Chapter 14: The loss of a friend
When the game ended, it was already night time and I knew that Christian would appear soon.
And I know that once he appears, Nick and Aiden will be angry.
Something tapped on the bottom of the front door.
We all looked at each other.
"Let me get it." Nick said getting up.
Me and Aiden cautiously watched the door.
Nick opened it and peeked outside.
I could hear a wheezing sound.
Nick cussed and bent down and pulled something….a person into the house. "Kindle!" He gasped.
I ran over without thinking. "Oh my god." I whispered.
"What happened?" Nick asked.
"I'll call 911." I said. I grabbed the phone from the table.
"Don't." Said a deep voice.
I looked up and Christian was leaning against the door frame.
Nick glared at him. "What do you mean?"
Christian shook his head as he stepped in the house. "It's no use. She needs to feed. That's the only thing that can help."
"WHAT?!" Nick's voice boomed inside the house.
Remy appeared beside Christian and glared at Aiden.
"What the hell are you doing here?"
"Fuck what he's doing here!" I yelled and then went back to Kindle who looked pale and weak.
Christian was over and had me against the wall. She's a newborn. Stay. Back." He whispered.
"Who would turn her?" I asked.
Christian looked over his shoulder. "Someone who didn't know what they were doing. She needs to feed."
"And if she doesn't?"
"She dies. All the vampire blood will seep out of her and then she'll die."
Nick swallowed and lifted his sleeve as he stared down at Kindle with tears in his eyes. "She can feed from me."
"No!" Kindle's high voice echoed throughout the room.
It shocked everyone.
Remy was holding Nick down across the room now.
No one saw neither of them move.
"I don't-" She breathed. "I wanna die." She gasped. Then she coughed and shook her head. "I don't wanna to be a vampire….please." She begged.
"Kindle." Nick said. Hurt laced through his voice.
Remy didn't let him move.
Aiden was just standing up against the couch watching Kindle. He looked indifferent. But alert.
"She has a right to choose." Christian whispered.
I looked to him. Kindle couldn't die.
Kindle was breathing hard and laid her face against the floor. "Thank you." She breathed.
Christian kept me pinned against the wall.
I could feel a stab of hurt in my heart and it made my heart clench.
Then my throat.
My face burned red with anger, fear, sadness.
But this was no time to cry.
I couldn't even bare to look over at Nick.
Yet I could feel his pain also.
"We can't just leave her here to die. She deserves to be more comfortable." Aiden said.
"No one asked you." Remy spat out.
"I'm just saying she doesn't deserve this." Aiden didn't hesitate as he picked Kindle up although she protested and growled.
Even from across the room, I could see that her eyes turned dark, to black and dilated completely and the light reflected off of her glistening fangs.
"She's about to get out of control."
"She hasn't fed yet?" I asked.
Christian shook his head. "No. You have to feed right after you become a vampire. She probably didn't feed yet because she probably wasn't aware of what was wrong with her until recently."
"I'm not going to just fucking stand here and let her die." Nick said firmly.
Remy didn't let go of Nick though no matter how much Nick struggled.
"Yes….you are." Kindle hissed.
She shut her eyes.
"Oh shit." Aiden breathed. He stepped back.
Kindle looked to him, slowly sat up and pushed him forcefully back into the tv.
I had this urge to push Christian off of me and to help Aiden but he got up really fast. He had blood coming down his arm but as I looked closely, the blood was slowly rising up into the wound and it disappeared. What the hell?
Aiden looked down and noticed this too and then blinked.
Kindle's teeth were bared as she growled at Aiden.
He growled back at her.
"Oh shit, what the fuck is happening?"
Kindle glanced at me and calmed for a second. Her lips slowly parted and she inhaled the air and her eyes went to the back of her head and then returned.
My eyes grew wide and my throat grew tight. She was…smelling me.
Kindle launched at Christian. I was scared for him so I pulled him back. Christian immediately grabbed Kindle by her neck, and glared at her. "Calm down."
She didn't listen, her eyes were focused on me.
"Go upstairs." Christian whispered.
Kindle growled at Christian and bit into his neck. He grunted and she got out of his grip and went for me.
She slammed me hard into the floor and it left a violent ringing in my head.
Remy grabbed her next and slammed her down onto the floor.
"Gun." Remy said.
I shook my head.
"I'm not going to kill her just give me your gun."
"The drawer." I breathed as I sat up.
As I blinked, Christian was giving it to Remy.
Remy pulled the trigger and landed six tiny stakes into Kindle's skull. She cried out and tried to get them out but Remy held her down.
Christian stared down at her and then looked to me. "Are you okay?"
"My head just hurts. I'll be fine." I said standing to my feet.
Christian looked back to Kindle.
After a few seconds, she stopped fighting and her eyes melted back to her gray color.
I sat next to her and looked down at her.
She stared up at the ceiling.
"Kindle?" Nick asked.
She didn't meet his eyes. "Just let me do this." She sounded different.
"I can't." Nick said. He came over and got closer than everybody was.
