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Chapter 27: Looking Up

“I can’t stand by and watch her walk away again,” I whispered, tears falling from my eyes. I stood in front of the door after my mother closed it and slumped my shoulders, crying until I started to hyperventilate. If this was what she really wanted, I had to accept it. But did I want to? No way.

Dante hugged me tightly, “It’ll be okay, believe me. She just needs time, okay? Just give her some time. We did all we could do.”

“I can’t believe she’s doing this to us,” my dad said lightly. I let go of Dante and ran over, grabbing my dad and never letting go. We broke down with each other and I told him everything would be okay. I didn’t think it would, but it just had to be.

“Why would she do this to me again?” I asked through tears.

My dad picked up my chin with his hand and looked into my eyes. “Maybe she’s just trying to give me a little taste of my own medicine.”

I backed away, “But that’s so heartless, dad! She needs us! She knows she does, but she won’t admit it!”

“That may be true kid, but she’s gone. And I’m not about to start looking for her. We should give her some time, like Dante said.”

“But, I just want her back,” I muttered. The feeling of her leaving again stung like someone was burning the open wound in my heart. I needed my mother and she didn’t want me. It was the worst feeling in the world.

“Where do you suppose she’s going?” Nikki interrupted.

“I’m not sure. That’s part of the reason why I don’t understand why she would want to leave in the first place.”

“I think I know where she’s going,” I murmured.

They all stared at me for a second, but before I could look back, I stood in front of my old house.

It looked terrible. The outside walls were completely burned and the house looked like it was going to fall over any second. I stared straight ahead and saw my mom curled up in a ball on the walkway in front of our home.

I ran toward her and grabbed her from behind, embracing her. She grabbed my arms and hugged me back, wetting my arm with her tears.

“I want our old life back,” she said, her voice cracking.

“I know, mom, I do too. I do too.”

“Why did this have to happen?”

“Things happen for reasons. If this wouldn’t have happened, you might not have ever seen dad again. Would you want that?”

“It doesn’t matter anymore, Vic. We can’t ever be the same.”

“And why not?” I said, keeping my voice calm.

“We just can’t. You wouldn’t understand.”

“Then help me understand, mom. I want you in my life, and I’m pretty sure you want me in yours, too. We can still have a great life.”

“How can I have a great life when I’m this….monster?” She asked, glancing up at me.

“You’re not a monster. The only way you’re a monster is if you choose to be one. Dante chose not to and so can you. I mean, look at Nikki! She’s the sweetest little girl; you’ve even said it before! She chose to be good and kind and you can too.”

“I just don’t know if I can handle this. I feel like this was all thrown at me at once. I couldn’t remember anything, and the next thing I know, you’re there again, your dad is there again, and I’ve turned into a vampire! It’s all a little hard to wrap my head around.”

“I understand, but please try, mom. We can help you, you know? Dante really likes you and he hates the thought of you leaving. All I ever talked about was you, all I ever dreamed about was you, and all I ever thought about was you. When you left me again, I knew I couldn’t live. I had to find you and I figured you’d be here.”

“I’m just so confused, Vic.”

“I am too, but I’ve gotten through it. Look at me, I’m doing great now! I have a wonderful fianc my dad is back in my life, I have two beautiful children to take care of, and best of all, my mom is still alive.”

“I guess you’re right. I’m being sort of selfish, aren’t I?”

“I hate to say it, but yes, you are. I saved your life and you threw me away like I never even existed.”

“I’m sorry. I just didn’t know what else to do.”

“Do you want to see if we can go inside?”

I stood up and picked her up with me, letting her find her balance. We walked up the stairs and pushed open the door, walking inside. The door creaked loudly and the inside of the house was completely charred from top to bottom.

We walked through the front hallway and into the living room, pinching our noses to block out the stench. I peaked my head around the corner and stepped into the living room.

I looked on the ground and saw a body-long dead. That must have been where the stench was coming from. My mom walked in next to me and screamed at the top of her lungs, covering her eyes.

“It’s okay!” I tried to calm her down. For some reason, it didn’t bother me that much anymore-until I looked closer at the face.

Mrs. Wilkins-our neighbor. I don’t know why she would have been over here, but she was; and apparently she was killed here, as well. My eyes teared up as I thought of the memories I shared with her and all I could think about was vampires sucking her veins dry.

I closed my eyes and turned away, grabbing my mother’s hand and leading her upstairs.

“I can’t believe that’s really her! Why is her body here?! What did they do to her?!”

I tried to calm her down again, but it wasn’t helping at all.

“I’m going to check out my room. Are you gonna be okay?”

“Sure, I’ll check out mine, too.”

I let go of her hand and walked down the hallway, opening my door. I watched my step, feeling like the floor was going to fall through. My room looked almost the same way I remembered it, except for the black walls and ashes everywhere. Most of my things were burned, but there were a few stuffed animals that had survived the fire. I grabbed them and walked out of my room, turning the corner and entering my mom’s bedroom.

She sat on the bed, holding a picture in her hands, crying hysterically. I walked over quickly and grabbed her, cradling her head.

I glanced over the top of her head and stared at the picture she clutched in her white hands-a picture of my mother, father, and me. A tear fell from my eye and onto the picture, sliding down it and leaving a trail.

