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Lindsey POV: I was asleep in my nice warm SpongeBob SquarePants themed bed. I was almost fully asleep when I heard a loud Thud! downstairs. My daddy is usually asleep around this time. I checked the clock it said '02:30am'. It wasn't the kind of clock that had the big hand and the little hand. I don't know how to read those kinds. Daddy always gets up early to be able to work on my pappy's farm. We lived in Houston, Texas. My mamaw and papaw’s farm is out in the middle of nowhere so daddy has to get up around '05:00am' to be able to make it out there by '08:00am' according to the clock in my room. "Who are you and how did you get into my house?" I walked over to the stairs and listened to who was talking to my daddy. "I think you should be more worried about what I can do to you! Oh, is this your wife? Pity she isn't here to see you." I started to get tears in my eyes; mommy went to be the angels a year ago. Daddy said her kidneys were just too sick to continue to work to keep her healthy. "My wife died over a year ago. And I would thank you not to mention it again please." "You hear that Elliott, I think I might have hit a nerve." Who was Elliott? Just then the man who I guess was Elliott came into my view. He had blond hair, like the nice nurse at the hospital that cared for mommy when daddy was asleep. But this man's hair was a little darker. "Maria, I think we should be going. I am getting tired of humans, plus my wife is a vegetarian. I don't want to disappoint her by taking a human life." What was he talking about? This was all too confusing. "I see, you've gotten soft on my Elliott. I guess this is going to be my meal." Just then the girl grabbed daddy by his hair and tilted his head back and leaned down and looked as if she were biting his neck. Mommy used to tell me that biting was bad. I got up from where I was sitting and ran down the stair and tried to smack the girl so she would get off of my daddy. But when I hit her she didn't even look down at me. But my hand hurt. Why wasn't the girl hurt as well? Daddy screamed out in pain. I was in tears trying to get the girl off of my daddy. She was hurting him. She finally let go of daddy and wiped a red stain off of her lips. Daddy fell down to the ground and didn't move. I ran to his side and was trying to shake him awake. "Daddy, wake up! Wake up daddy!" Daddy wasn't moving. His eyes didn't open. I was poking and pushing on him thinking he would move. But Daddy must've been asleep. "Isn't it sweet, you want your daddy to wake up, well I hate to break it to you sweetie, but your daddy is dead." No, daddy wasn't dead, he was just sleeping. I didn't want daddy to be dead. I started crying over my daddy. I looked down. He wasn't breathing, and he was snoring. Daddy always snored when he was asleep. "Why, why did you hurt my daddy?" With a chuckle she explained, "Well dearie, I was thirsty. Your father served well as a snack. But I think I'm still thirsty." Her expression turned cold. What did she mean? If she was thirsty why didn't she just get a glass of water? Why did she have to kill my daddy. "Maria, you can't harm her! She's just a child!" "Elliott, you know what we are, we are controlled by our thirsts. She calls to me, doesn't she call to you?" The man looked at me and his eyes turned dark. I was instantly scared. Why was he looking at me this way? I started to whimper and tears were starting to fall down my cheeks. He shook his head as if he didn't know where he was. "No Maria, I won't let you harm this poor defenseless little girl." Elliott leaped to me and took me into his arms. Maria then leaped forward and knocked Elliott down. This sent me flying across the room and hit the bench of the fireplace. I sat up and I felt a pain shoot up my arm. I cradled my arm and looked as Elliott and Maria were fighting. They were fighting over me! Why were they fighting in the first place. I still didn't understand. Elliott then picked me up and made sure that I was ok.


"You'll regret this Elliott Whitlock. I swear to you that I will have my revenge!" Elliott growled at Maria. Wait! Did he really growl? I thought only animals growled. Then his back pocket was making a weird beeping noise. He answered it. I wiggled around and finally got out of his grasp. I wanted my daddy. "Yes Sadie, she's alright. Maria didn't harm her much. I think she broke her arm though. Do you think Michael will be able to take the time to look at her? ...ok, I'll bring her with me." I wasn't going anywhere with this man. I wanted my daddy! I didn't want to leave him. "Darlin', is it ok if I take you back with me to see my father? He's a doctor." I shook my head no. I didn't trust him. How did I know that he wasn't going to hurt me like that lady hurt my daddy. "He's very nice, I'm sure you'll like him. I promise if you don't like him I will bring you back to your daddy." I didn't want to leave him, but I was glad that he just didn't assume I wanted to go with him. I took a few seconds to think about it. "Ok, I'll go with you, but first can we put daddy next to mommy?"

Elliott POV: (starts a little before they go to Lindsey's house) I can't believe I was doing this again. After I left Maria I promised myself that I wouldn't ever kill another human. Maria brought me back to her, because she had threatened to harm Sadie. I wouldn't let that happen. (BTW, right now he's still with Sadie. That will change later in the story) I cared for Sadie deeply. When I arrived back to Maria's headquarters I was met by a young looking vampire with red eyes. His emotions were all over the place. He must be a newborn. Maria was getting sloppy. Why would she put a newborn in charge of who was to guard the gate. I shrugged this off and continued to walk towards her command central. "Oh good, Elliott thank you for coming when you did." I suppressed a growl. I only came because she threatened my mate. She knows that I care deeply for Sadie. "You know why I'm here Maria, what was so important that it involved threatening my wife?" "I called you here Elliott because we are going back to your hometown. I've heard that there's this delicious-smelling human that I've heard so much about." I was confused. This is what she wanted me for? "Maria, you're perfectly capable of getting a human all by yourself." "That is where you're wrong Elliott, this isn't any normal human. Some of my men say that she is immune to their mental powers. I need to get a hold of this little human, and raise her as my own, then change her. This way I will have the strongest human known to vampire-kind." I was a bit nervous. Why did she want me to go with her? She didn't need me. Just then my phone vibrated. I checked the caller ID and it said that Sadie was calling. It must be important enough that she calls me with Maria just a few feet away. "Elliott, I've what Maria is wanting. It's a little five year old girl. She lives alone with her dad. You are going to have to stop Maria from taking the little girl. In one of my many visions involving that vile woman she ends up not even changing the little girl, she kills her. You need to go with Maria and save the little girl." I told her that I would. Apparently this little girl was important to Sadie. "Well Elliott, are you coming with me or not?" "You've gotten your way once again Maria, I will accompany you to this little girl's house." She didn't do anything other than grin. I just hope I would be able to stop Maria and get out there alive. After a few arguments between some of her newborns, Maria and I were on our way to Houston. We were outside this rather small looking two-story house. There were no lights on in the house, but I could hear two distinct heartbeats inside. "Well Elliott, we're here. You know what you're supposed to do."


I knew exactly what she wanted me to do. She wanted to get the man excited. Maria always loved it when she drained someone that their blood was moving fast. It gave her more of a 'thrill'. So, what I had to was make sure he kept feeling anxious. Maria all but knocked down the front door. She wanted her presence known. Then the man came running down the stairs with a hunting rifle in his arms. "Who are you and how did you get in my house?" She quietly chuckled. Her gaze turned to a picture on the mantle of the fireplace. The picture was of a little girl being pushed on a swing with who I assumed was her mother. "I think you should be more worried about what I can do to you! Oh, is this your wife? Pity she isn't here to see you." I could feel his heart breaking all over again. I could only guess that his wife must've died recently. Maria was always the sadistic kind of person who loved causing pain. "You hear that Elliott, I think I might have hit a nerve." I wanted nothing more than to leave Maria and never come back, but Sadie mentioned there was a little girl here. Something inside me told me that I had to stay. I would have to protect her. "Maria, I think we should be going. I am getting tired of feeding off of humans, plus my wife is a vegetarian. I don't want to disappoint her by taking a human life." Just then she grabbed this man by his hair and pulled his head back so that his neck was open to her teeth. She latched onto his neck and started to suck him dry. Then out of nowhere the little girl, who I came to protect, ran over to Maria and was trying to get her to stop hurting her father apparently. The emotions I was getting from her were confusion, anger, and sadness. All of these emotions were getting to be too much for me. She tried to hit Maria in the thigh, but Maria didn't even feel it. The expression on the girl's face was of confusion and sadness. Maria finally let go of her father and wiped away the blood from her lips. "Daddy, wake up! Wake up daddy!" The sight of this broke my heart. Maria had gone too far. This little girl would be scarred for life because of what she did. "Why, why did you hurt my daddy?" I wasn't sure if I wanted Maria to answer that, but she had beaten me to it. "Well dearie, I was thirsty. Your father served well as a snack. But I think I'm still thirsty." Her emotions turned from amusement to hunger again. Apparently she couldn't ignore the smell of her blood. I was lucky enough to be holding my breath the entire time. Her eyes turned from the crimson they were, to the dark black coal that let other vampires know that they were hungry. I would have to bargain with Maria. "Maria, you can't harm her! She's just a child!" "Elliott, you know what we are, we are controlled by our thirsts. She calls to me, doesn't she call to you?" I unintentially let go of the unneeded breath I had been holding and let her scent flow through my nose. It smelled of strawberries and freesia. I could feel my animalistic tendencies start to take over. I had to control it. I couldn't lose control around her. She had been through enough. "No Maria, I won't let you harm this poor defenseless little girl." I ran over to the little girl and picked her up and started to run out of the house, but Maria tackled us and sent the little girl flying out of my arms and skidded to a stop against the fireplace. She cried out in pain. I looked over to her, she was holding her arm, and she must've broken it. I finally pushed Maria hard enough it sent her flying out of the house. I quickly picked up the girl and was about to leave when she came stumbling in. You'll regret this Elliott Whitlock. I swear to you that I will have my revenge!" I growled at her, but quickly stopped. I looked into this little girl's eyes and saw confusion. She wasn't afraid, just confused. This little girl was very odd, most humans run the other way when they hear us growl, but not her. She was different. My phone beeped. And this girl wiggled around, trying to get free. I finally let her go and I answered my phone. "Elliott, is that little girl alright? I saw what Maria was going to do, but I didn't know when she would make her move. I just hope-"


"Yes Sadie, she's alright. Maria didn't harm her much. I think she broke her arm though. Do you think Michael will be able to take the time to look at her?" "Oh of course, I already let him know. He'll be picking you two up at the Seattle airport. Oh, and another thing Elliott, there's only one way that little girl will go with you. I'm not sure what that is, but she'll let you know what that thing is." "Oh ok Sadie, I'll see you when I get back. Let Laura and Emmalynn know ahead of time." "Already done Elly." I said my goodbyes to Sadie and closed my phone. I apparently would have to bargain with this girl. I just have to make sure that this works in our favor. She apparently had no other family. "Darlin', is it ok if I take you back with me to see my father? He's a doctor." She shook her head no. This wasn't going to well. What could I bargain that would make her want to go with me? "He's very nice, I'm sure you'll like him. I promise if you don't like him I will bring you back to your daddy." I could tell that I had her, but I could tell from her emotions that she knew her father was already dead. "Ok, I'll go with you, but first can we put daddy next to mommy?" That broke my heart. She wanted me to bury her father next her mother. This was the one thing Sadie had mentioned. This was rather awkward. I agreed. I asked her where her mother was buried. "Daddy, says mommy is buried in the cemetery down the street. Daddy told mommy once that they had ajoined tombstones, whatever that means." This was going to be somewhat easier than I thought. All I would have to do is bring a shovel, the body of her father, and the little girl. After an hour of digging I carefully placed her father in the make-shift grave. I filled in the grave. I turned to the little girl, and asked if she had any last words to say to her father. "Well, I just wanted daddy to know that I hope he'll be happy. He'd to me about how I couldn't see mommy just yet, but that daddy would tell her she said 'hi'." That was horrible. This man was practically saying that he was going to kill himself anyway. Basically Maria did him a favor. I quickly filled in the hole. I let the little girl have a few moments alone with her mother and father. She ran over to me and hugged me with her good arm. "Thank you for saving me from that mean lady, and thank you for not just taking me away. You're nice Elliott." "How do you know my name?" I was genuinely confused. "I heard that Maria lady call you that. Do you not want me calling you that?" Her face turned to sadness and I told her that that was fine, and her expression immediately turned to happiness. I just hope that she doesn't have to find out what we really are.

Elliott POV: I cannot believe that this little girl was not afraid of me. She even tried to stand up to Maria. To her, Maria was no more than someone who was hurting her father. It amazed me that the whole time she was standing up to Maria, she wasn't giving off any sense of fear. After saying a few nice words about her father Lindsey was craving something from Taco Bell. She wanted two chicken soft tacos, and one nachos and cheese. I told her that I had already ate so I didn't want anything thing. We stopped in an empty parking lot for her to eat her food. After a few minutes Lindsey was finished and we were off to the airport. We drove to the airport in Houston, and I got three plane tickets. That way we had a whole row to ourselves. I didn't want the little girl to feel crowded and feel nervous and uncomfortable. Then it occurred to me. This little girl knew my name, but I had no clue what hers was. I decided to ask her. Hopefully she trusted me enough to tell me that much. "Darlin, I was just thinking. You know my name, but I have yet to learn yours. Would you mind telling me?"


She blushed a bit. It was adorable, I actually wanted to see more of that. "My name full name is Lindsey Marie Donovan, but I liked to be called Lindsey instead." If my translation was correct 'Lindsey' meant beautiful in Italian. And her name suited her well. For a five year old girl she was absolutely breath taking. Wait! Why was I even thinking this way? I loved Sadie. This little girl was only five years old. I shouldn't be feeling this way. I think it was just the fact that I needed to hunt more. Her blood smelt mouth-watering, but I willed myself not to cause any harm to her. Mainly because she was only a child, and two being that I no longer wanted to be that monster I was all those years ago during the vampire wars. I mainly wanted to prove to my family, mainly Sadie that I was no longer that blood-thirsty monster that thrived on human blood. 'Attention! Now boarding Flight 89 to Seattle, Washington. Attention! Now boarding Flight 89 to Seattle, Washington.' That was our cue to leave, meaning that our plane was ready to take off. I got up and was walking towards the gate, when I looked down. Lindsey wasn't there. I looked back to where we were sitting, and saw that she had fallen asleep while we waited for our plane. I carefully picked her up, making sure to take extra care with her arm. I had made a make-shift splint on her arm. It would have to do until Michael was able to see her. I picked her up and she rested her head on my shoulder, letting her uninjured arm dangle down. I had gotten a mixture of compassion and even some jealousy from random people as we walked towards the gate. Why would they be jealous of a little girl? I just hoped that the flight was a safe and quiet one. I knew that if she stayed calm her blood wouldn't pump faster, and her scent wouldn't affect me as bad. We got on to plane, and was shown to where we would be sitting. I carefully put Lindsey down so she was next to the window and then I put her carryon luggage in the overhead compartment. "Oh my, what a lovely little girl. Who's her mother?" I made up a story about how she was my cousin whose parents died in a horrible accident, and our family were the closest relatives. "Oh that is so sad, but I'm sure she'll be happy with you and your family." I could only hope so. We took off and as we made our ascent I could see some younger children were somewhat afraid, but no Lindsey. Mainly because she I overheard the flight attendants quietly discussing that our plane was heading into a small thunderstorm. This meant that we would be in for some turbulence. I would have to control a lot of people's emotions, and that would include Lindsey. She had already been through so much. She didn't need to be afraid of a bumpy plane ride. I made sure Lindsey was safely secured in her seat and pulled the shade down so she wouldn't look outside. "Attention passengers, there is a thunderstorm up head. Please fasten your seatbelts, we'll be expecting a little turbulence." And as if like magic the plane started to shake a bit. There were small squeals once in a while from the shaking, but when I looked to check on Lindsey she was still sound asleep. I was both relieved and amazed that she managed to stay asleep while the plane was shaking around like a kid shaking a present on Christmas morning. But I wasn't prepared or what happened next. Out of nowhere the plane dropped straight down, and that was enough of a jerk to wake up Lindsey. She sat up straight when she felt the plane shake. I could sense that she was scared. I sent calming waves to her. This helped a little bit. She wasn't shaking nearly as bad. "Elliott, are we gonna die?" That broke my undead heart. Of course we weren't going to die. I wasn't going to let that happen. "No, Darlin we aren't going to die. I won't let that happen." The plane jerked again. This was enough of a jerk to release the oxygen masks. 'Attention passengers. We are experiencing some harsh turbulence and strong storms. Please remain calm, the flight attendants will show you how to correctly and safely put your oxygen mask on.' This was not good. I could feel everyone's emotions and they were all over the place. I sent as much calming waves as I could so they would relax and listen to the flight attendants. I helped Lindsey with her mask, and to keep up appearances I put mine on as well. The plane started to shake again. Lindsey shrank in next to me. I tensed, but relaxed when I remembered that she was just afraid. I comforted her and took her into a half hug. The plane dropped again. Lindsey was screaming for it to all stop, her eyes were squeezed shut. I kept whispering in her ear that 'she was going to be ok, we were all going to be ok.' This calmed her down a bit. "How do you know? How do you know we're going to be ok Elliott?" I was at a loss for words. I had no idea what to say. "I know Lindsey, because we're going to land soon. The pilot won't continue to fly in this storm."


This was true. No pilot in their right mind would continue to fly in this kind of weather, unless they had a death wish. 'Attention passengers, due to harsh turbulence and storms we will making an emergency landing in Denver, Colorado.' I let out an unneeded breath of relief. This nightmare of a plane ride would be over soon. I opened the blind and looked out the window and I could see the lights along the runway. I also saw that they had searchlights out so the pilot would know where they were. We were instructed that we were allowed to take off our oxygen masks, but to leave our seatbelts on. Lindsey had fallen asleep against me again, so I gently took off her mask. We were starting to make our descent when there was a loud crack and a bright flash. Horror sunk in when I realized that our plane had been struck by lightening. Meaning that we had no power, no electricity. The pilot was a sitting duck. All he could do was manually guide this plane in. Then another thought hit me. Would we make it out of this alive? I couldn't be sure, but just as we were about to crash the power came back on, not in time. We skidded into the runway and we could feel the plane start to slide to the right. It spun until we were facing in the opposite direction we came in. I looked down. Lindsey was still asleep. I made sure she was still breathing. She was, but I think she fainted from being overwhelmed with everything that has happened to her last night. Then add almost dying on a plane to Seattle. I knew one thing for sure. Do not put me and Lindsey on another plane, put us on a bus if you have to.

Sadie POV: I was so excited to see the little girl that my Elliott saved from that bitch Maria. I even went out shopping for clothes and a new bed. She would have her own room. Laura turned the empty guest room into a room she would love. I knew that, mainly because I checked ahead. Sometimes my visions were a lifesaver, but at other times I would have a vision and then it would just stop. Usually that meant they had changed their mind, but at other times this meant that they had died. I knew one thing for sure, from what I saw that the young girl was going to eventually find out what we really are. I wasn't sure at what age she'd find out, but I knew it would be at a somewhat young age. "Sadie, do you know when Elliott and this little girl will arrive in Seattle?" I looked into the future, and when I did so I started to get a vision VISION Elliott and the young girl were on a plane to Seattle. All of a sudden there was what seemed to be turbulence. They flew right into the storm. The plane started to drop. Then the vision went black. END VISION No. No, Elliott and that little girl couldn't have died. Mainly because Elliott and all of us were vampires, we aren't able to die unless another vampire comes along and tears us to shreds then puts them in a fire. I sank to my knees on the floor where I stood and sobbed tearlessly. I just hoped that the little girl was ok. "Sadie, what's wrong? What did you see? Is Elliott alright? What about that little girl?" I explained what I saw in my vision and I couldn't come up with a direct answer. I kept trying to look to make sure that they were ok, but I came up with nothing. Why did this have to happen? Why did this little girl have to suffer just because Maria wanted blood. If I ever saw her I would kill her personally. Because of her a little girl might be dead. If she wouldn't have gone to her house that little girl would have her father again. All of a sudden my phone, that was on the couch across the room started to ring 'All I Ever Needed' by Bret Michaels. That was my ringtone I had for Elliott's cell phone! I ran and vampire speed to my phone and quickly picked up. "Oh Elliott are you two alright I had a vision but it went black and I was so worried that-" "Sadie, we're both fine. We made an emergency landing in Denver. We're getting ready to get on a bus to Seattle. And Sadie, we're fine, and I love-" He was cut off by a voice over the intercom announcing that his bus was getting ready to depart from the station. "Sadie, go ahead and let-"


"Michael know that You'll be coming by bus, already done Ell. Be careful you two." "Speaking of the little girl, her name is Lindsey. She's asleep and let Michael know that I went ahead and put her arm in a make-shift splint." We exchanged goodbyes and I hung up my cell. I was so relieved. I collapsed onto the couch. Laura asked if that was Elliott, and I told her yes. I also told her that they both were in fact fine, and that they were getting on a bus to take them to Seattle. Laura offered to go ahead and call Michael to let me know. All I knew was that I was glad that they were alive. I wanted what I saw in an earlier vision to come true.

Lindsey POV: When I woke up there was this odd sound, plus it was kinda bumpy. Then I thought back to the plane ride and everything made sense again. I opened my eyes and was confused a bit. I looked around and I was no longer on a plane, but we were still moving. When I fully opened my eyes I saw that we were in face on a bus. It wasn't a school bus I used to ride to kindygarden, it was so much better. The seats were cushy, plus every few rows of seats there was a small television. I looked around and there wasn't very many people on this bus so I decided to go and change it to NCIS. I didn't fully understand the concept of the show, but I think Tony is really cute, and Gibbs is funny. Abby is cool too, I especially like her voice. I sat back down and then realized that Elliott was nowhere to be seen. I started to panic, I mean he had to be here, he couldn't have just laid me on the bus then just leave me. Just then Elliott popped back into his seat next to mine. Instantly I was calmed...that was weird, how did I just calm down so easily? I decided that it was just a coincidence and went back to watching my show. "Are you sure you're allowed to watch this?" I grumbled a bit then answered, "Yes, in fact Sophie let's me watch it all the time." Sophie was my babysitter. She watched me when daddy had to go to work late, so I watched it a lot. Daddy was even nice enough to buy me all of the seasons. I had them with me. I mean they were my favorite, and I wanted to keep it that way. "Who's Sophie?" "Sophie was my babysitter when my daddy had to go to work." Elliott didn't say much after that. Not because there wasn't anything to say, I just apparently answered his question. There was silence, but it was the awkward kind that daddy had with a couple of ladies at the grocery store. I wondered how much longer it would be til we got to wherever Elliott and his family lived. Then I remembered that he didn't even tell me where we were heading. "Elliott, you never did tell me where you and your family live." It was like he didn't want to actually tell me, but I couldn't understand why. I was about to ask him again, when the bus started to squeal. Apparently I got my wish and we were here. "My family and I live in Washington, the state. It's a rather small town by the name of A small town outside of Portland." A small town outside of Portland? What a weird name for a town. Was there a town near by name Spoons? "No, actually there's not." Did I say that out loud? I felt my face start to get a bit warm. I hated when that happened, because then people could tell that I was in fact embarrassed. Daddy always said it was easy to tell when I was embarrassed. I never thought so until just now. When daddy would tease me I remember mommy start to laugh. If I thought hard enough I could still somewhat remember her laugh. My eyes started to get filled up with tears. I tried to hold them back, and was doing pretty good job. "Aww darlin', why you crying?"


"I was just remembering my mommy and daddy and how much I really miss them." "Well that's fine sweetheart, it's normal to miss your mom and dad. It's even normal to cry when you miss someone." That did it. I started crying and leaned into his side. He was trying to make me feel better, but that made me cry even more. I cried until I was all out of tears. "Hey, yous two's need ta get off da bus. I needs ta get back on da road. I frowned at the man. He was being a meany. I mean he could've been a lot nice to me. Elliott got up and let me out so he could grab our bags. Out of the stack I grabbed my backpack and put in on my shoulders. I slowly made my way towards the front and I got a better look at the rude man. He had a round belly that reminded me of Santa Clause, but without the white beard. Plus Santa was a lot nicer. He really didn't have a lot of hair on his head, but he did have some. "Hey yous", I looked around and saw no one around and I pointed to myself. "yea yous, yous got some sorta starin' problem?" I was stunned into silence. I didn't know what to say. "What, yous can't talk neither?" I was about to say something, but was cut off of Elliott. "Hey leave her alone, she's just a little girl!" "I's don't give a crap, you's both need's ta get off of my bus." What happened next scared me. Elliott ran up to the man and grabbed him by his shirt collar, and was in his face. He was snarling like some sort of animal. The only other time I heard that was when he was protecting me from Maria. I ran over to Elliott. I needed to get him away from the man before he did something he'd regret. I was tugging on his sleeve and telling him that he needed to let him go. After a few times he finally let the man go. "You bastard, you will be's hearin' from my lawyer" "Not if I speak to your supervisor first and explain how you were harassing this little girl." I gave the bus driver a smug smile and walked off the bus. It wasn't very bright out. I looked up and it was really cloudy. I liked it in Houston, it was always sunny. This weather I'll have to get used to. "Is this A small town outside of Portland?" "Not quite, this is Olympia. We're meeting my father here. He's going to make sure that you're splint is set right and then we will drive back with him to A small town outside of Portland." This made sense of course. At least I would be able to meet his family soon. It feels as if I've been on this journey for days, but it's only been about two. I was actually very impatient to meet his family. I knew that if they were anything like Elliott I was going to love them just as much. We walked through the bus station and was walking through the front doors. I looked around for them. Then I remembered that I don't even know what his father looks like. "Elliott, son, I'm glad to see that you made it out alright. Sadie told us that Maria and you fought. Hello, nice to meet you. My name is Michael, what's your name." "My full name is Lindsey Marie Donovan, but I like to be called Lindsey better." "Well then Lindsey, let me go ahead and check out your arm...well, it seems that Elliott did an exceptional job. Nice work son." Elliott just nodded. Michael helped put the bags into the back of his silver car. It was very shiny. I liked it a lot. I got into the back seat. I was strapped into a booster seat. I always did hate those things. I always felt uncomfortable in them. As we drove away I started to get sleepy. I always did fall asleep when I was riding in a car. I don't know why, I just did. "Lindsey darlin', we're here." I opened my eyes and saw that we were in fact already at their house. I was unbuckled and helped out of the car. I grabbed my SpongeBob backpack and started to make my way around the car when I was grabbed and pulled into a big hug by someone. "Sadie, be careful she is breakable you know."


"Yes Emma I know that. It's just so good to finally put a face with the name." "Yes, I finally have someone to play video games with." "David calm down you'll scare the poor little girl." "Sorry Laura." So the big teddy bear looking guy was David, Emma was the blonde haired girl, Sadie was the girl who was about a foot taller than me. That just left the man who was standing as far away from me as possible. He had hair the color of a penny. His eyes looked strange. He looked at me as if I were a snack. I started to have an uneasy feeling when I looked at him. It made me nervous. He then just ran off back into the house. I felt bad, was it something I did? "Elliott, why did your other brother run away from me?" "Oh darlin' he didn't run away from you, he went to go finish up your room that you'll be staying in while you're living here." For some reason I didn't completely believe him. It was also because the expressions on the others faces looked both embarrassed and ashamed. They were hiding something from me, I just didn't know what. Elliott POV: I was relieved when we finally got back to A small town outside of Portland. I desperately needed to hunt. It just occurred to me that I hadn't hunted the entire time I was with Lindsey. That shocked me and made me feel that maybe my blood lust was getting under control. It took it long enough. When we arrived at the house I could sense that everyone was genuinely intrigued and excited to meet Lindsey. We got out of the car and Lindsey grabbed her backpack and started to walk around to the front of the car and was 'attacked' by Sadie. Close behind her were Emmalynn, Laura, and David. Sebastian was trailing behind them. His emotions were all over the place. I looked at him with a questioning look. He ignored me and didn't look away from Lindsey. Sebastian, control yourself! Lindsey is starting to get uncomfortable. He shook his head and continued to look at Lindsey. I could sense that he was getting 'thirsty'. I sent him calming waves and that seemed to do the trick. He realized what he was doing and took off towards the woods behind the house. Making sure that he was at a human pace so Lindsey wouldn't notice. "Elliott, why did your other brother run away? Did I do something wrong?" I told her that He was putting some finishing touches on her room and he wanted to do it before you went to see it. I could tell that she didn't fully believe me. I could sense it in her emotions, and then I knew that it would be hard to try and keep our secret from her while she stayed here. "Lindsey, do you want to go see your room? I have a feeling that you're going to love it." Sadie got the idea to decorate her room and of course Laura helped. Emmalynn and David went to the store to stock up on groceries. Laura whispered to me that Sebastian did nothing, he still thought that it was a bad idea to have a human living with us. This was also from the man who just ran away from her. Sadie grabbed Lindsey's hand and started off towards the house. Emmalynn was right behind them. Laura went and said hello to Michael and they went to prepare a snack for Lindsey. David stuck around and was still standing by the car. "Dude, I thought Sebastian always had the most control over his thirst. I never thought I'd see the day where he almost loses it, and over a little girl." I rolled my eyes and helped Michael bring in the suitcases. Sadie told me that I would have to bring all of Lindsey's clothes with me. She obviously wanted to see if she would have to go shopping or not. I was glad that I wasn't allowed to go on the shopping trips. Mainly because shopping was never really my thing, which was obviously why no men were allowed. We walked at a human pace to Lindsey wouldn't get any more suspicious like she already was. "Son, I assume since you're having everyone walk at a slower pace she has no idea what we are. That is totally fine, but from what I saw when she was looking at Lindsey she already knows something’s different with our eyes. So, it's not long before she knows about our little secret. Do you think she'll be able to handle it?"


"Michael, she wasn't afraid of Maria, hell, from what Sadie saw she tried to get her off of her own father. I think the little squirt will handle the truth rather well." David was right, she wasn't afraid of Maria, she even tried to get her off her father. 'Leave my daddy alone' I still remember those words, she wasn't even intimidated by her. That amazed me. It even took Maria off guard. I could sense it in her emotions. "Yo Elliott, Sadie is wanting you to help Lindsey feel more at home in her room. Apparently she isn't feeling the pink pretty princess feel of the room." I chuckled to myself, and David joined in. I learned a lot earlier that Lindsey isn't your typical five year old girl. I mean she wasn't afraid of vampires, but then again, she didn't know what we were. But if things kept going like they were she would find out sooner or later. I just hope she understands why had to keep it a secret from her. I ran at vampire speed up the stairs and walked at a slower human pace and went to her room. I walked in and I immediately started laughing. Lindsey had ripped off the power pink bed sheets and comforter off the bed and it was now on the floor. She ripped down the sheer pink canopy covering and it was in the same pile as the sheets and comforter. I guess it's safe to say that she doesn't like the color pink. "Lindsey, is there something wrong with the sheets?" She looked up at me and looked both relieved, and embarrassed. "I didn't mean to...I just don't like pink all that much." I chuckled softly to myself. "Bells, it's fine, but next time just tell us next time. That way, we will just get a different one for you to use." "Is there a certain type of design you like better Lindsey?" Emmalynn was being oddly nice to this little girl. Then I remembered that she had always wanted to have children, but after the incident with her fiancĂŠ and Michael having to change her she was unable to ever bare children. I assume that taking care of Lindsey was the next best thing. "I like the color green, I am sorry for messing up your sheets. I hope you two aren't mad at me." "Hon, we're not mad at you, but just let us know next time." Emmalynn smiled at Lindsey, and her and Sadie were out of the room and off to go shopping. This left mostly the men alone with Lindsey. I wasn't too worried about anything happening, except I hoped that Sebastian would apologize to Lindsey for freaking her out. I was still stunned and confused as to why I'm not attracted to her blood, like other humans. Then I remembered that Lindsey wasn't like other humans we've interacted with. I mean usually whenever someone sees us they turn around and start walking in the opposite direction. So we usually keep to ourselves. No one really talks to us, and we like it that way...to an extent. We've lived among humans for quite some time and we've grown accustom to the way they act that we sometimes forget that we don't really need to eat, sleep, or even breathe. I think, if I had to single out one person who takes this 'way of life' the hardest would in fact be Emmalynn. I mean she didn't choose this life, but then again did any of us? I mean Sebastian was changed because it was his dying mother's last wish, Laura was changed because she tried to commit suicide due to the loss of her son, Emmalynn was beaten and left for dead by her fiancĂŠ, and David was mauled almost to death by a grizzly bear. Sadie is one exception because she doesn't know when she was changed, just that she woke up from 'the blackness', as she liked to call it and was a vampire. I was in the civil war and was stationed in Galveston. I also was the youngest Major ever in the confederate army since I was able to lie successfully about my age. On one of my assignments I was suppose to evacuate all women and children and send them off to Houston. This was in the 1860's. On my way back to Galveston I was ambushed by three vampires that went by the names of Nettie, Lucy, and Maria. Maria was the one who changed me. She also helped me find my gift that she used to control all the newborns in her army. After years of fighting or territory with Maria I left, I had heard from Peter, a friend of mine, that there was a coven that drinks only animal blood. This was known as the 'vegetarian' diet. I ended up joining Peter and his mate, Charlotte and roamed for a few years. In 1948 I was just sitting in a diner in Philadelphia on a cold stormy night. That was the same night that I met Sadie. I would never forget that day. Of course I learned that she had visions of the future and they were subject to change. She saw us going to visit this coven of vampires up in the Olympian Peninsula that drank only animal blood. That was how Sadie and I came to be where we are today. "Hey Elliott, I'm gettin' kinda hungry. What am I allowed to eat?"


I told her that I would go ask Laura to make her a small snack. She smiled up at me and I walked with her downstairs. I found it rather easy to walk with Lindsey at her pace. I could sense that David found it difficult. I couldn't blame him. He loved to always be moving around, and even though he liked Lindsey, he thought that she moved too slow. "Hello missy, my name's Laura if you didn't already know that. I hear that you're hungry, is there anything specific that sounds good to you?" "Well my daddy use to make really good tomato pie. He got the recipe off of the food network's web site." Laura smiled and I felt both waves of awe and love coming off of her as she went to go find the recipe for the pie. I decided to take this opportunity to excuse myself, but just as I was leaving the kitchen Sebastian came in from the other end and walked over and sat next Lindsey. I stiffened and walked back over to them and stood between the,. I had to take precautions. I couldn't risk Lindsey getting hurt. "Elliott, I'm fine now. I made sure to hunt extra long. Look in my eyes, they are just like yours. I came here to apologize to Lindsey personally." He said this in a hushed whisper so that only I could hear. I reluctantly believed him and moved out of the way. I decided to go and see if Laura needed help. As I was helping her prep the ingredients I heard Lindsey giggle and say that she knew that he really mad at her. If only she knew the true reason. I another reason that she shouldn't know just yet what we really are. "Ok everyone the pie is ready, now be careful Lindsey cause it's still rather warm." Lindsey inhaled the scent of the pie and I could sense that she really loved this kind of pie. But to me it just smelled rather revolting. But then again I really don't need to eat human food. "Aren't you guys going to eat any?" We stammered a bit and Sebastian chimed in saying, "We ate while you were upstairs in your room." She didn't seem to buy that, but she accepted it anyway. This girl was too observant, that it was almost scary. I wondered what she was thinking, so I mentally asked Sebastian to read her thoughts. He focused in on her and was starting to give off a wave of frustration. He shook his head no. This was odd. But that meant that she has some sort of mental shield that hid her thoughts. She was the lucky one out us all. It wasn't until around 9:00 in the evening that Sadie and Emmalynn arrived home from shopping. They went straight up to Lindsey's room to redecorate. Lindsey, David, and I were watching a NCIS episode that involved Tony and Ziva being trapped inside an industrial trailer. It was getting to the best part I was told, but we were all called up to Lindsey's new room. We got to her room and Lindsey was speechless, but from what I could gather from her emotions was good. there was a green comforter with a plaid design, and green sheets. Lindsey was all over the place telling us all how much she loved it. Sadie then showed Lindsey her walk-in closet. Inside it there were two walls full of different clothes, and another dedicated to shoes. The last had different accessories. Lindsey started to yawn. "Ok honey, looks like it's time for someone to take a bath and get to bed." Emmalynn apparently was taking over the motherly role, and we didn't see any reason to deny her that. After Lindsey took her bath Sadie helped her into her pajamas, which was a light green tank top, and light green pajama bottoms with dark green frogs on them. Emmalynn tucked Lindsey in and we were walking towards the door when she said, "Elliott, can you give me a good night hug?" I nodded and said, "Sure thing darlin'." I walked back over and leaned down to give her a hug. She smiled and then turned to Emma and asked, "Emmalynn, could you tell me a bed time story? My daddy use to make them up for me. They usually involved Princess Lindsey." "I would love to tell you a bed time story. Once upon a time there was a princess named Lindsey..." I took that as my cue to leave. I had a feeling that Lindsey would change this family for the better. I decided that I needed to hunt and I made my way through the house and out the back door.


Lindsey POV: When I woke up I looked around and saw that no one was around. I was in a dark room, the door was cracked slightly. I looked around and I saw all different look shadows. I sank under my covers and covered my head. I wasn't usually scared of the dark, but this was an entirely different house. Then I heard this low loud moaning coming from what sounded like outside my window. That did it. I ran out of my room and down the hall. On my way downstairs I ran into something hard and landed back on my bottom. I looked up from my spot on the floor and saw that it was Emmalynn. I instantly calmed down. I didn't know why, but being around her I felt safe. I mean, I did with everyone, but with her I felt as if she would keep me even safer. "Lindsey are you ok? What are you doing out of bed sweetheart?" I explained why I was out of bed, and she went down her knees and gave me a hug. I jumped a bit when she did. She was very cold. It was like the time daddy let me go with him to work on Christmas eve. It was so cold outside. Daddy had to give me his extra jacket he had on. I decided that maybe Rosie was just cold, I get that way sometimes. "Well then, should I take you through what all you need to know when staying in this house?" I nodded yes, and she grabbed me by my hand and walked with me back to my room. "Ok, so what scared you first honey?" I told her that when I woke up I saw a bunch of shadows. And that I heard moaning outside my window. She then looked out the window and turned back to me and said, "Silly Lindsey that was only David. He just had too much to eat. As for the shadows, just keep in mind that the shadows are in fact just objects in the room." I smiled up at her and gave her a hug. I don't know why, but giving Emmalynn a hug just felt right. She reminded me of my mommy. She even looked a lot like her. Mommy had blond hair, but since she had to take the medicine for her kidneys she cut it really short. Emmalynn even acted a lot like a mommy. I knew that she's not my real mommy, but she's just so much like her. I felt embarrassed that I thought that way, I mean Emmalynn was probably too busy anyway. "You ok sweetheart? You look like you're thinking about something. You can tell me." I didn't know how to put it, so I just said it. "Emmalynn, you remind me of my mommy so much, I hope you don't mind if I sometimes accidentally call you mom do you?" She was silent for a long time. I guess I made her unhappy. I ran from my room and down the stairs and out the door. I ignored Emmalynn as she called after me, but as I went out the door I was grabbed by two big strong arms. I looked back and David had grabbed me and had a hold of me around my waist. Woah there squirt, where do you think you're going?" I tried to squirm out of his grip, but I couldn't. He was really strong. "Lindsey? Lindsey?...oh there you are. Lindsey look at me." I didn't, I was mad at her. But I was sad at the same time. She reminded me of my mommy so much, that it seemed right to call her that, but I guess I was wrong. I started to cry, I hated it when I cried. "Aw Lindsey, you didn't give me enough time to think about what you told me, and also sweetie, you took me by surprise. I wouldn't mind if you thought of me as your mommy. I was just so excited and happy that you thought of me that way that it just surprised me." I looked at her, did she really mean what she said? She really wanted to be my mom? I had almost forgotten what my mommy use to do. I mean before she went to go live with the angels she was in bed sleeping most of the time. I smiled up at her. David let me go and I ran to her. I gave her a hug and I didn't want to let go. I had a mommy again. I knew now that I was safe. Emmalynn POV: I cannot believe that this adorable little girl thought me as her mother. I couldn't be happier. I had always wanted to be able to have children, but since what happened with Royce I was sentenced to eternity as a vampire. But I wasn't miserable, I had David to keep me company. But Lindsey changed all of that. She made me feel whole, and I would do all in my power to make sure that no harm would come to her. "Lindsey, I think that it's time for you to go back to bed now."


