Unlikely Bond

This is the story of a vampire hunter who has an unlikely relationship with a vampire. Set in the Vampire Knight world.

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6. The Plan

We followed Sadao inside where he made some tea and sat us down for a talk. “Thank you.” I said, as he handed me the cup of tea. He gave one to Katsumi and sat down in front of us. I knew he’d want an explanation.

             “Tell me your story boy.” He said to Katsumi. He told him the same story he told me, but stopped before he got to the part about attacking me. “So I guess you two were behind the attack that had everybody jumping at the Association two nights ago.” He said. I guess he already heard. Katsumi lowered his head and nodded. He was still ashamed of the whole thing. I grabbed his hand and tried to comfort him, but he still looked down at the floor. “Alright, go wash the blood off and put those bloody clothes outside the bathroom door. I’ll get you some clean ones.” He said, and Katsumi got up and walked out of the room obediently, leaving Sadao and I alone. I prepared myself for a scolding.

             Sadao got up and walked into the kitchen. “Come here child.” He called to me. When I walked in, he was holding a washcloth under running water. He rang it out and walked over to me. “Let’s clean that blood off of you.” He wiped the blood off my neck with the rag and walked out for a second. Then he came back with a band-aid and stuck it on my neck.                                        

             “Thank you Shishou.” I said. He closed his eyes and sighed.

             “I have an idea of what you’ve been doing, and while I won’t overreact like your brother, I don’t condone it.” I opened my mouth to talk but he continued. “However, I feel your heart is in the right place. You seem to understand things your brother has yet to learn. But do you plan to do this for the rest of your life?” this time he wanted me to answer. I didn’t really know what to say. I tried not to think about the future.        

             “I don’t know what I plan to do.” I confessed. “The blood tablets weren’t working and I couldn’t stand to see him suffer.                                                

             “I see. That is a tough situation.” He replied. “But I’ve watched you grow up, you’re like a granddaughter to me, and I don’t want to see you get hurt.”

             “Can’t you just tell me everything’s going to be okay?” I pleaded.

             “I cannot. Even if I knock some sense into your brother, there are still many things to worry about. We must inform the Association about this pure blood that turned him.”

             “Do they have enough reason to attack her? I mean, I know we’re not allowed to kill purebloods, but she killed his family. Can’t we do anything?”

             “I don’t know if they will go through that much just to protect a lowly vampire, because that’s what he is now, just a vampire. They may want to kill him more than they want to protect him.”

             “But it’s not his fault. They have to understand that.”

             “We must get the rest of your family on your side. That’s the only chance we have. Though I don’t know how well they’ll accept you being in love with a vampire.” I blushed and looked away.

             “I’m… I’m not in love with him.” I protested. But how else could I explain how I felt. My heart ached at the thought of him leaving, and I couldn’t even think about the idea of him being killed. I’d rather die than live without him. But I couldn’t say it. No, not out loud. I couldn’t even think it.        

             “Well, you say what you want, but I see the way you act around him. You are different than you were as a child, softer.” Was I really that different around him? “I’m going to call your parents and have Hayate bring some clothes over. Anything in particular?” I told him about Katsumi’s bag he brought back from the house and what to bring over for me, and then went to sit down and think. My head was buzzing with thoughts. Sadao told me to rest in the guest room, so I lay on the bed and stared up at the ceiling.

             My stomach was aching from all the terrible thoughts in my head that I couldn’t seem to stop thinking about until they were interrupted by a doorbell. I could hear Hayate and Sadao talking and I prayed they didn’t call me out there. After a few minutes, the talking stopped. Curious, I walked out of the room and peeped around the corner, I could see them talking outside. The shower had stopped running so I assumed Katsumi had gotten the clothes and was getting dressed. I leaned against the wall and waited for him to come out. After a minute, the door opened and he walked out of the steam. He turned and saw me.

             “Hi.” He said. “How’s your shoulder?”

             “Don’t worry about me.” I replied. “I’m as healthy as a horse.” He chuckled. It was just the thing I wanted to hear. “Hayate’s here.” I informed him. He suddenly looked worried. “Don’t worry; I don’t think we’re going to have to worry about that anymore.”

