“You were right,” Victor stated to his father. “She does have a ring of red in her eyes. I didn’t notice it for how thin it is.”
They stood in Vlad’s personal study as they discussed what was happening. They both knew something wasn’t right with Elizabeth. They didn’t know what. She wasn’t really acting herself, and though they could blame that on her apparent amnesia, Vlad didn’t believe that was real.
“What could this mean?” Victor asked his father.
Vlad thought for a bit. “Did you ever look at the eyes of those humans I compelled?”
“No,” he admitted. “I hated watching you control people like you did.”
His father let out a disappointed sigh. “Whenever a Vampire compels someone, usually the humans have a slight change of color to their eyes. This may be the same thing. I’ve never seen a red color though.”
“You think Elizabeth is being controlled?” Victor gave a confused look. “But how? She’s one of the strongest Vampires.”
“I can’t be one hundred percent certain, but I think we need to be careful around her. We know there is something more going on than the information we have. There’s a deeper scheme in this home.” Vlad explained.
Victor looked down at the ground and thought for a bit. “I know something more is going on here, but I’m going to give her the benefit of the doubt.”
“Victor...” his father interjected.
“You have your reasons to think your way, but I know Elizabeth.” Victor fought back. “I trust her.”
His father looked disappointed. “Your feeling for her are going to kill you in the end. I have no use for an heir that has a death wish.”
“Can you for once in your life look at me as your son?!” Victor shouted. “Not as someone to continue the Dracula name?!”
The Lord of all Vampires didn’t respond. He simply turned and walked away. He had said his fill and was done. Victor was finished as well. He needed some time to think and relax. This was too much information for him to process right then.
As he walked down the hall, he noticed that Erick had opened the widows to let the moonlight in. It was a nice night, and he didn’t want his father to spoil it. Maybe this would help Elizabeth as well. He smiled and ran outside. Before long, he was outside the window of where his wife was. He knocked on it and waited.
He watched as her form made her way over to him and glanced out. He smiled and waved at her. Elizabeth opened the window and looked out to him.
“How are you doing that? We’re two floors up.” She asked as she leaned out.
His grin broadened. “You can do this too. Come on, I have something to show you.”
She was hesitant, but he held out her hand as a form of trust. After a few seconds, she grabbed his hand and stood up on the window sill. He gently guided her to stand on the wall he was. To her astonishment, she easily stood perpendicular to the ground below her. Victor smiled down at her as she looked up at him in amazement.
In one fluid motion, he scooped her up in his arms. “Close your eyes, this is a surprise.”
Looking a little shocked, she wrapped her arms around his neck and closed her eyes. A small gasp left her lips as she felt him jump away from the building and land on the ground. Then he took off in a run towards his destination. Elizabeth kept her eyes closed the whole time.
It didn’t take that long to make it to their destination. When Victor stopped, Elizabeth could hear the sound of water nearby. She felt as Victor carefully set her down on the ground. She kept her eyes closed as he turned her around and leaned down.
He whispered into her ear. “Open your eyes.”
She obeyed and found herself breathless at the scene. A park with a pond that reflected the moonlight and the lights around them. She looked around and took in the scenery of a clear sky that showed a few stars, and the pigments of night and beginning winter. Her eyes wandered back to Victor, who was simply smiling at her reaction.
“I didn’t know St. James Park could be this beautiful.” She stated.
Her husband let out a small chuckle. “I come here whenever I need some time to think. It helps having a scenery that just relaxes you.”
“Thank you,” she smiled back at him. “For bringing me here. I already feel a lot better. But why are you doing this?”
He looked up to the moon and watch it for a bit before speaking. “When we were reunited, I truly meant what I said.” His eyes went back to her. “I would do anything for you if it made you happy. I just want you to be happy. And for a time, you were happy with me. That’s because we loved each other.
“Sure we had our struggles and neither of us made it easy on each other. But I was able to help you in your needs, and you helped me with mine. Before you disappeared, we were planning on leaving London and Somerset to find a remote area that we could hide out in until the war died down. But we ran into some complications as we couldn’t go around a major battle.” Sadness filled his eyes. “While we fought through a hoard of Vampires and Hunters, I was distracted and was almost killed, you took an arrow for me. You almost died that day.
“I searched for you for a month, hoping to find some clue as to where you were. Your father thought I was going insane. But I gained hope when my father told me of when he sighted you. I knew you were alive, I just had to find you.” He paused as he looked at her. “You mean everything to me, Elizabeth.”
His words reached her heart. She remembered the whole story Victor had told. But she was shocked to hear it in such a loving way. Without hesitation, she moved closer to him and wrapped her arms around his chest. Her ear was against his pectoral as she heard the speed of his breathing. He was shocked at her actions, but it didn’t take long for him to return the embrace. His arms were strong and held her as if she would disappear any moment.
“I don’t know why,” she stated. “But I feel safe with you. I don’t remember everything, but I feel I can trust you. I’ll do as you ask and trust your word. And hopefully, my memory will come back.”
Victor smiled against her hair and continued to hold her till the last possible moment. Once it felt time to pull a way, he looked down at her. She also gazed up at him. He reached up and stroked her cheek with his knuckles. He desired to kiss her, but he didn’t want to push her when she just barely admitted to trusting him.
She leaned into his touch, her arms stayed around his back. She didn’t want to let go. Victor pinched his lips together. He knew what he needed to do, but his feelings kept screaming to take action. Throwing caution to the wind, he bent down and placed his lips on hers. His hand cradled the base of her skull as he indulged in the feel of her lips.
He expected her to push him away, or slap him, something negative. But nothing came. In fact, she kissed him back, pulling him closer to her. His other hand reached up and rested on the base of her skull and pulled her closer as he deepened the kiss.
He had missed this. He had missed her. And now that she was back, he wasn’t going to let her go. It felt as if the world had fallen back into place. He was home.
He parted from her, allowing his gaze to rest on her features. Things felt right again. He could tell in a glance, she was happy as well. The thoughts of her not having her memory was a distant spot in both of their minds. They were just happy to be together.
Elizabeth relished in the moment, but deep down, she knew that it wasn’t her in control of her actions. Though she loved feeling his loving touch again, some semblance of panic remained as she still couldn’t tell him anything. For the time being, she simply had to enjoy what she had, and that was the warmth of his arms.