I could tell that she was tired, but she wanted to stay up and watch more of her NCIS DVD’s. I realized that I would either have to bargain with her, or threaten her with a shopping trip with Sadie and I. I could already tell that Lindsey didn't like shopping much. "Lindsey Donovan, you better get to bed or you will have to go on a weekend shopping trip with Sadie and I. Or you can go to bed now and tomorrow you can watch all the NCIS that you want." She didn't even give it a second thought she jumped off the couch and ran upstairs to her room and shut the door. I chuckled a bit to myself, I didn't know I could be so persuasive. "Jeez Rosie, I knew you could be a bit strict darlin', but who knew you could bargain like that." If I could blush I would have. Elliott was like a brother to me. But years of shopping, you learn to bargain for a reasonable price. "Well Ell, with years of shopping with Sadie I learned to bargain for good prices, and well I just used that knowledge and used it on Lindsey." I went up to my room and started getting my things together for school in the morning. I had grown tired of going to school, but we would be moving soon anyway. We had stayed here too long, Michael was starting to be under suspicion. Even some of our teachers were starting to notice something was up. I heard a knock on the door and turned to see that Lindsey had cracked the door a bit and was peeking inside. "Momma...is it ok if I call you that? I was wondering if you could finish telling me that bedtime story that we never got to finish." "Of course I can sweetheart, what story would you like to hear?" She smiled big and ran back to her room and grabbed a book out of her bag. It was a rather small book and when I saw the cover I about stopped my unneeded breathing. The tortoise and the Hare was my favorite bedtime story. I loved reading it. I loved the message it sent out. You didn't need to be the best or the fastest to get ahead in life. It's like the old saying, 'Slow and steady wins the race'. I picked up the book and started from the beginning. "Once upon a time there was this hare and a tortoise. The tortoise and the hare were walking along a dirt path, and the hare started to laugh at the slow tortoise. He knew that he could beat the tortoise in a race, so he decided to challenge the slow tortoise to a race. The first one who got to the finish line won. They started and the hare started sprinting off towards the finish, but the tortoise was off to a slow start." "But I thought the tortoise won, he's not going to win if he's just walking instead of running momma." "Well the hare decided that he had enough of a lead. He could see the finish line, so he decided to take a nap and when the tortoise got close he would sprint off and win. But what the hare didn't count on was the as he took his nap the tortoise ended up at the finish line before he did. The tortoise ended up winning the race. Do you know why he won and not the fast hare?" "I think so Rosie, it was because the rabbit thought that since he was faster he would win, but he stopped while he was ahead and waited a bit. But the tortoise kept on going and didn't stop." "Exactly Bells, have you heard of the saying, 'Slow and steady wins the race'? Well this story is a prime example of that. Even though the tortoise was slow, he kept on going, and he ended up winning." With that I concluded the story and I tucked Lindsey into bed and kissed her goodnight. She would be home with Laura all day tomorrow, but once we moved she would be starting kindergarten when we got to wherever we decided to move. "Emmalynn, come downstairs so we can discuss the moving situation." ,said Michael. I didn't know that we would be discussing this so soon, Sebastian must've been listening to my thoughts. "Sorry Emmalynn, I can't turn it on and off on command." I know that Sebastian, I'm not mad at you. It just caught me off guard. "Ok, well now that we have Lindsey with us we have to make sure the place we pick is safe for children. Sadie, have you seen anything in the future that will help us decide where to move to?" "No, Michael, all I've seen is that we go to school as normal, and that Lindsey is in kindergarten. We are also able to stay for a rather long period of time. Longer than we have in others." Well that was good to hear. I always hate having to keep moving because of what we are, but now that I have Lindsey with me I am willing to do what's best for her. It was the first time in a long time that I felt as if my vampire life had a purpose, and that purpose was to take care of and raise Lindsey up right. That's when it came to me, why not move back to where Lindsey originally lived? Yes, it was sunny, but We could still go out when it was partly cloudy. "Wow Emmalynn that was the first unselfish thing I think I heard you think in the longest time. I like that idea, but I don't know if the weather will be good enough. Sadie, how does the weather look for Houston, Texas?"


I turned my attention to Sadie, waiting to see what she would say about the weather. "Well I see some bright sunny days, but nothing where we can't go to school to keep up appearances." "But what about Maria? I know that she wants revenge on me for stealing Lindsey away from her, what about the lingering problem with her?" "Elly, I just checked that, and she is nowhere to be seen. She hasn't decided yet. This could be a good thing. So relax. I don't see her coming to get Lindsey any time soon.' I was thankful for that, I didn't want anyone to harm her. "...mommy, I don't feel good." My attention shot straight to Lindsey. I ran upstairs and went into her room and saw that she looked pale and was starting to sweat. I put my cold hand against her forehead and she felt warmer than normal. I called to Michael, but he was already up here and was walking into the room. I told him that she seemed to have a fever. "Lindsey, sweetie, does anything hurt?" "My throat is really sore, and it's hard for me to swallow." Michael looked into her mouth and his expression wasn't all too good. "She has strep throat. I'll check and see if she's allergic to penicillin, and if she's not she'll get 250mg for ten days, and she should be better by then." he whispered so only I could hear. "Lindsey, you have a sore throat and I'm going to give you medication for it, and you should be feeling better in about a week hun." Lindsey smiled weakly at him and asked me, "Momma, can I have a glass of water?" I looked to Michael and he shook his head. I ran down and filled up a glass and gave it to her. While Michael checked on her allergies I would stay with Lindsey while she slept. I didn't want to leave her, especially now since she was sick. Hopefully I would get the ok to stay home from school for the next couple of days so I could watch over Lindsey properly.

Emmalynn POV: It had been over a week since Lindsey was diagnosed with strep. She was starting to feel better. I was thankful for that, but I would have to go back to school today. Laura would be taking care of her today. I couldn't help but feel a bit of jealousy. I knew that I would have to go to school to keep up appearances, but I couldn't stand leaving Lindsey. She was like my daughter. Hell, she was my daughter. "Rosie, Bells will be fine. Laura will take good care of her." "That's what I'm afraid of." I whispered to David. I knew Lindsey thought of me as her mother, but what if she likes Laura better? She thinks of you as her mother Emmalynn, I don't think she can, or that she would shut that on and off. I thanked Sebastian. This was rather odd though, we never really got along with one another. We usually just tolerated each other. I could actually get used to this. Arguing was getting rather tiresome for me. We arrived to class somewhat early, what with Sebastian 'speeding' down the highway at over a hundred miles per hour. We got there and of course we got the usual stares and there were some glares from people. "Emmalynn, relax, your emotions are all over the place. You're giving me a headache, and we don't even get them." I took a breath and calmed myself. I don't understand, I'm never this out of control with my emotions. I guess I've just been a bit preoccupied with looking after Lindsey to even notice anything else. It just felt normal and second nature to be taking care of Lindsey like she was my own real daughter. This must be how Laura felt when she had Samuel, even though she didn't get to spend much time with him. I never knew what it felt like to lose a child, and I hoped that I would never get to feel that way with Lindsey. She was my daughter in the emotional sense, but of course not the physical sense. But I wouldn't let that stop me from loving her like my own. School felt as if it had been draggin' on and on, more than usual today. I guess it was because my mind was preoccupied with Lindsey and hoping that she was ok. Then it was the last class of the day, History. I had that class with Elliott and we were studying the civil war. Let's just say that Elliott had to control himself when the history teacher would tell incorrect information about the confederate army. I chuckled softly so that no one could hear me, but I couldn't hide it from Elliott. He shot me a death look and I stopped laughing...for a few seconds anyway. He was getting upset over just small details, he was overreacting I thought.


"Miss Hale, you're needed at home right away, your mother is picking you up. I'm sure your brother can bring you your homework." I instantly panicked. Was Lindsey alright? Did she get hurt? Is she even sicker than before? All these questions were running through my mind as I got my things and made my way to the front of the school. Once I got there I saw a blue mini cooper pull up and in the backseat I saw Lindsey. Her expression changed from annoyed to happiness once her eyes landed on me. "Thank goodness you got my message Emma. Lindsey, here, wouldn't stop throwing a tantrum until I brought 'momma' to her." I couldn't help but laugh. Who knew Lindsey could be this way, I would have to keep this in mind for future reference. I didn't know that Lindsey had that in her. I got in the car with Laura and we drove off with Lindsey towards home. Once we were home I got Lindsey out of her booster seat and she ran inside. I couldn't quite understand why she wanted me home with her. I mean, Laura was just as nice as I was with children. I know he thinks of me as her mother, but I'm not the only person who can take care of her. I guess I would have to explain this to Lindsey once I got inside. "I'm so sorry Laura, I'll go talk to Lindsey and explain, that she shouldn't have acted that way towards you." This was completely true. Lindsey shouldn't act that way. "Now Emmalynn, don't be too hard on her. She lost both parents rather young. I assume she doesn't want to feel like she's losing another by you yelling at her." Well I never thought of that. I wanted to scream. Who would've thought that motherhood could be so complicated. I then laughed to myself. I wanted a child all this time and when I finally was able to have one I was sort of regretting it. Not that I don't love Lindsey, I do, but everything is so complicated. I have to make sure I say what I want to say so that she understands that she shouldn't act this way, but at the same time I have to make sure that I don't make her even more upset. I wanted to pull my hair out, but I decided against that. I wouldn't look good with a bald head. Besides it's too hot to wear sun hats. I sighed and decided that I would go up and talk to Lindsey. Once I got up to her room she was watching one of her NCIS shows again. I walked in and said, "Lindsey, honey we need to talk about what happened earlier." "Shh mommy, this is my favorite part of the show. Agent Gibbs is about to make the subject tell them that he was the one that actually killed that man." I was starting to get annoyed. I grabbed the remote from the top of the television and I hit pause. "No hun, we need to talk now. Now, why were so much trouble with Laura?" She started chewing her bottom lip, which meant that she was thinking. "I don't know momma, I guess 'cause she's not my mommy I don't have ta listen to her." I sighed a bit. I was afraid that this might happen. "Lindsey, just because Laura isn't your mom doesn't mean that you can ignore what she tells you. If she's watching you, you need to listen to what she says." "But momma, Laura isn't my mommy, you're my mommy." "Lindsey honey, just because Laura isn't your mom doesn't mean you get to ignore what she says. Now Lindsey for the rest of the night I'm going to have to take away your NCIS DVD’s. You can have them back in the morning." "But momma-" "No Lindsey, this will teach you that you need to obey what others say that watch over you when I'm away. Do you understand?" Lindsey sighed a bit, and nodded her head. She didn't like it I could tell, but she went along with it anyway. I gathered up all her NCIS DVDs and I put them in my room in my secret drawer that I know Lindsey won't be able to get into. I walked back to her room and she was face down and her head was in her pillow. I sat down on the bed and I could tell that she had been crying. I could tell it with her breathing. "Lindsey, I'm doing this because I hope this will teach you that you need to listen other people that aren't your mother. Also, later I want you to go downstairs and apologize to Laura." "No." "Lindsey, you need to apologize. Would you like it if someone was mean to you and they didn't apologize?" I heard a muffled yes. "Well do you want Laura to feel that way?" She shook her head no in her pillow. "Then you need to go apologize to Laura."


She sat up, her eyes were still a bit puffy from her crying. "Ok momma, I'll go tell Laura I'm sorry. Will I get my NCIS back?" I nodded my head yes and said, "But you'll get them tomorrow, no sooner. Ok Lindsey Sue?" That made her giggle. "I like that nickname, Emmy." This made me smile. I guess we now had our own nicknames now. I couldn't help but smile. Lindsey sat up and leaned over and gave me a hug. I hugged her back and she scampered off downstairs to apologize to Laura. As I walked back to my room I heard Lindsey's apology. "Laura, I wanted to say I'm sorry, for not listening to you. Are you mad at me?" "Of course not angel, I'm not mad at you. And thank you for apologizing. Will you listen to me next time." There was a slight pause, which I assume was Lindsey nodding her answer. "Well that's good baby doll, would you like to have a snack?" Again, another pause. This was one of those times when I wished I could read minds like Sebastian could. I wanted to go down there and find out things were But I wanted Lindsey to learn to be nice, and not feel like she had to, because I was around. Then I heard the Volvo coming down the gravel drive. Thank goodness, now I could use Sebastian to get a better idea of how things are going. "No Emmalynn, this is something that I don't want to get in the middle of. If you want to know how she's doing you can either find out for yourself, or use Elliott. I need to stay away from Lindsey for awhile, at least until I am certain that I can control my bloodlust around her. Besides, Elliott seems to be immune to her blood." I hated it when Sebastian was right, he even had to add that last part about Elliott. That was rather odd. Usually Elliott was the one we had to be careful if we were around humans, but Sebastian was the one we would have to watch for. You're not much help Eddie, but yes, I understand. What time will you be back so I can make sure that Lindsey is no where around you. I knew that I was being a bit rude, but I was trying to let Lindsey learn a lesson without me, and she was doing a lot better job than I was. "Emmalynn, you know that I don't like being called Eddie, I get that enough from David. I'm not sure what time I'll be back from hunting, but I know I will stay away from Lindsey. Sadie has seen it. speaking of the pixie, I'm suppose to let you know that-" "You and I need to go shopping!" I turned and saw that Sadie was standing in my doorway practically bouncing off the walls with excitement. "I had a vision and Lindsey is going to need a completely different wardrobe for where we're moving." "Wait, I thought we were moving back to Houston so she can feel at home?" At least that was what we decided on when we had the 'family meeting'. "Sadie, I thought we were moving to Houston, so that way we could leave Lindsey out of shopping since she doesn't seem to like shopping." This was true. I've tried to get her to go, but she ends up finding some way out of it. "Where are we moving to that involves last minute shopping?" There was a slight pause. I assume Sadie wanted to create a dramatic effect, but all it was doing for me was just annoying me. I had other things to worry about right now. Would wherever we're going be safe enough for Lindsey? Would Lindsey even like where we move to? Will she even want to move? I guess these questions will be answered soon enough. "We're moving to Ireland! I've checked and the weather is perfect to keep our cover, everyone will enjoy it, even little Lindsey. And might I add that you did a bang up job with the parental thing Emmalynn. You're a good mother, so don't you forget it." I couldn’t help but smile. It was good to hear that I was in fact doing a good job and that I wasn't being too hard with her. Then it hit me, we'll be going to Ireland! We would be able to meet Maggie, Siobhan and Liam. They were the Irish coven we ran into while we were there a few years back. We had grown close, especially when it was an abnormal day there. Meaning, that it was sunny for weeks at a time. We had to stay with them for awhile, because our home wasn't quite finished, and if we went to a hotel we would look rather odd sparkling in the sunlight. "How soon do we leave Sadie?" "Well if Michael gives the okay for Lindsey to travel, we'll leave early tomorrow. Let me go ahead and check." While Sadie was doing that I went downstairs and gave my husband a kiss and went to go check how Lindsey was doing, without letting her know. "Elliott, what are Lindsey's emotions right? And did Sadie tell you the news? Who am I kidding, of course she would've already told you, and she couldn't tell me fast enough." "Well from what I can read I can see that she is happy, content, and feeling a bit of guilt. Why would Lindsey feel guilty?"


I let out an unneeded sigh and explained what had happened earlier. "Oh, so that's why you were called to leave class early. Lindsey will be fine. Guilt is there, but faintly. You're a good mother Emma." Ok, I like hearing that, but it was getting a little annoying to keep hearing it. Maybe my emotions showed it or something. All of a sudden I felt a wave of calm. I looked at Elliott and thanked him. I walked into the kitchen and saw Lindsey explaining something to Laura. "So see Laura, Tony is the guy on the show who makes everything fun. Gibbs is the one who's in charge of the team, Ziva is the one who's from some other country, and McGee is the guy who knows everything about computers. There's a doctor, named Ducky, but that's not his real name. His name is Donald Mallard, but I don't get why they call him 'Ducky'. Last but definitely is Abby, she's the scientist who finds all the scientific stuff and then tells Gibbs what she finds." I giggled to myself, she was literally obsessed with this show. But I couldn't judge her, I am obsessed with shopping, but not as much as Sadie. No one is as obsessed with shopping like Sadie. "Laura, can I talk with Lindsey alone please." She nodded her head yes and walked into the living room. I'm sure she heard Sadie's news from in here, due to the super hearing vampires have. "Lindsey Sue, do you know where Ireland is?" She sat and had a thoughtful look on her face. She started chewing on her lip. This meant that she was thinking hard. "Isn't it around the United Kingdom?" This shocked me. Lindsey was only five years old, how was she able to know this? "Lindsey honey, that's correct. How did you know that?" "My daddy use to show me different maps. He had all different kinds. Sophie, my babysitter says he liked to collect them." That would explain a lot then. "Why do you want to know mommy?" Here goes nothing. "Well how would you feel about going there to live?" She bit her bottom lip and a second later her face brightened with a big grin. I couldn't help but smile right along with her. Then took me by surprise and jumped into my arms and give me a big hug. "I've always wanted to go there mommy. I want to go." "But first we better make sure you're healthy enough to travel young lady." I jumped a bit. I was so wrapped up in Lindsey I hadn't noticed Michael had arrived. I left Michael to check Lindsey out and I went upstairs to go up and pack. After my four bags were packed I went to go start packing up Lindsey's things. I would have to make sure that I packed Lindsey's bed sheets. I didn't want a repeat of the first time we got the wrong bed sheets for Lindsey. I sat down on the couch and turned on the television. I flipped though the channels and found 'What Not To Wear' was on. I liked Stacy and Clinton. And some of the things they say about certain clothing I have to agree. I like how they make an average person go from average to gorgeous in only an hour. "Well I checked Lindsey out and I can say that she is in perfect condition to travel. I would even go as far to say that she no longer has strep. That was the quickest case I've ever seen. I see that you're already packed yours and Lindsey's things. Good thinking Emma." I thanked Michael and went in and as I was walking in I saw Lindsey yawn. I looked over to the clock and saw that it was about eight o' clock in the evening. "Lindsey Sue, I think it's time for a certain someone to go to bed now." "But Emmy, I'm not tired." She yawned again. "Ok, I guess I'm a little sleepy. Am I allowed to have someone sleep with me?" I nodded. "Ok, I want Elliott to sleep with me. I don't know why, but he makes me feel safe." I was a little hurt, but I understood why she would feel safe with him. He was, in fact, the one who saved her from that bitch Maria. I gave her the ok. I took her upstairs helped her take a bath, then I helped her into her pajamas and went to go find Elliott. Elliott was in his study, and reading a book by the name of, "Complete Stories and Poems of Edgar Allen Poe". I'd always found his poems to be a bit dark for my liking, but that was just my opinion. "Elliott, Lindsey has requested that you stay with her tonight." "But aren't you her mother?" "Yes, but she wanted you to sleep with her. I am completely fine with it. I just want Lindsey to be happy." "Oh ok, as long as you're ok with I'll do it." I said my goodbyes and went back downstairs and watched more of 'What Not To Wear' on the DVR. I wanted to get this move over with. I just hoped that Lindsey wasn't afraid of flying after what happened on her way here. I don't think she could handle another situation like that one.


Elliott POV: I still cannot believe that Lindsey wanted me to spend the night with her in her room. I know that I saved her from Maria and all, but I wasn't her 'designated parent'. That was Emmalynn's spot in Lindsey's life. But I guess she felt safe with me. That made me feel good. Like I had a purpose, and not just the one who everyone had to watch to make sure I didn't lose control. Even my own wife, Sadie, was afraid. Not of me, but for me. I'm glad that she cares, but it makes me feel as if I don't have much control, when Lindsey is a prime example of the complete opposite. "No mommy...don't take daddy with you...I'll miss him...OK mommy...I love you..." She talked in her sleep? That was an interesting twist to the little sleeping angel. I looked over at the clock on her night stand. it was almost four in the morning. It was time for us all to leave and get on a plane to Ireland. I quietly slipped out of Lindsey's bed and went back to my room and gathered my things. I brought them down and sat them in the foyer. Emma went up to get Lindsey. I heard mumbling when Emma went in to get her up. "But momma, it's not even light outside. Why do I need to get up?" I couldn't help but chuckle at this. It was obvious that Lindsey wasn't a morning person. "Honey, remember when I told you that we would be moving to Ireland, well we're going today. You need to get changed and then we can go to the airport." I heard, what sounded like, Lindsey groaning. I take it that Lindsey isn't a morning person. Emma came back down the stairs with a sleeping Lindsey in her arms. "Aww she's so adorable Rosie, can I hold her?" This was something new with David. He was actually really gentle with her. She didn't even wake up when Emma handed him to her. If I didn't know any better I would think that David likes having the 'daddy' role with Lindsey. And that would leave me as 'the protector' as Sadie put it. She saw that that was what Lindsey will end up calling me. "OK, guys we need to get to the airport soon. By the time we get there we're going to have to run human speed to make it to our plane. Even then we're cutting it close." We ran at our normal pace and got our bags all packed into our cars we would be taking to the airport. We had accumulated enough money to pay for the monthly fee while we were out of the country. That's when it hit me. "I just thought of something, we all have passports, but Lindsey doesn't. What are we going to do?" That's when I remembered that I could contact Jenks. He was always quick when it came to forgeries. I would call on the way there and hopefully it would be waiting for us when we arrived at the airport. If not I would stay with Lindsey until I was able to get one. I wouldn't leave her behind, and I know that my family wouldn't either. I asked Sadie if she saw everything working out. She told me that the passport would be waiting for me at our gate. I was relieved, that was one less thing we would have to worry about. When we got to the airport, we had to run at human speed to get towards our gate. On the way we had to go through tight security. We finally made it to our gate and as predicted, Lindsey's passport was waiting for us when we were loading. Once on the plane, according to our tickets Emma and Sadie sat together, then behind them was Lindsey and I, and David and Sebastian sat together. Michael and Laura were lucky enough to somehow get bumped up to first class. I shook my head at that. I would never understand how whenever we had to fly somewhere Michael and Laura would somehow get first class. It didn't bother me, but it did bother David it seemed like. Which I could sense with his emotions. I sent him calming waves, which it seemed to annoy him even more. "Man, why does this always happen to us? I mean we deserve first class too right? It's just not fair." I sent him more calming waves, and a few lethargic ones. He started to get a bit 'tired'. Emmalynn turned around and thanked me with a wink. Lindsey was still asleep through all of this commotion. It was going to be a long flight. I could tell that much, and I didn't need Sadie to tell me this. It was just a feeling I had. I assume after spending over a hundred of years with Sadie, she was able to rub off on me. "Elliott...don't let the plane fall...you smell like peaches...make the plane stop moving..." More sleep talking. I apparently smelt like peaches to Lindsey, and she was reliving the plane ride she had on the way to A small town outside of Portland. Her emotions started to go haywire. She was calm, but she started feeling scared, nervous, anxious, and then she went straight to fear. "Elliott, you need to wake her up. She's having a nightmare!" I gently shook her awake. She looked around, startled. "Where are we? Why are we on a plane? Oh my gosh we're going to crash again."


I sent her wave after wave of calm and that seemed to do the trick. "Lindsey, we're going to Ireland. Remember Emmalynn talked to you about this. The weather is nice and sunny, there isn't suppose to be a thunderstorm like our last flight, we're going to be just fine." This seemed to calm her down a bit. She snuggled into my side. After I talked her down, her emotions were starting to go back tomorrow. So to lighten the mood I decided to ask her about the peaches comment. "So Lindsey, I hear you think I smell like peaches, do you know why that is?" I said with a smirk on my face. She started to blush. It was so cute that she was embarrassed, her emotions showed that much. "I talked in my sleep didn't I? Daddy says I do that a lot, especially when I'm under stress, whatever that means." She chewed on her bottom lip as she spoke. This was a clear sign that she was embarrassed that I had caught her. "Speaking of sleep, how come I never see you, mommy, or anyone else in your family go to sleep? You guys never look tired, you all must get tired at some point, right?" I didn't know how to answer that question. I mean, how do you tell a five year old that you don't sleep, without letting them know that you are a blood-drinking vampire? I would have to bring this to Michael's attention. That Lindsey was too observant to just downplay this for much longer. "Honey, we do sleep, we go to sleep a little bit after you do. So to answer your question we do sleep." Thank goodness Emma piped in, when she did. I had no clue how to get off the hook, without it being completely obvious I was lying. I couldn't really lie to Lindsey, something inside me told me that I wanted to be completely honest with her at all times. It was strange, I couldn't explain it, but I liked it. I gave Emma a smile when she looked at me. She winked and turned back in her seat. We got on the plane at six o' clock in the morning, I checked my cell phone for the time and it showed almost noon. This plane ride was going rather fast, which was good. The less Lindsey was on the plane the better. I didn't want her to have another panic attack. I don't think we could handle it either. I decided to take the time to look out the window and when I did I saw that we were still over the Atlantic Ocean, but with my vampire sight was able to see land a good three-hundred yards away. This plane ride went by almost too fast, I guess since we were preoccupied with Lindsey we lost track of time, which was good. This way David would stop pouting about not being able to get into first-class with Michael and Laura. Just then the 'fasten your seat belts' sign lit up. I sat Lindsey up and helped her buckle up. 'Attention passengers, we are approaching Dublin, Ireland. clear the isles and thank you for flying with Southwest Airlines.' I checked out the window and I saw that we were flying over Cork, and would arrive in Dublin soon. "Sadie, so where is our house at exactly? We've been driving for hours now, and Lindsey already fell asleep." "Elliott calm down, we got a house that’s on a secluded part of Galway. I checked into the 'you-know-what' and we will be there in one more hour and thirty minutes." I don't know if I could handle another hour in the car with all of my family. All these emotions were starting to get to me. Lindsey snuggled up into me and all my stress was gone. It was so weird, this never used to happen. It would take a lot of concentration from me to calm myself, but not with Lindsey. Just being around her made me feel at ease and calm. "We're here!" I looked out of the car window and what I saw even stunned me. It was a three-story stone castle-type house. It looked magnificent. It was something out of the middle ages. I would definitely have fun researching this house's history. It looked even older than I was. Not to call Michael old, but it had to have been built around the time Michael was alive. I use that word very loosely, because none of us were actually 'alive', besides Lindsey. We got out of the car and started walking towards the house to get a better look. I handed Lindsey off to Emmalynn. Which apparently woke Lindsey up. Emma put her down and Lindsey stretched out and looked around. "So this is where I'm going to be living now?" "Not just you sweetheart, all of us are going to live here too." "I know that mommy, I'm not stupid. Am I allowed to watch my NCIS DVD’s mommy, or am I still grounded?" Lindsey tried to use a puppy dog face on Emma, but it would have to take more than that to get Emma to budge on a decision once she made up her mind. Just ask David, he's an expert when it comes to that. He once went without 'whoo-hoo' for over a month. Using David's words, 'It nearly killed him'. Which in reality nothing can really kill us, other than another vampire. Even then they have to tear us limb from limb and then burn our remains. That was the only true way to get rid of us.


But on a lighter note the only vampires that had residence anywhere near us was Maggie, Siobhan, and Liam. They were also vegetarians. Fairly new to the diet, but they've had more time to adjust than I have. Michael said that they heard about the new diet and they came to him to figure it out, that’s when they decided to try it out. "Lindsey Sue, why don't you go on ahead and find a room that you like the most, and Sadie and I will come up and help you set up your room." Lindsey smiled wide and ran ahead. This way some of us who weren't unpacking our things could go ahead and hunt. Then once one group was done, the others could switch off, and go hunt. We decided that Emmalynn, Sadie, and Laura would stay and help unpack and rearrange the house the way Laura wanted. She always seemed to have an eye for interior design. As we were rearranging the living room we heard a thud from upstairs, which lead to a scream. Emmalynn and I ran upstairs and was met with Lindsey running towards us. "Mommy, can I keep it?" I was confused, as was Emmalynn from her emotions and the expression on her face gave it away even more. "Keep what?" we said at the same time. We looked at each other when we did that, but now wasn't the time. "Lindsey, why don't you show mommy what you want to keep, then I'll think about it." I agreed, we had all our things shipped here, because this castle was suppose to be completely empty. We walked forever, at least at human speed, to Lindsey's room. Emma had to let her pick her own room. Her room was clear at the end of the hall on the second floor. When we went into Lindsey's room we saw something under Lindsey's bed sheets moving. Lindsey started walking towards the sheets, but Emma, being the overprotective mother she is, grabbed Lindsey by the arm and held her back. "Ell, go pull the covers back." I rolled my eyes and I walked to the bed and grabbed a fistful of the sheets and quickly pulled back the sheets. If I were still human I would've jumped back a foot. "How in god's name did this get in here?" "I have no idea, but Lindsey, are you sure that you want it?" "Yes Elliott, mommy, I want it, and it's a girl because it doesn't have that dangly thing." This both shocked us and took us off guard. I started laughing, and got a death glare and anger waves from Emmalynn and I immediately stopped, but I couldn't help but chuckle at this. Lindsey was full of surprises. "Lindsey Sue, how do you know that?" What came out of Lindsey's mouth next both horrified me, but at the same time I couldn't help but crack up laughing. "Well one day when I wanted to play with David I went to your room and I saw you and him in there. You were under the covers, and David was standing in front of the bed with no clothes on. He turned to the mirror and I saw that dangly thing. His is bigger than my doggie that I had back with my daddy." If Emmalynn could blush she would be beet red right now. I on the other hand was on the floor over come with laughter. Lindsey just stood there confused and oblivious to what she just said and went on to say, "So mommy, can I keep her?"

Lindsey POV: I still don't understand why mommy Emma and Elliott were so surprised about what I said about mommy and David. But at least I was able to keep my doggie. Sadie asked me what I was going to name her, and I thought that I would call her Daisy. That was my other mommy's favorite flower. I remember 'cause that’s what daddy had when they had a ceremony for her. I didn't see the point of it, she was asleep. So, she wouldn't be able to enjoy it. But then daddy said it was for other people so that they could have more memories of her. I was glad that I was allowed to keep Daisy. Besides, me an her were already friends. I think it had something to do with Sadie saying she 'saw' me with Daisy and that she made me happy. That was confusing to me though. How could Sadie have seen me with Daisy when she didn't even see her until David came into my room when mommy didn't say anything. It just didn't make any sense to me. When I woke up this morning Daisy was asleep at the end of my bed. When I woke up I heard people talking downstairs. I snuck out of my room and went to the banister and watched my new family quietly discussing something. The only words I could catch were something about 'clothes', 'food', 'appearances', and 'school'.


That made me wonder if I was going to be going to school too. I don't know though, the last time I went to school I was still living with my daddy. I don't know how I would be able to do that. "Sadie, can you see what our first day of school will be like?" "Don't forget Lindsey's first day of kindergarten Sebastian!" I quietly walked down the stairs. Why were they talking about me when I wasn't around? Why did Sebastian and Emmalynn want Sadie to 'look' and see how our first day of school would be? They were acting awfully weird, but they never seemed to act this way when I was around. "I don't see Lindsey getting into any trouble, but we'll have to be careful about her finding out our secret sooner than we thought." Secret? What could they be hiding, that they didn't want me to find out? I shrugged it off for now. It wasn't any of my business anyway. If they wanted me to know they will tell me when they think that I am ready I suppose. I was almost down the stairs when I lost my footing and I tripped over my own feet. I waited for the sound of my body making contact with the floor, but I was caught by two strong hands, that were exceptionally cold. I looked up and saw that Elliott had caught me. I always did feel safe when he was around. It was weird though, I never felt that way with daddy. I didn't know why. "Darlin', you need to be more careful. Are you ok?" Just as I was about to answer Daisy came running down the stairs and started scratching at the door. Gidgit use to do the same thing when he had to go potty. I told Elliott that I was fine, and skipped off to get Daisy's collar and leash and went outside. "Lindsey, remember that you're starting school today as well." "I know Sadie, I heard you all talk about it without me." This made everyone get quiet. Was it something I said? I didn't think it was a big deal, but apparently to mommy and everyone else this was. "Lindsey Sue, you know it's not nice to eavesdrop on someone else's conversation." What did that mean? "Eavesdropping means that you were listening to someone's conversation without that person knowing that you were. Lindsey, it's not nice, and can get you into trouble as well." Maybe mommy was right, but I didn't think it was a big deal. Only thing that confused me was the fact that they wanted Sadie to 'see' something. How could she see what hasn't even happened yet? "I understand mommy, I'm sorry. Can I go walk Daisy?" "I suppose so Lindsey Sue, but be back in five minutes, I'm taking you to kindergarten today." I didn't like the idea of being away from my mommy and my new family, but I knew that I was supposed to. Besides, I'll maybe make some new friends. I walked out the door and saw the outside of my new home for the first time. I mean, I've seen it when we first arrived, but it was late afternoon at the time. Now, it was early morning. I always did like how everything looked in the morning. I think that was because when I couldn't sleep my other mommy use to stay up and we watched the sun rise. Daddy sometimes watched with us, but not always. He always had to get up early an either go to work, or he had to go work on papaw’s farm. Daisy didn't take too long, and we were back inside in less than what I was originally told. Laura promised that she would take care of Daisy for me while I was in kindygarden. I was glad for that. I didn't want Daisy to get lonely all alone in my room. "Come on Lindsey, it's time for school, and we don't want you to be late." I looked at the clock, from what I heard Laura and Michael talking about I didn't start until nine o' clock. I looked at the microwave, it said seven something. "But Sadie, I don't start til nine o'clock according to Michael and Laura." "Yes silly, but we need to get you a backpack that matches your outfit, and then get you some school supplies before school starts since we didn't already do this." I let out a loud sigh. I never really did like shopping, and I especially didn't like it when Sadie took me shopping. It took longer than it really needed to. "Sadie, honey, does Lindsey really need to spend almost two hours shopping for school supplies when she already has some of her own?" Thank goodness for Elliott, he always did know how to settle Sadie down without hurting her feelings. Sadie huffed a bit and reluctantly agreed that Elliott was right. I silently praised Elliott. Then all of a sudden Elliott turned to look at me and smiled. It was as if he knew I was excited for what he did. It was weird. I quickly turned my head away and ran off to go see what Laura was up to in the kitchen. As I walked away I heard Sadie whispering


something to mommy about going shopping after school. My happiness plummeted when I heard that a bit. It wasn't that I didn't like Sadie, I just didn't like the idea o spending most of the afternoon shopping. "Hello sweetheart, what would you like for breakfast?" I thought about that for the longest time and I wanted a breakfast that wouldn't take her so long to make so that she could some time to herself. "I guess I want some Cookie Crisp cereal." "What's the magic word?" I sighed, daddy use to make me do that as well when I didn't say 'please' or 'thank you'. I never knew I would be able to find someone else, an entire family for that matter, that would love me so much like my mommy and daddy did. I felt something wet roll down my cheeks. I touched my hand to my cheek and saw that I, in fact, was starting to cry. I sniffed a bit to try and stop the tears, and wiped away the ones that already fell down my cheeks. "Oh, honey what's wrong? You can tell me if you feel like it." I sniffed a bit to try and clear my nose a bit so I could talk. "I'm ok. I just didn't know that other people could be better than my mommy and daddy. It makes me miss them some more." She walked around the island in the kitchen and took me in a half hug and told me that it was normal for me to feel this way, and that I will be ok. She also went on to say that she felt honored that I thought so much of her and her family. "Lindsey Sue, it's time for school, finish up your cereal and I can take you to your first day of school." I hurried up and ate the rest of my cereal and went upstairs and kissed Daisy goodbye. On the way out of my room I grabbed my backpack and was out of the house in no time. I even managed not to trip at all on my out to Rosie's red car. I was about to get into the front seat when to strong burly hands grabbed me from behind and turned me around to face him. "Not so fast squirt, you have to sit in the back." I scoffed at that statement. I stuck my tongue out at David and turned to try and beg mommy to let me sit up front. "No Lindsey Sue, you have to sit in the back in a booster seat. It's the safest place for you to sit." I was mad I stuck out my tongue at mommy and crossed my arms and pouted. I was not happy. "Lindsey, I sit next to you if you sit in the back." I whipped my head around and saw Elliott standing there. I just nodded and let David know that he could put me down and I walked over to the open car door and Elliott helped me into my booster chair. I didn't like how I was taller than everyone else in the car, but at least I was with my mommy. Sebastian decided to drive Sadie, David and himself to school and mommy and Elliott would meet them at school. At least that’s what Elliott told me when David walked off towards Sebastian's silver car. Before I knew it we were already at my school. I suddenly felt really nervous. What if the other kids here didn't like me? What if I don't fit in? Will I like them? "Everything is going to be fine Lindsey. I'm sure that the other kids will like you just as much as we like you." That was strange. How did he know I was so nervous about school? Maybe my daddy was right, I am easy to 'read' when I am upset or nervous. I could feel my face getting hotter the more I thought about it. I willed myself to stop thinking about it, which always made me feel calmer. "Well looks like we're here. Do you want me to come in with you Lindsey Sue?" "Yes mommy. Can Elliott come too?" Emma nodded and Elliott unbuckled me from my seat and I hopped out of the car. Mommy handed me my backpack and I slowly walked towards the schoolyard. "Hi, my name is Connor, what's yours?" "My name is Lindsey, but I like Lindsey." Connor was nice, but he kept looking at me weird. I walked off and saw these two girls who had the same color hair playing on the teeter totter. I decided to see what they were up to. "Hi, I'm Lindsey.�


"Chloe, I think she's talking to us..." "Whatever Ciara, come on we gotta go to Miss Sheila’s class so we don't get in any trouble." Well that was rude. Guess not everyone was as friendly here like they were back in Houston. Did I really have to stay here? "Lindsey, we will pick you up later, look for either my car, or Sebastian’s car. Okay darlin'?" I nodded to Elliott and kissed mommy goodbye. I ran off towards the playground. I found my teacher, who had her name tag on. I looked at it and it said, "Hi, my name is Miss Sheila". Didn't that girl Chloe mention something about her teacher with that same name? This wasn't going to great, like I thought it was. I let out a sigh and went to the swings. I was lucky enough that there wasn't anyone on the swings. I hopped on and started swinging. I was getting higher and higher. I was so high that I was making the swing jerk down. I didn't care though, I was having too much fun to stop. But what happened next I wasn't expecting. I felt the swing jerk down as swung back, but the jerk was too hard. Everything happened so fast. I could feel myself falling, but there wasn't any strong cold arms to catch me. All that I could remember was that I fell so hard that everything slowly went black. I could see a group of kids and maybe a teacher running towards me. I was just glad that mommy wasn't here. I didn't want her to be mad at me.

