Everlasting Breath

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

Chapter 3 (v.1) - Human Obstructions

Submitted: September 10, 2008

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Chapter 3: Human Obstructions

“Victoria! You must leave him for someone to find! We cannot bring him back with us, you know this!” April was shouting now and I felt Xavier start to wiggle around in his sleep. I peeked down at him, sadness filling my soul. I couldn’t just leave him here, I needed him, and I’m sure that at this point in time, he needed me too.

“I’m not leaving him. I can’t do it. Look, up until about half a year ago, I was still a human too, and plus, I’ve always wanted children! He needs me! I can’t just let him die! Please, you must understand, April!”

“Vikki, you gotta leave him, please, I don’t want everyone to hate you!” Nikki was tugging on my shirt, pleading with her eyes.

I felt terrible, and I already knew the consequences if I were to bring him back. I would be killed, and I knew for sure that he would suffer the same way.

“Listen, I understand everything, but this is a child, you guys, a child. He’s innocent. I can’t leave him and I won’t leave him.”

I hugged him tightly, pulling him as close to me as possible. Dante would understand, he had to understand. I wished there was a way I could call him, or talk to him through my mind.

I closed my eyes, trying to send pictures of where I was into his head. I tried as hard as I could to make myself sound calm and to show him a screenshot of what was going on. I’d hoped it would work.

“Please. At least just take me home so I can talk to Dante.”

“I’ll take you home, but you are leaving that child. He cannot go with you and that is final. I will kill you now, if I need to, Victoria. I do not lie when I say that this is a terrible mistake on your part.” April was moving closer, anger boiling in her eyes, showing with the crimson they had turned. I was sort of scared, but I knew that if worse came to worse, I would move her away with my mind and run like hell.

“No. I’m not leaving him. You have seen what I can do, April, do not toy with me.” The same anger grew in my eyes and I could feel my mind cloud.

Sure, I didn’t know this child, but I knew that I had to be with him, the same feeling I had felt when I knew I loved Dante. I had a strong urge to protect him, and I would do it no matter what the cost.

I found him, he was scared and he lost his family, and they want to just kill him and cast him out? What the hell is wrong with these people? Apparently the myths were true: Vampires are heartless creatures that are only out for one thing-blood.

I began shouting pictures to Dante now, shouting emotions, showing the scene over and over. I felt my eyes start to welt and opened them, letting the tears fall down my cheeks.

“Victoria, I’m not out to hurt you, but you must understand that we have this plan for a reason. We cannot allow humans to exist anymore. I am sorry.”

“Why? Why can’t they exist? What did they do that was so bad?! Huh? Tell me, April!” I was shouting right back at her now, being aware of Xavier, but trying to get my point across at the same time.

“They are retched creatures! They want us dead! We cannot live with them!”

“But, how can you live without them….” My voice grew solemn. If vampires needed blood to survive, where were they figuring they would get it from? I just didn’t understand.

“We don’t need blood to survive but we do have bloodlust. Sure, it makes us feel a lot better and look a lot better, but we do not need it.”

A confused look crossed my face. So, they don’t need it to survive? Wow, that changes a lot. But it’s a hard thing to handle then, knowing that they don’t need it, but they want it so badly.

“Please don’t kill him, please, please. He needs me, he really does. He’s just a child, April, please, I know that you don’t actually have a beating heart, but I know that you have feeling as though you do.”

“Yes, I feel for the child, more deeply than you can probably imagine. But we have rules, my dear, we have rules we must follow or else there would be utter chaos amongst our race.”

“I know, but I am not one of your race, so why do I have to follow your rules? Why do I have to be killed because I feel for a child?”

“You are lucky you are even allowed to stay alive, Victoria. I’m sorry to put it that way, but if you didn’t hold a higher power for us, we would not accept you.”

“Okay, okay. Just take me home-with the child.”

“I will take you there. And we will stay with you and Dante so you can talk about the situation. At the end of that conversation, we will take the child.”

I nodded. I knew it was the only way I could get them to take me home. I felt as though Nikki sort of understood and that she kind of wanted a friend-a friend of her same age. I would agree until they wanted to take Xavier, and then I would fight back, no matter what the cost.

“Come, my dear.” She extended her hand out to me. I balanced Xavier on my hip and held him with my other arm, grabbing her hand. Nikki grabbed her around her waist, and we were gone.

We arrived a few feet from Dante’s house, standing on the cobblestone walkway.

“We will fetch your dress and ours a little later, after we get all of this taken care of. I’m sure no one will take it, anyway.”

I nodded.

I began to walk forward, toward the house, cradling the small boy in my arms, my mind racing with things to say to Dante.

Before I knew it, Dante was running out of the house, looking at me, worried.

“Victoria! I was so worried! What happened?!”

And then he saw him.

“Who….who is….this?”

“This is Xavier. I was trying to send you images of what was going on. I found him in a dressing room, locked up and asking for help. He needs me, Dante. His family was killed and I won’t let the same happen to him!” Tears were gushing out of my eyes which had to have been bright red by now. I just couldn’t let anything happen to him.

“Victoria, he is a human.”

“I know, I know, I’ve heard it all! They’re going to take him and kill him, Dante; I just can’t let it happen. I’ll die with him, if I have to.”

“Why all of this fuss over a child?”

“Because he needs us! He doesn’t have a family! He was dying, all alone in that dressing room, I heard him, and I saved him.” I hugged him tighter. “Dante, I looked into his eyes and I knew I had to have him.”

He nodded once and kissed my forehead. He started walking around me and slowly toward April and Nikki. They stood hand-in-hand, a harsh look on April’s face.

“April, we must talk about this. Victoria feels a bond with this child and I will stand behind her. I do not mind if he is human, for I feel no lust for his blood.”

“Understandable, Dante, but this is against the rules. You knew that if Victoria hadn’t turned into a Darkling, she would have been killed. You know this, Dante, do not lie to yourself.”

“I know, April, but we need to work something out, because I am not losing her, and apparently, she isn’t giving him up.”

They were whispering, as if they didn’t want me to hear, but I could hear it all. Xavier started moving in my arms again and a tear fell from my cheek onto his. He was the little boy I’d always wanted, and he slightly resembled me, which was odd, too. He was mine, and I’d do anything for him now.

Call me dependent if you want, but my family was complete now, in my eyes, and I wouldn’t be losing either of them anytime soon, unless my life was lost, as well.


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