Deja Vu

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Chapter 4

“We know. We wanted to tell you, but we couldn’t.” Jaise said. I put my hand up to stop him. “I don’t want to hear anything else right now. I just want to get out of this cold tunnel. Give me some time to wrap my head around this.” I told him. He nodded. I stayed behind the others, and Ashlee stayed with me. “So, what is it that you’re feeling?” She asked. I just shook my head. “I don’t know. I just need some time to think.” I told her. She wrapped her arms around my shoulder and me only slightly flinched.

She felt it, though but didn’t pull back from me. “Are you afraid I’m going to hurt you?” She asked. “Is it because of what I am?” I looked at her with a little fear in my eyes for the answer I’m about to give. Usually, when I answer questions like that, people get pissed at me. “No, I’m still working on that. I instinctually flinch when people touch me. I don’t know why I didn’t before. I guess I wasn’t feeling threatened. Not by you, or them. You all tried to protect me. But, it’s just something I’m trying to get comfortable being around him.

“When people touch me, I flinch. Usually, when I get touched, it means they are going to hit me, and I just got used to that over the years. I don’t know why I haven’t just accepted it in one way or the other yet, though.” I admitted. She leaned in and kissed my cheek. I felt myself stiffen up, but I didn’t pull back. “Well, I’m not going to hurt you. You may make me mad sometimes, but you’re safe with me.” I grinned at her. “Ashlee, you can’t promise that.” Jaise said coldly. I looked at him in confusion. “What?” She asked.

He looked at her and said, “How can you promise something that you can’t guarantee? I mean you’re a vampire, and he’s human! You are fifty times stronger than him. You’re immortal, and you have magic. How can you promise him that you won’t hurt him when he’s weak?” I felt my face flush. “Dude, what’s the matter with you?” Liam asked. “I’m just honest,” He said stiffly. “No, you’re a dick!” He glared at Liam, and he just stared back. “It’s okay Liam. He’s right. I am weak. I am human. But, so where you once. Maybe, if you would just remember your fleeting bleeding humanity, you wouldn’t be such a twat?” I suggested.

He whipped around and slammed me into the wall. “What did you call me?” He growled. His eyes were different. They flared with red, but there was some purple in them as well. He went to jam his fist into my chest. “Zolem!” A purple barrier appeared, and Jaise went flying across the tunnel and I dropped to the ground. Ashlee was right next to me. “Are you okay?” She asked. Julie and Liam stood in front of us. I watched Jaise slowly climb to his feet. “What happened?” He asked, rubbing his head. Liam took on a defensive stance. “No, Liam. It wasn’t him before. It was that kid from above. He somehow possessed him. If that’s even possible.” I said.

“I don’t know anyone powerful enough to control a vampire. But, if that’s the case, then we need to be careful.” He said. “I don’t think I completely forgave,” Julie said. I walked past them, and Ashlee was at my side. I looked at Jaise, “Hey, what are you doing?” He asked in confusion. “Checking your eyes,” I said. “Um, creepy man.” I laughed and rolled my eyes. “Yeah, because even if you weren’t family, you’d be my type. I just love the way your hair flows, and how your eyes shine.” I say my eyes at him.

He gently pushed me away and scowled, but he ended up smirking. “So, he should grow up to be a comedian!” Liam said. “You think I have talent, Romeo?” He gave me a scrutinizing look. “Okay, I think we should get going,” Ashlee said while laughing. I nodded and put my right arm through hers and wrapped it around her back and pulled her towards me. She gave me a surprised look but didn’t argue. We walked along the tunnel, and I don’t know how far we walked, but I got tired by the time we stopped at a small spot. It had some recliners and a table with a mini fridge with some food in it.

“Matt, if you’re hungry, now is the time. We still have little ways to go.” Jaise said. I looked in the fridge, and he nodded in encouragement. I grabbed a paper plate from the counter top and then opened the fridge. There was an assortment of bread, meats, and cheeses. Even sodas and juices. I spread some butter on a slice of garlic bread and added some turkey, ham, and chicken. Then I added yellow American, provolone, and pepper jack. With some onions and pepper.

This small room even had a mini microwave, and I warmed up the sandwiches for a little bit and I loved the taste. “You know? That smells good.” Julie said. I saw Liam and Jaise eyeballing me. “What?” I asked. “That smells great.” Jaise said. “It’s just a simple sandwich,” I said. “It’s more than a sandwich,” Liam said. I put it down and backed away. But, they passed by it and came to me. They started to sniff me, and I was growing uncomfortable by this. I tried to push past them, and they held me by the wall and kept smelling me.

“What are you doing?” I asked. Ashlee turned around and saw this. “It smells really good.” Jaise said. He opened his mouth, and I saw two sharp teeth pop out. Fangs! I thought. They both stood on opposite sides and went to lower their heads to my neck. I thought I was going to die then, and I closed my eyes. “Matt!” I heard Ashlee shout. A bolt of lightning came shooting out of nowhere. It had a tint of purple and yellow, and it slammed into Jaise’s chest. Julie trapped Liam in a flexible white bubble.

“Let me out of here!” Liam shouted. Jaise slammed into a wall, and then I backed away from them both. “Well, this is getting annoying.” I snapped. “Yeah, that guy wants you dead.” Ashlee said, and I just took a deep, ragged breath. Jaise climbed to his feet and shook his head. “What happened now?” He asked. “Just like last time, you were possessed. This time, he got Liam as well.” Liam froze in his prison and then shuddered. He shook his head furiously and then looked around in shock. “Julie, did you trap me?” He asked.

“Yeah, well, you were going on a psycho rampage of trying to eat your best friend’s cousin,” She said. He gave her an appalled look. “Dude!, I’m sorry. Matt, I’m truly sorry.” Jaise just shook his head. “Hell, I apparently tried to eat him as well,” He said in disgust. I frowned at that. “What, you don’t think I’ll taste good?” I asked them. They all just stared at me with wide eyes. “I guess that isn’t a question you ask around vampires,” I say. “How about we forget you asked that question and then we continue. Eat quickly.” Ashlee said.

