What’s going on? Um, we had a lot of miscommunications going on at the firehouse. People closing themselves off, not saying what they mean, or what they’re really thinking. In my opinion, it’s better to put it all on the table. Uh, this table smells great.
It’s two days before the last day of school, and I’m sitting in my Combatives class ready to die of boredom. Mr. Vaughn is showing a demonstration video on how to slay a basilisk. Again. It was the last question on our final. Only half of us got it right.
I was not one of the lucky few.
No one is paying attention as the warrior in the party uses her reflective shield to distract the basilisk while a mage makes a big deal about putting the creature down with a sleep spell. We’re all talking and thinking about the summer.
“What did you get in here?” Jeb asks from across the row.
“C,” I say. “What about you?”
“D minus,” he says, waving his test at me. His ears droop a little like a chastised puppy. Demons are so sensitive.
I shrug. “At least you dodged a bullet. No summer school.”
“Yeah,” Jeb looks down at his test morosely. “But still, you can’t kill a basilisk? Who knew they were an endangered species?”
Mr. Vaughn is clip-clopping across the front of the room now, arms crossed as he gives one of his “these are skills for the real world” lectures once again. As fun as it is to watch a centaur go off on a tear, I’m over Mr. Vaughn and I’m over this school year.
I don’t really care about the test, but I do hate when Jeb gets all emo. “Look, we’re never going to use this anyway. No one goes adventuring anymore.”
He nods and incinerates his test with a simple fire spell. No one even glances at him.
“What are you doing this summer?” he asks after a long while, his voice low. He’s still bummed about his bad grade. Maybe I’ll take him out for frozen yogurt after school. Cheer him up. Sprinkles would cheer anyone up.
I slouch down in my desk, stretching with a yawn. Mr. Vaughn has given up on his lecture and has retreated to his desk to eat an apple someone brought him. He’s much calmer now. It’s probably the apple. Centaurs freaking love apples.
“Nothing dude,” I say, finally answering Jeb’s question. “Absolutely nothing.”
The second day of summer vacation my mom tells me I need to get a job.
We’re sitting at dinner eating Mom’s famous tavern stew, which is really just a bunch of random things boiled down to mush. She’s still dressed in her work clothes: low cut white gown and flower crown. I asked her once why the clinic makes her wear such a ridiculous outfit, and she just shrugged and said “It’s tradition. This is how healers dress.” The men have an outfit that is just as stupid, tight white breeches and a flowy tunic, but I still think it sucks that my mom has to dress like a sex object to help people. Like, where is the self-respect in that?
“So, Caitlyn, what are your plans for summer?” Mom asks as I’m about to shovel in some of her stew. My mouth is full so I just shrug and say “Uhnano.”
“What do you mean you don’t know? No big plans?” Mom is giving me this tight smile that means she wants a specific answer, but I have no idea what she’s looking for here. It’s summer. It’s two and a half months of not thinking about magic spells or chemistry or monster identification or algebra or anything, really. So why is she hassling me?
“I was thinking of maybe taking my mage’s test or something,” I say, hoping it’s enough to distract Mom from whatever she’s about. Dad isn’t even paying attention to the conversation. As usual he’s nose deep in Berserker Weekly. Dad used to be this big time adventurer, walking through forests and bashing in heads for fun and profit. That’s where he met Mom. I think he saved her from an evil wizard or a druidic cult or something. It was a long time ago, though, and now he mainly consults for a living.
“Oh, that’s a good idea. After you get your license maybe you could call Marcus and see if he’ll let you work in the Hex shop. I mean, you should really get a job this summer. Don’t you agree, Brock?”
A frown creases Dad’s dark face but he grunts in assent.
I take another bite of stew and look down at the bowl to avoid answering. There’s no way I’m going to work in my Uncle Marcus’s Hex shop. The thought of untangling curses all summer makes me want to turn myself into a frog and hide out in the forest. Not to mention that my Uncle Marcus is the cheapest man alive. I’d be lucky if he even paid me.
Mom pushes her bowl of stew away and jumps to her feet. “Good! Caitlyn, I’ll send Marcus a note letting him know you’ll be there tomorrow bright and early—”
“I don’t want to work in the Hex shop. It’s gross.”
Mom stops and turns to me slowly. Her skin is pale as usual but two spots of color have appeared high on her cheeks. She is pissed. “Removing hexes is not gross. Your uncle gives those people their lives back.”
“A woman with boils all over her face is pretty gross, Mom.” Last year when I had to pick a concentration Mom took me to see Marcus to convince me to pick cursework because it pays pretty well. I chose spellweaving instead. I’d rather work in a factory making love charms or fire spells than to have to turn frogs back into snotty princes all day.
Mom purses her lips and turns to my Dad. “Brock, will you please talk some sense into your daughter?”
“Cursework is disgusting, Mel,” Dad says, lowering his paper. “Why can’t the girl go adventuring like everyone else her age?”
“No one goes adventuring anymore, Dad,” I say. Because it’s true. Adventuring is something your parents make you do because they don’t understand that it isn’t cool to slay dragons anymore or that maidens can rescue themselves.
I mean, adventuring is just so lame. Walking around, looking for a prophecy to fulfill, and then working really hard for something that may or may not come true? Yawn. I have better things to do.
“No one goes adventuring, huh?” Dad and Mom exchange a look, like they’re about to laugh at some inside joke. Then Dad raises his paper again. “Either way, you’re not going to sit around the house all summer and play video games. Get a job, Caity-Bird, and if you can’t find one then your mother will call Marcus and you can spend all summer waking princesses.”
And that’s how I end up working at the Shop Quick.
I am so amused of this small moment. I love grumpy, irritable Diana. Also, while Hippolyta made sure Diana grew up level headed and grounded, this was the first moment I got that Diana was a princess.
She’s not entitled but there were certain privileges afforded the daughter of Hippolyta. And you know everyone on the island who liked kids doted on Diana!
(Those who are less fond of kids might have voluntarily been anywhere but where the hyperactive wee little Diana was. It’s not they disliked the little princess, it’s just: Diana was a child, and Amazons were created fully formed from the sea– what in Athena’s name were they going to do with a tiny person???).
Also, can you imagine Diana’s teenage years? We saw a glimpse of teen!Diana but I bet she had her grumpy, sulky, angry at the world days (months?).
Plus, plus! Etta’s face and her: ‘Can’t say I blame it.’
This moment lasted less than 10 seconds and yet it’s my favorite.
Just look how grumpy she is! How irritable! She’s not used to wearing collars!
Tom stared at
the clock before lighting his 5th cigarette in the last 67 minutes. The ticking
noise seemed to echo in the room.
The lawyer adjusted
his cufflinks for the 3rd time and took a deep breath glancing at his impatient
client with a worried look.
“How much longer are you going to wait, Mr.Hiddleston?”
Tom glared at
him with the cigarette burning between his fingers.
“She’ll be here”, he murmured clenching his jaw.
“I’m sorry”, Tom cut him off, “Am
I not paying you enough, mate? Because you sure as hell know how to charge”.
shifted in his seat awkwardly and interlaced his fingers before him with a
softer expression, understanding his client’s bad mood.
“Well, what I mean is… that maybe this is a
good thing. You know… maybe she doesn’t want the divorce after all. Many people
avoid these things because they don’t really want to get divorced”, he
Tom narrowed his
eyes and cocked his head.
“Oh believe me. She wants it”, he said holding smoke in his mouth.
a/n: hiii this was requested by someone (sorry i forgot, this is old) and uhhh it’s short, so sorry if anyone doesn’t like that :/ :D
request: can you do a enoch preference where reader has a peculiarity that they can control lighting and electricity or something and she is not in control and Enoch helps her or something please! :) btw I like your account!!!
y/n screamed. “ah!” she yelled, throwing her hands in the air and making the light bolts disappear. “i can’t do this, i can’t…” she whispered the last part and held her face with her hands.
enoch walked over to y/n and held her to his chest, soothing her back. his eyebrows were furrowed.
y/n and enoch were training y/n’s peculiarity for about an hour. the girl was now exhausted and annoyed. she tried to be in control over her power - that was what they were training now - but she failed constantly. y/n felt so miserable without any control over what she could do.
enoch felt y/n’s insecurity and being unsure of herself and sat her down on the bed with him. he wasn’t the best at comforting people or giving them the heads up, so the boy just kept quiet while holding y/n. the girl rested her head against enoch’s chest and sighed.
“why can’t i control it?” she said quietly. “why am i such a horrible trainer for my power? i’m supposed to be good at this.”
“you’re not a horrible trainer.” enoch spoke. “you’re just… a beginner at it. there’s nothing bad about that. i used to be like you, too.”
“yeah, but since what age are you able to do this?”
“uh… i was seven or six.”
“see? that’s the problem.” y/n sighed and furrowed her eyebrows quite hard. “i’m sixteen, and it’s supposed to be a power i don’t have to worry about controlling. i could hurt someone any time because i don’t know when can i get the sparks out.”
then enoch sighed. “what if it’s anger? that, like, activates your peculiarity?”
y/n hummed, but she had turned back on hope, anyway. “maybe. not that i could get angry on an exact time.”
“what if someone angers you?” enoch suggested.
“who - you?” y/n chuckled lightly. “sure, you annoy everyone, but you can’t anger me.”
“no,” enoch smiled, “not me. could a memory make you mad?”
“uhhh…” y/n furrowed her eyebrows again. “how do you get these ideas?”
enoch shrugged his shoulders. y/n wrapped her arms around his body and laid her head down on his chest. “yeah, i could try that.”
