I stared blankly at the gray stone wall that was in front of me, listening to the soft, consistent sound of my meister and the princess sleeping. There was a scowl pressed to my face and my arms crossed tightly across my chest. My stomach let out a quiet hungry rumble but I simply shrugged it off, tapping my fingers gently against my arms.‘Come on, Yuna, you know you’re hungry~ Just slip outside, hunt someone down, and feast away~ You know you want to~’ The little voice in my mind spoke and I gave a scowl towards the wall, my entire body tensing. That damned voice was back. Here I thought it was gone…
‘You can’t kill the sky, weapon. As such you can’t kill me,’ It said in that sickening voice to which I hissed quietly at.‘I don’t need your input. Just go back to the dark void I put you in,’ I responded back coldly, my jaw tightening as I stood up from the chair I was sitting in and promptly storming out of the room.
‘Oh but I don’t WANT to leave!~ It’s so much fun to bother you, Yuna. Besides, I know how easily you cave in and listen.’ I could practically hear the smirk on the voice’s nonexistent face.
“Not this time you little piece of…” I said aloud, my voice trailing off before I shook my head, pacing back and forth outside of the door of the princess’ room.
‘I know you remember that time with the demon. Shall I bring it back up to you? I myself am quite fond of the memory,’ It started, its voice lilting a bit before it let out a crazed giggle. ‘Besides, I know how much you LOVE the memory!~’ Another crazed giggle broke out before it turned into a full blown laugh.
“If that’s the case, why aren’t you showing yourself like you usually do? What, are you afraid?” I smirked, that all too certain blood thirsty feeling taking over.
‘Me? Afraid? Hah! You’ve gotten stupider the last time we’ve chatted, Yuna. But fine, I’ll amuse you,’ It said before it seemed to leave my mind, now standing before me. It was a blacked out version of myself, stuck with a permanent insane grin on its face, the vampire fangs poking out of its mouth. It’s hair, unlike mine, was long and messy, sticking out in several places and matted down in the rest. It’s bright red eyes stood out plain as day, wheras mine were mixed with a steel gray and never shone. They were always dulled by the medicine Arachne gave me.
‘What, did you forget how I looked?’ It asked me as it got closer, trailing a slender hand down my face, scraping a nail against my skin. The sound of nail against metal made me flinch and the scowl on my face grew even more.
“Stop that. You know I hate that noise,” I said sourly, backing away. The voice stopped, looking at me as it’s perma grin vanished for a second, replaced by a frown, before it came back bigger then ever.
‘Which is why I do it, Yuna,’ it responded back before stepping closer, gripping my wrists tightly and pulling me towards it. I struggled weakly but to no avail. Instead, I found myself staring into the bright red, cold, uncaring eyes of the creature whom I feared and disliked more than that damned princess and her pathetic excuse for a father.
It seemed like forever I was staring into those eyes and the creature gripped my wrists, whispering sweet nothings at me. ‘It’ll be alright, dear. Come on, you know you don’t want to take that medicine anymore,’ It cooed as it let go of my wrists, holding my face in its palms. ‘It’ll become that much better if you just let me in control.’
I relaxed in its touch, one hand raising up and gripping the right wrist of the creature and I closed my eyes momentarily, opening them only when I felt a difference in my own insanity. It now was gone, replaced with Arachne who’s eyes shone with concern.
‘Are you alright, Yuna?’ Arachne asked, removing her hands from my face and hugging onto me soon enough. ‘Shh, it’s alright now…’ She whispered, petting my hair gently before pulling away and smiling. I smiled back weakly, my body shaking violently.
“A-Arachne… It came back…” I whimpered, tears pricking my eyes. I felt the embrace of Arachne as she help me close, patting my back gently.
‘Shh, it’ll be alright. Everything will be alright…’ She consoled, gently rocking us back and forth. I closed my eyes again, hugging her back tightly. I whimpered even more when she pulled away, looking at me with those caring brown eyes and that smile that seemed to say everything was going to be alright. She stepped back, much to my dismay, and held out a hand. ‘Come on, let’s go. We’ll get you that medicine now, alright?’
I nodded eagerly, grabbing hold of her hand and clinging to it as though it was my lifesaver. It was only then that realization shot through me as I was dragged down the hallway. I was unable to let go of the fakes hand, the creatures hand gripping mine tightly as it lead me to the throne room where it stopped, turning to me and not once letting go of my hand.
‘Such a silly one you are. It’s so easy to get you,’ It whispered, reverting back to it’s original form. I didn’t fight back, knew it would be pointless, as it enveloped my vision in darkness and every sign of knowing what I was doing faded away into nothing.
I now stood before the princess and Arachne, a smirk on my face and my eyes shining dangerously. Blood stained my armour and body as I stood there, feeling their eyes analyzing me carefully.