             “Really?” he asked, sounding doubtful. I nodded.

             “I guess that’s one less thing to worry about.” I said. I walked back into the guest room and sat on the bed, hoping he’d follow, but when I looked, he was standing in the doorway. I patted the spot next to me on the bed, motioning for him to sit, so he did. He still didn’t seem completely comfortable this close to me, but I didn’t care. I was so happy that he was safe, even if it was just for now.

             I grabbed his hand and intertwined my fingers with his. I just wanted to be close to him. I wanted him to know that everything was going to be okay, even if it wasn’t. I leaned my head against his shoulder and closed my eyes. He let go of my hand, and I thought maybe I went too far, came too close, but suddenly he wrapped both his arms around me and pulled me to his chest. I felt him rest his cheek on my head and I listened to his heartbeat. It was racing, just like mine. I wanted this moment to last forever. I didn’t want to have to worry about the pure blood or the Hunters Association. I just want to sit here in his arms, listening to his heart, forever.

             But I guess forever was over, because I felt someone else’s presence in the room with us. I opened my eyes and say Hayate standing in the doorway. He looked at us with surprised eyes. He still looked mad, but not as mad as I thought he’d be. Katsumi opened his eyes too and as soon as he saw Hayate, he let go of me, except for my hand, which he kept hidden between us. Hayate looked away.       

             “Hey, Sadao wants us all in the living room.” He said. I got up and walked out of the room with Katsumi, always keeping myself between him and Hayate. I guess I still didn’t really trust him. We sat down and waited for Sadao to say something. I could feel tension in the air. I looked around the room and realized that the other two were on separate chairs and Katsumi and I were on the same couch, so close we were touching and still holding hands. I guess we kind of made it awkward for Hayate and maybe even Sadao, but I didn’t care. I finally got close to him; I wasn’t ready to move away. I could tell Hayate didn’t like me being so close to him, but it didn’t matter. Sadao must have said something to him, or taken away his sword at least. 

             “I have talked to your parents” Sadao started, “and they are willing to help this boy. They understand much better than you do.” He looked at Hayate. I smiled. Everything was going well. I must have done something right in my life to get all this good luck. “I will not get into detail, but the plan is that when this pure blood shows up, we will call the Hunters Association and hold her off until they arrive. We cannot kill her, she is protected under law, but we will fight to protect ourselves and each other. When they arrive, they will detain her, and then it is out of our hands.”

             “Ayane” he continued, “As of now, you are not strong enough to fight a pure blood. No one will be fighting alone, but this is your ordeal and you will protect this boy.”

             “No.” Katsumi interrupted. I was surprised to hear his voice. “I don’t need you to fight for me.” He looked at me.

             “It’s okay.” I told him. “I’ll be fine.”

             “You cannot fight.” Sadao said to him. “You must let the hunters handle this.” I didn’t want him to worry, but I was secretly happy that he was concerned for my safety.

             “So everybody’s in?” I asked, though I wondered about one. We all turned to look at Hayate. He’d been looking at the floor this entire time and he lifted his head to meet our eyes.

             “I will fight whoever threatens my family.” He said. It wasn’t very specific, but at least for now he was on our side. I was happy. For once, it seemed like everything was going to be okay.

             “Well this old man needs to go to bed.” Sadao said and got up. He said goodnight and left the room. The rest of us stood up and I walked Hayate to the door. Katsumi followed from a distance. He put on his shoes and opened the door but before he walked out, he turned to look at me. I couldn’t tell what he was thinking. His expression was sad, but also frustrated. Suddenly, he reached out to grab me and pulled me into a hug. I didn’t know what to do. I was still mad at him but at the same time I knew he was just trying to protect me. I didn’t hug him back, I just stood there in his arms until he let go. After that, he forced a fake smile and left. I locked the door behind him and turned around to face Katsumi.

             “Are you okay?” he asked. I nodded, and really, I think I was. Katsumi was safe for now and that’s all that I cared about.

