A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Thirty-Three

Trina jumped and let out a startled scream as Ryan appeared beside her passenger window. He quickly opened the door and stepped inside the car, holding a dress that clearly belonged to Selena.

“Drive!” He said, with a sense of urgency.

“Jeez! Can you actually try walking to the car next time?” She rolled her eyes and sighed.

“I said DRIVE!” He yelled, slamming his fists on the dashboard.

She was going to protest about his behavior when she caught a glimpse of two cops exiting Selena’s front door from the side of her eye.

“Shoot!” She exclaimed.

She immediately started the car and sped off the side of the road. She took the first bend off the main street and drove around before joining the main street again some distance ahead.

“That should throw them off.” She grinned.

“Like we’d need that if you had just moved when you were told to!” He snapped.

“Hey! I’m sorry, okay? I thought you were just being dramatic. Jeez!”

“And your reaction to that is throwing on some more drama? Genius!”

“Whatever!” She pouted.

“You’re just an overly spoiled human brat.” He teased, shaking his head.

“...and you’re just an overly creepy Vampire bully! If you hadn’t kidnapped me, I...”

The sound of sirens behind them caused both of them to fall silent. Trina’s eyes widened as the police car came into view on her rear view mirror.

“Oh my gosh!” She exclaimed, stepping on the gas.

“You know what? I’m driving.” Ryan stated.

“I can’t pull over now... they’re gaining on us!” she yelled.

She had barely finished her sentence when she felt herself being lifted into the air. It happened so fast that she registered his action after it had happened. Ryan had switched places with her in a speeding car, with the car maintaining its momentum on the road. He was now on the driver’s seat while she found herself seated on the passenger seat.

“Holy crap!” She exclaimed. “That was super awesome!”

“Put your seat belt on.” He said, making her cheeks flush from a mixture of excitement and embarrassment.

She strapped herself on, and Ryan sped off at a frightening speed that made Trina jerk back in her seat and scream.

They were going so fast, they could literally be flying... but Ryan had such good control of the car and kept it steady. He took a few bends before slowing down and turning to look at Trina.

“You know, with how loud you were screaming, the cops didn’t really need to chase us down. They could easily have tracked us with sound!” Ryan laughed, earning himself a death glare from Trina.

“Okay... at least I lost them. Aren’t you going to give me credit for that?” He grinned.

Trina gave him ‘the palm’ and crossed her hands across her chest.

“I can’t believe you’re pissed at me right now. I just cleaned up your mess!” Ryan faked exasperation.

“Yeah, and almost killed me in the process!” Trina snapped. “Besides, YOU went into a taped off house! This was your mess!”

“I had to get something Selena owned.” Ryan defended.

“Still. You brought the cops on us.” Trina replied.

“Drama queen!” Ryan teased.

“You know what? I like you.” Trina smiled.

“That’s a shocker! Thirty seconds ago, you hated my guts.” He laughed. “I like you too. You’re so random.”

Trina joined in on the laughter and Ryan steered the car to a halt in the parking lot of a hotel.

“Want to come in?” He asked.

“Of course. We’re doing this together.” She replied, stepping out of the car.

They entered a luxury, brown themed suite with a massive king sized bed. Trina raced past Ryan at the door and jumped on the bed, causing him to laugh.

“I see you like my suite.” He said.

“More like love it!” She grinned. “Is your favorite color brown?”

“Brown holds a special meaning with me.” He replied.

“Tell me! Tell me! Tell me!” Trina prodded.

“Don’t you just like to know stuff. I thought the reason would be obvious.” He laughed. “It’s the color of Selena’s hair.”

“Aww. How cute.” Trina gave a pouty smile. “So, what’s the plan? When do we jump in - stakes blazing - and get our girl?”

“Calm down, Lara Croft... and there’s no such thing as a blazing stake!” Ryan teased, rolling his eyes.

“You know, you’re such a kill joy.” Trina pouted.

