Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Demonic Hunter

Random WIP: Demonic Hunter
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I didn’t want this life. I didn’t want to be here. What is so horrible about my life? I am a bounty hunter for the big man upstairs. Yep, him. I was, let’s just say, a bad person in life, and in death I got a second chance to find paradise. All I had to do was be a bounty hunter for a few hundred years. Easy Peasy right? Wrong. Right now I am chasing this demon. He is a nasty one. And my job is to send it back to hell. But this demon and I have a past. He is the one that killed me.

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Elemental Mazes Rules

The Rules
1)        There will be one champion chosen by myself from each school.  One student per element.  If I am dead than my arm shall be imbued with my magic and I shall choose the champion even in death.
2)       Each champion must at least be a fourth year.  (Ages 12 and up)
3)       Each champion must either go to one of the major seven schools or a school in their area.  If they are home schooled they must choose a school to represent and be accepted by that school as a representative.
4)       Each champion shall choose one companion to help them through the Mazes.
5)      There will be a maximum of ten (10) students from each of the seven major schools.  A max of two per element.
6)      The schools must finish together.  With the exception if a champion drops out of the contest or dies or is mortally wounded.  Then the remaining members of the school shall finish together.
7)      Each of the major schools is responsible for preparing one of the Seven Mazes.
8)       Cheating will result in being expelled from the Mazes.  The other six schools shall choose if the whole school is disqualified or if the other teams are allowed to continue.  (Teleportation to is cheating.)
9)       The Champions and their companion shall each have one bag of supplies.  It cannot have spells on it.  The bag shall be provided to the champion and their companion.  The bag shall be 20” height, 15” wide, and 6” deep.   The bag cannot contain spelled boxes or bags. 
10)   On their person they can have a knife, their wand, and a weapon of their choice, example bow and arrow.  No guns allowed.
11)    The tournament uniform consists of a pair of pants, a shirt, a jacket, a coat, gloves, hat, scarf, socks, underwear, long underwear and a pair of boots.  Each contestant and their champion will have three sets of this uniform to fit in their bag.  These are the only items that may be shrunk to fit in the bag.
12)   The champions and their companions have eight weeks or two months to get through each maze.  Once every school and champion and companion are through the maze or at the end of the eight week time period; they will have a one week down time before the start of the next maze.
13)   If all but one school is disqualified the remaining school does not have to go through the remaining mazes they are declared the champions.
14)   Champions and Companions may set traps for other schools but may not physically interact or confront them to knock them out of the competition.

