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THE CORVUS CHRONICLES BY DOMINO
INTRO My name is Sasha. I'm 17 and a member of Wind Chasers and our private society is unknown to the world. We live among you undetected and have for many years. It is our creed to remain this way, never be discovered of what we really are. Half human, half raven. Betrayal or even risking the discovery of us is dealt with harshly, but love can even make death worth it................ Love can be beautiful and deadly all at once, this is one thing I had to learn the hard way...This is my story
So, you've found my journal. I don't know who you are, but if you have some patience and time to set aside, you can read all about me and my kind. I started writing my journal as a way to relieve some of the stress I was going through, but then decided to just write about me and what's happened to me over the past years, so that the world will know that we do exist among you...undiscovered. I'll try my best to explain some things along the way, but first let me introduce myself. My name is Sasha, I'm 17 and a member of Wind Chasers and our private society is unknown to the world. We live among you undetected and have for thousands of years. It is our creed to remain this way, never be discovered of what we really are. Half human, half raven. Betrayal or even risking the discovery of us is dealt with harshly, but love can even make death worth it. Love can be beautiful and deadly all at once, this is one thing I had to learn the hard way...this is my story...
It was midnight and the air was still as I sat silently on his balcony...watching him. He lay on his bed reading and even that was captivating to me. I couldn't get him out of my mind. I watched him run his hand through his dark hair and over his bare chest and couldn't understand how someone could be made so beautiful. I fluttered my wings and struggled to see clearly through his sheer white curtains as he jumped out of bed and walked into another room. I waited for him to return, hoping it would be soon because it was the only way that I had a good view of him. I couldn't contain myself...he was so beautiful, but I knew I had to leave or Nico and his devious mind might send a few of our nest out looking for me. He walked back into his bedroom and plopped back down on his bed and cut on his TV. I studied his furrowed brows and wondered what was running through his mind. I wanted to transform into my human form, knock on his door and ask him what was ailing him and I could make it all better, but I knew that would be impossible. I had to return to the nest soon and I know that Nico would criticize me for being late once again. I think he was beginning to get suspicious of where I disappeared to nightly. I waited a few moments longer and decided it was best that I be on my way.
Born half human and half raven makes it pretty easy to get around, but also difficult to transform into my human form undetected. Finding ourselves transforming in dark alleyways and abandoned buildings was always the worst, but we managed to work it out easily. Many politicians, lawyers, police and high ranking officials were also Corvus, Wind Chasers or part of a nest, so we always managed to escape detection if someone thought they seen a person sprout wings and fly away. Most of them were not crazy or it wasn't even reported because if we were ever discovered...it would be the death of us all. I flew back home, or nest as we call it, as fast as I could and wasn't surprised to see Nico in front of my apartment with a disgruntled look on his face. One thing about Nico was that he was very intelligent and he knew that I wasn't just out to eat cheeseburgers with some friends from school as I told him I would be. When we first met I thought I met the man of my dreams. Tall, long blonde hair, electric blue eyes and gorgeous body to match, but I knew it wouldn't last long when I found out he was a womanizer. He wanted me more than life itself; just so happened he wanted everything else with long legs and a pretty face as well. I kept telling myself that I would finally leave him alone, but when I looked at him, he made it so damn hard to ignore my physical attraction toward him...and he knew it. "Where were you Sash?" he said leaning against my door casually with his head against the door. "I went out to eat, just like I told you I was" I said studying him. I learned that even though he loved me, I wouldn't put it past him to choke the life out of me for betrayal. I watched him stare at me with his ice blue eyes and had to look away. "I told you to be here sooner, we had a meeting and you my love were the only one not here" he said taking a strand of my curly black hair. He began to twist it slowly around his finger as if he was contemplating on pulling it out. I grabbed his hand and stroked it with my fingertips. "I know and I'm sorry. I tried my best to get here on time" I said apologetically. "But I really need to get in, I got an exam I need to study for tomorrow" I pulled out my keys. "You sure that you aren't studying anything else these days Sash?" he asked suspiciously. "What do you mean by that?" I asked defensively and slapped his hands out of my hair. "If you got something to say, just say it Nico" "You know that's something I never hesitate to do, but before I make accusations I want to be positive that what I accuse you of is correct" he said turning his head to the side to study my face.
"I've been thinking I want to move out of this nest and have a place of my own...away from here" I said thinking about how everything I do while living within the nest is monitored. He owned a few large condo buildings in the heart of Atlanta and the surrounding area, which is where the majority of our kind lived. One part of living within our flock was sticking together, we watched out for each other at all times. "Are you serious?" he laughed lightly and shook his head. "Move? From our nest?" he shook his head. "Not gonna happen, your safe here and this is where you'll remain" he said sternly. "Don't be late again Sash...I love you and you know this, but I can't continue to be lenient with you when the rest of the nest starts to complain..." "You mean Melina don't you?" I interrupted. "She's the only one complaining because she wants me out of the picture anyway" I frowned. "I bet you already had her huh?" I said with disdain. "She's been after you ever since she left her nest in Cali...as a matter of fact; I know you were with her" "Get in there, study or do whatever you said you need to do" he said clenching his jaws. "Don't worry about Melina, she's not your concern" "That's right, she's yours" I snapped back and began opening the door to my condo. I tried to slam it in his face, but was unable as I dropped my keys to the floor. His hands were around my throat so quickly I didn't have time to try and stop him. I was gasping for air as I scratched at his hand and tried to pry it form my throat, I couldn't breathe as I watched him smile smugly at me. "Don't forget your place Sash" he said slowly removing his hand from my throat. I began coughing and trying to catch my breath at the same time. "You say you love me, then how can you do this to me, how can you choke me like that?" I said walking into the kitchen to grab some water. "I did it because I do love you...just imagine what I'll do if I find out you've been unfaithful to me" He said picking up my keys and tossing them onto the couch. I gave him the nastiest frown I could muster before he walked out. I ran to the door and locked it. "I don't care what you say...I'm moving...leaving this nest and you can't stop me" I said softly. I wiped the tears that managed to fall out of my eyes and ran into my room to try and study. The thought of seeing Evan the next day was the
only thing that managed to make me smile as I rubbed my throat slowly, regretting the day I ever met Nico. Before I continue on with my story, there are some things I think I should explain so that you understand who and what I am. I was born in Bowie, Maryland. My mother passed away several years ago and my father, wanting to get away from memories relocated us to Atlanta, Georgia. He is now the CEO of a very large bank in the heart of Midtown and runs it along with other members of Corvus. (Corvus is the original name for what we are. The nest I live with are called the Wind Chasers and there are many other nests located throughout Georgia as well, nest Soar, the Coasters, Slither, Drifters and the dreaded Sweepers. Nest Sweepers are called in when there is someone that has betrayed or murdered another; they are well known killers, which they do by disemboweling them or severing their wings. In other areas or states nests just go by numbers, such as the crazy 28 in 33 and there are a few numbered nests in Atlanta as well...there are so many of us, but privacy and remaining undetected is our main priority). The day I turned ten is when my life changed, my mother was still alive and I called her into my room to examine the long scars that appeared to be forming on my back over the past few months. I explained how difficult it had been to even try and sleep on my back because my muscles ached so back I had no alternative but to sleep on my side or stomach...that's when she decided to tell me exactly what I was and why my body was changing. I still remember my thirteenth birthday, not only did I get my period, excuse the term, but I also got my wings. It was the most painful experience I ever had in my life and just the thought of it still makes my toes curl. My parents taught me how to sprout my wings on command and also the first painful experience of transforming, which means transforming into a full blown raven and I've been flying ever since. I want you to understand that just because we are half human and half raven and can fly, it doesn't mean that all birds are that way, we are the only of our kind and its strange because regular birds can sense it and don't usually want to sit on the same branch with any of us and I don't blame them one bit. My father is very protective and I understand him not wanting to lose another so he watches my every move, especially when it comes to boys. I wouldn't consider myself a beauty queen, but there are many that think that I should have been off modeling somewhere. I'm 5'6, long wavy black hair and gray eyes which made me stand out even more. I work out daily to stay in
shape, which is needed to keep my muscles strong for flying and transforming and consider myself pretty, but not beautiful. Once my father attained the CEO job, life was pretty much back to normal. I'm seventeen, but was in advanced classes all my life, I consider myself pretty intelligent and so does my father. I just started my first semester at Georgia Tech, but everyone there that I meet, I tell them I'm 19, just incase they decide to snub me or shy away from me for being seventeen. My father makes plenty of money and I never want for a thing and it has always been this way, but I pride myself on not rubbing it in people's faces or trying to live an elaborate lifestyle. I'm not the spoiled little rich girl; I can't stand girls like that. I consider myself the average teen with all the same drama that most of us have. School, boys...the usual turmoil and frustrations that most teenage girls deal with. I lived with my father in Sandy Springs in a very prosperous neighborhood among many others of our kind until the night I was sitting in my bed, reading and listening to my favorite cd of bird calls. I had the doors to my balcony open and I heard loud croaking, which is the obvious sign that there are ravens about. I ran to my balcony and seen about fifteen of them flying high over my house. Curious, which has always been my downfall; I transformed and followed them at a distance. I ended up in Midtown and landed on the roof of the mall and watched them fly down behind one of the dark alleys, obviously to transform. I seen them walk out and enter into one of the local bars. I flew down and landed on an empty dumpster and transformed. I ran out of the alley and walked casually into the bar to see them at a table in the back of the room. I wondered where they came from as I took a seat at the bar and showed the bartender my fake ID. I sipped on a caipirinha and tried to appear as I was a regular. I was sucking on a key lime from my drink when I felt the warmth of someone standing behind me. "Been to Brazil?" he asked, but I didn't turn around. "Once, I've been stuck on them ever since" I responded and continued to suck on my key lime. "Never seen you before, where are you from?" he asked. I decided I would try to play cool. "Does it really matter?" I said nonchalantly.
"I would say it does, someone as beautiful as you shouldn't be out this late alone" he said. I could feel his breath on my neck. "Thank you for the compliment, but I can take care of myself" I said confidently as I felt my drink start to give me a slight buzz. "Can I have a seat?" he asked as he continued to stand behind me. I looked into the reflection of my glass and seen him looking at me up and down as if he was undressing me with his eyes. "If you really want to..." I moved over just a little so our knees wouldn't touch beneath the bar as he sat down and ordered me another drink. "No thanks, one is enough for me" I said putting my hand up to stop the bartender. "I didn't say you have to drink it all" he chuckled, which made me turn to look at him. I felt my throat go dry as I looked into his crystal blue eyes. He was stunning and the reflection I gazed at moments before didn't do him a bit of justice. His dirty blonde hair which hung to his shoulders casually, made him more attractive than any guy I had seen in a long time. I was so mad when his smiled. Beautiful teeth and a gorgeous smile were always my weakness, but looking at him made everything about him appear to be a weakness for me. "Nico...my name" he said extending his hand to me. "Sasha" I responded and took his hand into mine. No wedding ring, yes! His hands were warm and soft; I pulled my hand away quickly once I realized we were still holding hands. How can I fall so quickly for this guy? "I gotta get home, it was nice meeting you Nico" I said stumbling off of the barstool. I could feel his muscles as he grabbed me to stop me from falling over with embarrassment. "You sure your gonna be alright to drive?" he asked with a concerned look on his face as he continued to hold his arm out as if he was going to have to catch me again. "I'm positive" I giggled, knowing I wasn't driving. "I'm fine...really" "I can drive you home...no bad intentions" he said crossing his finger over his chest" "You gonna drive me?" I chuckled. "Or fly me?" I stopped. Damn, I knew I shouldn't have had a drink.
"Who are you?" he asked seriously crossing his arms over his muscular chest. "I told you already...I gotta go" I said trying to focus on him through all the smoke that filled the dimly lit bar. "Maybe some other time, I'll come back and we can talk or something..." I waved and walked out of the bar. The fresh air was exactly what I needed, driving drunk is bad, but flying drunk isn't that great either. I looked around me to make sure he wasn't following me and sprinted into the empty alley I came from. I transformed and flew onto the dumpster, stretched my wings and croaked loudly. I took flight home, praying I wouldn't fly into a building or any trees. The following morning I took off my night mask and jumped back in surprise, hitting my head on my headboard. "Dammit" I rubbed my head as I tried to slowly crawl from beneath my sheets. I kept a dagger under my mattress and reached my hand underneath to find it was gone. "Looking for this" Nico said holding up my small golden dagger as he sat casually in a chair positioned in the corner of my room with his legs crossed, as if he was examining me. "How did you get in here? What are you doing here?" I asked frantic now that I knew he was holding my only protection. "You sleep with your balcony doors open, so that made it pretty easy" he said smiling at me. "You should have known I would follow you last night, but I guess with you being pretty buzzed, I'm surprised you made it back here at all" he chuckled. "What do you want...I'll call my father in here to get you out" I threatened. "Save your drama, he left for work hours ago, its 2pm. Ya know what, you really shouldn't drink" he smirked. "At least not alone" "What do you want...Nico right?" I asked curiously and a little excited as I looked over his gorgeous features once again. "I want you Sasha, for some reason I want to know all about you. Where you're from, what you do..." he stopped and leaned in towards me as I continued to kneel on the side of my bed as if I was still trying to protect myself. "Let's talk a bit, I'll tell you about my nest and you can tell me about yours, after you put some clothes on of course. I'm not a pervert, unless you
want me to be" he grinned. I see a freaking pervert, but a good looking one at that. I looked down and realized that I had on a small red tank top and matching thong. I grabbed my comforter off my bed and covered myself up quickly. "I'll be right back" I grabbed some sweat pants and t-shirt and scurried to put them on in my bathroom. I looked at myself in the mirror and quickly began to comb my long wavy black hair and brush my teeth. I was nervous he was there, but something in me was happy that he was. I made sure I looked presentable and walked confidently back out of my bathroom and sat back down on my bed. "Now...let's talk"
I can't stand her. "Don't answer it" I said nibbling on his ear because I knew that was his weak spot. elaborate romantic dinners. I looked over and seen Nico jotting down something on a notepad as I pulled out a frying pan and eggs. Marco that insisted he was the true Denzel. I loved it and Nico made sure that anything I wanted I would have. many of us leave all the windows open. but knew it was my birthday and let me get so twisted I don't even remember the end of the night. I assumed he could keep an eye on me and I didn't mind his late night visits either. Because I told everyone that I was actually 19. Crazy Charlie. we were inseparable. I made it a point to get in close to his best and most trusted friends first and then deal with the females. He owned a few condo buildings in Atlantic Station and insisted I move in with him. I decided to make us breakfast since we couldn't snuggle in for awhile. For my eighteenth birthday he threw an enormous party for me at one of the largest nightclubs in Midtown. I just remember waking up in his arms the next morning with huge smile on my face as I buried my face into his massive chest. Andre the analyzer. so he put me into a fully furnished condo down the hall from him. jewelry. he was already in love with me. so long as I made it home every Sunday for dinner. he insisted he could read peoples minds and was a master at jiu jitsu. I walked into the kitchen and opened the fridge. I fit in nicely with Nico's flock and got to know the majority of them pretty well. All in all there were over 70 members of Wind Chasers and we stuck together like glue. but not with him. including the Sweepers and I was on cloud nine. She hated me the day we met and I knew she wanted nothing more than to see me dead or gone. He was 19 and when I finally revealed that I was only 17 he told me it was too late. (One thing that many of us love to have is a balcony. Conner the prankster and many others. we love the fresh air and the feeling of being out in the open and if we don't have a balcony to walk out onto. He was everything I ever wanted in a boyfriend. that liked to leap off buildings and transform at the last minute. so I glared back and closed the doors. I watched Melina roll her eyes at the both of us as we walked hand in hand through the party. I grabbed his robe and put it on and opened the doors to his balcony. Nico and I knew I was now 18 and didn't see a reason to tell the others my true age. We had been a couple for over a year and he presented me with a platinum necklace as a birthday gift. Nico can't stand to see a woman drunk. "I gotta take this one love" he said getting up and walking out of the bedroom. they all celebrate with balloons that had big number 20's on them. I didn't get a great reception from many of them. He was the leader of Wind Chasers and I quickly became a member. because most of them wanted Nico for themselves. especially Melina. My father wasn't too pleased that I was moving out. My life was grand.CURRENT CONFUSION Once Nico and I met. We need the fresh air and thrive on it). I . I was awestruck and couldn't stop kissing him. I rubbed my hands over his abs and kissed him softly on the lips as his cell phone began to ring. I told him I would move into the building. Many nests were there. but I told him it was closer to school and made my commute less stressful and he finally gave in. I looked across the courtyard of our condo and seen Melina sitting out on her balcony glaring over at me. flowers and all the works.
how about that?" he asked walking over to me and kissing me gently. go get your school on. "I won't be long. I began twisting my long wavy hands between my hands and stared down at the sheets in a daze. you got one year down already and a perfect gpa. leave me whenever it's convenient for you. "Plus I'm making your favorite.why don't you go to the library. It was crowded for a Saturday as I looked around me and then back at my laptop. I picked Jeffrey Dahmer for my term paper and I knew there was tons of information on him and needed to get it done.. "I'm sorry Sash. I rushed out the house to make sure I wouldn't miss the next Marta train and got on. I watched him grab his yellow and black motorcycle jacket which meant he would be riding his Suzuki Gxr today. "Catch the train there and I'll bring your helmet. and you know that I spend tomorrow with my dad" I whined.became a master at making eggs benedict. Yeah. This is getting really old and I'm fed up with it. If you really love me you will. I'll be back later on tonight" he walked into the bathroom to shower and I threw the lemons into the sink with frustration and crossed my arms as I followed him into the bedroom and sat down on the rumpled sheets to pout. so lets keep it that way. I walked into the library and found a quiet spot at an empty desk to spread out everything that I would need. "I guess it's alright. I decided to major in it because I love to pick peoples brains and its surprising how asking a few simple words can provide you with so much information about a person's personality. but knew I needed to do it. I could see other students on it as well. "I'm sorry love. I have a habit of putting things off until the last minute. Just what I thought. but always felt that I did my best work that way. take a shower and head to Georgia Tech library to finish the project I picked for my psychology class. "Can't it wait until after breakfast?" He walked over to me and kissed my forehead. I wasn't in the mood for school. I'm gonna have to get out of here. I was still upset that Nico ran off to do . "But it's Saturday. I exhaled and leaned my head back and stared at the ceiling to stretch my neck. I'll pick you up from there and then I'll take you to dinner. "Love. he stared at me as if he was thinking it over. He came out and began to get dressed. you know I love intelligence" he winked.I'm sure it's with a woman. I looked at him intently. I decided to eat some cereal. go handle your business. It was March and I was still waiting for Atlanta to heat up again I thought as I wrapped my scarf around my neck. I looked over at my book bag and decided he was right. it can't. got something to take care of today" He said after he hung up his phone. I clenched my jaw tight and twisted my lips as I shook my head. all headed to the library to catch up on some late work as well. since it was his favorite and smiled as I grabbed a lemon so that I could make the hollandaise sauce. "Whatever" I grinned and winked back before he walked out the room and I heard the door lock shut.. eggs benedict" I frowned. you said you still had to look up some things for one of your classes right?" "I guess I could do that" I moaned with irritation... I twisted my lips as I watched him put on his riding boots. but I rather spend the day with you" I pouted. but this has to be taken care of.
I was hoping I would get a desk to myself as well" he said as I continued to put some of my material into my book bag. but then again..yes and no" "Yes and no?" I asked curiously. I wonder if he's gonna tell me he has a girlfriend.not a morning person at all" I replied as I nervously ran my hands through my hair to make sure it looked alright.... "You're in my psychology class?" I asked stunned that someone this beautiful got past my gorgeous guy radar as I shook his hand. "20.I'm usually there before you get in. which is heaven for me and girlfriend.who knows what since he knew I was gonna be with my father all day Sunday. "I hit my snooze alarm at least eight times before I actually roll out of bed" "Five times for me" I grinned. but this guy was absolutely gorgeous. "So what serial killer did you choose?" I asked trying not to stare into his bright green eyes. I looked up and was surprised.neither am I" he chuckled back. but sometimes he just didn't care. "I would say that you are 19 or 20. but I can't for some reason. "Pretty damn good" he sat back in his chair and stared at me. live alone and have a very jealous girlfriend" I responded. "Wait a minute. you're not analyzing me right now are you?" he teased.. Am I flirting with him? I have to stop. The last time I was awestruck at a man this outstanding was when I met Nico..." he trailed off as if he exposed too much of himself. It's a morning class and I hate mornings. when she's not mad at me or some other reason. That class makes you want to analyze everyone you see and meet" I shook my head. "No problem" I said with irritation as I began to move most of my material out of the way so he could have some working space. "Jeffrey Dahmer. I laughed and quickly covered my mouth. school is my girlfriend. but right now. he was one sick freako" I smiled. you probably don't remember.. "Yeah. "Evan.. but I'm in your psychology class" he said reaching out his hand to embrace mine.. amazes me that everyday I get on the Marta train that I might actually be sitting next to one of them" he smiled. "Absolutely not. "Your right. forgetting we were in the library..I'm always on the lookout for that special one... .maybe I should" I teased back. which made me begin to nitpick at all of the little things I didn't like about him as I looked for an outlet to plug my laptop into. but do you mind if I share your desk. it's pretty full in here today?" asked a tall dark haired guy. "I'm really sorry. when she wants to be I guess. what am I doing looking at him this way? "I know right? I think the same thing when I'm on there.. "Secret to tell ya. "I'm sorry. "Ted Bundy. I just got my own place. unless someone finds me interesting enough to deal with a guy that wants to get his schoolwork done first and then have fun. He has dimples too and perfect teeth. what about you?" he asked. I'm always running late.. "I never seen you before" "Well I sit way in the back and your down in the front. I smiled and moved more of my things out of the way so he could be comfortable. so you just make a run to your seat" he smiled before he pulled out his laptop and placed it gently on the old wooden desk. "Most of them are.
Did I just tell him that I really don't have a boyfriend? Nico will kill me if he finds out I'm flirting. "Maybe there was a reason you were the only one in here with an open seat for me. croppy black hair.I felt myself blush at his statement and couldn't help but smile at the fact that he put his schoolwork first. I never heard that one. You do realize as much as we take our class seriously we didn't get a bit of work done? First time that has ever happened to me in a library" he chuckled as he gathered his things. he's so freakin sexy it's sinful" said a dark haired girl next to me that was washing her hands. I can't believe I am actually putting on lip gloss for someone other then Nico. I walked back slowly so I could study him from afar. I ran into the ladies room and dug through my purse for my comb and lip gloss.. athletic. thought I scared you away. "Stop flirting Sasha" I said softly to my reflection in the mirror before I walked out. "So maybe I have met. "I'll be right back. "I would freshen up for him too. "I gotta catch the train. it's now my turn" "Your turn?" I asked confused. I smiled and for the first time ever I didn't want to admit that I had a boyfriend. but as beautiful and intelligent as you are. my turn.. "I swear. I take my classes seriously and it does come first and I do love any type of movie with blood splatter. We sat and talked for the next three hours about anything we could think of so we didn't have to leave.to analyze you" he said with a cunning smile..finally met that special someone.. probably about murder. "Maybe. "There you are.. I took a deep breath and sat back down across from him. I have a boyfriend when it's convenient for him" I said looking at him with a smile. go ahead" I replied confidently.. "Plus. suspense or includes some type of blood. if I didn't have a boyfriend then you would have some competition my friend" she winked and walked out the bathroom. "I have to admit Evan. you're a statistic" "Oh yeah. I couldn't help but notice how muscular they were. I took a deep breath and thought about what she said. gotta run to the ladies room" I said quickly as I felt myself turning pink from his compliment. but nervous at the same time. You live alone... "You're about 18 or 19. I'll see you in class . "Yes. "So I'm a statistic. I do have a boyfriend. live alone. I think it just maybe fate" he grinned. "Fine. but I knew you had to come back because your bags are still here" he teased. Tall. great personality and he is definitely sexy.. over a girl. mainly suspense and I'm in your boat.I admire that" I said meaningfully. serious about school or you wouldn't be in here wasting away a great Saturday when you could be in watching a good movie. "I'm 20.a beautiful someone at that" he said with a smile. but who are we to question fate" I teased back as I watched him sling his backpack over his shoulder.you definitely have a man" he sat back in his chair and stared at me expressionless. "Not many guys that will put school first. how so?" he grinned and leaned in closer to me with his arms on the desk. but I like it" he flashed his dimples at me and I blushed once again.. but for some reason I'm attracted to him. "I gotta catch that last train home.
I didn't see Evan and knew he probably was on the train by now. I quickly thought about Evan and decided next Saturday I would just ride the train home. to prepare to study. I closed my laptop and gathered all of my things and walked to the door of the library. For some reason I didn't want him to go. I couldn't shake the thought of Evan and smiled beneath my helmet. I was pissed. but I didn't want him to see Nico pick me up either so I was thankful he was leaving before me. Just to make sure that Evan was out of sight and wouldn't see me leave with him. "I'll see you in class and save me a seat because tomorrow I won't be late" I said confidently. but not" he chuckled.tomorrow and maybe we can make this a regular Saturday thing. "It's cold out here" "Well no one told you to stand out here in the cold Sash" he said revving up his motorcycle. The temperature was dropping and it was just like Nico to be late. "Your late" I said with irritation as I secured my helmet on my head. "I will definitely save you a seat Sasha" he said and smiled before he walked out of the library. "No one told you to be late either" I mumbled as I wrapped my hands around his waist and we took off home. I said twenty minutes and he arrives forty five minutes later. . I picked up my cell to call Nico to tell him to pick me up in twenty minutes. but I can't help myself. I can't do this and I shouldn't be attracted to another man enough to want to spend time with him. "What's wrong" he asked as I secured my book bag on my back. I would definitely be on time for class tomorrow. I felt as if I could finally breathe.
because I always left early in the morning.TORN I grabbed my book bag and a few things I would take for my Sunday with my dad.. I'm here!" I yelled as I kicked off my Uggs and dropped my wet bags by the door. I could smell the roast and potatoes in the oven. but I let it slide as I grabbed my keys and his spare keys to lock up his place. I always feel like a little girl whenever I'm around my dad and when I came home. I wiped the water off of the red gift box I had for him and practically skipped into the kitchen. I slowed down as the rain and wind progressively gained intensity as I finally pulled up in front of my dads' house. excited that I would be able to surprise him with something I know he would love. I stopped suddenly when I saw my dad sitting on one of the leather barstools that were positioned around the large island in the middle of the . One thing I hated more than anything was being cold as I waited for the car to heat up and then made my way to my dads' house in Sandy Springs. It bothered me a little that he didn't care to see me or hug me before I left. "I smell roast" I sang happily as I walked into the kitchen. The thunder rattled the ground and my body as I sat in my car. until my mom passed away. I looked over at Nico. I ran to my car with my book bag and gift I got for my father. I kissed his forehead gently and walked silently out of his bedroom.. I walked out into another dismal day. I placed the keys in my black Lexus and cut on the heat. so I grabbed my book bag and his gift and threw a knit hat over my head. The rain was pounding on my windshield as I struggled to see anything in front of me besides the wiper blades. I'm so tired of all this freakin rain. I guess he missed hearing it as much as I did and decided to call me baby girl just because it reminded him of her. which he knew was my favorite and I my mouth immediately began to salivate. gray and misty rain. "Dad. I closed my eyes as lightning continued to illuminate the murky sky above me. Since I moved out I knew he missed me and enjoyed our Sundays' together. He was accustomed to my Sunday dinners with my dad and usually didn't bother to wake up to see me off. still snoring as he turned over in the bed. he never did. I always got excited to see him. Why didn't I bring an umbrella? I opened my car door and ran up my dad's long driveway and tried to shake off the cold and rain that clung to my body. "In the kitchen baby girl" I heard him yell. I put my key in the door and walked in.and me. I loved it when he called me that. I looked out of my window and knew it wasn't gonna get any better. I waited inside my car a few moments to see if it would let up a little bit so I could run in without being totally soaked.
but still upset.well we have been seeing each other for a few months" he answered looking at me with concern. "I have to use the ladies room.... I was stunned when I seen a woman closing the oven and taking off kitchen mittens and turned to me. Does she really think I'm going to hug her back? I don't even know this woman.kitchen... But I do expect you to give her a chance. "My baby girl. "Well. "Nice to meet you" I said with aggravation that she thought she could just hug me and never even met me. "You just met her.. I didn't want him loving any other woman but my mother... Right now she makes me happy..I know she's not your mom and she never will be..... where did you two meet?" I asked ignoring her and looking at my dad. believe me I'm not trying to replace her..what do you mean you don't like her?" he asked curiously. "Sasha. "I don't want her taking the place of mom" I said sadly and shook my head. I began to feel guilty. because she can't be replaced. "Why is it she knows all about me and I know nothing about her?" I asked not concerned if she heard.I loved your mom. but I need to try to love another or I may as well dig a grave next to hers. "How could you not tell me you were seeing someone?" I asked becoming upset. "I don't like her" I pouted like a ten year old. but I do have a right to move on with my life and to be happy. my wife and I will always love her more than the air I breathe..my friend" he said nervously as he hugged me tightly. . This is Lana. "You've been seeing her for months and I have to find out this way?" This is bullshit.. she doesn't deserve to be treated unfairly by you until you take the opportunity to get to know her and I will not have you disrespect her. I didn't want a woman in this house trying to play mom with me. I could feel myself growing angry. she is what I have needed.she means alot to me now" he said sternly. so I'll be back in a few" she said as if she knew my dad had some explaining to do.. "Well we work together and have been. I've missed you. because she looked surprised that I didn't know a thing about her. "So nice to finally meet you Sasha. I've heard so much about you" she said walking over to give me a hug. but I held my hands down at my sides.. "Well what does she do?" I asked curiously. Who the hell is this? I walked over to my dad and hugged him tightly. I felt her arms go around me.if it wasn't for you I think I would already be next to her now. "Well I know how you feel about the loss of your mother and baby girl. I don't expect her to be or even try and be." he said solemnly as he rubbed his chin.this was too much to process at once. that's not like you..
