She had locked up her office and gave the keys to Sam. Alison and Adam handed her a small white shopping bag, she looked inside seeing burp cloths, pacifiers, navy blue onesies, and a stuffed brown dog.
“Thank you so much.” Rae paused; “I know this place is in good hands. And a huge thanks for not getting anything pink.”
Alison laughed, “Gina and Sam warned me before I headed to the store.”
There was a knock on the door. Sebastian waved and she turned to her friends. They gathered around her in a group hug.
“I’ll be back before you all know it.” Rae whispered
She walked out of the studio seeing the camera’s flashing. The vultures were out as Sebastian opened the car door for her. As he got in, she put her gift in between her feet.
He started the car and pulled away from the studio.
“How are you feeling?” He asked
“Better; the morning sickness kicked my ass.” She replied, “Where are we going?”
“You’ll see…” He replied
She sometimes hated when he plans or surprises her with something. He wasn’t intimidated by her independence, but he liked to spoil her occasionally. The car stopped in front of the city’s courthouse and she smiled.
“We’re getting our marriage license. And then you’re going shopping for a dress.” He explained
“You want to move the wedding up?” She asked
“Rae, the baby’s growth will begin to accelerate. You’ll be in your last trimester in probably four weeks. We can have a private ceremony at the mansion.” He replied
It was a valid point, who knew how much her body would endure between now and when it comes time to give birth. “No regrets…” She had said after meeting him.
“C’mon let’s go.”
He parked the car and they went into the courthouse.
Three weeks had passed, and she looked nine months along. She looked malnourished, bones were visible, and her spine poked out her back. Her face, once full had thinned out with a pair of dull brown eyes that had sunk into her head.
The baby was going too fast. Any nutrients she consumed were immediately given to the baby, but she couldn’t keep up. Danielle had brought her synthetic blood to drink, which gave her some strength back.
One Saturday night, it was movie night with Sam, Clint, and Melanie. She stood in the bathroom, fixing the skirt of her navy maternity dress. Sebastian appeared beside her and they slowly walked down the hall and downstairs. Sam had put on ‘Spaceballs’ and hit ‘play’. She sat down on the couch and Sebastian sat next to her.
“I’m sorry that this is such a boring party.” Rae commented
“Yeah because this is such a hootnanny.” Melanie giggled
Everyone laughed, but it got quiet as the movie started. Half way through, she felt a sharp pain, but it disappeared. It came back, she stood up, something snapped, and she screamed.
“Rae!” Melanie gasped
Blood started running down her legs forming a small puddle on the floor. He scooped her up into his arms and blurred over to the mansion. “Faith!” Sebastian yelled. She appeared at the top of the staircase, seeing Rae squirming in pain. “Bring her upstairs…” Faith commanded.
The scent of blood danced around their noses, it put them in a trance to drink.
“Clint… snap out of it!” Melanie screamed
“Clint… babe... c’mon… “Sam whispered
Melanie walked up to him, but Sam slapped him bringing out of the trance. Innocent blood was never to be drunk, unless the person was willing to be turned. It had tempted many to drink, but most knew better. He shook his head and looked around, his hand rubbed against his cheek feeling the stinging of the slap heal.
“What the hell was that for?” He asked
“You looked ready to pounce on my best friend and drink her blood.” Sam replied
“Weakling…” Melanie muttered
“I heard that Mel… don’t start princess…”
“Where does she keep her cleaning supplies?” Melanie asked
“Underneath the sink in the kitchen.” Sam replied
She got up, Clint followed, but placed his hand on her shoulder.
“You go upstairs and get a change of clothes for Rea. I’ll stay here and help Melanie clean up.” He explained
“Are you sure?” Sam asked
“Go Sam; she’s going to need you.”
She kissed him on the cheek and went upstairs. Walking into hers and Sebastian’s closet she brushed her hand over her clothes.
They brought her into the examination room. He lied her down on the hospital bed, Rae moaned.
“The placenta must have separated.” Faith explained
She put on a pair of gloves and opened her bag. As she took out a small bottle of morphine and a needle. It filled, and she walked over to Rae who was trying to remain still. The pressure from the injection was strong at first, but then the pain gradually began to fade. She still felt it as Faith picked up a scalpel. Sebastian lifted her dress up revealing her large stomach.
“The morphine should have taken effect by now.” Faith said
“Hurry… save my baby…” Rae whispered
Faith made the incision, Sebastian took Rae’s hand into his. Rae stared up at her husband. She began thinking back to their wedding four months ago. White string lights hung around the throne room, it’s black walls glowed along with the polished dark wooden floor. Sebastian stood on the steps leading up to the two thrones with Raven behind him. They wore black suits and shoes.
Danielle and Nicholas had flown in the priest who married Cat and Armand. He was still adjusting to becoming an immortal at fifty years old. It made him feel younger and the pain of arthritis was gone. The doors to the room opened, Gina walked inside, followed by Sam. Both wore short strapless blood red dresses. Rae appeared being escorted by Nicholas. She wore a long ‘A-line’ off-white dress with matching flats. Her hair was loose and wavy, and she carried a small bouquet of red roses. It was a relief her dress still fit, she hadn’t begun to show.
She and Nicholas stopped before the priest. He kissed her on the cheek and joined Danielle.
“Dearly beloved we’re gathered here tonight to join this man and woman in holy matrimony. If anyone here this evening objects to the union of Rae and Sebastian, let them speak now or forever hold your peace.” He paused; “Seeing no objections, let us continue. The rings please.”
Raven reached into his pocket, taking out two white gold bands tied with a white ribbon. He untied the ribbon and handed the rings to the priest. Rae and Sebastian took each other’s ring.
The priest smiled and looked over at Sebastian.
“Sebastian place the ring on Rae’s finger and repeat after me. Rae, I take you as my wife, to honor, support, and cherish for all eternity.”
He slipped the ring onto her finer, “Rae, I take you as my wife, to honor, support and cherish for all eternity.”
She felt the tears welling up in her eyes but held back as the priest turned to her.
“Rae place the ring on Sebastian’s finger and repeat after me. Sebastian, I take you as my husband, to honor, support and cherish for all eternity.”
Her hand shook, but she slipped the ring onto his finger and mouthed “I love you.”
“Sebastian, I take you as my husband, to honor, support and cherish for all eternity.”
The priest placed cupped his hands over theirs and looked up to address the small crowd.
“Let these vows symbolize a bond of love. A bond that will last eternity. By the power vested in me, by the state of New York; I now pronounce you man and wife. Sebastian, you may kiss your bride.”
He took her into his arms, dipping her into a “Hollywood kiss”, everyone applauded. Slowly he pulled her back up and they turned to everyone smiling. They walked into the hall, followed by Raven who escorted Gina and Sam them out.
“Congratulations!” Sam cheered
She hugged them both. Danielle and Nicholas walked up behind her and she looked over her shoulder. “We’ll talk…” She whispered and stepped aside for the Blooms to walk up.
“Congratulations! This arrived from the council today.” Danielle said handing her a medium black box wrapped in a red ribbon.
“Thank you.” Rae replied
She hugged her and Nicholas, Sebastian shook hands with him and then hugged Danielle. Rae opened the box to see a necklace. A black braided chain held a black heart shaped charm outlined in silver, next to it was a men’s ring and on the inside two hears intertwined with their first initials in each of them.
“Their beautiful.” Rae commented
Crying brought her back to reality, Faith held up her baby.
“It’s a girl…” Faith cheered
Rae looked up and smiling, tears running down her face.
