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Chapter XXVII

โ€œI donโ€™t think this was a good idea,โ€ I mumbled out loud.

My hands shake in my lap as I clench them tightly together to keep them from moving, but nothing worked, my rising anxiety with every mile we ride, my legs quake and my eyes skirt back to the mirror to gaze behind us; my heart pounds, each vibration heard through my ears.

โ€œI shouldnโ€™t have listened to you. I should have stayed where I was, safe,โ€ I utter, wiping my hands down my jean pants.

โ€œLook, we got out of there, that was the biggest part of the plan.โ€ Maddie cuts her eyes over toward me before glancing in the review mirror and back to the road ahead.

I notice her hands were clutching the steering wheel, tightly, her fingers trembling.

โ€œI should have stayed.โ€

For some reason, my heart was growing heavy and it felt harder to breathe, the distance away. . . the distance away from him was doing something to me.

โ€œThis was the best way and thing to doโ€”โ€

โ€œBut for who!?โ€ I suddenly shout causing Maddie to jerk in her seat, โ€œWho does this โ€˜escapeโ€™ benefit? Me or you? Because my actions from now on will be for the children Iโ€™m carrying.โ€

โ€œAll this is for you!โ€ she argues, โ€œIโ€™m doing this for you. You donโ€™t know what they will do to you after you give birth, Kaitlyn, these are Vampires weโ€™re dealing with.โ€

โ€œYouโ€™re right,โ€ I run my hands through my hair, yanking on loose strands. โ€œBut that doesnโ€™t mean you know either, youโ€™re as in the dark as I am about everything.โ€

Maddie sighs heavily through her nose, one of her hands coming off the steering wheel to rub her ear; a habit she was getting annoyed. โ€œWhy canโ€™t you see that Iโ€™m risking a lot for you not because I love you but because youโ€™re the only family I have left.โ€

โ€œMaybe I donโ€™t want you to!โ€ I whip around to face her, glaring at the side of her face, โ€œI need you to come to the conclusion that you canโ€™t always be there for me and that everything doesnโ€™t need something drastic as this to โ€˜protectโ€™ me.โ€

A muscle in her jaw ticked as she clenched her teeth, keeping silent.

โ€œYouโ€™re not one of those superheroines in the comic books that wish to save every single person they see in distress; itโ€™s stupid and canโ€™t always happen. Iโ€™ve come to the mindset that there will always be someone, better, stronger and smarter than me. You need to too.โ€

โ€œI was safe when I was them, him, Delano kept me safe even when I doubted him.โ€

โ€œIโ€™ll do whatever I can to get you three back to the manor. .โ€

I squeeze my eyes shut, balling my hand into a fist as I push back in the seat and turn away from her, facing the window.

โ€œMaybe it was better off for you to stay away, I didnโ€™t need you then and I donโ€™t need you now.โ€

From the side mirror, I watched as Maddie pumped gas into the car, her eyes flickering around the area in an alert. Since the heated conversation neither one of us spoke to each other, the car was filled with silence so quite it was too loud for me to handle; the sound of Maddie placing the gas pump back causes me to blink and flicker my gaze back to where she was in time to see her round the back of the car, the driverโ€™s side opens and close and we were off once again.

We pulled out of the deserted gas station and onto the empty road that stretched for miles and was surrounded by fields of grass on either side of the road. Silence encased the car in a poisonous bubble, my hand strokes my belly underneath my shirt, the hard ridges under my fingers.

I started out the window, looking at nothing in particular when something black flickered in the field; I blinked.

โ€˜The hell. .โ€™

I leaned towards the window, squinting to get a better look and make sure what I saw was true and then it happened again, a flickering a black body outline popped up on the side of the road before disappearing. I breathed out moving away, chills tuning up and down my arms

โ€œHey,โ€ Maddie speaks grabbing my attention, I turn my head to see her gazing at me from the side of her then focuses back on the road.

โ€œI donโ€™t want there to be any tension between us, but Iโ€™m sorry, some of the things you said. . . you were right,โ€ she admits. โ€œIโ€™m always doing things that in a way doesnโ€™t help you but still you follow along with.โ€

โ€œIโ€™m sorry too, I said some hurtful things,โ€ I reach over and grab her free hand. โ€œI do need you here, youโ€™re like the spark of reality thatโ€™s letting me know that this is all real.โ€

She doesnโ€™t say anything else but squeezes my hand tighter, eyes blank with her thoughts, the only sound was the tires running smoothly on the pavement.

She sighs for a moment. โ€œThereโ€™s something I need to tell you too.โ€

Shock coursed through my system when I see tears begin to brim her eyes, whatever she had to say must have been serious since the last time she cried was the day I mentioned abortion. Even before she could spout another word, there was a loud thump on the hood of the car causing me to flinch and grip the door.

The force of the thud results in the car to swerve from left to right, Maddie hissing under her breath as she gripped the wheel to get the car righted; feet slamming on the brakes and tires squealing in protest. A silhouette in front of the care causes my blood to freeze and my heart to skip multiple beats.

Cold blue eyes stared at me through the window shield, yards away from the car.

Another thump on top of the car was heard and then a head popped down from the top and back at us was none other Adrian, his red eyes blazing with uncontrolled anger. The car whipped to the side jerking to a stop.


The silence was a deadly weapon.

Adrian hopped from the roof of the car and stood in front of it, his eyes on Maddie and Maddie only, he walked around the car with slow predatory steps, grace invented with his movements. He stopped by the driverโ€™s side, both of us holding our breath, he reaches for the door handle and pulls on the locked door.

His eyes gleam as he motions for the door the gesture heard loud and clear in the silence that killed us. She shook her head, trembling from head to toe, something completely uncharacteristic.

Thatโ€™s when he took action. He lunged and ripped the door from off its hinges, the shrill and ear-bleeding sound of metal bending, he yanked her from the seat with her seatbelt and all.

Her horrified screams were the only thing heard as they disappeared.

โ€œMaddie!!โ€ I called out into the thin air, reaching for nothing.

A soft touch to my shoulder made me whip around to see Delano crouched in the car, door open and face impassive. I didnโ€™t even hear him nor the door.

Tears clouded vision, tumbling down my cheeks and creating trails to the tip of my chin and some slipping on the seams of my dry lips.

โ€œIโ€™m sorry,โ€ I croaked, โ€œIโ€™m sorry. .โ€

He simply shut his eyes, taking in a deep breath before releasing it out his flares nostrils. Strands of of hair drifted into his lashes from the soft breeze in the area. His hands caressed my wet cheeks, stroking the skin, small sparks erupting as his fingers find my forehead and thumb presses to my temple lightly.

โ€œI know.โ€ was his only response.

Then he knocks me into complete darkness, peaceful yet quite, I was scared for I didnโ€™t know how long that will last.

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