Elliott POV: School didn't go quite as planned. I had gotten so used to being around just Lindsey, that being in a school full of angst-ridden, hormonal teenagers was starting to get to me. I nearly lost it several times, and that was just walking into school. The first half of school was going smoothly. I was relieved when lunch came around. I wanted to compare notes with my family to see if anyone was suspicious of us yet. I got a cheeseburger, a side of French fries, and a cookie. These would be easy to make it look like I actually ate some of my meal. As I neared the table I could hear Emmalynn and Sadie whispering about something, that I couldn't quite catch, even with my vampire hearing. "Sadie, are you sure Lindsey's going to be ok at kindergarten by herself?" I sensed that Emmalynn was worried for Lindsey's Safety, so I sent Emmalynn a wave after wave of calm and serenity. "Don't you dare Elliott Whitlock! If you wouldn't have gone to see Maria we wouldn't have to constantly look over our shoulders to make sure she isn't following us!" I suppose she had a point, but then again, we wouldn't have met Lindsey. "No Elliott, that's not entirely true. According to Sadie's visions Lindsey would've come into our lives anyway, but just not so soon." Emmalynn gave me a smug look. I rolled my eyes and looked away. I wish I would've known that going to go visit Maria. "Sebastian, I do wish you would ask before you peek into my visions, and actually see the whole vision. And Emmalynn, Maria would've been the cause of Lindsey coming into our lives anyway." I felt redeemed. So I did the right thing by actually going when Maria threatened Sadie. I looked over at Emmalynn and saw that she looked conflicted. I sensed that she was relieved and felt guilt as well. I assume the guilt was because she felt relieved that Lindsey would still be in our lives. I have to admit though, I was feeling the same way, and from what I sensed my family was feeling the same way. School was almost over, I was thankful for that. The last class of the day for me was History. I always was a fan when it came to history, but one pet peeve of mine was when the teacher had incorrect information. And they insist that they were right and when I tried to correct them I was wrong. "Ell relax! You're starting to project your emotions again. Why am I feeling anxious and annoyed?" I explained to Sadie my situation, and she just nodded her head in agreement. She knew that when it came to history, I was always very annoyed if they said an incorrect piece of information. I decided to turn my attention back to what was going on at the front of the classroom. A few seconds later I hear Sadie gasp. I knew that gasp, it meant that she was having a vision. "Sadie honey, what's wrong? Is everything ok?"


She took a minute to compose herself and instead of actually telling me she wrote it down on a piece of paper and slipped it to me. 'No, I saw Lindsey at kindergarten. She was swinging and the swing broke. She fell, and blacked out for a minute. She's fine though so no need to worry Emmalynn over this Sebastian...err...sorry Elliott. Michael and Laura are going to pick her up from school and Michael will assess the damage at home. From what I could see she'll just have a fat lip and a badly sprained wrist that she'll have to keep in a sling. Let's just hope I'm able to coordinate her outfit around it...err sorry I'm rambling again.' Well that was a lot to take in all at once. At least Lindsey would be alright, but it seems that Lindsey is going to become somewhat of an accident-prone human. This should keep David entertained. He always did find it funny when the humans would trip over themselves. I guess it had to do with the fact that vampires are completely graceful, and have lightning-fast reflexes and don't usually fall. "Do you think she'll want to go back Sadie?" She put her fingers on the side of her head and closed her eyes. She opened them in a flash and said, "She liked kindergarten, and wants to go back. Emma is going to try to get Laura to home-school her, but Lindsey will put up a fight and end up winning." Just as I was about to say something the teacher spoke up and said, "Class, since we covered what we needed to cover in a shorter amount of time, and since it's the last class of the day I've decided to let you all leave five minutes early. See you all tomorrow." His voice was monotone. It made no sense. He was perky and vibrant a few minutes ago. I checked his emotions and I couldn't get a read on him what so ever. Something was off about him. "Like what I did? Hi, the name's Holly." I raised an eyebrow. I looked her in the eyes, and saw not the topaz I've grown accustomed to seeing. Hers were a crimson color. That could only mean that she was a human blood drinker. And by the look of the dark circles under eyes, a hungry one at that. "I'm Elliott, and this is my wife Sadie. We know what you are." "So you're smarter than you look. My mate, Liam already saw you all coming here. He even saw that you have a young human girl with you. I find that kind of funny actually. You're keeping her as a pet. That's a Nice thing to do. Make her think she's safe, then when she's asleep you can drink her delicious blood, she'll never see it, or feel it for that matter." I growled at Holly. What she was saying was so wrong, on so many levels. She had no right to talk about Lindsey like that. "Aww, it seems I must've hit a nerve with you killer. Don't worry. I won't touch your precious pet, but I can't say the same for Ross. He was just turned recently. He's a bit elusive at times, we don't always know where he is at times." Holly was really starting to piss me off. If it weren't for Sadie practically pulling me out of the classroom I would've torn her limb from limb. Just as quick as that thought came a male and female vampire came rushing in. The male had pale blond hair that he had pulled back into a low ponytail. The female had fiery-red hair that was obnoxiously curly. "James, Victoria, I'm fine. Tell Liam that he overreacts sometimes. These two were just leaving anyway, weren't you." Holly said to me as she motioned for Sadie and I to head towards the door. We took the hint and slowly backed out, making sure that we kept eye contact with them. There was something about them, something that I didn't trust. I'd just hope Lindsey wouldn't find out what we were, because of this coven of human blood drinkers. As we walked out to the car I asked Sadie if she saw Holly and her coven attacking us anytime soon. She told me that she couldn't tell for sure. If they were, they haven't made a set decision about it. The worse they could do is just sneak around and spy on Lindsey, and if they were smart they wouldn't attack her with seven vampires around to protect her. "What the hell took you two so long? We've been waiting for over fifteen minutes." Good 'ol David, he was always a bit impatient. "Why in the hell didn't you call for us. You too were outnumbered!" "Relax Sebastian, we were fine. Holly just took us off guard. She used her power to get the class out five minutes early. Her coven knows about Lindsey, we're going to have to be extra careful now.' "Who?"


"Holly, she has some sort of mind control power, it's like power of suggestion or something. Her mate is like Sadie, he can see into the future. That's why he sent the other two coven members, Victoria and James. It seems that Holly and Liam are the power couple we have to watch out for though." "We better go home and fill in Michael and Laura. We're going to have to come up with a plan to protect Lindsey. as well, if Holly was serious about her threat." "She was serious Sebastian, I could sense it in her emotions." Emmalynn was fuming with rage, and fright. It was pouring off of her in waves. I sent her waves of calm, instead of snapping at me she gave me a meek smile and leaned into David's half hug and if she could, she'd be crying right now. That was one of the drawbacks of being a vampire. We're not able to actually cry, we produce tears, but they never leave our eyes. Emma and David got in her car, and Sadie and I would drive home with Sebastian. "Oh Emmalynn, you won't have to stop by Lindsey's school...she's at home." Sadie said before we got into Sebastian's Volvo. "Why is she at home?" She obviously picked up on Sadie's voice change. "Well, she kinda fell during recess when the swing broke. She's fine, but she'll have a sprained wrist for awhile. Now let's get home so we can discuss the possible problem concerning Holly, Liam, Victoria and James." I had to hand it to Sadie, she had a talent when it came to telling bad news, and softening the blow with something that was even worse. Emma nodded in agreement and we got back into our cars and sped off towards home. "So from what you've told me, Holly has mind control, Liam can see the future like you Sadie, and Victoria and James have no apparent gifts. Is there anything else that you both can think of that went on in that classroom?" "No, not really except that Liam saw that Lindsey was with us. He told Holly, and when Holly told us about what he saw, she didn't really believe it. But from the way we reacted, she now knows different now. I don't think they'll do any harm to Lindsey, what with seven vampires here to protect her." That was a relief I guess. But at the same time, it was just one more person we had to watch out for. "Do you think they would even attempt to get anywhere near Lindsey?" Sebastian was always one to look on the downside of things. I'm just saying Sebastian, I mean you always see the bad side of most things, but I do understand where you're coming from. I sent Sebastian some waves of calm. He always did get a bit touchy when we mention him being a worry wart sometimes. Sebastian glared at me but I just ignored it. "Why is everyone in here. Mommy! I didn't know you were home! I missed you so much. I had so much fun at kindergarten." Lindsey came charging in out of nowhere. Which was odd in a house full of vampires, who had heightened senses. Emmalynn went off and spent alone time with her. From what I could sense in her emotions, Lindsey was so excited to see Emmalynn. I couldn't help but feel a pang of jealousy. She didn't even say anything to me. "Oh I almost forgot Elliott, I missed you too! I even met a new friend that looked like you, except his eyes were a different color. They were like the color of what that looks like." Lindsey pointed to a book that was on the coffee table. It had a black cover. She looked up and looked at our shocked faces. "Did I say something wrong?" "No honey, we were just thinking about how to celebrate your upcoming birthday. Do you know what kind of cake you would like for your birthday?" Lindsey tapped her index finger on her chin while she was thinking. It was so cute the way she tried to act grown up. "I like anything with green, but I don't want any princess stuff." I had to laugh when I saw Sadie pretend to pout, at least I think she was pretending. Lindsey ran off back to play with Emmalynn. "Are you all thinking the same thing I'm thinking?" We all nodded in agreement to David's statement. Which was actually odd coming from him. "One of our 'friends' must have paid Lindsey a visit while she was at school." "Do you think they could've caused Lindsey's fall?" I hadn't even considered that as an option until Michael mentioned it. This caused Sadie to check that as possibility. "No, I don't see any of the vampires Ell and I saw there around the time when Lindsey fell." We all let out a sigh of relief. We had enough to worry about, we didn't want to have to worry about other possible threats.


Lindsey POV: Well mommy dropped me off at school. I guess I should be excited, but I still don't have any friends yet, unless you count my new friend I met before I was suppose to go inside. He told me his name was Ross, he had really dark-colored eyes. He told me that they were that way because his parents let him have contacts. I wasn't sure what contacts were, but his eyes didn't look pretty, they looked somewhat scary. Ross apologized, and told me that he was thirsty. He told me he had to get a drink and that he would be back later. His dark eyes scared me, but he was my only friend. He was the only one around here that wanted to hang out with me. Chloe and Ciara made almost impossible for anyone to even be around me. They said that I had cooties, and if anyone even tried to play with me they would catch it too. I let out a sigh and walked back inside when Miss Sheila blew the whistle. The whistle meant that it was time to start class. "Class, I have some exciting news. We will be having our own talent show. It will be tomorrow at seven 'o' clock. Make sure to tell your parents." Well this would be fun. No one here likes me, but at least I would have my new family with me. I even had a song in mind that I would lip sync to. It was my old mommy and daddy's favorite song to dance to. "So Lindsey, what are you going to be doing for the talent show?" I hated my nickname Chloe gave me. I would just have to ignore her all together. "I'm going to sing a song that was my mom and dad's favorite. What are you going to do?" "Well, Ciara and I are going to put a dance together to the song 'Now I'm A Believer' by Smash Mouth. What song is it that your mom and dad liked so much anyway?" I was torn. I could tell them my idea, but if I told them how would I know if they wouldn't try and steal it. "I'm not going to tell you. You might try and steal it!" "Aw, we would never try and do that, would we Ciara." I could tell that she really didn't mean it. I shook my head no and walked off. "Oh, and you were so close to actually have some friends here. Lindsey." I turned back and stuck my tongue out and stormed off. When school was over for the day I went back to the coat room and got my backpack and my jacket that Sadie had helped me pick out earlier that day. "You know I liked how you stood up to Chloe and Ciara. Not many kids do that a lot. Hi, my name is Abby." I turned and saw a girl with dark black hair. She had her hair up in pig tails. I liked it, but I never looked pretty in them. "I'm Lindsey...do you want to come over to my house and play?" Just as Abby was about to answer I saw Ross. His eyes were no longer the pitch black they were earlier, but a bright red. He reminded me of how Sophie looked sometimes when she had to spend the night with me when daddy use to work all night. She'd drink a lot of drinks that I thought looked like pee. I didn't like the smell of it either. "I don't think I can Lindsey, besides I gotta work on what I'm going to do for the talent show tomorrow...may be some other time?" I nodded my head yes and she skipped off to meet her parents. I guess I could wait for someone to come pick me up on the swings. I walked out to the playground, and plopped down on the swing. I was rocking myself back and forth. I was thinking about my first mommy and daddy. I was starting to wonder if singing 'their' song was the right thing to do or not. Daddy played it when we went to mommy's funeral. I always did like The Emma. I liked how it resembled how much mommy and daddy loved each other. "So how was school Lindsey?" I shrugged my shoulders. Ross always did have a habit of showing up without me even seeing where he came from. I explained to him about how my class was going to put on a talent show to show all the parents and the other kids. "Am I invited to this show as well?" His voice sounded strange when he asked. It sounded as if his voice had suddenly got like daddy's use to when I did something he didn't like.


"Yes, you're invited. You're my friend...my only friend thanks to Chloe and Ciara." Ross raised an eye brow and asked what I meant. I explained how they turned my whole class against me, except for Abby. Then it occurred to me. Maybe Chloe and Ciara's hold over the class would soon be gone, and I could make some friends. "Lindsey! Get away from him! NOW!" I whipped my head around, causing my hair to flip with it, and saw Elliott storming over to me and Ross. His voice scarred me. The last time I heard him sound like that was when he was arguing with Maria. But Ross was my friend. He wasn't like Maria. Maria was evil, and all Ross wanted to do was be my friend when no one else wanted to. "But Elliott, Ross is my friend. In fact, he's my only friend here." I turned to look back at Ross. His eyes were no longer red. They were pitch black again. I was frozen in my spot. Then I heard a familiar growl come from Elliott. It was the same growl I heard when he saved me from Maria. Everything that happened next happened so fast. Ross was in front of me, but then when I blinked he was in front of Elliott. They were in one place, then when I blinked again they were in a totally different spot. How is that possible. They were both very fast I guess. "You better stay away from Lindsey, if you know what's good for you." I was about to say something, when Elliott was sent flying through the air and landed on the slide. When Elliott landed he left a huge dent in the slide. I never knew anyone who could do that. No one I knew was that strong. I was so focused on the slide that I didn't realize someone had picked me up. I turned my head and saw that Ross had me. I looked into his eyes, and saw that his eyes were black. He had a firm grip on me. He was starting to hurt me, he was holding onto me so tight. "Ross, you're hurting me. Let me go." I wiggled around trying to get free, but I couldn't get out. "Let her go Ross. If you do I will forget this whole thing ever happened. I won't tell anyone. I promise. Just...let...her...go..." I started crying. Ross was my friend. At least I thought he was. Why was he acting this way. Next thing I knew I was in the air like I was flying. Then I landed into something hard. I opened my eyes, which I didn't know I had shut and saw that I was in Elliott's arms. I instantly started crying. "Lindsey...I'm sorry...I don't know what came over me..." I turned to Ross and glared at him. "I thought you were my friend." "I am your friend Lindsey." "Nuh uh...friends don't hurt friends. At least not on purpose...I'm uninviting you to the talent show." I cringed back into Elliott's arms. I felt safe with him. Especially now. I turned back and saw that Ross was no longer in sight. This made no sense. "Elliott, who are you? I don't know anyone who is as fast as you and Ross, or as strong. You and your family have been great, but who are you guys?" Elliott was about to say something, but was cut off by momma running over to me and sweeping me up into a tight hug. "Momma, Elliott, who are you really?" Elliott and momma looked at each other and turned back to me. "Lindsey Sue, can we talk about this later? I hear that you have a talent show tomorrow." I let out a sigh and nodded my head. So I was right all this time. They were hiding something from me. I just needed to find out what that something was. Even if it meant that I would lose everything that I thought I knew.

Elliott POV: I cannot believe I could've been so careless as to let Lindsey see me the way I was with Ross. Sadie said that she would eventually find out. I wonder if this is what she had meant? No, Sadie wouldn't want her to find out this way, plus she would've warned me beforehand. On the plus side, Lindsey didn't know what we really are, just that I'm not exactly normal. But she has always been very observant for a little five year old girl. Which was rather hard to picture since she didn't act her age at all. "How could I not see this happening? I mean I am the psychic here!" "Shh...don't let Lindsey hear...she already knows that we're different. We don't want to give too much away so that she gets the wrong idea and runs away...Sadie! Do you see her running away?"


We all turned to Sadie who had a glazed look in her eyes. "No, I don't see her running away, but I do see her coming in here in T minus five seconds!" We turned our attention to the entryway and saw Lindsey walk in with Daisy in her arms. "Ok, I want answers. Who are you all really?" "Lindsey, darlin it's not that simple. It's abou-" "Yes it is, either you are who you say you are, or you're not!" She had us there. We never did actually tell her who we were, but then we didn't think we would have to for quite some time. "Lindsey, you might want to sit down sweetheart." You got to love Laura, she still was motherly even when she was under stress, but then there was Emmalynn who had stress and anxiety rolling off of her in huge waves. I sent her calming waves of serenity and tranquility. She glanced over to me and glared, but I could tell that she was thankful for it. "No, I am fine where I am." Emma and I let out a sigh. It was now or never. "Lindsey Sue, do you know what vampires are?" She nodded her head. We could all hear her heartbeat accelerating as she was starting to process what Emmalynn had said. "I'm not allowed to watch those kind of movies anymore after watching '30 Days of Night'. They gave me nightmares for weeks after Sophie and I watched it. Daddy was so mad at Sophie after that." This wasn't what we wanted her to respond with. So her perception of vampires was basically all the blood and gore and the myths of what we, as vampires, are. We hoped that she would be open-minded, but her reaction to Emma's question told us otherwise. "Lindsey, what if I told you that we are vampires." "W-Wh-what?" Lindsey tensed up, and her heart rate started to pick up. "You guys are kidding right?" In unison we shook our heads no. "No Lindsey, we're not. We are actual blood-drinking vampires." "DAVID!" Emmalynn slapped him over the back of the head. Rather hard, even for a vampire. "Lindsey, yes, we're vampires, and yes, we drink blood, but we-" "Wait! Why all the lies? You all lied to me! I thought you were my new family, and family doesn't lie to each other. How old are all of you anyway? Because I've heard that vampires are really old." "I'm over three hundred and forty-six years old Lindsey. I was born in the 1660's, dates were hard to keep track of back then." "I'm about eighty-eight years old now. Michael saved me when I fell off a cliff and broke my neck and the rest of my body." This was true. Laura tried, but failed, to commit suicide. She was in so much pain, and her injuries were so severe that she would slowly die anyway from internal bleeding. Michael saved her by turning her into a vampire. "Lindsey, I don't know when exactly I was changed, but I do know that I am over eighty-nine years old." We spared Lindsey the gruesome details of how she was transformed. Sadie didn't know the particulars, but enough that even she didn't like to talk about it much. "I was changed by Michael as well. I was sick with the Spanish Flu and he saved me from dying. To this day I am glad that he changed me." This wasn't exactly true and we all knew it. He was second when it came to loathing this life. First, was Emmalynn. She was only changed because her fiancĂŠ and his drunken friends ganged up on her and beat her til she was inches within her life. "Michael saved me too, I was in the woods in Tennessee, when I was attacked by a grizzly bear." "Lindsey Sue...I...was transformed when some bad men hurt me really badly. Michael saved me as well." I could sense that it was hard for her to tell Lindsey what happened to her. Especially since she was practically reliving what happened all seventy-six years ago. Her fiancĂŠ, at the time, was drunk and bragged to his friends about how pretty she was and that's when they proceeded to beat her until she was inches from death. Emmalynn's lifelong want was to have a child of her own, and being a vampire took that away from her, but Lindsey was her second chance. I could sense that telling her all of this scarred her that Lindsey wouldn't want to live with them anymore.


"And darlin', I'm about one hundred and forty-six years old. I wasn't changed by Michael, but by Maria. It was during the civil war between the Union and the Confederacy." I instantly regretted saying that name because I could sense all of Lindsey's emotions start to go hay-wire. "I...I...don't know what to say. Other than this, 'Why did you all lie to me?' I deserve that much I think." She had a point. Her whole time with us was practically a lie. "Bells, we lied to protect you. If any other vampire knew that you were with us, a human, we would be sentenced to The Council. They are kind of like the president of the vampire world. What they say goes. And they say that no humans are allowed to know that we exist. So, you being with us now is putting you in danger." "And you thought that I wouldn't be able to understand? I can't believe you guys, especially you momma, and you, Elliott." Then Lindsey put Daisy in a nearby chair and ran out of the house. She left the front door wide open. We bolted out after her and spread out looking for her, but even with our enhanced vision we couldn't see where she ran off to. Then a thought occurred to me. It was only a few seconds before we got out here, we would've been able to see where she ran off to. Another thought came to me. What if she had help...vampire help "Sadie, can you see if anyone took Lindsey before we got outside." This was one of the few times I was ok with Sebastian reading my thoughts. "No!" We all immediately turned our attention to Sadie, and her glazed-eyed look. "What's wrong? What did you see?" "One word...HOLLY!"

------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Lindsey POV: Why did they lie to me? I thought they loved me. Mommy and daddy didn't ever lie to me. But then if they did then I never knew. Does everyone lie to other people? I guess they do so that the other person doesn't get hurt, or just doesn't want to say anything. I stopped running and looked around. I realized that I ran farther than what I wanted. It was going to get dark soon. Momma and everyone would start to worry about me. But then I was starting to realize that what people say isn't always true. So maybe they didn't care that I wasn't there. But then Momma does love me a lot. I could tell that was true when her and Elliott saved me from Ross. Maybe they do love me...I mean Elliott did come all the way to Houston to save me from Maria...NO! They all lied to me...but they took care of me...they even let me keep Daisy. Even Daddy wouldn't let that happen. This was all too confusing. I needed to go somewhere else. I walked a little further and came across a secluded waterfall that turned into a creek. I sat down on a rock and started to cry. I was lost and I had no idea how to get home. I thought that I should have given them a chance to explain themselves better. Now I'm out in the middle of nowhere and I don't remember how I got here. "Lindsey?" I jumped. I turned to look over my shoulder and saw Ross. I cringed back. "Lindsey, I want to apologize for what happened. I want to be your friend." I saw his eyes, they weren't black like they were when he attacked me. But they were that funny-looking red color. When I looked closer I saw that they had gold specks in them, the gold specks looked like the color Momma's eyes are. "Why did you attack me? I thought you were my friend, Ross." "I am your friend Lindsey. I don't know what came over me yesterday. It was like one minute I was in control of myself, then the next all I couldn't control what I was doing. I didn't want to hurt you Lindsey, but something wouldn't let me stop." That makes no sense. Everyone has control over what they're doing. It's not like anyone can come along and control what another person does, right? "I don't believe you Ross." "Oh, but you should my dear."


I cringed at the sudden voice. The voice reminded me of that Maria girl's voice. It scared me then and it scares me now. "Who-Who-Who are you?" I was scared this lady had blond hair that was so bright that it almost looked white. Her eyes were a deep red, and she had dark circles under her eyes. The same circles Ross had when he attacked me. This was starting to scare me. "Holly, why are you here? I told you that I want to be a part of your coven anymore. I don't like killing people anymore for food. I want to feed on animals." Holly scoffed, "I see that those Hanovers has turned you soft. No matter, I still get what I want." Her gaze turned from him to looking directly at me. I gasped and took a step back, nearly falling off the giant rock I was standing on. But Ross steadied me. "Aw, how touching, I see that you truly care for this little human girl, Ross. Well I'll change that right now." I looked at her and her eyes turned from her bright red, to an almost clear color. I then heard a loud growling. I gasped when I saw Ross struggling with something. "N-n-no! Stay out of...my head...Holly!" What was she doing? Was she hurting him? But how is that possible, I mean, she wasn't even touching him. 'Like it Lindsey? You see, as I'm sure the Hanovers lacked to tell you, most vampires have a gift or talent that no other vampire has. As you can see by Ross over there, I can control people with my mind. My mate, Liam, can see into the future like your pixie friend, Sadie. James is a tracker, that's how I was able to find you so quickly." I was speechless. They even had special talents that they kept hidden from me? "That Elliott fellow can sense your emotions and has the ability to change them, and Sebastian can read minds. Do you have any questions Lindsey dear?" I shook my head no. "Good. Oh Ross, please show Lindsey what exactly my power can do." My attention turned back to Ross. He was closing in on me. I took another step back and slipped and fell back into the water. I could tell that Ross was struggling to fight Holly, but it looked like Holly was winning. I crawled backwards and was cornered. I tried getting up to run away, but I couldn't move. I looked into Ross' eyes. I could tell that he didn't want to do this, and I could tell that he didn't want to. "Ross...Ross, I know that you don't want to do this." He shook his head and continued towards me. "Please Ross, it's me, Lindsey, your friend." He squeezed his eyes shut and shook his head again. What happened next shocked me. Ross turned around and looked at Holly. "What do you think you're doing you bumbling idiot! Do you know who you're dealing with?" "Yea, I'm dealing with the bitch that tried to get me to hurt someone that I care about." Ross then leaped and landed onto Holly and started scratching at her. I took this as an opportunity to run away as fast as possible, and not look back. I was running so fast that I didn't see what was in front of me until it was too late. I bumped into something hard. So hard, that I fell backwards onto my butt. "Well look what we have here? A little girl all alone out here in the middle of nowhere. And not one of her vampire friends here to help her. What should we do Victoria?" "Hmmm, I'm thinking we should have her all to ourselves, and forget Liam and Holly." Oh boy, they knew Holly, and that wasn't good news for me. I looked into their eyes and saw that they had the same red tint as Holly. "Hold still little one, and we will make sure that your death is quick and painless." "Aw James, don't lie to the little girl." I covered my face and started sobbing into my hands. All of a sudden, out of nowhere, I heard a loud growling noise. I peeked through my eyes and saw Elliott, Sebastian and David between me and the other vampires. "Lindsey, are you alright?" I jumped a little bit and turned to my left, and saw Sadie and Emmalynn. I just nodded my head.


"Sadie, Emmalynn, get Lindsey out of here now!" I was picked up and was whisked away from the woods. As fast as it started I was back at the house. "Emmalynn, you gotta let me check Lindsey and make sure that she's alright. Why don't you and Sadie see if the guys need help with the remains." I was confused, what was wrong with me? Why did my arm hurt all of a sudden? It was starting to throb. Emmalynn and Sadie sped off out of the house. That was something I would have to get use to I guess. "Lindsey, does anything hurt?" I pointed to my left arm. I didn't think I would be able to speak, so I just pointed. He nodded his head and started to gently move it around. I winced when he tried to bend it. "Lindsey, it looks like you fractured your left arm. I'm going to go get my equipment, so I can put a cast on it. What color would you like?" I chewed my bottom lip as I thought about it. Then it came to me. "I want lime green!" It was weird. It felt like it did before I knew my new family were vampires. I even felt safer than I had before I knew. I think everything was going to be ok. "Lindsey, I made some cookies for you. They're in the kitchen if you want some." I nodded my head yes, as Michael started setting the cast. Laura zipped out and then zipped back in with a plate of warm chocolate chip cookies in one hand a glass of milk in the other. "Thank you Laura." "You're welcome darling. You know that you don't have to live here if you don't feel comfortable here." I chewed my bottom lip and thought about it. Elliott saved me, Emmalynn took me in, Sadie buys me everything I want, Michael is like my own doctor, David is like a big brother to me, and Sebastian...Well, Sebastian is still protective of me, and I don't think I'd be able to find another family like them anywhere else. I swallowed the rest of my cookie and took a big gulp of my milk. "I want to stay. You all are my family and I don't want another family." Laura and Michael just smiled warmly at me, but from outside I heard loud laughing that sounded like David. He was always able to make me laugh, when he started laughing. I took this a sign that they were all happy that I was staying. I was glad for that. "Laura, can I ask you a question though?" "Of course, what is it?" "Can Ross come to stay with us?"

Lindsey POV: It's been almost seven years since Ross was able to live with us, and when I found out that my family members are actually vampires. At first it freaked me out that vampires even existed, but what made me upset was the fact that they kept such a huge secret from me. They later told me that it was to protect me. That The Council, whoever they are, couldn't find out that I knew their secret. Apparently there’s a rule written somewhere that humans can never find out about vampires, and if they do either that human, the vampire or both will be sentenced to a slow painful death. At least that's what David said, but David always tries to scare me. I'm not that easily scared. I've had two vampires come after me, and one of them even tried to turn my first and only friend outside of my family against me. Holly was almost successful, but something inside of Ross helped him break her control over him. Sadie says that it was me, but how was that possible? I was too scared of Holly and thinking about how she might take over Ross completely. "Lindsey, come on! You're going to be late for school." I sighed and got my backpack and headed downstairs. I grabbed a piece of toast and kissed momma on the cheek and headed out to the bus. I actually liked living in New York. I had more friends here. I was almost what was considered popular here too. But I think that was due to Ross. He'd occasionally pick me up from school and every girl would practically drool over him.


When I finally arrived at school I hopped off the bus and slowly walked towards school. I had just remembered that I had a pop quiz today in my biology class. Thank goodness for Sadie. She saw it in a vision and I was able to study somewhat. I would've been able to study more if David wouldn't have bugged me to play Beatles Rock Band on his new Nintendo Wiki he got from momma on their anniversary. "Hey Bells, how was your weekend? Guess what!" "What" I decided to play along. Jayme was a little too energetic for a Monday morning. "Oh my god you'll never guess who I talked to when I went to the movies with my mom and little brother!" I rolled my eyes, Jayme was always a bit over dramatic with this kind of stuff. But I had to humor her so I said, "Who?" "You'll never guess." "Just tell me Jayme." "None other than Brandon Clooney. You know, the guy who's uncle is the famous movie actor." I was surprised. I didn't know that Jayme was even interested in him. She always went for the exact opposite kind of guy she likes. I know this because she usually went for the 'loner' type. As for me, I didn't really have a type that interested me. Which oddly enough Sebastian and David were happy about. I decided that I would just ignore them. It doesn't help that if I even like a guy that Sebastian and David turn into 'protective older brother' on me, and scare off the guy. I suppose that's why Jayme's my only friend. She was the only one that they trusted for some reason. RING! School was about to start. I said goodbye to Jayme and headed to my locker to drop off my things. I barely made it to my English class. Thank goodness this teacher didn't count you tardy if you weren't in your seat when the bell rang. We were going to be covering Wuthering Heights. It was a favorite of mine, and was sure to be a breeze for me. "Miss Donovan, would you like to fill the class in on what has your attention that isn't involved with this class?" I immediately blushed, I had no idea that I wasn't paying attention in class. "No, Mr. O' Brian." "Good, then as I was saying class, each of you will have to right a three-page paper about Wuthering Heights, what it was about, and extra credit if you can come up with some sort of play, screenplay, or skit acting out your favorite part of the book. This is worth thirty percent of your grade, so I suggest that you get a head start and work on it now, because it's due in two weeks." I groaned, I was starting to rethink taking AP classes. This was one thing that momma and I didn't really see eye to eye on. And it didn't help that Sadie was the one that saw this coming true. "Lindsey, can I see you for a minute?" I stopped in my tracks, what did I do? Did I do horrible on a test or a quiz? It couldn't be because I was late, because I make an effort to not be late to first period. That's just pathetic. "Yes Mr. O' Brian?" "Lindsey, I was just going over your paper on "Memoirs of a Geisha" and I have to say that I'm very impressed. I'm so impressed that I want to try and get it published in the local newspaper. That is, if it's alright with you." I was stunned, I mean here I thought I was going to be in trouble and it turns out that I am going to be rewarded on a paper that I did a few weeks ago. It was somewhat of a shock, but I would gladly accept. It would be the next step in the right direction with the journalism career that I had in mind. Thing is I wasn't even exactly sure I wanted that to happen either. I hadn't decided if I wanted to be a journalist, or there was the music career that I kind of liked. I liked music a lot and I just want to show kids that it's ok to love music. "So Lindsey, what do you say? Do we have a deal" I held out my hand for him to shake. "We have a deal." "Good choice Lindsey, besides, I was going to run with this idea anyway. You have a gift for writing, you know that Lindsey?" I just nodded my head yes and gathered the rest of my things and headed off to my concert band class. I was forced to join, because momma thought that I needed something extracurricular, and since I was clumsy sports was out of the question. So as an eleventh birthday gift Sadie and Elliott bought me a silver-painted tenor saxophone. It was a Yamaha, with gold keys. I actually liked it a lot.


I still remember throwing a hissy fit when I was told that I would be joining band. I look back and realize that I should've thanked momma about this. "Bells, do you know what we're playing for our fall concert? Mr. Tate said we'll be doing Great Movie Adventures, Pirates of the Caribbean, and Music From Rent! Oh my god I love Rent! My favorite song would have to be 'Take Me Or Leave Me'! What's yours?" Bailey was the girl who was perfect at everything. She didn't even have to try at it either. She was also in Show choir, I heard about Rent since it was on Broadway a couple of years back. "Uh...well...I've never seen Rent Bailey." "WHAT? How can you not have seen it? It's the most awesome movie slash musical of all time. Just thinking about it I have 'Today 4 U' stuck in my head. You are definitely spending the night at my house soon and we will stay up and watch it. I promise the first time you watch it you'll be hooked." I was about to respond when all of a sudden the director came in and tapped his baton on the music stand in the front of the class room signaling that class was to start. "Ok class, today we will start practicing our music we'll having auditions for the Ell band. The Ell band will do all the home basketball games, and even some concerts. That's how we keep this program going people, by having fundraisers and having free concerts with a donation box. Now, according to the sign-up list Lindsey Donovan will be the first to audition. What do you have prepared for us Lindsey?" What? I didn't sign-up for auditions. I wasn't that good on my tenor sax. This must be some mistake. "Um...Mr. Tate, I didn't sign-up for the auditions there must be a mistake." "No...No, see, you signed up right here." He pointed to my name on the list. It was my name alright, but that wasn't my signature. "Mr. Tate, that's not my signature though. I think someone set me up." "Nonsense. You're on the list and so you must play something." I panicked. I played the first thing that came to mind. The first thing that came to mind was the theme from the Pink Panther. When I finished up playing there was complete silence. Was I that bad? I knew it was a mistake that my name was on that list. "Lindsey..." "Yes Mr. Tate?" "Welcome to the Ell Band." I was shocked. I was really that good? I guess so, because there was a roar of applause and whistles. I started blushing. I never thought of myself as that good. I guess I would have to really consider music as well. The other six periods went by rather fast. Before I knew it, school was over. I took my time getting things out of my locker. If Ross was going to pick me up, he was going to be a little late. That's what he gets for being a beautiful vampire in the middle of girls who thought he practically looked like a movie star. "Lindsey, you better get out there fast. The girls are about to mob Ross. I still don't understand what's so great about him." Did I forget this was another reason why I loved Jayme so much. She was one of the few girls here that didn't fall all over Ross at first sight. I just nodded my head and jogged out the front door, where I saw a mob of girls surround Ross. I had to squeeze my way through to even get close to him. When they saw me they knew Ross had to leave. The crowd slowly disappeared and we were on our way to home. "I think it'd be easier if I just rode the bus from now on Ross, this is getting ridiculous." "Nonsense Lindsey, I like this attention. I didn't get this much attention when I was with Holly. She made sure of it with her power." "Shh...not so loud Ross, we don't want everyone and their neighbors to hear you. You never know who's listening." He rolled his eyes and gave me a wicked grin. I couldn't help but turn away and blush. I don't know why Ross is affecting me this way lately. I mean he's been one of my best friends since I was five. He was practically my brother. We reached an intersection and had to wait for the signal that would allow us to walk across the busy traffic. The downside to walking home was whenever I would get out of school it was the time where everyone was either on lunch break, or on their way home. After a few minutes the crosswalk sign turned to let us know that we could cross. I was walking and almost tripped over myself. I looked down and saw that I had a shoe string untied. I checked the light and saw that I still had twenty seconds left to bend down and tie my shoe. I looked around and everyone was stopped.


"Lindsey, are you sure that you want to do this in the middle of traffic?" "Yes, if I don't I'll just trip over it and fall on my face. Beside I have twenty seconds to tie it really quick." I bent down and started tying my shoe. In the distance I heard a loud screeching noise. I jerked my head up and saw a car driving recklessly and honking it's horn. Oh my god...it wasn't stopping. I hurried up and tied my shoe and stood up, but the car was slightly faster. At the last minute though, Ross grabbed me and we both fell backwards. We were alright. I was thankful for two things though, and they were that Ross was there with me, and that he was a vampire with fast reflexes. "What the hell were you thinking? I told you that you should just wait and tie your shoe once we cross the street, but no, you had to risk your life and tie it in the middle of traffic. You know you'd be dead if I wasn't here yak know." All I could do was nod my head yes and keep walking. I guess I wasn't thinking clearly. Then a thought just occurred to me. I would be in for it when we would get home. I was dreading it.