Monday, June 27, 2016

An Unholy Creation Chapter Ten

Chapter Ten

I was about to knock when I stopped and just looked at the door.  After I did what I did how could I be worth them?  I was about to walk away when Marcus came up behind me.  “Just coming home Marcus?”  I asked.
“I could ask the same of you, or where you just leaving?”
“Come on in, I am sure dad has something to eat ready.”
“I don’t know if I should…”
“You did something didn’t you?  You are acting strangely.”
“Yes, but it does not concern you.”
“It was the witches, wasn’t it?  I overheard you and dad talking about them.”
“Hmmm….”  I really didn’t know what to say.
“You did what you needed to do is all.  Don’t feel too bad.”  Marcus went and opened the door.  “Come on in, dad will be wanting to see both of us.”
I sighed but followed him in.  “I don’t know I am sure your father is quite mad at me.”
“There you two are!  Marcus, I thought you were going to stay over at Chris’s?”  Theodore asked as we walked into the living room.
“I am.  I just came home to eat something and grab a few games then back over to Chris’s.”  Marcus said walking into to the kitchen.  He left us alone, but before we could say anything he was walking out of the kitchen with a bag of sandwiches and both Theodore and I watched as he walked upstairs and come running back down with his backpack.  “Well see you later.”  He yelled as he walked out of the door.
I looked at Theodore, and he had some clear images coming though, but I knew we would have to talk.  “Theodore…”
“Look, let’s go sit down and talk.”  He came up and grabbed my hand and his smell, which hit me like a ton a bricks when I walked in just threw me though a loop, and at the moment I knew I should have hunted after the battle. 
“Yessss…” it came out as a hiss.  I could feel my fangs descend and it took every ounce of my willpower not to go for his blood, and I was afraid I was going to lose.  “Theodore…”  My voice was weak and my words coming out in a hiss.
He turned to look at me.  “Kat, what is wrong?”  I could see the image of myself in his head.  My fangs out, I was starting to crouch, and my pupils were just slits in a field of a dark pink color.
“Too close… back away…”  I tried to get out that he needed to put some distance between us.
Instead he started to come closer; he tried to pull me into his arms.  “Kat, is this about the witches?”
“Nooo…”  I was weakening, I knew if I went into his arms it would be a millisecond before my teeth were in his neck.  And I didn’t want to fight it, so I didn’t.  As soon as I allowed myself to fall into his arms, I turned my head, my teeth scraping his neck.  I took the opportunity to bite him.
The first drops were so perfect, the taste was better than the smell.  I wasn’t going to be able to stop, and then his voice penetrated my mind.  “Kat…”
I pushed him away but I knew I had gone too far.  I never planned to turn him tonight.  But I took a bite from my wrist and stuck it to his mouth.  “Drink.”  I knew as soon he did because I felt the burn through his thoughts.  And I just held him.  It took forty five minutes for the burn to kill him.  And now I knew the three day wait as upon us.  And I didn’t know how to tell Marcus.  But I knew we would have to leave before the three days were up.
I sat up all night holding Theodore.  It was almost noon when Marcus came back, my eyes a bright red from turning Theodore.  “Marcus…”
“Wow, I didn’t know he would actually talk you into doing it so soon.”  He said with only some surprise.  “But he said he had a plan.”
“A plan?”  I was thrown; he planned to trick me in to turning him?  I was so confused.  “He was going to trick me into turning him sooner than I was ready to?”
“I don’t know if he was going to trick you, but he said he had a plan.”  Marcus stated.
“Marcus I am going to sign you up for the dorms and get you moved in there tomorrow, I will have to take your father from here before he wakes up.”  I was mad but I had more sensible things to take care of at the time.
“Okay, I will go up and start packing.”  Marcus stated running up the stairs. 
I watched after him, and then back down at Theodore, and since I couldn’t read his mind, I checked his body for any signs that he was going to trick me.  I thought there was nothing until I check his fingers; he had poked one of them with what looks like a needle.  That was why his blood smelled so strong when he took my hand.  I was mad at him and then I was furious at him.  What if I hadn’t been able to stop?  What if I had killed him?  Didn’t he stop and think?
“Kat, do you want me to stay at Chris’s tonight?”  Marcus asked as he came down the stairs.
“Only if you want to, I am not going to tell you to stay here, or to go.”  I wanted him to stay a bit to talk, but I knew that he wanted to go; he didn’t want to see his father like this, dead.
“If you don’t mind I will go back to Chris’s.”
“That is fine; I will be doing some preparing tonight anyway, lots of paper work to forge.”
“Thanks!  See you tomorrow.”  Marcus said grabbing his backpack and running out the door.
As soon as he left, I picked up Theodore and placed him in his bedroom.  I looked around the house to find the office and found it down in the basement.  Within a couple of hours I had forged Theodore’s letter of resignation, penned  mine and got Marcus’s housing arrangements taken care of.  Of course for Marcus’s housing arrangements I had to break into the main office and put the paper work on file, and assign him a room.  I assigned him a room to himself and paid his tuition and room and board for the next two years.  Which if you were a human would be a nice little hunk of change.
The next day was in a blur, I took Marcus and made sure he was moved in and okay with everything.  Of course that took a bit of time, as he was experimenting with blocking his thoughts.  He was getting really good; of course his soul had a few millenniums of practice.  “Now if you need me you know your father’s cell number.  I will not bring your father around for a while, at least until he has his blood lust under control, which can be awhile.”
“That is okay two more years of school not really that big of deal.  I can handle it, I have thought about it and you are right it better that I wait until I am older.”  Marcus stated.
“Now please don’t leave the school grounds, I got you this private room so that way Chris can hang here.  I have protections around this whole town, but it doesn’t make the town safe.  The only real safe place right now is the school and your dorm.”
“Okay, I get it.  Where are you going?”
“It is better you not know.”
“I don’t want you coming there, even for an emergency.  If other vampires show up you will know, I want you to run here.  This is an extension of your home, thus they cannot enter without an invitation.”
“Okay.  But they are faster than me right?”
“They won’t be on the school and by the time they figure you out you will be back here, if by chance they figure a way to break the spells surrounding the school.”  After that we didn’t talk much, I finished helping him unpack then I left and went back to the house.
I walked into the house, and it was so cold and dark.  It was still a couple of hours before dark, so I had to wait to move Theodore.  Which gave me time to forge some papers so the plane will take the casket; we were going to the Amazon.  There was a lot of sun, but less people and a lot of wildlife for Theodore to hunt.  And at least for the first year that would be all he wanted.  Which upset a part of me; already his sweet blood was giving way for his new vampire smell.  Which in itself was tempting, but instead of awaking the monster in me, it was continuing to wake up the humanity of being a woman in me.
Once darkness had it, I had Theodore transferred into the coffin, and picked up by the local funeral home for transportation to the airport.  “Thank you so much.”  I was saying to the funeral director as they loaded the coffin into the hearse.  I was playing the part of the widow, so I was dressed as such.  The black dress was popping against my skin and my hat with vial was hiding that I was not actually crying.
“We thank you for choosing us in your time of grief.”  The funeral director had enough instinct to shy away from me.
“I shall meet you at the plane.”  I stated and walked to my car.  I drove to the airport, knowing that Theodore was on his second death night, and I only had tomorrow to get the house set up, I never thought I would have live in a house without windows again.
Once at the airport I made sure the coffin was loaded into the plane, I went and checked in and settled into my first class seat, and pretended to sleep.  What I was really doing was listening for any type of sign that Theodore was awaking earlier.  Ninety nine percent of us vampires are dead for three nights and awake on the forth, some awaken on the second night or even the third, that is why any that you turn must be watched.  We can’t leave them alone for they wouldn’t know how to behave and would turn wild

