Chapter 3 – Chisoutsa: The Vampire Convoitise

The winter chill was fast and painful for the two travelers. The journey to walk around the high scopes of the world was draining. Ice mounted on Chisoutsa as she worn a rich white fur coat as she pulled her sword cutting down ice and snow in front of them. It was silence and eerie where the Soul Mountains were. Most lives were lost here over the years where people have failed to reach the Convoitise Castle. Skeletons of these lost souls were shown under her feet and in the walls of the mountain sides where they cried in pain and fear of their travels.

Hew floated behind Chisoutsa feeling the cold too and thinking of the Vampire who took his life. He looked around the sides where vampires would pick off the dead like vultures which they were on their knees, begging for death to come. The par reached a clearing where Hew stopped Chisoutsa and they listened for any noises in the silence.

“Nothing here yet Chisoutsa, there’s no sign of trouble. It’s very quiet for some reason. I wonder where the vampires are,” Hew spoke slowly.

“They’ll come out to play when they want to,” Chisoutsa answered walking on. 

The darkness watched over Chisoutsa and Hew as a haunting shadow. Smiling upon them and rubbing its hands. Shadows started to move in on Chisoutsa. She started to breathe heavily sensing something was watching her. She stopped Hew in his tracks and tried to get a breather. Hew noticed a red shadow appearing behind Chisoutsa. He was speechless as a head appeared with grinning smile and teeth ready to strike Chisoutsa’s neck. Hew pointed behind her and she sharply turned around pushed the vampire shadow to the ground. A massive boom shook the grounds of Soul Mountain where dozens of vampires flew around the mountain side. She watched in fear as the vampires circled the pair and charged in for the attack.

“Fight them all!” she cried out loud.

Chisoutsa pushed a number of flying vampires away as she charged her sword through another. Hew floated through a number who were running up the mountain side and slashing into them with his sword. The noise of the screaming vampires was unbearable when Chisoutsa edged to the end of the mountain side. One dark vampire pulled her to edge and scratched her arm. Angry and challenged she pulled out her gun and fired a couple shots. However being told before, the gun wasn’t working. She fell off the edge and caught on with her hands.

“Hew!” she screamed for him.

“Oh! I can’t hold you. I have to use someone to get hold of you!” Hew cried out.

Hew floated and banged himself into the vampire attacking and showing far more skill then other the Richard we know of. He grabbed a vampire and pulled it to Chisoutsa’s reach. She grabbed the vampire’s foot and pulled up to safely for now. A dark figure appeared at a mountain top stretching out his arm with a ring displaying a monster ghost on it. The vampires saw the dark figure and slowed their intense fight with Hew. A green and red flash of light cracked the ground from the ring of ghosts and Hew was shocked and fell to the ground. Hew lifted his head to see the figure.

“Curse you to hell. You shall not kill me twice!”

Chisoutsa heard those words and spanned around to see the Lust Vampire lowering himself to the same ground as them. His rich and powerful red jacket blanketed the white snow as he watched Chisoutsa.

“So they found me some new blood to taste. A young girl and a weak ghost to defeat me, is this all the great Allegheri can do now?” Convoitise said.

“I’m the slayer of the demon lord Censilo and the same will happen to you,” Chisoutsa replied.

“Censilo was much talk and no action. Take me down if you can,” Convoitise challenged her.

Chisoutsa pulled out her gun and fired shots again at Convoitise. He moved in and the bullets did nothing to harm him. She then cut him with her sword and he didn’t receive much damage. A raised eyebrow looked upon the young challenger. Hew slowly lifted himself up to watch. The vampire lord held Chisoutsa with both of her hands and ran his tongue along her neck.

“There is such movement and skill inside you. You are strong and come from the demon background. You have a terrible past Chisoutsa, I can tell,” he spoke softly.

