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


44. I See the Change In You


Christian managed to calm his families fears of letting us go to my house. Once I pulled into the driveway I noticed James car, I sighed, I didn’t want him to witness what I was about to do but at least he’d be there to comfort her. We sat in my car for a moment, he’d told me what I should expect my mother to say to me which gave me the perfect ammunition I needed. We went over the plan once more before we stepped inside my house. My mother was waiting on the couch with James and directly seated in the love seat was a boy I didn't know. Christian failed to mention I had a stranger in my house. The boy had wavy brownish blond hair and deep sea green eyes with a defined jaw and a button nose. He was tall and hints of muscles peaked through his black shirt, he stared at me with such intensity, as if he could see into my soul. I didn’t like that look at all, and neither did Christian who tightened his grip on my hand. 

“Sweetheart! I’m glad you’re home. Christian, how are you?” My mother asked politely. 

“I’m fine thank you, and you? Dr. Carlson nice to see you again.” Christian replied kindly. 

“I’m fine.” My mother said.

“And nice to see you too. You two, this is my son Jared. Jared this is Madison and Christian, her boyfriend.” James introduced. Jared stared at both of us for a moment before standing up himself, offering his hand to Christian. Christian didn’t take it instead he stared at it, I reached for his hand instead ,taking it into mine. A jolt of electricity shot through me once our hands touched, I jumped back. 

“Ouch. You shocked me!” I cried out.

"Me too, sorry about that. It’s nice to finally meet you I’ve heard about you and your mother a lot. I was wondering what two beautiful women have held my father hostage since I don’t ever see him.” Jared told me, his voice was soft but his eyes once again penetrated me. 

“Oh.” The only words were all I could manage. A moment of silence hung in the air which my mother broke. 

“Sweetheart, I have to tell you something. Actually, something we’d all like to share with you. Christian would you mind if we talked to Madison alone, you’re more than welcome to wait for her in her room.” My mom suggested. 

“Sure no problem. I’ll wait upstairs. Good luck.” Christian whispered in my ear, kissing me on the side of the head. My mother and James had the decency to look away but Jared just stared at us, making me feel even more uncomfortable. 

“Thanks.” I told him, after he went upstairs I waited patiently for my mother to begin. 

“We’ve already had this talk with Jared and now it’s your turn. James and I are in love and want to take our relationship to the next level. Once you’re older honey you’ll understand that when happiness comes around, you have to hold onto it. We decided that we both want us to be a real family so we decided that um…that we…” 

“We want to move in together. We thought that you and your mother should come and move in my house in Beacon Hills. We would all be a real family, of course you could still go to school here. The commute might be a bit longer but then for your senior year, you could transfer to Beacon Hills High School.” James finished hastily. 

If I hadn’t already known what I was hearing I would’ve been stunned, when Christian told me I didn’t want to believe him. I never would’ve thought this would be coming but I guess for once bad news worked in my favor. I realized everyone was waiting for my answer, I sighed loudly. 
“Absolutely not! Have you lost your mind mom?!” I screeched.

“Madison-” She started.

“No! So what I get no say in this? My whole life is here! My friends and Christian, why do we have to be the ones to move? Why do we have to move in at all? Have you not thought about how life changing this is for me or don’t you care? Of course not, you’re hardly around anymore to notice!” 

“Madison that’s enough! Let’s talk about this maturely.” James said.

“Oh, I’m sorry since when did you turn into my father? You're not so keep out of this!” I yelled at him. 

“Madison! That is enough!” My mother snapped at me.

“You know what?! It doesn’t matter anyway mom guess what? You get to go back to your old perfect life before I came back. You can move in with them because I’m leaving anyway! I don’t fit in at dad’s with his new family and now I don’t fit in here!” I shouted, tears streaming down my face. My mother’s mouth gaped open and tears of her own came down. 

“How can you think that? Let’s just-” She began to say.

“No! I hate you.” I screamed, crying harder. 

I turned on my heel and ran out the front door, blinded by my tears and to my car. Right on cue, I could hear Christian running down the stairs at normal speed asking my hysterical mother what happened. I managed to run to my car and locked all the car doors; my mother along with James, Jared and Christian stood around the car. I cracked my driver’s window where my mother stood in front of me, tears down her face.

“Madison lets go inside and talk this over.” She pleaded with me. 

It broke my heart to see her in pain but I had no choice. Christian came over and pulled my mother to the side, whispering fiercely in her ear. She cried harder but started to regain her composure the best way she could, James went over to listen to their conversation. The only person who showed no emotion during the whole exchange was Jared. Instead, he stood in front of my car, staring at me with a smirk on his face. He stared at me as if he knew I was planning this all along, his staring bothered me. My heart stopped for a moment as I continued to stare at him, I had the weird feeling that I knew Jared. By the way Jared stared at me, I was sure he felt the same. Our staring contest made me feel uneasy, I turned away from him. Finally, my mother came back to the drivers side of my car. 

“Madison, you are not leaving town or going anywhere. You will stay with the Watson’s for a couple of days until you are ready to talk about this like a mature adult. Next time we talk about this subject I will not tolerate your tantrum, you've won this round but this war is not over.” She scolded. 

