(31/10/2002)

Hallow Moon

 

Chapter 4

 

Vegeta writhed in agony as his tail was cruelly abused, and he bit down hard on his lip to stop screaming, though muffled moans still escaped. The pain was unbelievable, shooting straight up his spine and lancing down to his legs. Sensitive vertebrate shifted and grounded jarringly against each other as the grip tightened and twisted further.

 

Arms still wrenched behind his back, he bucked and thrashed weakly, but was unable to throw his heavier attacker off. Just when he thought he was almost ready to pass out from the immense pain, the hand on his tail was suddenly removed, and through the red haze of pain, Vegeta could dimly hear the sounds of flesh hitting flesh. And then somebody was kneeling beside him, stroking his back comfortingly and murmuring softly to him.

 

“Kakarrot?” Vegeta rasped out as he got up shakily to his feet, holding on the wall for support. His legs felt boneless and weak, and his tail hung limply. He couldn’t see the other person because the corridor was pitch black, and his senses were still disoriented from the pain.

 

“No…” His rescuer held up a small ki ball.

 

“Tien?” Vegeta blinked owlishly. “What are you doing here?”

 

“I lost my way… Then I heard your cry and the sounds of a scuffle…” The green-clad teen looked at Vegeta worriedly. “Are you all right?”

 

“I’m fine.” Vegeta looked down at his ripped shirt and shrugged. “Thank you.”

 

“You’re welcome.” Tien cocked his head to the side. “So, do you have any idea who attacked you?”

 

Vegeta shook his head in disgust. “No… But his ki felt vaguely familiar.” Suddenly, his eyes widened in worry. “Kakarrot! I did not see him… Maybe he was attacked as well.”

 

Tien followed behind the prince as he hurried off in the direction of his room. As they neared the prince’s room, which was located in a brighter section of the castle where were more windows, they heard two voices and slowed down to a walk. Rounding the corner, Vegeta stopped in shock.

 

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“Are you all right?” Kakarrot asked in concern. Chi Chi had taken a bad blow to her head and lain there, stunned for a few seconds. When the slim girl finally sat up, wincing and rubbing her head, he sighed silently in relief. Goku would kill him, champion or not, if anything happened to his girl.

 

Chi Chi was ready to give him a tongue lashing until she saw how remorseful he was. With a reluctant sigh, she held her tongue and accepted his hand to help her up. “I’m fine… Just a slight knock to the head…” Her bun had come undone when the pins were knocked out and she gave Kakarrot a wan smile in reassurance as she fumbled with her hair, pulling out the remaining pins and combing her fingers through her tangled hair. 

 

“Are you sure?” Kakarrot bent down and picked up her dropped pins.

 

“Uh huh…” Chi Chi mumbled around a mouthful of pins as she twisted her thick black hair up into a bun again.

 

“KAKARROT!!”

 

The two turned at the enraged shout. “Vegeta?” Both Kakarrot and Chi Chi looked at the prince in shock. He was slightly dusty and his shirt was torn at the shoulder; he looked as if he had been in a fight. Already, a bruise was darkening on his cheek.

 

Vegeta stared at his mate in betrayed hurt. Chi Chi was hurriedly trying to tie up her hair and Kakarrot was holding her pins… He had been so worried and that lout was flirting! “How… how could you?!”

 

“No! Vegeta!” Kakarrot suddenly realized what the prince must have thought of the scene. “It wasn’t what you think!”

 

Chi Chi took one wide-eyed look at the awkward situation and quickly stuffed the remaining pins into a hasty bun. “Vegeta! I… It…”
 

“Cease your stuttering, woman!” Vegeta snarled, without turning to look at her. His arms were folded as he glared daggers at Kakarrot.

 

“Get out of here, Chi Chi. This really isn’t your fault.” Kakarrot whispered softly to the girl.

 

“Oh, and now you’re defending her??” Vegeta yelled heatedly. “This has everything to do with her; it takes two hands to clap, does it not?”

