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Chapter 20 (v.1) - False Accusations

Submitted: September 29, 2008

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Chapter 20: False Accusations

How could I be pregnant? I kept asking myself.

Countless days I sat outside, thinking about the ways this could happen. Yes, I knew that Dante and I had sex, but how could I get pregnant from a vampire? I know that I’m still half-human and all, but still, it’s just….weird.

“Are you hungry, my love?” Dante walked outside and asked me. I sat on the porch and stared into the woods, as I had done for a few days now.

He sat down next to me and hugged me from the side.

“I don’t think I’m pregnant,” I said.

“And why is that?” His face turned into a puzzled expression.

“I just don’t feel like I am, you know?”

“This is true. I haven’t noticed you eating more or anything, so I’m not quite sure. And another thing-I can’t smell blood in you. So either the baby has other needs and it’s not human at all, or you aren’t pregnant.”

“But….why would my mother lie like that?”

“Maybe she heard falsely.”

“Can that happen?”

“Of course it can. She’s a new vampire, Victoria. She can easily make mistakes.”

I sat there for a moment, placing my hand under my chin. So many things have changed in the past few months; my father returned, my mother was saved, April left, putting us in control, I found Xavier, Nikki had become a part of our family, and so many other things between Dante and I.

We just didn’t need this baby right now and as much as I felt a bond with it now, I didn’t want it in me any longer.

I closed my eyes and focused on the part of my body the baby would be lying in. I wished it away along with its heartbeat.

“Please listen to my stomach and tell me what you hear,” I asked.

Dante moved his head down to my stomach, listening intently. He then sat back up, staring into my face.

“What did you hear?”

“I just heard a very hungry girl,” he said, smirking.

“So, there was no heartbeat? You didn’t hear anything except for my actual stomach?”

“Nothing, my love.”

“I just don’t understand. My mother seemed so sure of it….” My voice trailed off. What could possibly sound like a heartbeat inside of me? How could my mother lie like that?

I stood up and walked toward the house briskly. Dante followed after, making sure I wasn’t about to do anything brash.

I walked through the house and into the living room, finding my small family sitting around, watching TV.

I stood in front of my mother, arms crossed, looking down at her.

“Why did you lie, mom?”

She perked her head up with a bewildered look. “What are you talking about, Vic?”

“I’m not pregnant! Why would you lie?!”

“But….but I was sure of it!”

She leaned forward, pressing her ear to my stomach. She listened for a moment and then looked up at me, apologizing with her eyes.

“Why did you lie?!” I walked away and into the kitchen, pulling a chair out and smashing my forehead on the table.

I heard a few footsteps follow me in and pull chairs out beside me.

“It’ll be okay, I promise, my love,” Dante whispered in my ear.

“I’m sorry, Victoria, I thought I was hearing correctly! I’m sorry!” My mother lifted my head up and looked at me, tears streaming down my face.

“I didn’t want it, but now that I know it’s not there, it kind of upsets me.”

“Oh, honey! I’m so sorry; I didn’t mean to upset you. I thought I heard a heartbeat. I was sure of it.”

“We all make mistakes,” Dante said.

“It’s okay. I guess that’s one less thing I have to worry about, huh?” I looked to Dante.

“What else do you have to worry about, sweetie?” My mom pulled my face back to her.

“Everything, mom! You’ve been gone for so long and I thought you weren’t ever coming back and I missed you so much and now I just don’t know what to do!” I fell into her arms, crumbling.

She stroked my hair and started to sing to me, calming me instantly. I was glad that my mother was here, then again, I got used to her being “dead” and now that she was back, I had no clue how to act.

We couldn’t just go back to the way we were, because everything had changed now.

“Just please tell me what has happened to you.”

I raised my head up and wiped away my tears, nodding to her.

We spent the rest of the afternoon explaining to my mother all that had happened in the past year.

She just listened and nodded her head, acting like she knew what we were talking about.

“So, now you two are planning your wedding?” She asked.

Dante and I looked at each other and smiled, nodding our heads.

“I’m sorry, Dante, but I just don’t know you well enough to give my daughter to you.”

“Mom, believe me, he’s more than worthy to be my husband.”

“He’s really a good guy,” my dad chimed in.

She turned her head to look at him and worry crossed her face for a moment.

“Mom, really, I’m already changed, I mean, what else could possibly happen?” I asked.

“That’s true, but, Victoria, don’t you want to live with me again? Don’t you want to be a family again?”

