PRICES GO UP AT THE GATE
Created by Kiki-chan Hitzu
to be continued....
authors note does contain swearing
I felt like I was in a horror movie but nothing happened; all I could see was the pitch black of darkness and I was alone and this terrified me. Being alone. Alone and it felt like I was dying …or already dead. I tried to scream but nothing came out, I tried to run but I couldn’t move. All I could do was stare into the nothingness…alone.
I woke up screaming…again, I have had that dream for a month now and I was having a hard time trying to figure out what it meant, the dark circles under my eyes had sunk back into my skull more and more as each night passed. It was irritating really…
My name is Alice Pepin or at least that was the name that was given to me, I was found on my “parents” door step when I was 2 years old or at least that’s what it said in my letter. My real mother and father had abandoned me, and left me alone; I shudder at the thought. I have virtually no memory of them; I was too young. I have somewhat tan skin , long brunette hair, and I have what is close to cobalt eyes.
Tomorrow is my 16 birthday, July 13 is the day that my parents found me so that’s how we keep track of my age. It will be Friday the 13th though so I guess that I am never lucky.
Samantha and Paul, my step parents, have already gotten use to the screams at night and don’t bother to check on me anymore. I always lie in my bed and wonder why I was so weird and why I would dream such a frightening dream that I believe would only scare me and no one else, why did my parents abandon me at the young age of 2, was I really that weird that my birth parents would give me away like an object not a person. I would lay in bed for hours thinking this all threw my head until my clock alarm would go off and I would begin to get ready for school.
My best (and what seems like my only) friend Riku Philips(His mother was Japanese and his father was English, go figure), always waited for me at the curb at school, he had dirty blond hair, honey tinted skin and striking emerald eyes; he was a lot taller than me by about 5 inches, me being 5’4”. He is rather thin but you can still see that he has enough muscle to lift a some weight; and when you saw him stand next to me with a smile that could pass as an angels you would probably have to double take and ask yourself “ Wait! What?!”; because I am such an odd ball.
Today was almost a normal school day, it was almost like any other, Riku went with me to each class even the ones he wasn’t in, it felt a lot like escorting really. He sat with me at lunch too.
Today felt a bit weird though, like in the back of my mind I had this stomach jumping feeling, But I kept it stowed away all day in the back of my mind, I had become pro at keeping my problems to myself, I never want anyone to worry over me.
When school was finally out I scurried to my black ford F-250 and drove away fast. I felt like a wreck and when my cell phone rang it scared me half to death and almost caused me to hit a telephone pole, it was Riku.
“H-hello” the words fumbled out my mouth.
“What’s up Alice?! You sound frightened are you ok? You didn’t look all well in school today, ya looked close to green honestly.” Riku spoke with total concern.
“Oh no, no, no, I am perfectly fine” lie.
“Positive”, just keep pretending like you always do Alice I told myself.
“We still on for tomorrow?” I had to pause and get my mind straight.
“Y-ya. My house at 3.”
“ok see you tomorrow”
“Click” I hung up the phone.
I had finally reached my house and slowly crept up stairs I didn’t want to wake Sam or Paul. They had a late shift at work, they were both doctors.
As soon as I had reached the safety of my room I lied on the bed and stared at the ceiling. Although it was about 3 in the afternoon I began to dose off, that weird feeling in the back of my head caught up to me and I slowly drifted into a dreamless sleep.
I woke up and felt pain. I felt as if I was on fire, every vein that coursed through my body was on fire, my skin felt like 1000 degrees, my heart was pumping at the speed of light but I couldn’t scream, I wanted to so bad but all that came out was air. I squirmed and thrashed in my bed but caused no noise, not a peep. Until it all stopped and I was as cold as ice and then I passed out.
This time I did have a dream it was unlike the other though all I could see was myself but I had changed, my skin was paler my teeth much sharper and I looked fierce a little like I could do whatever I wanted and nothing would stand in my way. But my eyes I could not get over my eyes, they were glowing the color of scarlet. I was scary almost, then everything went black but I could still see my scarlet eyes piercing through the black and then…
“Hey Alice! Alice darling wake up!” It was a familiar voice.
“wa…” It took me a sec before I saw Sam and Paul staring at me with huge smiles on their faces.
“Happy Birthday sweetie!” Sam said delightfully
“what?! Aw thank you.” I spoke still a little dazed as Sam and Paul gave me a big hug. It was warm and I enjoyed it.
“ burr, shesh Alice your freezing!” Paul spoke shivering
“huh?” I must have looked dumb and innocent
“You better get ready for school or you’ll be late!” Sam spoke pushing me out of bed.
“We gatta go honey but well be home late around sixish is that ok the hospital—”I cut Paul off
“Don’t worry about me its ok really ,you go help the sick people ok!” I croaked. I pushed them both out of my room closing my door subtly and slid down with my back against it.
After I heard the 2 cars leave I let out a sigh, I felt different, I felt empty, and I was thirsty, really thirsty. I wasn’t going to school today. I slowly walked down the stairs wobbling to and fro from the walls. Everything was like a blur, my head spun 100 miles an hour. I reached for a glass and filled it up with water. I downed it, and another, and another, and another, but I still was thirsty.
“What could possibly quench my thirst” I whispered to myself ever so softly.
I tried milk, orange juice, Gatorade, koolaid, Monster, coffee and any other beverage that I could think of but I was still thirsty. I sat on the floor in the kitchen next to the fridge. I began to sweat now, what was wrong with me!
I gawked at the door, when suddenly the door bell rang. I saw it coming but who could it be I mean it wasn’t that late in the day was it?
“Alice?! Yo Al ,you in there?” It was Riku!
“uh,uh.uh” I began to stutter softly I was still in my pjs! I hadn’t even brushed my hair!
“Coming! Can you give me a min first!?” I yelled towards the door while I stumbled to my feet hitting my head on the counter and scurrying to find some cloths and a brush, with some luck thank fully.
I opened the door to see Riku smile. “Why didn’t you come to school are you sick or somet’ing?”
“Naw I am fine, I just woke up really late and I didn’t wanna bother driving to school.” Luckily I at least looked the part.
“Can I come in” I noticed the small silver package he held and thought I didn’t deserve it.
“Sure sure come in come in” He plopped himself on the couch next to the tv, with me trailing not far behind.
“Here” he handed me the silver box.
“Riku you shouldn’t have! Thank you so much”
And he really shouldn’t have!
My eyes were like saucers as I looked at the silver necklace that was inside the beautifully wrapped box.
“Do you like it?”
“I—I love it!” I said jumping to give him a big hug when suddenly my heart pounded one large THUMP, what was going on… I pulled away immediately.
“What’s wrong Al?”
