When I walked through the doors, I remembered how I dropped my books in the office, and I contemplated whether or not to go look for them. The straight A student part of me won, so I opened the office door for the second time today and stepped inside. It seemed as if nothing happened at all. The secretaries were at the front desk and the principle was in the back, though he was holding an icepack to his head. They all looked up from their work and stared at me.
“Uhh… I don’t have a late pass, sorry.” I apologized to them. One of the secretaries finally closed her mouth and started searching for something in her desk. She pulled out a little slip of paper and wrote something on it.
“Here, use this.” She said and handed it to me with wide eyes. They were all still in shock. I didn’t know if they were happy I was safe or mad at me for causing all this, but I grabbed my books, which I saw stacked up on the counter, and left before I could find out. I had one more class to go before lunch, where I could tell Junko everything that happened.
I walked out of the office and down the hall towards my class. I kept my eyes straight in front of me, not wanting to make eye contact with anyone in the rooms I passed. Finally I reached my math room. The door was open so I took a deep breath and walked in. the teacher stopped his lecture to stare at me, making all the other kids turn around to gawk too. I saw Junko sitting in the back, so I handed the teacher my pass and sat at the open seat next to her.
“Thank God, I was so worried.” She said when I sat down. “Hey, what’s on your…” she gasped as she pointed at my bandaged neck. I had totally forgotten about that and I didn’t want her drawing attention to it.
“Shh, I’m fine.” I whispered and gently lowered her hand. “I’ll tell you everything at lunch.” She stared at me for a second and then nodded. I realized the whole class was staring at us and probably heard everything we said. I turned to the front of the room. “Sorry.” I said to the teacher.
“Alright then.” He said and got back to the lesson. I tried to pay attention, but I had a lot on my mind. Every few minutes someone would turn around to stare at me and I’d stare at them back until they got uncomfortable and looked away. I could tell this was going to be a long day. As soon as the bell rang, I grabbed my books and jumped out of my seat. I looked at Junko and she could tell I wanted to leave so we hurried out of the classroom. We walked down the hallway together in silence. I could tell Junko wanted to talk, but she knew I would tell her what happened at lunch, so she waited. People stared as they walked by, curious, but hesitant to approach us. Junko gave them bad looks as they passed and mumbled about how rude people are nowadays. I wondered what lunch would be like.
We bought our lunches, but instead of sitting with friends at our usual table, we found an empty one where we could sit alone. As soon as I took my seat, she exploded with questions.
“What on earth happened? Are you okay? Did someone bite you? What did they want?” she only paused to take a breath. When she finally ran out of questions, I started.
“I’m fine.” I told her, but her face told me she wanted more, so I told her the entire story, every little thing that happened. From me literally blowing them away in the office, to the vampire doctor patching me up.” Her face changed expressions at least a dozen times, scared, then sad, then disgusted. She was totally engrossed in the story.
“Oh my god.” She said when I finished. “So are you gonna do it? Have them teach you, I mean?” I thought about it for a second.
“I don’t think I really have a choice.” I told her. “They said they’d pick me up tomorrow. I guess it would be nice to be able to control my powers though.” She nodded in agreement.
“So…” she started.
“What?” I asked.
“Were they as beautiful as people say they are?” I rolled my eyes. Of course she’d ask that. What else should I have expected? Though it’s not something that was absent from my mind either.
“Yeah, definitely.” I answered.
“I wanna meet’em.” She stated.
“No, you don’t. They’re scary” I admitted. “I was scared.”
“Come on. They don’t bite.” She teased. “Oh wait.” She hit herself in the forehead. “Let me see.”
“What?” I asked hesitantly.
“Why would you wanna see that?”
“I’ve never seen one before. Come on.” She whined.
“Fine.” I pulled off the bandage to show her and her face turned white.
“Wow. Did it hurt?” she asked. I nodded. “Wait! Are you gonna turn into a vampire?”
“Junko, you know that’s a myth, right?” she shrugged her shoulders and I put the bandage back on.
“Oh!” she jumped as she remembered something. “Did you know that the news came to school?” she asked me.
“What?! Of course I didn’t know that. What happened?”
“Well first the cops came. They tried to look for you, but I heard they were too scared to go to that mansion.” She told me.
“Well that’s where I was. What a great help they are.” I remarked sarcastically.
“The news crew came after the police left to look around town, and they did a report on you, but the teachers wouldn’t let us watch it. Oh, and they took the principle to the hospital, but he was fine so he came back.”
“Well don’t you think this was something I would have liked to know earlier?” I scolded.
