What if one day you found out that the monsters you thought only existed in stories, were real?
Years after the discovery of Vampires, seventeen year old Jade and her twin sister Violet are sent to the very first Vampire Containment Facility. Also known as Campus Eternal.
At the school, Jade is confronted by Vampires who believe she can save them, but she doesn't think she is strong enough.
There is a man there who everyone is afraid of, he is personally responsible for the death of the last human at Campus Eternal. Even though people see him as wicked and cruel, she believes that he can help her save the Vampires.
The only question is: Is he willing to help her?


29. Prototype Ch. 27 - The Waiting One

I stood very still as the water from the shower head washed everything away. It felt like every pain and every worry I had last night was washed clean.

“Jade!” Violet called.

“Yeah?” I asked.

My peace was interrupted.

“Are you alright?” she asked “You’ve been in there for a little while.”

I shut the water off, I must have lost track of time.

I stepped out and nearly slipped on the wet tile. I took in a breath relieved that I didn’t fall and crack my head open.

I made my way to the mirror, my nose wasn’t looking all that great today, there was a bruise forming under my eyes.

I wrapped the towel around myself before walking into our room.

Violet looked up at me, worry was written all over her face.

“I’m fine” I stated.

“You always say you’re fine.” Violet stated “Even when you aren’t.”

I didn’t say respond.

“What happened to your face?” she asked getting up to examine me.

“I fell” I stated.

“Oh yeah right” she hissed “Like you fell on the first day of school.”

“I literally tripped and fell on my face” I stated “That’s why Sage ordered me a new pair of glasses.”

“You’re being honest with me I hope” she said.

“If Lucian hit me, I would be dead” I stated.

She looked at me unsure.

Why would she think that he beats me? Out of all the possible things he could do.

She still thinks he is a Vampire, so maybe he bites me?

I just got dressed with her sitting there; she would be able to see for herself that I had no bruises on me.

“And what the hell is that?” she hissed pulling my arm out.

Luckily I was already wearing a pair of shorts and a bra; before she decided to man handle me.

That one was going to be hard to lie about.

“This is a misunderstanding” I stated.

“He did this, didn’t he?” she asked.

“Yeah, but…”

“I am going to kill him!” she practically yelled.

I didn’t have time to stop her, she was out the door.

I stood there and all I could hear was him pleading for me to kill him.

Pain slowly filled my chest, I wonder if he has a way of punishing himself for the stuff he does. That would make him more like me than I would have thought.

I went to my closet to grab a plain black shirt. I put on my black flats and I was out the door.

I didn’t know why Violet felt in necessary to chase him down; he was only somewhere when he wanted to be. If she knew that little fact would she even be out here?

I frowned before I made it through the door of the main dormitory. Did she even know where his room is? I turned the corner to see her banging on his door.

The answer to my question would be: yes.

“Violet” I said as I got closer.

“Open the damn door you bastard!” Violet shouted.

I stood there, the door didn’t open.

“Lucian!” she growled.

I leaned against the wall waiting for her fit to be over.

But I wasn’t expecting to door to actually open.

The door swung open and I watched as Violet went from angry to nearly shitting herself.

I fought back the urge to laugh; she would end up taking her anger out on me.

“What the fuck do you want?” Lucian growled.

Violet stood there for a minute, maybe thinking about running for her life?

“What did you do to my sister?” she demanded.

He looked bored.

“Lucian” she hissed “Answer me.”

He went to close the door but she put her foot in the way.

“Be thankful I didn’t slam the door” he stated “You’d be a gimp.”
Why was he so hostile towards her? Or was this just normal Lucian?

I know he is an ass to me, but do I look this stupid?

Is he this mean to me too?

I watched his eyes, they seemed impatient and angry.

“Lucian” I said.

He didn’t look at me.

I felt myself frown; at the very least I thought he would acknowledge my existence.

Violet looked over at me.

“Lucian” I said again.

“Move your god damn foot” he hissed at Violet “Or lose it.”

I didn’t think he would really try, but when he slammed the door and Violet barely managed to save her foot, I became enraged.

“Lucian” I said through the door “Don’t be such a baby.”

Violet looked at me like I was crazy.

I examined my nails so I didn’t have to look at her.

My next thought came out before I really had the chance to process it.

“Okay so we had sex” I stated “You don’t have to be all awkward around me.”

Violet’s face almost made me falter. She looked angry.

