Lindsay Pike forced herself to watch helplessly as the flames consumed the man across from her, knowing that they would surely end his life. She had made several attempts to release herself from the ropes that bonded her to the cold metal chair she sat in but to no avail, screaming the man’s name as he burned in front of her. Although inflicted by the most horrific pain one can experience, he smiled back at Lindsay, trying to assure her that everything would be alright. Lindsay tried to reciprocate but could only weep. Her sorrow the only emotion she could express. The man began to convulse, his body fighting against the power of death, trying to buy more time in this world, more time with her even if it meant excruciating pain. “I love you Chris!” Lindsay shouted with all her effort, barely loud enough to carry out to him. He tried to respond but all his strength had faded, he let out a long sigh and his body relaxed, his life was extinguished.
“Finally.” A voice echoed in the room followed by a mysterious figure stepping into the dim light illuminated by the embers that still burned on Chris’ body. The man was dressed in a black suit, his hair a dark brown and his eyes glowed with an unnatural orange color. His grin was made of sharp fangs stained with blood as he stared at the body. “Do you remember me?” He asked, his back still turned towards Lindsay. “Y-Yes… You’re a shadow of my closest friend. The corrupted soul of Liam." She responded, her face was red from the constant tears streaming down her face. “I’m not a shadow Lindsay, I’m just different than how you used to remember me.” Liam’s smile had faded. He crouched down and grabbed a silver necklace from around the charred neck of Chris. He stared in curiosity at the pendant that hanged from the chain, it had been unaffected by the fire. “I never wanted this to happen.” He whispered into Chris’ ear, a useless effort, but he still hoped that his old friend could hear him. With a strong yank, he tore the necklace away, unintentionally decapitating the head from its fragile neck. Standing up, he put the jewelry in his pocket, unfazed at what he had just done.
Lindsay wailed in despair as the head fell to the floor, her arms and legs once again fighting the bonds. Liam turned around and stared at a similar necklace around Lindsay’s neck and slowly approached her. “I never wanted this to happen.” He repeated, this time it was directed at Lindsay. He clenched his right fist and two claws slowly carved from the spaces between his fist and third knuckles. “I couldn’t kill Chris with these.” He took a glance at his claws. “He was too powerful. But he had one specific weakness: Fire from a burning olive branch.” Liam stopped a few feet from Lindsay and crouched, meeting his eyes at the same level as hers. “F*** You!” Lindsay screamed, her eyes intense with anger. Liam drew closer, his face now inches from hers, and he pressed his claws against her chest. Lindsay looked down at the sharpened bone that extended from Liam’s hand and an overwhelming sense of fear started to sink in. “Don’t do this Liam, please!” She begged, her eyes began to tear up again. “I need you’re pendant. Unfortunately it can’t be removed while you’re alive, is that true?” She slowly nodded. “Then I can’t help you… I won’t ask for forgiveness, I don’t expect it. I only hope you can be at peace with Chris.”
“Lia-.“ Her plea was cut short as Canine lunged his arm forward, the claws ripping through flesh and piercing Lindsay’s heart. He twisted his wrist, ensuring that her suffering would end quickly. He then stood up and took a step back watching as Lindsay’s body turned to ash, the weight of her necklace was too much for her new form, as it sifted through the grey matter and fell to the ground. Liam then reached down and picked it up, placing it the same pocket as the other. “No time to linger Liam, you have work to do. There’s more immortals to kill.” He spoke out loud before leaving the building.