Empire

Rome was a normal girl who lived in a village, that was until she was cursed by a prophecy.

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7. Chapter Seven

Today is the day I've been dreading the most. At least soon it'll be over. Pandora and Shade will be accompanying me. They're also the high ranking vampires of this clan.

Luna went into vampire heat, which is kind of like werewolf heat with some differences. Since Luna and Shade are mates they can only survive on each other's blood now. She's craving for his blood. It's pretty complicated now that I think about it. Anyway I'll be on my own for this meeting. It's hard for Luna to be around Shade and I wish I didn't have to have this meeting- for her sake.

"They're here." I said. We walked out of the room and walked to the doors. I pulled them open. Devon and his 'servants' walked up the stairs. Devon had a smirk on his face. His servants held no facial expression.

Pandora tensed. I looked over at her to see what was wrong. She just shook her head. Okay then....

"Oh, how wonderful to see you," Devon said bringing out his arms. I sighed. He clasped his hands together. "It's been so long."

"Not nearly long enough," I commented. He shook his head. "Let's get this over with, shall we?" Devon nodded his head. All six of us walked into the meeting room. I sat at the head of the table, Shade and Pandora sat next to me. Devon and his servants sat at the other end of the table.

"I would like to discuss one of the new laws. I'm surprised they haven't made this a law sooner." I nodded my head, going along with what he was saying. I would of course stand up if I have to. But for now I just want this over with.

"Go ahead." I said, in a bored tone. He nodded his head. He brought out a piece of parchment paper. Oh, great he prepared this beforehand. I thought sarcastically. This guy really gets on my nerves.

"They have passed a new law stating that vampires cannot fall in love with a human. What do you think about this law?" I rolled my eyes. Of course the Elders would pass a law like this.

"I don't think it's any of their business who we fall in love with." I stated. "Some vampire's matches are humans. You can't mess with fate. The vampire's will probably just turn their match into a vampire anyway." Devon smirked.

"You're a smart girl unlike those two." He said, pointing to Pandora and Shade. I glared at him.

"You will not insult them again." I commanded. Since he was on my territory he had to listen to me. It didn't matter that he was head of his clan.

"Okay, okay I'm sorry, Rome." I nodded my head.

"Why are we actually having this meeting?" I asked him. He looked taken aback, but I didn't care. I need to know what his agenda is. He always has one. He looked thoughtful for a moment.

"I have some information that could do some good for you, Rome." I gave him a confused look. What kind of information does he have? "It's about your powers." My shoulders slumped. I was hoping he'd tell me the prophecy. Wishful thinking, I know.

"What about them?" I grumbled. I was in an even more ticked off mood than before.

"You're a seer, correct?" I nodded my head. It was a unique gift, but it didn't help me that often. Maybe I just don't know how to use it. I'm sure the others in this clan don't want me to. I might figure out the prophecy then. I mentally laughed. Why do they think they can tell me what to do?

"There are ways for you to go back into the past. You can go back to a certain place in time and look over details you might've missed before." He took a deep breath. "Vampires with this gift have lost control. It takes over them and they go mad. Use this wisely or you might go mad just like them." I nodded my head.

"How do you do it?" I asked him. What if he's messing with me? I'm pretty sure we've never liked each other or even tried to. We've always been rivals, which is fine with me.

"It's quite simple." Devon said. He dug around in his robes pocket. He finally pulled out a golden pocket watch. It dangled from the chain, almost in a hepatizing manner. "This watch can take you back to any time in your life." He threw the watch down to my end of the table. I grabbed it.

I looked over it, taking in every detail it had. It held some kind of strong force. Anybody could sense that. How powerful is this thing though? It could destroy me. What good can it do? Why would I want to go back in time? Unless he's trying to hint at something, but what?

"I'm sure you want something in return?" I said. He shook his head. Well, that's a surprise.

"I don't need anything, Rome. Sometimes it's good to help others out." He got up from his chair. "Well, this is goodbye for now. I hope you find great aid in the watch." I nodded my head.

"Thank you...I guess." He smiled and nodded his head. I don't think I've ever seen him smile. Pandora was watching the guy that stood on Devon's left side. I touched her arm. I was brought into her thoughts, feelings.

Match. Love.

I brought myself out of it. It probably wasn't right for me to do that. But it seems as if she didn't even notice. I shook my head.

"Go talk to him." I said. She turned her head, brining her attention towards me.

"What?" She asked. I sighed.

"Go talk to him." I repeated. She looked skeptical. "Go," I urged her forward.

