Alexis had the intention of doing her boss proud when she slid into the seat of the Lincoln Town Car and twisted the key in the ignition, bringing the vehicle to life. The large interior felt opulent, as did many of Drake’s vehicles, but the car had a full ballistic treatment on it that, when combined with the three body trunk, made it Alexis’ car of choice. The fact that it happened to blend in well, being the most popular chauffeur car of choice, might have also played a part in her decision.
Enno had found the address earlier, a middle class home that seemed nothing special. Inside the home however, were people bottling the glowing blue drug known as Three Eye, working hard to get even more of it out on the streets. Alexis had parked a block away and was watching the house when she saw a vehicle pull up and men begun unloading jugs from the vehicle. They were big, the water jugs you put in water coolers at home or at the office.
Alexis grinned at the payoff and pulled out her cell, dialing up Enno to let him know what she had seen and to get him into position to help her follow the vehicle. They finished their business at the house much quicker than anticipated, and Alexis had to make a tough call. Follow them alone and risk getting spotted, or let them go and try it again another day. If she waited, that was more time for the drug to be on the street, and more time for the White Council to notice what was going on.
Alexis kept the headlights turned off as she put the car into gear and pulled out after the SUV slowly. Drake didn’t want the White Council in town, so she’d be damned if she gave up over fear of a little tussle. She figured either outcome, she would be the winner. She would either follow them to the origination of the drug, or she would get spotted and have to deal with some combat to secure an informant. Another phone call to Enno let her keep him appraised of her location.
When it was clear she had been spotted, she had little time to react. The vehicle she had been following suddenly slammed on its brakes, spinning the car slightly to block the road and another vehicle pulled in behind her. She had no time to clue Enno in on what was happening as she slammed on the gas and sent the Town Car rocketing towards the nose of the SUV blocking her path. She could hear the plink-plink-plink of ammunition bouncing off of the vehicle and then there was a horrible wrenching, tearing sound as the car scraped by the SUV.
The vehicle behind her came tearing after and she faced another hard decision. A chase through the city could mean civilians hurt. Alexis slammed on the brakes, pulling the car into a spin as she dove out, and used it to block the roadway much as the SUV some blocks back ad done. Her body rolled as she hit the pavement, and she pulled her elbows in and drew her knees up, sending her lithe form rolling some yards. As she stood brushing the dust off of herself, otherwise unharmed, the second vehicle plowed into her.
Alexis was quick enough to leap onto the hood, startling the driver within when she slammed a fist through the glass. The driver started to shed his flesh mask, revealing the flabby form of the grotesque bat creature within, but Alexis grabbed him around the neck anyway and hauled him out. A shotgun was aimed her way by the passenger and she barely had time to pull the driver between her and the gun, blocking some of the shot. A few pellets grazed her, drawing stinging welts of hot blood.
Alexis rolled off the vehicle, dragging the driver with her down to the asphalt. She gained her feet, drawing her handgun and shot him once in the belly, rupturing his blood reservoir in an impressive shower of blood. Looking up, she saw more of the Red Court vampires running towards her, shedding their flesh masks as they ran. She stood her ground, grinning fiercely and pulled her game face on.
Alexis’ form shimmered slightly and the 5’4 redhead gained some inches in height, bringing her up to a full six feet of fiery fury. Her skin gained a hint of red scales, her eyes becoming slitted, golden orbs, tongue forked and serpentine. Her spine extended into a long tail, lashing fiercely. A pair of large leathery dragon wings sprouted from her back, easily twice her height in their width.
Alexis screamed an incoherent challenge to the oncoming vampires, waiting as they ran towards her. Two closed in on her and she took a few light gashes from their claws, drawing blood. The others came in range and Alexis unleashed a gout of fire on them. Some were able to dodge the dragon fire, but three fell down, writhing in flames as the others continued to bound toward her.
She grabbed one of the vampires at her feet, the one she had shot in the belly, and stepped away from the burning corpses, as the first of the vampires flung itself at her. She used it’s fallen companion to ward off the venomous attacks by the two in her face, as still two more were closing in on her.
