“Katerina! Wake up! Open this door!”
She was woken by the sound of her mother dearest screaming like a maniac. She looked at her alarm clock and seen that she still could have slept another hour. Why was she here so early? She had a late morning and Vee was being inconsiderate of her personal space. Walking over to the door she opened it and Vee came bursting in, slamming the door behind her.
“What do you think you are doing!?”
“Well, before you so rudely interrupted me, I was doing this thing I like to call sleep, maybe you’ve heard of it.”
“Ha-ha, very funny. I am talking about Alessand…Alex. What was he doing here?”
She remembered her very interesting encounters with him last night and couldn’t help but smile. The way he felt, the way he smelled, his lips on hers, it was all perfect. She knew she couldn’t very well tell Vee about it. That would be world war three waiting to happen, and it was entirely too early for that.
“He brought over some notes from class. We are partners and I needed his half of our project to do my half.” She realized how easy it was to lie to Vee. As she looked in her eyes though, she knew she didn’t believe her.
“Oh! Okay then. How did you two ends up as partners?”
“We were both late to class yesterday and everyone had already been assigned a partner.”
“Okay, well, just try to remember what you are here for.”
She thought about her intended and gagged a little. He wasn’t ugly on the outside, but on the inside he was hideous. How could she ever be prevailed upon him in marriage? Lost in thought for a moment she realized Vee was staring at her.
“Are you going to get out, so I can get ready, or what?”
“Yeah, I will just speak to you later. Have a good day at school honey!”
She realized she had been extremely rude to her as she closed the door. Why was she being like that to Vee? She almost felt as if she were a different person in that moment. She wondered if she were a good person in her previous life. Who was she then, and how much of her previous self was she reborn with?
Walking up to the school door she noticed Low life Lorraine was standing alone. She hurriedly walked inside hoping she hadn’t seen her. Walking into the library, she felt like a child. Hiding from the big bad bully. Just as she thought Lorraine hadn’t seen her, she turned and noticed that Lorraine was running full speed toward her. She turned fully to face her as Lorraine stopped suddenly inches from her, shouting so loud she didn’t hear a word she said.
“Whoa! What’s the problem?”
“You know good and well what the problem is your homewrecker!”
“What are you talking about?” She remembered what happened with Alex and felt flushed. He had told her, and she was furious. What she couldn’t understand though, was why she was so upset with her. She was the one who stopped it.
“What did you say to him!? Did you put a spell on him!? You need to tell me right now!”
“First of all, I don’t need to do a damn thing. I didn’t tell him anything, and I only know a handful of spells, none of which could possibly affect Alex. Now you tell me why you are calling me a homewrecker.”
“You won’t get away with this! Boyfriend thief! He will be back I promise you that!”
She realized a crowd had gathered as they were screaming and yelling at each other. They were all ooing and ahhing being nosey. She turned to walk away, and Lorraine grabbed her shoulder.
“Not so fast, homewrecker!”
She turned to face Lorraine and she felt her blood boiling. She felt herself being lifted into the air speaking Latin, and she had no idea what she was saying. With her arms out stretched she opened her palm and closed both hands into a fist. As she did, she couldn’t see anything, she just heard glass shattering and people screaming. As she felt the floor under her feet again, she could see the look of horror on Lorraine’s face. She had fallen to the floor and looked at her as if she had seen a ghost.
There was a mirror directly in front of her behind Lorraine. She saw her eyes glowing as bright as her amulet and felt a sense of fear. Blinking her eyes, the glowing stopped. She looked around the library to find all the windows had broken. She knew she had done it but had no idea how.
“How did you…a handful of spells my ass!”
“I don’t know how…I did all of this?”
“Don’t play all innocent, you know more than you are letting on, but I’ll be damned if I let you steal him away from me. Alex is mine!” Lorraine said as she stood up. She no longer looked scared, instead, she looked pretty mad.
“Mirros de Vanos.” Lorraine moved her hands as she spoke. The shattered glass lifted and was back in place as if nothing had happened. Why would she clean up her mess?
“You don’t know who you are messing with, because I fight fire with fire.”
She walked away but Katerina was still so confused as to what had just happened. What had Alex done? He obviously spared her the details, but why did he break up with Lorraine? As she questioned it, she thought about what she had told him the night before. She told him she couldn’t because he was with Lorraine and then today, they aren’t together. Was he going to try to be with her? She knew that couldn’t happen, but the thought made her smile.
