Survival Of The Fittest
(Chapters 5, 6 & 7)
By: Sean Buono (Shooter18)
The two found themselves chained to a brick wall on the side of
an abandoned building, their arms and legs stretched out disallowing
movement. Sunrise was close, as well as their deaths.
The leader vampire smiled. Allow me to introduce myself. My
name is Blackston. Its great to see you guys in the flesh,
finally. Aktur has told me so much about you guys! His face
wrinkled with expression as he spoke. Definitely an experienced
vampire he was, for even his walk showed it. He paced back
and forth a few times in front of the shackled two. Unfortunately
the things he told didnt please me, so I thought Id
personally take care of you two for him. Again he paused.
Such a shame, you two are. Well! I think its time for
us to leave two lovebirds alone for your last moments of precious
life! Im sure well be missing you. He laughed
and walked off. The other goons followed him, a few chuckling.
The buildings around them were pretty high, forcing the sun to be
a bit higher in the sky in order for it to reach them with its deadly
So what are we gonna do?!?! Louis panicked; he hadnt
been in a situation like this before. He started to pull on
the chains, hoping to rip them out of the brick. No luck.
Edgar showed his cool on the outside. Dont worry, theres
still another ten or so minutes until sunrise.
Dont worry!?? DONT WORRY?!!? What the hell do
you expect to happen?!! DAMNIT!! He tried more at the chains,
As minutes went by, Louis grew more frantic. The sky was getting
brighter as each second passed, as well as their lives closer to
ending. It was only a matter of time before the sun would rise.
Were screwed!! I swear if I get out of this Ill
kill Aktur!! That bastard is gonna pay!! His voice echoed
easily in the abandoned streets. Edgar stayed quiet, enjoying his
last few minutes of immortality.
You guys need any help? Louis looked up on a rooftop
nearby to see the one person hed least expect.
NINA! DAMNIT GET DOWN HERE NOW AND HELP US BEFORE OUR ASSES
Geez, no need to get all pissy on me. She smiled, jumping
down from the rooftop, hurrying over to the two.
Edgar was extremely grateful. Its great to see you again Nina.
How was your trip?
Not bad. She quickly and easily sliced the metal chains
holding Edgar and Louis with her claws. The suns first rays
started to appear on the side of buildings as the three took cover
in a ruined subway.
As night fell, Molly and Father D were on their usual rounds. The
two got to know each other better as they hunted together. Usually,
they went together slaying three or four nights a week, searching
in dangerous or populated vampire areas. Their runs paid off as
well, getting an average of two vampires a night, being told most
of their locations via Father Ds cellular phone from frantic
people spotting one here and there.
Once again as they were driving, the cell-phone rang.
Father D here.
Hey theres a piece of shit vampire tearin up my pool
Vitos Pool Hall on Brookstar and Carney road. Get
down here quick and take care of this thing for me before it does
Were on our way. The car sped away down the street.
Mollys car screeched to a stop in front of the small building.
The two jumped out and headed inside, already hearing glass shattering
Die you piece of shit. A man standing next to one of
the pool tables was looking down on a vampire corpse, lifeless on
The brute of a man snapped a cue stick in half with his hands. He
then, very easily, shoved the pointed wooden stake through the vampires
chest. The beast perished in seconds, leaving the pool table saturated
with a new color of deep red.
Little bitch ruined my game
He smugly backed off
and lit a cigarette. Holstering a large pistol. A few others applauded.
Molly and Father D still standing by the door exchanged looks, and
then smiled. The two made their way to the back of the room as the
music from a juke box started up again, and billiard games whichever
werent ruined by the quarrel resumed.
Father D smiled as he spoke first to the strange slayer. Quite
impressive there. You a slayer or was that your first?
The man sucked on the cigarette, surprised by the question. Naw,
Ive killed a few of them shits before
A slayer eh?
thought about being one. He hesitated before continuing. What
about money? What you guys do about that sorta stuff? He took
We usually get paid for our slayings, kinda like the one you
The man smiled as he spoke. You here to offer me a job?
No, not exactly
If you want to become a slayer, thats
your choice. Oh, by the way, my name is Father D, and this here
is my partner, Molly. He extended his hand in Mollys
direction. The three shook hands.
