“Shall we go to class, Ange?” I asked Angela, wanting to run from the sadness and guilt that was still present.
Angela nodded silently. Apparently she was the shy type.
We walked to our Biology class and I asked her about the lesson. I discovered she already had a partner and that there was only one person left without a partner.
“Edward Cullen?” I asked. I swore his last name was Masen.
She nodded. “He and his siblings were adopted by Mrs and Dr Cullen. Dr Cullen is really nice.”
“Oh. So the Cullens are the five kids that were sitting in the corner, right? That’s why they don’t look alike.” That would explain it. I can see what their names were as they were born.
Our little talk became so interesting, our walk to the classroom had slowed down, so as we stepped into the classroom, everyone was already there. I said Angela goodbye before sitting beside Edward without giving him as much as a glance. I hoped he would just ignore me.
Of course, I didn’t have such luck.
“Hello,” he said in a soft, musical voice.
I inhaled deeply and looked up, meeting his golden gaze with a soft smile. “Hi.”
“My name’s Edward Cullen,” he smiled friendly. “You’re new, aren’t you?”
I nodded. “Yes, sadly enough. Bella Swan. I moved here last weekend.”
“Chief Swan’s daughter?”
I resisted the urge to smile. Iraz’s hiding name. I was old enough to be his great-great-great-great-and-so-on-grandmother, and he was supposed to act like my father.
“Yes, that’s correct.”
He fell silent for a few seconds and cocked his head to the side, as if studying me. She reminds me of someone. But who?
My eyes widened as a memory struck me. It couldn’t be.
Just at that second Mr Banner started the lesson. I turned my eyes to the board as I let the memory play out.
Rain droplets fell down onto me as I held onto my friend Gares’ dead body. Most of the Ethers would be reincarnated, but as the Ether of the night, he always said he wanted to become one with the moon when he died. Without him I would be alone. Again.
I bowed over him and cried again. I looked over at the monster which had killed him, seeing he started breathing again. I release Gares, stood up from the ground and lifted my hand. “Burn in hell,” I choked as my hand glowed and his body disappeared into red flames.
I went back to Gares again and closed his eyes. Tears streamed down my cheeks. “I will never forget you, my friend. It’s time for you to reunite with the moon, as you wanted.”
I kissed his forehead. Under my touch his body transformed into silver dust, which was pulled into the air by the wind.
“Are you alright?”
I inhaled deeply, smelling the same kind of scent I had smelled on the monstrous evil that had killed my friend. I growled low in my throat and before the person could react, I had him up against the alley wall by his neck. He had wavy blond hair and was slender but muscular.
“What are you?” I hissed in pure fury.
Holy Jesus, she’s damn strong, I heard him think in panic.
“Answer me, you monster!”
“Please, put me down and I will explain. I’m not here to hurt you, I promise.”
He spoke calmly, but his thoughts told me how he really felt.
I lowered him slightly. “One wrong move and you’re dead, monster.”
“I’m not… okay, I do not totally disagree on being a monster. But I have a different lifestyle than others of my kind.”
I released him, but didn’t step back. “What are you?”
“I’m a vampire,” he said and I growled angrily at the statement. “But I’m different!”
“How so? You still kill, don’t you?”
“Yes, but not humans. I drink from animals.”
I frowned and took a small step back. “Do you have anything to prove that?”
“My eyes,” he said. I looked at his golden eyes. “Vampires who drink from blood have red eyes, I do not.”
I relaxed immediately. “So not all of you are bad.”
“No. Why do you think so? What happened?”
“Someone of your kind killed my best friend.”
His eyes shone with curiosity. “May I invite you to come with me to hospital and tell me everything? I have a few appointments, but I would love to hear your stories.”
So I did, and I told him everything. His name was Carlisle and he felt trustworthy. And he told me about his rebirth and how he tried to kill himself at first, before deciding to drink from animals. He also told me about this boy he saved from the Spanish flu by changing him. He was also teaching him to drink from animals.
“I’m very curious if your gift also works on my kind,” Carlisle said.
“Yes,” I said. “I can see your mate.” Then I frowned. “Make sure to be at your morgue shift tomorrow. You will meet your mate there, not for the first time, but she’s in a bad shape. You need to change her, Carlisle.”
“Who is it?”
“I can’t tell you. You have to discover on your own,” I said. I stood up from the chair. “I need to go. I am needed somewhere.”
Carlisle nodded and also stood up. “I hope we will meet again, one day soon.”
I smiled and shook his hand. “I’m sure we will, Carlisle. Thank you for telling me about your kind. And remember what I told you about tomorrow, okay?”
He nodded and when he released my hand, I turned and left his office. When I walked from the office, a movement made me look up. A boy with tidy bronze hair and golden eyes walked into Carlisle’s office’s direction. His golden eyes told me he was the boy Carlisle had been talking about.
My eyes widened and I turned to Edward, comparing him to the boy I had seen in 1921. Yes, it all clicked.
Just as I opened my mouth to speak, the bell rang, and he was gone before the bell stopped ringing.