“Nothing …forgive me, I have to use the bathroom…” I ran straight for the bathroom and slammed the door. I slid to the floor, what was wrong with me why…why did I have the urge to… I sat staring at the ground for a moment letting things settle in my mind. I would have to come out eventually so I stood up and told myself nothing happened, and walked out the door.
Riku stared at me as I came back into the living room.
“Would you like something to drink?”
“umm sure I can get it though I know my way around your house by now Alice” He spoke standing up walking into the kitchen and grabbed a glass.
That was true of course; since we became friends about a year ago he has come to my house more times than I can count.
Riku stumbled when he lost balance on my wet linoleum floor he broke the glass in his hand on the counter and he was bleeding and then… it was all a blur after.
I woke up from my sudden slumber and saw Riku lying next to me, I saw that he had 2 puncture wounds on his neck like teeth marks. He was out but not dead, I then felt what seemed like water on my lip but when I went to lick it it was blood! That is when it all came back to me I bit Riku and then he fell unconscious.I stared in horror as I realized that that thirsty feeling was gone and what I had done to make it gone!
I was a vampire!
“No…” I said in a whisper, this can’t be true, there are no such things as vampires. But what else could explain this?
“No, no, no, no, NO!” I began to pull at my hair and flail my head around. I had a throbbing headache like someone took a baseball bat to my head. That was when I notice, Riku began to twitch, and then his eyes opened into slits and then spoke…
“Wa…Al…”, his lovely gaze met my disgruntled face, and then I fainted, I have to seriously stop doing that.
I woke up, and to my extreme shock I was on my bed. By then the headache was back, great. I glanced around trying to remember why or how I got in my bed, the only conclusion I could come up with was that it was all a dream, and it was the only conclusion I wanted to believe.
“knock, knock” It was Riku, he opened the door, “Are you ok? You fainted, I brought you up stairs to your room to rest”
I sat straight up, stiff as stone and wide eyed, I saw the mark, two puncture wounds on the side of his neck. Oh my God, it wasn’t a dream, I really did bite Riku and I really did faint but why in the world was he still here if I truly did bite him why wasn’t he on a plane heading to the opposite side of the world all these questions raced through my head.
“Man you really sunk your teeth in me, if you wanted some next time give me a heads up ok” I was in shock, he said this so lightly like all I had done was take a sip of his drink without his permission or something. He sat next to me on my bed, now I was gawking at him.
“Um Alice are you ok?” I still couldn’t figure it out he knew I wanted blood and that I had just bit him on the neck but why in God’s name was he still here!
“Why…” It was all I could spit out
“Why what?! I am the one askin’ the questions here ok, first off, shesh why did you try to hide the fact that you wanted blood, I am more than willing ya know, and I have known for a long time that you were a vampire.” All I could do was stare.
“Did you just call me a va-va-vampire?” I stuttered how did he know and I didn’t? Why was he the calm one? So many questions, where exactly I should start I don’t know but I had to find somewhere.
“ Ya, don’t tell me you didn’t know, wait you didn’t know! I thought you just didn’t want to tell me or it was just a touchy subject but I never once thought you didn’t know!”Now he was the one staring at me! I felt woozy again and I fell back on my bed.
“Easy there,” he pulled some of my hair away from my face, he had the warmest touch and it always set me at ease.
“How did you know?” I asked flustered
“Your parents… But I am not talking about Sam and Paul, I mean your real parents they told me to look after you and that I can’t say that I ever met them or the fact that I knew about the entire vampire thing.”
Then I fainted…again. This is really starting to get old.
This time I was definitely dreaming because I saw my parents, I never did know what they looked like but I got this feeling deep down in my gut that told me that the couple that stood before me were indeed my parents.
“Darling, we are sorry that you had to go through this alone and we are sorry that we haven’t been there for you for the past 14 years but it was all for your own sake.” My mother spoke with the voice of an angel as well as the body of one.
“The beings that are following us well we just couldn’t risk losing our beloved Alice, our baby girl, so we had to leave you.” My father said with his strong and masculine voice.
“But do know this, the boy that we entrusted you with , Riku, you will see why we choose him for you” My mother said with grace
“You will have to drink blood Alice, It is part of our way of survival”
“Darling, you will die if you don’t.”
“A painful sting will hit your body at first, that is a sign that you need to find your blood and soon. Then comes the intense headaches. Then finally you faint but you will never come back from the dreadful slumber, and eventually you will die.”
“So please when you begin to feel lightheaded or dizzy please drink to your heart’s content”
“Alice when you wake up Riku will be there please drink his blood when he offers, you will feel a lot better”
“ The only reason he had fainted was because it was your first time and that is always the worst part but then it fades, darling.”
“We will meet again don’t worry” My parents said together and then they were gone and I wanted to cry. That was when I woke up.
Riku was still there and he was watching me, I had a tear in my eye and quickly wiped it away although I knew he already saw it.
“You look flustered, Al. Do you want another go at it?” He said while he pulled the collar of his shirt down and leaned close towards my face. I felt embarrassment wash over me, and for a split second I thought he did too!
I stayed silent, he was my best friend I didn’t want to hurt him! Then he grabbed me and pulled me towards his chest. At that point the urge that I tried to subdue had overcome me and I could hold back no longer. I bit him! I actually bit him!
The sound of blood, I could hear it pulsing in his veins as my teeth pierced through Riku’s skin and into his flesh, I felt Riku wince but then relax. I could smell it, oh how it had smelled so sweet, sweeter than any perfume or any flower. The taste of blood oh the taste! It was like an explosion of flavors sweet but spicy, yet warm, but it was full of emotion you could feel every happy moment, sad moment , funny moment or any other moment that that had happened in Riku’s life.
When the urge was finally over I attempted to clean my mouth with the scuffs of my shirt but failed, I had to lick it all, my body had to savor every red blood cell. I felt my heart beating faster than a humming bird’s and my breathing was heavy, very heavy.
“ See that wasn’t so bad now was it?” He said as he gave me that lovely angelic smile that made me wanna just drop dead thinking about it, and right now dropping dead wouldn’t be such a bad idea. “ I am telling you Alice I am perfectly fine I have always had a healthy supply of blood in my system, but you on the other hand you are probably anemic. I really care about you ya know!” He gave me another hug.I seemed to have melted in his arms, he knew that’s exactly what I needed, someone to hold me together because I felt like I was falling apart.
Now I was really crying, I felt the tears in my eyes then felt them travel down my face and then drip off onto Riku’s shirt. I couldn’t stop, all I could do is cry. Cry out of joy, cry out of sadness, I cried out everything I had been holding back. It felt like I cried for hours until it began to stop. My eyes were raw and it was very painful to blink.
I looked up at Riku and met his eyes, his stunning emerald eyes.
“Do you feel better now?”
