. “Well the funeral is next week. The chief sent a message stating if Jake and the general want to attend, they are welcome and no harm will fall on them for a set period. The General was waiting for you two to get back. He was going to leave tomorrow and hunt Ella down before going to the funeral, but now…” Adrian shrugged, “who knows.”

Callore stared at Adrian and jerked her head in the direction of the camp. “Do you think you can fix him; quick?”

Adrian rubbed his chin. “Well, if the poison is all out, I guess I could try my new potion on him… but it is only in the experiment stages, so don’t get your hopes up.”

Callore bent down and kissed Adrian on the cheek. The elderly human went bright red and hid his face behind his hand.

“What would we do without our wizard?”

Adrian grinned. “Shh, don’t tell the world. No one knows that except you. Not even the general and Eva knows my secret. If they knew I wasn’t a human and been banished from my own kind due to experiments on humans…”

Callore pursed her lips. “Well they won’t hear it from me. As long as you keep my secret that is.”

“Have you told Jake?”

Callore hung her head. “No, like you no one knows. I was sort of hoping I wouldn’t have to tell them. I sort of hoped, well the potion would be ready.”

Adrian put his arm around Callore and hugged her. Ever since he’d first met her in the forest and she’d saved him from the council, He’d seen her as a daughter. If it weren’t for her, he’d be in prison or worse by now. She’d bought him here, introduced him as a human and the general made him his wife’s personal donor. “It needs testing and even then…”

Callore’s bottom lip trembled. “Well he might not be the one, and if he isn’t… well it will be academic.”

Adrian sighed. “Maybe, but first things first. Let us see if we can get your young ‘pire fit for tomorrow and the journey ahead. The we will deal with our other problem.”

Callore rolled her eyes. “Okay. Jump on my back and let’s go. It will take too long going at a human’s pace, unless we teleport…” Her eyes twinkled.

Adrian smiled. “You bad girl. You know I can’t do that here in case someone see’s.” He climbed on her back. “Now, hurry up and let’s see what we can do for your young friend.”

Callore started to sprint and soon she became a blur in the distance.
 


Chapter 24
Twenty four

By dmt1967

The pair arrived at the campsite and made their way to the medical hut. Adrian pushed the flap and walked in followed by Callore. Jake lay on the bed and Callore walked up to it and bent over him. He felt cold and clammy as she kissed his forehead. He opened his eyes, stared right through her and moaned.

“He’s burning up. We need to give him the stuff, now!”  Callore whispered. “Have you got it with you?”

Adrian glanced at the door. “I don’t know about this. It hasn’t been tested yet and might do more harm than good.”

Jake coughed and blood shot out of his mouth.

Callore grabbed the vial out of Adrian’s hand. “We don’t have a choice.” She sat on the bed, put her elbow on his chest and grabbed his chin with her thumb and forefinger. She pulled down his chin, forced the vial into his mouth and with the other hand rubbed his throat.

Adrian paced up and down the room. “This might kill him. If I kill him, the General will kill me. How am I going to tell them I killed their son? They will ask what I gave him. How will I explain to them it’s a potion I concocted? They will find out I’m a wizard…”

Callore stood up and put the bottle into her pocket. “He was going to die anyway. At least this way, he has a chance…”

Jake twitched. He jumped around in the bed, sat up and fell backwards. His head hit the pillow and his toungue popped out and flopped to one side of his face. Callore stop in mid sentence and stared in his direction. Jake didn’t move.

“Have we killed him?” Adrian stammered.

Callore shrugged. “I do…”

Jake twitched and opened his eyes. He sat up and smiled at Callore. “I’m starving, How about a nice juicy steak.”

Callore ran to him and threw her arms around his neck. “Oh darling you are alright.”

Jake laughed and untangled himself. “Don’t, we have company.”

Adrian bowed. “I will inform the general of your recovery.” He turned as the general and Eva entered the hut.

“How the hell…” The general’s jaw dropped.

“Never mind, how,” Eva ran to her son and hugged him. “He’s alive. My boy is alive.” She kissed his cheek repeatedly.

Jake turned read and tried to push her away. “Ah, mum. Please.” He jerked his head towards Callore. “You’re embarrassing me!”

The general cleared his throat. “I am happy you are still with us, son, but we now have to discuss other more pressing matters…”

“They killed Filtiam; those lousy blood sucking, night crawling cowards killed your brother.” Eva cried as a tear tricked down her cheek.

Jake pursed his lips and frowned. “Why?”

Eva covered her face with her hands. “They used the eye for an eye rule. You killed Ella’s brother, so she kills yours.”

Jake opened his mouth and his stomach lunged. He tasted bile in his mouth and swallowed. “It’s all my fault. If I never…”

The general shook his head. “No son. They wanted to kill him and you were their excuse.”

Jake scratched his head. “But, why? He was a good wolf and never wanted this war. It was the vampire king who…” He hung his head and lifted his eyes. “Sorry mum, I forgot he’s your dad and…”

Eva put her arm around his shoulders and gave him a squeeze. “I know what he’s like. I want him dead for what he’s done to this family as much as you do.”

“He wants to show the werewolf chief that ‘pires and all those associated with them are the cause of this war. If he can get the werewolves on his side, his army will grow and we won’t stand a chance of winning this war, “Adrian piped up.

Jake set his jaw and gazed at his father. “So what do we do?”

“We need to try to get him in our corner, or failing that to stay neutral. The chief has guaranteed our passage to and from the funeral, which is taking place in a weeks’ time. I thought, if we leave tomorrow, we could hunt down Ella and kill her. If we can do that, it will show my dad we take care of the clan.”

Jake nodded. “And after… Well I never completed my mission.”

Callore grinned. “When do we leave?”

The general sighed. “This time it will be best if just I and Jake go.”

“But,” Eva protested,

The general put his hands in the air. “I know. However, I think it might be safer. My dad has promised my boy safe passage and me he never mentioned you. Besides, you know what my dad thinks about vampires and me marring one. My mother was worse and they might take out their anger of your father on you. No, I think it’s better if you stay here.”

“Why can’t I go?” Callore cried. “Your clan treat me better than my peers.”

The general hid his smile. “I think the two wolves you insulted might still be sore and I don’t want them taking their revenge out on you. We will have enough on our hands without that as well.”

Callore and Eva exchanged glances, but didn’t argue.

Adrian shuffled to Jake’s side. “Well, if you two want to leave tomorrow night. I suggest you leave Jake to get some rest as he’s a long journey ahead of him and needs some sleep.”

Callore kissed Jake on his lips and left the room. Eva and the general walked out together.

Adrian walked towards the exit.

“Adrian, how did I recover so quickly?”

Adrian shrugged. I don’t know, sir. Maybe it was magic,” he said with a twinkle in his eye as he to left the room.     


Chapter 25
Twenty five

By dmt1967

Jake opened his eyes and saw the general by his bedside. He sat up and groaned. “What time is it?”

The general frowned. “It’s time to leave, but I don’t think you should come.”

Jake swung his legs out of bed and stood. He swayed a little and held onto the older werewolf’s arm. “I’m coming. Where’s my clothes?”

The general shook his head. “You’re not strong enough. Look at you, you can’t even stand!”

The young ‘pire shook his head and staggered to the wardrobe. “I will meet you at the danger zone borders in an hour.”

The general threw his hands in the air and muttered under his breath, “well I tried,” as he exited the hut.

Jake pulled his t-shirt over his head. His arm felt stiff and still hurt like hell. He sat on the bed and put his jeans on. He stood up, exited the tent and walked to the danger zone.

He spotted the General and jogged up to him, “ready to go, sir.”

“I still think we should come with you,” said a familiar voice.

Jake spun around and saw Callore and Eva as they approached.

The general smiled and hugged his wife. “Don’t worry, my love. I will take good care of him.”

Callore threw herself into Jake’s arms and held him. He cupped his hand and lifted her chin. He kissed her on the lips. “When I get back I want to ask you something.”

She lifted her head and frowned. “What is it my love. You can ask me anything.”

Jake glanced over at his parents and shook his head. “No, it can wait till I get back.”

“Then you better make sure you come back sweetheart,” she growled as she grabbed his penis.

The movement took Jake by surprise and he moaned. His parents glanced at him concerned. “Are you alright son? “Eva asked.

Jake nodded and turned bright red. Callore laughed and a twinkle appeared in her eyes.

The general slung his bag over his shoulder. “Come on, we’d better get going otherwise we’ll never reach wolf territory.”  

Jake nodded his head and the two set off in the direction of the generals old clan.

They walked side by side for a few hours until they crossed into a vampire zone. The general stopped and looked at the sky. “It will be light soon. Do you want to rest here until dusk and decide which way we go in the morning? The vampire camp are through the trees and the werewolf camp is the opposite way.”

Jake scratched his head. “I thought we were going to find Ella and make her pay?”

“We might have to do that afterwards. It took us longer than expected to get this far and I don’t want to miss your brothers funeral.”

“Well, we could…”

The general placed a hand on his shoulder. “Shh, can you hear that?”

Jake listened. “No I… wait is that whistling?”

The general pulled him behind a tree and peered around the trunk. He gasped and turned to Jake. “You’ll never guess who’s coming along the path.”

Jake frowned. “Who?”

“Ella and she’s alone.”

Jake stared and curled his lip. He gazed upward and saw a glimmer of sunshine poke through the clouds. “But it’s light. Won’t she burn or blister or whatever they do?”

The general grinned. “Did I ever tell you the twins were smart? They are drunken thugs. Even their own kind don’t like them.”

Jake cocked his head to one side. “So, what do you want to do?”

“Well, if the spirits are looking favourably on us who am I to argue,” he whispered before he stepped out from behind the tree. “Hello Ella,” he growled.

Ella spun around and peered at the general. “Who are you?”

“Don’t you recognize me?”

Eva stood still. She felt a termer go through her body. “Sure, Eva’s husband.” She turned to flee, but Jake blocked her way.

“We’ve never met, but I knew your brother,” Jake growled.

“Look, I avenged my brother. I acted in the law. The law clearly states that is someone kills your kin you have the right to kill theirs,” she hissed.

Jake smiled, but his eyes were as cold and as hard as iron. “So that means I can kill you.”

Eva started to shake. “Look, there are two of you and the sun is coming up. This is hardly a fair fight.”

The general took to strides towards her and lifted her up by her shirtfront. He pulled her to him and snarled. “Like you gave my son. I hear there were ten of you and you pulled him to pieces,”

Jake put his hand on his dad’s arm. “But we will be fairer than your lot. I will fight you. If you win, you are free to go, but …”

The general threw Ella against a tree and turned to his son. “Are you sure? I will fight her, you’re not strong enough,” he whispered.

Jake shook his head. “No dad. It is my fault Filtiam is dead. I killed her brother. It should have been me they tore apart, me in the coffin, me me me…”

The general nodded. He turned to Ella, “Okay, Jake will use his stake sword and I take it you’ve got your own weapon?”

Ella nodded and pulled out a wooden dagger with a silver tipped end.

The general beckoned both opponents to him. Each stood either side of him. He picked up a few boulders and placed them in a square. “Right, you will fight in this square. The first creature to step out of the space or be killed is the looser,” He stepped away from the pair and shouted, “begin.”

Jake stabbed at Ella, but the vampire blocked him and snapped at his leg. He rolled away from her just in time. They both jumped up and circled one another. The two spared for a while until Jake let his guard down and Ella saw her opportunity to finish him and took it. She dived on him, held her knife above her head and thrust it in a downward motion into his heart. Jake pushed her off and scrambled into an upright position. Ella fell against one of the boulders and lay there. Jake approached her to finish the job; He bent over her just as she grabbed a handful of gravel and threw it in his face. Jake spluttered and staggered back. Ella jumped to her feet and tried to plunge her dagger into his shoulder. He blocked her and stabbed at the air. Still blinded by the gravel, he threw his sword in her general direction and heard a grunt then nothing. He rubbed his eyes and saw Ella on the ground a pool of blood around her lifeless body.

 I am not falling for that again. He crept closer and kicked her body, but still nothing.

The general walked over, pulled her sword out of her belt and cut off her head. “Poetic justice,” he spat.

Jake sat on the gravel path and put his head in his hands.

The general patted him on the shoulder. “Are you alright, son?”

Jake gazed up at his dad and nodded. “We better get going otherwise we’re going to be late for the funeral.” 


Chapter 26
Twenty six A

By dmt1967

The pair crossed over into wolf territory soon afterwards but hadn’t gone far before they heard a rustle in the bushes ahead of them. Jake stopped and his hair stood on end, but the general smiled and seemed relaxed.

The bushes parted and a pack of dogs came through. They formed a circle around the father and son team and growled. Jake stood with his feet apart, ready to fight.

The animals raised their front paws as if to beg and transformed into men. The circle parted and a familiar face came forward. “Hello, son. So glad you could make it.”

The general shook his father’s hand. “Nice reception.”

The older werewolf shrugged. “We had to make sure it wasn’t that Ella creature. My scout said she’s been seen around these parts.”

The general gripped his father’s hand tighter. “You won’t see her ever again, Pappy.”

Randall let go of his son’s hand and nodded his head. “You?”

The general shook his head. “Jake.”

Randall walked over to his grandson and put his hands on his shoulders. “You have done well my young pup.”

