Still Breathing

" I closed the book, and laid my head on my hands. How can it be, that I’m knowing of this world? Of Adrian? " - Rachael

It's easier just reading first chapter and decide if you like this story or not ;) And i'm sorry about the grammar(i'm working on it :)


16. Never

“Hold it like this” she looked concentrated. She was looking at my every movement, when I was done showing her, she did exactly everything I had said and done. She hit the target, but not right in the middle.

“Hm” she mumbled, and then she did it over, and over, and over until she didn’t have any more arrows at hand.

“I’m doing something wrong” she noticed.

I smiled. She seemed relaxed while walking to the target; I smiled at bit for myself. I know I promised her no knives, no fight, and no kisses. But if she chooses she can bring it all to this date. I hope I bought the right color flower.


A long time ago…

“Come in” I yelled, the door opened and Rachael’s smile appeared. “Hey Ray! Are Tyler here yet?”

I could feel my cheeks getting warmer. “No, sorry. I think he’s out shopping for some good dinner tonight!”

“Oh yeah” she suddenly laughed “He wouldn’t stop talking about some beefs he had ordered somewhere. I guess that’s why we’re doing homework here today”

She threw her bag in the corner of the room and yawned a bit.

“We actually have water today” I laughed “So if you don’t want to drink beer-“

“Thank you” she said and sat down. “I think I’ll call Tyler to speed him up” She took her phone, and Valicia’s calling reminded me I had a guest. I walked back to my room; Valicia laying there with her phone got me smiling a bit. Even though she is the same as us, she is so dependent on the human technology. Also she’s a bit lazy~ a thing I’m not that into right now.

“Who was it?”

“Rachael - A friend of Tyler” I said smilingly and sat down at the floor and stared on her. Valicia’s hair is colored green, her eyes are blue and all the clothing she has is dark or neon colors. She always wears a lot of makeup, so I’m not sure how pretty she is without it.

“His girlfriend?” she asked. I laughed. “No”

“She smells like a lighter” she noticed “Is she?”

“She’s a human” I answered “Tyler told us. They met at school” She nodded.

“Tyler!” I could hear through the door, she sounded amused “Fine, I will… just hurry up! I’m starving”

Valicia’s eyes didn’t leave the screen; somehow it’s not as wonderful to look at as when Rachael’s eyes don’t leave the TV’s screen.

“My dad is coming to pick me up” she noticed “See ya”

I took her bag and walked her to the door, Valicia stopped on the way and stared at Rachael, I know our race can be destructive sometimes, I am ready to hold Valicia back.

“So you’re Tyler’s friend?” Valicia said. Rachael turned around with a little smile she nodded.

“Yeah, we’re partners at school” then she smiled to me “I guess you two are a couple? Congrats!” She sounded happy, I hate when people meet girlfriends I’m not sure I’ll stay together with.

“Thank you” Valicia said “I got to go, bye”

I walked her down to the street, when we reached the bottom I could see Valicia weren’t happy.

“How long have you and that bitch known each other?” she suddenly said, I looked after her dad’s car.

“Since school started this year” I answered relaxed.

“How can I be that you haven’t slept with her? Or have you? I don’t want you seeing her all the time - she looks so-“

I bit my lip and smiled to her. “Valicia, Rachael and I have never done anything like that - and don’t call her a bitch. She’s actually a good friend of mine. Besides that, if I have to choose between you or her, I’ll choose her. ‘Cause she don’t act up just because someone looks a bit better than them” I turned around and walked up again, before closing the door I smiled to her. “I break up” and then I took the stairs to the apartment.

I opened the door, and saw Rachael doing the dishes.

“You need any help?” she suddenly laughed. “Can you actually clean?”

I took a plate and started cleaning it. She started to take care of the tables so we could eat somewhere clean.

“So” she said “Where did you two meet?”

I blushed. “In a club” I answered, She smiled at bit but then nodded.

“Then… which one?” she asked smilingly.