He pulled her to a side and threw her towards the mountain ice wall and it smashed open. She fell down a long and black hole. Hew turned around and rushed to the hole. Convoitise used his ring of ghosts again and struck Hew. He fell into the hole. Te vampire lord yelled out to his followers.

“The girl is dead. Patch up the hole and they will never exit the mountains again!” 

Hundreds of vampires flew down and started to work on the hole. Convoitise had some of Chisoutsa’s blood and tasted some, “Such a waste of life. Allegheri is alone now. He must fight me for the crown of the Death Lands. It is starting to become too easy this task I have. Victory comes to those who deserve it.”

The familiar sky line appeared around Alan Richards and Mr. Umezu when they crossed into the City of Demons. The Black Vixen slowly stopped outside a Bar where Alan took himself outside of the car.

“I think that’s it. We can’t go any further now. We are out of petrol and power. It’s too damaged to go on.”

“I’m not going to push the bloody thing you think. I paid people in my life to do the dirty work,” Mr. Umezu replied.

Smoke and steam blew out of the Black Vixen heavily. Mr. Umzeu jumped out of the car and waved the smoke away from him.

“Your inventions always ended up like this.”

“It doesn’t help when the owner of the car continues to smash the car and not look after it,” Alan complained.

A chef came out of the Bar and greeted the two travelers from the Death Lands and looked at the car.

“it’s the Black Vixen and what are you two doing with her?” asked the man.

“Hey isn’t that Tyrell?” Mr. Umzeu asked.

“It is. How are you? We are trying to get in contact with the Professor. Can you help us?” Alan asked Tyrell.

“Anything for Chisoutsa’s friends!” he cried happily and took them both into the Bar.

Inside Tyrell worked with his oven and Alan had phoned for the Professor to come to see them. Mr. Umzeu looked around the place and saw the people having a drink and food.

“Not bad looking. I guess my taste is too rich for this,” Mr. Umezu.

“Hey, aren’t you the bay guy?” Tyrell asked Mr. Umezu cleaning plates.

Mr. Umzeu cleaned his glasses and looked up at him, “I’m not the bad guy anymore… I’m retired,” 

“Oh! Good for you then!” he cried.

“Yeah, good for all of us,” Mr. Umezu muttered.

A large truck pulled up next to Tyrell’s Bar and two girl climbed off from them. Alan and Mr. Umzeu came outside to see the noise. Muri and Yuri greeted them and then Professor Walken came out from the truck.

“I thought the girls would come in help with the repairs,” the Professor spoke. He stopped towards Mr. Umezu, “What are you doing here?” he asked surprised.

“I’m helping this time. I’m not trying to kill anyone. I found Chisoutsa in the Death Lands. That daughter of yours loves trouble,” Mr. Umezu.

“I hope you will keep to your word. How is Chisoutsa, Alan?”

“She’s doing well. She’s been assigned to kill the Vampire Convoitise,” he answered.

“The Convoitise? I wanted her to find adventure but not this. Who in the world would want him dead?”

“Irasil Allegheri. He said he knows of you,” Mr. Umzeu piped in.

“Allegheri? He’s here in our world. I want to see him. When the Black Vixen is completed I want to come with you,” Professor Walken said.

The Professor walked past them and entered Tyrell’s Bar. Alan turned to Mr. Umezu with questions in mind.

“What was that all about?”

“Maybe there’s a score to settle with him. You just never know,” Mr. Umezu spoke grinning.

A small fire lit up inside the snow mountain where two bodies were resting. Hew moved the fire over Chisoutsa body and he tried to help her. He moved his hand towards her face and his ghostly touch past through her.

“She will be ok. I have to try to melt the snow away to get out of here,” Hew said.

He moved the fire at the snow and it started to melt away as a clearing came to sight where they were stuck on the side of the mountain. He checked for any vampires and none he did see. The coldness made Chisoutsa turn and she woke up to see Hew outside of the trapped mountain. She followed him holding her face from the headache she was carrying.

“Where did he go?” she asked him.

