Chapter 7: Fighting for the Wrong Reasons
General Bulger met up with Miguel to discuss some news.
"Have you found the princess yet, bounty hunter?" Bulger glared at the boy with a suspicious look as he got off his horse.
"No, but I'm sure I heard a commotion over in the town square with a bunch of cats. I think the girl has something to do with it." Miguel reported, pointing to his left towards the town.
"Good work boy, now we must report to the king." Bulger took a red amulet stone out of his utility pouch and blew on it.
"I wouldn't count on it." Miguel smirked while crossing his arms.
Bulger rolled his eyes.
Dust fluttered into the air, swirling around in midair to create an image of the face of Thanatos.
"Salutations, General...what useful news do you bring to me?" Thanatos smirked, waiting for the general's report.
"Princess Miranda and her friends are in Botta Hill Port Town. We have their scent." the general reported.
"Do you have her?" Thanatos's expression turned from a smirk to a suspicious look.
"No...but we are beginning to search the town." Bulger gulped as he saw the vampire king's red souless eyes burst into flames.
"Find her! I want that girl alive!" Thanatos boomed.
"You find Miranda now, or I will have to come in there, rip you apart and find her myself." "My lord...we are very close in finding the princess. What good does it bring if you destroy me when I am your only hope?" he reminded when Thanatos's eyes returned to a normal state.
Thanatos thought about it for a moment.
"Hmm...you have proven your point quite clearly, for you have never failed me. Very well, do not summon me again until you have done your job. Do you understand?"
Bulger gave a salute.
"So long..." Thanatos laughed as his image disappeared into the amulet.
Miguel gave Bulger an I-told-you-so smirk.
"Find the girl," the general ordered as he took a sword out and put it near Miguel's neck, "Or would you prefer your neck to be dinner?"
"Hmph! That's no worse than Thanatos collecting hearts. But hey, I'll do my job." Miguel laughed as he pushed the sword aside and climbed onto his horse.
"We both have our punishments." Miguel smiled as he rode off into town on his horse.
Bulger rolled his eyes.
"Let's go..." he said as he and his men sight a tea shop and entered.
He spots Annie ordering an orange pekoe tea.
"Wait here..." The general ordered as he floated an inch up in the air towards Annie.
"Aren't you too young to drink tea?" Bulger whispered into the girl's ear as she drank her tea.
"Aren't you too stupid to earn the rank of general?" Annie snapped as she took another big drink of her tea until her mug was empty.
Bulger quickly took his sword out and slashed the mug in half.
"Uh...sir, you have to pay for that." the shop clerk cut in their conversation when Bulger hissed at him, showing his canine teeth.
"Okay! Have mercy! Its free!" the clerk's pointed ears drooped in fear as he hid behind the counter.
"Now, where were we..." Bulger looked back at the chair Annie was sitting in to find out she was gone.
Suddenly, Annie, in her wolf form, lunged at the general at full strength in a surprise attack.
Sonny and Sierra were paying for a boat when they heard the window to the tea shop shattered on the ground.
Annie threw herself and Bulger out the window.
"Maybe we should go help her." Sonny suggested when Sierra gave him an are-you-kidding-me look.
"Duh!" Sierra uttered as she unfolded her wings and flew towards the action.
Sonny took his bow and arrow out and began to shoot at the vampire soldiers.
Miranda and Marcy used the ladder attached to the side of the house to climb onto the rooftops.
"Word of advise my friend..." Miranda panted, "Do not eat too much food or you'll end up looking like big butt back there."
"Yeah, that was disgusting." Marcy laughed.
"You know vampire, I like you. Let's say we call it a truce and become friends." Miranda smiled and held out her hand.
"You...really take me as a friend? After all...I am a vampire." Marcy looked at Miranda with a sceptical expression.
"From what I learned about vampires, you are a fledgling. Fledglings are vampires that have just been bitten, and they are not evil. And because we both had our history with Thanatos, we can team up and work together to fight him and save the world." Miranda explained as she continue to hold out her hand.
"Truce?" Miranda asked.
"Truce." Marcy happily grabbed Miranda's hand and shook it, calling it a truce.
"I'm Marcy Xyloto, what's your name?" Marcy asked, "My name is Miranda McLaura." Miranda replied when they both heard the sound of stiletto like boots.
"Hope I'm not interrupting anyone. Oh...Princess Miranda...what a surprise to see you again." the cold voice revealed to be Catty Purr.
"You know this chick?" Marcy inquired in a surprised voice.
"Yeah I know her, she and her cats invaded my village when I was ten. What do you want Catty?" Miranda stood her ground, ready to take her sword to play.
"I see you have been messing around with my cats back there. Now that Thanatos chased you into town, I am here to take my revenge on you for putting me in jail five years ago." Catty smirked.
