Naira was sitting on the train, staring outside the window…absentmindedly rubbing her shoulder. The faint ache wasn't what was bothering her, she was used to pain after all…it were the memories that came with the ache. She kept seeing flashes from the night before. The scary 'adventure' through her nightmare house, the blood contract…and what followed after that. Naira's cheeks turned a few shades darker when another memory crossed her mind. She could still feel them…Satan's soft lips on her skin, his hot breath on her ear, his fingers exploring her body…
The teenager bit her bottom lip and tightly squeezed her legs together as she wriggled in her seat. She still couldn't believe it, she really couldn't believe it. She formed a contract with the devil and even slept with him! Naira deeply exhaled and closed her eyes. Is this alright…? Am I doing the right thing…? Naira smacked her forehead. "Of course not and you know it…" She softly mumbled to herself. The girl clenched her hand over her shoulder and stared back outside. What has been done can't be undone…there's no going back now.
When Naira came home she kicked off her shoes and dropped her bag to the floor, before going to the kitchen. Whenever she felt distressed or confused she needed a cup of tea and she certainly could use one right now. So she boiled some water before adding Moroccan mint-leaves to it. As she let the leaves soak in the water, she went upstairs to take a shower. When Naira removed her clothes she saw her mirror image out of the corners of her eyes. Slowly the girl turned her head to look in the mirror and even though she didn't want to, her eyes immediately focused on the bite wound on her shoulder…and then on the countless of hickeys spread all over her body. Naira bit her bottom lip and clenched her hands into fists. Just what have I done… The teenager tore her gaze from the mirror and quickly entered the shower-cabin. As the hot water streamed down her skin she slowly calmed down. A deep sigh escaped her lips. Regret…Naira didn't know this emotion could be so overwhelming. She knew she was in trouble. For Christ's sake she made a contract with the devil and even slept with him! But then again, what do I have to lose…I have no family, no friends, no lover,… the only person I have is Satan…
Naira's heart slightly throbbed as she came to that conclusion. Nobody…she really had nobody. She was rich, she went to the best university of the land, she had supernatural powers…yet she had the feeling she didn't possess a thing. After all what does money and power mean when you are all alone in the world. Naira shut the tap, came out of the shower and dried herself. After that she put on her underwear and a long shirt she used as her pyjamas, before going downstairs. She poured herself a cup of tea and settled down on the couch with her favourite blanket. Naira deeply inhaled the fresh scent of mint before taking a sip from her tea. The hot drink was slowly calming her down. The teenager rested her head against the back of the couch before closing her eyes, intending to rest. Unfortunately for her, from the moment she closed her eyes flashes from the night before kept going through her mind. This time it were flashbacks from the moment she was in the cellar…when she saw the altar and the chalk outlines , when she smelled the stench of blood and death, when she relived that horrible night five years ago… "I don't wanna die! I DON'T WANNA DIE!!!"
Naira's eyes snapped wide open and startled she stared at her cup for a long moment, holding her breath…not daring to move…and then at last she exhaled. The teenager banned those memories to the back of her mind and tried to focus on something else. Like her plans for the next day for example. She had a school free day, which meant she had plenty of time to do something fun. A wry little smile spread on the girl's lips as she ran her index finger along the edges of her cup. Do something fun…right…all on your own. Don't make yourself laugh Naira. The teenager softly sighed before taking another sip of her tea. She sat there like that for a long time, just drinking tea, not really thinking about anything. Once she was finished she put her drink on the coffee table, laid down and pulled her blanket over her body. "A little nap would be nice…" She softly mumbled to herself as she closed her eyes. Soon enough the girl drifted off to sleep… dreamless and peaceful sleep.
Suddenly an annoying and familiar sound cut through the numbness of sleep. Naira slowly blinked her eyelashes and groaned as she tiredly sat up. She rubbed her tired eyes before looking around, what was making that irritating noise? Then she saw the cause: her phone. Reluctantly she got out of the couch and picked the device up. "Hello…?" She asked with a bit of a hoarse voice. "Naira? Sorry, did I wake you up or something?" Naira recognised that voice from anywhere. It was Delaila, the psychiatric nurse from Sain Francis whom she got along with. Delaila would often call her in order to check how the teenager was doing. The young woman yawned and leaned with her back against the wall. "Yeah, but it's ok. I was just taking a little nap- wait, did I sleep that long?!" Naira exclaimed as she looked at the watch on the wall. She had slept for seven hours straight. Delaila softly chuckled. "You sleepyhead, was school that tiring?"
"Didn't have school today…" She lied. She actually did have school, but didn't feel like going after everything that had happened the previous day. "I see…well how have you been doing? I haven't heard you in a while."
Oh just great, I found out that my guardian angel wants me dead and I made a contract with the devil…PLUS I had hot sex with him all night long. So I'm just fine! Even though that were her thoughts she surely wouldn't share them with the nurse. "Fine, nothing special." She casually replied. "Still got no boyfriend I guess?" Naira's face turned a few shades darker. "No…" Satan doesn't count. "I see…and school?"
