“It has come to my attention as of last night, the council has become greedy monsters. You all have gone so far as to try to take my daughters magic. Foolishly you thought as powerful as she is this time, that such a feat could be carried out.” Daniel spoke with such Authority, she no longer questioned why they allowed him to speak.
She felt everyone stare at her. She hated being the center of attention. Alex grabbed her hand and she instantly felt better. If it wasn’t for him, she thought she would have melted in her seat from embarrassment. She looked over to him and smiled. She was glad they made up.
“That foolish gesture did nothing but piss me off. The audacity you old hags have, to try to take my family’s magic from not only me, but my daughter as well. This will not go unpunished. As a matter of fact,” He said as he pointed to the audience. “All of you come here.”
They all stood side by side chanting something. “You really think to challenge me?” He lifted his hands and every one of them were lifted into the air including Freya. All the council members were losing air. She didn’t know what to do but she had to do something. Standing up she countered his magic and they all fell.
“Stop this! If you want me to believe you aren’t the monster everyone believes you to be, then don’t do things like this. All I am seeing is a power happy witch with no regard for another’s life!” She couldn’t believe she was saying these things, but she knew she was the only one powerful enough to stand up to him.
“These people tried to kill you last night and you call me the monster?”
“They were trying to suppress my magic. They weren’t trying to take it completely.” She started walking to the stage. She had to get a handle on the situation before her father hurt anyone. Rather it being in defense of her or not.
“Is that what they told you?” He asked laughingly. “That family amulet you wear was spelled to pull in magic. It wasn’t spelled to pull in half of someone’s magic. It has many qualities, but that one, was courtesy of Dorian. No matter what they told you, they were attempting to end your life.”
She didn’t know what to say. They were taking her magic, and not only did they try to kill her by doing so, but they tried to trick her into believing that they were trying to suppress her magic. They took her for a fool and had absolutely no regard for her life. She did curse the town, so she understood if they hated her but to be ready and willing to kill her? She looked over to Freya.
“Is that true?”
“Yes, but it didn’t work. Your magic refused to leave you. We were only thinking of the town and we thought we had no other options. Please forgive us!” Freya exclaimed as she dropped to her knees and bowed her head. She could feel her heart racing she was getting angrier the more she spoke.
“I can’t believe you have no regard for someone else’s life.” Her eyes started burning she knew her magic was taking over and it was directly connected to her emotions. That is what made her dangerous. She looked at Freya and lifted her hand to lift her into the air. The lights started flickering and the other council members, holding hands again started chanting a binding spell. They were trying to bind her powers.
She lifted them all into the air and a voice she didn’t recognize came from her throat. “You will all pay for your impotence!” They were all gasping for air. She wanted to stop but she couldn’t. The power she had was out of control. As she was about to close her hands, which would have undoubtedly broken their necks she heard Alex call out to her. She instantly dropped her hands and looked to the crowd. They were all panicking trying to get out, but the council had spelled the doors shut.
Even though Daniel was able to break through the barrier spell they weren’t powerful enough to do so. She was scaring them. They were right to be afraid. She scared herself. Daniel grabbed her shoulder.
“That is enough. You warned them. These people aren’t solely responsible for any of this. I think you know who is, and they ALONE deserves all of this anger.”
What had she done? Why did she have all of this power? In her dreams she remembers having power but not to this extent. Maybe Amanda was right. Maybe, her past life power was passed to her in this life. If that is the case, though, then when she turned eighteen, she was in for a serious power surge. Her magic now scared her; she couldn’t imagine having more power. She dropped to her knees and cried.
“Katerina! It’s okay. I am here for you.” Alex said as he rushed to be by her side.
“I’m the monster here. I can’t even control my power. It takes over and it is connected to my emotions. I don’t know what to do.” She continued to cry.
“You are not a monster. Therefore, I have come back. I have been watching and I can help you. You have to come with me though.”
She looked up to her father and realized he was probably the only one who could possibly help her. Even knowing this she didn’t want to go. She still didn’t know his intentions. What if she was wrong? She looked out to the crowd as they were all desperately trying to get out still. She spelled the doors open and they all left. How could she face any of them now?
“Freya, if you ever try that again, I’ll kill you.” She shouldn’t have been so blunt, but she meant every word. It was a dog eat dog world here and with the time she had spent there she realized that she was in a completely different world than the one she came from. She looked at Alex with sadness knowing that it would be some time before she would see him again.
“Don’t leave. We will figure it out. please!?” As he looked at her with sad eyes, she noticed a hint of understanding. He didn’t want to be without her, but she thought he understood if she chose to go.