(requested by anon) Kai Parker x Reader word count : 4 856 warning : angst (you may want to grab a chocolate bar before reading this) summary : Kai and Reader break up and Reader tried to go on with her life even tho she is hurting. Months later she goes out on a date with someone who she thinks is the ideal guy , but things do not work out quite as she had hoped … *gif by lightwoodxalec ____________________________
Y/N ran upstairs to their bedroom hearing Kai’s angry footsteps following her. “What are you doing?” Kai asked , grabbing her wrists forcing her to look at him. They had had their worst fight yet. At first everything got started because Kai was jealous of a random guy at the bar who had had the nerve to talk to Y/N and now somehow the fight had turned into how she wants him to be something he is not. It was completely ridiculous because that was not the case. Ever since Kai turned into a vampire all his emotions were heightened and he was on edge constantly. It wasn’t just this time … whenever someone looked at her in a way Kai didn’t like , things got ugly. He had broken a guy’s nose , nearly broken another’s jaw… “I am moving out. What do you think I’m doing?” she yelled , pulling away from him. “You said you don’t want me here , remember ?” Y/N tossed a few pairs of jeans and a couple of shirts in her bag not even bothering to fold them , looking around the room picking up a pair of high heels from under the bed , going back into the walk in closet taking out the last of her clothes. Kai rested against the wall , watching her throw things in her bag. He didn’t want her to leave , he loved her and regretted the fight already. When they had first started dating she had promised him that she will love him forever , that he will never be alone again… Now she was packing… and his pride was standing in the way of him admitting his mistake. “Fine , leave. What do I care… ” he said. “You probably have been waiting for me to screw up , haven’t you , so you can leave me ? What a fool I’ve been to care and love you and to think that you cared and loved me too. You are just like everyone else. All you see when you look at me is a murderous sociopath who killed his own family , maimed your friends and put your best friend into a sleeping curse ! I can’t believe I waisted a second being in love with you !” Y/N stared at him , her heart breaking to pieces at his words. She couldn’t believe what he was saying , it was as if he was a completely different person… There was no trace of the Kai she had fallen in love with. They had been so in sync ever since they had met , and now … “It goes both ways.” she said angrily , closing the zipper on her bag , taking it in her hand heading for the bedroom door. She walked past him , stopping a step behind him , fighting back the tears. The last thing she wanted to do was leave , she loved him and cared about him more than she could ever put into words… but it was starting to get clear to her their relationship was doomed. “I don’t ever want to see or hear from you again. ” she said going through the door , running down the stairs and out the door slamming it with a loud bang. Y/N walked to her car blinking back tears , tossed her bag in the back seat and got in. She wanted to leave as soon as possible before the tears started , but it was too late … she broke into sobs , tears streaming down her face , her hands balled into fists hitting the steering wheel. It was as if her entire world had come crashing down , the pain in her chest growing with every passing second remembering Kai’s face , his last words to her echoing in her mind breaking her heart all over again until there was nothing left.
Y/N woke up suddenly , shooting up straight in her bed , sweat covering her forehead and tears streaming down her face. It had been the 3rd time the past few days she had had that dream …the moment she and Kai broke up. Whatever people said about pain getting easier with time , it was a lie. She had tried for months to move on and was still trying , but it was harder than ever. Back when they had been together she hadn’t realised how many things actually remind her of him … until their relationship had ended. All the little things - someone would walk by wearing the same cologne as him or would order the same drink as him. Literally everything reminded her of Kai… She wiped the sweat from her forehead with the back of her hand , her gaze falling on a shadow in the hallway. There was someone inside the house , she got up fast trying to catch whoever it was but the person was long gone by the time she got up. “Great. Now I am hallucinating.” she muttered , walking downstairs to the kitchen for a glass of water. Y/N looked around trying to figure out if someone had actually been inside the house or not , but everything was just as she had left it before going to bed. In the end she didn’t want to go back upstairs and just crashed on the couch for the rest of the night.
Kai couldn’t stay away from Y/N , no matter how much he tried. He still loved her… and knew he’d never stop loving her. The only thing that kept him semi sane was that he got to see her … He’d sneak into her house at night , watch her sleep. Sometimes he’d take a peek into her head to see what she was dreaming about. Usually it was school stuff , but that night when he had peeked into her subconscience it had broken his heart all over again. Tears were streaming down her face and he gently wiped a few of them away. Y/N was dreaming about their break up ,tossing and turning in her sleep. He wanted to wake her up , wrap his arms around her and comfort her like he’d usually do when she had bad dreams … but it wasn’t possible. She started to wake up and he ran out of the house before she had had the chance to see him and kick him out. What he had seen and felt while peeking inside her dream that night had brought back the memory of that night for him too…
It took him less than an hour to realise what a huge mistake he had made letting her leave. He used his vampire hearing , listening to her sobs in her car , wishing things hadn’t gone the way they had. Y/N had said she didn’t want anything to do with him … and it had all been his fault. “AARHHHH .!!!!” he screamed , grabbing the lamp from the night stand tossing it across the room at the wall smashing it to bits, turning around and picking up the next thing he could find which turned out to be a picture of them together. Kai looked at it for a few moments , touching her face on the photo. “I’m so sorry…” he whispered , crumbling on the ground still holding the picture in his hand as tears started streaming down his cheeks. He wiped them away as quickly as they were falling , giving up a few minutes later. Kai hated the tears , they always made him feel like some sort of an alien creature. He had felt pain before , but none of it compared to what he felt in that moment when she had left their home , slamming the door shut behind her - like the air was being pulled out of his lungs , his heart being torn away from his chest.
* * *
The next day Y/N woke up from her phone ringing - ZACK said the called ID. She couldn’t help but smile for a moment. Zack was a british guy she had met a few weeks ago at Whitmore. He was sweet , kind and as far as she gotten to know him , he was absolutely perfect. When she was with him the pain vanished for a few hours and she had started liking him so when he had asked her out on a date a week ago she had said yes. Zack had taken her out for a dinner and a movie and tonight was their second date. “Hey.” she picked up the phone. “What’s up ?” “Morning gorgeous.” he said in his perfect accent. “Just checking in to see if we are still on for tonight ? I can’t wait to see you.” Y/N giggled. “Yes , we are and … I can’t wait to see you too.” she said smiling. “What do you have planned ?” “It’s a surprise.” Zack said , Y/N heard voices around Zack calling for him. He was at work. “Hey , I gotta go love .. see you tonight.” Y/N hang up the phone starring at her screen saver for a moment - a picture of her and Zack making funny faces behind the teacher’s back. Maybe this is it. she thought. My chance to be happy again… She walked upstairs , opening her closet looking for the perfect outfit for the evening , rummaging through her dresses pulling one after another. “And as usual .. I have nothing to wear.” she laughed nervously after trying a few outfits. Somehow none of them seemed to work to her liking. Y/N sighed and walked back to the closet , looking through her things and that’s when she saw it…. one of Kai’s t-shirts. She froze on the spot , unsure what to do at first. When they had broken up , she had packed all Kai’s things in a box and left them in his house along with the key to their house … his house. Somehow his shirt had stayed in her closet this whole time. Carefully she picked it up , holding it in her hands as if it’s the biggest treasure , a small smile spread across her face. Y/N brought it up to her face , feeling the soft material and taking in the scent. It still smells like him. she thought. She sat on the bed , holding Kai’s shirt close to her chest , closing her eyes. Y/N remembered when he had left it here … it was one of the first times he had stayed the night. In the morning she hadn’t been able to find where her clothes had fallen the night before , she hadn’t even been sure they were still in one piece …and then her gaze had stopped on his shirt , she had put it on walking downstairs where Kai had already started making breakfast. He always made breakfast. Y/N remembered clearly the look on his face when he saw her in his shirt , how he had pulled her close softly whispering in her ear how sexy she looked in it before leaning in to kiss her and tossing her over his shoulders… A few tears rolled down her cheeks at the memory. She wiped them away quickly , holding onto the shirt tighly as if it might disappear. They had been so happy together , every moment felt like magic. How did it all fall apart in the end? Y/N took off the dress she had been wearing tossing it onto the floor and put on Kai’s shirt , looking at her reflection in the mirror , wrapping her hands around her drowning in the memory of that day. Whatever happened in the future , whoever she got to spend her life with … she knew one thing for sure - she’ll never stop loving him. “I miss you …” she whispered.
The first few weeks after the break up Y/N spent mostly crying. There was no way to stop the pain or the tears. She went to sleep at night haunted by nightmares reliving their breakup, except when she woke up in the morning the nightmares never ended. Each day was worse than the previous. Her life had turned into an endless ocean of pain and she was drowning in it. She didn’t want to eat , to sleep or to go on in general.. Life without Kai didn’t exist for her. A few times she had found herself wandering the streets in the middle of the night , her heart pulling her towards Kai until she ended up in front of his house. She’d get there around 3-4am , sit on the porch for a while glancing at the windows which were always dark , as if no one was inside. For all she knew Kai had left town and gone back to Portland and it was breaking her on the inside knowing she had lost him. One time she fell asleep on the porch and woken up back in her house unsure how she had gotten there. About a month and a half later after the break up, Y/N decided it is time she pulled herself together and start moving on.. so she went out with her friends , ending up making out with some guy who had been an absolute stranger to her. Instead of moving on , she felt worse than before … like she had cheated on Kai , which was ridiculous considering they had broken up. Later on her friends had set her up on a date with one of Tyler’s old high school friends from the football team who had rolled back into town. Things had been going well up until the point Kai had walked into the Grill. It had been the first time she had seen him since their break up and he looked wrecked. Kai looked paler than usual with dark spots under his eyes , his hair was messy , his shirt untucked and he even had grown some facial hair. The moment his eyes had fallen on Y/N and her date he visibly crumbled on the inside. He sat at the far end of the Grill not looking at them , Y/N glancing a few times in his direction trying to catch his eye … All her feelings had come rushing back and her only wish was to run into his arms. She hadn’t even realised her date had been talking for a few minutes but she hadn’t heard a word , all her thoughts consumed by Kai. “Hey , are you OK?” the guy said , reaching across the table to touch her hand. “Yeah … yeah , I’m … I’ll be right back.” she said getting up , heading towards the restrooms. Y/N looked at her reflection in the mirror , the hole in her chest opening again causing her pain so strong she nearly fell on the ground. It took her more than 10 minutes to recover enough to walk back outside only to find her date gone. She looked around for a few moments , searching for him but there was no trace of him so she grabbed her bag and jacket , heading outside and that’s when she heard the screams. Y/N ran to the small alley behind the Grill , finding Kai punching and kicking the guy she had been on a date with , before pulling him up and feeding on him until the guy stopped fighting. Kai turned towards her , his eyes filled with anger and pain , before disappearing.