“Welcome to the world pretty girl….” She whispered
Faith took the baby and began cleaning her off. Sebastian looked down at his wife, he heard her heart beat slowing, death was slowly approaching. He cupped her face and leaned down, his fangs extended, and she gasped as they pierced her skin. Her memories flooded his mind, he had to stay focused.
He pulled back and cut his wrist with his nail. She was breathing heavily, as he held her head up and offered his wrist. Her mouth opened and wrapped around the open wound. The metallic taste hit her tongue and he moaned feeling every movement.
The baby had stopped crying, as Faith cleaned her off and then wrapped her in a blood red blanket. He pulled his wrist away, she smiled and then felt sleep taking over. Instead of fighting it, she fell asleep.
“Rae….” Sam gasped
She stood in the entranceway clutching the clothes to her chest. Tears welded up in her eyes. Sebastian looked up seeing her. “Don’t worry Sam she’ll be fine.” Sebastian said. Relief came over her, Faith made sure everything was disposed in her ‘Biohazard’ trash cans. She smiled and walked passed Sam, leaving the room. Sebastian picked his wife up and Sam followed him down the hall into the bathroom.
The teal tiles lined the walls and a white porcelain tub stood in the center. It’s chrome dragon shaped feet sparkled as he ripped off her maternity dress. Tonya walked in carrying a black garbage bag and a whicker basket hung from her wrist.
Using her powers, the garbage bag opened, and her dress fell into it. Her undergarments followed. Sam placed her change of clothes on the off-white vanity. Sebastian placed Rae into the full tub. Tonya gestured for Sam to join her. He slowly walked out of the room as Tonya took a large sponge and lavender scented soap from her basket.
“How is she?” Sam asked
Tonya had begun to lather the sponge with soap. She lifted one of Rae’s arms and scrubbed.
“The morphine hasn’t metabolized through her system. She’ll be out for about a day. It slows the change down, slightly.”
They worked in silence as they washed her limp body. Sebastian found Faith waiting at the foot of the stairs. She held his daughter tightly.
“She’s healthy; eight pounds and two ounces. Danielle brought some clothes.” She explained
She handed the baby to him. He smiled meeting a pair of sky blue eyes. It was comforting, knowing his wife brought their daughter into this world. And she would awaken a fledging tomorrow night.
“I’ll monitor her growth rate.” She paused
He knew there was more she wanted to say. Rae had carried her to term, but he knew most hybrids, in the past didn’t live past their eighteenth birthday. Charlotte was the first to survive and he hoped his daughter would be the second. But his focus had to shift to caring for his daughter.
At the cottage, Clint had put the cleaning supplies back underneath the sink. He stood up and leaned against the brown and gold marble counter. Melanie appeared smiling, her small fangs visible.
“That was nice of you to send Sam to help Rae.” She commented
“First compliment of the evening.” He replied
She punched him in the arm and walked out towards the living room. Raven had walked in and was looking around concerned.
“What happened here?” He asked
Melanie hugged him tightly, “Rae went into labor and this living room turned into a bloody crime scene. Clint and I cleaned up.”
“Raven...” Clint paused
“Clint…” Raven said
They shook hands and Sebastian walked in carrying Rae, Sam followed holding the baby. Raven and Melanie stepped aside.
“She’s beautiful…” She whispered
“How’s Rae?” Raven asked
“She’ll be alright and sleep through the rest of the night.” He replied
He went upstairs, Sam sat down with the baby on the couch. Lying her down on their bed, he watched as his blood began healing her body. He then went back downstairs.
“Well then we need to make that spare room upstairs.” Melanie said
“I’d be happy to help.” Sam chimed in
Raven and Clint left to feed, while Sebastian stayed with the girls, who were looking at furniture on Sam’s phone. By two Sam had fallen asleep on the couch holding the baby. Sebastian reviewed all the items being ordered. He placed the cursor into the “special instructions” and began typing. Everything had to be delivered at night. He’d sign for everything and included a little more money to help with assembling. Melanie left, and he went upstairs.
Standing in the entrance way of their bedroom he looked at her. Her body appeared healthy again. It was a relief to him that she was turned, fear crept in as he did it. But he didn’t allow it to cloud his judgement. Not again.
The next night her eyes opened, the lights were turned on. She sat up, noticing someone changed her clothes. Memories of last night hit her like a brick. She remembered going into labor, hearing the cries of her little girl and then everything went dark.
Sebastian saved you, he promised. Immortal; She was no longer a part of the mortal world. The shadows were welcoming her with open arms. It was comforting to step out of the light, but now she could out run the media vultures. The baby… go meet your daughter.
Walking downstairs Sebastian was waiting at the foot of the stairs holding their little girl. Her stomach clenched, the baby looked nine months old. A small round face, dark brown hair and she smiled.
“Hello pretty girl.” Rae whispered
She noticed Sam and her new family sitting in the living room. Tonya walked up to her smiling.
“Happy birthday…” She said
Rae looked at her quizzically “Did I pull a Rip Van Winkle?”
“You’ve been turned Rae. I think of it as a birthday.” Tonya explained
Have you thought of a name Rae?” Danielle asked
Rae nodded, “Melina Ann…”
“Beautiful; we’re sorry everyone, but Danielle and I have a flight back to London. Phil is outside waiting for us.” Nicholas interrupted
Tonya and Melanie hugged their grandparents’ goodbye. Rae gave Melina to Sebastian and then hugged the Blooms. Everyone was saying their goodbyes as she felt a sharp pain in her stomach, Sebastian came up beside her. “You need to feed.” He whispered. She nodded, as he gave Melina to Sam.
After the Blooms left, Sebastian took Rae by the hand and started running. They arrived in Columbus circle. She spotted a young man, in his mid-thirties, dressed all in black and counting a large stack of money. He sat down on the edge of the fountain, adjusting his black wool cap, pushing a piece of blonde hair underneath.
She blurred and appeared sitting next to him, he jumped slightly unsure of where she had come from.
“Busy night?” She asked looking down at his black messenger bag
“You could say that. The biggest heist I’ve ever had in my life.” He replied
His green eyes met hers, as they turned gold briefly and changed back.
“You should celebrate…” She suggested
“Follow me and we’ll get squared away in private.”
Sebastian followed as she led him behind the fountain and statues. She used her powers pinning him against the cold stones. His eyes widened in horror as she walked up to him, but he calmed down as her hand cupped the side of his face.
“Relax…” She whispered
She tilted his head to the left, her fangs extended as they pierced his skin. Her hand quickly moved over his mouth, muffling his screams. Sebastian came up next to her. “Slowly… listen for his heartbeat to slow down…” He said. Using her powers, his neck snapped and she dropped him to the ground. Closing her eyes, she felt his blood running throughout her body, she felt high.
He wrapped his arms around her waist, she turned and hugged him.
“Rae… Rae… you’re crushing my spine…” He said
She let him go and smiled, “I’m sorry, didn’t know I was becoming the Bionic Woman.”
He laughed, “You’re adjusting to your powers.”
Taking her by the hand they started walking and found themselves in Central Park. The snow covered most of the playground equipment and park benches. It was quiet and all you could hear were the roaring of car horns, motorcycles and people cursing at each other.
Melina’s growth was amazing, a month had passed, and she appeared to look thirteen years old. She had learned to walk, talk, within two weeks. Rae and Sebastian had hired a tutor, she had a thirst for learning and it surprised them.
Spring had arrived, the snow melted, trees and plants were in full bloom. Rae walked into the mansion with Sebastian behind her. They walked into the conference room, the council was seated on one end. Melanie, Tonya were standing, but sat down as Rae took her seat at the head of the table.
After Melina was born, the council had sent a basket filled with books and clothes. But last week Rae received a letter from them, asking for a meeting to discuss Melina. “We are concerned about your daughter and would like to discuss her future.” She had become angry, who are they to dictate her daughter’s future? No one was going to tell her how to raise her daughter. No one.
