Hunted: Beth

Elizabeth Folks was 3 when she was found wondering out of Black Forest. Since then she has become the towns 'living legend'. Adopted by strangers to protect their only child, she became the 'bait' if anything were to happen...

Now at 18 years old, Beth still holds a secret she kept since the day she became a Folks-daughter. But since the downfall of the Grave Makers, witches have finally returned to Earth. Without the balance of good and evil, the witches are forced to choose a side, and once more, Black Forest is under the clutches of an evil witch. The numbers of missing children increase, slowly but surely, as time goes on...

Fighting to protect her adoptive sister, and keep her secret. Beth is thrown into the deep end when a stranger enrolls at Black Forest High School. His presence sparks Beth's fear of her secret being discovered.

When avoiding the stranger is deemed impossible, Beth puts in all the stakes to hiding from him. Yet is it him she should really be worried about?

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8. Blood

My eyes were glued where my mother had been only moments ago as the stranger disappeared. My promise rang so loud in my ears, eyes flying to my sister, a small bundle lying meters from the scorched grass. The screams were dying down, and for a second I thought I was safe... Taking a step out into the field, I held my breath as I felt a shift.

 

Rushing forward I paused looking down at my baby sister. She was so cute... So small... Her lips were pale, her eyes shut as she lay still as death. Reaching for her, I paused. Could I save her? Pushing my promise aside, I knelt forward and touched my fingers to her cheek. She was cold. Scared and frightened, I felt tears prick at my eyes as I knelt down to lift her up into my arms. Being so young, she was heavy but not enough for me to be unable to carry her. Hoisting her up into my arms, I looked up to see faces heading our way.

 

Turning, I hurried, careful not to stumble as I carried my sister away from the strangers. Walking through the forest my tears slid down my cheeks and I sniffled as I continued onwards.

"We're nearly there Tori. We're nearly there" I whispered. I stopped when I felt movement in my arms, and looking down I watched her stir with life. My sister was alive. A smile spread across my lips and I headed towards the other side of the forest at a faster pace, more sure of myself. Nearing the edge I remembered my promise and my mothers words, and a flash of light blinded me as I left the forest unable to see anything...

 

Opening my eyes I was before many strangers. All tall and adult, much like my mother. But opening my mouth no words left them, because they were human. I was a witch. I looked down in my arms and found nothing but the blanket my sister had been wrapped in only moments ago. A soundless cry escaped my lips as I turned back to the forest, but their arms grasped me and held me back. They tried to comfort me but their words were undecipherable to my ears now unable to recognize even the simplest of syllables. Looking up at the moon I watched the moon slide out of it's eclipse, and felt a sharp pain in my right wrist as my mothers promise rang loud and clear in my mind.

"Never return" was imprinted on my wrist in the only thing that made sense anymore. The archaic symbol shining brightly in the moonlight for a moment before fading into an intricate mark. I looked at the humans surrounding me and suddenly it all made sense. I was human.

 

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A knock on the door woke me from my slumber, and opening my eyes I sat up to see Maia pop her head in, a huge beanie on her head. She smiled apologetically before turning on the light.

"Gee, thanks" I sighed, swinging my legs out of the bed and pulling on a night gown.

"Tori went back to your place, and the others wanted me to call you for early breakfast they're in the lounge" she explained, stepping back as I exited the room. Watching her head down before me I take note of her long, baby-blue jumper and long sweat pants.

"So you're not headed anywhere today?" I asked. Glancing over her shoulder, she cast me a shy smiled before her eyes flitted to the forest outside the open front door.

"I have a few things to check up on so I'll probably be gone all day" she said.

"Probably getting a decent meal" Hugh grumbled cutting in as he entered from the kitchen, I cast a glare at him as Maia's eyes shifted from the forest to her left hand which she grabbed instinctively, the slap of her fingers clasping her wrist so loud and sharp against the silence of the hallway that our attention seemed to leap to her wrist, as had her hand.

 

Glancing up, her eyes sparkled, flashing red momentarily as she gave an apologetic smile.

"I thought I saw a mosquito" Maia said, her voice as usual sickeningly sweet, and gentle before she headed to the kitchen before shortly returning with a coat and bag.

