The party was hosted by a cheerleader. So it meant Evangeline would be there. And everyone. I told Eva to drive me but she just looked at me as if I had grown two heads. So Ryder just dropped me off.
I didn’t bother changing. I stare at the entrance as people enter. This is a bad idea. Nothing good comes out of parties.
“This looks fun.” I look sideways. Alek was beside me, but his clothes looked more up to date. Leather jacket, white t-shirt and black jeans, still too much black. His hair took me more by surprise. It was ruffled up. He looked younger, more boyish. More human. Less scarier. "What happened to you?"
Without looking at me he answers, "I died. Now come on." grabbing my hand he pulled me in.
"No--" we pushed past people, "wait--" I tried pulling away but his grip was tight. "Alek stop!" he stopped and turned around in less than a second "What?" he rose his eyebrows. After finally pulling away I clench and unclench my fist. My fingers felt numb. His hands were cold as always. Dead.
"I need to find Chase. Go away. I don’t have time to fight with you right now.” People were glancing at me. Wait, not me. Him? “They can see you?”
He just shrugged and smirked “Just because I want them to. Stick with me and maybe you’ll go up the charts.”
I step back “No thank you.” I turn away and this time he doesn’t follow.
After wandering around the crowd I spot Chase’s dark hair. The music was too loud, one of the reasons I don’t like parties. There’s no personal space and it stinks of sweat and alcohol. I wrinkle my nose in disgust, as I push forward I know Chase is looking for me as well.
He’s taller than most people so I quickly find him. He locks eyes with me and I smile “Hey!” I had to yell so he could hear me. He smiles down at me. I think he notices my awkwardness with big crowds so he pulls me into the kitchen.
The doors block the music but not enough. The floor still trembles a bit.
“Hi.” He takes my hands in his and steps a little closer than normal. I clear my throat but still my voice comes out as a squeak, “Hi.”
“Sorry I couldn’t take you out for pizza, but at least we’ll be together.”
Not my idea of a perfect date but hey, I’m the one who always ruins them. “Here.” He was holding two slices of pizza in each hand. “Told you there was going to be pizza.” He was wearing that smile that makes me melt every single time. This is just too good to be true.
Oh stars! Is he leaning forward? Is he going to kiss me!?
My eyes widen, instinctively I step back. I’ve never kissed anyone before. I’m not even sure I want to yet. I know it’s dumb. Refusing the hottest guy in school.
Thank the stars he doesn’t notice as someone walks in and whistles. Chase’s face turns beat red but mine drains of color instead. Alek.
“Oh sorry, bad timing?” Chase steps back wide eyed “Y-yes. I mean, no.” He scratches the back of his head. I heard giggling and had to roll my eyes at the line of girls behind Alek. Some were practically over him. Don’t give me that look. I’ve just saved you from humiliation. Humiliation from what!? Lack of experience? I could teach you, I think I’m free Friday night. Jerk! Will you just go away! Not in my schedule.
I was glaring daggers at him so fiercely that I could almost kill him. I needed fresh air.
I make my way out pushing against Alek’s whores and finally find a door toward the patio. Now I remember why I hate parties. I just hate being around crowds in general. If it was up to me I would live alone. Away from civilization. When around in crowds, something bad is bound to happen.
I sit on the ground. It was empty. Fresh air, still no silence. Why do I feel like crying?
"Ina?" I turn around to look at who said my name.
"Kate." I whisper. Tears well up in my eyes and I look away turning my back.
"Are you okay?" she stood besides me and sighed "You're not okay." sitting besides me she asks "What happened?"
I shrug staring at the grass, "I don't even know where to start."
"How about Chase?" she wiggled her eyebrows making me laugh.
"I don't know. I think I ruined everything tonight. I'm such a fool."
She punched me in the arm playfully but it still hurt a little. I rub it while she says "No you're not. Well a little but you're just a little different. Harder to please." she winks "Between you and me, that drives boys crazy."
I snicker playing with a blade of grass "Right." Left, up, down, middle...
"I know there's other stuff going on in your life, but I'm not gonna push you. When you're ready, know that you can trust me." Kate finishes with a smile. She recently cropped her dark hair even shorter. It suits her. Party rebel.
I hug her letting the tears fall. I never liked to cry in front of others but she's my friend. Someone I an trust. Maybe Dr. Olson was right, I need to find that special someone. But, is Kate that person? How can I know who to choose? Who to trust...
Kate pulls away "I think someone wants to talk with you." a glint of mischief in her eyes as she signals for me to look behind me. In a second Kate is gone.
"Ina..." I look over my shoulder to see flushed Chase. "I'm sorry if I said something wrong. I shouldn't have made that move in such a crowded place where--" I didn't let him finish. I stood up pulling him down and press my lips against his. They were warm and soft. The kiss was reassuring. I could tell he was surprised by my bold move, shocked.
Still I was a little worried I was too bold, but my worries vanish as he pulls me closer wrapping his arms around my waist. Many times I fantasized with this moment but none of those fantasies compare to the real thing. His lips moved softly over mine. For a first I think I wasn't so bad, he definitely wasn't bad.
I pull back letting out a shaky breath. I look down shyly knowing my face must be as red as Scarlet's hair. It was a cold night but all I felt was a suffocating heat. My lips felt tingly. As he tilted my chin up, looking down at me smiling he says, "I could get use to that."
I chuckle tugging a strand of hair behind my ear. I didn't want to step away from his embrace. If I could stay here, forget all my problems....I guess I'm not booked for that.