A soft chuckle. "In other words you still score the highest grades."
"Yep and everybody hates my guts for it."
"Pft let them be, they're just jealous!"
Naira couldn't help but to smile a small smile. "Yeah I know, but it's annoying thou-" Suddenly the girl abruptly shut her mouth and froze in her spot. No way! A chill ran down Naira's spine as she felt a menacing and unfamiliar aura…it came out of nowhere and was inside of her house… upstairs. The thought of a stranger in her house made the fine hairs in her neck stand straight up. "Naira? Are you there?"
"A-ah, yeah. S-sorry, I got distracted by something for a second." What the hell was up there…its aura was threatening and unfriendly. I have to find out who it is…or what it is… "Say Delaila, how are the kids doing?" Naira asked, trying to distract the nurse and keep her talking. She needed to hear a voice, it would give her some courage. As the nurse continued with her conversation, the teenager walked up the stairs. Slowly, trying not to make a sound. "Ah they're doing great actually. Dylan won his very first soccer game last weekend and Suzy goes horse riding now. They're both doing well at school too." Naira finally reached the top of the stairs and stared scared at the third door at her right. The aura came from behind that door… it was her bedroom. "And how's your husband doing?" She asked with a small voice as she walked over to her room. Fortunately the nurse didn't notice the change in her voice. "Oh Daniel's fine as well." The girl stared at her doorknob, grabbed it and slowly opened the door. "Lately he's often tired, especially when he comes back home from work. As for the rest he's fine." Naira didn't reply, she just stared at her open window…the window, which she hadn't opened ever since yesterday…
"U-uh, yeah? Oh sorry! I'm sure he'll be fine…" She answered as she looked around the room, searching for the intruder, but saw nobody. Its aura had disappeared. Naira sighed and walked over to her window, before closing it. "Everything ok, there?" The teenager tried to hide the fear in her voice as she replied. "Yeah, I'm fine. Just a little-" And there it was again, the aura was back… and it was right behind Naira! The teenager didn't hesitate a second as she swiftly turned around and raised her arm, ready to hit the stranger. However her wrist got caught before it hit its target. Naira held her breath and stared shocked at the intruder. She remained silent as she stared at the person in front of her. "Naira?! Naira! Are you there, Naira?!" The teenager suddenly realised she had forgotten about the nurse. Slowly, with her eyes still fixated on the intruder, she brought the phone back to her lips. "Delaila…I'll call you back later ok." "What?! Hey! Wh-" Then Naira hung up, before the phone slipped out her hand and fell with a loud clatter to the ground.
The teenager exhaled, but it sounded odd, almost like a sob. "Who…are you…?" A smirk spread on the strangers lips. "Me?" The girl snickered, her smirk got something mocking…although, Naira could hardly call the creature a 'girl'. It certainly was inhuman. Demon… The creature had a dark grey leather like skin, its touch resembled that of a snake… sending goosebumps all over the teenager's skin. Its body was long and slender, but looked a bit odd though… unnatural. In fact, it looked like they had stretched a child's body. Naira noticed how its ridiculous long tail was swaying from one side to another. It had the same grey leather skin as the rest of its body and it had dagger-like ending…it sure looked unfriendly and dangerous. The demon had long purple hair and little goat horns. Its hands were normal, but its feet…they resembled those of a dog and had a faint purple colour. Naira gulped as she stared into the girl's eyes…what creepy eyes she had…typical demon eyes. Its cornea were black and the irises had a bright blue colour, they even seemed to glow. "What's the matter little human? Swallowed your tongue or something?" Naira narrowed her eyes and pulled her hand out of the demon's grip. "Answer me! Who are you?!"
The smirk on the demon's lips got even more mocking as she said. "I'm your new babysitter." Naira blinked comically her eyes as she stared at the demon. "W-what…?"
"You heard me, I'm the babysitter."
Naira smiled a small sheepish smile and shook her head. "Uhm, I think you're mistaken miss. I have no kids you see."
The demon's pointy ears twitched and annoyed the creature sighed and rolled its eyes. "I'm not talking about children silly human. I'm YOUR babysitter." Naira's cheeks instantly heated up in embarrassment. "What?! Is this some kind of joke? Who hired you?!" The demon girl huffed as a sly smirk spread on her lips. "Oh I think you know him quite well…" She mumbled as her gaze shifted to Naira's shoulder. Naira's cheeks turned even darker as she got the hint. "No way…Satan send you?" The demon grinned and raised her arm in the arm, pointing at the ceiling. "Bingo! You aren't as stupid as you look."
"Hey!" Naira protested, getting more annoyed by the minute. This girl was intolerable! The demon snickered and casually sat down on top of Naira's desk. "So yeah, uncle Satan send me."
"Yep yep, Satan is my uncle~" Naira smacked her forehead and groaned. You gotta be kidding me, Satan send me his bratty little niece?! That bastard! Agitated Naira deeply exhaled and ran a hand through her hair. "Anyway, why did he send you here?"
