My name is Carly and my life is screwed up. Things go wrong whenever I find a sliver of happiness. In the last year I’ve gotten the ability to see visions, I almost died on multiple occasions, the boy I love is a vampire, and I lost my mother. Well, I thought I lost her until she showed up a year later. So let’s pick up where we left off, shall we?
I struggled against Anthony’s grasp, but he wouldn’t loosen up. Tears formed in my eyes as I looked at the woman who used to be my mother. “How could you? You let me believe you were dead for an entire year. I spent months waking up with nightmares of the crash; reliving it over and over. Why didn’t you tell me?”
She turned around to face me. “It wasn’t the right time. I needed to figure myself out and control my urges. I came to your brother first because I saw his pain. You had people to make you feel better, he didn’t. I should’ve told you, but I couldn’t.”
“So instead you wanted to torture me? Tell Aria and Nick to hurt me, hurt Sam, and all the innocent people they slaughtered. Anthony kidnapped my best friend and she almost died. Did you make them do all that?” I said with my anger rising. “Did you?!”
“Yes, but I didn’t think it would get this out of hand. I told them not to lay on hand on you, but they aren’t the best listeners.” Said Mom
“You are my mother. Do you have any emotions at all? You hurt my friends and you hurt me. Why? Why did you have to cause me so much pain? I asked
My mom stood beside me and rested her hand on my cheek. “I will explain soon, but I have many things to get done first. Just know I did all of this for you, even if it seems like a terrible way to do it. I love you, Carly. I might be dead, but I still have feelings.”
“What’s your plan? Are you gonna turn me into a monster like Ethan?” I asked
“You little…” Began, Ethan, as my mom stopped him with her hand.
“Ethan is no monster. He wanted this life and I provided it for him. If you someday what that too, I’ll grant that wish.” Said Mom
“I will never ask you to turn me. I don’t want to be like you.” I said
“We’ll see what the future holds. But no that is not my intentions tonight, I am here to help.” Said Mom
“You have a funny way of showing it.” I said
She smiled to herself and looked me in the eyes. “I will give you the blood you need to heal Claire, Sam, and yourself back to full strength. I’ll get rid of the car, compel Claire’s family, and yours so it seems like nothing ever happened this evening.”
“Why are you suddenly wanting to save me when your minions tried to kill me earlier?” I asked
“They took it a little rougher than I wanted, but it won’t happen again. I want you to trust me. Give me a chance and I might surprise you.” Said Mom
“How can you expect me to trust you after everything you’ve done? I mean you turned your own son into a goddamn vampire. You took his life away.” I said
Ethan sighed. “Carly, it’s not like I didn’t want this. I’ve been in pain for the last year and now it’s all gone. I have mom back, I have strength to defeat my bullies, and I can live forever. I’m not complaining.”
“I will see you very soon, Carly.” Said, Mom, as Anthony tucked three vials into my shirt pocket. “Until then I hope you can learn to understand why I did what I did.”
“Mom, wait…” I began
“Goodbye, Carly. Until next time.” Said, Mom, as she, Ethan, and Anthony vanished. I fell onto my butt when Anthony disappeared and gasped in agony. I took the three vials out of my shirt and stared at them for a short while.
I wasn’t gonna take my mother’s help. She didn’t deserve the satisfaction. Each vial was labeled with our names. I took mine and threw it as far into the woods as I could. When I heard the glass shatter on some rock I dragged myself back over to the car. I pulled myself over to Claire and felt relief when I saw her chest rise.
I popped the cap off the vial and opened Claire’s mouth. I tipped the vial upside down and the blood came out like a fountain of Kool-Aid. Once the vial was empty I closed Claire’s mouth and watched her wounds heal. She’d wake up soon, but hopefully not before we got home.
I went toward the back and did the same to Sam. He woke up almost instantly and his first priority was me. “What happened? Are you okay? Did anyone hurt you?”
“Anthony made the car crash and then he pulled me out of the car. He was about to end me when someone stopped him. When I saw her, I couldn’t believe my eyes. At first I thought she was a ghost, but then I realized what she really was. My mom is alive, Sam. Well, undead.” I said
He grabbed my hand and squeezed. “Your mom’s a vampire?”
“Yeah and she turned my brother as well. She was the mastermind behind everything that has happened. She is the cause of the pain and suffering I have gone through. Before she vanished she handed me three vials of blood. That’s how you and Claire are okay.” I said
“If there were three, why aren’t you healed?” Asked Sam
“I threw mine across the road. I wasn’t gonna give my mother the satisfaction. You and Claire were worse for wear than I am anyway. After a few weeks of rest, I’ll be fine.” I said
“Let me heal you then. I don’t like seeing you in pain.” Said, Sam, stroking my cheek. “I can heal super fast, but you can’t. Please let me help you.”
