The young man scoffed. “That’s just your excuse to make bad decisions.”
“An excuse? No, Demtri. It’s simply an explanation as to why we do what we do,” his older brother remarked.
Demtri scrunched his face, the urge to argue diminishing with the cool air of the evening. Instead, he pulled up his hood over his head before gripping the edges of his cape.
“Can we get this over with Josef? The sun will be up before we know it,” he whispered.
His brother flashed him a grin. “Now that’s more like it.”
Down the alleyway they sprinted, jumping over trashcans and dodging debris with grace given to them by their feline hybrid blood. The roughened pads of their feet muffled their footsteps. No one would know they were coming. Demtri continued to follow Josef, their movements synchronizing like a symphony. Upon reaching the street, his older brother shot out a cautious hand to stop.
“Now we wait,” Josef whispered.
Demtri tucked strands of his thick black hair back into his hood. Maintaining an unrecognizable identity would be for the best. If the public knew what they really were it would be the death of them. Still, he considered whether or not such an outcome was certain. Would the authorities really kill him and his brother if they were caught? What if there were other hybrids of the dark just like them?
“There. That one,” Josef said with an extended finger.
Demtri traced the direction with bright eyes, curious to see who would be their intended prey. What he didn’t expect was a beautiful olive-skinned woman waiting by the bus stop. He squint his eyes to focus on her. Her lips parted as though whispering, but by the way she swayed her hips Demtri concluded she whispered a song stuck in her head. The way she fiddled with the ends of her chestnut hair made his pulse quicken.
“N- no. I don’t think she’s got anything,” Demtri said.
“Oh? And why not? She’s young, she’s alone, and judging by the size of her coat, I’m sure those pockets are holding plenty,” Josef said with a sly smile.
Demtri strained his neck as he looked to the left and to the right for any other possible victim. Only traffic lights and littered gutters extended in both directions. The poor woman left them only one choice.
“Let’s go,” Josef commanded.
The pair rushed the woman, circling her on both sides. She shrieked once they approached her. Josef grabbed the lapel of her coat and peeled it off of her. Buttons popped from their seams before clinking as they met the ground. Demtri dove for the coat and began fishing through its pockets. He shoved a coin purse into the inside of his cape.
“Get off of me!” the woman cried as Josef wrapped his arms around her.
“It will be over soon,” Josef said.
“Well, I tried to warn you,” she whispered.
The woman gripped Josef’s forearm and stepped to the right. In one fluid movement, he flipped over her and collided to the ground. He cried out in pain as the back of his skull bounced on the concrete. She mounted him and pinned both his outstretched arms to the ground.
Demtri threw the coat aside and charged the woman. He grabbed her shoulder in an attempt to free his brother. A low hiss emitted from her as she spun toward Demtri. Before he knew it, he found himself on his back. The woman pounced onto his torso, pressing her knees into his ribs. Demtri’s eyes widened as he watched the woman’s irises transform into black slits. She bent forward, her face only inches away from him. His breath became light as a feather.
“You’re one of us too,” he whispered.
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