Walking to class she felt nervous being beside Alex after their encounter last night. As she stepped into class, she saw his seat was empty. Where was he?
“Welcome to class Ms. Duncan. Take your seat. Alex is out today, so you will have to pair with Raphael.”
She looked over to Raphael and saw him smile wide as he got up and sat in Alex’s seat. Rolling her eyes, she walked over to her chair and sat down. Just great, as if her life couldn’t get any more complicated.
“Why are you smiling so much?”
“Well, because I get to be your partner.”
She looked at him intently trying to decide what angle he was playing at. Why was he being so weird. Yesterday, he hated her, today he is happy to be her partner, even if for only one day. As the day went on and still no Alex, she realized she hadn’t thought of anything else. All day she was lost in thought thinking about Alex. She had no idea what happened in any of her classes.
As she was walking out of school, she heard someone yell, ‘Homewrecker!’
She turned to see Lorraine and her group of followers. How was she going to deal with this girl? She really had it in for her, even before Alex broke up with her. Since she got there Lorraine instantly hated her. She couldn’t really blame her. If she were in her shoes, she would hate her too.
“Green really isn’t your color, lowlife Lorraine.”
Everyone laughed, and she couldn’t help but feel a sense of satisfaction in saying that aloud. She puckered her lips out and turned walking away. Finally, she had nothing else to say. She knew she would have more to say Monday but for now she won the battle. She wondered how many more battles there would be before the war.
Making it home she threw herself on the couch and turned on the tv. Finally, she had some peace and she felt herself feeling drained again of energy. Just as she was drifting off to sleep a knock came to the door. She ran to the door thinking it had to be Alex. She was disappointed to find Raphael standing in front of her.
“What do you want?”
“I…um…I wanted to talk to you.”
“Okay, so talk.”
“Could I come in? It won’t take long, I swear it.”
Stepping aside she motioned for him to come in. What could he possibly have to say to her? This entire thing was all so weird to her. First, he hates her, and now he has things to talk to her about. He walked over and sat on the couch as she followed. She sat next to him as he stared intently into her eyes. She saw a glimmer in his eyes that made her feel strangely comfortable.
“Well…what is it?”
“I wondered if I could show you something. There are so many things to discuss. I have waited a very long time for this moment.” Was he going to propose marriage? She thought to herself as she laughed.
“Okay…you aren’t being weird at all. What is it?”
“I want to explain our past. I actually want to show you what really happened. I know I am the last person you would want to talk about this with, but I have to.”
“I already know what happened, I have had a dream about it every year on my birthday for as long as I can remember.”
“From your point of view, you know only what your eyes have seen. You don’t know anything from what I have seen.”
“You talk as if you were there.”
“I was, I am one of the few that didn’t lose their life that night.”
“That isn’t possible, I saw you fall, I killed you.”
“No, you almost did, but with the death of Alessandro, you lost your life first, to a broken heart.”
She felt her blood boiling and she looked down to see her amulet glowing and she felt as she had in the library. He was the original version of himself and he was the one who caused her death. How dare he come to her house and flaunt her death in her face. He was either brave, or stupid.
“Why would you tell me that?”
“I have more to tell you. I want you to know everything. I want you to know about our families, our covens and why we are supposed to be married. I want to show you what happened that night first though.”
“Okay, shoot! How are you going to show me?”
He moved closer to her and grabbed her hand. He placed it on his face as he closed his eyes.
“Repeat after me, ‘Memorus Vel Duram’.”
She felt herself being jolted, and when she opened her eyes, she was looking at herself pulling Alex into the woods. She realized it was a memory and she was seeing it through Raphael’s eyes, also realizing it was Alessandro and not Alex. She was laughing as she let go of his hand and started to run.
Alessandro ran to catch up to her and almost in a blink of an eye they were both gone. She felt a singe of anger rise up in her chest and realized it was Raphael. She was not only seeing what he saw, but she was feeling his emotions that he felt. Suddenly, she was running through the woods and knew Raphael was searching for them. He must have wondered for hours and stopped suddenly. Hearing her own voice was stranger when she was hearing it through someone else’s ears. Ducking down she saw Alessandro laying on top of her. They were bare skinned, and she knew what they had run away to do. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure that out.
