Chapter 10: Masks
We all just stood there in silence for a few moments, then Nevar went over to the window and pulled away the curtain. She looked outside each way, then closed the curtain and turned back to us.
“He’s gone,” she said.
“He better be,” Alec growled.
“Okay, enough with the theatrics. It’s giving me a headache. So can you please act like a normal person, instead of a homicidal vampire?” I asked.
“Fine,” he growled again.
“And enough with the growling. It makes you sound like a dog,” I said.
“Fine,” he said very clear cut, and normal.
“Well would you look at that. There lies a half normal person in there,” I said.
“Half normal?” he asked looking at me.
“Well, you are the one with your shoulders raised, fist clenched and jaw clenched, with a look in between disagreeable, and murderous,” I said, looking him up and down.
“Well you’re one to talk. You look….. you look, never mind,” he said in a huff.
“Thought so,” I said smugly.
“Are you guys done?” Serena asked us.
“Yes,” I said.
“Good, because I have the feeling that he’s going to be coming back,” Serena said.
“Why would you say that? We made a deal with him,” I said.
“Does he really look like the type to keep a deal? And besides, I just have a feeling about him,” Serena said. But when she said the last part, she was looking at me, but I don’t know why.
“Don’t look at me. I’m no witch,” I said.
“I think that we should put a protection spell on her. One that would prevent anyone from finding her. And put one on her house,” Serena said.
“What about school?” Nevar asked.
“You ever think about being home schooled?” Serena asked me, only half jokingly.
“Ha, ha,” I said.
“I can do it,” Serena said.
“So are we set?” Nevar asked.
“Yep,” Serena said.
“So what do I do for now?” I asked.
“The best thing to do would be to go home,” Nevar said.
“But what if my parents notice that I look different?” I ask.
“Then tell them you have a cold or something,” Serena said.
“Oh yeah, a cold that suddenly makes me more beautiful, and defines all my senses. Oh yeah, some cold,” I said.
“Maybe they won’t notice?” Serena said, but it sounded more like a question.
“Well just don’t say anything about it, and if they do ask, tell them you're using a new moisturizer or something,” Nevar said.
“Fine. But I’m telling you, it won’t work,” I said.
“Maybe you should wear a hoodie of mine,” Serena said.
“Good idea,” I said.
She went into her bedroom to get me a hoodie.
“A hoodie, really? Is that the best she can do? Some witch,” I said.
“I heard that,” Serena said.
She came out a second later with a black hoodie for me. I took it out of her arms and pulled it over my head, then put the hood up.
“How do I look?” I asked them.
“Like you're going to go join a gang,” Nevar said.
“Perfect. Now, instead of my parents being worried about my looks and senses, they’ll be worried about my self esteem,” I said.
“Well, it’ll have to do,” Serena said.
When I started to walk out the door, Nevar came up behind me.
“What do you think you're doing?” she asked.
“Going home. I thought we already established this,” I said.
“You can’t just walk all the way home,” she said.
“Of course I can. It’s not that far,” I said.
“But you can’t go by yourself,” she said.
“Why not?” I asked.
“What if something happens?” she asked.
“Then I’ll use my recently built in weapons,” I said smiling with my teeth.
“Fine. But you better be careful. And if you need any help, just call us,” she said.
“Promise,” I said.
I stepped out into the cool night. I could see all the stars glittering above me. There was a soft wind ruffling through my hair. Normally I would have thought it was a beautiful night. But tonight I had this awful feeling inside me. Almost like there was something evil out here. But I noticed as I started walking that I felt more calm. My heartbeat was beating peacefully and I almost felt welcome in a way. And I know why, I thought to myself. I am now a creature of the night.