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My beloved vampire [chapter 1]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , , , , , , on 17/03/2017 by Soul Reaper

 

 

Chapter 1

 

The rain was falling hard. I heard it as if it was far away. Maybe because I was lying half-dead somewhere in the woods not far from my parent’s home. I was lying on my face on the wet ground. Among the mud. I felt the smell of dust. Grass. Of blood. And now…of death. My death. My empty eyes went black. My body was cold and I no longer felt the pain. I do not think sorry how I would die. Anyway, my life was not a fairy tale. I was the youngest in the family. I was not smart like my old brother Lucas. Neither was I a beauty like my sister Elizabeth. For my parents I was a nothing. I was pretty sure they would not miss me. They already were unaware of my existence.

My heart slowed its beating. I knew it. Despite everything I had and my regrets. I could not say that I have lived fully. I have never been in love. I have never been loved. Even by my own relatives. As a child, I learned to live like a shadow. I watched others happiness. For myself I was getting only contempt and cold attitude. I never received a warm hug or a smile. I even remember how my brother and sister pretended not to know me. Waving me away as if I was a stray dog. Little by little, I started to feel hatred and contempt for them. I hated that I am part of this family. Come to think… This filthy blood will flow out of my veins…

Probably you wonder how I found myself in this situation. I will explain. After all this was nothing fun. After another dinner at home, I felt mentally exhausted. After I left the room, I heard that they all rejoiced. I felt damn bad. Therefore, I decided to go to clear my mind.

My black cloak enveloped me in a warm hug. It merged me with the darkness. The air was cold and smelled of rain. Soon there would be a storm. That did not stop me. I moved quickly. I do not carry a lantern. I walked away pretty fast. I was careful not to stumble into a fallen branch. I stopped to rest a bit. It was quiet around me. Really quiet. Even the crickets were silent. My stomach knotted. Sudden alarm tightened my chest. I turned and then the unthinkable happened. The arrow came from the darkness. It shocked me and took me almost a minute to realize that the blade sank into my chest. My eyes filled with tears. I choked and fell to the ground. The blade sank deeper. I tried to crawl, but the pain was indescribable. I was lying on my face when the first raindrops began falling. The ground beneath my body was already wet with my blood. With my tears as well. I was dying alone like a dog. And I do not even know why. From where the arrow came? Hunters? No. They would not have gone to the rising storm.

My consciousness came and goes few times. My body grew colder because of blood loss and the rain. Then I thought I heard footsteps. I could not see anything, but I could still hear. Someone was talking, but I could not hear clearly. As I said – I was not myself. I was dying. Then the world around me just disappeared. I was not sure if I am still alive or not.

 

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I was very surprised when I woke up. My body ached and felt weak. Light coming through the window pierced my eyes and made me groan. I blinked and very slowly turned my head. I realized that I was lying in bed. Nothing special, but it felt more comfortable than home. There everything was alien to me. Probably it sounds strange, but it is a fact.

I could not move. I was only able to stare at the ceiling. My chest ached. I remembered what happened. From my eyes flowed with tears. Not sobbed. Just let the tears flow freely. For quite some time I was not crying. From a child I learned that there is no point of tears. I did not move when I heard the door open. But my heart was beating as if it wanted to fly off my chest.

I swallowed hard. I sighed. Then shadow caught my attention. At the end of the room stood a woman who I had not seen before. She was tall and very beautiful. She had long black hair and sea-blue eyes. If you looks carefully enough you will see that she was not so young. She was dressed elegantly. She watched me calmly. Her face did not show emotions. My throat was dry. I could not speak.

-You were lying near the estate of Charles Cunningham. Do you have anything to do with this family?

I opened my mouth to answer, but my mouth went unintelligible sounds. She went to a small table at the end of the room and poured me a glass of water. She helped me to drink. Then repeated the question. I took a breath and slowly explained to her that I was Florencia Cunningham and I am the daughter of Charles… unfortunately. The last part I did not spoke aloud, but my voice betrayed my emotions. I told her that I just went out to get some air. The rest was clear.

There was something that impressed me. She apparently did not like my father.

-How long was I unconscious? – I whispered softly.

-A few days.

My eyes widened in shock. I asked if she knew something, whether they were looking for me. She answered “no.” She did not know if they search for me. Not that I was surprised, but it was still painful. I clenched my hands into fists. I fought the urge to scream. I took a breath and exhale. Nervous laughter left my mouth. My tears betrayed me.

-Damn… Why am I not surprised?

-What do you mean? – The woman asked. – You are his daughter. Soon they will search for you.

-No, they will not. They do not care, even if I disappeared. This place has never been home for me. I share the same blood with these people and nothing more. I do not even know why they hate me.

I looked up and looked at her. I am sure my face was emblazoned pain. The words that I spoke then surprised even me.

-You should not rescue me. You just had to leave me there to die like a dog. For them I am nothing more than a hindrance.

-You speak serious things, girl.

-They are all true. They might be frustrated if I go back. When can I leave?

