Wednesday, 18 August 2010

Night & Day - Chapter IX

That day, I learned how fast I can be when the situation asks for it. After leaving from Brigs, I ran with only one thing in mind: getting to Michael’s house. Only so that I could get an explanation.
He said he wouldn’t let go. He said that we’d be together. But his actions just didn’t make any sense to me.
I practically stormed into the house. I could barely breathe because of the rush I was in.
It’s funny how falling in love can make your usual actions take a deep turn. Before this, I was always a calm person, never rushing anywhere. This was Michael’s mark on me.
I looked around and yet again, I couldn’t see anyone. I climbed the stairs to the first floor, towards the place I knew Michael’s room was. I remained for a bit standing in front of the door. This would be the first time when I entered his room.
Again fear crawled its way into my body. Not the fear normal people would actually feel upon entering a vampire’s nest, but fear of the answer that particular vampire would give me.
I took a grip of myself and opened the door.
There was nobody in there. No Michael, no nothing.
Then I heard something move a few rooms away. Something that seemed to be footsteps was coming from the direction where my room was.
I went towards there to check. I was already feeling worried since I would usually be ‘welcomed’ by one of Michael’s visions.
I noticed that it got dark pretty fast. Since it was late autumn, the day was now becoming shorter and shorter.
Because the lights weren’t turned on yet, the mansion seemed pretty creepy and I couldn’t see very much in front of me.
A sudden crack made me stop. From out of a room, a person ran out and went straight towards the window. But the moment he saw me, that person stopped. That person watching me made me feel all of a sudden, afraid.
In the moonlight, I could only see the shape of a person I had never seen before.
“Who are..-?” but I didn’t get to finish what I was trying to say, because just then, that person jumped off the window.
I couldn’t move for a moment. From right before my eyes, a person jumped from the 2nd floor of a mansion that wasn’t actually very low…
When I finally got a hold of my senses, I went straight towards that window. But nobody was there anymore.
What normal person would have jumped from that high, and then leave as if it was nothing?
I turned around, and behind me was the room from which that person came from, with its door open.
It was my room.
Not knowing if there was still anyone in, I slowly walked towards it and went in.
There actually was someone inside. But that person wasn’t someone I could consider suspicious.
Next to my bed, Beea was folding some of my clothes that were just washed. But you could tell that her mind was somewhere else. There I was, standing in front of her, and she didn’t notice me at all. She was just staring in mid-air.
“Beea… are you alright?”
She reacted as if I just woke her up from a trance.
“Huh? Ah… yeah, I’m fine. Is something the matter?” she said, now with her usual smile.
“I just saw someone coming out of this room. Did he do anything to you?”
She paused a bit, as if again, she went in that trance of hers.
“Hm? Oh, no, I didn’t see anyone” she said after ‘waking up’. “It must have been your imagination, Lydia.”
Something smelled fishy. I knew that I wasn’t going insane… yet… but I didn’t ask anymore, since I knew that Beea wouldn’t hide something without a reason.
But still…
Then I remembered the reason why I rushed back here in the first place.
“Beea, did you see Michael?”
This time, her expression changed again and her eyes widened. It was as if, this was a question she least wanted to hear.
“Uhm… Lydia… he’s…”
Now I was really worried.
“Beea, please tell me where he is.”
“Well… he’s not here… he said that he had some things to do, and will be away for a few days…”
I felt my feet going numb. The answers for my questions just ran off again.
“Lydia, it’s going to be alright. You already know how he feels about you.” She said, in an attempt to encourage me.
“… yeah…”
I wanted to believe in Michael, but… what was I supposed to believe when he wasn’t even there to explain things to me?
The next few days passed like they were going in slow motion.
I moved back to my house and started working again at Brigs. All of a sudden, my life turned… normal.
I still didn’t get any news from Michael. I was now like an empty shell, or a soulless figurine working without any energy. I now had different reasons for not being able to sleep at night.
“Lydia, what’s with that gloomy face you’ve been wearing lately? You look like you were just dumped by your boyfriend or something.”
That’s Georgia Pets for you… completely unaware of the situation, but still acts like a walking radar. That, or her intuition is really well developed.
“It’s nothing, I’m sorry for worrying you.”
“You’re such a workaholic, I bet you were overworking again and couldn’t get any sleep. Try finding yourself a man, to have at least a worthy reason for not being able to sleep.”
I really hated that intuition of hers…
“Yeah…” I said with a sigh, hoping she would stop her wave picking radar.
“By the way, did you hear that rumor going around? Seems like some really hot guy is going to be working here starting today!”
And now, Georgia the gossiper strikes again… she never misses a chance to talk about guys…
“Looks like aside from his looks, he’s also very smart. He took his lawyer license in just two days. People usually take weeks or even months going to law school and taking all kinds of tests, but he only took the final and passed it successfully. People say he’s a young genius.”
“Is that so…” I said, trying to escape the ‘gossip quarter’
“Maybe you should try him out, who knows, maybe you two would get along well.”
“I completely agree!” said someone from behind, grabbing me with his arms around me.
Hearing that voice made my body freeze and my heart race, and I still couldn’t believe it until I turned around and saw that person with his black hair and dark blue eyes gazing right back at me.
“Right in the flesh.” He said with a grin and kissed me right there.
“Hm… Wait a minute! What are you doing here?!” I said, breaking away from his kiss. My mind was spinning around me in confusion while he kept holding me as if everything was ok.
In front of me, I saw a Georgia whose face looked like it was just about to fall off from the shock.
“Michael, we’re in front of everyone, you know…” I said, trying to release myself from his arms.
“Don’t wanna! I really missed you, you know?” he said, acting like a spoiled child and squeezing himself even more against me, looking like he didn’t even care at all about all the people that were watching. In fact, I think he was actually doing it on purpose.
“Michael, here’s not…!”
“My, what a lovely scene we have here” said a person coming near us.
A man with blond hair and sky blue eyes came in front of us. He was casually wearing a suit, a shirt with his upper buttons undone, and wearing his coat over his shoulder.
“Hi Mike, long time no see, huh?” he said with a bright smile.
That moment, Michael took his arms from around my waist, but began holding my shoulders firmly. That way, I managed to turn around and see his face better.
Michael was glaring. Instead of the “Hello my friend” smile, he had a deathly glare on his face.
“Tsk, he really came…” he said, like almost mumbling to himself.
“Hey, don’t give me that mean look, will ya? We’re childhood friends, aren’t we?”
Michael’s glare was still unchanged, and he was still strongly holding my shoulders. Were childhood friends supposed to be acting like this? What was actually going on?
“So, you must be Lydia, huh? To be able to get a hold of him, you’re really something, aren’t you?”
I was confused about what to say. He seemed like a very nice person, but I still didn’t know the reason behind Michael’s behavior.
“Well, I hope we’ll get along well, since we’ll all be working here together!”
“Him too??” exclaimed Georgia. “Whoa, I didn’t know that good guys come in a pack!” she said, obviously excited.
“Well, I don’t like to draw to much attention, so I asked the boss if he would keep my coming here a secret.”
‘No, you’re actually drawing a lot of attention…’ Is what I would have liked to tell him.
“And who might you me?” asked Georgia, very curious about the company’s new piece of artwork.
“Me? I’m Alex.” he said with a grin. “Alex Maxden.”

Saturday, 7 August 2010

Lydia Miget [Night & Day]

this is my original drawing of Lydia Miget from my story, Night & Day. this is how I imagined her to be. Drew it, scanned it, modified the colors a bit in photoshop and added the logo.

(if I bring out the courage, I'll also show you my first drawing of her, even though it's not as good as this one... even though they do resemble, and that's what's important...)

I also have a drawing of Michael... even though, I wanna see if I can get a better shot at him first...

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Night & Day - Secret

this is the soundtrack for Night & Day called Secret. I always play it when I'm writting this fiction XD.

