The Avalon Legacies Book 1 Legacy Forgotten

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Chapter 8

Ailis spent most of the night driving around in her squad car with Mitch, her over weight pompous partner.

“Your being too quiet tonight, Ailis.” He said looking over from the road to her. “What’s been up with you the last few days?” He asked.

“Nothing.” Ailis answered. “I am just really tired.”

“Yeah.” Mitch said. “I knew you were never a lifer here.” He finished.

“What’s that supposed to mean.” She asked, offended. Ailis hated to be treated like a weak woman.

“I’m not dissing you or anything it’s just that I figured that you are probably used to more action. I mean don’t get me wrong. There’s plenty of action here but never the evidence to find the people. You’re the kind of person that gets off on the justice part of it and not just the killing part of it.” He hastily added. Don’t be too sure about that, she thought grimly to herself, remembering the two vamps she’d offed.

“Whatever.” Ailis said. “You’re way off base.”

“Ah…” Mitch said. “Then it’s a man that has you so down in the dumps.”

Ailis glared over at him. “Don’t even go there.” Ailis warned.

“Okay Okay.” Mitch said raising his hands in the air. “Forget I said anything.” He pretended to shudder. “I’ll do anything so that you don’t give me the look. My wife has the look.” He pretended to shudder again. Ailis smirked and turned to look out the window and Mitch turned back to stare at the road.

They continued their shift in almost complete silence and once they arrived at the station, Ailis spent an hour writing up her reports. When she finished it was close to five in the morning. She went to the locker room, got her things and headed for the parking garage. As soon as the elevator door opened Ailis knew that something was wrong.

She felt the presence of another and it didn’t feel like a good one. She reached back, resting her hands on the twins, breathing easier with the knowledge that they were backing her up. She headed for her car while constantly scoping the area. She tried to walk as casually as possible when her internal warning system was screaming at her to run. Just as she was about to get to her car someone stepped in front of her.

At first all she saw was a very broad chest but when she looked up a shot of fear hit her so hard that she stumbled backward, pulling out both Glocks and aiming them at his chest. She couldn’t even speak while the stranger stood staring at her for what seemed like several minutes. Finally he started to approach her and she found her voice. “Stop right there.” She said cocking the twins, proud that her voice sounded less shaky than she felt.

He half smiled at her. “My you do look so much like your grandmother don’t you?”

Ailis was terrified. She could feel her heart beating out of her chest. “You’re Monolo.” She accused.

“Oh so you know who I am.” He responded. “It figures Carmelita would not have left this world without making sure that you knew what happened.” His face twisted into a sneer. “Did she also tell you that I would have had her if that stupid stable boy had not interfered?”

Ailis was confused. “You mean Beto? My grandfather saved her?” She asked.

Monolo seemed angry. “That puny human was not your grandfather.” He responded with condemnation in his voice.

Ailis was really confused now. “What do you mean, he was not my grandfather?” She asked.

Monolo laughed. “Well now I guess that he is your grandfather, as far as who created your mother.” He stated. “But you also have my blood in you as well.” Ailis stood there with a stunned expression and said nothing. “It seems that Carmelita didn’t tell you everything, now did she?” He answered with a laugh. When Ailis didn’t answer Monolo grew angry again. “I am the reason that Carmelita lived so long. She ingested some of my blood during the attack you stupid girl.” He said grinning at her.

“I don’t believe you.” She said. “You’re just trying to confuse me.”

Monolo laughed. “Believe what you will.” He said. “That will not change the truth.”

“What do you want from me?” Ailis asked with more bravery that she felt.

“That’s a stupid question.” He responded. “I want you.” Monolo stated firmly.

“What the hell are you talking about?” Ailis almost screamed. “What the hell for?”

Monolo took a deep breath. “With your power you will be a great asset to us. As a half human your powers are very strong but as a vampire they will be even greater still.” He answered her question more calmly now. Ailis lowered the twins and replaced them in their holsters. This guy was such a nut. She thought to herself.

“You’re crazy.” Ailis stated sounding bored.

“Perhaps I am.” Monolo said. “But that still won’t keep me from getting what I want.” He finished as he reached up to stroke her cheek. “I always wanted your grandmother.” He stated. “Now I can have you instead and it’s just the same. I will have the most powerful and beautiful queen by my side. You can’t stop me and that meddling Alejandro can’t stop me either.”

Ailis was stunned. “Alejandro, he is still alive?” She asked.

Monolo stared at her. “Why of course he’s still alive.” He started but stopped abruptly and chuckled a little. “Well well.” He said. “It seems like you don’t really know a whole lot now doesn’t it.” He told her with a little laugh.