“Good evening Rae, Sebastian. Thank you for meeting with us.” Mercedes began
Rae took a deep breath and blew it out before speaking, “Good evening council members.” She replied
“Before we begin, we apologize for our letter sounding so vague. We are concerned about Melina since she is the first hybrid child born in this century.” Mercedes continued
Sebastian put his hand on Rae’s shoulder and began to massage it. She became less tense, but her guard was still up.
“I understand. Faith has been monitoring her growth and health. Melina is a healthy young lady, looking about thirteen in mortal years. We’re unsure of when she will mature. Sebastian and I hired a tutor to homeschool her, but we want to enroll her in a private school.
“Private school?” Randolph asked
“She wants to meet children her age and interact with them. We don’t want her to be sheltered from the mortal world.” Rae replied
“Remember why we came together.” Chris commented
“Charlotte had almost finished high school. Melina should have the same opportunity.” Lisa added
“Could we meet her?” Leah asked
The door opened, she walked in wearing a pair of black flats, jean mini skirt, and long sleeved purple hooded top. Her hair was in a French braid, falling past her shoulders. Sebastian and Rae stood up as she sat down. They stood behind her.
“Good evening council members.” She said
“Good evening Melina.” Mercedes paused; “You already know your grandparents. These are Leah and Randolph.”
“We’ll leave you all to talk.” Rae said
Rae led the twins and Sebastian out of the room, the door shut behind them. Melina folded her hands folded on the table.
“Have your parents explained to you to why you’re so special?” Leah asked
“They have. I know that I’m the first hybrid born in this century, carried by my mom who was mortal.” Melina replied
“Why would you like to attend school?” Randolph asked
“To see what’s outside these woods and the city. I want to meet mortals my age and just be a kid.”
Rae was sitting in the study at the large dark wooden desk, laptop in front of her. Sebastian came up behind her, messaging her shoulders.
“What are you working on?” He asked
“New furniture for the club and the office.” She replied
He looked, and his eyes widened to see Gothic furniture. There were images of love seats with blood red cushions, dinning room sets, and a new bar.
“It’s beautiful. But Gavin said it would be another month before we can bring in new furniture.”
“I know, but it’ll be here before we know it. Plus, we have to plan for the grand reopening and the debut of my collection.”
“And when we’re ready to reopen. Social media is going to blow up.” Melanie added
Her cell phone rang, hearing Sam’s ringtone she picked up.
“Hey what’s up?” She asked
“Hi! Two things your collection is framed, Gina told Mr. Ming you would email them when you wanted it delivered to the club. And more importantly has the council made a decision?”
“Great. I will email him later. And we’re still waiting for a decision.”
Sam groaned “How long has it been?”
“Two hours and five minutes, but who’s counting?”
They laughed, and she felt a little less nervous. But then Mercedes appeared in the entranceway and waved.
“Sam, I have to go.” She said and ended the call
“The council has made a decision.” She said
They walked back into the conference room, Melina was still sitting as everyone stood behind her. Randolph stood, buttoning his gray blazer and smiled.
“Rae, Sebastian, your daughter is an extraordinary child. After some deliberation we have decided to let Melina enroll in private school.”
Melina’s eyes lit up and she stood up and hugged her parents.
“Thank you, council members.” Rae said
The council remained seated, Mercedes walked up to Rae. “There is still other business we need to discuss.” She said in a low tone. Rae nodded, and they took their seats at the table.
“Melina say good night to everyone, it’s time for bed.” Rae said
“Good night everyone.” Melina chimed in
“I’ll walk her back.” Sebastian suggested
They left the room and Rae turned to face the council. She felt a huge relief and was ready to take on anything. Randolph reached beneath the table opening a light brown leather messenger bag, taking out a manila folder, he took out photos of mangled bodies. Rae began to rethink, Am I ready to take on anything?
“We received these photos from a small coven based up in Montreal, Canada. The Canadian police are investigating but have no solid leads.” Mercedes paused; “Two representatives will be arriving tomorrow night. They are asking for help.”
“This looks like vampire’s rage.” Melanie commented
“What?” Rae asked
“One victim being attacked, regardless of evil or innocent blood. They won’t drink the last drop, but the victim bleeds out.” She explained
“Oh my god.” Rae said
“Did I walk in on the wrong part of this conversation?” Sebastian asked
He walked in and sat down next to Rae.
“Vampire’s rage… two representatives from a Canadian coven are coming tomorrow night. They need our help.” Rae explained
He examined the photos and then handed them to Mercedes.
“Please keep us updated on this matter.” Leah said
They all stood up and exchanged handshakes and the council left. Rae took a deep breath in and blew it out.
“Melanie could you make up two rooms for our guests?” She asked
“Righto.” She replied and blurred up the stairs
“Tonya try and see if there any other articles with crimes like this.” Rae continued
She took Sebastian by the hand and the mansion door opened.
“Thank you. If you’ll excuse us, I need to do some thinking.”
He picked her up in his arms and they blurred out the door. They came home, he put her down and she sat down on the couch.
“You’re doing great so far.” He commented
“Thanks.” She replied, “Now we have to review the top two choices for schools.”
They had spent weeks surfing the web, Sam had visited the schools on Rae’s behalf and brought back broachers and other packets of information. It had come down to two schools Riverdale Country School and Trinity School. Both had excellent education programs and thankfully no uniforms. He brought her all the materials and she reread everything.
“Alright I’m leaning towards Riverdale.” She commented
“Melina was too after taking the tour of both schools.”
“Then Riverdale Country School it is.”
In the city, a bus pulled into Port Authority and its passengers were getting off the bus and walking into the semi-empty station. Two figures, wearing black sneakers, blue jeans, red and black hooded sweatshirts, had taken their hoods down. Their blue and brown eyes adjusted to the bright fluorescent lights as they walked towards the exit. One shook out her brown hair, curls so tight framing her round face. The other kept walking, his short messy brown hair was parted to the left, his face was thin and squared off at the chin. Both carried black backpacks on their backs.
“I’m so happy to be off that damn bus.” She commented
He smiled, “Let me remind you that was all your idea. I would have been fine with flying. Feels amazing to be standing and walking.”
“If we ever travel again, we’ll fly.”
They walked up the steps, leading out to Times Square. Bright lights, car horns, police sirens, filled their ears, but then she spotted a man holding a sign with their names on it. They walked up and both tensed, he was a werewolf.
“Hello and welcome to New York. My name is Phil and I work for the Coven of Armand.” He began
They relaxed as he opened the door for them. He then shut the door and got into the driver’s seat.
“It’s nice to meet you Phil. How long have you been driving for the coven?” The woman asked
“Over fifty years and it has been a pleasure. I don’t belong to a pack, but they’ve become family.” Phil replied
“That is cool.” The man added
“Have you fed?” He asked
“We have. Got lucky that the bus we took made a lot of pit stops.” The woman replied
An hour later they pulled up in front of the mansion, Phil flashed and opened the door for them. As they stepped out, the front door opened, Rae stepped out with Sebastian behind her and Melina appeared next to her mother.
“Welcome, I’m Rae Masters, this is my husband Sebastian, and our daughter Melina.” Rae began
“Hello. I’m Sasha, head of the coven, and this is my second in command Robert, but we call him Sinner.” The woman replied
They all shook hands, Melina looked at Sinner and felt heat rising in her cheeks. Rae led everyone inside and into the living room. Melanie and Tonya were already seated but stood when they entered the room.
