Dark Longing

Selena Abbott discovers that she isn't what she thought she was and neither was her mother.
Plunged into a dark world will Selena be able to resist the darkness or will she give in to the dark longing?

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11. Chapter Eleven: Strange Lights

Much to my annoyance people actually turned up to the party. Far too many people. My head was pounding even though I’d only had one drink and I was finding it hard to breathe.

“Excuse me,” I said, pushing through the mass of bodies that had gathered in the living room. Hearing Lisa’s loud laughter, I caught sight of her with the guy who was the reason that her leg was in a cast. I swore under my breath and headed over towards her. Everyone that I passed had a strange yellowy glow around them. It was centred just above their hearts.

“Sel!”

Ash appeared in front of me, a huge grin on his face. His expression changed to one of worry and he touched my cheek gently. “You feeling okay?”

I shook my head, wincing when someone increased the volume of the music. Ash laced his fingers through mine and led me through the house to the back garden. My skin tingled pleasantly at his touch. A cool night breeze ruffled my dress and I rubbed my bare arms wishing that I’d grabbed a jacket.

As we sat down on the patio Ash brushed my braid over my shoulder. I shivered when his fingers touched my shoulder.

“I guess having a party was a bad idea seeing as you don’t like being around lots of people.”

Nodding, I rested my forehead on my knees. What was the glow I’d seen? Had it just been the lights? Had someone spiked my drink?

“You’re not going to throw up, are you?” Ash asked, putting an arm around me.

“I don’t think so,” I whispered, wanting to curl up in bed.

Ash drew me against his chest and my heart raced in thrill. “Maybe you should go lie down?”

Resting my head on his shoulder I closed my eyes. I didn’t want to move. Here in his arms was where I wanted to be. The parts of my body that Ash was touching felt like they were on fire. I elevated my face to gaze up at him, alarmed to see that the strange light was back.

“What’s wrong?” he asked, cupping my cheek.

Panic bubbled within me. Ash was so close and my eyes focused on his lips which were moving but my frantic heartbeat drowned every other noise out, even the blaring music from inside the house. The light overwhelmed my vision but once my eyes adjusted I could see the strange way Ash’s skin was pulsing. He didn’t seem to notice because he just kept peering at me in concern. The moment Ash stood up, breaking contact from me, everything returned to normal and I realised that I was panting.

“I’ll get you a glass of water,” he said.

When Ash disappeared into the house I gave a shaky breath. What the hell was wrong with me?

“Couldn’t go through with it, huh?”

I blinked to find an unfamiliar short, dark haired man sitting beside me. He looked too old to be hanging out with a bunch of college students. He had violet eyes that matched mine. Where were all these purple eyed people suddenly appearing from?

Shuffling away from him warily, I asked, “What do you mean?”

This guy didn’t have a yellow light around him, in fact, his was a pale blue. He licked his lips with a hungry expression and trailed a cold finger down my arm.

“You didn’t feed. Not that you look like you need to.” He leaned closer and pressed his nose into my hair.

“Got off me!” I cried.

I went to stand up but he yanked me back down. My breath was knocked out of me when I landed down on the stone patio. He was strong.

“Do you belong to anyone?” the man asked, running his eyes up and down me.

I shuddered in revulsion. “What do you mean?”

“She’s mine,” someone said.

Glancing upward, I found Hayden stood nearby, his arms crossed over his chest. A chest that was glowing with neon blue light.

 

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