“I need but one year, and I promise to have helped you and prepared you for what is to come. I am the only one who can help you with the dark magic that dwells inside you.”
She knew he was right. “Alex, I will miss you and I will understand if you move on while I am gone. I need to do this though.”
He looked at her longingly, “I could never replace you in my heart or my life, even temporarily. I love you and we have a long life yet in front of us to share. If you need to do this, I will not stand in your way.” He looked at her with such love and devotion. How was she going to leave his side? He grabbed her and pulled her into his arms.
“If you need me, remember, I can feel you. No matter how far away you are, I always know where you are, and I always know when you need me. All you need to do is call my name and I will come.” He said as he kissed her goodbye.
She looked over to her father, she would go with him and manage her powers. He will help her control the magic she has inside her. She had to go. She reached for his hand and all at once they had blinked to her home.
“You need to grab a few things before we go?”
“Where are we to go?”
“My home outside of this god forsaken town. Where I have been living at this last year.”
“Okay I will only be a minute.” She said as she walked inside, shutting the door behind her. She had spelled her home so that nothing could be seen or heard from the outside and she sighed for a minute. Was she about to go with him? He would be the only one who could even tell her about her family. He will most likely be the only person who could possibly help her to control her magic. Walking into her room she felt someone else’s presence.
“Katerina.” It was Raphael.
“What are you doing here!?” She asked trying to catch her breath. He scared her. She spelled her house, He shouldn’t have been able to get in. How did he manage that, she wondered? Why would he be waiting for her after what just happened? He looked so confused. It was as if something just turned his world upside down.
“Your father is waiting for you. I really don’t know what to say, other than, I think he is your best shot at controlling your powers.”
“Yeah it’s crazy. Everything I have been told seems to have been wrong.”
“Maybe not everything. But I will be there with you so no worries.”
“He didn’t tell you?”
“No, so why don’t you just fill me in.” Why would he be there? Did Daniel invite him? Why?
“Daniel thought it best that you have someone there who cares about you. He wants you to feel comfortable.”
“Okay, so why invite you?”
“Okay so, to be more specific, we are to be wed, and he wants us to grow closer.”
“I am with Alex! That won’t be happening. So. you can just forget about this whole thing.”
What was she? A prized pig at a county fair? Everyone felt so entitled to her life. What she should do, how should be or act, what she should do with her magic. There wasn’t anything in her life that seemed like she had any control over. Absolutely tired of it, she marched to the door and slung it open.
“Just what do you think you are doing!? I am not going to marry Raphael!”
“I think you should give it some more thought. I know you aren’t a child any longer. I really just want the best for you.”
“So, deciding my life for me is what? Your way of showing you care!?”
He looked like a wounded animal. “I don’t want to control you. I want you to be happy. The Vortigen family isn’t to be trifled with. You don’t even understand why they are so dangerous!”
“Oh? Then by all means, come on in and explain it to me.” She motioned for him to come in.
“You are aware that they were the ruling family of both sides for centuries until Dorian came and knocked them down a size. There is a prophecy.”
“Yeah, yeah. Dorian is the antichrist and I am the devil spawn or grandchild spawn.”
“No, there is a prophecy of a child born to the king of nightwalkers and Queen of witches.”
“Wait a minute...Vampires and witches can procreate? I thought that Vampires could only procreate with one another.”
“No, who told you that?”
“See, that is what I keep telling you. You cannot trust that succubus!”
“Okay, so this prophecy is about me and....Alex?”
“The reason the covens had the law that forbade relationships of our kind with nightwalkers, isn’t just because of our kind being slaves to them at one time.”
“Everyone is scared that I will have a child with him and what?”
“This child is supposed to wield all the strength of a nightwalker, along with all the power of two powerful ancient witch families one of light descent and one of dark. We don’t know what is to come but the prophecy of this witch nightwalker hybrid is the one you heard about. She will have the power to either unify all of us or destroy both of our kind.”
“That doesn’t make sense. Most of the Gratu family has had nothing but male heirs. I am the exception. Most of the Duncan family has had nothing but women. That’s where I came from. The Vortigens have had nothing but male heirs. I am not understanding the connection. Who is to say that if I ever have a child, even with Alex, that I would have a girl? What are the chances of that being accurate?”
“The chances in a normal situation would be fifty/fifty. This is no normal or ordinary situation. It was foreseen by me on the night of your birth. You can’t be with him. This prophecy can’t come to pass.”
“First of all, I am way too young to be talking about having children with anyone. But you can’t sit there and decide my life based on a half assed premonition. I won’t marry Raphael. I can tell you that I know my past self-had some confusing feelings for him, but She was not in love with him and neither am I.”
