Chapter 1:

A Pretty Generic Beginning

Blood? Suckers!

I clench my teeth as the pale skin of her neck lies in wait beneath my jaws.Bookmark here

Her pale, almost lifeless body rests in my clutches.Bookmark here

I feel her heartbeat pump as if it’s a part of my own. A heartbeat, that is something I’ve never had myselfBookmark here

Tears stream down from my eyes.Bookmark here

Why am I sad?Bookmark here

I have a meal right before me and for some reason I can’t help but weep.Bookmark here

Some things just have to be done, no matter what the toll is on my mental state.Bookmark here

I tell myself these things, but I know there is a way. There is another way. There must be.Bookmark here

I twist my neck in a motion that seems like it should be impossible. A disfigurement worthy of the undead.Bookmark here

Chomp.Bookmark here

[Title Acquired: Humanity]Bookmark here

Everything goes black.Bookmark here

“Well, well, well. Aren’t you a sight for sore eyes?”Bookmark here

I sit in a white abyss. It’s the first light I’ve seen in a long time. Bookmark here

I get up to my feet in a panic as I will surely die soon. I begin to scratch at my skin as if somehow peeling it off will stop the sun from ravaging me. Bookmark here

But I’m unharmed. Bookmark here

I hear laughter in front of me and raise my head.Bookmark here

It’s a young girl, although my predisposition reminds me that youthful looks aren’t indicative of age in any sense. I mean look at me, I’m thousands of years old and I don’t look more than twenty. Bookmark here

“In all my years, I’ve never seen such a sorry sight. A vampire committing suicide? It’s almost unheard of.”Bookmark here

What is she talking about?Bookmark here

Memories flood my mind like a dam that’s just burst open. Bookmark here

Ah yes, that’s right. Bookmark here

“That girl was beautiful no doubt but was she really good enough to make you want to bite yourself rather than that beautiful neck. I’m not even a vampire and yet I wanted a taste of that.”Bookmark here

Heh.Bookmark here

“So then, why’d you do it? Why’d you spare the girl from your irrevocable bloodlust?”Bookmark here

Tears stream down my eyes once again as I’m hit with the sensation of pain. I can’t deal with pain, thousands of years of being a vampire and I’ve never once had to feel pain. But despite a lack of any kind of wound, I hurt more than I have in a lifetime. Hell, even a hundred lifetimes.Bookmark here

“Stoic as ever I see. I’ve always wondered if it’s stoicism or just a lack of any sort of emotional response contributing to the deft silence of your race. Maybe you just need to keep friends instead of eating them?”Bookmark here

The girl was sitting upon a throne too large for her. Was that always there before?Bookmark here

She really is beautiful; her clothes are so pale white they are almost indistinguishable from the luminescence of the room we are in. If you can even call it a room, it’s more like a vast plane of never-ending light.Bookmark here

I know where we are.Bookmark here

“I assume you’re god then?”Bookmark here

I mean it’s the only conclusion I can come to, I know he (or I guess in this case she) exists, as they give power to the Holy Church. I’d love to see the look on their patriarchal faces when they realize their deity is a woman.Bookmark here

“I guess some have called me that, but if anything, I think I should be called Death.”Bookmark here

“Death?” I can’t help but laugh as I spit out the words.Bookmark here

“Well yes, you see me when you die, and I decide your fate. I think a better word is Death than god; I don’t love you or need you.”Bookmark here

I wonder if she talks like this to everyone that comes through here, it would be hilarious if those from the Church who have devoted their entire lives to her come here to be shattered like this. Or maybe it’s because I’m, well…Bookmark here

“Yes, it is because you’re a vampire.”Bookmark here

Wait, what? Can she hear my thoughts?Bookmark here

“No, I can’t hear your thoughts. I just love the look on your face right now; so many people come through here, I make it a game to myself to see if I can guess just exactly what their faces mean. Your reaction tells me I’m right.”Bookmark here

“I’m sorry to break through this tedious dialogue of yours, but why am I here? I mean, I’m a vampire – don’t I just go to hell?”Bookmark here

The girl leans back in her chair and breaks out into hysterical laughter.Bookmark here

“No, no, no. Heaven and Hell as you would call them, are the final resting places of those who have actually lived a life. Those who are dead already do not get that choice; those already dead go to eternal nothingness.”Bookmark here

Sounds great to me, where can I sign up?Bookmark here

“So why am I not there then? Seems like there is only one place for me – even less of a reason for me have to put up with you.”Bookmark here

The self-proclaimed “Death” leans toward in her chair with a devilish smile.Bookmark here

“Well, you see, it’s the circumstances surrounding your death and that title you got at the very end. I’ve never seen it before.”Bookmark here

I remember getting a title right before I died. Checking my status screen show’s one new title alongside my empty HP bar.Bookmark here

<Humanity>Bookmark here

“You’re saying you’ve never seen this before? Aren’t you god though? Didn’t you create the system?”Bookmark here

“I told you before, I am not god. I am Death. I am a result of the system just as much as you, and in that same vein, I know my creator just as well as you.”Bookmark here

“But didn’t anyone tell you how to be Death and stuff?”Bookmark here

“Nope.” She answers with the indifference of a child. A child who doesn’t know right from wrong yet somehow has the ability to judge others based on their life.Bookmark here

“So how do you know that’s your role?”Bookmark here

I was genuinely curious; how could she even know that she is Death or really anything for that matter? How does she know this is her objective in existence?Bookmark here

“You see, when you open up your status screen right now, you have a myriad of different skills and roles. You were born a vampire, so you were born with that title that gives you life as long as you consume it from others, and through that title, to achieve those means, you got the skill Feeder. Correct?”Bookmark here

She looks at me with a solemn expression; yet her actions deceive that notion. I see the frills on her dress start to quiver. Maybe I am not the only one pretending to be a stoic?Bookmark here

“That’s correct, you know a lot for someone who is not god.”Bookmark here

“I just know what I know.” She forces a smile. “Anyways, well the title I was born with was Death and the skill I received with that role was Judgement. The title itself means very little, although it does restrict me from gaining any other skills throughout my life. Judgement is my only skill, and with it, I get to decide the fate of a soul. In this white void, that is all I can do.”Bookmark here

I feel like there is something she’s afraid of, something she’s not telling me. One part of me wants to go down that road, but my fear for the future has the best of me. I have been immortal up until now, so I must know what lies ahead for me.Bookmark here

“So what is my fate?”Bookmark here

“Well your fate is that you should be sent to eternal nothingness, for I cannot send you to heaven or hell, the system will not allow me.”Bookmark here

That sadistic smile shows up again.Bookmark here

“But alas, you see that ability you just received, take a look at it on the status screen.”Bookmark here

<Humanity>Bookmark here

What the hell does this even mean?Bookmark here

“I’ve never seen this ability before and you achieved it as you died. This has made me realize that maybe there is some other fate for you. I want to know what lies ahead for you, maybe when you die in your next life, we can have a nice chat.”Bookmark here

Next life? What is she even talking about?Bookmark here

“Bye for now, Hiro! I’ll try and make it a little easier for you.”Bookmark here

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