They all agreed, and I finished the sandwiches and then we set out again. “How are we going to keep him from getting hurt? If he can possess us, then he is in danger.” Ashlee said. “Well, he doesn’t seem to be targeting you two,” Liam said. “I don’t like that either. It’s weird. “Yeah, well, I don’t like being high jacked by some random dude either. It’s invasive.” Jaise said. We finally made it to another set of stairs. “Is this where we are going?” I asked. “Yes, that’s where the others are going to be,”

He told me. Liam went climbing first and then I looked at my phone and shouted, “Wait!” He grabbed the railing and an ear-popping rumbling sound, pierced the air. And everything started to tremble. “The Tsunami!” Julie screamed. Liam scrambled up the steps and opened the door. He helped us all through quickly before it got too difficult and I had the most issues, but Ashlee and Liam helped me up and closed the door. We all rushed over to the wall and grabbed onto the railing. Ashlee was right there helping me.

I looked at the opposite wall and found a huge glass wall that showed the entire island. I could see the huge wave of water crashing into the island and then once it hit; it felt like the water was covering the island giving it the look like it was sinking. Creaking and a piercing sound deafened us all. Everyone screamed, but we couldn’t hear them over what was happening. Then everything went blank on the screen. I couldn’t tell how much time passed, but then the lights where we went out and we were pulled under into darkness. Time passed, and we didn’t move.

After everything had gone silent, we all released our hold on the railing and then an automatic male voice sounded. “The emergency generator is now activating. Please wait one minute until all systems are fully operational. Thank you for your patience.” It said. “What? Are we in a space ship?” I asked. Laughter rang out through the shelter. “I’m glad someone had the guts to ask that.” I turned to see a boy about my age say. I grinned.

“No, but we tried to plan for all emergencies. And this is one of them. That is to prevent us from dying down here. We even have escaped shuttles, and once the system is fully active, a distress signal will sound to any ships within a one hundred mile radius.” Jaise said. The wall lit up again, and I saw lights piercing the water. Fish and other underwater life swam past and then I saw the buildings and cars and rides and everything else from the island. “Shouldn’t the water be receding soon?” I asked.

“Attention all guests, the emergency systems are activated, and a distress signal has been alerted. Any ships in the area have been alerted, and will be contacting us soon. Please be patient and follow the staff’s instructions. Please remain calm, so that order keeps kept and no one is hurt. Thank you.” The automatic voice said. “Alright, we need to do a check of everyone on the island. Could you all stand in lines? The staff will help and then when I call your name; I want you to come over here behind me. That will help me know who’s still missing.” A balding man said.

Ten minutes passed and they lined us all up. Another hour passed and they called names. “Okay, well it seems that we have two hundred missing people. Some might be still in the tunnels that have been expanded over the years, and it’s quite possible to get lost in.” The bald man said. He gave a group of workers a list of names and then told them to find an entrance. We walked around for another hour and a half, and I think about fifteen people emerged from the tunnels.

But, that was all that showed up. The assistants asked them if they saw anyone else down there, and they shook their heads. “Jaise, what are we going to do, if we end up stuck down here?” I asked. “Don’t worry, we are completely safe. That is just a hologram connected to the cameras. It’s displaying it on the wall. And we have ways to escape. Just try and relax.” He said. “ that’s a real glass wall. It isn’t a hologram.” The bald man said. “Say what?” He asked. “It’s a glass wall. Thick enough to handle anything, I assure you.” The man said.

“I don’t remember when we were asked to support this place, make a shelter out of a glass wall that can crack and break.” Jaise snapped. “Jacklyn approved it.” The man said. Jaise paled, and the others grew uncomfortable. “I don’t believe that,” He said with doubt in his voice. “It’s true. I have her email and a written letter if you like to see it.” My cousin glared at him. “That won’t be necessary. Did she say why she wanted a glass wall?” He nodded. “She said with the lights; it would be a clearer way to keep track of everything going on. Also, it would be cool.”

He looked like he was about to explode. “Jaise, let me handle this,” Ashlee said. “Sir, are you out of your ever-loving mind!?” He looked at her like she was an alien. “Excuse me, girl?” He asked. “She did that because it would be cool? Did it ever occur to you that this is a shelter? A safety zone? It isn’t meant to be ‘cool.’ It’s meant to be ‘safe.’” He glared at her. “I assure you, girl, it is safe. We tested it. It’s completely sound. Nothing can break through it.” He snapped and walked away. “I hope your right!” She shouted after him.

“Fucking humans! They think they are so damn clever and smart. Stupid.” I looked at Liam and Jaise after that and just looked. Julie sighed and said, “Guys, think about what you just said and who’s with us.” It took them a minute to calm down, but finally, they saw me and froze. “Matt, we didn’t mean you.” Jaise said. “I think you did. You said humans. I’m human. So, you know what? Leave me alone for a while. Ashlee, you to please.” Then I walked away. “You idiots.” Julie hissed at them. “We didn’t mean that. We weren’t-“

But, after that, I was out of earshot, and I didn’t hear anything else. I walked down far into the shelter, and I leaned against the glass wall. It seemed like water twisters were out there. I wonder if all the people that were missing are dead or just drifting out there. I hoped that they made it. But, I don’t think there is much luck or hope in that. “Attention. A storm is forming and about to hit. Please prepare for a rocky time.” The voice announced.

“So, are you friends with Liam and the others?” I turned around and stared at a girl about nineteen. Her long red colored hair fell to her waist in waves, and her bright blue eyes seemed to shine in the light. She gave me a warm smile, but I got a bad feeling from her. “How do you know them?” I asked. “Oh, we go way back. So, what’s your name?” She asked. “I’m sorry. But, we don’t know each other, and I don’t feel comfortable telling you that.” I said as politely as I could. Then I noticed a raven colored black streak in her hair. She only smiled.