“Back home I would say,” Hew answered looking at the falling snow around them. 

“We have to reach him,” Chisoutsa said tiring.

“You can’t. You’re too weak. Your gun was useless. You need to learn how the vampires fight. If only you were shown,” Hew said.

“We’ll see one soon. Sooner or later Convoitise will run into trouble,”

The falling snow dropped on Chisoutsa and Hew as they imagined their impossible task of reaching the Convoitise Castle where the army of vampires ran wild and free.

The quiet castle tower where the legendary Allegheri lived stood in the other section of the Death Lands. Inside the vampire was watching outside his window and thinking of the task that Chisoutsa was undertaking. His eyes were hollow with thoughts running through his mind. His right hand shook when he took a picture out of his pocket and stared into the image of a young woman forever. His other hand was placed on the window. There was small cry on his face and his lips bit with sorrow. The young girl was a black haired and sleek looking woman. Her lips were ghostly and charming for a figure and legend like Allegheri.

Frithdar walked into the room then stopped as he watched his friend’s heart self destruct again over the beloved image. It was his last evidence of a long gone love. “You still wept?” Frithdar asked Allegheri.

“Have you found Chisoutsa,” Allegheri said, changing the subject and putting back the picture into his pocket.

“I have heard reports she was attacked in the Soul Mountains. Convoitise has returned to his home. What shall we do?” Frithdar replied.

“We shall go there ourselves and see him. I am tired of his existences,” Allegheri with his hand in his pocket displaying a bitter face.

Frithdar watched his friend leave the room and sighed to himself. He felt the pain in his face and wondered how long his own demons will last for. 

A flash of lightening is striking in all sorts of area in the sandstorms near the Village as the Black Vixen was riding back to find Chisoutsa. Alan, Mr. Umezu and Professor Walken was in the car. The Professor was still unsure about Mr. Umezu’s new role and watched the road with Alan driving.

“It was good the repairs were quick. Those girls added some new firepower in speed so the trips will be quicker from now on. Also it’s made by a harder metal so it won’t be as easy to damage.”

“That sounds like a challenge for Chisoutsa,” Mr. Umzeu snapped back.

The Professor gave a smile and his thought process continued to mix about Allegheri and Chisoutsa.

“Where is Chisoutsa now? Where was she and this Hew character heading at this very moment?” 

“The Soul Mountains, they should have past it by now. She was talking about shooting down the vampires if she saw any,” Alan replied arriving into the Village.

“That daughter of mine! She can’t shot vampires and I’m guessing she learnt the hard way. We need to go to the Mountains now,” the Professor told Alan.

The Black Vixen flipped around in the air and raced through the village as the people stayed away from them. A large dust smoke appeared around the village and a large figure was standing near the Bar where Chisoutsa and Mr. Umezu met up again. He smiled towards the car and was holding a machine gun in his side coat.

“So she has arrived at last. I want to see her,” he softly spoke to himself.

The Soul Mountains continued to make life unhappy for the two travelers. Chisoutsa and Hew were found trekking through the snow as they saw a couple castle in the near by zones. Hew stopped Chisoutsa to study them.

“The one to the right is where Convoitise resides,” Hew spoke.

“What’s the one to the left?” Chisoutsa asked.

“That’s the Ghost Tower. No one’s been there for decades and for good reason. I don’t have much knowledge about it to be honest. As you know I have few visitors to my own castle to tell of tales of long ago,” replied Hew.

“Let’s just get this problem sorted out first. I can’t deal with much more now,” Chisoutsa said looking towards her goal.

 A large noise appeared from behind them and Chisoutsa raised her sword towards the sky and Hew smiled at her, “Not using your gun now?”

“Shut up,” said Chisoutsa trying to not make another mistake again.

Her eyes lit up with excitement when the Black Vixen arrived on the scene. The flying car was driving crazily in the air as it fired off a round of high powered laser beams across towards the Convoitise Castle.