 

Chi Chi shot a guilty look between the prince and his mate, and then prudently decided that her continued presence was worsening the situation so she quietly hurried away. Kakarrot walked towards the fuming prince, his hands opened in a placating gesture. “Vegeta! I really did not do anything with Chi Chi! You know she’s mated to Goku…”

 

“And that makes the situation better, how?”

 

Kakarrot wanted to pull at his hair in frustration. It did not help that he could see Tien standing quietly behind Vegeta, a cold, triumphant smirk on his face. Forcing himself to remain calm and ignore the green-clad fighter, he tried a different tack. “I knocked into Chi Chi as I was hurrying down to meet you, and I was late because someone slammed the door to your room shut when I was inside, and welded the lock shut with ki…”

 

“And why couldn’t you have left my room via other means, like out the window for example?” Vegeta’s tone dripped sarcasm.

 

“There was a green barrier over the windows.” Kakarrot replied, wincing slightly as he realized how that stupid that sounded once the sentence left his mouth. 

 

Vegeta exploded in rage and hurt. “That has got to be the lamest excuse I’ve ever heard! If you were delayed because you were making out with that onna, just fucking say so!” His eyes stung as he tried to hold on to his anger instead. He scowled fiercely and blinked rapidly, trying to dispel the suspicious wetness.

 

“It’s true!” Kakarrot took a couple of steps closer, feeling extremely guilty when he saw how affected his mate was. “We can go to your room…”

 

“Fine.” Vegeta replied icily. He stepped around Kakarrot and strode rapidly towards his room. Kakarrot felt a pang at Vegeta’s deliberate avoidance, but swallowed his pride and hurried after Vegeta, Tien following a short distance behind. “What happened to you, Vegeta?” His heart fell further when the ouji did not answer, his eyes running worriedly over the visible scrapes and bruises on his mate. 

 

When they reached Vegeta’s room, the main door was still open, a neatly hole cut around the lock. However, the piece of metal with the lock was nowhere to be found, and when they took a look into the prince’s room, the barriers over the windows were gone as well. “You do realize this doesn’t look too good, Kakarrot.” Tien said snidely as the three teens stood in front of the open door.

 

Vegeta stared at the hole in his door, his thoughts and emotions whirling. He wanted to believe Kakarrot so badly, but his pride held him back. What if Kakarrot was playing around? He refused to be played for a fool. It was all too coincidental; he was late not once but twice, and the supposed evidence was gone. He shook his head mentally; no, he knew how devoted and loyal his brawny mate was to him. “So, who do you think did this, Kakarrot?”

 

Kakarrot winced again at the flat tone in his lover’s voice, but at least Vegeta was willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. He did not answer, but shot a hard look at Tien. Vegeta blinked in surprise. “Nani? Surely you do not think that Tien did this?”

 

“I have no evidence, but …”

 

“I walked Vegeta to the Gardens to wait for you; that was shortly before 9. I could not have done it.” Tien sneered.

 

Kakarrot reeled, stunned speechless. He had been so sure that it had been the bald teen; who else would have a motive to detain him? The smirking looks Tien had been giving him… At the same time, he was furious over the fact that Tien had stayed with Vegeta, walked Vegeta to the Gardens... He shook his head stubbornly; still, he could not shake off the gut feeling that the unknown fighter had something to do with all this mess. And that Tien was definitely after Vegeta.

 

“Kakarrot!” Vegeta flared up again. “Stop accusing Tien; he had nothing to do with the reason why you were delayed. Just because he’s a stranger to this part of the country does not automatically mean he’s suspect. His alibi is sound; he was with me all the way till 9 and there was no way he could not have enough time to run up to my room to lock you in! Besides, Tien was the one who saved me when I was attacked!”

 

“What?!” Kakarrot gaped, simultaneously hurt that Vegeta was defending Tien and shocked that his suspicions that his koi was attacked were confirmed. Tien had saved Vegeta…? He felt a pang of guilt. It should have been him! “What happened?”