Y/N had no idea how much time had passed until the doorbell returned her back to reality. She pulled over her head Kai’s shirt and quickly got dressed in her PJ’s , carefully tucking in under her pillow before rushing downstairs to open the door. “Zack ! Hi ! W-what are you doing here ?” she asked surprised , noticing the flowers in his hand. “Oh God … ” she muttered. Zack laughed nervously. “You are not ready yet ? I can go wait in the car if you need some extra time…” he said looking at her wearing her PJ’s , licking his lower lip. Y/N smiled awkwardly. Somehow she had completely forgotten about Zack’s existance , not to mention their date. “Yeah sorry. Um … something came up. Come on in , you can wait inside…” she said , as Zack gave her the flowers. “Thank you , those are beautiful.” “Not as beautiful as you.” he said leaning in to kiss her , wrapping his hands around her waist and pulling her close. Suddenly his kiss felt wrong to her , his lips on hers felt wrong. Y/N pulled away giving him a small smile. “I better find them a vase.” she said tiptoeing into the kitchen , Zach following her closely behind. She looked through the kitchen cabinets for a vase and in a few minutes she found one and filled it with water , placing the flowers in leaving them on the table. “How did you know I like white roses ?” Zack took a few steps towards her , backing her against the kitchen counter. “I know a lot of things.” he said , his lips smashing against hers as his hands found their way down her waist , squeezing her ass pulling her closer to him. Y/N had wrapped her hands around his neck tugging on his hair. He didn’t seem to want to pull away or let go off her. Her phone rang and she tried to wiggle her way out but Zack grabbed her wrists holding them tight together behind her back. She looked up and his expression scared the hell out of her. His eyes were black and he had this crazy look on his face - the same look a predator has looking at his pray. Zach’s other hand pushed down her PJ’ bottoms along with her underwear. “What are you doing?” she asked trying to get herself free. In all the time she had known him , he had never done anything like it. “Sto-” He smashed his lips against hers again , shutting her up. Y/N managed to kick him between the legs with her knee , giving her a few seconds to pull away from him. “What is wrong with you?!” she asked raising her voice. “Whatever has crawled up your pants - watch it. THIS is not going to happen. Not tonight and definitely NOT like this.” Zach took a step towards her. “Why not , Y/N? I want this , you want this … I see the way you look at me , you want it…” he said , his voice completely different than the sweet sound she was used to. “I-I think you should go.” she said stepping aside , pointing towards the door. “Go before I call the cops or worse - one of my friends.” Zach laughed and took another step towards her. “Your friends? What are they going to do to me ? Report me to the dean ?” “Trust me , you do not want to find out.” she said , her voice trembling , taking a step back from him trying to get to her phone. He pushed her onto the couch pinning her wrists over her head , kissing her neck while his other hand pushed down inside her underwear. “Stop ! I don’t want to do this … Zack , get off me!” she cried out trying to push him off , tears started streaming down her face. “Get off me , please…” It didn’t matter what she said , he kept going .. pulling down her PJ’s and undoing the buttons on his jeans. Y/N felt so helpless in that moment , unable to do anything but wait for it to be over. Every attempt to fight him off failed , all her words went poof in the air… She had thought Zack was this nice guy and it had turned out that he was anything but. “Stop please ..” she begged him again in between sobs , trying to pull herself away from him. There was a loud bang coming from the front door and suddenly Zack started choking , his body lifting up in the air a few steps off the ground , his legs kicking at nothing while his hands tried to free the invisible grip on his neck. Y/N looked around , her eyes falling on Kai who looked ready to tear Zack apart, his eyes burning with anger. “I believe she said she wants you to stop. You should’ve listened.” Kai said , fury in his voice. “How should I end you ? Should I break your neck or rip out your heart?” he paused for a moment thinking. “Maybe first I will break every bone in your body as a punishment for laying a finger on her.” Y/N stood frozen for a moment before pulling back up her PJ’s and running into Kai’s arms. Kai pulled her close , tearing his eyes away from Zack , who’s face was already purple / blueish , looking at her with tears in his eyes. The girl he loved , who had nearly been raped by someone she had trusted. Kai didn’t even dare thinking what would’ve happened to her if he hadn’t decided to come to her house that evening and try to talk to her. His heart broke all over again looking at Y/N. She looked so scared and shaken to the core.
A few days after their break up , Kai came home finding a box with all things he had left in Y/N’s house - t-shirts , pictures …and the key he had given her so she could walk in at any time , even if he wasn’t home. He sat on the floor unable to bring himself to look through the things in the box. He had expected to find a ‘surprise’ like this one at some point but not this soon. Part of him had hoped they’d be able to repair their relationship , that this wasn’t the end … Kai sat alone in the darkness , unable to fall asleep or even close his eyes because every time he did , Y/N’s face showed up behind his eyelids … The moment he had told her he regretted every second spent loving her ,the cracks in her heart visible through her eyes… He couldn’t believe how stupid he had been in that moment , talking without thinking not realising the consequences of his actions. His days were mostly spent trying not to go looking for her ,except he failed miserably at it. A few times he had used a cloaking spell , sneaking up into her house or following her around town. It hurt him seeing her like this - she looked like a ghost , walking down the street or sitting on the couch curled up into a ball crying. She’d look in his direction or walk past him , he’d reach out to touch her before stopping himself. A few times he had seen her come to his house in the middle of the night , just sitting on the porch… Kai would sit by the window in the dark , looking at her trying to work up the nerve to open the door and talk to her. To apologise for all the pain he had caused. One time she fell asleep and he carried her home. He didn’t think Y/N would be happy if when she wakes up finds herself in their old bedroom with him leaning over her. None of those moments compared to the ones when he saw her with other guys. He liked seeing her smile , but hated that it was someone else making her smile and not him. His jealousy always won in the end. Y/N had been the light in his life … and now he was living in literal and metaphorical darkness. He barely fed , not unless it was on one of the guys trying to take her away from him forever.
Kai flicked his wrist , breaking one of Zack’s legs , then the other not once but twice. He loosened the grip enough for Zack to take a breath before breaking one of his ribs. Y/N reached for his hand , lowering it down. “No … don’t.” she said , her voice trembling. “He will get what’s coming …Let him go.” Kai looked at her as if she were insane. “That guy just tried to … ” he swallowed hard, unable to even say the word. “.. he deserves to suffer and bleed out for what he did.” “No , he will stain the carpet.” she said , a small smile on her face. “It will be hell to clean up afterwards.” Kai laughed , a genuine laugh for the first time in months. Y/N brushed away a tear rolling down his cheek , her fingers tracing every inch of his face as if seeing him for the first time. Kai let Zack down on the ground watching him squirming in pain. Y/N walked over to him , kneeling down. “You wanted to know what’s so scary about my friends…? Compared to my boyfriend ,” she motioned to Kai ,“ my friends are harmless fluffy kittens.” Kai’s eyes lit up when she said ‘my boyfriend’ and he smiled for a moment. He loved hearing her say those words. “What are we going to do with you now , Zack? … ” she muttered more to herself than to anyone else. “What kind of a freak is that guy ?” Zack spit out , pointing at Kai. “I’ll report you to -” “To who ?” Kai interrupted. “The cops ? I think they’d be more interested in what you tried to do to her. Be grateful she stopped me or you would’ve been 2 meters under ground right now…” he knelt down next to Y/N , grabbing Zack’s shoulders. “Listen to me very carefully you little piece of … … You were in a car accident on your way to Y/N’s house to tell her you are not interested in her. You will forget all about me and what I did to you .. and you will move so far away from here , you’ll fall off the edge of the map. Got it?”
* * *
“I’m going to burn that couch.” Y/N muttered after they had dealt with Zack and he was sent on his 'marry way’ in an ambulance with compelled doctors. “Are you going to help me or what?” she said glancing at Kai who laughed at her comment. “It’s not the couch’s fault this happened …. It’s mine.” he said taking a step towards her. “I … I never should’ve let you leave that night. If my pride hadn’t gotten the worst out of me , none of this would’ve happened.” His gaze fell on the ground. Y/N took his hand in hers. “You can’t blame yourself for this… it was my fault too.” she said , Kai lifting his gaze to meet hers. “No! No , it wasn’t. It was all me.” he raised his voice. “I said so many things I didn’t mean that night , pushed you away and didn’t follow you after. I should have followed you , I … I should’ve done everything I could to get you back and I didn’t… and then when I saw you with all those guys , it felt like I was losing you all over again… and then you met this idiot. I saw you happy with him and I knew I had lost you forever.” Y/N looked into his eyes , seeing her pain reflected in them. Now that she saw him up close , there were dark circles under his eyes , his skin was grayish. She ran her fingers through his hair , watching him close his eyes for a moment enjoying her touch. Her hand resting on his cheek , Kai’s hand reaching for it to hold it. He opened his eyes , blinking back tears. It broke her heart seeing him like this. Kai never liked tears , not in her eyes and definitely not in his eyes. “I am so so sorry for everything , Y/N. I’m sorry for causing you all this pain , putting you through hell … I …” “Stop talking.” she said suddenly. “No , you need to know. … and then you’ll never see or hear from me again , just like you wanted. Y/N , I -” Y/N shut him up with a kiss , wrapping her hands around his neck , running her fingers through his hair tugging on it , pulling him closer.. Kai looked surprised for a second and then pulled her closer to him too , his lips hungrily wanting more. In that moment all the pain from the past few months disappeared as if it had never happened. It felt like two pieces of the same heart had finally connected and everything in the world seemed right again. Their lips perfect match for each other , their bodies perfectly fitting together. “I never stopped loving you… ” he said softly , pulling away from the kiss with a wide smile on his face. “I love you … I .. I always will.” Y/N smiled widely back at him pressing her lips to his again before speaking. “I never stopped loving you either , Malachai.” she said. He didn’t even wince hearing his full name like he usually did… She pressed her lips against his again. “I love you! Always and forever.” she said smiling. He let out a small laugh. “I missed hearing you say my name.” he said cupping her face , his thumbs gently rubbing her cheeks and resting his forehead on hers. “I missed seeing the spark in your eyes , your lips .. everything. I missed you.” Kai kissed her deeply , wrapping his arms around her tighter than ever. “I am never letting you go again.” “I wouldn’t let you even if you wanted me to.” she said smiling.
word count : 3 884 summary : Kai fights the siren’s mind control because of his feelings for Reader. * gif by phantom-evil __________________________
A week. That’s how long Y/N and her friends tried everything to open the Vault at the Armoury to get back Kai and Damon. None of them was prepared to find the Vault completely empty , none of them could figure out how they got out. Y/N had thought the anguish she had felt during that time was too much but what came next broke her completely. Three months went by before there was even a hint about what Damon and Kai might be up to. Things only got worse from there. Being separated had always been hard , but this time it was different. Kai wasn’t on some trip for a few days somewhere. There wasn’t a way to find them with a locator spell or anything. It took Y/N and her friends month to track them down and eventually find them at an abandoned slaughter house after a victim was found. Stefan and Y/N had gone there and had tried to get them back the same second they found them , but things hadn’t gone according to plan. Seeing Kai had been enough to put the pieces of her heart together again and shatter it completely right after specially after hearing Kai say ‘I don’t love you and I never have. Go before I rip your throat out.’ Those words echoed in her mind and they cut deeper than any knife ever could , even though she knew he hadn’t meant a syllable. Kai’s eyes had betrayed him , the way he had held onto her hand for a few seconds before pushing her away - he had done it on purpose to get her to leave. Y/N never gave up hope and seeing him only made her more determined to get him back , no matter what she had to do or who she’d have to go through to make it happen.