Sadie POV: Attention all shoppers! Sale on Dolce Gabanna shoes! This was one of the many perks of having these visions. I could see when the stores would have sales on the clothes and shoes that I wanted. Davealynn and I were about to grab a bite to eat, when I had a vision that there was a sale over at Bloomingdales. I needed those clothes. Shopping was so theroputic to me. My family thought that I was addicted to shopping. That's not true...completely...I can stop whenever I want to. Just not today. "Sadie, we should be getting home soon. Lindsey will be home from school, and I want to make sure she's ok about what you did." I couldn't help but giggle to myself. Lindsey was an amazing saxophone player, but she didn't see it. When I had a vision about her performing in a Ell band at school, and having fun I knew that she wouldn't ever do it on her own. She would need help. Help that she would never even know about. That's why I made sure no one was around and I zipped in and scribbled Lindsey's name on the sign-up sheet and zipped back out. "Davea, she's not going to find out it was me, just that someone signed her name. She'll grow to enjoy the Ell band. I've seen it." I said and pointed to my head and tapped it. Davealynn just rolled her eyes and gave a small grin. All of a sudden I was overcome with a vision. VISION Lindsey was on her way home from school with Ross. She was walking across a busy intersection and almost tripped over herself. She looked down and saw that her shoe was untied. She checked both ways and and saw that the coast was clear. Lindsey bent down and started tying her shoe in the middle of traffic. "Lindsey, are you sure that you want to do this in the middle of traffic?" said Ross. He was looking around nervously. Making sure that no cars were coming. "Yes, if I don't I'll just trip over it and fall on my face. Beside I have twenty seconds to tie it really quick." She bent down and started tying my shoe again. In the distance there was a loud screeching noise. Lindsey jerked her head up and saw a car driving recklessly and honking it's horn. Oh my god...it wasn't stopping. She hurried up and tied my shoe and stood up, but the car was slightly faster. At the last minute though, Ross grabbed Lindsey and they both fell backwards onto the sidewalk. END VISION


What would posess Lindsey do such an idiotic thing! "Sadie, what's wrong? What did you see? Is Lindsey alright?" I wanted to smack that gril upside the head whenever I got ahold of her. "She will be, that is, until I get ahold of that little girl." "Why? Is everything alright?" I explained my vision to Davealynn and she was both livid and relieved. We paid the check and rushed off home. Then there was the question as to what to do. Should we punish her? Or should we just be glad that she's alright? I would leave that up to her 'mom'. All I knew was that I needed to get home and make sure she was alright. "Sadie, how are we going to get home? It's the middle of rush hour and we can't even catch a-" "Hey! Taxi!" I waved my hand and a taxi immediately appeared in front of us with a screeching hault. Davealynn and I looked at each other with confusion. I actually wasn't expecting that to work. But we weren't about to look a gift horse in the mouth. "Let me help you with those bags ladies." Hey, I knew that voice. It sounded familiar, but it couldn't be. "David?" "What, can't a guy work as a cabbie and be judged?" He said with a smile. I rolled my eyes and handed him my bags. "Hunny, why are you working as a cab driver?" Davealynn said then gave him a peck on the cheek. "I wanted to have a job where I could be myself and still make some good money. Is that so bad?" "No, it isn't Dave, but it very unlike you to actually be productive with your time. I mean, you're doing something other than playing with your video games. I approve David." He just gave me a cheeky grin and put the bags in the trunk of the taxi. Davea and I got in and we were ooff towards home. "So what's got you two so wound up that you cut your shopping trip short?" I let out an annoyed sigh. Sometimes I wished that everyone could read minds like Sebastian so that way I could just show thDave, instead of having to tell thDave, but at the same time, the house would always be in a constant fighting. I explained that I saw Lindsey almost get hit by a runaway car, but Ross was there and saved her. "That little squirt is very brave, I'll give her that." Davealynn sat up and smacked him on the back of the head. "I-I-I mean she was very stupid, and should be punished for it." I chuckled as Davealynn smacked him again. "Ouch! What the hell was that for Rosie?" She scoffed and sat back in the seat and crossed her arms over her chest. I laughed to myself. She could always be a bit dramatic when her and David would 'fight'. "She shouldn't be punished David, but at the same time we're just glad she's ok." Davealynn just rolled her eyes at me. I chuckled to myself, sometimes I think Davealynn liked pretending she was mad at David. That way she would get showered with 'I'm sorry gifts'. "How much longer is this gonna take Dave, we need to get home." "Take a look outside Sadie, it's wall-to-wall traffic. It's gonna take awhile. So I hope you ladies brought some magazines to read, cause this is going to take awhile." "Who's bright idea was it to move to one of the most crowded cities in the united states?" Both David and Davealynn turned to me and just glared at me. "What? You both know how I have to have my shopping fix, and New York is one of the cities that the stores that I like. Plus Davealynn, you said that you've always wanted to see a Broadway play. So you see why I picked this place." Davealynn rolled her eyes, but her hardened expression softened as she thought about what I said, and chuckled a bit to herself. "Ok, I forgive you Miss Sadie Brandon, but the next time we move make sure it has more shopping, but less traffic." She said with a grin. "Whoo-hoo, traffic's starting to pick up you guys." Thank goodness I needed to get home especially since I needed to get these clothes into mine, Davealynn's, and Lindsey's closets, then I would deal with 'Little miss danger magnet'.


After waiting for over an hour in a traffic, we were finally home. "I wish I could come and see 'prefect Lindsey' get in trouble, but I gotta get back to work. Oh, and don't worry about the fare, I take care of it." I rolled my eyes, and Davealynn and I walked inside and expected things to be tense, but when we walked in everything was normal. Ross was watching television, Elliott was reading the newspaper, Sebastian was off in his room working on his music, Michael wasn't home from work yet, and Laura was in the kitchen making Lindsey's dinner. Lindsey was up in her room studying. "I'll put the clothes up Davealynn, you can go relax and help Laura. We'll deal with Lindsey when David and Michael get home." She didn't look pleased but gave in anyway. She, and the rest of the family knew not to bet against me. I always win. "That you do Sadie, mind telling me what you're hiding from me? You're translating the national anthDave from French to Portugese then to German? You only do that whenever you're trying to hide something. Now, what is it?" "You know I can't tell you Sebastian. At least not yet. Wait til Michael gets home." I walked up the staircase and unloaded all of the bags of clothes. I was just finishing up when I was starting to have another vision. VISION It looked like it was around christmastime, and we were all opening presents. We were in front a burning fire, with a cover of course. Laura and Michael were passing out stockings. First to Sebastian, then to David, Davealynn, Elliott, Ross, and Lindsey. Elliott was sitting next to Lindsey, no, it looked like she was snuggling up in his side. They looked very happy together. Next to Sebastian was a girl with a woman with brown hair, obviously a vampire, but her eyes were an icy blue, not a red or gold. Then of course I saw David and Davealynn exchanging gifts. Laura handed me my gift and sitting next to me was a man with black hair, and topaz-colored eyes. "Sadie, here, I got this for you. I know we agreed not to get each other anything, but I couldn't help myself." I saw myself opening a small teal box with a white bow. When I opened it I gasped, because inside was a beautiful pendant with pink sapphires and round brilliant diamonds that was made of platinum. "Oh, Beau, you shouldn't have. It's wonderful!" I said then gave him a kiss. "You're welcome, Adriana helped me pick it out." The brown-haired girl snuggled into Sebastian and gave me a big grin. END VISION I was shocked. I looked even happier with Beau than I am with Elliott now. I couldn't break his heart though. Besides, from the look of it he eventually falls in love with Lindsey. They looked so happy together anyways. I couldn't let anyone know. Especially Sebastian. He wouldn't be able to keep this a secret. He'd want to tell Michael. "Am I really that predictable Sadie?" I jumped in the air. Why hadn't I heard him coming? Oh that's right, I was in the middle of a vision. "Did you see anything?" "If you're asking if I saw Elliott with Lindsey, and you with another vampire, and me actually happy, then yes I did see everything."


Crap. I didn't want anyone to see this. I still needed to figure out when everything would happen. I couldn't...no I wouldn't deny Elliott that happiness that he had with Lindsey in my vision. Besides, we looked like we were going to be a big nice family. What scared me was that Lindsey was a vampire. Which meant that she would end up like us. That meant that Maria, or someone just as bad tried to kill Lindsey, and almost succeeded. "Promise me Sebastian Hanovern, that you will not breathe a word of this to anyone! Do we have a deal." "As long as you tell me when I meet that beautiful creature you saw in your vision." I nodded my head quickly. I didn't have time to deal with this. I was almost inclined to not even bring up the fact that Lindsey almost was killed when she tied her shoe in the middle of an intersection. "Lindsey did what now?" Crap. I should've been more careful. This last vision was effecting me more than I had realized. "Sebastian, she's fine." I showed him my vision and explained that she was safe in her room. She apparently had a test to study for, but I knew otherwise. I peeked into her future and saw that she had no upcoming tests. She was just staying away from us until she could come up with a good excuse for me. She knew that I would had seen what happened. "What if Ross wasn't with her? She could've been killled...no scratch that she would've been killed! And you don't plan to do anything about it? What good is a psychic if they don't fill you in on things you need to know. I swear-" I held up my hand in front of his face to stop him. "You done?" He let out a sigh, then pinched the bridge of his nose. "Yes." "I was going to wait until everyone was home then talk to Lindsey and Ross as a family. Plus, to congratulate her on her audition into the Ell band." "Lindsey is in the Ell band? That's wonderful news, why didn't you tell me?" I chuckled to myself, and rolled my eyes. "You didn't give me a chance to." Just as Sebastian was about to say something we heard Michael pull up in front of the house. Finally, we could get this over with. Sebastian and I shared one more glance at each other and we zipped downstairs to meet with the rest of the family. When we reached the living room Michael was walking in and walking in right behind him was David. I guess he got off of work early. "So what was the urgent news you wanted to tell me, that you couldn't tell me over the phone Sadie?" I peeked out of the corner of my eye when I saw Ross moving uncomfortably. Good, he had an idea of what was going on. He went along with Lindsey in not telling us what almost happened to Lindsey. She was practically-no, scratch that, she was our daughter. "Well the news involves Lindsey and Ross. So we better get her down here." "I'm right here Sadie, that's one thing I wish you guys wouldn't do. You talk like I can't hear you guys, but I've trained myself where I can at least hear you whispering." I mentally smacked myself. Why didn't I see that? Sebastian was right, I was losing my touch. I saw Sebastian smirk and I slapped him in the gut. Watch Sebastian, or I will make sure you never meet that beautiful girl in my vision. "You wouldn't dare. You're too nice." Watch me Sebastian Hanovern. I thought as I gave him a smirk. "Why didn't you tell us what happened earlier, young lady?" "Subtle Davea, real subtle. I thought we were going to ease into it." "That was before I had more time to think about what happened."


Lindsey stumbled with her words, but said, "I was going to tell you all when all of you were home, but thanks for ruining it Ross!" "What? Me? I didn't tell thDave anything." "Obviously you did, otherwise they wouldn't have known about my near miss with an oncoming car that didn't stop." Everyone let out a collective gasp. "Well, if you didn't stop to tie your shoe, that wouldn't have happened." Everyone let out another gasp. I started to see what Davealynn was doing. She was acting upset, but she didn't say what she was upset about. Very sneaky...I should've been surprised by this, but this is something that Davealynn would do. "Oh really, I was upset that you didn't tell me that you auditioned for the Ell band then made it. I had no idea that you nearly got hit by a car." Davealynn said with a big grin across her face. "Oops..." Then the room was filled with arguing and yelling. "Lindsey, why didn't you tell us?" "I'm fine aren't I? Nothing happened." "Only because I was there with you." Lindsey crossed her arms across her chest. Obviously she was starting to get annoyed. Then her attention turned to me. Then I realized that either David or Davealynn blabbed that I was the one who signed her up. "Why didn't you tell me Sadie?" "Tell you what?" I decided to play dumb. Maybe she didn't know. "Don't play dumb Sadie, I figured it out on the way home from school. I know only two people who can write my signature that looks almost exactly like I do, not including me. It was either you, or it was Jayme, and since Jayme is not in band, she had no clue about the auditions. So that left only you." Damn. I somehow forgot that little detail. "Ok fine, it was me. But I did it because I had a vision of you playing a solog in the Ell band at a concert. I knew that you were too nervous and shy to even try so I forged your name on the sign-up sheet." "Sadie," "Yea?" "Thanks." I couldn't help but smile. "You're welcome."

Elliott POV:


Well I had no idea that Davealynn was so sneaky. Actually yes, I did know that. That's how she got David to confess in front of her that he actually forget their anniversary, and had help from Laura. Davealynn knew this, because how else would David know every little detail that Davealynn wanted. David was good, but he wasn't that good. David's punishment was that he had to go without 'it' for a whole month, and for him, that's an eternity. We all have gotten used to her 'punishments'. We also knew that they are just to tease David. What made it even better was that David had no clue whatsoever. After the that whole fiasco earlier, Sadie and Davealynn were off on the computer doing online shopping. Ross and David were dueling each other on Beatles RockBand, Michael and Laura were off by thDaveselves, and Sebastian was shut up in his room working on his music. But instead of it sounding depressed and sad, it sounded more upbeat than what he had grown accustomed to. Lindsey was up in her room. And from the sounds of it, she was on her laptop talking to some of her friends on the school chat room. No one bothered to even see how she was after what Davealynn did. I assume it's because Lindsey didn't show that she was upset, but I could tell that that wasn't the case. Her Daveotions were all over the place. I decided that I would go up and talk to her. As I got closer to her room, I couldn't tell if I was hearing sobbing or laughter. I peeked my head in and saw that it was mixture of both. "Lindsey? Is everything alright?" As she turned around she was sniffling, and when her eyes met mine, they had a red-rim around thDave and were puffy. So what I was hearing was correct. She was upset. "I-I-I'm fine Ell..." "You don't look fine." As soon as I said that I mentally smacked myself "Thanks Ell, just what a girl wants to hear." She said sarcastically. I rubbed the back of my neck and walked a little closer. I plopped down on her bed and stared at her. "Linds, you know that your momma, was just being her natural sneaky self. She didn't mean to upset you, I don't even think she knows that she made you upset." She turned her head away from me and huffed. I took this as an opportunity to send her calming waves to try and relax her. "Not now Elly, I don't feel like relaxing." Lindsey went to the door of her room and held the door open. "Besides, I have to work on a project for English." I let out a sigh and walked towards the door. Just as I was about to walk out the door I grabbed the door from Lindsey and shut the door. "I'm not going anywhere until I know that you're ok." She rolled her eyes at me and turned her attention back to her computer. I was annoyed, so I walked over and shut the laptop and turned her chair to face me. "Lindsey Marie Donovan, you gotta know that Davealynn and thDave didn't mean anything by it. You know that Davealynn has a sick sense of humor, and Sadie is...well, Sadie is just Sadie. You know that they meant no harm whatsoever." I started to sense her understanding and forgivness. I gave her a hug and walked out of the room. "Wait Elliott." I stopped in my tracks and poked my head back in the room. "Yea, Linds?" "I know that you saved me from Maria back when I was five, but why do you care so much about how I'm feeling?" That caught me off guard. I didn't know how to answer that one. It was because I guess saving her from Maria connected me to her somehow. It was like I had to make sure that she was safe and happy at all times. "Well...I'm not quite sure Lindsey. I can't explain it, but I feel...protective of you. I don't know why, and I wish I could explain it to you." "You don't have to, I get it. You're protectiveness is like 'a protective older brother I get it."


I didn't know why, but that kind of hurt when she thougt of me as an older brother, but I had no idea why that was. "Lindsey! Oh my god Lindsey, ya there? open your laptop I got the juiciest news ever you gotta hear this!" I couldn't help but chuckle. "Uh, Lindsey, I think you're laptop's talking to you." I gestured to the closed laptop, and made my way out of the room. I thought that Lindsey deserved some much needed privacy. Lindsey POV: As soon as Elliott left I got up and checked to make sure no one was waiting outside to surprise me. Once I was sure that no one was around, I closed my door and locked it, then turned my attention back to the beeping laptop. "Linds? Lindsey, you there?...oh good there you are! You'll never guess what I just heard!" I couldn't help but laught. "What Jay? What's so important that you video chat me at eleven o' clock at night?" "Well, I didn't want to spoil it, but Christian Mitchell is totally going to ask you if you want to go see a movie or something." "Are you telling me that Christian Mitchell, one of the most popular boys in our grade wants to ask me, plain Lindsey Donovan, out to a movie? You gotta be pulling my leg or something Jayme Lee Taylor!" "I am one hundred percent positive that Christian Mitchell is going to ask you out, Miss Donovan. Oooooo you gotta let me come over and help you pick out the perfect outfit." I couldn't help but blush. "Jay, we don't even know if he's really going to ask me out or not yet." "Yea, so..." "So, I don't feel like getting my hopes up and getting publicly rejected. RDaveDaveber fifth grade and Rodney Metcalfe? He got teased so much he had to transfer schools." "OK, I see your point...BUT IT WOULD BE SOO COOL IF HE DOES ASK YOU OUT! You'd end up 'Miss Popularity', since you'd be dating 'Mr. Popularity'." I let out a sigh. "Jayme, you know I hate being the center of attention...but it would be kind of cool dating one of the popular guys in school." Just then I heard Sadie call me downstairs. "Hey Jay, I gotta go. talk to you tomorrow at school." I didn't give her time to respond, I logged out of the video chat and shut off my laptop. I headed downstairs, and as soon as I got to the foot of the stairs I was bombarded by Sadie taking measurDaveents. "Sadie...is this really necessary? I know that you all overheard the conversation upstairs, but I don't even know if Christian is going to ask me out." "Lindsey, Lindsey, Lindsey. You're forgetting that I'm the psychic in this family. I saw it, he's going to ask you out and he's going to take you to see that new movie, 'Paranormal Activity'. He thinks that you'll get scared and that way he'll get some 'shoulder action'." "He better not, if he knows what's good for him." I couldn't help but laugh at how David was playing 'protective older brother'. But something was telling that he wasn't playing. "Dave, I'll be fine. You taught me how to defend myself well, besides I have a feeling that it's a whole group going, so it's not even a real 'date'." Part of me was kind of sad that it wasn't really a 'real' date, but I didn't want to get my expectations too high. "Lindsey Sue, don't like the idea of you going to a movie with some strange boy that we don't even know." I let out a sigh and rolled my eyes. "Mom, I'll be fine. Besides, I'm sure that it was all a misunderstanding." I looked at the clock and saw that it was nearly midnight, so I said my good nights and headed up to bed.


I had gotten changed into my pajamas and was under my covers when I heard a soft knock on the door. "Come in." The door cracked open and in came Ross. "Ross, what do you want? I need to go to bed." He looked conflicted. Plus, he was starting to get dark circles under his eyes. "You need to go hunt, ya know." He just nodded his head. "Linds, I want you to know that I don't trust this Christian kid. I may be three years older than you, and in high school, but I feel protective of you." "That's sweet Ross, but that's what Elliott, David, and Sebastian are for. They're the intimidating older brothers." "Then what does that make me? Chopped liver?" Where was this coming from? This didn't sound like my best friend, Ross. It couldn't have been Holly controlling him since he, David, Elliott, and Sebastian got rid of her. "Ross, you're scaring me." "Good, you need to be scared Lindsey. Something's off about Christian, and I seDave to be the only one that sees it." I thought about it some more and I just nodded my head. "I'll keep that in mind tomorrow Ross, thank you though. Now will you let me sleep, and go hunt." I could tell that Ross didn't want to go, that's where he and I were a lot alike. We were both rather stubborn, when we didn't get our point across, or we were just cast aside. "RDaveDaveber, Lindsey, be on your guard tomorrow."

Lindsey POV: "Sadie, I think you've played Lindsey barbie long enough, besides, don't you think this is a bit much for a group date? It's not like he's even going to notice that I'm wearing D&G ballerina shoes for pete's sake." I loved my aunt, but when it came to shopping, she would always go a little too far. I was still recovering from falling off my mauve five-inch pumps that she got for my eleventh birthday last year. Let's just say that Sadie isn't allowed to buy me any 'dangerous' shoes until I feel I'm ready. I don't think I've ever seen her pout so much in my life. Wait, there was that time where they ran out of her favorite lip gloss, and her flirting got her no where, and Davealynn hadto step in and they 'magically' found some in the back store room. Let's just say we had to get Aunt Sadie out of that store, as quickly as humanly possible, before she destroyed the whole store, literally speaking, not figuratively. Thank goodness for momma's quick thinking about taking her to a blow-out sale over in Manhatten. We were able to get her mind off the almost disaster. I stompped my way to the kitchen and plopped down in the stool that was placed in front of the island. "Lindsey, if you want this Christian guy to really like you, you're going to have to wear what I tell you. Plus, if you do I'll...can't believe I'm going to say this...won't play Lindsey barbie with you for a whole month." "Really?" I was willing to wear this outfit, if that meant that I would get a break from being her life size barbie doll. "Yes...I guess..." "Wow, you feeling alright Ally?" David said then put his hand against her forehead. Sadie smacked his hand away and stomped off and was mumbling something I couldn't quite catch. "I'm fine David, but I can't say the same for your video game collection when I get ahold of it." I don't think I've ever seen David that scared. Even Davealynn threatened to stop doing 'it'. Funny thing was that they thought that I didn't know what 'it' was, but after hearing momma and David, and accidentally walking in on thDave I figured out what 'it' was. And I personally don't see the big deal about it. "You. Wouldn't. Dare!"


"Oh watch me monkey boy! Consider your games obliterated as of now!" "Linds, why did you have to go provoke the pixie? Now I'm the one she's set her wrath on." I was starting to feel bad, but at the same time I was just glad that it wasn't me that she was taking her anger out on. "Dave, you and I both know that Sadie will be back to her normal self in a few hours." "Yea, but why do I have to pay the price, I mean, you were the one who made her upset in the first place." "That's true, but I'm the adorable little neice, and besides, in a month I am back to being Lindsey barbie." "This is true, but why do I have to suffer? I didn't do anything." I let out a sigh and nodded. "That's true David, but you were the only other person around, and she couldn't quite well take it out on her only neice now could she." I said with all the enthusiasm and sarcasm as possible. "You're enjoying this aren't you." David said as he rolled his eyes. "Only slightly more than A LOT!" Ding Dong! I straightened up. They were fifteen minutes early. I hurried over to the mirror and made some last minute adjustments to my hair and hurried to the door, but was cut off by momma and Sadie. I could tell that this was going to be very Davebarrassing. I had to stop thDave. "Hello, is Lindsey Donovan home?" I peeked over Sadie's shoulder and saw Christian, standing there all alone. Where was everyone else? I knew that momma and Sadie would not let me go see a movie with just Christian. "Lindsey! your little friend is...oh, there you are. Your little friend is here to pick you up. Wait, I thought you said that you were going with a group of friends, Lindsey." "Oh she is, they're all out in the car with my mom. She's dropping us off at the movies, then she's going to pick us up afterwards and take us to eat dinner. If that's alright with you two." They were dumbfounded into silence. I was starting to like Christian even more. Especially since he was able to stun mom and Sadie into silence. I walked around thDave both and grabbed my little purse that Sadie insisted that I buy and headed out the door. I shouted my goodbyes as we headed out the door. When we got to the car, there was Ashlee, Kara, Bryce, and Lance. They were considered part of the cool crowd. "Hurry up Lindsey, we're going to miss 2012 with how fast you're not moving." I was a little Davebarrassed, I thought Ashlee was somewhat nicer than Kara, but I guess that was all just a show. "Don't mind thDave Lindsey, they're just jealous that you are able to find designer clothes, and they have to buy knock-offs." That was almost sweet. But wait, how did he know that these were designers? "How do you know that they're designer clothes?" "Well, my mother is a cousin to Stella McCartney.(a/n this is a ficional relation) So I get all the info on designer clothes that come here from Britain." Oh wow, Sadie and Davealynn are really going to want this to work out with me and Christian. They would absolutely die if they found out right now. Then again, Sadie is probably watching as we speak. I had no privacy when it came to having a vampire psychic for an aunt. But at the same time I knew that she only did it, because she cares about me and my safety. It could be so annoying though. "Yo, Christian, are we going or not?" He shook his head in annoyance, but nodded yes anyway. That's when he came to my side and opened the door for me. I tried my hardest not to blush, but did a lousy job as I slid into the car.


"That outfit's amazing Lindsey, where did you get it?" I made up some lame excuse, because I had no clue really where I got it. Sadie was the one who got it for me when here and mom were out shopping yesterday. Surprisingly enough, they actually bought my excuse. After an excruciating long ride to the theaters we finally made it. Christian's mom dropped us off, and we went tot he ticket booth to buy our tickets. What I wasn't expecting was that the guys were paying for their own date's ticket. Now don't get me wrong, I'm all for this, but it just makes me feel bad that I would have to ave someone else buy my ticket for me. When it was our turn at the counter I was about to pay for my own when Christian stopped me. "Don't worry Lindsey, it's my treat. Besides, I was taught that the guy is the one that always pays for the movie tickets." I blushed a bit and turned away quickly so he wouldn't see, but he already did. "Did someone ever tell you you're adorable when you blush?" That just made me blush even more. "Here's your tickets, enjoy the movie." I looked at the ticket taker guy and raised an eyebrow. Could he have any less enthusiasm? But then I guess after saying that over and over, you lose the chipperness that you had a few months into the job. 'So what did you think of the movie?" What could I say? I liked the movie, but I just didn't think the world would end in three years just because some old Mayan prophecy said so. "Christian, I liked it a lot, but I don't think the world will come to an end just because theres a prophecy saying so." "I totally agree Lindsey. Wow, you're the first girl that I've come acorss that I can actually have an intelligent conversation with, and not have to deal with clothing Daveergencies." I couldn't help but blush. "Hey, where's Bryce, Ashlee, Kara, and Lance?" "Oh, they already headed home. They said that they weren't feeling good. Hey, it's still somewhat light outside, do you wanna go for a walk in the park?" I was jumping up and down inside. I just a great movie with a great guy, and now he wants to go for a walk with me. Ross was wrong abut this. I had nothing to worry about. Christian was a great guy, and I really felt a connection with him. The more we walked the darker it was starting to get. "Christian, I think we better get back to the theater so your mom can come pick us up." "Oh, she's going to be a little late. Her bridge game is runnign a bit late." That was odd, that sounded almost like a lie. But why lie about it? "Ok, well let me call my house, I'm sure someone can come pick us up." I opened my phone and started to dial, but Christian grabbed my phone from me and and slammed it shut and threw it in the bushes. "That won't be necessary IsaLindsey Marie Donovan." Just then Christian took a step back and he was transforming. Transforming into one of my worst fears. No, it couldn't be. "What? you don't recognize me Lindsey? I'm deeply hurt that you don't recognize the same person who killed your father all those years ago." No, it couldn't be. The Hanoverns promised me that she would never get close to me. But here she was. Standing in front of me with that same look she had all those years ago. "M-M-Maria? How did you find me? The Hanoverns told me that you wouldn't be able to ever find me." "Aw, but you're forgetting that she also knows me."


I turned my head to the right and out of the shadows walked out none other than Holly. "B-But, I thought my family killed you?" "Aw, well that was true, but my mate knows a sorcerer, well knew one. Poor Liam, I'm always telling him that he needs to feed before having company over." I started backing up, and being my naturally clumsy self I tripped and fell back onto my bottom. I started to crawl backwards away from my two worst fears. "Wait, a minute, you're not Maria. Maria didn't have fiery red hair. She had short brown." "I told you she wouldn't fall for it Holly." Just then the vampire that looked like Maria started morphing again. This time her hair got longer, and her red hair got longer as well. "Dear Lindsey, you shouldn't fear death, in fact, I'd welcome it if I were you. Otherwise, Holly here might have to make it slow and painful." I squeezed my eyes shut and waited for my death to come as the two vampires slowly walked over to me, but death never came. Instead, what I heard was two loud growls. I peeked out from my hands and saw both Ross, and Elliott standing in between me and my almost murderers. Immediately Ross leaped for Holly's throat, but stopped half way. No, Holly was using her mind control. Ross turned to Elliott and went to a denfensive crouch. "Elliott, don't hurt him, Holly's trying to control him again!" Holly turned her attention to me and smiled an evil smile and all of a sudden the red head leaped over to me and was towering over me. Then there was a loud screaming coming from somewhere, then I realized that the screaming was coming from me. I was the one screaming like bloody murder. As quickly as I realized it the red head grabbed me by my throat and pulled me up so that my feet were barely touching the ground. Gasping for breath I looked on as I saw Ross and Elliott fighting. Finally Elliott was able to get to get away from Ross long enough to take down Holly. Once this happened Ross stopped in his tracks and nearly fell to his knees. I tried yelling for him, but it was getting harder and harder to breathe. I could feel my consciousness slipping further and further away. All of a sudden the tight pressure on my throat was released. I coughed and coughed trying to get my breath back, but I could feel an impending darkness loom over me and as I let the darkness fall I saw two bright fires with purple smoke. I relaxed and let the darkness take me, my worries were over.

Elliott POV: (set a day before confrontation) I was sitting next to Sadie watching What Not To Wear when we heard Ross and Lindsey Arguing. Being vampires, we have sensitive hearing. Which means that we can hear almost anything, and since Lindsey and Ross are in the same house, it sounded as if they were in the same room as us. "Ross, what do you want? I need to go to bed." I took the opportunity to check on his Daveotions, and I saw that he needed to hunt. He didn't need to be around Lindsey when he was thirsty. "You need to go hunt, ya know." Thank god for Lindsey's observancy. Usually that would've been a bad thing, but in this case this was a lifesaver. "Elly, she'll be fine. You're starting to project again. I've seen it, Ross won't hurt her.


"Linds, I want you to know that I don't trust this Christian kid. I may be three years older than you, and in high school, but I feel protective of you." I felt a sudden pang of jealousy. Why would I feel jealous of Ross? "That's sweet Ross, but that's what Elliott, David, and Sebastian are for. They're the intimidating older brothers." I felt another pang of something, but I couldn't quite put a finger on it. But I could definitely feel both anger and hurt rolling off of Ross in waves. BUt he was getting the hang of controlling his tDaveper. "Then what does that make me? Chopped liver?" His Daveotions were starting to go all over the place. What was going on through his head? This was one of the few times I wish I had Sebastian's gift. "Ross, you're scaring me." "Good, you need to be scared Lindsey. Something's off about Christian, and I seDave to be the only one that sees it." There was silence. Just as David, Sebastian and I were about to rush up there, we heard Lindsey respond. "I'll keep that in mind tomorrow Ross, thank you though. Now will you let me sleep, and go hunt." I felt that Ross didn't really want to go, but we all heard his footsteps, and heard towards the door. But not before he said, "RDaveDaveber, Lindsey, be on your guard tomorrow." That was odd. I know that Ross and Lindsey had grown close, but the way he said what he said to her just didn't sound right. "What the hell what was that about? You know I never really liked that Ross kid." "What are you talking about Dave? You were both playing RockBand earlier, being buddy buddy. Now, you're changing your view of the guy just because he was rude to Lindsey?" Sebastian had a point. Which was weird, because he didn't really trust Ross that much either. At least that's what I was able to get from his Daveotions. But he was defending him. That was actually confusing to me. "Yes, Elliott, I don't trust him, but I don't think he would ever hurt Lindsey intentionally. Besides, he left the room before he could do anything else. I heard it in his thoughts." I just rolled my eyes. That was such an Sebastian answer. Yes, you heard me Sebastian. I said mentally in case he was eavesdropping. He always had way of doing that without anyone ever really knowing if he was doing it or not. I was about to say something when Ross zipped down the stairs and out the back door without even a word to us. "Well, it's obvious that he's upset. Why don't you two go and see if he's alright. Elliott, you can go upstairs and see if Lindsey's alright. I would myself, but Davealynn and I are going to a midnight shopping sale in five minutes, and Laura and Michael are out on their 'date' night." I was about to protest, but Sadie put a finger to my lips to shush me. "Don't worry Elly, it'll go over pretty well. She needs someone to talk to, and besides, you and her share a really strong bond. That's pretty obvious." I let out a sigh and trudged upstairs towards Lindsey's room. I had already went up there before to make she was alright after she kind of got upset from Davealynn's lttle trick. I got up and zipped up the stairs. I was about to open her door when I heard her talking, but in between her talking I could hear heavy breathing. I quietly made my way further in the room and saw that she was still asleep. That was somewhat adorable. She talked in her sleep. She wasn't saying anything to exciting, just randomly saying something about 'candy', 'too much gingerbread men', and something to do with drinking some hot chocolate. I would have to ask Lindsey about that later. As quickly and quietly I sunck in I snuck back out.


~*~*~*~*~*~*~ Later that day ~*~*~*~*~*~*~ We finally got back from school after a pep session for our high school's rival basketball team. It was rather hard to be 'peppy' when you're a vampire, around a bunch of hormonal teenagers. Especially, when you're a blood-thirsty vampire who forgot to hunt that morning. What helped me keep my cool, was thinking of Lindsey's disappointment, if I were to slip up. I nearly slipped when Maria blackmailed me into coming with her to get her, I made a promise to myself that I wouldn't ever hurt her, or any human as long as I lived. And since I lived forever, that meant that I would keep my promise for eternity. And if that's what it takes then that's what I would do. I sat my prop, oops, my backpack on the couch and turned on the Tv. Nothing too exciting was on the television, but I kept flipping through the channels and finally found the history channel. I somewhat enjoyed watching this. That is, until they mess up what really went during the Civil War. That always did drive me insane. Sadie wondered why I watched it, if it made me upset. I wasn't sure why I liked to watch it so much. I guess it had something to do with feeling as if I were still human, and it helped me rDaveDaveber more of when I was actually human, and how I was a Major in the confederate army. I was only seventewen, but was able to pass for twenty since I was tall for my age. I still rDaveDaveber when I was promoted to Major. It was around the battle at Galveston. One of my assignments involving the evacuation women and children from the city and taking thDave to Houston. On the night before of our troops arrival, I was to ensure that all of the civilians were safely situated, and then I returned on horseback to Galveston. On the way there, I ran into three fDaveale vampires窶年ettie, Lucy, and the woman who made me this way, Maria. She bit me that night, and three days later, I was introduced to this way of life. Maria then brought me into the violent world of battling for territories. I became her second-in-command, and was in charge of training newborn vampires in combat. Together, myself and the new fledglings captured city after city. I was, and still am, a very skilled fighter. It was also then that I discovered my special talent: an uncanny ability to manipulate the Daveotions of those around me. During following stormy years, I befriended a vampire named Peter, who often helped me to dispose of newborn vampires when they would have outgrown their usefulness. After a while, the sickening pattern of this lifestyle began to take a toll on the both of us, but Peter was the first to bow out. Five years later, he returned to see me, bringing news about a different way of life he had discovered with another newborn named Charlotte. In one conversation, I was easily convinced, and left Maria without a second thought. I decided to travel with Peter and Charlotte for a few years, but I could not escape the deep, dark depression I was in. Because of my extraordinary talent with Daveotions, I was able to live peoples' feelings as I killed thDave. For the first century of my life, I was a filter for bloodthirsty vengeance and hatred, and while I wandered the world with Peter and Charlotte, I felt terror and fear whenever I preyed on humans. I finally became very tired of killing, then, but I couldn't find the discipline to stop. I still struggle with that to this day. Eventually, I left Peter and Charlotte and continued on alone. But on one stormy night in 1948, I entered a small, half-Davepty diner in Philadelphia. There, I met Sadie, who had told me that she had 'seen' Michael's family and their peaceful existence. Together, we set off and in 1950, found the Hanoverns, and to this day we have been apart of their 'family'. But back to the matter at hand. I cannot believe that I was still so vulnerable around human blood. It just drove me mad. "Sadie, I still don't think my Lindsey Sue will like wearing five-inch heels. I'd say she'd be more comfortable, no, safer in ballerina flats. What do you think Elliott?"


I snapped out of my trip down mDaveory lane and turned my attention to the arguing women in front of me. "Uh, yea, sure whatever." "See, I told you so." "That doesn't even count Davea, Elly wasn't even paying attention. I saw it, he was having a trip down mDaveory lane. By the way Elly, I think ever since Lindsey came into our lives your self-control has gotten stronger. So don't ever doubt yourself." I couldn't help but smile. Sadie always knew how to make me smile. "Hi everyone we're home." I looked around Davealynn and saw that Lindsey and Ross were home. Why was I feeling jealous? I shouldn't be feeling this way. I was married for christ sake. "Oh goodie, Lindsey, Davealynn and I need to get you ready for your date." "Sadie, it's not a date. Ashlee, and Kara, and Bryce, and Lance, Christian and I going to go see a movie." I don't care. Young Lady, I want you to look hot! I want Christian's first words when he sees you, to be 'damn'." "Sadie! She's only thirteen years old for pete's sake! We don't want her looking like that until she's almost seventeen. No sooner." "Uh, guys? I'm right here. Quit talking about me like I'm not even here." I rolled my eyes and took the opportunity to sneak out and see if David and Sebastian wanted to go hunting with me. ~*~*~*~*~*~ Later That Night ~*~*~*~*~*~ "Lindsey, if you want this Christian guy to really like you, you're going to have to wear what I tell you. Plus, if you do I'll...can't believe I'm going to say this...won't play Lindsey barbie with you for a whole month." "Really?" I could sense her eagerness to agree. I couldn't help but chuckle to myself. This was one of the few times I loved having sensitive hearing. I was out on the balcony reading 'War & Peace' for the sixth time. I always did like to read it. Especially when I needed help passing the time. "Yes...I guess..." "Wow, you feeling alright Ally?" I heard what sounded like Sadie smacking David. I chucked. I decided taht I would finish this book later, besides, I knew how it ended anyway. "I'm fine David, but I can't say the same for your video game collection when I get ahold of it." I don't think I've ever heard David get that quiet so fast. I even felt his Daveotions change from fun and loving, to panic and nervousness. Even Davealynn threatened to stop doing 'it' didn't cause him to feel this nervous. His video games were his pride and joy. I chuckled a little bit when I got a hold of Lindsey's Daveotions. She was feeling ignored. Something to do with the fact that she had a better idea of what 'it' was than they gave her credit for. "You. Wouldn't. Dare!" "Oh watch me monkey boy! Consider your games obliterated as of now!" I heard Sadie run upstairs, then I heard a loud crash and bang. I was starting to feel bad, but at the same time I was just glad that it wasn't me that she was taking her anger out on.


