The cave we entered smelled like warmed over death and it was dark but the light from the opening extended down enough to see for a bit. Connie took my right side and Tequila the left as I headed down the center. I slid my shield over my left forearm and pulled my BFG. Connie’s crossbow was at the ready and Tequila pulled her gun. Things felt wrong and we all felt it. I decided to risk some light and in any case the light was swallowed up after only twenty feet. I activated a light beam from my BFG.
I immediately wished I hadn’t. There were several blood trails. I followed them but they quickly got swallowed up by a pile of half eaten/half rotted body parts. It took all I had to not lose my lunch. Tequila looked like she was having the same struggle and Connie failed and did indeed lose her lunch.
Cannibal Vampires are not too common but I had run into them before a long ago. They basically let the animal out completely and any humanity they might have possessed, they let go. They are monsters pure and simple and I now was beginning to understand Lucy-fer’s desire to clean this up. I mean these vampires give her a bad name.
The Devil regardless of her form likes to portray the cool side of evil. When a slave to her will goes over the edge, it gives her a bad name. When even the Devil thinks you’re a scumbag, you are truly a scumbag and she will most likely try to kick you to the curb and run you over with a truck. The one thing for sure she does not want you to be representing her anymore – makes recruitment harder. No need to think of curing them either, testing had shown feral vampires were too far gone for the Blood Wine cure
“Jesus help us. How many do you think there are Boss?”
“Thanks for the detailed information.”
“Welcome. Connie you OK?”
“Yeah, I am going to need a bath and something to calm my stomach.”
“We all will. Spread out slightly and lets see what we can see.”
We went forward but there was no movement. I won’t describe the scene as it was lots of body parts in various states of consumption and decay. There was a an overwhelming smell of death.
“You know, given the decay, I don’t think this group is as big as we thought but big enough. Girls watch it. I have that bad feeling.”
As if on cue a scream of warning went up ahead of us. It sounded like demons and then we saw the eyes. Ten pairs of them and they came hurtling toward us. There was no time to give orders or even think. I heard Connie’s crossbow thump and Tequila’s revolver bark. My BFG chucked out a Blood Wine grenade and then I fired its more standard ultraviolet beam. These vampires were completely feral. They were naked and absolutely dirty and blood stained. I didn’t think it was possible but they smelled worse than the pile of bodies.
My grenade did what it was intended to do which was delay the vampires in the center a little as I holstered my BFG and drew my sword. I then found myself in a world of hurt as three of the feral vampires were on me. I put up my shield just in time and absorbed the hit from the first one while the other two tried to flank me in both directions. They never had a chance as they suddenly were missing their heads. The problem for me is I knew where the two shots came from and that was from behind us. No time though as I shield bashed the vampire in front of me and then brought my sword across its neck severing its head. I quickly assessed the situation and realized that the delayed vampires dealing with the wounds from the grenade were now no longer delayed. Connie’s crossbow thumped again and Tequila’s revolver fired once more and then fell silent; out of ammo and she had to reload.
I put myself forward as the point of our three person arrow and took on the last three vampires. The first fell as soon as it got in range of my blade. I bashed the second with my shield and sent it flying and then caught the third with my shield as half a second later as its claws sent sparks flying across it. I stabbed it right in the heart and then cut its head off. The second vampire I had bashed was back at me and staggered me when it hit me. I fought to regain my footing and I thought I might have a problem when suddenly its head exploded.
I looked to my right and left. Tequila was still reloading and Connie had just finished reloading. I looked forward and saw no more pairs of eyes so I spun around. A lone figure stepped out of the darkness. Lucy-fer! She was wearing only a cape and nothing else. In her hands were revolvers. She smiled wickedly.
“Looks like you owe me your life barkeep.”
“Seeing you have tried to kill me several times in the past just consider it penance and you are still behind.”
She approached me slowly and it wasn’t lost on me she still had two guns.
“That’s far enough.”
“Oh please, if I wanted you dead I cold have done it second ago. My goals for you and I have changed.”
“OK, what’s your game?”
“I find it much more profitable to be partners. There is so much dirt to clean up like this which would benefit me and the Silver Shields”
“Can’t beat them, join them huh? No Thanks.”
Her two guns disappeared in the folds of her robe. Holding out her empty hands she walked till we were face to face.
“You should reconsider.”
“Listen bitch he said ‘NO!’ what part of that don’t you understand.” It was Connie.
“Bitch? Bold words for-”
He statement could not be completed as a crossbow bolt suddenly transfixed itself in her right shoulder. Lucy-fer raged as she looked like she was going to reach for her guns I pulled my BFG and stuck it right in her face.
“I think you are angering my wives. Perhaps it might be good for you to leave.”
“Yes, you’re right. I will not forget this.”
Then she disappeared in a cloud of brimstone.
“Boss, what the hell is going on?”
“Tequila my dear, I wish I knew.”
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