"No! nobody was ever supposed to find out!" I come crashing to my knees and burst into tears as the meaning of the words of this human finally hit me. I look at him with my pained eyes... "You cannot tell anyone... ever." He shakes his head and walks over to me. I somehow feel like I can trust him.... No! You can never trust a human! They are selfish, cruel, despicable creatures! But... maybe, he's different.

Annabel Creasure is different than most people. Everybody believes she's a freak. Everyone but one. Alexander Shade sees something in her that he just can't shake. Will the secrets of Annabel ruin everything, or will it only bring them together?


2. 2.

I went to bed that night sobbing into my pillow. My tear stained face stung and each tear burned more and more. I couldn't help but thinking of what would happen if the humans found out about what my people could do. It would be just like before, when my people where forced as slaved. The dirty little mortals would take any which they could get there hands on. It makes me sick to think of someone using my kind as a slave. But, because of me, it could happen again... I could be the reason that all of the secrets that we have been keeping for the past thousand years will be gone.

I would be punished, then banished, then dismembered by every single last one of any magical being. They will all hate me for eternity. I would go down in history as something evil, something worse than black magic.
Finally I managed to drift off into an unsteady and dreamless sleep. I'm almost glad that I had no dreams, because if I had it would've been more of a nightmare.
That morning when I woke up I barely thought at all. I dragged myself out of bed and threw on clothes. I walked to school again, I no longer have a car because my father had to sell it for money. And of course I refuse to take a buss. I don't want to talk to anyone.
I walked into school not making any eye contact. I kept my head down and didn't say a word to anyone. I kept quiet until I heard a familiar voice speak to me. "Hey..." I looked up and saw Alex. He seemed uneasy. Maybe even scared. It wasn't like yesterday's uneasiness, how he seemed like he liked me, it seemed like he was scared of me, like he knew something about me.
"Hi." I said bleakly. "Can we talk... After school today." He had managed to pull himself together on the outside, but I could still see in his eyes, something was wrong. And I think I know what it is. "Sure...I'll meet you by your locker and we can go somewhere and talk." He nodded at me, not able to look me in the eyes. ""Yeah... that's good." I huffed frustrated. "Kay. Bye." Was all I said, then I walked away.
The day went by in a blur. I don't remember what we learned in class or what we took notes on. My mind was too preoccupied on everything else.
When the last bell rang I walked over to my locker to gather my books. After that I went over to Alexander's locker. "Hello." I looked at him. He jumped as if I had startled him. "I'm sorry, did I scare you?" I asked. Wait. Am I actually worrying for him? Yes. I am. "No... um. its fine... Come on lets go." We walked We walked out of the school and into the woods. I was silent the entire way. I didn't know where we were going or why I was going here, I just knew that it was important. I often fell behind, looking at something I found interesting like an old tree stump or a butterfly. Alex seemed to notice. But although he looked back at me, he never said anything. Never asked me what I was looking at, never told me to hurry up. He'd just watch.
I suddenly realized that we stopped. The place was beautiful, large and empty. It was a large field. The colors were comforting and warm in the cold weather of fall. The oranges the reds and the browns contrasting with the light blue of the sky and the light green of the dying grass. So peace full. "What is this place?" I asked. "It's my favorite spot. I come here everyday after school to get away from everything. You know, step back and have some time to myself. It's the only place that I know I can do whatever I want and not be judged. It's secret and away from everything. Away from the houses, away from the drama, away from the people."
I looked at him. He is so unlike any human I have ever met. So down to earth, he is a lot like me. For a while I just looked at him, savoring the niceness of this being. I feel safe when I'm around him, I feel warmth and I feel alive. I keep thinking about this moment and how it feels so right, but then I remember why we are here. To find out what he wants to say to me, as if I don't already know.
"What is it that you want to tell me?" I take a deep breath and prepare for the words I have been dreading all day. I feel a lump form in my throat and tears starting to form in my eyes. He walks toward me and grabs my hand. "Why are you crying?" He asks looking into my eyes. I just shake my head. Just then he pulls me into his embrace. I feel the warmth of his body making me feel better. But it doesn't make me feel better enough to stop the tears. Before I know it I start to sob into his chest. I don't know how long I was in his embrace but after a few minutes, I let go. He looks at me again with those sweet heart melting eyes. He wipes the tears from my cheek. "I have to tell you something..." I take a shaky deep breath and prepare myself.
"I know something about you... I saw you yesterday out in your yard. The tree... How- how did you do that?" I shook my head again, then sighed. "Nobody is supposed to know." I whispered. It was all I could make out, any more and I would burst into tears again. "That you have powers? Why not?"
"Because, your people abused my people for hundreds of years! Made us slaves... So we made you all think that we went extinct! You think our people are just myths and fairy tales now. But, we aren't! And if you tell anyone you will ruin me and my family! My entire world! I will be the one to blame! Do you know how terrible it would make our lives?" I felt the tears start to form again... I tried to blink them back but one escaped. "It will be okay won't it?"
 "No! nobody was ever supposed to find out!" I come crashing to my knees and burst into tears as the meaning of the words of this human finally hit me. I look at him with my pained eyes... "You cannot tell anyone... ever." He shakes his head and walks over to me. I somehow feel like I can trust him... No! You can never trust a human! They are selfish, cruel, despicable creatures! But... maybe, he is different. "Annabel, I would never tell anyone. If it means making you happy and keeping you safe, I'd do anything."

I hadn't noticed that he was nearly three inches from me. Our faces nearly touching. Just then I felt it, his lips upon mine. The warmth beneath me felt so right although I knew it was wrong. I didn't care for that moment. I fell into the kiss. He wrapped his arms around my waist as we kissed.

When he let go I stared into his eyes. "It's not safe for you..." I said to him, the pain in my heart came back. "What do you mean?" He asked. "A mortal and an immortal are not supposed to be together. It's just not safe." He looked at me then grabbed both of my hands in his. "I don't care if I have to face satin himself, I want to be with you. I have never been so sure of anything in my life. Something about you makes everything okay. I don't know what it is, but I've felt it since I met you. You bring out the best in me Annabel, all I want is you." I felt a tear stream down my face. "What's wrong?" I smiled. "Nothing, it's just that I always thought that your kind was all the same, but you. You are so different. You are amazing...I feel safe when I'm with you. And hearing you say that, well, that just made my life time."

As I finished my last words I felt Alex's lips press on my forehead. "You are safe." He whispered. "I know.."


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