Author's Note: Hello booksians. This is the last book in 'That taste of blood' trilogy. Character pictures are on my profile. Enjoy
Chapter 1: The new life
All I could find was darkness surrounding me. But I kept hearing these odd sounds all around me.
Crickets I think. But it was like thousands of them rather than just a few.
I kept focus on what I was doing. Of where I was. I knew I was outside but I didn’t know how I got there or what was happening at this moment.
More sounds filled up taking up space in my brain. I could hear a car at least three miles away. I could hear the giggles of strangers. I could hear a bell ringing on a stove in a house. It seemed so close.
I slowly opened my eyes and they widened. The stars. The fucking planets. They’re so fucking close. Oh my god.
A gasp escaped my lips and I was suddenly up and a few feet from the area I was just in.
Christian was right next to me alert. “Leena.” He breathed.
I stared at him. I could see his face even in the darkness and I didn’t think it could get any more beautiful.
I was wrong.
He grabbed my hand and I snatched my hand away as I felt that we were the same temperature.
“I’m sorry.” He whispered.
I looked up into his eyes.
“Please understand that I had to, Leena.”
I looked around and could see miles away. We were in some kind of field yet I could see two miles away into a tiny window. A woman and man arguing.
Then my eyes snapped to Christian.
“You turned me?” I breathed.
He nodded. “I know. I’m sorry. Please forgive me.”
“Why would you do that?” My voice was stronger and way more firm than before.
“Leena, I know it was selfish but I couldn’t let you die. I’m sorry.”
I searched around me. It was a natural instinct it seemed to be aware of my surroundings.
“Where are we?” I asked.
Christian looked around him. “A field I used to come to when I was human.” He answered.
I continued looking around making sure not to look up at the sky.
The planets…the moon…everything was so close I could almost touch them.
“How do you feel?” Christian asked.
I stopped moving and tried to relax but for some reason I couldn’t. I don’t know if it was all of the sounds or my intense eyesight that made it hard to concentrate.
But I attempted to shut my eyes.
I tried to concentrate on how I felt inside and I realized that….I felt nothing.
I couldn’t even feel….
I raised my hand up and put it against my heart. I gasped in realization and opened my eyes. I couldn’t feel my heart beating.
I was breathing but there was no heart beat.
“I don’t feel anything.” I answered.
Christian looked into my eyes.
“Why did you do this to me, Christian?” I asked.
“I love you, Leena. I couldn’t lose you.”
“You couldn’t lose me? But you let me lose my brother? You’re so fucking selfish.” I meant to take a step but I was already a yard away from him and he was suddenly right next to me.
“Stay away from-” I stopped.
Because all of the senses in my body connected at once and adrenaline ran through my veins as a scent caught my nose.
I looked in every direction I could but I didn’t see what caught my attention.
Christian inhaled and lightly grabbed my hand again. “I know what you’re smelling, Leena.”
“I want it.” My voice sounded rough as I said the words.
Christian nodded. “Me too.”
“Come with me.” He pulled me along but I stayed where I was.
He looked back at me and stared at me. “We’ll discuss what I did later. Okay?”
“How do I run…fast?” I asked.
Christian smirked. “You don’t even have to think about it. Just shut your eyes and push yourself forward…okay?”
I nod and shut my eyes and exhale.
I do as he says and push myself forward and I can feel the wind going through my hair and against my skin.
I open my eyes and I’m running fast and hard. I’m not tired. I’m perfectly relaxed at this moment and it feels good. Almost the best thing I’ve felt in a while.
I could see the whole field around me as I disappear into the woods and I hear Christian yards in front of me yet I’m not afraid that he’s left me alone.
My fear of the woods has vanished and I find myself wanting to stay in longer than usual.
But what I was smelling made my mouth water and had me almost on the edge of lust.
It made me feel such a thrill and as I saw Christian stop behind a tree and I came to the perfect abrupt stop.
Christian stared at me and a slow smile appeared on his face.
