For reasons unknown to Zoth, his body numbed at the sight of Ruki upclose. The munchkin standing so close to him didn't compare to the person he saw at a distance in combat. She darted at her prey like a professional runner with wild speed. When her teeth made contact with the skin of his comrades, the blood seemed to dance in slow motion as it twirled towards the sky. Without a doubt, they were in serious pain, falling unconscious in pale heaps. What was amazing was their resilience in the presence of a monster, though. Avon didn't hesitate a second to protect him, an act Zoth didn't calculate. Then again, that was the point in his experiment: witnessing the unexpected, and boy was everything happening around him unexpected. Granted, Circe was rather predictable for defending Avon from harm, but the confession from Asya was...well, uncharacteristic. Even more uncharacteristis was Damian's kiss of acceptance before a whirlwind of blood took away their consciousness.
And now it was his turn. Glancing to his side, Zoth spotted Lamia gazing into nothingness, her world far more lonely and meaningless than his own. Was that why Ruki chose to spare his life as well? Each second brought her an inch closer, her fangs preparing to shred his skin apart. Then what? Everything that he did was to meet the vampire itching to knock him out in several painful ways. After all, until the fateful day that he saw her messages on a peculiar site, all he could do was struggle to graduate from high school as soon as possible. How could he work with his hands and do as he believed under the supervision of his overly busy parents?! No matter how much he wanted to live life freely and start over, he was weighed down by who he was and who he should be. And now, even when the greatest of unexplainable phenomenons was right in front of his eyes, there was a sense that he couldn't escape what he was "destined" to become.
"Wait!" Zoth's voice echoed against the quiet background. Unknowingly, he closed his eyes as he cried out, yet he managed to resist Ruki's bite. "I...I don't get it. I took your hints and found an article about you from the 1950s. It was obviously outdated, but no one could figure out how the murders around one little girl were committed. But the reason is simple: you're a vampire!"
"So what? Do you want a cookie? I thought nihilist didn't believe in rewards, digging up someone's past, and satisfying themselves." Silence followed, meaning Ruki had finally cornered Zoth. Placing a firm grip on his shoulder, Ruki narrowed her eyes at him, waiting for a reaction. When none came, she smirked. Then she dealt him a falcon punch to his right cheek, sending his face into the dirt below.
"Are you mental?! So what if I'm not a 'real' nihilist! It was enough to lure you out! I even sent you information on everyo--"
Ruki pounded her feet into Zoth's stomach, causing him to choke on his words, literally. Talking with Zoth was really pissing Ruki off, and an extra dose of kicks to his ribs didn't satisfy her in the least. What infuriated her more was the fact that Zoth responded to her "hints" by hacking her numerous accounts. Besides, "she will live" was a psychological test for the depressed or possible candidates for becoming vampires. In the end, Ruki got was a bunch of confused teens who couldn't even be looted to pay the rent she owed! What's more, vampires were suppose to be a "hush, hush" topic amongst humans, so Ruki had no choice but to check out Zoth's "masterpiece." No time was wasted to dismantle it.
"Listen, twit!" Ruki gathered the material of Zoth's shirt and yanked him upwards. It kind of pleased her to no longer be considered a mere "child" in his eyes, but she was still furious. "I've seen Hell, and I know you're not ready for it. Nihilism isn't 'believing in nothing,' but you don't truly believe in nothing ei--"
"Wh...-y a-re y..-ou so...mad? Ha..." Rolling her eyes, Ruki released her grip on Zoth, but shoved his upper body back into the dirt, the rest of his body following with it. "J-jeez! Are you sure you're not trying to kill me?"
"How about you respect those superior to you?! And if I wanted to kill you, you'd be in a lot more pain! Now, speak. Your time is dwindling."
"You think I don't understand? I have five beaming siblings who are younger than me. Four of them are girls, and two of those girls are twins. The last of those five siblings is a boy, but I do have another brother. He's older than me and makes my life a living H- miserable. But I also know that deep down, none of my classmates here want to die."
"The contraption I made that dysfunctioned was suppose to do exactly what your...friend did to my classmates: terrify them enough to realize what they had all along. It wasn't going to kill them. I made sure of that. But I also wanted a spectacle that would remind you of your past and lure you out. So, it was a two for one--"
"Who's demented now?!"
"Please take me with you. I can't go back, and no matter how much I open my heart to them, I...I just can't live the life they live."
****** Some Time Later ******
Ruki panted as the yanked open the door to the HQ. After ranting to a bunch of kids and unleashing her anger out on them, she realized her Digi was buzzing uncontrollably. Since Digi's were way better than cell phones and the early editions of digital phones, Ruki often checked it frequently. When opened, messages and calls were displayed like any cell phone, but by tracing your finger down the center of the phone and speaking your password for access, the phone would split apart to reveal two flaps with screens on them.
The right screen was for entertainment purposes -- games, movies, TV, etc. The left screen held the internet, news, and online messaging. Upon opening her online messaging inbox, Ruki was devestated to find a flood of e-mails all signitured with a fancy "D." Either "D" was a master hacker who wanted to increase her already bad mood or Ruki was dealing with an amateur who sent frequent messages if you didn't reply fast enough. Ruki chose the latter to describe him.
"Dear God, if there is a God, why are they multiplying?!"
"Isn't your job to take my name, not complain about your worthless duty and waste my time?"
"Ruki Lox. Now open the damn elevator!"
"Well aren't you uncute. A Fallian, eh? You're the second one with father issues, right? And aren't Fallians suppose to be anti-social? What's with the groupi--"
"Why don't you shut your face, open the damn elevator, and have fun babysitting?!"
Without waiting for another word, Ruki stormed into the elevator, rapidly jammed the button for the floor she was designated to, and waited irritably for the door to open. When it did, all the vampires who arrived ahead of her would feel her flaming glare if they dared to turn their heads towards the "Ding" noise behind them. Today just wasn't her day, and neither was it for anyone who crossed her path.