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Jacked In

New Short Story that I will be publishing on my website soon!
Jacked In
By Katherine Rochholz
Felicia didn’t know why she did it. But a friend talked her into playing an online computer game. And suddenly it became her life… No matter what she had to play, she had to be logged in, it was like the air she breathed, like the water she drank. She had to play this game. As the game drained her life force her mind was trying to fight the control. She needed her life back. Her mind was fighting to not only save herself... but all the others who were jacked in…

Thursday, June 9, 2016

An Unholy Creation Chapter Nine

Theodore just sat there, I didn’t try to get in to his thoughts, but it was hard not to see the image I placed there. I was wild, red glowing eyes, my fangs showing, my attack and murder of my best friend turned enemy.

“Kat, what was your real name?” Theodore’s question shocked me, I had heard his heart pick up, I had smelled the fear, but his heart was returning to normal and he just asks a simple question.

I was so shocked I just simply answered. “My name was, is, Katyla, daughter of Johan, High Priestess of Atlantis.”

“High Priestess? Atlantis?” Theodore was shocked.

“Yes, I was a ruler. As my father and his mother before him, I did not lie about my mother dying in childbirth, or the age I was, my father taught me everything I was his only heir. There use to be another part of my name when I was introduced while I was human it was Katyla, daughter of Johan, wife of Triremes, High Priestess of Atlantis, I removed the wife part after I killed myself. The way we became to be, was my fault.”

“But Atlantis, the real Atlantis, the myth?”

