Rediscovered Love

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3. Chapter 3

His hands were around my neck and my feet left the ground. He was choking me. My hands were around his wrists and I tried to break his steel grasp around my neck. I failed. I couldn’t breathe. My vision was beginning to blur. Then I thought, if I kick him, maybe he’ll release me.

 

I kicked him, but I don’t know where. I dropped to the ground, gasping for air. I didn’t know where he was, but I could hear him in the background.

 

“ F*CK, YOU LITTLE B*TCH!!! ” He exclaimed.

 

I didn’t care what he was doing. I tried to get inside my car. I didn’t even make it to the door handle. The man placed a rope, magically, around my neck and tried to strangle me. I grabbed the rope, trying desperately to separate the rope from my neck. I got my fingers underneath the rope and provided myself with a little circulation, but only for a short period of time before he made the rope a little tighter.

 

“ Because of you, they’re all d*mned. Why did Daniel have to fall in love with you?!!!! WITH A MORTAL!!!!!! ” He said yelling at me.

 

My vision began to blur and tears filled my eyes. I wasn’t crying, but my eyes were watering from the struggle. Then, I heard his voice.

 

“ GET THE F*CK OFF HER!!!! ” Daniel roared.

 

I don’t know if the guy let me go or if Daniel had pulled the guy off of me. All I knew was that I could breathe, finally. I sat up, gasping for air. I could barely see, but I could hear heavy blows/punches taking place. I rubbed my eyes and, then, I could see. I saw Daniel pounding his face in. At first I was stunned, but then I realized, as hard as Daniel was hitting him, he’s trying to kill him, most likely.

 

Roland, Arriane, and Gabrielle tried to pull Daniel off, but he wouldn’t budge. Every Time the three of them tried, he’d throw them off of him and would continue to pound the guy’s face. I didn’t want to help because I didn’t want to get hit, but I didn’t want the guy to die either. I got to my feet and sprinted towards the two. Everybody else was a distance from them.

 

I was the closest after Daniel threw the others off of him, somewhat. I didn’t want to touch him so I yelled.

 

“ DANIEL!!!! STOP, PLEASE!!! ” I exclaimed.

 

Daniel stopped and he turned to me, still on top of the guy. Then he looked back to him, then back to me. He was breathing heavily, almost out of breathe. He stood up and his fists were still clenched. He was looking down at him. The guy was unmoving, unbreathing. He was dead. We all stared at the body and at Daniel. Roland placed a hand on Daniel’s shoulder.

 

“ Daniel, what’s done is done. We can’t do anything about it now. ” Roland said in a low, soft voice.

“ I feel ashamed….because I did this in front of her. ” Daniel said in a low, sentimental voice.

 

Everybody’s eyes shifted from the body to me. I looked at all of them, bam-boozled. I couldn’t say anything nor could I move. Almost like I was super glued to my spot.

 

“ Daniel, he tried to kill her. You swore that anybody who came after Kira would suffer. Did you not say that? ” Gabrielle said.

“ I did. ” Daniel replied.

“ You said that you’d protect her. ” Arriane said.

“ Even if it risked your own life. ” Roland finished.

“ I know.” Daniel said, still, in his low voice.

“ Can someone tell me exactly what’s going on? ” I said, suddenly finding my voice.

“ Daniel killed a guy over you. ” Arriane said.

“ Yea, I know that. Can some tell me what’s really going on, rather than the obvious? ” I said again.

“ I don’t know what you mean. Other than this no- ” Roland started.

“ Look…..I’m not stupid. You all know something that, apparently, I don’t. That guy said something about Daniel falling in love with me. ” I said somewhat furious.

 

They all exchanged looks. Daniel simply stared at me. Then, he looked down and sighed deeply. I walked up to him and placed my hand on his shoulder. They all somewhat gasped for some strange reason. He lifted his head and I gazed into his eyes deeply.

 

“ Daniel…...please. I need to know the truth. ” I said.

“ I-I don’t-I don’t know what you’re talking about. ” He said, stuttering.

