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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18. Now it all makes Sense

 

Vampire? Well that explains his speed…wait vampire? Vampires didn’t exist right? I’ve always had an open mind, I believed there were things and forces in the universe beyond the comprehension of man. Was believing in vampires really all that different from my belief in aliens? From what I knew about vampires from books and movies, I realized that Christian fit the stereotype. Memorizing beauty I’ve ever seen and lightning speed, my brain couldn’tprocess quick enough for my eyes to follow. But even if he were a vampire ,why was he here in Maple Falls? Should I be afraid he would eat me? I silenced the many questions in my head and listened to my heart on how to digest this revelation.

This was Christian, I didn’t know him for long but I knew how I felt. I could trust my intuition about him. This was the same Christian who I went to school with, the guy who defended me in the halls in front of everyone. The same Christian I wished even now, I could touch his lips with mine. The same Christian who I had a wonderful time with on Friday night. The nice guy who took me into his home after saving my life. In that moment I knew for certain that he wouldn’t hurt me, he was a good vampire.

“What are you thinking? I can’t read you.” His voice thick with frustration and fear.

“I’m thinking… that you being a vampire… makes sense, it explains your strength. And… even though I should be afraid I’ve felt nothing but safe with you. You’re a good vampire, no, a good guy.” I corrected.

“ARE YOU CRAZY?” He demanded incredulous. 

“I've been trying to answer that one myself.” I muttered. Christian ignored this and continued,

“Are you even listening to what I’ve confessed to you Madison? I AM A VAMPIRE! A VAMPIRE!” He shouted.

“I heard you and guess what? I DON‘T CARE! I don‘t care what you are, I only care about who you are. Nothing else matters to me! I trust you!” I replied, stubbornly.

We stared at each other, both upset, the direction of this conversation wasn’t what either of us expected. I sighed, I didn’t want to fight with Christian, I wanted to love him. I wanted to be with him no matter what he was. Why didn’t he understand that? I felt the familiar prickle behind my eyes, great now I was going to cry like a baby. The tears fell down my cheek as I wiped them away furious. He didn’t say anything, he watched me waiting, his jaw tense. I wiped the last tear away when he finally spoke. 

“I hate seeing you upset. I hate it even more when I’m the one who causes you to feel pain.” He whispered.

“I hate it too because I don’t want to fight with you it hurts me. I understand what you are, but I don’t care. You told me I could rely on you, and I want you to know you can rely on me. I don’t care because the Christian that I know defended me in school, and bought me into his home when he could’ve left me outside.” I murmured. 

“But Madison you don’t understand at all, even though I did those things that doesn’t change the fact I’m a vampire. I thought I could keep this a secret that I could be a human boy, that we could be friends. I should've realized how foolish I have been by now I should know better. I'm an idiot for even thinking we could be good friends, being close to me isn’t safe for a human. Your lack of understanding how precariously our predicament is, is clear to me because you haven’t asked me the most important question.” His said ominously. 

“Which is…”

“What does my diet consist of? Perhaps I didn’t save you so you could live Madison. Perhaps I saved you so you could die. What if everything I ever said or did with you was a ploy to lead you here tonight? I can smell your scent you know? I can smell it every time your heart beats fast like it did five minutes ago, it’s absolutely maddening because I know you would be tasty. Your blood tempts the beast inside of me."

“No." I said.

"No?" Christian echoed, confused.

"I don't believe you, you didn't bring me here to die. You'd never intentionally cause me harm and the connection we have to each other isn't something you can pretend. Stop trying to scare me away because it isn't going to work."

Christian's eyes enlarged and I wasn't sure what he was going to say or do next. He stared at me thoughtfully, I could see the internal conflict in his head. My words caught him off guard and his carefully controlled demeanor was cracking. 

“Don't you see!? I'm not human and I'm not a young boy. I am vampire. Being vampire is not like being E.T. where you get to have your fun then send me home. I could kill you in mere seconds and now that you know this, I need you to tell me to back off. Even now, even now damn it, I know I can't stay away from you unless you tell me this is too much, that you will tell everyone in town. Make me go away Madison, because I'm a foolish old man. We can't be friends, it's too dangerous. Its why I've confessed everything to you now, why I haven't taken you home. I needed to say goodbye to you and I need you to tell me go away. Please!"

His words were those of desperation, a last attempt to get me to see reason. He should've realized that I was not a logically person when it came to him. I couldn't use my mind to make decisions about him, because my heart always took control when it came to Christian. 

“Tell everyone? No one would believe me and that's something I would never do anyway. As for you going away, forget about it, I don't want you to go away. It's too late for me to turn back the clock and go on as if you don't exist. You showed me that you would put yourself in danger to protect me, and for that I will never leave your side.” I said.
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