To Court Death: Bleeding Kiss (Book #1)

Book one of three.
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"I mean this sincerely with every fiber of my being, I find you to be vile and extremely repugnant. I have the most extreme contempt for you and I loath you completely."

With that said he thrusts forward towards Victoria, heated hostility in his eyes and a wood stake clutched tightly in his fist.

Maybe this vampire had bit off more than she could chew. Does she really think she'll be able to keep her secret forever? As if having a curious mortal man on her hands isn't enough, an experienced bloodthirsty vampire bent on revenge, with bitterness and unrelenting hatred in his heart, is determined to get his hands on her, to destroy her once and for all.

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24. Chapter Twenty-Two

Victoria has her head on my lap, she looks up at me. A measure of pleasure plays across her pale face, I see it in her eyes and in the slight curl of a smile she has.

She told me everything that she had been through, all the killing, every painful detail. She told me of Eric, and of Carter. She told me of her entire life that night.

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"Charles leave me alone! Get out, I don't want you here."

I stammer, "I-I-I thought...last night...

"Last night was last night. Just like what happened between us before, it just happened." She snaps, "It didn't mean anything! Nothing means anything to me, don't you get it yet?!"

I open my mouth, nothing comes out. I look at Victoria, her face is blank, her eyes lack emotion. Finally, words manage to escape my mouth, "I don't understand."

"I can get farther away from Carter by myself. I don't need you, I don't want you. I don't love you!"

"You want me to leave?"

"Yes, leave." She smirks, "How did you like the games darling?"

Angry, and heartbroken I turn about on my heels, after I walk out, I slam the door behind me. A single thought upon my mind, why? My thoughts swirl about in confusion, still that one single question remains, why? Worst of all, I know that I still love her.

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I let myself fall as my knees buckle underneath me. I did what I had to, Charles will be safer away from me. Carter shall still want revenge, but it should buy him a little time at least. Charles had asked the night before for me to let him love me. I wanted him to love me, I wanted him to stay, but this time I have to think of him, I can't be selfish. 

I rest my head on top of my arms, a sudden wave of sorrow washes over me. Not only would I never see Charles again, but I had to hurt him. I sent him away heartbroken, he believes that I never loved.

"Why does love hurt so? Why am I maimed by it?"

I let out a muffled scream, since being a vampire I've never felt pain like this. It isn't fair that love should cause me such anguish. 

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When I reenter the room Victoria doesn't even hear me. She lay upon the floor, her head down, and her dress a rumpled mess. I walk over to her, I came very close before she rises her head hearing my footsteps draw closer to her. 

"Leave Charles, I told you to leave. I don't want you here" She yells at me, "I'm a monster, Charles. A monster that fell in love, and it hurts. It hurts too much."

Something glistens just below her right eye, a single teardrop. I pull her to me, she struggles in my grasp, her cheeks become flushed.

"Let me go. Don't you understand? I can't let Carter hurt you. I can't lose you to him."

I wrap her in my arms, I force a hug upon her. I only want to comfort her, but she struggles against me. "Stop it Victoria. You don't have to hurt yourself for me." I reach up to wipe the tear from her face.

"What are you doing?"

"You're crying." The tone of my voice is quieter than I had intended.

"Impossible." She states flatly.

I hold my hand out, the wet trail of the tear can be seen, I command her to look.

"No" She shakes her head, "Impossible, vampires can not cry."

"Love is a strange thing, it affects everyone differently." The only explanation, if you would call it that, I can offer her.

She pulls from my grip, "I just don't understand."

I pull her back to me, a grab a hold of her. "Vict...

"No, no, no! Stop! Let me go, don't you understand you're better off without me." She resists my touch, I refuse to let her go. "If Carter hurts you, it would be on my head, your blood would be on my hands."

"I won't leave you." He shakes me, "Who are you to decide what's best for me?! I'm your husband. Don't you think I can make my own decisions." I shake her harder, "Do you think you're the only one who's ever been lonely? Do you think that you're only one that gets hurt? I can't leave you. I won't. I'd rather Carter killed me. As long as I have you, as long as I'm with you, I do not fear death."

She gives in, she holds onto me, she snuggles against my shoulder as she hugs me. She grips me tightly, "I do love you so Charles."

Her voice comes out a gentle coo, she had purred the words I longed to hear. 

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