 

He pushed my hand off of his shoulder gently and walked away. While I watched him leave, I remembered something else the guy  had said to me while he was strangling me.

 

“ HEY,” I started to yell, “ If I’m a mortal, then what are you? ”

 

Daniel stopped dead in his tracks. He turned around to face us all. He walked back towards the group, stopping in front of me. He stared at me for a while. Then he sighed.

 

“ Roland,” he started, “Get rid of the body. ”

“ How are we gonna get him out of here? ” Roland asked.

“ We could possibly- ” Arriane started.

“ No, we can’t and you know why Arriane. ” Daniel said.

“ How about this, we’ll take Daniel’s car and do something with the body. ” Gabrielle proposed.

“ Good idea. Just take my car. ” Daniel said sarcastically.

“ Relax. We all know you’ll have a new one in a few days. ” Arriane said rolling her eyes.

“ Fine. ” He said.

 

Daniel handed Gabrielle his keys and Roland somewhat hovered over the body. I looked down at the body and, still, I couldn’t see his face. However, another one of those cloud things were coming over his shoulder. It wrapped itself around his arm and head. For some strange reason, I shivered.While Roland was calculating how much this guy weighed, he paused when he got to his shoulder. It looked like he’d pushed the cloud thing off of the guy. Then, quickly, he picked the guy up and carried him over to Daniel’s car. He practically threw his body in the trunk. Daniel watched as everyone drove out of the parking lot. Now, it was just me and him. All alone, together. He turned back to me and sigh deeply. We stared deeply into each other’s eyes. It felt like he could see into my soul. My eyes shifted from his eyes to his shirt. It was covered in blood.

 

“ Daniel, you have blood on your shirt. ” I said.

“ I know. ” He said.

 

I didn’t want him to walk the streets of England with blood on his shirt. Especially at night. I sighed and thought to myself.

 

“ Where do you live? ” I asked.

“ Why? ” He replied jerking his head back in my direction.

“ Because I can give you a ride home. ”

“ You don’t have to. I’ll walk home. ” He said quickly.

“ Dude, think about it. You’re covered in blood walking home. Someone could see you and report your a** to the cops. Come on, it’s way safer than walking home. ”

 

He thought to himself.

 

“ Fine. ” He said in a low voice.

 

We walk towards my car and got into it. I drove out the parking lot and asked for directions once we were on the road.

 

“ Just drive straight. I’ll tell you. ” He said.

“ Okay. Do you want a shirt from my house? ” I asked awkwardly knowing he’d immediately think something.

 

He smirked to himself.

 

“ Why? ” He asked, looking at me sideways… still smirking.

“ Uhmmm…..because you’re covered in blood. You don’t think your parents are gonna be curious about why you’re covered in blood? ” I asked.

“ No, not really. I could always take my shirt off. I could right now if I wanted to. ” He replied chuckling.

“ Well, that’s true, but what if you look like a fat pig with a big gut underneath that shirt? ”

 

He burst out in laughter and was laughing hysterically.

 

“ Are you laughing? ” I asked.

“ More like chuckling, but yeah.” He replied.

“ Since you’re laughing, it must be true. ”

“ I highly doubt that. ”

“ Yea….of course you do. ”

 

I giggled to myself and drove to my house. When I get there, there isn’t another car there. Meaning, as always, neither one of my parents were home. I opened the door to my house and Daniel followed. He looked around as if he were checking to see if anyone was home. I headed upstairs and he followed ( I know what you’re thinkin). When we entered my room, I motioned him to have a seat. He prefered to stand.

 

“I’ll be right back. Don’t go anywhere.” I said.

“Don’t disappear.” He replied.

 

I left my room and entered my older brother’s room. I have two brothers. My youngest brother, Caspian, was always with our nan. My older brother, Lucas, was away for college in London, which is like a couple of minutes or hours away, and is never home so I’m basically the only one living in the house. Daniel is somewhat built like my brother so I grabbed one of his t-shirts from his drawers and headed back to my room.

 

“Here you go.” I said handing him the shirt.

