The Element of Surprise
Lan Fan did not want to accept what she was seeing, she'd seen Carmilla be crazy, depressed, manic, tipsy and a whole host of other things but never has she seen Carmilla look so weak. She was pale even by the standards of a vampire and visibly shaking under the weight of the girl on her back. Still she was stubborn, she refused any help with carrying Sarah and she refused to let her injuries slow her and Lan Fan down.
"Carmy how are you doing?"
"Don't worry bout me, I'll be alright," she said, then she fell forward.
The second that Carmilla lost consciousness Sarah regained it. A deep bite mark on Carmilla's neck showed why. Sarah's eyes snapped open, she tried to figure out where she was, the last thing she remembered she had been shot by Atahilla and then here she was, with the taste of blood in her mouth. "Sarah are you alright?" Lan Fan asked, crouching next to her.
"Yeah, I'm sorry who are you?" she asked, starring at the silver android in front of her.
"Oh yeah you've never heard my voice, Lan Fan at your service," she said, holding out her hand. "No I don't usually look like this, its just a robot Jack built."
She shook the hand. "Still its nice to meet you, Miss Carmilla talks about you all the time."
"That worries me, anyway we're about a 3 blocks from the base. Carmilla seems to have given the last of her blood supply to you. We just need to-" Then she went silent.
"Need to what Lan Fan?" Sarah asked, startled at her sudden silence. "Lan Fan what happened?"
A full minute later Lan Fan's android reactivated, "Magnetic Pulse," she explained, "This thing needs a connection to the base, the guy defending it used a railgun. The pulse killed that comes from it killed my connection.” Lan Fan kneeled down next to a wall, Sarah leaned over her to see that she was looking at a mouse hole. Lan Fan made a clicking sound, a mouse poked its head out. They conversed in clicks for a minute before Lan Fan gave the mouse a coin. “We’d better hurry,” she said, standing up. “The fight is still going and from the sound of things Daisuke could use backup.”
“That was not a mouse I take it?”
“Just a gremlin, they’re small but they’re useful.” Lan Fan said, “Now come on.”
“What about Miss Carmilla?”
Lan Fan kicked down a nearby the door, the house was empty as were most houses in the area. “Leave her on that couch there.”
“Won’t the owners mind?” Sarah asked.
“The battle at the head quarters drove pretty much everyone away,” She explained, helping to lift the vampire, “Carmy will be okay in here.” A small capsule fell out of Carmilla’s jacket and rolled on the floor. Lan Fan knew what it was and she doubted that it was an accident that it fell out. “Sarah this is yours.”
“Whats it do?”
“Break it when you need it, now come on.” She said, running towards the base.
Sarah easily caught up with her, “How are you so calm about it?” She asked.
“What choice do I have? We’re in a war, I can’t panic now.” They saw the scene of the fight, Daisuke was on the ground, next to a corpse and an extremely large bloodstain. He appeared to be fighting two men, one in the air and another on one of the few standing buildings. “Sarah take the one in the air, the one on the roof is mine.”
“Lan Fan, I’m not you. I can’t do this.”
“Carmilla thought you could, I trust her judgement, maybe you should to.” With that Lan Fan jumped, a short burst of power from her android body’s back allowed her to reach the Northern Vampire’s perch. She landed behind him. Putting all her weight into the attack, she elbowed the Vampire in the back, a large blade sprung up on her elbow and impaled her opponent.
Sarah shattered the capsule in her hand. A weapon appeared in her hand, she jumped at the Eastern Tengu, aiming to impale him with her spear.