I walked to him and looked at him. “Why are we stopping?” I asked.
He gestured for me to come closer.
“What?” He peeked from behind the tree and smiled and pointed to something. My head whipped forward immediately and he was pointing to a blonde girl resting on her car on the phone.
“That’s what you’re smelling.” He breathed.
I think he was right. A delicious feeling deep in my bones made me want to go crazy…like a huge orgasm just waiting.
Felt almost deeper than that.
“I want her.” I whispered so fast a human ear wouldn’t have been able to comprehend.
Christian looked to me. “Well first…”
A sharp pain exploded in my gums and I gasped.
“It’s going to be fast. Just hold on.”
“For what?!” I exclaimed and squeezed my eyes shut.
“Your fangs are developing.” He whispered and then looked back at the girl.
I opened my mouth and felt my gums ripping and a stabbing feeling coming down to my bottom lip.
And the same replicated again on the other side.
When the pain was over, I finally looked to Christian.
He stared back at me. “I should have warned you about that.”
“Yes, you should have.” I said and then peeked back around to look at the girl who hasn’t moved during my pain session.
He looked to me.
“I’m a hundred percent against killing humans. Anybody, really but right now, If I don’t have that…I won’t be able to control myself.” I didn’t sound like myself but it wasn’t bothering me.
“Leena, look at me.” Christian said.
I couldn’t take my eyes off of her. That human…my…meal.
“Leena, you’re not going to kill her. You’ll just feed a little.”
I shook my head really fast.
Christian stared at me. “Fuck.” He whispered.
“What?” I asked still not looking at him.
“Your eyes are red.” He whispered.
“Are they?” I was suddenly right in front of the girl and it made her jump.
She dropped her phone onto the concrete.
“Look what you made me do, freak!”
Christian was right next to me suddenly and she gasped and scooted over to the other side of the car. “You two are vampires.” She whimpered.
Christian leaned down so his lips were at my ear.
“Do not make any sudden moves.”
“I’ve been where you are. I know how you feel. Relax.”
“I can’t,” The girl was calling to me. She smelled unbelievable. I didn’t know humans smelled so…mouth watering. Not until this moment.
“Christian…she smells so good.” I growled.
Christian nodded. “I know she does but you do not have to kill her. Just listen to me.”
“I can’t.” I had the girls hair in my hand and bit into her neck without hesitation.
Everything was blocked out. Every sound.
Every feel, every touch, every sight. The only thing that was in full mode was my taste.
Nothing has ever tasted so warm….so wet…so sweet.
Every beat within her pulse pushed more of her into my mouth.
Reality hit back once I was pushed with a hell of a lot of force down onto the concrete.
I could feel the breakage through it.
I stood to my feet and Christian was now in front of the girl looking up at me.
“She smells good, I know but you don’t have to kill her, Leena.”
“Yes I do.” I was now behind the girl and pulled her back to me and continued draining her. I couldn’t control it. I felt like a monster.
I was one and at the moment, that fact was irrelevant.
I threw my head back and let her blood slip down my throat like smooth silk.
A growl slipped out of my mouth and I continued.
Christian wasn’t stopping me but his breaths were uneven, I knew he was disappointed but that’s his problem. He made me this way. Into a monster.
I moaned as her blood filled me completely. Bringing heat to my body. And letting it flood down to a hot spot that made me moan again. I never knew it felt so good to drink from a human.
I kept my eyes shut and I started to release her when her body began to run out of blood.
I still couldn’t find myself to stop.
I can feel her pulse slow and she began to wheeze.
As her body went limp, I pushed her off of me.
I was breathing hard from the adrenaline pumping through my veins. It almost felt like I had a pulse.
Like it was the blood that kept me going.
I wiped my mouth and slowly opened my eyes.
Christian stared down at me and nodded. “I knew this was going to happen.”
“No one asked you to make me this way, Christian.”
I stood up and somehow was now a few feet away.