"Does she know about you and we're Corvus?" I asked. I know that I always will" He said putting down his wine glass. she is Corvus as well so I have nothing to hide and neither does she" he said taking a sip of his wine. I heard the bathroom door open down the hall in the foyer and knew she was on her way back.. He reached over and hugged me to his chest tightly. but take my dad away from me. I tried to get myself together because I knew I still wouldn't accept her. she has no children and never been married. "I just don't want you to forget" I whined. "Not at all. "I don't want you to forget mom" "I promise you I never will" he said kissing my forehead as he would do when I was young and scared. "I still think that you need more time to get over mom" I said trying to convince him. "She sees the CEO of a large bank in Atlanta and then sees your five bedroom estate and knows she hit the jackpot" I bet she's a gold digger. "Your father told me it's your favorite meal whenever it rains.. This I would not let happen. so I just wanted to make sure I get it right" she twisted her fingers nervously.. Not only is she going to try to take the place of my mother.slowly" he said twirling his merlot in his glass. "I. check away" my dad said and kissed my forehead. I'd like to pluck her clean.just wanted to check on the roast if that's alright?" Lana asked nervously as she stood by the sink."She's an administrative assistant in our building. I think of her everyday and regardless of who I'm with. she has enough money to take care of herself and her home is very nice as well" he responded. "Why don't you set the table up for us in the dining room?" . "Bet it's not this nice I'm sure" I countered. she's a nice woman and we enjoy each others company and are still learning each other. "Does she know you have freaking wings that sprout out of your back? If she is.anything else? He asked.. "That explains alot" I said sarcastically. "Absolutely. you will always come first.. I nodded my head and looked up at him as he wiped away a fallen tear. "Yes she does. I frowned and felt my stomach twisting with envy.. but was prepared to be phony for my dad's sake. "I bet she's already talking about marriage huh?" "Not at all. So I don't want you to be envious that there is another woman in this house that isn't you or your mother" I felt tears well up in my eyes and I blinked trying to prevent them from falling as he hugged me tightly.always.. "You will always be my baby girl and that will never change. "It's been several years since Linza has passed..
"My friends son has been in school for over 5 years and she's now at the point of trying to do his work for him. "Yeah. She's irking me already. Damn." She chortled. so forgive me. I walked back into the kitchen to see her pulling out a large roast.. is everything alright? I don't use alot of salt.. I tried not to smile because I absolutely adored asparagus. "I'm not the best cook or even close to Emeril or . we always sit in the kitchen or in our comfy room and watch TV and eat off of TV trays. I placed the food on the table and watched my dad smile as I sat down next to him and Lana sat on the other side opposite of me. Her smile seemed sincere and not strained. I sat on a barstool next to my dad and watched her fan the roast. I hope she doesn't stare at me all night. She looked at me and gave me a warm smile. my nephew is always the first one to pick up the salt and give me dirty looks." she chuckled. potatoes along with asparagus and broccoli. Are you serious. which was a good thing. it's alright" I said nonchalantly as I stabbed the table cloth with my fork. "How is everything Sasha. "That's one thing I don't have to worry about with my baby girl" he beamed at me.. but not at his compliment. I tried to analyze her and every movement she made. but I figured I would manage to find something else to hate by the end of the night. I rubbed my hands up and down my thighs in deep thought.. I grabbed the bowl of asparagus and gravy bowl and followed Lana."Okay" I said and walked over to the cabinets and began to take out plates and glasses. The thought of seeing him in class tomorrow excited me and Monday couldn't get here fast enough. was that supposed to make me laugh? I sighed deeply as I listened to her and my dad laugh as if she made the joke of the year. Why the hell isn't SHE setting the table since she's the one trying to make a good impression? Plus he and I never eat in the dining room. hoping she would think I was picturing my fork digging into her skinny little neck. I was smiling because the thought of Evan crept back into my psyche. I carelessly tossed her plate down by her chair and frowned. "She has always been ahead of her class.after you ladies" he said as he picked up the large roast to follow us into the dining room. "I understand you're majoring in psychology and I think it's great field to get in" she said as she watched my dad cut up pieces of pork roast and put large portions on our plates.. just so he can finish. "I'm starving..always made the deans list and will great in her major and career" I smiled back at him. "He changes his major every year and she told him she wasn't aware that there is a major that requires you to change it every year or semester" she smiled and shook head.
"Let's just adjourn into the den and sit and enjoy each others company for the rest of the evening. I walked into the foyer and snatched my book bag. uugghhh..MY SPOT! I always sat next to my dad and I glared at her as flopped into the matching recliner. I glared at my dad with clenched jaws. so I could pack some up for you to take back home with you? She said with raised eyebrows. I'm kind of full already. but I do my best" she shrugged her shoulders and looked at my father for his response. Not even.Paula Deen. I could feel the muscles in my back twitching anxiously for me to transform and peck her eyes out. "Well I must say you're even more beautiful in person. I smiled because he always said he was stuffed. but not beautiful enough for my dad. he told me how much you love the beach. I know this wench didn't just kiss my dad in front of me! I was on fire and I couldn't explain how bad I wanted to throw her out on her ass. even when he wasn't. Your pictures don't do you justice" Lana said as she sipped on her wine nervously. . "I'm glad you liked it love" Lana said and leaned over and kissed him on the lips. She's pretty. I gave her an expression to let her know she was boring me and to stop trying. "I'll have to think about it. "She's a wonderful cook Sash. "Let's all go and enjoy each other's company in the den shall we?" my dad said with a strained smile. I have alot of schoolwork to do and I was thinking about taking some classes this summer so that I could graduate earlier than expected" I watched her take a long sip of her wine and I was thrilled that I was making it difficult for her. "No thanks I have a fridge full of food already" I said sighing deeply as if I was bored of the whole evening. "Well I know how school is. I was awestruck. I gave him a grotesque look before I pushed my chair out from behind me. It would just end up in the trash anyway. He saw my expression and pursed his lips together before he took a large gulp of his wine. "Your father and I were planning a trip down to Destin Florida and were hoping you would want to come with us. so don't let her fool you. "Tastes okay" I said twisting my lips as if I didn't care to take another bite. Just us hanging out.." My dad said. because I knew if I were to say anything at this time it wouldn't be pretty. hoping it would fall over as I marched out of the room. this roast proves it" he said pouring gravy over his mashed potatoes. She's sitting in my spot. "I'm stuffed" he rubbed his stomach. I practically stomped back into the den and seen them sitting next to each other on his black velvet couch. I snickered to myself. Who the hell does she think she is? Kissing my dad in front of me.
"I'm gonna get a glass of water. I kneeled down at his feet and watched him rip off the red wrapping paper. I watched her walk slowly into the kitchen hoping she would just walk straight out the door.a cunning. "Mom fell off the tube and she pulled you off with her and both of you ended up covered in snow" I continued to laugh. "Hey dad. holding my hands to my stomach in hysterics. "Thank you so much baby girl" he said as he held up the large picture frame I got him. I watched him studying every picture as if he was being transported back in time. "Beautiful isn't it Lana?" I asked with an evil smile. She looks like she's gonna puke up that entire dry ass roast she made. it's very lovely" She ran her hand through her red hair and I could tell she was uncomfortable with my father staring down at our family photos. I snickered. BINGO. I made a collage of all the many pictures of our family. sinister smile. Hoping she would get the hint this was family time. which is where I sit with my dad all the time anyway. "It took me a while to cut out each picture individually. "I just know your gonna love it" I continued gloating inside. I thought as she walked back in holding a half empty glass of water. either of you want a glass?" Lana asked standing up. I laughed inside as she cleared her throat. . You snooze you lose. I jumped into her empty seat. I totally forgot" I said dramatically. My dad and moms wedding picture. It was all over her face as she sat down across from us in the recliner and watched us talk about all of the great times we shared as a family when my mom was alive. "No thanks" I said and pointed to another picture. I watched my fathers smile broaden. I smiled.. "I'm fine" my dad responded without even glancing in her direction. I ignored her. She stopped and looked at me with a little annoyance. my baby picture."Anything you want to watch Sasha? The remote is all yours" Lana said holding out the remote. "I got you something" I walked over to hand him the gift I got him. "Both of you looked like walking snowmen" My dad and me laughed non-stop and began to reminisce as if Lana wasn't even in the room. especially the ones with my mother. I had to sneak a few of our family albums out each time I came home for dinner" I smiled and found myself absolutely thrilled at the grim expression on Lanas' face. I couldn't stop smiling inside.. remember the family vacation when we went skiing in Philly and you mom and I went snow tubing" I laughed loudly. family vacations. All of his attention was now on the collage I made him and she knew it. hoping her arm would fall off as I watched her out of the side of my eye and unzipped my book bag. "Yes. "Oh dad.
"See you next Sunday baby girl" he kissed my forehead. "It was great meeting you Sasha.unless he was hoping we would see each other the next day as well. If I was so in love with Nico. I hugged him tight and kissed him on the cheek. I guess I was so intrigued by him I wasn't thinking clearly. I responded by slamming my car door as hard as I could and sped home. I jogged from my car into my condo because for some reason I just wanted to be alone. but the chill remained as I shuddered when my dad opened the door. wondering which one I would end of thinking about before I drifted off to sleep. "Well when you both tried to take woodshop class" I could see the displeasure on Lana's face and I savored every minute of it."Thank you so much baby girl" my dad said and hugged me tight. forgetting it was Sunday.. for some reason he really ruffled my feathers.please. I punched my pillow once again and slammed my head into it. I took a long shower and crawled into bed feeling mentally exhausted.. "I know just where you should put it" I sat up suddenly. I couldn't wait for school tomorrow so I could see Evan. I punched my pillow to get comfortable and relieve some frustration. I didn't feel like talking to Nico right now.. The rain had finally stopped..for us to meet. I snuggled underneath his arms and felt triumphant. I gathered my things and I swear I heard Lana give a sigh of relief as they walked me to the door.. Dammit. "I love you" "Love you more" I replied as I ran to my car. you know the one that you and mom made when you took that woodshop class" I giggled. hope we get to spend more time together" I heard Lana yell as I opened my car door. but it was still nice of him not to call me out on it. Like I really wanna spend time with you. Maybe I'm not in love with Nico as much as I thought. maybe it was just an attraction that's passed or maybe Evan is an attraction that will pass. About my dad seeing another woman that wasn't my mother and also about my excitement of seeing another man that wasn't my boyfriend.. My dad and I sat and talked for several hours until I had to leave... "On the night stand in your bedroom.then I wouldn't be thinking of Evans bright green eyes and maybe it was fate. He always hated me driving late at night and it was now 9pm. I was confused. I thought about our conversation in the library and banged myself in the head for telling him I would see him in class the next day..confused and torn . I laid my head down into my pillow and stared up at the ceiling and continued to think of Nico and Evan..
Stop by and see me before you go to school" he said.FALLING I could hear my cell phone ringing as I rushed out of the shower to grab it. I missed you. I placed the phone between my ear and shoulder and tried to comb it without grimacing. "See you when you get here" I hung up the phone feeling indifferent as I put on my favorite pink sweater and black jeans. I wanted to look exceptional today. I'm getting dressed now. "Hey love. "Beautiful. wow" he said looking me over as I stood in his doorway. I dried off and called him right back so he wouldn't worry. I just wanna see your face is all" he said. "Hello" I said in a rushed voice. How come you didn't come over or call to let me know that you made it home okay?" his deep voice vibrated through the phone. but didn't make an appointment this week. "That's fine. He kissed me deeply as he carried me inside and kicked the door closed with his foot. I let it ring and knew he would probably walk down to my place if I didn't answer or call him back right away. missed you last night. so it was up to me to try and make myself look decent. It was Nico and he was probably wondering why I didn't stop at his place when I got home last night. I wanted to make sure I looked desirable. I don't wanna be late for class" I said thinking about Evan and how I promised him I would be on time for a change. I wanted Evan to stare at me as much as I stared at him the night in the library. "It was late and I was really tired from the drive and trying to get my school work done. I smiled at my reflection and rushed over to Nicos. . He looked me up and down and smiled before he picked me up and squeezed the life out of me. but found myself dropping everything in front of my door to run back into the bathroom to look at myself one last time. "You got a beauty contest at school today or what?" he asked once he put me down and stood back to look me over. so I just crawled into bed" I said moving the phone to my other ear so I could comb the other side. I was trying to comb out the kinks in my wavy black hair and talk to him at the same time. "I wish you would have crawled into bed with me instead. I usually go to the salon up the street. "Well that will be in a few minutes. I grabbed up my laptop and school books and stuffed them in my book bag.
regardless of how hard you try to blend in. "Alright. "You never look like that.. I pulled up into the parking lot and checked my reflection in the rearview mirror. you'll never blend in love" He said and kissed me lightly on the cheek. "Saved your favorite seat for you" I teased as I flipped my hair over my shoulder and looked into his hypnotizing green eyes... "Thank you baby" I said with a smile. I figure we could chill tonight. he gave me a big smile and I could feel my stomach doing flip flops as he walked up the stairs to take a seat next to me. I seen him look up to his seat and stare at me."No. I practically ran out of his place to my car. so tell me when your on your way home and I'll be here" he smiled. I twisted my blood ring around my middle finger anxiously as I studied his tall physique and attire. Oh yes it does exist and I'm looking right at it. Just you and me. even this early in the morning. just figured I would try to look decent in class from now on. The excitement was building up in my body so much I couldn't stop tapping my boots on the floor. I decided to drive instead of taking the Marta train so I could be there before Evan even got there. "Now I do believe in miracles" he joked. I walked up the steps to where Evan usually sat and took the seat next to his.and then. I moved the books from his desk and tried my best to look casual. whichever you prefer and we can watch some of those old kung fu movies you love so much" He said looking at me tenderly. but I guess beauty really does exist" he said with a half smile before he took out his laptop and placed it on his desk. hoping that it wasn't a dream and he really was in my class. "Yes. Every time a student walked in I looked up anxiously. I giggled to myself with excitement. I'll cook or order out. I look scrumptious. but come straight back. I was the fifth person to arrive in my psychology class and Professor Markston looked surprised as I walked in and nodded at me with a pleased expression on his face. I'm always late and the professor told me he won't tolerate it anymore. instead of looking like I just leaped out of bed" I chuckled. I placed my books on his desk to make sure nobody else would sit there. "Sounds like a plan" I smiled back before I kissed him once again. "I thought you were a fabric of my imagination. miracles do exist" I joked back. I could tell he cared about his appearance.there he was. so I gotta run" I lied. I couldn't wait to see him again I smiled as I jumped out of my car and grabbed my things.. "Some of us are gonna go out riding for a bit. out near the woods so we can stretch our wings a little. "But I do have to go. That long wavy black hair and those smoky gray eyes. Suddenly I felt nervous and self conscious as I watched a girl that usually sat next to him look at me and roll her eyes as she took the seat in front of him with obvious annoyance that I took her .
.. I stared at the back of Professor Markstons bald head and wanted to kiss it.. I guess the majority wins" he said and threw his hands up in the air as if he didn't need any more confirmation. New woman in town chick and her name is Sasha. "You don't have to guess.. soooo.Maybe we could. including me and Evans as we smiled at each other.normal seat. "But I'm gonna do alot of it tonight I guess. "I'll need a show of hands of people that would like to work with another student on the project first" I watched the majority of the class raise their hands in the air quickly. I . "Some students requested that instead of it being an individual project. but I would like a show of hands to see if the rest of the class is alright with what is being requested" Professor Markston threw his pen on his desk and leaned in front of it with his arms crossed over his chest. but I did and tried not to appear too love struck. it should be made into a couple's project. "Well. "It appears that I have received several requests regarding your projects. that you are absolutely my first and only choice right?" Evan whispered looking at me sternly. I turned my head away from Evan so he wouldn't see me snickering. you don't want to be the one stuck with someone that leaves you doing most of the research and your grade will apply to both of your work..or doesn't" He pursed his lips and gave a deep sigh. His cheeks were still rosy from the chill in the air outside and it gave him a boyish charm.regardless of who does it all. "If you picked anybody else I would never be on time for this class ever again" I whispered back with a smile. "I must say I'm guilty of not even opening a book.. Two people assigned to one serial killer" He put his finger in the air as if to cease all of the whispering that began to fill the room. "Did you get anymore work done on Jeffrey D or did you chill all day Sunday?" he asked leaning his chin onto his hand to look directly at me. Watched some UFC and kung fu movies all day. but remember to choose the person you want to work with carefully.no didn't get any work done. I spend Sundays with him and play catch up.. but for some reason he made me so nervous that I couldn't look at him directly in the face whenever he was looking at me.. I watched him settle back into his chair and rub his hands through his hair as if he was relieved at my response. "Well my Sunday is my dads' day." he was interrupted by Professor Markston tapping his pen on the chalkboard to get everyone's attention. "I'll need to know who you plan on working with and what serial killer you plan to write on by the end of class so I can make the proper adjustments.. Muah. "Now let's get down to some knowledge shall we" he said as he began writing on the dusty covered chalkboard.. what about you?" I asked as I tried to bat my eyelashes nonchalantly. didn't get a thing done" he replied.
Nothing felt as good as transforming and gliding through Atlanta late at night. but this was the first time I wanted it to be over quickly. I glanced at her to see her give me a nasty look before she grabbed her things and stomped down the class stairs and out the door. I do eat alot. I always loved this class. We were gathering our things and I was putting my laptop into my book bag when the girl that sat in front of him asked if he wanted to work on the project together. I loved it when a mans eyelashes were dark and long and looked as if he had eyeliner on the bottom of them. Oh my goodness he was so sexy. I acted as if I didn't hear a word as I pretended to fumble with my books and fix everything in my bag. "That sounds great" I replied. "Great" he said smiling brightly. I put on my jacket and threw on my scarf as we walked down the hall and out the door. yeah you deserve a full stomach on me" he winked. you deserve it. I was on cloud nine and felt the urge to stretch my wings. don't let this gorgeous figure fool you. "My wallet isn't intimidated and I can tell you take good care of your body. His lips were absolutely luscious and I just wanted to touch them with my fingertips as I watched them move with every word that came out of his mouth. my insides were screaming that he and I would be working along together. it gave me a sense of freedom and clarity.. how about I buy you lunch after class and we can decide what nasty killer we want to introduce back into the world? He said placing his pen in his mouth as he looked at me. . "Besides. I smiled. "So what does the greedy lady have in mind for lunch today?" he teased as I admired his long dark eyelashes. "Sure. "Mind you. so I'm not concerned at all about filling up that tiny stomach" he joked back. I promised myself that I would do it that night just from the excitement I was feeling. I couldn't wait for class to be over so he and I could spend some time together. so I hope your wallet is prepared" I joked. Other students were mingling and discussing who they wanted to work with as Evan held his hand out to me to help down the rest of the stairs. YES! "Just letting you know" I gave him a triumphant look and then opened my text book. I held on tightly pretending that I really needed his help. Anything to see your lips move would be great. being on time today and actually beating me here. I could hear him telling her he was sorry and that he and I had decided to work on it together. He's noticed my figure. Finally.couldn't stop smiling. Thank you Professor Markston. "We can discuss it after class" I said holding back my exhilaration. The feeling of his hand on mine was indescribable.
plus I have always wanted to come here" I said before he got out of car and ran to open the door for me. He ran over to open the door for me before he put our bags in the back seat. "IHOP it is then" he joked and I laughed along with him. "He was only being truthful" I said raising my eyebrows and putting my chin on the palm of my hand giving him a girlish pose. "Well I think he was being truthful. He got in and started the car. "You are a very good analyzer Mr. "Yeah.oh. We walked in hand in hand as if we had been a couple for years. I reached over and gave him a slight pinch on his arm.. I held up a finger and turned towards him in my seat. "I can tell right now you have no kind of patience do you?" he said as we came to a stop light. an Asian steak and seafood restaurant in Midtown on Peachtree. I have just the place" he motioned for me to follow him as he reached over to grab my book bag and carry it for me. maybe he was just saying something that he thinks . but refused to. "You have to wait and see" he smiled as he pulled out of the student lot. They sat us in a cozy romantic area for two and I couldn't stop blushing when the waiter told him that he had a beautiful girlfriend. I bet you try to sneak and open Christmas presents early too huh" he laughed as he took off when the light turned green. "No. "Hope you're still feeling greedy" he said as he parked the car and looked at me once again as if he had something he wanted to say. but I only did that once and that's when I was ten and I wanted this Barbie doll so freakin bad" I squeezed my eyes shut and opened them to find him looking at me so softly. about your beauty" he said gazing at me."Well. I think he was just being polite" I said as I placed my napkin on my lap. I'm still feeling greedy. "Yes. I smiled as he held out his hand to me. but turned and looked out of the window as I watched him turn into Silk. Evan. For some reason he gave me a sense of peace I never really felt with Nico and I smiled as I followed him to his car. "No seriously. except spicy food" I added quickly. Nico hated seafood. "So where are you taking me?" I asked with excitement. I can eat just about anything. I can tell. because I'm so greedy. "The girlfriend part. I've seen it several times. I tried to stop the butterflies in my stomach and the fact that I wanted to grab him and just kiss the life out of him... "I do..a little" I grinned. I was surprised to see he had a black Porsche Cayenne. "Do you think he meant that or is he just trying to get a big tip?" Evan joked as he flashed a dimple. but never ever went in. as if he could see right through me.
"Oh. I hope she's on a rocket ship to Mars.. I put my handle on the door handle and he quickly grabbed my arm and starred at me. We ate as much as we could and even raced to see who could finish their bowl of scallops first. "Well you did say you were greedy right?" he handed me his napkin.." I looked at him intently waiting for him to finish." I shrugged my shoulders.then maybe.Please! I know you want to. Kiss me.. I don't need a napkin to remember you honey. "I don't know. .she just wasn't the one for me is all. I hadn't had such fun with a guy in a long time. "Thank you" "Something to remember me by" he said as he held up his goblet of water. "I guess when your girlfriend decides that she wants to permanently be mad at you." "What if I say that I ended it with her on Sunday. "How did you learn to do that?" I asked amazed and delighted at the same time as I took it and placed it beside my purse. "Like I said.. because he was killing me with anticipation "You were wondering if. but smiled as he placed all of our food down on the table. He held the door open for me and ran to jump into the drivers' seat. "Why? What did she do?" I asked with concern. I do believe that to make a relationship work you have to put in a little work. believe me. He just laughed..... "Yeah. we continued to talk about school and life and I felt as if we could talk forever as he pulled me up next to my car. "Wow. Nico was always so serious and Evan gave me the chance to kick back and just have natural fun.. I figured I would help him along.... just kiss me! "I was wondering if you.be" he said and quickly looked out the window as if he made a mistake in saying anything. "I'll toast to that" I said and tapped his glass..maybe.... I realized that. "Are you alright?" I asked again.. I wanted to stab him in the face with my fork. Like I really give a flying fudge that she's gone.. "After Saturday. for good" he countered.. I'm sorry. I believe in fate and after Saturday you made me.. I hope she NEVER comes back. Besides I was no longer hungry for food.. but you shouldn't have to struggle to maintain a healthy one" he said. I didn't want it to end as we walked back out to his car." he shook his head and gripped his steering wheel tightly. that's none of my business" I quickly added. He had another class and I told him that I would write him a note so that he wouldn't be in trouble for being late. I'm great" he said folding his napkin on the table in front of him nervously.should." Dammit! The waiter came with our food before he could finish. I was now hungry for him to finish what he was saying before that damn waiter came over and messed up the great dreams I was going to have about him for the day. this is alot of food for a lunch Evan" I said looking at all of the dishes laid out before us. He folded it into a rose.
. I don't have any classes and we could also get some work done. "Well. "Spaghetti? Seriously I was just gonna get you a frozen pizza and call it a day" he winked.tomorrow night not in the afternoon mister" I poked him in the arm." he said looking curious."If you.. I screamed inside." he said. Him and me together tomorrow all day and all alone I thought as I placed the napkin on my lap. I'll call you to get your address and come pick you up.If you would like to come over to my place for dinner tomorrow night.. only proper that I pick you up and bring you there" "Thing is we were getting our hair done. "I'll see you tomorrow around three or four. "That sounds great. I reached into my purse and ripped out a piece of paper and wrote my cell number on it and gave him a piece so he could write his down. "I live off of Peachtree. I heard him hit his car horn as he drove back around to the student lot. Damn I feel half bad. "You said dinner... I couldn't believe I was falling so fast.if that's alright?" I asked..soon. "Right and just so you know. I looked at my napkin made rose and screamed at the top of my lungs.. "I invited you over. My stylist is on Peachtree anyway. I love spaghetti.. that sounds good" he gave me a delighted smile. but you will call me" he said as if he wanted to confirm everything that I just said.. I had become an expert liar and it wasn't that I liked to do it. Nico would kill him. when you're ready" "How about coming over about five or four or three" he joked. I just have to call Brita. he was absolutely captivating.. Now... If Nico knew I had lunch and now am spending the evening with Evan he would go ballistic. "Alright.. nails and all that other girly stuff which works out perfectly. Once I was in my car I turned up the radio as loud as it could go. but 100% good. so I can just come over after I'm done. "Call me. my stylist and see if she can squeeze me in for tomorrow and get all of my lies in order for Nico. where do you live?" I asked.I was just so damn good at it." he asked now looking confident. I would love to" I said smiling brightly back at him. so you don't have to wonder what to cook" I joked and got out of his car.. "Cool. but I could be over about four" I said trying to hide the excitement in my voice... "Whatever you cook I'm sure it will be fine" I winked back and jumped in my car.. which might be about three. I needed to figure out who I wanted. I'm going shopping with Melina with tomorrow. No way can he come to my place. "Would you care to spend the evening with me tomorrow Sasha?" Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes. My heart was beating so fast.
. I still had several hours before I was to meet with Nico so I decided to take advantage of it. I flew through and above Atlantic Station and decided to fly back to the school to see if Evans car was still there. I needed to fly. peering into people's homes.I wanted to soar I was so excited. Flying in flocks late at night and sometimes during the day.. I shuddered. I was still in human form. One thing you must know about Corvus is that we must fly. I clenched my fists together as I felt my black wings break through the slits of my jacket and I stood on the roof stretching them out wide. we thrived on it and our blood demanded it. I spotted his car and landed on a light post not to far from his car just in time to see him walking through the parking lot. I locked up my condo and made my way to the stairs up to the roof of our condo building. we needed them and wearing them was a must if we were going to fly. I felt . I wanted to make sure Melina wasn't out on her balcony taking notes of my daily activities. I hovered for a moment before I could no longer feel my legs or arms and then made a speedy flight from the roof. It's a hunger our body craves and we must satisfy it. only difference is that there wings attached to my back and I leaned over the edge of the roof and looked down. spying and lurking behind hidden leaves. I could feel the muscles in my back contracting and I felt as if tiny pins were pricking my body all over. The wind was brisk and blew my hair recklessly around my face as I pulled out a rubber band to get it under control.WINGBEATS I was still reeling from Evans touch as I glanced down at the napkin he folded into a rose for me. especially when I needed to make a quick escape. feeling free. sitting high in pine trees light at night. I closed my eyes and fluttered my wings as I felt my legs being lifted off the ground. sitting on busy buildings watching the people below us that are none the wiser of who and what we are.a raven. We have to spread our wings and soar through the skies. Specially made clothes so that our wings would be able to emerge without hindrance. It was black and had two long slits along the back of it. We are curious creatures as well. which gave me the ability to sprout my wings quickly... I fluttered and flapped them against the wind. I seen he was walking with a blonde haired girl talking and laughing. I placed the napkin Evan made for me on my bed with a smile before I walked into my closet to find my specially made tank and jacket. I walked into my condo and changed clothes quickly. It was a motorcycle jacket so it was hard to even tell if it was any different from normal ones. but from my blood that was now pumping through my veins at an uncontrollable speed. not from the wind.
