Chapter 7: Bonding Third p.o.v
"You are given an hour to bond or train. We will start official training with everyone when Takamina finds us a base" Mariko said
Maeda-san and I were the first to train. So, Maeda-san's a model, she's seems like a doll. "Ano, Yuiri-san, have you ever tried to do magic before?" I was flustered by her sudden question. "This is my first time, I did only learn of my powers recently” I wonder how was she was when she started.“It must have been a shock when you first found out. I’ve been doing it since I was 5” That’s a long time, I wonder how old she is. “How old are you?” I quickly put my hand over my mouth. Why did I just said that.“I’m 23 this year” She’s older than I expected her to be.
“You didn’t seem to hesitate with the question” She looked at me. “Maybe it’s because I feel comfortable talking to you” Or maybe the fact that you’re also a
witch ?. “Ano, Yuiri-san?” I looked at her and nodded. “I don’t know why but, you kind of reminded me of myself when I was your age” My eyes were wide at
what she said “You’re trying to make me feel comfortable” She’s definitely one of the popular kids “No, it’s true. I wasn’t the most sociable person” She seems
to be telling the truth. “What were you like?” I asked her curiously. “I didn’t talk much with other people or rather I don’t have much confident to start a
conversation and I wore glasses” I giggled a little when she made a glasses gesture. I’d never know we’d have so much in common.
“Do you want to know the real reason I’d accepted the offer to mentor?” I nodded, the curiosity made me speechless. “It’s because of Takahashi-san” My eyes
were wider than before. “I didn’t want to do it at first, but then she came. I don’t know why but, she reminded me of someone I used to love, so I took the job
to know her real identity” She must have loved her so much, I hope I could find someone special too.
“What about training?” I asked.“Let’s start from the basic first, that is to learn about the five elements” She handed me a book “Read it, it will be a lot easier
when you know what the elements are” The rest of the time left was used to read the book. “You’ll learn to use magic the next time we meet” She flashed a smile at me before we went out.
“Nee, Naachan ?” I looked at her. “I’ve noticed that you’ve been eyeing Yuiri-chan?” She winked at me. “What a-a-are talking ab-about?” Why out of all people she’s the one who noticed it ? “Hmm, so you don’t mind if I spend more time with her?” Now, she’s raising her eyebrow, I need to do something fast. “I thought you’re dating Rena-san ? ” If she wants to provoke me, I’m paying it back. “Rena actually doesn’t mind, as long as I don’t do” She made a gesture wanting me to get closer “*censored 18, so I’m leaving it to your imagination*” me
, inner pervert :nosebleed. “I see we have a lot in common” I raised an eyebrow. “But it seems that you’re holding a lot of it inside, why don’t you just let it out na.ka.ma.” Don’t let her get to you.
“Aren’t you gonna teach me how to shapeshift ?” I know that I’m great at controlling it but, there is still more to learn. “I’m not gonna ask you what you know, instead what you don’t know” Huh, what is she talking about? “Have you ever shapeshift into any living things before?” “I’m confident with plants” I’m also a green-thumb “What about animals ?” “Just insects” “That would actually ease my burden since that’s the only thing left and the hardest one to do, of course I manage to do it in one try before I know I was a shapeshifter”
Aside from the boasting, she is sort of helpful. She clasp her hands together and said “In order to turn into any animals, you must imagine it first in your head and focus really hard and don’t forget it’s special features, so try now” “Now ?” She nodded her head. I imagined a cat and focused on it’s features, I can feel each of my body transforming.
“How do I look ? ” Hoping I did well.“It’s my first time seeing it” I opened my eyes to see her mouth open in awe. Mirror, I need to find a mirror. In the corner of the room I saw it. Carefully walked with two feet, wait two feet? I’m a cat, I’m supposed to walk on four legs. To think about it, why am I almost the same height as Jurina-san ? “You finally noticed ?” I heard her said.