"Oh really...one, whoever said I was trying to bump into you? Two, you can't hurt anyone. You're on restraining order, remember?" Miranda remind when Catty made a witty comeback, "Oh but princess, rules are meant to be broken." Catty held out her right hand, summoning her weapon.
It appeared to be a scythe with ribbons, bells and a fish toy wrapped around where Catty held the weapon and the hilt of the blade.
"Like it?" the cat lady smirked, making Miranda and Marcy jump as the blade hit the rooftop, giving them goosebumps.
"I call her...February Revenge." the cat lady laughed out loud as Miranda pulled out her sword.
"And I name my sword...a sword...I don't really name my weapons." Miranda sighed, giving a glance to her sword, then to Marcy, who shrugged, and back to Catty.
"Let's dance hero!" Catty ran at Miranda, dragging her scythe.
Miranda jumped high and Marcy moved out of the way as Catty dove the blade of the scythe into roof, disturbing a man taking a relaxing bath within the building.
"Could've said it better myself." Miranda flipped over the cat lady and landed on her feet, giving her a witty smile.
Annie stood her ground as General Bulger cornered her.
Her claws dove into the cobblestone as she prepared to jump.
"There's no use in escaping me, puppy!" Bulger laughed as Annie snarled at him.
"I despise being called a puppy!" she lunged at him with full strength.
Sierra shot at the vampires with pink fireballs from her hands.
She landed on the ground swiftly as some vampires surrounded her.
"Once your friends are finished, we will enjoy ripping off your pretty little wings, fairy." a vampire cackled while his fellow soldiers laughed with him.
"Aww...you vampyres are so adorable when you try to be scary." Sierra smiled at her remark.
She took a pig's heart out of her utility pouch, unknown to the vampires that she placed three garlic bombs inside.
"Fetch!" Sierra yelled as she threw the heart up in the air for the vampires to catch.
"Oh look! Bloody heart!" A vampire shouted, pointing at the pig's heart in the sky.
They all took big leaps, licking their lips at the sight of the pig's heart.
With the snap of her fingers, the bombs went off, burning the airborne vampires alive.
"All in a day's work." Sierra laughed at her thought as she rubbed the blood off of her hands.
Sonny continued to shoot them with arrows, but the more he shot, the more they resisted.
They were gaining on him.
The only weapons he had were his arrows and they were useless in close range, unless if he can go airborne.
He jumped up in the air and threw one arrow at a vampire in the neck.
The vampire gagged and fell into the water, thus smoke rising out of it.
Sonny went for his bow and five arrows, shooting all of the attacking vampires in one shot.
He landed swiftly beside Sierra, who folded her wings until they disappeared.
"Did you catch that last move?" Sonny asked as he got Sierra's attention, "Pretty amazing, huh?" Sonny bragged as he rests his hands on his waist.
"Hmm...I think you overworked yourself, just a bit." Sierra criticized, sensing a vampire with a sword behind her.
"Oh what?! I just jumped in the air, that's all." the elf boy complained when he heard the vampire screaming as he ran at them with a sword in his hand.
Reacting quickly like a cat, Sierra turned and held the sides of the blade with the palms of her hands.
The vampire looked at the fairy in surprise.
She grabbed the sword, pulled it up and threw the vampire into the water, where he singed to death.
"Oh, and I overworked it?" Sonny smirked while Sierra rolled her eyes and threw the sword into the water.
They looked up to witness the battle between Annie and Bulger.
"C'mon, we gotta help Annie." Sonny warned as he got a piece of rope from his pocket.
Annie had Bulger pinned from under her paws.
"Wait, just give me a chance to apologize." Bulger claimed when Annie gave him a sceptical look.
"For what?" she growled when the general kicked her in the stomach.
She whimpered as she lied on the ground, turning back into a human, while Bulger crept towards her.
"That for an example." he laughed, pulling out two swords.
To make sure Annie didn't escape, he gently places his boot on her head.
He attempted to stab her when he was distracted by a ray of pink light, taking his boot off of Annie.
She kicked his ankles, making him fall to the ground.
Sonny pounced on him and tied his wrists together, then standing aside.
"Sorry ol' pal, why don't you pick on someone your own size for a while." Annie smirked, then taking a glance at Sonny.
"AAAAAHHHHHH!!!!!!" Glen crashed into Sierra and forced her to the ground.
Patti landed on Bulger's back, pricking him with her quills.
He screamed in intense pain.
"Blimy! Guys, what are you doing here?" Sierra asked as she stood up and cracked her back.
"Yeah, I thought you guys were with Miranda." Annie added.
"Well, we were with the princess, but we got separated while we were chasing the cats." Tommy explained when another commotion occurred when Giles fell onto the cobblestone ground.
"What the?!" Sonny was the first to look up at the commontion.
"What was that?" Patti muttered as she ran to the ghost boy.
"Is he alright?" Sierra sighed as she ran behind her.
Without anyone noticing, Bulger squirmed away from the embarrassing scene like a little worm, escaping.
