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Two days pass and no one visits except for Ash. He doesn't say much. I wonder if news about what happened with Dove and Cade is going around.

Dove sleeps most of the time. She doesn't talk, and she ignores everything I say.

But on midnight of the third night, I guess she changes her mind.

"Vampires ruined my life. They attacked the town I grew up in, killing my mother, my father, and everyone else in it. My sister and I were the only survivors. We escaped - I don't know how, but we did. We fled. It was then that I decided to be a hunter. I killed my first vamp at age thirteen. Anyway, my sister and I, we moved away. As far as we could go. But they found us again, in our new town. They burned everything there to the ground. Again, we were the only survivors. We began to put two and two together, and we realized what we had to do if we wanted to avoid all the carnage. We split up, hoping that by doing so, the vamps wouldn't find us and kill so many innocent people trying to get to us. I moved in with foster families, but one after another, they were all killed. It hurt me every time a child lost a mother, or a mother lost a child because of me. Eventually I couldn't bear it, so I went rogue. I've been on the run for four years. They've found me a few times, but I always manage to get away.

"As for my sister, I haven't seen her since. Heck, I don't even know if she's alive. I hope she is, but there's only so much hope can do for you. That, I've learned.

"And as for everyone else that's died in place of me, well, I still have 216 vampires to make up for. And I swear, if it's the last thing I do, I'll do it."

My mouth feels dry. It hurts to swallow. I suddenly find extreme interest in picking lint off my shirt. "Why are you telling me all this?"

She meets my eye. "I thought that if you hated me for what I've done, I'd at least let you know why I did it."

"But why do you care if I hate you or not?"

She doesn't respond. Instead, she says, "I never found out why they wanted me until a few years ago, but by then it was too late for any of us."

She doesn't speak to me again.

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