“Do you know of the club called Fiomega?” I asked, she nodded once more. “The music there is great! The drinks are a bit shappy, but the floor is clean enough”

I stared at her for moment. ”How do you know that?”

“No reason” she said and suddenly smiled a bit for herself. I stared at her, while she was drying a plate. Fiomega are a magical night club, humans do come in, but… she doesn’t seem like the type.

“Do you go to nightclubs?” I asked, when I looked at her she was blushing.

“Yeah” she then answered and started doing the table. “But… how long have you two been together?”

“It doesn’t matter” I said “We just broke up”

She looked at me with wonder in her eyes, but then she lost her smile. “I’m sorry” she said, and then she continued.

“What about you Ra? Do you date?” I asked laughingly.

She shrugged her shoulders and smiled at me. “I don’t date”

I froze and stared at her, but she didn’t notice. Why not?

“Why?” I walked to her, and she turned around and shrugged once more. “Because - I might as well not”

“Why?” I asked once more.

“I have taken my mother’s advice” she said without doubt “My mother said that “I can see your dad in your eyes… and you’ll hurt anyone near you, until the day you die” so I don’t date”

I stared at her, I know her dad is gone, but… isn’t the mom being a bit … of a bitch?

“Do you really believe that?” I asked. She suddenly laughed. “Have you seen me fight Tyler at all? Somehow I beat him fast and without getting hurt mostly, that can’t be the defense classes I took, it’s in my body” she said it so sure that I stared a moment at her. “But!” she suddenly smiled “Tyler seems to handle it fine enough, he doesn’t get too hurt, so I’ll be able to stick with him as a friend” I wanted to hug her, she seems ­so

Friendly, even though Tyler told us how she behaved when they first met. It makes sense now… why she pushes people away.

“Do you ever think you will?” I asked smilingly. She laughed at bit. “No”

Rachael tells…

I could feel his eyes in the back of my neck. I can’t concentrate with him around. This is bad. “Relax” he noticed “It’s not like I’m your enemy” he suddenly said. I turned around and looked at him. “What?”

“You keep checking on me” he noticed “I’m not your enemy”

I bit my tongue. “Sorry - I guess I’m just… shocked about the Mika” He smiled at me.

“It’s not long to the date” he noticed “Why don’t you go home, and get changed? I guess you’ll be more relaxed”. I nodded and walked to him. “Sure - why not?”


Adrian tells…

She left, and I took a deep breath. Better clean up and go home. I started collecting the arrows. “LIGTHER!”  I turned around to see a guy, a year older than me? Perhaps.

“What is it?” I asked. He looked furious. I guess he’s a freak, but we aren’t allowed to kill them, unless they’re in their freak-form.

“That girl you were with, are you two dating?” he asked. My eyes locked on him. That information is dangerous.

“No” I answered “Why do you care?”

“If you hurt her, I’ll kill you” he said bluntly and then he just turned around and left. Huh?

I got home, and got some new clothes on; I met her outside the cinema. She was standing hidden to the wall, in her black leather jacket, some nice jeans and a white shirt. “Hey!” I smiled at her, and her hand waved a bit before I reached her.

“So, are you ready to go in?” I asked.

She nodded and we walked over to the line. It’s already dark; I guess it’s starting to get darker faster, huh?

“By the way” she smiled at me “My sister has a crush on you”

I stared at her, and she started laughing.

“What? Why are you saying that?” I asked.

She shrugged her shoulders. “I had to say something, to make you talk, didn’t I?”

I stared at her. “But that’s not something you say!”

“Too bad for you, I already did” she laughed a bit. The line was moving slowly. “Aren’t you cold? The wind is freezing-“

She smiled at me. “Adrian, I’m a wind lighter! This is perfect for me - But if you’re having such trouble with the wind…” suddenly the cold was gone, the wind had stopped moving her hair, and I stared at her. “Are you gaining control of your powers?”

