Always Midnight

Madison Johnson's life changes the moment she lays eyes on Christian Watson. Christian is unlike any boy Madison has ever met in her life, he's a guy with a secret-he's a vampire with a deadly past. When they fall in love, Christian's past soon makes its way into their future together. As his past catches up to him, Madison must decide how much she will sacrifice to be with the man she loves.


Copyright © 2011

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41. Haunted

 

Every step down the stairs made me feel as if I were walking down Death Row to the gas chamber. Christian took the lead keeping me directly behind him, I knew it was his way of trying to protect me. At the bottom of the stairs I could see the backs of Emilia, Lucas, and Elizabeth who, after we’d finally reached the bottom, enclosed around me in a protective circle. Nathanial and Christian stood in the front of me while Elizabeth and Lucas guarded my left and right side and Emilia behind me. The air pulsed with suffocating tension, the weight of it made me afraid my chest would crack open. Since the moment I came downstairs I didn’t dare glance up at these new visitors who have sparked such tension and practically ruined my night-especially a taco night! But, now I raised my head defiantly. 

I should’ve known better, honestly how‘d I‘d feel seeing her for the first time. Christian's creator, Katherine Stone, was unlike any other vampire I’d ever seen, even the other two vampires that were by her side didn’t compare. Her black skin was radiant and flawless-a beautiful coffee bean color that glowed. Median black hair shaped her strong chin bringing out her perfect nose and her silver eyes. She wore a tight black dress that accentuated her curvy body and muscles, I fought for control of my emotions. She was beyond flawless. Katherine stood, smiling at me flashing a perfect set of white teeth, she knew I was envious of her something I’m sure she was used to. Her two accomplices kept their gazes on Nathaniel and Christian, but I knew they were sneaking peeks at the rest of us. 

These vampires were on the defensive, and seemed to be ready for anything. Both of them had muscular frames and towered over the petite frame of Katherine, one of them was pale white with ocean blue eyes and black hair to match. He smirked but the humor didn’t reach his eyes, his wore an expression of great concentration as if he was trying to assess the situation. His eyes flicked over the body builds of Nathanial, Lucas and Christian. He frowned, puffed out his chest and stood taller.

On Katherine’s other side stood a tan caramel skinned vampire who seemed to come from a Mediterranean descent. He was tall and lanky, at least compared to the other vampire but he carried an air of authority around him. His dark black hair was cropped short and his bright green eyes danced with a contained excitement. I didn’t like his expression one bit, if he was excited about something then I’m sure it would be at the expense of the Watson’s and mine own happiness. 

I bit my lip, anxious, waiting for anything to happen. I wanted to explode from the silence and thick tension that filled air. I didn’t have to wait for long. Christian’s rigid back curved upwards as he assumed his defensive stance I’d seen before, and a low snarl erupted from his mouth. I jumped in the air, letting out a yelp in surprise, which made Elizabeth, Lucas and Emilia close in tighter around me. 

“Now Christian…you’re upsetting your little human friend. Maybe you should learn not to read people’s minds, then you wouldn’t get upset at what you find. I’m sorry if Viktor finds your little human attractive, I must admit that I do too.” Katherine said, her voice was low and sultry, it sent a cold chill down my spine. 

“What do you want Katherine?” Christian sneered, pure hatred evident in his voice. 

“I wanted to see you, it’s been so long. I didn’t know you would be in this territory but when I smelled your scent and felt your power I had to visit. I’ve been looking for you for a while and I thought I’d pay my old boyfriend, a friendly visit. I must admit love, you have it pretty nice here, the food is amazing, best I’ve ever had. Not much of a hunt though with all the nature trails and wilderness, the meals literally walk into us. It’s sort of nice, it’s such a small town, everyone is very friendly, makes the hunt ten times more easier.”

Her words cut slices into me as I realized what she was actually saying. Katherine and her vampire goons were the ones responsible for the killings and here she was talking about killing innocent people as if she were talking about the weather. A wave of nausea hit me as my vision blurred and I forced the bile back down my throat. How dare she? Innocent people died because of her, people who had families in mourning right now because of her. 

The smile on Katherine’s face sickened me to the core, she truly was a monster and a cold hearted killer. 

As beautiful as she was on the outside she was the most ugliest person I’d ever met in my short years of life, her lack of remorse pissed me off. A small ripple of anger soon intensified into a wave of anger that radiated off my body. I balled my hands into fists, I let the warm wave of hatred roll through my body and into every inch of my being. Something snapped inside of me, I’d never felt such a strong hatred for someone who I didn’t know. Katherine snapped her gaze at me, her face twisted in disgust. 

“Didn’t like what I had to say? Too bad, you better watch your temper little girl.” She sneered at me. 

“Don’t you say a word to her!” Christian commanded his voice low and harsh. At that moment I didn’t know who I should’ve been more afraid of-Christian or Katherine. 

“How dare you talk to me that way?” Katherine demanded angrily. “I made you and I sure as hell can destroy you. Look at what you have become-a weakling. Feeding off of animals and old blood…ugh…you sicken me. You had such potential, and we could’ve ruled a new world together. Us together, we could’ve brought this pathetic world to its knees. Bring our race to new heights and power, we could’ve overtaken The Council members and ruled over these pathetic humans years ago. We could've done many things when you were at your peak of greatness. Instead, you left me and chose to live a life with traitors and a dog. You could’ve been someone, an inspiration to others. Yet here you stand, a mere shadow of how you used to be. Don’t stand here now all righteous in front of me pretending as if you’re human, trying to impress your frail little girlfriend. You used to kill with such power and grace, stalking your victims then ripping their throats out. Do you remember the time-” 

“Shut up!” Christian yelled in fury, his composure was beginning to slip. 

I could tell any minute he’d make a rush at her and all hell would break lose. If all hell did break lose I doubt they’d be many survivors. I would fight, though I wouldn’t barely make a scratch, I would go down fighting. The images of Christian killing disturbed me more than I ever expected. I knew he had a past but for him to kill innocents and to be just like Katherine broke a piece of my heart. How could someone who I loved be so gentle now but have committed such atrocities before? The fact that I loved basically a murderer shook me to the core of my soul, it was a hard pill to swallow. This made me hate Katherine even more, for bringing all of this up, I hated her for making me question Christian's character. Everything was going along fine, it was easy to forget Christian's past when it wasn’t standing right in front of me. 

“When we made love in our victims blood?” Katherine finished, an evil smile upon her perfect lips.  
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