Night & Day - Chapter VIII

I’ve waited several hours for him to return to the library… yet he didn’t come back at all.
As I thought, he must have been too tired to continue, so I suppose he must have gone to have some rest. It was already late afternoon, so I might as well use some sleep too…
The sky was clouded, announcing a big storm, so a day outside was out of discussion.
While lying in bed, whether I wanted it or not, I kept thinking about Michael. Was he alright? Was he getting his rest? I was really worried about his health… maybe he really was overworking himself… I fell asleep having these thoughts.
A creak made me wake up. Opening my eyes, I saw that it was already dark outside. I turned around to see the door to my room slightly opened, so I went to check. Nothing. Not even a soul in sight. I closed the door and turned around to go back to bed. A huge flash from a lightning revealed the shape of a person in a dark corner next to the wardrobe. My heartbeat accelerated as I could feel that whoever was standing there wasn’t up to anything good. In the dark, I could only see a pair of red eyes, the color of blood.
A second lightning flash revealed the person completely. A man with black hair and blood red eyes was staring right at me. He was the last person in the world I’d suspect being there.
I was confused. Something was definitely wrong here. The Michael in front of me wasn’t the one I knew. The Michael I knew would always make me feel safe around him, yet this one made me feel really frightened. He took a step towards me and his eyes were like boiling in the dark.
“Michael, what’s going on?” I said, with my voice trembling.
He didn’t answer my question. He was silently approaching me. I could feel the dark aura surrounding him as he got closer and closer and closer, until he got in front of me.
“Michael, this isn’t funny!” I said, already in a panic. Something definitely wasn’t right.
It was like he was being controlled. His sorrowful flaming eyes were watching me as if he was in the dept of despair.
I kept stepping back until I hit the border of the bed. The shaking confused me for a moment, but when I looked in front again, nobody was there.
“He’s… gone…”
A pair of hands caught my shoulders from behind. When I turned around, I saw that Michael was holding me. In the little light that came into my room, two little things were shining in his mouth. Those were fangs.
This time panic overwhelmed me. I tried to escape his grasp, but he was too strong. I couldn’t get away.
The feeling of a hand brushing the hair of my shoulder sent chills to my spine.
“Let go!” I cried.
Instead of letting go, he reached his mouth to my neck.
“I’m sorry…” I heard him say before finally burying his teeth into my neck.
“Nooo!” I screamed, my voice being covered by a huge thunder sound.
Looking around, I saw that I was on my bed, with my body shaking really hard.
Nobody was around. I took my trembling hand to my neck.
Everything was fine… it was only a bad dream…
Another lightning stroke, followed by a thunder. Nature was going all out there…
I got off from the bed and left my room in a hurry. I had to find Michael. For some reason, I had a really bad feeling and I couldn’t calm down until I talked with him.
‘I’m sorry…’
Those words remained stuck in my head. Maybe that was why I wanted to see Michael, to make sure everything was alright.
The long hallways seemed endless. Even after searching all the rooms, I couldn’t find anyone in them.
Then it hit me. Beea! She had to know where Michael is! In fact, she is the only one who could actually know! I had to find her. The longer I kept searching, the more I started to worry.
“Beea! Beea, where are you?”
I yelled as hard as I could, but no one answered. Only my voice was echoing in the huge mansion. I went towards the kitchen. I knew that since it was already night I probably wouldn’t find her there anymore, but it was the only place in the house where I haven’t searched yet.
I ‘crashed’ into the kitchen, hoping to find at least someone in there.
But the place was empty. It was as if the whole house was deserted, and I was the only one left. Where on earth could they be?
Just then, I saw a door on the other side of the room that was slightly open. I went there to check it.
My first thought was that it was a store-room, but as I opened it, it revealed a passage. It was pitch dark inside, so I searched in the drawers for a flashlight. Other options being out, I decided to go and see where the passage led.
It was a chilly place, probably leading to an underground room or a dungeon. Still hearing thunders from outside made the place seem even creepier. It made me think about what was I actually doing here in the first place?
What normal person would come to such a place this late at night?
Then again, I left that thought really soon, since I was also walking through there, at this hour…
As I reached the end of the passage, I heard voices coming from the room to which it led. My first impulse was to hide behind the all to see, or more like hear who was there.
I heard a person who seemed to be breathing heavily and was in pain because of something. I almost got out from my hiding and went to help, but the voice of one of the persons there stopped me.
“Master, get a hold of yourself!”
That was Beea’s voice. She seemed to be really worried about the other person she was with. And since she called him “master”, that person seemed to be none other than Michael.
“I’m sorry… It looks like I can’t hold on any longer…” he said to Beea.
“It’s alright, even if it isn’t the one you want, it can still help you! You don’t need to hold back and push yourself any longer!”
After a short pause, Michael finally gave his answer.
“I’m sorry…” he said. Then, the next moment I heard Beea gasp.
Those words were like a trigger to me. They were the same as in the dream I had not too long ago. The bad feeling caught up to me again and I got out of hiding without even thinking about it first.
But what I saw there was something I couldn’t even imagine I would ever see. I froze the moment I saw the persons in front of me.
Beea was with her back against the wall, and holding her was Michael. This wasn’t any lover‘s quarrel… On Beea’s neck, blood was spilling down, and Michael… coming out of his mouth and buried is her neck were a pair of long fangs…
His red eyes seemed like they were burning as they were becoming bloodier by the second.
I gasped as I regained control over my body, which gave my presence away. The next moment, Michael’s shocked bloody red eyes met mine.
“Lydia!” yelled Beea when she saw me and then burst into tears. She clearly didn’t want me to see this scene, because she knew it would horrify me.
“What… is this…?” I finally forced my voice out.
I already knew the answer for that. Standing in front of me was a being that I believed it only existed in books… yet he was real, proving it all wrong…
But still, I wanted to hear his answer. I wanted him to deny it and say it was just a misunderstanding. I would believe him even if it was a lie. Even if he was actually a vampire…
But Michael didn’t answer. He watched me, silently, while his eyes were slowly going back to their original color. Then, instead of answering, he showed me. He confirmed to me all the things I was trying to deny by only showing me his vampire fangs. It seemed like he didn’t want to keep this a secret anymore.
It all overwhelmed me. I ran away from that place as fast as I could. It was as if my body was moving by itself, my feet running up the staircase, into my room, shutting and locking the door. I leaned myself against the door and crashed in front of it, taking my head into my hands.
I still couldn’t believe this was actually happening. That Michael was really… a vampire…
I was startled when I heard that sudden voice in my head. Where did it come from?
I opened the door and there was no one. Not even a soul in sight. Closing it, I looked around the room. Nobody was there…
“… Michael?”
After a short pause, I heard the voice in my head again.
‘… yes.’
“But What’s going on?”
I was practically begging for answers. My mind was a total mess. And now Michael was in it as well…
Again silence came for a moment, until his answer came.
‘By now, you already know now what I am, right?’
It took me a bit to answer it.
“A… vampire…” my voice seemed like it was broken when I said that.
‘… and you also know what we eat…’
That sent chills right to my spine.
“… Blood…” I said with the same broken voice. That made it clear to me that I was also a… possible meal…
I still wanted to make some things certain. I already knew the answer, but some things were still uncertain to me.
“Why did you bring me here?”
It was a short moment of silence again.
‘Your blood… I wanted it… so I brought you here, where I could have it whenever I wanted…’
“Then why didn’t you take it until now? After all this time, why did you keep hiding it?!” I yelled, with tears flowing down my face. His silence made me feel like I could break at any moment into madness.
‘I wanted to… right from the start, I wanted to taste it…’ I sensed a slight laugh combined with a sigh in his voice. ‘But then, your easygoing and easy-to-tease character of yours also seemed fun to enjoy. I wanted to see more of that, and then take what I wanted. But once I started to know you, things changed… and I didn’t want to destroy everything…’
“Destroy? What exactly??”
‘… You. The time spent with you. I didn’t want you to fear me or to… hate me…’ his voice seemed broken at the last two words.
After that, I heard footsteps. And then, I knew it was Michael. Images of a tall man, with black hair and dark blue eyes coming towards my room and stopping in front of the door came into my head. I could see it as if I was dreaming it. I could see both the inside and the outside of my room, through the closed door.
“What is…” i said, confused.
‘Lydia… I know you must be frightened… I would understand if you would want to leave here… I would also understand if you want me to disappear from your life…’
I felt like the sky had just fallen on me. I could see Michael’s pained expression as he said that.

‘… disappear…’

Why did I run here in the first place? Why did I come to this room instead of running directly out of the house?
Deep inside, I didn’t want to leave. I didn’t want it to end.
“NO!” I yelled as I opened the door and crashed into Michael’s arms. “I don’t want you to leave me! No matter what you are, you are still Michael! Kind, dependable, complete teaser! You’re the Michael I love!” I said, crying my eyes out.
He smiled as he let out a sigh. His dreamy blue eyes were as clear as ever.
“You could have let the ‘teaser’ part out… even though it was true…” he said as he embraced me. “Even so, are you going to stay by my side? Forever?”
“Only if you let me.” I said, burying my face into his chest.
“How could I not let you after hearing that confession?” he said with a smirk.
My eyes widened as I looked up at him. I went into a blush when I remembered that in my burst of feelings, I just confessed my love to Michael.
“… You really are-!!!” but he didn’t let me finish what I wanted to say, because he covered my mouth with his. It was such a soft kiss… he was holding onto me strongly, yet his kiss was really gentle. I felt like I could melt at any moment. He took his lips off mine as he embraced me.
“I won’t let you go. I want you by my side.” He said, looking at me with his dreamy eyes. Right now, I was the happiest woman. I didn’t want to let go of him.
But then, my eyes wrinkled when I remembered something. He looked at me, confused of my expression.
“You… you were the one who kept showing me weird images with the two of us, weren’t you?”
He smirked. “Want me to show you some more?” he said with a grin. I glared at him a bit.
“And those dreams…” I continued “… those nightmares… did you also show them to me?”
He looked somewhat troubled by that.
“Well… most of them…” he said, trying to look away.
“What do you mean ‘most of them’? What is that power anyway?”
He seemed like he was trying to pick the right words. It looks like it wasn’t a really simple matter.
“With this power, you can say that I have control over your thoughts… the things you imagine… the things you ‘hear’… I can show you whatever I want, whenever I want. But even if I can use this on a conscious mind, I can only draw out its full power only when the other person is asleep. That’s when this power has full control over the senses. You can call this ‘dream control’.
I glared at him again.
“So what was with all those nightmares? Couldn’t you give me a break at least once in a while?”
His face looked funny when he became all troubled again. It looks like I just hit a sensitive spot.
“Well, at first I did give you those nightmares myself… to see your reaction…” He sighed and then continued. “But after some time, I started to crave for your blood. The more I learned about you, the more I wanted you. And this power showed what I desired to the person I was most concentrated on. This is the drawback of my power…” he said with a sigh.
His gaze melted my heart like ice-cream on a hot day.
“So… do you want it now?” I said, holding onto him.
His eyes seemed to change color again, though it got back to the way they where as he averted his eyes.
“Fine then! Go to Beea, maybe she’ll be able to satisfy you!” I said, pouting.
He took me by surprise with another soft yet passionate kiss.
“You know it’s not like that. I just… don’t want to spoil you… I wanted you to remain pure…” he said as he put his hand on my neck. “I also don’t want to hurt you in any way.”
“I don’t care… so don’t go to other women for that… especially Beea, she’s my precious friend.” I said with a smile.
“You’re really jealous, aren’t you?” he said with a grin.
“Who, me? Not a chance!” I said, giving him a quick kiss. He looked surprised, but then he embraced me.
“Ok, I promise it won’t be any other woman than you.”
“Good boy.” I said as I cuddled at his chest. I could have stayed like that forever.
But unfortunately, at a certain moment, morning came. And even though he said he didn’t need as much sleep as humans do, he still needed short times of rest.
So as a result, when noon came, I was wandering around in the library trying to find a way to kill some time.
The desk was cleaned up. No documents, registers, maps or any other papers we’d need for the instruction. Not that it would have any meaning to it… now I finally understood why he was much better than me at this. He didn’t need to learn, because he already knew. This was only an excuse to bring me in…
The phone on the desk started to ring. This was the first time I actually noticed that phone since I didn’t hear it ring until now, and most of the time it was buried under the mountain of papers. I answered it since nobody was around. It might have been something important…
“Hello? This is… Devan residence!” I said, remembering that I was in his house.
‘Mrs. Miget? Is that you?’
It seemed like ages since I last heard Mr. Robertson’s voice.
‘Yeah, it’s me. How’s everything going?’
“Perfect! I mean… my job’s going well.”
‘Great! In that case, can you drop by at the company? I have something I need to talk with you.’
I was surprised by the sudden summoning. I went to Brigs to see what boss wanted.
Everything seemed so lively there. People carrying all sorts of papers here and there, telephones ringing, other lawyers doing their work or discussing with their clients in their offices. It seemed like ages since I last came here and I was already feeling nostalgic.
“Lydia! Boss is waiting for you in his office!” said a person that I easily recognized as being my friend, Georgia Pets.
“Thanks!” I said as I entered Mr. Robertson’s office. I was welcomed by a fresh looking old man’s smile as he was drinking a coffee.
“Long time no see Mrs. Miget! It’s good to have you again!”
“Uhm… yeah… it’s good to see you too, bo… Mr. Robertson!
“How did your assignment go? Did it give you any trouble?”
“Not at all! Micha… I mean Mr. Devan is a great learner. In fact, he may be a little too good….” I mumbled.
“It’s great! Then you can finally come back to work here without any other worries!” he said, enthusiastically. I, on the other hand, wasn’t that enthusiastic. Instead, it was as if I was just hit by a truck.
“Your assignment is complete, you can return to brigs now! Everybody missed you a lot here! I also talked with Mr. Devan and he also agreed with me. So… welcome back!" He said with a cheerful smile.
Too bad I couldn’t be as happy as he was. It came with a really bad timing. What was Michael thinking about when he accepted anyway? Couldn’t he just play stupid a bit and say he still needed instructing?
I knew that this day would come, but this was too soon… be continued...

