Category Archives: Forever Yours

FY 37


She was on fire. Literally. Ruby furiously patted out the flames that spread all over her body. I grabbed a blanket from the couch and wrapped it around her. “What were you thinking? It’s broad daylight outside!” The smell of scorched flesh filled my nostrils. “You’re crazy. You know that right?” She let out a whimper as I held her close. “I would risk even my life just to see you one last time.” The blanket dropped to the floor and I noticed that her skin had already returned to normal. “I have made so many mistakes, my love. I have been selfish and inconsiderate. And it pains me to know that I hurt you.” She hung her head in shame. “But will you not let me at least try to redeem myself?” I crossed my arms and glared at her. “And why would I do that?” I asked through gritted teeth. “Because I hope you feel for me the way I feel for you.” She said quietly. “And what exactly do you feel for me, Ruby? If you really loved me, you wouldn’t have killed someone I cared about!” I yelled. She stomped her boot in frustration. “You are so quick to pass judgement! What would you have done in my place, Luke? Tell me!” Her question floored me. “I-I uh…crap. I don’t know.” I paced back and forth, thinking. “I would’ve tried to save everyone.” I insisted. “But what if you could not?” She snapped. “It is an impossible situation, is it not?” She was right…sort of. I threw my hands up in the air. “I don’t want to talk about this anymore, okay? Just give me a few minutes and I’m gone.”

In a blur as fast as lightning, I was shoved onto the loveseat. Ruby straddled me and put her arms around my neck. I sat there with a bewildered expression on my face. Then she kissed me gently on the forehead and brushed her lips across my cheek. “Ruby…this is probably a bad idea.” I warned as I tried to get up. It was like going up against a freight train. But once her mouth pressed into mine, I didn’t even try to fight her. I ran my fingers through her hair as she slid her tongue into my mouth and entangled it with mine. Her nails dug into my back and I crushed her closer against my body. The kiss grew deeper and more feverish by the minute. Eventually I had to pull away and take a deep breath of air. Ruby laid her head against mine and sighed contentedly. “From the moment I laid eyes on you, I knew that all I wanted was for you to love me.” She whispered into my ear. “That was an easy task. You’re not like anyone I’ve ever met.” I winked. Her eyes burned into mine. “If you keep looking at me like that, I’ll have to kiss you again, Luke.” She informed me. “No.” I shook my head. “It’s my turn this time.” I tackled her and pinned her the cushion below us. “I wish this moment didn’t have to end.” She spoke in between kisses. I nuzzled her neck and mumbled my agreement. But I knew better…all good things end sooner or later.

FY 36


I felt a lot of mixed emotions as I observed Ruby’s underground lair. Anger, hate, despair, and there was another feeling that I couldn’t deny…I felt safe. I shook my head and chalked it up to the glamour she’d used on me. That had to be it. I looked down at my watch and decided I had plenty of time to spare. I just needed to be gone before nightfall…in case any bloodsuckers decided to come looking for me. I took a hot bath and scrubbed at my skin vigorously. I felt so unclean and I wished I could’ve washed away everything that happened to me in the last few days. Hell…make that the last few weeks. I wanted to forget it all. I stayed in the tub so long that my water turned frigid and my fingers were pruny. I quickly dried off and slid on a clean pair of jeans then began searching for the rest of my things. I didn’t have much but I wanted to take what little I had with me. I found the old cellphone Kate gave me the night she left me at the church…it would come in handy while I hunted down my mother. All I knew was that she was somewhere in Willow Creek. And I was determined to find her…even if that meant knocking on every door in town.
I looked around once more to make sure I’d gotten everything and I was drawn to the organ in the corner of the room. I ran my fingers over the keys and was instantly reminded of the conversation we had on the first day I met Ruby. I closed my eyes and let myself remember. She’d promised to teach me to play. I watched her mouth move as she spoke and hung on every word she said. I noticed how plump and kissable her lips were and how her big eyes danced in the candlelit room. I’d been completely mesmerized by her. But…would I ever be able to tell the difference between what was real and what wasn’t? An angry growl erupted from my throat and I slammed my hands down on the keys. None of it mattered anyway. I’d never forgive her for killing Kate.
I stood up when I heard a weird noise coming from inside the crypt. It sounded like…a bat? I backed away when I realized that smoke was seeping under the door. “This cant be good.” I muttered to myself. I grew more nervous as the cloud grew bigger and bigger. Finally Ruby materialized in the midst of it. I groaned loudly. “Aww, come on!”

FY 35


After their feast, Rose and Vlad began dancing around the room…to music only they could hear. Ruby finished last, then stood and wiped her mouth. “Luke.” She called to me, reaching out a timid hand. I ignored her and sank down to the floor next to Kate. “Just don’t, okay? I need a minute.” I mumbled as I hid my tear-stained face. Kate was dead. I stared at her lifeless body and my heart ached. I’d failed to save her. If only she’d never came looking for me….she’d still be alive. “I need to bury her.” I said finally. “No. I can do it. You need not to worry about that.” Ruby told me with a small smile. “You know she was a cop right?” I asked, looking up to meet Ruby’s eyes. “People will come searching for her. But I guess you’ll find a way to get rid of them too, huh?” Ruby flinched at my words. “I understand that you are upset with me, my love. But please…try to understand. I did what I had to do. For you.”