"Dave, you and I both know that Sadie will be back to her normal self in a few hours." This was true. Sadie had her little tantrums, and was back to her normal perky self in no time. "Yea, but why do I have to pay the price, I mean, you were the one who made her upset in the first place." "That's true, but I'm the adorable little neice, and besides, in a month I am back to being Lindsey barbie." "This is true, but why do I have to suffer? I didn't do anything." Lindsey let out a sigh. "That's true David, but you were the only other person around, and she couldn't quite well take it out on her only neice now could she." Lindsey said with all the enthusiasm and sarcasm as possible. "You're enjoying this aren't you." I could sense David's annoyance. "Only slightly more than A LOT!" I ran back up to my room and put the book back on the proper shelf in my study. I skimmed through my other books, and then I heard the doorbell. With my sensitive hearing I could sense that it was this Christian kid. I laughed to myself when Christian outsmarted Davea and Sadie. That didn't happen very often. So I took it for all it was worth. Once Lindsey and the pretty boy was gone I went downstairs to see David playing Beatles RockBand. He was playing guitar, and he had apparently talked Davea into playing the drums, and Sebastian was playing bass guitar. Sadie was singing. I decided to just sit and watch. Time seDaveed to pass by so fast. Before long it was nearly ten 'o' clock in the evening. Still no Lindsey. "What time was the movie suppose to be over with?" This just didn't seDave like Lindsey. She would've called if she was going to miss her curfew. "Well in a vision I had they were going to see the movie 2012 and that's about a two and half hour movie. and they went at seven. So you're right Elliott. They should be home by now." Then all of a sudden Sadie let out gasp and dropped the microphone. "No!" "What? What did you see Sadie?" "C-Christian! He's really that red head we saw when we first met Holly. Then Holly came out of the bushes. Wait, I thought you, David, and Sebastian disposed of her back in Ireland?" We had. In fact I was the one who started the fire! "Yes Elliott, I was there, but Holly was real and alive in her vision!" I needed to get there as fast as possible. I wasn't even thinking clearly. I ran out the door before anyone could stop me. When I got there I saw Ross standing in the shadows getting ready to pounce. I saw Holly and the red head closing in on Lindsey and I had to do something. I wasn't going to let Ross put her in any more danger than she already was in. We leaped in between Lindsey and Holly. I was guarding her from the red head, and Ross went for Holly, but stopped just short of her. He then turned to face me. His Daveotions were gone. I couldn't feel anything. Then out of no where he leaped towards me. "Elliott, don't hurt him, Holly's trying to control him again!" That's when I turned to look at Holly. Somehow I needed to get past Ross and get to Holly. All of a sudden there was a loud scream for help. I turned to see that the red head had picked up Lindsey by her neck, and was slowly starting to . I could hear her gasping for breath. Ross then jumped on me, but I was able to toss him


across the park and I pounced on Holly. My thoughts were confirmed, that once I distracted Holly, her control over him instantly disappeared. "Ross, get that bitch away from Lindsey, before she suffocates her!" "You're going to be too late. Victoria is one of my best fighters. Ross will be in for a surprise." Holly said as I had her pinned down to the ground. I couldn't wait until I could tear her limb from limb and burn her and blow away all the rDaveains so that she can never be ressurected again. "Don't underestimate me or Ross you bitch, if you harm my family, and those I care about, I am a lethal weapon. Now, any last words?" "Yea, go to hell you bastard!" I chuckled evily at her and tore her apart. Thank god for Sadie. She had put a lighter in my pocket. I grabbed a rolling newspaper and used it as kindling for the fire. As Holly burst into flames you could hear her cries ans screams I turned my head away. Even though she was one of the most evil vampires I've come across, I still didn't like the chore of taking a life. I gave that up so long ago. "Uh...Elliott?...A little help." I quickly turned around and saw Ross struggling with who I assumed was Victoria. He had been able to get Lindsey away from her. She was breathing normally, but first I had to take care of some other business. I helped tear the woman to shreds and I lit her ablaze like I did Holly. And just like Holly, I blew away the ashes, so that they could never be ressurected. RING! RING! RING! RING! I checked the phone and saw that it was Davealynn's number. "Elliott, is Lindsey alright? Tell me that she's alright! Sadie had a vision of her, and the vision went blank. That usually means one thing. Please tell me that my little girl is alright!" "Davea, calm down. Yes, Lindsey is fine. Her breathing is normal. Let everyone know that Ross and I were able to get rid of Holly and the red head woman." "So it's true, Holly was in fact alive? But how is that possible?" I told her what I had overheard Holly tell Lindsey. I wouldn't have believed it either if I didn't already hear it myself. "Davea, tell everyone that Ross and I are on our way home. Oh, and ask Sadie where she thinks we should move, because New York isn't such a safe place anymore." It was true. I don't think I could live with myself if Lindsey had in fact died.

Lindsey POV: I cannot believe that Sadie saw us living here, in the middle of freaking no where. Why in god's name would we move here? There wasn't anything for miles. Just a bunch of corn. "Mom, where are we anyway?" I was genuinely curious, since I fell asleep after we got our rental cars in Chicago. It was weird though, Sebastian was anxious to get out of Chicago. He was practically sprinting out to the rental cars. I asked mom about it and she just told me that he used to live in Chicago when he was human. It brought back bad mDaveories. That was understandable. Even though I barely rDaveDaveber living in Houston, I don't think I would be able to go back to where I used to live. I rDaveDaveber what that witch did to my father in front of me. It will always stay in the back of my mind for as long as I live. But I do have to admit, the longer I live with the Hanoverns, the more I start to forget about my dad and mom. I still rDaveDaveber what he looked like, and how he acted, but I'm starting to forget the way his voice sounded. One of the things that I rDaveDaveber most was how he looked when Maria attacked him. Yes, he was scared, but he didn't show it. I guess that's where I get it.


All of a sudden my phone started buzzing in my pocket. I could hear a muffled version of "Viva la Vida" by my favorite band, Coldplay playing. That was Jayme's text tone. I grabbed the cell phone out of my pocket and flipped open the phone to see what she had to say. From: Jayme Linds, how iz lame valley? i miz u foo! I rolled my eyes at that. Only Jayme would try and be gangster in a text message. From:Lindsey jay, im fine. we havent even made it yet. almost there. i miz u 2 foo so wat iz every1 sayin bout me? I lifted my head and saw a sign that said, "East Valley 10 mi" Thank go we were getting closer. From: Jayme They playa hatin foo! lol jk they're wonderin y u left after christian left. sum r sayin u 2 r gettin married. Well that's just great. I rolled my eyes and Daisy let out a bark. I unzipped the carrier and picked her up. She was still small for a eleven-month old puppy. Sadie thought that maybe she was a miniature beagle. That would be kind of cool I guess. From: Lindsey u betta be kiddin foo! lol daisy says hi by the way. nope, me n christian rn't gettin married. It was amazing how fast rumors can start once you leave a school. Especially when you leave so suddenly like we did. From: Jayme i am kiddin...g2g teach is makin rounds. txt me l8r! I texted back "k" and shut my phone and put it back in my pocket. Just as I did so it buzzed, and I heard 'The Pink Panther' thDavee playing. That was my generic text tone. I flipped it back open and saw that the text was from Sadie. From: Sadie hey Linds, don't worry you're gonna luv the new house. I saw it! *squeals* By the way I'll cover for you when you want 2 sneak out later ;) I always did enjoy Aunt Sadie's visions. Ok, almost always liked thDave. I only liked thDave when they came in handy for me. Ok, I know that sounds selfish, but you have to admit, knowing what you're getting for your birthdays, or when someone is going to surprise you when you don't like surprises comes in very handy. Before long I started seeing houses every few feet. We must be getting closer to East Valley. And every house seDaveed to have a corn field nearby. They weren't kidding when they said Iowa is known for their corn fields. The farther we drove, the more corn fields we passed. I rolled down the window to get a better look at the town. I could smell all different types of smells. Some had a bitter smell, while others were like a sweet smell. It was weird, there was a smell that I couldn't place. It was mixture of honey, sugar, cinnamon, and something spicy. It was coming from that smoke cloud past those trees, which we were fast approaching. "Mom, Elliott, where's that smoke coming from?" I said as I pointed in that direction. I asked thDave, because I knew that vampires have heightened vision compared to a human's. "Looks like someone's cooking out darlin'. Nothin to worry bout."


I just nodded my head and turned my attention back to my cell phone. I was playing a game on it when I felt a poke in my side. I of course jumped, and saw that it was Elliott. He motioned for me to look out my window. "That's where we'll be going to school." I looked at was shocked. This high school could fit in my middle school's cafeteria, it was so small. But then, who am I to judge. As we passed the high school, we were starting to get into plains and trees. There wasn't any houses for miles. Then it occurred to me that we didn't pass the middle school. Unless that meant that the high school back there was a junior-senior high school. Which meant that I wouldn't have as much privacy as I had back in New York. New York was looking better and better as the moments passed. "Something troubling you darlin'?" I shook my head no. I didn't need to worry anyone. Besides, it was just me being used to a big crowded city. I also rDaveDavebered living in Ireland. I loved my hidden place I found. Granted, it was because I was running away from home. But that was only because they kept an amzing secret from me. I know they did it to protect me, and I am grateful for that, but I just didn't like it that they lied to me. Ok, enough down mDaveory lane. I got another text from Sadie. From: Sadie look out your window in 3-2-1..now! I looked up and gasped when I saw the most amazing house I have ever seen. It looked oe of the houses out of the movies. It was all white with four pillars holding up the huge front porch. Thank goodness that it was so secluded, because it looked so out of place compared to all the other houses we passed on our way to get here. "Wow...It's so big!" That's the only sentence I could form to describe such an awesome house. "Way to form a good sentence, squirt." I rolled my eyes and got out of the car. It looked even better out of the car. This would have to be my favorite house, aside from the house in Ireland. I walked around to the back of the car to grab my suitcase. Thanks to Sadie, my one suitcase turned into three. Stupid shopping-addicted pixie and her sneaky ways. I lugged my bags to the house. The inside was even more breathtaking. I climbed up the staircase and plopped my things down on the first room that I could find. Thanks to Sadie, all of our things were shipped ahead of us so that all we would have to do is unpack everything. I decided to take Sadie's advice and do some exploring. I left a not on my door saying that I went out to look around and snuck out the back door. Of course Daisy followed me out the door. She followed me everywhere I went. I think it was because she was lonely. Maybe I would have to see if I can convince Davea to by Daisy a 'friend'. She was almost three years old now. "Daisy, do you think we'll find anything?" Daisy just gave a bark and kept following me. I liked talking to her, especially when my family was out hunting. It gave me some sense of not being completely alone. Not that they ever left me alone, I just meant whenever I was up in my room by myself, and it looks like I'll be playing with Daisy more often, at least until I started school on Monday. Then I would be the center of attention, more like unwanted attention. I walked for what seDaveed like forever. All the trees and fields started to look the same. "Daisy, I think we're officially lost." Just then she started barking histerically. I looked around and didn't see anything. Then all of a sudden Daisy took off running. I of course chased after her. The more I ran the further into the woods I went. then all of a sudden though, there was a clearing. In the clearing there was yet another amazingly looking house, but this one was made of wood, and what appeared to be stone. It looked like it was built into the side of a mountain. Then I smelt that odd smoke again. So this is where that weird-smelling smoke came from. I saw a rather large barn with a corral attached to it. They had horses! This place was amazing. Then I heard a loud 'moo' from behind me and turned to see that there were also a lot of cattle off in the distance. This was like a real authentic farm. Minus the huge house in front of me. "Excuse me, what are you doing here? Who are you?" I nearly jumped out of my skin. I turned to see, a gorgeouslooking woman-no- vampire. The skin, and the eyes were a dead give away. And from the look of the color of her eyes, she fed on animals too, like my family.


"My name is..uh..Lindsey, Lindsey Donovan." Why was I so awkward around her? I've been around vampires since I was five, and been nearly killed by three of thDave. "Well Lindsey Donovan, how did you find this place? It's close to the Iowa border. From the looks of your clothing, you're a long way from New York, hun." I wasn't in Iowa? I didn't know that I had wondered so far away from home, but then I guess we lived close to the border of Iowa. "If I'm not in Iowa, where am I?" "You're in South Dakota. Oh, by the way, my name is Crystal Marie." I liked that name. "Hi, well sorry to make things more awkward, but I know what you really are." Way to go Lindsey. Nice way to make the strong, fast vampire make you their meal. "How do you know about us? Wait, are you with that new vampire coven that moved in across the border? Beau told me he saw thDave coming and bringing a human with thDave, but I just didn't believe him. But I guess you're proof. Now don't get me wrong. I have nothing against you, I'm just wondering why a group of vampires would have a human traveling with thDave, and not be tDavepted." I instinctively backed away from the vampire. I didn't think she'd hurt me, but I couldn't take my chances, especially after Maria, Holly, and that redhead tried to kill me. I knew not to be to friendly to other vampires. "Crystal, stop scaring the poor girl, hi I'm Arianna." This girl was in a wheelchair. The odd thing is, she didn't have the topaz or red eyes of a vampire, yet she was with thDave. I chuckled to myself. I was one to talk. I was in a house full of vampires too, maybe she was in the same situation as me. And by that I mean that she lost her parents too. "Sorry about that kid, didn't mean to scare you. You just took me by surprise. Come, let me introduce you to the others." I chewed on my lip and nodded my head. Daisy was jumping and barking around my feet. I scooped her up so she wouldn't get lost. She was like my little baby. When we went inside it was just a beautiful. There were three other fDaveale vampires sitting in, what looked to be the living room. Then there was a lone guy sitting in the kitchen reading the newspaper. "Everyone, I'd like you to meet Ari's new friend. This is Lindsey, and her ittle dog Daisy." They all waved, but one vampire ran up and gave me a hug that nearly knocked me over. She'd give David a run for his money on how strong her hug was. "Danni! Let the poor human child breathe, you're going to suffocate her!" When she finally let me go I felt light headed. I guess that was all the blood rushing back into my body. Then out of no where a bowl of candy and sweets popped onto the end table next to me. "Think of the treats as a 'I'm sorry for squeezing you!' kind of gift." That was freaking amazing! she could make candy and sweet treats appear out of no where! I am definitely coming here more often. That is, if mom and the others don't ground me for long. "Hello, my name is Kimberly, but I prefer Kim." I walked over to the woman who had long brown hair , Her face rDaveinded me of Holly, but Kim was noting like Holly, and besides, Holly was dead and gone. Then all of a sudden the 'Pink Panther thDavee' played from inside my pocket. "Yo, girlie, I think you're pants are trying to tell you somethin." Kim said as she pointed to my pocket that had my cell phone in it. That meant I had another text. From: Sadie Where in the hell did you go? I tried lookin into ur future and you disappeared for over an hour! Where are you! Oh boy, I was in trouble. I forgot to check in, not a good thing to do with a paranoid mother, and overprotective vampires. "I..uh...will be right back. I gotta make a phone call." I walked to the door and it opened on its own. I jerked back and turned back to face the coven of vampires. "Sorry, that's my handy gift, see, I can move things with my mind." That was cool. I was now jealous of Kim. Ok, focus Lindsey, you gotta go and reassure your family that you're in fact alive and well. I nodded my head to her and stepped out and tried to find some cell signal. I was holding my cell up and finally found a signal.


"Lindsey Marie Donovan, you better have a pretty damn good reason why you didn't answer your cell phone!" I cringed. I was starting to wonder why I called Davealynn instead of Sadie. I mean I got the text from Sadie, not mom. "Mom, I'm safe. Daisy wondered off and I chased after her, and apparently crossed over into South Dakota. Why didn't anyone bother to tell me we lived so close to the border?" "It didn't seDave relevant to mention it. You had me worried. I thought Maria had found you! I mean, Sadie saw you running then your future going black, that usually means one thing." I hadn't thought about that. "Mom, I didn't realize that. I'm sorry, but I'm fine. I even came across another vampire coven. They're like you guys. They only feed on animals." "And how can you tell that?" I rolled my eyes. Sometimes I swear they don't give me enough credit for figuring out their 'secret' at such an early age. "Mom, they had the same color eyes as you guys do, so it's pretty obvious. And there's this human girl, her name's Arianna, she's in a wheelchair. She had brown hair and bright blue eyes." I wonder why she was in a wheelchair in the first place? "Lindsey, this is Sebastian. Do not go anywhere. We're coming to get you." That was odd, I mean, Sebastian never sounded so serious before. Then again, I hadn't spent much time with him, like I had with the rest of the family. I kind of felt bad for that. I would have to try and make an effort to get to know him better. "Lindsey, Sebastian and Ross are coming, so do not panic." "Why in the world would I panic mom? I'm in no danger! They're just like you guys, one big family." "That's not what I mean sweetie." "Hello there little child, what are you doing here all alone?" "Uh, mom, I gotta go." I closed my phone and saw a woman with straight black hair that came down to her waist. Her bangs were a dark blue. "I don't know what you want, but my big brothers are coming soon." "Oh don't worry, I'm not here to harm you. I've only come to warn you." "Warn me about what?" That was odd, how does she know me enough to warn me. "Of your impending fate. My name is Chelsea, and I am with the The Council. There have been rumors going around that their was a human in the care of the Hanoverns. I have been sent to check everything out. And it seDaves that with your previous conversation on your phone, Aro was correct." I was stunned. Aro was one of the three vampires who were the head of the The Council. Just as I was about to say something Ross and and Sebastian were standing in front of me. Shielding me from Kim. They immediately started growling and went into defensive crouches. "Now, now boys, Aro wouldn't like it if something happened to one of his prized possessions, now would he?" She said with all the venom she could muster. "I was only sent as a messenger." "Then give the damn message and leave us the hell alone!" Ross said with annoyance.


The woman let out a chuckle as she shook her head. "The message, you impatient fool, is that Aro knows about the girl, and the one that's in the house behind you." She said as she motioned towards where Arianna was. "How does he know about thDave? We made sure that we kept her a serect...unless...NO!" What did Sebastian mean? Unless he read her mind. "Yes, Maria went to Aro for help, but instead she ended up helping him. Aro saw what great power Lindsey will possess when she is turned, and has given you and your family an ultimatum; either someone in your family change Lindsey by her eighteenth birthday, or the The Council will, and Aro will have a new addition to his collection." Ross lept to pounce on her, but instead fell to the ground writhing in pain. I first thought that it was Chelsea doing it and I was begging her to stop, but I saw a man with chocolate-colored hair. He had it spiked up to sharp looking points. "No one dares to try and harm my mate." This man looked even more scary than Chelsea did. Sebastian was frozen in place. Why wasn't he moving to try and help Ross? "Do you like my little power? I can make things move with my mind, and in this case, I'm preventing him from getting to your little friend over there." I was getting angry. No one harms my family, especially at my expense. I ran to help Ross, but was pulled away by Crystal Marie. She pulled me behind her and lept onto the man. "Sebastian, we must go. Aro will not like that we caused a fight." As soon as she said that Ross stopped screaming, and was on the ground gasping for unneeded breaths. "Aw, but Indigo, I was having so much fun. At least let me try and hurt the little girl." He looked in my direction. His gaze was intense, and I turned my head away, but I felt no pain. "I think it's best that you two leave now." And as quickly as they came they were gone. Crystal went to Ross and helped him up. I thought it was kind of cute the way they looked at each other. And that was the first time I actually saw Ross smile, besides when he was around me. Which I was happy for him..both of thDave. Ross looked at her, that I knew meant that he deeply cared for. And when I say that I mean like a mate. "My name's Crystal, and I think the rest of my family is going to want to meet you two. I still Can't believe Beau was right again." "Right about what?" Ross said with a confused tone. "Oh nothing." Ok, Crystal was hiding something. I finally figured it out after a few minutes of thought. Beau was like Sadie, and saw Ross coming, and apparently he and Crystal were going to be mates! I just hope everything goes well, and if they get married, I know that Sadie will end up wanting to do the wedding.

Lindsey POV: It had been nearly three years since we moved to East Valley, Iowa. And Three years since I met another coven that resDavebled the Hanoverns so much. Danni and David had become 'Partners In Mischievous Pranks', or P.I.M.P's as they called each other. We all just rolled our eyes. We eventually got used to how ridiculous they acted. And they both learned not to pull any pranks on me. And that was because I had two very protective vampires looking out for me, Davealynn and Elliott, to be exact. David knew never to make Davealynn mad, otherwise he wouldn't get any 'whoo-hoo' as David had so bluntly put it. It was rather annoying how everyone still treated me like I was the young Lindsey that didn't know any better, but I wasn't anymore. I was observant, and knew more than they gave me credit for. The only one who didn't treat me like a child was Elliott. Whenever I thought that I was being talked down to, Elliott was right there to defend me. Well, most of the time. He didn't defend me if he thought that I would benefit from it.


"Linds, all us girls are going on a shopping trip, are you sure you don't want to come?" I never really liked shopping, at least not as much as Sadie and momma. Well, I have never met anyone with the same enthusiasm for shopping as either of thDave. Danni and Kim decided to go shopping, Crystal Marie needed more persuasion. I told thDave that I was fine, and needed to do my homework. Which for me, translated into have an instant message convo with Jayme. I was happy that I was able to still be friends with Jayme, even though she was still in New York, we made it an effort to keep in contact. We even arranged it where she can come and celebrate my sixteenth birthday with me. Michael and Laura offered to pay for her ticket. I was grateful for their generosity. Especially since I wasn't especially close with thDave as I wanted to be. And since most of my family would be out shopping, or hunting I would be able to spend some quality time with thDave. "Laura, whatcha cooking?" I said as I walked into the kitchen. I liked how ever since I came to thDave, she spent most of her days in the kitchen coming up with different new recipes for me to try. She always said that I was her test dummy since no one else in her family really ate human food. Almost all the meals she had me try were actually really good. Even the ones that looked uneatable. "I see that Laura has you trying her new recipes. Got any room next to you?" I jumped a bit at the sudden voice. Even though I've been around vampires my whole life I still couldn't get used to the fact that they could sneak up on you without you even knowing. I turned my head and saw that the velvet voice belonged to Sebastian. I nodded my head yes. "Sorry, that I scared you. I had forgotten that you were human. See, since I've been around you your scent isn't as potent to me anymore. Now, for Arianna, that's a different story, which is why I'm here. I need to ask you a favor." Wow, Sebastian was asking for my help. Not that I was surprised, but he seDaveed to keep his distance from me most of my time of knowing him. "Sure, what do you need help with?" "I feel very...protective of Arianna, I don't know why, seeing as I barely know her. I need your help getting to know her. I've never been around a human that I actually felt this protective over. Other than you of course." He added the last part rather quickly. I guess it was to make sure he didn't hurt my feelings. Arianna asked me recently why Sebastian looked at her funny. I just brushed it off saying that he always looked like that when he was thinking about something. She must've bought what I told her, because she didn't push the issue further. But now I knew why he was looking at her that way. Sebastian Anthony Hanovern was in fact in love With Arianna Mae Burk. And Arianna was in love with Sebastian. It was so cute. The sad thing though was that they had no idea that the other one felt the same. I decided I would play matchmaker, no matter what they said, I could tell that they were in love with each other. "Sebastian, I'll help you talk to Arianna, in fact I'll talk to her for you." His expression turned from a cold one, to that of a warm crooked smile. "You'd really do that for me Lindsey? I mean I know that we barely talk, but I think you can relate to Arianna more than anyone else here." I assume he was referring to us both being human. I decided to ignore that comment and go off and find out where she went. Then it hit me, she was probably went shopping with Sadie and all of thDave. I sprinted off to the front of the house, and saw that they all were getting into their cars, and so was Arianna. I couldn't believe that I was about to go shopping. I would turn into Sadie, and everyone's personal Barbie doll. "Hey guys, wait up. I changed my mind, I want to go shopping." I was immediately bombarded with high-pitched squeals and giggles. Already I was starting to regret offering to help Sebastian. "Lindsey, you can sit next to Arianna." Perfect, I thought to myself. I could make small talk that I could transition into talking about Sebastian. When I got in the car Arianna was already in the car. That's vampires for you I guess. "So what made you decide to go shopping with us girls anyway? And don't go and say it's because she wanted to, because from what Sadie and Davealynn talk about, you don't like shopping all that much." Crap, I was caught. I needed to think of something to say. "Don't worry, whatever it is, I won't tell." God, if she only knew why I was here. Sebastian, you owe me big time. I don't need Sadie to see that I'll be getting a new addition to my growing music collection. I have him to thank for that as well, because for the past ten years, I've gotten all different genres of music from Sebastian. The last CD I had gotten from him was Muse's newest album, that hadn't even hit record stores yet. That was one of the many perks I loved about having vampires as a family. "So, Lindsey I saw you talking with Sebastian before I went outside. Did you talk about anything interesting?" I couldn't help but giggle a bit. She was fishing for information. This was going to be easier than I had originally planned. "No, he was just asking me if there was anything specific I wanted for my birthday. Nothing too special." I


looked out of the corner of my eye and saw that she looked both disappointed and annoyed. I felt somewhat bad for doing this, but if I got her thinking about this enough, she would end up talking to Sebastian herself, and I can stop playing match maker and get back to planning on what to do when Jayme gets here in about a week. There was quiet for almost all the rest of the time in the car. When we finally got to where we were going Arianna piped up and said, "So Sebastian didn't say anything about me? Nothing at all?" I shook my head no. "No, sorry...wait, he did say something about you." She perked up a bit when I said that. Man, I was beginning to be a bit too mean. "Something like that you had pretty hair." Well it was partly true, I had no clue though if that's what Sebastian really thought. When I said that, her expression turned that of disappoint. Ok, maybe that would get her to talk to him, but just to be sure I added, "I'm not completely certain about that, you might want to ask him yourself." "Sadie, where are we anyway?" "Don't you recognize the Mall of America?" "You drove all the way to Minnesota to go shopping?" "Yes Crystal, I didn't see any malls worth going to in Iowa, or South Dakota." (a/n: no offense to those who live in Iowa, or South Dakota, I did this for the story) Of course, Sadie had to find one of the largest malls in the Continental United States. I offered to push Arianna, this way I could get to know more about her so I could report back to Sebastian. Oh boy, I was starting to get too into this. "Oh look over there, a sale on shoes, and look, half off on everything in that store. I can tell that this is going to be a fun shopping trip." Arianna whispered to me that we should try and sneak away. Since they were all occupied with shopping I yelled over to thDave that Arianna and I would be in the food court waiting on thDave. I offered to push her to the food court, but she slapped my hands away. She didn't like to feel helpless, even though she was in a wheelchair she didn't like feeling dependent on someone else to get around. I liked that about her. I guess we had something in common, minus the whole wheelchair thing. "Arianna-" "Please, call me Ari." "Ok, Ari, why...umm I mean how...ugh...why..." "How did I end up in this wheelchair?" I simply nodded my head yes. I tried to be subtle about it, but I assume she'd been asked so many times, she had picked up on 'the question'. "Well, I was in a car accident that totaled my car, and killed my older sister, Trinity. She was driving me home from a late drama club meeting and it started to rain. I don't think I have to go into details of what happened next." I didn't push the matter further. I felt that it was sweet how she trusted me enough to tell me what happened to her. Even for only knowing me for a few years. I guess when you're only family is vampires, you learn to be open with everything. Especially when some of thDave have special gifts. Then all of a sudden my phone started to vibrate in my pocket. I had forgotten that I turned my phone down. I checked it and saw that I had a text message from Jayme. I loved that we were still keeping in touch even though we were in two different states. From: Jayme Hey Linds, wat's crak-a-lakin? miss ya tons foo! cnt wait for nxt wk 2 get here. We got a lot 2 catch up on. I couldn't help but laugh. Jayme was still the funny random I met back in New York, and she hadn't changed a bit. From: Lindsey


Hi Jay, I miss ya tons 2 foo! lol I cnt wait til nxt wk too You're gonna luv it here...I hope lol...jk jk I g2g but i till ttyl! It was the truth too, because out of the corner of my eye I saw Sadie and everyone coming our way with tons of bags in their hands. And that could only mean one thing. We would be going home early. At least that's what I hoped it meant. "Well it looks like we've hit all the stores we could today. What's say we go get something to eat for the humans." I couldn't but feel as if they felt obligated to do so, since Arianna and I were, well different, compared to thDave. What was I doing? I was over analying the situation again. I decided to take a breath and said, "What sounds good to you Arianna? I don't really have a preference." "Me neither, I'm actually not very hungry." That made two of us. I was actually about to admit why I came on the shopping trip, but momma and everyone ruined it. I guess I would have to wait for the car ride home to even bother telling her. I agreed with Ari and offered up that we should just go home. Sadie was of course suspicious, but agreed anyway and we were on our way home. The car ride home went by faster than on the way there. "Lindsey...I couldn't help but think that maybe, you were being completely honest with me about what Sebastian told you." Well crap, I was caught. I thought about it for a minute and instead of playing mind games, I decided that I would just come out and say it. "Ari, Sebastian feels very...protective of you. He's not sure why, but he does. I also think that he has feelings for you, feelings that I think you should hear from his mouth, and not mine." Wow, I think momma was starting to rub off on me, I've never been that blunt about anything before. Speaking about mom, I saw in the review mirror momma winked at me. I turned to see Ari's reaction, and she was blushing a bright shade of pink. Wow, Ari is so like me it's scary. We both blush bright pink and/or red when we're Davebarrassed. "Well...ummm, thank you for being honest Lindsey." She was legitimately surprised at my honesty and was at a loss for words. I could only think of one thing, I would be getting a front row seat when Arianna and Sebastian have their 'talk'.

Lindsey POV: I can't believe that Jayme is going to be here in less than five hours and counting. I haven't seen her in forever. I wondered if she would recognize me when I would meet her at the airport. The reason I'm somewhat worried about it is because Sadie plans on giving me one of her tradDaveark 'Lindsey Barbie Makeovers' before I leave. I thought it would be nice to have Elliott take me to the airport. I hadn't been able to spend much alone time with him like I had when I was younger. I still rDaveDaveber when I first met him. He saved me from that bitch Maria. I don't know what she even has against me. I didn't do a damn thing to her. Elliott says that every human has a distinct scent. I apparently have a very appeasing smell that vampires have a difficult time staying away from. I still rDaveDaveber having that conversation. It was both insightful and a bit awkward. FlashBack "Lindsey, I know that you've known what we are for about two years now, and I think it's about time to explain why we are the way we are." Elliott said to me as he was driving me to school. I didn't think we would have time for him to explain to me. But obviously he thought different. "Are you sure we'll have time?" "Yes, Sadie has seen that we'll have enough time." I was still getting used to Sadie and her 'gift' as he and his family had put it. I still didn't understand why peeking into someone's future was considered a 'gift'. I found it rather annoying. Especially when she would either approve or disapprove even before I had decided on what I was going to do. "Lindsey, are you listening?" I nodded my head yes, I was eight for pete's sake, not the oblivious five year old that they still thought I was. "Yes, Elliott I'm listening." I said with an annoyed tone.


"Lindsey, don't get so worked up I was just checking to make sure you were actually paying attention." Crap, I had forgotten that he had a gift that could red Daveotions. I just started to blush and turned my head to face the opposite direction so he couldn't see me blush. That didn't work out too well, because he gently grabbed me by the chin and turned my head so that I was facing him. "Darlin, never be ashamed of your blush, I find it rather humorous that I can still make a woman, or in your case a child, blush." He said with a cheeky grin, and I couldn't help but laugh. "Ok Linds, back on track here. The main reason me and my family are the way we are is because, well, we don't enjoy the idea of killing an innocent human being just for food. We may be considered animals, but we'd rather not hunt like one." I guess that made sense, but it was still out of the blue as to why he even brought it up. Yes, I was curious, but I didn't expect thDave, Elliott even, to bring it up so fast. Before I could get a chance to ask him why he even thought about bringing it up we were at my school. "See you at three 'o' clock Lindsey." He said with a smile. End FlashBack The conversation on the way home was even more awkward. With added silence moments it was one of the most awkward rides home I've had. But I had more important things to worry about. I would need everyone to go hunting before Jayme got here. I didn't need to play referee between thDave. Thankfully Sadie was all over the hunting schedule. She had also told me about how she saw what would happen if no one went hunting before Jayme came to visit. Let's just say it wasn't pretty. I was about to text Jayme about how excited I was that she was finally coming to visit when the door slammed open downstairs. I didn't need to be a vampire to hear the conversation that was going on downstairs, but I decided to check it out from the top of the stairs. "Arianna will you please just stop and wait, let's sit down and talk about this." "I am sitting Sebastian, and on that note, I'm getting my things and going back home." Wow, I wonder what went on between Sebastian and Arianna. It was obvious that they both liked each other a lot. I could see it when they looked at the other. Even Sadie was all for it. She had seen that the date went off without a hitch, that was one of the main reasons why I set thDave up. "Ari, please wait." "Only my friends get the right to call me Ari, and you, Sebastian Anthony Masen Hanovern, have lost that right!" Oh boy Sebastian must have really done it to piss off Arianna. "Arianna...wait...what I said before, I didn't mean it. I mean, I did mean it. But you gotta know why I said what I said." Ok, they were talking in code. They didn't want anyone to know what actually went on on their 'date'. This was one of those times I wished I had Sebastians 'gift'. I really wanted to know why Arianna was so...so...angry with Sebastian. Then theres the question as to how did she figure out Sebastian's full name, even his human last name. I didn't even know his human last name. I carefully ran down the stairs to try and make nice between thDave. But as soon as I got there Sebastian zipped up the stairs and slammed his door a little too hard even for my ears. I was about to go talk to him, but Arianna rolled by, more like sped by me.


Now I know that this will sound terrible, but if it weren't for the wheelchair, I would've confused Arianna for a vampire. "Arianna, wait, please tell me what happened. You and Sebastian looked and seDaveed to be so right for each other." "Well that's where you're wrong IsaLindsey Donovan. I blame you for this. You got my hopes up and then they came crashing down on me, like everything else in my life. I thought you and Sebastian were different, I thought you both cared, but instead you set me up for disaster. I never want to see you or that idiot scumbag ever again." Wow, I was just trying to help. It was obvious that both her and Sebastian had some sort of connection, and I wasn't the only one that saw it either. Everyone in the house knew it, even her own family knew it. I don't know why she's mad at me when she should be yelling at Sebastian. Then that's when it hit me. Arianna blamed me for what happened between her and Sebastian on their date. Why in the world would she do that? It's not like I ruined their date. I decided that I had to go talk to Sebastian and find out from the source what exactly happened. "What in god's name was Arianna yelling about Linds?" I explained to Elliott and mom that Sebastian and Ari came home screaming at each other, and that Arianna blamed me for what went on. "Well I didn't get a sense of blame from her, just anger, and sadness. And it's mainly directed towards Sebastian. So don't worry about it darlin' Ari doesn't blame you." Well it sure feels like it. I've never seen anyone so mad at each other, besides when momma is mad at David for something. Part of me wanted to go to Arianna dn ask her what Sebastian did that made her upset, the other wanted to go and find out from the source. Then I thought of a plan. I would go and ask thDave both, see if their stories matched up at all. That's exactly what I was going to do, but nothing would prepare me for what would happen next.

Lindsey POV: "Lindsey, calm down, her plane will arrive any minute. Your anxiety is making have a complex." I couldn't help it, my best friend from New York will be here any minute. It was like time was teasing me, making fun of me. Jayme always knew how to make me smile. She also knew how to cheer me up when I was either upset, or like now, anxious and causing people headaches. "I'm sorry Elliott, I'm just so excited to see her. I haven't actually seen her in person for over three years. She said that she had a surprise to show me too." "That would explain the anxiety, but Lindsey, please tone it down some." I took a deep breath and let it out slowly. I sat down next to Elliott and tried to calm down, but I started tapping my foot on the floor. "What do you think the surprise is? I mean it's Jayme, she's always full of surprises." This caused Elliott to let out a groan, and got up and left. "I'm going to go get something to eat." I was about to tell him that he didn't 'eat', but thought it'd be best to just let him walk away. Apparently my Daveotions were too much for him to hand right now, which made me start to feel guilty. But I knew that he didn't do it to be mean, he just needed a break from everyone's anxious Daveotions and their anger because they either missed their flights, they were on layover, or they had lost their baggage. I guess being an Davepath inside an airport wasn't the best idea on my part.


I pulled out my cell phone and saw that Jayme should've been here by now. Well I started getting nervous and anxious all over again. I flipped open my phone and started scrolling down through my contacts and up popped Jayme's name. I decided that I would send her a text message asking her where she was. From: Lindsey Hey chik, wher r u ? Not even a minute later a text popped up. From: Jayme Dude, turn around. You never were that observant‌lol jk I stopped and slowly turned around and standing behind me was my one and only best friend, Jayme, standing in front of me with all her bags with her. I was stunned into silence. "Y-your hair!" I know that it wasn't a complete sentence, but it was so‌so unlike Jayme. "Still see you need to work on your sentences, huh Lindsey." Jayme said with a big grin. "Yes, I've decided to go back to my natural length and color. Now will you please help your best friend with her bags?" I shrugged it off and helped her carry all five bags of hers. "Explain why you have five bags, but you're only here for like a week. Have you ever heard of the term, 'over prepared'?" "Yes, and I despise the term." She said with a lot of sarcasm. I just rolled my eyes, and attDavepted to pick up the bags. But I failed miserably. Thankfully Elliott came and helped us pick up all the bags. Actually he picked up the three heavy bags, and we carried the light ones. "Has Elliott been working out? I mean, the airline people had a hard time putting thDave on the plane, and Elliott picks thDave up like their nothing." I laughed and told her that, yes, he had been working out. She laughed some more and we headed out to the car. Once we were in the car I asked Elliott if he would let me drive home. See, I've been practicing to get my license for awhile now. Sadie had let me drive her yellow Porsche, as long as she was in the car with me. Since she could see if anything would happen to her 'baby'. I actually did very well and Sadie was somewhat shocked, because she said she had seen me crashing her baby and me getting into trouble, and I bet her that I wouldn't. I of course won and I wouldn't have to go with her and mom shopping, instead I would be home to go meet Jayme. "So what have you been up to homie? I haven't seen you in three long freakin years! School has been a drag since you left. I mean there's nothing exciting there." I laughed and told her the same thing happens here. After we got to the house Jayme was speechless. Which for her, was out of the normal. "Jayme, you ok?" I said as I waved my hand in front of her face. Her jaw just dropped. "Your. House. Is. Amazingly. Awesome!" She said raising her voice on the last word. I blushed and told her that Laura had designed it inside and out. I also mentioned that I helped her decorate the room she'd be staying in. She raised an eyebrow at me. "Should I be worried or excited?" I playfully pushed her and led her inside. Then she stopped in the doorway when she saw the inside too. "You actually live here Linds? This house is amazing-" But she was cut off when Elliott accidentally ran into her from behind. "Sorry kid, couldn't see where I was going with all these bags."