 

“I don’t know exactly…” Vegeta raked a weary hand though his upswept hair. He felt drained, torn and frustrated. “Someone was stalking me and later attacked me. Tien happened to come along and he pulled the attacker off.”

 

“Did you see who attacked you?”

 

“Ile.” Vegeta scowled. “It was too dark, though the ki felt familiar. But everything happened too fast; I couldn’t pinpoint where I’ve felt that ki signature before.”

 

Kakarrot was about to open his mouth to say something, but at that moment, Trunks came running around the corner, his face slightly flushed and worried. “Have any of you seen Goten?”

 

Vegeta blinked at his younger brother’s sudden appearance. “Uh… no.” The two other teens shook their head as well. Trunks clutched his already mussed hair in frustration. “Shit! He was supposed to have met me 20 minutes ago! What if something happened to him?”

 

On one hand, Vegeta was annoyed with what he considered unnecessary distress on his brother’s part; that brat had probably gotten lost in the castle. Still, he held his tongue when he saw how distraught Trunks was. “When’s the last time you saw him, brat? Was he with anyone?”

 

“Uhhh…” Trunks chewed on his lower lip as he tried to recall. “I left him once the Dinner had ended …and I saw him with …Chao-tzu I think.”

 

Vegeta narrowed his eyes and grunted in disgust at that name again. “Well, he’s probably with Chao-tzu then.”  He was about to dismiss the younger prince when Trunks shot his older brother a silent, pleading look. Immediately he understood; Trunks was feeling nervous and worked up over what he had planned to say to Goten, and was in need of some moral support. Vegeta scowled. Nani?! Did that brat expect him to handhold him? He had a personal crisis of his own…

 

He glanced at Kakarrot again. Then again, perhaps a short time out from the awkward situation might be good. The tension between the two mates was so thick that it was positively choking. Kami… What happened? This was supposed to be their night… He gave a pained sigh and nodded once to Trunks.

 

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Goten stared down at Chao-tzu, wondering why the Saiyan Seer was so quiet all of a sudden. His ears perked up; no, not exactly quiet. Chao-tzu was breathing very heavily; ragged gasps that were becoming more and more irregular. The black-haired lad drew his brows together in worry and apprehension. Something was not right here…

 

“Goten-san…” The white, round face turned to peer up at him. “Gomen nasai, Goten-san. I… I cannot help myself, I need it…”

 

Goten started to back away from the midget slowly. “Wha…?” Chao-tzu’s eyes were bright, too bright. There was a strange, eerie glint in those black orbs that unsettled him, the way the eyes seemed to be unfocused…

 

“I’m sorry if I cause you pain, but it will be brief and you will appreciate my gift…” The pint-sized Saiyan advanced slowly, scarlet lips curling up to reveal sharp canines. Goten hissed in shock and back-pedaled rapidly, now feeling extremely unnerved. Those teeth! When had they grown so long? The length and size were not natural for a Saiyan!

 

Chao-tzu continued walking slowly towards him, his short tail swaying slowly behind him predatorily. Goten knew without a doubt then, that he had to run. His eyes flickered around the room, accessing possible escape routes… The windows!

 

That was a mistake. In the split second his eyes left the small Saiyan, a weight slammed into his thighs and Goten staggered back. The sudden burst of fear and adrenaline rushed through him and with a frightened yell, he powered up and jumped back.

 

Chao-tzu snarled, sounding exactly like a mindless animal before he leapt towards Goten with surprising speed. His eyes gleamed with a crazed light and his breathing was harsh and ragged. Goten was hard-pressed to parry the blows and bit by bit he was forced back slowly. Suddenly, a kick slipped past his defenses and then he was shoved back against the wall, his head hitting the stone surface with a sickening crack. The last thing he registered in stark terror before he passed out was the sound of ripping cloth and a sharp pain imploding in his groin. Then his eyes rolled back and he mercifully blacked out.