“Thanks.” He replied.

 

I turned around to give him a little privacy. I could hear him somewhat laughing under his breathe.

 

“Why are you laughing?” I asked.

“Because.” He said.

“Because what?”

“You don’t have to turn around you know.”

“Well, you’re not my boyfriend so I don’t have permission to look at you.”

“That can change.”

 

My body stiffened at his statement. “That could change” he said. Those words echoed in the chambers of my brain, bouncing off the walls of my skull. My heart rate increased exceptionally and my hands began to shake. Soon afterwards, my legs and arms shaked as well. What was happening to me? Was I having a panic attack? I began to feel light headed so I leaned lightly against my dresser. Daniel saw me while I was doing this.

 

“Woah, you okay?” He asked grabbing me by the waist, supporting me.

“Yeah….I’m good.” I said trying to shift my body out of his grasp.

“Stop trying to move. I’m not gonna let you go.”

“Why? This is my house so my rules.”

“Is that what you think?”

“That’s what I know.”

 

He looked down and chuckled. He looked back up to me and gazed deeply into my eyes. Then, a chill ran down my spine, but he hadn’t kissed me. Before our lips could touch, I pulled back. I gently pushed past his arm, but he still was holding me. I looked at the mirror on my dresser. I skimmed my shoulders and saw another cloud. It was curling over my body.



 

Then, my lower back, my leg and the floor. It hovered on the floor around my feet and my heart rate increased even more. I got even more light headed. I placed my fingers on my temples. Slowly, I drifted to the floor. Down, down, down I went. I must’ve really hit my head super hard because I was out for a while. When I regained consciousness, he was leaning over me….in my bed. I had a warm towel over the top of my head.

 

My eyes were like an unfocused camera. I could barely see. All I knew was that I could CLEARLY see him because he was in my face. I motioned for him to give me space and he stepped back. I sat up straight and,  again, I saw a cloud over my legs on top of the covers. I looked at Daniel and saw that he was also staring down at my leg. He placed his hand over the covers and the cloud disappeared.  I glared at him, fascinated and completely confused.

 

“OK, now I really want to know.” I said.

“What do you want to know.” He said...the words shivered out of his mouth.

“What was that guy talking about? In the parking lot?”

 

He froze, staring at me, and thought to himself for a few moments.

 

“I have no idea what that guy was talking about.” He said.

“Oh my flippin’ god! Don’t lie to me Daniel. All of you knew something I don’t.” I said, fiercely.

“You, umm, hit your head pretty hard when you fell. That explains your wondrous attitude right now.”

“Stop lying. Please tell me Daniel. I really want to know.”

“Why? If I tell you, you just won’t understand.”

“Then make me understand a**hole.” I said pissed off.

“Huh, you’re a lot meaner than the last time I saw you.” He said, smiling.

“Which was when exactly?”

“Ughhhhhhhhh fine…..long ago there was a war between angels and demons or, to be more specific, God and the Devil.”

“Wait, I thought that God and the Devil were always at war.”

“They are, but this one was different. For some reason, they started sorting the angels and demons. If you chose the side of Lucifer, you were basically a demon or a dark angel. If you chose the side of Jehovah, you were accepted into his kingdom and you became an angel. However, there were also fallen angels.”

“Fallen angels?”

“Fallen angels didn’t get to chose either side and were basically exiled from both hell and heaven and were forever d*mned on Earth.”

“So they can never get back into to heaven or hell?”

“Well, there’s a reason why we were all exiled.”

“Why?”

“One rebel angel is the entire reason why they are all d*mned. Quite frankly, it was a stupid decision, but he didn’t care.”

“Rebel angel? Is that what this guy is?”

“Yeah. He chose love…..mortal love. Over heaven and God, he chose a human.”

“You act like he made a stupid decision.”

“God no. The girl was beautiful, smart, sweet, fierce, and extremely brave. He loved her. More than anything.”

“He loved her? What happened to her?”

“Kira…..”

“What?”

“The couple were cursed. Every eighteen years, she would appear. No matter where they were, they’d find each other and they would fall in love. Every Time, it never fails.”

