Ash stopped walking and stared at me. I got up and walked over to him. “Take me to them.” I told him.
“They won’t have a chance to hurt her if I have a say in it.” I grabbed him by the shirt. “Take. Me. To. Them.” I said.
“Raven, they’re doing this because they know that you will come after her! They are using her as bait, they want you not her!”
“You think I haven’t figured that out already? I don’t car-”
“I care! You aren’t strong enough, I’m not going to allow this.” “Who made you boss? If I’m not strong enough then train me.” I said, poking him in the chest.
“The kind of training you need would take months. We don’t have that kind of time, a week at the most before they decide what to do with her.”
“A week is plenty of time and you’ll be with me.” I pointed out. “They’re too strong Raven! Too strong for you, or me!” He said grabbing my shoulders, making me look at him. With his words came a brief silence. He looked away and released my arms. After a moment of thought he spoke in a softer tone.
“Raven...” I looked up. “Nevermind. Come, let’s go.” He said and walked out of the room. When we got in the car he asked. “How did you know the Devils’ Angel?”
“It’s simple, we’ve known each other since elementary. She didn’t tell me what she was until we got into high school, the ninth grade to be exact.”
“Ash, what’s happening? What do you have to do with all of this?” “Well, that’s the complicated part; hopefully this doesn’t confuse you even more. It’s kind of a long story.” he said looking at me. “Suddenly I have a lot of time on my hands, so talk away.” “Alright, do you want the sugar coated version or the blunt version?”
“Go ahead and be blunt, everyone else has.” I said laughing slightly. “We’re soulmates, and that’s why they’re after you; because apparently it’s wrong for a vampire to be with a human.” “Whoa, do I even get a say in this? Who said we were together. I don’t even know you!” I said.
“Um...it was kind of an arranged thing.”
“An arranged thing? You mean like an arranged marriage?!” I was mad, who was he to decide my fate!
“It’s not an arranged marriage. My mother decided this before she died. She didn’t want me to be alone, she could see who people would end up with. She told me the day before she died, that she had seen me with you. Then she died, and I began my search for you. Somewhere along the way my brother, Elliot, found out about you and told our father, who then told the Verdict. They are the ones who are coming after you.”
“Why did Elliot tell your father?”
“Mom couldn’t see him with anyone, so when he found out that I was destined to be with you, and he didn’t have anyone, he got mad.”
“Exactly.” we pulled up to an abandoned hotel. The whole town was abandoned.
“Looks like the Verdict have been here too.” Either they took them away or just killed them and left the body.” he said getting out of the car and looking around.
“Alright, well...now what?”
“We are going to spend the night here.” he said gesturing towards the hotel.
“Why not sleep in the car?”
“I’ve had to do that before, it’s very uncomfortable. I want you to get a lot of sleep, you’ll need it.” he said opening the car door for me. I got out and started walking towards the hotel.
“Where are you going?” he asked.
“I’m going to try and find us a room.” I said as I opened the front door. I went to one of the rooms and tried opening the door, it was locked. I went to the front desk in search of keys. I walked behind the desk and opened a few drawers. I was about to open another one when I noticed a shoe on the ground behind the desk. I went over and opened the door all the way. I screamed when I saw the dead man lying on the ground.
“Raven, are you okay?!” Ash came running into the room. “I am...but he’s not.” I said pointing to the dead man on the floor. “Raven, go outside and while I... just go outside until I come for you.” he said.
“...okay.” I walked outside and leaned on the hood of the car. That shook me up a bit, I knew that everyone had either died or was taken, what did I expect? For all the bodies to just up and disappear? I guess in the back of my mind, I kind of did. I sat there, lost in my thoughts.
“...hello.”I turned around startled, there was a man standing at the end of the car. He had on jeans and a black hoodie. His hair was brown and he was a little bit shorter than Ash. I instantly knew something wasn’t right, everyone human was supposed to be dead. *he’s not human.*
“Are you from the Verdict?” I asked backing away.He looked amused. He started walking towards me so I turned around and bolted for the door. I was just about to grab the handle when I felt hands wrap around my waist and grab me. I screamed and he covered my mouth with his hand.
“Scream like that again and I’ll kill you now. Got that?” I nodded. “Good.” He spun me around, forcing me to look into his eyes. I started to get dizzy and then I passed out.