While out on the hunt, self-confident vampire Ashton for once ends up being the hunted. After being accidentally captured and almost killed, he finds himself indebted to the black witch Elizabeth, who has a pact with a demon and is on a hunt herself. When her old coven gives her a task that may redeem her from her past misdeeds that cost the lives of innocents, Elizabeth calls in her favor, and recruits Ashton to help her find out why more and more witches from both black and white covens are going missing. Thrown into a conflict between forces as ancient as magic itself, the two have to learn to work together quickly, while old secrets and promises of the past hamper their mutual trust. But soon it turns out that the pacts that bind them both might also tie them to each other, and their encounter might have been not one of chance, but one of fate. _____ I decided to give the ONC a shot again, and revive a short story from last year... and also use this opportunity to foray into another genre this time. This will be my first paranormal/fantasy/gothic horror story, and if nothing else it's supposed to be a fun little writing exercise to get me back into a creative mood after quite a long break from writing :) Since it's gonna be a WIP throughout the ONC and I want to spend more time on "explorative" writing rather than getting lost in in-depth planning, this story will probably be subject to numerous changes and edits, but I hope you'll enjoy nonetheless!