As he and Molly shook hands, she caught a glimpse of his holstered
pistol. What kind of weapon is that, Ive never seen
one like that before?
He followed her eye sight. Just a pistol that fires shotgun
shells, I like being unique in my choice of firearms. He smiled
devilishly. Its called a Thunder 5. He took it
out and showed it to them.
Its a beautiful piece, very sharp looking too.
She handed it back to the man.
They call me Eightball, got the nickname from being the champ
in this pool hall.
Another hesitation for a puff from
the cigarette. So you guys are like real, full-time slayers
Molly grinned. Yeah, its kind of a thing we love doing.
A Good rush from the danger.
You guys wanna play a game? Or are ya on duty and stuff still?
Eightball snagged a few sticks and offered them to Molly and Father
I think weve got time to play a few. The two took
off their coats, grabbed drinks, and headed for a table not damaged
This is it. War on this bastard is official. Hes not
gotten away with something like this. All we need is a plan.
Edgar was determined for revenge.
Louis agreed with him. But we dont need a plan. All
we need to do is raid that damn club of his.
No good. You know hes got too many guards. Theyll
stake us on the spot. Were not even supposed to be alive right
now anyways! It wont help trying to get into a place where
we would be most wanted.
Nina piped into the conversation. Well, what about catching
him off guard?
Like a slayer?
Yeah, good point. I mean he doesnt stay in that club
all the time. Weve gotta track his general schedule, like
when he usually goes out to catch a meal.
The three sat and thought of what to do about it for a few more
minutes before going out to get a quick hunt in.
Its got a great rate of fire. Great size for how much power
it packs. The man behind the counter was pointing out all
the good things about the shiny unloaded Uzi in Mollys hands.
How much is it? Molly was sold; she fell in love with
Well Molly, since youve taken care of quite a few of
them vamps for me, Ill let ya have it for a reasonable discount.
Done. She walked out of the store happily a few minutes
later with a brand new Uzi and clips under her belt.
The sun was settling, and the air was getting colder. Winter seemed
only a few days away, temperature wise. Looking at the people walking
past her, one caught her eye. She grabbed his arm as he came close.
It was Eightball.
I thought I recognized you!
Oh hey, Molly right? She nodded. Cold night isnt
it? I figured Id go shoot a game or two of pool. Care to join?
He eyed her Uzi under her belt. Whats this?
Oh, its just something I bought a few minutes ago. I
need something pretty fast when they get too close. Ive had
a couple situations when I was lucky with my crossbow, and I want
to make sure no more happen.
slaying. Havent gotten one myself since that
night the three of us met. Hm
you and Father D huntin
a few tonight?
We sure are. You want to join, or are you still keen on your
few games of pool? Molly was anxious to see what the strong,
agile man was capable of.
Eightball thought for a few seconds. Sure, weve gotta
stop by my place real quick first though, Ive got to grab
As long as we hurry, we have to meet up with Father D around
Louis sat on the edge of the roof with patience, daydreaming about
when he was a human, what he could do. What he could do if he was
still a mortal
Oh how he missed the daylight!
To sleep whenever you wanted to instead of when you had to!
His thoughts were interrupted by something below. He brought his
legs back up over the ledge, and then peeked over. Aktur was walking
out of the back entrance of his club.
Bingo. Louis stood up and hopped to the next building,
following Aktur from the rooftops.
Eventually, Aktur had wandered and unknowingly lead Louis to a common
street, but it was an alleyway he was heading for. Louis looked
over to see a manhole cover at the end of the narrow alleyway, which
Aktur approached and easily uncovered.
Revealing a ladder, he eagerly climbed down and replaced the cover.
Louis dropped down from the rooftop silently. Waiting a minute before
following, he lifted the manhole cover from its placement, revealing
a short descent by ladder to a sewer tunnel. It didnt smell
like a sewer though. A very strong, sweet smell arose from the hole.
It attracted Louis, smelling like something he already knew.
When he landed, the shallow water splashed under his feet. Louis
looked both ways to see if either path was obvious to take. One
way looked like it had a hole in the wall on the side nearby. He
walked closer towards it, slowly and quietly.
Louis poked his head into the hole. It turned out to reveal a descending
staircase. He stepped through it and started to walk down the stairs.
A scream sounded from the room below, echoing in the sewers.