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Vampire Knight OS - Leo's Theme

here I come again with another Vampire Knight - Our Story soundtrack. as I initially used Requiem for a Dream as Leo's theme, I think that this is also fitting for him, since it flew around my mind all the time I was writting part 9 of the story. But since Requiem for a Dream also reminds me of him, I'm gonna change it's meaning to Leo's other side. The Alfa one...
so, here's the all new Leo's Theme

Friday, 11 June 2010

Vampire Knight OS - Izano's Theme

soundtrack for part III and V. I'm saying that it's mostly for those part, since this theme goes around the lycan, Izano.

Monday, 31 May 2010

Night & Day - Chapter VII

I was already far away from the house. Only by thinking that I couldn’t be with him anymore if I told him the truth made my mind just go blank… I just left the house like that…
Since when did I become such a coward? Before, I was able to express my feelings much better and wouldn’t do something like run away from anything.
Leave it to love to turn everything upside-down…
I kept walking until I reached a park. Everything that happened seems to have tired me down, so I looked for a place where I could stay down a bit until I found an empty bench.
It was really quiet around… Night was already falling and there weren’t many people around. Though, from place to place, I could still see couples walking around, kissing and holding hands and kissing in the romantic atmosphere given by the evening…
Great… just what I needed right now, to see lovey-dovey scenes…
After a while, there weren’t people around anymore. I guess that they already all went back to their homes.
Strange… Even though that place was supposed to be my ‘working place’ for a short time, I already began to consider it a ‘home’… it was the place I wanted to return to…
I wanted to go back there… but at the same time, I was afraid that if I go there and see Michael now, he’d ask for explanations and I’d just blurt everything out. For the first time, I was afraid of those blue eyes that became my personal drug, my ‘truth serum’.
The voice that was calling out from me released me from the trance I was in right now and I turned around. The feeling I had when I saw the only person I could talk freely with was something like a door opening at the end of the tunnel.
I said that, but my voice sounded as if it was broken. The moment I saw her, I just burst into tears as he took my head to her chest and hugged me.
“Beea, I… I…”
‘I’m a total idiot’ is what I wanted to say, but I wasn’t able to speak properly because I was crying. Seeing Beea made all these feelings burst out.
Somehow, she became I person I could trust. Still being in her maid suit, and clearly worn out from running, she went looking around for me… and after she finally found me, she didn’t ask anything… she just stayed by my side until I calmed down.
“Feeling any better now?”
“Beea… I couldn’t… I wasn’t able to…”
Seeing that I wasn’t going to finish what I began to say, she tried to figure out herself what the answer was.
“Did you have a fight with Michael?”
“Eh? Fight?”
I became confused that moment. It wasn’t actually a fight. In fact, it wasn’t one at all.
“No… we didn’t fight… it’s just me who is just… I… couldn’t tell him… I was afraid that if I do, everything would be…”
Beea saw that I was barely connecting sentences, but she seemed to have realized what was going on.
“Lydia… you don’t need to rush yourself if you feel that you’re not ready… When the moment you want to tell him your true feelings will come, do it without feeling like you’re being forced to… Michael will understand.”
What she said was true. Sooner or later, I’ll have to tell him… I just had to find the right time, for when my heart would be able to hear both of his answers.
Beea’s words gave me a little more courage. Beea smiled when she saw that I was already feeling better.
“You know, when you left the house, he couldn’t stay still not even for a moment. He was walking around and acting like an impatient little kid right there. It was so cute to see him so worked up.”
I looked at her to see that she was giggling.
That kind of surprised me… Michael was actually worried about me…
When she saw that I became really curious, she continued talking to me, and I was also like a kid carefully listening to a story.
“He almost ran out looking for you when he saw that it was evening and you weren’t home yet, but I stopped him and said that I’d go… I pretty much already figured that something like this was going on, so I thought that I should find you first. It wasn’t that easy to convince him though…”
For a moment there, I wasn’t able to say anything… but… I was somewhat happy…
“Should we go back now? I bet he already made a big hole in the floor…”
Seeing her trying to cheer me up like that made me feel like she was kind of like my guardian angel.
“Yeah… let’s go.”
When I arrived at the house, my chest was already feeling really tight. The questions from ‘the person in cause’… I still didn’t know what to say if he asked me…
But instead of that, I was welcomed by something that I really didn’t expect.
When I entered the house, the first thing I saw was Michael, that even though he was sitting on the couch, he looked stressed and like he was restraining himself there.
The moment he saw me, he got up the couch really fast and walked like a storm towards me.
Before I even realized what was going on, he was already holding me tightly in his arms. His heartbeat was really fast and I could feel his breathing in my ear. Thank God he couldn’t see my face there, because I’m sure I was boiling red.
“I was worried, you know…”
One thing is to only think that he was worried, and another is to actually hear him saying it himself. He still held me for a few more seconds, but it was enough for him to notice that my heart was racing.
When he finally let go of me, I still kept my head down for a bit.
“I’m sorry…”
After that, I heard him sigh. Well, come to think of it, every normal person would get tired with me doing stupid things like these…
Seriously, I was really acting like a kid… I was really living up to my baby-face…
“It’s ok… just… don’t do it again.”
I raised my head to see him smile, I missed that smile… I only saw it earlier today, but it still seemed like it was such a long time…
“Lydia… you should go and rest for now. Tomorrow we have a lot of work to do. There’s a pile of documents and records just waiting for us on the library desk.”
There was still more?
“Seriously, I think you’re even better than me at this…”
He chuckled a bit when he saw my grumpy face.
“What? It’s true!...”
“But I couldn’t have gotten here without your help. You’re a really good teacher.”
“Then maybe I should ask for a raise since my teaching skills are so awesome…” I said in an ironic mumble.
“Do you want a reward then?”
Reward? What kind of reward could he have given me?
Looking at him, he looked really confident about something… His gaze already caught me in its net
A kiss… for some reason, that was the first thing to come into my mind…
I was already seeing him giving me a passionate kiss… taking control while I was holding onto him…
WAIT! What am I imagining again??
But still… the sensation felt so real…
Looking at him, his smug, carefree smile was back in its rightful place. That was the moment when I realized that I was really red.
“No thanks, your rewards still sound suspicious to me.”
“As you wish.” he said as he turned around. “Then, I’ll also go and take some rest. Don’t run off again, ok?”
“Geez, I won’t…”
He smirked as he left the room.
Seems like his good mood was also back…
But… I couldn’t help not to notice… he was really careful with the things he was telling me… even though he was worried, he didn’t ask for anything about tat ‘certain’ matter. Beea was right about him…
He understood me. Despite his teasing character, Michael knew that I couldn’t comfortably talk about that and didn’t ask anymore… He was really thoughtful about me…Even as the day kept passing, Michael was still acting his usual self. Not even once did he ask me or touch that subject again, even though a normal human being would have at least tried to find out once.
Well, it wouldn’t surprise me if someone told me now that he’s actually an alien…
But still… his silence also made me confused again… maybe he wasn’t interested in it after all…
It was already the 5th day now. For some reason, I couldn’t sleep very well that night as well. I dreamed again of that person…a person who was chasing me, and in the dark, I could only see his deep-blue eyes slowly changing their color into a bloody-red one…
Even though I should have already gotten used to it, the moment I woke up my breathing was heavy and my heart was beating like mad. It really made me wonder how it managed to keep up with it until now.
I took a shower and got dressed and went to have some breakfast before going to the library for the morning ‘instruction’ session with Michael that it was still, in my opinion, quite unnecessary. It was more like he was the one doing the teaching…
When I arrived at the kitchen, I saw Beea doing breakfast there.
“Mornin’ Beea. Can I help some too?”
“Oh, Lydia, good morning! Well, breakfast’s already done, so you can just go ahead and eat.” She said that with a bright smile that made me successfully forget about last night’s dream. But…
“Uhmm… Beea... Where’s Michael?”
“He’s probably waiting upstairs. You can also go after you have breakfast.”
But what about his breakfast…? It looks like Beea also made only one, for me…
Well, he probably ate before me… so might as well eat something too.
Even so, it still made me feel lonely…
When I went upstairs, in the library, I saw Michael reading again. All the papers were ready as well.
But… there was something off with him… He looked as if he was really tired and his face clearly showed that he was troubled about something.
But still, he noticed me right from the moment I came in.
“Good morning Michael…”
“Good morning…”
It was pretty weird hearing that lifeless answer from him…
“Michael, is everything ok? You seem ill…”
He soon realized that I was worried about him, and tried to hide it with a smile.
“It’s ok… I’m just a little tired… “
“… Should we call today off so you could get some rest?”
“Lydia, I told you, I’m fine. Don’t worry unnecessarily, ok?... I’ll go and wash my face a bit… I’ll be right back…”
Somehow, I just got the feeling that he was trying to hide it because I was such a worrywart…
Even though he was a person with great influence on other people, he still cared about the feelings of those that were around him…
I decided. Today, I’ll tell him about these feelings I keep inside. Even if he rejects me, I don’t want to be a coward and run away anymore… he doesn’t deserve this either.
My feelings for him were also too great to be kept in any longer…

