Time is limited. Maybe not for Aria and Jessica, but for those who's lives soon run out, Death will be waiting...


8. Finale


He fired.

And in the instant that the stake came towards me, I saw clearly for the first time. Jake, pathetic little Jake stood in front of me, not my Will.

And he offered the perfect opportunity for me to join my love.

I could see every little grain on the wooden stake, every little bit of dust. I could have moved, could have dodged out of the way, but I didn’t.

It embedded itself in my chest.

Aria let out a low scream, as my blood spurted out.

I could see it in her face. She wanted me dead, but at the same time had expected me to move. I was sure she regretted her decision.

Well, she would, once I told her what would happen to her now.

I smiled at the thought, revealing all my teeth.

“You’re going to hell sweetheart. The elder vampires will kill you for this.”I collapsed to the ground.

The silver on the stake was killing me slowly, burning me, the pain coursing through me. Soon, very soon, I would be with my Will.



Jessica's back arched as she screamed a silent scream. Her body crumpled to the floor in a heap. I stayed lying on the floor for a long moment , feeling Jake's eyes  staring at Jessica's corpse. Seconds passed before Jake helped me up.  He gripped me tightly, eyes scanning my body for any signs of injury.  

“Your pulse rate is incredibly high...” I whispered to him.   

He looked up at me , his eyes gazing into mine.  

“I was scared for you. I didn’t know what else I could to do. I’m nothing compared to you .” I heard the anger in Jake’s voice. He hated himself; he couldn’t have done anything more to help me. What he had done was enough.  

I didn’t know how to put how I felt into words, so I swung my arms around his neck and crushed my lips to his. The fire I felt when we kissed erupted within me; my nerve-endings ablaze - we were sealed in a cocoon of celestial bliss.



It was.

My time to die.

The pain grew, twisting around, burning me, burning me.

I didn't care.

Noises echoed all around me. Screams of people I'd killed.

Louder and louder.


Enough to drive anyone insane.

Death is a beautiful thing, if you watch if from afar. There is something almost perfect about the ending of a life.

Share it.

I needed to share that feeling.

With everyone.

With her.

Aria. The reminder of that mother, who'd been with my Will. Who'd gotten my Will killed.

She should join her mother too.

Oh yes. Dying is beautiful.

I grasped the stake in my chest.

With a single stroke, I pulled it out.



"Jake," I muttered as he kissed my forehead. "I want to be human."

He leaned back and looked at me with concern and longing in his eyes. There was nothing he could do about it. As far as he knew, there was no way for me to escape immortality.

"I'm so sorry, Aria," he whispered, "There's nothing I can do."

I smiled. Because there was something we could do. Together.

"Come with me," I said, hopefully. "Come with me to the City of Souls. I'll find a soul, and I'll be human. I can be with you, Jake."

Hope sparkled in his eyes, a huge grin spread across his face.

"Is this true?" he asked.

I kissed him passionately. I could be human. I could be with him, for the rest of my life.



I threw the stake.



Jake's eyes widened.

He pushed me aside, and I fell into the sofa against the side wall.

The wooden stake slammed into his chest.



I felt my system shutting down.

"Jake!" someone screamed.

Aria was next to Jake, holding his head in her arms.



Tears rolled down my cheeks, my heart shredding into tiny pieces.

Jake's shaky hand reached up to touch my cheek.

The life was slowly draining from his eyes.

I was losing him.



Through the haze of death that surrounded me, I watched as Aria closed her eyes.

And she brought his neck to her teeth.



I sank my fangs into his flesh, tears still flowing crazily from my eyes. 

I had to poison his body with my venom.

Or he would die.

Jake was too weak. 

He did not scream.

I could not let him die.

I would steal his soul before Death could reach him.



The end.

I'd reached the end.

Jake had Aria with him as he died.

I had no one.



All that mattered was Jake.

I did not pay attention to Jessica's dying form.

His back arched as the venom coursed through veins, robbing him of his humanity.

Eyes closed, skin as white as death.

This could kill him anyway.

And all of this would have been for nothing.



And my head dropped back as a wave of nothingness rose to meet me.



Jake opened his eyes.

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