Chapter 7: Take Flight!
“Hey Miranda, wake up.” I shook the sleeping princess.
She didn’t move.
“Hey, wake up.” I shook her arm again.
And again, no response.
So I rubbed my hands together, took Miranda by the arm, and pulled her off the bed.
She landed with a thud, waking her, Annie, and Glen.
“Ow, what’s the big idea?” Miranda bellowed quietly as she looked up at me.
“Oh, it’s you. What are you doing up so early?” she questioned as she then looked out the barred windows.
The sun was just about to rise, tinting the sky with a beautiful navy blue.
I woke up earlier than usual, because today, I was gonna break one of Prussia’s dumb restrictions for Miranda only for a little bit.
Behind me, I heard Annie lay back into her bed and drifted back to sleep.
“I’d thought I’d get you up to show you what we’re up against.” I told her as I gave her back her pistol.
“What do you mean?” She questioned, while she observed her gun and slid it in her holster she placed on.
“Remember when Prussia was looking out…”
“Oh, I know…” Well, at least I didn’t have to say anymore.
“Its vampire country, and I just want you to know that these vampires are not easy beings to mess around with. I’ll show you, just c’mon, and don’t wake anyone up.”
She nodded as she stood up and took my hand.
Just as we were about to leave, Glen flew behind us.
“I’m coming too! As a guardian of Miranda, it is my sol duty to watch over her and warn her of danger. If it wasn’t for me, Spain would’ve had our heads chopped off.”
Never mind, I have a job to do.
“So Marisa, why isn’t Annie coming with us?” Miranda questioned yet again.
“I’ll take her next time, I need to check the sky traffic.” I answered as I grabbed for my broom.
“Yeah, we’re going to be flying.”
“Flying?!” Glen shouted when we quickly grabbed him and shut him up, as the others were still sleeping.
It was when we heard a yawn coming from a few doors ahead of us.
“Hide, someone’s waking up.” I hear Miranda order quietly as we hid under a stool that held a flower pot.
It was Spain that walked out of the room, probably going to get a drink of water.
“Don’t turn left.” I muttered under my breath.
Spain, half awake, turned to his right away from where we were.
What a relief…
“C’mon, down the stairs.” I said as I grabbed Miranda’s hand and hurried down the wooden stairs before the Spanish guy came back.
I looked around, to make sure no one else was around, and led ourselves out of the hideout.
“Okay guys, we have to be extra quiet out here as we were in there. Some vampires are patrolling these areas, and if they see a single human outside their home, that would be me and you, we’re done for.” I warned her as we ducked under a line of bushes.
A vampire guard was walking on the sidewalk right beside where the bushes were.
That was close.
We crawled for at least a minute or two before we came to a clearing, where no guard was patrolling.
“You guys okay?” I questioned as I pulled the pair out of the bushes.
“Yeah.” Miranda wiped the dirt off of her knees while she stood up.
“See this broom?” I held out my broom to show them as they nodded.
“This broom is our ticket to flying up in the sky. This is important, Miranda. You will never know what you’ll come up against unless if I show you. And I’ll give you a hint of why those guys wanted to kidnap you in the first place.”
So I positioned my broom in between my legs while Miranda and Glen were tilting their heads in confusion.
“What? Haven’t you seen a person on a broom before?” I questioned when they both shook their heads.
“Miranda, I want you to sit behind me, and hold onto me tightly. I’m still working on my departure and trust me, it’s going to be a bit rusty.” I warned her as she climbed onto the broom and wrapped her arms around my waist.
“I just want you to know that this is my first ti-.” Miranda told me.
“Fantastic!” I exclaimed, ignoring whatever she said.
We blasted off into the air, when Miranda screamed at the top of her lungs.
Well, I did warn her…
Glen was flying right behind us, trying to keep up with us.
Miranda’s grip around my waist tightened and she leaned her head against my back.
Ah, poor girl. She wasn’t kidding when she said it was her first time flying.
And Glen over there was enjoying himself, as if he’s been on the ground for too long.
At last, we reached smooth sailings.
“Hey, Rin…you can open your eyes now.” I nudged her to get up.
When she looked up, she looked around, and giggled.
“Wow, what great view we have, huh?” She felt really nervous since we took off into the sky.
“I know right? Take time to look around.” I told her as she listened.
At that moment, an idea came to my head.
So I held onto my broom tightly, and smirked.
I speed forward, much to Miranda’s surprise, and did a couple of flips.
“Marisa stop doing that!” Miranda pleaded as I continued to go fast.
“Look out!” Glen shouted at something that was in front of us.
It was a flock of geese heading south for the winter.
“Oh shit!” I screamed as we flew into the flock, causing some geese to hit our faces.
