Chapter 1: I care
Liaam Bascov's POV
I knocked on the door and it was answered by my best friend, Luna."
She slightly smiled as I entered the building.
"Svetlana called, she's on her way."
"She said she knows who killed your brother."
A deep pain stabbed at my heart. I've been trying to figure out who killed Alexander.
Ever since I've heard about it, I've been on a dark rampage in search for information.
I've tortured vampires and any humans that might have known something about it but no one has told me anything so far.
I was so good at being a vampire slayer…but I was slaying humans too now.
I was becoming a monster and I was supposed to be the one slaying them.
I took my scarf from around my neck and walked through the halls of the building.
I sat at my desk that was in the main room.
Me and a few hunters, had started a society where we will destroy the abomination that is the vampires.
These hunters were just amateurs.
But I was born to be a slayer.
I lifted my sleeve and stared at the 'S' that was branded into my skin at birth.
I stared down at it and traced it with my finger and then looked up.
Svetlana was now walking toward me.
Her freakishly turning up anywhere didn't scare me like it use to. Now I see her as a big sister, even if my brother is dead.
She stopped in front of me. "You've got my message." She said.
I've always resisted killing her.
I only wanted to because of my natural slayer instincts.
But I somehow leaned to control myself although people told me it was impossible.
"Yes. You know who killed Alex?"
"A very, very close friend to me."
"You're not going to kill him, Liaam."
"He killed my brother. What do you mean?"
She sighed and tapped her freshly manicured fingertips on my desk in front of me.
"I'll take care of it, Liaam."
"You're going to kill them?"
"I should just kill his little bitch. She's the reason Alex is dead."
"Name." I said forcefully.
Svetlana raised her eyebrow.
"Listen to you getting ready for battle. I thought you were only a vampire slayer."
As she said the words, I clenched my fist together and squeezed my eyes shut.
I can feel the adrenaline pumping through my blood.
I could feel my whole body going hot with madness.
I had to stop myself from pulling out my drawer, grabbing the stake and hurting her.
Svetlana looked down at my clenched fist and raised her eyebrow.
She leaned over so we were face to face. Then she moved closer so her lips were now at my ear.
"Try to stake me, and I'll rip your fucking heart out." She purred and that left a chill in my body.
I swallowed and my hand voluntarily opened the drawer and the second I reached for it, Svetlana slammed the drawer closed while my hand was still in it.
I gasped and this intense pain shot up through my hand.
I sobbed out and looked up at her.
She had a blank expression on her face. "You're lucky I like you. Next time, I won't be this nice." She purred again.
She let go of the drawer handle and turned without another word.
She walked out and I released my hand.
It had pale red cut marks going through the wrist and I rubbed it.
"Luna!" I called.
Luna was my second in command.
She hurried by my side letting her blonde hair fall over her shoulders.
I normally called her when I was in need but I don't think I needed her.
She hurried to my side and I shook my head. "Nevermind." I said.
I got from my seat and made my way to the kitchen.
I grabbed a dingy rag and filled it with ice to put against my wrist.
I had plans to find out everyone Svetlana is in contact with and to find out who killed my brother.
Christian's fingertips ran over the book of 'Shape shifters' I got from Alton.
He looked at me questioningly.
I shrugged. "I got it from Alton. I was interested." I said.
Christian grabbed the book and opened it.
He laid back in bed and flipped through the pages.
I covered my naked body with the covers and watched him.
"You ever seen a shape shifter?" I asked.
He nodded. "Yes."
"What are they exactly?" I asked.
"They've evolved so they're hardly called 'Shape shifters' anymore."
"What are they called?"
"Skinwalkers. That's a whole other thing. A little more dangerous than vampires."
"What do they do?"
Christian looked at me. "The name says it all."
"Skinwalkers." I said testing the name. "They walk through skin?"
Christian shrugged. "Sort of. Before, Shapeshifters can change into only animals but as more appeared and some were able to turn into other people, they've evolved and have the ability to only become people so they're not technically shape shifters anymore."
"They're blood taste the same?"
He shrugged. "I wouldn't know." He seemed distracted.
"What's wrong?" I asked.
He looked to me and slowly shook his head. "You're about to be mad again."
"Please don't tell me you have to leave again, Christian. I won't be able to take it anymore."
He shook his head. "No. It's not that."
