Chapter 2

It was nearly 11 when she decided to go to sleep. Lana put on the light cotton dress she usually wore to sleep because she deemed it a bit too childish to be worn in public. Quickly, she removed the textbooks she had on her bed and placed them on her desk. After turning the lights out, she swiftly jumped into her bed and covered herself over the head. She wasn't too fond of darkness, especially when she was alone in the apartment.

She wasn't really that sleepy, but she felt that, althought it was a Friday night and there wasn't any school tomorrow, she shouldn't mess up her sleep schedule. Besides, there wasn't anything else for her to do. She did her homework and none of her friends were online so she had no one to talk to either. Lana was sure that sleep would come soon if she'd just lay still.

However, sleep did not come for some time. As she was under the covers, Lana couldn't see her clock. She decided she was bored and lifted the covers. First strange thing she noticed was that the clock wasn't working.

„The batteries must be out.", she thought out loud.

Luckily, she still had her phone and once she turned it on to check the time it nearly blinded her as her eyes were used to the dark. Immediately, it told her it was nearly midnight.

Realizing that she wouldn't be able to sleep, Lana got up and went to turn on the light, but when she flicked the switch nothing happened. First it was the clock and now the light in her room, too. She sighed in frustration.

It was at that moment that she heard a sound coming from beyond her room. Her heartbeat immediately accelerated, but she decided to remain calm. It was probably her mother who still managed to finish her work earlier than expected, Lana thought.

She slowly opened the door of her room and stepped out in the corridor that led to the living room.

„Mom?", she called out.

When no one answered, she boldly took a few steps forward, but then a tall man stepped into the entrance of the corridor. Whatever light came from the windows, illuminated him and revealed that he was wearing a simple, white mask across his face making him look almost macabre. His eyes gleamed yellow in the darkness, giving him the look of a humanoid predator.

Lana gasped and, in her desperate need to run, she tripped over her first step back and fell on her back. In what felt like a split of a second, the stranger was on top of her. She opened her mouth to scream, but he leather gloved hand was almost immediately on top of her mouth preventing her from letting out any sounds.

He didn't bother with holding her hands down, so she trashed and clawed at him. The intruder was unresponsive to her hits and he quickly took out a filled syringe. Realizing what he was going to do, Lana started trashing even more, but it was only a matter of seconds before he plunged the needle into the skin of her arm and everything around her became black.

When she finally opened her eyes, Lana felt extremely groggy. She rose up, rubbing her forehead and eyes. The feeling she had was the same like that one time months ago when she drank too much with her friend Sarah. She was hungover. Lana searched through her memory to remember what she drank the night before, but she couldn't remember drinking at all.

All that she remembered was coming home, doing homework and going to bed, but then...and that was when it hit her. The man in the corridor. His weight on top of her and the syringe.

Lana's eyes widened in horror as she took in her surroundings. She was in what seemed like a pretty luxurious bedroom. Looking out of the big windows, she noticed it was still dark outside. Perhaps she didn't even sleep that long.

"You're awake.", a voice came from a dark corner of the room making her jump and gasp loudly.

The man that kidnapped her was sitting in a chair. A particular shadow was falling across him, but she could make out the mask he was wearing and his eyes still glowed golden yellow, like a cat's. Lana didn't fail to notice the black jumpsuit he wore and the dark hair that contrasted the white mask he wore.

"W-Who are you?", she managed to ask even though she was beyond scared.

He then stood up and came into the light right in front the bed. Her kidnapper was tall and his body looked toned despite the jumpsuit. His eyes stopped gleaming once they came into the light, but Lana still couldn't make out what color they were.

"I didn't think you'd forget about me so soon, Lana.", he said in a teasing tone as he took his mask off.

The shock that washed over her left her speechless for quite a few second. Before her stood none other than Alexei, the charming vampire she met earlier on the subway.

"A-Alexei?", she stuttered out and he just craned his neck a bit to the side at the sound of his name.