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Monday, 24 May 2010

Story Plots: Night & Day + Vampire Knight

i just realized that i didn't write up until now a plot for my stories... and of course, a story/novel needs a plot... so i'm gonna write one for each of them right now.
both of these are vampire stories xD

Night & Day
Lydia Miget is a fresh lawyer working at Brigs Company. One day, her boss receives a call from a person linked with the company, a man with great influence and power named Michael Devan... even so, she is told that she has to be his instructor and also live in the same house as him, to accustom him better with the bussines... how will she manage to resist this person who is making her heart race?
Moreover, what if Michael had a great secret that even Lydia would find hard to believe...?

Vampire Knight - Our Story
Rima and Yuuki are now closer than ever. Due to a series of events which revealed that Rima is actually a pureblood vampire and Yuuki is also her sister, her life took a great turn... but what will happen if her enemies won't be only greedy vampires and hunters, but also people which are actually some kind of werewolves? How is she going to hold the lycans off while also protecting those dear to her?

so, feel like reading them now?

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Vampire Knight OS - Alfa

this is the soundtrack for part VII of Vampire Knight - Our Story, which mostly represents the most powerful of lycans. The soundtrack's name is Alfa.

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Vampire Knight OS - Part IX

Part IX: The Link

Deep in the forest, you could hear footsteps… you could hear that someone was running…
‘Oh yeah, these are my footsteps…’
In the midst of the night, Rima was running away from something. Looking back, she saw green phosphorescent rooks chasing after her, and a big, black cloak which was releasing them.
‘I have to keep running…’
‘It’s useless to run.’
Looking in front of her again, she saw a boy with black hair and a pair of black eyes blocking her way. Seeing her, the boy smirked.
‘You’re mine now!’ he said as he charged at her, before she even managed to react.
“Nooooo!!” she yelled, but as she opened her eyes, the boy wasn’t in front of her anymore, even though she was still in the forest.
The easily recognizable voice of another boy made it clear to her that she was only having a bad dream. The boy that had blond, spiky hair came running towards her, and looked worried at her with his green-yellow-grey colored eyes.
He was holding in one arm some woods and a couple of sticks, and in the other ones two rabbits that seemed to be caught not too long ago.
“Are you alright?”
Akito was breathing heavily, sign that he rushed towards her.
“I’m fine, but… what the hell are you doing with those things?”
“Oh, these?” he lifted the logs and the rabbits. “I’m making dinner!” he said with a proud grin. “Want yours to be raw or cooked?”
“…-.-‘ ”
“As I figured, not to your liking, huh…?”
Rima stared at him a bit…
“Oh no, so you’re planning to serve me for dinner!” he said, chuckling and putting down the things he was carrying.
Akito was still laughing, but after a moment he stopped, tuning his head towards his side.
“So he’s here already…” said Akito, almost like lost in space.
Rima was confused for a moment, but when she felt the scent of the person who came, there was no doubt about it anymore.
After that, she saw him… At a short distance, Shiki was standing in front of her. His expression that time was almost as if he lacked emotion… It was as if it wasn’t a person there, but a stone… because of that, Rima felt guilty, because she knew the reason why he was mad…
Then, she looked towards Akito who was still standing right beside her.
“I let them know where you are… you should go back, Yuuki is probably worried sick about you…”
Her silence could have been taken as an answer. She got up, but was caught by a slight pain in her body. As she was about to fall, she was caught by Shiki, whose expression still hadn’t changed.
“You should take it easy for a while, kay?...” said Akito as he started to walk away. “Say ‘hi’ to Yuuki for me!”. After saying that, he disappeared into the forest.
Rima turned her head towards the person who, even though he seemed to be upset, he was gently carrying her as he started running.
He didn’t say anything back, and neither was looking her in the face.
“Shiki, I know you’re upset, but… there wasn’t any other way…”
He still kept silent… But when Rima decided to stop saying anything anymore, a reply came.
“Why didn’t you let me protect you?”
“… you were already badly hurt…”
At that moment, Shiki stopped.
“I didn’t care. You should have had some more faith. You just gave up too easily…”
“I… I’m sorry…”
She knew that Shiki had all the rights to be mad…
But then, she felt Shiki’s arms holding her tightly to his chest.
“Please don’t worry me like that ever again…” he said, and she could hear his breathing in her ear, as well as his heartbeat.
Rima smiled as she put her arms around him, hugging him tight.
They both continued their way towards the house… but soon after that, she realized that they weren’t heading towards the mansion.
“Hey, Shiki… where are we going?”
Shiki didn’t answer right away… he seemed like he was searching for the right words to express something…
“We had to move out… that place was no longer safe…”
Thinking about it, he was right. Leo already knew about that place, so staying there any longer would be dangerous.
They were running for quite a while. When dawn was breaking, they reached a mansion that seemed to be from a different region as the previous one.
“This place is owned by my family, so we can stay here for now.”
“Oh… so this is Shiki’s…”
But then, she realized that she was still being carried by him.
“Hey, mind if you…”
Shiki smiled as he saw her trying to get down, but he held her even tighter.
“What, you have something against me carrying you over? That’s the least you could do…” he said as he lowered his face and kissed her on the forehead.
“It’s just stupid…”
“Well, if it’s just ‘stupid’, you shouldn’t mind me doing it then.”
She looked at him and when she saw his smile, he couldn’t complain anymore.
“Do as you like…”
Shiki smiled hearing her answer.
When they entered the house, everyone was in the living room. Kaname was at a desk with Aidou and Akatsuki, while Yuuki was with Ruka on a couch unable to sit still, giving Ruka some trouble in calming her down.
When Yuuki saw Rima coming in with Shiki, she immediately stood up, pushing Ruka aside.
“Oh, great…”
Still being carried by Shiki and with everybody seeing that scene wasn’t exactly her idea of keeping a low profile.
Shiki saw the face she made, but he smiled when he saw her acting like a kid.
“They were all really worried about you.”
“There wasn’t any need to be… and now, would you please…” said Rima while trying to get herself down. He smiled again and let go of her.
“Thanks.” she said, bluntly.
But she hardly set foot on the ground that she already heard Yuuki yelling.
The next moment, she found herself being hold by her crying sister. Yuuki was holding her so strongly that it was almost hard to breathe.
“Yuuki, calm down… it’s ok…”
“It’s not ok!!” she said, bursting in even more tears. “Do you know how worried I was? Why did you place yourself in such danger? We could’ve found a way to win!”
Yuuki’s words were like a stab, because she said the same things Shiki did. But even so, Rima wasn’t regretting it… as far as she’s concerned, the way things were that time wasn’t showing any hope…
“Yuuki, I’m fine now, so it’s gonna be alright.”
Yuuki noticed the change in Rima’s tone. The way she said it left no place for arguing… she just complied and hugged her tight.
“I’m glad you’re safe…” se said with a relieved voice.
Rima didn’t say anything back to her, but there wasn’t any need for that. She was clearly happy to be back.
Time passed so quickly that they didn’t even realize that it was already afternoon. After all that, Rima was feeling so tired that she fell asleep on Yuuki’s shoulder.
“Seems like she really was exhausted. No wonder, after everything that happened…” said Yuuki, seeing her sleep so peacefully.
“I should take her into a room so she can properly rest there… you guys need to listen to a certain somebody…” he said as he looked towards the window, where a boy was standing.
“…Akito?!” said Yuuki, surprised.
“Shhh, you’ll wake her up!” he said as he looked towards Rima.
“Oh, sorry…” she said, lowering her voice.
“I’m going to take her upstairs. I’ll be back in a minute.”
He lifted Rima in his arms, but immediately after doing that, he saw Akito glaring at him. Somehow, his face reminded him of an annoyed puppy.
“What?” asked Shiki, bluntly.
“It’s not fair…” said Akito, pouting.
“Life’s not always fair…” said Shiki, but couldn’t help letting out a smile.
Akito still had that ‘pouting face’ as Shiki was taking her away, letting him mumbling to himself.
“And to think that I even left them some space… ungrateful guy…”
Yuuki’s voice returned his attention back to the room they were in.
“Yuuki… it’s good to see you again...”
“Same here…” she said smiling. It’s been a while since they last saw each other and actually got a chance to talk.
“I see the pup’s starting to get really cozy around us vampires…” said Aidou with an annoyed tone.
“Hanabusa, you speak too much…” said Akatsuki in his usually calm tone, hoping to also convince him as well.
“Kain, stop taking his side. He’s our natural enemy, how can we trust him just like that?!” added Ruka in a loud tone.
Seeing how everyone was against him, Yuuki just couldn’t stand there quiet.
“Akito would never do anything to harm us!!” she said, almost at the point of yelling.
“It’s ok Yuuki, I’m already used to it…” said Akito in an attempt to calm her.
“Now the dog’s acting all big…” said Aidou frustrated…
“Aidou, Ruka…”. By calling them, Kaname caught everyone’s attention. “I think we shouldn’t forget that he was of great help to us in the part incidents. And also, in order to get over this one, we’ll be needing his help again.”
“…Yes… I’m truly sorry, Kaname-sama…” said Ruka with her eyes facing down
“I’m also grateful to him”. Everyone tuned around to see Shiki coming back. He looked towards Akito, and then continued. “If it weren’t for him, Rima might have not retuned to us safe and sound…”
“Tsk… even him…”
Aidou looked away, obviously still annoyed. But deep inside, he knew that Akito really did protect Rima with all his strenght.
Silence remained for a few moments, until Kaname looked towards Akito and spoke again.
“I believe there are some things you need to tell us. What happened after that Alfa kidnapped Rima?”
Akito couldn’t answer right away. It was like he was searching for the right words to explain it.
“… She was almost transformed into a lycan…”
“What?!” exclaimed Yuuki. “H… How??”
“The same way I was turned into one. But it seems to be more complicated in her case due to the fact that she’s a vampire…”
“I think you’ll need to explain it in more detail.” said Kaname.
Akito told them about the witch’s spell and how he was transformed.
“So… what is the relation between the Alfa and that witch?” said Aidou, almost forgetting that he hates him.
That was a question that was also troubling Akito.
“… I don’t know… I know that she has the rooks inside, because I almost have one as we. I can sense them… and I know that their reaction in Rima’s body is different. Akito stopped for a moment, and turned his head towards Shiki, who was listening carefully. He continued after.