“Not until Claire is out of here. She is healed up, but needs her rest. Take us back to my place so we aren’t in the middle of the road.” I said
“Are you sure it’s a good idea to go back to your house? They can get in without a invitation, you aren’t safe there.” Said, Sam, with worry in his eyes. “We could go anywhere else and you’d have a shot at safety. Going back there would be suicidal.”
“They won’t try anything, especially if my mom wants my trust. Besides where else am I supposed to go? I still have school and my dad would be worried sick. As long as I have you by my side then I won’t have a problem.” I said
Sam looked down at his feet and then back up at me. “I couldn’t protect you last time, what makes you so sure I could do it next time?”
I cupped his face in my hands. “Sam, I trust you. I know you can protect me. Don’t doubt yourself.” I said giving him a peck on the lips.
He nodded and carefully pulled Claire from the car. He lifted her up bridal style and vanished down the road. A few minutes later he was back and did the same thing to me. When we arrived at my house it was as if nothing happened. Everyone was asleep, my room was spotless, and nothing seemed out of the ordinary.
Sam tried to give me his blood, but I refused. I didn’t want the pain to suddenly vanish, I wanted to feel everything. He checked my wounds and my prediction was almost correct; I had a sprained wrist, bruised ribs, and a broken leg. We both knew if I was left in this condition I’d get worse and die. A doctor is what I needed and explaining how this happened would be an issue. I didn’t like it, but Sam’s blood was the only answer.
I didn’t want to be fully healed so to Sam’s discontent he agreed. He took a dagger and sliced open his wrist. Sam dripped blood onto the cut in my leg and on my arm. They healed to the point of only being sore. He then put some on my stomach and hesitated when it came to my neck wound. I could see the guilt in his eyes when I made him look at me. “Sam, don’t blame yourself. I did this to save you. I don’t regret anything I did.”
“I hurt you in the worse way a vampire can hurt a human. I should’ve stayed strong and kept myself in control. If I were stronger then I wouldn’t have hurt you.” Said, Sam, rubbing blood onto the bite; I would always have a scar.
“Sam, you were hungry and there was no way out. You had to be strong to allow us to escape. It was the only way.” I said looking at him with a smile.
Sam and I sat in silence for several minutes. He explained my wounds would heal in a few days and then I’d be as good as new. I nodded with a smile and then more silence ensued. This went on for some time until Sam spoke up. “What are we gonna do with Claire? Do you want me to compel her?”
“No, I can’t hide this from her anymore.” I said looking down at her. “She is my best friend and if it weren’t for her we’d be dead. She deserves to know the truth.”
“What if she starts telling the town about what she saw? Many in this town will think she’s crazy, but there are a few who will believe her words. If Anthony and the others get wift of it, then things could be a whole lot worse.” Said Sam
“I trust her, Sam. If she even begins to question or tell people, I’ll let you know. You can compel her and that will be that. But I want to give her the chance. I’ve been lying to everyone and having someone who I’ve known forever would help me stay away from insanity.” I said
Sam looked down at Claire and then over to me. He squeezed my shoulder and then turned toward the sliding glass door. I saw his movement and grabbed ahold of his hand. “Where are you going?”
“Claire, will be waking up soon. I think when she wakes up she’ll feel less scared seeing you. I’ll stay around to make sure no one gets in. If you need me, just call my name. See you soon.” Said, Sam, as he vanished from the room.
I felt the breeze hit my face and then Sam was gone. I smiled to myself, walking back over to Claire sitting by her side. She looked peaceful and safe from harm. It was all my fault she got brought into this mess. I was sure as hell not gonna let it happen again.
I moved some hair from Claire’s face, noticing all her wounds were gone. I began to sit up when Claire’s hand shot out and grabbed my wrist. I looked down at her and Claire’s eyes were wide open. She pulled me back onto the bed as she pulled herself into a sitting position.
“It wasn’t a dream was it.” Said Claire
“No dream could ever be that unpleasant. It was more of a nightmare. But no. It wasn’t a dream. What do you remember?” I asked
“I remember getting taken from your room, you getting kidnapped, me getting bitten, I met Sam, I put holy water in the sprinkler system, I drove us out of there, and then I hit a man with a car.” Said, Claire, as everything clicked into place. “Holy crap, I hit a man with a car! Is he okay? Did I kill him?!”
I grabbed ahold of Claire’s hand and tried to calm her down. “You didn’t kill anyone. The man you hit was already undead. He caused the car to crash.”
