It seemed like every other Soldier in the room sensed Tsusaka but Neon. Their own leader practically jumped out of his skin, but could only sit and watch as the newly crowned vampire lord took a seat beside him.
Watching the records of the scenes pulled from the Von Helson Elite Guard's space station, Neon watched as Tenack's Demolitionists intercepted the Red Shield, whilst the bodies of Mach 2 soldiers lay littered about room the skirmish was fought in. All the while, he attempted to piece together all that had happened, everything he had read and all the indentured intel that had been collected in this campaign for a purpose he wasn't exactly privy of...
"Kiba." But only one name came to his mind. Looking up to Mel, as if his epiphany were the jaws of life to crack their argument open. Every depictions Mel said, described but one man. "Angelica's father is Kiba, isn't it?"
::: "Before we go, I must pack some things." Came a voice from the temple's door as a youthful Splinter stepped out, he had left 13 to be tended by the monks while Splinter meditated for days. "Inari has been kind and rejuvenated not only my youth but also my broken demigod powers, I have some equipment in my room." Splinter said, his ears and three tails returned to their original orange color tipped in black. The once long dull green hair now vibrant and bright, he stood six foot one and was thin but stout. His long hair was done in a ponytail to keep it out of his face, the hair ended at his butt. He made his way to the back of the temple, and out of the back as he had made his way to some small housings behind the temple, pushing the door open to a large single story stone house, like the temple it lacked running water and the other necessities of modern society. He pushed a second wooden door open in the right half and stepped into the room, there was an old oak dresser which was hand crafted, a bed made of straw and cotton and a large scroll on the wall which was the most dominant piece of the rooms decor. It was an old cypress scroll, with Chinese styled art of a Geisha on it. The woman was thin, with red lips and long black hair which was flowing by a leaf swept wind in the middle of a full moon, under the portrait was written in Japanese "彼女は月の人だった月は彼女のだった" "she who was of the moon and the moon was of her" Taking a minute to look at the aged painting before he began to grab clothes and scrolls and kunai and other useful items. "I need the sword of a Tengu." Splinter said, his yellow eyes sorting through stuff in the dresser quickly as he dug through everything. :::
Mel smiled as Tenack got upset. She had her fun now it was time for the blunt truth. "Admit it Tenack you and Jo are the same in almost everyway and what happend in Durem proves it. You can't let go of the fact that they will not bend down and kiss your shoes. You enjoy hunting the and fighting them."
Looking at the VHEG demi-god that walked and made her blood boil at the smell of a fellow blood sucker only excited Mel through her fear but she was not impressed by his light show.
"Innocent? You want me to give up a girl no more then a child that is innocent to save the innocent? A holyman once said to me that innocents does not exist for we are all sinners and until this girl kills for any purpose othere then defence of her own life here is what I say the samething I said to one of Zues children."
She put her hand on the table and knocked on it. "I'll see you in my dreams."
Then Neon spoke out loudly one name and that got her mouth to close her smile was gone and she looked at the floor. "Neon can I please talk with you in private? Just you and me alone sir."
::: Saka's eye twitched "Your emotions are not easily swayed, I could always use my special interrogation technique. Maybe you would be the first one to live through it, or perhaps I could bite you and force you into my coven and just read your mind?" Saka was probably steaming from the ears if he could, he had chewed his cigarette up nearly out of anger. "I agree with Tenack, let's pump her full of the truth serum and get it over with." For the first time in his life Saka had sided with his old rival to a full agreement, since the clone's memory chip had been implanted Saka was having major bipolar problems it seemed. :::
"Kiba? Kiba Lunar? That annoying little p***k?" Tenack nearly shouting out the name after seeing Mel's reaction to it. Kiba had been a thorn in Tenack's side many times in the past. He was one person Tenack could go a long while with out seeing again. Keeping his anger in check balling his fist was all he could do to keep calm as this girl continued to push his buttons. "No, no more secrets. You tell all of us or me and Tsusaka can get it out by force." It was odd to have the man agreeing with him but right now it didn't matter. They needed info and this girl was proving to be a stone.
For once, Neon's patience was wearing thin. He wondered if his rebellious too got on as many adult's nerves, but alas...
"Get out." He ordered everyone else in the room. Were they not compliant, he was not hesitant to raise his voice. "Get out!"
The men and women of Soldier acted upon their King's whim and exited their quarters, though did not leave the department completely. Together, they, with Tenack and Tsusaka, would mingle on the outside...
Once outside, Rick caught up with them, a little confused as to why the two out-of-place men were merely standing amongst the collection of super soldiers. "What happened?" Rick questioned, only to be answered by one of his own.