“I did it for us, Leena.”
“No, you did it for you.”
“My brother couldn’t stand vampires, Christian. He would have pushed me away and hate me all because you can’t get over your damn obsession with me.”
I began to walk away, composing myself to make sure I didn’t go too fast. I wanted my own speed.
“Obsession.” Christian said bitterly as he followed me.
He appeared in front of me. “You have to be fucking kidding me.” He said shaking his head.
“No, I’m not fucking kidding you, dead fuck.”
“You’re dead too, Leena. Your dead jokes won’t seep in.”
“Thank you for turning me into a monster. I really appreciate it.” The sarcastic was thick in my voice as I walked away from him.
What else was there to say?
He turned me into the one thing I knew I’d never wanted to be and he isn’t even mad about it.
“The cure…I want to find it.” I said as I turned to look at him.
“It’s impossible. Me and Remy have spent years, fucking decades looking for it. We don’t know where it is.”
“I’ll find it.”
“You can’t. If me and Remy can’t find it, You can’t find it.”
“You wouldn’t know where to look.”
“Apparently, neither do you.” I said.
He stared at me and smirked lightly that had me melting so intensely, I could feel my arousal. Damn.
“Touché.” He said nodding.
“I need to find it. Do not stop me.”
“Just stop. Take a second and breathe.”
“Breathe. Although I liked it, I don’t want to have to kill a fucking human every time I need to eat. It is not right.”
“Why the hell do you think I have been living on blood bags for half my vampire life? I do not like it either.”
“I can’t handle it. I’m sorry, I can’t. I want the cure.” I said.
Christian looked away from me. “Remember those words….forever and always?”
“I never forgot them. Even when you were frenzied.”
“It can’t be that way when you’re human.”
“I want to have a life, Christian. I mean…I have a fucking job for crying out loud. Do you think that I can work in a place with humans after what I did to that girl?”
“You are taking this all out of proportion.”
“Am I? The anger you felt toward Alison for turning you, that’s what I feel now.” I said.
Christian’s expression changed.
“She changed me so I’d fall in love with her.”
“And why’d you do it?” I asked.
He looked down at the dirt on the ground and slowly looked back up to me. “Because I need you.” He said in a low voice.
“Both of you did it for selfish reasons.” I said backing away from him.
He shook his head. “I thought you’d find some kind joy in this. That we’d have eternity together.”
“I love the thought of it. But it’s too much. With knowing what I know and then on top of it all, this happens. I can’t do it.”
“What If you can’t find the cure?” He asked.
“I don’t know. I can’t think that far ahead.”
I backed away and was now a yard from him. “I need to think.”
“Think about what, exactly? You should be happy that even after what you did to hurt me, I’m still guiding you.”
“You turned me as what…payback for sleeping with Aiden?”
“Why’d you do it? Tell the damn truth this time, Leena.”
“I needed a distraction from the vampires. From Nick and everything in between.”
“How fucked up does that sound? He raped you and you let him in your bed anyway.”
“You almost raped me and I still slept with you afterwards.”
“I almost raped you because I wasn’t myself. I didn’t know what I was doing, Leena.”
“Neither did he.” I shot back.
Christian stared at me.
We both stayed quiet for a few minutes.
“I’m sorry. I hurt you and maybe you didn’t deserve it but I wanted to do it. I guess maybe it is payback for when you were frenzied.”
“Bullshit. I had no control over my actions but you did.”
“If you’re so pissed, why did you save me?”
“Because I’m not a fucking prick. And plus some sick, idiotic, fucking retarded-ass part of me still loves you.”
“Well maybe you shouldn’t.”
He glared at me. “Maybe you’re right.”
I nodded and turned around and pushed myself forward like he told me to do.
As I pushed myself forward, I could feel myself passing through the woods and I could hear Christian walking away from me yards away.
I didn’t even know where the hell I was.
But I knew where I wanted to go.
Far beyond anywhere I can.