Relief filled her face and then drained just as fast. “Wait. If we crashed into that man, shouldn’t we be dead. The crash let alone should’ve killed us, but that man would’ve finished the job. How are we alive?”
“Long story short. The man was planning to kill us, but then my mom and brother stopped him. She gave me the blood to heal you and Sam.” I said
“Wait, your mom’s alive?!” Asked, Claire, with shock.
“She’s a vampire, has been since the crash. She let me and everyone else believe she was dead. I spent months in agony over that night when it all could’ve been avoided.” I said looking down at my feet.
“Carly, I am so sorry.” Said, Claire, pulling me in for a hug.
I quickly pulled away and continued talking. “What is even worse about all of this is that she turned Ethan. She didn’t just end her life, but his as well. Ethan is only 16 and now he will never get older. He’s cursed.” I said
“You know what I think?” Questioned, Claire, as she moved my chin up so I’d look her in the eyes. “I think your mom stayed away to avoid hurting you. When she saw the pain Ethan was in, she helped him escape. I might be new to this whole supernatural thing, but wouldn’t you want your family to live forever. She didn’t want to lose her son and he didn’t want to lose her again.”
“I guess.” I said
“How are we going to handle the aftermath of this?” Asked, Claire, catching my attention. “My parents are probably worried sick and your parents had to have heard something. What are we gonna do?”
“No need to worry. My mo...Kelly said that she’d compel your family and mine to make sure no one remembered anything. She will get rid of the car and if you hadn’t noticed my room looks like nothing ever happened.” I said as Claire noticed I was right.
“Am I going to get compelled?” Asked Claire
“No, as long as you don’t tell anyone of what happened. If you start telling people of vampires, things will get ugly. Me, you, and Sam are the only ones who know aside from the bad guys. If you tell anyone else their life becomes at risk. You can not tell anyone, not your parents or our friends. Not one word.” I said
“I won’t tell another soul, I promise.” Said, Claire, squeezing my hand as we smiled at each other.
The next morning I woke up next to Claire. She had stole all of the blanket in the middle of the night and I had nothing. I sat up and tiptoed to my bathroom. I quietly closed the door and got ready for the morning. I quickly got dressed, brushed my teeth, and put a fake smile on my face.
All I wanted to do was cry, but I had to stay strong for Claire and keep up an act around my family. They had to think everything was fine because I was not about to risk their lives again. I’ve already lost enough for a lifetime and I just couldn’t lose another. I just can’t.
After finishing in the bathroom, Claire woke up and did the same. Once we were both presentable Amy yelled up the stairs to tell us breakfast was ready. I looked over at Claire and reminded her. “Do not say anything of what happened. They think we just had a normal sleep over and it has to stay that way.”
“No need to worry.” Said Claire
“Alright, head on down. I’ll be down in a second.” I said as Claire got off the bed and quickly went down stairs. Once I knew the coast was clear I walked onto the balcony, Sam appearing by my side. “Claire, promised she wouldn’t tell.”
“Hopefully, she keeps the promise. If not, I’ll do the best I can to keep you both safe. I couldn’t live with myself if you had to lose even more person.” Said Sam
“Yeah, I don’t think I could handle it either. Thank you, Sam.” I said turning toward him. “Without you I would’ve fallen apart by now.”
“Carly, there’s something I need to tell you.” Said Sam
“What is it?” I asked becoming worried
“While I was watching your house last night, I saw someone. The person climbed through one of the house windows, but I didn’t want to worry you. I investigated and stayed in the shadows so the person wouldn’t see me. Luckily, he isn’t skilled enough to use his vampire abilities well.” Said, Sam, as my stomach dropped to the floor.
“Ethan came home, didn’t he?” I asked
“Yes, he did. I could’ve stopped him, but he’s your brother and it is still his house. He might be a vampire now, but he’s still your brother.” Said Sam
“Who invited him in?” I asked
“He compelled Amy to invite him in. It was weak, but strong enough to control her mind. He’s downstairs right now and I really think you should talk to him. Give Ethan a chance to explain.” Said Sam
“Fine, but stay close. If anything happens…” I began
“I’ll be there.” Said, Sam, interrupting me.
“Wish me luck.” I said taking a deep breath and heading for the door. When I turned to look back at the balcony Sam was already gone. I slowly made my way downstairs to the dining room. Everyone greeted me kindly and the only open spot was next to Ethan.
I put on a fake smile and sat in the chair beside him. Claire looked nervous and Ethan looked hungry. I tried to keep everyone distracted and Amy helped out. None of them remembered the actual events of the last two days and I felt instant relief. That made things easier.