Kai couldnt believe what his life had been turned into the past few months. He had spent years trying to be better and learn to control his blood thirst after he turned , had a girl who loved him enough to risk her own life more than once just to save him and just when he was about to get everything he ever wanted he got himself into this mess. All of this had ruined helping people for him. Worst part of it all was that no matter how much he fought , there was no way out. Kai was stuck with Sybil and his least favourite person on this planet who had tried more than once to kill him. It had been months since Kai had been with Y/N and he had wanted to go back for her so many times but knew if Sybil found out about her , his girl would end up dead or worse. He couldnt let that happen. “What is he doing?” asked the siren. Damon glanced at him. Kai was sitting not too far away from them with some paper in his hands , reading or more like pretending to read so he doesn’t have to think about the things he had done in order to keep Sybil distracted and keep his girl safe. Y/N – he suppressed a smile , just her name was enough to make him happy but he couldn’t let it show. He closed his eyes and he could see her smile , even hear her voice sometimes. “Catching up on current events.” said Kai indifferently. “The mysterious disappearances are drawing too much attention. Think you can cut back on red meat a bit ?” Sybil rolled her eyes. “I spent a better part of a thousand years trapped in a Vault. So no , and who are you to tell me what to do ?” Kai sighed. He was getting tired of being an evil minion , finding her ‘evil people’ to eat , not to mention how fighting the siren’s mind control was getting harder each day. However he was doing better than Damon , who was flying on full cruise control. His least favourite Salvatore didn’t even remember who Elena was now , thats how much Sybil had messed with his head. Kai would rather die than have his memories of Y/N twisted or replaced with new versions. “No one , apparently.” he said with a smirk. “I’m going out to grab a snack. Blood bags just dont do it for me as you well know.” “Fine , but dont go too far.” said the siren. “There is a housewife living in the house next door , bet she is delicious.” “Thanks for the offer, but I prefer my blood a little younger.” said Kai walking past them. “I’m going to look for a cheerleader at the high school or some confused teen at a bar. Oh or a sorority girl. Who knows what I’d find.” After all those months they were finally close by Mystic Falls. About two weeks ago when he had briefly seen Y/N for the last time , it had been so hard fighting the urge to pull her into his arms , suffocate her with kisses and never let go of her again. The look in her eyes , how they had lit up when she saw him - it was all seared into his mind. In that moment he had felt happy again but then came the look of hurt when he had said all those horrible things to push her away for her own safety. Y/N was stubborn as hell , more determined than ever - it had been his only option to get her to go. Kai had never been more afraid of his feelings for the brave human girl than in this moment. Even after the merge with Luke , he hadnt been that shaken of everything he was feeling. Just the thought of her getting hurt in any way was enough to send him in a really dark place. There was no life for him without her and he was sure if she died , he’d die with her. Sybil kept digging in his mind and he knew at some point she’d uncover Y/N’s existence. There was only one thing left he could do to protect her , as painful as it might be for the both of them. After all this mess was over he’d go and find her , move away with her, start a new. Kai walked into town , knowing her daily routine hoping nothing had changed and she’d still be going to work at the Grill. He stood a few hundred metres away waiting for her and just like always at the exact same time every Tuesday - there she was. More beautiful than ever with a look of determination on her face. A gust of wind blew out of nowhere (or more like Kai manipulated the weather) and she turned towards him. The look on her face changed between shock , surprise , caution , surprise and love – sticking to the last one. Her eyes widened and she ran towards him not even paying attention to traffic or cars or anything or anyone else in general. “Kai!” said Y/N running directly into his arms. “H-how are you here ? Why are you here?” Kai pulled her towards him , tighter than ever and smiled at her. He could see in her eyes she knows something was wrong with him. Did he really look as broken on the outside as he felt on the inside? he wondered. His hands cupped her face and he kissed her gently for a few seconds. The young heretic couldn’t believe after everything he had said , Y/N had ran towards him like that instead of going the other way , how she hadn’t yelled at him or slapped him or anything. “I’m sorry Y/N … I should’ve never gone to that Vault.” said Kai softly, his voice filled with sadness and regret. “I am sorry for what I said to you a few days ago too. We had ears on us –” “I knew you didn’t mean it.” she smiled widely at him , not willing to let go off him or move more than half an inch away. “Whats going on Kai ?” Y/N gazed into his eyes - he looked different - broken , crushed. The way he had pulled her towards him , as if letting go of her would mean his death both scared her and made her happy. Whatever was happening it was probably worse than she had thought. “I … I literally cannot say.” he sighed. Y/N looked at him with a puzzled expression.”No , I mean it – whenever I try to say out loud whats going on it comes out all giberish.” “Doesn’t matter , as long as you are here. Come on , lets go home —” “I cant.” said Kai. “I want to , more than anything but I — cant. You need to leave town. Now.“ he said with a serious look. “Go home , pack up your things and leave. It’s not safe for you here.” “Leave ?! No. Not without you.” protested Y/N. “I – the siren keeps digging inside my memories , trying to find what I am holding on to.” said Kai , cupping her face. “There is no way to stop her. Her neck gets snapped and she comes back to life 5 seconds later. If something happens to you -” “- I’ll die if something happens to you.” she said pressing her lips onto his. Kai pulled her towards him , kissing her as if its the last time he’d ever kiss her. “For once in your life, do as I say.” he demanded. “Don’t make me compell you to forget all about me.” Y/N took a step away from him. Kai wouldn’t compell her , he wouldn’t go that far. Never. Though this desperate look in his eyes made her feel nervous. She understood he wanted to protect her , like always but he wouldn’t cross that line. “You wouldn’t…” “We both know I’ll do whatever it takes to protect you. Even if it means losing you.” Tears had started gathering in her eyelids just thinking how just when she finally got him back , he wants her to go away. No way. There was another way to get him to go with her , because there is no version of her life without him — and that way was walking towards them in that moment. “Okay – I’ll leave.” she sighed in defeat. Kai looked at her with a mix of surprise and heartbreak in his eyes clearly not expecting her to give in that easily and dreading losing her again. “But you are coming with me.” she finished , seeing Stefan behind Kai , holding a vervain syringe. A few moments later Kai dropped unconscious. “Thanks for that Stef.” “Yeah. Don’t mention it.” replied the Salvatore, holding Kai’s body. “I suggest you two get out of town. Alaric is working on finding out what that instrument is and how it helps us kill the siren. As soon as we figure it out , our lives would go back to normal or as normal as they were before all this.” “What is normal anyways?” she wondered. With Stefan’s help she got Kai onto the backseat of her car. Y/N put the keys in the ignition and drove off as fast as she could not giving a damn about the speeding limits or red lights or anything. Her eyes kept darting between the road and the review mirror , looking at Kai on the back seat. Everything was fine until they passed old Miller Road and he started to wake up screaming in pain , holding his head in his hands. “Y/N… stop the car.” he groaned rolling around the backseat. “No. We — we are leaving. There has to be a way to get you away from her and out of her control.” “I - I can’t l-leave.” he groaned and reached his hand stopping the car with magic. Y/N hit the gas pedal again , tried the ignition but none of it worked - the car had stopped in the middle of the road. A groan of frustration left her lips. What had the siren did to him ? Kai got out of the car and started walking back into town. Quickly she unbuckled her seat belt and ran after him , catching up in a few metres. Seeing him in pain broke her heart , even more noticing the tears in his eyes. He kept rubbing his forehead , groaning in pain. Y/N placed her hands on his shoulders making him look at her. “Kai , whats happening ? Tell me.” “I am too far away from her. She is p-pulling me back.” said Kai taking another step towards town. “Get in the car and go before she finds you -” “You are stronger than this Kai. You can fight it –” “I’ve been fighting it for months now … ” “Don’t stop. I will help you. We’ll find a way to break the link , I promise.” Kai laughed under his breath. “You can’t help me Y/N. I know you love me and want to help but - ” “Well , well , well…” said a young woman with short brown hair and brown eyes , standing a few steps away from them. “I was wondering how you keep resisting my control. Pity this girl didn’t listen when you told her to leave. Damon , if you may –” Damon grabbed Y/N before Kai had had time time to react , holding her in a tight grip ready to snap her neck at a moments notice. Kai tried to get to her but the siren hummed some tune and he stopped in his tracks , visibly struggling to get to his girl. “Now , Kai.” said the siren taking a step towards the young heretic who was trying hard to fight her influence and move. “If you don’t want anything awful to befall your girlfriend –” “Fiance.” he corrected quietly. “– then you are going to do exactly as I say. Both you and Damon are quite resourceful when it comes to picking victims but I think you’ll be a lot more committed when there is nothing holding you back. So , I am giving you a choice.” Y/N watched Kai stare at the ground , refusing to meet the siren’s eyes. His hands were shaking and she knew that look very well. Under any other circumstance at this point , whoever had gotten in his way would have had their throat ripped out or their head would’ve rolled on the ground. It was a look Y/N hadn’t seen in almost 4 years and made her blood freeze. Her fiance was angry , hurt and scared and whenever one of those emotions took over things always ended badly. Y/N didn’t care what would happen to her , but she worried about what the siren wants Kai to do. “What kind of a choice?” he asked. “Shut off your humanity and come with me or watch your fiance die.” said the siren , pausing for a moment. “You know what – maybe I will make it more interesting and make you kill her. Imagine this - having to live with the guilt of killing the one person who you love more than anything.” “Don’t — don’t do this to him.” pleaded Y/N , stepping on Damon’s foot with force in an attempt to get free. The vampire growled in her ear. “Let me go Damon or I swear … I’ll get to that coffin and burn Elena’s body myself.” “Elena ? Who’s – who’s Elena?” asked Damon. Y/N gulped. If the siren could erase Elena’s existence from Damon’s mind then what could she have done to Kai ? Sybil laughed. “I see why you love her. Maybe if she was a supernatural I would’ve taken her with us. ” she paused for a moment. “I still can , find a way to taint her soul and kill her , making sure she’ll end up in Hell.” she thought out loud with an amused look. “So , what’s it going to be - are you coming with me or does your pretty girl gets to die ?” “No.” said Kai. “It’s really not a choice , honey. Turn it off. ” “No.“ repeated Kai. “We’ll have to do this the hard way then.” sighed Sybil and grabbed his head , closing her eyes. Kai could feel her digging in his mind , trying to find something else against him. He tried hard not to think about any of the moments he and Y/N had shared so the siren can’t modify them like she did to Damon’s memories of Elena but seeing his girl struggle to get free from the vampire’s grasp pulled one of the memories to the surface of his mind.