He turned and started to walk back through the bushes. His pack formed a line and followed him. “Come,” he called over his shoulder, “you must want to freshen up before the funeral, say hello to your mother and pay your respects to your fallen brother.”

The group marched through the forest until they came to a clearing. The pack of wolves peeled off and the trio carried on into the campsite. Randall led them to a black hut and pushed the door open. The group walked in and Jake saw a box made of fur in a corner of the room. A woman sat on a stool next to it, her hand clamped onto the side. She whimpered and Jake saw her cheeks were wet.

“Hello, Mum,” the general whispered.

The woman raised her head and snarled, “What the hell are you doing here?”

The general shuffled his feet. “I’ve come to bury my son.”

She rose from her seat and faced her son. “Why? You didn’t want to know him when he was alive. You chose that creature over him, over us.” She spotted Jake. “And you bought your half-baked son with you.” She pointed a finger at Jake. “This is your fault. You and your kind shouldn’t be alive. You left, Filtiam, what makes you think you can come back?”

She swayed and Randall ran to his wife’s aid. He lifted her up and carried her back to her seat by the coffin. “It’s his son, Accalia. I invited him and Jake to see him buried. He would have wanted it that way. Please, my sweet.”

Accalia waved her hand towards the coffin. “Go pay your respects, then,” she spat the last word out.

The general bowed and walked towards the coffin, Jake followed. They both looked at the body. Filtiam face shone and he looked asleep. His hair shaved and his nails cut, he looked like any young man cut down in the prime of his life.

“I thought they tore him to pieces,” Jake whispered.

Randall overheard his grandson. “They did, but we hunted for his parts and our surgeon stitched him back together again.”  

Jake heard a noise behind him and turned. “Hi there, Jake. I thought you were dead,” a voice said from the doorway.
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Derek entered the room and made his way towards the coffin. The general scowled and moved towards him, but Accalia flew off her seat and stood between the two. “Don’t you touch him? He’s been there for us through all this. He is part of the clan now and I forbid you to hurt him.”

“He nearly killed Jake,” the general snarled.

Accalia glanced over at her other grandson and shrugged. “So, be doing the world a favour if he succeeded.”

Randall took a step back. “Accalia, you don’t mean that. He turned to Jake. “She didn’t mean that. She’s upset and we all say things when we’re upset.”

Accalia waved her hand in the air. “Whatever. Now if you don’t mind Derek and I have to get him ready for burial.”

Jake and his father bowed and walked out. Randall followed them. The trio stood outside the room in silence. Four wolfmen approached, bowed and entered the hut. They emerged moments later with the box on their shoulders, Derek, and Accalia in toe. The trio fell into line behind them. As they shuffled around camp, the rest of the clan joined them. The procession made their way out of camp and into the woods. They walked until they came to a clearing with a hole dug in the middle. The clan formed a circle around the hole and turned their backs to it. The two who carried the coffin placed it into the hole and the men around the hole got on all fours and started to kick the dirt back in with their hind legs.

The wolves stopped after a while and Accalia walked forward, and with her talon fingernails, dug a small hole in the centre of the grave. She placed a rose bush in it and patted the earth around it. She stood, bowed her head, and turned away. The rest of the clan formed a line and one by one walked up to the grave and urinated on it. They turned towards Randall and the others, bowed and formed a line either side of them. Every wolf threw back their head and howled.

Randall pushed Jake forward. “Go on it’s your turn.”

Jake shuffled forward and stood by the grave, he turned bright red as he unzipped his jeans and pissed on the grave. He looked up and saw Derek grin at him. He’s thinking of the time he humiliated me in front of his friends. Jake stuffed his penis back into his trousers and walked away.

The general ran after him. “You alright?”

Jake nodded. “Just remembering something from my past.” He changed the subject. “You showed your respects?”

His father nodded. “Yes, the chief has said we can stay the night and leave first thing in the morning. I agreed, but I think we will wait till everyone is asleep and sneak out.”

Jake scratched his head. “Why? You think grandfather might go back on his word about safe passage?”

The general shook his head. “No a wolfhound word is sacred, but they will not let us take Derek with us. He is part of the clan and if we try to take him by force, we will have to fight the whole army. However, if we leave when all are asleep and take him… well by the time they find out…. We will be back in the safe lands with our prize. Moreover, once there, we can discuss whether he lives or dies.


Chapter 26
Twenty six part A

By dmt1967

The pair crossed over into wolf territory soon afterwards, but hadn’t gone far before they heard a rustle in the bushes ahead of them. Jake stopped and his hair stood on end, but the general smiled and seemed relaxed.

The bushes parted and a pack of dogs came through. They formed a circle around the father and son team and growled. Jake stood with his feet apart, ready to fight.

The animals raised their front paws as if to beg and transformed into men. The circle parted and a familiar face came forward. “Hello son. So glad you could make it.”

The general shook his father’s hand. “Nice reception.”

The older werewolf shrugged. “We had to make sure it wasn’t that Ella creature. My scout said she’s been seen around these parts.”

The general gripped his father’s hand tighter. “You won’t see her ever again, Pappy.”

Randall let go of his son’s hand and nodded his head. “You?”

The general shook his head. “Jake.”

Randall walked over to his grandson and put his hands on his shoulders. “You have done well my young pup.”

He turned and started to walk back through the bushes. His pack formed a line and followed him. “Come,” he called over his shoulder, “you must want to freshen up before the funeral, say hello to your mother and pay your respects to your fallen brother.”

The group marched through the forest until they came to a clearing. The pack of wolves peeled off and the trio carried on into the campsite. Randall led them to a black hut and pushed the door open. The group walked in and Jake saw a box made of fur in a corner of the room. A woman sat on a stool next to it, her hand clamped onto the side. She whimpered and Jake saw her cheeks were wet.

“Hello, Mum,” the general whispered.

The woman raised her head and snarled, “What the hell are you doing here?”

The general shuffled his feet. “I’ve come to bury my son.”

She rose from her seat and faced her son. “Why? You didn’t want to know him when he was alive. You chose that creature over him, over us.” She spotted Jake. “And you bought your half-baked son with you.” She pointed a finger at Jake. “This is your fault. You and your kind shouldn’t be alive.

You left, Filtiam, what makes you think you can come back?”

She swayed and Randall ran to his wife’s aid. He lifted her up and carried her back to her seat by the coffin. “It’s his son, Accalia. I invited him and

Jake to see him buried. He would have wanted it that way. Please my sweet.”

Accalia waved her hand towards the coffin. “Go pay your respects, then,” she spat the last word out.

The general bowed and walked towards the coffin, Jake followed. They both looked at the body. Filtiam face shone and he looked asleep. His hair shaved and his nails cut, he looked like any young man cut down in the prime if his life.

“I thought they tore him to pieces,” Jake whispered.

Randall overheard his grandson. “They did, but we hunted for his parts and our surgeon stitched him back together again.”  

Jake heard a noise behind him and turned. “Hi there, Jake. I thought you were dead,” a voice said from the doorway.


Chapter 26
Twenty six part B

By dmt1967

He took Callore in his arms and bent down. Their lips touched as he caressed her breast and he moaned as her hand slid down shorts and…

“Jake wake up, it’s time to go.” The general whispered.

“What,” he stammered as he opened one eye.

His father grinned. “And if what you were muttering in your sleep was anything to go by, I’d ask that girl to marry you.”

Jake’s eyes shot open as he jumped up and started to dress. “I am, once we get home,” he stammered.

The general crept to the door, opened it a jar and peered out. “It’s all clear. Derek’s sleeping quarters are at the other end of the compound. I asked one of the clan. He sleeps alone.”

Jake nodded and followed his dad out of the door. The moon beam gave the pair enough light to make out a building at the far end of the compound and the two of them used the rest of the huts as cover while they made their way towards their target.

The general slid around the back of the hut and studied the area. He motioned to Jake to enter the hut. Jake pushed the door and slid inside, followed by the general. He took one last look outside before he closed the door and joined Jake beside Derek’s bed.

“Derek stirred and turned on his side. Jake froze and the general moved to the other side of the bed. He stuck three fingers in the air and folded them one by one. When the final finger folded, he grabbed Derek’s arm while Jake covered his mouth.         

The boy’s eyes shot open and he stared at Jake. He tried to scream, but couldn’t. He tried to struggle, but the pair held him too tight. Derek gave up after a few minutes and lay still. His eyes darted from one to the other of his captives.

“Now, if you’re a good boy, my son here will take his hand away from your mouth and we can all walk out of here, but if you’re not…” he left the threat unsaid.

Derek nodded and Jake began to remove his hand. The boy opened his mouth to scream, but the general spotted this just in time, clenched his fist and pull his arm back. He hit Derek as the boy sat up to yell and knocked him out.

Jake glanced at his father. “Well, I did warn him. Anyway, we don’t have times for games. We need to go and we need to go now!”

The general marched to the door and opened it a fraction. “The coast is clear, pick the boy up and let’s go.”

The young ‘pire nodded and threw off the covers. He gasped and the general glanced over his shoulder. “What’s up?”

“He’s naked,” Jake whispered as he hunted around for some clothes,

The general sighed. “We haven’t got time for that. Come on.” He slipped outside and held the door open for Jake.

Jake gazed down at Derek and sighed. He picked the boy up; well it’s your own fault. If you’d behaved… and followed the older werewolf out of the hut and into the cool night air.

The pair ran for the trees and soon disappeared from sight. They ran until they hit the border between wolf territory and Vampire country.

The general slowed down and came to a stop beside a very tall tree. Jake skidded to a stop beside him and dropped Derek on the ground.

The boy stirred and sat up, he rubbed his jaw, and “What hit me?” he stammered.

The general bent over the boy “That would be me.”  

Derek shuffled back and felt something prick him. He looked at his naked body and winched. “Couldn’t you let me get dressed first?”

Jake raised his eyebrows. “Well, if you were a good boy we would have, but no, you had to go and try and scream. I tried to find your clothes, but couldn’t and we didn’t have time to hunt for them.”

The general gazed up at the sky. “It should be daybreak in about an hour or so. We should be safe enough here. The clan won’t cross the border and the vampires will soon be asleep. We can camp here for a while. Will you be alright with him while I hunt for some food?”

Jake nodded and the general ran off into the forest and disappeared from view.

Derek sat a little way off and shivered. “Have a heart, Jake. You must have a blanket or something, just so I can cover up my… you know.”

Jake looked the boy up and down. He laughed. “What don’t tell me you’re embarrassed, humiliated…”

Derek glared at his enemy. “So it’s come to this. This had nothing to do with not having the time, but more to do with payback.”

Jake shook his head. “Actually, I did look for your clothes. I’m not like you and if this was payback… Well, Callore would be here jerking you off and a few of my friends would be holding you down.”

Derek looked away. “You don’t need anyone to hold me down. You’re as strong as a hundred men and more. I only picked on you because…. Well, I fancied you and I couldn’t admit it. My dad would have killed me if he found out I was gay.”

Jake walked closer to Derek and grabbed his throat. He picked him up and held him against the tree. “So you made my life hell because you fancied me,” he yelled in the boy’s face.

Derek kicked out but never made contact... The boy trembled and Jake smelt a bad odour in the air. He looked down and saw a yellow liquid run down the boy’s leg.

Jake heard a noise behind him, dropped Derek and turned around.

“It will have to be rabbit I’m afraid,” The general said as he emerged from behind a tree. He sniffed the air and wriggled his nose. “What’s that horrible smell?”   

Jake jerked his head in Derek’s direction. “It’s him.”

The general shook his head. “I can’t eat with a smell like that under my nose.” He dropped the dead animals, strode over to Derek and picked him up by his hands as if he would a rabbit. “Will you deal with dinner while I deal with this stinky child?”

Jake nodded and laughed as he saw a hot flush appear on Derek’s cheeks. Maybe I am no better than Derek is, but I sure wish all the kids he ever bullied could see him now.

Jake made a fire and cooked the rabbits on a spit. He turned them and dished them up.

“That was good timing,” He said as the general and a very wet Derek appeared in the clearing. “I see you’ve given him a blanket.”

The general nodded. “Well I didn’t want his naked body spoiling my dinner,” he laughed.

Derek sat down and Jake handed him some food. He devoured it and wiped his mouth with his hand.

“What are you going to do with me?” Derek stammered.

“The general looked up from the rabbit and frowned. “I know what I’d like to do to you, running off like that.”

Jake raised an eyebrow.

“But what we will do… We have two options; we can either kill you, or send you back to where you came from. If you leave creature kingdom, you will never find it again. The only people who can locate us are a few human beings in forest town and they won’t help you as they are our friends.”

Derek lowered his head. “You can’t send me back. I don’t have anything back there. Take me back with you. I won’t run away again. I promise.”

The general stood. “Not possible. You betrayed us still, and worst still, you tried to kill Jake. My family will not accept you again. Humans can’t be trusted, you can’t be trusted.” He turned to Jake, “we need to rest a while. We will sleep here the rest of the night and start our journey again in the morning when the night crawlers are asleep.”

Jake moved towards Derek to lift him into the tree, but the general shook his head. “Leave him on the ground and save your energy for the journey ahead.”

Jake’s jaw dropped. “What if he escapes?”

