“Inform the town that they need to stay in their homes during the dark. And prepare multiple light sources as a deterrence.”
“Yes, Miss Karen” replied the farmer. “I’ll try my best.”
That was our entire conversation as we had back into town and went our separate ways.
It is now noon. After the skirmish with the pseudo-vampire, we spent the entire morning burying the dead village chief. The pseudo-vampire would not likely appear again till dusk, so I have decided to spend the day looking around the village and besides, it’s lunch time. Fighting demons aren’t easy and I’m famished.
As I was walking through the village centre finding a place to settle down and eat, I felt a tap on my shoulder.
“Yes?” I asked while turning around.
As fast as I could turn around, the unknown individual decides to give me a surprising hug from the front.
“Karen! Long-time no see!” he shouted.
That voice…! I haven’t heard that cheerful and distinct voice in years, not since he graduated from my mentor.
“Sakaki?! Is that you?! Sakaki Sakurai?!” I exclaimed.
“You remembered!” he answered as he unhugged me. “You’ve grown into a fine young woman!”
I take a step back to take a look at his face, a man smiling, eyes with different colors, pink on the left and red on the right and holding a Katana as his Will. Yep, he’s definitely the Sakaki Sakurai I know.
“And you’ve grown… Older?” I retorted, looking smug.
We used to make fun of each other. I can say that we’re childhood friends and he is one of the few people that I fully trust.
“Ha-ha… Very funny… I’m just two years older than you, current twenty-three.” He replied.
I chuckled at him as he said that.
After that brief exchange, we decided to have lunch together at the inn he is staying in to catch up and to tell him about the event that has transpired this morning.
“Vampires, huh?” he said. “Well, with us, it should be easy. Right?”
I nodded. Killing a pseudo-vampire is easy, finding it is difficult, however. We are the students of our mentor as they say, we have ways of luring it out.
As we wait for night, we decide to spend the time on the hill I spent the previous day watching over the village.
As dusk approaches, we decided to hang a dead sheep on top of the fountain at the village centre and sit around to wait for the pseudo-vampire to appear.
“This is boring…! We’ve been waiting for 2 hours!” Sakaki shouted.
“Shhh! Can you not see in the dark? Look up!” I shushed him and pointed up into the sky.
“That is definitely not a shadow…” he whispered with the expression of awe on his face.