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Chapter 25

Two days have past since I saw Rolan and for forty eight hours I haven’t been able to get him out my head.

It’s crazy how he affects me. With just one look from him makes me shiver, wanting him to take me in the most dirtiest of ways. And it’s not only a physical effect he has on me neither. The guy has my heart too. It’s a simple fact. I was with him for a mere half an hour and already there has been a difference. The black lines on my stomach and legs have completely disappeared, like they never even existed. It scares me how much I’ve already forgiven and how much I trust him.

A beep from my phone brings me from my daydreams.

Vrey: Hey it’s Vrey, long time no see. I know you probably don’t want to but I was wondering whether you’d like to go out.

I smile lightly. A weight lifts off my shoulders when I see the text. I had only met Vrey a couple times but she seems very down to earth. I kind of miss her company. I reply with: Hey stranger, sure I’d love to go out. What time?

Vrey:Meet outside the bowling alley. 2:30.

Mae: Cool, see you there.

I get out of my bed, which has become a lot easier since the black lines disappeared, and go to my wardrobe to pick out an outfit. I file through each item of clothing until I come across a black mini skirt with buttons going down the centre. I also put on a cropped pink jumper, tights and a pair of purple Doc Martens that I got for my birthday. I let my red plaits loose and don’t bother with makeup except for a little bit of tinted lip gloss.

Finishing quickly, I grab my purse and check how much money I have. I let out a sigh. Nine pounds and thirty seven pence, two cents and a ‘be happy’ badge is all I have to my name. Ok, well I can...window shop. That’s just as nice as actual shopping. Right? I shrug nine pounds, thirty seven pence will have to do.

“Mum.” I shout as I walk down the stairs.


“I’m going out with Vrey to the mall. Is that ok?” I ask.

“Yeah, just be home by eight thirty ok.”

“Ok, bye mum.”

“Bye sweety.”

I arrive quickly outside the bowling alley where Vrey stands.

“I’m so sorry, did I keep you waiting?” I ask as I give her a quick hug.

“No, no you didn’t. I wasn’t waiting long. Just got here actually.” She replies.

“So what are we doing today?” I ask.

“Well I thought that after everything you’ve been through, I wanted to make it up to you by taking you out to the mall.” She says, “With all expenses paid.” She adds.

I gasp and shake my head, “I can’t except that.”

“Oh, sure you can.” Vrey says, grabbing my arm and pulling me down the street towards the mall.

We enter the mall and Vrey proceeds to drag me into the nearest shoe store.

“Ok so being the telepathic witch I am, I know that you love shoes, so please feel free to raid the store.” Vrey gestures to the whole shop. “Also I’ll know exactly what you want so no hiding from me.”

I sigh, ok maybe one pair and then we can leave. Vrey smiles, “Oh we’ll be buying more than one pair.” Vrey says before her eyes widen gleefully, “I just spotted these gorgeous shoes and I need them now. Shop to your hearts content.” And then she’s gone, running over to a rack of shoes.

“, I guess ” I shrug, not quite knowing what else to say.

I walk along the aisles of the store, looking at all the various types of shoes on the racks. In the corner of my eye I catch sight of a beautiful pair of boots. Cute boots are my weakness! I study it carefully. It is a black suede boot with a stiletto heel. There is a zip going down the side with two golden buckles. They are so gorgeous!

“Looks like someone found a pair of shoes.” Vrey says behind me who already carries three bags. I jump, startled by her sudden appearance.

“Vrey, don’t do that.” I put my hand on my pounding heart.

“Sorry, didn’t mean to scare you.” She says, “You should try them on.”

I find my size and then sit down so that I can try them on. I lace them up and then walk over to the mirror to look at them. I bite my lip, they really do look beautiful.

“We’re getting them.” Vrey states. I walk back to my seat and take them off. My eyes bulge as I see the price tag. Three hundred and thirty pounds! “Vrey you can’t buy me those.” I say. Vrey ignores me and takes the shoes to the counter. I protest throughout the whole transaction but Vrey pays no attention. She hands me the bag with a smile.

“Thank you so much, Vrey.” I say, almost breaking out into tears. She hugs me and says, “You are my sister now. If there is anything that can make you happy, I will do it.” My bottom lip quivers as I can no longer hold back my tears. “I’ve always wanted a sister.” I say.

“Well you’ve got one.” She says, wiping away my tears. I smile and continue to thank her for the gift.

“So, where to next?” She asks.

“Next? I thought we were done!” I exclaim.

“We’ve only just started.” Vrey replies whilst laughing at my confused expression.