“Fair enough.” Raphael was still there, and she completely forgot. How did she forget that he was standing there this whole time? She looked over to him and saw the pain in his eyes. She hurt him by saying that, but she saw a hint of understanding.
“I am sorry. I can’t lie to you. But I also can’t marry you.”
“Understood. I am still going with you. I may have some respect for your father for reasons I cannot explain right now, but I don’t fully trust him.”
“Alright, now that’s settled, can we all go?” Her father was up to something. It may not be something evil or anything, but it was something conniving. He was trying to sell her off like a prized pig at the county fair. Why did he think this was okay?
“Before I go, I have to do something.”
“Go say goodbye to lover boy.” Her father spoke with gritted teeth. Why did he hate Alex so much? The prophecy is easily understood, but there is no guarantee of its accuracy. She loved Alex; she couldn’t very well leave without saying anything to him. Rolling her eyes, she blinked to Vortigen castle. She had to see him, even if for a moment. Even if he hated her for going or never wanted to see her again.
Walking up the steps, that seemed to last forever, she looked up and got a sense of someone watching her and for some reason she felt uneasy. It made her feel afraid. It was like she was in a scary movie and she was someone’s prey. Running to the top she circled around to see who was behind her and no one was there.
Frantically she tried to breathe. She had to catch her breath after running up so many stairs. She was unhealthy to be out of breath so soon. She didn’t blink to the top because for a moment she forgot she was a witch. All she felt was fear. Turning to walk towards the castle she saw Alex posted up at the door.
“What are you doing out here?” She asked, still trying to catch her breath.
“Watching you run like a maniac away from air.” He said laughingly.
“That’s not funny! Wait, you were watching me? Were you watching me the whole time?” Could it have been him she felt afraid of? She felt someone watching her since she got to the stairs. Why would she be afraid of him? Why would he have been watching her for so long without saying anything?
“No, not the whole time, just like halfway up the stairs. I saw you running but I saw nothing chasing you, so I was waiting to see what you were running from. I actually was curious as to why you didn’t just blink up here.” He said as he laughed.
“I forgot I was a witch. I felt someone watching me and not with good intent. I felt like my life was in danger.” He started laughing obnoxiously. Why was this funny to him? Her fear was his entertainment?
“You are the most powerful witch in the world basically and you were afraid of something or someone else. I just find that funny.
“Glad to know that I amuse you. I don’t even know why I came here. I just wanted to see you before I left but you know what, forget it!”
He grabbed her arm as she went to walk away. “Woah! Calm down Katerina. You are leaving with that man?”
“He is my father and not just some man. That isn’t all I came to tell you. He asked Raphael to come...”
“Are you fucking kidding me!? You want me to be okay with it or approve of it?”
“I don’t need you to be ‘okay’ with anything nor do I need your approval or permission.” He ran in front of her.
“Please don’t leave like this.” He grabbed her chin and lifted her face to his. “I love you, and I trust you. I also understand why you are going with him, even if I don’t agree with it.” He pulled his face to hers and kissed her. She could feel every emotion he felt on her lips. Everything he didn’t say she could feel. She realized that she wasn’t willing to leave for any amount of time without being with him once more.
“Hold my hand.” She reached out to his hands she blinked them to the field by the woods where she saw their first encounter through Raphael’s eyes.
“Why are we here?” He looked confused but curious.
“Do you remember that vision I showed you?” She asked as she pulled him towards the woods. She let go of his hand and started to run.
“Oh, I remember, every detail.” He laughed as he chased behind her.
He didn’t use his unnatural speed as per usual. He chased after her like he was a normal boy chasing a normal girl. She looked back seeing him run after her and it felt like Deja vu. This was just like then. Him chasing her just like he did then. She drifted off in thought as she ran and lost track of him. He disappeared into thin air. ‘Where did he go?’ She thought to herself. Facing forward she ran right into him.
“I caught you.” He laughed and picked her up as if he was picking up a piece of paper. He wrapped his arms around her and before she knew it, she was laying on top of him on the ground.
“No fair! You cheated!” She said as she hit him playfully. She looked around and realized it was the same spot. What was it about this spot that they seemed to keep coming back to? It was more than weird that they ended up in the exact same spot every time they went to the woods. She couldn’t shake the feeling that they were being watched. Maybe it was just the Deja vu of the area. It had to be. Who would be watching them?
Lovingly she looked down to him and her heart skipped a beat. He was just so utterly handsome. He was the kind of handsome that you only see in movies. The light from the moon was shining down on him. His skin was Sunkissed tan and his eyes were puddles of honey. She sat up and without saying a word started to unbutton his shirt. She wanted this moment burned into her memory.