Pandora's POV

What if I make a fool of myself? What am I even going to say? Why did Rome make me go talk to him? I took a deep breath. I can do this. I heard muttering going on between Devon and the guy who's my match.

He turned around and smiled at me. I smiled back.

"Hi," he breathed out.

"Hi," I said back, shyly. It wasn't like me to be shy. You can ask anybody and they'd say that I'm the bubbliest person they've ever met. Not right now though.

"You're my match." I blurted out. I covered my mouth with my hand. If I were human I would be the brightest shade of red right now. He looked surprised. I looked at the floor. Why did I have to say that? Why couldn't my stupid mouth stay shut for once?

"You seem like a really nice girl." He said. Oh, here it comes.... "But I'm married." Ouch! I did not think it'd be that bad. I nodded my head. I started to walk away, my head hung down. It's complicated in the vampire world. Many vampires get married to someone who isn't their match. It's just how it's always been. There's nothing I can do about it. "Wait!" He called. He walked over to me after I had turned around.

"It was an arranged marriage; I don't love her. Our clan is very old fashioned and still believes in the Victorian age." I shook my head.

"You don't have to spare my feelings." I said, sadly.

"I'm not. I'm telling the truth, Pandora." I bit my lip, thinking. Is he telling the truth? What was his name again? I think it started with an A. "I've been waiting for you for what seems like forever."

"You are married." I pointed out. "I cannot have you." He shook his head.

"I will end things between us as long as I can be with my love." My heart melted. "She is unfaithful anyways." How could somebody be unfaithful to him?

"I don't know your name." I said, embarrassed. He laughed.

"I guess I forgot to introduce myself. I am Alexander, but you can call me Alex."

"I like Alexander." I said. It suited him well. He smiled. "Well, it looks like you have to go." I said, pointing behind him to Devon. Alexander sighed.

"I guess so." He said, sadly. He smashed his lips to mine. If I still had a beating heart it would be beating fast right now. I felt warmth even though we're both cold skinned. The kiss felt so right, so perfect. He pulled away.

"I will see you once everything is sorted out. It shouldn't be long." I nodded my head. It's going to be longer than he thinks. Getting out of an arranged marriage is very complicated. I would know. I was in one. But that's all behind me now.

I'm in love. With somebody who can't ever be mine. My shoulders slumped as I walked to my room.

Rome's POV

Shade still hasn't left. He was watching me with his red eyes. It was slightly creeping me out. Even Luna was uncomfortable. I finally had enough and slammed my papers on the table.

"What do you want?" I asked, losing my temper a little. "You're watching me like I'm your property." I added. He just shrugged his shoulders. He walked over to me.

"I don't want anything." He said. "But you," he said brushing a piece of my hair out of my face. Luna shuddered from his touch, but I felt revolted.

"Stop, Shade." I ordered. He didn't listen. He started to kiss my neck. I felt disgusted. Luna quickly took over. It didn't seem like Shade noticed much.

He brought his lips to hers (technically mine). He picked Luna up and sat her on the table. Is this really happening? I have to stop it, for my sake and Luna's. It's obvious Shade doesn't know what he wants. If he truly wanted to be with Luna he would've stopped messing around with Zaphara a while ago.

I broke through (luckily). I pushed him away with a great amount of force. He stumbled back.

"Why don't you go fool around with Zaphara." I sneered. He looked taken by surprise, but that quickly changed to anger.

"We were fine a minute ago. What's your problem." I laughed sarcastically.

"Luna doesn't like being used, Shade." I said and got off of the table. "Start treating girls with respect." I grabbed the papers and walked out of the room.

"We're not finished talking." Shade said, rushing out of the meeting room.

"I'm done talking, Shade." I said, annoyed. "What else do you have to say?"

"Why do you make everything so complicated?" He asked, frustrated. "Why would I use Luna?"

"I don't know, but it seems like you are." I said, angrily. He rolled his eyes.

"Of course you think that." He muttered. "At least I'm not leading two people on." What the hell? Where did that come from?

"I think you are, Shade." I commented. "Did you ever think that maybe Zaphara likes you? Or that Luna loves you because you're her match? But, no Shade has needs and doesn't care about anybody else's feelings. You're a selfish jerk." I said, slamming my office door.

Who the hell does he think he is? He's lucky I'm nice and haven't kicked him out of this clan yet. I'm pretty much done with him though. He'll mess up one of these days and that'll be the last straw.

*A/N: I finally updated! Sorry for the long wait. I've been really busy lately. Anyway hope you liked this chapter. The next update won't be as long of a wait, I promise.*

 

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