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Letters from the Sky
I had an eerie dream last night. I was running away from something. Something I could not see but it knew where I was, like it could hear my heart beat. I kept running in the dark alley but it felt like a maze - a never ending maze, probing for my escape but it was a dead end. It found me and before I could figure what it was it killed me. I felt the blood being sapped out of me. When I woke up it felt real.
I had the same dream tonight; it was like I was re-living it again. It was the same alley and everything happened again but this time I woke up before it caught me, my heart beat was extra rapid. I got up to wash my face, it was only three a.m. My blue eyes were blood shot because of the deprived sleep I was getting lately. My curly black hair messed up in the pony tail. I used to be a peaceful sleeper, but since I started
getting those peculiar letters I could not sleep at nights anymore. At first it felt like all this was happening because it was a new place for me. Now I am questioning my own thoughts. Reaching into my drawer I took out the first letter.
Dear Zuri You look great in red. It perfectly matches your skin tone. I am always around come and find me. Xoxoxo
After a week I received another letter stating.
Dear Zuri Is it me or did you take out everything red from your wardrobe? I liked you the way you were before, do not mind me. Xoxoxo
Another week passed and I received another one.
Dear Zuri I see you every day when you enter the school corridors. I think I·m in love with you. Xoxoxo
It had been only a few months since we shifted to Rosewood. It was because of my stepfather. He owns restaurants here and apparently my mother wanted to live in a completely different country. We used to live in Berlin with my dad. He was a businessman and was not
around most of the days, apparently mum could not get along with him. She got divorced and it was pretty messy. The verity which bothered me was that he did not even fight over for my custody. I came to States with my mother two years ago. And now that time has passed in a flash, I have a step sister and brother. It was only a week since I entered my school and started receiving the letters. The
letters are always inside my locker. I change my code every day; I wonder who the jerk is messing around with me. It was four now and I was scared to close my eyes. At first it was a joke to me. Recently it seems like I am being followed around. Maybe it s just my nerves playing around with me. My step sister Clair was waking me up Zuri get up; I am going in ten minutes. Get up otherwise I will leave
It was a peril which
made my eyes pop open. I rushed into the restroom and washed my face and did my five minutes makeup and went out wearing a Claudia dress with cherry suede mules. You forgot to tie your hair. Clair pointed out when I sat in the car. Shoot, I forgot. While
stating that I opened the dash board and took out a checkered print head band.
Damon is going to pick you up after school. She yelled at me while I walked towards my school. Damon my step brother, I did not get along with him from the first day, he was like my prevalent foe. I found my new friend Evette sitting on the corridor staircase. Hey, how are you? I asked
heedlessly while I sat beside her.
I am fine; you look like you did not sleep again. She pointed towards my puffy eyes. It s nothing. I strutted over towards my locker I have to put my books. I continued referring to the pile of them I held. When I opened my locker another letter fell down. Hurry up; open it.
Dear Zuri I hear your brother is picking you up today. Try looking for me when you are waiting for him. Xoxoxo
nudged me to hurry up.
It s the fourth one.
looked at me with her doe eyes. I think you should tell somebody else about it too. She laid down her suggestion. There were so many people around. I wondered while I was half dazed by what was written inside it. Let s just go. class. The dynamic that I never understood was that physics bothered me so much, that I grabbed
Evette arm and headed to our
half of the time I was dozed off in my class. Being new in class always point s finger s towards you more. My chemistry teacher changed my lab partner when he found out that we scarcely helped each other. And my new partner was the inexplicable Tyson. The grey colored eyes that made you speculate whether they were real or not. His jaws always tightened when I sat next to him. I ruminated
whether I had too much perfume on. Tyson was the school s Head Mistress son. So he was offlimits. His love life, nobody had seen him with the same girl. Girls always changed in his vocabulary. I wondered about his type but the two girls I saw him with recently were tall, blonde and skinny. He was my lab partner but we never bothered to ask any questions from each other and as soon as the bell rang he would rush out
like he was sitting with a malady. That was utterly rude and I wanted to pulverize him completely if I had a chance. At lunch I saw Evette sitting with her friend Lydia; the cheer captain. What should I say about Lydia; she was hell pretty but this beauty was with brains. A blonde with hazel colored eyes. Hey girls. I avowed while
I sat next to Evette. How was chemistry with Tyson? she winked at Lydia while I started to drink.
ignoring Lydia s smirks. I was planning to try out for cheer leading. Evette munched her chocolate bar. When are the try-outs? looked at Lydia. After school; today She I
responded to my question. Is Tyson eyeing her out? Evette nudged Lydia. Looks like Zuri caught his attention at last. smiling at me now. Lydia was
I am not interested in him. I declared while I got up. Where are you going? Lydia
and Evette asked mutually. The bell rang girls. cafeteria. I hear Ivan is going to ask you for the upcoming party. Lydia confirmed her news to me. Evette was so in love with school s hottie no 5. Ivan hung out with Tyson s clan and it was unreservedly I
continued to walk outside the
disconcerting to find out he was engrossed in me. Where did you hear that? was apprehensive over what Lydia told me. News around here travel fast. Lydia affirmed while she tied her hair in a bun. Cheer try-outs were cancelled due to the heavy rain. I called Damon plethora of times but his cell phone was off and I was the only person left at school. I
I thought of walking to home but the thunder was scaring the crap out of me. I saw Damon s car near the entrance. I jumped into the car as soon as I could but I was completely soaked by the rain. You could have come earlier. I stated frantically. Be glad that I remembered you. Damon spoke in a monotone.
