Justice sat restrained in a dim and cold room. Her scales were tipped to the utmost injustice possible. Of the eight greater spirits, she was the only one that never slept. Where she was being held was a land ruled by injustice and her sister, the greater spirit of love and lust. Justice suddenly stiffened. A small inkling of balance was being formed and Justice focused on it. Hundreds of miles away, the youngest of the greater spirits was forming again. The youngest was the only one that could die and be reborn, but because of this, she was also the only one that could break any of the rules which included area's dealing with dark spirits. Justice lowered her head, a small smirk playing on her lips as she awaited the outcomes of this next stage of her youngest sibling's lives.
Elizabeth pulled her long light brown hair back as she prepared to go outside to work in the small garden she had. She glanced outside and as usual saw several shapes drifting around. The shapes appeared opaque and it had taken Elizabeth a long time to realize that not everybody could see them. It wasn't until a traveling group of priestess' of the white light had passed through her little village that she discovered that she was seeing white light spirits. Since then she had met a local priestess known mostly as "Teacher". Teacher had been teaching her a few things at a time but Elizabeth had refused to move in and stay with her small gathering. Elizabeth now headed outside and was almost immediately sprung upon by a spirit.
"Tessa? What are you doing here?" Elizabeth inquired, recognizing the Teachers messenger spirit.
'Run Elizabeth, there is extreme danger approaching. You have to run.' The spirit stated. Elizabeth was confused.
"Tessa, what danger is approaching?"
'No time to explain, we must go, now!' Tessa forcefully stated before tugging slightly in the sleeves of Elizabeth's dress. Elizabeth was extremely confused when she heard a familiar voice calling out to her.
"Elizabeth!" As Elizabeth looked up a group of familiar people approached. But something felt extremely wrong. The group seemed to have a more feral appearance to them as the spread out slightly, almost as if they were hunting her. Immediately Elizabeth could see the spirits becoming agitated.
"What are you doing here?" Elizabeth inquired as she took a slight step backwards. One of the young men in the group stepped forward.
"We need you to come with us Elizabeth. It has to do with Damien." Elizabeth's heart skipped a beat. When Elizabeth had been very young, Damien had been the only child in the entire village which hadn't made fun of her because she could see the white light spirits. As they grew older they had become even closer and Elizabeth had fallen in love with Damien. Yet he had shattered her heart when she found him flirting and chasing other women. Since then they had only seen each other in passing and Elizabeth had barely said anything to him. A horrible feeling was forming in Elizabeth's stomach.
'Elizabeth, form a shield from that love, now!' The spirit exclaimed. Without asking why, Elizabeth did so right as the group lunged forward towards her. She screamed slightly at the force of which they hit the shield. Now that they were close Elizabeth could see that they had changed. They had fangs now and were snarling at her from the other side of the shield. They began to hit it as hard as they could and Elizabeth's fear was beginning to make the shield fail.
'Elizabeth, please, do not let the shield fail!' Tessa exclaimed.
"I don't know if I can hold into it Tessa." Elizabeth replied. Not much later, the shield could be heard cracking and the vampires became ecstatic as they hit the shield even harder. Finally the shield fell and Elizabeth's panic peaked. It was then that a sheer wave of power, more raw and primal than any other power she had felt. She barely registered that Tessa had rapidly moved far away from her and was exclaiming that it was all over. Elizabeth heard a deep growl occur before realizing that it had come from her. Darkness began to form and she felt the dark spirit's presence, the dark spirit that had lain in hibernation deep inside of her. The spirit surged forward, snarling at the vampires.
'No one shall touch my hostess against her will. Not even half bred hunters such as yourself are even worthy of even looking at her.' The spirit snarled as it opened its huge, fanged jaws. The vampires began to back off as the spirit compressed itself into a human shape. A shape Tessa recognized.
'Hunteru, the dark spirit if the hunt.' She respectfully stated. Hunteru was one of the most ancient and powerful spirits to exist, his equal was Misia, the white light spirit of the hunt. Hunteru laughed slightly.
"Yes little spirit, I am the dark spirit of the hunt. I have protected my hostess her entire life and shall continue to do so. But for now I believe it would be best to get her out of here. Show me little spirit, show me the way to the Teacher."
The Teacher felt a wave of panic when she first saw the dark spirit approaching her refuge. That panic turned to slight fear when she saw the spirit was carrying Elizabeth. Tessa was quickly by Teachers side.