“Why did you do that, Yuna?” Angelica asked, fear lacing into her voice as she hid behind Arachne who stood protectively in front of the princess.
I laughed cruelly, insanity dancing in my eyes. “They were foolish to get in my way,” I said simply as I kicked the mangled bodies of the idiot guards who dared to try and fight me. The first traces of morning were coming in through the windows, lighting up what I had done for everyone to see. I didn’t care, though. This killing was fun, the most perfect release. The voice not once stopped speaking to me, telling me I was doing a good job. I was pleased with myself for making it so happy and proud of me.
“Yuna, you’ve given in to that voice again, haven’t you? I haven’t seen you kill so mercilessly since two years ago, when you completely mangled and destroyed the demon who had taken control of me,” Arachne said simply, stepping forward. Magic began crackling around her hands and I knew it was black fire. I didn’t care, instead I grinned, showing my fangs off. They had blood on them as after killing these men, I had lapped up what blood was on the ground. I didn’t care. It made my stomach stop grumbling so loudly and it made the fatigue fade away.
“What voice? I’m doing what’s in my instinct, Arachne!” I chirped, twirling in a circle as I continued to grin. “A vampire weapon such as myself always knows instinct and acts accordingly!~” Another giggle. “Besides, Leanna told me I was doing good!”
“Leanna?” Arachne asked, her stern expression faltering for a second before horror crossed onto her face. “Oh God the voice has developed it’s own name, hasn’t it? Yuna, you have to come back right now.”
My grin vanished as soon as that was said and I stared at Arachne seriously. “She has always had her name. She never told it to me until now. Besides, Leanna is proud of me! I want her to be proud of me! I like her being proud of me! It gives me a reason to live in this pathetic world!” My voice was raising by the second, my eyes flashing bright red. “Nothing else matters unless Leanna is proud of me!”
Arachne scowled, raising her hands up as more fire was produced in the palms of her hands. “Fine. I’ll just make Leanna disappointed in your terrible fighting skills, then!” She hissed, dashing forward, launching black fire balls at me. I simply danced out of the way, smirking a bit as one of my arms turned into a darker crimson scythe blade.
I felt myself temporarily lose control as Leanna spoke. “I’ll never be disappointed in her!~ She did well, listening to me like a loyal puppy. You know, it’s your fault. You forgot to give her the medicine!~” She said giggling a bit, walking towards Arachne who stood her ground. “But oh well! I thank you for being so clueless and thinking she’d be okay without it!” Another laugh.
Leanna soon left and I was back in control. I glanced over to Angelica who was now surrounded by three or four members of the royal guard. I glanced around the room to find all the exits were blocked by those damned guards.
“Cornered. Haha, oh well!~” I giggled, my arm returning to normal as I put my hands above my head. “Come and get me, boys~” I chirped. As if on cue, three guards were at me, grabbing hold of my arms and leading me away. I looked back at Arachne, smirking at her and sticking out my tongue before looking at Angelica who stared at me in disbelief.
“Spoiled brat~ I’ll be back for you later,” I chirped to her as they lead me out of the doors of the throne room, taking me to the dungeons. I caught a glimpse of Angelica’s terrified expression as Arachne tried to calm her. I didn’t feel guilt, instead I just laughed as I was drug down the stairs.
I stood before the king, my arms bound behind me by chains as I stared up at him with that challenging gaze.
“You can’t cut my head off. You can’t burn me unless you have Arachne do it, and I know she won’t. You can’t execute me you stupid human!” I laughed even more, giggling a bit as I wiggled my hands. “Drowning will do you no good either. In fact, I’m just amusing you by being bound in these chains!”
‘Break out of those chains now, Yuna. Make your escape. You’ll be a fugitive, they’ll look for you, but it’ll be worth it,’ Leanna said softly and I nodded firmly, determination settling onto my face. I tugged at the chains while the king began speaking to his advisor. Unfortunately, the guards noticed and came to stop me. In response I dashed away from them, going to the doors. The king noticed and soon began shouting orders.
“Don’t let her escape! She’s a danger to the kingdom!” He barked only to watch as I kicked the few guards who dared to try and stop me in the face and dashed out the doors, my hands still bound behind me. Turning a few hallways and finding the secret passage in a rather painful way, I stopped, wriggling my wrists a bit as I felt the chains loosen. My hands soon easily slipped out of them and I smirked even more.
“This is going to be so much fun,” I whispered as I quickly left my hiding spot, scurrying out of the castle and leaving as fast as possible. To the depths of the city. Once there, I changed to peasants clothing from my rag that was prisoners clothing and listened to the hushed whispers of everyone else as they stared at me. I simply smirked; walking out of the city and to wherever I knew would be alright.
I would be alright. Leanna would keep me company and offer me advice. In fact, she walked with me, the two of us holding hands as we discussed in what ways we’d torture the princess. To be honest, I never regretted my discussion. This was the most perfect thing that could have happened to me.