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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27. Chapter Twenty Seven: Sale

“Ugh, I’m surprised I can even move right now,” Hayden told me, rubbing his stomach.

Laughing, I said, “Yeah I should have warned you.”

“That wouldn’t have stopped me though. You were right; that was the best cookie dough dessert ever.”

“I’m glad you enjoyed it.” I smiled and leaned into him.

We were walking through a small park near the shopping centre and Hayden’s arm was around my waist. Spotting a vacant bench, he steered me over to it. We sat down and Hayden rested his arm along the back of the wooden bench and started playing with my hair.

“What’s on your mind? It looks like something is troubling you.”

I hesitated but eventually said, “I’m glad that you haven’t been feeding, it means a lot to me, but you’re ageing and people will notice.”

Sighing, Hayden drew me closer and rested his cheek on my head. “What I am supposed to do? I know you don’t like that part of me. What would you do if I took part of someone’s soul?”

I chewed my lip feeling conflicted. I didn’t want him to hurt people but if Hayden continued to age at this rate then it would only be a few months before he died.

I forced back tears and whispered, “I don’t know . . .” Then it hit me. Straightening up, I stared into his eyes. “Feed from me.”

Eyes widening, Hayden said, “No. I won’t do that to you.”

I grabbed his arms, telling him, “Hayden, it’s the only way. At least tell me that you’ll think about it.”

He was silent for several minutes. “Fine, I’ll think about it but my answer won’t change.”

“What are we going to do about Ash?” I asked, anxiously. “He gave me until midnight on Friday to tell the police about you.”

Running a hand through his blond hair, Hayden replied, “I’m not sure.”

“I could tell the police that I was wrong,” I suggested.

“Would that stop Ash?”

“Probably not.”

Hayden pressed his lips to my head, saying, “Don’t worry, we’ll think of something.”

I glanced at my watch. “I should probably go.”

“Do you want me to drive you home?”

“No thanks, I’m going to pop to the shops quickly.” Getting to my feet, I added, “To get something for our date.”

Hayden stood up. “Well call me when you want a ride home. I don’t like the thought of you walking home or getting the bus. It’s not safe.”

I promised him that I would and kissed him on the cheek before leaving.

 

 

Arriving at the shopping centre, I followed the signs for a one day sale at one of my favourite clothes shops. Fortunately it was the one that Lisa had given me the voucher for. There were quite a few people already at the shop as the schools and college had finished for the day. I stepped inside and tried to force away any thoughts of how crowded it was. Instead I focused on finding something for my date with Hayden. He hadn’t told me what we were going to do so I had no idea what kind of clothing I should wear.

I browsed the shelves while getting pushed by mad-eyed women. Shaking my head I muttered under my breath. Sales did crazy things to people. I caught sight of a red sundress and quickly grabbed it before anyone else could. It had a lower neckline than I would usually have worn and fell to my knees. I checked the price tag. It was fifteen pounds instead of thirty. I headed over to the changing rooms, stumbling over fallen items of clothing on my way. There was a long queue and I was jostled as women meandered around me. Massaging my temple, I closed my eyes. I could feel a headache coming on. I clutched the dress tighter as my heart rate increased.

Breathe. I told myself. You’re in a huge cavern with no one else around.

That image was destroyed when I was send sprawling to the ground. My eyes shot open and I struggled to my feet. No one even offered to help me up. I moved forwards to cover the space between me and the person in front, rubbing my side. I looked down to check that the dress wasn’t ruined and froze. There was a green light projecting from my chest. Panicking, I glanced around. Everyone else had a yellow light centred over their hearts. I whimpered.

Don’t cry. Don’t cry.

My elevated heartbeat was the only thing I could hear. I concentrated on the floor, taking a step forwards when the woman in front of me did. Eventually I was at the front of the queue and I ran into a free changing room. I pulled the curtain shut and managed to hang the sundress up before collapsing onto the carpet. I covered my mouth with a hand to muffle my sobs. This couldn’t be happening, not here. I didn’t want to see people’s souls. My hand shook as I withdrew my phone from a pocket and dialled a number.

 

 

“Selena!” Hayden called. “Selena, where are you?”

“I’m in here.”

I heard the curtain move and then he wrapped his arms around me, holding me to his chest.

“What happened?” Hayden asked worried as he stroked my hair.

Grabbing a handful of his top, I whispered, “I can see them again, people’s souls.”

He pulled me onto his lap, saying, “You don’t need to be scared of it, Selena. Open your eyes.” I did as he said and Hayden cupped my cheek. “You’re going to have to get used to seeing it, sweetheart. It’s part of who you are.”

Tears ran down my skin. “I’m a monster.”

“No, you’re not. You’re still you.” Drawing me to his neon blue chest, Hayden said, “You’re human, Selena, so very human.”

“You better not be doing anything in there!” someone called from the other side of the curtain.

“My girlfriend had some bad news and she’s upset,” Hayden replied.

“Okay just don’t be too long.”

Hayden returned his attention to me and I blinked at him in shock. Girlfriend? We hadn’t even been on a date yet. Did he really think of me as his girlfriend?

“Is that what you’re wearing on Friday?” he asked with a grin, gesturing to the red dress.

“I haven’t even tried it on yet,” I mumbled, wiping my cheeks. “Anyway it was supposed to be a surprise.”

Chuckling, Hayden kissed my jaw. “I’ll pretend I didn’t see it. Are you feeling better now?”

I was calmer but still slightly freaked out that I was seeing people’s souls.

“It’s part of who you are,” he told me gently. “You should embrace it.” I nodded half-heartedly and Hayden helped me to my feet, saying, “Try the dress on. I’ll be right outside and I promise I won’t peek.” He went to leave but I grabbed his hand.

“Thank you, Hayden.”

He smiled and ran the pad of his thumb along my bottom lip. “You’re welcome, Selena.”

When the curtain had closed behind Hayden, I examined myself in the mirror. The green light had faded slightly. My eyes started hurting so I looked away and started taking my clothes off.

The dress fitted perfectly and I couldn’t help but smile at my reflection, despite the light of my soul which was still present. The sundress gave me cleavage and showed off my slim waist. Hayden wasn’t going to know what had hit him Friday night when he picked me up from work.

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