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Chapter 21: New Findings

“Xavier, you’re so good already! How did this happen, dad?” I asked, watching my little boy.

“He must have a stronger mind than most.”

“But, he’s just a child, how could his mind be this strong already?”

“Sometimes it happens that way, kid.”

“No fair! I had to work for mine! I thought that he wouldn’t get his powers until he was nineteen, anyway?” I felt like such a child. But in all honesty, I was a little jealous of my little boy. He was so smart already and he could do so much with his mind, when I sat over here, basically clueless.

“That is true; usually it is a coming-of-age that brings out the powers. Maybe he’s just much older in the mind.”

“But, he still acts like a child, though. How is that possible?”

“Sure, he acts like a child, because he is a child. But, he probably possesses the higher mind power.”

“Hmm, that’s interesting. I didn’t think I could do this kind of stuff when I was his age.”

“You didn’t know you had the power, anyway. You might have been able to do more if you would have known.”

“Yeah, but how did you find out you could do all of this?”

“Well, one day I got really mad and it started to storm. I was a little confused but I couldn’t help feeling that it wasn’t a coincidence. Then, I tried to bend spoons, do all of that weird stuff, and finally, I realized that I wasn’t normal.

“I went to speak with Vincent, seeing as we used to be friends and he then looked up all sorts of things. He asked me questions about my powers, the way I was feeling, and what I thought I could do.

“We came to the conclusion that I was one of the long-lost darklings in existence.”

“So, what did you do? I mean, obviously you didn’t tell mom, did you?”

“No, I never told your mother until now. I felt terrible, but I knew that leaving would be the best for both of you. Once I realized I had these powers, there was nothing I could do to contain them; or so I thought.”

“But, in reality, it was easier than you thought, right?”

“Right. Now, Xavier, let’s do something a little more risky.”

Xavier stood there looking cute as can be, swaying back and forth with his little arms crossed behind his back. He nodded once.

“Try to rip a tree out of the ground. Concentrate on the roots and moving them and then concentrate on picking the tree up. You might feel a little overwhelmed, but keep your mind on the prize.”

I watched intently. I was so excited to see him using his mind in such a way. For a child, he was very smart and more than capable to do the exact things I was doing now.

He closed his eyes again and I could see the concentration on his face. It scrunched up and he tightened his little hands into fists.

I heard small movements from the tree standing in front of him, but he opened his eyes, shaking his head back and forth. I placed a hand on his shoulder, smiling down at him.

He closed his eyes again, going through the same motions and I heard some cracks of wood. I watched the tree start to pick up slightly, and then fall back down. I grabbed the tree with my mind so that it wouldn’t fall over on top of us.

“Let it go, Victoria. Let him do it himself.”

“But, it’s going to fall!”

“Let it fall. He’ll learn.”

I let go of the tree and it stayed upright. I looked down and saw him concentrating once again, picking it up even higher this time.

I was all too proud of him. Sure, he wasn’t really mine, but in a way, he was. We were exactly alike; so maybe having a baby wasn’t the worst thing, considering I had him.

He lifted it up at least twenty feet off of the ground and looked up at me. I watched the tree with worry, hoping it wouldn’t fall but somehow he kept his mind on the tree and on my face.

“Amazing,” my dad muttered.

I looked to him, shrugging and turned back to the tree, watching it lower itself softly back into its resting spot.

“I did it!”

“Yes, you did! Good job, Xavier!” I picked him up and hugged him on my side. He nestled his head into my chest and then looked at me, smiling.

You’re my favorite, he said in his mind.

As you are mine, I said back.

I hugged him tightly one last time and set him down on the ground.

“More!” He said, jumping up and down.

“Okay, uhm, let’s see here, what can we do now?” My dad stood there, his hand resting under his chin, staring at us both. “Oh! I know what we can do! Victoria, have you flown yet?”

My mouth fell open. I can…fly?! How weird, but awesome at the same time!

“We can fly?!”

“Fly!” Xavier jumped up again.

“Of course we can. Vic, I told you we can do whatever we want. That is the beauty of our powers.”

“Is there anything we can’t do?” I asked.

“Well, we’ll get to that in a moment. Other than the whole human thing, there aren’t many restrictions on our powers.”

“Okay, let’s do this!”

I looked over to Dante and he smiled. She’s so wonderful, he thought.

I looked back to my dad and he was already hovering off of the ground around two feet in the air.

I concentrated on my feet coming off of the ground, but nothing happened.

“Why isn’t it working?” I asked.

“Are you concentrating on your feet?” He asked, falling slowly to the ground and walking over to me.

“It’s not workin’!” Xavier shouted.

“Victoria, concentrate harder.”

I closed my eyes this time, concentrating all of my mind power onto my feet moving into the air. Nothing. Why didn’t it work?

“Nope,” I said sadly.

“I wonder why it isn’t working. Xavier, try it.”

I glanced over and watched him having no success either.

“Well, this sucks! Why isn’t it working?!”

Dante walked over to my side and grabbed my hand. “Do you think it’s because they are part vampire?”

My dad stood there in deep thought. I heard tons of explanations running through his head, but he agreed with Dante in the end.

“That could be it,” he finally said.

“Victoria, try to transport yourself. You’ve only done it a couple times. See, vampires can only transport to places we are familiar with or places we have seen. And, we can only transport to the outside of houses and buildings. We cannot show up inside of someone’s house.”

“So, that’s why we always show up outside of the mansion?”

