"Whitney!" My eyes sprung open and Seth's face was inches from mine. I then realized that I had my arms around his neck. The position was very similiar to mine and Nate's. Screaming I kicked him off of me.
"What are you doing!?" I yelled at him. Ah! That was like the equivilant of me getting cozy with a brother! I shuddered.
"What am I doing! I came in here to wake you up and you jumped me. I have spent the past five minutes trying to get you to wake up and off of me. That must have been some pretty intense dream Whit." He laughed at me. He wouldn't be laughing when I showed Crystal that photo. Jerk.
Once I was fully awake my brain registered what happened. Had that entire situation a dream? A simple figment of my wild imagination blending with my subconcious?
"Well I am going to get ready and then head to school. Do you want to ride with me?" He turned to my vanity and ruffled his hair, trying to find right look. He probably spent more time on his hair than I did on mine.
"Nah. I will ride with Nate. See you at school." He shrugged and I heard him go to his room. Nate isn't really in love with me. I felt a chunk of my heart break. Great, he wasn't in love with me, and my stupid dream made me fall in love with HIM! Perfect! Just freaking perfect! I mumbled to myself as I threw on a simple green baby t-shirt and ripped up jeans. I put on some black flats and a black hoodie over my t-shirt. I let my hair stay down in its natural waves and put on eyeliner, mascara, and chapstick. I grumbled to myself all the way to the kitchen. Nate was leaning against the counter waiting for me, but I didn't even acknowledge him. After I slammed the door shut and went to the car, I sat down heavily onto the passenger seat, crossed my arms, and continued to mumble.
"What's your problem?" What was my problem? What was my problem! WHAT WAS MY PROBLEM!?
"You! You are my problem!" I screeched irritably and flung my hands out in exhasperation. He made a face at me.
"Well. Sorry that I live on the planet. Jeez, I didn't know that my existence bugged you that much. I apologize for it." He tapped his fingers against the steering wheel, and I felt my eye begin to twitch. I should have chosen the ride with Seth.
"It does!" I stormed out of the car and left him standing there. I pushed open the doors of the school and all the vampires in the hall stopped talking when they saw my expression. I was one hundred percent sure I was radiating anger. As I walked anyone that was in the middle of the hallway would move away from me. I chucked my bag into my locker, yanked out my books, slammed it shut as hard as I could and walked to first period. I shouldn't be so mad at Nate, but that dream had been so realistic, I wish it had been real. It was just so hard to tell now when I was actually experiencing something or not, but I was quite sure that was a dream. I mean it isn't really possible for someone to admit they loved you after only knowing you for a few days.To make things worse he would most likely figure out what was wrong with me soon enough. He would know how I felt, and laugh at my ridiculousness. I was almost to the door when I was grabbed and pulled into the custodian closet.
"Whitney what is wrong?" As soon as I realized it was Nate my anger hiked up even higher. I turned my head away from him. I didn't want to stare into those orange eyes, not after my dream.
"Ok, so I am sensing that the problem is me. What did I do?" He sounded sincerely puzzled. I sighed wearily and faced him.
"Nothing. I shouldn't even be upset. It's really stupid why I am mad too." His face scrunched into a frown. I gave in and let my thoughts and memory of the dream be presented to him. Tears pricked my eyes in frusteration. His eyes grew big and then he started laughing hysterically. I knew it! I knew he was going to laugh at me!
"It isn't funny! Stop laughing at me!" I choked back a sob, and he gasped for breath and rubbed my arm gently.
"No I am not laughing at you. I find it funny because you don't get it. You were dreaming, but I had put myself into your dream. I was curious as to what you would dream about if I was around. I also thought that you would probably forget me telling you I loved you when you woke up, so then I wouldn't have to worry about you rejecting me. You know that I don't take rejection very well." Understanding hit me like a bowling ball to the face.
"So you really do love me? I didn't just imagine the whole thing?" I sniffled.
"Yes I do. You imagined nothing. I love you." He wiped away my tears and I smiled. I wanted to rejoice, but held it in. We exited the closet, and luckily no one was around to see us. That would be hard to explain. I checked a clock on the wall by the English Lit. door. We still had five minutes until the warning bell. The vampires in the class gave me strange glances due to the reason I was out to kill three minutes ago and now I was fine. I sat in a desk and like the other day Nate sat behind me. Seth rushed in and sat in front of me. After the bell rang and Mrs. Lyson told us that our homework was to read the first two chapters in the book Hamlet. She handed out the books and left the room, probably to go to the teacher's lounge for coffee. Everyone started chattering away and Seth spun to me and Nate. Oh, no I could sense he was going to say something embarrassing.
"So, um Whitney. Do you want to tell me what that little thing this morning was all about? I love you and all, but not like that." He smirked at me and pointedly spoke to Nate.
"She's a fiesty one. She really went after me this morning." Heat quickly rushed up to my face. Seth was most likely telling Nate what happened through mind talk. Nate guffawed and I blushed even more.
"Shut up! What is this- embarrass Whitney day?" I sunk down in my seat and averted my eyes from the two boys.
When were you going to mention your feelings for Seth, darling?
Be quiet Nate! I didn't intentionally do anything.
I'm sorry, but it really is funny.
Ha ha. I am laughing on the inside.
I love you. What do you want me to do to make it up to you? How about after school I take you on a trip to the beach?
Sweet talker. It's a date.
