Chapter Three

Tired of Waiting

 

I waited in my room for Enlai, thinking about what Remy said to me. Maybe it was possible to take little by little from my victims without harming them. I was apprehensive about taking the risk. The last time I fed from a human I couldn’t stop. I drained every drop of his essence, his being, into my own, and it felt damn good.

My bedroom door opened and Enlai stood in the threshold, carrying a black backpack. I ran into his arms and he rubbed my cheek gently. I saw comfort in his eyes. “I fed Kenneth and checked his chains so he should be good until tomorrow night.”

“Thank you.” I loved the way his body felt when it was up against mine. We walked back over to my bed. “I just don’t…I don’t know what to be more concerned about. Remy’s behavior or the fact that I don’t know what’s going on with me.”

“Remy is the type of Deamhan who likes to be the center of attention. When he doesn’t get it, he reacts outright,” he commented. “As for you, don’t worry. I got something special for you.” He placed a backpack on the ground, opened it, and pulled out a small Mason jar filled packed with mice.

I hesitated.

“What’s wrong?”

“There’s something I need to tell you.” I couldn’t help but think about what Remy said. Still, seeing my food just sitting there…it was too good to pass up. I unscrewed the lid and went to work. Absorbing the psychic energy into my own dead body made everything horrible and Remy related go away. When I finished eating, I fell back into the comfort of my bed and glared at the ceiling with a smile on my face.

“What’s going on?” He sat next to me.

“I’ve been having these bad dreams for the past week and every night I wake up tired.”

“What are you dreaming about?”

“Same thing. Same shadow looking person,” I replied. “I can tell it’s a female, but I can’t see her face. She questions me about who I am and my sire. I run from her, but in the end she kills me.” I closed my eyes.

“A female?” He leaned back with his elbows on my bed.

I nodded. “And tonight Remy said I smelled like rotting skin. He said it’s because I’m not eating enough and that’s why I’m having these dreams.”

“Rotting skin?”

I leaned toward him. “Smell my neck.”

He sniffed and quickly jerked his head away. “There’s an odor. He’s right about that. I can’t really smell it unless I’m up close.”

“I don’t know what to do. He said that if I don’t want to kill anyone that I should feed from a group of people, take a little from each.”

He nodded. “Yeah, that’s how I do it.”

“Maybe I should…”

“But there’s something else going on with you.” He added. “I’ve known Deamhan who don’t feed off any human. Period. And this doesn’t happen to them. Plus your dreams.” He sat up.

“It’s so weird. Also, the woman gets pissed because I don’t know anything about my sire.”

Enlai exhaled. “I didn’t want to tell you this. Not yet because I’m not sure, but I think you need to know.”

“What?” I asked, intrigued.

“Your sire.”

“What about my sire?”

“I think I may have found him.”

My eyes widened. “Don’t lie to me.” Suddenly I grew excited. I couldn’t wait for him to spill it out. I also couldn’t help but think what was going on with the dreams couldn’t be a coincidence. “Well, what are we waiting for? Let’s go.” I jumped to my feet and was ready to run out of my room when he stopped me.

“No. You can’t go with me. Not yet.”

I was confused.

“It’s just a speculation for now,” he remarked. “I need to make sure.”

“Sure about what?”

“Hallie, there’s more to it.”

“What more can there be? If you found my sire I want to know where he is, what he looks like.”

“You don’t know much about your sire.” He gently forced me to sit on my bed. “I need to make sure it’s safe for you.”

“Why wouldn’t it be safe?”

“Your sire used to work for Kei back in the day,” he replied. “And we all know what Kei did. We know that he forced other Deamhan to sire humans, you included, to create a Deamhan army in the city.”

How could I forget? “I’m not a little kid who needs to always be protected. I’m a Deamhan, right. A creature of the night?” I backtracked. “Wow. That sounds really cheesy.”

“If the information is good I promise you that we’ll go together and track down your sire.”

“It’s not like I don’t believe you. I’m just…” I held my tongue and searched my mind for the right words to say.

“You think your dreams have something to do with him?” He finished my thought for me.

“Yes.”

“Hallie, I promise you-”

“I know you do, but that’s not going to be enough. Not this time.”

He placed his index finger over my lips. “You do understand what’s going on, right?” His eyes dived deep within mine and for a moment, I felt lost. I nodded childishly and he continued. “It’s not only Dorvo vampires we have to deal with. Lately, I’ve been coming across weird scents in the city. They aren’t human. They’re different and there are many of them. I don’t know what they are.”

I had to show him that I wasn’t scared, even though the idea of something else out there, like us, sent shivers up my spine. I held my head high and narrowed my eyesight. “So?”

He placed his hands against my face and whispered. “You’re beautiful when you lie, you know that?” He then dropped his hands and nodded. “But hun, I have to go alone.” He walked to the door and peeked his head outside in the hallway. “You should get some rest.” Then he went all mental communication on me. I’ll be back before sunrise. Promise.

“Enlai-”

Don’t worry. I’ll be back soon. He disappeared from my view.

That was the first time I doubted his sincerity. I agreed, but in my mind I knew I couldn’t just sit back and wait. I was tired of waiting.

 

 

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