Amy dished out pancakes and everyone began to eat, except Ethan. We all chatted about the “sleepover” Claire and I had. Plus some other random topics I barely paid attention to. What concerned me was the way Ethan looked at me. During the entire meal he was staring and I knew what that stare meant.
When breakfast was over I got Claire out of there as fast as I could. We collected her belongings and I helped her to the door. Before leaving she turned toward me. “I thought Ethan was a vampire.”
“He is, Amy invited him in last night. That is why you need to leave. He is a new vampire and he is not fully in control. Go home and don’t tell anyone of what happened. I will see you on Monday and we can talk then.” I said
“Carly, if he is not fully in control then that means he could hurt you. I can’t just leave knowing you’re in a house with a newborn vampire. What if he hurts you?” Asked, Claire, with worry in her eyes.
“Sam is right outside. If Ethan tries anything, Sam will stop him. Don’t worry I’ll be fine. Now go home, please.” I said as Claire brought me in for a hug.
“Call me tonight so I know your okay.” Said, Claire, putting her backpack over her shoulders.
“I’ll call you tonight.” I said as Claire gave me one last look before I closed the door. I looked over at Ethan who still sat at the table. His eyes were locked on me and I knew he heard everything we just said. I nodded toward him and headed back up to my room.
Before I could close the door Ethan came in and closed it for me. I wasn’t surprised he followed me, so I turned around and faced him. He had his arms crossed and he did not look happy. “Do you not trust me?”
“Of course, I don’t.” I said crossing my arms as he was. “You are a newborn vampire and I’ve seen movies. The new ones always have problems controlling themselves. Why did you come back here when you knew you weren’t ready?”
Ethan began to walk toward me as I backed away. “I came back because I live here too. Mom has been slowly turning me for months so I am not new to the cravings. Mom said I should stay here for the time being because if not I would worry everyone. So here I am.”
“Ethan, you shouldn’t have come back.” I said backing into the wall as Ethan came face to face with me. “This might make everyone think you are fine, but you aren’t. I can tell you are hungry and being around them will only make it worse. Do you want to take the chance of attacking Dad or Amy?”
“They don’t care for me in the slightest bit. I am not going to kill them, but if it came down to it I wouldn’t be opposed. That woman tainted Dad so if killing her solved that, then I would not mind in the slightest.” Said Ethan
“What about Saige?” I asked breaking some of Ethan’s cool. “She is only 12 years old, Ethan. Do you really want to take the chance of killing her? Saige is your sister, do you really want to take that chance?”
“I would never lay a hand on her.” Said Ethan
“If you lose control, you might. Go back to mom and stay with her until you can control yourself. I can have Sam make it seem like you went to some boarding school. Please, Ethan.” I said
Ethan almost agreed with me, but then his face went cold. “I don’t take orders from you, Carly.”
“But you do from the woman who abandoned us?” I asked
“She did not abandon us.” Said, Ethan, grabbing ahold of my throat. I saw Sam in the corner of my eye, but I told him to wait. “She needed time to gain her strength. Mom loves us more than anything.”
“She made you into a vampire, Ethan. You will be stuck at 16 forever, don’t you get that? If she truly loved you she wouldn’t have took your life away. If she truly loved me, she wouldn’t have faked her death. Mom does not care for either of us, Ethan. She does not care.” I gasped
Ethan squeezed my throat harder, causing my face to turn red. Sam noticed my condition and used his speed to slam into Ethan. I fell onto the floor gasping for air as Sam and Ethan tumbled around on the floor. When Ethan tried to go for me again, Sam held him back.
“Ethan, you need to calm down. You are not in control of yourself and if you get too close you could kill someone. Look at Carly.” Said, Sam, forcing Ethan to look at me. “If I hadn’t arrived you would’ve killed her. You would’ve killed your own sister. You need to realize the problems your new life has.”
Ethan looked down at me with no love in his eyes. He broke out of Sam’s grasp, wiped the invisible dirt from his clothes, and stormed out of the room. Once Ethan was out of sight, Sam helped me up and checked my throat for damage.
“Are you sure you want to stay here? It’s bad enough the others can get in, but now your brother is staying here. What if he tries to hurt you and I’m not here to protect you?” Asked Sam
“Sam, I can’t hide from this. Even if I stayed with you they’d find me. I can’t waste my life because I could be in danger. I am going to live each day to the fullest and if I am in trouble then I am. But I can’t just sit around until that moment comes.” I said
“Carly, can we talk about our kiss?” Asked Sam
“We will, but not until Monday after school. I want to settle in and deal with Ethan first. Then we can talk. Okay?” I said cupping his face in my hands.
“Okay.” Said, Sam, with a smile.