 

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As the group of teens neared the entrance to the Seer’s tower, Trunk suddenly felt rather embarrassed. There was really no need for the others to accompany him and when they stopped in front of the stout door, he turned and started to speak. Suddenly, all eyes widened as they felt the surge of ki’s in the Tower.

 

“Nani?!”

 

“Move aside, brat!” Vegeta roughly pushed his brother aside when it appeared that Trunks had frozen up in shock, and kicked the unlocked door open. Something was terribly wrong; he didn’t know why but he knew that they had to get up to Goten immediately. The younger boy’s ki was spiking as if he was fighting, but from the wild fluctuations, he could tell that the boy’s was panicking. Suddenly, Goten’s ki plummeted.

 

“Shit!” The older prince led the way, cursing under his breath as the group dashed up the stairs. Tien lagged behind, keeping behind the others. Stumbling into the observatory, they skidded to a stop in horrified shock.

 

The room was unlit, and the mixture of bright silvery moonlight that streamed in at a steep angle through the large windows and inky shadows gave the gruesome scene before them a particularly ghoulish air. Goten was slumped unconscious against the wall, propped up only by the short figure in front of him as his head lolled lifelessly to the side.

 

“Goten!!” Chao-tzu appeared not to have noticed their presence initially, but when Trunks’ anguished cry shattered the silence, he turned his head around slowly and the other teens sucked in their breath in anger and horror.

 

Gone was the genial, self-effacing Seer. In his place stood a maniacally grinning monster. Round eyes shone brightly with a spooky light, the scarlet circles on his cheeks and the thick crimson blood smeared sloppily over his lips and chin standing out in stark contrast in his waxen face. His hands were clutching the unconscious boy’s hips in a tight grip, and the front of Goten’s pants was soaked in blood. The cloth near the right groin was ripped and hot scarlet fluid was still pumping from the horrific wound on the junction between his inner thigh and groin.

 

“Get away from him, you freak!” Trunks yelled in anger, hands clenched as he powered up. Goten was barely alive, his ki flickering weakly. The femoral artery at the groin was the second largest artery in the body, and the black-haired teen was losing blood at too rapid a rate.

 

The grin on Chao-tzu face widened as he stepped away, allowing the lad to slide limply to the ground. A small tongue darted out to lick his lips and the others shuddered as they caught sight of the unnaturally large canines.

 

“W..what are you?” Vegeta flushed at the tremor in his voice as goose bumps crawled up his skin. He had always thought the clown was freaky but this was worse than anything he could imagine.

 

“A creature of the night…” Tien whispered lowly. “A vampyre.” 

 

“That’s just stories and myths right?” Kakarrot hissed in disbelief. They had all heard the legends as chibis, but everyone knew none existed. “Right?!

 

“Yessss… you can say that.” Chao-tzu gave a blood-curdling laugh, sounding especially creepy as his voice was naturally high-pitched. His eyes fixated on the elder prince, he started to croon. “Vegeta-sama… It was supposed to be you. I was trying to tell you this evening.”

 

“Wha..What do you mean?”

 

“Tonight’s Hallow Moon is special. Once in 50 years, Nyago will move into Lenar’s orbit and this will cause the moon to swing closer to Vegetasei. The increase in the lunar rays will trigger a blood and mating lust in vampires.” Chao-tzu started to walk towards Vegeta, his gaze unwavering, unblinking. Suddenly, his expression crumbled, eyes watering as bloodstained mouth quivered. “I did not mean to do it with Goten; I love you Vegeta-sama… It was supposed to be you…”

 

The crown prince paled visibly at that chilling proclamation and took a step back, shaking. His tail had puffed out to twice its size behind him and was lashing the air nervously. “S..Stay away from me, y..you freak!!”

 

“But now that you’re here, Vegetaaaa…” Again, the mercurial expression shifted, now becoming predatory.

