Everlasting Breath

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

Chapter 26 (v.1) - The Monster Within

Submitted: October 08, 2008

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Chapter 26: The Monster Within

“I wonder why my mom is acting so weird,” I whispered, lying next to Dante. I stared at the high ceiling and saw images of her and I together, laughing, talking, and sharing the best moments in my life. It seemed like she was changed now, and I hated it. It was like she hated me now and what I had become.

“I’m sure she’ll come around; just give it some time,” he said, laying his head on my chest.

“But, I just don’t understand why she’s so distant, you know?”

“I know what you mean. Ever since you rescued her, she’s been acting a little weird. I know that I didn’t know her too awful well before, but from what you have told me, she wasn’t as cross as she has become.”

“Do you think it’s because her mind was altered when I bit her?”

“I guess that could be, but I’ve never really heard of that happening.”

“Well, everything is different now, apparently. Vampires aren’t what everyone thinks they are.”

“That’s true. Maybe something did go wrong when she was changed. I suppose it’s a very large possibility…unless of course, she’s just scared and confused right now.”

“Yeah, that could be too. Well, I’ll just wait a little longer; but I really don’t think she wants to be here, Dante.”

“I think she does. Anyway, did you show her your dress?” He asked, peaking up at me.

“Yeah, she loved it. She told me I looked really beautiful and that you’ll be surprised when you see me in it.”

“Did she change her mind about me yet?”

“I’m not really sure. She said that she’d try to be more supportive, but she feels like she’s losing me all over again.”

“I see,” his voice trailed off. He looked to the ceiling for a moment and then back at me. I really wish that she would accept us, he whispered in his mind.

“So do I. I wish that she could just know how much I love you.”

“Me too,” he said softly, propping himself up on his arm. His hair cradled his face in the darkness and his eyes shimmered like green glitter. He was truly beautiful and I only wished that my mother would see him for what he really is-my knight in shining armor.

“I hope she goes back to normal soon. I mean, it’s not that big of a difference, but I just don’t feel like she’s the same person.”

“I understand, sweetie,” he leaned down and kissed my forehead. “Maybe you should get some sleep.”

“Yeah, you’re right, I’m pretty tired,” I said through a yawn.

I fell asleep shortly after, cradled in Dante’s arms. He felt warm now, and that was completely refreshing. His slow breathing was almost like music and it calmed me and the worry about my mother floated away with the notes from his lungs.

Before I knew it, the sun was warming my face again, dancing across my cheek, making me open my eyes.

I woke to Dante lying next to me, as he did every morning. He kissed me softly and walked out of the room, smiling and closing the door.

I picked out something to wear-jeans and a girly top (something I wouldn’t normally wear) and opened the door, skipping down the hall. I was in quite a good mood this morning and I was hoping that nothing would go wrong. It seemed like more and more lately, nothing was working out.

I grabbed the railing on the stairs and walked down slowly, peaking around the corner at the edge of the kitchen.

Everyone was in their normal positions and Dante was already making me breakfast. The kids sat next to each other and my mom sat next to them, staring forward blankly.

“Hey, guys!” I said cheerfully. “How is everybody doing this morning?”

“Good!” Nikki and Xavier answered in unison.

My father just looked at me, smiled, and turned back to the meal he was cooking. The only person that didn’t respond was my mother. What a surprise.

“Mom, are you okay?” I asked, taking my seat at the table.

“What? Oh-I’m-I’m fine,” she replied, shaking her head and uncrossing her eyes.

I gave her an odd look and she looked away quickly, crossing her arms in front of her.

“Do you want to go for a walk today?”

She glanced back and closed her eyes, nodding her head lightly.

I concentrated on her mind for a moment, trying to hear anything, but I felt like something was blocking me. I couldn’t break through the barrier; how weird.

Dad, are you blocking mom’s thoughts?

It’s for your own good, kid.

And why’s that? Why can’t I hear them?! I want to know why she hates me so much now!

She doesn’t hate you, Vic. She could never hate you.

Then let me hear her thoughts! Let me listen!

Fine. But don’t blame me if you regret listening.

I went back to concentrating on her mind and the thoughts started flowing into my head like a stream.

I just don’t know what to do anymore. I wish I would have let those people kill me. Why is she marrying that monster?! How could she betray me like this?! Why can’t she just see that he’s wrong, just like the rest of them? She’s seen that they killed every human, and now she wants to invite him into our family?! What has my daughter become?!

I looked down solemnly. I thought that she was trying to be okay with Dante and I, but she was more than upset about us being together. I knew I had to talk to her, and it had to be now.

“Mom, do you wanna go sit in the back yard and talk to me?” I asked with a smile.

“Okay, sure,” she nodded.

Why does your mother hate me so much? Dante asked.

I’m about to go find out. Please be patient; you know I love you.

I love you, too. I know it’ll be okay. Oh, be sure to come back in the house in about thirty minutes; your breakfast will be done.

Okay, will do. I smiled at him as I stood up from my seat, pushing it in.

My mom got up too and we met at the front of the table and walked out of the kitchen and down the hall.

It was sort of awkward, which was weird for my mother and I. We were always so close, and now it was like we were falling apart and I hated that more than anything.

We reached the back door and I opened it, extending my arm out to my mother for her to walk through.

“Thanks,” she whispered.

I walked after her and I took a seat on one of the stones. She sat next to me and curled up into a ball, pulling her knees up near her face.

“So, how are you, mom?” I asked, staring into the forest.

“I’m alright, how are you, Vic?”

“I’m good.”

“So, why did you want to talk to me?”

“I was wondering if you’ve changed your mind about Dante yet.”

She went silent and stared straight ahead.

Of course I haven’t changed my mind! Does this girl think I’m crazy, or what?!