The general shrugged. “Where can he go? The boy has no clothes or shoes. Besides, if he does run off, we are in vampire country. The vampires will take great delight in torturing him before they kill him and suck out his blood. But you never know, they might keep him alive for a few months while they play with him.” The general noticed the blood drain from the boy’s face and a twinkle appeared in his eyes. He pinched Derek’s cheeks, “So my suggestion is, don’t run off, otherwise, we will leave you to their mercy and vampires ain’t got none of that believe me.
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Jake felt the sun on his face and opened one eye. He yawned and jumped down from the tree. He looked around for Derek, but couldn’t see him. He spotted the blanket on the floor and cursed. He called up to the general who joined Jake on the ground.

“What’s up?”

“Derek has escaped.”

The general cursed. “Is that boy stupid or something! I warned him.”

Jake shrugged. “Maybe he’s done us a favour. I mean if they kill him, well we don’t have to.”

The general sighed. “I guess so, but…”

The pair froze as they heard the sound of laughter not far from where they stood. The laughter turned to jeers and the general sighed once more and ran towards the noise with Jake not far behind.

They came upon a campsite in the middle of the forest. The noise came from a big dome tent in the middle. They studied the woods for signs of life, but saw nothing. The pair lowered their heads and ran to the tent. They crept around it, spotted a plastic window and peered in. Jake gaped as he saw Derek tied to a chair and a group of young vampires with sticks around him.

“He gawped at the general. “What do we do?”

The general shrugged. “There’s nothing we can do. We can’t fight them all. They will rip us apart.”

“But we can’t just leave him there!” Jake cried.

“Shh, they’ll hear us.” He peeked in at the window again, but the vampires were too busy to hear anything other than their laughter. 

“So what shall we do with this fine specimen of a human male, ladies?” A young male buck jeered.

One of the women stared at Derek up and down. “I want to examine that, Charlie, but he keeps trying to hide It,” she whined.

Charlie whispered in Derek’s ear, and the pair outside heard him cry. He removed his hands from his lower parts and the girl took it in her hands and pulled. Derek yelped in pain.

Charlie grinned and scolded the girl. “Now Mary, he is human. They need delicate care. Hassorev explained this before they killed him. This human was his I think. He said he’d had fun with a human at camp.”

“Why can’t we use our real names?” another girl whined.

“Because he won’t be able to pronounce them when he begs us to spare his life.”

The vampire known as Mary scoffed. “He will welcome death if the vampire king gets his hands on him.”

Charlie smiled. “Yes, uncle will make him talk, but we won’t be able to play with him if uncle gets him. Which is another reason why we’re using human names; do you want him to tell the king we kept this from him?”

Mary shook her head. “What are we going to do with him?”

Charlie shrugged. “Kill him, eat him, and suck his blood.”

Mary bent down and took hold of Derek’s face. He shrunk in the chair as she lifted it up. “You know for a human, he’s really cute, it’s a pity we have to kill him. Hassorev had a lot of fun with this one.”

Charlie yawned. “I’m tired. Mary, as you like him so much, do you want to do the honours?”

Mary smiled and bent down. “I will make this as painless as possible,” she whispered in his ear before she sunk her fangs in his throat and tore it out.

Jake gagged and looked away.

“Wel,l it’s over now, end of problem.” The general whispered as he turned and slid back into the trees.

Jake took one last look at Derek’s dead body as the vampires tore it to pieces before he followed the general to safety.

The general waited for Jake to catch him up.

“What now, sir.”

The general started to sprint. “Now,” he called over his shoulder, “we head home and embrace the woman we love.”

Jake smiled, and I can ask Callore to be my wife.            
     


Chapter 27
Chapter twenty seven part a

By dmt1967

Callore pushed open the door of Adrian’s shack and walked in. She spotted a foot behind his lab table and cleared her throat.
Adrian jumped up and hit his head. “No, it’s not ready yet,” he grumbled as he rubbed the back of his head with his palm. “I told you I will call if it was.”

Callore wrung her hands and paced up and down the room. “What am I going to do? I’ll have to tell him if I can’t stop it happening.”     

Adrian sighed, walked over to her and put his hand on her shoulder. “I think, even if I can find a cure, you’ll have to tell him.” He saw her face drop and tears run down her cheeks. Adrian pulled her to him and gave her a hug. “It won’t be as bad as all that. He will understand, I am sure of it.”

Callore raised her head from his shoulder and sniffed. “You really think so?”

Adrian nodded. “Yes, and now….” He heard a noise. “Well you will get your chance as I do believe that is the bell saying the warriors are home.”

Callore smiled and ran out of the door.

Adrian turned back towards his desk, I hope he understands, or maybe she’ll be lucky and he won’t be the one.

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Jake stopped and peered at the safe lands in the distance. His father came to a halt beside him.

The general scratched his head. “Why have you stopped? We are nearly there.”

Jake gazed at his father and sighed. “Dad, can we talk?”

The general took a step back. “Yes son. Is this about what happened to Derek. That wasn’t your fault you know. You…”

“Derek… no dad, this is personal.”

The general turned towards Jake and nodded. “Go on son, what is it?”

Jake took a deep breath. “I want to ask Callore to marry me, but…”

The general grinned. “That’s wonderful. Your mother will be pleased. She thinks a lot about that young…”

Jake threw his hands in the air. “That’s not what I wanted to talk to you about. I have a secret and…”

“Well a lot of young human men and creature males are. I wouldn’t worry about that.”

Jake frowned. “Are what?”

“Bi sexual. I wouldn’t worry about…”

Jake screwed up his face. “Dad… no… why would you think that?”

The general dropped his gaze. “Well you and Jason were pretty close and I could see he loved you… I just thought…”

Jake ran his fingers through his hair. “No Dad. I’m not bi, I’m transsexual. That means I want to be….”

“…female, yes I know.”

Jake braced himself for the on slant of abuse, but none came. He glanced at his father and saw a smile appear.

The general threw his head back and roared with laughter. “Is that all. Most ‘pires go through this in puberty. Because of your mixed race, you are born unisex. Most of your peers decide their sex due to the traits they discover during their early teenage years.”

Jake’s jaw dropped. “So is Callore the same?”

The general shook his head. “She is half human and they are very different.” He saw Jake’s head drop. “But I’m sure she will understand.”

“So I can change sex, then?”

Again, the general shook his head. “No, you are too old now, but maybe Adrian will be able to come up with a potion.”

Jake rubbed his chin. “Adrian…?”

The general winked and a smirked. “Yes, he’s a wizard. Silly man thinks I don’t know.” He rolled his eyes. “We knew ever since Callore found him half-starved in the forest. He thinks if we found out, we’d banish him. Maybe we would have, in the earlier days, but not now. He has shown this family more love and devotion than our own family have. Whatever he was then, he’s one of us now.”

Jake smiled and put his hand on his father’s shoulder. “We are almost home. Race you to…” The general started to sprint. “Hey, cheat,” Jake called after his dad, as he ran to keep up.


Chapter 27
Chapter twenty seven part b

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of sexual content.

THERE IS A SEX SCENE IN THIS CHAPTER 

Callore launched herself at Jake. He lifted her in the air and spun her around. “How is my girl?”

Callore glanced at the general as he scooped Eva up in his arms. Their eyes met and he nodded.

“Mission complete?” She asked.

Jake nodded and took her hand. “Can we go somewhere and talk? I need to ask you something.”

Callore’s heart fluttered. She grabbed his hand and led him to her private barracks. She opened the door and they both walked in. The door slammed behind them as she pushed him towards the bed.

“We need to talk,” Jake pleaded.

She nodded as she ripped open his shirt and threw him on the bed.

“Please, I need to ask you…”

She grasped his zip with her teeth and tore his jeans in half before she spat the material in her mouth on the floor.

“I need to…”

She reached into his boxers and pulled out his penis. She run her tongue up and down the length of it,

“Look, please I need to…”

She clamped her mouth over the head of the penis and bit it. Blood trickled out of the bite and she cleaned the wound with her tongue. Jake moaned, rolled over and straggled her. He pinned her wrists with his hands and lowered his head until he crushed her lips with his. He entered her and pumped her until she begged him to stop. He kissed her once more before he rolled off her and lay on his back.

She turned her head and smiled. “That was…” She clutched her stomach, scrambled out of bed and dived into the toilet.

Jake’s eyes nearly popped out of his head as he noticed the trail of blood, which followed her. He jumped off the bed and ran to the bathroom door.

He knocked. “Are you alright, my sweet? What a stupid question to ask.

Callore opened the door and fell into his arms. He helped her back to bed and she smiled at him. “You’re the one.”

Jake frowned. “I’m the what?”

Callore stood and hugged him. “You’re the one, my soulmate. I’m pregnant.”

Jake’s bottom jaw wobbled. He grinned and held her tight. “That’s wonderful news…”

Callore gave him a sad smile. “It might not when I tell you…”

Jake shook his hand in the air. “Will you marry me?” he blurted out.

She jumped in his arms and they both fell on the bed.

He grinned. “I take that as a yes. Now what was it you wanted to tell me?”

She found his lips with hers and kissed him. “That can wait my love. Now how about round two…”
 
END OF PART TWO          

Author Notes Part three will start after Easter


Chapter 28
Chapter 28 A

By dmt1967

Jake gasped as he doubled up and fell on the hard ground once again. Callore stood over him and grinned.

“I told you to watch my eyes,” she scolded. “You must learn to keep your stomach tense.”

She held out her hand and he grabbed it. She pulled him to his feet.

Jake rubbed his mid-section. “I thought pregnant women were supposed to take it easy.”

Callore stood on tiptoe and kissed his cheek. “You’re thinking of human women, my love.”

He put his arm out to catch her, but she dodged and ran behind a tree.

He laughed and shook his head. “Well, you are half human. Can’t it tell the vampire side to cool it a bit,” he pleaded.
Callore peered out from behind the tree and winked. “Why? Am I too much woman for you, Adoliofo?”

“Don’t call me that. You know I don’t like it.”

She skipped out from behind the tree. “It’s your given name, Adoliofo, Adoliofo, Adol…”

He grabbed her and pressed his lips against hers. God woman, why do I love you so much?

Callore pushed him away and laughed. “Be careful, you might hurt the baby,” she mocked

He pulled her to the ground and fell on top of her. “I’ll give you baby,” he growled as he crushed her body under his.

“Ahem.”

Jake glanced up, saw Adrian, his mother’s donor, and close family friend. He jumped up and rolled his shirt back down. Callore sat up, buttoned her tunic and grinned.

Adrian stared straight ahead with a slight smile. “The General would like to see you, Master Jake.”

Jake ears started to turn red. “I will come at once.” The two men started to walk towards the barracks.

Callore scrambled to her feet and ran to catch up. “Do you know what’s it’s about?”

Adrian shrugged. All I know is, the general got this letter addressed to Jake, which he opened by mistake. He read it and became agitated. He then sent me out to find you and bring you to him.”

Jake turned his head slightly. “And you don’t know what the letter said?”

Adrian sighed. “I can’t be certain but I think it’s from your Captain Tom Sullivan, but you can ask the general yourself.”

The trio stopped outside an enormous hut and knocked on the tall, wooden door.

“Enter.” A voice boomed.

Jake pushed the door and through the doorway, followed by his companions. He glanced around the room and smiled. They’d decorated again. This place was more like a palace now.

The general sat behind his desk with a furrowed brow and stared at a bit of paper in his hand. As soon as he saw Jake, he waved for him to take a seat.

Jake pulled up a chair and sat down. The others sat on the edge of a big purple sofa near the desk.

Jake held his hand out. “Is that the letter?”

The general gave a curt nod and handed it over.

Jake noticed the handwriting at once. He turned it over in his hands a few times. “It’s from dad,” he whispered. Jake skimmed the letter. His lips and chin trembled as the tendons stood out from his neck. “The people after him have kidnapped my mother and will kill her if he doesn’t hand over what they want by…” he turned the paper over, “…. the 24th of May.”

Callore’s jaw dropped. That’s next week!”

Jake shook his head. It took me a whole month to get here. I’ll never make it back in time.”

Jake heard the door open behind him and turned around.

Eva stood in the doorway. “You would if you could fly.”


Chapter 28
chapter 28 b

By dmt1967

Eva ran to Callore’s side and hugged her. “Oh my darling child, you’re going to have a baby!” She turned to her husband.  “We’re going to be grandparents, Filtiam.”

The general smiled. “Jakes right, you can’t go on this mission.” He caught Jake’s eye and winked. “We need you here to train our warriors. The war is at its end and once the plan is put in motion… well, the war will be over.”

Jake closed one eye. “The plan?”

The general waved his hand. “Never mind about that now. Our main concern is getting you back to America, and who are we going to send you.”  

Adrian rose. “I could go.”

The rest of the group turned and stared at him.

Adrian shuffled his feet and stared at the floor. “I mean, I could deal with the humans and stuff.”

The general stroked his chin. “It’s down to you, Eva. He is your donor and you are the one it affects the most if he goes.”

Adrian glanced from the general to Eva and back again. “I have a refrigerated blood supply for emergencies. That will last you for a few days and we should be back by then.”

Eva put her hand out and touched Adrian’s arm. “We will manage my friend. I give my permission,” She bowed her head and turned to Jake. “The only problem is, how will you carry him?”

The general pushed back his chair and marched to the door. He opened it. “The first thing we need to do is teach Jake how to fly. The other problem we can figure out later.”

