Getting closer to the glistening water I couldn’t hide my excitement. Since getting into the camp I haven't had a chance to come here. A beach, magnificent with white sands and bright blue water appeared in my vision. The sea breeze gently brushed through my hair and I breathed in the scent of the salty moist air. I couldn’t tell where the sea stopped and the sky started. A wide smile crept into my face as I took in the view, it was breathtaking.
Luca's warm hand was still holding mine as he led me into the warm sand. My feet sank, making walking rather difficult. When we got nearer to the sea we sat down in the sand. I couldn't help but close my eyes and just soak in the relaxing noise of waves crashing down the beach. After the news I received this morning, this was exactly what I needed.
"This is my favourite place. I always come here when I need to loosen up. ” Luca's eyes were roaming over my face when I opened mine at the sound of his voice.
"It’s beautiful, I’ve never been to the beach.” my eyes bored into his grey orbs. I was locked in his gaze mesmerised. He let out a soft chuckle, snapping me out of his gaze. Pink colour found its way on to my cheeks. I quickly looked away trying to hide my fluster.
"Will you tell me why were you so upset?" He asked raising his eyebrows still watching me. I kept my eyes on the sea nervously playing with the sand. I didn't want to tell him. Not yet. I needed some time to process everything.
"It's my family, I just miss them" I answered nonchalantly.
My eyes flicked back to Luca. His eyebrows were furrowed and his eyes narrowed at me. He didn't buy my excuse.
I signed loudly my eyes went to the sand "I'm not ready to tell anyone yet. You'll be first to know once I am ready."
Feeling his knuckles on my cheek, my eyes found his. "Ok...I just want you to know, I'm always here for you" his eyes glistened with worry. After hearing his words a slight smile appeared on my face.
We sat there for about an hour chit-chatting when we decided to head back. After we got to the field I felt Luca grabbing my hand pulling me behind him and then running towards the forest. Fear took over my senses, I knew something or someone was there. He glanced behind us once we were in the shadows but then picked up the speed again running deeper. I saw the look in his eyes full of panic and apprehension. I never saw him like this, he always looked calm and collected even when I first met him. This sent my body in full panic mode.
“What’s wrong," I asked once we stopped running, trying to catch my breath. My hand was on the bark of the tree as I was leaning against it, my body exhausted.
"I saw vampires on the other side of the field near the beach,” he explained, his voice was serious with edge to it. He was scanning the way we ran in.
“Oh” was all I said. My eyes were wide. I never came across vampires I didn’t know what to expect. I knew they were dangerous just had no idea how much.
“Shit!” I heard him, he grabbed my hand once again and we ran even deeper. After a few seconds, we abruptly stopped. In front of us appeared a tall blonde pale woman. She smiled at us devilishly and her fangs peeked from behind her lips. My blood ran cold through my veins and the hair on my back stood up. Luca's hand squeezed my hand stronger and I felt him tense next to me. Behind me, I heard a deep voice and the colour from my face disappeared.
“Don’t worry we are not going to kill you. We are just hungry and in need of a bit of blood.” I quickly turned around and my eyes quickly found his face. He was tall, blonde with soft brown eyes that were boring into me. He had a genuine smile on his face which made my fear even stronger. They both had the same facial features, they looked like siblings. When the male vampire noticed how terrified I was he added with a soft voice “we don’t want any trouble we are just passing through. If we didn’t need blood we wouldn’t bother you.”
I glanced at Luca. The fear from earlier must have diminished, all I saw was anger bubbling within him. He possessively pulled me closer to him as if shielding me from the vampire.
"Leave us be, or I will kill both of you” he hissed through clenched teeth.
The female vampire had her arm slightly stretched out with her pointing finger up and waved with it “tsk, tsk, tsk...this is not how it's going to go down.”
