Deathly Secrets, Chapter XXIII

Something about Alina makes our villain feel comfortable, as though he can talk without being judged. Yes, her words are harsh, but they are well-deserved. All the words she's spoken are true. 

And the most impressive thing is...Alina isn't afraid to voice her opinion with our criminal. Unlike so many of the docile, personality-less women nowadays, Alina is strong-willed, though one would certainly also consider her to be shy.

It's quite an appealing mix, our villain has to admit. An appealing mix that's got him intrigued and...ah, best not belabor the point.

Our villain's voice drops. "I wish I could tell you everything, Alina. I think you'd understand why I do what I do. I think you'd be able to see who I truly am. But I can't tell you."

Alina hesitated before saying softly, "I think you can."

With a sigh, our criminal shakes his head. "I think I can't."

"And why not?"

Running his hands through his hair,  the not-so-evil villain shakes his head. "Trust me, Alina. I can't tell it all to you. Not much, anyways."

"Will you tell me your name?" Alina's eyes are inquisitive, and our villain feels a rush of gratitude for her willingness to listen. 

"Well...I guess it wouldn't hurt." Our villain shrugs. "But you have to swear not to tell people."

"I don't swear," says Alina with a rather endearing half-smile on her face.

"Well, promise, then."

Alina laughs, then quickly checks herself. "I guess I promise."

Our criminal quirks an eyebrow. "You can't guess you promise. You have to promise."

Rolling her eyes, Alina lets out a sharp breath. "Fine. I promise."

"Okay, then. I'll tell you my name at midnight tonight. Same place - right here. You will be there?"

Alina shudders, her formal playful mood gone. "Do I have a choice?"


"Well, I guess I will. Just be sure you're not here later than me. I'm scared of being alone in the dark."

She feels safe with me. "I wouldn't leave you alone, Alina." And he means it.

The End

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