The rest of the ride was quite asusal. When I entered the house my feet froze. It was my dad sitting on the couch drinking coffee. Why are you not moving aside? Damon spoke feverishly while he moved beside me. Why is he here? that s all I questioned from my mother. Who is he? Damon asked
looking at me. He s Zuri s father; I will let you guys talk. My mom
answered and walked away grabbing Damon s arm. How are you? he asked.
I am fine as long as you are not around. below me. I just came to see if you were doing well. continued. He I declared while I could not find the ground
I am still alive so do not worry about me. I strutted out from the room. I am really glad to see you; I think I will take my
leave. got up.
He stated while he
Good; I hope you remember from where you came, do not let the door hit you on your way back. I spoke with an infuriation in my voice and headed upstairs.
I was looking at the letters again. The night was
sleepless again. I was about to go crazy over this. He does not even leave a clue about who he is. If this is a game I did not like it at all. It should not affect my sleep and I kept contemplating over why this was happening. I walked into Clair s room and it was still five am. Clair, get up. wake her up. What? she said with an I tried to
I need to show you something. I avowed out.
She got up while rubbing her eyes. I received them after a week since I started school here. And I handed over the letters. Zuri it must be a friend messing around with you. Clair responded back. I only have two friends and they are not the type to joke around like this. I declared to her frantically.
This one is the fourth? pointed towards the third one. No it s like this. I
arranged them the way I received. And you receive them exactly after? she questioned. A week I responded to her question. Let s just wait for the fifth one. If it continues then we will tell mum. She suggested. I nodded at her.
Now let s sleep. and was dozed off.
I walked backed into my room and my window was open. I do not remember opening it. I walked towards the window to check around. I saw my neighbor s dog sleeping on the front yard. The letter s I was holding dropped the moment I saw one hanging on my dressing table. I could not feel my legs, I even tried but I could not balance my body anymore. It
took me seconds to grasp air. I opened the letter.
Dear Zuri I thought you were not curious about me. I do not think telling Clair would help you. Do not bother her anymore, otherwise next time I would recite the words from the letter to you. Xoxoxo
I was half shaken, trying hard to breathe. Now this had gone too far. He even came into my room in the middle of night. He obviously knew too much about me. What I entrenched from his letters was that he only wanted to scare me; he does not like people knowing about him. The
thing I could not comprehend was why he chose me. I was frightened to sleep in my room, and made a trip back to Clair s room. What are you doing here? I
could hear Clair shouting at me. I must have slept here accidently. I stated while I got up. Text me if you receive another letter. Clair asked me while I headed towards my room.
I wore a striped stretchjersey T-shirt with Crawford high waist stretch cotton shorts, with Christel buckled suede sandals. I planned on showing Evette the fifth letter, but I did not know how to tell her. I thought a couple of times about not going to school, but then I found myself sitting in the back seat with my step father. Clair will pick you up. He informed me.
I am going to a friend s house after school; she will
drop me off back.
while I grabbed my bag. I saw Evette sitting at her usual place; she was talking to Lydia about something. Hey. She jumped up when I greeted her. You scared the hell out of me. She yelled at me. I apologized to her
while smiling. 3 o clock Ivan is walking towards us. Lydia stated while looking through her notes.
Can I talk to you for a moment? he looked at me while he requested. Yeah shoot. heedlessly. In private He walked over I said
towards the pavement. I looked at Evette Just go.
She yelled at me while whispering. Is this private enough for you? I said sarcastically when the whole school was looking at us.
Are you free Saturday night? he questioned. I
Let me check my schedule. stated while looking at Evette. Evette nodded at me I am. I guess
I replied back.
There s a party at my friends house, I will pick you up at 7; if it s fine with you. he continued.
I just nodded back Then I will see you around. He said that and left.
I walked back towards Evette and Lydia. You got yourself a date. Lydia declared. I do seriously not like him, I just said yes because of you. I looked at Evette. When you get the chance; just tell him you will come with your friends. Evette spoke while she got up. I have something to tell you, I am going to your house after school. I informed Evette about my plan. She nodded at me.
She headed straight to her home room. I walked towards my locker thinking twice before opening it. There was no letter in this time and I was relieved when I saw it empty. I sat next to Lydia during mathematics. She was completing her numericals. Next period was chemistry and I planned on sleeping but to my demise it was today that Tyson decided to speak to me. You are doing it wrong. said through gritted teeth He
while I poured the base into the burette. Huh. I looked up.
You have to pour the acid into the burette. me a beaker full of hydrochloric acid. Oh. I just replied He handed
heedlessly. I will take the readings for this one. He declared.
I just nodded. I was so sleepy that I was about to doze off. The bell ringing made me get up. I was
lurking around the corridor BOOO. Evette scared the hell out of me. She grabbed my arm while we headed towards the cafeteria. My eyes half closed I ran into the door. Ouch! I rubbed my head.
I thought your eyes were open. Evette spoke meticulously. It s okay. we entered. I stated while
Lydia was busy with her practice in the gym. Next
period was Health and I was definitely going to sleep during that period I did not feel hearing about how off springs are produced nor about the STD s. I opened my locker to grab my physics book. Another letter was waiting for me. I was getting so sick of it.