"Interesting.“ muttered the siren , slipping into one of his memories. "I have to say - that must be one of your best works. Taking your entire family down with you. It’s one of the reasons Cade wanted you. Now why is this memory so important to you—” Kai stood by the entrance , watching himself walking through the wedding disaster struggling because of the werewolf bite. Bonnie showed up a few moments later but he wasn’t paying attention to that , the other him was dealing with that. He was watching out one of the windows , knowing any moment now he’d see Y/N heading towards the barn. Her dress was covered with blood and her hair was messier than ever. Bonnie flew across the room towards one of the walls and Damon showed up shortly after. Kai sat at the podium , playing with a rose in his hands while talking with the vampire. A few moments later Damon left and Kai saw himself looking around with confusion in his eyes. Then he heard it - the sound of one of Alaric’s compressed air weapons. He turned in the direction of the sound seeing Y/N and then Damon laying on the ground with a piece of wood plunged in his back. “What ? No 'thank you'for saving your life ?” she said blowing a strand of hair out of her face. Y/N reached for his hand , instead Kai pulled her into his arms for a few seconds. “Lets go before he wakes up.” “One moment … ” said Kai , biting his wrist and rushing to Bonnie’s side. “Don’t you ever forget this Bon Bon.You didn’t really think I’d let you die did you ?” Y/N grabbed his hand and both of them run out of the barn. Somehow she was running faster than him and he had a hard time catching up with her. A few moments later he stopped abruptly making her stop too. "Why would you save me ?“ "Because — you are not this monster. You are good and – I can’t let the person I love die. ” “What ?” he asked with a hint of surprise in his voice. “I love you Kai. You are my future and you can push me away all you want but even if you don’t let yourself see it or feel in general — ” she said softy , placing her palm on his cheek. “ — I know that you see the same. It’s in your eyes — ” Kai pulled her into his embrace , holding her tighter than ever unable to believe that after all the things he had done , including a few hours ago there was someone still believing in him , carrying about him and loving him. “I love you too Y/N.” he said smiling resting his forehead on hers. "Ohhh , I see.“ said Sybil , twisting his memory and replacing Y/N’s face with hers. Kai looked at her with a small smile on his face , tucking in a lock of hair behind her ear. Sybil smiled at him innocently and leaned in to kiss him. "Nice try. You are not her and I am not as weak as Damon.” said Kai , snapping her neck in a few moments later.
Sybil opened her eyes , clenching her jaw. The siren hadn’t expected the young heretic to be that strong. Damon had resisted her but she had been stronger , this was new. “Well , that was unexpected. Shall we try this again ?” “You can try all you want Sybil.” said Kai with a smirk. “I’m not Damon and I am not the monster you want me to be. I’m not this person anymore.” “Ahh that’s right.” said the siren smiling wickedly. “Because you love this fragile human girl and your feelings for her are stronger than your blood lust. Shame , she would’ve looked beautiful in a wedding gown. Damon — how would you feel about a snack?” Damon grinned , purple black veins flashing under his eyes and his fangs sank in Y/N’s neck. The girl screamed , dug her nails in Damon’s hands kicked and tried everything to get free but it was useless. Kai took a step towards them but Sybil hummed another tune forcing him to watch as the life drained from the girl he loved. The only person who ever gave him a real chance even before the merge was dying and he couldn’t even move his finger. “Let her go.” said Kai. “I’ll — I’ll do what you ask just let her go.” “Kai , don’t. You are stron-ger than you think. Fight – it.” said Y/N struggling to speak. Kai looked into her eyes , her lips forming four words 'I believe in you’. He struggled , feeling Sybil trying to sneak into his mind again and get him to let go , but it didn’t matter - all he could hear and see was Y/N. His eyes closed for a moment and he found the strength to flick his wrist snapping Damon’s neck , raising his other hand pulling out Sybil’s heart out of her chest with magic. The moment the siren dropped on the ground his mind cleared and he ran towards his girl , biting his wrist bringing it to her lips. “Don’t you dare die Y/N.” said Kai smiling nervously. “Not now …. not ever.” Y/N wrapped her fingers around his wrist feeling his warm blood trickle down her throat. A sigh left Kai’s lips and he caressed her face , placing a soft kiss on her forehead. Her eyes opened and she pulled herself up unitl he wrapped his strong arms around her. “You did it.” she smiled widely at him. “Only because of you. ” he said softly. “Though that wont last for long unless your buddies figure out a way to hold her down. Until then –” “– get in the car with me and we drive as far and fast away as we can.” she finished with a hopeful expression on her face. Kai smiled widely at her. “Pick a destination , sweetheart.”
“The voice you hear your thoughts in is your soulmate’s but you don’t know who they are until you hear them speak for the first time.”
A/N: Oh god…I can’t believe…I CAN’T BELIEVE WE HAVE LIKE 5 PARTS LEFT I AM SCREAMING?! Anyways…this honestly was one of my fav parts to write, especially the ending. All these emotions, brb, i’m gonna cry my eyes out…ENJOY! [GIF NOT MINE]
The sound of Kylo’s boots stomping against the cold metal ground of the First Order’s new base gave off a warning to those in a nearby radius. It was obvious he was one of those moods, each time his strides were rather swift and miscalculated, with the fact he had balled fists and a slight hunch in his back was a dead giveaway that something was wrong. Ever since his return, he hadn’t spoken a single word to Phasma nor Hux–aside from that slight interaction early. Hux was well aware of Kylo’s change in demeanor, along with the fact that he had actually been in his quarters for longer than an hour like he usually had. There was something up and Hux was afraid it had been about that girl, Kylo had only feared that maybe the General was the reason why Snoke had sensed something off about Kylo. After all, not even the Supreme Leader could read his own pupil that easily.
Kai Parker x Reader word count : 2 648 warning : slight smut * gif by lightwoodxalec
Y/N and Kai sneaked around a lot the following few weeks. Kai would wait for her in the morning driving her to school when her parents thought she would get a ride with one of her friends. Then later in the day he’d wait for her classes to end. A couple of times he had even sneaked into her classes , startling her. He had worked his magic in a way that she’d always be able to see him when he is cloaked.
It was distracting when he was around , specially when there were tests and he kept telling her all the right answers. Kai wasn’t doing it on purpose , he just wanted her to exit the class room early so they could be together. Y/N protested always , glancing at him , giving him warning looks but he’d only grin at her.
“You know this stuff anyways. I am just speeding up the process…” he’d say with an innocent expression on his face. “I am just selfish and I want to be with you every minute of every day.” he’d whisper in her ear , getting her to lose her concentration completely so she’d have no other option but let him tell her all the answers.
It was barely Monday and Y/N wanted nothing to do with school. All she wanted was to be with Kai and this time on the test , she didn’t even protest. Barely 15 minutes into the class , she got up handing her teacher the completed test.
“Keep this up and you will be valedictorian.” she said , glancing at the paper.
Y/N only smiled awkwardly , feeling a peck of guilt, and walked towards the door with Kai following barely two steps away from her.
As soon as they were outside the classroom , he pulled her into the cloaking spell. Kai snaked his hands around her waist , resting his chin on her shoulder.
“What do you want to do now , princess ?” he asked. “ We are cloaked and I bet there is an empty classroom somewhere … Yep , down the hall there is one.”
“Kai , we can’t … someone will hear. We’ll get caught.”
“No , we won’t.” he said spinning her around and slowly backing her against the lockers. “No one would even know what had happened. We have … like 25 minutes before the bell rings.” said Kai , his hand slowly sliding under her dress.
Y/N could feel his fingertips slowly tracing up her thigh and her mind started to get foggy. Kai grinned at her knowing well the effect he had on her, leaning in to whisper in her ear.
“I want you … here. Now.”
His fingertips traced her folds through her panties for a few moments before he pushed them to the side.
“And you are already so wet.” he whispered again , just as the tip of his middle finger pressed a little at her entrance. Y/N could feel her cheeks flush , a low moan escaping her lips as Kai pushed in slowly his finger inside her warmth. He dipped his head , leaving wet kisses on her neck pushing another finger inside her. There was no way she’d say no to him , her self control had slipped away completely.
“20 minutes…” she whispered , her hand sliding between their bodies into his jeans. A low growl came from Kai’s throat and he pulled out his fingers. Y/N grabbed his hand , licking wet his fingers while looking at him in the eyes watching him lick his lip , a low groan following.
