Dark and Dawn

Lily has never had any control over her own life.
Now, her father has promised her to another man, but she is in love with a vampire who will risk everything to keep her safe.
However, their love is dangerous, and it plunges her life into darkness.
Will Lily ever be free?
Can she really trust anyone, let alone herself?

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4. Awakening

Lily slept a long dreamless sleep. It had held her like a thick dark blanket, covering every inch of her body. There was nothing but darkness.

Slowly, however, she began to regain consciousness. She’d had no impressions of time or space, so her mind was still in the deep dark forest. When she opened her eyes she expected to see trees and greenery, but instead found that she was lying in a huge bed in the middle of a grandiose room which reminded her of her father’s.

She sat up with a start. Her clothes had been changed, and there was a sweet scent of perfume about her. The room was deserted but for a few pieces of bedroom furniture. The sun shone through a large bay window, but she wasn’t sure what time of day it could be. She was completely disoriented. Slowly, she crawled to the edge of the bed and let her feet touch the cold mahogany floor.

Then, she remembered what had happened.

“Dimitri…” She trailed off.

Suddenly, there came a click from the bedroom door and it was opened by a blonde haired man. His countenance was beautiful in its way, and somewhat feminine with its soft outlines. His hair was long so it was tied together at his neck with a bow. Although she didn’t recognise him, she felt as if she had seen him before. It was such a strange sense of familiarity. His piercing blue eyes seemed to strike a bell.

“Ah, you’ve awoken, my dearest Lily,” He chortled at her with a wide smile.

Lily stared at him, wide-eyed.

“Who are you?”

The man stepped closer to her and smiled even more broadly.

“I am your fiancée, William Chadwick,”

Then, she remembered. He was the man in the golden mask. The one at the masquerade.

“The Lord? I met you at the masquerade. You're m-my fiancée?”

His eyes shone with proudness as she mentioned his title.

“Yes. That's right. Your father promised me your hand.”

Lily shook her head. It didn’t make any sense. She knew that her father had promised her to another man, but to let her stay with him before the wedding would be completely out of the question. It was just wrong. Surely he would've wanted her back, especially after she had run away.

“How could my father allow you to keep me here?”

There was a long pause as William’s eyes widened and he took a deep breath.

“The vampire that took you-”, He hesitated, “He killed your father, Lily.”

Suddenly, she felt a deep sinking feeling in her chest.

“No…”, she whimpered, “It can’t be true. I- I can't remember...”

And then, it hit her. That missing piece of memory. The memory which had left nothing but an empty void.

Without realising it, William had sat down beside her. She was crying now, the shock and the horror shaking her every limb. How could Dimitri have deceived her this way?

“It’s okay, shh”, He hushed as he put an arm over her shoulder, “You are safe now”.

Lily withdrew herself from his arm.

“You must let me go,” Her voice trembled with determination, “I need to see him.”

“The vampire?”, William blurted out with a disgusted sound.

“His name is Dimitri”.

The thought of seeing Dimitri again frightened her, but there was no other way. She needed answers.

“Lily,” William took her hand in his and looked her in the eyes, “You don’t know what you are saying.”

“I love him- “, Lily began.

“No,” He interrupted her.

“The vampire must have mesmerised you. He took you for his own selfish desires.”

Lily blinked, taking a deep breath.

“Dimitri is not the monster you think. He is a better man than my father would ever be.”

William sighed.

“It’s just a trick, dear Lily”, He spoke condescendingly as his hand tightened around hers.

“We do not know much about vampires," He spoke very gravely, yet his piercing blue eyes shone with a sudden fierceness. "But, what we do know, is that they take beautiful girls like yourself away to a place where they will never see the light of sun ever again”. 

“What do you mean?”, Lily whispered as she tried to pull her hand away from his.

“Once he has you in his trap, he will partake of your neck till the end of your days.”

“He would never!”, She gasped.

William heaved another deep sigh.

“He’s using you, Lily. He’s using you for your blood and your beauty. Your mind is subjugated by him”.

“You don’t know him”.

“I will not allow him to ensnare you again, my dear”.

Lily stared at him in shock. He was deluded.

“And somehow,” he continued, “I will find a way to break you from his spell”.

With sudden vigour, Lily stood up from the bed and ripped her hand away from his.

“You can’t keep me here against my will!”

She started towards the door, but a tall figure blocked her entrance. It was the man from the forest. The man who had taken her.

“Let me pass,” she hissed.

“I’m afraid I can’t, my Lady”.

William walked up behind her and whispered gently in her ear,

“You are mine now, little bird”.

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