“For some reason, they seem to be reacting very violently inside her…in my case, it’s not that bad, but with her… my guess is that its because both of the rooks managed to get through… but there’s also the possibility that they’re ‘fighting’ with Rima’s vampire powers which are blocking the transformation.”
“Damn, it’s one problem after another…” mumbled Aidou.
“And how did you manage to escape?” asked Kaname for further info.
“It looked like she escaped before I found her. She was with this hunter with silver hair and a tattoo on his neck.”
“Zero?!?” said Yuuki in a loud voice, unable to keep it down because of the shock.
“I don’t know his name, but it seems like his gun managed to wound the Alfa when he came to take Rima back after she escaped. That’s how we were able to escape.”
“Hunter weapons… So that could be a way to defeat them… said Kaname after analyzing the situation.
“Does that mean that we have to work with the hunters again?” asked Aidou, clearly unhappy about it.
“Aidou, please understand that until we can find a solution for this problem, we’ll need the help of everyone we can get. Hunters are also included.” said Kaname in a calm tone.
“…I understand…” said Aidou, even though he was still unsatisfied.
“I’m glad to hear that… and now everyone, you can go back to your rooms and have some rest.” said Kaname.
Everybody agreed and went to their rooms, and in the main room only remained Kaname, Yuuki and Akito.
“Akito…” said Yuuki with a sad face, knowing that he’s about to leave.
Kaname got closer to him and put his hand on Akito’s shoulder.
“You can also stay here for a while if you want. By the looks of it, I’m sure Shiki would agree with it.”
“Kaname Onii-sama…” said Yuuki surprised. She looked happily towards Akito.
He on the other hand wasn’t really sure about what to do. Being the only lycan in a house full of vampires wasn’t exactly something that would make him feel very ‘at home’… and Kaname also realized that.
“I’m not going to make you do it but still, if something were to happen, it would be good if you were also around.”
“And Rima would also cheer up if you stay. Even though she doesn’t show it, she likes having you around.” said Yuuki, letting a giggle escape.
“Really?? Then I’m gonna take up your invitation!” said Akito enthusiastically.
Yuuki smiled in response.
In another room, Rima was sleeping. But she wasn’t having a peaceful sleep at all.
In her dream, she was followed by a pack of big wolves which were chasing after her into the forest. When she reached the edge of the forest, a black haired boy with back eyes that were now having a few dark green tendencies was standing in front of her. The boy smiled as he saw her going into a panic.
‘Isn’t it about time for you to stop running?’
That very moment, Rima woke up and saw that she was heavily sweating and her heart was about to burst out. She was relieved to see that it was only a dream.
After taking a shower and changing her clothes, she went on a walk because she knew that right now, she couldn’t bring herself to sleep anymore.
It was still day-time, so it was most likely that the others were sleeping.
But when she reached a room that seemed to be the library, she saw that the door was open and Yuuki was also inside.
“Hey Yuuki... what are you doing?” she said as she entered the room.
“Rima, you’ve already woken up?… Nothing really, just reading some books to kill time… But Rima, I’m sure you were really tired, why didn’t you sleep a bit longer?
“It’s nothing… I just couldn’t sleep anymore…”
“Bad dreams?”
“Yeah, kind of…”
Yuuki walked towards Rima and gave her a warm hug.
“Everything’s fine now…”
“Yeah…”. At least for now, it was ok… then a scent came to her, making her search with her eyes around the room. “…Why do I smell dog?”
“Heheh ^^’, well, that might be because…”
The next second, Akito barged in, leaving Rima speechless.
“…What the hell are you doing here?”
“You disappeared from your room, so I panicked!”
“I mean here, in this house.”
“Oh, this…”. Akito prepared a smug grin. “I’ll be staying here for a while!♥”
“…Great, now I’m stuck with you even here…”
“It’ll be lots of fun, you’ll see ^^ ” he said as he hugged both Rima and Yuuki.
Rima sighed.
“Well, whatever…”
Yuuki instead giggled, because she knew the true meaning behind her words. Rima was already feeling a lot better now…
The next few days that came brought along some great storms. Even though most of the time they had to stay indoors, the heavy rain also had it’s advantages: it helped erase their scent, slowing the Alfa’s down from their tracking.
Even though the ones at the house were still on guard, the atmosphere around wasn’t that tense anymore. Both storms had finally calmed down, and the weather became really good and warm. Rima’s body also regained its strenght and it didn’t hurt anymore.
Afternoon caught her lying on the grass in the back garden, under the shade of a tree. Carried by the breeze, a now familiar scent came to her. Realizing who it was, she sighed.
“Here he comes again…”
“Rimaa, what are you doing here?” said Akito as he came to sit next to her.
“Trying to have some peace of mind. Alone!”
“C’mon, it’s more fun when you’re with someone else ^^”
“… Whatever…” she said as she closed her eyes.
Akito had a happy smile, seeing that Rima got more used with him around. He tuned his face towards the sky and got caught in thoughts. His face became a bit more serious now.
“You know… it might be just me being overly protective, but… these past days made me feel that it’s not gonna be long until he comes back for you…”
Rima opened her eyes to see him spaced out.
“Idiot… you shouldn’t worry about others so much…”
“But Rima…”
Akito suddenly turned around, but then he saw Rima having a small, but encouraging smile.
“I’ll be ok.”
She kept her smile for a few more seconds, and then she turned around.
“Now go away, I want to sleep.”
Akito has a happy smile as he got up.
“Alright, sleep well!” he said as he went away.
“Finally, he left…”
Rima smiled a bit, but that didn’t take long because once she fell asleep, the nightmares that were absent for a while made her have a hard sleep again.
This time, in her dream were a lot of people fighting and being injured by wolves. She wanted to save those people… but when she got closer to them, the person who appeared in front of her and stopped her from going forward was Leo.
‘I’ve returned!’
She woke up, breathing heavily again.
“Only a dream again…”
“That’s not quite true…” said a voice from close behind her. Hearing it made Rima get up instantly and back away.
“You again…” she said when she saw Leo calmly sitting only a few meters away from her.
“How did you… find me here…?”
She already knew that he would one day find her, but this was too soon. By using scent tracking, normally it would have taken at least a few more days to find her.
His sly snicker didn’t fail to show that he was enjoying the situation.
“You won’t be able to hide anywhere from me anymore. Wherever you go, I’ll find you”
Rima glared at him; that didn’t answer her question at all. But Leo wasn’t affected by it at all.
“The spell. As long as you have it inside you, no matter where you go, it will be impossible to hide.”
‘The spell?’
Those rooks!! So that’s how he found her! He’s able to sense her…
That could be troublesome…
But even so… she wouldn’t give up that easily again…
After all, she promised…
Leo started walking closer towards her, until he stopped right in front of her.
“That spell is what links us; you can never hide anything as long as you have it. And of course…” he had a snicker as he said that: “… your mind is included.”
Her mind? She didn’t get to think too much about it, because in the other direction she could hear someone running fast towards their place.
Running at full speed, Akito came in front of Rima, making Leo back away. He was glaring straight at the person who was nonchalantly standing in front of them.
“He’s back…”
Akito’s voice changed a bit. From his past experiences with Leo, he already knew how strong he was. But even so, he knew what he had to do, and with that, it didn’t matter to him if he was strong or weak.
“I kind of figured he would also be here… This place is full of them”
Then the others…
“Is everyone ok?”
Akito didn’t answer to that right away, which made Rima worry. But in the end…
“… Everyone’s doing their best to hold them back… but those guys are also pretty strong…”
Everyone was fighting. Even though she watched Akito with a very worried face, when she turned her eyes towards Leo, who was standing like he didn’t have a care in the world, it immediately changed into a glare.
Leo sighed, sign that he was already tired of the interferences. He raised his hand, like he was giving a signal.
In a split of a second, Gin and Clid jumped right in front of Akito.
“Yo!” said both of them and pierced his abdomen with their claws, without giving him even a chance to move. In just a second, Akito was hit on the ground, standing in a pool of blood.
“Hey, hang on!” she said as she tried going towards him, but stopped when suddenly, her mind was seeing images of Shiki, Yuuki and the others fighting with Alfa’s, and getting wounded pretty badly. Then, all of a sudden, the images stopped…
“What… was that…?”
Rima was in a shock because of that.
“That’s our link.” said Leo. “I already told you, I have control of your mind now.”
Rima now understood what were those dreams she had a few days ago. He entered her mind…
“You realized it, didn’t you?” said Leo when he saw the expression she had.
“You’ve come prepared to take me back, right?”
Her angry tone didn’t make him even flinch. Instead, he was enjoying it…
“Hmm… That’s not really true either…” he said as he went closer to Akito and stopped beside him. Even though he was badly wounded, he was still conscious and was watching his every move.
“Bas…tard…” tried Akito to say, but he was clearly in pain.
“Then why are you doing this?” she said as she looked at Akito. “What do you want?”
Right now, Rima was out of patience. But Leo seemed to be pleased by that.
“I’ve decided that instead of bringing you back forcefully so that you could escape again, I will exhaust you psychically, until you agree to come willingly, once and for all. And for that, the best way is to take from you everything that’s dear to you.” He didn’t say anything for a few seconds. “Of course, this is also for my own pleasure.” He said with a sly smile.
“You’re really mad…”
He didn’t seem disturbed by that, but on the contrary, he seemed to be amused.
“Gin, Clid, order retreat to the others. Our task here is done.”
“Yes, Leo-sama” said the guys as they left.
Leo gave Rima a last glance for this encounter, before turning around.
“Until we meet again, my Queen…” he said as he disappeared into the falling night.
Rima lost control over her legs which failed to support her anymore, and she fell on her knees.
“Ri…ma...” said Akito, and when Rima looked towards him, she saw that he was crawling towards her.
“No, don’t move anymore, you’re wounded!…. you idiot…” she said as she stopped and turned her eyes to the ground.
When Akito got next to her, he was surprised to see something shining on her cheek.
“Rima… don’t cry…”
She wiped her tears that starting flowing.
“I’m sorry… I’ll become… stronger…” She raised her head and tried to bring up a smile. “Next time, I’ll be able to protect myself and my friends properly.”
Seeing how determined she was, Akito also had an encouraging smile.
“I’m sure you will…” be continued...
Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Sunday, 2 May 2010