The next second I felt a hand on my elbow as I was pulled away from Luca. The male vampire was holding me tightly with an iron grip as I was facing him, one hand on my back while the other held my head to the side. I tried to fight him, to push him away with all my strength but he didn’t even budge. Then he whispered into my ear “don’t worry little one, I won’t kill you” after that I felt his fangs piercing through my skin with searing pain as I screamed. I heard him let out a guttural groan as he took large gulps of my blood, I began to feel more tired and cold with each ounce he drank until I started seeing black dots and then blackness enveloped me.
I shot my eyes open, scanning around. I recognised the familiarity of the room. I was in my bed. Then memories of what happened started crushing down. I heard movement, the door opened. Freya entered the room, her stunning face usually looking calm and carefree, was now full of worry and exhaustion.
" Thank god... you’re finally awake” her voice sounded relieved
“Is Luca ok??” I asked concerned.
“Ya, he is fine. He brought you back to camp.” I let out a breath I didn’t even know I held. I was relieved. I furrowed my eyebrows when I saw Freya's eyes glowing with sadness. I knew something wasn’t right.
“What’s wrong Freya. If Luca is fine then why do you look upset?”
She took my hand in hers and mumbled “It’s your baby Reine...You miscarried. The blood loss was too much for the baby”
After Freya told me I felt tears rolling down my cheeks as I touched my belly instinctively. I only found out I was pregnant but that didn’t mean I didn’t want the baby.
A soft knock on the door snapped me out of my thoughts. I was still crying. I looked at the door when Thomas walked in. He looked relieved to see me conscious. He smiled and walked over to the foot of my bed.
“How are you feeling?”
"I’m ok,” I said as I was wiping my face with the palm of my hands. Freya was still sitting next to me. I looked at her ”how long was I out?”
“Three days. But that’s mostly because of the miscarriage. It was a big shock to your body.” My eyes flicked to Thomas as she said it. He was watching me with compassion.
“I’m gonna go tell Luca you’re awake... he’s in bad shape, blaming himself for what happened.” Said Thomas when he noticed how uncomfortable I was.
I turned to Freya after he left the room “They know about the pregnancy?” my eyebrows were high on my forehead.
“Ya, after Luca brought you in, your pants were soaked in blood. You were losing the baby while you were in Luca's arms. There was nothing I could do and he wouldn't leave your side"
I started crying again. At this point, I didn’t even know why I was crying. I was still emotional from the whole pregnancy.
There was another knock on the door. As I was wiping the tears again from my face. Luca walked in. He had dark circles under his beautiful grey eyes and his hair was messy sticking out everywhere. He wore grey sweatpants and a plain white t-shirt. I saw sadness and guilt written all over his handsome face. He looked at Freya, she was watching him. She just nodded at him then she turned around to me “I’ll be back later” and left the room closing the door behind her.
He glanced at the floor as he walked over to the chair by the wall and sat down. He let out a loud sigh "I'm so sorry" his voice was raspy. He was leaning his elbows on his knees and held his head in his arms. I could feel the pain he was in. Not physical but mental pain. My heart sank at the sight of him. I realised I never want to see him this broken ever again.
"Luca," I said and he slowly raised his head. "It's ok, it's wasn't your fault"
"It is my fault, if I never took you to the beach it wouldn't happen"
I signed and patted a spot on the bed in front of me. He stood up and sat at the spot. I placed my hand in his "you couldn't know it would happen. Stop blaming yourself" my voice was soft and steady.
"How can I not blame myself. You lost the baby" his eyes were boring into mine as he said it. A single tear escaped my eye and I glanced at the blanket that was over me. I felt his finger wiping away the tear "I am sorry Reine, I will never forgive myself for it" his voice was low but soft and I felt deep regret rolling off of him.
I pulled him in for a hug. Resting my cheek on his shoulder as he moved his arms around my waist. I inhaled his intoxicating scent "you need to stop blaming yourself, I will never blame you for it. Please?" I didn't want to see him like this.
Before I pulled away from him a placed soft kiss on his cheek. A slight smile appeared on his face and that brought a smile to my face.
As I leaned back into the bed he said "seeing you unconscious It made me realised something" his eyes found mine. They were serious and something else glistened in them.
"What was that?" I raised my eyebrow at him.
"That I love you"