Dear Zuri I hear you are going to a party with Ivan. That was an easy ask-out. Hope to see you there. Xoxoxo
I was about to tear the letter but I do not know what caused me not to do it. I
wanted to scream my lungs out, I grabbed my hair. Are you feeling alright? Ivan asked me. When did you get here? questioned him. You looked ill that s why. He was elucidating without any reason. I am perfectly fine. class. The whole school knows about me and Ivan going to the I I
smiled and headed for my next
party. Who the hell is this guy? The day was extra sore and long. I saw Evette leaving her History class while I waited for her in the corridor. When we reached Evette s house we made ourselves cheese sandwiches and headed towards her room. What were you going to tell me? she questioned.
I took out the fifth letter and handed Evette. You got
this today at school? questioned.
No, he was helpful enough to leave it on my dressing table this time. I said sarcastically. You are kidding; right? questioned. she
Why would I joke about this, look this one I got after lunch sixth. Are you going to tell Clair? she asked me agitatedly. I handed over the
He came to my house; to my room in the middle of the night or should I say early morning. precise. I do not think he knows that you know about this. affirmed to her. Who can this be? she was I I was being
questioning herself. I think I should just refuse Ivan s offer. I stated.
No; we will all go together. We will definitely find the
person playing around with you.
My night was sleepless again. The same dream happening again and again. I should put a dream catcher over my bed. I woke up and walked towards the restroom, splashing water over my face I thought I saw someone standing in my room through the vanity mirror. I did not move pretending not to see him. I could not see his face - he was
standing quietly near my closet. I could not make myself move. I grabbed the sink because I was scared enough to faint. The blindness sinkered in and covered my eyes . She is not breathing. I kept hearing Damon s voice. Why is she not breathing? he continued. I tried to open my eyes and the lights felt like stars falling into my eyes. Where am I? I asked.
Oh-My-God Zuri; you killed us all. I heard Damon.
I figured I was lying on the bathroom floor. you were dead. continued. We taught Clair
What time is it? I questioned while Damon helped me get up. You still have time to get ready for school. declared. I chose to wear an Albion two tone silk dress with python platform mules. My hair was Clair
roughly tied in a pony tail. He was here again. I searched the room for another letter but I guess he did not want to say anything. Going to school today sounded dim-witted, but I had a quiz I could not miss. I was already late when I reached school and headed directly to my biology class. Where were you? at me. I got up late. I confirmed Lydia asked
me while Evette was staring
while I took out my book.
When the period was over Evette grabbed my arm and we walked to the second floor to the art s department. Did something happen yesterday? she was referring to the incident happened before. He was in my room again. I
stated out. He was watching me; I could not see his face. I was about to cry.
I cannot sleep anymore at my house. I continued but broke into sobs.
I am so sorry.
hugged me tightly. I am glad that he does not know about you. her. You should sleep at my place tonight. Evette suggested. I stated to
What would I tell my parents? naively. I questioned
We have an assignment and its due date is tomorrow. She suggested.
I nodded at her text Clair. her.
I stated back to
I did not receive any letter the following day. Chemistry was quite as usual, I did not even bother looking at Tyson. While walking towards my locker I ran into Ivan. He smiled when he looked at me, which was weird for starters. The day ended soon and after school we headed straight to Evette s house. Lydia also joined our sleepover.
I slept more comfortably at Evette s house. The thought that he would not follow me to somebody else s house was a relief. I borrowed one of Evette s dresses; my eyes seemed less puffy today. It was a printed satin dress and lace and satin platform pumps. When I walked into the school corridor I saw Ivan eye me out. I just nodded when I looked at him and headed towards my locker.
There was a letter waiting for me. I called out for Evette before opening it.
Dear Zuri You think that sleeping at your friend·s house would help you. I can still see you when you are reading it. Make sure you do not sleep at her house until it·s really necessary!!!!!! I was worried sick about you. XoX
I was shell-shocked after reading the letter. I looked around to see if I could find him, but the whole school was standing in the corridors. DO NOT worry. Evette
grabbed my arm while she headed towards the girls bathroom.
If it s a guy he cannot hear our conversation over here. Evette stated pompously. Lydia entered the restroom shortly after What happened? she looked at me. Evette showed her letter no. 7. You should tell your parents about this. suggested. Evette slowly told her about all the letter s while I paced. Lydia
I think he knows; he knows you know about the letters. Lydia told Evette. But why let me tell only her? I asked apprehensively.
Just go to tomorrow s party with Ivan; we will also come but shortly after you. Lydia suggested. He would not find out if we show up shortly after you; he would be busy discerning your every move, just do not lurk around any where alone. Lydia continued.
I am totally agreeing with her. Evette declared.
Are you guys sure about this? I questioned.
We need to know who he is; this is the only way to find out. Lydia stated and maybe she was right. I was sitting in my chemistry class and it started raining. I slightly shivered. You like rain? me. Tyson asked
I like cold weather. replied back.
I hear you are Ivan s date for tomorrow s party. He wanted to confirm what he already knew. Yeah I guess I am. responded back. I
You look different today? he continued. Huh. I was shocked.
You did not tie your hair; you are not even wearing a head band. He stated while he scribbled down his notes. I do not know why I looked at his writing before answering.
