Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Chapter Five: The Writing's On The Wall
Donovan and Amelia wake up early for their day at the beach. He cooks her breakfast and they set down to eat. After they finish eating, he grabs their plates and puts them in the dishwasher when he notices a small bottle of pills on the counter. "Amelia, what are these pills on the counter?"
"What? I can't hear you, I'm in the shower. You'll have to speak louder."
"The pills in the kitchen, what are they?" he asks, raising his voice.
"Oh, those are Brams. I forgot to tell you about those. Romeo gave them to me. The scientists with The Night Hunters figured out a way to make us as strong and fast as vampires."
"Really? Too bad they didn't have these when I was a hunter. It would have saved a lot of lives." he mutters to himself as he finishes with the dishes. Amelia gets out of the shower and starts to get ready. She puts her bathing suit on underneath her clothes while Donovan grabs a shirt to wear with his swimming trunks. "Are you ready?" he asks.
"Yeah, let's go." They drive down to the beach in Donovan's car.
"Mmmmm, this is great. It's just what I needed." Amelia says as she leans back against Donovan's chest.
"Rough night training?"
"Ugh, you have no idea. Romeo has Vlad the Impaler training me. THE Vlad. I'd probably be in awe if he wasn't such an asshole."
"I figured Romeo would ask him to do it. I'm not thrilled about you training with vampires but he's the best. If he can't teach you how to fight with vampires then no one can."
"Yeah, Romeo said he was the best. That's why he asked him to train me. He said you'd probably kill him if he didn't."
"And he's right. It's one thing for you to do this in the first place, it's completely different to be unprepared."
"I guess you're right. Looks like I'll be seeing more of him. Damn." Donovan laughs. They both sit quietly for a few minutes, enjoying the sound of the ocean. Donovan starts to stand up. Amelia asks, "What are you doing?"
"Come here." he says as he grabs her hands and lifts her to her feet.
Donovan gently grabs her face and pulls her closer. "You're the most amazing person I've ever met. I feel whole again when I'm with you and I want to hold on to that for the rest of my life. I love everything about you. The way your eyes light up when you laugh, the wicked little grins you give me when we're about to make love, the way your heart beats faster every time we kiss."
"Wait, let me finish. I've waited a long time to feel something, anything really then the pain and sorrow I've felt for so long. I never imagined I would ever feel anything like this. I almost think it's a dream and I'm about to wake up from it. So before I do, I want to spend every last second of it with you."
"What I'm really trying to get out is, Will you marry me?"
Amelia has tears streaming down her cheeks. She loves this man so much that her heart hurts. "Yes." she finally chokes out. "Yes, I'd love to marry you." He grabs the ring he's been fumbling with in his pocket through his speech and puts it on her finger.
Amelia leaps up and wraps her arms around his neck. He holds on to her like she's a lifesaver and he's been drowning for years. Because that's what she is to him. She's his savior, the one who put him back together and he's going to spend the rest of his life thanking her for it. She nuzzles his neck and starts pressing kisses to it.
"Let's go home and celebrate." she whispers in his ear. She doesn't have to ask him twice, he's already heading for the car.
They spend the next 3 hours in bed. Touching, kissing, holding, and caressing until they can barely move from exhaustion.
A few weeks pass and Amelia has been busy with the wedding details. Flowers, dresses, booking the hall and caterer. She cooks breakfast one morning but the smells make her feel nauseous and she has to run to the bathroom to throw up. As she stares into the toilet, a realization hits her and it hits her hard. She starts counting back the days. Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God. She half brushes her teeth to get the taste out of her mouth and takes the subway to the grocery store to buy a pregnancy test. She gets home as fast as she can to take the test. It's positive. Oh God. How do I tell him? You're going to be a father? I'm knocked up? What will he say? Will he be happy? Angry? When do I tell him? Now, a month from now, when I start showing? Now, I'll tell him when he comes home. He deserves to know. God, This wasn't supposed to happen until AFTER the wedding. Amelia hears the apartment door open. Oh shit. Not yet. I'm not ready. She quickly jumps in the shower and changes clothes. She looks at the clock. Well that bought me an hour to get everything figured out. I know what I'm going to say. Everything will be fine.
"I'm pregnant" she blurts out when she runs into him in the kitchen. Real smooth Amelia.
"I know we're not ready for this and I know you're probably scared shitless because I am too. I know we didn't plan on this happening but it is. I...I...please say something to make me shut up."
He kisses her instead. Amelia pulls away to look at his face. "You're not upset?"
"Upset? Why would I be upset? I think this is great news."
"Of course I do." They stand there a moment looking at each other as it really sinks in for Donovan. "Wow, I'm going to be a Father."
"Yes, you are. We're going to be parents. I think that sounds a little scary."
Donovan laughs. "It does a little. But I know we will be fine. Everything will be okay."
"Can I touch it?" he asks.
"Can I touch your stomach?"
"Oh. Yes, of course." Donovan gently places his hand on Amelia's stomach. "You won't feel anything though, it's too early."
"I know that. But doing this makes it more real for me. It's hard to believe that I helped create what's growing inside of you." He leans down a places a kiss on her stomach. "Hello Baby, Daddy loves you." he says.
