I’ll never be free, I was foolish to ever believe that I was saved. The hunters can’s stop the vampires, they will keep coming for me and I don’t know why.
As I lie on my uncomfortable bed, I start to cry, tears silently fall as pain and fear nestle deep in my chest.
“Rowy,” a voice whispers, my heart races as I sit up quickly, I look around and then my eyes land on my open window. Only it wasn’t open a moment ago.
My heart leaps into my throat as a vampire steps out of the shadows, his dark eyes pinning me under their stare.
“Alec,” I breathe, as my memories place the face of the vampire.
The vampire smiles and then stands right in front of me, moving across the room in the blink of an eye.
“You remember me,” he states, still smiling.
“You’re Zakai,” I panic in confusion as his face connects to multiple names in my mind, “You were with Thana, why do I think that you’re Alec?”
“Because I am both,” he says, “Rowy we have to leave.”
“Leave,” I echo, my heart races even faster. I jump out of bed and back away from the vampire in front of me, “No,” I continue as I move further away.
“I can take you to your father,” he says and I stop in my tracks.
“My father?” I gape, “How do you know my father.”
“I work for him,” Alec answers, moving around the bed and closing in on me.
“Don’t come any closer,” I say loudly, trying to muster up my bravery.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” he promises, keeping his voice soft and low, “I’m want to help you. So I’d appreciate it if you don’t scream or call your little hunter boyfriend.”
My mind begins to clear even more, my memories start to resurface, especially the ones I’ve been dreaming about for the past few days.
“You were there that day,” I whisper, looking into Alec’s eyes, “you came to my birthday party with my father.”
The memories start to hurt, I feel like I’ve been struck in the back of the head. I wince in pain and pinch the bridge of my nose.
“I’ve been to most of your parties, Rowy.”
“I don’t understand. Why would my father travel with a vampire?” I ask, as the pain slowly subsides.
“I’m his bodyguard of sorts,” he responds with a smile, “your father is my boss, he works with my maker. Come with me and I will tell you everything.”
Alec extends his hand towards me and my heart races as my chest fills with raw power, the same power I felt before Bronnen exploded before me.
“No,” I snarl, I take a step away from him, “I don’t care if you know my father, he’s the reason your kind is after me in the first place, I want nothing to do with him.”
“Rowy, please,” Alec pleads, taking another dangerous step forward.
“Stay. Away. From. Me.” I growl.
Alec stops in his tracks and I watch as a ripple spreads across him.
But he doesn’t explode, instead, he just vanishes in the blink of an eye.
When I am sure he is gone I get back into my bed, but I don’t go to sleep. I stay awake until Adrian returns, I don’t tell him about Alec or his visit last night, knowing that if I did he would ask questions, questions I am not sure that I could answer.
Adrian signs me out of the hospital that morning and when we arrive home John and Thomas are already there, but I couldn’t care less about them. They are just more people wanting to ask more questions.
I hear Max bark from outside and a small smile lights up on my face as the large dog races inside and then bounds up to me. I go down to my knees to hug him.
“Rowy,” Thomas breathes, moving towards me slowly like one would approach a startled animal, “How are you feeling?”
“Tired,” I grumble as I stand to my feet, “Thank you for your concern.”
I shuffle past everyone and go straight for my room, I change my clothes and then yawn. The sun is up, so that means no vampires are out, I can sleep, so I will.
I hear Max scratch at the door and I let him in because I know he won’t ask me questions.
I close the door behind him and then go to the bed, Max jumps up onto the bed and I follow by falling on top of the covers. The curtains are open and sunlight floods over the bed, it warms my skin as I pull Max towards me, the dog lays next to me with his head on my chest, I feel safe, safe enough that sleep comes easily.
Weeks pass and Rowaelin continues to heal, she no longer fears the outside and is happy to go out during the day, but when the sun starts to set, she becomes scared and rushes to get back inside.
Thana’s trail has gone cold, Stella is more and more aggravated every time I check-in.
The trail for Rowaelin’s father goes cold as well, Rowy doesn’t seem to care and it’s unsettling.
Thomas comes by almost every afternoon, he makes Rowy smile, and it makes me a little jealous.
One afternoon I decide to take Rowy to see a movie, I let her chose and she chooses some sweet, animated movie with no scary parts. We eat popcorn and when the movie ends we walk out into darkness.
“I’m sorry,” I stammer as I see a tremor shake through Rowaelin’s hand, “I didn’t think it would be this late.”
“Take me home,” she breathes, she grabs onto my arm and I lead her back to the car.
The drive home is long, and the roads are eerily quiet.
“The night isn’t that bad,” I say, trying to calm Rowaelin’s nerves, “It doesn’t mean that there are vampires out.”
“Hurry up,” Rowaelin says, her voice comes out like a snarl and I see her shake in fear.
I look in the rear-view mirror and see a car sitting too close to us. I turn left and the car still follows, I take two more lefts and the car remains right behind us.
“What are you doing?” Rowaelin asks as I spit out a nasty curse.
“We’re being followed,” I admit, before Rowaelin can begin to panic a large truck hits us side on and pushes us off the road.
The last thing I hear is Rowy’s screams of absolute fear.