I stood beind the desk, watching as the room slowly filled up with vampires. There were more than I had thought there would be. It looked like everyone had come. I spoke in a low voice, but it seemed to carry across to everyone, who went silent as I spoke.
"Hey everyone, for those of you who don't know me, I'm Asha. I arrived here a couple of days ago. I called you here because there's a few things you need to know about me. Afterwards, you might have a very different opinion of me. I just want yu to bear in mind that I came here for a new start. I'm not here to hurt anyone. I hope you can trust me in that. As a few of you know, I was banished as a fledgling for killing a pair of vampires who had attacked me. After that, I ended up having to fight a lot. I wasn't welcome in most places. I had no one to teach me." There was a murmur from the crowd. I felt a guilty twist in my stomach and spoke up again. "Some of you might have heard of the Shadow. For those who haven't, the Shadow was a bounty hunter, who hunted vampires. The best hunter, who sold their skills to anyone who would house them. The Shadow killed hundreds of vampires, and was known only to their clients. Up until a while ago, when the Shadow suddenly dissappeared, making them the enemy of every hunter around, and a lot of high-level vampires with a score to settle. They're all after the Shadow now." I paused again, looking down at the desk. "I came here looking for a new start and to escape my past. But you have a right to know who you are sheltering here" A single tear was making it way down my cheek. I was shaking so badly I could hardly speak.
I looked up and faced a crowd, seeing Jay and Aria, the first real friends I'd had since I was turned. I saw Kyoshiro and Imira, standing next to each other. In a very short space of time I had found a lot to loose.
"The Shadow...the Shadow was me."
There was a moment of total silence, before a wall of noise hit me. I hung my head, expecting an attack, not wanting to defend myself.
"I'm sorry" I whispered, letting the tears fall.