Chapter Twelve: Mira Returns with a Friend
The next day when everyone woke up, we were still kind of buzzed from the night before. Our spirits were still high. It made everyone more agreeable, except Melena; she remained kind of irritable. The Elders had slinked back into their very secret room, and we didn’t hear much from them. They must be in a deep, deep meditation.
This went on for a week, and everyone soon grew restless. Taylor had taken to boxing with Aron, and Jade taught me how to feed without killing. I liked Jade a lot, and I didn’t get the feeling I was being judged. Max and Claire’s relationship seemed to grow a little more serious, and Aron seemed to be taken in by Melena. Joey and Zane got bored easy, and they started to play pranks on everyone.
Once, I went to take a bite of some food to curb my cravings, and it blew up in my face. Max went to take a shower, and they had done something to the water. It poured out honey instead. Zane would have had to of used his magic, and then they poured feathers on him. So, poor Max had to walk around naked with feathers everywhere until they agreed to turn the water back.
I think the worst prank they played was on Oliver and Adina. Adina had been sitting at a desk and Joey calmly strolled up behind her, he then took scissors and cut off a piece of her hair. He ran away quickly before she turned around good. Zane got Oliver by gluing Oliver’s phone to his hand while he was asleep. Adina used her telepathic powers to get cords wrapped around both of their throats.
After that the pranks came to a stop. They had gone too far, but it was funny a little later. So, we went on with nothing to do, and I was still allowed nowhere. Taylor had gotten a little distant from me, and I wanted to talk to him about it. But anytime I tried, he walked away.
So, one day I walked in and sat down by Melena. She was polishing her nails, and it looked like she was studying them rather intently. I didn’t quite know what to say, so I sat there with my mouth half open. When she looked up and saw me, she laughed.
“If you’re going to speak, do it. Otherwise I don’t have time for riff raff,” she said, menacingly.
“I just have to ask you a question,” I started.
“I’m listening, newbie vamp.”
“Why do you hate everyone?”
She spit out some of the drink she was having. Surprised by my directness I suppose. To be honest, I was myself.
“Who said I hate anyone?”
“Well, for starters, you walk around here looking all unhappy with your life. You don’t say friendly words to anyone. You kinda keep to yourself which is kind of sad.”
She laughed. Like she literally laughed at me.
“Newbie vamp, I don’t hate anyone. Look, in this life it’s kill or be killed. We may all die soon and I could be the only survivor. Does it really do me any good to have attachments to you or anyone?”
“That’s a lonely way to live.”
“It’s necessary. All this bonding and hanging out with each other or training with each other, it’s only a distraction. It’ll only get you killed.”
I sat back and thought for a moment before I opened my mouth again.
“Or maybe it helps you survive. Family can make you stronger. Right now, you guys are my family.”
“That may be so. I’ve always gotten along just fine on my own. I don’t need someone cheering for me or slowing me down. My life has been hard enough with adding someone else to the mix.”
I was taken aback. I had heard Jade say Melena had been mistreated as a child. She was better off alone. She didn’t like having people around that could hurt her. I was going to question her more.
Only I didn’t get the chance.
“We have a new arrival!” Henry said.
“She’s hot too,” said Kai.
I looked and saw my old friend Mira with a man. I knew that face! It couldn’t be, and what does he want with Mira? Why was she grinning like a Cheshire cat? How did she know where to find us?
“Destiny, darling, it’s so nice to see you again!” she squealed.
I ran up and hugged my friend. I had missed her so much.
“Mira! I am so happy to see you. Who is this and what is he doing here?” I asked.
“This is John. He is one of the oldest vampires in the world. He turned one of the girls here, and he turned you, my sweet. He has information that will help your cause,” Mira explained, quickly.
“How do you know about all ofthis?” Aron shouted.
“I am a witch, dear, nothing gets passed me. I was just waiting for John to find me,” Mira answered.
“Well, it’s good to have new help, and someone who must know something,” Henry said.
“If he knows anything,” Kai interjected.
“I wish to speak to the Water Elders in private, please,” John said.
“This way,” Henry said.
I watched John walk off, and I caught him smirking at me. I saw him pass Jade and she let out the worst growl I have ever heard. There’s no blood lost between those two. No pun intended. They seemed to genuinely hate each other.
I would too if someone I thought cared about me turned me and left me. Now Mira is on his arm, and offering to help him. I wonder what her motive is, and what is going to happen once the Elders receive this information. Now would be a good time to have a private investigator, but I guess I’ll have to snoop the old-fashioned way. I know ways to make her talk.
“So, Des, what have you been up to lately?” Mira asked.
“Trying to adjust. Jade has been helping me out a ton,” I said.
“Jade, the girl John turned 800 years ago,” Mira said.
“Yeah, she’s good at all this vampire business. I don’t understand any of it. Why is it vervain that hurts us? How is it possible for me to walk in the sunlight with a piece of jewelry?”
“Des, I was the one that gave you the ability to walk in the sunlight. Vervain is just a good herb that protects humans from being compelled by a vampire and usually turns a vampire away from finishing someone off.”
“So, are there other herbs that can hurt a vampire?”
