I looked into his soft brown eyes and found myself speechless. I didn't know what to say. How could someone as gorgeous as him be interested in someone as plan and ugly as me?
'Say something Katalina' he smiled as he gently held my hands. Blinking I licked my lips finding my mouth dry.
I forced a smile and found my voice. 'Yes' he gave a whoop and caught me up in his arms and spun me around. I gave a shriek of laughter as he set me on my feet and placed a kiss on my lips. I looked at him wide eyed. I hadn't expected it.
'So can we tell people?' he asks gently his eyes sparkling, a look I haven't quiet seen before.
I blushed and nodded as he led me back towards the house. This would be the first time my family would see him…and actually talk to him. For the past two years I was considered mad because I keep him a secret until now they had only gotten glimpses and a rare awkward 'Hi' during it all. But now I was afraid to tell my family I had an outsider for a friend…but now a boyfriend? And I wasn't ever of age to date!
'Its gonna be alright babe' he comfort me I forced a smile and tried to think positive as we walked through the front door.
'Is that you Katalina?' mother called as she walked out. She gasped in shock the boll in her hands slipped out and crashed to the floor. 'What is the meaning of this?!' she snapped her eyes glaring at Jessie.
'Umm mom this is…ummm Jessie my uhhh…' I stammered
'Her boyfriend.' He finishes gently with a warm smile.
'Paul!' mother snapped . 'You know better!' she scolds. 'You cant date till you are 16! PAUL!'
'But in a month I will be 16 why do I have to wait?!' I cryed
Her eyes where stormy as father walked in. 'What is it Anna.'
'Look!' she pointed a shaky hand towards me and Jessie.
I clung to his side as I prepared for the worst. I watched as his eyes widened and his mouth fell open. A look to kill stained his grey eyes.
He sucked in a deep breath and grounded his teeth, 'Katalina I am going to have to ask you to escort him out of this house' I looked at Jessie and noticed his eyes where cold as he met fathers look steady.
'No buts now young lady!'
Jessie tightened his arm around me and began to lead me away. I hung my head in despair.
Once we were outside I didn't know what to say. 'Do you know who I am?' he finally asked his voice gentle but stern.
I looked up confused. 'Jessie Long?' I whispered.
His body trembled. 'Ok let me rephrase that then, do you know what I am?'
'Ummm my boyfriend?' I asked still not knowing the meaning of it.
'Don't lie Katalina! I know who you and your family are! You cant possibly mean that you don't know who and what I am?!' he growled impatiently. I pulled away and looked at him bewildered.
'I don't know what you mean!'
'Your hunters aren't you?' he growled as he backed away from me clenching his fists.
I gasped. 'My… my family is but I don't know I don't understand how do you know?'
'Isn't it easy to tell?' he answered stiffly.
Then it hit me. 'You're a Werewolf?'
'Shape shifter but it's the same…' he answered.
My blood chilled and tears gathered in my eyes. 'no…' I whispered.
' Is that why you said yess? To get close enough o make you first kill? To pass your class?'
I looked at him brokenly. 'No it was never like that Jessie... I …. I …. I didn't know until now…and I haven't even entered the classes…I don't want to be a killer…' I stammered as tears rolled down my face.
'Do you mean that?' he asked with hope.
I opened my mouth to speak. 'Get away from him Katalina' came a command.
'Father no!' I cried as I seen father aim his gun at Jessie. 'no father he is good!' I screamed
'He knows were we live he will bring others.'
' but I love him…' I pleaded as he aimed. ' Jessie run!' I screamed to him, but he didn't move he just looked at my father with a smile as he twisted and became deformed… transform?
I gasped as I was confronted with a large black wolf my heart hammered in my chest threatening to bust my ribs. Taking a deep breath I looked at my father and seen him ready to kill him I needed to be fast and ready, hands shaking I waited for the last minute before I threw myself in front of him… I wasn't going to let him die.
The forces knocked me off my feet, searing pain that felt like fire was spreading from my chest, vision blurred I looked up into the sky my body growing cold. I could hear a snarl of outrage as I felt a gentle nudge. Whimpering I flinched as pain flashed through me.
'KATALINA!' fathers voice echoes through the area.
'Baby open your eyes don't go to sleep.' Rushes Jessie as he gathers me in his arms looking up into his face I smiled weakly.
'I- I'm tired…' I whispered.
'You got to stay awake ok?'
'ok' I answered my voice hoarse.
'Stay with me babe' he growled his eyes burning.
'Can I go to sleep now? I'm so cold…' I asked as I closed my eyes not waiting for his answer.
As a wave of cold ran through me I felt him let go. A howl rang through the woods the most sad sound I have ever heard.
5 months later****
'Anna?' I asked my wife who sat there looking out the window. She didn't turn to me just stared out the window with an empty gaze.
'Just leave me alone.' She answers her voice shockingly calm.
'It wasn't my fault' I answered coldly. Recalling our latest argument about Katalina's death.
'Yes it was.'
'It was that monsters,' I snarled as I reached for my coat and prepared to go for another night search for the killer.
'You were the one with the gun-' she answered as I walked out of the house.
Looking down at her grave my heart quenched with sorrow. It was my fault she got killed…she took the bullet for me…
'I thought I would find you here.' Terrance said stiffly as he joined me. 'What was she like?'
'An angel…she accepted me for what I was even though her family is descendents of the first hunters.' I whispered softly.
'Well she sounds neat.'
'She was very.'
'So we should be going soon Charles said a hunter is out already.' Terrance turns to go taking form.
With a sigh I blew her a kiss and dropped my coat in front of the tomb stone.
Three days later***
Its dark in here… reaching out my hand bumped into something wooden. I flattened my palm on it and tried to push it up. It wouldn't move. What happened?! Why am I in here?
Giving a scream I pushed at it trying to move it as I began to claw at it and shove. I was trapped being to panic I pushed and clawed. My nails chipped and broke I felt warm blood trail down my arms as I desperately tried to get out. I almost stopped when I felt a part give way I pushed my hand through it and pulled dirt fell in blinking I continued to claw till I got it big enough to fit through dirt was caving in. stopping I realized that there was no air pocket to breath I began to claw at the dirt finding it relatively easy to get through as I pushed myself up my hand reaches out getting through I fell a breeze…just a little further! With a heave I shove myself up clawing at the ground my fingers slipping at first till I attempted again this time grabbing handfuls of grass as I pulled up.
Gasping for breath I laid there half above ground. Looking up I blinked my eyes slowly adjusted to the slight light. I crawled out and sprawled out on my back breathing heavy my hands sore.
Glancing around I notice a stone I looked closer and gasped. Had I died?! I whimpered as I looked around and seen the coat that was laying there on the ground reaching out I pulled it to me and wrapped it around myself. The smell was familiar but I didn't know who it belonged to.