"Then there's possibly nothing else that can make me mad unless you decided you don't want me anymore."
Christian's eyebrows furrowed.
"Don't act like its not possible."
"It doesn't seem that way." He said.
"I love you for numerous reasons….which is why," He uncovered himself and got up.
He has the perfect body. I like the way his muscles move.
He's so damn good looking.
He grabbed his pants from off the floor.
Yeah, all of our clothes were all over the floor and we did some more damage for another three hours.
Christian reached in and grabbed something and then took his hand out and now had a little black box in his hand.
At the sight of it, my heart picked up.
I knew Christian could hear it because he smiled as he turned to me.
Don't cry, Leena. Don't cry.
My eyes watered as he neared me.
Christian got back on the bed with me and used the back of his index finger to wipe the teas that came down.
"Shh. Don't cry." He whispered and then opened the box.
Yeah, the glittering of the diamond didn't help me out.
I burst into tears and Christian just watched me while smirking the whole time.
I wiped my eyes and sniffed as Christian slowly took the diamond out. "This is the most human thing I've ever done in a very long time." He said.
I looked into his eyes and he smiled at me. "I thought my life was over when I became a vampire but…..you showed me differently, Leena." He whispered.
He grabbed my left hand and looked into my eyes.
I giggled and sniffed. "My middle name is Renee." I said.
Christian nodded. "Leena Renee Phillips…will you do me the honor of being my wife?" He asked.
I didn't hesitate. I just nodded. My voice would be way too high to answer.
He smiled as he slid the diamond ring onto my finger and then kissed it.
I stared down at the ring.
It had two bands of tiny diamonds on it and in the very front, there was a tear drop diamond in the middle. It was so beautiful. I couldn't take my eyes off of it.
Why did he think I'd be mad about this?
Christian's smile disappeared. "You don't want to know how many carats that ring has. Lets leave it at that."
"I'm sure I don't. But I love it." I looked to him.
He sat back and looked at me in fascination.
"I love you."
"I love you." He muttered.
"I don't want a big wedding. I don't even think anybody would come. I don't have that many friends. Kindle is Anti vampire and so is my brother."
"I know a lot of people but the only person I can call friend at this moment would be Remy."
I nodded. Yeah, and then there's Aiden.
"Who won't be there."
I looked at him. "Why? He wouldn't be hurting anyone."
"It'd be hurting me, by standing there, and not smashing his face on the floor."
"Why do you hate him?"
"I don't trust him. Especially not around you yet I'm sure he comes here during the day."
"And if he does?" I asked.
Christian looked to me. "Does he?"
I shrugged. "Sometimes. He has nowhere to go. You know how I am. I let him come here, eat, talk, then leave."
"He's about to get in the last stage of his transitioning and when that happens, you have to stay away from him, Leena. He's going to start getting angry quicker. Everything and anything will start to set him off."
"Why do you know so much about supernaturals?" I asked.
Christian shrugged. "After being in that 'frenzied' state of mind with Alison a century ago, I studied other creatures. I started with vampires and then started with other creatures. I've studied Alton's books for a century. It was quite interesting."
"Wait, you studied his books for a century. Isn't he human?"
"Not fully." Christian answered.
"What do you mean?"
"He's a Halfling."
"What's that?" I asked.
"Half something, half something else. He's half human, half vampire. Halflings are weaker than vampires but stronger than humans. They live for a certain amount of time but they won't live for eternity like me."
"Wait, I thought humans can't get pregnant by vampires."
"They can't. It's reversed."
"Female humans cannot get pregnant by vampires because although vampires ejaculate, we ejaculate dead sperm that can't fertilize the female eggs. However, if you have a female vampire and human male who has live sperm, half the time, It can still fertilize the egg and…I guess you can say, the live sperm…gets things going again, if you know what I mean."
"So vampires can get pregnant?"
"It may sound ridiculous but it's the truth. Alton is the only half breed I know."
"Remy told me the only other thing out there is the shape- skin walkers."
"Maybe Remy didn't want to tell Alton's secret or doesn't know because he's never smelled a half breed before."
"Is there anything else out there I should be aware of?" I asked.
Christian shook his head. "Not that I know of, I mean I know a lot but nothing worth really looking into."
"Okay. That actually sounds good to hear. I mean…you're not going to tell me Harry Potter exist now are you?"
Christian chuckled. "God, I hope not."
