Phoenix Fire

A phoenix will rise from the ashes and be reborn, only one can exist and he is bound to protect the daughter of death and fate, the most powerful child who was never supposed to exist.
Army's will rise to destroy her before she becomes aware of the powers that lie dormant inside of her.

Anna Swift just doesn't know what she's about to stumble into when she is attacked after a night out clubbing.


15. Chapter Fifteen

*~* Chapter Fifteen *~*

“When will you learn to stop wandering off whenever it suits you!” He said harshly, I could tell that it took a great effort for him not to raise his voice. However in a house full of vampire’s that could no doubt hear us whether we shouted or not I doubted this conversation was very private.

“I’ll stop wandering off when I’m not treated like a prisoner!” I snapped back, “I’ve been stuck here for two weeks, no one’s even bothered to talk to me, not even you. Are you really surprised I didn’t want to stay here?”

“So you’re happy to just put your life at risk because you’re bored.” He stated with anger in his voice. I had never thought that I would ever see Ethan in such a rage. When we had first met he had been such a gentleman and so polite. This was a whole other side to him and a side I didn’t like. I didn’t need to ask the result of the potion he’d taken, it was clear to me just by his behaviour that he felt no romantic feelings towards me whatsoever.

I hadn’t really thought about it much but talking to Axel had made me realise that I might have lusted after Tobin in a sexual way but I liked Ethan, it made my heart ache to know that he didn’t feel the same.

“Just stash me somewhere else, somewhere I won’t feel like a prisoner. You clearly have the answer you were looking for in regards to how you feel about me so put me somewhere else where I won’t bother you.” I said trying not to sound as upset as I felt.

“What are you going on about, the answer I was looking for?” He asked more with confusion than with anger now as I fought not to cry.

“Axel told me what you’ve been doing, looking for a witch to help you block out the pheromones I give off when I’m attracted to a man. It’s obvious that it worked, so why not send me somewhere else because I can’t stay here anymore!”

In an instant Ethan had crossed the room, grabbed me round the waist and pulled me towards him and kissed me. I was so taken aback that it took me a moment to process what had just happened.

“I found the witch, I took the potion and I didn’t feel any different.” He said to me, his tone soft now, our bodies still pressed against one another.”I’m angry because I care about you Anna, I can’t believe you’d so willingly put your life at risk like that.”

“Axel was with me. I wasn’t in any danger.” I said.

“Yes you were Anna, tonight is the anniversary of Bess’ death. William needs to do the ritual tonight, otherwise he misses his shot for another year. He knows there is a war coming, he won’t risk you dying and him losing his chance to get her back. He’s coming for you and he’s coming here, that is why I came back tonight, to help protect you.”

“I didn’t know that it was tonight, if you or anyone had told me I wouldn’t have left the house. I’m sorry but nothing happened and I’m here now, so what can I do?” I asked but even before he responded I knew what his answer would be.

“Go to your room, stay there, wait for me.” He said but even as the words left his mouth I shook my head.

“I’m strong, I’ve been practicing my gifts, I can help fight them off.” I said with determination. I didn’t want to be the damsel in distress, I wanted to help, I wanted to fight. I was here and I was going to make the best of the situation and that meant that I wasn’t just going to hide every time danger reared its ugly head.

“All they want is you, they aren’t interested in any of us. If you try to help fight and they get an opportunity they’ll take you. I’m not trying to shut you out of the war Anna, this fight isn’t for you. Please understand that and listen to me.”

I didn’t understand it at all but clearly Ethan wouldn’t be listening to my side of the argument anymore. He knew that William was coming any minute now and there wasn’t much time left to argue. Taking me by the hand he led me through the house until we found Axel. He gave me one final kiss before handing me over to his bodyguard and going to mobilise and prepare the house full of vampires for what was to come.

Axel led me upstairs to my room that was beginning to feel a lot like a prison cell to me at this point. I knew it would be pointless to argue with Axel who would do what Ethan told him to do above all else but despite knowing my attempts would be futile I had to try anyway.

“Please, let me go and fight with the others.” I begged of him but he simply stood by the door, shaking his head. “I like you Anna but I’m not disobeying a direct order from Ethan . Beside’s he’s right, this isn’t a fight you need to be in. When it comes time to fight the demons then you’ll be at the forefront of the battle, whether Ethan likes it or not but to get you there we have to keep William away from you.”

“Is William really that powerful?” I asked, when I had met him he had been calm, composed and had even had the bravado to tell me his master plan. Nothing about him had seemed that threatening to me.

