Photographs of Chisoutsa’s group were gathered over the Lust Vampire’s table where Kayi studied the pictures with his lord. Convoitise watched and watched his beauty vampire girls wandering around the room. One came up to him and rubbed his back.
“You feel very stressed my lord,” she quietly said to him.
“Indeed I am. There must be something that I can do to remove Chisoutsa from my problems for good,” Convoitise answered.
Sarge came into the rooms and noticed the photos on the tables and looked at the vampire. She picked up the photo of Chisoutsa and Jiko together and held it up for Convoitise.
“You know they are not what they seem to look,” she said to him.
Convoitise walked around her back and put his head on her shoulder and whispered in her ear, “Really, do tell me more?’ he smiled.
“They are co-created from the hands of Censilo like me. They are both powerful figures like me,” she said.
“That is very interesting. Could you get that other photo that was next to them?”
Sarge saw the image of Alan and Hew together, ‘The Richards group?”
“Yes, you see I have a idea to remove the playful group that Chisoutsa has. I wonder how she will react when she has to do things for herself. No father, no friends, and no Jiko to try and save her despite she doesn’t really desiring him at times,” Convoitise explained.
“I would like to see that too Convoitise,” Sarge answered.
The vampire grabbed the photo and gave it too Sarge, “Take a small army of vampires with you and hunt them down. They shouldn’t be too hard for you,” Convoitise said.
Sarge walked out of the room and Kayi spoke to the vampire, “Chisoutsa is by far the powerful of the three. Trying to beat her now will become more challenging,” he said.
“I know but I could turn her into the most powerful servant for me. With human, demon and vampire inside of her, I could become a true god of this world. Challenge even Shentile and Censilo in both life worlds,” Convoitise smiled with power in his eyes.
“You do know that any form of seducing could kill the both of you. Demon and vampire blood rarely mix, with good results.”
“I can still try Kayi. I know I can do it. Maybe I can invite her for some play time,” Convoitise thought.
Kayi remained concerned about his lord and handed him over a invite card, “The vampire army has a number of them. They can drop one in the mail when the Richards have been taken.”
Convoitise looked at the card and looked at Kayi leaving the room. He played with the card and placed it in his pocket. He had his concerns about his chances with Chisoutsa but fear won’t stop him.
The castle of Allegheri was quiet where Chisoutsa and Jiko were away searching for answers on defeating the Lust Vampire. Alan and Hew Richards had travelled to the village to buy some food for the others while the Professor was staying with Allegheri.
Professor Walken walked into the room and saw Allegheri holding a photo of a young woman. He noticed that the vampire was hurt by it. There was a strong sense of pain on his face when he closed the door and it clicked. Allegheri turned around saw Walken.
“Your heart bleeds for the lost too. I have a lost child and yet it seems you carry a similar sorrow,” he said.
“I have lost. You are mistaken,” Allegheri said trying to block the subject.
Professor Walken swing his cane around him and walked up to him. Their eyes watched each other, “You maybe older but I know when someone is hurting,”
He viewed on the photo on the table he dropped, and saw the young woman, “She must have been a great lost for you. You have always been the loner Allegheri. What happened to her?”
“She was once here in the Death Lands when I met her. She understood on many levels and could relate to my long life. The she was killed one night and I couldn’t do a thing. You are lucky Professor Walken to still have your wife. These days are dark and always will be when there is evil in our world,” Allegheri said.
“My wife and I still have problems in our marriage. The fact that Chisoutsa is our daughter is a blessing yet it makes life hard,” Walken explained.
“How is it so Walken?”
“She doesn’t want Chisoutsa to fight. I think she wants us to stay at home and lead a quiet life.”
“By the sound of your thoughts you don’t want that. The lady in the photo wanted the same for me. That is why I refuse to fight until today. With Convoitise it’s becoming harder and harder,” Allegheri said.
“We have to stay strong through this, once Convoitise is gone we move on with our lives. You can try to repair your life in peace,” Walken said to Allegheri.
“Only when the wind is peaceful and quiet Jonathan we will be set free. We are damaged souls who fight for injustices. Yet we lost everything at the end of the day for everyone else,” Allegheri said.
“Hold on to the ones you love the most. You never know when you could lose them.”
Professor Walken thought about that for a moment.
“So all things are not well with you and your wife. Chisoutsa Doesn’t know this?”