“And every eighteen years she dies?”

“Yes.”

“How?”

“Depends.”

“On?”



 

“Well, she could die from the first kiss that they shared. She would combust into flames and turn to ash right before his eyes. He’d have to wait another eighteen years before he could see her again. Then, she could die of natural cause. Like murder. The “angel association” in heaven doesn’t want them together at all and will do anything to separate them. They can make things move and would try to kill her.”

“That’s terrible. Poor guy.”

“Yea..”

“Daniel, what exactly does this have to do with the guy in the parking lot?”

 

He inhales deeply.

 

“Kira,” he started, “Daniel Grigori is the name of the rebel fallen angel that chose mortal love over heaven. I chose mortal love.” He said.

 

I didn’t say anything. I couldn’t say anything. I stared at my bed sheets with my mouth partially open, trying to put together every piece of information he’d just told me. I blinked rapidly.

 

“So you’re a fallen angel?” I asked.

“Yes.” He replied.

“Are you sure?” I asked.

“Yes. I’ve been sure for decades.”

“Ok ok…..so have you met your “mortal lover” yet in this time?”

“Ummm…..”

“What? You can tell me.”

“No, I don’t think it’s safe for me to tell you.”

“Dude, come on. It’s not like the “angel association” are trying to kill me?”

 

He froze and stared at me. Based on his body language, I’d said something that, apparently, he didn’t want to say.

 

“Wait, they aren’t trying to kill me, right?” I asked.

 

He remained silent.

 

“Daniel, they’re not trying to kill me. Right?” I asked once more.

 

Still, he remained silent.

 

“Am…..am I the reason why you’re all d*mned?” I asked.

“Kira….” He said gently.

“ANSWER THE D*MN QUESTION DANIEL! AM I THE REASON?! ARE THE ANGEL PEOPLE TRYING TO KILL ME?!” I exclaimed fiercely.

“Kira, calm do-”

“DANIEL, IF YOU DON’T ANSWER THE F*CKING QUESTION, I WILL GO CRAZY!!!”

“Will you calm down please.”

“ANSWER MY QUESTION AND I MIGHT!”

“Ok ok I will.”

“F*CK, FINALLY!”

“Ok, you’re not the reason why we’re all d*mned.”

“Huh, bullsh*t.”

“I’m serious. I’m the reason why, not you. You were just an innocent mortal.”

“An innocent mortal that stole your heart?”

“Yes, exactly.” He said, chuckling a bit.

“Why didn’t you tell me when I first met you?”

“Because, at the time, it was better for you not to be with me. Now, I have to be with you.”

“Why?”

 

He looks away from me.

 

“Because that d*mn Cam is trying to get close to you again.” He said.

“Wait what?” I said wanting to laugh.

“Cam is a fallen angel too. He tries to take you from me every time you come around. He’s failed, but I still won’t tolerate him around you.”

 

I burst out in laughter. Almost to the point where I could cry.

 

“Is that what you think?” I asked.

“What?” He replied.

“Daniel, Cam is nowhere near close to my heart. H*ll, I don’t even like the guy. I punched him in the face. Do you understand how much you have to bloody hate a person to punch them in the face?”

 

Daniel chuckled a bit.

 

“Yeah, I do, but still.” He said.

“Can I tell you something that might make you feel better?” I asked.

“What?”

“Well, I’m a little embarrassed.”

“Don’t be.”

“A few days ago, I had a dream about you.”

 

He chuckled out loud and I just sunk down in my bed due to the embarrassment.

 

“You had a dream about me?” He asked.

“Yeah, but it didn’t feel like a dream. It felt real.” I replied.

“Wanna know something better?”

“What?”

“I have dreams about you every night.”

“Every night?”

“Every single night.”

 

I didn’t feel so embarrassed now. Instead, I felt special. I blushed a bit, but I hid my face underneath the covers so he wouldn’t notice.

 

“Ok, I know I ask a lot of questions, but this is the last one.” I said.

