Everlasting Breath

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

Chapter 4 (v.1) - Complete

Submitted: September 11, 2008

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Chapter 4: Complete

“Okay, Dante, but we must return to the manor and have a meeting. It is the only way, you know this.”

Dante nodded and turned to face me. He extended his arm out, intending for me to take his hand.

I walked forward slowly and cautiously, watching April with my every step. I took Dante’s hand and he kissed me on the forehead.

The next thing I knew, we were at the large mansion again, walking toward the doors. Xavier opened his eyes slowly, looking around, a very scared expression on his face.

“Shh, don’t worry, everything will be fine. I’m still here.”

“Where are we?” He whispered, intending for only me to hear him, but everyone ended up turning their heads around.

“We’re going to talk about some things, don’t worry though, I’ll take care of you, I promise.” I smiled at him.

“Okay.” He looked around again, finding Dante, Nikki, and April walking slightly ahead of us, Dante and me hand-in-hand, of course.

“Who are they?!” He almost shouted but I pulled my hand from Dante’s quickly and placed it over his mouth.

“Shh, they won’t hurt you, you’ll be okay.”

“Okay.”

We reached the stairs and walked up them quickly, April opening the doors in front of us.

I told Xavier to wait with Nikki and play games with her while we talked about the situation.

He nodded, grabbed Nikki’s hand, and they ran outside to play in the fountain. I’d never seen Nikki so happy.

The three of us walked to the large room, once again, where the other men were already waiting. I’d imagined April had contacted them somehow so that they knew what was going on.

Instantly, the man named “John” rose from his chair and quickly walked over, saying something unintelligible.

“What do you think you are doing, young lady?! You know the rules of our people!”

Dante walked in front of me and into John’s face. “Do not yell at her, she understands the rules, but as you know, she is not one of our people, John, she is something else, and she has her own rules. Up until she turned nineteen, she was a human, and she also lost her mother. She understands this boy and she would like to take care of him. Please grant us permission.”

I smiled behind Dante, staring at the back of his head. He really is behind me on this, I can’t believe it.

“You know the only way you can keep him, Dante. You know what must be done.”

Dante was silent now and he turned around to face me. A solemn look crossed his face and just as quickly, it passed and he looked determined.

“We must change him,” he said quietly.

I looked at him and then looked at everyone else around the room; they all nodded and closed their eyes, almost simultaneously.

“I can’t allow that, I’m sorry.”

“Victoria, it’s the only way. Either he’s changed, or he’s going to be killed. Sweetheart, you must do what is right for him.”

“So changing him into a monster like us is the answer?! I don’t understand you people! He is a child for god sake! He is innocent; he hasn’t done anything to deserve such a fate!”

“Please, we must change him. We cannot allow him to survive as a human; you understand this, my dear.” April tried as hard as she could to look calm, but I could tell that something inside of her loved every minute of this. She was my friend now, yes, but I did not agree with what she was saying in the least.

“There’s no other way? Nothing?” I felt defeated. I couldn’t believe they were going to kill this little boy. Yes, turning him into a vampire is killing him. It was complete bullshit and I didn’t want to stand there and let it happen.

“I am afraid not, my dear,” another vampire stepped forward now. He looked almost the same as John, with subtle changes to the way his face was shaped.

I slumped my shoulders and sighed loudly. At least they would let him survive, right? I mean, my future husband is a vampire, right? It wouldn’t be that bad, would it?

But, it would, because of the way they were going about it. I found this child, I promised him I would protect him and that I wouldn’t hurt him, and now he was going to be changed into one of the people that killed his family. I felt completely useless, scared, worried, and sad.

“My love, we can have a child,” Dante picked my face up by my chin and looked into my eyes.

“What do you mean?”

“It is possible to have a child, if you prefer. You don’t have to settle for a human boy, if you don’t want to.”

“Wait, what? We can have a baby? What are you talking about? And, settle? I’m not settling, Dante, he needs me!”

“Sweetie, I have found that I can cry, remember? It is a possibility that we can have a child of our own. We can save everyone the heartbreak of changing him, if you do not want to.”

“Dante, I want him, he needs me.”

“Okay then, it is settled, he will be changed as soon as possible.”

I nodded in agreement. There would be no other way. And, wait, we can have a baby! I can be a mother; I can have my own child, a product of Dante and I. I almost smiled at the thought. We will be able to have two children, as I had always preferred. Finally, my family is becoming complete. Yes, it’s going to be a little weird to have vampires as a husband and son, but I will still love them both unconditionally.

“I love you and everything will be okay.” He took my hands and stared into my eyes.

“I know. I’m happy, I really am. I’m just glad that I found him.”

“Let’s go gather the children.”

“So, you will change him, Dante?” April stopped him dead and he just stared straight ahead.

He turned to face her slowly. “Me? I have to change the boy?”

“If you prefer, since he will be your son. You would like him to be tied to you, am I right?”

“I guess you’re right. Then, yes, I will do it.”

He turned back around to look at me, grabbed my hand, and guided me out the door, leaving the rest of them in the room.

“You’re going to change him?” I whispered, grabbing his hand tighter.

“Yes, if I change him, he will rightfully be my son. He will be tied to me by my venom. That is what you want, isn’t it, love?”

“Well, yeah, but if it’s too much for you, you don’t have to do it.”

“I’ll be fine.” He looked forward.

We walked out the back door and into the garden, finding Xavier and Nikki laughing and playing in the fountain, as I had seen them doing. I smiled as we walked toward them, actually wishing they were both mine.

“Hey, guys!” I let go of Dante’s hand and went running toward them. I sat next to Xavier, hugging him from behind, playing in the water with them.

Dante came walking over, smiling brightly, watching us all play.

“You want to come live with me, Xavier?”

“Yeah!” He sounded so excited and turned around and hugged me tightly.

I was the happiest I’d ever been in my life at that very moment. Everything was going to go perfectly, this time. I would be getting married soon, I had a son, and I could get pregnant. Smiles all around!

“Victoria, would you like to get going? We must make arrangements for Xavier to live with us. You know, his bed, clothes, food.”

“Yeah, of course! You want to go shopping with us?” I stood up, picking him up with me.

“Yeah! Can Nikki come, too?! Please, please?!”

“If it’s okay with April, she can.”

At that very second, Nikki went running into the house, screaming. Not even two seconds later, she came running back out, hopping in the air.

“Vikki, I can come, I can come!”

I turned to face Dante. “Is that okay with you?”

He shrugged. “Fine with me. Let’s go, guys.”

Nikki grabbed my free-hand, Dante grabbed me around the waist, and we ended up outside of Bed Bath and Beyond.


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