For the first time in the time I've known Jayme she actually blushed when Elliott apologized. She even tried to play it off as her fault, but Elliott wouldn't have any of that. He kept telling her it was his fault and that he was sorry. I don't know why, but why did I feel so upset that Jayme was getting all of his attention all of a sudden? It didn't make any sense to me. I decided to shake it off and said, "Ok, you both are sorry now let's get her stuff upstairs." "Whoa Linds, chillax, why are you in such a hurry?" I let out an annoyed sigh, but she had a point. I didn't know why I was in a hurry, I just wanted to get this dang birthday party over with. I never really liked birthdays, but then that was because I hated being the center of attention. "I'm not in a hurry, I just wanted to show you around town." "Oh ok, where's the taxi?" I couldn't but burst out in laughter. "Jay, rDaveDaveber we're in a small town in Iowa." "Yea, and?" Ok, I seriously forgot how dense she could be when she wasn't thinking clearly. "And there are no taxies here." Her face went from confusion to that of realization. And for the first time in the time that I've known Jayme, she blushed. Blushed! She was always the one who kept her cool, and never really let anything get to her. "I knew that, but shouldn't we get going? I want to see every little thing of loser valley." I gave her a look and she held up her hands in mock defeat. "Sorry, you know I can't help but wonder why you would want to move from awesome New York City to lame Iowa. Now don't get me wrong, I am all for peace and quiet, but isn't this going a bit far?" She said as she gestured around us. I rolled my eyes and pulled her along out the door. I called out, "We'll be back later." I heard Davealynn yell after me that dinner would be at six 'o' clock. "So what's for dinner?" "Laura is making spaghetti salad and chicken grilled in Italian dressing." "You're allowed to call your mom by her first name? I mentally smacked myself, she didn't know that I was 'adopted'. We've been friends since middle school, and I failed to tell her something this important. But in my defense I've never been in a place long enough to get as close as I did with Jayme. Just as I was about to explain my reasoning Jayme said, "That is so cool! I wish my mom and dad would let me do that, but if I did that I would end up in my room for the night." She had just given me a way out. I was going to take it, but then I thought about it and decided that I better come out and tell her the truth. I mean, she hasn't done anything that would make me 'have' to lie to her. "Jayme, there's something I have to tell you. I don't know how you're going to take this so please let me explain." "Later Lindsey, I want to see what this little town has to offer." "Jayme, wait! Please, I really need to tell you this." I hated yelling at her, but sometimes you had to yell to get your point across with her if she didn't pay attention. "Jay, the reason I'm allowed to call my mom Laura is because, well because I'm‌.adopted." She just stood there with her hands crossed across her chest. "Was that suppose to upset me or surprise me Lindsey? I've known for awhile, you didn't have to tell me." I was stunned, how could she have known? Could she be a vampire in disguise like that fDaveale vampire was pretending to be Christian. No, I was being paranoid. Jayme was my friend. Is my friend, she wasn't vampire. "H-how did you figure it out? I haven't told anyone that I'm adopted."


"The eyes Lindsey, your eyes are a different color than theirs. Plus your complexion is different than theirs. You'd have to be a complete moron to think that you weren't adopted Linds." Ok I didn't think of that part. I should've given Jay more credit. "Ok, if you knew why didn't you bring it up to me Jayme? I would've told you." She raised an eyebrow at me. Jayme understood me more that I understood myself most times. "Do you honestly think if I came to you and said that, 'Hey Lindsey, I barely know you, but yea, I know you're adopted' would go over real well with you." She had me there. "Ok, you have a point, but it's not fair that you knew all this time and I didn't." "And whose fault is that Lindsey?" Crap, she got me again. "I hate it when you're right." She just smiled her teethy smile at me and skipped ahead of me. "It doesn't bother me when my little brother says it, it doesn't bother me now." Jayme was walking backwards facing me, and was about to walk right into the back of someone. I tried to stop her, but she already backed into thDave and they both came crashing down to the ground. "Oh, I'm so sorry. I'm a bit of a klutz sometimes‌oh wow." I couldn't help but laugh. I was laughing so hard that I had to put my hand over my mouth to try and hide my laughter. It was obvious that Jayme had some sort of crush on him. "I could say the same about you. What's your name sweetheart?" And in all the time that I've known Jayme she actually failed to make a complete sentence around this guy. I guess it was my civil duty to save her, plus I owed her one. "This here is my best friend Jayme. And you are‌?" "The name's Reid, but your friend here can call me whatever she wants." He said with a wink. Oh boy I wanted to throw up. This guy was so annoying, yet he looked vaguely familiar. Something about the way his hair looked, the way he carried himself was familiar, even his voice sounded familiar. Then all of a sudden my phone rang. I checked the caller ID and it showed that Crystal was calling. I hadn't given her my cell number, then I realized that Sadie must've 'borrowed' it while I was asleep. "Hello?" "Lindsey? Oh thank god I got a hold of you. You need to make sure that Ross doesn't hurt Reid!" "Wait, how do you know about Reid? Jayme and I just met him." It was like she was psychic, then that's when it clicked, Sadie must've had a vision. She was always ahead of the game, even when you didn't know what the game was. "Oh ok, tell Sadie I said thanks." "Oh, it wasn't Sadie, it was Beau. Sadie saw that Ross was going to attack someone, but Beau knew the name person that he was going to attack." Ok I was starting to like Beau, even if he didn't say much, this would be very helpful. I had to get Jayme and Reid to a non-public place as soon as possible. "Thanks Crystal for the heads up. Did either Beau or Sadie see anything else?" "Just make sure you can control Ross. Beau said that he's going to be pretty mad at him. Oh and Lindsey?" "Yea?" "Take care of yourself."


I said my goodbyes and hung up my phone. "Hey Jayme, let's go over to the park. I want to show you something I found just recently." "Uh sure Lindsey." She said with confusion. "Reid, do you want to come with us? I mean, if that's alright with you Linds." I nodded my head. Thankfully the park was a bit more secluded. "So what did you want to show me that was so important Lindsey." I was about to make something up when I saw Ross walking up behind Reid. I let out an involuntary gasp, causing both Jayme and Reid to turn around. Jayme shrugged it off, but Reid looked as if he had seen a ghost. I quickly got between the two of thDave. "R-Ross?" "Hello Reid. What? You surprised to see me after all these months?"

Lindsey POV: I was about to make something up when I saw Ross walking up behind Reid. I let out an involuntary gasp, causing both Jayme and Reid to turn around. Jayme shrugged it off, but Reid looked as if he had seen a ghost. I quickly got between the two of thDave. "R-Ross?" "Hello Reid. What? You surprised to see me after all these months?" This left Reid speechless. The more I looked back and forth at the two of thDave, the more they started looking alike. They both had dark brown hair, the sparkling lake blue eyes, and they even had the same half grin. If I didn't know any better I'd say that they were related. They had inched closer and I was struggling to keep thDave away from each other. "What I'm surprised about was that you managed to find me brother. I thought that when you ran off with that blond haired babe. What was her name again? Was it Heidi, no it was Helga, oh wait, it was Holly. Yes, you had run off with a woman you barely knew and left me for good. Or So I had thought." So I was right. They were related. But the more I looked at the two of thDave, the more they looked like twins. Of course Ross had a shaggy haired look compared to Reid's clean cut and shaved look. At least there was a way I could tell thDave apart. Then it occurred to me, it was possible that Reid didn't know that his brother was a blood-drinking vampire. I mean instead of calling that bitch, Holly, a vampire he said 'blond babe. I took the opportunity to get a peek at what color his eyes were. They were an icy blue. So it was possible he didn't know about vampires, but then I'm not a vampire, yet I know about thDave, as did Arianna. But me knowing about vampires got me in more trouble than I had realized. I wouldn't change anything though. I love my family. "Reid, there's more to it than that. I wish I could tell you, but I can't. Sad thing is, you didn't even try looking for me." Ok this confirmed my 'Reid not knowing' theory.


"Then why don't you explain Ross. I'm all ears! Oh, and I did look for you, but you were always good at never wanting to be found." I was about to try and diffuse the situation when my cell phone started to buzz. It was Sadie calling. I flipped open the phone. "Sadie, now isn't the best time. I'm kind of in the middle of something." "This isn't Sadie Lindsey, this is Beau. I wanted to give you a bit of background on the situation." Well this was new. Beau never really said much so him calling using Sadie's phone threw me off a bit. "Ok, I'm listening." "Apparently when Reid and Ross were about your age, and both were still human a girl came between thDave. Reid saw her first, but wasn't interested, but once he knew that Ross was he wanted to try and see if he could have any chance. Something to do with Ross being a lady's man. Anyway, apparently Ross ended up winning and the girl, I think they said her name was Holly, ran away together. Reid tried to look for thDave both, but was unsuccessful." It was Holly's mind control. Holly made it look like Ross fell for her and they ran away together. But then I rDaveDavebered that I met Ross when I was about five years old. He was sixteen then, and still is sixteen. If Reid was his twin brother, then shouldn't he be about eleven years older? But he looked about Jayme's and my age. "Beau, thank you for the information. It was very helpful, but could I please talk to Sadie for a minute." Something wasn't right about Reid. "This is me angel, what do ya need?" "Do you see Reid as a vampire? I mean something doesn't add up." It didn't He'd have to be a vampire to still look this young after eleven years. "Linds, if you're thinking what I think you're thinking. Then I think you're right. Reid is lying. He's a vampire." Just then I heard laughter coming from behind me. I looked over my shoulder and saw that Reid was the one laughing. "Well, it looks like you ruined my little surprise for brother dear, here. But then by the look of his eye color I would say that he is one too." "One what?" I turned to look at Jayme. Oh my god, she didn't know about vampires. I didn't want her finding out this way. I would have to plead with Reid, and have him not reveal it until I was sure that Jayme would be able to handle it. "Reid, Jayme doesn't know about vampires, can you please keep it a secret! I don't want her finding out this way." I said in a whispered tone. I checked my phone and saw that I was going to be late to dinner. I looked up at Reid and looked him in the eyes. I silently pleaded with him. "Don't worry Lindsey, I won't tell your little friend about our secret. I'll leave that tasty treat to you." He whispered to me and stalked off over to Jayme and wrapped his arm around her. "I think it's about time we get home before Davealynn and Laura beat us to death." Ross said as he walked over to me. "Do not trust a word he says Lindsey. I don't trust Reid." Oh that was comforting, I thought sarcastically to myself. Here Reid was wrapping his arm around my best friend, and I just found out that he was more than likely a vampire. The thing that threw me off was the color of his eyes. "Hey Jayme, can I talk to Reid for a minute?" I said looking straight at her. Thank goodness she got the hint and jogged to catch up with Ross.


"Ok, explain yourself! If you're a vampire, why aren't your eyes red, black or yellow?" I said in a harsh whisper, making sure that Jayme couldn't hear. "I have a gift. Well, more like two gifts. I can change my appearance, and I can sense others' gifts. Unfortunately brother dear over there doesn't seDave to have a gift. You however, you confuse me. You're not a vampire, yet your mind has some sort of shield; blocking me from seeing anything, but then that might be your subtle gift." This was news to me, but then that would explain why Sebastian couldn't read my mind. But then why could Elliott and Sadie see my future? "If you're wondering why your friends can still use their gifts on you, it's because they don't directly affect your mind." Ok, this was getting annoying. "If you know so much about me, please tell me more." "No need to get your pants in a twist Lindsey, I'm just telling you what I know." Ok, Reid was really starting to piss me off, but I knew that Jayme liked him, so I had to be nice. But the more I thought about what Beau told me about Ross and Reid, the more I understood why Reid was somewhat of a jerk when he was around Ross. So I suppose I would have to play nice. I was about to open my mouth to say something, but we reached Ross's car. I hopped in the front seat with Ross. And Jayme hopped in the back. "Aren't you coming with us?" I prayed that he would say no. I needed time to comprehend all what went on. I needed to see if I really hated him, or if I was just overwhelmed. "No, I need to get home anyway. I'll see you around Jayme." He said with a wink. Oh boy did I want to throw up. After Reid said his goodbyes we sped off towards home. "Don't you think you're going a bit too fast Ross?" I said as I gripped the seat of the car. "What, are you kidding Linds, this is invigorating, I mean, talk about an adrenaline rush!" I rolled my eyes, Jayme was my complete opposite when it came to fun, but then I guess it's true what they say; Opposites attract. I peeked at the odometer and saw that he was fastly approaching ninety miles an hour. I squeezed my eyes shut, and picture something else, maybe that would help me. "We're here." I slowly opened my eyes and saw that we were in fact back at home. I let out a sigh of relief and breathed in the fresh Iowa air. It smelt of corn, and Laura's cooking. I couldn't help but smile. Laura was the best cook. But then I always had her cooking so I was a bit biased. "What smells so good?" I pulled Jayme in close to me and whispered, "It's Laura's cooking. She is the best cook I've ever known. She could open up her own restaurant." Jayme just rolled her eyes at me. I knew that she was thinking that she would have to 'see to believe'. I walked through the door and was stunned at how much different the foyer had changed. What I was met with were loads of streamers, confetti on the floor, balloons tied into groups of threes. There were two green balloons tied with one white balloon in each group. On the dining room table there was a two-tier cake with white icing, and a green ribbon piping trim, and on top of that there was a little sign that said, 'Happy 16th Lindsey!' with a spiral tie-dye look as a background. Around the cake, there were over a dozen of gifts around it. One stood out in particular. It had green ribbon around an off-white wrapping paper. Simple, yet fancy all at once. "SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSEY!" My entire family, including Jayme yelled. I couldn't help but jump a bit. They had obviously tricked me into thinking that it was going to be a small party, and a nice quiet dinner. I guess I shouldn't have been surprised. My family loves to throw big extravagant parties. Mainly, on my behalf. Everyone was standing in the living room in a half circle in front of me. Elliott was standing over by Davealynn and David, Laura and Michael were standing in the center, Sadie was to Laura's right next to Beau, Dani, Kim and Crystal. The only two people I didn't see in here were Sebastian and Arianna. It kind of hurt.


"What's the matter darlin'? I thought you would've liked the surprise party." Elliott said, and took two steps and immediately he was in front of me, looking me in the eyes. Searching for something, but when his hand touched my cheek I jolted a bit. It was as if I were shocked with an electric current. I felt the air in my chest stop for a moment. Why was I feeling this way about Elliott? I mean, he's married to Sadie, and he probably doesn't even feel the same way about me. Wait! What in the world was I thinking! I shouldn't be thinking this way. Elliott was just my adoptive brother, nothing more. But I still couldn't explain why I felt that electric current like feeling when he touched me just now. I mean, he's touched me before, and I haven't felt this, why now? "Lindsey, Lindsey, are you alright?" "Y-yes, I'm fine, you guys got me good." I tried my best to show that I was just shocked. I even managed to get control over my Daveotions fast enough so that Elliott wouldn't notice, but I was wrong. Elliott gave me a confused look, but I chose to ignore his stare and walk over to mom and everyone else. I was met with a mixture of hugs and kisses. "Happy birthday Lindsey" "Yes, you look as beautiful as ever." "You should open my gift first Lindsey." David said with a big grin on his face. I raised an eyebrow at him, he had something up his sleeve. Even Dani was smiling at me, no, make that laughing. They had something up their sleeves, I just didn't know what exactly. "Why should I open yours first David? What did you do to it?" I said as I held him at arm's length. He just started laughing again. I decided to just shake it off. "Enough funny business Dave. It's time we opened all the presents." Sadie said all bubbly. I wonder how it's possible to have so much energy. I mean, she sees the future, I mean it would get old fast knowing what happens before it does. Then it occurred to me, that that's probably why Beau acts so withdrawn from everyone else. I was starting to have more respect for the strong silent vampire. "Open Michael and Laura's gift first." Sadie said as she handed me a small rectangular-shaped box with pink wrapping paper and it had a white ribbon tied around it. When I opened it I was stunned. They had gotten me a necklace with a strange looking pendent on it. As I rubbed my thumb across it I felt all the detailed etching. "It's the Hanovern family crest dear, I think..I mean we think it's about time that you have a symbol showing that you're a true Hanovern." I was speechless. I knew that I was a Hanovern, but for some reason, having this necklace was a symbol that I did, in fact, belong here. "I‌I don't know what to say‌other than, Thank you both so much." I leaped and gave thDave a tight hug, well as tight as a human can give a vampire. Then of course Sadie shoved David's present into my arms. It was wrapped in South Park thDaveed wrapping paper. I should've been surprised, but then it's David so I wasn't. I ripped it off the paper and opened the box, and inside of the box was another box. This went on for a couple more times until I came to find NCIS season 6 in the last box. I was shocked. How did he know that I wanted that? Yes, I'm addicted to NCIS, but I don't watch it as much as I used to. It was actually thoughtful of him. I couldn't help but smile when I saw it. "Thank you so much David, I love it." I said then gave him a kiss on the cheek. And if vampires could blush David would be a light pink. "Aw shucks Lindsey, it was nothing." Just then Dani elbowed him in the side, and since obviously he wasn't expecting it he flinched a bit. "Oh, and Dani helped me with the idea." He said as he turned to glare at her. I thought I was done with the presents, but Crystal, Kim, and Beau had something that they wanted to give me. Crystal ran into another room and came back in with a rather large box. It was about as tall as I was, but it was as wide as a mirror. "This gift if from all of us to you Lindsey. You've been like family to us, and we just wanted to show you how much we care. Plus, I think Daisy would like this present too." Just then Daisy came running in and started barking. Mom picked her up and held her in her arms while I figured out how to open the box.


I finally just ripped open the box and what was inside took me by surprise. It was a collapsible dog bed for Daisy with a canopy cover. Also, there were books, and just any books, they were first edition everything. These were collector's itDaves, worth millions. Some of the books' pages looked so brittle I didn't even want to touch thDave. "Thank you all so much," I said as I hugged each of thDave. I hugged Crystal a bit longer than the others to show my thanks for the phone call earlier. "And Lindsey, now it's time for your final and the best present a sixteen year old girl could ask for. I think we should all head outside." That was weird, why did we need to go outside for my present? Unless my present was….no….it couldn't be. I was ushered outside by my entire family, and now extended family to the front porch. I didn't see anything outside. "Your present will be visible in 4…3….2…1….now!" Just then I saw an orange dot coming over the horizon. As it inched closer I saw that it was getting ready to speed down our driveway. Was this my gift? No, they couldn't have bought me a car, and a new one at that. I was about to say something, but the orange car came to a screeching halt. No, scratch that, it was an orange 2010 Honda Civic. This was a brand new car, and it was mine, all mine. I couldn't wipe the grin that I knew was forming across my face. It was the most beautiful thing I could've asked for, but then I thought about it, and I really didn't deserve a new car, I didn't even have my license yet. "This is the most beautiful car ever you guys, but I don't even have my license yet." I said as I walked over to the car. Then Sebastian popped out of the car and zipped to the trunk and pulled out what looked like to be a wheelchair, then zip over to the passenger side. He then helped Arianna out of the car and into her wheelchair. I couldn't help but smile at the fact that they were able to make up. And if I didn't know any better I'd say that Sebastian just gave Ari a quick peck on the lips and pushed her up the rest of the driveway. "So, what do you think Linds?" I was speechless, I loved it. I loved the color, I loved the model, I loved that fact that it was all mine, but I couldn't help but feel guilty because it had to of cost a lot of money. "IsaLindsey Marie Donovan, why in the Lord's name are you feeling guilty for? Today is all about you, it's your birthday!" I couldn't help but blush. I hated it when they used my full name against me, especially when I was in 'trouble'. "It's just that you guys spent way too much money on me, and I don't deserve all of this attention." I said as I blushed and felt my face start to get warm. "Go on Lindsey, go sit in it." Mom urged me as I just stood there motionless. I walked over to the car, not trusting my legs to run, and opened the car door and sat down in my new car. It felt weird to say my new car, but in a good way. I hollered for Jayme to come and get in. She didn't need to be told twice, and came running and hopped in beside me. "I cannot believe that your family all pitched in and were able to buy such a sweet ride Linds. I am totally jealous now." She said with mocking tone to let me know that she wasn't really mad at me. "Ok, you two, let's go in and have some cake and dinner before it gets too stale." I didn't need to be told twice and I hopped out of the car and hit the lock button twice to turn on the car alarm. And walked inside with Jayme by my side. Nothing could possibly go wrong. "Lindsey, it's getting late, maybe you and Jayme should get some sleep, I'm sure you two have big plans for tomorrow." That was code for it was time for us to go upstairs so the family could go hunt without letting Jayme know what was going on. I rolled my eyes and motioned for Jayme to come with me. I picked up Daisy and we went upstairs. "So what's your problDave with that Reid guy anyway?"


"W-what do you mean?" I knew I was busted. I could try and lie, but Jayme knew that I sucked at lying. "You know what exactly what I mean Lindsey Donovan. You and I both know that you suck at lying." Crap, she caught me. I would have to tell her the truth. Not the part about that my entire family are vampires, including Reid, just the part where I didn't like him. "It's nothing really. I just trust him. I mean, he seDaveed really attached to you right away." "Lindsey, don't worry, I'm a big girl, and it's not like I'm going to run off and marry the man. I just thought he was cute. I don't have any plans other than getting to know him." I guess that helped me relax a bit. As the night went on and we sat up and watched a lot of TV, it was time to get some sleep and I tossed Jayme a few pillows and a blanket and laid my head down on the pillow. For a minute I thought that Daisy had disappeared again, but then I rDaveDavebered that Jayme and I had put together her own dog bed and she was asleep inside of it. I loved that they rDaveDavebered that my favorite color is green. It was a plush green bed with a sheer green canopy cover. "Lindsey, it's a bit stuffy in here. Are you allowed to open your window at all?" I nodded my head and flipped on the light. I walked over to the window and peeked outside and saw Sebastian, Laura, Mom, and David running out into the night. Apparently it was their turn to go hunting. I opened the window a few inches and saw that there was a small breeze. "Better Jayme?" She just nodded her head and I walked back over and flipped the light off and went back to bed. Sleep came easy for me. But then I heard a noise come from outside. My eyes snapped open and looked around the room without lifting my head. I didn't see anything. I heard the window slide up a bit more. I decided to be brave and sat up in my bed. It took everything I had to keep from letting out a scream. Standing at the foot of my bed was my worst nightmare, well one of thDave at least. I opened my mouth, but was stopped. "Ah, ah, ah. We wouldn't want anything happening to your little sleeping friend here would we?" The mysterious voice said as she pointed towards Jayme. Next to Jayme's head I saw two large feet. I followed the feet up and saw that it was that same man from when we first moved here to Iowa. I shook my head no. "Good girl, now, I am only hear to rDaveind you that we have not forgotten about you IsaLindsey Donovan. You will be turned one way or another, so don't think otherwise." I wanted to say something, anything, but I couldn't find my voice. "Now you can say something IsaLindsey." I took a breath. "Get. Away. From. My. Friend!" I said enunciating every word. "I know that I have to be changed in two years, and I don't need you and 'Killer' over there rDaveinding me. Now if you don't mind I need to go sleep, and I would prefer if you go out the way you came in." I was stunned with myself. I had said more than I had anticipated. I even sounded stronger than I actually felt. "Wow, little IsaLindsey has a voice, well Aro will enjoy that. Come on Sebastian. We need to get back and get my twenty dollars from Jane." Chelsea stormed out of my room and went out the window. Sebastian followed her, but turned back to me and gave me an evil look and stormed out after his mate. I threw my head back and let out a sigh. Some birthday this turned out to be. Everything was perfect, nothing went wrong, then I had to be rDaveinded that I had only two more years of being human. "Lindsey, you have some explaining to do. Please tell me who in god's name just went out the window, and why do you need to be turned?"

Elliott POV: ( before Lindsey's birthday party)


"How do we even know she's going to like this surprise party? I thought she hated surprises." David had a point, Lindsey hated surprises, she especially hated when she was the center of attention. I think it made her feel intimidated, or something close to that nature. Sadie was acting more and more strange lately. It was like she was keeping something from me, something that she didn't want me to know. All I could get from her Daveotions were that she was intent on keeping whatever she was hiding a secret. "Sadie, when will Lindsey be home?" Michael asked as he was hanging up some streamer that Laura was handing him. "She'll be back in about fifteen minutes‌..oh no!" We all turned our attention to Sadie. She had the glazed look in her eyes. She was having a vision. I had gotten so used to Sadie's visions that I could almost tell when she was going to have one even before she did, but then we spent a lot of time together as well; almost too much time. I didn't get to spend much time with Lindsey as she was growing up as I wish I could've. I didn't blame anyone though really. I just wish I could've spent more time with her. "What's wrong Sadie? What did you see sweetheart?" "I saw Ross, he was with Lindsey and Jayme, and with someone who looked similar to him. When Ross got there he attacked the stranger. I can't tell why, but something felt wrong about the whole situation." I needed to go and protect Lindsey from Ross' recklessness. Something felt off, I just couldn't put my finger on it. "It wouldn't be wise to go off and try to play hero Elliott. Let Lindsey calm the situation. I've seen it and she'll be able. You and your family don't really give her enough credit. Crystal, go ahead and call and let Lindsey know that Ross will be showing up pretty soon." Who in the hell does Beau think he is? How dare he even think I would overreact? I know how to control Daveotions, especially my own. David nudged me in my side, causing me to snap out of my thoughts. "Dude, you're starting to project your anger, you need to chillax." This was one of many things I hated about my 'curse', or 'gift' as Sadie and Michael called thDave. I hated being able to know what everyone is feeling. Especially when Davealynn and David would feel 'lust' for one another, it made me want to vomit. "Lindsey? Oh thank god I got a hold of you. You need to make sure that Ross doesn't hurt Reid!" Thank god Crystal was able to get a hold of Lindsey. I can't believe Ross would let his past get in the way of his judgment, and Lindsey safety. If he really cared about Lindsey he would go off half-cocked because of a vision that Sadie had. He better have a good reason. "Wait, how do you know about Reid? Jayme and I just met him." Thank goodness for my sensitive hearing, I could tell that it was in fact Lindsey on the phone. I could sense that she was nervous, but calm all at the same time. That was new to me, I've never been very good at sensing Daveotions over a phone call. I guess spending so much time around Lindsey, I was able to be attuned to her, but I wasn't like that with anyone else in my family; not even to Sadie. "Oh ok, tell Sadie I said thanks." She must've caught on that Sadie had had a vision. I loved how observant she had become. I still rDaveDavebered when she caught onto what we are at a very young age. That's when the whole mess with Holly came about. I still rDaveDaveber when we thought that we got rid of her back in Ireland, but she resurfaced back in New York, and with a few more tricks. She almost got Lindsey, but thankfully Ross and I made it to her just in time. "Oh, it wasn't Sadie, it was Beau. Sadie saw that Ross was going to attack someone, but Beau knew the name person that he was going to attack." "Thanks Crystal for the heads up. Did either Beau or Sadie see anything else?" "Just make sure you can control Ross. Beau said that he's going to be pretty mad at him. Oh and Lindsey?"


"Yea?" "Take care of yourself." I was somewhat calmer after informing her about what has happened. "Well, I think we should continue to decorate for Lindsey's party. It will help keep our minds occupied." For once I was all for what Michael had planned. I needed something to keep me somewhat sane while Lindsey was out with Ross and this other character. "She's going to be fine Elliott, she's a big girl." I attDavepted to smile at Sadie's attDavept to cheer me up, but I couldn't help but think that something wasn't right about the situation. I couldn't put my finger on it, but I knew something wasn't right. "Elly, can I see you in the other room?" I followed Sadie upstairs and into my study. Something in the tone of her voice was making me nervous, and I don't normally feel nervous, well, at least this nervous. If I were human right now, I'd be pretty close to throwing up. "Elly, I have a confession to make. See, you know I love you with all my heart right?" I was confused but I nodded my head yes. "Of course you love me, and I love you too." Why was she acting like this? She knew that I loved her, she knew that she and I were meant for each other. Was she hiding something from me? "Sadie, Lindsey wants to talk to you. I filled her in on Ross's past. Let me tell you, it's a doosie. I'll tell you about it later." Sadie had a sparkling glint in her eyes, which were non-existent tears, but she wiped her eyes anyway. That was one of the drawbacks to being a vampire, you would never be able to shed any actual tears. She took the phone from Beau's hand and put it up to her ear. What did she want to tell me that was so important? Now I was really starting to want to know what was going on with her. "This is me Angel, what do you need?" Sadie said as she continued to wipe tears from her eyes that were still coming. Whatever she wanted to tell me, had her really upset. I sent her calming waves. She turned to glance at me with her topaz eyes and gave me a warm smile, but I could still see a few tears. "Do you see Reid as a vampire? I mean something doesn't add up." Sadie's eyes glaze over for a minute. It sometimes scared me when her topaz eyes would go to an almost milky white color. "Linds, if you're thinking what I think you're thinking, then I think you're right. Reid is lying. He's a vampire." This made me even more worried now. Here Lindsey was out with an unknown vampire, and a cocky vampire who thought he could protect anyone he sets his mind to. Instinctively I started to growl just thinking of all the bad outcomes of what could happen to Lindsey. Then I felt a light touch on my shoulder. I turned to see that Sadie had put her pale hand on my shoulder and just gave me a meek smile. "She'll be fine Elliott. She's a Hanovern after all, right?" She said with a wink. She had a point, she was one of us, even if she wasn't a vampire, and she was and always will be part of this family. "We better get back downstairs and finish helping decorate for Lindsey's party. I see thDave returning home in about ten minutes." Leave it to Sadie to ease the tension of what's going on with a party, especially Lindsey's party. Sadie and Beau left my over crowded study, but I chose to stay behind . I wanted to take some time alone to think about what Sadie was trying to tell me. She's never that Daveotional, she's always so bubbly, and hyper. She knows how to make everyone smile. "Elliott, you better get down here." Sadie said just as I heard the car coming up the gravel drive. I took a deep breath and zipped downstairs and saw the finished product of Sadie's handy work. I knew that Lindsey would like it. There were a lot of green and blue streamers, Lindsey's favorite colors.


We were all doing last minute details, when I heard a car door slam shut. "What smells so good?" It was obviously Jayme's voice. Lindsey's voice had a more….angelic tone to it. Every time she spoke it was as if the angels were singing. Wait, why was I thinking this way about Lindsey? I was supposed to be love with Sadie. No, I mean I am in love with Sadie, and am happily married to her. We gathered around the foyer as we heard the door knob jiggle as it was being opened. "On three we yell surprise…..1..2…3…" 'SURPRISE! HAPPY BIRTHDAY LINDSEY!' We all yelled, including Jayme. She had been in on the surprise part of the party, she wanted to be a part of Lindsey's party as much as possible. Lindsey jumped a bit at the sudden noise. She smiled, but I could sense that she was a bit annoyed, Davebarrassment, and was that…..sadness? Why would she feel any sadness? This party was for her, and to celebrate the day of her birth. I had to know why she felt this way. I zipped over to her to see what was wrong. "What's the matter darlin', I thought you would've liked the surprise party." I then cradled her cheek in my hand, and at the sudden touch I felt an electric spark between my hand and her cheek. She must've felt it too because I could hear her heart skip a few beats. I made her heart skip a few beats? That was somewhat poetic, and rather endearing. I smiled to myself, but I couldn't let anyone else know what I was feeling. I shouldn't even be feeling this feeling. Sadie POV (only for a few paragraphs): I should've been jealous the way Elliott was looking at Lindsey, but all I felt was happiness, for the both of thDave, that they had been able to find such happiness. I mean, Elliott of course was happy and in love with me too, we apparently we not soul mates. Elliott was lucky enough to find his at such a young age, I found mine as well, and it's just that Beau hasn't figured that out yet. "Lindsey, Lindsey, are you alright?" Elliott said as he looked into her eyes, I couldn't help but feel happy that they had been able to find each other, even if neither of thDave knew it yet. I guess this was one of the perks of being a psychic, you could help people find who they will spend the rest of their life with, and Elliott and Lindsey were no exception. "Y-yes, I'm fine. You guys got me good." She said with a smile that looked pretty fake. I could tell that she was upset about something, and I didn't need to be Elliott to figure that out. What that was, I couldn't be sure. Elliott POV: I could tell that Lindsey wasn't telling the truth when she said that she was fine. "Happy birthday Lindsey." "Yes, you look beautiful as ever." "You should open my gift first Lindsey." David said with a big grin on his face. I raised an eyebrow at him, as did Lindsey. I've been around David long enough to know when he had something up his sleeve. Even Dani was smiling at Lindsey, no, make that snickering. They had something up their sleeves, I just didn't know what exactly. "Why should I open yours first David? What did you do to it?" Lindsey said as she held David at arm's length. He just started laughing again. I thought it'd be best to just ignore him, as best as I could./ "Enough funny business Dave. It's time we opened all the presents." Sadie said all bubbly. I chuckled to myself thinking about how she's able to have so much energy all the time. I mean I know that we don't need to sleep and things like that, but if it were me, I don't know how I could be so cheerful when I knew what was going to happen before it happened. Then it occurred to me, Beau could see the future too. I guess every vampire takes to their gift in different ways.


"Open Michael and Laura's gift first." Sadie said as she handed her a small rectangular-shaped box with pink wrapping paper and it had a white ribbon tied around it. When Lindsey opened it I could see that she was stunned, and her Daveotions told me that she was so intrigued with the pendent . They had gotten Lindsey her a Hanovern family crest that was attached to a gold plated necklace. She was studying the detail of the crest, and I was rDaveinded of how observant she was growing up, hell, she found out what we really are at the age of five! "It's the Hanovern family crest dear, I think..I mean we think it's about time that you have a symbol showing that you're a true Hanovern." I smiled at the gesture Michael and Laura made to Lindsey. She smiled even wider and her face got even brighter. "I…I don't know what to say…other than, Thank you both so much." She said as she leaped and gave Michael and Laura a tight hug, well as tight as a human can give a vampire. Then of course Sadie shoved David's present into Lindsey's arms. It was wrapped in South Park thDaveed wrapping paper. I wasn't all too surprised, but then it's David so that was to be expected. Lindsey ripped off the wrapping paper and opened the box, and inside of the box was another box. This went on for a couple more times until she finally found NCIS season 6 in the last box. I sensed that she was a little shocked. She was also wondering how did he know that she wanted that. It was a bit strange that I was able to get all that just from her Daveotions alone. I guess I was more attuned that I had originally thought. "Thank you so much David, I love it." Lindsey said as she gave him a kiss on the cheek. And if vampires could blush David would be a light pink. And I couldn't help but feel a bit jealous, I wish I could stop feeling this way, I was married to Sadie for the love of god. "Aw shucks Lindsey, it was nothing." David said as he acted all shy, which we all knew was an act of course. Just then Dani elbowed him in the side, and since obviously he wasn't expecting it he flinched a bit. "Oh, and Dani helped me with the idea." He said as he turned to glare at her. Crystal ran into another room and came back in with a rather large box. It was about as tall as Lindsey, but it was as wide as a mirror. "This gift if from all of us to you Lindsey. You've been like family to us, and we just wanted to show you how much we care. Plus, I think Daisy would like this present too." Just then Daisy came running in and started barking. Davealynn picked her up and held her in her arms while Lindsey stood there and tried to figure out how to open the box. Lindsey finally just ripped open the box and what was inside took her by surprise, from what I could get off her Daveotions. It was a collapsible dog bed for Daisy with a canopy cover. Also, there were books, and not just any books, they were first edition everything. These were collector's itDaves, worth millions. Some of the books' pages looked so brittle, as if they were from the actual time they were originally published. "Thank you all so much," She said as she hugged each of thDave. "And Lindsey, now it's time for your final and the best present a sixteen year old girl could ask for. I think we should all head outside." Davealynn said as she walked out the door, leading everyone outside to the big front porch. Lindsey seDaveed a bit anxious, so I sent her waves of calm and content. She glanced over to me and smiled a small smile. "Your present will be visible in 4…3….2…1….now!" Sadie said as she looked at the clock on her cell phone. Lindsey's heart beat started to accelerate, and her Daveotions were all over the place thinking about what this present could be. I sent her more calm waves, she just glanced at me and gave me a smirk as a thank you. I was about to say something, but the orange car came to a screeching halt. No, scratch that, it was an orange 2010 Honda Civic. This was a brand new car, and I could sense content, and happiness, that I didn't have to send her way. Lindsey couldn't wipe the grin that was forming across her face. She was so thankful for the gift, and was walking around the car taking it all in, but then I sensed a little bit of doubt, about herself, from what I could tell. "This is the most beautiful car ever you guys, but I don't even have my license yet." she said as she walked around to the driver's side door. Then Sebastian popped out of the car and zipped to the trunk and pulled out what looked like to be a wheelchair, then zipped over to the passenger side. He then helped Arianna out of the car and into her wheelchair. "So, what do you think Linds?" Lindsey didn't say much, I felt guilt, but at the same time she was happy that she had received the card. "IsaLindsey Marie Donovan, why in the Lord's name are you feeling guilty for? Today is all about you, it's your birthday!" She couldn't help but blush. I knew that she hated it when we used her full name against her.


