He didn't even give me a chance to change. His foot slammed into my knee, sending me sprawling onto the ground. I instinctively wrapped both hands around my knee as pain exploded. I looked up in time to see a fist connect with my face. I cried out as I tasted blood in my mouth. I wiped it away with the back of my hand and caught his fist with my other hand. I shoved him away, not that I had a lot of strength as I was. All the same he stumbled back, his shock making his guard drop enough.
I shifted in those few moments, feeling my nose heal as I did, and leapt at him. I knocked him onto the floor and bared my teeth, snarling. He struggled under me, his arm against my neck stopped me from ripping his apart. I still tore at his chest with my nails at least. I didn't get a chance to do it for long, before someone threw me off him. I managed to steady myself before I fell down or collided with anything.
“I changed my mind,” Karen said with a shrug. I moved my attention to her, but she easily ducked as I tried to attack. Francis sent me flying through the air with a kick. The force of it winded me as I landed with a painful crash on the bins. Rubbish tipped out, forcing me to suppress a gag. I stood up unsteadily, shaking the rubbish off me. I was aware of a throbbing pain in one of my back feet and my side. The dick must've cracked or broken a rib. The back door flew open, taking everyone by surprise.
“Really? This again?” I recognised the voice and snarled at it instinctively. The last thing I needed was another vampire. William lifted an eyebrow at the action, but didn't comment.
“I think I'll just tell the others not to bother with you three. Killing you would be much easier than cleaning up your mess time and time again,” He said, his pale blue eyes narrowing as he moved from one to the other. “You should know better by now,” he added. They didn't complain or mutter this time, just left. Francis shot me a grin as he closed the door behind him. Leaving me alone with William. Last time Bryan and Penny had been here. I felt a whole lot less safe on my own.
“If you change back I can take you home,” he offered. The shock of his words muted the low growl in my throat. I pulled my head back a little, unsure if I should trust him. I hesitated but shifted. The fact that my side still hurt told me Francis had broken a rib. It was going to take more than one shift to fix that. I stood up, wincing as I put pressure on my ankle.
“Need help walking?” William asked.
“I'm fine,” I snapped. I took a step and grabbed the wall for help. “Maybe fines the wrong word,” I muttered to myself. I heard William laugh at the comment. I narrowed my eyes at him.
“Keep laughing and I'll change back,” I threatened. He smirked, amusement sparking in his eyes. It didn't do a lot to dissuade me from my words. I glanced down and was glad to see the jeans and jacket were mostly okay. The ripped knees were something I could live with. My top on the other hand was screwed.
“My cars round the front,” William said, turning his back and starting to walk. I hobbled behind him, gritting my teeth against the pain in my ankle - Like I was about to show weakness around a vampire. I studied him as I moved. He was wearing fitted trousers and a shirt. Which only added to my theory he was an older vampire.
“Wait, my friend,” I stopped, glancing back at the door.
“Don't worry, she's on her way home,” William said.
“How do you know?” I asked, immediately suspicious that he'd bitten her. He glanced over his shoulder at me, reading my expression easily.
“Calm down. She was the one that alerted the club that you and people you'd previously fought with were missing. I put two and two together and came outside. Looks like I had pretty good timing too,” he explained.