I must have forgotten.
declared while I searched for a pony tail. Your writing is really neat. I told him while I looked at his notes. For a guy I know it is. laughed. He
When I left the class room I kept thinking about his writing he was left handed, the letter s I received were written by right hand.
The day ended up soon and I planned on telling Clair about all the letters. It was six in the evening when I knocked at Clair s bedroom. I have to show you something. I stated out when I entered the room. Holding all the letters I placed at her bed. He was in my room. I told her. After hearing everything out Clair sat silently and kept looking out of the window. Sleep in my bed tonight; I will sleep in yours. she
declared while she headed to my room. Are you serious? grabbing her arm. He would not know; I will cover my face. She stated and went to my room. I was worried sick about Clair but then I slept without knowing. It was Clair waking me up room. Zuri I think he knew that you were not in the She stated anxiously. I was
I did see his shadow but he did not walk towards me, he came here. She continued. Did you see him? questioned. I just saw him walk towards here - he even opened the door. She told me. And you just stood there? asked vehemently. I followed him but he was gone when I came here. She was surprised over what she was saying. I I
We should tell mum or dad. She suggested. I will tell them tomorrow myself. I replied back.
I called Evette and told her about last night s incident. She was not shocked over him following me around everywhere. Clair straightened my hair up and sprawled them over my shoulders. I was wearing Lucile ruche silk-chiffon dress with Buckled leather sandals and accessorized with
small door knocker sterling silver earrings. Ivan showed up exactly at 7. You look really alluring. He stated that before he started his car engine. I just smiled over his compliment. I was still thinking about who wrote the letters. The party was held at Tyson s house. He was with his current girlfriend Giselle. You look nervous. Ivan told
me while he drank his drink.
Not nervous; I am just thinking about something. stated back. You look awesome with your hair down; you should do that more often. He spoke out. I have to make a phone call. I stated and walked away to a quite place. I reached the back yard of Tyson s house. The place seemed so familiar. I tried to get the connections but the network was busy. I kept searching for the signals I
till I came to a place I did not know. I was lost, and it felt like I was dreaming. I pinched myself to check whether I was dreaming or not. It was the same place it was coming back bit by bit. How did I get here? I saw his figure standing in front of me. I could see his blood shot eyes. I could not find my voice to say anything nor my feet to run away. I stood there silently while I did not even breathe.
I heard an
unfamiliar voice. I just gulped when I heard his command. I told you to breathe. urgency in his voice. I tried to breathe the air around me but I could not do that simple task. I just remember hitting the ground. Zuri! I heard Ivan s voice while I regained my consciousness. He
spoke frantically now with
while I tried to get up. You just fainted. responded. How did I get here? front yard. You said that you were going to make a call; but you fainted right there. Ivan replied back. Can you just drop me off? I asked him while I saw Tyson standing behind him. I He
looked around I was in the
I am sorry if I ruined the party. I stated while I was getting out. I am glad that you did not hurt yourself; I will see you at school. He drove off. When I reached my room I saw another letter waiting at the table. I rushed to open it.
Dear Zuri Anxious about whether it truly happened? I told you not to involve anyone. I warned you before hand, now you have to suffer the consequences. Xoxoxo
Evette and Lydia never showed at the party. Clair I have not even seen her.
I walked towards Clair s bedroom, it was empty. Now I registered the whole house was empty. When I reached the kitchen I saw a note left by mom.
Zuri Your sister got into a car crash with your friend·s Lydia and Evette. We are at Loretta·s hospital.
I dropped the note. I have to suffer the circumstances. I heard him enter the house. What do you want from me? was shouting. I
Just tell me what you want? I will do it right away. broke into sobs. I was fighting for air again. I could hear his footsteps. I grabbed a knife. He was standing right outside the kitchen door and then the lights went out. I felt his hand grab the knife away from me, placed it on the counter. I was shaking badly now that I could not even open my eyes now. I
I am sorry if I am scaring you, I never meant to hurt anyone. You made me do this so technically you caused this. He spoke to me. I
And you made me do this. stated while grabbing the knife, I stabbed myself.
I stabbed myself accidently; it was dark so I could not see. I told the police officer.
The police officer left after he took my statement. How are they doing now? asked my mother. They had minor injuries. It was a mere accident but look what you did to yourself. mother broke into sobs. Mom they were in a car crash. I was stating rhetorically. Who brought me here? questioned. I My I
What do you mean by who brought you here? You called
My mom responded to my
question. I was alone at the house when they got there? naively. Of course you were alone; all of us were here. replied back. She I asked
There was someone standing near the door. Who is it? asked. I am sorry to intrude; I just wanted to see how you were doing. Ivan stated while he entered the room.
Hello Mrs. O Malley. greeted my mother. Hello son; and you are? looked at me. Ivan Caviar.
I will let you guys talk. My mom stated and left the room. I heard you stabbed yourself. news. Accidently stabbed. corrected him. The lights were off; I had no idea where the knife came I Ivan confirmed the
I laughed over the lie
I was speaking. How is your sister? around the room. She is fine now; minor injuries. I answered. he
asked me while he looked
I thought of bringing flowers but I did not know which ones you liked. He spoke heedlessly. So I brought you this. He placed a box of Snickers.