“Are you going to open the door or am I going to have to continue this rant outside where anyone can hear?” I asked.

The door opened again and he looked red in the face mad.

I smiled deviously “Not so hard now was it?”

“You have ten seconds” he hissed.

I looked over at Violet “Give me a minute.”

“You don’t have a minute” he growled.

“You owe me quite a few” I stated.

He didn’t budge.

I watched as Violet sighed “Alright, do I stay here?”

“Go back to the room” I said “He doesn’t hurt me Violet, I swear.”

She hesitated before nodding, and she walked in the opposite direction.

“You’re a liar” he stated.

“Your point?” I asked.

“You told her we slept together” he stated.

“Again” I said “Your point?”

He just stared at me.

I ducked under his arm and walked inside his room, it looks the same.

He shut the door and just watched me.

I sat on his bed and stared at him.

“I do hurt you” he said after a minute of silence.

“She thinks you beat me” I stated “You only mentally abuse me.”

His gaze went to the other bed.

“I know you don’t mean to” I said “I know you mean well.”

“Is there a point to this?” he asked irritated.

“You begged me to kill you” I stated.

He didn’t say anything.

“You know what I do to punish myself” I said “I just wanted to know if you were alright.”

“I can’t die Jade.” he stated simply “I could die a thousand times, I could be at peace for a short time.”

“Have you tried to kill yourself?” I asked.

He didn’t say anything.

I got to my feet and I stood right in front of him. I didn’t care how much taller than me he was, he was going to answer me.

“Lucian” I said “Have you?”

“I’ve succeeded” he said.

It felt like my heart dropped down to my stomach.

“You wanted to know” he stated “Are we done?”

I reached for his hand but he moved away from me.

“Lucian” I said “Why are you doing this?”

“Just hurry up and hate me” he hissed “This will be so much easier if you hate me.”

I watched him pace back and forth.

“Easier for who?” I asked “For you?”

He stopped to look at me “Just get out.”

“I’m not going anywhere” I said standing my ground.

“Get out” he said as if trying to keep his temper under control.

“I’m staying” I said.

“Just leave Jade!” he yelled “Get the fuck out!”

I didn’t move.

He came to stand over me “Get out or I will throw you out!”

“You are going to have to throw me out” I huffed.

He reached for my arm and I just started beating on his chest, pushing him back.

He let me; he didn’t try to stop me.

Only when I noticed him standing there, I stopped.

He looked straight forward, and I could see his eyes were shut. He looked upset.

“You’re not the only one hurting” he said before he was gone.

I stood alone in his room wondering what the hell just happened, and how we got from there to here.

I just came to talk to him, to see if he was alright. He is punishing himself; he is denying himself the simple pleasure of having company.

I didn’t know what to do anymore; I just let out a sigh. My gaze lingered on his bed and I couldn’t stop myself from remembering the day we drew each other, it felt so long ago.

I needed to leave; I opened the door and shut if behind me as I made my way back to my room. The box outside the door made me feel better; at least one thing would be back to normal.

I picked up the box and brought it into the room before opening it.

“How did it go?” Violet asked me.

I didn’t answer her; I just focused on getting the box open.

“Jade?” she asked.

I pulled out the brown glasses case before opening it. I stared for a minute.

“Gold?” she asked.

I pulled them out before putting them on.

“They’re gold” Violet said oddly.

I glared at her before making my way into the bathroom to examine myself with them on.

I strangely loved them. They weren’t something normal, they were new and they strangely matched me.

Violet walked in and just stared at me.

“What?” I asked.

“What happened?” she asked.

“We just talked” I stated.

“I meant about the sex” she stated “Isn’t it a little soon?”

“I lied” I stated “I figured if I got on his nerves he would open the door, and it worked.”

She looked like she didn’t believe me.

“Trust me” I said “I want to, but we aren’t at that point yet.”

She sighed “You are the grown up aren’t you?”

I smiled lightly, even though I was the one who made the stupid decisions, and I was the one who messed up more often then not, I was the adult.

“I love him” I said low “You don’t know him like I do.”

“If he hurts you I don’t care” Violet hissed.

“He told me he loves me too” I stated.

She looked at me carefully before sighing “Really?”

“He’s afraid of his feelings” I said “For him this is hard.”

“So are you saying I should be nicer to him?” she asked.

It reminded me of the time I told him about my scar, he asked the same thing about Violet.

