I said, ‘Stop introducing them, then.’
Oh, you’re still not ready for this? Anger flashed in the man’s eyes. Well, then it’s all the more for our little friend here.Before I could make sense of what was happening, the door swung open and a short vampire rushed into the room. The young man’s screams were quickly stifled as the vampire tore through his neck.
I rushed to the corner and gasped when the vampire lifted her head to catch a breath.Her skin was as pale as mine and a darkness had taken over her baby-blue eyes. Hot blood dripping from her lips, she gave me a manic grin before once again drinking from the man’s neck.Seeing Abby, my little sister, this way… I was petrified, but more than that, I was deeply enraged.
They had no right to do this to Abby.They had no right to do this to me.
The sound of the ocean waves did little to help me fall asleep, although Rose had dozed off in my arms hours ago. She breathed gently and her round face had an expression of serenity, as if all was right with the world. As if I was cradling her brother in my arms alongside her… as if her mother…
I choked. I could feel another wave of heat about to come over my body. I placed Rose down on the mattress and walked out onto the terrace outside the beach hut.• • •
I was in the lobby of Hendrick Hall by 5:55 P.M.I waited around for a couple of minutes, trying to pretend that I wasn’t eagerly awaiting the arrival of someone.
This was a date. A real date. This wasn’t like the guys who asked you to come with them and their friends to some party they heard about on Friday night. This wasn’t like when the guy you liked in high school, the guy you’d known since eighth grade, finally kissed you.What was I going to say to him? I barely knew him! What if I had bad breath or said something stupid? What if my mascara smudged and I spent the whole night not realizing I looked like a raccoon?