Night & Day - Chapter VI

Afternoon came fast, but Michael wasn’t back yet. It was already the second day, where could he have gone to all of a sudden…
After realizing my own feelings, I wanted to see him even more. To see him, to talk with him, to drown into his eyes again… Is this the feeling you have when you fall in love with someone?
Looking at the window, I saw that outside is a really beautiful day. I decided to go for a bit into the back garden. I didn’t go there until now, because I wasn’t particularly interested in it… but today I was bored, and the weather was also too beautiful to miss this occasion.
The first feeling I had when I stepped into a garden was a shower of sunrays falling directly on me. Seeing the garden from up close made it even more beautiful. It was just like those you see at the richest of the nobles. The trees, the grass, the flowers… combined, they formed a beautiful place where you could relax all you want. And while admiring it, under a tree, on a bench, on the other side of the garden, I saw Beea…
She seemed like she was resting. Maybe she was tired from all that cleaning… it wouldn’t surprise me, this house is huge… even now I find it unbelievable how she can do it…
I went closer to see if she was asleep or not, but as soon as I got near her, she opened her eyes as she probably heard me coming.
“Hey, sorry… did I wake you up?”
“Hey Lydia…” she said, with a tired voice, but giving me a smile that made me relieved, thinking that I wasn’t really an eyesore…
“No, I wasn’t really sleeping… it was just beautiful outside, so I thought I should rest a bit, that’s all…”
She really seemed tired. I guess her work was really exhausting, if it could tire her out like that…
“Did you finish with the cleaning?”
“Not really… I still have some more to do…”
There was still some more to go, huh…?
“I guess that keeping this house clean isn’t really easy, right…?”
She smiled, awkwardly.
“It’s not that hard once you get used to it…”
Out of an impulse, she took her hand to her neck, and I saw that she had a bandage.
“What’s with the bandage? Did you hurt yourself somewhere?”
Her eyes widened up, as if I just touched a delicate subject. After that, she seemed like she was trying to calm down and act normal.
“Yeah… I scratched myself on a branch while cutting them… nothing big…”
Sounds logic.
“But isn’t that a gardener’s job?”
“Yeah, but… there were a few branches bugging me, so I just cut them… but one caught me as well… heheh…”
That reminded me…
“Beea, can I ask you something?...What happed to the other workers?”
After a short pause, she gave her answer.
“Well, they’re not working here anymore…”
Yeah, I realized that… but as she didn’t want to give me a proper answer, I started guessing.
“Were they fired or something?”
“Yeah, sort of…” she answered, and still didn’t seem to want to say anything more about it.
So even Michael can get mad at people. I also experience that, but I didn’t get to that ‘level’ yet…
Without realizing, I fell into my own world of thoughts again. And Beea caught that right away…
“You miss master Devan, right?” she said, with a smile that was 50% meant to tease me.
I started blushing instantly because I remembered our discussion that time, and she took it as an answer.
“Did you greet him today?”
I became confused…Today?
She giggled.
“He came back a little while ago.”
My face seemed to have lightened up when I heard that. I was already seeing “blue” in front of me…
She giggled again.
“You should go see him. We’ll talk again later.”
I was somehow hoping for her to say that. Beea was really a nice girl, and even though she also liked Michael, she was taking my feelings into consideration as well. Not everybody would do that.
I got up from the bench.
“Thanks! See you later!”
I think I said that with a little too much enthusiasm, but at that time, I really didn’t care. I wanted to see him so badly…
I walked away from Beea, and I think I was doing that a little too fast. Was I that much in love with him? In such a short time I fell so deeply in love with him that it was painful not seeing him…
I entered the house, and went directly to the living room since it was the first place where I thought he should be in.
But he wasn’t there. The room was untouched from the last time I came in here. I started walking on the corridors, trying to suppress the enthusiasm and eagerness that was flowing inside of me.
But I couldn’t see him anywhere around. Everything was silent…
Then it came into my mind. The library! A place he would surely prefer to spend time in.
I started to walk really fast towards it. If he came back, he would be in there for sure.
Not slowing down at all, I opened the door of the library and entered it.
Nothing. He was nowhere to be seen. I was covered by a big wave of disappointment.
“Hey Lydia, where’s the fire?”
The magic voice that was making my heart race. I turned around, unable to keep in the smile that came on my face.
“So, did you miss me while I was away?”
Well, at least now he was in a good mood…
Looking at him, my eagerness calmed down, and a warm smile took its place.
“Welcome back, Michael.”
He smiled, half in a smug way, but the other half was also pleased to hear that.
“I’m home.”
He had such a wonderful smile… seeing his face for the first time after realizing my own feelings made my heart beat like crazy, but it also made me feel warm on the inside. For me, he was like a camp fire for a human in the middle of a land surrounded by snow
And seeing my weakness again almost made my heart melt. His eyes, the color of dark blue again, were as mysterious and beautiful as ever. Those eyes, which were causing me addiction…
I’m sure he noticed me just staring, but he didn’t interrupt my ‘day-dreaming’. Instead, he answered using a smile.
But then, I remembered.
“Did you see your parents?”
He looked confused by my question.
“…you went to your parent’s house to take Beea, right? Didn’t you see them?”
“Oh, that… well, they were out…”. He sat on a chair next to him, and made himself comfortable in it. “By the way, did you get along well with her?”
“Yeah, she’s a nice company… her intuition is a little too good, but otherwise she’s a very nice person…”
He looked suspicious towards me, and I wanted to know what he was thinking.
“…Is she a nice company for you as well?”
I don’t know why, but I simply blurted that out. I regretted it immediately after.
But instead of laughing of the stupid question I just asked, his expression became really gentle.
“She’s… one of the only persons who I can truly trust. She’s a really dedicated person when it comes to someone she holds dear…”
He really had a gentle expression while talking about her. Was Beea’s love really only one-sided? Was Michael in love with her as well? Only thinking about that made my heart ache…
But for some reason, when he saw the expression that I had, he seemed to be amused, because I saw a smile coming on his face. I turned my head away, because I didn’t want to get angry at him right from the start.
“Are you, by any chance, jealous?”
That question caught me unprepared. I was a reaaally bad liar…
And him… aside from being in a very suspicious good mood, he also came back with a pair of guts he never had before… well, at least not with me…
“O..Of course not!” I said, but I didn’t dare to try looking at him.
I heard him get up from the chair. That time, I was screaming in my mind for him to go anywhere else but near me. My face was all red right now, and it would be reaally embarrassing if he were to see me.
That came from right behind me.
‘Oh, crap…’ I thought.
“Lydia, why won’t you look at me?”
‘Because I know that I wouldn’t be able to hide it anymore if I do!’
I almost wanted to scream that at him, but I kept it in. While trying to calm down, I turned towards him.
He was really close to me. I didn’t notice until I paid attention to it.
His gaze was so intense, almost breath-taking. Another part of him which I didn’t see before. The way he looked like now would make even the greatest of the liars confess everything.
‘That’s cheating!!'
I had to think. Fast. If my love would be only one sided, I would have two choices. First, stay here, continue with my job, but always feeling embarrassed and really awkward every time I see him, and the second one which was frightening me the most was to pack my things and leave that house, meaning I won’t see him ever again. I couldn’t bear to do that…
“Oh my, look at the time, I forgot that I have to meet with a friend of mine, heheh… See you later, Michael!”
I had a really awkward smile, trying to be normal. But the moment I turned around, I dashed out. I didn’t dare look behind, because I knew that my mind would go blank again if I saw him.
Damn those guts of his! Now what?! He definitely realized! He’s not stupid! I’m stupid! Running away like that made me feel like an idiot teenager who had been turned down after confessing. How am I going to look him in the eyes now? Stupid me…