“Sorry, I forgot.” she smiled regretfully. I groaned when I realized my mom probably already found out. Hopefully they were busy at the hospital where she worked so she wouldn’t be able to go home early. I dreaded having to tell her everything. She was probably having a stroke over it. I took out my phone and texted her ‘I’m safe’. Maybe that would calm her down.
I looked around and it seemed like half of the lunch room was staring at us. Then I looked at our usual lunch table, someone was missing. I turned my head and a boy was standing right next to me. I jumped.
“Hey guys. What are you doing sitting over here?” he asked.
“God, Shiro, you almost gave me a heart attack.” I hissed. He took a seat at the table.
“So, Toki, you can control wind, huh? Thanks for telling me.” he accused.
“What, should I have just made an announcement on the loud speaker?” I asked sarcastically.
“Junko did you know about this?”
“Not at all.” She lied, and he could tell it wasn’t the truth.
“Come on guys, I thought we were friends.” He guilted us.
“We are, but it was supposed to be a secret.” Junko told him.
“Well it’s not anymore.” I sighed.
“So, what happened?” he asked.
“The vampires want to teach Toki how to control her powers and one of them bit her.” I glared at Junko. She gave me an apologetic look.
“Whoa. Are you gonna turn into a vampire?” he wondered.
“What? Is there stupidity in the air or something? It’s a myth.” I replied nastily. He put his hands up in defense.
“Gees.” He complained.
“Sorry, it’s been a long day.” I explained. We didn’t talk much after that, and what we did say had nothing to do with vampires. I figured word would get out about that morning. Junko had a big mouth, and she would gossip even though she meant no harm. And Shiro would probably tell the other kids at our table, and the soccer team, just to get some attention. Hopefully it would end there, though I doubted it.
The rest of the day passed like any other day, besides all the gawking and whispering. Once in a while a brave kid would ask me what happened, I’d say ‘nothing’, and if that didn’t work, I’d just say that we had tea and talked. That was harmless enough. It seemed to drag on forever, until finally, the last bell rang. The bus took me home and I spent a few hours in silence doing my homework and dreading the moment my mom would come home.
It’s just been me and her since I could remember. No siblings and my dad died in a car accident when I was a baby. We were very fortunate that my mom has a good job as a nurse so there haven’t been any financial problems. But she always worried that she wasn’t taking care of me well enough and I knew she would freak over this. When I heard her car pull up, I quickly put on a turtleneck sweater. A scarf would be too obvious. I decided leaving out some parts would be a good idea. I heard her unlock the door so I ran downstairs. I figured I’d face this head-on.
“My Baby!” she cried as she stormed through the door and wrapped her arms around me.
“Mom, I’m fine.” I assured her.
“I knew this would happen. We shouldn’t have told Junko, she’s a gossip.”
“Mom, it wasn’t Junko.”
“Are you okay? Did they hurt you?” she placed her hands on either side of my face to examine it.
“Mom, calm down. I’ll tell you what happened.” We sat down at the table and I told her everything, well, not everything. I told her how they picked me up at school, took me to the mansion, gave me tea, and asked if they could train me. I left out the bite scene and therefore the doctor’s office, and tried to sweeten it up a bit.
“Well, I’ll make some calls and see if we can keep them away. I bet there’s someone-”
“No Mom, I’m going.” I interrupted.
“What?” she asked, surprised.
“I want them to teach me how to control wind.” I had to tell her that, because I knew that I would have to go, even if it was against my will, and I didn’t want her to worry. I wanted her to think I was doing it of my own accord, that I was safe. Plus, there was some truth in it. I wanted to control my power, so I could protect her and Junko, and Shiro, and everyone else.
“Are you sure it’s safe?” she asked with a worried look on her face.
“Yeah, of course.” I lied. “The lord was really nice.” At least I didn’t have to lie about that.
“Well, if you really want to…” she said reluctantly.
“Thanks mom. I don’t know if I’ll be here when you get home.”
“Alright. Just be safe.”
I went upstairs while my mom heated up leftovers for dinner and listened to my iPod as loud as it could go. I laid sprawl across my bed, still in my school uniform and sweater, but I didn’t care. I just wanted to lay there forever, shut my door to the rest of the world, and forget about everything that happened today.
After dinner I put on sweatpants and a T-shirt and went back to listening to music. I don’t know when I fell asleep, but I knew it was pretty early. I had terrifying dreams about blood lusting vampires and raging fires, but what should I expect after spending my morning with blood sucking, fire wielding vampires?