             “I’ll be right back.” I told him. I grabbed my bag that was sitting by the door and went into the bathroom. I would have liked to have taken a shower but I didn’t have any extra bandages, so I just washed my face and brushed my teeth and hair. I changed into the pajamas that my brother packed for me and walked out. Katsumi was sitting in a chair in the guest room so I decided to go in there. “Look what my brother packed me.” I complained, indicating the sweatpants and long-sleeved turtleneck I was wearing. He snickered. “It’s not funny.” I whined. “I’m hot.” I rolled up the sleeves, rolled down the pants, and tied my shirt halfway up my stomach. I saw him glance at my exposed skin with pained eyes so I quickly pulled the shirt back down. He looked away. I heard my phone vibrate and picked it up. There was a message from my brother. He probably wasn’t even home yet, why would he be texting me? I opened it. There were only two words.

                                    -Separate rooms.-

          I snapped the phone shut and threw it across the room, but Katsumi caught it.

             “What’s the matter?” he asked.

             “My brother.” I groaned and sank down onto the bed. “I’m sick of him butting in.” Katsumi stood up, put my phone on the night stand, and sat next to me on the bed.

             “I think he’s just trying to protect you.” He reasoned.

             “You guys forget I’m a hunter. I can protect myself.”

             “Not when the thing you need protecting from is yourself.”

             I moaned and laid back on the bed. I tried to push my brother out of my mind and thought about how I didn’t have to keep Katsumi a secret from my family anymore. I didn’t have to worry about them at least. I smiled involuntarily.

             “What?” he asked, wondering why I was so happy.

             “I’m just glad I don’t have to worry anymore.” I told him. I thought he’d be happy to but his eyes suddenly turned sad.

             “I don’t want you to worry about me.” He said and looked away.

             “Why?” I asked and sat up.

             “Because I’m not worth worrying about.”

             “Yes you are.” I argued. I got up on my knees so I was at eye level but he was still looking away, so I placed my hand on his cheek and turned his face towards mine. “You are.” I said again. We were so close, our faces inches apart. I don’t know who leaned in first but suddenly, his lips were on mine. My heart was pounding and my skin felt electric. I wrapped my arms around his neck and locked my fingers together. My lips parted as I exhaled and without warning, he grabbed my waste and pushed me down on the bed. I took a chance to breathe as he pulled away for a second, and I heard a low growl. It was a vicious noise, like a wild animal. As soon as I took a breath, his lips were back on mine, but fiercer this time. Something had changed. I was about to pull away, but he was gone. I opened my eyes and searched the room. He was standing in the corner, as far away as possible. I sat up and tried to catch my breath.

             “I’m sorry.” He hid his eyes, ashamed. “I… I don’t know what happened-”

             “It’s okay.” I interrupted. I didn’t want him to be mad at himself. It wasn’t his fault. He turned for the door.

             “Goodnight.” He said softly and walked out.

             “Wait, don’t go!” I called and ran to the door. I grabbed his hand and he turned around to look at me. “Stay.” I pleaded.

             “Are you sure?” he asked. I nodded and pulled him back into the room and onto the bed. I held onto his arm and leaned my head on his shoulder.

             “I’ll always be sure.” I whispered and closed my eyes. An unexpected yawn snuck its way out of my mouth, making Katsumi snicker. I opened my eyes again.

             “Why don’t you sleep?” He suggested. I was definitely tired but I didn’t want him to go anywhere so I laid back on the pillow and pulled him down next to me. There wasn’t a lot of room but I knew I couldn't sleep without him there. I snuggled against his chest and listened to his swiftly beating heart, which I hoped was racing for the same reason as mine, though I couldn’t be sure. I looked up at his face and his eyes were their normal dark and murky color. They didn't show any malice, only familiar sadness and a touch of something else, something new. I wanted him to be happy and maybe this was a start. Maybe after today, things would be different, better.  

             I reached down for the blanket and pulled it over us. Under the covers, he wrapped his arms around me. I wanted to see his expression, but I wasn't sure if I wanted him to see mine, so I closed my eyes and buried my face in his shirt. I inhaled his musky scent, which was now mixed with the clean smell of soap and shampoo. And in the comfort of the present, between the negative memories of the past and the fears of the future, I fell asleep.

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