Floor to ceiling windows and a balcony that went from the bedroom and wrapped around to the front living room. I'll find out tomorrow I guess. I was exhausted. Who the hell is he with. but it does give us cause to take a second look at whoever looks like they are gonna pass out from thirst. I finally made it back to the roof of my place and I ran down the stairs. I knew they were really expensive and wondered what floor he lived on. some people just like water. I felt as though envious insanity was flowing through my body as I watched him turn into a luxurious condominium building called the Sovereign. I decided to wear the sexy white dress he loved and laid it out on the bed and pulled out my psychology book. so that gave me time to shower and relax before I called him to come home for us to chill as he called it. but not letting that car get out of my sight. I decided to follow him and see exactly where he lived. Funny thing is that I knew that some Corvus stayed in that condo. I wonder what they were talking about. There was a major headwind flying back to my place which meant that I had to glide mainly on the wind so I wouldn't exert too much energy. The wind blew me in a direction I didn't want to go. maybe his sometime girlfriend? I found myself croaking again and fluttering my feathers. One way you can distinguish a Corvus in human form is that we drink tons of water after a flight and I'm not saying that every time you see someone guzzling a bucket of water that they are Corvus. the higher the number the more money I knew he had. I landed high on the branch of a pine tree that still gave me a distant view of the two of them. but just decided to take the long way home. but hearing from that distance was impossible. I would go over to his place right after so I would . day and night. I followed him at a distance. I noticed him look up at the light post I was sitting on and for some reason I felt as if he knew it was me. I studied them until I watched the girl practically skip off to her car. taking breaks here and there. I knew that Nico and the majority of wind chasers were out flying. One thing about transforming into a raven. mani and pedi at Spa Sydell not far from his home. I had been in there once with my dad for a low-key business dinner with one of his colleagues. it would be easier that way without having to fight the wind that we loved so much. My hair appointment was finalized and I also managed to squeeze in a massage. I croaked and took flight back to my place. but resilient as I rushed in to grab a large glass of water. so it would look as if I had been studying before I went over to Evans the next day. it gave us very keen sight. We depended on the wind to carry us if we were tired or even injured. I took off and flew into the woods not far from the school. but I knew he wasn't one of us.envy creeping through my feathered body and I croaked loudly with madness. I loved the fact that you could walk out of your bedroom and enjoy the evening air and then walk right into the living room.
huh?" I said convincingly. I sat on his red leather couch and got comfortable. which it isn't. I'll run back out and get it. I sighed with contentment as I got comfortable on my couch and began reading more about Jeffrey Dahmer. I was just studying and fell asleep on the couch" I said as I sat up on the couch and stretched. it was still cold out. I heard him groan on the other end. "Yeah. I always hated leather couches. I assumed was Crazy Charlie doing aerial acrobatics as normal. our world and yours. We thrive on the reaction of people that point up to us and wonder what kind of bird we are. I woke up to my cell phone ringing on the floor beside me. they look cool. muah" I said before I hung up the phone.be fresh and relaxed. I smiled as I watched one. did you know what you wanted to eat tonight?" he asked. "How about some Fat Matts?" I said suddenly feeling hungry. I put on a little mascara and lip gloss because Nico hated makeup. which we consider an insult because they are no where near as intelligent as we are. "Okay. "Hey love. I smiled as I picked up Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee. I walked back into my bathroom and washed my face. beans. You asked me what I wanted and what would be better then ribs. Ravens reign supreme in the world of birds. He was always so neat and I loved it. "Hello?" I said still feeling drowsy and tired from my recent flight. beer and kung fu. "I'll be there. "I was just out that way. I didn't realize I fell asleep until the ringing wouldn't stop. but I expect to see you in my place soon as I get back" he said. I put on his favorite white dress. now you want me to go all the way back?" he moaned. "Well. I could see several wind chasers flying through the courtyard and many sitting on top of the roofs of several buildings around us. My shoulders slumped over as I thought about how I went to lunch with Evan and felt guilty. It's not unlikely to find us doing such things as flying down the center of a road and in between cars and buildings on glorious wingbeats. but I always found them cold and uninviting as I pulled out a throw he bought me because he was tired of me complaining how cold his couch always was. my favorite beer and walked over to his large flat screen and seen he went out and got a bunch of kung fu videos. okay. I hated sloppy men. some of our wingspans are so large we have been accused of being a buzzard. I had a spare set of keys to his place and walked in. I curled up and turned on the TV.. my favorite before I walked over to the window and looked out. are you home?" I heard Nico ask in a tired voice. I kicked off my flats by the door and walked to the fridge and pulled out a Yuengling. "You act as if it's far.. but I only had to walk up the hall to his place so it was doable. but wasn't .
good choice" he said as I took out some silverware from the drawer. "I'm starving I said as I opened a cabinet to take out two plates. "Let me wash up real quick. I could feel both of us become aroused as I felt him pick me up . I'm talking about that dress you know I can't resist" he said as he walked up behind me and kissed the back of my neck. but I love it though" he said as he took a large spoonful of beans. I loved it when he wore it. He kissed my forehead and grabbed a few large pieces of ribs and began to eat with vigor. wish you could have been there" he said as he took a large gulp from his bottle of beer. We both laughed and after we finished we cleaned up the kitchen and grabbed a few beers and cuddled up on the couch. "What?" I asked wiping sauce from my lips. "Only for you" I grinned back at him as I escaped his grasp to finish setting the table. "Sash?" I heard Nico yell as I heard the door close. "School is more important" I winked and motioned for him to have a seat so we could eat and then watch some kung fu. I stuck my finger in their famous barbeque sauce and sucked on it only to make my hunger intensify. but I did know that I worked out enough to eat what I wanted. We watched several movies until I realized it was getting late. "You staying with me tonight right?" he whispered into my ear.watching it. "Yeah. I watched him open the fridge and take out a beer. I caught him staring at me with a slight grin on his face. "I'm not talking about ribs. it revealed all of his muscles and there wasn't a word to explain how much he turned me on. "Yeah. not live to eat" I responded with disdain. "You are by far the most beautiful woman I ever met and the greediest woman I ever met" he chuckled as I sucked on a rib bone. "Let's get stuffed babe" he said once he walked over to the table. I knew you would want ribs" I snickered. I kissed him on the lips as I took the bags of ribs while he took off his motorcycle jacket and hung it up in the coat closet. "I eat to live. "Yes. instead I put it on mute and just looked at the news. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else" I whispered back as his mouth covered mine. I was always the greedy girl out the bunch. be right back" he said and ran into the bathroom. "See. I was starving as I stared at the ribs and barbeque chicken. I looked at his gorgeous chest in his white tank top. and I hated hearing bad news. even when he wasn't trying. I'm in here" I answered and leaped off the couch to help him with the bags of food he got. but laughed inside because he was right. sometimes I wonder if your not living to eat. "We had a good flight today.
Evans face flashed before my eyes and I pulled Nico closer to me.and carry me into his bedroom. "I love you too" I replied and kissed him once again. He laid me down gently on his bed and kissed me deeply. not wanting him to stop. at least for tonight. . I had to get Evan out of my mind. "I love you Sash" he said as he pulled off his tank top.
It was black and had two long slits along the back of it. I flew through and above Atlantic Station and decided to fly back to the school to see if Evans car was still there. I walked into my condo and changed clothes quickly. I fluttered and flapped them against the wind. It was a motorcycle jacket so it was hard to even tell if it was any different from normal ones. I was still in human form. I felt . but from my blood that was now pumping through my veins at an uncontrollable speed.a raven. peering into people's homes.I wanted to soar I was so excited. I could feel the muscles in my back contracting and I felt as if tiny pins were pricking my body all over. spying and lurking behind hidden leaves. We have to spread our wings and soar through the skies. I wanted to make sure Melina wasn't out on her balcony taking notes of my daily activities. One thing you must know about Corvus is that we must fly. It's a hunger our body craves and we must satisfy it. Flying in flocks late at night and sometimes during the day. I needed to fly. we needed them and wearing them was a must if we were going to fly. I shuddered. which gave me the ability to sprout my wings quickly. The wind was brisk and blew my hair recklessly around my face as I pulled out a rubber band to get it under control. I locked up my condo and made my way to the stairs up to the roof of our condo building. I clenched my fists together as I felt my black wings break through the slits of my jacket and I stood on the roof stretching them out wide. we thrived on it and our blood demanded it. I spotted his car and landed on a light post not to far from his car just in time to see him walking through the parking lot. not from the wind. I placed the napkin Evan made for me on my bed with a smile before I walked into my closet to find my specially made tank and jacket.. especially when I needed to make a quick escape. I seen he was walking with a blonde haired girl talking and laughing. We are curious creatures as well.. Specially made clothes so that our wings would be able to emerge without hindrance.WINGBEATS I was still reeling from Evans touch as I glanced down at the napkin he folded into a rose for me. sitting on busy buildings watching the people below us that are none the wiser of who and what we are. only difference is that there wings attached to my back and I leaned over the edge of the roof and looked down. sitting high in pine trees light at night. I still had several hours before I was to meet with Nico so I decided to take advantage of it... feeling free. I closed my eyes and fluttered my wings as I felt my legs being lifted off the ground. I hovered for a moment before I could no longer feel my legs or arms and then made a speedy flight from the roof.
We depended on the wind to carry us if we were tired or even injured. so that gave me time to shower and relax before I called him to come home for us to chill as he called it. but hearing from that distance was impossible. but not letting that car get out of my sight. I decided to follow him and see exactly where he lived. but it does give us cause to take a second look at whoever looks like they are gonna pass out from thirst. Who the hell is he with. taking breaks here and there. Funny thing is that I knew that some Corvus stayed in that condo. I wonder what they were talking about. I would go over to his place right after so I would . it gave us very keen sight. I had been in there once with my dad for a low-key business dinner with one of his colleagues. day and night. My hair appointment was finalized and I also managed to squeeze in a massage. I followed him at a distance. Floor to ceiling windows and a balcony that went from the bedroom and wrapped around to the front living room. One way you can distinguish a Corvus in human form is that we drink tons of water after a flight and I'm not saying that every time you see someone guzzling a bucket of water that they are Corvus. The wind blew me in a direction I didn't want to go. it would be easier that way without having to fight the wind that we loved so much. I knew they were really expensive and wondered what floor he lived on. I noticed him look up at the light post I was sitting on and for some reason I felt as if he knew it was me. I landed high on the branch of a pine tree that still gave me a distant view of the two of them. I knew that Nico and the majority of wind chasers were out flying. maybe his sometime girlfriend? I found myself croaking again and fluttering my feathers. I finally made it back to the roof of my place and I ran down the stairs. I loved the fact that you could walk out of your bedroom and enjoy the evening air and then walk right into the living room. I croaked and took flight back to my place. I felt as though envious insanity was flowing through my body as I watched him turn into a luxurious condominium building called the Sovereign. but resilient as I rushed in to grab a large glass of water. I decided to wear the sexy white dress he loved and laid it out on the bed and pulled out my psychology book. but just decided to take the long way home.envy creeping through my feathered body and I croaked loudly with madness. I was exhausted. I took off and flew into the woods not far from the school. but I knew he wasn't one of us. There was a major headwind flying back to my place which meant that I had to glide mainly on the wind so I wouldn't exert too much energy. mani and pedi at Spa Sydell not far from his home. so it would look as if I had been studying before I went over to Evans the next day. some people just like water. I'll find out tomorrow I guess. the higher the number the more money I knew he had. One thing about transforming into a raven. I studied them until I watched the girl practically skip off to her car.
I'll run back out and get it. He was always so neat and I loved it. We thrive on the reaction of people that point up to us and wonder what kind of bird we are. which it isn't. are you home?" I heard Nico ask in a tired voice. "Hello?" I said still feeling drowsy and tired from my recent flight. beer and kung fu. beans. "Okay.. I didn't realize I fell asleep until the ringing wouldn't stop. they look cool. which we consider an insult because they are no where near as intelligent as we are. I had a spare set of keys to his place and walked in. now you want me to go all the way back?" he moaned.be fresh and relaxed. "I'll be there. our world and yours. You asked me what I wanted and what would be better then ribs. "Hey love. I sighed with contentment as I got comfortable on my couch and began reading more about Jeffrey Dahmer. but I always found them cold and uninviting as I pulled out a throw he bought me because he was tired of me complaining how cold his couch always was. I put on a little mascara and lip gloss because Nico hated makeup. okay. I kicked off my flats by the door and walked to the fridge and pulled out a Yuengling. I walked back into my bathroom and washed my face. muah" I said before I hung up the phone. it was still cold out. "How about some Fat Matts?" I said suddenly feeling hungry. did you know what you wanted to eat tonight?" he asked. I assumed was Crazy Charlie doing aerial acrobatics as normal.huh?" I said convincingly. "You act as if it's far. but wasn't . I smiled as I picked up Enter the Dragon with Bruce Lee. I curled up and turned on the TV. I heard him groan on the other end. but I only had to walk up the hall to his place so it was doable. but I expect to see you in my place soon as I get back" he said. I was just studying and fell asleep on the couch" I said as I sat up on the couch and stretched. some of our wingspans are so large we have been accused of being a buzzard.. "Well. I sat on his red leather couch and got comfortable. I woke up to my cell phone ringing on the floor beside me. "I was just out that way. I always hated leather couches. "Yeah. I could see several wind chasers flying through the courtyard and many sitting on top of the roofs of several buildings around us. My shoulders slumped over as I thought about how I went to lunch with Evan and felt guilty. my favorite before I walked over to the window and looked out. I hated sloppy men. I put on his favorite white dress. It's not unlikely to find us doing such things as flying down the center of a road and in between cars and buildings on glorious wingbeats. Ravens reign supreme in the world of birds. my favorite beer and walked over to his large flat screen and seen he went out and got a bunch of kung fu videos. I smiled as I watched one.
I'm in here" I answered and leaped off the couch to help him with the bags of food he got. "We had a good flight today. I looked at his gorgeous chest in his white tank top. I watched him open the fridge and take out a beer. it revealed all of his muscles and there wasn't a word to explain how much he turned me on. sometimes I wonder if your not living to eat. but I did know that I worked out enough to eat what I wanted. but laughed inside because he was right. I could feel both of us become aroused as I felt him pick me up . "School is more important" I winked and motioned for him to have a seat so we could eat and then watch some kung fu. "I'm not talking about ribs.watching it. I loved it when he wore it. instead I put it on mute and just looked at the news. "Let me wash up real quick. and I hated hearing bad news. I was always the greedy girl out the bunch. "What?" I asked wiping sauce from my lips. "Only for you" I grinned back at him as I escaped his grasp to finish setting the table. "See. I kissed him on the lips as I took the bags of ribs while he took off his motorcycle jacket and hung it up in the coat closet. We both laughed and after we finished we cleaned up the kitchen and grabbed a few beers and cuddled up on the couch. I caught him staring at me with a slight grin on his face. I knew you would want ribs" I snickered. I stuck my finger in their famous barbeque sauce and sucked on it only to make my hunger intensify. I was starving as I stared at the ribs and barbeque chicken. "I'm starving I said as I opened a cabinet to take out two plates. "Sash?" I heard Nico yell as I heard the door close. even when he wasn't trying. "Yeah. I'm talking about that dress you know I can't resist" he said as he walked up behind me and kissed the back of my neck. good choice" he said as I took out some silverware from the drawer. "You are by far the most beautiful woman I ever met and the greediest woman I ever met" he chuckled as I sucked on a rib bone. "I eat to live. "You staying with me tonight right?" he whispered into my ear. be right back" he said and ran into the bathroom. "Let's get stuffed babe" he said once he walked over to the table. We watched several movies until I realized it was getting late. He kissed my forehead and grabbed a few large pieces of ribs and began to eat with vigor. wish you could have been there" he said as he took a large gulp from his bottle of beer. but I love it though" he said as he took a large spoonful of beans. "I wouldn't want to be anywhere else" I whispered back as his mouth covered mine. not live to eat" I responded with disdain. "Yeah. "Yes.
"I love you too" I replied and kissed him once again. at least for tonight. Evans face flashed before my eyes and I pulled Nico closer to me. I had to get Evan out of my mind. not wanting him to stop.and carry me into his bedroom. . "I love you Sash" he said as he pulled off his tank top. He laid me down gently on his bed and kissed me deeply.
but the only problem is that he was married. I have to go" I said prying his hands off of my waist. but managed to get Gordon to take care of my hair. Gordon was still waiting for him to leave his wife. it would probably end his career. "Not sure. I laughed loudly as I waved back to him and got in my car. I can't be late. I grabbed my keys and ran out to my car. "I promise" He nodded. I kept telling him he would never leave his wife. Traffic on Peachtree was always horrible during the day. I walked in a few minutes late. but desirable. I smiled with satisfaction and gave him a tight hug and large tip. it makes it alot easier on me" I said with exasperation. it's our first meeting. but failed miserably. then I have a study group for school" I whined as he pinned me down by my arms beneath him. I hope he's not suspecting anything. I pulled out a white cashmere sweater and jeans. "If it gets late then you will know my every move" I continued as I put on my dress and leaned over him and ran my hand through his long blond hair. He had an ongoing affair with a successful businessman in the city. "Work it honey" he said as I walked out the door. I loved to hear his latest love drama anyway. so I would casual. "Study group? I thought you didn't have class on Tuesdays" he said looking at me curiously. I was now back on track as I looked at my watch. by time I finished at Spa Sydell I should arrive at . I was already running late for my hair appointment because I slept later then I planned to. I kissed him one last time and left.HEARTBREAK DECEPTION "No Nico. "Gorgeous" he said as he spun me around in the chair so I could look at my reflection. I decided to pair it with a pair of black high heel boots. "What time are you finished?" he asked as he released his grip on my arms to let me go. but Gordon said he would give him three more months and then he would be history. I made sure I had everything before I pulled out of our private garage and sped most of the way to make my hair appointment on time. but I'll be sure to let you know when we are finished" I said kissing him quickly as I grabbed my dress that was tossed to the floor the following night. I ran into my place and took a long hot shower. "Our professor teamed us up with other students and now we are working on one of our projects as a team and I'm not mad at all. but he said the same thing four months ago and he was still with him. but looked as if he was thinking of something else. Now for my mani and pedi. "I have a hair appointment and then a mani and a pedi. So I'm getting everything done and then going right over there.
"You can go right on up. but I did need his condo number. I pulled up to his condo and just as he said the valet was there waiting for me. See you soon" he said before he hung up. I always got massive compliments when I wore it so I hoped he felt the same way when he smelled me. suddenly feeling nervous about seeing him again. "He told me you were beautiful. the smell of spring was in the air and I couldn't wait. I knocked lightly on the door and teetered on my heels not knowing what to expect. . "I been ready. "Good afternoon Miss" he said as I handed him my keys and grabbed my book bag and laptop out of the backseat. Suddenly my mouth felt dry with nervousness as I walked down the hall toward his condo. I still felt spectacular and it was obvious by the way the valet continued to stare at me as I walked into the building. the view must be gorgeous and I couldn't wait to see it as I gripped the bottle of merlot in my hand once I reached his floor. It didn't make me look anxious or desperate by getting there by three I grinned proud of myself.. "Hello" his deep voice was music to my ears. "Yayyy me!" I said to my reflection in the rearview. I walked out of the salon feeling pristine as the sun beat down on my face. he's in 1323" he smiled again before he walked back to his seat at the front desk.. "Evan. its Sasha. I just finished up with the girls and I'm headed your way. I checked myself over and sprayed on some Jivago 24k and let it linger on me. I sat in my car and dialed Evans number. I was a few blocks away from his place and decided to drive slowly so it wouldn't seem as if I was right around the corner. He's on the 13th floor. "I got it and I'm on my way" I said squeezing my cell in my restless hands. I pretended as if I was writing it down until he finished. "I already told the concierge about you so he will let you right in and the valet is expecting you so he will park your car next to mine.that is if you're ready for me to come over now?" I said apprehensively. ever since I woke up this morning" I could hear him smiling. but he didn't say your were exquisitely beautiful" he smiled at me. "You got a pen and paper so I can give you the address?" "Yeah. I punched the elevator button and felt the butterflies swarming in my belly as the doors opened. "You must be Sasha" an elderly man said as he walked from around the front desk. Evan must have told him what kind of car I had. I also stopped and picked up a bottle of wine and grabbed it as well. I was so happy the rain finally stopped. "Thank you" I blushed. I'm ready" I said knowing I really didn't need it.Evans about 3:45p which was a great time I thought.
it will go great with that sgetti you wanted so badly" he teased. "Okay. He flushed pink and it made him more adorable than ever. "Thanks. I invited you for dinner remember. He bowed and opened the door wide for me to enter. "Well. I'm just finishing up this sauce. "You're really good at this" he said leaning against the counter to watch. "Wow. "You don't have to do that" he held up his hands to stop me. marble countertops and black appliances. witty and you can cook. I could feel his eyes on me and it made me nervous. "No way buddy. I walked into his kitchen.. beautiful. so she taught me how to get around in a kitchen" I smiled as I continued chopping.that's what the directions say anyway" he grinned holding up a large cookbook. "You need some help with that?" I teased and nudged him a little with my elbow. I brought you a bottle of wine" I said handing it over to him as I stood in the foyer. I'm not messing up these nice floors" I countered as I unzipped my boots and placed them into the corner by the door. but I can't do a thing to help you with cut off fingers" He laughed along with me and I took the knife and began cutting up the roma tomatoes and green peppers that were to go into the spaghetti sauce. I could hear the beeping of the alarm and screamed inside. intelligent. "Make yourself at home. "I don't want you cutting off any fingers. .My heart stopped once he opened the door and flashed those dimples I love to see so much. "Oh. "Now I just have to find those handcuffs" he joked as he walked back over to me. I walked over beside him and watched him trying to cut up green peppers... no way was I gonna scratch up the wood floors or walk on his nice carpet in these stilettos. "There. my mom was a chef in DC before she passed. "Your place is beautiful" I said awestruck as I stood in the doorway. "No.. stainless steel. just let me cut up the vegetables" I placed my hands on his large biceps and playfully nudged him aside. I minced and diced like a pro. I'll manage" he said as a green pepper flew off the cutting board and into the sink.. now I have you locked in." he placed a finger on his chin.. I leaned over to take off my shoes. "Ha ha" I said breathing deeply. No reason to lock me in because right now I don't want to leave. It has to stew awhile.I'm locking you in right now" he said and walked over to the door and turned on the alarm. I know CPR. This is awesome. "My lady" he smiled as he took my book bag from my shoulders. Damn they felt good.
. "You're not serious? You did all of this?" I said spinning around the living room with my arms out wide. I placed the vegetables aside once I seen him walking back in. Pink and black. "Come on.. it's my dad" he said and walked out onto the balcony. "All done. Please use them on me.. I hope you really do have some though. "Excuse me a sec. "No my mom did most of it he said and grabbed my hand again and took me out onto the balcony.pleeeeease. You always seem as if you're in a rush" he said letting go of my hands and leaning back against balcony. "Yeah right" I joked. I continued hitting the knife on the cutting board. "Ummmm. "Whoever did the decorating did a great job" I said admiring an abstract picture he had on the wall. He has a gorgeous back. "I love pink. I love a man that has a nice looking back. you always seem to pick innocent colors don't you?" he said touching my hands gently. "Your hair looks nice" he said picking up my hands. "Well.I didn't.they were a gag gift?" he said shrugging his shoulders with his hands up in the air. one more thing I'm a sucker for. my favorite colors and how do you know what colors I pick? "I seen you hand in work to Professor Markston right in front of me. I studied him from his head to his feet. "Bam!" he said as he put the cut up vegetables into the sauce and we both burst out in laughter. I studied his back as he leaned over his balcony. they were" he teased back as his cell phone began to vibrate on the counter. I was screaming inside as I skipped beside him checking out the two spare rooms he had.."And just what are you doing with handcuffs. let me show you the rest of the place because I want you to feel at home" he said taking my hand. "You saying you don't think that I did this?" he let go of my hand and looked down at me and crossed his arms across his muscular chest. "Maybe we met so I could slow you down a bit" he smiled . "Seriously. because I didn't want him to think I was listening or gawking at him. The view was amazing as we looked down at the city of Buckhead... He had on a black sweater which made his green eyes glow and dark jeans..I couldn't get your attention if I tried. "I like your nails too. but you never look back. but damn you for guessing correctly" he joked. now the rest is up to you Emeril" I said and leaned against the counter. he was perfect... your right. Jacuzzi tub in his master bedroom and large living and dining room.hmmmm?" I asked placing a hand on my hip.. "This view is amazing" I said as I let the wind gently brush my hair.
I hugged him back and we walked back into his living room.. but enough about me."I didn't know that's how I appeared I said and thank you for the compliments" I said thinking that Nico rarely did that anymore. just thinking about some things" I said as I sauntered around the other side of the balcony that led into his bedroom.. lets chill for a bit and wait for dinner to be done. Plus I even have pictures of all of his victims and how each one of them died" I shuddered. I guess he could tell I was a little moved. "If you ever need to talk or wanna talk about it. "You're Greek? Because Adonis is Greek and so is Eton. "Now that we got that out the way. he was one twisted taco" I said suddenly excited. "Jeffrey of course. "My mother was quite a special woman. "I have tons of info on him and also managed to check out DVDs and just tons of material that will give us an A++. Adonis was with Aphrodite. "What's wrong?" he asked bending his head down to see my face. "Nothing." I trailed off thinking about her. "You?" "Sasha Dafina Clarkston" I said with pride.. Americanized Greek I should say. "Who is it gonna be. "Well while that super sgetti sauce is a stewing we need to make some decisions" he said as we sat down on his couch.. "You have a very nice place Evan and hey.. It was a large bedroom and smelled erotically manly. I'm here" he said and walked over to give me a gentle hug. "Jeffrey it is then" he said... "I bet she was and would be proud of you too" he said softly as if he understood I didn't want to talk about my mom. I don't even know your last name?" "Evan Adonis Eton" he said as he watched me with a smile.to listen or even if you just want to vent.I'm always here for you.. what does Dafina mean?" "Means precious and valuable" I said straightening up my back as if I was positioning myself to defend my middle name. I can't focus on an empty stomach" he said as he turned on the large flat screen above the fireplace. . Jeffery Dahmer or what?" he said with a slight grin on his face as I picked my feet up and sat Indian style in the corner of his massive couch. I was so happy it wasn't leather. He never notices the little things or changes I make to myself at all anymore and I frowned at the thought. I walked in and tried to soak up everything. His school books on the bed to the flat screen on the wall. "What decisions?" I was nervous at his statement. I took a deep breath hoping I would still be able to smell it when I got home. "Yes. but a charcoal velvet material that made me just want to curl up with him and talk about nothing important at all.wait is your family Greek?" He chuckled.
I followed him to look out of the doors peephole and turn around and put his head down. "Nicole. I hated her already. You're in my physics class. . Let her come in and take a look at her replacement. "I can't believe you like kung fu and UFC" he said shaking his head. "Oh. you have some chick in here don't you?" I heard her yell.. I told you I broke up with her. I can leave. "No reason to be sorry."Damn I like you" I teased as we nestled in close together and watched some of his Bruce Lee collection he had. I already told you its over. it's alright" I said. I smiled. "Then just let her in. "Oh no. I know you. "I'm so happy you love kung fu. but she doesn't seem to want to accept it" he said rolling his neck around as if he was getting ready for a boxing match. we have to talk" I heard her say in the hallway. I could hear her walking into the living room and I sat up ready to take her down if I had to. my name is Sasha" I said with a smile. "Because I never knew you wore boots Evan!" she yelled. "I'm sorry. damn" he said and rubbed his hands through his hair. "Its not very often you meet a woman that likes UFC and mma action. I know she's gonna go off" "It's alright.the doorbell chimed. I bet you've had your eyes on him the whole damn time" "Sasha. "But when she sees you here. it's my favorite" I said leaning in closer towards him. most say its too bloody" he turned to look at me as if he just seen me for the first time. "No. I could smell his cologne and it was intoxicating.. I walked back into the living room and sat back down on the couch.." I began...are we?" I asked looking at him suspiciously. "You really are precious" he turned his attention back to Fist of Fury and I tried to contain the excitement I felt as our shoulders brushed against each other as we tried to recite all of the lines of the movie. "If I don't open the door she's gonna start banging on it" he said looking uneasy.. I looked at him and he had a confused look on his face that revealed he wasn't expecting anyone. I mean it's not like we are doing anything wrong. "Wait a minute. but straining my ears to try and hear every word. "And you are?" she said looking down at me with disdain. it's my ex" he said as the door chimed once again. We were having a blast until. you're not going anywhere. She is" he said as he walked back into the foyer and opened the door. "Evan. We don't have anything more to discuss" I heard him say in a calm voice. "Dammit.
your name is bitch! Man stealing bitch! Fucking whore!" Nicole yelled as she grabbed up the uncooked spaghetti and broke them in half and threw them in the trashcan. If I lost control Evan wouldn't know what to think to see me standing in his living room with large black wings flapping from my back.mush her in her ugly twisted face. Nope. Alright Sasha. "Eat out the trash bitch. pick your poison" I could see his jaws clenching in anger. you should leave. "Oh and your cooking for this bitch too!" she yelled as she stomped into the kitchen and took the pot of spaghetti sauce and threw it into the sink. Give me a freakin break I screamed inside.."Well Shasta or whatever your name is. "No.. I crossed my arms and looked at her with sinister smile. because I do. "Now you can leave gracefully or I can call up security and have you removed that way. splashing it all over the floor and countertop. didn't work. "First of all you have no respect for anyone and that includes me. unruly and irritating and the more you stand here in my kitchen the more you grate my skin" he walked over and picked up her purse and handed it to her. Please leave" Evan said as if he was trying to control the situation. I bet he just wants to punch her in the face. "I'm not going anywhere!" she yelled and threw her purse down on the floor. Your ignorant. You have all of your belongings and there's no reason for you to come back here. You talk down to people like they owe you something.. you want me to talk about you here in front of Sasha then I have no other recourse" he said. I thought he just told you it was over" I said standing up to see her eye to eye.bitch is still here. You want me only when it's convenient for you. hoping that when I opened them she would be gone. this is the reason we are not together. I opened my eyes to disappointment. I could feel the muscles in my back contracting and took a deep breath to try and control it. I closed my eyes and inhaled and exhaled slowly. I just want you to know that he and I are still working things out and you are obviously just a rebound" she stood with her feet wide apart and hands on her hips. when what you need is some type of etiquette class yourself.. "My name is Sasha. my wings would emerge and I would probably peck her eyes out and try to disembowel her. because a whore like you doesn't deserve to eat off a plate!" "Ya know what Nicole. I saw Evan shaking his head. I crossed my fingers with a smile "Why are you doing this Evan" she broke down crying. Do it Evan. "Nicole. . not bitch" I said as I tried to control my temper because I knew if I lost it. did this chick just call you a bitch? I do think an ass kicking is in order. "Funny. please don't cave into her girlish crybaby antics.
for you I'll change I promise" she shrieked as I watched tears cover her painted cheeks. right down the drain and come on now. "How about we run out and grab some Fellinis and come back and start over" he said with a pleading look on his face. we dated for over a year. I knew he was embarrassed and I wasn't gonna make him feel as if he should be. I'll do that" he said and grabbed a hand towel and began to wipe down the counters.. I was on the floor with a wet rag wiping up spaghetti sauce when he rushed down to pick me up off of the floor. but when she threw the sauce in the sink all I could think of was. Please" I could see the hurt in his eyes. "Evan. because I would have done the same thing. I don't mind. but I'll have to let him know not to let her in anymore" he said as he pulled out onto Peachtree street. I watched her snatch her purse from his hands and give me the middle finger before she marched out of his door.. "Give me a second.. none of this was your fault. "You really are precious Sasha. "No. "I love Fellini's pizza. I knew he didn't want to say all of that in front of me. I went into the kitchen and began to clean up the mess that she left us. I watched her hold on to him. "I'm not in love with you anymore Nicole. You were handled it better then I could have" I said as chuckled to myself." He pried her hands from his waist and held her up look at him in the face. let's go mister" I said and followed him out the door. that's all" he said trying to get her hands off of his waist. My favorite. so they usually just let her up.. thanks for not leaving" he finally smiled enough for me to see his dimples. "She actually threw away all of our hard work" I began to laugh and I seen him joining me. just gonna wash my face real quick" he said and walked briskly into his bedroom.damn damn damn" we both laughed out loud together. "All my mincing and dicing all my fancy chef work."We just were not meant for each other Nicole. but she gave him no choice and I wouldn't judge him as being the bad guy in this situation. Let me help. "What do you find so funny?" he said as he helped me to my feet.. You change for a week or two and then its right back to the same ol Nicole. I don't wanna do it anymore. "How did she manage to get up to your place anyway?" I asked as he opened the car door for me.so please leave. I know it shouldn't be funny. . We held hands the entire way. "Well they know her pretty well. No dinner now and my stomach was growling like a bear. "That makes the tenth time you've said that. "I'll change..sorry you had to witness all of that" he shook his head looking defeated.. "I'm sorry. I watched him take a deep breath.
