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We all got into the RV, watching our Aunt Marie’s cottage go up in flames. I could feel how to sadden my Aunt Marie was that she was losing this place. This was her home. A place that I wished I could’ve to seem more of.
“Where to now?” I heard my father asked. Our parents weren’t getting along and my mom has been in the back room, ever since we had markings all over us. My Aunt Marie suggested that either she and James could drive during the night until one of us could make them some daylight rings.
“Well, first we have to get Ricky, then we have a long drive to the Spiritual Tree. Sooner we get there the better.” Marie said as she got up and walked over to my sister, who sat there, not speaking a word since we left. “Athena, you need to call Ricky’s phone again. If not, try his mother.”
Athena slowly grabbed her phone, as I watched her dial his number, her face saddened. “Phone is off. It ran once and went to voicemail.” She chucked her phone on the floor. I picked it up and placed it on the table. I touched my sister’s hand and felt everything she was feeling.
She was scared to know if her visions were true or not. She was afraid that something bad happened to him and she wasn’t able to say goodbye, or do the other thing, which I wished I didn’t know. I pulled out my phone and dialed Ricky’s mother number.
It rang more than twice, as I waiting for her to pick up. Until I heard her voice. “Logan, I’ve been meaning to call you all.” I heard her fragile voice spoke. “It happened so quickly, I just don’t know what to say.”
I could hear her sniffing. My stomach started to get tense. I felt like I was going to start crying, but I held back the tears. “What happened? Is everyone alright?”
Athena looked up and stared at me, I know she was trying to figure out what was going on, but I kept a blank face. I didn’t want her to see me get upset or see me cry. I’ve always kept a strong wall up when it came to emotions. I don’t like to show my weaknesses. Even if someone died, I try to stay strong for Athena.
“Oh, Logan,” She paused, as I could hear her blowing her nose. “Ricky’s dead.” After hearing those words, I didn’t know what to think. I looked into Athena’s eyes and I think she heard too.
I knew when I looked into my brother’s eyes, something was wrong. Something I feared would happen. My one true love, my first love, was now gone. My heart felt like it fell in my stomach. I didn’t know what to do. He was a part of me, gone before I had a chance to tell him goodbye.
I got up from the table and went into the small RV bathroom. I closed the door shut and just started to cry. Why couldn’t this pain go away? Why did he have to go? Why is my heart hurting this much? I kept running questions after questions in my head to explain to me why he wasn’t alive. Tears kept falling down my face, as I looked up into the mirror.
My eyes were red, but the tears kept coming. Someone knocked onto the door. I ignored it. I didn’t want to talk to anyone. No one can help me.
“Hunny, please come out. I know it hurts, but you need to talk about this?” I heard my mother spoke. I don’t know what happened to me, but I snapped. I opened the bathroom door and stared at her. I could sense she wanted to say those words I wished never existed.
I told you so.
“Are you alright?” She asked, but I still gaze at her, with hate.
“Am I alright? What do you think I am? Happy?” I snapped at her, I could feel my pulse heating up. Every inch of my body was so angry. “Ricky is dead and you want to know how I am alright? How could you ask such a thing after my best friend and first love is dead!”
My mother looked shocked and tried to hold onto my father’s shoulder. “Athena, please calm down. I know how you feel.”
“Don’t even say that! No, you don’t know how I feel because you didn’t lose your first love, you got him back! Mine’s gone forever!” More tears started to fall down my cheeks. I looked at my mother. “He’s gone and you kept him away from me. I hate you!” I yelled and ran in the back room.
I saw my Aunt Marie come behind me and comfort me. Her cold skin relaxed me, as she hugged me tightly. “I’m so sorry, love.” She whispered in my ear. It felt weird that my Aunt Marie was more comforting than my mother has ever been.
She pushed back my hair and wiped the tears from my eyes. She placed a cold kiss on my forehead. “It’s gonna hurt, right now. Losing someone is never easy, believe me, I do know. I lost my first love a few years back. To this day, I’ve never found anyone else to replace him.” She spoke as I sat up on the bed and looked at her, wiping away the last of my tears.
“How did he die?” I asked I hoped it wasn’t too bold of a question, but she didn’t flinch at the question. She kept twisting the only ring from her finger. It was a Claddagh ring with a beautiful blue topaz stone in the shape of a heart.