“Alan must be driving again,” she frowned.

The Black Vixen landed near the side of the Mountain and the Professor quickly climbed out of the car.

“Professor, what are you doing here? Are you trying to babysit me again? I wanted to do this myself you know,” she complained at him.

“I’m not babysitting you Chisoutsa. I have my own affairs here now. I need to go to visit Allegheri,” Professor Walken explained.

“I want to go to the Convoitise Castle first!” she cried.

“We can go there now if you wish,” the Professor replied.

Chisoutsa pushed past him and climbed into the car as Hew and the Professor followed, “This is the first I’ve met a ghost you know,” the Professor spoke to Hew.

“That’s not the first or last time I will hear that,” Hew answered him.

The Black Vixen rose from the ground again and took off into the clouds as the darkness started to circle the Chisoutsa gang. 

Convoitise the Lust Vampire eyed the sky for trouble and turned to watch his vampire slaves working around the castle. The red suit he was wearing proudly glowed when he felt something coming his way.

“What’s that comet coming my way!” he cried and he tried to shield himself.

The long high power beams hit at Convoitise’s arms and hands and he tripped into the wall and his hands were damaged. A number of vampires arrived at the scene where unknowingly to the lustful creature. The ring of ghosts had fallen from his finger and dropped into the snow.

“Sir, we hope you are fine but we have a problem inside the castle,” one of the vampires cried.

“I am fine but I swear I dropped something,” cried a distracted Convoitise settling himself.

“The two of them came inside without a invite our lord,” the other vampire replied.

Convoitise took a moment to pause and studied his hands. Before noticing the ring was missing his eyes changed tune of his visitors, “Allegheri is here at last. He comes bearing arms and blood to taste,” he grinned to himself closing his eyes.

He walked away from the vampires and came inside his castle where the blood flowed down like waterfalls around his lair. His lady vampires greeted him and to each of them he gave a kiss. Allegheri was waiting in the hall room for his fellow vampire. Convoitise entered the room and watched Allegheri like a hawk.

“At least we have the honor to witness such a high class of vampire taste here in the mighty halls of the Lust Vampire! I’m sure you’re not here to expose yourself deep inside one of my lustful women vampires, dare I say?” he boomed out in a loud voice.

The Black Vixen slowly parked itself by the side of the castle. The car was turned off and Chisoutsa could hear the large voices inside, ‘Let’s quietly go inside and see what the problem is,” she told the group.

“Gone are the days of running in and destroying everything,” her mentor asked her.

“Very funny dear father,” she answered while they entered the castle walls. 

The vampire army was called off as they were told Convoitise wanted to see Allegheri in private. Chisoutsa entered the room with the Professor, Alan, Hew and Mr. Umzeu. Convoitise turned around to see Chisoutsa and opened his arms towards her.

“I must credit you for your escape in the mountains and here I thought the little bitch was dead. I will make account they someone will die before they leave this hall room tonight,” Convoitise said.

“Stay back Chisoutsa. I will have my words with Convoitise. You are to leave the Death Lands. I have warned you many times to not to kill the villagers. You will not disobey me again,” Allegheri said.

Convoitise turned around and smiled at Chisoutsa and eyed off Professor Walken. He nodded towards the Professor and turned his face back to Allegheri.

“If Shentile was here we would have the three great mentors in all of the two life worlds. Not to be my dear visitors. Allegheri, you are a vampire of no action. You seek for no blood from the humans. On what grounds do you dare speak to me like this?” 

“I protect the weak and the good. My life was born to be this way,” Allegheri told Convoitise.

Frithdar crossed the floor towards the Professor and Mr. Umezu and stood next to them, “So you’re the Walken fighter. Nice to meet you at last,” he spoke.

“I am sorry this wasn’t in happier times,” the Professor answered watching Allegheri.

Convoitise withdrew his sword and slide it around Allegheri and danced around him in the hall room. He walked up to his right side and whispered in his ear.

