I was sitting on the bed when Trina decided to try controlling her speed. We figured if she just tried to run slower than before, she could still move super-fast and be able to stop before she crashed into any solid object.
“I can do this, Selena.” Trina said with a bright smile.
It was funny how the heightened emotions thing worked in Vampires. A few minutes ago, Trina was the most dejected person on the planet. She was so sad I almost got depressed for her. Now, the smile on her face was so bright it could light up the entire house.
“Sure you can.” I smiled back.
I hadn’t even completed one blinking cycle when I saw Trina crash into the opposite wall with an even greater force than the last time she tried running. I was so scared that I instinctively screamed and stretched out my hands in front of me.
I felt a surge of power, much like an electrical current flowing through me. It felt like a tornado of some sort was moving through my veins. Before I could comprehend what was going on, I saw traces of blue flames rising from my palms.
I screamed in terror just as the flames blasted into the wall Trina was, scorching her in the process. I freaked out when I saw Trina’s hair on fire but quickly sighed in relief when she rolled out of the fire and healed instantly.
“Holy Crap!” Trina exclaimed with wide eyes. “What the hell was that?”
I was in so much shock that all I could do was move my wide-eyed gaze from Trina’s face to my palms and back to her face.
“Oh my Gosh.” Was all I could say.
“We have to put it out!” Trina said, turning back to the flames.
My body was rooted to the ground from shock. As hard as I tried, I couldn’t move. Thankfully, Ryan zoomed in and put the flames out. I had begun to get used to how fast he moved because it didn’t creep me out like it used to. Perhaps it was because I had spent some time around Vampires or maybe it was my shock that stopped me from reacting.
When Ryan asked what happened, I just had to tell him. Saying it plainly was the easiest way to explain it because something like that had never happened before. I was still freaking out when I explained it to him, and hearing it was a trait my past sorceress mum had only made me freak out more.
“Hey... Calm down, babe. We’ll figure it out. I promise.” Ryan said, pulling me into his arms and rubbing my palms.
“Babe... He called me babe!”
I couldn’t believe it. I thought he was too upset about what I did with Ros to want to call me any sweet names. It was surprising to hear him call me babe, but it felt good. At least that one part of my life wasn’t crashing down.
“Can you give us a couple of seconds, Trina? I need to take Selena somewhere.” Ryan said.
“Sure.” Trina nodded. “Just leave me a blood bag on your way out.”
That sounded so creepy, even to Trina. I could see how surprised she was at herself for making such a bizarre request.
“Sure, but be careful. You don’t want to get crippled by the blood lust.” Ryan said.
“Blood lust? What’s that?” Trina asked, surprised.
I would have been surprised too if I wasn’t so distraught with my own creepiness.
“I’ll tell you all about it when I get back.” Ryan replied. “Selena needs me right now.”
Ryan led me out of the bedroom and took me through a flight of stairs that ended on a very small balcony on the roof. It looked like it could take no more than three people and I looked at Ryan with curiosity.
“I come here when I need to calm down.” He said, wrapping his hands around me. “It’s beautiful just looking at the night sky.”
I smiled and melted into him, not wanting to let go. He hadn’t brought up the issue of what I did with Ros and I figured he was deliberately avoiding it. It was probably best not to mention it myself, so I let things be. I just took in the smell of his cologne and enjoyed the moment in his arms.
Ryan turned me around so that he was behind me. He wrapped his hands around my waist, making me feel so good.
“Which one’s your favorite?” He asked.
I didn’t know if I zoned out while he was talking but I had no idea what he was asking me about.
“The stars. I usually pick a favorite one.” He replied.
“Really?” I smiled. “Okay...”
I looked up at the night sky and stared at the little lights in the dark blanket.
They were beautiful and surprisingly calming.
“Um... the one over there on the far right.” I finally said, pointing to the brightest one up there.
“Great choice.” He smiled. “My favorite one’s down here.”
“Huh?” I asked.
“My favorite one’s in my arms right now.” He replied, putting his head into my hair.
I blushed so hard, that I felt my cheeks were going to explode. I was lucky it was dark and my back was turned to him. I would have been so embarrassed.
“Really?” I asked.
Ryan didn’t reply. He turned me around and looked deep into my eyes.
“I know the fire thing down there freaked you out, but I want you to know that I’ll always be here for you. We’ll figure things out together, and we’ll have that beautiful life I promised you in 1889. I’ll never let anyone or anything hurt you ever again. This I promise you...”
His words were so sweet that I melted further into his arms. I felt like he knew exactly what I needed to hear at that time. Each word felt like a soothing balm to my injured soul.
“Thank you.” I whispered.
“You don’t need to thank me.” I could feel him smiling in my hair. “My entire being is in love with you, Selena Ryder.”
In that moment, time slowed down.
I felt like I had the world under my feet and everything was going to be okay. I felt Ryan pulling my body even closer to his... and I yielded.
His face moved slowly through my hair until he was looking right into my eyes. Our foreheads touched and he stayed like that for what felt like eternity.
Then he claimed my lips as his.
It was a slow passionate kiss that ignited sparks and explosive fireworks. I closed my eyes and lived in its bliss.
In that moment, everything was perfect. I felt like the world outside didn’t exist. Nothing mattered. It was just me and him... and I was finally at peace.
The sound of a painful scream filled the night’s air, causing us to break our kiss abruptly.
“It’s Trina!” Ryan said with concern in his eyes.
Ryan ran off with super speed and I took the stairs two at a time, running as fast as I could. When I got down, my eyes widened in shock.
Right in Trina’s room was a very mean looking Vampire. He had Trina by the neck, suspending her gagging and kicking frame in the air.
Around him were six other Vampires, who looked just as mean and scary as he did.