“Yes…Thank you…” It was all I could say.
“ Alice honey we’re home!” Ah crap it was Sam, Alice pull yourself together, I mentally slapped myself. It was a definite no that Sam and Paul could know anything about this.
“Riku, they can never know ok EVER!” I said in a very stern whisper.
“I would never say anything, who knows bout this is your choice not mine.”
“Alice?” I heard Paul yell up the stairs.
“ Come on lets go” Riku grabbed my hand and walked with me down the stairs.
“ Well hello Riku,” Sam said “nice to see you again. So what were you two doing?” I was silent I did know what to say. Ya mom I just found out that I was a vampire and I bit Riku twice, don’t worry. Not ganna happen.
“Oh well I gave Alice her birthday present” He said gesturing at my neck, when I noticed the necklace around my neck. Oh how it was so beautiful, he must have put it on me when I had fainted.
“ Oh, WOW!” Paul and Sam said at the same time staring at it.
“Well I don’t think our gifts can top yours Riku, but here you go Alice” Paul gave me an envelope that was that said happy birthday on it, inside was 2 tickets for me and Riku to go to Europe! I would finally be able to get out of our little old town in Washington (state)!
“Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you” I said like rapid fire as I jumped to give Sam and Paul the biggest hugs they would ever receive.
“Your welcome! And HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!” Sam said with a big smile as I was still hugging her.
Europe had been such a shock that I had totally forgotten about me being a vampire and that I had just bit Riku, that was until we were alone together. Sam and Paul went to sleep and who could blame them they worked their hearts out every day for people they had never even met before.
“ Are you ok with this, Al, me going with you and all.”
“I am more than ok with it, I am relieved! I didn’t want to go with Sam and Paul because they would miss work and they hate to miss work, and I would never want them to feel bad while we were on a trip. As well as I would never want to go alone, I hate being alone, it is the scariest thing that could ever happen to me.” I looked down at my feet. Then Riku lifted my chin.
“Don’t worry as long as I am still around and breathing you will never be alone”
“Thank you.” I gazed again into his emerald eyes. “When is our flight?”
“Sunday morning, we will have to drive to Sea-Tac airport tomorrow though, so you should pack later”
“Um, why are you still here?” I had wanted to know this from the beginning.
“What do you mean?”
“I would have thought you be half way around the world by now, because aren’t you afraid of me, I mean I am a va-vampire” the word was hard to say “ and I even bit you and and…” I felt the tears coming on, both in my voice and in my heart. Why did I have to be so different why did I have to be a vampire, why!
“ Look Alice, you are my friend and you always will be, when I found out you were a vampire I accepted it, I really don’t care what you are! Alice is Alice!” I looked up at him he was so sincere, and then I fainted…again.
I woke up once again in my room on my bed. I could smell the sweet smell of eggs and bacon in the morning. I got dressed in my usual jeans and a t-shirt and walked down stairs, I wobbled side to side as I came down the stairs. I was feeling dizzy again, not a good sign. I expected to find Sam in the kitchen and Paul sitting watching the news but when all to my surprise was Riku standing over a sizzling hot pan and staring at me.
“Good morning! You feeling ok? You fainted again, so I put you in your room, I hope you like eggs and bacon. Sam put together your suitcase for you and then went back to bed”
I just stood there blinking, “When did you get here?”
“ Well actually I slept on the couch, I wanted to make sure you were ok and I wanted to be there when you woke up.”
“oh! I am so sorry I didn’t mean to worry you please forgive me!”
“ Forget about it, eggs and bacon?” He put 3 pieces of bacon and then 2 eggs on a plate and handed it to me, and then made himself a plate and sat at our table in the dining room, and then I slowly pulled up a chair and sat with him.
“So are you ready to go to Europe?! I’ll drive ok, I want you to rest, fainting at the wheel isn’t really a good plan.” He was right, and I was really excited about Europe but I just couldn’t display it because I had too much on my mind.
“Yah…I’m ready to go to Europe…” I was fooling around with my eggs using my fork, I wasn’t in the mood really for eating, to many things raced thru my head and food just wasn’t in the mix
“What’s wrong?” I could have said everything is wrong I am a freaking vampire I faint all too often and I have the amazing urge to drink blood! How the hell do I explain that!
“ Nothing.” I tried to give the most realistic smile I could and I wished it past.
“Nothing! Come on now do you think I am stupid, you just found out you were a vampire and faint like there is no tomorrow! I know that it bothers you so why don’t you talk to me about it! I want to be there for you when you need it!” He said in a tone that wasn’t loud or scary but concerned.
“ You wouldn’t understand…”
“Of course I won’t I ain’t a vampire! But I know that you are dying to talk to someone and I am right here but you act like I don’t exist! You won’t tell Sam or Paul, so what are you ganna keep it locked away deep inside like you have been ever since you were left by your parents!” I was in shock and I prayed that I wouldn’t faint again, my head was feeling light again and dizzy. “You think I don’t know that you have been suffering this entire time! Shesh you would think that you would know me better!” And then I fainted…
“Alice, Alice sweetie wake up darling” I heard Sams voice and saw her face as my vision came back to me. Dame I have to stop fainting!
“ Hey mom, what happened?” Dame now she saw that I have fainted!
“ Well I had come down stairs and then I saw Riku picking you up and then place you on the couch.”
I got up a bit woozy but I was ok… I think. “Are you ok Al?” Riku asked standing behind the couch.
“Yeah, how long was I out?”
“ Only 10 minutes ”
“Are you ganna be fine for your trip?” Paul asked joining the conversation.
“ Yup nothing could stop me from going on this trip!” I jumped up “See I am perfectly fine” That was an absolute lie.
“ Ok well you guys had better get on the road because its at least a 3 and half hour drive from here to Sea –Tac airport, and you wanna check in at the hotel by 2 so you guys should get a move on” Sam said grabbing my suitcase. I haven’t seen that thing in like 7 years when I went on my school field trip to Seattle and stayed over night there, I didn’t get out much.
“Hey come and give your mama and daddy a hug!” Paul came and gave me a huge bear hug and then past me off to my mom for another.
We loaded up our stuff in my ford and then we were off.
Sitting in the car was kinda awkward; I mean there was total silence until we were out of town.
“I’m sorry, Al”
“ For what?” I couldn’t imagine anything he could possibly be sorry for.
“I was the one that made you faint, I shocked you and I didn’t mean to, especially in your current state. I am really sor— .”
“No,” I cut him off, “You were right, and I want to thank you for it. I needed a reality check because that’s what I would have done just like every other memory that I don’t like, I lock it away. Recently I felt like it was all ganna crash down on me and I would have a meltdown. Its funny really, my worst fear is being alone but yet all I do is keep everything to myself and I would let no one else in. Yet,” I looked at Riku’s face, he was staring at me with his blond hair all muddled across his face, “you saw thru me from the very beginning” I was blushing; I felt my blood rush to my cheeks.