"You're amazing, do you know that?" she says as she starts to get teary eyed.
He straightens up and kisses her. "All because of you."
"What are we going to do about the wedding?"
Donovan thinks about her question for a minute and says, "Let's get married this weekend instead."
"What? We can't. Nothing is ready. My dress hasn't been altered and everything is already booked."
"So? Let's just have a small wedding at the beach."
"Where you proposed?"
"Yeah, I think that would be perfect."
Amelia might not be getting her dream wedding but she's getting her dream guy. Which is all she could hope for. "Me too. I'll make the calls and set it up." Amelia calls Romeo to tell him about the wedding and her big news.
"What?! Doesn't that boy know what safe sex is? I'm just kidding. Congratulations to the both of you. You'll make wonderful parents."
"Thank you Romeo. I'll probably need some time off with the pregnancy and everything, from both of my jobs."
"Not a problem take all the time you need and I'll talk to Bianca."
"Thanks. There's another thing, we've moved up the wedding to this weekend."
"Okay, I tell you what, I'll make all the calls and you just sit back and relax."
"Romeo you don't have to do that. I'm pregnant not paralyzed."
"I won't take no for an answer. Let me do this for the both of you."
"Hey can you have the wedding at night? I think Reuben and William want to come. Oh and I'm going to drag Vlad there too."
"I don't want him there Romeo." Amelia says with disgust.
"Oh come on Amelia the guy is helping save your life. At least let him come to your wedding. I'll keep him in line, I promise."
"Donovan won't be thrilled about this. You know how he feels about vampires."
"I know but I'll smooth things over with him. It will be great."
"Alright then. I'll see you Saturday and thank you again Romeo."
"It's my pleasure. See you then."
Saturday night they all head to the beach where Romeo has set everything up. They have a very small ceremony with Romeo, Bianca, Renee, Reuben, William and Vlad, whom Amelia ignores the entire time. They exchange their vows and rings.
Donovan takes Amelia in his arms and kisses his new bride. Everyone cheers and claps, even Vlad. It was a beautiful ceremony. They sat around talking and walked up and down the beach. The night sky was lit up from the full moon. Everyone gives them their congratulations and wishes them good luck with their marriage. They also congratulate them on their pregnancy since Romeo has a big mouth and told everyone.
"Don't get mad at me. Everyone asked why you were moving the wedding up so early and I didn't know it was suppose to be a secret." Romeo tries to defend himself.
Donovan laughs, "I don't care who you tell. Tell the entire World if you want too."
Donovan looks over and notices a familiar face. Amelia sees the anger in his face so she grabs his hand and walks him away from the crowd.
"What's wrong? I could almost feel the tension coming off of you"
"That vampire, that's the one that came to the apartment looking for you."
"Oh that's right. I forgot about that. That was Renee's husband, Reuben. I'm sorry I forgot to tell you."
"I don't like him Amelia, there's something wrong about him."
"Everything's fine. He's harmless. He's actually very sweet. You should try to smooth things over with him."
With that one single word, Amelia knew that was never gonna happen. "Alright, then. Are you ready to go home? I'm ready to get out of this dress." She tells him with a smile. He scoops her her, they tell everyone bye and head home as husband and wife.
Two nights later, Romeo and Bianca are called in to a crime scene where someone reported a dead body. When they get to the address and see the scene Romeo immediately calls Amelia.
Amelia puts down the pregnancy book she was reading to answer her cell phone, "Hello?"
"Amelia where are you?" Romeo asks.
"I'm at home. Why?"
"I know you're on maternity leave but we found another dead body. The reason I'm calling you is of where the body was."
"Where was it?"
Romeo pauses and takes in a deep breath. "It was under the arch where you and Donovan just got married. Forensics say it's been here for almost 48 hours. That means this guy was killed right after we left."
"What you thinking Romeo? Couldn't this just be a coincidence?"
"Yes it could, but I want to play it safe. This guy looks a lot like the first victim and it's also been drained of blood. Bianca and I think this vampire is taking out his rage on surrogates before he goes after who he really wants. Brown hair, brown eyes, muscular build. Does that sound like anyone you know Amelia?"
No, it can't be. "It sounds like Donovan. But Romeo you don't think he's the object of this vampire's rage do you?"
"I'm sorry Amelia but I do. Donovan has a long history with vampires and his pissed off plenty of them. Is he there with you?"
"No, he's at work. Wait I think I hear someone at the door, that's probably him. I'll call you back after I talk to him."
"Wait Amelia..." Amelia hangs up on him and heads to the door.
Donovan get's home and opens the door. He smiles as he sees the pregnancy book on the couch. A Father! I still can't believe it. He goes through the apartment looking for Amelia. She's probably already in bed. She sounded tired when I talked to her earlier. Donovan walks back to the bedroom. Amelia's not there but what he does find leaves him completely numb. He can't speak, he can't breath, he can't move. He's paralyzed with fear.
There was a lot of "D'awwwww" moments in this chapter. There was also a few "OH NO!' moments too. Sorry to leave you guys on a cliffhanger but it felt like the perfect place to stop. Poor Amelia....poor Donovan. That guy just can't catch a break. Oh and Lulz at my Photoshop skills! Hahaha.