I ran to the mirror and saw that I’m still the same but, I now have cat ears and a tail. “It is the most difficult one you know ?” Why didn't she warn me? “How do I change back ?” “As you always do” “Okay, that won’t be hard” I tried to change back “If you manage to shapeshift correctly” Correctly? “Since you didn’t manage to do it, you’ll stay like that for 2 hours” I looked at her with pleading eyes to change me back. “I don’t make the rules” She raise both her hands. Guess we have to end this session earlier than expected.
“What happened to you?” Miki said before they all started laughing except for Yuiri-san. “Daijoubu desu ka ?” she said. I simply nodded. Feeling calm by her words.
Till now I’m still laughing at the sight of Naachan. “I wonder if it’s gonna be like this everytime we train ?” It’s really not so bad after all. “Nee, Sasshi, how did you turn into a zombie ?” She screamed, guess I jumpscared her. “Sorry, it’s just that this place is sort of creepy” “Naanya did said that they didn’t have enough time to clean this place and the fact that she forgot to tell Sakura” I heard a tiny hiss... From behind us. “Kyaaaaaaa” We both screamed at what seems to be a small spider, we just realized that we were hugging each other so, we let go.
“Are you alright up there?” We heard Mariko. “We’re fine it’s just this huge tarantula, don’t worry we got rid of it” I said to her. “I’m not good with this sort of place” Sasshi said “Me too” “Look there, at the corner” I looked in the direction Sasshi pointed at. “it doesn’t look so creepy at all” We both ran there when we heard another hiss. We sat on an empty stool
“Did you ask how I became infected ?” I nodded at her cuz I was curious. “Believe it or not, I used to work in a lab” “You must be amazing , what did you do ?” I’m seeing suddenly her in a different light. “It was the most important job yet” She’s not amazing, she’s amazeballs. “I was a HUMAN LAB RAT” WTF? “I’M TAKING MY COMPLIMENTS BACK” And here I thought she was amazeballs-approved by me. “It was ‘important’, if it’s deadly, I could be dead you know ?” She’s got a point. “Although it was unknown to the public, the lab knew of the zombies existence” “What about the other beings like vampire ?” “That, they didn’t know” “So they only knew about zombies ?” She nodded.
“The reason they wanted to do the experiment was to research on how to change them back” I’m understanding so far “What does that have to do with you ?” I scratched my head “I’m getting there” I raised my hands in surrender. “They needed human blood, me. I was there for them to take my blood, I was actually scared of needles” “Why did you agree to it ?” “The pay was high and my rent was due the next day” I can sympathize with her. “Suddenly I heard screaming, and the zombie outbreak began” I’m getting shivers down my spine.
“Before I was bitten, I accidentally drank this chemical, although I wasn’t the only one.” “There were more of you ?” “How do you think you were bitten?" “Continue” I said. “Where was I, before I fainted from being bitten and sort wet myself” Whaaat. “I saw this one person who also drank it, I guess and ran out” “And the nex-” I heard whisper calling our name, it was white and“Kyaaaa” we both screamed when we saw it.
“Mariko-sensei send me up to say that the one hour is over” It was Naachan who was wearing a mask to cover up her you know. “Looks like we can’t survive this only us both, cuz we’re definitely gonna faint before we start” I can’t believe we’re both scaredy-cats.
The clowns were screaming a lot, I don’t wanna know what they saw. More importantly why is she staring at me, smiling. “Nee, Renacchi” I looked(glared) at her. “Why are you looking at me like I’m an intruder ?” Why is she acting like she doesn’t know. “Well, why did you turn me into a vampire ?” “I only had male vampires, I thought that I would change it for once and get someone cute” I can’t believe it. “You turned me just for fun” Se just continued smiling. “I thought you would be thankful, not many people get eternal beauty, especially at your age. You do like what the transformation did to your beauty right?” I hesitated at the thought of it. “I didn’t change you just for fun” I’m listening. “I knew there was potential in you and your blood was sort of calling to be turned” Now, she sounds like a stalker.