“Yes, we were becoming to advanced and if they kept that rate of advancement up, well it would have ended in war, and people were becoming to corrupt. So they destroyed themselves. The call to do so was made by my sixth cousin. Who took over leadership four hundred and seventy five years after I died; he made the right choice, it would have been the same I had made if I was in his shoes. So Atlantis, my home, became nothing but a myth, the land that it once stood on, was torn down by the last invention that I had made, I had hid the plans, it would cause a disaster so great it would kill whatever was in a hundred and thirty seven mile radius, the exact radius of our island. My cousin built it and set it off with a remote, as he rowed from the island the last living soul to leave. I left moments before the blast, I needed to come and say good bye and to collect my hidden books and plans. He only found the plans because I left it in my old desk for my family to find. I knew what was going to come what was going to happen, it was Marcus’s first vision, he was only a child, right after I turned, he was just two, so I waited and snuck back to the island and placed it in my desk that my cousin’s wife was using. I have everything but those plans, that device should never be built again, it would destroy this world. I made sure that the device destroyed itself and the whole island and everything we had every written everything we had ever discovered, most went over to Egypt after all they were very advanced, or to what is now Central America, with the Mayans and the Aztecs. The only proof we ever existed are my journals and my work from my human life, and those will never see the light of day.”

“Sorry Kat, but the REAL ATLANTIS, you were the ruler of a mythical country?”

“It is only mythical because of the lack of evidence we existed. But yes I was born into royalty. My father died when I was thirteen I took control, I married soon afterwards just before I turned fourteen, and my husband was twenty. I had Marcus when I was fifteen. After that my husband and I had separate rooms, I had my heir that was all I needed so I turned a blind eye to his affairs. I did not love him; he was the warrior of our community, similar to the top general in the military, so it was a marriage of convenience. When I was seventeen I died, and now my soul is stuck on this planet, I came back as a monster that can not die. Now vampires existed long before me, but we are a different breed, the original vampires, turn human only during the winter months they feed and kill then hibernate until the next winter. There are many branches of vampires, our branch was created by me, by mixing of blood both human, bat, and unknown.” During this whole story Theodore just sits and listens, I see a range of emotions flash across his face from disgust to confusing to what I would guess as acceptance. “Anyways in the end I changed the person who once was my best friend and now we are enemies.”

“So what were you besides a queen when you were human?” Theodore was suddenly curious about my human life.

“I was what you could call a doctor or a scientist. We were medical people. We, I mean Argos and I, were working on a cure that was destroying our people. It was very similar to the flu, except it drained the body of fluids within days of the symptoms starting, they could lay dormant for days, weeks, months, but they would show all the same.”

“What happened?”

“It burned itself out, about two years after I died.” I stood up then. I had some spells to do, and I needed to find a place full of wildlife to do them. After getting my supplies. “I have to go now; I have magic to do before the sun sets.”

“But it is noon, the sun is at its highest now is it safe for you?”

“There is a lot of cloud cover today, so it will be fine. And I will be out in the woods performing the spells. Then tonight I shall take care of those who allowed Gavin close to you and Marcus.”

“Can I come with you?”

“NO! I mean no, I will need a lot of blood after I do the spells, if you are near me…” I couldn’t bring myself to finish the sentence, though it flashed through my mind and it hurt me just to think of it. At that moment I heard Marcus waking up. “Marcus is waking.”

“Good then we can have a sit down and discuss some things before you go off and do what you have to do.” Theodore stated as he walked up stairs to get Marcus.

I sat down defeated. I knew that we would have this talk before Theodore let go of the crazy idea I turn him before I turned Marcus. I knew that having this discussion so soon after meeting them was crazy. Why was everything moving so fast? Another question was why was time feeling like it was moving so fast after living over six thousand years. I was about to yell up to them that I was leaving when I saw them coming down the stairs.

“You were about to leave weren’t you?” Theodore said coming to sit next to me on the loveseat.

“Well, yes. There is a lot I have to get done before tonight.” I answered honestly.

“Dad wants you to turn him now.” Marcus blurted out. “If you turn him you should turn me!” Marcus wanted to be turned sooner rather then later.

“No! Look I know I don’t have the right to act like your mother, but Marcus I care for you and right now is not the right time to turn. You just need to be a bit older. Please. Finish high school at least.”