Adrian hurried through the door. “I need to go get supplies for the journey and pack a few essentials.”

The general nodded. “Meet us here at dusk. We should have taught Jake all he will need to know by then.”

Adrian saluted, turned and hurried across the field towards his hut.

Eva glanced up at a tall tree and jumped on the lowest branch. “This is as good a place as any.”

Jake jumped up and landed beside her. The branch bowed a little with the pressure.

Eva turned her head. “Now my boy, I will teach you too sore like an Eagle…” her eyes darted up and down his torso, and a twinkle appeared at the corner of her eye. “…Or at the very least, like a pigeon.”

Jake tapped his foot. “Now what,” he scowled. “Do I have to flap my arms or something.”

Eva grinned. “Now you stand up straight, raise your hands into the air like Superman, and…”

Eva shot up into the sky before she landed on the ground beside the general. She put her hand over her eyes and gazed up at Jake. “Now you try it.”

Jake sighed. He copied his mother’s instructions, stepped off the branch, and thud.   Jake landed face down in the dirt. He picked himself up, dusted himself down and glared at his instructor.

The general hid a smile behind his hand as he approached the boy. “What were you doing up there with your hands?”

Jake picked a leaf out of his hair. “I put them over my head like superman.”

The general shook his head and chuckled. “Why?”

Jake bent down and brushed the mud off his jeans. “Eva told me I had to.”

The general rolled his eyes. “Your mother was playing a joke on you.” He shook his head.

Eva smirked. “That was the first lesson. Never believe everything people tell you. You will be dealing with swindlers and they lie. Never trust them.”

“Eva, watch your tongue,” the general growled as his eyes darted to Callore’s face.

Eva turned red. “I’m sorry my child, I never meant to hurt your feelings.”

Callore waved her hand. “You didn’t. I agree with you.”

The general turned to Jake. “To fly son all you have to do is concentrate and imagine you’re a feather floating in the air.”

Jake shut his eyes. I am as light as a feather. I am floating in the air. I am soaring with the birds. He opened one eye and glanced at his feet. The ground and his parents looked so small. I have done it. I am flying… oh, help. I am falling.

“Keep concentrating,” he heard someone say beside him.

He turned his head and saw Eva and the general either side of him. He shut his eyes and soon took control of his body.
“Now, when you want to turn left move your left hand through the air. The same if you want to turn right. When flying near humans think chameleon and you will blend in with your surroundings.” Eva instructed.

Jake followed her commands and zoomed around the sky like a firefly.

Jake practised his turns and invisibility until the sun went down before they landed on the ground near where Callore sat.

Callore jumped up. “How was it?”

Eva clapped her hands together. “He’s a natural.”

“That’s good as it’s time we left.”

Everyone turned and saw Adrian approach with two bags slung over his shoulder. He handed one to Jake. “We need to get going if we want to get there, rescue your mother and journey back in a few days.”

Jake hooked his hand around Adrian and started to rise. 

Adrian turned white. “Hey, we don’t have to fly from here.”

Jake frowned. “You want to run instead?”

Adrian gulped. “No, not really. I mean we could walk to the border and say goodbye properly.”

The general nodded. “That’s a good idea. We will accompany you to the edge of our territory and see you off.”

Jake and Callore walked hand in hand until they were near the line, which separated the safe lands from the vampires.

The general and Eva said their goodbyes and hugged their son and shook Adrian’s hand. They turned and walked hand in hand back to the campsite.

Adrian waited for a little way off from the couple so they could say goodbye.

Jake pulled Callore to him and brushed his lips against hers. “You keep yourself safe and no going on foolhardy missions while I’m gone,” he whispered in her ear.

Callore hugged him. “Be safe, Jake.” She let him go, turned and ran after the general and Eva.

Jake sighed and turned towards Adrian. “Now, how do you want to travel? By air or by running.”

Adrian grinned. He took something out of his pocket. “How about by magic,” he chuckled as he waved his wand in the air and made himself and Jake disappear.
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Chapter 28
Part 3 section b

By dmt1967

The general thumbed his ear. “It takes weeks to learn to fly. We only have a couple of hours.”

Callore stood. “Well if we…”

Jake shook his head. “No, not we, me. You are not coming.”

Callore stuck her lip out.

The general tilted his head to one side as he glanced at Jake. “You can’t go on your own.”

Jake glared at Callore. “I will not have the mother of my baby subjected to this kind of danger.”

Eva ran to Callore’s side and hugged her. “Oh my darling child, you’re going to have a baby!” She turned to her husband.  “We’re going to be grandparents, Filtiam.”

The general smiled. “Jakes right, you can’t go on this mission.” He caught Jake’s eye and winked. “We need you here to train our warriors. The war is at its end and once the plan is put in motion… well the war will be over.”

Jake closed one eye. “The plan?”

The general waved his hand. “Never mind about that now. Are main concern is getting you back to America, and who are we going to send with you.” 

Adrian rose. “I could go.”

The rest of the group turned and stared at him.

Adrian shuffled his feet and stared at the floor. “I mean, I could deal with the humans and stuff.”

The general stroked his chin. “It’s down to you, Eva. He is your donor and you are the one it affects the most, if he goes.”

Adrian glanced from the general to Eva and back again. “I have a refrigerated blood supply for emergencies. That will last you for a few days and we should be back by then.”

Eva put her hand out and touched Adrian’s arm. “We will manage my friend. I give my permission,” She bowed her head and turned to Jake. “The only problem is, how will you carry him?”

The general pushed back his chair and marched to the door. He opened it. “The first thing we need to do is teach Jake how to fly. The other problem we can figure out later.”

Adrian hurried through the door. “I need to go get supplies for the journey and pack a few essentials.”

The general nodded. “Meet us here at dusk. We should have taught Jake all he will need to know by then.”

Adrian saluted, turned and hurried across the field towards his hut.

Eva glanced up at a tall tree and jumped on the lowest branch. “This is as good a place as any.”

Jake jumped up and landed beside her. The branch bowed a little with the pressure.

Eva turned her head. “Now my boy, I will teach you to sore like an Eagle…” her eyes darted up and down his torso, and a twinkle appeared at the corner of her eye. “…Or at the very least, like a pigeon.”


Chapter 29
chapter 29 section a

By dmt1967

Jake blinked as the smoke cleared. He clutched hold of Adrian’s arm.

Adrian led him to a nearby bench and lowered him onto it. “Everyone gets a bit dizzy their first time at teleporting.”

Jake coughed and bile shot out of his mouth. He shook his head and tried to stand.

Adrian caught him “Steady there master Jake.”  He shuffled his feet and stared at his hands. “I guess you’re wondering how a human can do that…
The thing is… well, I’m a wizard,” He blurted out. “Don’t tell the general, though, please. The only thing werewolves hate more than humans and vampires are wizards.”

Jake blinked and pulled himself up. “Your secrets safe with me.”

Adrian grinned. “Thank you. The only other person who knows my secret is Callore and now you. I don’t know what the general might do if he found out.”

Jake smiled. He remembered what the general told him on their last mission together. I’ve known a long time that Adrian is a wizard but don’t tell him I know. When he’s ready, he will tell us himself. Jake sighed. There were far too many secrets flying around already.

Adrian took his wand out of his coat pocket and shook it. “Damn, my fairy dust battery is flat. It will take hours for it to refill enough to transport us to America.”

Jake glanced up at the sky. “We could always fly.”

Adrian shook his head. “You’re in no state to fly! Look, let’s find a hotel for the night and in the morning if my wand hasn’t recharged we will fly the rest of the way.”

Jake pressed his lips together but agreed. Okay, I need to phone Dad and tell him we are on our way, and where does he want us to meet him.”

Adrian grinned. “Good. There is a nice hotel, not far from here, called the Novotel. It won’t be full up this time of year.”

The two companions took a slow walk into town and stopped outside a tall building. They walked through the swing doors and into a lush lobby with a

nice oak reception desk and a polished marble floor.

Adrian walked up to the receptionist and smiled. “We would like a double room with twin beds please.”

The receptionist, a middle-aged woman with glasses, peered at the odd pair and wriggled her nose. “Have you got identification?”

Adrian pulled his wallet out of his back jean pocket, pulled out his passport and handed it to her.

She studied it and him for about a minute. She sighed and handed it back to him. “Room 212 is free. Do you need a hand with your luggage?”

Adrian clenched his teeth. “No, that’s alright. We can manage.”

The woman reached into a cupboard on the wall and unhooked a key. She handed it to Adrian and turned away.

“Could my friend use the phone please?”

The receptionist looked down her nose at Jake and waved him to one of the pay phones in the lobby. “All guests have to use those.”

Jake thanked her and strolled over to one of the phones. He pulled the letter out of his inside jacket pocket. He picked up the receiver and dialled the number on the letter.

Hi, Dad.. Yes, it’s me… we will be with you by tomorrow afternoon… okay, Dad, love you.” He put the receiver down and turned to Adrian. “The meet
has been rescheduled for tomorrow night at a rundown ranch called the Blue Bull in Arizona.”

Adrian yawned. “I am bushed. Do you want to eat first or go up to our room and eat later?”

Jake rubbed his eyes. “I think bed first. We can eat when we wake up.”

The two friends climbed the stairs, walked down the corridor to their room and opened the door. Jake fell on the bed, shut his eyes and fell asleep at once.


Chapter 29
Chapter 29 section b

By dmt1967

The sun shone through the curtains. Jake opened one eye and heard the shower in the bathroom. He sat up and rubbed his eyes. The shower stopped and Adrian walked in with a bath towel around his waist.

“Come on sleepy head, I’ve been up for hours. The water is lovely and hot. As soon as you’ve showered we can go downstairs and have breakfast.”

Jake climbed out of bed and into the shower. The water covered his body and he stuck his head under it and felt the grime disappear down the sink with the water.

He emerged and threw some clothes on. Adrian opened the door and Jake exited the room. They ran downstairs and into the dining room. The duo sat at a table and the server came over.

“This is an all you can eat buffet, Sir,” she muttered.

Both men turned red.

Jake and Adrian pushed back their chairs and walked to the counter. They piled their plates up with sausages, bacon and eggs. They poured themselves a coffee and carried it all back to their seats before they tucked in.

“How is the wand today,” Jake whispered with a mouth full of food.

Adrian sighed. “Not nearly charged enough. I think we’ll have to fly the rest of the way.”

They finished the food, paid the bill and stepped out of the hotel into the fresh air.

Jake looked Adrian up and down. “Will we be able to reach Arizona on time with me carrying you?”

Adrian winked. “You would if I were the size of an ant.” Adrian took a tube out of yet another pocket in his long coat and pulled the cork off with his teeth. The wizard gulped down the green liquid and disappeared.

“Where are you, now?” 

“I’m down here,” he heard a small voice say.

Jake peered at the ground, but couldn’t see anything.

“Look with your heart, not your eyes.”

Jake bent down and scrutinised the pavement. There’s something there. A spot moved and Jake knelt on the pavement and put his hand in front of it.

The spot climbed onto his palm, and Jake held it up to his eye.

“Put me in your breast pocket,” Adrian squeaked.

Jake placed the shrunken man into his shirt front pocket. He glanced up and down the street. Good, no one’s about. He shut his eyes. I’m a feather… I’m as light as air…He rose into the sky. Jake opened his eyes, looked up and rose higher. He lifted his left hand and headed out to sea. America, here we come.

The pair flew without a word all the way to America. Adrian broke the silence first. “Look, I can see the statue of liberty.”

Jake saluted as they passed. “Haven’t you seen it before?”

“No.”

“Didn’t you travel when you lived in the wizard community?”

“No.”

“You don’t have to talk about it if you’d rather not?”

Adrian sighed. “I was a criminal in my village. They locked me up and put me on death row. I escaped, they hunted me, I found myself in vampire territory and Callore saved me. She found me in the forest, half-starved and naked. She took me to the safe lands and the general took me in.”

“So, what did you do?”

“I spoke out about the way we treat certain wizard beliefs.”

“Like what?”

Adrian didn’t answer and Jake didn’t push.

Jake scored the ground. He couldn’t see anything but sand.

“Do you think we’re there yet? Adrian whispered.

“I think so. It looks like a desert and I think the signpost said Arizona.”   

Adrian spotted a movement on the earth below. “Look down there, is that it?”  

Jake turned his head and nodded. “I can see people and cars and what looks like a ranch, I think.”

Jake landed beside a cracked wooden sign with a faded blue bull painted on it. He lifted Adrian out of his pocket and turned towards a rundown farmhouse. A car pulled up and Captain Tom Sullivan got out. He carried a briefcase in his left hand. Jake walked up to the ruin and stopped.

“Did you come alone, son?” The captain whispered out of the corner of his mouth.

“No, I …”

Two women and a man opened the door and stepped out of the derelict building. All three were familiar to Jake, but the younger of the two women sent a chill down Jake’s back.

“Well, if it isn’t little ape-boy. Long-time no see, freak,” Jenny smirked. “What a small world we live in.”         
 


Chapter 29
Chapter 29 section c

By dmt1967

The pair flew without a word all the way to America. Adrian broke the silence first. “Look, I can see the statue of liberty.”

Jake saluted as they passed. “Haven’t you seen it before?”

“No.”

