"Okay, okay. Quiet down the both of you!" I had to shout above the clamor. Finally, silence filled the room and I was able too look at Ruth and David in the eyes. They both stood in the same position, legs locked and their arms crossed, but Ruth looked more intimidating. I was sure if their fighting got physical, Ruth would've come out on top. "Stop fighting with each other," I sighed as I combed my hair back in frustration. "The new kid will be here soon and we wouldn't want to scare him off."
"You know you have a point," Ruth began. I immediately froze in place. It was not like her to agree with me. Something was up. "I shouldn't be arguing with David. After all it's not his fault. We both specifically requested no more Hunters. So tell me, Stephan, why are we getting another?" She spat out her words as if they were venom and the way they both turned towards me as one I knew I would have to tread carefully.
"I'll admit it," I held up my hands in defeat, "I specifically
I approached Matthew as he holstered Diminisher. We watched the body of the demons dissolve into ash together and I breathed a small sigh.
"Your first kill as an official Hunter," I commented. Matthew didn't look at me. I wondered what he was thinking. "What were your thoughts as you killed it?" I asked. He looked at me in curiosity, wondering if this was another test. "Give me an honest answer," I stated. "There's no hidden meaning or deep thinking involved. How did you feel?" Matthew looked back at the spot where the demon had been and sighed.
"Nothing," he sighed and his forehead creased in worry. "Twenty years ago, I felt nothing but anger when I killed. I wasn't a Hunter yet but I thought I would feel satisfaction to finally be striking back at the race that had taken everything from me." Matthew sighed once more. "But I feel nothing." He turned to me and I could see the confusion in his eyes. "Is there something wrong with me?" He asked. I smiled and shook my head.
"All right, Matthew, I'm stepping out for some vacation time. Mind taking over for me?" I winked in his direction. His expression was first one of shock then of happiness.
"Really? You mean I'm staying here by myself?" His voice was almost too loud but he caught himself. After all these years he at least learned a little self-control.
"And other hunters that may pop in," I shrugged. "But I will be there on your first hunt alone." Matthew's expression soured.
"But if you're there it means I'm not alone," he sighed. I laughed.
"I mean I won't be next to you every step. You have the hunt. But I will hear about everything you do down to the last tiniest detail. So it might as well be like I'm there." I watched as Matthew's face turned to skepticism and he quickly tried to hide it. I chuckled but said nothing more and left. Matthew would be fine.
It wasn't long before I received a demon alert. Perhaps only three days after I had left Matthew. With a smirk I left and casually
Lily's mother moved. I was surprised she stayed as long as she did in that house. It's been almost six years since Lily died. I suppose her mother just couldn't let go. The same way I couldn't let go. I sat on the rooftop across the street and watched as the movers came and packed everything up. I continued to sit up there long after they drove off. I stared at an empty house, regretting that I never had a chance to walk her home or go to the dance with her or even tell her she was my friend. I wonder if there is an afterlife that Lily went to and she can now see everything I am and have become.
"Sorry I wasn't human, Lily," I muttered softly and looked down at Diminisher in my hands. Lily would not approve of such violence I was sure. But someone had to protect humans from the evil out there in the world. "This is my job now," I whispered and wondered if she could hear. "I failed you. But it will never happen again."
"Don't raise your voice," Gabriel scolded me calmly. I looked at him with wide eyes. I hadn't felt like I was being very loud at all. "A Hunter never speaks above a whisper," Gabriel instructed. That was the first time I noticed that he never really had been loud. There were times I just felt that he was hoarse and other times when I hadn't even noticed at all.
"Yes, sir," I responded, keeping my voice low and quiet. "But may I understand why this is necessary?" He smiled.
"Why do you think it is necessary?" He quizzed me. I stood for a moment, trying to think of all the reason why I should speak in a whisper.
"If I spoke too loud, it would alert my enemy to my location," I counted off on my fingers, "and it could teach me to listen. If I train my ears, I'll be able to hear danger before it sneaks up on me." Gabriel nodded and I grinned.
"And?" he asked. I hesitated. I couldn't think of another reason.
"I don't know," I shrugged.
"It will calm your spirit," Gabriel instr
After all the hard work I put in at the park the last thing I expected to hear was someone knocking at my door. It put a bit of a damper on my mood. All I wanted was a cold beer and some time in front of the TV before returning to the Hunter house. We had wiped out every demon in the area and brought in the backup readers to ensure there wasn't a counter attack. I was told to go home and was so ready to enjoy my night. But no, I had to get out of my old and worn recliner chair, hide any visible weapons, and hope that it wasn't the damn Jehova's Witness people at my door.
What I found was the last thing I ever expected. It was the Reader's kid. The one named Matthew.
"I want to train with you," Matthew whispered. I cocked my head as I stared at the boy. He was still covered in blood and I realized that he no longer had a home to go to. But I didn't know what to do with the kid. He had been born and raised as a Reader. How does one turn from a Reader to a Hunter? I sighed
Magic, Heart, and Moon IV
The caravan had picked up three girls in the town they had stopped in after Ruby. They had also passed through one town near the border of Sky Prefecture. They didn't stop there but there was one boy who was a homeless orphan. He was picked to be a mage along with another male and female.
The health of one of the boys from Hook Prefecture was dropping at an alarming rate. The others were slowly getting better but the healer's couldn't make their magic work on this one boy. Some whispered that it was because the boy could be a healer himself. It was always harder to heal a healer. The eighth year mages and their teachers were saying that they may have to send some of the students to the school in Sky Prefecture. There was still one more town to stop in before they entered the Infernal Valley. From there it was a straight shot to Destitute. However, if the young boy was going to live, the mages needed to stop in that town.
Some of the other stude
Magic, Heart, and Moon III
It had never been especially hard to find someone in Ruby but when Axe didn't want to be found it was almost as if he no longer existed. Niri asked everyone she came across for his whereabouts but no one seemed to know where he was. Even when she asked where his house was, people would only give her funny looks as if she were crazy. Niri was on the verge of giving up when she spotted a child she had never seen before leaving the Inn. A couple of the elder mages were wandering around town but apparently the children were all still tired and indoors sleeping.
This girl was the first Niri had seen and after eyeing the pale skin, silver hair, and pointed ears Niri realized that the young girl must be a moon elf. Moon elves came from the Spruce Prefecture. They rarely sent their young to become mages, claiming that the magic was too "tame." The moon elf looked around the town in interest.
"Hey!" Niri called to the girl, unable to hold back. The youn