I will make sure I get chocolate wasted. while declaring. Thanks anyway. I smiled
You should rest now; I will see around then. He affirmed and took his leave. Mom decided to stay with Clair for the night. I was in shock over what I did to myself. I was still thinking about everything currently happening and the lights flickered.
It stopped but then suddenly the lights went out. This does not happen in hospitals. You could have killed yourself. I heard his voice.
I jumped when he sat next to me. I thought of grabbing something but my hands could not reach the table. You want something? I will bring it for you. stated. Why are you doing this to me? I questioned. He clearly
Why did you do this to yourself? he backfired the question to me. I asked you first. declared. Are we doing a Q&A session now? he mocked me. I
I don t know what game we are playing. I answered.
It s good to see that you are breathing now. up. Zuri, the rules are simple; do not tell anyone and you will be fine. He declared. He got
Stop coming to my house; stop writing to me. shouting now. I was
You have grown stronger now; at first you could not even breathe. He was at variance with me. Are you unsatisfied? sarcastically. I like you more now; but remember not to tell anyone. He stated. The lights came back on and I was alone in the room now. I said
I covered my face with the sheet and slept over what happened. The pungent smell of roses woke me up. I got up to check what time it was the timepiece showed 4. There was a letter waiting beside it.
Dear zuri Get well soon. Abide by the rules!! xoxoxoxo
Just so you know I do not like roses I was yelling in an empty room. I had no idea how Evette and Lydia were doing. This all
happened because of me, I cannot let this happen again. This has to end now. I had already spent five days and four nights at the hospital, he did not pay me a visit again. I was going to be discharged today. Evette and Lydia were discharged yesterday. Most probably I would see them at school. When I entered my room there was a single tulip laid near my window. I walked over and it had a note beside it.
Dear zuri I thought every girl liked roses; my mistake. xoxo
I sighed after reading it. Do not bring me anything. was yelling. What are you doing? asked indifferently. I have certainly and totally lost it. him. What has gotten into you. he exclaimed and left the room. I was shouting at Damon I
Look at what you are doing to me. Arghhh. I was shouting again.
Letter 5 When I woke up it was raining; I decided to wear Crochet-trimmed silk-chiffon dress with cut-off denim shorts and embellished leather platform sandals.
Damon was dropping me off to school today. I went downstairs to eat breakfast. Cereal was the best option for me today. Let s go. I heard Damon s
voice while he headed out. If you feel sick; call me I will come to pick you up. Damon sounded concerned. I just nodded and he helped me with my books. I saw Lydia talking to Ivan when I entered the corridor, and she abruptly stopped talking when she saw me.
Which was darn weird; why did she pause right after she saw me. I walked over to my locker, I saw Evette sitting at her usual place and she waved when she saw me. I nodded and opened my locker. I walked over to Evette with my books feeling? How are you I asked.
I should be asking you that. She stated while she grabbed her notes. I am fine. I replied back.
Did you really accidently stab yourself? she looked at me with questionable eyes. Yeah it was dark and walked straight into it. I laughed hysterically. I cannot involve her anymore into this mess. My first period was chemistry. How are you feeling? Tyson asked me while I placed my book on the table. I am fine. I replied while
avoiding his eyes.
What are we doing today? questioned. We have started Redox titrations. He answered.
Could I borrow your notes for the day? I questioned.
Yeah sure; I will hand them over to you after the period. He replied.
It stopped raining while I completed my notes in the library. I was going to grab my physics book when I saw another letter waiting for me.
You have learned how to lie to your friends. Maybe it is time that we should meet. Meet me at the old building near the Infirmary. I know you are curious. I must say you look great today; I like your hair down more. Xoxoxo
I looked around and I saw Tyson s clan standing across the corridor. There was a new guy in there group. Who is he? I grabbed my physics book and headed straight to my class. Everyone, this is Troy Hedlund. I heard my Physics Sir, while I planned on sleeping. To my grace I was the only one sitting alone at the far end of the class.
The moment he walked pain shot through my abdomen, I held my stomach. Are you all right? he
questioned while he sat next to me. It s nothing. I replied.
Miss O Malley; you feeling well? my sir questioned me.
Huh; I think I need to see a nurse. I replied back.
Mr. Hedlund could you accompany her; she has a history of being a klutz. Sir continued. My
I shrugged and came out of the classroom with the new guy behind. I think I can go alone. I stated and was about to turn around when I saw him looking at me in a state of shock. What happened? I followed his gaze and saw the blood soiling my dress. I remember losing my consciousness. When I woke up I was lying in the Infirmary. I tried to get up but my abdomen was killing
me. I looked around and I saw Troy sitting across the room. Your stitches opened. up. They called your parents; it s sad that your dress is spoiled. He continued. Why was he worrying about my dress? I just looked around and the place was empty Where is everyone? I was referring to the doctor. He
declared when I tried to get
The head mistress called her. He replied.
I looked over my dress and it was defectively soiled with blood. Damon entered the infirmary How are you? he questioned me while he saw my bloody dress. I am feeling better I guess. I answered.
I brought you spare clothes. He handed over a Phoebe jersey kaftan dress.
I grabbed the I
shirt. I have to change. pointed them to get out. Are you done?
at the door. Yeah come on in. I yelled. Is he your boy friend? Damon asked heedlessly. What? I was shocked over what he said. He s just a class mate. avoided looking at Troy. My bad; do not be so agitated. Damon replied. I
The doctor came in shortly after. I see that you have already dressed. She looked at me. Just try walking less than usual; and do not bend more often, your stitches are new so it s going to hurt for a while. She continued. I am giving you pain relievers incase the pain increases. She handed over to Damon. I thought he was your boy friend. She laughed while she looked at Troy.