“Not that I know of. Oh, and witches can’t be compelled.”
“So, Des, have any guys taken your fancy since your little accident with Adam?”
I didn’t know what to think of her question. It took everything I had to keep from crying.
“Just one, and I really don’t know how he feels about me. He’s been a little distant here lately.”
“He may have the hots for you. You just need to test the waters. Talk to him, and maybe try asking the right questions. Girl, in this life you deserve some happiness. And I am glad you like the necklace. I thought it would bring out your eyes.”
I nodded in understanding. So, John had Mira made the necklace for me. I wonder what else Mira has done for John. Aren’t witches supposed to hate vampires? What is really going on here?
“I hate to break up the happy reunion, but I need to speak to Destiny, now,” Taylor said.
I walked over to where he was at, and I tried to keep my distance.
“Let’s go for a walk,” he suggested.
Meaning it is too public to talk here. He must want to talk about something important and he doesn’t want ears on us. Maybe he can tell me why he’s been so freakin’ shady lately. I thought we had everything behind us, but with the way he’s been acting lately, it isn’t true. So, I followed him out the door and into the direct sunlight.
He walked towards the woods, and I followed looking around occasionally.
“Taylor, what’s this about?”
“I am just struggling, Destiny. I feel like we are getting closer and closer to the end of everything. I need to know I can trust on my teammates. The only thing is, I don’t know if I can trust you. You’re the newest vampire, and quite frankly, I’m still having trouble forgetting what you did.”
I lowered my eyes from his hard stare. I could understand where he was coming from. After all, I did kill his brother.
“Taylor, I will forever be haunted by the lives I have taken. I am trying so hard to work on my bloodlust. It isn’t easy. You can trust me. I will be there for you. For all of you.”
He let out a sigh.
“I think somewhere deep down I know that. I’m just having a hard time with all of this. I don’t know what’s going to happen. You’ve been holding up good with Jade, huh?”
“She’s been showing me the ropes. Training me in combat and how to build up my blood tolerance. I’m much better than I was at the beginning.”
“We don’t need to be letting our guard down. I don’t fully trust the Elders. I think they know more than what they’re telling us. Plus, I’m worried about Kevin and some of the others. I don’t know if they have the experience for this kind of thing. I hate feeling helpless.”
“You are not helpless. We can do this if we stick together. We just have to believe.”
“Yeah, if we believe we will win, we will.”
“Sometimes, if you have just a little faith, you can do some of the biggest things. Things you would have thought were impossible.”
Taylor nodded and walked behind me. I can understand his anger and concern. He seems to care deeply about people, and I had noticed that while I was watching him teach Selema to fight. He wants to help people, and I would hate myself if he was the one they needed. But then that would mean the Elders would have been wrong.
I looked behind me and noticed Taylor seemed lost in thought.
“One that is lost in thought is still lost,” I said.
“I know; I’m just thinking of this Great Evil. What does it want with us?” he questioned.
“I don’t know, but I do know we will get through it together.”
“Are you going to be with us?”
“Every step of the way.”
He nodded, and seemed happy with my response. When we neared the building, I heard a lot of shouting and threats. I dashed inside to see what was the matter, and I was greeted by an angry mob.
“There she is, she’s the problem,” John said.
“Destiny Bell, you are hereby charged with several counts of murder and will go on trial to see if you are the one who is betraying us to the Great Evil,” a Water Elder said.
“I have not done anything!” I shouted.
I turned to run, but everyone grabbed me. They tied me with ropes soaked with vervain, and it burned like nothing I have ever felt before. John told them to stop for a moment because he needed to speak to me. John walked by me and whispered in a voice no one could hear:
“Now is the time you fulfill your purpose. The whole reason I turned you.”
A gasp left my lips.
“I hope you rot for all the pain you’ve caused,” I hissed.
“Darling, I’m not the one on trial here. Had you been a good girl and controlled your thirst, we wouldn’t be here.”
“I wouldn’t be here in this position if it weren’t for you!”
“That’s true. I had hoped in turning you into a vampire, this whole evil thing would go away. It only seemed to spur it on more.”
“It requires the sacrifice of a Bell witch. In your bloodline power is only passed down to the females. Max is of no use to whoever is behind this, and that is why I let him live.”
I think he could see the wheels turning in my brain because he offered up a genuinely sad smile.
“This is going to kill Mira. She loves you, and she did as I asked to provide you a way to walk in the sun. It didn’t have to be this way. You have just brought a whole lot of unwanted attention this way.”
I nodded and I fought back tears before I spoke again.
“If they kill me, will everyone be safe?”
“If they find you guilty the penalty will be death. I can only hope everyone will be safe.”
I nodded again taking my place at the stand where I was to have judgement passed on me. If I can keep people safe, I can take anything they throw at me. But what are they going to accuse me of, and will I be able to defend myself? I didn’t know, but I got the feeling I was about to find out.
He told them to carry on. What I saw next I didn’t necessarily expect. They took me into a room that looked like a modern-day courtroom. I didn’t like the looks of this, and I hadn’t expected it to be like a real trial. I had a bad feeling about this.