"Okay, good." I laid down and Christian laid beside me.
He looked at me and then looked back to the ceiling. I wish I knew what he was thinking about.
He looked at me again. "Why?"
"You always have these moments where you're quiet but I know you want to say something."
"You wanted a child?" He asked.
He smiled. "I could see you being a mother."
"Not anymore. I won't be able to unless I become a vampire and you find the cure, take it, become human and seduce me."
Christian raised his eyebrow. "That's a lot, first of all. And second….I'm starting to think that finding the cure is impossible. And whose to say I'll still be in good state if I took it? I'm a hundred and sixty two. Whose to say when I take the cure, I won't be an old man ready to die? You won't love me."
"I love you no matter what you look like, Christian."
He shook his head. "You can be honest with me, Leena."
He gave me a look. "So you see how I look now."
I nodded. He looked sexy as always.
He chuckled. "Imagine me, one hundred forty one years later."
I tried to imagine and I couldn't. Maybe because I didn't want to.
"So if I was ugly, you wouldn't want me is what you're trying to say." I said.
"You make it sound fucked up. What drew you to me that night we first met each other in 'Bloodlust'?" He asked.
That dark sexy look in his eyes.
His looks drew me in.
"But that's how it is with everyone. A lot of people say its not about the looks but the fact of the matter is, something in appearance had to have drawn you in."
"Yeah, I think that's true. What drew you into me?"
"Your eyes at first." He said and looked me in my eye.
He moved closer to me. "Then, it was how innocent you looked. Your hair." He took a few strands between his fingers. And then his fingers trailed against my skin, wakening the yearning inside of me.
"Then it was your blood. Your skin. That short dress that you wore, that showed off your legs."
I was suddenly under him and he grabbed my leg and hitched it over his waist.
"Then," He whispered. "Your lips." He leaned down and kissed me.
His tongue slid into my mouth and dominated mine.
And he fought with mine until I was moaning and out of breath.
He pulled back a little.
"And then….your taste."
He leaned down and his tongue caressed my neck and I moaned and parted my lips and shut my eyes.
"And the way you taste," he slowly slid down. "Down here." He whispered as he slid down all the way until he was right at my favorite part.
I was right in heaven with my fiancée.
After Christian went to his new home, which he said he'd show me tonight after sundown, I went to sleep. And it was at least three in the afternoon when I woke back up.
I haven't gotten a call from Nick or from Kindle.
I was kind of worried but maybe they were just pissed.
As I was making lunch, I stopped for a second and looked down at the ring on my finger.
A sudden smile appeared on my face.
Did this seem too soon or just right?
I think it was just right. I didn't want to lose Christian ever again.
And if I did, I'd go to the fucking center of the earth to get him back again.
Someone knocked on back door and I got up from the couch to go see who it was. Why didn't they just use the front door?
I opened the door and it was Aiden.
He smiled. "Hey, can I come in?" He asked.
I nodded and stepped to the side.
He walked in dressed in a dingy white shirt and ripped blue jeans. No shoes.
"I can't afford them, alright? The ones I had before are completely destroyed."
I stared at him. "I can-"
He shook his head. "No you can't."
I already was going for my keys and my shoes by the door.
"I don't want another word."
I grabbed my purse and flung it over my shoulder. "Let's go."
"I wish you would stop doing this."
"What, showing compassion and care for you?"
I rolled my eyes and opened the door for us to go outside.
Aiden followed me out and shut the door behind him.
"I have to find some way to pay you back. This shit is too much."
"Nick doesn't let me care about him. Kindle even less. Christian takes care of himself so why not take care of my friend?" I asked.
He raised his eyebrow. "Are we friends?"
I shrugged as I opened my car door. "Seems that way."
I got in and unlocked his door and he slipped in.
His clothes didn't look right exactly but he smelled….good.
"This is the last thing you do for me." He said.
"I nodded, "I promise."
We drove over to closest shoe store.
I asked him what his size was and he told me what it was and I bought him some black shoes. Boots more like since he's been spending more time in the woods lately. Afterwards, we went to get some lunch.
He was more alert than he normally is.
"You okay?" I asked.
I touched his hand but he was burning up.
I snatched my hand away but not before he got a glimpse of the ring.
His eyebrows raised. "Wow…."
I covered my ring with my hand and blushed in embarrassment.
"Why didn't you tell me?"
"Didn't think you'd care."
