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Daniel leaned forward and rested his hands on the cool
tiles of the wall as the water cascaded down his body.
He sighed in relief and satisfaction at the moderate
temperature of the water. Neither hot or cold. He was
currently at home taking his bath as he didn’t think
going back to school was necessary. A lot had
happened from his time in the hospital to now.
Explanation of every details to all that has been
happening to his mum wasn’t an easy feat as he
received some scolding on why he never told her earlier.
Of course he omitted the part of Annabelle’s status to
her. And there was Sharon who was kept in the dark
about all of these. He sighed again as he soaped his
hair and began to hand-scrub it. Sharon was so
delicate emotionally and he wondered how she would
receive this. Then there was his discussion with the
“I suppose I should thank you for what you did back
there at the warehouse” Daniel said as he sat with the
three men at a cafeteria. Annabelle made sure to hang
around nearby and watch them, just incase they tried
anything suspicious to Daniel. Sure, they did a good
deed but she wasn’t the trusting type: especially to
“ Don’t mention it” The leader said, taking a sip from
his coffee. His aquamarine eyes not leaving Daniel.
“My name is Simon” he continued and then gestured to
the twins. “ These are my friends, Tony and Ted.”
Daniel smiled and shook hands with them. “ You aren’t
much of talkers, are you?” he asked.
“Quite right” Tony replied, speaking for the first time. “
Less of talkers, more of observers”
His brother nodded.
“Your girlfriend has been keeping an eagle eye on us for
the past twenty minutes” Simon smiled nodding towards
“ It’s all for good intentions” Daniel replied. Then
paused. “ Girlfriend?”
The trio chuckled and Daniel raised an eyebrow at them.
“ What?” Tony said “ You aren’t dating?”
Daniel paused and looked at her direction. She smiled
softly at him and he blushed and faced the trio catching
expectant grins on their faces.
“Well, I can’t really say” he mumbled.
A disappointed groan waved through the table as the
trio became disappointed.
“Oh well, you’ll figure that out later” Simon shrugged
and then his face became serious. He cleared his throat
and Daniel knew this was important.
“Now for the reason for calling you here” Simon began. “
We want to offer our services to you as your guardians.
I can say we have a common enemy. The vampires…”
“Wait a minute” Daniel interrupted narrowing his eyes at
him suspiciously. “ As much as I appreciate what you
did back there. I don’t really know much about you
three except your names and the fact that you, Simon,
are not from this country. Right?”
“ Actually, we are from south Africa” he said and the
twins nodded in agreement.
“Alright” Daniel replied. “ How am I sure you guys aren’t
“Huh?” Simon was caught off guard by that question.
“Trust me” Daniel mused. “ They come in…..surprise
packages” he concluded, placing emphasis on the last
“Believe me” Simon laughed. “ We are not vampires”
Daniel thought for a second, then he reached into his
jacket and swiftly pulled out a wooden arrow before
lightly slashing Simon’s wrist, drawing blood.
“What the hell!” Simon howled, clutching his wrist.
“What is wrong with you?!” Tony yelled, glaring at
Daniel. “Why did you do that?”
“Just wanted to be sure” Daniel smirked indifferently
“Oh, and you couldn’t find another way to do so?”
Simon said, nursing his injured wrist. “ Or ask me?”
“If I had asked permission to use a sharp object on your
skin, would you have granted it?” Daniel raised an
eyebrow at him.
Simon sighed and showed his wrist to Daniel. It was
still bleeding, but reduced.
“There” he said “ Satisfied?”
Daniel nodded. “ Now I just want to know how you got
to know about the vampires” he said.
Simon sighed and leaned back in his seat, a thoughtful
expression on his face.
“It goes way back.” Simon said. “ The vampires were
vicious and merciless creatures who took joy in the
killings of innocent people. Well, I never believed they
existed. My people would tell stories about them but I
dismissed it as a ridiculous legend and a myth. Until
one fateful night, he came.”
“Luke?” Daniel queried.
Simon nodded. “ He arrived with an entire coven. They
were so numerous. Before we knew it, they attacked our
town and fed on many of our people like livestock. Who
could put up a fight against them? A handful of us
managed to flee. My father didn’t make it. Only my
mum, my grandfather, these guys with me and a few
others could escape. We made our way to a small town
in Johannesburg. We settled there and I can tell you it
wasn’t easy. As for me and my friends, our intense
hatred of the vampires increased daily and we swore to
kill any on sight.”
Daniel gulped as his mind shifted to Annabelle.