No one protested.
"Nick, you smell so good….you need to get back." She whispered.
He listened to her.
"You sure you just want to….bleed out?" Aiden asked standing against the wall.
Kindle met eyes with him and nodded.
Then she met eyes with Remy. "Stay on me so I won't attack again, please."
Remy nodded wordlessly.
She looked to me. "I didn't know it felt like this."
"What?" I asked.
"Death." She whispered. It sent chills up my spine as she said it.
"I'm pretty sure people have worst."
She shook her head. "I doubt it." As she said the word 'It' A dark line of blood seeped out of her nose.
I thought we'd have more time.
"She was probably a vampire longer than we think. We won't have much time." Christian said to me.
I leaned over and moved Kindle's curly hair out of her face. My finger brushed across her forehead and it felt cold.
She really was dead.
I swallowed. "You'll be fine." I said nodding.
The tears came anyway.
Me and Kindle been friends forever. She was there for both me and Nick when we lost mom and dad.
She helped me through times of need. My first heartbreak, my depression phase.
Everything that ever meant anything to me.
She was there every time.
Every damn time.
And now I'm watching her die.
Because she doesn't want to be a vampire and I don't blame her.
I don't want to be one either.
She looked to Nick and her eyelids dropped. She opened her eyes and they became red.
Blood spilled out making her look like she was crying blood.
Nick laid his head against her chest and sniffed.
"I'm sorry." He whispered.
Kindle parted her lips again and more blood, almost a gush spilled out and she coughed up more.
All the vampire blood was leaving her system. Leaving her empty.
This was no longer Kindle Detler.
Her eyes filled up with blood and spilled out staining her cheeks red.
And more spilled out of her nose, over her lips.
Even if she took some of her own blood in, it might have helped her, but she kept her lips closed.
I kept moving her hair out of her face and then tilted my head when I notice the dark red coming out of her ears.
It was getting out every way it could.
No one but me and Nick were moving. Everyone else just either stood or sat there and said nothing.
Kindle's eyes opened wide and she gasped.
Tiny cracks formed throughout her skin…just like what happened to Jackson.
And as the cracks formed, more blood gushed out and she melted to a black pile of ashes on the floor.
We all watched….not saying a word.
Nick picked his head up and looked down at the pile of ashes.
I covered my mouth with my hand and cried into my hand.
I was shaking and trembling as reality hit hard.
Without a word, I stood up and ran upstairs to my room, then slammed my door.
I climbed into my bed and pulled the covers over myself.
I shut my eyes. I didn't want to be alone but I didn't want to bother anyone with my crying.
I heard heavy steps coming upstairs and I shut my eyes tighter as the door opened.
Okay, I change my mind. I do want to be alone.
I pulled the covers off of myself and wiped my eyes.
My vision came back to focus and I saw Aiden standing in the doorway.
I sat up.
"I'm going to leave. I feel like I'm in the way."
I shook my head. "You aren't."
He walked in more.
He watched me warily as he came and sat down on the bed.
He tucked a piece of my hair behind my ear.
"Your brother is going to take this hard."
I nodded. Yeah, Nick will be messed up. I know he really cared about Kindle. Maybe even loved her.
"One day at a time."
I nodded. "Yeah." I wiped my eyes again.
"Thank you for everything. I feel like you really took care of me. Inviting me in regardless of my asshole attitude and it takes a real caring person to do something like that…so thank you."
"You sound like you're saying goodbye." I said sniffing.
Aiden shook his head. "Just for now. But I'll be back. Eventually. Have some stuff to sort out. Just like you."
He smiled lightly and leaned over to kiss my cheek. "Goodnight, Phillips."
"Goodnight." I whispered.
Aiden got off of the bed and walked out and down the stairs.
I looked after him and laid back down in my bed.
If Nick hated vampires before, imagine how he feels now.
I don't think there could be anybody in America who can possibly hate vampires more than him at this moment.
I turned on my stomach and let more tears spill out.
More footsteps came up the stairs.
I kept my eyes opened and watched the door as Christian came in.
"Want to be alone?" He asked.
I wanted to but my heart raced as I seen Christian.
I shook my head. "No." I squeaked.
Christian was suddenly in the bed by my side.
I turned my head to look at him.
He brought me into his arms.
I wrapped my arms around his body feeling comfort and warmth regardless of his cold temperature.
He combed his fingers through my hair he leaned his forehead against mine.
Beside the proposal, this is his most human moment and it felt good.
I felt connected to him in almost everyway.
"Thank you." I whispered.
"For what?" He asked.
"Just being here. I love you." I whispered.
"I love you too, Leena."
I sniffed and buried my head into his chest, inhaling his cologne.
It comforted me and I just realized how lucky I am to have Christian.
To have someone who will be there for me.
Comfort me in my time of need.
Protect me when I needed it.
Love me when I needed to be loved.
Make me feel like I'm worth something. Christian is who I want…what I need…the man I love…and this is why I'm marrying him.