“He is really that powerful Anna. He was once a heavenly being.”

“I don’t understand what that means.” I confessed.

“No one really knows what they are but they are from a dimension far from this one, some would call it heaven, others call it dull and boring, whatever way you look at it he was one of the creatures that ruled over it. He was stripped of his position when he fell in love with Bess. He lost everything for her and then he lost her. He isn’t going to stop until he gets her back.”

“Can he die?”

“He’s simply immortal, if a weakness exists no one knows of it.”

“Then every year he’s going to come after me.”

“It would seem so, yes.”

“Ethan can’t protect me forever, he must realise that.”

“I don’t think he wants to realise that Anna, let him do what he needs to do.”

In the distance, somewhere deep within the house, I heard some shout that they were here. I rushed to my window, desperately trying to peer out to see but whoever was out there, whoever had come to claim me was doing so on the other side of the house.

“Do you really expect me to sit here and just let them battle it out?” I asked Axel and even he seemed to realise that it wasn’t likely to happen no matter how much he wanted it to.

“We aren’t going to fight but we’ll go somewhere where we’ll be able to see what’s going on, a compromise.” He suggested and I took what I could get, nodding in agreement.

Swiftly and silently we moved across the upstairs of the house. From out of the window I could see demons fighting vampires, it was a fight of brain and brawn the vampires having both the demon’s only having brute force on their side. I scanned the crowd in desperation, searching for Ethan. I found him in the one place I didn’t want to find him. He was heading straight for William. It was all I could do not to turn away. With each punch thrown the other dodged, these two were equally matched in strength and intellect  but William had the upper hand as he couldn’t die.

As William caught hold of the fist Ethan had just thrown at him his gaze looked up and found me. He may have been a story below me and covered in the darkness that the night was allowing him but I saw him smile. He twisted Ethan’s arm, forcing the vampire to the ground before snapping it with sickening ease.

Then before I could blink William’s arm was round Ethan’s throat before they were just gone. Axel, who was stood behind me, had clearly been watching the exchange too because I heard his intake of breath as they vanished in the blink of an eye.

“What happened, where are they?” I asked in a panic as the vampire’s destroyed the last of the demons. I watched as the very last demon had its head torn from its body and heard the cheer of exhilaration after winning the fight before they realised that Ethan wasn’t there.

Before Axel could stop me I hurtled down the stairs and out into the grounds where the vampires were beginning to realise that something wasn’t right. Axel tried to grab at me but I threw him off, determined that I would go after them and get Ethan back. I wasn’t about to lose him after I had just made things right with him.

“You can’t go Anna, you don’t even know where they’ve gone. William could have crossed over for all you know.” Axel said trying to make me see sense but I was unwilling to listen to him.

“William wants me, he won’t have crossed over. I know exactly where he’ll be. Just let me go or I swear you’ll regret it. I’ll set every single one of you alight if you don’t let me go.” I said, I wasn’t sure if I could carry out my threat but I made every single word sound as if I meant it.

Axel immediately let go of my arm. I didn’t want to fight him, I didn’t want to fight any of them. They had had their victory and now it was my turn. I was pointed in the direction needed to go and I started to run. It was nearing midnight, whatever happened William wouldn’t be able to do the ritual now but a plan was forming in my mind as I ran. I knew what I was going to do.

I had travelled this route before but I had been going the opposite way and been carried by Ethan. I had had my eyes closed the majority of that trip to stop from feeling nauseous however I found my way back to that house with ease. The necklace that Ethan had given me felt heavier round my neck than it had before he had vanished. Something about it told me I was in the right place, it was guiding me to him. I was exactly where I was meant to be.

I checked my watch, only a few more seconds left until midnight. Perfect. I stepped inside of the house as the clock struck twelve and his window of opportunity was gone. I called out for William, knowing he was close by, hoping that I wasn’t too late to save Ethan.

“My dear sweet Anna.” He said as he stepped up from the basement and into the homey kitchen where I stood. He was alone, something I was thankful for, the last thing I wanted was to have a confrontation with Cain as well. “Come to save Ethan have you.”

“Yes.” I said simply trying to keep my nerve, my heart was racing and my breath was unsteady, it was all I could do to keep from shaking.

“But the window of opportunity has closed but then I’m sure you know that.”

“I do but I have a proposition for you.” His face lit up in a smile as I said the words. I heard a groan of ‘no’ from the basement below before it was silenced with what sounded like a kick to the stomach.

