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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Fantasy  |  House: Booksie Classic

Chapter 14 (v.1) - Departure of the Old Queen

Submitted: September 22, 2008

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  1. Chapter 14: Departure of the Old Queen

    “You’ve got some nerve, Victoria.” April said as she stared at me and slowly walked into the house. I watched her as she concentrated on her wounds, healing them slowly.

    I almost wanted to tear them apart again, but told myself to calm down.

    “I have some nerve? What do you think you’re doing?” I followed after her. It seemed as though we were calm towards each other, but I knew that nothing would ever be the same. I made a note to myself to receive my wedding dress from her closet before we left, seeing as I would never be married in her home.

    She turned around quickly to face me and her expression twisted with anger.

    “You have no idea, do you?! You have no idea what I have gone through!”

    “Actually, I do, April. Are you forgetting I saw all of your memories? I understand you’ve had a hard life, but making everyone else suffer isn’t going to make anything better for yourself. You have to wait for people to fall in love with you; you can’t go around controlling their minds to get what you want!”

    “You don’t understand! Even when I controlled Vincent, he still wanted you. Of all people! He wanted you!” She crossed her arms, lowering her head.

    “I never made him love me! I didn’t even know him! April, you can’t go around blaming everyone else for your problems. You have to do something about them yourself. You can be happy if you want to be. This has nothing to do with me.” I bend forward a little, pointing a finger at myself. I wished she could just open her mind for a moment instead of pushing everyone away. I wanted to be a friend, but how could I when she was acting so stupid?!

    “Vincent never loved me.” She lowered her head even further and another dark tear fell from her eyes.

    “Vincent loved you. He was just confused, as you have seen.” Dante walked up to her slowly, placing a hand on her shoulder.

    She looked up at him with her twinkling eyes and she reached her head up to kiss him.

    He backed away and I felt my father holding me back.

    “What the hell do you think you’re doing, April?! You really want to die, don’t you?!” I yelled while being constrained by my father.

    “April, I am not Vincent, nor will I ever be him. Why can’t you just see that people will love you if you are kind and considerate? Victoria trusted you. You were her maid of honor, for god sake, and you betray her over and over again.” He sounded calm, but I could hear in his mind his screams of anger.

    My dad loosened his grip on my arms and I told him I was calm. But seriously, who the hell did she think she was? She needs a psychiatrist, I whispered in my mind.

    Damn right she does, my dad said back.

    “Listen, April. I was your friend and I loved you, but in these past few days, you have hurt me much too deeply to ever forgive you. I hate to say it, but I kind of wish I would have killed you.” I said.

    “I kind of wish you had, too.”

    Oh, so that’s the game she wants to play; the guilt game. Well, that’s fine, because if she wants death, I will simply hand it to her.

    Dante walked back over to my side, taking my hand. I looked up at him with resentment written all over my face. He made his expression as calm as possible and closed his eyes.

    “Please give me the strength.” I whispered, looking up at the ceiling.

    “Victoria, I want you to take Nikki.” She said, staring at me. I looked down to her and wrinkled my forehead, completely confused.

    “And why’s that?” I asked.

    “I need to get away for awhile. I see that I have caused much pain and confusion here. I want you to take over now. I see that you and Dante are more than capable of dealing with our species, now. I want you to train the new ones and to see after the old ones. I especially want you to take care of the children. Xavier was much too young to be changed, and I am sorry for that. I do not know what I was thinking in that decision.”

    “I don’t know what you were thinking, either, but he’s just fine, and he will be fine. I really hope that you figure everything out, April, because I don’t want to have to kill you next time.”

    She nodded and walked up stairs quickly, moving like a ballerina. I couldn’t help but watch her and all of her beauty, feeling a bit jealous, and then seeing the flashes of her memories in my eyes. Sure, I felt bad, but it gave her no right to do what she did to all of us.

    “I can’t believe her.” I whispered to Dante.

    “I know. But it’ll be okay, at least she understands what she has done and she wants to take the time to fix it.”

    “It can never be fixed, Dante. Xavier is forever a child now. He will never grow up to look like you and he will never have the capabilities an adult would.”

    “I know, I know,” he said as he looked down, “At least he has Nikki to share in his eternal childhood, though. She loves him more than life itself. Even I can feel that.” He smiled.

    I smiled back. I knew he was right, but I still felt like it wasn’t the right time to change him. Oh well, it could never be taken back; but that was the thing that made me the most angry.

    We stood downstairs for awhile, whispering lightly to each other when April finally made her way down the stairs. She held a large suitcase in both hands and skipped along the staircase hastily.

    She reached the bottom stair and dropped her bags to the ground with a large thud. Before we knew it, the other five elders showed up at her sides; the same lifeless expressions on their faces.

    “We will be leaving now. Do whatever you please with this mansion. Just don’t contact me-ever.” She looked fiercely into my eyes and I smiled back at her.

    “Have a good trip, guys.” I said, looking at all of them. I knew the men couldn’t understand a word I was saying, seeing as they were being controlled at the moment, but I thought I’d be polite, anyway.

    “Thank you, Victoria. I am sorry for all that has happened, but I think it would be best if we never spoke again unless you really needed me. Is that understood?”

    “Sure.” She was bossing me around again like a little kid, but I really didn’t feel like fighting again, so I just went along with it.

    “Take care, April.” Dante held his hand out for her to take but instead, she ran forward, hugging him tightly. I rolled my eyes.

    “Bye, my darling Dante.” I growled lightly and my eyes felt as though they were going to burn a hole in the back of her skull.

    “I hope you grow up while I’m gone, Victoria. But, if not, good luck reigning.”

    “I’ll be just fine.” I said sourly.

    I still didn’t understand how April could change so quickly, but I guess she wouldn’t be around anymore to deal with, so it was okay. I just couldn’t get the changes out of my mind. First, she was nice; she was the best friend I could ask for. And then everything changed, she hated me and she didn’t agree with a word I said.

    It all started when I found Xavier. I wondered what he had to do with all of this, but I decided to throw the thoughts away right now until I could sit down with Dante.

    We all walked outside to see April and the other elders off and stood on the steps in front of everyone. No one had left yet and I was quite glad. I wanted to let everyone know what had happened.

    “Goodbye, everyone.” April said as she waved her hand in the air.

    They all nodded, although confusion crossed all of their faces. I was sure they didn’t know what was going on, but it was alright, we would tell them all after April left.

    She grabbed her bags again and walked to the middle of the crowd of people. The elders followed soon after and they all disappeared, waving to everyone.

    We all stood there for a moment, watching the small circle that was left behind from where they were standing.

    Everyone turned to look at me, Dante, and my dad and shrugged.

    “Yes, April has left. We will be looking after everyone now.” Dante shouted. His voice echoed off of the broken walls of the mansion.

    Everyone looked around and smiles started to form on their faces. I bent down to pick up Xavier as he pulled on my shirt, brightness filling his little eyes.

    Nikki ran over, grabbing my hand just then and I looked at my little family once more. Complete; completely complete.

    I knew this new life would be hard to deal with, but I was more than willing to deal with every obstacle it would throw at me.

    I loved how things were turning out and I loved my fianc even more than I had before. We would be married soon and everything would be wonderful once again.

    I was much too excited.


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