"No! nobody was ever supposed to find out!" I come crashing to my knees and burst into tears as the meaning of the words of this human finally hit me. I look at him with my pained eyes... "You cannot tell anyone... ever." He shakes his head and walks over to me. I somehow feel like I can trust him.... No! You can never trust a human! They are selfish, cruel, despicable creatures! But... maybe, he's different.

Annabel Creasure is different than most people. Everybody believes she's a freak. Everyone but one. Alexander Shade sees something in her that he just can't shake. Will the secrets of Annabel ruin everything, or will it only bring them together?


4. 4.


   We know about everything... You and a mortal? Disgusting! How can you do this? Do you realize how wrong this is? How unsafe? How much you are putting at stake, not just for yourself, but for your family. And everyone else in your world. You better end this... or we'll have to take matters into our own hands. We'll be in town within a few days. Be prepared.

                                         Deepest concerns,


I read through the letter over and over, holding it in my hand, staring at it like it might change if I look at it long enough. I wipe away the tears from my burning cheeks and clear my thoughts so I can think straight. I get up and walk into my father's room.

"How did they find out about this?" I choke out loudly, louder than I meant it to come out. My father turns around confused. "Why are you all puffy? Have you been crying?" He completely ignores my first question. "Answer my question. How did they find out?" I take a deep breath. "Did you do this?" He looks at me with understanding. "Honey, you know how I don't approve of all of this." A look of betrayal washes over my face. "But," he continues," I wouldn't do this." I stared for a while at him, I could see in his eyes that he was being sincere.

Just then I brake down in tears and my father walks over to me. I hug him tightly. "What am I going to do?" I take a shaky deep breath. "I think you already know the answer to that." My dad says. I back up out of his embrace. "I have to end it." I whispered. "If you love him, that's what's best." My father replied. "If I tell him it's because of this he wont allow me to end it." I said. I know its true, I've tried and tried... no matter how hard I try he will never believe me that he could die. "You're going to have to lie." I took a deep breath and nodded. With that I walked out.


I woke up in the morning dreadful. I know exactly what I have to do. I text Alex telling him to meet me at my house.

I sit there in silence thinking over my story. I keep blinking back tears and making sure that I don't look like I've been crying. I have for hours... Suddenly my thoughts are interrupted my a knock. I feel my heard drop into my stomach because I know exactly who it is.

I walk down the stairs slowly. Finally I open the door faking a smile. "Hey!" Alex is in his happy mood as always. "Hi." I say bluntly but with a little bit of happy in the mix, hoping he wont notice how upset I really am. "Are you okay?" I just nod. "I want to take a walk." I say. My nod was a lie. I am not okay, I am dying inside. Every single second I spend on this day, I wish more and more that I could wake up and this all be some nightmare that my mind is creating. Every step closer to the spot that was once a happy place but will now be a place that I will never be able to return to, I feel the hole in my chest that started forming last night, get bigger. My heart is ripping in half.

We get to the field and I stand there. I stare at this perfection that is in my presence. The perfect place, but will now be a place of depression. He is here, in this beautiful space I have come to love, making it so much more perfect and so much more beautiful.

"Why did you want to go for a walk?" He asked me. I take a deep breath. "I can't do this anymore..." He chuckled but then realized I wasn't kidding. "I- I don't understand..." I look at him, the pain in his eyes matching mine. "Please don't make this harder than it needs to be." I say, trying to make it sound emotionless. I failed. "But, why? Everything has been perfect." I nod. "I just don't feel it anymore. Us immortals don't necessarily have as much emotion as you. I'm just not happy with this anymore." Each word tore the whole in my chest open a little bit more. I felt as if I was stabbing myself in the heart and each word of this lie that I spoke. 

Alex's eyes were getting red, he looked as if he was about to cry. I felt the tears form in my eyes. "Okay..." He agreed. "I just want you to be happy, even if it means that I need to be away. If you ever change your mind, I'll be waiting for you." He started walking toward me. "You are the only one I want... when I'm with you, everything feels right. I would do anything to be with you. I will not be with anyone else other than you. So until then," I closed my eyes as I felt his lips upon my cheek. "So you wont forget me." I could feel my face start to burn and a lump form in my throat. "I have to go now." I said.

As I walked away I could feel the tears freefalling now. I ran back to my house. When I got to my room I nearly fell onto my bed and sobbed. I cried myself to sleep.

Days passed, I felt so empty... I spent nearly every night crying myself to sleep. I was happy to go back to school on Monday because I thought I might keep myself preoccupied. It was just as bad, maybe even worse than home. Alex was in nearly every one of my classes. His locker was near mine. Everywhere I looked, I saw him. I wonder if he notices how miserable I am. I wonder if he realizes that I was lying. About everything. About not wanting to be with him, about not being happy, about not being able to do it anymore...

He looked pretty miserable himself. He was always looking at me. He never spoke to me though. Not once. He walked in the halls in the same manner I did. Slow. Looking down, not making eye contact. When he talked to people it was in the same way I did, without feeling. We make eye contact with only one person a day... each other. When we walk in the halls we see each other, look at the others eyes, trying to read them, and then keep walking.

It's dreadful. My life is a living nightmare. I feel like a zombie. A dead lifeless zombie. I never felt these kinds of feelings before. Well, not towards a boy. I felt this way when my mother died. But it was more powerful because i knew she was gone forever. I could never see her face again. At least with Alex, I can know that I will see his face. Now, because of this break up, I can continue to see his face. I don't have to think that I might have to go one day without him. It may be painful, but I will do anything to keep him safe and alive. Even if it means sleepless nights, and depression.

When I got home from school I lay on my bed. Suddenly I hear the phone ring. I get up and walk over to my desk where the phone is.

"Hello?" I say.

"Annabel? Is that you?" I hear a voice that I could never mistake. Madeline.

"Y-yes it's me" I stutter.

"Wow! You have grown so much! I thought you were your mother!" I flinched at her words.

"Oh. So are you in town?" I ask, already knowing the answer, but hoping for a different one.

"Of course! You did get the letter didn't you! I've been in town since Sunday!" Her voice was annoyingly perky.

"Yes, I got the letter."

"Well, then you know about what me and my sisters have to do?" Her words confused me.

"I broke up with him, so that you wouldn't have to do anything. That's what you wanted!" I was starting to get scared.

"Honey, you were supposed to end him... not the relationship." I froze at her words as they hit me.

"No!" I yelled. "Don't touch him!"

I hear laughing on the other end. "How cute. Honey, this isn't real. It's puppy love. You'll get over it."

I hear the phone hang up...

No... this is all my fault! The one I love is going to die, because of me! I have to go warn him! I rush out of the house and run to Alexander's.

When I reach the front steps I run as go as fast as I can up them. I don't even bother to knock on the door I just rush in. "Alex?" I say. No answer. "Alex?!" I say louder. I start searching. His room is empty. No book bag, no shoes. Empty. "ALEX!?!?" I scream. I finally face the facts of what's really going on. He's gone.

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