Friday, February 10, 2012
Chapter Seventeen: Let's Go Hunting
It's finally Emmalina's birthday! She and her old friend Shanta are having a great time dancing. Mason and his girlfriend have been inseparable ever since he aged into a teen.
As Amelia watches the teens dance and laugh, she wonders if Bianca will show up. Amelia has been thinking for weeks about what she said. When Bianca walks in the door, Amelia goes over to her and pulls her into the living room, away from everyone else. "Bianca, I'm glad you came. I was worried you wouldn't accept the invitation. I've been thinking about what you said. I'm sorry about how I reacted but you can't blame me. We were at Romeo's funeral got God's sake!"
"I know that and I'm sorry I waited until then to tell you. Truth is I was being a coward about facing you and Romeo. Then when he died, I had no choice. I would have hated myself if I did not go to his funeral."
"I understand. I had no right to question your decision. This is your life, you have every right to live it how ever you choose. I just wish you would have came to me first."
"If I did what would you have said? Honestly Amelia."
"I would have told you not to go through with it."
"Why? Because you hate vampires. It wouldn't have mattered to you if I'd fallen in love and wanted to spend the rest of my life with this man. You wouldn't have taken that into consideration at all."
Amelia looks down in shame, knowing her friend is right. "I wouldn't have cared if you loved him or not. I'm sorry, I'll try to work on all pf this. I'm not saying I'll end up loving them but I might be able to be in the same room with them without going crazy. Well, except for Vlad." They both laugh. "Speaking of Vlad, have you talked to him lately? Is the team still together or...?"
"Yes, he called me two nights ago. I think he is avoiding all of us. Romeo's death reminded him of mortality, something he does not have. I think he is surprised that he felt kinda sad." Bianca looks at Amelia with a little sadness of her own, realizing that she'll outlive her for hundreds, maybe even thousands of years. "Anyways" she continues pushing those thoughts aside, "The team is still together. Whenever he needs us, he'll call."
"Alright. We'll be ready."
"I'm glad you changed your mind. You're the only friend I have left. With work and the team, none of us really have time for other people. We are all we have besides family. I missed you."
Amelia grabs Bianca and hugs her tight. "I missed you too." she says, happy to have her friend back. Amelia let's her go and asks, "You're not going to read my mind all the time now are you?"
Bianca laughs. "No, definitely not! Not sure I could keep you as a friend if I did that. Especially with how you feel about vampires. But you'll come around, it won't happen overnight."
"I'm glad you understand that. With you it will be easier because to me you're still same old Bianca."
"I am the same, Amelia. When I turned it didn't change who I am. Did you think I changed as a person?"
"Well, yeah. All the other vampires are all grumpy and mean."
"I think that has more to do with their age and loneliness. When they find their mates they'll be more pleasant to be around."
"What's that like? Having a mate?" Amelia asks curiously.
"When I was human or now?"
"When I was human it was no where near as strong as it is now but there was still something there. Something I couldn't explain. I was actually out hunting when I saw him, his back was turned to me and at first I thought he was a rogue so I grabbed a throwing knife and aimed for his heart. He must have heard me because one second he was two hundred yards away and the next he was right in front of me. He just starred about me with this surprised look on his face. I almost stabbed him out of pure fear but I couldn't. I didn't want him to die for some reason. When he said, "Finally, it is you." I knew what he meant. I didn't want to accept it at first, especially with what I do. But I had this almost pull towards him. I couldn't stop thinking or dreaming about him. Finally, I couldn't stand it anymore, he was following me everywhere and I couldn't have him follow me on a hunt with the team. So I told him we would try things out if he would quit following me. He said he would but I don't think he ever did. Actually he is maybe...a block a way now, still making sure I'm okay."
"How do you know that?"
"I can feel him. When I turned, everything multiplied by a thousand. Sounds, smells, feelings. It took some time to get use to everything, especially my thirst." Bianca shuddered inwardly. "I came very close to drinking from some poor guy one night. I couldn't help it, he smelled really good."
"Okay, that's enough of that."
"Sorry, but anyways, you know how we always use the term soul mates?"
"That's what it's like. It's like someone specially designed him for me and me for him, we connect as one. It's hard to explain unless you feel it."
"Hey guys! I'm ready to blow out these candles!" Emmalina shouts from the kitchen.
"I guess we better go over there, we will have to talk some more later." Amelia says.
"I'd like that." Bianca says as she smiles.
Amelia waited until everyone gathered around her before she blew out the candles. Everyone clapped and cheered her on as she took a breath in and blew it out at the flames.