"Wait a minute! Weren't you the kid who got chased by those stupid cats!?" Annie queried loudly, frankly in a harsh voice.
"Annie! Don't talk to people like that." Sierra retorted.
"Look, he's waking up." Glen announced as everyone turned their attention towards him.
"Whoa! What happened?!" Giles shot up, then looked around at the group.
"How very odd, a fairy, an elf, a werewolf, a duck..." "Gander actually..." Glen corrected him.
"Uh...right...a gander, a porcupine and a turtle. Seems like an odd group don't you think?" Giles smile apologetically as everyone in the group shrugged.
"What's your name, hun?" Patti asked as Giles cleared his throat.
"I'm Giles Xyloto. I was with my sister, Marcy, when we got separated when a girl skating on a garbage can lid snatched her." Giles explained, when the kids looked at each other, knowing exactly who Giles was talking about.
"We didn't introduce ourselves. I'm Sonny Owl, and these are my friends: Sierra, Annie, Glen, Tommy and Patti."
"Hey, wasn't there a tied up vampire over there?" Giles asked when they had surprised expressions on their faces, then shot their heads at where they tied up General Bulger.
"AAHH!!" they screamed, realizing that the general escaped.
"Where'd he go?!" Annie asked as she panicked.
"Panic! Panic! We're all gonna die!" Tommy panicked.
"Why does that vampire seem so important?" Giles asked, scratching his hair.
"Because that dude we tied up happened to be the general of the vampire army, sent here by the monstrosity of all of the world!" Sonny explained.
"And he's after my cousin!" Annie added as she stood up and transformed into a wolf.
"Waiting until next Christmas or something? We gotta find Miranda before Bulger does! C'mon!" Annie yelled as she ran down the street as a wolf.
The group soon followed her.
"Marcy, I might need a little help here!" Miranda yelled as she dodged Catty's every move.
"I'm trying to do the best I can!" Marcy yelled as she wrapped her arms around Catty's neck.
"Mrow!!!" Catty screamed as she grabbed Marcy's head and threw her across the battle ground.
Miranda charged at the cat lady at full force, jumped off of her scythe and flipped forward into the air, kicking Catty's shoulder.
"Miranda! I got an idea! Just distract Catty!" Marcy ordered as she leaped into the air.
"There's nowhere to go, Miranda!" Catty laughed as she swung her scythe, attempting to cut Miranda's legs off, but in the neck of time she leaped and landed on the wood connected to the scythe with only her hand holding her weight, twirled her body and kicked Catty in the face.
"Who knew those small feet could pack such a kick?" Catty commented as she rubbed her cheek, glaring at Miranda ferociously.
"You thought I was going easy on you? You never should've underestimated me." Miranda smirked as she stood on her feet.
"Pride is only a sin, human! Now...let's see if you can dodge this!" Catty lifted her scythe up in the air and swung it back down.
Miranda cannot dodge this move, for the scythe was coming down fast.
So her quickest choice was her sword.
The blade of the sword finally connected to the blade of the scythe, but in confusion, Miranda honesty didn't think it would hold off against it.
But no matter, it felt like the scythe was about to break the blade of the sword, almost piercing a hole in it.
"You're dead meat, princess!" Catty yelled as she dug her scythe further into the sword.
"Marcy...whatever you're planning...do it now before I get creamed." Miranda thought in her mind, hoping for something to change in this situation.
"C'mon Miranda, you beat cat lady here before. You've been through worse...you are the last human girl alive...you hid from Thanatos for ten years in fear...grew up too fast and trained to be a Vampire Slayer...fought against many vampires...and almost been seduced by Thanatos without your consent!" she yelled in her own mind as her mother's necklace she wore around her neck, began to glow.
"I've. Been. Through. Enough!!" Miranda bellowed as she pushed the scythe off of her sword at unbelievably full strength.
It pushed Catty back as well.
"Why you little-" before she had a chance to finish her sentence, Marcy kicked Catty at the side of the head, thus knocking her into unconsciousness.
She had little strength to teleport herself away.
"Whoa, Miran...your necklace looks like it's freaking out on you." Marcy noted, staring at the sapphire necklace.
Suddenly, the battleground was raining...daggers.
"What the heck is going on here?!" Marcy yelled, attempting to use her poncho to cover herself up.
Miranda looked up to spot none other than General Bulger, leaping very high into the air throwing daggers at them.
"I finally found you, princess!!" He laughed.
"Thanatos's general!!!" Miranda yelled in confusion, then turned to Marcy.
"Run!" Marcy yelled as she grabbed Miranda's wrist and ran towards the edge of the building.
"Oh no!" Miranda nervously said.
"Jump princess!!!" Marcy ordered as she jumped, pulling Miranda with her.
"WHOOOOOAAAAAA!!!!!" Miranda screamed as the wind caught them as they fell to the street below.