Next thing she knew Kai had whooshed them away into the empty classroom , locking the door behind them.
* * *
A few days later Kai sneaked into her bedroom in the middle of the night.
“Y/N?” he said , laying on his side on her bed , stroking her cheek gently. “Wake up…” he whispered to her , lightly shaking her shoulders , his hand covering her mouth making sure she wouldn’t scream.
Y/N’s eyes fluttered open and the closed again , catching a glimpse of Kai in the darkness. Suddenly she shot up straight in her bed , her eyes wide. She grabbed his wrist , pushing his hand off her mouth.
“Are you crazy ?” she said in a hushed voice. “It’s 2.30AM , I don’t mind being woken up by you but … my parents are down the hall!”
Kai tried to say something but Y/N shushed him with a kiss rolling on top of him.
“Lock the door.” she whispered , waiting to hear the lock. “Why are you here ? Is everything OK ?”
Kai sighed ,his hands holding onto her hips.
“I had .. a nightmare.The worst one ever and .. I had to come see you. I know it’s risky… I just..” he swallowed hard. “I hate being away from you , not being in the same place as you at night.”
“What was the nightmare about?”
“You.” he said so quietly , if she hadn’t been listening probably would’ve missed it. “I dreamt that I lose you. We um … we were walking down the street at night and this car showed up. I tried to stop it but my magic wasn’t working and I wasn’t a vampire anymore … couldn’t heal you and you … … you died in my arms.” said Kai , his voice breaking at the last words.
Even in the darkness Y/N could see tears in his eyes at the memory of the nightmare. She rested her head on his chest , her fingers brushing through his hair.
“It was just a dream. We will always be together… I won’t let anything or anyone separate us.” she said softly , kissing his cheek. “Tell you what , I’ll talk with my parents… No , no calm down.” she said seeing the terror in his eyes. “I’ll come up with something and I’ll stay over at your place some nights of the week… and after graduation , it will be just you and me.”
Kai’s eyes lit up at her words and a small smile showed on his face. He seemed to calm down a bit from his nightmare and the idea of spending his nights with Y/N was more than appealing to him. He pulled her in for a kiss , rolling on top of her.
“I would love nothing more than to wake up beside you in the morning…” he whispered to her. “Every single day for the rest of my life.”
Kai hessitated for a moment before continuing. His nightmare earlier in the night had impacted him more deeply than he cared to admit , he needed to tell her.
“I love you , Y/N.” he whispered to her , Y/N heart skipping a beat at his words. “I should’ve said it before…but I need you to know this. I don’t want something bad to happen to you without you knowing how much I love you.” he kissed her forehead. “You are the best thing that has ever happened to me.”
“I .. I love you too , Malachai , more than I could put into words.”
Y/N could see the devilish spark in his eyes even more clearly in the dark. He leaned in , kissing her fiercely. She pushed off his jacket , pulling him closer before remembering where they were and that they couldn’t do anything , yet … she didn’t stop him.
“I can’t wait until tomorrow … so I can have you all to myself.” he whispered tracing her jawline with his finger before rolling onto the bed next to her pulling her towards him , her head on his chest and her hand where his heart is.
In the morning Kai had woken up before her. He loved watching her sleep. Around 7AM he heard footsteps down the hall. He kissed Y/N awake before quickly getting off her bed, taking his jacket and cloaking himself.
Y/N woke up from the sudden disappearance of Kai from under her and just as she was about to call out for him , there were knocks on the door.
“Y/N? Are you awake ? You are going to be late for school …” Elena’s voice sounded through the door , trying to open it. “Why is your door locked ?”
Y/N quickly got up from the bed , rushing towards the door.
“Sorry , mom. I was so tired last night , I must’ve locked it without realising.” she said popping her head in the hallway. Her mother held a cup of coffee , handing it to her. “Thanks.”
“You must’ve been really tired , considering you slept through your alarm… you have 10 minutes to get ready and head to school unless you want to be late.” her mom said with a smile before heading downstairs.
Y/N closed the door , resting her back against it while taking a sip from her coffee.
“That was close…” she muttered under her breath , glancing at Kai who was grinning at her.
“See you at school ?”
Y/N left her coffee cup on her desk , hooking her hands around Kai’s neck before kissing him. “How about I skip school … and we spend the day together ?”
Suddenly Kai tightened his grip on her waist , a low growl escaping from his throat.
“Go downstairs. Now. I’ll call you later.” he said , kissing her briefly before disappearing through the window.
Y/N had no idea what was happening downstairs but got dressed as quickly as she could , grabbed her bag as if she’d be going to school and rushed into the living room quickly pulling her hair in a ponytail.
“Hey .. I’m off to - ” she said freezing on the spot noticing Bonnie was in the house. The past few months Bonnie hadn’t visited them and her being there made Y/N nervous , specially after the way Kai had acted upstairs before he left. “W-what is going on ?”
“Nothing , sweetie … just go to school.” said Elena , but Y/N didn’t buy it.
Damon glanced at his daughter with a pained expression on his face. He took a sip from his coffee looking at the ground.
“You always tell me everything… why not tell me now ?”
Damon cleared his throat. “We are going to spend a few days at your mother’s cabin. Come right back home after school.”
“It’s the middle of the week. I am a senior , I can’t just skip classes plus there are tests coming up…”
“It’s all taken care of.” said Caroline popping into the living room with a lunch paperbag.
Y/N let out a frustrated sigh. No wonder Kai had left in such a rush. Caroline was a vampire , she could hear him upstairs… or maybe she already had. Y/N knew what all of this was about. They knew Kai was back in town. How had they found out ?
“Well , have fun at your cabin get away trip. I am staying here and its not up for discussion.” Y/N said with a serious look on her face. “OH and before any of you try anything … just remember what happened last time.”
She turned on her heels heading for the door but Caroline blocked her way.
“Klaus is coming. He found out Elena is a human again and he wants to give his hybrid army another shot.” she said , opening the door for Y/N. “We can assume he knows about your existance too. So , yeah. You are going away with your parents until this all blows over.”
Y/N walked outside , her mind spinning , and turned around.
“Maybe he doesn’t.. and if he doesn’t know , then it is for the best to keep it that way. So again - NO. I am NOT going anywhere. I can just stay over at a friend’s house until this all taken care of.”
Everyone glared at her as if she was insane.
“Trust me , I’ll be safer that way. Don’t wait up for me.”
Y/N got in her car , dialing Kai’s number as soon as she was out of vampire hearing earshot. He picked up almost instantly.
“I did not see that one coming.” Y/N said , listening to him laugh.
“You can stay over at my place until this blows over. I am the friend you were talking about right ?”
“W-were you listening in ? Where are you ?”
A few seconds later Y/N saw Kai pop up on the side of the road. She stepped on the breaks so hard , the tires screeched and lightly started to smoke. Kai laughed and got in the car with her.
“You are not allowed to drive my car.” he said with a serious tone. (‘Shut up.’ Y/N mouthed to him , laughing.) Are you still going to school today ? If so , I am coming with you. No way I am letting you out of my sight until Klaus is out of Mystic Falls.“
“I have to.” she sighed , “Otherwise if someone calls them and tells them I never showed , they’d think Klaus kidnapped me or something… ”
Y/N started the car and headed for her high school.
She parked the car on the school’s parking lot. For a few moments she just stared out the front window trying to figure out how her life had turned out so complicated all of the sudden. Everything had been perfect and something just had to happen to mess it up.
“You can still change your mind …”
“No. There is not enough time.” Y/N turned around smashing her lips against his. “Cloak yourself , we have to go. The bell will ring in … 3 , 2 ,1.”
… and just by que the school bell rang marking the start of another school day.
First period went well. Or as well as Y/N could’ve hoped. Things started going south around noon. Kai had gone to pick up their lunch leaving her alone for a few minutes in the crowd on the front yard.
“What does a beautiful girl like you does sitting all alone at lunch , love ?”
Y/N glanced towards the direction the voice had come from. The guy had an unmistakable accent. The moment she lay eyes on him she knew who he was.
“Enjoying the sunshine.” she said as calmly as she could , knowing well he could probably hear her heart beat getting faster. “It’s a lovely day , don’t you think?”
Klaus sat across from her , his hands clasped on the table in front of him. He met her eyes realising she hadn’t dropped her gaze for a second , following his every move.
“Yes , it is.” he agreed.
“You look too old to be a student. … and too old in general , Klaus.”
Klaus looked surprised she knew who he was and hadn’t ran away yet. Her hands were clasped on the table in front of her too and he wondered why she was acting so calm.
“My reputations preceeds me , fantastic. Let’s skip to the fun part then , shall we ?”
“I don’t think so.” Y/N said getting up and taking her bag. “I have classes which I do not intend on missing just because a psychotic stranger decided to use me as bait to try to get to my parents.”
Klaus grabbed her wrist , his grip so strong it felt as if he might break her hand just to make a point. “Sit down.” he said , his hybrid nature showing for a moment. “Or I will make a spectacle of your death right here in front of all your friends.”
Y/N glanced at him. “What would Caroline say … when she finds out you killed me ? Do you think she will ever forgive you killing her god daughter ?”
He let go the grip of her wrist , anger clearly written on his face.
“That’s what I thought… ”
Y/N took a few steps towards the school , noticing Kai coming straight at her with their take out. She smiled relieved to see him and the next moment his eyes widened in terror. Someone grabbed her , putting a hand over her mouth , the world around her going dark in a second.
Skyler had the thrum of excitement in her throat and the jangling on new spray bottles in her pocket. She had finally found time to start a new project with a mark she had cased for months. It was safely abandoned, door locks rusted and air dusty, potentially moldy. Weeds dusted the front lawn. It was made of bricks, rare in that part of the city, but what made it special was the living room. There was a single circular window in the room - that was what had attracted Skyler to the abandoned house in the first place, the natural light and shade would fun to play around with. In the three months that she had checked in on the house, she hadn’t once seen nor heard any sign of a living being. She entered from the back door, hoodie pulled up to obscure her face from any prying neighbors. She had had enough time during her stake out to figure out roughly their schedule. To her knowledge, they both were still at work. One worked at the airport, car covered in parking stickers, and was most likely a red-eye shift, the other was far more sporadic and the exterior of his house gave no indication of his position. There was a draft in the room, a tingle running up her spine. She thought she heard something in the wind, but there was no discernable source and she chalked it up to nerves. These kinds of projects always got her nervous. Still, she crept through the house with care, avoiding loose floorboards, her shoulders up to her ears. She came to the archway of the living room having sufficiently mastered the stealth needed.