Emmalina was so excited about finally being an adult and couldn't believe she was graduating tomorrow. As everyone finished their slice of cake, one by one they started leaving. Emmalina went to sleep early that night in anticipation of the next morning's events. She wanted to be there early to make sure her speech was ready. She'd been named the class Valedictorian and it was customary to give a speech. She was nervous about speaking in front of everyone and hoped everything went as planned.
She was late. She rushed through her shower, quickly put on her dress and graduation robes and rushed down to the town hall where the ceremony was being held. She sat down on the stage and waited for their chosen public speaker to call her name to give her Valedictorian speech. Everyone clapped when she was finished and she sat back down until her named was called to receive her diploma. After she got her diploma she and the rest of her class threw their caps into the air and cheered.
After it was over her and her family exited the building. They took a lot of pictures between chats with friends and classmates.
Amelia wiped her eyes and gave her daughter a hug. "Mom are you crying?"
"Only because I'm so proud of you."
"Thank you, Mom."
"I love you."
"I love you too."
Next it was Donovan's turn. He sighed as he brought her in for a hug. "This has come all too fast. I remember when I was teaching you how to walk and now you're graduating."
"I can't stay a little girl forever, Dad."
"Sorry, but you'll always be my little girl. I'm proud of the woman you've become. I know you will go off and do great things in this world."
Emmalina was the one to tear up a little this time. She and her Dad had always had a special bond that she didn't share with her Mother. She wiped her eyes quickly before they pulled apart. "Are you hungry? I thought about taking everyone out to eat before we head home." He said, changing the subject. He wasn't ready to let her go and he'd try to hold on to her as long as he could.
"Yeah, I didn't have time for breakfast."
Emmalina takes off her robes and they go to a fancy restaurant to celebrate. They talk, laugh and just enjoy each others company. None of them are sure if they will be able to do this much anymore. Mason will be graduating soon too. Donovan worries about his kids everyday and hopes they will be safe out in the world. He knows he can't keep them with him forever but he wishes he had a little bit longer. After they finish eating and pay the bill, they all head home to go to sleep after a long, exciting, emotional day.
The next morning, Emmalina wastes no time trying to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life. She goes downstairs to grab the paper and walks back up to sit on the couch. She opens it up and starts to scan it. Cosmetologist? Nope. Paranormal Researcher? Definitely not. She flips to another page, hoping to find something she likes. Interior Decorator? No, I'm not that artsy. Private Investigator? Hmmm.. that sounds interesting. Let's see.... She reads through the advertisement and notices it says to call the local police station if anyone is interested. She grabs her cell phone and looks in her contacts for her Mother's work phone number and dials. She chats with the receptionist who tells her to come down to the station for the necessary paperwork.
She waves for a cab and heads to the station. She does all of the paperwork and they give her a uniform. She feels much better about this decision and she's sure she'll love snooping around, she did when she was spying on her parents. She smiles to herself as she remembers going through closets, computers and listening in on phone conversations. Those times were much more simpler. She thinks as she makes her way back home.
A week later, Mason's birthday has arrived. He blows out his candles, ready to put high school in his past so he can look forward to his future.
After Mason blows out his candles he grabs a slice of cake. He's nervous about a certain conversation he wants to have with his Mother but waits until everyone leaves before he and Dawn approach her.
After everyone has left he and Dawn walk over to talk to Amelia. "Mom, there isn't an easy way to say this but Dawn and I have decided to move in together."
"Yes, I love her. I have for a long time. I don't see any point in waiting."
"Mrs. Burkhart, I love your son very much. I'd like to spend the rest of my life with him."
Amelia smiles at the young couple. She was once young too and understands that love waits for no one. "If this is what you both want then you have my blessing."
"What are you blessing?" Donovan asks as he walks into the living room.
"Mason and Dawn want to move in together."
He looks at his son and perhaps maybe his future daughter in law. "Are you both sure about this? This is a serious step." Time's up, I guess.
"We are. We've already been to look at apartments. We found the perfect one and it's not too far from here so we'll still be close by."
Donovan is relieved to know that. "When do you move out?"
"We were hoping we could spend the night in our new place...tonight." Mason looks at them a little guilty.
Amelia and Donovan look at each other. They were expecting this but not this soon. But they can't stop their children from having lives of their own. "Do you need any help moving or packing?" Donovan asks.
"No, I can handle it."
"Alright then. We're glad you have both found each other and you're so sure of this decision. If you need us don't hesitate to call." Amelia says with tears in her eyes.
"We will. I love you guys." Mason says as they all hug and kiss each other. Mason and Dawn leave his parents to go pack up his clothes.
"I think I need a drink." Amelia says out loud and heads over to the bar. Before she can take even a sip, her phone goes off. She looks at the caller ID but doesn't recognize the number. "Hello?" she asks.