-You are not prisoner. Go when you can walk.

That was the last thing she said before leaving the room. She left me alone.

 

-*-

 

The woman was right. Nobody stopped me when I decided to leave. I could still feel the pain in my chest, but at least I could walk. I received only guidance on how to find a way home. I went out from that house early in the morning. Before sunrise. People from this home urged me to do it like that. Not that I object. I do not hurry to go home. There was no one who was waiting for me.

I did not travel on major roadways. There was risk to be attacked by someone was much larger. However, unlike my last walk, this time I was much more careful. Of course, I stopped several times to rest. I had only a little water in itself. I was hungry but I had neither money nor food. Damn it! My stomach has churned much vigor. I had to stop to catch my breath.

Then someone tapped me on the shoulder and I jumped in fright. It turned out that behind me was an elderly woman. She looked poor, but she was not dirty or anything. She smiled at me. My heart was pounding hard. I was sweating. However, I smiled in response. She invited me to rest in her home. I accepted and I did not even know the woman. She lived in a small house. It was really poor, but her house was more comfortable than the one in which I lived. She poured me a little stew and gave me a piece of bread. It was not anything special, but I was ready to accept everything. I was very grateful to her. Then I told her what happened to me. She looked surprised, but only briefly. Then she introduced herself. Her name was Glenda. She did not tell me her family name, but I did not ask. I felt tired and she offered me to rest. I accepted.

I was tired when I went to the little uncomfortable bed. She covered me with a blanket and I sank into slumber. I felt everything around me go in the darkness. At least for a while. Then the darkness was broken by the quiet whisper. Obviously, the older woman was talking to someone. I turned and then pain shot through my chest. My eyes opened wide and I could not catch my breath. My eyes blurred with tears and my hands clutched to my chest. I felt like someone again stuck an arrow in my chest.

Glenda tried to reassure me, but the pain made my body tumbles into bed. I heard how she screams to someone.

-Eric, does not stay there. Come and help me.

-Why are you doing this, Witch? – The voice was deep.

I heard it for a moment, but that voice was like silk. If these few words calmed the pain. I knew it was strange, but it was true. My body stopped shaking and the pain disappeared. I could breathe again. I managed to get up.

-It is better if you do not get up.

-I am feeling better now, ma’am. Thank you for your help. – A slight smile appeared on my face, but did not get to my eyes.

-It is looks like the arrow with which you were injured was smeared with something.

-I think it was not for me. – I whispered.

Then I remembered something. I could not believe it. The woman saw the confused expression on my face and put her hand on my shoulder.

-What do you mean, Flo?

-Before those people to find me… Someone else approached me.

-Really?

-I did not saw who was it, but I heard what he said.

I took a deep breath for a moment, and then I quoted the words of that man.

“Damn! She is human!”That is what he said.

In the woman’s eyes flashed something I could not describe. She got up and went to the other room, which obviously was a man whose name was Eric. They were talking about something and they did not even notice me. At least I thought so until the blue-green eyes of the man not dug into me. My breath stopped. She was so damn beautiful. He looked like someone… That woman. But not only that. He had traits of a man whom I knew well. My father. Impossible. Even I did not… The breath caught in my throat. Tears ran down on my face. I do not look like any of my parents. I have seen pictures of my family members, but we do not look-alike.

The sudden realization prevented me from noticing what was going on around me. I realized it when Glenda shouted:

-Eric, don’t!

But before I could react, he was cornered me against the wall. His eyes were burning in inhumane color. As if there was lightning. His lips protruded two long sharp teeth. He was sniffing my neck. That was not true. He is not a human… I was trembling, but he did not hurt me. Suddenly he growled something in a language I did not understand. A single word: “Mea” (from the Latin. “Mine”). This prompted the woman to pale. I was confused.

-What…?

Eric moved his lips to my ear and whispered: mine. My heart was pounding. I did not understand anything, but for some reason I was excited. For the first time someone acting like that with me. And although he still held me, he definitely not hurt me. Even the fact that in front of me does not stand a human slipped out of my mind.

-Don’t do it, Eric. She is not from our world. You cannot force her. This will put her in danger. You know it.

-Shut up!

-That is why your mother does not let you near the room in which she was healed.

So it is true! That woman is his mother. But how? She does not seem so old. Sensing my thoughts, Eric looked at me in the eyes. His serious expression softened. He pulled me to his hard chest. I did not resisted not because he was obviously stronger, but because something in him already had captured my soul and my heart. I did not know him, but I could not imagine a life without him in it. And that is what scared me to death.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Master of the Shadows [chapter 1]

Posted in *Book* with tags , , , , on 20/06/2013 by Soul Reaper

 

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Chapter 1

My heart was pounding like crazy. I couldn’t say anything. Why? Well, the reason is very simple, so to speak. My brother Jim had brought home a colleague and friend of his named Katsuragi Ren. His first name is Ren. My brother traveled and now worked in a company in Tokyo. But right now he had some work in our town so they came here. They would stay at home. I was very confused because Ren was incredibly beautiful and smart. But I was a most ordinary girl.  Moreover, friends of my sister Lia were here constantly. Stick around and flirting with him. This annoyed me.  However, I did not say anything.