“Treat him the same” I stated “Just have a little more patience.”

“If he really hurts you Jade…” she warned.

“He won’t” I stated.

I knew he wouldn’t hurt me physically, the mental abuse was true. I don’t think he realizes the effect he has on me mentally.

The last thing he said keeps playing over and over again in my head.

‘You’re not the only one hurting.’

Was I doing the same thing to him?

Was I hurting him?

I felt a tightening in my chest, of course I was.

Two messed up people trying to be together will never work, all the pieces will get jumbled and eventually we’ll just break.

I don’t want him to hurt anymore.




It was late and I found myself unable to sleep again.

It’s been two days since I’ve seen Lucian, and I can’t get those words out of my head.

‘You’re not the only one hurting.’

I know it was a selfish thought, but did he really even feel pain?

He laughed in the face of death, but he so put down by a measly human, by me.

I just couldn’t wrap my head around that logic.

I glanced over at Violet, who by the way was sleeping very loudly.

I don’t know why she snores sometimes, but it was one of those nights.

Normally I would already be asleep, or I would just be able to ignore her, but not now.

It was stupid how I was feeling, I already knew that. So why couldn’t I sleep?

I got up to change my clothes, a pair of dark grey sweat pants and a long sleeve white shirt, followed by my shoes.

I made sure that I was quiet; I didn’t want her to wake up and question me.

I just needed to get some air.

Once I was outside I took in a deep breath, the air was freezing.

My stomach wasn’t interested in food so I decided to walk around.

The campus was beautiful at night; lights lined the walls of the building. I wasn’t sure if it was for the Vampires, or for the human guards.

I was expecting to see stars, but the only thing that filled the sky was dark grey clouds.

Part of me hoped for rain, it has been a while since I’ve seen any.

“Isn’t it kind of late?”

I turned to see Abel staring at me.

“I can’t sleep” I admitted.

“Neither can I” he confessed.

“I’m sorry” I said low.

“I like the new glasses” he stated “They’re different.”

I smiled lightly “I love them.”

We stood there in silence for a few minutes before he spoke.

“I’m sorry for how I acted last time” he said.

“It’s okay” I said “I deserve it.”

“No you don’t” he said.

“In a way, the whole thing was my fault” I said not looking at him.

“Lucian killed him, of his own free will” Abel spoke, he sounded angry.

“Are the two of you talking?” I asked.

“He thought I wanted to kill you” he stated “So no.”

“Do you?” I asked “Want me dead?”

“Part of me does” he admitted “That he was here instead of you.”

I stood there, I understood and part of me almost wished the same thing.

“I’m sorry” Abel said.

I shook my head “Trust me, I get it.”

“You know” he said after a minute “You’re far too young to be this broken.”

I laughed feeling like I was going to cry “Life sucks and then you die, right?”

“No truer words were ever spoken” he sighed.

There was a short silence.

“I ruin people’s lives” I stated “Yours, Lucian’s, Violet’s, my moms.”

“I think that would be up to everyone else to decide” he stated “I can honestly say that you didn’t ruin mine.”

How could he possibly say that?

“Blaze was horrible” Abel spoke “I loved him so much, but he was destroying me.”

“Like how I’m destroying Lucian?” I asked.

Abel laughed “That man is destroying himself; he is a ticking time bomb.”

“He told me he loves me” I stated.

Abel looked at me “He doesn’t know how he feels Jade. That is the truth.”

Was Abel purposely trying to hurt my feelings? It was working.

“He believes that once the curse is broken his daddy will forgive him” Abel stated “That he will be able to go back to heaven.”

So he didn’t want the curse broken for us?

“He’s selfish” Abel hissed “He wants his eternal torment to end.”

I knew that part already.

“I’m sure you already know about his inability to feel” he stated “Once the curse is lifted he won’t need you anymore to satisfy him.”

That hurt, but I didn’t let him see it.

“I obviously don’t know him as well as you do” I stated “But I like to think he’s better than that.”

“You and I both.” He stated.

I just stared at him, he said all of that horrible stuff, but he hopes he’s wrong? Maybe I really didn’t know anything about Lucian.

“I know you are really looking forward to this upcoming ball, but he won’t ask.”

I looked to the ground; the grass next to me looked recently watered.

“He punishes himself more than he would like to admit” Abel stated “If you were waiting for him to ask you, you would be waiting forever.”

“So I ask him then?” I asked.

