Il Cane

Tell your story about the time you succeeded at something because you just. Didn’t. Give. Up.

I’ve spoken about it before – the fact that I hunted Il Cane. It was part of my first Hunt. But it isn’t really part of that particular serial AJ was working on. So, I’ll tell you about the time I hunted her until I found her.

I was 19. I was free to hunt on my own. I refused to fly home, so I used my time with the Venatori car to hunt down the impossible. Il Cane is a vampire – and not just any vampire. She was created to be immune to all other vampire powers – she is what the vampires fear. She is the last line of defense of the vampire law. If you come under Il Cane’s ire you will die. She is a ruthless killer. She is cold and disecting and there is nothing that can stop her. And I hunteded her.

It wasn’t about pride or about being the best. It was about doing what everyone else thought was impossible. She was just a vampire. A powerful and old vampire, but still just a vampire. She lived and died by the same rules as every other vampire and every other supernatural creature. It was possible and me in my infinite teenage wisdom was going to prove it.

Il Cane proved to be just as easy to hunt as any other vampire. She left the same traces. She just didn’t leave as many traces. The reason I found out years later was because Il Cane feeds off a group of six people who rotate through feedings to provide Il Cane with her sustenance. It is a rare way to live, even her son doesn’t feed off of the same people.

Most vampires feed off of willing participants, some only feed on donated blood. But that really isn’t relatvent to this story.

There were rumors about Il Cane’s whereabouts and where she lived. I knew for a fact that she had property in New York City, but I wasn’t ready to go home yet. So I followed the rumors. Il Cane had an estate in Florida. Florida was where I went.

In the end I found her son in a club called Frozen. He spoke to me at the bar. Told me that I wasn’t going to find her. It took me a few moments to understand what he’d meant. And when I had I smiled at him and told him I was close. To which he grinned. Being the gentlemanly courter I am, I offered myself to the vampire son of Il Cane. He hesitated at first, but he accepted.

One thing lead to another and I ended up in a small basement room of Il Cane’s estate in the bed of her son. I never met Il Cane. I met her Chevalier, that morning for breakfast. It was a good hunt.

I hunt Il Cane every year in June just to prove I can find her. Ant and I have a few drinks and I go back to doing what I do. He is one of my only friends and I’ve still not really meet his mother. One day I will, I will actually find her but for now I’m satisfied I’m the only hunter who has gotten as far as that.

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