Setting Up Shop [[Old Enemies Arc]]

bulletsandblood:

"I wouldn’t go into Newark," Adelaide said, poking her head out the door, "Nameless, his pet, and the others do routine sweeps. Likely more-so now since you sent Nameless that little message over the radio waves. There’s a smaller town about ten miles back. It’d like do good for tonight until we can find a way to slip into Newark without alerting the other hunters."

The huntress tried to remember the usual routes of the hunters. Hrm… “Yeah. Give me at least tonight. I’ll get out a map of the city and trace out their usual hunting routes for you.”

"Hm. If it’s not too much trouble," Toni said sweetly, "I’d prefer you watch them for at least three days. Since they know there’s a threat, I wouldn’t put it past them to vary their patrols. They can’t change it up too much, though, or they’ll leave too many gaps in their security net. I’ll stick to nearby areas for now. Maybe pick up takeout if you know what I mean."

She led her fledglings up the stairs, the bartender held by the arm so he didn’t stumble in his mild stupor. He was feisty; she liked that. Toni had no doubts she’d lose a few fledglings before she was done here in Newark, but she’d have to try and keep this one around.

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Setting Up Shop [[Old Enemies Arc]]

bulletsandblood:

moderngalahad:

Toni stopped just shy of the threshold. The fact that Adelaide was willing to raise her from the dead spoke volumes, yet this all seemed to convenient. “They’d just abandoned this place? No one lives here anymore?”

"No one. The wolf and Nameless all but abandoned it. Too far out from everything they do, and the werewolf has territory much closer to their actual home. To come here on a regular basis makes no sense. And I watched for awhile to make sure. No one’s been here since just after the sting. But if you doubt me, use your senses. And then you’re invited in." Just in case Toni still had to follow that rule.

Adelaide relaxed as she sat down in a nearby chair. It felt good to be back in Newark. And it felt good to be planning revenge.

"Do you want to get the others you put in my truck, or shall I?"

Toni glanced around at what she could see before stepping back. “I’ll get them. Newborns are always a little troublesome the first few weeks. New powers. New instincts. Wouldn’t want them to run or turn on you.” She said the last bit with a wink and headed for the truck to offload the fledglings she’d turned.

She had managed to snag the bartender, a rugged man with large but careful hands, and a young woman at the club for her twenty-first birthday. Toni had entertained the thought of snagging a couple of her friends, but she’d learned that it was always best to avoid previous relations among fledglings. It provided them with a bond outside of their tie to Toni, and made them more rebellious.

"Up and at ‘em, kids," she called as she opened the back of the truck.

"I’m hungry," the woman grumbled quietly, seated on the floor.

The man hovered at the back of the truck quietly. He thought he was being clever, but Toni saw right through him. She was more than prepared to catch him as he threw himself across the distance of the truck bed, intending to throttle her. A little glamour, and he was under control again.

"Come on, sweetheart," she called again as if nothing had happened. "I’ll take you hunting later tonight."

Setting Up Shop [[Old Enemies Arc]]

bulletsandblood:


"It does. One that’s lined with cages for holding humans. See… This house was used by Nameless, Hanna, and the others, as well as me, for a large undercover operation. There was a market selling humans. The other huntress, Blaney, is a vampire and acted as the lead. We purchased a few humans in the time spent undercover, and kept them glamoured until the end of it. Then they were turned over to the authorities. So the place is built for vampires."

Adelaide smiled and unlocked the door. Good. Her key still worked. She began turning on the lights, they started dim and would grow brighter, allowing a vampire’s eyes to adjust to sudden brightness.

"There’s also all sorts of security cameras… Unless Conrad took them when we cleared out."

Toni stopped just shy of the threshold. The fact that Adelaide was willing to raise her from the dead spoke volumes, yet this all seemed to convenient. “They’d just abandoned this place? No one lives here anymore?”

(Source: moderngalahad)

Setting Up Shop [[Old Enemies Arc]]

Adelaide pulled the truck up to the manor shortly after sunset. The lights were off, and the building appeared abandoned, but the huntress knew better.

The electricity was on a magical generator, and she was sure there was a way to get the water bill paid off before Hanna noticed. She’d done it before on hunts that required using other people’s property before.

"We’re here, Toni. It’ll look prettier when the lights are on, I promise."

Toni slid out of the truck and looked around. She could appreciate the seclusion. It was a great deal like her old setup, surrounded by tall trees and reached by dirt road. Bigger house.

"Looks pretty how it is," she said. Then again Adelaide didn’t have her strong sight. "Does it have… a basement?"

hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

hannawolfcross:


"I’ll be sure to get it, then." Anything for his mate. "I’ll also get some corn on the cob. Cuz. Corn on the cob. It’s awesome. Ooohhh. Since it’s summer, I wonder if they’ll have watermelon?"

"I’ve never seen a barbeque place offer watermelon, but if you want some, I’d be willing to put on pants and get one just for you," the hunter offered.

"Nnn… No. Please stay here?" Where it was safe and Hanna wouldn’t be scared while his mate was gone.

Hanna didn’t have to explain; the hunter knew why he wanted him to stay. He kissed Hanna’s forehead, then rested his cheek there. “I’ll stay then.”

hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

"Barbeque is fine by me, so long as we get several sides. I like the mac and cheese from the place you usually order from." The hunter rested his chin on top of Hanna’s head. This was nice. This had been a good idea.