“Ok, what is it?” He asked, chuckling.

“How many more fallen angels are there here?”

“Some….Actually, there are quite a few. There’s me, Arriane, Roland, and Gabrielle.”

“Wait, I thought Cam was a fallen angel?”

“He is. He just isn’t on the side of God. He’s evil. Roland is somewhat in between. Molly is evil too.”

“I kind of assumed that.”

“Also, don’t freak out when I tell you this. Well, I know you will.”

“What?”

“Your friend, Nina. How long have you known her?”

“Since the seventh grade. She’s one of my best friends. Why?”

“She-she is…..she’s a fallen angel too.”

“What? No she’s not. I’ve known her for this long and she doesn’t act anything like you guys.”

“Because she’s on the same side as Cam.”

“Ok, now I definitely know it’s not true. Sure she’s always sarcastic, but that’s just how she is. Sarcastic Nina. That’s her personality.”

“Yea, but you’ve never noticed how much sarcasm she shows toward anything and everything? You didn’t notice how she was the first to point Cam out?”

 

I thought for a moment. Then, I realized. Nina WAS sarcastic about everything and anything. Any conversation she’d be like “whatever” and I never actually noticed because I thought it was part of her personality.I also remembered she was the one who pointed Cam out to us. I looked into his eyes and I could tell he was telling the truth. My heart somewhat shattered. She was my best friend. How could she not tell me she was a fallen angel? Right, she’s secretive Nina. Never tells anybody anything.

 

“So you’re telling my friend, my best friend has been a fallen angel all this time?” I asked.

“Unfortunately, yes.” He replied.

“For how long?”

“For as long as I’ve been living basically.”

 

I inhaled and exhaled deeply, on the verge of hyperventilation. Daniel placed his hand on my shoulder, trying to comfort me, somewhat.

 

“Look, if you’ve known her all this time then maybe she changed sides.” He said.

“Maybe.” I said.

“Can I do something that will make you feel better?”

“What?”

“Do you trust me?”

“Maybe…”

“Maybe isn’t good enough.”

“Not good enough for what?”

“Nevermind, it’s something too risky to try.”

“What is too risky?”

 

I stared into his eyes for a short time of period.

 

“Kira….” He said.

“What?” I replied.

“You do understand why I haven’t kissed you, right?”

“Yes, I do. No, no I don’t.”

“It’s too risky for me to kiss you because the last time I kissed you, you-”

“What? I what?”

“You-”

“What? Tell me.”

“Remember when I explained the several ways you have died?”

“Yes..”

“And remember what I said about how you could possibly die from a kiss?”

“Yea..”

“That’s why it’s a risk.”

“So you’re afraid that I might burn and turn into ash right before your eyes?”

“To be exact, I’m afraid you’ll combust into flames right before my eyes.”

“What’s the difference?”

“Combust has a stronger connotation than burn.”

“Ha-ha very funny, but seriously. You said there was a possibility I could die from a kiss.”

“Yeah, I know that’s what I said.”

“So how many times exactly have I died from a kiss?”

“Once..”

“Well that’s not really a possibility. It’s like a severely rare possibility.”

“You’re basically saying it’s a rare possibility. Don’t make things so difficult.”

“I know it’s the same thing mate. Let me feel smart for a moment. Geez.”

 

We both laughed and joked for a couple more minutes before I received a text. It was from Nina and read: Hey Eejit XD. Wanna let you know, your fam including me are on our way to your house despite any consultation so be ready to open the door.  If you’re wondering how we are coming to your house, my car finally is out of the shop and I got my BMW back after school. Yeah so see you in a few very short minutes mate.

 

“F*ck.” I said aloud.

“What is it?” Daniel asked.

“My friends are on their way here.”

“Guess that’s my cue to leave.”

“Not exactly. If they see you here, they might leave.”

“No, I need to go anyway.”

“No you don’t. Just hide in the closet or something.”

“Why do I need to hide in the closet?”

“Because if they see you….my life will end. They are gonna ask sooo many questions about why you were here.”

“That makes sense.”