“I thought I was a monster?” Ryan placed his hand on his chest and faked being hurt, causing Trina to laugh.

“More seriously, I’m going to warn her. I’ll reach into her thoughts and tell her she’s with Ros. Then I’ll figure out where Ros plans to take her tomorrow.” Ryan stated.

“Tomorrow! Isn’t that too risky? Why wait till Halloween’s day before finding her? What if we’re too late? We should go looking for her today!”

“Well, we can’t do that for three reasons. First, we don’t know where she is at the moment and we can’t search an entire city. Second, showing up tomorrow gives me the surprise advantage. He’s not going to know for sure if I’m coming or not and third, I don’t hear a better plan from you!”

“Did you really have to add the third?” Trina frowned. “...and somehow, I’m the drama queen.”

Ryan laughed.

“I know you care about Selena. I’ll get her before Ros hurts her. I promise.” He squeezed Trina’s shoulder and offered her a smile.

“Thanks.” She replied. “How are you going to reach her mind this time? I thought Ros was making her shut you out?”

“That’s exactly why I went over to her house. I have something she owns now, reaching her should be a lot easier.”

“Okay... do you want to reach her now?” She asked.

“Sure. Just try not to make any noise.” He replied.

Ryan laid on the bed, holding Selena’s dress to his chest. He closed his eyes and concentrated, while Trina watched from the wooden chair in the corner. He remained in that position for about five minutes and Trina was beginning to think he had fallen asleep.

Vampires are not supposed to sleep, right?” She thought to herself.

Ryan’s body jolted up from the bed and he placed his palm over his mouth. What got Trina worried though, were the changes that were clearly evident on his face.

He was several shades paler and a few droplets of blood fell from his eyes, unto his cheeks.

At first she panicked, thinking he was having some sort of crazy blood craving but as she continued to watch him, what was really happening became clear to see.

Ryan was crying!

Trina rushed to his side and squeezed his hand.

“It’s okay.” She consoled him. “What happened? Is Selena dead?”

Ryan shook his head slowly.

“I saw her... for the first time... in this lifetime...” More droplets fell out of his eyes, forming a red line on his pale cheeks.

Trina understood.

He was overwhelmed. Whatever bond they shared had to be so strong. It was clear to see that what he felt for Selena was true love.

She pulled him into her arms and hugged him.

“I never thought a day will come when I’ll have to hug a Vampire to stop him from crying.” Trina stated, still holding him.

Ryan chuckled, seemingly gaining his composure again. He pulled out of the hug and wiped his cheeks. The pale color of his skin slowly faded, and he regained his original light olive complexion.

“Thanks, Trina.” He said. “I didn’t know how overwhelmed I’d feel. I haven’t seen her in a long time.”

Trina smiled at him and squeezed his hand.

“Were you able to warn her?” She asked.

“Yeah, I told her not to believe Ros’s lies but she freaked out. She shut me out before I could ask her anything else.” He replied.

“You’re going to have to explain the lifetime thing you mentioned earlier but for now, I’ll assume it makes sense to me.” Trina said, causing Ryan to laugh.

“If Selena keeps shutting you out, she’s probably scared of you. Maybe she thinks you’re Ros. Why don’t you try approaching her with happy thoughts? Like a sweet memory you guys share. Once she’s calm, you can warn her or try to ask her questions.” She added.

“You know you’re a really smart one, right?” Ryan smiled. “I didn’t think of that.”

“Yeah, you can have my autograph later.” Trina smirked.

“I don’t know what I’ll do with you.” Ryan laughed. “...but thank you.”

“You’re welcome.” Trina smiled. “Don’t forget to show me how you met Selena tonight.”

“Oh, I won’t.” Ryan replied.

“I’m going to step out for a bit. While I’m gone, you can call room service for anything you want.”

“Where are you going without me?” Trina pouted.

“Tomorrow’s a big day, Trina. I need to feed in order to function at my best.”

With that, Ryan stepped out of the suite and closed the door behind him.

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