“Think about what you want, then do that” he stated “Who knows, I might even see you there.”

“If you go” I said “I’ll be expecting a dance.”

He smirked “I think we both know you can’t dance.”

I glared “Doesn’t mean you can’t teach me.”

“If I go” he said “I’ll ask.”

I watched him walk back towards his dorm. Even though he said cruel things, I was somehow relieved, I felt better, and I was ready for bed.

I made my way back to my room, thinking of the many ways Lucian could ask me to the ball. If he didn’t ask me, then I would have to ask him.




The ball was in two days and I haven’t seen Lucian once. He was doing a damn good job trying to avoid me, but I think he didn’t count on me being this determined to go with him.

I walked into the bathroom and went through the drawers until I saw a few bobby pins. I saw it in a movie once; someone pulled one out of their hair hand unlocked a door with it. I was going to get into Lucian’s room, if he isn’t there then I will leave a note or something, but if he is he’s getting asked.

I slipped the bobby pins into the pocket of my jeans before heading out.

I had to shield my eyes from the sun; it was too bright I could barely see in front of me.

It took me a few minutes to get to the main dormitory, I could see guys going under the building again. I didn’t understand why they did that, my guess was to blow off some steam. I shook my head before walking inside. I hope Lucian was in his room, I should probably just knock first. If he doesn’t answer, then I will just have to open the door myself.

I got to his door and I hesitated before knocking lightly.

“Lucian?” I asked low.

I held my ear to the door and I didn’t hear anything.

Part of me was relieved, but now I knew I had to keep myself to my word and break in.

I dug into my pocket for the bobby pins, one of them I opened and the other I just put directly into the lock.

I turned it a few times but nothing happened. I pulled the unbent one out and opened it too, before putting them both into the lock. Even I was surprised once I heard the click.

My heart began to pound, I wasn’t sure if I should open the door or not. Maybe I should just run away?

I stared at the knob for a few minutes before standing straight up; I turned the knob and opened the door.

The light was off in the room, if I was right then the switch was in the same place it was in my room. I slowly closed the door behind me.

The room was so dark now I didn’t even know which way I was facing until I held my hand out to touch the door.

I ran my hand over the wall until I touched the switch, and I turned the light on.

A low sound made my whole body freeze in fear. I waited for something to hit me or for someone to speak, but there was nothing.

I took a deep breath before I turned around to face the beds.

I wasn’t expecting to see him here.

Lucian was asleep in his bed, and I was a total creep for being here right now.

I advanced closer to see if he was really asleep. I know if Lucian was awake he wouldn’t be able to resist being an asshole, but you never know.

He laid on his back, and his face looked like he was scowling or something. He turned his head away from me and let out a low sigh.

I really was a creep for watching him sleep.

I looked over at the door before sighing, looks like I wasn’t going to leave a note or ask him at all.

I felt my body relax; I didn’t know why I was still in here anyway.

I turned my head towards the door again before sighing.

There was a low creaking sound, and before I could turn I was pulled roughly onto the bed with a hand around my throat.

I stared up at him horrified, his eyed were black.

I kicked my feet viciously and tried my hardest to speak, but I couldn’t get any words out. I scratched at his hands and I tried to push him off of me.

He stopped and quickly let me go, horror written all over his face.

I had to rub my neck, he really did scare me. My worst fear is suffocating.

“What are you doing here?” he asked quickly.

I stared up at him trying to regulate my breathing.

He moved to the other end of the bed, and leaned against the wall.

I was not expecting him to nearly choke the life out of me.

“Why are you here?” he asked not even bothering to look at me.

I sat up to look at him.

“Jade!” he hissed.

I scooted closer; I could see that he was angry with himself.

He glared at me.

I rested my head on his shoulder.

His head went back to rest on the wall, I could see his Adams apple.

“I know you probably think it’s stupid, but I want to go to the ball” I said.

“You must be joking” he said.

“I’ve never had a Valentine before” I admitted “I just thought that maybe this year I could.”

He looked down at me “Why do you keep coming back?”

“Because I love you” I wrapped my arms around his arm.

“You keep getting hurt” he stated “Because of me.”

“I’m tougher than I look” I stated.

He didn’t say anything.

“I wasn’t expecting you to be in here” I admitted “But you were asleep, why didn’t you wake up?”

He faced forward.

“Besides I thought you said that you only sleep to pass the time” I stated.

“For dreams” he said.