“No she will not know for now. I’m hoping that we can work things out in the end,” Professor Walken said.
“All secret come out in the end. Despite how hard we try Professor,” Allegheri said.
Professor Walken looked out of the window and look towards the Soul Mountains, “Is there a way to defeat Convoisite. Without Chisoutsa trying to endangering herself?”
“No. You must strike him when he’s weak. At dawn he has shown to be weaker then in other times of the day. Maybe she can use that however I doubt he will slow down with her and others here,” Allegheri answered.
“She has done well with herself along the way. We can only hope,” Professor Walken said.
Away from the secret hideaway of Allegheri the old vampire was the village. Peaceful as it was there was alaway danger from outside forces. Hew and Alan Richards headed towards the outside of the village when they had been shopping from the store. Alan noticed the sky where Sarge and the other vampires were flying towards them. He leaped back and Hew stood in fear. The vampire surronded them and Alan tried to push them back.
“Get away from us. We don’t want any trouble here!” Alan cried at them.
The vampires shoved him to the ground and Sarge came down and looked at the Richards.
“You two will be coming with us. The Lust Vampire wants us to take you to him,” she said to the pair.
“Why is that?” Hew asked.
“He doesn’t want Chisoutsa receiving to much help from her friends. Taking you two first will be only be the beginning,” Sarge said smiling.
There wasn’t much of a fight from the Richards and they knew they couldn’t do a thing. The vampires grabbed them and they took off into the air. A villagerer appeared onto the scene and saw a floating note falling down towards him and it landed by his shoes. He picked it up and saw it was a invite to one of Convotisie’s parties. He put it in his pockets and walked away towards the bar.
A couple hours later and Chisoutsa had received word that the Richards had gone missing. She was told by Frithdar and Allegheri to search the village. She arrived inside and loaded her gun and looked around the area. She wandered into the bar to check out the people and se if anyone saw anything. She came inside and the barperson slid a drink towards her.
“We don’ want any trouble young girl. Have a drink and relax,” he said.
She walked up and took the drink. She noticed the villagerer man who was reading a red card.
“What you got there,’ she asked slipping her drink.
“It’s a card I found. It’s a invite to the Midnight Ball by the vampire of the north. All the bad sorts go there and whatever happens, happens there,” he said.
She came up to him with her dink and took the card, “It’s from Convoistie. He must have taken the Richards. I think it’s time to pay a visit to Conovisite and see what his world is all about,” she said viewing the card.
Chisoutsa retuned back to the hideaway castle of Allegheri where she reported that Hew and Alan Richard was captured by Convoitise. Professor Walken played with his cane thinking of a plan while Frithdar was scanning the maps of the Death Lands for a plan to help Chisoutsa. Allegheri looked outside of the window thinking to himself.
“I suggest that Frithdar take Jiko with him to break out Alan and Hew out of the Convoitise Castle. Chisoutsa will need to keep the lust vampire entertained while this happens. I hope this will work. If it fails to any degree then we will be pressed in future battles, “Professor Walken said.
“That sounds like a good plan. I believe this might be a way to deal with our current issues for now,” Allegheri spoke from the window.
“What is this Midnight Ball about Allegheri?” Chisoutsa asked.
“The Midnight Ball is a famous event held by Convoitise to grab as much power as possible from the female visitors. It’s a event filled with illegal activities and other deals happenings,” the old vampire answered.
“Maybe Allegheri should tag along Chisoutsa just in case and I will keep guard here in case anyone turns up here. Hew has his talents of breaking out of jails as we all know,” Professor Walken suggested.
“Then we are all sorted out. We will use this plan and make sure it will work for us. Chisoutsa you must change your clothes to suit the theme of the night and I will cover myself from being discovered. Frithdar, tell Jiko of our plans. He is in the dining room downstairs,” Allegheri said.
Frithdar left the room with Chisoutsa as she went away to find some clothes for herself. Professor Walken walked up to Allegheri worried about her daughter.
‘Will she be safe,” he asked.
“No more safe then the rest of us,” Allegheri answered.
Professor Walken looked outside the old window and hoped there would be a end to all of the troubles, “She will find a way for us. I know she will.”
The large gathering to the Midnight Ball had arrived and Chisoutsa took Allegheri towards the gate to the castle. Allegheri was dressed with a dark hood covering his face. Chisoutsa was in black silk dress down to her knees.