We stared at each other for a bit, but when for a split second I thought I may have seen his cheeks turn red too, but he quickly turned and faced the road.
“You should get some rest” Riku said still staring at the road. “ It’s a long drive”
“No, I will be fine. So what do you want to talk about?”
“What’s on your mind?”
“Well, I truly am excited about Europe but my mind has just been crowded by the entire vampire thing that I just don’t really show how excited I am,” and that was all true, “I want to know more about this vampire thing, if there are things that I should understand and that I should do, like how my body will react to things…” I was deep in thought.
“Like garlic?! Ha ha.” I chuckled at his joke, but hum I wonder if I still can eat garlic?
“Well we can cross out, sunlight equals me turning to ash” I put my hand into a ray of light that shown through the cab of the truck. He laughed.
“Looks like it. But seriously Al you should get some rest.” He was right I was exhausted, but I wanted to talk with him all day, but that’s when my eyes began to droop and fell into a deep slumber, dang; it was almost as bad as fainting just it wasn’t as sudden.
“ Hey Al, Alice, Alllllliiiiiccccceeee, wake up,” Riku was shaking my arm a bit, I woke up to realize I had moved in my sleep and I was in his lap. “ We are at the hotel Al lets go check in and settle in” His face was red while I was just staring at him out of the daze I was in. I slowly got up, trying not to make my head feel woozy and make me faint again so I tried to take everything slow. I opened the truck door and slid down to the ground, slowly I told myself.
“Do you need help, Al?” Riku said as he grabbed my hand to steady me. I was all wobbly, but then I regained balance.
“ No ,I’m ok now” I said with a big smile. “I’ll get my own suitcase, ok.”
“Are you sure?”
“Trust me you don’t wanna carry this thing” I said grabbing the handle of the suitcase, it wasn’t all that heavy but it wasn’t all that light either. “Sam packed ya, she probably threw my entire closet in this thing. I mean she is a women and a man can’t carry a women’s suitcase” I giggled, so did he.
“Ok then. Lets go” I locked the truck doors and made sure I didn’t forget anything. The Motel 6 room wasn’t all that bad but it wasn’t like a 5 star room. It was simple; 2 twin beds with cheap quilts,2 night stands with white lamps as well as a book for writing notes and a small white bathroom that looked blinding with the light on. I put my suitcase on the side of my bed, and the flopped onto the bed, the top quilt was itchy but I was so tired that I didn’t care.
“ What do you want to do now?” Riku was sitting on his bed looking at the wall.
“I don’t care, I mean we are in Seattle, let’s go stop at Pike’s market.” I actually wanted to stay and sleep but well I heard Riku say before that he had never been to Pikes market and that he really wanted to go there.
His face lit up “Ya, that sounds like fun, are you sure you wanna go? I mean you look really tired.”
“Of course, I’ m fine, don’t worry about me ok, plus I haven’t been there in years so I wanna see what changed” Keep smiling I told myself.
“Ok lets go then.”
We arrived at Pike’s market, we could see all the people trying to make a bargain, and going in and out of each little station. Riku wanted to look at a tourist shop for a souvenir, I told him to go in without me and that I would wait outside.
That was when one shop caught my eye, it was a jewelry shop. They sold pendants and rings and other things that you would find in a jeweler, except that this one pendent seem to call to me like it was meant to be mine. It was stunning ,it was the color of crimson a small ruby heart no bigger than a quarter. There was an insignia on the back it was of a single rose that was wrapped around an angel, it looked so familiar to me I just couldn’t put my finger on it. The detail of the insignia was amazing and hard to believe that it was even possible to make it. The sales women saw me staring intently at it.
“ I see you like that one too, it’s my fave.” She gave me a big smile and picked it up to show me it in the light. It was even more stunning in the light, it twinkled red on my face, yet on the sales woman’s face it was white.
“Wow” I couldn’t help but be in awe of the pendent.
“ It would go lovely on that necklace you have on, may I see?” I unhooked the necklace and then gave it to the sales lady. She put the pendent on it. “ Now I think this chain does it justice” She threw me another smile, but she was absolutely right, it was like they were made for each other. “I’ll tell you what honey ,I’ll give you a special price for this, normally this would go for 500$...”My heart sank I really wanted it ,but I would be lucky to get an offer for 350$ but I knew that I couldn’t afford it. I looked at the ground. “ But, I’ll give you it for 50$” I lifted my head and looked at the sales lady.
“D-did you just say 50$!?”
“Yup, but you gatta promise me that you will always keep it on this chain and that you will treasure it for the rest of your life.”
I was so overjoyed that I leaned over the table that separated us and gave her a hug! I was even a bit astonished with myself, but I really, really wanted it.
“THANK YOU!” I said still hugging the women, then I let go to grab the 50 I had in my wallet, “ Here’s your 50,” I handed her the money then asked “ Can you clip it for me?”
“Sure sure, man aren’t you exuberant” She said as she clipped the necklace in the back of my neck. “There,” I turned to face the sales woman again.“Amazing! It looks spectacular on you ,here” She handed me a mirror.
“It’s amazing!” The pendent fell right smack dab in the middle of my chest, but it didn’t bother me. I loved it there was nothing in heaven or hell that could take this thing away from me it was almost like I was destined to have it. Maybe I am over exaggerating a bit but I loved it so much.
“ Alice, Al? Where are you?” I heard Riku’s voice; I did leave without telling him.
“Riku, over here!” I waved my hand in his direction I caught his eye.
“Is that your boyfriend?” The sales women giggled, I blushed.
“N-no he’s just a friend.” She giggled again
“Here give this to him” She handed me a silver Figaro chain with the same insignia as mine on the hook, the chain wasn’t as nice as mine but it did look nice.
“Oh no I can’t accept thi—”
“Take it.” She put it in my hand and closed it tight. “Take care of this too”
“Hey, Al” Riku said putting his arm in my shoulder .The clerk gave me a wink then I turned and faced Riku.
“Hey, sorry I didn’t tell you where I went.”
“Wow, did you just buy that?! It looks magnificent on you!”
“Thanks, and here” I Pulled out the silver chain and handed it to him. “Its got the same insignia as the pendent does, it came with it.”
“Thanks” He looked at the insignia intently, “I swear I have seen this insignia before.”
“Me too, it looks so familiar. Do you want me to put it on for you?”
“Yes please,” He leaned down and handed me the chain I clicked it in place, “Hey why don’t we ask the lady you bought it from where she got it from”
“Good idea” We walked back over to the jewelry shop.
“Hello again, I see you put on the chain, do you like it?”The sales women said smiling at Riku.
