"If I told you what I was, you'd know my weakness. That's how it works." Nathan mumbled. "You'd know how to kill me, even if you have to 'google' it." She'd magically know but he wasn't going to tell her that. "Anyway, what is there to enjoy? Everything gets old eventually, or is old from the start. There's finding love, but that can only be found in mortals and then she'd die eventually. I'm open to sollutions within reason.""
Juliet ran her hand through her hair. “Honestly, even if I did know your weakness, what makes you think I would use it? You’re kind of helping me out with the thing that’s been trying to kill me for quite a while. And, besides that, I’m human. I have more weaknesses than you do. You outmatch me in physical strength and intellect and everything. I'm sure you could kill me before I could do whatever it is that kills you. Sure, I could get some souls to help me out… but I don’t know if they can actually do anything—besides the demons that are hostile towards me. And if you scare the dark thing that kills them, then I don’t think it’d be productive. And, if you’re so tired of earth, why do you not want to die? I think you aren’t as pessimistic as you make yourself out to be. The whole love thing… yeah, that would suck. I can see where that’s kind of terrible.”
"I don't want to die because there's something my death would trigger that I don't want." Nathan muttered. "It's not that I don't trust you, it's that I don't trust myself. Knowing you can kill me would add more temptation to having you kill me. On top of that, my weakness isn't something you always need strength to exploit."
Juliet nodded, considering his words. “Fair enough… though I would never kill anyone, except rare mercy killing situations, but that wouldn’t apply to you. The spirits tell me that dying sucks pretty badly. Hm…speaking of which, I wonder if there’s a spirit around? It kind of sucks. My range has increased or something, so now when I sense things I can’t tell if they’re two miles away or a few yards. I’m getting more powerful, but I’m completely out of practice…”
Nathan shrugged. "I sense the living and undead better than the dead." He told her. "Focus and meditation should help with your powers. The face that they're growing is good. It means you might become strong enough to fight off the darkness on your own." He looked down. "I met someone like you...they said animal spirits really like hovering around me, even though living animals fear me."
Juliet was concentrating really, really hard. She was trying to figure out where and what it was. She paused momentarily, though. “Really? Well, that makes sense, doesn’t it? Ultimately, the only thing living beings fear is death and pain. After they die and pass into the earthly spirit realm, they need not fear death any longer, and their pain is etched into their very being. I’m going to watch you carefully now, to see if animal souls really do like you…” she trailed off to go back into concentration. She frowned suddenly. “He’s a sad soul…”
"Many of souls around here are sad I imagine..." Nathan muttered. He was always afraid that the souls of the people he knew in the past would follow him...
Juliet felt tears leave cold trails down her cheeks. “No… he is very sad…usually…u-usually their emotions don’t overtake mine…,” she wiped at her tears. “Usually I don’t have to feel their pain.”
Nathan stopped and looked at her. "I don't understand what it matters...there's not much to be done about it, now is there?" He shook his head. "What is it exactly, might I ask?"
Juliet concentrated once more, closing her eyes. She was completely silent for a full minute before answering. “…he’s…a little vampire boy. About nine, ten years old… his name…. his name is Jackson. He’s sobbing in a clearing up ahead. He died from sun exposure. It still hurts him…” She looked up at Nathan. “Don’t you understand? People like me are given this gift for a reason… I have to help the spirits I find. I have to at least try…” She left out the fact she had gotten attacked numerous times while enacting that thought.
"It's a trap." Nathan muttered. "Vampires, when they die the second time, have their souls destroyed. It's highly unlikely that it is what you think it is." He realized he could be wrong though, since under some circumstances the soul survived. But it was risky business.
Juliet looked down, fidgeting with her fingers. "If it is a trap, it's a good one... I can only sense souls when they've died. The body is something of a bomb shelter protecting it from people like me. Like, if I could read living souls I'd be able to find out your species. So, yeah. If it was an ambush, they would've had to postpone Jackson's destruction... And they would've known a spirit seer would be coming." She stopped for a moment, realizing something. "Can you see spirits? You said someone told you animal souls linger around you... Does that mean you couldn't see them? Or can you only see other dark souls, and not neutral or light ones?"
Nathan sighed. "It's complicated. I can't see. I can hear, smell, feel the presence of, and touch spirits. Depending on the phases of the moon, this gets stronger or weaker."
"Interesting... and if one was strong enough, it could hurt you. That means you are represented in the spirit realm, but you're blind," she mused. "It's wierd with me. I think maybe my gift is nuetral... Or maybe light based--though I've never tried to touch a dark spirit. So I'm not sure. But, I can touch souls, but only to help. I can't harm them in any way, despite their intentions towards me. At least, that's how it's been. I know it's still developing, but..."
Nathan shook his head. "They can't hurt me. They'd destroy themselves trying. It's very rare you'd find anything powerful enough to harm me." He explained, before sighing again. "Can we please just go?"
Juliet sighed, but she nodded submissively. "Alright... The vampire boy is pretty close up ahead, so keep that in mind if you want to take a detour."
"It's up to you whether or not you want to investigate." Nathan told her. "I'd do my best to protect you, regardless." He added, a bit reluctantly. He didn't want her taking risks or getting used to taking risks.
Juliet bit her lip. Jackson was probably the spirit she had gone into the woods for. She felt something beckoning her towards that spot. That was why she came. Would she really leave him after everything? But, then again... He had been calling her, and that would support the trap theory very well. "A compromise. We'll go around. He'll be able to sense me within a certain distance, and of he follows, I'll help him. If not, I can blame fate. And we wouldn't be walking straight into a possible trap." She started off a good portion to the left, to avoid the clearing.
Nathan followed her without protest or comment. He liked this plan better than possible others. They went on in silence, Nathan keeping his senses open to detect the spirit, but his senses were weak at the moment.
Juliet walked on. As they passed the clearing, she thought Jackson wouldn’t follow. But, after a while, she felt the dull chill under her skin. She heard the moan ring in her ears. She sensed him following.