I knew she didn't fully like the idea of me staying over the Watson's but at least to her knowledge I’d be in town. I nodded my head, unlocking the passenger side door letting Christian slide easily in. My mother, James and Jared watched us as we drove off. Christian managed to switch positions with me allowing me to sit in the passenger seat while he drove and I shed the last of my tears. He took long sidelong looks at me worried and upset by the fact I was upset.

“You okay?” He asked.

“That was hard, I‘ve never said those words to my mother before.” I choked out, sniffling. 

“I’m sorry. It's for the best though, she isn’t mad, hurt-yes but she wants to make you happy. She’ll forgive you and James feels bad for you since they both didn’t take your feelings into consideration. He’s also upset that he yelled at you but he will forgive you too, they both went through the same thing before moving to a different place and all.” Christian told me, trying to make me feel better.

“What about Jared? He kept staring at me as if I was a freak of nature and like he knew what I was up too. He’s creepy what did you get from him?” I asked facing him. I noticed his hands tightened over the steering wheel.

“Hey! Don’t break that steering wheel I don’t have money to replace it.” I scolded him. 

“Sorry, I don’t trust that kid Jared and I sure as hell don’t like him especially since the way he was thinking was very controlled. It's as if he was deliberately trying to hide his thoughts I've come across people who are nut cases that think that way. But normal people have a million scattered thoughts in their heads but there is something about him I don't trust. He definitely wasn't thinking nice things about me. He thinks you are very pretty, more than he imagined and he is not happy that you are dating me." 

“Ew. Does he think liking his potential step sister is okay? This isn’t a real life version of ‘Clueless!"

Christian smiled for a moment before once again frowning, “I don't trust him love, something is wrong with him. Once we take care of Katherine I will do more digging on him, I don't want you living with him. He's a very calculated person, and something tells me he's planning something." 

"Planning what?" I asked, mystified. "I just met him."

"I don't know but I'll get to the bottom of it. In the meantime, promise that you'll watch yourself with him." He warned.

"Yes, of course." I promised. 

“On the plus side the plan worked better than I hoped, seems like we had an audience to that little performance you put on.” Christian told me satisfied.

“What do you mean?” I asked him confused.

“Viktor was listening and watching everything, I thought he might be. He concealed himself very well until the few last minutes because he was shocked by the total disrespect he felt you gave to your mother. In his time children never said those words to their parents, he slipped up and now he will go and report this to Katherine.” Christian clarified. 

“So my mom will be safe then? Is he still following us?” I asked nervously. 

“Yes, to the first and no to the second, he is gone and neither or them will be back for a while until it is time.” 

“Is there somewhere we can go privately I mean before we go back to your house and leave for New York. I need a few moments with you alone.” I asked softly, hoping he wouldn’t see what I was up to.

“We can go to my house.” He told me thoughtfully.

“No, I mean before-” I began.

“No, I meant we can go to my house, it's more of a cottage. It's not too far from here.” 

“You have your own house?! How come this is the first time I’ve heard of this, and aren’t you a bit young to own your own home?” I inquired.

“Yes, I have my own cottage just like Emilia and Lucas. I never mentioned it because honestly it never occurred to me to bring you there and I only have it so that way Nathanial and Elizabeth can have their own free time. Too young?” Christian scoffed at me. 

I smiled weakly back, excited to see his cottage and happy this bit of information worked in my favor. We drove for a while until we weren’t in Maple Falls anymore but in the town of Hope Springs. We didn’t pass any other houses, we were completely enclosed in wilderness. I didn’t notice the driveway until he made a sharp left turn. We drove up the driveway for a while before a cottage appeared before us, he pulled in and got out the car first sniffing the air and making sure the coast was clear. He walked briskly over to my side of the car and opened the door for me, then went to the trunk and retrieved my suitcase full of my items. 

“Why don’t we stay here for the night? We don’t have to go back to my house until tomorrow, we’ll be safe here. First thing in the morning we'll get you on your flight.” He suggested. 

The cottage was simple it had a small living room with no television but a reclining chair and couch. It had wooden floors with a couple of windows and long dark blinds. There were a couple of photographs and paintings of nature that I knew Christian did himself. Christian continued to pull me along until we reached a set of stairs, at the top of the stairs was a bedroom that overlooked the living room and a bathroom. Two wooden dressers provided space for Christian to unpack a couple of my clothes and put in with his clothes. I went to sit on the bed watching him best I could as he blurred in my vision putting away some items when he appeared next to me. 

“Comfortable? Can I get you anything? I’m afraid I only have water here along with some cookies I think. Don’t really keep food here, I didn’t think of that I’m sorry.” 

“No, it’s fine I’m okay, this cottage is small compared to your house. I don’t understand-why do you live at your parent's house when you have your own?” I asked.

“Because I love being with my family, I guess. I come here when my parents need time together or if I feel really disconnected from everything. It's why everything is simple here, it relaxes me to a certain degree, but I don‘t need it much anymore since I have you to relax me.” He told me.

I took his hand in mine and leaned in for a kiss, he kissed me gently. I had to be the one regretfully to break it, I knew he’d be mad at me but I needed to put my plan in motion. I suddenly stood up from the bed and in front of him as he sat on the bed, watching me.    

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