“Does her death still haunt you?” he spoke with a wild smile.

The sheer bitterness in his face growled again from today and he turned to face him. Frithdar stepped back away from the group, “He has not battled for sixty years,” he said to the group.

“What does that mean?” asked Chisoutsa.

“He is due for a blood letting,” Frithdar spoke eyeing his friend’s eyes and heart.

Allegheri slowly stood back and withdrew his golden sword from his side. Convoitise circled around them.

“You do not speak about her like that,” Allegheri cried loudly.

A large gust of wind blew around Allegheri and Convoitise. Chisoutsa pulled the others back as the Professor walked himself around the group. Convoitise threw himself future into Allegheri as the wind flew around them. The swords smashed each others and the two vampires flew into the air. Allegheri was pushed into the ceiling where Convoitise grew with strength with his sword. He tried hard to keep hi sword still. There was sweat and pain in his face. 

“Your love with her was forbidden! To love a human, it is the deep rooted evil that you are. You were to kill her in the end but you never did,” he cried at the vampire.

“But you did the job for me. You took a young life!” Allegheri yelled unleashing a fire ball of energy. 

Convoitise fell to the ground and the group was blown into the wall. Professor Walken was watching the pair closely.  Allegheri flew down to look at Convoitise and he noticed the missing ring. He stabbed the Lust Vampire’s leg as he looked at the hand.

“How dare you injure me like that?” Convoitise cried in pain.

“Where is your ring?” Allegheri demanded.

Convoitise looked at his hand and saw the ring missing. He grew angry and pulled the sword out from inside his leg, “It’s gone! That attack I received just before you came must have taken the ring off. Unbelievable,” he complained.  

The two vampires moved out of the room while Chisoutsa turned to Hew, “What is that ring about?”

“It’s called the ring of ghosts. That’s all I know of it Chisoutsa. It has the power to fight ghosts. It’s a rare object,” Hew answered her.

Frithdar walked up to Chisoutsa explained his version of the ring of ghosts.

“I wasn’t there when the creation of the ring happened but I do know it has something to do with the nearby tower near the Convoitise Castle.”

“The Ghost Tower that Hew told me not to go near,” Chisoutsa said.

Mr. Umezu’s wide eyes searched the room and he cried out, “Where’s Walken. He’s disappeared outside with the vampires.”

Suddenly the vampire army swamped the hall room as Chisoutsa pulled Alan and Frithdar close to her. They surrounded them like animals and there was nearly two hundred vampires pilling into the room. Some were moving around on the ceiling and the walls. A senior vampire appeared to speak to Chisoutsa.

“You are to be a prisoner in the Castle until Convoitise returns. You have no escape,” he spoke.

Chisoutsa kicked the ground and gave a loud grunt to herself, “This is shithouse. Where is the Professor?” she screamed out. 

Outside Professor Walken was listening to Convoitise and Allegheri discussing about the missing ring. The Lust Vampire was now nursing a damaged leg with his hands.

“You need to find the ring if you really want to. Beside I can put the crack pot away like I did last time. The fact of the matter was that you lacked the balls to do it Allegheri. You go and travel to the Ghost Tower and seek out the ring,” Convoitise spoke.

“I will find it and I will keep it for myself. A brainless fool like you cannot be trusted with it. This is also not the end of our battle. Either I or Chisoutsa finish you off. You will not run from this war,” Allegheri.

The Professor was hiding behind the Black Vixen and slowly opened the door and climbed inside. The car was turned on and it moved itself on to the side of the castle with wheels on the wall. Jonathan Walken watched the blood flowing from inside the castle and remembered Chisoutsa.

“If you don’t need babysitting then you got it,” he spoke to himself.

Irasil Allegheri disappeared towards his horse that was found near the edge of the Soul Mountains and jumped on it The Professor watched Allegheri leave by horse and started to follow him.

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