"Time to go hunting. I have gotten word of two rouges. Meet us at 77th street, where they are doing construction." Vlad says and hangs up on her.
"Well alright then. Thanks, bye!" Amelia says to the dead line and rolls her eyes. "Donovan! We've gotta go." She yells as she heads into her room for a change of clothes, her weapons and the bottle of pills.
They meet up to the address Vlad gave them and search around the construction site. At first that don't find anything but as they turn a corner, what they find makes Amelia almost want to hurl. One rogue is feeding off a poor women like he's at a buffet. The other one has blood all over his face and it's caked in his hair. Apparently he's already had his fill off of her. As soon as the rogues see them, one prepares for a fight while the bloody one flees at an amazing speed even she's surprised by.
Vlad goes in for the kill. This rogue is at least two centuries younger than him and he doesn't stand a chance. He pins the rogue down and brings the knife down right into his heart, twisting the knife several times until the rogue's heart is shredded and there's nothing left but a pile of old bones.
Donovan runs after the other rogue while Bianca covers him. Amelia rushes over to the woman to see if she's still alive. Vlad takes a few steps into the same direction the rouge went and takes in a breath to smell the air. "He is long gone. We will not be finding him tonight." Vlad glances back at Amelia. "You are wasting your time, she is dead."
Amelia is angry that he doesn't even seem to care, he just assumed. "How do you know? You haven't even looked at her!"
He walks over to Amelia. "She has no heartbeat, Amelia. She is dead."
She looks down at the woman again. I'm sorry we couldn't save you. I'm sorry you had to die such a horrible death. I'll do everything I can to find the other bastard that did this to you.
"No you will not. The other one was older, a lot older. You will be like this woman if you go after him alone, even with your super pills." Vlad says as he listens to her thoughts.
Amelia gets up and walks over to him as Donovan and Bianca join them with no luck of finding the other rogue.
Will you find the other one? She thinks at him.
"Yes, but not for you or this woman. But because he is a rogue and must be terminated as our law states."
"Fine, whatever. I don't care why you do it, just get it done okay?"
"We are done for the night. The sun will rise in less than an hour and Bianca and I need to take cover. Can you two handle the bodies? I do not have time and workers will be here soon. They cannot find a dead woman and a skeleton that is at least four hundred years old." Vlad said.
"Yeah, we'll take care of it." Donovan said and with that, Vlad was gone.
"He's right, I need to go home as well."
"Bianca, do you know what the other rogue smells like?" Amelia asked.
"No. I'm still new at this. I smell a hundred different things but I can't separate what they are yet. It's a bit overwhelming.....especially what ever is in that trash can over there. " Bianca says as she twists her face into a look of disgust.
Amelia laughs, "Okay, Well I guess we will see you later. You better hurry home."
Bianca looks in the sky where the sun is threatening to rise on the horizon. "Shit. Bye!"
Donovan and Amelia stand there for a few minutes watching the sun rise. I hope she makes it home in time. "What are you going to do with the bodies?" Amelia asks.
"What!? You can't burn her Donovan she has a family that will be worried about her!"
"I don't like it anymore than you do but we don't have a choice. Look at her body Amelia, it's covered in teeth marks."
"Can't we just say it was an animal attack or something?"
"Have you ever heard of a mountain lion in the city? Because I haven't and that's the only thing that would remotely resemble this kind of damage. I'm sorry Amelia but we have to burn her. They will probably identify the body with dental records or something."
"Fine. Let's just get this over with." Amelia says not at all happy about what they have to do. Donovan grabs some turpentine left over at the site and drenches both bodies with it. He reaches in his pocket for a lighter and lights the liquid on fire. Donovan and Amelia watch as it ignites and flames engulf the bodies. After most of the flesh is burned off the woman, he outs it and leaves her there to be found by the construction workers. He quickly digs a hole where cement is being poured sometime soon and drags the smoldering skeleton of the rogue and dumps it into the hole and covers it back up.
"Alright, that's it. Let's go before the workers get here." Donovan says as he grabs her hand and they run back to their apartment.
Generation two has officially started! Finally! Sebastian and Emmalina will be back in my next chapter. Whoo hoo! I'm sorry I moved Mason out so quickly and really didn't include him in the story but I really wanted to focus on Emmalina and Sebastian right now. I'll keep you guys updated on what happens to him and Dawn in the notes section if you guys want. Hopefully the fight scene was okay. I have a headache and it's almost 2AM so I might have rushed with it a bit because I wanted to get this chapter posted. Hope you guys enjoyed it! Thank you for reading. =D