A squeal of tires announced Enno’s arrival and he leapt from the car, rushing to Alexis’ aid. His body was a blur of motion as he drew two swords from under his jacket, his hands smoking as they clasped the hilts of the Blessed Blades of St. Giles. He was the picture of holy vengeance itself as he came up behind one of the vampires on Alexis and stabbed it in the back and straight through the belly. Blood spewed from both the entry and exit wounds, hissing and burning white-hot from the blades, and Alexis grinned to see him, stepping back from yet another burning corpse.
“Took ya long enough!” Her voice was friendly, showing a hint of her weariness as she moved too slow to escape the reach of the other vampire on her. It’s claws raked across her belly, slicing neatly through the tank top she wore to expose a gaping belly wound.
Another vampire had ripped the bumper off of one of the cars and swung it in a wide arc at Enno. The German’s agility carried him up and over the vampire in an elegant flip, spinning both blades with enough precision as he did so to sever both of the attacking vampire’s arms at the shoulder. As he landed in a crouched position behind his now disarmed attacker, he flourished a quick gash across the back of it’s thigh, effectively hobbling it.
The last vampire on Alexis took advantage of the belly wound, driven to a frenzy by the scent of her blood, and he shoved his arm into her gut, and up, buried to the elbow in gore. Alexis screamed in agony at the pain, able to feel the vampires hand questing through her innards, seeking her heart. The scream died off in a coughing gurgle of blood as claws punctured her lung.
Before Enno could react, Alexis grasped the vampire by the throat in one hand, the other hand braced against it’s shoulder. And she pulled. The head came off with a sickening sound and a spray of blood, dangling a short section of spine as Alexis let the body fall away, the hand sliding out of her. “Do. Not. Fuck. With. Me.” The girl screamed in pain filled fury, before tossing the head to the ground, staggering.
Enno, leaving the armless vampire writhing around on the asphalt for a few moments, chased after a pair that had attempted to flee. He was fast enough to catch the first, but the second managed to escape his grasp just barely. Flinging the body of his catch on the ground beside the helpless other, he mashed his boot against the armless one’s face to angle it towards the head of the new arrival, which he promptly skewered through the eye socket with a blade. It’s skull glowed like a jack-o-lantern as the blades ignited the blood in it’s brain, sending a bubbling gore seeping from the ears and nose. He was pretty sure the armless guy got the message.
Meanwhile, Alexis needed medical help. It was all she could do to keep from collapsing in the street among the bat-like bodies. A normal hospital wouldn’t be any good. They would remove her bracer and right now, she was sure that was the only thing keeping her alive. While Enno was busy tossing the armless vampire into his car, she called the one person she knew who would have doctors available at a call, willing to keep quiet about the supernatural.
Vivian answered her phone and Alexis’ voice was soft, pain filled. Her breathing was labored and wet sounding as the blood burbled in her lungs. “476 Rochester. Need a doctor. Hurry.”
Vivian’s voice came back in confusion, “Ok.. I’ll get an ambu-” but Alexis cut her off.
“No. Private doctor. Please.” And she hung up as Enno was helping her into the car. Despite her injuries, he was rough about it as he tried to hurry. More vampires could be coming any moment. He had his captive in the back seat, still horribly crippled. It’s body would begin to heal itself, but not before they could get to the safe house.
Vivian called William as she hurried through the casino towards the parking garage, requesting that he get a doctor and meet her at the address Alexis had given her. Ryuunosuke caught sight of her and fell into step beside her, catching the air of danger around her. Vivian took no notice of him as she finished her call, and then swiftly ordered him to get in the car as they reached the vehicle. She drove swiftly but made it to the safe house without incident.