“Yes, I love it” Riku looked down at me, my eyes meet his.
“Good, is there anything else I can do for you?”
“Yes well you see where did you get these from?” I lifted up the pendent.
“Well, this couple gave them to me, about 14 years ago, and asked me to keep them safe, and I did, but now I need money and I had to sell it, but the reason I gave you the discount was because you reminded me a lot of them. And when I saw you,” she looked at Riku, “I thought that well I was given them together and I thought that they should stay together, I mean they do have the same insignia.” She smiled.
“Did they say where they were from?” Riku asked pondering.
“They said that they were from France, Toulouse I believe.”
“ Interesting, well thank you Mrs. Let’s go Al.” Riku grabbed my shoulder and we walked down the crowded streets. Till we hit a small café that over looked the ocean. Riku opened the door for me and we walked in.
The inside of the café was nice, everything was a dark wood from the flooring to the chairs to the doors, the entire back of the café was made of glass that looked out to the ocean. It was miraculously sunny now, and the light came in thru the windows and made the entire place light up. At each table there was a single red rose in a skinny vase, and pre set forks and knives.
“Table for 2,” Riku said to the overly cheerful 25ish waitress.
“Sure hun” She showed us to a table right next to the glass wall. She went through the normal routine, gives us menus, asks if we want drinks and eventually what would we like to order, you know the works and then skipped back to her post.
“This place is amazing Riku, how on earth did you know about it?”
“I saw it when I was looking for you after I came out of the souvenir shop, I thought you might be hungry because you barely touched your breakfast.” He was right I was starving, I swear sometimes it’s like he knows me more than I know myself!
“So what’s on your mind?”
“Well I seriously want to know where I had seen the insignia before, I was thinking that we should stop in Toulouse when we get to France. Maybe there we can get some answers or maybe a clue to what it is and means.”
“I don’t see why you want to look into this so much?”
“Think about it Al, we both know we have seen the insignia before, the sales woman said she received it 14 years ago, it was 14 years ago that your parents left you with Sam and Paul, and we just so happen to be going to Europe I think that it was fate that we got these and that we should keep on that course and find out where we saw this from” He picked up my pendent holding it in the sunlight.
“Here you go the salad for the lady, and the burger for the gentlemen” Riku dropped the pendent so the waitress could place down our food. I grabbed my fork and then shoved a huge bite of salad in my face, and then another and then another until I realized that all my food was gone and that Riku was staring at me blinking several times. I didn’t think he knew that I ate like a crazy women when I don’t eat my breakfast.
“Do you want mine?” I whipped my face with a napkin.
“ No, no I am good, you eat your burger.” He took a huge man bite out of his burger and then looked at the ocean, “Do you think this may have something to do with my parents?”
“It’s a guess but I’m not sure,” he took another bite of his burger. “But it won’t hurt if we just check it out I mean we do have 2 and a half months.”
“What?! 2 and a half months!”
“Ya, didn’t I te— no wait you fainted before I got to that part, but ya we have 2 and a half months till we come back, we arrive in Paris and then we leave from Paris. We are pretty much going to rent a car and or just back pack thru Europe.” He took another big bite and then another of his burger.
“Ahh I don’t have any money!”
“Taken care of.”
“How much did Same and Paul give you?!”
“Enough and I am not allowed to tell you how much,” Riku glanced at me with a smug smile.
“That much! Oh my God!”
“Hey don’t worry about it this is your birthday present enjoy it” He took the last bite of his burger, “Check please” He waved down our waitress, she handed him the little black book then he scribbled something in it and paid in cash. “Shall we go.” I just blinked, I am ganna give Sam and Paul another big hug when I get back home.
“Ok, where to now?”
“Lets stroll down the shop aisles”
We got up and left the café, and continued down the aisles of shops. It was nice and then we went back to the hotel.
“fwoomp” I fell on the bed once again. I was exhausted now. It was about 7 pm. Riku was in the shower now, so that he didn’t have to go in the morning. We had to be at the airport by 5:30am, our flight left at 6:30 am so we had to get up at around 4:30am.
Riku was fast and came out of the shower within 15 minuets. “All yours” he said. I got in the shower and battled with little bottles of shampoo and conditioner to get as much as I could out, you would just wish sometimes that hotels would get the fact that some people actually have long hair. I got out of the shower and just about walked out the bathroom with only a towel when it hit me that I wasn’t at home and that I couldn’t just walk out and get my clothes. Shit…
Ah screw it, I told myself, I mean as long as my towel doesn’t fall off I am good right… I had about a 5 minute conversation with myself whether or not to go out to get my clothes, until I decided I can’t stay in the bathroom forever or ask Riku to get my cloths, I wasn’t ganna come out with no bra or ask him to get me one. I grasped my towel and creaked open the door, Riku turned his head I looked at me.
“Ops, sorry” He turned quickly back to stare at the wall. I saw his cheeks turn red, it was kinda adorable.
“Its ok, I was the one who forgot to put their clothes in the bathroom before they hopped in the shower.” I scurried over to my bed and then grabbed my pjs and underwear, and scurried back and changed.
“Sorry, didn’t mean to make you uncomfortable” I said as I got out of the bathroom once again.
“No, no, its ok, just tell me when you come out so I don’t look, just treat me as if you were back home with Sam and Paul ok.”
I sunk into my bed, and then Riku came to sit next to me on the side of the bed.
“You should get some rest Al. We have to wake up early tomorrow”
“I think I will,” I yawned and then my eyes slowly shut into a dreamless sleep.
“Alice, wake up, Al, you are going to need to get up now” I felt Riku shaking my head back and forth.
“Waa, time already?” Dame I was still tired, I could stay in bed for like an entire day.
“Yup, man you sleep like a rock.”
“ Ok all I need to do is brush my hair and teeth and change then I am ready”
“Same here, you can go first.” Riku gestured to the bathroom.
“Ok, keh…”I rolled outta bed and gathered my clothes and toothbrush. I grabbed my white tank top and some jeans, my usual. I went in the bathroom changed brushed my hair and teeth and came out.
“Your turn now, Riku”
I saw him go in the bathroom, I began to fiddle with my pendent, I starred at it for a bit. I wondered if it actually did belong to my mother and Riku’s chain belonged to my father. I tried to remember my dream trying to see if I could find any clue until it hit me. On my parents neck there was a tattoo, it was the same as the pendent and the chain! How did I forget that! So the couple that the sales women saw was my parents!
“I know where I saw the insignia from as well as how you saw it! My parents! On both of my parent’s necks this same insignia was on their neck that’s how you saw it and I saw it before!”
“Now I remember yeah I remember seeing a tattoo on each of their necks, but how would you know that? I mean I thought you didn’t remember your parents?”