"Sure I do, we're friends…right?"
I kept my eyes on him and uncovered the ring.
I could see a slight frown of disappointment on his face and I suddenly wondered why it was there.
"Why do you look so…upset?"
"I'm not upset." He said forcefully.
"Yeah you are. I can see it."
He glared at me. "I'm not, though. Leave it alone."
I looked down at my food and then back to him. "Ready to leave?"
"Yeah, I would like to get the fuck outta here."
He moved his plate forcefully onto my side and made it crash into mine.
He got up and quickly left out of the restaurant.
Now what the hell was that about?
A couple people in the restaurant looked at me and I just smiled it off.
I laid two ten dollar bills on the table and stood up with my purse in my hand.
I quickly got out to the car and Aiden was already in the car.
I got in and slammed the door shut. "Why are you mad?"
He shook his head. "Fuck it. Let's not talk about it."
"Is it about me getting married?"
"You haven't even known the bastard long."
"What does it matter to you who I'm with?"
Aiden looked at me and gave me a murderous glare that sent my heart racing.
"Or you can just leave if its going to cause you to have a fucking cow over nothing."
Aiden stopped glaring and a small smile appeared on his face. "Cow?"
I rolled my eyes and sat back. "Are you pregnant because you're starting to have ridiculous mood swings."
"It's part of the process. It's not my fault."
"Well tell your process that you're about to lose a friend if it happens again."
Aiden laid his head back. "You sure you want that, though? Not too soon?"
"I don't think so. I want to marry him."
"Just stop." I said.
Aiden sighed. "Fine."
I drove us back to my house where it was now six.
I saw Nick's car in the drive way and relief fled through me as I saw it.
"Yeah." I nodded and got out of the car.
Aiden slowly followed behind me.
I unlocked the door and Nick just came down the stairs as I opened it.
"Nick," I smiled at him but he didn't smile back.
"Where's Kindle?" He asked.
My smile disappeared. "Nice to see you too." I said as I shut the door.
"I can't find her."
"We'll look for her but aren't you even the slightest bit glad to see me?"
"You don't have to like Christian. But let me know that you at least still love me."
Nick rolled his eyes. "Of course I still do." He got down to the last step and he hugged me. I hugged him back hard.
"Aww, brother and sister moment." Aiden said.
We both ignored his mushy stupidity.
"I'm sorry for being a jackass." He said.
"I'm use to it, its okay."
Aiden watched us and smiled.
"How long has she been missing?"
"A day. She's not answering her phone."
I shrugged. "I'm sure she's fine."
Nick shrugged. "Probably. I really just want to get my mind off of it."
"I think the game is on." Aiden said.
Nick smiled. "Oh hell yeah, turn that shit on. I'll go get some snacks."
He walked into the kitchen and I put my purse down and followed him into the kitchen.
He opened the fridge and brought out a 2 liter bottle of Pepsi.
I watched him closely.
He noticed me and then closed the fridge. "Why couldn't you be with him out there? I trust him more."
"Because he's just my friend and that's the way it will stay. Plus, I have this." I held my hand out to show him the ring and he hesitantly walked over and studied it.
"Jesus, I guess he wants you to have the best."
"Still though, I think the guy out there suits you better."
"Shh…he can hear you." I said.
"Oh yeah," Nick chuckled. "He's a werewolf." Nick mocked.
I decided not to say anything. He doesn't believe in it and there was no point in making him believe.
"Yeah, I think I was high when I said that. Sorry."
Nick shrugged. " S'okay."
"Come on." We both went into the living room and I sat next to Nick while Aiden sat on the floor.
"You're stupid." I said to Nick.
"You went in there to get snacks and all you have is a huge pop."
Nick looked down at the pop and sighed. "Hey, dad was the same way, I get it from him."
I rolled my eyes and giggled. "Don't forget our mom was blonde."
Nick chuckled and disappeared into the kitchen.
I sat back against the couch and relaxed.
"I heard the both of you in there." Aiden said.
I blushed and cleared my throat.
He slightly turned and his blue eyes looked to me. "I kinda agree with him about me suiting you better."
I swallowed and tried to smile it off. "You don't even like me in that way."
I just stared down at him and tried to get my head together.
Nick appeared back with pop and a big bag of salt and vinegar chips and smiled at me but then frowned when he saw the look on my face.
"You okay, Lee?"