“These are my lieutenants Tonya and Melanie. Ladies these are Sasha and Sinner or Rob.” Rae explained
“It’s a pleasure to meet you.” Sasha said
“Please have a seat.” Rae suggested
They all sat down.
“The council told us what was happening. Have you seen these vampires?” Rae asked
“I have, but something doesn’t make sense.” Sasha replied
“What do you mean?” Melanie asked
“There was one night we came so close to saving an innocent victim. But we were too late and after we got there, I could have sworn I heard children laughing.” Sinner replied
“Bloody creepy…” Tonya whispered
Melina stood up and yawned, “Good night everyone. Dad could you walk me home?”
“Sure. I’ll be right back.” Sebastian said
They left the room, Sinner watched Melina and Sebastian leave.
“She’s a hybrid…” He paused; “I thought they were a myth.”
Rae shook her head, “No, Melanie and Tonya’ cousin was the first before she was killed. I carried her to term when I was still mortal.”
“I’m sorry.” He said
Walking into the cottage she felt better not being in the mansion. What is wrong with me? Why do I feel sick to my stomach when I saw him?
“Dad…” She said
“Yeah honey?” He asked
“Never mind... it’s nothing…” She replied
Shake it off, it’s nothing to worry about. She hugged him good night and he shut the door behind him. Her dresser drawer opened and a pair blue plaid pajama bottoms came out along with a black t-shirt. Back at the mansion, Sebastian returned to everyone in the living room.
“The police have become suspicious of us. If you could help us, it would be most appreciated.” Sinner explained
“Of course, we’ll help. Melanie and Tonya will go back with you, just observe for now and track them. Keep your distance. We have business to attend to and we’ll join you in a few days.” Rae continued
“Thank you so much Rae.” Sasha said
“Your welcome. If you’ll excuse me, please make yourselves at home.”
She stood up and felt her back-pocket vibrating, seeing it was Sam, she picked up.
“What happened?” She asked
“They are letting her start school!” Rae cheered
“Whoo hoo! I’m sure she’s so happy.”
“Believe me, there were no words. She just had a huge smile on her face. We must enroll her for the fall semester. But for now, I have coven business to attend to.”
“Well I’ll leave you to it. Call me if you need anything.”
“Sam you are the best.”
“Thanks; it’s what a best friend is here for.”
She hung up and pulled up her email. Gina forwarded the email from Mr. Ming and she opened a new email. As she began typing, Sebastian’s phone rang, and he picked up, but then turned to face Rae. She looked at him quizzically, as he hung up.
“What’s up?” She asked
“It was Mercedes. She wanted to make sure Sasha and Sinner arrived safely. I told her everything was fine, and we’ll be helping them.” He replied
They walked out of the mansion and blurred back to the mansion. Walking inside, Melina was sitting on the steps in her pajamas.
“Melina what are you still doing up? It’s late. Rae asked
“I couldn’t sleep.” Melina replied
“C’mon let’s go up to your room to talk.”
She and Melina walked upstairs and into her room. After climbing back into bed, Rae sat down and put her daughter’s head in her lap.
“What’s wrong?” Rae asked
“Mom I know werewolves imprint on their mates, but can vampires?”
That caught her out from left field, she was hoping that this talk would happen when she matured.
“No vampires don’t imprint on their mates.”
Melina swallowed hard and turned onto her back, staring up at Rae.
“I felt butterflies in my stomach when I saw Sinner.” She continued
Rae sat there feeling stunned but kept her composure.
“That’s a crush Melina. Sinner is older than you and it’s normal.”
“I was afraid to ask Dad about it. I thought he might ground me for eternity…”
Rae laughed and leaned down kissing the top of Melina’s head.
“Between you and me, my dark angel; it was better you asked me about it. Now get some rest and I’ll see you in the morning.”
Walking out of her room, she went downstairs seeing Sebastian standing by the front door. The hunger grew, and she nodded. Blurring out the door, it locked behind them as they headed for the city. They appeared outside her studio. Everything was closed for the night, he took her hand into his and started walking down the street.
“Everything okay?” He asked
“Our daughter just experienced her first crush.” Rae replied
He paused, thoughts of his little girl, who he was protective of. Rae looked up at him and smiled.
“Do I even want to know who?”
“It was Sinner.”
“Oh; least it’s just a crush, nothing to worry about.”
They found themselves outside of Irish pub two men walked out. The stench of alcohol drifted off their breath. They followed them into the ally on the side as they started to relieve themselves. Rae used her powers to immobilize their bodies.
“What the hell?” One asked
Rae walked up to one of them, he was in his early forties, clean shaven, black spiked up hair and brown eyes. She placed her hand on his cheek, his zipper was undone, slowly she leaned in and sank her fangs into his neck.
Sebastian took the other man and held him close to his chest.
“I don’t want any trouble man.” He said
“Too late…” Sebastian whispered
Within ten minutes they leaned the bodies against the wall and she watched as their necks snapped. She licked her lips and took him by the hand. They continued walking. She took out her phone and looked up Riverdale Country Private School.
Dialing the number, it went straight to their voicemail.
“Hello, my name is Rae Masters. I would like to enroll my daughter for the fall semester.”
She left her number and hung up and they continued walking. By eleven O’clock they came home, she looked in on Melina who was fast asleep. After closing the door, Sebastian picked her up, throwing her over his shoulder. He walked into their bedroom, the door shut. Falling onto their bed, she wrapped her arms and legs around him.
Their lips met, and she ripped his t-shirt running her hands all over his body. His lips left hers, began on her neck, his hands slipped of her black sweatshirt and t-shirt. Revealing her black bra, he began placing kisses past her breasts and upon her stomach, stopping at her jeans. She had kicked off her shoes and used her powers to unbutton and unzip her jeans.
He pulled them off along with her panties tossing them over his shoulder. She moaned as his lips found her sacred spot. His tongue worked up and down, she reached down, grabbing his hair and pulling it. Her hips arched as she climaxed, but then she used her powers to pin him against the wall and he noticed his pants being undone and slipping off.
She bent down and took him into her mouth. Her hand gently stroked, while her tongue swirled around. He felt his head spinning in ecstasy, her speed increased, but he stopped her. He picked her up, tackling her onto the bed. She felt him enter her, slowly her hips began grinding against him.
Pulling him closer to her, his thrusts became faster and faster. She wrapped her legs around his waist as they climaxed together. Laying her head on his chest, it amazed her; she wasn’t tired and felt alive.
Their closet opened, and two black duffle bags came out.
At the mansion Melanie had taken out her purple duffle bag and began packing. Raven appeared sitting on the edge of her bed.
“When are you leaving?” He asked
“Tomorrow night…try not to miss me too much.” She replied
He pulled her into her bed, pinning her down. She used her powers and flipped him onto his back and straddled him. The blue walls glowed from the gray lamp sitting on a small brown cone table that was next to a matching bed with French country head and foot boards. Navy sheets and gray comforter covered the bed as she looked down at him and smiled.
“It’s not going to be easy.” He chuckled
The next night, they pulled up in the parking lot of Riverdale Country Private School. As they got out of the car, someone was standing outside the junior building. She looked to be in her early forties, African American, brown hair tied into a ponytail and brown eyes; wearing a pair of black flats, blue jeans, long black duster with pink t-shirt underneath.
“Hello. I’m Willow Thompson.” She began
“Hello, I’m Rae Masters, my husband Sebastian, and this is Melina.” Rae replied
“Hello. It’s nice to meet you.” Sebastian added
“Hi.” Melina said
They all shook hands and she led them inside the building, right into her office. The walls were white, with certificates from colleges in dark wooden frames. They sat down at her light mahogany desk, in matching chairs with black cushions.