 

Vegeta’s eyes widened in terror as the sepulchral tone washed over him, his legs seemingly rooted in place as the short vampyre kept walked closer, the pale moonlight coming in through the windows casting long shadows that shifted and moved. Time seemed to slow down sluggishly; his mind spinning as he watched the white-faced figure advance. All the creepy feelings he got whenever he ran into the small Seer previously returned ten-fold and goose bumps crawled over his body as he remained caught in the bright, unblinking gaze, until Kakarrot abruptly stepped in front of him with a growl, teeth bared and fists held ready. “Over my dead body!”

 

Chao-tzu paused in mid-step, a chilling smirk lifting his bloodstained lips as he contemplated the burly teen, his short tail waving slowly behind him. Tien grunted and started powering up. “Watch out; with his recent influx of fresh blood, especially that of a strong fighter’s, his power and strength would have increased tremendously.” Eyes slitting, Kakarrot nodded in thanks to Tien’s advice and gathered his own ki.

 

Then, without warning, Chao-tzu lunged forward and knocked Kakarrot back with a punch to an unprotected midsection. The Tournament Champion huffed in shock at the unexpected ferocity and power behind the attack as he slammed in the wall, his breath knocked out of him. Quickly picking himself up, he shook his head with a snarl and mentally readjusted his prior underestimation of the pint-sized Saiyan before throwing himself back into the fight.

 

Trunks had taken advantage of the confusion to dart towards Goten’s side, pulling him towards the open doorway. Placing a hand around the throbbing laceration and applying firm pressure to stem the blood flow, he quickly cauterized the wound with his other hand and a quick flash of ki. The young prince winced at the smell of burnt flesh; it was fortunate that Goten was already unconscious.  

 

Small and compact, the top of his bald head barely reaching the teens’ waists, the sedentary Seer was nonetheless giving the three teens a close fight. Indeed, Chao-tzu’s small size was actually giving him an advantage in the confined fighting quarters. Vegeta had quickly recovered from his momentarily paralysis, and exploded in anger in response to what he felt was a shameful reaction. Months of frustration over his stalker erupted in a boiling rage as he tore into Chao-tzu; the thought that he was the one the vampyre had initially and still wanted sent a fresh wave of adrenaline coursing through his body. Never!! With a rabid howl fueled by the potent mix of fear and fury, his ki spiked dramatically.

 

The other two taller teens fell back as they watched Vegeta toss the Seer around mercilessly. The prince’s ebony hair was briefly flashed golden a few times as he attacked with an almost mindless rage, his aura pulsating wildly around him. The small vampyre never stood a chance. A series of lighting-fast blows to Chao-tzu’s midsection sent him staggering back and a spinning kick threw the small figure clear across the room. Chao-tzu landed with a sickening crunch and stilled.

 

When he realized that the other was not about to get up anytime soon, Vegeta finally powered down warily, his breathing still coming out in ragged gasps. That was when Kakarrot realized just how affected Vegeta was by the vampyre, and he stepped forward with the intention to comfort his mate.

 

“Baka!” A snarl stopped him. Vegeta held out a hand, his brows drawn in a fierce scowl. “I’m still pissed with you.”

 

“About what happened earlier?” Kakarrot stopped, his expression pleading. “Vegeta, I..”

 

“Yes, no…” Vegeta crossed his arms angrily, his emotions still running high from all that had happened so far, the attack on him and especially from the macabre encounter with Chao-tzu. “Everything! About why you were late, twice… About the onna, yes, it still looked suspicious to me! About how nobody believed me about that freaky clown!”

 

The look in Vegeta’s eyes clearly said ‘about how you did not believe me’ and Kakarrot was rendered speechless. “To top it off, I was attacked and you weren’t around!” The last statement was hurled accusingly at him and Vegeta turned away from him, shoulder shaking slightly. The teenage prince’s nerves were shot and he bit down on his lower lip as he tried to calm down, wrapping his arms tightly around himself.

 

“Vegeta…” Kakarrot’s eyes flickered guilty to the unconscious teen on the floor and then back up to his mate again, wincing as he noted the torn shirt and a bruise darkening under the rip. Hesitantly, he stepped closer to the prince. Suddenly, there was a loud cracking sound.

