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Chapter 25: Shape-Shifting

I screamed as I felt my mind becoming more animalistic. I could feel my hands growing larger, my body growing scales. My face felt like it was tearing apart and my arms started to burn like they were on fire.

I looked around in confusion, what the hell is happening to me?

You’re shape-shifting, Vic! My dad screamed in his mind.

I looked down to see green, glittering scales covering my body. My hands and feet were now composed of large talons with long sharp nails protruding out of my fingers. My vision was the clearest it’s ever been, and I could smell flowers I’d imagined were miles away.

I was absolutely beautiful, and positively deadly.

I laughed, but it sounded more like a roar and I flapped my angel-looking wings, taking flight above the scene below. I hovered for a moment, trying to get the feel of my wings, but was overtaken by the astonishing feeling of being able to fly.

“Is that Victoria?!” April screamed.

“Wow, that’s amazing,” Dante said breathless.

For some reason, I wasn’t thinking like myself. The animal I had become took over my mind and made me plummet to the earth, crushing April underneath my mighty weight.

I ripped one of her arms off, venom squirting all over me, tasting terrible. I shook my head and went back in, tearing more of her flesh from her body.

She passed out from shock, but I wouldn’t quit. As much as my human mind was telling my animal body to stop, it wouldn’t. I couldn’t stop myself from tearing her to pieces, bit by bit.

Take it easy, kid! My dad screamed in his thoughts, but I wouldn’t hear them. I couldn’t hear anything other than the ripping sounds of April’s flesh.

I flung her body parts all over the place, spreading them out so that she didn’t have a chance to put herself back together.

I tore her organs from her torso, chewing them up for a moment, and then tossing them to the side. She tasted terrible, or else I might have had more fun tasting her limbs.

Last was her head. I stood up above her and put my foot into the air, smashing it down onto her skull. It crushed instantly, and that was it.

I walked over to the pieces of her body, one by one, spraying them with the fire that emitted itself from my mouth. I was a terrible dragon, ruthlessly killing the woman who had once been my friend.

After all of the pieces were burned and the stench of her flesh filled the air, I shifted myself back to my human form. For some reason, it was easier to tell my body to go back to being a human.

I dropped to my knees and looked around me. I saw piles of ashes spread throughout the battle-ground, lightly floating in the air and flying away.

I put my hands over my face, crying into them as I started to regret my actions. I hated myself for killing her, but what else was I suppose to do?! She would have killed me first, if she would have had her way.

Dante came running over and I could hear his footsteps in the dirt. He kneeled beside me, hugging my tightly. I stood up, bringing him up with me, and held him deeply.

“I….I killed her,” I muttered.

“It’s okay, you had to. You had to do it, sweetheart,” he whispered in my ear. I hated myself, sure, but I knew that I would have been in her position if I hadn’t shifted.

“How did I do that?” I asked, staring at him, wide-eyed.

“I don’t know, but it was amazing. I’d never imagined a dragon could be that beautiful.”

“Thanks for trying to make me feel better,” I said, lowering my head to his chest. I cried for a moment, thinking of our wedding and how different it would be without April there. But then again, I never did anything to deserve the treatment she’s given me or my family.

Right! My family!

“Where’s my mom?!” I said, shooting my face up to look at him.

“They’re right over there,” he said, pointing behind me.

I turned around and ran to my mother who stood there with her mouth wide open.

“Mom! I thought I was going to lose you again!”

“I thought I was going to lost you too.”

“Nikki! Xavier! Are you guys okay?!” I shouted, running over to them and kneeling down, grabbing and hugging each of them.

“We’re fine, just a little shaken up,” Nikki smiled. “You were great, Vikki!”

“Thanks, I don’t feel so great,” I muttered, standing up.

Dante walked back over and took my hand, his eyes gleaming in the evening light. It was almost nightfall and I knew that we would have to get home soon, although I didn’t know how I could live with myself after what I had done.

I couldn’t stop picturing her face as I smashed it in-terrified. Sure, she was passed out, but that doesn’t change the fact that she knew it was me who put her eternal life to an end.

“Where are the rest of the elders?” I asked, glancing up at Dante.

“They’re gone. They all fled, telling us to take care of April. They hated her almost as much as you did.”

“So, they’re still out there?!” I began to panic. I was done with all of this fighting!

“Calm, my love, don’t worry, they won’t be bothering us anymore. The only reason they were fighting was because April had control of them.”

“That’s true,” I sighed.

We all walked outside and transported ourselves back to our house.

The house was even more beautiful than I remembered. Perhaps the events of this evening made me think about how wonderful I really have it. And really, let’s face it, killing April was probably the best decision I’ve ever made.

I walked inside slowly and took my seat on the leather couch. The rest of my family took their normal seats, as well, but something definitely felt very off.

I stared straight forward, not thinking of a think and not worrying about a thing. I hated myself, but I couldn’t think of it right now. My mind was as blank as a new sheet of paper.

I felt Dante put his arm around me and I heard the light sounds of Xavier and Nikki playing together. I saw the light of the TV pouring into the room, but none of it phased me. I was silent and frozen.

Don’t worry about it, kid. She deserved the death you gave her, my dad said maliciously in my mind.

No one deserves to die, dad.

Just don’t worry about it, you should be thinking about the wedding, not about April.

That’s just it, I can’t think about the wedding now. She won’t be there.

Please don’t beat yourself up about this, Vic. You helped a lot of people by killing her. Think about everyone else, don’t think about her.

It’s really hard when all I see in my mind is her face before I stomped it in.

Hm, I don’t know what else to say, other than you shouldn’t feel bad. She was about to kill your mom, Xavier, Nikki, and if she would have had her chance, she would have killed you too.

