A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Twenty-Five

Selena’s POV

A cold sweat broke out all over my skin as my body shuddered from terror and grief. The entire experience was overwhelmingly unreal. I felt weak in the knees, ready to pass out any minute but I knew I had to hold on.

The phone’s receiver was still glued to my ear, as I waited for the call to connect. Every second that passed felt like a year.

The sickening image of my mum’s bloody body lying limp in her room upstairs engraved itself in my mind’s eye. I couldn’t shake it off, neither could I accept it.

I was stuck somewhere between insane and numb. My mind was crumbling, I could tell.

How could I have let this happen?

I wanted to tell myself I did the best I could to warn her.

But did I really?

Wasn’t there anything else that I could have done? Maybe I could have saved her if I had insisted on staying in the same room with her. The guilt I felt was growing by the second, threatening to clutch my heart until it exploded into a thousand little pieces.

“9-1-1. What’s the emergency?” The operator finally spoke from the other side.

My words collided at the back of my throat as I tried to choke them out. My free flowing tears and never ending grief served to make sure what came out of my lips remained incoherent.

“I... is... dead... mum...”

“Excuse me?” The operator said from the other side. “Please calm down and speak slowly.”

I took in a deep breath and tried to steady my shaking body. I wasn’t completely successful but I managed to get my crying to quieter sobs.

“My... mum...”

I was in the middle of my sentence when he sped into the kitchen with the same unnatural speed the monster had used only moments earlier. The receiver fell out of my hand and dangled off the phone as I let out a blood curdling scream.

A Vampire was here... and I was going to die.

He stopped right in front of me and pulled me into his arms. I fought with all my might - screaming, kicking and slapping every part of his body my legs and arms could make contact with.

“Please calm down, my love.” He said, hugging me tight.


“Is anyone there?”

“Hello... Miss?”

I could hear the operator’s voice coming from the other end of the line but I was trapped in the embrace of this Vampire - a monster whose kind had caused all the misery in my life.

He called me his love. Why did he do that?

“Let me go!” I yelled at the top of my lungs.

“We’re tracking your location right...” I heard the operator saying, when the Vampire yanked the phone off the wall, disconnecting it.

I felt dizzy from the speed with which he moved me to yank the phone.

He held me still, like he didn’t feel any of the hits I landed on his body.


“Somebody, help me!!!” I screamed at the top of my lungs.

He placed one hand on my waist and moved his other hand to cover my mouth. My eyes widened in desperation as I continued to scream out muffled words nobody heard.

The Vampire looked straight into my eyes and held my gaze. I tried to blink but realized I couldn’t. It felt like he was controlling my eyes - and he kept them fixed on his gaze.

“Forget whatever is terrifying you.” He said, and I immediately stopped screaming.

I looked up at him... at the sad expression on his face.

“Thank goodness I got to you in time.” He said, pulling me into another hug.

I had no idea what he was talking about.

“You got to me in time for what?” I asked, completely confused.

“I need to get you out of here first, after which I will explain.” He replied.

“Okay.” I shrugged.

“Where is your room?” He asked, looking straight into my eyes in a weird way.

I led him to the bedroom downstairs, where I had been staying since I came back from the hospital. He packed a few things into a box he found in the wardrobe and the next thing I felt was the dizzying feeling of moving too fast.

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