“Your father and Jiko would be surprised to see you in a dress,” Allegheri replied.
“I’m surprised Allegheri. The terrible depths I have to lower myself to, to save this place,” sulked Chisoutsa.
“I will stay around the outside of the castle and come in to watch. You must meet with the lust vampire and make sure things run smoothly for the night. There are many dangers alongside him and we don’t want trouble brewing,” Allegheri warned.
Chisoutsa turns towards the guests entering the castle and she left Allegheri who watched on with his hood covering his eyes. A host of creatures, vampires and ghosts eyed each other in the rooms while Chisoutsa looked around for Convoitise. She was standing in the corner of the room while familiar figures past her without knowing she was there. Frithdar was tracking down the Richards and Jiko was close with him.
“Are we nearly there yet, it seems this place is larger than I thought,” he said to his wizard companion.
“I know the feeling Jiko. They should be held in the prison bay with the metal solids that keeps ghosts trapped. Sadly for Hew there’s no chance of large and dangerous fireballs breaking them free with the Ghost Lord gone,” answered Frithdar.
They stopped for a moment and the wizard directed to Jiko that the bay was only a few seconds down the stairs. Behind a corner three vampires watched the pair and grinned to themselves. Slowly they followed the pair down to the prison bay.
The Midnight Ball was swinging and vampires, ghosts and other creatures of the night were drinking, talking and some were dancing. Chisoutsa decided to hit the drinks and sat next to a pair of humans males. One was them was fairly older then the crowd and whispered in Chisoutsa ear.
“Do you wish to dance with the lust vampire tonight?” he asked.
“You’re good at reading minds I can see<” replied Chisoutsa.”
“Men aspire to be like him, women desire to be with him. He is all and he is everything in our world of the dead. Over the hundreds of years he has ruled women by his eyes of lust. A simple click of the fingers, a certain look in the eye will trap all the women in the room. The men wish to be like him, they will follow him to death like they are under a similar spell like the women. If you do dance, be careful young girl,” the older man whispered to Chisoutsa.
She turned around and noticed that Convoitise was in full view of the crowds. Everyone turned and eyed him as he smiled and waved to his mass. Chisoutsa finished her drink and followed the crowd towards him. Convoitise stepped up towards the crowd and clapped, “My fellow friends and animals of the night. This Midnight Ball will be one to remember. My plan to rule the Death Lands is nearly complete. The old Allegheri cannot keep up with the young and lustful warrior such as myself. He now employs mere humans to fight for him. What a coward he has turned to be my dear friends. Let us drink and dance until the darkness of the night is gone and my rule will begin,” he cried out to the crowd.
The crowd started to drink and walk around the room. Convoitise noticed Chisoutsa and made his way to her. Allegheri entered the Midnight Ball and kept quiet, watching the pair in secret.
“My dearest guest has arrived. How do you like it? Everyone loves an event like this. You can get to know each other without trying to kill each other,” Convoitise said greeting her to the Midnight Ball.
“How nice to invite me here despite you kidnapping Hew and Alan,” Chisoutsa answered with a straight face.
“Let us not talk about troubles and woes. Dance with me and we shall forget about our issues,” Convoitise said grabbing her hand into the crowd.
Meanwhile back at Allegheri’s hideout castle, Professor Walken received a call on the large screen where Shentile appeared before him. Walken turned around was surprised to see him there.
“Shentile, how are you? It’s been a long since we have talked. What news do you bring from Lake Pure?” he asked him.
“I have heard that certain lands of the First Life World are not happy with you for some reason. I do not know why but I was wondering if you knew anything about it?” Shentile asked Professor Walken.
“There is nothing that I know about Shentile. That is something I have to address after this mess in the Death Lands,” Walken answered.
“How did you get a device to contact us here?” the Professor added.
“Alan showed me one and gave it to me when he visited here a while ago. There are a number of these useful devices in the Black Vixen. Have a look in the back seats to find them. I must be going but think about what I said Jonathan. Make sure everything is in peace soon,” Shentile said.
“I will try my hardest,” Professor Walken answered as Shentile disappeared from the screen.
Professor Walken grabbed his cane and made a rush outside towards the Black Vixen. He stepped inside the car and closed the door, “I better get these to the other and see if anyone needs help.”
Jiko and Frithdar were talking to Hew and Alan who was in the prison bay. Jiko was trying to make the locks. The locks were ghost and spell protected meaning that Frithdar was much of help for this problem.