"Neon had everyone give him and that Mel girl some space." Said a girl at a chair, picking at her nails. The girl was none other than Amelia - one of Neon's closest, who met previously with Athena once before. "I don't get why!" She harrowed, tossing her head back entirely. "What's he plan to do, seduce her? I'm about ready to agree with these two," She needn't turn their direction for Rick to know that she was speaking of Tenack and Tsusaka.
"I gotta admit, she's got some real courage standing up to you guys." Rick stated, rubbing the back of his head. "... but that just goes to show how young she is. I'm starting to wonder if we're dealing with one of our own, or some kinda double-agent?"
Meanwhile, back in that same room, Neon sat eye-to-eye with Mel, mano y mano.
He chewed on a stray lock of hair, looking at her. He felt it necessary to remind Mel, with a forced smile, "Whether you're gonna tell me or not doesn't make a difference. We'll find out. But I wanna give you the chance to make the decision. It's just the kinda guy I am,"
The noise of escaping CO2 sounded off as Neon cracked open one of his favorite energy drink. "You'll either answer to me," He nodded towards the ones on the outside, while taking a swig of caffeine. "Or to them. And trust me, their methods aren't so nice. Especially the pale one." Tsusaka already went ahead and explained what things he, as a vampire lord, could do to Mel, and while he was unsure if he was actually capable, Neon wasn't willing to find out.
"I got a text from one of my men about Angelica's father." Neon stated, looking into his reflection in Mel's devise before handing it back to her. "I hate to tell you this Mel, but if you're to be a GMer, you hafta understand that we never had a very good relationship with the Red Shield, or the Von Helson Elite Guard. Do you even know who's side you're on?"
::: Saka flicked the ruined cigarette into a nearby trash can "I used to use seduction to interrogate new recruits to see if you guys sent any female spies in, I think somebody wants Neon to fill their little sick fantasy." Saka winked at Amelia, before turning his attention to Rick "If she's a double agent then perhaps we should use Tenack's little truth drug, then we can tie her up and let me show you how a ball ping hammer can make someone talk, one knee cap at a time..." Saka chuckled lightly, morbid as ever. He leaned against the wall slowly "She's a vampire, I could just bite her and force her into my coven. Or we can give her back and I can use her eyes and ears and mind." Saka shrugged. "If they ask about the fang marks we can tell them that Neon gave her a hickey." Saka was grinning at his last remark, in the old days the man was known to be a constant womanizer and pervert. Almost as much as he was famous for being a cruel general... Almost. :::
"Ugh," She rolled her eyes to him at first, but at the mention of his 'clever methods', Amelia was quite stricken. "Hey, we don't do that kinda stuff here!" She exclaimed, a little more than appalled. Not only that he could do such a thing, but that Neon would let her. But something specific she missed, Rick clued in on.
"Wait - repeat that? Reapeat exactly what you just said." Rick said, though he didn't expect Saka to adhere to him. Looking the ex-Elite in his red-caste eyes, almost borderline dumbfounded, he asked, "Did you just say... she's a vampire?"
::: "Yeah, I know my kind anywhere." Saka said crossing his arms while he leaned against the wall. "She's not exactly a Dracula class like myself though, but then again I got where I am thanks to me being the descendant of a demi-god and drinking the blood of another ancient." Saka looked at Rick "But the question is.... Who changed her? If we can find that out perhaps we can get some more answers, I have friends in low places." Saka said closing his eyes slowly as he rested "If need be I can rough up the Killer again, since my son destroyed his little black book the grounds would be more than even. Maybe this time I won't get jumped by six werewolves." Saka said in his silky, almost seductive tone. It was his typical voice, he had calmed down "I think the clones memory chip is malfunctioning..." :::
Mel was silent before looking Neon in the eye. "Athena and Kiba had a fallout when Angelica was five over which path she should take. His brothers and sissters never were told about the girl. I was brought in as a neutral party being new to this world and all. So I setup an agreement between the two. Athena would have the girl until she was of the proper age but when it came Kiba's turn he was missing."
Mel looked at Neons drink before speaking again. Not having her freedom to go around the base was getting to her. "After that Anthena would send me holos to see the girls progress. I was upset when she made it known Angelica was to be the next Athena Ashford but what could I do?
as she grew though she had developed differnt then what was expected. powers she shouldn't have brain activity higher then normal. So my chance to get the girl came and I took it.
I had her in my hands then greed glory hound chooses to turn off his scanners on me and could not except that I had her already. that was when the mob stole her. You've seen Tenack first hand you really think his going to have any Humanity towards her? Hes a bloody monster and you yourself should know the expariments he has done to his prisoners before I got here."
Mel was right and she knew it after hacking into Tenacks records awhile back with Tech helping her.
"All I want to do Neon is get her away from the Red Shield and make sure shes healthy and protected if that means I have to play nice with the Red Shield in order to get the kid without a gunshow fine I'll do that. Give me 24 hours I'll have her in your hands and away from the Shield and the NVHEG but you got to trust me."