'Teacher, this dark spirit has been with Elizabeth her entire life. The spirit is Hunteru, and he only just showed himself because there were vampires attacking Elizabeth.' Tessa explained. Teacher left the house and approached the dark spirit cautiously, she knew that if necessary she might be able to hold off the ancient spirit for a few moments and give her gathering a better chance of escaping.
"What do you want spirit?" Teacher inquired. She knew that by know most of her gathering was watching from small openings. The spirit shook his head.
"I simply desire that my hostess remains safe until her true powers surface." Hunteru replied. Teacher turned her head slightly.
"Her true powers?" Hunteru smirked.
"She is a balance, one that can touch and communicate with both the light and the dark spirits. Her full abilities have not even begun to manifest yet though." Hunteru explained calmly.
"If she is a balance, then there should a guardian inside of her as well." Teacher sternly stated. Hunteru nodded.
"Yes, but it is not yet time for her guardian to reveal herself. For now my hostess has barely registered that I am a part of her and if knowledge of her guardian is added before she comes to terms with my being here, it could have devastating effects." Hunteru explained. Teacher frowned slightly.
"Why bring her here?"
"Because you are known as Teacher for a reason, Sylia." Hunteru stated, using the Teacher's actual name. Teacher stiffened.
"How do you-"
"Lord Ennual is a hunter, a dark one, and I know all about everything the dark hunters know. Sylia, she is the same as you, hunted for her pure blood. The blood of virgins that have felt pure love gives the vampire the most power if that is their first drink. You already know that. Right now my hostess needs the training and guidance of one who has already traveled that path." Hunteru stated.
"And what about you?" Teacher inquired.
"I will return to her and not create any disruptions or damage. I will come out though if she is in extreme danger without hesitation." Teacher nodded.
"Alright, hand the girl to me." Teacher stated. Hunteru passed Elizabeth over to the Teacher and let himself be pulled back into Elizabeth's body. Teacher shook her head before taking Elizabeth inside.
Elizabeth groaned as she woke up. Slowly she observed the room around her. Thin white veils hung around the white bed she was on the as she looked down at herself she found herself wearing a white night gown. Elizabeth shook her head. Somehow she had ended up at the teachers dwelling. Elizabeth sat up and looked out of the window next to the bed. From her window she could see the flower garden that the Teacher had and she could see some of the Teacher's gathering tending the garden. There was a small knock on the door and the Teacher entered the room with a tray with some food on it.
"Thank goodness your awake Elizabeth, we were all becoming worried about you." Teacher stated.
"Teacher, how did I get here?" Elizabeth inquired. Teacher set the tray down before turning towards Elizabeth.
"Elizabeth, how much do you remember?"
"I don't understand what you're asking." Elizabeth replied.
"How much do you remember from back at your place, after your shield fell." The Teacher gently replied. Elizabeth sat in silence for a moment.
"I remember this feeling of a raw and primal power and that I just had an extreme desire to fight and not give into them." Elizabeth replied.
"Anything else you can recall Elizabeth?" The Teacher asked with a seeming less limitless amount of patience.
"It didn't feel right. It felt as if it was something dark but it also felt like the same control as the white light spirits, I just don't understand it Teacher." Elizabeth stated. The Teacher sat down in a nearby chair and faced Elizabeth.
"Elizabeth that was a dark spirit. This particular one has been with you since your birth. It seems that it won't cause any interference and I assume that you should be able to still ask of things from the White Light Spirits. It would be best if this stays between the two of us for now though." Teacher stated. Elizabeth nodded.
"Do you know its name?" She asked. Teacher gave her a sympathetic smile.
"Yes, I do Elizabeth."
"Then what is it Teacher, at least tell me that!" Elizabeth exclaimed. Teacher sat in silence for a moment.
"Hunteru, the spirit is named Hunteru. Now chase after that knowledge no more. You're not ready to know any more. For now you can stay here and learn all you can on how to defend yourself from the vampires."
"Why did they want me?" Elizabeth inquired.
"Damien has been turned by them. We know you loved him and that we also know that if a vampire's first drink is from a virgin that had a pure love for them, they become one of the more powerful vampires. This is why they wanted you, so Damien can be one of those said stronger vampires." The Teacher explained.
"How do we stop this?" Elizabeth inquired, fear present in her voice.
"The only thing we can do, teach you how to become stronger and help defend you when you need it. So will you stay here, Elizabeth?" Teacher inquired. Elizabeth thought for a moment before looking up at the Teacher and nodding.