“Didn’t you travel when you lived in the wizard community?”

“No.”

“You don’t have to talk about it if you’d rather not?”

Adrian sighed. “I was a criminal in my village. They locked me up, and put me on death row. I escaped, they hunted me, I found myself in vampire territory and Callore saved me. She found me in the forest, half-starved and naked. She took me to the safe lands and the general took me in.”

“So, what did you do?”

“I spoke out about the way we treat certain wizard beliefs.”

“Like what?”

Adrian didn’t answer and Jake didn’t push.

Jake scored the ground. He couldn’t see anything but sand.

“Do you think we’re there yet? Adrian whispered.

“I think so. It looks like a desert and I think the sign post said Arizona.”    

Adrian spotted a movement on the earth below. “Look down there, is that it?”  

Jake turned his head and nodded. “I can see people and cars and what looks like a ranch, I think.”

Jake landed beside a cracked wooden sign with a faded blue bull painted on it. He lifted Adrian out of his pocket and turned towards a rundown farmhouse. A car pulled up and Captain Tom Sullivan got out. He carried a briefcase in his left hand. Jake walked up to the ruin and stopped.

“Did you come alone, son?” The captain whispered out of the corner of his mouth.

“No, I …”

Two women and a man opened the door and stepped out of the derelict building. All three were familiar to Jake, but the younger of the two women sent a chill down Jakes back.

“Well, if it isn’t little ape boy. Long-time no see freak,” Jenny smirked. “What a small world we live in.”         
  


Chapter 30
Chapter 30 only

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

A cold chill ran down Jakes spine as he stared at the girl. “W--what are you doing here?”

She laughed and walked towards him. “Well the thing is, ape boy, I’m sort of in charge until we can get the boss out of the slammer.”

The man followed her down the steps. “Do you know him, boss?” 

“We went to school together. Ape boy and me had lots of fun together, didn’t we dinky?”

The man grinned. “Hello, Jake. It’s nice to see you again.”

Jakes jaw dropped. “What are you and your wife doing her?”

The man shook his head. “You’re not very smart, boy. We were sent to find your father that day we met at the hotel. We knew he had a son, and when we found you and your friends, we thought you’d lead us to him. We followed you from the hotel, but lost you before the motorway.”

The woman joined her companions. “Why did you call him dinky.” She eyed him up and down. “Hunky would have been more appropriate.”

“He wasn’t always this solid. Me and my brother used to play with him a lot, until his friend ruined our fun. Which reminds me, where is Jason?”
Jake dropped his gaze. “Dead.” He muttered.

Jenny smirked. “Good, best place for him.”

Jake clanged his teeth and his muscles tightened. “Can we get on with this.”

Jenny winked at him. “I thought we could do some catching up.” She turned to her gang members. “Do you know I remember one time when my brother and his friends strung him up and pulled down his trousers. I came along and…”

A flush crept across Jake’s cheeks and he cleared his throat. “We need to get on.”

Jenny waved her hand in his face. “We will, ape boy. Once I’ve finished my st…

The door of the farmhouse creaked as a small boy emerged. He saw Jake and ran towards him. “Jake, what are you doing here? Is Jason with you? Are you staying long? Is…”

Mr Thomas caught his son by the arm and picked him up. “What’s this brat doing here?”

Mrs Thomas shrugged. “I told him to stay inside.”

Little Tommy screamed as his father dropped him and slapped him across the face. “Didn’t your mum tell you to stay out of the way.” He turned to his wife. “You should have had an abortion when you had the chance.”

Mrs Thomas sniffed. “He’s been useful. I mean no one expects a couple of parents to be cold blooded killers.”

Her husband kicked the boy. “Go back into the house or you’ll get my belt across your backside.”

Little Tommy scrambled up and ran towards the farmhouse. He stood by the door, and tears streamed down his face.

Captain Tom took a step forward, but Jake put a hand on his arm and shook his head. Out of the corner of his eye, he caught sight of Adrian behind a nearby stable. The wizard pointed his wand at the gangsters and gave Jake a curt nod.

“Are we going to do this. I’ve got the books,” The captain snarled.

He held out the briefcase and Jenny took it. She handed it to Mr Thomas. “Check and see they’re all there,” she barked.

Mr Thomas put the case on top of the car bonnet and opened it. He nodded. “These are the books, boss. Without these the FBI don’t have a case.”
Jenny smiled, put her hand in her pocket and pulled out a gun. “The thing is boys, we can’t really let you go. He –“ She pointed the gun at the captain – “knows too much.”

Jake froze. He glanced over at Adrian who put one finger in the air. Stall her, he heard a voice in his head say.
“B—before you kill us, I need to tell you something. Your brother’s dead.”

Jenny lowered her gun a little. “Did you kill him?”

Jake shook his head. “No.”

Jenny shrugged and raised the gun again. “It didn’t matter if you did. The boy was a… as you Brits say… a fagot. My dad chucked him out, you know. Good riddance, I mean,  who wants a pervert in the family?”

Mr and Mrs Thomas pulled their guns out and pointed them at Jake.

Jenny smiled but her eyes remained cold. “Now. I’m afraid we have to say goodbye, captain.” She pulled the trigger.

The bullet shot out of the gun and sped towards the captain. Jake jumped in front of him and the bullet hit Jake in the heart. Jake fell on the ground.

He shook his head and picked up the mangled bullet from the gravel.

Jake’s upper lip curled. “Is that the best you can do?”

The other gang members aimed their weapons at Jake, but as they pulled the trigger. Their guns flew out of their hands and spun around in mid-air.

Jenny’s nostrils flared, as she stood in front of Jake speechless. He smiled, tilted his head to one side and pounced.

She screamed as he clamped his teeth on her neck and pulled. Skin and tissue sprayed everywhere. The brown mud turned red as blood poured out of the girl’s throat. Jake shook his head from side to side, and spat bone and matter out of his mouth. He glanced down at the girl and kicked the body.  He looked around and saw Adrian. The wizard stood over a motionless body. As Jake approached, he recognized the lifeless body of Mrs Thomas.

Jake’s eyes darted from left to right. “Where’s Mr Thomas and the captain?”

Adrian pointed to the run down stables at the far side of the farm. “The man took the boy in there and your father followed him with—“ He jerked his head in the direction of Mrs Thomas – “her gun.”

The two comrades ran to the entrance of the stable. As they approached, a single shot rang out. Adrian’s wand in his hand and Jake on all fours, they sped into the building, ready for anything.

Mr Thomas lay on the floor, a hole in his head. Blood trickled down his face, eyes wide open as he stared into space. Jake bent down beside the body and felt his pulse. “He’s dead.”

The two men heard a noise behind them and spun round. The captain stood by the doorway with one arm around his wife and the other around a tear strained boy.

Jake ran up to his mum and hugged her. “Mum, you’re all right.”

She laughed and kissed her son on the cheek. “Yes, thanks to this young man and my brave and wonderful family.”

The captain put Tommy on the ground. The boy ran up to his dad and spat in his face.

Jake raised his eyebrows. “Did you kill him,” he whispered.

The captain shook his head. “No, the boy did. He was going to shoot your mother. The boy ran in here and I followed. He must have hidden a gun in here or something, because when I got here, the boy was standing over him holding one.”

Jake’s mother looked over at the boy. “What will happen to him?”

Adrian frowned. “I suppose we could take him back to the safe lands and bring him up in the pack.”

Jake’s parents exchanged a glance.

Jake’s mum beamed at Adrian. “Or we can have him. Raise him as our own.”      

Adrian nodded. “ That could work too.”

Jake grinned. “So, what are you going to do now? Go back home?”

The captain glanced at his wife and she nodded. “Me and your mum were thinking. We have nothing here anymore, and your mum misses England. She was never truly happy here and neither was I. We have decided to travel back to England with you and set up home as near to you as possible.”

Jake stood in front of his parents, open-mouthed.

The captain rubbed the back of his neck. “Now I know you have a new mum and dad, but all we want is to be near you. You don’t have to see us, if you don’t want to, but…”

Jake shut his mouth, picked up his mother and twirled her around. “That is great. I have so much to tell you. You are going to be a grandmother… and I will be getting married as soon as we get back…oh and…”

Jake’s mum laughed. “Put me down, before you drop me.”

Jake placed his mum on the ground and bowed his head. “You can stay with us until you find a place. I’m sure the general won’t mind.”

Adrian tilted his head to one side. “Actually they can stay with us period.”

Jake scratched his head. “How is that possible. I thought ‘pires don’t like humans.”

“They don’t, but the general wants to change all that. He doesn’t just want to win a war, but bring peace to the land. He wants a community where humans and creatures can co-exist in harmony. He bought the town at the bottom of the mountain, and plans to extend it to make a place where everyone can live, no matter what you are, in harmony. He wants to  build houses and connect the safe lands and the town together.” Adrian frowned.

“But we have a problem.”

Jake sighed. “What?”

Adrian paced up and down the stable. “How are we all going to get there. I can’t transport everyone, and you can’t carry us all.”

The captain took a phone out of his pocket and dialled a number. “Hello, this is red eagle requesting some wings.” He smiled as he replaced the phone. “There is a private air force airport about half a mile up the road. There is also a small plane fluid and ready to go.”  

“How did you manage that,” Jake gasped.

The captain ran his fingers through his hair. “Well, I have deceived you a bit. I told you the truth about a gang of thugs being after me, but what I didn’t tell you was, I was undercover when I worked for them. I am a captain of an elite force and worked undercover as a spy in there company for three years. My job was to oversee the assassins and write them in the book with how much each hitman was paid. I stole the books and testified against the gang lord. The gang has been after me for years, but thanks to you and your friend, all that is over.”

Jake frowned. “I still don’t see why…”

“I phoned the director of the FBI and requested a plane.”

Adrian shook his head. “We can’t take a plane with a pilot to the safe lands.”

“You won’t have to. I can fly the plane to wherever you want. It’s my plane anyway.”

“You have a plane,” Tommy gasped.

The captain gazed down at the boy and ruffled his hair. “Don’t get too excited. It’s only a small one, but it will carry all of us without too much hassle.”

The group walked out of the building and got into the car parked outside. The captain retrieved the books and put them in his inside coat pocket. Jake jumped into the driver’s seat and started the engine. He pulled onto a dirt road and pressed down on the acceleration pedal. The car picked up speed and ate up the open road as if it was a pizza.
 
           
       
   
 


Chapter 31
Chapter 31 single

By dmt1967

Jake pulled off the road and stopped beside a hanger in the middle of nowhere,. A plane stood on the tarmac and two men in black suits and sunglasses walked up. One opened the passenger’s door.

“It’s good to see you again Captain.” The agent saluted and took the briefcase from Jake’s dad. He handed it to his partner and helped Vera and

Tommy out of the car.

The captain held out his arm to his wife. “Thank you agent Taylor.” 

Jake walked around the car with Adrian by his side. “We need to get going Dad.”

Agent Taylor raised his eyes at the presence of these two queer looking men but remained silent.

The group climbed into the plane and buckled up, the captain pushed a button and the engine started. The propellers started to turn as he taxed down the runway. He pulled the throttle back and pulled back on the wheel. The plane picked up speed and rose into the air.

The captain grinned. “Next stop good old England.”

Tommy yawned and his head dropped. Vera put her arm around him and he smuggled into her armpit. He closed his eyes and fell asleep.

Jake stared out of the window. I’ve got to tell Callore my secret before we get married. When I get back, before any more interruptions,

“A penny for them.”

Jake jumped. “Sorry Dad, I was miles away.”

The captain fiddled with some nobs in the cockpit. “I know. What’s on your mind.”

Jake sighed. “I was thinking about Callore,,,”

“Your girl?”

Jake nodded. “I need to tell her a secret, but if I do I might lose her.” He glanced at the back row.

The captain smiled. “Don’t worry son. They’re all asleep.” He pursed his lips. “If it’s about you wanting to be a woman, I would tell her sooner rather than later. If you intend to marry this girl…”

Jake’s jaw dropped and he froze. “How did you know?”

The captain chuckled. “Your mum cleans your room. She found some knickers one day and as she knew you had no girlfriend and her cousin’s son was a pre op transsexual…”

Jake glanced at his mother as she slept. “She knows as well. Why didn’t you guys say anything.”

“Well we thought, when you are ready to share, you will.”

Jake sighed. His mind wandered back to Callore.

“What if I lose her?”

The captain shrugged. “It might not come to that. Even if it does, she needs to know.”    

Adrian stirred and opened his eyes. “We’re here.”

Jake touched his parted lips. “How do you know?”

Adrian yawned and stretched. “If you land in that field it should be fine.” He pointed to some grass down below.

The captain turned the plane and started to descend.

“A group will meet us there. The general wants to see us at once to discuss the plan,” Adrian whispered.

The captain raised one eyebrow. “How does he know that,” he mouthed.

Jake smiled. “By brain waves. They work the same as mobiles, but the receiver is the mind and not a phone.”

The plane touched down with a bump and came to a stop. Adrian nudged Vera and Tommy.

Tommy yawned. “Are we there yet?”

Adrian nodded as he opened the door and climbed out of the plane.

Jake spotted Callore and ran up to her. He took her in his arms and kissed her. Callore put her arms around his neck and nuzzled into his chest.

Adrian tapped Jake on the shoulder. “The general wants to see us pronto.”

