A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Nineteen

Mom?” I called out, rubbing my eyes from sleep. “What are we doing here?”

“I wanted us to make a quick stop here first. The doctor wants to see you briefly. It’s just for a quick check up. We’ll go to the guy who knows about vampires once we’re done here.” She squeezed my shoulder.

“Okay.”

I followed her into the hospital and was led into one of the rooms by a nurse. She asked me to lie on the bed while we waited for the doctor. Another nurse came into the room and spoke with my mom in hushed tones. While I couldn’t really hear what they were saying, I noticed they turned to look at me every now and then. This behavior got me really curious but I didn’t say anything about it.

“Selena, your mom says you believe vampires are out to get her.” The nurse said.

I nodded in agreement and looked at my mom’s face. I was completely surprised by what I saw. She looked totally different from the person who told me we were going to stop the vampires together. Her new look was one of worry and it completely shattered my heart. I could see her eyes were watering but she was doing her best not to cry.

“Honey, there are no vampires.” My mom said.

“No…” I started but was cut off by the entry of a doctor and another lady.

My mom turned around and sobbed.

“Wait a minute, mom. Why am I really here?”

She didn’t reply. Her eyes remained fixed on the doctor who walked to my side.

“Hi, Selena. This is Dr. Reyes. She’ll be working with you to help you recover.” The doctor said, pointing to the lady beside her.

“No. This is a misunderstanding. I’m fine. She’s the one in danger. I can’t let them hurt her. They’re going to hurt her if I don’t do something.” I replied, pointing to my mom.

“We’re going to work together to stop them.” The lady introduced as Dr. Reyes assured me.

At least there was someone who wasn’t dismissing my fears without considering them first. It was the least my mom could have done. I wanted to get upset at her but I couldn’t. If these things weren’t happening to me, I wouldn’t have believed them too.

“We already spoke with Detective Howard on the phone. He’ll be here soon. In the meantime, why don’t you tell me what happened.” She added.

She looked over at my mom who nodded her understanding and exited the room. The nurse and the other doctor walked out right behind my mom, leaving just me and Dr. Reyes in the room.

“You’re not going to believe me,” was my defiant reply.

Dr. Reyes pulled the chair closer to my bed and sat. She looked up at me and smiled.

“Try me.”

It was a simple statement but it touched me in a way that made me want to trust her. I didn’t know if it was the way she looked but something about her was endearing. Dr. Reyes looked like she was in her late twenties, with a perfectly tanned skin, dull green eyes and straight black hair which she held up in a ponytail. Her white turtleneck sweater and matching white jacket gave her the feel of a celebrity – only she wasn’t.

“It started with a prank by my roommate…”

I narrated the events that happened before Alex’s death and the disappearance of the note which resurfaced after the Selena Ryder book described its location. I told her about the fast-moving shadow I had spotted on a number of occasions and my weird dreams which always played out in reality. I left out the dream about Mr. Ross though. That one was a little too embarrassing to be shared.

“So you believe the fast-moving shadow you’ve been seeing are the vampires?” She asked, scribbling notes in her black notepad.

“Yes. From the Serafino clan. That’s what the book said.” I replied.

“Did you see the vampires or did the book say they existed?”

“I haven’t really seen any faces, but I feel them around sometimes. The book confirmed their existence.” I replied.

“…and you believe this book?”

“Yes.” I replied, my eyes widening.

“Why?”

“Because everything that’s happened is written in there. Even what happened to Alex.” I replied.

“…and this book is titled, Selena Ryder.”

“Yes, it is.”

“Do you realize that’s your name?”

“Yes. That’s why I read it in the first place. That’s why I believe it’s related to me in some way. I just need to figure out how. Maybe the book will explain things in later pages. I haven’t read all of it.” I replied.

“…and this book said the Serafino clan of vampires are going to hurt your mom.” She looked at me as if to make sure I understood what she was saying.

“Yes. It described it in detail. It was exactly how I found her when I went home.”

“…and the monster? Did you see it in your mom’s house?”

“No.” I looked down.

“Did the book say why the vampires wanted to hurt your mom?”

“No… not yet, at least.”

“Can you show me this book?”

“Yes. It’s in the library. The new librarian said I couldn’t borrow it because it was the only copy the library had.” I replied.

At this point, Dr. Reyes paused and looked at me.

“The library never has a single copy of a book.” She said.

“You can ask the librarian. She told me.” I replied, desperately wanting her to believe me.

“Okay. Do you know the librarian’s name?

“Rose. It’s the same name as the former librarian.” I replied.

Dr. Reyes smiled.

“Okay, thanks for telling me everything. I’ll make sure Detective Howard looks into this today.”

I nodded and wrapped my arms around my chest.

“Please tell my mom not to be alone in the house.” I begged.

“Okay, I’ll make sure to tell her.” She replied.

Detective Howard walked in through the door and greeted Dr. Reyes. He took my statement and spent another five to ten minutes discussing with Dr. Reyes in hushed tones. When they were done with their conversation, he turned to me.

“Selena, I’m going to look into all this today, like Dr. Reyes promised.”

“Thank you.” I heaved a sigh of relief.

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