“Now this I have got to hear!” William said with glee, he stood before me, seemingly unthreatening but now I knew better. He was cold and calculating but I knew he wouldn’t kill me, he needed me but he would kill Ethan and that was what I had to prevent from happening.

“I want Ethan back, unharmed and alive.” I said picking my words carefully.

“I knew that you would, what I want to know is what you are going to offer me in return, there is only one thing that I want that could guarantee what you want.”

“Next year on the day before the anniversary of Bess’ death I will come to you willingly and let you perform whatever ritual you want so you can get her back.” I said to him and William’s smile widened with satisfaction.

“How do I know that you will keep your bargain or that you will even be alive to keep up your end of the deal?” He asked, eyes narrowed in suspicion as if I was planning something behind his back.

“That brings me to the final part of the deal. There is only one way to ensure I’m alive this time next year and that’s to kill the demon’s that want me dead.” I said hoping that he understood where I was going with this. From the glare on his once cheerful face he understood what I was asking for.

“I am done with fighting wars little girl.” He said with a scowl, now it was my turn to smile. I was getting to him, I could see it in his eyes as he glared at me.

“Then there isn’t any way of guaranteeing that I’ll be alive this time next year then. You might have to wait another five hundred years for another cloner to come along. Can you really wait that long?”

The scowl on William’s face intensified and I wouldn’t lie and say I didn’t enjoy infuriating him. I had him backed into a corner and I liked it. “If I agree you will allow your soul to be traded for Bess’, you will willingly have your soul sent to a hell dimension, all for lover boy down there back in your arms?”

“Yes.” I said, “You’ve heard the terms of the deal now will you take it or not?” I asked him offering my hand for him to shake. William looked from me to my outstretched hand, considering me for what felt like an age.

Finally he too stretched out his hand, taking mine and we shook. The deal was made and I only had a year to live before my soul was traded for another. It was an odd thought to behold but I had done what I needed to do. Ethan was safe and for the moment so was I.

“Cain, please bring up our guest!” William shouted and I heard movement below. Then  Cain appeared dragging up the chained form of Ethan. “Untie him, Anna and I have made a deal.” He said and rather reluctantly Cain did as he was told. It was such a shame Peter hadn’t killed him. “We’ll be seeing you soon my dear sweet Anna.” William said before grabbing hold of Cain and disappearing in the way he did.

I immediately rushed to Ethan who was sitting up, shaking the chains from his limbs. He wasn’t looking at me, I knew he was bound to be cross at what I had done but I didn’t care, he was safe and I had guaranteed protection for the coming year which I could predict wasn’t going to be an easy one to get through.

“Are you okay?” I asked him, trying to make him look at me. When he finally did all I could see was anger in his eyes. It was so intense that I withdrew myself from him completely.

“What have you done?” He snarled at me.

“I saved you.”

“By sacrificing yourself!” The anger in his voice terrified me.

“We have a year and William won’t let anything happen to me in that time. I can’t be any safer than I am right now.”

“But you still only have a year left to live Anna!”

“Everyone has to die sometime.”

“Not like this they don’t, you’ve just signed your own death warrant.”

“I’m sorry but I wasn’t going to lose you, not now we’ve just sorted everything out between us. We can have a year together, isn’t that enough, it isn’t like we would ever be together forever anyway. Your immortal, I’m not. Nothing can change that fact.”

He looked at me as I spoke, I felt my eyes fill with tears but I wiped them away before they could fall. Ethan took me in his arms and held me, my words clearly ringing true to him.




We travelled back slowly together, finally arriving back at the house as dawn began to break over the treetops. A handful of vampires were having a demon bonfire in the garden, burning the body parts of the foes they had killed in the fight. They nodded to Ethan as he returned home. I didn’t have to be able to read their minds to know that they knew that I had done something to save him. Also I didn’t need their thanks, something I knew I would never get no matter what I did. It was clear to see that none of them believed Ethan and I would return here at all let alone alive. None of them apart from Axel who waited in the entrance hall, sat on the bottom step completely inanimate until we entered.


I could see a million question dawn on his face and then fade again when he saw how exhausted I was and how much in need of rest Ethan was. Vampire’s may not have needed sleep but Ethan needed to recuperate.


Despite a few qualms and disputes Ethan ended up in my room rather than his own, he didn’t want to let me out of his sight after last night or so he claimed. I thought that really he didn’t want to spend a second more than he had to out of my company. He had lived for hundreds upon hundreds of years, one single year didn’t mean much to him. I was only twenty-one, a single year was a huge stretch of time but I appreciated the company nonetheless.


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