“Well… after I past out that time you told me that you knew my parents and that they told you I was a vampire, I had a dream and I saw my parents, I didn’t mentally know that they were my parents but I had a gut feeling that they were my parents.”
“Oh, interesting, now we definitely must go to Toulouse, we must find out more and that is our next clue.”
“Shot look at the time we have to go!”
“Ah your right” We both grabbed our stuff and threw it in the truck and then dealt with the airport chaos, even though I have been on a plane very few times in my life I got the fact that going through an airport is hell.
We boarded the plane and talked about school. I was trying to prepare myself for the 7 and a half hour long plane fight, yesh. But in mid sentence to one of Riku’s sentences I fainted.
WHAT THE HELL! I didn’t feel dizzy before I wasn’t tired, why did I faint! Now I was alone in my mind.
At first nothing was happening and then I saw myself, but it was my other self the one that was fierce, the one that had the vampire teeth, the one with the scarlet eyes. At first we just stared at each other, but then she took a step toward me, I took one step back.
“Are you scared of me?” Her voice wasn’t mine, it was strong and eerie, making her more fierce. “ Do you know who I am?”
“N-no” I stuttered, she walked up to me, I couldn’t move, she scared me.
“Well I am none other than you, Alice. I am your true self the one that has been locked away all these years, but I am so happy that you finally turned 16 and your blood lust kicked in, I was beginning to think that I would be locked up forever,” She touched the side of my face, it was cold like marble. I flinched and she giggled,
“I have always been here in your mind but I never was allowed to do anything until your blood lust kicked in, I am your full vampire self, like your alter ego you could say. If you don’t feed your thirst I may just take over for a bit” She laughed as my eyes widened.
“What do you mean take over?”
“Oh shoots looks like our time together has run short, maybe we will be able to talk to each other again,” I saw her begin to fade away like a ghost. “Oh and before I leave make sure you keep that Riku kid close. I like him” She said so devious that whatever she meant by it didn’t sound good at all. And then I woke up.
Riku was asleep in the chair next to me. It was silent other then the roar of the plane engine.
Dame it! Who the heck was she!? Am I going crazy! Now I have an alter ego in my head and I would defiantly not consider that sane! What did she mean take over?! Was she going to like possess me or something?! I scratched and shook my head out of frustration, now I had even more to add to my already full plate of mysteries! Shesh things keep piling up on me!
I asked the flight attendant how long till we landed and she said that in about another hour. I decided to lay my head down and sleep for the remaining hour.
“We’re here! Alice! We’re really here!” I woke up to Riku shaking my arm, his face was glowing with excitement, I went to peer out the window of the plane and was in awe, we made it to Paris, I couldn’t believe it, I was in Europe!
I lit up with a big smile bigger then Riku’s! “Thank you, Riku”
“No prob” He shot me a big smile that stretched across his face.
After the big ordeal of getting our luggage and finding a rental car; a lovely silver BMW sports car that Sam and Paul had pre ordered for us, we headed to a nearby hotel. I didn’t want anything fancy just something to sleep in for our first night in France. We found a small little inn that was run by a family that (thankfully) spoke English.
This room was way better then the Motel6 that we stayed in at Seattle. The carpet was soft and it molded to my feet, the bed covers on our 2 twin beds were elegantly decorated in a gold and red pattern, the curtains were huge for the very large window at the side of the bed, the bathroom was massive with a huge tub and a large shower next to it. It put Motel6 to shame. Even the price was cheap, about 60 American dollars.
I placed my suitcase to the side of my bed, which was next to the window. I plopped myself on the bed and let out a big sigh. Riku did the same. I went over to his bed and sat next to him.
“ I am so glad you came with me Riku”
“I am so glad you’re glad” He shot me another to die for smile, and he put his head on my shoulder. Then suddenly THUMP, my heart gave a huge thump again just like when Riku gave me the chain!
“Excuse me” I quickly said as I got up putting my hand over my heart as it began to give more huge thumps. I ran straight for the bathroom and closed the door. I crushed my hand over my heart as the thumps pounded harder and harder, it was painful and every thump felt like my heart was going to explode out of my chest! Then suddenly it stopped, but I tasted blood in my mouth! It wasn’t Riku’s, I went to look in the mirror and my canine teeth turned into fangs, they were like the exact replicas of the … other me… It turned out I bit the inside of my mouth.
“AHHH!” I screamed, but only then to get another good look at my new fangs.
“Alice?!” Riku pounded on the bathroom door, and then THUMP again! I glared at the door in total shock, my eyes were as large as they could be, I didn’t know what to do or say! “Alice are you ok!?”
“I-I’m f-f-fine R-tssss” I bit my tongue this time, “R-Riku.”
“Come out of the bathroom then.” I unlocked the door, and Riku came in to see the blood oozing from the sides of my lip. “What happened?!”
“I b-bit my lip, n-n-no big deal.” I made sure to only open my mouth to a slit so Riku wouldn’t see my teeth.
“Say aww so I can see, ok” He grabbed my chin. Shit. How could I say no.
“ AWWW” I opened my mouth big to the point where my cheeks made my eyes squint.
“Well that would explain things” Riku gestured at my teeth.
“umm” I closed my mouth, now he probably thinks I am a freak.
“Hahaha” He laughed putting his hand over his mouth.
“What could be funny I have flipping FANGS!”
“Sorry your face was too funny when you closed your mouth” He said with one more chuckle. “Here have some water to wash out the blood in your mouth” He handed me a glass of water from the sink, and I washed out the blood from my mouth.
“I really am a vampire now” I looked at the floor.
“Hey, so what if your teeth grew a bit, doesn’t bother me” Riku lifted my chin up, and gave me a big smile, and I couldn’t help but smile back at him. “Are you feeling ok? You seem kinda cold and pale.”
“Ya, I am fine, I guess…” Totally and completely a lie.
“Ok well right now it is like 10pm here in France and I think we should get to sleep”
“Sounds good” and that’s what I seriously needed.
We shut off all the lights and plopped ourselves on our beds and then I heard Riku fall into a soft snore, and then I dozed off.
“THUMP THUMP THUMP” I woke up violently to my heart throbbing in my chest. It was so painful I began to feel my eyes begin to pool with tears. I wobbled to the bathroom and slammed the door. My breathing grew heavy, it was hard to even breath! I collapsed to the ground out of shear pain, was this intense pain what my parents were talking about? If so I had to drink Riku’s blood but it was so embarrassing the first time, and I don’t know how to ask Riku because the last time he was the one who asked me. Maybe I will go and rob a blood bank! How I would go about doing that I do not know but…
“Alice? Are you ok?” Riku opened the door to the bathroom.