“That’s okay. How about we just talk then? That way we can get to know each other.” She suggested. “I’m sorry. Not right now.” Normally people would understand, but either she wasn’t comfortable getting turned down, or she was just an angry person, well she didn’t take that very well. “Oh, I think talking to me would be in your best interest.” I turned around and then froze. The ghosts from before were back. “Ah, I see you remember them. And now you don’t have anyone to protect you. Oh, and if you shout for help, you’ll be dead before they get here. So, now are you in the mood to talk?” She asked.

“How do you know they don’t already know?” I asked. “It’s simple. I enchanted a three-foot radius. They can’t hear us. Unless you get really loud, and in which case your life will end.” She grinned, and I saw cracked and stained yellow teeth. “Who are you?” I demanded. “Sabrina. You?” I glared. I think you already know.” I said. She laughed. “Yes, but it’s only polite if you say it yourself,” She told me. “Polite people don’t threaten others with ghosts.” I snapped back. “Well, you do have balls. I’ll give you that. Maybe after our talk, you’ll allow me to play with them?” She asked. I didn’t know if she was serious or not. I just gave her an appalled look.

“What’s the matter? You don’t trust yourself in the bedroom?” I blushed furiously. “What’s it with your freaks and my sex life? God damn. Let’s get back to the topic at hand.” I said coldly. “Very well. What’s your name?” She asked again. I sighed and said, “Matt, now what do you want?” I demanded. “Oh, it’s simple. I want to talk about your destiny. You’re aware of it aren’t you?” I shook my head. “That’s very unfortunate. But, it’s a good thing I’m here.” She said, and I just wanted to run. But, I couldn’t find the will to move.

“You won’t be getting away. So, now what part would you like to know about first?” She asked. “Isn’t it better for me to find out for myself?” I asked. “Well, sure. But, then you wouldn’t be able to alter it. See, if you know what’s going to happen, then you can change it. Now, if you don’t know. How are you supposed to know what choices to make?” She asked. I think this broad is nuts. “I think that’s the point. If you could go back in time, would you change anything?” I asked her. “One, I’m not nuts! And two hell no. I wouldn’t. I know everything I did and why I did them. But, you have a chance to make yourself one of the strongest of our kind in the world.” She said.

Then I glanced to the side and saw the same woman I was talking to, coming at us. She looked pissed! “What the fuck is the meaning of this?” The second woman demanded. “I have to go; I believe someone saw me.” The first said and laughed. A flash of light blinded us and then she vanished. The spell got canceled out, and Ashlee and Julie were right at my side. “Sabrina. What are you doing with him?” Ashlee snapped. “Would you believe nothing? I was coming over to threaten him and talk to him, and someone else was already talking to him looking like me!” She said coldly.

She lunged for my throat, but Ashlee grabbed it and twisted. Sabrina cried out in pain and doubled back. “You won’t be able to protect him forever. If someone else is after him, then he’s already dead.” She said with venom in her tone. “Maybe, but if she was copying your appearance and abilities, then her ghosts or whatever, won’t have any way of hurting him. So, I don’t think he’s in danger.” Sabrina laughed mockingly. “I don’t know about that. She was able to keep you from seeing and hearing what she was discussing with him. And she did threaten him. I know the spell she used well. I was able to tap into most of the conversation.

So, he’s screwed, and you will fail in your ways of protecting him.” She laughed and vanished. “Matt, are you okay?” She asked. I nodded, and I was shaking violently. “It’s okay; you’re safe.” An assistant handed me a blanket that I wrapped around my shoulders. It’s going to be okay. You’ll see.” She said. I nodded again. I doubt I was shaking because I was cold. Ashlee didn’t leave my side then. Even when I said, I wanted to be alone. She didn’t trust anyone from trying to hurt me. It was a while later, when one of the workers asked, “Is he okay?” Ashlee looked at me and said, “He’s just a little shaken up. Is there a place where he can lay down in private?”

“Of course. Follow me.” He said. He led us down a set of steps, and then we entered a room, and he pointed to another door. “Through that door is a hallway that has rooms for one or two people. There is more than likely for everyone to have their room if they’d like. But, we may have to double up eventually.” He said. “Thanks.” We started walking, and he told us to stop. “What’s the matter?” Ashlee asked. He pointed to a glass cabinet that he unlocked. “You have to pick a key,” He said. “Matt, why don’t you choose,” Ashlee suggested. I nodded and walked up to the case. I felt drawn to room one sixty-nine, and I grabbed it.

The worker saw that and smirked. “I think you’ll like that room,” He said. “Please don’t tell me it’s full of hearts and fluffy pink pillows.” I groaned. He laughed. “No, of course not. You’ll see, though.” He told me and then walked off. I looked at Ashlee, and she grabbed a hold of my hand and led me down the hall. “So, you know where you’re going?” I ask. “Yes, I helped design this place. I’ve never been here, but I know the layout.” She said. “So, you don’t know what the room is and why he seemed to smile a lot?” She shook her head. “I honestly don’t have a clue. But, I think it’s going to be fun.” She said.

I smiled and then we arrived at the room. I unlocked it, and Ashlee opened it up. I gasped, and I couldn’t believe what I saw. The room had a mystical, but spooky feel to it. It’s hard to describe. The walls were painted black with silver paintings on them. Like murals from the ancient times, and paining’s of what people would classify haunted houses or mansions hung on the wall with a man and woman straight out of a horror movie. Not, the new ones. The classics.

An eerie fog crept up behind them, and you could see a cemetery behind them off to the side. Another painting’s had a normal looking couple buy a house, and you wouldn’t think anything of it, except the woman, had pie in her hand and you could see a corner of something if you look close enough, and I think it was an organ of some kind. I don’t know what, and I was fairly sure I didn’t want to know. We dimmed the lights and stars on the ceiling formed, and I could make out constellations. I walked in the middle of the room, and the stars began to blaze brightly.