I was shocked as I seen him kiss her on the lips as if they met there all the time. I felt my stomach tie up in a million knots as I watched Nico take his helmet off of his head. "I'm fine I was just thinking about Nicole and me in the same class tomorrow is all" "Damn. His entire family was gorgeous. but I didn't want to risk anything. but I am. He had one older brother and they really did look like Greek gods. I guess I can't be mad. The position of Evans car made it hard for him to see me. I was checking my reflection in the rearview to make sure I still looked decent when I thought I would faint. "Probably just my grumbling stomach as well" I teased as we grabbed the pizzas and placed them on the coffee table. I stared at him out the rearview window and felt my heart drop as I watched him walk over to a blond haired girl and give her a hug. I almost screamed when Evan opened the door and handed me the pizzas so he could drive. forgot about that. then I can too. are you alright?" Evan asked as he backed out of the parking lot and drove out the back way. but the thought was driving me crazy. Thank goodness. I seen Nico and several of our flock riding up on their bikes. I felt as if I was gonna have a panic attack and didn't realize I was breathing heavily. "Are you sure you're okay?" he asked me once again when we were walking back up to his place. I couldn't move. He grabbed the wine I brought and we sat in front of the tv and he explained about his relationship with Nicole and why he ended it and told me all about his family and showed me pictures of his family album. Hurry the hell up Evan. "Yeah I'm fine.I called ahead and ordered two pizzas so they would be ready when we got there and he insisted on getting two because I was so greedy. just thought I saw someone I know is all" I said looking back out my window at their bikes until they were out of sight. even though I knew I could only eat a minimum of two slices of their pizza because they were so large. If she gives you any problems let me know" he said with furrowed brows. "I'll be alright" I said. I know it didn't make me any better than he was. "Hey. my eyes were glued to Nico and his arms around this girl that I never seen before. but I'm pissed. hurry hurry hurry. You seem a little distant" he said looking at me as he opened the door for me to enter. he's gonna kill me. I didn't want to duck down in the seat even though his windows were tinted I couldn't risk it. I could feel myself clenching my jaws together at the thought of him with her and I was just in his bed last night. Not as distant as I'm gonna be with you tonight. If Nico can have another. but I couldn't convince him. I was beside myself as I continued to stare out of the rearview and seen her rubbing her hands through his hair. Here I am doing the same thing. . I sat in the car and waited as he ran in to pick them up.
We sat on the couch and ended up closer then I expected to be. I felt as if we understood each other and both wanted the same things out of life. He was right, I was living a rush rush life and needed to stop and smell the flowers. Time flew by and I couldn't admit it, but I didn't want to leave. I looked at my watch, 10:45pm. "I really should be going" I said as I stretched my arms out wide. "Once again we didn't get a bit of work done, but at least we do know that we will be working on Jeffrey" I smiled. Please don't let me leave I yelled inside. "Wait, you can't leave yet" he said grabbing my hand and lifting me up off the couch effortlessly. He carried me onto the balcony like a groom does his bride when they walk into their first home and placed me down so softly I didn't even feel my feet touch the ground. "Look, look at the view" he said staring at me. "Wow, it's beautiful" I said as I stared out at the night lights of Buckhead and car lights below. "I see why you picked this place" I said softly as I breathed in deeply. Night air mixed with his cologne made me dizzy with desire for him. "I knew you would like it" He smiled. "When I bought this place, I made sure to come back at night to see what the view would be. I took one look out and signed the papers on the spot" he said softly picking up my hand. He kissed the top of my hand and then the inside of my palm. I tingled all over as he pulled me to him and softly kissed my lips. For the first time in my life I could feel my lips tremble as he traced my lips with his finger. We stared at each other which seemed like an eternity until he took my face in his hands and kissed me. Pure Heaven. My felt my blood burning as we continued to kiss more deeply and I felt my hands run through his silky black hair down his back to grip his sweater between my fingers tightly. We were both breathing heavily as he held my face in his hands. "I better let you leave now, because if you stay any longer, I'll never let you leave" he said as if he too were trying to catch his breath and contain his excitement. "Alright" I said in between gasps. I turned quickly knowing he was right. As badly as I wanted to stay I think he wanted to wait and suddenly for some reason I did too, but I knew we both wouldn't wait much longer. He walked me to my car and kissed me softly on the lips. "Can I call you tomorrow?" he asked with a hopeful expression. You can call me every minute of the day. "Yeah, I'll be waiting" I smiled as I watched him put his hands in his pockets and back away for me to drive out of the garage. "Goodnight Precious" I heard him say as I pulled away. I looked back in the rearview and seen him still standing there. It took everything in me not to turn my car around and go back to him, but I kept going.
I turned my car into the busy street of Peachtree and smiled that I had a beautiful evening with Evan and aside from Nicole's performance it was absolutely perfect. Now, all I have to do is deal with Nico I thought and frowned as I picked up speed to get back to my place. How could I be falling in love and be heartbroken at the same time...
I got back to my place and went straight to Nicos. I banged on the door and got no answer, but I could hear music playing from within. I bet he has that blond chick in there. So I picked up my cell and called him. I placed my ear to the door and I could hear it ringing inside. I knew it, he wasn't even smart enough to turn off the ringer. I knocked on the door again just to give him another chance to open it and he didn't. Okay, you wanna play it that way huh? I should've known you were a cheating dog and you claim me as your mate, fucking liar. I walked down the hall to my place, changed clothes and rushed back out the door. I ran up to the stairs to the roof of our building and felt my wings begin to emerge before I even reached the top. I flexed them wide and flapped them furiously. I knew my eyes were glowing white with rage as I transformed into a full raven and flew off the roof around the building to look in his window. Nico always slept with his balcony doors open, but tonight they were closed, curtains and all. I was enraged as I silently landed on his balcony. I noticed a stream of light seeping from a corner of the curtain and I fluttered towards it and peered in. I ruffled my feathers at the sight. It took everything in me not to croak loudly and peck on his windows when I seen him lying on top of Melina kissing her deeply. The betrayal was unreal, not only was he kissing another woman earlier today, but he is also sleeping with Melina, of all people, knowing how much I hate her guts. Now I know why she snickered every time she saw us together. I flew up onto the ledge of his balcony and back to the roof to transform. I was on all fours breathing deeply trying to catch my breath and contain my emotions all at once. I wonder just how many other women he has been cheating on me with? I stood up and inhaled deeply trying to blow away all of my emotions to the wind. It was late and I know I needed to get sleep for class early in the morning. I went back to my place and poured myself a large glass of water and sat down on my couch, thinking about what was going on in Nicos place up the hall as I took off my clothes and thought about the entire day. I loved Nico and was falling hard for Evan and even though I knew my cheating was wrong as well, Nico just made my decision all the more easy. Evan...it had to be fate.
Startled by my alarm the next morning, I woke up dazed. I rolled over and covered my head with my red satin comforter and curled up underneath. I didn't want to go to school, I didn't know if I could handle a confrontation with Nicole this morning. I thought about the previous day with Evan and Nico's nightly escapade and threw the covers off of me to get ready for the day. I took a long shower, wishing I could wash away the visions of Nico with Melina and the blond haired girl. I knew Nico and I were recently drifting apart and now I understood why he wasn't as attentive as he used to be. We rarely spent that much time together anymore and he only managed to squeeze in his "chill" time once a week...it all made sense now. I looked at my phone in hopes that Evan called me and I missed it, but he didn't. For the first time since my mother passed, even with my father near, I felt alone. I grabbed my book bag and walked out the door to see Melina leaving Nicos place. I stepped back in quickly so I wouldn't see her smug expression and leaned my forehead against the door listening to her heels echo off in the distance. When I was sure she was gone, I headed out to my car to get to school hoping Evan would call me. I walked into my physics class and seen Nicole and several of her clique begin to whisper immediately. I could hear the words bitch and whore, cursing me in whispers as I took a seat in the back of the class and waited for it to begin. I could feel Nicole and her friends glaring at me, but I didn't give them the satisfaction of looking into my eyes. I was all too happy to leave class when it was over and decided to run into the library to see if I could get anymore information on Jeffrey Dahmer before I went back home. I found a few more serial killer books and checked them out and then walked to the student lot where my car was parked. I thought I was staring at another car as I dropped my book bag and purse down on the ground to check the license plate to make sure it was mine. The word 'Slut' was keyed into my hood and my entire car was keyed recklessly. Normally I would think that it would have been Melina, but I knew exactly who it was when I glanced across the parking lot and seen Nicole and her friends laughing hysterically. "Wow, nice paint job slut!" Nicole said loud enough for me to hear across the parking lot. "Karma is a bitch" I was furious as I picked up my things and opened the door of my car; I threw everything in and slammed the door, gripping the steering wheel tightly as if it was Nicole's neck. Alright, if that's how you wanna play...game on bitch. I AM
your karma and I'm giving it to you tonight. I started my car and sped out of the student lot out of view and waited for her. I was going to find out exactly where she lived and get her good. My blood was on fire as I glanced across my dashboard and glared at the word she keyed onto my car hood. She's gonna pay for this...and not monetarily. I waited in my car for over 40 minutes until I seen her driving out in her silver Lexus and followed far behind so she wouldn't notice me. I watched her turn into a prominent neighborhood and jump out of her car happily as if she owned the world. I got you now. I smiled and turned around to speed home. It was noon and the darkness of night couldn't get here fast enough. Once I got home I turned off my cell phone and went to sleep. I wanted enough energy for the flying I planned to do that night. When I finally woke up it was 7pm and I immediately picked up my cell phone to see if Evan called...he did. I checked my voice messages and listened to his deep voice over and over. He was checking to make sure Nicole didn't cause any trouble with me in class and he would call me later on tonight. I was excited he called and decided if I missed it while I was out I would just call him when I got back in because I had a little bit of karma to take care of. I changed clothes and pulled my jacket out of the back of my closet and raced to my car. Nicole lived in Buckhead, not too far from Evan and by the looks of her house I could see why she acted so spoiled. It was nearly as big as my fathers' estate and she probably got everything she asked for...except Evan, which is whey she took out her anger on me. I drove a few blocks from her home near a Publix supermarket and got out. I walked around the back of the building and looked for a place to transform. I walked by casually, because there were two employees smoking in the back and decided I would have to wait, I didn't want to look suspicious, but as luck would have it. I watched them crush the cigarettes beneath their feet and walk back in. Now Sasha. I ran down the alley at top speed, blood boiling. I could feel the prickling of my skin as I quickly transformed and took flight, an unsuspicious raven flying high, a bird people took for granted, but really had no idea of the true power we possessed. I glided on wind the majority of the way to her home and was thrilled to see several trees surrounding her home, high enough out of reach, but close enough for me to peer into the windows. I circled above her home several times, we do this at times as a flock to let another know we are aware of their betrayal or any other sin they committed against one of our own.
I landed on a high branch in one of their many privacy trees in the backyard and looked in. I scratched the bark of the tree with my talons to mark the territory for betrayal. I could see her in the kitchen with two of the girls that were with her earlier talking to an older woman that was obviously her mom, because she looked just like her. It brought back memories of me and my mom having our girly moments as I watched her come up with new dinner entrées for the restaurant she worked at. I watched Nicole hugging her mom, I was envious that I couldn't do the same and found myself croaking loudly. I could hear myself echoing through the trees and street of her quiet neighborhood. I watched all of them turn to look out of the window. That's right bitch, I'm right here...and I don't care if I have to sit out here all night to wait for you to exit. I gave another loud croak of threat that they knew nothing about, but would soon find out just what that croaking meant. One thing we are taught to maintain is patience, we can sit for hours on a building in freezing rain or even a blizzard in wait of our prey if we needed to and that's exactly what I planned to do. I watched them sitting at the kitchen table, laughing and joking with each other. If only I could hear them. We have very keen sight and it's heightened at night. Hearing everything outside was no problem, so we could hear approaching danger or even croaks of distress from other Corvus, but cats were the worse, we always had to be on the lookout for them, they were the only thing we were frightened of. I flew out of the tree and landed on the ledge of their deck outside of the kitchen and glared at them, all of them. I wonder if her mother knows exactly what type of daughter she raised. Spoiled, disrespectful and a straight up bitch. I gave another threatening croak toward the window in her direction before I flew onto their patio table and gave the loudest, most threatening croak I could muster. I wanted her to come outside. They looked out of the window and stared out. This time I could hear her as she opened the window to see more clearly. "There's a crow out on our patio table mom" I heard her say. I fluttered my feathers, I was a raven and that insult only made me more upset. I croaked again and spread my wings wide, flexing them in preparation for what I wanted to do to her. "Why is it sitting out there looking at us, that's kind of eerie?" one of her friends said pressing her nose against the screened window. "Maybe it wants some food?" I heard Nicole say as she continued staring at me. "I'll give it some bread" I watched her grab loaf of bread and pull out a slice.
"Be careful Nikki, those birds can be dangerous if they feel threatened" I heard her mom say before she walked out of the kitchen. "It sees us in here and smells the food, its probably just hungry" Nicole said as she opened the door and walked out onto the deck. I flew off the table and back onto the ledge of the deck so she wouldn't be so close to the door. I didn't want her to be able to make a hasty retreat to safety. "Hey fella, ya hungry...hmmm?" she said ripping up the slice of bread and tossing it at me. I croaked again and flew down and picked up a piece of bread in my beak and tossed it to the ground. "Don't like bread pretty crow?" she said tossing me another piece as her two friends came out to join her. "Ya know they're dirty scavengers, they eat anything, like rats. Get something out of the trashcan and throw it to it, I bet it eats it. Those birds are so freaking nasty" the dark haired girl said with a frown. I fluttered my wings at her aggressively as Nicole approached me hunched over as if I was a playful puppy. I could see the veins in her neck, blood pulsating, which meant that even though she appeared to be fearless, she was far from it. "See, its harmless" she said turning back to her friends laughing. "I think I made a new friend" That's when I struck. I flew at her face; she had no idea what hit her. I could feel the warmth of her blood on my beak as I pierced her neck. My talons scratched her face and dug into her skin with rage as I heard her friends screaming. She was spinning around in circles trying to get me off of her. I flapped my wings at her aggressively to keep her off balance as I continued to croak loudly in her ears to heighten her confusion. I pecked at her face aiming for her eyes and missed as she managed to knock me aside with her hands and attempted to run into the house behind her friends. I could taste her blood as I flew at her one last time and managed to pierce her in the back with my razor sharp beak. I heard her scream out in agony. It was music to my ears. I flew back onto the patio table and seen them stare at me in horror as her mother came running outside with a broom. I croaked at her loudly as she swung the broom at me with ferocity, before I flew off into the trees. I could have easily done the same thing to her mother, but she had nothing to do with her daughters stupidity. I landed on the same branch I was on earlier and watched her run back in to Nicole. I croaked, hidden within the dark branches and leaves as I watched her friends try to stop the blood that was running down her neck. I felt glorious once I seen the back of her white sweater turn a dismal red. I could see them running towards the front room and I quickly flew onto the roof of their house to see them rushing her into the car. Probably taking her to the hospital, but I was praying she would bleed out before they got there. I
flew onto the hood of their car and croaked, the horror I saw in their eyes was priceless. Her mother honked the horn to try and scare me away. If a raven could smile I would have been beaming as I took flight and flew off into the night. I bet they'll never look at a bird the same way again. Your right Nicole, karma IS a bitch. I glided most of the way back to my car and into the deserted alley behind the supermarket. I transformed and walked out casually, fearless...I could still taste her blood in my mouth as I spit on the ground and looked at it disgusted...her blood was sour, but the revenge was so sweet.
LIES LIES LIES
I took my car to get it repainted the following day and was waiting to pick up my rental car when I looked down at my cell that continued to vibrate while I was trying to negotiate renting a mustang versus a small compact car. I pulled my phone out with irritancy and smiled when I seen it was Evan. "I'll call you right back, I'm getting a rental car right now" "What happened to your car, are you alright?" he asked with a concerned voice. "Yes, I'm fine, absolutely fine" I smiled thinking about last night. "I'll call you soon as I get this car" "Alright, but before you hang up, I wanted to know if you wanted to come over tonight and give my sgetti another try?" he asked in a hopeful tone. "I would always give your sgetti another try" I laughed. "Great, come over right after if you can, we can spend the day together...if you want. I skipped class today..." he trailed off. "What?" I asked stunned. "You skipped a class! Are you alright?" "Yeah, I'm fine. I'll tell you all about it when you get here" he answered. "Alright, well then I'll see you in about 30" I replied smiling as I took the keys from the salesman that stood beside the car door as if he was waiting for a tip. "Was there anything else?" I asked staring up at him seductively as I admired the dashboard of the mustang and thought about how fast I was gonna speed in it. "I was just wondering if you...were single?" he asked nervously. I studied him and seen he was probably in his early thirties and clearly not my type. I was on my way to see my type. "I'm sorry to say no, I'm on my way to my fiancé right now, sorry" I pouted. "No problem, come back and see me if it doesn't work out" he said with a cocky grin. That'll be a cold day in hell. "I'll definitely do that" I winked as I drove out of the lot to Starbucks. I picked up two tall caramel frappucinnos with extra caramel and whip cream and sped over to Evans. I called Nico on the way just to see what kind of lies he had to tell me today and what lies I would tell back to him. "Hey, what are you up to mister?" I asked innocently as I waited for him to probably roll off of Melina again. "Hey love, where are you? I missed you last night?" he said in a groggy voice. "Are you just getting up, did I wake you?" I asked not really concerned.
"Yeah, it was a long night, I went out flying with the flock last night, you should have been there, but you didn't call me" he said in a sleepy tone. "Well I came by your place when I got home, but you didn't answer, you must've still been out with the boys huh?" I said twisting my lips in wait of the lie he was prepared to tell me. "Yeah, I was out late with them. Flew out all over town, just hanging out and what not" he said. "Where are you?" "Just going to my study group" I lied. "When do you think you can make some time for me baby, tonight maybe?" "I'm calling for a flock meeting tonight, so you need to be here by 8pm, my place" he said as if he was waking up. "What's it for?" I asked curious. "Just a monthly meeting, you know that, plus there was an attack that happened last night and nest Drifters are trying to say it was someone in our nest, so we need to find out what happened, they will be here as well" he said. "Okay, 8pm, I'll be there" I answered and hung up. I suddenly felt nervous. What if someone saw me, there are so many of us that I don't even know, but many know me just from being Nico's girlfriend. I bit on my lip nervously as I sped the rest of the way to Evans. Whatever happens I will lie and take what I did to Nicole to my grave, I would never admit an attack without merit, that's just one of the bad things that could give me grave punishment with all nests. The valet was waiting for me as I pulled up to Evans and I wanted to skip the rest of the way. I couldn't wait to look at his green eyes and see those dimples. The elderly man at the front desk just smiled at me as I walked past waving at me pleasantly. I was happy I was dressed casual, black sweater, jeans and my black Uggs so I wouldn't look as if I made myself up just for him, but I did run my fingers through my hair quickly before he opened the door with a big smile. "Hey precious" he said and lifted me up off of the ground with a hug. I almost spilled our coffee. "Hey handsome" I said boldly. "I got us some coffee, hope you like caramel" I said offering him one of the cups in my hand. "Now, I have to say that this one is my favorite, how did you know?" he said narrowing his eyes. "Have you been spying on me?" "Not even" I teased as I took off my boots at the door and followed him into the living room where we both plopped down on the couch looking exhausted. "What's going on, why did you skip class?" I said licking the whip cream off of my straw. "Let's sit out on the balcony, no telling how long we're gonna be able to enjoy this 60degree weather" he said reaching his hand out to help me off the couch. We walked over to a small bistro table and chairs he had in the corner of his balcony. It was a beautiful day and even though I was with him, I wish we
"Plus. "I got a call last night. trying to feed it? What bird doesn't like to be fed?" he asked looking at me in amazement. "So I went" "Oh.. but I knew her mom wouldn't lie to me. face is all. that's horrible" People really need to do research. "Well. black birds are capable of bringing karma. I was hoping she would have died before she got there. you said yourself that she was selfish and only cared about herself" I said." he frowned. I couldn't meet his gaze.she said that Nicole wanted me there" He looked at me. "Why?" Please tell me she died. Dammit. the reason I'm driving a rental car is because someone scratched . giving people who do wrong their comeuppance.. "She was in the hospital.from Nicole's mother" he said as if he didn't want to say her name. left a deep puncture wound in her neck and back... "I didn't know they do those kind of things. "What." I said and swirled my straw around in my whip cream. "Maybe it didn't want food. maybe it wanted something else" I mumbled and took another sip. He laughed. but continued to stare at me. it was a raven dumbasses. "A crow?" I said placing my coffee on the table. "What could she have done so bad that karma would be in demand?" he said leaning back in his chair..could just fly out over the city and enjoy the weather together. I frowned at the thought that she caught me off guard. "But they said that the bird sat on there patio table as if it was begging for food" he said. they feel threatened and the only recourse is to attack" I replied casually.."She said all she tried to do was give it some bread and it attacked her" "Maybe she did something the bird didn't like. "Yeah. messed her up pretty bad.. but I knew that was impossible as I sat across from him. so she was hysterical and crying" he said looking up into the sky. "Legends say that birds. "I would have thought it was a lie if it had been Nicole.. "Something else like what?" he asked and leaned on the small table to look me in the eye. she said a crow tried to peck to death. "Her mom?" I asked trying to sound surprised. she was attacked by a bird on their backyard deck last night" he said furrowing his brow. some don't like to be messed with or bothered" I said quickly and sipped from my cup thinking about how I tried to peck her eye out but she managed to throw me down with her hand. well that was a noble thing to do" I replied. "Yeah. "There are many birds that don't like humans to come in close contact with them.
everything about them" I said with a bright smile on my face as I turned to look up into the sky to see if any were in sight. "How do you know so much about birds anyway..... I stayed after a bit to go to the library to check out some more books and info on our project. "Do you like birds" I asked looking at him suspiciously.I'm sorry" he said twisting his lips sideways as he studied the pictures. "Are you sure it was her?" I realized how close we had become in such a short time and we managed to squeeze in time to be with each other between classes on campus. that's her alright.. "No. "When I was young I . I walk out to my car and couldn't believe it. "I could never put a bird in a cage... I knew he was genuinely concerned. "I have nothing against them.soar and glide gracefully on warm winds. I'm alright. they are also intelligent and have an unlimited vocabulary. "Do you have a favorite?" "I've always been intrigued by crows. never. not able to stay away from each other. the most intelligent. "I wouldn't have known who it was if she hadn't stuck around just to laugh at my expression once I seen it" I pulled out my cell phone and showed him the pictures of what she did to my car. I'll pay for your rental" "Please. "She would have seen me eventually. "Yeah. "Are you serious?" he said looking agitated. Don't worry about it. your not responsible for her behavior" I countered. "Hey.'slut' on the hood of my car when I came out of my physics class. "Do you have one?" he asked. what's your favorite bird?" "Raven by far. long as they don't poop on my car" he chuckled. He looked at the pictures with wide eyes. She and her friends were there laughing at me and told me that's what I get for sleeping with her man" I lied. I think they can be very graceful.don't you think?" I asked suddenly wondering if he was falling for me as much as I was for him." I trailed off when I noticed him looking at me funny. "She keyed up your car?" he said in an angry tone. "But if she hadn't seen you here. she would have found out" he smiled as if he knew what I was thinking. ravens and hawks.... "No" I quickly replied.. "Yes. raptors too" he said as if he just remembered how much he loved them. but as far as birds kept for human comfort it would have to be the African Grey. "Positive.. it was keyed up horribly" I frowned. We were meant. but I could never bring myself to buy one and cage it" I answered excited we were talking about birds. she wouldn't have done it" he said handing me back my phone.I mean they were meant to fly freely.what's up with all this karma stuff?" "I love birds.
always felt...kinda special when I saw a hawk fly near or a large raven...yeah they are fascinating" he said as if he was thinking back to his childhood years. "You ever get a chance to look a raven in the eye?" I asked as I stood up to lean against the balcony and stare up into the sky. "No, why, what does it mean?" he asked curiously. I chuckled to myself. "A raven looking you in the eye could be a good thing and a bad thing" I said turning to look at him. "If a raven looks you in the eye, stares...it's trying to see your soul, it's trying to relate to you...know you and learn about you" I rolled my neck around and looked back up to the sky in a daze. "But if a raven looks you in the eye and croaks loudly, over and over and over...it's a sign of betrayal, a threat and karma has found you for all your wrong doing..." I could feel the muscles in my back contracting as I stared up at the now blue sky, watching the wind drift the rain clouds slowly away in the distance. I felt the urge to fly and realized that I wouldn't even know how to explain what I was to him. The sun gave me an energy that revitalized me from the cold winter of being cramped up in the house, the sun let us fly free and I felt the urge so badly, but I wanted him to go with me. I sat back down next to him silently, wondering how or even if I could ever explain who and what I was. "So I now know about ravens..." he said trying to break the silence."But I doubt one would ever fly up this high to lay eyes on me..." "You never know Evan, keep your balcony doors open...you may just get lucky" I said with a smile. "I'm already lucky" he replied as he took my hand and kissed it. "Let's eat" he joked and pulled me back into the house. We sat on the balcony and ate the spaghetti he made, which was actually good. Salad, garlic bread and wine and I felt as if my life was exactly where I wanted it to be as we cuddled on the couch watching TV. I could feel the cool breeze blowing in from the balcony, a sign that it was getting late. I looked at my watch and he grabbed my arm and covered up the time with his hands. "That's what's wrong with the world today; we always live our lives by the clock. Imagine how enjoyable life would be without time" he said as he turned my chin toward him and kissed me softly. I responded by kissing him back deeply and felt him become excited. I felt his hands softly caress my body and I didn't want him to stop, but when I felt his hands moving my sweater up I gripped his hands. "Not yet" I whispered. "I should go, I have to go" I said getting up. I straightened my sweater over me and ran my fingers through my hair nervously. We had spent an enormous amount of time together recently and found that we were unable to keep our hands off of each other and the more
time we spent together, the more the feelings heightened and the harder it was to stop every time. "I'm sorry Sasha, I didn't mean to..." he said nervously as he stood up from the couch. I walked over to the door and put my boots on. "No, it's not that Evan...It's just not the right time" I said and kissed him on the lips softly. "Please don't think it's you...I just don't want us to move to fast, I really like you...and I want this to work" I said throwing my purse over my shoulder and looked down at my boots. I felt his hand under my chin to pull my eyes to his. "And this is why I've fallen for you...I respect you and your decision...because I want this to work too" he kissed me and held me tight. I didn't want to leave but I knew I had to go. "I don't have class tomorrow and neither do you right?" I smile began to play on my lips as we continued to hug each other. "Nooo, what do you have in mind?" "Let's take over Atlanta...let's hang out, see the sights. I know you like birds, but how about I take you to the Georgia Sea Aquarium. Have you been there yet?" he asked with excitement. "No, but I always wanted to go there. What time are we going to start the festivities?" I teased and rubbed the back of his neck. "How about soon as you get up and get your butt over here. We can do breakfast, lunch, dinner and a movie. I'll set up a whole itinerary for us" he said with a pleased look on his face. "I love it" I said hugged him tight. "I'll be over by 8am" "See you then precious" he said and kissed my forehead. I smiled back as he watched me walk down the hall to the elevator. I was thrilled about spending the entire day with him and that he was alright with taking it slow, but what would he think when he sees the scars on my back. How was I going to explain what I was? If I sprouted my wings out in his bedroom he would probably freak...but I didn't want to lose him? I had to figure out a way to tell him, to show him...but how...I had no idea, but one thing I did know and that was that he would get lucky tonight...tonight he would look into a ravens eyes. I looked at my watch and realized it was now 1130pm, I missed the meeting and I'm sure that Nico was going to be mad, but I didn't care. I drove to the Barnes and Noble on Peachtree and parked. I looked around and it was pretty empty except a few people walking into the Kroger store next to it. I got out of my car and walked up the street as if I owned it and turned peered down the back alley. I didn't see anyone so I walked briskly down it and looked around me.
I transformed and took flight back towards Evans place. It had to be near midnight and I'm sure he was probably in bed, but I flew there anyway. I flew by his balcony and seen that he still had the balcony doors open to his bedroom and I landed gently on the ledge. I watched him laying on his bed reading a book on Jeffrey Dahmer and I smiled inside as I continued to watch him and admire his bare chest. I fluttered my wings thinking about our love session earlier and how I wish we could have finished, but I needed to reel him in gradually and this was the start. I flew down onto his balcony and flapped my wings so that the sheer white curtains that tried to mask him moved softly enough to make him take notice. I could see him get out of bed and walk toward the balcony and I flew back onto the ledge. He stopped frozen once he seen me. I didn't know if he was frightened or curious by the way he looked at me and then looked around me. I fluttered my wings again to get his attention...there...he looked me in the eyes and I stared back. It was if I had him hypnotized and he couldn't move. He took a step toward me as if he wanted to make sure he was actually looking at me and I didn't move. We stared at each other in silence until I seen him smile with exhilaration. I flew off of his balcony and across the street and landed on the ledge of another balcony to see him standing on the balcony still looking at me. Now that I've seen your soul and you've seen mine, I just have to find a way to make you understand. More lies I hear myself telling...I got the scars when I was a child...yes. I flew off down the street and transformed, next thing I knew I found myself back in front of his door, his eyes, his smell, filled my senses...intoxicating. He pulled me in and I didn't turn back...I knew Nico was going to be furious, but this time...it was worth it...
