I glared at Dallas as he offered me a drink, but politely declined it. I still didn't trust him. Even after a whole month of living underground with him, I didn't trust him. Everybody else would trust him with their lives, and I knew that if that should come up, they would regret it.
I don't know what it was about Dallas that made me feel so threatened, but I know that I thought that it was weird that sometimes, he would just hang around and listen in on people's conversations. The others didn't notice, but I did.
But what would my opinion matter to them? I was only co-head-of-clan, nothing fancy and all.
What really shocked me was when my little sisters, Maggie and Sarah, started to trust him. I had thought that they would stick by me all of the time. But now he read them bed time stories, and sang them songs. He tucked them in, and they sat with him at meal time.
Now we all sat in the Great Room, talking about our next hunting trip.
Psi, Elemental, and Emotional vampires hunted together, while the bloodsuckers hunted in solitary groups of two.
Unfortunately for me, Dallas was the only other Psi vampire other then myself. It's a good that my sisters were Emotional, along with Marisol Crowe, and Macy Thorn, Joe and Stacy Wing, and Harry Night were all Elemental.
I guess that you could actually call me a mix between a Psi and an Emotional, because even though I get energy by draining it, I can taste emotions. I was sort of the freak of the bunch.
I was so zoned out in hatred of Dallas that I didn't realize that everyone was staring at me.
"Dexama," Azriel said, "Dex, did you hear me?" She waved her hand in front of my face dramatically.
"Sorry, I was… Thinking, I suppose." I stammered, "What did you say?"
"I asked if you guys knew where you would be hunting tonight" She stared at me for a moment then said, "I think you should go lie down. You're starting to look a little sick."
I didn't say anything, just turned and started down the long hallway down to my room, going deeper and deeper into the darkness of our personal underworld.
Most vampires did live in the real Underworld, but our group was the group of rebels. We did not agree to the ways of the Council, and so we ran away. We had to hide away from them, and look as human as possible.
There were twenty of us, and the underground sanctuary was becoming crowded as more rebellions came.
In the last month, we had had five vampires join us. Those were Dallas, Damara Sun, Mat and Rebecca Drone, and Macy Thorn.
Azriel, who was not only my cousin, but the other co-leader, and I had discussed how many more vamps we expected to join us in the next month, and we had decided that we were going to have to move further away, to keep strays from following. If more rebels formed, they could make another clan.
I was now at my room. It was one of the larger ones, with a high ceiling and a wide space. I had painted it black and red, to match my normal mood. My bed was solid black, all over. On it was a little stuffed black teddy bear, thanks to my boyfriend, Daniel, who was not a rebel, but a communist. The last time that we had spoken-which was the night before I left with Azriel, Darkus, Sarah, and Maggie- he had given it to me. I squeezed the bear to me as I lay on my bed. I felt the warmth of a tear flow down the side of my cold cheek, and I fought back the rest of the them. I couldn't cry now, not yet. I would have to go hunting soon, and if my face was smudged with tears, Azriel would make me stay behind. I had to hunt tonight though, because we only hunted every week, and other then that, we never left without a partner. I failed though, and burst into a huge meltdown.
Someone eventually knocked on the door, and I managed to mummer, "Go away."
The door swung open anyway, as I knew it would. It was Maggie, and Sarah. Marisol- who often babysat them-trailed behind, standing in the doorway. I understood that because she was an older emotional, she felt feelings much more strongly, and did not want to be near my sorrow and longing to see the sunlight, to dance, to be with Daniel.
"Dexama" Sarah said in her small, but peppy voice, "We are leaving. Are you coming? Azriel wants to talk to you, too."
"Tell Azriel that I don't want to talk. Thank you for the invite, but I'm not hungry." I hid my face from them, and hugged the teddy bear to my chest.
They walked slowly out and shut the door behind them. I fell asleep.
When I awoke, I looked automatically at the clock by my bed. It read five in the morning. I groaned and got up, knowing that the other's were back by now, and were probably gossiping about me, if I knew how much Marisol loved to gossip.
I walked into my bathroom and screamed so loud that the hard rock walls shook and bits of it fell around me.
In my bathtub was a human, an alive one, with a box I knew was filled with tools to kill me.
The human still had yet to look up when I was out of the room.
Azriel was in the hallway, just a few feet from my bedroom.
"Dexama, what's the matter?" She shook me.
I was crying, but I spoke, even though all I said was, "Vampire- slayer- bathroom"
Azriel called Mike Rain, Harry Night, and Darkus to go inspect the bathroom and kill the human.
It took a long time, and at first I thought that I was crazy, and all of the stress had made me imagine it, but after a few moments, I heard something crash and the slayer screamed, and I knew that they had got him.
Azriel and I sat in the hallway, and she tried to coax me into telling her what was wrong, but since even I wasn't exactly sure, her plan failed, crashed, burned, whatever you want to call it, it didn't work.
She was quiet for a moment, and then said in a quiet voice, "Its Daniel isn't it?"
I nodded slowly, and said, "That's some of it, but I don't know what else."
"Dexama! He is your mate, your true love, your sweetheart! You two have been together for five hundred years, and you think that there is more to this meltdown then just him?!"