I didn’t know what to make of that. “Ashlee, what’s going on?” I asked. She looked dumbfounded. “I don’t know,” She said. “Don’t you girl?” A woman’s voice came from behind us. I turned around and saw a long haired blond woman who seemed tall, but slender. “Who are you?” I asked. “Laurentia. Well, you wouldn’t believe me if I told you what I am. So, allow me to explain who I am. We’ve met before Matt. I was pretending to be Sabrina. But, don’t get all worked up. I wasn’t going to hurt you.” She said. Ashlee was in front of me in an instant. “You won’t get near him,” She warned. Laurentia just smiled.

“You think you can stop me?” She asked calmly. “Ashlee, don’t. I don’t want to see you get hurt.” I said. “What do you want?” She demanded. “I want him to know what he may have in store for him in this life. He can follow the path as it’s put in front of him if he wants, or he can take a different route. No matter what he changes, if it’s meant to happen, then it will come to pass, no matter how much one meddles.” She said. “Why do you want me to know?” I asked. “It’s simple. You’ve always felt like your parents never cared about you right? You always felt abandoned and alone? I want to show you the full story of your parents leaving, which led up to this point.”

“Matt, don’t do it. It could have bad consequences. You don’t want to do this.” Ashlee said. “Well, you don’t have to know what happened to them. But, if you’d like, you can. I can show you. But, just know there is no risk. You can’t change the past.” Laurentia said. “No, there’s no changing the past. But, there’s always the actions he will take because of what he sees.” Ashlee snapped. “It’s your call son.” I didn’t know what to feel. “I want to know,” I said quietly. Ashlee took a deep breath. Laurentia smiled. “Very well.”

She snapped her fingers and then the room faded away and instead was my old house. I saw my mom and John with Trisha and Tom. I was barely five, and mom was holding me when we entered the house. “I don’t think he’s going to amount to much,” John said looking at me. My mom got really angry, and I’ve never known her to be an easily angered person before. “You know? I feel the same way about your kids. Spoiled little twats. Don’t judge my son and I won’t judge your children. John’s rage radiated off him. “You watch what you say!” He warned. “Sure, if you do.” She countered. She took me up to my room leaving John to fume in the living room.

“It’s okay. I’m going to give you to your father for a while. I thought this guy was different Matt. Your dad will take care of you until I can get out of this situation and maybe we’ll be a family again.” She said to the younger me and kissed me on the forehead. But, the next couple of days took on a dark turn. Nothing worked out as well as planned. Mom said my father should have come by now, and she drove over to his apartment. She knocked on the door, and the doorman lets her inside. “Hello, Miss Caran.” My mom smiled.

I didn’t know my mom’s maiden name! Or was that her first name? I wondered. “Hello, Frank. Is Seth home?” Frank frowned and turned thoughtful for a moment. “Now that you mentioned it, I don’t think I’ve seen him for a couple days. That isn’t normal. He’s usually at work by this time, and I don’t think I saw him leave for a while. His friends have come to see him as well. No one has been able to get a hold of him. So maybe he just stepped out?” He said. Mom grew worried. “I don’t like the sound of that,” She said. “I wouldn’t worry. I’m sure he’s okay. Maybe he’s just sick? Or maybe he hasn’t been home in a few days. But, I think he is okay.” Frank told her.

“It’s possible. But, he was supposed to pick up his son a couple of days ago, and he would do anything for that kid.” Mom said. “Yeah, he is a really good father. I’ll buzz you in.” Frank said, and mom thanked him. She walked up the steps and knocked on the door. No one came to it, and she tried the doorknob. It was unlocked and swung open easily. “That isn’t right.” Mom said. “He never leaves the door unlocked. Even if he’s at home.” She walked in and saw the place was all messed up. “Okay, that’s not right either, because he’s OCD, it didn’t make sense to me.”

Mom chuckled darkly. She entered the bedroom and then screamed. I saw a man with short spiked dark brown hair laying on the bed in blood. He was a muscular man. He looked like he couldn’t have been more than twenty-one. My father looked young, was this him? I wondered. He didn’t even have a beard or mustache. He had a thin frame and was only wearing a pair of boxers. His throat was slit wide open, and it looked like someone was playing surgery in his stomach.

Mom ran out of the room and into the kitchen. Neighbors came in to check what the screaming was meaning. They saw mom hyperventilating in the kitchen. “What’s the matter? Ellen?” There’s my mother’s name! An elderly woman asked her not unkindly. She must know my mom. “In…I-i-in the bedroom.” Mom stammered. She went to check it out and then she almost fainted. A young man about my dad’s age came in the apartment. “Mom, what’s the matter?” He asked. I focused on him, and he looked…He looked just like my father! “It’s your brother, son. He’s, Please call the cops!” The woman screamed. The man pulled out a cell and called it in.

Then the vision faded to mom back at the house with me. She was crying and holding onto my bed post for strength. John walked in and grinned. “You didn’t think that you would be able to give your kid away did you?” He asked. Mom glared at him. “What?” She asked. “I know that you wanted to send Matt to his father. Well, I couldn’t have that now. So, it looks like you’re both stuck here.” He said and walked out. “You fucking bastard. What happened here isn’t over.” She said. “Oh, I think it is. His and your brother won’t be able to help you either.” John said as he left the room.

Mom began to panic and called her brother up. “Hello?” A male voice said coldly. “Danny! Oh, thank god! I thought you were in trouble.” Mom said to him. “No, I’m fine. What the hell do you want?” He asked. “I…What did I do? Why are you acting like this?” Mom asked. “Oh, I’m the one with the problem? You’re the one who called me up a couple of weeks ago and called me out about something I did years ago and threatened to report it. You know how much I love Jaise and would do anything for him. I couldn’t lose him, so I agreed to your terms. I wouldn’t have anything to do with your family.” He said vehemently.