A computer with two screens was on the left, to the right were two black plastic trays on labeled applications and the other wasn’t labeled. She opened the top drawer and took out a manila folder with Melina’s name on the tab. She opened it and looked down at the online application, Rae had sent in.
“Bear with me, I need to get into our system.” She commented
Her fingers flew across the keyboard and she smiled.
“Forgive me, but are you Rae Turner?” She asked
“I am.” Rae replied
“I’m a huge fan of your work.”
“Anyway, I already scanned Melina’s application into our system. I need these emergency contact forms filled out and then we’ll set up your schedule Melina.”
She handed Rae and Sebastian two clipboards with pens attached to them. They began filling them out, Melina smiled, but then the scent of flowers, brushed underneath her nose. For a brief second, she noticed a pair of translucent wings coming out from Willow’s back. But then they disappeared, she decided not to say anything.
They handed Willow back the clipboards and she took the forms and placed them into her file.
“Alright Miss Melina, let’s make up your schedule. Now, I know we accepted most of your credits from your tutor. This is good, since it’ll eliminate some courses and you can start the seventh grade in the fall. Here is a list of classes, plus the breaks for recess and lunch periods.” She explained
She handed Melina a piece of paper with her classes and locker assignment in the top right-hand corner with combination.
“Could we have a copy of this?” Rae asked
“I could email it to you Mrs. Masters.” Willow replied
“Thank you. What do you think of your schedule? Rae asked
“I like it.” Melina replied
“Great. All the teachers here are nice. Most of your classes are here in this building.” Willow paused; “And don’t worry, we have a strict policy against paparazzi showing up at the school. We’ve had a few other celebrity children come here. Most of the faculty know how much privacy is appreciated.”
“That is great.” Sebastian said
“And you should be receiving the tuition statement a month before the semester begins. Plus, all of your teachers will be emailing their lists out for all the supplies needed.”
“Excellent. Thank you for meeting with us so late.” Rae continued
“It was no problem. We’ll see you in the fall Melina.” Willow said
They all stood up and shook hands, walking out of the building, Melina smiled and looked up at her parents.
“Thank you.” She said
“Your welcome. We have to leave for a little bit to help Sasha and Sinner.”
Phil appeared with Danielle beside him.
“Grandmother!” Melina cheered
Danielle walked up and hugged her tightly. “Hello love.”
“Where’s Grandfather?” She asked
“He had to stay home. Don’t tell me you’re not glad I’m here.” Danielle replied
Melina giggled, “I’m happy you're here.”
“Wonderful. How did everything go?”
“She’ll be starting school in the fall.”
“I’m glad. Now go say goodbye to your parents and Phil will take us home.”
Melina hugged her parents and then walked over to Phil and Danielle. They walked a few feet away and flashed. Rae and Sebastian walked over to his car, he opened the trunk seeing their duffle bags packed and one extra.
“Ready?” He asked
“I am.” She replied
Her phone rang, and she saw it was Melanie. She picked up and got into the car, the seatbelt buckled her in and Sebastian started the car.
“Hey, we’re in the car. What’s up?” Rae asked
“It’s been interesting tracking these blokes.” Melanie replied
“Sounds like a fun evening.”
Melanie sighed, “Moving on, from what I’ve noticed, they come around at midnight.”
“Interesting, not risking being seen by witnesses.”
“It’s clever. Get up here safely.”
She hung up and put her phone in her pants pocket. Melanie hung up and continued walking along the cobblestone path of a quaint area of town. Shops were closing up, while the cafes and bars were crowded with local patrons.
Sasha appeared walking next to her. They both looked straight ahead.
“Sinner followed some to a small playground around the corner from here.” She whispered
“Rae and Sebastian are on their way.” She paused; “It’s only seven o’clock. Wonder why they’re out so early?”
“Only one way to find out.” Sasha replied
They walked around the corner and at the end of the block was a chain link fence surrounding a small jungle gym. Sinner was perched up in a tree, he looked down to see Sasha and Melanie. They leaped into the tree. He pointed to a small group of teenagers spread out.
“Where’s Tonya?” Melanie whispered
Sinner held up his cell phone, Melanie recognized Tonya’s number, and then heard the group talking.
“He’s late.” One guy commented
“When has he ever been on time?” A girl asked
“Do I sense weakness amongst the ranks? Or is it little faith in your leader? Both?” A voice asked
“What are you talking about?” The guy asked
“I thought so…”
A tall figure appeared standing on the fence with a little girl beside him. The navy hood of his sweatshirt concealed his face, his companion had short dirty blonde hair that touched her ears and wore sneakers, blue jeans, and gray sweatshirt.
“I need more…power...” The girl whispered
“This is getting boring. Hunting at midnight, you promised us a fight.” The guy continued
The little girl let go of his hand, conjured an energy ball, and levitated off the fence.
“You will have your fight…be patient!” The girl shouted
The energy ball faded into her small hand and she returned to her older companion.
“You have your orders. We’ll check back with you in three days.”
Both figures disappeared, and the group came together. They left, and Tonya waited five seconds and then appeared at the base of the tree.
“That was a close one.” Tonya commented
“Next time don’t draw the short straw.” Melanie snapped
“Piss off Mel. Anyway that little girl looked familiar, but I can’t remember where.”
They had started walking, but Melanie stopped and turned. Something or someone was there, but it had disappeared. She shook it off and continued walking.
By the next night, Rae and Sebastian pulled up in front of a large cream colored, two story mansion, numerous windows, and a balcony overlooking the curvy driveway. The large brown door opened, Sasha and Melanie stepped out.
“Bout time you showed up.” Melanie commented
“It’s nice to see you too Melanie.” Rae replied
The trunk opened, and Sebastian took out their luggage.
“Welcome to our home.” Sasha paused; “Would you want to get settled or see the footage we caught?”
“Let’s see the footage.” Rae said
She nodded and led them inside. Stepping onto the white tiled floor, two staircases curved against the off-white walls with dark brown railings. A dark wooden table, stood in the center with a clear vase, filled with roses.
Sasha opened a door on the left and led them down a long staircase into a grey room with numerous screens and a long desk with black leather desk chairs. Sinner was seated in the center with a laptop in front of him.
“This is incredible security equipment.” Sebastian commented
“Thanks. I worked hard to put all this together.” Sinner replied
“Before you boys start having a playdate, let’s check out the footage.” Rae interrupted
Melanie and Sasha giggled, while Sinner pulled up the footage from the past two days. He brought up the footage on a large screen. They saw the shops and a young boy appear in between two shops, two minutes two girls appeared. One looked sixteen and the other ten years old. None of them moved for ten minutes until a young woman walked by and the boy grabbed her.
The little girl conjured an energy ball and the woman stood still. Suddenly the boy and older girl tackled her to the ground and began feeding.
“Why would a demon work with vampires?” Melanie asked
“Demons?” Rae asked
“They exist. Most are elemental, representing earth, air, fire, and water.” Sasha replied
“Most keep to themselves or live in large communities. But whoever she works for, must have gotten a good deal.” Sinner added
The two older kids dropped the mangled body and disappeared along with the demon. Sinner fast forwarded to the night before.
“Tonya was able to get a little closer, but the faces are too blurred if you zoom in.” Sinner continued
Rae looked at the little blonde-haired girl, but there was no shot of her face. Seeing her display her powers it struck a nerve in her. Something about this child looked familiar.
“Where is Tonya?” Rae asked
“She’s upstairs talking to Edmond.” Melanie replied
“Please bring her here.”
Melanie walked out of the room and within a blink of an eye, she returned with her sister.
“Hey Rae, Sebastian. What’s up?” Tonya asked
“Tonya did you smell magic the night you observed this?” Rae replied
“It was faint, but not strong.”