She smiled at me. “A bit, some of it is easy, like that… But there are a lot of magic I can’t control y-“

Her arm swung back and grabbed something, when I saw what it was I swung my arm, with her left arm she defended the little thief. Her eyes looked into mine and I saw disappointment, then she turned towards the child. “What’s your name?” she asked with a calm voice.

“I’m… I’m Chasseur” he said. His clothes were dark and dirty. His eyes blue as the sky.

“What were you doing in my pocket, Chasseur?” she asked with a little smile.

“I’m sorry…” he said, he looked at me.

“Forget he’s here” she said “Why do you need money?”

“If…If I don’t come home with money, my mommy won’t let me in!” he said. His eyes started filling up with tears, and she just smiled. “It’s okay, I’ll give you some money, but on one condition”

I stared at her. “Are you serious?” I asked.

“Shut up ~ Adrian” she said.

“What do I have to do?” he asked.

“Tell me your secret, Chasseur” she said, his eyes glowed yellow for a second before he got closer to her and whispered something in her ear.

“I see” she said “Then thank you” she opened her wallet and gave him 100$

“Tonight, my lady” he said and then he ran with the money. -she just smiled and looked at the line, while I stared after the boy.

“Wh-“ I started. The line moved and so did we.

“Don’t ask” she said “Sometimes it’s better not to know everything” she noticed and smiled to me “No fighting tonight, you promised me… right?” she said and looked smilingly at me.

“Yeah but-“ suddenly she took my hand “That reminds me, you remember when I were on the phone with you last time right?”

Huh? Phone?


“Oh! If you can’t remember, then nevermind” she said while smiling. While walking in the line it hit me.

“By the way… who was the dude?” I asked “The Jeremy dude?”

She sighed “So you do remember, eh? Jeremy is my… protector”

“Then he’s doing a shitty job” I commented. She smiled at me. “He couldn’t find me, just like dad. But he has taken care of me, since I was born. He personally doesn’t like water lighters - that’s why he did as he did”

I stared at her. If he has taken care of her so many years… then he must be really old.

“Oh… okay” I answered “By the way - the rose” I gave the white rose to her. She took it and sniffed it briefly before looking at the line. “It’s our turn” she noticed and I walked to the desk. I guess I was right.

The movie was a comedy, I guessed after all the fuss with the Mika, she would like some fun. It was a bit awkward in the cinema. I wanted to hold around her, but I’m not sure about how she would feel about that. Before I knew it the movie was over, and we were leaving the cinema.

“I’ll follow you home” I noticed and we walked towards her street.

“Adrian… May I ask you something?” she asked, we were walking past the dark forest, the magical aura was streaming out of it.

“Sure” I answered.

“Why are you so insecure around me?” she sniffed the rose “I can feel you’re nervous”

I smiled at her. “I’m sorry, I’m just… trying not to ‘cause any fights, I don’t know your limits” . She suddenly smiled at me.

“You’ll know when I hit my limit Adrian, just relax for now”

We walked in silence. “May I ask you something else?”

“Sure” I answered once more.

“Do you ever think Lighters will be able to co-exist with other creatures?”

I stared at her for a moment. “No, they don’t have any real mind, All they want are to kill”.

She just nodded and then we entered her house. “Come in” she said “We can relax a bit”

We ended on the couch, seeing an old thriller.


Rachael tells…

Adrian’s head is resting on my lap, this is weird. But I guess it’s all because this I my first really date. I looked out the window. A dark shadow is staring at me, I guess it’s time to talk with them. They’re very polite not to disturb. We watched the full movie. “I better get home” he said. And I walked him to the door. “Have a safe trip home” I leaned forward and kissed him “Goodnight” my heart is beating up my throat. I closed the door, and waited ‘till he left. I found a coat and walked out to the corner.

“Sorry you had to wait Lucem, I had company”

“I see” he smiled at me “Have you made a decision?”

I nodded and he made me jump up on his back.

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