“I don’t know what you’re saying. I never said anything to you since Christmas.” Mom said. “Oh, so now I’m a liar and a bad parent? You know what? Never fucking call me again!” He snapped and hung up the phone. Mom didn’t know what to say or do. She just seemed to lose it, and I felt my heart break for her. She was alone with me with a tyrant, who manipulated and took everything from her. A few weeks passed, and mom never seemed to recover. Then, one day on her way home from work, she got a phone call. “Hello?” She asked. “Laci, is it? Well, I’m afraid John’s firm has found something about your past.”

Mom looked unsurprised by this. “Who is this?” She demanded. “Someone who wants to help you. But, you need to leave and leave now. You can’t take your son. You would only be putting him in danger.” The man said. Mom grew pissed. “I won’t leave him! He’s the only thing I have.” She said. “You want to live? Then you will leave him!” The man snapped back. “If I leave him, then I’m dead no matter what.” Mom said and hung up the phone. She drove back to the house, where she found the place surrounded by police.

She tried to sneak in the back of the house, but a female cop saw her and rushed after her. Mom tried to run, but her shoes made it hard. She took them off, but still couldn’t get very far. The cop almost had her, but then someone pulled her over the fence and the cop lost her. “What the hell?” She asked. “Shh.” A voice said. “Who are you?” Mom asked. “Jaise.” She whipped around to see him clearer. “Jaise!?” She demanded. He nodded and then I could see the red streak in his hair. That was when he first became a vampire. He was nineteen here and will be forever.

“What are you doing here?” Mom asked. “Saving your life.” He retorted. “I see that, but your father didn’t want anything to do with me remember?” She asked. “Yes, but I had a friend look into the phone call. I listened to the other end that night, and I heard something that I didn’t like.” He said. “Like?” She asked. “The entire conversation.” Mom chuckled. “Yeah. I recorded it and had him look into it. What he found shocked him. It was a computerized voice module that copied the voice of whoever. So, John could use it and have it sound like you and say whatever he wanted, and my dad wouldn’t know the difference unless you’re paying attention.

Or with good hearing.” He told her. “So, you told him that it wasn’t me,” She stated. “Yes, and naturally he didn’t believe me. So, I knew I had to come here alone. I’m sorry, but I can’t help Matt. The only thing I can do is look out for him. But, I won’t be able to interfere.” Mom broke down then. “I do have to leave, don’t I?” She asked. “I’m sorry. Aunt Laci, I know how much you want him, and I wish I could go in and get him. But, it would be all over the news, and then we’d all be wanted for kidnapping. And then we wouldn’t be able to help him when the time comes.” Jaise said.

“Promise me one thing, though.” He looked at her. “Make sure I can see him at some point. I don’t care if I’m dead, and I can only look at him. I just want to be able to see him once.” Mom said through her tears. “I will do everything in my power to reunite the two of you. But, it may take some time.” He told mom. “I don’t care how long it takes. I just don’t want to leave without at least explaining why I didn’t come back. I don’t mind if he hates me. I just can’t have him living his entire life thinking I hated him or didn’t want him.” Mom said choking on tears. Jaise hugged her. “When the time is right, I will explain all of this to him. I will see that he understands.”

Jaise said and then the room returned. “So, what do you think?” Laurentia asked. I couldn’t speak, and I could barely breathe. “Matt, are you okay?” Ashlee asked holding me. I ended rooted to the spot, and I couldn’t move. “I think you traumatized him!” Ashlee shouted. “No, he’s just trying to sort through a lot.” The woman snapped, “Why did you have to show him all that?! How do you know this isn’t going to screw with him?!” Laurentia said, “I don’t. But, he needs to know the truth. His mother is out there, and his father’s brother is there as well. He knows about Matt and is family. He isn’t alone. Yes, he has you four. But, wouldn’t it also be nice for him to know that he has more than one family member in this world?” She asked.

“Sure he does, but seeing what happened to his family like this. I mean was this better?” She asked, and I turned to her. “It’s okay. It will just take me some time to get used to it. I don’t know how I feel actual about all of this, but I think it will be best that I know. I know my parents wanted me and tried to be there for me. So, now that I know that it helps in knowing that I’m not completely alone. I know my mom is out there now, and that she wants me. She wants to see me again. She never gave up on me.” Ashlee just looked at me and sighed.

“Well, fine. But, if this leaves a permanent scar, I’ll find you and kill you.” She said to Laurentia. She just laughed. “You can’t kill me, girl. I’m immortal.” She said, and it was Ashlee’s turn to laugh. “Well, I am too, and I can die.” Laurentia just smirked. “There’s a difference between living forever and being a true immortal. I’m a goddess. I can’t die by the likes of you.” With that, she was gone in a flash of light. Ashlee shielded her eyes from the white light, and when she lowered her hand, Laurentia was gone. “Now what do we do?” I asked. The room seemed to have lost its power and seemed like any other room.

“Well, what would you like to do?” She asked me. “I would just like to take a nap, to be honest. It’s been a long day.” I said. She smirked. “Yes, yes it has. But, it will get better.” She told me. “I hope so,” I said. A knock came on the door, and we saw a young woman with a handful of clothes. “We thought you’d like a change of clothes,” She said. Ashlee took them from her and thanked you. “Is there an update?” She asked. “Not yet. But, the system has detected a ship that is a few hours out. I don’t know how long exactly though. But, we will keep everyone updated when we know more. There’s a storm that is getting worse by the hour as well. So, it may be a while before they risk coming.

But, we should be okay for a few days at the least.” She said. “Thank you.” The woman left, and Ashlee closed the door and locked it. “Matt, why don’t you take a shower first. I’ll go with you.” She said. I nodded and took the clothes she handed me. I went into the bathroom and closed the door. I turned on the water and waited for it to warm up. I stepped out of my clothes and took a quick but thorough shower. I washed my hair well, and then stepped out and dried off. I dressed in what was a pair of silk white pajama pants and a sleeveless white silk shirt.