“This is getting interesting. A witch, demon, and vampires working together. Now I’ve seen it all.”
Rae shook her head in disbelief.
“It’s happening, and we have to stop them.” Sasha chimed in
In town, the little girl and her older companion were sitting in a fifties style dinner, at the white counter. Red cushioned stools lined up and down, she was sipping on a vanilla milkshake and then looked around. The black hood concealed his face, but his skin was pale.
“I sensed that great power again tonight.” She commented
“Did you see anything?” He asked
“It will be here. But I’m not sure we’re strong enough to take it.”
“When did you become so negative?”
Her stool turned to face him, hair concealing her eyes. Everything around them stopped moving, he stood up. But a force, pushed him into his seat.
“Because you brought children to me, not warriors. I don’t know why I spared you.”
The lights flickered, and she started breathing heavily as if she had ran a marathon.
“Don’t underestimate them. They have been with me for over a century and know what’s at stake.” He whispered
“They haven’t brought me useful energy.”
“Give them time…”
She sighed and then jumped off her stool, walking out of the diner. He quickly left money for their food and tip. He caught up to her as she was greeted by the demon girl her size. Her black hair was tied back into a ponytail with blue highlights running through it. She wore a navy t-shirt, jeans, and black flats.
Her brown eyes had a silver tint to them.
“Mistress I brought you a present.” She whispered
Holding out her small hand, a blue energy ball formed in her hand. It slowly rose into the air and it was absorbed into the other girl’s body. A white light formed around her body and then faded.
“Thank you, Piper. Please get me more.”
“As you wish Mistress.”
She flashed, and the girl kept walking, he blurred and caught up to her.
“Don’t get cocky; that was only one of them.” She snapped
He remained silent as they continued to walk. Back in New York, Melina and Danielle were leaving from a production of ‘Wicked’.
“That show was so cool. Thanks Grandmother.” Melina commented
“You’re welcome love.” Danielle replied, “Are you excited for school?”
She nodded, “I am. Grandmother who is that?”
Danielle smelled magic and turned to see a young woman walking towards her. She wore a red raincoat tied at the waist. Her purple hair was in a twist, held by a claw clip. Her blue eyes were starting out a pair of ‘cat’s eye’ style glasses. She stopped halfway down the street.
“Don’t be alarmed I won’t hurt you Mrs. Bloom. I’m Armand’s sister Diana; I had a vision about the child, she is a great threat to an unknown force. And another coven discovered something linked to it. Protect her, train her not to be afraid of her abilities.” She explained
It sounded so clear as if she was standing next to her. Danielle placed her hand on Melina’s shoulder.
“I will. She’s an extraordinary girl.” Danielle replied
Diana disappeared into the crowd, Danielle led Melina over to where Phil was waiting to take them home. As they got into the car, Melina slid across the leather seat and Danielle got in next to her.
“Grandmother what was the lady talking about?” Melina asked
She sighed, but then smiled “It’s something I need to talk to your mom about darling.”
The car pulled into traffic and Danielle took out her cell phone and called Rae.
“Hello Danielle. Is everything alright?” Rae asked
“Hello love. I ran into a friend of yours Armand’s sister, Diana.” Danielle paused, “Whatever is going on up there, it knows about Melina. They see her as a possible threat.”
Rae was in town with Sebastian and Sasha. She stopped walking, Sebastian noticed and walked up to her.
“How could she be a threat?”
“I’m not sure. But I’ll keep an eye on her.”
“Thanks. Please keep in touch.”
Both hung up and Sebastian looked at his wife concerned. He knew from the confused look on her face, something was wrong.
“Who was that?” He asked
“Danielle; Diana contacted her. Whoever is responsible for these attacks thinks Melina is a threat to them.” Rae replied
“Maybe one of the demons or witch sensed it.” Sasha suggested
“It’s possible. Hang on…” Rae continued
She dialed Tonya and waited.
“Rae your timing is starting to get bad.” Melanie began
“Mel where is your sister?” Rae asked
“She just had a vision. And…” Melanie paused
She heard rustling and then heavy breathing on the other end.
“Rae?” Tonya asked
“Tonya what did you see?” Rea replied
“I saw fighting. Melina was with us. But I didn’t see the outcome.”
“I hope we figure this out before another battle starts.”
She hung up and put her phone into her back pants pocket. Could you really handle this? Was Melina just as powerful? At this point she’s just a little girl but being a hybrid, anything was possible. Hopefully it doesn’t come to that, she deserves a semi-normal life.
A chill brushed down her spine, she noticed the red moon crystal’s chain forming around her neck. Her eyes widen as she felt the warmth from the ancient jewel.
“This must be serious.” Sebastian commented
“I wonder why it decided to appear. Unless it had to do with what Tonya saw in her vision.”
“Is that the?” Sasha paused
“It is. And I don’t know why it appeared.” Rae replied
“Let’s keep moving.” Sasha suggested
She thought back to her training with Danielle. Before she and Nicholas left, she offered to show Rae how to control the ancient jewel. They went out into the woods.
“The crystal has to be a part of you and vice versa.” Danielle explained, “Hold it up in the moonlight.”
Holding it up, the crystal glowed, and she felt the warmth.
“Now change it into a sword.”
“Just imagine it.”
She took a deep breath and concentrated on the crystal. A gasp escaped her mouth watching the jewel change into a red bladed sword with a black handle.
“Wonderful. Let’s see what else you can do.”
They continued walking and stopped seeing the young boy from the video talking to a young woman.
He led her down behind a shop, Rae followed with Sasha and Sebastian behind her.
She tried to scream, but nothing came out, as he and his female companions cornered her. Suddenly she rose into the air and floated over their heads, all of them turned to see Rae standing on the other side.
“I’m sorry to crash this little party.” She paused, “Sasha get her out of here.”
“Who the hell are you to ruin our fun?” The little girl asked
Rae recognized her from the video, she was a demon. The young girl behind her, looked about fifteen. Her strawberry blonde hair was tied into a ponytail, her green eyes glowed in the dark. Their male companion, stood about 5”7, black hair spiked up and brown eyes. He was of average build and they all wore black.
“Someone who hates to see innocent blood be spilled.” Rae replied
“You’re gonna pay for ruining our fun.” The little girl hissed
She ran towards Rae, conjuring an energy ball and threw it. Rae’s eyes widened, and it stopped an inch from her face. It flew around her striking the older girl coming up behind her, she flew into the side of the building. The young boy went to throw a punch, she ducked, and Sebastian appeared flying over her tackling him to the ground.
Leaping into the air she dodged the older and younger girl coming towards her. The younger one met her armed with a knife, she hissed as the blade entered her stomach. Her head leaned down, she smiled, but then faded as Rae’s head rose up, pulling the knife out, her powers bent the blade down. She threw a punch, watching her hit the street hard. Landing beside Sebastian, he had the young boy over his shoulder. The older girl had run off and they watched as the younger girl disappeared.
“That was interesting.” Sebastian commented
“Let’s get him back. Maybe he can shed some light on this.” Rae replied
Sasha brought them into an interrogation room. It was a small grey room with two chairs, the young boy was handcuffed and sitting, looking around. Sasha, Rae, and Sinner entered the room, he looked down at the light gray tiled floor.
“What’s your name?” Rae asked
“Why does it matter? I’m dead anyway for being caught.” He replied
“Tell us what’s going on and we might let you live.” Sasha
He looked deep in thought, but then hissed at them. Baring his fangs, Sinner blurred and appeared behind him. His hands gripped his thin neck, holding his head still.
“Start talking or die.” Sinner growled
“My name is Collin.” He paused; “My family was hired by a powerful witch, looking for revenge against some royal vampire scum. She needed energy from mortals to restore her to full power.”