She felt a pain in her heart followed by anger that rose in her chest again. She felt as if she wanted to look away, but she couldn’t. She realized Raphael was her intended in marriage and caught his betrothed laying with another man. Love or no love, that was pretty messed up.
She saw herself turn her head pulling Alessandro’s head down welcoming him. His fangs came out and he lowered his head to her neck. She was offering him her blood. She must have really loved him to allow herself to be his personal blood bank. As she kept watching she saw Alessandro bite his wrist and place it to her mouth. He was giving her his blood in return, that is what Alex was talking about.
It was rather ironic to her that the night before her and Alex were pondering the exchange of blood, and here Raphael was, verifying the fact. She pulled herself from the memory. “I don’t want to see anymore. I know what happens next.”
“I understand, but I needed to show you what started the whole thing.”
“How could you do that!? You kill me, and come here to show me why, as if that is a justifiable reason for taking someone’s life!”
“I know! I am sorry, I just want you to know everything. I know you must be confused as to what all of this is.”
“I am but that doesn’t give you a right to-”
“Let me explain everything, please.”
She should be more weirded out at the fact that she is sitting next to the man that killed a version of herself over a marriage.
“You see, Alex and you were always inseparable, even as children. You fell for him through years of friendship. He was always there no matter where you were or what was happening. My coven and yours were stuck in a blood feud with each other over power. When the covens broke free from the vampires, thanks to your great, great grandfather, there was a question as to whom would then take power. There had to be someone to take charge.
As your particular family were servants of the Vortigen family, Dorian presumed he would be the leader of both covens. My family, however, thought otherwise. For years, we had been split and feuding with each other, until your birth. My family offered a peace offering, if you and I were to wed, then we would no longer be at war with each other and we would rule the covens together. Your family, skeptical about it as they were, agreed.”
“Okay, so we are supposed to be married, even now, to bring our covens together. What would have happened if I would have married Alessandro?”
“Then it was a different time, women didn’t really have the luxury of choosing as they do now. That wouldn’t have happened, unless…” He trailed off and she knew he was going to say unless they elope.
“Okay I think I have heard enough, this is all a lot to take in and understand. I think I am going to call it a night.”
“Wait, I want to ask…can I…” He couldn’t finish his sentence, but she realized he was inching toward her as if to kiss her. He wouldn’t…Did he really think she would even want to kiss him? Pushing him back she said, “Stop it! What do you think you are doing!?”
He looked a little hurt but understood.
“I am sorry, I forget you aren’t who you were then. I truly am sorry.”
What did he mean by not who I was then? She wondered if he was saying that then, she would have kissed him. That would mean that he had a justifiable reason for being upset. It also would mean she was a certified tramp. Talk about a love triangle gone wrong. He got up and walked to the door and as he unlocked it Alex came bursting through.
“What are you doing here!?” Alex yelled as he raced in picking Raphael up by his throat.
“Alex! Stop it! Why are you here?” Her heart started racing. She should have been more concerned than she was, for the well being of Raphael.
“Why am I here? Why is he here!?” Raphael was struggling to breathe let alone talk.
“Look at me Alex, put him down!” He turned his head to her and dropped Raphael.
“You need to explain to me why you are here.”
“I…I felt you, you were…it felt like you were…” Grabbing her face he held his head down. “What are you doing to me?” He put his other hand on the other side of her face and pulled her head to his.
“Well, I think I will just see myself out.” Raphael said as he stared at the two of them. She realized he was watching them, again. His betrothed with another man, and he couldn’t do anything about it. She pulled away from Alex and walked Raphael out the door.
“Just be careful, He isn’t Alessandro, he is a different person entirely.”
“Thank you for tonight and thank you for your concern. I’m a big girl though, I can handle myself.” She said as she closed the door. She waited a minute before she turned to look at Alex. He wasn’t at school and yet he came all the way to her house in the middle of the morning. She turned to look at Alex and saw him looking at her already.
“Do you…are you hungry? or thirsty…I can fix you something to drink.” She said as she motioned toward the refrigerator.
“No but thank you. I should…I should go.”
“Wait, why did you break up with Lorraine? Now she is calling me a homewrecker, just to add to the list of names everyone calls me already.”