"It's just that you guys spent way too much money on me, and I don't deserve all of this attention." She said as she blushed again. For some reason I liked to see her blush. Lindsey touched her face and felt that she was getting a bit warm. "Go on Lindsey, go sit in it." Davealynn urged her, since she was just standing there motionless. Lindsey walked over to the car, not trusting her legs to run apparently, and opened the car door and sat down in her brand new car. Lindsey hollered for Jayme to come and get in. She didn't need to be told twice, and came running and hopped in beside her. "I cannot believe that your family all pitched in and were able to buy such a sweet ride, Linds. I am totally jealous now." She said with mocking tone to let Lindsey know that she wasn't really mad at her from what I could hear.. "Ok, you two, let's go in and have some cake and dinner before it gets too stale." Laura said while motioning for all of us to come in. After Lindsey's birthday dinner we sat around and watched TV. Mainly we watched Lindsey's new NCIS season. I was actually getting into this series, it was a very good series, I liked all the main characters, but I think I liked Ducky most of all. I loved to hear all his monologues. They were all rather interesting to hear. "I still don't get why she loves this show so much, I mean Abby's style could use some work." Sadie said playfully. Abby's style was all her own, she dressed the way she wanted, and didn't really listen to what anyone else said about her style. "What's not to get Ally? I happen to like her style, well, except for the black lipstick, that's a bit too far." Dani said as she was eating from a bowl of popcorn. "Lindsey, it's getting late, maybe you and Jayme should get some sleep, I'm sure you two have big plans for tomorrow." Davealynn said in her motherly tone, which was also to let her know that it was time for us to go hunting and that Lindsey should get Jayme upstairs and out of sight. Lindsey rolled her eyes and motioned for Jayme to go follow her upstairs. "So what's your problDave with that Reid guy anyway?" Jayme said a she followed up the stairs "W-what do you mean?" Lindsey was sure to be caught. She always stutters a bit when she was trying to lie. I guess you could say that that's a good thing, but I think Lindsey would disagree. "You know what exactly what I mean Lindsey Donovan. You and I both know that you suck at lying." We heard Lindsey let out a sigh, and wrestle with what she was trying to say. "It's nothing really. I just don't trust him. I mean, he seDaveed really attached to you right away." "Lindsey, don't worry, I'm a big girl, and it's not like I'm going to run off and marry the man. I just thought he was cute. I don't have any plans other than getting to know him." From what I could tell, she relaxed a bit after hearing that. She was glad that Jayme wasn't going to go run off with this Reid person. I was glad too, I was glad they both were back home and safe from danger. After awhile of talking and watching television, Dani, Beau, Crystal, Arianna, and Kim said their goodbyes and got in their cars and left for their own home across the Iowa state lines into South Dakota. "Ok, since the girls are upstairs, I think it's time that we all hunt. David, Laura, Sebastian and I will go first. Then we'll switch off. We shouldn't be gone too long." Davealynn said to the rest of us. After they left into the woods, I turned on the television, and Sadie turned it back off. "Elly, I would like to finish what I was going to say earlier‌" I gave her a confused look, but nodded my head. "Ok Sadie, go ahead." Tears started to form around the brim of her eyes again.


"I love you with all my heart, and I know that you love me too. It's‌.it's just I had a vision a few months back, and well, I saw you and I with different people." I was confused, what did Sadie mean by that? Who did she see me with that would cause her this much pain. "W-who did you see me happy with Sadie? What aren't you telling me? You've never kept any of your visions from me, why start now?" I came off madder than I really was, but I just wanted answers. "What I saw Elliott, was you and Lindsey together, and happily in love. So much so that it pales in comparison to our love. I will always love you Elliott, you know that right?" I was about deny everything she said just then. Why didn't she tell me all this when she first saw it? "I didn't tell you Elliott, because I knew that you didn't even know you felt that way about Lindsey, but I knew tonight was the best time to tell you because, well, because I saw the way you looked at her Elliott, and I saw nothing but care, and love in your eyes." I was speechless, I have been feeling that way for a long time and didn't know it? How in the hell hadn't I seen this sooner? I hated to see Sadie upset, but her Daveotions told me that she was relieved, not angry, or sad, she was relieved that I had been able to find someone who loved me and saw me for me. The more I thought about it the more it made sense. Whenever I was around her, my thirst for human blood diminished almost completely. And when she looked at me, I'd all but melt where I stood if I weren't a vampire. I couldn't help but feel somewhat guilty for doing this to Sadie. "I am not angry with you Elliott. I am nothing but happy that you were able to find someone that has been able to bring out the side that I knew was always there. I am also glad that it's Lindsey. You two deserve each other." Sadie said with a small smile as she patted my hand with hers. "Ah, ah, ah. We wouldn't want anything happening to your little sleeping friend here would we?" I started to growl. I knew that voice, what in god's name was Chelsea doing here‌and Sebastian? We still had two years until we had to decide what to do about Lindsey's humanity. "Elliott, no! Chelsea isn't going to hurt her, besides that what they're expecting, we need to stay put until they leave. That bitch, Chelsea, and her dog, Sebastian, won't stay too much longer anyway." I had to listen to Sadie, I didn't want Chelsea to take Lindsey and friend, Jayme, hostage. I sat as still as I could on the couch. Thankfully, Sadie kept me distracted by flipping on the television and switching it to the History Channel. "Good girl, now, I am only hear to rDaveind you that we have not forgotten about you IsaLindsey Donovan. You will be turned one way or another, so don't think otherwise." I wanted nothing better than to run up there and rip the both of thDave to shreds and burn their rDaveains to ashes. "Now you can say something IsaLindsey." We heard Lindsey take a breath. "Get. Away. From. My. Friend!" She said enunciating every word. "I know that I have to be changed in two years, and I don't need you and 'Killer' over there rDaveinding me. Now if you don't mind I need to go sleep, and I would prefer if you go out the way you came in." I was happily surprised at how stern and forceful Lindsey sounded just now in the face of utter danger. "Wow, little IsaLindsey has a voice, well Aro will enjoy that. Come on Sebastian. We need to get back and get my twenty dollars from Jane." Sadie and I heard her open Lindsey's window, and Chelsea stormed out of Lindsey's room and went out the window. Sebastian followed her, but turned back apparently and growled at her. I grew stiff and wanted to run up there, but Sadie was able to keep me calm. Lindsey let out a sigh and fell back onto her pillow. "Lindsey, you have some explaining to do. Please tell me who in god's name just went out the window, and why do you need to be turned?" Jayme said in an annoyed tone, which matched her Daveotions as well. I looked to Sadie and she just nodded her head. I zipped upstairs and didn't bother knocking, and ripped the door open. "Would someone please explain to me what the hell just went on in here, and don't either of you lie to me!" I sent Jayme calming waves and she glared at me.


"What in the hell was that? Who are you people? Lindsey, you better start talking, or I'm gone!" She glanced over at me and I nodded my head. She might as well know about us, especially since she was Lindsey's best friend, and hopefully she would be able to keep a secret. "I don't think I can tell you, Jayme." "Why the hell not? I thought we were friends Linds." Jayme said with the look of disgust on her face. "I can't tell you, because it's not my secret to tell." She said as she glanced over to me. I took an unneeded breath and plopped down next to Lindsey. "Do you believe in fairy tales Jayme?" "What, like fairies, witches, warlocks, nymphs, things like that?" I laughed to myself, I would've thought she was smarter than this. "Ok maybe I should be more specific. I meant, do you believe in mythical creatures? Things like that." "You mean like werewolves, vampires, unicorns, and things like that?" Jayme said as she scratched her head in confusion. "Yea, those kinds of things. I want to show you something‌" I waited a few seconds and then whispered, "Sadie, can you come here please." Jayme was about to say something but Sadie must've caught onto what I was getting at because she zipped in and stood next to me. "W-what are you guys?" "We're vampires Jayme, but don't worry, we only feed on animals. We don't drink human blood." Jayme just sat there with her mouth hanging open. "Jayme, are you alright?" Jayme just sat there, then all of a sudden, Jayme's eyes rolled back and she passed out from apparent shock. "Don't worry you two, she'll be fine, it's from the shock, she'll wake up in a few minutes."

Lindsey POV: I still couldn't believe that Elliott just flat out told Jayme their secret, and not much beating around the bush. I was actually somewhat worried now. That was one more person that knew about vampires, and if either Chelsea, or the The Council found out about her they would either kill her on the spot, or change her. I don't think either was a good choice at the moment. "Sadie, when will she wake up?" I said as I was lightly tapping her cheek. "She should wake up in a few minutes, don't worry, it was just from pure shock, and when she wakes up she'll just think it was a practical joke to get back at her for knowing about the surprise party." Well in a way that was a good. It saved her from the same fate that I was in for when I turned eighteen, but I actually welcomed it. I would be able to stay with my family forever now and not be taken away from thDave again. "Elly, why don't you go see if Davealynn and the others are back yet, I'll stay here with Lindsey and Jayme." He looked at Sadie weird for a minute, but then nodded once and was out of the room. Why was he acting so strange lately? But I would have to worry about that later. "I had the strangest dream, Elliott and Sadie told me that they were blood-sucking vampires, and I actually believed thDave. Oh wait, that wasn't a dream was it, Lindsey." I shook my head no. "Oh then it must've been a practical joke that you tried to get back at me. I'll say that you got me good Lindsey. I can't actually believed you guys." Jayme said as she started to laugh a bit. Sadie was right once again, Jayme didn't believe a word Elliott had just told her. I couldn't decide if I was happy or a little unnerved by that. I mean I was glad that she doesn't have to worry about who my family really is, but I hate that I have to keep such a huge secret from her. But I want to make sure that I was able to keep her safe no matter what. Even if that meant that I had to lie to her, hell, my family did that to me, but I found out anyway.


Hopefully that won't happen with Jayme. "Yea, you caught on, nothing gets passed you Jayme." I said with a big ass grin on my face. She knew I was kidding around when I would have a huge smile on my face. "I think it's time for you two to get some sleep, Jayme's flight is leaving early in the morning." Elliott was unfortunately right. Jayme would be leaving tomorrow, and we would have to go back to video chats, and instant messaging. I wish Jayme would've been able to stay longer, but her mom agreed to her only staying for my birthday then leaving the next day. That really sucked, because I thought at for once I would have someone to that I actually knew quite well to hang around with, but I suppose that wasn't going to happen. Her mom was always a bit strict, especially what with her younger twin brothers just now learning how to walk and running all over the house. The boys were a handful for her and her mom to take care of, and what with her dad always off on business trips she tried to help her mom, but her mom was one of the types of people who felt that they could do things on their own. I guess you could say that she was a bit bull-headed when it came to asking for help. I guess Jayme and her mom were more alike than the cared to realize. After everything was taken care of Elliott and Sadie left us to go back to sleep, but Elliott gave me a knowing look as he made his way over to my open window. "We better keep this closed for now. Wouldn't want you two to catch a cold." He said while the entire time looking at me. I knew exactly why he wanted it closed, and I could say I blamed him. I don't think I had it in me to deal with more unwanted guests tonight. I pulled my green plaid covers up over myself up to my chest. I was unnaturally cold this evening. Sadie had made a sneaky exit, and Jayme was already back asleep. She was always good at that, she'd be asleep within seconds and it would take me a few good minutes to go to sleep. Elliott walked over and flipped the light off and zipped over to my bed, and leaned down to kiss my forehead. I was shocked to feel that same electric spark that I felt earlier today. It's not that I didn't like it, I was intrigued by it. I almost starved for it. But why was it coming from Elliott? I mean, the sensation I felt from it was that of something a person would feel getting a kiss from that of a lover. Wait, why was I thinking this way about Elliott and I? Elliott and I are just very close, I mean he saved my life all those years ago, and for that I am eternally grateful. But that doesn't explain all these feelings that are starting to stir inside of me. "Good night darlin', have sweet dreams." Elliott said as he kissed my forehead again, this time I gasped softly at his touch, it was ice cold, yes, because of him being technically 'dead', but there was that same spark I felt earlier. What did it mean, and what was I going to do about it? Before I knew it though, sleep came easily to me. "God bless it Lindsey, Jayme's flight leaves in two hours get up and get dressed!" Sadie all but screamed from my bedroom door. I groaned a bit as I rolled around in bed. I must've slept too hard, because when I opened my eyes I had to squeeze thDave shut from all the bright light the clear window was letting in. "I'm up, I'm up. Calm down Ally. I'll be down in a minute." I said in a regular voice, since Jayme was not in the room I knew that Sadie would be able to hear me just fine in a normal speaking voice. I got dressed and put on a green shirt that faded into blue at the bottom of the shirt, and a plain 'ol pair of blue jeans. I slipped on my green chucks and hurried down the stairs carefully. When I got downstairs I smelled a mixture of blueberry pancakes and scrambled eggs. It was one of my favorite breakfast meals Laura would make for me. I assumed that this was my birthday breakfast part two since Jayme was leaving. "Wow Laura, you should open up your own restaurant. Your food is amazing!" Jayme said in between bites. I couldn't help but laugh at the sight of Jayme she had crumbs all over her shirt, and was talking with her mouth full, but then, that's why I loved her. She wasn't afraid to be herself even when she was around people she barely even knew, which used to include my family, but it looks like now she knows thDave somewhat better. "I've told her plenty of times Jayme, Laura's not going to listen. She's more into interior design." Which was true, she even assisted mom and Sadie with decorating my room for me. She even thought about opening up her own personal


business, but what with being a vampire, and helping take care of a sixteen year old human girl, there wasn't much time for her to even try to go after her dream. That's when I knew that I would do whatever it takes to give Laura her dream of starting her own interior design business. "Aw Lindsey, that's so sweet, and I see that it will work. Don't worry I won't tell Laura, and here, this person will be able to help you too. Don't worry I'm going to go meet with him, I just want you to know where I'm going." That was odd, then why even tell me who she was going to meet if I wasn't to go myself, but then that must've meant that it was too dangerous for me to go. That was getting very old. I was almost as old as my family; I think I could take care of myself. I rolled my eyes at Sadie's attDavept to keep me safe, and opened the piece of paper. J. Jenks I wondered what the first letter stood for. "The name is not of importance Lindsey; just know that I will get all the needed papers to help you open up Laura's own business." I was somewhat shocked, but not as much as I should've been. I mean, when I wanted something my family would drop whatever they were doing at the drop of a hat and help me in whatever way I needed. I loved that my family loved me so much to do whatever I needed, but at the same time I felt like a burden when they would drop what they were doing if I needed their help. But then the more I thought about it the more I knew they did it only because they loved me so much. "Ok, ok, Sadie, you win. I didn't really think that this was going to happen so fast, but I guess now is a good a time as any, right? Oh crap, Jayme we gotta go, you're gonna miss your flight if we don't hurry." I hugged Sadie and leaped out of my chair. I grabbed Jayme by her arm and pulled her along behind me. "Lindsey, slow down, I'm already packed. Now, let go of me and let me finish my cereal." I let go of her instantly, I didn't want to get between Jayme and her food, that's a battle I knew that I could not win. Now, I'm not calling her fat, I'm just saying that Jayme is one of those people who enjoy food when they see it. Attention! Flight 111 now boarding. Attention, flight 111 now boarding for New York City. That was Jayme's cue to leave for home, well, her home. I can't believe that it's already time for her to leave me. "You better be on your yahoo messenger later Linds, I'm gonna freaking miss you! You should come and visit, everyone would love to see you again B." It was nice of Jayme to invite me, but I wasn't sure if I could go back, I mean, I know that I have friends there, but I haven't even had the chance to even make friends here yet, but then I haven't relay made the effort either. That was going to change though; I was going to make some new friends. I gave Jayme one last hug and held her at arm's length. "You better write me, Jay I miss you already." I said with tears in my eyes. I knew that this was going to be hard, but I never knew it would hurt this bad to say goodbye to one of the people I've grown close to outside of my family. Jayme walked off towards the gate, and took one last look over her shoulder. I waved, while trying to put a believable smile on my face, but even Elliott knew that I wasn't alright. He took me into a half hug and gently squeezed my shoulder to let me know that he cared and that he was there for me. "I'm going to miss her Ell." "I know Linds, I know." And that's all Elliott had to say. He didn't have to say much, I knew that he meant what he said. Just then he kissed me on the head. Yes, it was an innocent kiss, but for some reason it felt like it meant something more to me. I shook it off and walked out of the Airport and to the parking garage that was attached to it. "Do you think when we get home I could maybe just take a walk with Daisy? We won't go far this time I promise." Elliott just chuckled at me. "Linds, you don't have to worry, if you wonder off Sadie or Beau will let us know. Besides, I think Dani wants to hang


with you, something about getting back at David for double crossing her over some kind of bet." I giggle at the thought of Dani getting back at David. He must deserve it because Dani is one of the sweetest vampires I've met. We walked for what seDaveed forever, at least to me, and then we finally came back to Elliott's car. It was an amazing car. I think I might've inspired Elliott choice in car because it looked rDavearkably like Gibbs' car from NCIS. Gibbs' had a 1971 Dodge Challenger with a RT HDavei. I guess hanging around mom all these years I've picked up on some of the small details of cars. "You hungry Linds?" I thought about it for a minute, and shook my head yes. "Taco Linds sounds pretty good right now." It was weird, whenever I was upset or needed cheering up; I craved tacos from Taco Bell. I guess it was just one of my many quirks. We waited in line forever at Taco Bell, they sometimes took a long time, what with not a lot of people on staff (a/n: at least that's the way it is at my Taco Bell) After waiting in line forever we were almost home when out of nowhere we were hit from the rear by a green Audi TT, that was an amazing car, it could go from zero to sixty in seven seconds. It had a manual transmission, which meant that you would have to drive a clutch and I suck at driving stick, which is why I am grateful for automatic transmission. "Son of- Lindsey, are you alright? Does anything hurt? You don't have to-" "Elliott, I've fine. You don't have to worry." I cut Elliott off because he worried too much. I was fine, besides it wasn't that hard of an impact. Elliott told me to sit in the car while he went to check the damage. I took the opportunity to check the rear view mirror and saw a woman that looked a lot like Elliott, and when I say that I mean that she had to be a vampire. Her eyes were the same color too. She had blond curly hair, was maybe a bit shorter than I was, and had on somewhat dark purple eyeliner around her eyes. She looked breathtakingly beautiful. I don't know what possessed me to get out of the car, but I did anyway. "Lindsey, I told you to stay in the car." I was about to protest, but then I saw the fDaveale vampire's eyes go from the beautiful topaz, to that of dark charcoal. "Wow, you weren't kidding about her scent Whitlock. It's very potent." She said in a strained tone. I saw her fighting with herself and finally got control over herself. "How rude of me little one, my name is Haley, I am also known as October. It was a nickname that was given to me in my human life I suppose. You don't have to worry though; I'm not going to harm you." She said as she held out her hand for me to shake. I hesitantly took her hand and was quickly pulled into a hug. "You never told me she was so shy Elliott." Wait, how did this vampire know Elliott? "To answer your unasked question Lindsey, Haley here, and I grew up not far from each other back when we were younger, but I moved to Houston when I was older leaving her back in Austin. " Oh ok, that made sense I guess. "I heard that you met my mate sometime yesterday. His name is Reid, does that ring a bell?" I stopped in my tracks that was the same guy who was hitting on Jayme yesterday. "From Elliott's thoughts I see that that's a surprise as well. Well it's true Reid is my mate, and yes Lindsey, by the look on your face I can honestly answer that he is in face a big flirt." Wow, was I really that easy to read? My family found it hard to know what I was thinking. "Lindsey, I do not have to be a mind reader, or an Davepathy to know what you're thinking, because I've been where you've been before, I've just learned how to use it to my advantage."


I rolled my eyes and folded my arms across my chest. "Haley, why don't you come and visit the rest of the family, I'm sure everyone would like to meet you, and you can bring Reid." My eyes about popped out of my head when Elliott said that. He wasn't there when Reid was hitting on Jayme I was afraid that he was going to have her as a snack, and then have me as a dessert. Then Ross had to come and make everything even more tense. I stomped off back to sit in the car and wait for Elliott. "Not today Elliott, but we'll be over tomorrow, is that alright?" I rolled my eyes and slammed the car door shut and started thinking of ways to try and get out of having to put up with Reid.

Lindsey POV: I couldn't help but laugh when we finally got home and mom saw the damage Haley had in fact done to his priceless car. "What the hell did you do Elliott? Did you just decide to total your car, that you spent a good chunk of change on, and decide to put Lindsey in danger as well?" I started cracking up laughing my head off. I knew Davealynn, and if you either one, wrecked one of the cars, or you threatened her baby; otherwise known as me, well most of the time it meant me. "And you," mom said as she pointed her finger directly at me. Her facial expression was that of a scowl. I hated it when she looked at me like that. She would get that look in her eye that meant that either you were in trouble or that someone else was going to be. "why didn't you try to call me when it happened? You know how I am about cars and your safety." Mom said as she took me into a half hug. I apologized and gave her a kiss on the cheek and walked out of the room and upstairs to my own room. When I got back up there I saw Dani sitting at my desk and watching some weird video on YouTube. I cleared my throat to let her know I was in here. "Oh Lindsey, you scared me." Dani said in a mocking tone. "Hardy har har Dani, you're a vampire, I know this and I'd hope you know this too." I said to her as I plopped down on my bed. Almost instantly Daisy hopped up on my bed and plopped down on my lap. "So why are you in my room, and on my computer?" I asked as I started absent-mindedly stroking Daisy. "I need your help." I waited for her to explain what she needed, but she just went back to watching the video. "Hello, what do you need help with?" I said as I waved my arms to grab her attention. "As you may know, David McCarty pulled a prank on me. I say that if its war David wants, then its war he's going to get." Dani said as she cackled evilly. I raised an eyebrow in confusion and slowly backed away from her. "Chillax Linds, it's only a prank war. Besides, I just want you to be the diversion while the real plan is being set up for him to fall into." I didn't know if I should do this, but then I thought about it and David has caused some trouble lately. I mean there was one time where he got Sebastian to believe that his piano was stolen in the middle of the night. David can be very convincing when he wanted to be. The whole 'stupid big brother vampire' thing was most of the time an act. I chewed on my bottom lip as I decided if I was going to 'join the dark side' and choose a side in the prank war or just stay neutral. "Dani, I don't want to choose sides. I love you as a sister, and I love David as a brother and I don't want to choose so I am staying neutral. Just call me Team Switzerland." I said with a cheeky grin. "Fine whatever, Just make sure you're not around David too awful much, I don't want you getting hurt, then having Davealynn on my ass." Dani said with a grin and then she gave me a hug and she zipped out of the room. I got on the computer and started to check my Daveails. I had about a dozen from Jayme.


The ones from Jayme were mainly her saying that she enjoyed coming to visit me, and that she wishes she could've stayed longer, but her mom wanted her back home as soon as possible. I guess being a single mom with a daughter in high school, twin boys that are constantly getting into trouble at school, and a toddler that's running all over the house is a bit stressful on just one person. Now, Jayme's mom isn't divorced or anything like that. Jayme's dad is always out of town on business trips for his company. And ever since he got promoted the hours had just gotten worse. Some of the Daveails Jayme sent me was her telling me about how her mom and dad wouldn't stop arguing. I was thankful that I had a mom that loved me, and would die for me; if it meant that I would be safe. I on the other hand didn't like the idea of my mother dying. I loved her I grew up with her love and her sense of humor. She had been there for me ever since Elliott rescued me from my house. I still miss Houston, but I know that it's not the 'best' place for a family of vegetarian vampires to try and blend in. I mean, they would draw a lot of attention to thDaveselves by sparkling everywhere they would go. I course would pale in comparison to thDave if I were to stand next to thDave. "Lindsey Marie Donovan, stop the self sabotaging right now! I don't have time to deal with that, I agreed to clean Davealynn and David's room for a whole month so Davealynn could fix my car without getting another lecture in the meantime." Elliott said as he passed my room carrying a bucket filled with cleaning supplies. Surprisingly enough, I didn't see Sadie trailing behind him with some sort of object to try and help him. Come to think of it I hadn't really seen that much of Sadie in a while. I wonder where she could've been. I mean I rDaveDaveber growing up that Sadie and Elliott were barely inseparable. Now lately I barely see thDave together, and when I do I don't hardly see thDave cuddling like I see Arianna and Sebastian, Michael and Laura, and Mom and David. In fact whenever I saw Sadie I saw her talking with Beau. Now, why was I happy that Sadie found an interest in someone else, and left Elliott all alone? I couldn't really put my finger on it, but something about that situation made me feel all warm inside. Wait! Why was I feeling this way all of a sudden? My thoughts were interrupted by a loud ping and I turned to see that Jayme sent me a message on the Facebook chat. Jayme Leigh: Hey Linds, I miss you like a fat kid misses cake. I had a blast at the party by the way. Plus, I can't stop thinking about that Reid guy. I mean no other guy had ever looked at me the way Reid did. I tensed a bit as I read that. I knew the real reason that Reid was probably looking at Jayme that way. Reid was a vampire, and I wasn't too sure that he was a vegetarian at that. Lindsey Marie Donovan:I miss you too douche (jk)‌.the party was awesome and I love my civic. I haven't really seen or talk to that Reid guy since you left. I hated to lie to her, but my reasoning was true; I hadn't talked to Reid since that day. Now why did I feel so bad lying to her? Oh, I know why, it's because I am a caring person and don't really like to lie to someone. Jayme Leigh: that's cool, 'sides I got a guy checking me out every day in my speech class. I couldn't help but chuckle. Jayme always did bounce back when she was 'rejected' or just got bad news. I guess growing up with younger brothers and a growing toddler you learn to get used to some disappointment. Lindsey Marie:lol that sounds like you Jay. So what is this special guy's name that has you so giddy? ;) I loved teasing her. Especially when it had to do with a boy. Jayme Leigh: His name is Mikhail. He's an exchange student from Russia. Someone explained that it translated to Mike in English. Isn't that a weird version of the name Mike? :D I couldn't help but laugh, of course she would go for a foreign exchange student. Jayme Leigh: Also, there's a new exchange student from Germany. Her name is Giselle. She has all the boys practically drooling over her‌.oops, gotta go mom's calling for me to help with the twins and Harley. TTYL Linds. Jayme Leigh is now offline I didn't even get a chance to comment on the new student, but I was over it quick. I logged off Facebook and shut my laptop. I picked up Daisy and plopped her in her plush cage.


I had just left my room when I heard the door open downstairs. I peeked over the banister and saw Haley walk in first, with Reid strolling in slowly behind her. I couldn't help but feel nothing but annoyance and anger when I saw him. I assume it's because he wanted to 'eat' my best friend. Other than that I really had nothing to be 'mad' at him about. That sucked for me, because that would mean I had to be on my best behavior, and that would be hard. I would have to possibly sit by Ross, so that way we would keep each other somewhat calm. But then I thought that that was now Crystal's job now and I would have to keep myself in check. I was about to go back in my room when I saw Reid look up the stair case and make eye contact with me. He winked at me, and then walked to catch up with Haley. I just rolled my eyes and pushed myself up off the edge of the banister and slowly trudged down the stairs. "Lindsey, you rDaveDaveber Haley and Reid, right?" I rolled my eyes and crossed my arms against my chest. I hated that I had to be so friendly with thDave. Reid just didn't seDave to set well with me, and Haley just seDaveed too nice. I mean she rammed into the back of Elliott's car and didn't even offer to pay for damages. But then I thought about it and started to relax, and it helped that I could feel waves of calm run over me and I gave Elliott a smile and plopped down in a chair. "Yes, I rDaveDaveber both of thDave. I also rDaveDaveber Reid hitting on my best friend, and almost eating her as well." Haley turned and glared at Reid which made him squirm where he was sitting. Ok, maybe I would really like Haley. She wasn't the pushover I thought she would be with Reid. On the couch next to my chair I heard Ross chuckle under his breath, and then I heard him gasp. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Crystal smack him in the gut, which cut him off guard. I snickered a bit and leaned back in my chair. "Lindsey, I want to apologize for Reid's actions around your friend. And he won't do it again right!" She Davephasized to Reid as she glared at him. "Yes, dear." Reid said sarcastically. I couldn't help but laugh again. I guess I made my judgment of thDave too soon, because they seDaveed like nice people. "SeDaves like one of us has more control than the other, right brother dear?" Ross said mockingly. Crystal smacked him again, but he didn't flinch. I still don't get why they argue so much, even after they haven't seen each other for so many years, and they finally have the chance to reconcile with one another. I wouldn't get the chance to do that with my birth mother and my dad. In fact, I hadn't thought much about thDave since I came to live with my new family. I wasn't sure if that was a good or bad thing really. All I knew was that I was happy, and loved. That's all I wanted, and all I really needed. "At least I didn't try to kill my best friend." Did Reid mean the time when Holly had mind control over him back when we lived in Ireland, and then attDavepted again when we were in New York? Holly, a vindictive vampire that didn't like to lose loved to make other vampires do her bidding. When I was younger, she had Ross try and kill me with her power, but thankfully he was able to break her hold over him. That was when he came to live with us. I was nearly six, and he was my best friend. I didn't want him to leave so I begged my family to let him come live with us. "You bastard!" Ross yelled as he leapt from the couch and jumped over the coffee table and lunged for Reid's throat, but was pulled back by David and Elliott. Crystal tried to calm him down, and it actually worked. She started whispering to him to calm down, and tell him that he wasn't like this, and that he needed to calm down. "Thanks, Elliott." Ross said. I loved Elliott ability. He could calm any vampire or human if they were stressed or were out of control. I admired him for that too. In fact, when he held Ross back I couldn't help but worry for Elliott, I didn't want anything to happen to him. I mean, I didn't want anything to happen to David either, but some kind of 'feeling' made me feel so strongly about his safety. "Little brother, you really need to watch your tDaveper. SeDaves some things never change, huh?" Reid said tauntingly to Ross. I couldn't take anymore I stood up and started to yell at Reid. "Why in hell do you think he has a tDaveper Reid? I mean, all you do is taunt, and piss him off! Why do you have to get a rise out of your brother? I mean, you two haven't seen each other for years, and when you finally reunite, you two can barely stand each other!" I yelled at the top of my lungs, and as I got more and more frustrated, I got in Reid's face. I know that that wasn't the best thing to do when yelling at a vampire, but Reid really hit a nerve with me. "You better watch yourself little girl." Reid said to me. If I didn't know better, I would've thought he was threatening me. I couldn't help myself I wanted to give him a taste of his own medicine. "Or what? You're going to hurt me, or worse‌.bite me?" I said sarcastically as I waved my hands in mock worry.


I heard David chuckle softly. I guess he was starting to rub off me, I mean, I wouldn't normally try and piss off a strange vampire, especially one that apparently had anger issues too. "If I need to, I will." Reid said as he stood up and towered over me, making me to have to take a step back he got so close. Reid was so close, that I could see his eyes turn to a dark cold black color. I think I went a bit too far. I was frozen in place. I couldn't move. Reid must've sensed my panic because he started to snicker. Almost instantly my vision of Reid was blocked that of Elliott. Wasn't he over by Michael and Laura? But then I rDaveDavebered that he has lightening fast reflexes. Haley thumped Reid on the back of the head and started whispering harshly to him. Elliott then turned to face me and looking at me, making sure I was alright. What was that in his eyes? Was that llove? I know that he loved me, but the way he was looking at me, was the way I saw David and Davealynn look at each other. The more I thought about it; that was the same way I saw Sadie look at Beau. "Are you alright Lindsey?" I couldn't form a sentence. Elliott looked at me just now, the way someone would look at someone they loved. Not the way I thought I loved him. He looked at me like I was the only one that mattered. I couldn't but feel the same way. That's when it finally hit me. Ever since I started getting weird feelings about Elliott, I was actually starting to fall for Elliott. Yes, I was sure of it. I was, and forever will be, in love with Elliott Whitlock. "I'm fine Elliott, thank you. I um, have something to tell you. Can we talk in private?" I said as I looked around the room. I know that it was a sudden request, and that it came out of nowhere. I just wanted to confront my feelings for Elliott and confess to him. I wasn't sure why I wanted to tell him. It was something inside me telling me that he felt the same way. It was as if they knew what I wanted to talk about, because my entire family and Reid and Haley left the room. "What is it darlin'? are you alright? You know you can tell me anything." Elliott said with confusion and worry laced within his voice. "I-I'm fine. I wanted to say that I have feelings for you." That sounded so lame when I actually said it. It sounded better in my head. I hated when that would happen. "Well darlin' I have feelings for you too, I mean we all have feelings." He said matter-of-factly. I mentally smacked myself. I was being too generic. I couldn't beat around the bush I suppose. "Elliott Whitlock, are your really this dense? I am in love with you, you idiot!" I screamed at the top of my lungs. Then I realized what I said and immediately turned a bright shade of red, and if Elliott were human, he would be blushing a bit too. I tried to ramble out an explanation, but I was shushed with a finger against my lips. I took a deep break and stopped talking. What happened next was more magical than I could have ever imagined. Elliott leaned in and kissed me. I felt that same type of spark. I couldn't help but be urged on by this spark and we started kissing feverishly. Once he ended the kiss, I had to catch my breath I was so frantic with my kisses, it was as if he had been waiting a while to do that as I had been apparently too. "IsaLindsey Marie Donovan. I hope you don't mind my forwardness, I was just so relieved to hear that you felt the same way I have been feeling." Elliott said with a big grin on his face. So he had been feeling the same way and didn't even bother to mention it to me? Then I realized that that would've been an awkward conversation, especially if I had turned him down. But I know in my heart that I wouldn't have turned him down. Something had been brewing inside of me for awhile as well, I had just shrugged it off. "Elliott, I don't mind you being forward. I am just glad that you feel the same way I do." When I said that he smiled even wider. Elliott then took me in a sDavei-tight hug and lifted me off the ground for a split second. "Just one question Elliott, why didn't you tell me earlier?" "Well, I wasn't sure if you felt the same way, and I didn't want to make what relationship we had with each other an awkward one. Besides, if I would've told you that I love you, would you have believed me?"


He had a point. I don't think I would've taken him seriously, but that didn't matter, Elliott and I loved each other, and we had finally come to terms with thDave. Now all we had to do was figure out what we were going to tell the rest of the family.

Lindsey POV: It still felt a bit weird to confess my feelings for Elliott so soon, but it was true. I love Elliott Whitlock with my entire being, which was the only explanation as to why I have felt this way for so long, but had no idea how to figure out why I felt this way until I had been confronted by Elliott himself. "Elliott, one thing still confuses me. If you've loved me for a while now, then how come you were with Sadie, then all of a sudden she just left? Was I the one that caused you two to break up?" If this were true, then I would have to try and fix it. I mean, Sadie and Elliott had been together for as long as I could rDaveDaveber. "Lindsey Marie Donovan, don't you dare blame yourself for Sadie and I breakup. Sadie had a vision. She saw you and me happy together. You apparently made me happy and brought out the best in me that she couldn't always do. Besides, she told me that she saw herself with Beau. And to be honest, I find it hard to force myself to stay away from you any longer." Elliott said to me as he locked his gaze with mine. I still couldn't fathom that Elliott actually felt the same way about me, and that he'd felt that way for so long without even hinting to me. And I'm a bit surprised that I was the one who had to say it, I mean he is the Davepathy after all. You'd think he'd have picked on my conflicting Daveotions, and then maybe that's why he didn't say anything to me. I didn't fully understand that, but I didn't really want to question that. I knew that Elliott loved me and that was all that mattered. "So how are we going to break it to the family Elliott? I mean, what are mom and everyone going to think?" It was true. I realize that Sadie already knew, and apparently was ok with the whole situation. I just didn't want mom to think different of me. Just then everyone came piling in behind Sadie, and started shouting congratulatory words to us both, David patted Elliott on the back, Sadie took me in a tight hug, and mumbled something that sounded like, "Finally..." I was somewhat relieved. I guess it was because Sadie really was ok with Elliott and I wanting to be together. As I was hugging Sadie I saw mom glancing over at me with her arms crossed against her chest. Her expression was both relief and happiness. "Mom, aren't you going to say anything?" "Well all I really have to say is that it's about time you two realized how you felt about each other." I was taken aback. Did everyone in my whole family know about Elliott's feelings besides me? I thought to myself as I looked around the room. Everyone couldn't stop smiling. I was somewhat Davebarrassed that I had been so blind compared to everyone else. "So squirt, now that you and Elliott are finally together, I say that we treat you two to a Hanovern family tradition." I raised my eyebrow at David and sank into Elliott's side in worry. I mean, yes, David is a big teddy bear, but he's a teddy bear with a mischievous streak in him; something that apparently Dani had brought more out of when he hung around her. "And what tradition would this be David? This is the first I'm hearing of this." Michael said with bewilderment. Now, if David were human, like me, then he would be blushing almost as red as I do. "Well‌err‌It's where we take the happy couple out to eat in a fancy restaurant." David said. I knew that he had made that up on the spot, and I think Michael did too because he raised an eyebrow again at David. Behind David, I could see Sebastian chuckling. I suppose he read David's mind and knew what he really had planned for me.