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Night & Day - Chapter V

I couldn’t sleep all night. After that dream, when I saw Michael as a vampire who was drinking my blood, I was too afraid to fall asleep again. Afraid that if I do, I would have that dream again.
At dawn, when the first sun rays started illuminating my room, I got dressed, and went on a walk in the house.
I reached the living room, and when I entered it, I saw Michael sitting on the couch, next to the fireplace. At first, I thought that he was asleep, because he didn’t seem to move at all, but as I got closer I saw that he was awake, watching the fire, being caught in thoughts.
His expression made my heart ache. For some reason, he was concerned about something. It seemed to me that it was causing him sadness.
How could I have a dream of him like that? In all the time I spent with him, I thought that even though he’s a person filled with mystery and makes me feel uncertain at times, he’s in fact a good person. I couldn’t find any explanations for why I dreamed of him like a… monster.
I was so caught in my thoughts that I didn’t realize that he had noticed me coming in. His eyes were fixed on me, and his expression was really serious. Even though I was still feeling uneasy, seeing that his eyes were of his usual deep blue color made me feel reassured.
But then, the part from the nightmare where I was being bitten by Michael came into my mind. Remembering it made me tremble for a bit. But I still watched him, full of compassion. I wanted to know what was causing him pain.
I saw him laugh a bit, but it was obvious that it wasn’t how he really felt.
“Did you sleep well?” he finally asked, but he was still having that heart wrecking expression.
“I had better nights…”
Well, that was 50% true. But the whole truth would be that this was the worst night I ever had.
“Then you should try doing something entertaining. Like go out and have some fun. You’re not a working machine.” he said, even thought his mood didn’t change one bit.
But it was true enough. Ever since I came here, most of the time I spent it with Michael and his instructing. I didn’t go anywhere even when he was away…
“I’ll keep that in mind.”
I was really feeling really guilty for that dream… there’s no way Michael could be…like that…
I went to the couch and sat next to him. There was a moment of silence after that.
“Is something bothering you? Can I be of any help…?”
I felt like I wanted to do something for him, I wanted to erase that unwanted sadness in his eyes.
I wanted the usual Michael back…
He turned his eyes on me and I could see that red spark again. I just stared into them.
He looked at me confused, until I answered at his unspoken question.
“Your eyes… they’re… not their usual color…”
My words seemed to shock him. It was obvious that it was something that he didn’t want me to know. And his reaction… seemed to be more like panic…
He got off the couch and started walking really fast towards the room exit.
“M..Michael? … What happened?”
I was confused by his sudden change of disposition.
“I’m going out for a bit… I have something to do…”
“Do you need me to come with you?”
“No!” he said, almost yelling it. He surprised me, making me unable to say anything. After realizing what impact his words had on me, he talked to me in an apologetic way.
“I’m sorry… I just need to take care of something… there’s no need for you to come as well…”
He still wasn’t facing me. And after saying that, he left.
Of course I was shocked. What could cause him to have that reaction? He is usually a really calm person, but today… his calm self has broken down for some reason…
After walking around in the house for a while, I ended up in the library. I didn’t feel like going anywhere out, so I just picked a random book and started reading. But after a while, I found myself just looking at the lines of the book, without actually reading them. I decided to stop reading for today.
Leaving the library, I kept walking on some corridors until I reached the kitchen.
Compared to the rest of the house, it had a really simple design. It didn’t look like it was being used very often. I decided to make a little use of it and cook something. It seemed like ages since I last did that.
That reminded me, I haven’t seen that old butler around for a while. And the maids were also fewer…
Come to think of it, every time I asked them something about Michael, they reacted exactly like that old man: they evaded my question and changed the subject.
That made me even more curious. Maybe that was the reason for my nightmares: my imagination was going wild every time I tried to guess what was going on, and this was the result. I decided to stop thinking about that.
Easier said than done…
Before realizing, it was already night. Michael didn’t come back, so I was worried if he was alright. Something was definitely going on with him, and even though I constantly told myself that I shouldn’t give it so much thought, it was still bugging me.
What was with his eyes changing colors like that? This time I was sure of what I saw. I fell asleep, prepared for another round of nightmares which I was sure I would have after having so much stress today. But surprisingly, for the first time since I came here, I had a really peaceful sleep.
In the morning, I woke up really refreshed. I didn’t have such a good sleep in a long time.
I went out of my room, towards the living. He wasn’t back yet, it seemed…
When I entered the room, there was a young maid cleaning it. She didn’t look familiar to me, so I thought that perhaps she was new.
She saw me coming in and even though she smiled, I felt the tensed aura around her when she saw me.
“Good morning Mrs. Lydia” said the maid, really politely.
“Only Lydia, please. There’s no need for formality between us” I said with a smile, hoping to relieve her stress. Success, it looked to me like she became a bit more relaxed and her smile became real.
“Ok… Lydia. I’m Beea, by the way.”
I smiled back. Taking a closer look at her, I noticed that she was really pretty. She seemed to be about the same age as me… perhaps only a bit younger…
I decided to make a little conversation.
“I haven’t seen you around before, are you new?”
“Well, yes and no… I’m only new in this house. Until yesterday, I was working in the house of master Devan’s parents. He came there and brought me here.”
So that was where he said that he needed to go. He went to bring Beea here.
She smiled, and I figured that she was thinking about something from the past.
“He said, and I quote 'If I leave her alone all the time, she will begin to hate me'”
I was surprised for a while, because I realized that he was talking about me. Unconsciously, I started laughing, and I think that it was because I was happy. Beea seemed to feel more comfortable around me, so we shared the moment.
Michael was worried about me so he brought her here. Thinking about that made me smile from the bottom of my heart.
“You really like the master, don’t you?”
That one took me by surprise. I turned around and saw that she was smiling. That made me go into a heavy blush.
Michael is a good person. He knows how to deal with people, is smart, mysterious, has a pair of wonderful eyes…
My thoughts started going into a weird direction. In what way did I like him?
Looking at Beea, I didn’t know what to answer her. I didn’t even know what my own feelings were.
Seeing me so flustered made her smile again.
“You know, Master Devan can be really merciless if someone goes against him. That’s why everybody respects and fears him. But with the people who are important to him, he can be really gentle and kind.”
She had such a warm smile when she was talking about him. For some reason, my chest began to feel really tight.
“And are you an important person to him?”
That phrase came out of my mouth on its own. But I couldn’t help but wonder. If it weren’t the case, he wouldn’t have gone all the way home just to bring her here, even if it was for me…
But instead of seeing her smile, she suddenly began to feel down.
“To him, I’m more like a person he can use when something… delicate comes up…”
She looked really sad. It was obvious that she liked Michael, but her feelings weren’t returned…
“Well, I have to go and clean the other rooms too” she said, to break the awkward silence that had settled. “See you later, Lydia!”
She smiled, but I could tell that it wasn’t a real one. After that, she left.
To me, it looked like she was trying to avoid a delicate subject.
I felt sorry for her, but there was also a part in me which was relieved. The discussion I had with Beea made it clear to me. Why was I always enchanted by him, why was I always feeling lonely when he wasn’t around, why was I so worried about him when something didn’t seem right.
I was starting to have feelings for Michael...

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Night & Day - Chapter IV

The following day I woke up really tired. I had nightmares after nightmares, and in all of them I could see those dark blue eyes, chasing me everywhere I tried to run.
I went to take a shower, but my eyes were almost screaming that they were tired. Above all, I was still feeling awful after all those dreams. And this was only the first night…
After getting dressed, I went to check the rest of the house. A person could easily get lost in it. After randomly walking around, I came upon an open door, which leaded to the library… and it wasn’t just a small one…
All the book shelves were reaching the ceiling on all sides of the room, covering the walls. Another two smaller shelves were placed in the center of the room. After going there to check, I saw that all of the books there were about law and administration. I even saw some magazines about our company among all the other ones. Without noticing, I started reading and lost sight of everything that was around me.
“Have you found anything interesting?”
I got startled when I heard a voice coming from behind me. I was so absorbed in my reading that I didn’t even hear Michael coming.
“Oh… yes, I found some interesting articles” I said while still keeping my eyes in the book. “You really have a lot of books here”
He smiled at that.
“Well, I like to be informed… books are also a good way to kill time…”
His hand was reaching a book in front of me, and I could feel him close to my body. My heartbeat accelerated as well.
‘Calm down… he’s just trying to take a book…’ I said in my mind, closing my eyes and trying to calm myself.
I opened my eyes again, and I saw that his hand was still on the book. But he wasn’t taking it away; he was just standing like that. I could feel his chest almost touching my back, and hear his breathing in my ear.
After a moment of staying so, he finally took his hand away, with the book in it as well and sat on a chair, starting to read
‘What was that all about?’ I thought, burying my face into the book I had in my hand. I looked towards him and I saw him watching me, even though he looked away the moment our eyes met.
Strange…I was sure that his eyes were only the color of deep, dark blue. But when I looked into them now, it was like they were slightly tending towards red. Did he wear any contacts or something? I couldn’t help but stare.
That moment, he turned his eyes back on me, and a sudden blush came on my face.
His eyes were of his usual deep blue. I guess I just imagined it…
I went into a daze for a while, and a thought about me being in his arms, really close to each other, with me drowning into his eyes, and with him closing his lips slowly towards my neck came into my mind.
I blushed heavily because of that. Now I’ve even started day dreaming…
When I ‘returned to the real world’ I could have sworn I heard him giggle. What did he see so funny? But when I turned around to check, he was serious (or at least trying to be) again.
He breathed in and got up from the chair.
“Well, it’s time for you to start your job”, he said with a smile.
He grabbed my hand and dragged me out of the library, and then we went out, into the city.
I was watching him, confused. He saw my expression and looked at me, with an amusement on his face that was clearly saying ‘isn’t it obvious?’. After that, he cleared my untold question…
“Isn’t part of your job being my guide?”
Aaaargh, of course! I was so caught up by all this that I forgot the reason I came here in the first place!
Now I was feeling dumb… and that was the only word that could come out of my mouth.
And then he smiled…
Really, this guy had some ‘aura controlling’ problems…there were times when his eyes and smile would make me feel spine chills, and other times it would be so reassuring that it would make even the most grumpy person feel reassured. That was how I felt now. I felt like nothing could make me feel bad anymore.
That was cheating… using that on me…
Then, images of me being with him came into my head again, but in it he was looking at me with his deep, catching eyes. Again cheating…
I started blushing again.
But this time, I really saw him smirk.
Man, can he read my mind or what? How else could I explain that every time I see these things in my mind he would have a reaction like that?
We visited the city and the surroundings for almost the entire day, showing him things from the most visited tourist attractions to the most appreciated architectural buildings and companies. I made him a presentation about all of them, but he seemed to know about them pretty well, without really needing any further explanations from me.
At the end of the day i was so exausted, that the first thing that i did when we entered the house was to crash on the couch. I was so tired that i immediately fell asleep, without caring that i wasn’t in my room. Closing my eyes, my consciousness began to fade away and after a few seconds i was already asleep.
But it wasn’t a peacefull sleep...
I heard some footsteps coming towards where I was. It was still dark so i figured it was still night time.
I sat up and saw a tall figure next to the couch, right in front of me. Those deep blue eyes made it clear to me who it was, but for some reason, i felt frightened of him. He didn’t seem like his usual self, and his eyes were slowly becoming red. Even though i knew there weren’t any reasons for me to be afraid of him, every part of my body was screaming at me to run away.
When Michael’s eyes turned completely red, my body started moving on it’s own and i quickly jumped off the couch.
My first instinch was to run away. But that wasn’t enough, because Michael threw me back on the cough, immobilizing me.
He wasn’t the Michael i knew. He had a predator’s eyes. Where did the person i knew disappear? Where did those blue eyes that i longed to see every day go to? And most the important thing... who is this person that’s in front of me right now?
I realized that i couldn’t move my arms and legs. Michael kept me immobilized and i couldn’t do anything to release myself
The moment i started to panic, he had a painful looking smile, and a pair of long fangs were exposed.
Vampire fangs.
I didn’t have time for any reactions, because in a split of a second he went towards my neck, piercing it.
I got up suddenly, screaming, and i realized that i was in my room. When i looked around, i saw that the room was still dark.
„It was only a nightmare...”
I put my hands on my neck. I was shivering really hard, and my heart beating really fast. That dream seemed so real, that even now it’s was hard to believe that it actually wasn’t.
Even though part of me was relieved, my heart was still beating like crazy. Without realizing, my eyes were teary.
I wiped them off, but my tears just weren’t stopping.
„What was that all about?”
I took my head into my hands, and leaned it onto my knees. As my tears wouldn’t stop, i just let them flow...