“Who would of known I was right, now you’re fulfilling the prophecy” She’s really creeping me out. “But, it doesn’t mean I want to do it” “You’re an immortal now and you c-” I cut her off “BUT IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT WE WILL MAKE IT OUT ALIVE” I think some of them heard it. “But, you can help other people from being a victim” She had a serious face on. There was a long silence between us.
Suddenly, I saw a smile on her face. “I never taught you any of the vampire rules did I” I shaked my head. “Ooh, I found a pen and paper, now I don’t have to waste my breath” and I don’t have to waste my time remembering it. She handed me the paper.
VAMPIRE RULES THAT SHOULD BE OBEYED
1) Do not hunt for human blood everyday
2) Limited number of human is three
3) Do not make yourself visible when hunting, if seen kill them immediately
4) If people are getting suspicious, move away
5) If fallen in love with someone, you need to turn them into a vampire
6) The most important rule is to NEVER FALL IN LOVE WITH NON-VAMPIRE AND MATE WITH THEM
“Do I have to hunt?” I don’t want to ruin my outfits. “Don’t worry, I’ll provide blood bags as usual” At least I don’t have to worry about it much. One rule caught my eye though, number 6. She noticed me looking at it. “Because they were scared of the punishment, no one dared to do it” But, I know there’s more to it. “There was someone who broke it and made a child that the vampire council feared” Only one I know is a hybrid. “It’s Naanya isn’t it” I never knew her past. “Even though she was never raised by her parents, she had both of their personalities” Milky said before we went downstairs.
I never knew this day would come, usually if I asked her she would turn me down. “It’s weird huh” I looked at Sakura who laughed a little. “What ?” “Despite being your mentor all these years, I teaching you at the age of most rebels” I actually didn’t give much of a reaction to her. “You really are her daughter” Now, this is the part that I want to know about. “Everytime I make a joke, she didn’t give much of a reaction to me” Guess I have to tell her the truth. “Maybe, cuz I don’t know how to react to it” “That was also her excuse”
I really want to know about my parents. “How did you meet my ‘9 tailed fox mother’” I’m really curious of my parents gender. “you’re still hung up over what Watanabe-san said ?” I nodded shyly. “You’re so cute” She then proceed to pat my head. “I sort of grew up with your ‘mother’. I always dreamt of defeating your mother in a duel” She ‘dreamt’ ?. “How strong was she ?” “She was the strongest in the village, despite all my hard work, I always lost. How can I win when she’s more experienced” This is the most information I had about them.
“Well, what should we learn ?” I almost forgot what we came here for. “Since you don’t know, how about we learn how to control your chi” “Chi ?” “The more you can control it, the more power you can control” I can almost imagine a long mustache on her when she said that. “Nee, Sakura ?” She looked at me. “I’ll try to help you find Haruka, I mean you can’t find her alone” “Maybe she’s already g-” “There are no traces of her found, she must be alive. You made a promise to protect me, now I’m making a promise to help you find her” I tears rolling down her cheeks and then she hugged me. “Arigatou, Naanya, looks like I raised you well” The hug went on for a long time.
“Ano, Sakura ?” “Hai” she responded. “What about controlling my chi ?” We broke the hug. “You should relax yourself, think of everything that makes you smile” I thought about meeting my family. I looked and saw a small blue light and it disappeared. “It didn’t work” “It’s always hard the first time, you try it” I did it again and failed. I sighed. “We do live in this house” “Meaning ?” I asked. “You can come here again and practice all you want. I smiled at her.
“Tomorrow, we will have dinner at Asobina Restaurant” Takamina said. “This way we will get to know each other” Mariko said. Everyone agreed before they left Naanya and Sakura’s house who later that night had dinner. Yuiri studied the five elements, Naachan shapeshifted but failed again, Miki was too scared to go to sleep because of Sasshi’s story, Rena did her usual night routine and Naanya was happy cuz she can make one chi ball but, give up when she failed trying to do it again.