Chapter 58: Betrayal
My entire body was freezing, I couldn’t even take off my dress to rinse it out. Not when Felix is here, all I could do is just bear with it. Though I still can’t believe what just happened! It explains perfectly how Eli brought us down here, whatever chant or spell they do in the water, it takes you to wherever you wish to go to! I can use this method to take Ren and me back home, but I just have to figure out how?
I heard Felix suddenly call out to me as I saw how wide his eyes grew, he seemed sorta surprised for some reason? Is he speechless that I survived or something? Because I honestly didn’t think I would’ve survived a second longer in holding my breath.
“I’m fine...I just didn’t expect any of that to happen so quickly.”
I trembled in my response as I felt how cold my body was becoming. Slowly getting up, I noticed that Felix was still staring at me so intently. Did I do something strange to have him look at me like that?
He gestured as he handed me his wet jacket, I’m not sure why he’s handing it to me? Maybe he wants me to carry it?
“Put it on.”
He demanded as he avoided looking at me...
“Why should I put this on? It’s only going to make me feel colder, shouldn’t I air dry my dress? If I wear this jacket then-”
Felix then annoyingly swiped the jacket from my hands and threw it over my shoulders by force!
“Just...wear it, and don’t take it off until I say so.”
He sternly explained as he began to walk away from me, just what is his problem? I know I should have my guard up when I’m around him, but he hasn’t done anything evil towards me, or at least not yet. Other than just being cold and rude sometimes, I’m still trying to wrap my head around the fact that he’s over 200 years old! It’s insane how long he’s lived, I’m curious as to how he was when he was young? Walking alongside him, I began to look at each cellar block we were passing by. I hope Ren’s okay, will he even want to see me after betraying him the way that I did? My anxiety was building up that I couldn’t control it after remembering what Eli and I did! Clenching onto the jacket I was wearing, I tried to control my breathing...
“His cellar should be that one over there. I could give you five minutes to speak with him until I have to take you back before Carla notices you missing.”
Felix said while stopping in his tracks, leaning his body against one of the cellar gates, he closed his eyes and rested his head back. Is this his way of giving me some privacy to talk with Ren? If that’s the case, without even waiting for another second to pass by, I dashed my way towards Ren’s cellar and dropped down to my knees once I saw him lying on the cold hard ground!
“Ren?! Ren, please open your eyes. It’s me!”
I shouted desperately while gripping onto the bars that kept me separated from him! Looking at the condition he was in, I saw how pale and malnourished he was. It broke my heart seeing him like this...
“Luna? Is that you, why are you here?”
Ren worded out weakly as he opened his eyes to look at me. He looked lifeless as he stared at me, I shouldn’t expect him to be happy...
“I came because I’ve missed you. Ren, I’m sorry...I’m so sorry for everything that’s happened. Please, forgive me-”
“Just stop speaking, Luna. I really can’t take it anymore...just look at you, look how you’re dressed. Do you have any idea...how worried I was? I thought you were dead...but when I saw you...with him. I really thought that you would fight back...but to see that you gave in to him. It tore me apart...and now, you end up bringing a new guy with you down here. Is he going to fuck you in front of me also? If so, I would rather you just kill me here and now...”
Ren bluntly spoke in sorrow as he tried to sit upright, the pain in his voice shattered me. But I wasn’t surprised, I broke his heart...
“No, it’s not like that. I never wanted things to end up this way. Felix, he helped me get down here so I can talk to you, I just want us to go back home...Ren, is that still possible?”
I cried out in sadness as I looked deeply into his eyes. I couldn’t even bring myself to tell him about our deceased baby, how could I? When Ren looks so broken already...if I end up telling him what happened, I’m sure his heart would just give out more...
“How can things go back to how they used to be? How do you expect me to forget everything that has happened? I’ve already tried escaping once, but it led me to have two broken hands because of that fucking witch. So tell me, Luna...how can we leave this fucking place?”
He cried out in hatred as I saw how bandaged up his wrists was, I was shocked to hear that he tried escaping! The horrible guilt ran deep, why is this happening to us?!
“What witch did this to you?”
I asked him out of concern...
“Carla, she’s in charge of keeping these humans alive until we kill them off. However, this one, in particular, will be kept alive until Elijah says otherwise.”
I heard Felix explain as he began to make his way towards me.
“Carla did this?! No, there’s no way. Why would she...she’s been nothing but nice to me these past few weeks!”
I said in disbelief as I looked over at Felix...