I left the bathroom, and Ashlee entered. She smiled at me, and I sat on the bed. Was this happening? Did I have a gorgeous girl in the bathroom taking a shower? Were we really about to share a bed together? Oh, god! She stepped out of the bathroom wearing a spaghetti-strapped white silk shirt that didn’t cover her stomach and a pair of white silk shorts that were considered shorty shorts. I just stared wide-eyed at her. They hung in her curves, and I felt something happening. Oh, god! I felt my body respond, and I blushed. She smirked.

She walked over to me, and I couldn’t stop staring at her. I thought she was going to smack me, but she only grinned. “I asked for these clothes for a reason Matt. I wanted to see your reaction.” She said. I couldn’t speak. She smirked. Then she sat on my lap facing me and kissed me on the lips. “I see your friend wants to come out and play.” My face lit up even worse. “I think it’s cute. Come on, we should probably get some sleep.” She said. My heart was pounding in my chest. “I hope you didn’t get any false notions about this,” She said.

“No, not at all.” I squeaked. “I just wasn’t thinking you would…dress like that.” I said in a quiet voice. She smiled at me. “Well, I think you earned it,” She said and crawled under the covers. I did the same, and I felt her press up against me and wrapped the covers underneath us. She wrapped her arms around me and held me close, and I fell asleep fast. I then found myself in a sunny meadow underneath a giant umbrella that we brought in a thick blanket. Ashlee had an IPod going and even though speaker involved, somehow it was blaring songs.

I smiled at her, and I couldn’t believe how perfect this moment was. She snuggled close to me, and I felt my heart beating faster. She smiled then, and then she kissed me passionately. She slipped off my shirt as she kissed me. She then gently, but firmly pushed me down on my back and then crawled on top of me. She gave me a grin, and I felt nervous and anxious. “What are you doing?” I asked. “What does it look like?” She asked. She then kissed my neck and worked her way down my chest. She sucked on my nipples just like they did in porn. Not that I watched a lot.

Then she slid her fingers into my shorts and yanked them down. She smirked at what she saw. I blushed a deep scarlet. “I think you’re going to be an awesome treat,” She said. “I hope I can please you,” I said. She gave me a curious look. “You already do.” Then she rubbed my crotch through my boxers. “You’re getting ready,” She said. “I’m getting ready to explode,” I said in a high-pitched voice. “Oh, well I think it’s time I took care of you,” She said with an evil grin. I grew afraid, but she only pulled my boxers down, and her eyes grew wide. “What? Too small?” I asked. Feeling self-conscious.

“Are you kidding? It’s…perfect!” She said. She wasted no time in devouring my penis. She sucked it all the way down to the base and even choked on it. I didn’t think it was that big for a girl to choke on it, but it felt so amazing! Words couldn’t even come close to what kind of sensation I was feeling. She sucked me off for a while before I finally lost it. I shot hard and heavy in her mouth, and I thought she would be grossed out by it and yell, but she swallowed it all and then smiled, licking her lips.

“Well, I think that’s enough for the appetizer. Now, it’s time for you to help me out. I’ve wanted to do that for a while.” I blushed and then sat up. “What…do I need to do?” I asked. She took off all her clothes, and I felt my penis grow rock hard again. She saw it and smiled. “I will take care of that in a little bit. Now, it’s your turn.” She said. She lay down on the ground and spread her legs. Then she told me to crawl between her legs. I did so feeling nervous and a little scared. She walked me through what I needed to do and then said, “Do what the guys do in porn.” I nodded and stuck a couple fingers in her entrance and started to lap and lick her.

She arched and groaned. I slurped and sucked on her, and she screamed. After a while, she climaxed all over my face, and I didn’t mind. I think I almost shot another load. But, I managed to hold it back. Then she sat up shakily and reached into her shorts pocket. She pulled out a condom. “Well, I guess it’s time,” I said with a smile. She pushed me back onto my back and then opened the condom and then put it on me. I couldn’t believe this was happening. As she was about to lower herself to me, is when I snapped awake.

Ashlee was right there, holding me tightly while she was sleeping and looking content. I didn’t want to wake her up, but I had to get up, and when I did, her eyes opened and she sat up. “Is everything okay?” She asked. I turned to her and smiled. “Yeah, I just had to stand and stretch,” I said. She glanced down for a second and smirked. “I don’t think that’s all,” She said, and I noticed what she meant and blushed. “Want me to take care of that?” She asked.

I tried to form words, but I couldn’t. She didn’t wait for my answer. That’s a good thing too. I could be almost eighty before I found the words. She grabbed a Kleenex from the box and then began to pull down my shorts just enough to release my member from confinement. But, I stopped her. I wasn’t ready for this. “Damn Matt,” She said rubbing me through the pants. You feel well equipped.” She told me. “That’s what you said in the dream.” Then my face lit up worse than before. “Oh, you had a sex dream about me? I’m flattered.” Then she stood up.

My breathing was ragged, and my heart was pounding like a jack rabbit. But, it slowly slowed down when she stepped away and sat back down on the bed. “So, how come you’re a little scared to expose yourself? I mean I’m not saying anything about it. But, I have to say it’s not normal teenage behavior.” She stated. “I know. I don’t know. I guess I have to base on my self-confidence. I don’t think I have the body to please someone, and I think it’s causing me to doubt my ability to perform.”

I explained. “Well, I don’t think you’ll have a problem with that. You seem better equipped than other boys in this world.” She said. I felt my face heat up. “You think so?” I asked. She nodded with a smile. “But, we should get a shower in and then maybe see about finding something to eat,” She suggested. “Okay, you can go first this time,” I told her. She nodded.

She entered and took her shower. I found some clothes that I got ready by the time she came out with a towel wrapped around her waist. Then I entered the bathroom and took my shower. I finished and dressed, and I walked out combing my hair when a warning came over the intercom. “Attention, security please attend the north east hatch! Security, northeast hatch.” “Ashlee, what’s going on?” I asked. She shook her head. “I don’t know. But, we should go and check it out. We didn’t even bother to change, and we just jogged out of the room.

