A Shade of Halloween

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Chapter Forty-One

Ryan exited his bedroom with Selena trailing behind him. He didn’t look back at her because he was trying not to freak out. Even though he wasn’t there when the sex happened, he could see it in his mind. He imagined the smile on Ros’s face while he claimed the love of his life and explored her body in ways that made his blood boil.

He wanted to hurt Ros. He wanted to hurt him really bad. That notwithstanding, he had to keep his composure... for Selena’s sake.

She had gone through a lot in such a short time and the last thing he wanted was to break her even more with his reaction.

They entered Trina’s room and found her in a corner, lifting different pieces of furniture into the air.

“Do you know how easy it is for me to carry stuff now?” She asked, eyes gleaming at Ryan.

“Yeah... You’re a lot stronger now.” Ryan replied with a smile.

“Trina?” Selena called.

Trina looked at her with a pout and dropped the dresser in her hand.

“Hey, Selena.”

“I want to say how sorry I am for what Ros did to you... and thank you! I’d never have guessed you’d put your life on the line for me.” Selena said.

“It’s okay, Selena. I just wanted to help. I knew you didn’t kill those people and when everyone was trying to say you did, I had to do something.” Trina replied.

“...and I’m so sorry about my outburst earlier.” Selena added.

“It’s okay. I understand. Ryan’s sweet and hot... and I’m not going to lie about being attracted to him. I mean, who wouldn’t? Look at him.” Trina said, pointing at Ryan.

“...and my head just exploded into a trillion little pieces. Puff!” Ryan made an explosive sound with his mouth and fell to the ground like he was dead.

The two girls burst out laughing.

“Yeah... and that too. He’s so goofy.” Trina added. “What I’m trying to say is... I know that he loves you and I respect that. I don’t want to come at him but I can’t seem to stop myself. Ryan says I’ll learn to control my emotions soon... I hope it’s really soon... and things will go back to normal.”

“You’re so amazing, Trina. Thank you!” Selena smiled and moved forward to hug Trina.

Selena rested her head on Trina’s shoulder in a way that made her neck very visible to Trina and in an instant, Trina’s eyes turned bloodshot red.

She bared her fangs and brought her jaws down towards Selena’s neck. Ryan quickly intercepted her and pulled Selena away.

“Hey! Hey! Hey! Trina.” Ryan cautioned.

“Oh my Gosh!” Trina exclaimed. “I’m so sorry.”

Selena looked on in shock, not knowing what really happened.

“I’m so sorry. I don’t know how that happened.” Trina continued to apologize.

“It’s okay.” Ryan said. “I should get you a blood bag.”

“What happened?” Selena asked.

“I was going to bite you. I’m so sorry. I just couldn’t stop myself. I should leave.” Trina ranted.

“No, Trina. None of this is your fault.” Selena replied, holding her hand. “We’ll help you adjust. I promise!”

Trina squeezed Selena’s hands and blood started making its way out of her eyes.

“This is all so hard. I don’t know what I’m going to do. What do I tell my mum? My little brother...”

Ryan pulled her into a hug and soothed her hair while her sobs died down.

“Vampires cry blood?” Selena whispered with wide eyes.

“I can hear you.” Trina said from Ryan’s chest, making them all laugh.

“Yeah, they do.” Ryan replied, pursing his lips. “Why don’t you girls stay here and I’ll be back in a minute. I have to get Trina a blood bag.”

The two girls nodded as Ryan made his way to the door. He stepped into the hallway and peered his head back into the room.

“Try not to bite her before I get back.” He said, pointing at Trina.

Trina and Selena smiled, before getting back to their chat.

Trina filled Selena in on how she met Ryan and how they worked together to find her.

Ryan returned with the blood bag and handed it to Trina who gulped it down hurriedly.

“There’s something I have to do right now, but I promise to be back soon.” He told both girls. “Are you guys going to be okay?”

They both nodded and he zoomed out of the room with super speed.

“That has to be so cool.” Trina stated.

