With it between, the moon delineated its silhouette and we can clearly see the overall shape of it as it circles around the village centre… It is definitely not a shadow anymore, now in its second form, the giant bat-like creature commands wingspan the length of a house, with its glowing blood-red eyes trained on the sheep atop the fountain, oblivious to our presence in the alleys between houses that surround the village centre.
The vampire is attracted to the feeble sheep because it is the easiest target to subjugate.
“Now that the vampire is in its second form, it must’ve killed the originator. But who was it?”, Sakaki asked.
I know who it originated from. “It’s the village chief.”, I whispered. Everything makes sense now. Why the chief doesn’t want to change the status of the village into a town.
“The chief? Why, why him?” he asked.
“Because he doesn’t want to leave the past behind,” I replied. “He’d rather have the migrants die than have them contribute to the betterment of the village.”
He was a fool…
“Okay, let’s focus on the matter at hand now.”, He said to break my train of thought and to catch my attention. “If what you said is true, then the second form is as fresh as the fish we had for lunch.”
Easier to bring down at ground level. We nodded at each other in agreement.
After a few minutes of circling in the air over the dead sheep, the creature finally decides to commit to the hunt, positioning itself at a direct trajectory towards its prey, beat its wings one last time with respectable force then heads in for a dive. Firmly grasping the pink and white cloud insignia accented twenty-four-fold fans, I commanded them to propel me forward with a great force of the wind behind, almost blowing my companion off his, but he is quick enough to grab a hold of something.
Right before vampire caught the sheep with its mouth, I arrive just in time to deliver a powerful blow with my fist to the creature’s left cheek and send it flying into a grocer’s that was thankfully cleared out at our request.
“FIST BURGER DELIVERY!” I howled at the crash site with my arms akimbo with a hearty smile.
“You sure are ballsy for someone with no balls!” Sakaki shouted from the alley we hid in.
A loud and deep growl came from the crash, no, much closer. I turn around to the sound to meet with the loathsome creature, and it leapt towards me jaws wide open for my neck. My right arm instinctively moved up to my neck to successfully postpone my doom.
“Tch… No refunds on the burgers.”, I said as I clicked my tongue, thinking that I was too careless.
The creature had my right arm in its mouth, but its teeth were unable to penetrate my Haori. “Please don’t ruin it.”, I prayed.
“You alright?” my companion shouted, having done nothing yet.
“Yea! Hey! Do you wanna do something or what?” I shouted back.
“Hah, you seem to be doing all the work and leaving none for me!”
“Then why don’t you eat this!” I said as I pried the creature’s mouth open, grab it, and throw it towards my useless partner.
“WHOA!” he shouted, starting to panic, seeing what I have just used my energy to throw something at him – a deadly vampire, as a joke.
Sakaki took a step back, formed a firm stance and unsheathes his Katana in an elegant fashion. The blade of his weapon is unlike any other, revealing what appears to be a katana of blood-stained glass in place of steel.
In one swift motion, he sliced the creature clean in two vertically head down, splattering blood all over on both sides of the wall in the alley.
“Phew, that was close!”, he said as he sheathes his Katana. “You almost gave me a heart attack! I can’t die this young!”
“Our mentor does this to you all the time, it’s almost muscle memory for you at this point.” as I stuck my tongue out and walk towards him, “guess we have to wait till dawn before we can dispose of the body.”
“Yea… Man, I never knew the Haori you were wearing since you’re a kid is actually a Will.” He said as he looked at my attire.
“I never knew that it was until our mentor told me either”, I replied with a smiling poker face.
“But those folding fans. Does that mean Fuji…?”
“Yes, two years after you left.”, I bowed with a solemn and sad reverence.
Sakaki pat my head with a smile and said something that I’ve been wanting to hear from him, “you hold her Will now, be proud…” An acknowledgment from a senior.
Dawn approaches and we pulled the two pieces of the vampire onto the village centre to bask it in sunlight. It lit up in flames and the ashes were dispersed into the air in a matter of minutes as the villagers cheered for us.
“You know, I think the village chief has a good heart, he was just caught up in the moment. “ Sakaki said, catching me off guard.
I smiled back as I contemplated at that idea.