It was early morning when I woke up. I was half asleep when I was going down below. I took a glass of juice from the fridge and went out on the porch. I did not notice that I am not alone. When I saw Ren, I immediately went to the door, but he saw me and stopped me.

-Hi, Risa! You’re up early, huh?

-Well, yeah… I suppose. How about you?

-“You”? – He laughed. – Why do you talk to me so formally? You make me feel old.

-I’m sorry. Probably because I am half asleep.

He came up and dried the sweat from his neck. Then took the glass from my hand and drank the juice. I was certainly blushed. He stared at me the whole time. Then he handed me a glass.

-It’s not necessary. I’ll get another one. But first I’ll get dressed.

-Why? You look nice now.

He definitely annoyed me. Constantly made me blush. I think that’s he like to do it, but Lia was annoyed. Because of that, she humiliated me at dinned with dad’s friends, which were some of the Jim’s friends too. She was happy when she flooded me with red wine and tell anyone how my classmates mocked at me in school. People laughed, and I was shaking with anger. I got up from the table and ran. Not in my room, but outside. I was hoping that the cold air will comfort me. I hated her. I really hated her. I ran like crazy. It was cold and I was in a thin white dress with large red spot. I could not stop crying. I went to the park where played as a child. I hid under the jungle gym. I was shaking and I could not calm down.

I do not know how long I stood there. Minutes or hours… I did not feel anything. My body was numb with cold. At least I did not cry  anymore. I was curled up and lying on the ground. Then someone grabbed me and pulled me out of there. I could not believe it, but it was Ren. Why him of all people?

-Look at you… You’re freezing.

He took off his jacket and enveloped me with it. It was so warm and cozy… He held me close to him to warm me up. We remained stationary for several minutes. I could not figure him out. I raised my head and looked at him.

-Why are you here? Don’t you think you have better things to do?

-And what could it be? Because I do not think there’s anything more important that the health of a beautiful girl like you.

-Beautiful? Me? Do you compliment at me, Mr. Katsuragi?

-And why not?

-You better stay away from me. I do not want problems.

He lifted me slightly to see my face. So far I had not seen him so serious. It seems my words offended him or something. Only that I could not move a millimeter and because he held me tight.

-What kind of problems are you talking about?

-Did you not notice? My sister has a crush on you, and every time when you pay attention to me, she tormented me. Just like tonight. May as thinking… She did not make it just with you. She did it with anyone who noticing me. For this…

-So-so… Well, that’s for me to decide, not her. I’m not into such women.

But he did not know that it was not up to him. I know my sister and when she decided something, she did not stop at nothing. She definitely scares me. And she is one year older than me. I am the youngest in the family. That’s why I had not much freedom.  This time I was able to stand alone.

-Don’t you understand? Jimmy probably did not tell you how hard it may be to deal with Lia. If you do not want to mess with her, you better go somewhere else.

-You want me to get out?

-That’s your problem. I have nothing against you, but…

Suddenly my skin crawl. It was not cold. When I turned around I saw Lia. Her eyes gleamed like a predator. I did not like it. I was stiffly from her looks.

-Here you are, Ren… – She smiled as she kept looking at me. – How stupid, Risa. To drive a man to stand this cold without a jacket.

-I…

-I gave it to her.

-You should not do that. But she is such an idiot that runs away without even taking a jacket. You want compassion, don’t you, Risa?

-No…

Lia grabbed Ren’s arm and stuck tightly to it. I felt the urge to run away just that there was nowhere to go. I do not know how it happened. I do not know if it was luck or a fluke, but then from nowhere came Justin. He was my colleague at the university. Very nice guy. Girls fall for him, but they did not know that he was not interested in women. I was the only one who knew his secret. Not that we were very close, but once I came to catch him in one of the teachers. The professor was young and cute, and has always been nice to me, so I kept their secret.

-Risa?

I turned and was surprised.

-Justin? What are you doing here?

-Pass on the way home. What about you?

-I…

My eyes were eloquent. He knew how to read between the lines, and he had seen the true nature of my sister. So he came to my aid.

-Oh yeah… I was going to call you, Risa.

-Really?

-Risa? Who is this? – Lia smiled.

-My colleague from the university.

-Nice to meet you, I’m Lia. Risa’s sister.

-Hi. – Justin nodded and turned back to me. – I wanted to invite you.

-Really? Where?

-Well, you remember Kai?

-Yes.

He’s back and today we gather in my house. Alice and Maya will come too. And you’re coming, right? Come on, just not coming alone. Wow… Today I’m lucky. Come on.

-Okay.

I give it back Katsuragi’s jacket and went to Justin. He handed me his jacket and grabbed my hand. Very carefully I looked at Lia. She cast me a dirty look after my colleague ignored her. I went with him without turning. I do not dare to do it. 

 

 

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