Fatal Mistakes

Clare has been turned into a vampire, the greatest monster of them all... yet, she hates herself for it. Tries her best to stay human. When the sun burns her, their stakes chase her, how could that ever work? In fact, trying to retain her humanity could be her one fatal mistake.

This story began as one I wrote over a year ago (the first 12 chapters are from then) and I think my writing has improved since then. Let me know what you think.

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4. Chapter Four

“I think I’m gonna go and get some sleep, it’s been a long night.” 

“Claire, it’s eight in the morning. Everyone else is fine, and we need as many people-”

 

I stopped Dan with a wave of my hand. “I know, we need everyone to find food, if we don’t want to starve. The thing is, I’m really not feeling well, so I’m going to go to bed now.”

 

I knew that if I gave him the chance to argue, then he wouldn’t allow me to leave without a fight. Which would more than likely lead to me losing control, and the alarm button being pressed repeatedly. Deep down, I knew that more than anything, I didn’t want to hurt him. So I had to go, had to find a way to leave this place without upsetting Dan, because once I was gone I was never coming back.

 

Standing up, I tried not to look him in the eye. I was embarrassed and annoyed that this was something which I couldn't just tell him. How could you phrase it? I could kill you in a second, and you wouldn't be able to stop me, because I'm a vampire now. It wouldn't sound right, and even if it did I couldn't bear to even speak the words.

"I have to go," I said, looking back at him, before walking down the corridor towards the elevator, hoping that there was enough power to work it. After all, the stairwell had windows, so there was no safe way for me to get upstairs if it didn't move.

I pressed the button, and smiled in relief when the little green button lit up. Tapping my foot on the floor, I tried to ignore Dan standing right behind me. 

When the doors opened, I walked inside and pressed the button for the top floor, hoping that the doors would close straight away. They didn't. With a smirk on his face, Dan stepped into the elevator.

The doors shut, and I tried to avoid looking at myself on the mirrored walls. My skin was too pale, and my eyes beginning to show their true red through the contacts that I had found one night. They would not last much longer, and I didn't know where to find more. Soon, I would look like the monster I had become. 

We stood there together, in silence, as the elevator travelled up the ten floors to my room. It was a place which I had avoided completely, but now there was no other place to go. I had to find somewhere where the sun couldn't touch me; where I could sit in the shadows without anyone noticing. 

That is, everyone except Dan. I could see by the look on his face that he knew something major was wrong, although he wouldn't ask me again directly. He knew me well enough, that if I didn't tell him straight away, then I never would.

The journey up to the tenth floor seemed to take forever.When we got there I walked along the corridor to my room without saying another word. Standing outside the door, I smiled, running my hand along the faded blue paint; the number '57' painted on in white. Home. 

Swinging open the door, I tried to ignore Dan walking in behind me and placing his plate of food down on my old bed. I needed to be alone, to be as far away from humans as possible. He didn't seem to see, that sometimes I had to be left by myself. 

I closed the door behind us, and felt the strangest feeling. Like burning, all over my skin. Intense heat, spreading down my arms and face. I recoiled, looking up to see Dan throwing open the curtains.

A big smile plastered on his face, he made sure that they were open completely. I wanted to scream, to cry, to run. I tried to move, but something was holding me back: the light that was scorching me looked so beautiful. So inviting, even though I knew that it would destroy me.

A small whimper passed my lips, as the pain intensified. I heard rather than felt myself fall onto the hard wood floor, and curled up into a ball as if that could protect me. I could hear Dan above me, cursing over and over again. As if he really hadn't known what he was doing. 

Just as suddenly as it had started, the pain was gone. I opened my eyes fully, and stared at the floor by my head, the light beams which had moments ago been visible, now gone. I wasn't in pain, but I felt so very weak. Weaker than I had felt at any moment before, and the thirst had grown almost tenfold. It was difficult to just lie there, when there was a human in the room - so very close. If I hadn't been so weak-

I don't know. I can't imagine what I would have done, how ferocious a monster I would have became.

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