He s my brother and I am single. I stated while grabbing Damon s arm. Ah my mistake; He carried you all the way here and stayed so I thought. She elucidated her presumption. I just smiled at her. for today. Thanks
I stated to Troy
when we got out from the infirmary. No big deal. Zuri. Yeah He replied.
He called out. I looked back.
Your dress. ruined dress.
He handed me my
I saw his topaz eyes; it felt like they were seeing through me. Thanks. I stated and walked behind Damon. It seems that he likes you. Damon declared while he helped me with the seatbelt. I sighed over what Damon was acknowledging to me. I had to meet him today. I remembered when we reached home.
I headed straight to my room and I saw Clair already sitting there. What are you doing here? asked her naively. Did the letter s stop? asked abruptly. Yeah they stopped coming. affirmed while eluding her gape. Come downstairs I made pasta for you. she avowed while heading out. To avert my attention I played music on my iPod and I she I
decided to sleep for a while. I felt a paper underneath my hands which made my eyes pop open.
Dear Zuri I saw you at the infirmary, hope you are doing well. We will meet some other day. xoxoxoxoxo
I got up and walked over my window and did not see anyone. I looked at the letter again.
I picked out a Pleated woolblend dress with Hero bandage tights with Sash printed linen espadrille sandals. I headed to Clair s bedroom to borrow her Satchel bag. She was fast asleep when I entered the room. Mom was dropping me off at school today. Your dad is
coming this weekend.
told me before I headed out. I do not care. I replied
and shut the door. I saw Tyson across the hallway talking to Troy. I walked over Your notes. I stated while handing them over. How are you? while I turned. I am fine. I answered. Troy asked
It s Ivan s birthday this weekend; you should come. Tyson suggested.
You should definitely come. Troy continued. If I was feeling well I surely will come, but where is it? I questioned.
At Troy s house; it is a surprise party. replied. Tyson
I would pick you up if you were feeling well. Tyson continued. I just nodded. I saw Evette standing with her locker her. Hey. I greeted
You free this weekend? questioned.
Why are you asking me this? Evette questioned. It s Ivan s birthday this weekend and Tyson told me to come. I answered.
I have a family dinner. Evette said mournfully. I smiled over her disappointment. First period was physics and I was sitting next to Troy and what bothered me was that he was right handed.
What type of flowers do you like? he asked in an indiscernible tone. That s an unexpected question. candidly. I whispered
I am just curious about it. He confirmed. Mainly I like lilies. I riposted without vacillating. This might sound immediate to you but would you like to go out with me? he questioned with his eyebrow raised.
You mean like a hangout or a date? I solicited back.
If you enjoyed it we will make it a date; for now let s think of it as a hang out. He proposed. Let s presume that I like the sound of that. I riposted. The conversation broke when the bell rang. I will pick you up at 7 today then. He stated while I was about to leave. I just nodded and left.
I saw Lydia talking to Ivan again and now that concerned me. Not that I liked him or anything but her gauche behavior after seeing me was just too peculiar. Biology was something I did not bother to study, maybe because even if I did not prepare for the tests I would still get A no matter what. During lunch Lydia was not around and Evette was so busy with her English assignment that I did not tell her about
the recent things I found out. The day was soon over and I was waiting by the bench when I saw my mother s car pull over. I did not talk to her about anything. The dynamic that my dad was returning back again was the foremost concern around me at that time. He will be at home waiting for you. my mother riposted while I was grabbing my things.
It took him two years to come looking for me. When I entered the house I saw Clair sitting talking to my father. I need to talk to him. I
retorted while I entered the room. Clair soon left the room with my mother following her. Why did you show up here again? I questioned him.
You are not safe here; and I think it is better if you
moved in with me for a couple of days. He suggested.
The idea did not sound bad for a while because that way I could avoid all those letters. For how long can you keep me with you? I questioned back. I could keep you forever but your mother needs you more than me, but the idea of you moving with me for a few days is everything to me. answered back. he
Where would we live? asked.
I have bought an apartment in Frankfurt and you could stay there with me for a while. He replied back. What about my school? questioned him again. I
You could take a few days leave from school. He proposed. When are we leaving then? continued. We could leave tomorrow morning, I have bought I
tickets for you. reassured me.
Then I will get a good night sleep. room. Maybe we could re-unite this time and it s the best thing happening to me right now, this way my creeper would not even know where I went and he would stop bothering me. I headed back to my room and I remembered the hangout plan I made with Troy. I completed my homework and packed my I stated and left the
bags with clothes that I could wear for two months. After careful consideration; decided to wear a two tone bandage dress, with multistrap leather sandals and accessorized. This was the last day I was going to hang out in Rosewood and maybe after a month or something I would show my face, I knew that it was for the best. The doorbell rang and I went downstairs. My father was
still at the house which was a little bold for him to do. Damon answered the door and I saw Troy standing with a bouquet of lilies. Your date is here. Damon shouted. Who is this young gentleman? my father entered in the picture. Meet Troy, Troy he is my biological dad you still need to go through my step dad. smiled to both of them. I
Dad did not say a single word and left the room. That was rude. I guess he did not like me. Troy spoke out after a few seconds. We should go then. continued. He
Yeah I have to be back by 10. I affirmed after closing the door. Your dad; why is he here? he asked unexpectedly while he ignited the engine.
