– Memories: Logout [Retracted]

6 | Strengthening and Weakness

”You pervert! ”

Her hand extends to a slap but he stops it with a swift motion of his arm. She feels the lack of warmth in his body. However, it was not that which renders her motionless, but the feeling the she may die if she continues further into his zone, where he can cast his skills freely with an immediate fatal effect.

”Well leave at night, ” Keen dismisses.

”Where will you be staying? ” Elise still echoes her concern.

”I need some lone time with my partner. To strategize. ” Keen steals a glimpse at Vi before returning a shadowy look at Elise. ”Ill be sure to repay you when I finish training my subordinate. Ill even put your friends to rest if you want. ”

He catches the obvious sway of her emotion with his last statement.

”Thank you for your help, Miss Elise. ” Vi gives her a reassuring smile while reaching a hand to tug softly at his long coats sleeve. ”Ill be sure to ask for your healing again if we come by any serious injury. Right, Master? ”

The elf isn able to say anything more. The two are suddenly in unison to kick her out of the group and have their own journey while leaving her behind. With a defeated countenance, she heads toward the glass door while looking at the ground. In a matter of seconds, she is gone.

”Did you recognize it as well, Vi? ” Keen sits at a blue stool beside Vis bed.

”Recognize what, Master? ” she gives him a puzzled look.

”Her left earring bears a crest similar to that of the group of Insane we encountered earlier. They belong to the same guild. ” He saw the crest on her just now, but he already knows Elise is somehow related to the Insane elf archer he faced earlier when he saw her reaction upon mentioning the mobs presence in the south. All of them wore crests resembling a purple bat with white eyes.

According to Adjudicator Juns memories, guilds in Esprit each have their own crests that represents their identity. Those crests can be any accessory they wear; a necklace, anklet, bracelet, or earring in the case of Elise.

”Lets go. ” Keen stretches his arms to carry her again. Even before she could argue that she is already capable of walking on her own, they already disappear like a fading shadow.

Outside the room, Elise has her back against the wall while tears roll down her eyes endlessly in a silent mourn.

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Keen and his new subordinate, Vi, arrive at the the rooftop of a high building in the eastern end of Topsy Town while she insists that he put her down.

He does so, but with a gentleness and sophistication that would make any other woman misinterpret as affection. But she doesn seem to be one.

”You can kill me now, vampire. Enough of this façade. ” She stares underneath his hood, as if searching for his cold eyes. ”I have no way of defending myself anyway. ”

When she opens her arms sideward, Keen almost breaks into a laughter.

”You are accepting death rather easily, Vi. ” He lets her see the silhouette of his fangs. ”However, I have no mission involving your perilous end. In fact, I honestly want to make you stronger. This is just an ability class. I am in no way a real vampire. ”

”But vampires are one of the rarest ability classes here in Esprit. And most, according to reports, have succumbed to the very essence of the beast. ” She takes out the knife she used earlier to peel the apples.

”You certainly know a lot for being a level one. ” Keen deliberately turns his back to her and removes his hood while looking at the night sky. ”But I am no monster. I only want to go home. Nothing else. ”

”Why did you come to Esprit? ” she holds the knife like a military dagger and poses in an offensive form.

He suddenly disappears from her sight, making no sound nor trace. She isn even blinking yet! It was too late when she realizes he is at her back. He is already holding her shoulders while his fangs aim at the side of her neck. His bright red eyes glimmer viciously against the darkness.

The knife comes toward his head, but he easily stops her hand with a minimal amount of his strength. Instead of going for the bite, his tongue slides out between his lips and touches the skin of her neck ever so slightly. She impulsively moans.

Keens mind snaps out of his perverted thoughts. ”Damn you, Adjudicator, ” he hisses.

Looking behind him, he recognizes Vi in an offensive form with the knife. Upon seeing his eyes glimmering brightly against the darkness of the night, she feels a shiver down her spine and drops the knife unconsciously. She falls on her knees in defeat. She remembers his aura when he was cornered by the mob of Insane earlier. It has an intimidating and commanding effect to everyone around, even to the Insane.

He rushes to her side. ”Are you okay? ” His warm voice is contrary to the cold, heartless monster that his ability class emanates. ”Let us look for a place to stay while we prepare for your training. ”

She really is defeated. Looking at the fine shape of his face, all the while avoiding his eyes, she recognizes he also has pinkish lips which hide the fangs that would suck her blood and life anytime. She wouldn mind though, if only for a bit, to be bitten by her savior.

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