“We trained day and night. Physical and mental training
and we started our own mission around Africa. Killing
them without mercy. But it was all a waste. The more
we killed, the more Luke created. In case you are
wondering, he is the first vampire and also the
“ Guess that explains why wooden stakes and bullets
don’t affect him.” Daniel scoffed.
Ted spoke up finally. “ They affect him only
momentarily. But they don’t kill him as you saw back
“What about sunlight?” Daniel asked
“No” Ted shook his head.
“Holy water?” Daniel pressed,
The trio laughed loudly and hysterically which signified
that Daniel wasn’t even close.
“So what?!!” Daniel cried out in frustration. “ He’s
“No” Simon said. “ We all heard about the X-serum in
your blood and we know he is after it. If you put two
and two together, you would know that Luke wants it
for complete invincibility which proves that he has a
weakness. But sadly, Nobody knows what it is.”
Annabelle sighed softly as she eavesdropped on their
conversation. Super hearing does come in handy. So far
she hadn’t gotten any useful information yet and it was
starting to get frustrating.
Her mind quickly went to a friend of hers who was
leaving far away in Ghana. The one who taught her how
to control her rage and hunger. If she could remember
clearly, her friend was a historian and researcher. She
had made a lot of study concerning the supernatural. If
She snapped back to reality as Simon continued.
“But there is another thing I know” he said as he shook
the coffee mug and watched as the hot liquid twirled
“What’s that” Daniel’s ears perked curiously.
“The serum in your bloodstream” Simon looked at him. “
It can be nullified”
Annabelle’s eyes went wide in disbelief when she heard
that. Something was definitely wrong somewhere. How
could that be?
“It can’t be” Daniel was shocked. “ It’s impossible”
“It’s not” Simon said as a light frown appeared on his
face. “I think luke is aware of this, that is another
reason he wants you so badly. You are his last hope.
The X-serum is very powerful and if it merges with
Luke’s blood, He becomes the most powerful being on
this entire earth. But if the X-serum is neutralized
before He gets his hand on it. It’s over for him. A
certain doctor told me there is a toxin that kills the
serum in your blood. He also warned that there may
“Side effects?” Daniel tilted his head sideways.
“Yes” Tony said this time. “We do not know what this
toxin is or what this side effect is, but we know you
need extra protection because Luke will strike harder
this time. The sooner we find out his ultimate
weakness, the better.”
“So” Simon smiled and stretched his hand for a hand
Daniel sighed as he stepped out of the bathroom. He
definitely needed that bath as he felt like a weight was
lifted off his shoulders. He toweled himself and was
about to use a lotion when a knock was heard on his
“ Daniel” It was his mother. “ Someone is here to see
“ Who?” he replied as he rubbed lotion over himself.
“It’s a surprise” She giggled and left the door.
Daniel rolled his eyes and quickly put on some fresh
clothes. He jugged down the stairs into the sitting room
“GRANDAD?!!” He cried out in surprise. His grandfather
smiled and stood up from the cushion. At 65, he still
looked strong and agile. He was tall and had receding
hairline. Most of his hair were grey and winkles
appeared on his face, though not much.
“Don’t just stand there” he frowned jokingly. “Come
here and welcome your old man”
Daniel laughed and went to embrace him. His
grandfather held him tight and looked at him over.
“My goodness” He cried out. “ You have become quite
the handsome young man. It has been a while. I hope
those girls in school are not swarming you” he winked
“ I was wondering the same thing” Esther piped from the
“MOM!” Daniel cried out, disapprovingly.
His grandfather laughed and soon they sat down for
discussion. Ranging from school, to his studies and how
often he visited home. Daniel smiled as he enjoyed his
company. It had been so long.
“ Oh I almost forgot” his grandfather said and glanced
at Daniel . “ I hope it’s not too late for your birthday
“It’s never too late as long as it’s you, Grand dad”
His grandfather reached into his pocket and brought out
a silver neck chain attached to a ball. The ball was
enclosed as if storing something. There was a design on
the ball in the shape of a ‘W’ on it.
“Wow” Daniel smiled as he collected the chain from his
granddad and examined it. It was beautiful. “ Thanks,
“ I got it from a shop near my house. I thought it would
be perfect for you” His grandfather smiled gently and
gestured for Daniel to put it on. Daniel obliged and his
grandfather nodded in approval. “ And from the looks of
it. I was right. Happy birthday Dan. Even though it was
yesterday.” He concluded and they both laughed.
If anyone had paid attention to the neck chain around
Daniel’s neck. They would have caught the ‘W’ sign on
the stone, glowing blue.
To Be Continued