“It’s your birthday. You’ve been here a year.”
“Well thank you. How about you give me a birthday present?” She said as he laughed.
He sat up just barely, enough for her to pull his shirt apart and off. He pulled hers off and she leaned down to kiss him. before she knew what was happening, he was on top of her and they were both without clothes on. She was determined to remember this moment. This was her and Alex, not her past self and Alessandro. She welcomed his touch and even more, so she welcomed him inside of her. She remembered the vision and decided to give him her blood.
If anyone was going to feed him it would be her. She lifted her hand to his face and caressed his cheek. He looked lovingly at her as he moved inside of her. She took her nail and cut her neck. His fangs instantly came out. He looked at her as if to ask for permission.
“Katerina, are you sure?”
“I’ve never been surer of something in my life.”
She grabbed both sides of his face and turned her neck as if to invite him to drink from her. He was breathing heavily as if he was nervous. He leaned in and the bite was the opposite of painful. It was the most exhilarating feeling. She could feel him bite harder, but it wasn’t pain she felt. It was an indescribable pleasure that she had never felt in her life. He was inside of her and his fangs were in her neck she didn’t want him to stop. She grabbed the back of his head pulling him in wanting him to bite harder.
He pulled himself up and looked into her eyes. He smiled down at her and was looking at her with such love it almost broke her heart. He took her nail and cut his neck. He looked at her as if he was asking her if she wanted to. Little did he know, that is exactly what she wanted from him.
“I’ve never drank from anyone, and I have never allowed anyone to drink from me. Apart from our past selves of course.”
She felt special. So, he hadn’t even drank from Lorraine? She found that hard to believe seeing as she was practically throwing her blood at him the other night. She shook the thought from her mind. She was not going to mess this up with her assumptions. She reached for him to pull him closer and drank his blood. It tasted like sugar. She wondered if this was what he tasted when he drank from her. Would she turn into a vampire? Isn’t that how it worked?
The moment in time was burned into her memory laying on his bare chest she thought she would feel embarrassed. She felt loved with his arms wrapped around her. She felt safe. He was gliding his fingers so lovingly up and down her back. It tickled, but she liked the feeling.
“Why have you never drunk from anyone?”
“Well, I find it intimate. I know that sounds strange coming from a vampire, but we can eat and drink regular food and get by just fine. I never loved anyone enough to want to. When I smell blood or see it my eyes get dark, my fangs come out and it’s kind of upsetting. If I were to drink my eyes would turn back to normal and my fangs retract. I can’t control the urge to want to. What I CAN control is rather I do or not.”
She remembered the night she thought he had drunk from Lorraine his eyes were dark, but his fangs were retracted. So, he hadn’t drank from her and maybe he WAS coming to see her. That girl is something else. She was shameless to just throw herself at him. She couldn’t imagine what it must have felt like to feel as though her blood wasn’t good enough for him. What would she have done if he had just rejected her? The thought made her heart drop.
“I thought you drank from Lorraine and it broke my heart. I am not sure why, but it did.”
“I have never drunk from anyone aside from you. She has tried before because she knows how I feel about it. I swear to you though, I never have.”
“That night, your eyes were dark, but your fangs weren’t out. They were retracted. Why is that?”
He laughed. “Well, that’s because that is the first time, I had been offered blood and I didn’t have an urge to drink. I didn’t want to. All I could think of was you. I remembered that vision you showed me, and I told her that she could drain her body completely of blood and I wouldn’t even touch it. I told her if I drank from anyone it would be you and that I would gladly let you drink from me as well.”
She felt herself blushing. He has felt this strongly for her and she thought all this time it was just because of their past lives. In that moment hearing what he just said and looking in his eyes she knew. She loved him for him. The draw she felt to him was because of their past lives. The love she felt for him and the love he felt for her was of their own making.
“You really love me, don’t you?”
Without hesitation he responded. “More than I could ever explain. This year with you has been the highlight of my entire existence. I don’t want you to get upset but I don’t want you to leave my side. I want you to stay here with me. I want you to be my queen.”
She forgot for a moment that she was supposed to go with Daniel. “Okay.”
“What do you mean by that?”
She got up and started putting her clothes on. “Get dressed. What I mean, is okay. I will stay, and if my daddy dearest wants me to learn from him, he can stay here and teach me.”
“Are you sure he is going to agree to that?”
“If he wants me to learn anything from him, he won’t have a choice. Besides, I have some questions for Vee and Narcissa.”
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