“What is this witch’s name?” Rae asked
“None of us know, except the boss.”
Melanie and Tonya watched from the control room. They exchanged looks and Melanie blurred into the room.
“I’m sorry to interrupt. But Collin knows a lot more than he’s saying.” She explained
“Melanie? He said you were dead.” Collin said
“Damien lied; where is he and the rest of the family?”
“I don’t know, I swear. We moved all over town, abandoned houses mostly or rentals.”
“Who is he working with?”
He went to answer, but his body began to convulse. He screamed, and they watched as his body burned from the inside and turned to a pile of dust.
“Did you think that he’d betray his family or me?” A voice asked echoing all around them
“Show yourself witch…” Rae commanded
She laughed, “In time your highness… be warned this is only the beginning.”
The lights flickered as the dust vanished from the chair. Laughter echoed and gradually faded, the lights returned to normal.
“You knew this guy?” Sinner asked
Melanie sighed and nodded, “Colin hitchhiked from Chicago to the city. Damien rescued him from being mugged in Penn Station. From then on, he was loyal and kept watch over the family, when Damien was away. Seems he was just another pawn.”
Sinner brushed some dust off his shirt sleeves and jeans. Sasha giggled, and he glared at her.
“It’s not funny…” He growled
“Yes, it is. You seem to be in the way of any explosion.” She replied
“How did you put it? I’m taking one for the team.”
“Anyway, this witch must need power. And she’s using Damien and the family to gather it.” Melanie interrupted
“Spilling innocent blood…” Rae paused
In New York, Melina wiped sweat off her forehead and took a swig from her of water. Danielle had been training her for two hours in combat. She was impressed at how fast Melina had picked up on all the different techniques.
Faith came downstairs, both turned to see a concerned look on her face.
“What’s wrong Faith?” Melina asked
“You should come upstairs to see this.” She replied
They all went upstairs and into the study, where a laptop was opened on the desk. As they gathered around it, Danielle and Melina’s jaws dropped. The local news in Canada were covering the murders.
“Oh, bloody hell…” Danielle sighed
“The witness says three people showed up, rescuing her from the attackers. She says the next thing she remembered was waking up in the hospital. This is one of several attacks foiled by the vigilantes. Back to you in the studio.” The female reporter explained
“She didn’t see them. Rae must have used her powers to knock out the power.” Faith suggested
The laptop closed, and Danielle sighed.
“At least they weren’t seen. I highly doubt the world is ready to know of our existence.” Danielle continued
“I don’t think we’re going to be chased with torches and pitchforks.” Melina added
“You have been watching too many of those old monster movies. We’ll keep an eye on the news in case of anymore sightings.”
“Yes, my lady.”
“I will not tolerate any more failures!” The little girl screamed
Her male companion and his group stood before her. They didn’t try to argue, she was telling the truth, Rae and her friends had stopped every single attack.
“Nothing to say… I’m not surprised. I guess I’ll have to do this myself.” She continued
Lowering her hood, revealing platinum blonde hair. Her blue eyes glowed as the group took a step back. A twig snapped, and they turned to see a group of men and women coming towards them.
“What the hell is this?” The male companion asked
“It’s like I said Damien. I don’t know why I spared you, but you can prove to be useful later. As for your family, say goodbye.” The little girl replied
One woman held up her hand, conjuring a fireball. It floated out of her cupped hand and surrounded his family. His eyes widened as he watched them burn into ash and Piper his demon explode. Once the flames died down, he turned to the small child.
“You bitch!” He screamed
He went to throw a punch but couldn’t move. The little girl walked up to him giggling.
“I know, it’s so much fun. Now are you with us or against us. Choose wisely, because one choice you will join your family.”
“I’m with you mistress Kya. Forgive my ignorance.”
“Good; now let’s leave.”
They began walking, he blurred and came up beside her. He felt his world had just been burned to the ground, he was the lone survivor. “No matter; time to move on” He thought to himself. Back in the city, Sam took Melina to the studio. She was sitting in the guest area, when a boy her age walked in. He wore black sneakers, khaki cargo shorts, and black t-shirt. His blonde hair was spiked into a small mohawk, face was squared at the chin.
When he turned to see Melina, a pair of green eyes met hers. She smiled, feeling heat rising in her cheeks. Gina appeared walking down the hall from Sam’s office, carrying a stack of large envelopes.
“Hey Killian, what’s up little man?” Gina asked
Killian walked up to the desk, reaching into his back pocket and took out a small envelope.
“Hey Gina. Not much, my mom asked me to drop off a payment.” He replied
He handed it to her and she opened it taking out a personal check. She opened the left-hand side drawer and placed it in a money bag.
“Oh Killian; this is Rae’s daughter Melina. Melina this is Killian.”
She got up, straightening her jean shorts and blood red tank top. Relax… don’t lose control of your powers, she whispered to herself.
“Hi.” She said
“Hey.” He replied
They shook hands and smiled.
“Did my mom or Aunt Sam take pictures for you?” She asked
“Sam came to my sleepaway camp. She was there for color wars, my group won again this year.” Killian replied
“His mom ordered some team and photos of him.” Gina added
She picked up the stack of envelopes and flipped through them. Taking out one, she handed it to him along with a receipt.
“Please make sure your mom gets these.” Gina said
“I will. Bye Melina.” Killian said
He walked out, she turned to Gina, who had a huge smile on her face.
“Looks like someone was lovestruck…” She said
“No, I wasn’t.” Melina snapped back
“Child please; I know that look, same look your mom had when she met your dad.”
Melina blushed, but then sensed someone was being chased. She turned seeing Killian running around the corner by an older girl dressed in all black.
“What’s wrong?” Gina asked
“He needs help.” Melina replied
“Who are you talking about?”
Melina ran out and around the corner and noticed the street was empty. Something is wrong. Her eyes widened to see Killian running out from an alley and stopped to see her.
“Melina! Get out of here!” He shouted
“What’s going on?” She asked
The scent of rotten eggs brushed underneath her nose. Magic; it was a strong scent as the girl appeared behind him.
“I was wondering when you’d show up. You must be the little princess.” The young girl commented
Her hair was tied back into a ponytail and wore a black t-shirt, matching jeans, and boots.
“How could I miss the smell of magic? Gross…” Melina paused; “Let him go, since you came looking for me.”
She laughed and grabbed Killian by his shirt collar. He squirmed trying to break free of her grip.
“I don’t think so, little girl. His energy could be very useful for my mistress.”
“Melina run!” Killian shouted
“No…” Melina paused; “I’m staying…”
“Looks like I’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Perfect” The girl said
She conjured an energy ball, it rose out of her hand and transformed into small daggers. They all shot towards Melina, Killian closed his eyes thinking it was all over. Melina dodged each one and began running towards her. She blurred and a “snap” broke the silence, someone screamed, and Killian opened his eyes to see Melina standing in front of him and their attacker, holding her right arm.
“Impressive princess.” She commented
“I’m not done.” Melina snapped
Something flew past her, causing her hair to fly up and then a metal blade struck the girl in the heart. She flashed as the blue handled knife flew back into Melina’s hand, putting it back into its brown leather sheath, she turned to Killian. He looked shocked, but she also noticed he was beginning to blush.
“Are you okay Killian?” Melina asked
“Yeah. Who was that?” He replied
“I don’t know, but let’s get out of here.”
The streets became crowded again, Sam came running around the corner. Melina and Killian walked up to her.
“Melina what happened? Gina said you took off. Are you guys okay?” Sam asked
“We’re okay. I need to talk to mom.” Melina replied
“Alright; Killian your mother is at the studio. Let’s go.”