“I think you know the answer to that.” He said as he walked over toward her. She started to back up but before she could he was right in front of her.
“What are you doing to me?” He bent down to kiss her, and she turned her head.
“I am not doing anything to you. Why are YOU doing this to ME?”
“I want you, and I think you want me.”
She wanted to turn away, but she couldn’t move. He was wanting to embrace her, and she wanted to let him.
“We can’t do this. This, can’t happen.”
“Why not? Maybe we should, maybe it will end differently this time. This is why you cursed the town, for this, for us.” He grabbed her waist and pulled her to him. “I am tired of fighting this; aren’t you?”
It took every bit of strength she had in her to pull away from him. “I just don’t think this is a good idea. These feelings aren’t our own.”
“Yes, they are, in a matter of speaking. Our past lives, who we were then, is much of who we are now. Since I first saw you a couple weeks back, I haven’t been able to stop thinking of you. I can’t fight this anymore and I don’t want to.”
“Why were you not at school yesterday?”
“I had some prepping to do for my ascension. I turn eighteen and I am to ascend the throne in a month. You will be there, won’t you?”
“Wow, ascending the throne. King Alex?”
“Yeah, I believe I will have to go by Alessandro for official purposes. You didn’t answer me; will you be there?”
“I will be there.” She said smiling.
They both sat down on the couch laughing and carrying on, she lost all track of time. Realizing it was so late she stood up.
“It is getting late, I have to get some rest. Will I see you at school today?”
Standing up and taking the hint, Alex walked over to the door. “Yes princess, I will be there. Goodnight Katerina.” He said as he kissed her hand.
She needed to find out why she was always feeling like her energy was being drained every night. Every day she feels as if she had run a hundred miles. She crawled into bed and closed her eyes. Much like every night, she dreamt of Alex. He was on her mind while she was awake, and she thought of him every night while she slept. She wondered how long she could fight it, especially knowing he intended on having her.
That evening waking up to go to school she realized she had overslept a bit. Class started at seven, and it was currently six thirty. When she got to school, everyone was watching her whispering to each other. What could they possibly be talking about now.
She had almost forgotten that she was apparently a homewrecker. She looked up to see Alex smiling down at her as she walked up the steps. She felt her blood rush to her head, and her heart started to race. She absolutely hated that he had that effect on her, and he obviously enjoyed every minute of it. Rolling her eyes, she walked right past him and into school.
Lost in thought she ran right into Lowlife Lorraine. “Watch where you’re going, homewrecker.”
“Lorraine, give it a rest, will you? I am not an ‘Evil Queen’, and I most certainly am not a homewrecker. Have you ever thought that maybe he dumped you because you’re a bitch?”
Everyone gathered around, yet again, to watch another ‘battle’ between her and Lorraine. It really was getting tiresome going through this with her every day. She started to think she just liked all the attention. ‘Poor Lorraine’.
“You will regret that statement, homewrecker!” Lorraine said as she turned to walk away. Just as she thought it was over, she heard someone calling her name.
“Katerina! Wait up princess.” It was Alex, as if it couldn’t get any worse. She had just had a full conversation about how she wasn’t a homewrecker. Then, the man of the home she swore she didn’t wreck, comes calling on her. Lorraine turned around at the sound of his voice and puckered her lips.
“I hope you two will be very happy together.” She said as she ran down the hall.
“We aren’t together!” It was too late, she was gone. She didn’t even understand why she cared what Lorraine thought of her. All the name calling, she should be with Alex just to spite her. It was too bad that she didn’t have the heart to be that type of person.
“Alex, what do you want?”
“I told you, I want you.” He said smiling at her.
She should have been turned off by his cockiness, instead, she couldn’t help but admire his persistence. Not to mention that smile of his.
“Welcome to class your majesties. Take your seats.”
Yet again she was late to class because of Lowlife Lorraine and Alex. The entire class she could feel Alex watching her. What’s more, she could feel Lorraine’s eyes burning holes in the back of her head because of it. She heard whispering behind her and knew Lorraine was talking about her.
The bell rang, and she jumped out of her seat trying to avoid Alex and Lorraine. She really didn’t want to deal with either of them. “Princess, you can’t avoid me forever.”
“I can try.” She responded as she ran right into him. “You really have got to stop doing that super speed thing.”
“If you would stop trying to run away from me, then I would.”
