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Chapter 7 (v.1) - Willing Against Thirst

Submitted: September 15, 2008

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Chapter 7: Willing Against Thirst

“We have to go talk to April. She may know what is going on here. That is, unless you don’t want to, my love.” Dante stared at me with that caring look in his eyes, although I all I saw was Xavier’s blood as he sat in the other room.

For some reason, I just couldn’t get it off of my mind. I was freaking out, yet telling myself I was fine.

Finally, I told my throat to shut up. I mean, I can still be part darkling, right? I’m not a full vampire, am I? It’s all too complicated. Maybe going to the elders was the best answer.

“Yeah, let’s go.” I finally looked up at him and smiled lightly.

He grabbed my hand and led me downstairs where we saw Xavier watching TV.

“Hey, little guy, we’re going to go see Nikki, want to come?” Dante was becoming much better at talking in the language of a child. It was the cutest thing I’d ever seen when they would get together and play around. I loved it and I loved both of them.

“Yeah!” He ran over to us, taking Dante’s hand and we ended up where we always did-the mansion.

“Go get Nikki and play with her for awhile, okay, X?” Dante bent down to look into the little boy’s face and Xavier went running into the house screaming for his playmate.

We reached the door and before Dante could knock, April opened it and greeted us.

“Come in, please.”

We walked through the house, this time taking our seats in the living room. The room with filled with luxuries; the walls were a crimson red and the couches were a black velvet. I kept running my hands across them, as things as a vampire felt better to the touch.

In fact, all of my senses were exaggerated now. I could see clearer, I could hear things more loudly, and I could smell everything.

“We know what happened.” April started, her hands cradled in her lap, staring Dante and I down as though we’d committed murder.

“It was an accident. I just want to know if she will be okay. Is she a true vampire now?”

“It’s all too complicated, dear. I cannot tell whether or not she still has some darkling in her, but I believe that she does. She shows much control, considering she hasn’t killed Xavier yet, herself.”

“I would never let her kill him. Do you take me for a mad man?” Dante’s voice grew angry.

“Of course not, Dante. I applaud you for helping her. But this is a very odd sight. I hadn’t believed the men when they had told me what she would become, but now I see it, face-to-face. The Queen has arisen from the darkness, I do believe.”

“Wait, what??? Queen? Please explain to me why I’m being called a ‘ruler’ and a ‘Queen’ and blah, blah, blah. I just don’t understand any of it. I mean, sure, I feel the thirst and everything, but I really don’t feel any different.”

“Exactly. Feeling only thirst is a very good sign. Every other vampire that has just been changed usually kills the first human they see. In you fiance’s case, it was his family.”

I looked over at Dante and he lowered his head. I could tell that statement hurt him, and it hurt me to think of his feelings.

“Listen, April. I love you and all, but I don’t think this whole ‘ruling’ thing is for me. I just don’t see how I’m supposed to do it. And anyway, if Dante and I are supposed to be ‘ruling’ the vampire population, where are all of them? What are they all waiting for?”

“Victoria, we need you to make peace with our people. They have gone mad. Killing humans is one thing, but they are monsters and we cannot keep order ourselves anymore. The power you possess is that of a much higher level than any of us sitting in this room.”

“So, you’re saying that I’m more powerful now because I’m this…this hybrid-type thing?”

She nodded once.

“So, what will happen to Xavier? That was the reason we came to talk to you today, but the whole situation last night happened.”

“What would you like to know, my dear?”

“I would like to ask a favor of you.”

“Which would be?”

“Would it be at all possible that we could wait for Xavier to be changed? Dante and I have talked about it and we feel that if we could wait a few more years, he would be able to make the decision for himself. Also, the fact of Nikki comes up, as well.”

“What about Nikki?”

“They like each other so much and I just think that it would be great to at least wait until he is her age. Then they could be kids together, forever.”

April’s face twisted in thought and she shot glances at the other men, who nodded.

“I don’t think that will be possible.”

“What?! Why not? What has he done? A few more years as a human child won’t do anything. Please, April, you’ve got to understand, he’s just a child! We’ve been through this before, but I think that it would be for the best.”

“I cannot allow it, Victoria. He is changed now, or he dies. I am sorry, but that is the way of our people now.”

“April, what would you do if he were your child?” Dante plead with his voice but it was to no avail.

“I will not have him staying human, Dante. I will not have it. Now, leave. I will not discuss this any further.”

I looked to Dante, tears filling my eyes and he mouthed, “We’ll figure out something.”

“May we have a few days, at least? So he can understand what is going on?” Dante was trying anything, now, and that made me happy. He really did care for Xavier now, and I loved that.

“If you must. But, if you do not return the child within the next week, we will come after you. Do not take this lightly. You two may be our next rulers, but we obviously must show you the light in our ways.”

We both nodded, got up, and walked out the door to find Xavier.

He and Nikki were running around in the front yard, singing and laughing, holding hands.

“Hey, X, let’s get going, bud.” Dante shouted.

“I don’t wanna go! I wanna stay with Nikki!”

I saw Nikki whisper something to Xavier and he came running over to us. He grabbed Dante’s hand and we disappeared as we all waved to Nikki.

Once again, Xavier was put to bed and Dante and I were lying in our bedroom, breathing silently.

“What’s your big plan?” I asked.

“We will start a petition, if you may.”

“A petition? How are we going to do that? Vampires hate humans, they’ll never go for it.”

“Don’t be so quick to judge, my love. I have many friends who loved humans, and it hurt them just as much to have to change or kill them.”

“I can’t imagine what it’s going to feel like to have to change our little boy.” I started calling him “our little boy” because in the short length we’ve had him, he has felt more like ours than anything.

“Don’t worry, he’ll be fine. He’ll get to make the decision for himself, even if I have to kill April myself.”

“Yeah, what’s her problem, anyway? All of the guys nodded like they were agreeing with us, so what is wrong with her?”

“They may have been nodding in agreement with her, though.”

“True. I don’t know, it just angers me, ya know? It’s like, I found him, I should be able to care for him in my way.”

“I understand. But, tomorrow is a new day and we will get our petition started. Do not fret, my love, he will be fine.”

“I trust you. I hope this works, too, because I really sort of like April. I don’t want to have to kill her.” I giggled.

I fell asleep shortly after and was woken up by another horrible nightmare. Since Xavier had entered my life, I hadn’t had many bad dreams, but the thought of changing him into a vampire scared me; in my dreams as well.

I saw through his eyes in this dream. I saw Dante coming down on my throat and pinching me sharply with his teeth. I felt my veins burn, my heart stop, and my head fog. It had been like my actual experience, but much more painful.

I had imagined that would be how Xavier would feel when he was bitten and I hated it. I hated to think of that sweet little boy tied down and forced to be turned into one of the very monsters that had killed his entire species.

“Victoria, you were asleep.” Dante whispered.

I wrinkled my forehead. I must be more human than I had thought. How was it possible? I still felt weakened, and I still felt tired. Weird.

“Yeah, I was….sleeping. But, how is it possible?”

“We need to talk to your father, as well as everyone else, tomorrow. We need some answers.”

For once, Dante was feeling the questions I was always asking, and now, he wanted the answers, as well.


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