It reminded me of the time he said that I was the only thing he dreamt about. Blood rushed to my face.

“Was I in it?” I asked.

“You were” he said looking at me.

“Were you choking me?” I practically blurted.

He sighed “You caught me off guard, I wasn’t even awake yet. Sometimes I just react.”

“So then what were you dreaming about?” I asked.

It was probably something weird. What kind of things did he dream about anyway?

“Trust me, you don’t want to know.”

“Yes I do” I stated.

He looked down at me and I looked up at him, amusement in his eyes.

“Are you going to tell me or are you just going to stare?”

“I fucked you” he said keeping his gaze on me.

I felt the heat rise in my body.

He smirked “I didn’t think it was possible for your temperature to rise.”

“You… what?” I asked embarrassed.

“You wanted to know” he stated “That’s why I didn’t know you were in the room.”

I sat there a little awkwardly “Was I any good?”

He chuckled “Best I ever had.”

I tightened my grip on his arm.

“Do you really want to go to the Valentines Day ball?” he asked.

“I do” I admitted.

“Would you like to go with me?” he asked.

I couldn’t help but smile “I would love to” I said.

He looked down at me and I swear he gave me the most beautiful smile, the first one I had ever seen where he actually showed his teeth. It wasn’t evil it was genuine and that was why it was as beautiful as it was.

It faded “Are you alright?”

I nodded quickly “I just haven’t seen you smile like that before.”

He pulled his arm out of my grasp, and I was disappointed until he used that same arm to wrap around me and pull me closer.

His body was warm, and I felt nervous because of his lack of a shirt.

I couldn’t explain why I wanted to do this, but like the pervy nerd I am I did it anyway.

I pulled at one of his piercings in his nipples “Did this hurt?”

He looked amused “Not really.”

I nodded before releasing it “It looks like it would hurt.”

“Maybe you should get yours pierced” he said seriously.

I shook my head furiously “I wouldn’t be able to do it.”

“You’d be fine” he stated “You already have a high pain tolerance.”

Again I shook my head; I didn’t want to have some random person do that, it would be embarrassing.

“I’m serous.”

I shut my eyes to savor this time with him, it felt good.

His breathing almost had me in some sort of a trance; I didn’t want to go anywhere.

That was when my legs started to hurt, I mentally slapped myself. I uncrossed my legs so that I would be sitting directly next to him.

“It’s a bad idea to stay” he said.

I shook my head “No it’s not.”

“Yes” he sighed “It is.”

Why was he trying to rush me out?

“And if I don’t want to go?” I asked.

“I told you about my dream Jade” he stated “If you stay any longer, I just might act on it.”

I just looked up at him.

“I don’t like not being able to control myself” he said low.

“It’s alright” I said “I’m alright.”

He just stared back at me. I got to my knees and cupped his face in my hands.

I hovered for a minute, before placing a soft kiss on his lips.

His arm wrapped around my waist and he pulled me closer.

Lucian froze.

“What is it?” I asked looking at him confused.

He stared forward.

I followed his gaze to see Logan standing in the center of the room, with blood on his shirt.

“I need to go” Lucian said getting to his feet.

I sat back on his bed to watch him quickly throw on some clothes.

“What happened?” I asked.

Logan didn’t even look at me.

“Lucian” I said “What happened?”

“It doesn’t matter” he stated “I’ll be back in time for Tuesday.”

I nodded slowly.

“And no more breaking into my room” he stated “I’ll know.”

I nodded quickly.

Logan pulled something out of his pocket to give it to Lucian, but I couldn’t see what it was. Before I could ask they were gone.

I laid back on his bed frustrated. At least there was one thing I could be thankful for, it didn’t end with him getting mad at me. It was genuine, and I felt better.

He asked me to the ball. I smiled wide staring at the ceiling.

I didn’t want to move, this bed was like a real cloud. I felt myself frown; he was an Angel after all. Then I felt stupid for even thinking that, of course it wasn’t a real cloud, just a very good mattress company.

I got to my feet and sighed, today was a good day.

My stomach felt like they had butterflies, and all I wanted to do now was tell Violet what happened. I needed to leave out the part where he nearly choked me to death, but the rest will sound romantic.

I smiled to myself as I left his room. He really is going to be my first Valentine.

I took my time walking back to my room, and once I got to my room I wished nothing more than to go back to Lucian’s room, to go back to that little bubble.


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