“Are you really defending that witch, this has to be a sick joke? Ha, just look at you...getting so close to these devils. Do us both a favor...and just leave me alone. Luna, I don’t want to see you right now...”
Ren calmly said in sarcastic laughter before looking at Felix with hatred in his eyes. I never meant to cause anyone pain like this...especially him.
“Ren, please...don’t do this. I love you...you’re all I have right now-”
“You love me? Funny, you have a really sick way of showing it after letting Elijah fuck you. You didn’t even care at all that I was here anymore, all you cared about was yourself in the end...”
Ren bluntly stated before staring at the collar I was wearing.
“Please, Ren. Don’t do this, I beg you...I’m sorry...I’m so so sorry...please don’t tell me to leave! I really do love you!”
I cried out for forgiveness as I felt someone grabbing my arm!
“It’s time to leave, Luna.”
Felix voiced out as I saw him grabbed a hold of me...
“No! Don’t touch me, I can’t leave yet! Ren... please, don’t hate me! I’m so sorry...”
I sobbed feeling hurt for what I’ve done as I shrugged Felix’s hand away! However, he picked me up afterward when I refused to stand up on my own!
“Put me down! I’m not leaving him like this! Ren, why won’t you look at me?!”
My cries began to die out as I looked at Ren crying in pain as he continued to look down on the ground...
“There’s nothing you can do. He’s made up his mind already, so let him be, Luna.”
Felix explained as he kept carrying us to the watering well again...
“I never meant to hurt him...how can I live with myself after what I did?”
I asked feeling distraught, but I suddenly heard a door being opened as I looked across the dungeon hall! It was too dark for me to see who it was-
I heard Felix whisper as he tightened his grip around me! But I didn’t expect him to pull us in the water so quickly, I wasn’t even given a chance to catch my breath as the water quickly surrounded us both! The feeling of my lungs was wanting to burst from the lack of air I wasn’t receiving, the water was dragging us deeper and I wasn’t sure if I’ll be able to last much longer!? With my eyes being shut I began to gag for air, I truly believed at that very moment I was going to die. That was until I felt something warm covering my mouth! It was soothing as I felt air passing down my throat, I was able to breathe a bit, but how is that possible!?Slowly opening my eyes, I saw nothing but darkness around me. Except for two bright red eyes staring down at me. They were so close that I was able to make out Felix’s face in front of me! That’s when I realized it, he had his lips covering mine so I could breathe! This was unexpected, but I can’t push him off. He’s the reason why I’m still alive, his lips felt soft and gentle as he steadied his hold on me. His gaze never wavered as I continued to look at him as well, it was as if something inside of me was pulling me closer to him...
Not too long after, I felt the water beginning to pull us back up! I couldn’t help but latch on to Felix more, but the fear quickly faded once I felt the open air touch my skin! So I immediately pulled my lips away from Felix and took in a deep fresh breath of air. I was even able to see my breath in this cold night as I exhaled out, I was so focused on Ren earlier that I completely ignored how cold I truly was...
“Let’s go back inside,” Felix responded nonchalantly as he stepped out of the fountain.
Looking at my surroundings, we were back in the garden again!
“I...I...how am I suppose...to go back in there...when I’m drenched like this...and...freezing?”
I explained with my teeth shattering against each other!
“I’m not taking you back to the ballroom, I obviously have to bring you back to my room so you can dry yourself off. And if you don’t like that idea, then call Carla so she can take care of you.”
He said with annoyance as he began to put me down. However, I quickly held on to him more as I buried my face onto his chest...my body feels like one giant ice cube!
“I...won’t go back in there, not alone. So...please, take me to your room. If Carla...sees me like this, how am I supposed to explain myself to her?”
I muttered out my words as I felt my own body shaking uncontrollably with the coldness touching my skin! I would much rather be alone with one demon, than a hundred of them if I go back inside the castle. Felix didn’t have to go out of his way to help me, but he did, so I should at least take in his kind gesture. Even if I am still afraid of what he could do to me, that’s nothing compared to what Eli has done already...
“You are a very complicated woman.”
I heard Felix respond as he went back to pick me back up in his arms! He proceeded in walking us towards the castle. But something was strange, why wasn’t Felix entering the front doors? Instead, he was walking around the outside of the castle and came to a sudden halt and looked at a balcony. Following his eyes, I wondered if that was his room up there?
“Whatever you do, don’t make a sound.”
He ordered while wrapping his arms around me more securely. Just what does he plan on doing right now?! Should I be worried?!