“I already have a family here,” I whispered, looking to Dante, Xavier, and Nikki.

“I guess you’re right,” she looked down. She always found a way to make me feel bad. But, oh well, this wasn’t going to change. I loved my mother, sure, but I’m a changed person. I’m more independent now and I don’t need my mom as much as I used to. And, as much as I hate to think that I don’t need her, I know that it’s true. Plus, my father needed her now.

“Dad needs you.”

She looked at him and the corner of her lip curled up into a little smile.

“Please take me back?” He begged. I really loved my dad now. He was much more than I ever expected and even though he wasn’t there for my childhood, he never stopped thinking about me and loving me. As far as I know, as long as he’s here now, I can forgive for the past.

“It will take time,” she whispered to him. He nodded in agreement.

We all discussed things, figured things out, and cried over other things for the rest of the day, well, I did most of the crying.

I felt sort of empty knowing that a child wasn’t inside of me. I felt like something was….missing now, although there hadn’t been anything there in the beginning.

I hated changing my mind so much about things, but I decided that this was for the best. I hadn’t wanted a child, then I did, then I didn’t, so it’s best if I didn’t.

Maybe I really did wish the baby away, but then again, I couldn’t heal my mother when she needed it the most. Being this creature was a hard thing to deal with. I needed to find out my strength, my weaknesses, and some of the guidelines of being a darkling.

I really hadn’t embraced my powers yet and I knew that I needed to. I knew I needed to find out things and to figure out things, and it would be much easier to do without a baby growing inside of me.

I’d rather not be the normal couple, anyway. If we had a baby, that would just make us average, wouldn’t it? Although that’s a crazy thought-a vampire husband, a hybrid wife, and some type of other creature as a child, not to mention Xavier and Nikki.

Who am I kidding? We could never be normal.

“Dad? Could you teach me how to use my powers more effectively?” I asked as I skipped from the kitchen to the living room.

“Sure, kid, I was waiting for you to ask,” he smiled, standing up out of his now favorite chair.

He followed me to the backyard, along with Nikki, Xavier, Dante, and my mother. They all sat on the porch, watching.

“Xavier, come over here, you have to learn this too, bud,” my father shouted. He came running over in an instant, taking his place by my side.

“Okay, now, you already know that being a darkling means using your mind for everything, right?”

We both nodded.

“You can literally use your mind for anything; except humans, of course.”

“Now, what do you mean by that? I know I couldn’t heal mom when she was hurt, but what else can’t we do?” Not that it really mattered anymore, seeing as all of the humans were wiped out, as far as I knew.

“You cannot control their minds, you cannot control their bodies, and you can’t affect their free-will.”

“Okay, but why can’t we?”

“Their minds work much different than ours. They aren’t exactly strong-minded, but their minds are stronger than vampire’s.”

“How do you figure?”

“Well, most vampires run on pure instincts. They need blood and they will do whatever they can to obtain it. But, there are some who are more independent in their thoughts and blood isn’t the only thing they think about; such as the way Dante thinks.”

“I see, well, that’s kind of weird, but okay.”

“You won’t have to worry much about humans anymore, anyway.”

We nodded.

“Now, Xavier,” he turned to face him and Xavier stood there, a bright smile covering his entire face. “I want you to use your mind to move Nikki over here.”

Xavier looked confused for a moment, and then closed his little eyes, concentrating on Nikki.

My eyes widened as I watched her almost hover over the grass slowly, moving so that she was right in front of Xavier.

“Good! You’re a fast learner,” my dad beamed.

Xavier opened his eyes and smiled, grabbing Nikki tightly. “I did it!” He said excitedly.

“Now, Nikki, move back to the porch. We’re going to try something else.”

We stood there and I wondered when it would be my turn, but I figured that Xavier should learn all he could. After all, I had already used my powers to fight a few times and I felt like I had a pretty good grasp on my abilities.

“Xavier, move all of them over here, please.”

He closed his eyes again but this time, my mother, Dante, and Nikki all started to move forward. He opened his eyes and lost concentration, dropping them a couple inches onto the ground.

“Concentrate. You can do it,” I whispered to him. He looked up at me and then back down, closing his eyes again.

They began to move again, closer this time, but he lost it again.

“It’s okay, it all takes time. Do you feel tired at all?” My father asked him.

He shook his head. “I wanna do more!” He jumped up and down.

“All with time, kid.”


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