I know I shouldn’t feel bad, but I can’t help it right now. Just let me be, please.

Sure, kid. I love you.

Love you too, dad.

I stood up from the couch and walked out of the room, never looking at anyone or anything. I strode like a zombie up to my room and lay on the bed, covering myself up with the blankets. I curled up into a ball and cried to myself. It seemed like I was always feeling sorry for myself, but in reality, I just wanted to make everyone else happy.

“Victoria?” Dante whispered, cracking the door open a little.

“Yeah?” I answered, wiping the tears from my face.

“Are you okay, sweetie?” He asked, walking up to the side of the bed.

“I don’t really know. I’m trying to be okay, but it’s a little hard right now.”

“I understand, but you can’t beat yourself up over this, honey.”

“My dad already tried that line with me. I just keep thinking about her face,” I said as I lifted myself up in a sitting position.

Dante took a seat next to me, hanging off the bed slightly.

“I’m sorry, but I just think that you did the right thing. It was a little ruthless,” he laughed, “But all in all, it was the right and best thing to do.”

“I just couldn’t control myself. It was like some animal was controlling my mind.”

“Well, that’s because it was. If you shape-shift and you already have death on your mind, the animal is going to go through with it. But, if you have peace on your mind, you can do basically whatever you want.”

“How do you know so much about it?”

“I’ve researched many things in my old age. I know a lot of things that I’m probably not suppose to know, but at least I have the knowledge now, considering I can do some of the acts myself.”

“Yeah. You know, I’m really happy I have you,” I whispered, bending over and hugging him tightly, kissing his arm.

“I’m happy I have you, as well, my love. No more bad thoughts, okay?” He said, lifting my chin up with his hand.

I nodded slightly. I couldn’t promise anything, but I’d try.

“I’m sorry you had to go through that today, but hopefully things will finally settle down.”

“I hope so too.”

“Aren’t you hungry?” He asked, standing up off of the bed.

“Yeah, I guess I’m a little hungry. Are Nikki and Xavier in bed yet?”

“Your dad’s making Xavier some food and Nikki is just sitting there watching, as she usually does. I imagine they’ll go to bed after X gets done eating.”

“Okay, that sounds good. You know, we have the two best kids.”

“I know, and they’re not even ours,” he giggled.

“Yeah, they never cause any problems at all. It’s like they both know what to do, all of the time.”

“Let’s go downstairs,” he said, grabbing my hand.

I stood up and walked out of the room, Dante holding the door open for me. I skipped down stairs with him at my side, jumping off of the last step and smiling over at him.

“You’re too adorable,” he laughed.

“Why thank you!” I said in a British accent as we walked into the kitchen.

My dad was standing at the stove making some type of food, Xavier was sitting at the table, rubbing his little tummy, Nikki was sitting next to him, laughing, and my mom was staring straight ahead.

“Mom, are you okay?” I asked, waving my hand in front of her face.

She shook her head and nodded, staring at me.

“What’s wrong?”

“I just can’t get over what I saw today. I can’t get over it,” she muttered.

“I’m sorry, mom. I didn’t want to do that, but I had to! She was going to kill us all!”

“I know, Vic, I know,” she said sadly.

I walked over behind her and hugged her, kissing her cheek. “I love you, mom, please know that I’d never hurt you,” I whispered in her ear.

“I know that you wouldn’t, but you scared me.”

“I know I did. I scared myself too, but I can’t take it back, now. I don’t know what else to do other than accept my actions.”

“I thought you couldn’t shape-shift or whatever, anyway,” she said sourly.

“I thought I couldn’t either, but apparently I can,” I said, backing away from her.

Okay, I don’t know what’s up with my mom, but she’s been sort of mean ever since I rescued her the first time.

What’s wrong with mom?

I don’t know, Vic, she’s been acting like this for awhile, now.

Well, she’s being kind of mean and I was just wondering if you knew the reason why.

Maybe she’s just a little confused. We have to give her some time, kid. She just got thrown into this world and now I don’t think she really knows what to do, you know?

I guess you’re right. Maybe she’s just really scared.

Yeah, I think that’s about right.

You scared your mother, Dante chimed in.

I know I did, but I couldn’t help it. My body just….changed so quickly.

I know, but it’s going to take her some time to get used to all of this.

That’s what I was just telling her, my dad said.

Would you guys shut up?! Xavier said playfully.

We all laughed and Nikki and my mom looked at each other and shrugged. I walked over to Xavier and hugged him, kissing him on the cheek. He tried to pull away but I held him there, kissing him all over.

“Quit it, Vikki!” He giggled.

“I’m gonna get you!” I said playfully. He got up out of his chair and went running around the dining room table, laughing and screaming.

I chased him and tackled him to the ground, lifting up his shirt and tickling his stomach. He kicked around and punched me but I kept tickling him until I heard his stomach growl.

“Aw, you’re hungry, aren’t you?”

“Yeah! I’m really hungry! Uncle Damien, when’s supper gonna be done?!” He shouted, standing up. I pulled his shirt back down and kissed him one last time before I stood up, looking at my dad.

“Almost done,” he said over his shoulder.

We all took our places back at the table and Dante took my side again after putting my food in the oven. He took my hand and kissed my neck, stealing away my breath.

“I love you,” he whispered in my ear. “Things are going to be great from now on, you’ll see.”

I smiled over at him. I hoped he was right.

Submitted: October 05, 2008

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See, patience is a virtrue...GREAT work!

Wed, October 8th, 2008 9:19pm


thanks so much! i still gotta finish the rest of this novel though lol its taking me a little while....blah

Wed, October 8th, 2008 3:44pm