The demon girl twirled her tail around her finger as she playfully swung her legs back and forth, like a bored little child would do. "Hmm, told you didn't I. I'm your babysitter…well uncle called it something like a bodyguard, but meh. Same thing anyway." A sly smirk spread on the demons lips as she stared at Naira. "So from now on I'm not leaving your side. Wherever you go, I will be there~ Ah in fact I'm going to live here with you from now on. Don't get me wrong, it's not like I want to, it's just that uncle forces me to-"
"Wait! Wait! Wait! Bodyguard? Why do I need a bodyguard?!"
The demon rolled annoyed her eyes. "Uhm helloooo. Your guardian angel is on your tail. Plus! Now that you formed a contract with uncle, heaven will do anything to bring you down." The girl's tail swayed from one side to another, its hypnotic rhythm reminded Naira of a rattlesnake. "And since uncle doesn't want to lose his precious little pet, he appointed me as your babysitter-"
"Yeah whatever…although… Tch, I just don't get it." Suddenly the demon was standing in front of Naira. The teenager softly gasped, she hadn't even seen her move! The demon grabbed Naira by her chin and titled it up, so she could have a closer look. "I don't get it why uncle is so interested in you…sure you're quite pretty and cute and stuff…but meh. I've seen way prettier girls than you." Ok that's it! Naira slapped the girl's hand away and glared at her. "Listen careful miss, I don't care what Satan told you, but I'm NOT doing this ok! I don't want nor need you here, so get your ass out of MY house and go back to wherever you came from. Tell Satan I don't need a bodyguard!"
The demon girl whistled and grinned. "Wooow, the little lapdog barks! Sorry missy, but that ain't gonna happen. You see, you've got no choice. You made a contract with uncle, so your body and soul belong to him now. And in case you didn't know, that means HE decides everything about you. Where you go, when you go, with who you go. Hell, he can even tell you what to eat or what to wear!" Naira's eyes widened in horror as she listened to the girl. Realisation hit her…these were the consequences she had to face. She was his pet now, his little slave. Her freedom was gone…forever. She was chained to him now. "Sooo Miss Takemaru, if uncle tells you to let me hang out with you THEN you have NO choice, but to OBEY~"
Naira bit her bottom lip, before looking away. She was furious, annoyed, embarrassed and she didn't know what was worse. "Tch! Fine…but this is MY house. So you have to follow my rules! Got that?" The demon grinned as she intensely stared at the human. I thought she was a total push-over, but it seems I was mistaken. Perhaps uncle's little game will be more entertaining than I thought.
"If I have no other choice then fine!"
"Ok and the first rule is: if you want to hang out with me, you have to look human!"
This time it was the demon's turn to look with a surprised expression at the teenager. "Look human…? What, you want me to put on a human disguise?"
The demon girl whined and pouted. "But I don't want to! I hate looking like a weak little human!" Naira cocked up an eyebrow as she noticed the demon's childish behaviour. Seriously how old was this girl anyway? "Well to bad for you, but as long as you stay in my house you follow my rules. So hurry up and put on a disguise." The demon grumbled a few curses under her breath as she took a step back and closed her eyes. Naira noticed to her surprise how the girl's grey leather skin was paling and slowly turned into a normal human skin. Her dog feet got a human shape and the dangerous looking tail retracted and went back into her body, the same happened to her horns. After a moment the girl opened her eyes, they still had that same bright blue colour, but at least the cornea was white now. Naira looked at the girl and couldn't help but notice how much cuter she looked now. There were two other little changes she noticed. The girl had now dark circles under her eyes, giving her something mysterious. She also had a cute mole underneath her left eye. The girl glared at Naira. "Happy now?" Even her voice was more human like!
Naira frowned as she looked at the girl for another moment. "Not entirely no..."
"What?! Why not?!"
"It's just well…your clothes. I don't want you to walk next to me when wearing something like THAT." Naira said while pointing at the girls inappropriate outfit. The girl was wearing a tight black latex tank top…well no it wasn't even a tank top, it had more the size of a bra. She was wearing a matching black latex hotpants, with matching black latex bracelets, anklets and collar. The bra, hot pants and collar were connected with small chains and latex strings. "You look like some kind of SM-fanatic."
The demon pouted again and stomped with her foot on the ground. "But these are perfectly normal clothes for a demon! Argh! Y-you! You're gonna pay for this, you miserable, little, good for-nothing-" Naira cleared her throat. "Ok you know what, tomorrow you and I go shopping. You really need some…normal clothes." The demon hissed and stubbornly turned her back to Naira, while crossing her arms. Naira softly sighed as she watched the girls childish actions. They stood there like that for a long time, till Naira cleared her throat and broke the silence. "Hey, if you're going to live with me I at least want to know your name…" At first the demon didn't react. She remained silent…then after a long moment she finally turned her head to look at Naira and said, somewhat cantankerous. "Valendra…my name is Valendra."