The inside of the compound was dark, with only a few lamps lit. They followed the vampires down a long hall, which had lanterns hanging on the walls. The agents all stayed alert, ready for anything.
When they were further down the hall, Alex pulled Jorden over to him.
The other man smiled slightly at him. "I didn't realize that the reason you wanted me to stay away from Bailey was because you are attracted to me." He grinned at Alex quickly, then became serious from the stern look he received.
"I hope you have a plan, genius. Thanks to you, we can't just take the vampires out and rescue Benson. Now, we'll have to fight them off, as well," Alex glared at him.
Jorden smiled again, this time subdued. "Alex, you don't understand how vampires work. Normal humans cannot reason with them, as they would rather just kill you or turn you. However, they will listen to me, because if they don't, I could destroy them. Vampires don't like hybrid types, so they will cooperate with me. If they don't, I have a plan."
"How could you destroy them?" Alex was very confused, now. "What's so special about you that they hate you?" he shrugged. "Other than the obvious."
"Remember what I said when we were on our way over, about my mixed blood being poison to them? Well, I wasn't joking," Jorden glanced at the other agents, who had moved closer to be able to listen. "I can't tell you much right now, since they have very good hearing, but it's true. Just trust me. I will get us all out of here alive."
Alex nodded. "You had better, or I will kill you once we get home."
"I know you would. Don't worry, though," Jorden glanced at the vampires, noticing they had turned a corner. "It's almost time, so be ready. We can't use our powers, but stay alert."
"We can't use anything against them, as mutants, but can you?" Bailey asked, smiling at Jorden. "I mean, you aren't a mutant."
"You are correct that I can attack them, but I don't have powers. I have all the tendencies of a cat, but nothing more," Jorden glanced at Bailey.
"I have a question that is more to the point," Kyle said, sounding tense. "Where would they be keeping Randy?"
Jorden smiled at him gently. "I'm not sure. He's probably still here, somewhere. From what they were saying, he probably hasn't been completely turned, so there is a good chance that he will remember us. At the very least, he should remember you."
Kyle nodded. "I hope so."
"They are turning to us, so we should be quiet," Jorden glared at the vampire approaching them, and it tried to return the glare uncomfortably.
"What do you want?" Jorden did not care that he was being rude to the creature.
"We are at the chambers of the masters. Be ready to defend your friend, if you think you have a chance," the vampire sounded like it was taunting Jorden.
"We do, though I'm not so sure about you," Jorden glared at the vampire again.
"Come this way," the vampire moved to let them go in front of it, and Jorden knocked it with his shoulder as he was passing.
When they walked into the other room, they saw several vampires standing around, with one sitting in a large chair. The one sitting down stood up, smiling at them. Bailey shivered when he realized the cup of blood in the vampire's hand.
"Welcome to my domain," the vampire took a sip of his blood. "I believe there were some matters you wished to discuss with us, dear hybrid," the master looked straight at Jorden, his eyes shining a bright blue. "Please, have a seat, and we can discuss this matter."
Jorden took a seat carefully, motioning to the others to do the same. "Yes, we do. I believe you have one of ours."