"Vampire or not she still feels pain and she still bleeds. The fact she can take more than a normal human just means longer sessions." Tenack gave a soft chuckle and shook his head standing cross armed. His head turned toward the door they had left through. Witg the reaction Mel gave he was sure Kiba was the father to Angelica though he wasn't sure how it helped him. The girl was still in the hands of the local crime syndicate and unlocatable to his scans. They did however have her mother, the great Athena locked away with t prisoners they taken from Durem.
"No!" Neon declined, hands defacing the table before him. Standing at this point, he allowed his fury to settle, like a tea fresh from the boil, no longer keeping at eye on Mel.
"The mob aren't a group you can just tango with by yourself. In any case, it seems like out of all of us, they're the ones with upper hand, don't you think?" Things had come to quite the bittersweet conclusion, hadn't they? But Neon was sure Angelica would at least be safe - for now.
"I'm not sure how much they know about your lil' god-daughter, but the Maurizio Family aren't a bunch of low-life thugs. They'll treat her kindly... until she's overstayed her usefulness." And he assured her, "And right now, she's all kinds of useful."
Taking yet another sip from his energy drink, Neon tried to think of the next course of action. He could see that Mel, as a Suit, had an a pension for wanderlust, but she had put herself into quite the mess. "I think it's best right now if we just wait things out. I'm pretty sure you saw, we all made a big on TV. We'll be arrested if we go to Durem now." Neon wasn't really a fan of waiting till things settled down either. "But I'm afraid I'm gonna need you here," He affirmed, though still spacing out, as if piecing together a plan. "You're the closest thing to the Reds we have right now."
"I wouldn't underestimate them if I were you, sir." Amelia replied, still glossing over her nails with a stare. "The Soldier had more than a few encounters with them back in the day when they were employed by the Von Helsons. There's a reason why the Slayers were given the task of locating Gino-kun..." She explained, overlooking the others.
"... because they're the best equipped to handle a vampire fight, if need be."
Given a touch of the shivers, Rick faked nonchalance with, "Don't fret her. She's one of our second generation. She doesn't know how we Soldier way back when did things." He boasted.
"I'm serious!" Exclaimed Amelia, jutting up from her seat. "Not many people know this, but in the early '90s, it wasn't just the main house of the Gambino family the vampires targeted... it was anyone even related to or loosely affiliated with the boss. At one point, one of the boss's own cousin's family was massacred in their own home!"
"And now he's dead." Rick's words would suddenly take the room by the throat, and silence it with little effort. Amelia showed a face on shame - it was the Gambino Army who had failed to protect their master, and now the family's heir was out-and-about doing who-knows-what. They were all living under the hope that King Louie would hold up his peace treaty, though the idea of rogue vampires still adhering to Count Vladamir's goals posthumously were not at all put out...
::: "The vampires of the nineties know nothing, modern vampires know nothing." Saka said softly from against the wall, as much as he resented his own kind his pride was talking for him. "If they were true vampires then they could turn into fog or a bat, they could take their true form to fight you humans." Saka scowled at the thought of the new generations, "I was born during the second plague. One of the first modern vampires, the new breeds are a single bloodline derived from my bloodline kin. I am of a hybrid bloodline descent, the original vampires were monsters who had no conscious and a rabid state of mind. Ghoulish creatures who lurched and turned monster like with a never ending hunger, the other breed was more human like. Both shared weaknesses, but during the second plague the bloodlines became mixed. Unlike the vampires these days, my fangs have to elongate to feed, if you haven't noticed I am a lot more lean that I should be. Almost as if my muscles were built on a starved corpse, it is from the second bloodline in the hybrid mix." Saka looked around slowly "There are only a hand full of my exact bloodline left, most died or have been asleep so long they are in a coma. The vampires of today also do not know what death is truly like, their bodies die and then they are reborn with fixed fangs. If I change somebody it is a two day process of Hell, first your canines fall out to make way for the new pointed fangs that grow and retract. Then your body dies and your flesh dries out until you feed for the first time, though some of my coven have modern traits like fixed fangs so I guess evolution is imminent among my kind." He shrugged slowly "If they die then it is because they are weak, I have been hunting my own kin for years." Saka said as he adjusted himself against the wall. :::
Mel was upset nowthat all her cards were on the table and it still wasn't enough.
At this point they could do what they wanted but she knew nothing else or how to get anything to help her case.
Mel swallowed her pride looking down at the table gave Neon her answer. "Yes sir."
Her head went down on her arms folded on the the table. "Promise me you'll get Chiharu and Angelica back please."