 

Heads snapped towards the sound in shock. Tien was bent over the Chao-tzu and it was obvious from the angle of the head that he had snapped the vampyre’s neck.

 

“Tien!” Kakarrot frowned. “Why did you do that for?”

 

“He is a dangerous monster.” Tien stated coldly as he stood up, obsidian eyes daring the others to contradict him.

 

Kakarrot shivered a little at that ruthless look; something about the bald teen just felt wrong to him. “Still, to kill him in cold blood…”

 

“Tien is right.” Vegeta spoke up bluntly, eyes fixated on the broken figure on the floor, unconsciously rubbing his arms as if he was cold.

 

“I don’t care.” Trunks scowled darkly, his eyes hard as he looked at the vampyre that almost killed the person he loved. “I need to get Goten to the infirmary…”

 

Kakarrot swallowed any further objections reluctantly. “Do you need me to help you carry him?”

 

Trunks gave the tall teen a grateful look as he bent down pick up the black-haired boy; Goten was slightly taller and bigger than him.

 

“I’ll bring the body down to Security.” Vegeta steeled himself as he walked over to the small body. He was the crown prince; it was his duty to give an official account of the attack on Goten. ‘Don’t be such a coward… The bastard’s dead.’ Still, he couldn’t stop the tremor that ran through his body.

 

“I’ll help you.” Vegeta shot Tien a grateful look, abruptly relieved that he did not have to touch the dead vamprye. The green-clad teen merely smiled at the royal as he picked up the small body easily with one hand and slung him over his shoulder. 

 

“Vegeta…” Kakarrot panicked as he saw his mate starting to walk out after Tien.

 

“What?” Vegeta stopped to turn and frown at him.

 

“Wh...What about tonight?” Kakarrot felt cold. ‘What about us?’

 

Vegeta read the silent questioning plea in his eyes, and his expression softened, becoming confused. “I don’t know...”

 

“Meet me at the entrance to the Gardens later? Please, koi…”

 

Vegeta hesitated, and then gave a quick nod. “All right.” 

 

“Arigato…” Kakarrot sighed in relief. Things would turn out right tonight… He would make them right.

 

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Vegeta frowned as he followed the taller male. “Tien, where are you going? The barracks are located in the other side of the castle.”

 

Tien gave a small smile as he turned into a small courtyard. “I know, but I figured that if we fly there through the open, it would be much faster.”

 

Vegeta’s frown deepened as he snorted; he did not like being told what to do. “Faster my ass. Hey, come back here you baka! Where do you think you are going?” Cursing, he hurried out after the other into the open.

 

Tien stopped as he gazed up at the full moon for a moment, and Vegeta stilled as well. The silvery light of the moon was brighter tonight, more bluish in hue, more potent in its effects. Both Saiyans simply stood there and soaked in the lunar rays, tails bristling. The tailed warrior race could transform to Oozaru at will by looking up at a full moon, but they do not do it often. For one, it was against the law to simply transform. Also, to experience the stimulating effects of the cool orb above them without the red haze of the Oozaru mentality clouding their mind was sensual and literally spine tingling.

 

Vegeta felt a shiver of apprehension as the other’s lips curled up in a sudden cruel smirk. Slowly, the taller fighter turned around, his tail unwrapping from his waist and swaying lazily behind him. “You know, my dear prince… Chao-tzu wasn’t the only one who had his eye on you.”

 

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Kakakrrot walked behind Trunks as they hurried towards the infirmary. Numbly, he stared down at the unconscious boy in his arms. His face was pale and his skin was so cool that he seemed almost dead; only the faint rise and fall of his chest showed that hope still remained.

