More than anything I wanted to bust through the window and rip Lance and Dani apart with my bare hands. I pictured the scene in my mind and my stomach responded with a loud gurgle. I realized that I was so hungry that I could hardly think straight. I pressed the palms of my hands into the glass harder and harder until I thought it was going to give under the pressure. There was a faint cracking sound that instantly jolted me out of my trance. “Get a grip, Ever.” I scolded myself as I hid in the woods. “Did you hear that, Lance? It came from outside! I think someone is trying to break in! What do we do?” I could hear Dani freaking out. “Just stay here. I’ll go check.”
I watched from behind a tree as Lance searched the backyard with a flashlight then he walked right by me and shined the light down both directions of the street. He was so close that I could smell his aftershave. Another hunger pang wracked my body and I absentmindedly reached for him. My fingers were only an inch from his neck when he suddenly whirled around and faced me. He was so startled, he dropped his flashlight. “You’re trespassing on private property, lady! Get out of here or I’ll call the police!” Before he could get a better look at me, I ran away from him as fast as I could.
I was trying to get back home but I took a wrong turn somewhere. The dimly lit path I was on seemed unfamiliar to me. A moment later, someone crashed into me and knocked me to the ground. “Sorry.” The figure muttered and continued to walk away. “Yes. I’m fine, thanks for asking.” I called out after them as I stood and dusted myself off. The person stopped dead in their tracks at the sound of my voice…then quickly backtracked to me. I closed my eyes and grit my teeth. “I’m warning you now.” I growled. “You do not want to mess with me.” There was a sharp intake of breath. “Ever?” There was so much sorrow and hope in that one word…I knew there was only one person it could be.
“Aiden?” I turned around and met his eyes. He looked as if he were on the verge of tears. “Is this a dream?” He whispered. “No. But it might be a nightmare.” I told him solemnly. “I don’t care.” He took my hands in his and kissed my knuckles. “Anything is better than a world without you.” I felt a tiny flutter in my belly but this time it wasn’t hunger. “You always say the nicest things.” I smiled at him. “Will you come with me? Back to my place?” Aiden blushed when I raised my eyebrows and smirked. “Just to talk, of course.” He cleared his throat nervously. “We have a lot to discuss.”
“Okay. But I might try to eat you.” I teased halfheartedly. His eyes widened briefly but then he shrugged. “As long as it’s you…I don’t think I’d mind very much.”