I wandered around aimlessly for a while not knowing what to do with myself. Eventually I ended up at Aiden’s house. I went down to the cellar and curled up in his bed, wrapping the blankets around my body. They still smelled like him. I laid there in a heap of misery for who knows how long…then suddenly I had an idea. I jumped up and ran to the odd circle Aiden had drawn to bring me back to life. There was a stack books next to it. I grabbed the first one from the pile and turned to the page that was dog-eared. It was in another language but still I tried to chant some of the words out loud. “I don’t understand any of this!” I cried out in exasperation then threw the book across the room. It landed near a box I didn’t notice before. Inside of it was the outfit I’d been buried in.
Without a second thought, I put on my old dress then turned off the lights as I left. I made my way towards the house on the hill that overlooked the town…the one that Aiden wanted to buy for us. I climbed the stairs all the way to the top of the tower and went out on the balcony. It had started snowing. A little white flake landed on my nose but I was unfazed by it…I felt hollow inside. I gazed at the ground and contemplated how far down it was. 20 feet? 30 feet? And if I jumped would it even kill me? Or would I just get back up like nothing happened? “Am I going to live for eternity?” I whispered and wiped away a tear. “Alone?”
The door creaked open behind me. “Somehow I knew I’d find you here.” I whirled around and couldn’t believe what I was seeing. “Aiden!” I flew into his arms. “But how?” I looked up at him expectantly. “I’m the same as you, Ever. Dead…but not really.” I gaped at him. “Why didn’t you tell me?” He chuckled in response. “I tried, really, but there were more important things going on. I thought there would be time to discuss it later.” He cupped my chin and stared into my eyes. “And now we have all of the time in the world.”
“I’ll never leave your side again.” I swore.
“I wouldn’t say that just yet.” I furrowed my brows in confusion as he talked. “I started dabbling in the dark arts while I was boarding school. I wasn’t having the best time there…in fact, I was being terrorized. I only wanted to protect myself but that spell was way over my head.” He shook his head in shame. “It didn’t happen until after I finished there and came home. I went to your graduation to watch you walk across the stage then I heard about the after-party at Lance’s. I was on my way there when a car swerved off of the road and hit me. I woke up in the woods three days later…and I was starving. I killed my parents, Ever.” I gasped but remained where I was. “Their bodies, for the most part, are in my deep freezer. They didn’t deserve what happened to them but I’ve come to terms with it. I didn’t know what I was doing back then…I do now.”
“Is this also why you stayed away from me for so long?” I asked. “Yes. I couldn’t control myself. And the last thing I wanted to do was hurt you.” He embraced me tightly. “I understand that. But did you really think your secrets would change the way I feel about you?” He gave me a small smile and shrugged. “Maybe.”
“Is this the life I imagined for myself? No…but I want it. More than anything. I love you, Aiden.” I stood on my tiptoes and kissed him tenderly on the lips. “And I love you.” He declared. “Always and forevermore.”