 

*thump thump thump*

 

“F*ck, they're here. Quick, in the closet.” I said quickly.

 

Daniel rushed into my closet and closed it. I ran downstairs and opened the front door. When I opened the door, there stood my 4 best friends.

 

“HEYYYYYYY!!!!!” They all said in unison, except for Nina who casually made a hello waving hand motion.

“Hey…” I said, dryly.

“Stop acting like you’re so surprised. We told you we were coming.” Lily said.

“Yea, but it was last minute.”

“Why are you being so defensive right now?” Sarah asked.

    “Where is the food?” Gabby exclaimed while looking towards the kitchen.

“Are you doing something you’re not suppose to be doing?” Nina asked.

“Woah woah absolutely not. Look just come in. I don’t need my neighbours thinking I’m having a party.” I said sarcastically.

 

The girls came inside my house and headed straight for my bedroom. They all basically jumped onto my bed, except for Nina who just stood in the door frame. I stood there along with Nina staring at our childish friends.

 

“We can’t do anything, but love them.” Nina said.

“Yea, I know.” I replied.

“Welp, guess we are just gonna have a “girl” chat once they start acting mature.”

“Yea, I guess. But why not join in on the fun?”

“What?”

“Let’s….”

“No.”

“Join….”

“No.”

“In…”

“No no no no no no.”

“ON THE FUNNNNNN!!!!!!!” I yelled as I pulled Nina and myself onto the bed with the rest of the girls.

“I HATE YOU SOOOO MUCH KIRA!” She yelled.

 

We all giggled, except for Nina who frowned and leaned against the backboard.

 

“Okay so does anybody have anything going on that needs to be discussed with friends right now?” Sarah asked.

“That’s a little too specific, but it’s accurate.” Nina said.

“So….does anybody have anything to tell? Anyone? Anyone at all because if not, I’m going downstairs for some food.” Gabby said.

“Well, I have a little something to tell you guys? Promise me you won’t fangirl or act weird about this. Okay?” I said.

Gabby cleared her throat and replied “We solemnly swear to not act weird or fangirl about whatever you’re about to tell us.” Gabby said.

“Mate, you’re probably gonna be the one who is gonna mostly act weird.” I said.

“Hey, we just took a solemn swear. I rarely swear so be lucky, little girl.” Gabby said.

“But I’m older than you.”

“It doesn’t MATTER!”

“Anyway, you know I got after school detention right?

“Yea.”

“Ok, so when we were leaving detention and going into the parking lot, a guy tried to kill me.”

 

The chips that Gabby was munching on went all over the bed.

 

“Wait, what?” Lily asked.

“Yep..”

“So like how did he try to kill you?” Sarah asked.

“Well, first he tried to choke me. Then, when I escaped, he tried to strangle me with a rope.” I replied.

“What the f*ck? How are you still living mate?” Gabby asked.

“Well, ummm…..”

“What? Spit it out already!” Nina blurted.

“Daniel is the reason why I’m still living.”

 

The girls all stared at me wide-eyed. I know exactly what was coming now. A bus load of questions.

 

“Wait wait wait…….Daniel Grigori?” Lily asked smiling.

“ Yea. ” I replied.

“ Oh….my….. ” Lily started, eyes-wide.

“ No, don’t. ”

“ Typical golden boy. ” Nina murmured indistinctly.

“ FLIPPING GOD!!!!!!! HE SAVED YOU LIKE SUPERMAN SAVED LOIS!!!!!!! ” Lily squealed.

“ D*mmit Lily. You swore. ”

“ Technically, Gabby swore, but that was before you told us that he saved your frickin’ life. ” Sarah said.

“ I should’ve never told y’all. ”

“ Well, you did so get over it. ” Nina said.

“ Shut the f*ck up Nina. This isn’t a moment to get smart or for your sarcasm. ”

“ How about no? I can’t be frank? ” Nina said.

“ How about shut the f*ck up? ” I replied furious.

 

Then, a chuckling noise occurred. All of us exchanged looks to each other. I knew exactly what the noise was.

 

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