His face turned soft as he looked at me and he said, “I’m sorry I scared you, but you should know I would never let anything happen to you.” His eyes looked sincerely into mine and I felt myself relax. I leaned back in my seat and sighed in relief, which brought a smile to his face, but as he returned to the road he became serious again and he said, “Maybe I shouldn’t tell you anymore tonight. Wouldn’t want to give you nightmares.”
Too late. The though immediately popped into my head, but I didn’t want him to stop talking to me about these horrifying and exciting things. Not to mention it would leave an awkward silence until I got home and I just loved the sound of his voice. “No, don’t stop.” I said hurriedly and he glanced at me with a soft smile. “Just don’t tell anymore scary stuff.”
His smile widened and he said, “Very well.” He turned back to the road and said, “Where were we before I began my horrible tale? Ah, I remember, you asked me what kind of special thing I could do. Well Vincent has enhanced strength, Alister is a hunter, Mira is a tracker, Aubrey’s a wonderful problem solver and she and Mira share an enhanced creativity. But I have to warn you that mine and Ivan’s gifts are more fictitious sounding.” He looked at me with a slight wince like I wasn’t going to believe him.
“How is that different than anything else you’ve told me? You’re a vampire, that’s about as fictitious as it gets and I believed that. So I don’t think you’re in danger of me not believing anything else you say from this moment on.” I said with a smile as we turned into my driveway and parked behind my parents’ minivan and Ford Fusion.
“Too true.” he said, an accompanying grin spreading across his face. “Okay then,” he turned in his seat so he could better face me and continued, though he was still a little hesitant as he said, “Forgive me for my hesitance, I’m still a little nervous about this whole situation, though I must say it over-joys me that you’re so cooperative.”
“Well I try my best, and I forgive you for stalling.” I said and we both smiled again.
“Yes, yes, you’re right. Must get on with it, so I’m going to say it fast okay?” he said and I nodded fervently. “Okay, Ivan can read minds and I can control people’s emotions and movements.” he said in a rush and then closed his eyes tightly, scrunching his face and clenching his hands into fists.
I smiled and resisted the urge to giggle. He was acting as if I would either run away screaming because reading minds and being able to control movements and emotions was the scariest thing in the world, or laugh because it was so ludicrous. But I didn’t do either, mostly because I still wasn’t sure if it was real I guess because it did seem so fictitious, more fictitious even than them being vampires, if you could imagine that. But to put his mind at ease, when he peeked at me to see if I was still there I said, “Do you mean he can actually read minds, or is he just very perceptive?”
He relaxed, slightly surprised looking, and sat back in his seat a little more calm. “No, I mean he’s really capable of reading peoples thoughts.” he said, letting go of the deep breath he’d been holding in.
“And what about you? Have you ever used your thingy on me?” I asked, turning my head to the side while still looking at him.
He looked at me with his mouth slightly open and then looked down and started fidgeting with his pants. “The first time we met I tried. I wanted you to go away and change classes so we wouldn’t see each other.” he said, apology in his voice and his eyes as he turned to look at me. But seeing my hurt face, he continued quickly, “But it’s not because I didn’t like you, because I did.”
“Then why didn’t you want to see me?” I asked, my hurt feelings already mended and confusion now rising in me.
He looked down and resumed messing with his pants as he said, “I was scared. You looked and smelled so good that I was afraid I wouldn’t be able to handle keeping my hands off you. You were dangerous to me and I was angry because it seemed everywhere I looked, you were getting close to me and I’d no choice but to run away like a coward.” He looked up at me and I could see a little of this anger still there, like he still wasn’t 100% sure I should be around him.
I knew what he meant when he said I looked and smelled so good he wasn’t sure he could keep his hands off me. It wasn’t because he wanted to make out or anything; it was because I was the ideal feast his instinct craved for. But that didn’t mean I was going to run away screaming, not when he was telling me all this about him and trying to make it safe for us to be together. I’d never met a non-human guy, and known about it at least, so I wasn’t going to let this opportunity pass me up so easily. But still, since I didn’t have anything to say that would cheer him up I was kind of at a loss for words.
I fidgeted with my purse for a second and then looked up, turning in my seat to see if Sue and Ivan had made it yet. I didn’t see Sue, but Ivan was leaning against a red Ferrari and looking at me. He smiled and waved his hand friendly.
I smiled back and waved hesitantly, finding myself wondering if he really could read minds. Is it even possible? I thought, and then as I continued looking at Ivan, I felt something brush my mind, like a fuzzy thought you can’t quite remember. My eyes widened as I felt the brush again and Ivan nodded, his smile growing.
Now I really was at a loss for words, and turned to Connelly with my mouth dropped open. He was already looking at me and said, “He felt just a brush would be enough for now. He didn’t want to shock you too bad, says you’re not completely ready for actual communication.” Connelly nodded towards Ivan and I glanced at him and then back at Connelly.
“So he really can do it.” I said, astonished.
“Yes he can.” he said with a soft smile. “And he can also plant thoughts in the mind.”
I smiled sweetly back, and then something occurred to me. “Wait. If you tried to get me away from you and I didn’t go away… your special thingy doesn’t work on me?” I asked, kind of confused and happy about it at the same time.
“No, and I don’t know why. After I left, I tried it on someone and it worked perfectly. I don’t know what went wrong, but I still can’t do it to you. Anyways, I doubt I would be able to do it anyway. Ivan and I have figured out why it won’t work on you. Your emotions change so quickly that I don’t have a chance to use it. You’re so temperamental.” he smirked and looked at me from the corner of his eye.
“Oh and you’re not?” I laughed.
“Of course not, and you stay out of this Ivan.” he said, looking around me and over to Ivan who gave an innocent look with a betraying smile.
“Did you see him pull up?” I asked, leaning back in my seat comfortably.
“Yeah, about thirty minutes ago. Come on.” he said and got out of the car.
“What? Why didn’t you tell me? My parents are going to freak out!” I said as I also got out of the car and watched him calmly walk around to me.
“We were having a conversation and I’m tired of us getting interrupted. For once I’d like to have a full conversation without having to postpone it until the next day.” He turned towards Ivan as he said this, as if talking half to him and half to me.
“I’m sorry.” I said.
“It’s okay, but regretfully we are postponing again because my brother won’t stop being a nag.” Connelly’s voice rose slightly near the end as he turned to Ivan again, who smiled a totally fake innocent smile that didn’t fool anybody.
“I’ll see you tomorrow.” Connelly said, turning soft as he spoke and took my hand, rubbing it again. Then, hesitantly, he reached up a hand to brush my cheek. I saw Ivan move away from the car and Connelly paused for a second, but then continued until his finger touched my cheek. He smiled as he moved it down my cheek so tenderly I was sure it was a feather.
“Good night.” he whispered and then he turned and walked towards his brother. Ivan looked relieved and waved to me. I waved back and then watched as they both slid into the gorgeous car, backed out of Sue’s driveway, and sped off down the street.