I flew back home, it was well after midnight and this is where I began my story. "Where were you Sash?" he said leaning against my door casually. "I went out to eat, just like I told you I was" I said studying him. I learned that even though he loved me, I wouldn't put it past him to choke the life out of me for betrayal. I watched him stare at me with his ice blue eyes and had to look away. "I told you to be here sooner, we had a meeting and you my love were the only one not here" he said taking a strand of my curly black hair. He began to twist it slowly around his finger as if he was contemplating on pulling it out. "Besides, you told me you were going to a study group" I grabbed his hand and stroked it with my fingertips. "I know and I'm sorry. I tried my best to get here on time" I said apologetically. "But I really need to get in, I got an exam I need to study for tomorrow" I pulled out my keys and waited for him to move out of the way. "You sure that you aren't studying anything else these days Sash?" he asked suspiciously. "What do you mean by that?" I asked defensively and slapped his hands out of my hair. "If you got something to say, just say it Nico" "You know that's something I never hesitate to do, but before I make accusations I want to be positive that what I accuse you of is correct" he said turning his head to the side to study my face. "I've been thinking I want to move out of this nest and have a place of my own...away from here" I said thinking about how everything I do while living within the nest is monitored. He owned a few large condo buildings in the heart of Atlanta and the surrounding area, which is where the majority of our kind lived. One part of living within our flock was sticking together, we watched out for each other at all times. "Are you serious?" he laughed lightly and shook his head. "Move? From my nest?" he shook his head. "Not gonna happen, you're my mate and this is where
you belong, your safe here and this is where you'll remain" he said sternly. "Don't be late again Sash...I love you and you know this, but I can't continue to be lenient with you when the rest of the nest starts to complain..." "You mean Melina don't you?" I interrupted. "She's the only one complaining because she wants me out of the picture anyway" I frowned. "I bet you already had her huh?" I said with disdain. "She's been after you ever since she left her nest in Cali...as a matter of fact; I know you were with her" "Get in there, study or do whatever you said you need to do" he said clenching his jaws. "Don't worry about Melina; she's not your concern" "That's right, she's yours" I snapped back and began opening the door to my condo. I tried to slam it in his face, but was unable as I dropped my keys to the floor. His hands were around my throat so quickly I didn't have time to try and stop him. I was gasping for air as I scratched at his hand and tried to pry it from my throat, I couldn't breathe as I watched him smile smugly at me. "Don't forget your place Sash" he said slowly removing his hand from my throat. I began coughing and trying to catch my breath at the same time. "You say you love me, then how can you do this to me, how can you choke me like that?" I said walking into the kitchen to grab some water. I took several large gulps, trying to soothe the pain I felt in my throat. I gripped the glass in my hands, wanting to throw it in his face. "I did it because I do love you...just imagine what I'll do if I find out you've been unfaithful to me" He said picking up my keys and tossing them onto the couch. I gave him the nastiest frown I could muster before he walked out. I ran to the door and locked it. I knew he had a key so I put the extra bolt lock on the door trying to make myself feel safe, even though I knew he could smash it down easily, I did it anyway. "I don't care what you say...I'm moving...leaving this nest and you can't stop me" I said softly in the air as I stared at the door. I wiped the tears that managed to fall out of my eyes and went into my room to try and study. The thought of seeing Evan was the only thing that managed to make me smile as I rubbed my throat. He didn't know I didn't have class the next day and right now I wasn't even sure if he would follow me or not. One thing I learned about Nico is that he wanted me, but I wasn't enough, he needed more. He loved the attention he
received when we were together, the compliments and constant stares when we were together, but I still wasn't enough. I thought back to the night he told me that he wanted me to be his mate, highest position a woman could have within Corvus, because he was an elder and only elders could be nest leaders. Being a nest leader's mate, you gain many benefits and are safely protected and respected because you're the one chosen to bear that elders children. I was treated with respect and anything I wanted I could have, even if it was something I didn't deserve, the nest would fly wounded to get it for me. I was on cloud nine the day that I became his mate and now I felt as if I agreed to my death sentence as I lived a life, no longer private or respected by him. The same man that promised to protect and honor me, now treated me as if I wasn't worthy to look him in the eye. I turned a page of my physics book and tried to concentrate, but could still feel his presence, I could still feel his fingers on my throat as I stared blankly at the pages and flipped them slowly one by one. It's over with him and me that's one thing I do know, even if Evan and I don't work out, I'm moving and will never go back to Nico... I picked up my cell and contemplated on calling my dad, but knew that he would be worried because I was calling so late. I got off the bed and put my phone on the charger and walked over to my balcony and closed he doors. I looked out to make sure Nico wasn't sitting on the balcony before I closed the red velvet curtains and took a deep breath. I had been a long day and I needed to look refreshed for my outing with Evan in the morning. I tossed my books and everything off of my bed and got undressed. I crawled into bed restless, too mentally tired to sleep. I hated feeling that way. I turned on the TV and silenced it by hitting the mute button. I rolled onto my back and stared up at the colors the ceiling made from the reflections off the TV...then I smiled. I'm moving back home, he wouldn't dare touch me there...I don't think...
I was up early enough to take a long bath instead of a shower, the excitement of the day's events and spending time with Evan was my mental alarm to wake me up so I had enough time to prepare myself, but I had some things to take care of before I met him. I picked up my cell phone and called my dad. "Hey baby girl, how are you?" I heard his smiling on the other end. "Hi dad, do you have a minute?" I asked walking over to my balcony window to peer outside. I could see the sun was out, it was supposed to be another warm day. "I always have time for you, are you alright?" he asked in a concerned tone. I could hear him walking into his office and closing the door. "Is there a problem, you need some money or anything?" "No dad, I don't need any money..." I trailed off. I thought back to the day I told him I was moving out and he was against it, he knew I was moving because of Nico and he didn't really care for him that much. I felt stupid telling him that I wanted to come back home, but I had to do it. "Dad, I wanna come back...back home" I said timidly as I cradled the phone to my ear. "Baby girl, you can always come back home" he replied in a soothing tone. "Don't ever even think that you have to ask me that, you should know that. I can have movers over there today to get your things" I was smiling, I loved my dad. "I really only have a few things to move dad, mainly clothes, shoes and I could do that myself. This condo came furnished already, but you probably forgot, so I don't need movers" I said lightening up that I would be out from underneath Nico's thumb. "I'll probably be there by tomorrow night...and thanks dad" "No thanks are in order baby girl" he responded. "I love you" I said.
"Love you more" he replied before he hung up. Yes, I'm outta here. I looked around my small condo and realized I would miss having my own place, but I knew it was safer and healthier for me to move out. I just had to figure out a way to get my things out of the building without another member seeing me move. I walked into my large closet and looked at all of my clothes. Damn, why did I have to be such a shopaholic? I frowned as I eyed all of my shoes and outfits with tags still hanging from them. What a waste. I pulled out some jeans, white tank top and grabbed a soft pink sweater to wear over it. I got dressed and went into the bathroom to sweep my long hair into a pony tail for the day. I kissed the mirror and walked into the kitchen as I glanced at my watch, 7:40am. I still had some time, I grabbed a few garbage bags and went to my closet and began throwing clothes into them. I decided to only take two bags so it wouldn't look too suspicious. I grabbed one bag and walked out of my apartment and ran right into Andre. "What's up Sash?" he said curiously as I slung the bag of clothes over my shoulder. "Nothing much" I replied quickly, trying to avoid his eyes. "Need help with that?" he asked as I tried to walk past him. I didn't know if I should trust him either, he was also with Nico at Fellinis and knew that Nico was cheating on me as well, so I didn't care too much for him either, but why not get him to help me move the hell out? "Sure, I got another bag inside, one sec..." I ran back in and grabbed another bag of clothes and dragged them outside to him. He threw them over his shoulders effortlessly. "What, the hell is in here anyway?" he asked as we walked into the dimly lit garage. "Clothes, shoes...just stuff I'm not wearing" I quickly replied as I pulled out my keys to open up the trunk so he could throw the bags in. "What, you moving or something?" he asked as he put the last bag in the trunk. "No, school is donating clothes...for Haiti relief" I lied. "My class came up with the idea and I feel good doing it" I smiled looking around the garage. "Wait I have two more bags" I added quickly and motioned for him to follow
me back to my place. We jogged back up the stairs and I began to drag out another heavy bag with all of my shoes in it. I made sure he stood in the living room, because I didn't want him to see how empty my closet was. "I get extra points for the pounds and they actually have a scale there, so I'm sure to get an A out this class for sure" I said confidently as he picked up my bag of shoes. "No problem, I would do the same thing" he said as I handed him another bag of clothes. My closet was practically empty and what was left in there I didn't care about. "Damn, are you failing this class or what?" he said as he swung the other bag of clothes over his shoulder once he realized how heavy it was. I laughed. "Pretty much, but this is guaranteed to get me a passing grade I'm sure, plus I have so many clothes" I giggled and tried to sound casual, but was freaking out on the inside, hoping we didn't run into Nico. "Trust me, you do not want to look in my closet" I said as he loaded the bags into the back seat. "Wait, you get a new car?" he asked suddenly staring at the red mustang. "I just noticed" "I'm getting my other repainted; someone keyed it up in school for some reason..." I said trying to avoid the conversation as I opened the drivers' side door. I looked at my watch and it was now 8am and I was late for breakfast with Evan. "Someone giving you trouble in school Sash?" he asked crossing his arms over his chest. "You know we can take care of that, is it a guy or girl?" "It's alright, I'm not sure who did it, but I think it was this girl that cursed me out for asking her boyfriend if I could see his notes from class. I don't really care..." I said getting in the car and slamming the door shut. "Did you tell Nico about it?" he asked as I started the engine. "Even if it was girl, you know we have our female flock to take care of those kinds of things too..." "No, I didn't tell him, didn't want him to worry, plus I can handle things myself" I said and revved my engine. I watched him step back away from the car. "Thanks for helping me Andre, see ya later" I said and waved as I pulled out of the garage. My heart was beating a mile a minute as I looked at my rearview mirror to see him standing in the garage still looking at me
suspiciously. I knew he analyzed everyone and everything, I prayed I wasn't on the top of his list for the day. I picked up my cell and called Evan to tell him I was on my way. He sounded really excited and told me he couldn't wait to see me even though I was just with him several hours before, I was taking too long he said and told me to speed and he would pay the ticket. I thought about when I went back to his place and he pulled me in, asking me if everything was alright since I returned and all I could do was kiss him passionately. I trembled as I thought about how he picked me up and carried me to his bed, loving me as if he wanted me all his life as he kissed my gently, then deeply as our excitement increased, not stopping. I breathed deeply as I let the windows down to catch my breath from the memory. I turned up the radio once I heard Daughtry's song Home and sang along at the top of my lungs, feeling the words described my situation to a tee. I knocked softly on Evans door to be greeted by a hug and kiss. "Your late precious, wait right there, I'm going to grab my keys" I hugged myself as I watched him jog out of sight and come back with a sweater and his keys. "Let's get our grub on my lady" he said taking my hand. We went to breakfast at Ria's Bluebird on Memorial drive. "I know you love birds and all, plus I love this place. They have down home breakfasts, fish and grits, gravy homemade biscuits" he grinned as he opened the door for me. We had a seat in the far end of the small breakfast restaurant and I agreed to have the fish and grits along with him because he wouldn't stop raving about it. "So what do you have planned for us today?" I asked as I loaded a biscuit with honey butter. I closed my eyes it tasted so good. "These biscuits are awesome" I said once I took another bite off of it. "Yeah, this is a hidden breakfast haven" he replied as he took a spoonful of grits. "Let's see, we got the Aquarium next. I already got our tickets on line and then we will have lunch and then a spin in the botanical gardens, then dinner and after that a movie, of your choice of course and then...we can chill" he said casually putting a piece of fish in his mouth. I was absolutely jovial as I watched him take a bite of his biscuit. He had on a green t-shirt, which brought out the green shimmer in his eyes. I tried so hard not to smile, but couldn't help myself. I wish I met him sooner, before I met Nico. "I always wanted to go to the botanical gardens" I said clasping my hands together with excitement. "Yes"
eels. . but I never said anything to him because I knew he just wanted to make sure I was able get things I needed when I was away from him. my dad has money and when my mother passed she left me enough to live comfortably and my dad made enough so that I never even had to touch any that she left for me. but I heard it's beautiful out there" he said leaning back to rub on his stomach.. I never thought I would be as thrilled to see sharks up close as we walked through in awe..right there" Evan said pointing to a large shark. "I know that couldn't have cost that much" I said grabbing my sweater off the back of my chair. Although at times I would check my savings and checking account balance to find he had deposited a thousand or a few hundred at times. "It's alright. sharks. I love fish" he said shrugging his shoulders. "Did you enjoy it?" he asked as I sipped on my grapefruit juice. almost every sea creature thinkable was there to view and we ended up spending over three hours in there admiring and learning about all of the many fish that caught our attention.. "I'm getting a tank. but you never said anything about fish" he joked as he put his arm around my neck. "You're not gonna wait for the bill?" I asked astonished. "Totally the best fish and grits I ever had. I mean. Now I'm going to have to find out why he has money to burn.actually the only fish and grits I ever had and my mom was a chef" I said dabbing the corners of my lips with my napkin before I placed it on my plate."Good. "I know how you feel about birds being in cages. "So you're going to get a shark?" I asked with astonishment as we watched several great whites swim around looking at us as if we were fish food. I looked over at a table of girls that couldn't keep their eyes off of him and I gripped his hand tighter as we walked back to his car and went to the Aquarium. I never been. they deserve it for making that stomach I adore so happy" he said taking my hand. let's go see some sharks" he teased as I watched him toss a fifty dollar bill down on the table. "You love birds. "Great.. "That's what I want. 60gallon tank and gonna fill it with sharks" he said proudly looking at one of them swim swiftly by.
"What's wrong?" he asked placing down his fork. but I couldn't be seen there with him. "Yeah. I panicked..strip club?" he chuckled as he started the car. We sat outside and ate a light lunch since the weather was so nice. I watched him laugh and knew I won.. the thought of it makes my stomach turn" I lied quickly.that alright with you?" he said once we were in the car. we can make it all pink and light blue with light pink flowers inside with yellow rocks that glow in the dark. "I was thinking about going to Strip for lunch..."I guess I love them too now" I said as I put my arm around his waist.. "I can tell by the way you said it that you must be getting it soon. He caught me staring at him as he was finishing off his grilled chicken and I looked down embarrassed.. "You can help me set up the tank" "Goody. "Your funny and I love it" he teased and kissed my forehead before we walked out for lunch. Thank god. "How about Dolce?" said looking at me hopefully? Dammit. what did you think I said. why the hell can't he say something that's not in that vicinity? "Let's do Cheesecake Factory." I teased. "I had a really bad experience there. "I'm sorry.. "You mean Strip at Atlantic Station?" I asked hoping he meant to say something else. I actually loved Strip and their mac n cheese was my favorite. I couldn't risk it. which was my favorite" I watched him smile. any other suggestions?" I added hopefully he would see things my way because that's where I lived and was sure to run into someone from my nest even if we were just walking around in that area.. "Will be delivered tomorrow" he said proudly. "I quickly ordered a slice of key lime cheesecake. "Something on your mind?" "So many things" I said twisting my lips as the waiter came over to offer us the desert menu.hmmm?" I said as we continued to stare at the shark tank. . I love their caesar salads" I said gripping his arm like an excited ten year old.
"I'm happy I sat at your table that night" he said out of the blue as we strolled through the botanical gardens admiring the many flowers and exotic smells they made linger in the air. but he admitted it was good. "Your friends" he said looking at them disappear into the trees. If you only knew who my real flying friends were you would not be too thrilled.. even though he said he didn't eat sweets."I love your appetite" he said and waved his hand to decline at the waiter. I forgot all about it.. "Now.. all ready for the gardens" "Let's do this" he said joyfully. "I guess all your talk of ravens in the wind yesterday brought one to my balcony. We looked at each other and gave each other a knowing smile as we watched them take each others hands and continue on their way. I leaned over the table and kissed him quickly on the lips.. "That's what I wanted to tell you" he said as if he suddenly remembered. what are some of the things on your mind?" he leaned onto the table and looked at me intensely. Everything about him I loved. I remember to tell you last night. "I'm happy too" I said as he leaned in to kiss me. "I'm happy I was able to keep your mind focused on me" I said with a flirtatious grin.. "Now.. here comes my yummy" I said as the waiter rushed back over with my cheesecake.love and flowers" we heard them say. "Oh. I convinced him to take a bite. I could tell he was having as much fun as I was and I didn't know how funny and silly he could be and I loved it." "Seriously?" I said in surprised high pitched tone. The day was beautiful and absolutely perfect.after you came back over. After you left one flew to my balcony... The flowers. "It didn't croak at you did it?" . "Now that's what this is all about.well. we can talk about it later. just warm enough to go without a sweater or jacket. the sun beaming down on us. I held him tight as I responded to his kiss until we heard a couple walk by us. He watched me finish it and accepted the last bite from my fork. We sat down on one of the cement benches by some rose bushes and I couldn't believe how beautiful it was. "I guess we're contagious" he said as a few birds flew by us.
..."Yeah. "And no. "Yeah. but it didn't" He said rubbing my hand in his. it didn't croak. "Looks as if you made a new friend" I winked and squeezed his hand. Take it back to the house if you want" he said starting the car once again. "You sure you don't wanna see a movie or anything?" he asked as he began driving slowly up the street. "Let's see if my friend pays us a visit" he smiled. "We'll we could always order and pick up. Just spending time with you at your place is all I need" I said and knew he was pleased as I watched him smile at my response. "Yeah. Once we walked into his place he opened all of the balcony doors and windows.I didn't know what to think" "I doubt that. "I left my balcony open the rest of the night incase it decided to come back. you have nothing to do with her actions.. I'm sure.it was really weird" he said looking down at his shoes. We explored every inch of the gardens until we determined there was nothing else to see and decided to go to dinner. "Just like you said... "This has been a full day" I said with exhaustion as I sunk into his leather car seat and leaned my head against the headrest to look at him.like it was trying to see through me. I remember what you said about that and I was waiting to see if it would.. but it didn't. "What to order" he said as he sat down next to me on the couch and put his arm around me. I'm serious and my mind is constantly focused on you.. It was a beautiful day and I was sure that my nest along with many others was taking full advantage of it. you have made a valuable ally and they will look out for you. it just stared at me. "I did wonder if it was the same one that attacked Nicole at first and maybe it was coming for me too." he replied with the same grin..." I trailed off. but I swear the way that it looked at me.all I can think about. "The restaurant downstairs has really good Chinese food.. I know if it could talk it would have. let's do that" I said not wanting to risk being seen. you feeling that tonight or did you have a taste for anything specific? . "Something better came back" he said looking at my hands. Ravens can see the good and evil in a person's soul. Once they find a human they feel they can trust or relate to.it was just weird" he turned to me. "Home it is then" he said and picked up speed..
. "We can watch them while we lounge on the couch" he looked at me as if he wanted my opinion and I was happy he just said the word we. "The mafia?" I said and stopped rubbing his hair. "I'm gonna put it right here" he said standing in the spot where he wanted it.that general Tso's chicken" I laughed... "Promise you can keep a secret?" he said with his eyes still closed.?" I didn't know exactly how to word it without trying to sound like a gold digger because I was far from it.how do you. but would explain how he had this luxurious condo and car. "That's kind of. He looked content at my answer as he lay down on the couch and rested his head in my lap. I could see him smile with content as I traced my fingers over his eyebrows. "How do you manage to. "Yeah.. "I'm promise" I said. "I mean you're in school full time and I don't believe I ever heard you mention a thing about going to work?" I could see him furrowing his brow as if he was thinking about the answer. vegetable lo mein for me with general so and so's chicken" I said quickly. "Can I ask you something personal?" "Anything" he responded and looked up at me. "Ohhhh.. "So and so's chicken?" he asked looking at me confused. but my question would make me sound as if I was one. "How do I what?" he asked closing his eyes again as I continued to run my fingers in his hair and caress his face..dangerous don't you think?" I said baffled.. "I'm in the mafia" he said and looked up at me to stare in my eyes. "That's a perfect spot" I confirmed."That sounds great. you know. I have more secrets than you could ever imagine. "How can you afford all of this?" I blurted. . gotcha" he chuckled as he dialed down to the restaurant to place our order and after he proceeded to show me where he was going to put the fish tank. I ran my fingers through his jet black hair and watched him close his eyes with contentment..
I stood frozen and didn't move. "Your delivery miss" Nico said he held out a bag of food. "Sash. just making sure everything we ordered is all in the bag! Why don't you get our plates ready?" I yelled back to Evan. I fumbled in the bag and pretended as if I was checking everything. "You believed that?" he said still laughing to himself. I opened the door and felt my heart stop. I could see the tension in his back before I closed the door.. I couldn't stop my hands from shaking. "Yeah. "Yeah Sash. "I can't believe you think I'm that type of man" he said doubling over with laughter. I hit him with a pillow that was on the sofa and laughed along with him. "No worries. "That's not funny" I said laughing louder because I could imagine the look on my face when he said it. That is how I manage all of this. Stay right there. "My family owns a few businesses. "Thank you sir.. but could tell he was walking towards the door. My throat went dry and I couldn't form any words as my blood ran cold. you alright!" Evan yelled from the living room. but I could see his jaws clenched in anger. "Must be our food.. I didn't know what he was going to do and I could feel tears welling up in my eyes as I watched him give me an icy glare.no worries" he said with a serious look on his face. I seen Nico smile as he looked at Evan and accept the tip he gave him. but don't do that again" I laughed as the door chimed. "Seriously. it's all here" I said as if I was going to faint. My father is very wealthy and my grandfather left me a very very large trust. I'll get it. tell him you're alright" Nico said in a low angry tone. Sasha" he said as our laughter died down. No! No! No! Now he knows what you look like! "Yeah.He busted out laughing and sat up on the couch." "Alright. is everything all there?" Evan asked as he walked up behind me. you two have a wonderful evening" Nico said and sauntered back up the hall.. "Hey. I . so I'm not doing anything illegal if that's what you were thinking. I could hear him getting up off the couch. prankster" I joked as I ran to the door happily.
I'll get you some water" "I'm alright" I said softly as my cell phone began to ring. come on in here and get something to eat. I stared out across the street and felt tears welling up in my eyes. "Hey.. feeling defeated. I knew who it was. "I'll drive you there. I couldn't look him in the eye.. what are you doing? You're leaving?" Evan asked walking up behind me. "Hello?" "You know I'm gonna kill him right?" Nico said calmly as he continued to look up at me. "Hey. "I can go with you if you need me to. you are still hungry right?" Evan said walking over to me. he has nothing to do with it Nico. It was now 930 and I had to leave. . "Hey. but scared as I walked around the kitchen island and back into the living room. You have until 10pm to say goodnight and goodbye or the next time you see him it won't be pretty" He growled back at me before he hung up. "Never seen him before. I held the phone to my ear with my back to him to give myself time to pull myself together. are you alright? You look as if you seen a ghost or something.. I could see. I felt myself begin to get a headache as I walked over to his balcony and looked down at the street below. I walked through the living room past him to the door and began to put on my shoes.. you don't look alright Sasha" he said turning me to him. blue eyes glowing through the narrowed slits in his eyes. no longer hungry. He must have followed me or had me followed. my dad doesn't feel well" I lied. What the hell am I gonna do? I walked away and began to pace in front of the couch. "I have to go. Andre and Charlie sitting on their bikes as Nico walked out pulling out his phone. "This is between us. I sat down on the couch. be right back" I said and walked out onto the balcony to see Nico looking up in my direction. "Shut the fuck up and get your ass out of there." I softly pleaded. "My dad. I couldn't stop them so I let them fall. must be new" Evan said as he began to take the food out of the bags. I watched them speed off into the oncoming traffic recklessly and out of sight.walked back into the kitchen behind Evan." I moved his hands softly from me. I was hoping the breeze would keep me from falling out as I put the phone to my ear.
I picked up my cell and called him. Hurry the fuck up!" I cried all the way there. it's not fine. "I'm on my way. "Sasha!" I ran past the valet into the garage and I jumped in my car." I said trying to sound confident and in control. I didn't even bother to take the elevator I ran down the stairs and I could still hear him yelling my name. It was now 9:45 and I sped to my dad's house praying I didn't get pulled over. "Where the fuck are you!" Nico yelled in anger. "Shut the fuck up! You're testing my patience and your ass better be here in fifteen minutes or I'm taking a night flight to your little friend on Peachtree."No I'll be fine. knowing it would be the last time.I can tell... "Bye" "No. Sasha!" I heard him yell behind me as I ran down the hall. because I knew if he managed to catch me I probably wouldn't have left and his life would be in more jeopardy.. I sped up Peachtree and remembered my clothes were in the backseat and trunk. it'll all be fine" I said as I grabbed my purse and put my hand on the door. I grabbed my bags and dragged them to the side of the house so that I wouldn't have to go in and explain anything and rushed to get back to Nico. . He probably went in my place and seen that I was moving out and Andre probably helped him along confirming that I was.I was going to be judged for betrayal and it wasn't going to be pretty. I heard the echo of his feet in the stairwell above me as I picked up the pace so he wouldn't catch me.... I turned to see Evan running out behind my car as my car screeched away from his building.. I put Corvus and the nest in jeopardy.it echoed in my ears and all I could think of was. I turned and kissed him softly on the lips. but I knew he could hear the fear in my voice. I'll be there in about fifteen minutes. the faster I get to Nico the safer Evan would be.. I took a deep breath...
no. I watched her lean casually on the wall by my door filing her nails. I closed my eyes as I felt his hands going around my neck as if he was going to choke the life out of me. I didn't even look at them as they got up and walked past me out the door. "Better get in there if I were you" Melina chuckled from the end of the hall. "Please... I turned my face away to prevent him from hitting me anymore and began screaming as he leaped on top of me and pinned my arms down with his knees. I stood up and felt his hand slap me once again.BETRAYAL AND PUNISHMENT I parked my car in the garage and ran to Nicos. "I told you not to test me Sasha" he said as I continued gasping for air. I was begging in between gasps of air. this time he hit me so hard it turned my body sideways and flung my face into the wall. I stood at the door not sure if I should knock or just run away. The last thing I remember before I found myself on the floor was Nico locking the door. I wanted to beat her ass. "Nico. he was getting pleasure from it and I wanted to kill him. it was spinning.no. I glared at her and knocked on the door.. I didn't even have the energy to exchange words with her. He held the door open and I noticed Charlie and Andre sitting on the couch. I found myself on my knees holding my hand to my swollen face." I felt myself blacking out again as he released my neck and got off of me.. it was probably her that followed me. I could taste the blood in my mouth as I felt him pull me up by my hair to drag me across the room. "I told you never to betray me" I felt myself beginning to black out. He took his hands off of me long enough for me to catch my breath and then choked me again.. my body still trying to fight beneath him as I continued to kick my legs violently in the air." I was trying to crawl away as he slapped me again.. I held my breath as I looked into the eyes of the man I once loved and cared for. I grabbed my neck and . "Betray me!" he growled and flung me onto the couch by my hair. I was hit so hard I was still trying to focus on the room around me.
." I yelled as I seen crimson tears fall into my hands. I touched my face and grimaced from the pain.. "You know that's not in the rule books. I knew the slightest movement would make him hit or choke me again.. "I know it was you that attacked that girl too." I sobbed. "Why then Sasha. I was afraid to move.. .. praying he wouldn't hit me with one... then you lie to me and then you betray your nest and all of Corvus" he said standing over me. we don't attack the innocent.. why attack her?" he asked glaring at me with hatred in his eyes I never seen before. "No" he shook his head aggressively. "You did it because she was with someone that you wanted and you wanted her out of the picture." he pulled my head back by my hair. the thought of his Sasha sleeping with another. I watched him drink it slowly and I craved for some badly. "First. I could feel my swollen face and see my blood on his hands and splattered around the room. "Why..I swear." I began and seen him ball his fist up and decided to stay quiet..that's why you did it and I know this because you went for her neck. the shattering of the glass was deafening and I covered my ears. "I never slept with him Nico. "You know all you had to do was come to me and that would have been taken care of the right way.. I knew his temper and decided to let him calm down before I tried to say anything more unless he asked.. I would have handled it" he retorted. "She wasn't innocent.. "That's not good enough!" he interjected and threw a beer bottle against the wall.you tried to kill her" he said walking into the kitchen to grab a bottle of water.. why the fuck wasn't she innocent? Because she was screwing the same man as you?" he spat in my face. I knew that's what bothered him more than anything.you shattered our creed and our nest!" he yelled throwing my head back down so hard I thought it would snap.... "She keyed up my car.. I could feel my lip swelling as I touched it with my tongue and wanted to spit the blood out of my mouth that was spilling from it.coughed uncontrollably as my lungs filled back up with air. you betray me. I closed my eyes tightly as I heard him throw another one into the wall past my head. but refused to look at him.
scared he would find out what I was" I felt tears begin to stream down my blood stained face and even that was painful.. because whatever I said he wouldn't believe me.run from me like I was some freak. you just don't want him to be.. "I know I can't mate. "Say it Sasha. so why did you even bother seeking to love another outside of our own?" I heard him ask with bewilderment behind me. I felt myself growing angrier by the minute. "I know it can be done. I just shook my head at him in disbelief.. but he is and that will never change" He countered.... racing through my veins as I studied his body movements..." I lied. Corvus and all nests considered humans that were not like us to be considered foul or wicked..or bear children with."Tell me Sasha" he said putting the water bottle down in front of me. I was scared to turn around.. "Don't fucking shake your head at me. "You know it's not in our creed to sleep with them. he's a foul and will never be like you or accept you" he sneered...." I said taking another step back from him.. "He's not a foul" I said calmly as I pulled my long hair out of the mangled pony tail he dragged across the room. "I didn't sleep with him Nico. "I told you I didn't sleep with him" I said through gritted teeth.. He knew I wanted it.." It hurt me to even say it. "Scared he wouldn't accept me. It was the name we used when we referred to anyone that wasn't one of us and it hurt me to hear him call Evan that.. you know that" he said walking around me.answer me" he snarled as he stood over me. "We only mate with our kind. I took a chance and stood up and walked across the room so that I was at a safe distance from him.." I felt a shiver run down my spine as my blood began to pulsate through my body. what if you got pregnant when you slept with him. "No. I threw the rubber band at my feet and tried to smooth the knots and kinks he put in it.. scared he would hit me again for even looking at him. "How many times did you fuck him?" I knew better than to even open my mouth.huh? You know that you would be killed and that baby.. "It can change. every time he accused me of sleeping with him. ...I was too scared.to bear children with a foul.