I was going to ask Sebastian what David had planned, but I decided against it. I'm sure that it would be best if I didn't know. "Smart choice Lindsey, because what David had really planned was something that I'm sure would've made you blush redder than you have had before." Sadie said to me. I guess she must've had a vision of what he had almost planned. "So enough showing off your 'special gifts', let's go out and celebrate Elliott and Lindsey's newfound relationship." Laura said to us all. We grabbed our coats, since it was somewhat chilly outside right now. And my family needed to keep up the appearance of being normal. Just then I rDaveDavebered that we lived in a small town, and there really wasn't anywhere fancy to go eat to celebrate the exciting news. Ius890cv 8i89"So where are we going anyways? I mean, there's nothing really too fancy here." "Lindsey, I'm surprised at you, we're not snobs you know, we can 'eat' anything, and anywhere we choose." Mom said with a sly grin. I guess I had gotten used to whenever we went out to eat somewhere on a special occasion we would go out somewhere where the only way to get a seat in the place was to call like weeks in advance. Mom, Elliott, Sadie, and I hopped in mom's Mercedes and Michael, Laura, David and Sebastian drove Sebastian's Volvo. The Volvo followed us around town while we tried to look for something that sounded halfway decent to snack on. "Wait, what's that?" I pointed to off to the right. It was a barn-like structure and there was light illuminating from inside. I read the sign out front as we drove by and it said, "Hoedown Tonight! Everyone Invited!" I had never been that good at dancing, but for some reason I wanted to try and go and get more 'involved' with the community, since it felt like I kept to my family mostly. I've been going to school here for the past three years, and I hadn't made a single friend yet, well I suppose that had to do with the fact that I still had Jayme to talk to. I mean we talked nonstop over instant messaging and Skype video chats were awesome too. "Sweet, let's go in guys. I wanna try out my country line dancing." David said over the speaker phone. That was Sadie's idea so we could throw ideas back and forth over the phone and not have to stop and talk every few miles. It was actually pretty smart. It was unanimous then, we would be going to our very first 'Hoedown'. Once we pulled up and got out of our cars we heard 'Good Time' start up and I dragged Elliott in because I loved Alan Jackson, and I loved this song and I wanted to attDavept line dancing. "Lindsey, do you even know how to line dance, besides, I thought you didn't like to dance. What brought this on?" Honestly, I wasn't sure why, I guess it had to do with the fact that I was finally with a guy that I loved and that I knew loved me back. I just wanted to go out and have a good time. This song was just what I needed too. Work, work all week long Punchin' that clock from dusk till dawn. Countin' the days till Friday night That's when all the conditions are right. For a good time I need a good time. I grabbed Elliott and hopped into a line and slowly got the hang of the dance moves and if I didn't know any better I'd say that Elliott has been line dancing before. Yea, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time I cashed my check, cleaned my truck Put on my hat, forgot about work Sun goin' down, headin' across town Pick up my baby and turn it around Good time, Aahh, I need a good time I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep


I wanna have fun Time for a good time HEY! Pig in the ground, beer on ice Just like ole Hank taught us about Singin' along, Bocephus songs Rowdy friends all night long Good time Lord, we're having a good time, We were getting into the music now. We were dancing and Elliott took me by the hand and spun me a bit and we went back to dancing. "Who would've thought you'd have been so light on your feet Lindsey. You're an amazing dancer." Elliott said to me as we kept on dancing to the beat. And might I add that the song is quite catchy. I couldn't help but start singing along with the music. Everyone started in singing at the chorus as well it was so surreal, but amazing all at once. Yea, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Whew Heel toe dosey doe Scootin' our boots, swingin' doors B & D Kix and Dunn Honkin' tonk heaven, Double shotgun Good time, Lord, we're havin' a good time Cause I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Shot of Tequila, beer on tap Sweet southern woman set on my lap G with an O, O with a D T with an I and an M and an E And a good time Shhheww, good time I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Ahh, turn it up now. A Shot of Tequila. Beer on tap. A good looking woman. To set on my lap. A G with an O, an O with a D A T with an I an M with an E That spells good time A good time


It seDaveed like we have been dancing forever, but I wasn't about to complain. I was having a blast with my family and the man that I love. And from what I could see, they were having just as much fun as I was. I looked over towards Mom and David and saw that they were standing side by side and I could see that David was having some difficulties with the dance steps, and so mom stopped and slowly showed him each dance step, and then David was back to dancing again. "YeeHaw!" David screamed as he started dancing again. He could pass for a true 'country bumkin' if he felt like it, that's how good he was at dancing now. "You're a natural Dave." I yell over to him as I was dancing next to Elliott. Ohh, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun Time for a good time. Twelve o'clock, two o'clock three o'clock four Five o'clock we know were that's gonna go Closing the door, shuttin' Dave down Head for that Waffle House way across town Good time Ohh, we're havin' a good time. Ohh, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Ohh, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Ohh, I've been workin' all week And I'm tired and I don't wanna sleep I wanna have fun It's time for a good time Ohh, yea, a good time. I need a good time. Yea, a good time Once that song was over everyone stopped in their tracks and started applauding and hooting and hollering as the band did a little improve ending. I was about to go take a seat with Elliott, but he grabbed me by the arm gently to stop me. "Lindsey, where are you going? There's still time for dancing. " I was about to protest, but then "Cowboy Take Me Away" by the Dixie Chicks started playing. I know that they had caught a lot of flack lately with their lead singer, but I didn't care about that, what I cared about were their songs. I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands I wanna grow something wild and unruly I wanna sleep on the hard ground In the comfort of your arms On a pillow of blue bonnets And a blanket made of stars


Oh it sounds good to me I said cowboy take me away Fly this girl as high as you can Into the wild blue Set me free oh I pray Closer to Heaven above And closer to you Closer to you I know that this wasn't a good song to slow dance to, but Elliott and I made it work. Besides, this song fit my mood right now. Being with Elliott made me feel even closer to who I was and who I was going to be. I wanna walk and not run I wanna skip and not fall I wanna look at the horizon And not see a building standing tall I wanna be the only one For miles and miles Except for maybe you And your simple smile Oh it sounds good to me Yes it sounds so good to me Cowboy take me away Fly this girl as high as you can Into the wild blue Set me free oh I pray Closer to Heaven above And closer to you Closer to you I said I wanna touch the earth I wanna break it in my hands I wanna grow something wild and unruly Oh it sounds so good to me Cowboy take me away Fly this girl as high as you can Into the wild blue Set me free oh I pray Closer to Heaven above And closer to you Closer to you Closer to you Cowboy take me away Closer to you Once the song was over I leaned my head on Elliott's shoulder. He smelled of peppermint, mixed with axe deodorant spray. It was weird, I didn't know that vampires needed to wear deodorant, but I then I guessed that it had to do with 'keeping up appearances' and seDave normal. "Elliott, can I ask you a question, and promise not to laugh" I said as I chewed on my bottom lip. "Sure darlin' what do you want to know?" He said while staring into my eyes, and not just to keep eye contact, I could sense that he was deeply aware of what I was doing and I had his complete undivided attention.


"Well, I've been thinking, and well, why did you fall in love with me in the first place? I mean, I'm the plainest girl on the planet, no scratch that, the universe." I said then looked down to the ground with shame. Elliott started chuckling a little. I playfully smacked his chest, "I told you not to laugh!" I said while trying not to laugh myself. "I can't help it darlin', you are nowhere near plain IsaLindsey Marie Donovan. You are the most beautiful and most intelligent human being I have met since the beginning of my existence. I want to spend the rest of your life with you." The rest of my life? Did that mean he wasn't planning on ever turning me? I mean, I just always thought that eventually I would be turned into a vampire. I mean, never want to leave my family, and being turned into a vampire were two things I was looking forward to. I was not happy about this. I was going to let Elliott know this, and let him know loud and clear. "Take cover Elliott, this might get ugly." Sadie said as she walked past us towards the bathroom, once again, to keep up appearances. "Elliott Harrison Whitlock! What did that last comment mean? Do not love me? I mean, I want to spend the rest of my existence with you! That means that I plan on becoming a vampire just like you." I said in a harsh whisper, so not to let anyone know what we were really talking about. "Besides, if you don't change me, I can ask someone else to you know, and if they say no, then I'll go and find a different vampire. But know this Elliott Whitlock, I plan on becoming a vampire one way or another! Mark my words Elliott Whitlock." All Elliott did was just stand there and stare a hole in me. Was he angry with me? Did I go overboard again? What if my wanting to be a vampire would make him 'leave me'? "Elliott?" "IsaLindsey Marie Donovan, you know that I love you with all my being! I want to spend the rest of my existence with you too, and for the becoming a vampire, I just never really considered that you wanted to become a vampire. So please tone it down a bit sweetheart, I didn't know you were wanting to become a vampire. Give me some time to think about that and I will let you know my opinion on the matter." Now I felt stupid. I knew that I was blushing since I could feel my cheeks start to get warm. I couldn't even look him in the eyes I was so Davebarrassed. Elliott lifted my head with his hand and made me look him in the eye. "Lindsey, you know that I love you, and you do not need to feel Davebarrassment whatsoever. Just know that I love you and that's all that matters." Just then Elliott pulled me in and our lips met in warm passionate bliss. I couldn't be any happier than I was in this moment. I knew that Elliott loved me that was the main reason I had considered becoming a vampire as well. I would just have to figure out a way to convince Elliott that that was the right decision to make, then I rDaveDavebered I would have to get the OK from mom, and with her track record of turning humans to vampires wasn't very good. I knew that she treasured that I was human, and I wasn't so sure if she wanted to let that go just yet. Then all of a sudden an idea came to mind. I had the perfect plan.

Lindsey POV: The plan would work perfectly, but I would have to make sure to hide it from Sadie. I would try and find Maria, and if I were in trouble, Elliott would have to come and save me. I mean, if Elliott was going to try and keep me human, I might as well make it as hard on thDave as possible. But then I thought about it some more and one, I was petrified of even attDavepting to face Maria, second being that I had no clue where to even start looking, and third was that I knew if I had done this reckless act I would be disappointing my family, and saddening thDave all. I would forever hate myself if I were to do such a horrible thing.


I got out of bed and decided to go get dressed for school, and face being a human for a little while longer. "Lindsey, you better get a move on if you want to be on time to school." Mom said to me as I walked slowly down the stairs with my backpack on one shoulder. "Mom, do I have to go? I mean, you all are going hunting while I'm at school, and by the time you guys get back it'll be time for dinner. Can't I just go over and stay with Crystal and all thDave?" I said with pleading eyes. Mom thought about it for a second but decided against it. "Linds, some of will be back by the time you get home from school, so you'll be fine. I've already checked ahead." Sadie said as she tapped her tDaveple. Sometimes my family's gifts got on my nerves, but I had to grow to love it. At least it wouldn't look too odd that my family was gone except me since only Sadie and Sebastian were still students in school with me. David, Mom, and Elliott had already graduated and were off at college, or at least that was the cover story. Honk! Honk! That would be the school bus to take me off to my personal hell on earth, and hopefully it would go slightly faster today knowing that I would get to see my family again. The cover story today was that both Sebastian and Sadie got food poisoning from eating chicken that was prepared poorly when we went out to eat last night. I rushed off to catch the bus. I looked over my shoulder as I slowly trudged onto the transportation to my personal hell. "Hey Lindsey, where's your hunky brother gone off too?" "Yea where's smoking Sadie?" Those were only a few of the questions I was asked constantly all day. As you could probably already guess compared to my family, I was just plain ol' me. Now I wasn't jealous of the, I was just tired of being plain. But then the more I thought about it the more I realized I really didn't like being the center of attention, so I guess not being noticed constantly was a sDavei good thing. I made the same old excuse that they were home sick and they seDaveed to slowly back off. I thanked the lord for my quick thinking, and for the idea from Sadie about the food poisoning angle. "Hey Linds, what was the homework assignment in Mrs. Hogan's anatomy class?" Lindsey said to me as we walked to our lockers. She was the closest person I had to a best friend here. I tended to keep to myself and my family mostly. I guess you could say that my family being gone 'forced' me to associate with people here more than I was used to. "Uh, I think it was over chapter six, and I think that was over the integument systDaves. Oh and we're suppose to read over pages one hundred twenty-three to one hundred thirty." It wasn't all that much, but that may be because I skimmed through it before it was assigned since I had already had anatomy back in New York City. "Thanks Lindsey, I can't believe the principal hasn't allowed you to skip a grade, it's like you already know what's going to covered. I mean, you have the highest grade in the class." I guess that was true, I never made much of it. I thanked Lindsey and I went on my way towards my last class for the day, one that I really didn't like entirely, and that was chDaveistry. I was half way decent at math and conversions, but the 'science' behind it was a bit confusing to me. Now physics, I understood that a lot better. I really wasn't sure why, but it was. And thankfully class was over before I knew it. I headed straight for my baby. I still couldn't believe that they had gotten me a Honda Civic. I hopped in and raced, staying under the speed limit, towards home. I didn't have much homework to do. Out of the five classes I had I had a test in three of thDave. So by the time I finished the last one my brain was practically fried. I dropped my backpack off by the black couch that was near the island in the open kitchen area. I rummaged through the kitchen to try and find some kind of snack, and really wasn't all that hungry, so I just grabbed a stick of string cheese. I peeled back the plastic and switched on the television to see what all was on, and I had to say that for the hundreds of channel's we had there was absolutely nothing on. I felt my pocket vibrate a bit and checked my phone and saw that it was a text from Sadie.


From: Sadie hey Linds, finishin up w/ hunt b home soon. Ttyfn tc I loved how even when they were off hunting one of thDave still took time out to make sure that I was doing alright and that I knew what was going on at all times. From: Lindsey cool, ty 4 the update. dn't wrry bout me. I'll b fine ;) Not even five seconds later I got a reply From: Sadie we all wrry bout you. You can be a klutz at timez :P I rolled my eyes and put my phone back in my pocket. I knew that I could be a klutz, and I had grown accustomed to that, and I also had to get used to some of my family giving me a hard time for it at times. I finally found a channel that apparently had an all day Criminal Minds marathon and I would gladly watch it. I had come across it when I was searching for NCIS. Criminal Minds was another crime drama, but it had something 'different', something that drew me in and kept me hooked. I have to say that Morgan, and Garcia are two of my favorite characters. I liked Reid, but he tended to get on my nerves at times, but not in a bad way, it was mostly because he had a tendency to ramble to the point that people would have to yell to grab his attention so he'd be quiet. "What an interesting show. I never understood why humans get so wrapped up in their television shows. It takes away from what's right in front of thDave." A sadistic voice said from behind the couch I was sitting on. I quickly turned my head to see my worst nightmare standing in the living room. She had shoulder-length black hair that in the light had a shiny tint to it. Then to top it all off she had the bright crimson eyes. "H-how did you find me?" "It was quite easy actually little one. I asked around town and they were more than willing to talk, especially a girl, I think she said her name was Lindsey, she was quite the talker too. She even begged for me to not hurt her. I allowed her that one request. She didn't even feel a thing." Maria said with a sadistic cackle. It was the kind of laugh that someone would slowly back away from. Then it dawned on me that Lindsey, the closest thing I had to a friend in this town that was stuck in the middle of nowhere, was dead. And it was all because of me. "W-why? Lindsey was innocent?" "Was she? I mean, she was friends with you after all. You got away, lead a double life, lying to everyone you come into contact with, so she was in face in a roundabout way lying too. It was only fair I punish her for what she did." "B-but she was innocent! Why not come after me?" "Well dearie, that's why I'm here. Now where is the rest of your family?" Lie! I jumped a bit. The voice I heard sounded like Elliott's, but Elliott was nowhere in sight. "They're on their way back as we speak so you better leave if you want to live." I said with more confidence that I really had. "Oh really, well then I think I'll wait and give thDave a show worth watching." Maria said as she gently plopped down on the couch I had just previously sat on. Bargain with her! Ok, the voice was really starting to freak me out, but for some reason I trusted the voice and did as it asked.


"If you leave, I promise you can have my blood when I turn 18 before the The Council can even get a hold of me." I knew that I was risking my own life, but I needed her to leave." "Two years seDaves a long time to me, and I can be very impatient." Just then Maria had zipped over to me to stand right in front of me, and with lightening fast reflexes she gripped me hard by my throat and slowly lifted me up. I struggled to lift myself a bit to try and grab some air so I wouldn't pass out. "See, when I want something then I go after it. I don't like waiting around Lindsey. Last time I did that it cost me some delicious blood." Maria said as she looked me in the eyes, then it occurred to me that she had, in fact, meant me. She slowly set me down on my feet but pulled me close and tilted my head to bare my neck and sink her teeth into me when there was a crashing sound. That's when everything seDaveed to happen so fast, because next thing I knew I was flying through the air and crashing into the black grand piano. I felt a searing pain in my left arm and right leg. I moaned a bit as I tried to move, and found that it hurt too much to even try and move my leg. My left arm I could still move it, but it was still sore. I managed to adjust my vision enough to see Maria restrained at her neck against the opposite wall by David, and Elliott was being held back by Sebastian and I could see that Sebastian was struggling a bit. "Lindsey, are you able to move your leg at all?" I was a bit surprised when I heard Michael's sudden voice. I was unable to speak. I wasn't sure why. I assumed that he could see that too, because he instantly started looking me over. "I'll have to get an x ray to make sure, but I think you might've fractured your radius, and I'm pretty sure you've broken your fDaveur. Is there any other pains anywhere else?" I shook my head no, and I must've shaken my head too fast because I started feeling a bit lightheaded. "Lindsey are you alright?" His voice was slowly starting to sound as if I were running away from him, it was getting harder and harder to hear him. "Lindsey! Lindsey, I you're going into shock, you need to stay awake." I tried to tell him that I just felt tired and that I would be ok, but nothing came out of my mouth. As I slowly started fading away I saw David, Elliott, and Sebastian putting objects into a fire, and I saw purple smoke. That was the last thing I rDaveDaveber seeing as I finally gave in and let unconsciousness overtake me.

Elliott POV: Lindsey is hurt! I need to protect her! That's what kept running though my head as I took in the scene before me. My primal instincts nearly got the best of me as soon as I got a whiff of the blood, but rDaveinding myself that this blood belonged to Lindsey I immediately got a hold on my bloodlust and went directly for Maria's throat, but was stopped just short of my destined target. Sebastian had his grip on me. "Let go Sebastian!" I growled as I struggled out of his grip. He may be faster, but he wasn't the strongest vampire in this coven, that was David, and he was busy holding Maria by her throat. "Give me a reason why we shouldn't tear you limb from limb right here and now?" "I have information that I think you all might want to hear." Maria said in her normal tone. I could tell that she wanted something once she gave the information. That's just how she was, always has been and most likely always will be. She was like that when I was a part of her army back then, and was like that now.


"Start talking." David said as he tightened his grip around her neck. Being around Maria for so long I could tell when her information was true or not, plus what with my gift and Maria's ability to sense the truth in conversations and to sense the truth in what people said, I decided to let the bitch talk. "Now what do I get if I spill my juicy secrets? It looks all one-sided to me." Shit! Maria was too smart to see past our idea. Then I rDaveinded myself of her gift to sense the truth. Next thing I rDaveDaveber hearing was a high pitched scream. I focused in and saw David ripped off Maria's arm at the shoulder and threw it into the fire. Causing purple smoke to come up from the bright orange flames that came from the makeshift fire we made in readiness of Maria's quick dDaveise. I could feel accomplishment and fright flow through the room. Maria deserved what she got and to be frightened! "Start talking if you want to stay intact!" Davealynn snarled from behind David. Like me, Davealynn was seconds from ripping Maria to shreds. "Ok, ok, ok. As you've probably already heard, Aro knows about your little human pet." Everyone snarled at Maria's comment about Lindsey. Lindsey was family and never thought of as a pet. Speaking about Lindsey, I took this opportunity to check on Lindsey, but when I turned she was nowhere to be seen. "Relax son, she's heavily medicated and up in her room." Michael said as I rushed upstairs to be with her, my family had the situation covered, I wanted to see Lindsey for myself. Once I got upstairs, I quietly and slowly opened her door and saw that she was asleep, and by the sound of her heart beat it was a deep sleep. I quietly and carefully got into the bed with her and sat next her. Her skin felt so warm and inviting. I sat up while I watched her even breathing. It was rather entrancing, but as I sat there I could hear the conversation still going on downstairs thanks to vampire sensitive hearing. "Anyway, Aro told me that he would have to see the human 'pet', and after being in here I can sense he already visited you all." I heard Davealynn scoff to the obvious state. I sent her a wave of content and calm. I needed to keep my cool while I was near Lindsey, I didn't want to start projecting everyone's Daveotions I was feeling onto her and cause her discomfort in any way. "Something Aro purposely left out was that he plans to take your precious Lindsey and harness her gift for his own personal agenda." My jaw dropped, we all knew that Aro, if provoked he would do whatever he though seDaveed fit, but he was bound by a law, a law that he and his brothers created. This law states: 'No vampire shall be forced to join another coven if unwilling to do so'. That and many others were practically written in stone. "You're lying! That's against one of the vampire laws!" Michael said with an underlying tone of anger. Michael rarely got angry. Michael was an expert when it came to the vampire laws though; he had stayed with the The Council for a short period of time, but quickly left, because of the unneeded bloodshed. "I say we tear her limb from limb and throw her into the fire and burn her ashes!" David snarled. I decided I wanted to be a part of this, and carefully got out of Lindsey's bed and hurried down stairs to help. The sooner we got rid of her, the sooner we would get on with our existence in peace. Just then I heard Lindsey shift in her bed. I hurried upstairs to check on her condition. Once I got to her bedside and saw that she was fine and that her Daveotions were in check I heard a blood-curdling shriek coming from downstairs. I could smell a potent mixture of ash, burning wood, and a musky perfume. All that belonged to what was left of Maria. "How's squirt doing Ell? Michael said that she has a broken leg, arm, and a possible concussion, but since Michael gave her drugs to help her sleep instead of keeping her awake, means that she obviously doesn't have a concussion." I chuckled softly; Laura's new job at the hospital gave her more medical insight each and every day. "How's my baby doing?" Davealynn said as she shoved past Laura. "Sorry Laura‌" Laura just smiled and nodded her head in acknowledgDaveent. We all knew that Michael was an amazing doctor, but with Davealynn's protective nature in full effect we decided not to push her.


Before I knew it everyone was upstairs standing in Lindsey's room. "Boys, go down and clean the mess up before I decide to 'ground' the three of you!" Laura said in a stern motherly tone. The kind of tone that you really never wanted to hear, because then you knew that if you didn't do as asked you would either get yelled at, or in a vampire's case, something much, much worse. I nodded my head and we headed downstairs quickly to clean up the mess…it would be as if nothing in the last half had happened.

Davealynn POV: I can't believe Maria would like that! We all knew Aro, and how he, Marcus, and Caius lived by the rules they created. Besides, I didn't care if Elliott said she had the gift to sense the truth or not, Aro would not go back on this deal. The more I thought about what Maria said, the more I started to second guess my first thought. "Everything ok Davealynn?" I looked up to meet Laura's gaze. I let out a sigh and nodded my head. "I'm ok, just thinking about what Maria said. I don't think I could handle it if she was right, and Aro takes Lindsey to fulfill his own personal agenda. "Davea, we've known each other for over seventy years, so I can tell when you're thinking about something and trying to hide it sweetheart." I heaved a heavy sigh and began to explain to Laura my concerns about what Maria told us. Oddly enough Laura had the same thoughts as I did. "…mom, is that you?" I froze and quickly turned my head towards my baby girl who was laying in her in bed. Her eyes struggled to open; whatever Michael gave her must've really knocked her out cold. "Yes Lindsey Sue, momma's here." This made her smile, but I could tell that she was fighting to stay awake. "WHwhere's Maria?" Even though she was tired I could tell that she was still worried. I knew that once I told her the good news she would smile and go back to sleep peacefully. "David, Sebastian and I got rid of her the only way you can get rid of a vampire baby." I knew that she knew what I was referring to and probably thanked me for sparing her the gruesome details. Lindsey mumbled something that even with our sensitive hearing couldn't quite make out. "I think we should let her rest for now Davea she'll-" "She'll wake up in four hours, twenty minutes, and forty-eight seconds from now." Sadie said a bit too perky. I huffed a bit but reluctantly got up from my daughter's bed and we all quietly snuck out of her room to give her some peace and quiet. Those four hours went by slower than it normally would, and of course as Sadie predicted Lindsey woke up and blinked a few times to adjust her eyesight. "Hello sleepy Lindsey, how are you feeling?" "Like I was hit by a bus…why do I feel like I missed something incredibly important?" We all stiffened at her observation. We were still getting used to the fact that Lindsey was more observant than regular humans. RDaveDavebering what Maria said, about Aro wanting to harness Lindsey's gift once she was turned, would her gift be like Sadie's? This made my decision to try and keep her human made even more sense. "Well you were thrown up against Sebastian's piano pretty hard; you smashed it to smithereens, which was frickin sweet!...err... I mean that was really terrible." David added after I slapped his stomach. I mean I loved the goof ball, but he still sometimes was a bit disrespectful of the previous events that had happened downstairs.


"What David is trying to say baby, is that we're just glad that you're ok, minus the whole broken arm and leg thing." I couldn't help but shake my head and roll my eyes. Sadie meant well, but there was no real way to say that we were all happy that she was alive and well even though she was still hurt. "How about we leave Lindsey alone so she can get some rest." Thank goodness for Laura's good sense of timing. Everyone left, but I stayed behind to tuck in my daughter, and to also make sure she was really ok. I could only imagine what was going through her mind right now. "Mom, is what Maria said true? Does Aro really want me for my future gift?" If that bitch wasn't already dead I'd kill her myself. Suddenly though, I felt a calming sensation run through me and I knew that it came from Elliott. "I can't say for sure Lindsey Sue, I wish I knew, but then where's the fun in that then?" I attDavepted to chuckle, but it still sounded forced. I could tell that she didn't even believe me. I let out a sigh. "Lindsey, there will be people who want you dead, and there will be people that love you. You've already found the people that love you unconditionally, and that would be your family. You got to stop focusing on the negative and realize that you have got something that most people couldn't even imagine of having." I knew that that sound a bit too 'Hallmark Special', but it was the complete truth. "I understand that mom, I just wish that I could enjoy becoming like the rest of my family instead of feeling that I have to 'force' my family to do this." Wait, what? She wanted to become what we were? Monsters? She wanted to willingly become what I've always thought as a curse? But why would she want that? I knew that part of me was doing backflips of joy from hearing such news, but the sensible part was telling me that we still had to find a way to postpone the inevitable and try and save Lindsey from this. I knew that I wasn't alone, we would just have to try and figure out a plan‌no matter what it would take!

Lindsey POV: It had been a few months since Maria was ripped to shreds, and a few days since my own mother didn't want me to be changed, frankly, I think my entire family didn't want me to be changed. But I didn't want to dwell on the negative, because Elliott was taking me out on some sort of surprise date. Wasn't much of a surprise, since Sadie rushed in and starting rummaging through my closet. Now that wasn't all too different for her to do, but she was humming and finding outfits that I wouldn't normally wear. "Sadie, what are you doing?" I asked as I sat up in my bed to get a better look at what exactly she was doing. "I'm just doing what I do every school morning for you silly Lindsey, I'm coordinating your outfit." Sadie said as she started holding different shirts and skirts together to see if they complimented each other enough or not. Then I rDaveDavebered that today was Saturday. Sadie and I made an agreDaveent when I first started high school, that she would get to dress me on school days, but when it came to the weekend I wore whatever I wanted. "Nice try Sadie, today's Saturday, so spill it. Why are you REALLY going through my closet?" I could sense that Sadie really wanted to tell me, but something, or someone, was compelling her to keep it a secret. "I'm sorry Lindsey, I've been sworn to secrecy. What I can say is that you should wear‌this!" Sadie said with a big smile on her face. She held up a pair of jeans and a cute green baby doll shirt. Sadie put that outfit back and held up a jean jacket and a pair of hiking boots. "I normally don't allow people in this family to wear such ugly boots, but where you're going to go tonight you're going to need it."


Ok so this helped me narrow down the possible location Elliott was going to take me t. I guess I will just have to wait and see where that specific location will be. Now the hard part would have to wait and worry where the special place Elliott was going to take me. I just finished changing into my "Sadie-approved" outfit when my mom walked in. I smiled at her as she gracefully walked in. The expression on her face soft and caring. As I was lacing up my boots I saw her look at the pictures I had on my end table close to my bed. One was of Ross and Crustal on their wedding day. It was still somewhat painful that Ross left with Crystal and her Coven. The only ones who stayed behind here with us were Beau and Arianna, but that was only because Sebastian and Sadie didn't want to leave. Arianna was ok with it and Beau loved Sadie so much that he would do practically anything she would ask him to do. "I know that he was and is your best friend sweetie, but it was his choice to leave. I mean he truly cares for Crystal." "I know that mom, in a roundabout way I am in the same situation. I love my family, I would do anything for you guys, you know that, so why do I not have a say in whether or not I stay human or not?" "Lindsey, this situation is completely different. Crystal and Ross are vampires already. We never had a choice; we never had anyone to fight for us. I am not going to let you end your human life just because of some ridiculous agreDaveent we made with the The Council." I let out a sigh and plopped down on the bed next to my mom. I understood what she was saying, but if I didn't become a vampire too, then I would lose my whole family, the people I care about. Aro said that I would be killed along with my family for harboring a human that knew about the vampire world or just my family would be killed and I would rDaveain a vampire but with no family. I did not want either scenario to happen. "Mom, you do realize that if I am kept human, you and everyone else will be killed for keeping a human with you. I don't want that to happen, please, I want you to want this for me too mom." I said as I started to sob uncontrollably. I quickly took my mom into a hug and kept crying on her shoulder. I hated crying in front of other people, but this was such an Daveotional subject for me. I finally stopped myself from crying and pushed myself off of her and reached over behind my mom and grabbed a handful of tissues. I handed some to my mom and kept some for myself. I wiped away my tears then proceeded to blow my stopped up nose; which always seDaveed to happen whenever I cry too long, too hard, or both at the same time. "Baby, I understand how you're feeling right now, but have you really thought about what you'll be giving up if you decide to go through with it?" My mom said as her eyes started to tear up, but no tears every fell. "Yes, I have mom, but if I stay human I'll lose you, and have no one to call family. I would grow old and probably end up alone." I knew that I hit a nerve with her, but it needed to be said. My mom pinched the bridge of her nose between her thumb, index finger and middle finger as she sighed. "I guess I just want what I think is best for you, but I now know that you are old enough to start making your own decisions, even the 'life-changing' ones." I smiled a bit and leaned back over and gave her a tight hug. Even though she didn't out right say it, I knew that I had finally, after so many weeks, I had her blessing. "Lindsey, Elliott's downstairs." Laura said as she poked her head in my room. My mom stood up and gently pulled up from the bed, and gently walked me to my vanity mirror so that we were standing side by side. Compared to her I looked as plain as a piece of brown cardboard. "I want you to have something that belonged to my grandmother, which she gave to my mother, who gave it to me and now I'm giving it to you Lindsey." My mom said while trying not to tear up; she pulled out a small blue velvet drawstring bad with gold tassels. My mom opened the bag and pulled out the most beautiful necklace I have ever seen. The necklace looked as if it was carved from stone, but it was a beautiful metal and was jewel incrusted with what looked to be Daveeralds and green diamonds. "M-mom, it's so beautiful, are you sure you trust me with something that is so meaningful to your family?" "Silly Lindsey, you ARE my family." My mom said as she leaned over and hugged me. I felt loved and cared for, more now than ever. Mom moved my hair to the side and gently wrapped the long necklace around my neck then let it drape down as she closed the clasp. I looked in the mirror and I liked what I saw. My mom was standing beside me smile, and I couldn't help but smile as well.


"I love it mom‌thank you." I said then turned to hug her. I felt myself start to cry softly, but this time it was because I was happy. I stopped sudden and sniffled away the tears. "I guess I should get going mom." I said as I gathered up my things. "I love you." I said over my shoulder as I walked out of my room and towards the stairs. I slowly walked down thDave and saw Elliott speaking with Michael about something. Michael was the first to make eye contact with me and he smiled up at me, which of course I couldn't help but smile back at him. I even felt myself blush a bit. Elliott saw that Michael was no longer looking at him and he turned to see what he was looking at. When I saw him look at me I couldn't help but blush even brighter shade of red. I felt my heart skip a few beats and my breathing caught in my chest, leaving me breathless. I could feel butterflies start to flutter around in my stomach, and I even felt giddy. "You look breath-taking Darlin'." "This coming from the dead boyfriend who hasn't had a real breath of fresh air since the civil war?" David said as he grinned. I couldn't help but smile a bit at his attDavept at poking fun at Elliott. "Yes David, I know that we don't actually breathe, it was a metaphor." "Don't try and change the subject Elliott, I'm trying to make fun of you." Sebastian and I couldn't help but shake our heads in sympathy. David was smart when it came to hunting and sports, but when trying to do comebacks he still needed some work. Elliott decided to let it brush off and took my hand in his. "Are you all ready to go Lindsey?" He asked as he looked me over. "Yes, I'm ready to go, now can you tell me where we're going?" Elliott gave me a crooked grin. "No silly Lindsey, I want this to be a surprise ok." He said with a bigger smile and even a wink. I let out a sigh and nodded my head as I smiled softly. I suppose this was where I would give in graciously and let him do whatever he had planned, even though the 'not knowing' part was starting to make me even more curious. "When do you think you two will be back?" Laura asked as she leaned into Michael's hold on her. "Probably around Sunday late afternoon Laura, we'll be safe ok." He winked again and I couldn't help but grin as if I had passed gas. He seDaveed to always make me feel this way. I felt safe, loved, and that I could be myself around him. I know that I felt that way with my whole family, but it meant something completely different when I was with Elliott. With that said Elliott and I walked out to his car. Once we were in and buckled he gunned it down the gravel driveway kicking up some gravel pebbles as he sped off. "So are you really going to keep the destination of our date a secret he whole time, or are you going to give in and tell me?" Elliott didn't answer he just turned his gaze to me and grin ear to ear then wink at me. I couldn't help but sigh in annoyance, but with that grin on his face I couldn't stay mad. "What I can say is that Sadie is right, you are going to need those hiking boots." I just sighed and watched as the farm scenery slowly faded into the darkness that was the night. A few hours later we were walking into an airport. Ok, now I was really curious where Elliott was taking me. I had only lived in Houston, New York City, and East Valley Iowa, and nothing really to go back to in any of those towns, so where was Elliott taking me? "Ok Lindsey, now comes the complicated part, do you trust me?" Ok, now I was really starting to feel my stomach turn into knots and doing summersaults as we walked through the terminals to get to wherever we were headed. Elliott got to the ticket counter and grabbed our tickets and we were told to go ahead and board the plane. Once we were seated Elliott got up from his designated seat. "Elliott, where are you going?" He ignored my question and went to the flight attendant standing next to the microphone. He was whispering something to her that was causing her to smile and even giggle. I couldn't help but feel somewhat jealous. I gripped the arms of the seat I was sitting in and I saw that my knuckles were turning white. I relaxed some when I saw Elliott walk back to his seat next to me and open the blind next to him to have a better view of the skyline when we took off. "You seDaveed pretty chummy with the flight attendant up there‌" I hated to sound obviously jealous but I couldn't help it he just seDaveed so chummy with her. "Awe Lindsey, you're cute when you get jealous like that. Your nose wrinkles and your face flush a bright shade of red." Elliott said as he touched my cheek. I could feel myself start to flush.


"Attention all passengers, we are now preparing to depart from the airport, I would like you all to please turn off all cell phones, beepers, pagers, and fasten your seat belts." Then the instructional video started to play about all the Daveergency equipment and what to do in case of an evacuation. I decided to ignore the video and felt myself slowly fall asleep against Elliott's shoulder. "Attention all passengers we have arrived, please put all trays and seats in their upright positions and thank you for flying Delta Airlines." I awoke from my what seDaveed a nap, but turned out to be a twelve hour flight. TWELVE HOURS! Where in god's name were we? "Darlin, we're here." Elliott said as he quickly went to the isle and helped me out of my seat and we grabbed our carry-on luggage and headed off the plane. As I walked down the hallway to the terminal I saw what looked to be just a regular 'ol airport terminal; people walking around in a hurry nothing out of the ordinary. I started to wonder if we even left the airport back home. I was about to ask Elliott that same question, but then I saw a big poster that was green with gold lettering that read "Welcome to Ireland!" My jaw dropped, this had to have been a mistake. Why were we Ireland? The last time I was here I was like five or six, I'm really not sure. What I was sure of was that now something was going to happen. "Elliott Whitlock, you better tell me what you have up your sleeve right this minute." Just then Elliott grinned ear to ear, if he grinned any wider he could've broken something. Instead of saying a word he took me by my hand and guided me to the car waiting just outside the terminal. It wasn't a taxi like I was expecting, the car was a very nice rental car. If I hadn't seen the little label saying 'enterprise' I would've mistaken it for an exact replica of Elliott's car from home. "If I tell you 'Lindsey Donovan' then it would ruin the surprise." Elliott said with a smirk and wink as he opened the passenger door for me. I couldn't help myself, I had to blush. He knew how to make me blush without any effort at all, and that frustrated me even more. Once we got in the car we started driving for what seDaveed like forever, and soon a house that seDaveed all but a dream to me was slowly coming into view. This house was the house that I grew up in after being saved by Elliott in Texas. "Is this what I think it is Ell? The house hasn't changed much at all." I said while I smiled. I had a lot of good times here, but as well as some scary ones as well. One of thDave being that I was being hunted by Heidi, James, Victoria, and at the time so was Ross. At the time Ross was my friend, and I had no idea that he was being controlled by Heidi. But then I rDaveDavebered when I first found out that my family, who I love dearly, was far from normal; my family was a coven of vampires. I rDaveDaveber that I had ran away, not because I was scared that they were vampires, but that they didn't tell me they were vampires to begin with. I chuckled to myself at that last thought. "What's so funny darlin'?" Elliott said as we kept driving down the road. "Nothing much, just rDaveDavebering when I first was told that you all were vampires." I said as I started to laugh again. Elliott, of course, looked at me and gave me his signature smirk as he kept speeding down the road, and before I knew it the road turned into a dirt path. "Ok Ell you have to tell me now, where are you taking me, and should I be worried?" I asked as I started to giggle to make sure that he knew I was kidding. I took in my surroundings and the scenery slowly started to become more familiar to me. That's when I saw it; the place where I had stopped when I was little; the place that was so mLaurarizing, my waterfall. "Is this what I think it is Elliott?" I said as I took in the view that was around me. It was just as I rDaveDavebered it. It had a small waterfall, lots of vegetation, and there are even more flowers than I rDaveDavebered. "It is exactly what you think it is darlin', it's your waterfall." "It's not mine technically Elliott, it belongs to nature." I knew that was clichĂŠ to say, but it was true, no one owned it, it wasn't on anyone's property. "Well, not any more Lindsey, now, it belongs to you." Elliott said as he pulled out a rolled piece of paper. I was stunned, it couldn't be; it couldn't be that he actually bought this piece of land for me. I unrolled the paper and I could feel my jaw hit the ground. Elliott had done exactly what I had thought, he bought this land and I was holding the paper that proved it. I looked at the piece of paper again, and then at Elliott; I was completely speechless, not


able to form a single sentence. I slowly started to grin and giggle, I think it was due from shock. "Lindsey, are you alright? Your Daveotions are all over the place, I can't get a stable reading on thDave darlin'." "I think it's because I'm happy, excited, shocked and others all rolled into one." I said to Elliott, and before I knew it he closed the distance that was previously between us. I looked into his eyes and saw that they were a topaz color, but something else was hidden in thDave as well. Elliott's lips then met mine with urgency and fiery passion. I nearly dropped the paper from how fiercely he started kissing me. It was as if he wasn't ever going to see me again, but I knew that that wasn't true. Elliott wouldn't ever leave me…at least I'm pretty sure that he would never leave me. Ok enough self-doubt Lindsey, Elliott loves you and would never do anything to hurt you. "Lindsey, everything all right? Your Daveotions shifted suddenly." I let out a sigh. I let him know that I was all right and just happy that I would always know that I had my waterfall with me. "Lindsey, you know I love you right?" "What a silly question to ask me Elliott, of course I know you love me." I started to panic a bit, but willed myself to stay calm so I would not alarm him. I didn't want him to know that he was making me a bit nervous. "Lindsey, I've always loved you, when I first looked at you as a young woman. I know that now you are almost eighteen now and well…" Just then Elliott hale got down on one knee. I swear to god my heart stopped beating as I realized what he was going to ask me. "Lindsey Marie Donovan, will you do me the honor of accepting my hand in marriage?" I was speechless, not sure what to say. I couldn't even move anything, then as if my reaction I held out my hand and saw Elliott slide the ring onto my ring finger symbolizing that I would spend the rest of my life with him. I could feel myself start to grin ear to ear and next thing I know I practically run to him and jump to give him a hug. I pulled my head back and instinctively our lips met and we kissed with so much heated passion I swear I was going to need a cold shower after this. Once we broke the kiss Elliott was grinning as well. "Darlin' suppose we should head back to the hotel?" Elliott said as he took me by the hand and lead me back to the car. I was still unable to form any sentences, but I let myself follow him. I was happy…no…ecstatic that I would soon be Mrs. Elliott Whitlock!


God Blessed Texas