Breathing became such a hard task, to keep his heart beating to stay alive. Don still refused to give up he pushed and tried to pry the vampire off his neck. His fingers were clumsy and numb, inside Don felt that even though he was giving it his all, it must have felt like a newborn kitten pawing at the noble. The world blurred even more, before a sound perked his sense back up. Though still hardly able to see, there was a misty white figure behind the noble. From what he could make out, the figure’s mouth was moving. It took him several seconds to figure out that the figure was actually screaming, it was Mika.
“Don!! Don. Get up! Don’t die on me. You promised me! You promised all of us.” A breath escaped Don as he took in Mika’s voice. Even though she was screaming for him to move, it was sweet and kind to his ears. The deafening silence of waiting for your death, knowing not a soul cared if you disappeared in the darkness was maddening. “Mika…” Don whispered before succumbing to the darkness. In the last few moments he could hear her scream, and the noble laugh just before he hissed suddenly. A thought crossed his mind, as he heard the hiss. Did Mika take her revenge on him? Mika attacking someone wasn’t likely however. Not that it mattered. He had failed his mission to continue serving mankind till vampire kin were wiped from the surface. He broke his promise to Mika, to make the world safer for mankind. –I’m so sorry Mika.-
It felt like solitary confinement. Unable to move, all senses seemed to be incapacitated even breathing was odd and almost unnecessary. Was this what they called the “walk of judgement?” The great “Limbo”? All Don could do was think of the past and perhaps what will happen now. Unsure and not really wanting to know his fate, he decided to think of better things. Don’s mind trailed back to Mika and his village. How Crista and Ash cared and loved him. -God, I wish I could have found out where that vampire was and fulfilled your revenges. I failed you father, mother, my dear Mika…-
Mika’s green eyes seemed to look so sad and haunt him through this suspended space. Don wasn’t sure if time passed here or not, but he did feel warmth. –Mika? Is that you? - The darkness was broken by a bright light making Don wince.
D watched Don’s chest heave sudden and Don almost jump out of the bed. He gripped at his chest, eyes wide open and teeth bared in full. Covered in a cold sweat Don looked like a frightened child to D. His eyebrow raised under the brim of his hat as he watched the fearful expression fade slowly as Don took in his surroundings only to turn into annoyance when Don saw him. “Why are you here?” He said with an edgy, irritated tone. D couldn’t help but smirk, it was a bit amusing to see Don annoyed and embarrassed that the great Day Guardian had to be rescued by his rival. “I would think that you would at least say thank you.” D remarked. Don narrowed his eyes, “I didn’t need your help.”
Lefty chortled, “Oh sure you didn’t. You had it all handled very well kid.” Growling Don ripped the sheets away and stood quickly grabbing his gun off the side table and pointing it at D. “Shut the fuck up you bastard! You think you can get away with degrading me?” D stood very slowly watching Don keep the gun aimed at him. “Now, there isn’t need to be angry. I’m not degrading you.” The gun cocked, and steadied itself as Don carefully analysed D for the truth. Was this man truly being kind or was there a hidden motive? Don could see an essence encompassing D’s left hand. A spirit? Don lowered his gun slightly, “Let’s say I believe you. Why’s that hand of yours got a grudge against me?” Pushing his hat up, D let Don see his eyes fully. “He’s always like that. Don’t take it too personally.”
Don exhaled wobbling slightly, before leaning back onto the bed. It was too soon for him to move. “What exactly happened in there?” Don asked holding his forehead. D smiled slightly replying, “I slayed the noble. He had almost drained you completely, even the vampire part inside you couldn’t fight him off. Simply, I carried you here and kept watch over you.”
-Kept watch over me? Why…- Don looked up at D, debating on asking for a reason. “Why would you be concerned over me? Your rival?” Then it clicked. “The children…they made it right?” D nodded at him. “Yes, they want to see you as well. Tommy and Erica especially.” Sighing in relief he looked at the floor. –I guess I lost this time. - “I guess I owe you.” Don said finally. Puzzled, D looked at him. “What do you mean? We are even since I get the reward.” Shaking his head, Don chuckled looking at D. The look in Don’s eyes made D confused. What was Don thinking? “It has nothing to do with money. Its honour. A life for a life. You saved mine, so now I have to repay that debt by saving you at one point of time.” Lefty groaned, “Oh great…so that means you are going to follow us isn’t it?” Don rolled his eyes looking at D’s left hand. “Yes, I will be. Do you mind? D, can I see the spirit that’s embedded in your hand for a second? It feels weird talking to you when I know it’s coming from it.” That last comment set Lefty off. “It!!? I am not an it.” D smirked showing Don his hand. Don’s face turned to surprise at the wrinkled face in D’s hand. “Holy crap…How the hell did that happen?” Don’s face amused D greatly and the fact that Lefty was going on about young people not respecting ancient creatures and magic. Don looked around D’s hand to get D’s attention. “So…it’s...” “Lefty” D replied. Don’s eyebrows raised for a second taking in the name. “Original…but works.” For once Lefty was silent.
Don got out of bed near sunset, feeling well rested. D was quiet in the corner, slouched in the chair. Walking over quietly, Don looked under his hat to see if he was awake. He wasn’t entirely sure if the great D slept or not but he was eager to find out. Flustered after getting a few inches close to D’s face only to find out that D in fact was awake. He fell back onto the concrete floor, a bit startled and embarrassed from his childish stupidity. D’s chuckling only made Don feel even more ridiculous. “Curious were we Day Guardian?” Lefty commented snidely. Don looked away, cursing himself under his breath before adding. “It’s Don by the way.” Looking over Don, D smiled. So he was willing to trust others despite his tough exterior and image.
Don got up and briskly brushed off the dirt on his pants and strode out of the room. D couldn’t help but chuckle after seeing such an odd scene. It truly was going to be interesting to have a companion for a bit.