“Exactly. Try to transport yourself inside of the house.”

Xavier and I looked at each other and then closed our eyes. I concentrated on the living room couch that Dante and I usually sat on.

Just as quickly as I closed my eyes, I opened them and examined my surroundings. I found myself sitting on the leather sofa in front of the TV. It worked, it really worked!

A second later, I saw Xavier’s little body show up next to mine. He looked at me and smiled, jumping into the air.

“Yay! We did it, we did it!” He shouted.

“Let’s go back out and tell them it worked!”

We ran back out with huge grins on our faces and everyone watched as we took our places back in front of my dad.

“It worked!” Xavier shouted again.

“So, you can’t fly, but you can transport yourselves into people’s homes? That could be pretty useful if we need to corner someone in their home.”

“Yeah, it could. I’m kind of sad we can’t exactly fly, but oh well, this is almost as good!” I laughed. Who was I kidding? This was completely awesome!

“Let’s do more, Uncle Damien!” I looked at Xavier for a moment, turning my head. Uncle? Did he just call my dad Uncle Damien?

Don’t worry, I told him he could call me that, my dad whispered in my mind.

Okay, I was about to say, I laughed back.

“Yeah, let’s find out what else we can’t do,” I said.

“That sounds like a good idea,” he looked as though he was deep in thought again. He perked his head up, “What about shape-shifting? Have you tried that?”

“We can shape-shift?! That’s insane! Okay, this is getting a little crazy, dad!”

“I told you we could do any and everything, did I not?” He smirked.

“I guess….but geez, that’s just crazy.”

“Okay, Victoria. What is your favorite animal?”

“Panda bear, duh,” I answered.

“Okay, focus on that animal. The same with you, Xavier.”

My dad closed his eyes and I watched as his body slowly started to take the shape of his animal of choice. I couldn’t tell what it was at first and then I started to watch as a beak started to take shape on his face.

He turned into a hawk, inch by inch in front of my very eyes. He fell to the ground softly and looked at us, blinking his beady eyes.

Try it, my dad said.

I looked over at Xavier and he already had his eyes closed, concentrating on his animal.

I closed mine then, but switched the creature I wanted to turn into. I chose a dog instead, how clich huh?

I opened one of my eyes and watched Xavier out of my peripheral vision. He slowly started to turn into a cat. Little whiskers grew out of his face and his hands and feet turned into paws. I couldn’t understand why this wasn’t happening to me. Was I losing my powers slowly?

It’s not working, I told my dad.

I looked at him and watched as he slowly turned back to his human shape. He walked forward a little and looked at me with a confused expression.

“I don’t know why you can’t do all of these things. I just don’t understand why you’re so different, Vic.”

“I don’t either, but I don’t like it! Why can’t I do it?” I was starting to get a bit aggravated. The two of them were having such fun changing into animals and such and I was sitting here, looking like I’ve been lying that I even had powers.

“Maybe it’s another downfall of being half-vampire?”

“But, that can’t be. Xavier is a hybrid, as well.”

“True. Maybe Nikki’s venom is different than Dante’s?”

“Well, yeah but how could my powers just disappear?”

“Maybe the venom affected you more than it affected Xavier.”

“Well, that could be, but I just don’t understand how it could be so different.”

“Maybe we should see if Dante can do anything we can?”

“What would that prove?”

“Maybe he obtained some of your powers through your blood.”

My eyes widened and I looked over at Dante. How could that be so, though? He obtained some of my powers and somehow, I lost them?

“Dante, come over here, please?” My dad asked.

He walked over quickly, taking his place beside me once again.

“Do you really think it’s possible that I have some of Victoria’s powers from her blood?”

“It could be. Why don’t you try to shape-shift?”

“Damien, I have no clue how to do any of the things you speak of. You must explain; you cannot just simply ask me to do things.”

My dad laughed lightly. “Right, I’m sorry. Okay, Dante, close your eyes and concentrate on an animal. Any animal, but make sure that your mind does not stray from the shape.”

I looked over to Dante and he closed his eyes, creasing his forehead. His face started to change and shape itself into another form, although I wasn’t sure what it was yet.

He grew whiskers, as Xavier did, but his nose turned itself into a snout. He grew at least two times in size and very thick few sprouted from his pores. His hands and feet turned into huge paws and his teeth grew as sharp as knives.

I moved away a few inches and looked up at him in awe. Wow, he really did receive some of my powers. This was absolutely insane.

“So, does this mean that Nikki has some of Xavier’s powers?”

I looked over to Dante again and he slowly turned back to himself. He shook his head and stared at my dad, looking for answers.

“It could be possible. But, then again, I’m not quite sure Xavier had powers yet.”

“What do you mean? I thought you said that I had powers, but I just didn’t know about them?”

“Well, technically, you obtain your powers after you use them at least once. Xavier never knew, and so he never used them. I highly doubt Nikki has any of them.”

Nikki ran over next to Xavier and shook her head at me. “I was trying the whole time Dante was changing, and nothing happened, so your dad must be right.”

I nodded. “Well, I guess that makes sense, then. Dante, you’re half-darkling now, I suppose,” I smiled up at him.

“I guess so….”

Submitted: September 30, 2008

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OMG nice change definitly different love the chapter cant wait to see what happens next

love it!!!
plz let me know when ya update/Thanx

Tue, September 30th, 2008 9:07pm


alrighty!!! thanks so much!!! :-D

Tue, September 30th, 2008 3:23pm

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