"I'll see you all later. Have a nice day..." she beamed, her voice not as up beat as her words as she glanced at Hugh slowly before back at me.

"And thank you for inviting me to stay. As a repayment I did some cleaning in the kitchen, but I also have some money..." she said slowly, reaching into her purse.

"No!" Hugh's voice exclaimed at the same time as mine. Exchanging quick, questioning gazes, we both turned back to Maia who had paused eyes opened slightly wider than usual a flight luminescent ring around her pupils for a moment before they went back to normal.

"Then... I'll be going now. Have a good day. Bye!" she faked a smile, before leaving through the door.

 

Hearing the gentlest of clicks as the door locked, I turned on Hugh.

"Are you nuts!?" I thundered, watching as he coldly folded his arms. Eyes locked on the door.

"She was going to..." he began to mumble,

"I know, but one of us worrying for her is enough, isn't it!?" I shouted. Hugh turned to me, eyes narrowing in a stealthy glare as his eyes suddenly a steady gleam of red.

"Don't tell me how to feel about her" he growled.

"She's a human, Hugh. She may have glaring red eyes, but she's not chomping down on the nearest bunny when the chance comes around, and don't tell me she doesn't eat human food" I snapped back. A growl escaped his lips as he suddenly disappeared from where he was. The smash of bone against bone caused my eyes to open wide in fear, as Luke's arm protected me from Hugh's chest.

"She's right Hugh... And try that again, and you won't have any vampire left in you to make a move like that for the rest of your forsaken, immortal life" Luke said, his voice so low it was an almost growl.

 

Stepping back, I took a deep breath. Then another. Another. Then another.

"Look what you've done" Luke snapped at Hugh, as he stepped back also calming down considerably, no longer fueled up. My heart beat against my chest so fast, I felt it was going to tear from my body. Closing my eyes for a moment I tried to calm down, not having experienced someone so furious in a long time my mind was overblown with the deadly intent that had plagued Hugh's being.

"He was going to kill me" I whimpered uncontrollably. My hands shaking as I squeezed my eyes shut tighter. An uncontrollable cough escaped my lips as my hands flew to grip the roots of my hair.

"It's alright Beth..." Luke's voice calmed me, his hands came out fluidly as they pulled me close, my back against his chest as I felt his chest rise and fall with his breathing. Mine slowed to match his, and soon enough I was calm once more. Opening my eyes, I felt tears at the inner corners of my eyes as Hugh's guilty eyes met mine.

"I'm sorry" he said, I began to shake my head before Luke held my head still.

"You should be" he snapped.

 

A gun shot, and a scream broke the silence of our surroundings. Running to the door I threw it open to see a crumpled figure beside the parked cars. Blood splattered against the grey gravel across the floor, and I ran outside. Fear encased my being as the familiar pair of ruby, red, heels poked out from beneath the heavy coat.

"Oh god. Tori" a scream clogged my throat, as I ran blindly towards her. Collapsing by her side, I shook her gently.

"Tori! Tori! Are you okay...!?" I asked, eyes wide with fear. Looking up the familiar black eyes looking up at me. Maia. She shook, eyes glistening, her body shook as she fought to stand up.

"Oh god" I gasped stepping back. She stood up, in her hands a pistol and blood splattered all over her clothes.

"I... It... It was right there!" she stuttered, looking past me. Looking behind me, my eyes met the gravel covered in a mass amount of blood. Otherwise... Nothing.

"What's going on!?" Hugh thundered, reaching out and snatching Maia from my side. I watched in shock as she dropped the pistol and burst into a wreck full of sobs.

 

Blinking in shock, I watched as Hugh's eyes went red for a moment as he held Maia as she grasped his shirt and seemed to press every inch of her body against his. I finally realized I was blushing, when I felt my face heated as her burgundy hair spilled out of her beanie, and Hugh began threading his fingers through it. Glancing at Luke, it was apparent I wasn't the only one having some issues with the sudden situation.

"Okay..." I said, looking over at the blood splattered on the ground.

"Let's move this inside" I said, turning to see Maia turning around with Hugh. The waterworks shut down.

"You've got somethings to tell us" I told her, meeting her dark eyes as they flashed red for a moment. She glanced at the forest, before glancing at us.

"Somethings..." she agreed, nodding slowly.

"But not everything"

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