Her face is shocked.
"I'm not supposed to tell you this, but I know you can keep it to yourself." She nods at me. "An assassin, called Donovan was ordered to kill me because I was one of father's sons. I was injured so badly, and I was human. I was going to wait until my nineteenth birthday to change, but that didn't happen of course. My brother, Roman, risked breaking a oath to save my life. He turned me into a vampire early. I didn't want to, but I did anyway. It was either that, or death. Like you. We're bonded, we're more than just brothers. But we're not supposed to be, he broke a big oath. So far, only me, him, and you know about this. We don't intend to let anyone else know, this is first time we've talked about it after it happened, and that was a century ago."
I look at Maple, and find her sobbing quietly. Not blood, normal tears.
"I'm sorry!" I say quickly, "I didn't mean to upset you." She shakes her head at me.
"You didn't." She tells me, why is she crying then? I hate to see her so sad. "I'm sorry. You have nothing to be sorry about. I'm sorry I never trusted you. I'm sorry I was so unthoughtful. I'm sorry that I avoided you so much. I'm sorry for anything I've done to hurt you." She puts her delicate face into her hands, sniffing a little."I'm so sorry," she whispers. I pull her into my arms and hug her.
"Don't be. Shhh, everything's okay. You're more than anything I could ever hope for. Please don't be upset. Maple?" She takes her hands away, and looks into my eyes. I lean down, then kiss her. I feel her lips slowly untense, and she holds me closer to her. I feel my blood warming up rapidly, and I'm sure if my heart was still beating, it'd be jumping over the moon by now. We pull away at the same time, and I know she feels a little awkward, like me.
"That was amazing." I mutter, she smiles, I see love in it, and the smile reaches my heart. "Now I know why they gave you top marks in drama."
She chuckles, "Are you sure that was me acting?"
"I'm not so sure now, to be honest."
"Want to be sure?" We kiss again, I think I feel my frozen heart twitch.