"I’ll be sure to get it, then." Anything for his mate. "I’ll also get some corn on the cob. Cuz. Corn on the cob. It’s awesome. Ooohhh. Since it’s summer, I wonder if they’ll have watermelon?"

"I’ve never seen a barbeque place offer watermelon, but if you want some, I’d be willing to put on pants and get one just for you," the hunter offered.

hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

"Hey now, that was a rumor," the hunter said with a smile. "It just happened to be true." His arms went around Hanna’s waist, settling comfortably in a loose embrace. Hanna fitted perfectly in his arms. Or maybe he’d just learned to hold him perfectly. That’s something interesting to think about.

"Mmmm… So. Is there anything you want that’s not barbeque? Cuz we can order you pizza if you want it? And… And maybe a cookie cake. Papa John’s has those now. And I kinda wanna try one." The ginger melted against his mate, happy growls coming from him as he relaxed and thought of food. "Also. I vote we be naked while we snuggle and watch the movie. Cuz naked is better."

"Barbeque is fine by me, so long as we get several sides. I like the mac and cheese from the place you usually order from." The hunter rested his chin on top of Hanna’s head. This was nice. This had been a good idea.

hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

The hunter laughed. “So bossy.” He leaned over the side of the tub to kiss Hanna’s cheek before climbing in.

"You’re the one who went out of their way to remind me you wanted me in your lap," Hanna said as he slid onto his mate’s lap, "Love you~."

"Hey now, that was a rumor," the hunter said with a smile. "It just happened to be true." His arms went around Hanna’s waist, settling comfortably in a loose embrace. Hanna fitted perfectly in his arms. Or maybe he’d just learned to hold him perfectly. That’s something interesting to think about.

hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

"Vanilla. Something soothing." The hunter stripped down and tossed his clothes in the hamper. One of his socks didn’t make it, but he’d take care of that later.

"I think the movie should be something fast-paced." So their minds couldn’t wander. "Maybe something with superheroes."

"The Avengers! Please? I love that movie!" Hanna went to human form before pouring some bath beads into the tub. "One French Vanilla bath!"

The were slid into the tub and sighed at the relief. Tense muscles for too many days. This felt fantastic. “Now get in here so I can sit in your lap.”

The hunter laughed. “So bossy.” He leaned over the side of the tub to kiss Hanna’s cheek before climbing in.

hannawolfcross:


"Awesome. Hot tub. and then I’m ordering barbeque. And then we should watch a movie and cuddle."

Hanna began making his way to the shower room, stripping and keeping his clothes in hand to put in the hamper. He set the clothes down and began filling the tub. “Wanna use some scented stuff? There’s green apple, french vanilla, sweet pea and lavender, and then some jasmine scented stuff.”

"Vanilla. Something soothing." The hunter stripped down and tossed his clothes in the hamper. One of his socks didn’t make it, but he’d take care of that later.

"I think the movie should be something fast-paced." So their minds couldn’t wander. "Maybe something with superheroes."

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"You know what? Let’s cuddle in the hot tub. And just relax tonight. Forget Toni. Forget Gary. Let’s just… Let’s just have a normal night."

"That sounds good." The hunter had done everything he could for now. They had set up a rough schedule for patrols among the available hunters, there were warning runes permanently placed along connecting roads to detect any supernaturals (like an early warning system, or in the case of friendlier visitors, a doorbell), and a new radio channel had been established. There hadn’t been any suspicious sightings recently, so there was nothing left to do for now, and the hunter disliked sitting around twiddling his thumbs.

hannawolfcross said: "Annnndd sent to Mom. Sorry, Galli. I had to."

"Damn it." Fair’s fair, though, with all the wolf photos he sent Justine.

hannawolfcross:


"You know that means Adelaide has to die, right? She’s the one who brought both of them back for petty revenge. Even if other hunters haven’t liked me, they come for me directly. And they wouldn’t know about Toni and him. … Can I kill her for doing this to us?" Hanna knew the hunter was against taking human lives. But the were had no quarrel with it if it was necessary. He’d done it before on raids with Hellsing.

The hunter sucked in a breath and let it out slowly. “I suppose you’re right. It might be necessary. I was just thinking about completely destroying Gary and Toni so they can’t be brought back, but Adelaide’s proven herself dangerous. If she’s willing to go this far, what could she do next? She’s endangering countless other innocents, and even hunters can become monsters.” There went his appetite.

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hannawolfcross:

moderngalahad:

The hunter nodded while picking apart a roll. “I’m glad we know it’ll happen so we can be prepared, but I’ve never liked this part of hunting. The waiting alone is bad enough without being the one on the defensive.”

"At least he can’t force me to be his mate. I’m already mated with. So… I mean. Not much he can do there. So there’s that at least. My main concern is for Lizzie. Which is why I haven’t gone to see her except to tell her she can’t visit."

The hunter frowned, though he didn’t say anything. It didn’t matter if Hanna was mated or not. He was sure Gary would still try to hurt him in every way he could if he got hold of Hanna. They couldn’t let it come to that.

"My main concern is making sure the next time I kill him, he stays that way."