“THUMP…THUMP” My heart beat got bigger and the length between each beat got slower. I couldn’t take it any longer! I wanted Riku’s blood running down my throat! “Riku I-I c-c-a-ant-t hold b-b-ba-ack!” I grabbed my chest as it gave larger thumps, I curled into a ball on the floor, I tried to hold back, I tried with all my might but Riku came and sat by me on the ground.
“Alice its ok! Here,” Riku picked me up and put my head by his neck. At first I closed my eyes and with all my might tried to refuse the urge to bite Riku, but my eyes slid open and I could no longer resist, I put my arms around Riku’s neck, and my new fangs pierced his neck like paper to a sharp needle. Every sip of blood made my heart beat faster and faster till it past normal and went into super speed mode. I had my eyes closed the entire time. I clenched Riku’s shirt tight in my hands. I hated this! I didn’t want to hurt my best friend, I didn’t deserve anything from him! I made a promise to myself right then and there that I would do anything for Riku even if it involved taking my life he could have it and I would utter not a word of complaint, but in return I would ask more freely to drink his blood instead of waiting till the last moment like this.
I released Riku’s shirt from my grasp and backed away into the corner of the bathroom wall. “I am so sorry” I spoke in a whisper. “I really am dreadful aren’t I”, my head was drooped down to the floor, I couldn’t bring myself to look at Riku. I didn’t care how much he was perfectly fine about me biting him, I wasn’t. “I can’t even go a few days without needing blood, I am so sorry”
“I told you Alice I really don’t care about the whole blood thing!”His voice was as soft as mine.
“But I care…” I clenched my hands into fists. “It’s…It’s really hard.” I paused to figure out how to word it. “This new me needs blood even though it is the last thing I truly want, I am forced to do it or else I go through this intense pain.” I shivered at the thought. “But I really don’t want to hurt you Riku” I saw the tear in my eye fall to the ground. Then Riku abruptly grabbed my hand and pulled me over into his chest, and wrapped his arms around me.
“Please don’t cry Alice.” His voice was soft and angelic. “The only way you could ever hurt me is if I see you cry” My dark cobalt eyes met his dazzling emerald eyes, and we stared at each other for a bit then I could feel myself blushing. Then I saw the blood on Riku’s neck dripping down to his shoulder. My heart gave a big thump.
“Can you clean that up.” I handed a soft white towel to Riku from the sink countertop.
“Does it bother you?” Riku said as he took the cloth from my hand and pushed it to the side of his neck to stop the bleeding as well as clean some of it up.
“Yes, I don’t want any more then what I need.” Riku got up and with one hand pulled me up off the floor.
Suddenly someone pounded at the room door, “We know you’re in there you blood sucking monster! We will kill you! You demon! ” A man with a deep voice yelled threw the door. I froze in fear as I heard someone in the distance say I have the key. Who the hell was this guy how the hell did he know I was a monster, why did he want to kill me!?!
“Shit, they found us.” Riku’s voice changed into a serious tone that I have never heard before. “Come on Alice we have to go!”
“What!?! Who the Hell are they?!”
“We have to go NOW Alice! No time to explain!” Riku grabbed my hand and rushed me to the window. He let go of my hand and opened the window. What the Hell was going on! Riku climbed out the window and onto the ground, (we were on the ground floor) He stuck his hand out the window towards me, “Come on Al!” I reached out grabbed his hand and threw my legs over and out the window. Now we were running to the sporty BMW. They busted in our room door and barged in ,I could hear them saying “shit she went out the window.”
“Get in the car Al.” Riku’s voice was demanding but I wasn’t ganna argue with it. We both hoped into the BMW and slammed the doors. Riku put the car in gear and we screeched down the small street, swerving at every curve. I glanced at the speedometer, we were going 110 mph! Holy shit!
“Where are we going?”
“Toulouse” Riku’s voice was stern.
The car was silent. 10 minutes passed until the car began to slow down to a steady 65mph.
“They call themselves “The Hunters”.”
“The men that were just trying to kill you, “Hunters”. They are like the Ku Klux Klan just vampires instead of black people. Their goal is to kill every single vampire that exists.”
“So vampire hunters do exist.”
“ How did you come to know all about this?”
“ I was one of them.” My eyes widened “ My parents were part of it and got me to start training when I was 5. I never did like it, but I didn’t want to disappoint my parents. When I was 14 my parents were murdered. They had brought up the idea that we should maybe try to coexist with vampires, the organization didn’t like that and killed them.” I saw Riku clench the steering wheel even tighter. “I saw it as my chance to get out of the organization, but you see no one just lets you resign, once you are in, you are in for life. I gathered all my valuables and any money I could find. My parents gave me a credit card for my birthday that year so I withdrew it all the money in the bank, if I were to use the card I would have been easily caught. At the time of my parents deaths we had been living in Paris, I caught a flight out to Washington to get away and start my new life. I found your little town and thought it was a perfect place for me to hide. I got my own apartment, and started school. Remember the first day I met you?”
“Ya, after school some of the girls were picking on me and one was about to hit me but you grabbed her hand before she could hit me. Then you said “Now why would you want to hit such a pretty girl” and they ran away their tails between their legs.”
“Well on that day when I got home your parents were in my living room. They were beautiful people, your mother had the same brunette hair as yours and your father had the same cobalt eyes. I knew the second I saw them that they were vampires. They told me all about you and what had happened. They even told me that they were good friends with my parents. They asked me to watch over you and if I didn’t they under stood, of course I said I would.
“It wasn’t until about a week ago that I noticed some people from the organization had come to town for scouting probably, but as a precaution I thought that we should get out of town so that’s when I hinted to Paul and Sam about a trip somewhere. I would have never guessed that The Hunters would have found us here but they did and now we need to go and find out as much as we can about you and your parents.”
After about 3 days of driving through France we finally made it Toulouse. It was beautiful, flowers bloomed in pots on the sides of buildings, and the delicious smell of fresh bread lingered in the air. Many buildings were very old and where made of stone. One building stood out amongst the rest, a chapel. It stood high in the sky, statues of angels surrounded it and a cross sat at the top of the chapel. Somehow the chapel drew me toward it.
“Riku we should go there.”
“I was thinking we should check house records to see if we can find if any Pepin’s lived here.”
“No we should really go to the chapel first, something tel-” That’s when I saw it on the door of the chapel there was the same insignia as my pendent, it was to a much larger scale of course, life size actually. “Look’” I pointed to the door, “it’s the insignia!”
Riku nodded at me and we pulled over and parked next to the chapel. I walked straight for the door to get a better look. Locals threw me big smiles and waved. They seemed awfully nice to me but when they looked at Riku they gave a grim look like he did something.