“Well, a month before you guys were born, I was dying and in the hospital. My grandmother tried to cast a beautiful spell and ended up being a curse. I had until my 21st birthday to find true love and have a child, to keep me from dying. While I was in the hospital, your father and mother sat by me the entire time. An old friend of mine came to visit, which happened to be my first love, but I couldn’t be with him.” She paused.
“Because he wasn’t human. He was one of the older vampires that I had crossed my paths while looking for another way to cure my curse. We both fell in love but kept it a secret. Relationships between witches and vampires were allowed. It was very dangerous and deathly.”
“I can see why, but how did he know where you were?” I asked it was a little weird to me that he knew where she was.
She pulled off her ring and held it up for me to see. “With this.” She put it back on her finger. “He gave this to me, once the elders found out we were together and had us end it. We were bonded together, since I let him feed on me, at one point.” She smirked. “So, I had a bond spell put on the ring and his watch, to let him know where I was and what my health was at. There was another gem in the watch, the same as in my ring, that would change colors, so he saw the gem start to go black, which meant I was dying.”
“Once he saw me, he didn’t want to go, so I fed on him and he took me out of the country, that night and brought me to his home, where I completed the transformation to become a vampire. I still kept in touch with my brother, the first few years were the hardest and your mother didn’t want me around if I still fed on humans. It took me years to finally come up with another way to feed, but without even feeding on humans.”
“During that progress, I found your mother’s best friend, James. He had overdosed on drugs a few times before I changed him. I wasn’t going to let your mother’s best friend die because he didn’t get to be with your mother. My Eli ended up getting himself burned to death because of James. James was fighting after he was turned that he ripped off Eli’s daylight ring. He burned to death and I never forgave myself for that. He died because I was stupid and tried to save a druggie who wanted to die.”
I couldn’t believe it. She lost her love too. I touched her hand. It broke my heart to know that my Aunt Marie went through all that to save someone who wanted to be saved but ended up losing her one true love.
“I’m so sorry, Aunt Marie,” I said as I pulled her in for a hug. She hugged me back but pulled away. She stared into my eyes.
“The point of me telling you this is that revenge won’t get you anywhere. Hence why James is still alive. If I were to kill him, your mother would want to kill me. Be the stronger person and try not to lash out to your mother because you might end up hurting her.” She turned my hands upside down and showed that they had a little black in the middle of my palm. “See, you getting angry is like if someone were to turn a toddler or baby into a vampire. A fit would cause half of the planet to die off. You are a lot stronger, you need to train your powers so that you don’t hurt anyone by mistake.”
I nodded as she got up and left the room. I looked down at my hands and wiped them away from the ash that stained them. Aunt Marie was right, I needed to be careful, otherwise I might hurt someone important.
“Alright, switching up the drivers.” James said as my father pulled over and they switched seats. We were all sitting at the table, with the exception of my mother, who has been on the phone with Ricky’s mother for the past hour.
“James, do you mind if we can pull into a fast food place in the next stop, we don’t have much food left in the fridge.” My father asked as James nodded. My father walked over to us. “What’s she learning now?”
I looked over at the book and the language. I couldn’t understand what it was saying, but my mind switches the words around. “I call out to my gods and goddesses, let me have the powers to bless this daylight ring.”
“She’s learning the basic daylight spell. James’ doesn’t have a daylight ring, so I figured if she could turn his ring into a daylight ring, she will be able to do any basic spell.” Aunt Marie spoke as she handed me his ring.
“This better work, I don’t want to be the kid’s experiment.” James holler as we all chuckled.
“Now, focus and repeat after me: ‘Clamavero ad di deaeque benedicere vires adimant anulum habeam.'”
“Clamavero ad di deaeque benedicere vires adimant anulum habeam.” I spoke and focused on the ring. I felt some type of weird feeling in my body that moved the ring up in the air, without anyone touching it. I then touched the ring, as it fell into my palm.
“Wow,” Logan said as Aunt Marie smiled.
“Did it work?” I asked, as Aunt Marie looked over at the ring and gazed up at James.
“Well, there is only one way to find.” She spoke.
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