Jake flipped his hair. “Well the general will have to wait. I need to talk to Callore first.” 

Adrian sighed. “Okay, I will make your excuses, but don’t be long.” He scurried away across the field with the escorts.

Jake took Callore’s hand. “Before we talk, let me introduce you to my human family.”

The captain marched up to Callore and shook her hand.

“Mum, Dad, Tommy, I want you to meet Callore. Callore this is my family.”

Callore smiled as Vera hugged her and waved to Tommy as he hid behind his new mum.

Jake sensed a figure behind him and spun around. Eva floated towards them followed by two ‘pires in uniform.

“I am so sorry I’m late.” She hugged Jake. “The general wants to see you and Callore at once.” She hugged Vera and the captain, much to their surprise. “You must be tired after your ordeal and long journey. If you follow my soldiers, they will show you where you can rest and freshen up.”

The captain stepped forward. “With all due respect madam I’d rather join the general and the battle plan. I was a captain of the guards and might be of some use to him.”

Eva nodded and turned to Jake. “I can see you two need to talk. I’ll take your father to the general, and you two can follow.”

Jake caught hold of Callore’s arm and pulled her to the side as Eva, the soldiers and his family walked off in the opposite direction.

He pulled her along as he marched to his hut. He pushed her through the door and kicked it shut behind him.

She shivered as he pushed her on the bed.

He sat down next to her. “We need to talk.”

Callore swallowed and looked at the floor. “I hoped we’d do a lot more than that.”

Jake couldn’t help but smile. “Maybe later, but right now. I have something to tell you that might change your mind.”  .  
 


Chapter 32
Chapter 32 section A

By dmt1967

Callore took Jake’s hand and squeezed it. “Whatever it is, my love, we will fix it.”

Jake pulled his hand away and bit his lip. “Please don’t.”

Callore frowned. “Don’t what?”

“Be so nice.” He got up from the bed and walked to the window.

“Please, Jake, tell me. You’re scaring me now.”

Jake turned towards her and hung his head. “The fact is… the fact is I’ve been lying to you.”

Callore put her hand to her mouth. “Y-you don’t love me?”

Jake’s jaw dropped. “Of course I love you. You are my world. This is tearing me apart, the thought I might lose you. I…”

Callore jumped up and ran to Jake. She flung her arms around his neck and kissed him. “That’s all that matters. Anything else we can work out.”

Jake smiled. “You don’t know my secret yet.”

Callore released him and sighed. “Bet it’s not as bad as mine.”

Jake shook his head. "Bet its worse.”

Callore threw her hands in the air and scowled. “Is it as bad as when I have this child I am going to morph into a man.”

Jake stared at her open-mouthed.

“See,” she cried. “So unless you are gay or you don’t really mind, you will be married to a man.” She buried her face in her hands and started to sob.

Jake laughed and hugged her. “That’s wonderful.”

She gazed into his eyes. “I’m glad you think so.” 

He wiped away her tears with the palm of his hand. “My love, I want to be a woman.”

Callore shook her head. “Really?” her body stiffened. “You’re not just saying that to make me feel better,” she sniffed.

Jake picked her up, swung her around and kissed her full on the lips. “Really. I have been trying to pluck up the courage to tell you.”

The corners of Callore’s mouth started to lift. “Adrian has been trying to make a potion to stop the transformation taking place, but…” She stopped and dropped her gaze. “I should tell you, he’s a wizard, but…”

“I know.”

Callore grinned. “He told you. He must like you to have told you his darkest secret, but don’t tell the general or Eva…”

“They know.”

“You’re joking!”

Jake shook his head. “Everyone knows and they are cool with it.”

Callore put her head to one side. “You know I think there have been too many secrets floating around. We are fighting for the right to be different, yet we are just as bad as the creatures we are fighting against.”

Jake grabbed Callore’s arm. “Let’s get married.”

Callore grinned. “You’ve already proposed you dope. We will after the war and…”

Jake shook his head, let go of her arm and marched to the door. “No I mean now. This minute. Let’s get married tonight.” Jake opened the door. “Oh, wait. We can’t.”

“Why can’t we?”

“We haven’t got a priest or anything.”

“Adrian’s a Wiseman which is the creature’s equivalent.”

Jake rolled his eyes. “Of course he is.”

Callore giggled, ran out of the door and pulled Jake after her. “Come on, let’s tell the others. We can have a mixed marriage and please all your parents.”

Callore started to jog towards the general’s quarters. Jake followed, his stomach churned at the thought of what that might entail. 


Chapter 32
Chapter 32 section b

By dmt1967

The general sat at his desk. “I’m so glad you two could make it,” he growled. “We have important work to do. The plan will bring about the end of this….”

Eva raised her hand. “Now, Filtiam. These young pups have a life outside work and the war.” She closed one eye. “I think they have an announcement to make.”

Jake cleared his throat and glanced round the room. “We want to get married now.”

The general tutted and rolled his eyes. “We know that already.” He rapped his fingertips on his desk and turned back to the group. “Now, as I was saying, if we…”

Eva jumped out of her seat. “That’s not what he is saying. He means right now.”

Jake nodded and turned to Adrian. “Will you marry us.

The general stood. “Why the hurry. Peace is nearly here. Why don’t you wait till…”

Jake rubbed the back of his neck. “We can’t wait. The babies will be here by then and Callore might morph…”

Eva pursed her lips. “Yes, I forgot about that side of child birth for Humpires.”

Vera and the captain exchanged glances and shrugged.

Eva sighed. “Callore is a Humpire. When these type of ‘pires give birth, their body builds a cocoon around themselves, rather like a butterfly, and they transform into the opposite sex. In Callore’s case a man.”

Little Tommy scratched his head. “But if she turns into a he, will Jake turn into a she?”  

Jake walked over to the boy and ruffled his hair. “I hope so. I’ve always wanted to be a woman. Ever since I was your age in fact.”

Jake waited for the insults, the catcalls and the laughter, but none came. His eyes darted around the room for a sign of a smirk, but he saw none.

Everyone in the room gazed at him with tenderness and care.

“I’d love to help. Jake,” Adrian whispered. “But I can’t. To marry you, I’d have to be a Wiseman, and only wizards and elders are…

Callore gave Adrian a wide grin. “Everyone knows you’re a wizard darling. That bolt is off the wall and in the tool box.”

Adrian gazed around the room. “You know,” he whispered to the general.

The general walked over to Adrian and slapped him on the back. “I’ve known since you arrived my friend.”

Adrian took a step backwards. “Why didn’t you say anything?” He turned towards Eva, “why didn’t you?”

The general shrugged. “It wasn’t my place. I knew when you were ready, you’d tell us.”

Adrian beamed. He turned to Jake and Callore. “In that case, we’d better get ready, if we want to be wed in a few hours. What type of wedding would you like?”

Callore glanced at Jake and he nodded. “We’d like a mixed one, with a few human, vampire and werewolf traditions thrown in.”
Both sets of parents raised their cheekbones and gazed upon the couple with a twinkle in the corner of their eyes.                
     


Chapter 33
Chapter 33 section a

By dmt1967

Jake stared at his reflection in the mirror, not bad for an hour. His ears pricked as he heard the creak of the door.

The general poked his head into the room. “You ready yet? son. Everybody’s waiting.”

Jake nodded. “How do I look?”

The general entered, walked up to Jake and straightened his tie. “You look great,” he sniffed.

Jake took a step back. “You’re not crying, are you?”

The general turned and shielded his face from view with his hand. “No,” he growled. “Blasted hay fever has started my nose off again. We wolves have exceptional smell and flowers affect us.”

Jake grinned as he followed the general out of the room and to the field.

My God, the path’s covered with rose petals and so is the field. Is that Callore? She looks beautiful. God I love her. Adrian looks great in his cloak and hat. My mothers have worked hard to get all this done in an hour.

Jake walked up to Callore and stopped. He took her hand and gazed into her eyes. She looks great in her black, white and red wedding dress. I wish we were already married, as all I want is to take her in my arms and…

“Have you got the collars?” Adrian whispered to little Tommy.

Tommy nodded and handed them to Adrian before taking a seat on the left side of the alter. Adrian handed Jake the red one and Callore the black one. “Say your vows.”

Jake placed the collar around Callore’s neck and took her hand. “I place this collar around your neck.”

Jake shivered as Callore put the black collar around his neck and repeated the words.

Adrian handed Callore a red lead and Jake a black one. “Now clip these onto the collar.

Jake’s hands shook as he complied with the command. “I will love you always. Where you shall lead, I will follow.”   

Callore smiled and winked at Jake as she clipped the lead in her hands on his collar and repeated the words.

Adrian produced a long, sharp blade and the two young ‘pires put their hands on the altar, palms up. The wizard cut both of their palms and stepped back. He took some twine out of his pocket and tied the two injured hands together. Their blood mixed and droplets fell on the otherwise white table.

Adrian handed them a smaller knife each and Joined the general who sat on the field with the rest of Jake’s family.

Jake took the knife and cut one of the pieces of twine. “We are of the same blood.”

Callore cut the second bind. “We are one for eternity.”

Both of them cut the third and last tie. “We are one in battle and also in death,” they both chanted in unison.

Jake took Callore’s hand and licked her wound. The cut in her hand vanished. Callore followed suit and smiled.

Adrian rose and walked towards the couple. He stopped a few paces to the right of them and grinned. “You are now connected, never to be pulled apart.” The clan rose and howled at the moon.


Chapter 33
Chapter 33 section b

By dmt1967

Callore took a step towards the barracks and stopped. She held her stomach and fell to the floor.

Jake grabbed her just in time. “What’s the matter, my love?”

Callore winkled up her face. “The cubs,” she gasped. “Get Adrian.”

Jake frowned as the rest of the group hurried to Callore’s side. “Adrian, Why Adrian?”

Callore screamed. “Because he’s the equivalent of a mid wife.”

Jake raised his eyebrows. “Of course he is,” he muttered before Adrian pushed him out of the way.

“Okay my darling open your legs wide and let me see,” Adrian ordered as he disappeared under her dress. “Yes, I can see the ears. Right sweetheart just one more push, and oh…”

“Oh, what do you mean, oh?” Jake cried.

Adrian lifted his head. “Well, I think you’re having twins…no I am wrong, its triplets. Now stand back.” Adrian got onto his knees and shuffled back a few meters. “Ready, steady, go…”

The first cub shot out of Callore like a rocket, Adrian caught them by the leg and gave it to the general. “That’s a boy.” The second baby bounced on the ground before Adrian caught it in mid-air. He passed it to Eva. “That’s a girl.” The last little one flew straight at Adrian. He caught it and handed it to Jake. “Another boy.” Adrian rose and brushed the dirt off his trousers. “That’s it. How are you feeling my dear?”

Callore gasped and tried to sit up. “ I think I’m all right.”

Jake mopped Callore’s face with a wet cloth and held her hand. “Now what?”

Callore shrugged and turned her gaze on Adrian. “How long have I got?”

Adrian  rubbed the palm of his hands down his pants. “Not sure. It could take a few days, or…oh.”

Callore tried to raise her body up. “What do you mean, oh?”

Adrian stared at her feet. “Look!”

Everyone gazed at Callore’s feet. A green slime oozed out of her pores and covered her legs. It started to move up her body. Callore lay back down on the floor and smiled. Her lips turned red and her limbs became stiff as the green slime covered her whole body and became a frozen solid block of ice.

Jake bowed his head and a tear trickled down his cheek. “Sleep well my darling.”

The general and the captain picked Callore up and walked towards her hut. Jake and the others followed behind. I miss her so much. I wonder how long her transformation will be. I need to stay strong, as I have to be mum and dad to my little cubete’s.

The procession stopped and Jake pushed the door open to the hut they would have shared. The two men placed Callore on the bed.

Adrian stood in the doorway and gazed upon the girl he always thought of as his daughter. “I need to work on the potion to turn you into a woman so that as soon as Callore transforms you two can live up to your vows,” he sniffed.

Jake nodded. “You do that.” He turned towards the general. “And we have got to implement this plan of yours. I want peace when Callore returns. I want us to start a life and not fight a war together. I want my children to grow up in the community you want to build where everyone is equal and differences don’t matter. Where we can all live as one, humans and creatures alike.”

The general nodded. “The plan is simple. We make your grandfathers sign a treaty saying they will let the ‘pires live among them and, if not except our differences, at least respect them.”

Jake’s eyes opened wide and his jaw dropped. “And how in hell are you going to do that?”

The general rubbed his hands together. “By kidnapping them and not letting them go until they sign.”

Jake shook his head. “Are you mad? We’ll have the vampires and the werewolves after us. They won’t take too kindly to us locking up their leaders.”

The general smirked, walked to the door and turned. “It’s a win win situation. Either they sign the agreement, or we have all our enemies under one roof so to speak and we can kill them off.” The general started to whistle as he strolled out of the room.

Jake took one last look at Callore and sighed. I hope I’ll be alive when you awake my sweet, otherwise it’s going to be a hard life being a single mum with three little ones hanging onto your legs for eternity.

To be continued….            


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

By dmt1967

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Jake perched on the edge of the branch and gazed into the vampire’s campsite. He heard a rustle of leaves behind him and spun around.

The general grinned. “It's only me, relax.”

Jake sighed. “Don't creep up on me like that.”