What type of question is this? I was curious about his answer. I was just trying to make a conversation. heedlessly. He said
He s just around for a while; I am actually going with him for a few days. registered to him. It s been a while since we hung out; and after the divorce he s really made an effort. I continued. I
For how long would you be gone? he questioned.
For two weeks most probably; it s been a while since I had been to Germany. I answered.
You are going to Germany. He was amused by it. My dad lives there; where else would I go with him? said contentedly. You really are going abroad. He was rectified by the thought. I
It s not like I am going for a journey to the centre of the world. I laughed. What about school? When is your flight? he asked.
It s tomorrow morning. I can take two weeks off because of the wound. I smiled gleefully. Where are we going? questioned. There s a party at a friend s house. He replied. So what s your story? solicited him. I I
My story is a bit complicated. He replied while I felt uneasiness in the atmosphere. What about your parents? asked. My parents are happily married; it sometimes feels like a picture perfect story. He answered. I I
You have any siblings? questioned. I am the only child. car. He
replied while he parked the
What are you doing?
asked while I opened my curled hair. Decided to lay them down for the moment I answered back.
We were about to enter that my cell phone rang. Yeah Clair I am listening. I answered the call. Its mum; just come back home, I will explain it later. I heard her voice slightly shiver. Fine I will be right there. I ended the call.
What happened? concerned.
I am sorry something came up at home; I have to go. I said and called out for a taxi. I will drop you off. continued. He
No; you go in, enjoy the party I will see you later. I said and entered the taxi.
When I entered through the front door I found my suitcases packed and in front in the hallway. What the hell is happening? I asked straight up. We have to head straight to the airport. My dad stated.
The flight was tomorrow morning. I said hastily.
There was a bit of mix up and the flights were changed. He replied.
I just nodded. Come-on the driver s waiting. My dad stated before leaving the house. Bye mom; I will be back take care of yourself. her. There s no time; just go. She continued. I hugged
I waved at them before heading out. I roughly tied my hair and was about to call Evette, but the car appeared out of nowhere. The car went straight into the tree. I looked at dad but all I saw was his head covered in blood. I tried to move but my leg was stuck, the driver was unconscious. I saw them walk towards us but soon the lights went out as everything blurred before my eyes.
At first I couldn t open my eyes, the lights were flashing like cameras. I got
up and looked around and what freaked me out was it was not a bloody hospital. What the hell is happening? I screamed when I saw Tyson enter the room. feeling? How are you he questioned.
Tyson, Why are you here? On top of that where am I? asked hastily. You are somewhere safe. was assuring. He I
What about my father?
asked while my throat was aching. He is also been taken care off. He forwarded a glass of water. Why aren t we at a hospital? I looked down. And then to my surprise I saw Troy enter the room. I was slightly shaken when I saw him. I am not getting anything. I blurted out.
I just could not let you leave. Troy responded back. I was
Let me leave. clueless.
Your dad said that he would not come for you. continued. We are talking about dad now. Firstly, this is absurd that after an accident I am at your house. getting up. Who do you think caused the accident? Tyson asked out before leaving the room. I replied while he
My heart beat was fast now. You guys caused the accident? I was trying to accept the truth. How could you? I was about
to leave through the door. Troy was standing right in front of me now How-did-you get-here-so-fast? I was breathless and shocked to my core. It was you; it was you the whole time. I was screaming now while I moved back.
What are you?
beneath my feet was disappearing quickly. Just hear me out. He spoke
out and locked the door. What do you want me to hear? him. I was at variance with
The only way we could get to your dad was through you; he came looking for you as soon as he heard about us. continued. Heard about you? He
Your dad made a pact with us; but he broke his promise and the only way we could seek revenge was through you. he continued.
You used me to get to my dad. I was trying to understand. You should rest; we will talk later. He continued before leaving the room. I am not staying here. yelled. I
You have no other option. He stated and locked the room. I did not know what time it was when I heard the locks open. I jumped up when I saw his face. This is kidnapping. clearly avowed. You will understand everything; you need rest. He continued. You think that stuffing me into a room would make me feel better? I want to see my I
father; otherwise I swear I will do something you will regret. I threatened. He walked closer and held my face you thing you can harm yourself around here; you have no control over yourself now because you belong to me now. You are making me hate every inch of you. I replied. You will hate your father more when you find out the truth perhaps maybe it s time that you should meet him. He
continued and grabbed my arm and headed downstairs. I saw my father lying down on the ground. Let go of me. I rushed towards my father. Dad- Dad wake up. a terrible mess. Zuri; are you alright? looked at my neck while asking. You should tell her the truth. me. Somebody spoke behind he I was in
I am Henry; Troy s father. He stated to me.
You should tell your daughter about how you sold her. He continued. Dad what are they talking about? I was crying now.
He did not speak a word but I assumed that he was still in state of shock. I do not think he can explain it to you correctly; your father made a deal with us he could not fulfill, so we asked him to pay the debts. he stated.
So the only way he thought he could do that was to let go of his most precious thing. He continued.