The rest of the day was like Monday, except I didn't royally piss of Bridget at lunch. During the classes that I had with Elsie, she kept sneaking worried glances in my direction. I felt horrible because I had to lie to her. Still it was better than having her ignore me. At the end of the day Nate dropped me off and told me to be ready by 4:30. It was 2:20 so I had plenty of time. I decided to practice my routine for a while. By the time 4:15 ticked by I was ready for my date. I braided my hair back and touched up my make up a little bit. I changed into a purple sweat shirt, kept my jeans on from earlier, and tugged on a pair of purple converse. When I came down the stairs I guess I wasn't paying attention because I missed a step and began falling head first. One minute the stairs were in my view, coming up fast and then next thing I knew I was standing at least three feet away from them with Nate clutching my body.
"You should pay more attention when walking down stairs." He gave me a beautiful smile and I laughed. He was wearing a very tight white t-shirt with a black leather jacket, jeans, and of course as usual, his converse. He looked really good, and that shirt kept drawing me back to gawk at his muscles.
"Ready to go?" I nodded and then I felt a spinning sensation. I closed my eyes to stop the spinning and when I opened them we were on a beach in the vampire realm. It was unlike any beach I had ever seen before. The sky and the water was pitch black. Endless wonders of things beyond. The sand however was almost bleach white so it looked like it was shining against the water. I had been on beaches at night before, but never saw anything close to this. It was quite stunning. The place had a special luminousity. Nate took my hand in his and then stopped walking for a slight second.
"Stay here. I will be right back." He disappeared and was only gone thirty seconds. When he popped back up by side he presented me with a chocolate ice cream cone. I grinned and hastily took the ice cream. He took my hand again and we continued walking. He had gotten himself an ice cream cone, it was vanilla.
"You are strangely normal for a prince. Well I guess as normal as a vampire can be, but I think you get my point." I said while taking a lick of my ice cream.
"How I am with my family at court and everyone else is entirely different. I must act like some well trained gentle man when I am at court. Honestly I don't understand why we have to be all high and mighty, but I can't say that to my father. To him being ruthless is being best. That's how you make your way in the vampire world, make others fear you and you have power. It's bull." I felt really bad for Nate. It sounded like being prince wasn't what it was all jazzed up to be. He saw me frowning at the thought.
"Don't think about it too much. It is my problem not yours. I am just complaining, but it is nice to have someone to complain to." He turned to face me and brought me closer to him. He was leaning his face down to kiss me when an evil thought creeped its way to me. I brought up my ice cream and smudged it from his mouth to one side of his face. I busted up laughing and he made a face at me. He wiped off the ice cream and started laughing too.
"You are such a brat! Whit, you need to act your age and not your shoe size." I chomped down onto the last bit of my cone and snickered. He sat down on the sand and pulled me down by my legs. He placed and arm around me and held me tight against his side. I squealed as he rubbed his face against mine.
"Nate! Ah! You're all sticky! Get away from me!" Chuckling he kissed my cheek. I looked back toward some cliffs and a figure caught my attention. A girl was standing there with her arms crossed over her chest. She had long blonde hair with black streaks through out it. From what I could tell she looked very pissed off. She curled her lip in disgust and vanished.
"You ok? You look really pale." Nate pressed his free hand on my forehead.
"Yeah, I am good. I just felt dizzy for a minute there. I'm ok now." He didn't look convinced, but went with it. The sand was superbly soft and I snuggled up against Nate's warm chest.
"Will you tell me about Trista? You don't have to, but I was wondering what she was like. I want to know what made Seth and you so interested in her. Seth told me a little bit about her, but not much." Pain was Nate's first reaction, but he let out a sigh and spoke slowly. I felt bad about asking, but I did say that he didn't have to talk to me about her.
"Because Trista was a vampire she was different than the other girls I had ki- met. She wasn't very strong, quite breakable for a vampire. In many ways I would have compared her to a human. She was a nice girl. Kind of quiet, but that she really knew how to party once she loosened up. "
"What did she look like?"
"She had medium length blonde hair that fell just past her shoulders. Her eyes were a light blue, almost an aquamarine. There was always something about her though that seemed kind of off. Trista always had this look on her face. As if she was wary of everything she said and did. Like she was trying to be overly careful. Trying too hard not to mess up, she would have fit in perfectly at the court. Seth was crazy about her at the time, but once I saw her I wanted her for myself. This was back when Seth and I were best friends. I tried not to like her, but I was drawn in. I knew it would be unfair to Seth, but I went to her anyway. She didn't like me. That made me really mad. At the time I had troubles controlling my anger and she ran off. She fell and when she started bleeding I couldn't stop myself. In a way it was like I blacked out. I had no idea what I was doing until she was dead." I gave him a kiss to let him know that I was sorry for what happened. While I was kissing him a weird tingling itch coursed through my mouth. Just as the itch receded he jumped back from me. Nate's mouth was bleeding.
"You.... bit me!" He touched his mouth in wonder and my eyes grew wide with horror. No! I did not need this to be happening to me right now. I already had way too much drama in my life.
"Open your mouth." Nate commanded, but I clamped it shut as hard as I could. He gave me a weary look as if he was dealing with a disagreeing three year old. Giving in to maturity I slowly made my teeth show. What I saw in his face was not good. Not good at all.
"Well your genes are definitely vampire genes." Well crap! I was now one of the damned. Karma must really be kicking my ass for lying to Elsie and hanging around vampires too much.
"Uh huh." The beach spun in white swirls around me. Every part of my body turned light weight. The last thing I saw before I blacked out was Nate standing above me saying something that I couldn't hear.