Battlefield

Veronica, the girl who had her brother's life spared in exchange for her own to be taken, was a vampire living on the outskirts of London with her boyfriend, Edward (also a vampire). When she meets a dark stranger (Peter), she soon begins to slowly fall madly in love with him. But little did she know, both Edward and Peter's clans were sworn enemies since the early 1600s. She will find herself torn between the man she loves and the family she has fought with. Will she continue to fight with the man she once loved, or will she face the consequences? *An Original story

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3. The Truth Revealed

Veronica had to warn Peter about Edward putting out a search party for him. She quietly exited the castle, shielding herself from the guards and ran. She had no idea where Peter was staying, but she figured that he would be staying in the city. She ventured into the streets of London, asking the people in every house she came across if they knew about a man named Peter. Some of them said they didn't know him and some directed her further down the street.

Finally she approached the last house, tired and impatient. She knocked on the door and the door opened. She was met face to face with a man. "We provide no service. So-" Veronica held her hand up to the door as it began to close before her. "I have been walking up and down this entire street for hours. I am not looking for a place to stay. I am looking for a man named Peter." she said.

"Veronica?" She heard a voice call out from behind the man that stood before her. Peter emerged from a room, approaching the front door. "Let her in." Peter said. The man nodded, inviting Veronica into the home and the door closed behind her. "I'm so glad you're all right." She went up to him, throwing her arms around his neck. She was so relieved that Edward hadn't found Peter yet and was glad that he wasn't harmed. "What's going on?" Peter asked her as they pulled away from their embrace.

"Edward's gone out to find you. You have to leave London as quickly as possible." she told him. "You can't stay here, it's not safe."

"I can fight my own battles Veronica." he said.

"You don't understand. Edward, he's over two hundred years old. He'll kill you." she said. Peter slightly shook his head and she rolled her eyes. "You're so stubborn."

"There are somethings you don't know about me. I have known Edward far longer than you and as young as I may look, I'm much older." he said. Veronica was confused and Peter took her hand, leading her into his study. He closed the door after they entered. "Before I tell you about how I know Edward, I should tell you my own story. In 1602..."

1602

"We will travel to the New World." Albert, Peter's father, decided that it would be best for his family to move out of Spain. "There's nowhere to go there." Peter knew very little about the New World, but he has heard about its wonders. He planned to go there one day, but now now. "We will make a home there Peter. It's much better than the life that we live here." Albert smiled. Peter was nineteen and the eldest child in his family. After finally landing in the New World, Peter and his family were able to start a new life. Peter wanted to venture out to see if there were other areas that he could discover.

Deciding to take a walk, Peter followed the dirt path up the road into a small village. He didn't think that there would be other people here and not just his family. He realized that his family lived farther away from any other civilization. Peter approached the small village, coming across a beautiful woman. She turned around and faced him with her hazel colored eyes.

A smile spread upon her lips, dropping the limp body at her feet. Peter saw that there was a small drop of blood that escaped her lips. "I'm Nora." Nora approached the handsome young man and was finally able to get a full profile. "You are?" she asked.

"Peter." That was his only reply and the image he saw before blacking out, it was the face Nora had on that he wouldn't be able to forget.

Present day

Veronica saw that there was a similarity between Edward and Peter. Both were changed by beautiful women, but of course, Peter was right. He was much older than Edward even though being at an age of nineteen. “Did you ever see your family again?” she asked him. The two were sitting down in chairs that were placed in the room for their convenience.

“My parents died of an illness, but somehow, my younger sister survived. A few decades later, I did see my sister. She was very happy, married with a family of her own. I heard she named her son after me. One night, she saw me through the window of their house and she thought she had seen a ghost. She touched my face to see if it was really me and turns out, it was. I told her to never tell anyone else about my being there. Of course, she kept our secret.

“I would visit her every night until the day she passed away. My sister and I were very close when we were younger, so to be there right by her side and that was her dying wish. I asked her many times to save her, but she refused and told me that the life I lived wasn’t for her. You remind me a little bit of my sister, Isabelle.” Peter said.

Veronica didn’t really know what to say, but was glad for the fact that she’s gotten Peter to tell her his life story. “What about Edward?” she asked him, still curious about the story of how he met Edward. “I met him in the late 1600s. The Salem Witch Trials were occurring at the time. The area where we lived was now called New England. They were burning girls who were thought to be witches and some of the towns had burned to the ground in the hype of what was happening.

“After one town was left to ashes, I saw a man and a few others before me. In his eyes, I saw a thirst and it wasn’t for blood. It was the thirst for war and so a war broke out between our clans. He was part of a European clan and I, a North American clan. Of course, he had won but I knew that the war between us wasn’t over until one of us was dead.

"I came back here to finish the fight with him and to leave would only show that I am a coward.” he answered. He stood up, walking to the window and seeing that the sun had begun to rise. “You should go before Edward finds out that you’re gone.” He turned to face Veronica, caressing her cheek. “I don’t want to see you risk your life to be with me.”

“I’ve only known you for a short time, but it feels like I’ve known you forever. I am falling in love with you Peter and if I have to risk being with you, then so be it. I don’t care what Edward says or thinks. He has never cared about me since he and I have been together.” Veronica said. Peter leaned in and kissed her lips, continuing to caress her cheek. They pulled away and heard loud knocking coming from the front room.

“Meet me by the creek tonight in the forest.” He whispered as she nodded. He showed her out the back door and from there, she saw that Edward had arrived at the house. Russell and Finn were at his side. Veronica ran in the opposite direction, disappearing into the forest away from the wandering eyes of Edward and his men.

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