“Have you tried it?” Selena asked.

“No. I don’t even know how.” She replied.

“I think you just run normally.” Selena replied.

“I should give it a shot.” Trina smiled.

She started a fast run and crashed into the wall in less than a split second.

“Ouch!” Trina screamed.

“Oh my Gosh, I’m so sorry.” Selena ran towards her, helping her up.

“We should just try that in open space.” Selena added, and both girls laughed.

Upstairs, Ryan turned the key of a locked bedroom and walked inside. There was a brown wooden coffin on a table in the middle of the room. He walked towards it and slipped on a glove before picking up a silver stake from the floor beside the coffin. He pushed the lid open and looked at the shriveled face of Ros Soille. There was a silver stake still stuck in his heart and he looked like he had been dead for a century.

Ryan circled the coffin with his hands behind him, still holding the stake.

“You know what, brother? I’m not upset.” He scrunched up his face. “I’m really not. I know you did it because you wanted me to be upset so no. I’m not going to be.”

He drove the stake in his hand into Ros’s stomach with all his might. The body bounced in the coffin, still looking dead. Ryan pulled the stake out and continued circling the coffin.

“All this time we’ve believed we were of equal strength... but you know what, little brother? I’m older than you are, even if it’s for just a few seconds. I can tell I’m stronger because you’re the one in the coffin right now. Still, I let you have everything you wanted. You became leader of the clan because I let you have it. I wanted just one thing and you couldn’t give it to me. You...”

He drove the stake into Ros’s chest a couple of more times before pulling it out and continuing his circling of the coffin.

“I’m going to have her because she loves me... and you know what else I’m going to have? The Serafino clan back!”

He drove the stake into Ros’s chest again and pulled it out.

“Hmm. Why don’t I make you feel this just a bit?”

He dropped the stake in his hand to the ground and pulled out the stake in Ros’s chest. Ros gasped for breath and sat up sharply in the coffin. With a scream, Ryan plunged the stake right back into Ros’s heart, causing him to lay back dead and shrivel into the century old dead Vampire once again.

Ryan replaced the lid of the coffin and took in a deep breath. He straightened out his shirt and put a smile on his face before walking out and locking the door behind him.

He heard the panicked voices of Selena and Trina downstairs, and rushed there with super speed.

By the time he got to the room he left them in, he was alarmed. There was a fire burning on one of the walls and both girls were trying to put it out. He rushed out with super speed and returned with a bucket of water. Once the fire was out, he turned back to them.

“What the hell happened here?” He asked.

“Um...” Trina started, but turned to look at Selena.

“Um...” Selena said, turning back to look at Trina.

“Can you please tell me what happened?” Ryan asked, suppressing his frustration. “Trina, did you lose it and start a fire?”

Both girls looked at him with wide eyes.

“Trina, I asked you a question.” Ryan said calmly. “I promise not to be upset. Just tell me.”

“I... I... I...” Selena stammered.

Ryan turned to her with a confused look.

“Selena, did you do it?” He asked.

She nodded slowly and wrapped her arms around herself.

“Why?” He asked.

“More like... how?” Trina replied.

“What do you mean?” Ryan asked.

“Trina and I were practicing how to do Vampire stuff and she was falling and I got scared and stretched out my hands to help her and...”

Ryan raised his eyebrows.

“...and what?”

“The fire came from my hands.” Selena whispered.

Ryan’s eyes widened.

“Oh my Gosh, Selena. I think you... um... got it from your mother.” He said.

“What do you mean?” Selena asked in shock.

“Your mother was a sorceress. She could do stuff like that. You just might be a sorceress too.” He replied.

“How can that be? I’ve never shown special powers before.” She said, looking at him with confusion.

“You’ve never lived longer than your eighteenth birthday before.” He replied. “Ros usually killed you before then in previous lifetimes. Maybe your sorceress powers kick in after eighteen. I don’t know but this is all different. We’ll figure it out, I promise.”

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