I woke up back in my bed to the sounds of the water running in the bathroom. I looked over to see Beylie's bed empty. The numbers on the bedside table clock blinked nine-twenty. It really was a good thing it was Saturday.
"Min?" I rolled over and found Ryker kneeled bymy bed.
"Are you okay? You blacked out last night when we were completing the ritual. That doesn't usually happen and I got worried."
"Wait," I tried to recall the previous nights events. "Weren't we in the gardens?"
"Ryker half laughed and took my hand in his. "I brought you back here after you blacked out and put you in bed."
"And you didn't wake Beylie up?"
"How did you get in? The door was locked."
"I have my ways. She's coming."He disappeared. Just like, poof. Ryker Daae was one strange man. But he was my strange man. Beylie came out of the bathroom wrapped in a towel and went over to her closet.
"Morning sleepy head."
"Morning." I got out of bed and stretched. "Are you done in the bathroom?"
"Yeah just let me get my hairbrush and stuff."
I sat back on my bed as Beylie went into the bathroom to get her stuff. As I sat there waiting, my stomach started to churn and hurt. Oh God; what was happening now? I grabbed my phone and started to text Ryker.
Ryker what's going on? I feel
My phonefell out of my hands and I ran to the bathroom, falling to the floor and puking into the toilet. "Min are you all right?" Beylie asked, bending down and holding my hair back.
I really wanted to say something sarcastic but I had another lapse and couldn't. Once I was done I coughed and looked at Beylie. "Can you get me my phone? I want to call my mom."
"Yeah, sure. Hold on, honey." Beylie walked out and returned a second later with my phone. "I'll let you talk in private." she smiled softly and closed the door.
I waited until I heard Beylie start her blow drier before I dialed my phone and put it to my ear. I wasn't calling my mom, I just told her that so she wouldn't get suspicious. I waited about a ring and a half before I heard the voice I needed. "Hello?"
"What's wrong?" It amazed me that he could tell something was wrong with me before I even said anything.
"I just got done puking my guts up and I just wanted to know how long it usually takes to change?"
I heard Rykers breath quicken and when he answered he sounded a little breathles. "It's usually right after the two join. It only takesa could minutes and you don't really feel anything."
"Is it normal to puke or feel sickafter the change?"
"Not at all."
I thought about this then asked the question that scared me more than anything. "Ryker... Can Dark Siders get pregnant?"
"No. It's impossible. Once you're changed yourbody becomes incapable of holding a child."
Tears filled my eyes. Incapable of holding a child? "Why?"
"Honestly, I don't know." I heard a door open and close in the background.
"Ryker what are you doing?"
"I'm In your dorm. I'm coming to chack on you."
"But if Beylie..." I dropped my phone and puked into the toilet again. I heard a knock come at the door then it opened, Beylie let out a little scream and it slammed shut again. Then footsteps across the floor and the bathroom door flew open.
"Any particular reason Ryker Daae is standing outside our door, knocking on it?"
"Let him in Beylie." I moaned. "He's here to help me."
"Help you?" she stepped into the bathroom and kneeled beside me. Her hair was dry and she was dressed now but a concerned look crossed her face. She pushed my hair back from my face and neck and gasped. "Min, please don't tell me that's a hickey!"
"No. Min you didn't."
I nodded. "Now go let Ryker in, I need him."
The stunned look remained on Beylie's face as she left the bathroom and headed for the door. I heard it come open and Beylie tell Ryker where I was. His heavy footsteps walked across the floor until he stood in the bathroom door looking down at me. I gave him as much of a smile as I could manage then puked into the toilet again.
He walked into the bathroom andsat beside me. "Shh it's all right. It's all right." He pulled my hair back with one hand and rubbed my back with the other. I coughed and flushed the toilet, hoping maybe by doing that the puking would stop.
I looked up at Ryker. "This isn't normal is it?"
He shook his head. "No. It isn't."
"And you don't think it's even remotely possible that I'm somehow pregnant?"
He shook his head again.
"So it's true..." Beylie's whisper was quiet but I heard it crystal clear as well as the terror in it.
I looked at her and nodded. "Yes it's true. Ryker and I had sex and I was changed."
"I can't believe it. After everything I've toldyou, everything I've done you still become like him. I can't believe this why would you ruin your life like this?"
"Beylie I didn't do it for him."
She looked at me, her eyes narrowed.
"I did it for us. I love Ryker, Beylie." I looked up at him and saw the smile on his face. I started to say something else but a huge wave of pain coursed through my body. It was like a jolt of lightning struck me starting at my head and making its way down to my toes, hitting everty piece of me on it's way. I screamed out as loud as my lungs would let me and fell back into Rykers lap.
I looked up and saw his lips moving but heard nothing come out; the only sound that filled my ears was screaming. My screaming, echoed over and over in my head. My entire body shook with the force of the pain. My eyes shot around the room which was slowly becoming darker. What was happening to me?
I tried to say something but nothing came out of my mouth. Nothing except blood. I felt it crawl its way up my throat then drip out my mouth. I turned my head and choked it out onto the floor. This was the worst feeling in the world and I couldn't stop it, couldn't take a break from it. Another tremble shook through my body and broughtback my hearing. I heard Beylie screaming at Ryker and Ryker yelling back for her to calm down and go find Mrs. White.
She screamed back that she wouldn't leave me in the hands of the devil.
I wanted to scream at her that she was being unreasonable and stupid for not trusting Ryker but I was still choking up blood and incapable of speaking. Ryker tightened his arms around me and pulled my up closer to him. Without meaning to, I choked blood up onto his shirt. He didn't even flinch, he just held me close and kissed my head, whispering in my ear that everything would be all right.
My vision started to blur making me close my eyes to make it steady. When I opened them again I felt my pupils start to dialate which actually scared me. I never thought you were suppose to feel your pupils dialate but I did. I felt them grow larger and the light started to sting my eyes. I looked up into Rykers dark blue eyes and found myself staring into heaven. Staring into the eyes of the man I loved.
The pain stopped.
The last ounce of good dwindled out my toes.
My heart was changed.
My body was changed.
I felt more powerful in a way.
"Min," The voice, it was pure silk in my ears. "Open your wings, my love."
I did as it told me. It didn't hurt to get the out. I didn't feel pain. I looked over my shoulder and found my wings no longer weak, fragile and clear but instead strong and straight and... black.
"Good girl." I smiled and fluttered my wings. They didn't hurt anymore and I could actually move them.
I felt a pair of lips on my neck and I looked down to see Ryker kissing my neckthen moving his lips down my arm. I giggled and pulled his face up so he looked into my eyes. We smiled at each other then let our lips meet in a beautiful kiss. After a couple minutes, Ryker pulled back and took my hands into his.
"Congratulations, Min. You're officially a Dark Sider."
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