Before I get into the topic I’d like to apologize for the horrible posts the past three days. They were all written on a phone while riding in a car while AJ tried not to get too car sick before finishing it.
Anyway, There comes a time in everyone’s life where they reach a crossroads, the crossing of two paths. There were plenty of minor crossroads throughout my life, but I can think of only one that set me on the course of my current path. As always there was the easy decision, and then the one that no one else would like. As always it’s one of my typical rants here – how the Venatori kill before thinking about why they are hunting a particular supernatural being.
My very first hunt was a ghost who was inhabiting humans and killing people. The current host for the ghost was a little girl. I didn’t want to kill her, but Michaela – my handler – was pretty keen on it. I wanted to keep the girl alive, she couldn’t have been more than 8 or 9 years old. But the ghost had become murderous and attacked me – I defended myself resulting in a pretty scar on my left cheek from a knife the girl was wielding, and the death of the little girl and thankfully the ghost inside of her. Otherwise the situation would have been for naught.
But it wasn’t until after I’d left Michaela’s care that I looked into the actual death of the ghost involved. I found out he’d been a boy who was abused and his first kill as a ghost had been in revenge. Revenge is the biggest trigger for murderous ghosts – they’ve lost all morality and continue to kill for the feel of flesh. There could be an entire field of supernatural study on ghosts if someone actually wanted to do it. But most Venatori don’t want to go around studying the monsters we hunt – not even to better understand how to kill them in the modern age. These are archaic times for the Venatori.