." he countered. "You've made many" I snarled back at him. Nico was from a bloodline that went back before time and his strength and power proved it. "Melina was the last straw for me. if you blinked you would miss it and I knew I didn't stand a chance. were any of them!" I yelled. I knew I was risking my life at the moment.. Fury had me blind from the consequences of my infuriated actions. His blood came from old feathers. He had the ability to transform so quickly. They were the only ones allowed to rule.. "I know I made mistakes. I flapped them hard enough to blow the hair away from his face." I knew my eyes were glowing white with rage as I tried to make him understand that I wasn't afraid to fight him.so why waste my time on you."What! You think you're capable of doing it?" he laughed. "I know you're wrong" I reached down and grabbed the bottle of water and guzzled the rest of it down and threw the empty bottle at his feet.. "Was Melina worth it?" I snapped back at him. I can't do that" he replied as I watched his wings come out of his back. slow and wide to show his dominance. but right now I didn't care as we glared at each other.huh.. which is why he was a leader. "You'll fight me for a foul?" he chuckled with envy. "You really love him more than me Sash?" he asked with a cocky grin as I watched his feathers slowly fade into his back.. "Or how about the blond chick that you were kissing on at Fellinis the other day. You know you wouldn't stand a chance and as bad as I want to squeeze the life out of you right now. were they worth it.. don't tell me you think you want to take me on Sash. He was much bigger then I was and his wingspan was enormous as he spread them out.. "I made a mistake. but I didn't care. I knew then that you didn't love me anymore.I would hate to kill you that way. but . "You wouldn't know where or how to begin" "I think you're wrong" I replied confidently.. to show him I was serious about beating his ass. but I was too pissed at his gloating to think straight. "Is he really worth you dying for Sash?" Nico asked as his eyes lit up bright blue as he rolled his neck and shoulders around. I took off my sweater as I felt the muscles on my back contracting and sprouted my wings.. "What.
I closed my eyes and tried to pretend it was Evan kissing my forehead instead of this lying demon that held me so close. "She's the reason I went looking elsewhere. when I heard the tape." "So you're telling me you want to try over again Nico?" I felt my wings slowly recede into my back. . I'm gonna get you now Melina." I trailed off to reel him in.. Another one of his lies..what tape?" he said raising his voice. "Are you telling me that you will now be faithful to me?" I asked knowing what his answer would be.. only you" he answered and kissed my forehead. I flinched. She wanted me to leave you and she wanted us to break up" I added quickly. not in my lifetime and you know how long that can be" he said with an angry expression on his face.you were and will always be my one and only true love. "She's the one who told me you were with another at the pizza restaurant. I backed away from him and fluttered my wings. "Tape." he continued to nuzzle his nose in my hair.. My mouth was so dry and I could feel the skin on my face tighten from the drying blood bath he gave me. "Put them away Sash" he said again sternly.. "Put them away" he said softly as he held his hands up in the air. told me you said you were going to leave me for her" I looked at his confused expression.. "You know I don't like her like that. "Melina told you that?" he said grabbing my arms and holding me tightly in front of him to look me in the eye. I nodded yes quickly. "Your place is at my side. "I do still love you Nico" I said and slowly reached out to hug him tightly to me.my mate" he said walking towards me. she told me everything. I turned my back and covered my face so he couldn't see my sinister smile. "Yes. "You can never see him again Sasha. She would never replace you..want to get back at you and run away" I lied as I held him tight.. not sure what he was going to do.. "The day I found out about you with the other woman and Melina telling me that she slept with you and rubbing it in my face just made me. "I love you too much to hurt you Sasha" he whispered in my ear.. "Do you know what that felt like? Hearing it from her and she laughed in my face.. but I put my wings down as he walked to me and placed his arms around me. I knew it..
adding fuel to the fire... "No. I wanted every feather on her plucked out and her wings singed so they couldn't grow back. "Fucking Bitch!" he said softly into the air. Melina was going to get hers and I was gonna make sure she got it good. I buried my face in his chest. before you kicked me out. the same thing he was supposed to do to me.. "It's all her fault.I never escaped I thought as I touched my bruised eye..she told me that it was best that I move out. "She's the one that told me you were cheating on me" he said before I heard him picking up his phone. I never would have. I don't want them to see you like this" he said shaking his head as he closed the balcony doors and lock them."Can you imagine how I felt when I heard her calling out your name. That's why I took my things to my dad's house. not Evans" I whined. "Get over here.go in the bedroom and shower and change. now" Now it was my turn to gloat. it's only fair that I get to confront her" I said as I heard her knock softly on the door. "Go in the bedroom Sash. but couldn't. "Dre. "Let me talk to her first" "Yeah. I'm back. I heard him dialing another number. I knew it was over. she doesn't deserve to see blood on your face" I walked into the bedroom and smiled. I'm sorry for hitting you. I did love him with reckless abandon when I knew that he felt the same.. I fell to his knees sobbing. I could hear Melina getting lashed for betrayal.in the same bed that we made love" I made myself cry and turned to him. I took off my clothes and walked into his shower. but it was true. "She taped us?" he said holding my hands so that I would stop hitting his chest. but when I noticed his roaming eyes. get Chuck and get in here so that I don't kill Melina's ass in here tonight" I felt him kiss my hair again. "It's alright" he said looking as if he was made a fool of. "I'm sorry you had to hear that love. I heard the voices of Andre and Charlie in the living room and then heard a shrilling scream come from the living room.. I kissed him softly on the lips. "Go. I looked at my reflection and watched my smile slowly fade away and reality set in. knowing she was gonna get much worse then he gave me. I let the cold water run over my . "I fucking loved you Nico and you knew that" I sobbed and beat him in his chest dramatically. I was in a jealous rage" he rambled before he picked me up off the floor and cradled me in his arms to the couch... like you talked to the other girl that you put in the hospital" he snorted.
. I had to win his trust back. . I stepped out of the shower and wrapped myself in a towel.. I could hear Melina screaming even in the shower and now that I know she was the one to follow and spy on me..the only problem was that I needed him to help me do it.it was the only thing that gave me solace for the moment. I knew he had the ability to change a foul into a corvus and he didn't know that I now knew how to do the same thing..I laid down on his bed and decided to devise a plan as I continued to listen to Melina's cries of anguish.... I decided I would have to stay with Nico just a little longer...face to ease the swelling. I planned on making sure she would never fly another day in her life.
. but stopped and looked at myself in the mirror before I ran the shower. but the swelling on my lip was gone. I knew he loved me. walls and coffee table from the beating he gave to me and Melina.he didn't answer which is what I wanted. I knew he wanted to hurt me. but deadly.. snoring softly.HIDE AND SEEK I flung Nicos arm off of me the following morning. "Nico" I whispered softly. I crawled out of his bed as silently as I could and froze when I heard his snoring stop. but he didn't. Gorgeous. bloody and bruised. I had a large bruise on my eye. I found one of his large sweatshirts and threw it on recklessly. I grimaced when she tried to look up at me and I seen her swollen eyes. I knew I still had a few things in my place and decided I would go in there and find something to put on after I showered again. she was the reason I wasn't with Evan right now.I looked at him. she continued to whimper softly like an unwanted child. Evan was the only thing on my mind and I had to figure out a way to get to him and explain everything. but remembered I took the majority of my clothes to my dad's. not really caring about anything at the moment. he probably wanted to kill me. I recapped everything that happened the night before and thought about the plan I devised to see Evan and try to explain. I glowered at him unblinking. I hated her. just what you get bitch. . I decided to get up and get dressed. I knew that Nico would be keeping an eye on my every move now and would probably have me followed wherever I went. but not the way that I wanted him to and also knew he wasn't going to change. I frowned as I held up a cold rag to my face after I stepped out of the shower to help the bruising on my face. Humph.. I walked into the kitchen and stopped when I heard whimpering from the balcony.. I rolled over and looked at the clock and seen it was noon. I frowned and stepped in the shower as I thought about how Nico beat and choked me the night before. I walked into his living room and seen he didn't even bother to clean up all of the blood splattered on the rug. Her clothes were soaked with blood from the lashing she got the previous night. I knew she was in pain and I loved every minute of it. I opened the door to see Melina tied to the balcony ledge by both hands. It was a beautiful day as I stood in front of her and took a sip from the bottle of water and glared down at her. I looked down and seen him turn over just to snore louder. I went into the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of water and a knife. I didn't want to do it. red rings on my neck from him choking me.
but needed the key and a combination to get into it. "I can't" she shook her head terrified. but I had to find that key and my cell phone. I felt as though I was turning into the woman Nico really wanted me to be. cold and deadly.. I watched her walk out the door and close it as quietly as she could. Lucky for me I did leave a few things worth saving as I slid into a pair of Seven jeans and a solid red t-shirt.. but didn't have the energy. "Get the hell out of my sight Melina" I said calmly as I watched her struggle to her feet.and don't even think about trying to turn on me again or I swear I'll find you and sever your wings to the bone. "Go home. but found that it wasn't there.for sure.. Yes. I walked out and back into Nico's. I knew what I needed was in there. I searched around quietly in the living room. but didn't." I could see the fear in her eyes before I turned and walked into the kitchen to see her limping through the living room. I was positive Evan called me. "I can't" she said with a strained voice.. Suddenly I felt stronger then ever. I'll deal with Nico" I responded. I handed her the bottle of water and watched her guzzle it as if her life depended on it. I grabbed my keys to my place and walked down the hall to enter it.. I found my purse and fumbled through it for my cell phone."Doesn't feel so good does it?" I smirked down at her and chuckled. she was the reason I got caught... I'll deal with Nico. "What's that. "To bad it didn't snow out here last night.. I knew Nico took it and frowned. The urge to slash her throat was so strong I knew that I needed to walk away. I could still hear him snoring from the living room as I walked in and began to search around for his keys. and started to sweat nervously .. I felt ready to conquer the world as I snatched up a pair of shades I left on the dresser and put them on. I reached over and cut the ropes that tied her hands up on the balcony and watched her slump over with exhaustion.what are you trying to mumble out of that gutter rat mouth of yours?" I snickered at her.. "I said you can go. The clothes I had left in the closet and in the drawers were tossed on the floor and I kneeled down to go through them and find some underwear and clothes to put on. she was the reason Nico found me and I didn't escape. He was probably searching for anything and a way to find out what I had been up to.beautiful. which would have been perfect for a cold hearted bitch like you" I held the knife and gripped it firmly in my hand. I was stunned when I walked in. I knew where his hidden safe was. I found a pair of socks and then put on the pair of black Nikes that were tossed in the corner of my closet. I could hear her trying to say something. everything was flipped over. "If he finds out I left he'll just lash me again" she said touching her bloody face.
I snuck behind him quietly and watched him walk into the bathroom and take the lid off of the toilet. you need to find her within the next hour and bring her ass back here" "Maybe she went home or something" I said casually as I walked over to the coffee table and began to wipe off the dried blood on it.because I knew that he would wake soon. I don't have time to wait for her. "Why would she still be here anyway?" "Because we tied her ass up to the balcony last night..I don't know how the hell she got out of it?" he said with bewilderment.. "Where the hell did she go?" I heard him asking. I don't want her in here ever again" I said scrubbing the table aggressively and . Classic. He walked back into the house briskly and I knew he was going for his phone.. Where the hell are your keys? "Sasha. I'm here" I answered as I walked into the kitchen to get a sponge and act as if I was cleaning up the place.. I seen he held my cell in his hands as well and I went back into the kitchen and grabbed a bucket. "Yeah. you out there?" I heard him yell from the bedroom. I watched him walk out rubbing his eyes as if he was trying to make sure it was me he was looking at. "Just trying to clean up a little" "Don't bother. I looked under the sofa cushions and underneath the couch. "I don't care to stare at the sight of my blood and smell it lingering in the air if that's alright with you. which meant that his keys were not to far from it. He pulled out a plastic bag and I smiled and ducked back out quickly. He had a habit of keeping them together. "Everything alright?" I asked as I watched him walk back into the living room with his keys and phone. she's gonna do it. I began to wipe away the blood on the door that came from my face the previous night and grew angrier by the minute as I scrubbed harder to remove it from the walls. Dammit. I'm gonna make Melina do it" he said rubbing his face vigorously as he walked to the balcony. As a matter of fact. "What do you mean you don't know. I could hear him sitting on the couch talking to Andre. I smirked at the smug expression on his face. "Where the hell is she?" I heard him say in amazement. "And stop cleaning up.all of it" he said in an angry tone.
no man was. but walked back into the living room to scrub my blood off of his leather couch as Andre knocked on the door. but she underestimated me and my convincing lies.the nest liar and betrayer" I smirked at Andre's comment. "Humph. because he was so good at reading body language I always knew he could tell when I was doing it. "It sounds as if you're still mad" "Look at my face Nico" I said staring up at him. She didn't answer. I glared at her as I watched her body tremble." he added. come in!" he yelled and walked into the living room as Andre walked in and pushed Melina down on the floor in front of him. "Here she is. I turned my head away. "You need to speak the hell up and soon" he spat in her face. he definately made up for in muscle and strength and I always admired his intelligence. Guess I'll let Nico get my revenge for me. "It's sounds as if you haven't" he said walking into the kitchen behind me. but he would find out soon enough as well. but what he lacked in height.... he was still gorgeous. She had no idea what I was capable of and neither did Nico. he was only 5'7. I knew she had prayed Nico would take my wings last night. so I wouldn't forget what he was capable of. "Yeah. "Forgiven" I said coldly and stood up to walk back into the kitchen ignoring his outstretched hand. He had on shorts and no shirt. "She was actually packing a bag. "I'm sorry Sash. but not gorgeous enough to beat on me. but I also knew he was one I never wanted to cross. once I heard him slap her face to get her to respond. I wasn't seeing straight or thinking straight last night.. I never wanted him around when I was telling a lie to Nico. "Wouldn't you be?" I filled the bucket back up again with fresh hot water and wanted to throw it in his face. too terrified to look up. ." I seen her kneeling down on her knees and could tell she tried to clean herself up. "Forgive me?" he asked reaching out for my hand.glanced up at him. but still looked horrible. "Who the hell told you to leave huh?" Nico said walking over to her. I poured the bloody water down the drain slowly and stared at it.. probably to try and get back to her old nest in Cali. The only thing I thought about was you with him and I was blinded by jealousy" he said leaning forward with his elbows on his knees as I continued to scrub the table..
if I fail that class or stop going. He held me tight for hours. I think he was beginning to trust me again. Days passed and the only person I was allowed to call was my dad.literally!" Nico yelled pointing his finger behind her as Andre pushed her out the door. I missed an entire week of school and I knew that Evan was probably worried and more confused then ever. I told him that I would be moving in soon as I could and that was it.. "I think she's had enough" I said turning my head to look at her. "I don't want her in here Nico" I said and turned to look at him sternly. I can guarantee you that my dad will be over here in a hot second" I . "What." He straightened his back up as if he was going to disagree.. gloating on the inside. I now needed to lie to him physically as well. I sat on the couch after I cleaned up all of the blood splatter in his place and stared blankly at the TV. I need to go back to school" I said as I sat on the barstool and looked over at him... Nico was still in his bedroom with the door closed. "Ever again. but still insisted upon keeping me under his radar. He walked over and sat down next to me on the couch and pulled me to him and I didn't resist. The bruises on my face were gone and I felt bold and confident once again as I poured myself a glass of orange juice and watched Nico flip through channels on the TV with boredom. but nodded to Andre to get her out. Betray me again and I swear you'll be grounded for life. "Nico. "Stay in your place until I tell you to come out!" He walked into his bedroom and slammed the door. until I insisted we go to sleep. "Don't think I'm done with you either. I fell asleep in his arms and let him fall in love with me all over again. I sat and waited for him to come back out which was an hour later. I knew he was mad that I made him back down in front of Andre. you devious bitch..that's my major? I can't possibly skip that class.I walked over to Nico and placed my hand on his arm. it may as well have been off. except to say he was sorry and he loved me.. "Sure. I felt myself becoming stronger because of his weakness for me and I would use it to my advantage. I knew if she started to talk she would tell him that I let her loose and I didn't feel like telling anymore lies at the moment and especially not in front of Andre.. He barely spoke at all. long as it's not the class with that foul" he said turning to look at me.. I didn't resist any of his advances or push him away.
. "I find out you were with him again. go to class..I will kill him this time... "Nico. I can't fail that class..I don't want you to fail" he said and wrapped his muscular arms around me and kissed the top of my head. I opened the fridge and grabbed him a bottle of water and handed it to him before I sat down next to him.. I knew his bloodline was higher than my fathers.. "Sasha. because I told you we never did anything together" I ran my hands through his hair and looked at him softly.and make you watch before I kill you" he whispered and nuzzled his nose in my hair softly..as one..said calmly and waited for his reaction... "You and me against the world.remember?" "Fine.. It's not like he's gonna miss me anyway. not in the mood to hear words from his lips. .... "Nico..period" he responded calmly. because his lips were now unbearable.?" "Yes?" I answered softly. I know Evan is in that class. if I really wanted to see him I would have risked it by now. He really was a demon in disguise. I nodded I understood and kissed him on the cheek. but I'll just explain to him that I decided to work things out with my boyfriend.I'm back with you remember?" I said and put my head on his shoulder.. "I don't want you around him. but he also knew that my father knew and had many good business partners that were 'old feathers' as well.
.. I ran up to the seat next to his and he immediately began to ask me questions. only to be pulled around to face him. I pulled into the student lot and seen Evan's car..Did I do something. I could feel his heart beating as fast as mine. but I couldn't risk uttering a word as I continued writing. because I knew he called me more than once. I knew he wanted to talk to me and I missed the sound of his voice... I held onto the long letter I wrote him and didn't want to give it to him until class was over. I missed him. I looked up and seen him sit up anxiously in his chair. everything I had to say would be handwritten. I couldn't wait to see him and my body was anxious with anticipation to see his green eyes and dimples once more... I could hear him trying to catch up behind me as I got near my car.. wanting to whisper I loved him in his ear. I promised myself I wouldn't speak verbally to him at all. All of his vehicles were black..his laugh. I knew he did. gleaming brightly. "What's going on with you. I looked at him sadly because I just wanted him to hold me and make me forget the past week. I didn't want to say a single word to him. his black 2009 Camaro. I glanced down at his foot tapping anxiously on the floor in front of him. "Sasha.late. but shoved the letter in his book and ran down the steps. smile and even his smell..I don't understand. so I was now driving Nicos second car. I put my hands on the door handle. why won't you return any of my calls?. I sat in the car and got most of my books together and walked into class.what's going on?" I heard him say.STRATEGY My car was still in the shop getting painted and I didn't want Evan to even see my car in the student lot. I folded up the pieces of paper and reached over to open his book and hesitated. I just piled he bags of clothes up in my closet and took a few more items to hold me over until I knew I would be back home with him for good.. except for his bikes and that was his prized 2010 Ducati Monster and that was silver and his Suzuki Gxr that was yellow and black. I got up extra early and drove to my dad's and dragged all of my clothes into my old room..." . I put a finger up to my mouth motioning for him to be silent and pulled out a piece of paper and began to write. wanting to know if I was alright and why I haven't returned his calls..
I called my dad and told him that I needed to use his extra car because mine was dented and in the shop. I started the car and looked into my rearview to back Nico's car out slowly. I needed to check under that toilet seat lid. soon as I could and rushed to beat Nico back home. I flipped it around and realized it was of his condo. I'm so sorry. I gave him my new number and Nico's. I ran to my book bag and pulled out a piece of paper and began to copy down all of the numbers and that I found in the bag. I noticed the last number that I copied had a heart next to it and realized it was my birth date. I smiled and picked up my phone and cut it on as I ran to the window and peeked out.. There were several papers with numbers and names and a small homemade map. so don't call me anymore and just leave me alone. I stopped at a Wal-Mart and purchased a pre-paid phone with some minutes to use. "I'm back with my boyfriend and I love him. I placed the lid back on the toilet and heard banging on the door. I opened it and pulled out everything inside of it and placed it on the floor of the bathroom. I watched him back away from me as if he didn't know who I was and I was now fighting my own tears. I ran into his place and locked the door. taped to the inside so that it wouldn't sink to the bottom. wanting to bang my head against it to stop the pain. I raced into the living room. I immediately felt sick at the hurtful expression I seen creep into his eyes. I bet this is it. heart pounding and threw my books out of my bag onto the couch after I shoved the information I copied into a secret compartment I had . I was positive it couldn't hurt as bad as my heart hurt when I looked in his eyes. I got in the car and gripped the steering wheel.Please!" I yelled loud enough for anyone around us to hear. I could see Nico off in the distance across the student lot on his bike with Charlie. I put on my shades and pulled out of the lot and headed back to his place. He sped out of the lot and I watched him until I was sure he was gone before I let my tears finally escape. Inside was a large baggie. Yes."Just leave me the hell alone!" I snarled and snatched my arm away from him. I copied down his number from the phone and ran to place everything back.. but knew it was best that I didn't. because I knew he would just fly in through a window if it was open. I could see that Evan called me over thirty times and contemplated on listening to the messages. My heart was beating as I ran into his bathroom and took the lid off of the toilet slowly. He turned and looked around him with a confused and hurtful expression on his face before he walked over to his car without looking back. I asked him to call me around 9pm and I would explain all. putting on the alarm and made sure the windows and balcony doors were locked.
"That's all. "Did you speak to him at all?" he asked as he walked over to the balcony doors and unlocked them.it took me over fifteen minutes to check the place out and make sure she wasn't in here before I finally locked myself in.. "He asked me why I didn't call him or come to class and I simply told him that I didn't want to see him anymore because I decided to work things out with you" I kissed his back and ran my hands up to his neck and gently massaged it. "Yeah.hidden in my purse. "You don't have to worry about Melina" he said tossing his motorcycle jacket onto the couch before he walked into the kitchen.. "I spoke to him. he's in my class" I replied with agitation and snapped my book shut to show him I didn't feel like discussing Evan..?" he asked as turning around to look me in the eye. in the parking lot and that was it" I replied and walked behind him and put my arms around his waist. . I pretended as if I was studying as I felt him studying me. "Don't make me kick in this door Sash" he said calmly. "Did you see that foul today?" "Of course I seen him Nico.. "Because I still don't trust Melina. I went to the door and looked out the peephole. You would have been able to call and tell me you were on your way up" I said with satisfaction once he brushed past me as if he was looking for someone.. I could see the frustration on Nico's face and wish I could have let him stand there forever. I know she wants me dead" I retorted and walked back over to the couch and sat down with my books. "Who is it?" I asked wiping the sweat from my forehead and neck onto the back of my pants.why?" I asked trying to look confused. nothing else. that's it. "Why would you lock yourself up in here? This is the one place you know your safe" he replied looking at me suspiciously. "If you gave me back my cell phone I wouldn't have to lock myself in here as if I was a prisoner in the first place.. "What did he say to you?" he pushed the doors open as if he was angry thinking about him.
"Just curious" he replied and wrapped his arms around me and hugged me tight. I could smell the rain coming through the balcony doors as I hugged him back. "Good, then what do you want for dinner?" I said walking into the kitchen to look in the freezer. I was looking at all of the meat and realized he didn't answer. I turned to see him staring at me with sadness and suspicion. "What's wrong?" "Nothing" he said flatly and walked into his bedroom. I could hear his bathroom door close and I knew he was checking in the toilet to see if I had found his secret hiding place. I took out some beef and put it in the sink to thaw out. "Sasha...?" I heard him call from the bedroom. I froze and wondered if I left any evidence that I was in there. "Yeah?" I answered as I ran cold water into the sink to help the beef thaw out quickly. "Come in here..." he yelled. I didn't know how to take his tone. He didn't sound angry, but his moods changed so fast I couldn't even trust the sound of his soothing voice anymore. I walked into the bedroom and seen him standing in the bathroom with a prepaid card in his hand. I watched him flip it between his fingers and toss it at me. "What the hell is that?" I picked it up and looked at it. Damn, now he knew I had a phone and was going to ask for it. "I stopped at Wal-Mart and bought a prepaid phone today, because I knew you were not going to give me my phone back" I answered as if it was no big deal. "Look" I said walking out of the room to take the phone out of my purse as he followed on my heels. I handed him the phone so that he could see that the only person I called was my dad. "I hope you don't think I was stupid enough to call Evan from that phone, I could have talked to him in class if I really wanted to, but I'm not gonna be driving around town or anywhere without some type of phone to call someone for help if I need it" I said sitting down on the couch dramatically upset. "I got 30mins worth of calls on the thing and I only wanted to call my dad, he's going to have surgery on his knee and you know I'm all he has, I would kill myself if something happened to him...I would absolutely die" More lies. "Alright, alright" he interrupted and sat down next to me looking relieved. Showing him the phone helped me out I was sure. "You should have a phone
and you didn't tell me your dad was having surgery, when is it?" he sounded truly concerned. I knew one thing he still wanted was a father since his own passed away when he was just a child. He loved the fact that I still had mine and he respected him as well. "He had surgery today and I was only able to talk to him briefly, he was on medication and out of it" I sighed with worry. "I just hope he calls me back soon and I gave him your number as well so I wouldn't miss his call...if that's alright?" I could see the look of surprise on his face along with a partial smile. "Yeah, that's fine" he said leaning back on the couch to hold me. "I'm sure he will be alright, don't worry about a thing love" he kissed my hair as he rubbed my shoulder gently. "I hope so" I said and leaned onto him and held his hand tightly as we enjoyed the cool breeze that was blowing in on us. I realized I may still have feelings for him as he handed me back my phone. No Sasha! Do NOT regain feelings for him. DO NOT! I tried to shake the feelings from my head and realized it did seem as if he was trying to change, but even still...I couldn't go back to a man that beat me the way he did. I would always love him, but needed to love him as a friend and not a lover. We listened in silence to the rain that began to fall lightly on the world around us and I hugged him tight...waiting for my father to call. We continued to sit in silence until his phone rang. I could hear a female voice on the other end asking him where he was. I felt my body tense up as I heard her muffled voice asking him if they were still going to get together tonight. I knew he was probably seeing another woman in a nearby nest, but I couldn't even trust that anymore. I knew he would flirt with fouls on occasion, but I know for sure he didn't want to bear children with one, he would disgrace his bloodline if he did, so most of the women he cheated on me with I knew were corvus and all aching to be with him...permanently. They all knew being the girlfriend or mate of a nest leader gave them special priviledges and dominance over many, the fact that Nico was absolutely gorgeous, with that shoulder length blond hair, blue eyes and body of steel only made it more difficult for me to keep them at bay, which I no longer cared to do. "I'll be right back" he said and walked into his bedroom. I crossed my arms and watched him close the door. I don't know who she was and didn't care anymore. I knew he wouldn't change. I stared out the balcony and looked up at a dismal gray sky and waited for him to come back and tell me another lie.
"I'll be back in a few hours love" he said trying to sound genuinely sorry. "Got some business to take care of" he kissed my head and grabbed his jacket off of the couch and walked out the door. Liar. I jumped up and ran to the door and saw him sauntering down the hall. "Wait, come back, you don't have my new number" I yelled behind him. I smirked as he walked back toward me pulling out his phone. "So when you get back I can open the door for you and also if my dad calls you...remember?" "Yeah, right..." he said putting my new number into his phone. "I'll call you when I'm on my way back or if he calls me love" he leaned over and kissed me quickly on the lips and turned to saunter back up the hall and down the steps to another woman he was telling lies too as well, but I didn't care. I put the lock on the door and turned on the alarm before I ran to the window and closed and locked the balcony doors once more. I snatched up my purse and dug out the numbers and map I copied and decided to search for that key that was hidden somewhere in his place. I ran into his bedroom and opened his bottom cabinet. I knew that his safe was hidden in the wall behind all of the toilet paper and soap he stored in there. My fingers were shaking as I turned the combination to the numbers of my birth date and smiled when it opened. I looked inside and pulled out a metal box. This is it, now all I need is the key. I pulled out the map and studied the red X that clearly was where the key was hidden I was sure. I wiped my eyes and turned the map sideways trying to understand exactly where it was as I found myself breathing heavily with anxiety. I walked around, following the directions of the map and found myself in front of the refrigerator and looked at it confused. I opened it and began to look through everything in it. I stuck my hand in spaghetti sauce and dug my hands through butter, but couldn't find a thing until I realized I didn't check the freezer. I opened the freezer door and felt the rush of cold air blow in my face which is just what I needed to keep me alert. I looked through everything and it wasn't there. Dammit! I pulled out the ice cube tray and dumped all of its white cubes into the sink and then...there it was, frozen in an ice cube. I smiled triumphantly as I grabbed it and placed it aside and put all of the other cubes back into the tray and back into the freezer. I ran it under hot water to melt away the ice. I held it in my shaking hands as I ran to the metal box and placed it carefully into the lock. The loud click startled me once it opened and I could tell he hadn't been in it for a long time, so I doubt that he would think that I found it. I stared down at
what I was looking for and smiled as I removed the small red vial and took it out, I knew all I needed was a drop. I looked through the rest of his things and found it to be of no importance, but did copy down numbers and names of elder old feathers that I may need incase things don't go as I planned. I put everything back as I found them and ran back into the kitchen and grabbed an ice tray and placed the key into it, hoping it would be frozen within the next hour. Two hours passed and I hadn't heard a word from Nico and wasn't surprised. I walked into the kitchen and checked the tray and found the key frozen. I emptied it out and placed it back in the bottom of the ice tray. My how you underestimated me my love. I smirked and took out the beef and began to cook as if all was well. I made a meatloaf which I knew he loved and was in the middle of mashing potatoes as my cell phone rang. "I'm on my way back" I heard him say as if he was exhausted. "Great, I'm almost done cooking" I said trying to sound excited. "I'll open the doors" I ran into his bathroom and checked to make sure I didn't leave anything noticeable this time and looked into the freezer and exhaled with relief. I was in the kitchen, tossing the rest of the butter I dug my fingers through into his potatoes as he walked in. "Hey love" he said taking off his coat. "Hey, I'm making your favorite" I said as I continued to stir the mashed potatoes. "Great, you know I love your loaf" he said walking into his bedroom I knew he was checking to see if I went through anything and he walked right back out with a satisfied expression on his face as he walked over to me and kissed me on he forehead. I could smell perfume on him and I twisted my nose up at him. "What's wrong" he said innocently. "I smell perfume...where were you?" I asked trying to sniff his shirt once more as I leaned toward him. "I was with business partners, you know I don't discuss the business with you Sasha" he said backing away from me.