“How many times have you gone to high school?” Marcus asked.

“More then I care to remember, but you only do it as a human once there is so much to being a human. You don’t have to worry about losing control and killing your whole class. You can go out for sports. You can be a normal kid!”

“As normal as a kid can be, as a reincarnated vampire! Oh, and my dad wants to turn now before me! And you are older than the whole school put together, and you are connected to me as a mother figure because I am a reincarnation of your son.” Marcus paused for a second but I knew the question he was about to ask.

“Marcus, you would have remembered everything and everything would have happened as is, almost, if I hadn’t been here.”

“What do you mean almost?”

“Your friend would have died, your father and yourself killed by Gavin, he was Argo’s assassin.”

“What do you mean would have died? What happened?”

“Gavin showed up. He tried to kill your father that is where he got that scar on his hand. If I hadn’t been there it would have not ended as it did. And of course what happened last night. They would have figured a way out to get invited in, and they would have killed both of you without thinking. I still don’t know why Triremes is following Argos.”

“Who is Triremes?” Marcus asked, and I remembered I never told him who is father was, even back then.

“He was my husband.”

“Your husband?” Marcus was confused.

“My human husband. Argos turned him thinking I would want him around. Argos never married so he really didn’t understand the marriage of convenience that I had with Triremes.”

“So he was…”

“The other half I needed to have my son? Yes. Back then even though I was the ruler I still needed to have an heir. Which meant I had to get married. I never loved him.”


“No, he was the great warrior of our people, like the main general in the military today. I was the daughter of the late ruler who had taken control and was ruling a country since the age of thirteen. It made since.”

“Did you get a divorce?”

“I think death did that for us, there was no connection between us anymore.”

“Who was with him?”

“Kleopatra, the queen of the Nile, he had a thing for queens it seems.” I said with a kind of a sad smile. “I turned her for him. The other two I don’t know, I picked up on their names, but from what I felt, it seems Kleopatra made them only a couple of centuries ago.”

“Wow… So are you going to turn dad?”

“No. I will not turn anybody without them thinking this through.”

“You are going to turn me.”

“I have no choice. I wish I did. I don’t want this for you. I never really did. I was selfish when I let Argos change you. But if I don’t and Argos is allowed to control, then humanity is doomed.”

“Dad seems he really wants to be changed now.
“Will you stop talking about me like I am not here?” Theodore spoke up for the first time.

“We are having a rational conversation. He knows you want me to turn you I have to let him know where I stand.” I stated to Theodore, and then turned back to Marcus.

“Don’t get me wrong, if he wants to turn and he has thought it through then I will. But a new vampire is not able to be around humans very much. The need for blood is so strong in the beginning. And though I live on animal blood it never smells as good as human blood, nor does it taste as good. They can’t be in any type of sunlight. They would die.”

“But you walk in the sun.”

“But I do burn, just not as bad, after a while it will be fine for a new vampire to walk in the sun if that is what they want. Most vampires believe that the sun will destroy them so it does. It is all workings of the mind and of nature. I have only met a few other vampires that can walk in the day like I do.”

“So if you turn him…”

“We would have to leave. You could stay of course if you liked, as this is a boarding school. And it might be better if you allow your father to change before you. After all you are not turning until you are at least seventeen.” I stated with finality in my words.

“Well that is only about a year away. It is dad’s choice if he wants change now that is fine. I can stay here for another year.” I could tell that Marcus, my Marcus was coming out. The need for revenge. He really didn’t care if his father turned early. In his mind, even though he was just told that I was his soul’s mother and Triremes was his soul’s father, he only had one dad, and he wanted him around forever. I knew he had made up his mind about turning and he wanted his revenge against Argos. Though Marcus, this Marcus, loved his father, and he knew what was waiting if I turned him, he was okay with that, and with Theodore and I being an item. That last thought was a surprise. Such a surprise I almost missed the next words he stated. “Actually I think it is a good idea. Then I will have both you and dad to help me once I am turned.”

