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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33. Chapter Thirty Three: Hospital

CLIMBING INTO HAYDEN’S waiting car, I exhaled loudly.

“I take it things didn’t go well?” he asked, starting the engine.

“Not exactly,” I replied, putting on my seatbelt. “I ended up telling them more than I planned to. It was a struggle to convince them to let me leave.”

Hayden smiled sympathetically and placed a large hand on my knee. “They don’t want you to get hurt.”

“Hmm.”

“How was Lisa this morning? She seemed quiet last night.”

Placing my hand on his, I answered, “She was still in bed when I left. I think she’s beating herself up about what happened.”

“It’s lucky we got there when we did,” Hayden said.

“It is but I wish we had gotten there sooner or that I’d paid more attention to what was going on with her but I’ve been too wrapped up in myself.”

“Hey, now who’s beating herself up? It wasn’t your fault, Selena. I think your problems have priority right now.”

Resting my head against the headrest, I gazed at his profile, saying, “I guess so.”

“I know so,” Hayden told me.

“So where are we going?”

“The hospital.”

 

 

Melissa Crowe, Hayden’s victim from behind the DVD rental shop, lay on a hospital bed deathly pale and surrounded by beeping machines with tubes sticking out of her body. If I hadn’t known better I would have thought that she was in her eighties or nineties from her aged skin. But I did.

“Why are we here?” I asked Hayden curiously.

Releasing my hand, he moved closer. My eyes were drawn to the mass of cards that covered a nearby table. I couldn’t imagine what Melissa’s husband and children were going through.

“I can’t apologise enough for what I did,” Hayden murmured. Then closing his eyes, he placed a hand over Melissa’s heart and I gasped when I saw what was happening – Melissa was becoming younger. After a minute or so she had returned to her current age.

“Hayden,” I breathed.

Turning to me, I noticed that he hadn’t aged at all. “We should go – she’ll wake up soon.”

Once we were back in the car, I flung my arms around him. “What you just did was amazing.”

Hayden’s violet eyes were sad. “I wish I could go back and save the rest of the people I’ve hurt.”

“I know you do but you should be proud of what you just did,” I said, cupping his face in my hands. “I’m proud of you.”

“It’s because of you, Selena – I never would have done that before. You’ve changed me. You’ve made me into a better person. I’m so glad I met you.”

“You mean you’re glad you didn’t kill me,” I teased, hoping I wasn’t going too far.

“I mean it, Selena,” Hayden murmured, pulling me onto his lap.

Smiling, I replied, “I know. I’m glad I met you too.”

 

 

That evening I lay in bed unable to sleep. After the hospital Hayden had taken me to his flat where we had made out before he had expressed his worry about Abena.

“She’s going to want revenge,” Hayden had told me. “And she won’t stop until she gets it.”

The thought that Abena could appear at anytime wanting to hurt me wasn’t an appealing one.

The sound of cats fighting outside distracted me and I flung back the curtains. The moon was high and full in the sky. Scanning the garden for any cats I was about to return to bed when movement startled me. The purple eyed lynx was back. We both seemed to realise that my window was open at the same time because when I darted forward to close it, the lynx dashed towards it and pounced into my room. Jumping onto my bed, the lynx tilted its head while regarding me.

“What are you doing? Get out,” I hissed.

I moved to grab it but the lynx was suddenly on top of my wardrobe. Glaring at it, I tried several more times to capture the stupid lynx but it evaded me. Annoyed, I closed my curtains and returned to bed. Mere seconds later, the bed dipped as the lynx landed on it. It brushed my arm and curled up beside me.

“Okay. . .” What was with this lynx?

Bewildered, I closed my eyes and surprisingly fell asleep.

 

 

“Oh my God!” I clamped a hand over my mouth hoping that no one had heard my startled cry.

The naked body beside me stirred.

“Good morning, Selena.” Hayden grinned.

“Why are you naked?” I demanded, averting my eyes.

“Last night was a full moon,” he replied as if that explained everything.

“Wait, were you the lynx?”

“Yes.” Hayden sounded annoyed and I risked a glance at him. He was sitting up now and had his legs crossed. I made sure to keep my eyes above his neck.

“How is that possible?” I asked. “Is it a soul eater thing?”

“Unfortunately yes it is.”

“Unfortunately? You don’t like being able to turn into a lynx?”

Pulling a face, he said, “I have no control over it – every full moon I transform into a lynx whether I like it or not.”

“Huh I guess I can see how that could be annoying.” My gaze dropped to his chest.

“Like what you see?” Hayden smirked.

Bright red, I dived under my duvet. “No.”

Tugging at the covers, he chuckled. “Why so shy, Selena?”

“You’re naked! Stop it!”

There was a sigh and then the sound of movement.

“Is this better?”

I warily peered over the edge of the duvet. Hayden was now wearing a pair of tracksuit bottoms that on me were baggy but on him were tight and too short.

“Only slightly.” I stuck my tongue out.

Climbing into bed beside me, Hayden’s breath tickled my neck as he asked, “Can I kiss you now?”

“Hmm . . . I suppose so.” I shrugged.

His lips curved up into a smile as they met mine.

It wasn’t long until the alarm went off and I pulled away from Hayden with a groan.

“I don’t want to go to college. Can’t I just stay here with you all day?”

“Don’t tempt me.”

“Will I see you later?” I asked, trailing a finger across his tattooed chest.

“You can count on it.” Hayden kissed me once more before disappearing out the window.

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