“Hey, watch where you’re flyin’!” a goose bellowed at me while I was spitting out some feathers.
“Sorry miss, didn’t mean to do that. Pardon me sir.” Glen apologized as he flew past them.
Then I slowed down.
“Marisa, what did you do that for?!” Miranda yelled at me as she hit me on the top of my head with her palm.
“I wanted you to get used to my flying, it’s a bit rusty, ya know.” I lied.
“I thought we were here to find some vampires, not trying to get used to your lousy flying!” Miranda argued at me.
“Hey, I said my flying was a bit rusty, not lousy!” I argued back when I looked down at a fortress.
“Never mind that, we’re here.” I informed as we landed on the roof of the fortress.
We walked near the edge of the flat roof to observe the vampires below us.
We lied on our stomachs so they won’t see us.
“Those vampires just got back from their nightly patrol.” I told Miranda as I pointed at a group of vampires gathering around a large vampire.
“And see that chubby vampire over there? That’s General Bismoth, a German vampire who has Prussia and the others on the run. We’ve been trying to fight this guy for almost two years now, and no matter what we do, he wouldn’t budge.”
“Is there anything we can do to stop Bismoth?” Glen questioned, looking over to me.
“Those three we call Prussia, France, and Spain are working on another plan to attack. I bet you 20 cents that the reason why they stole you is that they need you on their side. Because you represent hope. Although if I ask them, they’ll probably won’t admit to it.”
“I don’t really get it…why’d they have to kidnap us though?” Miranda asked.
“I think it’s either an old habit that is hard to break or they’re trying to look cool.”
“I think the latter. But we could’ve at least talk it out first, I would’ve been happy to help you guys out. Now I’m not so sure.” She sighed.
“We should get back to the hideout, I don’t want us to come back with everyone awake. You must never speak of what we did to anyone, as if we never snuck out in the first place. If they did, they’ll have our heads.” I warned the girl as we got back onto my broom
We flew into the sky and enjoyed the view.
“Prussia’s lucky to have this land. It’s really beautiful if you think about it.” I told her, but she was silent.
“I guess…” she sighed.
“Hey Marisa, do you know why Prussia has those red eyes?” Miranda questioned me.
“Hmm…he never told either of us. But all I can tell you is that he’s no vampire. You probably have the idea that all people who have red eyes are vampires, correct?” I explained when she nodded.
“Can I tell you something about Prussia that might have something to do a vampire?”
Miranda nodded, “It was at least a hundred years ago, a couple before The War of the Austrian Succession, Prussia was attacked by a vampire, and I believe that it was Thanatos that tried to kill him. He started to kill his people too. Prussia almost killed that vampire by nailing the Iron cross onto his chest.”
“Ouch!” I hear Miranda utter out.
“I know, but then again it was probably his ego talking.” I chuckled.
It was then that I saw two figures appear from a group of clouds.
I recognized who they were though.
One had them had blue hair, white dress, and bat wings.
The other had blond hair, red dress, and had colour crystals along her wing line.
What are the Scarlet Sisters doing here?
“Hey! Remilia! Flandre! It’s nice to see you guys again.” I waved to them when Miranda patted me on the back.
“Who are they?” she asked me.
“They’re Patch’s friends, Remilia and Flandre Scarlet. I wonder what they’re doin’ here though.”
It was then we were hit with a fireball, sending me and Miranda flying out of control.
I struggled to get us back into our course.
I looked up at the sisters, “Hey, whatever the hell did you do that for?!”
“Ah, if it isn’t Marisa Kirisame. We need to collect someone from you. Hand her over now and no soul gets hurt.” Remilia ordered, holding out her hand.
Her voice sounded cold, meaning she wasn’t kidding about what she and Flandre were doing.
Miranda widened her eyes, as if realization hit her hard.
“Who are you working for?” she interrogated.
“Let this not be an interrogation, princess. Let me answer this though…we work for your death.”
“My death? Whatever do you…?” Miranda paused for a moment, she probably thought something through.
“Why the hell are you working for Thanatos?!” she bellowed.
“Yeah, what were you thinking?” I chimed in.
What I was thinking, huh?
I might not trust Thanatos, but we made a promise.
I turn in the girl, and he’ll protect my home and family in return.
While we were talking, I secretly ordered Flandre to hide behind the clouds and grab the girl while Marisa wasn’t looking.
“Wait, wasn’t there two of you?” The goose questioned, giving Flandre a chance to strike.
“Miranda!” He shrieked, making her and Marisa look behind them and flew out of the way before Flandre could grab her.
That stupid goose!
“After them!” I yelled as Flandre and I chased after them.
At the corner of my eye, Flandre used her powers to create 3 clones of herself, then we shot at them with our magic.