When we reached the door we both analyzed it trying to see if we could figure anything out. At the bottom of the door there were some hardly eligible words
“Those who seek it shine red
Those who are victims to it shine white
The ruby knows all”
“What on earth could that mean?” I turned to look at Riku, he was staring intently at the words.
“Come over here Al.” Riku got up and stood in the sun, I followed along. “May I see the pendent?”
“Sure, don’t need to ask”
“Umm, can you get it,”Riku turned his head to the right and pointed at my chest, he was all embarrassed. I realized that the pendent was smack in the middle of my boobs, I gave a little giggle. Riku was such a gentleman.
“Here,” I grabbed the pendent and placed it in Rikus hand. He lifted it up to the sunlight.
“Just as I thought, it shines red on you and white on me, this is a vampire ruby! It shines white on humans and crimson on vampires. It is a distinct ruby that a vampire makes , it is unknown how it is formed though. It supposedly has many features but no one other then vampires knows about them.”
“Sucks that I am the only vamp that doesn’t have a clue what it can do” We both laughed.
Suddenly from inside the chapel a man in a preacher outfit who looked about 45 years old came walking out towards me,
“Alice? Alice Pepin? Is that you?!” The man had a heavy French accent.
I jutted my head to look at the man, I had no idea who he was or why he knew who he was.
“It is you!” The man came and gave me a huge hug and a kiss on the cheek. I stood frozen and tense.
“Um who are you?” I asked
“You don’t remember me? Well then again it has been 14 years since I’ve last seen you and you were only 2 years old.”He gave a little chuckle “I am Adam Smith” It was the least French sounding name I ever heard, then again he did look American. “ How’s Mama and Papa? Come and have a seat in the chapel,” he but his arm around my shoulder and started to walk me toward the chapel. I realized he was purposely ignoring Riku.
“Um Riku?!” I stopped my feet and looked back at him, his hand was still in the same position when he was holding my pendent. He dropped his hand and looked at me.
“He is not welcome here.” Adam said grimly.
“Well then I am sorry I can’t come with you then.” I pulled my shoulder from under his arm and walked toward Riku.
“Do you even know what he is? I thought your Mama and Papa would have taught you better.”
“What do you mean “what he is” ” I gave the man stink eye.
“What do I mean?! He is a vampire hunter! His kind is the reason you and all the other vampires in this town had to leave! This entire town knew the second he stepped foot out of that car that he was one of them!” I gave one big blink. How on earth did he know about vampire hunters?! Was he a vampire?
“Riku was a vampire hunter but he escaped. His parents were good friends with mine! And he is a great friend of mine!”
“Are you sure he isn’t ticking you!” Adam starred at Riku.
“I am sure.” I looked at Riku with a smile.
Adam gave what sounded like a grunt and then went on to saying “ Fine, come in, but don’t try anything funny.”
We walked inside the remarkable chapel. It was painted from top to bottom with beautiful paintings of angels.We walked to a small room on the side of the front door. It was like a little office and it had 3 chairs and we all took a seat.
“So how’s Mama and Papa?”
“I haven’t seen them in 14 years, I was hoping you could tell me about them.”
“What!? Who have you been with?”
“ A couple, Samantha and Paul. They raised me from the age of 2. My mother and father left me with them.”
“Those bastards must have really been hot on their tails!”
“Who is chasing them?”
“The Hunters” Adam said with no expression but looked at Riku.
“I see. Do you have any idea where they could be?”
“If I did I am sure they would know by now but sadly no. That was why I was so happy to see you. Its been so long since the night you and your parents left. This entire town has been a place where vampires and humans have coexisted. But the night you left about 20 Hunters came and raided the town luckily all the other vampires were out of town the night before. Ever since then we haven’t seen a vampire.” Adam looked like he was thinking of the past.
“Well you’re looking at one.” I said trying to break the weird silence that was happening.
“Really?” He seemed almost excited, “When did you mature?”
Mature was an odd way to go about it but I went along with it “Exactly a week ago”
“Explains the teeth” I like the fact that he said teeth not fangs.
“Do you know anything about what is happening to your body?”
“Well I can barely remember anything but I do know that when a vampire first changes and bites a human a few days later your biting teeth come in. But not to worry once you become more experienced you learn how to control your teeth and they can go back to normal. Which reminds me who have you been…” Adam glanced at Riku, “Him! You have been biting him!” He obviously saw the marks on his neck.
“Yes she has.” Riku said
“ A Hunter of all people! Are you asking for a death wish Alice?!”
“Can we please change the subject?” I really didn’t want to talk about this. “ What do you know about this?” I held up my pendent.
“ It is a vampire ruby, that one is your mothers, and the one on Riku is your fathers. Each has a different ability depending on its creator, the only one who can use it is the creator, so to anyone else it is just a stone. Each comes in different shapes and sizes, but all have the vampire insignia.”
“Do you know how to make one?” I asked wanting more detail.
“Yes I do, but I will only tell you if you are alone” He said glaring at Riku.
“Fine” Riku got up and headed for the door.
“It’s ok if he wants you to know and not me I understand” The door closed shut.
“ The way you make a vampire ruby is by changing the person you want to spend eternity with, into a vampire. Your mother did that with your father, they were college sweethearts, your mother had been biting your father for 5 years after she first accidently bite him in college. He didn’t care that she was a vampire. When your mother and father were 26, your father proposed to your mother. At first she said no because she knew that she wouldn’t grow old and that she would live to see her husband die, and she didn’t think that she could go on after that. So she asked your father if he wanted to become a vampire. He said that there was nothing in this world that he wouldn’t do to spend eternity with your mother. Upon changing him a vampire ruby was made.”
“How do you change a human to a vampire?” I didn’t know what overcame me but I really wanted to know the answer.
“You give them your blood. But don’t you go and give your blood to just any one because once you give your blood age slows down to a screeching halt and you will stay the age you look forever.”
“Forever.” I repeated
“As a vampire without giving your blood away you will age like a human until your mid 20s, that is when 1000 years becomes 1 year to a vampire. That is why all vampire look young and stay young.” I took a large gulp I don’t think I could make ageing stop for anyone.
“ Riku you can come in.” Adam said, almost like he regretted it.
“We should go and find a hotel to sleep in for the night because it’s getting late, Riku”
“Nonsense don’t you want to stay in your own house Alice?”
“My own house ?”
“Yes, I have been keeping it clean for the past 14 years just in case you or your Mama and Papa showed up. Just go up the street from here and it’s the first house on your right, here is the keys.”
Adam handed me a silver key, and waved good bye. We drove up a swerve road that felt like it went on forever until we saw a clearing in the trees that surrounded the road. We drove up to the clearing to find a miraculous mansion that sat on a hill. It was stunning, it w
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIA :D
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That's really good!!
thank you ^_^ ima going to post your story ok ^_^
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THIA :D