After an indecipherable time swimming, the small form of my sister, Dawn, begins swimming towards the surface, our husbands' and I follow behind.
I switch from the salmon form I had used for the swim and back into my more comfortable human one just as we hit the surface.
"How far have we swam?" Elijah's deep voice asks as he breaks the surface, looking towards Dawn but it is Eric whom answers him.
"Not sure of the specifics but we are in the waters around the UK."
"We traveled that far!" Dawn exclaims as we begin to tread the water towards the shimmering dock in the distance.
"We were running on adrenalin." I inform her, "Ireland to Britain isn't that far, the last time we went from Russia to France in under two hours."
"That one was too close. They were literally at our back door," Elijah states, from the corner of my eye, I see him shiver. A shiver which we all know had nothing to do with the cold of the water.
"How do they keep finding us though? We hide our tracks well," Dawn complains, "but we still can't stay in one place for any longer than a month."
"We will just have to be more careful here. Keep our heads down." I say for the millionth time.
"Yeah, we do that and they still find us, I hate the new technology's humans are creating, our life is getting way to hard," Dawn answers me angrily.
"We'll just find a small town this time, make friends with the Humans instead of blocking them off. It might help." Eric decides; to witch the three of us agree.
The rest of the one hour swim is spent in silence. We reach the shore as the sky is beginning to lighten, we need to find shelter, and fast.
Treading through the seaweed infested sand, we find a small fishers hut across the road, hoping it's unoccupied, we head directly towards it, the light of the next day chasing us forwards.
Reaching the hut, Eric is the first to try the door witch, miraculously, is open. We all rush in just as the sun peeks over the sea.
Inside the hut, stale, dusty, old air meets our lungs as we move about the single room, closing all windows and securing our safety for the day.
Once the entire room is deemed safe by Eric, him and Dawn lie on the floor in the back corner, leaving a sleepy Elijah and I to keep guard.
"You sure you don't want to sleep?" I ask my husband.
"Unknown territory. I can't." He answers, looking at me through the dull light in the hut.
"You wanna go out and scout the place, then?" I ask him, I notice the eagerness in his expression but he hides it quickly with one of worry.
"No, I better stay. You go." He tells me, looking away.
"I'll be fine. I'm not tired. Go ahead and check the place out," I argue back, narrowing my eyes slightly.
"Four eyes are better than two," he tries to counter, but I can tell his heart isn't in it.
"And two of them being up in the air will be much better than four sitting ducks in here." I can tell I won him over, he opens his mouth but shuts it and eagerness causes his brilliant brown eyes to light up.
"Alright. I'll stay close." He says as he gets up and walks over to me.
Leaning down, he places a kiss on my lips.
"Amo te semper*" he murmurs as he gets back up and heads towards the door.
"Amo te in aeternum*" I reply as he opens the door and walks out.
I turn back to the room, looking at my sister and brother-in-laws dead forms.
Dawn and Eric are both Sanguis, vampires in the modern Human term. Much like the Humans' legends, they die when they sleep but, unlike the stories, once blood has been consumed, the Sangui is able to walk out in the sun but, due to our sudden departure, they haven't manage to get a drink for a week now.
A surge of guilt rushes through me as I remember the taste of the Landlord on my lips, I didn't need him as much as they do. I, being a Tenebrarum, am perfectly able to go out in the sunlight.
I am a hybrid. With both vampire and Shapeshifter genes. Thus, although I can only feed on blood, I can sleep normally like a Human, can change my form into any animal and walk in the sun. It was a miracle I was born, I should have died in the womb but I didn't. By some unknown reason, I managed to survive both genes and be born.
Elijah, however, is a full shifter like my father, a sinctus. He doesn't need blood at all and can easily pass as human.
The four of us have been on the run all our lives. I met Elijah in Rome a couple days after Dawn and I witnessed our parents deaths. Dawn was traumatized, barely holding it together whilst I was trying my best to be strong for her despite my own pain.
I was twelve years old back then. Left to look after my eight year old sister. He was fourteen years old, strong and independent. I felt like he was our savior from heaven and so we tagged along and he took us in. Five years after that I found I had fallen in love with him.
The door squeaking back open interrupted me from my musing, going, instead, on high alert as a small, white boot comes into view.
Elijah had been wearing black boots.
*Elijah says to Serena "love you always"
*serena replies with "love you forever"
The two have been saying this to each other since their wedding.