Skyler froze. There wasn’t supposed to be anyone there. There certainly wasn’t supposed to be a woman with pure black hair wearing a tutu doing a pirouette in the center of the room. Faint orchestral music played from a small radio that had been set up in the corner. She wasn’t sure if the house had been bought and she just moved in - there wasn’t anything else to indicate the house was occupied, no lights on, no car in the driveway. Before Skyler could run, the ballerina noticed her and froze. It was like a dog noticing itself in the mirror, neither one of the women wanting to move for fear of the other one calling the police. Skyler broke the spell, taking a step back from the archway, then another, to make it clear she wasn’t a threat. The ballerina turned, bundled the radio in her arms and ran, leaving her normal shoes in the process.
Harry Potter wasn’t the only one displaced by the events on Halloween 1981 in Godric’s Hollow. His twin sister Leila was forced to reside with the Dursleys as well. Often in Harry’s shadow, Leila tries to mark her own path along her magical journey through her years at Hogwarts.
Year 1: Blood Ritual
It was nearly time for lunch when Daphne shook Leila awake. The Potter girl groaned and slowly opened her eyes to find her blonde friend’s face inches from hers. Leila gently pushed Daphne away from her before she flopped onto her stomach and buried her face in her pillow. “Leila,” Daphne groaned.
“I nearly died last night. I think I’m entitled to a little sleep,” Leila muttered into her pillow. While her words were truthful they were laced with a tone of sarcasm, but Daphne couldn’t understand what Leila was muttering.
Daphne hopped onto Leila’s bed and began jumping on the mattress at the end of the bed. “C'mon, Leila. It’s nearly time for lunch.”
Leila groaned and looked over her shoulder at her bouncing friend with a furrowed expression. Lunch. There was something about lunch that seemed important. Aside from the obvious sustenance, of course. After a few moments, she finally remembered. Harry said that they were going to go for a walk. She smiled before she practically flew from her bed and raced to her clothes. Daphne fell forward in a flop onto Leila’s bed and giggled before she rolled off.
The Potter girl dressed in a jumper Daphne had given her after Christmas and a pair of jeans. She dragged a brush through her hair and left it hanging down her back in gentle waves before she ran over to her desk to grab the picture Mr Flume had given her. With all the tension between Leila and her brother, she had never gotten a chance to show him the photograph. She was very excited to show him a piece of their puzzled past. Even though Harry wasn’t in the photograph, Leila knew he would love it just as much as she did. Especially since he had an uncanny resemblance to their father.
“Dean…what’s with the pouty face?” Jody questioned, sipping her wine.
“Y/N took the last slice of pie.” Claire and Alex both piped up and rolled their eyes while Dean looked down at his empty plate. You didn’t say a word, not realizing he didn’t get a slice. He never said a word to you either, letting you take it.
“Now, Dean…” Jody sighed. “If you ask Y/N nicely, I’m sure she’ll share her pie with you, won’t you Y/N?” You hadn’t known Dean or Sam very long, but you had a massive crush on Dean ever since he’d saved you from a pack of werewolves and you knew he loved pie.
“It’s ok.” Dean shook his head and you grabbed your knife, cutting the pie into two slices, one noticeably larger than the other. You gave the bigger piece to Dean and went about eating your dessert, still not saying a word.
Once dinner was done, you were alone drying the dishes when Dean approached you in the kitchen. “You uh…you didn’t have to do that you know.”
“I know.” You smiled back, laying down the dish in your hand. “You did save my life though. The least I can do is repay you with some pie, right?”
“I already told you…you don’t need to thank me for saving your life.” Dean cupped your face and you leaned into it. It felt so natural and so right. “But…I gotta repay you for the pie.” He leaned in quick and his lips were on yours, taking your breath away. You kissed him back, wrapping your arms around his neck.
“It’s about time, Winchester.” Claire rolled her eyes from the doorway. “Didn’t think you’d ever make a move.”
On one hand, Emmeline was excited from the top of her head to the bottoms of her feet that last night her mother dropped her and Iden off to have a sleepover at Penny’s house. She didn’t care much for all the baby boys around, but she was lucky enough to stay up an hour pat her bedtime to watch All Dogs Go To Heaven with Penny and they ordered pizza with garlic cheese crust. However, Emmeline knew that it wasn’t supposed to be a fun sleepover. The whole reason her mom dropped her and her little brother off was because she and daddy had been fighting all week. They tried to keep it to hush tones and hissing when Emmeline was supposed to be fast asleep and dreaming, but she heard them. The sound of cupboards slamming just to be opened and slammed again, the way her Dad’s large feet stomped across the floor, the sound of tires screeching quickly outside. How was a five year old to stay asleep through all the ruckus? She knew that that was why she and Iden slept at Penny’s. Her parents needed serious grown up time.
“Thank you for doing those.” Fresh from putting the twins down for a nap, Emme’s Aunt laid her hand across Uncle Luke’s back and kissed his shoulder while he finished the dishes. Even though all the children were little, five kids could make quite a mess for a pancake breakfast.
“Don’t mention it.” Luke smiled back, watching his wife as she raced around the large kitchen.
“I’m going to drop Penny off at gymnastics, but after can we tackle the basement?” She earned a nod from Luke before dashing out of the room to go and find her daughter.
Emmeline knew she shouldn’t stare. Her dad was always telling her that, but she couldn’t help herself. Everything was interesting to her.
“Can I go to Penny’s class?” Capping one of the washable markers at the kitchen island, Emmeline asked Luke.
“‘Fraid not, Emmy. Your grandpa is going to pick you and Iden up. I think you’re going to have dinner with them and then your Dad is going to come get you.”
“I don’t want that.” Right away, Emmeline shook her head furiously. “I want to stay here.”
“You and Penny can have another sleepover soon. We’ll book it with your parents.” With a somewhat damp hand, Luke leaned forward and rubbed his niece’s messy curls. He had not even attempted to brush through them, leaving that to his hairstylist wife whole he broader Penelope’s hair instead. It was much easier being pin straight.
“No, I want to stay here. You guys are nice to each other. My parents are meanies!”
“Emmy…” Luke didn’t want to be stern with Michael’s daughter, but he couldn’t have her sqwaking like a colorful bird at him. Mostly, Luke just didn’t want her to wake Iden and the twins. “Your mom and dad are not mean to you.” Luke curled his hand around the dish towel and assured her firmly. He pressed his chest to the island and narrows his blue eyes into her pupils.
“They are mean to each other. They say bad names. I want to stay here.” With a genuine pout, Emmeline finished Luke. She took an invisible knife and twisted it in a circle right through his heart. Her bottom lip began to quiver and he felt his whole body deflate.
“Okay, okay, okay…” He threw he fish towel into the sink and hurried around the island, bending slightly to wrap little Emmeline Clifford into his chest, letting her cry into his worn out Aerosmith tee. “Emmy, you can’t stay here, but you can always come over.” He promised her while rubbing the back of her head with one hand that could take up her whole skull with great ease. “Oh, Emmy, you’re breaking my heart.” She was a drama queen, but Luke could tell that this wasn’t a temper tantrum. She was genuinely a very sad little Clifford at the moment.
“I want to stay here and be Emmy Hemmy…” She couldn’t quite say his last name especially while burying her blubbering face into his torso.
“Maybe one more sleepover…” Luke tried not to be a pushover, but he could feel his heart aching with every small sniffle and giant inhale Michael’s daughter made. He wondered how his guitarist friend could ever stand it.
“I love you.” Emmeline whispered into his flimsy shirt, her arms trying to tighten around his neck.
“You too, Emmy.” Smiling, he nestled his cheek against the top of her head and waited for her to feel calm enough to let go of him.
*** wrote this on my phone. apologies for any typos.
The stadium roared as the lights flickered on, and the white squares of the chessboard glowed. Yesterday, the white squares had been stained red with blood. Today, the smell of bleach hung in the air and the board shined like the night sky.
“WELCOME TO TONIGHT’S CHESS BATTLE.” Vera felt the ground shake beneath her as the voice boomed through the speakers. Her hands remained steady. Her heart did not race in anticipation.
“LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PUT YOUR HANDS TOGETHER FOR THE ICE QUEEN, VERA SANTOS.” A spotlight nearly blinded her as the crowd cheered. Vera didn’t bother to smile. The Ice Queen had been born long ago, with a knife in her hand and revenge in her heart. She did not cry. She did not show weakness. She did not scream when her bones shattered and she could no longer feel if they were attached to her body. It was why the crowd loved her.
She would make sure her reputation stayed intact, even though today would be the most painful match of all.
Below her platform, her duplicates took their places on the chessboard, sixteen bodies identical to hers, each dressed in a cocktail dress with weapons draped around their waists and backs. She could feel them breathing in time with her. She resisted wincing at the amplification of the crowd’s cheers. With sixteen sets of ears, eyes, and bodies, every sense in the arena became more intense.
Vera hated it, but she endured the sensory overload. One more win and Vera would be set free from this hellhole they called a prison. She forced herself to forget that her heart would always be trapped here.
Her competitor was introduced, and Vera fought to keep her face neutral; the Ice Queen had a reputation to maintain. Kyle smiled sweetly at her from her own platform. Although they were more than fifty yards apart, Vera could see the dimples in her cheeks.
The pair had spent the last year facing off against opponents, winning matches month by month, while raking in millions for the U.S. prison system. The administration had waited as long as they could before pitting their two fan favorites against each other, but the day had finally come. Both girls had eleven wins under their belt. Whoever won today would walk away with their freedom.
Vera’s heart pounded in her chest and she forced herself to breathe. Regardless of who won today, she and Kyle would never share the same bed again.
Winning or dying. There were no other options.
White goes first. Vera took a deep breath, squared her shoulders, and watched as Kyle made the first move.