The general shrugged and sat by the tree trunk. He looked up at the sky. “It's almost dawn. We will attack then. Hopefully the vamps will be at their weakest. We will sneak into the enemy’s campsite, grab the vampire king and out before anyone will realize what is happening.”

Jake ran his fingers through his hair. “I hope so. It will be hard to explain to the cubs that their father is a cold hard killer.”

“So is their mother.”

“You're not helping, you know.”

The general put his hand on his son's shoulder. “Sorry... I know it's hard... Things will get better...”

They heard a noise in a bush to the left of the tree. The captain poked his head out and waved.

The general shook his head. “Speaking of fathers, I wish he wasn't here.”

Jake smiled. “He's been there for me all of my life, you think he was going to sit, a battle this important and dangerous, on the sidelines!”

“I had hoped... He is a good man but he is human and... Well... He is human.”

“I'd rather have twenty captains than one creature any day of the week,” Jake growled.

The general peered into the campsite once more. “How were the children and Callore last night?” 

Jake curled his arms over his head. “The same. A green solid block, but even when she wakes our problems won’t be over. Adrian is no nearer to a solution than he was last month. She will wake soon and be transformed into a man, and as for me...”

The general put his hand around Jake's shoulder. “Adrian will come through, you'll see.”

Jake sighed and stared into space. “I hope so. At least the cubs are too small to really understand and they are being looked after by Vera and Eva until Callore has woken up.”

“Will Vera be able to take care of the little ones while the plan is in motion? Most of the army will be at the cabin by now with Eva and her coffin.”

“What, because she's a human?” Jake scowled.

“No! Because taking care of one child is hard enough, but three 'pires, will be murder.”

Jake dropped his gaze and shuffled his feet. “She'll have Tommy and Adrian to help her.”

The general nodded and raised his arms. “I think it's about time.” He jumped down from the tree and landed near the captain.

Jake ran across the branch and somersaulted into the air. He landed a few feet away and started to creep forward. The campsite looked deserted as the group approached the door of a big fancy hut and stopped by the wall at the back of it.

The captain peered inside the dark room. “I take it that's him in the coffin.”

Jake nodded and looked around before he pushed the door open and walked in.

The general marched up to the box and opened the lid. An old man with sharp canine teeth lay on the purple silk linen with a silk pillow under his head. He groaned but didn't open his eyes.

The general closed the coffin and turned to the two soldiers in the doorway. “Right you two, pick him up but be careful.”

The two soldiers hoisted the coffin onto their shoulders and turned towards the door.

Jake frowned. This was too easy. His grandfather was too important not to have a guard or two. Even if they weren't vamps, he'd have creature... a dragon or a...

The captain turned the handle and eased the door open...

“Where’re you going with our king, human?” an ogre spat.

Jake peered over the shoulder of the soldiers and his eyes opened wide as he saw five young ogres with swords in their hands.  

 


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

By dmt1967

Warning: The author has noted that this contains the highest level of violence.

Jake tensed and clenched his fist. He moved closer to the captain and pushed him aside. His hair rose, and he put one leg in front of the other as he prepared for attack mode.

The general placed a hand on his son’s shoulder and shook his head. He smiled at the ogres and raised his hands. “Gentlemen, this is not your fight. If you let us leave now, we promise not to hurt you.”

The big creatures roared with laughter. “There are three of us and one of you,” one of them chortled 

Jake shook his head. Ogres were not the smartest creatures in the forest, but he thought they could count.

One of the monsters grinned and nudged his comrade. “The boy thinks we count him and the human as warriors, Kog.”

“How cute,” Kog sneered. He took a step into the hut. “We fight men, boy. You and the human don't count, and as for these...” he jerked his head towards the two soldiers with the coffin, “we wouldn't sully our hands-on mongrels like them.”

The general sighed. “You know I think I've changed my mind. For insulting my son, I'm going to kill you myself.” He crouched down and sprang at the ogre called Kog.

His companions jumped in front of their friend and all four fell on the ground. The general untangled himself from the bodies and took a step back. “Jake and I will deal with this.” He turned towards the two 'pire soldiers “You two take the vampire king to the cabin. Eva should be there with the rest of the army by now. If we are not back by nightfall, tell her to take a few good 'pires and carry on with the plan.” He turned to the captain, “You go with them. Sit on the coffin and hold on. They will have to run to make it before nightfall.”

“You and Jake can't handle three!”

The general's eyes narrowed. “I don't have time to argue.” He picked the captain up and plonked him on the coffin. Hold on to the handle bars.” Out of the corner of his eye, he spotted an ogre called Gall disentangle himself from the bundle of bodies on the ground and lunge at him. “Go.”

Jake jumped on Gall’s back and pierced the monster’s neck with his teeth. The creature shook his head, and Jake fell off and rolled towards a muddy puddle. He stopped inches away on his back and lay there for a moment. The ogre produced a sword and ran at the fallen 'pire. Jake spotted him and rolled out of the way, jumped to his feet and pulled out a dagger from his belt. He ducked and punched the dagger into the ogre’s heart.

Gall took a step back, pulled the blade out and threw it on the grass. He ran at Jake again.

“How do you kill these things?” Jake yelled as he dodged another swipe of the thick heavy blade of Gall's sword.

“It's the ears... You cut off their ears to kill them. Ogres need to hear to live.”

Jake pushed the ogre away “You're joking!”

The general jumped onto Kog's back. “I know as parents me and your mother... haven't been the best... role models, but I would think... You'd have... a bit more faith in my... ability to know when to... and when not to... joke.”

Jake sighed, dodged Gall's fist and punched him in the stomach, the creature grunted and doubled up as he toppled to the ground. Jake jumped on top of him, took both hands and held his ear. He opened his mouth and severed the ear from the head. The ogre twitched and tried to throw Jake off. The young 'pire dodged another blow and pounced on the other ear. He bit that one off as well. Gall twitched once, fell on his back and lay still.

Jake rolled off the monster and sat up. He gazed around the compound and saw the other ogres were dead as well. The general leaned against a tree.

Jake stood and walked towards him. “Are you, all right?”

The general nodded. “Yes, only a few cuts and bruises. Ogres might be dumb, but they can fight.”

Jake scratched his head. “I'm surprised the rest of the vamps and their followers didn't come to help.”

The general gazed at the other huts scattered around. “The vampires can't and the 'pires who have joined his evilness, well he might have changed them already, or are out hunting.”

Jake rubbed the back of his neck and bit his lip. “Just in case... let’s go.”

He turned towards the hills and started to run. Jake glanced back once and saw his father a few trees away, and grinned. The between the two territories came into view. He turned left, as he past the last tree and headed towards the cabin. The general caught up, and they ran side by side to the cabin. As they approached, the duo slowed down to a walk. The sun set as the door swung open, and Eva emerged from the doorway.

She smiled as she spotted them and threw herself into her husband’s arms. She touched a cut on his face. “My love, Baldalph and Cirngi were back hours ago. I was worried.”

The general took his wife’s hands and kissed them. “Where is your dad?”

Eva wrinkled her nose. “He's in the bedroom. Don't worry, I have put the spell Adrian gave me. He can't escape or get out unless we want him to.”

The general walked towards the little log cabin. “I thought he'd make more noise.”

Eva smiled and linked arms with her son and husband. “I also gave him the knock out potion Adrian made in case of trouble. Well...”

The general grinned. “It will keep him quiet at least.”

Jake yawned.

Eva smiled and walked to the larder. She took out a lump of meat, cut it in half and gave the uncooked half to the general, “I think we all need sleep and food before part two of the plan can be carried out.”

Jake shook his head and walked to a cot at the far side of the cabin. “Not for me, thanks. I will eat when I wake up.” He unrolled a sleeping bag and climbed inside. “Is the captain all right.” I should have asked that the moment we arrived.

Eva grinned. “Yes, but is he mad.” She faced the general. “What did you do to him? He came in here ranting and raving about being thought of as weak, and he can handle any fight we can...”

The general waved his arms. “They were ogres, and he is only human.”

Eva pursed her lips. “Filtiam Randal Wolfhound, you sound like my father.”

“Sorry dear, but he is a human and no match for an ogre.” He glanced over at his son. “Jake will back me up on this one.”

Zzzzzzzzzz

Eva shook her head. “You will take him on the next mission and keep him safe.”

The general bit down on the deer leg in his hand, wiped the blood off his chin with the back of his hand and closed one eye. “Yes dear,” he muttered as he hung his head.                            


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

By dmt1967

Jake sniffed the air and opened one eye. He stretched and sat up.

The general smiled. “Morning, Jake.” He poured Jake a coffee and continued to munch on a sandwich. Blood poured out of it with every bite he took.

Jake rolled out of bed, rolled up his sleeping bag and grabbed the cup off the table on his way out of the door.

The captain sat on the porch with Eva.

Jake sat beside her and took a sip from the cup. Even after all this time, I still hate the thought of blood. He shuddered. Blood on a kill is cool, but eaten raw animals and the taste of blood...

“Come on you two, we need to get a move on if we want to be back by tonight.” He kissed Eva on the cheek. “And you need to get out of the sun before it rises my love.”

Eva frowned. “Are you sure you don't need any more men. The three of you taking on the whole wolf pack...”

The general kissed Eva's forehead and gave her a quick squeeze. “The three of us will be fine. It will be easier to sneak into the castle, kidnap my father and sneak out again undetected. Besides, if the vampire's decide to attach, I need all my men here to make sure you are safe.”

Eva nodded and pursed her lips. “I will need to get them ready for battle” – she smiled – “and I’m sure you won't be arriving back alone.”

The general sighed and started to walk towards the trees with the captain and Jake hot on his heels. “No my love. I expect the whole pack to be hot on our tail when we arrive back.”

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The castle loomed ahead as the trio crept closer to it. The general raised his hand. “Keep your eyes peeled for a patrol of some kind. There wasn't one at the border, so maybe they haven't heard about the abduction of my father-in-law yet but I don't want to take any chances.”

Jake scrambled up a tall tree and peered into the grounds of the castle. He spotted a few werewolves. But nothing that spell danger. He jumped to the ground and landed beside the general. “So what now?” Jake whispered. “There doesn't seem to be anyone around.”

“The general rubbed his chin. “I think the best thing would be if Jake and I were to creep in,” – he turned to the captain – “While you keep look out. If you see anything, just whistle.”

The captain tipped his head from side to side. “Will you hear me?”

The general grinned and nodded. “We are half wolf and have excellent hearing.”

He started to creep in the direction of the castle. Jake glanced back at his human father and smiled. “Don't worry dad we will be back before you know it.”

“Take care son,” his father whispered to an empty space as Jake also moved towards the castle grounds and disappeared from sight.

Jake caught up to the general outside the big iron gates. “So what's the plan?”

“We go in, get my father and take him back to the cabin,” the general whispered.

Jake rolled his eyes. “I know that! I thought maybe you had a plan for doing that? Or do you expect them to leave the door open for you?”

The general pushed the gate and it swung open.

“It might be a trap.”

The general shrugged. “Maybe, but maybe someone left it open and is on our side.”

Jake froze. “Have we got someone like that here?”

“Well,,,”

A tall boy emerged from the bushes. “It's good to see you master Filtiam.”

The general shook the boys hand. “Hi, James. Is everything in place?”

The young lad nodded. “I gave them Adrian's potion last night and there all sleeping like puppies, but we need to get a move on, I don't know how long my brother's potions last.”

Brother... what brother... Adrian didn't have a brother, did he? No Callore would have told me, wouldn't she?

The general glanced at Jake and grinned. “I will go get my father while you fill Jake in.”

James held out his hand and Jake shook it.

“Do you know Adrian's story?”

Jake nodded.

“Well after he disappeared the whole family suffered. The wizard Adrian upset was very powerful in the community and banished me and my parents from our lands. I wanted to go and search for my brother, but my father forbade it as he blamed Adrian for our bad luck. I left them and found myself in werewolf territory where Your father and uncle found me. They took me back to the castle and gave me a home.”

“But the war... and my mother,,, Does Adrian know you're alive?”

“I am loyal to the clan, but this fight isn't right. Father against father... We are noble creatures and not vamps... We should stand together like our ancestors...”

Jake heard footsteps and the fir on the back of his neck stood on end. He clenched his fist and faced the noise.

The general ran towards them with a body slung over his shoulder. He passed the two young men and picked James up as he passed. “The rest of the pack are waking up. Come on lads we need to go and go now!”

Jake over took James and the general and ran out of the gate. He ran through the woods, picked up the captain and didn't slow down until he saw the border. He glanced behind him and saw the general stumble. A pack of hungry dogs pounced on him, but he managed to throw them off. He started to run once more.

Jake placed the captain on the ground and waited for the general to catch up.

“Why are you stopping?” The general growled.

“Look!”

The group gazed at the area around the cabin. 'Pires and vampires were in battle and blocked off their path to safety.

“Now what?” Jake gasped.

James smirked. “I can get us to the cabin.” He pulled out a bag, opened it and took out some dust. “This wont hurt a bit,” he chortled as he sprinkled the dust over the group and made them disappear.


Chapter 37
chapter 37

By dmt1967

Jake shut his eyes as the trees vanished.

“We're here,” James whispered in his ear.

Jake opened one eye and stumbled. He put out his hand as he fell forward.