“What the hell are you talking about?” Ailis was getting pissed now. If one more person tried to speak to her in riddles, she was going to scream at the top of her lungs.

“Now you don’t worry your pretty little head about all that.” He stated. “I will give you one day to make your decision.”

“What decision would that be?” Ailis asked crossing her arms over her chest stubbornly.

“You can either come to me or die.” He stated and then just disappeared. Ailis was so dumbfounded that she just stood there for several minutes staring at her car before she got in and started the drive home. What did he mean that I don’t know as much as I think I do? And the fact that Alejandro is still alive. She couldn’t believe it. If he was still alive and Monolo was worried about him interfering does that mean that she has a reason to be worried about him as well? Ailis finally reached her house and went straight up to her room to take a shower and then she would finish the journal. She had to know what was going on.

Kenneth knew the instant Ailis met Monolo. He could feel her emotions. He was able to slip in long enough to see him through her eyes. He was saying something to her and then disappeared. Then she was driving home. He was shut out at that point. She was getting better at blocking herself. He rushed to her house and found that she was in the shower. He needed to read that journal but he didn’t know where she put it. At any moment the journal could reveal who he was. That would not be good. That is if Monolo had not already told her. He waited, as she got out of the shower anxious to see what her reaction would be. She paused at the door said hello and went to the kitchen as if nothing happened. He followed her all the while trying to catch some of her thoughts along the way.

Ailis knew he was digging but she wasn’t letting him get anything from her. He did not need to know this. It was hard because every time she thought of that monster’s hand on her she felt like she was going to vomit. She knew the instant that he caught sight of that particular bit of information because she could see the flames behind his eyes. She ran to him and grabbed his hands. “Please.” was all she could get out.

He interrupted her. “That disgusting pile of garbage had the nerve to lay a finger on you and you did not think to tell me?” He was all but screaming at her.

“I…I.” She stuttered. “He didn’t hurt me and I just wanted to forget about it.” She said.

“Forget about it!” Kenneth bellowed. “You should have called to me the instant that he showed up.” He accused.

“I didn’t want you guys to be fighting.” Ailis was almost in tears and Kenneth’s heart was breaking at the sight of it.

“Shit.” He cursed under his breath before wrapping his arms around her. “I’m sorry love.” He said. “I just don’t like the thought of his hands on you.” He lifted her chin until he could look into her eyes. He was so screwed right now. If anything ever happened to her he knew he would meet the sun to be with her. He could find no words to say. It would be stupid to say anything anyway as they had only met a short while ago. He skipped the words and lowered his mouth to hers for a long drugging kiss that lasted for what seemed to him like hours.

When he lifted his head he was completely out of breath and so was she. When he looked into her eyes he could see the same desire he felt, reflected in the depth of her eyes. That was all it took to push him over the edge. He scooped her up turned on his heels and took her back to her room. He couldn’t stop kissing her. He felt like he would explode before he had gotten his fill of her. He didn’t even stop kissing her as he laid her on her bed or when he was stripping her clothes from her body.

Ailis couldn’t even think straight. She could feel him all over her. She had only known this man for a few days and now, all of the sudden they were lovers. She should run away while she still could. Her brain was telling her to run but she had a feeling it was her heart that was telling her to stay. She knew that falling in love with this man was the worse thing she could do. The bad part was, she was afraid it was too late. He was a vampire. But she was half. He was a murderer but she’d killed before as well. He lifted his mouth from hers and the moment their eyes met, she knew her fears had come true. She was utterly head over heels in love with him and god help her she would do anything that it took to keep him with her.

Even if that meant leaving and finding somewhere that Monolo couldn’t find them. Kenneth chose that moment to slide himself into her and all coherent thoughts were driven from her head. She and Kenneth basked in the roaring inferno of passion all through the morning until they were both spent. Then they slept.

Ailis awoke in late afternoon. She took a shower and headed down stairs to fix some breakfast. She was still thinking about last night and the fact that Kenneth was sleeping in her room. She could barley control herself last night. She wanted nothing more that to take his blood but Kenneth controlled the both of them as he said that if they take each others blood one more time that her change would be complete. When she protested he shook his head and advised her that it would be better for her to stay as she is. “You don’t want this for yourself.” He said, “Never able to be in the sun. For what; a few minutes of pleasure?” That hurt her more than she would ever admit. Because with that statement she knew how he saw her. She was a few minutes of pleasure to him, nothing more. Just then the doorbell rang and she ran to answer it. Collin was on the porch.

“Collin?” Ailis said. “What are you doing here? This is my day off.”

He chuckled. “I know. I just came to see you.”