“I’m starting to warm up to him,” she muttered.

“Sure,” I said with a sarcastic tone.

“Why does it matter anyway, Vic?” She shot her expression at me, looking fiercely into my face.

“I just want you to like him is all! He’s not the same as them, mom! You need to realize that!”

“And how do you know he isn’t different?”

“Because I just do! I’ve told you everything and it’s up to you to believe me now. I love him, and that’s never going to change. And really, mom, you have to realize that you are a vampire now! As much as you hate that fact, it’s the truth and it was the only way I could save you!”

“I don’t want to be this though! I don’t want to have this life! I wish I would have let them kill me back there!” She shouted, standing up and pacing.

“What are you talking about?! I don’t want to lose you!” I screamed, pushing myself up off of the ground.

“Well, that’s what is going to happen if you marry him,” she said, crossing her arms and perking up her nose. I swear, I’ve never seen this side of my mom. She was always the nice, polite one, and now it’s like she’s turned into the very monster she despises.

“You know what?! You’ve changed, mom! You’re not the same anymore!” I shouted, my eyes burning with tears.

“Well, whose fault is that?” She turned away.

“You’re….blaming me for saving you?”

“I’m not giving you an award, am I?”

“I….I can’t believe this,” I whispered, walking away. I ran into the house and up the stairs, slamming the door behind me and falling onto my bed.

Sweetie, what’s wrong? Dante asked in my mind.

My mom is blaming me…

Blaming you for what?! I could hear the anger in his voice, although he wasn’t talking. I was sure his face looked calm, but in his mind, he was screaming.

She’s blaming me for changing her into a monster.

She’s not a monster! This is absolutely ridiculous! I cannot believe she isn’t grateful for her own daughter saving her life!

Well, she hates me. I was right.

I turned off my mind and the only thing driving me was my tears and anger now. I felt completely betrayed and almost like I’d lost my best friend. My mother was always there for me and she always supported me, and now she hated my guts.

I heard the door open slowly and very light footsteps making their way to the side of the bed.

Dante picked me up and cradled me in his arms, rubbing his nose all over my face.

“I don’t know why she’s doing this, but you shouldn’t feel bad, love. You did the right thing. You saved her; she just doesn’t see that, apparently.”

I just cried harder, losing my breath. He hugged me tighter, but the tears just flowed faster.

“Sweetie please calm down,” he whispered, lifting up my chin with his hand. I stared at him for a second and then looked down, allowing more tears to escape my red eyes.

“How can I calm down when this is happening? Dante, I worried about her for so long and when I found out I couldn’t heal her, it literally shattered my heart. The only way I could save her was to change her, and now she hates me for it. My own mother hates me.”

“I just don’t know what to say.”

“I’m leaving!” I heard my mother scream from downstairs. I perked my head up and wiped my tears, jumping off of the bed.

“Was that my mom?” I asked.

“I think so,” Dante answered, standing up.

I ran through the door and he followed me downstairs and into the living room.

“You can’t leave!” My dad screamed in her face, grabbing her arm tightly.

“Let me go, Damien!” She yelled back.

Please help, my dad thought.

There’s nothing I can do, I said back.

Well, please, try something!

“Mom, what are you doing?” I asked.

“I’m leaving, Victoria! I’m done with this!”

“What are you talking about?”

“I can’t take this anymore! I don’t want to do this anymore! I hate myself, can’t you see that?!”

“Why?! I just don’t understand! Why won’t you tell me?!”

“I just don’t want to be this! You remember what that vampire did to that little girl in the street?! I don’t want that to be you!”

“You’re too late, mom! I’ve already been bitten! And another thing; haven’t you realized yet that I can’t die?!”

“I’m just leaving. That’s it; I’m done,” she whispered, dropping her head.

“Please don’t leave me,” my dad said softly.

“You’re finally getting a taste of your own medicine,” she said, turning to face him.

His eyes started to water but he slowly dropped his hand, letting go of her arm. She walked toward the door and turned around, bowing her head once.

“Mom, don’t do this. Please, I don’t want to lose you again,” I stepped forward to meet her.

“I need to go.”

“What are you going to do by yourself?”

“I need to be alone to die, Vic. I just can’t be this….this creature.”

“You can’t die, mom. Don’t you realize I did this to help you?”

“Being a vampire isn’t helping anyone, honey. It’s only killing me faster,” she said, kissing my cheek.

“Please mom. Please don’t leave. I’m begging you,” my voice broke. Tears streamed down my face like a waterfall; I didn’t want to ever lose my mom again, but she was leaving me for the second time. And maybe the last.

“I wish I could stay. But, I just can’t.”

“What about us, Destiny?” My dad walked up, taking her hands.

“There is no us anymore, Damien. There is only you; that’s all there’s ever been.”

“I told you that I’ve changed. Please believe me when I say this to you,” he plead.

“I love you and I always will, but this is for the best. You guys will be happier without me bringing you down.”

Dante walked forward and took his spot next to me, grabbing my hand.

“Destiny, I would prefer you stayed. Isn’t there anything I can do to prove to you that I’m different?”

“I’m sorry, but there really isn’t. If my daughter wants to be with you, she can, but I’m sorry, I won’t be there to see you marry her.”

“I wish you would change your mind,” he whispered, lowering his head.

I shook where I stood, crying what felt like the rest of the tears my eyes could hold. I couldn’t believe she was leaving me again. I finally had my mother back, but she didn’t want me.

“You don’t want to be with me anymore,” I muttered.

“I want to be with you, Victoria. Not the girl that stands in front of me today. You aren’t my daughter, anymore.”

My mouth dropped open. “How can you say that?”

“Please, have a good life. Don’t let me bring you down. I wish you all the best.”

And with that, my mother was gone, once again; forever.


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