“See even he agrees.” Theodore said with a smug smile.

“That look does not become you.” I stated glaring at him. “This is forever, there is no going back. There is no natural death after this. And we would have to leave before I changed you. It would look very strange if both you and I left at the same time.” I was going to try everything to postpone the moment I would I would have to cause him his last moments of human pain.

“I will just tell the school I resign due to the fact I fell for a student teacher. That is against rules.” Theodore stated.

“Actually it isn’t, just sleeping with that student teacher and that hasn’t happened!” I was going to try any little loophole.

“They don’t know that.”

“You know you guys fight this out, I am going to up to play my X-box. Better yet, I am going down to Chris’s.” Marcus stated as he grabbed his coat and walked out of the door leaving Theodore and I alone.

“Now that we are alone we can have a serious conversation.” Theodore stated.

“No. I have to go get my supplies and then do what I have to do.” I stated and then bent down kissed him and then left before he could say another word.

I went to my contact here for my supplies. When I walked in I knew something was off. “Stephy? What is going on?” I walked in and found her sitting in front of her tarot deck; her long light brown hair was a mess, her make-up running.

“The cards they state that my ancestors have betrayed someone. This betrayal brings death.”

“Stephy are you relate to the Salem coven?” I asked.

“Distantly, but yes.”

“I need to do a truth spell. I need to know who betrayed me.”

“What happened?”

“Someone who shouldn’t have got though the concealments did get through.”

“Here are the candles, feathers, oils, and other supplies that you need.” Stephy stated she grabbed all the required ingredients needed and put them in a bag. “Don’t kill him please.”

“If he was not involved his life will be spared.” I stated, and then left before she could respond again. I could not know if her love was part of those who betrayed me but I knew he was much more closely related then she was, that is why she was going to be able to live.

It was two o’clock by the time I found an empty bit of woods, which had plenty of wildlife. I set up the alter and put out the bowl of water, the candles, the feathers, the athame and the herbs of the earth. I called to the heavens to show me the truth and suddenly I was standing and watching the betrayal.

“I shall not kill you if you allow me in to the school.” Gavin was stating.

“I don’t know how you found out about this place!” Franklin was stating.

“The other witches in your coven told me, but they stated you placed the final protection of the spell in place and only you can break it. Do so or I kill you and it breaks anyways.” Gavin responded.

“I shall never betray those who showed loyalty to my ancestors!” Frank said and Gavan, then at that moment drained him and dropped his body. Breaking the spell that protected my loved ones, and I now know the truth. Stephy’s love was killed because he refused to betray me, but the other witches of his coven gave the information to betray me, they would die tonight.

After I had hunted and filled up, I waited for dusk. Once dusk came I went to the coven. “I, Katyla, promised to protect you as long as you never betrayed me. You have broken your oath for that your death is called upon.” I started to do my worst, I tried to shut off my feelings, and I could barely feel the fire and the knives they threw at me. When it was done, I could barely look at what I had done. I cleaned up and left a letter for Stephy, as this was all hers now. I also told her about Frank.

Then I went back to my dorm to clean up. By nine that night I was back in front of Theodore’s and Marcus’s home.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

An Unholy Creation Chapter Eight

My phone was ringing when I got back to the dorm, I was very reluctant to pick up the phone but I did. “Hello.”

“Katyla, that was not very nice to run out on me.” Theodore was on the other end.

“I know, but I…”

“Look, I don’t want to rush you, I don’t want you to feel uncomfortable around me, I will let you decide when we go any further then we have gone.”

“I am afraid…” I didn’t know how to tell him I was afraid of killing him.

“Nothing to fear, I told you I will not rush you.”

“It isn’t being close to you in that way….” I struggled on how to explain it. “It is being close to you in that way and losing control that I fear, I could kill you, even though I don’t want to.”

“Is it the smell of my blood?”

“No, it is because of my strength, if I allowed myself for one second to lose control, I might kill you and I couldn’t live with myself if I did that.”

“Then turn me.” Theodore demanded.