We went to where we entered the first day. Everyone was there, and we didn’t know what to expect, but we could see the ocean and it didn’t look calm or beautiful anymore. I think I was seeing a fog swirling through the water, but it was golden, brown, and pink. Was it the vampires doing this? Were they all evil? I didn’t want to believe that because Jaise, Ashlee, and the others were only watching out for me. But, if some of their kids were evil, could they all become twisted at some point? I’ll have to wait and see and ask these questions later.

“Matt? What are you thinking about?” Liam asked walking up beside me. “What do you mean?” I asked him. “I can’t explain it. But, your emotions are screaming, and they are confused about something. But, I kind of pick up that they’re about us.” He said. And I looked away for a second. “I don’t know what I’m feeling. Everything has been happening so fast, and I just need a moment to sit down and relax and try to get everything figured out. I feel like I want to scream. But, I don’t know if that would be a good thing or a stupid thing.” I replied.

He grinned. “I know the feeling. You should have seen me when I first turned. I was a little psycho. If it wasn’t for Julie, I don’t know what I would have done. She was my anchor.” He told me. “How did she take it?” I asked. He turned thoughtful. “I don’t know. She’s the one who turned me. I met her in school twelve years ago as a senior. We dated for a while, and she was afraid to get close to me. But, in the end, I convinced her to open up to me and at that point, there was no going back.” He said.

“I expected him to run out and shout demon. He didn’t take the news all that well, but he did take it better than one could hope.” Julie joined in the conversation. He looked at her with a smile. “After that, there was only one thing for me to do. And that was to give him time. After a couple weeks, he finally came around. I didn’t think I would see him again. But, he showed up one night during a thunderstorm, soaking wet at the motel I was staying at, and demanded that we not split up. He said that he didn’t want to be without me, and we’ve been together ever since.

The council wasn’t too happy with me changing him. They ‘sensed’ that he was unpredictable and that he could turn dangerous. And he almost did, but I was able to calm him down. The change can be drastic and for someone who isn’t emotionally or physically ready for it, it can be a dangerous thing.” She explained. “How long ago were you turned?” I asked her. She frowned and sighed. “That’s not something I like to discuss. Let’s just say, I’m older technically than Jaise and Liam combined and we leave it at that.” She told me.

I nodded, “Sorry.” She looked at me. “You have no reason to say you’re sorry. It was just a dark time. That’s all.” Jaise came by and said, “Well, it looks like someone tried breaking into the hatch from the outside, but the automatic and emergency locks held far better than we could have hoped.” He said. “Do you think there’re a lot of people out there still?” Ashlee asked. “I don’t know, but it was a human who tried to open up the hatch.

So, I think someone was able to find some water gear and survive. But, I don’t know how much oxygen is in the tanks.” He said. Liam fidgeted a little bit. “What?” I asked noticing. No one else paid attention to him, and they all turned to look at him when I spoke. “Um, they can live for a day or so out there. Normally, a few hours. However, Scott is out there with them.” He said. “Scott?” Jaise asked. Liam nodded. “Yeah. He can refill their tanks without anyone knowing about it.” Liam said. Recognition spread over Jaise’s face.

“He has air magic.” I turned to him. “How many spells are there?” I demanded. “It’s a limitless range of spells. They’re only eight elements. Fire, which is used by people like Jaise. Holy, or white magic, which I have. Lightning, which is Ashlee. I’m sure you figured that out. Earth, which is Liam. You haven’t seen him use his magic yet. But, then there’s water. Do you remember in the parking lot?” Julie asked. I nodded.

“Then, there’s air which is Scott, ice magic that you’ll meet those back in school and then there’s shadow magic as well. I hope you never have to run for those users. They are tricky, and they don’t play by normal rules.” She said. “Well, that could be who has been possessing people lately,” Liam said coldly. “Well, that’s possible. But, who has that kind of magic?” Jaise asked. “Maybe that kid before we came down here. Did you guys notice he has a purple streak in his hair?” I asked. They all turned to stare at me.

“I guess not,” I mumbled. “He had a purple streak?” Jaise asked. I nodded. “Is that possible?” Ashlee asked. “I don’t know. I’ve never heard about that before.” Liam said. “We need to get back to the school. At least there, we have numbers on our side. And we need to see about getting the people back inside, without opening up the hatch and flooding this place. Scott can’t save them forever. Eventually, he will weaken.” Liam said. “What’s the plan?” I asked.

No one knew what to do, and then this chilly air crept up on us. I didn’t notice it at first, and neither did the others. But, we all felt it after a time. The sensation was like nothing you’ve ever experienced before. Cold, and it felt like you were about to lose yourself. The world went dark and cold. We all huddled together, and we all shivered violently. I the worst of them. Everyone ran back to their rooms and turned up the heater from the cold. But, they just looked a little uncomfortable. Almost like it wasn’t bothering them. “Why are they not fully affected?” I asked.

“Most likely it’s not meant to target them. So, all they are feeling is a little after effect. Like the leftover magic. Barely there, but you still feel it if you’re aware enough.” Goosebumps formed on my arms, and I tried to rub them, but the cold only seemed to make my skin crack a little. “Matt, are you okay?” Jaise asked. He seemed a little off, but not too bad. “I don’t know. What magic is this?” I asked. “It isn’t cold magic. But, it is similar. I don’t know for sure, though.” He said. “I don’t like it,” Julie said. “What babe?” Liam asked. “It’s shadow. A powerful shadow spell.” She said.

“Can you fight it?” Liam asked. “I don’t know,” She said, and she spun fast with her arms outstretched and her palms toward the ground. She continued to spin fast and then sparks of white light came shooting out of her fingers and the middle of her palm. It leaked out and onto the floor. It formed a circle and began to circle around us. It looked like flames of light. It licked and leaped and crackled all around us. It began to move faster and faster. It almost matched the pace of Julie. As I watched, it changed and became a flaming white wall of Seafoam.