"You have female business partners?" I asked with my hands on my hips trying to sound defensive as his cell began to ring again. "Maybe that's one of them again...why don't you let me answer it then" I said glaring at him. "Don't fucking look at me like that and don't fucking accuse me of betrayal either Sash" he said defensively. I could see the guilt all over his face as he answered his phone. I watched his expression change quickly. "Yes sir, one moment..." he handed me the phone. My dad, Yes. "Daddy?" I said dramatically surprised before I glared back up at Nico. He frowned and walked into his bedroom. I could hear the shower turn on and I peeked through the crack in the door to see him throwing his clothes off and stepping in. "Daddy, I have alot to tell you and alot to explain..." I whispered quickly. "But if Nico asks you, please tell him you had surgery on your knee today and you need me there to take care of you. I promise I'll explain everything when I get home..." "Sasha are you alright, why would I need to lie to him?" he asked from the other end with confusion. "Please daddy, just say you had surgery today...on your knee and I'll be there tonight to explain everything" I pleaded softly into the phone. I cradled it in both hands as I waited for his answer. I knew my father didn't believe in lies and he would be so disappointed if he knew how many I told, but I needed him to help me. "Alright baby girl. I'll be waiting up for you and if your not here by midnight I'm coming over there...you know I know where he lives" "Yes daddy...I love you" I said before he hung up the phone. I held the phone in my hand and wanted to throw it against the wall. One thing I hated more then Nico was lying to my father. I knew he would come over and get me too, especially if I wasn't home as he expected, he would think something happened to me and I was in trouble. I knew that's what he was thinking as I looked at Nico's phone. I walked over to the couch and sat down as I went through all of his incoming calls. All of them were mostly females. I called back the last number and heard a female answer. "Hey baby, you decide to come back for more or do you want me to come over late tonight as usual?" I heard her giggle on the other end. I wasn't totally in shock and just held it to my ear as Nico walked back into the room looking refreshed and perfume free.
"No, he's not coming back for more. He's decided he has enough right here and if I ever find out that you called him again I'm gonna pluck every feather out of your body one by one bitch!" I said loudly as I glared up at his shocked face. "Aren't you gonna ask me who I was talking to?" I said tossing his phone at his feet. He picked it up and looked at the last number dialed and breathed deeply. "Sasha, I just went over to tell her it was over and I wasn't gonna see her anymore" he said quickly trying to explain. "I guess that's why she thought I was you huh?" I crossed my arms and tried to make myself cry. "She asked if you were coming back for more...you left me to go fuck another woman Nico?" I asked him in disbelief. "I didn't sleep with her, only talked to her" he retorted quickly. "You're telling lies again" I narrowed my eyes at him and felt the muscles in my back twitching with anger. "I can't believe you would do this...knowing I'm upset about my father right now, knowing we were trying to work things out..." The tears finally began to fall. Finally. "My dad needs me right now to help him out at home, but I don't even want to leave thinking you'll have another woman while I'm gone" I began to sob and ran past him into the bedroom. I walked into his bathroom and could smell the cologne he tried to spray on to make sure the scent of the other woman was gone and I wanted to scratch his eyes out as I grabbed a washcloth and ran it under the sink to put on my face as he ran in behind me. "Sash, I didn't do anything...I swear" he said reaching out for me. I brushed his arms away from me and looked at him with reddened eyes and walked back into the kitchen and gripped the sink with frustration. "You don't give a damn about me...or my father" I said not looking at him. "Don't say things like that Sash, you know you're my only weakness..." he said placing his hands on my shoulders as if he was scared. "What's the point in me trying if you aren't?" I said shrugging his arms off of me. I could feel his guilt wrapping around my body like a soft blanket as his silence continued to admit his guilt. "My father needs me right now, he can't even get around the house on his own and I'm not even in the condition to help him out without him seeing my heart is broken" I shook my head slowly back and forth.
"Well, if he needs you...you should go to him Sasha. I didn't mean to make you think I was doing anything to hurt our relationship" he added quickly. "I think I need to stay here...to make sure that woman you were with doesn't come over" I replied and opened the oven to peer at the meatloaf. "If he needs you there to help him then you should go" he said not wanting to look me in the eye as I turned to glare up at him. "And what's gonna happen when I leave huh? Are you going to go and see her or is she gonna come over here...I'm not leaving if I know you are going to cheat on me again Nico" I planted my feet firmly in front of me. "I love you so fucking much, but you keep hurting me...why?" He stared at me blankly as if he didn't have an answer. "Look, I'm exhausted. I swear on our nest that I will not talk to her again or go over there or have her in here while you go to your dads'" he replied. His words dripped with guilt. I know you won't because I prepared a special beer for you my love. "You promise me?" I asked for extra effect as I touched his cheek. He took my hand and kissed it. "I promise" he said confidently and kissed my hand once more. I nodded my head sorrowfully at him and hugged him tightly. "Let's eat together before I go over there, we haven't had a dinner together alone is so long...just us" I said turning to take the meatloaf out of the oven. "That's fine love" he said and took two plates out of the cabinet and began to set the table. We sat at the table and I fixed his plate along with mine. I handed him a beer and smiled as he dug into the meatloaf with vigor. I sipped from my water goblet and watched him with narrow eyes, wondering when the Ambien was going to kick in. I crushed over five pills and put them into his beer, knowing he would sleep like a baby. I smiled with malevolence inside as I watched him finish the last of his beer. "Did you like it?" I asked as I took his plate and walked into the kitchen to get him another beer.
"What kind of question is that, you know I love your meatloaf" he said stretching his arms out wide and shaking his head as if he was trying to clear it. "Thanks" he said as I handed him the second beer. I knew I put three crushed pills in the second beer and watched him take a large gulp from it. "Let's go watch TV in bed, just for awhile...I want to feel as if things are back to the way they used to be before I go to help my dad" I said as I covered the rest of the meatloaf with foil and began to clean up. I glanced at the clock on the microwave and seen it was now 10pm. "Sounds good, you need some help?" he asked standing up. I smiled as I heard him yawn loudly behind me. Seems like you're gonna need it more then me. I snickered. "No, just go lay down, I'll be right in" I said putting our plates in the dishwasher. I had alot to do before dawn and needed him asleep ASAP. I knew the first beer would help me out, but the second would definitely seal the deal. I walked into the bedroom and he was lying in the bed staring blankly at his large flat screen positioned on the wall across from the bed. I laid down next to him and ran my fingers through his silky blond hair to help rock him the rest of the way to sleep. I stared down at him and heard him begin to snore lightly before I slid out of the bed. I grabbed his keys and everything I needed. I stopped at the door to hear his snoring increase and silently locked the door behind me....Time to get things started...
I got to my dads house and parked the red mustang in the driveway in case by some miracle Nico suddenly woke up and decided to check up on me and verify that I really did go to my dads. He's so anal, I can't stand him right now and probably for evermore. I grabbed up my purse and held it tightly to me as my shaking hands put the key in and opened the door. "Daddy!" I yelled as I locked the door and turned on the alarm. I peeked quickly out the window by the door to see if anyone was behind me. "He's upstairs Sasha" Lana said walking toward me. "Is everything alright? I frowned instantly as I glared at her gray sweater and blue jeans, I didn't even want to look her in the face. "I need to speak to my dad" I said coldly. "We were waiting for you" she said as if she was genuinely concerned. "Listen, I know you don't like me for being here or being with your father, but I'm sorry. I do love him" she said softly and turned her head to the side and smiled softly. It reminded me of my mom. "I'm not here to take the place of your mother...I could never do that, I don't want to try to be her or make you or him ever forget her...She made him into the person that I have grown to love and care about" she said softly shaking her head. I continued to grip my purse in my hand and stare at her. I wanted her to be my mom so bad, but my stubbornness wouldn't even allow me to let her finish. "I just need to see my dad..." I trailed off softly and stared at her. I could see she really wanted me to like her, but I felt as if I would be betraying my mother. I walked past her and into the living room and sat down on the couch. I didn't know that I was rocking back and forth until she spoke. "Sasha, I know something is wrong and you're not alright?" she said sitting down across from me. "Lola..." she said softly. I looked up at her with a confused expression on my face. What is she talking about? "That was my daughters name...I lost her three years ago..." she pursed her lips together as if the words hurt coming out of her mouth."She was seventeen and she was my world...so I know how it feels to lose someone. I know how it feels not to want another to take the place of what you once had and loved." She stood up and ran her hands through her fire red hair. "When your father told me that he had a daughter, I must admit I was just a bit jealous. How dare someone else have a loving daughter and I no longer had mine...it wasn't fair" She said shaking her
head with bewilderment. "But when he talked about you and I seen pictures of you and the way his eyes would light up every time he would say your name...I began to feel the same way and yes I know that you knew nothing about me, but I fell in love with you way before you met me. A part of me wanting you to be the daughter I lost..." She placed a hand over mouth as if she made a mistake by saying it. "Lana, I don't have anything against you...I guess" I said now knowing how she felt, because I felt the exact same way. "I just...I just don't want to or even want my dad to..." "Forget..." she interrupted."He never will Sasha, I promise you that" she finished as my dad walked into the room and rushed over to me. I ran into his arms and felt safe as he held me tightly. I looked up at her somberly. "I'll go upstairs and give you two some time together" she said sadly as she turned to walk out of the room. "Lana" I said quickly. "Please stay, I think you need to stay...in here with us" I could see happiness in her eyes as I felt my dad hug me tighter as if he was thanking me without words. "Please, sit down next to my dad...I should tell both of you, you should both know" I began telling my dad and Lana everything that happened to me since I moved out. It hurt me to see my father cry when I told him that Nico hit me and I knew his head was spinning as I unraveled all of the lies I've told him over the past year. I looked at Lana's face and seen her jaws clench with anger when I told them that Nico wouldn't let me escape and would beat me again if I ever left him. They were silent and listened carefully as I told them...everything. "I'm sorry daddy" I began to cry as I seen the disappointment and sadness in his eyes onceI bared my entire soul to him and a woman I hardly knew, but he remained silent, thinking with his hand on his chin as he rocked on the edge of the couch. "It's alright Sasha, it'll all be fine. I promise you" Lana said jumping up to hug me to her chest. I cried into her sweater and held her tightly. "Don't worry, we'll make things right" she said rocking me in her arms as I continued to cry. She walked me back to the couch and held me softly and I felt as if I had my mother back. "Sssshhhhh sshhh, no more tears..." I felt my fear and sadness begin to dissipate as she continued to soothe me.
but first I need you to write him another letter and let him know that I will be paying him a visit. I now understood she only wanted a daughter again and wanted a daughter that was happy as I watched her green eyes sparkle with hatred and sadness as she disclosed all of her feelings about Corvus and our creed... "Sit down honey. "He will kill me before he sees me with another.Just as she told me to do. fell in love with a foul and became pregnant..I handed it over to Lana and hugged her and my dad tight as I walked out of the house to my car and head back to Nico's place. "What is in this tiny vial is stronger then ten nests fighting as one and I never thought I would ever see it. "I'll finish explaining what he doesn't understand...I'll get it to Evan" she said nodding at me confidently. but I love Evan so much" "I see that you do and life is too short not to be with someone that you love" She said patting me on my shoulder and lifted my head to look at her.I prayed he would understand and comply..then he would have to become a casualty because she would not lose another person in her life because of the corvus creed. we have alot to talk about... "Two more days until the full moon" she smiled. Lola. I found out that her daughter. I still had to be up by 9 to go to my physics class and I tried to fall asleep as fast as I could." she trailed off and shook her head as if she was trying to bring herself back to reality. She tried to run away. "The life and blood of the elders" she said as she held it up to the light.."I love Evan and he's going to kill him" I said softly as she wiped away my remaining tears..and if Nico got in the way. I grabbed my purse and handed her the vial.." I looked into her eyes and knew she was serious before I looked over to my dad that nodded for me to do as she told me.. "Where is the vial honey. but her nest found her and killed her and the baby after they made her watch the murder of the young boy she loved. I walked at 3am and could still hear him snoring loudly as I got undressed and slid under the sheets next to him... I pulled out a piece of paper from my book bag and began to write another letter to Evan. .......alright" I sat down as I listened to her and my dad tell me what I was going to do and smiled as Lana told me that I would be with Evan. simply for betrayal to him and to corvus for being with a foul.. even if her life depended on it.. if I had this when my daughter was dying." "Yes. I now understood why Lana was so intent on betraying our creed and wanting me to be happy.
hoping I would get to see him before I left as I rushed into class to find Nicole was back and angrier then ever as I sat in the empty seat next to her.TRANSITIONS Nico was still snoring when the alarm went off the following morning. I couldn't blame him. I showered and dressed. because that's the only reason people end up sitting in the front. My heart sank into my stomach as I threw my book bag over my shoulder. I drove past his car and parked several spaces behind him. I wanted to see him so bad. "Lana" I caught myself saying to no one in the car. It was a letter. "Looks like someone scratched up your face more then you did my car" I snickered once class was over. I seen her turn and walk in my direction. I frowned as she tooted her nose up at me.so just think of him as a distant memory" she said smugly and walked out of the class with her friends.. but assumed he was probably still sleep as I caught sight of a fiery red head walking with Evan across the parking lot. but I didn't let her see it. exhausted from the night before as I wrote him a note telling him I went to my physics class.. She must have been running late as well.. I'm not too thrilled either honey. I couldn't take my eyes off of him. everything about me was confusing and he probably assumed it was easier to deal with her then try to figure me out I thought as I walked to my car. Precious..I wanted to jump out of the car and run to him as I watched Lana smiling at him before he got in his car and drove away. I watched her talking to him with her arms crossed and seen her slide him the letter I wrote to him last night and seen him nodding his head. but gloated inside as I spied the bandage on her neck and scratches on her face.from Evan. I looked in the rearview to see if I saw Nico or any of the nests. The wings in my back were still twitching to spring out and scratch her face up somemore with my talons. I threw my bags in and fought the urge to cry as I started the engine.. I tried to ignore her glare during class as she continued to stare at me as if I was a disease. .. I didn't even pay attention that she was parked next to me as she rolled down her window and threw out a balled up a piece of paper near my door. I waited for her to drive away and opened the door and picked up the paper. "Stay away from Evan and just so you're aware. we got back together two days ago. I pulled into the parking lot and seen Evans car and immediately felt my heart race.
. "Hey. The beers that I loaded with sleeping pills in the fridge gave me more then enough time to do things I wanted to do without him spying on me or even give him the energy to delegate it to anyone else. but you do have to understand that this is all just crazy and a lot for me to take in so quickly. when did you leave?" he asked sitting up rubbing his face. but took it in stride. betraying my creed.he was worth the torture I would endure for betrayal. but I'm still here.. Your letter told me that I would find nothing in books and you were right. scared of what I would read inside until you walked in to show me just how much you loved me. Maybe I'm a glutton for punishment or a man that's just deeply in love. Lola. Thank you Lana. I knew sneaking back over to his house was risky. but now I understand that it was you sitting on my balcony that night. I can still smell your perfume in my sheets. Corvus Corax.. I smiled and pulled out of the lot and drove into a nearby gas station. I love you precious. The same thing that happened to Lana's daughter. but I know it's true. Evan. I filled up the tank and drove to Nico's house. Today. I went online and in the library and researched everything I could find on ravens. I screamed bloody murder in my car and fanned myself with the letter as I screamed once again and read the letter over and over.. He still looked groggy as I walked in and placed my things down in front of him. and I frowned down at him. At first I didn't want to believe it. I knew it couldn't be found on me.I know your real and I know you're not lying to me.on you. "Hey" I said coldly as I thought about the night he beat me and told me that if I was to get pregnant by Evan that he would kill all of us.I read the letter you gave me in class and I'm finding all of this quite surreal. I sat in my car and read the letter several more times before I ripped it up and threw it in the garbage... I know you wouldn't hurt me and I know you didn't really mean to put her in the hospital. I walked into Nicos and found him lying on the couch. He loved me too. ecstatic.. but worth it to show him how much I loved him. it was you that attacked Nicole at her house and I don't blame you one bit for doing it. I found myself sitting up late that night on the couch holding your letter.. .waiting on you and all the consequences that come along with you. but it also made me uneasy. when you came to class and I tried to talk to you and you told me you got back with your boyfriend was something I really wasn't ready to hear.
. knowing he was going to object.. "Because you've been having me followed. I watched him run his hand under the water and splash it over his face."I left this morning. "Is he alright and why didn't you tell me you were leaving?" "I did tell you I was leaving. one thing I won't let you do is tell me when and how I see my father" I said feeling my resentment toward him mounting. "Don't tell me that I can't take care of my father Nico. how would you like that?" . I could feel him looking down at me and didn't know how this would turn out. but you were knocked out. but you can't stay the night" he said as if he was my father. I could see he was on edge and still sleepy as he rolled his neck around and began to massage it briskly. "How is he" he asked walking over to the kitchen sink. "Are you telling me that you are forbidding me to take care and see my father?" I said slowly standing up to face him. "How was school?" "School was fine. but I knew one thing for sure and that was I would be at my dads tonight. "No you're not.I went to see my dad last night" I said and waited for his reply as I took the black rubber band off my wrist and pulled my hair up into a pony tail. "I said no" he said simply and walked up behind me. "How about I follow you around for a change Nico. You can go over and check on him Sash. I guess you really had a full day yesterday huh?" I said thinking about the other girl he left me for. that's how you'll know" I said with contempt. "I'm saying you can go over there. We just got back together and how the hell do I know your not running out or sneaking out to see that foul?" he replied and narrowed his icy blues. "What's that supposed to mean?" he asked curiously confused. I only went over there for a few hours. but you can't stay the night. but I'm going back tonight and staying the night" I said confidently and leaned back into the sofa.
. "Because he has a girlfriend and she is there for him during the day. why not go now if he needs you so bad?" he countered pushing his blond locks out of his face. "No. if you leave at eight I want you back here by 11pm" he said and turned on the TV."Don't test my nerves Sash. but she works nights too so she can't be there all the time.free of him and with the man I loved with all of me and that was only if Evan loved me as much as his letter said he did. but you are my business. "What time did you plan on going over there?" "About eight or so" I said putting everything back into my purse.. its 8 and I'm going to my dads" I heard him stop flirting on the phone and listened to his footsteps walking towards the door. This was one day down and tomorrow I would be free. "Don't forget Sash. I flipped through the pages of my physics book and waited impatiently for 8pm. He snatched up my cell phone and studied it.. 11pm" he said as I turned to walk away.not that his business is any concern of yours in the first place" I felt my agitation growing and remembered that Lana told me I had to wait for the full moon. I sat at the table studying and finally catching up on schoolwork until it was time for me to go. "Don't make me fly out there. because I will" . He was still in his room as I knocked on the door. "You know what I'm looking for" he said before he threw it back at my purse. "Why so late. "Nico.Please don't let me down.. "Not a problem" I replied and walked over to the table and pulled out my book bag and laptop and pretended to study. I listened to the beeps and buzzes as he searched through it trying to verify if I called Evan or was up to no good. Please Evan. not today. "What are you looking for?" I asked turning my head to the side with exasperation... I clasp my hands together and silently prayed that he did as I watched Nico saunter back to the couch and flop down with a look of irritancy. I heard his cell phone ringing and watched him walk into the bedroom and close the door. Don't even try because you won't like the outcome" he responded by walking toward my purse and dumping everything out.
Do it...bastard. I closed the door behind me without a second thought. Once I got to my dads I hugged Lana tightly and thanked her for giving me the letter. I told her what it said and revealed secrets that I would have only shared with my mother, we giggled like school girls at the table as my dad walked in. "Hey baby girl" he said kissing my forehead. I could see him checking me over for any bruises before he smiled with relief. "How was your day, did everything go as planned?" "Yes, thanks to Lana" I replied and smiled at her. "I'll be paying a visit to him tonight, there is so much more that he needs to know" she interrupted. I nodded knowing she was right, but I could see the worry in my dads' eyes. I knew he didn't want her involved and she noticed it as well. "I'll be fine...no worries" she said and touched his arm to make him feel better, but I knew he didn't. We sat in the den and ate dinner off of TV trays and continued to discuss the transition. My dad and Lana explained exactly how a human is transformed into a Corvus and it didn't sound as if it would tickle, it was actually painful. I found out that my dad knew many of Nico's elders, but also knew that we were still Corvus, even though Lana and I disagreed with the creed, there were some things we just couldn't get around and transition was one of them. I left my dads house at 10pm, but stopped by a CVS to pick up a few things I needed, desperately. I asked to use their bathroom and went in...and waited. Now I knew why I was so ill. How could this happen so quickly? I washed my hands, ran out to my car and got back to Nicos before 11. As I walked up the steps I heard giggling coming from up the hall. I walked slower and tip toed toward the door and placed my ear against it. He has a woman in there. "What an asshole" I muttered as I burst through the door. "I guess I should get going" the brunette said with wide eyes as I stood in the doorway. "I got back a little sooner then you expected huh Nico?" I said smirking at him and shaking my head. "Sandra, this is Sasha..." Nico said as if she was a business partner. "I don't give a damn who she is Nico" I said and walked into the bedroom and slammed the door. I ran into the bathroom and threw up into the toilet,
trying to catch my breath before I looked at myself in the mirror. I rinsed out my mouth and brushed my teeth as I heard them talking outside the bedroom door. I knew he was expecting me to go crazy and curse both of them out, but I had no reason to, why fight for something I no longer wanted I thought as I took off my clothes and walked into the shower. I locked up the bathroom door called Lana and told her that her guess was right. I spoke with her briefly before she prepared to take flight to see Evan and prayed she would be safe.
FULL MOON I couldn't stop the muscles on my back from twitching. One thing about full moons is that it set us all on edge. Flying reckless with abandon late at night among many other crazy things, full moons to us were like celebrating the New Year. I stood outside on the balcony and watched several of the nest flying around Atlantic Station in a frenzy, excited at the full moon that was barely visible through the gray clouds that loomed overhead. I could several more sitting on building tops and flying in groups of three or more gliding on the wind. I inhaled deeply and smelled the incoming rain, but still felt as if the sun was beaming down on me as I waited anxiously to talk to Lana. I couldn't wait any longer as I snatched up my book bag and walked past Nico that seemed to be ignoring me since the night before. "Where the hell are you going?" He asked almost running out of the bedroom to look at me. "School, library, study...wanna come?" I asked as he flung his arms through his sweater quickly as if he didn't want to miss something. I rolled my eyes as he scanned me over. "You wanna do a body check or do you wanna come?" I said with irritation. "No, I don't wanna come" he mimicked, irritated at my attitude toward him since last night. "Full moon tonight you know that" he said as if I was stupid. "Gonna get some craziness in tonight" "Fine, whatever" I said and turned to walk out the door. "Don't fly into any buildings" I mumbled. I hope you do...bastard. I pulled up to the school lot and managed to get a parking place up close. I guess nobody wanted to come out in this murky weather today I thought as I grabbed up my things and walked across the courtyard to the library. I looked up once I heard several ravens croaking loudly as they flew over head and smiled. Definitely a full moon. I walked in and sat at the same table that Evan and I first met, wishing I could go back to that day as I pulled out my laptop. I looked at my watch anticipating midnight with a full moon, the witching hour. I grew up loving the thought of the unknown. My mom would tell me that the full moon set all of us free and if I ever wanted to lay eyes on a vampire or werewolf it would be on days such as this. I've never seen a vampire or met a werewolf, but I believe
that anything can exist in this crazy world, I just assumed they kept to themselves...trying to remain undetected and undiscovered...just like we did. I was typing away on my laptop when a familiar smell began to penetrate my entire being. Evan. I looked up and seen him walking past me to another table and had a seat, facing me. I glanced around me to see if I was being followed, but Nico knew so many people I couldn't trust anyone at this time. I peeked over my laptop to see him staring at me silently and suddenly felt guilty at what I was asking him to do. I looked back down quickly as the librarian walked over and handed me a note and walked briskly away. I opened it and seen it was his email address and felt my heart pound furiously. I can't believe I never thought of this. I got online and typed in his yahoo address and waited anxiously, scared and excited all at once. I smiled as I seen the Yahoo IM pop up on my screen and took a deep breath. EAE: Precious ; ) Dafina: Evan, I'm so sorry...I miss you. EAE: I miss you 2. Do know how hard it was to wlk past u a few mins ago? I got a visit frm ur mom last nite. Dafina: Lana? She is seeing my dad and you knw she isn't my mom ;) EAE: I knw, but she cares for you as if she is... She tlkd to me lst nite for a long time. Dafina: I was thinking Evan, I have no right to ask you to change your life for me and I'm sorry and I knw this is all really really crazy... EAE: I thought it was crazy until she flew in my window and turned back into the same woman I tlkd to earlier tht day. Dafina: I just wnt u to know that I will not hate you if you decide to walk away, My love for you will always be here... EAE: Rembr whn I told you that I believed in fate? Dafina: Yes
EAE: Do you? Dafina: You made me believe EAE: That's all I needed to know Dafina: What do you mean? EAE: I'm in love with you precious Dafina: I love you with all of me, please know that. I love you with all of me! EAE: ; ) EAE Logged off I closed out the screen and looked up to see him gathering his things. I waited to see if he would say or do anything else, but he didn't even look at me. He threw his bag over his shoulder and walked out as quietly as he walked in. I felt my heart sink because I didn't know what was going through his mind, but I know that he had no doubt that I was in love with him and I knew that he loved me...now it was just a matter of finding out how much he did...
FLIGHT OF LIFE I sat in the library until it closed and then went to Wal-Mart; I walked around feeling indifferent about Evan's exit from the library, praying he would be on my side. I walked out toward my car and seen Nico sitting outside on his bike by my car. I sighed deeply, too exhausted to even think about what he could possibly accuse me of and how he found out that I was there. It was almost midnight and I was itching to fly as the radiance of the full moon covered us lightly in the parking lot. "What's going on Nico?" I asked as I glanced down at my watch and seen it was now 1145pm and I needed to call Lana and my dad. "You tell me Sasha" he said staring at me expressionless. I didn't know what to think as I tried to study his behavior and determine how much trouble I was in. I glanced at Charlie and Andre that glared at me as if I committed murder and got away with it. If I knew I would tell you stupid ass. "I think she knows" Andre said before he spit on the ground. "Look at her expression...she knows for sure. Eyes never lie" Damn I hate your guts. I frowned at him before turnign my attention back to Nico. "Tell you what?" I said looking around me as I heard threatening croaks come from over head. I looked up quickly and seen several dozen ravens fluttering their wings from the top of the building. I could feel the blood rushing from my face and felt as though it was leaking from my body as I grew cold. I noticed customers walking out and pointing up at all of the ravens on top of the building and flying above the parking lot as they rushed into the store trying to beat the incoming rain. I could hear the thunder in the distance and straightened my back trying to give an appearance of confidence as he walked toward me and took my purse and keys from my hands. He opened the trunk and threw my purse into it before he tossed the keys off to Conner that jumped into the drivers' seat and started the engine. I saw several others, my kind, flying toward us as if he summoned every nest in the state of Georgia to be a witness of my betrayal as he sat back on his bike. "I told you Sasha...I told you not to test me, now you leave me no choice" he said revving his motorcycle up with his anger. "Get in..."
