Night would last as long as the day and the day would reverse that affect. I knew the hours of our days were limited and I could only prey the slightest delay was averted.
On the second day after we stopped near the borders of Indiana, we reached the boundary line of New York. Vermont would be nothing more than a state away.
“You seem quiet.” I hadn’t known who said this at first. My mind was not always my own. But as any other function of our body’s, it registered Serena’s voice.
I couldn’t help but to make an expression that even I wasn’t familiarized with. I slowed my pace one mile less. Serena hesitantly did the same.
“It’s bothering you, isn’t it? That girl.”
I scoffed. “You say that like you’re sure she even exists.”
I could see it as clear as glass how her lips curled around the word ‘yes’ though she quickly thought twice about her direct response. “It has its own mind doesn’t it? We don’t know enough about the supernatural to say ‘no, it’s impossible to have someone in your head that isn’t you conscious’ can we?”
“I’m not following you.” and I didn’t intent to, seeing where her theory was leading to another.
“We’re not the oldest thing out there January—take your attacker for example, at least a century older maybe longer. And we’re from the 1920’s.”
“What I mean to say is that if this two-hundred-year-old vampire has even existed that long, my guess is that it’s not alone.”
I rolled my eyes. Over superstitious, as natural. “And how does this tie into my situation?”
She exhaled. “You mentioned that Alec could talkymind you or something, right? Well obviously whatever is bothering you is female. . . You think this is the doing of a different vampire?”
I was already shaking my head before she even finished. “Well, we can’t do—” and then a sudden image stopped me short. Serena and I had never experimented with anything else besides our hunting skills. Physical things.
I gave my head one short nod. “I don’t know—I just don’t know and it’s frustrating.”
I shook my head. “Nothing to set a house on fire. The girl has a problem or something. I can’t tell what she is but I’m betting it’s not human. She’s kept quiet, like she’s been holding back and apparently isn’t aware that exist.”
“Any words to get a location?” she narrowly approached.
“I can’t get a direct setting. Colorado . . . maybe.”
“We hunted there not three days ago!” she scolded like a child.
I grinned crookedly; rare for my mood. “I didn’t know about it three days ago, stupid.”
The girl, whatever her name was, was a very naïve creature. So innocent she seemed childlike. Her focus was mainly about the people surrounding her. Loved ones —parents in particular. Rarely did she show images of them. On second thought, they were more familiar than this other being. Ian was the only name I found. Never did she show a picture or a scene of them together. But he was priceless to her—obviously the boyfriend.
“Well there’s a shock.” I couldn’t help it.
“What?” Serena responded eagerly as I knew she would.
“The bitch has a boyfriend. Poor girl.”
She smirked at my side. “That went well for you.”
A cold snarl slipped into clearing before I realized it came from me.
It happened so fast that time itself could have frozen. I did, right on my tracks.
“Oh you know I was jerking.” teasingly Serena was dancing her way back to my side. “I don’t get it why you…Jan, what is it?” she abruptly demanded.
I was still trying to catch my breath.
“What did she show you now?!”
The air in my lungs felt dry and cold as I struggled to bring myself up from the ground.
There was only one word in this planet that could send an immense grasp to our nature. “Alec.”