Beth was staring up at Alex with wide eyes. She didn’t know what to say. He didn’t need to tell her the twins’ names; she knew it was Catalin and himself.
“How long ago was this?” she asked, barely more than a whisper.
Alex hesitated. To Beth, it was obvious that he didn’t know whether she would believe him or not. To comfort him, she reached out and touched his arm. Taking his hands, she pulled him towards her. He sat beside her, twiddling his bracelet like he always did when he was worried.
“How long ago?” Beth repeated in a soft tone.
Alex didn’t look up to meet her eyes. “Two hundred and thirty-nine years.”
“It’s been two hundred and thirty-nine years since the three of them went missing.”
“You’re joking, right?”
Alex sighed and pulled his hands away. He was exasperated, and Beth could see why he lied to everyone. If he got this whenever he tried to tell someone, why should he even bother?
“I believe you,” she said truthfully, looking up at him.
He looked into her eyes and saw that she was telling him the truth; she did believe him.
“Where was this?” she asked.
“Sardinia, in the middle of the eighteenth century.”
“How is that possible?” Beth asked, curious.
She could practically see Alex’s heart fall. That was the one question he really didn’t want her to ask.
“It’s okay if you don’t want to tell me,” Beth said hurriedly.
Alex smiled but shook his head. “You want to know. You should know. But, before I tell you, you have to swear not to tell anybody. Please.”
“I swear, I promise. Oh, with all my heart I promise not to tell another soul.”
“You can’t even write it down, okay?”
“Okay. I promise.”
He let out his breath in a way that meant he was giving up his biggest, darkest secret to her; he was showing her his very soul. “Do you believe in vampires, Beth?”
Everything was silent for a minute. Beth was shocked. She hadn’t expected that. In all honesty, she didn’t know what she had been expecting.
“Yes,” she breathed.
“Does... Does it change your opinion of me?” Alex asked, scared of the answer he thought he would get.
He thought she was going to run out of the house screaming. Beth didn’t do that, not at all. What she did do was not what he thought what going to happen. She leant forward and kissed him suddenly. Alex stiffened for a just a moment before relaxing and putting his arms around her, pulling her towards him.
Beth was thankful for his hand at her back, supporting her. If he hadn’t been there, she would have collapsed with excitement and the love she had for him. She tried to pour it all into that kiss, to tell him without words how much she loved him. Beth didn’t care about what he was, if he really was a vampire. She slapped herself internally for even thinking that. He wouldn’t lie about it, not after making her swear not to tell anyone.