I was trying to grasp what he was telling me. Soon we found out that he had a daughter; so we made the pact that he would let go of his daughter forever, and you will turn into one of us. He stated.
What do you mean by one of us? I questioned.
My darling; did Troy not tell you about us yet. He asked me with a sadistic laughter. The Immortality, the new beginning He continued. Do not tell me that you guys are freaking vampires. I saw Lydia enter the room with Ivan. Lydia. I whispered.
So you also know my niece Lydia. He asked me. Lydia is your niece. shocked to hear that. I was
Dad just tell me that whatever they are saying is a lie. I was begging him. What you want to believe is the truth. Lydia spoke.
So you are all telling me that this was all planned and you guys are blood-suckers. I said vehemently. Seems she absorbed it well enough Mr. Henry continued.
Troy, please take her now. It s time. He ordered to Troy.
What do you mean by that? Time for what? I questioned while I saw Troy standing next to me now. I am not going anywhere. I clearly stated but everything was useless now. Dad do something. and headed upstairs. I am begging you to let me go. I was yelping for help. I was
screaming while Troy held me
I could have done that before but now I cannot; I am
seriously in love with you. he stated out. If you loved me even a slightest you would have told me everything, you were scaring the hell out of me and you enjoyed it. yelling. There are something s you do not understand; but with time everything will change we will live together for eternity. He was overwhelmed by the thought. Eternity I was laughing I was
Please get dressed.
stated and locked the room.
I will be turned into something I never wanted. Never dreamt that I would stand at this crossroad; if my dad had told me the truth from the beginning things would have been differentAn embellished silk strapless dress was laid on the bed in front of me. Lydia entered the room.
You were my friend. stated with disgust.
I am still your friend; we need to get you dressed. replied. What are they going to do to me? I asked while she brushed my hair. Troy really loves you; he won t make it painful for you. she continued. She
How can you say that he loves me? I questioned.
If he did not love you he would not have kept you alive all this time. She replied. You want me to think that my fate is this. I was unsure.
What is your relationship with Ivan and Tyson? hastily. I asked
Noel is my fiancée, and Tyson is my cousin through my mother s side. She answered. I was
You are all vampires? confused.
We are all blood related; you will understand once you
join the family. replied.
I looked more like a bride, I never thought that time would stop for me when I am only 18. I wore a gold quartz bracelet and white gold diamond studs and necklace. Why am I dressed like a bride? I asked heedlessly.
Before the initiation of your vampire life you will be married to Troy officially. Lydia answered. My eyes popped out.
No big deal; the family is anxiously waiting for the new family member. She continued. She helped me get downstairs cause I just couldn t move. Everything was prepared in the exquisite way. I thought that I would walk down the aisle with my father but right now everything was different. I saw my future vampire husband right in front of me and doing anything stupid would be no good. Lydia my
maid of honor and Tyson and Ivan Troy s best man was sounding terribly stupid. I looked around and the whole place was filled with the vampire relatives. And I was wedded to a vampire. It did not bother that there were vampires all around me but that I would be like them after a couple of hours was heart dropping. I am not feeling well. told Troy. I
vexed but his qualms did not affect me anymore. I have to sleep. I said
vehemently and left him standing alone. Zuri- Zuri he called out for me while I rushed upstairs. What? I shouted.
I cannot sleep anymore now? I asked uncouthly. Why are you so upset with me? he asked.
I cannot answer this question for you because you know exactly why I am acting like this. frantically. My chamber is downstairs on the left. me. Oh now I can only sleep in my husband s room. yelling. I was He registered to I stated
Zuri I am begging you; don t make it hard for me. he was right in front of me now.
I am not amazed by your speed walking so please stop doing this. I headed downstairs. Troy grabbed my arm and now I was only inches away from his face, I saw the lust in his eyes. If you dare to touch me again I swear I will fucking kill you myself. pushed him aside. I did it once I can do it twice; and you know it s true. I continued. I
Whatever you are doing will only cause collateral
damage. me now.
He was shouting at
I already am the collateral damage. I registered to him.
I headed into his room, I broke every single thing, tore all the pillows. I felt like crying. Shortly Troy entered the room and was not shocked to see the state of the room. He perfectly knew that I had gone rogue and nobody could stop me now, and if he turned me I would definitely run away.
To share the same bed with someone was totally awkward. I could not sleep with the thought of sleeping next to him. My thoughts were disturbed with the noise caused in the house. Troy rushed out to see what was happening while my eyes were half closed. When I opened the door the whole damn house was on fire. I knew who caused it, and that s why I locked the door, blocked the doorway and the windows.
I clearly knew that when Troy would register that I am not around it would be too late. He would die if he tried to safe me. It only took him two minutes and then he was knocking on the door Zuri open it up was shouting. he
Let s go Troy. I heard Tyson s voice telling him to leave. Zuri open the door. He tried to break it open but I figured the hallway would already be lit with fire.
He broke the bloody door open but the room was already covered with flames Zuri looked at me while I was standing by the window. The debt will end today; if I die everything will be the same as before. I replied. he he
You have to come with me was literally begging. I do not want to stay in this twilight; I don t want
to share the darkness of your life with you, I know you can find your way through this
but I will never. him.
I saw tears in his eyes but I stood still and did not move an inch while the air around me suffocated me. I dropped on the floor I saw Tyson and Ivan carry him out of the room and that was the last I knew.
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