::: John had used his chameleon armor to avoid the battle, cool plsma discharges allowed him to avoid heat detection while the cloaking of the nanobots infused with his skin cells did their thing. His eyes having multiple sensory options allowed him to find the target his boss had asked for, clicking the small switch built onto his chest before the nanobots broke down. The tall thin nude male stood in the middle of the bakery looking upon not only a near replica of his boss but also his coworker. "Tsusaka Hirozumi, my boss has told me to escort you to the Gambino Military base... By force if need be." The mach five peered at the man almost threateningly. :::
::: He had just stepped from the kitchen area from the back when he saw the man in the buff "MISS KAT COVER YOUR EYES." He had all but flung himself to block the young woman at his counter from seeing the male, green almost jade eyes peering at the guy. Jet black long straightened hair swaying as he moved, The male was wearing a long white sweater and black jeans with a pair of black dress shoes. The chef hat on his head was too big and sagged slightly on his head, he slowly removed his cooking apron, his right fang was permanently elongated and gave him an overbite on the right side of his mouth. It was pressed to his lip firmly when his mouth was close, he was six foot one and thin instead of muscular like his evil counterpart. "What about my friends? Who is going to feed my pet cat?" He was a very passive aggressive individual, he had a softer and much more childlike appearance than the other Saka and his eyes had a look of innocence in them. He was a naive young soul, a vampire that denies his natural instinct. Though his body rejects it he chokes down human food day by day, this man was intruding on his calm and peaceful life was that strange green haired customer he always saw involved? :::
::: "I'll explain later, you are coming with me buddy." The mach five made his move and grabbed the young looking fellow and hoisted him up over his shoulders "You two should go to a friends house and hang low until this mess blows over, do not call anybody and you should be fine..." John was trained different than the other mach series super soldiers, he was the perfect assassin devoid of emotion. He turned the switch on his chest as the nanobots spread from him to the man he had called Tsusaka as well. He made way from the building like a bat out of hell with the tall thin male on his shoulders, he was heading for Durem square "Come on Steve.... In and out in and out like always... I am not getting busted by the Red Shield for anybody." He said under his breath. :::
::: The heavily armored and cloaked helicopter came by the central square of the city of Durem with a long chain hanging from the bottom, the helicopter leaned as the mach five was fished from the city. A few moments later the door slid open and the chain dropped into the water, something was flung in the back as the tall mach five climbed in and complained about how the kid never shut up. "Hey we got orders to bring him to Saka, John plus apparently Saka's dad would be mad if he got hurt." The old mach three said from the pilots seat with a thumbs up to the mach five "It won't take us long." The unmarked helicopter now seen as the cloaking dropped from the body. :::
::: The guy sat in the corner of the helicopter away from everybody, confused and scared he was nearly in tears. He had no idea where they were taking him or what for, ever since finding out the truth about everything and why he sometimes felt angry for no reason this was just adding to all the things he was trying to calculate. :::
::: Gambino Army Base :::
::: The helicopter landed on the beach as directed, the older male stepped from the helicopter slowly. He was a tall muscular male in his fifties, he had a flat top and wore a green muscle shirt with dog tags showing proudly, camo cargo pants and military issue steel toe boots adorned his feet "I'll head to the medical ward to check Dan, John you might want to come with me." He turned his attention to the scared looking guy "Don't worry, we're the good guys. You will be safe here, believe me your father would roll all our heads if you got hurt." He patted the guy on the arm and walked with John who had found some clothes in the back of the copter to put on. :::
::: Saka's head suddenly shot up "It seems they got him unharmed." Saka took off in a sprint for the beach, the doors not even an obstical as he made way to the now resting helicopter. He stopped awkwardly to look at the guy who was nearly an exact replica of him "Splinter had sent Zak and with everything going on I figured i might as well get you out alright... Please do not make that face, I do not want to feel as if I kicked a retarded puppy." He said almost coldly to what many would believe to be a clone "You know I did not want this as much as you did, but it was us or imprisonment and death. Come I have some people for you to meet, they are.... Well they aren't exactly friends, one or two... it's hard to explain." He scratched his head awkwardly as he tried to explain the situation. and put an arm on the guy as they both made their way back in with Tenack and the rest. "Long story short, this is the good half of my soul." Saka half assed his explanation. "He's a baker not a fighter." :::
::: "What about my cat..... Is Alf and my neighbor Miss Kat going to be okay?" Other than the fact he straightened his hair, had his right fang stuck elongated and the green eyes with a lack of muscle mass he was an exact replica of Saka, though he lacked the ominous and dark feeling. Most people would have a feeling of purity around him, his big green eyes looking around almost in a child like wonder. The long sweater hanging loosely on him as if it was too big, he looked around slowly before back to the other Saka. "Since he goes by Saka... I guess call me Tsusaka, I own a bakery... and live in a single room apartment with my cat...." He looked around almost shyly. :::