"Why, where are we going...?" I tried to stall. I looked at all the cold faces that surrounded me and knew that I had no escape, even if I ran back into the Walmart they wouldn't bat an eye to kill in there either. "Don't make me gut you out in this parking lot Sasha, get in that car and shut the hell up!" he yelled before he slammed his tinted helmet cover over his eyes. I could still see them glowing blue with fury beneath it as I walked over to the passenger side door and opened it slowly. I knew why he took my purse...so I couldn't call for help. He's gonna kill me. I sat silently in the car beside Conner that refused to look at me as he followed behind Nico and a dozen or more Corvus that were going to watch me be slain for betrayal to all of them. I looked behind me out the back seat and seen over twenty or more bikes following closely behind us and I didn't know what to do and felt myself panicking. I glanced at Conner to see if I could try to negotiate with him, but he continued to stare straight ahead with a murderous frown. "Don't think you have the right to lay eyes on me when you've betrayed us all" "I didn't betray you Conner; I don't know what Nico told you, but..." I tried to explain. "Don't even bother, he's had us following you for some time and we all know that you've betrayed our nest leader and endangered us all by sleeping with that foul" he spat in my direction before he turned his eyes back to the road. I frowned as I studied his long brown hair and turned my head from side to side and cracked my neck, wanting to pull out every strand of his hair, one-byone. I didn't know where they were taking me, but we were driving north, away from Atlanta and I knew we never kill where we sleep or live, I didn't have much time. Think Sasha...Think! "Conner, I didn't sleep with a foul, I would never do that..." I said trying to win him over, but knew it would be useless, he was crazier then Nico and worshipped the ground he walked on. "Fucking a foul...disgusting" he muttered as he continued to drive. "Traitor..." he mumbled beneath his breath as I began to take off my jacket and pretend as if I was hot. "I think I'm gonna faint" I said rolling the window down and fanning myself dramatically. I always kept at least two bottles of water in my car, it was my fuel, my emergency fuel if I knew I would be flying a great distance. I gotta escape...I just need a way. "I'm gonna faint"
"Good, it'll make the drive less grotesque" he said out of the corner of his mouth. I wanted to kick him in his face; he had no idea of what really happened or how much of a betrayer his fabulous nest leader really was as I reached to open the glove compartment and found his hand on my arm. "What the hell are you doing, don't fucking move...traitor" I snatched my arm away and gritted my teeth as I felt him slap me across the face. I didn't know if I was going to scratch his eyes out or try to swerve the car into the surrounding bikes around us. He was crazy, but he should know better then to take a desperate woman for granted. "It's water, only water..." I said refusing to comfort the stinging on my face. If he now had the nerve to hit me I knew that Nico was definitely going to put me in my grave, because no one has the option to touch a nest leader's mate. "Fine..." he said reaching over to open the glove compartment and peer in to make sure. Once he seen two water bottles he smirked. "Drink up bitch, because it'll be your last" "Thank you" I replied dryly and grabbed a bottle and guzzled it immediately as we began to pick up speed. "I know you want me alert when the torture begins" I said sarcastically as I picked up the other bottle and wolfed it down quickly. I stared at the highway signs as we sped down 285; we passed Druid Hills, Clairmont Road and I felt the muscles on my back begin to contract. Please slow down...just a little. I screamed with relief as I seen him look at his phone to read a text message and we pulled off at the Clairmont Road Shallowford Road access highway and stopped at a Shell gas station so they could tap up. I sat in the car taking in my surroundings as I glanced at my watch. 12:25a.m. I looked up at the full moon and and remembered my mother telling me that it gave us unusual strength and power, I needed to take advantage of it. I gotta do it, now or never. I reached down and pulled off my sweater and threw it in Conner's face as I tried to open the car door only to be stopped by his hand on my ankle. I kicked him in the face as hard as I could and fell out the car onto my back. I started running across the street dodging in between cars and trucks that began to screech to a halt at the sight of me, wings extended and flapping as I transformed in front of the red light, in front of all of them and took flight. If he wasn't going to kill me before he certainly is now I thought as I took soared high over them. I could hear the deathly croaks of the sweepers flying
behind me and I knew it wouldn't be long before they caught up to me as I flew at top speed to my dads house. I would rather die by Nico's dagger then by their hours of torture and torment. I dodged in and out of houses, backyards and trashcans, all to get to the woods I was so familiar with. I spied a familiar church steeple and dived down and into the woods; they were still on my tail as I flew swiftly over a branch in the darkness. I could hear several of them hitting trees and falling through leaves, but I flew this way so many times at night to see my dad I could do it with my eyes closed as I continued to flap furiously and dive down and around bushes with accuracy. Flying with lighting speed, I was fueled up, velocity even surprising myself. I could still hear them behind me, croaking above the incoming thunder as my momentum increased, leaving them far behind. Their croaks of frustration echoed throughout my dads nearby woods as I flew through his backyard and into his bedroom window, that he always left open. I transformed rapidly and rolled into the wall, but didn't let it stop me as I jumped up and slammed the window closed behind me, only to hear several of them hit the window with full force falling among the feathers beneath them. "Sasha!" I heard my dad yell from down the hall. "Lock Down!" I yelled at the top of my lungs and began to run into all of the rooms to make sure the windows were locked shut. The hair was standing up on my skin as sweat dripped down the back of my neck from fear of what would happen if and when they finally did get in. "Getting it done down here, put up the shields!" I heard him yell. As I pulled down the metal screen barriers he had installed on the windows. I never thought we would need to use them, but now we did. I was out of breath as I looked out and seen several of the nest flying around the house, I stared into the ghastly red eyes of a corvus sweeper I seen previously from one of Nico's parties, hovering and flapping his wings at the window in his human form as he struggled to open the window. Sweepers are only called in when killing is in order and I knew now that I was their target for the evening. I jumped back as he punched the glass in frustration before he flew off. I ran into my room and turned off all of the lights and grabbed a black t-shirt and threw it on before I dashed downstairs to my dad that was pulling down a metal shield over the doors. "Daddy, where is Lana? I'm sorry" I said running to the sink to put my mouth under the water faucet. I was on edge as lightening flashed throughout the house, casting evil shadows all over the walls.
"She's fine...what happened?" he said grabbing me by my arms to look me over. "They found you I see..." "I went to school and then to the store, they followed me there and forced me into the car..." I said in one breath as I grabbed a glass and filled it with water. I drank it recklessly as it spilled over my face and onto the floor. I leaned over coughing as I tried to catch my breath and regain my strength. "He called me a traitor..." I said as I heard motorcycle engines coming up the street. My dad turned on the flood lights and cut off all of the lights. Only the light of the full moon and bright flashes of lightening guided our eyes to the threatening croaks from furious feathers that continued to flock around the house as we stared outside the windows and up at a flurry of black feathers that began to swarm around us outside. "Those metal screens should keep us safe...for awhile" I heard my dad say as he closed the blinds to the deck so they couldn't see our movements within. I heard his cell phone ringing on the table and felt shivers run up my spine. I had a feeling it was Nico as I held my breath when my dad answered. "Hello?" I could tell by his expression that it was. "Listen, you stay away from my daughter..." "Daddy, let me talk to him..."I interjected reaching out for his phone. I could see the shadowed anger the moonlight cast on my fathers face as he handed me the phone. "Nico..." I said calmly."Listen to me..." "I underestimated you Sash, really I did. Never thought you would make a run for it, but that's alright, you know how I love the chase" he said with smug cockiness. "You sure did, now you know just how stupid you really are. I'm done with you Nico, take your nest, the sweepers and the rest and leave us" I said pacing in the kitchen."We are done and have been for too long..." "You're out of your fucking mind Sasha" he interrupted me. "If you actually think that I'm going to give you the option to breathe another day you're really fucking stupid" he snapped back. I ran into the front room to the window and peeked out from the corner. I could see him getting off of his bike and casually walking up to the door as he continued to hold his phone up to his ear. "I loved you regardless of your betrayal, but this time I have no other recourse, you stole from me Sasha...and this simply will not do" I heard him ringing the doorbell.
so be it" he hung up and I felt my wings twitching to emerge from sheer fright as I looked back out the window and seen several Corvus fly towards the windows. you fucking cunt. you were never worthy of him in the first place. We sat silently down on the couch and waited to see what the stairs would reveal as the rain began to pound into the windows along with the others that wanted me dead so badly."Now..now here to kill me. "Now it's time for me to be Nicos' true mate. I could hear him kicking the door furiously as if he was trying to kick it in..." I said as fear continued to swim through my blood once he began to bang violently on the door. I could hear the windows shattering upstairs and knew it wouldn't take long for them to kick in the metal covers that were our only protection.. trying to break the glass with their beaks. I gasp. "Let's see you pluck out my feathers now bitch" Melina snarled before she attempted to lunge at me. I felt my dads' arms around me as I heard a loud crash at the top of the stairs and my body tremble in fear. "I never thought I would be so blessed. give me back my fucking vial and I promise you'll die pain free" "That's not going to happen. the same voice that I showed mercy just days before.. come out here. We stood in the living room and I realized my dad had his gun in his hands as we sat on the couch staring at the ceiling above us." Lana said kneeling down to wipe the blood off of her dagger onto Melina's feathers. "If that's the way you want it. "Not this time.." Lana whispered as she kneeled down toward Melina's twitching body. listening to them cave the house in. but stopped in my tracks as Lana came from nowhere and snatched her by the back of her hair.. She pulled Melina's head back and slit her throat and we watched her slump over gasping for air as she held her hands to her throat trying to stop the blood spilling from her neck.... I stood up as my dad tried to force me behind him as she descended the stairs with a large smile on her twisted evil face.. Ohhh my my my how I love a good bitch hunt. They got in. "You left .. "Oh Sasha darling. I'm asking you politely. "Sasha..always me" she giggled... "Fuck you!" I screamed as I held the phone to my mouth in front of my face. Sashaaaaaa.. I jumped from behind my father to protect him once I seen the dagger in her hands. that's why he came to me. "I'm all done with your tests!" I spat into the phone." he began." The sound of her voice grated my skin with vigor.don't test me.
"Yes.... but couldn't kill him. "Melina never was trustworthy" he chuckled.) ... now is it really worth it? I can't die by that gun anyway.I'm gonna live for a very very long time and your fucking gun isn't gonna stop it" he cocked his head to the side once again and clasp his hands in front of him casually. in Corvus creed they can possibly live forever. she's worth every bullet that I'll place in your body.including your head" my dad replied.. lied and spied.you should do your research. you don't really want to do that now do you pops" he said cocking his head to the side in an irritated manner as he stared at my dads' gun pointing at his chest. hide us and we would be nothing but a faint memory in the world.. "My daughter is worth it.just like she did to you. "Thanks for doing that for me mom" he sneered as I spied other feet on the stairwell standing behind him as he stood up to walk to the bottom of the steps. How did I ever manage to fall in love with such an evil bastard? I shook my head at him. Nico's calm demeanor was infuriating as I continued to hear breaking glass from the windows upstairs.. she is the one that turned her over. make you go into exile and everything. (Elders have the blood of old feathers.all to be a leaders mate" she kneeled down and covered her body with the jacket she had and shook her head at Melina's lifeless body with pity. flying ghosts. casually cocking his gun. I thought as I stepped in front of my dads' gun because I knew the bullets would slow him down.. sort of like vampires. "Move Lana" I reached over and pulled her behind me once I seen Nico sitting casually on the stairs watching and listening with a sinister grin on his face. They would all be in here soon. I have elders blood.California only to be brought into my life again.. you're good as dead when it comes to a bullet. kill us.and they don't even have to be silver.. "Melina was in Lola's nest?" I asked in shock. you came back into my life so that I could get vengeance and my Lola may now rest in peace" Lana studied her quivering body. "I see you healed up really nice from that imaginary surgery you had and besides. "May devils fly you swiftly to hell my dear" she finished as she stood up and looked at me. Only difference is.. "Get you in a whole lotta trouble. He began to slowly clap his hands together as if he witnessed the best performance of his life. even if you are Corvus and you don't have elders blood in you...
I shuddered as my hairs stood on end.. "Sneaky.what a waste" he snickered. "Out of the hands of a flying devil such as yourself. for Nico that's considered polite.." We heard a deep voice from the kitchen that echoed and rattled the walls around us."Where is my vial Sasha?" he asked as if he was trying to be polite for my dads sake. "Safely away from you" Lana interrupted. "Never thought I would ever want or have the urge to kill a MILF.. but I guess you will be my first.where the fuck is it?" Yes.and die. I knew that voice.. stealing bitch.." Nico said evilly. "Touch any of them.. just for running your fucking mouth... . you're a devious demon and now it's time for your comeuppance" "Looks like I'm gonna kill you first mom.
blood dripping down his back from his freshly emerged wings. Tears fell from my eyes as we turned to see Evan walking out of the kitchen. "Your threats do not fear me young man. look at your new brother. "He's no leader!" Nico yelled to the others that were now silent on the stairs and stared in from the windows with wide eyes...BLOOD OF THE ELDERS I knew that voice and I knew his smell. I could cut the tension in the room with a knife as I watched Nico match Evans wingspan breathing heavily as he sized him up. The force from his large wingspan was enormous as the breeze they emitted moved everything in the room.your scheming. "Stronger then you will ever be.. "I've learned all about your devious ways. "You want your vial" Evan nodded confidently at him and caught Lanas' dagger she tossed him without blinking an eye. "He's a foul!" "Gliders.. "You fucking bitch" Nico said slowly as Andre and Conner stepped back and stared at Evan's enormous wingspan. "Come and get it" I stepped back as we watched him stretch his wings out dominantly and flap them with a look of vengeance in his eyes.." Evan retorted.kneel down to him" she said smugly.. conniving ugly ways.. "Nest leader and your elder" He stretched his wings out to the fullest. erotic and intoxicating. "He has no nest" He shouted.. "And you will kneel before dawn" I watched Nico throw his jacket off and toss his shirt to the side as his wings emerged. your elders coursing through those veins" Lana added with vengeance in her voice as she stood next to Evan and extended her wings to show she was ready for battle. "We can't touch him man" "Shut the fuck up!" Nico snapped and slapped him senseless. He must have been down in the basement..my love...blood of the elders. where Lana performed the transition.. "You will always . "That's right Nico.brother" he said now expressionless. deceitful... "Looks as if you have a brother Nico" Lana sneered as Evan walked in front of us.it's you that need to be in fear right now" "He has the blood of the elders Nico" Charlie stuttered as he stared at the blue hue Evans wings emitted from the moonlight. eyes glowing bright as headlights to reveal the fury in all of us.
.. so shall we and the history of ALL Corvus!" she snickered at Nico. "They told me to tell you to fly to Corvus Origin" Evan interrupted. "Anyone of you!" he continued to look at all them with confident authority. because you are the one that has shattered our creed" "Listen to you" Nico spat back. along with the rest of the traitors you stand so tall in front of" Nico said pulling his dagger out from behind his back to flip it through his fingers with expertise.. you're in pretty big trouble dear brother" he shook his head at him with pity.. They were the last word and now Evan was Nico's elder. "I know all about our history.. Corvus that carry elders blood can't die. as if he was trying to memorize every face he laid eyes on.drop.be a foul!" Nico said with fury...or did you forget your spiteful words already...they aren't too happy with the way you've been running things.. "Any Corvus that would like to join him and his outcome are welcome by all elders" Evans deep voice echoed throughout the now silent room. not wanting anything to do with the elders.. is in him!" she yelled loud enough for the others outside and within the walls to hear.told me to give you a message" "Elders would never give you the time of day." I could see corners of Evans lips smile slightly as he continued to keep his eyes on Nico. ignoring Nico's remark...think again.from that vial. "Our creed. "Had a long talk with our elders." Nico replied rolling his shoulders and neck around restlessly.... "You are going to die. "Nothing you do will ever make you a true Corvus!" "So not true dear boy" Lana interrupted. "He can't be touched. "I don't care if you do have the elders' blood . I could hear feathers rustling as many stepped back from Nico. a very long talk... "They told me to tell you to fly swiftly.single. so if you think I'm frightened.. "You forget the creed already?" she crossed her hands in front of her. "Every. "But as you said previously. if he dies..you don't know shit about our creed" I could hear the threatening croaks fading away outside of our house as Evan took the time to look at every eye and body in the room and outside of the windows.
. "You will learn the true meaning of what the Corvus creed really is tonight... "Looks as if I already started." "I can't kill you..brother" Evan said forcefully into his ear before he effortlessly tossed his body to the floor in front of him.. trying to pin them down....in your veins..brother" Evan said glaring at him as Nico continued to try to stop the bleeding.in his eyes instead of mine... "I'm gonna kill you in front of all of these scared feathers tonight.brother. only to flip it through his fingers again. Evan cut him from his forehead.. then maybe you need one less. "Don't make me leave you blind.to drain your body. He spit blood that spilled into his mouth onto the floor as he held a hand up to his bloody eye.but you won't have a chance. ...I'm gonna drain your body dry...brother and if you've really spoken to the elders you know there is only one way to do it.. "If you can't see to act right with both eyes Nico.... because we now share the same blood" Evan said flipping the dagger Lana gave him through his fingers. I could hear flustered feathers falling on their knees throughout the house as they listened through the walls...I rather watch it rain from your body... replicating Nico with the same expertise." Nico said standing back up cautiously." My dad pulled me and Lana back into the corner of the room as Evan flew into Nico so quickly Nico didn't have time to react. "You will have to kill me first. My wings emerged and I extended them next to Lana and my fathers. I could see Nico stunned by Evans strength over him as he shot up and grabbed Evans wings." Evan said standing over him dominantly as I seen the Corvus in the room drop to their knees.. Evan had Nico pinned against the wall with his hands around his neck.. Nico was breathing heavily as he held his hand up to his eye wincing in pain. leaving blood to spill down Nicos cheek.foul" Nico retorted loudly. only to be knocked back and flung into the wall as Evan turned quickly with his dagger faster then the eye could see. The blood began to flow from Nicos face and for the first time since I've known him I finally seen fear. across his eye and down to his cheek. "But I will leave you with something to remember me by" He flipped the dagger up in the air and caught it without glancing at it. I'll drain you first...
. "You've done enough killing and misguiding Nico" I watched the remaining Corvus.. our Monarch of all nests in Georgia walked around the corner and leaned against the wall." Marcus added.. how we came to be. my father and Lana included. I knew their names though. Me.. except Evan and Nico. "You accuse someone of betrayal and don't know the meaning of the word.. woman or child should lay eyes upon an old feather unless permission is granted." "You have been running amuck.they had no reason because they were nearly his equal. they carried his blood. I didn't know which one he was. hair just as white and eyes to match.. including Andre. Corvus Creed states that no man. His jet black hair and charcoal eyes glared daggers into Nico's soul... everyone did. because they were identical.. Marco tipped the candle slightly to let the candle wax drop into his hand. but Marco was first born and said to know the history of our beginning. but I couldn't help myself as I continued to study his features and the two elders that stood beside him... I turned my eyes away swiftly as I caught sight of one of the elders looking through me. "Shattering the creed."That will not be necessary" A loud voice echoed from the kitchen.. Wearing a long black trench coat and stark white hair. I couldn't be more disappointed" Marco sighed.Marcus and Marzin.listening to you. We all knew the elders were triplets." Marzin said.I didn't know if he would have me slain for betrayal.. I couldn't stop my body from shaking as I waited for the outcome. I knew he wanted to kill Nico himself if they let him. his eyes were the color of moonlight as he looked down at all of the Corvus falling at his feet. He was not one to be bothered with things such as this and I was sure he was in his own personal hell because the elders brought all of this to his attention. Everyone kneeled. "Nico.. The room lit up and I couldn't stop myself from looking back up again." Marco said harshly as he took one of my fathers long white candles he had on the wall and pulled out a lighter... He too had to witness and be part of the outcome. "Sitting in that basement. I've seen pictures of our eldest old feathers. "You chose a mate and accuse her of betrayal . but never thought or imagined I would ever see them in person. Evan now had Marco's blood in his veins and the death of Evan would never happen as long as he breathed air. Talin. Charlie and Conner drop to their knees as Marco walked into the room with two other elders behind him. Both dressed the same.
" Marzin continued. I could see Nico shrinking from fright as Marco grabbed him up by his shoulder and placed his palm over Nico's bloody eye.. "You have your nest. "You have dishonored our people and the creed" I could feel the uneasiness his voice emitted as I heard croaks of fear from outside the walls that enclosed us. I shuddered as Lana took my hand and held it tightly in hers. "Our women are what keep the Corvus strong.when you are the one guilty of what you accuse" he said as the wax continued to drip into his palm. . steal from the poor. including mine. Nico doubled over as Marco continued to hold him still and make him endure the agony.. "You shatter our creed by that Nico" Marco said coldly as the wax continued to quickly drip into his cupped palm. he couldn't let the nest see him weak. Marcus walked over and held his arms down so that Nico couldn't move. "You have killed the innocent that would not kneel to your desires" Marzin said raising his voice. I looked up to see Marco hand Marzin the candle and walk over to Nico. "So much torment you have caused upon the just" Marco added placing his thumbs over Nico's eye and pressing into his face as if he wanted to be sure that the wax could not be taken off.. "You beat our women when that is betrayal" Marzin added with spite.. stopping the blood that continued to fall from his now unseeing eye. "So much anguish you have bestowed upon us Nico" Marco said as he continued to hold him steady. "Your nest deals drugs and threaten the unwilling. "Stop your flutter" Marcus said angrily as I felt the breeze from Nicos wings die down as he tried to control his anger and fear.." Marcus added. "Tsk tsk tsk" he shook his head slowly as he continued to stare at Nico.. and beat the disabled. but I knew that he wouldn't. abundant and thriving" Marcus added calmly. I watched his wings flap furiously as he held his mouth open as if he were going to scream out in pain at any minute.
. "You stole from us. fiendish and impious hands you have Nico" "We listened to you for quite sometime downstairs as you threatened Evan that you would kill him. "When you had it all along" Marzin added. "Call all nests in to witness you betray them all.. "Have them do all your dirty work. I could hear Nicos stifled moan as he tried to stand up straight and take the torture.. I watched the hot wax drip over his fingers as he continued to glare at Nico with disdain.I heard Nico's muffled sounds of torture as he held his lips tightly together from the excruciating pain..." Marco trailed off.constantly searching and searching.. to assist you with your immoral ways. because she was with a foul. "You included. I could see Evan still standing fearless.we would not be here now" "All nests on a mission to find that vial... "So it is your hands that are dirty" Marcus added and quickly moved his hands from Nicos arms to his hands and bent them back behind his back.. "Even after you knew that he now had the last of our creeds blood in him.. you've betrayed yourself without even knowing it" .. even after you found out that he was standing before you with your same blood" Marco said placing his hands behind his back as he stood in front of Nico studying him.tsk tsk tsk.searching.you stole that vial and if you would never have betrayed us. "You betrayed all nests...blood that is more pure than yours and mine" "You have lied to us Nico" Marzin said coldly. his face contorted with hate.pretending to search for something you already possessed" Marco said standing in front of him like a drill sargent. when she would have never strayed if she had been honored" Marzin said coldly as he continued to hold the candle... so shameful you are. "Iniquitous... "So sad that we had to take flight here just for you" Marcus said as he continued to hold his arms down effortlessly. he didn't move a muscle. "So sad to hear that you were the one to commit a betrayal upon one of our own" "Kill your mate. so that you think your hands are clean" "You delegated Nico" Marzin said..so conniving you are" Marco added as he walked around him.
... "New nest leader of Gliders" Marzin added as he studied all of the wide eyes that stood in awe of their presence. "Wind Chasers will be no more and shall be forgotten.. I held my breath as I watched Nico drop his dagger at his feet and stand in front of Evan and strain the one blue eye he had left with hatred. but he is also your elder" Marcus added and let go of his hands. you're elder!" he said loudly with authority. I could feel the excitement and joy transferring from her body to mine. I watched Evan extend his wings once more as he breathed deeply. I swallowed trying to soothe my dry throat as Lana squeezed my hand. "Lay eyes upon Evan. His voice boomed along with the thunder that continued to rattle the walls." Marco said reaching out to take Nicos face in his hands. "Evan now has the blood of all elders coursing through his veins. "I will slay you myself if I found out you ever make a drop of his blood spill" he flung Nicos head back into the wall. regnare cum decoris meus frater (Reign with honor my brother)" "I will" Evan said and bowed his head to him. I could hear everyone getting up from their knees as I looked up and seen they still had their heads turned toward the floor. "He is your brother and your elder and you will kneel before him" I could hear the whispering begin along with flapping feathers as Marco shouted for silence. "Brother. "Everyone in this room stand!" he bellowed at the top of his lungs."Evan is your brother Nico. even some I do not possess. "All is forgiven and today we will start anew" he said looking down at Nico at his feet. Nicos hands went directly to his eye as he gave another stifled moan. "Now. kneel before your elder!" Marco shouted at Nico as he pulled out two long silver daggers.and elder" he said through clenched teeth before he dropped to his knees in front of Evan. "Evan. Nico stood up on his shaking legs. . "Stand Nico" Marco said as he placed a hand on Evans shoulder and looked him in the eyes.. You shall now follow true leadership. free of lies and betrayal" Marcus said loudly as he stared at all of the wide eyes in the room..
brother" Marco said calmly. you will apologize for your betrayal and Sasha. but most important. but didn't dare look him in the eye. you deserve to look him in the eye as he does it" My neck never felt so heavy.. you have Evans blood coursing inside of you and that is something that will be protected more then my own life" I looked over at Lana that gave me a look of sorrow.. but your life will be spared on this day" he said looking me in the eyes as he reached his hand out and placed it on my stomach. . "Granted" I said softly as the wind and rain seemed to suddenly die down. "On your knees.. He stood up and slightly bowed his head before he walked back over to Marcus and Marzin. "You no longer have his rotten heart to fear. only to use me. I felt my legs shake as I stood up in front of him. I gripped Lana's hand as I watched Evan step aside and Marco walk in my direction. "Stand" he said with authority. I watched him kneel down in front of me and stared down at his silky blond hair that I once loved to run my hands thru and exhaled. come over here" he said as I stared at the bottom of his trench coat and studied his black boots. "Yes my elder" Nico said softly before he turned to glare at me as if he wanted to come and rip my heart out. "Elder" I whispered softly.. "Forgiveness is in order" Marco said as I continued to stare at his feet. "Nico. I now know if she hadn't told them I would be a flying ghost. I could feel him breathing down on me. beat me and reveal that he never really loved me at all. "Forgiveness is requested" he said as he tried to control his tone."Nico. look up!" I snapped my head up as I stared into Nico's icy eye. "You have shattered the creed as well young Sasha. I told her I was pregnant in confidence. but was not sorry that she told the elders. "Nico.elder" Nico said. His eyes had me frozen in place as I dropped to my knees in front of him. "You have alot of heart. "Yes. a man I once loved with all my heart and dedicated every breath to. I was scared to look up at him and at Nico. you will be coming back with us for awhile" Marcus said wickedly into Nicos ears. I wondered if he was going to make me go back with them and Nico for punishment.
"I had to tell them. Lana and Sasha. I quickly wiped it away from her face. I looked up at the full moon and remembered my mother telling me that the full moon brings change. "I have a very good feeling about you. we watched their wings until they disappeared over the high pine trees and were out of sight.croaks of celebration. to let her know I understood why she told them. "Corvus.. Marcus and Marzin nodded back to him respectfully as they transformed and flew onto the ledge of our deck. we will be there" Evan said and bowed his head to him. leave this place and burden it no more" Marco bellowed. which probably helped him with his decision. transform quickly and fly off into the night and I felt all of my fears melting away. We watched Nico bow slightly to them.... "Yes. but the elders. "Evan. white eyes glowing brightly in our direction. I watched a smile light up her face as she ran to hug me and I felt my dads' arms enclose both of us with a sigh of relief." I winked at her. "We will expect to see the bloodline upon its first breath" Marcus said to Evan and placed a hand on his shoulder.until we meet again" Marco bowed slightly to us before he turned his attention to Evan. I also knew that Evan was aware as he smiled at me with his eyes. she told him. "Leave now and go directly there" Marco said sternly to Nico.. coming to wash away all of my misery and clean out the dirty nest Nico ruled for so long with dishonesty.... "Ian." my dad winked at Evan as he nodded back to him. we have some catching up to do. They croaked loudly in our direction before they took flight into the night.. I squeezed her hand to let her know that it was alright as I watched a tear fall from her eye. "Looks like your gonna be grandparents" I said to my dad and Lana.. The air smelled of wet leaves and pine as we stood behind the elders to see them off.and if I live my life right it will bestow upon me all of my deepest desires. croaking. My dad opened the back deck and we walked out seeing the rain had stopped. I'm sorry" she said with regret. I glanced out of the window and seen them taking flight up into the night croaking loudly at the full moon. I smiled.see you soon my brother" and for the first time I seen the wrinkles in his face turn into a slight smile as he transformed quickly and joined his brothers on the ledge. . I now knew it wasn't mother nature that brought that storm. "No more tears...
.. telling me to come to him and I ran into his arms.. I looked into his green eyes that sparkled from the moonlight.." he said softly..... I closed my eyes as I felt him softly kiss my forehead and pull me closer before he kissed me deeply. I felt his feathers brush against my back as they encircled me close to his chest as if he still wanted to make sure I was safe.. "I love you.." "Sasha... plus we have some cleaning up to do" I heard Lana whisper to my dad and pull him back into the house.."Let's give them some alone time dear. I turned to Evan as his wings stretched wide behind his back. reached up and softly traced his lips with my fingertips." I was free."I love you..my fate.my precious Sasha. .
NEW GENERATION It's been several months since the elders left. Evan and I married. Evan. if I didn't know that Nico had that vial and if I didn't have the courage to leave.. for me. but they have good sense not to return until they do. fairness and is greatly respected from all nests that reside in the state of Georgia and world wide.. I decided to write this story for myself and ended up writing it for anyone that will find this journal to help them understand and know that we do exist among many. just a small ceremony in my fathers' backyard and we now live together in his condo in Buckhead. . member of Gliders and mate to the Corvus eldest old feather. Conner and Charlie have disappeared and I have no idea if they will return to follow Evan.. Andre... we are having a son. Every once in awhile as I shop downtown in Atlantic Station I'll peer over at my old condo building and think of how life would have been if Evan hadn't saved me.gifts for their new elder and oldest feathers unborn son that we have already named.. Evan has taken to his leadership with vigor and rules it with honesty. My name is Sasha Dafina Eton.. it will be a sight to behold and now you will know why and until then. This is my story. anxiously waiting for our baby to be born.. I can look at it now and smile knowing that all if it made me stronger. undetected and still undiscovered. Arturo Adonis Eton.for now.. I'm 19. The same Corvus that tried to kill us now kneel at our feet.. I am asking you to believe in the impossible and look to the skies for the day my people take flight to our place of origin to lay eyes on the new bloodline and their next generation. Evan and our son.I have forgiven them all. Everyday we receive a new gift or toy from nests around the world. but I don't treat them with bitterness. Yes.
knowing how much his voice still excited me. The evil voice of a flying demon. "Evan?" The unbroken silence rattled my entire being.. "Love hurts. "Ouch" I put my hand on my stomach to ease my unborn sons' kicking. It was beautiful outside. My phone began to ring and I assumed it was Evan calling to see if I needed anything else from the store. "Hello?" I pressed the phone to my ear..doesn't it Sasha?" the familiar voice said calmly into my ear.. "Hello?" I answered with delight.I shuddered.. trying to relax my swollen ankles as I tried to focus my attention on a book I was dying to finish.EPILOGUE Epilogue I was due in 13 days and sitting outside on the balcony. I felt a chill run down my spine as I continued to hold the silent phone to my ear. .