Go ahead and scream! Lure more of your pathetic kind done
here for me! Aktur yelled smugly.
As Louis went down each step, the smell, the strong stench grew.
Bodies started to come into view. Obviously dead, some carcasses
had severed limbs and all were decapitated.
Why did you being me here?! It was a male humans
voice. Louis got to the end of the stairs, but only revealed his
head around the edge to the left, where most of the dungeon, Aktur,
and the human came into view.
Bodies were stacked up along the walls, with a few heads here and
there. The room was lit only by dim candles, enough of them though
to see most of the room. A few satanic drawings were on the floor,
adding a little atmosphere.
The human was tied to a wooden cross, placed against one of the
walls, by his arms, with his feet still touching the ground. The
poor mammal was tortured through the air, worn out from the constant
vomiting and no food or water. Aktur was pacing in front of him.
Come now, you know why I brought you here. You just dont
want to accept it. You humans are so stupid and naïve.
He cackled, bringing the man close to tears.
Kill me damn it!! Just end it!
Aktur smiled. Finally, what he wanted to hear
so now you want to die? Such a shame, I was actually going to let
you live, but if you insist
The man was about to speak, but Aktur didnt let him. He instead
dove his head into the humans neck, gulping the blood quickly
from being ravished. It died in only seconds, not being able to
hold onto its life.
Aktur slowly took his mouth from the neck when he was done, and
looked at the now limp corpse, on its knees and help up only by
its tied arms. He took the head in his hands and held it. Louis
still looked curiously at Akturs actions.
His right hand moved away a bit as his left kept the head up. Slowly,
he started to dig the nails of his right hand into the left side
of the humans neck. His last two fingers wrapped around the
spinal cord, under the stretched skin.
No blood seeped out from where the nails cut into, for there was
no more left in the shell. Aktur pulled up on the head, and gradually
increased his pull until the head could no longer hold it. It snapped
out, the skin ripping, and part of the spinal cord still holding
on. The headless corpse dropped back down to its knees.
Louis gasped in shock at what he did. Aktur must have heard, for
he turned his head in the direction of the staircase, human head
still in hand.
Anyone there? Louis heard Aktur start to walk slowly
towards his position. He knew he didnt want to take him on
alone. Aktur would have sliced Louis up easily.
Quickly, Louis dashed up the steps, through the sewer wall, and
back up the ladder. He had to tell the location of Akturs
hideout to the others.
Eightball! Great to see you! Does this mean that its
official? Father D was delighted to see a familiar face joining
I dunno, maybe. Tonight is just a fun night out for me. Havent
really gone out on a night dedicated to slaying before
Beautiful rifle you have there
you much of a sniper?
Thank you, its a Winchester, and yeah, I snipe a bit
every now and then to keep my skills up. He handed him the
rifle to look at more closely, as the three headed off from Father
Ds house, brewing up some conversation along the way.
Louis met up with the others and told them what he saw. Edgar
became satisfied with the information.
Okay, the best way of doing this would be to ambush his hideout.
Arm yourselves with a stake of some sort Im sure you can easily
make one. If we can hurry, we can probably catch him before he heads
off again. The three dispersed quickly.
Father D, Molly, and Eightball walked down a dark, poorly lit
street happily, chatting antic dotes or interesting stories freely
to pass the time.
Father D stopped speaking abruptly in the middle of one of his stories,
looking up towards the roofs. The other two followed his glance.
Three vampires were lunging from one building to another in a hurry.
They didnt even seem to care of the slayers back on ground
O.K. guys, lets move. Keep up with em and find out where
they are going. Keep a tight search line.
Back on the rooftops, Louis was leading the other two to Akturs
Its over here guys. They stopped above the manhole
cover, just as Louis had, peering over the ledge of the buildings
Lets go. Nina was more curious than hostile, for
she had never even met Aktur. She only tagged along to help her
The party jumped down, opened the sewer cover, and headed into the
dark, death stenched tunnel. Louis went ahead of the others and
through the hole in the wall, descending the staircase. The extremely
strong odor of decay reached Nina and Edgars noses, making
them cringe, even as vampires.
A humming started to be heard from below. It was identifiably Aktur.
The three were near the end of the staircase, almost ready to jump
out for a surprise attack.