“I don’t want to cause you that pain.”

“You will turn me someday. Why not now, today?”

“We would have to leave, you would be so new, you will want to feed all the time, and animal blood is not as tempting as human.”

“Then we leave, I have no contract here.”

“But Marcus must be in school.”

“He can go to school, we will just move somewhere else for a while. Marcus can finish his schooling anywhere.”

“Look we should discuss this in person and with Marcus.”

“So come back home.” Theodore called his place home, and I couldn’t believe how good that sounded.

“Let me grab some things and I will come back over.”

“Good I will leave the door open for you. See you soon.”

“Bye.” With that I hung up the phone and slide to the floor. For the second time in my existence seriously thinking about turning someone for my own selfish needs, like with Marcus, I wanted Theodore forever. What was I going to do? It was only a few moments but it seemed like forever before I moved again. I was lost in my thoughts; did I really want to turn Theodore because of my selfish wants? Would it really be worth making Marcus move to a new school again? In the end as I grabbed a shower and a change of clothes, I decided, no it was not worth it. I would just have to be strong enough not to hurt Theodore, no matter how far we went before I turned him. Just fifteen minutes later I was back at Theodore’s house, and even though the door was unlocked I knocked. Theodore immediately opened the door.

“Katyla,” he said my name like he was getting relief from pain just by seeing me. “Come in, I told you I would leave the door open.” What did I do to become worthy of a soul mate, I knew they existed but I have done so much evil why would God give me a soul mate? And I knew now that was what Theodore was to me.

“It is just polite to knock before entering.” I wanted to make sure he wanted me there, for the first time I really feared rejection.

“Okay,” he rolled his eyes, and took me into his arms. I tensed, I wasn’t gone that long but I had changed clothes and washed his scent off me, so the smell of his blood hit me like a wrecking ball. “What is wrong?” He was confused, he started to pull away.

But I held on tight. “Nothing, nothing at all, I was just away from your scent for too long, it hit me strongly like it did the first time.”

“You were gone only about twenty minutes.” Theodore didn’t know what it meant that I was away from him too long, but he liked the sound that twenty minutes was too long.

“I took a shower, I changed clothes, and your scent was no longer with me at that point. So my system just took a shock and I tensed.”

“You tensed up the first day in class. Was it my scent?” He kept a hold of me but moved backwards towards the couch.

I did not answer until we were seated on the couch, his arm around me. “Yes, I must have thought of a million ways to get you alone to drain you, and then I heard you speak. I wasn’t paying attention until you said my name. Then it was like the sound of your voice was the only thing in the world. And the war began the vampire and woman fighting against each other. The war rages on, I don’t know who will win at times, I just need to be honest with you.”

Theodore remained quiet for a couple of minutes, his cheek against my head, at first I thought maybe he had fallen asleep, his heart beats were steady and calm, and then he spoke.

“Katyla, why won’t you turn me?”

“I told you.” We just had this conversation, why was he asking again.

“Those are excuses. Marcus was uprooted once and he is doing fine. I am sure he will understand leaving again.”

“But now is not a time to uproot him again. Especially with Argos after him, somehow Gavin was able to get past spells that could keep back the most powerful witch.”

“You said that you didn’t do very many spells, maybe they were weaker than you think.”

“I didn’t place them. There is a local sect of witches, they have generations of power behind them, and they are some of the most powerful in the world. I had them set them. They are loyal to me. I speared their ancestor.” I didn’t want to say the words out loud that the only way for Gavin to have gotten past the defenses, was if one of them betrayed me. I thought of the agreement I had made with their ancestor and updated each generation. If they betrayed me and I found out about it they were to die. Their death would be that of a traitor. Which for a witch is to be burned at the stake, people forget they did that to traitors and witches. For a witch to be called a traitor and burned at the stake is a great hit to the family name it will take centuries to repair.

“Could they have undone the spells, let this Gavin in?” Theodore was thinking what I could not bring myself to think.