We walk into another shop, a clothes store this time and immediately I see a dress that I want but a sinking feeling in my gut stops me from being fully excited. The fact that I wouldn’t be able to afford any of this without Vrey here makes me feel so uncomfortable. Vrey pulls me into the store, leaving me no time to dwell on my sour thoughts.

We both walk around the store, picking up dresses that we can try on in the dressing rooms. I pick out only one dress. A backless, lacy black mini dress that has a white bodice underneath.

“Ok, are you ready to try on the clothes?” I ask.

“Yeah, lets go.” Vrey replies.

I go into a changing room and begin to change out of my clothes and into the dress. As I’m changing a spot on my left forearm begins to tingle and ache. I rub the tender spot and look down at my arm.

My heart pounds in my chest and my whole body is consumed in fear as I watch the red letters on my skin move and twirl. My breathing becomes uneven and choppy.

“Mae, you alright?” Vrey asks as she knocks on the changing room door. “You been in there quite a while.”

“Yeah, I’m fine. Just give me a sec.” I take deep breaths to calm myself down. Something is coming but what the fuck could it be?

“Um Vrey, could you come and do the button up on the dress please.” I ask whilst slipping on the boots I brought earlier. Seeing Vrey’s face calms me down. Maybe I’m just overreacting.

The dress hugs my figure, exploiting the curves of my body. “You look gorgeous.” Vrey says as we watch ourselves through the mirror. I smile at her comment. I feel gorgeous.

I change back into my clothes and give Vrey the dress so she can pay for it. I take one last look at my arm before I cover it up with my sleeve.

We leave the shop and walk around to see what shop we’re going to go in next.

“You hungry?” Vrey asks.

“Oh hell yeah.” I reply. Vrey laughs at my response. “But I kinda really need to pee aswell.” I say.

“Ok, you give me the bags. I’ll be upstairs in the food court. Meet when your done.” I nod and then we split ways, me going to the toilet and Vrey to the food court.

I use the loo quickly and then wash my hands. I look in the mirror, noticing the bags under my eyes. All this worry is taking a toll on me. I splash cold water on my face and take a deep breath and just as I take my deep breath the letters on my forearm begin to burn and itch. I let out a yelp at the sensation. My breathing becomes sporadic as the pain intensifies. I fall to my knees, gasping in agony.

My heart beats even faster in my chest as a blaring alarm goes off. The intercom in the mall goes off, ‘Can all shoppers vacate the building, this is not a drill. Can all shoppers vacate the building, this is not a drill.’ I try to push myself off the floor but it seems that my limbs are locked, unable to move. I begin to panic as black smoke begins to saturate the room and I can start to smell burning. I go to scream but my mouth won’t move.

It seems like ages before I start to feel as though I can move my limbs but by now the whole room is full of smoke. I cough and sputter as I struggle to get a healthy amount of oxygen in my lungs.

I run out of the toilets only to be met with a worse scene. The whole building is in flames there is absolutely nowhere for me to run. I start to cry as I begin to feel desperate. I’m going to die in here.

I back up and slide down the wall as I feel the heat of the flames lick my skin. Sweat drips from my forehead. “Help!” I scream into the thick, cloggy air. “Help!”

“Mae!” A voice replies, “Mae, where are you.?” His voice shakes noticeably but it still rings out through the flames.

“I’m over here! Please, please help me, Rolan!” I shout as loud as possible. A body flies through the flames and I finally see him. He looks terrified, absolutely and utterly terrified. His eyes scan around, looking for me. He spots me and runs over. I can see that he is shaking.

“Rolan.” I say, happy to see his face. I put my hand on his cheek. “How are we going to get out?” I ask.

“I don’t know.” He replies. He slides down the wall to sit next to me.

“I don’t want die here, I don’t want to die alone.” I say to Rolan. He takes my hand in his and kisses the back of it. Rolan looks at me with a soft, sad smile. “You’re not alone. I’m never going to leave you, Mae.” He says as he wraps his body around me like a shield and kisses my forehead.

“And I’m never going to leave you either, Rolan.” I say as I bury my head into the crook of his neck and kiss the soft skin of his throat.

No more words are exchanged after that, we just sit there in the smoke, a little bundle of love, burning in the flames.

Hey guys,

It is currently 2am and I can’t sleep. So I decided to use the time to update. I also just realised that I used the word mall to describe the shopping centre, didn’t even realise I did that.😂

Also I was wondering whether any of you guys would like a prequel to Royalty about Angela and Derek(Rolan’s parents)??

Anyways I’m going to try and sleep now. Goodnight xx


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