I thought about this for a moment, and then shrugged, and she continued.
"It has been five months, and I knew that this would happen. The way that you two clung together, the way you would wait up all night for him to call you, the way that you guys kissed. I didn't think about what separation would do to you. I didn't think about what would happen to me if I had a mate and I was separated from him.
"Dexama, you need to go back. You need to go see Daniel. You need him."
I looked up at her face. She had always been so kind, but I said, "The Council will kill me. And don't take the word lightly, Azriel. They will kill me, for good"
"You know that Mr. Son-of-the-Council-leader-Daniel won't let that happen. He would just tell his daddy that he'll run away with you if they tried. In fact, he could do that anyway."
I stood and walked away as the guys came back out. I wanted to be alone. I went down to the spare bathroom that nobody ever used, and got my cell phone out. It was the only place underground where we could get signal, and I was the only one that knew about it. I had used it once or twice to call Daniel or some of my other friends in Underworld.
I speed-dialed Daniels number and waited for him to answer.
"Hey, Sweetheart," his cheery voice answered on the second ring, "I was dreaming about you."
A stiff smile spread across my face, but disappeared soon after, and I said, "Daniel? I'm coming home." My voice cracked on home.
"Dex," He said thick concern in his voice, "What happened?"
I told him about my meltdown at the mere sight of the teddy bear- which I still held in my arms- and about the slayer in my bathroom, and my talk with Azriel.
"I'll come and get you" he said as soon as I stopped.
"No" I said, not wanting him to be anywhere near any of the vampires here that would be quick to attack a communist, "I'm coming home" I repeated, "I would like to have some alone time on the way there."
"Dexama" he said, his voice harsh now, "I don't like the thought that there are vampire slayers close by and you walking about by yourself. What if one catches you, and nobody ever figures it out?"
We argued for a moment, but soon I gave in, I was just happy that I was going to go see him.
I started packing soon after we finally got off the phone, after a long series of 'I love you more's.
Maggie and Sarah came into my room, and asked where I was going, and I could feel that they knew, but they didn't want to believe.
"I think you know where I am going, but I want you two to stay here and make sure none of these old grouches' messes with my room, because I might be back, and this time with Daniel."
There faces lit up and I tasted their joy at Daniel's name. They loved Daniel, and had known him since they had been born.
I waited in the Great Room for Daniel. The Great Room was the place where we had been last night when I started to act funny, even though that was mostly hatred. We talked there, and where we had our dinner when it wasn't consisted of blood, energy, elements, and/or emotions.
I looked around absently and more or less noticed that Antoinette, Damara, and Vickie were all whispering and staring at me, probably thinking that I was dying from some disease and that was why I was leaving- so that I didn't spread the ailment.
"Dexama!" shouted Matt Drone, the security vampire, "There is a man outside who claims to be Daniel Blue, and that he is your mate, here to pick you up?" it was more of a question then a statement, so I nodded and picked my bags up, noticing that it had been hours since I had talked to Daniel.
I gave everyone hugs, promising to call as soon as I could, and visit if possible, and then I bolted to the door, throwing myself into Daniel's waiting arms. He picked me- and my bags- up, kissing my lips. I tasted joy in his kiss.
I saw that he had not brought his motorcycle, as I had thought he would, but he had brought a slick black car.
He set me down and took my bags, putting them in his trunk. Then he picked me back up and kissed me again, and said, "You do not know how bad these last five months, two weeks, and three days, have been. I felt as though my heart had been ripped in two, and that a part of me had been taken with you, and I now know what it was. You had my heart the entire time."
"And you mine," I replied as he opened the passenger side and sat me down.
I was still squeezing the teddy bear, and I realized that I must look so stupid to him, carrying around a stuffed animal.
As he entered the driver's side, I said, "You must think I am so stupid."
He looked at me, and the taste of his shock flashed into my mouth. It tasted just like its name declared, a shock in the mouth.
"Dexama Marie Dawn," He said, "Why on Earth, and under it, would I ever think that?"
"For several reasons," I said, "For one, I left. For another thing, I am carrying around a stuffed animal like a twit."
"But you came back. And I am actually flattered that you would carry the stuffed animal that I gave you with such pride."
I smiled and was about to say something when a rock came flying through the window on my side.
Daniel was able to pull out of the mess before anything cut my flesh. He pulled me onto his lap, and held me close.
Something was attached to the rock, other then the garlic that gave away that it was a slayer. It was a note.
I pulled the note out, avoiding the garlic, even though I knew that it was just a myth, but it stank. I didn't want that smell on my hands.
We know where you live, and we know about the Underworld entry. Our friend was able to sneak into your home while you were hunting, and know that we have found that he is dead, we will kill every vampire in existence, and if the two of you are trying to get away, I should warn you that that will not happen.
We are after you, and our numbers are very strong. We have weapons, and we know your weakness.
Daniel read the note and then pulled the two of us out and we walked back inside.
"We can't let them into Underworld, and I think it would actually be safer here then in Underworld at the moment.
Matt asked us what we were doing back, and Daniel thrust the note at him. Matt read it, and then shouted, "Raise the barricades!"
We all went inside, Matt shouting, "Code Red!"