I rose to my feet in a huff. “I didn’t ask you to intervene! I’d made up my mind! It was my choice…not yours!” I yelled angrily. “I could not just stand by and let you die right before my eyes!” Ruby cried. “What do you care? You’ve been alive for three centuries…I’m just a blip in time. Years from now, I’ll be dead and rotting. But not you. You’ll still be running around, drinking blood, and killing whoever you want.” I lashed out. She recoiled from me as if I hit her. “This is not how it was meant to be.” She whispered sorrowfully. “You got what you wanted. This stupid house! And Kate had to die for it. I hope you’re happy here for many more centuries to come. Forever alone.” I turned on my heel and left.

I half expected her to come flying down the road after me like some kind of banshee in the dark. But my trek was uninterrupted surprisingly. And by the time I reached the old farmhouse that I’d once of thought of as home, the sun was peeking through the trees.

FY 34


Rose abruptly lunged across the table to me, her hands clawing for my face. “Come on now! A little warning would be nice!” I yelled as I jumped out of the way. “Rose…they have not come to a decision yet.” Vlad wagged his finger at her. “Be patient.” Rose groaned and rubbed her stomach. “Enough of these games, beloved. You know we cannot let them leave.” She whined. “Luke will remain untouched. I do not care about the girl.” Ruby warned them both as she came to stand next to us. I glared in her direction and she merely shrugged. “You bring a human here and think there will not be consequences? Are you mad, Ruby? They will either be turned or be drained. That is the way it has always been. But your pet obviously despises you, so that leaves only one choice.” Rose paused for dramatic effect. “Death.” Her voice echoed throughout the room. “I cannot allow that. You will have to kill me first.” Ruby spat, her yellow eyes flashing in anger. “Oh, that can definitely be arranged, sister.” Rose retorted bitterly. “Silence!” Vlad ordered as he stepped in between the sisters who were snapping at each other’s necks. “One must choose or Rose will get her wish-“

“Me.” I interrupted before he could go on any further. “I choose me.” Ruby gasped in dismay. “Just let Kate go.” Vlad looked especially pleased with my answer. “Luke, no!” Kate whimpered. “You can’t do this.” I gulped loudly as the vampires crowded in closer to us. “You’re my friend, Kate. And you’ve tried your best to look out for me ever since we met…did you really think I’d sacrifice your life to save mine?” I asked as I reached out for her hand. “There’s got to be another way.” She whispered to me. I shook my head. “I’ve been nothing but trouble all my life. So just for today…let me be the hero.” The vampires watched our exchange in silence. Kate grasped my fingers tightly in hers and nodded at last. “Okay.” She sobbed. Vlad cleared his throat to get her attention. “You may leave now.” He pointed towards the door. She slowly slid her hand out of mine without meeting my eyes. “Thank you, Luke. I’ll never forget you.” She promised.

As Kate began to walk to the door that held her freedom, a deafening wail enveloped the room. It was Ruby. She had a wild look to her eyes that I’d never seen before. She flung herself in front of Kate to block her path. “I. CHOOSE. YOU.” Ruby growled through her fangs. And in one effortless motion, she wrapped her hands around Kate’s neck and twisted it until there was a sickeningly loud crack. Realizing what she’d done, Ruby immediately released Kate from her grasp. I stared in horror as all of the hungry vampires latched themselves to Kate’s body.

FY 33


As we were seated, Rose told Vlad everything she had learned since we arrived. “Can you believe that she had the audacity to think that this was her house? Being in the ground too long made her crazier than she already was.” Rose jeered rudely at her sister. Ruby let out a deep growl and dug her nails into her hands until they bled. Tensions were rising…quickly. “Rose, that is not how we treat our guests.” Vlad scolded her gently. “But Ruby is right, of course. A promise is a promise. The manor is indeed hers.” Ruby sat back in her chair with a smug smile on her face. “We will leave tonight. But first we will share a meal together.” I met Kate’s eyes from across the table. Did he mean us? “Oh fine. I hear that Paris is lovely this time of year.” Rose mentioned coyly. “Then that is where we shall go.” Vlad promised as he leaned over to kiss her. All the while, Ruby stared daggers at them both.
“Can we eat now? I’m starving!” Rose complained and banged her fist on the table. “Absolutely. But pace yourself this time, my beautiful flower. You do not want to drink too fast like you did last time or you will get sick again.” Vlad warned her. “You always know what is best for me.” Rose beamed. “Is he not the greatest of all time?” She asked Ruby with a sly smile. “Keep testing me, Rose. I will rip your head off without hesitation.” Ruby spoke threw gritted teeth. “Enough. It is time to eat.” Vlad interrupted. “Now where do we start?” He asked cheerfully. “With him!” Rose pointed to me and grinned. Yep. I totally saw that coming.
Ruby jumped up from the table. “Vlad…this is not what we agreed upon.” She challenged him angrily. “I am sorry if I seemed misleading, dear Ruby, but I never agreed to your terms.” He glared up at her. Ruby’s eyes grew wide…she actually looked scared. “You would not dare.” She whispered. “It will be one or it will be both.” He threatened in a low voice. I glanced over at Kate…there were tears streaming down her face. “You lied.” Kate sobbed. “You said you’d let us go.” Vlad chuckled. “I did no such thing. I said I would let you decide.” He shrugged. “Decide what exactly?” I butted in. “You get to choose who lives and who dies.”