Ailis looked at him confused. “Come in.” She told him. Ailis was a bit nervous. Why was he here? She knew the answer to that question but she was so not ready to face it. “So what’s up?” She asked heading for the kitchen.

“You know why I’m here Ailis.” He stated. “I’ve come to see if you have thought about my proposal.”

Ailis blew out a breath. “Collin we have never even dated really.” She said.

“Yes we have.” Collin answered back.

“That was one date.” Ailis reminded him.

“That if I recall correctly, did end in sex.” Collin reminded her. Ailis heaved a breath. Their date hadn’t ended in sex. They’d both drank way too much and started making out but then Collin had passed out. It had been perfectly alright with Ailis as she’d felt nothing sexual during their make out session. She’d not had the heart to embarrass him by telling him that he’d passed out. She’d figured he’d at least have some bragging rights down at the PD and let him think they had. Funny thing was, he’d never bragged. Not once.

Kenneth had awoken and was listening to their conversation. They were lovers at one point. That would explain why Collin felt that she belonged to him. He was so angry at this bit of news. How dare this puny human cop try to take away something that is his! Then he stopped. He remembered his test with Ailis last night. She wanted his blood and he told her that if she took it she would turn and why would she want that for a few moments of pleasure. She’d agreed way too quickly and he knew then that she did not have the same feelings for him as he had for her, maybe she is in love with Collin. He thought to himself feeling his newly opened heart breaking.

Collin continued his argument. “Why did it have to be a mistake Ailis? We are good together; I will always take care of you. You will never want for anything.”

Kenneth sent a mental push her way. “Maybe you should accept. He obviously loves you.” He could see Ailis squeeze her eyes shut and a single tear sprang free and slid down her face.

Ailis could not believe this. She was fixing to tell Collin that she had never loved him in that way when she heard Kenneth inside her head. “Maybe you should accept. He obviously loves you.” She could have screamed it wasn’t Collin that she wanted to love her. It was Kenneth and it was so painfully obvious that he didn’t love her at all. She was a few moments of pleasure. She squeezed her eyes shut and a rouge tear slipped free. Collin rushed to her side. “Baby I didn’t mean to upset you. I just want the best for you.” Ailis couldn’t help it she was so heart broken. She wrapped her arms around his neck and hugged him hard. She felt the moment Kenneth left her house and she knew, she would never see him again. She felt that she would die inside. She hated herself for she knew from the beginning that she couldn’t allow herself to have feelings for this man, she knew, she couldn’t keep him.

She took a deep breath and looked at Collin. “I can’t marry you.” She told him. “I have never felt that way about you.”

Collin took a deep breath and asked. “Are you in love with someone else?”

Ailis stayed quiet for a moment but then decided that it was best to tell the truth. “Yes.” Ailis said, as she couldn’t bring herself to lie.

“Who is it?” Collin asked.

“It’s no one you know.” She answered.

“Will you marry him?” Collin asked, sounding oddly defeated.

“I would if he wanted me but he doesn’t care for me like that.” She answered.

“It sucks.” Collin said sulking.

“Yeah.” Ailis agreed “But you can’t chose who you love. If I could choose who my heart would love it would be you.” She told him in truth.

“Really.” Collin said. “That doesn’t make me feel any better.” He said.

“I know.” Ailis answered sounding beaten. “Me either.” Collin left and Ailis went to her room and cried herself to sleep.

Kenneth walked around the city for hours. He blocked his mind from everything. He knew that it would hurt when he would have to leave her. He knew that he couldn’t keep her as much as he wanted to. She had Collin and she didn’t want him. He could tell by the way she blocked out her thoughts when they were together. She didn’t want him to know. She was a woman with extraordinary powers and she probably knew from the minute he did, exactly how he felt for her. Well, he thought, its time to get back to business. He needed to find and kill Monolo. The first thing he felt when he linked in with Monolo was pure sadistic happiness. He’s probably killed someone else, Kenneth thought with disgust, and then he thought of Ailis with a panic.

He opened his mind to hers and immediately felt the pain and suffering. Kenneth knew without a doubt that Monolo was with Ailis and that’s what was making him so happy. He was torturing her. In a flash he was outside Ailis’ house and within seconds he doubled over and grabbed his stomach as he heard her blood-curdling scream. She was in pain and Kenneth could feel every bit of it. He could also hear Monolo laughing.

Ailis had never felt so much pain in her life. She tried to remember what had happened since she woke up. She awoke and could not go back to sleep. She grabbed the diary and began reading.

It must have been hours that I was at Monolo’s mercy. I thought I would die. All I could think of was Beto and how I would never see him again and Alejandro was a vampire and probably gave me to these fiends. I would get him for this.