Come in, my guests. Nina, Louis, and Edgar stood frozen
in surprise. Come now, no need to stay in hiding when I can
see you in a mirror
You shouldnt make me bring you in
the hard way
Edgar stepped down first. Hello Aktur
He was organizing
the piles or corpses, tossing one or two at a time near the back
of the low ceiling, dark chamber. He paused to look up to see who
such a surprise to see you
I shall have to make short order of Blackston for letting you live
He went back to his organizing. Who else did you bring along?
I dont like suspense
Louis and Nina came from the staircase, looking around at the massive
amount of corpses piled up along the walls.
I must apologize for not giving much hospitality, but this
is a thing that must be done. He looked over at Louis and
Nina. Hmph. Looks like a torture for Blackston now... Hello
this? A new friend I see? I must say, quite the attractive kind
Nina was slightly taken aback by his words. Im Nina.
Nice to meet you Nina. So how did you get stuck with a few
pieces of scum like Edgar and Louis? You should choose your friends
more wisely. Picking the wrong ones involves consequences. I hope
you understand what point Im trying to make.
Oh I understand. I think Ive chosen the right friends.
Its you that needs to make better choices. You screw with
the wrong people, and it involves consequences. Understand what
Im trying to say?
Aktur smiled weakly. Such a shame
Oh well, back to organizing
three going to leave or be entertained by my chores?
Edgar started to walk towards him slowly, followed by the other
two. Theres a problem Aktur. When we leave, youll
just send more of your goons after us to do your dirty work. Were
here to make sure that doesnt happen again.
Hahaha! Youre joking right
? He paused, grinning.
The grin slowly turned into a disappointed face. You arent
well. Its your own death wish. You could have died quickly
through my other methods. Now, torturing you slowly will be a pleasure.
He rolled his sleeves up, revealing his huge arms, with two inch
long sharp claws at the end of his fingers. He whipped his hair
back out of his eyes, flashing his fangs as his head was all the
way back. Slowly, his arm stretched out, his hand curving then beckoning
them to make the first move.
Without hesitation, the three lunged at Aktur. He surprisingly moved
quick, kicking Louis in the stomach midair, dodging Nina, and slashing
Edgar all at once. Louis flew backwards from the kick, his breath
stolen from such an unexpected blow, then finally landing on his
back, struggling to catch a quick breath.
Aktur took the opportunity to jump on his stomach again, crouching
quickly and bending down, looking furiously into Louiss eyes.
Time for you to die! Raising his arm, and striking with
lightning speed, Aktur went for Louiss neck. Edgar and Nina
regrouped, then started for Aktur. They were too late. All five
of his claws were finger deep into Louiss whole neck.
Louiss eyes were wide with terror and pain, afraid of death
of immortality. Everything seemed to happen in minutes, when it
only lasted seconds. Near tears with his hands gripping Akturs
killing arm, Louis tried to cry no, only able to mouth
it instead. Aktur pulled outward quickly, ripping Louiss head
and part of his spinal cord in all right out of its place.
Louis realized what had happened, it all seemed so unreal. Slowly,
and ever so gradually, he faded to black.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Edgar screamed as loud as his
voice could allow him. DAMN YOU SON OF A BITCH!! Edgars
legs felt like a thousand pounds each. He couldnt move. He
just saw his best friend get killed in seconds. They had underestimated
Nina stood frozen in fear and confusion, no knowing
what to do next.
Aktur stood up, Louiss head still held by its hair. Slowly,
he turned facing Edgar and Nina. You see what happens? You
just sacrificed your friends life. Now Edgar, for more torture!
Youll watch the girl die next! Throwing down the head,
Aktur lunged at Nina with incredible speed.
In midair, Edgar T-boned Aktur, making them fly towards a wall of
corpses and bones. They crashed, sending piles of bones and corpses
from up high to come crashing down on them. Edgar and Aktur battled
off slashing a bit at each other as they wrestled.
Aktur jumped up to his feet and pulled Edgar up with him. Nina joined,
making Akturs maneuvers harder to execute.
After a few minutes of thrashing, Aktur managed to uppercut Edgar
square in the jaw, sprawling him backwards to the cold ground. Instantly,
he grabbed Nina and tossed her in the opposite direction of Edgar.
Aktur quickly climbed atop of her, about to strike. YOU'RE
To be continued...