“I trust you.” I said, still looking into his green eyes.
“Believe me when I say I hate compelling you, my love. But right now, I have no choice. I wish I can keep you in this bubble forever and not worry about Ros, but I can’t. I can’t let him hurt you again.” He had a sad smile on his face and I wondered why.
“For starters, I don’t know who Ros is. I don’t even know your name. I...”
“Shh...” He placed a finger on my lips to stop me from talking and I obediently kept mute.
My attention was focused on the skin of his finger touching me and I was struggling between being too self-aware and maintaining my composure.
“My name is Ryan Soille, and as much as I hate to admit it, Ros is my brother.” He said.
I caught a flash of anger in his eyes when he mentioned his brother. I could tell that whatever sibling rivalry was going on there, it was best to stay far away from it.
“Ryan’s a nice name...” I started, but he stared deep into my eyes again and told me to remember everything.
All the painful memories came rushing back to me, forcing my heart back into grief.
I instantly got off the bed and raced towards the exit door, leaving him kneeling there. By the time I got to the door, he was standing in front of it, preventing me from going outside. I instinctively looked back to the spot where he was kneeling before, and couldn’t believe what I saw.
He was kneeling right there!
I turned back to the door and screamed from shock. He was there again, standing right in front of me!
“How did you...” I stated, pointing back to the direction of the bed.
I was sure he could see the shock and confusion on my face.
“I’m a Vampire.” He shrugged. “Speed is one of my many abilities.”
He pulled me into his arms to stop me from moving and smirked. It was a bit of an evil smirk, but it quickly disappeared from his face.
“We can do this forever, darling, or you can just listen to me.” He said. “I thought I asked you to trust me.”
“I trust you, but my mum...”
“...is already dead.” He said, cutting me off. “Listen, I’m sorry to hear that, but if you don’t stop and listen, you’ll be dead too.”
I knew he was right. The note said I was going to die on Halloween’s day, which was literally one day away. The least I could do was put up a fight and if Ryan knew how, it was in my best interest to listen to him.
“I can’t have you going out in the open right now. I can tell you why, but I think it’ll be better to show you.” He said, picking me up into his arms and carrying me to the sofa in the room.
He put me down and straightened back up, before turning in the direction of the coffee table.
“Oh, I almost forgot. I got you something to eat. You should be starving by now.” He said.
He was right. I hadn’t eaten anything since the party yesterday and my stomach was beginning to growl. Unfortunately, I knew I was probably going to die the next day if I didn’t figure out a way to stop it. As such, hunger was the least of my worries.
“I think you should tell me why first.” I said, staring at his back.
He ignored me and pulled a paper wrap out of the grocery bag he had dropped on the coffee table earlier. As soon as he started unwrapping the Burrito roll, its delicious smell flooded my nostrils and I immediately changed my mind about what I said before.
“Um... on second thought, I’m going to eat now.” I said, causing him to smile.
He passed me the Burrito which I hungrily ate. I don’t know if it was the hunger I felt that made it taste so delicious, or the fact that I knew I might not be here much longer to get a chance to eat. When I was half way through the roll, Ryan walked back to the sofa and sat beside me. He had a red apple in his hand, from which he took a bite.
I looked at him in surprise.
“I thought Vampires only drank blood.”
Ryan laughed and raised one of his eyebrows. It was supposed to be a skeptical look but it was very cute.
“...and where did you hear that?” He asked, smiling.
“Well, you know... Vampire books and movies.” I replied, causing him to laugh again.
“Well, let’s say they aren’t exactly correct. We can eat pretty much anything we could eat before we were turned. The difference however, is that the food no longer nourishes our bodies like it used to. Blood is where we get our nutrition from, makes us strong... yadi, yadi, yada. I’m sure you know the rest.”
“So, why do you eat normal food then? If it does nothing, you might as well skip it.” I shrugged. “Just saying.”
“Well, you’re going to have to eat it if you really want to blend in. How do you think Vampires exist among humans and they don’t get singled out? They go to parties and bars to have fun just like everyone else. If they really can’t eat anything else, it’ll only be a matter of time before people notice. It’s not like you can walk around with blood in a coffee cup.”
“Exactly. Trust me, you don’t want to spend all your time compelling people to forget they saw you drinking blood when there’s a whole lot of other stuff you could be doing.” He replied.
“I thought Vampires had all the time in the world. Spending time shouldn’t really bother them.” I said, squeezing the wrap of my now finished Burrito and tossing it into the trash.
“You can say that, but humans don’t.” He replied.
I was going to ask what humans not having that much time had to do with Vampire timing when he spoke again.
“I could be kissing you right now, for example... instead of answering all these questions.” He said, leaning towards me with a grin plastered across his face.
I could immediately feel the heat rising in my cheeks, causing me to shift uncomfortably on the sofa. He leaned in even closer, so that his lips were barely inches from mine.
His eyes went down to the curve of my lips, before coming back up and staring into my eyes in a piercing gaze.
Then he smiled and pulled back.
I was a little disappointed that he didn’t continue but I didn’t say anything. I just sat there staring at him as he got off the sofa and turned the TV on with the remote.
He flipped to the local news channel and all the blood drained from my face.
“What?!” I screamed, staring at the screen in disbelief.
I was on the news, WANTED by the police!
“Eighteen-year-old Selena Ryder who was recently released from a mental institution is on the run. Police believe she murdered her mum in cold blood at their Duck-Ville neighborhood home, to prove her claims that Vampires are after her. While investigations are still on-going, the police are urging members of the public to be vigilant and call 9-1-1 as soon as she’s spotted. She is believed to be mentally unstable and highly dangerous...” The news reporter read out, to my shock and horror.
“Yeah... That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want you to go out.” Ryan said, giving me a sympathetic look.
“The other reason is even worse. My brother Ros will be out there looking for you by now.”