“Is that going to work you think?” Ashlee asked. Julie shrugged. “It depends on how powerful his spell is,” Julie said after she stopped spinning and she looked weak and tired. “You okay?” Liam asked holding her. She nodded. “Yeah. Never had the experience to try that spell. So, it was more taxing than I originally thought.” She said. I turned to the left and saw a huge black mist coming at us. “What is that?” I asked. Everyone looked, but only Julie could see it. “Its shadow magic in its most potent form. “I don’t see anything.” Everyone said. “You don’t have holy magic. Shadow is my elements counter.” Julie explained. “Then why can Matt see it?” Ashlee demanded.

Julie looked at me. “I don’t know,” She said after a time. “I don’t like that answer.” Jaise grumbled. “Neither do I, but what can we do?” Liam asked. Ashlee looked at me like I was an alien or something. I turned away uncomfortably and then I watched as the mist came towards us. “You don’t think it’s going to be able to hurt us do you?” I asked. No one answered. Well, I got my answer. “I may be able to boost the spell a bit.” Jaise said after a time. “How so?” Julie asked.

“What do holy and fire have in common?” He asked. “Holy Fire! It’s used lot in protective spells!” Julie said excitedly. He nodded, and he put his fingers at the base of the holy wall. Then he knelt down and then looked up at the wall. I saw flames leap out of his hands and molten lava of reds, yellows and light blues seemed to come out through the floor. The fires targeted the wall and combined. Both spells linked together and warped and wrapped around one another.

The wall grew twice as the original height. It now looked like a fiery Sea Foam wall. Everyone looked through it and gasped. “You see it now?” I asked. “Yeah. It’s almost mystical in a destructive kind of way.” Ashlee said. “All spells can be destructive, or they can be healing. It only depends on how you use it.” The shadow mist hit the holy firewall and sizzled and popped. It sounded like popcorn and smelled like a sewer.

The mist swirled around us, but it didn’t seem to be able to enter. “How come the mist isn’t breaking through?” I asked. Everyone glared at me. “I don’t mean I want it to. But, if it’s really strong, then shouldn’t it be able to?” I asked. “Jaise, have I ever told you how much I hate people who state the obvious?” Liam asked. He laughed and said, “All the time, but he does have a point.” And Liam replied, “Yeah, sure. But, why does it have to be now? I was looking for a nice hot shower, some alone time with my girl and maybe cake.

Oh, I’d even settle for grilled cheese or a taco. Instead, I’m trapped in a circle with my best friend, his human cousin, the girl he fancies, and my girl. That is so not how I imagined a vacation.” He commented. An eerie silence befell around us after that. “So, you hate us?” I asked. He gave me a scrutinizing glare. “Of course not! It’s just that this isn’t how I want to die.” He mumbled and then we all watched as the mist seemed to rise above us and climb the wall. “Are we able to make it grow as well?” Ashlee asked. “Yes, but it will weaken the wall,” Julie said.

“So, either way, we are doomed?” She asked. “Yay!” She said in a high, mocking voice. Jaise glared at her. Julie was closest to me and stepped in front of me, pushing me back. She waved her hand in a circular pattern around us, and while she was doing whatever she was doing, the mist came towards me. I grabbed her arm and then a jolt of energy coursed through her. A pulsing pure light shot out of her eyes, and then I swear I heard the shadows scream and curse. Then it withdrew and dissipated. After a long stretch of time, everything turned to normal.

The holy fire vanished, and Julie stumbled forward. Liam caught her and dropped to one knee supporting her. Everyone stared at me. I don’t know what happened. “How did you do that?” Liam demanded. “I don’t know! I don’t even know what happened. “Somehow, you gave Julie’s holy magic a jump start. You advanced her magic by several years. If not hundreds of years. She shouldn’t have had that sort of power.” Jaise explained to me. “I don’t know. I don’t.” I said subtly.

“I don’t know what happened here, but I can’t say that I’m okay with it. You could have killed her!” Liam snapped at me. I didn’t know what to say. “I’m sorry. I-“ I couldn’t finish. “Matt, you have to understand something. All I can say is that it seems you have been given powers for something more and something far greater than what you always believed before. So, you have skills within you. We don’t know how to work them or how they function. So, please just be careful.” Jaise said. “How am I supposed to know if no one tells me!?” I snap back. Liam looked at me in shock. Jaise and he exchanged a glance. “He’s got a point.” Jaise said. Liam sighed and nodded.

“Alright, but now is not the time. We will explain everything, and I do mean everything when we get out of this.” My cousin promised. “Oh, you won’t be getting out of here. Well, at least not all of you.” They all whipped around and saw the boy again from before. “What do you want?” Jaise demanded. “Matt’s death. That white blast worked as an anti-possessive spell. You can’t be brainwashed or controlled by some other power. But, I don’t need it to kill him. All I have to do is drown him.” He said, and then he disappeared. “You don’t think you can beat me do you?” He grabbed my wrist. “You can’t teleport without weakening yourself,” Ashlee said confidently.

The boy laughed. “You have no idea who I do you?” The normal rules of vampires don’t apply to me. I don’t get weak from teleporting. He waved his hand and a small rain storm, mixed with a lightning storm formed. Across the bay, we could hear the sound of howling wind and see the ground make waves and get chipped away. Then on the other side, we all noticed molten lava seeping through the ground while a fierce snow storm raged on overhead. “You think you’re all powerful for your one spell? I have all eight.” He said coldly.

Then I was gone. I saw myself floating over the island. “It’s not underwater?” I asked. “Oh, it was for a while. But, the water is receding, and I don’t know why you care.” He dived straight into the water, and I barely was able to hold my breath. I thought Zolem was supposed to stop him? I didn’t think he could or would let this guy hurt me. He pulled me straight under the water for quite some distance, and then he left, and I just accepted my fate. I don’t know how deep I was, but I tried to swim up, and I didn’t seem to have the strength to move because of the current. I was going to die underwater. That wasn’t how I ever imagined I would die. After two minutes, I felt myself lose oxygen, and my lungs screamed for air. Then I saw something swimming towards me fast! I guess this was the end. That was where I thought I died.

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