“Marisa! They’re shooting at us!” I hear Miranda warn Marisa from up ahead.
“I’m thinking of a plan to lose them, for now use that gun of yours!” She commanded as she took out her gun and pointed it at us.
She’s holding a Revolutionary War gun with a bayonet!
“Flandre! Be cautious around that girl! She has a gun that could severely injure or kill us.” I warned my sister as we continued to shoot them with magic bullets.
I heard a gunshot, and the bullet went through the heart of Flandre’s clone, making it disappear with the wind.
She’s a good shot!
“Flandre, I mean it this time!”
She hid herself in the clouds again, while her remaining clones continued to shoot at them.
“Marisa, have you come up with a plan yet?” She yelled.
“Not yet! I’m still thinking of a plan! I mean c’mon, I’m not a fast thinker ya know.”
“There’s no time to have slow thinkers! Can’t you see we’re getting’ shot at by little girls?!”
Pardon me?! I yelled in my thought.
“I wouldn’t call them little girls if I were you, Miranda. Remilia and Flandre have been alive longer than the both of us or your cousin combined, I know, their appearance probably threw you off didn’t it?” Marisa explained to her when Miranda nodded.
The goose gasped, “Miranda, Marisa! Look out!”
I summoned my spear, being careful with my aim, and threw it at Marisa’s broom.
Unfortunately, thanks to that no good goose, they saw it coming as Marisa attempted to dodge my spear.
Fortunately, it hit them, causing an explosion upon impact.
The next thing I knew, I saw Marisa’s broom caught on fire, thus losing some air, and Miranda, along with her goose, falling out of the sky.
“Flandre!” I called to my sister, “Take your clones and get the girl! I will deal with Marisa!”
“Miranda! What do we do?! What do we do?!” I hear Glen panicking.
Yeah, we were falling from the sky because of that Remilia person.
So much for making a plan Maris…
Well, I still had my gun on me.
The blonde haired girl, Flandre, flew out of the clouds along with her clones and flew after me.
I had my back against the wind pushing me, and pointing my gun at one Flandre on my left.
I pointed my gun at the other Flandre on my right.
Wrong one again.
So the one in the middle must be the real Flandre.
But before I got a chance to shot at her, she shoot a bullet at me, knocking my gun out of my hands, and Glen into the air.
I was defenceless!
“Got you now!” She yelled in joy as she flew after me.
Flandre grabbed me by the arms.
“You’re ours now!” She smirked, showing off her vampire teeth.
Just then, my necklace began to glow bright.
“What’s happening?!” I knew this girl was freaking out over my necklace.
Suddenly, my necklace send a massive wave of magic at Flandre, a couple of clouds, Glen, Marisa, and Remilia.
What the hell?!
I hear Flandre screaming in fear, flying to her sister, and together they disappeared in smoke.
Suddenly, after a few minutes of falling, someone caught me.
“Hey, who are you?” a female voice asked me when I looked up at her.
She had short black hair with a hat, with red ribbons with cotton balls at each side of her head, and black wings.
“A person you caught out of the sky.” I answered when she giggled.
“No silly, I mean what’s your name?”
“I’m Miranda McLaura.”
“Huh, I thought I heard that name before. Well I’m Aya Shameimaru, a news reporter. I meant to report a story on this here battle, and I caught a person falling from the sky while doing it.”
“Well, thank you for saving me.” I thanked her when she smiled.
“No problem!” Aya replied.
“Hey Aya! Where are ya goin’ with that human?” I hear Marisa call out.
She was still trying to put out that fire on her broom.
“I was just gonna put her down to safe grounds where there’s no vampire guards around.” She admitted.
“Good, and just to make things perfectly clear, do not put Miranda any newspaper. She’s on the run and she’s incognito from Thanatos. Her entire existence would be compromised.”
“Say no more, Maris.” Aya placed me down in a forest area, then took out a notebook and a feathered pen, “Miranda McLaura is exempted from any further news.”
“Um Marisa, does that include yesterday when those three guys…uh…France, Prussia, and Spain I believe, kidnapped her, the duck, and the wolf?”
“No! Don’t publish that! One it was out of context and two we don’t want Thanatos to find out about that. He would put us all to death.” Marisa was waving her arms like crazy.
“Got it! By the way, here’s your monthly subscription.” Aya passed her a rolled newspaper article.
“I passed by your hideout, and no one’s awake yet. But you better get there quick before they are. Well, see ya!” Aya waved to us as she flew into the sky and disappeared out of sight.
“Aya’s probably right, we might still have time to get back before they’re awake.” Marisa told us as we got onto her broom (fire was out), and flew back to the abandoned pub.