Just then Beto ran in and with one swift move of his machete nearly cut Monolo’s head clean off. He helped me up and we ran. I didn’t think of anything we just ran. We found ourselves on a ship the next day and we came to America. Eight months later I gave birth to your mother. I was pregnant when I was attacked. I know that it wasn’t the right thing to do but I would have to deal with it. I thought that I would never get to be with Beto again so I took the chance. Alejandro knew and he was willing to overlook it. Now, it is time to tell you the story of Alejandro Kenneth Nunez.

Ailis didn’t get any farther. As she read the name she saw Kenneth’s cuff links with the initials AKN on them. AKN, for Alejandro Kenneth Nunez. She felt like her lungs were going to explode. Kenneth was her grandmother’s betrothed and she had been with him. She is in love with him. She felt the hot tears pouring down her face at the same time she heard that all too familiar laughing.

Suddenly Monolo was standing over her bed stroking her hair from her face. She tried to fight him off. He held her steady.

“Awe.” He said like he was talking to a child. “You didn’t know. That’s OK baby. We will make him pay for what he’s done to you.”

She drew her energy and pushed as hard as she could. He flew against the wall. She was able to jump out of bed and run. She made it down stairs and there he was standing right in front of her. He chuckled. “You are much stronger than your grandmother was, but still not strong enough. But you will be. I am going to enjoy making you submit to me.” He said chuckling. “Make no mistake Ailis, You will submit to me. As soon as you have gone through the change you will be every bit as strong as I am. And by that time you will know where your loyalties lie.” Ailis started backing away. She had to get away.

Suddenly Monolo stopped, looking angry and with the speed of light he was in front of her with his hand on her stomach. It was a natural reaction, she put her hand over his. “What are you doing?” She asked, her voice shaking from fright. “That stupid idiot!” He roared. “You are with child.”

Ailis was confused. “Wh... What?” Ailis thought she was hearing wrong. “There is no way.” She stated. “Vampires can’t father children.” She said shaking her head.

“No no.” Monolo said wagging his finger. “That’s not exactly true. It’s the women that can’t get pregnant. There is nothing wrong with the men.” Ailis felt like she was going to be sick. She couldn’t be pregnant. Kenneth was her grandmother’s betrothed. He had lied to her about everything. She felt like her throat was on fire.

“No matter.” Monolo said looking a little happier. “If the baby survives the change then we will have a little one to raise as our own.”

Ailis had tears running down her face. “Just kill me.” She said.

“Oh no.” Monolo stated. “I would have you as my own. Don’t worry about Alejandro. You won’t ever have to see him again.” With that, he jumped on her. Turned her head to the side and bit down. The pain was excruciating. He raised his head and looked into her eyes. “My. My. Ailis. I am going to enjoy eternity with you.”

He leaned back down and took some of her blood and then sealed the wounds. He then cut his wrists and placed it over her mouth. She didn’t even try to stop him. It doesn’t matter. She thought. As soon as he isn’t paying attention, I will walk into the sun. The pains started then, coming from her stomach and moving out. She had never felt anything like it before. Still, she did not reach out to Kenneth. Why would she? He got what he wanted. He played her for the fool and then left. God if the pain doesn’t stop soon. She thought to herself. I really am going to die from it. She felt as if her stomach were being shredded to pieces by a beast. Her skin felt as if her body had caught fire. Even her eyeballs hurt like hell. It seemed like hours that she was fighting. She knew she wasn’t going to last much longer. She couldn’t help herself when the next one hit it was too strong, she screamed at the top of her lungs.

She could hear Monolo laughing. Then she heard Kenneth’s voice. It sounded like they were fighting but she couldn’t concentrate because the pains were too bad. She heard his voice in her head telling her that if she could calm down it would be more bearable. She tried her best to just let the pain come instead of fighting it. It was coming slower and less powerful now and she was more aware of her surroundings. Kenneth and Monolo were in the middle of a war and they were tearing her house apart. Slowly, the pains subsided and she could get up again. When she came to her feet, she saw Monolo standing over Kenneth. “She is mine.” He said.

That was it. She’d had enough. Her blood was boiling and she was shaking all over. Ailis knew that even if she wanted to she couldn’t stop it this time. She was about to tear the house down. “I belong to no one!” She shouted and threw every ounce of energy she had within her at the both of them. It surprised her how much stronger she felt. Her voice seemed to shake the very foundation of the century old mansion. There was a blue light brighter than any she had ever seen that flashed across the room. As she turned to run upstairs there was an explosion so large, it shook the entire house. She ran and got her grandmother’s diary, her purse, The Twins and her bike keys and ran from the house, not even glancing at the smoldering first floor living room as she left.

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