He rests his forehead against mine trying to find the words "Serafina, would you like to..." he bites his lip blushing. Before he continues I nod grinning from ear to ear. I never liked the word girlfriend though. It just sounds silly. Silly, I know.
It seems our little moments are always interrupted conveniently. A shriek comes from inside. Even louder than the deafening music.
Just in cue Alek appears pointing at me. "You, me. Inside."
Chase looked confused. Whatever it was, it wasn't good. "Stars. Please, leave. I'll explain later." I plead.
"Please, Chase." I cant worry about him also. He frowns and shakes his head "I cant just leave you here alone without--"
"Oh for Christ sake." Alek steps between us placing a hand on Chase forehead "Obedire Domino et noli oblivisci." Chase eyes cloud a bit and without saying another word he heads out toward his car. "How did you do that?" I ask.
I roll my eyes, I just stare at him looking pissed off "Well?"
I stomp toward him "Please don't tell me this is another one of your pranks."
"Oh that? No. There's just a herd of Cold Ones inside." he said casually leaning against the wall.
"What!?" I rush past him and inside. Teens ran around panicked, pushing against each other. My eyes scan the crowd, I couldn't see Kate. Maybe she got outside. Hopefully she got outside.
Scarlet's fiery hair was a red dot among the crowd. Her ruby eyes quickly find mine. In less than a second she crosses the room and reaches for me.
I don't control my body anymore as my hand shoots up to block Scarlet's blow. "I know who you really are Deathwalker. You're that little rebel, aren't you?" Scarlet hisses baring her fangs as she pushes against me. Rebel? What's she blabbering about?
Frowning I push her back into the kitchen. She's too fast. When I walk in she comes from behind. I reach for a knife slashing her hand I sigh in relief when she hisses in pain, Oh good its silver. I wasn't so sure.
I smirk at her as she backs away slightly cradling her wounded hand. "Where did you get the suckers? I thought I killed them all at the club." If I could I would groan at how much my voice sounded like Alek's.
She laughs "Those were just younglings. Unimportant. Still the rest of the herd got angry and wanted revenge. Who am I to deny them that." a smirk crept up her face and her eyes glinted "I'm sure Death will be pleased to see you."
I snicker "Hell no." I change the knife from hand and aim for her throat. She may be fast but I'm also fast. Not alone though. Block. Slash. Back away. Punch. Knee. Kick. Pain. Hurt.
The bitch just slashed my arm! Manners. Shut up, I bet I'm learning that for you. I don't disrespect women. You call me moron. You're a whole 'nother story.
In the distraction she cut me above my stomach leaving an awful gash. That hurt! You're gonna get me killed Alek! Well stop being a clumsy moron! If you get distracted so will I! So stop whining and focus!
He just makes me so angry. Or maybe I make him angry and feel his anger. No, I'm pretty sure he makes me angry.
I reach into my pocket grabbing something. A necklace. A cross necklace. How did that get there? "Loquor ad te veniat ad propulsandum malum." I whisper softly but quickly at it. I actually understood that. Scarlet narrows her eyes "What did you do little one?"
Even trying to hold my bloody self together I find the cockiness to smirk. I let the necklace dangle from my finger. "Surprise."
Terrified, Scarlet jumps out the window sending shards of glass through the air. Those who weren't lucky enough rested now in a pile of ashes.
Relief fills my body as I slide down the wall. Red slides down with me. "What, was that?" I was panting. Exhausted and out of air.
Alek appeared once more, he checked my wounds ''Something I've learnt through the years." I place the cross on his hand but he presses it against my palm "Keep it, it’s quite useful."
I open my hand taking a closer look at it. It wasn't just a cross necklace, it was a crucifix. Before father left, we went to church every Sunday. I actually enjoyed it. When he left, Mother didn't take us to church anymore and Ryder was gone so I didn't go either. Still I talk to God from time to time. I'm not the religious type but I do feel selfish, I only speak with him when I'm in need. I feel like I'm failing him somehow. This recent events have put my faith in test. If God exists then why does he let such horrible creatures roam the Earth?
I curl my fingers around the silver crucifix. I do feel safer. Maybe it’s just mental. Maybe it had to do with the fact that this little cross can burn va-- cold one, to crisp. That and a few words. Cold Ones. I'm learning.
"Okay." I say staring at my red fingers curled around it, beads dangling, and dripping red. My hands were trembling and my body was burning. Burning. Now that the adrenaline died down I could feel the pain slowly coming back. Slowly and then all at once. The cut on my left arm burns but nothing compared to the gash above my stomach. It’s a miracle she didn't cut anything important...I hope she didn't cut anything important.
"I can’t take you to a hospital." Alek mumbled pressing a hand against my stomach. I clench my teeth and hiss in pain. "Excuse me? My guts are practically dangling!"
He rolled his eyes "Don't be so dramatic." his eyes darted around my body scanning my wounds. "Tell me it’s not so bad."
"Don't worry, it’s not so bad." Without warning he picked me up making me groan. "A little head start would be good next time." I almost shiver at his cold hands. "Put pressure in that wound Serafina." I whimper but press my trembling hand in the wound. I wanted to barf. Red was everywhere again. The red came out of my belly like waterfalls. It stank. I can’t stand it. "Where are we going?" Before he could answer, Alek pressed a hand against my eyes. "Somewhere safe but for now, rest." my eyelids felt heavy and soon I was thrown into a deep slumber.