There was blood everywhere; it led up the walk and was smeared on the door. On entering, there was a horrible sound of agony coming from the bathroom and Alexis was sprawled on the couch, face white, eyes closed as she clutched at her belly. Some gauze had been packed against the wound but it was already soaked through with blood, and seemed ineffective. Her shallow breaths rattled with the blood in her lungs, audible. Despite the excruciating pain, she was quiet, teeth ground together in determination. Her face bore signs of tears where they had washed through the blood and grime on her cheeks.
Vivian and Ryuu stared at the scene before Vivian hurried to Alexis, calling out to Ryuu “Go check on the bathroom.”
Ryuu hesitated only a moment before moving to obey her “Elevate her arms and legs.” Then he was into the bathroom to check on the noise.
The bathroom was a sight to behold. Enno had the vampire in the bathtub and was sitting on the edge of the tub as he casually pressed the flat of his blade against the vampires skin, burning him with the holy weapon. There was a faint grey outline of swirling tattoos reminiscent of thorns or some tribal markings visible on his exposed skin as he glared at the vampire. “Who do you work for?” His voice was full of rage as he leaned in close, screaming the question at the wounded vampire. The vampire screamed again in pain as Enno pressed the blade to his flesh before waiting a moment to allow him to speak. The vampire had numerous burns on its body and the tub was slick with blood. He seemed to have the situation in control.
There was the sound of a car out front and shortly after, the door opened and William came in, followed by Nigel. Alexis was out of it for the most part, not aware of the people around her. Nigel set a black bag down beside the couch and leaned down close to Alexis, whispering softly to her. She could barely hear him, but a feeling of sleepiness washed over her and she struggled against it for a moment before succumbing to a deep dreamless sleep.
Vivian had gone outside to grab a blanket from her vehicle and Tina was visible sitting on the hood of William’s car, eyes closed, focused intently. The girl had thrown up a glamour on the area to shield them from prying eyes. She got the blanket quietly without taunting the girl like she normally would.
The White Court vampires spoke quietly as Nigel set about removing Alexis’ shirt so he could better treat the gaping belly wound. There was only so much he could do for her so seriously injured. A doctor was what she needed, but she wasn’t going to get one. With the wounds cleaned, he surmised that she would get better eventually, but for now she ought the be taken back to Drake.
Enno scooped Alexis up and took her out to his car, tossing her gently into the back seat. At Nigel’s suggestion, Vivian accompanied the two so as to have someone less blood hungry along in case Enno became a danger to Alexis. Enno phoned ahead to Drake and was instructed to park in the lower parking deck and take the elevator down to Drakes private chambers.
Drake thanked them for bringing Alexis to him and held out his palm for Enno to lay Alexis within the safety of his claws, and then dismissed them, turning away with his wounded Emissary.
While Enno, Vivian, and Alexis were on their way to Drake at the Excalibur, Ryuu found himself without a way of getting back to the Encore. Seeking out the one person he knew on the scene, he approached William as the latter tossed a large waterproof duffel into the trunk of his sports car and mentioned he would need a ride.
With the duffel soundly stowed, William decided to have a little bit of a chat with Ryuu, asking how it was he found himself at the scene on Rochester. Ryuu replied that he had never known Vivian to be the rushed type, and when he saw her rushing through the Encore during club hours, he sensed that something must be wrong, and followed to see if there was something he could help with. When Vivian told him to get into her car, he simply obeyed.
“Good instincts!” William complimented, and went on to ask about the job and whatnot, and asked what he thought of Vivian. Ryuu told William that Vivian is pleasant to work for, and William corrected that Ryuu worked for the Encore, not Surrender, and went on to explain that the reason he asked about Vivian is that she has a bit of a knack for getting into trouble and since he still cares about her, despite the mutual breakup, he would like for Ryuu to keep an eye on her – help keep her out of trouble – then said that Ryuu was welcome to ride back to the hotel in the back seat.
Meanwhile, as Drake tended to his Emissary, Enno brought Vivian back to the scene on Rochester, to see that the blood that had coated the door had been cleaned up, and Vivian was well aware that Nigel’s “Janitorial Staff” was hard at work inside the house.