His face was emotionless and he just stood there, watching her like a prey. He was intimidating and nothing like she remembered him from the subway, where he had been laid back and friendly. Now, he gave off a dark aura of power mixed with danger.

"But why?", she asked.

He sighed and ran his hand through his hair. She felt like she annoyed him in some way.

"It's a bit complicated, but don't worry, I won't hurt you.", he replied, his voice as deep and smooth as she remembered it.

"What do you mean?"

"Well, quite frankly, this is more about your father than you personally."

"My father?"

"Yes. He's the bookkeeper of the Ivanov Group."

"What's that?"

"Simply put, a gang."

"And let me guess, you're in another gang?"

Alexei snickered.

"Yes. I'm something like a godfather. Have you heard of the Averyanov gang?", he questioned.

"I don't think so.", Lana replied.

"Well, we're a part of the Russian mafia and so is your father and the Ivanov group, which he's in."

"My dad is in a gang?"

"Didn't you know?"

"No. He left us when I was very young and my mother never told me."

"Sorry about that."

"It's alright. Suddenly, a lot of things make sense."

"Anyways, we aren't just any kind of mafia. We're vampires. Not all of us, of course, vampires are still a minority."

"I get it. So you're rivals with the gang my dad's in. How does that have anything to do with me? I haven't seen him almost 13 years."

He shifted on his feet.

"Like I told you, it doesn't have to do a lot with you personally. The Ivanov group and the Averyanov gang are in a bit of a turf war right now, and neither of us are willing to back off. So, I thought a bit of persuasion in the form of kidnapping a prominent member's daughter would do just fine.", Alexei quickly explained, "But don't worry, like I said, I won't hurt you."

"What if my dad doesn't do what you say? Will hurt me then?", she asked him accusingly.

"I don't know. I hope it doesn't come to that.", he answered sincerely.

Then, he circled the bed and sat beside her. Lana moved up a bit away from him as she was still vary of him.

"Just be a good girl and pray your father does what I say. Then you'll be able to go home to your mother.", he declared and it sent shivers down her spine.

She gulped and nodded. Alexei smiled at bit, but Lana knew there were no particular emotions behind it, and then he stood up again.

"You're at my home right now. You won't be able to leave no matter what so don't try any stupid shit because I will know. The only one besides me who can enter the home are some of my most trusted gang members so you will probably see them around the house. Also, I sleep during the day, so try not to disturb me.", he gave her more details.

"I thought vampires weren't scared of sunlight.", Lana stated.

"That's true, but most of us prefer the night time. It's easier to get around. Not to mention, the sunlight is annoying.", Alexei commented.

Lana closed her mouth shut. He proved to be a no-nonsense type of a person. However, she still had one more thing to ask him about.

"Earlier on the subway –", she started.

"I was scoping you out, if you're really that curious. I knew who you were when I approached you. The other vampire was a coincidence, but he gave me a perfect opportunity to talk to you.", he said.

"Oh.", was all Lana could manage to say before the door opened.

In popped a blond young man (also a vampire she noticed). He had short blond hair and blue eyes. He called out Alexei's name and continued to speak in Russian. Alexei answered shortly and the unknown vampire left.

"That's Vanya. You'll see him around the house. Especially at night time.", Alexei told her.

She only nodded.

"Good. It will be sunrise soon so I'll be heading over to my room. Do whatever you want around the house, but remember what I told you. Don't try anything stupid or else. Do you understand?", he asked.

"Y-Yes.", she nodded again.

Then, he left the room. Lana, confused and shocked with the situation she was in, drew her knees up to her chest and tightly hugged them. The tears spilled on their own. She was never so scared before.

It all came down to her father who had been absent for more than a decade. Did he even remember her anymore? Did he even love her anymore? Will he care about her more than his gang?

She cried until she started feeling extremely tired. The moment she lied down again, she fell asleep.

To be continued.

Author's note: Whoa, well this took a turn! Anyways, I hope you liked it and if so make sure to r&r!