She opened the weapons door with a code. "Do you know how to use a gun?"
Alex nodded as he followed her inside. The mini armory caught him by surprise. He had expected a gun locker or such but this was well stocked with various weaponry. "I don't think the police are this well armed."
Valeska put a standard 9mm and a clip in his hand. "Some girls like flowers and chocolate. I prefer steel and lead."
Just then, they heard the office door open. Valeska motioned for Alex to get down on the floor. They crawled out of the room it was dark enough that the thugs didn't notice them. They made their way using the desks and file cabinets for cover. Alex kicked a trash can as he tried to keep up. One of the thugs came over to investigate.
Valeska pointed under the desk. Alex crawled in thinking she would follow instead she moved across from him behind a file cart. As the bruiser rounded the corner, Valeska waited for him to get just past them.
The second his back was turned, she kicked him in the side of the knee as he went down grabbing the knee she punched him in the temple knocking him unconscious.
She pulled Alex from the desk and they walked carefully through the office taking cover when they could. Thug number two came back in. "Brown? Where'd ya go bro?"
They heard his steps getting close to them. Valeska pointed to the door Alex shook his head at first; he couldn't leave her to deal with the bad guy. She shot him a furious look and pointed again, this time he reluctantly nodded.
As he reached the hall, he heard a soft thud. A few seconds later Valeska was at his side. He looked at her. "Why do I suddenly feel like the girl here?"
She shrugged and pointed to a little room marked Record Storage down the hall. "There is a fire escape out the storage room window."
Before they could make it thugs number three and four came out of the elevator. Valeska pushed Alex down the corridor as she pulled her gun. Shots were exchanged but the thugs couldn't see well enough in the dark to hit anything. Alex couldn't make out the shadows clear enough to risk returning fire. Valeska could, with three shots they stopped pursuing them.
Just as Valeska started to open the door to the storage room and the fire escape, another shot rang out from in front of them. She heard Alex grunt; she slung him inside, out of the way and turned toward the new enemy.
The scent of death and roses assailed her. She was momentarily frozen. I know that scent. "Dorian?"
That moment of hesitation was all the newcomer needed; he pulled a sword from his side and drove it home with lighting speed. Valeska screamed. He pulled her down the blade so his lips almost touched hers.
Alex watched in horror as the man grinned and his teeth elongated. Alex raised the gun and fired.
The fanged man shoved him to the floor and spoke in Valeska's face.
"Now you will finally be one of us in truth, not this half life you claim." He pulled the blade free and watched Valeska slide to the floor.
"Alex run", she whispered. Valeska could do nothing as Dorian stepped over her.
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