FY 32


The clock struck midnight…it was time for dinner. I made my way down the stairs and was walking past the kitchen when I noticed something in there that made me stop. There was a woman crumpled up on the floor. “Hey, are you okay?” I whispered as I bent down and shook her. She groaned and looked up at me. “Kate!” I gasped. “What are you doing here? How? Why? Are you hurt?” I bombarded her with questions as I helped her to her feet. “I’m so happy to see you, Luke. I knew you were still alive.” She hugged me tight. “So much has happened while you were gone. Your picture has been plastered all over town. Joey Hunter is offering a $25,000 reward to whoever finds you.” I shook my head and listened as she went on. “Jett and Bree are missing, probably dead. And your mother’s house was burned down.” I opened my mouth in shock. “She’s fine though. She finally let us put her in a safe house in Willow Creek.” I let out a sigh of relief. “I followed your trail and it led me to this town. I was snooping around…but I think someone knocked me out and brought me here.” She rubbed her neck. “Let me see.” I moved her hand and peered closer. There were two tiny puncture holes…she’d been bitten. “We have to get out of here, Kate. Now.” I told her urgently. “Okay. I’ll take you to your mom, she’s been really worried about you.” She analyzed the room quickly. “Maybe we can squeeze out of this window.” She pointed over the sink.
“I see you have met our other visitor.” We both froze in place as Vlad stepped into the kitchen. “Rose will find you something more suitable to wear.” He nodded to Kate. “And you will come with me to the dining room.” He grinned at me and showed his fangs. “What is he?” Kate whispered in awe. I stepped in front of her protectively. “Nah, I don’t think so. I’ve had enough of these games. We’re leaving.” I tried to shove him out of the way but it was as if he was made of stone. “Do not be silly, boy. We have already discussed this. I have a dinner to host and the two of you are the guests of honor this evening.” He snapped irritably. “So if we go to your party, then you’ll let us go?” Kate asked in a shaky voice. “No, Kate. It’s a trap, I’m sure of it.” I hissed to her in warning. “I will let you decide.” Vlad smiled slyly. She nodded in agreement. “Lead the way.”

FY 31


“You must be Vlad.” I extended my hand and tried not to flinch at his cold touch. “Indeed, I am. And you are?” He raised a curious brow. “This human belongs to Ruby, my immortal beloved. His name is Luke.” Rose sneered as she appeared next to Vlad. “Ruby is here?” He exclaimed in surprise. Rose frowned and nodded. “Oh, how marvelous!” He rubbed his hands together. “The whole family is back together again! And she came bearing gifts!” He smiled wickedly. “Let us all get freshened up now. Dinner will be served in an hour. I will be looking forward to it.” His eyes gleamed as he spoke. “Do make yourself at home….Luke. You may get changed in my room.” He motioned upstairs. But I stood my ground. “No.” I cringed as his animalistic green eyes burned into mine. “You will do anything he tells you to do! Idiotic pet!” Rose growled. My blood was boiling. “Or what? You’ll kill me? Just get it over with already!” The two vampires looked at each other and began laughing like I’d told the funniest joke ever. “The boy has a death wish! I like him!” Vlad slapped his knee. He pointed upstairs once more and this time, I caved.
“I look like a posh idiot.” I grumbled while looking at myself in the mirror. “I think you look wonderful.” Ruby spoke quietly from the doorway. “Well, no one really cares what you think…so yeah.” I told her coldly. “What exactly is going to happen at this dinner party anyways? Are you all going to take turns draining my blood? Because that’ll be great.” The sarcasm dripped from my voice. “Thanks for bringing me here by the way. So your ex can eat me.” She sighed and came into the room. “I have already apologized, Luke. I do not know what else I have to do or say to prove that my intentions were good.” She laid a hand against my cheek. “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.” I muttered under my breath and pulled away. “And it is best to do what Vlad asks. He likes to entertain but acts like a child when he does not get his way.” Ruby told me sullenly as she stepped in front of me and helped straighten my bow tie. “After he has had his fun, you will be able to leave. That is if you still wish to go.” She added with a tiny bit of hope in her voice. “Yeah, I do.” Her sorrowful expression returned. “Very well. I will make sure you leave here in one piece. You have my word.” She promised. There was a loud crash downstairs and Ruby excused herself to go see what was going on. I sat down on the bed and watched the clock slowly tick by. There was nothing to do but wait now.