 

‘This could have been Vegeta… He was right. All these months, Chao-tzu was stalking him and Vegeta kept telling everyone. But everyone shrugged him off… Including me.” Vegeta’s expression after the fight in the observatory came back to haunt him. Terrified but trying to hide it, angry and accusing, confused…

 

Suddenly, he tensed. Kuso! In the stunned aftermath of Chao-tzu’s grisly attack on Goten, they had forgotten all about Vegeta’s assailant! It most certainly could not be Chao-tzu; he was with Goten all the while. That meant that the unknown attacker was still wondering around the castle…

 

Kakarrot’s mind spun furiously, but he seemed to be jumping back and forth between a few facts, somehow missing the truly crucial pieces. He had been so certain that Tien was behind the mysterious incidents; the theft of his clothes and locking him in Vegeta’s room. The lockers were coded only to the competitors’ irises, which meant that the one who stole his clothes must have been a fighter from the competition. 

 

But Tien had an air-tight alibi… He shook his head stubbornly. No, every gut instinct was screaming to him that Tien was somehow the real villain. The smug looks Tien was sending his way were too suspicious. But how??

 

Something was nagging at him though; how did Tien know that Chao-tzu was a vampyre? And the ruthless way he killed the unconscious Seer….

 

“Shit…” His eyes widened in panic.

 

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Vegeta stiffened in shock. “What do you mean?”

 

“Come now, surely you aren’t that dense or blind?” Tien gave a lewd sneer, his eyes raking over the royal Saiyan’s lithe form. Vegeta gave a low snarl, but he had nothing to say.

 

Inwardly, he was furious with himself; he had been so focused on Chao-tzu’s stalking that he had been blind to everything else. He remembered the attention the other fighter had been paying him the whole evening with sickening hindsight; he had felt flattered and he had enjoyed it, thinking that it was harmless for everyone knew of his and Kakarrot’s relationship. Unlike Chao-tzu who looked creepy, Tien was debonair and good-looking, and like a trusting fool, he had been literally walked right into the bald fighter’s trap.

 

Casually, Tien dropped the dead body to the ground, keeping his gaze on the prince all the while. “I had to kill him, but I’m probably doing the clumsy little fool a favor. He certainly is ambitious though, thinking he could get you.” He gave a derisive barking laugh. ”What a bakayaro! I can’t believe he bit the femoral artery instead of the jugular! Then again, I guess that’s the only major artery that short stack can reach…”

 

His shoulder shook with barely suppressed mirth for a few seconds before he regained control again. “I had not wanted to get involved in the scuffle up there initially, but luckily for me, he was too high on the boy’s blood. Still, I couldn’t take the chance that he might recognize me when he wakes up.”

 

“You…you’re a vampyre too.” Vegeta’s blood ran cold in his veins. Abruptly, some pieces of the puzzle begin to fall into place. “Kisama! You set Kakarrot up!”

 

“That baka ex-mate of yours was too easy.” Tien gave a chilling chuckle as he kicked the dead vampyre’s body away.

 

“But..how?” Vegeta stepped back, his mind whirling. “You couldn’t have trapped Kakarrot in my roon… You couldn’t have been the attacker!”

 

The cruel smirk on the tall vampyre’s face only deepened, and before Vegeta could even decide whether to flee or fight, his vision exploded in a white flash as pain blossomed at the base of his skull, and he slumped unconscious to the ground, mocking laughter fading in his ears.

 

tbc...

 

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A/N: Hmm…seems like another chapter that left off with poor Vegeta getting attacked again.

 

In case anyone was still confused… the jugular’s the artery on the side of the neck and the femoral artery’s the one at the groin. Both are the biggest arteries in the body; the femoral artery is often used for keyhole surgery. Is anyone squicked out? Nasty, I know… *snickers* Chao-tzu does seem more pathetic and pitiful than scary here, ne?

 

I was thinking of ok, horror…vampire/vampyre…bite…Chao-tzu…hmm, doesn’t connect…Chao-tzu can’t reach the neck…he can only reach…eeeks!!!

 

So, there’s more than one bad guy here… But is Tien the only villain left? All I can say is…everyone else is a red herring. The clue’s in the second chapter…

 

…and yes, I spelled vampyre in this manner just for fun. *grins*

 

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