“I can’t get locks open. I haven’t much of this in a long time,” Jiko said rubbing his head thinking.
“I just don’t do locks, simple as that,” Frithdar replied.
“Why did you come if you were going to get us out of this place,” Hew snapped unhappily.
Jiko turned around from the lock and a large plank of wood smashed his face to the ground. Three vampires appeared and Frithdar jumped into a corner against them. He shot up a quick blue shield however the forth figure – Sarge appeared and sliced a sword through the shield and it broke apart. Two vampires grabbed him and Sarge and the other vampire took Jiko.
“Frithdar can stay with Hew and Alan. I will take Jiko with me,” Sarge said.
The pair walked into the Midnight Ball and saw Chisoutsa and Convoitise dancing. Sarge hated the fact that Chisoutsa was there. She had liked Convoitise as they had a similar feeling about things on Chisoutsa and demons. Jiko stood next to Sarge and watched the pair as well.
“Do you ever like someone yet they never see it themselves,” Sarge asked Jiko.
Jiko looked at Chisoutsa turned back at her, “All the time,” he answered.
Convoitise looked at Chisoutsa while they danced and saw the crowd watching on and dancing with them, “One by one your little group will disappear. I don’t like the fact you need all this help. I thought the great Chisoutsa was able to bring me down all by herself. Instead daddy has to hold her hand,” he whispered into her ear.
“He has a bad addiction to making sure I’m ok. However he doesn’t know I can look after myself,” Chisoutsa whispered back.
“It’s nice this little dance. We can’t fight or battle. We can’t make do a thing. Some people are on your side here. It’s because they don’t like the idea of me ruling the land. They come for the drinking and the talking of their issues and problems mostly. Like us, we both believe only one of us should live,” Convoitise said.
“You do a large ego Convoitise. You believe you own the Death Lands because people like you.”
“You do get a large go if you do own the largest tools of all males,” Convoitise answered with a wink.
He turned around and saw the hooded Allegheri. Professor Walken entered the room with the video devices in his pockets and Convoitise pushed Chisoutsa away.
“Allegheri! What are you doing here?” he cried.
‘I’m here to make sure Chisoutsa is not being abused. I can see your party is running well,” he answered removing the hood.
“I’m dancing with my new love. Can’t you see?” the lust vampire smiled.
“You don’t the meaning of the word love Convoitise,” Allegheri said.
“The same goes for you old vampire of the land. Your pretty young lady that you once loved long ago, she was crying out to you the day she died, do you remember,” Convoitise asked while the crowd started to listen in.
Allegheri was silence and didn’t answer. Professor Walken walked past the crowd and stood behind Allegheri. Chisoutsa watched on.
“She cried for her love. Screaming for her dear life and you stood there. Watching her die, your only hope of a reason in your sad and mournful life was dying right before your eyes. Did it feel good to watch her die? You didn’t even drain her blood. Such a waste of life she was,” Convoitise said.
“I couldn’t do anything. She was human. A mortal can’t live forever,” Allegheri replied.
“And yet you couldn’t give her the life of a vampire. Your love for real was not real. You never loved her. You are the figure of noble and yet your action speaks otherwise!” cried the lust vampire.
“I did love her!” he cried and pushed his way into Convoitise.
Convoitise took a knife and cut deep into his heart. Allegheri gave a sigh, “Now you watch this human die,” grinned Convoitise turning towards Chisoutsa.
“No you won’t!” cried Professor Walken coming in to Convoitise.
A group of vampires came in and grabbed the Professor and Chisoutsa rushed to Allegheri and took the knife out of him.
“Release my father now!” Chisoutsa cried.
“Go home Chisoutsa. When the dawn rises it will mark the day you will die. Where Censilo failed, I will success,” Convoitise said.
Chisoutsa and Allegheri was pushed away from the crowds and outside of the castle. Allegheri fell onto the ground holding his heart of blood. Professor Walken was carried away to the jails where the others were kept. The two came to the Black Vixen where there was a figure in the driver’s seat. She opened the door to see who it was.
“Mr. Umezu?” she said surprised.
“Get the fuck in the car and let’s go. You lost your complete team of warrior and now you’re stuck with an ex business con. The luck you have. Come on!” he cried.
The Black Vixen took off in retreat from the Convoitise Castle as dawn was coming. The air has become more dangerous than ever before.