“Look, Lorraine has made it her soul mission to ruin my life here at school, and I don’t like what happens when I’m pushed too far. Crazy things have been happening lately.”
“What does that have to do with you and I?”
Turning to face him, stopping him in his tracks, she realized she had to be honest.
“I want you more than I have ever wanted anything. I don’t understand it, but I know that’s how I feel. I know that I could be with you and it would make my life so much easier. I have a lot to consider and a lot to think about. Can you just give me some space today?”
He grabbed her hand and he bent down to kiss it. “Very well Princess, I will give you as much time as you need.
“Thank you.” She walked away, feeling a hint of satisfaction, now that she was open and honest about her feelings with him. She smiled at the thought of being with him. It would uncomplicate her life immensely. She just had a lot to consider regarding the entire situation.
As the day went on, she hadn’t seen Alex since earlier in the night. She was very impressed with his respectfulness of her request. She asked for space and he gave it to her. At the end of school, she was walking out the door and saw Lorraine standing by the pillars, giggling and pointing. She felt as if she were in Kindergarten.
“Hey homewrecker! Where are you going in such a hurry? Running off to wreck someone else’s relationship?”
“Knock it off Lorraine, I didn’t break up with you because of anything that Katerina did. I did it because I don’t want to be with you anymore.” She turned to see Alex standing just feet away from Lorraine.
“You didn’t feel like that until SHE got here!” She was screaming at him and Katerina didn’t like it at all. She felt the wind starting to pick up and told herself to calm down.
“Lorraine, you have got to get over yourself and this stupid vendetta you have with me. You don’t know anything about me, but you are getting really close to finding out.” She said as she started to walk away. She was going to be the bigger person, but Lorraine just had to have the last word.
“Yeah, okay whore, go curse some other unsuspecting town. While you’re at it, go steal someone else’s boyfriend, you’re good at that.”
In her defense, she tried being the better person. She tried to walk away, but that was the last straw. Before she could stop herself, she realized she was walking, rather fast, toward Alex.
“If you’re going to call me a homewrecker I might as well be one.”
She walked straight up to Alex, grabbing his head as she kissed him passionately. He was not expecting that to happen, but it didn’t take long for him to get with the program. He grabbed her waist pulling her closer to him. She wanted Lorraine to hurt, she wanted her to feel what she felt. She had enough of being accused of things she wasn’t and doing things she hadn’t done.
All at once she stopped and looked at Lorraine. Her mouth had dropped, and her eyes were blood red. She could all but see the steam coming from her ears. ‘Mission accomplished’, she thought to herself. She grabbed Alex’s hand as she walked away, and he happily followed.
“What was all of that about? Does this mean you’re my girl now?”
“At first, I didn’t realize what I was doing until I had gotten close to you.”
“I think you knew exactly what you were doing.” He said with a smirk on his face.
“Alright Mr. Cocky, don’t get a big head.” She pushed him playfully.
He placed himself in front of her, stopping her in her tracks. “So, are you my girl now?”
“I…I don’t know…”
“Let me help you figure it out.” He picked her up with no effort at all and kissed her. She felt as if she could kiss him and never need to come up for air. It felt so right, she had to be with him. As he let her down and pulled his lips from hers, he held her chin in his hand lifting her face to look in her eyes. “So, what do you say princess? Will you be mine?”
Smiling, she bit her bottom lip and gave him the only response that she could. “Maybe, you can court me, and we will see.”
He touched her lip, “Just one thing first.”
She was confused at what he was talking about. “Okay…what?”
“Don’t bite your lip like that unless you are inviting me to your bed.” He said as he laughed. She pushed him playfully and laughed with him.
“It’s a nervous habit, I can’t help it.” She said as she dropped her head down biting her lip again.
“You aren’t going to make this easy for me, are you Princess?”
Before she had a chance to respond she noticed he had walked her all the way home. She shrugged her shoulders as she opened her door. “I guess you will have to find out, won’t you?” He stepped in her doorway.
“One more thing.” He kissed her on the cheek as he stepped back. “Goodnight Katerina, I will see you tomorrow.”
“Goodnight, Alessandro.” She said as she closed the door smiling back at him. She leaned up against the door and touched her cheek where Alex had kissed her. He was so gentle with her. It was hard to think of him as a vampire.