James cleared his throat. “Sorry, should have warned you guys. You do tend to be disorientated for a moment but that should pass.”

Jake shook his head and the mist cleared a little. The hut came into view.

The door flew open and Eva stood in the door way. “Come in quickly. We haven't much time.”

The group hurried through the door and saw the vampire king tied to a chair. The general placed another chair next to it and sat his father on it. The great leader slumped forward.

Eva handed the general some rope. “It's the rope Adrian made. They won’t be able to break free.”

The general nodded, tied his father to the chair and collapsed into a third one positioned in front of the other two.

“Shall I wake them up?” Eva whispered.

The general nodded as Jake moved over to the window and peered out.

Eva took two bottles filled with a green goo off the table and, with her teeth, pulled out the corks. She poured them over the heads of her prisoners.

“The vampire king spluttered, opened his eyes and glared at the general.

“Hello, Orfeo. So glad you could stop by.”

Orfeo struggled to break free. “Why have you bought me here?”

Grrrr

The vampire turned his head. “And why the hell am I tied up next to a dog?”

Eva walked into view. “Hi, Orfeo. We have bought you here to...”

“You will call me father and have some respect girl. You will also untie me and not speak to me unless I speak to you. I know you go around with trash now and you married a dog but...”

Eva slapped her father around the face.

“You deserve that, night crawler,” the leader of the wolf pack growled. “She might be a vamp, but she is still a lady and the wife of my son so treat her with respect.”

Orfeo gave the werewolf a cold, hard stare. “Don't tell me how to handle my daughter. If you handled your son with an iron fist maybe we wouldn't be here. We had a treaty, but you broke that by letting your son marry my daughter. We trusted you dog and this...”

“Trust,” the werewolf spluttered. “Trust. You want to go on about trust. What about the trust we had all those years ago when you betrayed us...”

“Enough,” Jake yelled as he approached his grandfathers. “That was a life time ago. It is not our fault you had this stupid treaty and you don't know who you’re going to fall in love with. All this destruction and endless killing has got to stop. There are young cubs and vamps out their killing each other, and for what? Some silly law that someone broke a century ago.”

Eva glanced at her son and smiled. She turned her head and gazed at her father-in-law. “Jake is right, Randal. Is it so bad having a vamp as a daughter-in-law?”

The old wolf-man sighed “We never wanted this, you know. I wasn't happy at Fitiam's choice of wife, but I wasn't opposed either. We only became involved because of him.” – He jerked his head in the direction of the vampire king – “When we heard he'd discovered an injection to turn 'pires into full vampires we had to stop it, even if it meant killing every last one of them. More vamps in the world means less humans and our job is to protect humans at all cost.”

A muscle on Eva's father's face popped out as he rocked the chair back and forth. “Humans need to be wiped out. They are worse than... than... than dogs.”

Randal shook his head. “The trouble with vamps is they hate everyone. They think they are better than everybody else and their beliefs are the only ones that should be respected. Anyone that doesn't have the same ideals that they have are either brainwashed or irradiated from this earth. They don't believe in differences and the philosophy, live and let live.” He gazed up at Jake. “Do you know Hitler was a vamp?”

Jake's eyes opened wide. “No, I didn't.”

“That's why when his generals and the British tried to shoot him they couldn't. My great great grandfather killed him with a wooden stake through the heart.” He turned towards his son. “I presume you have a solution to ending the conflict.”

The general reached into his inside jacket pocket and pulled out a folded sheet of paper. He unfolded it and produced a pen. “Yes. This is a treaty. It states that the pair of you will leave our kind in peace and let us live on our land without the fear of raids. It also states we can pass through your lands as long as we don't stay.”

Randall glanced at the vampire king. “I will sign it if you get him to sign it.”

Orfeo snorted. “And what makes you think I'd sign that?”

Eva bent over her father. “Because, if you don't, I will take great delight in pushing a wooden stake through your heart myself.”

“I thought you wanted me to sign it. If you think you can lead my men... you're a woman... they'll never follow you!” Randall blustered.

Eva smiled but her eyes remained cold. “They won't need to. Jake might be a half breed but he is still our heir and the only one you got left. They will follow him.”

Randall's eyes darted between his captors. He lowered his eyes and his shoulders slumped. “Give us the pen,” he sighed.

Jake put a hand on Eva's arm. “What if he signs, we let him go and then he goes back on his word?”

Eva smiled and patted his hand. “Don't worry. Both will keep to it. Randal, because he's a wolf-man, and their word is their bond.”

“And Orfeo?”

Eva clenched her hands into a fist by her side. “And father... well, and father, because 'if the dog can do it, then so can I,” she mimicked.

Jake grinned and glanced up just in time to see the two older creatures stand. The vampire marched out of the hut with his head held high. He gave a war cry. “The war is over. Come my children.” He marched into the woods followed by his army of vampires.

The wolf-men stared at each other and scratched their heads.

Their leader grinned and winked at his son. “I better take my troops home and deal with the injured.”

The general shook his father's hand. “We are going to have a celebration party... you know... if you want to come.”

Randall stared at his hands for a moment. “I think not. Although I am fine with you and Eva, there are some who are not. Your grandmother for one will not take kindly to the news as she blames Jake for his brother's death. I can make her comply to the treaty but me socializing with you... well that will be too much for her to take.” Randall ran through the door and into the woods followed by a pack of wolves.

The Captain and James stepped out from the shadows. The captain gazed at his son. “Is it over?”

The general held the treaty up for everyone to see. “Yes, it is my friend, it is finally...”

The group heard footsteps outside and turned towards the door.

“It's Callore... she's awake,” Adrian panted as he burst through the door. He gazed upon the room. His jaw dropped and his eyes opened wide. “Brother, is that you? He gasped as he closed his eyes and fell to the ground.  

       


Chapter 38
chapter 38

By dmt1967

“He's coming to.”

Jake lifted Adrian's head and gave him a drink. “It's okay. Your all right now.”

The wizard nodded as he sipped the water. “It must have been all the excitement. What with Callore waking up, the general sending a message that the war was over and me discovering a potion to make you a woman. You know I thought I saw my brother. Which is quite ridiculous as he's been dead for over ten years...” He turned his head and saw James.

“Hello brother. My death was a bit exaggerated, I think.”

Adrian pushed Jake away and scrambled to his feet. He stumbled towards the young man. James put his arms out and Adrian fell into them.

“Brother... How?...Who?...Why?”

“What do you mean you've found a potion?”

Adrian straighten up and turned towards the young 'pire. “Sorry,” he mumbled. “The rest of the troops are getting merry in the mess hall, Callore is with the children and Vera and yes, I have finally invented an injection that works. Well it works on frogs and cats... Haven't tested it on people though. For some reason no one would let me experiment on them.”

Jake grinned. “Well considering the injection is supposed to change one's sex, are you surprised?”

Adrian shrugged. “I said I'd change them back when I discovered the potion to do it.”

James shook his head. “Brother, you haven't changed a bit.”

Eva opened the door. “Let's go home. I want to see Callore and my grandchildren.”

So do I. I wonder what they look like? Will the potion work? Will Callore still love me when I become a woman? Will I still love her now?

Jake stared to run for home and didn't stop until he saw the lights of the hut he shared with Callore and heard the music of the celebration for the end of the war.

*********************

Jake pushed the door and walked in. He saw someone sat in a chair with two small cubs on his knee. Vera sat on the bed next to the chair with the other infant. She looked up and smiled. The person in the chair stood and put the babies in their cots. They turned and gazed at Jake.

“Hello,” they said.

Jake shuffled his feet and rung his hands. “Hi, you don't look any different.”

Callore threw her head back and roared with laughter. “If you felt my junk you wouldn't say that.”

The young 'pire turned pink. “What do I call you?”

“Callore, like before. It's a universal name. Our parents choose unisex names.”

“You look good.”

“I feel good as well.”

Jake groaned and ran into Callore's arms. “I love you,” – he kissed the cheek. “I missed you,” – he brushed the mouth with his lips. “I don't care if you are a man, you're still my wife...”

“Husband,” she corrected him. “I am a he now, not a she. Soon you will be a she and my wife.”

Jake opened his mouth to speak but didn't get a change as the door burst open and the general, the captain, Tommy, James and Adrian marched in.

Adrian holds out a bottle filled with purple and yellow colored liquid. “This is it.”

Jake grabs the bottle, unscrews the lid and gulped its contents.

Nothing happened.

Jake's lip tightened. “It doesn't wor...” He clutched his stomach and groaned. “It's cooking my insides,” he moaned. He fell on the floor, his arms wrapped around his tummy. He twitched once... twice... then nothing. His eyes closed as he exhaled out.

“You've killed my son,” Vera and Eva wailed in unison.

“No, the general gasped, look!”

Everybody in the room stared at Jake's body.

“He's growing breasts,” The captain gasped as his hand flew to his chest.

“His penis has disappeared,” Vera whispered as she grabbed her husband's arm.

“His face is getting softer,” Eva stuttered as she took a step backwards.

The general stared at his son and a slow smile appeared on his face. “He's changing into a woman,” he muttered as he lowered his head.

Jake's eyes shot open all of a sudden. He lay on his back and stared at the ceiling for a minute. He sat up and gazed around the room.

Callore knelt down beside him and took his hand in hers. “Jake, Jake my love. How do you feel?”

Jake smiled and kissed the hand of her husband. “Never felt better, darling and from now on you can call me Jasmine.”


Chapter 39
Epilogue 1

By dmt1967

 Loup ran into the living room. “Are they here yet, Mum?” He raced to the window and pulled the curtain back.”

Jasmine smiled as she gazed at her eldest cub. “They'll be here soon. Don't worry.”

“But when,” the impatient boy wailed.

Jasmine laughed and shook her head. “The captain is picking the general and Eva up in their new car. I suspect the two woman got to chatting and forgot the time.”

Loup pushed out his lower lip. “Why couldn't they run or fly here? It would be quicker.”

Jasmine sighed. “Come and help me decorate the tree. It will take your mind off their arrival.”

Loup grabbed some tinsel from a box and started to put it on the tree.

The front door slammed and Callore walked in laden down with bags. She dropped them on the floor and fell into a nearby arm chair. The two infants which followed her in the room ran to their brother.

“Are they here yet?” They both yelled in unison.

The young cub shook his head. “No. They are coming by a stupid human thing called a car.”

“Don't be rude. You seem to forget, one set of your grandparents are human.”

Loup lowered his head. “Sorry, Mum. I didn't mean humans are stupid. It's just they could fly...”

“Or run,” Adoliofo junior muttered.

“Or transported with Adrian and James,” Alessiandro whispered as she played with her new pink bow.

Loup glared at his siblings. “Or any number of other quicker ways.”

Jasmine shrugged. “They are all coming by car. I think Adrian, James and your grandparents have never been in one before and wanted to know what it's like.”

Callore rose. “They will be here soon, so I think we should start din...”

A car door slammed.

“Their here,” the cubs yelled as they rushed past their parents and flung open the door.

“Well hello my little ones,” the general boomed as he scooped his grandchildren up in his arms and gave them a hug.

“How was the drive?” Callore asked as he took the bags and ushered them into the lounge.

“Fine, but slow,” The general grumbled.

Eva sank onto the sofa and sighed. “I couldn't have a cup of blood, could I? It's been a long journey.”

Callore walked towards the kitchen. “Yes, of course. I put a few bottles in the fridge this morning.” She spotted Vera screw up her face and smiled. “I will also make some tea as you guys must be frozen to the bone.”

It didn't take Callore long to pour the blood, make the tea and place the drinks on a tray. She carried it into the sitting room and placed it on a coffee table. She handed the drinks out and sat on the arm of Jasmines chair.

Eva sipped her glass of blood and smiled at the couple. “So, when is it due?”

Jasmine patted her stomach. Not for a few months yet.”

“I'm bored,” Loup groaned. “When will dinner be ready?”

Jasmine rolled her eyes. “You only had a leg of deer for your breakfast a few hours ago.”

“Baby talk is boring,” Adoliofo piped up. “Anyway I hope the next cub is a boy. We already have one annoying sister, we don't need another.”

Alessandro punched him on the arm and stuck her tongue out.

“Mum, she hit me,” Adoliofo howled as he pinched his sister's arm.

“How about a story?” Callore butted in before things got out of hand. “The hunter will be a few hours delivering the meat anyway and a story will make the wait seem shorter.”

The three cubs stared at their dad and nodded.

Loup clapped his hands. “How about the end of the war?”

Adoliofo grinned. “How about the rescue of grandma Eva from great grandfather.

Jasmine put her hands up. “They are all good stories, but we will only have time for one. She smiled at her daughter. “What story would you like? You have the deciding vote, little wolf.”

Alessiandro stroked her hair and gazed into her mothers eyes. “Well. I'd rather hear about the day Mum found out she wasn't human.”

Loup nodded. “And went searching for grandad Filtiam and Grandma Eva.”

Adoliofo eyes sparkled. “And how mum and dad met.”

Jasmine grinned at her three little soldiers and patted the fourth one. “Now that is a good tale to tell. Well my little ones, it all started with a letter...”

THE END

Author Notes I will be reposing this novel from the very beginning next month with a certificate. It is no way near publishing standard yet, but hopefully it will be in the not so far future. I thank you for all your support and help.


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