They walked back to the studio, Melina hugged Killian goodbye, he gave her his email address. “Write to me while I’m away.” He said. She went into the studio and down to her mother’s office. Using her powers, she unlocked the door and sat down at her desk.
She picked up the phone and dialed Rae’s cell number.
“Melina… hey baby what’s up?” Rae asked
“Mom a witch attacked me and my new friend.” Melina replied
“I saved my friend and injured the witch. She got away before I killed her.”
“Did your Grandmother start training you?”
“Yeah… I asked her to. Are you mad at me?”
Rae sighed, “No honey; I’m happy that you were able to defend yourself. What did this witch look like?”
“Strawberry blonde; blue eyes, and her magic smelled gross.”
“She’s part of the group causing trouble up here. Listen to me baby, stay with Aunt Sam and your Grandmother.”
“Oh… alright mom. Bye…”
She hung up and Rae turned on her side seeing Sebastian was awake.
“She sounds just as tough as you.” He commented
Rae giggled, “She’s no damsel in distress. And Danielle started training her by the way.”
“So, who attacked her and her friend?”
“The strawberry blond witch. How did they find her?”
“They probably scryed for her. Using a map and a special crystal, focusing on her powers they were able to locate her.”
“Now they’ll be after her. Unless we stop them.”
He took her into his arms, hugging her tightly.
“Don’t worry we’ll stop them.”
She closed eyes, sensing dawn was approaching. There must be a way to stop them. Without Melina getting involved.
Sasha, Sinner, and the rest of their coven stood outside as Rae came outside with Sebastian. Melanie and Tonya walked up to them.
“Let’s go over this again.” Sinner said
“From what information we gathered, they are gathered at that park you tracked them to weeks ago. Tonya, Melanie, and I will move in, putting out any fires or light sources. The rest of you remain hidden in the darkness. Sebastian and Sasha take your places in the trees, armed and ready to shoot.” Rae explained
“Once the three of us attack, start taking out the army quickly.”
“Let’s move out!” Sasha commanded
Back in the city, Melina was sitting at the dining room table, writing an email to Killian when the a strong breeze blew the door open. She stood up feeling the air pulling her, but she sat down and finished her email. After clicking on ‘Send’ she got up and walked outside. The air felt cool, crickets were humming their song.
The breeze picked up again blowing her hair in front of her face. Pushing it behind her ears, she looked up at the full moon. Danielle appeared behind her along with Phil, who had morphed into his wolf form.
“Grandmother?” Melina asked
She smiled putting her hands on her granddaughter’s shoulders.
They appeared outside the park, the little girl was standing in the center of a large group of people. She wore a white hooded cloak; her hands pulled it down. Rae’s eyes widened in shock, time suddenly stopped.
“Kya…” She whispered
It was making sense, but how did she survive after the battle? There was no time to play twenty questions, a mission had to be carried out. She signaled to Melanie and Tonya, both nodded and they blurred.
They took a position in three trees, a few feet away from the crowd. Rae saw some men and women who had conjured fireballs which lit up the area around them. She signaled for Melanie and Tonya to wait.
“My fellow hunters, we have found each other again. I’m not fully restored, but it doesn’t mean we can’t destroy the pitiful vampire coven here. And then continue to New York City.” Kya explained
Rae signaled, one by one it became dark. Shots were fired and screams filled the air, Kya looked around, Damien got in front of her. She shoved him aside and laughed.
“Very clever princess. But it’s not going to work this time.” Kya said
Shit… remain calm. She stood up and leaped out of the tree landing before Kya. A fireball was conjured and revealed the large army of Hunters.
“Is that a compliment or an insult?” Rae asked
Kya smirked, her small round face and blue eyes glowed in the dark.
“What really intrigues me, is how did you survive?”
“That was easy. A simple spell Marcus casted before he died. I was reborn, Damien and his former family looked after me. Until I was strong enough to gather an army and dispose of pawns.”
Damien remained still and expressionless; he was staring up at Melanie and Tonya. They remained in the trees.
“Exactly, but also there is a great power out there. And I want it.”
Melina… stay focused. She thought to herself.
“You can’t always get what you want Kya.” A female voice chimed in
“Diana… this is a surprise.” Kya said
She appeared landing behind Rae.
“This doesn’t concern you. Why are you siding with these demons?” Kya asked
Diana shook her head, “They aren’t demons. Nor are they evil; all Armand and Cat wanted was to coexist amongst mortals.”
“That’s why you spilled all that innocent blood. Expose and frame us.” Rae added
“Now she’s getting the picture. So let’s quit the small talk. Where is the great power?”
“I don’t know.”
“Don’t lie to me!”
She went to throw a punch, Rae’s eyes widened sending the Hunters flying backwards.
“Attack!” Kya screamed
Rae side stepped Kya as she came up running towards her. Melanie and Tonya leaped down as the rest of the coven and Hunters began to fight. She turned to see Kya who conjured an energy ball, they multiplied and surrounded her in a circle.
One by one they shot towards Rae, Sebastian had knocked a wizard unconscious when he looked up to see Kya attacking.
There was a huge explosion smoke surrounded everyone. Melanie and Tonya joined hands to clear the smoke, but a dim red light began to form. Gradually the smoke disappeared and Rae stood with the Red Moon Crystal forming a shield around her. They sighed in relief as the shield disintegrated.
Kya ran up and went to throw a punch, when she was stopped. Her body stiffened and Rae sensed two forces near by. She gasped to see Melina walking up to them with Phil beside her.
“Melina? What are you doing here?” Rae asked
“I’m sorry, but I had to follow my instincts.” Melina replied
“Danielle knows Rae; she sent us here.” Phil added
Kya’s eyes looked for Damien, but he had vanished. The witch who attacked her and Killian stepped up next to Kya.
“Let me take her Mistress.” She urged
“No Luna. This isn’t over princess!”
Luna threw a small white marble on the ground, white smoke surrounded everyone. Melanie and Tonya joined hands and used their powers to clear the smoke. Once it cleared, the Hunters vanished. Rae sighed and walked over to Melina.
“Why do I have a feeling they’re headed back to the city?” Melanie asked
“You’re probably right Mel.” Tonya replied
“They’re after Melina.” Sebastian continued
“Because I’m a hybrid.” Melina chimed in
No use in trying to sugarcoat this. It would be stupid to attempt lying now, Rae thought to herself.
“It’s true my dark angel. But seems you can defend yourself and your new friend.” Rae continued
“Aunt Sam…” Melina sighed feeling heat rising in her cheeks.
Rae giggled taking Melina into her arms and hugging her. Sebastian walked up and hugged his daughter and wife.
“Seems things are finally going to calm down up here.” Sasha commented
“If you need our help, don’t hesitate to call us.” Sinner added
“Thank you.” Rae paused; “Phil follow us back the mansion. We’re going home.”
She turned to Diana and they hugged.
“Thank you for coming.”
“It seems Tonya and I share abilities. But if you ever need anything call me.”
She snapped her fingers and disappeared. Rae began following everyone back to the mansion. After returning, bags were packed and loaded into Sebastian’s car trunk. They piled into the car and Phil flashed them home. Danielle was waiting outside the cottage suitcase packed. As they got out of the car.
“Hello Danielle.” Rae said
“Hello dear. I hope you’re not cross with me.” Danielle replied
“I’m not mad. I know she has to embrace her powers.”
“I’m glad. Phil, please take me home.”
“My pleasure Mrs. Bloom.”
Everyone said their goodbyes, Phil flashed with Danielle. Melina turned to her parents with a smile.
“Mom, Dad, could we go on vacation before I start school?” She asked