“I don’t know, I have trusted them for so long. I don’t trust easily, and I am bound by a contract with them to kill the traitor. I don’t know if I want to kill anymore, but I will have to find out. I can’t have Marcus and you in danger.” I knew all I would have to do is perform a truth spell it would show me what happened then I would have to burn the witch at the stake. And to keep those I loved safe I would kill the traitor and their family to make an example of what happens when you cross someone as powerful as me, I lied to Theodore, that I don’t have a strong witch’s power, I do, but don’t use it as it requires more and more blood to regain my strength.

“How would you prove something like that anyway?” Theodore asked as he twisted my hair in his fingers.

“A truth spell, if I do that spell and I find the traitor I will kill them Theodore, I am going to warn you now, the death will not be pretty and nobody is going to point fingers at me, but all witches will know who and why.”

“Why not let them get away with it? I mean like strip their power and let them live or something like that why do you have to kill them?”

“They… it is something I can’t really explain. If I had betrayed them I would expect them to try to punish me. Not that they would have succeeded but I would have expected them to try. I will perform the spell and take care of it while you sleep. This is not something you will witness.”

“Like hell! You are not going to put yourself in danger without me around!” Theodore thought I could get hurt!

I sat up though he tried to keep me against him; I easily stood up and looked straight in his eyes. “Theodore, I cannot be injured, well I can, but mere mortals will not cause my demise. You will see the news what is going to happen and I will not allow you to see me like that. I hate taking human life, in fact I haven’t killed in over two thousand years, and today I may have to destroy a whole generation of people. You will not bear witness to that! So we can do this the easy way or the really easy way!” I was not going to let them use him against me.

“Okay let’s see my choices are you go alone kill a bunch of very powerful witches who could hurt you, and I just let you. Or you make me let you and then we have our first real fight.” Theodore was mad I would even threaten to use mind control on him.

I sighed and sat down on the coffee table, and took his hand in mine. “Theodore, there will be blood, there will be screaming, they will try to stop me, they will hurt my physical form, none of that bothers me. But with you there as a mortal they will try to kill you to hurt me. If I put you in that danger and you were hurt, or…” I couldn’t bring myself to say the word. “No you are not going, I won’t use my mind control on you but I can prevent you from leaving this house and I will use the spell if I need to do that. In fact I need to place a spell on the place to prevent the other vampires to see inside or to find the place.”

“They have already been here, and if you are hired the witches before how are you going to be able to do the spell without them?” Theodore was confused about my saying I would do the spell.

“I am powerful in the spells I know, it is the need for blood afterward I need that prevents me from performing the spells myself. And I can make it so they can’t find the street again; they will be turned away from this section, not able to sense a spell or us.” I stood to leave, to get my materials for my truth spell.

“Kat, if it is not the witches you hired, but another group what will you do?” Theodore was sure of the answer before the question finished forming in his mind.

“Nobody and I mean nobody will put those I love at risk and live to tell about it any longer.” I knew I was going to kill whoever it was that allowed Gavin in the school, who allowed them to almost kill Theodore.

“I still think I should go with you, you can turn me then I won’t be killed.” Theodore was going to push the issue of being turned until I turned him.

I sat back down on the coffee table and took his hand again and looked him straight in the eye. “Love, you will be dead for three days before you return as a vampire for one, and for two a new vampire is very weak, they burn in the sun, they are effected by the slightest bit of light and can be killed in almost any way that stops the brain from working, so you see you would not be much use to me in this battle, will it help in other areas yes. But, love, we can’t be selfish.”

“Why not, why can’t you turn me for our own selfish needs?” Theodore really didn’t see how bad it could really be for a new vampire.

“Theodore I am going to do something, don’t be mad but I am going to show you a new vampire.” I placed my hand on his head and transferred a memory of mine, my first memories as a vampire. I showed myself waking up, I showed myself burning in the sun, I showed him how when the smell of Argo’s hit me, I turned to an animal, turning him accidently. Then I stopped, placed my hand back on his and waited for him to tell me he didn’t want me that he could never be a monster and never be with a monster like me.