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Night & Day - Chapter III

The next day started with a fight with my boss.
“Why didn’t you tell me about the most crucial part of all this?!”
“Because I knew that you’ll get mad when I do!”
“And why, from the very beginning, did you send me to live there?!”
He remained quiet for a moment and his face became serious.
“I couldn’t help it… he requested me to do so…”
“Yes, Mr. Devan. He said that it will be much easier this way. And you’ll be able to do your job without effort.”
“Yeah, without effort… sure...”
Mr. Robertson kept apologizing to me on and on.
“I’m sorry Mrs. Miget… Lydia… but can you bear with this for a while? Our alliance with the Devans is extremely important. I’m sorry for putting this on you.”
I didn’t say anything back. I was still upset.
“If you’re worrying about it, please feel at ease. Mr. Devan is a gentleman and won’t let anything happen to you.”
I kind of already realized that, but the paranoid girl that wasn’t used to living under the same roof with a man about the same age as her just wouldn’t shut up.
I sighed and then I turned around to leave the office.
“… Where are you going?”
“… To pack my things. Didn’t you say that I had to stay there?”
Boss seemed relieved from hearing my answer, but it was obvious that he was still feeling guilty about that. I couldn’t really blame him though…
When I got home, I started packing a few things that I thought I would need.
I was still grumpy because of this situation, but oh well… I decided to leave it like that, because after thinking better about this, I realized that it really was more convenient this way. If I had to be his guide and instructor, I had to stay with him all the time.
That thought made my heart pound for a bit. I slapped my hands on my face a bit, to ‘come back’ to reality. It would be impossible for something to happen between us.
After thinking almost non-stop about this matter, I remember something which made me confused for a while.
When Mr. De… Michael, first called and spoke with boss, it seemed that he already knew me. And right after that, he said that I should stay here.
I wonder what…
“No! I’m becoming paranoid again!” I said in a loud voice, as if I was trying to convince myself. But it still seemed weird…
Another slap on my face, and after that, I closed the zipper of my bag and left my house, going to my new ‘workplace’.
When I rang at the doorbell, the old butler answered and welcomed me in, showing me to my room.
I was amazed when I entered it. The room wasn’t really overly large, but the furniture was making it really beautiful.
A big window was right on the other side of the room, facing the door. The curtains were of a dark, elegant red, tied up so that the light could come in. The bed was huge, placed in front of the window, with its left side facing it. A wardrobe as large as the bed was on the right side of the room, being in line with the bed, facing it.
It was so stylish. Modern, but with the same classic feel as the house was giving off as well.
“Do you like it?”
I turned around and saw Michael at the door. And the butler… he seemed to have just disappeared... great...
“It’s really nice. But you shouldn’t have bothered with me like this…”
He smiled at my moment when I got all modest. But his eyes were still as mysterious as ever, making me feel like I was falling right into them.
“It’s not a problem. Enjoy your stay here.”
He turned around to leave, and then stopped.
“Oh… I forgot to tell you.” He turned his head to me, fixing me with his eyes again. “I like the scent of your perfume. Really natural… and sweet.”
He smiled, and then left.
I smelled myself. I didn’t use any perfume, nor did I smell of anything. And there was something weird about that smile too…
“No, stop being so paranoid already!”
It seems like talking to myself makes me feel better lately…
I went to sleep, hoping that I’ll have some peace of mind until next morning. But things didn’t go as I had planned…
Right after I fell asleep, I started dreaming…
I was on some halls, walking, or better said almost running. Running from something. As I reached the end of the hall, something grabbed my arm from behind and pulled me back. When I turned around, I saw a mysterious figure, and the only thing I could see were his eyes: deep, dark blue.
I woke up with my heart pounding heavily. I took my head into my hands and turned around, making myself into a small ball. I was already feeling uneasy…
I tried to sleep, but even though I was trying to think about pleasant things, I still had nightmares…

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru

Night & Day - Chapter II

It took me a while to find Mr. Devan’s place. Mr. Robertson gave me his address so I could go and settle some matters. But I had the feeling that something was up with him. He was tensed all morning, and when I was preparing to leave the office and go to the appointment, he had an apologetic expression and made me think that he was hiding something, but he told me that it wasn’t something worth worrying about. I left it like that because I know that he usually knows what he is doing.
After I managed to find his place, I was amazed of how big the mansion was. It was quite modern, but still had an old and elegant feel to it. I rang at the door bell still admiring the place.
The door opened and an old man, bald at the top of his head, appeared in front of me.
“Hello, I’m Lydia Miget. I have an appointment with Mr. Devan today... My boss, Mr. Jake Robertson sent me.”
“Oh, yes, Master Devan told me that you will come today. Come in, please.”
After inviting me in, on the way to the main room he told me that he was a butler in this house, and that he had been working for them for a long time. He became kind of tensed when I started asking about his master, but I thought that it wasn’t comfortable for him to talk about his master behind his back. He seemed pretty praiseworthy.
We entered a room which had a fireplace as the center of attention in the room. The fire was rising beautifully, illuminating the entire room. The furniture was placed so that it could highlight that beautiful fireplace as well, and the walls had a warm color, giving me a pleasant and welcoming feeling. It’s colour was like a nice beige, only a little darker.
„Master Devan, Mrs. Miget is here.”
I turned around and saw at the room entrance a tall man, with black hair and dark blue eyes. I noticed them right away, because it was a color i had never seen before. He had such a deep gaze that i almost lost all my concentration. He smiled and i ‘came back’.
“Hello, miss Lydia. Pleased to finally meet you.”
He had the same polite way of talking like he had when I first talked on the phone with him.
“Hello. I’m pleased too meet you as well, Mr. Devan.”
“Please call me Michael. I hope we’ll get along with each other.”
“Alright… Michael.”
He nodded and then smiled. I don’t know why, but it made me feel a bit uncomfortable. Still, I smiled back at him.
“Would you like some coffee? Or do you prefer tea?”
“Oh… some tea then, thanks.”
He sent the butler to bring the tea and invited me to sit down on the couch as he sat on a chair. He fixed his eyes on me, which made me wonder if I had something on my face.
“…Is there something wrong?...”
“Hm? Oh, no, I was just wondering where you left your luggage.”
I looked at him, confused.
“Didn’t Mr. Robertson tell you?" he asked.
“I’m not really sure about what he should have told me…”
He seemed to be amused by that. In the meantime, the butler showed up with the tea.
As Michael saw that I didn’t have any idea what he was talking about, he decided to tell me himself.
“Well, for the following time, you’ll be living in this house as my instructor.” He said, calmly, like it wasn’t anything significant.
I, on the other hand, got up suddenly and almost made the old man drop the tea while he was putting it in front of me.
“L-L-Live here? With you?”
He laughed a little bit about my reaction.
“Is there something wrong with it?”
He smiled, like he was telling me that I had to calm down.
“Don’t worry, my butler will always be here if you need something, and there are a few maids here too. If you don’t plan on going anywhere while I’m not here, you’ll always have them to spend time as well. You have your own freedom here.”
His eyes narrowed for a bit.
“Or is there another reason you don’t want to stay?”
I couldn’t tell him that I thought it was weird for a woman like me to live in a house with a man like him. Good looking, charming, mysterious. Dangerous. I absolutely couldn’t tell him that.
He smiled at my answer.
“Then it’s settled. Please enjoy your staying here, Lydia.”
I smiled a bit, but this one was only to be polite. In the inside, I was only thinking of boss’s ‘prank’. ‘Mr. Robertson is gonna pay for this…’ I thought. So THIS is why he looked so weird this morning. He really WAS hiding something. Probably he knew I was going to be mad…
But oh well… guess I might as well bear with it. I mean, nothing bad could come out of this… right?

Author: Lacramioara Cobzaru