“I can’t believe that picture survived,” I whispered.

“I know, I can’t either.”

“Mom, will you please trust me?”

“Trust you with what?” She asked, lifting her head up to look at me.

“Please trust me that you can be happy with this new life.” She nodded her head slowly and then started to shake it from side to side.

“It’s going to be hard, but I guess I’ll give it another shot.”

I smiled at her and hugged her tighter. “I love you so much, mom.”

“I love you too, Vic.”

“You know, we can build another house that looks exactly like this one?”

“That would be wonderful.”

We walked out of the house, carrying our personal belongings and transported back to my new home. My mother blew a kiss at the house before we left and I smiled over at her, promising that I would make everything okay.

I walked through the front door of my new home and into the living room. Everyone stared, but they quickly looked away as my mother moseyed through the opening, keeping her head lowered.

“You….came back?” My dad asked, standing up out of his chair. He walked over to my mom and hugged her. She returned the favor and stared at me over his shoulder. I nodded and she closed her eyes, smiling lightly.

“What are those?” Dante asked, pointing to my stuffed animals I held in my arms.

“Just some things I wanted from our old house.”

“Would you like to put them upstairs?”


We walked upstairs together and he grabbed a couple of the animals, cradling them in his arms.

He held the door open for me and I ran inside, throwing the stuffed animals on the bed. I sat down, grabbing each one of them and kissing them, finally reaching my favorite one-my panda bear.

I lay down and cuddled with him for a little while. Dante lay down next to me, smiling as I kissed and hugged the bear.

“You’re too cute,” he murmured.

“I missed this bear so much.”

“I can see that.”

He scooted forward and grabbed me by my hair, kissing me deeply. “You’re so amazing, Victoria.”

“Why do you say that?”

“You convinced your mother to return. That was quite the feat, don’t you think?”

“I guess. She was just confused and she felt like she was being thrown into the situation, you know?”

“That’s exactly what I thought. See, she never stopped loving you,” he whispered, kissing me cheek.

“I hope this is all done and over with now,” I said, staring down at my bear.

“I think it is. Just listen in on her every once and again to make sure her thoughts are still pure and kind.”

“Yeah, I agree. I kind of feel a little nosey, but I guess I should use the powers I have, shouldn’t I?”

He nodded and kissed me again, pulling me closer until we were right up next to each other. He rubbed my back and kissed my neck, breathing along my jaw line. I looked up, lifting my chin up further so he could reach my neck easier.

Just as I was about to throw the bear to the side and rip his shirt off, he stopped. I wrinkled my forehead and he closed his eyes.

“We should get back downstairs before they suspect something.”

“I guess so.”

He grabbed my hand and lifted me up off of the bed, steadying my legs.

“You’re such a tease,” I laughed.

“Am not!” He joked, skipping out of the room.

I ran after him and grabbed him from behind, almost knocking him down the stairs.

“Hey! No dirty play!”

“I can do whatever I want!” I giggled.

We skipped down together and walked into the living room where everyone was waiting.

My mother was now sitting on my father’s lap, staring at the picture she grabbed before we left. The kids were playing together on the floor, giggling and joking-having a great time.

“Hey, dad. I have a project for you,” I said. He perked his head up, staring at me with wonder in his eyes.

“And what would that be, Vic?”

“I want you to build a house for you and mom. I want it to look like our old house so that she can feel like she’s always at home.”

“That sounds like a good idea,” he said, smiling at my mom.

“I can help out too, Damien. I’ve been known to be quite handy,” Dante smiled.

“Okay, then, we’ll start tomorrow.”

I was more than glad that everything seemed to be going so well. Sure, my mom had left, but she came back and everything was fine now. She was just confused and scared, which was completely understandable. I needed her and she needed me, and now she realized that.

My parents would remain together-hopefully, anyway, and Dante and I were about to be married. I’d hoped that everything would work out, and right now, with the beautiful scene in front of my eyes, I believed that it would with all of my heart.


Submitted: October 09, 2008

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i loved it!!!

Fri, October 10th, 2008 4:47am


thanks! :-D

Fri, October 10th, 2008 10:32am


AAAAWWWW...How cute! That was great! Bravo!

Fri, October 10th, 2008 2:31pm


thanks! :-D

Fri, October 10th, 2008 10:32am

chante baxer


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Fri, October 10th, 2008 10:54pm

Southern Peach

omg i love it!! it was awesome..yet another great story :)

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Sat, November 8th, 2008 7:59am

Penelope Garenther

i wanted to tell you :
YOU ARE AN AH-MAY-ZEE-ING! you pretty much saved me a night from letting my thought run around screaming in my i think you very much :D
this whole novel was WELL written and admire you very much.
i love the way you write and now i'm off to read the next book if this trilogy, but not before i got some white chocolate covered pretzels(:
take care.

Sat, November 15th, 2008 6:11am


oh my gosh thank you so much lol! im so glad you like my writing so much :-D!!!!!!

Sat, November 15th, 2008 5:28am


I LOVE IT! Can't wait to read the next one....I'll be sad when it's over. :) ;)

Sat, November 15th, 2008 4:44pm


thanks so much! i have no idea how im going to end this series :( lol

Mon, November 17th, 2008 10:16am