Kyle plastered a smile across her face like a beauty pageant contestant. Vera knew it from the dozens of times Kyle had used it against the wardens; it was fake and sincere all at once. The crowd loved her because they could not believe that beautiful girls were capable of doing the horrendous deeds that deserved jail time. And Kyle knew how to give the crowd what they wanted.
“Knight to D5,” Kyle said.
Vera braced for impact as Kyle’s knight duplicate pulled the sword out of the sheath hanging at her side and swung it across Vera’s duplicate pawn. As her pawn fell to the ground, the Vera standing on the platform bit her tongue as her wrist bent backwards with a resounding crack. Pain akin to a lightning bolt shot through her arm, but she did not move. Tears threatened to well in her eyes. She forced them back.
This was a chess match for her freedom, and she’d had worse injuries before. She didn’t want the prison warden to deny to release her because Vera hadn’t given a good enough show. The warden had never done this before, but Vera and Kyle had discussed the possibility. Between their matches, they had nearly doubled the income of the prison systems.
Kyle fell like a rag doll as Vera’s queen took out Kyle’s pawn. The attack caused Kyle’s knee to bend sideways, but the bone didn’t pierce her skin. Vera forced herself to watch the game attendants drag the pawn off the floor. The duplicate’s face was frozen in the same smile that Kyle was wearing. If she looked at her, saw any ounce of pain on Kyle’s face, Vera wasn’t sure she’d be able to keep going.
The Ice Queen didn’t show weakness, but she had never played against the girl she loved.
The gigantic screen to Vera’s right zoomed in on Kyle as she returned to her feet, hobbling only a little, smiling all the while. The crowd roared with applause.
Vera surveyed the chessboard below her. On their platforms, raised fifty feet in the air, the competitors had a perfect view of the chessboard. Kyle had gone for the dramatic kill, livening the audience up and getting them to cheer louder – and therefore donate more – but her bishops and rooks were scattered about, leaving her king unprotected.
After Vera won her first match, she and Kyle had played chess against each other a few times. They had argued about the best starting moves and about whether the Italian style or Russian style was best. Eventually, their arguments turned into whose bed was more comfortable to sleep in and who was the better kisser.
As Kyle did a small victory dance on her own platform, playing the crowd more than the game, Vera tried not to remember the way Kyle had blushed the first time they’d kissed. She had been shy and hesitant, nothing like the pageantry Kyle was displaying today.
“Stop thinking about her,” Vera whispered to herself. It didn’t matter if the cameras heard her talking. Let them think she was angry that Kyle was celebrating.
Vera forced herself back into the present. She needed to figure out her next move.
She took a deep breath and closed her eyes so she could see through her duplicates instead. It was disorienting at first, looking through so many viewpoints at once, but she adjusted quickly. Each of her duplicates turned their head to the right, moving with a mechanical slowness, then to the left, so Vera saw the board from every direction possible.
“There,” she said, as the duplicates faced forward again. “This is how it ends.”
Kyle barely turned away from the crowd as Vera moved her rook to E8. When Kyle predictably took Vera’s knight in the next move, Vera’s lower leg shattered beneath her. She bit the inside of her lip to keep herself from crying out. She tasted blood. There was a sharp pain as the bone pierced through her skin. Vera felt the warmth of her blood as it ran down her leg. She wanted to gasp, to take a deep breath, to breathe through the pain, but she couldn’t. Not when there were this many cameras on her and her mouth was full of blood.
She clenched her fists until it felt like her nails were going to puncture tiny crescents in her palms and kept her eyes on the board. Her bone hadn’t punctured an artery. She was still alive. She could still survive this.
Ignoring the pain in her leg, Vera moved her bishop back, closer to her king, and waited. This time, she watched as Kyle studied the chessboard. The moment Kyle realized what she had to do, she looked Vera dead in the eye.
Vera nodded, answering the question that Kyle couldn’t ask in front of millions of viewers. She wanted to tell her that this was okay. She wanted to be the one to comfort Kyle, for a change, but they were too far apart and the cameras were watching. Vera hoped the nod was sufficient.
Kyle smiled brilliantly for the cameras as she ordered her bishop to take Vera’s queen. For the briefest moment, Vera saw the apology in Kyle’s eyes. And then all she felt was pain.
Spots of bright light filled her vision as all of Vera’s ribs broke at once. A screech escaped her lips as she fell to her knees, trying not to fall on the broken bone that already protruded from her calf. Her breathing came fast and hard as she tried to steady herself, but it only made the pain worse as her ribcage fought to expand with every breath.
The crowd had gone silent. Their Ice Queen had broken. The only sounds left in the arena were of the cameras zooming in and flashes going off around her, but Vera barely heard them. She fought to stay present, to keep the memories away, but the pain swallowed her whole.
“You little shit, you think you can steal from me!” Vera’s step-dad screamed at her, loud enough that the window panes shook. Vera didn’t have time to brace herself before he slammed his foot into her back, breaking more of her ribs. This wasn’t the first time he’d beaten her, but this was the first time the bastard hadn’t taken off his steel-toed boots.
She cried as her step-father rammed his shoe into her side, again and again, as he demanded where his money had gone. He was too drunk to realize he had spent it all at the bar, but it didn’t matter. He was angry and Vera was the perfect sized punching bag.
He left her, bleeding internally and sobbing, alone on their kitchen floor. Vera heard him storm off to the back bedroom, to take his anger out on Vera’s mother next. Her mother’s screams filled her ears. It was almost worse than the pain in her sides.
When her mother stopped screaming, Vera knew she was dead.
“Come on, Vera, you can do better than that!” A girl’s voice. But there weren’t any girls who lived with her step-dad. “What happened to the all-powerful Ice Queen, VERA?”
Vera opened her eyes and found Kyle pacing across the edge of her platform, limping and trailing blood as she walked. Vera focused on the sound of Kyle’s voice as she struggled to bring herself back to the chess game. Her step-father was dead. She had made sure of that. He had deserved to die after he spent years beating her and her mother.
Vera forced herself to kneel on the platform. Blood ran down her sides and back, where her ribs had broken through her skin. Her uniform, black to match her chess pieces, clung to her body as if she’d jumped in a swimming pool. She didn’t know how much blood she had lost, or whether she had internal damage from her ribs exploding, but she knew she was running on borrowed time.
Vera had gone eleven matches without losing her queen, knowing that it would cause her ribs to break. Once, when nearly every bone in Vera’s body had been broken, Kyle had found her in the hospital and asked why she sacrificed her knight instead of her queen. That match would’ve ended much sooner and only one arm would’ve been broken. But some pains were worse than others.
“I’m glad I killed my step-dad for a lot of reasons,” Vera said, as Kyle had held her hand. It had been one of the only parts of Vera’s body that wasn’t bandaged. “But mostly, I’m glad because I got to meet you.”
“Bishop to C4,” Vera said through clenched teeth. She hoped that Kyle could hear the thank you in her words. Thank you for bringing me back.
As Vera’s bishop took Kyle’s rook, her arm twisted backwards and she screamed, clutching her bicep. Contestants were allowed to stifle bleeding with their hands or pressure from other body parts, but not their clothing. If Kyle’s brachial artery had been hit, they would only have a minute or two left.
“Pawn to F4,” Kyle said. She smiled through the pain for the crowd, but Vera could tell she was barely holding herself together. She made eye contact with Vera, and she understood. The match was nearing its end.
Vera moved her knight next, trapping the white king in. “Check.”
The pair went back and forth, spitting their next moves almost as fast as the other could say them, as Kyle tried to save her king. Vera wanted to do this forever, so that the match would never end, but that was impossible. One of them was going to bleed out in a few minutes. The edges of Vera’s vision were already going dark.
“Pawn to H3,” Kyle said, tears running down her face as she blocked Vera’s check. She was lying on her right side, pinning her arm against the floor, trying to cut off the circulation in any way possible.
“Rook to A2. Check.” Vera tried not to think about what would happen if Kyle stopped moving her king out of harm’s way. Every time she placed her in check, Vera’s heart clenched in panic.
“King to H2.”
Vera stared at Kyle. She wanted to hold her, to wipe her tears away, to kiss her. Anything to make her pain lessen and for this match to be over. But that wasn’t possible. If either girl stepped off their platform, they forfeited immediately. The warden would kill her before she could step onto the chessboard.
“Bishop to C5. Check.”
“King to F1.” Kyle’s voice was fading. Vera wanted to scream. She’d lost too much already. She didn’t want to lose Kyle too.
Vera knew she was dying. None of her arteries had burst, but she knew there had to be some internal bleeding. She was losing feeling in her fingers and toes and her lightheadedness was impossible ignore. She had lost too much blood.
One of them had to survive. One of them had to make it out of this prison. Kyle had made her promise as much last night.
“Don’t you dare give up,” she had whispered, holding Vera’s face so that she couldn’t look away. “If you can win that game, I want you to do it. Don’t think about what it will do to me. Think about being free. The life you can have outside of this place. I want you to live for me, Vera.”
Stay conscious, Vera told herself. She couldn’t win, couldn’t keep her promise, if she passed out. At the very least, this would be the last time that she would ever see Kyle.
“Knight to C3,” Vera said. “Check.”
“King to C1.” Kyle’s voice was barely above a whisper, but the microphones around the platform picked it up. Her words echoed around the arena. Vera’s heart stopped.
Kyle didn’t stop crying, but the look she gave Vera was full of love and hope. I love you, Kyle mouthed at her. She smiled. Not the brilliant, all-teeth, pageantry smile that she gave the cameras. This one was small and shy. The way she smiled right before she kissed Vera. Vera’s vision had almost gone completely dark, but she still saw it. Somehow, she managed to smile back.
“Rook to C2.” Vera said, not looking away from Kyle’s eyes. “Checkmate.”
Then her whole world went black.
—————————————————- Christie O. Hall spent 2015 writing a short story every week. While she still writes short stories, these days she spends her time reading, cosplaying, and dreaming of the day she can move to Scotland. She lives in Kansas with her dog.
Christie is one of five guests participating in 2016 The Hanging Garden showcase of aspiring authors. Each of the five aspiring authors will contribute a story to the five story cycles of the year. The next prompt begins on Monday!